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2 dead in Bangladesh raid on suspected militant hideout

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NEW DELHI — A woman and a teenager believed to be linked to a banned militant group blew themselves up during a police raid on a two-story house in Bangladesh’s capital on Saturday, a government minister said. The woman died after detonating explosives attached to her body during the raid, while the teenage boy’s bloodied body was found inside an ... Read More »

No tax on expat remittances but huge hike in levy and other taxes

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Jeddah —There are no plans at present to impose any taxes on remittances by expat workers, Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, secretary general of the Financial Committee at the Royal Court, was quoted as saying by Al-Madina Arabic daily on Saturday. The Shoura Council is discussing plans to impose a 2 to 6 percent tax on expat workers’ remittances. Former Shoura Council member ... Read More »

Bangladeshi farm workers launch agro league

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By Syeda Amtul JEDDAH — A huge gathering of Bangladeshi expatriates witnessed the inauguration of the Bangladesh Krishok League’s (Bangladesh Farmers League — BKL) western Saudi Arabia branch at a function held at Hotel Holiday Inn in Jeddah recently. BKL President Mohammad Motahar Hossain Mollah inaugurated the ceremony. Giasuddin Mahmoud, vice chairman of Bangladesh International School Jeddah and president of ... Read More »

Assassination in Ankara: Cop guns down Russian ambassador

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ANKARA: Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was assassinated Monday night during the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition in Ankara when he took to the podium to make a speech. Turkey’s interior minister said the gunman, 22-year-old Mevlut Mert Altintas, who was killed, was part of Ankara’s anti-riot police. The assailant was on duty as a security officer during ... Read More »

Free MRT rides for a month beginning tomorrow

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KUALA LUMPUR: Get set for a month of free rides on the MRT and its feeder buses from tomorrow. Beginning tomorrow until January 16, all rides on the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) as well as feeder bus services will be free of charge for the public. This was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the official launch ... Read More »

CAR: Daesh-made weapons in Mosul up to military standards

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IRBIL: Daesh has been producing weapons on a scale and sophistication which matches national military forces and has standardized production across their self-styled caliphate, an arms monitoring group says. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said the terror group had a “robust supply chain” of raw materials from Turkey, and the technical precision of its work meant that it could not be ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia launches new banknotes

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RIYADH: New Saudi banknotes and coins to commemorate the era of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman were officially launched here Tuesday night. Livestreaming of the launch of the new currency by the Riyadh-based Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) marked the formal release of the sixth issue of Saudi legal tenders. The new banknotes are identical in size ... Read More »

Riyadh court sentences 15 Iran ‘spies’ to death

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JEDDAH: Fifteen people who have been accused of spying for Iran were sentenced to death by the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh, local media reported on Tuesday. Fifteen other suspects were slapped with prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years, while two of the accused were acquitted, Al-Riyadh newspaper said. The sentencing capped 10 months of trial, which ... Read More »

PM’s visit to Tungipara suspended due to inclement weather

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's tomorrow's scheduled visit to Tungipara in Goplaganj has been suspended due to inclement weather, BSS reports. "The visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Tungipara in Goplaganj slated for tomorrow has been suspended due to inclement weather," PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. Sheikh Hasina was scheduled to go to Tungipara tomorrow to pay homage to ... Read More »

Nasirnagar UNO withdrawn

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Nasirnagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Chowdhury Moazzem Ahmed has been withdrawn following the recent attacks on Hindu community in the upazila. The ministry of public administration issued an order in this regard on Sunday. Read More »

Cricketer Shahadat, wife acquitted of child torture charges

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A Dhaka court has acquitted former national cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife Jesmine Jahan Nitto in a case filed for torturing their minor domestic help. Dhaka’s Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-5 judge Tanzila Ismail passed the verdict on Sunday in presence of the couple. Earlier, Shahadat secured bail from the High Court on December 8 citing health issues, ... Read More »

Petition filed seeking HC order to ensure Hindu community’s security

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A writ petiton has been filed with the High Court seeking its order to ensure security to the Hindu community across the country, including that of Nasirnagar upazila of Brahmanbaria district. Human rights organisation Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) filed the petition on Sunday morning, UNB reports. Abu Obaidur Rahman, lawyer of ASK, said, “The writ petition was mentioned to ... Read More »

Houses of Hindus torched in Brahmanbaria in fresh attack

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Miscreants set six dwelling structures of the Hindu community on fire at Nasirnagar upazila headquarters early Friday, escalating tension further in the trouble-hit upazila. The incident took place four days after the attacks on temples, houses and business establishments of the Hindu community in the upazila, UNB reports. Locals said miscreants set fire to the cowshed of Phul Kishore Sarkar, ... Read More »

Two boys run over by train in Brahmanbarhia

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Two minor boys have been crushed to death under a train in Brahmanbarhia when they were reportedly taking pictures of another train.The accident happened around 9.30am on Dhaka-Chittagong rail line at the Bhadughar area in the town on Sunday. The deceased were identified as and Shuvo, 11, and Parvez, 14. However the detail identities of the teens were still unknown.Witnesses ... Read More »

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