Politics

RAB busted militant den in Chittagong

The members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have busted a militants' den in Bashundhara Residential Area of the port city's Halishahar and seized firearms, ammunitions and bomb-making materials.

Abdul Latif suffers cardiac arrest

Sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique suffered a cardiac arrest at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) where he has been undergoing treatment since December 6.

Big dev progs to be kept out of political trouble

As the political instability goes on, the government has decided to adopt policy strategies in different ministries to keep the implementation of the development programmes, including the eight fast-track projects, uninterrupted in any way.

Search warrant for Khaleda office

A Dhaka court has executed a warrant to search the Gulshan political office of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia after police said there could be explosives and fugitives there.

Khaleda expresses no confidence in trial court judge

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s counsel today placed two petitions before the High Court expressing no-confidence in the judge of a trial court, who is dealing with Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases.

Business

Prime Minister opens Radisson Blu in Chittagong

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday inaugurated the first upper upscale international hotel ‘Radisson Blu Chittagong Bay View’ in the port city of Chittagong.

Banglamoti paddy cultivation

There was a news item in the media in 2008 which stated that BRRI had developed a variety of rice called Banglamoti --one that is similar to Bashmoti rice of Pakistan and India -- but its yield per hector is likely to be double.

RMG makers to meet with Muhith today for placing demands

The county’s apparel makers will meet Finance Minister AMA Muhith at his secretariat office today to place a series of demands for recovering the losses they have so far incurred in the wake of the ongoing countrywide political violence.

Bashundhara Group to hold 'Baishakhi fair' at ICCB

On the occasion of Bangla New Year 1422 a four-day 'Baishakhi Festival' will be held at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) on April 13, 2015.

Licence for jute trading to be made mandatory

The government will incorporate some new provisions into the proposed Jute Act, 2015 that include taking mandatory licence for jute trade and allowing government to supervise the sector.

Investment bonds for wage-earners abroad

A number of US-dollar denominated government savings tools have so far failed to generate any notable enthusiasm among the prospective savers.

BIAC holds training on arbitration proceedings

Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) organised a day-long training programme on Arbitration Proceedings at its head office at Panthapath in the city Saturday.

Default loan recovery by state banks deteriorates

The performance of four-state owned banks in default loan recovery has deteriorated further in last year despite efforts by Bangladesh Bank.

National

Rampant rules violations sicken private healthcare

Violation of regulations and medical ethics has become rampant in the private healthcare sector as several thousands private diagnostic centers and clinics have mushroomed near the public healthcare centers across the country in a sheer violation of the rules.

UGC to press for classes during hartal

The University Grants Commission has decided to issue directives to the vice-chancellors of all public and private universities to continue their classes and hold exams.

Video: Padma bridge construction starts

The main phase of Padma bridge construction starts this week with test piling. To ensure piling and pillar setup, three dredgers been working across Padma. Soil test of at least 19 sites chosen for pillar setup has been completed so far.

BRTA officials’ anomalies bring woe for clients

The employees of the Rajshahi divisional office of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority are allegedly involved in different types of irregularities, causing miseries for service holders.

PSC recommends easing of quota system

In the wake of repeated delays, the Public Service Commission (PSC) has renewed its recommendation to ease the quota system in government jobs, as it is not possible to overcome the problem relating to applying the system.

Indian foreign secy due today

Indian Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar will arrive in Dhaka today to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues between Bangladesh and India.

World News

Iraq forces battle to recapture Tikrit from IS

Iraqi government forces - backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters - were attacking the city of Tikrit, with the support of artillery and airstrikes by Iraqi fighter jets.

Israeli activists pitch tents in pre-election housing protest

The protest on a main boulevard erupted four days after the nation's auditor published a report finding "significant deficiencies" that have pushed up housing prices - a problem dogging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bid for re-election.

Spanish PM hits back at Greek accusation

"We found opposing us an axis of powers ... led by the governments of Spain and Portugal which for obvious political reasons attempted to lead the entire negotiations to the brink," Tsipras said.

Rebels using truce to regroup: Ukraine Milotary

Senior rebel commander Eduard Basurin said on Sunday separatists continued the process of withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line under the eye of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, DAN reported.

Saleh conspired with Iran: Hadi

"Hadi said that this alliance between Saleh and the Houthis, in coordination with Iran, was behind the fall of Sanaa on Sept. 21 to the Houthi militias," a source at the meeting told Reuters. "No, the historic city (Sanaa) has become an occupied capital," he added.

Netanyahu flies to U.S

Previously Israel has always been careful to navigate between the Republican and Democrat camps. The planned address, however, has driven a rare wedge between Netanyahu's government and some congressional Democrats. Some two dozen or more of them plan to boycott the speech, according to unofficial estimates.

Sports

Jagmohan Dalmiya all set to return as BCCI president

Veteran administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya has emerged as a consensus candidate in the N Srinivasan camp for the post of president in the BCCI elections to be held on Monday.

Terry ensures Mourinho's a Wembley winner again

John Terry gave Jose Mourinho's men the lead just before half-time when Spurs' poor defence of a free kick gave him the time and space to fire home via a deflection.

