Politics

Govt unstable, may soon announce polls: Moudud

Claiming that the government is in an unstable situation, senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed today said it might soon announce the general election.

Gatco graft case: Mosharraf’s bail scrapped

The High Court today cancelled its order that granted bail to former BNP minister of state for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain in the Gatco corruption case.

Khaleda calls 20-party meeting tonight

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is meeting with the chiefs of the 20-party alliance tonight at 7:00 at her Gulshan office.

Verdict any day on Khaleda’s Barapukuria pleas

The High Court has finished hearing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s pleas for trashing Barapukuria coalmine graft case against her and will deliver its verdict any day.

BNP slams govt for power, gas price hike

BNP has denounced the recent price hike on power and gas and urged the government to re-fix the tariff after holding a mass hearing with different political parties and other stakeholders.

Business

63 advertising campaigns honored

Through a gala award ceremony on Saturday, 63 winning AD campaigns of the year 2014 were honoured across 20 categories. The winning campaigns were recognized in three ranks: Grand Prix, Gold and Silver.

BSEC moves to introduce 'financial literacy' service

The securities regulator has taken steps to introduce nationwide 'financial literacy' service in an effort to ensure investors' protection by reducing speculation.

Budget not a mere document of accounting: Muslim

Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB) organised the discussion session on National Budget for fiscal year (FY), 2015-16, at the ICMAB's Ruhul Quddus Auditorium in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Bank appoints new senior economic advisor

Bangladesh Bank (BB) appointed Faisal Ahmed as Senior Economic Advisor to the Governor, a central bank statement said Sunday.

DSE turnover hits fresh 2-month low

Stocks edged lower on Sunday with turnover hitting fresh two months low, after marginal gains in the previous session, as investors remained cautious.

TIN holders to face penalty unless income tax returns submitted

The National Board of Revenue has decided to get tough with the taxpayers if they fail to file income tax return for the current fiscal by September 30.

Airtel revives plan to sell Bangladesh unit

The company bought a 70 percent stake in Warid Telecom in Bangladesh for $100,000 in January 2010, prompting the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of Bangladesh to raise questions about the deal price.

Clear large investment source: Bangladesh Bank

Bangladesh Bank Deputy Governor Abu Hena Mohd. Razee Hassan yesterday warned the merchant banks and securities houses of making clear about the source of huge investment in the stock market.

FBCCI for power-based industries to cut gas dependence

FBCCI President Abdul Matlub Ahmad on Saturday urged industrialists to go for power-based industrial units instead of gas-based ones to cut dependence on gas as there is a short supply of the precious energy.

Investment for cyber safety promised

State minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has urged all to discourage people from using Internet ‘negatively’.

Onion prices refuse to go down

The prices of onion and green chilli have experienced an alarming rise over the last few days, with sellers blaming India’s decision to hike its onion export prices as one of the key reasons behind the soaring prices.

National

Derogatory remarks on Bangabandhu: 2 held

A former municipality mayor and an incumbent councillor of Bandarban were detained yesterday on charge of making derogatory comments on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Govt to procure 6 aircraft for Biman

The government has undertaken initiative to procure six more aircraft from Boeing Company aimed at increasing capacity of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag carrier.

Firearms, bullets recovered: 1 arrested

A man has been arrested along with a firearms, four rounds of bullet and a magazine in Rudrokundu area under Nachole Upazila in Chapainawabganj district.

Launch owners warned against overloading

Owners of launches (passenger ferries) have been asked by the authorities to carry passengers and goods within the limit of their capacities during Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of Muslims.

Dr Zafar Iqbal’s publishers demand justice

A group of university students and the publishers of noted writer Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal today demanded punishment to the attackers who assaulted teachers at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST).

4 dead, 20 critically injured as buses collide in Faridpur

Four people, including three women, were killed and over 100 others injured in a head-on collision between two buses at Talmar Jamtola Bazar on Dhaka-Barisal Highway in Faridpur on Wednesday afternoon.

Accused of snatching cop's gun killed in 'gunfight'

An accused of shooting and snatching firearms from the police personnel has been killed in a “gunfight” with the law enforcers near Palpara Bridge area in Comilla.

Floods worsen in several dists

The flood situation in several districts continued to worsen on Tuesday and Wednesday due to incessant rainfall over the last three days as well as onrush of water from the upstream.

