• Tuesday, September 02, 2014


Zia Sarani left to die

Road Of Horror

Zia Sarani left to die

The once clean Ziaur Rahman Sarani in Matuail is now just a kilometre stretch of mud and filth, unusable for any sort of vehicles. Built in 2005 to link Demra and Jatrabari Chittagong Road, the street has hardly ever been maintained or repaired. The Daily Star correspondent waited an hour beside the road and failed...

MP's strange justification

A ruling party lawmaker allegedly is putting pressure on the authorities of Darusha College in Poba upazila to reinstate a former principal who had been sacked for corruption and irregularities four years ago. Lawmaker Ayen Uddin, elected from Rajshahi-3 (Poba-Mohonpur) constituency, has sent frequent requests to the college governing body to restore the former principal to office, said Harun-ur Rashid, president of the governing body. The college governing body sacked Abdul Mannan in July 2010 after a probe report had found...

Lower courts need 3,000 more judges

Bangladesh Law Commission has recommended recruiting 3,000 judges at lower courts for quick disposal of pending cases and reducing sufferings of justice seekers. The commission in a report also observed that most of the lower court judges do not follow relevant rules and regulations while discharging judicial duties, further delaying disposing of cases. It sent its report to the law ministry and its parliamentary standing committee on June 26. The committee had asked for its suggestions on how to reduce the...

Dhaka to press for return of Nur Hossain

Bangladesh is likely to request New Delhi to hand over Nur Hossain, the alleged mastermind of the seven murders in Narayanganj, at the three-day long home secretary-level talks between Bangladesh and India beginning today. The meeting is also expected to address issues like cross-border crimes, land boundary agreement and killing along the border. The secretary-level meeting, 15th of its kind between the two countries, will be held at Hotel Sonargoan. Indian Home Secretary Anil Goswami and Senior Bangladesh Home Secretary Mozammel Haque...

Japan Pm's Visit

Support for big projects may come

Support for big projects may come

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make a short official visit to Bangladesh on September 6 to discuss a host of bilateral and regional issues as well as to mobilise support for Japan's candidacy for a 2016-2017 non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council (UNSC). "This is the return visit by Abe in quick succession of prime minister's official visit to Japan on May 25-28," according to a formal announcement by the foreign ministry yesterday. Abe is due to arrive on Saturday noon and leave for Colombo on Sunday noon where he will also discuss the UNSC election with the Sri Lankan leadership, sources said. This will be the first...

Blue Economy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday underscored the marine-based economic activities and management of sea and its resources through “Blue Economy”, saying such activities could create new horizon for the development of a coastal country like Bangladesh. She also emphasised the need for tapping the huge potentials of sea and sea resources through proper management to ensure sustainable development. The prime minister made the observations while inaugurating a two-day “International Workshop on Blue Economy” at a hotel in the capital. Hasina said the marine-based...

Tarique's wife sacked from govt job

Tarique's wife sacked from govt job

Zubaida Rahman, wife of BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, has been dismissed from government job as she has been absent from work for long "without permission". Zubaida, a physician, had been posted at an upazila health complex in Tangail. “All are equal before law. Already, action has been taken against her. She has been dismissed,” Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim told parliament yesterday. Many Awami League and Jatiya Party MPs thumped their desks at the announcement. Zubaida, who was doing Doctor of Medicine (third part) at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, went to London with her husband and daughter in September 2008. Tarique, elder son of BNP chief Khaleda Zia, went...

Judge Impeachment

JS to pass bill in current session

Parliament in the current session will pass the bill on amending the constitution to restore its authority to impeach Supreme Court judges on grounds of misconduct or incapacity. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban yesterday. Suranjit Sengupta, chief of the parliamentary standing committee on the law ministry, confirmed it to The Daily Star. Earlier on August 18, the cabinet approved the proposal for restoration of parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court...

Houdini Secrets



He was one of the 20th century's most famous faces, who wowed the world with his sensational escape acts. And now a new mini-series will reveal some of the secrets that made Harry Houdini the greatest illusionist and stunt performer ever. It explores the master magician's life and his psyche and reveals how he accomplished...

Car bomb found at Philippines' main airport: authorities

Four people were arrested after a bomb was found in a van parked at Manila's international airport, authorities said yesterday.