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PM pays tributes to Golam Sabur Tulu

 DHAKA, July 27, 2013  (TIMES OF BAN)  - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid rich tributes to Awami League lawmaker from Barguna-2 constituency Golam Sabur Tulu by placing a wreath on his coffin at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban. After placing the wreath, the Prime stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of respect to the memory of Tulu, who died in a tragic road crash in Bhanga upazila in Faridpur on Friday afternoon. Earlier, the Prime Minister consoled the bereaved family members including Tulu' s wife Sultana Nadira Begum and his three daughters. Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury and Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury were also present on... More...

President attends namaz-e-janaza of lawmaker Golam Sabur
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 President attends namaz-e-janaza of lawmaker Golam Sabur
DHAKA, July 27, 2013  (TIMES OF BAN)   President Abdul Hamid today attended namaz-e-janaza of Awami League lawmaker Golam Sabur in the tunnel of Jatitya Sangsad Bhaban here. Cabinet members, members of parliament and senior leaders of ifferent political parties attended the namaz-e-janaza.After the janaza, President Abdul Hamid paid his tribute to Golam Sabur by placing wreath on the coffin of late Member of Parliament.  More...
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Death toll in Pakistan NW twin suicide attacks rises to 51
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, July 27, 2013 (TIMES OF BAN)  - The death toll from twin suicide attacks at a busy marketplace in northwest Pakistan has risen to 51, officials said on Saturday.
The Friday attacks at the bazaar in Parachinar, the main town of Kurram tribal district on Pakistan-Afghanistan border were the deadliest to hit the country during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
"The death toll from the suicide attacks has risen to 51," a senior administration official in Kurram, Riaz Mehsud, told AFP.
Earlier, officials had put the death toll at 41.
"The new deaths occurred overnight", Mehsud said, adding that more than 150 people were injured in the attacks.
"We are still compiling the data about injured people as many of them had been shifted to Peshawar and Kohat."
Sabir Hussain, head of the local hospital also confirmed the new death toll.
The explosions sent handcarts flying as shoppers bought food to open their fasts at sunset.
Parachinar administration officials said both blasts were carried out by suicide bombers, who walked into the crowded market.
"We found many body parts, including parts of the suicide bombers. There was blood and human flesh at the blasts site," Mehsud said on Friday.More...
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Shift to mobile hits tech giants' bottom line
DHAKA,(Time Of Ban) - With the shift to mobile Internet gaining pace, some of the big tech firms are adapting and others are not.
The latest earnings from the sector show that mobile is hitting the bottom line, either in positive or negative ways, at giants like Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Apple.
Facebook's quarterly report this week showed how the world's biggest social network profited from that shift, as it delivered earnings of $331 million and drew 41 percent of its ad revenues from mobile.
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Papal visit fiascos raise concern ahead of Brazil World Cup

COLOMBO  (Time of Ban) - 

RIO DE JANEIRO, Rio de Janeiro, July 27, 2013 (BSS/AFP) - A series of fiascos during Pope Francis's visit this week have raised fresh concerns about Brazil's ability to stage next year's World Cup and the 2016 Rio summer Olympics.

