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PM's caution goes in vain

PM's caution goes in vain

The housing and public works ministry has approved the filling up of over 8,000 acres of flood flow zones and farmlands around the capital, ignoring the caution voiced by the prime minister.    A seven-member ministerial committee headed by Housing Minister Mosharraf Hossain approved the destructive plan on Monday, virtually to help illegal private housing...

Dhaka division home to highest number of poor

Dhaka division home to highest number of poor

Dhaka division has the highest share of the country's poor population, followed by Chittagong, as people from impoverished areas have migrated to these economic hubs in search of employment. Of a total of 4.94 crore poor people of the country, 1.59 crore or 32.3 percent live in Dhaka and 82.99 lakh in Chittagong. This means nearly half of the country's total poor population live in these two regions. Interestingly, these two divisions make the highest contributions to the national GDP, with Dhaka metropolis alone contributing 36 percent and Chittagong 11 percent. These figures were revealed in Poverty Maps of Bangladesh 2010 released yesterday jointly by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), World...

Beximco in severe cash crunch

An extreme liquidity crisis has brought Beximco Ltd, the largest company of Beximco Group, on the verge of collapse. So says Salman F Rahman, vice chairman of the group, in a letter to the central bank governor early this month. “Beximco Ltd is facing an extreme liquidity crisis and is on the verge of closing down,” Salman said in the letter. He blamed the situation on two factors -- politically motivated credit restrictions on the group between 2001 and 2008 and repayment...

Brutal murder in the capital

Brutal murder in the capital

Unidentified assailants slit the throat of the chief imam of the Supreme Court mosque and a presenter of Islamic programmes in two private television channels at his East Rajabazar house in the capital last night. Shaikh Nurul Islam Faruki, aged around 60, was also international affairs secretary of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, an Islamist group. He also owned a hajj agency, Faruki Tours and Travels Private Ltd. The motive behind the murder was unclear. Faruki's wife Lubna, his mother-in-law, nephew Maruf Hossain and a domestic help were tied up. Of them, Maruf was in Faruki's room while the others were in another room on the first-floor of the four-storey building. Two of the assailants...

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Floods spread further

Floods spread further

The flood situation in at least 13 districts may deteriorate slightly as water levels of three major rivers are likely to increase in the next three days, prolonging the woes of several lakh flood-hit people. According to a rough estimation of Disaster Management Department, over 2.5 lakh families have been affected by the floods...

Five more Rab men held over 7-murder

A Narayanganj court yesterday placed five members of Rapid Action Battalion-11, arrested on Tuesday night, on an eight-day remand in connection with the sensational seven-murder in Narayanganj late in April. The five told the court that they had been forced to get involved in the abduction and killing by their superior officers -- Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, Maj Arif Hossain and Lt Commander MM Rana -- who had been arrested earlier, court sources said. The five Rab personnel were Lance...

HC for judicial inquiry into baby stealing

Expressing utter dismay over stealing of newborn babies from Dhaka Medical College Hospital, the High Court yesterday ordered conducting a judicial inquiry into the "entire incident" relating to the stealing of a baby from the hospital on August 21. The court ordered the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Dhaka to assign a magistrate to enquire into the matter and to find out the loopholes in the security of the ward concerned of the hospital and the administrative failure to protect the...

Cops hunt for culprit

Police are yet to trace the newborn stolen from Dhaka Medical College Hospital a week ago. Several law enforcement agencies have been working round the clock to nab the culprits and recover the stolen twin boy, Sub-inspector Ferdous Alam of Shahbagh Police Station told this newspaper. The police early yesterday raided different places in Tongi and Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital to arrest a woman who is suspected to have stolen the baby. The victim's mother Ranu identified the woman...

Test Vitamin A capsules before use

The High Court yesterday forbade the government to distribute vitamin A capsules among children without conducting any clinical test. In a suo moto rule, an HC bench of Justice Hassan Arif and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman said the government could distribute vitamin A capsules only if those were found to be of standards in the clinical test.   The court came up with the order following a report published in the Bangla daily Kaler Kantho yesterday with the headline “Ebaro...

Life stirs in Gaza as ceasefire holds

Life stirs in Gaza as ceasefire holds

Life in Gaza resumed some semblance of normality yesterday as a long-term truce took hold following a deal hailed by Israel and Hamas as 'victory' in the 50-day war. Millions in and around the war-torn enclave enjoyed a welcome night of peace during which there were no strikes on Gaza, nor Palestinian rockets fired...

Woman kills leopard with a sickle

A 56-year-old Indian woman is recovering in hospital after killing a leopard that attacked her as she tended her fields armed only with a sickle. The woman told Indian broadcaster CNN-IBN that she battled with the leopard for half an hour on Sunday morning before finally delivering a killer blow with her sickle. "The leopard lunged at me many times and we fought for a long time," she told the channel from her hospital bed in the northern state of Uttarakhand,...

Subhan abetted mass killing

A prosecution witness yesterday testified how Jamaat leader Abdus Subhan had abetted and facilitated the Pakistani army in a mass killing at several villages in Sujanagar upazila of Pabna during the Liberation War. Abdul Baten, 60, 25th prosecution witness in the case against the Jamaat-e-Islami nayeb-e-ameer, told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that he had witnessed the killing of four people by the Pakistani occupation army at the instruction of Subhan on May 12, 1971. The army had attacked their village at...

BCL men fight in presence of AL MP

At least 10 Chhatra League activists were injured in a factional clash in the presence of AL lawmaker Jebunnesa Afroz in Barisal city last night over establishing supremacy. Witnesses said two factions, one led by Jasim Uddin, president of BCL city unit, and the other by Moin Tushar, former joint convener of BCL's BM College unit, were locked in an altercation over beating up of a man belonging to the Moin Tushar group by the Jasim Uddin group in the...

Hasina sees Khaleda's link to BDR mutiny

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was involved in the BDR mutiny as she had “fled her house during the mutiny and went underground.” She suspected that Tarique Rahman might also be involved in the February 2009 mutiny as “he had called more than 50 times from London during that time.” The PM was speaking at a programme at her office marking the distribution of financial assistance among the sick, insolvent and injured journalists as well...

Robber killed in 'shootout'

A robber gang leader was killed in a “shootout” with police in the district's Chatkhil upazila early yesterday. Khorshed Alam, 42, was chief of “Khorshed Bahini” and son of Abdur Rashid of Badolkot village in the upazila. Khorshed stood accused in at least 30 criminal cases, including robbery and attacking policemen, according to Chatkhil police. SM Ashrafuzzaman, additional superintendent of Noakhali police, said acting on secret information, police detained Khorshed from Rupganj in Narayanganj on Monday. Nasim Uddin, acting officer-in-charge of Chatkhil Police...

43 infected with anthrax

Forty-three people have been infected with anthrax, a bacterial disease that spreads from cattle, in five villages in Sirajganj and Tangail districts. On information, medical teams of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) visited the villages Tuesday and found them infected with the disease following tests. The infected villagers have already been given drugs and there is nothing to worry, IEDCR Director Professor Mahmudur Rahman said yesterday, adding that the medical teams had collected samples from the patients...

Boko Haram seizes more towns in NE Nigeria

Boko Haram on Tuesday attempted to blow up a bridge on the Nigerian border with Cameroon after overrunning two towns and sending residents and soldiers fleeing, police and locals said. A Cameroon police officer stationed in the far northern town of Fotokol told AFP that the militants tried to destroy the bridge, which serves as the border crossing with Gamboru Ngala in Nigeria. Boko Haram stormed Gamboru Ngala early on Monday and by evening had taken over the police station, a...

