10 You can speculate that very few will return to Burma. The first reason is that Burma will only take a few and secondly is that the refugees will never return if they fear persecution WEATHER CITY SINGAPORE HONG KONG TOKYO LONDON DUBAI SAN FRANCISCO NEW YORK MOSCOW MAX 32°C 34°C 32°C 21°C 43°C 19°C 29°C 26°C MIN 27°C 29°C 23°C 14°C 33°C 12°C 19°C 19°C AMA MUHITH BANGLADESH MINISTER SILIGURI, THURSDAY 08 MARCH 2018 H CL S R S CL H R S= sunny, CL= clear, H=hazy, R= rainy... THUMBNAILS US top economic adviser Cohn quits Differences cropped up over Trump’s controversial trade policies PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON, 7 MARCH ary Cohn, the top economic adviser to US President Donald Trump, today resigned over his differences with him on his controversial trade policies, in yet another jolt to the embattled White House that has seen a series of high-profile departures. Cohn, 57, who is a former Goldman Sach executive resigned as the White House National Economic Council director, after differences with the decision of Trump to impose a hefty 25 per cent tariff on import of steel and 10 per cent on aluminium. The White House did not give the reason for Cohn's resignation. For several weeks, Cohn had been discussing with the President that it was nearing time for him to tran- G NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks at a press conference during his visit in Amman, Jordan. Death for Bangla serial killer: A notorious serial killer who allegedly killed 11 women in Bangladesh has been sentenced to death along with his two accomplices for raping and murdering a woman, according to a media report. Rashu Khan, Jahirul Islam and Yunus Miah raped and killed the 35year-old victim in Hasa village of the Chandpur district, bdnews reported. Chandpur Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal and District and Sessions Judge Abul Mannan handed down the verdict yesterday after examining all records and witnesses, Mir Kashem, sub-inspector of Chandpur Sadar police station, was quoted as saying PTI bdnews. Nepal presidential candidates: President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Nepali Congress leader Kumari Laxmi Rai on Wednesday filed nomination papers for the presidential election in Nepal. The presidential election will be held on March 13. Bhandari, the first woman president of the country, is seeking a second presidential term. She was elected as the second president of Nepal in October 2015. This will be third presidential election in Nepal since the abolition of the monarchy in 2008. Bhandari, 56, is likely to get re-elected as she has got support from ruling parties CPN-UML and CPNMaoist Centre as well as PTI smaller parties. Saudi Crown Prince to begin UK visit LONDON, 7 MARCH Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is all set to begin a three-day visit to the United Kingdom on Wednesday, with the ruling Conservative Party and royal family rolling out the red carpet for him. There were protests planned during the Crown Prince's visit due to his country's role in the war in Yemen, the BBC reported. Opposition politicians and rights groups called on British Prime Minister Theresa May to use the trip to challenge the kingdom's record on human rights. The trip is the Crown Prince's first foreign tour as heir to the Saudi throne and is seen as his chance to project the kingdom as a "reforming youthful society determined to take up its status as a major G20 economic power". He will hold talks with May and have lunch with the Queen and dinner with Prince Charles and Prince William. A coalition of the United Kingdom human rights groups were planning to demonstrate against the visit outside Downing Street, calling out rights abuses in the kingdom, as well as the UK government's arms sales and support for Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen which has killed thousands. Despite the demonstrations, however, British officials said they hoped to capitalise on the Saudi economy's IANS opening up. Gary Cohn sition out. His departure date is to be determined but will be a few weeks from now, a White House official said. “Gary has been my chief economic advisor and did a superb job in driving our agenda, helping to deliver historic tax cuts and reforms and unleashing the American economy once again. He is a rare talent, and I thank him for his dedicated service to the American people,” Trump said in a statement issued by the White House. Cohn served as Trump's chief economic advisor since the beginning of the Administration. During his stay at the White House, he led coordination of Trump's progrowth domestic and global economic policy agenda, including the passage of tax cuts and reforms in December 2017, the official said.His policy portfolio included tax and retirement, infrastructure, the financial system, energy and the environment, health care, agriculture, global economics, international trade and development, besides technology, telecommunications and cyber security. Cohn played a critical role in advancing Trump's deregulatory agenda and organising his successful participation in the World Economic Forum in January 2018, a White House official said. No chaos in White House, says Trump PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON, 7 MARCH MEXICO CITY, 7 MARCH There is no chaos in theWhite House and it is full of energy, US President Donald Trump said today. Trump's comments came after reports that there is chaos in the White House and a lot of people are planning to leave his administration. “The White House has tremendous energy. It has tremendous spirit. It is a great place to be working. Many, many, people want every single job,” Trump told reporters at a White House news conference.“I read where, oh, gee, maybe people don't want to work for Trump -- and, believe me, everybody wants to work in the White House. They all want a piece of that Oval Office. They want a piece of the West Wing. And not only in terms of it looks great on their resume, it's just a great place to work. It's got tremendous energy. It's tough,” he said. “I like conflict. I like having two people with different points of view, and I certainly have that. And then I make a decision. But I like watching it. I like seeing it, and I think it's the best way to go. I like different points of view. But the White House has a tremendous energy and we have tremendous talent,” Trump said.Trump said there will be people that always change.