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Floods rage thru' north

Floods rage thru' north

With the flood situation in the north showing no sign of improvement, more than one lakh people of 100 villages were freshly affected after a portion of the flood control embankment by the Jamuna river collapsed in Bogra yesterday. Including them, about nine lakh people have now been hit by the monsoonal flood in...

News Analysis

A policy of hypocrisy

The government has been portraying its move to restore parliament's power to impeach Supreme Court judges on grounds of misconduct or incapacity as an effort to return to the original constitution of 1972. But it has no plan to return to the 1972 constitution regarding empowering the SC to have effective control and supervision over the lower judiciary. In the view of Law Minister Anisul Haque, the existing provisions on the lower courts are excellent and there is no need to...

Follow-up
Moghbazar Killing

Extortionist gang with 'Bhola link'

They are known as Bhola-Khaleque gang. Using the name of a ruling party leader of Bhola, they have established a reign of extortion in the slum areas of Moghbazar and Malibagh, locals allege.  Abdul Khaleque, the gang leader, and his close aides Shah Alam, Jahangir, Nuru and Mazid are from Bhola too. Police never dare touch them though their criminal activities, including drug peddling, are no secret. According to a detective, the underworld in the slum areas is controlled by people mostly...

Picked up, they never return

Picked up, they never return

Abdul Quader Bhuiyan Masum always wanted to be an intelligence officer. And everything was going the way he wanted. A final-year student of the capital's Government Titumir College, Masum was preparing himself for the recruitment test for field officers' posts at National Security Intelligence last year. But on December 4, just nine days before the test was held, he suddenly disappeared and never returned home. He along with five others was allegedly picked up by law enforcers from the capital. His police record was clean. Two days later, Masum's father filed a general diary, but the law enforcement agencies have yet to say anything about his fate or whereabouts. The same happened...

‘Soft coup’ fears grow in Pakistan

Pakistan's army chief took centre stage in a national political crisis yet again by holding talks with two protest leaders who have been agitating on the streets of Islamabad for the overthrow of the elected government for the last two weeks. Politician and former cricketer Imran Khan and a Muslim cleric called Tahir-ul-Qadri left their protest camps outside parliament for back-to-back audiences with Raheel Sharif, the general in charge of Pakistan's 500,000-strong army. Officials said the general had agreed to mediate...

Faruqi Murder

Police still clueless about killers

Three days into the slaying of Sheikh Nurul Islam Faruqi, chief imam of the Supreme Court Jame Masjid, law enforcers are still without any clue to the murder. There has been no arrest either. The police, Rapid Action Battalion and several intelligence agencies are probing the gruesome murder focusing on several issues including personal and religious rivalry, and financial feud over hajj. Assailants slit the throat of Faruqi at his East Rajabazar home in the capital on Wednesday night. His family members...

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50,000 suffer in DND waterlogged area

50,000 suffer in DND waterlogged area

Ashraf, a security guard at an ATM booth of Dutch Bangla Bank Limited in Mirerbagh, has been wearing lungi instead of his uniform while coming to his workplace from home since Tuesday. The reason is but to save his uniform from getting soaked, as dirty water has submerged most parts of his route...

BNP denied permission to form human chain

The BNP-led 20-party alliance is determined to form a human chain in the capital today though police have denied the permission. Earlier, the ruling Awami League requested the alliance to call off the programme. The BNP-led alliance on Monday announced to the programme to be held in the capital and elsewhere in the country to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. On the other side, the AL had earlier this month declared a month-long programme including a...

Syrian rebels surround UN peacekeepers

Syrian rebels surrounded dozens of defiant Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Friday and demanded they give up their weapons, hours after taking 43 Fijian soldiers hostage, authorities said. Seventy-five Filipino members of a United Nations peacekeeping force were defending two posts on the Syrian side of Golan Heights, and were prepared to fight back rather than surrender, their commander in Manila said. "We can use deadly force in defence of the UN facilities," Colonel Roberto Ancan told reporters. "I...

2 Bangladeshis killed in UAE construction site accident

Two Bangladeshi workers died after falling from an under-construction building in Sharjah city of the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, reported the Gulf News, a local English-language daily. MHA, 40, died on the spot while the other unidentified worker succumbed to his injuries at Al Qassimi hospital, said the newspaper on Thursday. MHA would probably be the initials of the victim's name. The daily neither gave further details of the workers nor did it mention the floor number in which they were...

Beating up Engineer

BCL removes RU unit gen secretary

Chhatra League, pro-ruling party student body, has removed its Rajshahi University (RU) unit general secretary SM Touhid-Al-Hossain  Tuhin from the organisation for beating up the university acting chief engineer. Meanwhile, Khaled Hasan Biplob, joint general secretary of the student body's RU running committee, has been made its acting general secretary, said a BCL press release yesterday evening. Biplob is an MBA student of the Management Studies department. BCL central committee president Badiuzzaman Sohag told The Daily Star that they removed Tuhin from...

Three nations to begin coastal shipping in Oct

Bangladesh, India and Myanmar are expected to begin coastal shipping from October. The issue is likely to be prominent during the 8th Bangladesh and Myanmar Foreign Office Consultation in Dhaka on Sunday and the third Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission meeting in New Delhi on September 20, diplomatic sources said. They said the work on coastal shipping line between Bangladesh and Myanmar was at the final stage. Deputy Foreign Minister of Myanmar Thant Kyaw along with a seven-member delegation arrived in Dhaka on...

