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4 HOSPITALS cattle-trapped

4 HOSPITALS cattle-trapped

As the LGRD ministry remains indifferent to people's discomfiture in getting access to key city hospitals ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, the health ministry yesterday sought home's intervention in stopping the makeshift cattle market operating at Agargaon. “Cattle overflow onto adjacent streets, ultimately causing traffic chaos in front of the hospitals in the area which can...

Syria-linked jihadist held

Syria-linked jihadist held

Detectives have arrested a UK citizen of Bangladeshi origin for recruiting jihadists for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, acting on information from two of his recruits detained four days back, say police. Samiun Rahman alias Ibn Hamdan was picked up from Kamalapur Railway Station around 11:30pm on Sunday. On September 24 night, detectives arrested two youths -- Asif Adnan and Fazle Elahi Tanzil -- who allegedly planned to go to Syria through Turkey with Samiun's help. Samiun entered Bangladesh to recruit jihadists to fight in the war in Syria, Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said at a press briefing yesterday.   “The UK national also had a mission...

News Analysis

'Inflated' results; some questions

Reflecting the government point of view, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid made an outburst against the Dhaka University authorities for the disastrous results in the DU admission tests by terming the long-practised admission system “faulty” and “unacceptable”. The truth is the heart-breaking results in the DU exams have shaken the core of the government claim that it has done something revolutionary in the education sector.  The Awami League-led government has been portraying the “outstanding results” in the SSC and HSC examinations...

Poor show in DU admission tests

Poor show in DU admission tests

While pass rates in the SSC and HSC examinations are on the rise, admission tests at Dhaka University this year saw around 83 percent aspirants fail to obtain even pass marks. Battling for around 6,600 seats of first year honours courses, 2,61,409 candidates took the tests and only 45,278 of them came out successful. Even...

Air Strikes Continue in Syria

ISIS reconciles with pro-Qaeda group

As the US-led forces continue air strikes on ISIS positions in northern and eastern Syria, the terror group moves towards a new alliance with al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra. Jabhat al-Nusra, known as al-Nusra Front, which has been at odds with ISIS for much of the past year, vowed retaliation for the US-led strikes, the first wave of which a week ago killed scores of its members. Many al-Nusra units in northern Syria appeared to have reconciled with the group, with which...

Verdict in Appeal

Ashraful's ban now for 5 yrs

Ashraful's ban now for 5 yrs

Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful has had his eight-year ban, which included a three-year suspended sentence, reduced to a five-year term by the BCB's disciplinary panel chief, former justice Mohammed Abdur Rashid. The crest-fallen Bangladesh batting genius, whose reduced sanction now effective from August 13, 2013, stands a chance to return to cricket on August 13, 2016, provided he obtains a certificate of “good conduct from the ICC” to get the benefit of the revised “last two years” suspended sentence. Ashraful will turn 32 by then. “I'm extremely happy. I can return to the game a lot sooner now. It is true that I deserved the punishment but this will be...

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No hajj for 200 pilgrims

No hajj for 200 pilgrims

Dreams of over 200 pilgrims to perform holy hajj have been shattered as 17 hajj agencies deceived them by not arranging their visas and air tickets. The cheated hajj aspirants are now wandering in and around Ashkona Hajj Camp for the last few days hoping that the government will take measures to send them...

Constable Killing Case

Minu, Rajshahi mayor among 89 charged

Some 89 leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat have been chargesheeted in two cases filed over the killing of a police constable last year in Rajshahi. The accused in both the cases include Mizanur Rahman Minu, BNP joint secretary general and also its Rajshahi city unit president, and Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul, Rajshahi city mayor and a BNP leader, said Abul Hashem, inspector of court affairs of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP). Nadim Mostafa, president of Rajshahi district unit BNP, Shafiqul Hoque...

Flight Suspension Aftermath

United Air sued for Tk 50cr compensation

United Air sued for Tk 50cr compensation

Five passengers are suing United Airways for Tk 50 crore for not being able to fly to Malaysia when the carrier had suspended its operations without notice last week. In the law suit filed with a Dhaka court against United, its chairman and managing director yesterday, the plaintiffs said they on September 21 bought...

Punish Ramu attackers

Punish Ramu attackers

The Buddhist community in Ramu yesterday looked back on the day of horror that descended upon the upazila two years ago. Still haunted by the attacks on their homes and temples, they called for expediting the trial of the hate crimes and ensuring exemplary punishment to the attackers.   They organised a daylong programme in the...

Durga Puja begins today

Durga Puja begins today

The five-day Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of Hindus, begins today with Mahashashthi. This year Mohanabami, alongside Bijoya Dashami, the day the idols are immersed, will be celebrated on October 3. However, Puja organisers in Dhaka have decided to immerse the idols on October 4. Around 28,600 altars have been set up in the...

The world's first wearable drone

The world's first wearable drone

In what's been dubbed a cross between a GoPro and a quadcopter, physics researchers have designed the world's first wearable drone. Called Nixie, the drone folds up and attaches to a wrist strap. When the wearer wants it to start filming, they press a button and the drone unfolds and flies overhead, tracking their movements...

Stop excessive use of steroids to fatten cattle

The High Court yesterday directed the government to form a seven-member expert committee in eight weeks in order to stop excessive use of steroids for making sacrificial animals fatty. The panel, within eight weeks of its formation, will have to submit its recommendations to the court to stop the practice. HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Mohammad Ullah came up with the order after Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh, a rights organisation, filed a petition recently seeking...

Rwanda Genocide Trial

Court upholds life terms for ex-ruling party bosses

The UN-backed tribunal for Rwanda yesterday upheld the life sentences for two former heads of the ex-ruling party for genocide crimes committed in 1994. Matthieu Ngirumpatse and Edouard Karemera, the former chairman and deputy of Rwanda's then-ruling National Revolutionary Movement for Development, had been handed life terms in 2011. They were convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity and for not having prevented or denounced crimes committed by the party's infamous youth militia, the Interahamwe, but had appealed the verdicts. An estimated 800,000...

Turkish parliament to discuss joining Islamic State fight

Turkey's government yesterday said it was likely to submit motions to parliament within 24 hours requesting extended mandates for military action in Iraq and Syria, so Ankara can join the coalition against Islamic State militants. "The motions have not yet been sent to parliament. They may come tomorrow," parliamentary speaker Cemil Cicek was quoted as saying by NTV television. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said the motions will be debated on Thursday. Turkey refused to join a broad coalition led by the...

Record 3,072 migrants killed crossing Mediterranean

More than 3,000 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, more than double the previous peak in 2011, the International Organisation for Migration said yesterday. Europe is by far the most dangerous destination for "irregular" migrants, the organisation found in a report, with 3,072, or 75 percent, of the 4,077 registered migrant deaths worldwide since January happening in the Mediterranean. In the 216-page report titled "Fatal Journeys: migrant fatalities across land and sea", IOM said more...

