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  • Virus mutating, scientists warn

    More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and LiberiaScientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.

    Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious.

    More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and
    Liberia.

    Scientists are starting to analyse hundreds of blood samples from Ebola patients in Guinea.

  • Unicef makes record appeal to help 60 million children in crisis

    Unicef makes record appeal to help 60 million children in crisis

    The UN Children’s Fund launched a record $3.1bn appeal yesterday to enable it to help children caught up in a “new generation” of conflicts and disasters round the world, $1bn more than it sought in 2014.

    A series of more complex and destructive crises, natural disasters and emergencies such as the Ebola epidemic, are putting some 60 million children in extraordinary danger of violence, hunger, disease and abuse, Unicef said.

  • MH370 was an ‘accident’

    Malaysia declared yesterday the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident, clearing the way for the airline to pay compensation to victims’ relatives while the search for the plane goes on.

    The Boeing 777 aircraft disappeared on March 8 last year, carrying 239 passengers and crew shortly after taking off from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing.

    Months of searches have failed to turn up any trace.

  • Israel, Hezbollah signal their flare-up is over

    Israel and Hezbollah signalled yesterday their rare flare-up in fighting across the Israel-Lebanon border was over, after the Lebanese guerrillas killed two Israeli troops in retaliation for a deadly air strike in Syria last week.

    Israel said it had received a message from UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, that Hezbollah was not interested in further escalation.

  • Unrest slows down mega projects

    Unrest slows down mega projects

    Top spenders Bridges Division and Railway to seek spending cuts in revised ADPUsually, development projects move fast at this time of the year as whether remains dry, but this year, implementation of mega structures has slowed down considerably, mainly because of the ongoing political unrest in the country.

    Several government agencies – mainly attached to the communication sector – has projected and proposed spending cuts in the upcoming revised Annual Development Programme (ADP), due in a few months. The agencies include the Bridges Division and the railway – two of the biggest development spenders in the country.

  • Atiur: Economy will bleed if unrest continues

    Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman yesterday expressed concern over the ongoing political turmoil and said the economy would bleed further if the unrest continues.

    “Just when the country’s economy was showing signs of growth, political unrest has put a barricade on it,” he said, unveiling of the Monetary Policy Stance (MPS) for the second half of the current fiscal year at Bangladesh Bank headquarters in the capital yesterday.

  • TIB: Auditor general’s office riddled by corruption

    Corruption is prevalent in every sector of the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) where significant political influence is seen in different activities, the Bangladesh chapter of Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) revealed in a new report yesterday.

    The CAG, a constitutional body responsible for auditing government receipts and public spending, cannot work independently because of persistent political influence, TIB officials said at a press conference in the capital arranged to disclose the survey findings.

  • 38 illegal migrants feared dead as trawler capsizes

    At least 38 people are feared dead after an overcrowded fishing trawler, carrying Malaysia-bound illegal migrants, capsized in the Kutubdia channel of the Bay of Bengal in the early hours yesterday.

    Rescuers managed to bring ashore 42 people alive including six suspected human traffickers, while later in the day the sunken vessel was also located and dragged towards the shores of Kutubdia island.

  • Yet another truck driver assistant dies in blockade violence

    Yet another truck driver helper was crushed to death under the wheels of his own vehicle after it was torched by pro-blockaders in Chandpur last night.

    Besides, a mason and a truck driver who sustained burn injuries in petrol bomb attacks in Feni and Magura respectively on Wednesday took admission at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital in critical condition yesterday.

  • 14-party urges joint forces to get tough on saboteurs

    The AL-led 14-party combine yesterday urged law enforcement agencies to take a stern stand against saboteurs active during the non-stop blockade enforced across the country by the BNP-led 20-party alliance

    In statements made at a rally in front of the Shia Mosque in Mohammadpur in the capital yesterday evening, they asked local leaders and activists of member parties to be vigilant.

    Health Minister Mohammad Nasim said: “No fruitful result will come of sabotage and the killing of innocent people, mostly workers who live from hand to mouth.

  • Govt protests OHCHR comments on Bangladesh

    The government yesterday lodged a protest with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for blaming and criticising it over “the deepening violence” in the country.

