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Will Poulter grab lead role in Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series

Amazon has cast actor Will Poulter for the lead part in its highly-ambitious Lord of the Rings series. Poulter, best known for starring in Bandersnatch episode of Black Mirror, The Revenant and Aris Aster’s Midsommar, joins Australian star Markella Kavenagh in the project. The details of his role are currently being kept under wraps, reported Variety. Amazon is also yet ... Read More »

Falguni Hamid, Kamruzzaman to lead BACHSAS

Culture Desk Bangladesh Chalachitra Sangbadik Samity (BACHSAS) have got their new leaders  for the tenure- 2019-21. The election was held on Friday at National Press Club in the city. Falguni Hamid and Kamruzzaman Babu have been elected as president and general secretary of the new committee for the next two years. According to the poll president-elect Falguni Hamid got 365 ... Read More »

Jaya plays lead role in 3D film ‘Alatchakra’

Entertainment Desk National film award winner actress, model and producer Jaya Ahsan, who works in Bangladeshi and Indian Bengali films has wrapped up the shooting for her upcoming Bangladeshi project where she plays the role of the lover of Bangladeshi writer, thinker, novelist and poet Ahmed Sofa. Jaya acted and directed by Habibur Rahman, it is Bangladesh’s first 3D film ... Read More »

Selim, Nasim to lead TV drama actors’ association

Culture Desk Shahiduzzaman Selim has been elected as the president and Ahsan Habib Nasim has been reelected as the general secretary in the elections for Obhinoy Shilpi Sangha. The election for the apex body of TV drama actors of the country was held on June 21 from 9am to 5pm at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy amidst festivity while the chief election ... Read More »

China should lead on air pollution

by Kris Hartley, Asit K. Biswas Singapore/Hong Kong – The United Nations expects 68% of the world’s population to live in urban areas by 2050. As governments scramble to manage this flood of urban migration, they must address not only basic needs such as housing and employment but also issues impacting liveability and public health – including air pollution. Nowhere ... Read More »

Xi, Putin lead bilateral ties into new era of int’l cooperation

St. Petersburg,  June 8 (Xinhua/UNB) — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia showed that the consensus on deepening mutual trust between the two countries is unbreakable and that China’s belief in win-win cooperation is unshakable, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Friday. Xi wrapped up a three-day visit to Russia on Friday, during which he ... Read More »

Samad, Sujat reelected to lead National Poetry Council

Cultural Correspondent The new committee of Jatiya Kabita Parishad (National Poetry Council) for the term 2019-2021 was announced in the National Poetry Festival which was held in the city recently. Noted poet and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Muhammad Samad and Tarik Sujat have been selected again respectively as the president and general secretary of the Parishad. Poets Rabiul Husain, Rubi Rahman, ... Read More »

AL established monarchy alleges BNP

BNP senior leader ASM Hannan Shah on Tuesday alleged that Awami League has established monarchy in the country by snatching people’s all basic rights.“The country’s current situation suggests it’s now under monarchy, and everyone will have to abide by what the ruling party says,” he told a protest rally.Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club protesting ... Read More »

Armed forces must move with Govt’s stance against terrorism: PM

Reitarating Bangladesh’s firm stance aginst all sorts of terrorism, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the country’s armed forces must move forward imbued with the same ideal. “We are committed to international peace and security. Our standpoint against all kinds of terrorism is very clear. Our armed forces must move forward imbued with the same ideal,” she said. The Prime ... Read More »

Foreign diplomats in Dhaka discuss political crisis

Diplomats from various countries stationed in Dhaka held a meeting in the city and discussed political issues to find ways on how they can help Bangladesh resolve the ongoing crisis peacefully. A diplomatic source said the meeting was held at the residence of Australian High Commissioner in Dhaka Greg Wilcock in the afternoon. The diplomats are reportedly observing the political ... Read More »

Bnp condemns Gaibandha bomb attack

The BNP on Saturday denounced the petrol bomb attack on a passenger bus at Tulshighat in Gaibandha that left six people dead and many others injured on Friday, and renewed its stand that the 20-party has no link with subversive acts. In a statement, BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed, on behalf of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, condemned the barbaric ... Read More »

Govt asked to explain if Khaleda is free or arrested

BNP vice chairman Maj (Retd) Hafiz Uddin Ahmed yesterday sought explanation from the government as to whether BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is arrested or free as people of intelligence agency sit in front of her office with a register book and kept in a table recording the names, address and phone numbers of the visitors. Addressing a press conference at ... Read More »

