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Nine Days Ago at DMCH

Death shrouded in questions

Death shrouded in questions

  Bruises, cuts and blisters on Asma's body have led her family and neighbours to believe that she was tortured to death at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. The shocking account of injury marks, given by the women who washed her body before the burial, brings to light telltale signs of torture. The body bore bruises of...

Asma was strong, healthy

Asma had worked from dawn to dusk even on the day of Eid-ul-Azha when she was merely five days away from a caesarean section that she would undergo at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on October 11. Running from door to door on the eid day, she collected quite a pile of meat given away by affluent people in Tongi's Arizpur. Born to parents who are given to begging, she worked as a cleaner at a local insurance company as well...

Road Accidents Too Frequent

Thanks to lax law enforcement

Thanks to lax law enforcement

Reckless driving and risky overtaking manoeuvres continue on the highways with impunity, thanks to lax enforcement of traffic rules, constantly putting users' lives at stake. Every year, several thousand lives are cut short in accidents on the roads and highways mainly due to these ill practices, but the authorities are doing little to check the menace. Road safety laws are there but not much effective due to lenient punishment for culprits and lengthy legal process. Monday's tragedy in Natore once again brought forth the issue, as at least 33 people perished when a speeding bus overtook a truck and collided head-on with another bus coming from the opposite direction on Bonpara-Hatikumrul...

Good infrastructure key to higher growth

Good infrastructure key to higher growth

It will not be possible for Bangladesh to achieve seven percent GDP growth without upgrading the road network and other infrastructure, according to a World Bank report. If Bangladesh wants to get out of the six-percent growth trap, it has to implement quickly key projects like Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Mymensingh highways, Zahid Hussain, lead economist at the WB's Dhaka office, said at the launching of Bangladesh Development Update yesterday. He also stressed the need for quick implementation of other protects such as upgrading of Dhaka-Chittagong railway line into double track, Dhaka Metro Rail, the Padma Bridge project and two power plants at Bibiyana. Mentioning the sorry state of highways and roads, the WB...

Natore Accident

Only sister left to mourn 6 deaths

Only sister left to mourn 6 deaths

No one and nothing could soothe Anwara Begum. Her loss is unspeakable. The only sister of seven brothers, she lost her six brothers in Monday's road accident in Natore. The other brother, who narrowly escaped death, is now in a hospital with injuries. "My six dearest brothers went into eternal sleep... How can I forget those sweet memories?” Anwara, aged about 50, wailed as she struggled for words. The six brothers, all day labourers, lived in a small village called Shidhuli in Gurudaspur of Natore. They are Atahar, 57, Raihan, 55, Rabbel, 48, Sohrab, 45, Sohir, 42, and Kohir, 40. They died on the spot while their other brother Rahman is undergoing...

Passenger Screening at Airports

Measures limited to 3 countries

The authorities yesterday decided to screen passengers coming only from the three Ebola-affected African countries at all international airports. The decision came at the national technical committee meeting on Ebola a day after Nigeria was declared free of the deadly virus. “We'll only screen passengers from those countries from where there is a chance of transmission of Ebola virus,” said Dr Be-Nazir Ahmed, member secretary of the inter-ministerial monitoring committee dealing with Ebola issues. Now the passengers whose journeys have begun or...

Prosecute Rab men

Bangladesh government should prosecute the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members responsible for the 2011 attack on Limon Hossain that caused him to lose a leg, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. The authorities have finally dropped politically-motivated charges against Limon, but have not taken action against his attackers, said the New York-based rights body in a report posted on its website. HRW has also urged the government to order an independent investigation into the attack on Limon. “The Bangladesh government needs to take...

Fighting in Syria

Another 'British-Bangladeshi' jihadist killed

A third “British-Bangladeshi” jihadist from Portsmouth has reportedly been killed fighting in Syria, according to religious authorities in the city. Manunur Roshid, 24, was known to be one of a group of six men from Portsmouth who went to Syria in 2013, writes The Guardian. Reports of his death follow that of Ifthekar Jaman, 23, last December and Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25. A former leader of Portsmouth Bangladesh Association told the BBC Bangla that a youth named “Mamunur Rashid” has been...

Backpage

No sign of mugging

Shah Alam, who according to police is a mugger hit with bullets in a “gunfight” around Sunday midnight, says he was picked up by Sub-Inspector Anwar Hossain in the capital's Mohammadpur earlier that night.  Handcuffed and blindfolded, he was then taken to Taltola where Anwar shot him in the legs, he alleges. Alam was admitted to National Institute of Traumatology & Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) at 12:40am on Monday, according to the hospital's record book. A private car driver, Alam recently discovered his...

JCD Reels from Infighting

Crisis not over even after series of talks

The crisis in Chhatra Dal seems to be far from over as senior BNP leaders yesterday failed to convince the aggrieved JCD leaders on its new central committee. In a meeting with rebel JCD leaders, BNP Dhaka city unit Convener Mirza Abbas and Jubo Dal President Moazzem Hossain Alal offered the student leaders posts in the party's front organisations. Rejecting the offer, the JCD leaders demanded scrapping of the new JCD committee and forming a new one comprised of dedicated and...

Students Clash with Transport Workers

40 hurt in Sylhet

40 hurt in Sylhet

At least 40 people were injured in a clash between students of Shahjalal City College and transport workers at the city's Mendibag intersection yesterday afternoon. Of them, 10 suffered bullet injuries and were sent to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital. During the hour-long clash, students vandalised 15 microbuses on the micro stand, while the...

Cars on the walkways

Cars on the walkways

Illegal parking on the streets of Dhaka and driving on the wrong sides are phenomena the city dwellers have been facing for long and, hence, are quite accustomed to. Now they are faced with a new trend: parking on the walkway. In a short tour of Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue yesterday afternoon, The Daily...

Medical coaching centres to be shut till Oct 24

The government has directed all medical coaching centres to suspend their activities till the admission tests for medical and dental colleges are held on October 24. The health ministry issued the directive through a circular on Monday to ensure transparency in the admission tests. There are allegations that fraud and corrupt syndicates based on coaching centres, or internet are distributing “100 percent common suggestion” among the admission seekers in exchange of money, said the circular. The ministry asked the home ministry, the...

Murder accused N'ganj BNP leader joins AL

A multiple murder-accused BNP leader of Araihajar upazila, along with several hundred supporters, joined the ruling Awami League on Monday night, much to the dismay of local AL leaders and activists. Abul Bashar Kashu, former president of Gopaldi municipality BNP, was welcomed by ruling party lawmaker Nazrul Islam Babu into the AL with a miniature boat made of three tolas of gold and a flower bouquet at a rally held at Gopali Bazar playground. MP Babu was the chief guest at...