Sexual Abuse in School Case

Four more cleaners on trial in Indonesia

Four cleaners were charged in court yesterday over the sexual assault of a young boy at one of Indonesia's most prestigious international schools, on the second day of trials in a high-profile scandal. The crisis at the Jakarta International School, which began in April with allegations that cleaning staff raped the nursery school boy, has rocked an institution favoured by expatriates in the capital for more than 60 years. Since the first allegation, the scandal has snowballed, with more parents making...

'Natural disasters caused $41b losses in first half'

Natural disasters caused total economic losses of $41 billion in the first six months of this year, much less than usual, reinsurance group Swiss Re estimated yesterday. The figure released by the Zurich-based group -- which combines both insured and uninsured losses -- was down from $59 billion (45 billion euros) in the first half of 2013. It was also about half the average first-half loss of the previous 10 years, which was $94 billion. The insurance industry took a hit of...

'BSF to Train BGB'

20-party slams govt

Leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday blasted the government for reaching an agreement with India to train Border Guard Bangladesh personnel by the Indian Border Security Force. They also criticised the government's move to restore the parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court judges. The rally was organised as part of the opposition combine's three-day programme protesting the government's initiative to amend the constitution. “You can easily understand the country's present situation through the recent deal under which our border guards will...

Abe sends support message to Japan war criminals service

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message to an April memorial service dedicated to World War II war criminals, organisers said yesterday, in a move that prompted a scolding from China. In the ceremony organised by former Japanese military officers, some 220 people prayed before a cenotaph on which the names of around 1,180 suspected and convicted World War II war criminals are inscribed, organisers said. They include 14 "Class A" war criminals, who are also enshrined at the controversial...

Business

More join queue for Malaysian 'second home' scheme

More join queue for Malaysian 'second home' scheme

The number of Bangladeshis enrolling on the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme has been on the rise since 2011 after a decline during 2007-10, meaning more money is flying off the country. The Bangladeshis started to take up the offer in 2003 when 32 citizens chose to settle in Malaysia under the programme....

Summit to highlight Bangladesh's success to foreign investors

Summit to highlight Bangladesh's success to foreign investors

A daylong summit to tell Bangladesh's success story and lure in foreign investors is set to take place early next month in Singapore, Asia's financial hub.   Dubbed the second Bangladesh Investment Summit in Asia, the forum, which is expected to be attended by nearly 300 Asia-based delegates, will be an important platform for businesses...

Robi posts marginal rise in net profit

Robi posts marginal rise in net profit

Robi's net profits increased 2.6 percent year-on-year to Tk 113.7 crore in the second quarter of the current year. The country's third largest mobile operator added another 17 lakh new users to its network in the first six months of 2014, Robi said in a statement yesterday. Robi invested Tk 2,800 crore in different fields,...

Tyre maker CEAT to serve northeast India from Mymensingh plant

Tyre maker CEAT to serve northeast India from Mymensingh plant

India's tyre giant CEAT aims to export back at least 30 percent of the products to be manufactured at its plant in Mymensingh, taking advantage of the duty benefits the neighbouring country has extended to Bangladesh. The Mumbai-based company last year signed a joint venture agreement with the local AK Khan and Company to...

ADB signs $125m loans to upgrade municipalities

The Asian Development Bank yesterday signed a deal with the government to roll out $125 million loans to improve services and governance in municipalities, making them more livable and attractive. Mohammad Mejbahuddin, secretary of the Economic Relations Division, and Kazuhiko Higuchi, country director for ADB's Bangladesh Resident Mission, signed the deal in Dhaka. “Bangladesh needs to develop livable district towns with well-managed quality infrastructure to reduce overcrowding in big cities,” said Higuchi. “ADB is pleased to help achieve this goal of creating...

Far East Knitting debuts on bourses today

Far East Knitting and Dyeing Industries will make its share trading debut on the Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges today. The company, which raised Tk 67.5 crore through initial public offering (IPO), will be the 35th listed firm in the textile sector that accounts for around 4 percent of the premier bourse's total market capitalisation. The export-oriented garment manufacturer floated 2.5 crore ordinary shares of Tk 10 each at an offer price of Tk 27 each, including Tk 17 as premium. IDLC...

Micro-entrepreneurs grow with PKSF support: survey

Micro-entrepreneurs under a project saw profits go up 14.85 percent, with support to explore new markets and boost production, a survey found. Around Tk 2,500 crore was disbursed among entrepreneurs under a project -- Finance for Enterprise Development and Employment Creation -- implemented by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). A total of 563,177 micro-entrepreneurs' received support to strengthen the value chain and technical assistance in addition to financial services. An outcome survey was conducted to measure the performance of the project. An aggregate of...

Russia advises govt to build cold store to boost potato exports

Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander Nikolaev yesterday proposed constructing a cold store in Chittagong to export disease-free potatoes to Russia. Potato exports from Bangladesh to Russia are on the rise as demand is high, Nikolaev told reporters after a meeting with Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed at the latter's secretariat office in Dhaka. “But Bangladesh needs to check sanitary and phytosanitary measures strictly to increase potato exports to Russia,” Nikolaev said. The Russian sanitary and phytosanitary checks are stricter than in the...

Women at disadvantage in finding work: ILO

Women at disadvantage in finding work: ILO

Less than 20 percent of the young women in Bangladesh are employed, according to a new study by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which unmasks the gender biasness in the country's youth employment market. The findings are based on school-to-work surveys carried out in 2012-13 among young people in five countries -- Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Samoa and Vietnam -- under the ILO's Work4Youth Project, a global partnership between the ILO and the MasterCard Foundation. The report, “Labour market transitions of young women and men in Asia and the Pacific” -- launched yesterday -- found young women are at a disadvantage in the five countries in terms of finding work. The countries' average...

Ryanair to make nonbinding Cyprus Airways bid Friday

Ryanair to make nonbinding Cyprus Airways bid Friday

Ryanair Holdings PLC will make a nonbinding offer for a stake in Cyprus Airways on Friday as Europe's biggest budget airline explores growth options. Ryanair already has held several discussions with the government of Cyprus, which owns 93.7 percent of the carrier and is seeking investors. A decision on whether to make a binding...

Tim Hortons: a donut shop turned Canadian icon

Tim Hortons: a donut shop turned Canadian icon

Coffee and donuts giant Tim Hortons grew from a single store opened in 1964 by a National Hockey League defenseman into an iconic Canadian brand only to now merge with American fast food chain Burger King. Horton himself died in a tragic car crash a decade after lending his name to the enterprise, but...

India faces huge job in giving bank accounts to all

India faces huge job in giving bank accounts to all

India's Premier Narendra Modi has put a pledge to give bank accounts to all Indians on a war footing, but experts say taking banking to rural areas where many people have no identity papers will be a huge challenge. In developed nations, bank branches are everywhere. But banking services in India leave out nearly...

Aluminium giant Rusal returns to profit

Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer, said Wednesday it had bounced back into the black in the second quarter, buoyed by improving metal prices and cost-control measures. The Hong Kong-listed company reported a profit of $116 million for the three months ending June 30, compared with a loss of $325 million in the previous quarter. However, it still suffered a loss of $209 million on a six-month basis, although that compared with a $439 million shortfall a year earlier. It is the...

McDonald's in Russia shut for maximum term on health grounds

Courts ordered three McDonald's restaurants in Moscow to be closed for the maximum term of 90 days on Wednesday on health grounds in a case widely seen as retaliation against Western sanctions. The three Moscow restaurants include one located in the shadow of the Kremlin and the first McDonald's restaurant to open its doors in the final years of Communism, becoming a symbol of Russia's gradual acceptance of the West. But the decision is set against retribution by Russia for sanctions...

