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Korean EPZ in trouble

Korean EPZ in trouble

Instead of solving the problems the Korean Export Processing Zone has been facing, the government plans to take back a part of the 2,492 acres of land given to the KEPZ owner YoungOne 16 years ago. The country's largest private export processing zone is in a web of land-related and legal tangles triggered mainly...

Smear campaign

Smear campaign

The local administration in Chittagong, some businesspeople and public representatives have apparently launched a smear campaign against the Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) to create grounds for taking away its land. Religious sentiment is their main weapon. They are also instigating locals in Anwara to keep the KEPZ unstable and prevent development work. They all...

Split in small parties weakens 20-party

Yet another component of the BNP-led alliance yesterday threatened to part itself from the combine, turning things worse for the BNP policymakers already-worried of its waning strength. A faction of the National Democratic Party (NDP) said they would quit the alliance if BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in 72 hours does not ensure "more democratic practices" in the coalition. Insiders, however, said the faction led by Alamgir Mazumder had already made up its mind to split and the ultimatum was only a...

Hartal today, tomorrow

There will be no respite for people from shutdowns after Jamaat's 24-hour hartal ends tomorrow morning, as the BNP-led alliance has called a daylong nationwide shutdown the same day. Acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday announced the programme in protest at the amendment to the constitution that empowered parliament to remove Supreme Court judges for misbehaviour and incapacity. The announcement came at a press conference at the BNP chief's Gulshan office hours after leaders of all components of...

15 hurt as JP men clash in Rangpur

15 hurt as JP men clash in Rangpur

At least 15 people were injured in the city yesterday in a clash between the supporters of Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad and Moshiur Rahman Ranga, a JP MP and state minister for LGRD. However, hours after the intra-party clash, Ranga, who was relieved of the party's presidium post, was seen taking tea with...

Consultative Meeting with India

Dhaka for fresh line of credit

Dhaka for fresh line of credit

Appreciating India's financial assistance to infrastructure development in Bangladesh, Dhaka yesterday asked New Delhi to consider a fresh line of credit (LoC). During the third Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting co-chaired by Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj at Jawahar Bhavan in New Delhi, Bangladesh also offered a special economic zone for Indian businesses and sought investments in sectors like automobiles, manufacturing and power. Following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's landmark visit to New Delhi in January 2010, India extended the first LoC of $1 billion to Bangladesh for a range of projects that included railway infrastructure development, supply of locomotives and passenger coaches, renovation of...

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Moghbazar Triple Murder

6 suspects held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested six people in Dhaka and Munshiganj on Friday night and early yesterday for their alleged involvement in the sensational triple murder in Moghbazar of Dhaka on August 28. Acting on a tip-off, the elite force personnel conducted raids at different places in the capital and in Munshiganj and nabbed them, said Mufti Mahmud Khan, director at Legal and Media Wing of Rab, adding that two pistols and three knives had also been recovered from...

The last show of an artiste

The last show of an artiste

Death could only part him from his love for rhythm and that was what happened to tabla maestro Pundit Bijan Chowdhury on Friday night. The auditorium of Theatre Institute, Chittagong (TIC) that evening was full to the brim with music connoisseurs drawn to the performance of eminent flute player Ustad Azizul Islam and Bijan...

16th Amendment

Lawyers boycott courts tomorrow

Bangladesh Bar Council yesterday passed a resolution to boycott courts across the country tomorrow demanding cancellation of the latest amendment to the constitution. Council leaders in a meeting with different bar association leaders also decided to stage black-flag demonstrations at all bar associations today to press home their demand. AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon, a member of the bar council dominated by pro-BNP lawyers, proposed the programmes which was later approved by the meeting by  voice votes at the auditorium of Supreme...

Siblings' Suicide

Frustration turns fatal

The Green Day number “Wake me up when September ends” was his favourite. He loved to sing this song to his mother with an acoustic guitar every now and then. "Summer has come and passed/the innocent can never last/ wake me up when September ends," Jayasree Zaman, mother of Alim, recalls the first three lines of the song. However, Muhammad bin Alim, the 14-year-old ninth-grader, will not wake up from his eternal sleep even after September ends. Alim and his 18-year-old sister...

Joining UNGA

PM leaves for US tonight

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for the United States tonight to attend the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA). An Emirates flight carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage is scheduled to take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:30pm. The flight is expected to reach John F Kennedy International Airport in New York at 8:25am (local time) on Monday. According to govt sources, Hasina is leading a nearly 200-member delegation to the UNGA this year, the biggest entourage since...

Trawler Catches Fire

Two burnt to death in Ctg

Two fishermen were killed and four others sustained burn injuries as a fishing boat caught fire after its engine exploded in the Karnaphuli river in Chittagong city's Fishery Ghat area yesterday morning. The dead are Md Nazim and Nur Alam of Laxmipur, said Babul Sarker, general secretary of Fishery Ghat Boat Owners' Association.     The duo got trapped inside the boat and could not come out of it. Locals recovered the bodies from the boat in the afternoon, he added. The injured...

Qaeda trying to enter Assam

Days after al-Qaeda issued a video threatening to carry out its campaign in India, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday said the terror group is trying to set up base in the state and had "tacit understanding" with ULFA.     "We have got some information that al-Qaeda is trying to gain access to Assam. We have taken steps to prevent any such development and asked all concerned to remain cautious," Gogoi told a press conference here. The global terrorist outfit had...

Obama to press at UN for broader anti-IS coalition

US President Barack Obama plans to make his case against the Islamic State militants before the world at the United Nations General Assembly next week in a bid for greater international support in the anti-IS fight. "We won't hesitate to take action against these terrorists in Iraq or in Syria," Obama said of the militants who have seized territory in the two neighboring countries. "But this is not America's fight alone." The United States is leading efforts to build a global response...

Yemen flights halted as truce talks end without result

Flights to the Yemeni capital were suspended for a second day straight yesterday as the toll mounted from clashes between pro-government forces and rebels despite UN efforts to reach a ceasefire. Forces allied to the government have been battling to halt Shiite rebels who have swept into Sanaa from their stronghold in the rugged northwestern mountains. Yemen has been wracked by political turmoil since the 2012 ouster of president Ali Abdullah Saleh, with Al-Qaeda attacks on security forces further adding to...