Killing Girlfriend

Five-year jail for Pistorius

Five-year jail for Pistorius

Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started his five-year jail sentence on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, marking the end of a trial that has gripped South Africa and millions around the world. His uncle, Arnold Pistorius, indicated he would not appeal. As judge Thokozile Masipa gave her decision on the 27-year-old's culpable...

Khaleda sued for calling AL 'a party of atheists'

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been sued for calling the ruling Awami League "a party of atheists." AB Siddique, president of Bangladesh Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation, yesterday filed the case with the chief metropolitan magistrate's court of Dhaka. Later, Metropolitan Magistrate Mostafizur Rahman, taking cognisance of the charge against Khaleda Zia, directed Shahbagh police to investigate the case and submit a report on the issue by November 19. The court also directed Officer-in-Charge of Shahbagh Police Station to take a...

Trader Gias 'killed by wife's friends'

Garment accessories trader Gias Uddin was killed in his Mirpur apartment on Sunday night by his               “wife's friend and two of his accomplices.” Planned by wife Lovely Yasmin Lina, the murder was committed by her friend Tanvir Ahmed, an eleventh grader at a college, and his two associates Sadman Islam Mukto and Akibul Islam Jisan. Police on Monday detained Lina, 29, for interrogation. Gleaning information from her, cops yesterday detained the trio, aged between 18 and 20, in the capital's Mirpur,...

Ghulam Azam Verdict

SC hearing on appeals likely today

The Supreme Court is going to start hearing two appeals filed by convicted war criminal Ghulam Azam and the government against his verdict and a judgement as well as seeking a ban on Jamaat respectively. The former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer's appeal against his 90-year jail sentence has been enlisted on today's list of the Appellate Division for fixing a date for hearing. A five-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain is set to fix the date. The...

Bomb At Secretariat

Arrest order for Khoka

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against former Dhaka City Corporation Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and eight others in a case filed for hurling crude bombs at the EC secretariat last year. Judge Jahurul Haque of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court of Dhaka passed the order after taking cognisance of the charges against the accused.   The court also asked police to submit a report by next year's February 11 on the execution of the arrest order. Yesterday's arrest warrants were...

Facing Anti-govt Movement

AL to strengthen grassroots units

Grassroots leaders of ruling Awami League have been asked to strengthen organisational activities to face any possible movement by the BNP-Jamaat alliance in the coming days. The party high-ups have also directed them to remain alert about opposition parties' movement and prepare themselves to face it, insiders say. AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam in a letter has given the directives to party's district level presidents and general secretaries, they add. The directives were sent from party chief Sheikh Hasina's Dhanmondi office...

Monica's mission to end cyberbullying

Monica's mission to end cyberbullying

Monica Lewinsky told an audience in Philadelphia on Monday that her new mission in life was to end cyberbullying. Her speech-- and her goal-- come as the former White House intern steps into the public eye after years of trying to live privately. "Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help...

Taliban blast in Kabul kills four Afghan soldiers

At least four Afghan soldiers were killed and around a dozen people including six civilians wounded when a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban exploded in the Afghan capital yesterday, officials said. The blast, caused by a remote-controlled bomb, targeted an Afghan army bus in the western part of Kabul, the Ministry of Defence said. "In a remote-controlled bomb attack against an army bus at 6:45 am (0215 GMT) in Aqa Ali Shams in Kabul, four army personnel were killed and...

Business

Economic growth to accelerate 6.2pc

Economic growth to accelerate 6.2pc

The economy may grow by 6.2 percent this fiscal year thanks to strong domestic demand and a revival in private investment activities and remittance flow, the World Bank said yesterday. The economy's natural capacity is sufficient to achieve growth of more than 6 percent, Zahid Hussain, a lead economist of the WB's Dhaka office,...

Eid festivals clock up Tk 92,820cr in retail sales

Bangladesh recorded retail sales of $10-12 billion (Tk 77,350-92,820 crore) during the last two Eid festivals, which took place within a span of three months, according to the World Bank. Consumer confidence was buoyed by a stable political climate, said Zahid Hussain, a lead economist for the WB. “This will contribute to the GDP,” he said while making a presentation on the country's economy yesterday. Combined retail sales during the last two religious festivals were equivalent to at least 10 percent of...

WB stresses continuous efforts to reform garment sector

WB stresses continuous efforts to reform garment sector

Bangladesh must continue its efforts to reform the garment industry to boost higher exports, World Bank said yesterday. “Progress in improving workplace compliance is on track but more needs to be done in order to fulfil the commitment of raising it to international standards,” WB said in a report, Bangladesh Development Update. The government has...

BTRC mulls new spectrum for faster mobile internet

The telecom regulator is preparing the 700 megahertz spectrum band to release it next year to the mobile operators, which will enable them to deploy higher-performance broadband services over greater distances than the services they offer today. As some of the bandwidth in the band is occupied by an internet service provider (ISP), the regulator is going to rearrange it so that it can be allocated smoothly to the mobile operators. As a result, the operators will be able to roll...

CSE starts fair today to spread online trade

Chittagong Stock Exchange is set to launch a two-day fair today to popularise online trading among local and foreign investors. Online trading will attract more local and foreign investors into the capital market as it is more convenient, Syed Sajid Husain, managing director of CSE, said at a press meet at its Dhaka office yesterday. The port city bourse will organise the fair at Engineering Institute in Dhaka, where 17 brokerage firms will showcase the online trading process. Investors can open beneficiary...

German MPs dissatisfied with Rana Plaza compensation

A three-member delegation of the German parliament has expressed dissatisfaction over non-payment of adequate compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse even one and a half years after the incident. “It's a shame for everybody -- factory owner, international buyers and the government as the victims have not received the compensation as per the commitments given to the workers after the accident,” delegation leader Dr Sascha Raabe told reporters at Lakeshore Hotel in Dhaka yesterday. It is a...

Rice prices edge up despite higher output

Rice prices edge up despite higher output

Rice prices have edged up, even though farmers bagged higher outputs in the last boro season. But the spiral is seasonal as crop stocks from the previous harvests are depleting, millers claimed. Retail prices of the fine grain, which sold at Tk 40-56 for a kilogram a week ago, rose 1.04 percent to Tk 40-57...

Coats celebrates 25 years in Bangladesh

Coats celebrates 25 years in Bangladesh

Coats plc, a globally renowned industrial thread and zip maker, celebrated 25 years of its operations in Bangladesh, at a programme at Radisson Hotel in Dhaka on Sunday. The British company marked the occasion with the announcement of opening up a new zip factory in Chittagong, at the gala event. Over 400 customers and suppliers...