7-Murder

Probe body questions Rab chief

A government probe committee yesterday questioned the Rab DG over the sensational seven-murder case in Narayanganj, seeking information about the elite force's involvement in the gruesome killings. The probe committee tried to know if the elite force had any information about the killings, said Shahjahan Ali, the committee chief and additional secretary to the public administration ministry. Shahjahan also said the probe body sought the Rab chief's suggestion on how such incidents can be avoided in future. Shahjahan made the comments after...

Latif's remarks on hajj draw flak

Posts and Telecommu-nications Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui has drawn sharp criticism as he said he is against the Jamaat-e-Islami but more against Hajj and Tablighi Jamaat. The Awami League presidium member, who was visiting the US with the prime minister, made the remarks during a view exchange meeting with expatriates from Tangail on Sunday afternoon. The meeting was held at a hotel in Jackson Heights in New York. His remarks went viral in the social media. In a report telecast by ETV...

Business

BASIC goes aggressive to recover loans

BASIC goes aggressive to recover loans

The new management of BASIC Bank has made an aggressive move to realise classified loans from top 100 defaulters who account for 86 percent of the total bad loans of the troubled bank.   Around 81 percent of the loans taken by these defaulters were given through Gulshan, Shantinagar and Dilkusha branches, which were dubbed as the most corrupt ones during the previous management. The BASIC Bank board led by new chairman Alauddin A Majid has identified the errant borrowers and sought suggestions from the finance ministry on what action can be taken against them. As on July 31, these defaulters owed Tk 3,946 crore to the bank, with its total classified...

India looks to export fabrics to Bangladesh

India looks to export fabrics to Bangladesh

Dinesh Modi and Suresh Modi, brothers and directors of Mumbai-based fabric maker Banbury, have been looking for a partner in Bangladesh to manufacture shirts and suits to be exported to customers in the West. “If we can find a good partner here, we can collaborate to supply the fabric and they will stitch the...

Grameen America opens new branch in New York

Grameen America opens new branch in New York

Grameen America has opened a new branch in Harlem in New York City to serve low-income women. Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus inaugurated the Grameen America Inc's (GAI) new branch on Thursday, Yunus Centre said in a statement yesterday. This is the seventh GAI branch in New York City. The other branches are located in Jackson...

Tax returns deadline extended to Nov 2

The National Board of Revenue yesterday extended the deadline for filing income tax returns for individual taxpayers to November 2 from September 30. The time has been extended in the face of demands from trade and professional bodies that taxpayers might be unable to complete all the formalities before the September 30 deadline due to Hajj and two religious festivals, Eid-ul-Azha and Durga Puja, NBR said in a statement yesterday. Extension of the deadline has been a common feature over the...

State banks to give more loans to tanners

State-owned commercial banks are set to disburse 17 percent more loans to tanners this year than the last to shore up the leather sector. Sonali, Janata, Agrani and Rupali, which account for 90 percent of the loans extended to the leather sector, plans to disburse Tk 502 crore this year. Sonali may distribute Tk 140 crore, Janata Tk 222 crore, Agrani Tk 90 crore and Rupali Tk 50 crore. Officials of the state banks said they would be strict in giving...

Govt to assess state banks' performance

The government will assess performance of state-owned banks and financial institutions every three months to make their boards more accountable. "So far their activities have not been accountable. Now they will have to be so," Banking Division Secretary M Aslam Alam told reporters after a meeting at the secretariat in Dhaka yesterday. He also said the finance ministry would sit with the state-run banks and financial institutions every two months to discuss administrative issues. Alam yesterday met with managing directors of Sonali,...

NBR cranks up heat on brick makers

In a bid to ensure tax coming to the administrator properly, the National Board of Revenue has made submission of tax clearance certificate compulsory for licence renewals and environmental clearance of brick kilns. The NBR yesterday asked all deputy commissioners to issue permit renewals in favour of brick field owners by checking tax clearance certificates. It also informed the Department of Environment (DoE) that brick field operators will have to submit tax clearance certificates for taking environmental clearance. “We have taken the...

Garment exports of India to rise 10pc

India's cotton and apparel exports are set to climb by around 10 percent this year as higher wages, political instability and concerns about workplace conditions in other producing markets steer international buyers toward Indian exporters, industry officials said. The rise in textile shipments from India - currently around 4.5 percent of world trade - may eat into top exporter China's 36 percent share of the market and will be a boon for Indian textile merchants keen to exploit rising demand...

Profit takers leave stocks in the red

Stocks broke a nine-day gaining streak to end in the negative territory yesterday as investors sold off scrips to pocket profits ahead of the imminent Eid festival. DSEX, the prime index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange, fell 21.85 points or 0.43 percent, to close at 5,050.35. The shariah index, DSES, slipped 1.68 points or 0.14 percent, to close at 1,197.43. Profit booking tendency, especially in small and mini cap shares, derailed market movement, IDLC Investments said in its regular market analysis. “Investors...

Telenor's Baksaas to step down at the end of 2015

Telenor Chief Executive Jon Fredrik Baksaas will step down at the end of 2015, after which he will become an advisor to the board for 12 months, the Norwegian tele- coms operator said on Monday. Baksaas turns 60 in November, Reuters quoted the company as saying. Baksaas has been the president and CEO of Telenor Group since June 2002. Prior to becoming the president and CEO, Baksaas served as Telenor's Deputy CEO, chief financial and executive vice president with the overall responsibility...

ASA to lend Tk 20cr to farmers for power tillers

ASA, one of the largest microfinance institutions in Bangladesh, said it would disburse Tk 20 crore in loans among farmers in the next one year to help them buy power tillers. The MFI began the lending from September under its Agri-business Development Project. Small, medium and marginal farmers and traders of agri-machinery will be provided with the loan at reduced service charges, ASA said in a statement. The project has been formulated to provide income-generating opportunity to small and marginal farmers who...

Biman explains why it scrapped purchase order for Formia

Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday clarified its stance on the cancellation of an order for purchasing hajj kits from a foreign supplier. The Daily Star published a report headlined 'Formia demands compensation from Biman for scrapping order' on September 25, following a press briefing by the Hong Kong-based Formia Airline Supplies Ltd the previous day. Formia was supposed to provide 51,000 hajj kits as per Biman's specifications, according to the clarification. In the first consignment, Formia provided 5,000 hajj kits to Biman on...

Lenovo says $2.1b IBM x86 server deal to close Wednesday

Lenovo Group Ltd will close its acquisition of International Business Machines Corp's (IBM) x86 server division on Oct 1 for $2.1 billion, giving the Chinese tech firm the firepower to win business clients from U.S. rivals. The closing purchase price is lower than the $2.3 billion announced in January because of a change in the valuation of inventory and deferred revenue liability, Lenovo said. Roughly $1.8 billion will be paid in cash and the remainder in stock. The purchase is Lenovo's...

