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People obey law, influentials break

People obey law, influentials break

While common people stay stuck in the city's standstill traffic for hours sometimes, those “more equal than others” just take the wrong side of the street and drive by to dodge the tailback, with traffic police unable to do anything.     Flag-bearing huge sport utility vehicles of ministers, cars of lawmakers and top government officials,...

BNP 'legally'-trapped

BNP 'legally'-trapped

Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy and 38 other BNP leaders are scheduled to appear today before a Dhaka court that will hold hearings on charge framing in a case related to political violence last year. The Speedy Trial Court-6 held hearings on August 24 but could not complete them. Along with 23...

Schools now flood shelters

Schools now flood shelters

The ongoing floods are not only causing untold sufferings for over two million people of 19 districts but also hampering educational activities in the affected areas. Many thousands of flood-hit people, after being marooned, have taken shelter in local schools, colleges and madrasas which are yet to be engulfed by the calamity. The natural disaster...

Not in interest of country, people

The way the government is going to amend the constitution to restore parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court judges is "not right at all" and "not in the interest of the country and the people", eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain said yesterday. Public opinion should be solicited in this regard, he said, stressing the need for reaching a consensus through a national dialogue before the House passed any amendment to the charter. He made the observations at a roundtable discussion on...

No deadlines, no solutions

No deadlines, no solutions

The political crisis in Pakistan remains at fever pitch as both the government and the protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) refuse to budge on their respective positions. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stands firm in the face of growing pressure for his resignation, and the protesting PTI and PAT are adamant...

Fakhrul sued for calling AL 'killer party'

Fakhrul sued for calling AL 'killer party'

A defamation case was filed against BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday for terming the ruling Awami League a “killer party” and its chief Sheikh Hasina a “killer”. Nur-e-Alam Siddique, vice president of Awami Matsyajibi League, a pro-AL organisation, filed the suit against the BNP leader with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka. Taking cognisance of the case, Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Rani Chakraborty yesterday asked Paltan Police Station OC to investigate the matter and submit a report to the court within September 15. "The Awami League is a killer party and its president Sheikh Hasina is a killer too," Fakhrul told a press conference at the BNP Nayapaltan...

Couple found dead in a Banani flat

Police recovered bullet-hit bodies of a couple from a flat in the capital's Banani DOHS area yesterday evening. The dead were identified as Abdur Rouf alias Rob, 55, owner of Afsar Group of Industries, and his wife Roksana Parveen, 45. Atiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Cantonment Police Station, confirmed the recovery of the bodies from a flat on Road-5 of the area. The OC, however, could not say anything about the motive behind the murders. The couple have three sons and a daughter...

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Road Of Horror

Zia Sarani left to die

Zia Sarani left to die

The once clean Ziaur Rahman Sarani in Matuail is now just a kilometre stretch of mud and filth, unusable for any sort of vehicles. Built in 2005 to link Demra and Jatrabari Chittagong Road, the street has hardly ever been maintained or repaired. The Daily Star correspondent waited an hour beside the road and failed...

MP's strange justification

A ruling party lawmaker allegedly is putting pressure on the authorities of Darusha College in Poba upazila to reinstate a former principal who had been sacked for corruption and irregularities four years ago. Lawmaker Ayen Uddin, elected from Rajshahi-3 (Poba-Mohonpur) constituency, has sent frequent requests to the college governing body to restore the former principal to office, said Harun-ur Rashid, president of the governing body. The college governing body sacked Abdul Mannan in July 2010 after a probe report had found...

Lower courts need 3,000 more judges

Bangladesh Law Commission has recommended recruiting 3,000 judges at lower courts for quick disposal of pending cases and reducing sufferings of justice seekers. The commission in a report also observed that most of the lower court judges do not follow relevant rules and regulations while discharging judicial duties, further delaying disposing of cases. It sent its report to the law ministry and its parliamentary standing committee on June 26. The committee had asked for its suggestions on how to reduce the...

Dhaka to press for return of Nur Hossain

Bangladesh is likely to request New Delhi to hand over Nur Hossain, the alleged mastermind of the seven murders in Narayanganj, at the three-day long home secretary-level talks between Bangladesh and India beginning today. The meeting is also expected to address issues like cross-border crimes, land boundary agreement and killing along the border. The secretary-level meeting, 15th of its kind between the two countries, will be held at Hotel Sonargoan. Indian Home Secretary Anil Goswami and Senior Bangladesh Home Secretary Mozammel Haque...

Japan Pm's Visit

Support for big projects may come

Support for big projects may come

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make a short official visit to Bangladesh on September 6 to discuss a host of bilateral and regional issues as well as to mobilise support for Japan's candidacy for a 2016-2017 non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council (UNSC). "This is the return visit by Abe in quick succession of prime minister's official visit to Japan on May 25-28," according to a formal announcement by the foreign ministry yesterday. Abe is due to arrive on Saturday noon and leave for Colombo on Sunday noon where he will also discuss the UNSC election with the Sri Lankan leadership, sources said. This will be the first...

Blue Economy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday underscored the marine-based economic activities and management of sea and its resources through “Blue Economy”, saying such activities could create new horizon for the development of a coastal country like Bangladesh. She also emphasised the need for tapping the huge potentials of sea and sea resources through proper management to ensure sustainable development. The prime minister made the observations while inaugurating a two-day “International Workshop on Blue Economy” at a hotel in the capital. Hasina said the marine-based...

Tarique's wife sacked from govt job

Tarique's wife sacked from govt job

Zubaida Rahman, wife of BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, has been dismissed from government job as she has been absent from work for long "without permission". Zubaida, a physician, had been posted at an upazila health complex in Tangail. “All are equal before law. Already, action has been taken against her. She has been dismissed,” Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim told parliament yesterday. Many Awami League and Jatiya Party MPs thumped their desks at the announcement. Zubaida, who was doing Doctor of Medicine (third part) at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, went to London with her husband and daughter in September 2008. Tarique, elder son of BNP chief Khaleda Zia, went...

Judge Impeachment

JS to pass bill in current session

Parliament in the current session will pass the bill on amending the constitution to restore its authority to impeach Supreme Court judges on grounds of misconduct or incapacity. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban yesterday. Suranjit Sengupta, chief of the parliamentary standing committee on the law ministry, confirmed it to The Daily Star. Earlier on August 18, the cabinet approved the proposal for restoration of parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court...

Houdini Secrets

Unlocked

Unlocked

He was one of the 20th century's most famous faces, who wowed the world with his sensational escape acts. And now a new mini-series will reveal some of the secrets that made Harry Houdini the greatest illusionist and stunt performer ever. It explores the master magician's life and his psyche and reveals how he accomplished...

Car bomb found at Philippines' main airport: authorities

Four people were arrested after a bomb was found in a van parked at Manila's international airport, authorities said yesterday.

Business

State banks slow to go online

State banks slow to go online

The government banks are lagging behind private and foreign banks in introducing online banking for customers, Bangladesh Bank data shows. BB's quarterly report as of June 2014 shows that all 75 branches of foreign banks and 3,632 branches or 99.94 percent of private banks have introduced online banking, gaining an edge over the state banks. A mere 858 branches or 24 percent of the total 3,540 branches of state-owned commercial banks offer online coverage. The situation is more depressing with the state-owned development banks; less than nine percent of their branches have an online facility.   “The government's procurement system is stringent and it takes a lot of time to execute a contract,”...

Denim makers all set for expansion

Local entrepreneurs are investing heavily in denim, as at least six new factories will come into operation this year to meet growing global demand. “We will start producing an additional one million yards of denim fabric a month in the next three months,” said Kutubuddin Ahmed, chairman of Envoy Group. It produces three million yards a month at present. “I know that five to six other groups have already installed machinery to produce the fabric,” Ahmed added. Currently, he purchases 60...

