Wednesday 12th December 2018

    • US will finance 15 thousand observers in eleven parliamentary elections

      The United States Embassy in Bangladesh will oversee the upcoming eleven parliamentary elections. US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Robert Miller said the 15,000 observers will fund the country. Calling for everyone to avoid violence in front of the upcoming election, he said that the United States does not support any political party or candidate. We support the democratic process and values. He told reporters after a courtesy call with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday afternoon at Agargaon Election Bhaban. Expecting the peaceful conduct of all the people in the election, he said: Everyone, whether a...

    • Three leaders of the BNP arrested on the first day of national united front three-leaders-of-bnp-arreseted-in-bangladesh

      Three leaders have been arrested in the first day of the national election campaign rally in Kachua of the national unity front of Kachua, BNP candidate Mosharraf Hossain. The arrestees are: General Secretary Abu Taher of Sachar Union Jubo Dal of the upazila, BNP leader Hossain Munsi and Shafiqul Islam Sabu in the same upazila. Police arrested Kachua Police Station. BNP’s president of Kachua upazila, Humayun Kabir, said: “The present administration is trying to obstruct the victory of rice sheets by arresting and harassing my leaders and workers.” Incharge SI Mohammad Mobarak Hossain of Kachua Sachar police station said...

    • Huawei CFO granted bail at court hearing Huawei-CFO-granted-bail-at-court-hearing

      The Canadian court on Tuesday granted bail to Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who’s been detained in Canada for nearly two weeks for allegedly breaking U.S. sanctions on Iran. Meng, also the daughter of Huawei founder, was taken into custody in Vancouver on December 1 while traveling from Hong Kong to Mexico via Canada at the request of the U.S. government.

    • 4 dead, 12 injured in shooting in French city of Strasbourg 4-dead,-12 -injured-in-shooting-in-French-city-of-Strasbourg

      Four people were killed and 12 others injured in a shooting Tuesday evening near a Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg. Authorities said police cornered the suspect, and a fire exchange ensued. However, he managed to flee the scene and is still at large. The shooter has been identified as a 29-year-old local man who is already on a security watch list for extremists. The motive of the shooting was not immediately clear.   The Ministry of Interior has called on the public to remain indoors in the wake of the “serious security event” in the city....

    • India elections: Setback for Modi’s BJP in three key states India-elections-Setback-for-Modi's-BJP-in-three-key-states

        Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his right-wing BJP party appear to be facing a political setback, with major swings against it in three key state elections. The opposition Congress Party looks set to form governments in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, while Madhya Pradesh heads for a photo-finish. Correspondents say a win for the depleted Congress in at least two states will see it regain credibility. General elections are due in 2019. Early results in the central state of Madhya Pradesh put the Congress well ahead, but the BJP has been making a late comeback. It is still unclear...

    • Brexit: Theresa May meeting EU leaders in bid to rescue deal Brexit-Theresa-May-meeting-EU-leaders-in-bid-to-rescue-deal

      Theresa May is meeting European leaders and EU officials on Tuesday for talks aimed at rescuing her Brexit deal. She is holding talks with Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Germany’s Angela Merkel after postponing a Commons vote on the deal. The UK PM has said she needs “further assurances” about the Northern Ireland border plan to get backing from MPs. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU would not “renegotiate” the deal but there was room for “further clarifications”. The prime minister is understood to be seeking legal guarantees that the UK will not be trapped in the...

    • President Xi: China follows development path of human rights suited to national conditions President-Xi-China-follows-development-path-of-human-rights-suited-to-national-conditions

      Chinese President Xi Jinping urged China to keep to the path of human rights development suited to national circumstances in a letter sent to the symposium on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which was held on Monday in Beijing. As time goes by, the process of human rights is improving, the president said, adding that China adheres to the combination of the universal principle of human rights with contemporary realities, follows a development path which suits its national conditions, and practices human rights with a people-centered notion. Xi believed that leading a happy...

    • Nobel Peace Prize to award revolutionary leaders against sexual violence Nobel-Peace-Prize-to-award-revolutionary-leaders-against-sexual-violence

      The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize is set to be awarded to two activists fighting against sexual violence in Oslo today, encouraging the aspirational forces in protecting a peaceful world. On October 5, the Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege, whose hospital has treated 40,000 victims of sexual violence since its opening in 1999, and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad, who is a survivor of ISIL’s sexual slavery and an advocate for the Yazidi minority in Iraq, were announced as the co-winners of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.  This is somewhat unexpected because there were many predictions that the U.S. President Donald Trump, the ROK...

    • Trump chief of staff John Kelly to leave White House job Trump-chief-of-staff-John-Kelly-to-leave-White-House-job

      President Donald Trump has announced that his chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by the end of the year. There have been persistent reports for several days that Gen Kelly was under pressure to go. Some reports said that the retired Marine Corps general’s relationship with Mr Trump had deteriorated. But Mr Trump described Mr Kelly as a “great guy” and said a replacement would be named “over the next day or two”. The White House revolving door: Who’s gone? The people around Donald Trump “He’s been with me almost two years now, between two positions,”...

    • State governor, officials dead in helicopter crash in Sudan State-governor-officials-dead-in-helicopter-crash-in-Sudan

      A helicopter carrying a government delegation in eastern Sudan crashed on Sunday, killing a state governor and other officials, Xinhua reports. The helicopter crashed and burned in the morning in the border area between Sudan and Ethiopia. Gadaref State Governor Merghani Saleh and five other officials were among the victims. Other officials who survived the crash have been rushed to the hospital. According to Sudan’s state news agency SUNA, a statement will be issued on the incident soon.