Thursday, August 16, 2018 07:58:06 PM
EU urges tougher checks on
The European Union's justice commissioner criticized some member countries' practice of awarding "golden passports" to rich people from outside the bloc, urging them on Tuesday to do more to ensure that citizenship isn't given to criminals.
Brussels argues that citizenship should be awarded only in cases where there is a genuine link to the country concerned, but decisions are a matter for individual countries. Malta and Cyprus are among those that have drawn criticism.
4 troops, 2 militants killed in Kashmir
Four Indian army troops, including an officer, and two militants were killed Tuesday in a gunfight near the Line of Control (LoC) , which divides Kashmir, officials said. The gunfight, according to Indian army officers, broke out in Gurez sector of Bandipora district, 165 km north of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
"An infiltration bid was foiled today on LoC in Gurez sector during which two militants were killed," Indian army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia told Xinhua.
Fiji police seize more cocaine
Another batch of cocaine bars has been discovered in Fiji's eastern islands. Fiji police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said Tuesday that on July 31, one bar of cocaine was found on the island of Moturiki, while last weekend a fisherman found 35 bars of cocaine on the island of Makogai. Fijian police expect to find more cocaine bars.
convicted over rape
A German mother and her partner were convicted Tuesday over the repeated rape of the woman's young son and for selling him for sex on the internet. They were sentenced to prison in a case that has horrified the country. News agency dpa reported that the Freiburg state court in southwestern Germany sentenced the woman, who has been identified only as Berrin T. in line with German privacy rules, to 12½ years in prison for rape, sexual abuse and forced prostitution.
Over 20,000 Afghan refugees return home
Over 20,000 Afghan refugees had returned or been deported from neighboring Pakistan and Iran during the period of July 29-Aug. 4, the UN Migration Agency IOM reported Tuesday.
A total of 19.513 Afghans have reportedly arrived in their homeland over the period from Iran, 5 percent less than the previous week, said IOM in a statement.
Meanwhile, 954 Afghans have returned from Pakistan back home over the period.
"This number marks a 700-percent increase compared to the previous week (137)," the statement noted.
The IOM has provided post-arrival humanitarian assistance, including food and non-food items to the returnees.
More than 463,000 Afghan refugees have returned to the poverty-stricken country from the two neighboring states since Jan. 1 this year, the statement said.
AGAINST the backdrop of quota reform movement, a second-year student of Social Science at Eden College Lutfur Nahar Luma was arrested from her grandfather's house in Belkuchi upazila of Sirajganj district in the small hours of Wednesday. Police said the cyber crime unit of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime ...
AFP, Cincinnati :Roger Federer began his US Open preparation with a quick 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Peter Gojowczyk in his first ATP Cincinnati Masters appearance since 2015.The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who turned 37 last week, is pacing his tennis year, playing a limited schedule and skipping events when he ...
The makers of the Kajol starrer Helicopter Eela have dropped a goofy number from the film that depicts Kajol’s over-protective character in the film. Amit Trivedi’s composition has an upbeat melody and has been rendered by Ronit Sarkar. The peppy number opens with Kajol as Eela spying on her son ...
Sheikh Arif Bulbon :When Ishita won the hearts of many viewers during that time they remained very much eager to watch Ishita’s acting on the screen. But day by day, Ishita started to leave acting. However, viewers still show their keen interest to enjoy Ishita’s acting. She will be seen ...
Reuters, Washington :US President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, calling her a "dog" as his fellow former reality TV star continued to publicly release recordings from her time in Trump's orbit.Their escalating feud was sparked by the release of a tell-all ...
THE nation mourns the 43rd Shahadat Anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today with prayers and solemnity all over the country. He was assassinated with almost all of his family members in the wee hours of that fateful night at his home in the city. It was a night of ...
SOME 270 Bangladeshi workers have allegedly been defrauded of over Tk 3.6 crore by an agent over securing valid work permits under the Malaysian rehiring programme. The Bangladeshi nationals had handed over their passports, other relevant documents and paid between Tk 144,000 and Tk 160,000 each to the agent for ...
AFP, London :Egyptian star Mohamed Salah could be in trouble with police after his club Liverpool passed a video apparently showing him using his mobile phone while driving.A spokesman for last season's Champions League finalists said they passed the video, which had circulated on social media, on to police after ...
Tamannaah Bhatia says she had fun shooting for a 'retro number' in the period drama "KGF".Tamannaah shot for the recreated version of the song "Jokae naanu balliya minchu", a song which was picturised on late Vijayalalitha in director Rajkumar's Kannada film "Paropakari". "This is the first time I will be ...
AFP, Los Angeles :US immigration judges say they are under increasing pressure from President Donald Trump's administration to speed up immigrant deportations - or risk removal if they delay.This pressure is highlighted in the case of a judge in Philadelphia, Steven Morley, who was informed that a case he was ...
CABINET Secretary after weekly Cabinet meeting on Monday told journalists that the committee formed by government to review the existing quota system proposed abolition of almost all the quotas in public services giving priority to talent. However, the court directives will be sought before taking any decision over freedom fighter ...
Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful said Monday that has set his sights on a comeback with the national side after his five-year ban for match-fixing ended."I am feeling really nice as I was waiting for this day for the last five years. (I told myself) when August 13, 2018 came ...