Politics

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).

Khaleda to address rally in Nilphamari today

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Wednesday left Dhaka to address a public meeting in Nilphamari district town today as part of her ongoing mass contact to drum up public support for holding a fresh general election under a non-party government.

Shirin, Saber accorded reception

The Jatiya Sangsad on Wednesday accorded a reception to the speaker, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, and ruling Awami League lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury on being elected chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and president of Inter-Parliamentary Union respectively.

IPU result reflects global confidence: Saber

The result of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) election proved that the parliamentarians of the democratic countries have their confidence in the democracy of Bangladesh, said the newly elected IPU president Saber Hossain Chowdhury.

Maiming of Limon was an accident: Asaduzzaman Kamal

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has termed the maiming of Limon as an accident.

Business

Shrimp export declining over time

Buyers are more interested in low-priced vannamei than in expensive black tiger shrimps, said Khan Habibur Rahman, deputy managing director of Lockpur Group, a leading seafood exporter.

Bangladesh Bank plans to shift part of reserves to green bonds

Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman hinted that the regulator may shift some of its foreign exchange reserves to green bonds.

NBR zooms in on homeowners abroad

The National Board of Revenue is set to gather information on Bangladeshis who have bought properties abroad, its Chairman Md Ghulam Hussain said yesterday.

Lufthansa close to deal with IBM for IT infrastructure unit

German airline Lufthansa is close to a deal to sell its IT infrastructure unit to IBM, including an outsourcing agreement for the services, as part of a shake-up of its technology activities, it said on Wednesday.

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.

Apec finance chiefs meet as global worries persist

The global economic recovery is beset by "downside risks", China's vice-premier told Asia-Pacific finance ministers Wednesday, a day after growth in the world's second-largest economy hit a five-year low.

ILO hands Tk 12.7cr in Rana Plaza compensation

The International Labour Organisation has so far disbursed Tk 12.7 crore in compensation to 1,496 victims of the Rana Plaza disaster.

Tesco's sales fall faster than its competitors

Tesco's sales are falling faster than any of its competitors, as it loses market share to discounters Aldi and Lidl, as well as to upmarket rival Waitrose.

Wise up to online share trade

Afiya Khanum, a business graduate from Dhaka University, wants to buy and sell shares from home through her smartphone, thanks to the time-saving benefits and growing popularity of internet.

IMF holds back loans over delay in VAT law

The IMF has deferred the release of the sixth instalment of the $1 billion loan to next year after the government failed to lay out a fresh roadmap for implementing the new VAT law.

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

Iraqi Kurds to send forces to Syria's Kobane

Iraqi Kurds have agreed to send fighters to help defend the northern Syrian city of Kobane from ISIL forces, after Turkey said it would allow them to cross Turkish territory.

Air strikes kill off IS militants

It has been reported that a series of bombings beginning in the early hours hit the town of al-Siniya, west of Baiji, a strategic city adjacent to the country's largest refinery, part of a multinational effort to check the group's progress.

Pakistan cleric Qadri ends Islamabad protest

An anti-government cleric who has been campaigning in Islamabad, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has ended his 65-day-long protest.

Blast outside Cairo University wounds 11

A bomb has exploded outside the gates of Cairo University, wounding eleven people including policemen stationed outside the campus to quell student protests that have become customary in the politically unstable country.

Students undecided on further Hong Kong talks

Hong Kong student leaders say they may not take part in further talks with the government after accusing city authorities of failing to make any meaningful offers to end weeks of mass rallies.

Blackwater guards convicted in Iraq killings

Four former employees of the US security company Blackwater have been convicted of almost every charge related to the shootings of more than 30 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad seven years ago.

Soldier and gunman killed in Ottawa shootings

A gunman armed with a rifle has shot and killed a Canadian soldier guarding Ottawa's war memorial, before being pursued by police into the national parliament building and shot dead himself.

