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Exams hartal-hit

Exams hartal-hit

Around 21 lakh schoolchildren along with their guardians are frustrated and concerned, thanks to Jamaat's ongoing hartal which led to the deferral of Sunday's JSC and JDC examinations across the country. While this has ruined the young learners' preparations, it will also put undue mental pressure on them. And it is highly unlikely that the...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

The meaning of Nizami's verdict

The meaning of Nizami's verdict

It is not revenge. It is not retribution. It is not settling of accounts. And politics, it is definitely not.  It is meting out justice. It is holding political leaders accountable for their action especially if they commit crimes against humanity. It is fulfilling an inner urge for justice and fair play. In...

US ice melting?

The relations between the US and Bangladesh have apparently begun to thaw, about 10 months after the January 5 polls that Washington termed deeply flawed. Not a single word was raised about the elections at the third US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue in Washington on October 28-29 and bilateral meetings on its sidelines, according to a highly placed diplomatic source. The two countries only discussed the ways to strengthen cooperation, while the US side was “exceptionally friendly and warm”. “Usually the US side tries...

Quasem verdict Sunday

Quasem verdict Sunday

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday fixed Sunday for delivering judgment in the war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali, around six months after the conclusion of his trial procedures. Quasem, considered one of the top financiers of Jamaat, faces 14 charges, including murder committed in the city between November and December 16,...

Dhaka sharing info with Delhi on JMB: PM

Dhaka is sharing information with Delhi about the activities of banned militant outfit JMB on Indian soil, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday. "We are verifying information that came up in Indian media reports on the JMB and its operation ... our intelligence agencies are working on it and we talked with India about the issue," Hasina told journalists at Gono Bhaban in the capital. Bangladesh government would decide its next course of action after verifying the information, said the PM...

Sweden recognises Palestinian state

Sweden yesterday officially recognised the state of Palestine, becoming the first major European country to do so, in a move hailed as "historic" by Palestinians but denounced by Israel. "Today the government takes the decision to recognise the state of Palestine," Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem wrote in the mass-circulation Dagens Nyheter daily, less than a month after Sweden's new government announced the plans to make the controversial move. "It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination," she...

Illegal Wealth

Khoka indicted

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka in a case filed for amassing wealth illegally and concealing its information from the ACC. Judge Md Zahurul Haque of Senior Special Judge's Court of Dhaka passed the order after rejecting a petition seeking Khoka's bail-extension and fixed November 16 for starting the trial. Mohosin Mia, a counsel for the BNP leader, had filed the petition in which he also pleaded to the court to halt the trial proceedings...

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Muktijoddha Sangsad

Top leader's certificate found fake

Top leader's certificate found fake

He is a top leader of the war heroes' platform, but only with a fake freedom fighter certificate, found a probe by the Anti-Corruption Commission. Wahidur Rahman is the vice-chairman of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad. The probe report has been submitted to the commission, a top ACC official told The Daily Star. He, however, declined to elaborate on the report. Also the chief engineer of the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Wahidur was elected vice-chairman of Muktijoddha Sangsad in its June 4 election. A high official in the liberation war affairs ministry, on condition of anonymity, said if Wahidur's certificate is found to be fake, the ministry will revoke it. “According to the Bangladesh...

Building a better future through art

Building a better future through art

Narail's renowned artist SM Sultan believed art could promote harmony. Devoting efforts to teaching children art, he thought that if a child could fully appreciate the artistic beauty of the natural world then as adults they would be less inclined towards conflict. Unlike Sultan, Sakeb Rana, 48, of Dinajpur, is not a professional artist...

Extreme Climate Risks

Bangladesh tops list of 32 nations

Bangladesh, Sierra Leone and South Sudan led a ranking of countries facing extreme risks as a result of climate change, exacerbating the chances of civil conflict, according to a study by UK researcher Maplecroft. A total of 32 countries out of 196 surveyed face that level of threat, the Bath, England-based analyst said on Wednesday in an e-mailed statement. Nigeria, Chad, Haiti, Ethiopia, the Philippines, the Central African Republic and Eritrea rounded out 10 most at risk. The threatened nations all...

Jamaat Hartal

First phase largely peaceful

Even though there were some stray incidents of violence, the first phase of the Jamaat-called 72-hour nationwide hartal was largely peaceful yesterday. The strike received a lukewarm response in all the cities including the capital. However, the traffic was lighter than the usual days. Almost all the educational institutions remained closed yesterday considering safety of the students travelling on the roads. The hartal also disrupted inter-district road communication across the country, causing sufferings to many. BNP's key ally Jamaat-e-Islami is enforcing the 72-hour...

Ghulam Azam family upset with BNP

Jamaat high-ups and family members of Ghulam Azam are very disappointed that the BNP gave them the cold shoulder over the Jamaat guru's demise and skipped his namaz-e-janaza, insiders of both parties said. Abdullahil Amaan Azmi, fourth son of Ghulam Azam, in a facebook post on Wednesday said that the "whole nation" was disappointed with the BNP's silence about his father's death although the entire world was mourning. "I'm not sure why," he wrote. Throwing an "open challenge" to the BNP, he...

Ebola now at 'turning point'

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa may have reached a turning point, according to the director of the Wellcome Trust, which is funding an unprecedented series of fast-tracked trials of vaccines and drugs against the disease. Writing in the Guardian, Dr Jeremy Farrar says that although there are  several bleak months ahead, “it is finally becoming possible to see some light. In the past 10 days, the international community has belatedly begun to take the actions necessary to start turning...

Factional feud leaves AL man dead in Bogra

A clash between two factions of the ruling party in Chalitabari of Bogra left a local Awami League leader dead last night. Deceased Moazzem Hossain, 55, was the vice-president of ward-7 of AL's Shakharia union unit. He was the son of Afzal Hossain of the same village. Police source said two groups of ruling party men led by upazila AL organising secretary Tarajul and former Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Ujjal locked in a clash over establishing supremacy in the area around 8:00pm. Several...

Mini-stomachs developed in lab

Mini-stomachs developed in lab

Scientists using stem cells said yesterday they had built the world's first "mini-stomachs" -- tiny clusters of human gastric tissue that could spur research into cancer, ulcers and diabetes. Called gastric organoids, the lab-dish tissue comprises buds of cells that are "a miniature version of the stomach", the researchers said. They were made from pluripotent...

Verdict Leak Case

SQ Chy's wife, son get bail

A Dhaka court has granted bail to wife and son of the convicted war criminal, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, in a case filed for allegedly leaking the draft verdict of a war crimes tribunal that sentenced him to death.  Judge KM Shamsul Alam of Dhaka Cyber Tribunal yesterday allowed the bail to Salauddin's wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury and son Humam Quader Chowdhury upon a bond of Tk 1 lakh for each with two guarantors. The duo surrendered before the court and sought...

Rangpur

Ranga group recaptures JP office

Supporters of State Minister for LGRD Moshiur Rahman Ranga, who was removed from Jatiya Party presidium post recently, took control of the party's Rangpur district office yesterday evening. They made the move 18 hours after the office had been occupied by the supporters of party chief Ershad. A tension is prevailing between the supporters of the two groups there. Police said JP leaders and activists, led by Hasanuzzaman Nazim, general secretary of Jatiya Jubo Sanghati of Rangpur district unit, stormed the office,...

S Korea jails soldier for 45 years over bullying death

A South Korean soldier was sentenced to 45 years in military prison yesterday for beating a conscript to death in a highly publicised case of barrack-room bullying. At a court martial in Yongin City, south of Seoul, the defendant, a sergeant surnamed Lee, was convicted of instigating repeated beatings of a young private named Yoon. "The accused committed a crime that amounts to outright murder," Yonhap news agency quoted the tribunal as saying. Four other soldiers received jail terms of between 15...

West Africans in New York complain of Ebola stigma

Members of the west African community in New York complained Wednesday that their children were being bullied at school and businesses were losing money because of hysteria over Ebola. Panic has gripped many Americans since a Liberian citizen brought the killer virus into the country and died on October 8 of the disease in a Texas hospital. Two nurses who treated him became infected, though recovered, and a US doctor who returned to New York from treating Ebola patients in Guinea...

Fewer Chinese couples want second child than expected

Far fewer Chinese couples applied to have a second child than expected after a relaxation of the country's "one child" policy, state-run media reported yesterday, highlighting the ageing nation's demographic challenges. The world's most populous country has restricted most families to a single child since the late 1970s, but the Communist party said in November that couples would be allowed to have two offspring so long as one of the parents is an only child, rather than both. Authorities had expected...