Discussion on challenges before mass media today

Editors of leading national newspapers will hold a discussion today for sharing views on the challenges the mass media faces at the moment. Titled "Challenges before Mass Media", the discussion will focus on issues arising out of the formulation of policies and laws and other government moves concerning mass media. The programme, organised by Editors' Council, will begin at 3:30pm at the city's CIRDAP auditorium. The body, formed in May last year and consisting of editors of the country's most circulated newspapers,...

Nur Hossain charged for intrusion in India

Investigators in India yesterday pressed charges against Nur Hossain, the prime accused of sensational seven-murder in Narayanganj, for intruding into the country. A North 24 Parganas district court fixed September 1 for hearing on charge matters, reports Channel 24 and Independent Television. The charge sheet stated that Nur Hossain did not have any valid document to enter India. Earlier, Nur Hossain along with his aides Sumon Khan and Ohidur Rahman Shamim were taken to a Barasat court from Dum Dum Jail in...

Youth killed as villagers clash in Sylhet

A youth was killed and 50 others were injured in a clash between villagers and activists of Zila Krishak Sangram Samiti at Shaheb Bazar in the district's Sadar upazila yesterday morning. The dead, Mashukur Rahman, 24, is son of Abdul Bari in Dewair Bohor village. The activists of Krishak Sangram Samiti brought out a rally in the bazar around 10:30am. Brick chips were thrown at shops from the rally, according to Airport police.     The clash ensued when locals protested it. Men...

Google tests drones for goods delivery

Google tests drones for goods delivery

Google has built and tested autonomous aerial vehicles, which it believes could be used for goods deliveries. The project is being developed at Google X, the company's clandestine tech research arm, which is also responsible for its self-driving car. Project Wing has been running for two years, but was a secret until now. Google said that...

Turkey unveils new cabinet

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved a new cabinet stacked with loyal allies just a day after he moved from premier to head of state, with former Europe minister Mevlut Cavusoglu promoted to foreign minister. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who took over Erdogan's former job on Thursday, announced a ministerial line-up little changed from Erdogan's cabinet, with only four new names. Davutoglu had won approval for his cabinet at a meeting with Erdogan at the presidential palace. The most notable appointment was...

Iraqi aircraft strike IS near besieged town

Iraqi aircraft carried out strikes targeting jihadists in the Amerli area yesterday as security forces ready a major assault to break through to the besieged Shiite Turkmen town, officers said. Amerli has been surrounded by jihadists for more than two months, and its residents face severe shortages of food and water, as well as the threat of the militants. Iraqi aircraft struck jihadists in villages in the Amerli area, said Colonel Mustafa al-Bayati, while Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir al-Zaidi said an...

UK terror threat level 'severe'

The UK's terror threat level has been raised from "substantial" to "severe" in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, Home Secretary Theresa May says. The new alert level rates the risk of an attack on the UK "highly likely", although May said there was no evidence to suggest one was "imminent". It is the second highest of five possible UK threat levels. In a Downing Street press conference yesterday, the prime minister said Islamic State (IS) extremists - who are attempting...

Sports

Nepal win frenetic Sylhet friendly

Nepal win frenetic Sylhet friendly

The two-match SS Steel International Friendly Series ended all square after hosts Bangladesh U-23 suffered a 0-1 defeat against their Nepalese counterparts at the Sylhet District Stadium yesterday. Substitute midfielder Sushil KC struck the all-important goal for Nepal in the 78th minute to beat the hosts, who had won the first match of the...

Views split on split-captaincy

Bangladesh's dismal run in international cricket this year led to the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB's) directors discussing the possibility of introducing a split-captaincy policy. One of the points of discussion during the board meeting last week was regarding the possibility of Mushfiqur Rahim shouldering too much stress. Questions were also raised regarding the captain's strategy in a number of ODIs this year. As an alternative some of the directors suggested that a different ODI captain be named, with pacer Mashrafe...

Gazi out of WI Tests

Off-spinner Shohag Gazi has been withdrawn from the Test series against the West Indies due to begin on September 5. The team management will decide on a replacement for the spinner today. The 23-year-old, who was reported for a suspect action during the second ODI against the West Indies on August 22, needs to have his action tested in an ICC-accredited facility within two weeks of being reported. As a result, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to withdraw the...

Sharma ruled out of series

India opener Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day series in England after suffering a broken finger, it was announced Friday. Murali Vijay will fly to England as his replacement but is unlikely to arrive in time for Saturday's third one-day international at Nottingham's Trent Bridge ground. Sharma appeared to sustain the injury while fielding during world champions India's 133-run win in the second ODI in Cardiff on Wednesday after making 52 when the tourists batted. A...

Tigers begin 3-dayer today

With a view to fine tune skills before the two-match Test series, the Tigers play a three-day practice match against St Kitts and Nevis starting from today at the Warner Park in St Kitts. “The weather is fine at this moment and the boys are now practising. Everybody is looking forward to the Test series and the three-day match will help the boys to change gears,” said selector cum team operation manager Habibul Bashar over telephone yesterday.  “The team had a...

Utseya hattrick goes in vain

Utseya hattrick goes in vain

South Africa survived a batting collapse precipitated by a hattrick from spinner Prosper Utseya to beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the third match of the triangular series on Friday. Utseya, who finished with career-best figures of five for 36, became only the second Zimbabwean to take a hattrick in a one-day international as South Africa delivered an off-key batting performance to be bowled out for 231. But Zimbabwe, with their best chance of rare win over a major cricketing power, fell well short of the target as they were bowled out for 170 off 38.3 overs. South Africa, who convincingly beat Australia thanks to a fine batting display on Wednesday, raced...

