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Usain Bolt loses one Olympic gold medal

Sport Desk Usain Bolt will have to hand back one of his nine Olympic gold medals after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.   Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008.   His was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last ... Read More »

Search body to recommend by 10 working days A six-member search committee to reconstitute the next Election Commission has been formed with Supreme Court’s Appellate Division judge Syed Mahmud Hossain in the head.   The search committee will submit recommendations to the President by next 10 working days.   A gazette notification released by the cabinet division has confirmed the matter on Wednesday evening.   The other ... Read More »

Trump to approve plans to build Mexican wall

International Desk US President Donald Trump is set to order the construction of a wall on the Mexican border to stop illegal immigrants from entering the United States. White House officials said the president plans to sign an executive order later today that will fund the construction of the wall, the New York Times reports. Trump insists the wall is ... Read More »

Sweden calls off Bofors scandal probe to spare Rajiv Gandhi

International Desk Sweden called off its investigation into the Bofors arms scandal to spare then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi embarrassment, a recently declassified CIA report has said.   It also claims that Sweden’s investigation into alleged bribes paid to its officials was “terminated” in 1988 following a trip by Mr Gandhi to Stockholm.   The scandal, which surfaced in the ... Read More »

PM slams Dr Yunus

Parliament Correspondent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said former Grameen Bank Managing Director Dr Muhammad Yunus lobbied with former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to terminate World Bank’s commitment of financing the Padma Bridge project. Replying to a supplementary question from Jatiya Party member AKM Maidul Islam in the parliament on Wednesday, the prime minister said Dr Muhammad Yunus ... Read More »

Bangladeshi among 7 hanged in Kuwait

International  Desk Kuwait has hanged seven prisoners, including a Bangladeshi, according to a statement carried by the state-run KUNA news agency.   The hangings on Wednesday were the first executions in the oil-rich Gulf state since mid-2013.   Those executed included a royal family member, two Kuwaitis, two Egyptians, a Filipina and an Ethiopian. They were convicted of offences ranging ... Read More »

8 power plants with 5,925-MW capacity under implementation: Nasrul   State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid today said there are eight power plants having 5,925-MW generation capacity in the public and private sector are now under implementation in the country and the plants will be completed in phases from 2018 to 2021. The state minister made the disclosure while replying to a question from ... Read More »

Pak envoy summoned over security in Bangladesh missions

Diplomatic Correspondent The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today summoned the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Dhaka, Rafiuzzaman Siddiqui, and asked him to beef up security in all Bangladesh missions in the country. “During the meeting in the afternoon, the Pakistan envoy was told to bring the issue of safety and security of the high commissioner of Bangladesh in Islamabad, the ... Read More »

‘My father was murdered’

Entertainment Desk Michael Jackson’s only daughter has spoken out for the first time since his death seven years ago to say that she believes her father was murdered.   In her first in-depth interview, Paris told Rolling Stone she was convinced Jackson’s 2009 death was “a setup”.   Paris Jackson, now 18, said that she is convinced that Jackson’s 2009 ... Read More »

Pakistani MP harassed in parliament

International Desk A Pakistani female lawmaker threatened to self-immolate after she was harassed by male colleagues in parliament, telling AFP that the widely-publicised incident shows how laws to protect women are not being enforced.   Nusrat Sahar Abbasi, an MP in Sindh province, spoke of her fury after provincial minister Imdad Pitafi invited her to his private chambers on the ... Read More »