Politics

Rizvi on 3-day fresh remand

A Dhaka court on Tuesday remanded BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed for three days in a case lodged for vandalising and setting fire to a vehicle.

Mostafizur Rahman, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate granted three day remand as police pleaded for 5-day remand for the BNP leader. Earlier, on January 30, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested him from Baridhara area in the capital.

20-party calls 24-hr hartal from 6:00m Thursday

The BNP-led 20-party alliance on Tuesday called a 24-hour nationwide hartal, excluding Dhaka and Chittagong cities, from 6:00am on Thursday demanding the return of missing BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed and other alliance leaders to their families unharmed.

AL-backed candidates win municipality polls in Chandupr, Faridpur

Awami League-backed candidates won the mayoral elections in Chandpur and Madhukhali municipalities in Faridpur held on Sunday.

48hrs nationwide hartal from Monday

BNP-led 20-party alliance has called a 48-hour nationwide hartal from tomorrow demanding what it said return of BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed and other missing leaders.

Ruling alliance moves to Plan B

BNP’s announcement of joining the April city polls has let the ruling Awami League alliance to shift to Plan B, which is primarily to ensure there is just one candidate for all posts including that of mayors.

Body of rail minister’s brother found in Dhanmondi Lake

The body of ABM Abdul Latif, brother of Railways Minister Mujibul Haque, was found floating in Dhanmondi Lake in Dhaka this morning.

BNP-Jamaat to run city polls jointly

BNP and Jamaat are poised to contest Dhaka and Chittagong City Corporation polls jointly as the Islamist party that earned infamy for its role in 1971 assured its ally of not fielding any candidates.

Abbas, Ripon take nomination forms for Dhaka South, Manjur for Ctg

Three mayoral aspirants from opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday collected nomination papers apparently giving a broad hint of participation in the polls to three city corporations in Dhaka and Chittagong set for April 28.

Eliminate terrorism, PM to law enforcement agencies

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday directed the law enforcement agencies, including Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), to work with utmost sincerity to eliminate terrorism as her government will not tolerate any terrorist act on Bangladesh soul.

Say 'no' to militancy, terrorism: PM

Asserting that those involved in militant acts will never be forgiven, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged all to say 'no' to militancy and terrorism as the country's people do not want fighting, killing, arson and militancy.

Modi greets people of Bangladesh

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people of Bangladesh on the eve of the 45th Independence Day.

CEC turns down Shata Nagarik proposal

The chief election commissioner has turned down a suggestion of pro-BNP professionals to extend the deadline by two or three days for submission of nomination papers in the upcoming city polls.

President invites Khaleda to Independence Day reception

The president, Abdul Hamid, on Wednesday invited Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia to a reception on Thursday on the occasion of Independence Day.

Pro-BNP professionals to meet CEC

A delegation of pro-BNP professionals will meet the chief election commissioner this afternoon to call for ensuring a level-playing field in the upcoming Dhaka and Chittagong city corporation polls.

Brief relief from hartal

The countrymen will get a relief from hartal on a working day tomorrow for the second time since February 1, thanks to the BNP-led 20-party alliance for not extending the shutdown.

Business

Corruption pulling strings: Twisting the poor, smashing the dreams

Corruption is making it difficult for government social safety net programmes to properly serve the poor or achieve their service targets. Many programme beneficiaries allege that government agencies prioritise those beneficiaries named by ruling party men.

Mango growers’ dreams going to be shattered for lack of rain

Growers of the mango capital Chapainawabganj are faced with uncertainty as they are fearing the mango buds may fall off the trees before maturing due to insufficient rain.

1 per cent surcharge on mobile phone usage

The government is going to impose 1% surcharge on the usage of mobile phones. The cabinet has given final approval to the Development Surcharge and Levy Act 2015 keeping the provision.

Political instability decelerates foreign aids

Foreign aid commitment fell almost 14% in the first eight months of the current fiscal year mainly due to continued political unrest.

South Korean firm to upgrade Cox’s Bazar airport

Civil Aviation and Tourism ministry has decided to appoint a South Korean firm to upgrade the Cox’s Bazar Airport with a 5.26% increase in projected cost compared to the cancelled tender in 2011.

ADB becomes first accredited bank to receive UN green fund

Asian Development Bank has become the first multilateral development bank accredited to receive financing from the Green Climate Fund for projects to enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation in its developing member countries

Cotton hedging is need of the time

Bangladesh should practise hedging for cotton imports, as the consumption of the fibre is on the rise and so are the trading risks, said industry insiders.

