Politics

Nomination-seekers rush to MPs

Grassroots Awami League leaders fear interference by MPs in the selection of candidates for the upcoming union council polls despite a party directive against such meddling.

BNP schedules council

The BNP will hold its National Council on March 19, before a similar meet of the ruling Awami League.

Suspected Hizbut Tahrir operative held in Dhaka

Police have detained a suspected member of the banned Islamist outfit Hizbut Tahrir from Dhaka.

Govt conspiring to foil BNP council: Noman

The government is conspiring to foil the proposed council of the BNP by filing cases against party chief Khaleda Zia, Abdullah Al Noman has alleged.

Kader Siddique’s plea to contest by-polls rejected in HC

The High Court today upheld the Election Commission's decision that had cancelled the candidacy of Krishak Sramik Janata League President Abdul Kader Siddique for Tangail-4 by-polls.

Now I’m relaxed: Ershad

HM Ershad seems to be patting himself on the back after appointing his brother GM Quader as Co-chairman and Ruhul Amin Howlader as Secretary General of Jatiya Party.

AL MP Latif sued for distorting Bangabandhu’s portrait

MA Latif, the Awami League lawmaker from Chittagong-11 constituency, has been sued for distorting the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Former state minister’s home attacked

A group of miscreants has raided the house of former state minister Ahad Ali Sarker in Natore and beaten up his daughter and two sons-in-law.

BNP to hold council by March: Fakhrul

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today said the party’s national council would be held by March to strengthen its organisational activities across the country.

Annie denied bail in ACC case

A Dhaka court has turned down the appeal for bail by BNP leader Shaheed Uddin Chowdhury Annie in a case in which the Anti Corruption Commission has charged him with amassing wealth beyond known sources of income.

BNP to reorganise district units in Feb

The BNP has started reorganising its district committees ahead of the planned National Council next month.

Quader, Howlader ‘only’ JP spokesmen

Newly-made Co-chairman GM Quader and Secretary General Ruhul Amin Howlader have been made the new spokesmen for Jatiya Party.

HC order on Tarique’s mother-in-law petition Tuesday

The High Court will issue an order on Tuesday on Syeda Iqbal Mand Banu’s writ petition challenging a notice asking her to submit a wealth statement and a case over her failure to submit the statement.

Business

Bangladesh Railway cuts budget for foreign-aided projects

The Bangladesh Railway has cut almost 50 per cent of its budget for foreign-aided projects in the RADP as it is unable to spend total budget by the end of the current fiscal year 2015-16.

Financial health of SoBs not sound: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith finds the financial health of state-owned banks, especially big ones, not sound as they need to feed on gratuitous government funds to run.

Microsoft to provide internship for Bangladeshi youths

University students are going to have the opportunity to take internship in the world’s leading software company Microsoft for the first time in Bangladesh.

Maize farmers eye brighter future ahead

Maize cultivation can play a vital role in transforming traditional agriculture into commercial farming because of its multiple use and economic benefit.

RMG export earnings rise over 9 per cent in seven months

The country’s export earning from the apparel industry has seen a 9.12% rise to $15.76 billion in first seven months of the current fiscal year, thanks to political stability and safety standard.

Tax act must be easily readable, understandable: Law Minister

Law Minister Anisul Huq has underscored the need for an easy read and understandable tax act for rural people with least ability to pay their minimum taxes.

Netherlands to provide Tk150 crore for development projects

Netherlands is going to provide Bangladesh Tk150 crore for three development projects on food security and safety, and on sexual and reproductive health.

Qatar to recruit 300,000 workers in three years

Ahead of the Fifa World Cup 2022, Qatar is keen to hire more then 200,000 Bangladeshi workers this year, and over the next two years, they will take another 100,000 from Bangladesh.

Bangladesh agriculture: Pro- farmers banking stressed

Senior bankers of Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) have urged the branch managers and fieldworkers to perform their duties with utmost sincerity and honesty to speed up the ongoing farmers-level lending activities.

Airtel-Robi merger to be 'credit positive': Moody's

The merger of Bharti Airtel and Axiata Group's telecom units in Bangladesh will be "credit positive" for both parent companies, said Moody's Investors Service Thursday.

