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Brigitte Macron: French president’s teacher-turned-wife

Brigitte Macron: French president’s teacher-turned-wife

TBT International: PARIS, May 14, 2017 – Once his high school drama teacher, now wife of incoming French president Emmanuel Macron, 64-year-old Brigitte Macron stepped into the spotlight long before her husband was elected, reports AFP/BSS. The 25-year age difference and the extraordinary way they met — he pursued her when he was her pupil […]

Expatriates not to be charged for sending home remittances : Muhith

DHAKA : Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said Bangladeshi expatriates will not have to bear any charge for sending home remittances as the government will take necessary measures in this regard, reports BSS. “We’ll not keep any charge on sending home remittances by expatriates for increasing the inflow of remittances and the Prime Minister has […]


Newlywed McIlroy ready for Players challenge

TBT Sports: MIAMI, May 10, 2017 – Rory McIlroy believes that tying the knot can give his golf game a lift as he prepares for an assault on the $10.5 million Players Championship in Florida this week. World number two McIlroy, who split from tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in 2014 after sending out wedding invites, […]

Govt-NGO partnership to achieve SDGs

KHULNA,  – Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Kazi Reazul Hoque today said, government and non-government partnership can achieve the target of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reports BSS. He was addressing at a discussion meeting on achievement of SDGs target at the conference room of Khulna deputy commissioner’s office. NHRC and World Vision, Bangladesh […]

Raudha’s body exhumed for 2nd autopsy

RAJSHAHI : Criminal Investigation Department exhumed the body of Maldivian medical student Raudha Athif, who was found dead at a dormitory of Rajshahi Islami Bank Medical College Hospital on March 29, for a fresh post-mortem, reports UNB. A CID team started exhuming the body from Hetomkhan Graveyard in the city around 10:30am in the presence […]

Rain worsens city dwellers’ woes

DHAKA : Commuters suffered again on Monday as rain continued to sweep the city as in the past few days, creating water stagnation and traffic chaos, reports UNB. The rain slowed down traffic on many roads leading to nagging tailbacks in the morning. According to Met Office, the rain started at 8am and continued for […]

Rafael Nadal advances to the Mexican Open final

MEXICO: Rafael Nadal routed Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-2 on Friday night to advance to the Mexican Open final, reports UNB. Seeking his first title this season and 70th overall, the 30 year-old Spaniard ran his Mexican Open winning streak to 14 matches and 28 sets. He won the hardcourt event in 2005 and 2013. […]

One killed, three others injured in a road crash toady

Faridpur, – One person was killed on the spot and three others received injuries when a private car collided head on with a covered van today at Majra under Kashini upazila of Gopalganj district on Dhaka- Khulna today, reports BSS. The driver of the car identified as Arim,30, died on the spot while the injured […]

US stocks rise, dollar falls as Trump era begins

NEW YORK,  – US stocks rose and the dollar fell Friday as Donald Trump was officially sworn in as the president of the United States and Barack Obama’s term ended, reports BSS. Trump’s inauguration dominated a day that saw most major equity markets rise as the long-telegraphed transfer of power in the world’s biggest economy […]

Remove commercial establishments from residential areas : JS body

DHAKA : The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Land Ministry on Sunday suggested the government to continue the eviction drive against commercial establishments in the capital’s residential areas, reports UNB. The committee at its 17th meeting came up with the recommendation to remove commercial establishments from the residential areas which are under the control of Rajdhani […]


India v England: Kohli named limited-overs captain

Virat Kohli has been named as India limited-overs captain for their upcoming series against England, reports BBC. Test captain Kohli, 28, takes charge for the three one-day internationals, starting on 15 January, and three subsequent Twenty20 internationals. MS Dhoni, who stepped down as skipper on Wednesday, is in both squads, as is recalled all-rounder Yuvraj […]

