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NEWS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018 2 Intl conference on reproductive health begins in city DHAKA : Experts at a conference yesterday emphasized open discussion on sexual and reproductive health to create awareness among adolescents and help them avoiding various health hazards. Conversations between older generation and adolescents regarding sexuality are a rare case and to avoid complexities associated with adolescents' physiological development, parents should discuss this issue very cordially with their children, they said. The experts were speaking at the inaugural session of a scientific conference under the title, 'International Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health' jointly City restaurant catches fire DHAKA : A fire broke out at a restaurant in Green Road area of the capital early Friday. Fire service control room sources said that the fire broke out around 1:30am at 'Green Veil' restaurant. Informed, nine firefighting units rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control around 2:15am. It was not clear what caused the fire. Selim Al Deen's "Hat Hodai" staged at JU JAHANGIRNAGAR UNIVERSITY : "Jahangirnagar Theater", a theater troupe of Jahangirnagar University, staged its newly produced Selim Al Deen's drama "Hat Hodai" on the seventh day of 10-day theater festival, reports UNB. Jahangirnagar Theater has arranged the festivals marking the 38thfounding anniversary of the organization. Partho Protim directed the drama which was staged at the Selim Al Deen Muktamanchoon Thursdayevening. Japan public grade school under fire over Armani uniform TOKYO : A Tokyo public school has adopted Giorgio Armani uniforms for students, triggering criticism in a country where hefty school tuition is already burdening young parents, reports UNB. Taimei Elementary School in Tokyo's upscale Ginza shopping district has announced plans to introduce the optional uniforms, which cost more than 80,000 yen ($730) for a full set. Government education officials said Friday that school principals are free to set school rules and uniforms, but that this case didn't have the consensus of parents. Egypt announces launch of major security operation CAIRO : Egypt's military says it has begun a major security operation in areas including the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where Islamic militants are most active, reports UNB. Army spokesman Col. Tamer el-Rifaai said the operation, which started on Friday and involves army and police forces, also covers central Sinai, Egypt's Nile Delta and the Western Desert along the porous border with Libya. El-Rifaai said the operation is targeting "terrorist and criminal elements and organizations." Militant attacks have increased dramatically in Egypt since the military's 2013 ouster of elected Islamist President Mohammed. organised by Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB) and Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOFOG) at Hotel Sonargaon. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor was the chief guest of the function with chairperson of SRH of AOFOG Prof Rowshan Ara Begum in the chair. Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Professor Dr Kamrul Hasan Khan, president of Bangladesh Menopause Society (BMS) National Professor Shahla Khatun, Director (MCH-Service) and Line Director (MC-RH Service Delivery) and Director General of Family Planning Dr Mohammad Sharif, Secretary General of South Asian Society for Sexual Medicine Mohammad Shamsul Ahsan and OGSB President Prof Laila Arjumand Banu also spoke. The experts said, "People in our country feel embarrassed to discuss about sexual topics. There was a strong belief among guardians that adolescents would be encouraged to have sexual experiment because of the discussion." Sometimes they feel adolescents are too young to understand the topic. Culture and religious beliefs are also barriers to talk about the issue, they added. About 300 participants from home and abroad are attending the conference. Toronto police: remains of 6 found in serial killer probe TORONTO : Police in Toronto have recovered the remains of at least six people from planters on a property connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, officials said Thursday, reports UNB. Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said the remains, found on property McArthur used as storage in exchange for doing the landscaping, included some from one of the five men McArthur is already charged with killing, Andrew Kinsman. McArthur was arrested Jan. 18 and charged with two counts of murder in connection with the disappearances of Kinsman and Selim Esen, two men last seen in the "Gay Village" district of Toronto. Not long after that, he was charged with the murders of three more men and police said they were on a wide search for other possible victims. Police expect to file more charges. Investigators are still working to determine who the other alleged victims are from the property. They haven't determined yet if they are the same men or other people. "It's getting bigger and we are getting more resources," Idsinga said of the investigation. Authorities have checked at least 30 other places where the landscaper was known to have worked, including some of Toronto's wealthiest neighborhoods. Police have said they expect to find more remains in the planters they've retrieved from around the city. Idsinga said they have about 15 planters now, but he declined to say where they are in examining them. Investigators are also starting to excavate part of the lawn at the home where the new remains were found. Police have set up a large tent and heaters on the property to keep the ground from freezing and a forensic anthropologist arrived at the property on Thursday. The two-story home sits across from a park and next to small apartment buildings in an