Politics

Stop Bangladesh, urges Pakistan Jamaat

Jamaai-e-Islami Pakistan has urged Muslim world to stop Bangladesh from taking “illegal actions” against Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.

Kamal Hossain calls for national unity

Gana Forum president and eminent jurist Kamal Hossain on Thursday called for national unity to establish democratic rule in the country.

Govt running door-to-door for int’l recognition: Khaleda

Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief Khaleda Zia on Thursday said the present government of prime minister Sheikh Hasina was going door-to-door in the international arena looking for recognition.

Premier: No questions raised abroad about Jan 5 polls

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said that the world leaders she had met raised no questions about the January 5 general elections and once again rejected the opposition’s demand for dialogue for interim polls.

Tomorrow Latif to be dropped from Awami League

The Awami League membership of Abdul Latif Siddique is expected to be scrapped tomorrow, despite the former minister reportedly submitting his reply to a party show-cause notice before its deadline expired yesterday.

Ershad showers Hasina with praises

Contradicting his own claim just six days ago when he stated that there was no democracy in Bangladesh and the country was witnessing a one party democracy, former military dictator HM Ershad yesterday said it was for the “skilled, determined, courageous and honest leader of the state”, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, that the world was coming to know of Bangladesh's democracy.

Confusing reply of Latif to AL notice

Confusion has arisen over whether or not Abdul Latif Siddique has replied to a show-cause notice of the ruling Awami League following his comments demeaning hajj and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Business

BPC seeks Tk 600 crore from enterprises

Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) has sought Tk 600 crore from its enterprises to meet fund crisis immediately for importing petroleum fuel by avoiding costly bank loans from three state-owned banks.

Wages of garment workers increase by 300 per cent in 5 years

The garment workers of the country are getting 300 percent higher wages compared to that they used to get in five years ago, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed told journalists on Thursday.

Banking sector returns to sorry state again

Banking sector indicators have fallen further in June due to rise in gross non-performing loans (NPLs) and shortfall in actual provisioning maintained by the sector.

Anti-money laundering law amendment row continues

Home ministry and Anti-Corruption Commission have remained at loggerheads on police involvement with the investigation and trial process of anti-money laundering cases.

NBR commissioner suspended over graft charges

The government has suspended M Hafizur Rahman, a commissioner of the National Board of Revenue, yesterday on corruption charges, a senior official said.

National

Five Bangladeshis killed in Saudi Arabia road crash

The Bangladesh Embassy in the kingdom has confirmed the incident.

Cops' mental eligibilty have to be tested: NHRC

Policemen who need to carry firearms must undergo mental tests to determine whether they are capable of maintaining sanity, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chief said today.

Money laundering in the name of building roads

The LGED under the local government ministry undertook a project to develop a 10km bituminous road showing it as an unpaved one and swindled around Tk40 lakh.

SUST students suspended

The authorities of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) suspended four students for assaulting an assistant proctor of the university on the campus on Tuesday.

World News

More than 1000 bombs dropped on ISIL

US and allied aircraft have flown nearly 6,600 sorties in the air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and dropped more than 1,700 bombs, the American military said.

Tunisia's democratic test

There are two main political parties vying for votes. Nidaa Tounes, led by Beji Caid Essebsi, is a former parliament speaker who faces off against the Ennahda party's Islamic leaning Rachid Ghannouchi.

Hazaras shot dead in attack on Pakistan bus

At least eight members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority have been killed and two people wounded, when unknown gunmen opened fire at a bus in a market in the outskirts of Quetta in Balochistan.

At least one member of the security forces killed in shootout between officers and fighters

Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui said the exchange of fire on Thursday came after two counterterrorism operations in the south of the country in which a private security guard was killed, several people were injured and two fighters captured.

Attack on Canadian Parliament released in video

Canadian police have released new videos showing the moments before the deadly attack on the country's parliament in Ottawa, saying that the slain suspect likely acted alone.

Donetsk separatists end truce days before parliamentary polls

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk have announced the end of a ceasefire, ending a period of relative calm as the country braces for parliamentary polls.

