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Jan 5 Elections

No world leaders questioned: PM

No world leaders questioned: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said no world leaders questioned the January 5 election, which the BNP and most other political parties boycotted. “Rather, everyone congratulated me on my being reelected and appreciated the efforts for taking the country forward,” she told a media briefing at the Gono Bhaban. Hasina said those criticising the polls...

No country endorsed this govt: Khaleda

No country endorsed this govt: Khaleda

Not a single foreign country has recognised the “illegal” Sheikh Hasina government that came to power through a voter less election, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has claimed. Hasina's photo sessions with the heads of foreign nations wouldn't bring recognition for this government, Khaleda, also chief of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, told a rally at...

Almost all secondary schools on track

Almost all secondary schools on track

Amid criticism over abysmal results in the Dhaka University admission tests, a nationwide assessment survey report has drawn a rosy picture of secondary education with findings that nearly half of the secondary schools are performing well. Of the 18,425 institutions surveyed, 1,020 are listed as top-performing, 9,098 as well-performing and 7,319 as moderate-performing in...

Ghulam Azam dies in prison

Ghulam Azam dies in prison

He was the pivot around whom revolved the war crimes in 1971. He led the auxiliary forces that assisted the Pakistan military in committing one of the worst genocide in history. He never repented for his despicable role; on the contrary, he continued his campaign against Bangladesh even after independence.  Finally, a special tribunal...

Spain honours Sir Abed

Spain honours Sir Abed

Brac founder and Chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed has been honoured with the prestigious Spanish Order of Civil Merit in recognition of his outstanding contribution to poverty alleviation and community empowerment. The Spanish ambassador in Dhaka Luis Tejada handed over the award to Abed in a ceremony at a city hotel yesterday.  Receiving the award, Abed said he owes this recognition to all his colleagues at Brac. "I'm extremely happy to receive this award. However, this recognition has been achieved by all of my hardworking colleagues," he said. The Order of Civil Merit award is usually granted to Spanish nationals or foreigners who have carried out civil services of extraordinary value to Spain,...

Editors slate campaign against 3 journalists

Editors' Council yesterday strongly condemned declaring three journalists, including two editors, persona non grata at the Central Shaheed Minar by some organisations. The platform of editors of leading national dailies in a meeting at The Daily Star centre adopted a proposal, said a press release. The council, added the release, has witnessed with grave concern that some organisations have declared Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, editor of Daily Manabzamin; and Nurul Kabir of the New Age unwanted at the Central Shaheed Minar. The two...

Gopalganj

Ebola fear grips Nagra village

Ebola fear grips Nagra village

Ebola fear has gripped Nagra village of Kotalipara following the arrival of a Liberia returnee, who passed through Shahjalal International Airport without being screened earlier this month, there. Worse still, the individual -- Abul Hossain Dulu -- has fled the village in panic. This Ebola epidemic is the worst since the discovery of the virus...

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Canada Parliament Attack

Shooter was on terror watch list

Shooter was on terror watch list

Canada's prime minister vowed the country would "not be intimidated" after a reported Muslim convert stormed parliament and killed a soldier, the nation's second 'terrorist' attack in days. The gunman, whose name was on a terror watch list, attempted to force his way into Canada's parliament Wednesday before the assembly's sergeant-at-arms shot him dead. The...

Exploited, abused

Migrant domestic workers from Bangladesh and many other Asian and African countries are "beaten, exploited, and trapped in forced labour situations" in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said a report of Human Rights Watch yesterday. "Labour-sending countries also do not fully protect the workers against deceptive recruitment practices or provide adequate assistance to abused nationals abroad," it states. The 79-page report titled “'I Already Bought You': Abuse and Exploitation of Female Migrant Domestic Workers in the United Arab Emirates” documents how...

Recover grabbed railway land

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the railway ministry to recover the illegally occupied land of Bangladesh Railway for expanding railway network and its services all over the country. To reduce pressure on the capital, she also instructed the ministry to introduce commuter train service between the capital and the adjoining districts so that people can come to the city in a couple of hours and go back after finishing their works or offices. "Carry out drives regularly to reclaim the...

NBR commissioner suspended over graft charges

The government has suspended M Hafizur Rahman, a commissioner of the National Board of Revenue, yesterday on corruption charges, a senior official said. The decision was taken after a preliminary probe into the allegations against him found proof of his involvement in corruption, the official from the Internal Resources Division said. Rahman was serving as commissioner of the Customs Bond Commissionerate Dhaka before going abroad on study leave. His leave period has expired but Rahman is yet to join office, which was...

Number of Ebola cases nears 10,000: WHO

The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organisation said, as the scramble to find a cure gathered pace. The UN's public health body said 9,936 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the three countries at the epicentre of the world's worst-ever Ebola epidemic -- have contracted the disease. In total, 4,877 people have so far died. With experts warning the rate of infections could reach 10,000 a week by...

3 policemen sued for extortion

Three policemen were sued yesterday for allegedly extorting Tk 3.5 lakh from a businessman at Bangshal in the capital. The accused are sub-inspector Mohammad Murshed and two constables, Mohammad Moazzem and Pradip of Bangshal Police Station. Mohammad Makbul Hossain, owner of Quality Accessories Ltd, a local factory, filed the case with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka. Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mostafizur Rahman yesterday took cognisance of the charges and directed Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit a probe report to the...

SI Anwar's Bid to Brand Alam A Criminal

Misleading facts in case statement

Sub-Inspector Anwar Hossain, arrested over shooting car driver Shah Alam, has provided misleading information in the case he filed against the victim. Anwar was arrested after Alam's brother Golam Mostafa filed a case with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police on Wednesday afternoon. He was placed on a two-day remand following a Dhaka court order yesterday. Alam, shot in both legs and shown arrested in an arms case, is now undergoing treatment at National Institute of Traumatology & Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor). The High Court yesterday...

Govt may extend hilsa catching ban

The government may extend the duration of the ban on catching and trading of mother hilsa during its peak breeding season. Incidents of egg-carrying hilsa getting caught in various parts of the country even after the ban call for extending the duration of the ban, said Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque. The minister made the observations at a seminar organised for reviewing the success of the 11-day ban on catching, selling and transporting hilsa across the country from October...

The real-life Noah's Ark

The real-life Noah's Ark

Constructed from the metal hulls of old barges and held together by Scandinavian pine, this 23-metre high, 30-metre wide and 135-metre long real-life Noah's Ark stands four-storeys tall, is as long as a football field and even comes with its own animals. Dutch contractor Johan Huibers -- who took three years to build the...

End impunity of influentials

End impunity of influentials

The High Court yesterday directed the government to ensure the enforcement of traffic rules so that vehicles of influential people do not get to take the wrong side of streets with impunity. The suo moto rule came on the very day The Daily Star published a report headlined “Influentials on the wrong side” with...

Yet another arrest order for Latif

Another arrest warrant for former minister Abdul Latif Siddique was issued yesterday by a Chittagong court in four cases filed for hurting Muslims' religious sentiments. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Moshiur Rahman Chowdhury passed the order as Latif did not appear before the court yesterday as per its previous order, said Additional Public Prosecutor advocate Abid Hossain. On October 1, advocates Abdus Sattar, Iftekhar Mohsin and Kawsar Parvin lodged three cases against Latif with the CMM court separately, while lawyer Abdul Kaiyum...

Russia detains four over Total boss plane crash

Russia has detained four Moscow airport employees over a crash which killed the head of French oil giant Total when his jet hit a snowplough, investigators said Thursday. The authorities at Vnukovo airport where the accident occurred also announced the resignations of its general director and his deputy after the management was accused of "criminal negligence" by investigators. Total chief executive Christophe de Margerie was killed along with the plane's three-member crew in Monday's late night crash. The detained snowplough driver, who...

Rwandan lawmakers demand BBC ban over 'genocide denial'

Rwandan lawmakers have called for the BBC to be banned from broadcasting in the country after it aired a controversial documentary on the country's leadership and the genocide of 1994, reports said yesterday. "Rwanda's Untold Story", broadcast this month, highlighted growing criticism of President Paul Kagame and revived allegations that his Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) -- then a rebel group, now the ruling political party -- was behind the shooting down of a plane that triggered the genocide. Furious lawmakers in...

Four Saudi women jailed for preparing sons to wage jihad

Four women in Saudi Arabia have been jailed for preparing their sons to wage war and for supporting al-Qaeda, official media said, in the kingdom's latest "terrorist" convictions. They were sentenced to between six and 10 years in prison, the Saudi Press Agency reported late Wednesday following the verdicts. It said a court convicted the women on charges including "preparing some of their sons to fight in conflict areas believing that it is required by Islam". They were also found guilty of...