upscale neighborhood. Idsinga said investigators finished searching inside the house and the garage and said the occupants of the home are free to return, but can't go into the backyard. Idsinga said police have thought about excavating a second property elsewhere, but said it might depend on what they find in that backyard. Investigators have not yet released complete details, but the 66-year-old McArthur is believed to have met his victims cruising around the city in the van he used for work and on gay dating apps for older and large men with names such as "SilverDaddies" and "Bear411." In his SilverDaddies profile, McArthur described himself as 5 feet 10 inches tall and 221 pounds and primarily interested in younger men. "I can be a bit shy until I get to know you, but am a romantic at heart," he wrote. Jury deliberates in Baltimore police corruption case BALTIMORE : Jurors started deliberating Thursday in a case involving one of the worst U.S. police corruption scandals in recent memory after hearing nearly three weeks of testimony from drug dealers, a crooked bail bondsman and disgraced Baltimore detectives who detailed astonishing levels of police misconduct, reports UNB. The two detectives on trial face robbery, extortion and racketeering charges that could land them up to life in prison if convicted. The trial in a federal courthouse has been dominated by testimony of four exdetectives who worked alongside the defendants in an elite unit known as the Gun Trace Task Force. Those former detectives pleaded guilty to corruption charges about their time on the squad, which was once praised as a group of hard-charging officers chipping away at the tide of illegal guns on city streets. They testified on behalf of the government in the hopes of shaving years off their prison sentences. The former law enforcers testified that the unit was actually made up of thugs with badges who broke into homes, stole cash, resold looted narcotics and lied under oath to cover their tracks. Wearing lockup jumpsuits, the ex-detectives admitted to everything from armed home invasions to staging fictitious crime scenes and routinely defrauding their department with bogus overtime claims. Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise described the two detectives on trial as "hunters" who "preyed upon the weak and the vulnerable" when their rogue police unit wasn't scouring the city trying to find largescale drug dealers to rob. He said the evidence, which included calls recorded by the FBI that captured their voices, was "overwhelming." Defense attorney Jenifer Wicks delivered a fiery closing argument on behalf of Detective Marcus Taylor. She told jurors the government went to the "depths of the criminal underworld" to find a parade of "professional liars" as witnesses. "It's deplorable and it's nauseating," Wicks said, asserting there was insufficient evidence to convict Taylor of anything. In a rebuttal, Wise said investigators did indeed tour the unsavory depths of Baltimore's underworld - and it was there they found Taylor and Detective Daniel Hersl. Hersl's lead attorney, William Purpura, did not deny that his 48-year-old client took money - an act that "embarrassed" the city and the detective's family - but that didn't rise to charges of robbery or extortion. He attacked the veracity of the four disgraced detectives, noting that they've admitted to lying for years to juries, judges, colleagues and their families. "They want that 'get out of jail free' card," Purpura said during his closing arguments. The detectives on trial did not testify. 2 held with 31 gold bars at Dhaka airport DHAKA : Customs intelligence arrested two men along with 31 gold bars weighing 5.8 kilograms from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airporton Thursday evening, reports UNB. Keramat Ali, 58, hailing from Feni, and Lokman, 58, hailing from Kadamtoli in Dhaka landed at the airport from Chittagong by a Regent Airway flight coming from Bangkok, said Director General of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) Moinul Khan. Afterthey crossed the domestic flight point, a CIID team challenged them and recovered the gold bars worth 2.90 crore concealed in their dresses, shoes and mobile covers. Later, the team detained the duo and handed them over to Airport Police Station. Nazmul Quaunine presents credentials to Irish president DHAKA : Bangladesh High Commissioner to London Md Nazmul Quaunine presented his Letters of Credence to Irish President Michael Daniel Higgins on Thursday in Dublin as a non-resident ambassador of Bangladesh to Ireland. At a formal ceremony held at the President's residence called Aras an Uachtar in in Dublin, ambassador Md Nazmul Quaunine conveyed the greetings of the President and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to the President and the people of Ireland, said a released issued. Quaunine expressed his pleasure for being appointed as Bangladesh's ambassador to Ireland and hoped that relations between the two friendly countries would strengthen further during his tenure. During the meeting, the President was briefed about the current trends of socioeconomic development in Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. President Higgins warmly welcomed the ambassador to Ireland and expressed hope that the existing bilateral relations would achieve further impetus. During the meeting, the President was briefed about the current trends of socio-economic development in Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Irish president praised the government of Bangladesh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for Bangladesh's socioeconomic progress in the recent years and for accommodating and managing over half a million 'Rohingya' people. Dhaka Art Summit to end on Saturday DHAKA : Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) will end on Saturday at national art building