China plans to start direct currency trading with euro

China will begin direct trading between its yuan currency and the euro starting on Tuesday, the national foreign exchange market's operator said, as Beijing seeks to broaden the unit's global usage. The China Foreign Exchange Trade System already offers a platform for yuan-euro transactions but direct trading means the US dollar will not be used as an intermediary currency to calculate rates, according to a statement released Monday. The market operator said the move aimed to promote bilateral trade and investment,...

EU to accuse Apple of taking illicit Irish state aid

The European Union is to accuse US tech giant Apple of taking illegal aid from the Irish state through sweetheart tax deals over two decades, the Financial Times reported Monday. A European Commission investigation into Apple's tax affairs in Ireland, where it has enjoyed a rate of less than 2.0 percent, found that the company benefitted from illegal state aid, the FT reported citing sources close to the matter. Ireland's Department of Finance confirmed that the EU would be publishing a...

Lufthansa pilots to strike on long-haul flights on Tuesday

Pilots with Germany's Lufthansa will stage a strike on long-haul flights on Tuesday, their latest walkout in the ongoing dispute with management over early retirement provisions, their union said. Vereinigung Cockpit called on its members to strike on long-haul flights departing from Frankfurt between 8:00 am and 11:00 pm on Tuesday. The strike would affect services on Airbus A380, A330 and A340 and Boeing 747 aircraft, the union said. "We feel compelled to take further industrial action as Lufthansa management has failed...

Cheap smartphones key to 3G expansion

Cheap smartphones key to 3G expansion

Cheaper smartphones and favourable pricing for 3G spectrum are keys to the growth of internet in the country, a top telecom official said. “The more penetration we have, the more spectrum we will need,” Ziad Shatara, chief executive officer of Banglalink, the country's second largest mobile phone operator, told The Daily Star in an...

Tech sector sizzles as Myanmar embraces internet for the masses

From navigating gridlocked city roads to playing a favourite national sport, new homegrown apps are blossoming in Myanmar as cheap mobile technology ignites an internet revolution in the once-isolated nation. Myanmar web surfers were once paradigms of patience and ingenuity as they dodged and weaved through the former military regime's communications blocks in decrepit backstreet internet cafes. But commuters in Myanmar's biggest cities can now be seen tapping away on smartphones as an online awakening sweeps the country, fuelled by the...

Protests hit Hong Kong banks, travel and business

Protests hit Hong Kong banks, travel and business

Hong Kong's shares tumbled Monday and the local dollar hit a six-month low against the greenback as pro-democracy protests shut down many schools, businesses and banks in the city. As demonstrators refused to back down on their demands for China to grant the city universal suffrage, fears of a long stand-off saw investors sell...

Foreign firms still await free-trade zone reform bonanza in China

China on Monday hailed the first anniversary of its first free-trade zone (FTZ), but foreign companies expressed disappointment over the pace of pledged reforms as they await real business opportunities. The FTZ was set up in China's commercial hub Shanghai with the promise of a range of financial reforms, including full convertibility of the yuan currency and freer interest rates -- both of which remain unfulfilled. But just two weeks ago authorities shook up the zone's management, removing Communist Party chief...

Sports

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Women progress, men don't

Women progress, men don't

Bangladesh women's kabaddi team all but confirmed their semifinal berth in the 17th Asian Games with an emphatic 30-18 win over hosts South Korea at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium in Incheon yesterday. But the men's team disappointed once again as they were eliminated from the group stage for the second successive time after...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Rain helps minnows

Rain helps minnows

Bad weather helped cricket minnows at the Asian Games on Monday as South Korea won a rain-curtailed match to enter the knock-out rounds and Kuwait progressed on a coin-toss. The Koreans, taking part in their first big cricket competition, used their baseball-honed skills to outgun China by six runs in a game reduced to...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

The rockstar of kabaddi

The rockstar of kabaddi

Despite being the national sport of India and Bangladesh, the physical contact sport of kabaddi has traditionally garnered little attention from mainstream media in the subcontinent. But that seems to be changing now, thanks to introduction of the franchise-based Indian Pro Kabaddi League this year. The money-spinning tournament, where business tycoons and Bollywood stars invested millions of rupees, was widely televised and attracted following from all across the sub-continent and beyond. It also made celebrities out of kabaddi players, who were hitherto relatively unknown beyond their arena. One such star, and perhaps the biggest one, is the India captain Rakesh Kumar, who was recruited by the Patna Pirates at a...

Split-captaincy decision today?

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is most likely to make a decision on split-captaincy in today's board meeting at its headquarters in Mirpur. "I think Mushfiqur [Rahim] should give up captaincy in at least one format. Almost everyone believes that he should quit in one format," said BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon while talking to reporters yesterday. The meeting has been convened mainly to discuss the Tigers' dismal performance on their Caribbean tour where Mushfiqur's men played so poorly that they suffered...

Ganguly wants a team from Bangladesh

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Eden Gardens next month, former India national captain Sourav Ganguly has invited the Bangladesh Cricket Board to send a team to participate in a tournament organised by the Cricket Association of Bengal. And in a bid to send a strong team to the competition -- set to be held next month -- the BCB however may postpone the start of the domestic 50-over competition, the Dhaka Premier League. "Sourav Ganguly gave us a letter and...

Abahani playing catch-up

Four-time professional league champions Abahani are looking to build a young side ahead of the new season. The champions of the first three editions of the Bangladesh League, last won a league title in 2011 and have failed to win any title ever since. They finished second in the league last season, but a massive 12-point behind champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club. Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel KC, the champions of the previous two editions, have already assembled strong squads...

2nd one-day game today

Hosts Bangladesh A will look to square the series against their Zimbabwean counterparts at the Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium today in the second of the three-match one-day series. Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva's maiden List A century led the visitors to a 17-run win over Bangladesh A on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The hosts won the four-day series 2-0. The team management has decided to make two changes to the squad that will be taking the...

Zia maintains sole lead

GM Ziaur Rahman maintained his sole lead with 8 points after ninth round of the Berger Paints National A Chess, which is being held at the media centre of Bangladesh Olympic Association. Zia got the better of Masum Hossain after 31 moves in the ninth round match yesterday. GM Enamul Hossain was in second position with 7.5 points after beating CM Mahtabuddin while defending champion GM Abdullah Al Rakib was in third position with 7 points as he beat FM...

UEFA Champions League

City aim to rebound

City aim to rebound

Manchester City will look to bounce back from an opening defeat at Bayern Munich when they host Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday, as Jose Mourinho's Chelsea go to Lisbon. CSKA MOSCOW V BAYERN MUNICH Bayern beat CSKA home and away in the group stage of last season's Champions League and the Russian champions'...

Barclays English Premier League

'I deserved to be sent-off'

Wayne Rooney admitted he deserved to be sent-off in Manchester United's 2-1 win over West Ham as his sixth career red card again put his temperament under the spotlight. Rooney, who has been appointed skipper by coach Louis van Gaal this season and is celebrating a decade at Old Trafford, was dismissed for a reckless lunge on Stewart Downing just on the hour mark on Saturday. "I knew at the time that I misjudged it," 28-year-old Rooney said Sunday. "It is a...

