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  • Death toll in Venezuelan prison overdose up to 35

    Death toll in Venezuelan prison overdose up to 35

    Venezuela’s prisons are among the world’s most violent, last year, 506 inmates died in the country’s jailsPressure is building on Venezuela’s government to fully investigate a rising number of deaths at an overcrowded prison, with human rights activists questioning authorities’ claim of a mass drug overdose by dozens of inmates who stormed an infirmary.

    After days of conflicting reports from the government and family members, the depth of the tragedy at David Viloria prison in western Venezuela became clearer Friday when authorities confirmed that 35 inmates had died and said 20 of an additional 100 still being treated for intoxication were in comas.

  • Demonstrations return to Ferguson

    The action prompted authorities to close the mall for about an hour Friday afternoonDisrupting commerce, transit and traffic became focal points for demonstrators across the country days after the announcement that a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

  • Up to 13,000 victims in UK modern slavery

    Up to 13,000 people in Britain are victims of trafficking, sexual exploitation or other forms of modern slavery, a government report said Saturday, putting the figure at four times the previous estimate.

    The Home Office figures — the first official estimate of the scale of the problem in Britain — included women and girls forced into prostitution or sexually exploited for profit, domestic servants working for little or no pay, and laborers forced to work in farms, factories and fishing boats.

  • IS group attacks Kobane from Turkey

    The assault began with a suicide attack by a bomber in an armored vehicle on the border crossing between Kobane and TurkeyThe Islamic State group launched an attack Saturday on the Syrian border town of Kobane from Turkey — a first in the ongoing siege, a Kurdish official and activists said.

    The assault began with a suicide attack by a bomber in an armored vehicle on the border crossing between Kobane and Turkey, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for Syria’s powerful Kurdish Democratic Union Party.

  • Energy revolution spells doom for German village

    Energy revolution spells doom for German village

    Environmentalists, meanwhile, point out that Germany’s hunger for lignite flies in the face of its green credentialsFive days a week, a giant machine eats its way through soil at the Jaenschwalde open-cast mine in eastern Germany, exposing the brown coal buried beneath.

    Lignite, as this form of compressed peat is known, is becoming an increasingly important part of Germany’s effort to phase out nuclear energy. It’s also the reason why Atterwasch, a village that survived the Thirty Years’ War, a Soviet onslaught at the end of World War II and four hard decades of communist rule is slated to be razed.

  • Taiwan PM quits after election losses

    Taiwan PM quits after election losses

    The Nationalists lost eight city and county elections, including in longtime strongholds Taipei, the capital, and the major central city of TaichungTaiwan’s pro-China ruling Nationalist Party suffered worse-than-expected losses in local island-wide elections Saturday, dealing a stiff blow to a president who has staked his reputation on closer ties with Beijing, and leading the premier to resign.

    The Nationalists lost eight city and county elections, including in longtime strongholds Taipei, the capital, and the major central city of Taichung. Pre-election polls had forecast defeats only in Taipei, Taichung and Keelung.

  • Narendra Modi favours privatisation of railway

    Meghalaya yesterday came on the country’s rail map more than six decades after Independence, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging off the first train to the northeastern state and favouring privatisation of railway stations.

    “Railway facilities are the same as they were 100 years back … Privatise the railway stations and modernise them,” he said after flagging off the first train linking Meghalaya.

  • The key to a successful career

    The key to a successful career

    Navigating the unpredictable waters of networkingEver since the first few steps of our formal education, our parents and guardians continuously reiterate that in order to succeed in life one ought to work hard for a good result from a reputed institution, and at least study till graduation. We are promised that good grades along with some extra-curricular certificates will ensure a good career in any field that we choose. However, there is one crucial thing that needs to be added to this—networking.

  • Street clashes erupt as Hong Kong police crack down on protesters

    Several bands comprised of hundreds of protestersThousands of pro-democracy activists clashed with police in running scuffles in the gritty district of Mong Kok early yesterday in a bid to reclaim part of one of the largest and most volatile protest sites in Hong Kong.

    After hours of tense face-offs, with police showing relative restraint at first, hundreds of riot police baton-charged the crowds with shields, pepper spraying and wrestling a string of protesters to the ground in chaotic scenes.

  • A perfect manager

    To be a good manager, you need to use an understanding of all these key roles to perform your day-to-day functionsA manager in the duration of a workday fulfills ten different roles, according to management expert and professor, Henry Mintzberg. These ten primary roles or behaviours may be used to categorise a manager’s different functions.

    You may be a manager at a multinational company, or at a university club, but as a manager, you are possibly in charge of leading your team, resolving conflict, negotiating new directions and representing your team all in the space of an hour.

  • Four time-management mistakes to avoid

    Four time-management mistakes to avoid

    Following are a list of suggestions of common mistakes, which we have all been guilty of at some pointCommon time management mistakes are easily avoidable, and yet we continue to make them because don’t identify them. Once the mistakes have been identified and overcome, we will not only have more time but also have less stress.

    Following are a list of suggestions of common mistakes, which we have all been guilty of at some point.

