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Abductors free Abu Bakar

Abductors free Abu Bakar

Kidnappers freed Abu Bakar Siddique, husband of prominent environment lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan, around 11:00pm yesterday, about 33 hours after the abduction. Police later spotted him near Kalabagan on his way home on a CNG-run auto-rickshaw around 12:00am today, and took him to Dhanmondi Police Station. He later went to his Central Road home...

Killing of 8 BCL Men in Ctg

4 death convicts acquitted by HC

The High Court yesterday acquitted four Islami Chhatra Shibir activists, condemned to death by a Chittagong court for killing eight people, including six Chhatra League activists, in the port city about 14 years ago. The HC gave the verdict after hearing appeals by the four accused against the lower court judgment. The charges brought against them were not proved, as none of the witnesses saw them spray bullets at the eight people who were killed at Bahodderhat in Chittagong in July...

US for greater political inclusion

US for greater political inclusion

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal has said Washington continues to press for greater political inclusion in Bangladesh, without which, a more stable and prosperous future will be at risk. Biswal made the comment while delivering a lecture, “US Foreign Policy in South Asia: A Vision...

Death sought for Khokon

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 could set a date any day for delivering the verdict in the war crimes case against absconding BNP leader MA Zahid Hossain Khokon. After the prosecution and the defence concluded their closing arguments yesterday, the Tribunal-1 chaired by Justice M Enayetur Rahim with member judges Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim and Justice Anwarul Haque kept the case in CAV (Curia Advisari Vult, a Latin legal term meaning the court wishes to consider the matter). During the closing arguments,...

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Kidnapped Abroad

11 return after paying ransom

11 return after paying ransom

Aleya Begum could hardly sleep in the last five months. She could not even respond to her little granddaughter's query: “Where is my father? When will he come home?” Waiting for all these months, Aleya's mind was oscillating between hope and despair whether her son Shafiul Alam would return home alive from the grasp...

Story of torture same; change in characters

Story of torture same; change in characters

Radha in Rabindranath Tagore's short-story “Shasti” was murdered by her husband for daring to argue with him and disobey his orders. In the 21st century, women in rural areas are still subjected to domestic violence for not complying with their husbands' orders, being late in doing daily chores and expressing opinions opposing their partners',...

Literary pioneer Márquez dies

Literary pioneer Márquez dies

Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died yesterday at his home in Mexico City. He was 87. His death was confirmed by Cristobal Pera, his former editor at Random House. Márquez, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation, but his appeal was universal. His books were translated into dozens of languages. He was among a select roster of canonical writers -- Dickens, Tolstoy and Hemingway among them -- who were embraced both by critics and by a mass audience. Márquez was considered the supreme exponent, if...

India holds biggest round of polling

India holds biggest round of polling

A huge turnout of voters marked the biggest round of polling in India's marathon national elections with stakes high for two main contenders for power -- ruling Congress party and main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party led by Narendra Modi. Polling took place in 121 seats spread across 12 states, including the key states of West Bengal, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra crossing the half way mark in the nine-phased elections to 543-member Lok Sabha. Voter turnout in most states has been higher than in 2009, reported our New Delhi correspondent. A total of 814 million people are eligible to vote in the polls in the nine phases as the world's largest...

Why apology?

BJP leader Narendra Modi in a TV interview on Wednesday night shrugged off the need for his apology over the 2002 Gujarat riots. The party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections also asserted that he should be hanged in a street square if he was guilty. Asked about the charge of his turning a blind eye towards rioters, Modi told ANI TV that "I am convinced that if there is even a grain of truth in the allegations ......

Barisal University

20 injured in clash

20 injured in clash

At least 20 people, including 17 students of Barisal University, were injured when students clashed with police over the removal of a roadblock yesterday. Students put up the brick barricade on the Barisal-Patuakhali highway at Karnakathi, protesting the assault on a fellow student by local transport workers. The agitated students threw brickbats at the police...

War Trial Remarks

Bergman unhappy as trial begins

Bergman unhappy as trial begins

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday started contempt of court proceedings against David Bergman, a Dhaka-based British journalist, for allegedly demeaning the tribunal. If convicted, Bergman, the editor (special reports) of English daily New Age, may face highest one year imprisonment or up to Tk 5,000 in fine or both. The court passed the order after not being convinced with Bergman's explanation about his comments made in his blog on orders and judgments of the international crimes tribunals. It yesterday said it has found “prima facie elements of contempt” in his write-ups. Bergman was also directed yesterday to show cause within 15 days as to why he should not be punished under the International...

BNP, allies mull anti-govt movement

The BNP-led 19-party opposition alliance last night decided to wage an all-out movement over public issues and the abduction of Abu Bakar Siddique, husband of environment activist Syeda Rizwana Hasan. The chiefs of the alliance made the decision at a meeting at Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office in the capital, meeting sources said. The meeting also decided to wage a tougher movement against price hike of electricity, forced disappearance and demanding fair share of Teesta waters, said Mostafizur Rahman Iran, chairman of...

Tobacco calls the shots

Tobacco calls the shots

As tobacco harvest is going on in some 50 villages in Lalmonirhat district, people are using dried tobacco leaves to meet their daily necessities instead of money. As homesteads are awash with tobacco here, everybody—from hawkers to shop owners—takes tobacco in exchange for commodities. Even, beggars get tobacco as           alms. Much to everybody's surprise, madrasa...

Ache for tech

Ache for tech

Computers and mobile telephones are causing an increase in back problems for teenagers, with 40 percent of children suffering pain, a study has claimed. Researchers warned parents that their teenagers are at increasing risk from back or neck pain due to sedentary lifestyles and excessive use of technology. The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) research showed...

At least seven killed in eastern Nigeria violence: police

At least seven people were killed in ethnic and religious violence in eastern Nigeria's Taraba state, police said yesterday, with local residents putting the toll at 20. Violence erupted in the town of Wukari on Tuesday through Wednesday when Christian Jukun gunmen attacked their Muslim Hausa-Fulani neighbours in a reprisal attack following fighting in a nearby village, state police spokesman Joseph Kwaji told AFP. "Seven people were killed in the violence which started late Tuesday and continued overnight," he said. He said...

German court jails Somali pirate for 12 years

A German court Thursday sentenced a Somali pirate chief to 12 years in jail for hijacking a ship off the Horn of Africa and tormenting its crew during an eight-month ordeal. The 44-year-old man was found guilty of kidnapping and extortion charges over the May 2010 attack off Oman on the chemical tanker Marida Marguerite which had 22 crew aboard. The hostages were only released in December of that year after a $5 million (3.6-million-euro) ransom was paid by the German...

Syria most dangerous country for journalists: watchdog

Syria is the world's most dangerous country for journalists a US-based watchdog said Wednesday as it published its annual impunity index tracking unsolved killings of reporters. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists reported a "rising number of targeted killings" of reporters in Syria as a recent threat to journalists operating in the war-torn country. "With unprecedented numbers of abductions and high rates of fatalities in combat and crossfire, Syria was already the world's most dangerous country for journalists," CPJ said. Iraq...

Top pathologist hired by Pistorius won't testify

A star pathologist hired by Oscar Pistorius yesterday told AFP he will not testify at the athlete's murder trial, another blow for his defence after a week of savage cross-examination. Private forensic pathologist Reggie Perumal -- who joined Pistorius's hand-picked team soon after Reeva Steenkamp was killed on Valentine's Day morning 2013 -- will not take the stand, amid suggestions his post-mortem findings support key parts of the prosecution's case. Perumal has appeared in many high-profile cases in South Africa, where...

Business

Stable credit outlook for Bangladesh

Leading international credit rating agency Moody's yesterday gave a stable outlook to Bangladesh's credit rating, a resounding endorsement for the government seeing that the uncertainty in the political arena is yet to dissipate completely following the parliamentary elections.   “The stable outlook reflects prospects for continuing economic stability despite recent electoral pressures,” it said while retaining the credit rating of Ba3 for Bangladesh. Political turmoil and divisiveness, as seen in January 2014 ahead of parliamentary elections, have been a recurrent feature...