Experts stress fast phasing-out of polythene bags

Sufficient supply of jute-based or other or environment friendly products are necessary to stop the usage of polythene bags or sacks in Bangladesh, experts said yesterday. Awareness and market monitoring are also vital for stopping polythene bags, especially the ones that are thinner than 55 micron, to ensure a safer environment, they added. The suggestions came at a meeting at the Department of Environment (DoE) to discuss improvement of jute-based and other alternative packaging that would allow phasing out of...

Bangladesh should diversify export basket: Japanese envoy

Bangladesh can manufacture some parts of industrial machines and send those to Japanese factories in South-East Asia and India, as the former has great potential in the sector, said Shiro Sadoshima, Japanese ambassador in Dhaka. The ambassador spoke at a programme on “Japan-Bangladesh relations: comprehensive partnership” organised by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), at its office yesterday. He gave example of Op-Seed Bangladesh, a firm in Chittagong Export Processing Zone, which manufactures pushbuttons of vending machines and exports...

Novo Nordisk chief amid top 10 CEO's in the world

Novo Nordisk chief amid top 10 CEO's in the world

Novo Nordisk's President and Chief Executive Lars Rebien Sørensen has been named one of the best-performing chief executives in the world in a new study by the Harvard Business Review. Sørensen ranked sixth overall in the review's top-100, making him the only chief executive from a European company to break into the top 10,...

IDLC chief made vice president of merchant bankers assoc

IDLC chief made vice president of merchant bankers assoc

Md Moniruzzaman, managing director of IDLC Investments, has recently been selected as the second vice-president of the Association Bangladesh Merchant Bankers Association. The decision came at the association's executive committee meeting at Lakeshore Hotel in Dhaka on Sunday, IDLC said in a statement yesterday. Tanjil Chowdhury, president of the association, attended the meeting. Moniruzzaman has...

Falling global crude prices bolster India's economic outlook

Falling global crude prices bolster India's economic outlook

Falling crude oil prices have helped lawyer Pratik Mehra get off the bus and back behind the wheel of his car, cutting his travel time to work by a third. In China, a short hop across the Himalayas, slumping consumer demand has sparked fears of deflation as it wrestles with flagging global economic growth. But...

InterContinental posts rising revenues

InterContinental Hotels Group on Tuesday booked rising quarterly revenues per room, buoyed by the United States, and expressed optimism over the annual outlook. Global revenue per available room (RevPAR) -- a key industry measure -- rose by 7.0 percent in the third quarter, compared with a year earlier, the group said in a statement. The performance was led by 8.4-percent growth in the United States and 6.1-percent growth in Europe. RevPAR is calculated by multiplying a hotel's average daily room rate by...

Total: global oil giant, pride of France

Total, left without a leader after the death in a Moscow air accident of chief executive Christophe de Margerie, is a top global oil group and the biggest company in France in terms of sales and profits. A major player on global oil and gas markets, the group moved quickly on Tuesday to announce that its board would meet on finding a successor, and that it would press ahead with its goals. De Margerie died early on Tuesday while seeking to...

Reckitt cautions on annual sales forecast

British household goods firm Reckitt Benckiser warned on Tuesday that annual sales would be towards the lower end of forecasts, after a weaker-than-expected third-quarter performance. The group, which produces Durex condoms, household cleaner Cillit Bang, and Nurofen pain relief tablets, revealed the news in a results statement. Reckitt added that revenues slid seven percent to £2.37 billion ($3.8 billion, 3.0 billion euros) in the third quarter of the year, compared with the same part of 2013. "Looking ahead, our objective remains to...

New iPhones deliver big profits for Apple

New big-screen iPhones helped propel Apple's profit and revenue in the last quarter, as the California tech giant smashed earnings expectations. The company reported on Monday that profit rose 13 percent to $8.5 billion, as revenues jumped to $42.1 billion in the fiscal fourth quarter ending September 27. Apple said it sold more than 39 million iPhones in the quarter, boosted by last month's launch of the large-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which hit some markets on September 19. That...

Sports

BCB XI take lead

BCB XI take lead

Half-centuries from Shamsur Rahman and Shuvagata Hom, both of whom have been included in the squad for the first Test against Zimbabwe, helped BCB XI take the lead at the end of the second day of the three-day practice match against Zimbabwe in Fatullah yesterday. The local side finished the day on 252 for...

'Scoring runs is my duty'

'Scoring runs is my duty'

Despite being Bangladesh's most consistent Test batsman over the past two years, Mominul Haque reckons that there is no extra burden on him to perform well against Zimbabwe. The word 'pressure' in fact does not seem to be in his dictionary. "I think pressure is such a thing that if you think about it...

'Don't mess with a tiger in its den'

Despite a poor run this year, Zimbabwe coach Stephen Mangongo knows how dangerous the Tigers can be in their own den. The visiting team's coach was talking with reporters at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday and said it is always hard to beat the Tigers on their home turf. Mangongo also responded humorously when asked why one should not mess with the Tigers in their own territory. "Giving a prediction is very tough as Bangladesh is a very difficult team to...

'Home advantage key against SL'

Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are looking forward to winning the two-match SS Steel FIFA Friendly Series to be held in Jessore and Rajshahi later this month. Bangladesh's interim coach Saiful Bari Titu said his job would be to continue progressing in international football and taking de Kruif's philosophy, instilled over the last one-and-a-half years by the departing coach, forward. Both teams went to Jessore yesterday, where the first match will be held on October 24, after they attended a press...

7 records on Day 2

Sonia Akter Tumpa stole the show on the second day of the MM Group National Swimming Championships after setting three national records while Mahfizur Rahman Sagor is on course to win eight gold medals at the Gopalganj Swimming Pool and Gymnasium Complex in Gopalganj. Tumpa of Bangladesh Navy, who produced a new record on the first day in 200m butterfly, rewrote her records in 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley and snatched a record from Bangladesh Ansar in the 4X100 freestyle...

BPL Match-Fixing

ICC against reduction of Ash's ban

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland against the verdict of the chairman of the Bangladesh Cricket Board's disciplinary committee. Justice Mohammad Abdur Rashid last month reduced Mohammad Ashraful and five other cricketers and officials' punishment served by an anti-corruption tribunal, set up by the BCB, for their part in the Bangladesh Premier League match-fixing. This appeal would be the last phase with regards to this case. The verdict reduced...

Iran look likeliest to qualify

Iran took a giant step towards qualifying for the final round of the AFC U-16 Women's Championship after thrashing Jordan 6-1 in their third match of the qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. The Western Asian side lead Group B with nine points from three matches and will only need a draw in their last match against Bangladesh on Thursday to move forward. India moved into second with six points from three matches, after mauling hapless United Arab Emirates 12-0...

