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No rules left to be broken

No rules left to be broken

Imagine universities being run with no vice-chancellor (VC), pro-VC or treasurer. Or think about students obtaining graduation and post-graduation degrees from universities that do not have enough qualified teachers, properly equipped libraries and laboratories, do not publish research journals and have no campus of their own.  It is shocking but true that there are many such private universities in the country, according to a report of the University Grants Commission (UGC). The statutory apex body for higher education sent the report outlining the overall situation and problem of the universities and the way out to the education ministry in June. According to the report, majority of the private universities are operating without meeting...

Wedding turns tragic

Wedding turns tragic

A just-married couple had a horrible start to their new life yesterday with 11 of their loved ones killed as a train rammed the bus carrying their party on a level crossing at Barobazar of Kaliganj in Jhenidah. At least 60 others were injured. The Simanta Express from Saidpur rammed the bus at the level...

Truce crumbles

Truce crumbles

A humanitarian truce in Gaza yesterday collapsed only hours after it began amid a deadly new wave of violence and the apparent capture by Hamas of an Israeli soldier. US President Barack Obama called for the soldier to be "unconditionally" released, but also said more must be done to protect Gaza civilians. Intensive shelling killed...

News Analysis

The world's paramount terrorist state

The state of Israel has, till this point, murdered nearly 1,600 Palestinians in Gaza. Twenty-six days, till the writing of this report, have gone by. And yet the ferocity exemplified by Benjamin Netanyahu and his men has not subsided. They say they are destroying Hamas weapons and tunnels. They do not speak of the lives they have put an end to. Their friends in the Obama administration condemn the shelling of the United Nations school, where hapless Gazans had...

Cancel 'Delwar's bail'

Cancel 'Delwar's bail'

The Tuba Group workers on hunger strike yesterday demanded cancelling "the bail" for its owner Delwar Hossain in a case over the 2012 Tazreen Fashions fire. As their fast entered the fifth consecutive day, the workers also rejected the BGMEA's pledge of payments in seven days. About 1,600 workers of Tuba factories could not go...

Rush for Dhaka Trips

2 killed as ticket seekers clash

At least two people were killed and 10 others injured as two groups of locals clashed over purchasing tickets at Ishwardi Bypass Rail Station in Natore yesterday. The deceased were identified as Jibon Hossain, 22, son of Abdur Razzak and Jamat Ali, 28, son of Akbar Ali. Both of them hailed from Daharshoila village under Lalpur upazila of the district. A brawl over buying tickets to Dhaka in front of one of the ticket-counters at the station turned deadly around 11:00am,...

3 hurt in train-car collision

3 hurt in train-car collision

A car in its haste slipped under the closing gate of Malibagh level crossing and it was hit by a train yesterday afternoon injuring three men in the car. The train, which was heading for Kamalapur Railway Station, dragged the vehicle for over 100 metres, said Sub-Inspector Arefin Imam of Dhaka Railway Police Station. A...

Danger lurks at level crossings

Barobazar at Kaliganj in Jhenidah is one of the 389 poorly-manned level crossings of the country where at least 11 people were killed after a train had rammed a bus early yesterday. However, apart from those 389, the rest of the 2,541 level crossings across the country have no guards at all, leaving lives of people at stake, said a top official of Bangladesh Railway. Besides, the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) had built...

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Anti-govt Agitation

BNP-led alliance eyes Dhaka siege

The BNP-led 20-party alliance is set to finalise its plans to wage an anti-government movement this month focussing on “seizing the capital”. The party is planning to hold a number of rallies on the outskirts of Dhaka to drum up public support in favour of their demand for a fresh election under a non-party administration, and to inspire the party leaders and activists to forge a tougher agitation in phases. The BNP high-ups believe that their movement last year before the...

AL prepares to tackle BNP

The grassroots of the ruling Awami League are readying themselves to counter the post-Eid anti-government movement threatened by the BNP. Instructed by the party high-ups, leaders of the AL's district and upazila units are drawing up plans to thwart any attempt of the BNP to create chaos in the name of movement. The AL men would remain active in the field-levels throughout this month centring on the National Mourning Day on August 15, the day when Father of the Nation Bangabandhu...

WTO deal sees impasse

US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday told Narendra Modi that India's stance on a key WTO trade deal sent the wrong message, as he met the country's new prime minister for the first time. Kerry has expressed optimism about expanding cooperation between the world's two largest democracies during a first visit aimed at reviving a relationship clouded by mistrust. But a raft of disputes has cast a shadow over hopes for a warmer relationship, with India on Thursday blocking a...

Boat Capsize

2 more bodies found in rivers

Locals yesterday recovered two more bodies of the two boats that sank in the Jamuna and Padma rivers. With this, the death toll from the boat capsize in the Jamuna river reached seven while the figure in case of the Padma river stood at 13. The exact number of people still missing in the boat capsize in the Jamuna river is yet to be known as the local administration of Sirajganj could not provide The Daily Star with the list of...