Banks' capital falls as defaults pile up

Banks' capital falls as defaults pile up

Banks' overall capital base shrank 1.36 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to the first quarter as the asset quality of state banks deteriorated further. On June 30, the banks' capital was Tk 63,694 crore, which is 10.68 percent of their total risk-weighted assets. The amount was Tk 64,575 crore on...

Foreign funds in stocks plunge

Net foreign investment in Dhaka stocks fell 84 percent month-on-month in August amid selling pressure for profit-booking among overseas investors. Foreign investors bought shares worth Tk 164.93 crore and sold shares worth Tk 152.47 crore to take net investments to Tk 12.46 crore last month, according to data from the Dhaka Stock Exchange. Stock indices and turnover rose last month, leading foreign investors to offload shares from their portfolio. DSEX, the benchmark index of the premier bourse, went up 25 percent to...

Govt to make 500 mobile apps in Bangla

The information and communication technology division of the government will make 500 mobile applications in Bangla for the users of Android operating system. The ICT division signed a deal on Sunday with Ethics Advanced Technology Ltd (EATLApps), a local mobile application developer, according to a statement. Android is a popular operating system developed by US-based search engine giant Google. ICT Secretary Nazrul Islam Khan said the government will spend more than Tk 9 crore on the project. The ministry wants to encourage the...

LankaBangla Securities launches trading software

LankaBangla Securities has soft-launched trading software with Chittagong Stock Exchange to provide direct market access to dealers and investors, it said in a statement yesterday. The software known as Order Management System, launched for the first time in Bangladesh, is different from the exchange-provided application. The system is an open platform to integrate with other stock exchange trading engines. LankaBangla led the market into a new dimension with the software as dealers and inventors can now place orders using real-time technical analysis...

Booming electric car sales under fire in Norway

Booming electric car sales under fire in Norway

Ministers in Norway -- a major and rich oil-producing country -- are under increasing public pressure to reduce perks and tax breaks for booming electric car sales. "It's become a problem," said Erik Haugstad, a bus driver in the Oslo region who complains about the numerous electric cars clogging bus lanes, which they have...

Britain's top fund manager to sell HSBC shares on 'fine inflation' fears

One of the UK's most high-profile fund managers, has said he has decided to sell his holding in HSBC, because he is worried about "fine inflation". Neil Woodford said the size of fines in the banking sector seemed to be rising. "Fines are increasingly being sized on a bank's ability to pay, rather than on the extent of the transgression," he said. HSBC was fined £1.14bn by US authorities in 2012, for failing to prevent money laundering. There have been a number of...

New Apple iPhone to have

Apple Inc plans to enable its next iPhone to become a mobile wallet by allowing owners to securely make mobile payments in a store with the touch of a finger, Bloomberg said on Sunday, citing a person familiar with the situation. The agreement includes participation by Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc and American Express Co and will be announced Sept. 9 along with unveiling of the next iPhone, according to the source, who Bloomberg said asked not to be identified because...

Nokia, Samsung team up for mapping service

Nokia's mapping service will soon be appearing on Samsung smartphones. A deal between the two will see a test or beta version of an Android app for Nokia's Here maps included free on handsets and the Gear S smartwatch. The move is widely seen as a way to help Samsung distinguish itself from Google which oversees Android. Formerly known as Nokia maps, Here is also used by Yahoo, Amazon and Garmin and it provides map data for Microsoft's Bing search engine. The map...

Outsourcing firm looks to ride on global growth

Outsourcing firm looks to ride on global growth

A leading outsourcing service provider, ServicEngineBPO, aims to more than double its workforce over the next two and a half years, a top official said. The recruitment drive will create around 600 new jobs at the company's Dhaka office as it expands operations to cater to growing demand for outsourcing services. “We want to exceed...

China vows to help Zimbabwe: Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, returning from a state visit to China, said Sunday Beijing had pledged to assist his southern African country's ailing economy "to the best of its ability". China will "continue to be as friendly to us as it was before ... The support we have asked for in the various areas, China will provide to the best of its ability," Mugabe said in comments carried on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) television after his arrival. Mugabe, who won disputed...

India's Kingfisher tycoon declared 'wilful defaulter'

The United Bank of India declared flamboyant and indebted tycoon Vijay Mallya a "wilful defaulter" on Monday, dealing another blow to his embattled Kingfisher Airlines. A top official at the bank confirmed the decision, which comes nearly two years after the airline lost its licence to fly when it failed to end a strike by staff who had not been paid. Kingfisher's debts run up to nearly $1.5 billion owed to banks, airports, fuel suppliers, staff and others. Out of this,...

S Korea exports fall 0.1pc in August

South Korea's exports fell 0.1 percent in August from a year ago due to strikes at major auto plants, state data showed Monday. Exports for August amounted to $46.3 billion while imports rose 3.1 percent to $42.9 billion, leaving a trade surplus of $3.4 billion, the trade ministry said. It marks the 31st consecutive month that South Korea -- Asia's fourth-largest economy -- has posted a trade surplus. Overseas shipments of most key export items including ships and mobile devices rose, while...

Barclays sells Spanish businesses

Barclays Bank has agreed to sell part of its Spanish business for £633m to the country's third largest lender CaixaBank. The sale includes Barclays' retail, wealth management and corporate banking business in Spain. In a statement, Caixa said the deal involved 270 branches and approximately 555,000 new clients. Barclays is reorganising its business by cutting jobs and selling off parts of its European operations. In May, it announced plans to cut 19,000 jobs by 2016, of which 9,000 will be in the UK,...

India urges court to leave some coal blocks with companies

The Attorney General has asked the Supreme Court to leave 40 of the 218 coal blocks allocations the court declared illegal with companies that operate mines that are either producing or close to doing so. India's highest court ruled last week that the country's decades-old method of allocating coal mining concessions was illegal and arbitrary, putting investments worth billions of dollars at risk. The suggestion by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi sent shares of some of the companies that hold coal blocks...

Russia and China launch gas pipeline

Russia and China have begun the construction of a new gas pipeline linking the countries, with a ceremony in the Siberian city of Yakutsk. China's CNPC has agreed to buy $400 billion (£240 billion) of gas from Russia's Gazprom. Russia will ship 38 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas annually over a period of 30 years. The deal will lessen Russia's dependence on European buyers, who have imposed economic sanctions because of the crisis in Ukraine. The construction ceremony was attended...

“Most exciting ever" Novartis drug points to huge sales

Sales forecasts for Novartis's new heart failure drug are being ramped up by analysts after strikingly good clinical trial results for a medicine doctors expect to transform treatment of the deadly disease. Shares in the Swiss drugmaker jumped over 3 percent to a record high on Monday as data for LCZ696 released at the weekend beat expectations, showing the medicine slashed deaths and hospitalisations, worked across all groups of patients, and had no serious side effects. David Epstein, Novartis' head of...

Samsung to merge shipbuilding, engineering units

The shipbuilding and engineering units of South Korea's Samsung group said Monday they would merge, as the family-run giant gears up for generational ownership succession. The board members of Samsung Heavy Industries, the world's third-largest shipmaker, and Samsung Engineering had approved the tie-up via a share swap, said a joint statement. Shareholders at the engineering unit will be given 2.36 shares in the shipbuilder, it said, adding the deal would be finalised by December. The two firms hope to achieve total sales...

What's Europe's best hope for avoiding a second euro crisis?

What's Europe's best hope for avoiding a second euro crisis?

This week's theatrical resignation threat by Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, combined with deep European anxiety about deflation, suggest that the euro crisis may be coming back. But a crisis is often an opportunity, and this is the hope now beginning to excite markets in the eurozone. Investors and business leaders are asking...

China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe

A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatibility of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website. Microsoft is one of at least 30 foreign...

