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Do whatever needed to stop violence

Do whatever needed to stop violence

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday ordered the police to take whatever steps necessary to stop the ongoing violence in the country. “I'll take the responsibility for whatever happens [due to the action]. But you'll have to ensure the security of the common people. You'll take whatever steps necessary against those responsible for burning and attacking people,” she said. Hasina was addressing an evaluation meeting with senior police officials at the International Conference Room of her office, marking the Police Week 2015. The PM added, “You [police] must accomplish the task without any hesitation and I give you the liberty.” What the BNP-Jamaat has been doing since January 5 in the name of hartal...

Businesses demand security

Businesses demand security

Protesting the ongoing political violence, business leaders and exporters have sought an immediate end to the political impasse to keep the country's economy growing. The garment makers yesterday submitted memoranda to both the prime minister and the BNP chairperson in this regard. Before submitting the memoranda, they formed a human chain in front of the...

Truck attacked, helper killed in Chandpur

Truck attacked, helper killed in Chandpur

With attacks on goods-laden trucks continuing in different parts of the country, a helper died while a driver and his assistant sustained burns yesterday on the 23rd day of the non-stop blockade. The deceased was Motaleb, 35. He died after jumping off the truck that came under a crude bomb attack at Ghoser Haat...

No progress in economic freedom

No progress in economic freedom

Despite improvements in labour, corruption, and monetary indicators, Bangladesh remains stuck in the category of "mostly unfree" countries in an international survey on economic freedom. The country's economic freedom score is 53.9, making its economy the 131st freest -- the same as last year's -- among 186 countries in the 2015 Index of Economic...

Jamaat leader, robber killed in 'shootouts'

Jamaat leader, robber killed in 'shootouts'

A Jamaat-e-Islami leader in Rajshahi and a suspected robber in Satkhira were gunned down in alleged shootouts with law enforcers yesterday. With these, 10 people have been killed in so-called shootouts since January 12 amid additional security measures to check violence that has been plaguing the nation since January 5. Police claimed Jamaat leader Nurul Islam, 45, used to lead an armed group of Islami Chhatra Shibir cadres and "robber" Rafiqul Islam, 38, was a member of an inter-district robbery gang. Jamaat has called a 36-hour shutdown in Rajshahi division from 6:00am Saturday, to protest the "planned killing" of Nurul Islam, former secretary of the city's Ward-30 unit of the party. The stories...

Sangsad misses serious debates

Sangsad misses serious debates

By all means it was a full House. A treasury bench with overwhelming majority was there and so was a government-friendly main opposition, which many dubbed handpicked and ready to please. There was no boycott of the House proceedings, which is unprecedented in the political culture developed over the last two decades.  The only thing...

Blockade on

Hartal called for today in Dhaka, 11 districts

The BNP-led alliance today enforces hartal in 11 districts, including the capital, amid its ongoing nonstop blockade. The 24-hour hartal in the capital would begin from 6:00am while the shutdown in the 11 districts, including Dhaka, would be daylong, the alliance announced yesterday. The programme was announced to protest filing cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and placing her party leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on remand. The other districts are Gazipur, Tangail, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Narayanganj, Narsingdi, Kishoreganj and Mymensingh, Natore and...

What they said

What they said

    “Arsonists and saboteurs will be shot on sight. We are going to decide on giving orders to shoot [arsonists] on sight as in wartime.” Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali in Dhaka on Jan 20             “The paramilitary force deployed to maintain law and order will use lethal weapons if the force or people come under attack.” BGB DG Maj Gen Aziz Ahmed in Dhaka on Jan 15               “We have to eliminate those who are indulging in violence and blasting bombs in the name of democracy.” RAB DG Benazir Ahmed in Rangpur on Jan 16               “Those who are burning people to death and destroying propert ...

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Suffering, silently

Rubaiya shivers with fear whenever she hears a loud sound. The third grader of a private school in Dhaka was on her way back home with her father on a rickshaw just a week ago. As they reached near Abahani playground on Sat Masjid Road, they heard a large bang and saw people running helter-skelter. Her father promptly took her to a nearby shop when Rubaiya began to cry out of panic. "Whenever she hears a bang now she asks, 'What happened...

Burdwan Blast

4 more JMB operatives held in India

India's National Investigation Agency yesterday arrested four more alleged members and recruiters of outlawed Jama'at-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), which is linked to the October 2 Burdwan blast. The four -- Dalim Sheikh alias Faijul Hoque Sheikh, Motiur Rehman alias Noor Alam, Habibur Rehman and Ghiyasuddin Munshi -- were arrested in different areas of West Bengal and have been put on remand by a Kolkata court. With the latest arrests, the NIA has so far held 16 people including suspected mastermind Sajid, who...

Warrant of Precedence

PM criticises SC verdict

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament yesterday criticised a Supreme Court verdict on Warrant of Precedence. On January 6, the Appellate Division of the SC disposed of “with expunction, modification, observation and findings” a government appeal against a 2010 High Court order that declared illegal and void the existing Warrant of Precedence, formulated in 1986 and revised in 2008. But the full text of the order is yet to be released. On January 7, newspapers quoting SC lawyer M Asaduzzaman reported...

SSC exams to be held on schedule

With fear of violence growing among students and their guardians due to the ongoing blockade, the government is going to hold Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent exams as per schedule. "The exams will be held on schedule...," Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid told reporters after a meeting with law enforcement agencies at the secretariat yesterday. Nahid discussed the current law and order situation and other issues relating to the exam at the meeting. Around 14 lakh candidates are expected to sit...

Khaleda's Gulshan Office

PM deplores denial of access to her

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said denying her access to Khaleda Zia on the day Arafat Rahman Koko died was insulting. "It was an insult to me," Hasina told parliament, five days into the incident in which she was not allowed to enter Khaleda's Gulshan office to console the BNP chief after her younger son's death in Malaysia. "When her son died, I rushed to console her. You know the entrance to her office was kept locked and I was not...

Delete 'secular', 'socialist' from Indian charter

A day after row erupted over a Republic Day advertisement of Indian Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the Shiv Sena yesterday demanded "permanent deletion" of the words 'secular' and 'socialist' from the Constitution. An acrimonious war of words had broken out between political parties yesterday when an advertisement issued by the I&B Ministry carried a picture of the Preamble to the Constitution as it appeared before the 42nd Amendment, without the words 'secular' and 'socialist'. "We welcome the exclusion of the (secular...

War Crimes Trial

Azhar appeals against death sentence

Jamaat-e-Islami Assistant Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam yesterday challenged the death penalty awarded to him by a war crimes tribunal last year. In his appeal filed with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Azharul claimed himself innocent and sought acquittal on the five charges he was found guilty. The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on December 30 last year handed the Jamaat leader death penalty on three out of six charges of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War. The 62-year-old...

Consultants for New Dap

Cabinet body gives nod to appointment

The government is going to appoint two consultants to draw up the 20-year fresh detailed area plan (DAP) for Dhaka Metropolis to ensure planned urban development. The Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase yesterday approved the appointment at a cost of Tk 25.99 crore for preparing the DAP covering an area of over 1,500 square kilometres for the period of 2016 to 2035. A joint venture of Sheltech (Pvt) Ltd and The Decode Ltd will prepare the DAP for 753 square km...

Qulkhwani of Koko tomorrow

The qulkhwani of Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, will be held at Gulshan Azad Mosque in Dhaka after Asr prayers tomorrow, Maj Gen (retd) Fazle Elahi Akbar, defence affairs adviser to Khaleda, told The Daily Star. Koko died of heart failure at his rented house in Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia Saturday afternoon. The body was flown back home in a Malaysia Airlines flight around 11:40am on Tuesday. Thousands of mourners joined the namaz-e-janaza of Koko at the...