Alliance to pay workers during factory renovation

Alliance to pay workers during factory renovation

Workers of garment units that need to shut down temporarily for renovation will receive payment to cover two months' sala-ries, said North American buyers of apparel made in Bangladesh. Of the payment, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a forum of 26 North American apparel retailers, will bear 50 percent of the cost while...

ADB appoints new country director

ADB appoints new country director

The Asian Development Bank has appointed Kazuhiko Higuchi as the new country director for its Bangladesh resident mission. Prior to this assignment, he was in Uzbekistan as ADB country director, a post he had held since 2009, according to a statement. From 2005 to 2009, Higuchi was director of the transport and communications division of the South Asia Department of ADB, managing ADB's operations in the transport and communications sectors in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. From 2002 to 2005, he was posted in Kazakhstan as ADB country director. “I am looking forward to working for Bangladesh, and the people of Bangladesh,” Higuchi said. “Bangladesh is progressing fast and...

Apparel makers seek policy support to relocate plants

Apparel makers seek policy support to relocate plants

Garment makers yesterday sought policy support to immediately relocate their factories to purpose-made buildings to ensure workers' safety. “We are under pressure to relocate hazardous factories to safer places in bids to continue exports globally,” said Atiqul Islam, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Expor-ters Association. In the last six months, global retailers cancelled orders...

Exports on way to hitting targets

Exports on way to hitting targets

Export earnings increased 12.88 percent year-on-year to $22.24 billion in the first nine months of the fiscal year, on the back of the continued high demand for the country's garment products in the global market. In spite of odds such as Tazreen fire and Rana Plaza collapse, garment exports between the months of July...

Noted citizens reject new Grameen Bank rules

A group of noted citizens yesterday protested the newly scripted rules of picking directors for Grameen Bank, saying the regulations have taken away power from its majority shareholders, the rural women. They called for unity to protect the interest of the bank's 85 lakh members who own 75 percent shares of the Noble Peace Prize-winning lender, while the rest 25 percent is owned by the government. Their protest was in response to the Grameen Bank (Election of Directors) Rules 2014 published...

Six BASIC Bank officials suspended

Six high officials of BASIC Bank were suspended yesterday on charges of irregularities. However, the officials pointed at others inside the bank for the irregularities. “Everybody, from officials inside the bank to the central bank, knows about the irregularities and the loans that were given out that even the branches opposed to,” said one of six officials suspended, seeking anonymity. The suspended officials are Monaem Khan, deputy managing director; three general managers -- Zainul Abedin Choudhury, Kh Shamim Hasan and Mohammad Ali;...

Stocks end flat

Stocks ended almost flat on the last trading day of the week yesterday as investors were switching to mid-cap companies from the large-cap ones. DSEX, the benchmark general index of the DSE, slightly rose, by 8.77 points or 0.19 percent, finishing the day at 4,598.91 points. DSES, the shariah index of the premier bourse, also gained only 2 points or 0.19 percent to close at 1,034.93. The closing session of the week showed mixed trading pattern amid an increase in volatility level,...

Bangladesh calls for cooperation among southern nations

Bangladesh has made a strong call for better sharing of ideas and information on development successes among the developing nations at the first high level meeting of a global partnership that ended in Mexico on Wednesday. Finance Minister AMA Muhith, who led the Bangladesh delegation, highlighted the benefits that South-South Cooperation can bring in the field of trade, investment, labour migration and knowledge sharing, according to a press release. Governments, businesses, private foundations and civil societies came up with a joint...

Prime Bank marks 19th anniversary

Prime Bank plans to introduce the fourth largest credit card brand of the world—JCB—for the first time in Bangladesh this month to mark the bank's 19th anniversary, said Md Ehsan Khasru, the bank's managing director. The bank is also going to launch a retail loan product—Home Treasure—under which customers will be able to take retail loans against their mortgaged homes, he said. The bank will also run promotional activities for its school banking product—My First Account—and biometric smart card—Prime Cash—around the...

University in Taiwan opens Yunus Centre

The National Central University in Taiwan has opened Yunus Social Business Centre to create social businesses and promote Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus's vision of creating a world without poverty and unemployment. Prof Yunus and Jing-Yang Jou, president of the NCU, signed a deal on Monday, Yunus Centre said in a statement. A Nobel Chair was also unveiled in honour of Prof Yunus at the NCU. Prof Yunus visited Taiwan from April 10 to 14, at the invitation of the NCU...

PlayStation 4 sales top 7 million

Sony says it has sold seven million PlayStation 4 worldwide since its launch last year and admitted it can't make them fast enough for the Japanese consumer electronics giant.

Sports

Copa del Rey Real's

Copa del Rey Real's

Gareth Bale scored a stunning individual goal five minutes from time to win the Copa del Rey for Real Madrid as they overcame Barcelona 2-1 at the Mestalla in Valencia on Wednesday. The Welshman had previously been wayward with a series of efforts on goal, but he finally made his mark as he galloped...

BCB ponders revamped BPL

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is planning to revamp the trouble-hit Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) by reining it back into a realistic financial structure. The so-called money-spinning tournament, designed like the Indian Premier League (IPL), was put on hold after completion of the second edition in February 2013 as it was beset by all kinds of off-field controversies ranging from non-payment of players to the spot-fixing scandal. But it was successful as far as on-field affairs went, which is why the...

Nitol Tata Bangladesh Premier Football League

League resumes with double-header

League leaders Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi will be looking to increase their lead at the top of the Bangladesh Premier League when they host Chittagong Abahani in their respective first match of the second phase at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today. Second-placed Abahani will however have the chance to reduce the arrears as they will take on Brothers Union in the second match of the day. Sheikh Jamal lead the table with 21 points from nine outings while Abahani are just...

300 on clay for Rafa

300 on clay for Rafa

World number one Rafael Nadal finished with an ace on match point to seal his 300th career victory on clay and advance into the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday. Meanwhile seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer spent just 57 minutes in going past Czech Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-1 to next line up...

Yuvi drives Bangalore

Yuvraj Singh struck form with a brilliant unbeaten half-century as Royal Challengers Bangalore crushed Delhi Daredevils by eight wickets in their Indian Premier League opener here on Thursday. Yuvraj (52 not out, three 4s and five 6s) shared 84 runs from just 7.9 overs with captain Virat Kohli (49 not out) for the unconquered third wicket as their side chased down the target of 146 with 20 balls to spare at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Kohli continued with his top form...

Local coach to replace McInnes?

The development committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is no longer interested in replacing Richard McInnes with another foreign head coach at the National Cricket Academy. Former national coach Sarwar Imran has a good chance of getting the job though the development committee chairman Khaled Mahmud said yesterday that he will give a new plan within a short time. McInnes will quit the post by the end of this month to bring an end to his second tenure in Bangladesh...

Zia returns for Asian Games

Ziaur Rahman, the best raider of Bangladesh and arguably Asia too, got a call back to the national fold after six years by being selected for the 16-member preliminary squad for upcoming Asian Games which will be held in South Korea in September. Zia last represented Bangladesh in the Asian Beach Games in Bali in 2008 before missing out on Dhaka South Asian Games and Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010 due to knee injury. However, Zia returned to the domestic circuit...

Bayern slaughter Kaiserslautern

Bayern slaughter Kaiserslautern

Holders Bayern Munich will face Borussia Dortmund in next month's German Cup final after cruising to a 5-1 win over second-division Kaiserslautern in Wednesday's semifinal. Bayern reached their third consecutive domestic cup final by bouncing back from back-to-back Bundesliga defeats to see off Kaiserslautern, who had knocked out top-tier sides Bayer Leverkusen and Hertha...

Bale a la Bolt

Spain on Thursday hailed Gareth Bale's wonder goal that downed arch-rivals Barcelona to win the Copa del Rey final. Spanish newspapers paid homage to Bale's strength and power while the Welsh winger himself declared that winning the cup was "a dream come true". Madrid daily Marca recreated his 58 metre run at an average speed of 27 kilometres an hour on its front page. Inside he was christened "Gareth Bolt" thanks to a burst of pace reminiscent of Jamaica's six-time Olympic sprint...