BCCI suspends future tours to Windies

India's cricket chiefs on Tuesday suspended future tours to the Caribbean following the West Indies' decision last week to abandon their visit to India. "All bilateral tours between BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] and the WICB [West Indies Cricket Board] stand suspended," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement. India were scheduled to tour the Caribbean in February-March 2016 to play three Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 International.

Al-Amin positive

Pace bowler Al-Amin Hossain exuded confidence upon his return here yesterday with regards to his bowling action test that he had given in an ICC accredited centre in Chennai on Monday. "I thought the test went well. They took the measurements of my arm and then asked me to bowl five overs. They seemed happy and I also think I did well, but at the end of the day everything depends on what their machine tells them. Insha'Allah nothing will...

'Djokovic the greatest Serbian ever'

Sri Lanka national football team's head coach Nikola Kavazovic is a proud man. He is proud of his Serbian identity, he is proud of his countrymen and he is proud, especially, of the world's number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic. The 39-year-old Serbian took time off from his footballing thoughts to speak of his admiration for Djokovic during his team's official press conference at the BFF House yesterday. “I am a proud Serbian and I am proud to be from the...

Pistorius jailed for 5 years

Pistorius jailed for 5 years

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world. As judge Thokozile Masipa read out her decision on Pistorius's September 12 culpable homicide conviction, the 27-year-old, whose downfall has been likened to that of American football star O.J. Simpson, stood resolutely in the dock. His only reaction was to wipe his eyes before two police officers led him down to the holding cells beneath the High Court in the heart of the South African capital. An armoured police vehicle took him from the court building. Masipa --...

Barclays English Premier League

Blind saves blushes

Daley Blind rescued spluttering Manchester United with a dramatic late equaliser in Monday's 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. Albion had twice led through Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino, but United avoided an embarrassing defeat as substitute Marouane Fellaini equalised with his first United goal before Blind scored the second leveller in the 87th minute to ensure Louis van Gaal's side stretched their unbeaten run to three matches. United's erratic display was another reminder to van Gaal that...

Barclays English Premier League

Reds face Real challenge

Brendan Rodgers has challenged his Liverpool players to rise to the occasion when they face holders Real Madrid in a crucial Champions League showdown at Anfield on Wednesday. Rodgers' side can't afford to lose any more ground in the race to qualify for the knockout stages after a shock loss against Basel in their previous Group B match. The Reds have been well below their best of much of the season and there were more worrying signs for Rodgers on Sunday...

Bale, Ramos miss trip to Liverpool

European champions Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos for their Champions League trip to Liverpool on Wednesday as both were left out of Carlo Ancelotti's squad due to injury. Bale is also a major doubt for Saturday's first El Clasico of the season against Barcelona due to an abdominal muscle injury. Ramos has missed the last three games for club and country due to a calf problem, but his absence is more precautionary with an eye to...

Indian Super League

Mendy clinches south-Indian derby

Bernard Mendy's wonder goal was the decider between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters as the home side made it two wins out of as many matches in the Indian Super League (ISL). Elano Blumer put the Chennaiyin FC ahead as he converted his spot-kick however, the visitors equalized through Iain Hume. Bernard Mendy's bicycle kick found the back of the net and eventually fetched three points for Marco Materazzi yet again. The 'South-Indian Derby' rang in changes in both line-ups. For...

Editorial

Editorial

Natore highway tragedy

RECKLESS driving coupled with disregard for traffic rules on highways has again taken its deadly toll as a Rajshahi-bound bus from Dhaka crashed into another bus coming from the opposite direction near Natore killing 33 passengers. The bus from Dhaka turned to the wrong side of the road while overtaking a truck causing the accident.  An account of the accident from a passenger traveling in one of the buses provides yet another narrative of the tragedy: a third bus...

Editorial

Time extension on safety welcome

IN a move that recognises efforts by the government to improve workplace safety and workers' rights in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza collapse, the 'Sustainability Compact' has recommended more time be given to authorities to make further progress in areas of concern. The review committee in Brussels hosted a 12-member team led by the Minister of Commerce to study progress made on various issues since July, 2013. The body appreciates government efforts in amending labour law, enabling registration...

Op-ed

Editorial

Natore highway tragedy

RECKLESS driving coupled with disregard for traffic rules on highways has again taken its deadly toll as a Rajshahi-bound bus from Dhaka crashed into another bus coming from the opposite direction near Natore killing 33 passengers. The bus from Dhaka turned to the wrong side of the road while overtaking a truck causing the accident.  An account of the accident from a passenger traveling in one of the buses provides yet another narrative of the tragedy: a third bus...

Editorial

Time extension on safety welcome

IN a move that recognises efforts by the government to improve workplace safety and workers' rights in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza collapse, the 'Sustainability Compact' has recommended more time be given to authorities to make further progress in areas of concern. The review committee in Brussels hosted a 12-member team led by the Minister of Commerce to study progress made on various issues since July, 2013. The body appreciates government efforts in amending labour law, enabling registration...

KNOT SO TRUE

Captains of economy

THREE centuries ago, Adam Smith thought economy was a clock that would continue its motion once set. Almost three hundred years before the birth of Christ, Plato thought quite the opposite. He thought that the ship of the state would have to be captained by philosopher kings. Way back then, Plato didn't quite think that many centuries later, those ruling the public sphere would be the farthest from philosophy and social good would ultimately be non-existent. Instead of planning...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Whither Congress?

THE defeat of the Congress in Haryana and Maharashtra state elections does not come as a surprise. It was expected. Those who have followed the political developments since the 2014 Lok Sabha election had inferred that the party was a story of the past. It had been battered by charges of corruption so much and for so long that it had no public image left. The other parties, particularly the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), are finding favour with the...

Making the market work better for the poor

THE Mecca of modern day capitalism is markets. Our needs and wants are usually allocated through the market; more and more aspects of our lives are becoming embedded in it. The global recessions and its widespread impact is a testament to the power, interconnectedness and importance of markets. Taking into account this ubiquity of market, one has to ponder why we have such widespread poverty coexisting with affluence. This is not a speculation on inequality or redistribution but a...

Demonising dissenters: Dead or alive

Demonising dissenters: Dead or alive

THIS week has marked an important watershed in Bangladesh's fast eroding political culture. The universal norm of respecting the dead not only fell short, but sunk to a new low when a diatribe was orchestrated against a dead professor who held non-conformist views of society and politics, and was bold enough to express...

