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Attack On Hindus

Youth held for 'posting anti-Islam photo'

Police yesterday arrested a college student for “posting an anti-Islam” photo on Facebook, an allegation over which a mob attacked four Hindu houses in Fatikchhari upazila of Chittagong on Friday. The 22-year-old, a resident of Brindabanpara village in the upazila, was held in Panchlaish, Chittagong, around 12:30pm, said Mofiz Uddin, officer-in-charge of Fatikchhari Police Station. Hundreds of people vandalised the Hindu houses, including that of the youth, in Brindabanpara in the early hours of Friday, saying he had posted on Facebook...

Eid shopping a click away

Eid shopping a click away

Farjana Mony was feeling exhausted even at the thought of going to malls braving huge traffic jams and crowds. But she can't help as it is the time for Eid shopping. She was looking for an alternative means of buying her dresses. When she found one -- through friends and the social media --...

Viral Chinese monster picture turns out to be genuine

Viral Chinese monster picture turns out to be genuine

When an extraordinary photograph of a blurry “monster” emerges from the remote valleys around Beijing, online commentators are understandably liable to cry foul and dismiss it as an elaborate fake, The Independent reports. But a series of images showing a creature closely resembling the character “Gollum” from Lord of the Rings now appear to have turned out to be “genuine”. The photos were captured by a Chinese tourist in Huairou, who claimed to have had an encounter with a “monster” with human-like form but enormous ears, reports the UK-based newspaper. He said he and his friends were camping in the wilderness when he spotted the “creature”, and he quickly took a number...

Press fearful after Thai coup

Press fearful after Thai coup

The day after the military takeover in Thailand, television and radio remain blacked out and under military control. Instead, viewers and listeners are being fed a diet of traditional music interspersed with orders and announcements from the country's new military rulers. Each of the announcements - around 20 so far on the first day of...

Turkish court upholds appeal against Twitter blockage

Turkish court upholds appeal against Twitter blockage

A Turkish court upheld an appeal on Wednesday to end a blockage of Twitter which has provoked public outrage, local media said, though it was not immediately clear whether that meant the bar would be removed. Turkey's telecoms authority (TIB) blocked access to Twitter on Friday as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan battles a corruption...

Twitter says challenging Turkish ban

Twitter says challenging Turkish ban

Twitter has filed lawsuits in Turkish courts to challenge a block on the service imposed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government last week, the social media platform said in a statement on Wednesday. It said it had suspended content related to two of three court orders given as the legal basis for the ban...

Postmodern Pilgrims

While describing 1965-66 massacres in Indonesia, The Economist, a few weeks ago referred to Bangladesh and Cambodia being the comparable, contemporary killing fields. There’s regular discussion on how democracy has been failing in our land. Discussion on the law and order situation keeps on attracting constant criticism. And of course, Rana Plaza last April added another dimension and attention that been drawn to gross safety lacking in the readymade garment sector and how dehumanized the trade is.  In times...

Facebook unveils news feed redesign, one year later

Facebook unveils news feed redesign, one year later

Facebook started to roll out a redesign for its news feed yesterday, almost exactly one year after the company initially announced a major overhaul at its Menlo Park, California, headquarters. The new look includes font changes and more prominent photos that span the entire news feed, but the overall look is more subtle than...

Employees are more productive when they can tweet

Employees are more productive when they can tweet

Though it may seem counterintuitive, giving employees time to play around on their smartphones every day could actually benefit businesses, new research suggests. Even though it might seem like smartphones would hamper workplace productivity -- thanks to their ability to make telephone calls, surf the Internet and play games -- they might not be...

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