The World Diabetes Day is being observed today (Wednesday) in the country as elsewhere in the world in a befitting manner to make the people aware about diabetes. This year’s theme of the day is “Diabetes is a concern for each family”. On the eve of the World Diabetes Day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages urging all concerned to work together for creating awareness among the people about diabetes. In his message, President Abdul Hamid said the number of diabetic patients is increasing in Bangladesh like other countries of the world because of changes in lifestyle and food habit and lack of physical labour. According to the specialists, the number of diabetic patients is also increasing due to unplanned pregnancy, the President said, adding “As a result, diabetes has emerged as a concern for about each family in Bangladesh like other countries across the globe”. “So, I think this year’s theme of the Day “Diabetes is a concern for each family” is a time befitting one,” he added. The President stressed the need for creating awareness to prevent diabetes and called upon Bangladesh Diabetic Association, other private organizations, civil society and media to come forward in this regard. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the Awami League government is implementing a pro-people health policy to ensure the health care services for the countrymen. “We have set up new medical colleges, dental colleges, nursing colleges, nursing institutes, medical assistant training schools and health technology institutes across the country,” she said, adding that healthcare services and the number of beds in the general and specialized hospitals were also increased in a large scale. To reach healthcare services to the doorstep of the rural people, about 18,500 community clinics and union healthcare centers were set up across the country, the primer said, adding that 30 types of medicines are being given to the people free of cost. Sheikh Hasina said the Bangladesh Diabetic Association is implanting various programmes on preventing diabetes and creating awareness on this disease. The association has launched service centers across the country, including the capital to provide free medical checkups to pregnant mothers, she added. “We will be able to turn Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041 through building a healthy nation by preventing and controlling diabetes with combined efforts of all,” the primer said. Both the President and Prime Minister wished all the day’s programmes a success. [i]Source: BSS[/i]
Seven Palestinians including a local Hamas commander have been killed during an Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials say. Israel's military said one if its soldiers had been killed and another wounded in "operational activity" by special forces in the strip. The clashes took place east of Khan Younis, in the south of the territory. Sirens later sounded in communities across southern Israel and rockets were fired from Gaza. The Israeli military later said 17 rockets had been fired and three were shot down. It was not clear if the rockets had caused any damage. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to cut short his visit to Paris for events to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and return on Sunday evening, his office said in a statement. Source: bbc.com
At least 12 people have been killed, including a police officer, at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California of US. The shooting began at 23:20 local time on Wednesday about 40 miles (65km) north-west of Los Angeles, police say. At least 200 people were reportedly inside the Borderline Bar and Grill at the time of the attack. Officials say the suspect was found dead inside and have not identified him. They do not yet know his motive for the shooting. A college country music night was under way when the suspect, apparently dressed in black, entered the bar and opened fire. Reports say the suspect may have used smoke grenades and at least one weapon, described as a semi-automatic handgun by witnesses. An injured man told local television channel KTLA: "We just dropped to the ground, we heard a lot of screaming. My friend is the DJ so she cut off the music, we just heard a lot of mayhem."
Voters in Minnesota and Michigan on Tuesday elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the US Congress, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war and a Detroit-born Palestinian-American. The victories by the two Democrats -- Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib -- came on an election night when members of multiple minority groups had a chance to score electoral firsts. In Minnesota, Omar, about 36 and a naturalized American citizen and state representative, follows another trailblazer: She will succeed US Congressman Keith Ellison, who in 2006 became the first Muslim elected to Congress and is stepping down to run for state attorney general. The Minneapolis woman campaigned on policies embraced by the Democratic Party's most liberal wing: universal healthcare, free college tuition and robust public housing. "I did not expect to come to the United States and go to school with kids who were worried about food as much as I was worried about it in a refugee camp," Omar said in an interview last month. She spent four years of her childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya. Two years ago, she became the first Somali-American to win a seat in a state legislature, on the same night Republican Donald Trump won the presidency after a campaign in which he called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States. Omar wsill also be the first Congress member to wear a Muslim hijab, or head scarf. Tlaib, 42, also has a history of breaking barriers: In 2008 she became the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature. The oldest of 14 children, Tlaib was born to a family of Palestinian immigrants in Detroit, where her father worked at a Ford Motor Co plant. The former state representative also ran on a liberal platform, backing Medicare for All, immigration reform and a call to overturn Trump's executive order banning most people from five Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States. Both women ran in heavily Democratic districts. Minnesota state data showed Omar winning by a large margin, and Michigan media reported that Tlaib had won. Tlaib linked her campaign to the surge of female political activism in the United States following Trump's stunning 2016 victory, alluding to the millions of women that took to the streets of Washington and major cities across the country after his inauguration. "Today, women across the country are on the ballot. Yes, we marched outside the Capitol, but now we get to march into the Capitol," she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. "We are coming!"
