• Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Latif Siddique lands in jail

Latif Siddique lands in jail

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

Ignorance too costly

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

Stop it now

Stop it now

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

War Crimes Verdict

Convict, govt can seek SC review

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

Backpage

Jaywalkers get caught

Jaywalkers get caught

While a mobile court was fining pedestrians for jaywalking on Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue at one place yesterday, people were crossing the thoroughfare ignoring the law at others, raising questions about the effectiveness of the drive and the city dwellers' obedience to law.

High hope of better ties in regional trade

High hope of better ties in regional trade

Leaders of South Asian nations will meet in Kathmandu today seeking to stimulate economic growth through liberalised trade and combat challenges of terrorism and climate change. Though the gathering might not draw international attention like the G-20 meet in Brisbane, it's still important as the combined economy of Saarc is bigger than any other...

Dhaka pushes for Saarc energy deal

As the possibility of signing of three key deals at the SAARC Summit fizzles out, Dhaka is planning to initiate a hectic negotiation to ink the energy cooperation deal. The three key deals that were supposed to be signed at the 18th Saarc Summit would not happen due to reservations from some member states, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told reporters following a meeting of the SAARC Foreign Ministers at a city hotel in Kathmandu yesterday. Ali however said Bangladesh...

No Indictment For 'killer Cop'

Riots erupt in US town

Riots erupt in US town

The US town of Ferguson erupted in violence as protesters shot at police and set cars and buildings ablaze Monday night after a grand jury chose not to indict a white officer who killed an unarmed black teen. In the latest case to trigger debate on forceful police tactics against minorities and race relations...

Primary Exams

Guardians again allege question leak

Guardians came up with allegations that questions in the primary terminal examination were leaked again yesterday, a day after Bangla test had ended amid same allegation. They said "sample questions" for Bangladesh and Global Studies paper were found in Facebook on Monday and most of those matched with yesterday's questions. Despite such allegations, Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman has claimed they did not get any official report to substantiate alleged question leak. "We got the news of question leak from...

Stone crushing worker dies from silicosis

Stone crushing worker dies from silicosis

A man who used to work at several limestone grinding factories in Lalmonirhat died yesterday from silicosis, a common occupational lung-disease caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust. The dead is Nuruzzaman Miah, 35, son of Seraz Uddin of Bamondal village under Patgram upazila. He had been working at the factories at Burimari Land...

Ru Teacher Murder

Arrestees deny involvement

The six men arrested by Rapid Action Battalion in connection with Rajshahi University Prof AKM Shafiul Islam murder have denied their involvement in the killing. Five of the six accused were produced before three Rajshahi courts for recording their statements yesterday, just two days after they during a press conference in the capital “confessed” to killing the teacher. Abdus Samad alias Pintu, 34, a former RU Chhatra Dal leader masterminded the killing following a row centring his wife, Rab made the...

AL submits tax return

The ruling Awami League yesterday submitted party's income-tax return for 2013-2014 fiscal year to the National Board of Revenue (NBR). Awami League office secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap and AL leader ABM Reazul Kabir Kawsar submitted the tax return to the Deputy Commissioner of Taxes at NBR's Topkhana office in the city. Party sources said the income of the ruling party during the financial year was around Tk 12 crore while the expenditure was Tk 6 crore.

LBA okayed by Indian parliamentary committee

An Indian parliamentary body has okayed the India-Bangladesh land boundary agreement bill. The decision came at a meeting of the Indian Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs Ministry yesterday, reports BBC Bangla Service. The committee advised the central government to place the bill at the parliament as soon as possible. Quoting committee members, BBC Bangla Service reported that the bill might be passed during the current winter session of the Indian parliament. The bill was sent to the committee for approval after it...

1971 War Crimes

Evidence found against 2 suspects

Evidence found against 2 suspects

Investigators have found evidence against two siblings of their “involvement” in crimes against humanity committed in Kishoreganj during the Liberation War in 1971. The suspects are Nasir Uddin Ahmed, 62, a former army officer, and Shamsuddin Ahmed, 60, a lawyer of a Kishoreganj court. They are sons of late Razzaque Munshi of Karimganj Madhyapara...

War Crimes Verdict

Dhaka protests resolution in Pakistan's Khyber assembly

The government has strongly protested the resolution adopted by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Provincial Assembly of Pakistan on the war crimes verdicts, terming it "direct interference" in the internal affairs of Bangladesh. In a diplomatic note sent to the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka yesterday, the Foreign Ministry deplored the adoption of the said resolution by the KPK Assembly, which it said was a brazen denial of justice for the victims of the heinous crimes committed by the convicted individuals...

Gangsters of Bollywood

Gangsters of Bollywood

Mumbai gangsters have returned to targeting Bollywood celebrities in an effort to find a “new business model”, police in India's commercial capital say. A key aim of the threats to top stars is boosting the gangsters' credibility when trying to extort cash from less well-known -- but often wealthier -- targets. In recent years...

Business

Non-bank borrowing escalates

Non-bank borrowing escalates

The government's non-bank borrowing soared in the first quarter of the current fiscal year because of the country's utter failure to make the most of the availability of cheap foreign funds due to its poor record in project implementation. As a result, the government's debt servicing cost would rise in fiscal 2014-15, warned the...

Mongla silo nearly done

Mongla silo nearly done

The construction of the food grain silo at Mongla is nearing completion, creating hopes of job opportunities and higher economic activities among locals of the decaying seaport town and its adjacent rural areas. Already 65 percent of the construction work for the 50,000-tonne grain silo, the largest in the southwest region, has been completed,...

Sweden pledges Tk 1,659cr in aid for Bangladesh

Sweden pledges Tk 1,659cr in aid for Bangladesh

Sweden will give Bangladesh 1.6 billion Swedish krona, or Tk 1,659 crore, in development assistance in the next seven years. The move is part of the Nordic country's development strategy for Bangladesh for 2014-2020, announced yesterday at an event at the capital's Amari Hotel. The aim of the strategy is to: alleviate poverty; strengthen democracy,...

IGW cartel proposal goes to Hasina

The telecom ministry has recently sent to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina the proposal of a group of international gateways (IGWs) for installing a "common switch" meant for controlling the entire cache of overseas calls. IGW Operators Forum, comprising 17 gateways of the total 29 in the market, plans to introduce the system. The switch will be led by seven gateways and may allow for a murky window for collecting unspecified fees, said operators who did not join the forum. They also...

Muhith comes down hard on businessmen

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday came down hard on businessmen for their constant requests for lowering of interest rates for the sake of investment. The same people refuse to reduce the interest rates when they become bank directors themselves, he said in parliament yesterday. “It is necessary to stop this contradiction.” Businessmen should stop extreme profiteering, Muhith said. Also at the session, Muhith refused to give answers to two questions -- one from an independent MP and another from Jatiya Party MP --...

MCCI elects new president

MCCI elects new president

Syed Nasim Manzur, managing director of Apex Footwear, has been elected president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 2015, the MCCI said in a statement yesterday. Anis A Khan, managing director and chief executive of Mutual Trust Bank, has been re-elected as vice-president. Manzur has investments in Apex Tannery, Apex Pharma, Apex Investments and joint-venture companies that include Blue Ocean Footwear, Grey Advertising Bangladesh and Quantum Consumer Solutions. He sits on the board of Pioneer Insurance, Guardian Life Insurance, International Publications and Western Marine Shipyard, according to the statement. Manzur is also the current president of Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh. Prior to joining MTB, Anis A Khan...

Mobile operators to face fresh audits next year

The telecom regulator will open fresh audits into mobile phone operators by next year, its chief said yesterday. Seven international firms have submitted their offers to conduct the audits in association with local audit companies, said Sunil Kanti Bose, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. “The appointment process is going on and will be completed by next year. The audits will start soon after,” he said. The regulator had earlier appointed several audit firms to audit top two operators -- Grameenphone and...

Social business summit starts in Mexico

The Global Social Business Summit began in Mexico City yesterday aiming to create and spread a movement in Latin America and the rest of the world riding on the business theory of Bangladeshi anti-poverty activist Muhammad Yunus. The motto of this year's summit is shaping social business to shape the world of 2020. This year's gathering, the sixth edition, will be a four-day programme that began with a research conference in the Mexican capital. On Wednesday, a meeting of young challengers...

Banks, tax offices to remain open on Saturday

Banks and tax offices will remain open on Saturday to help people pay taxes and submit income tax returns within the November 30 deadline, Bangladesh Bank and National Board of Revenue said yesterday. All main branches of private and state-run banks at the district and division levels will remain open on the day, the central bank said in a notice. Tax offices at the field level will also receive tax returns from 9am to 5pm, the NBR said in another notice. The...

Pizza Hut, KFC team up with Visa to offer 15pc discounts

Pizza Hut, KFC team up with Visa to offer 15pc discounts

International restaurant chains Pizza Hut and KFC yesterday introduced a 15 percent discount for Visa cardholders on combo meals at all their outlets. The offer, which will be valid for three months, will encourage consumers to use their Visa cards and enjoy the convenience of electronic payments, said Akku Chowdhury, managing director of Transcom...

Emirates offers special fares for Bangladeshis

Emirates has announced special fares for both business and economy-class travel from Bangladesh to all of the company's 37 European and 10 American destinations, the airline said in a statement yesterday. The offer applies to travel between December 5, 2014 and March 31, 2015, it said. The offer is valid for purchase of tickets between November 25 and December 4, 2014 from any travel agency in Bangladesh or online at www.emirates.com/bd. Tickets can also be purchased from Emirates offices in...

Apparel summit begins on Dec 7

The garment makers' platform will host Dhaka Apparel Summit next month, as part of its mission to hit the $50 billion mark in clothing exports by the 50th anniversary of the country's independence in 2021. In fiscal 2013-14, Bangladesh exported garment products worth $24.5 billion. “We will need to grab an additional 3 percent share of the global garment trade to reach the $50 billion mark in the next seven years,” said Atiqul Islam, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters...

Pran official among top 100 global marketing leaders

Pran official among top 100 global marketing leaders

, head of marketing (confectionery) of Pran, has been recognised as one of the top 100 most talented global marketing leaders by the World Marketing Congress. The World Marketing Congress 2014 was held in Mumbai recently, chaired by SP Shukla, president for group strategy, defence sector and chief brand officer, of Mahindra and Mahindra...

In Modi's India, green shoots of reform from Rajasthan

In Modi's India, green shoots of reform from Rajasthan

The reformist government that many Indians and free-market flag-bearers had hoped would emerge after this year's election isn't in New Delhi -- at least not yet. It's a dusty day's drive to the southwest. Rajasthan, derided as a poverty-stricken laggard, has taken the lead on structural reforms that, their backers argue, could also help...

Consumer spending helps Germany skirt recession in Q3

Higher household and government spending enabled Germany, Europe's biggest economy, to avoid a recession in the third quarter, official data showed on Tuesday. Increased exports also provided a boost, while falling investment acted as a drag on recovery, the federal statistics office Destatis said in a statement. Confirming a preliminary estimate released earlier this month, the statisticians calculated that gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.1 percent in the period from July to September. In the preceding three months, the economy had...

Sports

Tigers have to go for the kill

Tigers have to go for the kill

Today is the chance for the Tigers to take a 3-0 lead and confirm the series with two matches remaining when they take on Zimbabwe in the third ODI at Mirpur. The momentum is with them, yet some fine tuning may still be needed, but everything is in favour of the hosts. On the...

Hunt for the pace attack

Hunt for the pace attack

The exclusion of pacer Al-Amin Hossain from the third ODI against Zimbabwe did not create much of a stir in the cricketing fraternity. Maybe it was because of the way he has bowled in the series so far. He gave away 65 runs in 10 overs and picked a wicket in the two...

Razzak, Hom day's stars

Kalabagan Krira Chakra captain Abdur Razzak took four wickets and led his side to their second win in the Dhaka Premier League at the BKSP yesterday as they thumped Old DOHS by 90 runs. In the day's other games, Prime Bank Cricket Club beat Mohammedan Sporting by four wickets, courtesy of a fine all-round performance from Shuvagata Hom at Fatullah, while a half-century from Liton Kumar led Abahani to a six-wicket win over Partex Sporting Club at the BKSP. A cautious...

Vettori back for Kiwis

Vettori back for Kiwis

Veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori's comeback and who wins the toss will be the joint focus in the series-deciding third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand starting in Sharjah on Wednesday. New Zealand have included Vettori in the eleven in their bids to level the series which they trail 1-0 after losing the first Test by 248 runs in Abu Dhabi and drawing the second in Dubai. The 35-year-old Vettori, who has 360 wickets, played the last of his 112 Tests (one Test for ICC World XI and the rest for New Zealand) in July 2012 and has since been sidelined due to a back injury. Skipper Brendon McCullum confirmed Vettori will...

