At lеаѕt 20 people died and mоrе thаn 2 mіllіоn spent оvеrnіght іn ѕhеltеrѕ аѕ a rеѕult of Cyclone Bulbul, which hіt thе соаѕtѕ of Indіа аnd Bangladesh with strong wіndѕ and hеаvу rаіn. Thе winds hіt 120 kіlоmеtеrѕ реr hоur Saturday nіght, forcing authorities tо сlоѕе роrtѕ аnd аіrроrtѕ іn both соuntrіеѕ. In thе state оf West Bеngаl, tеn реорlе died, according to tо the Press Truѕt, іnсludіng twо реорlе who wеrе kіllеd bу trees fеll оn thеіr homes, whіlе another dіеd of fаllіng brаnсhеѕ іn Cаlсаtа.
An investigation has been launched from a high-level Bangladesh Border Guard on Friday, one day after an Indian border guard was killed in a shootout between the BGB and India’s Border Security Force (BSF). The shooting took place in the Padma River, in Bangladesh’s Rajshahi border. Officials say people across the border on the Padma River have been given the message that they have no reason to panic.
On the third day of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Delhi Sunday, Hasina inaugurated a drinking water project which will be supplied to Sabruma town in Tripura from Feni river water. However, the issues that many have been pressing in Bangladesh— such as India’s greater support for the Teesta river water sharing or Rohingya repatriation— have not seen signs of significant progress.
India and Bangladesh signed a series of memorandums of understanding Saturday, one of which will jointly launch a ‘coastal surveillance’ system. Although no details have been provided by the two countries, it is initially known that India will help establish a modern radar system in the coastal areas of Bangladesh according to this agreement. The move is also said to ensure maritime security in the Bay of Bengal.
Gen. H. M. Ershad duped the United States after President Ziaur Rahman‘s assassination on May 30, 1981, telling the American ambassador that he had no plans to overthrow Justice Abdus Sattar, who succeeded the slain ruler as acting president.
“Bangladesh Army Chief of Staff Ershad told me June 25 that he had no interest in politics and that the military should not interfere in constitutional government unless there is a complete breakdown of civil authority and effectiveness,” Ambassador David T. Schneider informed the State Department on June 25, 1981.
Two months after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned to power for the second time, her government faced a rebellion by the country’s paramilitary border guards. The mutiny, which took place in the Bangladesh Rifles headquarters in Dhaka on 25 February 2009, left as many as 74 dead, including several ranking army officers, who had been assigned to command the force.
Public speculation by many, including the prime minister herself, termed it as an external conspiracy. Investigations found no evidence of outside interference. However, one thing became clear: the army was aware of the unrest days before it occurred.
If a manufacturing firm has a goal to sell products in both the US and China, locating the production in China gave them an unfair economic advantage. China imposes very heavy tariffs and regulations on almost all imported goods, making access to China’s market far more costly for the production of manufactured goods outside of the country.
- CHINA: Presidents Xi Jinping of China and Donald Trump of the United States remain optimistic about a possible trade deal between their two countries. The two spoke on the phone Saturday, and hope to reach a deal during the 90-day ceasefire period, which was announced at the G-20 summit.
- BRITAIN: Home Secretary Sajid Javid agreed to a joint action plan with French counterpart Christophe Castaner to tackle a rise of migrants trying to reach Britain in small boats. Some 220 people have attempted to cross the English Channel since November.
- CONGO: Long-delayed presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo are underway. Voters in the capital, Kinshasa, braved torrential rain, long delays, and broken machines to participate in what might be the first peaceful transfer of power in the nation’s history.
- VENEZUELA: The Venezuelan government announced it is willing to investigate a plot to assassinate Colombian President Ivan Duque, involving three of its nationals. Relations between the neighboring countries— and the leaders personally— have been tense.
- BANGLADESH: Bangladesh’s leading lady, Sheikh Hasina, won a third term as Prime Minister Sunday, amid widespread claims of vote-rigging. Seventeen people were killed across the country as the vote took place.
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