Time to value girls and end rape culture

ROKEYA, one of seven children, studied only up to class 5 since her grandfather feared she was at risk of rape in school being an attractive girl. At 12, Rokeya's first marriage was arranged with a 22-year-old man who abandoned her after only 13 months. At 15, Rokeya left home to take a job in a garments factory. A single girl, living alone, she faced sexual harassment and returned home. Her father confined her to the house to protect...

Letters To The Editor

DU should rethink its new admission policy

Dhaka University is the first choice of the majority of students willing to get higher education. Students try their level best to get admitted into this university. In the previous years, students used to get a second chance to sit for the admission test. But the DU authorities have decided to allow only freshly passed HSC students to appear in the admission test from the next academic session. Dhaka University is an autonomous institution and can take any decision freely...

Letters To The Editor

Political lesson to learn from Bolivia

Evo Morales won his third consecutive term as the Bolivian president on October 12, 2014. He defeated his conservative opponent by a comfortable margin.  Morales is the first Bolivian president to hail from the country's indigenous majority. He was first elected in 2006, and will remain in office until January 2020. Morales is one of the most popular socialist leaders of Latin America. During his presidency, Bolivia has grown economically, decreased income inequality and uplifted the economic status of the...

Letters To The Editor

Exemplary step by parents of drug addict sons

The report, “Parents hand over 3 drug addict youths to police,” published in your daily on October 19, 2014, caught my eye. Helpless parents of three drug addicts handed over their sons to police. In our country, most of the parents want to hide such kind of information relating to their children. But these parents have taken a bold decision. No one should ever hide these types of incidents and should raise their voice against it. Afrah Aanan Viqarunnisa Noon School...

Comments on news report

“Dream big, defeat failures to succeed,” published on October 18, 2014 Hafeejul Alam I am no more a youth. But the inspiring speech given by the former Indian President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam makes me feel as if I am still a youth and of course I have a dream. ***** “Unfreedom and indecency” (Oct. 17, 2014) Sayed Chowdhury I mostly agree with Mr. Hashmi's comments about the democratic principles and practices, including mutual tolerance as an indispensable element of democracy. I also fully agree...

Entertainment

Call for end to raging debates

Call for end to raging debates

A five-day programme to mark the 124th death anniversary of Fakir Lalon Shai wrapped up at Chheuria Lalon Akhra in Kushtia last Monday. Thousands of bauls, devotees and Lalon enthusiasts of the region and different corners of the country observed the solemn occasion with a reiteration of their demand that the authorities take immediate...

60th death anniversary of Jibanananda Das today

60th death anniversary of Jibanananda Das today

Jibanananda Das was born at Sarbananda Bhavan on February 17, 1899 in Barisal. His family came from Gaodia Village of Bikrampur region of Dhaka district. Jibanananda's father Satyananda Das was a teacher of Brajamohan School, essayist and a publisher. His mother Kusumkumari Das was also a poet. Jibanananda was the eldest son of his parents, and was called by the nickname Milu. His school life passed by relatively uneventfully. In 1915, he completed his Matriculation exams from Brajamohan School and completed Intermediate from Brajamohan Collegein 1917 with first class. Later he enrolled in Presidency College, Calcutta and graduated with a BA (Honours) in English Literature in 1919 and MA in 1921....

Hard days for harmonium makers

Hard days for harmonium makers

Noted harmonium maker from Mymensingh, Abdul Quddus, 55, has been in the profession for around four decades. But Quddus hasn't remained unaffected by the slump in the market for musical instruments in Mymensingh. Once the town was famous for selling musical instruments in the region, and buyers from adjacent Jamalpur, Tangail, Sehrpur and Netrokona would come to Mymensingh to pick up quality musical instruments. But now, shops dealing in musical instruments have opened in adjacent districts, badly hitting business in Mymensingh. Md. Shafi Miah, 50, a co-worker of Quddus, has been in this profession since he was eight years old. He was a young boy when his father, a prominent harmonium...

Berklee to confer honourary doctorate on AR Rahman

Berklee to confer honourary doctorate on AR Rahman

Berklee College of Music, one of the most renowned colleges of music, is set to confer a honourary doctorate to AR Rahman, a stalwart of Indian music and a globally-renowned composer. Berklee Faculty and students from the Berklee Indian Ensemble will pay tribute to the living legend, who will join them on select pieces...

LAILA SHARMEEN to showcase works at Carrousel du Louvre

LAILA SHARMEEN to showcase works at Carrousel du Louvre

Bangladeshi artist Laila Sharmeen will showcase her recent works in Paris, the art capital of the world. The two-day prestigious art fair, titled Art Shopping, opens at the Carrousel du Louvre on October 25, 2014. Laila last displayed her works at this global forum in 2013. Leading art galleries from around the world will be representing about 450 artists at the art fair, an annual rendezvous of artists at this epicenter of world art. Laila has been selected for this mega show by Museum of the Americas and represented by Argentine gallery LOFT ESPACIO ALFA. She will exhibit two of her latest works in mixed media on paper. Laila has 11 solos...

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Saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft dies

Saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft dies

Raphael Ravenscroft, the musician behind one of the most recognisable saxophone solos - on Gerry Rafferty's hit Baker Street - has died. Raphael Ravenscroft who found fame almost overnight following the release of the 1978 track, died following a suspected heart attack early on Sunday. He appeared on one disco album by Maxine Nightingale, Right Back Where We Started From, in 1976, as an arranger but later emerged as one of pop-rock's most prominent saxophonists. Ravenscroft worked with music icons such as Pink Floyd, Abba and Marvin Gaye, and more recently worked as a session musician for pop artists Daft Punk and Duffy. Source: BBC

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Drama serial Dhonni Meye on Channel 9

Drama serial Dhonni Meye on Channel 9

Drama serial “Dhonni Meye” will air tonight at 8:45pm on Channel 9. Written and directed by Matiya Banu Shuku, the story surrounds a government employee Anwar and his three daughters Bipasha, Manisha and Tanisha with vastly different temperaments. Their father cannot afford to fulfill their needs so they decide to live independently. Meanwhile, their...

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Right to Information Act

Revise section 7 for better implementation

Revise section 7 for better implementation

Massive awareness campaign about the Right to Information Act is very urgent to ensure its effective implementation, and to get benefits from the law, said discussants at a seminar yesterday. Most of the people do not know about the law, though five years have already passed after its enactment. The government, mass media and...

Ctg Nursing College closes indefinitely

Chittagong Nursing College has been closed sine die amid a mass demonstration of students who were protesting against a low pass rate seen in the results published on Monday afternoon. The academic council made the announcement yesterday following the students' sit-in staged on the campus demanding review of the exam papers and resignation of the principal and a female teacher. Being frustrated at the results of different batches which showed 117 out of 257 succeeded, students besieged the principal's office in...

