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Three children of Danish billionaire killed in Sri Lanka attacks

Reuters . Copenhagen,22 april:  Denmark’s richest man Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife lost three of their four children in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, a spokesman for Povlsen’s fashion firm said on Monday.

The spokesman declined to give any further details but Danish media said the family had been on holiday in Sri Lanka.

A string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka killed 290 people and wounded about 500 in Sunday’s attacks. A senior investigator said on Monday that seven suicide bombers had taken part in the attacks.

Povlsen is the owner of fashion firm Bestseller, which includes brands like Vero Moda and Jack & Jones, and is the majority stakeholder in online retailer Asos while also holding a big stake in Zalando.

He owns more than 1 percent of all the land in Scotland, according to Forbes.

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Dhaka, Thimphu agree to work on DFQF access of products

Desk,: Bangladesh and Bhutan today agreed in principle to work on allowing duty free (DF) and quota free (QF)access of a number of their products to each other’s market for the mutual interests.

“Bhutan has sought duty and quota free access of its 16 products to Bangladesh market, while Bangladesh has sought such access of its 10 goods to Bhutanese market during the official talks of the two countries held today,” Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said while briefing reporters after the talks at the Prime Minister’s Office here this morning.

PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim was present at the briefing.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the Bangladesh side at the talks, while the Bhutanese delegation was led by visiting Bhutanese Premier Dr Lotay Tshering.

According to the foreign secretary, the premier told her Bhutanese counterpartthat Dhaka would consider the matter of duty and quota free access of 16 Bhutanese products to Bangladesh market.

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Calls for justice at Pahela Baishakh event amid fury over Nusrat death

Chhayanaut President Sanjida Khatun has briefly mentioned the death of madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a case that sparked public anger in the run-up to the Pahela Baishakh celebrations.

Nusrat, 18, was attacked in Feni in reprisal against sexual harassment charges against the religious school’s principal.

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Naib made Afghanistan ODI captain ahead of World Cup

Afghanistan replaced long-serving One-Day International captain Asghar Afghan with Gulbadin Naib on Friday, less than two months before this year’s 50-over World Cup in England and Wales.

Afghan, 31, took over the team’s captaincy in 2015 after Mohammad Nabi had stepped down following the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Under his leadership, the war-torn South Asian country gained full membership status from the governing body International Cricket Council and also qualified for the 2019 World Cup.

Afghanistan’s chief selector Dawalt Ahmadzai backed Naib to continue Afghan’s legacy and said he was the right choice to lead the team at the World Cup.

“Asghar Afghan who captained team Afghanistan for a period of around four years achieved a lot and made the country proud,” Ahmadzai said in a statement on the Afghan Cricket Board’s (ACB) website.

“I hope Gulbadin Naib will be able to continue his legacy at the helm of the team’s affairs.”

However, the news did not go down well with Afghan’s predecessor Nabi, who took to Twitter to question the timing of the change.

“Being a senior member of the side and having seen the rise of Afghanistan cricket, I don’t think it’s the right time to change the captain before the WC,” Nabi said.

“The team has gelled really well under Asghar and I personally feel he is the right man to lead us.”

The 28-year-old Naib, who bowls seam and bats in the middle order, has played 52 ODIs for Afghanistan since making his debut in 2011.

In wholesale changes to the leadership structure, all-rounder Rahmat Shah was appointed Test captain replacing Afghan while leg-spinner Rashid Khan was put in charge of the Twenty20 team.

Rashid, who was also named vice-captain for the 50-over format, was even more vocal in his criticism of the move and called the decision to oust Afghan “irresponsible”.

“With all the respect to the selection committee, I strongly disagree with the decision,” Rashid said on Twitter. “As we have the cricket World Cup in front of us… Asghar Afghan should remain as our team captain.

“With just months to go for such a mega event like World Cup, changing the captain will cause uncertainty and also team morale will be affected.”