Honkong centrally occupied

A coalition of pro-democracy reformers want Hong Kong's next chief executive to be directly elected in 2017. The Chinese government insists that the leader must be chosen from a pre-approved list.

Sports

Ashraful playing in New York in bid to stay sharp

Ashraful says he was looking for a way to stay busy and keep fit rather than staying at home in Bangladesh unable to play. Coming to New York where he can be away from the spotlight but in a community with a support system in place has helped him stay motivated.

Dhaka Gladiators sue six ICC, BCB officials

The chairman of Bangladesh Premier League franchise Dhaka Gladiators yesterday sued six top officials of the International Cricket Council and the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

Iran edge past spirited hosts to top Group B

Bangladesh side were unlucky not to beat their strong opponent Iran as the latter survived the scare and edged past the spirited hosts 2-1 to top Group B of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Entertainment

Sarah Jessica Parker under fire over shoe photoshoot

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has come under fire from a homeowners association in New York City after she staged a photoshoot for her shoe line on the steps of the house featured in her hit TV show ‘Sex And The City’.

Pitbull to host 2014 American Music Awards

Singer Pitbull has been finalised to host the 2014 American Music Awards (AMA) again.

Anushka ready to roll with her second production

Even before her maiden production “NH-10” hit the theatres, Anushka Sharma is getting ready to roll out her second venture. Anushka, who became one of the youngest actresses to turn producer when she and her brother Karnesh Sharma signed on Navdeep Singh to helm their debut project in November 2013.

Selena Gomez, Orlando Bloom fuel dating rumours

Singer-actress Selena Gomez has fuelled dating rumours with Orlando Bloom after they were spotted at LAX.

James Franco allegedly attacks paparazzo at concert

Actor James Franco has come under fire after he apparently tackled a paparazzo. The 36-year-old actor attended the Lana Del Rey concert last weekend at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where he was photographed gleefully running away from a shutterbug lying on the ground beside him with his left fist raised in the air.

Kill Dil trailer: Ranveer and Parineeti's film looks different yet entertaining!

The official trailer of Shaad Ali’s next directorial venture is out and wethinks the talented filmmaker has come up with yet another promising film.

Rihanna channels Harry Potter as she steps out for dinner

R&B star Rihanna was seen in a wizard-like get-up while heading for a business meaR&B star Rihanna was seen in a wizard-like get-up while heading for a business meal in New York City.l in New York City.

Science & Technology

An App that solves your equations for you

Need a little help getting through your next big math exam? MicroBlink has an app that could help you study more effectively -- perhaps too effectively.

What is Twitter Fabric and what it means to developers

In its earlier days, the social network encouraged third-party developers to build their own apps and services on top of the platform. But the company later began to roll out its own competing features (the most notable example of this is when Twitter created its own image sharing service, frustrating companies like Twitpic and Yfrog).

Facebook is the biggest source for news

A report, based on a recent poll of 2,901 people, found 49% of respondents got political news from local TV and 48% from Facebook in a typical week. That compares to 44% for CNN and 39% for Fox News.

Gmail's new update will support Yahoo! and Outlook

for Outlook, Yahoo and other types of non-Gmail email accounts, according to a report from Android Police.

Life

Regular fruit juice drinking could lead to high BP

A glass of fruit juice a day may not be as ‘healthy’ as previously thought as researchers found that those who regularly drink fruit juice have significantly higher blood pressure than those who have it occasionally.

Do you hate someone? You need treatment

Do you hate someone or something? Or do you know someone who hates you? The level of hatred and violence is unfortunately on the rise. And this is certainly polluting our world. We experience hatred and violence at different levels.

Sense of smell in unexpected places

Smell is one of the oldest human faculties, yet it was one of the last to be understood by scientists. It was not until the early 1990s that biologists first described the inner workings of olfactory receptors — the chemical sensors in our noses.

TidBits

Funny pictures: Wait What?!

Few Pictures That Will Indeed Confuse You!

Weird Things Happen Only In India

Indian problems! A compilation of weird commercials, acts and attributes that only could happen to India.

Priyo Poll

FIFA World Cup 2014: Which team do you support?

Curiosity, excitement, what's not for World Cup? So which team are you?

'Which Team Are You? '

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