    Do not just store it in your head

  • Hughes funeral set for Wednesday, 1st Test against India postponed

    Australia captain Michael Clarke earlier gave a graphic illustration of the raw emotions of the players when he broke down repeatedly while paying tribute to his friendAustralian cricketer Phillip Hughes will be buried in his home town on Wednesday, Cricket Australia said on Saturday, forcing the indefinite postponement of the Test match against India which was scheduled to begin the following day.

    Hughes, 25, died on Thursday as the result of a catastrophic injury he sustained when struck on the head by a ball during a domestic match, triggering a wave of mourning in Australia and around the world.

  • ‘Our dressing room will never be the same’

    ‘Our dressing room will never be the same’

    Ponting has expressed his belief that the first Test against India should not go ahead as scheduledAustralia’s distraught captain Michael Clarke has spoken about Phillip Hughes on behalf of the national team, revealing that his No. 64 ODI shirt will be retired out of respect for their departed friend and teammate.

  • Robben goal helps Bayern storm 10 points clear

    The champions never hit top form but hardly needed to against a toothless Hertha who rarely ventured out of their halfBayern Munich scraped past Hertha Berlin 1-0 courtesy of an Arjen Robben goal to stretch their lead at the top of the table to 10 points and extend their unbeaten Bundesliga run to 16 games over two seasons.

    The champions never hit top form but hardly needed to against a toothless Hertha who rarely ventured out of their half.

    Dutchman Robben fired the ball in from 18 metres after a first-half flick from Thomas Mueller as the Bavarians cruised to their 10th win in 13 league matches to bounce back from the midweek Champions League defeat at Manchester City.

  • PCJSS warns of movement from May 1 next year

    The non-cooperative movement can be violent considering the situation, says Santu LarmaThe Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS – Santu Larma faction) has threatened to launch a non-cooperation movement from May 1, next year, if the government fails to take effective steps to implement the CHT Peace Accord 1997 by this time.

    PCJSS Chairman Jyotirindria Bodhipriya Larma, known as Santu Larma, came up with the warning while addressing a press conference at a hotel in the capital yesterday.

    The press conference was organised to mark the 17th anniversary of the CHT peace accord, which was signed on December 2, 1997. 

  • Nigeria unrest: President Jonathan condemns mosque attack

    No-one has so far said that they carried out Friday’s assaultThe president of Nigeria has vowed “to leave no stone unturned” in tracking down the perpetrators of a mosque attack that killed at least 81 people.

    Goodluck Jonathan urged the nation “to confront the common enemy” after the gun and bomb attack during Friday’s prayers in the northern city of Kano.

    Hundreds of people were injured in an attack which officials say bears the hallmarks of Boko Haram militant group.

    No-one has so far said that they carried out Friday’s assault.

  • Man arrested who sacrificed daughter for treasure

    At one stage of searching, police arrested Nazmul, who was under treatment at the clinicPolice yesterday arrested the father who killed his three-month-old daughter for a hidden treasure.

    Nazmul Islam, a carpenter by profession was arrested from a private clinic of Pabna-Hemayetpur area early Saturday and was taken under Baraigram police custody.

    Monirul Islam, Officer-in-Charge of Baraigram police station said on secret information, a team of Baraigram police led by Sub-Inspector Sukomol made a raid at Surma clinic of Hemayetpur at 3am.

    At one stage of searching, police arrested Nazmul, who was under treatment at the clinic.

  • Lives and livelihoods at risk on railway tracks

    Lives and livelihoods at risk on railway tracks

    people were always trying to claim ownership of government-owned land to run their businessesJurain Rail Gate is as prone to accidents as ever despite a directive from the prime minister on October 23 to clear railway corridors of illegal squatters.

    The railway corridor in the Jurain area of the capital is illegally occupied by shops and hawkers, but the track-side entrepreneurs say they have a right to run their businesses there because they have leased the land from the Bangladesh Railway.

    Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Railway Tafazzal Hossain said people were always trying to claim ownership of government-owned land to run their businesses.

  • Rokeya: An inspiration for the disabled

    Rokeya: An inspiration for the disabled

    The organisation works for the disabled, she said boasting that it is she who now leads the organisation in her localityBorn with a hand completely numb she has never submitted herself to the wheel of fate, rather accepted her physical disability as a bliss and went on with life.

    Not only has she fought tooth and nail to overcome ordeals in her life, she has also stood by those like her, who are unable to face life’s hurdles by themselves. 

    Undaunted, Rokeya Begum defied her physical hurdle. She passed SSC examination in 1993 from Baghata Noor Aftab Adarsha Bidyapeeth and HSC in 1995 from Narsingndi Mohila College, now Narsingdi Sarkari Mohila College.

  • Capsized trawler traced, 26 missing

    Salvage operation was called off around 11pm due to bad weatherThe Bangladesh Navy yesterday morning traced the capsized trawler, FV Bandhan, after about 31 hours of the incident while as many as 26 members of the trawler crew still remain missing.

    Family members of the missing members were found waiting at the AK Khan Ghat on the bank of Karnaphuli to get information about their near and dear ones, at least the dead bodies. They were seen holding ID cards and photographs of their missing relatives.

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