• Friday, March 06, 2015


Chhabi finally couldn't hold living husband's hands

Chhabi finally couldn't hold living husband's hands

"I want to see my husband… I want to be by his side and hold his hands," wailed Chhabi Nath, pressing her face to the glass of the Intensive Care Unit at Chittagong Medical College Hospital. But doctors would not let her in, considering the patients' health. Chhabi could not hold his hands again,...

Primary School Students

Dependence on coaching centres alarming

Dependence on coaching centres alarming

School students' dependency on coaching is noticeable and therefore parents have to spend a big portion of money for tuition, stated a draft report of Sushasoner Jonny Procharavizan (Supro). Primary schools also arrange coaching to make extra money from students, it added.  Supro, an NGO working for good governance, presented separate draft reports on government...

Country's laws not equally applied to all

The laws of the country are not applied to all people equally, National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman alleged yesterday. They are "friendly to the rich", he told a reception at the capital's Cirdap. "If I have committed a crime, can I give conditions to appear in court?" he asked. "Here are my conditions. If you accept these, I will appear; if you don't, I won't. Do general people have that right?" he said, alluding to the incident of BNP...

Rangpur mayor helps to end BRUR hunger strike

After a 26-day nonstop hunger strike, the teachers, students and staff demanding removal of the vice chancellor of Begum Rokeya University Rangpur (BRUR) called off their protest yesterday when the city mayor intervened and assured them of supporting their cause. In a brief address during his visit, Mayor Sharfuddin Ahmed Jhantu said he would request the prime minister to order steps for appointment of a new VC, replacing the incumbent Prof AKM Nurun Nabi. Before that, he called for staging other...

Journo Nadia Sharmeen wins US award

Nadia Sharmeen, a crime reporter at Ekattor TV and a women's rights advocate, wins the US Secretary of State's International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award. On the occasion of International Women's Day, the IWOC Award is given to honour the courage of extraordinary women all over the world who have played transformative roles in their societies, said a US embassy media release. Sharmeen is the second Bangladeshi woman to earn the prestigious recognition and she will be honoured along with eight...

Policy for women friendly work environment must

Policy for women friendly work environment must

A standard policy creating an environment conducive for women to work in is required to encourage their participation in the country's workforce, said discussants yesterday. Commitment of top management and leaders is also required to ensure equality and promote a gender-sensitive culture at organisations, they said. The views came at a roundtable on "How to...

Mechanised harvesters make farmers happy

Potato growers in Rajshahi have started using mechanised harvesters, instead of the conventional method, in order to save money, reduce labour requirement and increase production. According to sources concerned, the potato-harvester driven by power tiller has recently been developed in Regional Wheat Research Centre (RWRC) in Rajshahi. Golam Rasul, a farmer of Dayengrhat village under Paba upazila of the district, said potato harvester meets up the labour shortage by speeding up the harvesting process. On an average, it can harvest potato from...

DoE fines 3 factories, brick kiln Tk 40 lakh

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined three factories and a brick kiln a total of Tk 40 lakh in Dhaka, Gazipur and Narayanganj for polluting the environment. East West Suiting Mills Ltd at Ashulia, outside the capital, was fined Tk 13 lakh for not renewing its environmental clearance certificate and directly releasing untreated liquid waste into water body. Washing factory, Summer Dress Ltd, located in Gazipur's Mirzapur, was fined Tk 1 lakh for operating without installing an effluent treatment...

Info about Climate Change

Govt launches comprehensiveweb portal

To manage huge quantity of datasets about the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh and initiatives taken to battle global warming which was scattered in numerous web portals, the government launched a web portal yesterday. From now on, the new web portal www.climatechange.gov.bd will be the centre for the knowledge on climate change in Bangladesh. On the site, there is a blog, discussion forum and video archive. University students, researchers, government officials who are working on climate change would be able...