Islamist head says 'Tunisia model' way to defeat ISIS

Tunisia's transition to democracy serves as an example of how to defeat extremists such as the so called Islamic State jihadist group, the leader of the country's powerful Islamist movement said. "The success of the Tunisian experience is in the international interest, especially in the fight against extremism and the fight against Islamic State and similar groups," Ennahda head Rached Ghannouchi said in an interview with AFP in the runup to the country's first parliamentary election on Sunday since its...

Business

Banks largely robust to shocks

Most of the banks have sufficient capital buffer to absorb adverse shocks and still maintain the sector's overall capital adequacy ratio (CAR) above the minimum requirement, the central bank's most recent stress tests found.  The exercise, conducted by the Financial Stability Department on data from the April-June quarter of this year, looked at the impact of different stressed situations on banks' capital. The minimum capital requirement for scheduled banks is the greater of the two: 10 percent of risk-weighted assets or...

UN body joins effort to build Asian info superhighway

UN body joins effort to build Asian info superhighway

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is leading an effort to build a terrestrial information superhighway in the region that will increase the availability of international bandwidth and lower its prices in 32 member countries. The proposed information superhighway will be the world's longest optical fibre connectivity along the 143,000-kilometre Asian highway. The member countries have also agreed to develop a master plan covering both policy and technical aspects of the Asia-Pacific Informa-tion Superhighway, ESCAP, the UN development arm for the Asia-Pacific region, said in a statement. The initiative is aimed at connecting each country's backbone network and integrating them into a cohesive land- and...

Jute spinners cut work hours as yarn piles up

Jute spinners have decided to cut their six-day work week to five days from November 1 to avoid stockpiling of the exportable yarn amid falling international demand. Bangladesh Jute Spinners Association (BJSA), which represents the spinning sector, took the decision earlier last week. Due to the closure, production at the nearly 75 active jute spinning mills will go down by 70 percent, sector leaders said. Spinners account for about 65 percent of the receipts from jute exports. In 2013-14, yarn exports brought...

Tofail pledges fast implementation of new labour law

The government will soon finalise a set of rules to implement the amended labour law in factories, as Bangladesh has already fulfilled the majority of the conditions promised in the Sustainability Compact. Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed spoke to reporters, returning from the first review meeting of the Sustainability Compact held in Brussels. The meeting ended on Tuesday. “Our tour was successful as European Commission officials were satisfied with Bangladesh's progress toward ensuring workplace safety and improving labour rights,” Ahmed said. Bangladesh has...

Pran books $2.45m orders at Paris fair

Pran books $2.45m orders at Paris fair

Pran-RFL Group booked export orders worth around $2.45 million during the five-day SIAL fair in Paris that concluded yesterday, officials of the company said. Most of the orders were from African countries, while the company got some new customers from the US, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the UAE. The Bangladeshi food and agro processor,...

Tax waiver likely for CSR spending

The government may provide tax waiver to the corporate sector to encourage them to take up corporate social responsibility activities, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said yesterday.  “If corporate houses want to build roads, bridges, schools, colleges and hospitals under their name I don't think anybody will complain," he said. The government will definitely support their initiatives and might even extend tax waiver for the activities.  The minister spoke at a meeting aimed at preparing a guideline on CSR at the auditorium...

Manufacturing moving from China to US: survey

Manufacturing moving from China to US: survey

Large manufacturers are increasingly moving production back to the United States from China, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group released Thursday. In the third annual survey of US-based senior executives at manufacturing companies with annual sales of at least $1 billion, the number of respondents who said their companies were...

Tesco chairman resigns as profits error deepens

Tesco chairman resigns as profits error deepens

The chairman of Britain's biggest retailer Tesco resigned on Thursday as the troubled supermarket group said a huge accounting error began earlier than thought and contributed to plunging profits. Chairman Richard Broadbent said he would be stepping down after an independent investigation found that Tesco had overstated profits by £263 million ($422 million, 334...

Finland's Nokia beats market expectations

Finland's Nokia on Thursday beat market expectations as it reported strong third-quarter profit growth and lifted the profitability outlook for its core network unit on the back of network roll-outs in North America and China. The network unit showed a core operating profit margin of 13.5 percent, up from 11.0 percent in the second quarter and topping analysts' average forecast of 9.9 percent in a Reuters poll. "Networks benefited from some unique developments in the quarter, with a business mix weighted...

US stores hire big with high hopes for holiday shopping

US stores and shippers are ramping up holiday hiring to potentially the highest level in 15 years, but no one is sure whether that will be answered by a burst of shopping. Package shipper FedEx said Tuesday it would add 50,000 temporary workers for the November-January holiday shopping season, aiming to avoid last year's debacle when it and rival UPS were overwhelmed by the online sales surge, resulting in a huge number of deliveries missing the December 25 Christmas target. UPS...

GP, Mozilla and MCC launch app competition

GP, Mozilla and MCC launch app competition

Grameenphone and Mozilla along in association with Multimedia Content and Communications (MCC) have launched an application-building competition. Dubbed the Firefox App Challenge, the contest is open until December 4 to all Firefox operating system based applications, Grameenphone said in a statement yesterday. Participants can submit applications under five categories: public or social services; entertainment; games;...

India sees Brazil as a role model in beating hunger

India has sent a mission to Mars, but maintains the "dubious distinction of being the world capital of malnutrition", a senior Indian official said Wednesday, adding that economic growth alone will not be enough to end hunger. "The prevalence of underweight children in India is nearly double that of sub-Saharan Africa," Vimlendra Sharan, an Indian representative to the United Nations, told delegates at a nutrition summit in Rome. One in every three malnourished children in the world lives in India and...

Japan exports rebound, but economy still not out of woods

Japan exports rebound, but economy still not out of woods

Japan's exports rose at the fastest pace in seven months in September as sales to Asia picked up, but signs of slowing global growth may hurt the trade sector's ability to recharge the world's third-biggest economy and keep up pressure for fresh stimulus. In particular, cooling growth in China and an economic chill in...

Unilever says sales dip, blames China slowdown

Dutch food and cosmetics giant Unilever on Thursday posted a third quarter drop in sales down 2.0 percent, blaming a slowdown in emerging markets, particularly in China. Turnover dropped to 12.2 billion euros ($15.4 billion), which was also weighed down by a negative currency impact of 2.6 percent, the Rotterdam-based group said in a statement. Unilever did not publish third quarter profits. "Market growth slowed in emerging countries and particularly in China," Unilever chief executive Paul Polman said. "In China, the impact...

Bangladesh signs China-led Asian bank MoU

Bangladesh signs China-led Asian bank MoU

Twenty one Asian countries, including Bangladesh, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on establishing the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) today with three major countries skipping the event. Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launching ceremony as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders,...

Sports

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe

Shakib-like confidence

Shakib-like confidence

"On paper Bangladesh is a better team than visiting Zimbabwe," was the encouraging statement made by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan yesterday, ahead of the start of the first Test tomorrow at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. He said that the team is only thinking about victory in the series, which is very important...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe

Zim up to the challenge

Zim up to the challenge

It's no secret that the Tigers have pinned their hopes on their slow bowlers to deliver the wickets against Zimbabwe. One can label the match as a battle between Bangladesh's spin and Zimbabwe's batting. But Stephen Mangongo, the Zimbabwe coach, was not ready to accept the single-minded thought and referred to the flipside...

Sagor's eight in 8

The RMM Group 27th National Swimming Championships ended with two more national records on the concluding day at the newly-built Swimming Pool and Gymnasium Complex in Gopalganj yesterday. Nayma Akter and the women's team of Bangladesh Navy set new marks in the 100m backstroke and the 4x100m medley relay respectively, taking the overall records set to 15 out of 38 events settled in the four-day meet. Nayma of Bangladesh Navy erased Sonia Akter's record of 1:17.44 with a time of 1:17.32...

Jessore's taste of int'l football

Bangladesh take on a young and unknown Sri Lanka side in the first of the two-match SS Steel FIFA Friendly Series here today. The first international match to be held in this district town has created a lot of buzz among the football lovers here and a sell-out crowd is expected at the 12,000-capacity Shamsul Huda Stadium. The match will kick off at 3:15 pm and will be telecast live on BTV. There should also be a festive atmosphere inside the...

Biggest occasion since 1973

Jessore is all geared up to host its first-ever international football match today. The historic Shamsul Huda Stadium, which is said to have once hosted Dynamo Moscow against a Bangladesh team way back in 1973, is set to grab the headlines again as it stages the first of a two-match FIFA International Series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The 12,000-capacity stadium, which looks nondescript even by a district standard, was taking last-minute paintbrushes last evening to make it look attractive....

AFC U-16 Womens Championship

Girls sign off with heads held high

Bangladesh girls might not have signed off from the AFC U-16 Women's Championship Qualifiers with a victory -- losing their last game against Iran 1-2 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday -- but the unheralded Bangladeshi girls, with little exposure and with very limited facilities, have won the hearts and minds of the nation with entertaining displays of football that not only surprised their opponents but also their fans. Two wins and two defeats, that too by the slightest of...

BPL Fixing

Case against ICC & BCB

Dhaka Gladiators Chairman Salim Chowdhury on Thursday filed a case against six people, including one Bangladesh Cricket Board and four International Cricket Council (ICC) high ups with a Chittagong court, accusing them of failing to a prevent a fixed match. The six high profile people sued are – ICC Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson, ICC's Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) chairman Sir Ronald Flanagan, its officials Joginder Singh, Dharambir Singh Yadav, Dhaka Gladiators coach Ian Pont and BCB Chief...

UCBL to sell Zim series tickets

The tickets of the Bangladesh-Zimbabwe series will be available at the different branches of the United Commercial Bank Limited (UCBL) from Saturday. The minimum price for a day's ticket has been fixed at Tk 20 for the Tests and the most expensive tickets will cost Tk 1,000. For the ODIs, the prices will range between Tk 100 and 300. The tickets will be available at the bank's Dhanmondi, Bashundhara, Bijoy Nagar, Uttara and Mirpur branches in Dhaka; Muradpur, Dampara, Andorkilla and...

Action Remodelling

Shohag to go to Malaysia

Off-spinner Shohag Gazi will travel to Malaysia to remodel his bowling action under the supervision of Mohammad Salahuddin, the former Bangladesh fielding coach who is now a coach at a Malaysian university. "We have decided to send him to Malaysia for several reasons. We thought it would be better for him to work under Salahuddin who had successfully monitored Abdur Razzak during his suspension. Our other coaches are busy with the upcoming series, and another reason is that he will...

UEFA Champions League

Real lesson for L'pool

Real lesson for L'pool

Real Madrid handed Liverpool a 3-0 Champions League reality check Wednesday as Arsenal struck twice at the death in a 2-1 win at Anderlecht to mark manager Arsene Wenger's 65th birthday in style. At Anfield, Cristiano Ronaldo hit his 70th Champions League goal -- one short of the all-time record 71 held by Raul...

UEFA Championship

Rodgers rages after Balotelli shirt swap

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed he will take action against Mario Balotelli after he swapped shirts with Real Madrid's Pepe at half-time of Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League defeat against the holders at Anfield. Rodgers already planned to haul off Balotelli during the interval after growing frustrated with the latest in a growing list of lacklustre displays from the eccentric Italy striker since his August move from AC Milan. The former Manchester City star, who was replaced by Adam Lallana, hardly improved...

Indian Super League

Kolkata turn it around

Atletico de Kolkata managed to comeback from being a goal down to win the tie 2-1 against FC Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa on Thursday evening. Andre Santos had put the home side ahead in the first half before Cavin Lobo struck twice in the second session to ensure that the Kolkata side remain unbeaten in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). Goa have now lost both their home games this season as they lie...

Season's First El Clasico Build-up

Suarez's baptism of fire

After 122 days Luis Suarez will be free to take part in a competitive match again and not just any game, but the biggest one in world football when Barcelona face Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Much has changed since Suarez sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup back in June. He was lambasted and ridiculed in equal measure by commentators the world over, handed a four-month ban from by FIFA...

Aussies begin reply solidly

Australia got off to a solid start after wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed's brilliant hundred guided Pakistan to a big first innings total of 454 in the first Test in Dubai on Thursday. Opener David Warner smashed a quickfire 75 and Chris Rogers was on 31 to take Australia to 113 without loss at close of play on the second day, trailing by 341 runs with all ten wickets standing. Warner hit seven fours and a six in his eighth Test half-century, his...

Costa in hospital

The mystery over Diego Costa's condition has deepened after it emerged that the Chelsea striker was forced to spend time in hospital after returning from international duty with Spain. Costa is struggling with a groin injury, but has also been battling an illness that forced him to go to hospital. Chelsea have not specified the illness and whether Costa is fully over it, but it is understood that the 26-year-old had symptoms similar to a severe stomach bug. That he...

Germany top of the pile

World champions Germany comfortably top the pile of the FIFA national team rankings revealed Thursday despite a recent 2-0 loss to Poland and 1-1 draw with Ireland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Spain's domination of several years however is most certainly on the wane as the reigning European champions drop to tenth The top three remain unchanged from September with Lionel Messi's beaten World Cup finalists Argentina second and Colombia in third. The 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil are sixth and Uruguay...

ICC may suspend Windies

The ICC board will meet on November 10 with the implications of West Indies' abandonment of their tour of India certain to dominate discussions. While the ICC has released a statement expressing a hope "the matter will be resolved amicably", it appears that the potential consequences for the WICB could be catastrophic if the ICC's rules are applied to the letter. The worst case scenario is not only that WICB could see its participation fees for the 2015 World Cup reallocated...

Mushfiq vows his best after losing ODI captaincy

Mushfiq vows his best after losing ODI captaincy

Bangladesh’s Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim today said he would continue his effort to perform best at all levels of cricket despite losing the ODI captaincy.  “If our team is successful in the ODI matches, even though I am not captain, I will be the first one to be happy,” he told reporters in a...

Editorial

Editorial

Voted above law!!

THIS is possible only in a country like Bangladesh. And we have written on this issue umpteen times and will continue ad nauseam to do so until this brazen and rank bad practice of violating traffic rules in a brazenfaced manner is stopped completely.    It is not ministers only that violate rules of the road. It is anybody who is somebody and owning a large vehicle violates traffic rules with impunity. Thursday's issue of this paper carried several pictures...

Editorial

Road safety issues

THERE is no denying that serious problems and impediments to road safety both on the highways and the cities exist. We are informed that there are three separate committees involved in coming up with constructive steps which authorities need to implement to bring about an improvement in this area. Yet, year after year, nothing changes due to the fact that many of these committees fail to sit on a regular basis and their recommendations are simply ignored. We are appalled...

Op-ed

Editorial

Voted above law!!

THIS is possible only in a country like Bangladesh. And we have written on this issue umpteen times and will continue ad nauseam to do so until this brazen and rank bad practice of violating traffic rules in a brazenfaced manner is stopped completely.    It is not ministers only that violate rules of the road. It is anybody who is somebody and owning a large vehicle violates traffic rules with impunity. Thursday's issue of this paper carried several pictures...

Editorial

Road safety issues

THERE is no denying that serious problems and impediments to road safety both on the highways and the cities exist. We are informed that there are three separate committees involved in coming up with constructive steps which authorities need to implement to bring about an improvement in this area. Yet, year after year, nothing changes due to the fact that many of these committees fail to sit on a regular basis and their recommendations are simply ignored. We are appalled...

CROSS TALK

A nation on delayed action fuse

IF individuals take too long to appreciate something, we taunt them for being “tube lights.” We compare thick-skinned people to rhinos, which supposedly react a long time after being tickled. These are but the lighter sides of what is known as delayed action mechanism, which works in cameras when shutters take time before being released, or explosive projectiles which detonate some time after striking targets. It also works in national life of which we're but an apt example. We...

Partnerships for development: A shared responsibility

Partnerships for development: A shared responsibility

EVERY year on October 24, we celebrate UN Day, commemorating the founding of the United Nations. Since joining 40 years ago, Bangladesh has experienced significant gains in economic growth and human development. In 2000, world leaders met at the UN Headquarters in New York for the Millennium Summit, which introduced to the world the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These goals would guide development progress towards meeting basic needs and increasing quality of life for all. Bangladesh has become one of the best performing least developed countries (LDC) in MDG attainment, particularly for the goals on maternal mortality, child mortality, poverty reduction, and primary education. Nevertheless, there is still much...

Remembering the Professior

WHILE writing this obituary, I discovered that a glossary of adjectives is not enough to qualify Prof. Salahuddin Ahmed. I decided not to use any in the title. Just his name is enough. I first met him after my wedding in 1967 at Rajshahi. He was related to my in-laws. We used to call him Mowla Bhai. We met almost every time I visited Rajshahi while he was there. We saw each other more frequently after he had moved...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Economy: Not rocket science

LIKE photo-graphy, economy cannot lie. It reads like an open book. We feel it in our daily grind. We suffer in or gain from it. On balance, it adds to or deducts from our future. Such is the power economy holds on our lives. When billions go down the drain through cracks of the state-owned banking sector and a new-genre exploitative financial sub-sector, it is the depositors who are hardest hit. Confidence in the financial system dwindling, an important building...

Ebola response needs preparedness, not panic

EBOLA Virus Disease outbreak in three West African countries continues unabated and the number of cases and deaths increase exponentially, sending alarm bells ringing across the world. The actions by national governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone supported by the international community have yet to yield desired results. Greater efforts and more resources are being mobilised to reverse the escalating epidemic of this dreadful disease. So far no case of Ebola virus disease is reported in the WHO's...

HUMOROUSLY YOURS

Treat's on Me

SORRY sir, your credit card has been declined.”   “'No, I really think that I've been paying my bills.” Fortunately, the wife (as is usually the case), saves the day with her own credit card. Yeah, yeah, this is the story of our (men's) lives. What catches our eyes at this restaurant in New York is this super woman, who saves the hubby from having to leave his wrist watch as collateral while going home (far away) to get cash or borrow...

You said: -- We say:

You said: -- We say:

YOU SAID "Rab personnel were conducting a raid there [in Jhalokathi] to nab a notorious criminal and they accidentally shot Limon, who happened to be in that place."   WE SAY "Was it also by “accident” that four false cases were filed against him? Was it by “accident” that Limon and his family were repeatedly threatened to withdraw their case against the Rab? After three and half years of state-sponsored harassment of Limon, calling the point-blank shooting a “mere accident” is a clear denial of state responsibility. An independent investigation and prosecution of those guilty of shooting and maiming Limon is long overdue."  

Letters To The Editor

Mysterious death at DMCH

The news of Asma's mysterious death at DMCH, published in TDS on 22.10.14, is highly worrying. The authorities claimed that she had died of renal failure, lever diseases and jaundice after she delivered a baby boy. But her close neighbours confirmed that she had no such ailments; rather she was in perfect shape even during the final stages of her pregnancy. We demand a thorough investigation into this mysterious death. Everyone concerned must be interrogated. Sabrina Samreen North South University, Dhaka  ...

Letters To The Editor

Repair Chittagong station road

Repair Chittagong station road

The station road is a busy road of the port city. Every day I have to travel through the road. As I travel by bus, I experience a bumpy ride from the Kadamtali point to the old station area. For more than one year, the road has remained in a dilapidated state. It...

Letters To The Editor

Tips for our batsmen to avoid being trapped

I would like to mention some guidelines for our cricketers to follow during the next series. 1.    Bowlers sometimes intentionally bowl full tosses and bad balls in order to make the batsman play at it. This is done to set up the batsman and in many cases, the batsmen get out as they get carried away by trying to hit every ball to the boundary. Our players should not fall in this trap. 2.    The opposition will change field settings to...

Comments on news report

“Southwest may turn wasteland,” published on October 21, 2014 New Generation Bangladesh has long been getting very “warm reciprocation” from our friendly neighbouring country. Dr. Miah Adel Please read the book entitled “Farakka Barrage, the Symbol of Bluffing, Blackmailing, Bullying, and Cornering the Downstream for Upstream Water Piracy” now in press in the German Academic Publishing Company Lap Lambert, and other books and articles of this series authored by this responder to learn more about Indian water piracy tricks. S. M. Iftekhar Ahmed How unfortunate...

Entertainment

THE EXTRAVAGANZA RETURNS

THE EXTRAVAGANZA RETURNS

Five nights. Fifty-five hours. One hundred and sixty artistes. The biggest classical music festival in the world is back. Anticipation had been in the air for a few weeks now; connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike of classical music, many of them christened to the art forms as recently as the last two years, had been...

'Success of an artiste cannot have a boundary'

'Success of an artiste cannot have a boundary'

A renowned actor and well-known recitation artiste, Jayanto Chattopadhyay has worked in television, radio and cinema simultaneously with great enthusiasm. The Daily Star recently had a chat with the reputed artiste about his works and dreams. You have worked in a wide range of media; how challenging has it been? Jayanto Chattopadhyay: There are different...

Farooki's caravan out in Dhaka

Farooki's caravan out in Dhaka

“Tisha is not in the film, but to support her husband, she has cancelled shooting and is joining us on our campaign,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki had the excitement of a teenager in his voice on the eve of release of his latest feature “Pipra Bidya”, that has already made ripples before its release. “The entire Pipra Bidya team, along with Tisha, will be out on the streets of Dhaka with our caravan (today, October 24) all day, visiting the cinema halls of Dhaka, watching the movie and interacting with fans, as well as awarding the winners of our promo contest,” Farooki informed. The fifth feature film of the director has...

Memories to cherish a lifetime

Memories to cherish a lifetime

With a view to linking young minds together in building two friendly nations -- Bangladesh and India-- the government of India, for the third consecutive time, invited a 100-member Bangladeshi Youth Delegation to India. The visit spanned from October 13 to 20. The programme involves interaction with local youth, visits to tourist important heritage...

BBC Media Action launches “Dosh Unisher Mor”

BBC Media Action launches “Dosh Unisher Mor”

BBC Media Action, Bangladesh has launched a new 100-episode weekly radio magazine programme for adolescents titled, “Dosh Unisher Mor” (Crossroads at 10 to 19). Produced by BBC Media Action under the Generation Breakthrough project, Dosh Unisher Mor will be broadcasted on Radio Today (FM 89.6) every Friday at 9:45pm from today. Through entertainment the...

The Judge: Centre on the courtroom

The Judge: Centre on the courtroom

“Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr plays successful if abrasive New York lawyer  Hank Palmer in new  film “The Judge”. Set off against Robert Duvall as his father, the upright and respected Judge Joseph Palmer, you can't go wrong. And indeed the actors do a great job of playing a father-son duo whose relationship...

'Going Home' a special short film -- Alia Bhatt

'Going Home' a special short film -- Alia Bhatt

If the masses loved her in movies like “Highway” and “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania”, Alia Bhatt has again won many a heart. Her latest short film “Going Home”, based on women's safety, has gone viral on social networking sites. The actress says the film is close to her. The video was put on YouTube on October 17 and was accompanied by a message from director Vikas Bahl: “I pledge to create a short film titled 'Going Home', in which we visualise a utopia for women, where, unlike today, mistrust and fear don't dictate actions and decisions.” The over five-minute long film shows Alia driving all by herself in the middle of...

Telefilm “Nil Akash Prem Bish” on ATN Bangla

Telefilm “Nil Akash Prem Bish” on ATN Bangla

Telefilm “Nil Akash Prem Bish” will air tonight at 11pm on ATN Bangla. Written by AKM Assaduzzaman and directed by Khan Mohammad Bodruddin, the telefilm is a story of love and betrayal. Nilima and Anupom have a five-year age difference. Yet a friendship develops between them which later turns into a love affair. They get...

Tele Samad hospitalized

Tele Samad hospitalized

Noted comedian and film actor Tele Samad is undergoing medical treatment at the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of Square Hospital in the capital. The actor suddenly fell ill a few days ago and was admitted to the hospital. He is currently under the observation of Dr. Kamal Pasha. According to family sources, Tele Sanad...

TV WATCH

Vivek Sood on Editor's Guest

Vivek Sood on Editor's Guest

Special talk show “Editor's Guest” will air on Maasranga Television tonight at 7:30pm.  Hosted by Chief Executive and Chief Editor of Maasranga, Syed Fahim Munaim, tonight's episode will have telecom operator Grameenphone's Chief Executive Officer, Vivek Sood as guest. He will speak on different issues related to the country's telecom industry, and information...

Rinku on DS Café

Rinku on DS Café

  DS Cafe is a great place to touch base with renowned cultural celebrities. This month, popular folk singer Rinku who features on the hot seat will respond to all your questions between 4 and 5 pm at The Daily Star Centre on October 25.   Readers, have a field day talking to Rinku over the telephone and finding out all about him. The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Rinku.

City

Excess Groundwater Extraction

Northwest facing severe water crisis

Residents of Bangladesh's northwestern region are suffering from severe water crisis for the excessive extraction of groundwater by the government and non-government organisations in the absence of a centralised water management system and non-implementation of the water act, speakers told a workshop yesterday. The workshop was organised in a Rajshahi city restaurant marking the inauguration of a three-year Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) project undertaken by the Development Association for Self-reliance, Communication and Health (DASCOH) and Switzerland Red Cross. Focused on...

Ershad flips again

Ershad flips again

In a span of eight days former military dictator HM Ershad for the second time contradicted his own statement, reiterating in his tirade against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday that the country got nothing but misrule and terrorism following the January 5 national polls. Moreover, the Jatiya Party (JP) chairman claimed that it was the credit of his party, which, by contesting in the voterless polls, helped save democracy and Awami League form a government, for which two lawmakers from Hasina's party were able to contest and be elected to lead international parliamentary bodies. The statements were in conflict with his own letter congratulating Hasina, also the Awami League president, on...

