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International Mother Language Day: Bangladesh pays homage to language movement heroes

Dhaka, Feb. 21 -- As the clock struck midnight, Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid led the nation in paying tributes by placing wreaths at Central Shaheed Minar to pay homage to the language movement heroes on International Mother Language Day .

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other leasers also placed a wreath at the altar after the President. They stood in silence for some time as a mark of respect to the memories of the language heroes, report... Read More


House Queries Foreign Ministry Officials Over Missing Japanese Grants

Monrovia, Feb. 21 -- The manager of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' project dubbed "IECI Human & Capacity Building Project" sponsored by the government of Japan, Augustine Nyenplu has been exposed by an audit conducted by the General Auditing Commission (GAC) for allegedly stealing L$20,195,625.00 from the project's account at Afriland Bank.

"This despicable situation has now subjected the conservative solitude for which the Ministry of Foreign... Read More


Thousands protest against Trump travel ban in NYC

Dhaka, Feb. 21 -- Thousands of New Yorkers crammed city streets on Sunday to participate in the #IAmAMuslimToo rally and protest the actions of the Donald Trump administration.

Co-organised by hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, rabbi Marc Schneier and imam Shamsi Ali, the event, which stretched back multiple city blocks, saw a range of speakers who declared, amid the unseasonable February sunshine: "Today, I am a Muslim too." After only a month into... Read More


Rights group accuses Bangladesh of ethnic cleansing, pushing Buddhists out with Rohingya refugees from Myanmar

India, Feb. 20 -- A rights group has accused Dhaka of facilitating ethnic cleansing of indigenous Buddhists by pushing Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh. This strategy of replacing the minority Jumma people of Bangladesh with the Rohingyas has been a factor in the latter's persecution in Myanmar, the group said. Jumma is a collective term for the indigenous peoples of CHT. They include the Chakma, ... Read More


BRICS summit to promote inclusive, balanced economic globalisation, says China

India, Feb. 20 -- China has said this year's BRICS summit will promote more inclusive and balanced economic globalisation. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday said the summit, to be held in southeast China's coastal city of Xiamen in September, will not only contribute to common development of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries, but also promote more inclusive and balanced economic globalisation. Wang met his S... Read More


President asks EC to work on holding fair polls

Bangladesh, Feb. 20 -- President Abdul Hamid urged on Monday the newly-constituted Election Commission (EC) to perform its duty to hold elections in a free, fair and credible manner, report agencies.

He also said the EC will have to take assistance from all the political parties and other stockholders for holding fair polls.

"Election is the integral part of democratic process . . . All-out cooperation from all political parties and general peo... Read More


India lags behind China in consumer spends: Stefano Ricci's Jackie Manglani

New Delhi, Feb. 20 -- Italian luxury fashion brand Stefano Ricci, known for its menswear, recently introduced an interior design division in India. The company founded by designer Stefano Ricci in 1972 entered India in 2015 and currently operates one store at the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. Stefano Ricci, which is headquartered in Fiesole (near Florence in Italy) owns 52 mono-brand boutiques across Asia-Pacific, Russia, the Middle East, Europe and ... Read More


Russian ambassador to UN dies in New York

Moscow, Feb. 20 -- Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin died in

New York on Monday, a day before his 65th birthday.

"The Russian Foreign Ministry deeply regrets to announce that Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin has died suddenly in New York on February 20, a day ahead of his 65th birthday," TASS news agency quoted the ministry as saying.

"The outstanding Russian ... Read More


Hafiz Saeed's brother says action by Pakistan taken under India pressure

New Delhi, Feb. 20 -- Action against 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed by Pakistan was taken after pressure from India, his brother and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader Hafiz Masood has said.

Masood said Saeed's house arrest at his Lahore residence and subsequent ban on the LeT front Jamaat-ud-Dawa has not affected its operation and it continues to function under the "supervision" of the Pakistani government.

"My brother is under house arre... Read More


US president Donald Trump trolled on Twitter for remarks on Sweden

India, Feb. 20 -- US President Donald Trump was trolled on Twitter for his remarks that something terrible had happened in Sweden last week. While he was talking about terror attacks across Europe, Trump told his supporters at a Florida rally: "We have got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're... Read More