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Man in Mamata's Dhaka entourage arrested, opposition hits out

Kolkata : Entrepreneur and film producer Shibaji Panja, who accompanied Mamata Banerjee on her Bangladesh visit, was Sunday arrested at the Kolkata airport in connection with a fraud case. The opposition slammed the West Bengal chief minister, saying she dishonoured the country by allowing a "criminal" to be part of her entourage.

Panja, who was booked for cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy, was subsequently granted bail by a court.

37 dead in Bangladesh ferry capsize

Dhaka : An overloaded ferry carrying over 100 people capsized Sunday after being hit by a cargo trawler in Padma river in Bangladesh, media reports said adding that rescuers had recovered at least 37 bodies, including that of women and children.

The ferry - MV Mostofa - was on its way to Daulatdia village -- a brothel village -- from Paturia area, 40 km from Dhaka. But just 15 minutes after the ferry set sail, it was hit by the cargo trawler, quoted the police as saying.

Bahrain minister in India, holds talks with Sushma

New Delhi : Bahrain, a key Gulf partner, and India held their first High Joint Commission meeting here Sunday during the meeting between its foreign minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed bilateral, regional and other issues of mutual interest.

30 families evacuated from Damascus

Damascus : Syrian forces have evacuated 30 families from a rebel-held area in eastern Damascus, media reported Sunday.

Around 80 people of 30 families left the bastion of Douma in the eastern countryside of the capital city, seeking refuge in the government-controlled areas due to the difficult living conditions in the rebel-held area, Xinhua reported.

According to sources, the families were taken to temporary shelters in Qudsaya city and were provided with all basic services and necessities.

Mamata assures Hasina of Teesta deal solution

Dhaka: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had blocked the Teesta water sharing deal between India and Bangladesh four years ago, assured Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Saturday of a solution to the issue.

The visiting chief minister raised the Teesta issue during her 30-minute luncheon meeting with Hasina at the latter's official residence Ganabhaban during the day, said the prime minister's spokesperson Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, according to a report.

Pakistani cricket fans smash TV sets after defeat against WI

Islamabad: Angry Pakistani cricket fans smashed television sets in Multan to vent their frustration following the 1992 edition champion's defeat to the West Indies at the World Cup Saturday.

The disappointed fans held a mock funeral by mourning a bed of cricket bats on the city's MDA Road, reports leading Pakistani daily Dawn which further added that a group of enraged fans also smashed a number of TVs with large batons in Multan's Chungi No.9 area.

Ex-Somali lawmaker says he knew hotel suicide bomber

Mogadishu: Former Somali member of parliament Salat Ali Jelle said Saturday he personally knew the woman suicide bomber who attacked Central Hotel in Mogadishu Friday.

Jelle said Somali-Dutch Lul Ahmed blew herself up, killing more than 25 people including two lawmakers, and wounding over 45 others.

Ahmed was his favourite receptionist at the hotel, Jelle said, adding that it did not occur to him that she would carry out such a deadly attack.

IS burned alive over 40 people in Iraq in cages: Report

Baghdad: Islamic State (IS) militants burned up to 43 people alive inside iron cages in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said Saturday.

Earlier, IS fighters captured the 43 Iraqis from the albu-Obeid Sunni tribe in the battlefield town of al-Baghdadi, some 200 km northwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Xinhua news agency reported citing the source.

Those abducted were believed to be local police and government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group members, and were later transferred to the nearby militants-held town of Heet, the source said.

Growing strategic ties see record number of Indians visiting Saudi Arabia

By Fakir Balaji ,

Bengaluru: A record 1.2 million Indians were granted visas to visit Saudi Arabia in 2014, indicating the surge in contacts and diversification of ties between the two countries, the country's top envoy has said.

"Our embassy issued 1.2 million visas in India in 2014, a record for a Saudi mission anywhere," Saudi ambassador Saud Mohammed Alsati told IANS here. Similarly, the number of Indian expatriates in the desert kingdom has gone up to a staggering three million - one of the largest Indian diaspora in any country - over the years.

Boko Haram renews attack in Nigeria, 21 killed

Abuja: At least 21 people were killed as suspected Boko Haram fighters renewed armed attacks on three villages in northeast Nigerian state of Borno, witnesses and security sources said.

Militants stormed the villages Friday near Chibok Town, where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted 10 months ago in the southern part of Borno State, shooting sporadically, Dauda Ali, a Chibok resident who witnessed the attack, told Xinhua via telephone.