JCD leader shot in ‘gunfight’ with cops

A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader was shot in an alleged gunfight with police at Moghbazar in Dhaka today.

Fakhrul’s bail extended again

The High Court has again extended time by more than three weeks for BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to surrender before trial court.

PM’s speech unexpected, regrettable: BNP

BNP today said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s allegation blaming BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami behind the killing of two foreigners is unexpected and regrettable.

BNP blames govt for foreigners’ murder

The governments’ lack of good governance is to be blamed for the recent murders of the two foreign nationalities, a BNP spokesperson said today.

BNP for judicial probe into UGC official’s death in Rab custody

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) today demanded judicial inquiry to find out the nature of University Grants Commission (UGC) official’s death in Rab custody.

Fakhrul gets bail

The CMM court in Dhaka on Tuesday granted bail to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a case filed for his ‘derogatory’ comments about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her party Awami League.

22 Jamaat men arrested in Ctg

Chittagong district police in overnight special drives arrested 22 activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir from Satkania upazila on Saturday night.

Cancel medical admission results: BNP

The BNP has asked for cancellation of the medical admission results published on Sunday.

Hold polls before time runs out, Mahbubur urges govt

BNP standing committee member Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman today urged the government to hold an inclusive parliamentary election soon saying time for solution to what he termed “the existing political impasse” is running out.

120 arrested in Chittagong

Police in overnight special drives arrested 120 people, including two activists of Jamaat-e-Islami, from different upazilas of Chittagong district Friday.

Khaleda's trial in Barapukuria graft case to continue

The trial of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Barapukuria coal mine graft case will continue as the High Court rejected her petition that was filed seeking the court's directives to scrap the case proceedings.

JS membership of ASM Feroz legal: HC

The High Court today declared that holding the office of Member of Parliament by Chief Whip ASM Feroz is legal.


2016 to be year of progress for capital market

The calendar year 2016 will be the year of advancement for the capital market of Bangladesh. But it needs a stable atmosphere in the country.

Govt firm to include DRR into national policies: Tofail

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said on Wednesday that the government is committed to incorporate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into all national policies to promote safer investment and resilient market.

Bangladesh sees spurt in domestic economic activity: WB

The World Bank says South Asia, including India, will be the fastest-growing region in the world, with GDP growth projected to go up from 7 per cent in 2015 to 7.4 per cent in 2016.

Export growth in Q1 lowest in 5 years

Bangladesh’s export earnings in the first quarter of the current fiscal year posted 0.83% growth, the lowest in last five years due to slow performance of the largest RMG sector.

BTRC close to appoint consultant for 4G launch by 2016

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has finalised a short-list of consultants for spectrum roadmap and setting price as the government wants to introduce 4G mobile broadband service next year.

Inflation rises slightly in September

The inflation rate in September saw a slight rise at 6.24 percentage point from 6.17 in August, mainly due to increased economic activities during the Eid ul-Azha.

US must play fair on GSP and trade deals with Bangladesh

The prime minister is right to have commented during an interview with Voice of America that there is no logical reason why the US government has not reinstated GSP trade facilities for Bangladesh.

ECNEC approves national data centre project

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved a Tk1,516.91 crore project to ensure maximum use of ICT in government activities.

BTRC inks deal with CA firm for Grameenphone audit

The BTRC yesterday signed a deal with a chartered accountants company for conducting a second time audit of the market’s leading mobile phone operator Grameenphone.

BB press conference Wednesday

Bangladesh Bank will hold a press conference at its conference room on Wednesday afternoon to brief the media on ‘Banking Fair Bangladesh 2015’.

Inflation rises to 6.24% in Sept

The inflation rate in September increased slightly to 6.24 percentage point, up from 6.17 percentage point in August last, mostly due to the increased buying trend during the holy Eid ul Azha.

ADB extends loan for Bangladesh water project

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has decided to provide fresh loan to Bangladesh to expand a water project in south-west area that has sharply increased agriculture production and benefited around two lakh people, including landless farmers and women, says an ADB news release.

13.4 million prepaid power meters to be installed

Five state-owned power distribution companies are planning to install 13.4 million prepaid meters over the next five years, replacing most of the existing conventional meters.


DU Kha unit admission test Friday

The first-year honors admission test under Kha-unit of the Dhaka University for 2015-2016 session will be held from 10am to 11am Friday.

Tribunals evoke interest: Minister

Various countries have expressed interest in Bangladesh’s war crimes tribunal experience, Law Minister Anisul Huq has said.

2 die in Gaibandha crash

Two people have been killed and five others injured in a road accident in Gobindaganj upazila in Gaibandha district on Thursday.

