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Khaleda 'fugitive'

Khaleda 'fugitive'

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has lost her right to defend herself in the two corruption cases for now, as a Dhaka court has declared her a fugitive in the cases. "She can contest the cases if she surrenders to the court in future," Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the Special Judge Court-3 said in a packed courtroom yesterday. On February 25, Khaleda's counsels were not allowed to participate in the trial proceedings to defend her as the court cancelled her bail on the day and issued arrest warrants in the Zia Orphanage Trust and the Zia Charitable Trust graft cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission. The court that day completed recording the...

Khaleda wants to be in prison: PM

Khaleda wants to be in prison: PM

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia wants to be in jail to avoid the public wrath following the recent violence and to get coverage in international media and sympathy from foreigners, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament yesterday. Alleging that Khaleda does not abide by court orders, law, rules and the constitution, Hasina yesterday said...

Hunt or be haunted

Hunt or be haunted

When most of the Tiger's fans will wake up this morning and pick up this newspaper, their beloved team will have already played out half of their game against Scotland. Whether the fans will be left smiling or seething at the close of the first innings, it's safe to say that the Tigers'...

Of a 'crazy'man, 2.5 katha land

Of a 'crazy'man, 2.5 katha land

Habibur Rahman Jewel, 45, has developed a symbiotic relationship with his birthplace. It is a small 2.5 katha plot in the capital's Gendaria where an old, tin-shed house once stood. What remains of it now are piles of dust, brick chunks and rubble all around. His family had deserted it a good six years...

Govt to purchase 10 vessels

The government is going to purchase 10 ships from China and Italy at a cost of Tk 2,777 crore under state arrangement. Of the ships, four will be bought from Italy at a cost of Tk 965 crore to improve naval capability of Bangladesh Coast Guard. Six other ships will be purchased from China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation (CMC) for Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) at a cost of Tk 1,812 crore. The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved two separate...

Kamaruzzaman to file review petition today

Condemned war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman will file a review petition with the Supreme Court today, the last day of lodging the petition, against its verdict that upheld his death penalty for his crimes against humanity in 1971. His lawyer advocate Shishir Manir said after he along with four other solicitors held a meeting with Kamaruzzaman at Dhaka Central Jail yesterday morning. A convicted war criminal can seek review of the verdict on the appeal in 15 days since receiving the certified...

Top Quote!

Top Quote!

  “Launch a combing operation at that house [Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office]. All the terrorists and militants are staying there.”   Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal H Chowdhury Maya in a meeting of city Awami League

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‘Think simple' works well

‘Think simple' works well

Crude bombs exploded there. Clashes were witnessed in the neighbourhood too and many got injured in the process. But with flowers blooming, the area still looks immaculate. This has been made possible by a nature lover, Md Putu Mia Talukdar. A businessman by profession, he has so far spent around Tk 2 lakh for the...

Cops struggling to cope with overstretched duty

It was a Sunday afternoon. Two on-duty policemen were sitting on a bench on the sidewalk of Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue in the capital's Karwan Bazar area. While one was watching over the pedestrians' movement and the other was taking a nap with his chin rested on the back of his palm placed on the muzzle of his rifle. As these correspondents started talking to his colleague, the constable woke up. His eyes were red and face bore clear signs...

Violence on amid hartal, blockade

Violence on amid hartal, blockade

Innocent people continue to bear the brunt of the ongoing blockade and hartals. Vehicles, particularly the goods-laden ones, are also being burnt or vandalised every day in different parts of the country. At least 21 people were injured in arson attacks on buses and trucks yesterday, the fourth day of the BNP-led 20-party combine's...

Bomb blast at 14-party gathering

At least two people were injured in crude bomb explosions in a rally of the ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance in the city's Hazaribagh yesterday. The injured were Swechchhasebak League activists Moktar Hossain, 28, and Selim, 35. They received treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, a source at the hospital told The Daily Star. Police said criminals blasted two crude bombs near the rally at Hazaribagh Park around 2:45pm. No one was detained in this connection. Although the explosions created panic in...

Swadhinata Padak goes to 8 persons

The government has nominated eight distinguished persons for Swadhinata Padak (Independence Award) 2015 in recognition of their outstanding contributions in respective fields. The awardees include late commandant Manik Chowdhury, who made significant contributions towards organising the Liberation War in 1971 in Sylhet; late Mamun Mahmud, who was a police officer in 1971 and killed by Pakistani occupation forces for helping freedom fighters; late Shah AMS Kibria, who played an important role in the campaign for Bangladesh's war of independence in...

Mamata meets Modi Monday

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday said she told Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the need for improved India-Bangladesh ties. Mamata arrives in Delhi on March 8 to hold talks with Modi on the following day. The issues of Teesta water-sharing deal and land boundary accord between the two neighbours will dominate the meeting. Talking to reporters in Kolkata, Mamata said she had written separate letters to Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj about the outcome of her recent...

Iran Nuclear Deal

US defies Israel to go ahead with plan

The US and Iran wrapped up three days of intense nuclear negotiations yesterday, but American officials said "tough challenges" remained as a March 31 deadline for a framework deal looms. Ignoring a passionate plea from Israel's leader to ditch their talks, top US diplomat John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pressed on at the negotiating table in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux. But a senior US State Department official conceded the "bottom line here is that there...

World's first lagoon power plants in UK

World's first lagoon power plants in UK

Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons have been unveiled in the UK. The six lagoons -- four in Wales and one each in Somerset and Cumbria -- will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls, and use the weight of the water to power turbines. A £1bn...

Khaleda attends son's chehlum

Khaleda attends son's chehlum

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday attended a special prayer and milad mahfil to observe chehlum of Arafat Rahman Koko at her Gulshan office in the capital. Surrounded by her relatives, Khaleda prayed for the salvation of her son's departed soul with tears rolling down her cheeks, members of the BNP chief's media wing said. They...

9 cops closed in Kurigram for torturing lawyer

Nine policemen, including two sub-inspectors, were closed to district police lines yesterday afternoon for allegedly torturing a lawyer on the premises of Kurigram Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. The nine are Court Sub-inspector Moshiur Kabir, SI Wahiduzzaman Molla of Kurigram Sadar Police Station and seven constables. Constable Emdadul Haque of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on December 14 last year had sued one Maidul Islam Nayan of Kurigram for kidnapping his wife Joshna Akhtar Manisha and looting valuables worth Tk 6 lakh...

Jubo League leader shot dead

A local leader of Jubo League, youth front of the ruling Awami League, was gunned down by unidentified criminals at Mirikpur Bazar under Sadar upazila of Laxmipur early yesterday. Locals discovered the body of Arifur Rahman Farhad, 30, joint convenor of Bangakhan Union unit of Jubo League, in a sawmill, and informed the police. Nurul Amin Master said unidentified men called his son, Farhad, out of his home around 3:00 am. Following information received from the locals in the morning, they rushed...

Chinese, Indian envoys hold meeting

New Chinese Ambassador to Dhaka Ma Mingqiang yesterday  had a meeting with Indian High Commissioner Pankaj Saran. The diplomatic circle in Dhaka considers the meeting held at the Indian envoy's residence around 10:30am critical in the current context of local politics. Details of the 90-minute-long meeting could not be known immediately, but it is learned that the envoys of the two influential countries discussed the ongoing political situation. Sources said they discussed the latest developments of a diplomatic move of 16 envoys...

Tense deadlock as Myanmar student protest enters third day

Myanmar riot police yesterday corralled dozens of student protesters calling for education reform after activists defied official orders to disband and the tense deadlock entered a third day. A core group rallied near a monastery compound in the central town of Letpadan despite being encircled by police who have vowed to prevent their planned march to the country's main city Yangon. "The government is now blocking us from all sides," said student activist leader Phyo Phyo Aung, adding that several protesters...

EU, Cuba hold new round of talks to normalize ties

Cuba and the European Union met yesterday and continue talks today for a third round of negotiations aimed at normalizing ties following the historic rapprochement between Havana and Washington. The EU and Cuba, which began talks last year after ties were suspended in 2003, had initially planned to hold a third round in December before they were called off twice. The new talks come after France announced Tuesday that its President Francois Hollande will visit the island May 11 in what...

