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  • Police asked to protect tenants

    The High Court yesterday directed the police to accept tenants' complaints against house owners in all cities, and take immediate steps to protect them if they are forcefully evicted or their gas, water and electricity lines are disconnected illegally.

  • Licence to kill

    He neither owned any business nor paid income tax when he applied for a licence to buy a firearm for protection of his life and assets. There was no police

  • Rony fired shots killing 2 on Apr 14

    Police yesterday said the gunshots that killed a rickshaw-puller and an auto-rickshaw driver in the capital's New Eskaton on April 14 were fired by Bakhtiar Alam Rony.

  • Bangladesh goes one step forward

    Bangladesh yesterday graduated from the low income status to lower middle income nation (LMIC), meeting the World Bank's requirements comfortably.

  • Govt wants media policy, not control

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged journalists to be neutral in their work, and assured them that her government does not want to control the media.

  • HSC admission in a shambles

    UU Laboratory College, an institution in Uttara's Azampur, took approval from the authorities around six years ago, but never enrolled any student. As a

  • Greece crisis deepens

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has made a defiant speech as cash withdrawal limits begin to bite for Greek bank customers.

  • Tribunal to try 4 in absentia

    The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday decided to try four war crimes accused from Kishoreganj in absentia along with another arrestee for their

  • Top Quote!

    “We don't want to control the media... it is better to run the media under a policy.”

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Business

  • Banks' profits rise slightly

    Most private banks saw their profits rise, though slightly, in the first six months this year despite political unrest and a cut in lending rates.

  • BB toughens anti-money laundering steps for non-banks

    Bangladesh Bank has tightened its rules for non-bank financial institutions against money laundering and terrorist financing, aiming to effectively check the menace.

  • Mobile talk a bit cheaper

    The use of mobile phones became 2 percentage points cheaper from today after the government slashed the supplementary duty down to 3 percent.

  • NBR reaches target after two years

    After falling short for two years in a row, the National Board of Revenue has managed to hit its collection target in the just concluded fiscal year, much to the relief of the government.

  • Minister directs BSCIC to cancel jamdani plots given to non-weavers

    Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu yesterday directed Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation or BSCIC to cancel any plot given to non-weavers at Jamdani Industrial City in Narayanganj.

  • India working on package to help ailing state-run banks

    India is drawing up a comprehensive package to help state-run banks, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said on Wednesday, as part of efforts to nurse them back to health and improve the flow of credit to industry.

  • Xiaomi takes first big step outside Asia with Brazil smartphone

    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has started making devices in Brazil for sale locally, promising to dramatically undercut rivals on price in the first big step beyond Asia for the world's most valuable technology start-up.

  • Global pharma firms grilled about tax in Australia

    The world's top pharmaceutical companies Wednesday told an Australian parliamentary hearing they were compliant with local and international laws, despite claims they are charging higher prices to minimise tax.

  • China parliament ratifies BRICS Bank agreement

    China's largely rubber-stamp parliament ratified an agreement with the world's largest emerging nations on Wednesday to create a new development bank, state news agency Xinhua reported.

  • Thai crackdown on rogue fishing as fears grow over EU ban

    A belated Thai clampdown on illegal fishing is forcing unlicensed vessels ashore, threatening to paralyse a key industry as the kingdom desperately tries to avoid a European Union ban on exports worth $1 billion a year.

  • Malaysia's outlook now stable: Fitch

    Credit ratings agency Fitch surprised analysts by upgrading Malaysia's sovereign outlook to "stable" from "negative", boosting the country's currency on Wednesday and providing welcome relief to the country's controversy-plagued government.

  • West African leaders urge liberalisation of region's power sector

    Five West African leaders Wednesday urged regional governments to liberalise the region's electricity sector to overcome insufficient power capacities that deprive most of the area's 300 million inhabitants access to energy.

  • Inflation picks up in Indonesia during Muslim holy month

    Inflation rose in Indonesia in June as tens of millions of Muslims observing the Islamic holy month spent extra cash on food, government data showed Wednesday.

  • India working on package to help ailing state-run banks

    India is drawing up a comprehensive package to help state-run banks, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said on Wednesday, as part of efforts to nurse them back to health and improve the flow of credit to industry.

