Politics

Police carried out arson attacks: Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today claimed that policemen carried out the arson attacks during the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s anti-government movement earlier this year.

BNP leader inaugurates power connections in AL minister’s programme

In a rare display of political bonhomie, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal let a BNP leader inaugurate power connections for 20 villages in his electoral constituency.

Frustration looming in BNP grassroots as no drive to reinvigorate

Frustration and discontent have gripped the BNP rank and file as they see little hope for the party to rebound and thus force the government to go for a fresh national election.

Mostafa Kamal calls for healthy politics

Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal today called upon all to shun politics of conflict and work together for national development.

Suranjit urges Khaleda to discard Jama'at

Awami League Advisory Council member and former minister Suranjit Sengupta today urged BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia to return to the democratic politics severing ties with Jama'at-e-Islami.

Bringing Tarique to be delayed for complexities

The government will not be able to bring BNP Senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman to Bangladesh immediately as he sought political asylum to United Kingdom (UK) government.

Court to decide about Maya's ministership : Dr Kamal

Refraining from making any comment over the ministership of Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, senior lawyer and politician Dr Kamal Hossain on Friday said only High Court can take right decision about matter.

AL unwilling to quit fearing trial: Khaleda

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday said the ruling Awami League (AL) does not want to relinquish power as its leaders fear trials given the way they are involved in killing and corruption.

BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi gets bail in four cases of violenc

The High Court has granted interim bail to BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi in four cases of violence.

36 Patuakhali BNP leaders face sedition charge

Two separate sedition cases have been filed against 36 BNP leaders including district BNP general secretary MA Rob Miah in the district.

Business

Stock market closes for Eid

Share trading and official activities at Dhaka and Chittagong Stock Exchanges will remain closed from July 15, 2015 to July 20, 2015 for holidays of "Eid-ul-Fitr".

Banks to remain open July 11

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has advised the country’s all scheduled commercial banks to keep open their branches on July 11 (Saturday) to facilitating the payment of salaries and bonuses of ready-made garment (RMG) workers.

Bangladesh finalises long-term oil import deals

Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) has finalised long- term contracts with 13 companies, including Malaysia's PETRONAS, for refined oil products, starting from the second half of this year at a lower price than is prevailing in the market now.

Transactions cross Tk 420cr

The value of the total number of daily transactions through mobile financial services (MFS) has crossed Tk 420 crore in May for the first time since the launch of the service in 2011. “After negative growth in April this good news.

Fake notes at ATM booths: What to do

With Eid approaching, people all over the country are withdrawing money from banks and ATM booths. Generally, the validity of notes issued from banks and booths are ensured.

GP post-paid users facing network problems, ghost charges

Grameenphone’s post-paid subscribers are facing severe network problems and being surprised with ghost charges because of what the telecom operator says is a system upgradation.

Inward remittances cross 15b USD

Bangladesh received over 15 billion US Dollar in inward remittance, marking the highest growth ever, during 2014-15 fiscal year.

15 groups seek restructuring of Tk12,500 crore loan

Fifteen large business groups that have defaulted repayment of Tk12,500 crore loans have applied for restructuring their debts under a Bangladesh Bank policy issued in January to aid top defaulters on grounds of prolonged political crisis.

National

Rab rescues abducted boy, detains 7 in Dhaka

Rapid Action Battalion rescued an abducted teenage boy and detained seven kidnapers in a drive launched at Aga Sadek Road in Bangshal area of Dhaka last night.

ACC fails to prove 58pc cases at trial stage

The Anti-Corruption Commission has failed to prove 58 per cent of its cases at the trial stage in courts for various reasons, including political pressure, flawed investigation and kickbacks, last year.

Housewife killed by husband for dowry in Benapole

A housewife was strangulated to death allegedly by her husband for dowry at Goira village here on Friday night.

BSF court 'acquits' Ghose in Felani killing case

The General Security Forces Court or GSFC of India's Border Security Force has upheld a previous court of inquiry verdict absolving its trooper Amiya Ghose of murder charges.

Bernicat describes Bangladesh- US relations as indispensable

Marking the 239th anniversary of America's independence, US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat in a statement said the relationship between America and Bangladesh is vibrant, multi-faceted, and indispensable.

6 fake DB persons arrested in city

Rapid Action Battalion-3 arrested six fake Detective Branch (DB) personnel from Dakshin Khan Area in the city yesterday (Thursday).

China offers assistance to upgrade Shahjalal Airport

As the government has decided to construct the third terminal at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA), China has offered its assistance for its expansion and modernisation works.

Miscreants cut Chandpur schoolgirl’s throat

Miscreants cut the throat of a schoolgirl as she came out of her residence to respond to the call of nature at Badarpur village in Matlab South upazila early Friday.

Teesta flowing above red mark

The water of Teesta River was still flowing 20 centimetres (cm) above its danger level in Nilphamari district as of Thursday afternoon due to the onrush of water from the upstream.

4 killed in Tangail road crash

At least four people were killed and one other injured as a bus rammed into a battery-run easy bike in Tangail Sadar upazila this morning.

