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Costly healthcare adds to poverty

Costly healthcare adds to poverty

The government should give special attention to ensuring quality healthcare for the poor who become the worst victims of weak governance in the health sector, a number of experts said yesterday. Around 6.4 million or 4 percent people of the country get poorer every year due to excessive costs of healthcare, they said referring...

Ex-minister Qaisar

War crimes trial verdict today

War crimes trial verdict today

A war crimes tribunal is set to deliver its verdict today in the case against former state minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar for his alleged crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War. Qaisar faces 16 charges of crimes including killing Bangalees, especially Hindus and freedom fighters, during the war in 1971. An alleged local leader of anti-liberation forces Razakar and Peace Committee, the war crimes accused was charged with participating and abetting an act of genocide in 22 villages under Nasirnagar upazila in Brahmanbaria that left 108 Hindus dead. Qaisar, 73, alleged founder of Qaisar Bahini, which had 400-500 collaborators to assist the Pakistan army, was also charged with at least 11...

Oil Spill Impact on Sundarbans

UN team starts work today

The United Nations team to help Bangladesh clean up the oil spill in the Sundarbans will start their work in the area from today.  Meanwhile, a separate investigation committee of the BNP that visited affected areas in the forest, alleged that even though foreigners were interested to save the Sundarbans, the government showed its negligence to do that. The UNDP expert team comprising experts from home and abroad would support the government's cleanup efforts of the oil spill in addition to...

Pakistan to hang 500 militants

Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said yesterday, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following the school massacre. Six militants have been hanged since Friday amid rising public anger over Tuesday's slaughter in Peshawar, reports AFP. "Interior ministry has finalised the cases of 500 convicts who have exhausted all the appeals, their mercy petitions have been turned down by the president and their executions will take place in coming...

Five killed under train wheels

Five people, including two females, were found dead on railway tracks in the capital and Gazipur in 24 hours until yesterday noon. One of them was identified as Mahabubul Haq, 60, of Bajitpur in Kishoreganj district. Identities of the remaining four could not be known immediately. Autopsies were performed on the unidentified bodies at Dhaka Medical College morgue. They all had wounds in the head and other parts of the body, morgue sources said. Mahabubul was run over by Dinajpur-bound Ekota Express...

Gold Smuggling

JS body worried

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry yesterday expressed concern over anomalies and corruption in the management of Biman Bangladesh, as well as involvement of its staff in gold smuggling. The parliamentary watchdog raised the concern at its seventh meeting, held at Jatiya Sangsad with its chairman Muhammad Faruk Khan in the chair. The committee will make specific suggestions regarding mismanagement of Biman in its next meeting, after getting a report from the probe body formed by the...

Stop gold smuggling

Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh and Biman high-ups came under fire yesterday from a parliamentary standing committee for their failure to stop gold smuggling through the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The parliamentary standing committee on civil aviation and tourism asked the CAAB and Biman bosses to take effective measures immediately to stop gold smuggling and take punitive measures against the officials involved. “We have told them many times over to take effective measures and ensure close monitoring to stop...

Gazipur tense over rally of 20-party

Tension runs high in Gazipur over Khaleda Zia's rally scheduled for December 27 as local leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League have vowed to resist it unless BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman withdraws his remarks on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. In a counter threat to the BCL, student wing of the ruling Awami League, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, student wing of the BNP, yesterday vowed to teach its political rival a lesson by giving mass beating. “The meeting of the BNP chairperson will...

EXCLUSIVE SATELLITE IMAGES OF OIL SPILL

EXCLUSIVE SATELLITE IMAGES OF OIL SPILL

The near infrared satellite images of the Shela river in the Sundarbans, provided by Digitalglobe, US, through The Decode Ltd, Dhaka........

2 fake freedom fighters at ACC

Two directors of the Anti-Corruption Commission resorted to cheating to obtain freedom fighters' certificate to defer their retirement by a year. The anti-graft body found this while investigating its nine officials, including a director general, who have war hero's certificates. The probe was launched on November 2 in the wake of government and media reports that some top bureaucrats fraudulently secured freedom fighter's certificates. The ACC has completed investigating its Director Golam Yahiya while the probe into the eight others is on,...

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Arson Attack in Rangamati

Victims wait for justice

A week has gone by and still no case has been filed and nobody got arrested in connection with the torching of 61 homes of the indigenous people at Burigati union of Naniarchhar in Rangamati. The same goes for the destruction of thousands of pineapple plants and teak saplings of Bangalee settlers, which allegedly sparked the attack on indigenous people's homes. People of the area are blaming the police for inaction. They said they went to Naniarchhar Police Station to file cases...

Over 5,000 trees felled for repairing embankment

Over 5,000 trees felled for repairing embankment

More than 5,000 trees along the flood control embankment at Dafadar Bridge and Sekandarkhali village in Amtali upazila of Barguna have been chopped down in the name of repairing the embankment. Amtali forest office sources said about 10,000 trees had been planted under the “green belt” project on the 8 km flood control dam...

Robber killed in 'gunfight'

An alleged robber was killed in a “gunfight” with police in Magura Sadar upazila in the early hours of yesterday. Deceased Uzzal Hossain, 33, was son of Awal Biswas of the upazila's Chandpur village. According to police, Uzzal was the chief of an inter-district robber gang. He stood accused in four criminal cases, including robbery and snatching, with different police stations. A gang of robbers attempted to commit a robbery at Mandartala by blocking Magura-Narail road with logs around 3:00am, said Sudarshan...

Go tough on criminals

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the top officials of districts to go tough on criminals irrespective of their political affiliations. She gave the direction in a video conference with divisional commissioners of Rangpur and Barisal and deputy commissioners of Barguna and Lalmonirhat after a weekly cabinet meeting at the secretariat yesterday. "Country's law and order situation must improve at any cost. Stern actions have to be taken against those involved with militancy and drug smuggling as the Awami League government...

China probes senior party official for graft

A senior Chinese Communist Party official who was a close aide to former President Hu Jintao is being investigated for "suspected serious disciplinary violations" -- normally a euphemism for corruption -- state media said yesterday. The probe into Ling Jihua, who is also a national political adviser, was announced by the ruling party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Ling is vice chairman of the national committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a...

Robotic bug to explore alien planets

Robotic bug to explore alien planets

A robotic stick insect that can walk up stairs and negotiate stony ground has been created by scientists. Researchers at Bielefeld University, in Germany, built the robot after studying how the legs of stick insects move. To copy nature's design, the robotics experts gave their six robot legs a total of 18 joints that are...

Muslim party quits in major blow to Sri Lanka leader

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse suffered a setback to his re-election hopes yesterday when a key minister and his minority Muslim party quit the coalition government. Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen said he was switching allegiance to Maithripala Sirisena, the main opposition candidate seeking to topple Rajapakse in a January 8 election. It is the latest in a series of blows for the 69-year-old president, who was seen as the favourite when he called snap polls last month but has...

