Politics

Government’s fall matter of time: Fakhrul Islam

Charging the government with resorting to continued evil efforts to hang onto power, BNP spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said the fall of this regime is now only a matter of time.

Jubo League leader killed in Gazipur bike crash

A local Jubo League leader was killed when a truck rammed into his motorbike in Mastar Bari area on the Dhaka-Mymenshing Highway in the city on Wednesday midnight.

CMM summons Mirza Fakhrul in defamation case

A court on Thursday summoned BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for calling Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ‘a killer’ and her party Awami League ‘a party of killers’.

People don't want anymore misruling: Ershad

The deposed military dictator denied Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khelda Zia, who alleged that Ershad was behind the assassination of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman. Ershad said, ‘You [Khaleda] were in power three times. Why did not you try the killers?’ He said, ‘I am not the killer, rather you [Khaleda] are the killer.’

Legal notice asks Tarique to apologise for calling Sheikh Mujib a Razakar

Pro-Awami League lawyer Momtazuddin Ahmed Mehedi served the notice on Tarique alleging that Tarique at a meeting of UK unit BNP in East London on Monday said that Sheikh Mujib compromised with Yahiya Khan accepting him as the president just before declaration of Bangladesh’s independence.

Business

Bangladesh left out of US GSP review

The GSP status of Bangladesh has been suspended in June last year, following which the US authorities were reviewing the worker rights, child labour, intellectual property rights, or arbitral awards issues to consider.

Mobile handset market grows by 108 per cent in Q3

Third-quarter smartphone sales increased more than three times compared year-on-year. The growth was 16 per cent in unit shipment terms year-on-year. Smartphones account for 20 per cent of overall mobile handset shipments.

Global retailers put high hope on RMG sector

Putting high hope on the future of the country’s readymade garment (RMG) sector, leading global retailers said that Bangladesh would achieve the $50-billion export target by 2021.

Citycell: Nothing happened for licence cancelling

Mobile phone operator Citycell has responded the regulator’s notice of licence cancellation saying that it paid 49% of 2G spectrum fee as the spectrum provided was less than allocation.

Switching between mobile networks possible in 3 years

Mobile operators said they will be able to let users switch from one operator to another without changing their numbers within two to three years.

Stocks end five-day losses

Stocks witnessed moderate rise amid cautious trading yesterday, breaking five consecutive days’ losses.

Micromax launches smartphone with Google

Indian handset vendor Micromax Informatics yesterday launched the Android One smartphone in partnership with Google Inc for the Bangladesh market.

Fortis opens first cardiac centre in Bangladesh

Fortis will manage and operate the 42-bed centre set up by AFC Health Ltd, a concern of Bangladesh-based Active Fine Chemicals, at Sonadanga in Khulna at a cost of around Tk 30 crore.

27 missions fail to achieve export targets

Twenty-seven of 53 Bangladesh missions abroad have failed to achieve their respective export targets for the July-November period of the current fiscal (2014-15).

Revenue collection up over 14pc in July-October

The revenue collection showed comparatively stronger strength in the first four months of the current 2014-15 financial year (FY15) with 14.24 per cent growth over the amount collected during the same period of 2013-14 financial year (FY14)

National

Illegal migration of workers must stop: Mosharraf

Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday urged the recruiting agencies to take sending manpower abroad as a service, not a business to make money.

ACC quizzing Moosa Bin Shamsher over siphoning off money

The Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) is quizzing DATCO Group chairman Dr Moosa Bin Shamsher, a controversial businessman, for allegedly siphoning off money and accumulating wealth illegally.

One apprehended with 4 kg hemp in Chapainawabganj

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested an alleged drug peddler in possession of four kilograms of hemp from Krishnagobindapur Pathanpara area in Chapainawabgank Sadar upazila on Wednesday.

Quack, 7 agents jailed in Chapainawabganj

A mobile court in Chapainawabganj sentenced an alleged quack to two years’ imprisonment and his seven agents to one year’s jail each in the district town on Wednesday.