Hockey team back to Dhaka

Having trained at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) for the last 12 weeks, the national hockey team returned to Dhaka yesterday to take part in the World Hockey League (Round-1), which is set to get underway from September 5 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium. With Sri Lanka and Hong Kong being the other teams in the tournament, hosts Bangladesh are hoping to move to the next round as champions. Bangladesh, who beat both these teams on home...

US Open

Top seeds sail through

Novak Djokovic reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the 25th consecutive time while Serena Williams racked up her 80th US Open win as the top seeds eased into the third round on Thursday. They were joined in the last 32 by 2012 winner Andy Murray and reigning Wimbledon women's champion Petra Kvitova. But former world number one Ana Ivanovic, the eighth seed, and 2011 champion Samantha Stosur were knocked out on a day when stiff winds brought new...

3-on-3 b'ball underway

Cityc Open 3-on-3 Basketball Championship kicked off at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday, with 23 teams split into four groups taking part in the two-day event. A total of 26 matches took place in the opening day. The event was inaugurated by the president of Bangladesh Basketball Federation Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin where sponsor Citycell's head of corporate communications Taslim Ahmed was also present as special guest. The final will take place today at 4:30pm at the same venue.

Lega Calcio

Rivals circle Juventus

Rivals circle Juventus

Juventus have been a class above the rest of the Serie A in the past three seasons but now they must contemplate going for a fourth successive title without coach Antonio Conte and a host of clubs believing they can wrest the crown from them. The title race will seek to revive Italian fans'...

UEFA Europa League

Spurs, Inter qualify

Spurs, Inter qualify

Tottenham and Inter Milan on Thursday qualified for the Europa League group stage draw but among those failing to make it across the play-off line were Lyon and Real Sociedad. Also missing from Friday's draw in Monaco were Hull City, Spurs' Premier League rivals who agonisingly on their first European adventure lost out on...

Barclays English Premier League

Di Maria set to play

Louis van Gaal admits not even his record-breaking swoop for Angel Di Maria will be enough to revive Manchester United immediately as the Argentina star prepares for his debut at Burnley on Saturday. Van Gaal shattered the British transfer record with his £59.7 million ($98 million) signing of Di Maria from Real Madrid as he continued a major overhaul of United's underachieving squad which has exceeded £130 million since he took charge. Di Maria should get his first taste of the...

Pirlo out for a month

Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo has been ruled out for the first month of the season with a hip injury, the Serie A champions said on Thursday. Juventus said in a statement that an MRI had revealed a sprain and that "30 days will be necessary for a complete recovery". The announcement is an early blow for new coach Massimiliano Allegri, who took over in July after Antonio Conte resigned.  

Reus, Gomez recalled

Germany coach Joachim Loew on Friday named 18 of his World Cup winning squad for a friendly match against Argentina and the opening European Champion qualifier against Scotland next week. Strikers Marco Reus, who missed the World Cup due to injury, and Mario Gomez, who was overlooked for Brazil, return to the squad for the games in Dusseldorf on September 3 and Dortmund four days later. Squad Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hanover) Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich),...

Del Bosque rings changes

Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia was included in the Spain squad on Friday as the former world champions begin the defence of the European Championship following a dismal World Cup in Brazil. Coach Vicente del Bosque named his squad to play France in a friendly next month and the first Euro 2016 qualifying match against Macedonia. Squad Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), David De Gea (Manchester United), Kiko Casilla (Espanyol) Defenders: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Mikel...

Editorial

Editorial

Violent murders in the city

WE have been shocked by the two very recent incidents of murder on subsequent days in the capital. One of the victims was a high profile TV personality and well respected religious scholar and Imam of the High Court Mosque. What is frightening is that these killings have occurred in the early part of the evening by forcing into the victims' homes and perpetrating the crimes virtually in the presence of the other inmates. We must put on record our...

Editorial

Eviction drive in Turag

ANOTHER spurt of eviction activity in Turag is proving to be cosmetic , typically a case of morning showing the day.Impelled by a High Court order following a news report titled “Turag close to death” in this newspaper ,the three-day  drive to free Turag of some encroachments hit a snag on Tuesday,the  very first day of  its  launching. The  first thing to note is that by habitual or deliberate default ,eviction  drive is undertaken not   to nip an encroachment or...

Op-ed

Editorial

Violent murders in the city

WE have been shocked by the two very recent incidents of murder on subsequent days in the capital. One of the victims was a high profile TV personality and well respected religious scholar and Imam of the High Court Mosque. What is frightening is that these killings have occurred in the early part of the evening by forcing into the victims' homes and perpetrating the crimes virtually in the presence of the other inmates. We must put on record our...

Editorial

Eviction drive in Turag

ANOTHER spurt of eviction activity in Turag is proving to be cosmetic , typically a case of morning showing the day.Impelled by a High Court order following a news report titled “Turag close to death” in this newspaper ,the three-day  drive to free Turag of some encroachments hit a snag on Tuesday,the  very first day of  its  launching. The  first thing to note is that by habitual or deliberate default ,eviction  drive is undertaken not   to nip an encroachment or...

STRAIGHT LINE

The August tragedies

IN August 1975, the architect of Bangladesh's freedom and most of his family members were violently and shamefully murdered by some disgruntled army officers. The tragic ramifications of that dastardly incident are still being felt by a shocked polity. The trial and conviction of some of the perpetrators of that gory incident have brought some solace and the nation waits for the punishment of the remainder. However, dismal thoughts would surely occupy the minds of sane Bangladeshis when they venture...

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

Darkness in democracy

THIS day, 30 August, marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. The day is observed not only to remember and seek justice for those who were subjected to enforced disappearance but also to reflect on the conditions that breed such heinous practice. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity to raise the issue why those in charge of the State continue to deny the existence of such practice of law enforcement agencies that are under their command and...