Jubo Dal man shot dead in Netrakona

A Jubo Dal activist was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Ananda Bazar area in the district town on Thursday night.

2 youths found dead in Malibagh

Police today recovered bodies of two youths from a multistoried building in Dhaka’s Malibagh area.

40% girls skip school during menstruation for poor toilet facilities: ICDDB

A new icddr,b research reveals that over 40 percent of girls skip school three days on an average each month during their menstruation because of poor toilet facilities in the country.

2 found dead in city’s Mouchak Tower

Two employees were found dead in a office room of Mouchak Tower in city’s Siddeshwari Circular road on Friday.

World News

IS affiliate in Egypt claims rocket attack on Israel

A group affiliated with Islamic State has said it fired three rockets into Israel from Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

US Supreme Court rules gay marriage is legal nationwide

The US Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States.

Indonesia seeks to quieten noisy mosques during Ramadan

Indonesia has set up a team to investigate complaints that its mosques are too noisy.

Suicide blast at Kuwait mosque kills 13

A suicide bomber blew himself up during Friday prayers at a Shia mosque in the Kuwaiti capital, killing at least 13 people, and in an unprecedented attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

9 dead in Alaska sightseeing plane crash: police

A sightseeing plane crashed in southeast Alaska Thursday killing all nine people onboard, US police said.

Kurdish militia wants Syrian rebels to lead attack on Islamic State HQ

The YPG has emerged as the only notable partner on the ground to date for the U.S.-led alliance bombing Islamic State in Syria, and has fought several successful campaigns against the jihadists with air support.

NATO says won't be dragged into arms race with Russia

Ministers are expected to agree to further increase the size of NATO's rapid response force to 40,000 personnel. They decided in February to more than double it to 30,000 soldiers, airmen and sailors from 13,000.

Sports

Bangladesh face South Africa in 1st T20i tomorrow

Motivated Bangladesh, after a successful series against Pakistan and India, will take on visiting South Africa in the 1st T20i of the two-match series scheduled to be held tomorrow (Sunday) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here.

Bangladesh Tigers face toughest test at end of long season

Two teams with little in common are meeting at crossroads, one side coming to an end of a successful period, the other beginning a long journey.

No room for fear: Mashrafe Mortaza of Bangladesh

Bangladesh T20I skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has urged his players not to think about the side’s previous records against South Africa and play fearless cricket in the upcoming series.

Making the most of now: Bangladesh cricket team

Bangladesh cricket team’s overall record against South Africa is lop-sided to say the least, joint-worst with just one victory from 24 international matches so far.

Argentina ‘desperate’ for trophy: Lionel Messi

Argentina's Lionel Messi says his star-studded team are "desperate" to mark their status by winning the Copa America final against hosts Chile.

Tigers to receive bonus today

Finally, the Bangladesh cricketers will receive their promised bonus for their performances in the 2015 ICC World Cup and the bilateral home series’ against Pakistan and India.

Cricket fans clash with police in Narayanganj

At least 10 supporters have been injured in a clash with police and security personnel at Fatullah Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Cricket Stadium in Narayanganj.

Tigers to rely on spinners

The Bangladesh team management sat for a long meeting on Thursday. Nothing was said to the media, but it could be assumed that the meeting had talks about using the spin department to the fullest against South Africa. Many believe that is the only way to succeed against a team like the Proteas.

Entertainment

Shraddha getting ready to rock

She has crooned soft numbers in the past, but now actress Shraddha Kapoor is ready to take her singing passion to another level as she is training in rock music for her next film “Rock On 2”.

Razzak is recovering

'Nayak Raj' Razzak is recovering from his serious breathing problem. After being hospitalised last Friday and being put on life support for a few days, there were serious concerns – but the actor recovered yesterday, beginning to breathe normally.

Hema Malini hurt, child killed in road crash

Mumbai movie star-turned politician Hema Malini was injured in a fatal road accident in Rajasthan on Thursday night that also left a minor killed.

Mumbai high court to hear Salman Khan's appeal July 13

The Bombay high court adjourned the hearing of Salman Khan's appeal against his five-year sentence in the 2002 hit-and-run case on Wednesday. The hearing will now take place on July 13.

Sonam steady through ups and down

Sonam Kapoor's career graph has witnessed quite a few hits and flops ever since the actor joined Bollywood in 2007, but the 30-year-old is known for keeping her composure through rough times.

Hope to make space for indie film distribution at MAMI: Kiran Rao

Superstar Aamir Khan‘s director wife Kiran Rao, who has been appointed as the chairperson of the MAMI film festival, hopes to create a market for independent film distribution at the event.

World Wide rights of Akshay Kumar’s ‘Namastey England’ sold for Rs. 75 crores

Earlier we had reported that Vipul Shah would be seen collaborating with Akshay Kumar for the sequel to the popular film ‘Namastey London’, titled ‘Namastey England’. While a sequel had always been on the cards, we hear that the makers of the film have already locked a deal for the film’s worldwide distribution.

Science & Technology

Google to launch Android One smartphone July 14

Google will soon be launching a new Android One smartphone in India on July 14, and will be priced almost double the original Android One’s price.

Robi launches Wi-Fi services at Dhaka College

Robi Axiata has launched a Wi-Fi zone in the educational institution Dhaka College.

Facebook to share advertising revenue with video creators

Facebook is to start paying some video creators for uploading their clips to the platform.

Google apologises for Photos app's racist blunder

Google says it is "appalled" that its new Photos app mistakenly labelled a black couple as being "gorillas"

VAT withdrawn from e-commerce

The government has withdrawn the proposed value added tax (VAT) from e-commerce following the requests of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS).

National science and technology week kicks off

The 36th National Science and Technology Week and Science Fair kicked off at National Science and technology Museum -2015 here today to create an opportunity for young scientists to display their inventions at national level.

‘Cyber security act to rob freedom of speech’

The government formulated the cyber security act 2015 to rob people of their freedom of expression.

Goldberg brings new mobile brand

Bangladeshi Mobile Handset producer Goldberg brings new flagship products in premium series through an inaugural ceremony at Basundhara City on Saturday.

eBay-PayPal breakup set for July

US online giant eBay said Friday its board approved the planned spinoff of its PayPal online payments unit, which will trade as an independent company July 20.

Google opens News Lab to sharpen journalism skills

Google on Monday launched an online lab where journalists can learn or sharpen Internet Age reporting skills.

Twitter to let users follow live events, not just people

Twitter's mobile app will show both pre-scheduled events and breaking news events, Buzzfeed said.

Apple mines big profits from Watch band

If bands designed by outsiders take off, that may make a dent in sales of Apple's own accessories. But having a stylish array of bands to enhance the appeal of the watch is most important, experts say - the extra revenue for Apple is just a fringe benefit.

Minister for exploring potential of mobile technology

State Minister for ICT Junaid Ahmed Polok has urged all concerned to explore the advancement of latest mobile technologies to avail the utmost benefit out of it.

Life

Poor sleep may make you more impulsive

Sleep deprivation may put you at increased risk for succumbing to impulsive desires, inattentiveness and questionable decision-making, says a study.

Recipe: Ice cream cake with Oreo cookies

Here's something that you can't let your hands off. A mouth-watering dessert in the form of an ice cream cake with Oreo cookies, I bet you wouldn't want be interested in the main course.

Recipe: Cheesy chicken burger

A quick chicken sandwich or burger is ideal when you are pressed for time and do not want to compromise on quality and taste

Strobing is the new contouring

Master the art of getting a glowing, sculpted face with one simple technique that is popular online.

What your make-up says about you?

Your make-up actually makes a great difference to your personality and the way people perceive you.

Is microwave cooking bad for you?

Yet it is the fastest, easiest and cleanest way to heat food and bake or grill, which is perfect for young and working adults. So true or false - radiation from microwave cooking negatively affects food and its surroundings? We ditch the myths and confirm the facts on microwaving food.

Drinking excessive water may be fatal

Drinking excessive water is not good for your health as this weakens the ability of the kidneys to excrete excess water load and sodium in the body becomes diluted. This leads to swelling in cells, which can be life-threatening.

Sugary drinks kill 184,000 people every year

Sugary drinks cause 184,000 deaths worldwide annually, including 25,000 deaths in the United States.

Healthy munch: Broccoli Tikki recipe

A crispy and delicious teatime/evening snack or can also be served as a starter/appetizer to any meal. Best served warm with chutney or sauce of choice.

Handy culinary uses of lemon you must know

Lemons are a healthy flavour enhancer and the citrus fruit has a host of benefits too. Here's what to do with them...

Five unusual tips to staying fit

You want to get fit. But don't want to join the gym as you aren't comfortable exercising with others.Here are five tips to transform yourself without going to the gym.

TidBits

What's the Rainbow flag issue?

The rainbow flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements in use since the 1970s.

People Who Were Paid To Show Their Unusual Looks To The Public

During the past centuries, people who were born with unusual malformations or features, they very probably earned their living by showing themselves for the public in circuses. Their look was so scary and unbelievable for the people back then, that they paid happily to see these “creatures”, as they referred to them. Take a look at these 4 individuals who were side show workers and had to tolerate people looking at them for fun…

Samsung attached giant TVs that show the road ahead

Samsung attached giant TVs to the back of semi-trailers so that drivers can see the road ahead before trying to pass.

Unexpected and Unusual

It has been said that a person who finds a true friend has found a priceless treasure. These unexpected and unusual animal friendship will make you amazed.

What the heck is this! (Video)

They say that dog is “man’s best friend” but that’s not a sentiment that’s shared by all other animals. From monkeys to horses, we’ve all seen more than a few YouTube clips of various animals getting very chummy with humans.

"Human Ken doll’ dies months after being diagnosed with cancer

A young man known as the ‘human Ken doll’ died of complications from leukaemia five months after being diagnosed with the disease.

No more Bruce Jenner : Meet Caitlyn Jenner

Bruce Jenner said goodbye to his former male identity on the cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair, posing for a stunning photo shoot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz and sitting down for an emotional interview.

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