The pontiff's first overseas trip to join hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims at World Youth Day, a major Catholic festival, has turned into a daily ordeal for Rio authorities.
"If you ask me to grade the organization of World Youth Day (WYD), I would say we are closer to zero than to 10," embattled Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes told CBN radio.
"I am aiming for perfection, but when I cannot achieve it, I don't blame others and do not shirk my responsibility. Blame it on me, but don't destroy the image of our city," he added.
But, the mayor said, "I give a 10 to WYD, to the pope and the population."
The arrival of Pope Francis on Monday was marred by security lapses, as his car was trapped several times by throngs of adoring well-wishers.
The city`s transport system has also been overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who sought to reach events on the famed Copacabana beach, sparking traffic chaos.
And organizers had to move Sunday's final WYD mass to Copacabana because the original site outside Rio became a mud field after days of rain.
Workers had toiled for months to build a huge stage in Guaratiba, but the site that was dubbed "the field of faith" will remain empty this weekend.
The pilgrims, who will hold an all-night vigil from Saturday to Sunday, will instead camp out on Copacabana.
The succession of woes did not dampen the spirits of Kirki Georgakotoulous, a 57-year-old shopkeeper.
"We are Cariocas (Rio residents) and in spite of all the organization failings, we believe that the legacy of fraternity left by Pope Francis makes up for them and is very important."
Bu the daily Estado de Sao Paulo on Thursday said these problems "raise further doubt about (the country's) capacity to organize major events.
"The upshot is that Rio failed the test," said Chris Gaffney, a US academic who studies the urban impact of major sporting events.
Gaffney said this did not come as a surprise to him,pointing to "structural failings and a lack of professionalism."
"If you insert one to two million extra people in a city with a fragile infrastructure -- sewage and health systems -- you are bound to have problems," he added.
Gaffney sees public security as the main challenge for the World Cup.
"Football fans are not nice Catholic pilgrims. When you see the violence with which police break up demonstrations, imagine what will happen if they have to deal with 2,000 British drunken and excited football fans," he said.
"The police have to be trained. They have to be demilitarized now," he added.For the 2016 summer Olympics, the main challenge is the transport system.
"If the metro system does not work, it will be a disaster," Gaffney said.
And there is no guarantee that the metro extension under way between central Rio and the Barra da Tijuca district, where the Olympic village will be located, will be completed in time.
There has also been widespread public anger over the billions of dollars being earmarked for these big sporting events while public services are grossly underfunded.
Many fear the massive demonstrations that erupted last month -- the biggest in the country in 20 years -- could flare anew if authorities do not move quickly to address protesters' concerns over corruption and poor public services.
The world football governing body FIFA was unnerved by the occasionally violent protests staged outside host stadiums.
"If this happens again we have to question whether we made the wrong decision awarding the hosting rights (to Brazil)," FIFA President Sepp Blatter said recently.

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Smuggler arrested with ganja, bicycles from Panchagarh

PANCHAGARH,  (Time of Ban) -   A smuggler was arrested red- handed with 13 smuggled Indian bicycle and one kilogram ganja from Meherpara village under Sadar upazila in Panchagarh yesterday afternoon, police sources said.
The arrested person was identified as Joynal Abedin, 27, son of Abdur Rahman of the same village. He had been engaged in smuggling Indian goods including bicycles, drugs and narcotics substances for a long time.

On a tip off, a special police team from Panchagarh Sadar Thana conducted a sudden raid and arrested Joynal and seized the smuggled goods from his residence in the village.  More...
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FARIDPUR, Nov 26 (FNS) - Rafael Benitez has vowed to win over the Chelsea supporters who are so opposed to his arrival at Stamford Bridge that they booed his name before and during his first game in charge.

Sunday's 0-0 draw at home to Premier League champions Manchester City left the Champions League holders in fourth place, a point behind West Bromwich Albion.

The Spaniard made an extraordinary claim that he had not heard the abuse that was directed at him in protest at his appointment to succeed Roberto Di Matteo, who was fired despite
leading the club to Champions League glory in May.
The supporters also sang Di Matteo's praises throughout.
"My experience in England is that when the fans are singing in the stands, I don't understand what they say," said the former Liverpool manager, whose comments about Chelsea during his time at Anfield are the root of the enmity.
"So I was just concentrating. I can understand because of the rivalry in the past.More...
Body recovered in N'ganj
NARAYANGANJ, July 26, 2013  (Time of Ban) - Police recovered the body of a college student floating on the Shitalakhya river near Kanchpur bridge under Siddirganj Police Station today.
Historic Nazirpur Day observed in Netrakona
RAJSHAHI  (Time of Ban) - Two fourth year students of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) - Saddam Hossain and Abul Monzer- have innovated sound sen....More...

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