• Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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JUSTICE DELAYED, NOT DENIED

JUSTICE DELAYED, NOT DENIED

In the first-ever instance of conviction for drug adulteration in the country, a court yesterday awarded 10 years' rigorous imprisonment to an owner and two officials of Adflame Pharmaceuticals. Adflame director Helena Pasha; Mizanur Rahman, manager and her brother, and Nrigendra Nath Bala, production officer, were also fined Tk 2,00,000 each under the Drug...

Star's report foiled bid to deny justice

Star's report foiled bid to deny justice

The country's top state law officer apparently knew nothing about the matter until Sunday, two days before the date fixed by a Dhaka drug court for announcing judgment on adulteration of child drugs by a manufacturer two decades ago. An investigation by The Daily Star in 2009 set the trial against five high-ups of...

Winner one, win for all

Winner one, win for all

Hundreds of children died from renal failure between 1982 and 1992, but the reason for the disease had been unknown until a brave physician revealed that toxic paracetamol was causing the deaths. Instead of using propylene glycol, five pharmaceutical companies used lethal but cheap diethylene glycol in producing paracetamol syrup, kidney specialist Prof Mohammad Hanif had said in 1992. The pediatrician, who since 1982 had seen children die, arranged a test of Adflame's Flammodol at a US laboratory. The sample tested positive for diethylene glycol, leading to prosecution of four out of the five companies. The other firm, City Chemical, was never prosecuted allegedly for its warm relations with the then...

Happy; yet feel sentence too soft

Happy; yet feel sentence too soft

Just 10 years' imprisonment for the guilty seemed inadequate for the families who lost children to poisonous paracetamol syrup over 22 years ago. They were happy that the judgement was finally delivered and their agonising wait had ended but they wished the death penalty had been awarded. Mohiuddin, whose brother was one of the victims...

Truce calls fall on deaf ears

Truce calls fall on deaf ears

Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip and Hamas continued it's rocket fires yesterday as top US and United Nations diplomats pursued talks on halting the fighting that has claimed more than 600 lives. UN chief Ban Ki-moon yesterday demanded that Israel and Hamas halt the spiralling violence as he led diplomatic efforts to...

Yunus calls for Gaza ceasefire

Yunus calls for Gaza ceasefire

Dr Muhammad Yunus and several other Nobel Peace laureates in a statement have called upon the international community to help secure an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. "As Nobel peace laureates, we join others worldwide who are calling on the international community to secure an immediate ceasefire to prevent any further deaths among Israelis and Palestinians,” read the statement dated July 18.   “As the situation continues to deteriorate and the disproportionate number of deaths in Gaza mounts, we are called by conscience to speak out in every way possible not only to end the current violence, but to address the roots of violence," added the statement. The laureates opined the international community must...

UK to work with Bangladesh

UK to work with Bangladesh

Voicing his government's firm confidence in the present Awami League government, British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday said they would work together with Bangladesh for ensuring its socioeconomic development.   Cameron made the assurance when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with him at 10 Downing Street in the morning. The British government's confidence in the current Bangladesh government has been expressed strongly during the talks, PM's Press Secretary AKM Shamim Chowdhury and Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told reporters after the meeting. Hasina is now in the UK on a three-day visit at the invitation of her British counterpart and Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake. This is her first trip to Europe...

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Is Anybody Watching?

Delayed repair brings no hope

Delayed repair brings no hope

The Roads and Highways Department sat and watched for two months as heavy traffic moved through stagnant water on a kilometre stretch of Ashulia-DEPZ highway ruining the road surface. And now, they have started filling up the giant potholes with sand and brick chunks for a temporary fix ahead of the Eid rush. Several RHD...

MH17 Crash

Rebels hand over bodies, black boxes

Rebels hand over bodies, black boxes

Dutch experts yesterday prepared to fly out bodies recovered from downed Malaysian flight MH17, as Europe moved to punish Russia for fanning the rebellion in east Ukraine that it believes led to the crash. A train carrying the remains of the victims arrived in the government-held Ukrainian city of Kharkiv five days after the...

2 Rab men testify on 7-murder

Two members of Rapid Action Battalion yesterday testified before a Narayanganj court in connection with the much-talked-about seven-murder case. They are Abdus Salam and Abdus Samad of Rab-11. The statements by the duo were recorded at the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Monwara Begum, said Advocate Sakhawat Hossain, president of Narayanganj Bar Association. This was the first time since the murders in April when any member of the Rab-11 testified in the case as witnesses, he added. The two Rab men yesterday...

English Medium Schools

New guidelines to limit fees

New guidelines to limit fees

English medium schools in metropolitan areas cannot charge more than Tk 30,000 in admission fees and session fees. And Tk 3,000 is the maximum amount of monthly fees they can collect. These along with a set of new guidelines on admission procedures and fees in private English medium schools and colleges come in a...

Repair Of Highways

Deadline now tomorrow

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday came up with a fresh commitment to make the highways fit for smooth traffic movement by tomorrow. “Only two days are left. Whatever we want to do has to be done by Thursday when people start leaving for homes,” he told journalists while visiting a mobile court operation at Farmgate of the city. Earlier, he had pledged to turn the roads and highways linking the capital to different parts of the country fit for hassle-free vehicular...

Food Safety Law

'Enforcement to take long'

The implementation of Safe Food Act 2013 will take long, Food Minister Qamrul Islam said yesterday, two days after the High Court ordered the government to enforce the law in two months.  The court on July 20 asked the law secretary to enforce the law after finalising the relevant rules and issuing a gazette notification within the stipulated time. India and Malaysia have similar laws in place to ensure food safety, whose implementation took three to four years, the minister said...

184 rape cases in two months

In the last two months, 184 women and children had been raped as incidents of rape make a steady climb, said Bangladesh Mahila Parishad. Around 110 women and children were raped in the first two months of the year and another 137 in March and April, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad revealed at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital yesterday. According to statistics provided by the organisation, at least 2,208 incidents of gender-based violence occurred over the last...

'There'd be no freedom for TV media'

Blasting the TV channels, Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali yesterday said a law is being formulated to make sure the electronic media have no freedom. “You are showing [bodies of] Narayanganj seven-murder [victims] every 5-10 seconds and thus inciting people. And that's why such an act is being formulated that you will have no freedom in future,” he told journalists present at an inter-ministerial meeting at his secretariat office, said meeting sources. The minister added, “There should be certain limit...