Fresh clashes in France after dam protest death

Fresh clashes broke out overnight in Paris between police and activists protesting over the death of a young man who was killed during a demonstration against a controversial dam project. A group of around 250 people gathered late Wednesday outside the City Hall in Paris, with some hurling missiles at police and scrawling "Remi is dead, the state kills" on walls. Remi Fraisse, 21, was found dead in the early hours of Sunday morning as people protesting against the project in...

Business

Money launderers to be revealed: Muhith

The National Board of Revenue is set to prepare a list of individuals who have been laundering money abroad, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday. He, however, refused to give further details. “It's a sensitive issue -- such activities are done in confidence. As a result, nothing further may be given about this,” Muhith told reporters when asked if the government would take similar steps against money launderers as India did. The new Indian government led by Narendra Modi on Monday published...

Noman Group: a pioneer in garment business

Noman Group: a pioneer in garment business

Noman Group is an example of how a company is built from scratch and how it goes from strength to strength. In the last few years, the conglomerate won a good few awards as a top garment exporter. But the journey to become a leading exporter was not smooth. Md Nurul Islam, chairman of the group, said he started his business in 1968 when he used to sell clothes in Dhaka and Narayanganj after buying those from Chittagong. “I did not even have any capital in the beginning. It's hard work that paid off.” Islam said he used to work for a company and run his small business at the same...

Graduation from LDC by 2020 requires additional $6b: official

The government will need to invest an additional $6 billion fund to take Bangladesh to a middle-income country by 2020, according to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).      The additional money -- $1 billion a year for the next six years -- has to be invested in key physical infrastructure such as roads, transport, port, power and energy, education and healthcare. Bangladesh now invests about $10 billion in development projects a year, with 80...

Emirates sees growing potential in Bangladesh

Emirates sees growing potential in Bangladesh

Emirates plans to increase its flights from Dhaka as the leading carrier sees potential for growth in the Bangladesh market. Presently, the luxury airline operates 19 flights a week from Bangladesh with an 84 percent load on average. The number may soon rise to 21 a week, or three flights a day. “We have seen...

BB clarifies cash benefits for garment exporters

All garment exporters operating outside export processing zones are entitled to an additional 0.25 percent cash incentive on prices of exports, announced by the central bank in June, Bangladesh Bank said yesterday. The 0.25 percent incentive comes in addition to 5 percent cash benefits currently available for all garment exporters. The regulator issued a notice yesterday to clarify the business community's confusion over entitlement criteria. “We saw that bankers and garment businesses were confused over who qualifies to get the additional cash...

US pledges energy cooperation

The US has pledged to work with Bangladesh in cross-border trade and energy cooperation and support regional economic integration and connectivity initiatives. Recognising Bangladesh's role as a regional leader and seat of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, the United States also agreed to support in the development of the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor. The US is also interested to extend full cooperation for increased economic participation of women. The commitments of the support came in a joint...

Invite private sector to invest in railways: IFC

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has asked the government to allow the private sector to invest in power and railways, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday. Muhith was speaking to reporters after a meeting with Jin-Yong Cai, executive vice president and chief executive of IFC.

Zaheen Spinning gets IPO go-ahead

Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission gave the green light to Zaheen Spinning to raise Tk 12 crore from the public. The yarn manufacturer will float 1.2 crore ordinary shares of Tk 10 each to raise funds for plant and machinery purchase. MTB Capital will manage the initial public offering (IPO), which was approved at a meeting on Wednesday. The company's earnings stood at Tk 1.01 and net asset value at Tk 12.59 per share on June. At present, 36 textile companies are...

Summit to focus on communication

The fourth edition of Commward will begin at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka tomorrow, Bangladesh Brand Forum said in a statement yesterday. Commward is the largest initiative in Bangladesh in recognising and inspiring creative communication in business and marketing since 2009, it said. Two panel discussions on creative communication will also be held. Prahlad Kakkar, founder and director of Genesis Productions of India; Santosh Ramesh Desai, managing director and chief executive of Futurebrands India; Partha Sinha, director and chief strategy officer of Publicis...

Fifty-one countries sign OECD pact to tackle tax cheats

Fifty-one countries sign OECD pact to tackle tax cheats

Finance ministers and tax chiefs from 51 countries signed an agreement on Wednesday to automatically swap tax information, which Germany's finance minister said heralded the end of tax evasion via secret bank accounts. "Let's make a joint contribution to more transparency and fairness in our globalised 21st century," Wolfgang Schaeuble told a taxation conference...

Prize bond draw on Sunday

The 77th draw of Bangladesh prize bonds will be held at the Dhaka divisional commissioner's office on Sunday, the Department of National Savings said in a statement yesterday. The result will be published on the next day in all national dailies, according to the statement. The single common draw system will be used in the draw.

New body for bankers' welfare formed

A non-political association for all categories of bank officers was formed at a meeting at a local hotel in Dhaka recently. Kazi Md Shafiqur Rahman, former managing director of Mutual Trust Bank, will serve as convenor of the Bankers' Welfare Association, and Md Ahsan Habib, senior vice president of Trust Bank, will serve as member secretary, the association said in a statement yesterday. A 23-member committee was also formed for the association, according to the statement.a

Qatar Airways' special promotion for customers in Doha

A promotion of Qatar Airways will come to an end today under which passengers of the airline will receive a business class ticket for free with every booking of such a ticket. The carrier's customers in Doha will get the offer under certain terms and conditions to mark the first anniversary of its joining at the oneworld global alliance. The promotion is valid for travel until March 31, 2015 to select destinations across Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas, the...

Novo Nordisk insulin maker reports profit, sales rise

The world's top insulin maker, Denmark's Novo Nordisk, reported on Thursday a slight profit increase in the third quarter as sales rose. Novo Nordisk accounts for almost half of the global insulin market, which has grown rapidly in recent years following a rise in the number of people suffering from diabetes. The World Health Organization estimates that the number of people with diabetes totals nearly 350 million. Net profit grew by 1.3 percent to 6.5 billion kroner (873 million euros, $1.1 billion)...

Maruti Suzuki says car sales growth cooling

India's biggest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd said growth in car sales would slow in the second half of the year, dampening expectations of a rapid recovery in the country's automotive market. Maruti, which sells almost one in every two cars in India, beat analyst estimates with a near 29 percent rise in its quarterly net profit on Thursday, thanks to a 15 percent jump in car sales during the six months to Sept. 30. But RC Bhargava, Maruti's chairman, said...

Billions pour into India's e-commerce business

Billions pour into India's e-commerce business

From Japan's richest man to Jeff Bezos, everyone wants a piece of India's booming online retail sector. For those without billions to pump into the tightly held firms who dominate e-commerce, the best bet may be the delivery men. On Tuesday, SoftBank Corp Chief Executive Masayoshi Son joined Bezos's Amazon.com Inc in pledging heavy...

Samsung seeks smartphone revamp to arrest profit slide

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it would revamp its smartphone line-up to take on competitors in the rapidly growing mid-to-low range segment, after third-quarter earnings set it on course for its worst year since 2011. The global smartphone leader's market share declined in annual terms for the third straight quarter in July-September, lagging Apple Inc in the premium market and overtaken by rivals like Lenovo Group Ltd and Xiaomi Inc at the bottom end, research firm Strategy Analytics...

Xiaomi moves into third place in global smartphone war

China's Xiaomi Inc has become the world's third-largest smartphone vendor just three years after first hitting the market, trailing only Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc, according to a new industry study. Strategy Analytics said Xiaomi accounted for 6 percent of all 320 million smartphones shipped during July-September. Samsung made up 25 percent, down from 35 percent a year earlier due to rising competition from several directions. Apple's share also fell slightly to 12 percent. "Xiaomi was the star performer,"...

Toshiba half-year net profit surges 43pc

Toshiba said Thursday its half-year net profit soared about 43 percent from a year ago, largely owing to a weak yen and strong sales in its infrastructure business. The company said it earned 30.8 billion yen ($282 million) in the six months to September on sales of 3.11 trillion yen, up 3.6 percent. For the year to March next year, Toshiba left its forecasts unchanged, expecting a net profit of 120 billion yen on sales of 6.7 trillion yen. "Although...

Sports

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test Series

Test caravan moves to Khulna

Test caravan moves to Khulna

Hosts Bangladesh reached Khulna last night along with the visiting Zimbabwe side, to play the second of their three-match Test series at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium on November 3. The Tigers are leading the series 1-0, courtesy of a three-wicket win at Mirpur. The home team will hope to secure the series in...

PM okays 490 mini-stadia

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured the youth and sports ministry that funds would be allocated for the construction of mini-stadiums in 490 upazillas in a bid to increase the infrastructure and facilities available, said deputy sports minister Arif Khan Joy. The Prime Minister visited the youth and sports ministry yesterday as part of her regular visit to Bangladesh Secretariat. She spent three hours there to exchange views with state minister Biren Sikder, deputy minister Joy and senior officials of the...

