Politics

Annisul to cast vote in Banani, Khokon in Nazirabazar

Annisul Haque, Awami League (AL)-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), will cast vote at Banani Bidya Niketan School and College center on Tuesday.

Tabith seeks security from EC

BNP-supported candidate of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) candidate Tabith Awal sought his personal security from election commission (EC).

No scope for deviation from neutrality, CEC to polling officials

No one will be spared if found guilty of playing a biased role and being callous in performing his or her duty.

Govt not cooperating with EC: BNP

BNP alleged that the government is not cooperating with the Election Commission (EC).

PM to vote at Dhaka City College center

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will cast her vote in the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) polls at Dhaka City College polling centre on Tuesday.

Take revenge thru’ ballots: Khaleda

20 party alliance has taken the city polls as a test case for the government and Election Commission.

Mayoral candidate Mahi B Chy comes under attack

Mahi B Chowdhury, the Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) polls, was injured when unknown miscreants attacked his car in Tejgaon area of Dhaka early today.

BNP upset, yet trying to ‘hold nerve’ ahead of polls

Though worried at the repeated attacks on its chairperson’s motorcade, ‘continued arrest of party leaders and activists and threat to its prospective polling agents’, BNP is preparing to strongly stay in the election race facing what its leaders say all the odds and obstacles.

Give voters a chance: EU

The European Union has asked Bangladesh’s political leaders to create “favourable conditions” for a free, fair and peaceful city polls.

Give me chance to resolve city's crises: Annisul

Annisul Huq today appealed voters to elect him in the upcoming election.

Letter sent to Khaleda for ‘violating electoral code’

The returning officer of Dhaka North City Corporation today sent a letter to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia accusing her of violating the electoral code of conduct.

Khokon seeks vote violating election code

He called upon the worshipers to vote for his hisha fish symbol.

`Tabith barred from mosque'

BNP-backed Dhaka North Mayor candidate Tabith Awal was allegedly barred from entering a Tejgaon mosque for Jumma prayers since the state minister for home affairs would pray there.

Deploying army in city polls is an eyewash: Afroza Abbas

BNP-backed Dhaka South mayor aspirant Mirza Abbas’ wife Afroza Abbas has criticised the election commission’s move to keep army as a ‘reserve and strike force’ during the Apr 28 city polls.

Business

Private hospitals charge high treatment cost: Muhith

The Finance minister said health tourism in the country will not foster unless private hospitals operating here lower their treatment costs.

No share trading on Apr 28

Trading and official activities at Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) will remain closed Tuesday for Dhaka North, Dhaka South and Chittagong City Corporation Elections.

Stocks rebound ahead of city polls

Stock market rebounded on Monday after suffering a straight fall on Sunday ahead of elections to the three city corporations in Dhaka and Chittagong.

Many marginal women become money-makers through chicken farming

More than 8,500 poor and extreme poor households most of them are women have developed 214 chicken rearing societies in 17 upazilas of Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Natore and Pabna districts.

BB Chief Economist for trimming savings bond interest rate

Bangladesh Bank (BB) Chief Economist Biru Paksha Paul opined to reduce rate of interest of savings bond to boost up loan flow in private sector.

Stocks nosedive ahead of city polls

The country's stock market suffered a straight fall on Sunday ahead of elections.

Bumper litchi production likely in northern districts

A bumper production of litchi is likely following excellent growth of the tender fruit in the orchards amid favourable climatic condition this season in the northern districts, officials and experts said.

Export subsidy demands soar

Bangladesh Bank has sought Tk 2,600 crore from the government as the final tranche of export subsidy.

BB’s dollar buying continues amid slow import

Bangladesh Bank purchased US dollars worth $264 million in the first 23 days of this month with $48 million on Thursday.

India, Bangladesh agree on coastal shipping

India and Bangladesh has finalised a draft agreement on coastal shipping to allow river vessels to carry cargo between the two countries.

Our oceans worth $24 trillion: WWF

Ocean assets such as fisheries, shipping lanes and tourism are worth $24 trillion and produce an annual value of $2.5 trillion from their outputs, says a latest report by the conservation group World Wide Fund (WWF).

DSE index ends week in red

Key share price index at the country’s premier bourse, Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSEX), lost 181 points this week as large caps got battered to hit the year’s low to close the week.

HSBC considers moving headquarters from Britain

HSBC says it is considering moving its headquarters from Britain in the wake of "regulatory and structural reforms" imposed after the 2008 financial crisis.

National

Judicial Service Pay Commission delegation calls on President

The delegation submitted the report of the Pay Commission.

Tremor jolts Bangladesh again

Mild tremors jolted Dhaka and many other parts of Bangladesh this afternoon a day into Nepal earthquake that killed 1,900 people.