Schizophrenia

100 genes play role behind it

100 genes play role behind it

The largest study ever undertaken into the genetic basis of mental illnesses has found more than 100 genes that play some kind of role in the development of schizophrenia – one of the most common of the serious psychiatric disorders. Scientists believe they are closer than they have ever been to understanding the complex...

S Korea trains collide, one dead, scores injured

Two South Korean passenger trains collided head-on yesterday on an eastern coastal track, killing one person and injuring more than 80, officials said. It was the latest in a series of accidents that have made public transport safety a hot-button issue following the Sewol ferry disaster in April that killed around 300 people. A statement from the transport ministry said one passenger was killed and 86 others were injured, four of them seriously. The force of the collision, which occurred in Gangwon...

Fighting Child Marriage

Religion-based parties create obstacles

Religion-based parties create obstacles

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government is addressing child marriage problem in a holistic manner though it faces significant opposition from religion-based political parties such as Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. Jamaat also opposed Bangladesh's National Women Development Policy 2011 and threatened to scrap it, she told a High-Level Session of the maiden Girl Summit...

Britain to hold public inquiry into ex-spy Litvinenko death

The British government yesterday announced a public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian dissident who was poisoned in London with radioactive tea in 2006. The move comes as Britain presses for further sanctions against Russia over the downing of a passenger plane over eastern Ukraine, allegedly by pro-Moscow separatists. Home Secretary Theresa May, the interior minister, made the announcement to parliament, adding: "I very much hope that this inquiry will be of some comfort to his widow."

Business

GP's half-yearly net profit doubles

GP's half-yearly net profit doubles

Grameenphone's net profit more than doubled to Tk 1,060 crore between January and June from the same period a year ago, thanks to healthy revenue growth from 3G data services. The company's revenue from 3G, high-speed internet services launched in October last year, was Tk 50 crore in the second quarter of 2014. The astronomical...

Homeowners get some relief

Homeowners who earn more than Tk 25,000 a month from rents have been exempted from the obligation to deposit the sum into separate bank accounts, the National Board of Revenue said in a notice yesterday. But they would still have to deposit the rental incomes into their existing bank accounts from this month, according to a notice from the tax authority. The development comes following demands from homeowners for relaxing the rule, which made separate bank accounts compulsory for rent collection...

19 garment factories shut by Accord

Some 19 factories have so far been shut down following recommendations from engineers of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, the platform of mainly European brands. The Accord recommended for closure of some 31 factories in 14 buildings but the government-appointed review panel allowed partial operation in seven of the factories and full operation in five after immediate corrective measures by the owners. Syed Ahmed, inspector general of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments, said the review panel...

Sonali ready to settle Tk 1,200cr bills with other banks

Sonali Bank is ready to pay Tk 1,200 crore against the bills of more than two dozen banks it had accepted around two years ago, its Managing Director Pradip Kumar Dutta said yesterday. The announcement of the state-run bank came just a day after the central bank asked it to clear the bills by June next year. “We are ready to pay the genuine bills as soon as possible. We also got some fake bills that need to be scrutinised further,”...

Wheat production highest in 11 years

Wheat production highest in 11 years

Wheat production rose to 13.02 lakh tonnes in fiscal 2013-14, the highest in 11 years, mainly due to increased acreage and favourable weather. The amount was 3.82 percent higher than 12.54 lakh tonnes in the previous year, according to provisional estimates by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Quality seeds also contributed to higher yields, said Md Jalal Uddin, director of Wheat Research Centre in Dinajpur. In recent years, breeders at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (Bari) developed four high-yielding wheat seed varieties to rejuvenate farmers' waning interest in the crop. Wheat production had hit a record high at 19.08 lakh tonnes in fiscal 1998-99. But later the acreage and production began to fall gradually as...

Banks await $20b opportunity to invest in power

Banks await $20b opportunity to invest in power

Bangladesh's power sector opened opportunities for private banks to lend between $10 billion and $20 billion by 2030, as the country struggles to narrow the gap between demand and supply of electricty. The government plans to produce 39,000 megawatts of electricity by 2030 against estimated demand of 34,000MW at the time to fulfil its ambitious plan of taking power to all by 2021. Plugging the energy gap will require $60 billion of additional investment up to 2030, Standard Chartered Bank said in an analysis. “The government will not be able to fund this solely, which lends significant room for private-sector involvement,” it said. Despite the government's substantial spending for the power and energy...

Profit Growth Of Mncs In First Half Of The Year

Stable market brings good profits to multinational firms

Stable market brings good profits to multinational firms

Higher sales and falling cost of production have helped multinational companies earn good profits in the six months to June. Lafarge Surma Cement's net profit rose 32.07 percent to Tk 140 crore in the January-June period from the same time a year ago. “We have posted healthy profit with increasing sales and falling costs of...

Yahoo builds mobile muscle

Yahoo continued its quest for renewed relevance with the purchase of a startup specialising in analysing and making money from mobile applications. Yahoo did not disclose how much it paid for San Francisco-based Flurry, but online reports valued the deal in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the startup founded in 2005. "Yahoo is committed to being a part of consumers' daily life on mobile," Flurry chief executive Simon Khalaf said in an online post. "More importantly, Yahoo knows...

Thai food giant plans massive Australia expansion

Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Foods is planning to roll out up to 500 quick-service Thai restaurants in Australia, a market it sees as ripe for a fast-food explosion, reports said Tuesday. The food arm of Thailand's largest agriculture-based company also plans to expand into the booming ready-to-eat meals segment as its Australian investments grow to more than Aus$200 million (US$188 million) over the next five years. "The best-practice model for restaurants and franchises globally is in Australia," regional general manager Richard Lovell...

Nielson Survey

More than half of consumers upbeat on job prospects

More than half of consumers upbeat on job prospects

More than half of consumers globally expect job prospects to be good to excellent in the year ahead, a survey showed on Tuesday. That helped push global consumer confidence up in the second quarter to its highest since the first quarter of 2007, according to the survey by global information and insights company Nielsen. India...

China's Xiaomi hopes Mi 4 smartphone can take on Apple

Xiaomi launched its flagship Mi 4 smartphone at a glitzy event in Beijing, where the Chinese budget handset maker's chief executive sought to challenge larger US rival Apple Inc. The Mi 4 comes as budget handset makers in China are competing more aggressively on price and generous features, with even high-end manufacturers feeling the pressure. South Korea's Samsung Electronics Ltd said this month that its disappointing smartphone shipments were due to poor sales in China, which had 1.27 billion mobile...