Younis fells 90-yr mark

Younis fells 90-yr mark

Younis Khan became the first batsman in 90 years to hit three hundreds in consecutive innings against Australia as Pakistan took early advantage of the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The 36-year-old, who smashed twin hundreds in the first Test, notched 111 not out for his 27th century to help Pakistan close the opening day on a solid footing of 304-2 after they won the toss and batted on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch. In the last over before stumps Azhar Ali also completed his sixth Test hundred and was unbeaten on 101 on a day Australia used as many as eight bowlers and unusual fielding placings but...

BCB XI keep final hopes alive

BCB XI kept their hopes of reaching the final of the Acharya Memorial Trophy alive after a 74-run victory against Bengal at Jadavpur University's 2nd Campus Ground, Salt Lake yesterday. Their fate will now be decided by the outcome of today's last league match between Mumbai and Karnataka. Mumbai have already confirmed their final berth and if they beat Karnataka today, then BCB XI will be their opponents in the Final on November 2nd, at the same venue. Bangladesh lost their...

Deal with Hummel in the works

Hummel International, a Denmark-based sportswear manufacturer, has recently shown interest in sponsoring the kits for the Bangladesh National Football League, following the national U-23 team's performance in last month's Asian Games in Korea. It is the first time that an international sports gear manufacturer has approached the Bangaldesh Football Federation to sponsor kits for the national team, which currently has no clothing sponsor as their 3-year deal with mobile operator Grameenphone expired in late-2012. “Though they have approached with the view...

B'desh-China friendlies in doubt?

Deputy minister for youth and sports Arif Khan Joy has instructed the authority concerned to reconsider allotment of funds for four friendly football matches between Bangladesh and China at youth level in an effort to mark the 40th anniversary of the Bangladesh-China diplomatic relationship. The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has estimated a budget of Tk one crore for four friendly matches -- two in China and two in Bangladesh -- after the youth and sports ministry had proposed the BFF...

Benaud set to be back in the box

Richie Benaud is set to make his broadcasting return a year after a serious car crash. The 84-year-old former Australia captain, revered throughout cricket and one of the sport's best-loved commentators, sustained shoulder and chest injuries when he lost control of his vehicle in October last year. He is now set for a tentative comeback on Australian network Channel Nine, with the possibility of further appearances during a busy 2015 schedule.

NSC demands its dues from BCB

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been asked by the National Sports Council (NSC) to pay its dues, but neither party could confirm the amount. “We issued a letter to the BCB in August asking them to pay all their dues. We are supposed to receive fifteen percent royalty of the gate money and ten percent of sponsorship deals, but since 1999 the NSC didn't receive any royalties from BCB. I am not sure about the amount, but BCB informed...

Sachin, Steve honoured

Sachin Tendulkar added another feather to his cap on Wednesday when the Indian batting legend was inducted as one of the latest honourees in the Bradman Foundation. At a gala dinner held at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground, former Australian captain Steve Waugh was the other cricketer to enter the Bradman Hall of Fame alongside Tendulkar. Tendulkar's appearance at the annual Bradman Foundation dinner is fitting as the late Aussie great once famously said that the Indian's technique reminded him of...

Madrid coaches in port city

Madrid coaches in port city

Aiming to support healthy growth of children through sports, a three-day Kids Football Clinic kicked off in the port city's MA Aziz Stadium yesterday, under supervision of the world famous coaches of Real Madrid Foundation. As part of their corporate social responsibility, YKK Holding Asia and YKK Bangladesh have jointly organised the clinic, where...

Newcastle KO Man City

Newcastle United visited fresh misery upon faltering Manchester City with an impressive 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday that dumped the holders out of the League Cup. Teenage forward Rolando Aarons put Alan Pardew's side ahead in the sixth minute and substitute Moussa Sissoko added a superb solo goal 14 minutes from time to send Newcastle into the quarter-finals. Champions City, who saw midfielder David Silva forced off by injury, have now gone three games without victory in all...

Lega Calcio

Genoa stun Juventus

Genoa stun Juventus

An injury-time goal from Genoa midfielder Luca Antonini handed Juventus their first defeat of the season Wednesday when a 2-0 win for Roma allowed the title challengers to pull level at the top of Italy's Serie A. Udinese's 3-0 defeat at Fiorentina allowed AC Milan, held 1-1 at Cagliari, to move three places up...

Ribery brushes off fan's insult

Ribery brushes off fan's insult

Bayern Munich's France winger Franck Ribery has accepted Hamburg's apology after one of their fans hit him in the face with a scarf during the Bavarians' German Cup win. Ribery scored for title-holders Bayern in Wednesday's 3-1 win at Hamburg in the second round of the German Cup. But Ribery was insulted in added time...

Indian Super League

Kerala blast static Pune

Kerala Blasters came back from being a goal down to FC Pune City to register a 2-1 victory at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune in the seventh match of the Indian Super League (ISL) on Thursday evening. David Trezeguet had put his side ahead midway into the first half but the equalizer came before the break through CS Sabeeth. Penn Orji made an instant impact on the proceedings by scoring the winner after coming on as a substitute. Out went...

Real cruise

An understrength Real Madrid began their defence of the Copa del Rey with a comfortable 4-1 win over third-tier UD Cornella in the first leg of their fourth-round tie on Wednesday. With World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo among a host of star names given the night off, it was centre-back Raphael Varane who produced the finishing touch in the first half as his bullet header put the visitors in front after just 10 minutes. Cornella, from the outskirts of...

Indonesian teams disqualified

Indonesian clubs PSS Sleman and PSIS Semarang are disqualified from the country's first division play-offs for scoring five own goals. Sleman won the game 3-2, but a committee decided both sides attempted to lose in order to avoid a semifinal match with Borneo FC, a club rumoured to be backed by a local mafia. The game was scoreless until the 86th minute before Sleman scored two own goals in quick succession, Semarang then score three own goals and lost the tie....

Berdych thru', Wawrinka out

Czech Republic number one Tomas Berdych is one win from sealing his ticket to the World Tour Finals after easing into the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters on Thursday. Following a first round defeat at the Valencia Open last week, the 29-year-old Berdych evened his record against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez at six wins apiece with a 7-5, 6-3 victory behind the back of a 70 per cent first serve percentage and eight aces. Chasing an 11th ATP title, and third of...

Di Maria locked out for Gaga

Manchester United's £60million signing Angel di Maria turned up at Afflecks Palace in the city centre with wife Jorgelina to spruce up his wardrobe but the doors were shut after bosses closed early so 28-year-old Lady Gaga could shop in private without being mobbed by fans. The Bad Romance singer – real name Stefani Germanotta – was escorted by minders on an £8,000 binge buying up jewellery, crystals and vintage outfits including a black lace dress.

Editorial

Editorial

Jamaat's 3-day hartal

THE 3-day hartal called by Jamaat, which will, in essence, put the country on a six-day hiatus, is totally unacceptable. The party must respect the verdict given by the International War Crimes Tribunal and follow due process of the law. If it disagrees with the death sentence, it can appeal against the verdict, as it has done in all previous cases, instead of imposing hartals and causing immeasurable sufferings to common people. The party iscurrently, on one hand, partaking in...

Editorial

Upholding children's rights

IN a recent meeting attended by the government, human rights bodies and the United Nations Population Fund, the complex issue of protecting children's rights was discussed in detail. What emerged was that not one but several interventions are needed in tandem if rights of children and adolescents were to be protected. With more than half the urban and 7 out of 10 rural women ending up in child marriages and nearly 1 in 8 girls giving birth before the...

Op-ed

Editorial

Jamaat's 3-day hartal

THE 3-day hartal called by Jamaat, which will, in essence, put the country on a six-day hiatus, is totally unacceptable. The party must respect the verdict given by the International War Crimes Tribunal and follow due process of the law. If it disagrees with the death sentence, it can appeal against the verdict, as it has done in all previous cases, instead of imposing hartals and causing immeasurable sufferings to common people. The party iscurrently, on one hand, partaking in...

Editorial

Upholding children's rights

IN a recent meeting attended by the government, human rights bodies and the United Nations Population Fund, the complex issue of protecting children's rights was discussed in detail. What emerged was that not one but several interventions are needed in tandem if rights of children and adolescents were to be protected. With more than half the urban and 7 out of 10 rural women ending up in child marriages and nearly 1 in 8 girls giving birth before the...