Bangladeshi President’s visit to strengthen ties: Indian Foreign Department

The visit of President Abdul Hamid to India will help further strengthen and expand the close bilateral relations between the two countries, said Indian Foreign Ministry.

Botswana Assistant Minister to arrive Saturday

Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration of Botswana Dikgang Phillip Makgalemele arrives Dhaka on a two-day visit on Saturday.

World News

Putin says Russian economy will rebound

Russian President Putin has attempted to assuage fears of economic collapse and promised rapid recovery as he faced hundreds of journalists amid the worst financial crisis of his rule.

Russian rouble in 'catastrophic decline'

Price changes to reflect the rouble's new value are imminent, and people want to get in there before that flat screen TV, that iPhone 6, that sofa, becomes instantly unaffordable.
Everyone knows life is about to get much more expensive.

Palestine sets deadline on Israeli occupation

"We don't have any problem with them filing some resolution, providing it's done in the spirit of working with people to see how we could proceed forward in a thoughtful way that solves the problem, doesn't make it worse," US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters.

230 bodies found in mass grave uncovered by residents in Deir Ezzor province bordering Iraq

"The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has learned from trusted sources that more than 230 bodies have been found in a mass grave in the desert near al-Kashkiyeh in the east of Deir Ezzor," said the Britain-based group.

Sharif wants to 'defeat terrorism'

"It is a national cause and we stand fully with the federal government and give out a clear message that leaders of entire political spectrum stand together to express their resolve to defeat terrorism, once for all."

Colombia's FARC rebels call indefinite truce

"We have resolved to declare a unilateral ceasefire and end hostilities for an indefinite period of time, which should be transformed into an armistice," said the leftist rebels' peace negotiators in Cuba, where they are in talks with the Colombian government to end the 50-year war.

President Obama announces "new chapter" in relations as Castro hails prisoner exchange

The United States and Cuba have agreed to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama has called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy.

Sports

Young Samurais shatter Bangladesh

The visiting Japan Under-21 team showed exactly why they are considered the next Blue Samurais as their relentless attacks saw them end the year with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bangladesh national team in the Fifa friendly match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

BCB won’t send Gazi hurriedly to test action

Gazi was not in the 30-member probable squad for the World Cup which gave the BCB an ample time to take a decision regarding the bowler who was banned for illegal bowling action.

Williamson hits ton as NZ level series

Kane Williamson hit a brilliant hundred as New Zealand won the fourth day-night international against Pakistan by seven runs in an exciting finish in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Waqar wants a win

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis feels a win in the fifth and final one-dayer against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Friday will give his team a boost for next year's World Cup.

Reus fined for driving offence

German international Marco Reus has been slapped with a record EUR540000 fine for driving without a licence. Injured Reus was stopped by police behind the wheel of a luxury car as he returned from training.

Hashim hits double tons

South African captain Hashim Amla hit his third Test double century and Stiaan van Zyl made a hundred on debut before rain brought a premature end to the second day of the first Test on Thursday.

We failed to mark third attacker: Titu

Despite keeping the Japan U-21 side at bay till the 60th minute on the face of an onslaught of attacks, the Bangladesh national team suffered a 0-3 defeat, thanks to three goals in the space of 15 minutes.

Razzak five-for keeps Kalabagan upbeat

In a race to survive in the top flight, Kalabagan KC gained some much needed confidence ahead of their crucial relegation tie against Partex as they strolled past a hapless Old DOHS in the Dhaka Premier League yesterday.

Mangongo sacked as Zimbabwe coach

Stephen Mangongo has been fired as Zimbabwe's coach. Mangongo's dismissal comes with just eight weeks to go before the World Cup and after the team lost all eight fixtures on their recent tour to Bangladesh, which included three Tests and five ODIs.

Australia reply boldly after Hazlewood's strike

The visitors' loss of six for 87 at the steady hands of Josh Hazlewood gave the hosts a better sight of the batting crease than they could have expected after day one.

