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Thursday November 23, 2017 02:01 AM



  • The glass half-full

    Pakistanis are polygamous by nature. Many of them found the referendum in Scotland superfluousDual nationality comes instinctively to Pakistanis: They are polygamous by nature. This explains why many of them found the referendum in Scotland superfluous. Why, they argued, couldn’t the Scots be allowed to hold Scottish passports as well as British ones?

    The recent Scottish referendum is the latest of a number of attempts by Scots to assert their identity as a separate nation. Their irritation at being treated as an appendage to other countries has chafed for centuries.

  • ISIS doesn’t serve Islam

    It is an obligation for every Muslim youth to stay far away from ISIS, as their path does not comply with the prophet’s wayThe US-led airstrikes on ISIS terrorists are surely a doomed ploy to kill a large number of Muslims in the Middle Eastern countries, and the continuation of more than a half-century old regional tension started immediately after World War II when the West injected and established Israel in 1948 by evicting the Palestinians from their homelands.

    Following the Samuel P Huntington doctrine in Clash of Civilisations, the US-led allies have been ensuring corrosion in the crescent – the Middle East, aiming at sustaining the hegemony of the eroding West in the world.

  • Islamist parties to stage demos against Latif today

    Islami Andalon Bangladesh, Islami Oikya Jote, Khelafat Mojlish and Hefazat-e-Islam are among the parties and groups to stage the demonstrationsSeveral Islamist parties and groups will stage demonstrations across the country after Jum’a prayers today demanding capital punishment to Posts and Telecommunications Minister Abdul Latif Siddique for his “derogative” comment on hajj.

    Islami Andalon Bangladesh, Islami Oikya Jote, Khelafat Mojlish and Hefazat-e-Islam are among the parties and groups to stage the demonstrations, a statement said yesterday.

  • Man allegedly beaten by police in capital

    The victim, Md Azad Hossain, 40, is admitted at DMCHA garment accessories trader was allegedly beaten by police at the capital’s Pallabi area over a misunderstanding yesterday.  

    The victim, Md Azad Hossain, 40, is admitted at DMCH.

  • US embassy remains closed on October 5-6

    On the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, the American Embassy including its consular section, American Center, Archer K Blood American Center Library and Education USA Student Advising Center will remain closed from October 5-6.

    Emergency services for American citizens will be available.

  • Week-long celebration comes to end

    Week-long celebration comes to end

    Asaduzzaman Noor, Minister, Ministry of Cultural Affairs chaired the ceremony held at ULAB’s Dhanmondi campusUniversity of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) unveiled its permanent campus at capital’s Ramchandrapur yesterday, during the closing ceremony of the week-long long celebration centring its 10th Foundation Day. 

    Asaduzzaman Noor, Minister, Ministry of Cultural Affairs chaired the ceremony held at ULAB’s Dhanmondi campus.

  • 3 held with liquor and yaba

    Police and RAB arrested three persons in separate drives from Bakalia and Folmondi area of Chittagong early yesterday for possesing yaba and liquor.

    The arrested men were Md Rabbi, 24, and Nur Mohammed, 38. The identity of the other arrested could not to be known till the filing of this report.

  • Digital greetings boost cell phone business

    Digital greetings boost cell phone business

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina first used the IVR to congratulate the countrymen and send greetings on the occasion of Victory Day last yearIt is not new that Eid or Puja greetings are conveyed to near and dear ones by sending mobile phone SMS. But these days wishes are not limited to sending only text messages, rather a new system is also getting popular –  IVR or interactive voice response.  

    Mainly political campaigners and corporate advertisers are using IVR or voice message in promotional activities. Political figures use the system to send their own voice to convey a message to the voters. 

  • Vested interests desperate to grab century-old pond in Habiganj

    Vested interests desperate to grab century-old pond in Habiganj

    The land grabbers started felling soil on the pond and they were threatening the locals of dire consequence as they took a stance against the misdeedA vested interest has allegedly been trying to grab a historic century-old pond in the Chirakandi Gopinath area under the district town for long.

    As part of the ill move, the land grabbers started felling soil on the pond and they were threatening the locals of dire consequence as they took a stance against the misdeed.

    Being informed, local Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon activists visited the pond yesterday.

  • Revenue grows 15% in first two months

    In August this year, the NBR was able to mobilise Tk8,885 crore from all three of its wingsThe National Board of Revenue (NBR) has mobilised around Tk16,873 crore in the first two months of current fiscal with a 15% growth compared to the last fiscal.

    Smooth business environment and increased monitoring led to the moblisation.

    The NBR revenue collection grew by Tk2196.5 crore or 14.92% in comparison with July and August of the last fiscal, the NBR recent data shows.