First UAE nuclear plant to start in 2017

The first of four nuclear reactors being built by the United Arab Emirates will come on line in 2017 and the rest will be fully operational by 2020, an official said yesterday. "When they are fully operational in 2020, they will generate 25 percent of UAE power needs," the CEO of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp (ENEC), Mohammed al-Hammadi, told an energy conference in Abu Dhabi. Hammadi said that 61 percent of the first reactor has been completed and it is...

Uzbekistan poll 'lacked genuine competition'

Uzbekistan yesterday announced a near 90-percent turnout in its weekend parliamentary election, a poll Western observers said lacked genuine competition. All the parties in Sunday's polls support President Islam Karimov, who has ruled the central Asian republic since the collapse of communism. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said the vote was "competently administered but lacked genuine electoral competition and debate." Speaking at a news conference yesterday, the head of the central election commission Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov said there was no...

Court opens case against Catalan leader for breakaway vote

Catalonia's president Artur Mas was placed under investigation yesterday for holding a banned vote on whether his region should be independent from Spain. The Catalonia High Court said that Mas was under judicial investigation for flouting a injunction against holding the symbolic vote on November 9. Prosecutors have accused him of civil disobedience, abuse of power and embezzlement of public funds for pressing ahead with the vote. If charges were brought against him, Mas could risk a jail sentence of several years...

Construction to begin on controversial Nicaragua canal

A Chinese company breaks ground yesterday on a $50 billion canal across Nicaragua, an ambitious rival to the Panama Canal that critics condemn as a pipe dream and protesters say will wreck the environment. President Daniel Ortega and the Chinese telecoms magnate behind the canal, Wang Jing, will inaugurate the project at an evening ceremony in the capital Managua. But the actual construction will begin some 130 kilometers (80 miles) away, with the first access roads at the mouth of the...

Russia's top allies build ties with Ukraine

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev followed his Belarussian counterpart to Ukraine yesterday as Moscow's old allies built bridges to Europe while Russia's financial crisis and diplomatic isolation grew. Both visits were ostensibly made to kickstart stalled peace negotiations between Kiev and the two Russian-speaking regions of eastern Ukraine that rebelled against Kiev in April. Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko hosted such talks in September and is hoping to do so again in Minsk in the coming days. But Nazarbayev has no evident link to...

Thai maid to die for drug peddling in Malaysia

A Thai woman was sentenced to death yesterday after a Malaysian high court found her guilty of trafficking drugs, Bernama news agency reported. Duangchit Khonthokhonbari, 33, who had been working in Malaysia as a maid, was caught with 2.81 kilogrammes (6.2 pounds) of methamphetamine at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in March last year. Anyone with at least 50 grams of methamphetamine is considered a trafficker in Malaysia and subject to the death penalty. Defence lawyers could not be reached for immediate comment,...

Italy foils neo fascist plot, arrests 14

Italian police arrested 14 neo-fascists and placed 44 others under investigation yesterday after uncovering a plot to assassinate politicians and attack police stations over the Christmas period. Police swooped after wiretaps revealed the gang, an offshoot of the banned far right organisation Ordine Nuovo, had begun stockpiling arms and planned to carry out attacks over the holiday period. Italy's Repubblica daily said the suspects had discussed killing politicians, "10, 11 at a time...", as well as blowing up the Equitalia tax...

Ebola-infected Italian doctor 'recovering'

An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola in west Africa is recovering but is still in an isolation unit, the specialist clinic in Rome treating him said yesterday.  

Israel charges 8 Palestinians over Facebook incitement

Eight Palestinians from annexed east Jerusalem were indicted yesterday for inciting anti-Jewish violence and supporting "terror" in postings on Facebook, a justice ministry spokeswoman said. The eight men, aged 18-45, were charged at Jerusalem Magistrate's Court with "incitement to violence or terror and supporting a terrorist group" on Facebook, a ministry statement read. The incriminating posts were put online in recent months as a wave of violence rocked the city during which several Palestinians staged lone wolf attacks killing nine people. The...

No CSR, if no net profit

Banks and other financial institutions can put off their commitments to undertake new programmes under corporate social responsibility (CSR) if they do not make net profits, said the central bank yesterday. Banks or financial institutions with no post-tax net profit surplus may postpone making fresh CSR programme expenditure commitments but should continue honouring previous commitments, said Bangladesh Bank in a circular. It also said the CSR engagements in priority sectors such as agriculture, SMEs and green financing should also remain on...

130 houses gutted in fire

At least 130 houses were gutted in a massive fire in the Sataru Para village of Nilphamari Sadar upazila yesterday evening. Five people were injured in the incident. Food grains and other valuables worth more than Tk one crore were burnt in the fire that had originated from the kitchen of a villager named Ilias Hossain around 7:00pm, said fire service officials on the spot. The fire soon spread to a huge pile of unthrashed amon rice beside Ilias's kitchen and...

Business

A piece of Dhaka in Hollywood films

A piece of Dhaka in Hollywood films

It is almost inconceivable that make-up appliances produced in our backyard can transform actors into characters in places as far away as Hollywood and Bollywood, but Kryolan's factory in the Dhaka Export Processing Zone is making that a reality. Indeed, many of the bloody wounds, oozing gashes, false chins and devilish horns, as well as the scary monsters seen on the silver screen can be traced right back to this humble factory, set up in 2001, of the German-based professional make-up company: Kryolan. Its products are widely used by celebrities and make-up artists in Hollywood, Bollywood and international ramp shows for its quality, said Yesmin Ipphat, chief executive of Kryolan Bangladesh. The...

Luxury hotels eye better Christmas sales

Luxury hotels eye better Christmas sales

Luxury hotels in Dhaka are eyeing better Christmas sales this year, buoyed by a stable political environment. They are expecting up to 50 percent higher sales from food and beverages this Christmas compared to the previous year. Most high-end hotels in the city are set to organise a number of events, such as Christmas parties,...

Roadmap laid out for Basel III

Bangladesh Bank has issued a roadmap to elevate the capital base of banks in line with Basel III requirements, the global regulatory standard set to take effect from January 1. As per the roadmap, the banks' minimum capital adequacy ratio will have to be raised to 12.5 percent of their risk-weighted assets by December 2019 from the existing 10 percent. The central bank plans to raise the CAR (capital adequacy ratio) to 10 percent by 2015, 10.625 percent by 2016, 11.25...

Middle-Eastern drug maker buys out RAK Pharma

Middle-Eastern drug maker buys out RAK Pharma

Middle-Eastern drug manufacturer Julphar and its partners will acquire a 77.5 percent stake in Dhaka-based RAK Pharmaceuticals. UAE-based Julphar will bear some liabilities of RAK Pharmaceuticals, with 55 percent of its shares owned by RAK Ceramics, a listed company in Bangladesh. Julphar will invest around Tk 75 crore ($9.5 million) to acquire the shares and settle the liabilities, RAK Ceramics said in a posting on the Dhaka Stock Exchange website yesterday. RAK Ceramics will transfer its entire holding of 5.17 crore ordinary shares of RAK Pharmaceuticals to Julphar for Tk 7 each share -- all amounting to Tk 36.19 crore. An independent value assessor determined the transfer value, RAK Ceramics said, adding that...

