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Killing of 9-Yr-old Girl

Protesters block road

Twenty people, including six police personnel, were injured as locals clashed with law enforcers at Bhatara in the capital yesterday. The clash ensued after the locals who were dissatisfied with ongoing police investigation into the murder of a nine-year-old girl started demonstrations around 11:00am, besieging Bhatara Police Station and blocking the portion of Pragati Sarani in front of the station. The incident led to long tailbacks on both sides of the busy street. The protesters burned several tyres there and threw brickbats...

In marvel of melodies

In marvel of melodies

Bengal Classical Music Festival 2014, the biggest festival of classical music and dance in the world, entered its second day yesterday with crowds coming in early on a Friday afternoon to enjoy the highest order of classical performing arts. They were treated to a lively performance of a talented percussion quartet from Bangladesh comprising...

Bid on to save masterminds

Victims' family members and lawyers have expressed disappointment over the Rab's probe into the Narayanganj seven-murder, saying a move is on to save the masterminds. Though it's a positive sign that the Rapid Action Battalion finally has admitted its complicity, the architects of the gruesome murder are yet to be unmasked, said Sakhawat Hossain Khan, president of Naryanganj Bar Association, yesterday. The Rab is also trying to save some of its members, he alleged at a press conference. "The probe committee...

Jobseekers to turn job givers

Jobseekers to turn job givers

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has said the primary focus of social businesses for upcoming years would be transforming the unemployed youth into entrepreneurs in every country. “Social business can help enable jobseekers to become job-givers, thereby generating a virtuous circle of job creation. The changes cannot happen overnight, but we have to multiply the creation of social businesses,” he told the Sixth Global Social Business Summit in Mexico City on Thursday. The November 27-28 summit, the most important forum for social business worldwide, opened with a call to envision a bold future for social business and create a concrete agenda to bring about transformative changes to the world by 2020,...

Primary Terminal Exams

Govt denies claims of question leak

The government has dismissed allegations of question leak in the ongoing primary terminal examinations, but parents yesterday said they had sample questions reportedly leaked from mathematics paper to be held tomorrow. The parents claimed they had started getting the "leaked" questions since Thursday night. "The questions we are getting include two creative, eight short, five subjective and two geometry questions," a guardian from Mohammadpur told The Daily Star over phone. Asked how he had got the sample questions, the parent who wished...

Don't meddle in local committees

Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over her party's first-time MPs and minister for interfering in the grassroots unit councils, and said they could not run in elections for the party's thana units. Hasina also warned them against meddling in the formation of local committees, sources said. "The new MPs want to keep everything in their grips and this way they want to control the committees. They should not do it," the AL chief was quoted...

Stop holding lavish parties

Indonesia's president has ordered officials to eat local street food at meetings instead of fancy foreign fare and stop holding lavish parties, the latest moves by the new government to crack down on bureaucratic excess. Snacks such as cassava, steamed corn and yam cakes should be served at official gatherings and the number of guests invited to high-ranking bureaucrats' parties should be limited to 400, a minister said. President Joko Widodo, who took office last month and is known as a...

Drug smuggling rises despite strong watch

Drug smuggling has increased along the India-Bangladesh border while the vigil along the frontier has been tightened to curb it, a top official of Indian Border Security Force has said. "BSF troopers have seized and destroyed drugs and cannabis plants valued at Rs 270 crore on the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura," BN Sharma, inspector general of the force's Tripura frontier, told reporters in Agartala yesterday.  He said: "Since 2012, over 1,017,255 cannabis plants worth Rs 255 crore have been destroyed along...

Two killed as Islamists, police clash in Cairo

Two people were killed yesterday when Islamist protesters and police clashed in Cairo just hours after unidentified attackers shot dead two soldiers including a senior officer in the Egyptian capital. The army and police had fanned out across Cairo and other cities in anticipation of rallies called by an Islamist group that opposes the military's overthrow of then-president Mohamed Morsi last year. Hours before the small marches left from mosques, gunmen in a car killed a brigadier general in a shooting...

Vinyl record sales hit 18-yr high

Vinyl record sales hit 18-yr high

More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK so far this year - the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996. The figures mark a largely unexpected resurgence in an industry now considered to be dominated by digital. Earlier this month, Pink Floyd's The Endless River became the fastest-selling...

Burdwan Blast Probe

Dhaka team exchange info with NIA

The seven-member team of law enforcement and intelligence agencies of Bangladesh yesterday interacted with officials of India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Kolkata. The three-day visit of the Bangladesh delegation is aimed at probing the presence of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) link to the October 2 Burdwan blast, and also to help the Indian intelligence agencies locate the Bangladeshi JMB members believed to be hiding in India. The discussion was held for exchange of information with the NIA on the blast...

UK PM urges migrant curbs, warns on British EU exit

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday promised tough curbs on welfare for EU migrants to counter a surge in arrivals and warned failure to get his way could be a deal-breaker for Britain staying in Europe. He said the package of reforms would require changes to European Union treaties, but said he was "confident" that he could reach agreement with fellow EU leaders. In a long-awaited speech on the issue, Cameron stopped short of calling for a cap on new arrivals or...

Sri Lanka opposition candidate resists foreign war probe

Sri Lanka's main opposition presidential candidate yesterday vowed to resist international moves to investigate the island's war record, but promised a domestic probe if he was elected in January's polls. Maithripala Sirisena, who defected last week from President Mahinda Rajapakse's party, said he would not allow Sri Lankans to be tried overseas for war crimes allegedly commited during the separatist conflict that ended in 2009. "I will not allow President Rajapakse, his family or any member of our armed forces to...

Wife awarded $530 million in record British divorce

The estranged wife of a London financier was awarded £337 million ($530 million, 425 million euros) on Thursday in one of the biggest divorce settlements seen in a British court. Details of the payment to US-born Jamie Cooper-Hohn, 49, emerged after a draft judgement was given to lawyers ahead of a final ruling. Cooper-Hohn's lawyers were reported to be considering an appeal to get an ever bigger payout. Cooper-Hohn had separated from hedge fund manager Chris Hohn, 48, after being married for...

Blasts hit Nigeria mosque during prayers; 64 killed

At least 64 people were killed and 126 injured when two bombs exploded during prayers at a mosque of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders yesterday, a week after he issued a call to arms against Boko Haram. The blasts happened at the Grand Mosque in Kano, the biggest city in the Muslim north of the country, just as Friday prayers had got under way at about 2:00 pm. The mosque is attached to the palace of the Emir of Kano...