Singapore Exchange opens India office

Singapore Exchange Ltd has opened an office in Mumbai to attract listings and capital raising from India at a time when the Narendra Modi government is also seeking to allow more companies to raise funds abroad. India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said earlier this month the country would liberalise norms for real estate investment trusts (REITs) and American and global depositary receipts from domestic companies. "Our India Office will enable us to better support Indian enterprises seeking to raise capital," said...

Saudi Arabia to open $530b bourse to foreigners in 2015

Saudi Arabia to open $530b bourse to foreigners in 2015

Saudi Arabia plans to open its stock market, the Arab world's biggest, to direct investment by foreign financial institutions in the first half of next year, the market regulator said on Tuesday. The opening of the Saudi market, capitalised at about $530 billion, is one of the most keenly awaited economic reforms in the...

Japan cuts growth outlook

Japan on Tuesday cut its fiscal year growth forecast for the world's number three economy, blaming weak exports and rising imports as well as the impact of April's sales tax hike on consumer spending and business confidence. The Cabinet Office said it now expects expansion of 1.2 percent in the year to March, compared with a previous estimate of 1.4 percent. The announcement comes a week after the Bank of Japan also lowered its outlook to 1.0 percent from an...

Fuel oil imports seen up 20pc

Bangladesh Petroleum Corp (BPC) plans to import 20 percent more fuel oil in the second half of this year from the first to feed demand for power generation, a senior official from the company said yesterday. State-owned BPC will import about 420,000 tonnes of 180-cst high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) in the second half, compared with 350,000 tonnes in the first half, he said. A shortfall in natural gas supply has forced the South Asian country to turn to costly oil-fired...

Harun Securities fined Tk 3 lakh

Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) yesterday fined Harun Securities Tk 3 lakh for providing loans beyond the permissible limit to its directors, employees and their relatives to buy shares. The penalty was imposed on the brokerage firm at a meeting chaired by BSEC Chairman M Khairul Hossain, according to a statement. The brokerage firm also violated rules by providing share credit to its clients without loan agreement, and to help buy Z category shares that are non-marginable. Earlier the stockmarket...

Sports

Bd Tour Of West Indies

Question mark over Razzak

Question mark over Razzak

A career boasting 206 ODI wickets at an economy rate of 4.54 and a sleek average of 28.86 suggests that slow left-armer Abdur Razzak is not going to face any hurdles when it comes to making the final squad for next month's West Indies tour. However, his performances in the last few months...

BCF a visa agency?

The Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) has allegedly turned into a medium for obtaining visas to Europe and the United States as the game's governing body is running without the guardian for the last sixmonths. Former commerce minister GM Quader had been inactive at the helm of BCF since the general elections and later stepped down, which allowed BCF officials to obtain as many government orders (GOs) as they needed to travel abroad with the national chess teams. Many took advantage...

Separate plan for Shakib

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has formed a separate practice plan for suspended all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in a bid to keep the player fit. The left-hander met with Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha yesterday to know more on his training schedule. Shakib, who has been suspended from all forms of cricket for the next six months, however, is allowed to train at the Bangladesh Cricket Board's headquarters. This provision was made clear by the BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon on July...

Chess Olympiad

Bangladesh aims to match previous high

Bangladesh hope to keep their 33rd position intact in next month's Chess Olympiad in Norway, although it will be a tough task to retain their position in the last edition given the current calibre of Bangladesh Grand Masters. “You all would love to see the Bangladesh chess team finish between 20 to 25 in the upcoming Olympiad following our last edition's result, but the reality is that to go above 30 we will need Grand Masters who have ratings above...

Ashraful appeals

Suspended cricketer Mohammad Ashraful, Sri Lanka's Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Dhaka Gladiators owner Shihab Chowdhury and the International Cricket Council along with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) appealed against the verdict given by the BPL's anti-corruption tribunal this year. The chairman of the BCB's disciplinary panel, Justice Mohammad Abdur Rashid, confirmed the appeals. “As of 4:40 pm yesterday (Monday) I received these four appeals via e-mail. I am not thinking of organising a preliminary hearing on the various issues soon,” said Justice Rashid. Ashraful...

Muktijoddha confirm 3rd place

Muktijoddha Sangsad made sure they finish third in the Nitol Tata Bangladesh Premier League when they notched a lone-goal win over lowly Feni Soccer Club in their penultimate match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. The 13th win in 26 matches meant Muktijoddha went beyond the reach of Mohammedan with 46 points as the latter stayed in the fourth place with 42 points with one match in hand. Rather Muktijoddha have a slim chance of finishing behind champions Sheikh Jamal DC...

India hails Sharma

Much-ridiculed paceman Ishant Sharma was the toast of India on Tuesday after a devastating spell of bowling demolished England at Lord's, securing his team's first overseas victory for three years. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar described Sharma's career best performance on Monday as "exceptional" while newspapers said the 25-year-old had earned the right to be regarded as the spearhead of India's attack. The long-haired and lanky Sharma, who has been compared by the English media to an Afghan hound, took 7 for...

Sony going to Mohun Bagan?

Having played a vital part with Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club to confirm the league title, their Haitian striker Sony Norde left here announcing that he was joining Belgian pro-league side Oostende PV at a salary five times higher than what he received at Sheikh Jamal. But news emerged yesterday that the 25-year-old hitman was actually joining West Bengal's Mohun Bagan in the coming season. Kolkata-based newspaper Anandabazar on Tuesday reported quoting Mohun Bagan sources that Sony would join the club if...

Brazil turn to Dunga

Brazil turn to Dunga

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Tuesday appointed Dunga as coach, replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari, whose contract was not renewed after the hosts' World Cup semi-final thrashing by Germany. The 50-year-old Dunga, Brazil's 1994 World-Cup winning skipper, takes the reins for a second time having led the Selecao at the 2010 tournament. "I am immensely...

Real land Rodriguez

Real land Rodriguez

Real Madrid on Tuesday signed Colombian striker James Rodriguez, the top scorer at the World Cup, from Monaco on a six season contract. Neither team gave the transfer fee, but Spanish media reported a figure of between EUR75 million and EUR80 million ($101m-$108m), making him one of the most expensive players in history. Rodriguez, 23,...

Glasgow fully ready

Glasgow fully ready

"You bet we're ready," declared Glasgow's council leader as the Scottish city once again welcomed the world to the banks of the River Clyde for the 20th Commonwealth Games. Known as an "emporium of the world" during its heyday as a trading port, the city is now braced for the arrival of 100,000 overseas...

