Politics

Salauddin Quader Chowdhury's wife, son surrender

War Criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s wife and son have surrendered before a Dhaka court in connection with the case filed over leakage of the draft verdict of war crimes case.

Govt’s power-ego confines democracy, Fakhrul slams AL

Bangladesh Nationalist Party acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said the government was ‘confining’ democracy to its ego of illegal power.

Nizami's Death penalty ultimate cruel, inhuman punishment: Amnesty

Amnesty International has urged Bangladesh to overturn the death sentence against Jamaat Chief Motiur Rahman Nizami.

‘Abducted’ Jubo Dal leader rescued in Dhaka

Habibur Rahman, vice president of Sharsha unit Juba Dal, the youth wing of BNP, was rescued by the detective branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Thursday, a day after his abduction from a Dhaka location.

10 Awami League men got arrested for extortion in Ashulia

Police arrested 10 Awami League men who were extorting owners of a transport company on Monday night in Nabinagar area in Ashulia.

Rajshahi Jamaat chief arrested

The police, in a drive, have detained Jamaat-e-Islami's Rajshahi unit Ameer Ataur Rahman, from Tekhadia area of the district.

Jamaat abused Islam in ’71 in the name of protecting Pakistan

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday vehemently criticised Jamaat-e-Islami for abusing Islam in a bid to foil the birth of Bangladesh from occupational Pakistan in 1971 and for committing the most heinous crimes in the name of Islam.

Nizami took his cap off

Jamaat Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, sentenced to death for committing crimes against humanity in 1971, appeared calm and composed as the judge read out the verdict.

Business

Grameen Phone's profit declines in the third quarter

The mobile operator saw Tk 573.94 crore in net profit in the same period last year, buoyed by the sales proceeds of Tk 100 crore that it received through the sale of 51 percent stake of Grameenphone IT, a subsidiary, to the global software company, Accenture.

Business climate positive, yet...

The country's business regulatory environment improved from last year but it was not enough to bump up Bangladesh's ranking in the World Bank's index on the ease of doing business.

MFIs become creative: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said micro finance institutions are expanding their activities gradually, focusing on creativity with an aim to advance the country to a new level.

33per cent IPO fund allowed to repay loans

The securities regulator has allowed listed companies to repay bank loans using one-third funds to be raised through IPOs (initial public offerings).

Bangladesh performs worst in FDI related areas

Bangladesh’s global ranking has slipped in ease of doing business, standing at 173rd position among 189 nations as the country’s performance deteriorated on indicators, including starting business, paying taxes and enforcing contract where it was near the rock bottom.

National

1 held with 82 gold bars in Chittagong airport

Custom Intelligence officials have detained a person with 82 gold bars at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong.

Thousands suffer for lack of bridge over Shila river

Nearly 30,000 people of six villages in Gafargaon of Mymensingh face difficulties everyday to cross the Shila River in the upazila as only one boat is at the service of the commuters who have to cross the river everyday for different purposes.

Robbery, mugging rising in Sylhet

Incidents of mugging and robbery have marked a sharp rise in and around Sylhet city as a number of listed criminals have recently got bail.

2 arrested with 1,050 yaba tablets

Police, in separate drives, have detained two people with 1,050 pieces of yaba tablets from Sreepur upazila in Gazipur.

Nizami’s ministership slap on Freedom Fighters’ faces

The International Crimes Tribunal 1 yesterday observed that appointing a notorious war criminal like Motiur Rahman Nizami as minister was a “great blunder” and a “slap” on the faces of martyrs of the Liberation war.

PM’s cousin’s house attacked in Khulna

Miscreants have attacked the house of Bangladesh Cricket Board director Sheikh Sohel, also the son of prime minister’s cousin, at Sher-e-Bangla road in Khulna town.

Nizami’s humiliation at DU

On May 27, 1991, it did not come as a surprise to many when students of Dhaka University beat up Motiur Rahman Nizami after the then Jamaat secretary general went to the campus, the first time he had set his foot inside the university since the war ended.