Stricken Malaysia Airlines staff brace for job cuts

Stricken Malaysia Airlines staff brace for job cuts

As bodies from downed Flight MH17 were brought home last week, a group of Malaysia Airlines flight attendants, in black mourning headscarves contrasting with their pink and turquoise uniforms, sobbed and clung to each other in grief. The 19,500 staff of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) now face a new ordeal - a quarter of them...

Sugar export rebound at risk in India from rising domestic prices

Sugar prices in India are firming on fears of short-term supply constraints and seasonal demand even as global prices are sliding, posing a threat to a recent recovery in exports from the world's second-biggest producer of the sweetener. A raised sugar import duty in India, festival demand and an expected delay in cane crushing in a key producing state have helped push domestic prices to a $70 a tonne premium to international prices, making it more lucrative to sell domestically....

India's coal crunch: a chance to revamp, reallocate and revive

India's coal crunch: a chance to revamp, reallocate and revive

A Supreme Court ruling this week that India's decades-old method of granting coal mining concessions is illegal could herald much-needed reforms in a sector long dogged by the inability of state-run Coal India to raise output fast enough. In declaring scores of coal block allocations made since 1993 unlawful and arbitrary, the Supreme Court...

Britain's RBS fined £14m over poor mortgage advice

Britain's bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £14 million for not taking enough care to explain to home-buyers the costs of taking out a mortgage, regulators said on Wednesday. The fine, equivalent to 18 million euros ($23 million), was imposed because the bank had shown "serious failings" in its advice to home loan customers, the regulators said. "The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today fined The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest £14,474,600 for serious failings in their advised...

Sports

Shakib return has CCDM stumped

Shakib return has CCDM stumped

The Bangladesh Cricket Board's decision to lift Shakib Al Hasan's suspension from September 15 onwards has caused some hassles at the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metroploitan (CCDM), the organising committee of the Dhaka Premier League. The left-hander, whose six-month suspension was reduced to two months and eight days on Tuesday, will now be...

Pocket dynamo calls time

Pocket dynamo calls time

Whenever one takes a trip down memory lane to Bangladesh's two greatest one-day triumphs -- against Australia in Cardiff in 2005 and South Africa in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean -- the now banned Mohammad Ashraful's name comes first, but not far behind is the diminutive figure of Aftab Ahmed. The...

Keeping feet on the ground

Despite a 1-0 win against Nepal U-23 side on Tuesday, the Bangladesh U-23 national team were keeping feet firmly on the ground and were focusing on the second and final international friendly which will be held at the Sylhet District Stadium on Friday. On their return to the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) from after the match on Tuesday night, head coach Lodewijk de Kruif, captain Mamunul Islam, centre-back Atiqur Rahman Meshu and right-back Rayhan Hasan made brief speeches where...

US Open

Teen power rules as Roger, Serena cruise

Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out of the US Open on Wednesday, going down 6-3, 6-4 to China's Peng Shuai in the second round. Radwanska, the champion in Montreal in the run-up to the tournament, had also lost to the Chinese player at the same stage in New York in 2010. Her defeat continued her miserable record at the US Open where she has never got beyond the fourth round. Peng, the world number 39 who made the fourth round...

Raina ton sets up massive win

Suresh Raina's dynamic century laid the platform for world champions India's crushing 133-run win over England in the second one-day international at Cardiff on Wednesday. Victory gave India a 1-0 lead in the five-match series following Monday's washout in Bristol and saw them return to winning ways after their 3-1 defeat by England in the preceding Test series. Raina's innings was the cornerstone of India's imposing 304 for six after England captain Alastair Cook won the toss. England, chasing a rain-adjusted 295...

BFF seeks Japan's help

The Japan government wants to help the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) under the 'Sports for Tomorrow' programme, designed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. During a bilateral summit in May, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had held a meeting with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who wished to extend his help Bangladesh's football development by providing training for national football coaches.     In this regard, Yoshitaka Sakurada, Japan's Senior Vice Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, held a meeting with state...

AB masterclass topples 300 plus

AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis struck sublime centuries as South Africa chased down a massive score to beat Australia by seven wickets in the second one-day international of the triangular series on Wednesday. The pair put on 206 for the third wicket, the highest South Africa partnership against Australia, as the Proteas reached their victory target of 328 with 20 balls to spare at the Harare Sports Club home of series hosts Zimbabwe. It eclipsed the 187 put on...

Benaud from the bedroom?

Australia's voice of cricket Richie Benaud has been offered the chance to commentate on Test matches from his home this year if he is not well enough to get to the grounds, according to broadcaster Channel Nine. The 83-year-old former Australia captain has been absent from the commentary box since crashing his car into a low wall as he drove to his home in the Sydney beachside suburb of Coogee last October.

Bolt's Indian innings

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt will make his first trip to India next week to play cricket against India's World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh, organisers said on Tuesday. The cricket face-off -- titled 'Bolt and Yuvi - Battle of the Legends' -- is being organised by sportswear giants Puma and will take place at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on September 2. The format and details of the game have not been revealed. "Puma brings Usain Bolt down for a one-of-a-kind cricket...

Panyangara 'expelled'

Seamer Tinashe Panyangara has been removed from the Zimbabwe squad for the remainder of the triangular series for sharing an intimidating video of Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson with his teammates. A Zimbabwe Cricket media release confirmed on Wednesday that Panyangara had been "expelled" from the Zimbabwe camp because of "indiscipline", but gave no further details. "The 28-year-old Panyangara has also been fined one match fee for his behaviour that the national team disciplinary committee found to be disruptive in the...

MU humiliated by MK Dons

MU humiliated by MK Dons

Manchester United's early season problems were compounded by a humiliating 4-0 loss to third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup second round on Tuesday leaving new manager Louis van Gaal still looking for his first win. MK Dons' Will Grigg and substitute Benik Afobe scored two goals apiece as United's defensive frailties were...

'Di Maria is world class'

Manchester United announced on Tuesday that they have signed Argentina winger Angel di Maria from Real Madrid for a British-record transfer fee of £59.7 million ($98 million, 75 million euros). The 26-year-old's move, on a five-year contract, shatters the previous British-record fee of £50 million paid by Chelsea to sign Spain striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool in 2011. "Manchester United is delighted to announce that Angel di Maria has completed his transfer for a British-record fee of £59.7 million. Angel joins...

Alonso calls time on Spain

Alonso calls time on Spain

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced his retirement from international football. "I want to announce that my time with the Spanish national team has come to an end," he said in a statement. "The hardest thing is knowing when to say goodbye, and after thinking about it, I think that my time with the...

Angel didn't ask to leave

Argentine midfielder Angel di Maria has claimed he never asked to leave Real Madrid after sealing his British transfer record £59.7 million ($98 million, 75 million euros) move to Manchester United. Real boss Carlo Ancelotti had repeatedly stated over the past week that Di Maria had demanded an exit from the Spanish capital. The 26-year-old denied those suggestions, but did hint that the reason behind his departure had been the club's failure to give him an improved contract after his man-of-the-match...

Eto'o thanks Mourinho

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o said on Wednesday that there was no bad blood between him and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after completing his move to Everton. The 33-year-old scored 12 goals for Chelsea last season, but his relationship with Mourinho came under scrutiny after the Portuguese was caught on camera apparently casting doubt on Eto'o's age. At the time, Eto'o reacted by branding Mourinho a "fool", but after signing for Everton on a two-year contract, he said that he was happy...