    In August this year, the NBR was able to mobilise Tk8,885 crore from all three of its wings.

  • AL man killed over gambling

    Police and witnesses said Awami League activists Tota, Jahangir, Ramjan and Badal were playing gamblingAn Awami League activist was hacked to death by his rival for preventing to play gambling in Jibonnagar upazila on Wednesday night.

    The victim was identified as Ariful Islam, 25, son Aziz Box of Senerhuda village in the upazila.

    Police and witnesses said Awami League activists Tota, Jahangir, Ramjan and Badal were playing gambling at a shop at Shenerhuda village and they chopped Ariful mercilessly as he prevented them to play.

    Later, Ariful was rushed to Chuadanga Sadar Hospital where he died around 8pm.

  • RMG owners, workers create confusion over wages and festival bonus

    Earlier, the government urged the owners to pay wages by September 28 and bonus by October 2While the owners claim they have paid wages with festival bonus to all the workers, the union leaders allege 30% factories are yet to make the payments as the government-set deadline expired yesterday.

    Earlier, the government urged the owners to pay wages by September 28 and bonus by October 2. 

  • Remittance rises 12% ahead of Eid

    The country received remittances worth $1.3 billion during the month which was $1.17 billion in AugustThe inflow of remittance rose by 12.34% in September in comparison with the previous month of August as the expatriates sent more remittance home to celebrate the holy Eid ul-Azha.

    The country received remittances worth $1.3 billion during the month which was $1.17 billion in August.

    Though the remittance inflow witnessed a rapid increase in the last moment, it  was, however, slow in the beginning of the month of September as a result of exchange rate that remained unchanged, said a senior executive of Bangladesh Bank.

  • Trader found dead

    A crockery trader was found dead at his house at Bhatapara in Sadar upazila yesterday.

    The deceased was identified as Bachchu Bhuinyan,45, son of Yunus Bhuinyan, a resident of Katarikandi village in Raipura upazila of Narsindi district.

    Police suspected that he might have been stabbed to death by miscreants at some time on Wednesday night.

  • NGO officer abducted, released on ransom

    Miscreants abducted and later released an official of an NGO after ensuring ransom in Bhola. 

  • Stocks rally sharp ahead of long holiday

    Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) Selective Categories Index, CSCX, ended up 158 points to 9,804Stocks closed sharply higher yesterday in a pre-holiday rally as the persisting bull-run was fired up by the news of substantial increase in foreign investment in the stock market.

    The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) benchmark DSEX saw the steepest rise of over 84 points or 1.6% to settle at 5,237, its highest level since its launching and also biggest ever single-day rise.

    With this, it extended its sharp gaining streak for the third consecutive session.

  • Islamic State presses assault on Syrian border town

    Turkish parliament to vote on mandate for military actionIslamic State insurgents tightened their grip on a Syrian border town yesterday despite coalition air strikes meant to weaken them, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict.

    Kurdish militants warned that peace talks with the Turkish state would come to an end if the Islamist insurgents were allowed to carry out a massacre in the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobani, pressuring Ankara to act.

  • Europe’s carmakers walk tightrope between low cost and high spec

    Europe’s carmakers walk tightrope between low cost and high spec

    Analysts say the move makes sense, as austerity-scarred Europeans are in no mood to splash out on expensive, big carsCarmakers are betting on style and recycling in the battle for Europe’s burgeoning small car market, adding hi-tech safety and entertainment features while often using older vehicle underpinnings as a way to keep prices down.

    Several new cars on display at this month’s Paris auto show from Opel, Citroen, Skoda and Kia are based largely on modified components used in a previous generation vehicle, or taken from another model already on the road, as a way to save cash.

  • Faced with IS horror, Iraqis retaliate with humour

    Faced with IS horror, Iraqis retaliate with humour

    The situation in Iraq is no laughing matter, but artists of all stripes are turning to humour to wage war on the Islamic State (IS)How can societies shield themselves from the worst horrors? Sometimes humour helps.

    The situation in Iraq is no laughing matter, but artists of all stripes are turning to humour to wage war on the Islamic State (IS), an entity so terrifying by nature that no distortion is needed to achieve the goal of ridicule, according to a report by The Christian
    Science Monitor.

  • The shortcut generation

    To make it more alluring, the employment opportunities were limited, and were waning with every passing dayIn the year 2000, a business venture named Destiny 2000 Ltd registered as a joint stock company under the Ministry of Industries and Commerce of Bangladesh. In the following 5-6 years of its being, the company became one of the giants of the country, with hundreds and thousands of young people working for it. Starting small, the company started to invest in businesses in multiple sectors like airlines and TV channels – a model for high growth business.   

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