300 Kurds cross from Turkey to Syria to fight jihadists

At least 300 Kurdish fighters crossed from Turkey into Syria overnight to battle jihadists from the Islamic State group trying to seize a strategic border town, a monitor said yesterday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurds had joined the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in their fight against the IS group as it seeks to capture the town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane to the Kurds. The fighting around the strategic town has prompted a mass...

Albania tightens security ahead of pope visit

Albania upped security yesterday as it prepared to host Pope Francis amid warnings that Islamic State jihadists could be planning an attack on the Catholic leader in the mainly Muslim country. Plainclothes police were out on the streets of the capital Tirana, with some 2,500 officers due to be deployed for the pope's visit on Sunday, his first to a European country. "The alert level of police forces is at the highest level. A large number of police will monitor all...

Tunisia president declares re-election bid

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki announced Saturday he will stand for re-election in November, in a key vote almost four years after a revolt that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings. The polls, along with parliamentary elections in October, are seen as the final step in Tunisia's transition after more than two decades under strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who was toppled in 2011. The moderate Islamist party Ennahda won Tunisia's first post-Ben Ali election the same year. Marzouki, a fierce opponent of...

Rain Makes It Worse

Rain Makes It Worse

     

Business

Digital medium: the new channel for advertising

Digital medium: the new channel for advertising

Digital medium which includes social media and mobile phones has emerged as a more effective marketing platform for products than the traditional promotional activities. Consumers' behaviour is changing gradually with the influence of social media like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter and the uses of smartphones, marketing of products and services delivered through them reach...

Most WB projects are on track

Most WB projects are on track

The World Bank found that 70 percent of its projects in Bangladesh are on track and officials attributed the success to regular review by implementing agencies and the global lender. The WB will review progress of its 34 ongoing projects at a two-day meeting beginning today to identify the problems the sluggish projects are...

Meghna to rev up bicycle exports

Meghna to rev up bicycle exports

Meghna Group, a leading bicycle exporter in Bangladesh, has entered a joint venture deal with a famous Italian brand -- Selle Bassano -- to make saddles and bags for bikers across the world. The agreement was signed last month at the Euro Bike Show in Germany, the biggest event for bicycle and parts makers...

Foreign exchange rules to see changes

The government will soon amend foreign exchange regulations to make those time-befitting as the old rules are not enough for the current international trading system, a finance ministry official said yesterday. The draft of the amendment has already been prepared, said M Aslam Alam, secretary to the bank and financial institutions division under the finance ministry. He spoke at a seminar on "factoring: a better alternative to letter of credit" at the office of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry...

Tax receipts may hit record at NBR fair

The National Board of Revenue is likely to hit a record in tax collection from its weeklong tax fair. Since the beginning of the fair on September 16, the tax administrator logged Tk 1,096 crore in tax, which is close to the last year's total collection of Tk 1,117 crore, NBR said in a statement. The fair, which will remain open for all from 10am to 5pm, will end on Monday in seven divisional cities, including Dhaka. "It is really encouraging to...

Carmudi takes rice bucket challenge

Carmudi takes rice bucket challenge

Carmudi, an online store for cars, has recently donated 100 kilograms of rice to families below the poverty line as part of a rice bucket challenge in collaboration with Jaago Foundation. Carmudi aimed at helping the selected families in Kuril slum in Banani, Dhaka under the campaign, which is fashioned after the ALS Ice...

Mount Elizabeth growing stronger in healthcare

Mount Elizabeth growing stronger in healthcare

Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore has continued its stellar growth in the past 35 years to become one of the most well-respected and famous brands for healthcare providers in the country and region. Officials of the hospital -- one of the four owned by Parkway Pantai in the city state -- credited its exceptional...

India caps prices of 36 more drugs to improve access

India has capped the prices of 36 drugs, including those used to treat infections and diabetes, in its latest move to make essential medicines more affordable, a senior official of the country's drug pricing authority told Reuters on Friday. The medicines join a list of 348 drugs deemed essential and that are therefore subject to price caps, covering up to 30 percent of the total medication sold in a country where less than 20 percent of people are covered by...

India importing over 1 lakh tonnes of rice on temporary supply squeeze

India importing over 1 lakh tonnes of rice on temporary supply squeeze

India, the world's top rice exporter, is preparing to import the grain for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century to feed its remote and hilly northeastern region where rail freight is being disrupted due to a track overhaul. The country will import more than 100,000 tonnes of rice from neighbouring...

GSK to pay record $489m fine for paying bribes

China fined GlaxoSmithKline Plc a record 3 billion yuan ($489 million) on Friday for paying bribes to doctors to use its drugs, underlining the risks of doing business there while also ending a damaging chapter for the British drugmaker. A court in the southern city of Changsha handed suspended jail sentences to Mark Reilly, the former head of GSK in China, and four other GSK executives of between two and four years, according to state news agency Xinhua. Briton Reilly,...

Hyundai directors kept in dark on size of $10b land bid

Hyundai Motor and two listed affiliates did not seek board clearance for the size of their record $10 billion bid for a plot of land in Seoul, more than triple its appraised value, four board members of the companies told Reuters. Thursday's winning bid for the land sent shares in Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors and Hyundai Mobis plunging, wiping out $8 billion in shareholder value, and sparked howls of protest from investors, rekindling worries about corporate governance at South Korea's...

Air France pilots vote to extend strike by a week

Air France pilots have voted to extend for another week a strike over their airline's push to develop a low-cost subsidiary they fear will undermine their jobs, their main union said Saturday. The stoppage, which has already run for nearly a week, is already the longest suffered by Air France in 16 years. More than half of the company's flights have been scrapped, disrupting the travel plans of tens of thousands of passengers. The airline says it is losing up to...