'Prince of Wales' hungry for more

Gareth Bale's brilliant winner in Wednesday's King's Cup final against Barcelona gave the world's most expensive player his first taste of major silverware and the Wales winger is hungry for more. Bale was hailed as the "Prince of Wales" in the Spanish media on Thursday after he collected the ball wide on the left near the halfway line in the 85th minute at Valencia's Mestalla stadium, shrugged off the attentions of Barca centre back Marc Bartra and charged towards goal. Arriving...

Barclays English Premier League

Man City run aground

Man City run aground

Liverpool's position atop the Premier League table was strengthened on Wednesday when title rivals Manchester City were held to a 2-2 draw at home to bottom club Sunderland. Beaten 3-2 at Liverpool on Sunday, City were bidding to close to within four points of Brendan Rodgers's side in the first of their two games...

Fans jam streets to celebrate

Thousands of cheering Real Madrid fans welcomed their team back to the Spanish capital early Thursday after winning the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 victory over arch rivals Barcelona. Supporters, many wrapped in the club's flag, cheered as the squad arrived at Madrid's central Cibeles Square, the traditional home for raucous Real Madrid victory celebrations, in a white open-topped bus with the word "champions" written in black letters on its sides. Fans applauded Real goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas as,...

Stagehand of God

Diego Maradona's iconic wonder-goal against England in the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup has inspired a new Buenos Aires play. The play -- "Cosmic Kite, Match of the Century" - takes its name from the Argentine radio commentary which accompanied the goal by broadcaster Victor Hugo Morales. Maradona's famous solo effort, which saw him weave past six English defenders in a mesmerizing dribble from the halfway line before scoring, is often ranked as the greatest World Cup goal of all...

Siddikur steady on curtailed day

Bangladesh's ace golfer Siddikur Rahman was at joint 40th position on a rain-interrupted first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club yesterday. Siddikur was on par, having gone through 17 holes where he traded one birdie for one bogey, which left him seven strokes off leader Lee Westwood of England. The former world number grabbed the clubhouse lead with a seven-under-par (65), followed by Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium a stroke behind. A total of...

Ronaldo on the mend

Real Madrid's top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo is recovering well from knee and thigh injuries but is still not sure whether he will be fit for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg at home to Bayern Munich. "Better, much better," Ronaldo told Spanish television broadcaster TVE after Wednesday's Cup final. "I don't feel any more pain," added the 29-year-old. "Let's see if Wednesday I am fine or for the second leg. Little by little I am getting better and what I want most...

Snooker comes back to Ctg

The Lotto 29th National Snooker Championship is set to take place at the Chittagong Club from tomorrow with a total of 57 players taking part in the 8-day event. This is the first time since 1993 that the Bangladesh Billiard and Snooker Federation (BBSF) is organising the championship in the port city. Speaking at a press conference, Syed Mahbub, the BBSF general secretary, emphasised on how most sports events are usually Dhaka centric which is not helping development of sports and...

Premier Kabaddi from today

The 13-team Walton Smart Phone 14th Premier Division Kabaddi League begins today at the Kabaddi Stadium in Paltan. Split into four groups, 13 teams including defending champions Bangladesh Army and runners-up Border Guard Bangladesh will initially compete in league matches from April 18-20. Later, four group champions will play in the title-deciding super league from April 22-25. Five matches will be held today.

Editorial

Editorial

CEC nonchalance

ONE doesn't really know what to make of the CEC's comments made after his return from six-week leave abroad. During that time a lot had happened in respect of the UZ elections. And the actions, or rather the inaction of the EC, have caused erosion of public confidence in the commission. We commented before on the rationale of the CEC choosing to go on leave at a time when a very important election was being held, and it is every...

Editorial

Yet another broad daylight abduction

ABU Bakr Siddique's abduction in the middle of the day and that too at a busy filling station gives us a chilling reminder of how easy it is for criminals to whisk someone away. While it is too early to comment on why he was taken away against his will, although a number of reasons have been speculated in the media, that should not diffuse the investigation and make it lose its focus. The problem of such incidents is...

Op-ed

Editorial

CEC nonchalance

ONE doesn't really know what to make of the CEC's comments made after his return from six-week leave abroad. During that time a lot had happened in respect of the UZ elections. And the actions, or rather the inaction of the EC, have caused erosion of public confidence in the commission. We commented before on the rationale of the CEC choosing to go on leave at a time when a very important election was being held, and it is every...

Editorial

Yet another broad daylight abduction

ABU Bakr Siddique's abduction in the middle of the day and that too at a busy filling station gives us a chilling reminder of how easy it is for criminals to whisk someone away. While it is too early to comment on why he was taken away against his will, although a number of reasons have been speculated in the media, that should not diffuse the investigation and make it lose its focus. The problem of such incidents is...

CROSS TALK

Why a little of everything is fishy!

Why a little of everything is fishy!

FISHY things lately are having something to do with fish. Last Saturday, an orthopedic hospital was shut down in Dhaka because its self-styled surgeons, hardly high school graduates, treated patients with drill machine. One of them was a fish trader in his other life before joining his brother-in-law in this fishy business. Earlier,...

The golden crest still shines brightly

ON my sitting room wall in Banani, Dhaka, there is a photo of the president and prime minister of Bangladesh handing over to me the beautiful crest of the 'Friends of Liberation War Honour' which I received two years ago on March 27, 2012. Below the photo is the framed certificate for the same in Bangla and English signed by both the president and prime minister, and below that is the crest itself on top of a piece of...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Election dhamaka in India ... our sense of proportion!

LOK Sabha election in India is turning out to be pricey, spicy and high-stake contestation. It is literally becoming a head-turner. The repertoire of political banter, vote-catching maneuvers and last-minute attempted reworking of electoral equations between parties, groupings and alliances is coming into full play. From self-serving books publication pillorying Manmohan Singh by people who claimed 'they knew' because of their proximity to him through dynastic war of words in the Gandhi family to playing the communal card cutting both...

The Cup and the Cross of Christ

The Cup and the Cross of Christ

CHRISTIANS all over the world observe the Holy Octave -- the last eight days in Jesus' life on earth -- with due solemnity. This Octave includes Palm Sunday on which day Jesus came from Galilee and made his triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem and cleansed the Temple, to the next Sunday...

HUMOROUSLY YOURS

The Life of Pi(t)

SATELLITE images reveal a vast reserve of oil. Thank heavens Dick Cheney is in retirement, otherwise Gulf War III would have been right here on the Buriganga River. Buriganga. Our vicarious way of owning black gold. The tundras may pride themselves of their fall colours, but we have our water colours. Not only are the rivers multi coloured, thanks to their industrious industrial neighbours, but their water is so thick that if you drop a stone, you see a mushroom cloud. Pi...

Letters To The Editor

Shocked and dismayed!

The incumbent US government has introduced a new bill known as “Affordable Health Care Act” in order to enroll all un-insured Americans and legal residents in the health care system with a view to providing health care facility at an affordable cost. The official language here in the USA is, of course, English. But since people from all corners of the world are living in the USA, the government has been considerate enough to allow these people, who are...

Letters To The Editor

Degeneration of student politics

Student organisations of Bangladesh have a long, glorious history. Our students played very important role in anti-British movement, language movement, and of course in the Liberation War. But the character of student politics has changed with the passage of time. At those times, students used to involve themselves in politics to protest oppression, injustice, etc. But sadly, now students join politics to gain unfair advantages—tender manipulation and admission business. Student politics in recent times has taken away hundreds of...

Comments on news report

“AL bars Star from covering its events,” published on April 11, 2014 Aasfisarwar Today TDS is banned from covering AL events and we are silent. Tomorrow, some other newspaper may face the same fate. Wake up my friends and protest before it's too late. Nds It will take time to wake up because they are under heavy doses of sedatives. Mofi The incident is shocking. But I like to believe it's orchestrated by an individual involved in media handling. It's not based on a central...