Interest rate for low-cost loans capped at 9.5pc

Banks and micro-lenders will not be able to charge more than 9.5 percent as interest from people, who opened accounts with only Tk 10, if they take funds from a central bank scheme aimed to spur financial inclusion. Last year, Bangladesh Bank formed a revolving fund of Tk 200 crore to boost its financial inclusion efforts by providing low-cost loans to farmers. Under the scheme, the banking regulator will charge 5 percent as interest for its loans to commercial banks. Banks will...

Trade deficit swells

Trade deficit widened 92 percent in the first four months of the fiscal year, compared to the same period a year ago, on the back of lower exports and higher imports. Between July and October, it stood at $3.71 billion in contrast to $1.93 billion recorded a year ago. Imports grew 14.64 percent year-on-year, while exports slipped 0.98 percent, according to Bangladesh Bank statistics. However, a BB official said the items that brought about the rise in imports would contribute to the...

Stocks see slight recovery

Stocks rose marginally yesterday amid thin participation of investors. DSEX, the benchmark index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, finished the day at 4,868.47 points, after increasing 18.78 points or 0.38 percent. The shariah index -- DSES -- also rose slightly by 4.64 points or 0.4 percent before closing at 1,148.87 points. The market remained sluggish amid investor inactivity and low volatility, said IDLC Investments. “Investors' concentration shifted to large-cap stocks, reflected by their dominance in the top turnover chart,” said the merchant bank. After a...

New India airline to start flying as others lose money

India's newest airline announced Monday it would start flying next month and was "enthusiastic" about the future, even as rival carriers bleed red ink. The new airline, called Vistara -- a Sanskrit word meaning "limitless expanse" -- will make its first flight on January 9. The airline is 49-percent-owned by Singapore Airlines, one of the world's top-rated carriers. Mumbai-based Tata conglomerate, one of India's best-respected brands, controls 51 percent. "We're enthusiastic. There are no doubt challenges, but we believe in the immense...

Banks' help for the cold-stricken poor

Private banks and financial institutions have come forward to help the winter-affected poor of the country by donating blankets and warm clothes to the relief and welfare fund of the prime minister. Senior officials, including managing directors, have recently handed over the items to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Gono Bhaban in the capital. Islami Bank Bangladesh presented 50,000 pieces of warm clothes while National Bank and First Security Islami Bank presented 50,000 blankets. AB Bank, Mercantile Bank, Modhumoti Bank and Shahjalal...

Rosneft scraps purchase of Morgan Stanley's oil trading business

Russian oil major Rosneft, hit by US sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, said Monday it had to abandon plans to purchase the oil trading business of US bank Morgan Stanley after failing to win regulatory approval. The December 2013 deal for an undisclosed amount covered Morgan Stanley's Global Oil Merchanting business that included agreements on stockage capacity as well as physical oil inventories. Rosneft said it and Morgan Stanley were abandoning the transaction "due to an objective impossibility...

Oil markets face uncertain future as Opec targets competitors

The determination of powerful Gulf Opec members to stifle competition from new oil producers has left the global energy market reeling and sparked unprecedented uncertainty, officials and experts say. Gathered in Abu Dhabi for a key conference, senior energy officials from Arab Gulf nations insisted they will not cut production despite the freefall in oil prices. A supply glut, lower demand and the stronger US dollar have all contributed to pushing down oil prices, which have dropped nearly 50 percent since...

Russia entering full-fledged economic crisis: ex-minister

Russia entering full-fledged economic crisis: ex-minister

Russia's government has pushed the country into an economic crisis by not tackling its financial problems fast enough, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Monday, warning the full effects would be felt next year. Kudrin -- a darling of investors who is credited with building Russia's $170 billion worth of sovereign wealth funds...

Moscow set to subsidise struggling ruble-hit airlines

Moscow is to set to step in to support troubled Russian airlines badly hit by the collapse of the ruble and falling passenger numbers. Deputy Prime Minister Arkadi Dvorkovitch said Monday he was considering credit guarantees and subsidies worth up to 28 million euros ($34 million) to support struggling airlines. He told the business daily Vedomosti that two of the top three domestic airlines, Transaero and UTair, were already in difficulty. "Firstly (we are looking at giving) companies credit guarantees which are...

Airport staff in London, Manchester suspend strike

A two-day strike planned by ground handling staff at some airports in England in the run up to Christmas Day has been suspended. Members of the Unite union working for the firm dnata at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester had been due to walk out on Tuesday. But they will now be balloted after a new pay offer was made. Unite's Kevin Hall said the offer "better reflects the contribution" members make to the company. He added: "We will now be putting the details...

Blackberry posts unexpected fall in revenue

Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry has reported a larger-than-expected drop in revenue during the third quarter. Revenue fell to $793m (£507m) from $1.19bn a year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Chief executive John Chen said the revenue figure was "not satisfying". However, he added that he thought Blackberry might be able to stabilise and grow its revenues by 2016, but that he could not promise profitability. Blackberry reported a net loss of $148m for the quarter, significantly less than the $4.4bn loss it reported a...

Tesco accounts face fresh inquiry

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has announced an inquiry into Tesco's accounts for 2012, 2013 and 2014. The FRC is an independent disciplinary body for UK accountants and actuaries. BBC business editor Kamal Ahmed says the FRC's investigation will include PwC's auditing and preparation of Tesco's accounts. In September, Tesco said it had misstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m - a figure that was subsequently revised to £263m in October. PwC, which remains Tesco's auditor, said in a statement: "We take...

What explains the concern over GSP?

What explains the concern over GSP?

There is considerable ongoing debate and discussion in Bangladesh regarding the suspension of trade benefits to Bangladesh from the US Generalised System of Preferences (GSP). On June 27, 2013 President Obama slapped the suspension to register the US concerns over poor working conditions and protection of worker rights in the readymade garments sector....

Uber business model faces legal scrutiny in Taiwan

Uber Technologies Inc is under fire in Taiwan and the Chinese mainland mega city Chongqing over concerns that it and its drivers are not appropriately licensed, adding to a string of official complaints aimed at the fast-growing US start-up. Uber has been subject to similar action in economies as varied as Thailand and Spain. But an investigation in Chongqing - a city with a third more people than Taiwan - marks the first time Uber's legality has come under scrutiny...

China's Xiaomi raising $1b from investors

China's Xiaomi raising $1b from investors

China's Xiaomi is raising over $1 billion from investors including Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC that would value the smartphone maker at over $45 billion, a person familiar with the deal said. The fund raising was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which also said this round was led by tech fund All-Stars...

The inside story of the new Airbus A350 jet

The inside story of the new Airbus A350 jet

Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, who takes his first new A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course. Boeing was knocking on his door with a "super-efficient" jet boasting 30 percent fuel savings thanks to a carbon-composite design. In Toulouse, some Airbus engineers, riding high after overtaking Boeing and...

Sports

Tamim causes WC concern

Tamim causes WC concern

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has been diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his left knee and the left-hander may go to Australia for surgery to fix it. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) physician Debashish Chowdhury informed yesterday that the MRI report revealed a meniscus tear in his left knee what someone generally needs about one...