CROSS TALK

Ghulam Azam and our revenge paradox

Ghulam Azam and our revenge paradox

DEATH solves all problems -- no man, no problem,” Joseph Stalin is quoted as saying in Anatoly Rybakov's 1987 novel Children of the Arbat. If the late Russian ruler had indeed said those words, he must be turning in his grave since Ghulam Azam died last Friday. Death didn't solve all problems for...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

The meaning of Nizami's verdict

The meaning of Nizami's verdict

It is not revenge. It is not retribution. It is not settling of accounts. And politics, it is definitely not.  It is meting out justice. It is holding political leaders accountable for their action especially if they commit crimes against humanity. It is fulfilling an inner urge for justice and fair play. In...

Reflecting on the 3rd US-Bangla dialogue

BASED on reports appaering in various media , it can be undenaibly said that, as a continuation of the US-Bangladesh's annual partnership dialogue, the recently held third dialogue has eneded positvely. The two countries had covered all the expected areas, for instance -- security co-operation, coast guard , cliamte change, peacekeeping and certain areas of US concern like workers' safety and labour rights in Bangladesh. Moreover the countries had reviewd the progress in the existing fields of co-operation. On the...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Damned if you do, damned if you don't!

Damned if you do, damned if you don't!

WE have an unc-anny genius not to notice any change in tone, temper and texture of the overall political atmosphere so possessed are we with our programmed inputs like robots. Soon perhaps, we will be entering the animated phase of robotic technology which is in for taking over some human loads, as it is. Only that we are ready candidates for such an unthinking existential transformation. It risks replacing application of human intelligence to be constantly improving not regressing as some other nations are doing before our own eyes. Remember, Tunisia which heralded the Arab Spring through a self-immolation incident has in a historic vote given a ringing verdict with...

Is the WTO heading for a failure?

FOR developing countries that have emphasized an export-led growth strategy, the multilateral trade rules, as represented by the WTO, are critical.  It is, therefore, important to look back at the Bali WTO Conference and to assess why the understandings reached there are not taking concrete shape. When the Bali WTO Ministerial Conference concluded with a bang, it was a sound heard around the globe.  The WTO appeared re-energized.  It is almost eleven months since the conclusion of that Conference.  Perhaps,...

Sweden Decides to Recognise Palestine

An equal partner

THE Swedish Government decided yesterday (October 30) to recognise the State of Palestine. This is an important step that confirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. Sweden's traditionally close ties with the State of Israel are now complemented by an equivalent relationship with the other party in the two-state solution that Israelis, Palestinians and a united international community see as the path to lasting peace in the Middle East. Our decision comes at a critical time. Over the last...

Letters To The Editor

Don't we deserve better from police?

Two days ago, a group of young men, aged around 20, suddenly started banging around our home at Mirpur with drums, sticks, whistles and other local instruments without any apparent reason. All our neighbours and my family members got very annoyed. I thought it wouldn't be wise to go to them alone to tell them to stop, so I called the Dhaka Metropolitan Police. But they didn't even take my address and hung up saying, “We will watch the...

Letters To The Editor

A fun way to learn English

I'm very glad that The Daily Star has a page named 'English in Schools'. This page is really very helpful and encouraging for the children who are weak in English. It helps them learn English in an easy way as well as increases their vocabulary. Moreover, children can have fun while learning because of the colourful pictures. Heartiest thanks to The Daily Star for this praiseworthy step. Afrah Aanan Viqarunnisa Noon School & College

Letters To The Editor

Valuable quotes for Tigers

This is in response to the letter of Aminur Rahim, “Tips for our batsmen to avoid being trapped,” published in your esteemed daily on 24 October. I appreciate his valuable tips for our batsmen for the Test series against Zimbabwe. Recently, former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam visited Bangladesh on the occasion of 110th founding anniversary of MCCI. He met 700 students in a dialogue at Sonargaon Hotel and gave an inspirational speech, calling upon them to dream great and...

Comments on news report

“Still knotted,” published on October 28, 2014 SM So she went there to have a chat! Looks like the new foreign minister is only getting meetings and chats, nothing substantial. Who is paying for these joyrides? **** “Women workers welcome” (Oct. 27, 2014) Abdullah Al Fahad Women domestic workers go through inhuman exploitation, beating, rape, etc in UAE. Before sending more women there, make sure their safety is ensured. FM Sajid Bin Hossain As long as UAE employers are able to recruit female workers from developing countries...

Entertainment

THE FIVE GENERATIONS OF TV HEROINES

THE FIVE GENERATIONS OF TV HEROINES

There's been no stopping the country's TV actresses since BTV went on air 50 years ago. Along the way some have dropped out of the profession while others continue to cause a stir with their powerful histrionics. A round up of the stars of the small screen: Pioneering TV actress Ferdousi Majumder came into...

Bengal Classical Music Fest 2014

Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan

Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan

Ahead of the Bengal Classical Music Festival – Bangladesh 2014 set to begin for the third year running on November 27 -- Star Arts & Entertainment looks to introduce readers to the artistes who will be performing on the biggest classical music festival in the world. In the first installment are two young,...

Rapid Fire

Hasin Rowshan

Hasin Rowshan

Popular TV actress Hasin Rowshan, who emerged in the showbiz through a beauty pageant a few years ago, faced 10 rapid fire questions from The Daily Star, most of which she's never answered before. What would you do when you are upset? : Listen to music with full volume and cook spicy food. What is your biggest fear? : Being misunderstood. What would you do if you could go back to childhood? : I would find out 101 ways of bunking school. What could you become if not an actress? : Housewife. Ever talk to yourself in front of a mirror? : Quite a lot, actually! I even pamper myself that time. After a hard day's work, who or...

The man in the crowd

The man in the crowd

On a chilly December day in 2009, the second day of the release of the film “Third Person Singular Number”, a young man pushed and elbowed hundreds of others at Dhaka's Balaka cinema hall to reach out to his favourite director, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, looking for an opportunity to work with him. He...

Rinku at DS Café

Rinku at DS Café

Rinku shot into the spotlight with talent hunt Close Up one. Since then, his fan following has spiralled dramatically. Recently, the popular folk singer dropped by at DS Café, at the monthly programme of Arts & Entertainment, as the celebrity of the month. He was flooded with calls from his fans who bombarded him...

TV WATCH

Nostalgia ends today on ATN News

Nostalgia ends today on ATN News

The last episode of cookery show “Nostalgia” will air on ATN News today at 9:30pm. The show's host, renowned designer Chandrashekhar Saha's mother Renuka Saha and his elder brother Shaibal Saha will be present in the episode as guests. They will share some of their favorite recipes and cherished memories. The audience will...

BotTala honours Ferdousi Majumdar

BotTala honours Ferdousi Majumdar

Theatre troupe BotTala's Rongomela is drawing to a close. The eight-day festival has seen a whopping audience gathering every evening at the National Theatre Hall to watch theatrical productions. On October 28, Theatre Art Unit staged their production “Na-Manushi Jomeen” at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Following the show, BotTala honoured thespian...

Fakir Alamgir to perform at IGCC

Fakir Alamgir to perform at IGCC

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) in association with Asian Paints, IRCON and Marico Bangladesh is organising a musical evening by prominent gana sangeet artiste, Fakir Alamgir at 6:30 PM on October 31, at the IGCC, Gulshan-1.          Alamgir blends traditional folk music with western instruments. He has released several popular albums with foot-tapping numbers like “O Sakhina”, “Shantahar” and more. Although Fakir Alamgir did not receive formal musical training, he joined the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra and rendered inspiring songs along with others. In 1976, Alamgir founded the Gono Sangeet group “Wrishiz Shilpi Gosthi”. Alamgir has successfully fused 'modernism' into the old tradition of Gono San ...

Expect the unexpected from me: SRK

Expect the unexpected from me: SRK

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan wants his fans to expect the unexpected from him as he yearns to create magic with his acting. "Please expect the unexpected from me. I try my best every time and give the unexpected for the love of the people. I always try to be a little different and try to be little unexpected so that people are intrigued and enjoy my work," Shah Rukh told his audience in Kolkata on Wednedsay. The 48-year-old visited Kolkata to celebrate the success of “Happy New Year” with his fans. The Baadshah of Bollywood wishes to go on acting, do his best and create that little magic which will...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Jean 'Django' Reinhardt, a Belgian-born guitarist and composer of French nationality and Romani ethnicity, is often regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time; he was the first important European jazz musician who made major contributions to the development of the guitar genre. After his third and fourth fingers were...

City

Dhaka, Washington agree to fight terrorism, extremism

Dhaka and Washington have expressed deep commitment in continuing to cooperate to counter terrorist financing and violent extremism. The US embassy in Dhaka and the State Department, in collaboration with the Bangladesh government, will host a South Asia regional workshop in December to focus on best practices to counter terrorist financing and extremism. It will be held as a part of the globally recognised Financial Action Task Force (FATF) framework, according to a joint statement issued on conclusion of the two-day...

