Politics

SC scraps Nizami’s review plea, upholds death

The Supreme Court has upheld death for war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Motiur Rahman Nizami, dismissing his review plea against the gallows.

No plan for increasing service age limit: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today ruled out any possibility of increasing the age limit in the government services from 30 years.

Verdict on Nizami's review plea May 5

The Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on May 5 on war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami’s petition seeking review of his death penalty.

Govt wants to cling to power forever: Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has begun addressing a rally organised by her party’s labour affiliate at capital Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan.

Those conspired to kill Joy won’t be spared: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today vowed to bring to justice those who conspired both at home and abroad to abduct and kill her son Sajeeb Wazed Joy in the USA.

CRACKING MILITANCY: BNP says ready to cooperate with govt

BNP today said it is ready to cooperate with the government with its experience in combating militancy in the country.

PM orders to release of those 'unnecessarily; in jail

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the law minister to take special measures for collecting information about the poor prisoners unnecessarily languishing in jails and make arrangement for their release.

Mirza Fakhrul flies to Bangkok for medical treatment

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has flown to Thailand for medical treatment.

Kamal: Militant link found with 31 murders

The militant link has been found with the recent 31 killings taken place across the country, says Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.

Chhatra Union’s 64th founding anniv observed

Bangladesh Chhatra Union on Tuesday observed its’ 64th founding anniversary on Dhaka University campus.

BNP-Jamaat nexus behind killings: PM

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday accused the BNP-Jamaat clique of carrying out killings like Kalabagan double murder saying they are doing this to destabilise the country.

We are safe: Home Minister

The home minister says the murders of a Rajshahi University professor and a former prisons guard near the Gazipur jail are ‘isolated’ incidents that should not make the people feel insecure.

Awami League bags 324 chairman posts, BNP 57 in third phase UP polls

Ruling party candidates have won most of the Union Parishads after the third phase of voting on Saturday.

Graft case: Khaleda to skip court hearing tomorrow

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will not appear before a Dhaka court tomorrow in a Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

Lakshmipur Juba League man arrested for raping schoolgirl

The police arrested the local Juba League leader, Jamal Uddin, accused in a case for raping a schoolgirl in Lakshmipur, at Eidgah Bou Bazar in Chittagong early Friday.

Business

SWIFT network says aware of multiple cyber fraud incidents

SWIFT, the global financial network that banks use to transfer billions of dollars every day, warned its customers on Monday that it was aware of "a number of recent cyber incidents" where attackers had sent fraudulent messages over its system.

How govt is taking control of Islami Bank

Banking industry analysts believe the government’s directive is part of its plan to appoint four directors of its own choice. They believe the government is taking control of Islami Bank through several major changes including the board of directors.

Bangladesh Bank hackers compromised SWIFT software

The attackers who stole $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank probably hacked into software from the SWIFT financial platform that is at the heart of the global financial system, said security researchers at British defense contractor BAE Systems.

Fuel price cut from midnight

After months of criticism over high oil price despite an international plunge, the government will lower fuel oil cost that will be effective after midnight tonight.

NBR: New budget to be dreadful for dishonest business

National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Nojibur Rahman yesterday said the new budget will have incentives for honest businesses while it will be dreadful for dishonest businesses.

BSEC seeks closure of 100 FB pages for share manipulation

The Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission in a letter on Monday requested the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission to close 100 Facebook pages for manipulating share prices by rumour-mongering.

Growth over 7%, per capita income $1,466 by this year

angladesh will break away from the six percent growth “trap” by achieving 7.05 percent growth in this fiscal year, according to a top government body.

Oil price revision within 7-10 days: Minister

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said that a circular to adjust prices of octane, kerosene, petrol and diesel will be issued within next 7 to 10 days.

CITY RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS : Businesses given 6 months for relocation

The cabinet on Monday asked all concerned to relocate their business establishments from the residential buildings in the capital and other cities in six months.

ADB forecasts 6.7% growth for 2015-16

Bangladesh’s growth for this fiscal will improve marginally and stand at 6.7 percent driven by apparel export and domestic consumption, Asian Development Bank forecast today.

NBR identifies 10 key hurdles to VAT law implementation

NBR officials said the challenges might put a negative impact on prices of goods and services at the consumer level.

BTRC allows additional player in SMS transmission

‘The mobile operators have deals among themselves to route the SMS and share the revenue. Now the ICX has asked for increasing the interconnection charges for SMS which would put burden on the users,’ a BTRC official said.