Entertainment

Indigenous communities engage in water play

Indigenous communities engage in water play

Scorching heat is one of the unwelcome aspects of Boishakh. Yet, people pour in on the streets every year to usher in the festival. This is reflective of the Bangalees' true love for their cultural roots. But, in the hilly districts of Chittagong, Boisabi celebrations vary among indigenous communities. The water festival of the...

For the love of Lalon's music

For the love of Lalon's music

Beauty drew attention of millions of music lovers with the melody of her voice at home and abroad. Hailed as “Lalon Konya” by her fans for her mystic voice, the former Close-up 1 champion released a solo album “Dui Chokhete Lalon Amar” on Pahela Boishakh. She spoke to The Daily Star about the project and other issues. This album has come after a long hiatus. Why so? Beauty: Yes, it has been more than two and a half years since my last release. I made a great effort to release the album under the banner of G-Series. My effort will be successful only when the listeners will receive it warmly. Tell something...

Commemorative programme on Fazal Shahabuddin

Commemorative programme on Fazal Shahabuddin

A commemorative programme on the recently deceased poet Fazal Shahabuddin, will be held tomorrow at the Chayyanaut auditorium in Dhanmondi. The programme will feature a discussion, poetry recitation and musical soiree. At the event, eminent poet and writer Syed Shamsul Haque; senior journalist Towab Khan; Mahbub Jamil, former adviser to the caretaker government; artist Quayyum Chowdhury; Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, former governor, Bangladesh Bank; architect Shamsul Wares; poets Hayat Saif, Mohammad Nurul Huda, Zahidul Haque, Azmeri Shahabuddin (wife of the poet) will speak at the programme. Elocutionist Hasan Arif will give a recitation at the event, where the book launch of the poet's last book “Ekjon Kobi Ekaki” will also...

The Water, Ink and Paper of Salauddin Ahmed's sketches

The Water, Ink and Paper of Salauddin Ahmed's sketches

The act of drawing is a way of seeing.  They are sketched so that they may be brought to the unfolding of the world. There is such authority in the journey of an architect, that he can perhaps help others understand the way we have experienced the world around us. The compilations of...

The best of Indian Cinema

The best of Indian Cinema

The director of a movie based on the true story of an assassinated Muslim lawyer-cum-human rights activist earned the best director's award and a biopic on one of India's best-known athlete bagged the honour of best popular film, as the Indian National Film Awards for 2013 were announced here on Wednesday. Bengali film “Jaatishwar”...

Remembering Katherine Hepburn

Remembering Katherine Hepburn

Katherine Hepburn had sharp features and was an exceptionally gifted actress. She, however, always carried herself with modern élan, was assertively independent and spirited. She was perennially the modern woman. Of her four Oscar Awards, the first came early in 1934 for the movie "Morning Glory" when she was 27. The second one was...

The retired doctor with a surrealist art treasure trove

The retired doctor with a surrealist art treasure trove

A retired general physician and councillor from Leeds, UK, has amassed what is thought to be the largest collection of British surrealist art. It normally adorns his home but is now going on public display. Every wall of Dr Jeffrey Sherwin's house is crammed with frames containing bright colours and contorted shapes. More pictures...

Summer breeze of familiar melodies

Summer breeze of familiar melodies

To celebrate the advent of the Bangla New Year 1421, Star Melodies is organising a musical programme, featuring popular artistes of the country performing folk and Bangla classics from a bygone era.  Kiran Chandra Roy, Chandana Majumder, Fahmida Nabi, Krishnokoli, Nasima Shaheen, Chanchal Chowdhury, Kona, Bizon Chandra Mistry and Close Up-1 stars Liza and Sabbir, among others, will perform at the event at the AS Mahmud Seminar Hall of The Daily Star Centre tomorrow (Saturday) at 6pm. Those interested in enjoying the event may contact the Administration Department of The Daily Star on 9144330...

Dabir Saheber Songshar - entertains movie-goers

Dabir Saheber Songshar - entertains movie-goers

“Dabir Saheber Songshar”, a film that made its country wide debut over the weekend, has received favourable feedback from movie-goers, despite not doing exceedingly well at the box office. The Jazz Multimedia film has attracted people on account of its genre -- as a norm, full-fledged comedy films are not common in the current...

NEWS bytes

Third Hobbit film could be re-titled

Third Hobbit film could be re-titled

Production house New Line is apparently mulling over a name change for the third film in the Hobbit series, with the next instalment possibly becoming “The Hobbit: Into The Fire”. The film is currently titled “The Hobbit: There And Back Again”, but according to TheOneRing.net, New Line has just had the alternative title...

ERRATUM

Because of an oversight the following paragraph was not included under the heading “Programmes of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad” in yesterday's supplement on the 44th Anniversary of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, published on page 10. Training, Research and Library Sub Committee Training is given to members to enhance their knowledge and skill about the method of work of the organization and on legal affairs. Professionals from the respective fields conduct the training sessions. A quarterly certificate course titled “Gender Development and Empowerment of...

City

Teesta Water

CPB, BSD set off for Lalmonirhat demanding equal share

CPB, BSD set off for Lalmonirhat demanding equal share

Demanding an equal share of water of the Teesta river, the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) yesterday started a long march from the capital towards Teesta barrage in Lalmonirhat. At a rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club before setting off for Lalmonirhat around 4:00pm, leaders of the...

Manzur Anam's qulkhwani tomorrow

The qulkhwani of Manzur Anam, the fourth son of eminent politician and litterateur Abul Mansur Ahmad, will be held tomorrow after Maghrib prayers at Masjid-ut-Taqwa on Road No-12/A in the capital's Dhanmondi. Relatives, friends and well-wishers have been requested to attend the qulkhwani. The deceased was buried at Banani graveyard following his namaz-e-janaza at Eidgah Maidan in Dhanmondi after Asr prayers yesterday.

January 5 JS Polls

EC yet to get spending reports of candidates

The Election Commission is yet to receive electoral expenditure statements of about the one third of the candidates who contested in the January 5 national polls. Out of 543 candidates, the EC has received expenditure statements of around 175 candidates, said EC sources. Officials of the EC Secretariat said they were not sure whether the candidates had submitted their expenditure statements or not because the statements would have to be submitted to the returning officers and a copy would be sent...

Robbery in Capital

Three of a family severely injured

Three members of a family were seriously injured in an attack by robbers who also looted valuables from their house in the capital's Jatrabari early yesterday. The victims, Nargis Begum, 35, her husband Mullak Chan, 45, and their daughter Muna Akter, 18, were shifted to the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) from Dhaka Medical College Hospital. All fingers of Nargis's right hand and the thumb of her left hand were cut off in the attack. Muna sustained severe...

Money Laundering Cases

Destiny top bosses denied bail

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected bail petitions of Destiny Group Managing Director Mohammad Rafiqul Amin and Destiny 2000 Ltd Chairman Mohammad Hossain in two money laundering cases. Metropolitan Magistrate Meher Nigar Suchona passed the order saying the court had no jurisdiction to grant bail to any accused in the money laundering cases. Moreover, they duo had confessed their involvement in laundering investors' money. On July 31 of 2012, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the cases against 22 company officials, including the two,...

Abduction of Abu Bakar Siddique

Nation outraged

Different organisations and eminent citizens yesterday expressed deep concern over the abduction of businessman Abu Bakar Siddique, husband of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) Chief Executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan. Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), Manusher Jonno Foundation, Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan), Sramik Nirapatta Forum in separate statements demanded immediate rescue of Siddique and punishment for the culprits. Quoting a report of ASK, Sujan in its statement said 68 people were abducted in 2013, while the number stood at 39 from January...

