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Madhobkundo

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Madhobkundo

To reach the waterfall at Madhobkundo, you take the road towards Borlekha from Moulvi Bazar. Go past Kulaura and the Juri intersection. Just before reaching Borlekha you turn right into a smaller road and follow it for eight kilometres to Madhobkundo Eco-park. The drive is ninety minutes from Moulvi Bazar. I set out very early on a monsoon morning. Soon the pastoral fields near Moulvi Bazar gave way to the well-kept tea gardens along Kulaura Road. Turning north at Kulaura, I travelled parallel to the Patharia Hills far to...

Youth injured in police firing

Youth injured in police firing

A youth suffered severe bullet injuries in police firing at Bhoirompur village in Pirojpur sadar upazila yesterday.   Police claimed that Shahidul Islam Sheikh, a resident of the village, was injured when they had a "gunfight with a gang of robbers". Villagers, however, said Shahidul went to a nearby shop to buy tea and sugar...

Star-Robi English in Schools

Blue Bird School wins in Sylhet

Blue Bird School wins in Sylhet

Blue Bird School and College won the Sylhet divisional round of English in Schools, a joint programme of The Daily Star and Robi, yesterday.     Around 500 students of class VI to X from 25 schools of Sylhet, Sunamganj and Moulvibazar districts participated in the programme held at Scholarshome School and College in the...

Most GPA 5 scorers fail DU admission tests

Referring to the loopholes in the current education system, a Dhaka University professor yesterday claimed that about 80 percent of the highest GPA achievers failed to get qualifying marks in the university's admission tests, and it had been going on for the last four to five years. Dr Mamun Ahmed, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, opined that qualitative improvement among students was not evident due to the introduction of the creative method in the education system, without pre-testing its...

Body of another Pinak-6 victim recovered

Body of another Pinak-6 victim recovered

The body of another passenger of motor launch Pinak-6, which sank in the Padma near Mawa on August 4, was recovered from the Sugandha river in Nalcity of Jhalakathi yesterday. The deceased was Mintu Molla, 24, a hawker of Sylhet city, informed, Abul Khair, OC of Nalcity Police Station, adding that half of the body was decomposed. Locals first saw the body floating at Dokkhin Magkar in the morning. Police found a mobile phone in his pocket and using that SIM card they called at a saved number which connected them to his father Abdus Salam Molla of Gopalganj. "I was looking for my son either alive or dead," said Salam....

Diabetes summit held in Savar

Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company with 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care, held Bangladesh National Premix Summit 2014 in Savar outside the capital yesterday. Novo Nordisk initiated the summit with a view to controlling diabetes and its related complications in the huge diabetic population of Bangladesh by ensuring proper glycemic control under the global diabetes treatment guideline, which was discussed in the event, said a press release. Diabetes is now one of the most common non-communicable diseases...

Paturia-Daulatdia

People suffer for disruption of ferry services

People suffer for disruption of ferry services

Vehicles were stranded at Paturia and Daulatdia ferry ghats creating long tailbacks on the two sides of the river Padma yesterday as ferry service was hampered due to strong currents.        Hundreds of passengers were stranded for hours without food, and bathroom facilities. Shyama Afroz Joly said her family suffered a lot as the bus...

BNP gearing up for final push

Already in a tight corner because of its frustrating failure in the pre-election movement, the BNP is now trying to rejuvenate its grassroots through district tours by senior leaders and prepare the party for a decisive movement, likely in mid-October or early November. Taking lessons from its futile campaign before the January 5 vote, the party this time wants to go for a final movement after reorganising all units and associate bodies, several leaders involved in the initiative told the...

12kg of gold seized

Customs Intelligence officials and Dhaka railway police detained two persons and seized 66 gold bars, weighing around 12kg, worth around Tk 6 crore, in the capital yesterday. Alamin, who came from Malaysia by a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight, was detained at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport while crossing the green channel 26 gold bars worth about Tk 3.65 crore was recovered from his luggage, said Moinul Khan, director general of the intelligence wing. Moinul suspected that Alamin is involved with human trafficking...

Linking Khaleda, Tarique to Aug 21 Attack

PM's remarks to influence trial

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's allegations that the BNP chief and her elder son were involved in the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004 will influence the ongoing trial, President of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Khandker Mahbub Hossain said yesterday.  “It's a sub judice matter," he told a discussion, "The proposed 16th amendment bill and basic rights," at the capital's Jatiya Press Club, organised by Bangladesh Republican Forum. Mahbub, also an adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda...

