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Russia-Ukraine war: G7 pledges to stand with Ukraine

US government sources briefed that Washington plans to announce as soon as this week that it has bought a Norwegian advanced surface-to-air missile defence system for Ukraine. The announcement of the Nasams purchase will meet one of the key requests from Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who has been warning his key cities are defenceless against Russian missile strikes including those that rained down on the capital, Kyiv, on Sunday. Zelenskiy’s meeting with the G7 leaders was not shown to the public – he could be seen on a…

Israel and Saudi Arabia: Joint defence against Iran

Top military officials from Israel and Saudi Arabia have met in secret US-brokered talks to discuss defence coordination against Iran. Delegations from Riyadh, as well as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt, met the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) chief of staff in the Egyptian town of Sharm el-Sheikh in March, the Wall Street Journal revealed on Sunday, citing US and regional officials. The unprecedented summit marks the first time Israeli officials have met with such a wide range of…

China will fight to the very end: Wei Fenghe

Ties are at critical juncture and puts onus on United States to improve bilateral relationship, Wei Fenghe says. China will “fight to the very end” to stop Taiwan from declaring independence, the country’s defence minister has vowed in a speech amid his counterparts from other countries including the United States. “We will fight at all cost and we will fight to the very end. This is the only choice for China,” Wei Fenghe told the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore, where he called Taiwan “first and…

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina offers prayers at Bangabandhu’s mazar in Tungipara

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today offered prayers at the mazar of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Tungipara. Prayers were also offered seeking divine blessings for good health and long life of Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana and their family members as well as continued peace, progress and prosperity of the country. Accompanied by her sister and Bangabandhu’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana, the premier offered Fateha and joined a prayer seeking eternal peace of…

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I have always been bold and loved to dress well:  Urfi Javed

Urfi Javed gained massive popularity for her dressing sense and public appearance post-Bigg Boss OTT. In the show, she was known to speak her heart out and after coming out of the show many loved her stint. Although there are people who follow her for being honest but there are others who criticise her for various things. In a recent chat, the actress speaks about the rumours that she pays paparazzi to post her pictures and recalls an incident when her relatives had cut her clothes with scissors.…

Russian Central Bank Slashes Interest Rate for Third Time as Ruble Rises

Russia’s Central Bank cut its key interest rate for the third consecutive time at an emergency meeting Thursday as authorities seek to rein in the surging ruble. The Bank of Russia will lower interest rates from 14% to 11% from Friday. Officials increased interest from 9.5% to 20% as an emergency measure after Russia invaded Ukraine in late February amid fears of a run on the national currency. They later slashed that rate to 17% on April 8, and to 14% on April 29. “External conditions for the…

Close unregistered clinic-diagnostic centres within 72 hours: DGHS

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has ordered the immediate closure of all unregistered clinics and diagnostic centres in the country. The decision was taken at a meeting of the DGHS on Wednesday, several officials present at the meeting confirmed the information to The Daily Samakal. Director of DGHS (Hospital and Clinic) Md. Billal Hossain said a meeting on Wednesday had decided to close all unregistered clinics and diagnostic centres within 72 hours. However, no formal order has been…

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