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  • Five robbers held with huge arms, ammo in Ctg

    ‘Mosarraf Bahini’ top leader killed in Rab shootout A top leader of an inter-district robber gang was killed in a shootout with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB-7) in Jangalbari area of Sandwip upazila in Chittagong yesterday.

    The deceased, Mohammad Mosarraf Hossain, was a leader of notorious  ‘Mosarraf Bahini’, and accused in 20 cases filed with different police stations in Sandwip and Chittagong, said sources in Rab-7.  

    The elite force also arrested five other members of the gang and seized huge arms and ammo from three different places in the Sandwip Island, they said.

  • Driver shot dead, car stolen in capital

    The body was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsyUnidentified carjackers early yesterday shot dead the driver of a car at Banasree in the capital and stole it. 

    Faruk Khan, 28, hailing from Bagerhat, was shot near Banasree Boro Masjid around 3am when he was on his way to deliver the car to its owner. 

    Iqbal, a car importer who imported the stolen vehicle, told the Dhaka Tribune that the reconditioned car had arrived at Mongla Port on Sunday evening before it was brought to Dhaka. 

  • Jubo League’s 42nd founding anniversary today

    The programme include lighting of candles and placing of wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on Dhanmandi Road 32 at 9amJubo League, youth affiliate of the ruling Awami League, will observe its 42nd founding anniversary with an elaborate programme today. 

    The programme include lighting of candles and placing of wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on Dhanmandi Road 32 at 9am. 

    Tributes will also be paid to the martyrs, including Jubo League founding chairman Sheikh Fazlul Huq Moni, by laying floral wreaths at Banani Graveyard. A doa mahfil will be held at 10am. 

  • Dhaka Tribune reporters bag two DRU-GP awards

    Dhaka Reporters Unity and Grameeenphone handed over awards to all 27 winning reporters in a total of 25 categories through a colourful award ceremony organised at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel yesterday afternoonDhaka Tribune yesterday won this year’s DRU-Grameenphone awards for best reporting in two categories – political reporting and heath reporting.

    Dhaka Reporters Unity and Grameeenphone handed over awards to all 27 winning reporters in a total of 25 categories through a colourful award ceremony organised at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel yesterday afternoon.

  • Cops shoot Jubo League leader

    The injured Ferdous Alam, 40, is vice president of Jubo League’s ward 13 unit of the capitalA Jubo League activist sustained bullet injuries in his legs after police fired at him in capital’s Kalabagan area early yesterday.

    The injured Ferdous Alam, 40, is vice president of Jubo League’s ward 13 unit of the capital.

    Kalabagan police OC Mohammad Iqbal said: “Around 2:30am, when our team saw Ferdous riding on a motorbike. They stopped him for checking but Ferdous started swearing and pointed his gun towards them in order to flee. So the law enforcers shot him for their own safety.”

  • Tk5 lakh looted from RMG security officer

    ‘When we were going back to the factory around 2:30pm after withdrawing the money, seven to eight youths surrounded us near Chowdhurypara tried to snatch away the bag. When I protested, one of the assailants opened fire at me and escaped spot with the money’A security guard of a readymade garment (RMG) factory was shot by a gang of armed assailants during their attempt to rob Tk5 lakh from him in the capital’s Rampura yesterday.

    The victim, Belayet Hossain, 50, was security chief of Bony Apparels Ltd at Hazipara area under Ramna police station, who was later admitted to DMCH.

  • Close military encounters between Russia and the west ‘at cold war levels’

    The report by the London-based thinktank comes after a warning from former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev that the world is “on the brink of a new cold warClose military encounters between Russia and the west have jumped to cold war levels, with 40 dangerous or sensitive incidents recorded in the past eight months alone, according to a report published on Monday.

    The report, Dangerous Brinkmanship by the European Leadership Network, logs a series of “highly disturbing” incidents since the Ukrainian crisis began earlier this year, including an alarming near-collision between a Russian reconnaissance plane and a passenger plane taking off from Denmark in March with 132 passengers on board.

  • Worst east Ukraine shelling for month

    A two-month-old ceasefire to end a war that has killed 4,000 people has appeared shakier than ever in the past few daysEast Ukraine’s rebel stronghold Donetsk was pummeled on Sunday by the heaviest shelling in a month, and the OSCE said it spotted an armored column of troops without insignia in rebel territory that Kiev said proved Moscow had sent reinforcements.

    A two-month-old ceasefire to end a war that has killed 4,000 people has appeared shakier than ever in the past few days, with each side accusing the other of having violated the terms of the peace plan.

  • Iraqi troops push back ISIL in oil-rich city

    The military advance is seen as a significant victory for the governmentThe Iraqi army has reached the centre of the northern city of Beiji, as they continue their effort to break the siege of the ISIL on the country’s biggest oil refinery nearby.

    Exclusive images obtained by Al Jazeera on Monday showed government forces pushing ahead into the rebel-controlled city, with ISIL flag covered in an Iraqi security forces slogan.

    Al Jazeera’s said clashes continue and the armed rebels are fighting back.