Dudu on two-day remand in arson case

A Dhaka court yesterday placed BNP leader Shamsuzzaman Dudu on a two-day remand in connection with an arson case. The case was filed with Mirpur Model Police Station on December 28 last year for torching vehicles in the capital's Rokeya Sarani. Metropolitan Magistrate Md Asaduzzaman Nur passed the order after Sub-inspector Syed Asaduzzaman of the police station had produced Dudu, an adviser of BNP chairperson, before it with a seven-day remand prayer. In the remand prayer, Asaduzzaman, also the investigating officer of...

Michelle Obama forgoes headscarf in Saudi Arabia

Michelle Obama forgoes headscarf in Saudi Arabia

For US First Lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live. Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long,...

Can evolution run backwards?

Can evolution run backwards?

In 1890, Belgian palaeontologist Louis Dollo postulated that evolution could not run backwards -- something widely accepted by the scientific community. But now a study has claimed that the changes induced by evolution can be reversible, meaning certain animals can return to an earlier biological trait. The remarkable discovery was made by finding birds had...

Rights group raps Israel 'policy' of bombing Gaza homes

An Israeli rights group yesterday criticised the government for what it called a deliberate policy of launching air strikes on homes that killed hundreds of civilians during last year's Gaza war. In a report examining 70 raids on residential buildings in the besieged Palestinian territory, B'Tselem said Israeli officials were responsible for civilian casualties during the 50-day conflict that killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians. "A hallmark of the fighting in Gaza this summer was the numerous strikes on residential buildings, destroying them...

Protesters try to storm UN building in Gaza

Dozens of protesters yesterday tried to storm the Gaza headquarters of the United Nations, an AFP correspondent said, after the UN announced it lacked funds to rebuild the war-battered Palestinian territory. Around 200 people demonstrated outside the building in Gaza City of the UN Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, burning tyres and throwing stones. "We are still homeless!" they chanted. Some tried to storm the building before police of the Islamist movement Hamas, the de facto power in Israeli-besieged Gaza, broke up the...

US: Castro message 'positive sign'

The United States welcomed Tuesday former Cuban leader Fidel Castro's belated response to the thaw in ties between the Cold War foes as a sign that change is under way in Havana. "We take his reference of 'international norms and principles' as a positive sign," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, after Castro's letter was released. Psaki said Washington now looked forward "to the Cuban government implementing those international norms and principles for a democratic, prosperous and stable Cuba." Last week,...

Obama tackles IS fight, Iran with new Saudi king

US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to meet new King Salman and discussed the two countries' ongoing fight against the Islamic State group. The leaders also tackled the issue of Iran's nuclear programme and human rights in the conservative kingdom, a senior US official said. Riyadh has been part of the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against IS since last year and is a long-time regional ally of Washington. But analysts say Riyadh has grown...

US Criticism

Thai junta chief 'upset'

Thailand's junta chief said yesterday he was "upset" by comments from a senior US diplomat during a recent visit criticising the military regime, as Washington's top envoy in Bangkok was summoned for a meeting with Thai officials. On Monday US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel urged Thailand's generals to implement a "more inclusive political process" after meeting ousted former premier Yingluck Shinawatra. He added that moves against Yingluck since the military takeover  could be...

Business

Shell announces profit fall on sliding oil prices

Shell announces profit fall on sliding oil prices

Energy group Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday announced an eight-percent drop in annual net profits owing to a slump in global oil prices and said it would accelerate spending cuts. Profit after tax dropped to $15.05 billion (13.3 billion euros) in 2014 compared with the Anglo-Dutch company's performance one year earlier, dragged down by...

Political turmoil biggest risk to stockmarket

Political turmoil biggest risk to stockmarket

Political instability will be the biggest risk to the economy and the capital market this year, a recent survey found. Half of the respondents in the survey, conducted by LankaBangla Securities between December 29 last year and January 10 this year, identified political turmoil as the biggest risk factor for the capital market as...

Beximco Pharma secures $51.6m from German bank

Beximco Pharmaceuticals will borrow about $51.6 million from Frankfurt-based BHF-Bank Aktiengesellshaft to expand its production. The local drug maker, a unit of business conglomerate Beximco Group, struck a loan deal with the German bank, according to a posting on the Dhaka Stock Exchange website yesterday. Beximco Pharma has also received approval from the Board of Investment of Bangladesh to raise the fund, which will be utilised to partially finance a new plant and machinery purchase. The loan will come at an interest...

Poultry operators plan to raise investment

Poultry operators plan to raise investment

Poultry industry operators are aiming to double their investment by 2020 from the existing Tk 25,000 crore to raise protein consumption in the country and explore global opportunities. The boost in investment will take the sector's total employment, both direct and indirect, to one crore from the present 70 lakh, entrepreneurs said. “We have huge...

Real estate suffers for political strife

The ongoing political turbulence has emerged as the latest setback for the real estate sector, which is already bearing the brunt of high interest rates. “The nonstop blockade has affected our sector significantly as we cannot transport raw materials to construction sites,” said Md Wahiduzzaman, general secretary of the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh. As a result, most realtors are keeping construction work on hold, he said. “Yet, the workers' wages have to be paid regardless of work being...

Credit growth target for private sector may remain unchanged

Bangladesh Bank is likely to keep the private sector's credit growth target unchanged in the new monetary policy, which will be announced today, because of continued political unrest that began on January 5. The BB had set the credit growth target at 14 percent for the private sector in December 2014; it is 15.5 percent till June 2015. However, the private sector credit had grown 12.67 percent in November 2014 compared to the same month in the previous year. “In such...

Bangladesh can expand trade through Hong Kong: trade analyst

Many garment, leather and footwear factories in China want to relocate production units to Bangladesh to utilise duty-free entry benefits allowed to exports. The companies want to manufacture in Bangladesh and re-export the finished products to the world through Hong Kong, said Dannie Chiu, regional director for Southeast Asia and India of Hong Kong Trade Development Council or HKTDC. Chiu highlighted Hong Kong as a sourcing and distribution hub in Asia.  “We are here to create opportunities, provide information and help match...

Akhoni and MasterCard launch Valentine's Day campaign

Akhoni.com and MasterCard have jointly launched a special programme to mark Valentine's Day with their customers. This is the second year of 'love is in the air' campaign and it promises a thrilling helicopter ride over Dhaka for the winning couple, organisers said in a statement. Anyone who makes Tk 500 or more worth of purchases via Akhoni.com can share a special wish for their beloved through video or message to the site's Facebook page, to enter the programme, until February...

Goldberg unveils new mobile brand

Goldberg unveils new mobile brand

Goldberg, a new mobile brand, has brought four feature phones and three smartphones to the Bangladesh market as part of its first collection.   The phones will be available in 51 districts from mid-February, it said in a statement yesterday. Also, the company will set up 20 customer care centres and make available a wider...

Singapore Airlines' new general manager for Bangladesh

Singapore Airlines' new general manager for Bangladesh

Lam Yang San has been appointed general manager of Singapore Airlines in Bangladesh, the airline said in a statement yesterday. He takes over from Nelson Low, who has been serving since November 2012. San worked as manager for Southern Germany, Austria and Central Eastern Europe operations of the airline, it said. He has been with Singapore Airlines since October 2002 and has held various positions in information technology and airport operations.

EU investment plan could create 2.1m jobs: UN

An ambitious European investment plan could create 2.1 million jobs by 2018 if properly implemented, the ILO said Wednesday. Crafted by European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, the 351 billion euro ($387 billion) plan is based on 21 billion euros in seed money from the EU budget and the bloc's European Investment Bank (EIB). Juncker expects this will trigger massive private investment over three years to take the plan to the total figure. But the Geneva-based International Labour Organization warned that the plan...