AL activist killed as 2 groups fight

An Awami League activist was killed and 15 others were injured in a clash between two factions of the ruling party in Lepshia Bazar area of Khaliajuri upazila yesterday afternoon. The deceased was identified as Habibur Rahman, 28, a local AL activist. Locals said there had been a longstanding dispute between Takwa union AL leaders Kuddus and Khalil over establishing their dominance in the locality. On Thursday, an altercation took place between their supporters over a trivial matter. Following the altercation, both groups,...

Nepal gears up for Indian PM Modi's visit

Cleaners were busy yesterday sprucing up a famed Hindu temple complex in Nepal's capital ahead of a visit to the Himalayan nation by India's premier aimed at countering Chinese influence by expanding bilateral ties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to arrive in Kathmandu on Sunday with the two-day trip marking the first visit by an Indian premier since the end of Nepal's 10-year civil war. Modi will meet Nepal's President Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala during his...

Philippines to table action plan over China sea rows

The Philippines yesterday said it would table a "triple action plan" at a regional meeting to ease tensions and resolve rows between China and rival claimants to the strategic South China Sea. China claims most of the sea, even waters close to the shores of its neighbours, and tensions have heightened in recent months over what is perceived as the Asian giant's increasingly aggressive moves to assert those claims. China's deployment of a deep-sea oil rig in South China Sea waters...

Taiwan flight black boxes showed no distress call

Taiwanese authorities yesterday said that black boxes from the TransAsia Airways flight that crashed last week, killing 48 people, showed no distress call was recorded before the plane plunged into houses after an aborted landing. Flight GE222 carrying 54 passengers and four crew crashed near the airport in Magong in the Penghu islands last Wednesday, leaving just 10 survivors, some of them badly injured. Two French nationals were among the dead. The ATR 72-500 propeller plane aborted its first attempt to...

Three dead as quake stirs panic in Algiers

Three people were killed and hundreds injured as panic gripped areas of the Algerian capital when an earthquake of 5.6 magnitude struck offshore early yesterday, an emergency official said. The crisis team member said two people had died after jumping off their balconies -- a woman in Algiers and a man in Rouiba, east of the capital. They had been roused from their sleep by the tremor. A third person died of cardiac arrest, the official told AFP, adding that 388 people...

US Senate confirms new Russia envoy

The US Senate approved President Barack Obama's nominee for ambassador to Moscow Thursday, a quick confirmation amid a long backlog of would-be envoys awaiting a vote. John Tefft, a career diplomat specializing in Eastern Europe, fills a post that has been vacant during a period of high tension between the Kremlin and Washington. The approval comes only weeks after his nomination, amid the most challenging period in US-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War, with the rivals at odds...

Army, cops in interim Thai parliament

More than half of Thailand's new national assembly, appointed by the junta, will comprise of active or retired military officers, according to an official document published late Thursday. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej approved the appointment of just over 100 army officers and around a dozen police officers -- serving or retired -- to the 200-seat body which will meet for the first time next week, said the royal gazette. "His majesty has endorsed a decree to convene the national assembly on...

Ebola Epidemic

African states seal off outbreak epicenter

African states seal off outbreak epicenter

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone yesterday announced an isolation zone sealing off the epicentre of the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak, where the three countries meet. "We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter-country level to focus on cross-border regions that have more than 70 percent of the epidemic," said Hadja Saran Darab, the secretary-general of the Mano River Union bloc grouping the West African nations. "These areas will be isolated by police and military. The people in these areas being isolated will be provided with material support." The announcement came at the end of an emergency summit, also attended by Ivory Coast and the World Health Organization, to...

Sports

Glasgow 2014
XX Commonwealth Games

Scotland mine more gold

Scotland mine more gold

Host nation Scotland's gold medal tally hit double figures on Friday as sprint legend Usain Bolt and British teenage diving star Tom Daley prepared to make their eagerly anticipated Commonwealth Games entrances. Scotland claimed their 11th title in Glasgow courtesy of their lawn bowls men's fours and gymnast Daniel Purvis in the men's parallel...

BD start Chess Olympiad today

The Bangladesh national chess teams today start their 41st Chess Olympiad 2014 mission which got underway in Tromso, Norway yesterday.  The men's team, which achieved their best performance in the last Olympiad in 2012 by finishing 33rd, are ranked 55th with an average rating of 2479 points in the Open section which will feature 178 teams. The five-man team comprises four Grand Masters -- Ziaur Rahman, Abdullah Al Rakib, Niaz Murshed, Enamul Hossain and International Master Minhazuddin Ahmed. The women's...

BPL appeals hearing on August 6

A preliminary hearing for the appeals made by former national captain Mohammad Ashraful and the three other parties, against the decisions made by the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB's) anti-corruption tribunal regarding corruption charges in the second season of the Bangladesh Premier League, will take place on August 6. The hearing will be chaired by Justice Mohammad Abdur Rashid, chairman of the BCB's disciplinary panel. Apart from Ashraful, Sri Lanka cricketer Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Dhaka Gladitors owner Shihab Chowdhury and the ICC...