of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) The 8- day event is being organised under the aegis of Samdani Art Foundation on February 2 highlighting the dynamic evolution of art in contemporary South Asia and reviving historical inter-Asian modes of exchange, reports UNB The DAS 2018 featured an opening celebration weekend from February 2 to 4 while it is featuring its closing segment Scholars' Weekend from February 8 which will continue to February 10. A daylong symposium 'The Sunwise Turn' organised by Shabbir Hussain Mustafa will be held from 10 am to 6.30pm at the main auditorium while 'Like Water on Hot Rocks (2018) by Goshka Macuga with Vali Mahlouji performance will be held from 10 am to 12:30pm at the entrance of National Art Gallery on the last day. Alongside, an event 'Musical Interlude: Baul singers from Kushtia, followers of Lalon Fakir' will be held from 1.30 pm to 3.30pm at the entrance of National Art Gallery on the day. This time 55 international organisations are partnering in the Dhaka Art Summit 2018 along with the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, the country's National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, with the support of the Cultural Affairs and Information Ministries, the National Tourism Board, the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), and the Bangladesh National Museum. Sanitary napkin factory in Dinajpur helps women DHAKA : Mahfuza Akther Rimi, a 13-yearold girl at Pakerhat Bazar of Khansama upzila in Dinajpur district, completed her final examinations two months ago. She is now a student of class eight. It was hard for Rimi to continue her studies as her day-labourer father could not afford the expenses. "Being a girl of a needy family, I had to face a lot of problems to continue my education," said Rimi, who is now working at a local sanitary napkin factory during free time alongside studies. Rimi said her school friend Khadiza, who is also from a poor family, is also working with her at the factory to continue her education, reports BSS. Not only Rimi and Khadiza, a total of 15 juvenile girls of different classes are working in the local 'Asmani Sanitary-Napkin Factory' to run their education. Selina Akther, a local woman, set up the factory at Pakerhat Bazar in 2016 with the financial help of Plan International Bangladesh, a non-government organization. Selina said many local girls worked in the factory since its establishment to bear their educational expenses. Besides, the women of the area get sanitary napkins at low prices from her factory, she added. She said the local women and girls are now more aware of their health, especially their menstruation, and they want good napkins at low prices. Selina said around 100 to 150 sanitary napkins are manufactured at her factory every day. "After meeting the demands of individuals, we are also selling the product to the local hospitals and clinics," she added. She said this has been possible as women empowerment in Bangladesh witnessed stunning progress over the last few years, especially during the tenure of the present government. Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Selina said, women empowerment has been placed at the heart of Bangladesh's development agenda. The country has achieved remarkable success in advancing women under her leadership and been regarded as the "role model" for the advancement of women in the world, she added. Because of various initiatives of the present government, the womenfolk of the country have been playing a strong role in trade and commerce, politics and other fields, she added. Manager of the factory Shahana said earlier many women didn't buy the sanitary napkins as their prices are high in the market. But now, almost every woman of the area is using napkins as they get those at a low price. Besides, the health risk among the women has reduced in the area, she added. "I want to continue my work along with my education...I spend two to three hours every day in the factory," Rimi said, adding, "I also want to contribute to my family financially." She said the change of the mindset of the people has helped her to be confident and take any decision. Midnight shutdown creeps closer as Congress debates budget WASHINGTON : With a midnight government shutdown creeping closer, both Republicans and Democrats grappled with internal party divisions as they tried to push through a massive budget deal Thursday night, reports UNB. Frustrations mounted - and the risk of a shutdown increased - as GOP Sen. Rand Paul held up voting on the broad measure in hopes of obtaining recorded votes on reversing spending increases. "I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits," the Kentucky senator said. "Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits. I can't in all honesty look the other way." The No. 2 Democrat in the House, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, said his side would support a brief, 24- hour stopgap spending bill to stave off a partial agency closure, but Republicans rejected the offer. The Trump administration, which favored approval of the broad budget measure, was preparing for a "lapse" in appropriations, an official with the Office of Management and Budget said, commenting only on condition of anonymity. That suggested a short shutdown, if any, less than a month after the three-day interruption last month. Agencies brought out now-familiar contingency plans. The partial shutdown VERONA : When hundreds of hardcore fans of Italy's Hellas Verona Seria A soccer club chanted "Adolf Hitler is my friend" and sang that their team embraced the swastika, at a festive gathering in the summer, Italian Jewish communities complained - and waited, reports UNB. Local officials initially dismissed the video as a "prank," and condemnation only came several months later, after another video from the same event, profaning Christian objects, also began circulating on social