President Biden spoke by video conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada on Tuesday, trying in his first virtual meeting with a foreign leader to restore a sense of normalcy to a core relationship brusquely upended by former President Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump often cast America’s northern neighbor, close ally and key trading partner as an economic predator and insulted Mr. Trudeau as “two-faced,” “weak” and “dishonest.” Tuesday’s tone could hardly have been mo
Bangladesh is looking into legal action against Qatar-based international news organisation Al Jazeera for "spreading misinformation", Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said today. "Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had never appointed anybody as her bodyguard. Her party (AL) men are always her bodyguards," said Momen referring to August 21 grenade attacks.
Six accused including Ayesha Siddique Minni were sentenced to death in Rifat Sharif murder case. Barguna District and Sessions Judge Asaduzzman pronounced the verdict around 1:50pm. Rifat was killed in front of Barguna Government College on June 26 last year. On September 1 that year, 24 people were charged, of whom 10 were adults and 14 juveniles.
Saudi Arabia said today that it would start allowing pilgrims to perform Umrah gradually, taking necessary precautions. The Ministry of Interior said the decision was made after assessing the developments of the coronavirus and in response to the desire of Muslims around the world to perform the ritual, according to Arab News. The first phase of the gradual return will include allowing citizens and expatriates from within the kingdom to perform Umrah at a capacity of 30 percent from Octob
Nestled between hills on one side and the sea on the other, Marishbunia village in Teknaf's Baharchhara union is pure beauty. Babbling brooks, mossy arched bridges and hibiscus shrubs in full bloom -- this was the last location where Maj (retd) Sinha Rashed Md Khan was filming before he was killed in police firing on July 31. But for such an idyllic location, the atmosphere in Marishbunia is unnerving. All the witnesses named in the case, filed against the slain ex-army major by police, are
The intensive care units for coronavirus patients have yet to become functional in many of the 17 hospitals dedicated to Covic-19 treatment, even a month and a half after the authorities reported the first case in the country. While ventilators have been installed in most of the hospitals, infrastructural development, oxygen supply and other necessary equipment are still required for the ICUs to be operational, according to a DGHS letter sent to the health ministry on April 18. Ftv News o
The number of deaths in COVID-19 continue to soar in Bangladesh as it reported nine more deaths in the last 24 hours until Saturday, raising the toll to 140, reports news agency UNB. It also reported 309 new cases in the country. “In the last 24 hours 309 people tested positive for coronavirus in the country. Now the number of confirmed cases stands at 4,998,” said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) additional director general professor Nasima Sultana at the daily healt
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the people to visit physicians if they experience any symptom of coronavirus and not to pay heed to any rumour about the virus as she issued a 31-point directive last night in view of the Covid-19 outbreak. Sheikh Hasina also warned that no corruption will be tolerated in the relief distribution and advised not to use personal protective equipment (PPE) wholesale by all the people. "The prime minister has given the 31-point instruction in the wake of
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is going to be released from prison shortly, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said this afternoon. "Preparation is on," he said while talking to reporters at his secretariat office. The government yesterday decided to release BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, suspending her sentence for six months. Khaleda is now receiving treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. "We are yet to get an order from the ministry. We have all the preparatio
A good number of banks in the US, Canada and many other countries around the world have temporarily shut their branches or scaled back their retail operations as part of their efforts to flatten the curve on coronavirus. Not just that, central banks around the world are coming up with rescue packages to help their economies tide over the coronavirus-induced slowdown. For instance, the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the US, has cut interest rate to essentially zero on March 15 and la