    “We have sent a letter to Geneva as we feel that the [OHCHR’s] press note sent out a wrong message about the prevailing situation,” a senior foreign ministry official told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Malaysia down misfiring hosts

    Malaysia down misfiring hosts

     

    The utmost support from the crowd and an opponent full of younger players did not help the cause of Bangladesh as the misfiring hosts kicked off their Bangabandhu Gold Cup campaign with a shocking 0-1 defeat at the hands of Malaysia U-23 yesterday.

    The frustrating opening 45 minutes was further extended with Malaysian forward Muhammad Syazwan  netting the difference early in the second half as nearly 18000 spectators at the packed Sylhet District Stadium had to swallow the agonising result.

  • De Kruif blames concentration level

    Everybody was very nervous in the first 25-30 minutes. Everybody was very tensed to play a normal gameBangladesh’s Dutch head coach Lodewijk de Kruif blamed the concentration and mentality of his charges, especially in the first half an hour, following the 1-0 defeat against Malaysia Under-23 in the Bangabandhu Gold Cup opener at Sylhet District Stadium yesterday.

    “Everybody was very nervous in the first 25-30 minutes. Everybody was very tensed to play a normal game. A lot of pressure from Malaysia but the pressure was only because we failed to do our thing, we failed to play our game,” explained De Kruif after the game.

  • Thailand, Singapore face off today

    Thailand, Singapore face off today

    The Group B of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup kicks off today with the match between Thailand and Singapore at Sylhet District Stadium at 5pm. The Under-23 squads of the two Southeast Asian sides arrived in the city last Wednesday night and had only a day to get accustomed with the environment which is totally new to them.

    Like the other participating countries apart from hosts Bangladesh, Thailand and Singapore are also taking this six-nation tournament as part of their preparation for the upcoming AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers and the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

  • Bangladesh to host U19 WC in Jan 2016

    Bangladesh will host the 2016 ICC Under-19 World Cup from January 22-February 14 and the 2019 ICC World Cup Qualifiers from March 1-April 4, 2018. The decisions were approved by the International Cricket Council in its first meeting of this year in Dubai last Wednesday.

    The ICC also approved Afghanistan and Ireland’s introduction in the rankings-based qualification system for the 2019 ICC World Cup.    

  • Murray books final, Serena to face Sharapova

    Murray books final, Serena to face Sharapova

    After three heart-breaking trips to the final, Andy Murray secured another shot at Australian Open glory by overhauling Tomas Berdych on Thursday after women’s top seed Serena Williams set up a blockbuster title-decider with Maria Sharapova.

    Edged in a marathon first set, Murray fired up after a frosty exchange with the hard-hitting Czech and blazed to a 6-7(6) 6-0 6-3 7-5 victory under the lights of Rod Laver Arena.

  • Obama defriends Bibi on Facebook

    The relationship between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low last week, with the American president “defriending” the Israeli premier on Facebook.

    It is unclear exactly when Obama made the move to delete his Israeli counterpart as a Facebook friend – most likely around the time Netanyahu accepted John Andrew Boehner’s controversial invite.

    Netanyahu only learned of the snub on Wednesday, reports Israeli Daily quoting a source close to the prime minister.

  • 12,000 Ansar members to be deployed on highways

    The decision came at an inter-ministerial meeting in the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges yesterdayThe government has decided to deploy 12,000 Ansar members, in phases, at 993 vulnerable points of different highways across the country to ensure law safety of vehicles.

    The decision came at an inter-ministerial meeting in the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges yesterday.

    Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader briefed reporters about the decision after the meeting.

  • MPs’ relatives to also enjoy car sticker privileges

    ‘We lawmakers have a responsibility. We should be lawmakers, not lawbreakers’In a move to ensure preferential treatment for the lawmakers’ own family members, the parliament has decided to issue special car stickers separately to identify the vehicles carrying the relatives,  Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has said.

    Under the existing policy, each lawmaker is entitled to have a single sticker for their own car; but if their family members are also given extra stickers, those relatives would also be able to enjoy  preferential treatment on the road and bridges as well as avoiding security checks.

  • Khaleda’s cases adjourned till February 25

    A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned recording of deposition against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her eldest son Tarique Rahman in the Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases until February 25.

    Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the Dhaka Special Judge Court 3.

    The counsels of both prosecution and defence expressed condolences over the death of the former prime minister’s younger son Arafat Rahman Koko. 

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