MoF vetoes VAT waiver offer for EZ developers

The Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority has run into difficulty with its offer of VAT waiver for developers of economic zones (EZs) as the Ministry of Finance finally refused to give such fiscal concession.

Muslin Festival 2016: The Return of the Heritage Fashion

The month long festival is the culmination of over two years of research into the history of muslin and our nation’s contribution to it. The exhibition will bring artifacts, including real muslin.

EPZs export earnings rise by 9.62% in H1

Bangladesh’s export earnings from the manufacturing units at Export Processing Zones have posted 9.62% growth to US$3.18 billion in the first half of the current fiscal year.

Muhith bins IMF’s slashing growth outlook

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has ruled out the International International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s economic growth projection for the current fiscal year

SME loan growth slows down in 2015

Despite Bangladesh Bank’s efforts, SME loan disbursement growth remained slower last year compared to that in the previous year.

‘Over 300,000 BD workers to be taken’

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Tuesday said all-out efforts will be undertaken to increase the emigration of Bangladeshi workers to Qatar.

Gold prices to go up

Gold prices will go up by Tk 1,225 a bhori in the local market from Saturday to reflect the rising bullion prices in the international market in recent weeks.

‘Remediation needed in RMG ’

The North American buyers’ group, Alliance, says despite minor injuries, the Matrix Sweater factory fire in Gazipur underscores the “importance” of its ongoing work to remediate in factories.

Bangladesh keen to buy oil from Iran

Bangladesh is keen to import oil and gas from Iran now that economic sanctions on the country have been lifted.

Ticfa won’t be effective until GSP restored: Tofail

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed today said the Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (Ticfa) will not be effective until the generalized system of preference (GSP) to the US market is restored.

National

Malaysia to legalize Illegal Bangladeshis from Feb 15

Malaysia is going to start legalizing undocumented migrants, including some 300,000 Bangladeshis from February 15, Malaysian government confirmed the decision.

Dutch woman on quest for family in Bangladesh

Poverty stricken Rahima Khatun in 1979 was compelled to give up her four-year-old granddaughter Sultana for adoption to a Dutch non-government organisation and was subsequently adopted by a Dutch couple in the Netherlands.

Shah Ali OC withdrawn over tea-seller death

The OC of Mirpur’s Shah Ali Police Station has been withdrawn from duty after a tea-seller died of burn wounds received during an alleged attempt of extortion by policemen.

Khaleda greets junior Tigers

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Friday greeted the young Tigers for sealing the semifinal berth in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup for the first time defeating Nepal.

15km tailback on Dhaka-Ctg highway

A 15 kilometre tailback ensued on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway after a truck broke down on the Meghna bridge in Munshiganj early today.

95 railway bridges risky

Around 95 bridges on the Sylhet-Kulaura-Akhaura rail route have become vulnerable, posing danger to the lives of people travelling along this every day.

Indian court sentences 11 to death for killing woman

A court in India’s West Bengal has awarded death penalty to 11 people convicted of murdering a woman over a land dispute in Nadia district.

Building at Japan Garden City in Dhaka catches fire

A fire has broken out in a building under construction at Japan Garden City in Dhaka.

2 ‘robbers’ killed by mob in Comilla

Two suspected robbers were killed and another injured in a lynch-mob attack at Ranichara village in Chandina upazila early today.

War criminals assets will be seized: Minister

Family members of war criminals will be stripped of their voting rights and their properties will be confiscated, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque has said.

Central Hospital fire brought under control

A fire that broke out at the basement of Central Hospital on Dhaka’s Green Road this afternoon was brought under control within an hour.

Screening of travellers from Zika-affected areas at all ports

The government will strengthen surveillance and screening of travelers coming into Bangladesh’s air, water and land ports coming from the countries affected by the Zika virus.

World News

'3,100 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus'

More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said yesterday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas.

North Korea fires long-range rocket despite warnings

North Korea has fired a long-range rocket, which critics say is a test of banned missile technology.

Indian businessman sends Kejriwal Rs 364 to buy shoes

Kejriwal was spotted wearing sandals at a banquet Indian president Pranab Mukherjee hosted in honour of visiting French President Francois Hollande at Rashtrapati Bhavan late last month.

