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Pay Commission Submits Report to Govt

100pc hike proposed

100pc hike proposed

The Pay and Service Commission has recommended increasing salary of public servants by 100 percent on average, full implementation of which would raise the government spending on salary and allowance by 63.7 percent. The commission, led by its Chairman Mohammad Farashuddin, submitted the report to Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday. The report also recommended that the government provide each employee with a special package, including a flat and health benefits. Farashuddin later told reporters the recommendation of pay hike was done to attract meritorious and efficient people to join government services. This is why the committee recommended a 120 percent hike in the basic salary of cadre officers at the entry level. The...

Kibria Murder Case

11 face arrest order

11 face arrest order

A Habiganj court yesterday issued arrest warrants against 11 people, including BNP leader Harris Chowdhury, and Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury, in the former finance minister SAMS Kibria murder case. Soon after the court order, BNP activists were pitted against Awami League men in a clash on the court premises. Over a...

Jute genome decoder Maqsudul passes away

Jute genome decoder Maqsudul passes away

Maqsudul Alam, a Bangladesh-born scientist who shot to fame for his work in jute genome sequencing, died of liver cirrhosis at the age of 60 at a hospital in the United States yesterday. A professor at the University of Hawaii, Maqsudul earned global fame after he and his team discovered the genome sequence of...

Movement soon to oust govt

The BNP and its allies will soon launch a movement to oust the government, as it didn't pay heed to their “peaceful” call for having dialogue on how to hold a free, fair and inclusive election under a non-party administration, Khaleda Zia said yesterday. “One year has already passed, and the condition of people as well as the country is getting worse. We have been pushed to the wall. We will take to the streets taking people with us to...

Tragic death of a student

Tragic death of a student

Jahangir Hossain had that indomitable spirit for learning that ushers one to success. But in a country where workers' safety is completely ignored, his spirit rather brought about his end. He was a third year student of Bangla Literature at Dinajpur Government College. When he failed to collect a fee of Tk 1,500 for an exam to be held in January, he travelled all the way to Dhaka to find himself a job so that he could save money to pay his exam fee. Short of time, he hastily took an odd job at an under-construction building in the capital's Mohammadpur about 10 days ago. While at work, Jahangir fell from the...

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Oil Spill in Sundarbans

Stop movement of vessels in Shela

Stop movement of vessels in Shela

A government committee probing the Sundarbans oil spill has recommended a permanent halt to the operation of cargo vessels through the Shela river in the mangrove forest, said one of its members yesterday. It also suggested conducting periodic studies to assess long-term impact of the oil spill from the December 9 sinking of a...

Revenge Attack

Two NY cops shot dead

Two NY cops shot dead

A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers and then killed himself, police said, after a social media post indicated he may having been seeking revenge for the death of an unarmed black man during an arrest attempt. The two New York City Police Department officers, Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu,...

India to hand over Nur Hossain soon

India to hand over Nur Hossain soon

India is likely to hand over Nur Hossain, the main accused in the Narayanganj seven-murder case, soon, said Mozammel Huq Khan, secretary of the home ministry. “We have directed the police to take all necessary measures to bring him back following India's external affairs ministry's letter last week.” In the letter, India wanted to know where and when it could hand over Nur who is now imprisoned in Kolkata. He was arrested with two other Bangladeshis in a Kolkata apartment on June 14 for not having any document required for entering the country.   “So far we have learnt that India may take a few more days to complete the necessary legal process...

Black, white tomatoes grow in same plant

Black, white tomatoes grow in same plant

A British horticulturalist has created the world's first black and white tomato plant by blending two rare strains together. Tomato experts at Sutton Seeds have a history for pioneering plants, having previously created the first ever black strain which they named Indigo Rose. For their latest creation, the green-fingered gardeners blended Indigo Rose with a...

Freedom in the air

Freedom in the air

While trying in vain to quell the Banglaees' struggle for freedom, the Pakistani military turned mad dogs during the nine months of the 1971 Liberation War. Trampling on the Geneva Conventions, they brutally tortured their captives, especially the Bangladeshi women. Their brutality was exposed, during and after the war, by local and international media. According to different official fact sheets on the Liberation War, as many as 200,000 to 400,000 women, aged between eight and 75, were raped by the Pak army and their local collaborators in 1971. Tens of thousands of them were made pregnant. At least 23,000 abortions were performed in Dhaka alone and 300-400 “war-children” were born in...

Recruitment at CAG

TIB worried at ministers' 'interference'

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday expressed concern over some ministers' intervention in the ongoing recruitment process at the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). Six ministers, two state ministers, chairman of a parliamentary standing committee and one central leader of the ruling party have made written recommendations and created pressure on officials to recruit certain candidates at the CAG, it said. According to the anti-corruption watchdog, 10,000 candidates out of 16,000 have passed the written test for 36 posts...

Cuba won't change political system

Cuba won't change political system

Cuban President Raul Castro said Saturday he was ready to discuss any topic with Washington after the historic bilateral rapprochement, but warned not to expect political change. And while the leader of the Americas' only communist nation hailed the agreement for removing of an "obstacle" in US-Cuba relations, he reiterated that "the most important...

More than 100 hurt in B'baria clash

More than 100 hurt in B'baria clash

At least 100 people, including seven police personnel, were injured as inhabitants of two villages in Sarail upazila clashed for nearly six hours yesterday. Five houses were torched and police detained 23 villagers during the clash that broke out around 7:30am, said Ali Ashraf, officer-in-charge of Sarail Police Station. He said a scuffle between Mujibur...

Illegal Stay

12 Bangladeshis held in Malaysia

Raiding a market in Bukit Mertajam of Penang state, Malaysian Immigration Department has detained 55 foreigners, including 12 Bangladeshis, who were reportedly working there illegally. Abdul Rashid, chairman of the department, said sixty-two foreign workers were screened during the two-hour raid carried out on Friday morning, reported local newspaper The Star yesterday. The 55 detainees were found either to be working without any work permits or have overstayed in the country. Among the detainees, 42 were from Myanmar, said Rashid. Meanwhile, an...

Outlaw killed in Kushtia

A regional leader of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party was found dead in the district's Khoksa upazila early yesterday. Akram Ali alias Bhadu, also known as Bhadu dakat, 40, was a son of Adhar Ali in Ektarpur village of the upazila. He was very close to Akdil Hossain alias Buro, one of the founders of the party. Akdil, who was also the acting chief of the banned outfit, was killed in a “shootout” with police in 2008. Around 4:30am, a patrol team...

