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  • Bangladesh seeks $69bn in climate grants

    Bangladesh has sought $69 billion in grants from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) until 2030, to implement its emissions reduction and climate change adaptation plans, as the COP21 finance negotiations entered a critical phase.

    Forest and Environment Secretary Dr Kamaluddin Ahmed put forward the demand at a presentation on the country’s climate plan – known as the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) – on the third day of the global climate conference in Paris, France.

  • Khaleda skips hearing in graft cases

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday skipped her court appearance in the Zia Charitable and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases, citing illness.

    Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of Dhaka Special Judges Court 3 started recording depositions of prosecution witnesses around 10:35am against Khaleda and three others accused in Zia Charitable Trust case in absence of Khaleda.

  • Muhith: Bureaucracy delays 8th Pay Scale

    The 8th Pay Scale turned out to be complicated to implement because convincing every section of government employees was not easy, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said.

    “We hope that the gazette notification for the 8th Pay Scale will be published within two days. I have been waiting for the gazette since Tuesday,” the minister told reporters yesterday at the Secretariat.

    The government took two years finalise the pay scale.

  • COP21: Voices of the Youth

    COP21: Voices of the Youth

    The youth have been making their mark in combating climate change throughout the world. Through various community based and global initiatives, they have been championing the cause of climate justice and emissions reduction.

    COP21 – the largest international climate change conference taking place in Paris – brought together some of these exemplary youth yesterday in an event titled “Young and Future Generations Day: Intergenerational Inquiry and results of the Conference of Youth.” 

  • Bangladesh sixth on climate risk list

    Bangladesh has been placed sixth in a new list of nations hardest hit by two decades of storms, floods, landslides and droughts that killed more than half a million people, climate analysts reported yesterday, warning of more frequent disasters if Earth’s overheating cannot be tamed.

    Honduras, Myanmar and Haiti were the most afflicted by such disasters between 1995 and 2014, according to the 2016 Global Climate Risk Index released by Bonn-based advocacy group Germanwatch showing those nations most affected by the direct consequences of extreme weather event.

  • Tarana: Govt to write to Google, YouTube over cyber security

    The government will send letters to the authorities of search engine giant Google and video-sharing website YouTube about the country’s cyber security issues after meeting Facebook officials, said State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim yesterday. 

    “We will urge Google and YouTube authorities to set up admin panels of the two sites in Bangladesh and also a local office. We will also request to remove controversial contents from the sites,” she said.

  • AKDN to scale up its operations

    AKDN to scale up its operations

    Prince Amyn Aga Khan has inaugurated AK Development Network office in Dhaka ceremonially to scale up its operation in Bangladesh.

    He came to Dhaka on Wednesday on a three-day visit.

    AKDN has a plan to invest multimillion dollar in tourism and education sector, said sources.

    It has a plan to set up a hotel under its prestigious chain hotel, Serena, and state-of-the-art Aga Khan Academy in Dhaka.

  • BNP candidates turn to mobile phone campaign fearing arrest

    Candidates who will contest elections in three municipalities in Gaibandha have already begun campaigning vigorously, with the exception of BNP hopefuls who have chosen mobile phones to reach voters instead of meeting them face to face.

    BNP aspirants say they have chosen this indirect method of campaign to avoid arrest in the wake of the detention of Osman Gani, a councillor candidate for Ward 9 in Sundarganj municipality, on Monday night.

  • Six members of new  militant group held

    Six members of new militant group held

    Members of the Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday arrested six members of a new militant group from Motijheel area in the capital.

    “The militant group was planning to kill a pir (religious preacher) in Dhaka. They were taking their militant training in an area near Bangabandhu Safari Park in Gazipur and Chittagong.” said DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam.

  • Investigators identify suspects in Gopibagh six-murder case

    Investigators yesterday said they had identified the assailants of Gopibagh six murders and the killers would be arrested soon.

    Joint Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Detective Branch Monirul Islam said this while talking to journalists at the DMP Media Center.

    He said a 7-8 member-team led by Al Bani alias Mahfuz took part in the killing mission.

    Mahfuz was the third-in-chief of the JMB. He was killed in a gunfight reportedly erupted between DB police and some miscreants in the city’s Dwip Nagar area under Darus Salam police station.