India to sell 10pc Coal India stake

India will sell up to 10 percent of state-controlled Coal India on Friday in a deal that could raise close to $4 billion as part of a government push to sell off assets. Delhi, which owns nearly 90 percent of Coal India, will sell over 315 million shares, with an option to auction another 315.8 million, according to a stock exchange filing. "The sale shall take place on a separate window of the Stock Exchanges and shall commence on January 30,...

Apple's profit largest in corporate history

Apple's profit largest in corporate history

Apple Inc quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season and a 70 percent rise in China sales, powering the company to the largest profit in corporate history. The company sold 74.5 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec 27, while many analysts...

China's yuan now world's 5th payments currency: SWIFT

China's yuan has become the world's fifth most widely used payments currency, with the value of cross-border deals settled in it more than doubling in 2014, data from transactions organisation SWIFT showed Wednesday. The data comes as China looks to make the yuan used more internationally in line with its standing as the world's second-largest economy, while at the same time keeping its value tightly controlled. The yuan, also known as the renminbi (RMB), overtook the Canadian dollar and the Australian...

Singapore eases monetary policy in surprise move

Singapore eases monetary policy in surprise move

Singapore on Wednesday became the latest country to ease monetary policy in a surprise move as plunging oil prices hit inflation and the central bank looks to boost the tepid economy. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the city-state's central bank, said it would slow the appreciation of the local dollar against a basket...

Regulator blasts Alibaba for illegal business on its websites

Regulator blasts Alibaba for illegal business on its websites

A China regulator has accused Alibaba Group Holding Ltd of failing to clean up what it called illegal business deals on the e-commerce titan's platforms, in an unusually strong government criticism of one of the country's biggest private firms. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), in a report published on its website...

German consumer confidence hits 13-year high

Consumer confidence in Germany is at its highest since late 2001, as rising optimism over the economy and income expectations persuade German shoppers to open their wallets, a poll found on Wednesday. "Consumers are noticeably more confident as they enter the new year and the consumer climate is continuing to improve," market research company GfK said in a statement. "Economic and income expectations, as well as the propensity to spend have all increased tangibly." Looking ahead to next month, GfK's headline household...

Yahoo announces tax-free spinoff of Alibaba stake

Yahoo announces tax-free spinoff of Alibaba stake

Yahoo is spinning off its stake in Chinese Internet giant Alibaba, splitting off the valuable holdings in a move that sidesteps taxes. The strategy laid out on Tuesday aims to deliver more cash for shareholders than an outright sale of the $40-billion stake, avoiding a hefty tax bill, and to help Yahoo's efforts to...

Greece names hardline anti-bailout finance minister

Greece names hardline anti-bailout finance minister

Greece named hardline leftwing economist Yanis Varoufakis as finance minister Tuesday, handing him the pivotal task of renegotiating the debt-stricken nation's bailout with international creditors after it voted overwhelmingly to reject years of austerity politics. The appointment of Varoufakis to the potentially explosive role is seen as a signal that the new anti-austerity Syriza-led...

Oil prices down ahead of Fed meet outcome

Oil prices fell in Asia Wednesday as dealers await the outcome of a US Federal Reserve meeting and the release of a US supply report expected to show a surge in crude stockpiles, analysts said. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for March delivery fell 70 cents to $45.53 while Brent for March eased 60 cents to $49.00 in afternoon trade. The Fed is expected to release a post-meeting statement later Wednesday following the first gathering this year of its policy-making Federal...

Australian core inflation eases interest rate cut pressure

A pick-up in core consumer prices in Australia has reduced the likelihood of a near-term interest rate cut, even as official statistics showed Wednesday that plunging oil prices slowed inflation in the last three months of 2014. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.2 percent from the previous quarter and 1.7 percent through the year to December, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said. That compares with 0.5 percent and 2.3 percent in the previous three months. However core inflation, which strips...

Jobless rate hits record in France

Unemployment in France hit a new record in December, with official statistics published Tuesday showing 3.496 million people claiming jobless benefits. The figures showed a rise of 8,100 people on the jobless queue compared with the previous month, a rise of 0.2 percent on the month. Overall in 2014, there were 189,100 more people out of work than in the previous year. President Francois Hollande has pledged not to seek re-election in 2017 if he fails to bring down stubbornly high unemployment. France's...

Sports

ICC allows banned Aamer to play domestic cricket

ICC allows banned Aamer to play domestic cricket

The International Cricket Council Thursday gave permission for banned Pakistan paceman Mohammad Aamer to return to domestic cricket with immediate effect, relaxing his ban for spot-fixing. Aamer was one of three Pakistani players handed bans of at least five years for agreeing to arrange no-balls to order in a Test against England in 2010. The...

Tamim joins festive team

Tamim joins festive team

Opener Tamim Iqbal joined Bangladesh's training camp at Brisbane yesterday after completing his medical check-up at Melbourne. The left-hander however took a day off yesterday and will begin training today. According to team manager Khaled Mahmud, the players had a delayed start to their training at the Allan Border Ground in the morning due...

EXPECTATIONS down under

'I believe they can'

'I believe they can'

Roquibul Hasan needs no description as he is a very renowned figure in Bangladesh's cricket. The former national captain has a vast knowledge regarding the game and closely monitors the country's cricket. Talking about Bangladesh's World Cup journey, the former batsman expressed his hope regarding the Tigers' chances in the mega event with some...

Big victories all around

Big victories all around

The three remaining matches of the first round of the National Cricket League ended with teams winning by huge margins. Dhaka, courtesy of their record innings and 413-run over Barisal within three days on Tuesday, earned the most number of bonus points and currently top the table with 25 points. Khulna, Dhaka Metro and...

Australian Open

Djokovic sets semifinal clash with Wawrinka

Djokovic sets semifinal clash with Wawrinka

Milos Raonic said Wednesday he felt helpless as he was dismantled by remorseless world number one Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. Viewed as at the vanguard of the young breed in men's tennis, the big-serving Canadian eighth seed was neutralised by the power and precision of the seven-time Grand Slam champion in the quarter-finals. The Serbian top seed ran the show, dealing out a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-2 lesson on Raonic in two hours to set up a semi-final with defending champion Stan Wawrinka. The match just slipped away from Raonic as Djokovic tightened his grip, breaking the Canadian's huge serve three times while not conceding one break point opportunity in...

Pak tour issues still not resolved

The issues surrounding Pakistan's tour of Bangladesh, scheduled to take place in April this year, will be settled only after a discussion between the chiefs of the two boards. However, a meeting between the two chiefs however, is yet to be scheduled, BCB officials informed yesterday. BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury, who had gone to the UAE to attend an ICC board meeting, met with his Pakistani counterpart. “It's too early to make any comments regarding the series. There have been plenty...

Australian Open

DIARY

NOVAK'S NO. 1 FAN During Novak Djokovic's Australian Open quarterfinal, a photo of his three-month-old son started making the rounds on social media. The photo posted by his wife showed the hairless head of young Stefan in a baby chair, with knit booties and a giraffe blanket watching his dad play tennis on TV. On-court interviewer Jim Courier asked the No. 1-ranked player about his No. 1 fan after the match, directing his attention to the big screens overhead at Rod Laver...

U-19s' strong start in first three-dayer

Fresh from a one-day series victory, Bangladesh Under-19s made a good start in the first three-day match against Sri Lanka Under-19s at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium yesterday. Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nihaduzzaman and off-spinner Mehedy Hasan Miraz shared seven wickets as the home side finished the first day on 212 for nine in 96 overs. Nihaduzzaman claimed four wickets for 51 runs and Miraz took three wickets for 65. Opener Salinda Ushan Pereira top scored with 77 for the local side. The young...