Who will overtake Raul first?

The Champions League returns Tuesday and Wednesday with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi competing for yet another prize as the rival stars take aim at the tournament's all-time scoring record. Ronaldo and Messi are neck-and-neck in a race to become the Champions League's all-time leading scorer by breaking the record held by Raul Gonzalez. Ronaldo has 68 goals in Europe's top club competition, one more than Messi. Raul scored 71. Ronaldo may have a better chance of getting there first as Real...

PSG lose Zlatan

Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Parc des Princes due to a nagging heel problem, the French club have confirmed. "The different tests carried out this morning on the problem with his left heel were not satisfactory. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out of the match against Barcelona," said a statement released by PSG. Ibrahimovic, who played for Barcelona in the 2009-10 season, had already missed his club's last two games in Ligue 1. Without...

Mohammedan in final

Mohammedan Sporting Club booked a berth in the final of the Airtel U-18 Football Tournament after overcoming Team BJMC by 2-1 goals in the second semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. The champions of the inaugural edition in 2013, which was held between the U-16 teams of the Bangladesh Premier League, will take on Brothers Union in the final which will be held at 5:00pm on Thursday at the same venue. The Black and Whites, who emerged champions of Group...

Hart set to return

England goalkeeper Joe Hart will return for Manchester City in their Champions League tie at home to Roma on Tuesday after being replaced by Willy Caballero at the weekend. Hart sat on the bench for City's 4-2 win at Hull City in the Premier League and Argentine Caballero, signed from Malaga in the summer, produced a solid display. However, Hart remains manager Manuel Pellegrini's first choice. Asked whether Hart would play in a match City cannot afford to lose, Pellegrini said: "Yes,...

Editorial

Editorial

Launch capsize probe report

IT is not often that we get to know the findings of any probe report, least of all those related to accidents and loss of life. We have at hand now the findings of the committee tasked with probing the Pinak-6 disaster. The findings are highly disconcerting and expose an abject lack of concern for public safety, dereliction of duty, lax oversight and rampant corruption. One of the aims of setting up such a committee is to find the flaws...

Editorial

Elusive railway tickets

AS happened many times before, tens of thousands of Eid holidaymakers are facing difficulties in booking their passage home. It's already too late to increase the intake capacity for the swelling number of passengers rushing to travel by train. Apart from the limited capacity, the blocking of tickets for VIPs, on-line complications and suspected black marketing deprive many ticket seekers of a chance to get it, particularly in good time.    Railways being a bulk carrier of passenger and a safe...

Op-ed

Editorial

Launch capsize probe report

IT is not often that we get to know the findings of any probe report, least of all those related to accidents and loss of life. We have at hand now the findings of the committee tasked with probing the Pinak-6 disaster. The findings are highly disconcerting and expose an abject lack of concern for public safety, dereliction of duty, lax oversight and rampant corruption. One of the aims of setting up such a committee is to find the flaws...

Editorial

Elusive railway tickets

AS happened many times before, tens of thousands of Eid holidaymakers are facing difficulties in booking their passage home. It's already too late to increase the intake capacity for the swelling number of passengers rushing to travel by train. Apart from the limited capacity, the blocking of tickets for VIPs, on-line complications and suspected black marketing deprive many ticket seekers of a chance to get it, particularly in good time.    Railways being a bulk carrier of passenger and a safe...

Politics of education: Debate over student exams

Politics of education: Debate over student exams

AN interesting debate in Bangladesh over “quality” of education is currently keeping some of us amused over the topic as well as the debate participants. On the surface, the debate is a fallout of the pathetic performance in the recent Dhaka University intake exams by students who graduated from higher secondary schools recently....

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The intellectual battle against ISIS

The intellectual battle against ISIS

THE global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today's crisis of extremism, we must recognise that we are just as interdependent for our security, as is clear in the current struggle to defeat ISIS. If we are to prevent ISIS from teaching us this lesson the hard...

Kashmir keeps turning up

THERE has seldom been a time when the domestic politics of India and Pakistan have not intruded into efforts to normalise bilateral relations. When Nawaz Sharif spoke at the United Nations about a plebiscite in Kashmir, the Pakistan prime minister was not so much addressing India as he was audiences back home. Mr. Sharif has not yet emerged fully from his battle for survival against Imran Khan. The cricketer-turned-politician is now planning to widen his protests for Mr. Sharif's...

Freedom of the press and Lord Denning

THE signs are ominous. The Bangladesh Press Council, which was set up to preserve the freedom of the press, now wants to control it by having the powers to punish journalists for “false reports,” and to issue certificates to intending journalists. To gain this authority, it has already consulted with the information ministry and drafted proposals for changes in the Press Council Act, 1973. The Cyber Tribunal recently awarded seven years imprisonment to a person accused of disseminating “a...

Regulate-cigarettes to protect health

Regulate-cigarettes to protect health

IN recent years the electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) industry has been rapidly expanding, evolving from just one manufacturer in 2005 to a $3 billion global business with 466 brands. Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), of which e-cigarettes are the most common prototype, are battery-powered devices that use electricity to aerosolise a nicotine containing fluid for inhalation. We know that nicotine is addictive and is not harmless. But as ENDS are not made from tobacco leaves, they have largely escaped any regulation. The rapid global growth of ENDS represents an evolving frontier filled with both promise and threat for tobacco control. There is an urgent need to regulate the use of...

Is South Asia becoming a breeding ground for IS?

IT seemed that after the death of Osama bin Laden, militant Islamist/Wahaabist groups had shrunk in size. The arrival of the IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) in this context and its unprecedented rise is hence a cause for concern from many angles. The IS differs largely in its modus operandi from what had previously been known of such jihadist groups; members of the group operate in a military manner where they occupy and gain control over territories and...

Letters To The Editor

Bangladesh-India relations

A few days ago, Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali visited New Delhi for the third meeting of the Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission (JCC), where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for concrete steps to promote Bangladesh-India trade and investment, as improved connectivity would promote economic cooperation and strengthen people-to-people ties. We appreciate Indian PM's remarks. At the same time, we want to say that Bangladesh-India trade and investment shouldn't mean monopolistic business of Indian products in Bangladesh, as...

Letters To The Editor

Metaphors in communication

Metaphors are used to describe something by referring to it as an object that is different and suggesting that it has qualities similar to it. "Love is a rose, but you better not pick it," is a line from Neil Young's song sung in 1977 which is an example of metaphor. Metaphors have been used in poetry for centuries and its use in communication is also popular. In recent years, scientists, particularly, neuroscientists have been doing research on the...

Letters To The Editor

Focus on quality education

We have known from news reports that of the total 40,565 examinees, 22,000 failed in English and only 2 students qualified to be enrolled in the Dhaka University's English department for the 2014-2015 session. This time, the university has made it compulsory for the applicants to obtain at least 15 marks in “Elective English”, apart from the usual 20 marks in the general English, to be enrolled in the department. The number of GPA-5 scorers at SSC and HSC levels...

