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Files reveal Soviet dismay at ‘drunken’ Brit double agent

Files reveal Soviet dismay at ‘drunken’ Brit double agent

They were two of Britain’s most notorious double agents, responsible for passing on some of this country’s most sensitive secrets to the Russians, but documents reveal that Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean were viewed in an unflattering light by their Soviet masters. Among thousands of typed Russian documents in the Mitrokhin archive, open to...

Tighter security for flights to US

Tighter security for flights to US

Security is being tightened at airports with direct flights into the US - including some in the UK - in response to US warnings of a "credible threat". The UK transport department confirmed airport security was being stepped up. Neither UK nor US authorities specified what new measures would be involved but the UK said...

Xpress Money launches Ramadan campaign

Xpress Money launches Ramadan campaign

Xpress Money has launched a promotion campaign—Win Everyday—for its Bangladeshi customers to mark the Ramadan month, the money transfer service provider said in a statement yesterday. The 49-day campaign, which started on June 25 and end on August 12, will entitle customers transferring money to Bangladesh from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan,...

'Cry for help' found stitched into Primark £10 dress

'Cry for help' found stitched into Primark £10 dress

Primark, a British-owned Irish clothing retailer, is poised to investigate after a shopper claimed that she found a label stitched inside a dress drawing attention to exploitative work conditions, reports UK daily The Independent. Rebecca Gallagher, 25, claim that a £10 (around Tk 1,317) dress that she purchased from a Primark store in Swansea...

China's Tianhe-2 tops supercomputer chart again

China's Tianhe-2 tops supercomputer chart again

China has the world's most powerful supercomputer for the third time in a row as the country once again ups its presence in the global top 500. Tianhe-2 was top of the twice-yearly list that keeps tabs on supercomputer development and growth. Since the last list, China had 20 percent more supercomputers in the top...

Eurosceptic 'earthquake' rocks EU elections

Eurosceptic 'earthquake' rocks EU elections

Eurosceptic and far-right parties have seized ground in elections to the European parliament, in what France's prime minister called a "political earthquake". While the French National Front and UK Independence Party both appear headed for first place, the three big centrist blocs in parliament all lost seats. INFOGRAPHIC: The new European Parliament #EP2014 @AFPgraphics pic.twitter.com/U61sodUkB7—...

Students use text smileys in exams

Students use text smileys in exams

Pupils are losing marks in their exams because standards of handwriting are declining and emoticons are creeping into answers, a survey revealed Thursday.     More than a third of teachers in UK complained they had seen emoticons -- facial expressions formed of punctuation marks used in emails and social media messages -- written in exam answers. Tablets and smartphones are being blamed for poor handwriting and growing use of text message shorthand including smiley, sad or winking faces. Nearly two-thirds of teachers admitted docking marks in tests because they struggled to decipher what pupils had written. Handwriting experts warned that youngsters are increasingly suffering blisters, aching arms and pins and needles after writing...

Billionaire list 'tops 100' in UK

Billionaire list 'tops 100' in UK

The number of billionaires living in the UK has risen to more than 100 for the first time, according to the 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. There are now 104 billionaires based in the UK with a combined wealth of more than £301bn, the list says. That means the UK has more billionaires per head...

UK hails Bangladesh’s endorsement over sexual violence

UK hails Bangladesh’s endorsement over sexual violence

The United Kingdom today welcomed Bangladesh’s endorsement of the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Bangladesh, Nigeria and Pakistan have announced their endorsement this week of the declaration launched as part of the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative. “I thank and congratulate the Foreign Ministers and governments of Bangladesh, Nigeria and Pakistan...

Mujib 'illegal' PM in 1972

In yet another demonstration of his creative imagination, BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman has claimed that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman became prime minister "illegally" in 1972. Tarique's latest discovery comes less than two weeks after he made the startling remark that his father Ziaur Rahman was the first president of Bangladesh. Quoting the declaration of independence, he said Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was to remain president and Syed Nazrul Islam vice-president until a constitution was adopted. "Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returned to the country...

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