The Afghan Cricket Board was not immediately available for comment.

Afghanistan will tour Scotland and Ireland next month to prepare for the World Cup and will also play an ODI each against Pakistan and England before kicking off their campaign against Australia on June 1.

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Pakistan to release 360 Indian prisoners as tensions ease


06 Apr 2019 : Pakistan will release 360 Indian prisoners this month, the foreign office said on Friday, as the nuclear-armed neighbors scale back from a confrontation that prompted world powers to urge restraint.

Tension has been running high since a suicide car bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on Feb 14, but the risk of conflict rose dramatically on Feb 27, when India launched an air strike on what it said was a militant training base.

The following day Pakistan shot down an Indian fighter jet and captured its pilot who was later released.

“Pakistan has decided that 360 Indian prisoners – having breakup of 355 fishermen and five civilians, who have completed their term of sentence, will be released,” Mohammad Faisal, spokesman for the Pakistan Foreign Office, told reporters.

He said the prisoners would be released in four batches starting from April 8.

Due to the rocky relations between the two sides, prisoners who have completed their jail terms often languish in each other’s jails for months, if not years, afterwards.

According to the lists exchanged by both sides in January, there are 347 Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails, 249 of whom are what the spokesman described as civilians and 98 fishermen.

There are 537 Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails, 483 of whom are fishermen.

“We hope that India will reciprocate this,” the foreign office spokesman said.

Pakistan’s F-16 combat jets have all been accounted for, US-based Foreign Policy magazine said, citing US officials, contradicting an Indian air force assessment that it had shot down one of the jets in the February standoff.

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Within 10 days will drop abdominal fat!

The earliest fat fades in stomach. There is a drink in your home, which will reduce the fat of the stomach in just 10 days.

It’s Ginger and Cumin. Ginger and Cumin juice can be reduced stomach fat by only 10 days.

Let’s know how this water can be made :

Add one spoon of cumin and one piece of ginger 500 milliliter water to boil well. Until the water is going halfway. Drink this drink for 10 days.

The results will be seen in your eyes.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Ex-MP Yusuf taken to Dhaka for better treatment

he ailing former parliament member Mohammad Yusuf was shifted to Dhaka today for better treatment.

Yousuf was admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday at the directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The former MP was undergoing treatment at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and a medical team, formed for his treatment, referred to take him to Dhaka when his condition worsened.

Earlier, the PM asked the Chittagong Deputy Commissioner (DC) to take necessary steps for treatment.

He was an elected Member of Parliament from Rangunia constituency in 1991 by defeating the then war criminal and NDP chief late Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

India-China agree to end Sikkim stand-Off

International Desk: China and India have agreed to end a lengthy stand-off at the Sikkim border that began in June, said the government today. The breakthrough was reached by diplomatic talks, India said.

“On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is on-going,” said the Foreign Ministry.

The breakthrough comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to China in a few weeks for a summit of the BRICS group of nations. Indian sources said that soldiers from both sides have begun withdrawing, but the process of removing them will not be completed today.

The conflict, which was the worst in decades, saw 300 soldiers from each side, confronting each other on the remote Doklam plateau in the Eastern Himalayas. India ignored repeated baiting and aggressive rhetoric by China to insist it would seek diplomatic channels to resolve the tension.

India had also urged that both sides withdraw troops to engage in dialogue; Beijing insisted on the unilateral pulling out of India’s soldiers.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

We now feel unbeatable at home’

The most celebrated all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan, who is the top ranked all-rounder in all three formats of the game gave his view on Bangladesh’s change in mentality in an interview with the newspaper, The Guardian of England.

“Previously the mindset was to draw against big teams – try to play five days, make a draw,” he told The Guardian.

“But there is no shortage of self-belief at this moment… Now we feel that we are very much unbeatable at home – doesn’t matter who we are playing against. So this is the belief that makes a team a very good team, and a winning team

Shakib has not always been considered among the best all-rounders in the Test format despite being top-ranked on all formats of the game. However, that’s not a slight on him since Bangladesh hardly features in Test matches.