Stop killings, repression on opposition, 20-Party to police

BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday called upon the law enforcers to stop extra judicial killing, refrain from carrying out repression on opposition leaders and activists, injuring innocent people by shooting at them, mass arrest, conducting raids in homes of activists and to arrest government-backed terrorists. “Despite the call if any single incident of extra judicial killing occurs, repression, enforced disappearance and ... Read More »

Give space for peaceful political activity: US

The United States has expressed grave concern over the ongoing unrest and violence in Bangladesh and deplored the unconscionable attacks, including bus burnings, throwing incendiary devices, and train derailments that have killed and wounded innocent victims. “We condemn in the strongest terms the use of violence for political objectives. There’s simply no justification for such actions in a democratic Bangladesh,” ... Read More »

5 JMB suspects held in M’singh, one in Jessore

Police in separate drives arrested five suspected activists of the banned Islamic militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Fulbaria upazila on Monday. The arrestees were identified as Abdul Barek Munshi Bari, 45, teacher of Jorbaria Balika Dakhil Madrasah, Touhiduzzamn Abu, 27, son of Nur Ahmmad Chowdhury, resident of Radhakanai village, Abdul Hannan, 26, son of Shahabuddin, resident of Echail ... Read More »

Youth ‘inadvertently’ shot dead in Bagerhat?

A young man was killed after being hit by a stray bullet fired accidentally from the gun of a local Awami League leader at Palerkhanda village in Morelganj upazila on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Masum Sardar,27, motorcycle driver of Jahangir Alam alias Badshah,  joint convener of Jewdhara union unit Awami League and son of Abdur Rashid of the ... Read More »

Celebrations mark 25 years since Berlin Wall’s fall

Germany has kicked off celebrations marking 25 years since the epochal fall of the Berlin Wall, set to culminate in rock stars and freedom icons joining millions at an open-air party. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, is leading three days of commemorations for those killed trying to flee the repressive state, ahead of a giant ... Read More »

Narendra Modi sworn in as Indian prime minister

Narendra Modi has been sworn in as India’s new prime minister in a ceremony in the forecourt of the presidential palace in Delhi. Mr Modi took the oath before thousands of guests, including his counterpart from rival Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. It is the first time since the two countries won independence in 1947 that a prime minister from one state ... Read More »

CNG auto-rickshaw owners’ 72-hr strike in city Tuesday

Dhaka Metropolitan CNG-run Auto-rickshaw Malik Samity Oikya Parishad will go on a 72-hour strike in the city on Tuesday demanding the extension of economic lifespan of the vehicle by four years more. Nearly 13,000 CNG-run three-wheelers are now plying the city streets commercially and the economic lifespan of an auto-rickshaw is 11 years. Read More »

Hasina, Abe for cooperation in global peace-building

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in a joint statement issued on Monday affirmed deepening bilateral and multilateral cooperation in peacekeeping and peace-building efforts across the globe. The 21-point joint statement came after a summit-level talk at Japanese PM’s office on Monday. Hasina is now in Japan on a four-day official tour of Japan. Japanese Prime ... Read More »

Economic disparity is intensifying: Serajul Islam Chy

Prof Emeritus of Dhaka University (DU) Serajul Islam Choudhury on Monday observed that the economic disparity is intensifying in the country despite a long struggle and many changes. In his deliberation of the ‘Nazmul Karim Study Centre Lecture 2014’ at RC Majumder auditorium on the campus, Prof Serajul Islam said, “The gap between the rich and the poor has not ... Read More »

Adel ordered attack on Ekram, Jahed tells court

Jahid Chowdhury alias Jahed, one of the masterminds of Fulgazi upazila chairman Ekramul Haque Ekram killing, on Monday told a local court that ruling party leader Jahangir Kabir Adel alias Jahangir Adel had ordered physical assault on Ekram and vandalising his vehicle. Jahed, joint general secretary of Fulgazi upazila Awami League and a close aide to Feni-2 ruling party MP ... Read More »

Khaleda’s Munshiganj rally Wednesday: Undeclared emergency: BNP

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday alleged that an emergency like situation is prevailing in the country. BNP joint secretary general Rizvi Ahmed made the allegation while briefing reporters at party head office at Naya Paltan in the city. “The misrule by the government in Bangladesh today is not comparable to any other country,” he said. Rizvi said, the BNP chairperson ... Read More »