Job totals trail pre-recession levels in 10 US states

Ten U.S. states still have not regained all the jobs they lost in the Great Recession, even after six and a half years of recovery, while many more have seen only modest gains.

Three mobile operators see 69pc rise in data revenue

Data revenue of three mobile operators -- Grameenphone, Banglalink and Robi -- increased about 69 percent year-on-year to Tk 1,699 crore in 2015.

HC summons tannery owners over relocation

The High Court today summoned 10 tannery owners, directing them to appear before it on April 10 on charge of not implementing its 2001 judgment on relocation of hazardous tannery industries from the capital's Hazaribagh area to Savar.

BB fund heist: 2 Chinese traders sued in Philippines

The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) yeterday filed a criminal complaint against two Chinese businessmen allegedly involved in the laundering

Airport security: Govt inks deal with UK company

The government today inked a deal with British company Redline for screening at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in a bid to standardise its security aspects.

UK’s Redline gets security job at Dhaka airport

British company Redline has been given the job for screening at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at Tk 73.98 crore for two years.

FBI to team up with CID to identify hackers

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will team up with Bangladesh police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to investigate the cyber heist at Bangladesh Bank’s account with New York’s Federal Reserve Bank.

National

HC scraps 16th amendment

The High Court today scrapped the 16th amendment to constitution that empowered the parliament to impeach Supreme Court judges for incapacity or misconduct.

8 killed as bus hits three-wheeler in Mymensingh

Eight people were killed as a passenger bus hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in Mymensingh Sadar upazila this morning.

How Islamic State in Bangladesh began

Nine years ago, Rahman Mizanur arrived in Singapore to work. The Bangladesh national worked here on and off, and last returned here in December last year.

DMP bans stickers of various professions on vehicles

Dhaka Metropolitan Police will not allow the use of stickers on vehicles identifying various professionals like journalists, police and lawyers.

HC move to stop wrong side driving in Dhaka

The High Court today issued a rule upon the authorities concerned to explain by two weeks as to why they should not be directed to stop plying of vehicles on the wrong side of roads in Dhaka city.

Police can’t protect everyone at home: IGP

The inspector general of police, AKM Shahidul Hoque, on Tuesday said that police cannot protect everyone in their houses.

Slain California couple opposed elder son’s sexual orientation

Although no motive has been released yet behind killing of Bangladeshi couple in San Jose, anonymous sources told NBC that slain parents did not approve of sexual orientation of their elder son who has been arrested in the murder case.

‘IS claims Hindu tailor murder in Tangail’

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the murder of a Hindu tailor in Tangail district, the monitor group SITE has said.

Home minister says gay-rights activist Xulhaz murder investigation going in right direction

Police investigation into the murders of gay-rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy is going in the right direction, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said.

Operators face trouble with SIM re-registration

Mobile phone operators today alleged that they were facing troubles to re-register the SIM cards with biometric data.

PM Hasina launches national helpline for free legal aid

A national helpline has been opened to offer free legal assistance to disadvantaged people.

Unite against extremists: EP

The European Parliament’s South Asia delegation has urged the government authorities, political parties and civil society in Bangladesh to “stand together” against the acts of violence committed by extremists.

Killings aimed at harming religious harmony: Minister

The recent killings have been carried out to harm religious harmony across the country, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said today.

Ten people being killed each day in Bangladesh

The number of murders, especially targeted killings, has reached an alarming height in the first few months of 2016.

Last-minute rush for SIM re-registration

All telecom operators’ registration points are facing a huge influx of subscribers as only three days remain to complete their SIMs re-registration.

ESCAP projects 6.8% growth for 2016

In contrary to the government’s growth expectation of beyond 7 percent for 2016, a United Nations body today said it would not exceed 6.8 percent.

Five Bangladeshi workers killed in Qatar road crash

Five Bangladeshi workers have been killed and three others injured in a road accident in Qatar’s capital Doha.

Kalabagan double murder planned: Police chief

Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Haque today said yesterday’s twin murder of Kalabagan was planned extensively and the victims were under scanner for days.

Ansar Al Islam claims Roopbaan Editor Xulhaz murder

Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has claimed responsibility for the killing of LGBT magazine Roopban's Editor Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Tonoy.

‘Plot’ to kill Joy: Shafik Rehman names 3 others, cops claim

Police have claimed that journalist Shafik Rehman disclosed the names of three more people involved in the alleged plot to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy.

World News

6 killed, several trapped in India building collapse

A three-storey building collapsed in Mumbai on Saturday afternoon, killing six people and trapping many others, civic officials said.

