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]
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!"
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.
[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]
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.
In a meandering hour-long speech in West Virginia, Donald Trump said he “fell in love” with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, while escalating his rhetoric about the supreme court confirmation fight of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Speaking about his relationship with Kim, Trump said “We fell in love.” He added “No really. He wrote me beautiful letters. They were great letters. And then we fell in love.” Trump and Kim met in Singapore this year as part of the president’s attempt to push the North Korean regime to disarm after earlier insulting Kim as “little rocket man”. He opened his speech by celebrating his trip to the United Nations general assembly earlier this week. “I just left the United Nations, believe me they respect us now again,” said Trump despite the audible laughter when he addressed the body. He also accused Democrats of “throwing away every standard of decency” and using “meanness and nastiness” in their treatment of Kavanaugh. “They don’t care who they hurt, who they have to run over in order to get power and control and that’s what they want: power and control” said Trump on Saturday night. The remarks represented Trump’s most fiery comments on Kavanaugh as the FBI reopened a background investigation into allegations the supreme court nominee committed sexual assault in the 1980s. Trump had been uncharacteristically restrained in the aftermath of Thursday’s dramatic hearing where both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the Senate judiciary committee. The rally was held to promote the candidacy of Republican Patrick Morrisey in West Virginia’s tight Senate race. Morrisey’s opponent, incumbent Joe Manchin, is perhaps the most conservative Democrat and considered a swing vote in the confirmation fight over Kavanaugh. Manchin was one of the key backers of Arizona Republican Jeff Flake’s efforts to delay a final vote on Kavanaugh and reopen the FBI investigation on Friday. Trump did not directly criticise the West Virginia Democrat on Kavanaugh. Instead he painted him as a Democrat whose victory could give his party control of the Senate which Trump said could lead to the US becoming a “big version” of Venezuela. He added “a vote for Morrisey is a vote for me.” Instead, Trump focused his ire over Kavanaugh’s nomination towards all Democrats, telling the crowd “the entire nation has witnessed the shameless conduct of the Democrat party”. He also seemed to turn the midterms into referendum not only on Democratic perfidy but also that of the “fake news media” whom he addressed again as “the enemy of the people”. Trump told the crowd of the press, “This November 6 you have a chance to reject these disgraceful political hacks but you gotta vote Republican.” Trump also took a veiled shot at former Republican president George H W Bush, mocking his signature “Thousand Point of Light” organisation. Named after a phrase that Bush used in his inaugural, it promotes volunteerism. Trump said mockingly “thousand points of light which nobody has figured out” while imitating a “presidential” figure. It was the second time Trump has mocked the group. A spokesman for the former president did not immediately respond to a request for comment. [i]Source: The Guardian[/i]
President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to impose sanctions that are "stronger than ever" on Iran, while his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, demanded a "long-term strategy" to deal with Iran's nuclear programme that not only focuses on economic restrictions. Trump - chairing the UN Security Council session - once again called the 2015 nuclear pact with Iran and other world powers a "horrible, one-sided deal (that) allowed Iran to continue its path toward a (nuclear) bomb and gave the regime a cash lifeline when they needed it the most." In August, the Trump administration re-imposed a number of economic sanctions on Iran and will impose new sanctions on Tehran's oil sales in November, and - the US leader said - "will pursue additional sanctions, tougher than ever before, to counter the entire range of Iran's malign conduct," Efe reported. "Any individual or entity who fails to comply with these sanctions will face severe consequences," he said. The US announced in May that it was withdrawing from the nuclear deal signed with Iran in 2015, along with France, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and Germany, and in August Washington once again imposed certain sanctions that had been lifted as per the pact. In November a new round of sanctions will enter into force penalising various countries and companies that buy Iranian oil or negotiate with Tehran's central bank in what is anticipated to be a heavy blow to Iran's battered economy. Macron spoke after Trump at the Security Council session, saying that although the 2015 nuclear pact is not perfect, it constitutes a "decisive step," and he criticized the US sanctions. "We need to build together a long-term strategy to manage the crisis that cannot be reduced to a policy of sanctions and containment of Iran," said Macron. British Prime Minister Theresa May also expressed her commitment to preserving the nuclear deal, which she called "the best way" to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The session was focused on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, but Trump took advantage of the forum to denounce Iran and accuse it of exporting "violence, terror and turmoil" to the Middle East and elsewhere. He said that such a regime must never be allowed to possess nuclear weapons. Trump did thank Russia, Iran and Syria for following his advice - he claimed - and "substantially slowing down their attack on Idlib province," the last bastion of forces opposed to Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime, but he went on to say "Get the terrorists, but I hope the restraint continues. The world is watching." [i]Source: Agencies[/i]