Gavaskar slams 'zero resistance'

India's massive 266-run Test defeat to England drew widespread condemnation on Friday with former captain Sunil Gavaskar accusing Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team of "abject surrender" in Southampton. "To lose this Test even before lunch on the final day showed zero resistance whatsoever," Gavaskar told the NDTV news channel.. "There was no fight and that is a disappointing aspect," added the former record-breaking opening batsman, who is now a television commentator. "India's loss was an abject surrender." The result allowed the hosts to record...

Anderson, Jadeja cleared of misconduct by ICC

James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja have been found not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during their alleged altercation at Trent Bridge by judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis at the hearing in Southampton on Friday. After a day of hearing evidence and submissions from both sides it was said the verdict could take up to 48 hours to be delivered but in the end commissioner Lewis, who had joined via Skype from Australia, needed a matter of minutes to...

Dutch coaches to meet Salahuddin

Dutch coaches of the Bangladesh national football team -- Lodewijk de Kruif and Rene Koster -- are expected to meet the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin at the BFF president's residence today, after arriving in the early morning for talks over their unpaid wages. De Kruif is believed to be owed six months of wages while Koster is also reportedly owed a similar length of unpaid wages. The inability to clear the wages and lack of work opportunity...

Venus ousts Victoria

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams ousted fourth-seeded birthday girl Victoria Azarenka in straight sets Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the WTA hardcourt tournament at Stanford. The 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) triumph kept Williams on course for a possible semi-final showdown with her sister Serena, the world number one and top seed who will take on Ana Ivanovic in the quarter-finals on Friday. "Williams-Williams tomorrow, hopefully," Venus told the crowd at the campus of Stanford University, where she came out on...

Ali's 'Fight of the Century' gloves fetch $400,000

The gloves that boxing great Muhammad Ali wore in his legendary 1971 fight against Joe Frazier in what became known as the Fight of the Century sold at auction on Thursday for almost 400,000 dollars. An anonymous bidder bought the gloves for 388,375 dollars at the auction run by Texas-based Heritage Auctions at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. Heritage previously auctioned a set of gloves Ali wore to claim his first World Championship in 1964 for 836,500 dollars. The...

LFP

Atletico unveil Griezmann

Atletico unveil Griezmann

France international Antoine Griezmann said Thursday he hopes to learn from his new teammates at Atletico Madrid as he was unveiled as the Spanish champion's new signing before thousands of fans. Griezmann, who impressed for France during the World Cup, has moved to Atletico from Real Sociedad on a six-season contract. Spanish media said Atletico...

Messi, Blatter expected

Argentina captain Lionel Messi and FIFA president Sepp Blatter are among leading figures in world soccer expected to attend the wake of former Argentine FA president Julio Grondona on Thursday. Grondona, who was also world governing body FIFA's senior vice-president, died on Tuesday of heart failure aged 82 after 35 years at the helm of Argentine football which he ran in the style of "The Godfather" as his critics liked to call him. Former national team coaches, club directors and political...

Villa's new quest

For Spanish striker David Villa, the chance to start afresh in Major League Soccer with New York City at Yankee Stadium proved irresistible in his quest to add to his legacy. Villa, Spain's all-time top scorer, last month became the first player signed by New York City FC, co-owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, who will debut in 2015. "Being in New York City, being there in the beginning as a founding member, being the first guy, those...

Guus won't tinker with team

Guus won't tinker with team

New Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink said he will make no drastic changes to the team after their third-place finish at the World Cup, lauding the work of Louis van Gaal and suggesting he would be no slavish follower of the traditional Dutch style of play. "Dutch football has been given a boost and we...

Pizarro lifts Bayern

Claudio Pizarro scored the only goal as Bayern Munich beat Chivas Guadalajara 1-0 on Thursday in a friendly match at Red Bull arena to launch the Bundesliga champions' US tour. Pep Guardiola's men controlled the majority of possession and took the lead in the 10th minute when Pizarro slotted home Franck Ribery's corner. Pizarro nearly had two more goals in the first half, with Carlos Fierro getting Chivas' best chance to equalize in the 81st minute, only for Bayern goalkeeper Tom...

Mellberg hangs up his boots

Former Sweden defender Olof Mellberg announced his retirement on Thursday in a statement via his final club FC Copenhagen. The well-travelled 36-year-old represented AIK Stockholm, Aston Villa, Racing Santander, Juventus, Olympiakos Piraeus and Villarreal before joining Copenhagen a year ago, helping them secure second place in Denmark's Superliga last season. "FC Copenhagen and Olof Mellberg have agreed to end their co-operation, with the Swedish stopper leaving FCK with immediate effect," the club said in a statement. "Mellberg came to the city's team...

De Vrij joins Lazio

Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij has left Feyenoord for Lazio, the Italian Serie A club announced on Thursday. "I am happy to be at this club, all the more so as Lazio had been following me for a long time. They wanted me before the World Cup and it is the best choice for me," said de Vrij at a press conference. The 22-year-old, who starred in the Netherlands' run to finish third at the World Cup, arrived in the Italian...