Final miracle eludes Lee

Brett Lee was denied a last-ball hattrick and a fairytale end to his professional cricket career as the Perth Scorchers scrambled a single off the fast bowler to win back-to-back Big Bash League titles in Canberra on Wednesday. The Twenty20 final was the 38-year-old former Australia paceman Lee's last match and he came on to bowl the final over for the Sydney Sixers with the opposition needing eight runs. The Perth side looked in firm control needing one run from three...

MSC hopefuls sent home

Two Brazilian footballers, who came here to have a trial for Mohammedan Sporting Club ahead of the upcoming season, went back to their home from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport after failing to obtain the on-arrival Bangladesh visa. The players, Jose Felipe Da Cruz Oliveira and Silva Palma Cesar, arrived at the airport in the morning and caught the return flight in the evening as the club's officials failed to arrange on-arrival visa for them. "They came here via an agent...

Broad's U-turn

England fast bowler Stuart Broad insisted Tuesday he had not meant to insult low-paid workers following an angry response to a tweet about Britain's minimum wage. "I've heard if you earn minimum wage in England you're in the top 10 per cent earners in the world. #stay #humble," the 28-year-old posted in a now deleted tweet. Given Broad, a senior England player for several years, earns considerably more than the minimum wage, there were many who took issue with his comments. However,...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

Showtime IN Sylhet

Showtime IN Sylhet

'Football, Football, Football…..' A hand-held microphone announcing the grand event buzzed around Sylhet city from early in the morning the day before kick-off. Decorated with banners and archways at the busy intersections, the city had been warming up to the occasion for quite a while now. A colourful rally set off from the match...

Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015

Beat & win Tk 30 lakh

Beat & win Tk 30 lakh

If Bangladesh needed some motivation ahead of today's Bangabandhu Gold Cup opener against Malaysia U-23 team, it came in the form of a declaration of huge cash incentive from Kazi Salahuddin. The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president made a surprise visit to the team's training session at the BFF Academy ground in the...

Figo challenges Blatter for FIFA presidency

Former Portugal and Real Madrid winger Luis Figo announced that he is to challenge Sepp Blatter in this year's FIFA presidential election. "I care about football, so what I'm seeing regarding the image of FIFA -- not only now but in the past years -- I don't like it," the 42-year-old said in an interview broadcast by CNN. "If you search FIFA on the internet you see the first word that comes out: scandal -- not positive words. It's that we...

Chelsea win, but at what Costa?

Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time header sent Chelsea into the League Cup final at Liverpool's expense as the London club edged a breathless semi-final second leg 1-0 on Tuesday. The Serbian's goal gave Jose Mourinho's side a 2-1 aggregate win, taking them into a March 1 final against either Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United. Chelsea striker Diego Costa is at risk of punishment after twice appearing to stamp on Liverpool players. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho once again alleged that his team were the victims...

Real to rename Bernabeu?

The Santiago Bernabéu stadium will be renamed the Abu Dhabi Bernabéu, according to the Spanish sports newspaper AS. The report has not been confirmed by Real Madrid, but the president Florentino Pérez was caught on camera admitting to a member of the regional government that the stadium will be called whatever the Abu Dhabi investment group IPIC want it to be called. Madrid signed a deal with the International Petroleum Investment Company at the end of October 2014. IPIC owns the...

2-match ban for Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Real Madrid's next two games after Spanish football's disciplinary committee decided to review the red card he saw against Córdoba and not consider it violent conduct. Ronaldo was sent off when Real Madrid were desperately looking for a game-winning goal and apologized shortly after the game. His team ultimately earned the three points. Ronaldo will miss Saturday's match against Real Sociedad and next Wednesday's home game against a Sevilla team that will not be easy to...

$4B transfers in 2014

The global football transfer market hit a record high in 2014, breaking the $4 billion barrier for the first time, according to the annual report by FIFA TMS, which monitors all deals. England provided the biggest investors and Brazilian players were the most sought-after as a total of 13,000 players moved clubs. English clubs accounted for $1.17 billion in 2014, which represents more than a quarter of global spending. Spanish clubs received the biggest slice of transfer fees, at $667 million. English...

BFF buys 20 tolas of gold

Having taken the lesson of counterfeit crests that were given to the heroes of the War of Liberation, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is determined to avoid such scam by providing 20 tolas of 24-carat gold in the 22-inch trophy for the champions of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup football tournament, which begins in Sylhet today. Some members of the gift and prize committee of the tournament already bought the required gold yesterday. A replica trophy will be put on the field...

Milan CEO tells all in prank call

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has been tricked into revealing details about his transfer plans and Inzaghi on radio on Tuesday. Galliani fell victim to a man who pretended to be president of rival club Sampdoria, Massimo Ferrari. The prankster quizzed Galliani if Inzaghi would be sacked if Milan lost to Lazio on Tuesday, and he said "No." Galliani was also asked which strikers the club had targeted to shore up their ineffective attack. "I'm looking for a centre-forward on loan and I...

ICC keeps super over for World Cup final

ICC keeps super over for World Cup final

The International Cricket Council (ICC) reinstated the use of a super over for the World Cup final of 2015 to determine a winner in case of a tied match. In its first meeting of 2015 held at the board’s headquarters in Dubai, the cricket governing body also brought changes to code of conduct offenses...

Editorial

Editorial

SSC examinees' future in peril

As many as 14 lakh SSC examinees and their guardians will have to bear the brunt of the ongoing political turmoil from February 2 if the BNP does not call off its country-wide blockade. The students, whose coaching and last minute preparations have undeniably been hampered due to the volatile political situation, now face an uncertain future, with the SSC exams scheduled to begin in less than a week and no assurance from the opposition that the blockade will...

Editorial

New BB loan restructuring policy

Aimed at banks to get a repayment on big borrowers worth more than Tk. 500 crore, the new loan restructuring policy being introduced by the central bank, allows for repayment over a 12-year period. The downside is that shareholders of such companies will be deprived of any dividend for the first three years. Companies must set aside an amount equivalent to 2 per cent of their income to qualify for the loan restructuring offer. The new policy is being...

Op-ed

Editorial

SSC examinees' future in peril

As many as 14 lakh SSC examinees and their guardians will have to bear the brunt of the ongoing political turmoil from February 2 if the BNP does not call off its country-wide blockade. The students, whose coaching and last minute preparations have undeniably been hampered due to the volatile political situation, now face an uncertain future, with the SSC exams scheduled to begin in less than a week and no assurance from the opposition that the blockade will...

Editorial

New BB loan restructuring policy

Aimed at banks to get a repayment on big borrowers worth more than Tk. 500 crore, the new loan restructuring policy being introduced by the central bank, allows for repayment over a 12-year period. The downside is that shareholders of such companies will be deprived of any dividend for the first three years. Companies must set aside an amount equivalent to 2 per cent of their income to qualify for the loan restructuring offer. The new policy is being...

STRATEGICALLY SPEAKING

Democracy now a blood sport

Democracy does not have to be a blood sport; it can be an honourable enterprise that advances the public interest.” So said a former US president; but that is not so in Bangladesh. Here the demos in the demos-kratos have gone missing. What we have seen in the last one month can be termed as demos-aima, people's blood rather than people's rule. Some scholars have argued that in some respects democracy is violence-driven. We don't have to go far...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Tilt towards America

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi must be regretting that he invited President Barack Obama for the Republic Day. The latter made no secret of demolishing the Bhartiya Janata Party's 'ghar wapsi' slogan and the other programmes related to Hindutva ideology. He reminded India of its commitment to religious freedom, consecrated in the constitution. A more charitable explanation can be that Modi wanted his Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to know what the democratic world thought about its new zeal for a Hindu...

