Politics

BNP staged drama in name of Teesta Long March: Hanif

Acting general secretary of the ruling Awami League Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif today said that BNP staged a drama in the name of long march towards the river Teesta.

Democratic left alliance calls national convention on May 23

The Democratic Left Alliance will organize a national convention in Dhaka on May 23, demanding due equal share of water from 54 common rivers, including the Teesta.

No water no relations: Nazrul Islam

Bangladesh-India relations will depend on proper sharing of water from Teesta River, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan has said.

Chapainawabganj Shibir leader arrested

Police arrested a local leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student front of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, from his house at Nimgachhi village in Bholahat upazila early Wednesday.

BNP’s long march short on interest

The BNP’s much-hyped “long march towards Teesta” that began yesterday was the party’s first major demonstration since the January 5 national election.

Jamaat man wounded in ‘shootout’ with cops in Jessore

The victim Muhaid Hussain, 28, is also former president of the Fatehpur union unit of Islami Chhatra Shibir.

BCL leader’s tendons severed in Chapainawabganj

Miscreants chopped a local leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and cut off the tendons of his legs and hands in Nababganj Government College gate area of the district town on Tuesday night.

Science & Technology

Brazilian Congress passes Internet bill of rights

Brazil's Senate unanimously approved groundbreaking legislation on Tuesday that guarantees equal access to the Internet and protects the privacy of Brazilian users in the wake of U.S. spying revelations.

AT&T, Chernin set sights on streaming video

On Tuesday the wireless company said it had entered into a new venture with former News Corporation president Peter Chernin for "over-the-top video services."

Music video hub Vevo monthly viewership up nearly 50 percent to 6 billion

Vevo, the online music video hub that is a joint venture of two of the world's biggest music labels, has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of music videos streamed each month from its platform, the company's top executive said on Tuesday.

Airbnb in court over housing laws

Airbnb, the website that allows homeowners to rent out properties online, is to appear in court in New York in a dispute over housing and hotel laws.

Google refunding buyers of fake anti-virus app

Google is refunding users who unsuspectingly bought a fake anti-virus app from its Play Store.

Russian social network founder says he has been fired

The founder of Russia's most popular social network site says he has been fired and that allies of President Putin have taken over his site.

Graphene 'wonder material' made with kitchen blender

Scientists have outlined how they managed to make the "wonder material" graphene using a kitchen blender.

Sports

Double blow for Chelsea: John Terry & Petr Cech injured for Premier League run-in

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after dislocating his shoulder in the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid - while captain John Terry was also taken off injured.

390m Indians watched WT20 final

Some 390 million Indians had watched The ICC World T20 Championship which was held in Bangladesh, making it the most viewed international T20 tournament ever in the history of TV and digital domain in India.

BCB to push Pakistan home series to April

The BCB is likely to push Pakistan's 2015 tour of Bangladesh to the second week of April, instead of January. Bangladesh, in the meantime, are set to train in Australia for two extra weeks before the World Cup in a bid to acclimatize to conditions where they last played in January 2010.

BPL in december

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has created the time slot in its schedule for the competition.

Champions League the priority for Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hinted he will rest a number of key players for his side's crucial Premier League game away to Liverpool on Sunday to
concentrate his squad's efforts on the Champions League.

Buoyant Benfica set for Juve showdown

Having shaken off the hangover from their title celebrations on Sunday, Portuguese champions Benfica host Juventus in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

World News

Everest avalanche: Sherpas discuss boycott

Sherpa guides in Nepal are meeting climbers at Everest base camp to decide whether to cancel ascents after an avalanche on Friday killed 16 sherpas.

Ukraine crisis: Russia 'to respond if its interests' attacked

Russia will respond if its interests in Ukraine are attacked, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgian war.

Hamas and Fatah unveil Palestinian reconciliation deal

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have announced a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.

Turkey offers condolences to Armenia over WWI killings

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered condolences for the first time for the mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule during WWI.

Satellites show North Korea nuclear test unlikely

North Korea is unlikely to be ready to stage a nuclear test timed to coincide with U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Asia, a respected think tank said on Wednesday based on its assessment of satellite imagery.

China's Huawei says reports of NSA spying won't impact growth

China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No.2 telecoms equipment maker, on Wednesday shrugged off analysts' concerns that its growth will suffer from media reports alleging the United States accessed servers at its Shenzhen headquarters.