Cricketer Shahadat on 3-day remand

A Dhaka court today placed suspended national cricketer Shahadat Hossain on a three-day remand in a case filed for torturing his 11-year-old domestic help.

Mina stampede: Death toll now 63

The death toll of Bangladeshi pilgrims from the Mina stampede has risen to 63, Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh President Mohammad Ibrahim Bahar said today.

RU BCL leader lands in jail for robbing

A leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League, ruling Awami League backed students’ organisation along with his accomplice were sent to jail on Thursday for snatching in Rajshahi University campus on Wednesday evening.

Tight security ahead Durga Puja in Ctg

Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) have started taking preparations to make full security arrangement to ensure smooth holding of upcoming Durga Puja, the major religious festival of the Hindu community.

BRTA deputy director’s wife murder suspect lands in jail

A Dhaka court today sent to jail KM Zahirul Islam Palash, the prime accused of killing wife of BRTA deputy director and college teacher Krishna Kaberi Biswas.

Inu points finger at BNP-Jamaat for murder of foreigners

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu says he suspects the BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami might have a hand behind the killing of two foreigners in Bangladesh.

'Local criminals involved with Bandarban abduction'

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said local criminal groups are involved with the abduction of two tourists and their guide who went missing in Bandarban.

BSF kill Bangladeshi at Shibganj border

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) troopers have gunned down a Bangladeshi man near Fatehpur frontier in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj.

PM inaugurates 7 projects

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated seven projects, including three power stations in Ashuganj.

JnU teachers to take admission test

Jagannath University teachers have decided not to boycott Friday’s scheduled admission test after a request from the academic council.

World News

Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel Literature prize

Belarusian writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich has won the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature.

China anxious over alleged US plan to challenge island claim

Beijing is expressing serious concern about a reported US plan to challenge China's South China Sea territorial claims by sailing a Navy ship near one of its newly built artificial islands.

Lawmakers in Kashmir punch colleague for serving beef

Lawmakers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist party in Kashmir have kicked and punched an independent member of the state assembly for hosting a party where he served beef.

India man eyes record with 26-foot-high car

Indian car designer Sudhakar Yadav has attempted to set a second Guinness record by building what he hopes will be the largest car in the world.

Missing hotelier Ranjit Power: India sent 'wrong body' to UK

The daughter of a British businessman thought to have been murdered in India says the body Punjab police have sent to the UK is not her father's.

Chemistry Nobel: Lindahl, Modrich and Sancar win for DNA repair

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded for discoveries in DNA repair.

Russian missiles 'hit IS in Syria from Caspian'

Russia has launched rocket strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria from its warships in the Caspian Sea, 1,500km (932 miles) away, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu says.

Makkah-Jeddah train every 10 minutes

There would be trains between Makkah and Jeddah every 10 minutes once the Al-Haramain high-speed railway project is completed.

Neutrino scientists win Nobel Prize for Physics

Japan's Takaaki Kajita and Canada's Arthur B. McDonald won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics for their discovery that neutrinos have mass, the award-giving body said on Tuesday.

US cargo ship missing in Bermuda Triangle

A giant US cargo ship with 28 Americans and five Poles aboard disappeared in the hurricane-tossed Bermuda Triangle, and the Coast Guard says there’s no sign of what happened to it.


Would Australia have pulled out of an India tour?: Chappell

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell said he believed the decision might have been a "little different" had a similar situation arisen ahead of a tour to India.

Liverpool confirms Jurgen Klopp deal as manager

Jurgen Klopp will sign a three-year contract to become Liverpool's manager on Thursday after agreeing in principle to join the club, sources have told ESPN FC.

Ferguson was my football father: Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has voiced his admiration for former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and has described the Scot as his "footballing father".

Messi to stand trial for tax fraud in Spain

Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi and his father will stand trial on tax fraud charges, a court in Spain has said.

Fifa suspends Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini and Jerome Valcke

Fifa has provisionally suspended its president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke and vice-president Michel Platini for 90 days.

Lionel Messi tells Sergio Aguero to wear his No. 10 for Argentina

Sergio Aguero will adopt the No. 10 shirt for Argentina while it is left vacant due to the injury of its usual wearer, Lionel Messi.

Zimbabwe likely to arrive for Test series next month: BCB

The Bangladesh and Zimbabwe cricket boards have “agreed in principle” to shift the dates of Zimbabwe's tour of Bangladesh.

Thinking about Test return: Mashrafe

Mashrafe Mortaza played his last Test was in July 2009 in which he had been captain as well. While his fitness remains a constant worry, Mashrafe is optimistic that a return to Test cricket isn't far away.

