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Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid. Photo: UNBEducation minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Monday said departmental action will be taken against his detained personal officer (PO) Motaleb Hossain and another education ministry staff Nasir Uddin, if they are found guilty, reports UNB.Talking to UNB at the secretariat Nahid said, “If the duo is found guilty of corruption, the ministry and the department will take stern action against them. None will be spared in the case of corruption. I’m very strict in this regard.”The ministry will render all kind of assistance to the law enforcers for their investigation, he added.Earlier on Sunday night, Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested the missing Lakehead Grammar School owner Khaled Hasan Motin, PO of Nurul Islam Nahid, Motaleb Hossain and the education ministry staff Nasir Uddin from different areas of the city.Earlier, Motaleb had reportedly gone missing from the capital on Saturday.Motaleb’s brother filed a general diary with Hazaribagh police station in this regard.Lakehead Grammar School owner Khaled Hasan Motin also reportedly went missing on Saturday.Nasir Uddin, an upper division clerk of education ministry, reportedly went missing from the city on Thursday afternoon.Nayem Ahmed Julhas, brother-in-law of the victim, filed a general diary (GD) with Banani police station in this connection.
Map of Tajikistan locating Vakhdat Photo: AFPAt least 32 people were killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan, including 24 members of the Islamic State jihadist group and three guards, authorities said Monday.Five inmates and the three guards were initially killed by prisoners in the riot that erupted on Sunday evening, and the others died in clashes with security forces trying to restore order, the justice ministry said in a statement.The prison in Vakhdat, 17 kilometres (11 miles) east of the capital Dushanbe, holds 1,500 inmates.The ministry said the rioters first stabbed to death three guards, and then five other inmates “in order to intimidate” the others.They then took other prisoners hostage before opening fire on the jail’s medical facilities.”Following a reprisal operation, 24 members of this group were killed and 35 others arrested. The hostages were freed” and calm restored to the prison, the statement said.Two of the prisoners murdered by the rioters were well-known activists of the banned opposition group Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, the local prison service said.Among the leaders of riot, authorities identified Bekhruz Gulmurod, the son of the former head of Tajik special forces who became a member of the IS leadership in Syria and was killed there in September 2017.The 20-year-old was sentenced to ten years in prison in July 2017 for attempting to join IS in Syria. He was previously detained at Dushanbe airport before boarding a flight to Istanbul.Authorities said the prison was now functioning normally, with the “situation currently under control.”The prison is a short drive from Dushanbe, with residential neighbourhoods nearby. It houses inmates convicted of various crimes, including terror and extremism charges, and is secured by armed guards.Families of inmates gathered near the prison on Monday to find out if their relatives were safe.In November 2018, another riot claimed by IS left 26 people dead in Khujand, a city in the northeast of the country. That riot was initiated by a former IS member seeking to spark a mass escape.Tajikistan, an impoverished mountainous country of just under 9 million people bordering Afghanistan, has suffered severe conflict since it gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.Tens of thousands of people were killed in Tajikistan during a five-year civil war in the 1990s when rebel groups including Islamists rose up against the government.Authorities in the majority-Muslim country have said that more than 1,000 Tajiks, including a high-ranking police officer who defected in 2015, joined IS in Syria and Iraq in recent years.In July 2018, an attack on foreign cycling tourists left four dead and two injured. The assault was widely attributed to IS, although the government has refused to acknowledge the link.
Amazon has teamed up with Apple to bring Apple Music to its Echo line of smart speakers. Echo owners will be able to access Apple Music on their devices starting December 17, Amazon announced Friday.The integration will allow users to ask for songs, artists and albums with voice commands. Apple Music is also bringing playlists as well as custom radio stations, including Beats1, to Echo speakers.“Music is one of the most popular features on Alexa—since we launched Alexa four years ago, customers are listening to more music in their homes than ever before,” said Amazon devices senior vice president Dave Limp in a statement. “We’re thrilled to bring Apple Music – one of the most popular music services in the US – to Echo customers this holiday.”Amazon Echo speakers have already had access to Spotify and Pandora as well as Amazon Music. The company has also been increasingly courting music fans with better-sounding hardware: The first Echo speaker was still very much optimized for news, podcasts and voice interaction, but more recently, Amazon introduced a dedicated Echo Sub as well as gear for audiophiles to connect their own high-end speaker systems to Amazon’s Alexa assistant. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety