Sunday, 14 Apr, 2024

International

N Korea rejects US non-aggression deal

DHAKA: North Korea refused to sign a non-aggression agreement that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered last week on condition of denuclearization.In a statement carried by the North`s official state media on Saturday, the National Defense Commission spokesman said the U.S. should

7 die, communications, power affected

DHAKA: Seven people are reported to have died due to the "very severe" cyclonic storm Phailin that made landfall near Gopalpur in Odisha on Saturday night.The cyclone hit Odisha coast with wind speed of around 200 kilometres per hour, causing very heavy rain in most parts of the state. As

India assesses damage from Phailin

DHAKA: Morning light on Sunday revealed some of the damage from Tropical Cyclone Phailin, which made landfall on India`s eastern coast as the strongest storm to hit India in 14 years.Power lines and trees were down and cars were overturned in Bramhapur, near the spot where the center of

Bus falls off cliff in Peru, 51 killed

DHAKA: A bus carrying 51 people, including children, veered off a cliff in Peru Saturday, killing everyone aboard, an official said.The passengers, who included many members of one family, were traveling to a celebration in the Santa Teresa district, said Juan Carlos Valverde, the under

17 die in Iraq car bomb blast

DHAKA: A car bomb exploded in a street lined with shops in the Iraqi city of Samarra, killing at least 17 people, police and medics said.There was no claim of responsibility for the attack on Saturday, but insurgent groups, including al-Qaeda, have been regaining ground this year,

US shutdown debate shifts to Senate

DHAKA: Negotiations over how to end a political stalemate in Washington that has led to a partial government shutdown have shifted to the Senate.The Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate held direct talks for the first time in weeks, but there is little sign of any breakthrough,

20 killed in Mali boat capsize

DHAKA: At least 20 bodies have been recovered after a boat carrying hundreds of passengers capsized on the River Niger, Mali, on Friday night, officials say.The vessel broke up near Konna whilst en route north from the town of Mopti to Timbuktu.Over 200 people are known to have survived

Five killed ahead of cyclone Phailin’s landfall

DHAKA: At least five people were killed as heavy rains and strong winds swept coastal Odisha ahead of cyclone Phailin’s landfall.Of the five dead, two died in Ganjam district, where the cyclone was likely to hit land. Two died in Jagatsinghpur district and one in Bhubaneswar.Four of the

Indian army, air force, navy in position to tackle cyclone

DHAKA: The Phailin cyclone, that has brought Odisha bitter memories of a similar 1999 disaster that killed 10,000 people, is apprehended to hit landfall at Gopalpur Saturday evening.The sea has turned turbulent forcing the fishing vessels that had ventured into the deep sea to return,

10 Odisha villages go under water as cyclone approaches

DHAKA: The Phailin cyclone, that has brought Odisha bitter memories of a similar 1999 disaster that killed 10,000 people, is apprehended to hit landfall at Gopalpur Saturday evening.The sea has turned turbulent forcing the fishing vessels that had ventured into the deep sea to return,

56 trains, 10 flights cancelled in India due to Phailin

DHAKA: With cyclone Phailin set to hit Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coasts this evening, air and rail traffic have been severely hit.At least 10 flights of Air India, Indigo and Jet Airways scheduled to arrive or take off from the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar remained

6.7magn earthquake detected in Greece

DHAKA: An earthquake of 6.7 magnitude was detected in the Mediterranean Sea 80km west of Chania on the Greek island of Crete at 1311 GMT on Saturday.The US Geological Survey said, reports The Straits Times.The centre of the quake was 15km below the seabed, the organisation said.BDST: 2050

Phailin triggers India’s biggest evacuation operation in 23 years

DHAKA: Cyclone Phailin, being described as possibly the biggest cyclone ever to hit India, has triggered India’s biggest evacuation programme in 23 years, reports said Saturday.Over 5 lakh people have been evacuated from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, the Home Secretary said.‘Our main

Pakistan army chief supports dialogue with Taliban

DHAKA: Pakistan’s powerful army chief General Ashfaq Kayani said the army supports the government’s policy of dialogue with the Taliban to end the insurgency wracking the country.The main Pakistani political parties last month backed a government proposal to seek negotiations with the

Snowden warns of govt spying in first Russia video

DHAKA: US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden warned of dangers to democracy in the first video released of the fugitive since Russia granted him temporary asylum in August.‘If we can’t understand the policies and programmes of our government, we can’t grant our consent in regulating

Power out in Odisha capital, 3 dead as cyclone approaches

DHAKA: The Phailin cyclone, that has brought Odisha bitter memories of a similar 1999 disaster that killed 10,000 people, is apprehended to hit landfall at Gopalpur at 8:00pm local time on Saturday.The sea has turned turbulent forcing the fishing vessels that had ventured into the deep

Thousands rally for south Yemen independence

DHAKA: Thousands of separatists demanding secession took to the streets of Aden on Saturday to mark the anniversary in 1967 of the independence of former South Yemen.The demonstrators came from across the south and gathered on Parade Square in the centre of Aden, waving flags of the

Britain to sign nuclear plant deal with China

DHAKA: British finance minister George Osborne will sign a deal in China next week allowing a Chinese state-run nuclear power company to help build a new plant in Britain, the Financial Times reported.The paper, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, said on Saturday that

Syrian forces executed 130 men in Damascus suburb

DHAKA: The death of 130 rebels and civilians was an execution carried out by the Syrian government and its Shia allies, alleged Syria’s opposition Free Syrian Army Saturday.They were killed in the town of al-Ziyabiya amid battles to control southern Damascus suburbs, which began two

Obama pressures Republicans to raise debt ceiling

DHAKA: US president Barack Obama pressured Republican lawmakers on Saturday to agree to raise the US debt ceiling for longer than they would prefer, as their fiscal impasse dragged into the weekend with five days left to find a deal.The budget battle between Obama and Republicans who