Barca sign Douglas

La Liga giants Barcelona have completed the signing of Brazilian full back Douglas Pereira from Sau Paulo for an initial fee of four million euros ($5.2 million, £3.2 million), the club confirmed on Wednesday. The 24-year-old will sign a five-year deal and is expected to compete with compatriot Dani Alves for a place in the first team. The deal could rise to 5.5 million euros subject to the number of appearances he makes for the Catalans. "FC Barcelona and Sao Paulo FC...

Spurs snap up Dawson

Hull City announced on Tuesday that they have signed English centre-back Michael Dawson from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee. Dawson, 30, has signed a three-year contract at the KC Stadium, having decided to end a nine-year association with Tottenham that saw him appointed club captain in 2012. "I have been here for almost a decade and have loved every minute of it," Dawson said on Tottenham's official Twitter feed. "I would like to say thank you to everyone...

Odds on van Gaal leaving slashed

British bookmakers reacted to Manchester United's humiliating 4-0 defeat by MK Dons in the Capital One Cup by slashing the odds on manager Louis van Gaal leaving the club. William Hill, who had been offering 66-1 against the Dutchman becoming the next Premier League manager to go, cut those odds to 12-1 on Wednesday. Corals, meanwhile, are offering 6-1 against him leaving by the end of his first season in England after United lost for the second time in three matches...

Donovan set for farewell

US all-time scoring leader Landon Donovan will make his final appearance for the United States national team in an October 10 friendly against Ecuador, USA Soccer announced Tuesday. Donovan, a controversial absentee from US coach Jurgen Klinsmann's final roster for the World Cup two months ago in Brazil, has a record 57 goals for the American squad. The 32-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy striker announced August 7 that he would retire at the end of the current Major League Soccer season. His US...

Editorial

Editorial

Stop trivialising DAP

NOTHING is more distressful when the authorities seemingly choose to ignore the Detailed Area Plan (DAP) for Dhaka. Judging by what has been printed in newspapers, we believe that some 47 projects have been approved this week that allow for residential plots to be built up on restricted zones like flood flow areas, water bodies and agricultural lands. Indeed, if that be the case we wonder if violation of DAP is being resorted to in the name of development...

Editorial

Glimmer of peace in Gaza

WE, along with the rest of the peace-loving people of the world, welcome the long-term ceasefire agreement finally reached between Israel and Hamas, the two hostile sides in the 50-day Gaza war. We believe both the Israeli leadership and Hamas representing the Palestinians in Gaza have come to realise the senselessness of the protracted hostilities. These claimed around 2200 lives, most of them civilians including children on the Palestinian side and some 69 people, five of them civilians on...

Op-ed

Editorial

Stop trivialising DAP

NOTHING is more distressful when the authorities seemingly choose to ignore the Detailed Area Plan (DAP) for Dhaka. Judging by what has been printed in newspapers, we believe that some 47 projects have been approved this week that allow for residential plots to be built up on restricted zones like flood flow areas, water bodies and agricultural lands. Indeed, if that be the case we wonder if violation of DAP is being resorted to in the name of development...

Editorial

Glimmer of peace in Gaza

WE, along with the rest of the peace-loving people of the world, welcome the long-term ceasefire agreement finally reached between Israel and Hamas, the two hostile sides in the 50-day Gaza war. We believe both the Israeli leadership and Hamas representing the Palestinians in Gaza have come to realise the senselessness of the protracted hostilities. These claimed around 2200 lives, most of them civilians including children on the Palestinian side and some 69 people, five of them civilians on...

STRATEGICALLY SPEAKING

Shameful political rhetoric: When will it end?

TO say that one is aghast at the language used by politicians is an understatement particularly when they come from an aspirant to high position in the country's politics. Such remarks are suggestive of a person possessing a puerile substance between the ears. Tirades against one whose role in our politics and the birth of the country is beyond question, and that which has earned him the honorific of Bangabandhu and Father of the Nation, is not only unwarranted...

THE WORLD IN WORDS

The Middle East Crack-Up

The Middle East Crack-Up

THE horror stories emerging from northern Iraq, as well as the continuing slaughter in Syria's civil war, point to a tectonic shift in the Middle East. Almost 100 years after World War I, the regional state system established after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire is unraveling. The contemporary map of the Middle East...

Arrival of sovereign bonds

THE news of Bangladesh's imminent international sovereign bond issuance has caught the attention of plenty. The world's leading investment bank- Goldman Sachs- is expected to advise the government on its maiden sovereign bond issuance and believes that Bangladesh can raise $2-$3 billion from the international market through such bonds. Firstly, what are sovereign bonds and how can they help? Sovereign bonds are debt securities issued by national governments. These bonds can be denominated in either a local or global currency...

Which law is priority: SC judges' appointment law or impeachment by JS

THE cabinet on August 18 approved a proposal on amending the constitution to restore parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court (SC) judges on grounds of misconduct or incapacity, by scrapping the existing provision for the chief justice-led Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) for the task. The bill will be passed any day in the next session.  The move has already triggered huge controversy as to whether the restoration of the parliament's authority will appear as a threat to the independence of...

Launch Accident Investigation

Move from blame-game to safety standard improvement

AFTER every launch accident, which often takes a heavy toll of human life, the government immediately exhibits promptness, forming multiple high-level probe committees, promising punishment for the responsible persons behind the accident. Without hampering the monotonous trend followed after each of the previous similar incidents, the government formed two probe committees soon after the Pinak-6 accident: a seven-member probe body by the ministry of shipping , and another four-member committee by the Department of Shipping (DoS). The whole investigation...

Bangladesh cricket team needs sports psychologists

BANGLADESH cricket team is consistently underperforming these days not because they have suddenly forgotten how to play cricket at the highest level, but because the whole team has lost confidence in their abilities. The remedy lies beyond the expertise of their cricket coaches.  The team urgently needs the assistance of sports psychologists to fortify their beliefs in themselves. Sports psychologists help professional and amateur athletes overcome mental impediments to their sports success.  Many top athletes have credited sports psychologists for...

Letters To The Editor

Horrible condition of roads

Horrible condition of roads

Before Eid, the media was flooded with stories of the praiseworthy steps the government took to improve the poor road conditions of the country including Dhaka. But eventually, we found nothing satisfactory. Soon after the Eid, the authorities seemed to have stopped thinking about this serious issue, even when roads are going from...

Letters To The Editor

World powers' double standard

A few powerful countries of the world can pulverize huge buildings of other countries into dust just within minutes! No, not empty buildings, buildings full of little children, women and men. They can even destroy a whole country. It matters little to them, as the sophisticated bombs, to produce which they have spent billions of dollars, can annihilate anything. Buildings, gardens, crops, orchards, trees, flowers, fruits, animals, birds, roads, bridges and most of all, human beings. But if one...

Letters To The Editor

Implement new law on industrial research

Nearly six months back, the government passed a new law under the title “Bangladesh Biggan O Shilpo Gobeshona Porishod Ain 2013” by making the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Ordinance 1978 (Ord. No.V of 1978) defunct. In the new law, a number of provisions for the betterment of research and researchers have been incorporated which include raising of retirement age of outstanding scientists to 67 years. But till now the law has not been implemented due to...

Comments on news report

“'Coach & players need to answer',” published on August 25, 2014 Saidur Rahaman Srabon BCB should be freed from politics first. Muhammad Ariful Islam Bangladesh team can not perform well under Hathurasingha. We should find some enthusiastic and young dynamic professionals for board who can maintain the whole year cricket calendar. ***** “Safety flaws pose risk” (August 23, 2014) Humayun Hyder The United Airways Bangladesh Limited is running its flights despite flaws which have been pinpointed by the CAAB. Despite numerous flaws, the airline is continuing its...