BTRC defers spectrum auction to May 20

The telecom regulator has deferred the spectrum auction date to May 20 following the major cellphone operators’ non-participatory approach to the April 30 bidding.

Bangladesh, Myanmar plan preferential pact to boost trade

Bangladesh and Myanmar are considering signing preferential trade agreement in a move officials say could take both-way commerce to a new high.

Walton receives huge response at NITF

Walton brand products received a huge response from the visitors and the businessmen at the just concluded six-day long Nepal International Trade Fair (NITF).

Five companies submit tenders for offshore survey

Five international geophysics companies yesterday submitted tender documents to conduct a 2D seismic marine survey of Bangladesh’s offshore areas.

Bangladesh needs to improve investment climate, infrastructure: UK

The United Kingdom has said Bangladesh needs to improve its investment climate, infrastructure and the skills of its labour force to grow and absorb the two million new entrants into the labour force each year.

National

Country has over 14 lakh autistic people: Mankin

The country has 14,00,723 autistic people, which is one percent of the total population.

Hartal underway peacefully

The 2nd day of the 48-hour nationwide hartal, enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance, excluding Dhaka and Chittagong cities, is passing off without major incidents on Tuesday.

Flood alerts issued in Kashmir as rivers cross danger mark

Authorities in Kashmir issued alerts Monday and asked people to move to higher ground after heavy rain flooded several parts of the Himalayan region.

Number of HSC examinees declines in Rajshahi Board this year

A total of 107,090 students are going to appear in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations this year under the Rajshahi Education Board.

Opsonin factory fire kills 1 in Barisal

A person has been killed and four others have received burn injuries in a fire that broke out at the factory of Opsonin Pharmaceutical company in Barisal town.

33 more war crimes suspects under scanner of tribunal

Investigation into 21 cases against 33 persons is going on for their crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation.

About 1.9 lakh people get infected with TB

Nearly 1.90 lakh people are infected with tuberculosis and around 3,700 die every year in the country, speakers at a press conference said here recently.

'Power supply is a must to maintain development'

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, MP, said power supply is indispensable and there is no alternative to it for upholding the country's development and production.

Rail minister’s brother found dead in Dhanmondi Lake

The elder brother of the railways minister was found dead yesterday in the waters of the Dhanmondi Lake in the capital.

FBI, DB struggling with Avijit murder probe

More than a month has elapsed, but the mystery behind the gruesome attack on secular blogger and science writer Avijit Roy and his wife co-writer Rafida Ahmed Bonya is yet to be solved.

Alternative livelihoods can save Sundarbans

Reducing human intervention is the cornerstone of conserving the mangrove forest Sundarbans. India has found out that providing alternative livelihood for people dependent on forest resources can be effective as well.

48 BAU teachers resign from admin posts

Forty eight teachers of Bangladesh Agricultural University have resigned from their administrative posts demanding the step-down of its vice-chancellor Professor Dr Rafiqul Haque.

US embassy closed on Mar 26

The American Embassy, including its consular section, will remain closed on Thursday on the occasion of the Independence and National Day of Bangladesh.

Info on Salahuddin to be exposed soon: Hanif

Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday said the real information on the missing BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed will be unearthed immediately.

None to be transferred in 3 city corporation areas

Without consent of the Election Commission (EC), any service holder working in government and semi- government offices under Dhaka north, south city and Chittagong city corporations areas cannot be transferred.

World News

World’s first Otaku Summit begins

Japan opened what organisers are billing as the world's first "Otaku" summit Saturday, drawing visitors from around the world as the country looks to boost the international fan base for Japanese comic books and anime.

Major 7.7 quake jolts Papua New Guinea

A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.7 struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, official monitors said, and a tsunami warning was issued soon after.

Diplomats, UN staff flee Yemen as Houthis target Aden

Saudi Arabia’s navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen and the United Nations pulled out international staff on Saturday after a third night of Saudi-led air strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters.
Residents reported heavy clashes between the Houthis and mainly Sunni tribal fighters in the south of the country, while the Saudi-led air campaign sought to stall a fresh offensive by the Shia Muslim group on Aden from the east.

