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Saturday December 16, 2017 06:38 PM



  • IS releases 25 Assyrian Christians in Syria

    An Assyrian group has claimed that Islamic State militants have released 25 more Assyrian Christian hostages they had held captive in Syria for 10 months, Business Insider reports.

    The 25 Christians were part of about 230 Assyrian Christians that were captured by the extremist group after it overran Assyrian communities on the southern bank of the Khabur River in the northeastern Syrian province of Hassakeh.

  • 14 dead in heavy US storms

    A clear-up has begun after a violent storm left at least 14 people dead and destroyed homes in several US South and Midwest states on Christmas Eve.

    Mississippi was worst hit, with seven people dead, while six others were killed in Tennessee.

    A seven-year-old boy, who was inside a car picked up and tossed in the storm, was among the dead.

    At least 20 tornadoes have been reported, knocking down trees and leaving thousands without power.

  • Evening Brief

    'Suicide bomb' attack on Rajshahi mosque kills one

    A person has been killed in a suicide bomb attack at an Ahmadiyya mosque during Jumma prayers at Chakpara village under Bagmara upazila in Rajshahi.Baghmara police station OC Motiar Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune over phone that the attack was made around 1:30pm Friday at Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at mosque.

    Bangladesh signs Rooppur deal with Russia

  • ‘Khaleda enlists her name as new Rajakar’

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia enlisted her name in the list of new Rajakars by creating a debate on War of Liberation, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said.

    "Khaleda Zia created a debate on War of Liberation. Is she insane? No, she is not. It is her political evilness," he said while addressing the Kaya Islamia Secondary School's golden jubilee function at Kumarkhali upazila, BSS reports.

    Inu said the way the collaborators of 1971 had to leave the country the new collaborators will also have to leave in that manner.

  • Bangladesh signs Rooppur deal with Russia

    Bangladesh and Russia have signed a general contract for the construction and commissioning of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Pabna, at a cost of $12.65 billion.

    The deal was signed at Sonargaon Hotel on Friday evening.

    Md Manirul Islam, chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Vladimir N Savuskin, vice president of Atomostroyexport signed the deal on behalf of their respective companies.

  • JMB den busting: Three placed on 6-day remand

    A Dhaka court has granted six days of remand for each of the three JMB men who were arrested from a den of the banned militant group in Mirpur on Thursday.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mazharul Islam granted the bail after DB produced the JMB men before the court on Friday afternoon.

    The remanded JMB men are Abu Sayeed alias Rasel alias Salman, 22, Md Elias alias Omar Faruk, 23, and Mohsin Ali, 20.

  • Case filed over Mirpur JMB den busting

    A case has been filed over the busting of JMB den at a building in Dhaka's Mirpur.

    DB Inspector Md Shafiuddin filed the case with Shah Ali police station on Friday afternoon.

    Shah Ali police station OC Shahin Mondol said the case was filed against five named JMB members and five to six unnamed people.

  • Modi in surprise Pakistan visit

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed in Pakistan on a surprise visit in which he will meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

    Modi was on his way back to India from Afghanistan when he stopped off in the eastern city of Lahore. The visit coincides with Mr Sharif's birthday.

    Modi is the first Indian PM to visit Pakistan since 2004.

    Tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours have been high in recent years but relations have begun to warm.

  • In pictures: Christmas celebration

    In pictures: Christmas celebration

    Christmas, the biggest religious festival of the Christian community, is being celebrated in the country as  elsewhere across the world, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Decoration of Christmas trees with colourful lights, special prayers, distribution of gifts among children and exchange of pleasantries are the main features of the day’s festivities.

  • ‘Suicide bomb’ attack on Rajshahi mosque kills one

    A person has been killed in a suicide bomb attack at an Ahmadiyya mosque during Jumma prayers at Chakpara village under Bagmara upazila in Rajshahi.

    Baghmara police station OC Motiar Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune over phone that the attack was made around 1:30pm Friday at Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at mosque.

