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BD is a rising consumer market

Bangladesh is becoming a large market with a growing number of people from middle-income class affluent consumers, a study has found.Business strategy adviser the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) released the report, titled ‘Bangladesh: The Surging Consumer Market Nobody Saw Coming’, in Dhaka on Thursday.The BCG’s Centre for Customer Insight made the report surveying over 2,000 consumers.The firm’s Malaysia office Managing ... Read More »

Universe is spooky

The universe really is weird, which is bad news both for Albert Einstein and for would-be hackers hoping to break into quantum encryption systems.Eighty years after the physicist dismissed as “spooky” the idea that simply observing one particle could instantly change another far-away object, Dutch scientists said on Wednesday they had proved decisively that the effect was real.Writing in the ... Read More »

Policeman knifed to death in Dhaka

A police ASI has been stabbed to death at a check post in Dhaka’s Gabtoli amidst heightened security for Durga Puja.The victim was identified as Darussalam Police Station Assistant Sub-Inspector Ibrahim Molla.He was stabbed at the check post in front of Parbat Cinema Hall on Thursday night, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Kayum Uz Zaman told was rushed to ... Read More »

Ansarullah Bangla team among Olama League!

The media was threatened in an e-mail by none other than the leaders of an Awami Ulama League faction that used the name of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, its rival group alleges.A faction led by Ilias Hossain bin Helali and Delowar Hossain made the claim at a press briefing on Wednesday.It said “truth will be unveiled” if leaders ... Read More »

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ breaks presale records

Early ticket sales for December’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” broke IMAX records with more than $6.5 million for US screenings, the theatre chain said on Tuesday, while the trailer delivered a boost for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.IMAX Corp said Monday’s presales for “The Force Awakens” far outpaced first day sales for 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Avengers” and ... Read More »

MNP will solve call drops menace: S K Bose

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is the only solution to the dropped call menace, outgoing BTRC Chairman Sunil Kanti Bose feels.Once MNP is introduced, mobile users will be able to switch to another service provider without changing existing number and that will force the mobile operators to improve their services, believes Bose, who has served the BTRC for the last three ... Read More »

Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury attacked in London

Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury, a former Supreme Court judge who retired recently, has been attacked in London.His daughter said in a Facebook post that she and her father landed at London’s Heathrow airport on Wednesday night.Before heading home, the two drove off to a Durga Puja pavilion in York Hall at Bethnal Green, she said.As the two came out of ... Read More »

Everyday mindfulness can cut belly fat

Those who are aware of each and every moment of their life have less fat around their belly than those who do not pay attention to the present, new research shows.The study of nearly 400 people found that those who exhibited more “dispositional mindfulness” were less likely to be obese.Dispositional or everyday mindfulness is not the same as mindfulness meditation ... Read More »

T20 taking toll on Tests: Sobers

West Indies legend Garfield Sobers Wednesday accused cash-rich Twenty20 tournaments of destroying Test cricket by luring players away from the longest form of the sport with large amounts of cash.The 79-year-old, regarded by many as cricket’s greatest all-rounder, told reporters in Colombo that the huge amount of money offered to players by T20 tournaments, especially the Indian Premier League (IPL), ... Read More »

US upset with Assad visiting Russia

The White House on Wednesday slammed Russia for its “red carpet” treatment of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who made a rare visit to Moscow to see President Vladimir Putin.“We view the red carpet welcome for Assad, who has used chemical weapons against his own people, at odds with the stated goal by the Russians for a political transition in Syria,” ... Read More »

Vulture’s genes help it thrive on rotting flesh

A diet of putrid rotting flesh may not be your cup of tea, but to the cinereous vulture, found across southern Europe and Asia, it is positively delightful. This tough bird, it turns out, is genetically wired to thrive on the stuff.Researchers on Tuesday said they have sequenced the genome of this big scavenger, also called the Eurasian black vulture, ... Read More »

Canada to withdraw fighter jets from IS war

Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau has confirmed he will withdraw Canadian fighter jets from the air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.He informed US President Barack Obama of his decision hours after leading his Liberal party to victory in the polls.As part of his election campaign, Mr Trudeau pledged to bring home the CF-18 fighter jets that ... Read More »

Actor Riaz out of danger

Actor Riaz Uddin Ahamed Siddique, hospitalised following complaints of chest pain, is out of danger.Known simply as Riaz in the Bangladesh film industry, he was rushed to Apollo Hospitals in Dhaka on Monday evening after he complained of acute chest discomfort.Lutfor Rahman Nirjhor, an acquaintance of the actor, tweeted on Tuesday that Riaz’s condition had improved.He later told us that ... Read More »

Bangladesh trying to send workers overseas

Bangladesh is trying to send workers to Australia, Thailand and Canada, apart from Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, says the expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister.“We are discussing the matter (with those countries) right now,” Nurul Islam BSc told reporters on Tuesday.“Also, sending workers to Saudi Arabia has not stopped. People are going there every day.”This year, the government’s target is ... Read More »

Bangladesh to sell internet bandwidth to India

The export of internet bandwidth to India has been delayed because cable connection was not set up across the border, State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim says.Bangladesh would start selling bandwidth in November, she said on Tuesday.She was briefing the media on the progress of her division’s work in the last 90 days since she took charge.The export ... Read More »

Life on Earth appeared four billion years ago

An ancient zircon crystal unearthed in Western Australia may hold evidence that life appeared on the planet 4.1 billion years ago, or about 300 million years earlier than previously thought, according to a team of US researchers.Scientists from Stanford University and the University of California, Los Angeles said they recently collected some 10,000 multibillion year-old zircons in Jack Hills, Australia, ... Read More »

