Jun 052020
 
Bangladesh 20th among countries with most coronavirus cases

Only Qatar is now between Bangladesh and China, where the pandemic began, on the list, according to tallies by the Johns Hopkins University.       Another 2,828 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the 24 hours to 8 am on Friday, bringing the tally of infections to 60,391, the health directorate said. The official death toll …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Indonesia Rejects China’s Offer for South China Sea Talks

Indonesia on Friday rejected a Chinese offer for negotiations on the South China Sea, as Jakarta reiterated that it had no overlapping claims with Beijing in its exclusive economic zone. The Chinese government, in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, acknowledged it had no territorial dispute with Indonesia but said the two …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Trump orders US troop reduction in Germany — report | DW | 05.06.2020

US President Donald Trump on Friday told the Pentagon to reduce the number of troops stationed in Germany, a senior US official told the Wall Street Journal.  Last September, former US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell threatened such a move if Germany did not increase its defense spending. The 9,500 soldiers slated to move would be …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Thai NGOs Urge Government Not to Buy Power from Sanakham Dam in Laos

A dam planned for construction by Laos on the Mekong river will have negative impacts not only on Lao villages but also in nearby Thailand, a coalition of Thai environmental groups says, adding that the government in Bangkok should cancel plans to buy electricity from the controversial project. The 684-megawatt Sanakham dam would be the …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Czechs expel two Russians over hoax poison plot

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Babis said the Russian plot was undoubtedly a hoax Two Russian diplomats are being expelled by the Czech government amid a hoax poison plot against three Prague politicians. The government in Prague says infighting between Russian embassy staff resulted in one of them sending details of the fictitious …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Coronavirus latest: 'Wear masks in public,' WHO advises | DW | 05.06.2020

The US welcomes an unexpected fall in jobless figures, as virus restrictions ease A French official says the pandemic is “under control” as Europe continues to reopen borders Cases of COVID-19 on the African continent rose by 5,000 in 24 hours, according to WHO data. Over 6.6 million people have now been infected with COVID-19 …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Bangladesh spinners see no benefit on saliva ban

Abdur Razzak, Taijul Islam Bangladesh left-arm spinners Abdur Razzak and Taijul Islam disagreed with ICC cricket committee chairman Anil Kumble’s claim that the ban on using saliva and sweat to shine the ball will help spinners, as the duo felt both pacers and spinners will suffer from the change. The fielding team always uses saliva …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Resurgent Bangladesh proposes lockdown exit strategy framework

Resurgent Bangladesh, a platform to help Bangladesh devise strategies and polices for COVID-19 economic recovery, presented a model lockdown exit strategy framework at its first dialogue for the government and other stakeholders to consider on Thursday, said a press release. Resurgent Bangladesh is a joint initiative of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka, …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Malaysian Court Sets July 28 for Verdict in Najib’s First Corruption Trial

The judge presiding over the landmark first corruption trial against ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak linked to a subsidiary of the financial-scandal hit state development fund 1MDB announced on Friday that he would issue his verdict next month. Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Nazlan Ghazali said he needed time, after hearing several days of closing …Read more

Jun 052020
 
At the largest land port, no signs yet of unlocking trade

On the first day of Unlock 1.0, Jessore Road in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas, lined with majestic trees, returned to life with people and vehicles emerging after two months. The road culminates in India’s largest customs port Petrapole on the India-Bangladesh border. It accounts for a majority of bilateral trade. Even after trade activities …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Refugee children get better health, nutrition via e-vouchers | Cornell Chronicle

Electronic food vouchers provided young Rohingya children in Bangladeshi refugee camps with better health and nutrition than direct food assistance, according to new research led by Cornell, in conjunction with the International Food Policy Research Institute. At a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, conditions are poor, as shown in this photo by Professor John Hoddinott. …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Syrian victims of torture testify in German court | DW | 05.06.2020

Feras Fayyad is the first victim to tell the Koblenz courtroom of the frankly unimaginable horror of the al-Khatib jail in Damascus. The 35-year-old Syrian director, prematurely gray haired, spoke on the tenth day of the trial of two alleged torturers at the upper regional court in Koblenz. After a string of investigators, experts and …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Coronavirus: Pakistani govrnment lays off thousands of workers to revive economy | DW | 05.06.2020

Shaikh Irshad, a 39-year-old weaver in Faisalabad city, can’t make ends meet due to the coronavirus crisis, which has paralyzed the country’s industrial sector. “Even with my meagre income before the pandemic, I could hardly manage to feed my family. Now we can barely survive,” Irshad told DW. Pakistan’s economy was in tatters even before …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Coronavirus: Pakistani government lays off thousands of workers to revive economy | DW | 05.06.2020

Shaikh Irshad, a 39-year-old weaver in Faisalabad city, can’t make ends meet due to the coronavirus crisis, which has paralyzed the country’s industrial sector. “Even with my meager income before the pandemic, I could hardly manage to feed my family. Now we can barely survive,” Irshad told DW. Pakistan’s economy was in tatters even before …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Coronavirus latest: France says pandemic 'under control' | DW | 05.06.2020

A French official says the pandemic is “under control” as Europe continues to reopen borders South Africa records its biggest surge in daily infections India has seen a single-day record spike in daily cases for the third day in a row Over 6.6 million people have now been infected with COVID-19 globally and some 391,000 …Read more

Jun 052020
 
COVID-19: Bangladesh's death toll surpasses 800-mark

DHAKA, Bangladesh Coronavirus-related deaths in Bangladesh crossed the 800-mark with 30 new fatalities on Friday, according to health authorities. The nationwide death toll has risen to 811, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). The tally of infections has reached 60,391 with 2,828 new cases. To date, a total of 12,804 patients have …Read more

Jun 052020
 
On decolonizing school books, the internet and mindsets | DW | 05.06.2020

From June 4-6, the Goethe-Institut’s digital Festival Latitude presents a program of discussions and art focussing on how colonial structures work today, and how they can be overcome. During the festival, multimedia journalist Malcolm Ohanwe will host a debate about the future of the internet. DW got in touch with him ahead of the event. …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Why we hate to wait | DW | 05.06.2020

Whether it’s waiting to visit family, waiting for a vacation or waiting for the end of a pandemic, waiting seems to have become the order of the day. “Waiting is lost time,” says Munich-based time researcher Karlheinz Geissler, “and we charge for time in money.” The adage “time is money” hailed from Benjamin Franklin, one …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Bangladeshi courts freeing child suspects due to virus risk

JULHAS ALAM, AP DHAKA: Authorities in Bangladesh have been releasing hundreds of children suspected of committing mostly petty crimes as they try to keep the coronavirus from spreading in overcrowded detention centers, officials said Friday. The orders for their release on bail came from virtual courts set up by the country’s Supreme Court with the …Read more

Jun 052020
 
Ex-ambassador on trial for risking Sweden security

For the first time in modern Swedish history, an ex-ambassador has gone on trial and faces a possible jail term. Anna Lindstedt is accused of going beyond her remit by holding unauthorised talks with a foreign power to gain the release of a Chinese-born Swedish citizen. Gui Minhai, a Hong Kong bookseller, was later jailed …Read more