Obama heads on Asia tour, visits US disaster site

President Barack Obama met Tuesday with survivors of a deadly landslide near Seattle before leaving on a weeklong tour of Asia in what the White House has called a "rebalancing" eastward of US foreign policy.

No plans to halt MH370 search

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will continue despite passing the “crucial” 48-hour period announced over the weekend.

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Business

BB approves Tk 200cr refinance fund for farmer bank accounts

The Bangladesh Bank board on Tuesday approved a fresh refinance fund worth Tk 200 crore for making active bank accounts with Tk 10 deposits of marginal and landless farmers, said officials of the central bank.

Govt to provide policy supports to protect local industries: Amu

The government will provide all kind of policy supports to protect the local industries with a view to moving towards sustainable industrialization.

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said this while exchanging views with the new executive members of Foreign Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) at the Industries Ministry at Moijheel in the city on Wednesday.

Bangladesh needs to diversify its export basket through duty-free Indian market

Bangladesh has failed to take advantage of the duty-free access to Indian market due to reasons, including lack of leadership, coordination, infrastructure bottlenecks and cumbersome export procedure, trade analysts said yesterday.

Is GSP so important?

The parliamentary watchdog on commerce ministry yesterday observed that the government should not be so much bothered to regain the generalised system of preference (GSP) from the US government.

Fund sought for recapitalising state banks

The bank division of the Finance Ministry has sought Tk6,000 crore allocation in the upcoming budget for recapitalisation of the four state-owned banks.

Islami Bank’s ‘corruption’: Concern of Prime Minister Office

The Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, widely believed to be supported by the Jamaat-e-Islami, has come under fire from pro-liberation forces for their alleged funding of radical Islamist groups. So the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked the Bangladesh Bank to provide information regarding it.

Entertainment

Robert Pattinson dating Katy Perry's friend

Actor Robert Pattinson is reportedly dating Katy Perry's best friend and stylist Cleo Wade.

Dead man stops Sonakshi Sinha and Arjun Kapoor's 'Tevar'

Sonakshi Sinha and Arjun Kapoor's shoot for Boney Kapoor's Tevar came to an abrupt halt when the owner of the bungalow where they were filming suddenly died.

A non-violent take on the Liberation War portrayed in Bou Basanti

Without illustrating any war scene, horrifying incident of numerous abductions, terrified imagery of burning villages and the vision of freedom fighters, a theatre is constructed in the backdrop of the Liberation War of 1971 with a flamboyant humorous rural life depicting enjoyment, grief, love and thievery.

Tisha faces dramatic hiccups in Mon Tar Shongshoye

Women-centric telefilm Mon Tar Shongshoye is a story that is aimed at motivating women of the society. It urges the helpless females to fight for survival and to push forward by ignoring and overcoming obstacles.

Leonardo DiCaprio to play Steve Jobs

As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Leonardo DiCaprio could play Steve Jobs for director Danny Boyle in Aaron Sorkin’s untitled movie about the Apple Computer co-founder.

Pathshala pays tribute to the fallen souls of Rana Plaza

On April 24, 2013, a monumental tragedy altered the lives of thousands of people and ended up with a death toll of 1134, according to official records.

Tit Bits

Want to avoid nagging? Opportunity for girls!

The Chinese New Year may be a stressful time for girls, for relatives keep asking a lot of questions about their personal nature. In order to avoid those nagging questions or to answer them, the site has given the unique opportunity to girls.

Indeed 5,000 SIM cards in a pond! 15 bucks per for sale

Around 5,000 SIM (subscriber identity module) cards of different telecom operators have been found in a pond in Khetlal upazila in northern district of Joypurhat.

Life

Ways to get rid of ants

Unfortunately, if you are now looking for ways to get rid of ants, which means that they are brazenly invaded your possession, or it occurs periodically and need to prepare for their next foray.

Bengali fish lunch: Tilapia yoghurt curry

Tilapia is a very useful ingredient for cooking, and it is easy to cook with. It takes on different flavours well, and manageable fillets can be carved out from the large fish. Tilapia is a good source of protein, but low in fat and calories.

Sipping for a healthy skin

This is a beautiful skin elixir! It's the best for summer and makes your skin smooth from the inside. The other upside to this is that it's yummy!

Priyo Poll

Do you support the General Election 2014 to be held on January 5?

In a situation where the chief opposition party along with its alliance is not participating in the parliamentary election, do you support the national poll to take place on January 5, as directed by the Election Commissioner?

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