Robbers loot jewellery shop in Natore

Robbers looted gold ornaments and cash worth around Tk 65 lakh from a jewellery shop at Biharkol Bazaar in Bagatipara upazila early yesterday. Aminur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Bagatipara Police Station, said a gang of armed robbers tied two night guards to a pole of the shop. They then entered the shop by breaking its lock around 3:00am and took away the gold ornaments and around Tk 1.5 lakh in cash. Dhrubo Kumar Kundu, owner of the shop, estimated the loss at...

War on ISIS

Kurd chief hails advances

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani hailed advances by peshmerga fighters against the Islamic State group yesterdayas they battled the jihadists for a northern town with the backing of US-led strikes. Thousands of the autonomous Kurdish region's peshmerga launched a major operation on Wednesday which broke the second IS siege this year of Mount Sinjar. The Kurdish offensive threatens the links between the city of Mosul, the main IS stronghold in Iraq, and territory the militants control in neighbouring Syria. "During the past...

Immigration minister promoted in Australia cabinet reshuffle

Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison was yesterday chosen to head up the social services ministry in a major cabinet reshuffle, a move widely seen as a promotion following his handling of controversial asylum-seeker policies. Defence Minister David Johnston, under fire for saying last month that a government shipbuilding firm could not be trusted to "build a canoe", was dumped from the front bench. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the reshuffle would "reset and refocus" his government for 2015, following a challenging...

Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

The authoritarian leader of Belarus visited Kiev yesterday hoping to revive stalled Ukrainian peace talks he has been hosting in order to calm Europe's volatile eastern edge. But a high-ranking Ukrainian official said Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko will be just as keen to use the trip to build bridges to Europe that ease his dependence on an increasingly isolated Russia. Two major rounds of negotiations in the Belarussian capital Minsk in September produced deals on a truce and disarmament that granted...

US seeks to overthrow Venezuela government: official

Tighter new US sanctions against Venezuela are aimed to foment violent unrest to try to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, his defense minister said Saturday. "This US interference is aimed at promoting violence... against our institutions" to oust staunch US critic Maduro, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino told Telesur television. US President Barack Obama signed a law on Thursday to allow sanctions against senior Venezuelan officials accused of violating the rights of protesters during anti-government demonstrations that rocked the country earlier this year. The...

Uzbekistan votes in parliamentary polls

Polls opened in Uzbekistan early yesterday for parliamentary elections in the ex-Soviet Central Asian state where all four competing parties support President Islam Karimov's policies. More than 20 million voters have registered to elect the 150-seat lower house of parliament, the Oliy Majlis, after the authorities sent out text messages urging people to vote. Polling stations opened at 6:00 am and were due to close at 8:00 pm. Head of the central election commission Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalamov said the conditions had been set...

Business

New companies to manage towers of mobile operators

New companies to manage towers of mobile operators

The telecom regulator has decided to allow new companies to build and manage towers of mobile operators in a bid to contain spread of such infrastructure. As operators will share each other's infrastructure under the new arrangement, their expenditure as well as power consumption will come down. The regulator will provide the tower companies with...

Internet giant joins hands with Grameen China

Internet giant joins hands with Grameen China

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus launched Grameen China on Wednesday, which will implement microcredit projects and social business in China. It will also organise an annual social business forum in China and bring together people from different sectors interested in such business, Yunus Centre said in a statement yesterday. JD.com, a leading direct sales e-commerce company...

Amu pledges industrial park for light-engineering firms

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu yesterday pledged to set up a manufacturing zone for the promising light-engineering sector, which needs support from the government as a thrust area. “We will discuss the matter with BSCIC, to see whether we can arrange the corporation's unused land for the purpose. If that is not possible, we will try to allocate government lands,” he said. Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have made economic progress by prioritising the light-engineering sector. “We...

New rice seed raises hopes for more crop

The emergence of a rice variety that matures faster than other mainstream varieties during the aman season has created hopes among many farmers of getting extra crop in a year. Known as the Brri Dhan-62, the rice seed can be harvested within a 100-day cycle, nearly 50 days less than most of the improved aman rice varieties. It leaves farmers enough time to cultivate crops such as mustard, pulses or winter vegetables. Many farmers have already harvested the variety in the...

Take steps to discourage rice imports

A parliamentary standing committee yesterday advised the food ministry to take steps to discourage rice imports to protect growers. "We have sufficient domestic production now. So, rice imports should be discouraged for the time being, to safeguard the interests of farmers," Md Abdul Wadud Dara, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on food ministry, told The Daily Star by phone. The panel made the recommendation at a meeting at the parliament building, citing media reports on the rise in rice imports,...

BB lowers farm loan interest cap

The central bank yesterday cut the interest rate ceiling for farm loans by 2 percentage points to 11 percent in the wake of declining loan disbursement this fiscal year. Disbursement dipped 3.86 percent year-on-year to Tk 5,288.27 crore during July-November, according to Bangladesh Bank. The BB set a farm loan target at Tk 15,550 crore for this fiscal year. In the five-month period, state-owned commercial banks—Sonali, Janata, Agrani and Rupali—and two specialised banks—Bangladesh Krishi Bank and Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank—together disbursed Tk...

As Ford closes, European rust belt seeks new ideas

In the heart of western Europe, the Belgian-Dutch-German rust belt has been dealt another blow. Two car plants closed this month as companies sought cheaper labour elsewhere, the final chapter of a manufacturing boom that began when coal mines fuelling Europe's industrialisation shut in the 1960s. Now the region straddling three borders is trying to reinvent itself. A 315 billion euro EU investment plan, announced on Thursday, is the latest potential help. It aims to encourage investors to back projects around...

Change attitude towards women entrepreneurs: Atiur to bankers

The central bank governor yesterday urged bankers to change their attitude towards women and women entrepreneurs, as they are hardly found to be loan defaulters. No sustainable economic progress is possible if women are not engaged in productive and income generating activities, he said. He spoke at an SME seminar on credit access for women entrepreneurs, its challenges and the way forward, at Hotel Agrabad in the port city. Bangladesh Bank and Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CWCCI) jointly organised...

Prime Bank gets new MD

Prime Bank gets new MD

Ahmed Kamal Khan Chowdhury has joined as managing director of Prime Bank, it said in a statement yesterday. He was serving as acting managing director before the appointment, it said. Chowdhury has experience as head of finance, risk management, head office credit review committee and worked on business development and business re-engineering process, it said. . Chowdhury holds a masters in Economics from Dhaka University, and an MBA in Finance. He has worked with several local and foreign commercial banks in different capacities during his 30-year career, it said.

For Russia's economy, the worst is yet to come

For Russia's economy, the worst is yet to come

Deep recession, skyrocketing prices and a fragile banking system: although the ruble seems to have stabilised after its abysmal drop this past week, Russia still faces the heavy consequences of the turbulence. For most Russians, the week ended with relief: after trading at unbelievable levels of 80 to the dollar and 100 to the...