GFI praises BD's moves on countering illicit financing

The Global Financial Integrity (GFI) praised Bangladesh's move on countering illicit financing.

Bangladesh opens Help Desk in Nepal

The Bangladesh embassy in Nepal has opened a ‘help desk’ for its nationals after a massive earthquake reportedly killed many in the Himalayan nation.

Carrying firearms banned

The government has imposed a restriction on exhibiting and carrying of any kind of licenced firearm.

Earthquake in Nepal shakes up Bangladesh

A major earthquake rocked Bangladesh, Nepal and India.

200MW to be added to national grid from April 27

The national grid would get 200MW from April 27 from Ashuganj Modular Power Plant while another 150 MW has already been added.

Three bikers killed in crash in Rajshahi while fleeing police

Three youths have been killed in an accident while trying to flee on a motorcycle to avoid being frisked in Rajshahi, police say.

World News

Sweets and soup vanish as Pakistan aims for halal export boost

Fruity sweets and packets of chicken soup that fall foul of halal laws are disappearing from Pakistan's shop counters as the country looks to clean up its Islamic food credentials to boost exports to rich Gulf states.

US sending disaster response team to Nepal: official

The United States is sending a disaster response team to earthquake-hit Nepal and has authorized an initial $1 million to address immediate needs.

Experts gathered in Nepal a week ago to ready for earthquake

Nepal’s devastating earthquake was the disaster experts knew was coming.
Just a week ago, about 50 earthquake and social scientists from around the world came to Kathmandu, Nepal, to figure out how to get this poor, congested, overdeveloped, shoddily built area to prepare better for the big one, a repeat of the 1934 temblor that leveled this city. They knew they were racing the clock, but they didn’t know when what they feared would strike.

Nepal earthquake: Rescue effort intensifies as death toll crosses 1,800

Rescue efforts in Nepal are intensifying after more than 1,800 people were killed in the country's worst earthquake in more than 80 years.

Earthquake: 3 die in Bangladesh

At least three people were killed in Tangail, Bogra and Pabna districts after an earthquake, followed by a shockwave, hit different parts of Bangladesh.

SKorea PM offers to resign over allegations

South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo has offered to resign after facing accusations of accepting bribes.

Japan train sets new speed records

A Japanese magnetic levitation train has broken its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h (374mph) in a test run near Mount Fuji.

British royal baby's first A to Z

From baby fashion to specially-minted coins, here is an A to Z on the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate's second child, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepare for their new addition to Britain's royal family.

Top Iraqi militant Ibrahim killed

Fugitive Iraqi militant leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former right-hand man to Saddam Hussein, has been killed, Iraqi media say.

N.Korea first lady appears in public for first time this year

North Korea's first lady has appeared in public for the first time this year as part of celebrations marking the birthday of the country's founding leader Kim Il-Sung, state media said Tuesday.

Sports

BCB announces 14-member squad for 1st Test

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 14-member squad for the first Test of the two-match series against Pakistan.

PM declares cash incentive of Tk 20m for cricketers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday announced to give Tk 20 million to Bangladesh cricket team.

Pakistan laid to rest in the lone T20

Tigers have sealed the lone Twenty-20 encounter against Pakistan by a huge seven wicket victory. A fabulous unbeaten 108-run partnership effort off 73 balls by Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahaman made a brisk propelled Bangladesh to the vicotory.

Real face Juventus, Barcelona take on Bayern in Champions League semifinals

Barcelona will have the chance to avenge their 2013 humbling by Bayern Munich after being paired with the Germans again in the Champions League semi-final draw on Friday which also pitted holders Real Madrid against Juventus.

Bangladesh under-19 edge South Africa

The win completed a comprehensive 6-1 series win for Bangladesh.

Nightmares for India in the upcoming series

Some Indian fans who would be rejoicing Pakistan's loss mustn't over celebrate as a red-hot Bangladesh side will next take on India in June for a Test and three ODI series.

Entertainment

Picture perfect: Asif Azim

One look at him, and you know that he portrays the image of the quintessential man. An ideal jawline and Greek god-like physique, Asif Azim is rightfully among the top 100 models in the world. The only Bangladeshi in the list, he has represented our country on a global platform.

Directors turn villains, is it the new trend in Bollywood?

Lately, Bollywood directors have been coming in front of the cameras, not for the role of a hero or a life saviour, but to play the roles that of the villains.

Manisha Koirala thanks PM Narendra Modi for support after quake

Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, who has her roots in Nepal, has thanked India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for quickly coming to Nepal’s help after the devastating earthquake.

Hema Malini excited about ‘promotion’ as grandmother

Veteran actress-politician Hema Malini is excited about her soon-to-come new role as a grandmother in real life. She has thanked her daughter Ahana for giving her an opportunity to move a step ahead in life.