[b] [/b]A passenger jet that crashed into the sea near Indonesia last week had an airspeed indicator problem on its final four flights, officials say. The damage to the device, which tells pilots how fast their planes are travelling, was revealed after the recovery of a "black box" recorder. Lion Air flight JT 610, carrying 189 people, crashed soon after taking off from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. Angry relatives confronted Indonesian officials at a conference on Monday. They wanted to know why the plane was allowed to fly and demanded there be no let up in recovery efforts. The cause of the crash is still unclear. "We are the victims here. Imagine if you were in our position," said Najib Fuquoni, a relative of a victim. Lion Air's founder, Rusdi Kirana, attended the meeting. At one point, families demanded that he stood up. He did not speak but clasped his hands in prayer and bowed his head. The suggestion that the Lion Air plane had a defective airspeed indicator is a significant development. The aircraft's erratic behaviour during its final flight, and reports of an issue during a previous journey, had already prompted speculation that this could have been an issue. Airspeed is measured using sensors called pitot tubes, which record pressure on the wing or front surface of the aircraft. This is compared to pressure readings obtained from a so-called "static port" on another part of the aircraft. With corrections, the difference between the two can be used to calculate airspeed. Pitot tubes, however, can become blocked - for example due to icing. Such instances can cause erratic airspeed readings, which in turn can confuse pilots and affect the way in which the aircraft is flown, possibly leading to accidents. In 2009, for example, an Air France flight went down off the coast of Brazil. Blocked pitot tubes triggered a chain of events in which the pilots became confused and disorientated and lost control. In every other respect the aircraft was working perfectly. These are still early days in the investigation and more information is needed. But if unreliable airspeed readings were a factor, key questions will be: what was the cause - poor design or poor maintenance procedures, for example - and why previous problems were apparently not rectified. [i]Source: BBC[/i]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for the first time accused the Saudi government directly of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government," he wrote in an article in the Washington Post. But stressing Turkey's "friendly" ties with Saudi Arabia, he added that he did not believe King Salman was involved. Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Turkish investigators believe the journalist, who was living in exile, was strangled when he visited to collect documents for his forthcoming marriage to a Turkish citizen. His body has not been found and an aide to President Erdogan, Yasin Aktay, has said he believes it was dissolved in acid after being cut up. The murder, initially covered up by Saudi officials, caused a diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and its allies. The Saudis have since arrested 18 suspects who, they say, will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia. Turkey wants them extradited. A memorial service marking four weeks since the journalist's death has been held in Washington.
Police investigating the mysterious deaths of two Saudi Arabian sisters whose bound bodies washed up on New York City's waterfront on October 24 say it appears they were alive when they went into the water. New York City police said Wednesday that 16-year-old Tala Farea and 22-year-old Rotana Farea were last seen September 24 in the US state of Virginia, where they lived, and appear to have travelled together to New York. Investigators haven't determined how the sisters died. They say there were no obvious signs of trauma. The sisters' mother told detectives that a Saudi official called her the day before the bodies were discovered and said the family had to leave the US because her daughters had applied for political asylum. The NYPD said there's no known nexus between the sisters' death and the Saudi government. Saudi Arabia's Consulate General in New York said in a statement that it had "appointed an attorney to follow the case closely." New York City police sent a detective to Virginia to learn more about the sisters. Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said they were particularly interested in finding out what happened since they were reported missing and what led them to New York City. "We are looking at all clues in their past life," Shea said. The medical examiner's office was investigating the cause of death. The lack of obvious trauma appeared to rule out a theory they jumped into the river from the George Washington Bridge. In its statement, the Saudi Consulate General said embassy officials in Washington had contacted the family and "extended its support and aid in this trying time". It said the sisters were students "accompanying their brother in Washington". Tala and Rotana moved to the US from Saudi Arabia with their mother in 2015, settling in Fairfax, a suburb of Washington D.C., police said. Rotana was enrolled at George Mason University, but left in the spring. A George Mason spokesman called the news of her death "tragic", and said the university was cooperating with police. Police said the sisters left their family home and were placed in a shelter after an earlier disappearance, in December 2017. They were reported missing again August 24. Police initially struggled to identify the bodies as much of the city and the country was transfixed by another mystery: the package bombs sent to a dozen prominent Democrats and CNN's New York City bureau. Police released sketches of the sister's faces and posted repeated calls for the public's help in identifying them on social media. "We are out to get justice for those two girls and find out exactly what happened," Shea said. [i]Source: Agencies[/i]