Entertainment

MAKING UNIQUE CONNECTIONS

MAKING UNIQUE CONNECTIONS

With the help of installations and pictures assimilated to depict the lives of the underprivileged, visiting South American artist Matijn Crowe recreated the lives of the common people of Dhaka. The installation work also included work of local artists with whom he had collaborated. Three months of work culminated in the exhibition from...

SM Sultan Utshab in Narail

SM Sultan Utshab in Narail

SM Sultan Uthsab-2014, a three-day festival on the legendary artist, began yesterday in Narail. SM Sultan Shishu Charu O Karukola Foundation, in association with Banglalink has arranged the festival. The festival includes songs, dances, drama and discussion. Telecom operator Banglalink has been supporting the festival for the seventh consecutive year. MP Sheikh Hafizur Rahman, was...

Beyoncé reigns as queen of MTV Video Music awards

Beyoncé reigns as queen of MTV Video Music awards

Beyoncé brought the house down at the MTV Video Music awards on August 24 with an epic, nearly 20-minute climactic performance. After a two-hour show featuring performances from artistes including Taylor Swift, Usher, Maroon 5 and Nicky Minaj, Beyoncé was joined onstage by her beaming husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy. The...

TV WATCH

Khairul Anam Shakil on 'Tomaye Gaan Shonabo'

Khairul Anam Shakil on 'Tomaye Gaan Shonabo'

Maasranga TV's weekly live musical programme “Tomaye Gaan Shonabo” will feature noted Nazrul Sangeet singer Khairul Anam Shakil in tonight's episode at 11pm. The artiste will perform songs of his choice and also take requests from the audience. He will also share his thoughts on music and his musical journey. Kaushik Shankar Das will...

NEWS bytes

Scorsese set for Shutter Island spin-off

Scorsese set for Shutter Island spin-off

Director Martin Scorsese is planning to make a TV spin-off of his film “Shutter Island”. The series, provisionally called “Ashecliffe”, will be a prequel to the film, telling the story of the history of the isolated psychiatric hospital. Scorsese is likely to direct a pilot for HBO, although cast and filming details have yet...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

While working on the hit CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”, actress Kaley Cuoco privately dated co-star Johnny Galecki for roughly two years until December 2009, while their characters on the show – struggling actress Penny and practical physicist Leonard -- were also dating. Cuoco later told CBS Watch that they have remained...

City

Biman starts Hajj flights

Biman starts Hajj flights

Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday started Hajj operation with the first flight with 409 pilgrims departing the capital's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Saudi Arabia on schedule. Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Religious Affairs Minister Matiur Rahman, and top Biman officials bade farewell to the pilgrims at the airport. The 419-seater Boeing 777-300ER took off...

National film policy soon

A national film policy will be formulated soon in order to encourage production of good movies imbued with the spirits of the language movement, liberation war, secularism, and democratic and cultural values, Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu said yesterday. The aim of the policy will be preventing vulgarism, fundamentalism, militancy, and bad culture in Bangladeshi films, he told a roundtable at Dhaka University. The Department of Television and Film Studies (TFS) of Dhaka University organised the discussion, "Vision of Bangladesh...

Myanmar delegation arrives today

A five-member Myanmar delegation arrives in Dhaka today for talks over issues concerning Bangladesh, including repatriation of Rohingyas, stopping Yaba smuggling, establishing a border liaison office to fast track dispute resolution, and holding regular security dialogues. The delegation, headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Thant Kyaw and accompanied by two officials from the embassy in Dhaka, is likely to raise allegations of armed insurgents in yellow fatigues operating in the neighbouring country from Bangladesh, stated sources. Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque will lead...

Negligence in Surgery

Court clears 2 Ctg doctors of criminality

A Chittagong court yesterday acquitted two doctors of a criminal charge over negligence during a surgery of a boy. The acquitted--Shurman Ali and GM Zakir Hossain--are the doctors of Chittagong Medical College Hospital and a city private hospital respectively. On January 28, 2013, Delwara Begum filed a criminal case with a Chittagong court against them saying they had left a needle in the body of her son Amirul Islam after a colon surgery in the private hospital on May 30, 2012. Later,...

Fighting Human Trafficking

Do your jobs

Speakers at a national conference yesterday urged the government agencies, especially the police force, to play due roles in fighting human trafficking and protecting the victims and survivors. They also emphasised coordination between government and civil society's activities to make people aware of this crime. Their remarks came at the national conference to discuss the draft National Plan of Action (NPA) to combat human trafficking in 2015-17, organised at the capital's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre by Winrock International, a US-based organisation. Abu...

Sustainable Delta Management

Govt embarks on making mega plan

The government yesterday launched a project to prepare Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, a massive roadmap to ensure a sustainable delta management by properly dealing with issues like climate change, water management, food security and economic growth in the next 50 to 100 years. The plan is expected to be ready by fiscal year 2015-16. The project will also sketch a framework for implementation of the roadmap with an elaborate investment plan for short-, medium-, and long-term interventions, said the project...

Creative questions in 6 more subjects from 2016

The government has decided to introduce creative questions in six more subjects in Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations from 2016. It will also introduce the method in four subjects in Alim examinations under Madrasa Board the same year. The decision was taken yesterday at a meeting at the education ministry with Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid in the chair, said a press release. The method was first introduced in Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations in 2010. In HSC exams, the method was...

Foreign workers torch factory in Malaysia

Some 800 foreign workers set fire to their factory building in Malaysia on Tuesday night, aggrieved at the alleged mistreatment by their employers. The workers, mostly from Nepal, set alight the electronics manufacturing plant of JCY HDD Technology Sdn Bhd in Kulaijaya around 8:00pm, local English daily The Star reported yesterday. Fire fighters put out the fire two hours later. Earlier, the workers stoned their employers' office and burned down a car following a strike. The protesters said the management made workers...

Kashimpur High School in Gazipur

25 students fall sick on campus in a week

At least 25 students of a high school in Gazipur city fell sick in their classrooms in the last week due to “unknown reasons” while the incident has created a panic among their guardians and teachers whether any “unknown virus” has spread in the area. Abdul Mannan, headmaster of Kashimpur High School, said the students felt a bad headache and had respiratory problems, adding that all of them were girls among the total 1,000 male and female students. Dr Shah Alam...

Ahle Hadith

Galib captures foundation building flouting HC injunction

Asadullah Al Galib, chief of a faction of militant outfit Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab), and his men forcibly took over the five-story Hadith Foundation building in Rajshahi city early yesterday. The attackers violated a High Court injunction, slapped on August 10 over the building's capture or forcible intrusion into it for six months, and evicted its caretaker and 40 students who were residing there, said police and witnesses. Over 50 attackers equipped with sticks and rods and led by Galib,...

Savar transport workers demand 8-hour shift

Transport drivers and workers yesterday demanded eight-hour working time per day, in accordance with the labour law, to reduce road accidents. Speaking at a discussion at Savar Model Police Station, they said road accidents will be reduced at least by half if drivers and helpers get proper rest. However, transport owners said it is not possible for the workers to work only eight hours in Bangladesh. Brac's Road Safety Programme and Advocacy for Social Change organised the discussion. Abbas Ali, president of Ananda...