Rain forecast for Thursday by Met office

The Met office says that the rains might continue on Thursday as well.

Jubo League leader gunned down

A local leader of the ruling party’s front organisation – Jubo League – has been gunned down in Chittagong city.

3 held for ‘attacking custom officials, snatching’

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three persons for their alleged involvement with assaulting custom officials and snatching goods from Cargo village at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on August 10.

1.8 kg cocaine seized from Peru national

Shahjalal International Airport authorities have seized nearly two kilogrammes of powdered cocaine from a passenger flying in from Peru.

World News

Can Hillary’s candidacy unravel over her emails?

She remains Democrats' best hope -- for now -- to retain the White House, but Hillary Clinton has failed to shake an unremitting email scandal that has dragged down her perceived trustworthiness and upended her campaign.

Migrant crisis: Thousands arrive in Athens

Thousands of migrants are arriving in mainland Greece as the government prepares for talks on tackling the huge number of people reaching its shores.

Japanese suggest new Olympic logos

Since allegations of plagiarism have swirled around the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games logo, Japanese social media users have been posting their own creative designs.

Thailand charges man 'linked to bomb'

Police in Bangkok have charged a man in connection with the bomb attack that killed 20 people in the Thai capital nearly two weeks ago.

Ban Ki-moon urges all to expand legal channels of migration

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged all governments involved to provide comprehensive responses, expand safe and legal channels of migration and act with humanity, compassion and in accordance with their international obligations.

Egypt sentences Al Jazeera journos

An Egyptian court sentenced three Al Jazeera TV journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt, a case that has triggered an international outcry.

Tropical storm kills 20 in Dominica

Tropical storm Erika was soaking Haiti with heavy rain and strong winds on Friday as it swirled across the Caribbean but showed signs of losing steam as it headed toward south Florida, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Turkish suspect arrested in Bangkok with bomb making materials

Police arrested a Turkish man at a rented room in Bangkok's Nong Chok district Saturday afternoon and found a lot of bomb making tools and materials.

Australian 'Great Escape' survivor dies, aged 101

One of the last survivors of World War Two's most famous prison break, known as the Great Escape, has died aged 101.

Migrant crisis: More than 70 bodies in Austria lorry

Austrian officials now say more than 70 bodies, thought to be migrants, were in an abandoned lorry found on a motorway.

Sports

Van Gaal killed Di Maria at Man Utd

Former PSG star Edouard Cisse believes the Argentine winger will thrive under Laurent Blanc in the French capital after his struggles under the Dutch coach at Old Trafford.

Stand beside street children with Shakib

Eid is approaching. The shopping list of goodies keeps on growing. Before the pleasure of getting expensive gifts and gadgets consume you during the holy occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, spare a thought for the less unfortunate ones.

Tharindu Kaushal reported for suspect action

Sri Lanka offspinner Tharindu Kaushal has been reported for a suspect illegal bowling action following the third Test against India that ended at the SSC in Colombo on Tuesday.

David De Gea: Real Madrid 'did everything' to sign Man Utd keeper

Real Madrid say they did everything they could to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, after missing the deadline by two minutes.

Historic first-ever international disability T20 cricket set to begin

All eyes are now on disability cricket, as Bangladesh is set to create a history by hosting the first-ever international Twenty20 tournament of physically challenged people.

India vs Sri Lanka Test: Four sanctioned for breaching ICC’s Code of Conduct

Four players were sanctioned for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during Colombo Test, with Chandimal and Sharma suspended, Thirimanne and Prasad fined 50 per cent of their match fees.

Sri Lanka v India: Tourists secure series with victory in Colombo

India secured their first Test series victory in Sri Lanka since 1993 with a 117-run win in the deciding match.

Umpires consider protective head visors

The 25 first-class umpires, increasingly concerned for their own safety in an era of ever-powerful batsmen, modern bats and the kind of explosive hitting on view at Twenty20 finals day.

Entertainment

No need to replicate Pather Panchali: Sharmila Tagore

Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, who was introduced in films by legendary storyteller Satyajit Ray in Apur Sansar in 1959, believes there is no need to replicate the maestro’s films.