Implications of US-India nuclear deal

INDIA did not sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and exploded its first nuclear weapon in 1974. Consequently, the United States stopped supply of nuclear materials to India in 1978. For thirty years, there was no cooperation between the two countries on uses of atomic energy.    Subsequently, India developed its indigenous nuclear industry. The US signed a historic deal with India in 2008 to resume supply of nuclear technology and materials. The treaty was inoperative for more than six years for...

Still chasing after a 'dialogue'?

Still chasing after a 'dialogue'?

A friend in USA called me and asked if the members of the civil society and those affected materially and physically by the impasse in the name of politics in Bangladesh still hope that there is a possibility of a 'dialogue' to defuse the crisis going on since Khaleda Zia called for a...

America Pivots South, to India

Could Bangladesh be next?

BANGLADESH might not yet be on his agenda, but a much anticipated return visit to India earlier this week by US President Barack Obama could well signify that South Asia is, like Southeast Asia, finally getting some well-deserved US attention as part of the so-called American rebalance -- or what was once known as the “pivot” -- to Asia. That's a welcome change as America and America's policymakers wake up to the obvious, namely that there is more to...

Letter To The Editor

Opportunity squandered but all is not lost

The golden opportunity for Bangladesh to resolve the present political deadlock has not been wasted even though the Prime Minister was refused from the gate of BNP's Gulshan office. Rather we  see a ray of hope in this effort of  the PM Begum Zia has lost her beloved son. We cannot imagine what shock a mother bears when she loses her child. At the same time it is not fair to impute motives to PM's action   What is important...

Letter To The Editor

The locked gate drama

Just a few days ago we  first witnessed that the 'gate' was locked from the outside so that 'someone' couldn't exit the premise. Then the 'gate' was locked from the inside so that 'someone' couldn't enter the same premise. What a drama! These 'someones' are two faces of the same old coin; it needs to be shelved. Let's mint a new coin so that it's useful and acceptable to all. Ishtiaqur Rahman Bashundhara, Dhaka

Letter To The Editor

Why PM's sympathy only for Khaleda Zia?

Arafat Rahman Koko died of cardiac arrest. After that, we saw the PM go to BNP's Gulshan office to offer her condolences to Khaleda Zia (though she was not allowed to enter the BNP office). My question is why offering condolence to Khaleda Zia only? Why not all the mothers of the victims who died due to arson attacks perpetrated by BNP-Jamaat? Because their mothers are not the ex-PMs and ex-opposition leaders? The mothers of the victims who died in...

Comments on news report

“Rare gesture, late response,” published on January 25, 2015 OpeeMonir BNP and Khaleda did the right thing; but they could have set an example by handling it in a much better fashion. This is BNP with its political mistakes all along. Barkat Politics is strange. Khaleda was almost in house arrest for the last so many days. In retaliation, she called nationwide blockade that caused so many deaths. If one Arafat's death makes Hasina so kind, then why doesn't Hasina meet Khaleda for...

Entertainment

MUSIC TO SOOTHE THE SOUL

MUSIC TO SOOTHE THE SOUL

“Mystic and 'Sufi' thoughts are interpreted and practiced in different ways at different parts of the world, and that is what makes this a celebration of cultural plurality,” Amitava Bhattacharya, the founder of the Sufi Sutra festival of Sufi and traditional music, caught the essence of the festival in a nutshell, on the...

Nat'l Dance Drama Fest in full swing

Nat'l Dance Drama Fest in full swing

Bangladesh Nrityashilpi Sangstha (BNS) in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has organised a five-day (January 27-31) National Dance Drama Festival at National Theatre Hall of BSA. The festival, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, was inaugurated by Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, as chief guest. Dr. Ranjit Kumar Biswas, ndc, secretary...

Cartoonist R.K. Laxman passes on

Cartoonist R.K. Laxman passes on

The creator of the famous “common man” cartoons has had his last laugh. Even as the  nation celebrated its 66th Republic Day  grandiosely ,complete with US President Barack Obama as  chief guest ,  iconic illustrator and humourist R.K. Laxman slipped away quietly  in Pune at the age of 93 after multi-organ failure. He leaves...

''Data Horischandra'' Pala staged at JKKNIU

''Data Horischandra'' Pala staged at JKKNIU

The artistes of Theatre and Performance Studies Department Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) staged a pala “Data Horischandra” based on the epic “Ramayan”. Directed by Syed Mamun Reza and written by Kritttibas, the pala was staged at Gahi Sammyar Gaan Mancha of JKKNIU Sunday evening, marking Saraswati Puja on the campus. The students...

Acting is my first concern…Ayushman

Acting is my first concern…Ayushman

Ayushmann Khurrana who made a successful foray into Bollywood with “Vicky Donor” in 2012, said, “The industry can put you down anytime.”  “I'll be lying if I say I don't want commercial success or that I only want critical acclaim. I hope my next does well. But, for me, the most important thing is...

NEWS bytes

First 'Fantastic Four' trailer released

First 'Fantastic Four' trailer released

The first teaser trailer for Fox's new “Fantastic Four” film has been released, giving audiences their first glimpse into Josh Trank's reimagining of the classic Marvel Entertainment series — and for those who've been waiting for something that takes the sci-fi underpinnings of the comic book and pushes them to the forefront, it's...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

French artist Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the twentieth century. His mastery of the expressive language of colour and drawing, displayed in a body...

City

People's voice against blockade atrocities getting louder

People's voice against blockade atrocities getting louder

With the blockade death toll mounting by the day and with no end in sight, the general people are increasingly converging at the capital's Jatiya Press Club to protest the atrocities on innocent civilians, which they say is a result of the two major political parties scrambling for power. At least four organisations arranged...

AL failed to protect secularism in 15th amendment

Secular people in Bangladesh are continuously being marginalised, human rights activist advocate Sultana Kamal said yesterday. Women are trying to find security under veils while the first words children learn to utter are of their religious identity, she told a programme on presenting a memorial speech on Bangladesh's constitution. Banglar Pathshala Foundation, a socio-cultural organisation, held the programme at Dhaka University's (DU) Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban. Regimes under two generals during 1975 and 1990 directly patronised extremist and militant Islamisation,...

Gonoshasthaya Hospital opens 6-bed burn unit

Gonoshasthaya Hospital opens 6-bed burn unit

Coming to the aid of the increasing number arson attack victims, Gonoshasthaya Nagar Hospital yesterday opened a six-bed burn unit on its Dhanmondi premises in the capital, declaring to provide treatment and medicine free of cost. Initially four doctors will provide round-the-clock, basic lifesaving treatment. Upgraded facilities including intensive care and high dependency units...

Remarks on Azhar Verdict

Jamaat lawyer apologises to war crimes tribunal

Tajul Islam, a defence lawyer for convicted Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, yesterday apologised to the International Crimes Tribunal-1 for allegedly demeaning the court. Tajul's lawyer Badruddoza Badal offered an "unconditional apology" on his behalf in response to a show cause notice that the tribunal issued on January 12 to Tajul and five leaders of Jamaat and Islami Chhatra Shibir for their media statements on the verdict of war crimes convict ATM Azharul Islam. However, a member judge of the tribunal, Justice Jahangir Hossain...

