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PayPal starts operation in Bangladesh

PayPal starts operation in Bangladesh

TBT NEWS: Global online payment system PayPal yesterday launched its cross border payment service ‘Xoom’ to enable freelance remittance earners to receive their payments in 40 minutes from overseas. Prime Minister’s Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy launched the operation expecting the service to benefit expatriate Bangladeshis through legal channels and boost […]


Broadband to go to every union next year: Joy

TBT NEWS: Prime Minister’s Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy yesterday expressed the hope that the government will provide high speed broadband internet service to every union of the country next year. “We have taken initiatives to reach broadband to every union. Work on the broadband connection expansion is going on under […]

Heavy rainfall likely to continue in next 24 hours

TBT NEWS:  Under the influence of land depression over Odisha coast, India and its adjoining area, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at many places over Khulna, Barisal, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Mymensing, Sylhet and Rangpur divisions in next 24 hours commencing at 10 am today, said a met office bulletin here. It said […]

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Broadband to go to every union within next year: Joy

DHAKA : Prime Minister’s Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy yesterday expressed the hope that the government will provide high speed broadband internet service to every union of the country within the next year. “We have taken initiatives to reach broadband to every union. Work on the broadband connection expansion is going […]


Govt to build Shishu Palli for orphan Rohingya children

CHITTAGONG: The government has taken an initiative to build ‘Shishu Palli’, a kind of residence, for protecting the orphan Rohingya children, reports BSS. “The government has a plan to construct Shishu Palli in next month…after identifying the orphan Rohingya children,” said Syeda Ferdous Akhter, additional director of the Department of Social Services (DSS). In the […]

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Catalan leader faces looming deadline to end secession bid

Barcelona – Catalonia’s separatist leader is facing an imminent deadline to withdraw a bid to secede from Spain, reports AP/UNB. But an official from Carles Puigdemont’s party says that he has no intention of doing that and he plans to make a full declaration of independence in the next few days if Spain’s government resorts […]


Juventus labors to beat Sporting 2-1 in Champions League

Turin – Juventus’ defensive frailties were again exposed as it labored to a 2-1 win at home to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Wednesday, reports AP/UNB. Mario Mandzukic scored the winner six minutes from time after free-kick specialist Miralem Pjanic had canceled out an own-goal by Juventus defender Alex Sandro in the first […]


Sheikh Russell’s 54th birthday observed

TBT NEWS:  The 54th birthday of Sheikh Russell, the youngest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was observed today in a befitting manner across the country. The birthday programmes include cake cutting, discussions, milad and doa mahfils, cultural functions, rallies, painting competitions and distribution of foods among the destitute people. Russell, […]


EC enjoys more freedom than other countries: CEC

TBT NEWS:  Chief Election Commissioner K M Nurul Huda today said country’s Election Commission (EC) is now enjoying more freedom than other countries and the present government, led by Awami League, ensured it. “What power the incumbent Election Commission exercises at present, most of its rules and regulations were made during the tenure of the […]


AL wants EVMs in next election

DHAKA : Awami League on Wednesday placed an 11-point proposal, including introduction of the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs), for holding the next general election in a credible manner, reports UNB. During a dialogue with the Election Commission that lasted for nearly two hours and 15 minutes, the ruling party also proposed submission of […]


Xi Jinping: ‘Time for China to take centre stage’

China has entered a “new era” where it should “take centre stage in the world”, President Xi Jinping says, reports BBC. The country’s rapid progress under “socialism with Chinese characteristics” shows there is “a new choice for other countries”, he told the Communist Party Congress. The closed-door summit determines who rules China and the country’s […]


Japan military chopper with four crews aboard missing

TOKYO,  – A Japanese military helicopter with four people on board went missing on Tuesday during a drill in the Pacific off central Japan, the defence ministry said, reports BSS. The Black Hawk helicopter of the Air Self-Defence Force disappeared from radar at around 6:00 pm (0900 GMT), some 31 kilometres (19 miles) south of […]


