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  • Published at 01:56 PM April 17, 2016
  • Last updated at 07:19 PM March 21, 2018

A glance at today's important news

Israel admits 2007 Syrian ‘nuclear reactor’ strike for first time

Israel for the first time admitted that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 and said on Wednesday the strike should be a warning to Iran that it would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.

Unesco: Bangladesh literacy rate reaches all-time high of 72.76% in 2016

According to data from the Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS), the literacy rate in Bangladesh has shot up remarkably over the last 10 years, reaching an all-time high of 72.76% in 2016.

Maldives ex-leader Gayoom charged with terrorism

Maldivian authorities have charged former strongman Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and several senior judges with “terrorism” for attempting to topple President Abdulla Yameen, the government said Wednesday.

#DeleteFacebook trending as netizens rage over Cambridge Analytica scandal

People across the world are raging against Facebook, after the owner of data firm Cambridge Analytica came forward and revealed that his company had gathered information from 50 million Facebook users without permission to target voters during the 2016 US presidential election.

Spain’s prosecutor seeks 5-year sentence for Xabi over tax fraud

Spain’s prosecutor said on Wednesday it was seeking a five-year jail sentence and a fine of 4m euros ($4.9m) for former football player Xabi Alonso over accusations of tax fraud.

‘Shishu Park’s nameplate to be changed within a week’

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque has said the nameplate of the children amusement park located in Shahbagh “Shishu Park” will be changed within a week.

Dhaka second most polluted city in the world

Dhaka scored 238 in the US Air Quality Index (AQI) at 9am on Wednesday. The air was classified as “very unhealthy.”

BJP lawmaker: India should have annexed Bangladesh

A India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Hojai, a district in the Indian state of Assam, Shiladitya Dev courted controversy yet again, calling the creation of Bangladesh a “great mistake” because of which Assam has been facing “Muslim influx” for decades and suggesting that India should have annexed the country after the 1971 liberation war, Times of India reported.

New UNFPA representative presents credentials to foreign minister

The newly appointed United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative in Bangladesh, Asa Britta Torkelsson, has formally presented her credentials to Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at his office in Dhaka.

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