Comments on news report

“Cops capture 2 'ISIS recruitees',” published on September 26, 2014 MH Khan Only a dumb idiot can think of destroying lives. Our education system should teach our children how precious our life is. Nothing can be more important than living and preserving lives. ***** “Human rights under attack everywhere” (September 25, 2014) Sayed Rahman Honourable secretary general, it is not a new phenomenon to us. It has been occurring for a long time. ***** “Usefulness questionable” (September 25, 2014) Genuine Musafeer It could well be termed as 'an unusual...

Entertainment

DURGA PUJA NOSTALGIA

DURGA PUJA NOSTALGIA

Durga Puja, one of the biggest religious festivals of the country, brings back happy memories for many, and actors are no different. As the festival begins today with Shoshthi, A number of popular artistes of the big and small screen shared their happy memories of the festival with The Daily Star, and their celebration plans this time around. Chanchal Chowdhury The festival is back again. I have many fond memories of celebrating Durga Puja at my ancestral home, Pabna -- hanging out with friends, visiting relatives' homes and wearing new attire. This Puja, I will spend time in Pabna with my family and friends. I feel restless if I don't go...

Gaan Bangla's tribute to Feroza Begum

Gaan Bangla's tribute to Feroza Begum

Gaan Bangla Television is organising a special memorial programme for the recently departed legendary Nazrul singer Feroza Begum at the National Museum Auditorium today at 5pm. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor will attend the programme as chief guest. Eminent cultural personalities, family members and others will be the discussants at the programme.    M Asafuddowla,...

Six episode play “Bhai” on Maasranga

Six episode play “Bhai” on Maasranga

Six-episode TV play “Bhai” will air on Maasranga television at 6.15 pm over six days during Eid. Written by Motia Banu Shuku and directed by Ruman Runy, the play revolves around Manik Murshed, a successful man whose unrequited love for Nirjhor cause him pain, particularly since he has helped her  achieve her dream...

Deadline on ntv

Deadline on ntv

Drama serial “Deadline” will air on ntv from the second to the seventh day of Eid at 6:35pm. Written by Shafikur Rahman Shantonu and directed by Golam Sohrab Dodul, the play is a story of vengeance. Isabella and Flora's professional rivalry leads them to cross swords at the personal level as well. Abul Hayat,...

'Chot' staged in Mymensingh

S.B Media, a theatre troupe from Mymensingh, recently staged 'Chot', (The Wound) at Muslim Institute auditorium. The play, based on the Liberation War, has been written and directed by Sujoy Basak. The cast of the play were--Ranjit Basak, Halima Sheikh Prattashya, Manik Pal, Arian Selim, Ajit Banik, Tofael Ahmed, Mustafa Kamal Khokon and Manik Chakraborty. The play was assisted by Bulbul Ahmed, Sunny and Reza. Earlier, a discussion was held. President of Chhayanat Sahitya Sangskritik Dal, Sharif Mahfuzul Haque; secretary of Bidrohi Natya Goshthi...

NEWS bytes

Thom Yorke releases new album on BitTorrent

Thom Yorke releases new album on BitTorrent

Radiohead's Thom Yorke has released his latest solo album via BitTorrent, in an attempt to bypass “the self-elected gatekeepers” of the music industry. The singer said he turned to the online file-sharing system as “an experiment”. “Tomorrow's Modern Boxes”, which includes eight tracks and a video, is available for $6. It comes seven years after...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

During his sixty-year career, Ivan Aivazovsky, considered one of the best marine artists in history, produced around 6,000 paintings of very different values. The vast majority of his works depict the sea. He rarely drew dry-landscapes and created only a handful of portraits. Aivazovsky never painted his pictures from nature, always from memory,...

City

Transport for Puja, Eid Rush

Desperation grows

With Durga Puja and Eid-ul-Azha holidays knocking on the door, hundreds of Dhaka city dwellers are still in a desperate search for train, bus and launch tickets so as to make it in time to celebrate the festival with near and dear ones. As in the past couple of days, many ticket-seekers yesterday thronged Kamalapur Railway Station, Sadarghat Launch Terminal and bus counters around the capital. Most returned empty handed as the operators claimed to have run out of tickets. Private...

Forget 1971

The people who believe in the country's independence must get united against this government to free the nation from its misrule forgetting who did what in 1971, BNP chairperson's adviser Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said yesterday. “The country is now facing only one problem--an illegal administration is weighing heavily on the shoulder of the people. So, there's only one solution--this illegal government must be dislodged through a decisive movement,” he told a discussion, "The impeachment law and the independence of the...

Jamaat in league with int'l extremists

The Jamaat-e-Islami is in league with different international extremist groups that have waged a war against humanity across the globe, Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam said yesterday. “This war won't take much time to come to our country,” he said at a programme at Jatiya Press Club where he unveiled a DVD titled “Blood-stained Bangladesh: a saga of BNP-Jamaat terrorism”, brought out by the ruling Awami League. “Here they [extremists] are known as Jamaat while elsewhere they are known...

Enact law against discrimination

Bangladesh Dalit Parishad (BDP) yesterday urged the government to immediately implement the proposed anti-discrimination law to protect their rights. Rajshahi divisional unit of BDP in association with Parittran, an NGO assisted by the European Union, held a press conference at Rajshahi Press Club to press home their demands. Raghunath Das, president of the divisional unit, said, “We cannot force people to love us, but the law will shield us from their hatred.” The Law Commission and National Human Rights Commission have already...

RTI Act

BIWTC official fined for denying info

The Information Commission yesterday fined the designated information officer at the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) Tk 2,000 for denying information to a contractor seeking the details of an investigation on a construction project. Nazrul Islam Misha has repeatedly ignored the application of Tarikul Islam Linkon, the contractor, said Mohammed Farooq, the chief information commissioner (CIC). The commission penalised Misha after the final hearing yesterday on Linkon's complaint.  “We announced the verdict... following Article 27 of the Right to Information Act...

Women benefit least from dev projects

Women always benefit the least from any development project, said women's rights activists at a seminar yesterday. Political parties make pledges and the government adopts policies, but the plight of women at grass roots level remains unchanged, they added.  The seminar titled “Women's Political Empowerment in Bangladesh: Prospects and Challenges” was held in Cirdap auditorium in the capital.   The event was organised by Steps Towards Development in association with Democracywatch, Prip Trust, and Khan Foundation.   Pointing out that female local government representatives enjoy...

Cops shoot snatchers in capital

Two snatchers and Dhanmondi police came up with contradictory claims yesterday, with the former alleging that they were shot in legs point blank in custody while the latter briefing journalists that they shot the two to stop them from fleeing in the capital's Shankar. The snatchers are Shaheed Mia alias Sourav, 38, and Saidur Rahman, 28. Abdul Baten, deputy commissioner (Ramna division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said at a press briefing that the two were escaping in a silver car after...