Walton Refrigerator Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2014-15

Partex relegated after refusing to play on

Partex Sporting Club have been relegated from the Dhaka Premier League after the team decided to walk out of their crucial Relegation League match against Kalabagan Cricket Academy yesterday. With the teams tied at six points each, it was a must-win game for both sides. The match was in progress at BKSP until 21.4 overs when Partex refused to play on and as a result Kalabagan CA were handed a walkover. Partex team management was unhappy with the lbw decisions given...

'Here to help football'

'Here to help football'

George Kottan, former coach of Bangladesh national team, said he is interested to help Bangladesh football, in whatever capacity possible, after taking charge of four-time professional league champions Abahani for the upcoming season. The 68-year-old Austrian, who arrived here along with his wife yesterday morning, said he has come back to his 'second home',...

Patel to replace Jadeja

Axar Patel will join the Indian team in Australia for the remainder of the Test series as a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja, who has a shoulder injury and will be returning to India to undergo a rehabilitation programme. Having made his ODI debut early this year, Patel has been in wicket-taking form during the current Ranji season. He is currently playing in Ranji Trophy round three match where he picked up four wickets on Sunday for Gujarat against Saurashtra. The opportunity...

Malinga's knee recovering well

Sri Lanka pace spearhead Lasith Malinga is recovering well from his ankle surgery and should be back in action during the later stages of the one-day international series in New Zealand next month, according to coach Marvan Atapattu. The mercurial Malinga underwent surgery on his left ankle in September and missed the team's one-day series against India and England. The 31-year-old, whose yorkers delivered with a sling-shot action at times makes him almost unplayable, will be crucial for Sri Lanka's chances...

Maldives ruled out too

Maldives are the latest team, after Laos and Pakistan, to be ruled out of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup, which is set to take place from January 16 to 27. The decision has now left the BFF in an odd circumstance as they now have to sweat over finding a sixth participant for the competition real soon. The Football Association of Maldives (FAM) yesterday informed the BFF that they would not be able to participate in the tournament due to internal...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Sachin again the WC ambassador

Sachin again the WC ambassador

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced Sachin Tendulkar as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 ambassador. It will be the second successive time that the Indian maestro will be the ambassador of the ICC's pinnacle tournament, after he fulfilled the role in the previous event, which was co-hosted by Bangladesh, India...

Rossouw in for de Kock

Left-handed batsman Rilee Rossouw was named on Sunday to replace injured wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock in South Africa's squad for the remaining two Test matches against the West Indies. De Kock was ruled out of the Tests and limited overs matches of the West Indian tour after tearing ankle ligaments during the first Test at Centurion, which South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs on Saturday. Rossouw, 25, made his one-day international debut earlier this year and has been...

Lega Calcio

Lazio go 3rd

Lazio go 3rd

A first-half brace from Felipe Anderson was enough to secure third place for Lazio in Serie A prior to the festive break on Sunday in a hard-fought 2-2 draw away to Inter. Inter only claimed their maiden win under Roberto Mancini, their first in six games, last week but had the worst possible start...

Barclays Premier League

Skrtel denies Arsenal

Skrtel denies Arsenal

A bloodied and bandaged Martin Skrtel headed home a last-gasp 97th-minute equaliser to earn Liverpool a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday. Having bossed the first half, Liverpool went ahead through Philippe Coutinho, only for goals from Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud to leave Arsene Wenger's Arsenal on...

Gutierrez to return after beating cancer

Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez will return to action in an under-21 game on Monday after recovering from testicular cancer, the Premier League club said. Gutierrez had an operation in his native Argentina in September to remove his left testicle after the discovery of a tumour and received chemotherapy treatment. The 31-year-old will feature as an over-age player for Newcastle in an under-21 Cup fixture against West Ham United, the north-east club said on their website. Gutierrez, who has scored 10 goals...

Mats fears relegation

Mats Hummels admits there is no guarantee Borussia Dortmund will avoid relegation next May after last season's runners-up finished the first half of the Bundesliga season joint bottom on Sunday. "There is no guarantee things will improve," the Dortmund captain admitted to German daily Bild after his side were beaten 2-1 at Werder Bremen on Saturday. "Almost all of our first-choice players were missing at some point in the first half of the season and weren't always 100 percent fit. "We should...

'Learned a lot from ISL'

'Learned a lot from ISL'

Bangladesh captain Mamunul Islam believes the time he spent with Atletico de Kolkata will stand him in good stead even though did not feature for a single minute for the recently-crowned champions of the inaugural Indian Super League. The 27-year-old midfielder, who wrapped up his two-and-a-half month stint with the Kolkata franchise to resume training with Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club on Sunday, felt that sharing the dressing room with players like Luis Garcia, Josemi and Borja Fernandes and words of encouragement from Saurav Ganguly makes him want to be a part of the ISL again. “I have learned a lot from ISL, including the struggle and rebound and maintaining fitness, which...

LFP

Griezmann fires Atletico

Griezmann fires Atletico

France international Antoine Griezmann scored a hattrick as Atletico Madrid produced a stunning second-half display to hammer Athletic Bilbao 4-1 away on Sunday and move to within four points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid. The Spanish champions looked on course for back-to-back league defeats for the first time since April 2012 when Mikel...

Editorial

Editorial

Big salary raise for public servants

THE Pay and Service Commission has proposed a 100 percent hike on salaries of public servants on average, which, if implemented, would raise the government spending on salary and allowance by 63.7 percent. The proposal also recommended that the government provide additional benefits to its employees, including mandatory health insurance, a flat and, for officers of grade three and above, car loan facilities. In principle, we are for reasonable and attractive incentive packages for government employees. We are also heartened...

Editorial

Plight of Dalits

THE horrific form of oppression carried out against the Dalit community came to light in a public hearing organised by right groups on Sunday. The community scattered across the country has increasingly been falling victim to various forms of injustice and discrimination by the 'socially privileged.' This sheer display of negligence shown to a lower caste is reflective of prejudice that shouldn't have any place in modern day society. It is primarily a social vice to stigmatise a class of people....

Op-ed

Editorial

Big salary raise for public servants

THE Pay and Service Commission has proposed a 100 percent hike on salaries of public servants on average, which, if implemented, would raise the government spending on salary and allowance by 63.7 percent. The proposal also recommended that the government provide additional benefits to its employees, including mandatory health insurance, a flat and, for officers of grade three and above, car loan facilities. In principle, we are for reasonable and attractive incentive packages for government employees. We are also heartened...

Editorial

Plight of Dalits

THE horrific form of oppression carried out against the Dalit community came to light in a public hearing organised by right groups on Sunday. The community scattered across the country has increasingly been falling victim to various forms of injustice and discrimination by the 'socially privileged.' This sheer display of negligence shown to a lower caste is reflective of prejudice that shouldn't have any place in modern day society. It is primarily a social vice to stigmatise a class of people....

Saudi oil bomb for Iran

Saudi oil bomb for Iran

SAUDI Arabia's refusal to cut oil production despite the price of crude bottoming out in the vicinity of $60 per barrel around mid-December serves to undercut Iran in a manner that the UN sanctions never could. With oil prices plummeting from a high of $115 in August, 2013 to its present price, Iran's...

