Politics

Voting in Magura-1 continues amid tight security

The voting started at 8am on Saturday and will end at 4pm.

Khaleda pays homage to Zia

The BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday paid homage to late president and the party founder Ziaur Rahman marking his 34th death anniversary.

272 arrested in Ctg

Chittagong district police in separate special drives arrested 272 people including 18 Jamaat-Shibir activists.

Body of AL leader found in Magura

Police recovered the body of an local Awami League leader from a pond at Shattabanpur village in Sadar upazila on Saturday morning.

Mandatory attribution before Hasina's name proposed

A pro-Awami League group of citizens on Friday proposed that a title, Deshratna or 'Jewel of the nation', should be used before the name of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

Khaleda must listen to grassroots BNP leaders

Khandaker Mahbub Hossain has urged Khaelda Zia to listen to grassroots leaders and activists instead of depending on the suggestions of central leaders.

This reception due to countrymen: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the receiption accorded to her is due to the countrymen.

Shibir leader arrested in C'nawabganj

Gomostapur Thana police arrested one Shibir leader from Chowdala Bridge.

BNP hopes PM Hasina will consult Khaleda Zia before Modi’s visit

The BNP hopes Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will ‘consult’ Chairperson Khaleda Zia before setting the agenda of discussion with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit.

Begum Zia has lost right to do politics: Inu

Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu today said BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia has lost the right to do politics as she burns people alive.

HC to decide on Niko case proceedings against Khaleda in mid June

The High Court will deliver its decision in mid of June on whether the trial proceedings of Niko corruption case against of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will run at the lower court.

Court permits police to grill BNP leaders Rizvi, Dudu at jail gate

A court has allowed police to interrogate BNP leaders Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and Shamsuzzaman Dudu at jail gate, rejecting the pleas for their remand.

BNP welcomes Modi’s visit

BNP today welcomed the upcoming maiden visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will be landing in Bangladesh on a two-day state trip on June 6.

Bangabandhu's family entitled to facilities

The members of Bangabandhu family would get security round the clock at their government and personal residences.

Business

Govt won't export mango, to help private sector to do: Matia

Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury today said the government itself will not export mango but help the farmers to do.

JS Budget session begins June 1

Budget session of the 10th Jatiya Sangsad (JS) will begin on June 1 at 5 pm.

MPs want involvement in budget-making

The current practice of formulation of the budget remains a bureaucratic exercise that offers members of parliament (MPs) no scope to bring major changes other than rubberstamping the budgetary proposals.

Govt to boost rice purchase

The government plans to increase the procurement volume of rice during the current Boro season in a bid to raise selling prices.

Biman to see profits after five years

Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the country's flag carrier, is on track to log in profits this fiscal year, putting an end to its five-year loss-making streak.

TCB to sell sugar, edible oil, pulse thru' dealers by June 1

The sugar would sell at Tk 43 per kg, a liter of open soybean oil at Tk 98 and a liter of bottle soybean oil at Tk 120, pulse at Tk 103 per kg.

Negotiations on to secure $3bn Reliance investment

Bangladesh is hoping to secure its biggest ever foreign investment in the infrastructure sector, as negotiations are under way with Indian conglomerate Reliance Group for a $3bn power project.

No fair price for farmers, no growth

The country's economy is dependent on farmers, readymade garments workers and migrant labourers. Among them, the farmers are in the worst condition.

Power, energy sectors likely to get double allocation in budget

The power and energy sectors are likely to receive a double allocation in the upcoming budget for development for fiscal 2015-16 than the current fiscal.

Banks asked not to hold woman employees after office hour

All the banks have been asked not to hold the woman employees after office hour, which ends at 6pm.

Govt orders Krishi Bank to stop giving loans for non-agricultural purposes

The government has ordered Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB) not to disburse loans for non-agricultural purpose, as those taking it have not paid them back.

Bangladesh plans to earn $1 billion from ICT exports by 2018

The government has plans to earn $1 billion by 2018 from information and communication technology exports, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak says.

National

Modi compares land boundary deal with fall of Berlin Wall

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has compared the settling of the land boundary deal with Bangladesh as the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Man commits suicide in Ctg police custody

A man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in police custody this morning

Zia's death anniversary being observed

The 34th death anniversary of late President Ziaur Rahman is being observed through various programmes on Saturday.

Day care center for female judges’ children

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs minister Anisul Huq on Saturday said the ministry will work from Sunday (May 31) to provide the Day Care Center facilities to the children of the female judges of the country.

Customs seize 150 cartons of contraband cigarettes at airport

Customs Intelligence officials seized 150 cartons of illegal foreign cigarettes and detained a passenger from Malaysia.