Rab official admits link to N'ganj seven murders

Rab-11 official Ruhul Amin gave a confessional statement before a Narayanganj court yesterday, admitting his involvement in the killing of seven people in Narayanganj city in April. Ruhul, a lance corporal at Bangladesh Army, was on deputation at Rab-11 during the time the seven murders were committed. He had gone on the run after the incident. Ruhul was arrested at his village in Patuakhali on October 7.  Before the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate HM Shafiqul Islam yesterday, Ruhul also narrated...

'Receiving Foreign Fund for Militancy'

Govt official, three others sued in Ctg

Chittagong police have sued four people including a government official for receiving Tk 19 crore fund from London for their alleged attempt to strengthen militancy in Bangladesh. The case was filed with Kotwali Police Station on Monday nearly five months after Bangladesh Tariqat Federation Chairman and lawmaker Nazibul Bashar Maijbhandari had filed a general diary with the station alleging that the fund was brought to intensify militant activities. The accused are Abul Kalam Azad, assistant director of the Directorate of Secondary...

Jubo Dal President Alal denied bail

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected bail petitions and sent six Jubo Dal activists including its President Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal to jail in a case filed for plotting subversive activities during Sunday's hartal. The five other accused are Saidur Rahman, 40, Jahangir Hossain Howlader, 38, Kamrul Islam, 46, Abul Kalam Azad, 51, and Rubel Howlader, 19. Metropolitan Magistrate Asaduzzaman Nur passed the order after Mohammadpur police had produced the six leaders and activists of the youth wing of BNP, before it...

Upazila Parishad

Women's reserved seats elections in December

The Election Commission will hold elections to the reserved seats for women in more than 350 upazila parishads across the country in December. "The commissioners have decided to hold the elections. But the schedule is yet to be finalised," an assistant secretary of the EC told The Daily Star yesterday. According to the Upazila Parishad Act 1998, the number of seats equal to one-third the number of union parishads or municipalities located in an upazila will be reserved for women who...

Salahuddin's life, works encompassed truth

Salahuddin's life, works encompassed truth

Prof Salahuddin Ahmed led a truthful, purist and modest life, never hesitating to speak out what he knew as the truth said speakers reminiscing about the national professor and historian who passed away on October 21 at the age of 92. Chairing a citizens' condolence meeting arranged by Bangla Academy at its premises yesterday...

Faisal Rumee wins inPixel photo contest

Faisal Rumee wins inPixel photo contest

The photo of Faisal Rumee, an amateur street photographer, has won the second round of The Daily Star's photo contest "inPixel" with theme "People". A post-graduate student of Media and Communication at Independent University, Bangladesh, Rumee won an LG G2 smartphone. Sayed Zahid Iftekhar, a fourth year student of civil engineering at Ahsanullah University of...

Bangladesh's urbanisation inequitable: Experts

Nearly 65 percent of people in the capital move on foot and pedal-powered rickshaws while only 3 percent on private cars, showing a gross social disparity, a planning commission member told a discussion yesterday. “Over 40 percent of the poor in the capital city live in slums,” Prof Shamsul Alam added, saying that the country's urbanisation, though a driving force of future economic progress, was not democratic. He said there were an adequate number of legal and policy documents on any...

Relocating School from Girl Guides' Land

SC stays HC order

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed a High Court verdict that ordered for relocating Samajik Shikkhakendra Government Primary School (SSGPS) from the premises of Bangladesh Girl Guides Association (BGGA) in capital's Bailey Road area. Following the stay, there is no legal bar for SSGPS to remain on the premises of BGGA and to run its functions there till its further order, Additional Attorney General Murad Reza told The Daily Star. There is a dispute between the authorities concerned of SSGPS and BGGA...

Tiger census in Sundarbans starts in November

The second phase of the tiger census project using camera trapping method is going to begin in November, forest officials informed yesterday. According to the Divisional Forest Officer, Zahidul Kabir, 89 infrared cameras will be used and 30 field workers will participate in the second phase of the census in Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans that will be conducted till June next year. In the first phase of the Bangladesh-India joint tiger census project, completed in April, 89 infrared cameras were...

Abducted C&F agent rescued, 6 arrested

Detectives yesterday rescued a clearing and forwarding agent of Benapole land port, who was abducted on Monday, and arrested six abductors in Mugda area of the capital. C&F agent Habibur Rahman Habi, also a vice president of Jubo Dal, Sharsha upazila unit was picked up in Kamalapur area after he arrived in the capital on business purposes. Loading and unloading of goods at Benapole land port that had been halted, due to a strike enforced by five organisations centring Habibur's abduction,...

US supports war crimes trial in int'l standards

The United States has reiterated its support to bringing those to justice who committed atrocities in the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh but reminded that the trials should be fair and transparent maintaining the international standards. “We understand the importance of this process in closing a painful chapter in Bangladesh's… Bangladeshi history,” said Jen Psaki, spokesperson of the US Department of Sate. She made the remarks when a questioner at the regular briefing in Washington on Wednesday wanted to know whether...

War heroine passes away

War heroine Mamtaj Begum died at Latifpur in Sreepur of Gazipur on Wednesday. She was 65. During the Liberation War, members of Pakistani occupation force tortured her while she was eight months pregnant, causing the death of the baby in the womb. Later, she was dumped in a sugarcane field, said her family. Mamtaj Begum had to bear the trauma till death as she lost her capacity to answer to nature's call due to the barbaric attack and underwent at least...

Obaidul Huq's birth anniversary today

Obaidul Huq's birth anniversary today

Today is the 103th birth anniversary of veteran journalist of the country Obaidul Huq. He got the Ekushey Padak in 1983 and Bangla Academy Award in 1964. He also achieved UNICEF Gold Medal, Abdus Salam Gold Medel, Zahur Hossain Gold Medal, Kazi Mahbubullah and Begum Zebunnessa Trust Gold Medal. Obaidul was the first Bengali Muslim to make a feature film, "Dukkhe Jader Jibon Gora," in 1946, said a press release. He joined the Pakistan Observer in 1951 as joint editor and after the independence of Bangladesh he joined The Bangladesh Observer as the editor. Later, he worked as a columnist and regular contributor to different dailies and his writings became very popular among...

News in Brief

Persons running pages on Facebook using Dhaka University's name have been directed by the authorities to shut those down. Requesting Facebook users not to consult such pages, the authorities also threatened the administrators with legal action unless they stop operating the pages, according to a press release. In reference to the contents of these Facebook pages, the press release said, “Such contents are completely against the spirit of the university, and they belittle the university's reputation.”

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 5th death anniversary of Moksedur Rahman, a former teacher of Teachers' Training College. Born in Barisal Sadar upazila, he also served at Dhaka Government Laboratory School, Barisal Residential College, Comilla Teachers' Training College, Feni Teachers' Training College and Ahsania Mission Teachers' Training College. He was the father-in-law of journalist Omar Faruque, former president of Dhaka Union of Journalists.

Abu Mosab

Abu Mosab

Today is the 23rd death anniversary of Abu Mosab, former deputy general manager of Sonali Bank, personal division, head office. He hailed from Ponchokroshi, Ullapara of Sirajganj. On this occasion, a doa and mahfil milad will be held at his Ibrahimpur residence in Dhaka Cantonment area after Maghrib prayers.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of Lily Rahman will be held today after Asr prayers at her Dhanmondi residence, House No-26, Road No-4, in the capital. Lily, wife of former adviser to a caretaker government Kazi Fazlur Rahman, died on Wednesday, says a press release.

Country

Seasonal job crisis brings woe to farm labourers

Seasonal job crisis brings woe to farm labourers

A good numbers of farm labourers in rural areas of the district are struggling for survival amid seasonal job crisis that is likely to continue until start of the aman paddy harvesting in late November. The government's 40-day yearly job scheme meant for mitigating sufferings of the unemployed farm labourers during this period is...

100 roadside trees illegally sold in Panchagarh

100 roadside trees illegally sold in Panchagarh

Over a hundred roadside trees in Hafizabad union under Panchagarh Sadar upazila have been felled and sold off in last few months, allegedly defying rules.      Seven members of the union parishad (UP) along with locals filed a complaint to Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Salah Uddin on October 23, stating that the chairman and the...

Schools in Jhalakathi

Notebooks replace textbooks as aid for good results!

Teachers and students of the schools in the district often do away with English textbooks provided by the government as they consider notebooks and guide books  'more helpful' for doing good results. This correspondent got the picture during his visit to 20 classes of as many schools including two government schools in four upazilas of the district. “I never read English textbooks from classes VI to X as school teachers did not use it while teaching. They taught us questions and...