World News

Burkina Faso's president refuses to step down

Burkina Faso's president has refused to resign in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his 27-year rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved.

Spread of Ebola declining in Liberia: WHO

Liberia may be seeing a decline in the spread of Ebola, with falls in the number of burials and new admissions as well as a plateau in laboratory-confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

Hundreds killed in Syria's barrel explosion

At least 60 people have been killed and dozens injured, activists say, after a Syrian government helicopter dropped two barrel bombs on a camp for people displaced by fighting in the country's north, charring some bodies beyond recognition.

Houses blown up in Egypt

Egypt has started work on a controversial buffer zone by destroying homes along its border with the Gaza Strip, following some of the worst attacks on the army since President Mohamed Morsi was ousted last year.

Russian military flights increased in the last two days

NATO has reported an "unusual" spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North seas and the Atlantic Ocean over the past two days.

Jewish activist shot in Jerusalem

Moshe Feiglin, a lawmaker with the Likud party, identified the activist as Yehuda Glick, an American-born advocate for greater Jewish access to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, which houses the al-Aqsa mosque in its compound.

Yemen's key city captured by Houthis

The Shia fighters captured the strategic central city of Radmah in Ibb province on Wednesday, a city that links Sanaa with the main southern city of Aden, after prolonged fighting with local tribesmen, the AFP news agency reported.

Israeli plans to build homes in Jerusalem could bring more violence: UN

A UN official has warned that Israel's plans for further settlements in East Jerusalem could ignite more violence and threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state.

Tunisia confirms Nidaa Tounes as the ruling party

Tunisia's leading secular party Nidaa Tounes has won 85 seats in the new 217-member parliament after Sunday's election, while Islamist party Ennahda secured 69 seats, according to results released by electoral authorities on Thursday.

Sports

Taijul, Tamim in doubt for second Test

Youngster Taijul Islam is suspected suffering from Jaundice. The youngster made stunning performances in the 1st test against Zimbabwe taking 8 wickets in the 2nd innings.

Real Madrid coach in Chittagong

Pablo Gomez Revenga, the head coach of Real Madrid Foundation and the club’s camp technical director, is in Chittagong to conduct a three-day long coaching course at the port city starting today.

Isco on his best Real Madrid form: Ancelotti

e former Malaga midfielder has already delivered four assists in his nine league appearances this term, just two less than he did in 32 Liga games throughout last season.

Bipasha: A life beyond Rupganj

Having kept offers from Bangladesh Ansar and Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) aside, Bipasha Mali is looking to impress in her maiden call-up to the senior national team in next month's 3rd SAFF Women's Championship which be held in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Zimbabwe focus on spin threat

Zimbabwe had been preparing for spin knowing it would be the decisive factor in the three-match series, but the quick finish in Dhaka had been a reality check, forcing the team to brainstorm for quick solutions before the Khulna Test.

I may never play for India: Yuvraj

As long as I'm enjoying myself, I will keep going, whether I'm playing for India, for Punjab or in the Indian Premier League. The goal is to enjoy my game.

Entertainment

Kutcher talks about his little one

Kutcher confessed that his little one with fiancée Mila Kunis wasn't always going to be named Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher. In fact, they had a totally different moniker picked out.

Shabnur back on screen

Shabnur was once the most popular heroines during the 1990s. The winner of multiple National Film Awards and the highest number of Meril-Prothom Alo Awards by any film actress – has been on a long hiatus.

Are they dating?

Has this fire of friendship of Alia bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra further sparked flames of love overtime? Well, that’s what the smoke tells us here! Not bad, boy! You seem to have taken some good lessons from your seniors! Wink, wink!

Shraddha's De-Glam Avatar

Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor has completely transformed herself from the de-glam avatar in the Shahid Kapoor-starrer to a glamorous item girl in Karan Johar production venture “Ungli”.

Margarita’s solo guitar concert at Dhaka

A solo Spanish guitar concert by the internationally acclaimed guitarist Margarita Escarpa will be held tomorrow at Goethe-Institut Bangladesh’s Berlin Hall at 7pm. the show is open for all.

