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Japan recalls envoy from South Korea

International Desk Japan said on Friday it was temporarily recalling its ambassador to South Korea over a statue commemorating Korean women forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War Two which it said violated an agreement to resolve the issue.   The two nations agreed in 2015 that the issue of “comfort women”, which has long plagued ties ... Read More »

Huge Antarctic iceberg poised to break away

BBC Online An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say. A long-running rift in the Larson C ice shelf grew suddenly in December and now just 20km of ice is keeping the 5,000 sq km piece from floating away. Larsen C is the most northern major ice ... Read More »

Tigers lose T20 international series against Kiwis

Sport Desk Bangladesh lost the three-match T20 international series as they were defeated by 47 runs by hosts New Zealand in the second match at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Friday.   To chase the 196-run target set by New Zealand, Bangladesh managed to score 148 runs in 18.1 overs losing all wickets.   Sabbir Rahman scored 48 ... Read More »

Farmer suicides up 42 percent in India

International Desk Farmer suicides in India rose by 42% between 2014 and 2015, according to newly released data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). It recorded 5,650 suicides by farmers and cultivators in 2014. The figure rose to 8,007 in the latest data.   Several states across the country battled severe drought in both 2014 and 2015. Some, including ... Read More »

BGB-transport workers clash in Srimangal : 6 shot, 20 injured At least six people received bullet-injuries and 20 got injured yesterday in an attack carried out by Border Guard Bangladesh personnel at Srimangal upazila under Moulvibazar district. Confirming that six were ijured by bullets, Additional Police Super of Moulvibazar Molla Mohammad Shahin told the Dhaka Tribune last night: “About 20 people were injured in the attack made by BGB ... Read More »

Russian hacking claims: US spy chief promises Putin motive

International desk The US intelligence chief has promised to explain why Russia allegedly meddled in the US presidential election. Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hack of Democratic Party emails, and the motive will be revealed next week. Russia has denied involvement but the US has announced sanctions against Russian officials. President-elect ... Read More »

Neo JMB leader Marzan, another killed in ‘shootout’

Crime Desk Neo JMB leader Nurul Islam Marzan, who was the operational commander of July 1 Gulshan cafe attack, and another were reportedly killed in a shootout with police in Dhaka early today. The incident took place at Beribadh area of Mohammadpur around 3:00 am. Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police. “One is identified ... Read More »

Indian actor Om Puri dies aged 66 Om Puri, one of the most versatile actors of Indian cinema died this morning. The actor was 66. “Omji suffered from a massive heart attack in the morning today. We have just reached his residence,” said filmmaker Ashok Pandit, a close friend of Puri. He also took to Twitter to share the news, “Sad & shocked to know that ... Read More »

Second GM crop ready for release

Economic Correspondent Three years after the release of Bt Brinjal, Bangladesh is going to get its second genetically modified (GM) crop — a disease resistant potato — as scientists have sought government approval for its commercial use. Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, which has developed the blight resistant (RB) potato, applied on December 29 for the commercial release of the crop, ... Read More »

New Zealand set 195-run target for Bangladesh

Sport Desk Hosts New Zealand have set a target of 195 runs for 7 for Bangladesh in the second of a three-match T20 international series at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Friday.   Winning the toss, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza chose to bowl first, and he himself struck in the very first over to remove Luke Ronchi. ... Read More »