Govt Staff Inside Secretariat, Outside

End inequalities

Calling for an end to the discriminations in promotions and salaries between government employees stationed inside the Secretariat and outside, Bangladesh Sarkari Kormochari Samannay Parishad placed a seven-point demand at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity yesterday. A press release signed by Rezaul Mostafa, secretary of the government employees' association, read that the Parishad with 12 lakh government employees who work outside the Secretariat would launch a movement if the demands remain unfulfilled by October 30. The demands include replacing...

3 Hindu idols desecrated in Sylhet

Three Hindu idols were desecrated in the house of a female ward councillor of Sylhet City Corporation in Jatarpur yesterday. Councillor Diba Rani Dey from the reserved seat of wards no 16, 17 and 18 alleged that her neighbour Abdul Matin damaged the idols of Goddess Durga, Saraswati and Ganesha, kept in her prayer room in the yard, after having a heated exchange with her driver. She filed a general diary. However, Matin claimed Diba's husband Manindra Dey vandalised the idols...

BSTI to provide online services

Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) has taken an initiative to provide online services to its clients. To this effect, it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with International Finance Corporation (IFC) at BSTI's office in Tejgaon of the capital yesterday.     Kyle F Kelhofer, IFC country manager for Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan; and Iqramul Haque, BSTI director general, signed the MoU on behalf of their organisations. IFC will help BSTI launch e-payment systems, issue certification marks licences online, and enrich the institution's...

Road crashes kill five

Countrywide road accidents killed five people and injured one person yesterday and Sunday. A correspondent from Ctg reports, two people died when a truck hit a bicycle and ran then over on Anwara-Borkol road in Anwara upazila of Chittagong. The deceased were Jakir Hossain, 25, and Abdul Hamid, 18, of Banshkhali. Our Netrakona correspondent report, Nirob, 4, son of Mozammal Haque of Nashibpur village died when an auto-rickshaw ran him over at Nashibpur intersection in Purbadhola upazila. In Netrakona Sadar upazila, Ashish Kumar...

News in Brief

Three arms traders arrested, arms recovered Staff Correspondent Three arms traders were arrested and arms were recovered in separate drives on Sunday. On information, a team of detectives arrested Md Rakibul with four pistols and 12 bullets in the capital's Motijheel, said police. Based on his information, they arrested Md Zaman, 28, and Abdul Hakim, 34, from Mogbari area of Comilla. During primary interrogation, the arrestees admitted their involvement in arms trading. Man arrested with heroin in Ctg Staff Correspondent, Ctg Police arrested a person with 60...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 5th death anniversary of Shamsul Alam, former chief executive of Burma Eastern Ltd and Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd. Relatives, friends and well wishers are requested to pray for the departed soul, said a press release.

Bangladesh lost sloth bears

Bangladesh lost sloth bears

Last sighted around 70 years back, the reclusive sloth bear was declared extinct yesterday by a group of scientists and conservationists working to update the conservation status of seven animal groups in Bangladesh. “We are sure,” said Mohammed Shahed Mahabub Chowdhury, project manager of Updating Species Red List of Bangladesh at the “1st Preliminary...

Tongi Juvenile Development Centre

Five 'attempt suicide'

Five teenage boys of Tongi Juvenile Development Centre in Gazipur yesterday allegedly tried to commit suicide by slashing their bodies with sharp objects. The injured are Nayeem, 16, Iqbal, 16, Panjas, 16, Faruk, 17, and Asad, 17. They were sent to Tongi Government Hospital for treatment. Mahbubur Rahman Chowdhury, residential medical officer of the hospital, said a medical assistant of the correctional centre, Helal Uddin, brought the boys to the hospital around 1:15pm. "The boys hurt themselves with sharp weapons like blades...

Govt destroying education system by increasing pass rates

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night said the government had destroyed the education sector by increasing the pass rates in public examinations in order to get compliments from others. "...the inside story is the knowledge level of students is going down. They did not qualify in the admission tests," she said. Because of this, meritorious students are getting upset day by day, the former prime minister told a discussion at her Gulshan office in the capital with Buddhist leaders, who called...

Country

Sramik League office on school ground

Sramik League office on school ground

Surprisingly though, an office of pro-ruling party Sramik League runs on the ground of  'Free Amin Government Primary School' at Rasulpur in Saidpur municipality under the district. Set up on a railway land in 1952, the school was nationalised in 1973. Around 300 kids read at the school where nine teachers are serving now. A couple...

Theft or Mere Suspicion!

Three women brutally tortured at jeweller's

Three women brutally tortured at jeweller's

Employees of a jewellery shop in the town beat up three women, cut off their hair and kept them detained for four hours on suspicion of stealing gold ornaments yesterday, sources said. The three women wearing yashmaks came to Faruk Jeweller's at Chawkbazar in Dinajpur town, to buy gold ornaments at around 11:00am yesterday,...

44 held while crossing border illegally

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested 36 people while they were illegally entering Bangladesh from India through Putkhali border under Benapole Police station on Sunday night. The border guards later arrested eight others while they were going to India without valid documents through the border point the same night. Shamsur Rahman, in-charge of 23 BGB Battalion camp in Putkhali, said a BGB patrol team, acting on a tip-off, raided the border point at around 9:00pm and arrested 36 people, including...

Two drown, 13 hurt as 2 boats capsize

Two women drowned and at least 13 others were injured when two passenger boats capsized in Rasulpur beel (water body) and Titas River in Nabinagar upazila at the same time on Sunday evening. The deceased are Kohinoor Begum, 36, wife of Abdul Bari, and Begum Akhter, 40, wife of Phul Mia of Kurighar village in the upazila. Local sources said two engine driven boats, each carrying 50 to 55 passengers, were heading towards Kurighar village and Nabinagar upazila headquarters from Gukarna...

Villagers join hands to repair dyke

Villagers join hands to repair dyke

Hundreds of villagers have joined hands to repair two large breaches developed in the flood control dyke due to sudden increase of water level in Bangali River under Gobindaganj upazila. Due to incessant rain for the last few days and onrush of water from upstream, the breaches have developed in the dyke at Bochadaha...

Robbers kill one, injure 2

Robbers stabbed a rickshaw-puller to death and injured two members of a family at Shankarpur-Foyezrpara village in Badarganj upazila on early Sunday. The deceased Anwarul Haque, 35, son of Aminul Haque of the village, succumbed to his injuries at Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) at noon. Police quoted locals as saying that a gang of 20/25 robbers stormed into the house of Ataur Rahman of the village by breaking open the door around 2:00am and kept the family members hostage at...

