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Trying, sincerely

Trying, sincerely

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday reassured his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina of signing the Teesta water-sharing deal and implementing the Land Boundary Agreement, saying his government was working sincerely on the issues. “There had been reservations from a few political parties in India about signing the Teesta deal and implementing the Land Boundary...

Saarc fails to fly, again

The Saarc pulled a hamstring, once again. The failure to push through any of the three agreements supposed to be signed at the 18th Saarc summit in Kathmandu yesterday proved the member countries are rather more interested to go for bilateral deals. It also exposed that the architecture of Saarc is faulty. Any member country's reluctance on any deal can spoil the whole game as it happened this time with Pakistan staying away from signing the deals. Such approach to cooperation comes...

Hasina, Nawaz discuss power, terrorism

Hasina, Nawaz discuss power, terrorism

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina discussed bilateral matters yesterday on the sidelines of the 18th Saarc Summit in Kathmandu. Nawaz told Hasina how his country was suffering from acute power shortage, in response to which Hasina explained how her government had successfully addressed the power crisis in the...

Rising Suicide Cases

Timely treatment can save lives

Timely treatment can save lives

Physicians believe timely medical intervention can save three-fourths of the lives lost in suicides as the phenomenon of taking one's own life showed an upward trend lately. Psychologists have listed causes behind the rise in the number of people ending their lives. Remedies for preventing suicide are numerous and diverse depending on the victims' socio-economic conditions. But the bottom line drawn by physicians and psychologists is that the self-killing attempts can be prevented by counselling and providing medical treatment in time. Surprisingly, in Dhaka, a city of 13 million people, only three of the 25 public health facilities treat patients who attempt suicide. The hospitals are Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Shaheed Suhrawardy...

Expats in KSA may get 5-yr permit to stay

Saudi Arabia may extend the validity of work permits (iqamas) of foreigners to five years from one currently. Over 1.3 million expatriate Bangladeshis in the Gulf country will be benefited if the proposed extension takes effect, said officials at Bangladesh embassy in Saudi Arabia. “It is still in the proposal stage. When they adopt the system, our people will definitely enjoy advantages. They will be able to work freely for a longer time,” Mokammal Hossain, counsellor (labour) at Bangladesh Consulate in...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Latif Siddique lands in jail

Latif Siddique lands in jail

Abdul Latif Siddique looked more like his usual self all along -- from his surrender to landing in jail yesterday. The sacked minister, who grabbed headlines for his scathing remarks on hajj and Tabligh Jamaat about two months ago, surrendered at Dhanmondi Model Police Station around 1:30pm yesterday, nearly 41 hours after he flew...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Ignorance too costly

Tertiary level students are not aware of what kind of conduct constitutes sexual harassment, and this is one of the reasons why incidence of sexual harassment takes place in higher educational institutions and often remains under-reported. Most male students are in the dark about a High Court ruling that defined certain kinds of conduct as sexual harassment, a teacher of the sexual harassment complaint committee of a private university told The Daily Star. "Even the female students do not know which...

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Stop it now

Stop it now

Kalpona Akter Parvin was 13 years old when she was forcibly married to her husband Saidul Islam, who also demanded Tk 40,000 as dowry. Kalpona's mother managed to give him Tk 15,000 but could not afford the rest of the amount. A few days after the marriage took place, Saidul said he was...

War Crimes Verdict

Published Date: November 26, 2014
Convict, govt can seek SC review

Putting an end to all confusions, the Supreme Court has said a convicted war criminal can seek review of verdict on the appeal in 15 days since receiving the certified copy of the judgment or being informed about it. Thus, it becomes clear that Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, whose death penalty was upheld by the SC on November 3 in a war crimes case, is allowed to move a review petition. The prosecution can file the petition as well. "It [review petition] can be...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Mobarak to walk gallows

Mobarak to walk gallows

On August 22, 1971, some 130 people were assembled in Tanmandayl village of Brahmanbaria's Akhaura. Little did they know that 33 of them would be picked out to be massacred the next day. Local Razakars gathered them there saying a panchayat would be formed. But once the villagers got together at a house, they...