• Thursday, September 18, 2014


Water Crisis at Khondokar Goli in Capital

Residents living a nightmare

With little or no water being supplied by Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) for the last 15 days, several thousand residents of Khondokar Goli off the capital's Shiddheswari Road are struggling to go about their daily businesses. The water crisis has been prevalent for the last six months but turned acute recently, resident Faruk Chowdhury told The Daily Star. “I have already purchased three small tanks of water from Wasa spending around Tk 1,000 as we did not get...

Brickfield worker 'gang raped'

A female worker of a brickfield in Noyachor of Dhamrai, on the outskirts of the capital, was allegedly gang raped in her workplace on Tuesday night. Her co-workers alleged that a group of about five people visited the brickfield in the evening and ordered the male workers there to bring their female colleague out. The gang then had an altercation with the workers when they refused to hand over the woman, and left the brickfield. However, around 9:00pm, the gang comprising...

Performance of Akram Khan's DESH shifted to Saturday

The date of the performance of Akram Khan's "DESH" at the capital's Shilpakala Academy has been shifted from today to Saturday at 7:00pm, due to unavoidable circumstances, organisers said yesterday. The invitation cards meant for today's show would remain valid for Saturday. However, the programme scheduled for tomorrow will remain unchanged. Bengal Foundation and British Council are jointly hosting the performance. An English artiste of Bangladeshi descent, Akram Khan is one of Britain's most feted dancer-choreographers.

Cutting Marriageable Age

Child marriage will increase

Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) expressed concern that the risks of child marriage would increase if age limits of marriage are reduced. The proposed child marriage prevention act stipulates that girls under 18 and boys under 21 will not be eligible for marriage. However, at a cabinet meeting on September 15, it was suggested that considering the socio-economic condition of the country the age limits should be reduced but the meeting did not take any concrete decision in this regard. A statement...

Graft Cases against Khalada

Court experiences pandemonium

A Dhaka court yesterday was about to adjourn the hearing of Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and eight others due a pandemonium in the courtroom resulting from a scuffle between the prosecution and the defence teams.     The court, however, finally asked Khaleda and four others, now on bail, to appear before it on September 22. It also granted two defence petitions seeking exemption from appearance for Khaleda for yesterday's proceedings due...

ACC convictions falling

The conviction rate in Anti-Corruption Commission's (ACC) cases has on an average fallen since 2009 for, as a top official of the anti-graft watchdog seeking anonymity stated, lack of witnesses and proper evidence. The yearly conviction rates in percentage starting from 2009 are 61, 56, 20, 32, 37 and 35 (in the eight months this year), state ACC papers. Last month it was only 20, for the accused in only two of the 10 cases disposed of were convicted, ACC Secretary...

Remembering UK Ching Marma Bir Bikram

Unity between hills, plains people urged

Unity between hills, plains people urged

Recalling the bravery of UK Ching Marma Bir Bikram, speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday stressed on unison among people of both the plain land and hill tracts for Bangladesh's development and to solve its problems. Research and Development Collective organised the meeting in the capital's Bangladesh National Museum. UK Ching passed away on July 25 this year due to old age complications. Having fought in Sector 8 in Rangpur during the Liberation War, UK Ching Marma is the only one from the indigenous community to have been decorated with a gallantry award. Born to carpenter Bi So Marma and Nag Sanu Marma on November 17, 1937 in a small village at...

Rural women spend 7hrs doing unpaid work, men only 1hr

Women living in rural areas of the country spend, on average, seven hours a day doing unpaid work like cooking, while men only spend about one hour for this purpose, according to a non-government study. ActionAid Bangladesh, and Centre for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) of Brac University disclosed findings of the study in a programme at Jatiya Press Club yesterday. The organisations conducted the study titled “Pattern of Time Use of Adult Women and Men in Rural North Bangladesh” between...

Over 100 CU Shibir men sued for 'possessing bombs, sharp weapons'

Police sued more than a hundred leaders and activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir of Chittagong University Tuesday night over the recovery of petrol bombs and sharp weapons from three dormitories earlier in the day. They were accused of possessing the objects for destructive activities, said Assistant Superintendent of Police of Hathazari Circle AFM Nizam Uddin. Sixty-nine identified and 20-25 unidentified Shibir men were accused in one case, and 105 identified and 20-25 unidentified Shibir men in the other, said police. On Tuesday,...

Child stabbed by 'uncle' dies

A seven-year-old boy of Chittagong's Banshkhali upazila succumbed to his injuries yesterday morning hours after being stabbed allegedly by his uncle following a dispute with his father. Several neighbours told The Daily Star that they had rushed out on hearing screams on Tuesday around 2:00pm only to find Mohammed lying in a pool of blood outside his Dongra village residence in Khankanabad union. They also stated to have seen the uncle, Abul Kashem, running away. Chittagong Medical College Hospital sources said Mohammed,...

Judge's Death

Self-proclaimed wife, three others remanded

A Chittagong court yesterday remanded the self-proclaimed wife of a judge, who died in mysterious circumstances the day before, and three others for five days of interrogation each in a murder case accusing the four and 10 unidentified others. Kazi Abdul Hasib Mohammad Sayeed, 47, an additional district and session judge stationed in Naogaon, was declared dead in Chittagong Medical College Hospital when taken there Tuesday evening by two women claiming to be his wife and mother-in-law, said police. Police yesterday...

News in Brief

JU admission tests postponed JU Correspondent Admission tests of Jahangirnagar University's D (biological science faculty), E (business studies) and G (Institution of Business Administration) units will be held on September 24 and 25, instead of 18 and 21. Seat plans and exam timing will remain unchanged. Details are available on www.juniv.edu. Exams of other units will be held as per earlier schedules. Calculators and other electronic devices will not be allowed.   Family seeks justice for custodial death of Bangladeshi in UK Staff Correspondent, Sylhet The...



Kaji Majiruddin, former director of the Department of Agricultural Marketing, died of old age complications at a clinic in the capital on Tuesday, aged 85. He was buried at Banani graveyard, says a press release.



The qulkhwani of Syed Abdul Momin, a retired general manager of Bangladesh Textile Mills Corporation, will be held tomorrow after Maghrib prayers at his residence at 51-52, Green Road, Dhaka. He passed away on Sunday at the  age of  72, says a press release.

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 43rd death anniversary of martyred freedom fighter Nazrul Islam. Prof Hazera Nazrul, his widow, has arranged a milad mahfil at 204/A, Gulshan Tejgaon Link Road, Dhaka after Asr prayers today, says a press release.On this day in1971, Nazrul became a martyr during a guerilla operation in Dhaka.