Snippets

Smuggled goods seized Our Correspondent, Benapole, Jessore Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) seized smuggled goods, including camera, mobile phone sets, sarees and cloths, worth Tk 44.5 lakh from Amrakhali area in Benapole yesterday. Major Liaquat Hossain, department commander of BGB-26 Battalion, said on secret information, a team of BGB raided the area and seized the goods. However, the smugglers managed to flee, sensing the presence of the border guards. Girl violated Our Correspondent, Khagrachhari A six-year-old schoolgirl was raped in Chadarkhil area under...

World

US underestimated ISIS threat

US underestimated ISIS threat

President Barack Obama has said that US intelligence agencies underestimated so called Islamic State (ISIS) activity inside Syria, which has become “ground zero” for jihadist terrorists worldwide, while overestimating the ability of the Iraqi army to fight such militant groups. The president's words, extracted from a CBS interview, came as further US-led airstrikes were...

UK PM mulling Syria air strikes

UK PM mulling Syria air strikes

David Cameron has given his broadest hint yet that he wants to extend the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) to Syria and that only a lack of political consent at Westminster is holding the government back. The prime minister said on Sunday he was sympathetic to the argument mounted by former chief of the...

Ukraine truce deal in doubt

Ukraine truce deal in doubt

The shaky truce between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military was challenged yesterday when 12 soldiers and civilians were reported killed in a surge of fighting across the separatist east. A week after talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk yielded an agreement for a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons and troops from the frontline, a lasting solution to the conflict which has killed more than 3,200 people seemed no closer. National Security and Defence Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko said rebels had killed nine soldiers over the last 24 hours. Some died in a rebel attack on an armoured vehicle carrying Ukrainian paratroopers. Three civilians were killed in the main rebel...

Spain moves to foil Catalans dream

The Spanish government yesterday rolled out a legal roadblock to stop the Catalonia region voting on independence, branding the planned ballot an affront to the sovereignty of Spain. After Catalonia's president Artur Mas staked his leadership on the issue by calling the vote for November 9, the national government responded by filing a constitutional challenge. Conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he "deeply" regretted Mas's move. "I regret it because it is against the law, it bypasses democracy and divides Catalans, it...

Ghani sworn-in as Afghan president

Ashraf Ghani, a one-time US-based academic, was sworn in as new president of Afghanistan yesterday and used his inaugural speech to call for Taliban insurgents to join peace talks after 13 years of war. The militant threat in Kabul was underlined by a suicide attack outside the airport's main entrance that killed four members of the security forces and three civilians shortly before the inauguration. The ceremony at the presidential palace marked the country's first democratic transfer of power and opened...

Hong Kong protesters dig in

Hong Kong protesters dig in

The ranks of Hong Kong democracy protesters who have paralysed parts of the city swelled into their tens of thousands yesterday, digging in for another night of confrontation with police in their campaign for free elections. In the worst unrest since the former British colony was handed back to China in 1997, demonstrators fought...

Jayalalithaa launches appeal on graft case

Jayalalithaa launches appeal on graft case

Indian politician Jayalalithaa Jayaram yesterday launched a flurry of appeals against a four-year jail sentence, in a long-running corruption case against the highly popular but controversial figure, an aide said. Jayalalithaa, a former film star and longtime head of the prosperous southern state of Tamil Nadu, lodged the appeals against her jailing and conviction...

Karadzic 'driving force' of Bosnia's ethnic cleansing

Karadzic 'driving force' of Bosnia's ethnic cleansing

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was the "driving force" behind ethnic cleansing during Bosnia's bloody civil war, including some of the worst atrocities since World War II, the Yugoslav war crimes court heard yesterday. "The policy of ethnic cleansing has been fully exposed as has Dr Karadzic as its driving force," UN prosecutor...

200 arrested for religious clashes in Gujarat

Indian police in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat have arrested more than 200 people after violence between majority Hindus and minority Muslims, a senior officer said yesterday. The clashes in the western city of Vadodara were sparked by a distorted image posted on social media that offended Muslims, prompting authorities to block mobile Internet and bulk text messaging, the officer said. The violence coincides with Modi's visit to the United States where he is expected to meet President...

News in Brief

Iran nuclear talks to resume by mid-Oct Afp, Tehran Difficult talks between Iran and world powers on Tehran's nuclear programme will resume in Europe before mid-October, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying yesterday. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the negotiations -- aimed at brokering a historic deal by a November 24 deadline -- would resume in Vienna or Geneva within two weeks. India, Israel PMs meet, pledge stronger ties Afp, New York Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and India's new Prime...

Lifestyle

A FEMININE autumn

A FEMININE autumn

There are very few things as beautiful as a season in transition. Long, languid days of summer slowly fade into early evenings; the sun is mellow and moody. Unexpected yet welcome showers mildly touch the windowsills, its gentle raindrops bidding adieu to the last wistful memories of summer. As the mercury levels adjust...

LS PICK

EASY ON the eyes

EASY ON the eyes

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. And it never hurts to have fancy windows, in case Romeo finally decides to make an appearance and call you from below. Begnali women already have a lot going for them in the eye department, with those big doe eyes and the mile-long lashes. Here's how to dress them up real nice so they're fit for poetry. NEON BLINKERS Neon doesn't just have to be restricted to the lips. You can choose to add a little pop of colour to your eyes as well. Try to use a coloured eye pencil to line your eyes, because you won't get a clean...

  

AAPPAYON

Eid specials

Eid specials

Brain masala The first items which come to the kitchen from the butcher are the offal. Along with the liver, the brain is the choice of the housewife to cook for lunch. The meat will require a longer time to cook. So it is an ideal starter for the hungry family members to start the meal, followed by the bhunakaliji. Use this recipe to cook the liver, but omit the mint. And cut the liver into bite sized chunks. The beef salon will follow. Ingredients: 1 oxbrain ½ cup soybean oil ½ cup ghee 4 onions, chopped 10 green chillies 1 tbsp ginger paste 2 tbsp garlic paste 1 tbsp coriander powder 1 tsp red chilli powder 6 cardamom pods, cracked 5...

TWO PEAS IN A POD

The festival of sacrifice

The festival of sacrifice

Come the festival of sacrifice or Eid ul Adha and it is the time to tighten belts and get ready to brave the cattle markets to buy that perfect cow, or the healthiest looking goat. A time of the year when the Abrahmic traditions stipulated by our religion allow us to slaughter, share...

  

TANGY & HEALTHY

Eid time guilty pleasures

Eid time guilty pleasures

With Eid ul Adha around the corner, I am sharing some recipes that can be enjoyed right away, or preserved for a long time to prolong the feel of Eid. Mitha kofta Ingredients: 1 kg minced meat          250g chickpea              ½ tsp chilli powder         1 cup sliced onion 2 tbsp ginger paste         1½ tbsp    garlic paste         Salt to taste                 1 egg             Flour (for binding the koftas)             ½ cup tamarind pulp ...

LS EVENT

Then there were twelve

Then there were twelve

The nervous anticipation enveloped the Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014's latest episode even before the show had fully began. Last week saw 12 participants from 24 battling it out in the kitchen, preparing their best dish as the task required. This week saw the second batch of 12 participants do the same. The second...

