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Column by Mahfuz Anam: Where the PM should really be an ‘Iron Lady’

The PM's 'zero tolerance' against corruption should be implemented with 'zero delay.'

18h ago

No gas supply in Ctg due to 'glitch' in floating LNG terminal

Gas supply has been shut in Chattogram since morning due to technical glitches in the Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) of liquefied natural gas at Maheshkhali, said Petrobangla in a press release

5h ago

Pakistan's civil, military leaders to review Iran standoff

Pakistan's top civilian and military leaders will carry out a security review today on the standoff with Iran, the information minister said, after the neighbours carried out drone and missile strikes on militant bases in each other's territory

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23rd Bird Fair at JU: A daylong celebration of wildlife conservation

Jahangirnagar University (JU) hosted its 23rd annual Bird Fair today, attracting a large crowd and stoking passion for wildlife conservation in Bangladesh

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Dhaka’s Shoriful, Naim help down Comilla in BPL opener

Durdanto Dhaka got their Bangladesh Premier League 2024 campaign off to a winning start, courtesy of Shoriful Islam and Mohammad Naim, who helped down defending champions Comilla Victorians by five wickets in the tournament’s opener at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on...

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Car sales screech to 10-year low as prices accelerate

Passenger car sales in Bangladesh fell to a 10-year low last year as prices increased due to appreciation of the US dollar against the local currency and prevailing economic vulnerability across the nation, according to industry people and market data.

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NZ chase down Pakistan to win fourth T20I

Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips combined to steer New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the fourth Twenty20 international in Christchurch on Friday, placing them on the verge of a series clean sweep.

Shoriful stars with hattrick in BPL opener

Shoriful became the eighth Bangladeshi bowler to take a hattrick in T20s

Ruthless Australia pummel depleted West Indies inside three days

The home side cement their position at the top of the World Test Championship (WTC) standings.



Man dies after being run over by truck in Golapbagh

A man was killed after a truck ran him over in the capital's Golapbagh area early today.

Gaza hospitals in ‘rapid deterioration’

A World Health Organization official on Wednesday described dire conditions in the Gaza Strip’s remaining hospitals, where patients are “waiting to die” due to extreme shortages of staff and supplies.

Greenland lost more ice than previously thought

Climate change has caused Greenland’s ice sheet to lose 20 percent more ice than previously thought, according to research published Wednesday that used satellite imagery to track the retreat of glaciers over the past four decades.

GULF OF ADEN / Indian Navy rescues crew after attack on ship

The Indian Navy said yesterday it had rescued the crew of a US-owned vessel in the Gulf of Aden after an attack by Yemen’s Houthi movement as tensions in the region’s sea lanes disrupted global trade.

11 Chinese military planes cross Taiwan Strait median line

More than 20 Chinese military planes were detected around Taiwan, with 11 crossing a sensitive median line separating the self-ruled island from China, Taipei’s defence ministry said yesterday, the first significant show of force since the weekend’s presidential election.



Jaya Ahsan starrer ‘Bhootpori’ trailer hints mystical twist

The first look of the film was revealed on January 2, with its release date set for February 9. Today, the official trailer of Soukarya Ghosal’s directorial “Bhootpori” was released, marking Jaya's debut in a horror film.

Shah Rukh Khan to reunite with Sanjay Leela Bhansali after 22 years?

Reports also hint that the production has already begun, and fans might receive the announcement of "Inshallah" very soon. 

Three Bangla films to release today

Three Bangla films involving Indian director, Bratya Basu’s directorial, “Hubba”, Chayanika Chowdhury’s “Kagojer Bou” and Mehedi Hasan’s “Shesh Bazi” have been released to theatres all across the country today – after a stale three weeks of the new year.

Life & Living

Life & Living

Louis Vuitton unveils ‘Sandwich Bag:’ Yours for just Tk 3 lakh!

Popular singer and Louis Vuitton’s newly appointed creative director for men’s fashions, Pharrell Williams has unveiled an innovative addition. This accessory, a luxurious version of a classic paper sandwich bag, comes with a hefty price tag of over $3,000 or over Tk 3 lakh!

Journey into history: Asia's must-visit museums for an unforgettable experience

It does not matter whether you are a history buff, an art enthusiast, or a science aficionado — museums offer something for everyone. Asia boasts vast diversity in its landscapes, people and cultures, and for a curious traveller in the region, what better way to learn about it than to visit the nearest museum?

Dhaka Kitsch: Where fashion meets the chaos of Dhaka

Welcome to the vibrant world of Dhaka Kitsch. This brainchild of renowned artist, Kuhu Plamondon and designer, Chondona Dewan, is a celebration of Dhaka's spirit. The infusion of pop art, movie posters, and rickshaw art onto everyday clothing items like t-shirts, scarves, bags, purses, and umbrellas transforms mundane essentials into artistic masterpieces.



Everything you need to know about the MBBS curriculum

Understanding the workings of the MBBS curriculum is crucial to help you discern whether it resonates with your aspirations and is the right fit for you. 

Video gamers at risk of permanent hearing loss: Study

Gamers exposed to such high-intensity sound levels for long periods may be risking permanent hearing loss and/or tinnitus.