    He said: "Noticing the injury marks on the deceased's body, we are assuming that it is a suicide bomb attack."

  • President for strengthening communal harmony

    President Abdul Hamid has urged all to play effective role in further strengthening the tradition of communal harmony in the country.

    The president made the remarks while talking to media during exchanging of greetings with members of Christian community on the occasion of Christmas Day at Bangabhaban on Friday.

  • Midday Brief

    Pope: World intoxicated by consumerism 

    Pope Francis has warned the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics not to be "intoxicated" by possessions in his annual Christmas homily. He called for more sobriety in a world obsessed by "consumerism and hedonism, wealth and extravagance".

    Sexual harassment: United Hospital’s nurse Saiful held 

  • 2 pedestrians killed in Lalmonirhat road crash

    Two pedestrians have been killed and two others injured in a road accident at Vullarhat area on the Burimari-Lalmonirhat highway under Kaliganj upazila of the district.

    The deceased were Abdul Jabbar, 62, and Moriful Islam, 13, residents of Hsjrania village of the upazila, reports BSS.

    Police said the accident occurred at about 11:30pm Thursday when a bamboo-laden truck turned turtle on the road as its driver lost control over the steering, leaving the two-pedestrian dead on the spot and two others injured.

  • Christmas celebrated

    The Christian community of the country has celebrated Christmas Friday as elsewhere across the world, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Christmas, the biggest religious festival of the Christian community, is the celebration of rebirth, new beginning, forgiveness and peace, and renewing relationship with God and human beings.

    Decoration of Christmas trees with colourful lights, special prayers, distribution of gifts among children and exchange of pleasantries are the main features of the day’s festivities.

  • Eid-e-Miladunnabi being observed

    The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, the birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh), is being observed in the country on Friday with due religious solemnity.

    Various Islamic and socio-cultural organisations and political parties have chalked out elaborate programmes, including milad mahfil, discussion and Qurankhwani, to mark the day. Islamic Foundation is holding various programmes, including a milad mahfil, on the occasion.

    A milad mahfil will be arranged at Bangabhaban after Asr prayers on Friday.

  • Islamic State endorses organ harvesting

    Islamic State has sanctioned the harvesting of human organs in a previously undisclosed ruling by the group’s Islamic scholars, raising concerns that the violent extremist group may be trafficking in body parts.

    The ruling, contained in a January 31, 2015 document reviewed by Reuters, says taking organs from a living captive to save a Muslim's life, even if it is fatal for the captive, is permissible.

    For a US government translation of the document, click here

  • Over 100 killed in Nigeria gas tanker truck fire

    A gas tanker truck ignited an inferno at a crowded industrial gas plant in Nigeria, killing scores of people lining up to refill their cooking gas cylinders.

    The blast happened when a truck was discharging butane gas at the facility in Nnewi town in Anambra state while customers were refilling their gas bottles, residents said.

    Nnewi is a predominantly Christian community in southeast Nigeria.

    By the time firefighters managed to put out the blaze, an Associated Press reporter counted the remains of more than 100 corpses.

  • Sexual harassment: United Hospital’s nurse Saiful held

    Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have arrested Saiful Islam, a staff nurse of United Hospital in Dhaka, allegedly for sexually harassing a female patient.

    Major Maksudul Alam, Assistant Director of Legal and Media of RAB, said Saiful was arrested from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport area on Thursday night.

    Saiful was handed over to Gulshan police station Friday morning, said ASP Nazmul Hasan Rajib.

    On December 3, the High Court directed police to arrest Saiful and produce him before it on December 7.

  • Traffic Update

    09:10pm

    Gridlock is reported in Azimpur, Nilkhet, Dhanmondi areas

    08:16pm

    Intense traffice in Mirpur road, Agargaon and Dhanmondi

    07:00pm

    Traffic in Farmgate, Mohakhali and Rampura is stated to be heavy.

    06:00pm

    Heavy traffic is reported in Dhanmondi/Elephant Road area.

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