Science & Technology

4.85mm thick Oppo R5, the world's slimmest smartphone

The present slimmest smartphone Gionee Elife S5.1 has just lost its position to Oppos R5 with 4.85mm thickness. The China based smartphone manufacturer Oppo, apart from launching its new flagship N3, also introduced its slimmest smartphone, the R5.

US government sues AT&T for promising unlimited data but slowing speeds

US telco AT&T has been facing a lawsuit by the government with the allegation that they sold consumers unlimited data plans but would slow their Internet down once they used a certain amount of data.

Samsung undertakes changes as mobile profit drops

Samsung Electronics Co. admitted of some mistakes in its smartphone strategy and promised to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years.

Nintendo to develop 'Quality of life' device to track sleep

Japanese video game developer and console designer Nintendo Co Ltd will develop a device to measure a user's fatigue and map their sleep. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Satoru Iwata said on Thursday at a conference in Tokyo.

Thousands of Hungarians take to streets to protest internet tax

About 100,000 Hungarians rallied on Tuesday night to protest a planned tax on data traffic and the broader course of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government they saw as undermining democracy and relations with European Union peers.

UK joins world’s fastest mobile internet club with next generation 4G+ rollout

UK mobile network operator and internet service provider EE joins Vodafone with mobile data speeds five times faster than average UK broadband in London.

HP attepmts to redefine AIO pc with Sprout

Hewlett-Packard Co (HP) has taken a modest step toward re-imagining the venerable personal computer, merging a 3D scanner and projector with an all-in-one PC to create a $1,899 ensemble it hopes can rekindle industry interest. The new desktop computer, called Sprout, goes on sale online Wednesday.

FBI narrows in on 'second Edward Snowden' whistleblower

The FBI has reportedly raided the home of an "extremely principled and brave" whistleblower working for a US contracting firm, thought to have been inspired by security contractor Edward Snowden to continue his work.

Holding the band Microsoft enters wearable gadget market

To follow the footprint of other tech giants, Microsoft has brought their first wearable gadget that is a wrist band for monitoring health affairs.

Life

The unexpected holidays named Hartals

While the rest of the world is intrigued at the idea of 'hartal', for us Bangladeshi people, hartal is, well, a part and parcel of our lives. We plan our day to day activities keeping hartal in mind. We sometimes even miss hartals when things get a bit 'too' smooth (from a student's perspective).

Spooky potion: Beetroot juice with lemon

Have a juicy blast with this spooky blood colored juice. Bid adieu to high blood pressure and anemia with beetroot juice. Known as a super food, this juice contains antioxidants, minerals and vitamins and above all, the red colour from betacyanin prevents colon cancer.

Try this Chinese Dish: Kung Pao Chicken

Spicy chicken with peanuts, similar to what is served in Chinese restaurants. It is easy to make, and you can be as sloppy with the measurements as you want. They reduce to a nice, thick sauce. Substitute cashews for peanuts, or bamboo shoots for the water chestnuts. You can't go wrong! Enjoy!

Winter is coming: Be prepared

Autumn is just not the end of the dreadful summer/monsoon; it's also the beginning of winter. Many might argue Bangladesh sees little changes with season; but hey, winter is coming and there are some preparations to undertake.

TidBits

World's first 'halal' whisky to hit the Market

Scottish whisky manufacturers are in disaggreement over an 'alcohol free' product, which is going to be the first of its kind to hit the market.

Tips from Selfie Queen!

'My selfie is cool, Let me check yours?'.'Oh crap! you look ugly buddy'. Keeping pace with tradition, we all take selfie. And most of the time we heard such comments or do not have much likes on facebook. Here is a video presented by Airtel Buzz with 10 tips for taking better Selfies.

Han Xiaoming: The Tongue Painter

Chinese artist Han Xiaoming has great 'taste' in art -- he actually uses his tongue as a brush to create paintings! Luckily, he doesn't use oil paints or acrylic, just sweetened food dye.

Century-Old Notebook found in Antarctic Ice

Hidden in ice for more than 100 years.

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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