'Drogba still has killer instinct'

Veteran striker Didier Drogba will still strike fear into defenders when he begins his second spell at Chelsea, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday. "The killer instinct is still there," Mourinho, in an interview with Sky Sports, said of the 36-year-old Ivorian who signed a 12-month contract last month after spells in China and at Turkish club Galatasaray since leaving Stamford Bridge following the Champion League final victory in 2012. Drogba will give Mourinho a tried and tested formula in attack,...

Editorial

Editorial

Defiant Israeli pogrom in Gaza

AFTER 24 days of continually racheted up Israeli aggression against captive Palestinians in Gaza with massive fatalities and humanitarian fall-out we have a genocidal scenario in that narrow strip of a sealed land. Already, this has taken a toll of 1,435 out of whom two-thirds have been civilians with half of them being women and children. A greater humanitarian disaster is on the card as Netanyahu's war machine fed on western, particularly US, military assistance is being reinforced. Sixteen thousand...

Editorial

Tourism during Eid

WHILE domestic tourism industry enjoys brisk business during the national holidays, especially during the two Eids, one cannot say the same for the rest of the year. The domestic traveler must book hotel space months in advance to visit one of the several popular destinations like Cox's Bazaar and the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Yet the country is rich in archaeological sites which far from being restored lie in various stages of ruins. And while the private sector has taken...

Op-ed

Editorial

Defiant Israeli pogrom in Gaza

AFTER 24 days of continually racheted up Israeli aggression against captive Palestinians in Gaza with massive fatalities and humanitarian fall-out we have a genocidal scenario in that narrow strip of a sealed land. Already, this has taken a toll of 1,435 out of whom two-thirds have been civilians with half of them being women and children. A greater humanitarian disaster is on the card as Netanyahu's war machine fed on western, particularly US, military assistance is being reinforced. Sixteen thousand...

Editorial

Tourism during Eid

WHILE domestic tourism industry enjoys brisk business during the national holidays, especially during the two Eids, one cannot say the same for the rest of the year. The domestic traveler must book hotel space months in advance to visit one of the several popular destinations like Cox's Bazaar and the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Yet the country is rich in archaeological sites which far from being restored lie in various stages of ruins. And while the private sector has taken...

STRAIGHT LINE

Those manipulative mandarins

TO what an abominable low a section of our public servants has stooped is unfortunately depicted by the following lead news report: “Child War heroes rule govt. jobs! Government revokes certificates of 35; 300 others are under scanner.” The matter relates to the government's recent revoking of freedom fighters certificates of 35 public servants who had obtained them through forgery over the past few years. The compounding shame is that the Liberation War Affairs Ministry is investigating 300 government...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Importance of being an extremist

Importance of being an extremist

AMIT Shah is a new word in the Sangh parivar jargon. It means loyalty. Shah is, without any doubt, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Man Friday. But what differentiates him from others is the blind faith he has in his master, Modi. Amit Shah was given the task to polarise the biggest state of...

Change the drug law, please

A leading English daily and its staff deserve special appreciation for the dedication shown in digging out the toxic Paracetamol story and helping to bring to justice some of those responsible for the death of as many as 2,700 Bangladeshi children from 1982 to 1992.   But public opinion is almost unanimous that a sentence of 10 years imprisonment and nominal fines of the owner and two officials of a drug company for killing 76 children with toxic syrup are...

BITTER TRUTH

Treasures of the Bay

BANGLADESH has now gained sovereign right to fish, mine and explore any resource within 19,000 sq km of the Bay by virtue of the verdict given by the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague. In absence of the legal rights demarcating territorial boundary for the nations around the sea, there was hardly any law or principle to exploit resources like fish and marine life. According to Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), around 60% of the world's various...

POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Adapting to climate change: The next generation

AT this time all the countries on the planet have come to accept that human induced climate change is real and, if not tackled, may become the greatest weapon of mass destruction the world has seen. Even the United States of America has now finally come to accept this reality and is beginning to take actions. So the first stage is to recognise that the problem is real and needs to be tackled. The next stage is to tackle...

Letters To The Editor

Is chromium scare scientific?

I would like to make some comments on the report, “Chickens, eggs made risky,” carried by the July 5 issue of TDS. My comments would be limited to chromium part only, as I have no expertise in antibiotics, the other part. The part on chromium toxicity has been prepared based on the research work carried out by Professor Abul Hossain of the University of Dhaka. Firstly, they analysed tanned skin-cut wastes (SCW) and leather shaving dust (LSD) and also deshi...

Comments on news report

“UK to work with Bangladesh,” published on July 23, 2014 Zman7 Cameron government's confidence on its counterpart is an honour for the incumbent government of Bangladesh and it also signifies the friendship between the two countries. Hafeejul Alam Obviously, unlike many others, British government would be more interested in a progressive Bangladesh which is free from fundamentalism and shows more prospect of development. Deep Purple Blue Strange that they did not mention holding of a credible election leading to an inclusive political process. ***** “New guidelines to...

Entertainment

Tribute to our National Poet

The unparalleled duo Nazrul-Abbasuddin

The unparalleled duo Nazrul-Abbasuddin

Eid-ul-Fitr is never complete for the Bangali Muslims without Kazi Nazrul Islam's wonderful song O mon Ramjaner oi rojar sheshey elo khushir Eid. The appropriate lyrics and the sweet jovial tune of the song absolutely fit the merriment of the occasion. The importance of the song is that it was the first Islamic...

Meghmallar - set for release

Meghmallar - set for release

Full-length feature film “Meghmallar” based on short story “Raincoat” by Akhtaruzzaman Elius on the liberation war, is all set for release, and was recently submitted to the Film Censor Board for censorship certificate. Directed by Zahidur Rahim Anjan and under the banner of Bengal Entertainment Limited, the film had won a National Filmmaking...

Hariye Jabar Din- on Channel i

Hariye Jabar Din- on Channel i

Single-episode TV play “Hariye Jabar Din” will go on air on Channel i tonight at 7:50pm. Written by Aorangajeb, the play has been directed by Kaushik Shankar Das. The story of the play circles Shraban who is a student of Faculty of Fine Arts while Aparna studies BBA. Accidentally, they meet one day on...

Six films to watch in August

Six films to watch in August

Two Days, One Night Marion Cotillard stars as a woman struggling to keep her job in the latest from the Dardenne brothers, which lost out to “Winter Sleep” for the Palme d'Or at Cannes. After her boss decides to sack her and give her co-workers a bonus, she forces a vote and spends...

Nitya Upahar's monsoon collection on display

Nitya Upahar's monsoon collection on display

Hailing the monsoon and marking Eid-ul-fitr, Gallery Nitya Upahar has organised “Borsha Utshab” at the third floor of Aziz Super Market, Shahbagh, Dhaka. The festival showcases attire with a focus on saris and T-shirts at the gallery themed on the monsoon, Eid and contemporary concepts. Eminent artist Qayyum Chowdhury with several poets including Muhammad...

Bhalobasha Oto-por- on Ekushey TV

Bhalobasha Oto-por- on Ekushey TV

Eid tele-film “BHalobasha Oto-por” will air on Ekushey TV today at 4:05pm. Written by Rudro Mahfuz and directed by Sakhawat Hossain Manik, the tele-film casts Apurbo and Tarin, among others. The plot surrounds Ifti, an executive at an insurance company, who is a strong believer in luck. He buys lottery tickets and participates...

NEWS bytes

Shraddha injures herself while dancing for ABCD 2

Shraddha injures herself while dancing for ABCD 2

Promising Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor is preparing for her next film “ABCD 2” and has apparently injured herself while making a risky dance move. The actress is training hard for this film in which she plays a dancer. While learning a difficult move -- a split -- for one of the sequences, Shraddha injured herself. Shraddha is keen to get back on her feet as soon as possible so that she can get going with her training. “I guess it was a result of over-enthusiasm which led to a partial muscle tear. I guess I have to be a lot more careful while rehearsing because it is very important to understand...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

One of the biggest highlights of James McAvoy's career was starring with Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman in “Wanted”, an action film where he portrayed Wesley Gibson, a young American slacker who learns he is heir to a legacy of assassins. When McAvoy screen-tested for the role, he was initially rejected because the studio was seeking an actor with conventional Hollywood leading-man looks and physique. He later recalled being considered the “runt of the litter” of those who tested, but ultimately got the role in late 2006 since the studio “wanted someone geeky”.  While shooting action scenes for the film, he suffered several injuries, including a twisted ankle and...

City

Tangents

Photography and Literature

Photography and Literature

When the photography was invented in 1840, literature warmly greeted it. Why? I think the ability of photographs to precisely describe what is in front of the camera caught the imagination of writers who felt less threatened by photography than painters did. Authors as diverse as Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, John Ruskin and Virginia Woolf were early supporters of photography. Some writers quickly recognized     photography's marketing potential: Whitman and Mark Twain used their photographic portraits for public relations. To be sure, photography had enemies in literature. Perhaps the most famous was French poet Charles Baudelaire who repeatedly attacked photography, once warning photographers: “You will never become artists. All you...

Dulali Beel in Lalmonirhat

BNP men block water flow to croplands of Hindus

BNP men block water flow to croplands of Hindus

Over a hundred Hindu farmers at Falimari village of Lalmonirhat's Aditmari upazila are facing water shortage in cultivating crops, especially Aman paddy, in Dulali Beel (marsh), as some BNP men have illegally started fish farming in almost the entire water body blocking the free flow of water. Most of the 800-bigha beel is owned...

Schoolgirl 'beaten by tutor' dies in Ctg

A schoolgirl died on Thursday night twelve days after she had been beaten allegedly by her private tutor in Boalkhali upazila of Chittagong. Bristi Das, 12, of Paschim Kodurkhil Koibortipara of Boalkhali Municipality, was a class V student of Paschim Kodurkhil Koibortolpara Government Primary School. Bristi's father Asutosh Das filed a murder case with Boalkhali Police Station accusing Babla Dutta, 40, also a teacher of the school. Bristi went to Babla's house at Uttar Buschi in Boalkhali around 9:00am on July 19...

