• Saturday, August 30, 2014





Monsoon is close to end. With most migrant birds gone, the bird-watcher's fancy turns to our year-round local birds. Among them, which better to watch than the Bulbul? With its distinctive crested head, acrobatic flight and playful antics, this bird can keep you entertained for a long time. Although its call – a...

Forced Disappearances

No option of legal remedy

Reiterating that the victims of forced disappearances here have no option of legal remedy, Hong Kong-based Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) has made written submissions to the UN Human Rights Council on the prevalence of the incidents in Bangladesh. The prevailing condition of repression and impunity contributes to the further weakening of criminal justice institutions, said the independent regional NGO, which is holding general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It is a sister...

Dr Kamal calls for national unity

Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called for a national unity to establish effective democracy in the country. “If we can forge a national unity, a bright future is awaiting us… so today I would like to call for a national unity among the like-minded civil society members and political parties,” he said. He made the call at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital marking Gonoforum's 21st founding anniversary. Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, former president; Mujahidul Islam...

Star-Robi English in Schools

Silver Bells School wins Ctg divisional round

Silver Bells School wins Ctg divisional round

Silver Bells Girls' High School won the Chittagong divisional round of English in Schools, a joint endeavour of The Daily Star and Robi, held at Khawja Ajmeri KG and High School in the port city yesterday. Khastagir Government Girls' High School was the runner-up, while Chittagong Government High School took the third position. A total...

Tuba Group workers want jobs back

Tuba Group workers want jobs back

Tuba Group workers yesterday reiterated their demand for immediate cancellation of the bail of Delwar Hossain, owner of the group, in a case filed in connection with the Tazreen Fashions fire.    The workers also demanded their due bonus, and urged the government to take control of the company and open up employment opportunities for...

Commercially viable drone developed

Commercially viable drone developed

Bangladeshi researchers have created an unmanned aerial vehicle, popularly known as drone, which they said could be used to ease the gargantuan task of aerial surveys. AplombTech BD, a technology research firm, demonstrated the drone, which is named Albatross and is still in at the experimental stage, in a children's science festival in the...

Man dies in trawler capsizal

A man drowned while nine others were hospitalised as an engine-run salt-laden trawler hit a shoal and sank in the Meghna river at Gazipur point of Haimchar upazila in Chandpur yesterday. The deceased was Ershad, 50, a resident of Mirsarai upazila in Chittagong. Fishermen and locals rescued the victims, undergoing treatment at Haimchar Health Complex, after the Narayanganj-bound trawler from Kutubdia sank around 11:30am, said Moniruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Haimchar Police Station. Mobarak Hossain, deputy director of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (Chandpur),...

Neighbours 'grab' land overnight in Barisal city

Neighbours 'grab' land overnight in Barisal city

Two neighbours have allegedly occupied 22 decimals of land of a betel leaf planter in Barisal city over two days till Tuesday, with the victim alleging that police intentionally delayed in taking action despite being informed of the attempt on the first day. The occupiers built several tin structures there in the early hours...

Dhaka invites Turkish investors

Bangladesh has called for greater trade and investment relations with Turkey and invited potential Turkish investors to take advantage of the favourable business climate in Bangladesh. The call was made by State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, who is on a two-day official visit to Ankara, the Turkish capital, to represent Bangladesh at the invitation of the Turkish government to the Presidential Handover Ceremony of Turkey. During meeting with leaders of Ankara Chamber and officials, the state minister called for...

Benapole Port

Export, import suspended

Import and export between Bangladesh and India has been suspended as Indian Transport Workers' Union yesterday called an indefinite strike centering the incident where India's Border Security Force tortured a transport worker in Petrapole check post in India. However, loading and unloading is going on at the port, said Partha Kumar, deputy director, Benapole Port Authority.

Man found dead in Savar

A man was found dead in a ditch near his house at Kolma in Savar outside the capital yesterday. Sayed Akber Ali was an office assistant at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre in Savar, said police. He might have been beaten to death as the body bore several injury marks on its different parts, said Dipok Chandra Shaha, officer-in-charge of Savar Model Police Station. None was arrested in the incident till last evening.


Declassify data on Bangabandhu killing

Communist Party of Bangladesh President Mujahidul Islam Selim yesterday urged the intelligence agencies, CIA of America, RAW of India, ISI of Pakistan, and DGFI, to declassify all data about the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bangabandhu was slain on August 15, 1975 in a bid to “kill the country's liberation war” and to take revenge of the defeat in the war, he told a discussion in the capital.  “The conspirators had a contingency plan [to kill Bangabandhu if defeated in...

Stealing of Twin Baby from DMCH

Arrested two women on three-day remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed a three-day remand for each of the two women arrested over stealing a new born twin baby from Dhaka Medical College Hospital over a week ago. The order came after police produced them before the court seeking a seven-day remand for each of them. Rapid Action Battalion rescued the baby from Gazipur's Board Bazar area early Thursday and arrested the two-- Rasheda Khanom alias Parvin, 48, and Belly Akter alias Rahima in the area.  Rab handed the...

Domestic help tortured

Police yesterday detained a woman over torturing her domestic help in the capital's Green Road area. The detainee is Soniya Akter. Her eleven-year-old domestic help Sohagi, daughter of Kalim Uddin of Shariatpur, with marks of injury on different parts of her body including face and hand took treatment from Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Locals came to know the fact while Sohagi was weeping standing before her employer's building around 4:00pm. On information from them, police picked Sonyia up from her residence on the...

Attack on Khasis

Rights activists want withdrawal of cases against Adivasis

Rights activists yesterday demanded withdrawal of false cases against Khasi people, and arrest and exemplary punishment of Bangalee land grabbers who attacked the indigenous community on May 30 in Moulvibazar's Srimangal upazila.   The activists made the demands at a press conference organised by Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon at Dhaka Reporters' Unity. The activists claimed the authorities of Nahar Tea Garden has been “filing false cases against Khasis and attacking them to evict them from their land.” Around 70 Khasi families live in Nahar...

Woman rescued from brothel in Patuakhali

Police rescued a female garment worker from a brothel in Patuakhali town on Thursday night and arrested three men over selling her to the madam. The arrestees are Milton, 35, Faruque, 32, and Afzal Hossain, 30, of Galachipa upazila in the Patuakhali. Milton, who made a relationship with the woman over cellphone many days ago, lured her to marry her, said SM Ziaul Haque, officer-in-charge of Patuakhali Police Station. On Wednesday night, Milton took the woman from her workplace in Narayanganj to...

News in Brief

48 DU students get Blue Award DU Correspondent After 14 long years, the Dhaka University authorities yesterday awarded 48 students with Blue Award for their contributions to sports. DU Blue Award was last given in 1999 and the authorities reintroduced it amid longstanding demand of DU athletes. The award giving ceremony was held at DU senate building with Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique in chair. The awardees were selected based on their performances in cricket, basketball and other sports completion held at national...


Saleha Mosharraf, former lawmaker of Faridpur contituency-4, died of cancer at Diabetic Hospital in the district town early yesterday. She was 66. She left behind three sons and two daughters. She will be buried at Alipur graveyard following her third namaz-e-janaza on Red Crescent premises after Asr prayers today.


Qulkhwani of Eng Sirajul Haque, a former high official of BCIC (NGFF & AFFL), will be held today in his Batara residence of the capital after Asr prayers. He passed away due to old age complications in a hospital on August 24. Sirajul, of Shariatpur, left behind his wife, two sons and five daughters.

Death anniversary

Today is the 13th death anniversary of Majibar Rahman Talukder, a former lawmaker of Awami League. A doa mahfil and distribution of food among the destitute will be held at his Patuakhali residence and its adjacent mosque and madrasa, says a press release. On this day in 2001, Majibar, also a former chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of land, died from a cardiac arrest. Majibar was elected MP in 1970, 1991 and 1996.



Dr Shamsuzzaman Mozumder, former secretary, and member of Planning Commission, died in a Dhaka hospital on Wednesday night. He was buried at Banani graveyard following a namaz-e-janaza at Azad Mosque after Zohr prayers on Thursday, says a press release. To pray for the salvation of the departed soul, a doa mahfil will be held after Asr prayers today in his residence at House-20B, Road-26, Gulshan-1, Dhaka.