'SSC pass rate would go higher if there was no hartal-blockade'

Prime Minister on Sarurday said that the pass rate would go higher if there was no hartals and blockade during the examinations.

292 overseas students pass in SSC exams

As many as 292 students of eight foreign centres have come out successful in the SSC examinations this year.

None from 24 institutions passes SSC, equivalent exams

Students of 24 schools and madrasas under five education boards out of 10 boards failed to come out successful in this year's SSC and equivalent examinations.

1,11,901 students get GPA-5 in SSC exams

A total of 1,11,901 students got the highest Grade Point Average (GPA-5) in the SSC and equivalent examinations.

Male students outnumber female counterpart in SSC

The male students have outnumbered their female counterpart in terms of pass rate in this year's SSC or equivalent examinations.

7 fishermen abducted from Sundarbans

Pirates kidnapped seven fishermen from Joymonir area in the Prasur River in the Sundarbans under Mongla upazila of Bagerhat district on early Saturday.

Paddy, rice procurement drive begins in Narsingdi

Boro paddy and rice procurement drive has began in the district from May 21 amid much enthusiasm among the farmers and millers.

DMP bans carrying firearms around JS

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has imposed a ban on carrying firearms, explosives and other harmful objects as well as holding any kind of rally and procession around Sangsad Bhaban.

Construction of NBL tower does not have BB approval

The construction of the 12-storey NBL Twin Tower at Karwan Bazar was started allegedly without necessary approval from Bangladesh Bank, according to a source of the central bank.

5095 schools achieve 100 pc success in SSC exams

A total of 5,095 educational institutions achieved 100 percent pass rate in this year's SSC and equivalent examinations.

Shamsul Hoque Khan School of Demra ranks first

For the last time, Education Ministry has published the list of top schools in SSC results. From now on, the ministry will not make any list of top ranked schools.

Schoolgirl gang raped in Munshiganj

A schoolgirl was allegedly raped by some miscreants on Thursday night at Nayangar of Gajaria in Munshiganj.

Cell phone sets worth Tk 20 cr seized at Dhaka airport

Customs officials on Saturday seized 7,000 mobile phone sets worth Tk 20 crore at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Saturday.

Pass rate, GPA go down

A total of 87.04 percent students passed the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations this year, which was 91.34 percent in 2014.

6 held for teasing Gazipur medical students

Police in a drive arrested five construction workers and a contractor for teasing a number of female students.

World News

Tripura CM praises Bangladesh's role against militants

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Friday praised Bangladesh for its active role against militants in the state using its territory.

Teacher hanged for sexually abusing 26 girls in China

China's top court said it has executed a primary school teacher found guilty of raping or sexually abusing 26 girls.

Myanmar, Bangladesh agree to address ‘root causes’ of migrant exodus

Myanmar and Bangladesh, the departure points for thousands of boat people, agreed Friday to address the "root causes" of a migration crisis.

Malaysia finds 139 graves at ‘cruel’ jungle trafficking camps

Malaysian authorities have found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than two dozen squalid human trafficking camps

Beautiful Mind' mathematician killed

US mathematician John Nash, who inspired the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, has died in a car crash with his wife, police said.

Russia bans 'undesirable' NGOs, sparking international outcry

Non-governmental organizations working in Russia awoke Sunday to a new reality -- that they operate now under a law that allows the government to prosecute them on the grounds they are 'undesirable.'

Penang a possible site to house Rohingya migrants

Northern states in Malaysia, including Penang, have been identified as possible locations for the temporary settlement of Rohingya migrants, said Khalid Abu Bakar.

Saudi Arabia: Suicide bomber strikes Shia mosque

A suicide bomber has attacked a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, causing casualties, state media say.

Bush is more hated than Stalin

George W Bush has gone down in history as one of the world's most evil people, just behind Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden.

Clintons earned $25m delivering 100 speeches

Hillary and Bill Clinton have earned at least $30 million since January 2014, including more than $25 million for delivering about 100 speeches.

Sports

Mamat wins Bangladesh Open

Veteran Singapore golfer Mardan Mamat capped a dominant performance over the four days to win the inaugural Bangladesh Open by two strokes in Dhaka on Saturday.

Tigers' hopes lie with spin

Prior to the final round of the Bangladesh Cricket League, which came to an end last week, there were a few concerns for the selectors.

Pakistan seal the series

Azhar Ali scored his second ODI hundred - both as captain - to seal only their third successful chase of 250 or more in the last four years. This was Pakistan's first series win in two years.

Sepp Blatter, Prince Ali vie for leadership

Members of soccer's world governing body, FIFA, will votefor their new president amid a corruption scandal that has rocked the organization and led for calls for the dismissal of Sepp Blatter.