Kareena Kapoor Khan wants to pursue Indian classical dance

Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan says she is interested in getting trained in Kathak or Bharatnatyam.“I plan to get trained professionally in Kathak or Bharatnatyam in the near future. Right now, I have a lot of commitments but I want to pursue my childhood passion,” Kareena said in a statement.“I have always been inspired by my sister (Karisma Kapoor) who is a trained classical dancer.

Alia Bhatt will never take `first move` in relationships

Bollywood young lady Alia Bhatt surely knows a thing or two about relationships as she was recently spotted giving tips on the ‘first move’ in a relationship with her Shandaar co-star Shahid Kapoor in Mumbai.

Amitabh Bachchan Twitter account 'hacked'

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has alleged that his Twitter account has been hacked.

Ranveer Singhreturning to action

After four months of physiotherapy, Ranveer Singh is back in action and says that recovery has been five times faster than normal. Come September, and Ranveer in full armour, sword in one hand and shield in the other, will ride into the battle field on a white stallion for “Bajirao Mastani”.

Raga-based melodies at Praner Khela

Raga-based Bangla songs are a priceless creation of our musical culture. The rich trend emerged from the union of classical khayal forms and pro-poetry music composition.

“Ekjon Mayaboti” on Channel i

Drama serial “Ekjon Mayaboti” will air tonight at 9:35pm on Channel i. Based on Humayun Ahmed's novel of the same title, the serial has been adapted and directed by Arun Chowdhury and Mazharul Islam respectively.

Blessed to be doing Rock On 2

Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor said she is blessed to be doing “Rock On 2” as her childhood dreams are coming true via Bollywood.

Musical Evening Celebrating Nazrul on August 31

Marking the 39th death anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Star Melodies of The Daily Star is organising a musical event “Pubali Poboney Banshi Bajey” at 6:30pm on August 31 at its AS Mahmud Hall. Nazrul Sangeet singers Salahuddin Ahmed, Sharmin Sathi Islam, Anindita Chowdhury and Nishat Ahmed Zishan are the featured artistes of the event.

Phantom movie review: Watch it for Saif Ali Khan!

After a roaring success of Salman Khan starrer ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, ‘Phantom’ starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif is an icing on the cake for filmmaker Kabir Khan who has always ventured into films with sensitive issues!

No pressure to get married: Gauahar Khan

Model-turned-actress Gauahar Khan says even though she may be next in line to get married after her elder sister Nigaar’s recent wedding, there is no pressure on her from her family to tie the knot and settle down.

John Abraham denies divorce rumour, says all is well

Bollywood hunk John Abraham has finally spoken on his divorce rumours. The stylish actor has denied that he is heading for a splitsville with wife Priya Runchal and maintained that all is well in their married life.

Sonakshi Sinha slams jokes on Sheena Bora murder case

The plight of Sheena Bora has become a fodder for Twitter trolls and insensitive remarks are being made about the same. Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha is appalled at peoples’ insensitivity.

am staying well in USA now, Monalisa

Popular Bangladeshi model and TV actress Monalisa has been staying in New York, USA for last two years. She has been engaged with a job there now. While communicating with Monalisa over mobile phone she informed this correspondent that recently several online news portals in Bangladesh published fabricated news about me, which is absolutely false.

Nazrul's tryst with Bengali theatre

Draped in his favourite 'gerua' khaddar panjabi, a bright yellow silk turban wrapped around his head and a row of beads around his neck, Nazrul was often seen frequenting the theatre where he was constantly sought-after by the directors.

Lata, Neil remember Mukesh on 39th death anniversary

On the 39th death anniversary of legendary singer Mukesh, his grandson Neil Nitin Mukesh and melody queen Lata Mangeshkar on Thursday remembered the late singer.

Sridevi to return to Bollywood

Sridevi swept all the best actress awards for her portrayal of Kajal Varma in the 1997 drama, “Judaai”. The film, also featuring Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar, was produced by the late Surinder Kapoor, her producer-husband Boney Kapoor's father. Eighteen years later, Boney is producing a woman-centric Bollywood film for his actress-wife.

Nisho and Mehzabien in Eid drama

Afran Nisho and Mehzabien Chowdhury, two familiar faces of the small screen, are joining forces for single-episode drama “Detective Shamsher Evong Japani Antique”. Written by Shah Md. Naimul Karim and directed by Sokal Ahmed, the play is set to go on air on Boishakhi TV this Eid.