Why Cuba turned

THE phone call between United States President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, followed by the exchange of an American prisoner for three Cuban intelligence agents detained in the US, marked the most important moment in the countries' bilateral relationship in decades. Shortly afterward, the US and Cuba announced that they would begin the process of resuming full diplomatic ties. At first sight, the agreement looks like a great victory for Cuba, with the US finally backing down from...

Security threat

THE lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty in response to the Peshawar carnage has triggered a serious threat: terrorist attacks to avenge the executions by the state. Already, intelligence agencies are issuing all manner of warnings to possible targets, especially state institutions and security installations across the country, and many educational institutes, including in the federal capital, have closed their campuses indefinitely ahead of the scheduled winter break. Pakistan is bracing for a backlash. This is the moment in...

Bijoy Dibosh, safety and security in the CHT

Bijoy Dibosh, safety and security in the CHT

ON December 16, Bijoy Dibosh, the victory of justice over injustice, I learnt about the murder of Umraching Marma (Chabi), a class-XIII student. Her throat was slit on December 15, allegedly by two Bengali settlers, Mohammad Nizam Uddin (aged 19/20) andMasud Rana (aged 19) from the village of Kaptai in the CHT. She...

Outcome of Lima

Outcome of Lima

BANGLADESH has faced some big natural calamities, e.g., devastating flood of 1954, severe seaborne cyclone of 1970, countrywide flood of 1988 because of heavy rainfall, cross boundary flood of 1996, flood from a depression in 2000 and flood in the haors in 2004. Those calamities could be taken as natural phenomenon as usual,...

Letter To The Editor

Hail to the garment workers

Hail to the garment workers

They go to the work wearing faded clothes, work at the factory with their devoted hands and spend from their low earnings to meet their basic needs. They are self-dependent and sometimes lead families. They are low-paid but high performing workers. They stood against all the odds during the critical moments of our...

Letter To The Editor

Universal Health Coverage Day

On December 12, 2014, the first ever Universal Health Coverage Day was observed throughout the world. The United Nations in its 67th General Assembly unanimously endorsed Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as an important step in the global fight against health inequity and poverty. It has been accepted universally that health is a human right and a cornerstone of sustainable development and global security. Universal Health Coverage means that every person, everywhere, has access to health care without financial hardship. Access...

Letter To The Editor

Gifts of lasting meaning

Like everyone, we've got a full calendar for December … shopping, presents, parties, plans, preparations, cooking, cleaning, hosting, visiting. But stop for a minute and reflect: Why am I doing all this? Who am I trying to please? Or just impress? This holiday is meant to be a celebration of the purest, simplest, and most complete love ever known—the love of a heavenly Father who sent His Son to live among us, to teach us how to love, to make...

Comments on news analysis

“Govt could not care less,” published on December 18, 2014 Bangalee1971 The unelected government is busy with politics and bashing BNP. Of course, they could not care less for any calamity. **** “Cruelty in hills”(Dec. 17, 2014) Sandipan Khan The government should give back the indigenous people their rights. **** “Shajahan vs Sundarbans” (December 16, 2014) Anwar Shajahan doesn't deserve to hold the ministry and should resign. He is a good union leader only and I doubt any decisions he takes will be sensible. He doesn't have the...

Entertainment

Shilpacharya's birth centenary celebrations

Shilpacharya's birth centenary celebrations

Hundreds of visitors and young painters crowded Charutola at Brahmaputra Park of the town as a 13-day elaborate celebration programme marking the birth centenary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin began on December 19. The celebrations are aptly in Shilpacharya's home town of Mymensingh and will conclude on December 31. Brammahshaily, an art movement of young...

A melodic game of gamak and meend

A melodic game of gamak and meend

The Daily Star organised a solo classical music soiree at its AS Mahmud Seminar Hall on December 21. Pandit Santanu Bandyopadhyay was the featured vocalist who set off the soiree with a khayal set on a romantic raga Madhuvanti. Pt. Bandyopadhyay's vilambit bandish “Eri Mero Peyaro” and drut bandish “Manat Nahi Rasia” performances...

Dividing lines, marking boundaries

Dividing lines, marking boundaries

Photography exhibition “On Borders” was inaugurated on December 10 at The Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct, jointly organised by the Goethe-Institut and Bengal Foundation. The show features the works of 10 photographers from Ostkreuz Agency, Germany. Every participant of the exhibit has been honoured with international or national prizes. The unusual perspectives show the...

Bengal exhibits selected Nakshi Kantha collections from Zainul Abedin

Bengal exhibits selected Nakshi Kantha collections from Zainul Abedin

To mark the birth centenary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, Bengal Foundation with the support of the artist's family, has been presenting a series of celebratory events. The foundation's celebration of this pioneer of modern art in South Asia and leading figure in the fields of art and culture of Bangladesh was launched with...

Katrina-Ranbir Kapoor go geek for “Jagga Jasoos”

Katrina-Ranbir Kapoor go geek for “Jagga Jasoos”

The first look of Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif-starrer “Jagga Jasoos” was finally revealed by none other than the lead actor himself, when Ranbir posted the picture of his upcoming movie on instagram, in which the duo seems to don a geeky look. They lead couple is seen with certain props in the picture. Where Katrina has the same hairstyle as “Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani”, Ranbir holds a prop that gives the look of a moustache on him, both in nerdy spectacles. The film directed by Anurag Basu, shows Ranbir's journey from the age of 19 to 40. The actor will be seen playing the role of a detective, who...

Orao, Santal people celebrate their culture

Orao, Santal people celebrate their culture

Students from the Orao community celebrated their culture through a three -day programme in Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat, which concluded on Sunday.  Bangladesh Orao Student Association (BOSA) organised the show at Panchbibi Jerka Adivasi High School.  Nearly 300 students of Orao community from different schools, colleges and universities of 10 northern districts participated in the...

Momtaz gives a fascinating performance

Momtaz gives a fascinating performance

Celebrated folk singer Momtaz Begum, MP enthralled music lovers at a  solo cultural event titled “Popular Life Insurance Seemanta Oikataan”, held at BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) Headquarters in Dhaka on December 20. BGB in association with ATN Bangla arranged the event marking BGB Day. The singer's repertoire included “Akashta Jadi Hoito Amar Diary 'r...

NEWS bytes

Kate Winslet eyed for female lead in ''Jobs''

Kate Winslet eyed for female lead in ''Jobs''

Kate Winslet is in negotiations for the female lead in Universal's “Jobs,” the biopic of the late Steve Jobs. Michael Fassbender is set to play Jobs, while Seth Rogen is on board to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Danny Boyle will direct. Aaron Sorkin penned the script with Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon...

City

Sundarbans seen as resource only to be exploited

Sundarbans seen as resource only to be exploited

The government and people responsible for the recent oil spill regard the Sundarbans as a source of resource waiting to be exploited, said leaders of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports yesterday. They fail to realise that hundreds of thousands of people's lives will be at peril if...

Maligning Bangabandhu

4 more cases filed against Tarique

Following the three of Thursday and Sunday, another four defamation cases were filed against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman yesterday of which two saw issuance of warrants for his arrest while a third summon to appear in court on January 28 next year for terming Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman a “big Razakar”. Meanwhile, demanding that he be brought back to the country and punished, Muktijoddha Central Command Council and its Chittagong unit organised rallies and formed human chains before the...