Entertainment

Amitabh Bachchan tops Twitter popularity list

Leaving behind all other actors in the film industry, megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been ranked number one on Twitter, in terms of both popularity and activity.

Prince William calls Kate's hair a nightmare

The royal, who's second in line to the throne, met with volunteers and young visitors at the facility, including one aspiring hairdresser named Angel. While chatting with the 20-year-old trainee, Prince William proclaimed that she should attempt styling Middleton's "nightmare hair."

Victoria Beckham loves being un-posh!

"I do quite like to have a day where I’m just hanging out in the house, in comfy clothes, catching up on books that I’ve wanted to read," Beckham, 40, who is rarely snapped looking less than positively glam, confessed. "That’s a real treat for me. Just going about with no makeup on."

He's a brilliant kid: Megan Fox

Megan Fox is defending her former Transformers costar Shia LaBeouf following his recent arrested months of bizarre behavior. The actress had only nice things to say about her old pal while recently promoting her film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Kumar Biswajit and Shironamhin to perform at IGCC Friday

Popular singer Kumar Biswajit and rock band Shironamhin and will perform in a musical event at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre in the capital’s Dhanmondi area on Friday. The musical event is organised by IGCC to mark the 44th Victory Day of Bangladesh.

Science & Technology

Volume of world's oldest water estimated

The world's oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth's crust, is present at a far greater volume than was thought, scientists report.

Google considers warning internet users about data risks

Google is proposing to warn people their data is at risk every time they visit websites that do not use the "HTTPS" system.

Hackers trick way into ICANN computers

The private agency that acts as a gatekeeper for the Internet on Wednesday said that hackers tricked their way into its computers.

Sony Pictures cancels premiere of "The Interview" after hackers threat

Hackers who claimed responsibility for seizing control and leaking data from Sony's computers last month on Tuesday warned people to stay away from cinemas showing the film, and reminded moviegoers of the 9/11 attacks on the US.

LG to present webOS 2.0 Smart TV at CES 2015

LG has announced it will be showcasing its next generation of smart televisions at CES 2015, which is scheduled to be held from January 6 to 9 in Las Vegas.

Intel to power Lenovo smartphones

Lenovo plans to announce two new Intel-powered smartphones in the first two months of next year, according to a person familiar with the devices.

Blackberry Classic goes back to qwerty

Blackberry has launched what it calls a "no-nonsense" smartphone, the Blackberry Classic. Analysts predict the Qwerty keyboard will please existing fans.

Festival lights viewed from space

Miguel Roman, from Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center, said: "For the first time, we've been able to examine changes in lighting at the country, city and neighbourhood scales."

Life

Reasons You Should Adopt a Child

Child adoption can be one of the most rewarding aspects of life for both you and your child. It really is wonderful and amazing to open your heart and home to a child that did not come from your womb, but you're willing to love and nurture her just the same.

TIPS: Make your Christmas cake a bit different

Decorating a Christmas cake isn’t a difficult task, especially if you have kids. Yeah true! with all of the shopping, cooking and cleaning, may be you don’t have enough time to think of the ways to make your Christmas cake more unique and delicious.

Slow cooker Chicken and Dumplings

This is an easy slow cooker recipe that cooks while you are at work! It is wonderful on a cold day. The children who are picky eaters will love this! Enjoy!

Have you crossed the five stages of love?

Researchers have identified five stages of love, which would decide whether you would be able to cement the relationship or leave midway. Each stage can be relived and recaptured among couples, who face different life challenges together, said a latest survey by the UK dating website eHarmony.

TidBits

Airbus performs AMAZING photo shoot (Video)

Airbus Commercial Aircraft, the division of the Toulouse, France based aerospace giant Airbus has conducted the first air to air photo shoot with their new A350 Aircraft.

What if the Earth was Flat?

Would people fall off the edge when they reached the end?

Is this Ice Tsunami?

Earlier this year, an ice shove occurred on the coast of Lake Winnebago, and Jim Morgenstern caught the event on film. In addition to piling up in the backyard shown in this video, ice also crept into the road, blocking the flow of traffic. Check it out here.

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