Stop encroachment on Munshiganj river

The High Court yesterday ordered the government to stop constructing structures in a river in Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj in a week and to submit a compliance report before it in two weeks. In response to a writ petition, the court directed the government to take legal action against the people responsible for constructing illegal establishments in the river. It also issued a rule upon the authorities concerned of the government to explain in four weeks as to why the construction...

Intruders hack father, son in capital

Armed assailants forced into the residence of a retired government employee and hacked him and his son in the capital's Sabujbagh yesterday. The injured Abul Hossain, 67, a former assistant director of Board of Investment Bangladesh, and his son Jahid Hossain, 45, are undergoing treatment at National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation. Some seven to eight assailants first took the gatekeeper hostage at gunpoint and forcibly entered the flat on the second floor of their four-storey building at Baganbari around...

Khaleda starts 4-dist tour with Nilphamari today

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will leave Dhaka for Nilphamari today to address a public rally there tomorrow as part of the countrywide mass campaign of the BNP-led 20-party alliance to drum up public support for a fresh election under a non-party administration. She is scheduled to stay overnight in Bogra Circuit House and move towards Nilphamari tomorrow to attend the rally in the afternoon, said Sayrul Kabir Khan, her media wing member. With the tour, the BNP chief will start a...

2nd Chance For Du Admission

Candidates submit memo to VC

A group of six candidates, who sat for the Dhaka University admission tests this year, submitted a memorandum to DU Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday, urging the authorities to withdraw their decision of not allowing candidates to sit for the tests more than once. The group gave an ultimatum -- either the authorities withdraw the decision in three days, or face a mass gathering of the demonstrators on the Central Shaheed Minar premises on October 25. Earlier around 11:30am,...

Cook confesses to killing Keraniganj madrasa boy

Cook confesses to killing Keraniganj madrasa boy

Cook Shah Alam yesterday confessed to killing a madrasa boy in Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital, said police. As he failed to sodomize Abu Raihan, 11, and the boy threatened to disclose the illicit attempt, Alam slit his throat with a knife in the kitchen of Tahfizul Quran Nurani Hafizia Madrasa, the law enforcers quoted Alam as saying. On Monday morning, police recovered the body of Raihan from the kitchen. Police detained seven madrasa staff including the cook for interrogation. Around 1:00am Monday, when Raihan, a residential student, came out of his room to go to the toilet, Alam, 35, tried to take him to his room, said Habibur Rahman, superintendent...

Road crashes kill four, injure three

Countrywide road accidents killed four people and injured three others yesterday. Our Munshiganj correspondent reports, Abul Kashem, 40, of Badhrapara village died and two people were injured when a truck rammed into a rickshaw in Tongibari upazila. Our Bogra correspondent reports, Naznin Akhtar, 8, daughter of Javed Ali of Baropur Moddayapara died and her sister was injured when a microbus hit them while they were crossing Rangpur-Dhaka highway in Noadapara area of in Bogra town. Meanwhile, Krisno Komol, 42, of Rangpur died...

'Contempt Of Court'

HC summons three BCBL officials

The High Court yesterday summoned three high officials of Bangladesh Commerce Bank Ltd (BCBL) including its chairman for not complying with a HC order for serving notices to an elected director of the bank for attending its board meetings. BCBL Chairman Yousuf Ali Howlader, its Managing Director Abu Sadek Md Sohel and its Secretary Md Saiful Islam have been asked to appear before the HC at 10:30am on November 10. The HC also issued a rule upon the three BCBL officials...

Bangladesh becomes UNHRC member

Bangladesh has become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the period of 2015-17. During an election held in New York yesterday, Bangladesh won by 149 votes to become a member, according to a foreign ministry statement. Bangladesh has contested for the post from the Asia Pacific region, says the statement signed by Khaleda Begum, senior information officer of the ministry. Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Qatar were the candidates for four member posts reserved for the Asia...

Amassing Wealth Illegally

ACC now sues Mannan's wife

After implicating former state minister for housing and public works Abdul Mannan Khan for amassing wealth illegally, the Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday sued his wife Syeda Hasina Sultana with the same allegation. ACC Deputy Director Nasir Uddin lodged against Sultana for illegally amassing wealth worth Tk 3.45 crore and concealing information about property worth Tk 1.86 crore. According to the case, Sultana submitted her wealth statement to the ACC on April 9, stating that she had immovable property worth Tk 2.46 crore...

Forceful Conversion of Hindus to Islam in 1971

Another witness accuses Jabbar

Another prosecution witness has testified that on orders of war crimes accused Abdul Jabbar, Razakars forced around 200 Hindus to convert to Islam at the end of May during the Liberation War. In his deposition before the International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday, Mohendra Adhikari, 84, the 14th prosecution witness, said Razakars -- an auxiliary group to the Pakistan occupation army -- changed his name to "Mahbub Khan" after forcing him to accept Islam as his religion. So far, four victims of the...

Handcuffed Shibir man flees from Ctg police custody

A Shibir activist fled from police custody several hours after he had been arrested in Chittagong city's Dhemsha area early yesterday. Md Rubel, 26, managed to escape dodging the law enforcers around 11:00am  although he was handcuffed at Dhemsha Police Investigation Camp, said Khalid Hossain, officer-in-charge of Satkania Police Station. Rubel is an accused in several cases filed over creating violence right before January 5 general polls in the area, he said. For his alleged negligence of duty, the on-duty constable, Sirajul...

Boy rescued in Ctg, two abductors arrested

Police rescued an eight-year old boy from Fatikchhari upazila of Chittagong on Monday night, two days after his abduction from the city's Nasirabad area. Police also arrested two abductors Najma Akhtar Ruma, 22, of the upazila, and Suiching Marma, 26, of Khagrachhari. On October 18, Najma went to the house of the victim, Rabbi and started talking to his family members. At one stage, she sent him with money to bring breakfast. Later, Najma left the house and the boy went...

Ekram Killing In Feni

SC stays AL leader Shiblu's bail

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for four weeks a High Court order that granted bail to Abdullah Hil Mahmud Shiblu, a local Awami League leader in Feni, in Fulgazi upazila chairman Ekramul Haque killing case. Chamber judge of the Appellate Division of the SC, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique passed the order after hearing a petition filed by the government seeking stay on the HC order that granted bail to Shiblu on October 1. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told The Daily Star...