G20 finance chiefs aim to change destiny of global economy

G20 finance chiefs aim to change destiny of global economy

Finance chiefs from G20 nations held talks Saturday, confident they can "change the destiny of the global economy" despite rising world political tensions and mounting fears of financial instability. The meeting in Cairns aims to thrash out a set of policies to achieve the ambitious goal of raising the total GDP of the 20...

Shells leave Ukraine's coal miners digging for survival

They spend much of their day clearing their gardens of shrapnel, digging up potatoes or chopping wood to prepare for the fast-approaching winter. The coal miners of the village of Vilkhivka in eastern Ukraine haven't been working for months, forced to down tools by the shells they say are still falling almost every day. "As miners, we used to get coal for the stove," says Pavel Krivonosov, 64, who despite his age still used to work at the nearby state-owned Zhdanivka...

Tim Cook puts personal touch on iPhone 6 launch

Tim Cook puts personal touch on iPhone 6 launch

Apple chief Tim Cook personally kicked off sales of the iPhone 6, joining in "selfies" and shaking hands with customers Friday outside the company's store near his Silicon Valley home. Cook was dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans as he worked his way from one end to the other of the long queue...

Alibaba: a 'crocodile' of online shopping

Alibaba: a 'crocodile' of online shopping

Alibaba has become by far the dominant e-commerce company in China, a country with the world's greatest number of Internet users, in only 15 years. The Hangzhou-based company is largely unknown outside Greater China, but a historic listing on the New York Stock Exchange Friday and its recently-launched US shopping website, 11 Main, are...

Alibaba IPO to boost employee fortunes to $8b

Employees of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will see their fortunes swell to nearly $8 billion as the company prepares a massive US stock offering that could be valued at $25 billion. Alibaba on Friday priced its stocks at the top end of the $66-$68 range before its trading debut on the New York Stock Exchange, according to documents filed with US regulators. The offer price would make stocks owned by some 6,000 employees -- both former and current of the group...

Sports

'Hard to quit when team is down'

'Hard to quit when team is down'

A similar scenario was in store for those who were waiting for the national cricket team at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport yesterday morning. For the umpteenth time this year, captain Mushfiqur Rahim took the helm at the press conference; replying to each and every question with caution and patience -- gambits that he...

Siddikur set for lengthy lay-off

Siddikur set for lengthy lay-off

Bangladesh's premier golfer Siddikur Rahman is set to miss a number of upcoming Asian Tour events due to persistent lower back pain which has previously kept him out of action for the past two and a half weeks. The 29-year-old golfer is currently undergoing physiotherapy treatment at a Dhaka clinic due to pain in the lumbar vertebrae (L 4- L5) after the pain forced him to withdraw from the Omega European Masters in Zurich in the first week of September.  “I'll be out of action for at least another one and a half months which means I will be missing quite a few events due to the persistent back pain....

Shohag confident of clean chit

Off-spinner Shohag Gazi has said that he is confident of earning a good result from the bio mechanical test at the Cardiff University in Wales. The player, who was reported with a suspect bowling action during the second one-day international against the West Indies, had been tested on Friday. The results of the test—which is expected to be revealed in 14 to 20 days—will determine whether Shohag's action is legal. After being called for his action, the off-spinner had to...

AFC President's Cup

Russel off the mark

Russel off the mark

A 65th minute header from Nigerian striker Nkwocha Kingsley Chigozie gave Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra a 1-0 win against FC Erichim of Mongolia in their opening fixture of the AFC President's Cup at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo yesterday. Although pegged for much of the first half in the Group B opener, Chigozie's goal...

Malinga may undergo surgery

Lasith Malinga could be out of action until at least the end of the year if he goes through with surgery on a problematic left ankle, which he is currently receiving consultation on, in Australia. Malinga left for Melbourne on Saturday morning, after having experienced a significant increase in pain in his ankle while bowling. He will see his orthopaedic on Sunday, after which a final decision on whether surgery is his best course of action will be taken. If...

4-day match shifted

The second four-day match against between Bangladesh A and Zimbabwe A which was originally scheduled to begin today at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium (KSOAS), Fatullah, has been shifted by a day and will now start on Monday, 22 September. A press release from the BCB stated that the change to the schedule was made due to 'unavoidable circumstances'.  The dates for the first two one day matches have also been rescheduled. Accordingly, the first one dayer will now be...

Bell will miss county final

Warwickshire and England batsman Ian Bell has been ruled out of Saturday's county One-Day Cup final against Durham at Lord's, the Midlands side announced Friday. Warwickshire native Bell, 32, who has spent his entire career with the Birmingham-based club, suffered a broken toe during net practice while on England duty earlier this month. Dougie Brown, Warwickshire director of cricket, told the club's website on Friday: "Ian has been receiving intense treatment on his broken toe for several days, in hope that...

17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

Hockey humiliation

The Bangladesh hockey team endured a terrible start to their Asian Games campaign when they suffered a 0-8 defeat to Japan in the Pool A opener at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon, Korea yesterday. It was Bangladesh's second biggest defeat, after last year's 0-9 defeat against South Korea in the Asia Cup, since Pakistani coach Naveed Alam took charge 13 months ago.  Prior to the match, Naveed had promised that Bangladesh would perform admirably against Japan, who are 17 places...

Ana-Caroline finale

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia ousted top seed Angelique Kerber in straight sets Saturday to reach the final of the 1-million-dollar Pan Pacific Open against US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki. Third seed Ivanovic charged back from 3-5 down in the first set to beat the 26-year-old German favourite 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals. Denmark's Wozniacki, seeded second and looking to get over her loss to world number one Serena Williams in the US Open two weeks ago, outplayed Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 6-4,...

17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

From England with love

The inclusion of England-born shooter Quaysoor Miah in the Asian Games contingent has garnered attention about trap shooting among Bangladeshis. Quaysoor failed to impress, finishing second from bottom with two rounds remaining. Nevertheless he drew interest due to his rather peculiar backstory. While most of the participants have been practicing for years, Quaysoor's interest in shooting only began last year, at the age of 35. A structural engineer, working as a highway manager in United Kingdom, Quaysoor found himself with a...

'RVP, Falcao can coexist'

Louis van Gaal insists that Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie can play together at Manchester United. Falcao joined the club in a deadline-day season-long loan deal, leading to speculation that Van Persie could be usurped by the Colombia international at Old Trafford. However, Van Gaal believes the pair can complement each other, and foresees no problems with the potential partnership. "I don't think that Falcao interferes with Van Persie or that he interferes with Falcao," he told reporters. "Falcao is a...

Barclays Premier League

Hammer blow for L'pool

Hammer blow for L'pool

Liverpool suffered a surprise 3-1 loss away to West Ham on Saturday as fresh questions were raised about whether they have the defence required to win the Premier League title. Brendan Rodgers's side were 2-0 down inside seven minutes at Upton Park. Poor defending by Liverpool -- who've now lost three of their five league...

LFP

Incredible Real

Incredible Real

Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 27th career hat-trick and Gareth Bale struck twice as Real Madrid bounced back in style from consecutive defeats with a thumping 8-2 La Liga win at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday. Portugal captain Ronaldo, the current World Player of the Year, put Real ahead with a 29th-minute header at the...

Messi not in charge

Lionel Messi and Barcelona do not decide when the forward is available to play for his country, according to Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Luis Segura. The 27-year-old was left out of Gerardo Martino's first squad as Albiceleste coach for the international break in early September, with rumours circulating in Argentine media that Messi had lost interest in the national team after they finished as runners up in World Cup 2014. However, AFA chief Luis Segura has insisted that the absence...

Conte wants workhorses

Antonio Conte has warned Mario Balotelli and other Italy players that he only wants workhorses, not "grass grazers", in his team. Balotelli was surprisingly left out of Conte's first squad as Azzurri coach, prompting some to ponder whether the striker would need to improve his attitude to return to the national team. Conte has now given weight to this theory but insisted that absentees from his last squad - including Liverpool's Balotelli and Atletico Madrid attacker Alessio Cerci - have hope...

Barclays Premier League

'Strip titles for FFP breach'

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes clubs found guilty of breaching UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules should be deducted points and have titles stripped rather than face fines. Premier League champions Manchester City, who face Chelsea in a heavyweight clash between the two title favourites on Sunday, were fined 60 million euros ($83.3 million) in May for breaking the rules, but the Portuguese believes stricter sanctions should be imposed. "Are the fines fair? I don't think so. What is fair is...

‘Suarez already a good signing'

‘Suarez already a good signing'

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique believes Luis Suarez has already proved his worth despite not having even played a competitive game since his £75 million move from Liverpool. The Uruguayan will still be unavailable for over a month after receiving a four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in June. Suarez could make his debut in Enrique's first El Clasico in charge of Barca away to Real Madrid on October 25. And Enrique believes the 27-year-old's attitude in training has already made him an important signing for the club. "He is adapting and waiting for his opportunity. He is training as if he could play tomorrow and that was...

Donbass Arena hit by shelling

Shakhtar Donetsk's Donbass Arena has been hit by shelling despite a ceasefire agreed between Ukraine government forces and Russian-backed separatists, the club said on Friday. "On September 19 two explosions sounded off in immediate proximity to Donbass Arena. The North-Eastern side of the facade was damaged as a result of it. Donbass Arena personnel were evacuated into a safe place. No one was hurt," Shakhtar said in a statement on their website. Last month the club said its training pitch had...

Paderborn flying high

Promoted Paderborn were flying high Saturday as they led the Bundesliga with another victory while Bayern Munich slumped to a goalless draw at Hamburg. Elias Kachunga scored in the 71st minute and Moritz Stoppelkamp added another after 93 minutes to beat Hanover 96 2-0 to improve to eight points. Munich were unable to get the better of a Hamburg team under new coach Joe Zinnbauer playing out a 0-0 draw in Hamburg. The reigning champions also have eight points from four games...

Editorial

Editorial

Violation of human rights under scanner

Violation of citizens' rights to state protection by its own agencies has become so blatant that it can only be ignored at our own peril.  Indeed, It simply does not admit of any relapse into denial mode with prevarications like 'deaths in encounter'or 'what- could- we- do-if –someone- made-himself –disappear? It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday calling upon the Bangladesh government “to bring back the state security forces, including police and the...

Editorial

Global concern over Ebola

Little wonder that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously passed a resolution terming the outbreak of Ebola a global threat. The disease has gone epidemic killing 5,000 people so far and doubling its number of casualties every three weeks. That there are no proven anti-Ebola shots available in mass form adds to its deadliness. The UNSC has rightly recognised the need for helping African countries worst hit by this new killer as one that could ravage entire nations...

Op-ed

Sunday Pouch

When Chinese dragon meets the Indian elephant!

President Xi Jinping of China just concluded a three day visit to India. The Chinese dragon came to the shores of India to meet the elephant. What has been the outcome of the visit? The world including Bangladesh is assessing this important visit and trying to see what these two giants have gained or lost. The visit itself was much anticipated. President Xi Jinping had recently come into supreme power in China and India's Prime Minister Modi had also...

Byline

A toast to strategic health

Once is never enough in the carefully crafted, meticulously guarded language of diplomacy. It is repetition which sets the pace. In his formal address at the banquet hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee, Chinese President Xi Jinping said he was convinced that a “China-India strategic and cooperative partnership will make even bigger progress and contribute to an even brighter future for our two countries and to progress and prosperity of this region and the world at large”. And then, in...

Scotland's choice: A triumph for democracy

The Kingdom of Great Britain was formed in 1707 through the union of England and Scotland. The Congress of the United States of America adopted a unilateral declaration of independence on July 4, 1776 and fought the Revolutionary War against Great Britain. Britain was defeated decisively in Yorktown in 1781 and recognized the independence of the United States in 1783. Ireland joined with Great Britain in 1801 to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. On January 21,...

War crimes trial and transparency of justice

War crimes trial and transparency of justice

It has been said that war crimes trials arise from high expectations that cannot possibly be met. Perhaps the Bangladesh war crimes trials have also raised such expectations…. We do know that in a self-respecting nation it is imperative that criminals who aided and abetted atrocities and crimes against humanity cannot, are not,...

Revisiting micro-credit

Many, including most donors, have recognized the important role that microcredit plays in poverty alleviation. In 2006, Prof. Muhammad Yunus, the champion of the microcredit concept, and the Grameen Bank, the pioneering microcredit institution, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts … to create economic and social development from below". According to the Nobel Committee, “Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that even the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development". Yet...

Ecological backlash: A blow for a blow

The system of Earth values many of us embrace is a rather narrow view of humans in the environment and an even narrower view of the purpose of nature. The main tenets of this view are: (1) The Earth has an unlimited supply of resources and it's all for us; (2) we are apart from nature and immune to natural laws; (3) and our success derives from the control of nature. Believing in the above tenets and consequently the need...

Editorial

Violation of human rights under scanner

Violation of citizens' rights to state protection by its own agencies has become so blatant that it can only be ignored at our own peril.  Indeed, It simply does not admit of any relapse into denial mode with prevarications like 'deaths in encounter'or 'what- could- we- do-if –someone- made-himself –disappear? It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday calling upon the Bangladesh government “to bring back the state security forces, including police and the...

Editorial

Global concern over Ebola

Little wonder that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously passed a resolution terming the outbreak of Ebola a global threat. The disease has gone epidemic killing 5,000 people so far and doubling its number of casualties every three weeks. That there are no proven anti-Ebola shots available in mass form adds to its deadliness. The UNSC has rightly recognised the need for helping African countries worst hit by this new killer as one that could ravage entire nations...

Letters to the editor

“178-member team to go with PM”!

I was surprised to read the above news published in your daily on September 18. Our PM is going to attend the UN General Assembly with a 178-member delegation at the cost of public money. The report also says that the number of entourage members may rise further. We want to ask the government, is it really necessary to spend this huge amount of money after 178 people? We need an answer.  

Letters to the editor

Another whitewash?

Another whitewash?

During the West Indies tour, the way our cricketers played was an insult to the entire nation: A 5-0 drubbing by the West Indies. We do not need an opening batsman like Tamim Iqbal who bats senselessly. We need openers like Javed Omar Belim who always saw off the new ball and put...

Letters to the editor

Frequent load shedding

These days power outage has become a common problem. We are suffering a lot as it happens five or six times a day. We know load shedding occurs when the demand of electricity is much higher than the generation of power. The present government claims that electricity generation has increased, but we do not see any tangible proof of it. On the other hand, electricity has become costlier. We hope the authorities will do something to mitigate our sufferings.  

Comments on news report

“Poisoning Poultry, Fish,” published on September 17, 2014

Fakhrul Islam Will the departments concerned act in this regard before the nation becomes physically and mentally ill? Dev Saha This is simply awful. Knowing the facts, any sane person would be afraid to eat these dangerous delicacies.  

Comments on news report

“Jailed until death” (September 18, 2014)

TruthnLie Was this whole trial a hoax after all? Kittu Even if you go by the Shariah law, this guy should be hanged. TruthnLie Why was then Kader Mollah sentenced to be hanged? Is it that Mollah was a scapegoat for the ruling party to hang on to power? MH Khan EU and other European partners will accept this verdict as they oppose death penalties. Most of the Bangladeshis will find this punishment too lenient considering the gravity of the crimes he committed. But probably it...

Entertainment

Of Conflicts And Connections

Of Conflicts And Connections

Akram Khan, one of the best contemporary dancer-choreographers of his generation, left two houseful audiences on consecutive days at the National Theatre Hall of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in awe with a magnetic 80-minute solo, in a way only he could. At its Dhaka premiere (and the subsequent staging) on September 19 and...

Akira Kurosawa Film Week in full swing

Akira Kurosawa Film Week in full swing

International Academy of Film and Media (IAFM) together with Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh has, for the first time, organised a weeklong “Akira Kurosawa Film Week, Dhaka 2014” at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum (BNM). This film week has been organised to introduce late Kurosawa to film lovers in Bangladesh through screening...

Call for films for Oscar participation

Call for films for Oscar participation

Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) has formed a nine-member “Oscar Bangladesh Committee” to select a Bangladeshi film to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Award, according to a press release. Film personality Habibur Rahman Khan is the chairman of the committee, while Robin Shams has been appointed media coordinator.  The committee has called for submission of films, made in Bangla language by Bangladeshi filmmakers. Films released after October 1, 2013 will be eligible to apply. The forms and detailed rules of submission are available at Hasan Holding, 9th floor, 52/1 New Eskaton, Dhaka. The films should be submitted by September 24.

Hiroshima survivors' art to go on show

Hiroshima survivors' art to go on show

Artworks by survivors of the 1945 atomic bomb in Hiroshima are to go on show outside Japan for the first time. The powerful, and often disturbing, paintings will feature in an exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery next month. The pictures depict horrific scenes from August 6, 1945, when the first atomic bomb was dropped...

Citi pays tribute to Syed Abdul Hadi

Citi pays tribute to Syed Abdul Hadi

Citibank NA Bangladesh organised its annual “Gaane Gaane Gunijon Songbordhona” programme on Friday at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka to celebrate the lifetime contributions of renowned artiste Syed Abdul Hadi. Eminent singer, Mustafa Zaman Abbasi spoke about the acclaimed artiste's celebrated musical career.  Rokia Afzal Rahman, president, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry...

News Bytes

Deadpool movie set to arrive in 2016

Deadpool movie set to arrive in 2016

After years of speculation, Fox has finally confirmed that a Deadpool movie is officially happening, with Ryan Reynolds to star in the title role. While Reynolds has yet to sign on the dotted line, it is assumed that this will be little more than a formality, with the film set to open in...

It's True!

It's True!

Artist Rose Wylie has won one of the UK's most prestigious painting awards at the age of 80. The £25,000 John Moores Painting Prize is Wylie's latest accolade after being belatedly discovered by the art world. Her paintings have begun to receive recognition in the past five years. In 2013, Wylie, from Kent,...

City

Becoming Middle Income Country

SE Asian economic block high priority

The south-east Asian economic block is a “high priority” for Bangladesh to emerge as a middle income country by 2021, Dr Gowher Rizvi, adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, told a seminar yesterday. The Centre for East Asia Foundation (CEAF) organised the seminar on Bangladesh, China India and Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor and Maritime Silk Road across the Bay at a city hotel.   “We are absolutely thrilled by the idea of BCIM economic corridor,” said Rizvi, adding that Bangladesh's aspiration to...

First batch of female marine cadets selected for sea training

For the first time in the country, thirteen female marine cadets got appointments to serve a year-long sea training in five ships of Bangladesh Shipping Corporation. Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan formally handed over the appointment letters to two of the 13 cadets at a brief ceremony on Banglar Shikha anchored at a jetty of Chittagong Port yesterday.     BSC would hand over appointment letters to the remaining 11 cadets gradually for their training in the four other ships, said Commodore Moqsumul Quader,...

'Irregularities' at Ctg Port

Shajahan bashes ex-mayor Mohiuddin for 'protest'

Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan yesterday criticised his party colleague ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury for the latter's on-going movement to "save Chittagong Port from a mafia group, Saif Power Tec Ltd", a private berth operator. The minister said, “In the name of movement for saving the port, they are actually making it unsafe, as such a movement would destroy the image of the port.” Mohiuddin under the banner of Chattagram Bandar Rakkha Parishad lunched a movement in August with several demands, including dismissing...

UK Detention Centre

Deceased Bangladeshi's body arrives today

The body of Rubel Ahmed, who died at a detention centre in the UK, will reach Sylhet today in a Biman Bangladesh flight. The body will then be taken to his house in Sangirai village where the second namaz-e-janaza will be held, said Enamul Haque, the deceased's cousin. The UK authorities handed over Rubel's body to his relatives there on Friday. The first namaz-e-janaza was held at East London Mosque, said Enamul. Rubel, son of Abdul Jalil, died at Morton Hall Immigration...

Unhygienic unani medicine factory fined in capital

A mobile court backed by Rapid Action Battalion yesterday fined a unani medicine factory owner Tk 50,000 for producing medicines in an unhygienic atmosphere in the capital's Adabor. Nur-un-Nabi, 55, had been running Adorn Pharmaceuticals in a two-storey building for the last one year.  Nur-un-Nabi  will have to serve two-month imprisonment if he fails to pay the fine, said Executive Magistrate Anisur Rahman. The court found that employers working on mats on the floor, violating regulations of the Drug Administration, said...

Child Welfare

Govt must allocate resources

Govt must allocate resources

The government should find out the amount of resources needed for child welfare and allocate accordingly in the national budget, said speakers at a views-exchange meeting yesterday. In the current fiscal year, the government allocated an inadequate amount of Tk 50 crore for child welfare, but did not evaluate how much resources are actually...

Prime Bank Foundation recognises merit, effort

Prime Bank Foundation recognises merit, effort

She was not even sure if she would be able to sit for her Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam some four years ago for she had no money to pay for the fees. Coming from an insolvent family, she could not afford lunch at college most of the time. With an empty stomach she...

Hazaribagh Tanneries

Relocation likely to miss deadline

The relocation of the Hazaribagh tanneries to Savar outside the capital is unlikely to be completed by the March 2015 deadline, environmental organisation Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba) said yesterday, based on its recent spot survey. Only 15 out of the total 155 tanneries have started construction of their buildings and 19 have just erected the boundary walls in the new industrial zone of Savar, the green activists said at a press conference at Poba's office in the capital. Poba described the...

Jubo League goes on rampage in Sylhet city

After an hour of vandalism by Jubo League activists and alleged demands made by high-ups of the ruling party, Sylhet city police yesterday accepted an undertaking to release three arrestees, including the brother of a Jubo League leader. The Jubo League men vandalised 15 vehicles including auto-rickshaws and trucks and four shops in Ambarkhana area and set old tires on fire barricading Airport Road for an hour till 10:30pm on Friday till police dispersed them. Yamin Arafat Khan, younger brother of...

CU BCL halts shuttle trains for 2hrs for stolen phone

Because one of its activists was robbed of his mobile phone at a rail station, Bangladesh Chhatra League of Chittagong University yesterday halted the operation of the university shuttle trains for two hours in protest. Many of the several thousand students heading for the campus in the morning could not attend classes for the barricade at Sholoshahar station in the port city, said victims. While students suffered, the BCL protesters called it a "symbolic barricade" and moved away from the tracks...

Sylhet city suffers a power outage of 12hrs

Most of Sylhet city and adjacent areas suffered immensely due to a power outage that lasted 12 hours till 3:00am yesterday. The power supply snapped when a breaker in Kumargaon Grid Substation suddenly cracked at 3:00pm on Friday. The power cut prevented a local newspaper from being published, while many other papers were delayed. Once the breaker was repaired, power supply resumed again, said Md Abul Hossain, executive engineer at Power Development Board, Sylhet division. Ambarkhana, Jalalabad, Topkhana, Sheikhghat Bilopar, Barobazar, and Shahi...

Road crashes kill five, hurt 24

Five people were killed and 24 others injured in road accidents in the country yesterday. Our Thakurgaon correspondent reports, a microbus driver was killed and its five passengers were injured when the vehicle collided head-on with a power tiller on Thakurgaon-Boda road at Sathkhamar village in Atway upazila in Panchagarh early yesterday. The deceased was Omar Ali, 35, of Dakkhin Durgapur village. Three of the injured were admitted to Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital. Our Pabna correspondent adds, Firoza Khatun, 60, of Atghoria upazila,...

News in Brief

JU C unit admission test rescheduled for Sept 27 JU Correspondent Admission tests of C unit under arts and humanities faculty of Jahangirnagar University will be held on September 27, instead of tomorrow. Seat plans and exam timing will remain unchanged, said JU officials. Exams of other units will be held according to previous schedules. Details are available on JU website: www.juniv.edu. 100 illegal structures along rail tracks demolished in capital Staff Correspondent The railway authorities yesterday demolished around 100 illegal structures along the rail tracks...