College girl killed for 'dowry' in Pabna

College girl killed for 'dowry' in Pabna

A college girl, who dreamt of becoming a doctor, was brutally killed allegedly by her husband for dowry at Bakchipara village in Sadar upazila yesterday. A second year student of Pabna Islamia College, Rumana Khatun, 18, was wife of Awkat Hossain of the village and daughter of Rafikul Islam of the area. She married her...

Robbers loot jeweller's house, shop in Bogra

Armed robbers looted cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Tk 10 lakh from the house and shop of a jeweller after injuring five people in Choumohoi area under Dupchanchia upazila of Bogra district early yesterday. The injured are jeweller Azizur Rahman, 65, his wife Bilkis Bibi, 50, sons Mahfuzar Rahman, 35, Tariqul Islam, 25, and relative Liton Pramanik, 32, reports our correspondent. Police said a gang swooped on the house and took away 22 tolas of gold ornaments and 20...

BSF returns bodies of three Bangladeshis

The bodies of three Bangladesh, killed by locals at Khowai town in the Indian state of Tripura early Tuesday, were handed over to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) yesterday evening. The victims are Sujan Mia, 22, Param Ali, 40, and Akkel Mia, 19, from Gazipur union of Chunarughat upazila. Indian Border Security Force (BSF) handed over the bodies to BGB on Balla border in the upazila at around 7:00pm. Commanding officer of BGB Srimangal 46 Battalion Lt Col Mohammad Nasir Uddin received the...

AL activists clash over tender in Patuakhali

Two groups belonging to the ruling party clashed over submitting tender documents at LGED (Local Government Engineering Department) office in the town yesterday. At least two people sustained injuries during the incident. Of the injured, Rahat, 30, an activist of Awami League (AL), took primary treatment at a local clinic, while the identity of the other could not be known immediately. Sources said LGED authorities floated a tender of Tk 6.46 crore for the 2014-15 fiscal years to build roads, culverts and...

Two alleged thieves beaten dead

Two alleged thieves were beaten to death in Char Sharikal under Gournadi upazila of the district early yesterday. The dead were identified as Mohammad Modasser and Md Rafik of Alimabad village in Muladi upazila of the district. Assistant Sub-Inspector Sarwar Hossain, in charge of Sharikal police camp, quoted locals as saying that a gang of thieves entered the house of Kamrul Islam, a retired BDR personal, at around 2:30am. When the thieves were trying to break the lock of an almirah, family...

Two get life for rape in Lalmonirhat

A court here on Tuesday sentenced two people to life imprisonment in a rape case filed in 2012. The lifers are Shyamol Chandra, 30, son of Jitendra Nath Roy and his uncle Debendra Nath, 46, son of Dharoni Kanto of Chandonpat village in Aditmari upazila. Acting Judge of the District and Session Judge Court Siddiqul Arefin Chowdhury also fined them TK 50,000 each. In default, they have to suffer another six months in jail. According to the prosecution, Shyamol raped a 10-year-old...

Five gamblers jailed

A mobile court in Kaunia upazila on Wednesday sentenced five gamblers to one month's imprisonment. The convicts are Jewel Rana, 28, Fazlul Haque, 30, Masum Mian, 26, Nur Islam, 45, of Purbo Changhat village and Paritosh Barman, 27, of Shibu Kuntiram village, said Md Rejaul Karim, officer in-charge of Kaunia Police Station. On seceret information, a police team arrested the file while they were gambling in Bailey bridge area in the evening. They were later produced before the court, led by UNO...

Youth killed in clash over land dispute

A youth was killed in a clash over a piece of disputed land at Pirijpur village in Bajitpur upazila yesterday. The deceased is Saiful Islam, 25, son of Chandu Mia of the village. Police said there had been a longstanding conflict between Chandu and his neighbour Bokul Mia over the land. As a sequel to the conflict, they locked in a fierce clash, leaving Saiful seriously injured. Later, he died on way to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital. A case filed in this...

One held for vandalising idols in Kurigram

One of the accused in the case for vandalising Hindu idols at a temple in Rajarhat upazila on Tuesday was arrested yesterday. Nizamuddin Sarkar, 35, was held at Nazimkhan Bazar in the morning, said Abdur Rashid, officer-in-charge of Rajarhat Police Station. Other accused in the case are Nur Uddin, 65, father of the arrestee, and his another son, Nasir Uddin, 28, of Somnarayan village. They had gone into hiding soon after filing of the case. Police and locals said Hindu devotees found three...

Abducted housewife traceless for 22 days

A housewife, abducted from Jamuna village in Shajahanpur upazila of the district on October 8, still remains traceless. The victim is Shefali Rani Das, 26, wife of Shiblal Robi Das, a member of village police, and also a resident of the village. Victim's family sources said Shefali went missing from Bogra town on October 8. Shiblal filed a general diary (GD) with Shajahanpur police station on October 10. Finding no positive result, he submitted an application with the police station on Tuesday night,...

Snippets

A kid drowned in a pond at Ramkrishnapur-Dangapara village under Badarganj upazila yesterday. The deceased is Shovan, 2, son of Masud Mian of the village. Jahangir Alam, chairman of Ramnathpur Union Parishad, said Shovan accidentally fell into the pond near their house while playing on its bank and drowned at 5:00pm.

World

Sri Lanka steps up search for landslide victims

Sri Lanka steps up search for landslide victims

Sri Lankan soldiers yesterday stepped up their search for 100 people feared buried alive in a landslide at a tea plantation, but there was little hope of finding any survivors. Hundreds of troops using heavy diggers clawed through tonnes of mud that buried scores of tin-roofed homes at the picturesque plantation in the island's...

Myanmar Elections

President calls talks with parties, army

Myanmar's president has called an unprecedented summit of army top brass and political rivals including Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party, politicians said yesterday, a year ahead of crucial elections. The talks, scheduled for today in the capital Naypyidaw, are the first of their kind in the country as it attempts to emerge from the shadow of decades of outright military rule. Experts say the meeting marks a critical juncture with the 2015 elections seen as a key test of democratic...

Curb anti-nat'l forces

With the violence hit area in Birbhum made out of bounds, BJP yesterday stepped up its attack on Trinamool Congress government saying instead of stopping Opposition, it should use its energy for “curbing anti-national forces” working in West Bengal. BJP national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who was leading a three-member party team to Makra in Birbhum district where TMC and BJP supporters clashed leading to death of 3 persons last Monday, said the state Home department has asked them not...

Pak army steps up Taliban offensive

Twenty-nine people were killed and thousands of civilians forced to flee Pakistan's northwestern region of Khyber, the military said yesterday, as it stepped up a two-week-old offensive against Taliban militants in the area. Meanwhile, a suspected US drone strike killed at least five militants in a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan yesterday, with local villagers saying the dead included of a senior Arab commander. U.S. drone strikes have escalated this month, hitting targets in tribal areas several times a week, but...

Gandhi dynasty flounders 30 yrs after Indira killing

Gandhi dynasty flounders 30 yrs after Indira killing

When Indira Gandhi was gunned down by her bodyguards on October 31, 1984, the instant elevation of her son Rajiv to the post of prime minister appeared to confirm her family's status as India's natural-born rulers. But three decades on from the assassination of India's 'Iron Lady', even members of her Congress party are beginning to question whether they may now have to look beyond the Nehru-Gandhi clan for survival. After a crushing defeat in May's general election, things hit a new low this month when Congress trailed in third place in two state polls with Rahul Gandhi -- the dynasty's latest scion -- having all but disappeared from view. "Indira Gandhi...

Amelia Earhart's plane debris found!

Amelia Earhart's plane debris found!

An aluminium patch found on a remote Pacific atoll in 1991 has been identified by researchers as a piece of Amelia Earhart's lost aircraft, and could help solve the mystery of what happened to the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Researchers at The International Group of Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) believe the patch was fitted onto Earhart's plane during her eight-day stay in Miami, 1937, her fourth stop during her attempt to circumnavigate the Earth at the equator. “We don't understand how the patch got busted out of [the plane] and ended up on the island where we found it, but we have the patch, we have...

'Execution for watching soap operas'

'Execution for watching soap operas'

North Korea has reportedly publicly executed up at least 50 people this year, including several party officials for watching soap operas. According to South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS), Pyongyang has purged about 10 officials from Kim Jong-un's Workers' Party for watching South Korean soaps. The officials, who also faced charges of bribery and womanising,...

Fake Obama robs store

A man wearing a Barack Obama mask turned up at a Dunkin' Donuts in Massachusetts on Tuesday night – before waving a gun around and proceeding to rob the store. What initially may have appeared to be an early Halloween costume was actually a cunning disguise that completely hid the robber's facial features. The incident happened in the town of Salem just after 8:00pm, WMUR-TV reported. The gun appeared real and the suspect left with a wad of cash less than...