Crimes against Humanity

Quasem's trial set to enter next phase

Quasem's trial set to enter next phase

The case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali is set to enter the next phase on Tuesday when International Crimes Tribunal-2 is due to start recording the testimonies of defence witnesses. The court fixed the day after Quasem's counsel completed cross-examining Nurul Islam, the investigation officer and last prosecution witness in Quasem's case, yesterday. Meanwhile, the three-member tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan yesterday allowed three persons as defence witnesses to defend the Jamaat central executive council member. Although the defence had submitted a list of 22 witnesses, the prosecution on April 1 filed a petition for curtailing the number. Quasem, the alleged chief of Chittagong Al-Badr, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani...

Missing at St Martin's

No trace of 2 Ahsanullah students yet

The rescuers could not find the bodies of two students of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology yesterday, three days after they had gone missing off the coast of the St Martin's Island in Cox's Bazar. The navy, coast guards and 12 trawlers owned by locals continued their search in the Bay of Bengal for the second consecutive day yesterday, but there was no trace of Sabbir Hasan and Istiak Bin Mahmood till filing of the report at 7:00pm. Lt Shahid...

Van driver dies in Ctg

A van driver died yesterday one day after he was stabbed at his residence in CRB Jhor Amtol Colony in Chittagong city. Sujan Islam, 29, from Moulovi Bazar of Sylhet, who resided with his second wife Sofia Begum and in-laws, was taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital with two stab injuries in belly around 8:30pm on Wednesday where he died the next day. Sujan's brother Sahedul Islam said Sujan was not in good terms with his wife and in-laws as they...

Road crashes kill 3

Three people were killed in road accidents in Panchagarh, Chapainawabganj and Chuadanga on Wednesday and yesterday. Our Thakurgaon correspondent reports, a motorcyclist was killed as his bike hit a tree beside Atwary-Panchgarh road at Goalpara intersection in Atwary upazila of Panchagarh yesterday. The victim was Mahabub Alam, 28. Our Chapainawabganj correspondent reports, a bicyclist was killed as a bus hit his bicycle in Dukhamari area of sadar upazila Wednesday evening. The deceased was Farid Uddin, 35, son of late Abdul Quddus. Our Chuadanga correspondent...

Death of Patient at Birdem

Family urges PM to punish 'sloppy' docs

Family members of a man, who died at Birdem General Hospital on Sunday for alleged negligence, yesterday sought prime minister's intervention in bringing the doctors responsible to book. Farhana Nasrinn, daughter of the deceased Sirajul Islam, 57, said Ramna Police Station refused to register a case against the doctors on Tuesday night. “So, where shall we get justice for the killing of my father. Won't doctors be tried in this country?” she told a news conference at the capital's Jatiya Press...

2 Years of Disappearance of Ilias Ali

BNP warns Hasina of consequences

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday warned Sheikh Hasina of “dire consequences” if her government does not bring back missing BNP leader M Ilias Ali.  “The prime minister promised Ilias Ali's wife and children that she would take all-out measures to find Ilias. Two years on, instead of tracking him down, the ministers are giving provocative statements about this,” he told a BNP discussion, “Give Back Ilias Ali”, at the capital's Institution of Engineers. Ilias, a former BNP...

The Daily Star - Grameenphone Ignite

Activation programme ends in capital

Activation programme ends in capital

Activation programme of The Daily Star-Grameenphone "IGNITE", a science competition for school students, ended yesterday in the capital. The event was held at three venues -- Scholastica School, Mastermind School, and SOS Hermann Gmeiner School and College. Along with students of the host schools, students of Mirpur Girl's Ideal Laboratory Institute, Monipur High Schooland College,...

Corruption Cases

HC to decide on Khaleda's challenge Sunday

The High Court yesterday fixed Sunday for passing an order on the petitions filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the indictment issued against her in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust corruption cases. Before passing its ruling, the court will hear more arguments on the petitions on Sunday afternoon. The HC bench of Justice Borhanuddin and Justice KM Kamrul Kader fixed the date after concluding yesterday's proceedings. Earlier in the day, it heard arguments from Moudud Ahmed, Rafiqul Islam Mia...

Man hit by muggers' bullet dies

A man died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital last night, a day after he suffered injuries by a stray bullet fired by a gang of fleeing muggers in the capital's Rampura. Selim Mia, 45, a house painter of west Rampura, was hit by the bullet when muggers opened fire after being chased by locals from a mobile phone recharge shop Wednesday, said police.

Global Forum On Migration

Govt to lobby for proper jobs for skilled migrants

The government may raise the issue of qualified migrant labourers being forced to resort to menial jobs in the upcoming “Global Forum on Migration and Development 2014” in Stockholm, said Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque yesterday. Speaking at a meeting at a hotel in the capital, he said, “We must ensure that doctors and engineers are not forced to become taxi drivers.” International Organisation for Migration organised the event. The government should urge other countries to include domestic workers into their labour law,...

Pune Film Institute

Applications invited from Bangladeshis for scholarships

Indian High Commission in Dhaka has invited applications from eligible Bangladeshi nationals for admission in premier Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. The admission will take place under the sponsorship of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi in a one-year post graduate certificate course in screenplay writing, and a one-year post graduate certificate course in television in five specialisations, said a press lease yesterday. They are direction, electronic cinematography, video editing, sound eecording and television engineering. Eligibility criteria: bachelor's degree...

News in Brief

4th Sufi conference starts in Ctg Staff Correspondent, Ctg A three-day Sufi conference began with the theme “Sufism, Sainthood, Ethnicity and Inter-faith Conflict Resolution” in Chittagong city yesterday. Syed Mohammed Hasan Maizbhandari inaugurated the conference, organised by Maizbhandari Acacdemy, at Shah Alam Bir Uttam Auditorium of Chittagong Medical College around 10:00am. Later, the main discussion started at the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry auditorium around 11:30am.   Fire breaks out at Savar market Our Correspondent, Savar A fire broke out in a shoe warehouse on the...

Country

Schoolhouse, playground used for fair

Schoolhouse, playground used for fair

Classes at Dhukurjhari High School and the adjoining primary school in Biral upazila under the district is badly hampered as a month-long fair occupying the playground and a building started on April 5. The noise from loudspeakers, especially at night, has become a nuisance for locals. The area sees a yearly animal trade fair styled...

Seasonal job crisis brings woe to farm labourers

Seasonal job crisis brings woe to farm labourers

A good numbers of day labourers in remote villages of Teesta and Dharla river basin areas in the district are passing a hard time amid seasonal unemployment while the government's 40-day job scheme meant for the poor people during the crisis period is yet to start. Many people are selling their labour in advance...

Nine Khulna upazila health complexes in poor health

Nine upazila health complexes in the district are limping with manifold problems, including acute shortage of doctors and staff, much to the sufferings of the patients. The health complexes in Rupsha, Terokhada, Phultala, Dumuria, Batiaghata, Digholia, Paikgachha, Koyra and Dakope upazilas comprising around seven lakh people, are running without any resident medical officers and consultants for long. A total of 353 posts of 1st and 3rd class staffs are lying vacant, against 1486 posts in the health complexes, said sources. The ambulances...

Jan 7 Violence in Bogra

Tragic death of veg trader leaves his family ruined

Tragic death of veg trader leaves his family ruined

Vegetable trader Milon Ali's tragic death, due to a bomb attack during the BNP-led 18-party alliance's countrywide blockade on January 7, also left the family shattered.   Milon, 24, son of Lutfar Rahman Pramanik and Jahanara Begum of Goneshpur Purbopara in Shibganj upazila of Bogra district, had a dream to see his younger brother...

Girl rescued while being trafficked to India, two arrested

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel rescued a girl while she was being trafficked to India through Dhanyakhola border under Benapole Port Police Station Wednesday evening. They also arrested two traffickers on the spot. The arrestees are Masud Rana, 23, son of Abdul Hamid, and Shaon Gazi, 24, son of Rafique Gazi of Sharsa upazila under Jessore district. Lt Col Matiur Rahman, commanding officer of 26-BGB, said a BGB team, acting on a tip-off, raided the area at around 7:00pm, rescued the...