Agra lawyers want Taj declared a Shiva temple

Six lawyers in Agra have moved the Civil Court with the prayer to declare Taj Mahal a Shiva temple. The lawyers have made Lord Agreshwar Mahadev a party in their suit to claim the ownership of Taj Mahal.

Saudi allies launch air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters

Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on Thursday, officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the US-backed Yemeni president had taken refuge.

Yemen's President Hadi asks UN to back intervention

Yemen's President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has asked the UN Security Council to back military action by "willing countries" against the Houthi rebels.

US Successfully Test Fires Intercontinental Ballistic Missile In California

The United States successfully test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile on Monday from a facility in California, the U.S. Air Force announced in a statement. The unarmed missile was equipped with a “test re-entry vehicle” instead of a live thermonuclear warhead.

Booker Intl prize finalists announced in South Africa

The finalists for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize were announced in Cape Town on Tuesday, with 10 authors from around the world contending for the 60,000 pound prize.

Yemen militia heads south as civil war looms

Yemen’s Shia militia sent reinforcements south and clashed with local fighters on Monday after the United Nations warned the country is on the brink of a protracted civil war.

Section 66A: India court strikes down 'Facebook' arrest law

India's Supreme Court has struck down a controversial law which allowed police to arrest people for comments on social networks and other internet sites.

Sports

Starc becomes top-ranked ODI bowler

Mitchell Starc has soared to No.1 in the ICC bowlers' rankings in ODIs following a stellar World Cup campaign, where he was the leading wicket-taker and player of the tournament. Australia, with their fifth World Cup title, also retained the ODI shield having finished as the No.1-ranked side at the time of the April 1 cut-off date.

Vettori announces his retirement

Daniel Vettori's departure marks the end of an era that began in February 1997, when at 18 he became the youngest man ever to make his Test debut for New Zealand. His one-day debut arrived the following month.

Shakib to play two matches for Kolkata Knight Riders

Bangladesh Cricket Board has issued all-rounder Shakib al Hasan the No Objection Certificate to participate in the eighth season of the Indian Premier League starting next week.

Bangladesh target consolation victory

Bangladesh will be looking to forget the bitter memories of their twin defeats against Syria and Uzbekistan when they take on India today in their third and final AFC Under-23 Championship Group E Qualifier.

What did we learn from World Cup 2015?

The tournament was a success. Good weather, big crowds, a final contested by the two host nations: the 2015 World Cup showed cricket in a good light. Positive batting and high scoring rates have improved the spectacle but reduced the tension.

Tiger Woods drops out of world's top 100

Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world's top 100 golfers for the first time in his career.

N Srinivasan: The shamelessness of the tainted Indian cricket administrator

He was kicked out of BCCI for his controversial role in IPL match fixing. Yet being the ICC chairman he just did handover the World cup trophy in Melbourne. And, that he did through bypassing the ICC constitution and hierarchy. India.com did report on November 25, 2014 on his reckless controversies bearing exactly the same headline

Emotional Australia triumph at last!

The trophy has been held aloft and, after a six-week journey, Australia are crowned World Champions. The emotion briefly welled up again in Michael Clarke when he paid tribute to his Philip Hughes.

ICC chiefs voice support for Associates

In the next World Cup the top eight will qualify. Nine and ten will play qualifying along with six Associates, so the Associates will still have a meaningful chance to enter the World Cup in its next edition.

ICC announces Team of the World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the team of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with Brendon McCullum as its captain.

Why Starc was named Player of the Tournament?

The left-arm pacer combined pace with swing to make for a potent combination that went through the defences of most batsmen in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Clarke dedicates World Cup win to Phillip Hughes

Michael Clarke, who scored 74 in Australia's fifth World Cup triumph on Sunday, said the late Phillip Hughes was the 16th member of the squad throughout the tournament.

Young Australia suggest years of dominance ahead

Lehmann and Clarke's likely successor Smith have the sort of firepower to ensure they need only score a moderate amount of runs to remain at or near the top of world cricket for at least the next five years.

McCullum's dream turns to nightmare

The man who had asked New Zealand to dream big, had a nightmare start. Mitchell Starc showed why he is the undeniable bowler of the tournament, aided no doubt by Brendon McCullum's desire to instantly stamp himself all over the match.

Entertainment

Emon-Mim together once again!

The onscreen pair of Emon and Mim has signed for yet another film. The information has been confirmed by the producer of the film, Prince. Apart from the lead characters all other crew of the film is to come from India.

