Politics

10,000 people put to suffer

Around 10,000 people of Gulshan-2 area were affected by the suspension of mobile services at BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's office yesterday, according to industry officials.

BNP joint secretary general Rizvi arrested

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) picked up BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi from a house at Baridhara in the city early Saturday.

Power supply to Khaleda’s office cut

Power supply to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan political office has been disconnected early Saturday, said the BNP chief's press wing official Shamsuddin Didar.

Amnesty Int'l against use of excessive force

Amnesty International has condemned Bangladesh government's move to use “excessive police force” for tackling the violence from the ongoing blockade enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

14-party urges joint forces to get tough on saboteurs

The AL-led 14-party combine yesterday urged law enforcement agencies to take a stern stand against saboteurs active during the non-stop blockade enforced across the country by the BNP-led 20-party alliance

Khaleda mourning, skips court hearing

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today skipped a Dhaka court's hearing on the Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases citing her mental state following the death of her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko.

Truck helper killed as truck torched in Chandpur

A truck helper was killed as miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a truck at Ghosherhat on Chandpur-Comilla road on Wednesday night.

Do whatever needed to stop violence

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday ordered the police to take whatever steps necessary to stop the ongoing violence in the country.

Business

Bangladesh Garment Workers Win Bargaining Pacts at 5 Factories

Bangladesh garment union leaders at five factories in the East-West Industrial Park Ltd. group negotiated collective bargaining agreements in recent days that include increases in the food allowance, improvements in canteen facilities and provisions for union leaders to assist members.

China manufacturing shrinks for the first time in two years

China’s manufacturing activity contracted for the first time in more than two years in January, an official survey showed on Sunday, signalling further downward pressure on the world’s second-largest economy.

BEPZA exports post 12% growth in H1

Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) has achieved a remarkable growth both in investment and export during the first half of the current fiscal year.

No control over roadside sales of petrol

Unauthorised sale of petrol and octane continues, mostly in roadside shops, making it easier for arsonists to collect the highly inflammable liquids to make firebombs.

$1.8bn Rampal power project runs into potential snag

The equity participation in the Bangladesh-India joint venture coal-fired power project in Rampal, near the Sundarbans, has run into complexities as the existing policy does not support such a venture.

BTCL owed nearly Tk 1800 crore by various agencies

Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Limited (BTCL) has taken initiative to realise outstanding bills accumulating Tk 702 crore till 2014 from various local agencies as well as individuals.

Non-stop Blockade: ICT business backlashed

Telecom and ICT sector also being affected by the non-stop blockade as supply disruptions and reduced customer numbers forcing money out of the business owners.

National

No SSC exam on hartal days

The government has decided not to take Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations during hartal days.

Amar Ekushey Boi Mela begins today

The month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2015 begins on Bangla Academy premises and in a portion of Shuhrawardy Uddyan in the capital today.

Plan for nuclear infrastructure development adopted

An action plan detailing the infrastructure development of the country’s first nuclear power plant has been recently adopted by the Bangladesh-Russia working group of the joint coordination committee for implementing the nuclear power programme.

Bangladesh becoming a hub for non-traditional garment products

Bangladesh has become a hub for technical and non-traditional garment products as international retailers are coming with an increasing number of work orders.

No control over roadside sales of petrol

Unauthorised sale of petrol and octane continues, mostly in roadside shops, making it easier for arsonists to collect the highly inflammable liquids to make firebombs.

Amnesty Int'l against use of excessive force

Amnesty International has condemned Bangladesh government's move to use “excessive police force” for tackling the violence from the ongoing blockade enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

Truck helper killed as truck torched in Chandpur

A truck helper was killed as miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a truck at Ghosherhat on Chandpur-Comilla road on Wednesday night.

Corrupt officials make the fate of 1.5m expats in KSA uncertain

Delaying the issuance of machine readable passports (MRP) by a group of corrupt officials at Bangladesh embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has made the fate of more than 15 lakh expats working there.

Metro Rail project tender Saturday

The government will float an international tender on Saturday for the construction of the Metro Rail aiming to ease the city’s nagging traffic congestion and provide fast public transportation. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader confirmed this on Tuesday.