UN panel rules in favour of WikiLeaks’ Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be allowed to go free from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and awarded compensation for what amounts to a three-and-a-half-year detention, a UN panel ruled on Friday.

Earth, Wind & Fire soul band founder Maurice White dies

The founder of soul group Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, has died in the US, his brother has said.

Hong Kong's missing booksellers and 'banned' Xi Jinping book

A Chinese writer has told the BBC he is the co-author of a provocative book about China's leader Xi Jinping, that some believe sparked the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers.

Dubai ruler seeks student for cabinet post

Dubai's ruler is looking for a young person to sit on the United Arab Emirates federal cabinet as the voice of youth - and has used Twitter to announce the job opportunity.

As Zika spreads, so does panic

The World Health Organization voiced concern on Wednesday over the reported sexual transmission of the Zika virus in Texas amid worries that such infections could make efforts to combat the virus linked to severe birth defects in Brazil even tougher.

UN halts Syria talks as government closes in on Aleppo

A United Nations envoy halted his attempts to conduct Syrian peace talks on Wednesday after the army, backed by Russian air strikes, advanced against rebel forces north of Aleppo, choking opposition supply lines from Turkey to the city.

Obama decries anti-Muslim rhetoric on first mosque visit

Barack Obama offered an impassioned rebuttal of "inexcusable" Republican election rhetoric against Muslims Wednesday, on his first trip to an American mosque since becoming president seven years ago.

Sports

Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah banned for doping violation

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been given a three-month ban after admitting to a doping offence.

SA Games: Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka 2-1 in Women’s Football

Bangladesh tasted the first victory in their second match of the 12th South Asian Games Women’s Football beating Sri Lanka by 2-1 goals today.

Mahfuza strikes second gold at SAG

Mahfuza Akter Shila has ended Bangladesh's 10-year wait for gold in swimming by winning the 100m breaststroke at the 2016 South Asian Games.

Hyderabad purchase Mustafiz for $2 lakh

Bangladesh left-arm pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League 2016, who was picked up with a price of $208,000 at the player auction.

Warner, Marsh ace Australia's 282 chase

Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings kept their heads after others before them had lost their own to wrestle Australia back into the Chappell-Hadlee series with a four-wicket victory over New Zealand in Wellington.

Shakib, Amir tornado quaked Lahore Qalandars

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan sparkled in his very first match in the Pakistan Super League when his splendid all-round performance helped the Karachi Kings start off to a winning start.

Junior Tigers reach U19 WC semi-final

Bangladesh Under 19 Cricket Team have reached the semi-final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup Cricket eliminating Nepal by 6 wickets in their quarter-final clash.

Bangladesh Under-19 eye semi-final berth

Bangladesh colts are just a win away from playing in the semi-finals of the Under-19 World Cup for the first time.

ICC announces review of 2014 restructuring

The ICC has announced it will carry out a complete constitutional review of the changes brought about by the "Big Three" takeover in 2014.

Suarez scores four as Barca rout Valencia 7-0

Luis Suarez scored four goals and Lionel Messi grabbed a hat-trick as Barcelona all but wrapped up their King’s Cup semi-final by crushing Valencia 7-0 in the first leg at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.

South Africa brush aside Ireland

South Africa secured ninth-place finish in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup after they blew away Ireland by eight wickets today.

Talent, discipline take Nazmul Shanto up the ladder

There was a moment during Bangladesh Under-19’s victory over Namibia Under-19 in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 on Tuesday (February 2) that was particularly striking.

Entertainment

Revenant's Inarritu wins top directing award at DGA

Alejandro Inarritu has won the top prize at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards for The Revenant, adding weight to his chances at the Oscars.

Toma Mirza returns to big screen

Toma made her debut through Tomar Majhe Ami with Nirob back in 2010 and Game Returns is set to be fourth venture of the duo. The duo’s other two ventures are Bolo Na Tumi Amar and Nodijon.

Mashrafe and Mustafiz at Coke Studio

The script follows the style of a monologue where audiences will get to know the real ‘Mashrafe’. The TVC is directed by Adnan Al Rajeev.

Theatre hanging: Italian actor Raphael Schumacher 'deteriorating'

The condition of the Italian actor Raphael left in a coma after a hanging scene went wrong during a live theatrical production is deteriorating, it has been reported.