Abahani's humble exit

Four-time professional league champions Abahani were eliminated from the King's Cup after suffering a 0-2 defeat against I-League side Pune FC in their last match of Group B at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, yesterday. The second defeat in four matches for meant Abahani finished the tournament with four points, three behind Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal who qualified as runners-up from the group alongside group champions Pune FC, who have won all four of their matches. Abahani's exit leaves Sheikh...

CA to probe Clarke selection row

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland will grill Michael Clarke and national team selectors after a bizarre breakdown in communication over the injured captain's availability for the first Test against India next week. Selectors on Monday named the injured skipper in a 12-man squad for the Brisbane Test with the proviso that he play a two-day tour match against the tourists starting on Friday to prove his fitness. Hours later, Clarke, battling to recover from a hamstring injury, said he had already...

'We'll have to put in everything'

Zimbabwe batsman Vusi Sibanda has said that the visitors will 'put in everything' to prevent Bangladesh from bagging the 5-match series in Mirpur today. Having suffered heavy defeats in the first two ODIs in Chittagong, Sibanda hoped for a much better performance from his team. "It is pretty much a do-or-die match. It is a one-off game in which we will have to put in everything. The guys are still feeling positive," said Sibanda in Mirpur yesterday. Like in every series,...

Bans lifted

The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) has officially lifted domestic and international suspensions on three more players -- forward Rasel Mahmud Jimmy, defender Imran Hasan Pintoo and goalkeeper Zahid Hossain – during an executive committee meeting yesterday. The decision comes in the wake of lifting of the suspension on midfielder Kamruzzaman Rana last month. “The suspension of the three players has been lifted with immediate effect. However, Pintoo will have to pay Tk 25,000, instead of original fine of Tk one lakh,...

Robiul out for 6 wks

A shoulder injury has put Robiul Islam's stint in the Dhaka Premier League in jeopardy after the pacer dislocated his shoulder in a league game against Legends of Rupganj on November 17. The bowler is expected to be out for a minimum of six weeks. During the game, which took place at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Robiul was fielding at short mid-off and injured himself when he dived to stop the ball. He was immediately taken to hospital...

UEFA Champions League

Liverpool, Arsenal aim to rebound

Liverpool's Champions League campaign is on the line as they travel to Ludogorets on Wednesday where victory is crucial for both teams. In London, Arsenal can also shake off their domestic troubles and guarantee their place in the knock-out phase when they take on already-qualified Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium.   ATLETICO MADRID V OLYMPIAKOS Last season's runners-up Atletico Madrid can return to the knock-out phase with victory over Greek champions Olympiakos in the Spanish capital. Olympiakos, whose best result in the competition...

Barclays Premier League

Clyne rescues Saints

Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne capped a memorable fortnight with the late equaliser that rescued a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Monday. Clyne won his first two England caps against Slovenia and Scotland during the recent international break and the right-back was the man of the moment for Southampton as well thanks to his crucial 81st minute strike at Villa Park. Ronald Koeman's second placed side looked set for only their third defeat in the Premier League this season after Gabriel...

Wanyama's house burgled

Burglars broke into Southampton star Victor Wanyama's house in England Monday night and stole property worth millions of shillings including his Range Rover SUV and three television sets amongst other electronics. He also lost about 30 pairs of shoes and designer clothes, amongst other household goods. Wanyama was featuring for his club Southampton FC in the 1-1 draw away to Aston Villa at Villa Park in an English Premier League match on Monday evening.

Pele back in hospital

Brazilian football legend Pele was back in hospital Monday in Sao Paulo, days after he underwent surgery for kidney stones. "Patient Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) has been admitted for evaluation and remains in stable condition," said a statement from Albert Einstein Hospital. Local media reported that Pele was being treated for a urinary infection. Pele, 74, underwent surgery November 13 for kidney stones.

Rafa to open his academy in 2016

Rafael Nadal will open a tennis academy on his home island of Mallorca in 2016. The 14-time Grand Slam winner has held a groundbreaking ceremony for the academy in his home town of Manacor. Nadal says "this is a special day for me, this project that we have been working on for many years is finally a reality." He says the plan is to "begin with a summer camp in 2016." The academy will include a school where promising tennis talents can...

Scholastica cricket held

Scholastica Red team won the title of Scholastica interschool boys' cricket tournament beating the same school's Blue team in the final at the Armed Police Battalion field in Uttara on Friday. National cricketer Shahriar Nafees inaugurated the three-day competition as chief guest in a colourful ceremony which was chaired by Scholastica Senior Section's principal brig gen (retd) Kaiser Ahmed. Sunbeams, Sunnydale and Milestone were the other schools who participated in the meet.

Hit by a bouncer, Hughes in coma

Hit by a bouncer, Hughes in coma

Australian batsman Phil Hughes was fighting for his life following emergency surgery Tuesday after he was knocked out by a bouncer in a freak incident which shocked cricket. The 25-year-old, who is pressing for a Test recall, crashed to the ground unconscious after the heavy blow to the lower head and was rushed to...

2015 Copa America

Argentina, Uruguay in same group

Argentina, Uruguay in same group

World Cup runners-up Argentina face holders Uruguay, who knocked them out of their home tournament four years ago, and Brazil will meet Colombia in a World Cup rematch in the group phase at the 2015 Copa America. Hosts Chile, looking to win the world's oldest active international tournament for the first time, were handed...

SL-Eng 1st ODI today

England will look to settle scores against Sri Lanka after their bad-tempered clash earlier this year when the two sides meet in a pre-World Cup one-day series from Wednesday. The seven-match tour has been spiced up by comments from England captain Alastair Cook that his team will try to exact revenge for the Test and one-day defeats at home. Cook's status as captain came under heavy pressure after the 1-0 Test defeat, and tempers frayed in the ODIs when off-spinner Sachithra...

President's Cup tennis underway

Dhaka Club President's Cup National tennis Tournament got underway at the Dhaka Club tennis court and the adjacent National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. A total of 186 tennis players from 25 districts and six tennis clubs are taking part in the five-day tournament. The champion team will receive a prize money of Tk 40,000 while the runners-up team will get Tk 30,000 as prize money, said a press release from the club yesterday.