Two people die in fire in capital

Two people were burnt to death in a fire which broke out in a two-storey hotel in Old Dhaka early yesterday. The deceased were Saizuddin, 35, and Mohammad Sultan, 55. The fire broke out on the first floor of Al Muslim Residential Hotel in Siddique Bazar at 3:15am, said Abdul Jalil, senior station officer of the Fire Service and Civil Defence Headquarters. The second storey of the building was made of tin and had a wooden floor, he said, adding that the...

Patuakhali-Kuakata

Ferry services disrupted due to tidal surge

Eid holidaymakers were stranded when services of all four ferries on the four rivers between Patuakhali and Kuakata were disrupted as gangways on the rivers went under water during a high tide. The four ferries are: Lubekhali Ferry on the Payra river, Kalapara Ferry on the Andharmanik river, Hajipur Ferry on the Sonatala river and Mohipur Ferry on the Shibbaria river. Gangways were under water from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Afterwards services returned to normal. Visiting Hajipur ferry ghat, The Daily Star found...

Woman mugged in Sylhet

Muggers took away a gold necklace from a woman at gunpoint at Hazrai in South Surma upazila in Sylhet yesterday afternoon. Two muggers intercepted an auto-rickshaw carrying the woman Hasna Begum and her husband Khasru Miah on Hazrai-Kamal Bazar road around 12:45pm, said Khasru. Later, the hoodlums put firearms to their chests and snatched away the necklace weighing around 1 tola from the neck of Hasna, uttering “Eid Mubarak”. The victims were going to their relative's house in Chhatak upazila of Sunamganj...

AL factional clash leaves one dead

An Awami League activist was killed and 15 others were injured in a clash between two factions of the ruling party in Lepshia Bazar area of Khaliajuri upazila in Netrakona yesterday afternoon. The deceased was Habibur Rahman, 28, a local AL activist. Locals said there had been a longstanding dispute between Takwa union AL leaders Kuddus and Khalil over establishing their dominance in the area. On Thursday, an altercation took place between their supporters over a trivial matter. Following this, the groups...

Man's body found in capital

Police recovered the body of a goldsmith from a jewellery warehouse on the fourth floor of Rahmatullah Market in the capital's Kotwali area yesterday. Badal Malakar, 32, son of Sridham Malakar, was found dead around 11:30am. He used to stay there at night, said police. On that night, he was with his friend Sanjay, who left the place around 7:30am. Police suspected that Badal was strangled.

Four Bogra cops closed to police lines

Four police officers including the officer-in-charge of Dhunat Police Station of Bogra yesterday were closed to the district police lines on different allegations. The policemen are OC Mozaffar Hossain, Inspector (investigation) Abdul Mottalleb, Sub-inspector Alhaz Hossain and Assistant Sub-inspector Anisur Rahman. Inspector Abdul was in charge of the security of Judge Md Badruzzaman of High Court during his visit to Bogra on Thursday. The superintendent of police of Bogra closed Abdul for negligence in his duties, said district and police administration...

Road crashes kill 3

Countrywide road accidents killed three people yesterday and Thursday. Our Bogra correspondent reports, Liton Mia, 40, of Hindukandi village, died when a truck hit his motorcycle on Bogra-Shariaknadi road in Ramnagar Gorumara bridge area on Thursday. Following the incident, a clash erupted between police and locals in the area around 8:00pm, as locals blocked the road and vandalised vehicles, leaving seven people injured. Our Pirojpur correspondent reports, Beauty Akter, 11, daughter of Harun Hawlader of Char Bashuri village, died when a bus...

Six Upazilas In Khulna

Fund shortage slows down rural electrification

Around 10,000 applicants from six upazilas of Khulna remain out of electrification although they are supposed to get electricity within one month after request under a five-year master plan of Khulna Pally Bidyut Samity starting in late 2012. Officials of the Samity, which is supposed to give the power connections, have blamed a lack of fund from the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) for slowing down of the electrification process. The 2012-2017 master plan envisages to provide electricity to 17,500 applicants,...

Power Generation Thru Gravitational Energy

Local inventor gets huge response

A Bangladeshi inventor has garnered attention of local and international power and technology companies for his invention of a new technology that generates power using gravitational energy. The main feature of the technology, Heavy Circular Moving Object's Triggering Energy (HECMOTE), is that it uses gravitation force instead of fuels to generate electricity. A special device will harness the gravitational force of heavy circular moving objects and rotate the generator to produce electricity. The installation cost, per megawatt (MW), of a power plant...

News In Brief

Youth arrested for raping girl Staff Correspondent, Ctg Police yesterday arrested a youth for raping a girl on Thursday following a case filed by the victim in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong. Quoting the victim, police said, Harichandra Das, 22, of the upazila's Chotokumira, called the 17-year old girl, a neighbour, for having a chat. As she came out of her house he forcibly took her to his house and raped her. Hearing screams, neighbours rescued the girl and handed over Harichandra to police.   BSF...