It was a dream come true: Sabbir Rahman

In Bangladesh’s match against Afghanistan, Sabbir did not manage to get runs or wickets, but an important run-out of Samiullah Shenwari was equivalent to both. However, he did score a 62-ball 53 against Sri Lanka but that was on a 92-run losing note.

I'm sorry if fans didn't understand Isco sub: Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has defended his decision to substitute Isco during 1-1 draw at home to Villarreal, explaining that it is not his problem if the club's supporters did not understand the thinking behind the change.

Sheikh Jamal dodge Sheikh Russel into Fed Cup final

Reigning champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club reached the final of the Federation Cup after the new Dhaka powerhouse came from behind to salvage a 2-1 victory over Sheikh Russel KC in the first semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Madrid share point wih Villareal

A lacklustre Real Madrid were unable to go back four points clear at the top of La Liga on Sunday as they could only draw 1-1 with Villarreal at Santiago Bernabeu.

Meet physically challenged bowler Farhan Saeed

Despite being a victim of polio as a two-year-old Saeed hurtles in from a long run, crutch propelling him along the way, and delivers the ball with all the menace he can muster.

Entertainment

Sohana Saba steps to Indian film

Celebrated actress Sohana Saba is all set to start her journey with the Indian film industry. With the romantic-thriller “Shoro Ripu,” she is going to embark on the international film fraternity.

Akshay Kumar learns Arabic for ‘Airlift’

Known for his impeccable action skills, Akshay Kumar has decided to deviate from the regular masala genre and opt for some interesting scripts this year. After Baby which did good business at the box office, Akshay Kumar is busy with other films in hand and one of them is Airlift, a real life story on the biggest human evacuation that was strategized in the world.

Indian Express Power List 2015: Top 10 Entertainers

The Indian Express presents the most powerful Indians of the year 2015. Here is a list of Top 10 entertainers from Bollywood industry.

When celebs got angry at media

According to a source, Alia Bhatt recently slammed a reporter on being asked about her relationship with Siddharth Malhotra.

Nadia signs in new TV series

Lux Channel I superstar 2014, Nadia Afreen Mim is to appear in an ongoing TV series titled ‘Apurba’. Nadia will be seen as a female lead in the drama which is set to feature trials of tribulation of 4 girls. The name of Nadia’s character is Sonali.

Science & Technology

Gear VR to work with newest Samsung smartphones

While virtual reality headsets have a promising future for gaming, Samsung wants people to watch movies, TV shows and view photos using the device, too. The company is looking for developers to help build out the apps and content available on the device before placing it into the hands of consumers.

Brain's reaction to fear

Even if people forget the details of a traumatic event or what is called explicit memory, the emotions associated with that event also known as implicit memory may remain ingrained in the brain for a long time, says a new study.

A Self-Aware Mario that can learn and feel

A “living and conversing” version of the agent was recently generated as part of the “Mario Lives!” project, which was created for a video competition organized by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Samsung Pay leaves Apple pay behind

Like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay will let you enter your credit card info and, like Apple Pay, create a tokenization that protects your credit card info (creating a unique credit card number for each device) and payment data. It will even come with physical authentication in the form of a re-engineered fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S6: No more swipe, you just tap your finger or thumb — very Apple Touch ID-like.

Life

Lip colours for the party goer

A perfect shade of pink or that smouldering red? Which one is your choice? Choosing a lip colour for an occasion often tires you. Here's how to find out which shade of the lip stain will be perfect for you.

A dish for dinner: Hawaiian rice

This dish is a blend or sweet and spicy. A filling dish that can be a regular at the dining table for dinner. Enjoy the recipe!

If this is 'Plus' size, then where does the measurement stand?

Redeeming a body that looks health and happy as plus size. Ridiculous. This veiw of plus size is gross. If this is plus, then all the regular girls must be "jumbo economy size" then. So, what are the actual plus girls; whales?

Orange Lip With a Bronze Smoky Eye

Why not make the most of the remaining hot summer nights with gorgeous bronze smoky eyes and a pop of orange! Extra points if you skip the foundation and let your freckles shine through.

Pointers for a spankin' backside

Vary the speed of the exercise including immediately moving to the next rep versus pausing for a few seconds at the bottom. Or try going extra slow while lowering.

A Simple Candle Project for everyone

Giving handmade presents makes each gift extra special. These citrus and spice candles with personalized belly wraps can be given to all your friends and family.

TidBits

Ice as clear as glass!

Earlier this week, Tomas Nunuk of Bratislava, Slovakia uploaded a video onto YouTube of himself and a friend hiking near the border of Slovakia and Poland. When the hikers came across Veľké Hincovo pleso, a lake frozen over 250 days out of the year, they decided to walk across.

The science behind #DressGate

The world as we know it was rocked yesterday when this oddly lit photo of a dress was posted on Tumblr, changing our very perception of reality. Some thoughtful, intelligent people see the dress as white and gold while other foolish neophytes apparently think that it's black and blue.

When name means a lot!

Name expresses the identity of a person. This isn't fixed upon what attributes you possess or what you do. But imagine if names were meant to illustrate people's characteristics won't that be interesting?

Rent-a-Village!!

A Hungarian mayor is putting his entire village up for rent to put it on the map and bring in some cash, even offering the deputy mayorship as part of the bargain.

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