Last US holiday shopping weekend off to solid start

Last US holiday shopping weekend off to solid start

Shoppers filled up malls and department stores on the last weekend before Christmas, as the weather cooperated to help raise the prospect of a solid finish to a holiday season that has so far produced mixed results. Crowds were building at stores in and around New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles by midday...

'Irresponsible' non-Opec output behind oil price plunge: UAE

"Irresponsible" levels of output by producers from outside the Opec oil cartel is among the main causes of the slump in prices, the United Arab Emirates energy minister charged Sunday. "One of the main causes is irresponsible production by some producers from outside the organisation, some of whom are newcomers," Suhail al-Mazrouei told an energy forum in Abu Dhabi. Mazrouei said the sharp drop in prices will impose a "major economic burden" on oil producing countries, insisting nonetheless that Opec's...

Wall Street eyes Uber, Airbnb after hot 2014 for IPOs

   Wall Street in 2014 enjoyed its best year for initial public offerings since 2000, thanks to the record-setting flotation of Chinese Internet giant Alibaba and a barrage of biotech deals. Activity was "uninterrupted" and proved largely immune to forces that at times rattled equity markets, Renaissance Capital said in a report this week. "While various global events, such as Russia's incursion into the Ukraine and conflicts in the Middle East, caused nervousness in global markets, they largely failed to disrupt the...

In the dogfight over posh airline food, the sky's the limit

In the dogfight over posh airline food, the sky's the limit

Michelin-star food and vintage champagne: airlines are pulling out all the stops to cater to their first-class passengers' tastes, as they seek a larger slice of the highly profitable market. "Business class has become the main battleground for all companies because the market in this very profitable sector is highly competitive and the clients...

Sports

'Playing the World Cup is a dream'

'Playing the World Cup is a dream'

Pacer Rubel Hossain, who was granted an anticipatory bail for a month last week by the High Court, returned to practice at Mirpur yesterday. The bowler joined Legends of Rupganj's practice session at the indoor facilities of Sher-e-Bangla Stadium ahead of the Super Six round of the Dhaka Premier League. A case was filed...

BFF out to reduce local coaches

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin yesterday reiterated his stance on reducing the number of local coaches employed by the BFF for the purpose of football development in the country. The BFF boss instructed development committee chairman Badal Roy to reduce the number of coaches from 20 to 10 so that a foreign coach for the BFF Academy in Sylhet can be hired. “I think 10 coaches is enough for development purpose. I would like to see the number...

'Away wins not far away'

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said India have the pace threat and aggression to win Tests away from home and it's just a matter of time before results go their way. The Indians lost by four wickets to Australia in Saturday's second Test in Brisbane after going down all guns blazing by 48 runs chasing 364 in the opening Adelaide Test. While India have been in contention in both Tests, the Australians have won the key moments to turn around the contests. The...

Kotan coming today

Former Bangladesh coach George Kotan will arrive in Dhaka in the early hours of today to take the charge of Abahani for the upcoming football season. The 68-year-old Austrian, who guided the Bangladesh national team to a successful campaign in the 2003 SAFF Championship during his two-year tenure before returning to Bangladesh for a barrent stint with Muktijoddha Sangsad KC, will waste no time by joining the team's training camp in the evening. The four-time professional league champions Abahani are hoping...

Ali in hospital

Ali in hospital

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who has suffered from Parkinson's disease for three decades, was in stable condition after being hospitalised with a "mild" case of pneumonia, his spokesman said late Saturday. The 72-year-old Ali was admitted Saturday and is not expected to remain in the hospital long, Bob Gunnell said. "He was admitted earlier this...

Sanjida in 7th heaven

Sanjida Akter, the 15-year-old girl from Mymensingh who enchanted the whole of Bangladesh through her skills during the AFC Under-16 Women's Championship Qualifiers in Dhaka two months ago, has been named as the seventh best player of the whole qualifying campaign, thanks to her four goals in four matches. The incredibly talented forward, who made the oppositions sweat as Bangladesh thrashed Jordan and United Arab Emirates before giving India and eventual qualifiers Iran a run for their money, was placed...

Afridi to quit ODIs after World Cup

Pakistan's experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from one-day internationals after next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Afridi told a news conference on Sunday that after the World Cup, which starts on February 14, he will focus on T20 matches leading up to the T20 World Cup in India in 2016. Afridi has been named captain of the national T20 side by the Pakistan Cricket Board. "I am the first Pakistan player to be able to announce...

Australia and Ishant fined

Australia have been fined for maintaining a slow over rate and India paceman Ishant Sharma has been found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the second Brisbane Test, the ICC said Sunday. As punishment new skipper Steve Smith was fined 60 per cent of his match fee for his team's slow over rate in the Test, which Australia won by four wickets on Saturday. Match referee Jeff Crowe imposed the fine after Smith's side was ruled to be...

Holder new WI skipper

Barbados all-rounder Jason Holder was named as the new captain of the West Indies one-day squad on Saturday, taking over from Dwayne Bravo who has been axed after his high-profile role in October's India tour fiasco. Holder, 23, will lead the West Indies into their five-game series against South Africa in January before heading the squad at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February and March. Bravo was left out of the 15-man squad although he was named...

Madrid complete quadruple

Madrid complete quadruple

Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 on Saturday to win the Club World Cup and secure their fourth trophy of 2014. The Spanish giants dominated the final with Sergio Ramos, who had been an injury doubt because of a hamstring strain, and Gareth Bale getting on the scoresheet. Real added the year-ending trophy...

Barclays English Premier League

Last gasp win for Sunderland

Last gasp win for Sunderland

Adam Johnson's late winner earned Sunderland a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United in a frantic Premier League Tyne-Wear derby at St James Park on Sunday. With a minute remaining, and seconds after Moussa Sissoko had almost won it for hosts Newcastle, Johnson kept his cool to slam a shot past keeper Jak Alnwick and...

Klopp and his 'idiots'

Klopp and his 'idiots'

Jurgen Klopp said he and his Borussia Dortmund players have been left looking like "a bunch of idiots" after ending 2014 with a dismal 2-1 defeat at Werder Bremen. "The best news today is that football is over for 2014," the Dortmund boss said. "We are standing here like complete idiots and it's...

Lega Calcio

Milan dent Roma hopes

Ten-man AC Milan handed Roma their first home draw of the season to leave Rudi Garcia's title challengers three points adrift of leaders Juventus on Saturday. Roma had recently capitalised on two consecutive draws by defending champions Juve to reduce their deficit to a point. But in their final game of the year, the Giallorossi -- denied a first-half penalty after a clear handball by Nigel De Jong -- ultimately failed to break down a well-drilled Milan side in a thrilling...