Australians on Indonesia death row arrive on execution island

Two Australian drug smugglers were taken yesterday to an Indonesian island where they will be executed despite frantic diplomatic efforts to save them, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia was "revolted" by their looming deaths. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug smuggling gang, were woken and given a few minutes to get ready before leaving Bali's Kerobokan jail in the early hours, said justice ministry official Nyoman Putra Surya.   The men, sentenced to...

Canada mall evacuated over 'potential threat,' three arrested: police

Three people were arrested Tuesday over a "potential threat" to a mall near Canada's port city of Halifax, which is home to the navy's Atlantic fleet. Halifax Police Constable Pierre Bourdages said a "heavy police presence" was dispatched to the Mic Mac Mall in the Halifax suburb of Dartmouth. The mall itself was closed for the day as the investigation turned to a residential neighborhood a short distance from the complex. Officers raided a small bungalow "in connection with the threats," but...

Tunisia rescues 86 African migrants on Italy-bound boat

The Tunisian military rescued 86 African migrants at sea off the town of Zarzis aboard a makeshift boat bound for the Italian island of Lampedusa, an official said yesterday. The group was fleeing the conflict in neighbouring Libya, from the port of Zuwarah about 60 kilometres (35 miles) from Tunisia, when their vessel started taking water on Tuesday afternoon, the Tunisian coastguard official said. They sent out a distress signal that was picked up by the Tunisian military, triggering the rescue...

Fake cosmetics factory busted

Customs intelligence officials yesterday busted a fake cosmetics factory at Shimrail in Narayanganj and seized 40 truckloads of illegal cosmetics worth around Tk 40 crore. No one was arrested in this regard. Tipped off, customs intelligence members with the help of a team of Rapid Action Battalion-10 and VAT officials raided the factory run by Moonstar Ltd in Siddhirganj and made the seizure, said Moinul Khan, director general of customs intelligence. The owner of the factory was on the run. The workers...

Business

Bangladesh becoming a top spot for Muslim travellers

Bangladesh becoming a top spot for Muslim travellers

Bangladesh has found a place among the world's top destinations for Muslim travellers, largely thanks to its availability of Muslim-friendly services and facilities, according to a study. The Global Muslim Travel Index 2015 developed by MasterCard, a payment network provider, and CrescentRating, the world's leading authority on Halal-friendly travel,   ranked Bangladesh 18th on the list of destinations, which are members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Malaysia came first for OIC destination, followed by Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Singapore came in first for the non-OIC destinations, which also saw Thailand, UK, South Africa and France make the top five. The index looked at data covering 100 destinations, creating...

Natural disasters to threaten Bangladesh manufacturing

Natural disasters could deal a serious blow to Bangladesh's aspirations to become a manufacturing hub for investors leaving China after eight of its cities featured among the world's 100 cities most exposed to natural shocks. Dhaka, the country's biggest manufacturing hub, came in at 35 of UK-based risk analytics company Verisk Maplecroft's annual list of 100 most exposed cities, which helps organisations identify and compare risks to populations, economies, business and supply chains. But above it were Barisal, which came in...

Exports rise 5pc in Feb

Exports rose 5.46 percent year-on-year to $2.51 billion in February, buoyed by increased shipment of garments, according to central bank data. Earnings in the first eight months (July-February) of the fiscal year were $20.31 billion, which were $17.80 billion till January. The figures show a positive trend as the country is receiving payments for goods that were shipped earlier. “We are now facing difficulties exporting goods for political unrest,” said Atiqul Islam, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association. The negative impact...

Go for technology-neutral spectrum auction

Go for technology-neutral spectrum auction

Grameenphone is hoping the upcoming auction for the 1,800-megahertz spectrum band would be technology-neutral, as it would enable the operator, the country's largest, to participate in it. In the past, the different frequency bands assigned to mobile services had, for technical reasons, each been dedicated to a specific technology (GSM, UMTS, LTE), but recent technical developments have helped lift the constraint. Moreover, the massive increase in demand for spectrum for mobile telephony, particularly as mobile internet's development accelerates, has made it vital to optimise the use of radio frequencies, and one of the ways to achieve this is by way of technology-neutral spectrum licensing. “We are strongly arguing that we need to...

Rice imports rise to four-year high

Rice imports rise to four-year high

Rice imports hit a four-year high as traders find foreign produce, mainly from India, cheaper. Private traders imported 8.73 lakh tonnes of rice between July 1 and March 2, the highest since fiscal 2010-11, according to food ministry data. The government did not import any rice in the same period. “It is because of the price difference between the Indian and Bangladeshi rice. Indian produce is cheaper than ours," said Chitta Majumder, owner of Majumder Traders that has imported more than 80,000 tonnes since July. Traders and millers said imports soared in the current fiscal year due to a zero-duty facility for rice import and higher production of medium quality rice in...

IMF offers recipe to fuel economic growth

Bangladesh needs to prioritise major infrastructure projects, make available land for investors and reform the financial sector as part of its measures to boost economic growth, the International Monetary Fund said yesterday. The government should also pay attention to revenue collection, enactment and implementation of effective policies on power and energy, and combating climate change impacts, it said.  The IMF identified the six areas as a recipe for the government to fuel the growth of the country's gross domestic product, which...

Build-your-own Google handset reconstructs smartphone

Build-your-own Google handset reconstructs smartphone

With a smartphone that slots together piece by piece like Lego, US Internet giant Google is trying to reinvent the mobile as most phone makers are honing sleeker handsets. The company aims to challenge its rival Apple's thin iPhones with the Google Ara project, giving smartphone aficionados the option to build their phone themselves. Analysts...

Project launched to provide financial services to 4.52 lakh rural people

A project was launched yesterday to provide financial services and technical training to 4.52 lakh women and men in rural areas across the country to increase food security. State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan inaugurated the project titled “Promoting agricultural commercialisation and enterprises (PACE)” at a workshop in the capital with PKSF Chairman Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad in the chair. Supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation will implement the project, IFAD said in a...

Brand Forum to honour inspiring women professionals

Brand Forum to honour inspiring women professionals

Bangladesh Brand Forum will award inspiring professional women in various fields to empower and equip local women to reach leadership positions. The event, styled RFL Inspiring Women Award, will be held on March 8 at Radisson Blu hotel in the capital, Nazia Andaleeb Preema, adviser to Brand Forum, said in a statement yesterday. About 500...

Google, Apple may disrupt car industry: Fiat

The traditional motor industry would be foolish to ignore moves by Google and Apple into car technology, said Fiat-Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne. The chief executive of one of the world's biggest carmakers said the two US companies were "incredibly serious" about their automotive ambitions. He said their move into driverless technology and electric vehicles could be "disruptive" for manufacturers. Marchionne commented on the tech giants' plans at the Geneva Motor Show. He said it is always a good thing when someone new wants...

Brac Bank gets new head of communications

Brac Bank gets new head of communications

Zara Jabeen Mahbub has taken over the charge of the head of communications and service quality at Brac Bank, effective from February 15. Prior to the promotion, she was the head of customer experience and call centre under retail banking division of the bank, the bank said in a statement yesterday. Zara Jabeen has previously served the bank as head of service quality, premium banking and retail marketing, according to the statement. Now as a member of the bank's executive (management) committee, she is responsible for issues related to external affairs, marketing, corporate social responsibility and service quality. She joined Brac Bank in March 2009 and has 19 years of multifaceted work...

Russian online retailer expects boom despite consumer gloom

Russian online retailer expects boom despite consumer gloom

Russian retailers are being hit by consumers' loss of purchasing power, but Ulmart, the country's version of Amazon, expects to strengthen its position as people begin to count every kopeck. "We are optimistic about this year," said Ulmart board chairman Dmitry Kostygin. "But for certain competitors it will be difficult," the 42-year-old entrepreneur told AFP. Founded...

India makes another surprise interest rate cut to 7.5pc

India makes another surprise interest rate cut to 7.5pc

India's central bank announced on Wednesday a second surprise cut in interest rates in two months as it forecast a further easing of inflation, triggering a surge in share prices. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) lowered the benchmark repo rate -- the level at which it lends to commercial banks -- by 25...