  • Jamaat leaders to run independently

    For the upcoming municipality elections, several leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, who does not have a working registration with the Election Commission, have filed nominations as independent candidates.

    Yesterday, the last day for submitting and withdrawing party nominations, at least 15 local leaders have dropped their papers as independent candidates.

    Jamaat, often blamed for committing crimes against humanity as a party in 1971, is the second biggest partner in the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

  • Three held for propagating against state, government

    Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) yesterday arrested three persons from different areas of the capital for allegedly propagating against the state and the government on the internet.

    The arrestees are Tawhid Zaman, 21, Tanvir Ahmed, 18, and Omar Faruk, 22. They were arrested from different areas of the capital around 2am.

    In a press briefing, RAB 2 Deputy Director Didarul Alam said the arrestees used to spread anti-state and anti-government contents on the Facebook through alternative way.

  • Myanmar trying to grab Bangladesh territory in Bay of Bengal

    There is an attempt from Myanmar to grab a large piece of area in the Bay of Bengal, which lawfully belongs to Bangladesh.

    Bangladesh has already registered its protest against the attempt of Myanmar.

    “We came to know about the attempt and immediately we took action and protested it,” said a senior official of the Foreign Ministry.

    He said Myanmar in July submitted a petition to the UN claiming a certain portion of the sea, which belongs to Bangladesh and India.

  • Facebook block hits telecoms and e-businesses hard

    The government’s decision to suspend access to Facebook is costing large and
    small players in the new economy crores of Taka.

    The country’s six mobile operators are losing Tk1.5 crore each day, industry insiders said, adding that the Facebook shutdown had caused revenue earnings from data services to plummet 30%.

    The six mobile operators earn around Tk150 crore from data services per month, roughly Tk4.5 to Tk5 crore daily, from data services, according to industry insiders.  

  • Rebel candidates in both camps for municipal race

    Rebel candidates in both camps for municipal race

    The upcoming municipality polls will see many rebel candidates from both the Awami League and the BNP running for mayor’s office, as all aspirants – both party-endorsed and independent – finished handing in their nomination papers on the final day of submission.

    However, the top brass from both Awami League and the BNP have already warned of expelling any rebel candidate who fails to withdraw their candidacy in due time.

  • PM: Help disabled people

    PM: Help disabled people

    Their monthly allowance to be raised, she announces
    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the people of all classes, including the affluent section of society, to protect the rights of people with disabilities, help flourish and utilise their talents alongside providing them with jobs.

    Sheikh Hasina was addressing a function marking the 24th International Day of People with Disabilities and the National Disabled Day-2015 held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).

  • Britain joins Syria air war; Putin vows more sanctions on Turkey

    Britain joined US-led air strikes against Islamic State in Syria on Thursday, but Vladimir Putin issued bitter new denunciations of Turkey for shooting down a Russian plane, demonstrating the limits to international solidarity.

    British Tornado jets took off from the Royal Air Force base at Akrotiri in Cyprus before dawn, hours after parliament in London voted 397-223 to support Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to extend air strikes from Iraq to Syria. Britain said they struck oil fields used to fund the radical jihadist group.

  • On China’s fringes, cyber spies raise their game

    Almost a year after students ended pro-democracy street protests in Hong Kong, they face an online battle against what Western security experts say are China-sponsored hackers using techniques rarely seen elsewhere.

  • Tamil Nadu flood toll nears 270, army on war footing to rescue survivors

    The Indian military evacuated more than 2,000 residents stranded in Tamil Nadu on Thursday as the death toll from flooding rose to 269 after the heaviest cloudburst in over a century.

    Forecasts of more rain over the next 48 hours forced the army to work on a war footing to rescue survivors trapped in inundated parts of Chennai, the capital of the southern Indian state.

  • German spy agency warns of Saudi shift to ‘impulsive’ policies

    Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency, in an unusual public statement issued on Wednesday, voiced concern that Saudi Arabia was becoming impulsive in its foreign policy as powerful young Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman asserts himself.

    The BND also said that with Saudi Arabia – the world’s No 1 oil exporter – losing confidence in the US as a guarantor of Middle East order, Riyadh appeared ready to take more risks in its regional competition with Iran.

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