LK Siddiqui passes away

LK Siddiqui passes away

Former BNP vice-chairman and minister LK Siddiqui died of respiratory diseases at a Singapore hospital yesterday. He was 75. His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad at 9:30am on Sunday. He will be buried at his family graveyard in Sitakunda on the day after his second and third namaz-e-janazas at Jamiatul Falah Mosque in Chittagong city and Sitakunda.

Death Anniversary

Death Anniversary

Today is the 11th death anniversary of Suraiya Begum, associate professor of information science and library management of Dhaka University, says a press release. She was the wife of late Tawfiq Aziz Khan, former executive editor of The Daily Star, renowned sports writer and commentator. She was also a life member of the Bangla Academy, Library Association of Bangladesh, Institute of Library Information and Management and the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.

Death Anniversary

Death Anniversary

Today is the 26th death anniversary of former president and Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury. To mark the day, a Qurankhwani and a milad mahfil will be held at Nagbari Jame Mosque in Tangail. He was a vice-chancellor of Dhaka University and a special envoy of the provisional government. In 1985 he was elected Chairman of UN Human Rights Commission and was visiting Professor at Franklin Pierce Law Centre, New Hampshire, USA.

AB Mahmud Husain

AB Mahmud Husain

Today is the 32nd death anniversary of former Chief Justice of Bangladesh Syed AB Mahmud Husain. He died in 1982 at the age of 65. He was the chief justice from 1975 to 1978. To mark the day, Chief Justice Syed AB Mahmud Husain Smirity Sangsad will hold a doa mahfil in the High Court Mazar Mosque after Asr prayers.

World

LatAm comes out in force against Israel

LatAm comes out in force against Israel

Latin America's leaders are among the most vehement in condemning Israel's Gaza offensive -- labelling the Jewish state "terrorist", recalling ambassadors, and offering near-unanimous, unwavering support to Palestinians. "I can't remember another similar situation where (all the countries in the region) have reacted practically as a bloc," said political scientist Reginaldo Nasser, a professor...

Saudi king slams world's silence

Saudi king slams world's silence

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah criticised yesterday international inaction over Israel's offensive in Gaza, which he described as involving mass slaughter and "war crimes against humanity", in a speech read out on his behalf on state television. "This (international) community which has observed silently what is happening in the whole region, was indifferent to what is happening, as if what is happening is not its concern. Silence that has no justification," he said in his speech. He also slammed militants who he said were killing innocent people and mutilating their bodies in contravention of Islamic teachings and called on the region's leaders and religious scholars to prevent Islam from being hijacked by...

Ukraine Crisis

Standoff in no one's interest

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama agreed during a phone call on Friday the current standoff in Ukraine was not in the interest of their countries, the Kremlin said. "The presidents agreed that the current situation is not in the interests of either country," said a Kremlin statement. Obama also expressed his "deep concerns about Russia's increased support for the separatists in Ukraine," the White House said. Obama repeated his concern about Moscow's alleged breach of the 1987...

Us-Israel

Ties that bind them together

US politicians mired in Washington gridlock agree on virtually nothing these days. Nothing, it seems, apart from their unquestioned support for Israel. With the death toll soaring in Gaza, Israel has come in for harsh criticism in many parts of the world including Europe, where pro-Gaza demonstrations descended into anti-Semitic riots. Not so in Washington. The United States is Israel's chief backer at the United Nations, where it routinely blocks Security Council resolutions condemning the Jewish state. Washington has funnelled more than $100...

Nabarun Bhattacharya 'magic realist'

Nabarun Bhattacharya 'magic realist'

Nabarun Bhattacharya, the 66-year-old Bengali writer, who achieved a cult status in his lifetime in Bengal, passed away in a city hospital on Thursday evening. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer over the last few months and his condition deteriorated over the weekend. He was often described a 'magic realist' and compared with...

Patients have 'right to fun'

A hospital may seem like the most unlikely place to find a wine bar but “medically supervised” tipples will soon be allowed for patients in France. Fine wines, champagne and whisky will be among the choices at the unusual establishment being opened in September. The bar will be in the palliative care centre at Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital in Puy-de-Dôme, central France, which offers comfort for people with chronic and terminal illnesses. Dr Virginie Guastella, the centre's manager, said she was defending "the...

News In Brief

CIA apologises for spying on US Senate Afp, Washington Lawmakers slammed the CIA on Thursday after the US intelligence agency admitted its officers had "improperly" spied upon Senate investigators probing allegations of torture. The CIA Director John Brennan has apologised to the head of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), Senator Dianne Feinstein, and admitted her staff's computers had been accessed. Previously, Brennan had dismissed the allegations, insisting that "nothing could be further from the truth."       Hope fades for India landslide...