China free trade zone a bust so far: US business survey

Nearly three-quarters of American firms in Shanghai say China's first free trade zone (FTZ) offers them no business benefits almost 18 months after it was established, according to a survey Wednesday. The Chinese commercial hub set up the FTZ in September 2013, promising a range of financial reforms, including full convertibility of the yuan currency and free interest rates, which remain unfulfilled. "More than one year after the FTZ's opening, US companies remain sceptical about the business benefits," the American Chamber...

Britain wins court ruling against ECB on euro banks

Britain won a court challenge Wednesday against a European Central Bank ruling that required banks to base clearing houses dealing with euros in the eurozone. The British government had contested the ECB ruling, which would have caused major problems for London's huge banking industry, as Britain does not use the euro. The General Court of the European Union, the second highest court in the 28-nation bloc, said it had annulled the ruling. It said the Frankfurt-based ECB "lacks the competence necessary to...

Toyota names first foreign VP in diversity push

Toyota said Wednesday it would appoint a foreigner to the post of executive vice-president and promote a woman into its top ranks, both firsts for the Japanese firm in its nearly 80-year history. The world's biggest automaker said the moves, part of a wider shuffle, were aimed at promoting diversity among its top management. The pair will join a handful of foreign-born executives in top posts at Japanese firms. Didier Leroy, 57, a Frenchman who now heads Toyota's European business and formerly...

Cheap yen, fading Fukushima fears lure Japan tourists

Cheap yen, fading Fukushima fears lure Japan tourists

The 2011 earthquake and tsunami that smashed into Japan laid waste to the country's tourism industry, leaving a coastline in ruins, killing thousands and sparking the worst atomic crisis in a generation. But, four years on, the sector is bouncing back, shattering expectations on visitor numbers, largely owing to a weak yen and fading...

StanChart's net profit fell 37pc to $2.51b in 2014

Asia-focused Standard Chartered bank said Wednesday net profit fell 37 percent in 2014, the second consecutive year of decline, almost a week after announcing two of its top bosses would leave in a reshuffle aimed at transforming its fortunes. The troubled British lender said net profit came in at $2.51 billion for the year, down from $3.99 billion in 2013 and described the result as "disappointing". The bank said Thursday chief executive Peter Sands will step down in June followed by...

Taiwan snubs Alibaba funding pledge

Taiwan has snubbed a multi-million dollar funding pledge by China's e-commerce giant Alibaba designed to encourage the island's young entrepreneurs, saying youth talent should stay away from the mainland. It comes after the island demanded Alibaba withdraw from Taiwan as it had violated investment rules. Alibaba announced the Tw$10 billion ($316 million) dollar funding scheme for young entrepreneurs to help them set up businesses and sell products in mainland China on Monday. Company founder Jack Ma emphasised the benefits of the scheme...

S Korea finance minister voices deflation fears

South Korea's Finance Minister Choi Kyung-Hwan voiced deflation concerns Wednesday after inflation last month hit its lowest level in more than 15 years, despite record low interest rates. "Concerns about deflation are worrying due to a prolonged period of low inflation," Choi was quoted by the Yonhap news agency as telling a forum in Seoul. Falling crude oil prices have pushed down consumer prices in South Korea, with data Tuesday showing inflation at just 0.5 percent in February -- the lowest...

Slow Australian economic growth fuels rate cut expectations

Slow Australian economic growth fuels rate cut expectations

Australia's economy expanded slower than forecast in the last three months of 2014, data showed Wednesday, fuelling expectations the central bank will further cut interest rates to record lows. The Australian Bureaus of Statistics said growth came in at 0.5 percent quarter on quarter in the three months to December, and 2.5 percent over...

China plans rural land reform trial

China will carry out a groundbreaking trial programme that may allow farmers to sell land, a senior official said Wednesday, a step towards liberalising rural real estate transactions currently monopolised by the government. The ability to sell land is expected to accelerate China's urbanisation, a key driver of its decades-long economic boom, by enabling farmers to realise value from their assets, facilitating their move to the cities. Under current Chinese law, all land in the country is ultimately owned by the...

IMF rules out fresh bailout for Sri Lanka

IMF rules out fresh bailout for Sri Lanka

The IMF on Wednesday ruled out a fresh bail-out for Sri Lanka, which had hoped to secure loans of more than $4.0 billion to restructure expensive debt taken on by the previous regime. Much of the country's post-war infrastructure under the administration of former president Mahinda Rajapakse was funded with Chinese debt and the...

Qatar eyes 7pc growth in 2015 despite oil price slump

Qatar's economy is predicted to grow by seven per cent in 2015, as it forges ahead with huge infrastructure investment despite the slump in oil prices, leading economists said Wednesday. The figure compares with estimated growth of 6.5 percent for 2014. The Qatar National Bank's "Economic Insight" predicted even higher growth rates of 7.5 percent for 2016 and 7.9 percent for 2017 in the gas-rich Gulf state. "Qatar is well-positioned to withstand the temporary decline in oil prices due to its strong...

Sports

Tigers is about red and green

Tigers is about red and green

It appears that two schools of thought exist in the Bangladesh cricket team regarding the fans' interest and enthusiasm. The idea sprang to mind after differing responses from captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and superstar Shakib Al Hasan about the almost nonexistence of Tigers supporters in this calm and quiet city of Nelson. While...

Third Eye

A batsman's game

Glenn Maxwell's innings against Afghanistan yesterday could be a classic example to illustrate how more and more cricket is evolving into a batsman's game. The outrageously talented all-rounder came to the crease in the 38th over, the third of the batting Powerplay. He reverse-swept the second ball over point for a boundary, curved one over long on for a six in the next over from Dawlat Zadran, and two overs later, reverse-flicked a 140kph delivery from Shapoor Zadran over the...

A barren day in NCL

The staple of the National Cricket League so far has been the barrage of centuries that have been hit everyday. Whether it was Rony Talukder notching up one century after another or Alok Kapali's double-ton, an illustrious batting display was almost guaranteed every single day. Yesterday however, the winds shifted direction. As rain poured across four venues, the dampness was evident, even in the batsmen's performances. Barisal started their innings against Rajshahi at the BKSP on 59 for two. Al-Amin...

A battle of 2 coaches

A battle of 2 coaches

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will be looking to defend their title and lift it for the third time in five years as they take on last edition's beaten finalists Muktijoddha Sangsad in today's final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Since the last final, when Sheikh Jamal overcame three-time champions Muktijoddha Sangsad through an 83rd...

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

World Cup Cocktail

World Cup Cocktail

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Wednesday said that Virat Kohli abusing a journalist in Perth was a case of misunderstanding and the issue should be put to rest immediately to let the team focus on the World Cup. "He (Kohli) has clarified on the issue. For India, the ongoing World Cup is very important....

SRT calls for 25-team WC

SRT calls for 25-team WC

Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday blasted proposals to slash the 2019 World Cup to just 10 nations, describing it as "a backward step" and suggesting the tournament be expanded to 25 teams. Tendulkar, an ambassador for the World Cup on behalf of the International Cricket Council said the ICC should be expanding the...

Pep dismisses City rumours

Pep Guardiola said Tuesday he will only decide his Bayern Munich future at the end of the season and dismissed rumours of a move to Manchester City. Guardiola has been tipped as a possible candidate to replace City coach Manuel Pellegrini, but the Spaniard poured cold water on any speculation. "I have had no offers and I am not waiting for any," he said in Tuesday's press conference. "I'm very happy here, this is an outstanding club. "I want to fulfil my contract...

Barclays English Premier League

Benteke at the death

Christian Benteke scored a nerveless stoppage-time penalty as Aston Villa edged West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on Tuesday to earn new manager Tim Sherwood a precious first Premier League victory. The Belgian striker's goal gave Villa their first league win since December 7, shooting the club three points clear of the relegation zone and ending a run of seven consecutive defeats. Sherwood, who succeeded the sacked Paul Lambert last month, celebrated jubilantly at the final whistle after what could prove a turning...

