Saturday, 21 January 2017
‘BSMMU Pro-VC assault’: Doctors suspend medical service

21 January 2017 Healthcare services at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) came to a halt as two groups of doctors were in confrontation at the hospital premises following the assault of a pro-vice chancellor allegedly by Vice Chancellor Prof Kamrul Hasan Khan.

The supporters of BSMMU VC Hasan Khan and Pro-VC (Academic) Prof ASM Zakaria Swapan started the agitation around 11:00am, Assistant Proctor Dr ASM Mustafa Zaman told The Daily Star.

They brought out separate processions at Battala Chattar inside the campus, he said.

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Earlier on Thursday, the VC reportedly assaulted Zakaria Swapan over publishing a report on nurses' recruitment in a Bangla daily.

“The VC pushed and pressed me against a wall at a meeting at his conference room where the proctor of the university also verbally abused me,” Pro-VC [Academic] Prof ASM Zakaria Swapan alleged on Thursday. The VC however denied the allegations.

The factions engaged in chase and counter-chase on the campus following the incident, the police official said.

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12-yr-old boy killed in Uttara road crash

21 January 2017 A 12-year-old boy was killed after a battery-run auto-rickshaw ran over him in Uttara area of Dhaka today.

The deceased Rasel, who hailed from Shimultali in Gazipur, was on his way to Kamarpara of Uttara with his grandfather, police said.

The auto-rickshaw hit him when he was crossing the road No. 21 in Uttara's Sector No. 10 around 10:00am, leaving him injured critically, said Sub-inspector Bacchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH police outpost.

He was rushed to a local private clinic. Later, he was shifted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), where he was pronounced dead.

Police detained the alleged driver, the SI also said.

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Jackie Chan to visit India, has special message for Salman Khan

21 January 2017 It seems like India has now became a perfect destination for International stars, who want to promote their films here. After Fast and the Furious fame Vin Diesel, recently visited India to promote his film ‘xxx: Returns of Xander Cage’, now legendary actor Jackie Chan is all set to visit India to promote his upcoming film "Kung Fu Yoga" along with Bollywood actor Sonu Sood.

Yes, you heard that right, Sonu, who has worked with Salman in Dabangg, confirmed the news by posting a video clip on his twitter handle and wrote: TWEET- Bhai, @BeingSalmanKhan I have an unusual power packed surprise for you! See you soon in India #Pandeji Hum aah rahe hai @EyeOfJackieChan.

In the video, the Rush Hour star also has a special message for superstar Salman Khan.

Also starring Disha Patani and Amyra Dastur, the film has been directed by Stanley Tong.

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Power, energy ministry to be paperless in 3yrs: Nasrul

21 January 2017 State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid today said his ministry has been working to make it paperless within next three years.

“A world-renowned consultant is working in this field to implement the government’s plan to make the country digital,” he said while addressing a meet the press session at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU).

The DRU arranged the meet the press session as a regular programme with its president Shakhawat Hossain Badsha in the chair, while general secretary M Mursalin Nomani moderated the function.

The state minister highlighted the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s different development initiatives to ensure energy security aimed at making the country a middle income country by 2021.

He said the power generation capacity reached to 15,351 megawatt (MW), three times higher, and the number of beneficiaries reached to 80 percent from 47 percent before 2009.

Replying to a query, the state minister said Bangladesh needs highly professional workforces to take immediate decision for some technical projects like deep sea blocks, coal-based power plants and other power and energy related projects.

He said the government is marching forward by materialising the vision-2021 and his ministry is working to provide electricity connection to individual client within one working day, while connection of power to industry within the shortest time.

“We have targeted to bring all citizens under electricity coverage by 2021 and now 5.50 lakh people get power connection per month, which was only 43,000 earlier,” Nasrul said.

There are two crore people getting electricity from Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) and the government created innovative fund for loan in the power and energy sector, he said.

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Blast kills at least 21 in Pakistan vegetable market, says official
21 January 2017 An explosion in a busy vegetable market killed at least 21 people on Saturday in Pakistan's remote northwestern tribal region, an official said, in an attack jointly claimed by the Pakistani Taliban and a branch of the sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

About 40 others were wounded in the blast in Kurram region, near the border with Afghanistan, said Sajid Hussain Turi, member of the National Assembly from the region.

"We received 21 bodies of the local tribal people killed in the blast," Turi said, adding that there would be a mass funeral followed by a demonstration over the attack.

Spokesmen for the Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al Alami said the two groups coordinated the attack together.

Mohammad Khurassani, a spokesman for the Mehsud faction of the Pakistani Taliban, said the attack was to avenge Tuesday's killing of the leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Asif Chotoo, by police in the eastern province of Punjab.

Ali bin Sufyan, spokesman for LeJ's Al Alami faction, told Reuters his group had coordinated the attack with the Pakistani Taliban. The Al Alami militants in the past have claimed to have coordinated attacks with Middle East-based Islamic State's branch in Pakistan, including the November bombing of a Muslim shrine that killed 52 people, but the group also allies with the Taliban.

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Trump, in Oval Office, signs first order on Obamacare
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21 January 2017 President Donald Trump directed government agencies on Friday to freeze regulations and take steps to weaken Obamacare, using his first hours in the White House to make good on a campaign promise to start dismantling his predecessor's healthcare law.

Heading into the Oval Office shortly after the conclusion of his inaugural parade, Trump signed an order on the Affordable Care Act that urged government departments to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation" of provisions that imposed fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals.

It also called for efforts to give states greater flexibility in implementing healthcare programs while developing "a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance."

Health experts had speculated that Trump could expand exemptions from the so-called individual mandate, which requires Americans to carry insurance or face a penalty, or the requirement that employers offer coverage.




Experts also believe the administration could try to reduce the “essential benefits,” such as maternity care and mental health services, that insurance plans must cover.

The White House did not provide further details about the executive order.

Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer said the White House also directed an immediate regulatory freeze for all government agencies in a memo from Trump's chief of staff, Reince Priebus. He did not offer details.

Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, one of former President Barack Obama's signature laws, was a central pledge for Trump during the presidential election campaign. Republicans in the US Congress have not yet laid out a plan to recast the insurance program.


US President Donald Trump hands Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (right) an executive order that directs agencies to ease the burden of Obamacare, after signing it in the Oval Office in Washington, US January 20, 2017. Also pictured is White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter (centre). Reuters

In a hastily arranged ceremony, surrounded by some of his aides, Trump sat behind the presidential Resolute Desk and signed the order. He also signed commissions for his newly confirmed defence secretary, James Mattis, and his homeland security secretary, John Kelly.

Trump spoke briefly about his day with reporters. "It was busy, but good. It was a beautiful day," he said.

There were other signs of change in the Oval Office, which Obama vacated on Friday morning. Golden drapes hung where crimson ones had earlier in the day and new furniture dotted the room.

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