Politics

Anisul terms Mirza Fakhrul a ‘fool’

Law Minister Anisul Haque on Wednesday labeled BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir as a ‘fool’ for his remarks over comparing the Awami League (AL) government to the government of Israel.

'Amnesty is BNP’s international front': Hasan Mahmud

Amnesty is the international front of BNP, Awami League Publicity Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud said.

There are no groups led by me or Khoka: Abbas

The BNP's Dhaka city unit convener Mirza Abbas has claimed there's no factionalism in the party.

BNP is in shambles because of internal conflicts: Ershad

Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad has said the BNP is in shambles because of internal conflicts and he will move to reorganise his party after Eid to exploit the situation.

Government imposed silent censorship over media: Fakhrul

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that the government imposing silent censorship over the media.

Cameron tells Hasina ,UK govt to work with Bangladesh govt.

Voicing his government’s firm confidence in the present Awami League government, the British prime minister, David William Donald Cameron, on Tuesday said they would work together with Bangladesh for ensuring its socioeconomic development.

Mozena said Bangladesh govt. cordial in justice

If a state fails to pass fair justice, then people lose their confidence and take the law in their own hands which lead to break down the judiciary and it is contrary to the democracy.

Mahila Parishad: Political unrest causes increase in rape incidents

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, the women rights defending organization, on Tuesday said political unrest in the country resulted in sudden increase in rape incidents in the first half of 2014.

Business

Saudi expatriates to get MRP by November 2015

Bangladeshi expatriates in Saudi Arabia are finally going to get Machine Readable Passport by November 2015 as the hand-written passports will no longer be accepted after the time.

Tofail invites USTR representative to see RMG sector progress

Commerce minister has sent letter a letter to the United States Trade Representative (USTR), inviting its representative to visit Bangladesh for seeing the progress made in the country’s RMG sector.

BTRC asked to raise international call revenue

The telecom regulatory body has been asked to ensure accountability and transparency in the operation of international gateway operators for boosting revenue from international call.

Proposals invited to accommodate workers’ bonus in labour law

State minister for labour and employment ministry Mujibul Haque Chunnu has sought specific proposal from the workers’ leaders over bonus issue to accommodate in the existing labour law.

Euro at multi-year lows against dollar, yen

The euro touched multi-month lows against the dollar and yen yesterday as investors fret about the impact on the eurozone economy of possible fresh sanctions against Russia following the downing of Flight MH17.

India outsources chores as servant culture shifts

Hired help still plays a huge role in hierarchical Indian society, with those who can afford it employing maids, cooks, drivers and nannies, as well as “peons” or servants at work - still an acceptable term in India for office boys and runners.

Evening Discussion on Bangladesh: Macroeconomic Environment and Investment Opportunities

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are already in excellent trade and investment relationship. SAFTA initiatives are deepening bilateral trade, Sri Lankan logistics service providers are playing significant role in export marketing of Bangladesh’s apparels and other export merchandise.

NBR relaxes house rent rules

Homeowners who earn more than Tk 25,000 a month from rents have been exempted from the obligation to deposit the sum into separate bank accounts.

Atiur urges Lankan investors to invest in Bangladesh

Terming Bangladesh’s policy stance for inward foreign investment as very liberal, Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman on Tuesday urged Sri Lankan investors to invest in Bangladesh for mutual economic benefits of the two countries.

Wheat production reaches record in 11 years

The amount was 3.82 percent higher than 12.54 lakh tonnes in the previous year, according to provisional estimates by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

World News

Cameron: Ban female Genital mutilation and Child marriage

British Prime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation and child marriage as he launched the first UN-backed “Girl Summit” on issues that affect millions around the globe.

Two Ukraine Fighter Jets Downed by Rebels Near MH17 Site

Pro-Russian rebels on Wednesday shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets in the insurgent-held area where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed.

Obama commemorates 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon

This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House.

Suicide car bombs kills 21 in Baghdad

A suicide bomb has killed at least 21 people in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police and medical officials have said.

From Ukraine, First MH17 dead to be flown to Netherlands

The first bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines plane which crashed in Ukraine last week are to be flown to the Netherlands for identification.

Kerry yearns Hamas to accept Gaza ceasefire offer; 635 dead

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on the Palestinian group, Hamas, to accept a ceasefire along the lines of an Egyptian proposal, to end the raging Gaza conflict that has already killed at least 635 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.

MH-17 crash: Cockpit sawed in half at crash site

International monitors who have finally gained full access to the Malaysia Airlines crash site in eastern Ukraine said Tuesday the Boeing 777's cockpit inexplicably had been sawed in half while under the control of Russian-backed separates.

Sex assault on relatives will stop attacks: Israeli professor

“The only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped.”

Rouhani says nuclear talks only solution to head forward

More negotiations are the only solution to Iran’s decade-long nuclear standoff with the West, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

EU foreign ministers agree to speed up sanctions against Russia

EU foreign ministers agreed on Tuesday to speed up wider sanctions against Russia and to examine tougher measures after the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 allegedly by pro-Moscow rebels.