LFP

Tide turning against him

Tide turning against him

With Real Madrid's attack losing its potency and the team faltering in crunch games the tide has started to turn surprisingly rapidly against coach Carlo Ancelotti. Such is the level of expectation at the Bernabeu that winning a coveted 10th European Cup last season and overseeing their Spanish record 22-match winning streak before Christmas,...

Immobile fires Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund eased to a 2-0 victory at third-division Dynamo Dresden on Tuesday to book their place in the German Cup quarterfinals thank to Ciro Immobile's second-half goals. The Italy striker pounced on a mistake by Dresden captain Michael Hefele to give Dortmund a 50th-minute lead and lit up a dull third-round tie to put the 2012 cup winners into the last eight. Immobile then added Dortmund's second when he fired home a superb cross from Poland winger Jakub Blaszczykowski on...

Pique Punished

Pique Punished

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was fined 10,500 euros ($11,740) by a Spanish judge on Tuesday for abusing police after the car he was travelling in was given a parking ticket. Pique wrote an apology to the court hearing in Barcelona for the public order offence that took place on October 13, last year....

Atalanta sack Colantuono

Stefano Colantuono has been sacked as Atalanta's coach after the club slumped to their fourth successive league loss at the weekend, the Serie A side said on Wednesday. Colantuono began his second stint with Atalanta in 2010 when he helped the club to win promotion back into the top flight in his first season in charge but they are now hovering three points above the drop zone in 17th place. "Atalanta... have sacked coach Stefano Colantuono and have entrusted the team...

Champs League final tickets up for grabs

Around one third of the 70,500 tickets for this year's Champions League final in Berlin will be reserved for football officials, sponsors and corporate hospitality, UEFA said on Tuesday. European soccer's governing body said 20,000 tickets would be allocated to supporters of each of the two finalists, with another 6,000 going on sale to neutral fans via UEFA's website. "As usual, fans and the general public are being allocated the majority of the tickets for the final," UEFA said in a...

Shamim in Special Olympics Council

Dr. Shamim Matin Chowdhury, chairman of Special Olympics, Bangladesh, has been selected as member of the Special Olympic Asia Pacific Leadership Council for 2015-17. Chowdhury, one of the founders of Special Olympics, Bangladesh, has been the chairman of the organisation since 2008. She has arranged various sports training camps for intellectually challenged children to prepare them for the Special Olympics. She has also built a school for autistic and intellectually challenged children.

Cole faces FA charge

West Ham striker Carlton Cole faces a charge from the Football Association in relation to a comment posted on his Twitter account it was announced on Tuesday. The 31-year-old former England striker -- who has scored just three times this season -- has been brought to book over a foul mouthed response he gave to a tweet by a Spurs fan following their 2-2 draw in the Premier League game on February 22. "It is alleged that the comment was abusive...

Pakistan beat UAE clinically

Pakistan beat UAE clinically

Pakistan continued their revival in the World Cup with a professional batting and bowling performance in a 129-run win against United Arab Emirates in Napier on Wednesday. Opener Ahmed Shehzad fell seven short of his maiden World Cup hundred while Haris Sohail (70) and skipper Misbahul Haq chipped in with 65 which helped Pakistan...

Need to beat SA: Waqar

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis Wednesday targeted big-hitting South Africa, saying his team must beat a strong outfit to prove they belong at the World Cup. They now play South Africa in Auckland on Saturday in a crunch match in which their qualification for the quarterfinals will largely depend. Waqar said the two wins after two losses gave the team much-needed confidence. "Look it [win] definitely changed the body language of the players because a win always make you feel comfortable and confident,...

'Viv Anwar Richards'

United Arab Emirates captain Mohammed Tauqir found a positive in his team's 129-run defeat against Pakistan at the World Cup in Napier on Wednesday -- his shining star Shaiman Anwar. Anwar was born in Sialkot in Pakistan before migrating to the UAE. Tauqir said Anwar is nicknamed "Viv Richards" after the West Indian great. "I think he's a brilliant batsman," said Tauqir of Anwar who had scores of 67, 106 and 35 in previous games. "He's a very, very confident individual. I'm very,...

Feats

Feats

Shahid Afridi Shahid Afridi became the second player to score 8000 runs and pick up 300 wickets in ODIs after Sanath Jayasuriya. The game against the UAE on Wednesday was Afridi's 499th International match, equalling Inzamam Ul-Haq's record for most appearances.   Shaiman Anwar UAE's 35-year-old Shaiman Anwar surpassed Kumar Sangakkara's tally of 268 runs in the World...

Men of Steel

Men of Steel

AHMED SHEHZAD Pakistani fans have long believed that young Ahmed Shehzad could well be the solution to their top-order batting stumbles. The 23-year-old has gradually gone on to become Pakistan's most dependable cricketer at the top. It therefore let many down when he failed to score in the first few games of the World Cup. While he began well against India, he had scores of 1 and 0 against the West Indies and Zimbabwe respectively. Yesterday's composed 93 against the UAE though could be the start of a new chapter for the talented batsman in the tournament, and it's something that Pakistan are in dire need of at the moment.   DAVID...

Oz break records in Afghan rout

Oz break records in Afghan rout

Australia hit the highest World Cup score in tournament history on Wednesday as they thrashed Afghanistan by a record 275 runs, a result which was also the greatest winning margin in tournament history. The home team made 417-6 at the WACA led by opener David Warner's 178-run blitz, his fourth one-day international century and...

Mark feels for Pakistan

Former opener Mark Richardson, part of the New Zealand squad which abandoned their tour of Pakistan after a bomb blast in 2002, said Wednesday he felt sorry that the country has become a cricket no-go zone. New Zealand flew back home at the start of the second and final Test in Karachi on May 8, 2002, after a blast close to their hotel killed 13 French naval staff. "The over-riding memories are sad ones when the bomb went off in Karachi...

Clarke awaits an ODI triple ton

Clarke awaits an ODI triple ton

Australia captain Michael Clarke says it is possible a batsman will crack the 300-run barrier in one-day international cricket. Clarke was speaking after his side demolished Afghanistan by a World Cup record 275 runs on Wednesday at the WACA Ground, led by a punishing David Warner century. The left-handed opener belted 178 from 133 balls...

Kohli, problem go hand in hand

Virat Kohli has delighted Indian fans with his exploits in the middle but reports of an ugly spat with a journalist at the World Cup will only enhance his reputation within the press corps of being volatile and tetchy. As the team's media manager moved quickly to limit the damage of an embarrassing encounter involving India's Test skipper, a contradictory view of events in Perth was emerging from the nation's cricket journalists. The incident took place at the Murdoch Oval, where...

MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

GLENN MAXWELL The hard-hitting lanky right-handed batsman was sent in at number four in place of Michael Clarke for a reason yesterday and he justified the move almost instantaneously. It's hard to get noticed on a day when your colleague plays a blinder at the top, but Maxwell's own magical touch managed to stand out despite Warner's crazy 170-odd. His 88 off 39 deliveries did a lot more damage to the Afghans than what Steven Smith could have done. The highlight of his innings was his gentle whip, against full length delivery, for a six over mid-wicket. He played that shot like it was bread and butter for him.

Fan Zone

Fan Zone

Sadaf Noori: We love you Lala. You are our hero & our prayers are with you. We hope you will make an explosive comeback soon. Samar Khan: Australia is reminding me of the class bully who used to pick on the smallest kid in front of class and push him around… while we all...

Editorial

Editorial

Khaleda blames violence on the AL

ON Tuesday, foreign diplomats, including the US and EU ambassadors in Dhaka, met with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office. Reiterating their urgent concerns about violence against innocent citizens of Bangladesh, the diplomats urged Khaleda to ensure that the violence resulting from her movement comes to an end.   Khaleda, however, accused the ruling party men of carrying out the petrol bomb attacks against the common people. She reportedly provided newspaper and video clippings to the diplomats to...

Editorial

Protesting Avijit murder

THE explanation offered by a senior police officer in disallowing rally of leaders of progressive student alliance to protest Avijit murder in Rajshahi University is unacceptable. They were told that only Bangladesh Chattra League (BCL) is allowed to take out processions on campus to protest the killing of secular writer Avijit Roy. All political activities on campus were outlawed by university authorities over a year ago. It appears that taking advantage of the ban all other student bodies except the...

