Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained 13 people in connection with their alleged involvement in leaking out Chemistry question paper of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination in Lalpur upazila of Natore on Thursday, reports UNB.All of them were picked up from Chandpur High School exam centre in the upazila around 9:00am, said RAB officials.RAB officials said tipped off, a team of Rab-5 went to the school and searched mobile phones of the examinees. As the question paper received through mobile phones was found to be similar of the original one, they detained 13 people, including 10 students and one teacher, from the centre.The detained persons were taken to Lalpur upazila parishad for interrogation, officials said.
Ruhul Kabir Rizvi AhmedBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Monday alleged that the medical board’s report on its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health is ‘manufactured’ by the government, reports UNB.”The statement of the medical board about our leader’s (Khaleda’s) illness is self-contradictory which reflected the government’s thoughts. The medical board gave a manufactured report as per the desire of the government to push Khaleda towards a serious health risk,” he said.Speaking at press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office, the BNP leader further said, “We strongly condemn and protest the government’s such vindictive attitude.”On Sunday, the five-member medical board, formed by the government for jailed BNP chief Khaleda, submitted its report suggesting admitting her to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), though they have found ‘no symptom of any serious disease’ in her.The government on Thursday formed the medical board comprising five BSMMU expert physicians who examined Khaleda’s physical condition inside Old Dhaka Central Jail on Saturday afternoon.Rizvi alleged that the medical team, which was formed with doctors loyal to the government, conducted a ‘so-called 20-minute health examination of the BNP chief, and recommended admitting her to the BSMMU.He alleged that Khaleda Zia’s personal physicians were not kept in the medical board only to make such a recommendation.Opposing the BNP chief’s treatment at the BSMMU, Rizvi said the hospital lacks modern and sophisticated equipment for conducting tests like MRI and CT Scans. “These machines are available in the specialised hospitals.”He criticised the government for not paying heed to their party’s repeated demand for ensuring Khaleda’s treatment in a specialised hospital.Rizvi urged the government to include their chairperson’s personal physicians in the medical board and take immediate steps for ensuring her proper treatment in United Hospital or any other specialised hospital.Khaleda Zia has been in the erstwhile Dhaka Central Jail at Nazimuddin Road since she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February.On 7 April, Khaleda Zia underwent some medical tests at the BSMMU for her illness.
Donald TrumpUS President Donald Trump said Sunday the attack in London showed it was time to “stop being politically correct,” warning the threat will only grow worse otherwise.”We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse,” Trump said in a tweet.In a series of early morning tweets, Trump also poured scorn on London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s attempt to reassure the public after three assailants smashed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday then attacked revellers with knives.”At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!'” he said in one tweet.In another tweet, Trump derided gun control advocates.”Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!”The attack in central London came just a fortnight after a suicide bombing in Manchester left 22 dead and recalled an attack in March when a man drove a car into pedestrians near the seat of Parliament, killing five.British Prime Minister Theresa May blamed “evil” Islamist ideology for Saturday’s attack.
US student Otto Frederick Warmbier (R), who was arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, speaking at a press conference in Pyongyang.North Korea allowed an American student who fell into a coma while imprisoned in a labor camp to be flown home on Tuesday as Washington stepped up efforts to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear program.The release of Otto Warmbier, 18 months into a 15-year sentence, came as US President Donald Trump invited South Korea’s new leader Moon Jae-In to Washington for talks on the nuclear standoff.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said his agency had “secured” the 22-year-old’s release in talks with North Korea and is pushing for three more Americans to be freed. It was not immediately clear if he had made any concessions.The news came as flamboyant retired NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman-a former contestant on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” reality show-flew to Pyongyang to resume his quixotic quest to broker detente between his US homeland and Kim Jong-Un’s authoritarian regime.But State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the visit “had nothing to do with the release.”“Otto has left North Korea,” his parents Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement to CNN.“He is on a medivac flight on his way home. Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March of 2016. We learned of this only one week ago.”Fox News reported that Warmbier was on a military plane expected to land in Cincinnati late Tuesday, after which he would receive urgent hospital treatment.Warmbier’s parents were told their son was given a sleeping pill soon after his trial in March last year and never woke.US officials refused to comment on Warmbier’s condition, but former ambassador and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said he had spoken with the family.“Otto has been in a coma for over a year now and urgently needs proper medical care in the United States,” said Richardson, who has previously served as a special envoy to North Korea and still works on prisoner issues.“We received a call from Cindy and Fred Warmbier early today to update us on Otto’s condition. In no uncertain terms, North Korea must explain the causes of his coma.”Tillerson told US senators at the start of a budget hearing that the State Department had no comment on Mr Warmbier’s condition, “out of respect for him and his family.”The United States had accused the North of using Warmbier as a political pawn, and condemned the sentence as far out of proportion to his alleged crime.The announcement came amid tension between Washington and Pyongyang following a series of missile tests by the North, focusing attention on an arms buildup that Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on Monday dubbed “a clear and present danger to all.”Almost immediately on taking office in January, Trump and his team-having been briefed by outgoing leader Barack Obama-declared the North’s attempts to build, test and arm a nuclear-capable ballistic missile to be Washington’s biggest threat.Washington has stepped up pressure on China and other foreign powers to enforce existing UN sanctions, and has deployed increased military assets of its own in the region.Now, parallel to this track, basketball showman Rodman has arrived in Pyongyang, wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of a cryptocurrency set up for marijuana marketers.The star has visited the Stalinist state at least four times before, most recently in 2014, when he attracted a deluge of criticism after being filmed singing happy birthday to his “friend for life,” leader Kim.Before arriving this time, Rodman told reporters that Trump would be happy with the trip, since he was “trying to accomplish something that we both need,” sparking speculation that he may be operating as an unofficial envoy.US officials dismissed this, saying he was traveling as a private citizen, but the basketball icon is probably Kim and Trump’s only mutual friend.