Faruqi's death signals...

IF murder allegations made by the family members of the slain Sheikh Nurul Islam Faruqi prove to be true then there is a cause for worry. The allegation clearly points finger at those who oppose Faruqi's religious views. And never a crime so gruesome was committed in recent times for possessing different religious views. Faruqi , an Islamic scholar was renowned for playing the host of an Islamic TV show. Many may have differed with some of his opinions and...

BITTER TRUTH

Safe roads or highway to death

MOST roads in Bangladesh have evolved rather than designed and purpose-built; consequently hazards are mounting. It has been revealed through a study of the ARI (Accident Research Institute) at Buet that out of the colossal number of accidents taking place on the national highways in the country, 35 per cent of these takes place in four per cent area of the national highway. It was learnt that 209 most accident-prone spots were identified on our national highways by the...

BOTTOM LINE
REMOVE THE MISGIVINGS FIRST

Bangladesh-Myanmar FS level meeting

ONE of the mechanisms of injecting momentum and dynamism into relations between the two neighbours has been the holding of meetings at the level of foreign secretary. The scheduled 8th such meeting in Dhaka on 31st August, between Bangladesh and Myanmar, is to be most welcomed. The main purpose of the meeting, I would argue, is to remove whatever misgivings Myanmar has about Bangladesh and adopt confidence building measures with Myanmar to put bilateral relations on a positive track. Cooperation...

A SAARC Development Bank to Bridge the Infrastructure Deficit in South Asia?

IN the third week of July, the Narendra Modi government mooted the idea of a SAARC Development Bank (SDB) along the lines of the BRICS Bank announced by the BRICS Summit around the same time.  It was reported that India will propose the SDB at the SAFTA Ministerial Council in Bhutan and later at the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is not something new. As far back as 1998, the report of the SAARC Group of Eminent Persons...

Letters To The Editor

Control power use

A few days ago, PM's energy adviser stressed the need to conserve power and ensure efficient use of electricity and gas. In my opinion, he should have started working on this critical issue soon after he was made the energy adviser. About gas, I feel there are two issues that can be considered. The most important thing is to have gas meters for all consumers: domestic, commercial and industrial. For industries, we should have power factor capacitors installed at the earliest...

Letters To The Editor

Imran Khan's threats to Pak govt.

This refers to the report, “Led by Imran, 34 Pak MPs resign” (Aug.23). The Army in Pakistan seems to be playing backdoor games and is supporting the two protesting groups. However, these protests are empty threats, as there is no mass support. Two different protesting groups can never agree and they have not spelt out their agenda for Pakistan's problems. Just asking for resignation of the current Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Shariff has failed to draw mass support. Had...

Letters To The Editor

Security system in DMCH

Security system in DMCH

We are relieved to know that the newborn baby, stolen from DMCH a few days ago, has been rescued by Rab on August 28. DMCH authorities should improve its security system so that no more babies get stolen from the hospital. It is very true that the director of the DMCH is a...

Comments on news report

“UNO, AC Land seek transfer in face of UP chairman's threat” (August 25, 2014) Molla A. Latif The UNO and the A/C land should not be transferred. They must either take legal action against the chairman and his cronies or leave their job. Applying for transfer and flashing it in the press do not prove their eligibility, rather demonstrates their incapacity and cowardice. ***** “Govt to export 50,000 MT rice to Sri Lanka” (August 26, 2014) Nazmul Hassan Very good news. Bangladesh can also export...

Entertainment

Celebrating Sultan

Celebrating Sultan

Despite all the heat and rainfall, the last day of three-day long Sultan Utsab-2014 saw gathering of thousands at the Sultan Moncho premises in Narail Govt Victoria college compound under Narail municipality yesterday. SM Sultan Shishu Charu-O-Karukola Foundation, Bengal Foundation and Sultan Foundation, sponsored by mobile operator company Banglalink jointly organised the program to...

The colours and grace of Bangladesh

The colours and grace of Bangladesh

“True Colors - Rediscovering Bangladesh”, is a distinctive painting exhibition that was inaugurated on August 25 at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka (RBWGHD), held in collaboration with Dhaka Art Centre. The theme of the exhibition recreated the magic of the picturesque landscapes of Bangladesh on canvas as well as scenic watercolours. The exhibition...

TRIBUTE

Frankenstein's writer turns 217…

Frankenstein's writer turns 217…

How many of you have attempted to play god? More bluntly, create a monster that would eventually keep gnawing its creator: You. None perhaps, but a lady born 217 years ago on this day, actually dare did. By her sheer imagination, gothic elements, an unorthodox scientific experiment, and ingredients of horror and hate, she would...

An evening of Rabindra Sangeet in Moulvibazar

An evening of Rabindra Sangeet in Moulvibazar

Arunodoy, a young cultural group in Moulvibazar organised a musical programme titled “Tomar Sathe Gaaner Khela” on Friday night, at the local Saifur Rahman Auditorium of Moulvibazar town. The event featured Tagore's songs and recitation of his poems. Popular Indian artiste Shreya Guhathakurta and UK expatriate artist Nurul Islam enchanted the audience with their...

Who inspired the “Game of Thrones” creator?

Who inspired the “Game of Thrones” creator?