'Forging FF Certificates'

ACC grills 3 Muktijoddha Sangsad officials

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday interrogated three elected officials of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad, including Wahidur Rahman, chief engineer of Local Government Engineering Department, over allegations that they resorted to forgery in obtaining freedom fighter certificates. The ACC also sought documents supporting their freedom fighter certificates and wanted to know names of people they had fought alongside in the 1971 Liberation War.  Inquiry Officer Farid Ahmed Patwari, also an ACC deputy director, interrogated Wahidur Rahman, also a vice-chairman of the sangsad's central...

11 cops made DIG

Eleven police officials have been promoted to deputy inspectors general (DIG) of police, read a home ministry circular yesterday. The officials are Saiful Alam and Mosharraf Hossain of Criminal Investigation Department; Biswash Afzal Hossain of Special Security and Protection Battalion, Shahab Uddin Koreshi of Police Bureau of Investigation, Sheikh Mohammad Maruf Hassan of Dhaka Metropolitan Police and Chowdhury Abdulalh Al-Mamun of Police Headquarters, Mahbubur Rahman of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police, Nibash Chandra Majhi of Tourist Police, Mahbub Hossain of Special Branch,...

Ctg Nursing College students stop demo

Students of Chittagong Nursing College yesterday called a halt to their demonstration against low pass rate in the recent results after the authorities assured them of fulfilling most of their demands.  Around 10:00am yesterday, the students formed a human chain on the campus to press home their demands for reviewing their results of different batches published on Monday, and removal of the principal and a female teacher whom the students blamed for "deliberately failing them in the exams". Dr Mujibul Haque...

FBCCI urges Islamist parties to withdraw Sunday's hartal

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday urged Sammilito Islami Dalsamuho, an alliance of different Islamic parties, to withdraw its countrywide hartal called for Sunday. The alliance called the daylong shutdown demanding arrest of the recently sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique for his comment hurting Muslims' religious sentiments. While a business and investment friendly environment is prevailing in the country, such hartal will make a negative impact on foreign investment, said an FBCCI press release. The court has...

People must unite to resist abuse of power

Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the majority of the people do not want to see unlimited power at someone's hand, and that people must be united to resist abuse of power. The eminent jurist was addressing a views-exchange meeting with journalists at his Bailey Road residence in the capital. The main aim of the Liberation War was economic emancipation of people and putting an end to the oppression on seven crore people of Bangladesh, he said. Kamal Hossain observed that...

BCL men held with pistol, Yaba in Tongi

Rab personnel detained a Bangladesh Chhatra League leader and three activists with a foreign pistol, 18 mobile phones and six pieces of Yaba tablets in Tongi early yesterday. The detainees are: Shafi Ahmed, organising secretary of BCL, Tongi unit and three activists -- Shopon, Shahjahan and Shamim Khan, said Rab sources.    Kazi Shoayeb, deputy commander of Rab-1, said on information, a team of Rab-1 raided Bhai Bhai Hotel in Tongi railway crossing area and arrested the three with the goods around...

Seven members of robbery gang held in capital

Detectives arrested seven members of a robbery gang and seized a truck, two machetes, two knives and some tools used for robbery from their possession in the capital's Uttara on Wednesday. On information that the gang was attempting to rob at sector-12, detectives raided the area around 10:30pm and arrested them, said police. During preliminary interrogation, they confessed their link with several robbery incidents in the capital and elsewhere, including one in Jatrabari and another in Narayanganj two weeks ago.

Bangladesh Open University Exam Paper Leak

Three held in capital

Three members of a syndicate that leaks question papers of Bangladesh Open University (BOU) were arrested by detectives in the capital on Wednesday. The arrestees are Babul Chowdhury, 42, a peon of a BOU exam centre Habibullah Bahar University College, Tajul Islam, 32, and Sohel Mia, 23. Exams of BOU are always held on Friday in two shifts--morning and afternoon--and BOU supplies the question papers to the exam centres in the morning, said detectives. Babul used to leak the questions of the...

Road crashes kill four, injure four

Countrywide road accidents killed four people and injured four others yesterday. Our Jamalpur correspondent reports, Imran Rana, 25, of village Dariapara died at hospital yesterday after being injured with his co-rider when his motorbike veered off the road after it hit a pipe of dredger machine set on the road on Wednesday. Our Barisal correspondent reports, Abdul Kader, 35, of Bhola, died and two people were injured when a truck rammed into a roadside tea stall as the driver lost control...

Man found dead in Crescent Lake in capital

Police recovered the body of an unidentified man from Crescent Lake before Chandrima Udyan in the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar yesterday. The man, aged around 20, was clad in a red T-shirt and a pair of black pants. He might have drowned while bathing, said Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police Sub-inspector Kamal Hossain. On recovery around 5:00pm, police sent the body to Dhaka Medical College morgue for an autopsy.

Nijhum Dwip

Stop construction, land allocation

The High Court yesterday ordered a stop to land allocation and construction on Nijhum Dwip, a reserved forest area in Noakhali. In response to a writ petition, the court asked the authorities concerned of the government to submit every four months a detailed report with pictures containing the list of people in possession of the forest area's land and the area's total size and position. The HC issued a rule upon the authorities to explain in four weeks as to why...

Expatriates now can get legal aid thru hotline

The government is set to provide legal aid to Bangladeshi expatriates alongside the existing legal assistance for the poor and insolvent citizens of the country. The expatriates living anywhere in the world can get this legal assistance over telephone contact. A hotline service has been opened to this effect under the aegis of the National Legal Aid Services Organisation (NLASO), a law ministry press release said. Law Minister Anisul Huq formally inaugurated the service at Labour Bhaban in the capital yesterday....

'Illegal Wealth'

Mannan's wife gets bail

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Syeda Hasina Sultana, wife of former state minister for housing and public works Abdul Mannan Khan, in a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.    ACC Deputy Director Nasir Uddin filed the case against Sultana for illegally amassing wealth worth Tk 3.45 crore and concealing information about her properties worth Tk 1.86 crore. Metropolitan Magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan passed the bail order considering her high social status after she had sought bail in the...

Appeal for help

Appeal for help

Istiak Ahmed, 13, son of Motiar Rahman of Gilabaria village in Sadar upazila of Jhenidah, has been suffering from a malignant germ cell tumour in the chest for around a year. A student of class VIII, he has been brought back home from an Indian cancer research institute recently as his father, who is a human hauler driver, cannot afford his treatment. His treatment should continue for six more months, which costs Tk 6 lakh. The family is seeking financial help as they cannot afford the expense. Aid can be sent into savings account no: 002011075, Sonali Bank, Jhenidah Branch or personal bKash account no: 01732719386; mobile: 01763335738.

News in Brief

Subscribers of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) in the capital's Uttara may face some technical difficulties in their phone connections as the state-run company has begun changing 7,000 telephone numbers. The seven-digit phone numbers starting with '891' and '892' will be changed to eight-digit numbers to ensure improved service, said a BTCL press release. Detailed information about the old and new numbers is available at www.btcl.gov.bd. Besides, subscribers can call 8962599 and 7911000 for further enquiries.

Obituary

Khorsheda Begum, sister of Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, died of old-age complications at Gazipur Sadar Hospital yesterday. She was the wife of Abdus Salam and mother of Gazipur district correspondent of Daily Samakal Prof Anamul Haque. She left behind her husband, four sons, three daughters and was buried at her family graveyard in Gazipur town.

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 1st death anniversary of Nazmul Arefin Kajol. On this occasion, a milad and a doa mahfil will be held after Asr prayers at T Hossain bari, Nabiganj, Narayanganj. Family, relatives and friends are requested to attend the prayers.

Country

Indigenous fishes now dear as most are disappering

Indigenous fishes now dear as most are disappering

Fishes of indigenous species are selling at high rates because of their high demand in the local markets. Many of these fishes are about to be extinct because of which many kids today know them in their names only, elderly locals said. Just a few years back, Lalmonirhat people could taste the indigenous fishes like...

12 arrested while going to Malaysia by sea illegally

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard arrested 12 Bangladeshis from Jadimora area of Teknaf upazila on Wednesday night, while they were trying to leave for Malaysia by sea illegally. During the drive around 10:45 at night, a suspected broker, identified as Shafiqul Islam, a resident of Teknaf upazila, was also arrested from the area. The victims are Jasim Uddin, 22, Didarul Islam, 30, Tota Mia, 20, Shamsul Alam, 30, Mokhtar Hossain, 15, Babul Mia, 35, Kamruzzaman, 25, Sadil Islam, 35, Lutfar Rahman,...

