• Saturday, February 28, 2015


Chasing the Light


Chasing the Light

As a photographer I am always chasing light. After all, a photograph is nothing but a map of the light that the camera sees. Good light comes in many guises and the first thing I do before taking a photograph is to observe and evaluate this light. Like many other photographers, I prefer indirect,...

Poetry in abundance, not dedicated stalls

Poetry in abundance, not dedicated stalls

The Amar Ekushey Granthamela-2015 opens on its last day today an hour earlier at 10:00am and will close at 9:00pm. Yesterday, 190 new books arrived and 25 were launched. This brings the total number of new arrivals since February 1 to 3,575, of which 843 are of poetry. On any given day, the number of...

15 adivasis killed in CHT last year

15 adivasis killed in CHT last year

At least 15 indigenous people were killed and 122 indigenous females became victims of sexual and physical assault allegedly by Bangalee settlers and law enforcers in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and plains last year, said a report. Kapaeeng Foundation, an NGO working with indigenous communities, released the report at an event at the capital's...

Land Rights

Corruption root of Adivasis' deprivation

Indigenous people cannot establish their rights to land because the land offices are the most corrupt place in the country, lawmaker Fazle Hossain Badsha said yesterday. He stressed the need for preserving the national identity details of all citizens at the land offices so that identification does not become a cause of Adivasis' deprivation. The convener of the parliamentary caucus on indigenous affairs was addressing a national seminar, "Land Problems of Plain Land Adivasis: Ways Out", at Bangladesh Medical Association in...

Agartala conspiracy case accused Rauf passes away

Commander (retd) Abdur Rauf, a freedom fighter and the 35th accused of the Agartala conspiracy case, passed away in Dhaka Combined Military Hospital (CMH) early yesterday, at age 82. He left behind his wife, one son and two daughters, said a press release of Gonoforum, of which he was the executive president. Acting Secretary General of Sector Commanders Forum Harun Habib said Rauf breathed his last at 5:00am. The then Pakistan government filed the infamous case against 35 people, with Bangabandhu...

Family to meet Kamaruzzaman today

Family members of convicted war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman have been permitted by the Dhaka Central Jail authorities to meet him today at 10:30am, said one lawyer representing the Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general yesterday. Eight to 10 members, including Kamaruzzaman's wife Nurunnahar, will go to discuss family affairs, added Mohammad Shishir Manir. He told The Daily Star that the last meet took place on January 29. The authorities usually allow half an hour. Shishir said the defence lawyers were drafting a review...

Ongoing terrors resemble that in 1971

Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali yesterday said the ongoing indiscriminate acts of violence, arson and terror being perpetrated by the BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami combine have a stark resemblance to the atrocities people witnessed in 1971 during the Liberation War. In the last four decades after the country's independence, such forces gathered within democratic spaces and resorted to terrorist acts under the pretext of political movement, he said. Mahmood was addressing the inaugural ceremony of a three-day “International Conference on Bangladesh Genocide and...

Law Reporters' Forum

Badiuzzaman, Hiron elected president, gen secy

M Badiuzzaman of the daily Kaler Kantho and Wakil Ahmed Hiron of the daily Samakal were yesterday elected president and general secretary respectively of Law Reporters' Forum (LRF) for the period 2015-2016. Other office bearers are: vice president Shamima Aktar of RTV; joint secretary Azizul Islam Pannu of Boishakhi Television; publicity and publication secretary Arafat Munna of the daily Janakantha, treasurer Hasan Jabed of NTV; organising secretary Kabir Hossain of daily Jugantor, and office secretary Fazlul Haque Mridha of newsnextbd.com....

Swiss Official's Visit

Economic, cultural talks on agenda

Switzerland and Bangladesh will discuss ways to further strengthen the countries' economic and cultural cooperation during the second round of the bilateral political consultations in Dhaka tomorrow, said a press release. Johannes Matyassy, assistant state secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland and Ambassador Mizanur Rahman, additional secretary (bilateral) to the foreign ministry, will lead respective delegations during the consultation. Matyassy arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a four-day visit.

Landlessness behind poverty in indigenous people: Study

Landlessness is the main reason behind the widespread poverty among indigenous people, according to a new study revealed at a seminar in the capital on Thursday. It shows that landlessness among the indigenous households is 79 percent compared to the national rural landlessness of about 55 percent. Three-fourths of indigenous communities host more landless households compared to the mainstream households (68 percent), the study says. Oxfam Bangladesh and Human Development Research Centre in collaboration with the European Union organised the seminar...

BNP man snatched from cops, son shot dead

A youth was shot dead and five people including three cops were injured in a clash, which started after family members snatched away an arrested BNP leader from police in Dinajpur's Chirirbandar upazila yesterday. The deceased, Md Rezwanul Haque, 20, was the son of Hobibor Rahman, ward-4 president of BNP's Punotri union and resident of Tulshipur village, said Atiar Rahman, chairman of the union parishad. The youth was hit by a bullet when police responded with gunfire. He died on...