George RR Martin's greatest influence might surprise you – it's not Tolkien. He discussed his writing in an interview recorded by the BBC. “The first words of mine that were ever published were in Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four letters column,” says George RR Martin. The author of the fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire”, who has been called 'the American Tolkien', cites a surprising literary hero. While Martin acknowledges “The Lord of The Rings” as an important source of inspiration, he says that the American comic book author and publisher Stan Lee helped define his writing more than Tolkien. In a 2011 interview, the author explained how Lee revolutionised...

Shah Rukh appointed Interpol ambassador

Shah Rukh appointed Interpol ambassador

He played the negative role on the screen with aplomb and one hopes he does the opposite with equal elan in real life. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan may have wowed you as the underworld don in his hit film “Don” but he is now the face of France-headquartered International Police's (Interpol) ambassador for...

NEWS bytes

Pitt and Jolie tie the knot

Pitt and Jolie tie the knot

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are now married, according to a spokesman for the Hollywood couple. Pitt, 50, and Jolie, 39, tied the knot in France on Saturday, ending years of speculation over when and where they would finally walk down the aisle. The actors were wed in a small chapel in Chateau Miraval in a private, nondenominational, civil ceremony attended by family and friends. Jolie walked along the aisle with her eldest sons Maddox and Pax, 13 and 10 respectively, while her daughters Zahara, nine, and Vivienne, six, threw petals. Eight-year-old Shiloh and six-year-old Knox served as ring bearers, according to the couple's spokesman. The couple obtained a marriage license...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

The German power metal band Blind Guardian released “Nightfall in Middle-Earth”, a concept album based upon JRR Tolkien's fantasy novel “The Silmarillion”. The album contains not only songs but also spoken passages narrating parts of the story. Austrian black metal band Summoning have also released numerous concept albums based on this and other works by Tolkien. In their song “Beleriand”, the Australian indie band The Middle East incorporate many elements from “The Silmarillion”. English progressive rock band Marillion were formed in 1979 as Silmarillion but shortened their name in 1981 to avoid any copyright conflict. Guitarist Jan Akkerman has also recorded a track called “The Silmarillion” on his 1977...

City

Tangents

Bulbul

Bulbul

Monsoon is close to end. With most migrant birds gone, the bird-watcher's fancy turns to our year-round local birds. Among them, which better to watch than the Bulbul? With its distinctive crested head, acrobatic flight and playful antics, this bird can keep you entertained for a long time. Although its call – a...

Forced Disappearances

No option of legal remedy

Reiterating that the victims of forced disappearances here have no option of legal remedy, Hong Kong-based Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) has made written submissions to the UN Human Rights Council on the prevalence of the incidents in Bangladesh. The prevailing condition of repression and impunity contributes to the further weakening of criminal justice institutions, said the independent regional NGO, which is holding general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It is a sister...

Dr Kamal calls for national unity

Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called for a national unity to establish effective democracy in the country. “If we can forge a national unity, a bright future is awaiting us… so today I would like to call for a national unity among the like-minded civil society members and political parties,” he said. He made the call at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital marking Gonoforum's 21st founding anniversary. Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, former president; Mujahidul Islam...

Star-Robi English in Schools

Silver Bells School wins Ctg divisional round

Silver Bells School wins Ctg divisional round

Silver Bells Girls' High School won the Chittagong divisional round of English in Schools, a joint endeavour of The Daily Star and Robi, held at Khawja Ajmeri KG and High School in the port city yesterday. Khastagir Government Girls' High School was the runner-up, while Chittagong Government High School took the third position. A total...

Tuba Group workers want jobs back

Tuba Group workers want jobs back

Tuba Group workers yesterday reiterated their demand for immediate cancellation of the bail of Delwar Hossain, owner of the group, in a case filed in connection with the Tazreen Fashions fire.    The workers also demanded their due bonus, and urged the government to take control of the company and open up employment opportunities for...

Commercially viable drone developed

Commercially viable drone developed

Bangladeshi researchers have created an unmanned aerial vehicle, popularly known as drone, which they said could be used to ease the gargantuan task of aerial surveys. AplombTech BD, a technology research firm, demonstrated the drone, which is named Albatross and is still in at the experimental stage, in a children's science festival in the...

Man dies in trawler capsizal

A man drowned while nine others were hospitalised as an engine-run salt-laden trawler hit a shoal and sank in the Meghna river at Gazipur point of Haimchar upazila in Chandpur yesterday. The deceased was Ershad, 50, a resident of Mirsarai upazila in Chittagong. Fishermen and locals rescued the victims, undergoing treatment at Haimchar Health Complex, after the Narayanganj-bound trawler from Kutubdia sank around 11:30am, said Moniruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Haimchar Police Station. Mobarak Hossain, deputy director of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (Chandpur),...

Neighbours 'grab' land overnight in Barisal city

Neighbours 'grab' land overnight in Barisal city

Two neighbours have allegedly occupied 22 decimals of land of a betel leaf planter in Barisal city over two days till Tuesday, with the victim alleging that police intentionally delayed in taking action despite being informed of the attempt on the first day. The occupiers built several tin structures there in the early hours...

Dhaka invites Turkish investors

Bangladesh has called for greater trade and investment relations with Turkey and invited potential Turkish investors to take advantage of the favourable business climate in Bangladesh. The call was made by State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, who is on a two-day official visit to Ankara, the Turkish capital, to represent Bangladesh at the invitation of the Turkish government to the Presidential Handover Ceremony of Turkey. During meeting with leaders of Ankara Chamber and officials, the state minister called for...

Benapole Port

Export, import suspended

Import and export between Bangladesh and India has been suspended as Indian Transport Workers' Union yesterday called an indefinite strike centering the incident where India's Border Security Force tortured a transport worker in Petrapole check post in India. However, loading and unloading is going on at the port, said Partha Kumar, deputy director, Benapole Port Authority.