Rashidpur gas well-8 begins production tomorrow

The production at Rashidpur well-8 of the state-run Sylhet Gas Field Ltd (SGFL) will begin tomorrow. Starting on January 4, drilling at the well at a cost of Tk 150 crore completed recently, officials informed, subsequently its flare test was also conducted successfully. The gas field will be able to add additional 15 MMCFD gas to the national grid, said Md Amir Hossain, director of the project for the drilling, yesterday. The job was performed with the assistance of Russian state-owned company,...

Gatco Graft Case

HC clears way for trial resumption against ex-CPA chief Lutful Kabir

The High Court yesterday cleared the way for the lower court to resume trial proceedings of the Gatco graft case against Lutful Kabir, former director of Chittagong Port Authority. The HC rejected a petition filed by Lutful in 2007 for scrapping the proceedings of the case against him. The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case against former premier Khaleda Zia, her son Arafat Rahman Koko, Lutful Kabir and 20 others on September 2, 2007. The case was filed against the accused on charges...

Graft Case

Two DMCH doctors flee courtroom

Two physicians of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital yesterday escaped from the dock of a courtroom soon after it rejected their bail in a corruption case. The doctors, Atiar Rahman, an assistant professor, and Moshiur Rahman, a senior lecturer, had looked casual; maybe they had expected bail, said court sources. But when the Senior Special Judge's Court of Dhaka rejected their bail petitions, the two looked around before sneaking off around 2:00pm, Shah Alam Talukdar, metropolitan additional public prosecutor, told The...

ULab school alumni recall Sheikh Russell, Baby Serniabat

The University Laboratory Ex-Students Association yesterday held a daylong programme commemorating August 15, the day some army men killed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members in 1975. Titled “Tomader Jonno Bhalobasha”, around 1,000 students of University Laboratory School attended the event, beginning at 10:00am at the school's playground. Bangabandhu's youngest son Sheikh Russell and Baby Serniabat, daughter of Bangabandhu's brother-in-law Abdur Rab Serniabat, who were also killed in the attack, had studied at the school. The alumni...

Wards of JU Staff

Students protest demand for easing admission criteria

Jahangirnagar University (JU) students yesterday protested the demonstration staged by university staff demanding reduction in admission criteria for admitting their wards under the ward quota.  Finding the university library closed in the morning, the students brought out a protest procession on the campus. As a part of its demonstration, JU Employees Association observed work abstention and did not open most of the administrative and academic buildings yesterday. However, after Vice Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam assured the students of looking into the...

IRI workshop on opinion polls underway

An US-based non-profit organisation, International Republican Institute (IRI), started a two-day training workshop in the capital yesterday on how to conduct public opinion research. Representatives from different NGOs are participating in the workshop held at The Daily Star Centre. “Our aim is to cultivate core competencies within civil society organisations to conduct and analyse public opinion research,” said Franklin Bonner, resident country director of IRI Bangladesh. Before elections, the candidates learn which issues need to be addressed in their campaigns, he said,...

One killed, 3 hurt in Ctg road crash

A person died and three others were injured in a head-on collision between a lorry and a covered van on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong yesterday. The deceased was Mosharaf Hossain Sohag, 22, son of Abu Taher of Kabirhat in Noakhali. He was the helper of the lorry.

News in Brief

Gang impersonating police snatches money from trader in capital Staff Correspondent Muggers impersonating police snatched Tk 6.5 lakh from a businessman in the capital's Banani area yesterday. Mamun Mollah, a garment waste trader, was heading towards Gulshan-2 on a rickshaw after withdrawing the money from a bank around 3:30pm. Around four to five muggers picked him up in their microbus saying that he was a wanted accused in a murder case. They shortly dropped him after taking away his money, said police quoting...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 2nd death anniversary of Akhlakul Hossain Ahmed, a Liberation War organiser, a member of Bangladesh Constituent Assembly of 1972, and a member of the erstwhile East Pakistan Provincial Assembly, says a press release. A doa mahfil will be held at his Mohanganj residence in Netrakona today. Akhlakul Hossain Ahmed Smriti Parishad will also hold a discussion and a doa mahfil.

Country

Torture, Rape of Indigenous Leader

Road march, rally demand punishment to culprits

Road march, rally demand punishment to culprits

Indigenous people at a rally held at Adda of Gomostapur upazila yesterday demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of those who beat up and raped an indigenous woman leader in the upazila on August 4.  Lawmaker Fazle Hossain Badshah of Rajshahi and leaders of different political parties and indigenous leaders spoke at the rally. After...

Thakurgaon

People suffer as transport strike continues

Transport owners and workers enforced their ongoing indefinite strike on all roads in the district from Tuesday night, demanding a ban on plying of unauthorised vehicles. On Sunday, they went on an indefinite strike only on four routes in the district. After an emergency meeting held in the office of Thakurgaon Transport Owners Association in the evening, Transport Owners and Workers Coordination Committee took the decision to enforce the strike on all roads in the district. The coordination committee is comprised...

Tales of venomous rivalry

At least 3000 banana plants of 11 farmers have been felled allegedly by rivals at Dudsar village in Shailkupa upazila of Jhenidah district, reports our correspondent. The victims are Mofij Uddin, who cultivated the plants of the fruit on 20 decimals of land, Bipul Hossain on 15 decimals,  Sayed Ali on 10 decimals,  Joynal Hossain on 45 decimals,  Rezaul Islam on 10 decimals,  Nazrul Islam on 10 decimals, Hossain Ali on 10 decimals,  Mojibur Rahman on 5 decimals,  Siddique Ali...

Brutality unbound

A 12-year-old girl is groaning in pain at Dimla upazila health complex for a week, following murder attempt by a man who molested her four years ago. The girl, a Class V student of Dimla Nizpara Government Primary School, faced the criminal's wrath on August 21 as she gave deposition in Women and Children Repression Prevention Court in Nilphamari on August 19. She was given 12 stitches as there were several deep cut marks on her throat and left ear, said...

Tiffin at Natore School

50 kids fall sick

At least 50 students fell sick allegedly after having tiffin served at a girls' school in the district yesterday morning. The students of Natore Government Girls High School complained of severe stomach pain after eating cakes given by the school authorities at 10:30am, said teachers and guardians. Among the sick students, 27 were rushed to Natore Sadar Hospital while the rest to different local clinics. The school authorities supplied low quality foods for the students, said Ali Akmak Bappi, president of guardian...

'Robber' found murdered in Kushtia

Police recovered the body of an alleged robber, with the throat slashed, from a field at Shehala in Daulatpur upazila on Monday morning. The deceased was identified as Shahidul Islam Fida,40, son of Pocha, a resident of the village. Locals spotted the body in the field and informed police in the morning. Police recovered the body and sent it to Kushtia General Hospital morgue for an autopsy. Enamul Haque, officer in-charge (OC) of Daulatpur Police Station, said rivals might have stabbed him to...

Transport strike in Rangamati withdrawn

Transport owners and workers of the district last night withdrew their indefinite strike after the local administration assured them of taking steps against the culprits who assaulted six bus drivers. The meeting that took place at the deputy commissioner's office ended around 8:30pm. Earlier, an indefinite strike took effect on 14 roads and six waterways in the district yesterday, demanding arrest of those responsible for the attack. Rangamati Road and Waterway Transport Owners-Workers' Oikya Parishad announced the strike from a press conference...

Motorbike Rides for Rent

A way to live with dignity

A way to live with dignity

As many as 1300 people are engaged in providing motorcycle rides to people for rent in different areas of the district. The provision, introduced a couple of years ago, has made communication especially in rural areas easy while a large number of youths, many of them earlier engaged in anti-social activities, have changed their...