“Sometimes they want to go out and do something else but they all want to be in the White House. So many people want to come in,” he said. “I have a choice of anybody. I could take any position in the White House and I'll have a choice of the 10 top people having to do with that position. Everybody wants to be there. And they love thisWhite House because we have energy like rarely before,” Trump said. Trump bats for ballot papers as backup system for election PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WASHINGTON, 7 MARCH US President Donald Trump today suggested paper ballot asa backup system for election amid allegations of external interference or meddling in the electoral process of a country. “One of the things we're learning is it is always good - it's old-fashioned, but it's always good to have a paper backup system of voting. It's called paper, not highly complex computers paper,” Sanders’ stepdaughter thwarted in US mayor race NEW YORK, 7 MARCH Trump told reporters at a joint news conference with the visiting Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. A lot of states are doing that, he said.“They're going to a paper backup and I think that's a great idea. But we're studying it very closely,” Trump said. Various agencies, including Homeland Security, are studying it very carefully, he asserted. Trump said he is not worried about Russian interference in the US election. Russia, Turkey, Iran to discuss Syrian war INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE ASTANA, 7 MARCH The Bernie Sanders political dynasty has returned to the drawing board. Son Levi may be running for Congress, but stepdaughter Carina was defeated in her bid to win his old job as mayor of Burlington. Vermont's largest city of 42,000 went to the polls to elect a mayor in a threeway race won by Democratic incumbent Miro Weinberger. Independent Carina Driscoll ran on a progressive platform similar that of her stepfather, but her 35 per cent haul of the vote failed to stop Weinberger from winning a third term on 48 per cent of ballots cast, early results showed. Her mother is Jane O'Meara, who had three children from a previous relationship when she married the now independent senator from VerAFP mont in 1988. “No, because we'll counter act whatever they do. We'll counteract it very strongly. And we are having strong backup systems,” he said. “We haven't been giving credit for this, but we've actually been working very hard on the '18 election and the '20 election coming up,” he said. Trump said the Russians had no impact on American our votes whatsoever. “But, certainly there was meddling, and probably there was meddling from other countries, and maybe other High-level representatives from Russia, Iran and Turkey are to meet in the Kazakh capital on March 16 to discuss the seven-year-long Syrian war, Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday.The Russian and Iranian embassies in Astana told Efe that their countries' Foreign Ministers, Sergey Lavrov and Javad Zarif would take part.The Turkish embassy said Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu or his deputy, Ahmet Yildiz, would attend. Russia, Turkey and Iran sponsor the so-called Astana Process and are the guarantors of the year-old Syrian ceasefire agreement. Moscow and Tehran support the regime of President Bachar al Asad, while Turkey backs the Syrian opposition militias. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, UN Spe- DRESDEN (GERMANY), 7 MARCH Eight members of a German far-right group face verdicts today after a year-long terrorism trial over a series of explosives attacks targeting refugees and anti-fascist activists. Based in Germany's excommunist east, the so-called “Freital group” had sought to create “a climate of fear” at the height of Germany's refugee and migrant influx in 2015, prosecutors say. The seven men and one woman, now aged between 20 and 40, modified pyrotechnics they had bought in the neighbouring Czech Republic for five explosives attacks. One Syrian refugee was injured in a blast, and prosecutors charge that the group had casually accepted the risk of more victims and possible deaths in their attacks. If they are found guilty of forming a terrorist group, attempted murder and caus- ing grievous bodily harm, prosecutors have demanded prison sentences of five to 11 years.Chief justice Thomas Fresemann was due to announce the verdicts and sentences at 1200 GMT. Defence lawyers have not disputed the attacks but reject the charge that they constitute terrorism or attempted murder, arguing instead that the bombings were “spontaneous”.The Freital group is named after the members' hometown, which drew notoriety beyond German borders in 2015 when enraged protesters there railed against “criminal foreigners” and “asylum-seeking pigs”. Nearby Dresden, capital of the eastern state of Saxony, was the birthplace of the antiIslamic street movement Pegida, which has ties with the farright Alternative for Germany (AfD) that has since entered Germany's parliament. The trial has been held under tight security in a temporary courtroom complex with on-site holding cells economy is so good, and because we're protecting our job, like our jobs are being protected, like with what we are doing with the tariffs,” he said.But the big thing would be the tax cut and the regulations cuts, he added. Lofven said he and Trump agree that the result of the election in the country should be decided by nobody else but the voters in that country. “That is also our clear stance, and that is why our intelligence agencies are now also increasing their capacity to detect and counter, whether it's hacker attacks or financing, or producing, or spreading propaganda, whatever it is; we are increasing our capacity to handle that,” Trump said. “We are cooperating with other European union countries. Some of our agencies are also cooperating with American counterparts, and will continue to do. Any foreign power that believes that they can interfere with our election, we will find out, and we will call them out very clearly, loud,” the Swedish PM said. US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner will visit Mexico today, the Mexican government said, against a backdrop of strained ties between the two neighbours.The foreign ministry said Kushner would visit as Trump's “special envoy” and meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, who reportedly cancelled plans for a visit to Washington after a testy phone call last month with Trump - the second time he has scrapped a visit over Trump's insistence that Mexico pay for his planned border wall. US-Mexican relations have also been strained over trade issues, including Trump's insistence on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to get a “better deal” for the US and his vow to include Mexico and Canada in steep tariffs on steel and aluminium. Kushner will also meet with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, the ministry said in a statement.