Category Archives: OFFBEAT

Avatar movie to get fifth instalment

The Avatar franchise will carry on for at least four more films, after James Cameron announced a fifth instalment would be released in 2023. The Oscar-winning director had already committed…

Giant bird surprises Australian family

When an enormous and dangerous bird that you’ve known for years decides to take your relationship to the next level, how do you politely decline? That’s the problem that confronted…

Octopus makes great escape from aquarium

An octopus has made a successful dash for freedom from a New Zealand aquarium and is now thought to be roaming the Pacific Ocean. Inky the octopus took his chance…

‘Longest-ever’ captured python dies in Malaysia

A giant python found on a Malaysian building site, that may be the longest ever caught, has died, officials say. The estimated eight-metre-long (26ft) snake was spotted Thursday under a…

The end of the Spanish siesta?

Many Spaniards were glad to hear acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announce proposals recently to end the normal working day at 6pm, rather than 7pm or later. It spells the…

Ants deployed to help Danish fruit farmers

They’re often thought of as pests, but ants are now being used to help organic fruit farmers in Denmark. A team from Aarhus University hopes the ants will gobble up…

Fake US university exposes ‘pay-to-stay’ immigration fraud

Twenty-one people have been arrested after US authorities set up a fake university to expose immigration fraud. Officials said the accused knew that the University of Northern New Jersey did…

Freshers’ reception ceremony held at BUET

A fresher reception ceremony was held at BUET for the newly enrolled students’ of Level-1, Term-1, of session 2015-2016 organized by the university. The function was addressed by Prof. Khaleda…

3 DMDs join Bangladesh Krishi Bank

Md. Golam Faruque   New DMD of Bangladesh Krishi Bank Md. Golam Faruque has joined Bangladesh Krishi bank as Deputy Managing Director recently. Mr. Md. Golam Faruque, Prior to his…

The giant glass slipper church of Taiwan

A 16m-high (55ft) glass church in the shape of a high-heeled shoe has been built in Taiwan, apparently in a bid to attract more women. A huge glass… what? Yes,…