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Cops now can search office of Khaleda

Cops now can search office of Khaleda

A Dhaka court yesterday issued a warrant allowing police to search Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office for communication devices allegedly being used for carrying out subversive activities across the country. The warrant also authorises police to look for suspects in a case filed for carrying out a crude bomb attack on a procession led by Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan on February 16 in Gulshan. Labour leader Ismail Hossain Bachchu filed the case with Gulshan Police Station on February 17 accusing Khaleda and 13 other BNP leaders and activists of attacking the procession.  The procession was against the blockade and hartals being enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance. The BNP chief was accused of masterminding...

Are militants stronger than law enforcers?

Are militants stronger than law enforcers?

Dr Ajoy Roy stood firm and resolute by the coffin of his son Avijit Roy, the slain writer and software engineer, before his body was handed over to the Dhaka Medical College authorities as a donation in the afternoon yesterday. His son was put to death for following a path he himself has treaded...

Govt wants FBI assistance

Responding to Washington's offer, Dhaka has decided to seek FBI's assistance in the Avijit murder probe. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali conveyed the government decision to a group of top diplomats from influential countries at the state guesthouse Padma yesterday afternoon. According to a highly placed source at the foreign ministry, Mahmood Ali shared “the government decision to positively respond to the US' offer to engage the FBI in unearthing the motive and real culprits behind the murder.” Unknown assailants hacked writer-blogger...

Part-3

Seized gold goes to central bank

Seized gold goes to central bank

Gold smuggling has gone remarkably up of late. Big haul of the most-sought-after metal makes headline all too frequently. But most of the smuggled gold enters and exits the country quite safely. The Daily Star in its 3-part extensive reports tries to put some light on the trans-border crime in which Bangladesh has...

No case sees verdict

Court officials cannot tell when a gold smuggler was punished last time. What they can tell though that there is no such instance in the past 10 years. This, they say, has contributed to the recent surge in the smuggling of the yellow metal. In the last four years, some 158 cases have been filed against over 200 people, mostly carriers, in the capital alone. But not a single case has seen the verdict, police and court sources said. Filed under...

Padma Bridge

Work starts in Chinese style

Work starts in Chinese style

The test piling of the Padma Bridge project began yesterday with the project officials sacrificing animals as per Chinese ritual. Officials of the China Major Bridge Engineering Company Ltd sacrificed two black bulls, two goats and two chickens on the occasion of the test piling and let the blood flow in the water on...

Indian foreign secretary due today

Indian foreign secretary due today

Indian Foreign Secretary Subramanyam Jaishankar flies to Dhaka this morning to convey New Delhi's intention of early resolution of pending water and land issues and explore new areas of talks focusing on connectivity, energy cooperation, and trade. Diplomatic sources said India's top diplomat is coming as part of his “yatra” of four Saarc countries from yesterday, with Bhutan as the first stop. He is seeking to revive and reinforce New Delhi's neighbourhood diplomacy. Jaishankar, who took over on January 29, is coming to Dhaka for a 24-hour working visit and then he will travel to Islamabad tomorrow and Kabul the following day. His discussion will focus on sub-regional level cooperation involving Bangladesh,...

Top Quote!

Top Quote!

  “I had informed all including the DIG and IG [about death threats to Avijit]. People will consider Avijit's killing as an indicator of your [law enforcers] failure.”   Prof Ajoy Roy Father of slain writer-blogger, Speaking at a programme  where people paid their last  respects to his son

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Loss Due To Hartal, Blockade

Businesses go to HC for remedy

Four leading business bodies yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its direction on the government to impose reasonable restrictions on hartals and blockade in an attempt to save business from financial loss. Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Bangladesh Textiles Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association collectively submitted the petition. In the petition, they requested to the HC to order the government and political...

Arson Attacks Go on

14 vehicles torched; 5 suffer burns

14 vehicles torched; 5 suffer burns

Five people, including a reporter of Ekattor TV, received burn injuries in arson attacks in Dhaka and Joypurhat yesterday. At least 14 vehicles were torched across the country yesterday, according to fire service officials. Eight of them were in Dhaka. Ekattor TV reporter Arefin Shakil, 24, and three others were wounded when criminals set fire...

Remain prepared to protect democracy

Remain prepared to protect democracy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the members of armed forces to remain always prepared to face any threat to country's sacred constitution and democracy. She urged the army to remain careful about the surge of militancy and terrorism, saying all of us have to remain aware so that militancy or terrorism cannot raise their head by any means. “The root of the evil forces should be eliminated from the country in the interest of development and prosperity,” she said while addressing the Darbar of the 10 Infantry Division of Bangladesh Army at Ramu Cantonment in Cox's Bazar. Hasina hoped that the division would play a crucial role in safeguarding the...