Joachim honoured

Germany's World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew is to be made an honorary citizen of his hometown of Schoenau im Schwarzwald, the town mayor said on Tuesday. "We are proud of Jogi Loew. He has carried the name of Schoenau throughout the world," mayor Peter Schelshorn told the DPA news agency. Loew, 54, was born and grew up in the town in the Black Forest of south-western Germany which now counts 2,300 inhabitants. The city council unanimously voted on Monday night to make...

Hopes on shooting

Though boxers, cyclists, weightlifters, table tennis players from Bangladesh begin their campaign in the 20th Commonwealth Games tomorrow, a day after the games' ceremonial opening in Glasgow of Scotland, their battle for a medal starts on Friday when the event of shooting gets underway. Bangladesh so far have won five medals -- two gold, one silver and two bronze -- in the Games with all of those coming from shooting, and this time too Bangladesh pin their hopes on shooter...

C'Ron focused after WC flop

Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, putting a miserable World Cup behind him, on Tuesday declared himself fit and ready to go as he chases trophies at Real Madrid. "I'll try my best all the season like I do it every year. I'll try to be the best, try to help my team, try to score goals and try to win titles," the 29-year-old striker told a sponsor's event in Tokyo, adding he would like to play "six, seven more years" at...

UEFA Champions League

Copenhagen will not visit Ukraine

Danish club FC Copenhagen have asked European football's governing body UEFA to move a Champions League qualifier in Ukraine to another venue, citing safety and insurance concerns, a spokesman said Tuesday. The Danish side had been drawn against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, with the first leg set to take place in Dnipropetrovsk on July 29, but have demanded the game be moved after the downing of a Malaysian airliner in the rebel-held region of eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian city is located around...

Editorial

Editorial

Public servants' falsifying FF certificate!

THE government by having revoked the false freedom fighters' certificates that 35 public servants had been using over the years to illegally occupy different official positions and draw benefits illegally from the public exchequer has taken the first step towards holding these fraudsters to account. But considering the gravity of their offence, the government should not rest content with merely removing them from office.  They should be made to refund the money they have so far illegally taken from...

Editorial

So it's media's fault!

THE communications minister asserts that 80 per cent of the highways are in good shape adding that media has published three-year old pictures in an apparent bid to underplay the progress in the road repair work. We find Mr. Quader's statement unfortunately lacking in depth. If he is so sure that the media is reusing old photographs, let him furnish these as proof of such misrepresentation. Then media will admit its mistake. This is the least we could expect...

Op-ed

Editorial

Public servants' falsifying FF certificate!

THE government by having revoked the false freedom fighters' certificates that 35 public servants had been using over the years to illegally occupy different official positions and draw benefits illegally from the public exchequer has taken the first step towards holding these fraudsters to account. But considering the gravity of their offence, the government should not rest content with merely removing them from office.  They should be made to refund the money they have so far illegally taken from...

Editorial

So it's media's fault!

THE communications minister asserts that 80 per cent of the highways are in good shape adding that media has published three-year old pictures in an apparent bid to underplay the progress in the road repair work. We find Mr. Quader's statement unfortunately lacking in depth. If he is so sure that the media is reusing old photographs, let him furnish these as proof of such misrepresentation. Then media will admit its mistake. This is the least we could expect...

GROUND REALITIES

Tajuddin Ahmed: Our history maker

Tajuddin Ahmed: Our history maker

TAJUDDIN Ahmed was a man of history. He understood the nuances of history. He was able to analyse history in all the forensic details that such analyses called for. Of greater importance than all this preoccupation with history on his part was his own role in the making of history. Between 17 April...

THE WORLD IN WORDS

Remaking Iran

IRANIAN President Hassan Rouhani recently marked the end of his first year in office not only with smiles, but also with further evidence of his efforts at domestic reform and geostrategic reorientation. In Iran's case, these two imperatives have long gone hand in hand. Rouhani now says that Iran would be willing to work with the United States in Iraq. The dire threat to both Iranian and US interests posed by the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State in Iraq...

Pathway to a hunger-free Bangladesh

HISTORY has shown us that when conditions are right, famers have consistently responded with dramatic improvements in productivity growth. How will we feed 9 billion people by 2050 when there are already 870 million hungry people in the world today? It is estimated that even if large farmers increase their production by 20% by 2050, smallholder farms will need to more than double their current production in order to feed a growing population. Small farmers are always linked to the...

Will the BRICS Bank and Fund boost Global South?

THE 6th Summit of the BRICS took place last week in Fortaleza, Brazil with two landmark decisions, viz., to form a BRICS Bank and a Contingency Reserve Arrangement (CRA or the BRICS Fund) and bring them into operation by 2016.Initiated in mid-2009, BRIC became BRICS in 2010 when South Africa joined Brazil, Russia, India and China to form a grouping of 5 large emerging economies.  The key objective of the grouping was to have a bigger say in the...

BOTTOM LINE

Development of maritime law & UNCLOS

THE progressive development of international law through the restatement of existing rules or through the formulation of new rules by the Tribunals and Courts has been a continuous process within the comity of nations. The interpretation and application of maritime law of delimitation have been expounded by the International Court of Justice and Tribunals, although the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) provides a general guidelines of delimitation under Articles 15 (territorial sea) 74, (delimitation of EEZ)...

Letters To The Editor

Muslim leaders' inexplicable silence

The way Israel is attacking Palestine is simply awful. Nearly 600 people were brutally killed including children and women. But most of the global leaders are silent about this genocide. Even the leaders of the Muslim countries have failed to take any significant steps to stop this massacre. It is understood that the allies of Israel will act in favour of Israel. But why are the Muslim leaders silent? Dr. Md. Sayedul Hoque Baitul Aman Adabar, Dhaka  

Letters To The Editor

Inhuman eviction of sex workers

On July 20, I was crossing the road in front of the Press Club. There I saw hundreds of people preparing for a human chain. It was a protest of the sex workers against their recent eviction from a Tangail brothel. The placards in women's hands read: “We are sex workers not terrorists or criminals”, “We are human beings, we want our rights,” etc. The brothel was invaded by local politicians and fanatics who forced the sex workers to leave....

Letters To The Editor

Will Summit address condition of Gaza girls?

The Girl Summit has started on July 22 in London. The summit is aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to improve the lives of girls and women in the world's poorest countries. Hopefully, Gaza tragedy and the condition of girls in Gaza will receive due attention. Anami California, USA

Comments on news report

“Jan 5 polls flawed,” published on July 19, 2014 Mofi I don't see anything wrong in her description. We all want a fair election with participation of all major and minor political parties, and so does she. We welcome you to Bangladesh and hope you will play a constructive role within the diplomatic framework. Zman7 January 5 election is 'undeniably flawed', but thank God its outcome is undeniably a boon for Bangladesh in many ways: it brought back peace and calmness in the...