  • Suicide bomber kills dozens at Nigeria school

    No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Yobe StateA suicide bomber dressed as a student killed at least 48 people, most of them students, and injured 79 others at a school assembly in the northeastern Nigerian town of Potiskum on Monday, a hospital official said.

    No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Yobe State, a territory close to the stronghold of Boko Haram Sunni Muslim militants, who have staged a five-year insurgency.

  • ‘Lost Gospel’ reveals Jesus’ marriage

    Many experts have downplayed the biblical figure’s historical importance Jesus married the prostitute Mary Magdalene and had children, according to a manuscript almost 1,500 years old unearthed at the British Library.

    The so-called “Lost Gospel,” which has been translated from Aramaic, allegedly reveals the startling new allegations, according to The
    Sunday Times.

    Professor Barrie Wilson and writer Simcha Jacobovic spent months translating the text, which they claim states Jesus had two children and the original Virgin Mary was Jesus’s wife and not his mother.

  • Iranian-built copy of US drone takes first flight

    An Iranian copy of a US reconnaissance drone captured in 2011 has taken its first flight, state news agency IRNA reported on Monday.

    In December 2011, Iran said it had captured a US RQ-170 Sentinel reconnaissance drone in eastern Iran that had been reported lost by US forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

    “We promised that a model of RQ-170 would fly in the second half of the year, and this has happened,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told IRNA. “A film of the flight will be released soon.”

  • Reagan’s apology to Thatcher revealed

    Baroness Thatcher was angered that she was not consulted before the Americans invaded a Commonwealth stateA recorded conversation between an apologetic Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher over the invasion of Grenada has been published for the first time.

    “We regret very much the embarrassment that’s been caused to you,” the US leader said during the call.

    Baroness Thatcher was angered that she was not consulted before the Americans invaded a Commonwealth state.

    United States troops were sent to Grenada in 1983 to topple the Caribbean island’s Marxist
    regime.

  • BCL factions’ face off paralyses CU

    One group halts campus-bound shuttle train service while another locks university’s main gate
    Academic activities of Chittagong University (CU) came to a halt as two factions of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) have been observing agitation programmes on the campus since Sunday.

    Activists of a BCL faction Sumon-Mamun group halted campus-bound shuttle train and teachers’ bus service yesterday protesting attack on one of their fellows by supporters of Varsity Express group.

  • 233 golden GPA scorers fail at BAU admission test

    The university authorities published the test result on Sunday night, which showed 1,200 successful applicants on the merit list, and 1,110 more on the waiting listSome 233 candidates, who scored golden GPA in both the SSC and HSC examinations, failed to obtain the minimum pass marks in the undergraduate admission test for 2014-15 academic year at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in Mymensingh.

    The university authorities published the test result on Sunday night, which showed 1,200 successful applicants on the merit list, and 1,110 more on the waiting list.

  • Mass awareness urged for clean, hygienic environment

    People from all walks of life also need to be aware of the issueUnplanned urbanisation, lack of coordination in implementing various programmes and projects by the relevant government bodies, and existence of corruption and mismanagement are the main barrier to make Bangladesh a developed country and to make the Chittagong a habitable city with international standard, said speakers a programme in Chittagong yesterday. 

    Only the government and non-government organisations cannot ensure a safe, clean and hygienic environment in the country.  People from all walks of life also need to be aware of the issue, they said. 

  • 2 Bangladeshi nationals picked up by BSF

    In Baliadangi upazila, another BSF team caught a Bangladeshi nationalIndian Border Security Force (BSF) picked up two Bangladeshi citizens from the Indo-Bangla frontier areas of Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga and Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon yesterday and the previous day.

  • Power International Expo on November 13-15

    ‘A significant leap can be taken in Bangladesh’s power and energy sector by close interaction between the exhibitors from over 11 countries and the local entrepreneurs, leading to successful partnerships and joint ventures to accomplish the government’s vision of fulfilling people’s aspirations and successfully facing the challenges of the sector’The 13th Power Bangladesh International Expo, organised by The US-based Conference and Exhibition Management Services Ltd (CEMS) along with its Bangladesh chapter, will be held on November 13-15 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital’s Agargaon area.

    At a press conference in the city yesterday, Meherun N Islam, president of the CEMS-Global, said two concurrent exhibitions, titled 11th Renewable Energy Bangladesh International Expo and 8th Solar Bangladesh International Expo, will take place at the same venue.

  • David Cameron: UK will not be ordered around by EU

    David Cameron has steered a careful line between pro-Europe business people and his Eurosceptic backbenchers, saying Britain cannot remain in the EU “come what may.”

    His remarks at a day-long CBI conference in London were aimed at the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, who is due to tell the same conference that he will keep Britain in the EU, a pledge aimed at easing business fears over his plans to raise taxes.

  • Obama urges China to be partner in ensuring world order

    Obama urges China to be partner in ensuring world order

    Obama also urged China to reject the use of cyber theft for commercial gain US President Barack Obama said on Monday a successful China was in the interests of the United States and the world but Beijing had to be a partner in underwriting international order, and not undermine it.

    Speaking to growing concerns among US and other companies about the Chinese business environment after arriving in Beijing, Obama also urged China to reject the use of cyber theft for commercial gain and create a more level playing field where policy is not used for the benefit of some firms over others.

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