Bullet-hit body of abducted UP member found

A union parishad member, abducted by an unknown gang from a circus pandal in Palashbari upazila on April 9, was found dead at Tekani near Thutiapakur Bazaar on Gaibandha-Palashbari Road yesterday morning. Locals found the body of Shamsul Islam Sabu, 55, a member of Bedkapa Union Parishad (UP) in the upazila, at around 9:00am and informed the police. Law enforcers from Palashbari Police Station went to the spot, recovered the bullet-hit body and sent it to Gaibandha Sadar Hospital for autopsy. Azma...

Rangpur medical students go on strike

Students of Rangpur Medical College went on an indefinite strike yesterday afternoon to press home their eight-point demand. They called the strike after criminals beat up one of their fellows at a hostel. The demands include setting up of a permanent police camp on the campus and closed circuit cameras at all dormitories, arrest of the attackers and restriction on outsiders' entry into the campus, and steps to ensure security of the students and doctors. Campus sources said a group of outsiders...

Temple torched in Lalmonirhat

Unidentified criminals set fire to a temple at Bholardighee village in Aditmari upazila of the district early yesterday. Police and locals said an unknown gang set tin-roofed Radha Govinda Durga Mandir (temple) afire when the villagers were asleep. Being informed, fire fighters from Lalmonirhat district headquarters went to the spot and extinguished the blaze. Local lawmaker Nuruzzaman Ahmed, Aditmari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Rezaul Alam, Officer-in-Charge Aslam Iqbal visited the spot yesterday.

Lightning kills Krishak League leader

A local Krishak League leader was killed by lightning at Shapla Bonde in Sadar upazila yesterday morning. The deceased was identified as Matiur Rahman,70, president of Itna upazila unit of Krishak League, associate body of the ruling AL for farmers. He hailed from Chipahati village in the upazila, said locals. Lightning struck Matiur while he was visiting a paddy field in the area at about 8:30 am and died on the spot, they said.

Jessore Bus Tragedy

Families of victim kids receive financial help

Families of nine schoolchildren, who were killed in a road accident while returning from a picnic in Chaugachha upazila under the district on February 15, received Tk 1 lakh each from the Prime Minister's Office yesterday. Families of nine other children, who were seriously injured in the accident, got Tk 50 thousand. Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman handed over the cheques to the victims' families at Jessore Circuit House in the morning. "Our Prime Minister knows what the pain of...

18 get life in Khulna lawyer killing case

A Khulna court on Wednesday sentenced 18 people to life imprisonment for killing a lawyer in 2000. The lifers are Sunil Boidya, Subhash Mondol, Arun Biswas, Amar Sarkar, Basudeb Sarkar, Nripen Biswas, Binoy Sarder, Joyonto Sardar, Tapos Biswas, Birendra Nath, Pulin Biswas, Madhab Biswas, Bhola Sardar, Gobinda Biswas, Sudhangsu Mondol, Bidhan Mondol, Dipak Sardar and Abdul Majid alias Malu. The court also fined the convicts Tk 20,000 each, in default they are to suffer another year in jail. According to the prosecution,...

Illegal sand lifter's men clash with villagers

At least 15 people were injured in a clash between the villagers and the men of illegal sand lifter's at Jaaner par in Saidpur upazila yesterday. The clash took place when the villagers stopped plying of sand-laden trolleys on a local road, causing damage. Locals said an illegal sand and earth lifting syndicate has been extracting sand from the River Kharkharia with dredgers at Jaaner par village for the last few days. Several ditches developed on the road making it difficult for...

UP chairman suspended

A union parishad chairman in Sadar upazila has been suspended as he was charge-sheeted in a case for attacking an Awami Ainjibi Parishad leader in 2012. The accused is Abu Shufian Shafique, chairman of Shakharia union parishad and president of Sadar upazila unit of AL. On Tuesday, Riva Chakma, an official at the district office of local government department, received the letter of his suspension issued on April 3 by the ministry concerned. The letter was sent to the office of upazila...

Snippets

60 hurt in clash   Our Correspondent, Moulvibazar At least 60 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups over organising a celebration programme of Pahela Baishakh at Sayestanagor village in Sadar upazila of Habiganj district on Wednesday night.  The clash took place when a group, led by Masum Miah, 16, attacked the men of Rukon Miah, 22, who were organising the programme around 11:00pm. The injured were admitted to Habiganj Sadar Hospital, said Samsul Arefin, office in-charge of Sadar...

World

Gujarat model a myth

Gujarat model a myth

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa yesterday dismissed as a “myth” the Gujarat model of development and said Tamil Nadu was placed far better in various sectors. In a strong rebuttal to the BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi on his charge that her party was not concerned about people's welfare, she said Tamil Nadu...

Mulayam eyes PM's post

Mulayam eyes PM's post

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav yesterday claimed that third front would form the government at the Centre, with SP as its largest component, and said he would stake claim for the prime minister's post. To a question whether he would stake claim for the prime minister's post, he told PTI that SP would...

Mamata escapes hotel room fire

Mamata escapes hotel room fire

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday had a narrow escape after a fire broke out in a hotel room she was staying in Malda district while she was campaigning for parliamentary poll. Police said that at around 6.40 pm, the air conditioner in the room caught fire while she was inside the toilet. She felt uneasy after inhaling the smoke as she shouted for help. West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who accompanied Mamata in her campaigning along with filmstar-turned lawmaker MP Mithun Chakraborty, said that "after hearing the cries of Mamata, her aide Joydeep rushed to her help and wrapped her with a blanket, pulling her out of the...

Award for Modi's wife!

Award for Modi's wife!

Raking up BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi's marital status, national president of Women Congress Shobha Oza, on Wednesday, demanded an award for Modi's wife Jashodaben for spending her life as a simple teacher despite being the wife of Gujarat chief minister. Earlier, Congress had sought Z+ security for her. "Jashodaben completed her studies the hard way and continues to live in isolation," said Oza, while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday. Training guns on Modi, she said a man, who cannot care for his wife is today talking about women's empowerment. "How can the nation accept a person as its leader, who has not even given due recognition to his wife,"...

First Tamil Nadu MP disqualified after conviction

First Tamil Nadu MP disqualified after conviction

A member of the DMK has earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first law-maker from Tamil Nadu to be disqualified from Parliament because he has been found guilty of corruption charges. TM Selvaganapathy has been found guilty by a court in Chennai for a financial scam embedded in the construction of sheds used...

India's youth: the decisive factor

India's youth: the decisive factor

Over the next six weeks more than half a billion Indians will go to 930,000 polling stations in the 16th general election since the country won independence from Britain in 1947. The exact impact of the 120 million first-time voters expected to cast their ballots is hotly debated. What is undisputed is that...

BJP copied Congress manifesto: Rahul

BJP copied Congress manifesto: Rahul

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi yesterday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of “copying” the Congress manifesto. Addressing a rally in Korba district of Chhattisgarh, Rahul said, “They (BJP) said the same things in their manifesto which we have promised in our manifesto. We promised the right to health. We began construction of manufacturing corridor and...

AAP furious over 'fake letter' in Varanasi

The Aam Aadmi Party has blamed the BJP for a "fake" letter that has the party's chief Arvind Kejriwal thanking jailed politician Mukhtar Ansari for supporting him in the contest against Narendra Modi in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Mukhtar Ansari, the chief of the Qaumi Ekta Dal, withdrew as a candidate from the temple town last week, saying that "secular votes" should not be divided. His exit is seen by some as a potential game-changer, as he is as an influential...

Alleged killers, rapists are in the polls fray

Alleged killers, abductors, robbers and even a rapist are among those who contested for a seat in the Lok Sabha in these elections despite a growing public campaign for cleaner politics. They make up 17% of the total number of contestants in the fray so far. Data gleaned from mandatory declarations by candidates featuring in polling rounds held so far shows that the BJP tops the list with 34% of its 202 candidates declaring a criminal case against them while...