Man found dead in Savar

A man was found dead in a ditch near his house at Kolma in Savar outside the capital yesterday. Sayed Akber Ali was an office assistant at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre in Savar, said police. He might have been beaten to death as the body bore several injury marks on its different parts, said Dipok Chandra Shaha, officer-in-charge of Savar Model Police Station. None was arrested in the incident till last evening.

CIA, RAW, ISI, DGFI

Declassify data on Bangabandhu killing

Communist Party of Bangladesh President Mujahidul Islam Selim yesterday urged the intelligence agencies, CIA of America, RAW of India, ISI of Pakistan, and DGFI, to declassify all data about the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bangabandhu was slain on August 15, 1975 in a bid to “kill the country's liberation war” and to take revenge of the defeat in the war, he told a discussion in the capital.  “The conspirators had a contingency plan [to kill Bangabandhu if defeated in...

Stealing of Twin Baby from DMCH

Arrested two women on three-day remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed a three-day remand for each of the two women arrested over stealing a new born twin baby from Dhaka Medical College Hospital over a week ago. The order came after police produced them before the court seeking a seven-day remand for each of them. Rapid Action Battalion rescued the baby from Gazipur's Board Bazar area early Thursday and arrested the two-- Rasheda Khanom alias Parvin, 48, and Belly Akter alias Rahima in the area.  Rab handed the...

Domestic help tortured

Police yesterday detained a woman over torturing her domestic help in the capital's Green Road area. The detainee is Soniya Akter. Her eleven-year-old domestic help Sohagi, daughter of Kalim Uddin of Shariatpur, with marks of injury on different parts of her body including face and hand took treatment from Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Locals came to know the fact while Sohagi was weeping standing before her employer's building around 4:00pm. On information from them, police picked Sonyia up from her residence on the...

Attack on Khasis

Rights activists want withdrawal of cases against Adivasis

Rights activists yesterday demanded withdrawal of false cases against Khasi people, and arrest and exemplary punishment of Bangalee land grabbers who attacked the indigenous community on May 30 in Moulvibazar's Srimangal upazila.   The activists made the demands at a press conference organised by Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon at Dhaka Reporters' Unity. The activists claimed the authorities of Nahar Tea Garden has been “filing false cases against Khasis and attacking them to evict them from their land.” Around 70 Khasi families live in Nahar...

Woman rescued from brothel in Patuakhali

Police rescued a female garment worker from a brothel in Patuakhali town on Thursday night and arrested three men over selling her to the madam. The arrestees are Milton, 35, Faruque, 32, and Afzal Hossain, 30, of Galachipa upazila in the Patuakhali. Milton, who made a relationship with the woman over cellphone many days ago, lured her to marry her, said SM Ziaul Haque, officer-in-charge of Patuakhali Police Station. On Wednesday night, Milton took the woman from her workplace in Narayanganj to...

News in Brief

48 DU students get Blue Award DU Correspondent After 14 long years, the Dhaka University authorities yesterday awarded 48 students with Blue Award for their contributions to sports. DU Blue Award was last given in 1999 and the authorities reintroduced it amid longstanding demand of DU athletes. The award giving ceremony was held at DU senate building with Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique in chair. The awardees were selected based on their performances in cricket, basketball and other sports completion held at national...

Obituary

Saleha Mosharraf, former lawmaker of Faridpur contituency-4, died of cancer at Diabetic Hospital in the district town early yesterday. She was 66. She left behind three sons and two daughters. She will be buried at Alipur graveyard following her third namaz-e-janaza on Red Crescent premises after Asr prayers today.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of Eng Sirajul Haque, a former high official of BCIC (NGFF & AFFL), will be held today in his Batara residence of the capital after Asr prayers. He passed away due to old age complications in a hospital on August 24. Sirajul, of Shariatpur, left behind his wife, two sons and five daughters.

Death anniversary

Today is the 13th death anniversary of Majibar Rahman Talukder, a former lawmaker of Awami League. A doa mahfil and distribution of food among the destitute will be held at his Patuakhali residence and its adjacent mosque and madrasa, says a press release. On this day in 2001, Majibar, also a former chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of land, died from a cardiac arrest. Majibar was elected MP in 1970, 1991 and 1996.

Obituary

Obituary

Dr Shamsuzzaman Mozumder, former secretary, and member of Planning Commission, died in a Dhaka hospital on Wednesday night. He was buried at Banani graveyard following a namaz-e-janaza at Azad Mosque after Zohr prayers on Thursday, says a press release. To pray for the salvation of the departed soul, a doa mahfil will be held after Asr prayers today in his residence at House-20B, Road-26, Gulshan-1, Dhaka.

World

Putin defends action in Ukraine

Putin defends action in Ukraine

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has hit back at accusations that he has effectively invaded Ukraine, accusing Ukrainian forces of behaving like Nazis in the conflict in the east and ominously threatening to take his standoff with the west into the disputed Arctic. Hours after Barack Obama accused Russia of sending troops into Ukraine...

Ukraine wants to seek Nato membership: PM

Ukraine wants to seek Nato membership: PM

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk yesterday said that the government is seeking to join Nato and is submitting a relevant bill to parliament to end the country's official 'non-bloc' policy. "The government is entering a bill to Verkhovna Rada (parliament) about the cancellation of Ukraine's non-bloc status and resumption of Ukraine's course for Nato...

More than 100 Russian troops killed in battle'

Moscow More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine in a single battle this month while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, two members of the Russian presidential human rights council said on Thursday, citing accounts from eyewitnesses and relatives of the dead. Ella Polyakova and Sergei Krivenko, both members of the council - an advisory body with no legal powers and an uneasy relationship with the Kremlin - said around 300 people were wounded in the same...