  

SPECIAL FEATURE

Flavours of the season

Flavours of the season

Cold cuts, beef jerky or 'mejbani ranna'; spoiled for choice, aren't we? Every Qurbani Eid ushers in a time when the Bengali staple -- fish -- is replaced by an alternative source of protein: red meat. Eid-ul-Adha is a unique celebration of human bonding, of sacrifice, of self-realisation and of sharing. A pious...

  

SPOTLIGHT

The tenth of Zil Hijja

The tenth of Zil Hijja

The last month of the Islamic calendar is a momentous one. Zil Hijja, or Dhua al Hijja, is the name of the month that literally means "the one of pilgrimage". Millions of Muslims visit the holy lands of Mecca and Medina in this month. And the tenth of this month is again significant...

EVENT

'An Ode to Textile Weaves'

'An Ode to Textile Weaves'

The Tangail sari epitomises our textile weaves; it has existed in the history of Bengal for quite a while, and till date, maintained an exclusive status in the psyche of South Asian fashion-enthusiasts. On 1 October this year, Fashion Design Council of Bangladesh and Bengal Lounge will present a festival -- An Ode...

LOVING AND LIVING WITH PLANTS

Reorganise your indoor plants!

Reorganise your indoor plants!

EID is only a week away – take a look and re-organise your house plants.  Just spend a few hours once this week to make some changes to your current arrangements or do them fresh. Follow the simple techniques as shown. I am sure on completion you will enjoy your own creation and...

  

WOMEN'S HEALTH

HEART ATTACK: Warning signs and emergency approach

HEART ATTACK: Warning signs and emergency approach

On 29 September, World Heart Day was observed across the world.At maya.com, this year we aim to teach you some basic warning signs and emergency steps that you can keep in mind in case you or a loved one shows signs of a heart attack. Some heart attacks are sudden and some are slow...

EVENT

Mount Elizabeth celebrates 35th birthday

An increasingly large number of people flock to many countries every year to seek medical treatment from the world's very best institutions. One is these institutions, located in Singapore, is Mount Elizabeth Hospitals. Mount Elizabeth, although far-off from our country, has become almost like a household name: everybody knows about its superior quality healthcare and that it is a landmark of world-class physicians and extraordinary patient care service. Add to this the fact that this organisation has been active for 35...

MAN TO MAN

Tired with a reason

“Why are you sleeping? Its Eid!”-- the voice inevitably disturbs your slumber every Eid day. The voice is, usually at least, of female origins. It seems women cannot for the life of them comprehend why men like to sleep on Eid day, right after they come back home from their prayers and have a hearty breakfast. Well, not that the men owe you an explanation, apart from the fact that they are lazy, we might still try to make...

LS SUGGESTS

Eid ul Adha to do list

Eid ul Adha is just around the corner.  The cattle market has started to slowly see a rise in sales. Throughout the day there is a continuous buying and selling of cows and goats. This year, there will be people who will visit the haat for the very first time; visiting the haat means you have to keep a few things in mind. The atmosphere is noisy, smelly and dirty. It is important to wear proper kinds of shoes and...

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Eid Fashion Bazaar 2014 Date: Till 2 October Time: 10am to 10pm Venue: Emanuel's Restaurant, Gulshan 1 Xpose Bangladesh is going to organise a fair between 29 September and 2 October 2014 at the Emanuel's Restaurant, Gulshan-1. Various boutiques and fashion houses will showcase their Eid collection of attires and jewellery for the coming Eid ul Adha. Leadership Workshop by Dr Elanie Steyn Date: Thursday, 2 October, Time: 4pm-8pm Venue: Wedding Diary Bangladesh, House 37,  1st floor B1, Road-27 Block-A, Banani Uncover the myths on what it...

CHECK IT OUT

Daily Star Books now at Gloria Jean's Daily Star Books, the book publishing wing of The Daily Star, launched a book corner at popular café Gloria Jean's Coffees at Gulshan 1 on Friday, 26 September. Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of The Daily Star, and FM Murshed Elahy, Head of Operations at Navana Foods Ltd., were present at the launching. The book corner consists of a kiosk of books published by Daily Star Books, including fiction and non-fiction, of both...

Law and Our Rights

Special Supplement on 'Right to Know'

To mobilise 'right to be informed'

To mobilise 'right to be informed'

Universal Declaration of Human Right (UDHR), 1948 in its Article-19  has declared that “Everyone has the right to freedom of   opinion and expression; This right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless to frontiers” ---------------------------------------- TO uphold the constitutional commitment of...

Law Campaign

Implementation and success of RTI

Implementation and success of RTI

INTERNATIONAL Right to Know Day started since 2008 on the 28th day of September when freedom of information organisations from around the world came together in Sofia, Bulgaria and created the FOI Advocates Network, a global coalition working together to promote the right of access to information for all people and the benefits...

Law Quotations

“ When the public's right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered.” - Christopher Dodd “I'll turn the page on a growing empire of classified information. We'll protect sources and methods, but we won't use sources and methods to hide the truth.” - Barack Obama “When I am president,… I will empower the federal government to operate from a presumption of openness,...

To The Readers

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Letters

Letters To The Editor

Bangladesh-India relations

A few days ago, Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali visited New Delhi for the third meeting of the Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission (JCC), where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for concrete steps to promote Bangladesh-India trade and investment, as improved connectivity would promote economic cooperation and strengthen people-to-people ties. We appreciate Indian PM's remarks. At the same time, we want to say that Bangladesh-India trade and investment shouldn't mean monopolistic business of Indian products in Bangladesh, as...

Letters To The Editor

Focus on quality education

We have known from news reports that of the total 40,565 examinees, 22,000 failed in English and only 2 students qualified to be enrolled in the Dhaka University's English department for the 2014-2015 session. This time, the university has made it compulsory for the applicants to obtain at least 15 marks in “Elective English”, apart from the usual 20 marks in the general English, to be enrolled in the department. The number of GPA-5 scorers at SSC and HSC levels...

Comments on news report

“Cops capture 2 'ISIS recruitees',” published on September 26, 2014 MH Khan Only a dumb idiot can think of destroying lives. Our education system should teach our children how precious our life is. Nothing can be more important than living and preserving lives. ***** “Human rights under attack everywhere” (September 25, 2014) Sayed Rahman Honourable secretary general, it is not a new phenomenon to us. It has been occurring for a long time. ***** “Usefulness questionable” (September 25, 2014) Genuine Musafeer It could well be termed as 'an unusual...

Letters To The Editor

Metaphors in communication

Metaphors are used to describe something by referring to it as an object that is different and suggesting that it has qualities similar to it. "Love is a rose, but you better not pick it," is a line from Neil Young's song sung in 1977 which is an example of metaphor. Metaphors have been used in poetry for centuries and its use in communication is also popular. In recent years, scientists, particularly, neuroscientists have been doing research on the...