Sports

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014
West Indies vs Bangladesh

Shiv & Shane make Tigers toil

Shiv & Shane make Tigers toil

Centuries from Shivnaraine Chanderpaul and opener Shane Jeffers made Bangladesh's bowlers toil hard in the three-day practice match against St Kitts and Nevis at St Nevis yesterday. In reply to Bangladesh's 377, the hosts were bowled out for 399 on the final day yesterday. While Jeffers was more aggressive -- he hammered 22 boundaries...

Atletico closing in on Mamunul?

Atletico closing in on Mamunul?

Bangladesh skipper Mamunul Islam may become the first Bangladeshi footballer to have a stint with Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League (ISL), a franchise-based football league, scheduled to be held from October to December this year in India.   Mamunul yesterday informed the media of his registration with the Kolkata-based franchise, one of eight franchises in the inaugural edition of the league, co-owned by former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly and Spanish Primera Liga champions Atletico Madrid. However, no official confirmation has been made by the franchise.   Mamunul, also the skipper of Bangladesh Premier League champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club, informed media yesterday that his name has been registered on...

US Open

Maria out, Serena thru

Maria out, Serena thru

Five-time champion Serena Williams reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final of the year at the US Open on Monday, setting up a clash with Flavia Pennetta in a duel between the two oldest women left in the draw. World number one Williams, eased past world number 50 Kaia Kanepi, 6-3, 6-3, for a fourth win over the Estonian. "It's my first quarter-final of the year at the majors -- at last I did it," said the 32-year-old American, who had fallen in the fourth round in Australia, the third round at Wimbledon and suffered a second round French Open exit. "It was a tough match today. I wanted to stay relaxed and...

No thoughts on captaincy yet

A split-captaincy is still an idea that needs time to be embraced. However Mashrafe Bin Mortaza had to encounter this idea upon his return from the West Indies after playing in the recently concluded ODI series. The injury-prone pacer did not outright oppose the idea of having separate captains for limited-overs and Test teams, but he was not ready contemplating the issue yet, especially when the team was gearing up for a two-match Test series against the West Indies. “I...

Zimbabwe expose Aussie weakness

Australia's shock one-day international defeat to minnows Zimbabwe has raised alarm bells five months before the country co-hosts the World Cup while exposing the team's continued struggles to master spin bowling. Coming off a long break following Test series wins against England and South Africa, Australia arrived in Harare for the triangular one-day tournament with South Africa refreshed and optimistic, but the three-wicket loss to Zimbabwe will have done little for the team's confidence after defeat to the Proteas and...

India can wrap it up today

An unassailable lead in their pocket, India would look to clinch the one-day series against England by putting up another dominating display when the two sides square off in the fourth one-day international here on Tuesday. The visitors have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series after 133-run (D/L) and six-wicket wins in Cardiff and Nottingham in the second and third ODIs respectively. This was after the first ODI at Bristol was abandoned due to incessant rain. At Edgbaston then,...

Nat'l Summer Athletics from Sept 7

The 12th National Summer Athletics Championship will get underway at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on September 7. Approximately 700 athletes from 64 district teams, seven divisional teams, various universities, physical colleges, services teams, Bangladesh Railway, Bangladesh Postal Service and educational boards will compete in 36 disciplines in the two-day meet, said officials of Bangladesh Athletics Federation (BAF) at a press conference at the BNS conference room yesterday. Athletes who set new national records will be rewarded with gifts...

Nat'l Age Level Swimming

Five records on opening day

Five new national records were set on the opening day of the Cotton Group 30th National Age Level Swimming and Diving Competition at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur yesterday, with Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP) ruling the roost in terms of medals. BKSP grabbed 26 gold, five silver and five bronze medals out of the 36 events that took place on the opening day. Bangladesh Ansar were in second position with five gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals...

Nat'l B chess

Four players shared the lead with six points each after the end of the seventh round of the 40th National B Chess Championship, which is being held at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room. The leaders are: IM Minhazuddin Ahmed, FM Nasir Ahmed, FM Debaraj Chaterjee and Delwar Hossain. Seven players shared second position with 5.5 points each.

LFP

'Horrible Real'

Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has called for a big improvement after the European champions suffered a surprise early-season setback at Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday. Real were missing injured top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo for their second La Liga outing of the campaign but quickly went 2-0 ahead at the Anoeta in San Sebastian before losing control of the match and crashing to a 4-2 reverse. "The team was negative in everything, horrible, we did not play...

Chelsea seal Remy deal

France international striker Loic Remy has joined Chelsea from Queens Park Rangers on a four-year contract, the two Premier League clubs announced on Sunday. The announcement came a day after Chelsea reportedly triggered a £10.5 million ($17.4 million, 13.3 million euros) release clause in the 27-year-old's contract, prompting him to withdraw from QPR's squad to face Sunderland. "I feel very happy and very proud," said Remy, who was pictured on the Chelsea website posing with a club shirt. "When I heard Chelsea...

Barclays Premier League

MU snap up Falcao

MU snap up Falcao

Manchester United have agreed a sensational deal to sign Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco, according to widespread British media reports on Monday. The prolific 28-year-old forward, who missed the World Cup with a serious knee injury, has also been linked with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Arsenal. But several media...

LFP

Sociedad stun Madrid

Sociedad stun Madrid

Real Sociedad produced a stunning fightback from 2-0 down to beat European champions Real Madrid 4-2 on Sunday. Madrid were without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo and departed Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso, but still looked on course for a comfortable evening when they flew into a 2-0 lead inside the opening 11 minutes...

Kagawa returns to Dortmund

Japanese international Shinji Kagawa has returned to Borussia Dortmund after completing a move from Manchester United on Sunday. Dortmund are thought to have paid around 8 million euros ($10.5m, £6.3m) to re-sign Kagawa, who had a hugely successful first spell at the German club between 2010 and 2012. After scoring six goals in 38 Premier League games for United, the 25-year-old has now returned to Dortmund on a contract that runs until June 2018. "I already said in an interview on the...

Barclays Premier League

Wenger defends Sanogo

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted Yaya Sanogo's struggles in front of goal are becoming an increasing problem, but refused to offer any guarantees he will delve into the transfer market for a new striker. Sanogo, yet to score in any of his 17 competitive outings since his arrival from Auxerre last year following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Leicester, provided little evidence to suggest he is a ready-made replacement for the injured Olivier Giroud. "When you are 21 and play up front...

Barclays Premier League

'Reds back at their best'

Brendan Rodgers warned Liverpool's title rivals that his team are back in the groove after they marked Mario Balotelli's debut with a scintillating 3-0 win at Tottenham. Balotelli was supposed to steal the spotlight on his return to the Premier League, but the flamboyant Italy striker had to play second fiddle to new team-mates Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson on Sunday. Sterling scored Liverpool's opening goal early in the first half and delivered a sparkling display at the top...

Pirlo still available for Italy

Andrea Pirlo may yet don an Italy shirt again despite suggesting after the World Cup he would move aside for younger talent, new national team boss Antonio Conte said Sunday. "I wanted to be sure that he still had the same old fire," Conte said on Italian television. "He's a warrior. He told me he was available and that's good enough for me." Pirlo is currently sidelined until October with a hip injury, which means he will miss Italy's friendly with...

Cerci joins Atletico

La Liga champions Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement with Torino for the signing of Italian international Alessio Cerci, the Spanish club announced on Sunday. The 27-year-old becomes Atletico's 10th signing of the summer as they look to bolster their squad following the departures of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea. "The agreement reached with Torino for the transfer of Cerci is great news for everyone," Atletico sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero told the club's website. "He was...

Real sign Hernandez

European champions Real Madrid confirmed the signing of Mexican international striker Javier Hernandez on a season-long loan from Manchester United on Monday. "Real Madrid and Manchester United have reached an agreement for the loan of Javier Hernandez, who will be tied to the club for this season" the Spanish club said in a statement. "Real Madrid reserves the option to buy the player." Hernandez becomes Real's fourth signing of the transfer window after the arrivals of World Cup stars James Rodriguez, Toni...