11 missing as trawlers sink in two rivers

At least 10 people went missing when a trawler capsized in the Meghna near Bhairab Bhairab upazila of the district yesterday. The identity of the deceased, however, could not be known till filing of this report around 7:30pm. The vessel was carrying at least 35 people to Nabinagar upazila of Brahmanbaria from Bhairab Bazar of the district, said Badrul Alam, officer in-charge of Bhairab Police Station. The trawler capsized around 3:00pm. Most of its other passengers, however swam ashore. On information, a fire-fighting...

Three housewives killed for dowry

Three housewives have been murdered allegedly by their husbands over dowry in Pabna, Manikganj and Sirajganj districts. A housewife was killed allegedly by her husband for dowry at village Darinaricha in Isawardi upazila of Pabna early Tuesday, reports our correspondent. Deceased Farhana Akter Eva, 22, wife of Shaon Hossain of the village was often tortured for refusing to bring dowry money from her parents, locals said. Recently Shaon started forcing Farhana to bring Tk. 2 lakh dowry for business, said Md. Rakibul...

3 fishermen rescued from den of abductors

Coast Guard officials rescued three fishermen from their abductors' den at Kader-Khal in the Sundarbans on Sunday. The rescued three are Nazrul Islam,32, Saiful Islam, 18, and Mamun Miah, 16. All of them hail from Horintana village in Patharghata upazila in Barguna district. Operation staff officer Lieutenant Commander Alauddin of West Mongla Coast Guard Zone said, a gang of robbers kidnapped the fishermen two days ago while they were preparing for fishing. Later they kept the fishermen confined to their den for ransom. Tipped...

UP chairman sued on graft charge

The chairman and the secretary of Rangabali Union Parishad (UP) under the newly formed Rangabali upazila of the district have been sued on charge of misappropriating Tk 1.52 crore of different development projects. Md Mostafizur Rahman, a member of the UP, filed a case with a Patuakhali court on Sunday, accusing Chairman Md Nazrul Islam and Secretary Md Zakir Hossain. Sessions and Special Judge Satendra Nath Ghosh took the case into cognisance and asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to take necessary...

Snaps and Snippets

Jamaat ameer arrested Our Correspondent, Bogra Police on Tuesday arrested two top leaders of the district unit of Jamaat-e-Islami from their residences in Rahmannagar area of the town. They face two cases filed for vandalism, arson attacks and carrying out subversive activities. The arrestees are-- Abdul Haque Sarakr, 56, principal of Muruil Fazil Madrasa and Nayeb-e-ameer of the district unit and Advocate Riaz Uddin, 55, assistant secretary of the unit. AHM Foyzur Rahman, officer in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said the...

World

Ukraine Crisis

Separatists gain ground

Rebels in east Ukraine yesterday appeared to have seized swathes of territory from government forces who abandoned vehicles and ammunition as they retreated, while Western intelligence said Russian army units were operating inside the country. After weeks of successful military operations that have seen government forces push deep into the last rebel bastions, the tide appears to be turning once again in the four-month conflict, prompting a nervous government in Kiev to call on Nato for help. AFP journalists saw no...

'Criminals' shouldn't be in the cabinet

'Criminals' shouldn't be in the cabinet

India's top court said Wednesday lawmakers with criminal backgrounds should not serve in government, with 13 ministers in the current administration facing charges for attempted murder, rioting and other offences. The ruling shines a spotlight on Narendra Modi and his cabinet after the right-wing prime minister swept to power this year pledging clean governance. The Supreme Court ruled Modi should be left to choose his cabinet at his discretion, but said it hoped the premier would take into account public expectations and India's democratic values. "We leave it to the wisdom of the prime minister to see whether people with criminal backgrounds are appointed as ministers," Justice Dipak Misra told the court. "Ultimately...

Iraq targets IS amid new massacre fears

Iraq was massing forces yesterday for an operation to break a two-month jihadist siege of the Shia Turkmen town of Amerli, amid growing fears for residents short of food and water. The imminent counter-offensive comes amid reports that US President Barack Obama is weighing a decision to authorise air strikes and aid drops in the area to assist around 12,000 residents trapped in the northern town. According to a civilian volunteer commander, thousands of Shia militiamen from groups including Asaib Ahl...

The tragic fate of albinos in Tanzania

The tragic fate of albinos in Tanzania

A UN expert has condemned the abuse of young albinos in government care centres in Tanzania, a country where many are killed and their body parts sold as lucky charms. At least 74 albinos have been murdered in the east African country since 2000. After a spike in killings in 2009, the government placed youngsters...

IMF chief put under probe in French fraud case

IMF chief put under probe in French fraud case

IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women,  yesterday announced she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister. The shock announcement came a day after she was grilled for more than 15 hours by a special court in Paris that probes ministerial misconduct, the fourth time she has been questioned in a case that has long weighed upon her position as managing director of the International Monetary Fund. "The investigating commission of the court of justice of the French Republic has decided to place me under formal investigation," she said in exclusive comments to AFP. In France, being...

Syria used chlorine gas on civilians

Syria used chlorine gas on civilians

An independent UN commission said on Wednesday that the Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians and that the Islamic State group committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two cities in the country's north and west. The report from the commission, which has been tasked to investigate potential...

Abdullah rejects Afghan poll audit

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah will reject the results of a UN-supervised audit of the election, his spokesman said yesterday, tipping the country deeper into crisis a week before the scheduled inauguration. Fears grew of a violent backlash to the eventual result after Abdullah withdrew his observers from the audit earlier yesterday in the latest twist of a prolonged dispute over allegations of massive fraud in the June 14 election. The United Nations moved rapidly to try to save Afghanistan's first...

Bid to Oust Govt

Pak PM defiant amid protests

Pak PM defiant amid protests

Amid mounting pressure from protesters to quit as Pakistan's Prime Minister, a defiant Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday refused to resign saying the country has survived "difficult times" and the current political crisis too shall pass. Political stalemate has continued for the last two weeks with Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehreek refusing to budge from their demand of the prime minister's resignation over allegations of rigging in last year's general election and killing of 14 PAT supporters in Lahore on June 17. Sharif expressed hope that this phase will pass and Pakistan will be steered towards prosperity. "We are not going to be diverted by these things. The...

News in Brief

News in Brief

Iran modifies Arak reactor to assure west Afp, Tehran Iran yesterday said it has started to modify its Arak heavy water reactor and limit plutonium output, a cause of Western concerns over the country's nuclear programme. "Modification of the heart of the Arak reactor is in the process of being carried out by our experts ... to ease the worries of certain countries," said Ali Akbar Salehi, who heads Iran's nuclear programme, quoted by ISNA news agency. 15 Aussie fighters killed in Iraq, Syria Afp, Sydney Fifteen Australians, including two suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine said yesterday. Canberra has expressed alarm that Australians...

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MUSIC 101
ADOPTING AN INSTRUMENT

MUSIC 101<br> ADOPTING AN INSTRUMENT

Hobbies are a nice way to kill time. There are some hobbies that can be more rewarding than others; learning to play an instrument is one such hobby. But starting off with an instrument can also be challenging, since everything ranging from what sort of instrument to buy and who to learn from...

Are you ready for the #IceBucketChallenge?

Are you ready for the #IceBucketChallenge?

It's too hot in here. Let's down a bucket of ice water on ourselves. Okay? Not okay. Well, global warming is not why this viral sensation, which has used the hashtag #IceBucketChallenge, has attracted thousands of people, including celebrities, who eagerly dropped frozen ice on themselves and issued the challenge to others. This is in...

