Sep 252016
Published : 25 Sep 2016, 10:53:59
Amid the rumours that the micro-blogging site Twitter may be up for sale to Google and Cloud computing company Salesforce, a top executive from Salesforce has tweeted why it makes sense to buy Twitter. "Why @twitter? 1 personal learning network, 2 the best realtime, context rich news, 3 democratize intelligence, 4 great place to promote others," tweeted Vala Afshar, Salesforce's "chief digital evangelist," on Friday.

Afshar, however, added that "he was tweeting a personal opinion and not confirming today's rumours that Salesforce is interested in acquiring Twitter," reported on Saturday.

Salesforce, which earlier tried to acquire LinkedIn (which Microsoft eventually bought), is vying for a social networking platform in its kitty for long.

The company, "which reached $6 billion in annual revenue faster than any other enterprise software company", offers customer service software, market research tools, email marketing systems and other products and several of them already use social media.

Google, on the other hand, has experimented with social media but failed (remember Orkut, Google+?). The company can use its popular Android smartphone operating system to promote Twitter's mobile app, the report added.

The shares of Twitter, which currently has 313 million monthly active users, jumped more than 20 per cent on Friday on the sales rumours which have been making the rounds for quite some time now.

Twitter, which is struggling to add new users amid stalled growth, now has a market value of nearly $16 billion, according to Indo-Asian News Service.



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Sep 252016
Aleppo attacks appal UN chief
UN chief Ban Ki-moon is “appalled by the chilling military escalation” in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, his spokesman says.
Stephane Dujarric said the secretary-general was alarmed by reports of air strikes involving incendiary weapons and bunker-busting bombs.

The Syrian government has stepped up strikes on rebel-held areas of the city since a ceasefire collapsed last week.

The UN Security Council is due to meet on Sunday morning in New York.

The meeting was requested by the US, the UK and France.

Meanwhile, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested that a deadly attack on an aid convoy in Syria last week could have been deliberately carried out by Russian aircraft.

If so, he said it could amount to a war crime. Russia has denied carrying out the attack, blaming instead rebel artillery.

Mr Dujarric said in a statement: “Since the announcement two days ago by the Syrian army of an offensive to capture eastern Aleppo, there have been repeated reports of air strikes involving the use of incendiary weapons and advanced munitions such as bunker-buster bombs.

“The secretary-general considers this a dark day for the global commitment to protect civilians.”

The northern city of Aleppo has become a key battleground in Syria’s bloody five-year civil war.

Last Tuesday, Mr Ban launched a stinging attack on the Syrian government, saying it had killed the most civilians in the conflict.

Meanwhile, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moalem has said that government forces are making great strides against “terrorism”.

He told the UN General Assembly in New York on Saturday that his belief in victory was now greater than ever.

Syria refers to all rebel groups trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad as terrorists.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that any revival of the cessation of hostilities in Syria could not depend on unilateral concessions by his country alone.

He said there had to be a collective effort involving all sides.

The UN says the attacks on Aleppo have left nearly two million people without water.

Unicef, the UN children’s agency, has warned that fierce air strikes on Friday stopped repairs to a damaged water pumping station supplying rebel-held eastern districts of the city.

In retaliation, Unicef says, a nearby station pumping water to the west of Aleppo has been switched off.

Unicef spokesman Kieran Dwyer said water was being used as a weapon of war by all sides.

He said residents now had to resort to contaminated water and were at risk from waterborne diseases.

UK-based group monitoring the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 25 people were killed in fresh bombardments on Saturday.

Activists say both Syrian and Russian warplanes are taking part in the latest offensive, though Russia has not confirmed its involvement.

Russia supports the Syrian government, while the US backs the opposition. The two powers accuse each other of failing to rein in their respective allies on the ground, according to BBC.



Sep 252016
Stylecraft recommends 75pc cash div
Published : 25 Sep 2016, 11:13:17

FE Online Report

The board of directors of Stylecraft Limited has recommended 75 per cent cash dividend for 15 months period ended on June 30, 2016, said an official disclosure on Sunday.
The final approval will come during the annual general meeting (AGM) and the date of the AGM will be notified later. Time of AGM is at 3:00pm at Banquet Hall of Hotel Abakash, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation in Dhaka.