Tendulkar-Warne exhibition T20s in November

Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar will captain opposing teams in a three-match T20 exhibition tour of the USA next month, titled "Cricket All-Stars Series 2015", will feature more than two dozen retired internationals from other Test nations.

Cuttack incident insulted the values of cricket

Play was held up for more than 50 minutes during South Africa's chase after spectators, largely from one section of the stadium, began throwing plastic bottles onto the field.

Bangladesh AFC U-19 Qualifiers hope ends

Bangladesh finished as runners up of Group A in the AFC Under-19 Championship qualifiers despite suffering a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Uzbekistan at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

47 associate cricket coaches learn trade at SBNS

The six-day long Asian Cricket Council “Level 3” coaching programme concluded at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The programme, third of its kind, was conducted by International Cricket Council Asia.

Women’s Cricket: Bangladesh end Pak tour with frustrating note

Bangladesh Women’s Cricket team completed their Pakistan tour with a frustrating note losing all the four matches after conceding a six wicket defeat in the 2nd and last ODI match at the Southend Club ground in Karachi on Tuesday.

Bilal Asif reported for suspect action

Pakistan offspinner Bilal Asif has been reported for a suspect action following the third ODI against Zimbabwe in Harare.

Messi's absence no excuse for Argentina - Mascherano

Javier Mascherano has called upon his Argentina team-mates to pull together and move forward in the absence of Lionel Messi.


Emon and Shokh join forces

TV screenwriter Faruq Hossain was lost at sea a couple of months ago while on vacation, and was never heard from again. While chances of his return remain bleak, a tele-film he wrote two years ago is being made, with Emon and Shokh pairing up on screen for the first time for it.

Spelling Bee Season 4 premieres tonight

The season four of The Spelling Bee Enlightened by Summit will premiere on Channel i tonight at 7:50pm. The first episode will feature contestants from Rajshahi and Khulna divisions and from Viqarunnisa Noon School &College, Dhaka.

Shooting wraps up for Dolchhut Projapoti

The final lot of shooting for the TV series “Dolchhut Projapoti”, directed by Arif Khan and starring Kalyan, Nawsheen and others, wrapped up on Monday. The series has already aired 88 episodes on ntv.

Katrina finds working with Ranbir 'difficult'

They might be loved for their on- and off-screen chemistry, but actress Katrina Kaif does not find it easy working with rumoured boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor as she feels acting with known people seems forced.

Moutushi Biswas in Humayun Ahmed's Krishnapokkho

Television actress Moutushi Biswas is spending busy times with her upcoming feature film “Krishnapokkho”. Based on Humayun Ahmed's novel of the same title, the film is being directed by Meher Afroze Shaon.

Farooki on APSA Jury board

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki has become the first Bangladeshi to take the juror's position at the Asia Pacific Film Awards, to be held next month in Brisbane, Australia. He will be joined on the board by Chinese academic Zhang Xianmin, Malaysian filmmaker U-Wei Bin Hajisaari, Russian writer-director Alexei Popogrebsky and Iranian actress Negar Javaherian, and the jury will be headed by co-founder of the Busan Film Festival, Kim Dong-ho.

Who is new outing companion of Karan?

After wrapping up the London schedule of 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil', director Karan Johar and actress Anushka Sharma have landed in Paris.

What are Abhay and Diana’s plans for `Happy Bhaag Jayegi`

Abhay Deol in a pathani suit and Diana Penty pondering over something in an ethnic attire with sneakers on -- that 's the first visual impression of a new film titled 'Happy Bhaag Jayegi.' Krishika Lulla of Eros Now shared the first look of the film on Twitter recently.

Irrfan gaga over Meghna

Irrfan Khan's next film 'Talvar' is already creating a buzz in the international film festival circuit. The film was recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and Irrfan has been praised for another impeccable performance. The film is based on the infamous Noida double murder case, where Irrfan plays the role of a CBI Officer.

Mim and Soham set to wrap up Black

Earlier this year, Dhallywood starlet Bidya Sinha Saha Mim paired up with Tollywood star Soham Chakraborty for the movie Black. This Indo-Bangla production is close to wrapping up the shoot, after completing filming a few final songs this month.

Ranaut starts preparing for Rangoon

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who will be soon seen in Vishal Bhardwaj's “Rangoon”, has already started preparing for her role in the movie.

Priyanka Chopra to appear on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Actress Priyanka Chopra, who plays an FBI agent in her international debut TV show "Quantico", will now be seen on popular American late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", created and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

My mother is hale, hearty: Raveena

Actress Raveena Tandon has laughed off an ‘obituary’ that a newspaper carried of her mother, whom she says is ‘hale and hearty.’