“During these meetings, the two sides will review various issues on the bilateral agenda,” it said. Kushner, the 37-yearold husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka, recently lost his top-level security clearance, raising questions about his role as one of the president's closest advisors.The Washington Post reported that at least four foreign governments, including Mexico, had sought to leverage his business and political vulnerabilities to AFP their own ends. FAIR BUSINESS Russia, Turkey and Iran sponsor the socalled Astana Process and are the guarantors of the year-old Syrian ceasefire agreement. cial Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will be invited to the talks.The ministerial meeting, which will not be attended by the Syrian government or opposition groups, is to analyze the results of last year's peace talks on Syria and to outline further joint actions.The eighth and latest round of Astana talks centering on an inter-Syrian settlement took place Dec. 21-22 and led to the holding of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in January in Russia, where a constitutional commission was created for Syria under the auspices of the United Nations. German ‘terror’ group faces verdicts for attacks AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE individuals,” he said. “One has to be really watching very closely. You don't want your system of votes to be compromised in any way. We won't allow that to happen. We're doing a very, very deep study, and we're coming out with some I think very strong suggestions on the '18 election,” he added. “We are going to do very well in the '18 election, although historically those in the White House have a little bit of a dip. But I think we're going to do well because the Kushner to visit Mexico amid strained US ties located in a former refugee accommodation centre on the outskirts of Dresden. In the dock are the two suspected ringleaders~Patrick Festing, a pizza delivery and warehouse worker, and bus driver Timo Schulz ~as well as five more men and one woman, Maria Kleinert. Prosecutors say they staged five attacks with explosives between July and November 2015 - two on Freital refugee homes, two on an office and a car of far-left Die Linke politicians, and one on a Dresden communal residential complex. A Syrian refugee suffered “multiple cuts” to the face when three explosive devices were hurled through the windows of a refugee housing centre on the night of October 31.On the final day of hearings in February, Festing apologised to the victims without however clearly distancing himself from far-right and racist ideology, reported regional newspaper Saechsische Zeitung. A potter plies his trade at the North Cyprus stand of the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB, Internationale Tourismusboerse) in Berlin during the fair's opening day on Wednesday. The business platform for global touristic offers is running from March 7 to 11, 2018. AFP Oldest message in a bottle found at remote beach NASA wants you to send your name to Sun SYDNEY,7 MARCH IANS WASHINGTON, 7 MARCH A message in a bottle written 132 years ago and found on an Australian beach by a group of walkers including the parents of Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo has been verified as the world's oldest known missive of its kind. The rectangular bottle was discovered half-buried in sand dunes near Wedge Island, some 160 kilometres (99 miles) north of Perth, in January. It took weeks of sleuthing using Google Translate, online research and archival digging before the unusual find was confirmed as an authentic bottle thrown from a German ship into the Indian Ocean. The group of six had been driving through the remote west-coast dunes when Grace Ricciardo suggested they stop to take a walk, Kym Illman told AFP AFP today. If you want your name to travel through the Sun's atmosphere, braving brutal heat and radiation conditions, here comes your chance. NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard its historic solar probe launching this summer. "This probe will journey to a region humanity has never explored before," said Thomas Zurbuchen, Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarter in Washington. "This mission will answer questions scientists have sought to uncover for more than six decades," Zurbuchen added. In May 2017, NASA renamed the spacecraft from the Solar Probe Plus to Parker Solar Probe in honour of astrophysicist Eugene Parker. The US space agency on SPACE MISSION This probe will journey to a region humanity has never explored before. The spacecraft will travel directly into the Sun's atmosphere about four million miles from the star's surface. The primary science goals for the mission are to trace how energy and heat move through the solar corona and to explore what accelerates the solar wind. Tuesday said it would accept submissions until April 27, 2018.The spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will travel directly into the Sun's atmosphere about four million miles from the star's surface. The primary science goals for the mission are to trace how energy and heat move through the solar corona and to explore what accel- Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters erates the solar wind as well as solar energetic particles. The mission will revolutionise our understanding of the Sun, where changing conditions can spread out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds, NASA said. The spacecraft speed is so fast, at its closest approach it will be going at approximately 430,000 mph.
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