Dalmiya thanks Mustafa Kamal for attending IPL final in Kolkata

Jagmohan Dalmiya warmly thanked former ICC president and Bangladesh Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal for witnessing the IPL final match.

Mamat in complete command

Mardan Mamat consolidated his lead in Bashundhara Bangladesh Open as Dulal Hossain’s title hopes in his home course of Kurmitola faded after the third round today.

We will vote: Salahuddin

With the whole world glued to the FIFA headquarters in Zurich for the last two days ever since the football's governing body was rocked by the arrest of its seven officials by the Swiss police

Chanderpaul no longer good: Holding

Holding said that Chanderpaul, who has managed 183 runs in his last 11 innings at 16.64, was no longer good enough to be picked for West Indies.

Indian umpires not respected: Taufel

Simon Taufel has expressed disappointment at the general perception prevalent not just among fans but importantly also among the Indian players that the Indian umpires were not meeting global standards.

Relation normal between BCB, BCCI: Kamal

Former International Cricket Council and Bangladesh Cricket Board president AHM Mustafa Kamal informed that the relation between the BCB and the Board of Control for Cricket in India is “normal”.

Zimbabwe face stiffer test without Chigumbura

While the line-up is holding steadier, everything they seem to be able to do, Pakistan are doing better and Zimbabwe may have reached the point where they are wondering how good they have to be, to be good enough.

Two friendlies a wonderful opportunity: De Kruif

Bangladesh head coach Lodewijk de Kruif termed the two upcoming Fifa international friendlies against Singapore and Afghanistan a wonderful opportunity to test all his players.

Dulal hits flawless 63, Mardan takes lead after 2nd day

The little known local boy Dulal Hossain rose to the occasion and shot a sparkling 8-under 63 to take fifth position trailing clubhouse leader Mardan Mamat of Singapore by three shots after the second day at the Bashundhara Bangladesh open.

Dulal’s scintillating 8-under

Bangladesh’s professional golfer Dulal Hossain stormed to fourth position on the Bashundhara Bangladesh

Entertainment

Reasons why she is anything but 'stupid'

Many actors are adopting the vegan way of life. Actors like Aamir Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor and Vidya Balan have already adopted the diet and the latest to join the bandwagon is Alia Bhatt, states a source.

Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ breaks Vevo record

Taylor Swift’s latest single “Bad Blood” has garnered 20.1 million views in just 24 hours, setting a new Vevo record.

Is Anushka Sharma not yet paid for ‘Bombay Velvet’?

In the light of Anurag Kashyap’s magnum opus ‘Bombay Velvet’ severely underperforming at the box office, a lot of questions are being raised about the director’s commercial viability and whether the film itself was a disaster in the making from the start.

Bombay High Court allows Salman Khan to travel to Dubai

In yet another relief to Bollywood actor Salman Khan, the Bombay High Court Tuesday allowed him to travel to Dubai to perform at an award ceremony.
Vacation judge Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi while allowing the actor imposed certain terms and conditions. The judge first asked him to furnish his entire travel itinerary of three days – May 27 to May 30.

Shahid Kapoor feels lucky to be working with ace directors

Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor, who has been keeping busy with his work commitments and preparations for his impending marriage, is extremely happy that he is getting to work with ace directors like Vishal Bhardwaj, Vikas Bahl and Abhishek Chaubey.

Aishwarya voted as best dressed at Cannes

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is the winner when it comes to best-dressed Indian beauties at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

New political drama Grandmaster goes on air

Grandmaster, a brand new political drama serial went on air yesterday on Channel 9. Written by Shahjahan Sourov and directed by Dipankar Dipon, the political TV serial captures the daily lives of a the politically connected family and the numerous incidents surrounding its members.

Elita’s debut solo album hits market

Although Elita’s distinctive presence has been felt for more than a decade in the country’s music scene but what the fan most missed is an entire record with her name carved on it. Her musical career started off in 2002 with a song title “Mithya,” for which she collaborated with Black on their first album Amar Prithibi. And after being in the industry for 13 years, Elita’s self-titled, debut album finally came out yesterday.

Despite all odds: Mahiya Mahi

The stunning Mahiya Mahi is going stronger than ever in the film industry. Her latest film, Warning, was very well received by the audience and it shows the love her audiences have for her.

Movie Review: VALOBASHA SIMAHIN

Jayed Khan (Raj) and Porimoni (Shimana) were in love with each other since childhood. Also living in the same community is Anisur Rahman Milon, whose father moved into Porimoni's area because of his job. Both families maintained a good rapport and in order to strengthen the bond, they arranged to have Milon marry Porimoni.

Science & Technology

BASIS joins in Japan IT Week

A delegation of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) took part in the 25th Japan IT Week held in Tokyo from May 13-15.