Terror as AirAsia flight turns back to Australia

SYDNEY, Oct 16, 2017 (BSS/AFP) – An AirAsia flight from Australia to Indonesia was forced to turn back to Perth after losing cabin pressure, with passengers Monday recounting their terror as oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling, reports BSS. Air Asia said the plane suffered a “technical issue” with Australian media reporting that the aircraft had […]


Submarine cable repair shifted to Oct 22

DHAKA,  – Maintenance work of country’s first international submarine cable has been shifted to October 22, but the overhauling would not pose any internet disruption, said officials, reports BSS. “Now the maintenance work would begin on October 22 and run for the next three days,” Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) Managing Director Mashiur Rahman […]


Russia honours Saber Chowdhury MP with “Order of Friendship”

TBT NEWS:  Russian President Vladimir Putin has honored Awami League lawmaker and Inter-Parliamentary Union president Saber Hossain Chowdhury with “Order of Friendship”, Russia’s highest state decoration, Kremlin and Bangladesh embassy in Moscow said in separate statements today. “The President of Russia (Vladimir Putin) awarded the Order of Friendship to IPU President Saber Chowdhury (of Bangladesh),” […]

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10 SC officials transferred

Dhaka – Ten officials of the Supreme Court Appellate and High Court divisions have been transferred, reports UNB. Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry issued a government order (GO) in this regard on Sunday. Earlier, acting Chief Justice Md Abdul Wahheb Miah sent a proposal in this regard to the ministry for its approval. As […]

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Yes or No? Catalan separatists face critical answer to Spain

Barcelona – Catalonia’s president is facing a critical decision that could determine the course of the region’s secessionist movement to break away from Spain, reports AP/UNB. The Spanish government has given Carles Puigdemont until Monday morning to clarify if he did or didn’t actually declare independence earlier this week. Puigdemont told Catalan lawmakers Tuesday that […]

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Shakib reaches 5000-run mark in ODI

Dhaka – Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh, the world’s number-one all-rounder in all the three formats of cricket, reached 5000-run mark in ODI while playing against South Africa in the 1st match of a three-match series at De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley on Sunday, reports UNB. He started the match from 17 runs behind and […]

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AL wants fair national election, says PM

Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said Awami League wants to see the next general election to be held in a free and fair manner to give democracy an institutional shape, reports UNB. “We want to see the next election to be held freely and neutrally,” she said. The Prime Minister, also the […]

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Death and destruction, hope and heroism in California fires

Santa Rosa – Even as an unprecedented toll of death and destruction kept mounting, California communities were getting glimpses of heroism, humanity and hope as wildfires burned around them, reports AP/UNB. Firefighters made major gains against most of the blazes on Friday, a lucky few of the nearly 100,000 people who fled their homes got […]

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Opportunity for Tigers to restore lost pride

DHAKA – After an embarrassing Test series defeat, Bangladesh will be looking to restore some of their lost pride as they take on host South Africa in the first ODI of the three-match series scheduled to be held tomorrow (Sunday) at The Diamond Oval, Kimberley, reports AFP/BSS. The match kicks off at 2 pm (BST). […]


California fires kill 31, deadliest in state’s history

TBT  NEWS: The death toll from raging California wildfires rose to 31 Thursday as body recovery teams used cadaver dogs to locate victims, making it the deadliest series of blazes in the state’s history. The fires, which began on Sunday, have swept through California’s wine country, leaving thousands of people homeless and burning over 190,000 […]


Pope to visit Myanmar as anti-Rohingya hatred seethes

TBT NEWS:  Pope Francis will push for peace during his visit to mainly-Buddhist Myanmar, a church official said Thursday, a trip that plunges the pontiff into the centre of a simmering religious conflict which has sparked an exodus of Muslim Rohingya. Myanmar’s western Rakhine state has been torn apart by communal bloodshed, sending more than […]