War on ISIS

Iraqi Kurds enter besieged Kobane

Heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga forces reached the Turkish border yesterday and a first small party entered the town of Kobane as they prepared to join fellow Kurds battling jihadists. The 10 fighters briefly entered Kobane to coordinate with Kurdish militia who have been holding off an assault by jihadists of the so called Islamic State (ISIS) group for six weeks, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Turkey's Firat news agency said they returned to the town of Suruc on the...

Burkina Faso parliament set on fire

Burkina Faso parliament set on fire

Angry demonstrators went on the rampage in Burkina Faso yesterday, setting parliament ablaze in a surge of violence that forced the government to scrap a vote on controversial plans to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule. The United States and former colonial power France voiced alarm over the unrest gripping the...

Closure of Al-Aqsa mosque 'declaration of war': Abbas

Closure of Al-Aqsa mosque 'declaration of war': Abbas

Israel yesterday ordered the closure of the Al-Aqsa compound to all visitors in an unprecedented move, drawing a furious response from Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, who described it as "a declaration of war." Earlier, Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian suspected of an assassination attempt on a hardline campaigner for Jewish prayer rights at...

Secularists win Tunisia vote

Tunisia's secular Nidaa Tounes won landmark parliamentary elections, results showed yesterday, beating Islamists in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Sunday's election has been hailed as a victory for democracy in the North African nation, which touched off the so-called Arab Spring when protests drove longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power in 2011. Tunisians hope the election, and a presidential vote on November 23, will provide much-coveted stability,...

Ebola may hit China

China is "vulnerable" to the deadly Ebola outbreak due to the soaring number of Chinese working in Africa and poor infection control at home, a co-discoverer of the virus warned yesterday. Belgian microbiologist Peter Piot also said experience with other viral outbreaks showed that airport screening was largely ineffective, and repeated his earlier criticism of the World Health Organisation's initially "slow" response to the crisis. China is Africa's largest trading partner and Beijing's diplomatic footprint across the continent has expanded hugely...

Don't bully me

Don't bully me

Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine by yesterday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court. The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how US states are struggling to protect against the virus without resorting to overzealous...

Signs of progress in EU, Ukraine, Russia gas talks

Hopes of a breakthrough rose yesterday as the EU opened the latest round of talks aimed at persuading Russia to resume gas deliveries to war-torn Ukraine in time for winter. The EU-brokered talks in Brussels came as Kiev said pro-Moscow rebels killed another seven of its soldiers in eastern Ukraine and Russia vowed to recognise elections organised by separatist rebels in the region on Sunday. Against a broader backdrop of geopolitical tensions, Nato warned it was "vigilant" in the face of...

10 hours of walking in NYC as a woman

10 hours of walking in NYC as a woman

A video that shows a woman being pestered by men on the streets of New York has gone viral, sparking renewed debate about harassment endured by women and minority groups. The two-minute video shows actress Shoshana B Roberts walking silently in jeans and a T-shirt through Manhattan as man after man greets her with...

News in Brief

News in Brief

Film director Roman Polanski was questioned by Polish prosecutors yesterday on a US arrest warrant for sex offences, but allowed to walk free. The maker of "The Pianist" and "Chinatown" has been sought by the American police since 1978 after he fled the country before he could be sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The Star

Cover Story

ENTER THE DREAM

ENTER THE DREAM

When Asif Arman wakes up just half an hour before his class at 8 in the morning, his heart skips a beat. He is going to be a laughing stock in the class again. Yesterday after missing the roll call he requested the professor to mark him for a late attendance and the...

Chintito

The 'Citizen' Who Never Was

The 'Citizen' Who Never Was

It is not often that a people, even if it be its representation, lament the natural death of a 91-year old. The reason is not far too seek. Only about 43 years ago in 1971, so heinous and wholesale was his crime against humanity that even the youth of today (who were not...

Current Affairs

THE PATRIOT AND HIS FRIENDS

THE PATRIOT AND HIS FRIENDS

How long can a minister remain in the cabinet? The answer is simple– as long as he enjoys blessings of the Prime Minister. The situation can be compared to what used to exist long ago in some countries including the United Kingdom under the rule of kings. The king in the UK had enjoyed the unfettered powers of hiring and firing anybody. He did not need to answer to anybody for his actions. For many years, the king was above the law. The common perception was that the king could do no wrong. In modern democracy, the Prime Minister in Bangladesh holds the same power. The constitution itself provides...

Interview

A CANDID DIPLOMAT

A CANDID DIPLOMAT

While a second secretary at the High Commission of Pakistan, Mohiuddin Ahmed was the first Bangladeshi diplomat in Europe to join the Liberation War. During a long, illustrious career he served in different positions at Bangladesh Missions in Delhi, Geneva, Jakarta, Jeddah, and New York, and as a Secretary in the Ministry of...

Food for Thought

The Secret Life of the Reader

The Secret Life of the Reader

I recently came across a statement to the effect that people who read a lot of books don't do it because they “have no life”, but because they have several  lives. Not only was I amused by this, I was struck by the truth underlying those words. Growing up as a voracious reader in Bangladesh, I experienced life vicariously by chasing smugglers with the Famous Five along the rainy English coast, hunting down clues with Nancy Drew and solving mysteries with Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators in sunny California, discovering demons and winged horses in the fairytales and myths of the Indian subcontinent, and wandering further afield to...

Perspective

STOP THE ABUSE

STOP THE ABUSE

Afrin Khan (not her real name) has always been a very bright student. The only daughter in a family of three sons, Afrin has had to put up a fight, as she tried to convince her parents to send her to Dhaka to pursue her further education. After many arguments they finally allowed...

Musings

FIVE TELL-TALE SIGNS THAT YOU ARE A BANGLADESHI PASSENGER

FIVE TELL-TALE SIGNS THAT YOU ARE A BANGLADESHI PASSENGER

After a hectic 12-day trip to Thailand, while standing in the boarding line to board the plane to Bangladesh, I sensed that familiar deshi chaos, something I was actually missing for so long. In a flight where around 80 percent of the passengers were Bangladeshi, our boarding line got quite unmanageable and the...

Impressions

Obaidul's Dilemma

Obaidul's Dilemma

Road Transportation and Bridge Minister Obaidul Quader 's image of a tough task master may have mellowed , thanks to ramming his head against a wall of indifference. Yet he never flinches from making a moral point as something of a compulsive teacher when an opportunity presents itself. With all appreciation for his strong...

Human Rights

Lost Childhood

Lost Childhood

Were the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of Bristi Das to become a lawyer, a doctor, or a politician? Perhaps even to nudge Sheikh Hasina from her lofty seat one day and become Prime Minister? Unfortunately  we will never know what went on in that young developing mind of hers or what greatness this cheerful 12-year-old Class 5 student might have achieved or what worthwhile contribution to Bangladesh she might have made, if she had survived the alleged horrific beatings of a criminal 'teacher' that ultimately led to her death. Bristi's young life came to a sad close 13-days after an alleged cruel beating by her private tutor in Boalkhali upazila of...

Village Flute

In the Garden

In the Garden

Sun and light: the dirt road leading into Moulvibazar District's Chatlapore hillock country feels forgotten. At the final village bazaar the rickshaw pulls to a stop. It'll be on foot from there. There's a sentry post and a boundary. It's in the nature of gardens to be distinct from the wider world. They're supposed to be nature rationalised and improved. The houses of usual Bangladesh can venture no further in, because usual Bangladesh has ended. Ahead are old structures of a new kind: workers' cottages in rendered brick, washed in white, pastel blue or green, with brick chimneys distantly reminiscent of an old English village and more directly of colonial...

Art

The Rhythms of Life

The Rhythms of Life

There is surely some connection between sculptor Novera Ahmed's style and Hamid's curious mind. Hamid's world was coloured by the haors of Kishoreganj, where he grew up. The waters flew and danced and skipped before him. He discovered life in stone when he hacked away at them, remembering the noise of the train...

Lifestyle

ARE YOU READY FOR MOVEMBER?

ARE YOU READY FOR MOVEMBER?

With the month of November approaching, it is yet again the time to stop, reflect and make a difference. November or rather Movember also referred to as "Mo," (An Aussie slang for mustache) as the men in the grooming community likes to call it, is an annual event that marks the entire month...

Health

Headaches and Migraines

Headaches and Migraines

Headaches are one of the most common symptoms that can be experienced. Most people will experience a headache at some point of their lives. They can affect anyone regardless of age and gender. Headache is a broad term that comprises of many different things. Headaches are pains that occur in any region of...