Arson Victims

Ruling 14-party holds prayers countrywide tomorrow

The ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance will hold gayebana namaz-e-janazas across the country tomorrow for the salvation of the departed souls of those who were killed in violence during the ongoing blockade enforced by the BNP-led 20-party coalition. In Dhaka, the janaza will be held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, said AL leader Mohammad Nasim, spokesperson of the 14-party, yesterday. Outside the capital, the prayers will be offered in all the district and upazila headquarters, he told reporters after a meeting...

SC to get more judges soon to reduce case backlog

Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday said Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha would take necessary steps immediately to appoint some new judges to the Appellate and High Court Divisions of the Supreme Court for quick disposal of cases. The president will take advices of the prime minister and appoint the judges from a pool of names proposed by the chief justice, he told reporters after a meeting with Justice Sinha at the latter's office. The minister said the two discussed different issues...

KYAMC, Ibrahim Medical College to take part in int'l competition

Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical College (KYAMC), and Ibrahim Medical College are going to participate in Siriraj International Microbiology Parasitology and Immunology Competition-2015, known as SIMPIC, to be held from tomorrow till Monday. SIMPIC is an annual international competition, hosted by the Faculty of Medicine of Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand, which focuses on medical students who are interested in infectious medicine. The competition contains both academic and non-academic activities, says a press release. From KYAMC, Adhara Madhuri, Dowlotuzzaman Rajib, Bilash Shrestha...

Verdict in Zubair killing case Feb 4

A Dhaka court will deliver its verdict in Jahangirnagar University student Zubair Ahmed murder case on February 4. On completion of the arguments from the prosecution and defence, Judge ABM Nizamul Haque of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 of Dhaka yesterday fixed the date for the delivery of the judgment. The court also cancelled the bail of seven out of 13 accused and sent them to jail while the rest were shown fugitives as they escaped from the court dock in February...

War Crimes in Chapainawabganj, Bagerhat

Mahidur, Afsar killed 19 more

Two survivors yesterday told International Crimes Tribunal-2 how war crimes accused Mahidur Rahman and Afsar Hossain alias Chutu were involved in the killing of at least 19 persons in Chapainawabganj on October 6 and 7 during the 1971 Liberation War. Meanwhile, two freedom fighters corroborated the 15th and 16th prosecution witnesses before International Crimes Tribunal-1 on how a fellow was shot dead by war crimes accused Khan Akram Hossain and Abdul Latif Talukder in Bagerhat in 1971. Testifying before the tribunal-2,...

Private high school teachers of Barisal demand govt payscale

Teachers and staff of non-government high schools staged a rally in Barisal city yesterday demanding that the government bring them under the proposed new pay scale for government employees, which is scheduled to be implemented from July 1 this year. At the programme organised by Jatiya Shikkhak Karmachari Front, Barisal divisional unit before Ashwini Kumar Hall, they also sought nationalisation of the educational institutions. The government staff automatically is included in newly formed pay scales, creating discrimination between the salary structures...

Osmani Medical College Hospital

Woman dies from 'wrong treatment'

The husband of a woman who died a day after undergoing a Caesarean at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital on January 22 have brought allegations of wrong treatment and negligence, prompting the latter to launch an investigation. Taposh Kumar Roy in a written complaint submitted to the hospital director on Tuesday said his wife Anju Roy, 30, suffered convulsions after two nurses injected anaesthetic into her spine on January 21. On-duty doctors informed that the Shukurnagar Government Primary School teacher's...

HC questions EC decision not to disclose party finances

The High Court yesterday questioned the legality of the Election Commission's (EC) decision to not make public audited financial reports of registered political parties without the latter's permission. It also fixed April 15 to hear on a rule it issued upon the EC and the Information Commission (IC) to explain in four weeks why the EC decision should not be declared illegal. The rule came following a writ petition filed with it by six distinguished citizens, including Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik Secretary...

Relocation of climate refugees impossible without int'l fund

The countries likely to be hit hard by climate-induced disasters would not be able to relocate displaced people without international assistance, experts told a roundtable yesterday.  Even the richest countries would need medical and emergency relief assistance in the case of large scale disasters, they said. As Bangladesh faces such vulnerabilities, the countries triggering climate change should take the responsibility of rehabilitation of climate refugees, they stressed. Titled “Climate Change and Displacement: the Global Debate”, the discussion was organised by the Bangladesh...

News in Brief

Unidentified miscreants hacked an activist of pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal to death in Mymensingh yesterday evening, said police. Asif Parvez Tupan, 23, an LLB second year student of a Kishoreganj college, was a member of the Nandail upazila unit of JCD, said Kazi Ayub, officer-in-charge of Nandail Police Station. Attacked behind Nandail College in the upazila, he succumbed to his injuries at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital on arrival, he said.

Obituary

Obituary

Manjurul Alam Tutul, editor of Jessore based newspaper the Daily Runner and a listed radio singer, died of a cardiac arrest yesterday. He was 48. He was buried at Bejpara Graveyard in Jessore town. Tutul was the son of late journalist Golam Majed and younger brother of slain journalist RM Saiful Alam Mukul.

Khursid Ahmed

Khursid Ahmed

Khursid Ahmed, son of late Sultan Ahmed of Feni, died in Dhaka on Sunday. He was 95. He joined the erstwhile Bengal Secretariat Service in the mid-1940s in Kolkata. He retired from Bangladesh Defence Ministry in 1982. A doa mahfil will be held at his Kalyanpur residence tomorrow after Asr prayers.

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 2nd death anniversary of Matiur Rahman Khan, a former judge in Sylhet. A doa mahfil will be held today after Esha prayers at Ashi Dag Jame Mosque, West Ibrahimpur, Dhaka Cantonment.

Country

Zinc-enriched rice sees successful farming

Zinc-enriched rice sees successful farming

Zinc-enriched boro paddy BRRI-Dhan-64 invented by Bangladesh Rice Research Institute sees successful cultivation in the district, following approval of its commercial cultivation by National Seed Board last year. The short duration rice can be harvested withen 100 days of planting and may yield up to 31 maunds per bigha if nurtured properly, researchers said. On...

Dinajpur potato growers hit hard by blockade

Dinajpur potato growers hit hard by blockade

The countrywide non-stop blockade enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance that began on January 6 has added to the woes of the potato growers of Dinajpur and Joypurhat districts. They had incurred huge losses due to similar situations last year. “We are not getting fair prices as buyers from different districts cannot enter the...

Madrasa boy abducted 4 days ago yet to be rescued

Police are yet to rescue a madrasa student, who was abducted by an unidentified gang from Gurabhui village in Kulaura upazila of the district on January 24. Police quoted victim's family members as saying that a gang picked up Abbas Ali, 13, a Class VII student at Hingazia Senior Madrasa, while he was going to school in the morning. Nurul Islam, father of the victim, filed an abduction case with Kulaura Police Station the same night. “We don't know the whereabouts of...

Rangpur Sugar Mills to miss production target this season

Rangpur Sugar Mills to miss production target this season

Rangpur Sugar Mills in Gaibandha district is not likely to attain the production target this season as supply of sugarcane has been badly hampered due to the weeks-long countrywide blockade enforced by BNP-led 20-party alliance. Amid fear of attack by blockaders, the drivers of trucks and tractors are refraining from carrying sugarcane from growers...

Deer skins seized in Barguna

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-8) members in a drive seized three deer skins from a garden at Gyanpara village in Pathorghata upazila of Barguna district yesterday. On secret information, a team of the law enforcers raided the house of Abul Bashar, son of Nurul Islam of the village, and recovered three deer hides from an adjacent garden owned by Bashar, said Asaduzzaman, assistant superintendent of police of Rab-8. However, none was arrested in this connection, the Rab official said, adding that they...