World News

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters return to streets

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have returned to the streets for their first big rally since mass protests last year.

No more Greek debt cut

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has ruled out cancelling more of Greece’s debt, saying the country has already received billions of cuts from bankers and creditors.

US Economic Growth Slows To 2.6%

US economic growth slowed in the final quarter of 2014, but its performance was enviable when compared to new woes for the eurozone and Russia.

Mugabe appointed African Union chairman

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has been appointed the new chairman of the 54-nation African Union.

IS chemical weapons expert killed, says US military

A chemical weapons expert with the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq has been killed in a coalition airstrike, the US military has said.

AirAsia Crash: Captain left seat before jet lost control

It had been suffering maintenance faults with a key flight control computer for over a week, and one person familiar with the matter said the captain had flown on the same plane with the intermittently faulty device just days before the crash.

We don't want war with Israel but do not fear it: Hezbollah

"We are under continued assault orchestrated by Iran, let there be no doubt about it. Iran is trying to uproot us, they won't succeed," Netanyahu told soldiers wounded in Wednesday's attack, now convalescing in hospital. He has previously said those behind Wednesday's attack would "pay the full price".

Ukraine peace talks aborted

"If shelling resumes, then we reserve for ourselves the right to continue the offensive and go to the very borders of Donetsk and Luhansk regions," he said, referring to the two provinces where separatists have declared "people's republics".

MH370: Malaysia declares flight disappearance an accident

The Malaysian government has officially declared the disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370 an accident and says there were no survivors.

Hollande to bring tech companies to book over hate speech

Tech firms will be "considered complicit" in spreading hate speech if they allow it on their sites, the French President Francois Hollande has said.

Sports

Novak Djokovic clinches Australian Open title

Novak Djokovic reasserted his rule over the hard-courts of Melbourne Park on Sunday, grinding down Andy Murray 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-0 to win his fifth Australian Open title.

New Zealand quicks set up comprehensive win

New Zealand's persistence with the ball and excellence in the field took fine advantage of Pakistan's indiscipline with the bat, as the hosts first trussed up the opposition for 210, then sauntered to the total inside 40 overs with seven wickets in hand.

WC team preview: West Indies on back foot prior competition

The exclusion of limited-overs specialists Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard generated a lot of heat from current and former players. The team has a lot to deal with.

WC team preview: Can Zimbabwe come out of losing streak?

Since their Super-Six appearances in the 1999 and 2003 World Cups, Zimbabwe have seen a great dip in their fortunes, and they are going into this edition with hopes that they at least succeed against Ireland and United Arab Emirates in their group.

IPL player auction on February 16

The authorities of the Indian Premier League (IPL) have scheduled this year's auction for February 16 in Bangalore. No official communication has been made to the franchises, but their representatives have been informally informed to block the date.

Dwayne Bravo quits Tests

Over the years, with the greatest enthusiasm, I have done my best with the deep awareness that I am ultimately representing the people of the game.

Pakistan: Mohammad Amir's five-year spot-fixing ban ends early

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been cleared to return early from his five-year ban for spot-fixing.

Another Epic in view: Serena to face Sharapova

Tennis fans behold- another epic battle in view. Five time Australian Open winner Serena has made it to finals to meet no.2 Sharapova

Australian Open: Andy Murray to face 'confident' Tomas Berdych

Andy Murray will step into familiar territory when he faces Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open semi-finals.

Quality Wawrinka into semi-finals

Wawrinka wins by 6-3 6-4 7-6 (8-6) against Nishikori

WC team preview: Sri Lanka hope to be third time lucky

Sri Lanka will hope to be third time lucky after disappointments in the 2007 and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cups, where they finished runners-up to Australia and India respectively.

Herath to return to Sri Lanka

Rangana Herath will be unavailable for the seventh ODI against New Zealand on Thursday, as he returns home to help care for an unwell family member.

Gazi positive about new bowling action

Everyone said that it looked like I have worked hard on my action. They were positive, so I felt hopeful. But they said similar stuff in the past and the result wasn't great.

Entertainment

A R Rahman enthrals audience at Vadodara fest

Noted musician A R Rahman enthralled the audience with his music and popular songs at the closing of the four-day Vadodara International Art and Culture Festival ‘Vadfest’ here.