Bundes Lega

Dortmund fall to 10th defeat

Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga crisis deepened on Saturday after suffering their tenth defeat of the season in losing 2-1 at fellow strugglers Werder Bremen to drop to second from bottom. Dortmund continue to have the most defeats in Germany's top flight at the season's halfway stage with just 15 points from 17 games as Bremen claimed only their fourth win of the season to climb off the foot of the table. Borussia fell behind with just three minutes gone when Bremen's 19-year-old...

Ronaldo statue unveiled

World player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his home town of Funchal on Madeira on Sunday to attend the unveiling of a statue sculpted in his honour. The Real Madrid star travelled to the Portuguese island from Marrakech where on Saturday he helped his club lift the Club World Cup, their fourth trophy of 2014. "This is a very special moment, to have a statue of me," said an emotional Ronaldo at the ceremony where he was joined by...

Three million Germany shirts sold

Germany fans have bought more than three million of the white shirt Joachim Loew's side wore when they won the World Cup in Brazil, according to a report Sunday. "In total, we have sold more than three million shirts since it was presented in November 2013," Adidas chief executive officer Herbert Hainer told magazine Focus. Twice as many shirts have been sold compared to the 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany. The latest edition of the jersey, with the fourth star above...

Marseille's new year's delight

Belgian striker Michy Batshuyai repaid Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa's faith in giving him his first start by scoring the decider in the 2-1 win over Lille on Sunday to guarantee they top the table going into the New Year. Marseille lead defending champions Paris Saint Germain who drew 0-0 with Montpellier on Saturday. The hosts went 1-0 up in the 32nd minute in unfortunate circumstances for Lille as Nolan Roux tried to put out a poor corner by Florian Thauvin but...

Aussies bring in Burns

Batsman Joe Burns was a surprise addition Sunday to Australia's 13-man squad for the third Test against India, starting in Melbourne on Boxing Day, replacing injured Mitchell Marsh. Burns has yet to play Test cricket, but reached his highest first-class score of 183 against New South Wales last month to put himself in the frame for selection. SQUAD David Warner, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Steve Smith (captain), Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan...

Editorial

Editorial

Chilling truths about political degeneracy

MAY be our political parties, especially the ruling party, won't see eye to eye with the diagnosis of the Brac Institute of Governance and Development about multi-party democracy having degenerated in an ascending order over the last three decades. But this finds resonance with what we in the media have known and dilated on through our reports, analyses and comments. Public perception too is no different, as is reflected by opinion polls from time to time. The Brac report aptly...

Editorial

The Shitalakkhya's plight

IF pictures speak a thousand words then the one carried by this newspaper on the front page yesterday showing the condition of a major river speaks volumes. The unscrupulous sand traders have filled in almost half of the Shitalakkhya east of the Kanchpur Bridge creating an artificial bend.     It speaks volumes about man's greed overriding the need to protect one's national resources. It speaks volumes about how the lead agency in this regard -- the BIWTA -- has turned...

Op-ed

Editorial

Chilling truths about political degeneracy

MAY be our political parties, especially the ruling party, won't see eye to eye with the diagnosis of the Brac Institute of Governance and Development about multi-party democracy having degenerated in an ascending order over the last three decades. But this finds resonance with what we in the media have known and dilated on through our reports, analyses and comments. Public perception too is no different, as is reflected by opinion polls from time to time. The Brac report aptly...

Editorial

The Shitalakkhya's plight

IF pictures speak a thousand words then the one carried by this newspaper on the front page yesterday showing the condition of a major river speaks volumes. The unscrupulous sand traders have filled in almost half of the Shitalakkhya east of the Kanchpur Bridge creating an artificial bend.     It speaks volumes about man's greed overriding the need to protect one's national resources. It speaks volumes about how the lead agency in this regard -- the BIWTA -- has turned...

Criticism is good for Israel

ISRAEL'S relentless settlement-building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank has reached a tipping point. Realising that the creeping annexation of the occupied territories will make the two-state solution impossible, European nations are belatedly beginning to recognise Palestinian statehood en masse. The status quo, favoured by the politically powerful right-wing Israeli settlers, is the one-state solution. It is not pretty. More than 50 discriminatory laws restrict the rights of the 20% of Israel's citizens who are Arab. According to one...

BYLINE

India wins the Kashmir elections

AS political parties wait, with either bated breath or resigned despair, for poll results on December 23, one thing is already clear: India has won the Kashmir elections. There was no violence, which is the terrorist's only hope against the power of democracy. The turnout, including in the core strongholds of extremists, was either extraordinary or exceptional. And the crowds that came to greet and cheer Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the valley were unprecedented for any leader from outside...

Is Nazism rising again in Germany?

ABOUT 10,000 people took to the streets against “Islamisation of the West” in the East German city of Dresden on December 15. “No Sharia law in Europe!” one banner said. A counter-demonstration of more than 5,000 people was also held without any major incident. Dresden hosts a movement called Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida), which staged the rally. Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Germans not to be exploited by extremists. “There's freedom of assembly in Germany, but...

Of economic hopes and aspirations

IN the 1950s and 1960s, a group of Bengali economists demonstrated how a 'two-economy' system was increasing the economic inequality between East and West Pakistan. The Six-Point Programme was a frontal assault on the foundation of Pakistan's colonial exploitation and authoritarian mode of governance. The general election in 1970 was fought on the basis of economic and political autonomy and inclusiveness, which reflected the legitimate demands of the people of the then East Pakistan. Bangladesh emerged out of a...

No time for complacency

No time for complacency

I do not know much about any religion let alone Islam. But after what happened on December 16, at the Pakistani school, I am wondering which Islamic holy book or law legalised the killing of 'enemy's children,' unarmed and unprepared, in retaliation for the torture carried out by the 'enemy.' The question arose...

A European drama

ANGELA Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, Europe's largest economy, is on a collision course with Mario Draghi, President of European Central Bank (ECB). Mr. Draghi has been urging European countries to abandon the strict diet of fiscal discipline and tight monetary control and undertake economic policies to stimulate their economies. Ms. Merkel, on the other hand, is encouraging her fellow European leaders to stay on course and let the easy monetary policy and other forms of economic aid, which are...

Letter To The Editor

No prior plan to contain oil spill?

No prior plan to contain oil spill?

After a tanker capsized with 3.8 lakh litres of oil on December 9 in a river of the Sundarbans, the oil spread over several kilometers of the forest area which is threatening its biodiversity. We have seen that till date no concrete decision or measures have been taken to reduce the effect. The...

Letter To The Editor

Their sacrifice for freedom must be requited

The other day, a news on 'Birangonas' caught my attention. These women were sexually assaulted, oppressed and molested during the Liberation War by the Pakistani army and their cohorts. Reading about the miserable condition of these great women, I couldn't hold my tears. The Birangonas are still suffering from social stigma and leading inhuman lives. What a shame for us as a nation! Instead of honouring them, society has alienated them. Most of these war heroines are at the...