Editorial

Editorial

Financial irregularities hit spotlight

FINANCIAL irregularities to the tune of nearly Tk6,200 crore has been detected by the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). In its first ever media presentation, the data was compiled from 17 different audit reports and made public. It is sad to see that Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has topped the list of defaulters. Not only has there been gross negligence involved in realising fines and fees, serious anomalies have been detected in the manner in...

Editorial

Turning digital dream into reality

WITH its large youth population, Bangladesh is poised to become an emerging IT-based economy, so said the country's state minister for Information and Communication Technology recently. The optimism does not also seem quite out of place, given that by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ranking, compared to last year, we have moved a notch higher and been placed at 145th position among 166 countries on the global ICT index. What is more, at present, around 69 per cent of...

Op-ed

Editorial

Financial irregularities hit spotlight

FINANCIAL irregularities to the tune of nearly Tk6,200 crore has been detected by the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). In its first ever media presentation, the data was compiled from 17 different audit reports and made public. It is sad to see that Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has topped the list of defaulters. Not only has there been gross negligence involved in realising fines and fees, serious anomalies have been detected in the manner in...

Editorial

Turning digital dream into reality

WITH its large youth population, Bangladesh is poised to become an emerging IT-based economy, so said the country's state minister for Information and Communication Technology recently. The optimism does not also seem quite out of place, given that by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ranking, compared to last year, we have moved a notch higher and been placed at 145th position among 166 countries on the global ICT index. What is more, at present, around 69 per cent of...

KNOT SO TRUE

Dragon sees, dragon does

THERE was no Google and there was no gmail. It was -3 degrees in Beijing and your columnist hopelessly looked for access to the virtual space. A young man in his early 20's from Bangladesh studying Fine Arts in Beijing had answers to my problem: Baidu in place of Google and 123.com in place of Gmail. That was it! Though the English results from the Chinese Baidu were far from being close to Google's efficiency, it was still an...

Kathmandu Summit for regional integration

TODAY in Nepal, the 18th SAARC Summit kicks-off bringing together the leaders from Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. As regional leaders assemble for the summit, South Asia pulsates with optimism and hope, and looks forward towards an era of accelerated growth and well-being for the peoples inhabiting the sub-continent. In the three decades of its existence, SAARC has progressively emerged as an indissoluble ingredient in South Asia's identity and in its imagination. There...

Vacancy announcement: Enlightened citizen required

BANGLADESH is a country with great prospect; one of the fastest growing economies of the world which has transformed itself successfully over the last few decades from Kissinger's “Basket Case” to Ban Ki-moon's “...model for the world”.  This is a country which has prospered in spite of periodic natural calamities, political chaos, international crisis and many multifaceted challenges. As the country plans to take the next big leap towards becoming a more developed nation, both economically and politically, there...

Killings in the desert and the mirage of caliphate

THE name is now all too familiar, so are the violence and brutality associated with it. A caliphate, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, has been proclaimed.  A caliph, with a suitable name borrowed from the first caliph of Islam, has proclaimed himself as head of the Islamic State.  The evocative name of Baghdad of the glorious days of Islam has been duly affixed to the title. The caliphate has not been coy about its own...

Pneumonia: Deadly childhood disease

Nearly 1.7 million children under the age of five yeas died last year in WHO's South-East Asia Region, with pneumonia and diarrhea being among the major killers. The Region accounts for 27% of global deaths in this age group. These statistics are alarming and unfortunate as these deaths continue to occur despite availability of well-known evidence based interventions for prevention and treatment of diseases like pneumonia.  This is a warning that the Region is far from achieving the Millennium...

Gold galore comments galore

RABINDRANATH Tagore loved this land and wrote, “Amaar shonar Bangla, ami tomai bhalobashi…” (O my golden Bengal, I love thee so…). He used the Bangla word for 'golden' as a metaphor, to allude to the abundance of beauty of the pristine land. But, after so many decades of his death, our Biman people are trying to establish the fact that Tagore used the word in its pure literal sense. Hence they are hell-bent on flooding Bengal with real gold…gold...

Letter To The Editor

Pedestrians' right of way

Dhaka metropolitan police recently said that mobile courts would jail or fine 'jaywalkers'. My question is, who are the jaywalkers? Aren't they pedestrians? In all civilised countries of the world, I have seen vehicles always stop to let the walkers pass. They have zebra crossings at road intersections with "walk/no walk" signs. What have we done to let the pedestrians walk across roads safely? Almost nothing. There are very valid reasons for the pedestrians not using the overhead or underground...

Letter To The Editor

Israel should accept responsibility

This refers to the above news item published in TDS on November 21, 2014. The news states that Israel said it would cooperate with a UN investigation into Israeli attacks on UN facilities during last summer's Gaza war after denying to cooperate with a separate UN Human Rights Council investigation. During the war, at least six UN-run facilities were hit by Israeli fire, killing twenty-four people. More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed during the war. It...

Letter To The Editor

DMP's laudable move to stop jaywalking

DMP's laudable move to stop jaywalking

I highly appreciate the DMP for their initiative to set up mobile courts to stop jaywalking from 25th November. I hope our public will respond very well and cooperate fully with the law enforcing agency to stop the jaywalking. Jamshaid Taher Banani, Dhaka

Comments on news report

“BCL blames it on outsiders!,” published on November 22, 2014 Mortuza Huq Doesn't matter who the BCL leader thinks is responsible. Ahmed Aziz The people of the country know the truth. **** “Modi and media: Critic is your best friend?”(Nov. 21, 2014) Biswanath Ghosh Read this piece and found it quite informative. In India, the foundation of democracy is deeply rooted and there have been a number of occasions when the electorates have proved their maturity. **** “The British didn't conquer India…” (Nov. 21, 2014) M. Emad I have all the...

Entertainment

New horizons of Bangladeshi classical music

New horizons of Bangladeshi classical music

With eminent classical music vocalist Pandit Ulhash Kashalkar as principal, Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay is now running full swing.  The opening of the school, spells the realisation of a long cherished ambition of Abul Khair, Chairman of Bengal Foundation-- to open a new horizon of Bangladeshi classical music where Bangladeshi artistes will receive meticulous...