US Open

Djokovic storms into last eight

Novak Djokovic didn't let Philipp Kohlschreiber stand in the way of another Grand Slam quarter-final berth on Monday, reaching the US Open last eight with a straight-sets win over the German. Serbia's world number one defeated Kohlschreiber 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 on another muggy day at Flushing Meadows, reaching the last eight at the US Open for the eighth straight year. Meanwhile, second-seeded Federer on Sunday, came back from a set down to defeat Granollers 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 by racing away...

LFP

Ronaldo unimpressed with Madrid signings

World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has said he wouldn't have sanctioned the sales of Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso if he was in charge of Real Madrid. The European champions sorely missed both departed midfielders and the injured Ronaldo as they succumbed to a shock 4-2 defeat at Real Sociedad on Sunday. "If I was in charge, I would not do it like this, but everyone has their opinion and is free to say what they think," Ronaldo...

Editorial

Editorial

Pakistan's unending agony

IF proof were needed of the immense damage Imran Khan has been causing to Pakistan's fragile democracy, one has only to observe the anguish with which his party colleague Javed Hashmi has noted the manner in which he let his followers loose on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's residence in Islamabad. Three people have died and hundreds have been injured as a result of Khan's brashness. Khan now charges Sharif with murder when the fact is that it was he...

Editorial

Repatriation of Rohingyas

THE 8th round of foreign office consultations between Bangladesh and Myanmar has yielded some good results. The Rohingya issue, particularly expatriation of Rohingya refugees, who have been bearing tremendous hardship in refugee camps, over two decades in some cases, has been the major stumbling block in the improvement of our bilateral relationship. We are happy to note that a definite progress has been made by Myanmar's fresh commitment to start the process of repatriation of the stranded Rohingya refugees...

Op-ed

Editorial

Pakistan's unending agony

IF proof were needed of the immense damage Imran Khan has been causing to Pakistan's fragile democracy, one has only to observe the anguish with which his party colleague Javed Hashmi has noted the manner in which he let his followers loose on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's residence in Islamabad. Three people have died and hundreds have been injured as a result of Khan's brashness. Khan now charges Sharif with murder when the fact is that it was he...

Editorial

Repatriation of Rohingyas

THE 8th round of foreign office consultations between Bangladesh and Myanmar has yielded some good results. The Rohingya issue, particularly expatriation of Rohingya refugees, who have been bearing tremendous hardship in refugee camps, over two decades in some cases, has been the major stumbling block in the improvement of our bilateral relationship. We are happy to note that a definite progress has been made by Myanmar's fresh commitment to start the process of repatriation of the stranded Rohingya refugees...

ISIL's soft economic underbelly

ISIL's soft economic underbelly

THERE is no end to the “hype” around the military successes by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). The less spoken topic of course is now that ISIL controls substantial landmass in Iraq, precisely how it intends to run it economically? While landmass can be calculated, it is much more difficult...

Securing Pakistan's democracy?

THE two-week-old political crisis in Pakistan took a sharp new turn over the past few days as the military leader, General Raheel Sharif, positioned to mediate the stand-off between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and opposition demonstrators on the streets of Islamabad, led by cleric Mohammed Tahir-ul-Qadri and his ally cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. Whether Prime Minister Sharif or Tahir-ul-Qadri and Khan initiated the move to military mediation and how the military has played into the development of the crisis itself...

The neglected citizens of Myanmar

FAKHRUDDIN Ahmed rightly draws attention to the vital need to make Rohingya Muslims full citizens of Myanmar. It is worth recalling that, under the terms of the Indo-Burma Agreement of October 1941, which was never ratified because of the Japanese invasion of Burma two months later, all Indians of whatever religion resident in the country at the time were either accorded the right of full "domicile" if they were born and bred in Burma, or allowed to remain as "privileged...

Abe visit as a catalyst for Bangladesh's “Look East Policy”

IT is difficult to overemphasise the economic significance and opportunity for Bangladesh presented by the upcoming State Visit to Dhaka by Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on September 6 and 7. The Honourable PM Hasina concluded a successful  trip to Japan in May and secured commitments from the Japanese Government for up to Y 600bn ($ 5.9bn) in economic assistance over the next 5 years that will be focused primarily on a number of high profile infrastructure projects. Indeed there...

Ebola – the failures of the international outbreak response

DEAD bodies in the street, families wiped out, dozens of health care workers infected, hospitals shut down and panic and mistrust in the eyes of the people in the streets. This is what Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) usually sees in countries that are ravaged by war, but in Sierra Leone, Liberia and - to a lesser extent – Guinea, it is Ebola that is generating immense, public distress. As of today more than 1,427 patients have succumbed to Ebola viral...

The polit(r)ics of silence

LET us start by describing two pertinent issues. First, a politically cognisant teacher frequently asks a question to a new group of students to know how many of them would like to be politically conscious beings. Most often the all pervading silence conveys a big 'NO' to politics. The second issue, couple of days ago we witnessed a tragic launch accident. Even the 'submerged mass coffin', Pinak-6, could not be traced out. Sadly, people became sympathetically silent with no...

Letters To The Editor

Migrant workers' safety

According to one estimate, 74 lakh people have gone outside Bangladesh in search of livelihood. They are sending remittance which is keeping the economy in good shape. They are toiling under the hot sun of the Middle East so that their near ones may live happily in Bangladesh. They face many problems in their day-to-day life. Many even lost their lives because of hostile working conditions. What is the government doing to ensure safety of the workers? Zabed Wali On e-mail  ...

Letters To The Editor

Clueless disappearance victims' families

Clueless disappearance victims' families

This is horrific news that people who are being picked up by the law enforcers are never returning home again. Imagine the agony of those hapless mothers, fathers, wives, sisters and brothers who keep waiting for the news of their loved ones. When the family members ask the law enforcers the whereabouts of...

Letters To The Editor

Rescuing stolen baby: Media, Rab set example

The recent baby stealing from DMCH has created much uproar among public. The media has covered the news with great enthusiasm and people were hoping for its rescue. Finally, after a week into the stealing, Rab members have rescued the baby. Along with the parents of the baby, the people of the country are relieved and happy. Expressing utter dismay over the incident at DMCH, the High Court on August 27 ordered a judicial inquiry into the entire incident...

Comments on news report

“Family points finger at rival religious group,” published on August 29, 2014 Sayed Rahman Such kind of indication before the probe may hamper the investigation. ***** “Three rivers too hungry” (August 29, 2014) Sayed Rahman If we continuously hamper the natural flow of the rivers, they will be much more cruel and hungry. Md. Abu Sufian The government should adopt long term plan to reduce river erosion. ***** “Dhaka division home to highest number of poor” (August 28, 2014) Sayed Rahman Is it the real scenario? I think whatever happens in...

Entertainment

A GRAND CELEBRATION OF PERFORMING ARTS

A GRAND CELEBRATION OF PERFORMING ARTS

The Ganga Jamuna Theatre Festival has been held over the years to facilitate cultural exchange between India and Bangladesh, and to strengthen the bonds between the two countries. The eight-day festival opened on a exciting note yesterday at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), featuring 14 theatre troupes including three from India, a Jatra...

Lalon Sandha in Mymensingh

Lalon Sandha in Mymensingh

A performance of bauls on spiritual Lalon songs enthralled a large audience gathered at Mymensingh Shilpakala Academy auditorium recently. Subash Rozerio and Hamida Baulani from the Lalon Akhra in Kushtia performed at the programme titled “Lalon Sandha--Barir Pashe Arshi Nagar, Shethaye Ek Porshi Basat Kore”. Mymensingh Shilpakala Academy organised the programme. A performance of more than...

