Seventeen houses belonging to six families were destroyed in a fire that broke out at Nilkhantho village in Sadar upazila on Tuesday night.
Aminul Islam, no 3 ward commissioner of Belgacha union, said the fire originated from Hamid Mia’s house around 12:15am and soon engulfed the adjoining houses of Rafiqul, Abdur Rashid, Badsha, Hanif, and Saidul.
Three cows were burnt to death. All the goods including furniture and crops were gutted in the fire.
On information, a fire fighting team rushed to the spot around 2am and doused the fire after four hours of frantic effort, said Monoranjan Sarkar, deputy assistant director of Kurigram Fire Service.
Former pro-democracy symbol Aung San Suu Kyi takes center-stage Wednesday at the U.N.'s top court as she seeks to defend Myanmar's armed forces against genocide allegations over its crackdown on the country's Rohingya minority.
Representing Myanmar as foreign minister before the International Court of Justice, Suu Kyi will lead her country's defense of an armed forces' campaign against Rohingya Muslims in August 2017, which was launched in response to an insurgent attack.
More than 700,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape what has been described as an ethnic cleansing campaign involving mass rapes, killings and the torching of homes.
Wednesday's hearing, expected to last about three hours, will see Suu Kyi defend the very armed forces that kept her under house arrest for about 15 years. She was awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize in absentia for championing democracy and rights under Myanmar's then-ruling junta.
A legal team from Gambia — acting on behalf of the 57-country Organization of Islamic Cooperation — has asked the world court in The Hague to take "all measures within its power to prevent all acts that amount to or contribute to the crime of genocide" in Myanmar.
On Tuesday, Justice Minister Aboubacarr Tambadou urged the court to "tell Myanmar to stop these senseless killings, to stop these acts of barbarity that continue to shock our collective conscience, to stop this genocide of its own people."
The hearings are scheduled to end on Thursday.
The air pollution level in Indian capital city New Delhi and outskirts of the national capital region (NCR) Wednesday became severe, government agency said.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall air quality index (AQI) in the city remained in severe category at 402.
"The AQI in Delhi at 10:00 a.m. (local time) today was recorded at 402," data released by CPCB said. "The prominent pollutants are PM 2.5 and PM 10, and air quality is in the severe level category."
For the past four days, people in the Indian capital have been breathing very poor air.
As per CPCB, AQI between 0-50 is considered "good," between 51-100 "satisfactory," between 101-200 "moderate," between 201-300 "poor," between 301-400 "very poor," and between 401-500 "severe" and beyond 500 is severe plus emergency.
Health officials say deterioration in air quality causes respiratory illness on prolonged exposure and people should stop outdoor activities in early morning and after sunset time.
People should also avoid prolonged or heavy exertion and use masks known as N-95 or P-100 respirators while going out to minimize effect, experts said.
System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), an institute monitoring air pollution said an improvement in AQI is expected by Thursday.
"By Dec. 13, further improvement in AQI is forecast towards the lower end of the poor to the moderate category. Only a few biomass fire counts have been observed and no significant biomass fire PM 2.5 contribution is expecting for the coming days," SAFAR said.
"The approaching western disturbance (WD) is likely to affect northwest India by Dec. 12. Significant improvement in AQI through increased ventilation and washout due to rainfall is expecting by Dec. 13. After the WD, increased moisture can lead to foggy conditions."
Last month air quality in the city remained in a hazardous range for several days. The local government even implemented car rationing scheme know as "odd-even" formula to tackle rising air pollution in the city.
Delhi tops the chart of the most polluted city in the world.
Industrial activities and vehicular traffic are significant contributors to air pollution in the city, along with rampant construction. For the past many years, every year ahead of winter the air quality in Delhi became hazardous.
Officials in Delhi blame the stubble burning in neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana for the increasing pollution.
U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday expressed anger and called for further investigation after the disclosure of documents revealing U.S. officials misled the American public on the Afghan war.
U.S. Republican Senator Josh Hawley, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that he wants "answers."
"The Senate Armed Services Committee should hold hearings on the state of the Afghanistan conflict and the infuriating details & alleged falsehoods reported..." Hawley tweeted.
The Washington Post published an exclusive report on Monday, portraying how the U.S. government had been consistently lying to the public about the Afghan war.
According to the report, the documents, which include over 400 interviews with U.S. officials and insiders from the administrations of U.S. President Donald Trump and his two predecessors, revealed how senior officials hid evidence that the 18-year-old war was unwinnable, and made rosy pronouncements they knew to be false.
"These documents make clear that the American people deserve an honest assessment from U.S. military leaders regarding the reality on the ground in Afghanistan," Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal tweeted Monday.
"What has been said privately must also be said publicly," he added.
"No working strategy -- and no transparency. The war in Afghanistan is the longest armed conflict in U.S. history, costing the lives of thousands of U.S. service members and Afghan civilians," Senator Elizabeth Warren, also a Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted Monday.
The officials acknowledged in the documents that their war-fighting strategies were fatally flawed, and Washington wasted enormous sums of money trying to remake Afghanistan into a modern nation, according to the Washington Post's report.
Nearly 2,300 U.S. servicemen have been killed and over 20,000 wounded in Afghanistan since 2001.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Russia not to interfere in U.S. elections during his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who rejected any speculations about Russian interference in U.S. domestic politics.
"President Trump warned against any Russian attempts to interfere in United States elections," the White House said in a statement regarding Trump's meeting with Lavrov.
The top Russian diplomat, however, rejected any U.S. accusations on Russian meddling in U.S. domestic politics.
"We have highlighted once again that all speculations about our alleged interference in domestic processes in the United States are baseless; there are no facts that would support that," Lavrov said in a joint press conference with his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo.
The two top diplomats discussed a wide range of issues on Tuesday, but little concrete achievement has been made given the overall frosty bilateral ties.
Ignoring Lavrov's offer to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between Moscow and Washington, Pompeo insisted during the joint press conference that a broader arms control dialogue should be conducted, which put the New START's fate at risk.
Signed in 2010 between the United States and Russia, the New START requires both countries to cut nuke warhead numbers down to 1,550 by Feb. 5, 2018, and reduce the number of delivery vehicles, including missiles and bombers, to 700-800 for each side.
The treaty is set to expire in February 2021. Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week that Russia is ready to extend the treaty by the end of this year with no preconditions.