Russian cultural troupe captivates Chittagong audience

Russian cultural troupe captivates Chittagong audience

The audience at Theatre Institute Chittagong (TIC), were mesmerised by an extraordinary performance by the artistes of Russian Orenburg State Academic Folk Choir. The artistes performed music, dance and played different musical instruments that cast a spell on the capacity auditorium. Although the lyric of the songs was not clear to many, it did not...

Musical tribute to the resilience of women

Musical tribute to the resilience of women

For years, wide-eyed children have listened to the enchanting tales of the Arabian Nights, also known as One Thousand and One Nights. Not everyone knows about its narrator, Persian queen Scheherazade, who cured her murderous husband King Shahrayar of his proclivity to behead a new wife every dawn. Her clever stratagem was to...

Farooki's 'No Land's Man' wins award at Film Bazaar in Goa

Farooki's 'No Land's Man' wins award at Film Bazaar in Goa

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki won India's National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Award for his project "No Land's Man". The cash award of Rs. 10 lakh was presented to him on the closing day of the Film Bazaar in Goa. NFDC award, earlier known as the Incredible India Award, is handed to the best project of...

James McAvoy wins Scottish Bafta film actor award

James McAvoy wins Scottish Bafta film actor award

Hollywood star James McAvoy beat stiff competition from Peter Mullan and Jack O'Connell to win the coveted Actor Film award at Scotland's annual Bafta ceremony. McAvoy won the award for his portrayal of a corrupt policeman in “Filth”, while Sophie Kennedy Clark won the Actress Film trophy for her performance in “Philomena”. Other winners included David Tennant, who took the Actor Television category for his role in “The Escape Artist”. Another big winner on the night was Shirley Henderson, who collected the Actress Television award for her role as a grieving mother in “Southcliffe”. The winners of the British Academy Scotland Awards 2014 were unveiled at a red carpet ceremony at Glasgow's...

“I'm not a star yet” -- Alia Bhatt

“I'm not a star yet” -- Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt has delivered back-to-back hits, so it doesn't come as a surprise that industry members are calling her a star. Even her father Mahesh Bhatt and sister Pooja Bhatt hold the same opinion. But Alia says she has a long way to go before she can be labeled as star. “Honestly, I think...

Kathak legend Sitara Devi passes away

Kathak legend Sitara Devi passes away

Kathak prodigy Vishal Krishna who is set to perform on the concluding day of the third Bengal Classical Music Festival has lost her grandmother eminent Kathak danseuse Sitara Devi. Sitara Devi died on Tuesday at Mumbai's Jaslok Hospital after a prolonged illness, her son-in-law Rajesh Mishra  told the media. She was 94. Recipient of prestigious awards like Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Shri and Kalidas Samman, Sitara Devi was known as Dhannolakshmi in the family of Brahmin “kathakar” Sukhdev Maharaj in Calcutta (Kolkata) in 1920. The family moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) when she was 11. Early on she impressed Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore with a marathon three-hour solo recital. Over...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

  Legendary classical artiste Bade Ghulam Ali Khan began learning sarangi and vocal from his paternal uncle Kale Khan and his father Ali Baksh Khan at the age seven. When he was 21, he moved to Benaras where he accompanied a courtesan named Hirabai on the Sarangi and started to perform in public. Khan was also a disciple of both Ustad Akhtar Hussain Khan and Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan. After the partition of India in 1947, Khan went to his home in Pakistan, but returned to India later to reside permanently. He was against the partition, stating: “If in every home one child was taught Hindustani classical music this country...

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$9.3 Billion Int'l Climate Fund

Capacity, transparency keys for access

Bangladesh needs to build capacity and ensure transparency in the implementation of climate projects to win access to the $9.3 billion international green climate fund which was created in 2012, speakers said at a discussion yesterday. Bangladesh has not qualified to share the fund because it is yet to develop a national implementation body, they said. Transparency International Bangladesh organised the discussion on "Good Governance in Climate Financing: Global and National Perspective" at a hotel in the capital, shedding light on...

Eliminating Violence against Women

Families must be pioneers

Every family must play a pioneering role to eliminate violence against women and establish equal rights of male and female, said leaders of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday. "In a statistic, we have found that around 76 percent of incidents of women repression occurred inside their homes. So, the first requirement of ending violence against women is to turn each family into the safest shelter for women," said Ayesha Khanam, president of the parishad. She was addressing a rally organised by Bangladesh...

Probe on Subhan 'flawed, improper'

A defence counsel of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan yesterday told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that the investigation against his client was “flawed and improper.” “It was a dictated investigation,” Mizanul Islam said, while placing closing arguments for the fourth day. Speaking on the sixth charge relating to a mass killing in Satbaria of Pabna, he said that while most prosecution witnesses said Sindurpur and Kandurpur villages, two crime spots, of Pabna eroded into the river, Investigation Officer Noor Hossain said he...

JCD dissidents lock central office again

Dissident Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leaders locked its central office again at BNP's Nayapaltan headquarters in the capital yesterday, a month after the first incident, demanding cancellation of the recently formed central committee of the student body. "We repeatedly demanded cancellation of the committee and removal of [BNP leaders] Anee and Tuku from their posts. But there is no result. That's why we locked the office," Dabir Uddin Tusher, assistant communication secretary of the former committee, told The Daily Star.   On October...

Government has confidence in armed forces

President Abdul Hamid yesterday said the government has strong trust and confidence in the armed forces. “This is the reason members of the armed forces are deployed in times of need for the services of the country and the nation. In the same manner, the armed forces would have to contribute in the future in welfare activities,” he said. Hamid made the remarks while addressing the 5th Corps reunion of the Signal Corps and march-past at the Shaheed Captain Abdul Hamid...

Road crashes kill 12, injure 6

Countrywide road accidents killed 12 people and injured six others yesterday and Monday. Our Bogra correspondent reports, six people died and five others were injured when a truck hit a three-wheeler on Bogra-Noagaon road in Shekhahar area of Kahalu upazila on Monday. The deceased were Tara Mia, 36, Modhu Mia, 42, Abdur Rahman, 25, Delwar Hossain, 45, Lokman Ali, 32 and Shaja Mia, 35, of Gaibandha. In Adamdighi, two persons died and another was injured when a tractor hit a motorcycle on...