  • WB warns China over state financial control

    The World Bank on Wednesday urged China to accelerate reform of its state-dominated financial sector, warning that failure to address the issue could end "three decades of stellar performance" for the world's second-largest economy.

  • Apple Music goes live

    Apple's new streaming service went live Tuesday with a flashy radio station and artist exclusives, as the company that dominated digital music through iTunes looks to the future.

Sports

  • A new dawn for Gazi

    "I consider it a new debut for me."

  • Faf did his homework

    During Mahendra Singh Dhoni's maiden press conference last month, he was asked if he had seen the way Bangladesh performed against Pakistan -- a series which ended a couple of weeks before India's arrival.

  • BFF starts naturalisation process

    The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday started the official procedure of naturalising three African footballers in order to make them eligible for the Bangladesh national team.

  • Selectors lean towards spin

    The ODI series may still be a week away, but the makeup of Bangladesh's T20I squad already suggests that the Tigers are likely to follow a different strategy, in comparison to the team that played versus India, against South Africa.

  • Tickets to go on sale tomorrow

    Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) revealed the ticket rates for the Bangladesh-South Africa cricket series to be held in Dhaka and Chittagong.

  • Mesmerising Messi

    As Lionel Messi has developed during his career he has become an ever-more prolific provider of assists as well as a lethal goalscorer and he gave another wonderful display of creativity at the Copa America on Tuesday.

  • Novak, Maria breeze thru'

    Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova breezed through at a sweltering Wimbledon on Wednesday where temperatures soared to a record 35.7 degrees while

  • Huge cash for D/N Test

    A blockbuster trans-Tasman seven-year deal and prize money of one million dollars convinced New Zealand Cricket to bow to Australia's wishes for a day-night test.

  • Tests do not allure Bravo

    All-rounder Dwayne Bravo says a meeting with West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has not convinced him that he should return to Test cricket because player conditions have not improved.

  • Gayle outdoes Samuels, Guptill

    Chris Gayle's red hot T20 form carried over to Warner Park in St Kitts where his unbeaten 72 led Jamaica Tallawahs to a seven-wicket win against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, overhauling their total of 160. Gayle finished the chase with a pulled four, taking his team to their second win of the season.

  • Aussies suffer Harris blow

    Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris's hopes of being fit for next week's first Ashes Test suffered a blow on Wednesday with a recurrence of the knee trouble that

  • Shastri doles out 'chillax pills'

    He is the Indian cricket's Team Director but Ravi Shastri does not like to be caught up with official designations. Instead, the former cricketer says he is like an elder brother to the national cricketers.

  • The analyst's assistant

    When South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis indicated that the visitors had left no stones unturned while preparing for this series, not many in Bangladesh expected to see the team using a drone to analyse the visitors' performances.

  • Blind new Dutch coach

    Danny Blind was named as new Netherlands coach on Wednesday, taking over from Guus Hiddink who left the post with the Dutch team struggling to qualify for Euro 2016.

  • Bayern snap up Costa

    Bayern Munich completed their first big transfer of the off-season on Wednesday by signing Brazil international Douglas Costa from Ukraine side Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported 30 million euros ($33.3m).

  • L'pool seal Clyne deal

    Nathaniel Clyne has become the latest pre-season arrival at Anfield after Liverpool confirmed on Wednesday they had signed the England defender from Premier League rivals Southampton.

  • Kyrgios courts trouble again

    Nick Kyrgios fired another verbal volley at Wimbledon officials on Wednesday following his fine after shouting "dirty scum" in a row with umpire Mohamed

  • 'I'm not corrupt'

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted he is not guilty of corruption despite the ongoing investigations into world football's governing body.

  • Juve reject Barca's €80m Pogba bid

    Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed the club have rejected an €80 million bid from Barcelona for Paul Pogba.

  • Rakib leads rating chess

    GM Abdullah Al-Rakib took solo lead at the close of the sixth round of the Walton International Rating Chess Tournament yesterday.

Editorial

  • Finance Minister's bold admission

    The Finance Minister's exasperation in parliament, over the government's inability to take punitive action against a top official of Sonali Bank for his involvement in the Hallmark loan scam as well as of those in the Basic Bank scam...