Bijori and Intekhab pair up for “Kachhakachhi”

Popular television actors Bijori Barkatullah and Intekhab Dinar have joined forces for drama serial “Kachhakachhi”.

Screen Actors Guild awards: 'Diversity reigns'

"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV," Idris Elba joked on stage after winning twice at Saturday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, where actors of color claimed a slew of wins amid a furor in Hollywood over the lack of on-screen diversity.

Rock star David Bowie leaves $100m in will

Rock star David Bowie left an estate valued at about $100m (£70m), according to his will which has been filed in New York.

Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70 after cancer battle

Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70.

“The Village Engineer” on Rtv

Drama serial “The Village Engineer” goes on air Wednesday to Friday at 9:50pm on Rtv, Written by Masum Reza and directed by Salauddin Lavlu, the serial is set in an imaginary village named Payjampur.

Priyanka Chopra: I don’t need a guy for anything except for children

We know how passionately Priyanka Chopra feels about women's issues and she has often taken up initiatives towards women empowerment.

Actress Diti’s medical condition unchanged

One of the most beloved actresses in Bangladesh, Parveen Sultana Diti, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer, has been brought back to Dhaka from India and admitted to United Hospital in Gulshan.

Saba and Prachi reunite after 15 years

Popular actors Rokeya Prachi and Sohana Saba have reunited on screen after 15 years for a single-episode television play “Bodhuboron”.

Science & Technology

Morocco unveils massive solar plant

Morocco's King Mohammed VI unveiled one of the world's biggest solar plants Thursday, taking advantage of the Sahara sunshine and a growing global push for renewable energy.

Microsoft buys UK AI firm SwiftKey

UK-based artificial intelligence firm SwiftKey has been acquired by Microsoft, the company has confirmed.

Facebook altering algorithm with ‘user choice’ priority

Social networking giant Facebook will bring about major changes to its algorithm again, this time with “user choice” as a priority to display home page.

Public hearing on Robi, Airtel merger Feb 17

The telecom regulator will arrange a public hearing on February 17 to take opinion of people before finalising its recommendations on the merger of Robi and Airtel.

Bangladesh Facebook users get access to video, voice calls

Facebook introduced video and voice calling through its Messenger apps on last Thursday in Bangladesh.

Distant galaxy is rushing towards Earth at one million mph

Such events are caused when fragments of dust often far older than Earth crash into our atmosphere at tens of thousands of miles per hour, each causing a mini-explosion.

Facebook messenger launches voice call

Facebook messenger users are in for a treat, as the social networking giant started rolling out voice calling feature. This feature is available for Android and iOS users through an update.

Facebook bans private gun sales on site

Facebook Inc prohibited global users from coordinating person-to-person private sales of firearms on its online social network and its Instagram photo-sharing service on Friday, countering concerns that it was increasingly being used to circumvent background checks on gun purchases.

Robi and Airtel sign merger

Two top mobile phone operators in the country, Robi and Airtel today signed the formal deal for merging together in the country.

WorldFish launches traceability app for Bangladesh shrimp

International research group WorldFish has launched an e-traceability system to better monitor farmed shrimp in Bangladesh.

Warning to mobile retailers

The telecom ministry has threatened to cancel permits of mobile retailers if they charge subscribers for biometric SIM registration.

Facebook trains AI to beat humans at Go board game

Facebook has created an artificial intelligence system that is "getting close" to beating the best human players at the Chinese board game Go, Mark Zuckerberg has revealed.

Life

Set your dreams to become a News Anchor

Presenting news nowadays has became an euphoria where it matters a lot how a news is being presented. People know that all the TV channels cover almost the same news, but the execution can make the difference.

Healing dry skin around the eyes

Dry skin around the eyes is a common phenomenon during winter. The skin ends up becoming flaky due to cold air but for those with a condition like eczema, the suffering is greater. The skin around the eyes and eyelids are much thinner than the skin elsewhere and hence moisture is lost faster.

Eat More Fruits In Adolescence To Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Girls who eat more high-fibre foods during adolescence - especially lots of fruits and vegetables - may have significantly lower breast cancer risk than those who eat less dietary fibre when young, new research has found.