Restaurant owner beaten to death

A restaurant owner was beaten to death at Mahalbari village in Ranishankoil upazila of the district on Wednesday night. The deceased was Ekramul Haque Khan, 50, owner of Dibanishi Restaurant at Mahalbari Bazar under the same upazila. Local people said, Ekramul's grand daughter Tusrat Jahan Nishi, a Class II student at a local primary school, with several other local minor girls had been taking lesson from Habibullah Al Habib, Imam of Mahalbari mosque. Ekramul called Habibullah on Tuesday night at his restaurant...

Sequel To Clashes In Bhola

Transport strike demanding ban on illegal 3-wheelers

Transport strike demanding ban on illegal 3-wheelers

Bus and motor owners and workers in the district have enforced an indefinite strike on 13 routes of the district, demanding punishment of culprits who attacked and injured bus workers and damaged  vehicles in Charfassion upazila on Wednesday afternoon. The strike began on Wednesday evening immediately after a decision at an emergency meeting of...

Gang-rape In Jessore

Accused Raju, four accomplices yet to be arrested

A rape case was filed against five people, including Raju alias 'Hatkata' Raju, for raping a young girl after tying her cousin with a tree in Navaron area under Sharsha upazila on Tuesday night. Ali Hossain, cousin of the victim, who was accompanying her on the fateful night, filed the case with Sharsha police station on Wednesday night, accusing notorious Raju and four of his accomplices. Meanwhile, the medical test of the rape victim was conducted at Jessore Medical College Hospital...

Boy drowns in pond

A minor boy drowned in a pond at Paschim Bamna village under Chinaduly union in Islampur upazila of the district yesterday morning. The deceased is Tanjimul Islam, 5, son of Badsha Mia of the village. Locals said Badsha along with his son went to his paddy field in the village. Tanjimul was playing alone near a pond while his father was at work. Meantime, the boy fell into the pond and drowned.

Hartal protesting arrest of alleged Yaba trader

Hartal protesting arrest of alleged Yaba trader

Traders observed a half-day hartal at Ulania Bazar in Galachipa upazila of the district yesterday, protesting arrest of a shop owner on Tuesday. Rab personnel arrested Obaidul Haque Khokon, a medicine shop owner of the bazaar, at around 7:00pm for his alleged involvement in Yaba trading. Rab claimed that they found 98 pieces of Yaba...

All For Love Marriage

Tortured by 'in-laws', Monir is now in hospital, handcuffed

Brutally tortured allegedly by in-laws for love marriage, car driver Monir Hossen is going through an ordeal as the torturers, who caused serious damage to his eyes, a leg and a hand at Isalia village in Jhalakathi Sadar on October 13, also filed a 'false' arms case against him. Police brought the victim, Monir Hossen, 24, son of Md Munsur Ali of Angaria in Rajapur upazila, to Jhalakathi Sadar police station from Barisal Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital yesterday evening. That time...

Madrasa kid caned for truanting hospitalised

Madrasa kid caned for truanting hospitalised

A 10-year-old madrasa boy who was caned mercilessly just for truanting last Sunday is groaning in pain at Pabna Medical College and Hospital. “Azmain Amin Ceaser, a Class III student at Saad Nurani Pre-cadet School, still suffers from the trauma,” said Dr Jahedi Hasan Rumi, physician of Orthopedic department at the hospital. Shimul Hossain Mona,...

Boy dies while imitating suicide acting

A minor boy was killed allegedly as he hanged himself with a ceiling fan to imitate a suicide scene in a Bangla movie shown on television in Jagannathpur upazila of Sunamganj district on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Helim, 12, son of Helal Mia of Shibashram village in the upazila. Helim along with his parents used to live at a rented house at Jalalpur village in Jagannathpur municipality area. Mother of the deceased Helana Begum said Helim used to watch television...

3 Bangladeshi teens jailed in India for 3 years back home

Three Bangladeshi teenagers, including a girl, returned home through Benapole check post on Wednesday after serving three years jail in India. Indian police handed them over to Benapole immigration police at night. The returnees were identified as a 15-year-old girl of Sharsha upazila in Jessore, Soyeb Ali, 17, son of Amir, a resident of Kalia upazila in Narail district, and Samrat, 17, son of Sagor Miah, of Rasulpur in Barisal district. Monir Hossain, officer in-charge of Benapole check post immigration police, said...

Two women murdered

A pregnant woman was killed in a clash between two groups of villagers at Dashghar village in Bishwanath upazila on Wednesday night. The deceased is Roksana Begum, 26, wife of Matiur Rahman of the village. Locals said, there had been a longstanding dispute between Sadiqur Rahman Furali, father of Matiur Rahman, and Nur Ali of the village over the ownership of a piece of land. Following an altercation between the men of Furali and Nur Ali over the issue in the evening,...

Snippets

Wall collapse kills 2 Our Correspondent, Kushtia Two members of a family were killed as a wall collapsed on them at Doribila village in Sreepur upazila of Magura district yesterday. The deceased are Sirajul Islam, 55, and his younger brother's wife Lovely Khatun, 45, of the village. Awlad Hossain, OC of Sreepur PS, said a brick wall of their kitchen fell on the two when Sirajul along with four construction workers was repairing the rain-soaked wall around 9:30am, leaving Lovely dead...

World

US, Iraq draw up ground attack plan against ISIS

US, Iraq draw up ground attack plan against ISIS

The United States and Iraq are drawing up a campaign plan for offensive operations by Iraqi ground forces to gradually reclaim towns and cities that have been occupied by ISIS, according to a senior US official. The report came as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights yesterday said US-led air strikes in Syria have...

UN rights body calls for open polls in HK

The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on China yesterday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, including the right to stand for election and not be subject to vetting. The panel of 18 independent experts, who monitor compliance with an international treaty on civil and political rights, agreed the move at a meeting at which they voiced concern at Beijing's plan to vet candidates in the former British colony. The committee agreed on "the need to ensure universal suffrage, which...

Canada Parliament Shooting

Sergeant-at-arms hailed as 'hero'

Sergeant-at-arms hailed as 'hero'

Just moments after he gunned down Canadian Parliament shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, heroic sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers was seen calmly walking through the halls, gun in hand. The 58-year-old RCMP veteran has been hailed a hero after putting a swift stop to the attacker's hail of gunfire after he shot dead a soldier and then stormed...

China, Iran seek closer military ties: Officials

China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defence minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy yesterday, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran's nuclear plans. Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan told Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari that the two armed forces have seen "good cooperation on mutual visits, personnel training and other fields in recent years", China's official Xinhua news agency reported. "Exchanges between the two navies have been fruitful...

Sectarian attack kills 8 Shias in Pakistan

Eight Shia members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed, and one wounded, yesterday, after gunmen opened fire on a bus in the volatile province of Baluchistan, police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a radical Sunni militant group, has carried out many gun and bomb attacks on Hazaras in the past. The men were returning from a vegetable market when gunmen intercepted the bus. "Two gunmen boarded the bus and shot the men," police officer Imran Qureshi told Reuters. All...

We 'made wrong calculations'

Military leaders failed to calculate the magnitude of the conflict in Afghanistan, the former head of the British army has told the BBC. Gen Sir Peter Wall said they thought they had a "reasonable force" for their limited objectives, but he now admits they got it wrong. In 2004, the Army was still engaged in the conflict in Iraq and its leaders admit they were aware that they did not have the resources to fight in more than one campaign for...

Don't malign Muslims for wrongdoing of a few

Don't malign Muslims for wrongdoing of a few

The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee has made use of Diwali by disseminating messages that she perhaps was waiting to deliver following reports of sporadic incidents of communal disturbance in the State. On Wednesday, she inaugurated Kali Puja in various areas and said that her government will not tolerate any attempt to...

Pakistan court lifts ban on ARY News

A Pakistani court yesterday ordered the media regulatory authority to restore transmission of a news channel supportive of anti-government protests organised by cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan and a populist cleric. ARY News, a popular station, was ordered off the air for 15 days on Monday by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) for "maligning honourable courts and judiciary". The channel's management approached the Sindh High Court on Tuesday to lift the suspension and a judge issued a stay order, allowing...

Foreign maids endure abuse in UAE: HRW

Foreign maids from impoverished countries endure physical, sexual and emotional abuse in the United Arab Emirates, trapped by a system that denies them protection, an international rights group said yesterday. Human Rights Watch called on the UAE to reform a restrictive visa system and pass a labour law for domestic workers to stop the abuses. "We already bought you. You don't have the right to complain," Filipina Marelie Brua said in a video interview with HRW, recounting her former employer's words. Brua...

Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan: Study

Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan: Study

Japan could be nearly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption over the next century, putting almost all of the country's 127 million-strong population at risk, according to a new study. "It is not an overstatement to say that a colossal volcanic eruption would leave Japan extinct as a country," Kobe University earth sciences professor...

Climate Change

EU eyes new green energy targets

An EU summit was scheduled to get under way shortly in Brussels yesterday aiming for agreement on carbon emission cuts that could make Europe a global leader again in climate policy. The European Commission has proposed a 40% cut in CO2 emissions by 2030. The EU also aims to boost the use of renewable energy to 27% in the total energy mix. Europe's reliance on Russian gas has become a hot topic because of the Ukraine crisis, besides the climate impact...

Another man tries to breach White House

A suspect who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday was nabbed by Secret Service agents and dogs, a spokesman for the elite agency said. The individual was immediately taken into custody on the north lawn of the White House by Secret Service officials. The fence climber was identified as 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya from Marlyand. He was unarmed at the time of his arrest. Video on local media appeared to show a man being intercepted by officers before he had a chance...

Nigeria's Boko Haram 'abducts more girls'

Dozens of women and girls from two villages in Nigeria's north-eastern Adamawa state have been abducted by suspected militants, residents said. The abductions have not been confirmed by the authorities, but residents say they took place a day after the military announced it had agreed a ceasefire with the Boko Haram group. The government hopes the Islamist group will free more than 200 girls seized in April as part of negotiations. Boko Haram has not confirmed the truce. Following Friday's ceasefire announcement,...

Dumped by boyfriend, she spends entire week in KFC

Dumped by boyfriend, she spends entire week in KFC

A lovesick Chinese woman dumped by her boyfriend spent an entire week in a KFC eating chicken wings. Depressed Tan Shen, 26, from Chengdu, in China's southwest Sichuan Province, decided she needed some fried comfort food to get over her ex. She stopped off at a KFC near a train station by her home, but...

Somalia gets its first ATM

Somalia's capital Mogadishu now has its first-ever ATM bank machine -- and it dispenses U.S. dollars. The machine was installed in late September in the upscale Jazeera Palace Hotel, which is located 300 meters from Aden Adde International Airport in the south-west of the city. The hotel's general manager said that he had seen people using the new machine but it had not been widely adopted. "Most of the customers were not aware there is an ATM in Somalia". While a great...

News In Brief

Irish senate calls for recognition of Palestine Afp, Dublin Ireland's upper house of parliament Wednesday passed a motion calling on the Dublin government to recognise the state of Palestine in a symbolic move that is unlikely to change policy. The vote is the latest boost for Palestinian authorities campaigning for international recognition, coming after a similar vote by the British House of Commons.       Gunmen kill 30 in new C Africa attacks: UN Afp, Bangui Gunmen have killed at least 30 people in fresh attacks...

Ottawa shooting (Video)

Ottawa shooting (Video)

Police in Canada have released video showing how a lone gunman stormed into Canada's parliament on Wednesday. Minutes before, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, had shot dead a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial near parliament. Zehaf-Bibeau was ultimately shot dead by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. He was not on a list of known high-risk travellers, but had links to extremist elements, police said. He had recently applied for a passport and intended to travel to Syria.

US charges South Africans in illegal rhino hunting case

US charges South Africans in illegal rhino hunting case

A South African company has been indicted in Alabama for selling illegal rhinoceros hunts to Americans and secretly trafficking in the endangered animals' horns, which sell on the black market at prices higher than gold, prosecutors said on Thursday. The 18-count indictment charged Valinor Trading CC, which operated in the United States as Out...

Wide Angle

How To Avoid Catching The Ebola Virus

How To Avoid Catching The Ebola Virus

How is Ebola spread? The Ebola virus is transmitted in the bodily fluids of people who are seriously ill, who are likely to be vomiting, bleeding or have diarrhoea. Blood, faeces and vomit are the most infectious fluids, and in late stages of the disease even tiny amounts can carry high loads of virus....

The Ebola Conspiracy Theories

The Ebola Conspiracy Theories

The spread of Ebola from western Africa to suburban Texas has brought with it another strain of contagion: conspiracy theories. The outbreak began in September, when The Daily Observer, a Liberian newspaper, published an article alleging that the virus was not what it seemed — a medical disaster — but rather a bioweapon designed by the United States military to depopulate the planet. Not long after, accusations appeared online contending that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had patented the virus and was poised to make a fortune from a new vaccine it had created with the pharmaceutical industry. There were even reports that the New World Order,...

Ebola Is 50 Times Older Than Mankind

Ebola Is 50 Times Older Than Mankind

The tiger and the elephant and the polar bear may be stars at the Buffalo Zoo, but it was a humble wallaby that helped scientists prove Ebola is tens of millions of years old, not a mere 10 millennia, as was previously supposed. The determination was made in recent years by scientists at the...

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Cover Story

THE LOST ART

THE LOST ART

When Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a French gem merchant arrived in Dhaka some 400 years ago he was astounded by Dhaka's splendour. According to him, it was a city of skilful artisans and art loving aristocrats. The city's booming industry of exotic artefacts like muslin, furniture of delicate design, exotic perfumes and jewellery in intricate...

  

Chintito

Excuse Me!

Excuse Me!

There are certain English, rather colonial practices, that we have blindly embraced over decades in our day-to-day manner without actually understanding their fundamental meaning, application and/or usefulness. I am not here talking about the custom of left-hand drive (not that we do not enjoy driving on the opposite lane), or the long wait...

Current Affairs

Congratulations and Celebrations

Congratulations and Celebrations

Given the nature of our current parliament the recent elections of Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Saber Hossain Chowdhury as the chiefs of the Commonwealth Parliamentary (CPA) and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) are rather interesting. And how are we supposed to perceive their elections to the two global parliamentary bodies that exchange knowledge, practices of parliamentary democracy in the member assemblies and encourage parliamentary dialogue worldwide?    Saber was elected as an MP in the one-sided and voter less January 5 parliamentary election. And he was made the chief of the parliamentary standing committee of the Jute and Textile Ministry. Shirin was elected as an MP in a by-election and was elected...

Tribute

THE PASSING OF AN ESTEEMED SCHOLAR

THE PASSING OF AN ESTEEMED SCHOLAR

A celebrated scholar, humanist and a man of principles, is how many people would remember Professor Salahuddin Ahmed. I myself had the privilege of knowing him over 40 years as a friend and colleague of my father-in-law, Dr A R Mallick. Thus the news of his demise on October 19, came as a...

Photo Feature

The Lifeline

The Lifeline

PHOTOS: BOUNDELE Rivers have always been the lifeline for the country's trade and commerce. No other country can perhaps boast such a long and intricate network of waterways as we have. But years of neglect and abuse have left our rivers in ruins. The boats, launches and trawlers that are used for ferrying...

Special Feature

Virus Vs Us

Virus Vs Us

Ebola had a sort of comforting, faraway otherness to it until October 9 when six Bangladeshi passengers from Ebola-affected Liberia entered the country without the knowledge of immigration, the medical team at the airport and the airline concerned.   Luckily, none of the six were infected with the virus. If they were, they might...

Perspective

Not Just a Quitter

Not Just a Quitter

As a young journalist, working at my first job as a full-fledged writer for the lifestyle section of a well-known English newspaper, I was excited and somewhat nervous when I was sent for my first interview. I was assigned to interview a former child actress, who had portrayed one of the most iconic characters in the history of Bangladeshi television. She greeted us with a wide smile and even before we were seated, she started talking about her new endeavour, a very popular online clothing store. She seemed excited and passionate about her work. She spoke about her past laurels with pride but was definitely more thrilled about her...

History

Judge Bernard Nicholl of Dinajpur

Judge Bernard Nicholl of Dinajpur

History is perhaps my forte. A more recent interest of mine involves selective readings and research on genealogy or family histories. Lately, I have also been engaged in the documentation efforts of old European/Christian cemeteries with historic, funerary monuments - tombs, graves, mausoleums and epitaphs of the British colonial era in Bangladesh. It brought me in touch with Peter Cockerill. Peter Cockerill lives in London, England. We were introduced by a mutual friend a few years back. Peter has a very interesting background. He belongs to a family of “old India hands”. His maternal grandfather, Bernard Vincent Nicholl, of the Indian Civil Service ( ICS), Bengal cadre, died and was...

Book Review

Negotiating The Price You Pay

Negotiating The Price You Pay

Novice reporter Abhishek Dutta gets lucky his first day on the job covering a routine press conference when he overhears an exchange between two police officers in the men's washroom – “Babloo Shankar is planning a comeback”. Using this as leverage, he makes his way into the privileged nexus of the police and media and quickly rises to fame as a crime reporter in Delhi's print, then television, media. Reporting crime is not easy, however, and, from rubbing his powerful superiors the wrong way to becoming embroiled in a kidnapping rescue mission almost gone wrong,  Abhishek must negotiate, even compromise, with his influential bosses, his competitive peers, his vital...

