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Tunisians choose president in run-off elections

Tunisians choose president in run-off elections

Voters in Tunisia are choosing their first freely elected president in a run-off election seen as a landmark in the country's move to democracy. Beji Caid Essebsi, who won the first round with 39% of the vote, is challenging interim leader Moncef Marzouki.  Essebsi represents the secular-leaning Nidaa Tounes party. Tunisia was the first country to...

Negre lays foundation of blue turf

International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre laid the foundation stone of the first ever blue synthetic turf at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday. The Spaniard, who wrapped up his four-day visit to Bangladesh late last night, hoped the new blue turf would herald a new chapter in Bangladesh hockey. This is the third synthetic turf at the premier hockey venue of the country. The first one at this venue was installed in 1996 and the second one was...

Obama tested following sore throat

Obama tested following sore throat

US President Barack Obama has had a persistent sore throat, and has briefly visited a hospital for tests, the White House says. Obama had experienced a sore throat over "the past couple weeks", which appeared to be caused by acid reflux, his doctor said. Obama had a fibre optic exam, followed by a CT scan,...

President declares elderly people as 'senior citizens'

President declares elderly people as 'senior citizens'

President Abdul Hamid has declared the elderly people as "senior citizens" of the country and urged all quarters to work sincerely to ensure their social dignity and security, and other facilities including food, clothing and treatment. "I'm declaring all elderly people of the society as senior citizens of the country to pay respect to their contribution to the society and state," said the President while speaking at a programme here today. Ministry of Social Welfare organized the programme to declare the elderly people as senior citizens of the country. Social welfare minister Syed Mohsin Ali, national professor Dr M R Khan, social welfare ministry secretary Nasima Begum and secretary general of...

Lanka leader seeks third term in office

Lanka leader seeks third term in office

Veteran Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday confirmed he will seek an unprecedented third term in office, with snap elections expected early next year. Rajapakse, who remains popular with many voters after overseeing the end of the war against Tamil separatists, will seek to extend his rule until 2021 in a contest that is likely to precede a papal visit in January. "President signs proclamation declaring his intention to hold a Presidential Election seeking another term," Rajapakse's office said in a brief statement. The proclamation has been sent to the chief elections commissioner, who will set the date for the polls in line with the Sri Lankan constitution. The announcement came soon after...

Arrest RU teacher’s killers: President

Arrest RU teacher’s killers: President

President Abdul Hamid today called for immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to the killers of Rajshahi University teacher AKM Shafiul Islam. “Along with the whole nation, I have been saddened by the incident,” Hamid said while addressing the 4th convocation of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) on the campus, reports our RU correspondent. Expressing deep concern over the killing of the sociology professor, he prayed for the slain teacher and conveyed his sympathy to his bereaved family. Prof Shafiul, 48, was hacked to death by unknown assailants near his house in Choddopai area on the outskirts of the city on Saturday. Hours after the killing a group calling itself Ansar Al...

Modi arrives at Myanmar for Asean Summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday set off on a tour which will take him to key summits and bilateral talks in Myanmar, Australia and Fiji. Modi met Myanmar's President Then Sein at the Presidential Palace shortly after his arrival at the Nay Pyi Taw international airport. After his 45-minute meeting, Modi tweeted that he had a “very good” meeting with President Thein Sein. “We had extensive discussions covering various aspects of our bilateral relations,” he said. In Myanmar, Modi will attend...

President urges increased access to Chinese market

President Abdul Hamid yesterday sought further concession for the access of Bangladeshi products to China and greater Chinese investment in Bangladesh, aiming to address the trade imbalance between the two countries. The president made the call in a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. "We're happy to see some of the remedial and preferential measures are being taken by the Chinese government to address the existing trade imbalance. We look...

Generators get VVIPs going

Generators get VVIPs going

The president, the prime minister and other VIPs of the country had the taste of a unique experience yesterday. For the first time in seven years, they saw power outage in their residences and offices, although it's a daily phenomenon for the common people of the country. The president's office-cum-residence Bangabhaban, the PM's official residence...

Myanmar Elections

President calls talks with parties, army

Myanmar's president has called an unprecedented summit of army top brass and political rivals including Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party, politicians said yesterday, a year ahead of crucial elections. The talks, scheduled for today in the capital Naypyidaw, are the first of their kind in the country as it attempts to emerge from the shadow of decades of outright military rule. Experts say the meeting marks a critical juncture with the 2015 elections seen as a key test of democratic...

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