IS Jihadists' Threat in Syria

We don't have a strategy: Obama

We don't have a strategy: Obama

The US does not yet have a strategy to tackle the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria, Barack Obama has admitted after criticism that American and British failures in the country allowed group to rise. Meanwhile, the UN yesterday said the number of refugees from the conflict in Syria has now topped three million. The record...

Ukraine Crisis

Poland FM lebels conflict as a war Afp, Warsaw Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski yesterday described the fighting in neighbouring Ukraine as a "war. "If it looks like a war, sounds like a war and kills like a war, it is a war," Sikorski wrote on Twitter about the now four-month conflict between government troops and pro-Moscow rebels.       Germany cries 'military intervention' Afp, Berlin Russia's actions inside Ukraine "add up to a military intervention," German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said yesterday, ahead of an...

Gaza Crisis
Hamas's Refusal to Disarmament

Truce future looks shaky

 Thousands of militants paraded in the besieged Gaza Strip yesterday, defiantly saying they would rearm as the prospects of a final deal on a long-term Israel-Hamas truce looked shaky. Calm was restored to the war-hit coastal enclave in a Tuesday ceasefire, and Gazans were gradually starting to rebuild their lives after a bloody and destructive 50-day war, the deadliest for years. But the chances of long-term peace hung in the balance after Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal on Thursday ruled out Israeli...

Military's Intervention In Politics

'Had no option but army role to end Pak crisis'

'Had no option but army role to end Pak crisis'

Pakistan's interior minister yesterday said the intransigence of anti-government protest movements had left no alternative but mediation by the army to end a two-week political crisis that has shaken the nuclear-armed nation. The country's powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif was named mediator on Thursday in the standoff between the government and protesters led...

Beauty queen 'runs off with crown'

Beauty queen 'runs off with crown'

Myanmar's first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said yesterday. May Myat Noe's photograph was blacked out on the Miss Asia Pacific World website, the word "dethroned" stamped alongside her name. "She thinks as long as she keeps this crown she's the winner," said David Kim, director of media for the South Korea-based pageant. "She's not." Organizers said Noe had "lied" and proved to be untrustworthy, but provided few details. Noe was not immediately available for comment. She planned to hold a news conference at a later time, according to Eleven Media, a Myanmar newspaper.

News In Brief

Modi heads to Japan Afp, New Delhi India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Japan today seeking to capitalise on a close relationship with his like-minded counterpart Shinzo Abe to boost trade between Asia's second and third largest economies. It will be Modi's first bilateral visit outside South Asia since taking office, signalling the importance of a nation he said offered "immense scope for cooperation".   Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff Ap, Kuala Lumpur   Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of an...

Prototype Ebola drug clears early test hurdle

A prototype drug that has been urgently given to a handful of patients with Ebola has cleared an important test hurdle, showing that it cured lab monkeys with the disease, scientists said yesterday. Normally, experimental drugs are tested first on animals and then on progressively larger groups of humans to ensure they are safe and effective. But, in an exceptional move, a new drug called ZMapp that has not gone through these tests has been rushed to the outbreak in west...

Star People

Awe-inspiring strength

Awe-inspiring strength

The Acid Survivor's Foundation (ASF) was established in May of 1999 by Dr John Morrison, to address the growing number of acid attacks in Bangladesh. “During that time, there were about 500 reported attacks a year, and there was no organisation to specifically address this increasingly rampant crime,” says Selina Ahmed, Executive Director...

For Justice and Equality

For Justice and Equality

Country Director of ActionAid, Bangladesh and Human Development practitioner, Farah Kabir is one of the pioneers of this country who has tirelessly worked for women's rights, equality and recognition and has successfully brought changes to our society. An Honour's and Master's holder, Farah majored in Public Administration when studying at Dhaka University (DU). After university, Farah went on to work at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) as a research assistant. “While working at BIISS, I had to write about strategic issues and international politics. After a while, I started leaning towards gender and woman related issues. I managed to create the gender dimension there,” says Farah....

Beyond the Classroom Walls

Beyond the Classroom Walls

Sabhanaz Rashid Diya was hardly in her teens when she began to write, voice out opinions and dream about creating changes. A social entrepreneur, she founded One Degree Initiative Foundation in 2006. As a non-profit that works on mentoring youth and empowering children, Diya's role is to strategise and innovate constantly for the...

Showbiz

Cover Story

WATCH OUT FOR ZAKIA BARI MAMO

WATCH OUT FOR ZAKIA BARI MAMO

Zakia Bari Mamo, a Bangladeshi model turned actress, won the Lux Channel i Superstar in 2006. As a result she was cast as a lead role in the film “Daruchini Dwip” in 2006, for which she won the National Film Award for Best Actress in 2007. She has recently resumed appearing in movies after quite a long break. Her second mainstream FDC film in which she co-starred with Anisur Rahman Milon and Zayed Khan, is “Prem Korbo Tomar Shathe”, directed by Raqibul Alam Raqib. The film will be released right after Eid al-Adha this year. Immediately after completing the film she was offered to be cast in her upcoming...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Mamo's Comeback to the Silver Screen

Mamo's Comeback to the Silver Screen

Zakia Bari Mamo was discovered by Lux in 2006 through their famed beauty contest. There are many media personalities in Bangladesh who were discovered by Lux, and I must say they are doing well. But, not every one of Lux's superstars is memorable, or they couldn't continue on the path of stardom which Lux launched them onto. This is surprising to me, because the grandeur and scale with which Lux promotes their superstars is really something else. But, even then, some of them were not as successful. Perhaps the selection process is not as rigorous or challenging as it should be to ensure that the brightest and most highly...