Four held for cheating in JU admission test

The Jahangirnagar University authorities yesterday caught four students while they were cheating in the admission test of B unit under social sciences faculty. Among them, Kaiser Ahmed was caught while using his cell phone, which is not permitted, at Old Arts building. Kaiser said he was waiting to get the answers through SMS from one Rashed who made a deal with him on condition of taking Tk 2 lakh if Kaiser qualifies for admission. A friend of Kaiser, Shuvo, introduced him to...

Country

Flooding hits hundreds of fish farms in 11 Tangail upazilas

Flooding hits hundreds of fish farms in 11 Tangail upazilas

The recent flooding by rain-fed rivers washed away fishes from hundreds of fish farms in 11 upazilas under the district, much to the worry of farmers who engaged in the cultivation mostly with loans taken from banks, non-governmental organisations or local money lenders. As many as 1708 people have been affected as over 986...

Lalmonirhat Sadar

Charges pressed against 14 for attack on Hindus

Charges have been pressed against 14 people in a case for assaulting six Hindus and looting their houses and a shop at Nizpara village Sadar upazila on the night of September 8. Sub-Inspector Shahjahan Ali, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court, Lalmonirhat, yesterday. The accused are Lutu Miah, 30, son of Rafiqul Haqaue, Mukul Miah, 30, son of Shamser Ali, Mokhsedul Islam, 25, son of Afzal Hossain, Majed Islam,...

Bad Weather In Barisal Region

Small water transports asked to stop plying

Small water transports asked to stop plying

Barisal port authorities have banned plying of motor   launches and other small water transports up to 65 feet in length on 22 routes of Barisal region until further order. The step was taken after weather department asked the river-port authorities to hoist cautionary weather signal no. 2 from yesterday morning following heavy rainfall, said...

Fulgazi upazila bypoll today: Minar among key contenders

By-election to the post of Fulgazi Upazila Parishad chairman will be held today. The post fell vacant following the murder of upazila chairman Ekramul Haque Ekram in Feni town on May 20. As many as 76780 voters are expected to cast their votes through 30 polling centres in the upazila. All the 30 centres have been declared 'risky'. Local BNP leader Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury Minar, also the main accused in Ekramul Haque murder case, and Fulgazi upazila AL General Secretary Abdul Alim...

16 rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia

Police in a drive yesterday arrested 19 people, including three traffickers, from remote Boro Chhon Khola area in Lama upazila of the district on Friday night when they gathered there to leave for Malaysia illegally. Acting on a tip-off, police raided a rubber garden of Anis Molla in the area and rounded them up. The 16 victims of trafficking hailed from different places of Satkhira, Jessore, Kishoreganj, Tangail, Comilla, and Brahmanbaria districts. Among them, two alleged human traffickers are Nazrul Mia and...

7 fishermen missing in Bay

Seven fishermen went missing when a fishing trawler capsized in the Bay of Bengal yesterday morning.  Fifteen others were rescued by the fishermen of another fishing trawler and brought to Mohipur area in Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali. Of the missing seven, one was identified as Kutti Majhi, 60, of Omarpur village in Charfassion upazila of Bhola while the identity of the others could not be known till filling up of this report around 7:00pm yesterday. Nazrul Islam, owner of the trawler FB...

Handcuffed accused snatched

Criminals snatched a handcuffed accused from police custody, leaving a policeman injured at Chanpur village under Pirganj upazila of the district on Friday night. Police on Friday night and yesterday arrested 22 people on charge of their involvement in the attack on police and taking away the accused. The law enforcers said, at around 9:00pm on Friday, a team of police raided the house of Altaf Hossain, 35, an accused in four robbery cases and son of Younus Ali of Chanpur...

Agro farm manager abducted for ransom in Khagrachhari

Criminals abducted the manager of an agriculture farm for ransom in Maradhulu area of Manikchhari upazila in the district on Friday evening. The victim was Mohammad Jabad, who used to look after Shara Agro Farm in the area. The farm sources said, a gang picked up Jabad and managing director of the farm Ahsan Iqbal Chowdhury, on Friday evening at gunpoint, while they were visiting the areas of the farm. The criminals released Ahsan after two hours of abduction but held Jabad...

World

Fight Against IS

US admits Iran's 'role'

US admits Iran's 'role'

Washington's arch-foe Iran has a role to play in tackling Islamic State militants who have overrun large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said this week that his government had rejected a request from the United States for cooperation on...

Ukraine Crisis

Rivals agree buffer zone

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militias were due to pull back their troops from a demilitarised zone yesterday created under a new peace plan agreed in marathon overnight talks. A nine-point agreement thrashed out in the early hours of yesterday in the Belarussian capital Minsk also requires the withdrawal of all "mercenaries" from eastern Ukraine and an immediate end to hostilities. But Russia appeared ready to keep up the pressure on its westward-leaning neighbour by sending in a new convoy it claimed...

Scotland skeptical over promises

Having rejected independence and lost First Minister Alex Salmond, Scotland woke up to an unsettled future yesterday as fears grew that new powers promised by London will prove a disappointment. Despite a surge in nationalist support in the final two weeks of the Scottish campaign, the "No" camp secured 55.30 percent of the vote in Thursday's independence referendum against 44.70 percent for the "Yes" camp. Worried by the prospect of a nationalist victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron made last-ditch promises...

Climate Summit 2014

UN climate summit to rally global action

Some 125 world leaders are expected to commit to action on climate change at a UN summit tomorrow called to inject momentum in struggling efforts to tackle global warming. The gathering will be the largest ever of governments and heads of states on climate change and the first of its kind since the Copenhagen summit collapsed in disarray in 2009. US President Barack Obama is to outline his vision for limiting global warming, but key polluters China and India are sending...

