11142019বৃহঃ
শুক্রবার, 15 মার্চ 2019 10:06

Reports of dead as New Zealand police hunt ‘active’ mosque shooter

NEWS FLASH DESK Several people were reported dead when a gunman opened fire at a crowded mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, during afternoon prayers Friday. Local media reported up six people were dead and the South Island city was placed in lockdown as police hunted for an “active shooter.” “A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter,” police said in a statement. “Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high.” The Masjid al Noor was filled with worshippers, including members of the…
মঙ্গলবার, 10 জুলাই 2018 16:59

Freed from cave, but doctor’s orders bar Thai boys from World Cup final

NEWS FLASH DESK The eight young footballers rescued from a cave in Thailand after more than two weeks underground are unlikely to be able to take up an offer to attend the World Cup final in Moscow, doctors said Tuesday. The plight of the boys has prompted an outpouring of support from across the footballing world, from Brazil legend Ronaldo to England’s John Stones and Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi. The emaciated and dishevelled “Wild Boars” were found after nine days of no contact on a small, muddy bank surrounded by water several kilometres inside the Tham Luang cave in northern…
মঙ্গলবার, 10 জুলাই 2018 16:08

Death toll in wake of torrential rain reaches 148 in Japan

News Flash Desk The death toll in the wake of torrential rainfall causing flooding and landslides in western Japan reached 148 people, officials said Tuesday. The government and local municipalities have stepped up search and rescue efforts to find 59 people that are still unaccounted for in areas including Hiroshima Prefecture where 55 people have been reported dead. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who canceled his trip to Europe and the Middle East to attend to the disaster, told a meeting of the government’s crisis response unit that reserve funds would be made available before requests came in from local…
SEOUL, June 13, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Donald Trump accepted an invitation from Kim Jong Un to visit North Korea during their historic summit, Pyongyang state media reported Wednesday, as the US president said the world had jumped back from the brink of “nuclear catastrophe”. Tuesday’s unprecedented encounter in Singapore saw the leader of the world’s most powerful democracy shake hands with Kim, the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, as they stood as equals in front of their nations’ flags. In a characteristically bullish tweet, Trump said the first-ever summit between sitting leaders of the two Cold War foes…
শুক্রবার, 27 এপ্রিল 2018 09:34

North Korea's Kim Jong-un crosses into South Korea

BBC Kim Jong-un has become the first North Korean leader to set foot in South Korea by crossing the military line that has divided the peninsula since the end of the Korean War in 1953. In a moment rich with symbolism and pomp, South Korean leader Moon Jae-in and Mr Kim shook hands at the border. Mr Kim said he hoped for "frank" discussion during a warm opening exchange as talks kicked off. The historic summit will cover nuclear weapons and a possible peace treaty. Much of what they will talk about is likely to have been agreed in advance,…
মঙ্গলবার, 15 আগস্ট 2017 13:34

Modi says India will fight foreign threats

NEWS FLASH DESK India can defend itself from anyone who seeks "to act against our country", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an Independence Day speech Tuesday amid a tense standoff with Beijing over a Himalayan plateau. "Security is our top priority," Modi said in a speech before thousands at the landmark Red Fort in New Delhi as the country marked the 70th anniversary of the end of British colonial rule. "Be it the sea or the borders, cyber or space -- in all spheres, India is capable and we are strong enough to overcome those who try to act…
শুক্রবার, 14 জুলাই 2017 21:18

China rejects criticism over dissident death

NEWS FLASH DESK China has rejected international criticism for not allowing its most prominent critic, Liu Xiaobo, to be treated abroad for liver cancer. It said the case was an internal affair and that other countries were "in no position to make improper remarks". The activist, who had been serving an 11-year prison term for "subversion", died in a hospital in China aged 61. The Nobel Committee, which gave him the Peace Prize in 2010, said China bore a "heavy responsibility" for his death. Beijing is now being urged to free his wife, poet Liu Xia, from house arrest, BBC…
শুক্রবার, 30 জুন 2017 19:12

Gay marriage approved in Germany

News Flash Desk A clear majority of German MPs have voted to legalise same-sex marriage, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to a vote. The reform grants couples now limited to civil unions full marital rights, and allows them to adopt children, reports BBC. Merkel's political opponents were strongly in favour. But the chancellor, who signalled her backing for a free vote only on Monday, voted against. The bill was backed by 393 lawmakers, 226 voted against and four abstained. The German legal code will now read: "Marriage is entered into for life by two people of different…
রবিবার, 25 জুন 2017 10:20

Eid-ul-Fitr in Saudi Arabia today

NEWS FLASH DESK The Eid-ul-Fitr feast marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is to start on Sunday in Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Gulf states, the religious authorities announced. The authorities in the kingdom said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency that the new moon had been sighted, marking the end of the month of fasting. News agencies in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait also announced that Sunday will mark the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, and other countries in the region are expected to follow suit. During Ramadan, observant Muslims do not…
রবিবার, 25 জুন 2017 10:06

5.2-magnitude quake hits central Japan, no tsunami warning

NEWS FLASH DESK A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Japan Sunday morning but there was no tsunami warning, Japanese and US authorities said. The quake was at a depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles) about 30 kilometres west of Ina in Nagano prefecture at 7:02 am (2202 GMT on Saturday), the US Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, according to public broadcaster NHK. The Japan Meteorological Agency did not issue a tsunami warning. Shinkansen bullet train services were temporarily suspended due to the jolt in central Japan, while no abnormality was reported at nuclear power…
রবিবার, 14 মে 2017 20:42

N. Korea test-fires ballistic missile

NEWS FLASH DESK North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in an apparent test of the South's new president who backs engagement with Pyongyang. The missile flew about 700 kilometres (435 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The US Pacific Command said it did not appear to be an intercontinental ballistic missile. New South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who was inaugurated on Wednesday, slammed the test as a "reckless provocation" after holding an emergency meeting with national security advisors. He said the government strongly condemned this "grave challenge to the…