6 killed, several trapped in India building collapse

A three-storey building collapsed in Mumbai on Saturday afternoon, killing six people and trapping many others, civic officials said.

Trump routs rivals in Northeast; Clinton carries four states

Trump’s and Clinton’s wins propelled them ever closer to a general election showdown. Still, Sanders and Republicans Ted Cruz and John Kasich, vowed to keep running, even as opportunities to topple the leaders dwindle.

Turkey needs religious constitution, parliament speaker says

Overwhelmingly Muslim Turkey needs a ‘religious’ constitution and secularism should be dropped from the country’s new charter, parliament’s speaker said, marking a potential rupture with the modern republic’s founding principles.

Philippines court starts process to return money to Dhaka

Bangladesh Bank may have to wait longer before it gets the amount turned over by casino junket operator Kim Wong to the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) for safekeeping.

An India-Pakistan love story that went horribly wrong

a young man growing up in the town of Rampur in northern India, Mohammad Javed never imagined his love for a Pakistani relative would see him branded a terrorist and sent to jail for eleven and a half years.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff loses crucial impeachment vote in Congress

Brazil's lower house of Congress is voting on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff over charges of manipulating government accounts for political gains - a claim she denies.

Israel uncovers ‘new’ tunnel from Gaza

Israel's military says it has uncovered and "neutralised" a tunnel extending from the Gaza Strip several hundred metres inside Israeli territory.

Scores trapped as Japan earthquakes toll hits 32

Scores of people were feared buried alive Saturday after two powerful quakes hit southern Japan a day apart, killing at least 32 people, and as a forecast storm threatened more devastating landslides.

Rescue efforts after second 7.3 Japan quake

Rescue efforts are under way in south-western Japan to help victims of a powerful earthquake that hit the region a day after an earlier deadly tremor.

Sports

Real tame Man City to reach Champions League final

Real Madrid reached their 14th European Cup final and ended Manchester City's hopes of a maiden title after securing a 1-0 victory in the second leg of their Champions League last four clash on Wednesday.

The Leicester City fairy-tale

Leicester City have won the Premier League title in one of the greatest sporting stories of all time.

U14 girls defend Asian crown

Bangladesh have again been crowned the winners of the AFC Under-14 Girls Regional (South and Central) Championship after blowing away India 4-0 in the final.

I don't care if we shine as long as we win, says Rakitic

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic embraced the art of winning ugly after they beat 10-man Real Betis 2-0 to move closer to retaining their La Liga title.

Bangladesh beat hosts Tajikistan 9-1 in semifinal

Bangladesh stormed into the final of the AFC U-14 Girls’ Regional (South & Central) Championship after a 9-1 win against hosts Tajikistan in the semifinal at the Aviator Stadium in Dushanbe today.

Salahuddin elected for a third term

Kazi Salahuddin was re-elected for the third consecutive term as the president of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday, putting behind all talks of pressure and rumours which surrounded the polls over the last few days.

The fizz in Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh

Admittedly, these are extremely early days in Mustafizur Rahman's cricket career: it is only two years since he made his first-class debut, and he is one year old in international cricket.

BD girls trounce Nepal 9-0

Having emerged as the group winners, Bangladesh will play the runners-up of Group A on April 30.

Saul stunner gives Atletico Madrid advantage over Bayern Munich

A breathtaking individual goal from Saul Niguez put Atletico Madrid in the box seat in their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich with a 1-0 victory in a tense first leg on Wednesday.

Manchester City hold Real to stay in hunt for Champions League final

Manchester City survived a late grilling by Real Madrid thanks to goalkeeper Joe Hart to hold on for a 0-0 draw on Tuesday that keeps alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League final for the first time.

ICC blasts WI for World T20 outburst

The International Cricket Council has criticised West Indies for using their victory speech at the World Twenty20 tournament to complain about their cricket board after a long drawn-out pay dispute.

Papon’s 5th-place revelation inaccurate, Tigers still 7th

The revelation that Bangladesh now sit in fifth position in the ODI rankings made by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon upon his return from the International Cricket Council Board (ICC) board meeting in Dubai on Monday has turned out to be inaccurate and a misunderstanding.

Tigers now 5th in ODI rankings

The BCB boss made the revelation today, on his return from the recently-concluded ICC board meeting in Dubai.

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Warner, Kumar heap praise on Mustafizur

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner is left singing praises of young seamer Mustafizur Rahman after crushing Gujarat Lions by 10 wickets in the Indian Premier League.