Mahi to star in a West-Bengal film

One of the most popular and attractive actress in Dhalliwood ‘Mahiya Mahi’ is on her way to star in a Kolkata based film.

Pori Moni pairs up with Sakib in ‘Aro Bhalo Bashbo Tomay’

Star struck Sakib Khan Starrer new film ‘Aro Bhalo Bashbo Tomay’ is based on a unique story which portrays the life of a simple village girl who praises the huge film star ‘Sakib’ and dreams of meeting him one day.

Sonia Hossain in Valentine’s Day special dramas

Model-turned-actor Sonia Hossain is working on two single-episode TV plays titled “Shopnoghuri” and “Chaad Bamoner Golpo,” both Valentine’s Day specials. She will be seen pairing up with Apurba and Maznun Mizan in the TV dramas.

Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth in Padma list?

According to TV reports, the BJP government is mulling Padma awards for Legendary actors Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan, to be conferred on January 26. South superstar Rajinikant also figures in the list.

Hema Malini to appear as ‘Dream Girl’ once again

Reliving the past once again, veteran actress Hema Malini will be appearing and lending her voice to an album based on her image as Bollywood’s ‘Dream Girl’.

Musical Treat for R.D. Burman fans

A musical concert dedicated to the life and times of iconic Bollywood composer, the late R.D. Burman regaled his fans with his hit songs.

Science & Technology

Eskayef brings app for medical post-graduation

Leading pharmaceutical company Eskayef Bangladesh has recently launched an android-based mobile application for doctors taking preparation for medical post-graduation.

Office puts chips under staff's skin

Felicio de Costa, whose company is one of the tenants, arrives at the front door and holds his hand against it to gain entry. Inside he does the same thing to get into the office space he rents, and he can also wave his hand to operate the photocopier.

Nokia threatens London start-up over 'HERE'

Nokia has threatened legal action against a small UK technology firm over its use of the word "HERE".

Google agrees privacy policy changes with data watchdog

Google has agreed to rewrite its privacy policy after pressure from the UK Information Commissioner's Office.

BootChess: Smallest chess game for pc

A French coder has developed what is thought to be the smallest-sized chess computer program.

Facebook tops Wall Street revenue target

Facebook's business has boomed thanks to its mobile ads for smartphones and tablets. Its success contrasts with other established Internet companies such as Google Inc (GOOGL.O) and Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O), which have struggled as advertisers shift more and more to mobile devices from personal computers.

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Life

Paris fashion week shifts up into Haute Couture mode

After days of men's ready-to-wear clothes, Paris Fashion Week shifted up a gear on Sunday to its marquee event: the Haute Couture shows that happen only in the French capital.

Skin ailments that affect your feet

Many a time, we bother with the skin only on our face and body and often neglect the skin on our feet. Because of the lack of care, they can contract the following skin ailments.

Unhealthy food items hard to let go

We generally get tempted by frequently advertised food items high in ingredients such as sugar, fat and salt. Processed baked goods: Eating just one Oreo seems like it is just not an option. Studies show an ingredient in many baked goods - high-fructose corn syrup, can actually cause reactions similar to those made by drug abuse.

Food choices to beat menstrual cramps

Negotiating menstrual pain is part of every woman's life. While some women resign themselves to the pain, others pop pain killers. Fortunately, research suggests that simple diet changes can help reduce the pain.

Beauty, hair tips for working girls

For working women, who are out in the field, there is hardly any time to follow a hair and beauty regime. Experts suggest some tips that can help them retain their radiance and look fabulous.

TidBits

Incredible paintings that will melt your brain

Toronto based artist Rob Gonsalves paints pictures that will make you think a lot. About what you're looking at or what you may or may not be smoking. But then again, maybe that is what surrealist art is all about.

Real or photoshopped?

Photobombing entails forcibly and often subtly inserting yourself into a camera shot, which the photographer usually notices after the fact. Celebrities have been getting in on it more, as the photobomber slowly becomes a common part of everyday photography.

The dark side of technology

Indeed modern technology has taken over our lives so far. This is the period where mobile phones are considered smarter than the humans, football isn't a physical anymore, hanging out with friends means less chatting rather more tagging check-ins.

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