Entertainment

In love with rock music

In love with rock music

Promising Chittagong- based band Chhuti began its journey in 2004. The band was founded by front-man and rhythm guitarist Sukanta Chanda who began his music career in 2000. In his teens, Sukanta attended a number of major concerts by noted bands of Bangladesh, held at the Chittagong and CHT regions. From then, he...

Jege Achho Ki' was my big breakthrough … Nowshin

Jege Achho Ki' was my big breakthrough … Nowshin

Nowshin, the girl with the toothy smile, launched headlong into her media career as a host at Radio Today. Her debut TV play became an even huger hit. Since then, she has been swamped with assignments. The artiste spoke to The Daily star about her professional life. How do you see your career going? Nowshin: I've managed to establish myself in a very short time with Allah's blessings and people's love. My ambition is not to be at the top or bottom of my profession, but retain a firm niche in the showbiz with some good work. Why aren't you anchoring shows anymore? Nowshin: Anchoring is on the back seat right now, although I...

Most Welcome-2 trailer released

Most Welcome-2 trailer released

For better or for worse, the Dhaka film audience cannot get enough of MA Jalil Ananta's films. Crowds have thronged the cinemas every time his films have been released, and come out entertained. So it's no surprise that the theatrical trailer of his latest film slated for releases this Eid, would create quite...

Humayun Ahmed remembered

A group of fans remembered Humayun Ahmed through a programme in Mymensingh town Sunday afternoon. Marking the second death anniversary of the prominent literary personality, a discussion on his life and works was held at a restaurant of the town. Presided over by Prof. Afzal Rahman of Bengali Department of Govt. Ananda Mohan College, poet Hasnat Lokman was the chief guest. Shamim Siddiquee presented a key-note paper titled “The contribution and impact of Humayun Ahmed in creating young readers”. Poets Shamsul Fayez, Mahmud...

Eid drama U-Turn on Ekushey TV

Eid drama U-Turn on Ekushey TV

Two-episode TV play “U-Turn” will air on Ekushey TV on the first and second day of Eid at 11:30pm. The play, sponsored by beverage brand Mojo, has been directed by Redoan Rony, based on a story by Sonia Hasan. The story revolves around a group of restless youths, busy with bike stunts and other...

TV WATCH

Bari Siddiqui on “Music Club” tonight

Bari Siddiqui on “Music Club” tonight

Noted folk singer-composer and flautist Bari Siddiqui is the featured guest of tonight's phone and live studio concert “Music Club” set to be aired on Banglavision at 11:25pm. The spectators may phone in and request for their favourite songs to the artiste.   Apart from performing songs, the artiste will share the important events...

Special drama on GTV

Special drama on GTV

Six-episode TV play “Alal, Dulal O Haji Chan” will air on GTV at 6:20pm from the first to sixth day of Eid. Mesbah Sumon has written the drama, based on Azam Khan's popular eponymous song, while Pallab Biswas has directed it. The play revolves around the comic antics of Alal and Dulal. One day,...

“Trio Night” at EMK Center tomorrow

“Trio Night” at EMK Center tomorrow

EMK Platform is an EMK (Edward M Kennedy) Center initiative to support individual and groups who possess potential in arts, culture and entrepreneurship. EMK Center strives to connect brilliant minds with positive ethos for public service and arts. As a part of this, the EMK Platform presents Trio Night tomorrow at the EMK...

NEWS bytes

RDJ top earning actor for second year

RDJ top earning actor for second year

Robert Downey Jr has been named as Hollywood's highest-paid actor for the second year in a row. The Forbes annual list put the Iron Man star on top with earnings totalling around $75 million. The majority of the 49-year-old actor's pay -- between June 2013 and June 2014 -- came from his role...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

On October 1, 2013, American violinist-dancer-performing artiste Lindsey Stirling teamed with the non-profit Atlanta Music Project to help spread appreciation of music to children who might not otherwise have the chance. The Atlanta Music Project's mission was 'to inspire social change by providing Atlanta's under-served youth the opportunity to learn and perform music...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

On October 1, 2013, American violinist-dancer-performing artiste Lindsey Stirling teamed with the non-profit Atlanta Music Project to help spread appreciation of music to children who might not otherwise have the chance. The Atlanta Music Project's mission was 'to inspire social change by providing Atlanta's under-served youth the opportunity to learn and perform music...

City

Launch Cabin Tickets for Eid Home Rush

Only influence can buy you one

While many people from the southern districts are desperately looking for cabin tickets of launches to travel home ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, the private operators have created an artificial crisis of the tickets by preserving those for the influential people. The vessel operators said the tickets were sold at least two weeks before Eid but sources in the launch owners association said the owners have reserved the cabins for VIPs, relatives, friends, business partners, and political leaders. "For example, I've reserved four...

Prof Naiyyum gets bail

The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for four weeks to Prof Naiyyum Choudhury, former chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, in a case, which the professor said was lodged to defame him.   Prof Naiyyum, also an ex-head of the microbiology department at Dhaka University, said his son's mother-in-law Shamim Siddiqui filed the case with a Dhaka court on July 17, accusing him and his son Sajid Muhaimin Choudhury of demanding dowry from the complainant's family. “This is a complete...

Eid Card Designing Contest

Prothom Alo picks 10 winning children

Prothom Alo picks 10 winning children

The Bangla daily Prothom Alo yesterday announced the names of 10 children who won the newspaper's Eid card designing contest. The newspaper with assistance from Square Toiletries organised the competition "Meril Baby Gollachhut Eid Card Designing Contest" asking children under the age of 15 to send their own designs for Eid cards along with...

Registration begins

Registration begins

Registration for the second season of the HSBC-The Daily Star Junior Climate Champions 2014 opened yesterday following the inauguration programme the day before. Students from grade VI to X from Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions can participate in the competition by registering on www. juniorclimatechmapion.com. With the support of Waste Concern, a social business enterprise...

More RMG workers demand Eid bonus immediately

Garment factory workers in Savar and Chittagong demonstrated yesterday demanding festival bonuses immediately as Eid-ul-Fitr is only about a week away. Nearly 1,000 workers of Rakib Fashion in Tetuljhora of Savar demonstrated on the factory premises demanding that they be paid Eid bonuses immediately, reports our Savar correspondent. They also brought out a short procession on the road in front of the factory. Mirza Shaijuddin, inspector of Ashulia Industrial Police, said the workers had received their salaries on Monday, but did not...