The record date for entitlement of dividend is on October 20.

The company has also reported earnings per share (EPS) of Tk 95.42, net asset value (NAV) per share of Tk 462.90 and net operating cash flow per share (NOCFPS) of Tk 219 on the provisional financial statements of 15 months as on June 30, 2016.

There will be no price limit on the trading of the shares of the company today (Sunday) following its corporate declaration.

The textile sector company’s share price hovered between Tk 1,260 and Tk 1,350, before closing at Tk 1328 on Saturday.

The board of directors of the company disbursed 60 per cent cash dividend for the year ended on March 31, 2015.

Stylecraft was listed on the Dhaka bourse in 1983.

The sponsor-directors own 55.45 per cent stake in the Saylecraft, while the general public 44.55 percent as on August 31, 2016, the DSE data showed.


Sep 252016
Stocks open mixed
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) saw positive trend while the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) witnessed negative trend in early hour of trading on Sunday, the second session of the week.Trading on bourses were opened on Saturday in line with all government offices including financial institutions.
After 30 minutes of trading, the benchmark index of the DSE advanced 4.61 points, while the Selective Category Index of port city bourse fell 0.05 points within first half an hour of the day’s trading.

DSEX, the benchmark index DSE went up by 4.61 points or 0.09 per cent to stand at 4,684.91, when the report was filed at 11:00am.

The DS30 index, comprising blue chips also advanced 1.18 points or 0.06 per cent to stand at 1,773.08 points. The DSE Shariah Index (DSES) gained 1.74 points or 0.16 per cent to stand at 1,123.73 points.

Turnover, the crucial indicator of the market, stands at Tk 839 million on the DSE, when the report was filed at 11:00am, riding on newly listed Yeakin Polymer and National Bank.

Of the issues traded till then, 161 advanced, 57 declined and 37 issues remained unchanged.

The newly listed Yeakin Polymer dominated the turnover chart with shares worth Tk 108 million changing hands till then, followed by National Bank Tk 36 million, Mozaffar Hossain Spinning Mills Tk 35 million, United Power Tk 32 million and C&A Textile Tk 22 million.

However, the port city bourse the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE), saw negative trend till then with its Selective Category Index – CSCX–falling 0.05 points to stand at 8,764.80 points, also at 11:00am.

Of the issues traded till then, 71 gained, 34 declined and 10 remained unchanged with a turnover value of Tk 40 million.



Sep 242016
4 fake DB men held in Dhaka

Arrested four fake DB men are produced before journalists in front of the Detective Branch headquarters on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Photo: Rafiul Islam

Detectives claimed to have detained four fake members of Detective Branch of police from Moghbazar area in Dhaka last night.

Uniforms of the DB police, a walkie-talkie, toy pistol, handcuffs and baton were recovered from their possession, said Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (media wing).

Identities of the detainees could not be known immediately.

Details regarding the detention will be disclosed at a press briefing later in the day, the police official added.

Sep 242016
BSF kills Bangladeshi on Kurigram border

Indian Border Security Force allegedly gunned down a Bangladeshi national along Raumari border in Kurigram early today.

The deceased was identified as Baharul, 35, son of Boktarkari of Thatkoraibari in the upazila.

Officer-in-charge of Raumari Police Station ABM Sajedul Islam said BSF members of Dwipchar camp opened fire at Baharul at Thatkoraibari around 3.30am, leaving him dead on the spot.


Sep 242016
Washington shooting: Gunman held

Arcan Cetin, 20, of Oak Harbor is seen in a Washington State Department of Licensing photo released by the Washington State Patrol after they named him as a suspect in a mass shooting in Burlington, Washington, US September 24, 2016.

Authorities said …

Sep 242016
All-round Dhaka Metropolis' best shot at maiden title
National Cricket League Tier 1 September 24, 2016

Dhaka Metropolis will welcome back Mohammad Ashraful Peter Della Penna / © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Tier-one teams

Khulna Division, defending champions

Big Picture
Khulna won their fourth NCL title last season and will once again look to retain their place among the top first-class teams in the country. Like in seasons past, they will bank on their experienced cricketers like Abdur Razzak, Tushar Imran, Anamul Haque and Ziaur Rahman.