Star People

In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell

This is a short profile on Dr Hafiz GA Siddiqi, a passionate educator, a powerful mentor and immensely popular amongst students for his soft spoken nature and jovial personality. It is probably next to impossible to fill up the allotted space with Dr Siddiqi's activities, his contribution to education in Bangladesh, the positive...

Pushing the boundaries

Pushing the boundaries

Charismatic and lively are the words that come to mind when one thinks of the Station In- Charge of Radio Shadhin and actress Sriya Sharbojoya. With a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Economics from Smith College in the USA, Sriya returned to her home country to do something fresh and different that would help influence the society for the better. She started working behind the scenes at the Asiatic 360 group doing production related work, after which she moved on to advertising. During this time she was also working as an RJ for the ABC Radio. “I have always loved performing during my school days and college days,”...

Click by Click

Click by Click

Mohammad Rakibul Hasan graduated in Film and Video Production from UBS Film School at the University of Sydney, Australia, where he was inspired into photography. “While studying there, I realised that not only motion pictures are strong visuals, still pictures can also deliver a compelling message,” says Hasan. Through this realisation, he had...

Literature

WINNER (SHORT STORY)

Before We Ended Up As Birds

The bus halted, spewed out a handful of people and resumed its journey. I thought of getting into this one, but just picturing myself in other people's sweat made me stop. I was in no hurry, and waiting for another bus was a better option. In the meantime, the whole city was turning into birds. I wondered when I'd become one. Probably not anytime soon. My friend G had become one on the first day. I was there. I saw...

1st RUNNER-UP (SHORT STORY)

Unsettling Realities

You know, there was a possibility that I would've finished my story by now. And by “by now” I mean: 26th July. The deadline of this competition. At least, I am writing now, so I guess the possibility still lingers. Maybe I'll get something, anything done. It's not like I don't have a plot in my head. I have toyed with several ideas. A dying girl in Gaza; a Bangladeshi boy who dies in a plane crash on the way...

2nd RUNNER-UP (SHORT STORY)

Dream The Impossible

A little drizzle, then it was windy again. Another gloomy night of the mushy monsoon. The night was still young. The sky was cloudy. I sat, atop the roof. The momentary drizzle had pushed me inside for a while, but I came back out as soon as it stopped. It was very dark as it was yet another blackout-hour, a regular phenomenon for the dwellers of Dhaka City. I walked around. With my earphones firmly plugged in, I tuned in...

WINNER (POETRY)

CHANCE

What if? I dive, I die I survive. What if? The next in line Is all one gets. Tragedy of all - A trip to the mall. What if, There's love? What if, There's laser shooting doves? The ifs, the chances All one desires. Myths live In children and blooming flowers. What if Words remain silent? What if Silence breaks with a glance? Imagine there's you and I And all that you want. I am the slave I was And you the price. What if Roses fade and spikes bloom? What if Your kiss is my doom? Dolphins, kittens, And flying unicorns. Shiny wrappers, And valleys of naked bosoms. To hide...

1st RUNNER-UP (POETRY)

POSSIBILITY

He believed in the tiniest possibility, To her it was impossible, His grip was so tight, For her it was intolerable.   She requested, she consoled, she shouted, Said 'they' would never agree, He urged, he pleaded, he begged, Said there was always a possibility.   She was the practical one, She was the realist, He dreamt in daylight, He was the idealist.   She decided their time had come, For him it was unbearable, She was mentally ready, His pain was insufferable.   Time went on with fake smiles and cold hearts, But true love is everlasting; never loses...

2nd RUNNER-UP (POETRY)

POSSIBILITY

Possibility starts with you and me, Possibility means us. Possibility is the light in your eyes That shines through my heart. Possibility is all those that We have overcome, And all those that we will, Possibility is you and me Living as Us.

EDITOR’S NOTE

Writing about the beauty of poetry, its accessibility and endless possibilities of interpretation, Emily Dickinson wrote: I dwell in Possibility – A fairer House than Prose – More numerous of Windows – Superior… And that is where our writing competition took off from. To dwell in the possibility of life, death, love, war, peace and everything in between. But, instead of limiting it to poetry, DS readers were also invited to challenge themselves by writing prose within 500 words. We are grateful for the...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

Is chromium scare scientific?

I would like to make some comments on the report, “Chickens, eggs made risky,” carried by the July 5 issue of TDS. My comments would be limited to chromium part only, as I have no expertise in antibiotics, the other part. The part on chromium toxicity has been prepared based on the research work carried out by Professor Abul Hossain of the University of Dhaka. Firstly, they analysed tanned skin-cut wastes (SCW) and leather shaving dust (LSD) and also deshi...

Comments on news report

“UK to work with Bangladesh,” published on July 23, 2014 Zman7 Cameron government's confidence on its counterpart is an honour for the incumbent government of Bangladesh and it also signifies the friendship between the two countries. Hafeejul Alam Obviously, unlike many others, British government would be more interested in a progressive Bangladesh which is free from fundamentalism and shows more prospect of development. Deep Purple Blue Strange that they did not mention holding of a credible election leading to an inclusive political process. ***** “New guidelines to...