Suarez hits four more for Barca, wins for Real and Atletico

Luis Suarez became the first La Liga player to score four goals for the second game in a row as Barcelona, helped by three penalties in the second half, stayed top by hammering Sporting Gijon 6-0 on Saturday.

Entertainment

Nine films to watch in May

The hot summer month of May is upon us and the world of entertainment looks to give us no respite, providing us with more and more excuses to stay home

Papa Wemba, Congo music star, dies after stage collapse

The influential Congolese musician Papa Wemba has died aged 66 after collapsing during a concert.

Lisa Ray shot “Veerappan” with fractured toe

Ram Gopal Varma's upcoming film “Veerappan” has Lisa Ray in an important role in a de-glam avatar. The actress, who is currently shooting for the movie, was spotted at the trailer launch of the movie but with her foot in a cast! When asked about it, Lisa revealed that she had hurt herself while shooting for a scene, which required her to maneuver a two-wheeler.

Prince dies at 57: Fans pay tribute

The influential musician Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57.

Why so many celebrities have died in 2016

"Enough, 2016" and a more vulgar alternative are phrases people are uttering more and more regularly. So is this wave of celebrity deaths the new normal?

Nekabborer Mahaproyan gets best National Film Award 2014 after Brihonnola fiasco

The government after stripping Bangla film Brihonnola of its national awards has announced the new winners for the three categories that it had raked in.

Dilip Kumar’s condition improves, to be discharged soon

Bollywood veteran Dilip Kumar, who was admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital on Friday night, is stable and is likely to be discharged soon. The actor was admitted at the hospital after he complained of breathing trouble.

Avatar movie to get fifth instalment

The Avatar franchise will carry on for at least four more films, after James Cameron announced a fifth instalment would be released in 2023.

I am a fakir in real life: Shah Rukh Khan

He may be the second richest actor in the world but in real life Shah Rukh Khan says he is much like a fakir completely detached from the massive success he enjoys.

BENGAL FOUNDATION’S BAISHAKH UTSAB : 2nd day features Tagore songs

Noted Tagore singers on Sunday performed at Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhanmondi as part of a five-day Baishakh Utsab organised by Bengal Foundation.

DIGITAL RELEASE OF MUSIC : Bangladesh has a long way to go: German journalist

Bangladeshi music is yet to gain a foothold in international music portals and digital media stores, said German journalist Johannes Theurer at a lecture on Sunday at Goethe Institut.

'My Name Misused': Amitabh Bachchan on Panama Papers

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, named in the Panama Papers - a massive leak of tax documents on offshore companies and accounts of the rich and the powerful - said that his name may have been "misused", reports NDTV.

Director Shahidul Islam Khokon dies

National award winning director Shahidul Islam Khokon died at a city hospital in Dhaka on Monday morning at 8:15am.

Bappa brings new album on Pohela Boishakh

Popular musician Bappa Mazumder will release his latest solo album on the occasion of Pohela Boishakh.

Sunny in action

Social media is buzzing with the news of Sunny Leone slapping a journalist publicly. The negative publicity, however, was soon laid-off by the actress’s husband Daniel Weber.

JK Rowling shares Robert Galbraith rejection letters

JK Rowling has shared two rejection letters she received for her first novel writing as Robert Galbraith.
The author was trying to find a publisher for The Cuckoo's Calling, which was eventually released in 2013.
Rowling posted the rejections on Twitter, saying she was doing so to encourage other aspiring writers.

Challenges in way of war documentaries

There have been a good number of documentaries on the war of independence since 1971, some of them emerging as authentic documents offering researchers and the general people the opportunity to see beneath the surface of events that shaped the history of the nation.

Six artists sing for Independence Day

Six artists across several generations are coming together to collaborate for one Independence Day song. The artists are Samina Rahman, Syed Abdul Hadi, Partha Barua, Shafiq Tuhin, Kona and Imran.

Schwarzenegger will be back as Terminator

Arnold Schwarzenegger has said the sixth instalment of hit “Terminator” franchise will happen.

Science & Technology

Scientists discover three 'potentially habitable' planets

An international team of scientists said Monday they had discovered a trio of Earth-like planets that are the best bet so far for finding life outside our solar system.

E-skin 'can monitor body's oxygen level'

Scientists say they have developed ultra-thin electronic "skin" that can measure oxygen levels when stuck to the body.

Facebook’s next big thing: Bots for Messenger

No longer satisfied with being the dominant network for our humble species, Facebook is now courting a different type of user: bots. And eventually you'll be able to talk to them as if they were your mates.