Woman killed over land dispute

An elderly woman was hacked to death allegedly by her grandson at Sabajpur village in Nabiganj upazila of Habiganj district yesterday.  The deceased was identified as Alekjan Bibi, 65, mother of late Mortuja Miah of the village. Police and locals said there was a longstanding conflict between Alekjan and her grandson Yousuf Miah, 29, over a piece of land.  They locked in an altercation over the issue around 11:00am and at one stage, Yousuf hit Alekjan with a sharp weapon, leaving her...

Sapling farming on dry beds gain popularity

Sapling farming on dry beds gain popularity

Cultivation of IRRI-boro saplings on dry beds is gaining popularity in the agriculture based district as the method gives better yield of crops in relatively short time. The agriculture department introduced the method in the northern district three years ago. “By growing IRRI-boro saplings on dry beds, we get nearly cent percent output whereas the...

Safe drinking water for poor people of eight villages

Deep tube-wells have been installed at eight villages in Aditmari upazila to provide safe drinking water for poor people. Under Dig A Well Project UK, International Charitable and Development Organisation Muslim Aid Bangladesh recently set up the tube-wells in the remote villages Saptibari, Sarpukur, Naigortari, Sarolkhan, Chawratari, Khamarpara, Kholahati and Kalmati. People of Sarolkhan village hailed the initiative by Muslim Aid Bangladesh to provide safe drinking water for them. “Before setting up the deep tube-wells, we collected safe drinking water from a...

Main accused in Shuvo murder case still at large

Main accused in Shuvo murder case still at large

Four months have elapsed, police are yet to arrest the main accused in the case for killing a five-year-old boy after abduction in Sundarganj upazila of the district. The victim was identified as Shuvo Mia, son of Ashok Ali Master of Balapara area in Sundarganj municipality. Police are showing indifference to arrest prime accused Abdur...

Arms trader held with pistols, bullets

Law enforcers in separate drives seized four pistols and five bullets from Gomostapur and Shibganj upazilas of the district yesterday and on Tuesday night. Shibganj police, acting on a tip-off, raided a house at Baliadighi village on Tuesday night and arrested an arms trader named Ketabur Rahman, 30. They seized two pistols, two magazines and five bullets from his possession. Police filed a case against Ketabur under the Arms Act with Shibganj Police Station. Local found a pistol on Lalmatia field in...

75 injured as rival groups clash in Sunamganj

At least 75 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups in Doarabazar upazila of Sunamganj district yesterday morning. The injured were admitted to Doarabazar Upazila Health Complex and Sunamganj Sadar Hospital. Police and locals said there was a longstanding conflict between one Akhter Hossain of Kanchanpur village and Jamal Uddin of Rajonpur village over establishing supremacy in the area.  The clash took place at 7:00am when the supporters of Jamal attacked Akhter in Doalia Madrasa field area of the...

125 shops gutted

At least 125 shops were gutted in a devastating fire at Jari potti near the railway market on Shaheed Shamsul Huque Road in Saidpur municipality of the district on Tuesday. The fire originated from an electric short circuit at a shop in the market at 2:15am and soon spread in the whole market, said locals. On information, firefighting units from Saidpur, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Parbotipur, and Chinirbandar rushed to the spot and doused the blaze after 12 hours of frantic effort. The loss...

World

Israel, Hejbollah in deadly clashes

Israel, Hejbollah in deadly clashes

Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper were killed yesterday as Lebanon's Hezbollah and Israel exchanged fire in their most serious clashes in years. The violence raised fears of another full-blown conflict erupting between the bitter enemies, who fought a month-long war in 2006. The two soldiers were killed when Hezbollah fired an anti-tank...

Iran Sanctions

US Congress eases pressure

US President Barack Obama won breathing room Tuesday for his nuclear dialogue with Iran, as legislation calling for strict new sanctions against the Islamic republic lost some crucial support in Congress. Senator Robert Menendez announced that he and several fellow Democrats had assured Obama they would not vote in support of new sanctions prior to March 24, shortly before a negotiations target date. Ten senators signed on, including eight who co-sponsored the sanctions bill last year. Under the interim agreement reached in...

Rein in separatists, or face sanctions

Ukraine's president yesterday appealed to Russia's Vladimir Putin and Washington threatened tougher measures should Moscow fail to rein in separatist fighters mounting a new offensive in the east of the ex-Soviet republic. Petro Poroshenko's personal letter and US Secretary Jack Lew's warning to Putin came one day after European Union leaders unanimously backed pursuing more economic restrictions against Russia for its alleged meddling in Ukraine. Western sanctions and a coinciding slide in the price of its vital oil exports have sent...

India sends FM to China after Obama visit

India sends FM to China after Obama visit

India's foreign minister will travel to China this weekend, New Delhi said yesterday, a day after Barack Obama ended a visit aimed at renewing US ties with the South Asian country. Sushma Swaraj will hold three-way talks with her Chinese and Russian counterparts during the trip, her first official visit since she took office last year, the Indian foreign ministry said. The talks follow a high-profile visit to New Delhi by the US president aimed at cementing ties between the two countries, which share an interest in curbing China's growing regional influence. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said they were aimed at enhancing "political trust". India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is...

Don't forget history's worst atrocities

Don't forget history's worst atrocities

For what may be the last time, elderly Holocaust survivors returned Tuesday to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp 70 years after its liberation, to urge the world never to forget one of history's worst atrocities. Around 300 survivors, some wearing scarves in the blue-and-white stripes of their death camp uniforms, joined world leaders for...

No conspiracy theory, it's true

Conspiracy theorists have long insisted that modern wars revolve around oil. Now research suggests hydrocarbons play an even bigger role in conflicts than they had suspected. According to academics from the Universities of Portsmouth, Warwick and Essex, foreign intervention in a civil war is 100 times more likely when the afflicted country has high oil reserves than if it has none. The research is the first to confirm the role of oil as a dominant motivating factor in conflict, suggesting...

News in Brief

Kim Jong-un 'to visit Russia' BBC Online Russia says North Korea's leader has accepted an invitation to Moscow in May, South Korea's Yonhap reports. Kim Jong-un has not made any overseas visits since taking power in North Korea in late 2011 and all analysts had predicted a China visit first for him. If Kim Jong-un did choose to visit Moscow ahead of Beijing, the decision would be seen as a snub to Chinese President Xi Jinping.   Militia frees Yemen leader's top aide...

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IS GOOD ENGLISH A MEASURE OF INTELLIGENCE?

IS GOOD ENGLISH A MEASURE OF INTELLIGENCE?

For as long as I've studied under an English medium curriculum, which is all my life, my friends and I have boasted about being Grammar Nazis. I wish I could say that all that entailed was being exceptionally good in English. But what we often did instead was make fun of someone who...

BOOK REVIEW

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

In a time when the trend in Young Adult literature was dystopia, there rose a book that's both unique in its setting as it is familiar. Smoke and Bone is a story of love, war, magic, and family. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book of the series, tells the story of a seventeen year-old Karou against the backdrop of gothic Prague. Karou herself is distinctive – her tresses are aquamarine, and the pimples on her face vanish at the sound of a wish. Her friends are unaware of where she disappears to every few days, where the doors lead to, and what this “Elsewhere” is. Her sketchbooks are...

Going the distance

Going the distance

2011: Grameenphone and Jaago signed a contract and began working together, launching their first online school in Gazipur. 2014: More online schools are opened, one of which is in Bandarban. 2015: Grameenphone takes six young individuals to Bandarban on a three-day visit to see the school and how it operates. Jaago's many schools aim to provide...