Sadarang holds classical soiree at Shilpakala

Sadarang holds classical soiree at Shilpakala

Sadarang Uchchanga Sangeet Parishad Bangladesh organised a classical music soiree along with a discussion at Music and Dance Centre auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). The soiree, titled “Meghmallar-e Surobarnali”, was held on August 29 and featured classical vocal, instrumental performance with a dance production, “Banshi”. Eminent artist Qayyum Chowdhury attended as chief guest...

The Hundred-Foot Journey: Great fare

The Hundred-Foot Journey: Great fare

Fiery Tandoori chicken versus some pallid, measly portioned French culinary fare. The loud, in-your-face eatery Maison Mumbai versus  sophisticated upscale Michelin restaurant Le Saule Pleureur, just across the road. Earthy, pugnacious Papa Kadam (Om Puri), Indian restaurateur versus the snooty, ruthless French restaurant proprietor Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) who clearly is not a great believer in some healthy competition. That in sum is the plot of comedy film “The Hundred- Foot Journey”. At the heart of the film is Papa's son, Hassan who makes food that is to die for--a skill he picked up from his mother (Juhi Chawla), killed in an arson attack at their family restaurant in Mumbai...

Salauddin Ahmed performs at IGCC

Salauddin Ahmed performs at IGCC

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) organised an evening of Nazrul Sangeet by Salauddin Ahmed, an exponent of Nazrul songs on August 29, at its Gulshan premises. Salauddin Ahmed performed Nazrul songs such as “Mrityu Nai, Nai Dukkho”, “Shey Chole Gechhe Boley”, “Ami Jedin”, “Ami Chirotore Durey Chole Jabo”, “Bheshey Aashe Shudur Smritir Shurobhi” and...

The Rickshaw at Bucchiem

The Rickshaw at Bucchiem

The Bangladeshi-German couple Aneela Haque and Michael Schuermann has taken the Rickshaw art of Dhaka and put on the European art map, when they donated a life-size rickshaw to the prestigious Buchhiem Museum in Munich, Germany. Michael, an engineer by profession, fell in love with the vibrant colours and motifs of the rickshaw...

TV WATCH

Drama serial “Nari” on Maasranga

Drama serial “Nari” on Maasranga

Drama serial “Nari” will air tonight at 8pm on Maasranga television. Written and directed by Mostafa Monon, the drama's protagonist is a woman who overcomes many social obstacles. Sumaiya Shimu, Hasin Rowshan, Saberi Alam, Shatabdi Wadud, Lutfar Rahman George, Pori Moni and others don the main roles in the drama. “Nari” airs on...

NEWS bytes

Kate Bush sets new chart record

Kate Bush sets new chart record

Kate Bush has followed her stage comeback by becoming the first woman to have eight albums in the charts at the same time. Two of the singer's albums are in the top 10 of the new chart, and eight overall in the top 40. It comes after she returned for her first live concerts for 35 years last week. The only artistes ahead of Bush are Elvis Presley, who had 12 entries in the top 40 after his death in 1977, and the Beatles -- who had 11 in 2009. Bush's album “The Whole Story” is at number six - three places ahead of “Hounds of Love”. At number 20 is “50...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

  Acclaimed Indian film actor Rajpal Yadav started his career with television, in Doordarshan's television serial “Mungeri Ke Bhai Naurangilal” as the protagonist. He was picked up by director Ram Gopal Verma, first in a minor role in “Shool”, and later a bigger role in “Jungle”. Despite winning awards for Best Actor in a negative role for “Jungle” Rajpal preferred not to be typecast -- and excelled in a variety of roles. Despite a strong reputation in comedy roles, he has played serious, touching roles in films like “Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon” and “Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh”.

City

Memorial for Tareque, Mishuk unveiled at DU

Memorial for Tareque, Mishuk unveiled at DU

The wrecked body of the microbus with registration no Dhaka Cha 13-0302 lay under the shades of trees on a traffic island on the Dhaka University campus, near Shamsunnahar hall. Painted white, it freezes the moment when the country lost two of its gifted sons--Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier, in the afternoon of August...

BNP's Founding Anniversary Discussion

Khaleda a no-show

Khaleda a no-show

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday did not attend the party's 36th founding anniversary discussion in the capital though she was supposed to do so. It was the second time in less than two weeks she skipped a scheduled programme. On August 19, she did not show up at the 20-party alliance's rally at the...

Demand for Reopening CU Dorms

'Shibir men' bomb rail stations

Islami Chhatra Shibir activists of Chittagong University allegedly exploded at least eight crude bombs at two railway stations between the port city and the institution yesterday, demanding reopening of two dormitories, which are reportedly dominated by the student body. None was reported hurt in the blasts at Sholoshohor and Chowdhury Hat stations, but there was panic among commuters and a disruption in the movement of the shuttle trains. In the morning, some activists tried to intercept a CU-bound shuttle train at...

Barisal city Jamaat leadership sued for sedition

A sedition case was filed against 22 Jamaat-e-Islami men of Barisal city unit, including its top leadership, on Sunday, 17 days after police arrested them for allegedly planning destructive activities in the National Mourning Day programmes in the city. The sued include Jamaat city Amir Moazzem Hossain Helal, Nayebe Amir Bazlur Rahman, and Secretary Jahiruddin Md Babar. The rest are activists. The home ministry has ordered filing of the sedition case.  In the case lodged with Barisal Kotwal Police Station by Officer-in-Charge...

Non-Compliance with Court Order

HC summons DMP boss, 2 other cops

The High Court yesterday summoned Dhaka metropolitan police commissioner and two other police officers to it on September 10 for not complying with its order of deploying police force during construction works of the boundary wall of Azimpur graveyard. The HC also asked the DMP commissioner, its deputy commissioner (south) and officer-in-charge of Lalbagh Police Station to explain about the non-compliance with the order. In response to a contempt of court petition, the HC bench of Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice...

Attack on Samajtantrik Chhatra Front Chief

No action yet against BCL attackers of BAU

Left-leaning student bodies of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) yesterday announced further demonstrations demanding punishment for attackers of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front, BAU unit president Ashraf Milton, as the authorities have not taken any step in this regard even though about a week has passed.   Meanwhile, a Sylhet court sent a former joint convener of the city unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League to jail in connection with extortion. On the BAU campus, the students under the banner “Progotishil Chhatra Jote” brought out a...

Reappointment Feud

Pro-AL PPs lock offices in Rajshahi

Some pro-Awami League public prosecutors yesterday kept three offices of public and general prosecutors in Rajshahi shut for five hours following internal disputes over fresh appointment of prosecutors. Around 15 lawyers locked the offices of general and public prosecutors for Rajshahi metropolitan courts around 9:30am, said Sub-Inspector of Rajpara Police Station Shamimuddin Khan.   They opened the offices around 2:30pm at the request of AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, former mayor and general secretary of AL, city unit, he added. According to senior lawyers, the...

UK Visas

New Delhi office to assess applications from Oct 1

The British High Commission will close down its visa and immigration related decision making centre in Dhaka and UK visa applications submitted in Bangladesh will be assessed at its visa section in New Delhi from October 1. “Passports will remain in Bangladesh and decisions will continue to be made by British Crown Servants,” said a press release of the high commission in Dhaka yesterday. It said the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration, as part of its global strategy, is reducing the...

Faruqi Murder

Another suspect being quizzed

Detective police started quizzing another suspect in Sheikh Nurul Islam Faruqi murder case yesterday taking him on a two-day remand. The suspect, Yousuf from Chouddhagram in Comilla, held on Saturday night, was shown arrested in the murder case. The court has sent him on the remand. Police have been grilling two others, Mahmuda Khatun and Shariful Islam, who were also shown arrested in the case. Ashiqur Rahman, additional deputy commissioner of detective branch (West) of police, told The Daily Star that police...

