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Day: May 16, 2017

Bangladesh to procure six ships from China
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Bangladesh to procure six ships from China

    Bangladesh will procure six new ships from a Chinese company to add those to the fleet of Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC). The six ships-- three product oil tankers and three bulk carriers(each having capacity of capacity of carrying 39,000 DWT)-will be procured from China National Import and Export Machineries Corporation (BPC) at a cost of Tk 1,843 crore, said an official release. Of the total cost, BSC will provide Tk 395 crore and the rest Tk 1,448 crore will be provided by the Chinese government as loan, reports news agency UNB. A three-member committee, led by Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan, on Monday night left the city for China to attend a programme of plate cutting of the ships. The other members of the committee are additional secretary of the ministry M...
Lawmakers express shock and concern about Trump disclosure of classified information
America, ENGLISH

Lawmakers express shock and concern about Trump disclosure of classified information

    Lawmakers expressed shock and concern after learning that President Trump had revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a meeting in the Oval Office last week, according to current and former US officials. Obviously, they are in a downward spiral right now and have got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that’s happening, said Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said of the Trump administration. The chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline is creating an environment that I think makes — it creates a worrisome environment, he said. Trump’s disclosures jeopardised a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State, according to the officials. The informati...
North Korea link emerges in global cyber attacks
Asia, ENGLISH

North Korea link emerges in global cyber attacks

    Security researchers investigating the massive cyberattack campaign that sparked havoc in computer systems worldwide have reported signs of a possible North Korean link, but Europe’s cross-border police agency said Tuesday it was too early to tell. After days of disruptions affecting networks worldwide, a top US official said the number of computers affected had reached 300,000, but that infection rates had slowed. In the first clues of the origin of the massive ransomware attacks, Google researcher Neel Mehta posted computer code that showed similarities between the WannaCry malware and a vast hacking effort widely attributed to Pyongyang. The code used in the latest attack shared many similarities with past hacks blamed on the North, including the targeting of Sony Pictu...
White House Staff Hiding As Russia Chaos Engulfs West Wing
America, ENGLISH

White House Staff Hiding As Russia Chaos Engulfs West Wing

    White House and administration officials are reeling at reports that President Donald Trump reportedly shared classified information with Russia’s top diplomats during an Oval Office meeting last week. It’s the latest crisis jolting Trump’s senior staff in the week following the chaotic fallout from the firing of FBI director James Comey and especially ironic considering the president’s repeated condemnations of Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server, which contained a handful of messages deemed to be classified. Communications staff and senior staffers at the White House were literally “hiding in offices,” according to a senior Trump aide, as a gaggle of White House press stormed White House hallways just after the Washington Post story broke on Monday even...
Statement on the death of Evah Jannath
ENGLISH, London

Statement on the death of Evah Jannath

Keith Vaz made the following statement concerning Evah Jannath, a young British Bangladeshi girl who died at Drayton manor Theme Park on the 9th of May 2017. At the Request of the family Keith Vaz met with the mother and brother of Evha Jannath. They live in the Leicester East constituency. They have asked him to make this statement on their behalf. "The family is grief stricken at the death of their beloved daughter and sister at Drayton Manor Park yesterday afternoon. They want to express thanks to all of those within the community in Leicester and beyond for their expressions of condolence and support. The family have requested a full inquiry into the circumstances surrounding this tragic death and welcome the actions taken so far by Staffordshire Police and the Health and Safety Execut...
News Brief: Bangladesh High Commission London
ENGLISH, London

News Brief: Bangladesh High Commission London

The Cabinet yesterday gave the final approval to the draft of “The Cantonments Act-2017” that proposed increasing the fines and punishments manifold for violating the law. The draft was prepared bringing changes to the existing Cantonments Act-1924 to keep up with the times. Fines for 43 offences were increased substantially in the draft law as the amounts of the fines in the 93-year-old law were very small. The Cabinet also approved a proposal for ratification of “The Agreement between the Republic of San Marino and Bangladesh on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations” between the two countries. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the Cabinet meeting. President Abdul Hamid yesterday asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to extend its activities to the grassroots level to c...
News Brief: Bangladesh High Commission London
ENGLISH, London

News Brief: Bangladesh High Commission London

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq yesterday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina never makes any law which goes against the interest of the expatriate Bangladeshis. That's why there is nothing in the Citizenship Act to hamper the interest of the expatriates, he said at a view-exchange meeting organized by Bangladesh High Commission in London on the proposed Citizenship Act, 2015. Breaking all the previous records, Bangladesh's gross domestic product (GDP) growth has reached 7.24 percent this fiscal year according to the provisional estimate of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). Due to the robust growth in the industrial sector the GDP rose. The GDP growth was 7.11 percent in the last fiscal year (FY16). As per the BBS provisional estimation, the per capita inc...