Cricketer Litton Das faces religious hatred

Bangladesh national cricketer Litton Kumer Das has faced religious hatred after posting a photo of goddess Durga on the occasion of Puja on a social networking site.He posted the photo wishing happiness to all and seeking everyone’s blessing on his Facebook wall on Monday.The first attack was launched from an ID ‘Md Metun’, who used abusive language to reprimand Das ... Read More »

Kader Siddique moves HC

Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) chief Kader Siddique has moved the High Court seeking to overturn the Election Commission’s decision scrapping his nomination for the Tangail-4 by-polls.His counsel AJ Mohammad Ali told a bench would hear the plea on Wednesday.Tangail-4 constituency fell vacant after Siddique’s elder brother Abdul Latif Siddique resigned last month.Latif Siddique had earlier lost his Cabinet ... Read More »

Supreme Court set to hear review pleas by Salauddin Quader, Mujahid on Nov 2

Petitions by war crimes convicts Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid for a review of their death sentences will be heard at the Appellate Division on Nov 2.The Supreme Court’s Chamber Judge Syed Mahmud Hossain gave the order on Tuesday after hearing the State’s petition, which had sought a date for hearing of the petitions.Chowdhury’s plea seeking deposition ... Read More »

Actor Riaz hospitalised with chest pain during shoot

Actor Riaz Uddin Ahamed Siddique has been admitted to Apollo Hospital with severe chest pain during a shoot.Known only as Riaz in Bangladesh’s film industry, he was rushed to the hospital in Dhaka at around 9:15pm on Monday, the hospital’s duty manager told us.“Riaz was brought to the emergency department with cardiac issues. He was conscious at the time.”Riaz was ... Read More »

Rich nations lag in ‘fair share’ of climate action: Study

The United States and other rich nations are doing less than their fair share to fight climate change under a UN accord due in December while China is outperforming, a report by 18 civil society groups said on Monday.Overall, governments’ pledges for curbs on greenhouse gas emissions are not enough to limit a rise in temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius ... Read More »

‘Calling me defaulter trick’ Kader Siddique lodges appeal with EC

The Election Commission has dismissed Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) chief Kader Siddique’s appeal against the cancellation of his nomination for the Tangail-4 by-polls.Siddique and his wife Nasrin Siddique’s nominations were cancelled for defaulting on repayment of loans.His lawyer says they will challenge the decision in court.The couple had moved the EC against the returning officer’s decision to cancel their ... Read More »

Balkans struggle with growing number of migrants

The Balkans struggled with a growing backlog of migrants on Monday as thousands of people waited on cold, wet borders after Hungary closed its southern frontier and diverted them to Slovenia.Slovenia imposed a daily limit of 2,500, forcing fellow European Union-member Croatia to also ration entry from Serbia, which the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said was hosting more than ... Read More »

S Q Chowdhury files petition for witnesses’ depositions

War crimes convict Salauddin Quader Chowdhury has filed a petition for deposition by eight witnesses, including five Pakistani nationals, during the hearing of a review of his death sentence.The BNP leader’s lawyer Hujjatul Islam al Fesani said the plea has been submitted to the Supreme Court.It also sought the court’s order to summon the eight witnesses for deposition.But, Attorney General ... Read More »

‘Goosebumps’ tops ‘The Martian

“Goosebumps” rode a wave of Clinton era nostalgia to the top of the box office charts, as the adaptation of the popular children’s book series earned $23.5 million in its opening weekend.That just edged out Fox’s “The Martian,” the science-fiction smash that was trying to be the number one picture for a third week in a row. The film added ... Read More »

Joy asks startups to keep on trying

Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy has asked Bangladesh startups not to give up despite failures. Bangladesh’s first Software Technology Park, aimed to facilitate IT entrepreneurs, was inaugurated on Sunday.Speaking on the occasion, Joy said he hopes that Bangladesh will someday produce companies like Google and Facebook.The Software Park located at the Janata Tower in Dhaka’s Karwan Bazar, ... Read More »

Philippines hit by Typhoon Koppu

A powerful typhoon is battering the northern Philippines, with at least one person dead, several missing and thousands forced to flee their homes.Typhoon Koppu made landfall near the town of Casiguran on the island of Luzon on Sunday morning, bringing winds of close to 200km/h (124mph).The vast weather system toppled trees and power lines, triggering floods and landslides.Koppu has since ... Read More »

Tracy Morgan returns after 20 months

Tracy Morgan returned to “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday to host the long-running comedy show on which he shot to fame, more than a year after he suffered near-fatal injuries in a deadly high-speed car accident.Morgan, a “Saturday Night Live” cast member from 1999 to 2006 before he left to join “30 Rock,” the hit sitcom based on SNL, was ... Read More »

Barca’s four-goal Neymar coy on secret of success

Neymar was delighted after netting his first four-goal haul, including two penalties, for Barcelona on Saturday but the Brazil forward was not about to give away any clues to the secret of his success.It was one of the 23-year-old’s best performances since joining Barca in 2013 as the Spanish and European champions fought back from 1-0 down to beat a ... Read More »

Govt is suffering from Khaleda-Tarique phobia:Nazrul

The government seems to be suffering from ‘Khaleda-Tarique phobia’ for it keeps blaming them for anything that goes wrong, says a senior BNP leader.“It seems Khaleda Zia, Tarique Rahman and the BNP are always held responsible (by the government) for any incident in the country. They will be blamed even if an earthquake were to hit the country today,” said ... Read More »