HC questions legality of Mosharraf holding 2 posts

The High Court yesterday questioned the legality of Mosharraf Hossain holding the posts of a minister and chairman of a profitable company simultaneously. Mosharraf, the housing and public works minister, was also chairman of Peninsula Chittagong, which is a profitable and listed company, in violation of the constitution. The HC, after a writ petition, issued a rule asking Hossain and the government to explain in three weeks under what authority Mosharraf is holding the office of a minister and as to...

Khaleda's Appeal in Graft Case

SC now decides on Nov 30

The Supreme Court yesterday fixed November 30 for passing an order on an appeal filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the High Court verdict that had upheld the charge framing against her in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case. A five-member bench led by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain, which scheduled to pass an order on the appeal yesterday, deferred the date. Talking to The Daily Star, Khurshid Alam Khan, a lawyer of the Anti-Corruption Commission, said the court may examine...

2 more BCL men held over Sust clash

Police arrested two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League of Sylhet International University chapter from the city yesterday over Thursday's factional clash at Shahjalal University of Science & Technology. Earlier, 55 BCL men were arrested. A Sylhet court sent the two--Hossain Md Sagar and Ziaur Rahman--to jail.

China's Dam on Brahmaputra

Get info on possible impacts on Bangladesh

Two lawmakers yesterday expressed serious concern in parliament over China operating a dam across the Brahmaputra River for hydropower and urged immediate measures by the government to avoid its negative impacts on Bangladesh's environment. Mayeenuddin Khan Badal of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, a partner in the ruling coalition, and Abul Kamal Azad, chief of Bangladesh Nationalist Front, demanded that the water resources minister come up with an in-depth and clear statement in parliament on the issue. “We don't know how much it...

Govt to take stock of all officials' performance

The cabinet division yesterday formed a committee to introduce a performance management system in all ministries and government agencies because of poor services at the public offices and their failure to properly implement development projects. The eight-member core committee led by the secretary-in-charge of coordination and reform in the cabinet division will review best practices in different countries and draft a system, detailing how to manage, monitor and measure the performance of employees and how to award them incentives accordingly. Countries...

Speeding bus kills army man in capital

A soldier of the Bangladesh Army died on the spot in a hit run by a speeding bus in the capital's Cantonment area yesterday. The bus of Jabalenoor Paribahan rammed Nazmul's, 25, motorcycle from behind, said police. Later, residents of the area set two buses of the same agency on fire in protest, and vandalised other vehicles there, police added.

Most adolescents unaware of life skills: Unicef

Three of every 10 adolescent girls in Bangladesh get married between the ages of 15 and 17 years, according to a recent survey of Unicef. The study says most of the 29 million adolescent boys and girls in the country, or people between the ages of 10 and 19, are unaware of the "facts for life" and necessary information for their "life skills". Unicef shared the findings during the launch of the “Adolescent Radio Listeners Initiative”, as part of which adolescents...

Jubo Dal Man Killing

All accused acquitted

All the accused in a murder case, including Helal Akbar Chowdhury Babar, a listed terrorist and an expelled leader of Jubo League, filed over killing Jubo Dal activist Azad Ali Khan in 1996 were acquitted yesterday. As the charges against the accused could not be proved, they were acquitted, said Public Prosecutor Ayub Khan. Judge Reza Tareque Ahmed of Chittagong Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal gave the verdict. On April 9, 1996, Jubo Dal activist Azad Ali was shot dead during a procession...

Stop charging SSC candidates extra exam fees

The High Court yesterday ordered the government to immediately stop charging additional examination fees from SSC candidates at the schools across the country. Earlier on November 10, the court issued a rule on suomoto move asking the government to explain as to why charging the extra examination fees should not be declared illegal, said Assistant Attorney General Swarup Kanti. The rule came following a Bangla daily report saying that the fee for a person has been fixed Tk 1,400 by the...

Public pressure forced govt to arrest Latif

The government has been compelled to send former minister Abdul Latif Siddique to jail bowing to the public pressure, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday, a few hours after he accused the administration of creating a smokescreen over the ex-Awami League leader's arrest. Latif was sent to prison yesterday in cases filed "for hurting religious sentiments of Muslims". Two months ago, on September 28, the former posts, telecommunications and ICT minister commented on Hajj, Tablig Jamaat...

Persons With Disabilities

Saima calls for ICT use to empower them

Saima Wazed Hossain, chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Autism in Bangladesh, yesterday called for effective use of information and communication technology to empower persons with disabilities. Giving a PowerPoint presentation at a conference on "Empowerment: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies for Persons with Disabilities” at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi, she said ICT has remained an underutilised tool in low-resource countries like Bangladesh for inclusion of persons with disabilities in the social mainstream. Saima, also an expert adviser...

5 suspected militants sent to Dhaka from Ctg

Five suspected militants, including a Pakistani and a local Awami League leader, who were arrested in a Chittagong city hotel Sunday and remanded for five days the next day, were sent to Dhaka yesterday for interrogation. For the sake of investigation they were sent there, said Banaj Kumar Mazumder, additional commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police. He said detectives in Dhaka would quiz Mohammad Alam, 44, the Pakistani; Abdul Majid, 30, Shafiullah, 40, Salamat Ullah, 45, and Md Amin, 53. Of them, Alam,...

News In Brief

A Supreme Court lawyer yesterday sent a legal notice to the Speaker of parliament and chief election commissioner asking to declare Abdul Latif Siddique's Jatiya Sangsad seat vacant in 24 hours. Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Aknod in the notice said he would file a writ petition with the HC, if Latif's seat is not declared vacant.

Obituary

Mir Julfiker Ali, principal of Khanjahan Ali Degree College and brother of Mir Shawakat Ali Badsha, lawmaker of Bagerhat-2 constituency, died of a heart attack early yesterday. He was 57. He is survived by his wife a son and a daughter. He was buried in his family graveyard in Tengrakhali village under Kachua upazila.

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 4th death anniversary of Md Mujadded, a former director of Bangla Academy, and a former teacher of Dhaka University's Institute of Modern Languages. A Qurankhwani, a milad mahfil, a special munajat at a mosque will be offered, and food will be distributed at orphanages, and among the destitutes in his name.

Obituary

Obituary

Main Uddin Khandaker, a freedom fighter and a member of Bangladesh Public Service Commission, died from heart ailments at the capital's United Hospital last night, aged 60. He left behind his two daughters and a son, according to the BPSC website. Khandaker's namaz-e-janaza will be held at the city's Circuit House Jame Mosque at 9:00am today, Ekram Ahmed, chairman of BPSC, told The Daily Star. He will be buried at his village home in Narsingdi, he added.