threatening storm surges in both North and South Carolina as the hurricane moves towards land with maximum sustained wind speeds of 90mph (150 km/h). More than 100,000 homes are already without power as weather conditions begin to worsen. Officials have warned the storm has the potential to kill "a lot of people" amid risks of "catastrophic" flooding. More than a million people along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate. Thousands had taken shelter in emergency facilities by Thursday night. Photographs showed residents crowded into corridors with blankets on inflatable mattresses and mats. Conditions deteriorated throughout Thursday as wind speeds gradually strengthened in coastal areas. Some areas of North Carolina saw almost a foot of rain just a few hours, and footage showed sea levels begin to surge in land. At 23:00 local time (03:00 GMT) the National Hurricane Centre said wind speeds had slightly lowered, making it a category one hurricane. The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) says that despite the gradual lowering in wind strength, the storm remains extremely dangerous because of the high volume of rainfall and storm surges predicted. "Inland flooding kills a lot of people unfortunately and that's what we're about to see," Fema administrator Brock Long told a news conference on Thursday morning. He said that people living near rivers, streams and lowland areas in the region were most at risk. [i]Source: BBC[/i]
A mass shooting at a video game tournament has led to "multiple fatalities" in the US state of Florida, according to police. The shooting took place on Sunday at a waterfront dining, entertainment and shopping site in downtown Jacksonville, according to local media. Citing police sources, reports said 3 people were killed and at least 11 wounded. "We have deceased victims at the scene. We also have injured people at the hospital. We will release counts later on," said Sheriff Mike Williams at a brief press conference, describing the dead suspect as a white male who had yet to be identified. "We have no outstanding suspects at this time, the scene is secure, and we will follow up in a couple of hours." The attack took place during the Madden 19 online game tournament at the GLHF Game Bar, according to the venue's website. The video game tournament was being streamed online from the restaurant. Players can be seen reacting to the gunfire and cries can be heard before the footage cuts off. "SWAT is doing a methodical search inside... We will get to you. Please don't come running out," the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office earlier said on Twitter.
China has said it is "irresponsible" of President Trump to suggest it was not putting enough pressure on North Korea over its nuclear programme. Mr Trump had tweeted that China was "not helping" because of trade tensions with the US. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said this was "contrary to basic facts" and China was "seriously concerned". On Thursday Mr Trump called off US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned trip to North Korea. He said that insufficient progress was being made in dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear programme. After his summit with the North Korean leader in June, Mr Trump said the country was no longer a nuclear threat. But since then there have been several reports that it is failing to dismantle its nuclear facilities. One of the most recent warnings came from unnamed US officials, who told the Washington Post that North Korea appeared to be building new intercontinental ballistic missiles. The UN's nuclear agency (IAEA) has also said North Korea is continuing with its nuclear programme. Meanwhile the second in a new series of family reunions for North and South Koreans separated by the war 65 years ago has taken place in a North Korean tourist resort. Some 326 South Koreans from 81 families met their long-lost relatives, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. Beijing is Pyongyang's only significant ally and Washington's most powerful long-term strategic rival in the region. The two powers are currently embroiled in a ***-for-tat tariff war after Mr Trump complained about the size of the US trade deficit with China and what Washington sees as other unfair trade practices. Each side has now imposed 25% tariffs on a total of $50bn of one another's goods. [i]Source: BBC[/i]
A young woman and an attacker have been killed and 13 others injured in a shooting incident in Toronto, Canadian police say. The Sunday night shooting happened in the Danforth and Logan avenues area. The gunman died in an exchange of fire. Among those injured is a young girl, described as in a critical condition. Police are appealing for witnesses. Some of the victims were treated at the scene, while others have been taken to local hospitals. The motive for the shooting is not clear. Jeremy Cohn, a journalist with @globalnewsto, posted footage from the scene, saying that "victims are spread across many blocks". Jody Steinhauer told CBC News she was with her family in a restaurant in the area when she heard what sounded like 10 to 15 blasts of firecrackers. "We started to hear people scream out front," she said. Details of the incident are still sketchy. [i]Source: BBC[/i]