BD Govt firm to ensure compliance of RMG: PM

Live Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government is highly committed to ensuring compliance with regard to the readymade garment (RMG) industry. "The contribution of apparel and textile industry to our economy is immense. We are highly committed to ensure compliance with regard to labour rights, workplace safety and environmental standard in the industry," she... details

‘Australian PM visits Bangladeshi Australians’

Live Correspondent: Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull visited the Grilled Restaurant, Primitivo, owned by two Bangladeshi Australians in Toowoomba of Australia on Monday. Federal MP Dr John McVeigh and Toowoomba Mayor Cr Paul Antonio accompanied the Australian premier. The guests tasted the food offered to them by the chef and staff while the owners, Adnun Khan and Albab Khan,... details

UN’s Yanghee Lee denied access

International Live: UN special rapporteur on human rights Yanghee Lee has been denied access to some areas in Myanmar`s northern Rakhine State, with the government citing "security concerns" for its decision. also learned on Sunday that Lee was only allowed to speak to individuals who were pre-approved by the government while she visited Muslim Rohingya villages in the area. "These are... details

Kerry’s starts swansong tour in Vietnam

International Live: John Kerry began his swansong tour as US Secretary of State in Vietnam on Friday, defending Washington's 'pivot' to Asia in the face of President-elect Donald Trump's threat to dump a key regional trade deal. Vietnam has been at the centre of President Barack Obama's Asia embrace, marked by the lifting of a wartime-era arms embargo, major growth in trade and the... details

Massive tanker bomb kills 48 in Syria

International Live: A massive tanker truck bomb ripped through a market by a courthouse in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz on Saturday, killing 48 people and wounding dozens near the Turkish border. The attack appeared to be the deadliest yet in the town in northern Aleppo province, which has been regularly hit by bombings targeting rebels and civilians. The Britain-based Syrian... details

Yunus Receives Gold Medal From Modi

Live correspondent: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi honours Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus for his contribution to the society with a gold medal while inaugurating the 104th Indian Science Congress in Triputi India. Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, is also seen beside him. Photo: Collected Indian PM Narendra Modi has awarded a gold medal to Nobel... details

At least 16 foreigners among 39 killed in Istanbul attack

International Live: At least 16 foreigners were among 39 people killed in the gun attack on an Istanbul club during New Year festivities, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Sunday. Soylu said in televised comments that of 21 victims who have been identified so far, 16 are foreigners and five are Turks. Another 69 people are being treated in hospital for their wounds. He... details

Japan PM visited to Hawaii

International Live: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has visited several memorials in Hawaii, ahead of a visit to Pearl Harbor, the US naval base attacked by the Japanese in 1941. Mr Abe will be accompanied by US President Barack Obama, making the visit the first by the leaders of both countries since the attack. After landing, the Japanese prime minister first headed to the National Memorial... details

‘No survivors’ as Syria-bound Russian jet crashes

International Live: A Syria-bound Russian military plane crashed into the Black Sea Sunday, with no sign of survivors among the 92 on board, including Red Army Choir members travelling to celebrate New Year with troops.. The ministry told agencies there was no sign of any survivors at the crash site and that 10 bodies had been recovered off the coast of the resort city of Sochi, as... details

Berlin market attack: Tunisia arrests

International Live: The nephew of Anis Amri, the 24-year-old chief suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack that left 12 people dead, has been arrested in Tunisia along with two other men, according to the country’s interior ministry. Amri was shot dead in Milan by a police officer on Friday. According to AFP, a ministry statement said the suspects, who were arrested on Friday, were... details

Anti-abortionists, buoyed by Trump, get new wind

International Live: Emboldened by Donald Trump's imminent arrival at the White House, abortion opponents are mobilizing, taking severe measures that some say threaten constitutional freedoms. Pro-choice activists, who support a woman's right to choose to use contraception or have a legal abortion, suffered setbacks in several US states in recent days. In Ohio, Republican Governor John... details

UN’s new secretary-general sworn in

International Live: Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres was sworn in Monday as Secretary-General of the United Nations, becoming the ninth U.N. chief in the body's 71-year history. Guterres, 67, was a socialist Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995-2002 and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005-December 2015. He was appointed by the General Assembly on October... details

US calls for protection of Rohingya refugees

International Live: The United States today called upon the international community for protection of Rohingya refugees in Myanmar and give support to the nations that host refugees. "The world must make protection of refugees a priority and devote the necessary resources to this challenge, including support to the nations that host refugees," said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for... details