PM Hasina back in Dhaka after attending WEF in Davos

The Emirates airlines flight carrying her landed at Dhaka's Shahjalal International Airport around 11am on Saturday. Hasina is the first elected Bangladeshi head of government to attend the WEF. In 2008, the military-installed caretaker government's chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed represented Bangladesh at the summit. At the WEF, Hasin highlighted Bangladesh's stance on a wide range of issues, including water management, regional cooperation and workplace environmentThe prime minister also took questions that followed these discussions. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the inaugural session of the World Economic Forum at Switzerland's Davos.

January 21, 2017 07:00 UTC

Neuromarketing Is Getting More Intelligent

Already, an array of companies--including Coca Cola, Frito-Lay, Gillette, Google, P&G, Philips, and Hyundai--have turned to neuromarketing techniques to test products. Ale Smidts, a professor of marketing research at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, coined the term in 2002. Over the years, neuromarketing has grabbed the attention of marketing professionals--and there’s now nearly unanimous recognition that emotional responses drive many consumer decisions. As a result, we have reached a tipping point where neuromarketing is considered a legitimate, useful, approachable, affordable set of measurements.”Today, neuromarketing goes by a few names, including consumer neuroscience and decision science. “It’s possible to step outside ethical boundaries.”Yet he discounted the ability of organizations to use neuromarketing data to fashion a zombie consumer that’s easily manipulated.

January 21, 2017 06:52 UTC

Apple antitrust suit: Qualcomm overcharged 'billions'

Apple on Friday sued Qualcomm, accusing the California chipmaker of abusing its market power to demand unfair royalties, echoing charges filed days earlier by US antitrust regulators. Tech giant Apple said in the court filing that it has been overcharged "billions of dollars" by its chipmaking partner's "illegal scheme." "For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with," Apple said in an email statement. - Room for rivals -Apple relies on Qualcomm for chip-based modems that enable iPhones and iPads to communicate with telecommunication networks. "Qualcomm is being looked at on every continent on the planet; this is probably, strategically, the right time for Apple to do this."

January 21, 2017 06:42 UTC

Ijtema moves into 2nd day

The second phase of Bishwa Ijtema moved into the second day today (Saturday) in Tongi area on the outskirts of the capital. The second phase of the three-day Ijtema began on the bank of the Turag River after Fazr prayers on Friday. Meanwhile, police arrested some 152 Rohingyas from in and around the Ijtema ground, said superintendent of police Harun ur Rashid. A devotee died at the Biswa Ijtema ground early Saturday. People from 16 districts of the country are attending the second phase Biswa Ijtema.

January 21, 2017 06:36 UTC

Sri Lanka back Mathews as captain until 2019 World Cup

We are looking at him leading us at the 2019 World Cup," SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala told reporters on Thursday. "We have some aggressive plans leading up to the T20s and ODIs (in South Africa). Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya blamed the loss in South Africa to inexperience and urged patience. "As the Sri Lanka team is full of young blood, it is not a surprise that they faced a setback in South Africa," the former captain said. "As a former captain I know how these allegations can badly affect Mathews' morale, especially during a series.

January 21, 2017 06:15 UTC

Paris fashion takes on the great men's suit conundrum

Do suits suit us anymore? Designers wrestled with how to reinvent the boring old jacket and pants combo for skate-kid millennials at the Paris menswear shows Friday. Cerruti turned the clock back to the 1930s in its search to find the roots of the suit. Another Japanese brand, Commes Des Garcons, went unisex, turning the conventional jacket and trousers combo into jacket and skirt or jacket and culottes. "Romanticism is the DNA of this brand and we tried to keep it very strong," Meunier later told AFP.

January 21, 2017 06:10 UTC

Serena marches on to reach fourth round

Having passed her earlier tests against more accomplished players, Williams had far too many weapons for the 92nd-ranked Gibbs, who appeared overawed by the occasion on a sun-drenched Rod Laver Arena. Williams suffered a brief lapse when serving for the match at 5-2 and was broken for the first time, but she promptly broke back to close out the one-sided contest in just over an hour. Williams next faces Czech 16th seed Barbora Strycova for a place in the quarter-finals.

January 21, 2017 06:06 UTC

Vintage Federer makes statement with Berdych demolition

Switched on from the first point, Federer bullied Berdych at the net and denied him a single break point as 11-times grand slam champion Laver soaked up the performance. The set was over less than 30 minutes later but the Federer juggernaut rolled on. A sumptuous return down the line brought break point in the opener of the third set and another regal backhand gave Federer a fourth break. Berdych remarked drily after the match that he wished he was watching the demonstration from the crowd and Federer admitted he was surprised by his own level. I was able to come through it in one hour 20, one hour 30, however long the match was.