Young allrounders in Mehedi Hasan and Mahedi Hasan will give them more options in the middle-order and in the spin department, while Robiul Islam will have to lead the pace attack with Al-Amin Hossain and young Abdul Halim. Khulna will be without Imrul Kayes in the first two matches, but would hope to get hold of him after the England series.

Key player
Nurul Hasan is a wicketkeeper-batsman who is touted for big things in Bangladesh cricket. However, he has so far flattered to deceive at the highest level. He was Khulna’s second highest run-scorer in last year’s competition.

Below the radar
Spin bowling allrounder Nahidul Islam had a splendid run with Legends of Rupganj in the Dhaka Premier League earlier this year, but he will have to battle it out with the other young allrounders. He is a natural hitter who is also wily with his offbreaks and fields very well.

Dhaka Metropolis, second place

Big Picture
The return of Mohammad Ashraful is the big news from the Dhaka Metro camp. Though banned from international cricket until 2018, the former Bangladesh captain has been eligible for domestic cricket since August this year.

Ashraful will join Marshall Ayub, Shamsur Rahman and Mehrab Hossain jnr, while the aggressive opener Mehedi Maruf will give them a boost up front.

Their bowling will be led by Arafat Sunny, who was cleared by the ICC to bowl in international cricket, on Friday. Sunny now has a hugely modified action, and Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha said that his new action will be monitored closely in the coming weeks.

Dhaka Metro is one of the top teams to have never won the NCL title, but an all-round team that has plenty of experience should give them a chance this year.

Key player
Marshall Ayub has had an underwhelming international career so far, but he is slowly turning into a domestic run-machine. Crisp strokes, a phlegmatic attitude and firm footwork make him an important member of the Dhaka Metro batting line-up.

Below the radar
Though he has played for Bangladesh, Jubair Hossain has, off late, started to fade away. The legspinner now has a chance to revive his career, and the experienced Dhaka Metro side is a good place to start that process.

Dhaka Division, third place

Big Picture
Mohammad Sharif will once again lead a strong Dhaka Division side, which is made up of players from every district in the division, except the capital city, which is represented by Dhaka Metropolis. Abdul Majid, Rony Talukdar and Shuvagata Hom will be relied upon heavily in batting, while Mosharraf Hossain and Nazmul Islam, the left-arm spinners, will be expected to take many wickets.

The pace attack will have Shahadat Hossain, while seamers Mohammad Azim and Mahbubul Alam are likely to be rotated in the usually spin-friendly wickets. Dhaka Division’s last championship-winning season was 2013-14.

Key player
Sharif, the captain, has been a strong performer for a number of years, and he has been in form lately too. He did well for Gazi Group Cricketers in the Dhaka Premier League and only just finished his stint in the English league circuit.

Below the radar
Saif Hassan has played first-class cricket, but after the Under-19 World Cup and an insipid Dhaka Premier League campaign, this is a chance for the young opener to get runs under his belt. He can be a heavy scorer but needs to adopt a steady approach.

Barisal Division, promoted from tier two

Big Picture
Barisal Division had performed poorly over the years, but gained promotion from Tier-2 in the previous season, after the NCL introduced a promotion-relegation system for the first time. They have never won the NCL title, but will be taken seriously this time because of their performance in the previous season.

Shahriar Nafees, Fazle Mahmud, Salman Hossain and Mohammad Al-Amin are their batting mainstays, while Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Sohag Gazi and Monir Hossain Khan will take care of the bowling duties.

Key player
Shahriar Nafees was the highest run-getter in the tournament last year with 715 runs at 79.44 in six matches. It earned him a call-up to the Bangladesh preliminary squad. Leaner and fitter now, he will be expected to churn out the runs once again.

Below the radar
Al-Amin was a revelation in this year’s Dhaka Premier League, playing for Victoria Sporting Club. Stocky and a good timer of the ball, Al-Amin also bowls offspin, although Barisal would mostly want him to score the runs.

For a preview of tier-two teams, click here.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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