Ranbir, Deepika at their optimum in Tamasha trailer

The rocking duo -- Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are back on the silver screens with ace filmmaker, Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha.Treating the ocean of fan following with their best, Deepika and Ranbir are great to watch in the trailer together.

Alia Bhatt keen to learn from Shah Rukh Khan

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, who would be seen alongside Shah Rukh Khan in Karan Johar’s upcoming film, says working with the superstar would be a great learning opportunity for her.

Sonam doesn`t bow down to cyber bullying

Sonam Kapoor drew Twitterati’s ire earlier this month when she called India a ‘3rd World nation’ because of ‘the intolerant misogynistic close minded few,’ but the actress says nothing will ever stop her from expressing her thoughts on social media.

Kajol to take hygiene message to UN General Assembly

Bollywood actress Kajol will be attending the United Nations General Assembly and Global Citizen Festival in New York next week, where she will be advocating the importance of a hygienic environment.

Bipasha-Afzal-Mahfuz in “Kobita Sundor”

For the first time the television audience will see Bipasha Hayat, Afzal Hossain and Mahfuz Ahmed together in a single episode play, “Kobita Sundor”.

SC clears way for releasing, screening Rana Plaza movie

The Supreme Court today cleared the way for the releasing and screening of the Rana Plaza movie based on the rescue of garment worker Reshma 17 days after the Rana Plaza collapse.

Sussanne Khan to marry Hrithik Roshan`s friend?

Sussanne Khan - is planning to remarry, reports suggest. According to the latest buzz, Sussanne may marry one of Hrithik’s close friends.

Richi Solaiman plays Rubi Roy`s role

In last Eid, popular TV actress and producer Richi Solaiman was appeared on the screen to act in several plays/telefilms. In Eid-ul-Azha, she has acted in few numbers of works.

PM provides Tk 5 lakh for Lucky Akhand's treatment

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has provided Tk 5 lakh for the treatment of ailing veteran singer and artiste of war-time radio station Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra Lucky Akhand.

Deepika is so beautiful that I will wait all my life for her:Ranveer Singh

Ranveer Singh may not have officially made public his love for Deepika Padukone yet but there is no denying that the actor is absolutely smitten by his gorgeous co-star.

Nothing wrong in being a house husband: Arjun Kapoor

He plays a house husband in “Ki and Ka” opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan and actor Arjun Kapoor says he completely endorses the idea of a spouse supporting his ambitious wife. “There is nothing wrong being a house husband and I do believe there is something right about it.

Science & Technology

Blue sky and Red ice found in Pluto

A tiny frozen world three billion miles away from the sun isn’t the place where you might expect to find a brilliant blue sky, but that’s exactly what NASA’s New Horizons team has discovered on far-off Pluto.

Facebook unveils 'dislike' button, but there's a catch

Facebook has finally unveiled its much speculated “dislike” button, but there is just one catch- it not a button but six new emoji, each representing their own feeling.

Mobile number portability by Feb: Tarana

Mobile phone users, by February, will be able to keep their current number even if they switch from one operator to another, Minister of Telecommunication Division Tarana Halim said today.

Facebook plans satellite in 2016

Facebook is to launch a satellite that will provide internet access to remote parts of Africa, the social network's founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced.

Biometric SIM re-registration from November 1

All mobile phone operators of Bangladesh will start re-registration of SIM cards following biometric method on pilot basis on November 1.

Robi-Airtel merger gets primary approval

The Bangladesh telecom regulator has primarily approved the request for merger of Robi and Airtel.

SIM owners’ fingerprint collection: Pilot project begins Nov 1

Mobile phone operators will launch pilot activities on November 1 to collect fingerprints of all SIM card holders as part of its re-registration process across the country.

Robi-Airtel merger another step closer to reality

Robi and Airtel have formally applied for permission to merge their operations from the telecom regulator, a move that will turn the combined entity into the second largest mobile operator after Grameenphone in Bangladesh.

Nasa finds evidence of liquid water on Mars

Liquid water has been observed on the planet Mars, the US space agency Nasa said Monday. Scientists have long believed that water once flowed freely across the red planet and was responsible for forming its valleys and canyons.

Skype service taken offline by network problems

A problem with Skype's status system has meant many people are currently unable to use the service.

BTRC scraps permits of 33 ISPs

The telecoms regulator has scrapped permits of 33 internet service providers (ISP), including Asia Next, Drik Photo Gallery and Taliba ICT Limited, for not renewing their licences in time.