Bid to Stop Human Trafficking

Cabinet okays signing of MoU with India

The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal on signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India to prevent human trafficking and rescue, repatriate and rehabilitate such victims of both countries. The MoU is likely to be inked between the two countries during the Indian home secretary's three-day visit to Dhaka that begins today, cabinet secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters after its meeting at Bangladesh Secretariat. He said under the MoU, the two countries would take legal actions against the traffickers...

Spirit of Liberation War

Not property of one party: Dr Kamal

The spirit of the Liberation War should not be interpreted in a way which makes it seem property of one particular party, said eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday.   Stressing that the Liberation War is an achievement and treasure of the entire nation, he urged political parties to refrain from engaging in politics using the war. Dr Kamal was addressing a discussion observing the 96th birth anniversary of General Osmani, the commander-in-chief of the Bangladesh Armed Forces during the Liberation War. Osmani...

Attack on Ukhia Buddhist Temples

Accused upazila parishad leaders suspended

The LGRD ministry yesterday suspended Ukhia Upazila Chairman Sarwar Jahan Chowdhury and Vice-Chairman Sultan Mahmud Chowdhury as charge sheet was filed against them for attacking three Buddhist temples in the upazila. The ministry in a letter informed the decision. On September 30, 2012, Islamist fanatics vandalised and torched a total of five Buddhist temples in Ukhia of Cox's Bazar. The zealots also torched two more Buddhist temples and ransacked two Hindu temples in Ukhia. The previews day, they also looted 50 dwellings...

Youth should follow ideals of Dr Muhammad Shahidullah

The young generation should follow in the footsteps of Dr Muhammad Shahidullah in promoting secularism and the practice of Bangla language and literature, speakers said at a seminar yesterday. The seminar titled “Daylong Seminar on the Memories of Shahidullah” was organised by the Bangla department of Dhaka University in RC Majumdar Auditorium. Addressing the seminar, Prof Rafiqul Islam said, “Shahidullah, who was a pious, but not communal, man, played a large role in empowering the Muslim society, which was lagging behind.” Prof...

Five RU staff suspended for recruitment scam

The Rajshahi University authorities have suspended five of its employees for taking bribes in the name of giving jobs in the university office. The suspended employees are Sankar Chandra Saha, senior assistant at examination controller office; Khalid Hossain Sardar, a clerk at Ziaur Rahman Hall, and Sikandar Ali, peon of computer science and engineering department, Habibur Rahman and Abbas Ali, peon at Mathematics and Physics department respectively. Of them, Habibur took Tk 29 lakh from different job seekers between 2009 and...

People terrified of Tarique

Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad yesterday said people were terrified of BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman's ascent to power. "People think Tarique would rule the country if the BNP is voted to power. They freeze at the thought of Tarique. They fear that he would unleash more bombings, bribery and corruption," he said. Ershad, also special envoy to the prime minister, called BNP's future "dark" and urged BNP men to join the JP. The former military dictator made the remarks at...

2 bodies found in capital

The bodies of two unidentified people were found in Dhaka yesterday.  Police recovered the body of a man from an abandoned steel almirah in Tikatuli around 10:00am. Locals found the almirah lying in a lane and informed police of the matter, said police. In another incident, police recovered the decomposed body of a young woman from a bush at Abdullahpur Modhyapara at noon. Jamal Uddin Mir, officer-in-charge of Dakkhin Keraniganj Police Station, suspects that the woman was killed three or four days...

Prosecution failed to prove Azhar's command

The defence yesterday claimed that the prosecution could not provide "sufficient evidence" to prove the command responsibility of Jamaat-e-Islami leader ATM Azharul Islam in committing crimes against humanity and genocide during the liberation war in 1971. Placing the closing arguments at the International Crimes Tribunal-1 for the second day, defence counsel Shishir Manir said his client did not hold a position of command during the war. Showing some judgements against command responsibility, he said the prosecution had failed to bring up...

ACC to sue two former Teletalk officials

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday decided to file a case against two former officials of state-owned telecommunication company Teletalk for their alleged misappropriation of Tk 9.75 crore. According to the anti-graft body, SM Tarique Rahman, former assistant manager (Systems Operation) and Sabibul Rahman Shiblu, former assistant manager (Market Development) together misappropriated the money manipulating the billing system from October 2010 to June 2011.      Later, they deposited the money in their bank accounts, purchased lands and flats, and invested in the...

13 illegal passport brokers jailed

A mobile court backed by Rab arrested 13 illegal passport brokers near the passport office in the capital and gave them three-month jail term each yesterday. They are Alamgir, Mintu, Mahbub Alam, Nazrul Islam, Tipu Munshi, Azam Mandol, Saddam Sardar, Alamgir, Din Islam, Abdur Rahim, Nur Jahan, Nasima and Rozina. Despite warnings from the authority, they had been taking money from people promising them to earn passport in the shortest time without police verification, Rab officials said. Around 40 to 45 such...

Smuggled gold recovered in capital

Customs and railway police officials in separate drives arrested one person and recovered a total of 5.75kg of gold, worth around TK 2.85 crore, in the capital's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and Kamalapur Railway Station yesterday. Customs officials said they recovered 4.5kgs of gold rods hidden inside the handle of an abandoned trolley bag at a green channel while the officials were checking luggage of passengers of a Fly Dubai flight. Meanwhile, Dhaka Railway police detained Sujan alias Babar after recovering...

News in Brief

Member of outlawed party arrested Our Correspondent, Khulna Police arrested a member of an outlawed party, Janajudhaya, with three arms and 22 bullets from Sholua Bazar area of Khulna city on Sunday. Tipped-off, police intercepted a motorcycle and arrested Tusher Sarkar, 35, of Jessore, after recovering the arms from his bag. However his co-rider managed to flee. A case was filed in this connection. Tushar was sent to jail yesterday. Sust teachers demand probe into attack on colleague Staff Correspondent, Sylhet The teachers of Shahjalal University...

Country

100 fishermen abducted 2 weeks ago yet to be freed

Over 100 fishermen, who were abducted on August 18, could not be rescued in the last 14 days. Raju Bahini, a gang of notorious robbers, kidnapped the fishermen from Dhalchar and Majher Char areas under Barguna district on the day. A fisherman, who returned from the Bay a couple of days ago, told the trawler owners in Mohipur area under Kalapra upazila that the robbers abducted over 100 fishermen while they were fishing in the Bay. The gang gave a mobile number...

Classes amid sun and rain

Classes amid sun and rain

Imparting lessons to 750 students of Model Government Primary School beside the School-Club road in the town is badly hampered as the risky school building was declared abandoned in November last year. During a recent visit to the school, this correspondent saw teachers conducting the second terminal examinations of the students under a makeshift...

Agitating transport workers attack easy bike drivers

Supporters and members of transport owners' association and transport workers union damaged about 20 easy bikes on Thakurgaon-Panchagarh highway between Thakurgaon Bus Stand and Bhulli Bazar in Sadar upazila yesterday afternoon. During the attack, about 10 easy bike drivers and passengers were injured.   Thakurgaon transport owners' association and Thakurgaon transport workers' union jointly went on an indefinite strike on all routes in the district on Tuesday last, demanding a ban on plying of unauthorised vehicles. As the ultimatum of the associations passed...

Underage marriages foiled, 4 jailed in Dinajpur, Kurigram

Two attempts of underage marriages were foiled in Dianjpur and Kurigram districts yesterday and on Friday. A mobile court in Phulbari upazila of Dinajpur yesterday foiled the bid to solemnise marriage of a Class Eight girl and jailed her father and a villager for seven days, reports our correspondent. The jailed two were identified as Md Harunur Rashid, 40, father of the schoolgirl and Md Abdul Mojid, 41, of Kismatlalpur village in the upazila. According to the family members, Harunur Rashid, the...