Letter To The Editor

TTP's brutal massacre

TTP's recent massacre in an army operated school in the city of Peshawar of Pakistan is one of the most horrible events of the present time. TTP's brutality shocked the whole world. At least 141 people were killed; among them 132 were school children. Pakistan government should take immediate action to punish the culprits. Md. Yamin Khan Shyamoli, Dhaka

Comments on commentary

“The massacred children are 'Ours',” published on December 19, 2014 NeilS As an American my heart goes out to the people of Pakistan and especially to the families who have lost loved ones. I know that many Muslims are angry with the West, but you should know that there is also much anger in the West about the treatment of the Palestinians, even among Jews. We all must fight for justice and to root out the people who think that killing...

Entertainment

Message of communal harmony

Message of communal harmony

It is not the first time acclaimed director Morshedul Islam is making a feature film based on Humayun Ahmed's novel. He has done so earlier with “Durotto” (2004) and “Priyotomeshu” (2009). But what has primarily motivated the director to make his third film “Anil Bagchir Ek Din”, whose shooting was completed recently, based on...

Korean artistes captivate Chittagong audience

Korean artistes captivate Chittagong audience

When Maro and Para, the singer couple of Marronnier -- a pop musical troupe from Korea -- concluded  their famous song “Cocktail Love”, they were received by an ovation. There was more in store at a fascinating cultural evening on Saturday at Shah Alam Bir Uttam Auditorium of Chittagong Medical College in the port...

Homage to Juboraj

Homage to Juboraj

Bengal Foundation launched a duet recitation album, “Megh Balika” at its Café in Dhanmondi on December 20, as homage to celebrated theatre activist and elocutionist Khaled Khan Juboraj on his first death anniversary. Juboraj and Shyama Hye had recorded selected poems of Purnendu Potree, Joy Goswami, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Subhash Mukhopadhyay, Birendra Chattopadhyay and Nirmalendu...

Malaika in new item song

Malaika in new item song

Malaika Arora Khan, the quintessential item girl of Bollywood, will be seen in her umpteenth item number in upcoming drama comedy “Dolly Ki Doli”, directed by her husband Arbaaz Khan. The song, “Fashion Khatam Mujh Pe” is composed by Sajid-Wajid, has been sung by Mamta Sharma and Wajid Khan. Remo D'Souza has choreographed the number, which also features Rajkuamr Rao.      Source: TOI

Madonna releases six songs from new album

Madonna releases six songs from new album

One Madonna surprise follows another, as the Queen of Pop has dropped her forthcoming album, “Rebel Heart” -- with six new songs immediately available for purchase -- onto iTunes for pre-order well ahead of schedule. The arrival of the pre-order and its songs on December 19 follows a flood of leaks earlier in the week, where over 10 demo tracks from the album's sessions found their way to the Internet. “I was hoping to release my new single 'Living For Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring,” Madonna said in a statement. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of...

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Mirren looks for lost art in “Woman in Gold”

Mirren looks for lost art in “Woman in Gold”

Upcoming film “Woman in Gold” is based on the fascinating true story of a woman's journey to retrieve a Gustav Klimt painting that belonged to her family before it was seized by the Nazis during World War II. The Hollywood Reporter exclusively revealed the first poster for the film, which stars Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. Directed by Simon Curtis, the drama stars Mirren as the woman who teams up with a young lawyer (Reynolds) to battle for her family's possessions, which include the famous Klimt painting, “The Lady in Gold”. The film also stars Daniel Bruhl and Katie Holmes.The Weinstein Co. will release “Woman in Gold” in 2015. Source: THR

Banglalink announces “Bangladesh Utshab 2014”

Banglalink announces “Bangladesh Utshab 2014”

Telecom operator Banglalink has announced a major cultural showcase, titled “Banglalink Bangladesh Utshab”, to be held on December 26 at the Ramna Park. The announcement came on December 18, according to a press release. The festival is will feature Tagore songs, poems and drama, Nazrul songs and poems and Baul songs of Lalon Shah...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

While still living in her native land Colombia, Sofía Vergara used to watch the Spanish-dubbed version of the US sitcom “Married with Children” featuring her co-star-to-be Ed O'Neill. After she landed the role as Ed's wife Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in “Modern Family” nearly two decades later, she was disappointed to learn that Ed 'spoke' no Spanish. Sofia's role as Gloria in the vastly popular comedy series has earned her four successive Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress.

City

Public hearing reveals horrors Dalits live

A public hearing yesterday revealed various forms of oppression against the Dalit community by perpetrators who took advantage of a practice of social discrimination just because they belonged to the lower tiers of Hinduism's caste system. Let alone getting justice over the rape and murder of her 12-year-old daughter, one Pirojpur woman described how she, despite owning a house, was having to constantly change residence amidst threats by the perpetrators to withdraw the case. A Gaibandha cobbler narrated the threats he...

Demo for Retaking DU Admission Test

Cops arrest 16

Cops arrest 16

Police yesterday arrested 16 Dhaka University admission seekers when they gathered at TSC to meet its Vice Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique to place their demand for retaking admission test at the university. The law enforcers detained 12 students near the Raju sculpture around 10:00am and drove out others, said witnesses. Police detained four others...

Arrest warrants issued against Tarique

Two separate courts yesterday issued arrest warrants against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman in two defamation cases filed against him for calling Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman a 'top Razakar'. Dhaka's Metropolitan Magistrate Waez Kuruni Khan Chowdhury ordered the arrest warrant after taking cognisance of one of the cases. The court also asked officer-in-charge of Paltan Police Station to submit a progress report on the arrest warrant by January 21. Abdul Mannan, general secretary of the central body of Awami Hawkers League, sued...

JSC, JDC, primary terminal exam results Dec 30

The results of two public examinations -- Primary Terminal Examination, and Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) -- will be published on December 30. Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman told reporters that his ministry and the education ministry will hand over the copies of the results to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the morning. The examinees will get results from schools after press briefings of the two ministries. The results will also be available at the...

Khaleda reinstates expelled JCD men

BNP yesterday nullified an expulsion order on two Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders who had “breached party discipline” when activists protesting declaration of the student body's partial 201-member central committee locked up some party leaders at the Nayapaltan headquarters in the capital on October 14. Former vice-president Abu Sayed and organising secretary Anisur Rahman, alongside former joint secretaries Ferdous Ahmed Munna and Tarikul Islam Titu who were among five served show cause notices on November 10, sought pardon on Saturday. BNP...

