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Auto DraftTon-up Bairstow stars as England book World Cup semi-final

CHESTER-LE-STREET, United Kingdom, (BSS/AFP) – Jonny Bairstow’s second successive hundred laid the foundation for England’s 119-run thrashing of New Zealand that saw the tournament hosts secure their place in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday. It is the first time England have reached this stage since 1992, when they made the last of their three losing appearances in ... Read More »

Stars put on tribute for late Karl Lagerfeld in Paris

Paris, June 21 (AP/UNB) — Portraits of Karl Lagerfeld, who died in February, lined the walls of Paris’ Grand Palais as VIP friends of the Chanel designer staged a final tribute to his iconic life Thursday. Claudia Schiffer, who referred to Lagerfeld as her “mentor,” joined model Gigi Hadid, former French First Lady Carla Bruni and over 1,000 other mourners ... Read More »

Shakib, Liton stars as Tigers maul West Indies

Shakib hits back-to-back centuries, becomes top scorer Dhaka, June 17 – Riding on the back-to-back tons by Shakib Al Hasan and a brisk half-century by Liton Das, Bangladesh outclassed West Indies by seven wickets with 51 balls to spare in their fifth game of the ongoing World Cup at Taunton on Monday. Chasing a record total of 321 runs, the ... Read More »

Miss Universe gaffe stirs online storm

Shock and disbelief have erupted online after the wrong Miss Universe winner was crowned. Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was announced winner of the 2015 beauty pageant before organisers revealed she was actually the first runner-up. Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was later declared the winner. #MissUniverse2015 also became Twitter’s biggest trend of the night as thousands of social media users ... Read More »

Dutch Queen Maxima in capital on 3-day visit

In her capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), Dutch Queen Máxima arrived here on Monday morning on a three-day visit. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Bangladesh Bank governor Dr Atiur Rahman and other senior officials received her at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport after her arrival at about 8:25am. The visit, at the ... Read More »

San Francisco observes Yunus Day

The Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco Ed Lee made an official proclamation declaring September 30 as Yunus Day. On this day, San Francisco based Give2Asia Foundation, an organization which has a presence in 25 countries throughout Asia, presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. The award was presented by Chairman of Give2Asia ... Read More »

Yunus congratulates Ban ki Moon

The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon chaired a session of MDG advocates, who are his advisors for driving the MDG program globally, and helping him to formulate the SDGs. He was assisted by co-chairs President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway. Nobel laureate professor Muhammad Yunus, a founding member of MDG Advocacy Group, congratulated ... Read More »

Thrills, humour help lure Damon back into space for ‘The Martian’

A skilful combination of suspense and humour in the story of an abandoned astronaut fighting to survive on Mars is what lured actor Matt Damon and “Alien” director Ridley Scott back into space for “The Martian”, the two men said on Saturday. The movie, which is winning strong early reviews, had its world premiere on Friday at the Toronto international Film Festival. Based ... Read More »

Yunus opens new HQ of Grameen Koota in Bangalore

Bangalore – Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus today inaugurated the new corporate head quarters of Grameen Koota (GK), one of the largest microfinance organizations in India reaching over one million women members in five states of the country. GK began its journey in 1998 with the inspiration of Professor Yunus and with initial seed funding and training from Grameen Trust. ... Read More »

Kazi Zafar’s 1st Namaz-e-Janaza held at Tongi

The first namaz-e-janaza of Jatiya Party (Z) chairman and former prime minister Kazi Zafar Ahmed was held at Biswa Ijtema ground in Tongi on Friday morning. BNP central committee member Hasan Uddin Sarkar, general secretary of JP’s Gazipur city unit Asad Siddiqui, leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance to which Jafar’s JP faction belongs, among others attended the janaza. Zafar’s ... Read More »

Kazi Zafar Ahmed passes away in massive heart attack

Legendary political leader Kazi Zafar Ahmed is no more. Chairman of his faction of the Jatiya Party the ailing leader suffered a massive heart attack early in the morning and passed away at the United Hospital in Gulshan where he was shifted. The JP leader was taken to the hospital in the morning as his family members failed to wake ... Read More »