Katrina Kaif: Not going to Cannes to set any trend

Katrina Kaif is ready to make her red carpet debut at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival, but the actress says she intends to enjoy the platform, which weaves cinema, fashion and beauty together, instead of fretting over her looks.

Sonakshi Sinha chills in Maldives

Actress Sonakshi Sinha was in Maldives for four days, and returned with 400 pictures! She has a penchant for photography and loves to travel as well. She had recently shared her travel bucket list and said that as a resolution, she would want to explore new places and different cultures.

Mamunur Rashid and Mili shares screen after 7yrs

A drama series is set to hit the television screen soon. The series named ‘Baksho Entertainment Desk Bondhi’ casts Mamunur Rashid and Farhana Mili. The actors were last seen together in Giasuddin Salim’s Monpura seven years ago.

Satyajit Ray film festival soon

A four day film festival on Satyajit Ray is to begin in the capital on 26th April. The event is being organized by EMK Center and International Academy of Film and Media. The film will feature two of the director’s finest work along with a tribute film to Subir Banerjee, the actor who played Apu in ‘Pather Panchali’ and a writing venture by Ray which is directed by his son Sandip.

Priyanka Chopra to produce a film for Parineeti

Parineeti Chopra, who has taken a break from films post Kill Dil and is waiting for the right script to come her way, might be back on the big screen with a movie produced by none other than her cousin, Priyanka Chopra.

Aishwarya Rai’s ‘Jazbaa’ to be showcased at Cannes 2015

Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai is making a comeback to the silver screen with Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Jazbaa’, which has already gone on floors.
The much-awaited movie will now be showcased at the Cannes Film Festival 2015, where Aishwarya is a regular feature at the red carpet. Director Sanjay Gupta took to Twitter to share this piece of news.

Science & Technology

Ex-NASA Engineer to Plant One Billion Trees a Year Using Drones

A start-up plans to help solve the world’s climate problems by using drones to plant forests of seedlings.

17 of Hubble's Greatest Space Images

The Hubble space telescope is 25 years old. It has been inspiring and astounding us by capturing previously unseen secrets from far-away galaxies, stars and black holes.

Six-month-olds are using mobile phones: Survey

More than one-third of babies are tapping on smartphones and tablets even before they learn to walk or talk, a US-based survey shows.

Interpol to assist Bangladesh in combating cyber-crimes

Interpol has assured Bangladesh of continuing need-based training support for the country’s police.

Pahela Baishakh on Google's doodle

Global internet giant Google has joined the Bengali nation to mark Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the first month of Bengali calendar. The search engine giant has put up a doodle on the occasion of ‘Nobo Borsho’ 1422.

Coloured Pluto comes into view

The New Horizons probe, which is bearing down on Pluto, has captured its first colour image of the distant dwarf planet.

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Life

Reasons why coconut oil is your best friend

The benefits of coconut oil are many. And we tell you how you can put this miracle oil to good use this summer.

Major hair issues men face

Let's accept it, even men need hair care and they also need to address their hair issues. Here are three main issues and how to handle them.

Reasons why women fail to lose weight

Almost all women feel they need to lose weight. They make resolutions, go on diets and try every new workout in town... yet their weight loss dreams boomerang. Experts pin down a few reasons.

India becoming world's body contouring capital?

India is fast emerging as the body contouring capital of the world due to the rising flow of foreigners for several body contouring processes that includes breast augmentation and lower body lifts, health experts said on Wednesday.

How to keep your ageing dog healthy

As your pet ages, he might be susceptible to several ailments. Hence, it is imperative to take proper care of your furry friend.

Employees with low self-control a security threat

Employees who have low self-control pose a danger that can be just as damaging as a hacker, says a study.

TidBits

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.

What If Animals and People Would Change Places

Very powerful set of cartoons that makes people think of how we live, how we treat animals (not just favorite home pet), it gives opportunity to imagine how would it be if we would change places with animals and feel what they might feel.

Seven unknown architectural wonders

We’ve all heard of the Coliseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. But what about the world’s undiscovered architectural wonders: the man-made marvels where most crowds don’t stray?

Australian small firms take to four wheels

Hairdresser Ep Weatherhead has a business that is going places.

She Asked Her Mom For A Sewing Machine and The Rest Was Awesome History

JoEllen Elam of Firefly Path has created intricate, one-of-a-kind gowns for clients over many years. We recently got to chat with her about her amazing creations and what inspires her to bring fantasy to life.

This Guy Can Speak 9 Languages Like A Native!

You find it hard to learn your mother language properly right? Meet Mr. Matthew Youlden who peaks nine languages fluently and understands more than a dozen more.

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