Science & Technology

Days numbered for barcodes as shoppers demand more data

Growing demand for more information about the products we buy could mean the end of the simple barcode - the blocks of black and white stripes that adorn most objects for sale and are scanned five billion times a day.

Instagram now supports landscape and portrait modes

Ever since Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launched Instagram five years ago, Instagram has favored square-shaped photos.

Black holes are passage to another universe: Hawking

Internationally renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has said humans could escape from black holes, rather than getting stuck in them.

Devices running Windows 10 sees huge growth: Microsoft

Technology giant Microsoft on Wednesday said that over 75 million devices were running the flagship operating system (OS) Windows 10 after a month of its release, that goes to show that the adoption rate of the OS is nearly 414 percent.

Upazilas under 3G, villages 2.5G networks

All district towns, including metropolitans, have already brought under third generation (3G) network services.

GP launches Easy Net to raise internet awareness

Cellular phone operator Grameenphone has launched new internet campaign "Easy Net" which aims to raise awareness about the use of internet among the unconnected people in the country.

Life

Recipe: Shammi Kebab

Make the scrumptious Shammi Kebabs at home! Enjoy the recipe!

Pamper your feet with a sugar scrub this monsoon

Dirty water and muck on the road during rains can cause bacterial infections. To keep your feet clean and infection-free, city salons are using sugar for thorough scrubbing and cleansing.

The many benefits of raw coconut oil

If you are struggling with dry skin and hair, a jar of coconut oil could be your best friend. Its light texture, moisturizing properties and easy availability make it one of the best remedies to dry skin.

Five benefits of having oily skin

So, you thought it was downright bad to have an oily skin? Well, it's time to think again. The occasional breakouts should not demoralise. Because, here are a five benefits of having an oily skin.

Tips to take care of your tattoo

It is not enough if you get a good tattoo artist to do the art. You also need to take care of it afterwards. We suggest some tips to take care of your tattoo

Negative effects of smoking on hair and skin

Smoking may give you a high but it also takes away your youth. Smoking affects you internally and externally.

How fit are you?

To measure fitness levels of Mumbai's Generation X, we ventured out to Marine Drive with five Mirror readers and a fitness trainer in tow.

Antibiotic use may increase diabetes risk

Frequent use of antibiotics might increase your risk of developing Type-2 diabetes, a new study warns.

Losing weight as easy as drinking a glass of water!

Slimming can't get any easier than this! Researchers have shown that drinking 500ml of water half-an-hour before eating the three main meals of the day may help you lose weight.

Natural ways to keep doctor at bay

Lets accept it, no one likes going to a doctor. But to keep healthy you have to visit your family doctor periodically. Not really. Read to know how.

Carbs or protien for weight loss?

Carbohydrates or protein will increase weight loss? Protein is the largest favourite among those trying to lose weight. But is it the wisest option healthiest for long term weight loss? We separate the facts and detail out what you really need for weight loss.

Are you skipping your breakfast?

Never do the mistake of skipping your breakfast as it will affect your health in the long run.

TidBits

Solar Irrigation Pumps: Next Big Thing in Bangladesh

On the basis of life cycle costs, Solar Irrigation Pumps are much more attractive compared to diesel pumps. In addition to this, PV pumping systems allow low operating cost, unattended operation, low maintenance, easy installation, and long life.

Asia's richest man loses $13 billion in China crash

Asia's richest man Wang Jianlin has lost about $13 billion in China's stock market crash.

No more tears: Van Persie meets crying Man Utd fan

Fenerbahce and Robin van Persie turned a young Manchester United fan's frown upside down by flying him over to Istanbul to meet the star striker.

Dentist named as killer of Zimbabwe’s famed, human-loving lion (Video)

A Minnesota dentist has taken down his website after a British newspaper identified him as the American hunter who killed Zimbabwe’s most famous lion.

Drone captures massive Eid congregation in Russia (Video)

Thousands of Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr outside the Moscow Grand Mosque on Friday. Worshippers were greeted to a prayer from the Grand Mufti of Russia, Ravil Gainutdin.

Amazing photos: Holy Kaaba on Laylatul Qadr

Muslim worshippers praying at the Grand mosque, the holiest place in Islam, in the holy city of Mecca during Ramadan July 14, 2015, on Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Power, on which the Koran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad by Allah.”

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