Op-ed

Editorial

Khaleda blames violence on the AL

ON Tuesday, foreign diplomats, including the US and EU ambassadors in Dhaka, met with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office. Reiterating their urgent concerns about violence against innocent citizens of Bangladesh, the diplomats urged Khaleda to ensure that the violence resulting from her movement comes to an end.   Khaleda, however, accused the ruling party men of carrying out the petrol bomb attacks against the common people. She reportedly provided newspaper and video clippings to the diplomats to...

Editorial

Protesting Avijit murder

THE explanation offered by a senior police officer in disallowing rally of leaders of progressive student alliance to protest Avijit murder in Rajshahi University is unacceptable. They were told that only Bangladesh Chattra League (BCL) is allowed to take out processions on campus to protest the killing of secular writer Avijit Roy. All political activities on campus were outlawed by university authorities over a year ago. It appears that taking advantage of the ban all other student bodies except the...

FREEDOM IN THE OFFING

Notes on South Asia in crisis

Notes on South Asia in crisis

Here we publish a letter and an excerpt of an article. The letter was sent by four West Pakistani academicians in protest of West Pakistan's brutal attack on East Pakistan in 1971. It was published in The New York Times on April 10, 1971. The article was written by the famous West Pakistani...

FREEDOM IN THE OFFING

Home Rule for Bengal

Home Rule for Bengal

Here we publish a letter and an excerpt of an article. The letter was sent by four West Pakistani academicians in protest of West Pakistan's brutal attack on East Pakistan in 1971. It was published in The New York Times on April 10, 1971. The article was written by the famous West Pakistani...

STRATEGICALLY SPEAKING

We cannot succumb to the extremists

THE brutal killing of Avijit brings into sharp relief the question posited in the heading of this article. He is the latest in a long list of victims who had to forfeit his life to an extremist group who found his views to be in discord with theirs. And the killers claim to belong to a faith that considers killing of even one innocent person as killing of entire humanity. Could his life have been saved? It is a painful...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Towards emotional integration

Towards emotional integration

POWER makes strange bedfellows. Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed, who heads the Jammu and Kashmir government, has joined hands with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Yet his victory in the state assembly elections primarily has been on the plank that he will not allow the BJP to enter the valley. That he has gone back...

Directives against CHT

THE Government of Bangladesh, the Ministry of Home in particular, has come up with a set of directives concerning the indigenous people of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) that are contradictory to the 1997 Peace Accord and detrimental to the core values and spirit of the country's Liberation War and independence. The directives came out of a meeting chaired by the state minister for home affairs held on January 7, minutes of which were issued as a memo on January 22....

Letters To The Editor

Mamata's visit

On two consecutive days, February 24 and 25, both The Statesman of Kolkata and The Daily Star of Bangladesh have published two writings on Mamata Banerjee's visit to Bangladesh. The two dailies have painted contrasting pictures and have different perspectives. The two articles in the editorial page of The Daily Star debated the purpose and outcome of the visit. In fact, TDS has taken a holistic view of the relationship between the two countries and it seems Bangladesh views...

Letters To The Editor

The brutal killing of Avijit Roy

We strongly condemn the heinous killing of Avijit Roy. It is reminiscent of the attack on Humayun Azad on the February of 2004. He drew the ire of the fundamentalists for his writings. Similarly Avijit also came under the wrath of the fanatics for his writings in blogs and also for his published works. It seems the forces of darkness are still active. We hope that the law enforcers will apprehend and punish Avijit's killers Zabed Wali Chittagong

Letters To The Editor

Server glitch

I got a birth certificate for my daughter from the Gulshan office of DCC with the headline reading: “People's Republic of Bangladesh.” Looking further down, I found that there are four such strange characters associated with apostrophe (father's and mother's name and nationality). Upon enquiry, I was told that this was going on for the last 15 days as the “nirmanadhin” server of the ministry has not yet been able to fix the glitch. Tells a lot about the status...

COMMENTS

“Are militants stronger than law enforcers?” (March 2, 2015) New Generation It appears that our law enforcers have become totally busy chasing the opposition political leaders and activists. Therefore, they have little time to spare for other responsibilities. This may be one of the other reasons why these sensitive incidents are not properly handled by them. Shah Deeldar A very legitimate question! It is strange that while a woman was crying for help, law enforcers in the vicinity stayed aloof. How odd and...

Entertainment

Lalon memorial festival begins

Lalon memorial festival begins

The five-day Lalon Smaran Utsab (Lalon memorial festival) at the Lalon Akhra, began at Chheuria in Kushtia, yesterday. The annual festival, also called Dol Purnima Utsab, has been organised by the Lalon Academy that oversees the upkeep of Lalon's shrine. The akhra saw an influx of Lalon devotees and admirers from Bangladesh and overseas. As...

''Acting runs in my blood'' …Putul

''Acting runs in my blood'' …Putul

Putul, a theatre, TV and film actress was thrilled to receive a national award for her role in Humayun Ahmed's “Agun er Poroshmoni”. She shared about her association with Ahmed and many other subjects. How many films have you done so far? Putul: There is no one like Humayun Ahmed. I did three of his...

Dilara Zaman in new TVC

Dilara Zaman in new TVC

The impeccable Dilara Zaman has left many of her contemporaries behind with her seamless, natural acting, and even at this age is not shy of lending her on-screen skills to TVCs. The veteran actress was seen in a new TVC, endorsing a multinational company's plastic utensils, directed by Maksud Hossain. Said Zaman, “The...

Shuvo releases song for Bangladesh team

Shuvo releases song for Bangladesh team

To cheer the Bangladesh cricket team along for the ICC World Cup, singer Moidul Islam Khan Shuvo has released a new song called “Ora Aschhe”. Shuvo says the song, sung by him along with Baul Shafi Mondal, Tumpa, Chandana Majumdar and Adnan, is a tribute to our cricket heroes. Inspired by Bangladesh's national team jersey, which is based on the Sundarbans, the song is accompanied by a video depicting the cricket-loving nation's uncompromised love for the game. Shuvo hopes it will add to the already rife cricket-craze in the country. The song is now playing on various television and radio stations. The lyrics of the song are penned by Shuvo...

J-Law to play war photographer in Spielberg's next

J-Law to play war photographer in Spielberg's next

It is now confirmed that Jennifer Lawrence will star in Steven Spielberg's “It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War”. Warner Bros. won an auction Monday for the rights to the memoir by Lynsey Addario, the award-winning international photojournalist. “American Sniper” producer Andrew Lazar is on board the drama. The project attracted multiple offers after an excerpt of Addario's memoir appeared in the The New York Times Magazine. Addario, who has traveled to war-torn countries like Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq, won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2008 and was part of the New York Times team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for International Reporting for her work in...

Music College artistes to perform at Shantiniketan

A 20-member team of Government Music College, Agargaon went to Visva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan, India yesterday to perform there in Dol Utshab (Holi Festival). Professor Shameema Parveen, principal of the college, along with several teachers and students of the institution, will present Bangladeshi music on March 6 evening in a programme titled “Bosontey Baul Utshab 2015”, arranged by Kolkata-based organisation Intravenous Entertainment. “We have planned to perform diverse songs including classical music, Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Sangeet, songs of Language Movement, Shadhin...

Assisting Bhansali on “Black” changed my life...Ranbir

Assisting Bhansali on “Black” changed my life...Ranbir

Ranbir Kapoor, who started his career as an assistant director to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, said if he has to pen down a portion of his life, then it would be the time when he assisted Bhansali on the film “Black”. He also said that phase transformed him completely from an “aimless slacker boy...