80pc Bangladesh internet users on Facebook

According to the BTRC, law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the amount of internet abuse in the country is less than 10 percent.

World Telecommunication, Information Society Day tomorrow

Observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe tomorrow with the theme - "Telecommunication and ICTs: Drivers of Innovation".

Earth's capacity to absorb carbon dioxide has gone up: Study

About half of the emissions of carbon dioxide each year remain in the atmosphere; the other half is taken up by the ecosystems on land and the oceans.

Facebook and IBM team up to make it easier for big brands to target you with ads

"Some of the clients we have, it's the who’s who. This allows Facebook to jointly collaborate with IBM on some of the marquee clients around the world," Deepak Advani, general manager for IBM Commerce, said in an interview with Mashable.

Samsung launches Artik platform to power future drones and wearables

The ARTIK 5 is the mid-range processor of the three — about the size of a quarter — and is meant to power devices like smartwatches and drones. It has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of DRAM and 4 GB of flash memory and has Wi-Fi, bluetooth and video encoding capabilities.

Google's first Apple Watch app puts the news on your wrist

Another thing that stands out is the absence of any Apple Watch screenshots of the app's weather data, which on the iOS version of the app is culled from Weather.com. When we tested the app on an Apple Watch, no weather data was presented and the app was only listed as a "news" app.

Life

Make breakfast interesting with these options

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but more often than not, we tend to skip it.

Why positive feedback works

Sherry Finkel Murphy keeps folders in her email that might initially appear strange if you were to peruse them.

Desserts to go for while on a date

Here are a few sweet options that you can try out. Enjoy the recipe.

The perfect guide to choose your travel menu!

The chance to sample different cuisines from different parts of the world can be as exciting as seeing the Eiffel Tower or the Northern Lights.

How to fill in thin eyebrows

A pair of well-done eyebrows can instantly change your features. If you have thin, barely-there eyebrows, we show you how to fill them, without overdoing it.

How to get rid of sweaty feet

Come summer, and sweaty feet become a common problem with many of us. Follow these simple tips to keep stinky feet at bay. While washing your feet, use an antibacterial soap. Dry the feet completely, making sure you dry the area between the toes. Fungi and bacteria can develop between the toes if the area is not dried completely.

Glam up the high ponytail

Whether it's the sleek style or the soft, girlie one, it is easy to look glamourous with the many options of the ponytail.

Best techniques to handle stress

Routine seems comforting, but you are at no peace at work amidst meetings, never-ending deadlines, house chores (have I switched off the gas? Has my kid finished his homework?) and least of all while commuting. And just like that - stress builds into our lives. While a little stress may be helpful, too much stress can have a severe effect on you. To help you ease out, we give you a few techniques, which will help you reduce stress - the smart way.

Say no to tanning this summer

Tanning is inevitable this summer even if you choose to cover up completely or plan to use a sunscreen.

Get rid of fading mehendi quickly

The wedding season is here and the mehendi ceremony is now a big part of not just north Indian, but south Indian weddings as well. While henna-laced hands are a vital part of the festivities, not many people like the smell of mehendi and the way it looks once it starts fading a few days later. If you are one of those, don't fret. Here's how you can safely and quickly remove mehendi.

Simple-to-follow Ayurvedic tips to fix digestion

With the fast-paced lifestyle that we lead, indigestion is one problem we all encounter. Bloating, headache, unexplained chest pain, lethargy are all signs of a sluggish digestive system. But that doesn't mean it is an issue beyond repair. If you follow these four simple Ayurvedic rules, you can eliminate roadblocks to a near-to-perfect digestive system.

TidBits

Around the World in Eighty Days in real life!

Being inspired by classic adventure novel Around the World in Eighty Days, two French pilots have gone on a world tour.

List of Top 10 Heroes And Villains Of World History

The students, who had an average age of 23, were asked to give their opinions on 40 figures and significant events throughout world history. This is according to the opinions of almost 7,000 students from 37 countries.

Disney princesses come to life

Ever fantasized to see the beauties of the Sleeping Beauty, Princess Jasmine and Belle in real life? If they existed in real life how would they look?

Amazing reply from a little girl who got yelled at

A little girl was throwing stones at her neighbors’ back door. When they caught her, they told her off hoping she wouldn't do it again.

Girls' cancer photo goes viral

The photo is striking: three little girls, each bald from chemo treatments to battle a different type of cancer, leaning into each other with their eyes closed.

World’s oldest newlyweds!

Two elderly lovebirds from East Sussex are set to become the world's oldest newlyweds when they tie the knot in June.

Dolphin turns pink when gets emotional

Stunning images have surfaced of an elusive albino dolphin that can change colour from white to pink when it is emotional.

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