BNP's Abbas finally thaws

The new chief of BNP's Dhaka city unit, Mirza Abbas, yesterday said the ruling Awami League had no reason to be fearful of his party's movement after Eid, as he said the anti-government agitation would be “peaceful and democratic.” “Don't set your cadre groups on us and don't attack us. You [the government] will have to give us the space for staging normal agitation,” he told an iftar programme, organised by the Doctors Association of Bangladesh, Dhaka Medical College Hospital...

Khulna jute mill fires 3 workers for demanding arrears

Employment of three jute mill workers was terminated, while two others were suspended in Khulna on Monday night for leading demonstrations demanding payment of arrears. Hemayet Uddin Azadi, Abdus Salam and Ismail Hossain, workers of Crescent Jute Mill, were fired, while Abu Hanif and Gazi Shaheen, workers of Star Jute Mills, were suspended. All were leaders of Collective Bargaining Agent, a workers' representative group.   Murad Hossain, a worker of Crescent Jute Mill, said workers of the two mills demonstrated on Sunday...

Road crashes kill 11

Countrywide road accidents killed 11 people and injured 20 others yesterday and Monday. Our staff correspondent from Sylhet reports, three people died when a bus hit an auto-rickshaw on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Dakshin Surma's Telibazar area yesterday. They were Rukshana, 35, her daughter Meem, 7, and the auto-rickshaw driver Salam, 25. Our Rangpur correspondent reports, motorcyclists-- Arafat, 23, Mizan, 22, and Firoj, 20--died when a truck ran them over on Rangpur-Dhaka highway in Mithapukur's Dulhapur yesterday. Our staff correspondent from Chittagong reports, 15...

Concealing Wealth Info

ACC sues ex-RHD chief engineer's son

Former chief engineer of Roads and Highways Department Fazlul Haque's son was sued yesterday for concealing the information of wealth worth over Tk 1.6 crore. Deputy Director Mirza Zahidul Alam of Anti-Corruption Commission lodged the case against SM Faizul Haque with Ramna Police Station in the capital. Faizul Haque's income tax return file showed that he earned total Tk 1.37 crore from his business, agriculture, house rent and others between 2001 and 2012. But ACC investigation found that Faizul amassed moveable and...

Adulterated Vermicelli

2 held from HC premises

Law enforcers yesterday arrested two people on the High Court premises following the court order after they appeared before it seeking anticipatory bail in a case filed on charge of producing adulterated vermicelli. The case was earlier filed against Nasir Uddin and Mohammad Ali for producing adulterated vermicelli in an unhygienic environment and selling it in Kamrangirchar area in the capital, Sheikh Mohsin Alam, officer-in-charge of Kamrangirchar Police Station, told The Daily Star. Later, the duo went into hiding. An HC...

Ongoing Massacre in Gaza

Indulgent West spoiled Israel

Indulgent West spoiled Israel

As Israel continued killing innocent Palestinians in Gaza for what it says crushing Hamas militancy, protesters in Bangladesh yesterday ripped into the West's "blind support" to the Zionist state and the United Nations' failure to stop the blatant human rights violation. In the last two weeks of air raids and ground assault since July...

War-Torn Iraq

30 more Bangladeshis return home

Thirty Bangladeshis, who had been living in inhuman condition in an under-construction hospital building in Tikrit city of Iraq, finally returned home yesterday. They reached Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 8:15pm, said Zahid Anwar, assistant director of Wage Earners Welfare Board of the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment. The Bangladeshis were employed at Tatawier M Islam Trading and Contracting since last March. Bangladesh Ambassador in Iraq Maj Gen Rezanur Rahman Khan told The Daily Star over phone that many...

Mahakhali Bus Terminal

Rampant extortion sparks 4hrs strike

Bus owners at the capital's Mahakhali terminal yesterday suspended operation of their vehicles for four hours, demanding the arrest of extortionists in the area. The disruption caused huge sufferings to several hundred people rushing home ahead of Eid. The strike was withdrawn around 9:00pm after police arrested an extortionist, Nasir, at Mahakhali. Nasir is a local criminal, said police. Kamran-ur-Rashid, managing director of Ananya Paribahan, a bus operator, told The Daily Star that Nasir's gang had been extorting them over the...

Man shot by muggers dies in capital

A businessman died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday two days after he was shot by muggers and was snatched off Tk 50,000 in the capital. Mostafa Kamal, a plastic raw material trader of Lalbagh, was shot in the legs and waist near Kamalapur Railway Station, police said earlier.  The body was sent to the hospital morgue for an autopsy.  None was arrested, police said.

Qaisar's War Crimes Trial

Tribunal warns defence against delaying tactics

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday asked the defence of former minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar to complete the ongoing cross-examination of the last prosecution witness in 30 minutes today. The cross-examination of Monowara Begum, the investigator and 32nd prosecution witness in the war crimes case against Qaisar, was held for the fourth day yesterday, and as per the tribunal's directives, the defence was supposed to complete it the very day. When the defence sought more time, it irked the judges. The three-member...

Sectarian Crisis in Middle East

Legacy of western imperialism

The sectarian conflicts raging in Iraq and Syria will be lasting and cause significant damage, noted historian from Rice University of the USA Ussama Makdisi said at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday. “The various problems of sectarianism in the Middle East, in other words, have been manufactured by Western, Israeli, Iranian and Arab actors using readily available social and political and historical material,” he said. Ussama, the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University...

Abducted Demra boy found dead

Police recovered the body of a school student from under sand in an abandoned house in Demra Konapara area of Dhaka yesterday after 12 days of his abduction. The victim was Mohammad Hasan, 13, son of bus driver Anwar Hossain of the area and a student of class VIII. Sub-inspector Nasiruddin of Demra Police Station told The Daily Star that police recovered the decomposed body packed in a sack around 3:00pm.Hasan's hands and legs were tied with a rope. Hasan went missing...

Failure to Protect Forest Area

HC summons Cox's Bazar DC

The High Court yesterday summoned the deputy commissioner of Cox's Bazar for not implementing its 2011 directives on protecting an ecologically critical and reserved forest area in Cox's Bazar. A bench of the court asked DC Ruhul Amin to appear before it by 10:30am on September 9 to explain his noncompliance with the order. Following a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela), the HC on June 8, 2011 directed the government to save the natural characteristics of Jhilonza...

BCC announces Tk 407.89cr budget

Barisal City Corporation (BCC) yesterday announced a budget of Tk 407.89 crore for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Mayor Ahsan Habib Kamal made the announcement at Nagar Bhaban. No new tax has been imposed, he said, adding that previous tax rates have not been increased. According to the budget, Tk 99.06 crore will come from revenue while the rest Tk 308.82 crore will be provided by government and non-government sources for development projects. Mayor Kamal termed the budget insufficient for development of the city...