Exam Fee Hike at Carmichael College, Rangpur

Acquiescent students attack protesters

Equipped with iron rods, a group of students attacked another group protesting examination fee hike at Carmichael College in Rangpur yesterday, injuring at least 15. The injured alleged that Bangladesh Chhatra League, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, and Jatiya Chhatra Samaj jointly launched the attack around 2:00pm while they were besieging Agrani Bank, the college branch. Of the injured, three are Imran Sarkar, the college unit organising secretary of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front; and students Mizanur Rahman Mizan and Anwarul Islam. In a critical...

Salman Shah's Death

Mother rejects judicial probe report

The mother of late popular silver screen actor Shahriar Chowdhury Imon known as Salman Shah yesterday rejected the judicial probe report over the death of her son in 1996. Salman's mother Nilufar Chowdhury also filed a petition with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka seeking more time to submit a 'no-confidence' (naraji) petition against the report. After the hearing, Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Kumar Dey fixed January 21, 2015 for submission of the naraji petition. Salman Shah allegedly committed suicide at his...

Female teacher brings rape charges against student

A female teacher of an educational institute has sued her student on charge of rape in the capital. According to the case statement, the 32-year-old teacher alleged that the 24-year-old student developed physical relations with her with a promise to marry her a few months ago. As the student refused to marry her on Wednesday, she filed the case with Mirpur Police Station on Saturday night. Police yesterday took the teacher to Dhaka Medical College where a forensic test on her has...

War Crimes Trial

Another accuses Hasan of killing 12 Hindus

Another accuses Hasan of killing 12 Hindus

A fourth prosecution witness yesterday corroborated the statement of his cousin, the third witness in a war crimes case, narrating how fugitive Syed Md Hasan Ali shot dead his father and uncle and ordered shooting of 10 others at Shimulhati village in Kishoreganj on September 9 during the 1971 Liberation War. Meanwhile, proceedings in the case against three alleged Bagerhat Razakars -- Sheikh Sirajul Haque, Khan Akram Hossain and Abdul Latif Talukder -- was adjourned until December 28 after defence counsels completed cross-examining the eighth prosecution witness, Ananda Lal Das. “I (while hiding inside a jungle) saw Razakars tie my father Sharat Chandra Paul and uncle Okrur Paul. They were taken...

Flawed govt dev policies create discrimination

People from marginal communities, including women, farmers and Adivasis, continue to be discriminated and neglected due to the government's “flawed” and “impractical” development policies, observed discussants yesterday. They were addressing a dialogue on “Development, People's Option and Space: 30 Years of Fighting Poverty, Injustice and Exclusion”, organised by ActionAid Bangladesh in the capital's Chhayant building auditorium. Munir Ahmed, president of Kendrio Krishak Moitree, a platform of grass roots level farmers, said farmers invest in their crops, but cannot profit from it...

Girl hospitalised 'being raped, fed substance' in capital

A 15-year-old girl was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital in critical condition yesterday after she was allegedly raped and fed something. Talking to The Daily Star, her sister said the victim worked at a factory in Turag manufacturing tiles. She claimed that a colleague raped her with false promises of marriage. He then offered her a substance on Saturday, saying it was a contraceptive, she added. Locals handed over the accused to Turag police. Turag Police Station Officer-in-Charge Mahbub-e-Khuda said...

18 to remain marriageable age for females

The minimum marriageable age for females will remain at 18, announced Deputy Speaker of parliament Fazle Rabbi Miah yesterday. “I have read in newspapers that some quarters are attempting to lower the minimum age to 16, but as far as I know the attempts have failed. The age can never be reduced from 18,” he said. He was addressing a session of Child Parliament as chief guest at LGED Bhaban in the capital. The session on “Child Marriage Hampers Education and Protection”...

Govt to evict hawkers from Dhaka footpaths

Dhaka City Corporations, and Dhaka Metropolitan Police will evict hawkers from the capital's footpaths in phases. The decision came at the 22nd meeting of the National Road Safety Council in Ramna restaurant yesterday. However, no time frame is fixed for the project. Before launching the drives, the hawkers will be issued with notices to leave the places within one month, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, also chairman of the council. The meeting also decided to repair 44 black spots...

7 held for counterfeiting foreign brand cosmetics

A mobile court yesterday sentenced seven people to jail terms ranging from two years to six months for counterfeiting cosmetics and toiletries of foreign brands in the capital's Chawk Bazar. The court also fined each of them Tk 1.5 lakh and destroyed 20,000 pieces of the products worth Tk 20 lakh, of five shops and a factory at Khan Market in Chawk Mogholtuli. Of the convicts, shop owners -- Din Islam, Delwar Hossain, Md Shameem, Hemayet Khan and Sayed Hossain --...

Road Crashes Kill 3, injure 3

Countrywide road accidents killed three people and injured three others yesterday and Saturday. Our Bhola correspondent reports, Md Rasel, 25, of Jaynagar village died and his two co-riders were injured when his motorcycle hit a roadside tree on Bhola-Charfassion road near Kamar Uddin area of Bhola Sadar on Saturday. Our Dinajpur correspondent reports, Rubel Rana, 25, of Tangua-Dhoneshahpara village died and his wife was injured when a truck hit his motorcycle near Barogharia village in Khansama upazila yesterday. Our Benapole correspondent adds...

Latif Siddique denied bail again

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a bail petition of sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique in a case filed against him for hurting religious sentiments of Muslims. Metropolitan Magistrate Md Rezaul Karim passed the order after Latif's counsel Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua submitted the bail petition before the court. The case, one of the eight cases filed in Dhaka in this connection, was lodged by Lion Abu Bakar Siddique against the former post and telecommunications minister on October 2. Latif was sent to jail...

Writ petition filed to stop MPs from practicing at SC

A Supreme Court lawyer yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court for restraining the members of parliament from practicing law at the SC. Eunus Ali Akond submitted the petition praying to the HC to issue a rule upon the government to explain why it should not be directed to making provisions restraining the MPs from practicing law at the Appellate and High Court divisions of the SC.     Eunus said Bangladesh Bar Council rules bar lawmakers from practicing law....

Mock UN General Assembly starts at DU

A four-day conference simulating United Nations General Assembly started at Dhaka University yesterday. Dhaka University Model United Nations organised the programme where over 500 university students from home and abroad participated. They put forward solutions and problems regarding achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 under the theme “Empowering Youth for Sustainable Development".

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the first death anniversary of justice AK Badrul Huq Bachchu, a former High Court judge. On this occasion, a doa Mafil will be held at Baitul Aman Jame Mosque in Dhanmondi after Asr prayers on Friday, said a press release.

Country

Hizb-ut Tawhid men hold programme at FF office

Three alleged operatives of Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tawhid were arrested from Natore Muktijoddha Sangsad premises yesterday. The arrestees are, Abdus Sobur Khan, 25, son of Taslim Uddin of Kalikapur village, Jahangir Alam, 26, son of Altaf Uddin, of Lotabaria village in Baraigram upazila of the district, and Nuhu Munshi, 27, son of Nawshad Ali, of Jadabpur village in Maheshpur upazila of Jhenidah. Superintendent of Police in Natore Basudeb Banik said, being informed, a team of the law enforcers arrested the Hizb-ut...