Election of Shirin, Saber to Int'l Parliamentary Bodies

It proves global confidence in current govt, JS

Bangladesh's victory in the top two international parliament-based organisations proves that the world leaders have full confidence in the country's democracy, parliament and government, said Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury yesterday. Besides, there is no crisis regarding the January 5 poll, which had been labelled as non-inclusive, said Shirin who has become the first Bangladeshi to be the chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). “I do not think there is any crisis over the election. Had there been a problem, Bangladesh...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 1st death anniversary of Hamida Begum; wife of late Adeluddin Ahmed, Awami League founding member, a former lawmaker and prominent lawyer of Faridpur. She was the mother of Prof Ahmed Kamal and Prof Ahmed Ishtiaque of Dhaka University; Dr Ahmed Hasan of Heart Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA; Captain Ahmed Imran of Biman Bangladesh and businessman Ahmed Jamal. A milad mahfil will be held today at the family residence in Faridpur.

Obituary

Tanvir Mahmud Ratul, 24, son of advocate MA Salam (Notary Public) and Nasima Khatun of Laxmipur village in Faridpur, died of a stroke at Bangladesh Medical in the capital yesterday. He was the 2nd-year honours student of Political Science at Govt Rajendra College in the district.

Shafiuddin

Today is the 5th death anniversary of journalist Shafiuddin, a language movement hero, and founder of Munshiganj Press Club. During his career, he worked with different national and local dailies, radio, and news agencies.

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Traditional holy dip for the 'salvation of soul'

Traditional holy dip for the 'salvation of soul'

“Go to 'Ganga' (Shambalpur ghat point in Hemayetpur of Pabna) for holy dip on Vadra, 30 for salvation of the soul.” Thakur Anukul Chandra asked his devotees before his death in 1968. Thousands of devotees have been rushing to Shambalpur Ghat on that day to partake in the holy dip of salvation ever...

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Karam Puja celebrated in Thakurgaon

Karam Puja celebrated in Thakurgaon

Karam Puja, a major festival of the Orao community, inhabitants of the northern districts of Bangladesh, was celebrated last Wednesday and Thursday in Thakurgaon district. To celebrate the festival Thakurgaon Karam Utshab Udjapan Committee organized different programs including discussions, cultural functions and offering puja. On the night of Wednesday, 17th September, Deputy Commissioner of Thakurgaon,...

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Perching and Light Trap system benefits farmers

Perching and Light Trap system benefits farmers

The perching and Light Trap system introduced by the agriculture department for keeping Aman-paddy fields' pest free has been gaining popularity and ensuring success among the farmers of Bogra. Sources from Bogra's Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said that this year the DAE set a production target of 4,92,092 tones of T-aman cultivation on...

Drug addict stabs father, brothers

An alleged drug addict stabbed his father, brothers and sister-in-law in Akkelpur upazila of Joypurhat district on Monday. Accured Nur Islam, 35, stabbed father Md Montaz Sardar, 70, his sons Nur Alam, 37, Nur Alahi, 32, and Jolly Begum, 32, wife of Nur Alam. They were being treated at the upazila health complex. Nur Islam went into hiding immediately after the incident, said Md AK Azad, officer in-charge of Akkelpur police station. Family sources said Nur Islam demanded Tk 1,000 from his...

Early winter vegetables bring more profit to Bogra growers

Early winter vegetables bring more profit to Bogra growers

Farmers in Sherpur upazila of the district are cultivating early varieties of winter vegetables on their farmland as the crops comparatively give them more profit. Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said more than 1450 hectares of land in the upazila have been brought under cultivation of early winter vegetables like cauliflower,...

Pest attack on aman fields worries farmers

Pest attack on aman fields worries farmers

Farmers in the district are worried as attack on paddy fields by brown plant hopper (BPH), locally known as current poka, poses threat to their hope for a good yield of aman this season. Agriculture officials claim the situation is now under control while the farmers said the use of pesticides has failed to...

Youth kills himself after killing cousin

A youth, who strangled his minor cousin, three days ago, allegely killed himself at Chhoto Ghighati village in Kaliganj upazila yesterday. The deceased is Idris Ali, 27, son of Mohsin Ali of the village. Idris killed his cousin Pranto Hossain, 9, son of Ashadul Islam, a local schoolteacher, on October 18, said police and family sources. Idris strangled Pranto following a family feud and dumped the body in a ditch at the village, said officer in-charge Anwar Hossain of Kaliganj police...

Raj Punnah fest from Dec 19

The celebration of the 138th Raj Punnah, a traditional festival of the Bohmong tribe, will start in Bandarban on December 19 this year. Bohmong Circle chief Engineer U Chaw Prue announced this at a press conference held at the royal palace yesterday. On the opening day, Bohmong Circle chief will collect tax from the headmen of 109 mouzas and around 1000 karbaris (businessmen). Indigenous people, mostly jhum farmers, give annual tax to their respective headmen and Karbaris who formally pay the money...

Transport Strike In Rangpur

Sufferings of passengers, traders mount

Sufferings of commuters and passengers mounted as transport workers in the district continued their indefinite strike on the second-day yesterday on five routes of Rangpur, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha. Besides the inter-district passengers, the small traders in the districts fell victim to the strike as they incurred losses for failing to supply their perishable items to the district markets. The district transport workers federation leaders enforced the strike on Monday morning protesting attacks, vandalism and torching of their branch office, pickup van...

Law Enforcers Turn Blind Eye

Unauthorised three-wheelers continue to rule roads

Unauthorised three-wheelers continue to rule roads

Movement of locally made three-wheelers on different roads and highways in Pirganj upazila continued unabated despite frequent protests and lack of legal documents. Several times transport owners association and transport workers association of the district appealed to the authorities concerned to ban plying of the vehicles, locally known as Nasimon, Karimon and Bhutbhuti, on...

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12 hurt in AL infighting Unb, Jhenidah At least 12 people, including two policemen, were injured in a clash between two factions of Awami League at Katlagari Bazar in Shailakupa upaizla. Sagir Miah, officer in-charge of Shailakupa Police Station, said Mahmudul Hasan Mamun, a chairman of Sarutia union parishad, and Julfiker Kaisar Tipu, a former Chhatra League leader, had been at loggerheads over establishing supremacy in the area. As a sequel to the enmity, the supporters of both groups equipped with...

World

Iran offers 'compromises' in nuke talks, West unmoved

Iran is pushing what it portrays as a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks, but Western negotiators say it offers no viable concessions, underscoring how far apart the two sides are as they enter crunch time before a Nov 24 deadline. In the negotiations with six major powers, the Iranians say they are no longer demanding a total end to economic sanctions in return for curbing their nuclear program and would accept initially lifting just the latest, most damaging, sanctions. Western...

Violence kills a child in every 5 minutes: UN

Violence kills a child in every 5 minutes: UN

One child dies every five minutes as a result of violence, but only a minority die in war zones, according to a report by the UN children's agency Unicef. About 75 percent of the estimated 345 violent deaths that occur daily happen in countries at peace, the report said. "We are uncovering the fact that...