Tajul Islam

Tajul Islam

Today is the 6th death anniversary of Tajul Islam, former DGM of BSCIC. A doa mahfil will be held today at his village home in Raypur of Lakshmipur.

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Hobby turns to livelihood

Hobby turns to livelihood

Selim Reza, 48, son of the late Nurul Islam of Kushumpur village under Moheshpur upazila of the district turned his childhood hobby of rearing rare pigeons into a livelihood. Bringing people from across the nation to his farm. Selim passed his SSC in 1986, HSC 1988 and BA in 1990, but did not want...

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Zinc enriched paddy harvest in Sylhet

Zinc enriched paddy harvest in Sylhet

Zinc enriched paddy farming has generated much hype among farmers of Dakshin Surma upazila under Sylhet, since the new variety gave them a good yield this year. According to Chunu Miah, he harvested about 17 mounds of paddy on a bigha of land this year. Chunu cultivated the variety for the first time on...

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Farmers pick cotton over tobacco

Farmers in Jhenidah have yet again moved to growing cotton instead of tobacco in the hopes of getting higher rates than previous years. Moreover, the variety they cultivated fell victim to pests while production quantity per bigha failed to reach its mark. This year the new variety will yield a double harvest and be free from pests. As a result farmers will enjoy a higher profit from cotton farming this year.    The Cotton Development Board (CDB) officials said, farmers...

Demand for chemical free veg growing

Demand for chemical free veg growing

A large number of farmers in the district are now farming chemical free vegetables as they earn huge profit due to their high demand in the local markets. Production cost of chemical free vegetables is also less than that of other vegetables, farmers said, adding they now need only proper care and assistance to...

8 JMB militants arrested over Trishal incident remanded

A Mymensingh court yesterday placed eight members of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) on a tree-day remand in the case for snatching three militants of the party by ambushing a prison van and killing a constable in Trishal in February this year. They are Kamal Hossain alias Sabuj, Yusuf Ali alias Sohagh, Sohel Rana, Morshed Alam, Ilias Uddin, Abu Bakar Siddique alias Swapon, Basir Uddin and Anwar Hossain. CID (Criminal Investigation Department) personnel produced them in the Cognisance Court No 4...

Question Paper Leaking

Five schoolteachers fined

A mobile court here on Monday fined five schoolteachers Tk 3,000 each for leaking question paper of Bangla to the candidates of Primary School Certificate (PSC) Examinations. In default, they have to suffer three months' imprisonment, said police and court sources. The convicts are Sonia Ansari, headmaster and centre secretary of Chowdhurani Government Primary School, Sirajul Islam, assistant teacher of the same school, Shahadat Hossain, assistant teacher of Monglakuti Madhyapara Government Primary School, Sufia Begum, assistant teacher of Madhyapara Government Primary...

Kuakata fishermen fell reserve forest trees

Kuakata fishermen fell reserve forest trees

A section of local fishermen cut down over 100 trees at Gongamoti reserve forest in Kuakata to make space for drying fish. Locals said dried fish wholesaler Anwar Hossain managed the fishermen to do this illegal act to set up a shutki palli, an area for drying fish, in the reserve forest area, around...

Two Incidents in Patuakhali

Schoolgirl abducted a month ago yet to be rescued

Over a month into her abduction, Kalapara police are yet to rescue a 15-year-old schoolgirl. A resident of the upazila town, the victim is a Class X student of a local girls' school, said police. On October 17, a gang, allegedly led by Zakaria, came on five motorbikes and kidnapped the girl while she was returning home from the house tutor's residence in the town, said the victim's mother. The following day, a case was filed with Kalapara police station, accusing five...

'Robber' killed in mob beating

A suspected robber was killed and three others injured in mob beating at Shuktail village in Gopalganj Sadar upazila early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Rahim Sadar, 35, son of Russel Sardar of Puraton Bazar area of the upazila, reports our correspondent. Police said, a group of 12-13 robbers swooped on the house of Zafar Master around 2:00 am at the village. Hearing the hue and cry, villagers rushed to the scene and caught four gang members from the spot. The villagers...

Four to die for killing schoolboy

A court here yesterday sentenced four people to death for killing a six-year-old schoolboy after abduction in 2013. The convicts are Saidul Islam, Md Al-Amin, Rafiqul Islam and Abdur Rashid of Chalklangura village in Durgapur upazila of the district. According to the case statement, on August 19 in 2013, the convicted four abducted Emon Ahmed, son of Badal Ahmed of the village. They later killed the boy after failing to realise ransom money from his mother. Nurunnahar, mother of the deceased, filed a...

Snap and Snippets

Burglars looted several brass made ritual utensils of an ashram, a Hindu spiritual hermitage, in Kaharol upazila in the early hours of yesterday. Police quoting Nandadulal Chakraborty, the chief of the ashram, said the residents found the temple's locks broken yesterday morning and informed them. ASP Asit Kumar Ghosh of Birganj Circle said the burglars first entered the ashram premises and then the temple by breaking open a window of the ashram's school building around 2:00am. Shreenigomananda Sarswat Sebashram, the runs on donations and founded in 1992 also provides free medical services to the poor people of the area. Earlier, on February 5 this year, some masked miscreants equipped with sharp weapons stormed inside the ashram and broke the ritual utensils.

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Flournoy tipped to replace Hagel

Flournoy tipped to replace Hagel

Michele Flournoy, formerly the Pentagon's policy chief and among President Barack Obama's more hawkish advisers, could be in line to become the first woman to lead the US military after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation. Hagel, a former Republican senator, who has been in the job for less than two years, was chosen to...

18th Saarc Summit

India, Nepal sign $1b power deal

Nepal and India yesterday signed a deal to build a $1-billion hydropower plant as Indian premier Narendra Modi began a visit to the impoverished Himalayan nation. The deal allows India's state-owned company Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam to construct a 900-megawatt hydropower project on Nepal's Arun river, with electricity expected to be generated from 2021. The two energy-hungry countries both suffer crippling electricity shortages and blackouts. Nepal will receive for free about 22 percent of the power generated, while the remainder will be...