Sports

Messi is close but I'll break the record: Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo remains confident he will pip Lionel Messi to the Champions League goalscoring record after edging closer to Raul’s mark in Real Madrid's 3-0 win at Liverpool on Wednesday.

My heart is crying: De Kruif

I miss the team very much. Those boys are my kids. That is how I treat them, I think the best of them, I want to teach them the best, I feel from their side the same feeling because they call me everyday several times. They are in my heart and I hope they perform very well in the games against Sri Lanka.

BCB XI, Zimbabawe: 3-day match ends in draw

After the match Zimbabwe skipper Brandan Taylor said he was disappointed with their batting in the first innings, but also added that his batsmen showed character in the second.

Champions League: Benzema, Ronaldo rout Liverpool

Real Madrid ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday evening, as Cristiano Ronaldo continued his superb run of form.

Younis ton saves Pakistan

The 36-year-old right hander scored 106 for his 25th century to help Pakistan counter the fiery pace of Mitchell Johnson after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat on a flat, grass-less Dubai stadium pitch.

Bangladesh to take part in wrestling in Kazakhstan

A two-member Bangladesh National Wrestling Team yesterday flew for Kazakhstan to participate in an International Wrestling tournament which is scheduled to begin from today.

Borussia sinks Galatasaray 4-0

Borussia Dortmund cemented their place at the top of Champions League Group D with a dominant 4-0 victory at Galatasaray on Wednesday.

Entertainment

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. Navdeep has been asked to direct the next film too which will be entirely shot abroad.

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.

Irrfan Khan to head Abu Dhabi film fest jury

Acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan will preside over the Narrative Feature Competition Jury at the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF).

Queen Elizabeth is an amazing woman: David Beckham

Former soccer ace David Beckham has described Queen Elizabeth II as ‘the most amazing woman’.

Science & Technology

ICT can bring health services to the finger tips

ICT ministry is working on e-health, e-education and e-commerce, including other sectors as the aim to solve the problems related to e-governance. The government eyes to develop applications on health issue.

Google takes Firebase under its wing

Firebase, a company helping developers to produce apps and services that store and sync data in realtime, is the latest Google acquisition.

Verizon Talks Up M2M

Shammo says mobile video will be a big driver for Verizon even though recent promotions provide consumers with much larger data caps for streaming TV shows, playing games or surfing the Internet. Sprint first offered "double data" promotions for family plans in August, followed by AT&T (NYSE:T)and then Verizon. The enlarged data buckets start at $110 to $130 per month.

New Leeo smart night light alerts cellphones to danger

Most of us have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors dotting our homes. When they beep, we react.

Real-Life Hoverboard seeks funding

Ever since seeing Marty McFly use a hoverboard to escape Biff and his goons in Back to the Future Part II, many people have been wondering when this device would ever become a reality.

Mystery virtual reality venture by Google and Others

The company has kept a tight lid on what exactly it has to offer in terms of technical specifics but, whatever it is, Google and several other major players believe it's worth the $542 million in investment dollars announced on Tuesday.

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.

Marital woes can make you fat

If you have a history of depression, picking up fights with your better half could increase the risk of obesity by altering how the body processes high-fat foods, says a new researc

Fitness age a better indicator of longevity

A new study of fitness and lifespan suggests that a person’s so-called fitness age — determined primarily by a measure of cardiovascular endurance — is a better predictor of longevity than chronological age. The good news is that unlike your actual age, your fitness age can decrease.

Essential Composition Skills Can Turn You Into a Real Photographer

When you see a beautiful tree on the horizon, sitting across a meadow of green grass, you should be able to recognize the form or shape of the tree and the prominent line that the meadow is creating.

TidBits

Weird Things Happen Only In India

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

A Flying Man or Superhero?

The mystery man flew within 100 metres of the plane and left the pilots amazed as to how he was moving through the air, as neither could see a canopy suspending him. There was also no sign of him on the radar and further checks failed to reveal any paragliders, parachutists or balloonists in the area at the time.

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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