National

UN under secretary general praises police

UN Under Secretary General and Head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations Hervé Ladsous Wednesday praised Bangladesh Police highly for their efficiency, professionalism and courage while performing duty.

Mozena meets Nasrul Hamid

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena on Wednesday made a courtesy call on State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid at the latter's office.

Ex-Stamford University VC Hannan sent to jail

A Dhaka court on Wednesday ordered to send former Stamford University vice-chancellor Hannan Firoze to jail rejecting his bail prayer.

RMG workers seized BGMEA Bhaban for salary, bonus

Some 5,000 workers of Tuba Garments on Wednesday besieged the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) Bhaban in the city demanding salary and bonus.

Khaleda Zia performs Umrah

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, her elder son Tarique Rahman, daughter-in-law Dr Zubaida Rahman and grand daughter Jaima Rahman performed Umrah early Wednesday.

UK foreign secretary wants Hasina’s firm role on climate issue

Britain Foreign Secretary Douglas Garven Alexander has expected Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s firm role in the upcoming climate change summit, scheduled to be held in Paris in 2015.

SI Jahid on 4-day fresh remand

A Dhaka court on Wednesday placed SI Jahid and police source Nasim on 4-day fresh remand for interrogation over killing of jhut businessman Sujon in police custody on July 12.

Engineer served notice for failing to fix road

Mohammad Ali, additional chief engineer of Khulna zone Roads and Highways Department, has been served notice for his failure to fix roads within the stipulated time given by the Communications Minister.

Ultra-poor deprived of free medical services from government hospitals

People who live below the poverty line are still deprived of free secondary and tertiary medical services from the state-owned hospitals across the country due to inadequate budgetary allocation for health sector.

Biman employees stage sit-in at Balaka Bhaban

The employees of national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines started a sit-in programme in front of Biman headquarters at Balaka Bhaban on Wednesday to press home their 14-point demand.

30 returned home safely from Iraq

Thirty Bangladeshi nationals returned Dhaka on Tuesday from Iraq, said a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.

Satkhira: Tk 5 crore defamation case against OC, SI

A Tk 5 crore defamation case has been filed here on Wednesday against Satkhira Sadar thana OC Enamul Haque and SI Hekmat Ali for making 'derogatory' remarks against the lawyers and journalists.

Sports

Williamson banned from bowling

Kane Williamson, the part-time New Zealand offspinner, has been suspended from bowling in international cricket after his action was found to be illegal.

Amla heaps praise on struggling Tahir

South African skipper Hashim Amla on Wednesday backed struggling leg-spinner Imran Tahir to come good, saying he had the qualities to be a match-winning bowler.

James is here to seduce football lovers: Real Madrid President

Florentino Perez has backed James Rodriguez to "seduce" supporters after completing his €80 million move from Monaco to Real Madrid.

Barcelona convince Xavi to stay

Xavi has performed an U-turn and will stay at Barcelona next season after productive talks with coach Luis Enrique and president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Tuesday.

Jos Buttler has replaced wicketkeeper Matt Prior

Jos Buttler has replaced wicketkeeper Matt Prior in the England squad for the third Test against India.

Bangladesh Chess Federation turned into a visa agency?!

The Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) has allegedly turned into a medium for obtaining visas to Europe and the United States as the game's governing body is running without the guardian for the last six months.

West Indies tour: Razzak's appearance questioned

A career boasting 206 ODI wickets at an economy rate of 4.54 and a sleek average of 28.86 suggests that slow left-armer Abdur Razzak is not going to face any hurdles when it comes to making the final squad for next month's West Indies tour.

Glasgow all set for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park.

Dhaka Bank title sponsor for Caribbean tour

Dhaka Bank Limited is the title Sponsor of the upcoming Bangladesh-West Indies series scheduled to be held from August 20 to September 17. The tournament logo along with the trophies were officially unveiled.

ULAB clinch commanding win in West Indies

Majestic fifties from University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) skipper Hasanuzzaman and Avishek Mitra earned them a commanding seven-wicket victory over Jamaica Inter-Collegiate Sports Association (JICSA) .

Entertainment

Nadia’s solo dance show on Bangla Vision

Prominent dance artiste Nadia will appear in a dance show titled ‘Akash Bhora Suryatara Niye’ on Bangla Vision in upcoming Eid.

The Height Story of Bollywood

Besides a charming face, what is the first thing that attracts attention in a movie celeb? It has to be height, hands down!

Tisha-Nisho pairs up for Day Out

Actors Tisha and Nisho will be seen together in a new drama titled ‘Day Out’ made marking the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. The drama starts off with Tisha visiting Nisho, from whom she is learning photography.

Rahul Bose, brand ambassador of biggest school contest

Actor/activist Rahul Bose has been named the brand ambassador of the world`s largest school competition "Design for Change" (DFC), launched by its founder Kiran Bir Sethi six years ago in Ahmedabad.

Footballing with the stars

Despite stars like Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Salman Khan being in attendance, it was Aamir’s little boy Azad Rao Khan, who fascinated the crowd and the players on the field.

Tisha rules small screen this Eid

Fans of Tisha have good news this Eid as their favourite star will be all over the TV screen during the week long Eid celebrations of the satellite channels.

