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Petrobangla counts on Indian company

Costly Abandoned Sangu Platform

Petrobangla counts on Indian company

With the death of the offshore Sangu gas field, its excessively costly production platform has been lying idle in the Bay of Bengal for last two years, awaiting probable discovery of any new field around it in next couple of years. British company Cairn had discovered the small Sangu gas field in 1996 and...

Fourth 'British Bangladeshi' jihadist killed

Fourth 'British Bangladeshi' jihadist killed

A teenage jihadist from Portsmouth has become the fourth extremist from the city to be killed fighting with ISIS in Syria. Mehdi Hassan, 19, travelled to the war-torn country in October last year with a group of friends calling themselves the “Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys”. Photos purporting to show his dead body appeared on ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts on Friday night, with fellow militants claiming he was killed fighting in Kobani. The Syrian border town has seen intense fighting in recent weeks, with the US-led coalition bombing Isis militants and dropping weapons to Kurdish fighters attempting to stop the group's advance. The Foreign Office said it could not confirm Hassan's death but “was...

Dhaka committed to secularism

Dhaka committed to secularism

Bangladesh is committed to secularism and liberal forces are dominating the country now, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told Gulf News in an exclusive interview yesterday in Abu Dhabi. “Since assuming power in 2009, my government initiated a 'zero tolerance stand' against religious extremists and terrorists in the country and vowed to eliminate them totally....

Ebola cases pass 10,000 mark

The number of people infected in the outbreak of Ebola has risen above 10,000, with the mortality rate now approaching 50%. The World Health Organisation yesterday said that the death toll had risen to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases globally in eight countries as at 23 October. Those figures show about 200 new cases since the last report, four days ago. The three worst-affected countries in west Africa – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – account for the vast majority...

Iran hangs woman

Iran hangs woman

Iran has executed Reyhaneh Jabbari for killing a man she says had tried to rape her despite an international campaign calling for a reprieve. Jabbari's mother Shole Pakravan confirmed her death to BBC Persian. She said her 26-year-old daughter was hanged in a Tehran prison and she was due to see her daughter's body...

RMCH interns confine journos

A group of intern doctors and staff of Rangpur Medical College and Hospital yesterday confined three journalists of two private TV channels for half an hour as they were shooting footage for a special story on its paediatrics department. They are Shah Bayejid Ahmed, Rangpur district correspondent of Ekattor television channel, and its videographer Shaheen Alam and Rtv videographer Dalim. The hospital sources said the interns and staff of the paediatrics department prevented the journalists from entering the department and shooting...

Shot by cops, woman loses leg

A woman's leg had to be amputated after police allegedly shot her when she tried to stop the law enforcers from arresting her brother in Chittagong 10 days ago. Shazuara Begum Shazu, 35, of Satkania upazila's Koechia village is now undergoing treatment at Ibn Sina Hospital in the capital. Police said her brother Mohammad Osman is a Shibir operative and accused in a couple of cases. According to Shazu, a team of Chittagong's Satkania police went to their home on October 16...

2 lakh lose eyesight due to cataracts annually

Although blindness decrease by 0.5 percent over the last 14 years in the country, still about two lakh people are losing their eyesight due to cataracts every year, , said speakers at a seminar yesterday. At the moment one percent of the population is blind, they said. The seminar titled “Sensitisation of Journalists on Eye Care Programme of Bangladesh” was held at the National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital in the capital. The seminar was organised ahead of World Sight Day,...

First Press Event as PM Modi takes tea, but no questions

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took tea, but no questions, on Saturday at his first staged meeting with the Indian press since coming to power five months ago, underscoring the delicate relationship he has with the fourth estate. Modi said he wanted to strengthen ties with journalists and thanked them for reporting on a 'Clean India' campaign he launched recently by taking a broom to a rubbish-strewn street in New Delhi. "The prime minister cannot pick up the broom alone," Modi...

Netaji deputy, Nehru's old friend was a Soviet spy!

A deputy of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, an "old friend" of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and a former Indian ambassador, A C N Nambiar, has been described as a Soviet spy. According to documents declassified under the 30-year-rule at the National Archives here, Nambiar went to Berlin in 1924 as a journalist and worked with the Indian communist group, visiting Moscow as a Soviet "guest" in 1929. "On the outbreak of the Second World War, Nambiar was expelled from Germany...

Botswana ruling party leads in early election results

Botswana's ruling party was leading in most local council constituencies as general election results trickled in yesterday, but opposition parties made a strong showing in the capital, the electoral commission said. There had been delays in the counting of parliamentary ballots and no results had been received so far, the Independent Electoral Commission spokesman Osupile Maroba told AFP. "We are hoping to start receiving parliamentary results from 57 poling districts by mid-morning," he said. Parliamentary results will also determine who will be...

Liton, Dablu at Rajshahi city AL helm

AHM Khairuzzaman Liton and Dablu Sarker were elected president and general secretary of Rajshahi city Awami League last night. Liton was elected unopposed while Dablu was elected defeating three other candidates. The full committee would be declared within a week, Liton said. The council, which is supposed to be held every three years, was held after 10 years. The council was attended, among others, by AL leaders Mohammad Nasim, Jahangir Kabir Nanok, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, Lt Col (Retd) Mohammad Faruk Khan,...

Holy Ashura on November 4

The holy Ashura will be observed across the country on November 4, as the moon of Muharram month was sighted yesterday. The announcement came after a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee at the Islamic Foundation conference room. Religious Affairs Minister Matiur Rahman chaired the meeting, attended among others by Religious Affairs Secretary Babul Hasan and Islamic Foundation Director Shamim Mohammad Afzal, said a PID handout. Ashura is observed on the 10th of Muharram to commemorate the Karbala tragedy in which...