Using too much Wi-Fi can trigger headache

The term electromagnetic hypersensitivity or gadget allergy, is ascribed to a range of non-specific symptoms like headache and fatigue apparently due to heavy use of wireless communicating devices

Pirated software of Microsoft recovered from Flora Telecom

The law enforcement agencies in a recent drive have recovered 69 laptops installed with pirated software of Microsoft from Flora Telecom and nabbed two persons in this connection.


Tips to fight obesity and lose weight

Obesity is one of the most serious risk factors and medical conditions behind most lifestyle diseases today; it is eating into the young and old alike.

Healthy seeds for weight loss

Boost your energy levels and get great skin and hair by including pumpkin, hemp, flaxseeds, chia seeds and sesame seeds in your diet.

Essential healthy cooking tips

Healthy cooking involves cutting down on excessive carbohydrate components and fats from the meals you prepare at home.

Beat the blues with these fresh healthy juice

Juices are full of vitamins and minerals and they not only refresh a tired body but also provide an energy boost.

Tempting acts for your honeymoon checklist

When newly married couples plan for honeymoon, they fail to fondle the memorable moments due to nervousness. Couples take time to know the partner. While you are packing your bags for honeymoon, yet not planning what to do to make this a life-time attainment, you will regret!

Exercise improves fertility in women

Exercise and weight loss improves ovulation in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common hormone disorder that often causes infertility, a new study says.

Mother's malaria can affect memory in offspring

Malaria infection during pregnancy may result in learning and memory related problems in offspring, suggests new research.

Relax! Coffee won't make heartbeat go haywire

People who like drinking coffee can safely continue to have it, at least in moderation, without the risk of developing atrial fibrillation -- a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate, suggests new research.

Garden play time must for kids to prevent obesity

Young children in three to five age group with no access to green and open places are at a higher risk of developing obesity by the time they turn seven, researchers report.

'Smart' chocolate may slow brain loss in the elderly

A novel chocolate made of dietary cocoa extract can promote brain health and prevent age-related neuro-degenerative disorders like Alzheimer's in the elderly, scientists have determined.

Virus in cattle linked to breast cancer in women

Researchers have established for the first time a link between the bovine leukemia virus (BLV) and human breast cancer.

Yoga can improve arthritis symptoms and mood

Practicing yoga improves physical and mental wellbeing of people living with arthritis, a painful joint disorder for which there is currently no cure, new research has found.

Scientist uses sound waves to control brain cells

In a first, an Indian American researcher from Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California has developed a new way to selectively activate brain, heart, muscle and other cells using ultrasonic sound waves.

Reasons you aren’t burning enough fat

Trying your best to burn all that extra fat but but not quite achieving your target? Here are some tips that will give your metabolism a boost and increase lean muscle mass.

How to make chocolate at home

Chocolates can be made at home. It may not taste like the Swiss or Belgian variety, but it will still silence those friends who snigger about your culinary abilities. The best thing about making these yummies at home is that the ingredients are easily available and the methods are very simple. CT has listed four such recipes. Enjoy!

Low cal Recipe: Sausage Pastry Roll

Use sausages high in lean meat to keep the fat down in this pastry. Enjoy the recipe!!

Recipe: Sausage Scramble

Want to try something healthy and delicious for breakfast? Try out this easy to make recipe.


Bangladeshi Nadiya wins Great British Bake Off

Nadiya Hussain, a mother of three from Leeds, ended up baking a real showstopper on Wednesday's final of the 'Great British Bake Off'. Prime Minister David Cameron will not be disappointed for putting his money on this Bangladesh origin woman.

Youngest Parents of All the Time

Here are true stories from worlds all time youngest parents. Ever thought of a baby, becoming dad of a baby? Yes. Nothing is impossible in this world! Read the stories of few remarkable young parents.

The Real-Life Jungle Girl

Born in Africa to French wildlife photographer parents, Tippi Degré had a most unusual childhood. The young girl grew up in the African desert and developed an uncommon bond with many untamed animals.

The "Hamba Night": A Flop Cow Fashion Show?

Yes, literally, a fashion show for cows, organised by Danish Dairy received harsh criticism on social media after videos showed cows being paraded and auctioned on a ramp, in the build-up to Eid-ul-Azha.

The 'Usain Bolt' tortoise sets world record!

Bertie, from Adventure Valley in County Durham, covered 18ft (5.48m) in 19.59 seconds and appears in the new edition of the Guinness Book of Records.

3-year-old boy shocks the world

The images of the boy in a red T-shirt and tiny sneakers face down in the surf of a Turkish beach, gave a haunting human face to the tragedy of thousands dead at sea.


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