India gets new navy chief

India gets new navy chief

India appointed a new navy chief yesterday, nearly two months after his predecessor was forced to quit over a submarine accident that killed two sailors off the Mumbai coast. The government installed Admiral Robin K Dhowan, 59, who has been acting in the job since the previous chief resigned over the submarine fire in February, the latest in a series of accidents to hit the navy.

Osama bin Laden library for Pak religious school

A religious school for women in the Pakistani capital Islamabad has renamed its library in honour of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The seminary is run by controversial hardline cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, the imam of the city's Red Mosque, once notorious as a hideout for hardliners with alleged militant links. The mosque was the scene of a week-long military siege against radicals in 2007 which left more than 100 people dead and unleashed a wave of Islamist attacks across...

Ukraine Crisis

Talks produce surprise deal

Russia, Ukraine, the US and EU reached a surprise deal yesterday on de-escalating the worsening Ukrainian crisis, in a ray of hope for the former Soviet republic that has plunged into chaos. The agreement reached in Geneva comes as a strong contrast to earlier hawkish comments made by Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who left the door open for intervention in Ukraine. A ban by Kiev on all Russian males aged 16 to 60 from entering Ukrainian territory had also ratcheted up...

Search for MH370

Sub completes scan of Indian Ocean floor

A robotic submarine has completed its first successful scan of the seabed in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but investigators say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft. The Bluefin-21's first two missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water, but the unmanned submarine managed to complete a full 16-hour scan of the seabed far off Australia's west coast overnight. Data was still being analysed but nothing of note had...

Mother spares life of son's killer with a slap

Mother spares life of son's killer with a slap

When he felt the noose around his neck, Balal must have thought he was about to take his last breath. Minutes earlier, crowds had watched as guards pushed him towards the gallows for what was meant to be yet another public execution in the Islamic republic of Iran. Seven years ago Balal, who is...

Positive IAEA Report

US releases $450m of frozen Iranian funds

The United States has taken steps to release a $450 million (267.9 million pounds) instalment of frozen Iranian funds following a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifying that Iran is living up to its part of a landmark nuclear pact with world powers, the US State Department said yesterday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that "all sides have kept the commitments made" under the agreement. She said that "as Iran remains in line with its commitments,"...

Alaska 'too cold' to annex: Putin

Alaska 'too cold' to annex: Putin

In a patriotic fervour, Russians are asking President Vladimir Putin to bring back the US state of Alaska, sold off to the United States in Tsarist times. Putin's answer? It's too cold. During Putin's annual marathon phone-in session Thursday, when Russians pose questions to the Russian leader, a pensioner asked him to possibly follow the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine with the taking of Alaska. "Faina Ivanovna, dear, why do you need Alaska?" Putin asked the pensioner. "Alaska is cold too," he said. "Let's not get ahead of ourselves." Alaska was settled by Russians since the 18th century after Russian boats reached it from the Russian Far East territories of Kamchatka and...

Putin grilled by Snowden over surveillance

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden yesterday joined a phone-in with Russian President Vladimir Putin, quizzing him over the extent of Moscow's surveillance activities. Putin, a former KGB agent, greeted Snowden as a fellow "former agent" before assuring him that Russia's surveillance of the population was not on a mass scale and strictly controlled by laws. Snowden, a 30-year-old former United States National Security Agency contractor was granted asylum by Russia last August after shaking the American intelligence establishment to its...

News in Brief

Algeria votes in presidential polls Afp, Algiers Algerians were voting in presidential elections yesterday, with incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika widely expected to win a fourth term despite chronic health problems, fraud warnings and calls for a boycott. More than 260,000 police have been deployed to protect the 50,000 polling booths set up across Africa's largest country, where 23 million Algerians are eligible to vote in a contest between six candidates. Attack on S Sudan UN base wounds several Afp, Juba Several people were wounded in...

The Star

Cover Story

To the Tune of SM Sultan, Play On!

To the Tune of SM Sultan, Play On!

Sultan's eyes saw wondrous landscapes and diverse places, but none inspired him more than his native Narail. To the town, their Lal Mia was renowned as artist, flautist, wanderer and vagabond. He may have left this earth in 1994 but Sultan's tune in Narail plays strong, still now. Even today, Narail doesn't suffer much from big city problems. There might be small-town electric-engine jams around Roopganj Bazar time to time but they're not much to contend with. There's little risk of arriving late for an appointment. In the mid 1970s the town was quieter still. When carpenter's son Narayan Chandra Biswas arrived on an empty stomach with time to spare it...

  

Chintito

WE have to Make the Difference

WE have to Make the Difference

We have made our life so stereotyped that to point out that not everyone can celebrate a New Year, Bangla or English or Chinese, or the Japanese Ganjitsu, orthe Afghan or Iranian Nauruz, or Pi Mai in Laos, or Songkhran in Thailand, or Enkutatash in Ethiopia, or the Dab Shiid in Somalia… there...

Current Affairs

Asset or Liability?

Asset or Liability?

The BNP national standing committee was scheduled to meet at 9:00 pm at the party chief's Gulshan office on April 9. Three standing committee members reached there much before the scheduled time. One of the members referred to some recent remarks made by BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman. In a frustrating and annoyed...

Perspective

Wake Up

Wake Up

You long to be loved by her but she does not love you. It is a constant anguish. You know she is soon going to be a sun in someone else's sky. “Why can't it be mine?” you ask. Then comes the most obvious one: “What am I to do?” Relax. We will make...

Travel

Saving a Buddhist Temple

Saving a Buddhist Temple

It was a momentous day for the Rakhaine people in Misripara and nearby villagers in Kuakata. Their beloved temple known as Misripara Seema Buddha Bihar, had been saved. They had feared that the land of the ancient temple might be grabbed by influential people had it not been for the generosity of friends...

Tribute

A Fearless Voice

A Fearless Voice

Once there was a school boy who walked 10 km from his village Dharmapur to see Mahatma Gandhi in Noakhali. He walked on bare foot to hear the great leader preach against the rioting violence, returning home with an enlightened heart. Gandhi had such an impact on the young man's heart that he took it upon him to spread the great man's teachings in his village. Even as a young boy, ABM Musa knew the importance of spreading news and information. And that's probably why we mourn the loss of a man who never parted with the honour of his profession till he breathed his last at the age...

International

China Needs a Wise Strongman

China Needs a Wise Strongman

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who already wears many hats, acquired his ninth last month as chair of a reform-oriented military taskforce. He was promptly nicknamed Jiu Ba Dao, or "Nine Knives", the pen name of a popular Taiwanese author-director. Xi wears some unusually big number of hats: State President, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) chief, Central Military Commission (CMC) chairman, and head of at least six high-level committees looking into such areas as cyber security, national security and foreign policy. The analysts also cite unprecedented moves that Xi has made to show how much stronger he is compared to his predecessors Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin. The war against corruption that Xi waged...

Parenting

Why Yelling at Your Kids Never Works

Why Yelling at Your Kids Never Works

Your kid has broken a vase while playing football, ignoring the 'no playing inside' rule of the house. How do you ensure that he doesn't repeat this behaviour in the future? The immediate reaction would be to lose your temper, and let your child hear the end of it. However, according to a study by the London School of Economics (LSE), that's the last thing that you want to do if you want your child to actually listen and not just hear your words.    We know that there's no right way of parenting....

Musings

UNESCO and Our Cultural Heritage

UNESCO and Our Cultural Heritage

The richness of Bangladesh's culture, tangible as well as intangible, is a reality you cannot turn away from. And it goes back thousands of years. This heritage, a vital component of the generational evolution of life in our part of the world, has been a cementing factor in linking Bangladesh's people across historical time....

Making A Difference

Taking on Another Challenge

Taking on Another Challenge

Keshob Roy, winner of the prestigious 'Youth courage award for education' of the United Nations (UN) has now taken on another important mission. He wants to make sure all children in the village go to school, which is why he is so hell bent on collecting birth registration certificates from the local union...