[b] [/b]The Saudi crown prince has vowed to punish all the "culprits" responsible for the murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. Speaking at a business forum in Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman said "the crime was painful to all Saudis" but he would never allow any rift with Turkey. The Saudis have previously denied accusations that the prince, the de facto ruler, had a role in the killing. Khashoggi died during a 2 October visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Saudi government has blamed the murder on "rogue agents". Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the journalist, a prominent critic of the government, was the victim of a carefully planned "political murder" by Saudi intelligence officers and other officials. These were his first public comments since the Saudis admitted Khashoggi had been killed at the consulate. He said the killing was "a heinous crime that cannot be justified" and vowed that "those behind this crime will be held accountable... in the end justice will prevail". He said there had been good co-operation with Turkey, adding: "A lot of people are trying to seize this painful situation to create a rift between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. And I want to send them a message: you will never be able to do that. [i]Source: BBC[/i]
Australia on Tuesday slapped travel and financial sanctions on five top Myanmar military officers, accused of overseeing brutal violence against Rohingya Muslims by units under their command, following similar moves by the European Union and United States. More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh last year, according to U.N. agencies, following a counter-insurgency operation launched by Myanmar's military after attacks on security posts by Rohingya militants in August last year. A recent U.N. report accused Myanmar's military of gang rapes and mass killings with "genocidal intent" and called for its commander-in-chief and five generals to be prosecuted under international law. Myanmar has denied most of the allegations in the report, blaming Rohingya "terrorists" for most accounts of atrocities. However Australia, which has previously provided training for Myanmar's army and refrained from imposing sanctions, on Tuesday responded to the U.N. report by targeting four of the men named, and one other senior commander. "I have now imposed targeted financial sanctions and travel bans against five Myanmar military officers responsible for human rights violations committed by units under their command," Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement. A separate document named the officers; Aung Kyaw Zaw, Aung Aung, Maung Maung Soe, Than Oo and Khin Maung Soe. It said financial dealings with them can now attract penalties of A$1.7 million ($1.2 million) for companies and 10 years jail for individuals. Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay did not pick up a call seeking comment on Tuesday. The United States imposed similar restrictions on top generals in August. Like the United States, Australia omitted Myanmar's military chief, Min Aung Hlaing from the sanctions. [i]Agencies[/i]
US President Donald Trump has called Saudi Arabia's response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi "the worst cover-up ever". He added that whoever organised the plot "should be in big trouble". Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, shortly afterwards, that the US "will punish those responsible" and is revoking visas of 21 identified suspects. The US has faced pressure to toughen its stance on Saudi Arabia, a key ally. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Mr Trump said: "They had a very bad original concept, it was carried out poorly and the cover up was the worst in the history of cover-ups." "Where it should have stopped is at the deal standpoint, when they thought about it," he continued. "Because whoever thought of that idea, I think is in big trouble. And they should be in big trouble." The Saudi kingdom has provided conflicting accounts of what happened to Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post contributor. After weeks of maintaining he was still alive, the authorities now say the 59-year-old was killed in a rogue operation after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
Taliban terrorists killed at least 22 security forces, including a district police chief, in separate attacks on security checkpoints in two Afghan provinces, officials said on Sunday, ahead of parliamentary elections set for this week. The Taliban have ramped up attacks in strategic provinces in their battle to expel foreign forces, topple the Western-backed government and restore their version of hardline Islamic law. The police chief of Mizan, a district in southern Zabul province, was killed in armed clashes with Taliban insurgents on Saturday night, the provincial governor, Rahmatullah Yarmal, said. In the western province of Farah, Taliban fighters killed 21 troops at two checkpoints in the district of Posht-e Rud. The Taliban captured 11 soldiers and seized their weapons, added Gul Ahmad Faqiri, a member of the Farah provincial council. The hardline Islamist terrorist group claimed the attacks. "Our fighters have killed the police chief and 25 Afghan soldiers in two provinces on Saturday night," its spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahidhe, said in a statement. Last week the Taliban ordered Afghans to boycott the elections, set for Oct. 20, saying the United States was using them for the sole purpose of legitimising its authority and presence in the country. The vote, seen by the Afghan government's international partners as a dry run for presidential elections next year, has been hampered by chaotic preparations, allegations of fraud and ever-present fears of terrorist violence. [i]Source: NDTV[/i]
Saudi Arabia's King Salman spoke Sunday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Saudi and Turkish media reported. The Saudi Press Agency and the Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu reported the countries are considering establishing a "working group" to discuss the Khashoggi case. The working group, which does not yet have an official date, comes amid intense international pressure on Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post and Saudi royal insider-turned-critic, went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain paperwork that would allow him to marry his Turkish fiancée. His disappearance has drawn international condemnation and sparked warnings from US President Donald Trump on Saturday of "severe punishment" if the Saudis are found to be behind his death. Britain, France and Germany also said on Sunday they were demanding a "credible investigation." However, in what appeared to be a coordinated response, a number of Arab countries gave their support to Saudi Arabia. Oman, Bahrain, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt all put out government statements on Sunday saying they express solidarity with Saudi Arabia. [i]Agencies[/i]