Domestic help 'tortured'

Police yesterday arrested a housewife for allegedly torturing her domestic help in Sabujbagh area of Patuakhali town. Shirin Sultana, 40, was arrested on charge of torturing 13-year-old Rekha Begum. Shirin's husband, Iaqub Ali, is on the run. Sub-Inspector Provas Kumar of Patuakhali Police Station said following a tip-off, a police team raided Iaqub's house around 1:30pm yesterday and made the arrest. Rekha said her uncle, whom she had been living with after her parents died, engaged her as a domestic help six...

Nazrul's Death

Election to NCC ward-2 for councillor post today

Election will be held today for the post of councillor of ward no-2 of Narayangaj City Corporation, which felt vacant after its councillor Nazrul Islam was killed along with six others in April this year. Seven people, including Nazrul Islam, who was also a panel mayor of NCC, and lawyer Chandan Sarkar, were abducted in Narayanganj on April 27. Three days later, six bodies were found floating in the Shitalakkhya, while the other was recovered from the river the following day. Nazrul's...

'Torture for Dowry'

Newly wed woman commits suicide

Dowry harassment allegedly forced a newly wed woman to commit suicide in Narinda of the capital's Gendaria yesterday. Mamata Rani Paul Tumpa, 20, got married with Rajon Das just four months ago.   Tumpa hanged herself from the ceiling fan in their room at midnight following an altercation with Rajon over having dinner, said Rajon who was asleep in the room at that time. According to Rajon, he informed police of the matter and they together rushed her to Dhaka Medical...

Boy tortured with electric shocks 'by landlord'

A boy was tortured with electric shocks by the family of his landlord in Feni town Wednesday night over a trivial matter, said police. Rajibul Hasan Chowdhury (Rakib), son of Amir Hossain, is a class VII student. Some indecent remarks about their landlord Obaidul Haque's wife written by someone on the wall of his house led to the incident, said police and locals. Over suspicion, the family of Obaidul beat Rakib with an electric wire and tortured him with electric shocks confining...

Narayanganj Fire

Woman, her son die at DMCH

Two members of a family who were injured in Narayanganj fire died yesterday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital after fighting for lives for four days. The dead were Selina Begum, 40, and her son Anik, 12. On early Monday, five people, including three of Selina's family, suffered serious burn injuries in a fire caused by an explosion at a pharmacy owned by one Anwar Hossain at Purba Shehachar Lalkha bazaar in Fatullah of Narayanganj Sadar upazila. Four of them were taken to...

Cross Border Trade

Meher Afroz assures women entrepreneurs of all-out help

Meher Afroz assures women entrepreneurs of all-out help

State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki has assured women entrepreneurs of all possible assistance to promote cross border trade and entrepreneurship. The assurance came when a delegation of Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, led by Rokia Afzal Rahman, president of the Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs and Metropolitan Chamber of...

Repair of Ferryghat road in Bhola sought

Repair of Ferryghat road in Bhola sought

Residents of Sadar uapzila in Bhola formed a two-kilometre human chain in Rajapur union yesterday demanding an immediate repair of Ferryghat road in the area. Hundreds of people under the banner of Bhola Swartho Rokkha o Unnayan Committee joined the programme. The total 650-metre approach road, which connects 16 districts including Dhaka, has been in...

Five killed in road crashes

Five people, including an expatriate in Hong Kong, were killed and 32 others were injured in road accidents in the country and in Hong Kong in the last two days. Our Benapole correspondent reports, a Bangladeshi expatriate in Hong Kong was killed in a road crash on Eulong Highway in Sinagsu near Hong Kong on Thursday morning, family sources said. The deceased was Abdul Latif, 38, son of late Habibur Rahman of Jessore. His family is now waiting to get back the...

Well drilling for Pabna gas exploration starts

Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Ltd (Bapex) started digging an exploration well in Santhia upazila of Pabna yesterday, five years after it took up a project to find if the natural resource is available there. The drilling started on an area of 8.8 acres in Mobarakpur site, 40km east of the district town. A reserve of 170 billion cubic feet (BCF) of gas is expected there.  “This is a challenge to drill in a new geographical condition, but Bapex hopes...

News in Brief

US, Bangladesh relations to see new height: Nisha Desai Diplomatic Correspondent Bangladesh Ambassador to the US Mohammad Ziauddin met with Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal at the US Department of State on Wednesday. Biswal welcomed the newly appointed ambassador and expressed her hope, based on the existing strong bilateral bond achieved over the years, that the relations between the two counties would see a new height during Ziauddin's tenure. The courtesy call discussed a wide range...