“I have not spoken to Mr Rodman. I don’t know why he is there,” Nauert said. “We strongly, strongly suggest that Americans do not go to North Korea. I’m not aware of any message that was sent.”‘Worst mistake’Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, was arrested for removing a political banner from a wall at a North Korean hotel.He was detained at the airport as he was leaving the country with a tour group in January 2016.At a press conference before his trial, a sobbing Warmbier said he had made “the worst mistake of my life” and pleaded to be released.The North has occasionally jailed US citizens and released them only after visits by high-profile political figures, including former president Bill Clinton.Meanwhile, the White House said Moon and Trump will meet on June 29 and 30 to discuss ways of building on what America frequently calls its “ironclad” alliance with South Korea.Moon, a center-left politician who was sworn in last month after a landslide election win, wants to engage with the North to bring it to the negotiating table, rather than continuing the hardline stance taken by his ousted predecessor Park Geun-Hye.
People pray at a row of crosses for each victim, after a mass shooting that killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas, US. Photo: AFPA family dispute may have sparked the rampage by a US Air Force veteran who killed 26 people with an assault rifle in a small-town church, the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history, officials said Monday.Ten people remained in critical condition a day after Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old private security guard, burst into the rural Baptist church during Sunday morning services and sprayed bullets at the congregation.Investigators were focusing on reports that Kelley had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, who attended the church but was not there on Sunday.Victims of the massacre included an 18-month-old baby, eight members of a single family, and reportedly the gunman’s own grandmother-in-law. Twenty people were wounded.Governor Greg Abbott said Kelley, who was armed with an AR-15 rifle and two handguns, had been denied a gun permit in Texas and should not have legally had access to weapons.President Donald Trump, who is travelling in Asia, said meanwhile that the United States was living in “dark times” but brushed off calls for stricter gun control, saying the latest tragedy, which left eight members of one family dead, “isn’t a guns situation.”The authorities said Kelley apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his car after fleeing the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a rural community of rolling hills and ranches of nearly 400 people near San Antonio.Kelley, who was kicked out of the Air Force for domestic violence, was dressed in black and was wearing a bulletproof vest and a black mask with a skull face when he walked up and down the aisle of the church shooting people in the pews, officials said.Two men—Stephen Willeford, 55, and Johnnie Langendorff, 27 — were being lauded as heroes for confronting Kelley after he mowed down nearly 50 churchgoers with gunfire.Willeford grabbed his own AR-15 rifle and shot and wounded Kelley as he emerged from the church and headed for his car.Willeford then flagged down a passing pickup truck driven by Langendorff and they pursued Kelley at high speed until he crashed his vehicle into a field.‘Domestic situation’Freeman Martin of the Texas Department of Public Safety said 10 people were in critical condition, four were in serious condition and six were in stable condition.Sunday’s carnage came just five weeks after the worst gun massacre in modern US history, the murder of 58 people by a heavily armed retired accountant who opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas.“This was not racially motivated, it wasn’t over religious beliefs,” Martin said.“There was a domestic situation going on with the family and in-laws,” he said. “We know that he expressed anger towards his mother-in-law.”Governor Abbott said Kelley was “a man who had some mental health issues apparently long before this.”According to the Air Force, Kelley served at a base in New Mexico starting in 2010 before being court-martialed in 2012 on charges of assaulting his wife and a child.He was sentenced to 12 months in confinement and received a “bad conduct” discharge in 2014, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said.Officials said Kelley was armed with a Ruger AR-15 rifle and had two handguns in his vehicle, a Glock 9mm and a Ruger .22 but Abbott said Kelley should not have been allowed to have a gun at all.“He tried to get a gun permit in the State of Texas and was denied that permit,” Abbott said. “Under the current system of federal law he should have been prevented to make this purchase.”‘Let the buzzards pick at him’Kelley was from the town of New Braunfels, 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Sutherland Springs, and his in-laws attended the church, officials said.Willeford, who shot and wounded Kelley as he emerged from the church, told The Dallas Morning News he was “terrified while this was going on.”“I didn’t want this and I want the focus to be on my friends,” he said. “I have friends in that church.”Langendorff said he and Willeford pursued Kelley for about 10 to 12 minutes at speeds of up to 95 miles per hour (150 kilometers per hour).“I had to make sure he was caught,” he told CNN.Kelley crashed his car while being chased and was found dead inside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Martin said Kelley called his father from the car before he crashed and said he was wounded and “didn’t think he would make it.”Speaking to reporters in Tokyo as part of his Asia tour, President Trump dubbed the gunman “deranged” and said the most recent mass shooting to hit the United States “isn’t a guns situation.”“I think that mental health is your problem here,” Trump said when asked if gun control could reduce the rampant firearms violence plaguing the country.Late Sunday, mourners held a candlelight vigil for victims in the tiny town, with another service planned on Monday.“We lost a lot of good friends,” said Robert Kunz, 50, owner of Sutherland Springs Tire & Battery.“I feel like the guy got what he deserved,” he said. “You’re going to hate me for this, but I think they need to let the buzzards pick at him.”