Photography

Death Traps

Death Traps

The two-week-long photography exhibition by Abir Abdullah, which began on April 10, was inaugurated by Khushi Kabir, Coordinator of Nijera Kori and Nurul Kabir, Editor of New Age. It ushered in many photography enthusiasts at La Galerie, Alliance Française.   Bangladesh is successful in exporting garments after China, bringing in 19 million dollars. But...

Health

Keeping the Doctor Away

Keeping the Doctor Away

Are you constantly fretting over the pounds you have put on? Your anxiety  is quite common. In this city of air conditioned cubicles and corporate offices thousands of people are leading a life full of stress: their anxiety is not only about their office stub but also about the layers of fat they...

Star Diary

Star Diary

Are We Really There yet? Just a couple of days back, a friend was talking about her “eligible for marriage” sister whom the potential groom's family was about to “see” that evening. What bothered me was that the groom-to-be lives abroad and won't even be present during the first meeting. His parents were just...

Write to Mita

Write to Mita

Dear Mita, My husband and I live in a really nice apartment. However, my shashur-shashuri have recently announced that they want to die in our apartment. They want us to move elsewhere and live in our place long enough to die in it. They don't even want to live with us. They've lived in...

Science

Science

Tidy desk or messy desk? Each has its benefits Working at a clean and prim desk may promote healthy eating, generosity, and conventionality, according to new research. But, the research also shows that a messy desk may confer its own benefits, promoting creative thinking and stimulating new ideas. The new studies, conducted by psychological scientist...

Remembrance

The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous

The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous

Khushwant Singh (1915-2014) was an Indian novelist, lawyer, politician and journalist. His literary works were best known for their humour and acerbic satire. We remember the contributions of this polymath on his departure from this world on March 20, 2014. Khushwant Singh was born in Hadali, Khushab District, Punjab  in Pakistan to a Sikh family He completed his education by obtaining Bar at law degree from the Inner Temple Singh started his professional career as a practising lawyer in 1938 He started his career as a journalist in 1951 by joining the All India Radio He was the editor of two major Indian newspapers, The National Herald and the Hindustan Times Khushwant Singh's writing ranged...

MAILBOX

MAILBOX

A 'Lesser' Remedy It is my personal belief that most people in this country should switch to homeopathic treatment for less serious ailments. Because it has no side effects. A lot of 'mainstream' doctors laugh at homeopathy as if it were voodoo or something like that. The fact is it was invented by one...

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"Even a hen can now walk across the Teesta, as the river is completely dried up." FARIDUL ISLAM Convener of Bangladesh Teesta Bachao Andolon commenting about the current drying condition of once mighty Teesta River "If the BNP returns to power, we will write the true history of the Bangladesh Liberation War." KHALEDA ZIA BNP Chairperson in support of BNP senior vice President Tarique Rahman's claim that his father Gen Ziaur Rahman was the first president of Bangladesh and that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman illegally took...

MAD GENIUS

MAD GENIUS

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE Born: 15 October 1844 Röcken-bei-Lützen, Kingdom of Prussia Died:     25 August 1900 Weimar, Saxony, German Empire Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and aphorism. "Without music, life would be a mistake. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything. After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must...

SNAPSHOT

Hello Boishakh!

Hello Boishakh!

Thousands of people beat the heat to join the Mongol Shobha Jatra, which commenced from the Department of Fine Arts in Dhaka University, to welcome the New Year 1421.

Strange History

The Beer Flood

The Beer Flood

Meux's Brewery Co Ltd, established in 1764, was a London brewery owned by Sir Henry Meux. Among the number of smaller breweries Meux's purchased, there was Horse Shoe Brewery, and in the brewery's cellar stood several large vats of beer, the largest of which was a 22-foot high vat which held 511,920 litres...

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

He finds happiness by making others laugh. One of the pioneer standup comedians of Bangladesh, and a member of Naveed's Comedy Club, Solaiman Shukhon was probably born to spread laughter all around him. Apart from stage shows, his YouTube show has a decent fan following with over 1,900 people subscribing to his YouTube channel. Here the comedy king speaks about MacGyver, the fact that he is not a joker and a joke that didn't quite work. Childhood Hero MacGyver played by Richard Dean Anderson. That Awkward Moment When You Cracked a Joke, But No One Laughed This happens; in fact many jokes don't quite work the way I want them to. Sometimes...

THE BARE MINIMUM

For College Freshers

For College Freshers

College is the time to try new things. But you need to have a clear idea of what you should be doing once you are there. These five tips will help freshers make the best of college.         Go to Class This might seem obvious but once you are in college, the excess workload...

HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

Indomitable Spirit 38-year-old Baby Begum pulls her husband's rickshaw to take care of her son's education and her husband's medical fees. She earns Tk 130 to Tk 150 daily. For the Love of their City Hundreds of people residing in Chittagong walked for nearly three hours from campaigning for a liveable city on April 12....

Postscript

My Phone, My Laptop- My Life

My Phone, My Laptop- My Life

How did it come to this? This total dependence on a mere manmade device - a gadget, a thing that has no feelings, no emotions, no life? But there it is that self loathing realisation - that you just cannot live without it. Say you wake up on Pahela Boishakh feeling all tingly and...

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Babu

Babu

 

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Project Cars

Kick Boxer

Kick Boxer

The roads are empty, thankfully, as we wait in the searing heat for Joy to show up. Aadnan's Allion has its AC turned up to full blast, but its barely coping. This STI, lauded as the fastest Impreza in the country, better be worth it. The muscular black beast is so loud, when Joy...

Flat Engined Marvels

Flat Engined Marvels

First patented in 1896 by the father of the modern internal combustion engine, Karl Benz, the concept of a “flat” engine has been around since the concept of a powered four-wheeled automobile. Over the course of automotive history, there have been numerous instances where a flat engine has been used, either for performance,...

Nitol Tata Rallycross Championship 2014

Nitol Tata Rallycross Championship 2014

“Bangladesh Motor Sports” (BMS), a subsidiary of CEMS, is the only motorsports organizer of all kinds of motorsport events in the country since 2006. Bangladesh Motor Sports is dedicated to promote motorsports and automobile culture in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Motorsports is all set to give Bangladesh the taste of all kinds of motorsport events and take the country to the international motorsport scenario. Bangladesh Motorsports will organize various events like Rallycross, Inter-city Rallying, Autocross, etc. On the other hand, BMS also looks forward to organizing other events like `Motorkhana', testing driving skills; `Treasure Hunt', involving all members of a family in the car for a fun-filled day, and adventurous multi-day `Great...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

Shocked and dismayed!

The incumbent US government has introduced a new bill known as “Affordable Health Care Act” in order to enroll all un-insured Americans and legal residents in the health care system with a view to providing health care facility at an affordable cost. The official language here in the USA is, of course, English. But since people from all corners of the world are living in the USA, the government has been considerate enough to allow these people, who are...

Letters To The Editor

Degeneration of student politics

Student organisations of Bangladesh have a long, glorious history. Our students played very important role in anti-British movement, language movement, and of course in the Liberation War. But the character of student politics has changed with the passage of time. At those times, students used to involve themselves in politics to protest oppression, injustice, etc. But sadly, now students join politics to gain unfair advantages—tender manipulation and admission business. Student politics in recent times has taken away hundreds of...

Comments on news report

“AL bars Star from covering its events,” published on April 11, 2014 Aasfisarwar Today TDS is banned from covering AL events and we are silent. Tomorrow, some other newspaper may face the same fate. Wake up my friends and protest before it's too late. Nds It will take time to wake up because they are under heavy doses of sedatives. Mofi The incident is shocking. But I like to believe it's orchestrated by an individual involved in media handling. It's not based on a central...

City In Frame

In Baishakh Colours

In Baishakh Colours

Baishakh speaks of renewal, a renaissance of the spirit, a revival of the splendours  of the rainbow transformed into music of the soul. In Bangladesh, a land of sublime poetry and profound faith, Baishakh is that time of year when we recreate the old joys and the ancient stirrings of the heart, those...