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Eid shopping a click away

Eid shopping a click away

Farjana Mony was feeling exhausted even at the thought of going to malls braving huge traffic jams and crowds. But she can't help as it is the time for Eid shopping. She was looking for an alternative means of buying her dresses. When she found one -- through friends and the social media --...

Cops needed Tk 10 lakh

Cops needed Tk 10 lakh

Dhanmondi police have allegedly tortured a college student in their custody so brutally that he may not walk again.   When cops arrested him in a murder case on June 9, Inzamamul Islam Jisan, 17, was perfectly fine, according to the very police officer who allegedly tortured him. The barbarity caused serious infection in the youth's...

Mohsin's new antics

Mohsin's new antics

After dozing off on stage a few times, Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali messed up his speech for a programme and said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was Saima Wazed Hossain's paternal grandfather. “Working together we will prove that what we had not done for your dada [paternal grandfather], we will do that and more for you,” he said apparently to flatter Saima. In Bangla, paternal grandfather is dada and maternal grandfather is nana and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is actually Saima's maternal grandfather. Saima is Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's daughter. “If Aung San Suu Kyi can get the Nobel prize for peace, our Putul [Saima's nick name] will...

Bloodshed goes on

Bloodshed goes on

Gaza fighting raged yesterday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory as US Secretary of State John Kerry said efforts to secure a truce between Israel and Hamas had made some progress. In a blow to Israel's economy and image, American aviation authorities extended a ban on US flights to Tel Aviv for...

UN warns of war crimes

UN warns of war crimes

Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said yesterday while also condemning indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants Hamas. "There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes," Pillay told the...

Invest more in Bangladesh

Invest more in Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday called upon the Bangladeshi expatriates, especially from Sylhet region, to invest more in Bangladesh. She made the request when a five-member delegation of All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), led by Lord Sheikh, met her at Hotel Hilton on Park Lane in the afternoon. The meeting discussed how to boost...

Published Date: July 23, 2014
JUSTICE DELAYED, NOT DENIED

JUSTICE DELAYED, NOT DENIED

In the first-ever instance of conviction for drug adulteration in the country, a court yesterday awarded 10 years' rigorous imprisonment to an owner and two officials of Adflame Pharmaceuticals. Adflame director Helena Pasha; Mizanur Rahman, manager and her brother, and Nrigendra Nath Bala, production officer, were also fined Tk 2,00,000 each under the Drug...

Published Date: July 23, 2014
Star's report foiled bid to deny justice

Star's report foiled bid to deny justice

The country's top state law officer apparently knew nothing about the matter until Sunday, two days before the date fixed by a Dhaka drug court for announcing judgment on adulteration of child drugs by a manufacturer two decades ago. An investigation by The Daily Star in 2009 set the trial against five high-ups of...

Published Date: July 23, 2014
Winner one, win for all

Winner one, win for all

Hundreds of children died from renal failure between 1982 and 1992, but the reason for the disease had been unknown until a brave physician revealed that toxic paracetamol was causing the deaths. Instead of using propylene glycol, five pharmaceutical companies used lethal but cheap diethylene glycol in producing paracetamol syrup, kidney specialist Prof Mohammad Hanif had said in 1992. The pediatrician, who since 1982 had seen children die, arranged a test of Adflame's Flammodol at a US laboratory. The sample tested positive for diethylene glycol, leading to prosecution of four out of the five companies. The other firm, City Chemical, was never prosecuted allegedly for its warm relations with the then...

Published Date: July 23, 2014
Happy; yet feel sentence too soft

Happy; yet feel sentence too soft

Just 10 years' imprisonment for the guilty seemed inadequate for the families who lost children to poisonous paracetamol syrup over 22 years ago. They were happy that the judgement was finally delivered and their agonising wait had ended but they wished the death penalty had been awarded. Mohiuddin, whose brother was one of the victims...