GAZA CITY: Israel mobilised 16,000 additional reservists Thursday to bolster forces fighting in Gaza as Washington gave its ally the go-ahead to raid stocks of emergency US weapons stored on Israeli soil. The call-up, which raised the total number of Israeli reservists to 86,000, came shortly after Washington said it had agreed to restock Israel’s dwindling supplies of ammunition, despite rising concern over the death toll in Gaza, where more than 1,374 people have been killed. Figures released at 1200 GMT on Wednesday by the UN humanitarian agency OCHA give a figure of 1,263 dead, saying 852 of... more ›
At least 47 people left dead in separate road accidents while 21 others drowned in three incidents of boat capsize in different parts of the country during the Eid holidays. Sources said a good number of road accidents took place in different districts in the last four days since Monday. Three incidents of boat capsizes were reported in Sirajganj, Kushtia and Munshiganj. Different sources said the terrible accidents took place in the wake of a mad rush of holidaymakers ahead of and after the festival. A report from Kusthia said at least 10 bodies were recovered and two people were still missing as a boat with 19 passengers aboard capsized in the... more ›
The nation celebrated the holy Eid-ul-Fitr peacefully on Tuesday, but under the lingering shadow of a looming political unrest and uncertainty as the opposition BNP and ruling Awami League seem to be on a collusion course over the BNP’s plan to go for mass movement demanding election under a non-party administration while Jamaat is apparently set to opt for staying away to avert direct confrontation with the government. This year the celebration of eid festival was largely dominated by discussions and speculations over opposition BNP’s political movement to press home the demand for fresh polls soon under non-party government and the ruling AL’s vow to face-off BNP in the streets. Prime Minister Sheikh... more ›
Bangladesh Bank (BB) estimates that the country’s external trade deficit in the immediate-past financial year will stand at $6.9 billion. The deficit was $7.01 billion in FY 13 and $9.32 billion in FY 12. The central bank says the lower trade deficit in 2013-14 fiscal was a result of relatively lower growth in import compared to export. Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) statistics show that income from merchandise export in FY 14 stood at $30.17 billion, posting an 11.65 percent rise from the previous fiscal. On the other hand, the central bank data suggest 10 percent growth in import. Historically, Bangladesh import products in a higher volume than its export. ... more ›
Many operation theatres outside the capital have remained closed due to lack of anaesthetists, which is causing immense sufferings for surgery patients, sources said. They further said that many anaesthetists of the country now work at the district and divisional-level public hospitals with the nexus of local BMA leaders though their postings were deigned to stay in upazila health complexes in rendering emergency medical services to delivery and surgery patients. Anaesthetists feel an interest in staying in urban areas where private clinics and hospitals are available as they aim to make more money by giving anaesthesia to surgery patients, who are admitted to private healthcare institutions ignoring their basic responsibilities for giving anaesthesia... more ›
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