Since Shakib’s Test debut in 2007, he has featured in 49 of the 56 Tests Bangladesh have played. During that period, teams like Australia and England have played 114 an131 Tests respectively.

That’s a huge gap in ‘Test action’ for Bangladesh compared to the top sides in cricket.

Shakib said: “It is frustrating, we can see the difference. But that’s how it is. We can’t do anything.”

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High Court clinches death penalty for two convicts

The High Court has clinched the death sentence of two convicts in the sensational Biswajit murder case.

The two death row convicts are Rafiqul Islam Shakil and Rajan Talukdar.

The court also gave the penalty of four others and acquitting two – all of whom were sentenced life time imprisonment for murdering Bishwajit Das.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Easing of Entry & Exit restrictions for Bangladesh travellers to India

Desk,24june: As per revised guidelines, entry/exit restrictions have been removed on visas issued to Bangladesh nationals from 24 International Airports and ICPs at Haridaspur and Gede. The International airports include Ahmedabad, Amousi (Lucknow), Varanasi, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dabolim (Goa), Delhi, Gaya, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Amritsar, Trichy, Trivandrum, Bagdogra and Chandigarh.

2.The revised guidelines are aimed at further liberalizing the movement of Bangladesh nationals to India in an effort to strengthen people-to-people contacts.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Australian embassy threatened to blow off

Staff Correspondent,25 april: Bomb threats have been made to Australian embassy in Dhaka’s Gulshan via email on Tuesday.

Gulshan police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abu Bakar Siddique confirmed the matter to shikkhabarta.com.

Abu Bakar Siddique said a threatening email message had been sent to Australia’s embassy in Gulshan. Someone sent the email demanding Tk5 lakh from Australia’s High Commissioner to Dhaka.

Otherwise the Australian embassy would be blown off, the message revealed.

Following the threat, additional security measures have been taken in the embassy area, OC added.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Pig organs using to treat newborn babies with birth defects

Newborn babies suffering from birth defects will be treated with altered pig organs as doctors in Britain become the first in the world to use the procedure.

The procedure will be conducted next year on about ten babies suffering from oesophagus astresia, a rare condition where the upper section of the gullet does not connect to the stomach, making it difficult to swallow and can quickly lead to more serious problems, including choking and pneumonia.

The babies, will receive transplants from pig organs which will be modified using the child’s own stem cells.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

‘Operation Maximus’ ends with death of 3 militants

Law enforcers have ended the ‘Operation Maximus’ on the militant den at Borohat in Moulvibazar municipality area and they have found three bodies of militants there.

Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime, revealed this to journalists after ending the operation around 12:00pm on Saturday.

“The law enforcers have ended ‘Operation Maximus’. Three bodies of the militants — two males and one female — were found inside the hideout,” he said.

One of them was directly involved with the explosions in Sylhet’s Shibbari police checkpost while a joint force was conducting the ‘Operation Twilight’ on ‘Atia Mahal’ which killed seven people including RAB and police officials, Monirul said.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Dhaka railway staff sacrifices life to save child, woman

Staff Correspondent:An old staff of Bangladesh Railway today died while trying to save a woman and a child from being crushed under a speedy train in the capital’s Kuril area.

The deceased was identified as Badal Mia, 58, from Mymensingh and just years before his retirement, was a technical assistant of the engineering department of railway service.

Police said, Badal was busy in maintenance work around 1:30pm when he saw a woman and a child crossing the rail lines at Kuril Biswa Road area oblivious to an approaching train.

Yasin Faruque, officer-in-charge of Dhaka Railway Police Station, said that he pushed the woman and the child off the rail lines but could not save himself.

The train named Surma Express was coming in from Sylhet.

The dead body will be taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital for autopsy.

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