media. "These episodes should absolutely not be dismissed," said Bruno Carmi, the would essentially force half the federal workforce to stay home, freeze some operations and close some parks and outposts. Services deemed essential would continue, including Social Security payments, the air traffic control system and law enforcement. Approval in the Senate seemed assured - eventually - but the situation in the House remained dicey. In that chamber, both progressive Democrats and tea party Republicans opposed the measure, which contains roughly $400 billion in new spending for the Pentagon, domestic agencies, disaster relief and extending a host of health care provisions. However, House GOP leaders were confident they had shored up support among conservatives for the measure, which would shower the Pentagon with money but add hundreds of billions of dollars to the nation's $20 trillion-plus debt. House Democratic leaders opposed the measure - arguing it should resolve the plight of immigrant "Dreamers" who face deportation after being brought to the U.S. illegally as children - but not with all their might. The legislation doesn't address immigration, though Republican Speaker Paul Ryan said again Thursday he was determined to bring an immigration bill to the floor this year, albeit only one that has President Donald Trump's blessing. At a late afternoon meeting, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California made it plain that she wasn't pressuring fellow Democrats to kill the bill, which is packed with money for party priorities like infrastructure, combating opioid abuse and help for college students. Still, it represented a bitter defeat for Democrats who followed a risky strategy to use the party's leverage on the budget to address immigration and ended up scalded by last month's three-day government shutdown. Republicans were sheepish about the bushels of dollars for Democratic priorities and the return next year of $1 trillion-plus deficits. But they pointed to money they have long sought for the Pentagon, which they say needs huge sums for readiness, training and weapons modernization. "It provides what the Pentagon needs to restore our military's edge for years to come," said Ryan. Beyond $300 billion worth of record increases for the military and domestic programs, the agreement adds $89 billion in overdue disaster aid for hurricaneslammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, a politically charged increase in the government's borrowing cap and a grab bag of health and tax provisions. There's also $16 billion to renew a slew of expired tax breaks that Congress seems unable to kill. Rising racism taints Italian electoral campaign head of Verona's tiny Jewish community of about 100, speaking in an interview at the Verona synagogue, which is flanked by two armed police patrols. "In my opinion, whoever draws a simple swastika on the wall knows what it means. And we know very well where that swastika brought us." Racist and anti-Semitic expressions have been growing more bold, widespread and violent in Italy. Anti-migrant rhetoric is playing an unprecedented role in shaping the campaign for the March 4 national elections, which many says is worsening tensions and even encouraging violence.

INTERNATIONAL SATuRdAY, FEBRuARY 10, 2018 3 Retired archbishop of Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen gestures during an interview in Hong Kong, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Zen has warned that a deal between the Vatican and China that cedes too much power to Beijing would place the country's Catholic followers in a big "birdcage." Vincent Yu / AP Hong Kong ex-cardinal warns against Vatican-China deal HONG KONG : Hong Kong's retired archbishop warned Friday that a deal between the Vatican and China that cedes too much power to Beijing would place the country's Catholic followers in a big "birdcage." Cardinal Joseph Zen said the Holy See should abandon talks with China over contentious bishop nominations if it would have to compromise too much to please the country's Communist rulers. Zen compared China's "underground" Catholics to birds and said Beijing wants "the Vatican to help them to get all those birds into the cage." Zen's comments come as tensions rise over a possible deal between the Vatican and Beijing. The Roman Catholic Church is pushing for a historic breakthrough in relations with China but negotiations have touched off a bitter dispute inside the church, reports UNB. Zen, 86, said there's no reason at the moment to believe in any goodwill from Beijing on working toward a reasonable compromise. GD-218/18 (6 x 3) The feisty and outspoken Zen, who retired in 2009, has been a longtime critic of China. In recent blog posts, he has slammed the talks as a catastrophe and described making a desperate journey to Rome in a personal effort to prevent a legitimate underground bishop from being replaced by an excommunicated one favored by Beijing. "The Communist government just wants the church to surrender, because they want complete control, not only of the Catholic church but all the religions," Zen told reporters at the hillside Salesian monastery where he lives. "If that's true then there's no hope of getting a good agreement and ... at a certain moment you must say we cannot solve the problem, the problems are there so we go home, when we have anything new we come again." China broke off relations with the Holy See in 1951, after the officially atheist Communist Party took power and established its own church. The Vatican, particularly under Pope Francis, is has been eager to reach a deal A privately owned television station in the Maldives says it has gone off the air because of threats during the country's current state of emergency. Photo : AP with the Chinese government and unite the churches. A sticking point in the secret negotiations is whether Rome or Beijing has the final say