Angelina Jolie named top feminist icon

Actress-director Angelina Jolie has been named Britain’s top feminist icon.
The 39-year-old actress topped the poll for her campaigning against rape as a weapon of war in her role as United Nations Special Envoy, beating off competition from iconic women’s rights activist Germaine Greer.

Arnob’s new venture

Shayan Chowdhury Arnob is getting ready to release renewed music since his 2012 Tagore cover “Adheko Ghume.” The new album titled “Khub Doob” is expected to launch just in time for the upcoming Pohela Boishakh.

Priyanka Chopra, Fawad Khan to pair up for Reema Kagti’s ‘Mr Chaalu’

After being roped in for Karan Johar’s ‘Kapoor and Sons’, Fawad Khan seems to have bagged yet another Bollywood biggie.

Films bind nations together: Amitabh Bachchan

Underlining the importance of cultural exchange through cinema, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan says films play a major role in bringing nations together.

Kareena Kapoor turns down 'Nach Baliye 7'?

According to a source, Bollywood superstar Kareena Kapoor Khan has reportedly turned down an offer to judge Nach Baliye 7, as she has no plans to venture to the small screen. A source was quoted in the report as saying that producer Ekta Kapoor was on the hunt to finalise the fourth judge for the show and she had her eyes on the glamorous 'Heroine,' Kareena.

Ruhee talks about the 'Glamour'ous voyage

A film is a long journey, and once it is completed, you can look back and understand how it has evolved through numerous odds. Things were not working out with the production house under which the film was supposed to be made.

Katrina Kaif: We have a mandir at our home

Katrina Kaif has come a long way to become India's most glamourous and sought-after star. She has not just learnt how to speak Hindi, but can today read Devanagari.

From Liverpool to Bollywood

Five years ago Amy Jackson was a British teenage model without acting experience or any knowledge of Hindi. Now she's a star of Indian cinema with two lives - one in the UK, where she's barely known, another in India where she's mobbed by fans wherever she goes.

Science & Technology

Microsoft signs deal with BCS to promote genuine software

Microsoft Bangladesh Pvt Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS) to promote 'genuine software'.

Google Doodle marks Independence Day of Bangladesh

World's most-used web search engine Google has created a doodle marking the 45th Independence Day of Bangladesh.

China Develops World's First Hydrogen-Powered Tram

As the world’s biggest polluter, China may have earned its reputation as the big bad wolf of greenhouse gas emissions. That being said, officials left many with their mouths open recently after their rare admission that they are aware of the negative impacts emissions have on global climate, which could threaten the country’s infrastructure projects, crop yields and environme

First step taken toward anti-aging drug

A small step toward anti-aging goal has been achieved with a new study, which acts upon a certain genetic pathway to boost immune function in the elderly.

Robotic sea Turtle to conduct underwater tasks

Researchers have created a prototype ‘smart’ maneuvering robotic turtle for conducting under water surveys and hazardous missions and tasks that are too dangerous for humans.

‘GhostSwimmer’ drone developed that looks like a shark

It is the latest offering in what the U.S. military calls its science-fiction-turned-reality projects: the GhostSwimmer, a reconnaissance robot with an exterior shell built to look a lot like a shark cutting through the ocean depths.

3D Shapes can be seen and felt in Mid Air

Scientists have invented a new method of haptic feedback using ultrasound, which creates 3D haptic shapes in mid-air that can be seen and felt.

Controlling fire: When did we start?

Researchers working with artifacts uncovered from a cave in Israel reveal that humans only began using fire habitually 350,000 years ago in the Middle Pleistocene. The findings, published in the Journal of Human Evolution this month, could also help explain certain aspects of our anatomical evolution over the last few million years.

Grab an animated pic from a YouTube video

Using the new tool on the Google-owned video site, user can grab a portion of the video turn it into a looping silent mini-clip saved as a GIF file.

Want to clone your dog for $100,000

Since 2006, a controversial biotech lab in South Korea called Sooam has been offering cloning services for the meagre sum of $100,000 (£64,000); some would say their companions are priceless. The company was founded by trained veterinarian and scientific researcher Woo Suk Hwang who has a rather shady history.

'Largest asteroid impact area' found

Scientists in Australia have discovered what they say is the largest asteroid impact area ever found.