CLOUDS AND MIST

Romance in Nazrul

Romance in Nazrul

The Rebel Poet died in this month of August close to thirty years ago. If you remember, an equal number of years in his life were lost to the malady that affected his health. There is, therefore, little question of the vast region of literature and music he would have covered if his...

  

INT'L FILM

XAVIER DOLAN

XAVIER DOLAN

There is a good chance that you may not have heard of Xavier Dolan, probably because most people are concerned with Hollywood filmmakers such as James Cameron and John Woo. But, there are hoards of critically acclaimed directors who are not a part of Hollywood, and Xavier stands out amongst them. Through his...

COSMOS

A SPACETIME ODYSSEY

A SPACETIME ODYSSEY

Every child has faced one relentless question about their future, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Those of that looked up and could think of nothing more extraordinary than exploring the little balls that light up the infinite darkness of the sky, said “When I grow up, I'm going...

DID YOU KNOW?

HUGH JACKMAN

HUGH JACKMAN

Before he became the shredded, jacked up star of stage and screen you know today, Hugh Jackman was a gym teacher trying to get young boys at England's Uppingham School to climb that damn rope and quit flicking their towels at each other in the locker room. As fate would have it, one...

THROUGH THE EYES OF

SHARMILA BANERJEE

SHARMILA BANERJEE

After graduating from Management Studies from the University of Dhaka, Sharmila Banerjee won a scholarship on Dance at Shantiniketon back in 1978. Banerjee was very passionate about dance and her first duet was at the age of four. Her ability to sing was an added quality, not one she chose to do professionally....

GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

AGENTS OF SHIELD Enlists Adrianne Palicki G.I.Joe star Adrianne Palicki has been tapped to guest-star as Marvel superspy Bobbi Morse. Best known to comic book fans as Mockingbird, Palicki's character will appear in the fifth episode of the Marvel procedural with the potential to return; the episode will find her popping in perhaps not as an ally to Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team. Palicki joins a rapidly growing roster of guest stars heading to Agents of SHIELD's second run. She joins Kyle MacLachlan as Skye's (Chloe Bennet) father; Lucy Lawless as SHIELD veteran Isabelle Hartly; Reed Diamond as Hydra villain Daniel Whitehall (aka Kraken); Nick Blood as a mercenary...

MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Director: Matt Reeves Writers:  Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver Stars: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Toby Kebbell, Keri Russell Runtime: 130 minutes Strength: Story, screenplay, acting, special effects and cinematography Weakness: Minor difficulty in understanding some of the ape's speech Rating: 4/5 Plot: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the...

Literature

TIPS ON TRANSLATIONS

TIPS ON TRANSLATIONS

There are two extreme approaches in the way one can translate a literary piece from one language to another. The first is seeking a literal translation, sometimes known as formal equivalence, in which an attempt is made to translate using the words that correspond as exactly as possible in the two languages, allowing,...

Repentance

Baladas Apte awoke and busied himself preparing for the day. It was Sunday, and a crowd of confessors would start streaming in soon. He bathed and dressed for church. Baladas Apte was a well-known figure in the Tusughat and Panjim areas of the Konkan Pradesh. He was the assistant priest at the small village church of St Xavier's on the highway to Goa. He did not preach very often, but every Sunday he heard confessions and handed out suitable penance....

DON'T BE AFRAID, O HUMAN SOUL!

The power thrones of today represent devil's affair, the power-hungry monsters are busy playing there. Don't be afraid, O human soul! Don't break down in tears! The drunkard of the underworld won't prevail much longer here. With injustice and wrongs black-stained is his throne, his sword is rusted with the curse of those oppressed. Painting the sky dark-yellow, approaches the monsoon storm in full power, the greedy ones are beguiled thinking, this is a beautiful twilight hour. The fire they have spread around the world, now in...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

Control power use

A few days ago, PM's energy adviser stressed the need to conserve power and ensure efficient use of electricity and gas. In my opinion, he should have started working on this critical issue soon after he was made the energy adviser. About gas, I feel there are two issues that can be considered. The most important thing is to have gas meters for all consumers: domestic, commercial and industrial. For industries, we should have power factor capacitors installed at the earliest...

Letters To The Editor

Imran Khan's threats to Pak govt.

This refers to the report, “Led by Imran, 34 Pak MPs resign” (Aug.23). The Army in Pakistan seems to be playing backdoor games and is supporting the two protesting groups. However, these protests are empty threats, as there is no mass support. Two different protesting groups can never agree and they have not spelt out their agenda for Pakistan's problems. Just asking for resignation of the current Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Shariff has failed to draw mass support. Had...

Comments on news report

“UNO, AC Land seek transfer in face of UP chairman's threat” (August 25, 2014) Molla A. Latif The UNO and the A/C land should not be transferred. They must either take legal action against the chairman and his cronies or leave their job. Applying for transfer and flashing it in the press do not prove their eligibility, rather demonstrates their incapacity and cowardice. ***** “Govt to export 50,000 MT rice to Sri Lanka” (August 26, 2014) Nazmul Hassan Very good news. Bangladesh can also export...

Letters To The Editor

Security system in DMCH

Security system in DMCH

We are relieved to know that the newborn baby, stolen from DMCH a few days ago, has been rescued by Rab on August 28. DMCH authorities should improve its security system so that no more babies get stolen from the hospital. It is very true that the director of the DMCH is a...