Sylhet-Dhaka-Ctg train service halted for 5.5hrs

Train communications of Sylhet with Dhaka and Chittagong resumed at 4:00pm yesterday when a wagon of an oil-laden Sylhet-bound which derailed in Dakshin Surma upazila of Sylhet was removed from the rail tracks. The accident occurred near Moglabazar Station at 9:30pm. Chittagong-bound Paharika Express started out from Sylhet Railway Station at 3:30pm, five hours behind schedule, informed the station master. A relief train from Kulaura took the derailed wagon to Sylhet Railway Station.

News in Brief

  1 held with 17,500 Yaba pills in Ctg Staff Correspondent, Ctg Police detained a youth and seized 17,500 pieces of Yaba tablets, worth Tk 52.5 lakh from his possession in Reazuddin Bazar area of Chittagong city yesterday. Tipped-off, police conducted a drive at a building in the area and detained Atiqul Islam, 20, of Anwara upazila of Chittagong from a room and recovered the pills.   Rickshaw puller dies from electrocution in Ctg Staff Correspondent, Chittagong A rickshaw puller died from electrocution in Hill View area...

Obituary

Obituary

Golam Ambia, former headmaster of Chitla Secondary School of Meherpur, died from diabetes and heart diseases on Monday, aged 66. Ambia, also father of BSS senior photojournalist Saiful Islam Kollol, left behind his wife, two more sons, and a daughter, says a press release. He was buried at his Chitla village in Gangni upazila of the district yesterday following a namaz-e-janaza at the school.

Maleka Khatun

Maleka Khatun, mother of Editor-in-Chief of Daily Ajker Khabor, died of old age complications at her Mymensingh town residence on Monday. She was 83. She left behind three sons, three daughters. She was buried at her family graveyard at Khodaboxpur village in Gouripur upazila of Mymensingh.

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Insight

Organic farming gaining popularity

Organic farming gaining popularity

Mymensingh's Harirampur village, situated in Muktagachha upazila's Dulla union has become a hub of vermicompost plants with the help from Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) and local associations and farm entrepreneurs, specially women. If we really want to revive  soil fertility, we need to use a lot of organic fertilizers. Production and extension of...

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Road crash kills NGO officials

Road crash kills NGO officials

Four NGO officials died in a fatal road mishap at Jokarchar point of Kalihati upazila in Tangail under Dhaka-Tangail highway. The accident took place on the Dhaka-Tangail highway on June, 28, bringing sorrow to four families. The victims were officials of Ananya Somaj Kollan Shanghtha, an NGO: Md. Abdul Hamid, 48, Executive Director, Mohammad...

Tahirpur noukar haat comes to life in rains

Tahirpur noukar haat comes to life in rains

The noukar haat (boat market) at Kawkandi Bazar in Tahirpur upazila of Sunamganj district that sits twice a week becomes crowded every Saturday and Monday as the traditional country boats, serving as convenient transport in riverine southern region, go on sale during the ongoing rainy season. Carpenters of Nowapara, Mohabbatpur, Chokbazaar, Payekpara, Lakhipur, Kushiura...

Maternity hospital dies the death in 2 decades

Maternity hospital dies the death in 2 decades

A ten-bed maternity hospital set up in 1965 at Mandarbaria village in Manderbaria union of Moheshpur upazila under the district has remained dysfunctional for the last 20 years, much to the sufferings of treatment seekers in the remote area.     "The then Pakistan government set up this hospital on 49 decimals of lands here...

Its all for an Eid dress

A 15-year-old schoolgirl allegedly took her own life over buying a popular Indian dress ahead of Eid at Nimtala village in Sadar upazial of the district on Monday afternoon. The deceased was identified as Shela Khatun, daughter of Laltu Rahman. She was a Class IX student at Katholi High School of the village.    Quoting the family members, police said Shela asked her father to buy Indian 'Pakhi' dress for Eid but her father bought another dress from the market. At this...

Gunpowder Seized

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered four kilograms gunpowder from a house at Laxmi Narayanpur village in Sadar upazila of the district on Monday night and arrested a man in this connection. The arrestee person was identified as Khairul Islam, 45, son of Mohammad Baset of the village. Sub-Inspector Dulaluddin of Sadar police station said, on secret information, a team of the elite force from Chapainawabganj camp went to Laxmi Narayanpur village and raided Kahirul's house around 11:40pm. After searching...

Anxiety grips families of missing Bhola fishermen

Anxiety grips families of missing Bhola fishermen

The bodies of two fishermen, out of the 13, who went missing in mid sea during a storm on Sunday night, were recovered from the Bay in Charfassion upazila yesterday and the day before. Fellow fishermen in a hectic search for, however, rescued the other missing 11 from different shores of the upazila alive. The...

Smuggled Indian goods flood border markets

Smuggled Indian goods flood border markets

Indian saris, dresses, imitation jewellery, crockery and spices have flooded the markets in eight bordering upazilas of Dinajpur and Joypurhat districts ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr. While visiting different shops and markets in the upazilas on Monday, this correspondent saw most shopkeepers selling Indian saris, girls' three-pieces, panjabi and children's dresses. The sellers at different markets...

Pirojpur MP supporters hurt in BCL attack

At least eight supporters of a local lawmaker and a policeman were injured in an attack allegedly by the activists of Chhatra League in Mathbaria upazila town  yesterday. The policeman is identified as Abdur Rahim, sub-inspector of Mathbaria police station.   A group of BCL activists numbering 200/250 brought out a procession in the town at 12:30pm, protesting arrest of a party leader on Monday. The processionists suddenly attacked the men of independent lawmaker Dr Rustom Ali Fariazi of Pirojur constituency-3 in...

World

No truce before meeting goal

No truce before meeting goal

Israel will not halt its fire in Gaza until it finishes an operation aimed at destroying tunnels used by militants for cross-border attacks, a senior minister said yesterday. As world efforts to broker a ceasefire in war-torn Gaza gathered pace, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni also ruled out any acceptance of the "unacceptable" demands...

  

Girl Summit: FGM ban sought

Girl Summit: FGM ban sought

British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday called for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation and child marriage as he launched the first UN-backed "Girl Summit" on issues that affect millions around the globe. Cameron announced that parents in Britain would face prosecution for failing to prevent their daughters from being subjected to FGM, while setting out steps to tackle both practices in developing nations. "Our aim is to outlaw FGM and child marriage everywhere for everyone," Cameron told the summit in London, to applause from an audience of experts and campaigners from around the world. FGM, which affects tens of millions of women, particularly in the Horn of Africa, ranges from...