MI5 spied on a Nobel Prize winning author for over a decade

By Katie Engelhart It was 1956 and Doris Lessing — then a writer of growing acclaim and later a Nobel Prize winner — was feeling cagey. She believed that she was being watched. At home, in London, she felt herself being followed by unseen eyes, from unknown places. Lessing, who had grown up in the British colony of Southern Rhodesia ... Read More »

Zac Efron says new ‘Baywatch’ movie to be raunchy comedy

Former teen idol Zac Efron, who rose to fame in the Disney “High School Musical” franchise, says the upcoming “Baywatch” movie in which he will co-star with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be almost nothing like the 1990s TV series about lifeguards.Although the movie is in preliminary stages, Efron said he was looking forward to it departing from the TV ... Read More »

Pedro to step in for ill Neymar in Barca’s Super Cup clash

Barcelona will be missing the lethal touch of Neymar in attack for the Uefa Super Cup against Sevilla on Tuesday but they can still call on an unsettled Pedro to provide reliable backup.Pedro has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United and the news that Neymar will be out for an expected two weeks with the mumps is ... Read More »

Singer Farida Yasmeen passes away

Eminent singer Farida Yasmeen died at a city hospital on Saturday evening. She was 74. Family sources said the veteran singer breathed her last at Birdem Hospital around 6pm. Singer Agun, son of Farida’s sister Nilufar Yasmeen, said his aunt had been under going treatment for kidney, blood pressure and some other old-age complications over two weeks at the hospital. ... Read More »

Clarkson and ‘Top Gear’ presenters sign with Amazon for new car show

Britain’s former BBC “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon to present a new motoring show for the online retailer’s subscription service alongside co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May.Clarkson had generated both controversy and profits for Britain’s publicly-funded broadcaster. His BBC contract was not renewed after he physically attacked a member of the “Top Gear” ... Read More »

‘Southpaw’ – Heavyweight on performance

Film: “Southpaw”; Language: English; Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Oona Laurence, Naomie Harris, Rita Ora, Claire Foley, Beau Knapp, Victor Ortiz, Miguel Gomes and Skylan Brooks; Director: Antoine Fuqua; Rating: *** Read More »

Three more ‘Game of Thrones’ seasons likely, HBO says

HBO’s most-watched series, the medieval fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” will likely continue through three more seasons, a network executive said on Thursday, as he defended the show’s gritty violence.The sixth season is currently being filmed. Executives have planned to run at least seven seasons and are discussing with the show’s creators how much longer the show will extend beyond ... Read More »

‘Demolition’ with Jake Gyllenhaal to launch 40th Toronto film festival

The Toronto International Film Festival will kick off its 40th year with the world premiere of Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Demolition”, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, festival organisers said on Tuesday. “Demolition” follows the unravelling of a successful investment banker after his wife is killed in a car crash.It is the latest from Vallee, who has won acclaim with ... Read More »

‘Ant-Man’ tops charts, ‘Pixels’ opens to lacklustre $24 million

Adam Sandler’s star appears to have dimmed significantly, after “Pixels,” a slice of arcade game nostalgia that recruited the likes of Pac-Man and Donkey Kong to appear alongside the funnyman, opened to a disappointing $24 million at the domestic box office.The critically derided comedy finished up just behind Disney and Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” which picked up first place and $24.8 million ... Read More »

Australian actress faces child sex charges

Australian actress Maggie Kirkpatrick, who starred in 1980s soap Prisoner Cell Block H and later Home and Away, has been charged with child sex offences. Ms Kirkpatrick, 74, denies two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a person under 16. According to a report by Australia’s Herald Sun, the alleged incident took place in the ... Read More »

APJ Abdul Kalam, ex-President of India dies at 83

Former Indian President A.P.J. Kalam, who was known as the father of the country’s military missile program, died Monday after collapsing while delivering a lecture, a top state official said. He was 83. The president from 2002 until 2007, he was a scientist and science administrator for four decades before that, mainly at the state-run Defense Research and Development Organization ... Read More »