BNP trips on Dhaka reorganisation bid

BNP trips on Dhaka reorganisation bid

A tottering BNP which is planning to breathe new life into its grassroots units in Dhaka city for a renewed anti-government movement yesterday saw two factions clash over formation of the Lalbagh thana committee in the capital, which left at least seven people injured, including a cop. The supporters of BNP Assistant Organising Secretary...

Grabbing Of Primary School Lands

JS body blames negligence, inaction of govt authorities

Utter negligence and lack of measures, including the absence of a wing, division or arrangement of the primary and mass education ministry or its directorate to deal with relevant issues and laws, led to quarters and individuals for years illegally occupying and grabbing partially or completely land of the capital's government primary schools. The sub-committee 3 of the ministry's parliamentary standing committee made the observation after starting to visit schools, five yesterday, aiming to recover the land. “Everyone seemed to be...

Road crashes kill five

Five people died and 13 others were injured in separate road crashes across the country on Sunday night and yesterday. In Jhalakathi, two people died and one was injured when a bus collided with an auto-rickshaw in Nalcity on the Khulna-Barisal highway yesterday, reports our Jhalakathi correspondent. The dead were Mafuza Begum, 20, wife of Hasan Ahamed, and Mostafa Sharif, 45, driver of the auto-rickshaw, said police. Hasan and his wife were going to their home village when a bus coming from...

Sweet mango turns sour for SP

Mango is one of the delicious fruits having a unique flavour, fragrance and taste, but for a police officer it has finally turned sour for receiving it as bribe. Allegations have it that Superintendent of Police of Chapainawabganj M Bashir Ahmed received some 160 baskets of mango from a section of people as bribe to help them avail undue government facilities, an official at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) told the news agency. He said the ACC received an allegation against Bashir...

Kishoreganj War Crimes

Fifth witness reveals Hasan-led torching of his house

A fifth prosecution witness yesterday stated how Razakars led by fugitive Syed Md Hasan Ali set fire to his house in Kishoreganj's Sachailpurbopara on April 27 during the 1971 Liberation War, just four days after he had left for combat training in India. The Pakistani occupation army and one of their auxiliary forces, Razakars, set up camps across Kishoreganj while he took part in the Liberation War in Sunamganj following a 28-day training with 10-12 locals, Nurul Haque alias...

Bigger dictator than me emerged

Bigger dictator than me emerged

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said bigger dictators than him emerged in the country after he was relinquished from power in 1990. The former president was addressing a cultural programme organised by Amra Surjamukhi at The Daily Star Centre in the capital where his son Eric performed. Pointing to his position in society, Ershad...

SC clears way for tomorrow's NCCI polls

The Supreme Court yesterday cleared the way for holding an election to Narsingdi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (NCCI) tomorrow. Chamber judge of the apex court stayed for six weeks a High Court order that had halted the process for holding election to NCCI. There is no legal bar to hold election to NCCI tomorrow following the SC order, AM Aminuddin, a lawyer for three candidates of the election, told The Daily Star. Yesterday, Justice Md Imman Ali, chamber judge of the...

Dhanmondi to get Indian visa centre

The Indian High Commission in Dhaka will open another Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) at House No 24, Road No 2 in the capital's Dhanmondi on January 1. The State Bank of India (SBI) as the agent of the commission will accept all categories of visa applications and deliver visas, said a press release yesterday. It will receive the applications from 8:00am to 1:00pm and deliver visas from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Such facilities are now available in Gulshan, Motijheel, Chittagong, Sylhet, Khulna...

Grabbers gobbling Bheluar Dighi destroying allures

Grabbers gobbling Bheluar Dighi destroying allures

In the 1980s, people had a full view of Bheluar Dighi from all four sides from a distance. Its panoramic beauty drew visitors from far-flung places. Three decades later, only one bank is free. In violation of law, small shops were built one after another surrounding the five-century-old pond. Bangladesh Railway (East Zone), its...

Cross-border Electricity Trade

South Asian energy regulators finalise plan

South Asian energy regulators in a two-day meeting that concluded in Dhaka yesterday finalised a plan to promote cross-border electricity trade and agreed to remove the regulatory barriers in this regard. “We had a very successful meeting, and all the regulators finalised a plan of action to address regulatory issues to enhance cross-border electricity trade,” said Chairman of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission AR Khan. He was briefing journalists on the proceedings of the meeting at a hotel in the capital. The first-ever...

News In Brief

Three-day film festival begins at RU RU Correspondent A three-day film festival, organised by Rajshahi University Film Sangsad (RUFS) marking the third anniversary of the affiliated organisation of the Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh, began on the campus yesterday. Filmmakers, producers, researchers, artists and scriptwriters joined the festival, including a discussion, which was inaugurated by writer Prof Hasan Azizul Haque in Kazi Nazrul Islam Auditorium. RUFS President Sazzad Bokul, also an assistant professor of mass communication and journalism, presided over the...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the seventh death anniversary of Language Movement hero Mahbub Ul Alam Chowdhury, who wrote the first poem on Amar Ekushey, “Kandte Ashini, Phashir Dabi Niye Eshechhi”. He died on this day in 2007 at the age of 80. He participated in the “Quit India” movement as an activist of the student congress in 1942 and was the convener of Sarbadolio Rastrobhasha Sangram Parishad in Chittagong in 1952. He was the editor of the prestigious monthly literature magazine "Shimanto" from 1947 to 1952. Mahbubul Alam was awarded Bangla Academy Fellowship in 1986. The government conferred the Ekushey Padak on him posthumously in 2009.

Country

Dam across canal causes flooding, affects farming

Dam across canal causes flooding, affects farming

A dam built across Baro Kathalia canal in Kathalia upazila under the district about seven years ago remains a nuisance for locals, especially farmers and fishermen. A few local musclemen with the help of Kathalia Sadar union parishad (UP) Chairman Kibria Shikder built the dam to get allotment under the government's test relief (TR)...

All to please lawmaker

All to please lawmaker

All the shops including medicine stores and restaurants in the town remained closed from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday allegedly under the pressure from Sammilito Babosayee Samity, a platform of different business associations in Pirojpur, to attend a citizens' reception for the local lawmaker. “After announcement through mikes in the town at noon, the...

Three injured as gas cylinder explodes

Three people were seriously injured as a gas cylinder exploded at a local residential hotel at Government Residential Road in Maijdee Court of Sadar upazila yesterday. The injured are Md Abdul Matin, 38, balloon vendor of Sadar upazila of Chandpur district, assistant lawyer Sumon Chakraborty, 40, of Chatkhil upazila and Fazlul Hoque, 45, of Hatiya upazila in the district. All of them were admitted to Noakhali Abdul Malek Ukil Medical College Hospital. Among them, condition of Abdul Matin and Sumon was...