Apple Watch app lets you monitor the Australian property market

For all those house hunters who have spent countless weekend mornings chasing the rental dream, attending record-breaking auctions or selling your prize possession, this app is designed to give you the tools to make it easier on the run. You can search and view property information and photos using your geolocation, as well as receive notifications regarding property inspection availability times.

Life

Extending life: ways to live past 100

The dream of living forever permeates human culture. Mythical tales of immortals are found everywhere from the Greek myths and alchemist's notebooks to modern movies and futuristic science-fiction books. As the science of aging progresses, scientists have made tremendous progress in extending human life

Safety Tips for Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is an activity in which people jump from a structure far above the ground, such as a bridge, while they are attached to a bungee cord. The sport is said to have originated in the South Pacific on Pentecoste Island, where natives jumped from bamboo towers with vines attached to their legs.

Here you go Banana lovers!

Bananas are found through out the year. Whenever you crave for bananas, you can easily get that from the nearest store. But have you ever thought of the health benefits? Here are some reasons why bananas are the best fruit at the grocery store.

Things Men find Unattractive in Women

Sad but true. Women aren't attractive every time. There are certain times when girls lose their attractiveness. No beauty, no hotness can regain that again!

Make healthy dishes with sausages

Sausage fans will agree that they are best eaten just the way they are. If you're a sausage addict you know you can't stop at one. Nut of you're looking for a healthier change, here's what you can do.

Pre-wedding trial makeup, it's important

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. As much time you spend for trying out your wedding outfit and checking out matching jewellery, it is equally important to go for a test run with your makeup artist too.

How Google can plan your healthy meal!

Type apple vs orange in your google web browser and you instantly get the nutritional information of these fruits, displayed side by side in a chart.

Ponytail no more just a workout hairdo

The ponytail is an effortless way to style your hair when you hit the gym or when you experience a bad hair day. But you can make it sleek and sport it at parties or even in the workplace.

Drinking coffee could cut death risk

Researchers have said that consuming two or more cups of coffee each day reduces the risk of death from liver cirrhosis by 66 per cent, specifically cirrhosis caused by non-viral hepatitis.

How divorce affects your pets

Divorce affects everyone involved, not just the couple themselves, but their family, friends and colleagues. Whilst you will be aware of the repercussions for families and their children, often one family member is forgotten amidst the fighting.

Removing your smokey eye makeup

Practicing your smoky eye? There’s a good chance you’ll end up with some sort of pigment falling below your lower lashline.

Do-it-yourself hair: Pin Curl Twist

Ever had the problem of wanting to look classy and elegant yet not want to spend a considerable amount of time behind your hair? Most of the girls have been in your place.There is a proposition. Try out the Pin Curl Twist. With a few (and only a few) key products and styling tools, you can quickly give yourself a salon-worthy 'do. And hey, if you hate it, try a different one -- at least you haven't blown 60 bucks and a hour of precious time on it.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Nothing works better as a comfort food and food that celebrates a snugly weather the way slow cooked meals does.

TidBits

Exorcism or an Iron Maiden concert?

If you are a hardcore metal fan then you’d be familiar with the moves this “possessed” woman pulls off during her “exorcism”. It’s quite evident that there’s a metal-head demon inside her.

It's my Body, I decide whether to Show or Not!

A girl is mature enough about her dressing sense. Of course her body is her’s. It’s her choice which body part she want to show in public or not. People can’t have control over other body and mind.

British Airways flight forced to land due to 'smelly toilet'

The pilot announced that the long haul flight had to be aborted, after cabin crew were unable to prevent the pungent odour emanating from an overflowing toilet.

Sangakkara centuries will not go into record books!

ICC announced yesterday at a press briefing that the 4 back-to-back ODI Centuries scored by the Sri Lanka’s Star Batsman Kumar Sangakkara during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup will not be treated as a legitimate record. But why?

Delhi Minister ‘touches wife’s feet’ daily

Delhi’s Women and Child Development Minister Sandeep Kumar grew up in Sarangthal village in Haryana, the state with the country’s lowest female sex ratio in the 2011 Census. He can claim to have come a long way.

The man who leads with no limbs

The man standing before the stadium-sized crowd held the attention of thousands, in part because of humorous, yet moving, speech about the power of hope. But also because he was standing there at all.

Helping the homeless

In 2010 Veronika Scott was a design student with a bright idea to help the city's homeless: a coat which turns into a sleeping bag - which she wanted to employ homeless people to make.

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