Campus Soundbox begins at IUB

A talent hunt programme titled “Samsung Galaxy GRAND 2 Presents Campus Soundbox” began its journey through searching emerging musicians at the Independent University, Bangladesh last week.

In love with rock music

Promising Chittagong- based band Chhuti began its journey in 2004. The band was founded by front-man and rhythm guitarist Sukanta Chanda who began his music career in 2000.

Special drama on GTV

Six-episode TV play “Alal, Dulal O Haji Chan” will air on GTV at 6:20pm from the first to sixth day of Eid. Mesbah Sumon has written the drama, based on Azam Khan's popular eponymous song, while Pallab Biswas has directed it.

Don't miss Spicy Sunny's new Selfies!

Guaranteed! You will discover a new Sunny Leone after watching these photos.

Hridoy Khan tying the knot this year

"I want to get married by this year. The rest is in Allah's hands, whatever he wants will happen. Marriage is not be taken lightly."--Suzana

Prova in love..again?!

A photographer named Milon is hired to Photo-shoot the annual program of Prova's company. That is where they met, fell for each other and eventually started dating.

Bari Siddiqui on “Music Club” tonight

Noted folk singer-composer and flautist Bari Siddiqui is the featured guest of tonight's phone and live studio concert “Music Club” set to be aired on Banglavision at 11:25pm.

Science & Technology

Chinese army presented 'Dancing Robots'

To the sound of Shakira’s Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) robots demonstrated their dance steps, screaming recruits drilled with bayonets and tanks rolled as China’s military offered a rare moment of openness Tuesday.

Facebook let's you save links and music for later

Keeping up with Facebook’s News Feed can often feel like a losing battle, especially when you’ve got friends who bombard the stream with links several times a day.

The new super black material

Goths of the world, rejoice. Scientists have produced Vantablack, a product so dark it becomes impossible to make out shapes formed from it.

Amazing 3D Fractals Inspired By Faberge Eggs

Fractals, repeating patterns that are similar at different scales, are a popular choice for art on paper on flat screens - but artist Tom Beddard has taken them into the third dimension.

Xaomi's Mi4

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi launched its fourth-generation smartphone on Tuesday, swapping its signature neon plastic casing for a metal finish and overall classier look.

A star phone: Amazon Fire

Design a phone that people will want to immerse themselves in. Everything about the Fire phone is designed to catch your eye, hold your attention and reward you for … doing anything, really.

Apple denying iOS security questions

For the second time in less than two weeks, Apple is defending itself against claims that call into question the security of iOS.

Vine loops are not what you think they are

When Vine prankster Lele Pons recently broke the 1 billion loop milestone, people realized they finally had proof that the view measuring system Vine introduced on July 1 is a crock.

Life

Spectacular tips to turn heads

Just because you sport spectacles, there is no reason to deny your beautiful eyes colours and shimmer.

Henna styling

Eid is knocking on the door and special arrangements are done on this occasion, particularly girls get very excited for their Eid arrangements, especially for henna.They are fond of henna even their Eid is considered incomplete without henna.

How to keep your cool at work

Keep your cool at work is very important to keep the work enviornment stress free and also to maintain a good reputation at work. We tell you how you can control your temper at work.

Mushroom Melt Stuffed Chicken

This will take a little extra effort than most baked chicken dishes, but with some tweaking to suit to your tastes, it is fun preparing, and you will enjoy eating it. It is nice to have something a little more “fussy” and interesting.

Is your child a bully?

Parenting, in fact, is one of the toughest known tasks. Whoever said raising a child is easy, never had kids of their own. From understanding the psyche of a child to taking care of his social needs, parenting demands attention and round-the-clock care.

Australian artist paints Bangladesh

Realistic painting and drawing and a keen observation of the surrounding nature in its minutest detail is what attracts Australian artist Malcolm Arnold. In a solo exhibition at Dhaka Art Centre, Arnold has showcased 34 artworks that bring elements of Bangladesh on the canvasses.

Cream Cheese Penguins

Just imagine a cute display of penguins, made with black olives, carrots and cream cheese! You can add scarves and hats by using fresh red pepper strips, or canned pimentos cut into different shapes. Use frilly toothpicks if you can.Gets folks laughing! Worth the effort.

Tit Bits

Lone tree produces 40 varieties of fruits!

In an ongoing series on hybridizing fruit trees, Syracuse University sculptor Sam Van Aken’s Tree of 40 Fruit is true to its name.

Father of 36 says he still has 'desires to fulfill'

Pakistan's ongoing military operation may be making headway in clearing militant hideouts, but it has shattered the dream of one father of 36 children -- to take a fourth wife.

Puzzled! Kitchen in India, bedroom in Bangladesh

Kitchen is in India and bed room in Bangladesh. Don’t be puzzled for it is a reality!

Ask the Sexpert: The 90-year-old sex guru

Sex education is a controversial issue in India, but one man has done more than anyone to promote discussion of the subject. Dr Mahinder Watsa's unusually frank and funny daily newspaper column has become a cult hit.

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry!

Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

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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