Stephen Hawking, Russian billionaire in hunt for alien life

Stephen Hawking is backing a project to send tiny spacecraft to another star system within a generation.

Brazilian scientists find new Zika-linked brain disorder in adults

Scientists in Brazil have uncovered a new brain disorder associated with Zika infections in adults: an autoimmune syndrome called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM, that attacks the brain and spinal cord.

Goldberg installs customer care at head office

Bangladeshi mobile handset brand has installed customer service centre, Your Care (YC) at the company head office at Karwan Bazar in the capital.

Japan loses track of $273mn black hole satellite

Dozens of space scientists are desperately scouring the skies after losing track of a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar Japanese satellite that was sent to study black holes.

Scientists may have discovered the fossilised skull of a ‘Siberian unicorn’

For decades, scientists have estimated that the Siberian unicorn -- a long-extinct species of mammal that looked more like a rhino than a horse -- died out some 350,000 years ago, but a beautifully preserved skull found in Kazakhstan has completely overturned that assumption, reports Business Insider.

Giant holes in Siberia could be signs of ticking climate 'time bomb'

When a helicopter pilot spotted the first crater in summer 2014, everyone was baffled.

World's longest aircraft is ready for flight

The world's longest aircraft, an airship spanning more than six double-decker buses, is set to make its maiden flight in the northern hemisphere spring, reports The Sydney Morning Herald quoting British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles.

Teletalk, Banglalink tie up for registration

Teletalk users can now get biometric SIM card re-registration done by Banglalink customer care units and agents.

Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies at age 74

Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of email who put the @ symbol in addresses, has died at age 74, the BBC has reported.

Life

All about heat stroke

If someone becomes too hot and loses water and salt from the body, leading to tiredness, weakness and muscle cramps, this is referred to as heat exhaustion. If the body loses the ability to maintain the correct temperature and it becomes dangerously high, this is referred to as heatstroke.

Tobacco kills 11 people per hour in the country

More than 11 people in Bangladesh die every hour because of tobacco-related diseases, says Health and Family Affairs Minister Mohammad Nasim.

Narcissists post more selfies on social media

Selfies can basically prove you are a narcissist or not. According to a new study, narcissistic people are more likely to post selfies on social networking sites such as Facebook.

Married women are more likely to be obese: icddr,b

Nearly one in five married women in the country are obese or overweight, a new research from International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) has found.

Beat obesity with non-surgical weight loss treatment

Obese people struggling with weight loss can now opt for safe, minimally invasive, non-surgical weight-loss treatments, finds a new study.

Vitamin D 'heals damaged hearts'

Vitamin D supplements may help people with diseased hearts, a study suggests.

Study: 25% city residents suffer from lung disease

Nearly 25% of Dhaka residents suffer from lung disease owing to the extreme level of air pollution, a study said.

Green Mango

Shall I entice you to the power of the force? A spoonful or two is all it will take; maybe even less. The waft of the tangy scent spiked by the strong raw, green chillies mixed well into a concoction – fruit, salt, chilli and mustard paste – will surely water your mouth. Hell! A spoonful and it can water your eyes.

TidBits

The tea that costs more than gold!

In 2002, a wealthy purchaser paid 180,000 yuan – almost $28,000 – for just 20g of China's legendary Da Hong Pao tea.

The man who can trust his own brain

A few months after his brain surgery, Matthew returned to work as a computer programmer. He knew it was going to be a challenge – he had to explain to his boss that he was living with a permanent brain injury.

Couple pick 'wrong' Birmingham in holiday blunder

A couple booked a dream holiday to Las Vegas, only to discover when they arrived at Birmingham Airport they had mistakenly booked to fly from Birmingham Alabama.

The island where nothing makes sense

Ascension Island is a tiny dot of green in the tropical mid-Atlantic, a volcanic outpost of empire where it's hot and cold at the same time. It's a place where Charles Darwin helped inspire an alarming change, writes Matthew Teller.

Lonely Planet launches guide to world's most spectacular toilets

It's an unfortunate traveler that must choose a vacation destination on the quality of its toilets.

believe it or not!

Believe it or not, part of a government-funded building has been constructed using bamboo sticks in place of iron rods.

The story behind Jahid’s viral video unfolds

Remember the video of the boy singing a local song with a tourist in Cox’s Bazar that went viral last month? Well, thanks to the musician in the video the story does not end there.

Billionaire by mistake

An auto-rickshaw driver became a billionaire but only for a few hours. Before he could be aware of it, the bank that issued a deposit order fixed the mistake.

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