Villager shot dead by robbers

A man was killed and six others were injured when a gang of robbers opened fire at them while fleeing after committing a robbery at Ambaria village in Kalukhali upazila in Rajbari district early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Shafiuddin, 45, son of Elafat Mandol, of the same village, reports UNB. Nur-e-Alam, officer in-charge of Kalukhali police station, said a gang of robbers, numbering 10-12, stormed into the house of Shahabuddin of the village around 2:30am and held the family...

Rape of minor hill girl sparks protest

Leaders of Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP) and Hill Women's Federation (HWF) held a rally in Larma Square area of the town yesterday, demanding exemplary punishment to the alleged rapist of a minor schoolgirl. The parties, backed by United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF), organsied the programme at noon. Addressing the rally, the speakers said a Bangalee settler violated the Tripura girl of Class V in Headmanpara area under Matiranga upazila on Sunday noon when she went there for collecting firewood. They questioned the...

Prisoner flees from police escort

A prisoner fled from the police while being taken to a court yesterday. The escapee, Lablu Mondal, 24, son of late Hanu Mondal of Gazipara village in Goalunda upazila of Rajbari, was an accused in a snatching case filed with Shivalaya Police Station. A three-member probe committee was formed to investigate the incident. Motiar Rahman, inspector of the District Court Police, said Lablu and his three cohorts were taken to the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court from the Judge Court. At one stage, Lablu...

12-hr hartal enforced at Noapara

A dawn-to-dusk hartal was enforced by  a committee of local people, demanding arrest of the killers of Oliar Rahman, councilor of Noapara municipality and also joint secretary of the Abhaynagar upazila unit of Awami League, in Noapara municipality area yesterday. Abdul Malek Mollah, convenor of the committee, on Sunday announced the shutdown programme. Pickets agitated and burned tyres on the Jessore-Khulna highway in the morning. Most of the shops, schools and non-government offices remained closed and almost all modes of vehicles remained...

C'nawabganj AL council today

After long eight years,the district unit Awami League will hold its council today.   Presidium member of the AL Central Committee Mohammed Nasim, also the health minister, is likely to inaugurate the council as the chief guest. District unit president Brig Gen (retd) Enamul Haque will preside over the meeting to be held at Harimohan Government High School premises in the town.  At the council, a total of 201 councillors would vote to elect their new leadership for the next three years....

World

Watch whatI'm going to do

Watch whatI'm going to do

The New York gunman who shot dead two police officers before killing himself allegedly boasted to onlookers: “Watch what I'm going to do,” and urged them to follow him on Instagram just moments before the attack. On Sunday, US police officers were studying 28 year old Ismaaiyl Brinsley's activity on social media in the...

Hacking Claims

N Korea threatens to blow up White House

President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole US mainland, that cesspool of terrorism." The National Defense Commission, led by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, warned that its 1.2 million-member army is ready to use all types of warfare against the US. "Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole...

US leads 22 more air strikes against ISIS

The US-led coalition conducted 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria yesterday and 10 strikes Iraq, the US military said in a statement. In Iraq, the strikes hit near the strategic northern Iraqi town of Sinjar as well as near Asad, Tal Afar, Ramdi, Mosul and Falluja, the Combined Joint Task Force said. They destroyed six units of Islamic State fighters as well as a weapons factory, numerous buildings and several vehicles, it said. "These engagements were in support...

Essebsi declares win in Tunisia polls

Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday's presidential run-off vote, seen as the last step in Tunisia's shift to full democracy four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. Official results are not due until late yesterday and his rival, the incumbent president, Moncef Marzouki, refused to concede defeat. But soon after polls closed, Essebsi, an 88-year-old former parliament speaker under Ben Ali, announced that he had won by a clear margin and jubilant supporters took...

Aussie PM under fire for women comments

Aussie PM under fire for women comments

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was accused yesterday of craving "a world where men do the big jobs and women do the ironing" after saying his biggest achievement for females was reducing household bills by axing a carbon tax. The backlash came after he unveiled sweeping changes Sunday to his ministry, dumping Defence Minister...

Conversion issue rocks Indian Parliament again

Conversion issue rocks Indian Parliament again

After stalling Rajya Sabha for the most of last week, opposition yesterday paralysed the House as it went beyond the demand for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reply to a debate on conversion by seeking answers from him on the issues of black money and job creation. The opposition also disrupted the Lok Sabha, accusing...

UK to unlock secrets using DNA

UK to unlock secrets using DNA

A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases", the NHS says. Under the scheme, 11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being set up in English hospitals to gather DNA samples to help devise targeted treatments for a wide range of diseases. It is focusing on cancer and rare genetic diseases....

Tax Fraud

Spanish princess to stand trial

Spanish princess to stand trial

Princess Cristina, the sister of Spain's King Felipe VI, will be the first member of the royal family ever to appear in the dock after a judge yesterday ordered her to be tried for tax fraud. The historic decision comes after four years of investigations that plunged the royal family into crisis and contributed to the abdication of King Juan Carlos in June. A court on the island of Majorca ordered Cristina, 49, to stand trial on two counts of being an accessory to tax fraud in connection with her husband's business affairs, in a written ruling seen by AFP. It ordered her to pay a court bond of 2.7 million euros...

News in Brief

Driver ploughs into crowd in France Afp, Dijon A driver shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") ploughed into pedestrians in eastern France Sunday, injuring 11 of them, just a day after a man yelling the same words was killed in an attack on police officers. Two of the people injured in the car attack in the city of Dijon were in a serious condition, a police source said, adding that the driver had been arrested. "The man, born in 1974, is apparently unbalanced...

Lifestyle

Binge-shopping at BONGO

Binge-shopping at BONGO

If there's one thing winter absolutely always promises, it's that it's the only season when you can blend the dapper look with street swag. Winter clothes exude style, be it a simple jacket, a sweater vest or a turtle-neck, this climate is perfect for the fashionista. A Dhaka dweller perhaps reaps the most from this, as the capital is where the options for your wardrobe seem endless. The first stop for almost all Dhakaiites during winter is Bongo Bazaar. Since its establishment in 1989, Bongo Bazaar, a cluster of shops that make up the market, has been the place to shop for clothes. Despite the increasing number of malls...

Shop Special

Ecstasy's Winter Collection

Ecstasy's Winter Collection

From its humble beginnings as a single store chain in 1997, Ecstasy is now one of the largest lifestyle fashion retailers of the country with 25 outlets. In the past 17 years, its various collections have ranged from stylish informal wear to classic formal wear. Ecstasy was one of the pioneering stores in...

RECIPE

CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS

CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS

Moist chocolate cake Wet ingredients: 4 medium sized eggs 1 cup (or 250ml) and 2 tbsp of vegetable oil 1 cup (or 250ml) of liquid milk 1 tsp of vanilla extract 2 tbsp of water Dry ingredients - 2½ cups of self raising flour or 2½ cups of plain flour with 5 tsp of baking powder 1 3/4 cups of sugar Pinch of...

FAIRLESS OLIVE

'Tis the season

'Tis the season

It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol IMAGINE a dish with beef, mutton, raisins and prunes, eaten in a porridge like state and known...