Road crashes kill three

Two persons were killed and two others injured when the CNG-run auto-rickshaw they were in collided head-on with a bus on Bogra-Natore road in Damgara area of Nandigram yesterday, reports our Bogra correspondent. The dead were Islam, 40, of Rajshahi, and Mithu, 35, of Natore. Our Chittagong correspondent adds, a micro-bus passenger was killed while two others were injured when the vehicle crashed into the rear part of a parked rod-laden mini-truck on Chittagong-Cox's Bazar Highway in Satkania upazila. The deceased was...

PIA suspends flights to Dhaka

Pakistan International Airlines suspended operation of its flights to Bangladesh from Thursday without informing the authorities concerned in Dhaka, said an official of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh last night. An official at the flight inquiry at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport said PIA had operated one flight everyday to Dhaka from Pakistan. According to Pakistan media reports, the suspension came after law enforcers raided the Banani house of PIA country manager in Bangladesh, Ali Abbas, three days back. Acknowledging the fact,...

Vehicles on Kuakata beach banned

Police have banned driving of any kind of vehicle and playing football on the Kuakata beach to make the spot more enjoyable for tourists. Posters were hung up at the beach in this regard on Thursday.    Sub-Inspector of Kuakata Police Station Sonjoy Mondol said, “We took this initiative so that tourists can move freely on the beach.” He said there are many locals who frequent the beach on motorbikes and harass the tourists there. “Visitors also become victims of mugging,” he said. He...

25 hurt in clashes over land in 2 dists

At least 25 people were injured in clashes over land dispute in Jhenidah and Sunamganj yesterday. Our Jhenidah correspondent reports, at least 15 people sustained injuries in a clash between two rival groups at Maharajpur village in Sadar upazila of the district in the afternoon. Two people were arrested on the spot. There has been a long standing dispute between one Golam Sarwar and another Aijol Hossain over 40 bighas of land at the village, said police and locals. The clash ensued when...

Deed writer found dead

Police recovered the hanging body of a deed writer in Malonci village of Bogra yesterday morning. The deceased was Longeshwar, 60, of the same village. His body was hanging from a mango tree near his house, said police. The body was sent for an autopsy. Police said they would investigate the incident after getting the autopsy report.

Teen dies in electrocution

A teenage boy died from electrocution at Choumokha village in Nagarkanda municipality area of Faridpur yesterday noon. The deceased was Babu Mridha, 14, son of Bakkar Mridha of the village. Locals said Babu came in contact with a live electric wire of a motor around 2:00pm while spraying water on the wall of a newly constructed building.

Fire drill held in Rangpur

A fire drill was held on the Rangpur Central Truck Terminal grounds in the city on Wednesday to let people know about rescue operations after arson attacks on vehicles. It was jointly organised by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Rangpur Fire Service and Civil Defense Station. Officials of BGB, fire service and police were present.

News In Brief

Three burnt in Savar cylinder blast Our Correspondent, Savar Three workers were burnt in a gas cylinder blast at Aditto Jewellery at Nishchintapur in Ashulia of Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, on Thursday night, said the victims and witnesses. Vola Das, 27, Bheem, 26, and Nakul, 25, were admitted to Enam Medical College Hospital. Vola said they were working when the cylinder of the shop exploded.   Jafru annual get-together held City Desk The annual get-together of Journalism Forum of Rajshahi University (Jafru), an association...

Appeal for help

Appeal for help

Ruslan Farhiz Niladri, 5, is suffering from blood cancer and undergoing treatment at the hematology department of the capital's Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, says a press release. Doctors say his bone marrow has to be transplanted, for which Tk 50 lakh is needed. As the family cannot afford the treatment, they sought financial help from the well-off of the society. Aid can be sent to savings A/C No-116-151-21525, Dutch Bangla Bank Ltd, Gulshan, Dhaka; and bKash A/C No- 01944272490.


Golam Murshed, a sports organiser, social activist and businessman, died from a cardiac arrest at Kanthal Bagicha Moholla in Chapainawabganj town early yesterday. He was 55. Murshed, a vice president of District Sports Association, was also president of Bangladesh Fertiliser Association and president of Petrol Pump Owners Association, the district unit.

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 7th death anniversary of Imran Rahman, former managing director and CEO of Brac Bank Ltd, says a press release. On the occasion, a Qurankhwani and a programme to distribute food among the destitute will be held in the capital. An alumnus of Shaheen School, Mirzapur Cadet College, and IBA of Dhaka University, Imran died in Toronto.

Sheikh Nurul Islam

Sheikh Nurul Islam

Today is the first death anniversary of Sheikh Nurul Islam, a former government official, says a press release. A milad and a doa mahfils will be held after the Maghrib prayers at 2/101, Eastern Corner, 10/A Circuit House Road, Ramna, Dhaka.