Art

Recording the Undulations of Nature

Recording the Undulations of Nature

What is the work you have done this time for your fourth solo? I ask Anukul at his apartment in Mohammadpur where he keeps his works and sometimes shows to art lovers.  Anukul replies: “Acrylic plus charcoal – what I call mixed media.” His subjects for 15 years have been Nature : gloomy...

International

INVESTMENT BOOM IN MYANMAR

INVESTMENT BOOM IN MYANMAR

Thailand's total investment in Myanmar has nearly reached US$10 billion, making the Kingdom the second-largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country after China, whose investment swelled past $14 billion. Pisanu Suvanajata, Thailand's ambassador to Myanmar, reckons the Thai ranking may not last too long as the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has...

Musings

The City of Eternal Spring: Kunming

The City of Eternal Spring: Kunming

An article that came out in the Star in August on Kunming, written by Azizul Jalil, made me nostalgic and took me back to 1965 when I had taken an unusual trip to that city. Kunming is not only a city of 'Eternal Spring' but it was Chairman Mao's winter resort with the...

Star Diary

Star Diary

Corrupt and Unrepentant Last week, after returning home from work, I caught a glimpse of the news on TV, which showed a man in his mid-fifties grinning amiably and waving his hands to the crowd while walking down the court premises. At first glance, I thought that the man might be on his...

Quirky Science

Quirky Science

Trying to fool a kindergartner? Not so fast From the words for colours to how to tie a shoelace, kids have lots to learn -- and for the most part, they depend on others to teach it to them. But whether deliberately or inadvertently, people sometimes misinform. So at what age can kids tell trustworthy...

Remembrance

An Author Without Borders

An Author Without Borders

Sunil Ganguli popularly known as Sunil Gangopadhyay is one of the most celebrated novelists and poets of modern Bengali literature. His works of different genres have conquered the hearts of Bengali readers around the world. He was also a renowned poet of the post-modern era. Besides his creations Sunil edited poetry journals which...

MAILBOX

MAILBOX

Diving for Pearls Over the past several years the shipbuilding industry in Bangladesh has achieved substantial growth despite the downturn in the global economy. The industry has even better potential. With the good performance of the industry, the government should play a more vital role in helping the industry to develop further. The government...

MAD GENIUS

SM SULTAN

SM SULTAN

10 August 1923 - 10 October 1994 Sheikh Mohammed Sultan was a Bangladeshi avant-garde artist who worked in painting and drawing. His fame rests on his striking depictions of exaggeratedly muscular Bangladeshi peasants engaged in the activities of their everyday lives. He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 1982; the Bangladesh Charu Shilpi Sangsad Award in 1986; and the Independence Day Award in 1993. "No art is vulgar; vulgarity is the way of seeing it. I paint on a large canvas because my painting is for the people not for room decoration.  Bangladesh is a haven for landscape painters, but unfortunately we do not have any genuine landscape artist. People often ask why I paint muscular figures of feeble peasants. My answer is I...

SNAPSHOT

The Silent Observer

The Silent Observer

“What is important is not what you hear said, it's what you observe.” - Michael Connelly

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

This week the Star interviewed one of the most eminent architects of Bangladesh, Masudur Rahman Khan. Khan has designed some of the most significant and picturesque structures such as the International Mother Language Institute building, Bangladesh Computer Council building and the Mausoleum Complex of former President Ziaur Rahman. He is also chasing his dream of designing the tallest structure of Bangladesh. Khan is famous for the renovation and remodelling projects of many significant structures such as the Banganbandhu Stadium and Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium etc. As an architect, Khan has always been dreaming of developing Dhaka as a well-planned and architecturally perfect city. Childhood Dream I have always dreamt of pursuing...

HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

Submerged School Thakurgaon. The school ground of Mathurapur-1 Government Primary School in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila has remained waterlogged for a couple of months as rainwater outlets were blocked following the construction of a road on the eastern side of the ground. Stop Gambling Lalmonirhat. While people at Namuri village of Aditmari upazila, Lalmonirhat, continue to...

Cartoon

Babu

Babu

 

Voicebox

"I fell in love with my boss in a 22-year-old sort of a way. But my boss was the President of the United States." MONICA LEWINSKY Former White House intern Said during a tearful speech describing the pain of being made into a figure of global humiliation when she "fell in love" with Bill Clinton. "You bring economic prosperity to the affected people or to alienated people. So, that prosperity comes in, terrorism slowly declines. If you plot a curve [that] terrorism [is]...

Bytes

Tech Releases

Digital Center Entrepreneurs Conference starts this November

Digital Center Entrepreneurs Conference starts this November

‘Digital Center Entrepreneurs Conference 2014’ will be held on the 4th year of founding the nationwide digital center. The event is stated to be held on 11th November at the National Parade Ground and is expected to see the participation of more than 11,000 entrepreneurs from union, City Council and City Corporation. Prime Minister...

Next Step

Fast Food On Wheels

Fast Food On Wheels

CP Food Truck, Matrz, Chopsticks, Yummilicious, Izza Wrap, HM Food, Petuk, Food Street, Spaghetti Wheels, Munchies Republic, Hot Box, Deluxe Street Food, Bon Appetit, and the list never ends! Dhaka has become the new core of the food cart business. These are most often found in Gulshan and Banani, but now the trend is spread into the Dhanmondi area as well. So what is so special about food carts? Well apart from the delicious taste and convenience on the streets, it is a very profitable business if managed perceptively.     Secrets Of The Trade   I talked with Nadvie Ahmed, Managing Director at The Cart Company. Nadvie used to have a food cart...

Promotion

Promotion

The media of promotion is chiefly Facebook. So, you virtually have to spend nothing if you are reaching sufficient people over Facebook. You can alter your choice of social media website based on your target market. For example, food blogging is a rising trend among today's youth. All of these things have made...

Behind The Scenes

How the development sector works

How the development sector works

It is perhaps difficult and mostly improbable to perceive whether any job can be as satisfying as one that relies mainly on contributing towards others. It is widely perceived by most of the people that jobs in the non-profit sector are low-paying and less easy to maintain when it comes to achieving an effective work-life balance. After all, the majority of jobs in this field involve relocating to a new place---usually a rural area----and helping the natives there to develop their society and to attain greater knowledge. However the pay, the career and the overall lifetime of a job in this field should help people look past the minor...

Tech Releases

Kickstart your career with Core-K’s Online Learning Tools

Kickstart your career with Core-K’s Online Learning Tools

Next Step is partnering with Core Knowledge, an initiative of Rahimafrooz Group, to introduce the best of e-learning to professionals. Skills development is a major challenge across industries and through this partnership we hope to tackle this problem by providing learning options to a broad set of users. Core-K’s Online Learning Tools’ courseware covers...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

Mysterious death at DMCH

The news of Asma's mysterious death at DMCH, published in TDS on 22.10.14, is highly worrying. The authorities claimed that she had died of renal failure, lever diseases and jaundice after she delivered a baby boy. But her close neighbours confirmed that she had no such ailments; rather she was in perfect shape even during the final stages of her pregnancy. We demand a thorough investigation into this mysterious death. Everyone concerned must be interrogated. Sabrina Samreen North South University, Dhaka  ...

Letters To The Editor

Repair Chittagong station road

Repair Chittagong station road

The station road is a busy road of the port city. Every day I have to travel through the road. As I travel by bus, I experience a bumpy ride from the Kadamtali point to the old station area. For more than one year, the road has remained in a dilapidated state. It...

Letters To The Editor

Tips for our batsmen to avoid being trapped

I would like to mention some guidelines for our cricketers to follow during the next series. 1.    Bowlers sometimes intentionally bowl full tosses and bad balls in order to make the batsman play at it. This is done to set up the batsman and in many cases, the batsmen get out as they get carried away by trying to hit every ball to the boundary. Our players should not fall in this trap. 2.    The opposition will change field settings to...

Comments on news report

“Southwest may turn wasteland,” published on October 21, 2014 New Generation Bangladesh has long been getting very “warm reciprocation” from our friendly neighbouring country. Dr. Miah Adel Please read the book entitled “Farakka Barrage, the Symbol of Bluffing, Blackmailing, Bullying, and Cornering the Downstream for Upstream Water Piracy” now in press in the German Academic Publishing Company Lap Lambert, and other books and articles of this series authored by this responder to learn more about Indian water piracy tricks. S. M. Iftekhar Ahmed How unfortunate...