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PM's briefing on US visit tomorrow

PM's briefing on US visit tomorrow

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold a press conference tomorrow to brief about the outcome of her New York visit. The press conference will be held at her residential office Gono Bhaban in Dhaka in the afternoon, Noorelahi Mina, assistant press secretary to the premier, told The Daily Star. However, the issues of Latif Siddique,...

ISIS an hour away from Baghdad

US air strikes are failing to drive back ISIS in Iraq where its forces are still within an hour's drive of Baghdad. Three and a half months since the Iraqi army was spectacularly routed in northern Iraq by a far inferior force of ISIS fighters, it is still seeing bases overrun because it fails to supply them with ammunition, food and water. The selection of a new Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, to replace Nouri al-Maliki last month was supposed to introduce...

PM decides to drop Latif Siddique from cabinet

PM decides to drop Latif Siddique from cabinet

The prime minister has decided to drop Abdul Latif Siddique from the cabinet over his comments in New York on hajj, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and Tablighi Jamaat, sources said. Aggrieved by the posts, telecommunications and information technology minister's comments made during a discussion at Jackson Heights Sunday, the PM took the decision in London...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

“No head above King”

“No head above King”

Do any of my readers remember a brilliant film of the 1950s on King Chulalongkorn of Siam (today's Thailand) called "The King and I"?  In it the King finding the English governess he hired for his children's education to be much taller than him says, "No head above King" and forces her to...

UN General Assembly

178-member team to go with PM

178-member team to go with PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for the US on Sunday to lead Bangladesh to the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) with a 178-member delegation, the biggest entourage since her taking office in 2009. Last year, she led a 134-member delegation to the 68th UNGA. “The number of entourage members may rise further as the authorities have issued a government order [GO] later and others are possibly awaiting visa because their applications were submitted a few days ago,” said a highly placed government source. Besides, an advance team of Special Security Force (SSF) and civil officials had already been to New York, added the source. During her weeklong visit, Hasina is scheduled to take...

Save tigers, save nature

Save tigers, save nature

Assuring her government will do everything necessary for conservation of the tigers, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the tiger range countries to continue their sincere efforts for protecting tigers. “Let us join hands to save the tigers and save the nature,” she said. The prime minister gave the assurance and made the appeal...

Conflicts rattle JP

Jatiya Party Secretary General Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu yesterday denied that there was any rift in the party, and said the discussion between the prime minister and four JP leaders over JP's internal affairs was nothing unusual. “The prime minister [Sheikh Hasina] is the leader of parliament. Therefore, she is also leader of the opposition party. That is why we must talk to the premier,” Bablu said at a press conference at the JP chief's office in the capital. When a reporter...

Fabled Franklin Arctic ship found

Fabled Franklin Arctic ship found

One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada's prime minister says. Stephen Harper said it was unclear which ship had been found, but photo evidence confirmed it was one of them. Sir John Franklin led the two ships and 129 men in 1845...

Move to revamp Tejgaon area

The cabinet yesterday decided to prepare a comprehensive master plan to turn the entire Tejgaon industrial area into a planned industrial, commercial and residential area. The decision was taken at the weekly cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. An inter-ministerial committee headed by the housing and public works minister will prepare the master plan. It will then be sent to the prime minister for approval. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary M...

INDIAN MEDIA

Questions over Modi's leadership

Questions over Modi's leadership

Media in India are criticising the booing of opposition chief ministers in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reports say supporters of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have booed Congress party chief ministers at three different official functions in the last few days. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's speech was repeatedly disturbed...

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