Ebola Crisis in West Africa

Worst-hit nations get key supplies

Vital supplies and resources to tackle Ebola are beginning to arrive in the three worst-hit West African countries, Ghana's President John Mahama said yesterday. Mahama, who heads the regional bloc Ecowas, also told the BBC that treatment centres were being set up in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. But he called for proper co-ordination between agencies to avoid duplication. The outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people, almost all of them in those three countries. An estimated 70% of those infected...

Afghan poppy cultivation hits all-time high in 2013

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013 despite years of counter-narcotics efforts that have cost the United States $7.6 billion, the US government watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction spending said on Tuesday. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime reported that Afghan farmers grew an "unprecedented" 209,000 hectares (516,000 acres) of opium poppy in 2013, surpassing the previous high of 193,000 hectares (477,000 acres) in 2007, said John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. "In past...

ISIS threatens whole region

ISIS threatens whole region

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi yesterday said his country was at war with "terrorists" threatening the region and intent on dividing Muslims, as he met top officials in key ally Iran. Abadi, from Iraq's Shia majority, met with President Hassan Rohani and Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri during the one-day visit. Before the visit Abadi ruled...

photographer René Burri dies

photographer René Burri dies

The Swiss photographer René Burri, celebrated for his portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso, died on Monday in Zurich aged 81, the Magnum Photo agency said. Burri had been suffering from a long illness, Magnum said. Burri started working for Magnum in 1956 and covered major political events around the world. Among his...

Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant

Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant

Millions of paralysis sufferers are offered the possibility of a cure for the first time yesterday after a new technique pioneered by British doctors allowed a man with a severed spinal cord to recover the ability to walk. A revolutionary implant of regenerative cells has knitted back together the spinal cord of a wheelchair-bound...

Ukraine denies HRW report

Ukraine's armed forces yesterday rejected allegations that they indiscriminately used banned "cluster bombs" in the six-month war against pro-Russian insurgents in the separatist east. Human Rights Watch on Monday published a detailed investigation carried out jointly with The New York Times that identified 12 incidents in which these weapons killed six people -- including a Swiss aid worker -- in and around the rebel-held city of Donetsk earlier this month. The 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions banning their use has been...

ARY news suspended in Pakistan

Pakistan on Monday suspended a television channel supportive of anti-government protests being held by cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan and a populist cleric in the capital Islamabad. ARY News, a popular station, is being taken off air for 15 days for "maligning honourable courts and judiciary," the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said in a statement yesterday. ARY News was also fined 10 million rupees ($97,089), the media authority added in the statement, saying that the channel has a history of...

Woman set on fire on a train in India

A woman has died of her injuries after being set on fire on a train in the Indian state of Kerala. The woman, identified as Fathima, 45, had been seen having an argument with man on the station platform in the town of Kannur early on Monday. She boarded a stationary train and was seen running out shortly afterwards in flames. Police say they are looking for the suspect. Police suspect that Fathima was doused in alcohol before being set on fire...

News in Brief

News in Brief

Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive of French oil company Total, yesterday died in an air crash in Moscow. His corporate jet collided with a snow plough and was then engulfed in flames. All four people on board were killed. The driver of the snow plough was drunk, according to Russian investigators. Mr de Margerie, 63, had been chief executive of Europe's third largest oil company since 2007. He was highly regarded within the oil industry.

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Formula One: Build-up to the finale

Formula One: Build-up to the finale

The 2014 F1 World Championship has been a heated battle between Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.  The ferocity of the rivalry between the two has been compared to the legendary duels between Senna and Prost.  The Mercedes F1W05 Hybrid has been utterly dominant in terms of engine power and even the...

Import tuner evolution

Import tuner evolution

The late 80's, California. It was a turning point in counter-culture revolutions, as the last of the anti-war flower power hippies died out, to be replaced by skateboarders, grunge and heavy metal enthusiasts, and street racing. The Valley, geographically significant as the waste run-off of Hollywood, was teeming with these new counter-culture phenomena. Cars...

Haojue Biker Tips

Wing mirrors: vital equipment

Most people think it's easy to ride a motorbike if you know how to ride a bicycle. While the basic concept of balancing on two wheels is a common link between riding a bicycle and a motorcycle, the differences stop there with respect to how you ride a motorbike. Motorbikes are heavy, and modern bikes weigh quite a bit, and aren't as easily maneuverable as bicycles. Which is why rear-view mirrors are not included on a bicycle. Modern bike owners are...

Shift Zone

Formula One has a huge fan following in Bangladesh, and with reason. Instantly recognizable as a motorsport discipline, it is difficult for the majority of Bangladeshi gearheads to follow any other form of motor racing. This week, we bring you a recap of the last two grand prix races as F1 builds to a closure of this season. Mercedes AMG F1 were crowned the 2014 F1 Constructors champions, and we congratulate them on a well deserved victory. Up next,...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

DU should rethink its new admission policy

Dhaka University is the first choice of the majority of students willing to get higher education. Students try their level best to get admitted into this university. In the previous years, students used to get a second chance to sit for the admission test. But the DU authorities have decided to allow only freshly passed HSC students to appear in the admission test from the next academic session. Dhaka University is an autonomous institution and can take any decision freely...

Letters To The Editor

Political lesson to learn from Bolivia

Evo Morales won his third consecutive term as the Bolivian president on October 12, 2014. He defeated his conservative opponent by a comfortable margin.  Morales is the first Bolivian president to hail from the country's indigenous majority. He was first elected in 2006, and will remain in office until January 2020. Morales is one of the most popular socialist leaders of Latin America. During his presidency, Bolivia has grown economically, decreased income inequality and uplifted the economic status of the...

Letters To The Editor

Exemplary step by parents of drug addict sons

The report, “Parents hand over 3 drug addict youths to police,” published in your daily on October 19, 2014, caught my eye. Helpless parents of three drug addicts handed over their sons to police. In our country, most of the parents want to hide such kind of information relating to their children. But these parents have taken a bold decision. No one should ever hide these types of incidents and should raise their voice against it. Afrah Aanan Viqarunnisa Noon School...

Comments on news report

“Dream big, defeat failures to succeed,” published on October 18, 2014 Hafeejul Alam I am no more a youth. But the inspiring speech given by the former Indian President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam makes me feel as if I am still a youth and of course I have a dream. ***** “Unfreedom and indecency” (Oct. 17, 2014) Sayed Chowdhury I mostly agree with Mr. Hashmi's comments about the democratic principles and practices, including mutual tolerance as an indispensable element of democracy. I also fully agree...