Nandigram Jamaat ameer sent to jail

A Bogra court yesterday sent Nandigram Upazila Parishad Chairman and upazila Jamaat Ameer Nurul Islam Mondol, 55, to jail, rejecting his bail prayer. The Jamaat leader is one of the accused in the cases for vandalism, arson attacks and carrying out subversive activities in the upazila parishad complex on March 3 last year. After investigation, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Nandigram Police Station Shahjahan Ali, also the investigation officer (IO) of the cases, pressed charges against Nurul Islam and 267 other BNP-Jamaat men...

Man missing in boat capsize

An elderly man went missing and at least five other passengers were injured when a speedboat overturned near Magurkanda channel in Padma River on Sunday night. The missing man is Lal Mia Faraji of Pashchim Tentulia village under Palong police station of Shariatpur. Mohammad Ali, brother of Lal Mia, said the speed boat carrying 18 passengers, started its journey from Majhikandi of Shariatpur. The speedboat overturned during a strong wave near Magurkanda channel. Most of the passengers were rescued by nearby boatmen...

Schoolgirl strangled after rape

A schoolgirl was strangled allegedly after being violated by a gang at Shudingram village in Adamdighi upazila early yesterday. Police recovered the body of Ruma Khatun, 13, daughter of Abdul Wabah, also a Class VIII student at Adamdighi Girls' High School, from her bedroom, said Moslem Uddin, officer in-charge of Adamdighi police station. Police quoted the family members as saying that Ruma went to bed around 2:00am. At midnight, a gang entered the room, violated and killed her and fled the...

World

Ukraine Crisis

Russian FM calls for immediate ceasefire

Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said negotiations taking place in Minsk to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine should seek an immediate ceasefire. "They must leave positions from which they can harm the civilian population," Lavrov told students in Moscow yesterday. "I very much count on today's negotiations being devoted above all to the task of agreeing an immediate ceasefire, without conditions." Meanwhile, Ukraine's defence minister warned yesterday that a "great war" had broken out with Russia over his country's...

Merkel calls anti-euro party success a 'protest vote'

Merkel calls anti-euro party success a 'protest vote'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed yesterday an anti-euro party's success in a weekend state election as a "protest vote" but admitted her party must do more to address constituents' frustrations. Speaking at her conservative Christian Democratic Union's headquarters about the poll in the eastern state of Saxony on Sunday, Merkel said voters gave the...

'Don't mess with NATO's ex-Soviet members'

'Don't mess with NATO's ex-Soviet members'

Setting the stage for a NATO summit dominated by the worst East-West tensions in decades, President Barack Obama will go to Estonia this week with a simple message for Vladimir Putin -- don't mess with NATO's ex-Soviet members. With Europe and the United States accusing the Russian president of sending his troops to intervene...

UN considers IS 'war crimes' visit

The UN Human Rights Council yesterday debated whether to send an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate suspected "crimes against humanity" by the Islamic State, as Baghdad called the jihadists an "imminent threat" to the world. "This terrorist organisation must be criminalised and its acts must be criminalised because they are equivalent to genocide and crimes against humanity," Iraqi Human Rights Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani told the council. The special session was called at Baghdad's request, with support from the five...

India Coalgate

Cancel all licenses, go for auction: govt

The Indian government has asked the Supreme Court to decide quickly on what happens next to more than 200 licenses issued by different governments since 1993.  Last week, the top court said those allocations were illegal but stopped short of cancelling them. The government's top lawyer, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, proposed in court that about 46 of the 218 allocations declared illegal should not be taken back from the companies that operate them as they were either producing coal or...

India, Japan will shape 21st century: Modi

India, Japan will shape 21st century: Modi

Conservative soulmates Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe declared yesterday ties between India and Japan were moving to a "new level", during a summit pregnant with promise for a relationship they hope will offer a counterweight to China. Modi's first foreign visit outside the Indian sub-continent has been a relaxed display of personal chemistry between...

Voting Reforms

Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech yesterday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China's central government of breaking its promise to let Hong Kong directly elect its leader. Some stood on chairs and pumped their fists, waving signs that said "Shameful" and "Loss of faith." The noisy demonstration at the start of the...

India extends Taslima Nasreen's visa by one year

India extends Taslima Nasreen's visa by one year

Controversial writer Taslima Nasreen, living in exile since 1994, has been given a one-year visa by Indian government and allowed to stay in this country till August 2015. Nasreen, 51, was last month given two months temporary visa after the Home Ministry decided to initiate a verification process of her visa application. "The writer's visa has been extended for one year, till August 2015," a Home Ministry official said yesterday. Naseen had met Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on August 2 after India's decision to grant her 2-month visa. At that time, the Home Minister had assured her to consider her plea for a longer-term visa. Nasreen had to leave Bangladesh in 1994...

News in Brief

Top US senator urges weapons for Ukraine Afgp, Washington The head of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for supplying Ukraine with weapons to fight what he called a "direct invasion" of the country by Russia. "We should provide the Ukrainians with the type of defensive weapons that will impose a cost upon (Russian President Vladimir) Putin for further aggression," Robert Menendez told CNN's "State of the Union" talk show. His comments came as Putin raised the stakes in...

Lifestyle

Cover Story

THE RIVER CHRONICLES

THE RIVER CHRONICLES

Forlorn pictures of antiquity paint images of sun-beaten men rowing their boats through the blue-grey waters of the Shitalakhya -- their faded orange sails swishing with the breeze and the lonely air occasionally pierced with the folk songs of Hasson Raja emanating from the deep vocals of the majhi. Yes, no Bengali can escape the allure that these waterways hold for us. This monsoon it is time to splurge in the bliss of spending a day on the boat and experience the slow life aboard burnished wooden boats glistening in the soft light of the sun hidden by the monsoon sky. All aboard the Contic Where the mighty Ganges river tied the...

Special Feature

Bayya jao re, okul doriyar majhe

Bayya jao re, okul doriyar majhe

The boatman unties the rope from the 'ghat'. He takes the oar and pushes onto the ground with it, pushing the boat away from the shore. We are set for sail. Villages in Bikrampur are connected by an intricate canal. Although roads have been built, monsoon makes the canal a favoured commute. Innumerable country...

SHOP REVIEW

CATS EYE

CATS EYE

Cats Eye has always been one of the favoured options when one wants to go the extra mile in terms of Western or fusion fashion. Geared towards the youth but classy enough to be worn by anyone young at heart, Cats Eye strives to strike a balance between trendy and sophisticated. Starting out with solely menswear and still predominantly being a menswear brand, the men have a lot to choose from in Cats Eye. Men attest that the formal shirts in Cats Eye are their favourites, as there is a wide selection having reasonable prices, and men can choose between two types of fits depending on their preferences. Formal shirts...

Special Feature

THE FABULOUS FUNGI

THE FABULOUS FUNGI

Everybody is familiar with mushrooms. They are a common sight. They sprout just about everywhere -- gardens, forests, rotting wood, live wood, soil, an unnoticed or forgotten corner of your rooftop -- and you can add to this list numerous more locations. Often, they are treated with a sort of neglect. Sometimes, they are given a momentary muse; curious-looking little 'creatures' that they are, showing up in various shapes and sizes and colours. 'Banger chhata' (frogs’ umbrella), we say, owing to the umbrella shape they have. Many of us wrongly associate mushrooms with plants. Mushrooms are actually fungi, and fungi have a kingdom of their own. Mushrooms neither belong to the...

FOOD-0-GRAM

Mushroom medley

Mushroom medley

Stir fried oyster mushrooms I find the texture and taste of oyster mushrooms best when used in Chinese or Thai cuisine. This quick and easy recipe will be for you when you have very little time in hand. By quick boiling the mushroom beforehand, it can lock the water so the mushroom won't get...