Major Carbon Emitters

CHINA The No. 1 carbon polluter is pledging a big energy efficiency drive but has so far resisted setting an overall cap on its fast-rising emissions. It promises to reduce emissions per unit of GDP by 40-45 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. This would bring the total to 14.3 GtCO2e -- pushed beyond levels of about 12 GtCO2e in 2010 by rapid economic growth. UNITED STATES The world's No 2 emitter in 2009 pledged to reduce its greenhouse gases by 17...

The Carbon Havoc

Action to tackle greenhouse gases falls way short of what is needed to meet the United Nations' global-warming target, according to a snapshot of pledges and policies ahead of next tomorrow's climate summit. In 2010, the latest year for which a comprehensive assessment is available, global emissions stood at about 50 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e). These must be slashed for a good chance -- of about 85 percent -- of pegging warming to two degrees Celsius...

I will take back entire Kashmir from India

I will take back entire Kashmir from India

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the 'Gen Next' politician of Pakistan, has said that his Pakistan People's Party (PPP) would get back entire Kashmir from India. Bilawal, in his 20s, was addressing the party workers in Multan region in Punjab on Friday. "I will take back Kashmir, all of it, and I will not leave behind a single inch of it because, like the other provinces, it belongs to Pakistan," said the scion of highly influential Bhutto family. When Bilawal made these remarks, he was flanked by former prime ministers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Asharaf. Bilawal, who has announced plans to contest next general elections in 2018, heads the secular Pakistan People's Party...

Killing in the name of faith is unacceptable

Killing in the name of faith is unacceptable

The Dalai Lama yesterday condemned mindless violence in the name of religion, saying the concept of jihad was being misused and misinterpreted by Islamist extremists. The Nobel Peace prize winner was referring to bloodshed unleashed by the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq where it has overrun swathes of territory. "Killing in the name...

'Happy' Iranians get jail, lashes

'Happy' Iranians get jail, lashes

Seven young Iranians featured dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy" in a video that went viral on the Internet have been given suspended jail and lashing sentences, a lawyer said. Recorded on a smartphone and uploaded multiple times on YouTube, the clip shows three unveiled girls dancing and singing to the song in a...

Afghan polls result today

The result of Afghanistan's disputed election will be declared today, officials said yesterday, as last-minute talks between the two rival candidates continued on a proposed power-sharing deal. The stalemate between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah since the June 14 vote has plunged Afghanistan into a political crisis as US-led Nato troops end their 13-year war against the Taliban. Both men claim to have won the fraud-tainted election, and the United Nations and the United States have pushed hard for a "national...

News in Brief

News in Brief

New Zealand PM reelected Afp, Wellington New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key said he was "ecstatic" yesterday after a crushing election win, securing his third term as leader of the South Pacific nation. Opposition leader David Cunliffe had quickly conceded defeat. The 53-year-old's party won 61 of 121 seats, making him the first New Zealand...

Health

For formalin free foods

For formalin free foods

Food adulteration with formalin is a major cause for concern now a days. Formalin is a colorless chemical substance commonly used to preserve food for long time. Widespread use of formalin in Bangladesh poses a public health threat and has devastating effects on human body in the long run. Formalin is of a mixture...

Tackling drug resistant TB in Bangladesh

Tackling drug resistant TB in Bangladesh

Tuberculosis (TB) caused by the infectious agent called Mycobacterium tuberculosis is generally respond well to anti-TB drugs. In some persons, these first line drugs are not effective as the causative organism becomes resistant to these. This condition is known as Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Globally, an estimated 450,000 people developed MDR-TB and at least 170,000...

Child Marriage

UNGA holds first-ever child marriage panel

UNGA holds first-ever child marriage panel

Recently in New-York the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) held its first-ever panel discussion on child marriage. The panel, requested by last year’s first General Assembly resolution on child marriage, focused on the post-2015 development agenda and the development costs of child marriage. Child marriage is a global problem, but it is particularly widespread...

Seminar on recent developments in Cardiology

Seminar on recent developments in Cardiology

With a view to sharing updated knowledge on cardiology, American College of Cardiology (ACC), National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) in cooperation with Sun Pharma have organised a seminar in a local hotel in the city, says a press release. Experts from ACC and Bangladesh discussed the latest guideline of management of heart diseases...

Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Walking, biking to work seems to have mental health benefits Trading the gas pedal for foot power or bike power to get to your job can also improve your mental health, according to a new study published in Journal Preventive Medicine. Daily commuters who stopping driving to work and started walking or riding a bike...

Letters

Letters to the editor

“178-member team to go with PM”!

I was surprised to read the above news published in your daily on September 18. Our PM is going to attend the UN General Assembly with a 178-member delegation at the cost of public money. The report also says that the number of entourage members may rise further. We want to ask the government, is it really necessary to spend this huge amount of money after 178 people? We need an answer.  

Letters to the editor

Another whitewash?

Another whitewash?

During the West Indies tour, the way our cricketers played was an insult to the entire nation: A 5-0 drubbing by the West Indies. We do not need an opening batsman like Tamim Iqbal who bats senselessly. We need openers like Javed Omar Belim who always saw off the new ball and put...

Letters to the editor

Frequent load shedding

These days power outage has become a common problem. We are suffering a lot as it happens five or six times a day. We know load shedding occurs when the demand of electricity is much higher than the generation of power. The present government claims that electricity generation has increased, but we do not see any tangible proof of it. On the other hand, electricity has become costlier. We hope the authorities will do something to mitigate our sufferings.  

Comments on news report

“Poisoning Poultry, Fish,” published on September 17, 2014

Fakhrul Islam Will the departments concerned act in this regard before the nation becomes physically and mentally ill? Dev Saha This is simply awful. Knowing the facts, any sane person would be afraid to eat these dangerous delicacies.  

Comments on news report

“Jailed until death” (September 18, 2014)

TruthnLie Was this whole trial a hoax after all? Kittu Even if you go by the Shariah law, this guy should be hanged. TruthnLie Why was then Kader Mollah sentenced to be hanged? Is it that Mollah was a scapegoat for the ruling party to hang on to power? MH Khan EU and other European partners will accept this verdict as they oppose death penalties. Most of the Bangladeshis will find this punishment too lenient considering the gravity of the crimes he committed. But probably it...