Police Stabbing in Mymensingh

Prime accused Babul arrested

Police yesterday arrested the prime accused and four others in a care filed on charge of their involvement in stabbing two policemen and snatching away a man held on December 10 in a tree felling case at Chandpur village under Muktagchha upazila. The arrestees are prime accused Babul Miah and his aides Habul Miah, Abdul, Quddus and Saju. On a secret information, the law enforcers arrested the five from Rasulpur area in Madhupur upazila of Tangail district early yesterday, said Kamal...

JP builds its upazila office on Nilphamari rly land

JP builds its upazila office on Nilphamari rly land

Local leaders of Jatiya Party (JP) have built an office on occupied railway land just beside the 'signal cabin' of Saidpur Railway Station in the district, causing problem for the signalmen to keep watch on tracks to give clearance for movement of trains. A signboard marked with 'Temporary office of upazila unit JP' is...

'Gunfight' With Police

Jisan gang member held in Laxmipur

An alleged member of notorious 'Jisan gang' was arrested after being injured in a 'gunfight' with the law enforcers at Latifpur village of Chandraganj in Laxmipur district early yesterday. Bullet-hit Mahiuddin, 35, son of Ali Akber, however, said police raided their house to arrest his elder brother Md Jamal Uddin, senior vice-president of Chandraganj union unit of Jubo Dal, youth front of BNP. Failing to nab Jamal, police woke me up and shot in the leg, he alleged. Officer in-charge of Chandraganj...

Police official closed as wife brings charge

A top official of river police was closed following filing of a complaint by his first wife on Saturday night. The authorities concerned also started a departmental investigation against ASP Ripon Kumar Madak. Topa Biswas, first wife of Ripon, son of Devendranath of Sherpur district, said the husband beat her up when she went to meet him at Chandpur River Police Outpost on Saturday afternoon. At one stage, Ripon left the spot without his wife. Following this, Topa went to meet the...

Tarique Rahman sued in districts

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men in several districts sued BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman yesterday for his derogatory remarks against Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, report our correspondents. BCL Banshkhali upazila general secretary Shihabul Haque Shikdar, on behalf of the Chittagong district unit, sued Tarique Rahman with a Chittagong court yesterday for terming Bangabandhu a “Razakar”. On 15 December 2014, Tarique Rahman at a discussion of BNP UK unit at Atrium Banquet Hall in East London allegedly made the remark adding that...

Pabna dist AL leaders

Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sarif Dilu, also lawmaker for Pabna-4 constituency was re-elected president of the district AL unit, while the lawmaker for Pabna-5 Golam Faruk Khandaker Prince made secretary at Pabna AL council on Saturday. After a discussion with the party's senior leaders, the full fledged committee having some new and old faces would be declared in the next 15 days, said Prince, secretary of the new committee. After nine years, the triennial conference of the district Awami League (AL)...

Snippets

Murder accused arrested Unb, Chuadanga Police arrested an absconding accused from Aliara Bazar area in Kachua upazila on Saturday. The arrestee is Manik, 35, son of late Mafiz Uddin of Aliara village. Alamgir Hossain Majumdar, officer in-charge of Kachua Police Station, said, being informed, a team of the police raided the area and arrested Manik, a charge-sheeted absconding accused in a case filed for killing Lutfar Rahman, an army man. The arrestee was wanted in several cases filed with the police...

World

Taliban School Carnage

Pakistan executes 4 more

Pakistan executes 4 more

Four Pakistani terror convicts on death row were executed at a jail in Faisalabad yesterday, after the government ended a moratorium on the death penalty earlier this week. The executed convicts - Zubair Ahmed, Rasheed Qureshi, Ghulam Sarwar Bhatti and Akhlaque Ahmed - had been found guilty in a case related to an attack...

Hindus 'regained' empire of Delhi after 800 yrs

Hindus 'regained' empire of Delhi after 800 yrs

Amid a growing religious conversion row, Vishwa Hindu Parishad yesterday said that Hindu values would be restored in the country. Speaking at a book launch, VHP patron Ashok Singhal said it was due to their "struggle" in the last 50 years that Hindus have "regained" the lost "empire" of Delhi after 800 years. "Our culture...

When a gravedigger weeps

When a gravedigger weeps

One of the gravediggers at Peshawar's largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He's a professional, he says. But as the dead bodies mostly children started coming in from a school massacre this week that killed 148 people, he began to weep. “I have buried bodies of...

US to review N Korea terror status: Obama

US to review N Korea terror status: Obama

The United States is mulling whether or not to place North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism President Barack Obama said in an interview aired yesterday following the communist nation's alleged cyber attack on Sony Pictures. "We're going to review those through a process that's already in place," the president said in an pre-taped interview on CNN's "State of the Union." "And we don't make those judgments just based on the news of the day. We look systematically at what's been done and based on those facts, we'll make those determinations in the future." Obama added that North Korea's hack of Sony Pictures was an act of "cyber...

Blast kills 3 in Assam

Three people were killed and four others wounded in a bomb attack early yesterday in India's restive northeast, police said, the second strike in the area in less than a week. The blast shook west Imphal, state capital of Manipur, which borders Myanmar -- an area that has been plagued by separatist violence for decades. "Three labourers were killed in the blast and four more injured," senior state police official A. Singh told AFP by telephone from Imphal. An IED (improvised explosive...

Tunisia votes in presidential runoff

Tunisia votes in presidential runoff

Tunisians voted yesterday in the runoff of the country's first free presidential election, with authorities urging a big turnout to answer efforts to disrupt the final leg of a four-year transition. Just hours before polls opened at 8:00 am, troops guarding ballot papers in the central region of Kairouan came under attack and shot dead one assailant and captured three, the defence ministry said. The second round vote pits 88-year-old favourite Beji Caid Essebsi, leader of the anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party, against incumbent Moncef Marzouki, who held the post through an alliance with the moderate Islamist movement Ennahda. Ahead of the vote, which sets Tunisia apart from the turmoil of other Arab...

Children Tragedy

Aussie mother charged with murder

The mother of seven of eight children killed in Australia was charged with their murder yesterday, police said, describing it as the most tragic episode in their career as a makeshift memorial saw an outpouring of grief. The 37-year-old, named in local media as Mersane Warria, was charged with eight counts of murder after the bodies of the children -- four girls and four boys aged between two to 14 -- were found in the northern city of Cairns on...