January 21, 2017 06:04 UTC

Britain to recruit 200,000 apprentices by 2020

Britain's public sector has been set the task of recruiting 200,000 apprentices by 2020, the government said. Skills minister Robert Halfon announced that the Department for Education (DfE) set the public sector the target in the next three years, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. Public sector bodies which employ 250 or more people would face a legal duty to recruit apprentices under a law set to be implemented from April. "The reform will create thousands of quality opportunities in the public sector, giving more people the chance to launch or develop their career," said a spokesman for the DfE. The announcement builds on a government commitment to deliver 3 million apprenticeships by 2020, by requiring at least 2.3 per cent of the workforce in public bodies in England to be apprentices.

January 21, 2017 06:01 UTC

Miller fireworks leads South Africa to victory over Sri Lanka

Miller (40 from 18 balls) and captain Farhaan Behardien (31 not out from 18 balls) provided the impetus for the home side’s innings as they put on 51 for the fourth wicket. Niroshan Dickwella (43 from 19 balls) provided a fast start for Sri Lanka in their reply but was caught at deep midwicket off leg-spinner Imran Tahir (2-23). The innings faded after that, with 20-year-old debutant fast bowler Lungisani Ngidi (2-12) impressive for the home side. Sri Lanka gave a first appearance to Thikshila de Silva, who fell for a first ball duck as he was caught in the deep off spinner Aaron Phangiso. The second Twenty20 International will be played in Johannesburg on Sunday, before the series finale in Cape Town on Wednesday.

January 21, 2017 06:00 UTC

Fire ruins 100 shops in Comilla

At least 100 shops were gutted as a devastating fire broke out at Doulotganj Bazar in Laksam upazila on Friday night. Deputy assistant director of Comilla fire service and civil defence, Farid Ahmed, said the fire broke out around 11.15pm and soon engulfed the entire market. Informed, eight firefighting units from Comilla, Chandpur and Noakhali rushed to the spot and doused the blaze at about 2.00 am on Saturday. The fire originated from an electric short circuit, he suspected. The extent of losses from the fire could not be assessed immediately.

January 21, 2017 05:52 UTC

Shakib magic cleans out New Zealand middle order

Bangladesh unleashed Shakib Al Hasan with dramatic effect late on day two of the second Test against New Zealand claiming three quick wickets to leave the contest evenly poised on Saturday. New Zealand who had been comfortable at 252-4 were 260-7 in reply to Bangladesh’s 289 when rain ended play about 40 minutes early at Hagley Oval. Shakib, with his mesmerising left-arm spin, had taken three wickets for three runs in nine deliveries. He did achieve one milestone, though, becoming the third New Zealander and fastest to 6,000 Test runs when he drove Mehedi Hasan for three to reach 62 in his 145th innings. Shakib bowled BJ Watling for one and Colin de Grandhomme without scoring to finish the day with three for 32.

January 21, 2017 05:45 UTC

4 women return after serving in Indian jail

Four Bangladeshi women returned home through Benapole international check post (ICP) on Friday night after serving two and half years’ in Indian prison. The returnees were identified as Sajeda Khatun, 17, Kulsum Khatun, 15, Nasima Khatun, 18, and Khadija Begum, 16. Indian Border Security Force (BSF) handed them over to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) through Benapole check post at night. Afterwards, they were sent to jail by for two and half years’ jail term each. Upon completion of the jail term, they were kept in Kolkata Lilua Shelter Home.

January 21, 2017 04:32 UTC

Over 200 arrested during anti-Trump protests

Washington police arrested at least 217 people for acts of vandalism committed on the fringe of peaceful citywide demonstrations against Trump's inauguration. An AFP reporter saw National Guardsmen donning helmets and bullet-proof vests, as protesters blocked traffic and set trash cans ablaze -- chanting "Not my president" and "We resist President Trump." Earlier, masked youths emerged from crowds of peaceful protesters to kick over trash cans and smash windows of stores, a bank and a fast food outlet. City police chief Peter Newsham said at least 217 people were arrested and would be held overnight before appearing in front of a judge. Most of the noisy protests -- including those by an array of anti-racist, anti-war, feminist, LGBT, pro-immigration and marijuana legalization groups -- were peaceful.

January 21, 2017 03:57 UTC

Gambia's Jammeh agrees to go into exile as regional troops mass

Barrow, who won the Dec 1 poll by a slim margin, was sworn into office at Gambia's embassy in Dakar on Thursday and immediately called for regional and international support. "The rule of fear has been banished from Gambia for good," Barrow told a crowd gathered at a Dakar hotel on Friday. "Gambia's army chief General Ousman Badjie, who had been perhaps the last remaining pillar of support for Jammeh, said he would welcome, not fight, the regional force. Final actOne regional diplomat said the delegation was planning to spend the night in Banjul and Jammeh was looking for "extremely solid guarantees" before leaving. During his 22-years in power, Jammeh, who once vowed to rule Gambia "for a billion years", has been accused by rights groups of torturing and killing perceived opponents.

January 21, 2017 03:49 UTC

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