Christmas Knickknacks

Christmas Knickknacks

Christmas is just around the corner, and most of us have already completed the major shopping for all our loved ones. However, there are always a few items on the last minute shopping list, and this year will be no different. After all, what's Christmas without a few stockings full of knickknacks? Read...

Special Feature

The silent SUNDARBANS

The silent SUNDARBANS

It was just another day in the morning of the forest. Last night's fog still hung in the air, the nocturnal animals were retiring for the day, whilst the Black-capped Kingfisher flew of the Kewra branch diving for its first fish of the day. In the muddy banks an otter was getting ready...

Spotlight

2014: The Year We Destroyed Innocence

2014: The Year We Destroyed Innocence

Our world today has broken down the boundaries of communication and welcomed this enlightened age of global connectivity. But despite promoting allegiance and secularism, we are faced with a world where there are new walls made of an unforgiving material that not only refuses to break, but destroys everything it surrounds: Hate. What would...

Travelogue

NIGHT BY THE SEA

NIGHT BY THE SEA

The tranquility of the sea overwhelms the auditory faculty, tuned to the cacophony of our urban dwelling, with only the sounds of the waves crushing on the sandy shores of the beach, punctuating the stillness of the place. As the foaming tides hit the desolate shores, the phosphor-tagged water dances in a streak...

Review

CORAL BLUE RESORT

CORAL BLUE RESORT

As you descend from the speedboats onto the sandy shores of the beach, the hands of the staff of the resort wave you welcome to the southernmost point of the island. With the Coral Blue Resort, in sight and only a few minutes' walk away, the first touch of sand against the soles...

Restaurant Review

BitterSweet starts anew

BitterSweet starts anew

BITTERSWEET Café has established itself as a brand among the Dhaka foodies - for the taste of its desserts to the quiet environment and homely ambience it provides. Now the family-run café, which has been going strong for six years, has finally relaunched its menu. More desserts, more food and tastier drinks. BitterSweet's menu is already known to serve a wide range of desserts. The café, designed as an urbane, homely space for relaxation at the end of a tiring day, is a favourite among teens and professionals alike. It is perhaps one of the few places in Dhaka where people gather for the sole purpose of indulging their sweet...

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Pregnancy diet

Pregnancy diet

When pregnant you do not have to “eat for two” or three in case you are carrying a pair of twins or four in the case of a set of triplets! There is no magic diet to follow but the usual rules: plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and good...

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

  Birangona -Women of War Date: Sunday, 28 December, 2014  Time: 7 PM (doors open 6.45 PM) Venue: Red Shift Coffee Lounge. Radius Centre, 5th Floor, Bay's Galleria , 57 Gulshan Avenue This is the award winning play which gives a voice to the 200,000-400,000 women who survived the atrocities perpetrated on them as a tactic of war by the Pakistan army during our Liberation Struggle in 1971. The gripping and dramatic stories of these women, known officially as Birangona (the Brave Ones),...

Beauty Dissected

Hair loss: Prevention and cure

Hair loss, decreased hair density and baldness can be a very big and frustrating problem. We hear a lot about  hair restoration treatment, but are not sure what it means. It's a combination of treatments given for different types of hair related problems. Hair fall is the commonest complain that I get. Patients from all age groups, but mostly young people, come to me with this problem.  In most cases I find that the complaints are due to very basic...

CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

A magical Christmas at Dhaka Regency This  holiday season, Dhaka Regency ushers in merry tidings with numerous options to celebrate the festive occasion,Christmas with style. With a plethora of dining and entertainment options at this renowned business hotel, the celebration promises something unique for everyone. The Grandiose Restaurant, the authentic specialty multi cuisine restaurant...

TIPS

Weight loss tips

When it comes to losing weight, everyone seems to have their miracle cure and personal myths about what works and what does not. However, the process is not so simple. Take snacking for example – it is said to be always bad and adverse to losing weight. But in reality you don't need to starve to lose weight. Eating between meals does not have to be bad; having snacks in between meals might actually help you eat less. Added...

Law and Our Rights

Constitutional Analysis

Article 147(3) of the Constitution: Issues & interpretation

Article 147(3) of the Constitution: Issues & interpretation

IN view of recent debate on article 147(3) of the Bangladesh Constitution, it seems well worth having some academic discussion on the issues relating to its legal meaning and making conjectures about the possible legal consequences for its contravention. Article 147(3) of the Constitution, save its proviso, reads as follows - No person appointed...

Law Watch

Use of similar names by companies

Use of similar names by companies

SECTION 11(1) of the Companies Act, 1994 provides that a company would not be registered by a name identical with that by which a company in existence is already registered, or so nearly resembling the name that there is a likelihood of using the name to deceive, unless the company in existence is...

For Your Information

LET'S COMPLAIN to the NHRC

LET'S COMPLAIN to the NHRC

ANY person or organisation can bring allegation regarding any violation of human rights to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Hence every human is entitled and have equal access to the NHRC irrespective of his/her race, sex, gender, religion, ethnicity, place of birth, literacy, ability etc. Moreover, NHRC has power to take action...

Law News

Education for stable employment

Education for stable employment

HIGHER education is a prerequisite for millions of youth in the developing world who hope to find a decent, 'non-vulnerable' job; it has been established by a recent United Nations study. The study conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and released on December 16, surveys 28 countries worldwide and demonstrates that having a high level of education “serves as a fairly dependable guarantee” towards securing a formal job. “The report confirms the role of education in shaping labour market outcomes of young people,” Azita Berar Awad, Director of the Employment Policy Department of the ILO, explained in a press release. She also mentioned that, “It also highlights the need...

Letters

Letter To The Editor

Hail to the garment workers

Hail to the garment workers

They go to the work wearing faded clothes, work at the factory with their devoted hands and spend from their low earnings to meet their basic needs. They are self-dependent and sometimes lead families. They are low-paid but high performing workers. They stood against all the odds during the critical moments of our...

Letter To The Editor

Universal Health Coverage Day

On December 12, 2014, the first ever Universal Health Coverage Day was observed throughout the world. The United Nations in its 67th General Assembly unanimously endorsed Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as an important step in the global fight against health inequity and poverty. It has been accepted universally that health is a human right and a cornerstone of sustainable development and global security. Universal Health Coverage means that every person, everywhere, has access to health care without financial hardship. Access...

Letter To The Editor

Gifts of lasting meaning

Like everyone, we've got a full calendar for December … shopping, presents, parties, plans, preparations, cooking, cleaning, hosting, visiting. But stop for a minute and reflect: Why am I doing all this? Who am I trying to please? Or just impress? This holiday is meant to be a celebration of the purest, simplest, and most complete love ever known—the love of a heavenly Father who sent His Son to live among us, to teach us how to love, to make...

Comments on news analysis

“Govt could not care less,” published on December 18, 2014 Bangalee1971 The unelected government is busy with politics and bashing BNP. Of course, they could not care less for any calamity. **** “Cruelty in hills”(Dec. 17, 2014) Sandipan Khan The government should give back the indigenous people their rights. **** “Shajahan vs Sundarbans” (December 16, 2014) Anwar Shajahan doesn't deserve to hold the ministry and should resign. He is a good union leader only and I doubt any decisions he takes will be sensible. He doesn't have the...

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