Sunday, 25 Feb, 2024


16 killed in Venezuela prison violence

DHAKA: At least 16 prisoners have been killed in violence inside a jail in the western Venezuelan city of Maracaibo.Fifteen inmates died in fights between rival gangs, Prisons Minister Iris Varela said. The other victim was killed in a separate incident.Some of the inmates were beheaded

Tony Abbott sworn in as Australia PM

DHAKA: Tony Abbott has been sworn in as Australia`s prime minister, days after his Liberal-National coalition ended six years of Labor government.Mr Abbott, 55, took the oath at Government House in Canberra in front of Governor-General Quentin Bryce.His conservative coalition won a

Galaxy Note 3 at Rs 49,900 in India

DHAKA: Just two weeks after the global announcement of Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 3, Samsung launched the two devices in India. While the Galaxy Note 3 has been priced at Rs 49,900 , the Galaxy Gear, which is a smartwatch, will be sold at a price of Rs 22,990. Note 3 and Gear will be

Syria admits downed helicopter was in Turkish airspace

DHAKA: Syria has admitted that its helicopter shot down on Monday was in Turkish airspace but accused Ankara of being ‘hasty’ in attacking the aircraft.However, Bulent Arinc, Turkey’s deputy prime minister, said the helicopter was shot down after it had travelled two kilometres into

Egypt detains Brotherhood spokesman

DHAKA: Egyptian police arrested Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad on Tuesday, three security officials said, a high-profile detention in the army-backed authorities crackdown on the Islamist movement.Haddad was arrested with two other Brotherhood officials in an apartment in

Japan tells 300,000 households to evacuate

DHAKA: Typhoon Man-yi hit central Japan on Monday, with almost 300,000 households told to evacuate and fears the storm could go on to hit the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.The typhoon made landfall in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture, shortly before 8:00am, packing gusts of up to 162

Koreas restart operations at Kaesong industrial zone

DHAKA: South Korean workers have returned to the Kaesong industrial park in North Korea, five months after work was halted amid high political tension.Trucks and cars began crossing the border into North Korea at exactly 08:00 (23:00 GMT Sunday).More than 800 South Koreans were due to

Indian police investigate rape of girl aged 4

DHAKA: The Indian police on Monday were interrogating a school bus cleaner after his arrest on suspicion of raping a four-year-old in the vehicle on the outskirts of Mumbai earlier this month.The 26-year-old was arrested at the weekend after the girl told her parents of the incident more

Myanmar, IAEA agree closer inspections

DHAKA: The United Nations atomic agency said on Monday it will sign an agreement with Myanmar aimed at clearing up lingering suspicions that its military junta might have sought nuclear weapons.Myanmar was suspected of pursuing military and nuclear cooperation with North Korea during the

France, UK, US agree on Syria push at UN

DHAKA: France, Britain and the United States agreed at three-way Paris talks on Monday to seek a ‘strong and robust’ UN resolution that sets precise and binding deadlines on removal of chemical weapons.The office of French president Francois Hollande said, reports The Jerusalem

‘Security for VIPs, but none for us’

DHAKA: India prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited Muzaffarnagar this morning, where nearly 50 people were killed in communal riots so severe that the army was called in for the first time in over a decade to restore law and

Abbott under fire after naming one woman in Cabinet

DHAKA: Australia’s new prime minister Tony Abbott unveiled his incoming Cabinet on Monday, attracting immediate criticism for including only one woman.Conservative Liberal leader Abbott was elected by an overwhelming majority on September 7, and in his first press conference since

Suicide bomber kills 3 in Chechnya

DHAKA: A suicide bomber driving a carful of explosives killed three policemen in Russia’s Chechnya region on Monday as he tried to ram his car into a police station.‘Three policemen have died as a result of a blast by a suicide bomber,’ Chechnya’s interior ministry said in a

Philippines launches air strikes at Muslim rebels

DHAKA: The Philippine military on Monday launched a helicopter assault on Muslim rebels who have occupied parts of a major southern city, as the crisis entered its eighth day.‘Targeted air strike by the Philippine Air Force (is) ongoing,’ the Zamboanga city government said in a

3 women shot dead in Pakistan ‘honour’ crime

DHAKA: Relatives have shot dead three women in a lawless tribal area of north-west Pakistan after one of them left her husband, officials said on Monday.The ‘honour’ killings happened in Jawaki village in the Darra Adam Khel district, between the cities of Peshawar and Kohat.A

Top Afghanistan policewoman dies

DHAKA: The most senior woman police officer in Afghanistan’s troubled Helmand province has died in hospital after being shot by unknown gunmen, officials say.Lieutenant Negar, known only by her surname, was shot near the police headquarters in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah,

China road accident kills 16

DHAKA: A passenger bus collided with a truck and plunged into a riverbed in southwest China, killing 16 people including 11 students, authorities said.The accident happened on Sunday afternoon in a village in Dazhou city in Sichuan province.The truck overturned and the sand and

France welcomes Syria deal

DHAKA: French President Francois Hollande has described the US-Russia deal on Syria’s chemical weapons as an “important step” towards the much bigger goal of a political solution to the civil war.But in a TV address Hollande also said: “The military option must remain; otherwise

19 killed in Mexico storm

DHAKA: At least 19 people have been killed in Mexico, which is being battered by two powerful storms.Hurricane Ingrid has caused floods and sent thousands to emergency shelter on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. It is expected to make landfall later on Monday.On the Pacific coast, Tropical Storm

Dilip Kumar admitted to hospital

DHAKA: Veteran actor Dilip Kumar, has been admitted to Mumbai`s Lilavati Hospital on Sunday after he developed chest complications.90-year-old Kumar who is married to actress Saira Bhanu, has acted in many memorable Bollywood movies including Devdas, Karma and Kranti.Dilip Kumar was