Chinese teacher used needles to ‘discipline’ children: PoliceA Beijing kindergarten teacher used sewing needles to punish children for not sleeping, police said, but other abuse claims have been rejected by an investigation into a scandal that sparked national outrage.Authorities opened the probe into RYB Education New World kindergarten last week after parents said toddlers were given mysterious pills and had apparent needle marks.The 22-year-old female teacher from Hebei province surnamed Liu “was detained as soon as suspicions of abuse arose”, the public security bureau of Beijing’s Chaoyang district said late Tuesday on its official social media account.The statement did not give further information on the use of needles, such as details of children’s injuries or their age.Classroom surveillance footage was “damaged” because a staff member often turned off the building’s electricity after school, according to the statement.“Following review of 113 hours of restored surveillance footage, we have not found evidence of other child abuse,” police said, adding that the investigation was ongoing.China’s state-run Xinhua news agency had earlier reported that children at the kindergarten were also “reportedly sexually molested”.An examination of a girl involved in the case on her parents’ request found “no abnormality”, police said, adding that claims children had been collectively molested were “rumours” started by two women.One woman was detained and the other was given a warning, according to police, who did not specify the pair’s relation to the school.Police had said Saturday that a 31-year-old woman was detained for disseminating “fake news” on the internet, and she expressed “repentance” for fabricating the story that military personnel were abusing children.It is unclear if police have fully investigated claims that children were given mysterious pills to take.The statement said that it is the school’s policy for parents to give written permission before children can take medication at school.Addressing a television report showing a clip of a student saying he was fed pills by teachers at the school, police said the child’s father had admitted to “instructing” the child to say so.The case prompted Chinese authorities to call for an “immediate” investigation into all kindergartens across the country.RYB Education directly operates 80 kindergartens and has franchised another 175 in 130 cities across China for children ranging from newborns to six-year-olds, according to its Nasdaq listing.RYB already apologised in April and suspended the head of a Beijing kindergarten after admitting that teachers committed “severe mistakes”. The Beijing News had obtained videos showing teachers throwing a child on a bed and kicking another in the back.The People’s Court Daily reported that two teachers from a RYB kindergarten in northeast Jilin province were sentenced to 34 months in prison for jabbing children in the head, inside their mouths, and on their legs and buttocks with sewing needles in October 2016.
Representative image — taken from ReutersAt least 90 migrants, mostly Pakistanis, were feared to have drowned on Friday after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, the UN’s migration agency said.According to Olivia Headon from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 10 bodies washed up on the shores of Libya and two survivors managed to swim to safety while another was rescued by a fishing boat.The survivors said most of those who drowned were Pakistani nationals, the BBC reported. They told the IOM that the boat sank off the coast of the northwestern city of Zuwara for unknown reasons.The number of Pakistani people trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe has grown considerably in the last few months, said Headon.In January, 240 Pakistani nationals attempted the journey. In the same month last year there were only nine.At least 6,624 people have arrived in Europe through Mediterranean routes so far this year and another 246 have died attempting the crossing last month, according to IOM figures.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of historic Mujibnagar Day, reports UNB.The prime minister paid the homage by placing a wreath at Bangabandhu’s portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the city in the morning.After laying the wreath, she stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of the country’s independence.Flanked by central leaders of her party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of her party.Later, the leaders of AL’s associate bodies, including Jubo League, Chhatra League, Mohila Awami League, Jubo Mohila League, Swechchhasebak League, Sramik League and Krishak League laid wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.On this day in 1971, Bangladesh’s first government in exile was formed at Baidyanathtala mango grove in Meherpur (then under Kushtia district).The place was later renamed as Mujibnagar showing respect to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who had been declared as the president of the government in exile.Syed Nazrul Islam was appointed the acting president in the absence of Bangabandhu. Tajuddin Ahmad was appointed the first prime minister, while Captain M Mansur Ali and AHM Qamaruzzaman were made cabinet members.The successful leadership of the Mujibnagar government steered the Liberation War to the victory on 16 December 1971.