  

TRAVELOGUE

HUA HIN Quiet & Peace

HUA HIN Quiet & Peace

Hua Hin has been chosen as one of the world's best places to retire by "Live and Invest Overseas". Strong points for Hua Hin were the low cost of living in general and the affordability of beach-front living in particular, as well as its overall expat-friendliness. That just might give you a feel of...

LS EVENT

Rajshahi passes the pressure cooker

Rajshahi passes the pressure cooker

142 participants made the journey to Moonlight Garden, which played host to the Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef's Rajshahi round. Having already completed the previous rounds held in Sylhet, Khulna and Barisal, 12 of the final 24 slots had already been filled. This time, four more participants would be selected from Barisal. The competition...

SPECIAL FEATURE

Treading water with a Tiger

Treading water with a Tiger

It’s a beautiful midday Saturday morning in Dhaka. The sun is on your face, but peeking out from behind the low-slung clouds its intensity is calming instead of unbearable. It is perfectly complemented by a cool southern breeze. And silence, of course; blessed silence. A siren that seems to emanate from the heavens...

  

TRIBUTE

Iyengar's take on yoga asanas

Iyengar's take on yoga asanas

Last week, BKS Iyengar, a great yoga guru, died peacefully at the age of 95. Iyengar, a student of Krishnamacharya, was considered one of the pioneers in reviving modern yoga and bring it to the West.  Though he was a sickly child, frail and weak, through yoga therapy he was able to overcome...

ART

Solemn soliloquy

Solemn soliloquy

In the still, murky water a small dinghy lay anchored. Tied to a pole on the muddy banks of the river --- by means of a rope -- the unmanned boat rests motionless. There are no ripples in the water, the sky hanging over, hinting an imminent rain. And the water body seems like waiting for that drop of rain that would unset the stillness of the water, like a maestro gently stroking the strings of a Kashmiri santoor. Sometimes a couplet, or even a triplet of small riverine, local boats takes their place on paper, sometimes accompanied by a fishing net and sometimes with a hint of habitation, seem remotely...

International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations

Open, the International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, will celebrate its 17th edition from 28 August to 28 September, 2014 at the same time as the Venice Film Festival. More than thirty international artists will take part with site-specific projects in the public areas of Venice Lido and the Island of San Servolo. Over the years OPEN has created a strong genius loci, thanks to the presence of countless international artists, who have brought different cultures and traditions to the...

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Menstrual migraine

A monthly nightmare for all menstruating women is menstrual migraine. Women suffer migraines three times more frequently than men do; and, menstrual migraines affect 60 percent of these women. They occur before, during or immediately after the period, or during ovulation. What causes menstrual migraines? The culprit for headaches is not oestrogen. Serotonin (neurotransmitters or chemicals in the brain which are responsible for making you feel happy) is the primary hormonal trigger in this kind of headache. Some researchers believe that...

FIGURING FATHERHOOD

Doctors and zombies

Quote of the day: Just when you think it's the worst, it's not. There are two places that give nightmares to every parent of toddlers: school and a visit to the doctor.  For me, I am yet to suffer the full fury of a school run. I am only in the dreading stage. That means dry mouth, sweaty brow and raised blood pressure at the thought of it. School is far away but quickly approaching. But a doctor's visit is...

CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Radiant Bonsai Society's exhibition RADIANT Bonsai Society will be holding the second part of its exhibition on Bonsai from the 25 August till 31 August. The exhibition will feature a presentation of 75 different species of bonsai, both endemic and otherwise. The bonsai plants will also be up for sale, with prices ranging from...

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Personage of Egyptian Vision Date: Tuesday, 2 September to Saturday, 13 September Time: Daylong Venue: La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka. Renowned Egyptian artist, Dr Walid Jahin -- a professor in Alexandria University of Egypt at the Department of Fine Arts -- will be exhibiting his artworks for the first time in Bangladesh. As Dr Walid puts...

DECOR TIPS

Child's play

When it comes to decorating the room for a new born, you may have to be extra careful as your child is very sensitive to his/her surroundings. The room has to be cosy and the colour scheme right. Here are some tips which will make your work easier. While decorating your child's space think about your baby's particular needs. Make sure you choose a quiet room close to the bedroom. Make provisions for good ventilation; if the windows allow a...

POP UP

Avoid over-exfoliating

EXFOLIATION, while helpful in clearing breakouts, smoothing the skin, and fading discoloration, can harm the skin when done in excess. Your skin's protective barrier may become damaged when too many acids, scrubs, peels, and sonic brushes are used. The potential result is dryness, irritation, and increased breakouts. An exfoliating scrub should really only be used three times a week, but even that might be too much for some people. If your skin is red, tight, or dry, you may...

Law and Our Rights

LAW ANALYSIS

Reviving the 'stopped' judicial proceedings

Reviving the 'stopped' judicial proceedings

ON the issue of reviving the stopped judicial proceedings, the adjudicators in Courts of justice usually confront few rudimentary dilemmas. There is also disorientation as to the application of the provision enunciated in section 249 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 in our administration of criminal justice in Bangladesh. To realise the...

Your Advocate

Your Advocate

This week Your Advocate is Barrister Omar Khan Joy, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He is the head of the chambers of a renowned law firm, namely, 'Legal Counsel', which has expertise mainly in commercial law, corporate law, family law, employment and labor law, land law, banking law, constitutional law, criminal law, IPR...

Law letter
Impeachment of Judges

Let's establish check and balance

A procedure for removal of Judges of the  Supreme Court by way of address of the Houses of Parliament to the President for 'proved misbehavior or incapacity' is going to be revived in our constitution by upcoming 16th amendment as the cabinet approved a proposal to amend the constitution to restore parliaments' authority to impeach judges. The original constitution (of 1972) had empowered parliament with the authority to impeach. By virtue of the supreme judicial council a judge can be...

Law Event

To foster the study of International Law

To foster the study of International Law

TO promote research, education and practice of international law among law scholars and practitioners in Asia and to foster the Asian perspectives of international law, the Bangladesh Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL Bangladesh), in collaboration with the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL), organised an international conference on South...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

Migrant workers' safety

According to one estimate, 74 lakh people have gone outside Bangladesh in search of livelihood. They are sending remittance which is keeping the economy in good shape. They are toiling under the hot sun of the Middle East so that their near ones may live happily in Bangladesh. They face many problems in their day-to-day life. Many even lost their lives because of hostile working conditions. What is the government doing to ensure safety of the workers? Zabed Wali On e-mail  ...

Letters To The Editor

Clueless disappearance victims' families

Clueless disappearance victims' families

This is horrific news that people who are being picked up by the law enforcers are never returning home again. Imagine the agony of those hapless mothers, fathers, wives, sisters and brothers who keep waiting for the news of their loved ones. When the family members ask the law enforcers the whereabouts of...

Letters To The Editor

Rescuing stolen baby: Media, Rab set example

The recent baby stealing from DMCH has created much uproar among public. The media has covered the news with great enthusiasm and people were hoping for its rescue. Finally, after a week into the stealing, Rab members have rescued the baby. Along with the parents of the baby, the people of the country are relieved and happy. Expressing utter dismay over the incident at DMCH, the High Court on August 27 ordered a judicial inquiry into the entire incident...

Comments on news report

“Family points finger at rival religious group,” published on August 29, 2014 Sayed Rahman Such kind of indication before the probe may hamper the investigation. ***** “Three rivers too hungry” (August 29, 2014) Sayed Rahman If we continuously hamper the natural flow of the rivers, they will be much more cruel and hungry. Md. Abu Sufian The government should adopt long term plan to reduce river erosion. ***** “Dhaka division home to highest number of poor” (August 28, 2014) Sayed Rahman Is it the real scenario? I think whatever happens in...