Sinking of Pinak-6

SC stays owner's Bail

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for two weeks a High Court order that granted bail to Abu Bakkar Siddique, owner of Pinak-6 launch, which capsized in the river Padma last year, in a case filed for negligence. Abu Bakkar cannot get released from jail following the SC order, Deputy Attorney General Khandaker Diliruzzaman told The Daily Star. The order came following a petition filed by the government seeking stay on the HC order. Justice Hasan Foez Siddique, chamber judge of the Appellate...

Ekram killing in Feni

Bail for prime accused stayed for another week

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for one more week a High Court verdict granting bail to Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury Minar, the prime accused in Fulgazi upazila chairman Ekramul Haque killing case. The four-member apex court bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha also asked the government to submit a leave-to-appeal petition with it against the HC judgment in a week.  An HC bench on March 2 granted the bail to Minar in the murder case following a petition. Ekram, 45, former president...

Helping Illegal Migration

Why not file cases against offenders under migration act

The High Court yesterday asked the government to explain in four weeks why it should not be directed to prosecute the people responsible for human trafficking and assisting oversees job seekers in their illegal migration under the Overseas Employment and Migration Act 2013. Officials concerned, including secretaries to the foreign affairs ministry and the expatriates' welfare and overseas employment ministry, have been made respondents to the rule, Deputy Attorney General Tapas Kumar Biswas told The Daily Star. He said the...

War Crimes Trial

Two more implicate Siraj in Bagerhat massacre

Two more implicate Siraj in Bagerhat massacre

A prosecution witness yesterday said he saw Razakars kill 19 villagers in Bagerhat following the order of Sheikh Sirajul Haque alias Siraj Master during the Liberation War, while another testified that he saw the detained victims but later heard about their slaying. Mir Abdur Razzaque, a freedom fighter from Depara village of Bagerhat sadar upazila and the 27th witness, said Siraj himself stabbed the detainees before ordering their deaths. On Wednesday, the 25th witness said the war crimes accused killed his uncle by slitting his throat and his fellow Razakars hacked 18 others to death on June 18, 1971. Razzaque told the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that he went to Kandapara Bazar on...

Renewable Energy

Costly solar panels, battery recycling challenges

There are two major challenges to promoting renewable energy particularly the solar home system (SHS) in Bangladesh, said State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid yesterday. “High price of solar panels and recycling of lead batteries used in 3.5 million SHSs are the challenges,” he told a workshop on 'Development of Sustainable Renewable Energy Power Generation at Bidyut Bhaban in the capital. The Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (Sreda), in association with the United Nations Development Programme...

Navy foils human trafficking in Ctg

Navy foils human trafficking in Ctg

Bangladesh Navy foiled an attempt made by 15 fortune seekers to go to Malaysia illegally by two engine-run boats and held seven alleged human traffickers on the spot at the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port early yesterday. Kazi Shahab Uddin, officer-in-charge of Patenga Police Station, said the Navy personnel handed the 22 over to...

News in Brief

President flies to London today Unb, Dhaka President Abdul Hamid will leave for London today morning for his eye treatment and health checkup. He will leave at 11:00am by a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and is likely to return on March 15, president's press secretary Ihsanul Karim told this agency yesterday. Road crashes kill 3 City Desk Three people died in road accidents in three districts yesterday and Wednesday. In Thakurgaon, Golam Nur, 17, of Dangapara village died when a truck hit his bicycle on...



Sultan Ahmed Hawlader died from illnesses while under treatment in Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Wednesday night. He was 65, and was buried at his Chitholiya village in Pirojpur Sadar upazila yesterday.

Doa Mahfil

Doa Mahfil

A doa mahfil for late SA Sikder, the founder secretary general of Bangladesh China People's Friendship Association, will be held today in Eskaton Garden Masjid of the capital after Asr prayers. He died on February 27 this year, says a press release.

Death Anniversary

Death Anniversary

Today is the 10th death anniversary of Farida Sarkar, wife of Jatiya Party lawmaker Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu. Special prayers will be offered at orphanages and food will be distributed among the residents, on the occasion.