NEWS bytes

Madonna announces new tour dates

Madonna announces new tour dates

Pop icon Madonna will begin an international tour to promote her new album “Rebel Heart” with a concert at the American Airlines Arena in Miami in August. The show will kick-start the North American leg of her tour that will include shows in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Juan, and Puerto Rico. The 56-year-old pop star will begin the European and British segment of the tour with a concert in Cologne, Germany on November 4 followed by dates in London, Paris, Barcelona and other cities. Concerts in Australia and Asia will be announced at a later date, according to Madonna's website. Source: Reuters

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

In “Ora Egaro Jon” (1972) -- the first movie released on our Independence War, most of the lead roles were played by actors who actually fought against the Pakistani armed forces. Directed by Chashi Nazrul Islam, the movie is considered to be one of the best feature films based on the Liberation War....

City

Pluralism can stop genocide

Pluralism can stop genocide

Genocide, a crime created by the state, may be prevented by adopting policies to integrate different socio-economic classes, religions and cultures into society, Argentine genocide scholar Daniel Feierstien told a colloquium at Dhaka University yesterday. He gave the observation in reply to questions from the audience. The aim of genocide, he said, is to transform...

BRUR strikers attacked by locals

BRUR strikers attacked by locals

At least 20 people were injured when the hunger strikers, demanding removal of the vice chancellor of Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR), clashed with local people who asked them to call off the protest and police who tried to contain the violence last evening. Most of the wounded were protesters, and three of them...

4.52 lakh poor to get assistance, training

Financial assistance and training will be provided to 452,000 rural women and men in the country to develop small business and create employment opportunities under a project which was launched in the capital yesterday. State Minister for Finance MA Mannan launched the project titled "Promoting Agricultural Commercialization and Enterprises" (PACE) to be implemented by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), said a press release of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a donor to the project. PKSF Chairman Kazi Kholikuzzaman said  the...

ACC launches probes against 3 engineers

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has launched probes against three Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) engineers, including its executive engineer Abdur Razzaque, for allegedly accumulating wealth illegally. ACC Deputy Director Hamidul Hasan has been appointed as inquiry officer to carry out the probes, an ACC official  told the news agency yesterday. The ACC received information that the officials illegally amassed money using their power and apart from it Razzaque built an eight-storey building and bought two cars using the money. Meanwhile, ACC...

Int'l Women's Day

Documentary play 'Seven' to be performed tomorrow

UN Women, ActionAid Bangladesh and their partner organisations will perform the internationally acclaimed documentary play “Seven”, marking International Women's Day, which is celebrated on March 8, in the capital's Chhayanaut auditorium. The play features real-life stories of women rights activists from Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala and Cambodia. Besides depicting the challenges and obstacles women face around the world, the play also portrays their strength and courage. UN Women and ActionAid organised a press conference at the National Parliament...

Shamim Osman accuses Khaleda, Ivy of dishonouring national flag

Ruling Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman yesterday demanded action against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for what he said was using the national flag during a meeting with foreign diplomats on Tuesday. “I'm requesting the authorities concerned to take action against her [Khaleda]. Exemplary punishment should be handed down so that no one can dishonour the national flag,” he said taking floor on a point of order in parliament. The lawmaker questioned if Khaleda enjoyed any warrant of precedence to use the...

67pc brick kilns illegal: Poba

67pc brick kilns illegal: Poba

At least 67 percent of the country's 8,500 brick kilns are running without the permission of the Department of Environment, said Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba) at a press conference yesterday. However, an annual government report shows that there are only 5,879 brick kilns of which only 2,778 kilns have permissions of the DoE or...

Bagerhat Market 'Massacre'

Sheikh Siraj Master implicated again

Sheikh Siraj Master implicated again

A prosecution witness yesterday said he saw war crimes accused Sheikh Sirajul Haque alias Siraj Master slitting the throat of his uncle while his fellow Razakars hacked 18 others to death in Bagerhat during the Liberation War. The 19 were rounded up from Kandapara village and slain in the nearby market by the same name on June 18, 1971, Ahmed Ali Sheikh told the International Crimes Tribunal-1. The 25th witness, who saw the massacre from a nearby garden, said, “Accused Siraj Master first stabbed my uncle in the waist. When uncle fell to the ground, Siraj bayoneted him to death.” Ahmed Ali was cross-examined before the proceeding was adjourned until today. Earlier, one...

Children exploited for political mileage

Political involvement of children is an open secret that people prefer to ignore considering the problem to be a minor one that will fade away as time passes. However, confession of two street children in Chittagong who were arrested with bombs has thrown into sharp relief the depth of children's involvement in criminal activities. Sohel and Kabir Hossain were arrested with a petrol bomb and a crude bomb in Ishakerpul area of the city. Shah Md Abdur Rouf, assistant commissioner of Kotwali...

JS body for expansion of electrification in CHT

The parliamentary standing committee on Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) affairs ministry yesterday suggested the ministry to increase communication with the power ministry for further expansion of electrification in the CHT. At its 9th meeting in Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban the committee also recommended fixing fund allocation rate for development activities and giving appointments to the vacant 1st and 2nd grade posts in three hill districts. State Minister for the ministry Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing M, the committee chairman and its members attended...

Former ETV reporter Kanak remanded

Kanak Sarwar, a former reporter of Ekushey Television, was remanded for five days yesterday, a day after he was shown arrested in a sedition case filed over telecasting a "false, fabricated, and provocative" speech of BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman on January 5. The sedition case was filed against Tarique and ETV Chairman Abdus Salam on January 8, and Kanak was held following the confessional statement of Salam. Detectives arrested him in the capital's Shahbagh area on Tuesday. Police sought to...

Two student bodies against university in Rangamati

Bangladesh Chhatra Union and Parbatya Chattagram Pahari Chhatra Parishad yesterday urged the government to refrain from establishing Rangamati Science and Technology University and Rangamati Medical College before the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord's complete implementation. “Establish primary, secondary and higher secondary educational institutes instead and let the indigenous children receive primary education in their mother tongues,” said a statement issued by the organisations. As the region severely lacks schools and teachers, it termed the attempt of establishing the university and...

Road accidents kill 6, injure 16

Road accidents killed six people and injured 16 others in four districts yesterday. In Natore, Abdul Mumin, 32, of Rajshahi died and two people were injured when an army van and a mini-truck collided head-on on Natore-Pabna highway in Parkol area of Baraigram upazila. Meanwhile, Shuvra Begum, 26, of Manikpur village died when a mini-truck ran her over on Bonpara-Hatiqumrul highway in Manikpur area of the upazila. In Naogaon, two people died and another was injured when a truck hit a rickshaw-van...

Tk 40cr cosmetics seized

Customs intelligence yesterday seized huge illegal cosmetics worth Tk 40 crore from a factory in the capital's Demra area. Tipped off, a team of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate along with members of Rapid Action Battalion-10 and tax officials conducted the drive at the factory owned by Moonstar Ltd.

Baqui Billah passes away

Baqui Billah passes away

Baqui Billah, an engineer, died at a local hospital on Friday. He was 90. He left behind his wife, two daughters and two sons. He was buried at his family graveyard in Nishindara of Bogra. Born in 1925 in Bogra and educated in Kolkata Shibpur College of Engineering, Baqui Billah was the chief engineer of the Public Works Department and structural designer of several buildings and monuments. His works include the Public Library, TSC, the National Memorial (supervision), mausoleum of three national leaders, Tongi Bridge, Modhumita Cinema Hall, and Navana building.

Mohsin made honourary consul of South Korea in Gazipur

Mohsin made honourary consul of South Korea in Gazipur

South Korean embassy appointed Mohammed Mohsin, vice-chairman of PHP family, as the honourary consul of that country in Gazipur. Ambassador of Korea to Bangladesh Lee Yun-young made the appoinment at a programme on Tuesday, said a press release. Among others, ambassadors of Malaysia, Bhutan, and Indonesia, officials of different diplomatic missions,  and PHP family Chairman...

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of Zainul Abedin, a social worker, will be held in his residence on Friday after the Maghrib prayers. He died on Monday at the age of 91, says a press release. Zainul left behind his daughter Rafeya Khan, and sons Ainul Abedin, Faizul Abedin and Azizul Abedin. He was founder president of Mashjid Shamaj, an NGO, and founder member of the Cancer Society of Bangladesh.