  • Cops' devious fund raising

    We are taken aback by the news that some personnel of Barisal Metropolitan Police (BMP) were involved in creating a joint bribe fund as speed money for promotion.

Op-Ed

  • A BURMESE DÉJÀ VU

    With a constitution that granted it sweeping powers and a compliant parliament, the generals are now presiding over a Potemkin democracy.

  • Bangladesh needs a new investment regime

    Looking at the trend in the investment-GDP ratio since 1979-80, we can suggest four different investment regimes in Bangladesh.

  • A helpless world against a group of bigots

    Bombings will kill people, not ideas. And that is where the first countermeasures must aim at. For this, it is not the US but the Muslim world, particularly the Arab world, which should take the lead.

  • “Distressed” RMG Industries

    Areas where further progress was needed are labour organisation in EPZ, negative publicity regarding harassment of NGOs and labour unions, and lack of data and transparency on factory inspections.

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Arts & Entertainment

  • “Afzal Hossain O Tar Priyomukh” on Rtv

    Actor-director Afzal Hossain has a permanent place in the heart of audiences.

  • A month of festivity: Aditi Mohsin

    Aditi Mohsin, a popular Rabindra Sangeet singer is upbeat about the month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-fitr.

  • A play has to be realistic: Masud Shezan

    Masud Shezan, a journalist-turned-television director, has had long innings as a cultural activist right from his college days.

  • Anoushka Shankar announces new album release

    Prolific sitarist Anoushka Shankar has announced the release of her latest album, “Home”, in the coming week.

  • ntv steps into 12th year

    Leading satellite channel ntv will celebrate its 12th anniversary tomorrow. Starting its journey on July 3, 2003, the TV channel has come a long way as one of the most popular channels in the country.

  • Shah Rukh Khan

    Thank You for Everything: SRK

    Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has expressed his gratitude towards his fans, critics and well-wishers for completing 23 years in Bollywood.

  • Julia Roberts in talks for “Mother's Day”

    Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis are in talks for ensemble comedy “Mother's Day” with Garry Marshall directing.

  • Sunil Shetty

    Bollywood actor Sunil Shetty has always been associated with a 'macho' image, but he recently revealed that there's a 'thinking' side to him as well, forcing him to avoid driving.

Shout

  • Iftar Offers You Can't Refuse

    Wondering about affordable iftar deals? We were too. So we went over countless iftar offers and made a list of delectable choices that will cost you just around BDT 600. You're welcome.

  • Best Sehri Deals

    It's that time of the year again, when your alarms have been set to 3 am so that you can have a nice meal before forgoing food for a long number of hours the next day.

  • Exim Bank – Kishor Alo Anti-Drug Essay Competition 2015

    On June 25, a day before the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the Prothom Alo Trust held the award ceremony for the EXIM Bank - Kishor Alo Anti-Drug Essay Competition 2015.

  • Overrated Iftar Items

    After abstaining from all forms of food and drink for around half a day it is up to iftar to provide us with a well-balanced meal in terms of taste, energy and nutrition. So are our everyday iftar favourites cutting it?

  • 5 REASONS DHAKA IS THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD

    We've all heard about that list in that magazine where Dhaka is the second worst city in the world. Born and raised in this city, I refuse to believe that.

  • Arkham Knight: Consoles breathe a sigh of relief

    Arkham Knight, the last instalment in the highly acclaimed Arkham series looks to give Batman a fitting farewell. But how does it compare to its illustrious predecessors? Read on to find out.

  • MAJESTY: THE FANTASY KINGDOM SIM

    The Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, The Witcher… excellent franchises that let you run around on epic quests in fantasy worlds.

  • Hikari

    It was a misty November morning in 2011 when she told me what her name meant. She had just gotten rid of her braces so the sight of her without them was still new to me.

  • All Flavours of Rickshaw Rides

    All Flavours of Rickshaw Rides

    Rickshaws have been my number one mode of transportation for as long as I can remember. These three-wheeled, surprisingly sturdy vehicles have been my ride to all sorts of events, in all sort of weather and other conditions. Regular rickshaw commuters will agree with me, when I say that there are certain types of rickshaw rides everyone encounters.

  • 5 Kinds of People in a Facebook Group

    The following are the five kinds of people I see lurking in Facebook groups. Try steering clear of them.

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