Why The Zika Virus Is Causing Alarm In The Americas

Global health officials say the Zika virus, linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is spreading rapidly in the Americas and could infect 3 million to 4 million people. The race is on to develop a Zika vaccine.

Passive Smoking Can Make Kids Obese

Passive smoking increases obesity in children and amplifies the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, researchers have found.

Do you spend quality time with your child?

Spend qualitative time as it shapes a child’s personality. When this isn’t the case, he/she is likely to develop an attention-seeking behaviour, especially when in public.

Why you should have coffee

If you have resolved to give up coffee this year, you can give yourself a break. Experts say there is no need for most people to avoid coffee.

Beauty tips for busy girls

BUsy juggling your work deadlines and home responsibilities? Taking care of your daily diet, can make your skin glow with health and vitality.

Walk a little to lose a lot

Whether you want to lose weight, your worries or gain some zen-like state of mind, studies claim that a daily 30 minute walk can do it for you.
Here are a few tips that can help.

Essential tips for foot care in winter

Most people do not take the efforts to take care of their foot during winter season. But you must know how important it is to follow the foot care tips in winter.

Proper sleep leads to healthy weight

Impairments to a gene known to be responsible for our internal body clocks, called ‘Rev-Erb alpha’, leads to excessive weight gain and related health problems, according to a new study.

Why Eating Fish During Pregnancy Improves Child's Brain

The co-relation between eating fish during pregnancy and the health of the baby's brain has been established by researchers from Tohoku University in Japan.

Sugary Drinks Can Up Dangerous 'Deep' Fat

Middle-aged adults who drink sugary beverages like soda and coke every day are likely to have higher amount of a particular type of body fat that may affect diabetes and heart disease risk, a new study has found.

TidBits

Wear full dress otherwise I will not give interview: Hashim Amla

South African opener Hashim Amla refused to appear in an interview to an Indian TV channel because of the short dress the female anchor was wearing.

Dad arrested for taking Daughter’s phone as punishment

When Ronald Jackson found a text he thought was rude and inappropriate on his then-12-year-old daughter’s phone in September 2013, he took the cell away, reported Yahoo News.

Mother burst to tears hearing departed son’s heartbeat inside a girl

Heather Clark was given the incredible opportunity to listen to her son's heartbeat for the first time in nearly three years -- and it was inside a 4-year-old's body.

Bangladeshi ‘Tree Man’ to have surgery to remove ‘branches’

A Bangladeshi man whose hands and feet have grown to resemble gnarled tree branches is to undergo surgery.

Selfies reveal if you are going through romantic crisis

Are you going through a rocky and failed romantic relationship? Check if you have suddenly started uploading more selfies on the social media.

Shakrain: A festival of Kites and Fireworks

According to the solar calendar, on the last day of the Bengali month – 'Poush', the sun moves towards its southward (Dakshinayana) journey at the Tropic of Capricorn and starts moving towards the Tropic of Cancer.

Chess forbidden in Islam: Saudi Grand Mufti

Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti said chess was “included under gambling” and was “a waste of time and money and a cause for hatred and enmity between players”.

Perception Foundation: Sweater Weather

Winter entices Bangladesh into a trance of painfully short days in blissful blankets but warm tea and pitha. However, winter is only enjoyable for those who can actually afford the comfort. Can you imagine having to afford nice weather?

Mumbai to deploy pink auto rickshaws for women

For the first time, the government introduced a 5% reservation system for women and 548 women from across Maharashtra were granted permits under the system.

Dutch couple find entrepreneurship in Bangladesh

When Dutch couple Rosanne van Kleef and Rik van Dueren den Hollander, both 23, set off on an around-the-world trip in September 2014 to celebrate Rosanne's graduation with a master's in entrepreneurship, they did not imagine they would discover Bangladesh, much less establish their luxury luggage brand Juuty.

Man claims he fathered ‘800 kids’ by donating sperm

While more and more women in the UK are using donated sperm to get pregnant, many of them are taking the help of unlicensed donors to avoid high-priced treatment at private clinics.

Monkey cannot own copyright to 'selfie,' US judge says

A rare crested macaque that took a now internationally famous "selfie" cannot own the copyright to the photograph because he is not human, a US judge ruled in a suit brought by animal rights group PETA on behalf of the monkey.

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