News in Brief

Rizvi on remand again in arson case Staff Correspondent      A Dhaka court yesterday granted a fresh two-day remand for BNP Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed in an arson case. Rizvi has been on remand several times in connection with different cases since his arrest on January 31. Metropolitan Magistrate Shamsul Arefin passed the remand order yesterday. Rafiqul Islam, a sub-inspector of Mirpur Police Station, sought a seven-day remand for Rizvi in connection with an arson attack on a vehicle in Mirpur-2 on...

Obituary

Md Abdullah, chief scientific officer of Bangladesh Sugarcane Research Institute in Ishwardi upazila of Pabna, died from a cardiac arrest on the campus yesterday, aged 52. BSRI sources said Abdullah, of Trishal in Mymensingh, died on the way to a hospital after he had fallen sick while going to meet a German team on the campus on foot.

Man dies from heart attack as cops raid house to arrest son

A man died from a cardiac arrest when joint forces raided his Debipur residence in Sadar upazila of Feni Tuesday night to arrest his son over torching a truck, said relatives. Mafizur Rahman, 65, father of pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal activist Arifur Rahman, was declared dead in Sadar Hospital.He became unconscious when police allegedly threatened to arrest him as law enforcers could not find Arifur in the house, according to some Mafizur's relatives. Saiful Haque, ASP in Feni, denied the allegation...

Country

Budding mango trees spread fragrance all around

Budding mango trees spread fragrance all around

Sweet smell from budding mango trees fills the air in and around the orchards during the ongoing Bangla month of Falgoon, making the farmers in eight northern districts of Rangpur division hopeful of bumper yield of the popular summer fruit amid favourable weather prevailing so far. This year the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE)...

Water Bodies in Gaibandha Dry up

Boro farming on 2,000 hectares uncertain

Boro cultivation on around two thousand hectares of land depending on natural water resources has become uncertain as canals, ponds and marshy lands are drying up much earlier than usual in the district this year. This season 1,325 hectares of land in Gaibandha district have been brought under boro cultivation with water from rivers, canals and marshy lands, using diesel and electricity-run low lift pumps, while 625 hectares of land is supposed to be irrigated with locally made equipment like...

Bogra, Habiganj

Land disputes leave two dead, 13 injured

Two people were killed and 13 others injured over land disputes in Bogra and Habiganj districts yesterday and the day before. Our Bogra correspondent reported that two groups of people clashed over a piece of land at Rampur village in Shahjahanpur upazila on Tuesday, leaving a man killed and three others injured. The deceased was identified as Bablu Mia, 45, son of late Bhulu Shah of the village. Police and locals said there had been a long-standing dispute between Mehedul and Bablu...

Kids attend classes under open sky as schoolhouse risky

Kids attend classes under open sky as schoolhouse risky

Students of Pashchim Ratandi-Taltali Government Primary School in Galachipa upazila of the district are attending their classes under the open sky due to awful condition of the school building. In December last year, the authorities asked the schoolteachers to stop taking classes in the rooms after huge cracks developed in the roof and chunks...

19 villages in Gaibandha without power for 15 days

19 villages in Gaibandha without power for 15 days

People of 19 villages under two unions in Sadar upazila formed a human chain on Gaibandha-Palashbari road at Matherhaat point yesterday, demanding immediate restoration of power supply at their villages. They also brought out a procession and held a rally at Matherhaat to mount pressure on the authorities concerned for early resumption of power...

Hardinge Bridge centenary celebrated

Hardinge Bridge centenary celebrated

Hundredth anniversary of the Hardinge Bridge, the country's longest steel-made railway bridge over the mighty Padma at Pakshey in Ishwardi upazila under the district, was observed with cross section of people joining colourful programmes arranged at the dry portion of the river under the bridge. The majestic structure with architectural beauty was named after...

51 shops, houses gutted in four districts

51 shops, houses gutted in four districts

At least 47 shops and four houses were gutted in fire incidents in Bhola, Kishoreganj, Bandarban and Bagerhat districts yesterday and the day before. In Bhola, a fire gutted at least 15 shops at Battola Bazar in Charfashion upazila on Tuesday, reports our correspondent. Police and locals said the fire originated from an electric short...

Sundarganj mayoral by-polls today

By-election for the post of mayor of Sundarganj municipality in Gaibandha district will take place today. Four candidates from Awami League (AL) and a lone candidate from Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) are in the race. The candidates are Ahsanul Karim Chand, president of AL municipality unit, Masudul Islam Chanchal, vice-president of the unit, Abdullah-Al-Mamum, president of AL ward unit, Golam Ahsan Habib Masud, president of upazila Swechchasebok League, and Moshiur Rahman, a leader of JP upazila unit. As many as 12,310 voters are...

2 AL leaders, trader stabbed

Two local Awami League leaders and a trader were stabbed by unidentified criminals in Chapainawabganj, Jessore and Habiganj districts on Tuesday. Our Chapainawabganj correspondent reported that armed criminals stabbed a local Awami League leader in Selimabad area under Shibganj municipality on Tuesday night. The victim is Ekramul Haque, 45, councillor of Ward No 2 and also general secretary of the ward unit of AL. Moinul Islam, officer in-charge of Shibganj Police Station quoted locals as saying that a gang entered Ekramul's house...

20 sued for torching covered van

Twenty people have been sued on charge of torching a covered van on Tuesday at Kansat in Shibganj upazila that left the driver dead and helper injured. Sun-Inspector Masud Rana of Shibganj Police Station said Hasan Ali, brother of covered van driver Shipan, filed the case against 20 unnamed people with the police station on Tuesday night. Criminals hurled a petrol bomb at the covered van while it was going to Sonamasjid land port at around 5:00am, leaving its driver Shipan...

Snippets

JMB man arrested Our Correspondent, Mymensingh Police arrested a suspected member of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Muktagachha upazila of the district on Tuesday night. The arrestee is Abdus Samad, 45, son of Raj Mahmud of Binnahuri village. He was produced in a court that sent him to jail yesterday, said Kamal Hossain, officer-in-charge of Muktagachha Police Station. Robbers loot house Our correspondent, Moulvibazar Armed robbers looted cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth about Tk 8 lakh from a house...

World

Kejriwal resigns as AAP convener

Kejriwal resigns as AAP convener

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal yesterday resigned as party convener, as party's crucial national executive body removed two of its founder members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from the party's political affairs committee (PAC). Both Yadav and Bhushan were on a collision course with party convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. In a show-down in...

Delhi Rapist's Interview

India bans film

India has banned the broadcasting of a controversial documentary in which one of the men who gang-raped and murdered a student is shown blaming the victim -- a move the film's maker called "arbitrary censorship". Home Minister Rajnath Singh told parliament yesterday the comments of Mukesh Singh, one of five men convicted over the 2012 attack in New Delhi, were "highly derogatory and an affront to the dignity of women". "The government condemns it," he said of the documentary made by...

Iran's role in Iraq could be positive

Iran's role in an Iraqi military offensive to recapture Tikrit could be positive as long as it does not fuel sectarian divisions in the country, the US military's top officer said Tuesday. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told senators that Iran's military assistance for Shia militia was nothing new but was carried out in a more open manner this week as Iraqi forces pushed to retake Tikrit from Islamic State jihadists. "This is the most...

Putin calls Nemtsov's murder political

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov was a shameful tragedy that carried a political subtext. Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, was shot dead as he walked with his girlfriend on Friday night near Red Square. He was the most prominent opposition figure to be killed in Russia during Putin's 15-year rule. The Kremlin has denied any involvement, saying that the killing was a "provocation" designed to discredit Putin and strengthen his opponents,...

China to hike defence budget by 10%

China will raise its defence budget by around 10 per cent this year, a top official said yesterday, emphasizing that "lagging behind" leaves the country "vulnerable to attacks". China's defence budget rose by 12.2 per cent last year, riding on a multi-year run of double-digit increases. Fu Ying, the spokeswoman for the annual session of the country's top legislature, announced the hike in the defence budget a day ahead of the Third Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC). She said...

Snowden trying to return home: Report

Snowden trying to return home: Report

Edward Snowden is trying to return back home to the US, where he would be put on trial for leaking secrets of electronic surveillance programmes by the National Security Agency (NSA). He was been living in Moscow since Russia granted him asylum in 2013, straining already tense ties with Washington after it failed to...