Hillary defends Israel on Gaza

Hillary defends Israel on Gaza

Hillary Clinton on Monday repeatedly stressed that Israel was “provoked” by Hamas in the current conflict roiling the Middle East, offering among her strongest statements yet concerning the hostilities in Gaza, reports Washington-based news organisation POLITICO. The former secretary of state and possible 2016 Democratic front-runner delivered those comments during a question-and-answer session at...

Encephalitis kills 60 in West Bengal

An outbreak of encephalitis has killed 60 people in two weeks in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, a top health official has said, calling the situation "alarming'. Hundreds of mainly children die across India each year from the mosquito-borne virus, but West Bengal is not normally one of the worst-hit states. Only five people died last year in West Bengal from Japanese encephalitis, one form of the virus which normally hits during the monsoon season when mosquitos breed. West Bengal...

Indonesian Polls

Widodo wins

Widodo wins

The reform-minded governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, was declared the winner of Indonesia's presidential election yesterday after a closely-fought race against a controversial ex-general with deep roots in the era of strongman Suharto. As a grinning Widodo, dressed in a traditional Indonesian patterned shirt, looked on, the election commission announced that he had beaten Prabowo Subianto by more than more than six percentage points in the fight to lead the world's third-biggest democracy. The news came after a dramatic final day to the country's most divisive election period since the end of the Suharto era in 1998, with Prabowo angrily accusing Widodo's team of committing fraud . Both candidates claimed victory on...

'I no longer talk to Obama': Turkey PM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict. A staunch advocate of the Palestinian cause, Erdogan has recently been at loggerheads with Washington over Israel's offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip that has killed more than 620 Palestinians in two weeks.

France condemns 'massacres'

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius yesterday called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas to end violence in Gaza ."France will act forcefully to demand an immediate ceasefire," he added.

Arab League urges Hamas to accept truce

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi urged Hamas on Monday to accept an Egyptian proposal to end the fighting between the militants in Gaza and Israel that has killed almost 620 Palestinians. "The Egyptian proposal clearly calls for a ceasefire. We hope Hamas accepts it," he told reporters after meeting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Cairo, where US Secretary of State John Kerry also arrived to push for a truce.

Thai king endorses junta's new charter

Thailand's junta yesterday won approval from the king for an interim constitution mapping out year-long political reforms expected to curb the influence of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. It was the first time the revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, had granted an audience to coup leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha since the military seized power two months ago. The document, published online late yesterday, offers an amnesty from prosecution to the generals who seized power in the May coup. It also...

News in Brief

Cambodia rivals reconcile Afp, Phnom Penh Cambodia's main opposition party yesterday struck a deal with strongman premier Hun Sen to end its year-long boycott of parliament triggered by a disputed election. The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said it had agreed to break the deadlock and take up its seats in the National Assembly in return for a promise of electoral reforms. It had refused to join parliament since elections in July 2013, accusing Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party of...

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Test Drive

CRZoom 2013 Honda CRZ

CRZoom 2013 Honda CRZ

I was keen on getting the CRZ out for a review. But every planned outing saw huge downpours where my photographers were lost like wet sheep. And I wasn't planning to shoot this time, just drive. So what to do? Just pick a day and go out saving the planet with frugality while...

Gene play – X and Z

Gene play – X and Z

The retro styling bug bit the world sometime around the mid-2000s. Spurred on by the success of the Ford GT, a modern mimicry of the original, iconic GT40, the US led the charge of retro styled machines. Dodge, Chevrolet, Ford, all played around with the romantic notion of bringing back the heyday of...

Small size, big brawn

Small size, big brawn

A modern Formula One engine produces 700+ hp from a 1.6 liter engine. When you think of the technology trickling down to road cars from motorsport, the concept of making big power from small displacement engines is probably one of the most significant. For the Americans, gone are the days of 6000cc V8s producing...

Dhaka Motorbike Show 2014

A four-day motorbike show will kick off in Dhaka in September to popularize two-wheelers among city dwellers, who suffer badly from terrible tailbacks on city roads. “The use of motorbikes will help ease the near-constant traffic gridlock on the city roads, while cost efficiency of the vehicles will attract more users. There is no alternative to motorbikes in Dhaka city as the vehicles are still considered a timesaver and a speedy mode of transport. The fair will also create awareness...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

Muslim leaders' inexplicable silence

The way Israel is attacking Palestine is simply awful. Nearly 600 people were brutally killed including children and women. But most of the global leaders are silent about this genocide. Even the leaders of the Muslim countries have failed to take any significant steps to stop this massacre. It is understood that the allies of Israel will act in favour of Israel. But why are the Muslim leaders silent? Dr. Md. Sayedul Hoque Baitul Aman Adabar, Dhaka  

Letters To The Editor

Inhuman eviction of sex workers

On July 20, I was crossing the road in front of the Press Club. There I saw hundreds of people preparing for a human chain. It was a protest of the sex workers against their recent eviction from a Tangail brothel. The placards in women's hands read: “We are sex workers not terrorists or criminals”, “We are human beings, we want our rights,” etc. The brothel was invaded by local politicians and fanatics who forced the sex workers to leave....

Letters To The Editor

Will Summit address condition of Gaza girls?

The Girl Summit has started on July 22 in London. The summit is aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to improve the lives of girls and women in the world's poorest countries. Hopefully, Gaza tragedy and the condition of girls in Gaza will receive due attention. Anami California, USA

Comments on news report

“Jan 5 polls flawed,” published on July 19, 2014 Mofi I don't see anything wrong in her description. We all want a fair election with participation of all major and minor political parties, and so does she. We welcome you to Bangladesh and hope you will play a constructive role within the diplomatic framework. Zman7 January 5 election is 'undeniably flawed', but thank God its outcome is undeniably a boon for Bangladesh in many ways: it brought back peace and calmness in the...

National CSR Children

Formulation of the National CSR Policy for Children: Perspectives and Recommendations

Formulation of the National CSR Policy for Children: Perspectives and Recommendations

Save the Children and The Daily Star have recently organized a roundtable on “Formulation of the National CSR Policy for Children: Perspectives and Recommendations”. We publish a summary of the discussion     -Editor     Shahida Begum, Programme Director, EYE Programme, Save the Children In Bangladesh, current net enrolment in primary school is about 98%. But, access...