over bishop appointments. Unconfirmed reports say the Vatican is close to a compromise with China, which has an estimated 12 million Catholics. About half worship in underground churches that recognize only Rome as their highest authority while the rest belong to state-authorized churches with clergy named by Beijing. Though the Vatican has claimed bishop ordination as its right, both sides had an unwritten agreement allowing Beijing to pick candidates that the Holy See would consider and then tacitly endorse. Though the deal wasn't always adhered to, it generally prevented Beijing from appointing bishops that the Vatican would consider flawed for personal or doctrinal reasons. Zen weighed in on recent news reports suggesting that such an arrangement would be formalized, effectively giving the pope veto power over future bishop candidates. Maldives TV station shuts down after threats COLOMBO : A privately owned television station in the Maldives says it has gone off the air because of threats during the country's current state of emergency, reports UNB. Rajje TV, which highlights views of the political opposition, said in a statement Friday that it stopped broadcasting because the country's environment did not allow journalists to report freely and independently. It said a mob had gathered at the station and called for it to be burned down, and government lawmakers had asked the broadcasting regulator to shut the station. President Yameen Abdul Gayoom declared a state of emergency after the Supreme Court ordered the release and retrial of his political opponents. The order has since been reversed. Rajje TV was burned down ahead of the 2013 presidential election. Man sentenced in connection with $20M found in box spring BOSTON : A Brazilian man arrested in connection with the discovery of about $20 million cash hidden inside a box spring in a Massachusetts apartment has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison, reports UNB. Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in October to money laundering charges. The money was found in Westborough in January 2017 during an investigation into TelexFree Inc., a defunct internet telecom company that prosecutors say was actually a billion-dollar pyramid scheme. Egypt begins massive security operation targeting militants CAIRO : Egypt began a massive security operation Friday involving land, sea and air forces in areas including the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, the epicenter of an Islamic insurgency spearheaded by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group, reports UNB. The operation, announced in a televised statement by army spokesman Col. Tamer el- Rifaai, began early Friday and covers the Sinai and areas in Egypt's Nile Delta and Western Desert. He said the operation is targeting "terrorist and criminal elements and organizations." There was no indication how long the operation would last. The announcement comes ahead of the presidential election in March in which President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is running for a second four-year term with no serious contenders. El- Sissi was elected in 2014 in a landslide with promises of restoring security. In a subsequent statement, el-Rifaai said the air force carried out airstrikes on militant hideouts in north and central Sinai. He also said that naval forces were deployed to cut off their supply lines and that security has been boosted around the country's border crossings, shipping routes and vital facilities. The operation began amid local media reports of heightened alert levels in north Sinai hospitals and in other neighboring provinces in anticipation of casualties from the operation. Egypt has for years been struggling to contain an Islamic insurgency in the turbulent Sinai region. It has carried out military operations there that, it says, have killed hundreds of militants and soldiers over the years. Egypt also built a buffer zone along the border with Gaza to curb the flow of militants and weapons through a vast tunnel network under the border. The insurgency, nevertheless, showed no signs of abating. GD-215/18 (8 x 4) In November, militants killed 311 worshippers in a mosque attack in the region, the deadliest in Egypt's modern history. Shortly afterward, el-Sissi gave security forces a threemonth deadline to restore stability to northern Sinai and authorized his chief of staff to use "all brute force." Later, militants fired a projectile at el-Arish airport and struck an Apache helicopter that was part of the entourage of Egypt's defense and interior ministers who were in the city on an unannounced visit on we`ÿ r/Rb-895(2)/08/02/2018 GD-216/18 (4 x 3) Dec. 19. Neither minister was in the aircraft when the attack took place but the missile killed an officer and wounded two others. Egypt is currently building a buffer zone around the airport. Militant attacks have generally surged since the 2013 military ouster of elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi following mass protests against his divisive one-year rule. The violence has been concentrated in northern Sinai Peninsula but has also spread to the mainland. Egypt is also facing a growing number of attacks in its Western Desert along the porous border with Libya that has been the source of serious concern to authorities who contend Islamic militants and smugglers use it as their route into the country. Egypt has been under a state of emergency after suicide bombings struck two Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday last year in an attack that was claimed by the Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State group. In this Nov. 25, 2017 file photo, a burned truck is seen outside Al-Rawda Mosque in Bir al-Abd northern Sinai, Egypt a day after attackers killed hundreds of worshippers. Photo : AP Dbœq‡bi MYZš¿ †kL nvwmbvi g~jgš¿

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