North South University and its fascination with flash mobs

In a campus dominated by deadlines and lectures, these impromptu performances serve as a breath of fresh air, injecting a sense of surprise and creativity into the daily lives of students. 

Tech & Startup

Tech & Startup

Magna Water: What even is it?

Recently, certain locally-based 'free water' startups have been making waves on Facebook. These initiatives promise to provide free, clean drinking water to the general public by integrating ads on the plastic bottles the water would come in. But how do these initiatives work and where is this bottled water coming from? We recently caught up with one of these initiatives, ‘Magna Water’—literally meaning free water—to talk about their plans, goals, and details regarding this project.

Meta's Sheryl Sandberg to exit board after 12 years

Responding to Sandberg, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he looks forward to "a new chapter together".

Google backs the right-to-repair movement

The right-to-repair movement gains momentum as Google officially endorses an Oregon bill supporting consumers' ability to repair their own devices. This marks the first time the tech giant has publicly supported any right-to-repair law.

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Star Multimedia

How should govt tackle the geopolitical challenges ahead?

Today's Star Connects will address these pressing issues

Arav Khan vents anger over Star report

Rabiul Islam, better known as Arav Khan, cursed The Daily Star and urged his followers to report the link of the newspaper’s report on his swindling AED 425,500 (about Tk 1.46 crore) out of 10 Bangladeshi expatriates

Gas supply lowest since April 2020

Currently, the gas supply stands at approximately 2,500 million standard cubic feet per day (mmcfd), falling short of the demand, which is at 3,800 mmcfd.

GM Quader sold party for wife: Rizvi

BNP Senior Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has alleged that GM Quader, chairman of Jatiyo Party, has sold the party for his wife, who contested the polls from the Dhaka-18 constituency. Rizvi said this and more during a prayer mahfil of the Bangladesh Nationalist Women's Party today

Conspiracies on to stir up economic troubles: Quader

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said there are conspiracies to endanger the country's economy



Rain likely in Dhaka, 3 other divisions: BMD

Rain and thunder showers are likely to occur at one or two places over Khulna, Barishal, Rajshahi, Dhaka, and Chattogram divisions.

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Dhaka’s air quality world's worst this morning

Dhaka again topped the list of cities worldwide with the worst air quality this morning, with an AQI score of 311 at 8:30 am

8h ago

Cold wave to persist for a few more days

While the country, especially the northern region, is already engulfed with a chilling cold, the Met office predicted further reduction of temperature from January 20-23

19h ago

Saber vows action against contractors who pollute

Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury today directed the authorities concerned to take legal action against the contractors who pollute the environment

22h ago

‘What is the point of DoE?’

Asks HC as it slams the department for failing to protect the environment

1d ago

Dense fog disrupts flight operations at Dhaka airport

Flight operations at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka were disrupted for around seven hours today due to dense fog

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Worst Air Quality: Along with Dhaka, South Asian cities in top 5

As city life continues to be impacted by the cold weather, Dhaka's air quality remained in the 'unhealthy' zone this morning

1d ago

Mercury below 10C, yet schools stay open in Barishal, Chuadanga

The mercury dropped below 10 degrees Celsius in Barisal division and Chuadanga district yesterday, but all the primary and secondary schools there were open despite a government directive.

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OpenAI to launch anti-disinformation tools for 2024 elections

The explosive success of text generator ChatGPT spurred a global artificial intelligence revolution but also triggered warnings that such tools could flood the internet with disinformation and sway voters.

3d ago

Deepfake video targeting Gaibandha-1 candidate surfaces on Facebook

On the day of the National Election 2024, a fabricated video surfaced on Facebook featuring Nahid Niger, an independent candidate for the Gaibandha-1 seat, announcing her withdrawal from the election. Subsequent verification by Dismislab, an online platform specialising in media research and verification, confirmed that the video was a product of AI-based deepfake technology.

1w ago

Podcast on fake news: Impact of Israel-Hamas conflict on Bangladesh's national election

Uncover the sources and intentions behind these circulating rumors.

2w ago

Fake videos targeting BNP resurfacing on social media: reports

A distorted video featuring a speech by Begum Khaleda Zia, Chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has once again surfaced on Facebook, raising concerns about the spread of misinformation during the upcoming election. The video, created by adding together different portions of a speech delivered by Khaleda Zia in London back in 2015, resurfaced on social media platforms despite being fact-checked by three different fact-checking organisations in 2021 and 2022.

Doctors Without Borders targeted by Israel-Hamas war misinformation

"Basically he abused his position as a medic, which the IDF cannot shoot, to break the law and assist terrorists to get a weapon."

Curb social media rumors

The National Security Council yesterday directed law enforcement and intelligence agencies to be on alert so that no one can spread any disinformation on social media centring the next national election.

Spin doctors go into overdrive ahead of polls

With the national election just around the corner, both pro-government and anti-government elements are out to manipulate public opinion through a vigorous campaign on social media platforms and private messaging apps, turning them into hotbeds of spin doctoring, disinformation and fake news.

False claims on Israel-Hamas war mushroom online, put focus on Musk's X

Asked for comment, an X representative said more than 500 unique Community Notes, a feature that lets users add context to potentially misleading content, have been posted about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.