Israel accused of shoot-to-kill policy

Human rights groups have accused Israel of encouraging a shoot-to-kill policy after a wave of incidents in which police shot dead Palestinians involved in, or accused of, attacking Israelis. The alleged practice of killing suspects without trying to arrest them has caused concern after a series of deadly Palestinian attacks also resulted in the perpetrators' deaths -- and not always at the scene. In a rare move, a Jerusalem court on Sunday indicted a border police officer after he shot and...

What hope for Iran nuke deal?

Iran and world powers have given themselves seven more months to reach a nuclear deal, but a heightened risk of hardliners wrecking the process means they may have missed their best chance ever, analysts say. It also remains far from certain that putting yet more time on the clock will help, when after 10 rounds of talks the two sides still remain poles apart on the fundamental issues. US Secretary of State John Kerry admitted as much on Monday after he...

India's car diplomacy at Saarc

India's car diplomacy at Saarc

Leaders of six countries at the Saarc Summit, currently on in Kathmandu, are using armoured, bulletproof cars sent to Nepal from India. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif refused one. Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Afghanistan have no issues with India's bulletproof cars. As for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, two fully armoured bulletproof...

Kashmir votes with BJP eyeing power

Polling ended peacefully yesterday in 15 assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir that voted in the first phase of the five-phase assembly elections, officials said. “No major incident of violence has been reported from anywhere,” a poll official told IANS in Jammu. Over 65 percent turnout was recorded. Election commission officials, however, said the percentage was likely to change as the final figures were yet to be received. In the 2008 Assembly elections, an average of over 60 per cent polling...

Obama honours Meryl Streep with 'love’

Obama honours Meryl Streep with 'love’

President Barack Obama said he is in love, though he was not speaking about Michelle -- but he swears she understands. "I've said it publicly: I love Meryl Streep. I love her. Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There's nothing either of them can do about it," he said at the Presidential Medal of Freedom awards Monday. Obama endowed 18 people, including Streep, musician Stevie Wonder, Chilean-American author Isabel Allende, journalist Tom Brokaw and composer Stephen Sondheim, with the award, the highest civil honour in the United States. A smiling Obama showered Streep with praise, complimenting the "Out of Africa" actress for her ability to embody the...

News in Brief

The head of Tunisia's anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party, Beji Caid Essebsi, leads the country's presidential election with 39.46 percent of votes, six percentage points ahead of incumbent Marzouki, results showed yesterday. Because there was no outright winner, a second round of voting will now be held, election commission said.

Riots In Ferguson

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Microsoft Bangladesh attempts World’s largest selfie ever

Microsoft Bangladesh attempts World’s largest selfie ever

  Microsoft Mobile Device & Services (MMDS) Bangladesh mesmerized the world with their attempt to create the World’s Largest Selfie. The World’s Largest Selfie has been captured with at least 1,151 selfie lovers in one gigantic selfie in front of the Bashundhara City Shopping Mall at 3pm on 22ndNovember. The world record attempt was to...

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Executive planet-saving

Executive planet-saving

It was black on the outside but green at heart. Following a growing demand for more environmentally friendly, low emission, low carbon-footprint and complemented with a-lot-of-other-vegan-words comes the brand new Toyota Camry. And as you've probably already guessed, yes, it is a hybrid. I'll be honest. I was altogether very excited about this assignment....

Shift Zone

The government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh doesn't want you to buy hybrid cars, as implied in the last national budget where the import tax levied on hybrid cars rose, accompanied by a ridiculous justification from our finance minister. At the same time, the government wants more tax revenue off what little hybrid cars are sold, which is kind of a direct contradiction to the government's pledge of tackling climate change. You can't argue with the fossils in...

Haojue Biker Tips

Safety importance of grab handles

Safety importance of grab handles

A motorcycle is a complex, top-heavy device always trying to succumb to gravity. A passenger on a two-wheeler further raises the odds in gravity's favour. An uncomfortable, twitchy passenger ensures gravity helps you all the way to the hospital bed. A grab rail or handle at the back of a bike helps a passenger...

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Shuddering brakes

One of our readers sent in this problem: “My car starts to vibrate every time I try to stop. The steering shudders a little. I put in new brake pads and shoes. Slight change but back to normal vibration after a few days.” – Sami Ahmed. Car: 1998 Toyota Starlet Reflet Other than the slight massage action on your wrists while holding on to the vibrating steering wheel, there are no plus points to this. If your steering (sometimes also brake...

Guangzhou Auto Show highlights

Guangzhou Auto Show highlights

Ferrari 458 Speciale A – The brilliant The 458 has been around for a while, although it may not feel like it. As with all the modern “entry” level Ferraris, the life cycle of each one follows something like this: hardtop basic, roadster basic, hardtop warm version, roadster warm version, super-hyper hot version, and...

Letters

Letter To The Editor

Pedestrians' right of way

Dhaka metropolitan police recently said that mobile courts would jail or fine 'jaywalkers'. My question is, who are the jaywalkers? Aren't they pedestrians? In all civilised countries of the world, I have seen vehicles always stop to let the walkers pass. They have zebra crossings at road intersections with "walk/no walk" signs. What have we done to let the pedestrians walk across roads safely? Almost nothing. There are very valid reasons for the pedestrians not using the overhead or underground...

Letter To The Editor

Israel should accept responsibility

This refers to the above news item published in TDS on November 21, 2014. The news states that Israel said it would cooperate with a UN investigation into Israeli attacks on UN facilities during last summer's Gaza war after denying to cooperate with a separate UN Human Rights Council investigation. During the war, at least six UN-run facilities were hit by Israeli fire, killing twenty-four people. More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed during the war. It...

Letter To The Editor

DMP's laudable move to stop jaywalking

DMP's laudable move to stop jaywalking

I highly appreciate the DMP for their initiative to set up mobile courts to stop jaywalking from 25th November. I hope our public will respond very well and cooperate fully with the law enforcing agency to stop the jaywalking. Jamshaid Taher Banani, Dhaka

Comments on news report

“BCL blames it on outsiders!,” published on November 22, 2014 Mortuza Huq Doesn't matter who the BCL leader thinks is responsible. Ahmed Aziz The people of the country know the truth. **** “Modi and media: Critic is your best friend?”(Nov. 21, 2014) Biswanath Ghosh Read this piece and found it quite informative. In India, the foundation of democracy is deeply rooted and there have been a number of occasions when the electorates have proved their maturity. **** “The British didn't conquer India…” (Nov. 21, 2014) M. Emad I have all the...