Book Review

A Jab at Reality

A Jab at Reality

Kaiser Haq's latest book of poetry 'Pariah and other poems' is a social commentary in verse that alludes to the past and present with the perfect timing of a well edited short film. Cleverly he juxtaposes imagery through economically chosen words to recreate stories that have an almost journalistic authenticity. At times he is the perfect romantic at others the jaded cynic but each poem has elements of reality that is all too familiar. 'Beginnings' is clearly a nostalgic journey into the unadulterated simplicity and joy of the poet's childhood days. Like carefully crafted montage he conjures up pictures of a young boy enjoying life to the full : NayaPaltan...

Star Diary

Star Diary

Can't It Be Stopped? My only brother Lipu, who was a student of North South University, was kidnapped on August 31, 2014. We paid the kidnappers off but my brother was still not returned to his family. We searched anxiously for him for 13 days and finally came to know that my brother was killed, as he had seen his kidnappers and could recognise them. It's been two months since his disappearance but we have yet to get his body. Since his murder, we, his family, have forgotten how to smile. Existing without him has become a hard reality. Everyday, numerous boys and girls are cruelly snatched from their loved...

Write to Mita

Write to Mita

  Dear Mita, I am a 26-year-old girl and I often find it very difficult to take decisions. I wanted to pursue higher studies abroad but it did not happen due to personal reasons. Currently I am doing my masters in Bangladesh. I have always been very serious about studies and I was a merit...

Quirky Science

Quirky Science

Giving emotions to virtual characters Researchers at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) were able to simulate human facial expressions in virtual characters and use them in order to create better environments within a virtual communication. So far, the so-called virtual agents also mimic human behavior through programmed commands or scripts, but...

Remembrance

Remembering the Media Man

Remembering the Media Man

Fazle Lohani was a renowned journalist, author, film producer and a celebrity television host. With his entertaining but edifying presentation Lohani became a legendary figure in the history of Bangladesh's television media. His magazine show in the 80s named Jodi Kichhu Mone Na koren aired by Bangladesh Television made him a popular personality all over the country. His contributions were diversified and pioneering for Bangladesh's media and culture. We remember this great personality on his 29th death anniversary. Fazle Lohani was born on March 12, 1929 at the village of Kaulia in Shirajganj district His childhood inspiration was his elder brother Fateh Lohani who was a famous actor, journalist and film...

Postscript

Creative Resume Writing

Creative Resume Writing

It's a dog eat dog world out there and jobs are hard to come by. Employers are becoming increasingly picky about choosing candidates. Candidates meanwhile are becoming increasingly creative when writing their resumes. Creativity is at its best when writing about one's work experience. It is here that the art of embellishment is displayed the most. 'Actively participated in meetings' could actually mean that the person attended mandatory briefings and actively participated in doodling, playing Candy Crush or napping. 'Was in charge of Security in the University Dining Services' refers to the time the person sat on a chair near the food stalls to make sure the kids didn't run...

MAILBOX

MAILBOX

The Lost Art Why the government has imposed a 27 percent tax on importing the main ingredient of Shankha from Sri Lanka is beyond me. Why would they want to hurt a dying industry instead of trying to revive it? With the right policy support, the traditional arts and crafts mentioned in the cover...

MAD GENIUS

HUMAYUN AHMED

HUMAYUN AHMED

13 November 1948 to 19 July 2012 Humayun Ahmed was an author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright, filmmaker and cultural legend of Bangladesh. Humayun reached the peak of his fame with the publication of his novel Nondito Noroke (In Blissful Hell) in 1972, which remains one of his most famous works, winning admiration from literary critics. " People lie on account of necessity and self-interest. We fail to see things that exist in front of us. We don't remember the love that surrounds us every day, at every moment. But we remember the love that wafted up like a cool breeze and disappeared just as quickly. Be careful about those who smile without making a sound. Girls always weep before taking any serious decision....

SNAPSHOT

Fields of Innocence

Fields of Innocence

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood. -Agatha Christie

Voicebox

Voicebox

"Our alliance with Jamaat is only an electoral understanding. It is by no means an ideological one. On the contrary, the Awami League has a long history of close relations with the Jamaat and other extremist religious groups." KHALEDA ZIA Chairperson of BNP Said in an interview with the Indian journalist Jaideep Mazumdar   "Representatives of some countries are speaking against the election. But when I met the heads of different states and governments and the chancellor of a country, none of them raised any question about the election." SHEIKH HASINA Prime Minister Said that no world leaders questioned the January 5 election, which the BNP and most other political parties boycotted

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

Being a freedom fighter himself, eminent artist Biren Shome loves to work on the history of Bangladesh, and the war that brought freedom to the country and its people. For over four decades, the maestro has been enriching the art scene of the country with his works. At present he is busy with his upcoming exhibition to be held in December on Panam city. His book 'Bangladesher Shadhinota Shongrame Shilpi Shomajer Bhumika,' which documents the heroic contributions and significance of artists in the birth of the country, will also be released in the same month. This week we bring you a brief conversation with this extremely talented, publicity-shy artist. Significant...

HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

Women Power Lalmonirhat. A woman from Fulgach village, Lalmonirhat, plants winter vegetables at the field beside her house. The area is witnessing an increasing number of women engaging in farming, a profession traditionally dominated by men. Ode to Hillary Dhaka. Mintu Dey shows his version of “Living History”, the autobiography of Hillary Clinton. The book...

Cartoon

Babu

Babu

 

Bytes

Tech Releases

Aamra Open House 2014 held

Aamra Open House 2014 held

   Aamra Open House 2014 was held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Lakeshore Hotel, Dhaka. Open House is the annual networking event hosted by Aamra Companies dedicated for its customers, partners, vendors and stakeholders. The multi-faceted event, in its fourth edition, is an opportunity to meet and network with valued customers, partners, vendors and stakeholders in...

Next Step

When we met the world

When we met the world

Stepping out of the airport, the first things to grab my attention were the gigantic banners all over the city saying 'Welcome OYW delegates'. Every corner of the city was filled with the white and blue of OYW, welcoming young minds from all over the world. There was no doubt that the biggest...

What not to say

What not to say

In our desperate attempts at making small talk and appearing oh-so down-to-earth, we often make the mistake of blurting out the inappropriate at interviews. And even if it's just an informal meeting with potential bosses or co-workers, there's a limit to what you're at liberty to say. As important as it is to...

Press Release

MoU between BRAC Business School and Sapien Strategy Consulting & Research

MoU between BRAC Business School and Sapien Strategy Consulting & Research

BRAC Business School's Center for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) and Sapien Strategy Consulting & Research signed a MoU on October 27, 2014 at BRAC University Campus. As part of the MoU, CED and Sapien will launch advanced management courses for professionals and arrange various training programs to cater to the need of the Bangladesh...

Press Release

First Bangladeshi elected as President of APFHRM

Md Musharrof Hossain has been elected as the President of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resources Management (APFHRM) at a board meeting held in Santiago, Chile on 13 October, 2014. APFHRM is a network of human resources and people management associations in the Asia Pacific region. As a collective, the Federation's purpose is to advance the standing of the HR and people management profession within the region. APFHRM is also an active branch of the World Federation of...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

Don't we deserve better from police?

Two days ago, a group of young men, aged around 20, suddenly started banging around our home at Mirpur with drums, sticks, whistles and other local instruments without any apparent reason. All our neighbours and my family members got very annoyed. I thought it wouldn't be wise to go to them alone to tell them to stop, so I called the Dhaka Metropolitan Police. But they didn't even take my address and hung up saying, “We will watch the...

Letters To The Editor

A fun way to learn English

I'm very glad that The Daily Star has a page named 'English in Schools'. This page is really very helpful and encouraging for the children who are weak in English. It helps them learn English in an easy way as well as increases their vocabulary. Moreover, children can have fun while learning because of the colourful pictures. Heartiest thanks to The Daily Star for this praiseworthy step. Afrah Aanan Viqarunnisa Noon School & College

Letters To The Editor

Valuable quotes for Tigers

This is in response to the letter of Aminur Rahim, “Tips for our batsmen to avoid being trapped,” published in your esteemed daily on 24 October. I appreciate his valuable tips for our batsmen for the Test series against Zimbabwe. Recently, former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam visited Bangladesh on the occasion of 110th founding anniversary of MCCI. He met 700 students in a dialogue at Sonargaon Hotel and gave an inspirational speech, calling upon them to dream great and...

Comments on news report

“Still knotted,” published on October 28, 2014 SM So she went there to have a chat! Looks like the new foreign minister is only getting meetings and chats, nothing substantial. Who is paying for these joyrides? **** “Women workers welcome” (Oct. 27, 2014) Abdullah Al Fahad Women domestic workers go through inhuman exploitation, beating, rape, etc in UAE. Before sending more women there, make sure their safety is ensured. FM Sajid Bin Hossain As long as UAE employers are able to recruit female workers from developing countries...