SEQUELS IN NEXT GEN GAMING: PART 1

SEQUELS IN NEXT GEN GAMING: PART 1

"PC master race is a lie we tell ourselves so we don't have to cry ourselves to sleep every night." - Shefali the German Shefath Ask any dweller and he will smugly tell you the list of games currently available on the new consoles is… lacking. True, but big titles are set for release. Having...

GAME REVIEW

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

Platform: iOS/Android Time spent in-game: 4 hours. Rating: 3/5 Kim Kardashian is a casual point-and-click game with somewhat plastered-on RPG mechanics like levelling up and an inventory system. There are two in-game currencies, one being the dollars that you earn after jobs and the other being the silver KimK stars that you use real life Google...

Adroit turns 15

Adroit turns 15

It all started innocently enough. Fifteen years ago, an 18-year-old boy, fresh out of school, sat and contemplated what the future held. However, it wasn't his own future he was worried about. Rather, it was the future of the very education system that bothered him. He believed that the classroom experience was too...

The Relegation Battle
AN EXCITING BOTTOM

The Relegation Battle <br>AN EXCITING BOTTOM

The Barclays Premier League is said to be the best league in the world not only because of its highly contested title race, but also because of a relegation battle that is less highlighted yet equally enthralling. The top of the table is where all the teams want to be but from what we see every season, that is not necessarily where the most exciting football is played. Last season saw the relegation of Norwich City, Fulham and Cardiff City after a tense battle during the season's business end. These three teams always looked favourites to go down, but during the final months, the situation was never straight forward. With...

FABLE FACTORY

FABLE FACTORY

The Astronomer ARUBA ADIL -------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm a troubled child I turn on the TV And dream of another life. I am not sorry I just wanted to have some fun. Those days were so divinely starry But now I'm on the run. No more stargazing, now I just stare at blank ceilings. But I've seen galaxies in my head, lying on my bed. Math and boys makes me feel amnesic. They told me to write about my feelings And it was like telling a deaf man to write about music. Wounds are stars and I'm full of constellations I've confused kismet with karma on several occasions But I've always known...

ANIME REVIEW

Hitsugi No Chaika
(Chaika-The Coffin Princess)

Hitsugi No Chaika <br>(Chaika-The Coffin Princess)

A common complaint people have against a series with 12 episodes is that the show is too fast paced. "Chaika-The Coffin Princes" stands as a polar opposite. It starts slow, it builds slow, and it requires a bit of patience. But the pay-off is worth it. Based on Touko Machida's Light Novels, the...

MOVIE REVIEW

Hercules

Hercules

This year has been full of blockbusters and surprises and one such film that has unexpectedly stood out as a summer flick is “Hercules”. The legendary Greek hero portrayed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson thrives on the big screen after “The Legend of Hercules”, which was also released earlier this year. The two films...

Ultimate Sleepover Guide
FOR GIRLS

Ultimate Sleepover Guide <br>FOR GIRLS

Sleepovers. We see them in the movies and read about them in books and wait and wait to go to one of our own. And when we've finally convinced our parents that we will all be good little girls and stay out of trouble, it is time to get ready for a wild...

Ultimate Sleepover Guide The Guy Way

Sleepovers for the boys of our nation are pretty similar to what they show in movies or on TV. There's little to no sleep, so I don't quite see the point of it being called a sleepover. The night rolls pretty nonchalantly, thanks to this uber-cool piece of technology called the internet. But I can assure you that it isn't that boring. Let me paint you a word picture of an average guys' night in. Firstly, there needs to be...

Dhaka Social Art Festival Stories of the Voiceless

Dhaka Social Art Festival Stories of the Voiceless

The Faketory is an art studio in Sao Paulo, Brazil with a branch in Amsterdam which produces art and carries out projects around the globe. The baseline is sustainable, always raising the question: What do you contribute to the world? Till date, the project has covered a handful of metropolitan cities from all...

We're Looking

We're Looking

Requirements for applying: 1. All submissions must be attached as separate doc files. 2. Maximum 3 submissions per applicant [at most 2 fiction pieces]. 3. CV 4. Email the aforementioned documents to shoutds@gmail.com Include your byline and a headline. Your byline is the name under your headline. Although your email might have your name on it, organising and managing...

Research seminar at The American Center

Research seminar at The American Center

The American Center, U.S. Embassy Dhaka hosted a research seminar on August 21, 2014, showcasing the findings of four U.S. Fulbright students who have been in Bangladesh for nine months. The U.S. Fulbright programme offers grants for scholars to design their own projects and work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes...

Writing Workshop at Department of English, DU

Diane Slaouti of Manchester University, UK, is visiting the Department of English, University of Dhaka to conduct a series of workshops on developing student writing at the tertiary level (academic writing for university students). She has come to the department as part of the INSPIRE project funded by the British Council to develop student writing between the Department of English, University of Dhaka and Manchester University. During her weeklong visit, Slaouti will be conducting workshops and collaborating with the faculty...

BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

10th Anniversary of UAP's EEE Department The 10th anniversary of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) Department of University of Asia Pacific (UAP) was observed with a two-day comprehensive programme on August 21 and 22. Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Vice Chancellor of UAP, inaugurated the event on August 20. Professor Emeritus Abdul Matin Patwari, former Vice Chancellor...

Sylhet Divisional Finale of English in Schools

Sylhet Divisional Finale of English in Schools

With the spontaneous participation of nearly 500 students, the divisional finale of The Daily Star-Robi English in Schools was held in Sylhet. Students of class VI to X from 25 schools of three districts -- Sylhet, Sunamganj and Moulvibazar -- participated in the event. Scholarshome School and College, the venue of the event, wore...

We Should Have More Ukuleles

We Should Have More Ukuleles

This week we have a guide for purchasing musical instruments.  This will help those who are recently done with their exams and would like to play “Pothchola”. This one time I bought a ukulele and a cover story like this one would have helped (although we don't have ukuleles in this issue).   And...

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Letters

Letters To The Editor

Horrible condition of roads

Horrible condition of roads

Before Eid, the media was flooded with stories of the praiseworthy steps the government took to improve the poor road conditions of the country including Dhaka. But eventually, we found nothing satisfactory. Soon after the Eid, the authorities seemed to have stopped thinking about this serious issue, even when roads are going from...

Letters To The Editor

World powers' double standard

A few powerful countries of the world can pulverize huge buildings of other countries into dust just within minutes! No, not empty buildings, buildings full of little children, women and men. They can even destroy a whole country. It matters little to them, as the sophisticated bombs, to produce which they have spent billions of dollars, can annihilate anything. Buildings, gardens, crops, orchards, trees, flowers, fruits, animals, birds, roads, bridges and most of all, human beings. But if one...

Letters To The Editor

Implement new law on industrial research

Nearly six months back, the government passed a new law under the title “Bangladesh Biggan O Shilpo Gobeshona Porishod Ain 2013” by making the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Ordinance 1978 (Ord. No.V of 1978) defunct. In the new law, a number of provisions for the betterment of research and researchers have been incorporated which include raising of retirement age of outstanding scientists to 67 years. But till now the law has not been implemented due to...

Comments on news report

“'Coach & players need to answer',” published on August 25, 2014 Saidur Rahaman Srabon BCB should be freed from politics first. Muhammad Ariful Islam Bangladesh team can not perform well under Hathurasingha. We should find some enthusiastic and young dynamic professionals for board who can maintain the whole year cricket calendar. ***** “Safety flaws pose risk” (August 23, 2014) Humayun Hyder The United Airways Bangladesh Limited is running its flights despite flaws which have been pinpointed by the CAAB. Despite numerous flaws, the airline is continuing its...