Ferguson cops racially biased

Ferguson cops racially biased

The US Justice Department has found evidence of racial bias at Ferguson police in Missouri, US media report. The agency is expected to accuse the department of conducting stops without reasonable suspicion and making arrests without probable cause. It began a civil rights investigation following the August shooting of Michael Brown. A white police officer...

Mine blast in Eastern Ukraine

32 feared dead

Thirty-two miners in eastern Ukraine were missing and feared dead yesterday following an explosion at a coal mine in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. The blast took place at Zasyadko mine in the separatist hub of Donetsk, near the city's war-wrecked airport. The chairman of Ukraine's parliament, Volodymyr Groysman, announced 32 miners killed in what he called a "terrible tragedy". "There are victims, currently numbering 32," Groysman told the assembly, calling on lawmakers to observe a minute's silence. A spokesman for the Trade...

US Congress passes security funding bill

Congress finally gave the Department of Homeland Security its due Tuesday, funding the crucial US agency after months of political wrangling that threatened to plunge it into shutdown. The $39.7 billion bill passed the House 257 to 167 to approve finances for DHS through the end of the fiscal year. It marked a dramatic turn of events on Capitol Hill, where Republicans had sought to tie the funding with efforts to repeal Obama's immigration directives, which caused a political furor...

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

  I was near tears... saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the US Congress on Iran nuclear threat. 

News in Brief

Boston blast suspect goes on trial Afp, Boston The American student accused of carrying out the 2013 Boston marathon bombings that killed three and injured 264 others went on trial yesterday. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21 -- who was born in Kyrgyzstan but grew up in the United States -- faces the death penalty if convicted of bombing Boston's signature race which he carried out with his elder brother Tamerlan.  Tamerlan died in a shootout with police after the blast.   450 killed in China's...

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Should university students protest against classes during hartal?

Should university students protest against classes during hartal?

We asked this question on Facebook and have compiled some of your responses. TAKI UDDIN Safety is the number one priority, my graduation can wait if I am alive, but if (God forbid) I somehow get injured or die, who is the graduation waiting for? Universities these days have advanced in many ways and faculties are...

Rekindling Your Love for THE GUITAR

Rekindling Your Love for THE GUITAR

Trembling from the cheers of the crowd as you blaze through that Van Halen song; inducing awestruck silence as you land that last note on “November Rain” or just hoping to create some good music – whatever our motivation may be, most of us set out to master the guitar at some point in our lives. Yet, many of us quit at the early stages, closing the doors to what could've been. You grow apart. The once “effective” wingman now sits there in the corner gathering dust while you frolic with your newest obsession. So how can you prevent yourself from abandoning the Way of the Axe? Well this article...

When bands should consider quitting

When bands should consider quitting

The birth of rock ‘n’ roll was one of mankind's finest hours. Since then, rock bands have become an integral part of pop culture. They entertain, they enthrall and they always have a hard time realising when to call it quits. There are bands that keep releasing albums that only serve to prove...

GAME REVIEW

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series

This is an interesting game to review insofar as I really like it but the things I have to say about it will probably discourage people from getting it. In order to compensate for this eventuality I'm starting off with making it quite clear that I REALLY DO LIKE THIS GAME AND WOULD...

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Bottlenecks and How to Get Rid of Them

Bottlenecks and How to Get Rid of Them

In the context of computers, when a particular component is so incapable that it hinders the potential performance of other components, that component is called the bottleneck of that system. Essentially, anything in a computer from a cooling fan to a core component like the processor can be a bottleneck. Ideally speaking, every...

FABLE FACTORY

BIG BROTHER

BIG BROTHER

Billy did not understand why a baby should require so much attention. Everyone, especially momma and papa, centered their focus on this newborn creature. Unlike them, he did not seem to share the excitement. He had been told for months that a baby brother was on his way. Before, it was not an...

FABLE FACTORY

DAWN

DAWN

There was once a town; far away from anywhere else. A small town populated by quiet people, who kept to themselves, content in living the way that their fathers had, and their fathers before. They never thought to leave, or to try their luck elsewhere. All except for one. They called him by many...

So, Smoking Makes You Cool?

So, Smoking Makes You Cool?

Reasons behind smoking aren't exactly diverse. Occasionally, it is curiosity. But curiosity usually doesn't lead to addiction because the first try is usually horrid. Some start smoking after seeing a role model – father, older brother etc. – do it for years, and then decide to follow their footsteps. My own father has...

Being the BABYSITTER

Being the BABYSITTER

A few years ago I found the idea of babysitting fascinating and used to wish that is was a common part-time job here, like it is in the West.  But I ate my words when I was one day asked to keep an eye on my three-year-old cousin. Also, I didn't get paid...

MOVIE REVIEW

WHIPLASH

WHIPLASH

“Whiplash” follows the story of an ambitious 19-year-old music student striving to achieve greatness as a jazz drummer. As he enrols in the Manhattan-based Shaffer Conservatory, Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) meets music teacher Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons). Fletcher, seeing potential in Andrew, considers him for the core drummer spot in the academy's most important jazz band. Now Andrew must push himself, make sacrifices and even practice till his hands bleed to fully impress Fletcher and secure the spot in the band. Miles Teller gives a very believable performance as the apprehensive but strongly driven Andrew Neiman. However, J.K. Simmons certainly takes the cake, for his Oscar winning performance as Terrence...

ICC Associate Members

ICC Associate Members

Most Bangladeshi cricket fans remember that fateful defeat by Afghanistan in the Asia Cup last year. Just a few days back, at a warm-up match between Bangladesh and Ireland, the latter bagged a well-earned victory. You may hold grudges against the associate nations, but you have to admit: these young teams are stepping...

Imagine – Write Creatively

Imagine – Write Creatively

United International University (UIU) and The Daily Star (TDS) joined hands to launch a year-long project, titled “Imagine – Write Creatively” – an initiative to improve the communication skills of English medium students. The idea for the project was conceived back in September 2014. On February 26, 2015, a contract was finally signed between...

APP REVIEW

MOBILE METRONOME

MOBILE METRONOME

Platform : Android A metronome is an essential item when you're learning any instrument. It makes sure the exercises you are doing are in time and, in your early days as a musician, helps you develop a sense of rhythm and tempo. Because of this, almost every young guitar student has to buy a metronome when buying the guitar. Mobile Metronome by Gabriel Simões will help you save the BDT 250 you would have spent in buying a separate unit. It's a free app from Google Play Store that comes packed with all the essentials. And it's easy to use. The scroll bar will let you increase or decrease BPMs with...

IS YOUR BODY READY?

Workout clothes

Workout clothes

T-shirts, jerseys, track pants and football shorts are good workout clothes for guys. Check if you can do lunges and side lunges to make sure your pants are not too tight. Don't wear oversized shorts. Consider the material as well, don't work out in something that's likely to tear if stretched. It's convenient...

Unity in diversity

Unity in diversity

While a rational human being shouldn't just “tolerate” the “other”, in today's polarized world even tolerance has seemingly become an unachievable goal. Are you an individual who has zero tolerance for intolerance or do you feel “some are more equal than others”? The recent murder of writer and blogger Avijit Roy has brought...

BULLETIN BOARD

ULAB observes International Mother Language Day University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) observed International Mother Language Day with a programme on February 24, 2015 at ULAB Auditorium. ULAB Emeritus Prof. Rafiqul Islam delivered the opening speech and discussed about the initiative of language movement and the thrilling experience as he was one of the witnesses. A documentary film directed by Juboraz Khan, “Hothat Ekdin” was screened. Through this documentary Prof. Rafiqul Islam showed some of the most historical places of Language...

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“Are militants stronger than law enforcers?” (March 2, 2015) New Generation It appears that our law enforcers have become totally busy chasing the opposition political leaders and activists. Therefore, they have little time to spare for other responsibilities. This may be one of the other reasons why these sensitive incidents are not properly handled by them. Shah Deeldar A very legitimate question! It is strange that while a woman was crying for help, law enforcers in the vicinity stayed aloof. How odd and...