Quader for strengthening party base

CHITTAGONG,  – Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader has called upon the rank and file of the party to remove differences and build up strong unity, reports BSS. He urged AL leaders to establish close link among them and to inform the party of the real problems in grass-root level so that steps can […]

Tennis: Serena, Murray seek to march on

NEW YORK,  – Serena Williams will be aiming to step it up against Vania King on Thursday as she eyes a third-round spot in the US Open, where Andy Murray seeks to move closer to a second Grand Slam title of the season, reports BSS. World number one Williams, who matched the Open Era record […]

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FIFA bans ex-S. Africa chief over match-fixing

GENEVA: FIFA ethics committee investigators have called for a six-year ban against the former head of the South African Football Association Kirsten Nematandani over his alleged role in 2010 match-fixing, a statement said Wednesday, reports BSS. The committee was also seeking lifetime bans over the same offence against a former official from the Zimbabwe Football […]


Morgan Freeman talks God, motivation and guacamole

LOS ANGELES- Morgan Freeman, the velvet-voiced doyen of some of America’s best-loved movies, not to mention one of the suavest actors in the business, sometimes lets his cool crown slip. The 79-year-old famously nodded off on camera during a sit-down with Seattle’s Fox affiliate KCPQ in 2013 and was upbraided earlier this year for “drooling” […]

Inaction over vested property deprives Hindus

DHAKA : The government did not adjudicate any of the more than one million pending cases of land seized from Hindus declared to be ‘enemies of the state’ in pre-independence Bangladesh, said a report of the US Department of State, reports UNB. The US Department of State submitted the 2015 International Religious Freedom Report to […]

ISPs to drill internet blackout for emergency situation

DHAKA: Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are going to exercise internet blackout in some particular areas of Dhaka city as part of its drill to shut down internet operation to tackle any emergency situation like the incident in Holey Artisan Bakery, reports BSS. The ISPs have taken the move being directed by their regulator, Bangladesh Tele-communication […]

Language Movement veteran Prof Dr MA Mannan’s burial today

DHAKA : Awami League Advisory Council member and former lawmaker Prof Dr MA Mannan, a recipient of Ekushey Medal, will be buried at Banani graveyard after his 5th Namaj-e-Janza to be held on the premises of his long workplace Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) after Zohr prayer today, reports BSS. At about 10 in […]

JS session resumes today

DHAKA : The 11th session of the 10th parliament resumes at 5:30pm on Sunday after a 16-day recess, reports UNB. On July 30, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury adjourned the session till July 17, immediately after the passage of the Tk 3,40,605 crore national budget for the 2016-’17 fiscal. The budget session (11th session) began […]

1.30 lakh domestic workers face awful abuses in Oman: HRW report

DHAKA : At least 1,30,000 migrant domestic workers, many of them Bangladeshis, are trapped in slavish employment in Oman, with their plight unexposed within closed doors, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Wednesday, reports UNB. The 68-page report, titled “I Was Sold: Abuse and Exploitation of Migrant Domestic Workers in Oman,” […]

Day of orphans in the Muslim World today

DHAKA : Day of orphans in the Muslim World-2016 will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world today, reports BSS. Marking the day, Islamic Relief Bangladesh in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Social Welfare will hold a programme at 4-30pm tomorrow at Shaheed Nurul Amin Khan […]

History, Six Points and June 1966

Once again it is June in our lives. Once again it is time to revisit history. In the moving chronicles of history, there arise certain defining moments in the evolution of nations. In Bangladesh’s case, such a moment came on February 5, 1966, when Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, general secretary of the Awami League, revealed in […]

Frenchman ‘planned attacks during Euro 2016’ – Ukraine’s SBU

A Frenchman detained last month with a large cache of arms was planning mass attacks during the Euro 2016 football tournament, which starts on Friday, Ukrainian officials say. The man, identified by French media as Gregoire Moutaux, 25, was arrested on the Ukrainian border with Poland. Intelligence chief Vasyl Hrytsak said the man had planned […]