WORTH A REINSTALL

Airline Tycoon: DELUXE

Airline Tycoon: DELUXE

Platform: PC/Android Release Dates: Vanilla, 1998. First Class: 2002. Evolution: 2002. Deluxe: 2003. Airline Tycoon was one of those games that my older brother spent hundreds of hours behind and I couldn't get why. On my old Pentium II system, I used to randomly click and assign flights or cargos to planes that couldn't take...

GADGET REVIEW

Logitech G402

Logitech G402

Professional gaming – also known as E-sports – is a multibillion dollar industry with many e-sport “athletes” competing for large prizes. The players themselves are revered as real athletes by their fans and they are always under the pressure of performing to the very best of their skill lest they lose a crucial...

FABLE FACTORY

CIRCLES IN SQUARES

Magic in a Bottle KARIM WAHEED Montu struggled to finish the plate of rice. “You didn't have to inhale bhaath, did you? Where are you off to anyway?” – Selina asks. “Well, tomorrow is hartal, and I need to deliver this package. It's urgent.” He'd asked for Tk 12,000 – 6000 in advance – and the client agreed. The family of three had been struggling to make ends meet. Six-year-old Shujon has been unwell and medicines aren't free. Montu knows he's taking a...

EXPLORE

SIJUK - 2

SIJUK - 2

For adventurers, there are quite a few destinations in our country that can be explored during vacations. The good news is that some of these places still don't get a lot of tourists. For all the adventure enthusiasts out there, the scope of exploration and backpacking is ever increasing. Deep inside Rangamati district, lies...

PRE-RELATIONSHIP CHECKLIST

PRE-RELATIONSHIP CHECKLIST

Relationships are tricky business. Starting from the courting days to making it last forever, it takes as much brainwork as landing a multi-billion-dollar contract. How do you avoid putting in all this investment behind the wrong person? Well, here are some points I've picked up from relationship veterans to help you, to avoid...

BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

Winners from AIUB at Firefox App Challenge The Firefox App Challenge was a competition recently held nationwide, with the Firefox Marketplace open to all submissions of Firefox OS apps. The competition was held between October 22 and December 14, 2014. After an online registration at www.firefoxappchallenge.com, 100 participants were shortlisted to compete and receive...

Drishty Chittagong holds Model UN Workshop

Drishty Chittagong holds Model UN Workshop

A workshop on Model United Nations took place on January 23, 2015 at the Chittagong Independent University auditorium, organised by Drishty Chittagong. A lot of interest was seen among the students regarding this workshop. UN recognised trainers, SIM Sadman Sheikh and Fahmida Faiza, conducted the workshop on the widely practiced rules and regulations...

iLEAD GOOGLE HANGOUT SESSION AT AUW:

iLEAD GOOGLE HANGOUT SESSION AT AUW:

“You read, travel and learn about the trends, and try to fill the gaps. Bridging the gaps, that's what entrepreneurship is all about,” said Dr. Rehnuma Karim, while mentoring young leaders and entrepreneurs at a grooming session under the iLead programme. The event was held at Asian University for Women, Chittagong on December...

DIY

BEAT PROCRASTINATION

Why read this article instead of one by a productivity coach? Simple: I get you, bro. I procrastinated on writing this article by researching (read: randomly browsing the internet) on beating procrastination. Hence I was able to trial the techniques suggested by productivity gurus to accomplish this article. Here's what I have learned. The To-do List aka the Procrastination Planner Make detailed to-do lists of things you want to accomplish along with deadlines for completing each task. To-do lists are suitable for...

DIGITAL MARKETING

A GUIDE TO SEO AND CONTENT CROWDSOURCING

A GUIDE TO SEO AND CONTENT CROWDSOURCING

When I was a new kid on the block, a fresher, SEO always attracted me the most. In this instalment of the Digital Marketing series I'll list SEO and crowdsourcing tactics. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) SEO is one of the most important aspects of digital marketing. You need to ensure that the name of your...

Gourmet Desserts for Dummies

Gourmet Desserts for Dummies

Those of us who can't cook have been deprived of gourmet desserts for too long. We sure can't depend on a café or restaurant for gourmet desserts because the gastronomical scene in our country is limited to either plain-cakes or paying 400tk for a translucent slice of cheesecake. Now you can finally say...

Mosque Etiquette

Mosque Etiquette

The mosque is where your demeanour has to be at its best. These are the few basic things you have to keep in mind when you're in a mosque.    Turn off your phone/ keep it in silent mode: Nothing is more infuriating than your “Hearts Burst into Fire” ringtone echoing through the mosque....

Is Your Body READY?

What do you want?

What do you want?

There are four main things people can aim for when they start working out. 1. Size/Mass: For big muscles, use moderate to heavy weights with slow repetitions. 2. Definition: For a lean but well-toned body, do many repetitions using light weights. 3. Strength: To gain power, use heavy weights (close to your maximum) and go for...

And Now for Something Completely Normal…

And Now for Something Completely Normal…

To understate: this has been a bad month. January is not, even at best, a time of cheer. Stuck at home, with the threat of death on the streets, it's very possible to slowly sink into a gloom. The world appears to have gone mad, and it's depressing to think about. We're here for...

MIXTAPE

MIXTAPE

 

Showbiz

Naomi Campbell displays superb stems in Paris Gaultier show

Naomi Campbell displays superb stems in Paris Gaultier show

Veteran supermodel Naomi Campbell made a toned and confident turn on the catwalk Wednesday as a walking bouquet for a bride in a wedding-themed Paris haute couture show by Jean Paul Gaultier. The 44-year-old British beauty showed off legs and buttocks still as shapely as in her heyday nearly two decades ago, sauntering out...

Liam Hemsworth approached for a major role in 'Independence Day 2'

Liam Hemsworth approached for a major role in 'Independence Day 2'

The actor seen in "The Hunger Games" is eyed for a leading role in the sequel to Roland Emmerich's 1996 film, which starred Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, TheWrap reports. Confirmed in late November by Roland Emmerich, who will return to the director's chair, the sequel to "Independence Day" has begun assembling...

Letters

Letter To The Editor

Opportunity squandered but all is not lost

The golden opportunity for Bangladesh to resolve the present political deadlock has not been wasted even though the Prime Minister was refused from the gate of BNP's Gulshan office. Rather we  see a ray of hope in this effort of  the PM Begum Zia has lost her beloved son. We cannot imagine what shock a mother bears when she loses her child. At the same time it is not fair to impute motives to PM's action   What is important...

Letter To The Editor

The locked gate drama

Just a few days ago we  first witnessed that the 'gate' was locked from the outside so that 'someone' couldn't exit the premise. Then the 'gate' was locked from the inside so that 'someone' couldn't enter the same premise. What a drama! These 'someones' are two faces of the same old coin; it needs to be shelved. Let's mint a new coin so that it's useful and acceptable to all. Ishtiaqur Rahman Bashundhara, Dhaka

Letter To The Editor

Why PM's sympathy only for Khaleda Zia?

Arafat Rahman Koko died of cardiac arrest. After that, we saw the PM go to BNP's Gulshan office to offer her condolences to Khaleda Zia (though she was not allowed to enter the BNP office). My question is why offering condolence to Khaleda Zia only? Why not all the mothers of the victims who died due to arson attacks perpetrated by BNP-Jamaat? Because their mothers are not the ex-PMs and ex-opposition leaders? The mothers of the victims who died in...

Comments on news report

“Rare gesture, late response,” published on January 25, 2015 OpeeMonir BNP and Khaleda did the right thing; but they could have set an example by handling it in a much better fashion. This is BNP with its political mistakes all along. Barkat Politics is strange. Khaleda was almost in house arrest for the last so many days. In retaliation, she called nationwide blockade that caused so many deaths. If one Arafat's death makes Hasina so kind, then why doesn't Hasina meet Khaleda for...