Bullet that can change direction in mid-air

Bullet that can change direction in mid-air

The United States Department of Defense has successfully tested a bullet that can change direction after it has been fired, apparently using fins built into the shell to direct it in the air and account for wind and targets moving. The Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance weapon, known as Exacto, is made by American industrial...

News in Brief

Ebola death toll climbs to 7,373 Afp, Geneva More than 7,370 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in west Africa, the World Health Organization said Saturday. The UN health agency reported that as of December 16, there had been 19,031 cases of infection from the deadly virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, of which 7,373 people had died.   Violence kills 14 in Afghanistan Afp, Kunar A roadside bomb and a Taliban attack on a police post have...

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Hands on Review

Symphony Xplorer H50

Symphony Xplorer H50

Build: The metal body feels really good to hold in the hand. There is this groove that runs along the edges that sets it apart a little bit from the usual flat surfaces. It weighs around 150gm – thanks to the hunky metal. Display The Xplorer sports a 5-inch IPS HD display with GFF technology....

Google sees Bangladesh as a partner in making the world a global village- James McClure, Country Manager – Google S & SE Asia

Google sees Bangladesh as a partner in making the world a global village- James McClure, Country Manager – Google S & SE Asia

“Google sees Bangladesh as a partner in making the world a global village” stated James McClure, Country Manager – Emerging Markets, S & SE Asia Google Singapore, on the occasion of unveiling Google Bus, which is a part of an educational outreach program. He also said that Google plans to do more activities...

Tech Happening

What Intel predicts for 2015

What Intel predicts for 2015

Intel recently held an event titled 'INTEL PREDICTIONS EVENT 2015' in Dhaka. The Predictions Event recapped key moments from 2014 and a look ahead at predictions for the coming year. Zia Manzur, Country Business Manager for Intel in Bangladesh, presented a keynote speech highlighting that it has been another breakthrough year for Intel and...

800 freelancers trained to join online marketplace

800 freelancers trained to join online marketplace

Compared to men, women are doing significantly better in online marketspace. According to a research conducted recently, woman earns near about $2 more compared to man- said ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak. He was addressing a crowd of freelancers, dignitaries and press as chief guest in an event titled 'Women's achievements in...

EATL-Prothom Alo apps boot camp held

EATL-Prothom Alo apps boot camp held

EATL-Prothom Alo Apps Contest 2015, one of the largest app boot camp, held this Saturday. This event brought 2000 participants under one roof at Mirpur Indoor Stadium for the training session. Participants were able to learn about the growth and future of app industry, development of User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI)...

Tech Highlights

Researchers brainstorm about Software & Knowledge Management at SKIMA 2014

Researchers brainstorm about Software & Knowledge Management at SKIMA 2014

United International University last week (18-20 Dec'14) hosted the 8th International Conference on Software, Knowledge, Information Management & Applications (SKIMA) in its premises. Researchers & experts from various continents gathered in this conference, which focuses mostly on Software & Knowledge Management, to present their papers, share ideas, experience and insights. Prof AK Azad...

KASPERSKY SECURITY UPDATE

Is North Korea in some way behind the attack on Sony?

Is North Korea in some way behind the attack on Sony?

The popular opinion is that North Korea is behind the attacks. There's been a healthy amount of skepticism towards that position though – and with good reason. Threatpost and scores of other news outlets are following the U.S. Government's claim and reporting that North Korea is in fact “centrally involved” in the attack. ...

Tech Bits

Tech Bits

Bitcoin exec to spend two years behind bars for Silk Road transactions Judge says police can create fake Instagram accounts to see photos The US wants China's help blocking North Korean hackers Evernote now adds context to your memos on Android and Windows Chromebooks are getting always-on 'OK, Google' voice search  

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Book Reviews

Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

IN his novel, “Love in the Times of Cholera”, (LTC) Gabriel Garcia Marquez compares the experience of falling in love and being in love to the pain one endures when ravaged by cholera. The title of the book, interpreted literally, would appear to point towards a time when cholera was a common epidemic in South America, particularly in the Colombian port city of Cartagena where the story unfolds, but as one reads on it is clear that the protagonists, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza,show all the symptoms of cholera after they fall in love. And Garcia Marquez finally shows his cards when he writes almost at the outset of...

A Mid-Aged Passionate Lover

A Mid-Aged Passionate Lover

POETRY for Anwarul Kabir is a set of dialogues with self or, with the beloved. His poems are, mostly, recollections in tranquility, and often from atonality with affinity. “Mohdhanno Kharai Tobu Ashey Prem” (Love Comes even in Life's Afternoon), Kabir's debut collection derives from such spontaneous dialogues or, monologues of varied complexities of middle age. If time is circular so is life, as Kabir puts it, marching towards the circumference of eternally cyclic revolution, trailing love and separation and all the myriad of feelings in between. Take the titular poem that comes with definite hint of passionate affair. Societal barriers are as if the barricade in the warlike conquest...

Matter of Faith

GUIDE For Muslims (Indexed To The Qur'an) authored by Barrister Salauddin Ahmed is yet another milestone in the literary works in the broad spectrum of Islam. Last year I had the privilege to write a review for his remarkable work, Guidance From The Qu'ran, in this daily. Regarding the title of the book, the author asserts 'it is not intended that it would be looked upon as a comprehensive guide for the Muslims, rather a tool for achieving one's own...

Letters

Letter To The Editor

No prior plan to contain oil spill?

No prior plan to contain oil spill?

After a tanker capsized with 3.8 lakh litres of oil on December 9 in a river of the Sundarbans, the oil spread over several kilometers of the forest area which is threatening its biodiversity. We have seen that till date no concrete decision or measures have been taken to reduce the effect. The...

Letter To The Editor

Their sacrifice for freedom must be requited

The other day, a news on 'Birangonas' caught my attention. These women were sexually assaulted, oppressed and molested during the Liberation War by the Pakistani army and their cohorts. Reading about the miserable condition of these great women, I couldn't hold my tears. The Birangonas are still suffering from social stigma and leading inhuman lives. What a shame for us as a nation! Instead of honouring them, society has alienated them. Most of these war heroines are at the...

Letter To The Editor

TTP's brutal massacre

TTP's recent massacre in an army operated school in the city of Peshawar of Pakistan is one of the most horrible events of the present time. TTP's brutality shocked the whole world. At least 141 people were killed; among them 132 were school children. Pakistan government should take immediate action to punish the culprits. Md. Yamin Khan Shyamoli, Dhaka

Comments on commentary

“The massacred children are 'Ours',” published on December 19, 2014 NeilS As an American my heart goes out to the people of Pakistan and especially to the families who have lost loved ones. I know that many Muslims are angry with the West, but you should know that there is also much anger in the West about the treatment of the Palestinians, even among Jews. We all must fight for justice and to root out the people who think that killing...

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