Effortless Lankan win, lifeline for Pakistan

Effortless Lankan win, lifeline for Pakistan

England's hopes of reaching the quarterfinals were left hanging by a thread as Sri Lanka inflicted their third crushing defeat of the World Cup on Sunday, while Pakistan began a salvage operation with a tense 20-run win over Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka cruised to a seemingly stiff target of 310 for the loss of just...

2 war crimes suspects arrested

Police arrested two war crimes suspects yesterday in Cox's Bazar following arrest warrants issued by the International Crimes Tribunal.  They are BNP leaders Md Rashid, 84, and Salamat Ullah Khan, 80. Rashid is also a former BNP lawmaker. The ICT issued the arrest warrants against the two for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War, said Bakhtiar Uddin Chowdhury, inspector (investigation) of Cox's Bazar Sadar Model Police Station. Following the order, Salamat, a senior member of Cox's Bazar...

Bride 'market' in Bulgaria

Bride 'market' in Bulgaria

Scores of young Roma women were recently paraded before potential suitors at a Bulgarian 'bride market' where poor families are given the chance to arrange financially beneficial marriages for their children. Here the potential brides are provocatively dressed, donning gobs of mascara and wearing flashy jewellery, towering heels and mini-skirts. And surrounding them are...

UK girls seen in Istanbul

Security footage appears to show three British girls, believed to be heading for Syria to join Islamic State militants, waiting at a bus station in Istanbul before travelling to a Turkish town on the Syrian border, media reported yesterday. Close friends Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, boarded a flight from London to Istanbul on February 17. British police, who have said the girls are thought to have since entered Syria, and their families have launched urgent...

Sabotage, Killing

BNP demands UN-led probe

The BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday demanded a UN-led international probe into all acts of sabotage, including extra-judicial killing, violation of human rights and firebombing. “Let the perpetrators involved in acts of violence, mass killing, extra judicial killing, abduction and firebombing, are identified and tried through an international investigation under the UN,” BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed said in a press statement. The BNP accused the ruling party criminals of trying to shift the blame of firebombing on the agitators after...

Classes, exams must go on

The University Grants Commission has asked all public and private universities to take regular classes and hold examinations amid hartals and ongoing indefinite blockade enforced by BNP-led 20-party alliance. "All universities should continue with their academic activities at their own initiatives and reduce session jam," said UGC Chairman AK Azad Chowdhury after a meeting with the vice-chancellors of all public and private universities yesterday. The chief of the UGC, the statutory apex body for higher education, has also advised using weekly...

Estonians vote under shadow of resurgent Russia

Estonians voted yesterday in an election marked by jitters over a militarily resurgent Russia and a popular pro-Kremlin party, with the security conscious centre-left coalition tipped for a return to power. Moscow's annexation of Crimea last year and its meddling in eastern Ukraine have galvanised the European Union, including this eurozone member of 1.3 million people, a quarter of whom are ethnic Russian. Military manoeuvres by Moscow on Estonia's border days ahead of the vote further stoked deep concerns in Europe...

Explosives Seizure

Six militant suspects sued

A case has been filed against six militant suspects, including the four who were arrested at a militant hideout in Chittagong city, in connection with the seizure of a huge cache of explosives on Saturday. The arrestees are Fayzul Haque, 30, Rahima Akhter, 21, Jahedullah Jahed, 19, all from Mognama of Cox's Bazar's Pekua upazila and Abdul Hai, 35, from Morrelganj of Bagerhat. Two other accused -- Abdul Aziz from Mognama of Pekua and Md Parbez, 28, of Chotopul area in...

UN fears hundreds of children kidnapped in South Sudan

The UN children's agency said yesterday it fears hundreds of boys were kidnapped last month in the northeast of South Sudan, raising suspicions that the abductors were from a pro-government militia. Last week UNICEF had estimated that 89 boys, some as young as 13, were abducted by an armed group in Wau Shilluk, a riverside town in government-held territory within oil-rich Upper Nile state. "The organisation now believes the number of children may be in the hundreds," UNICEF said in a statement. It...

Foreign envoys call for end to violence

Calling for an end to the ongoing violence, top diplomats of different countries in Dhaka have encouraged confidence building measures, including de-escalation of political conflict, in the interest of fostering safety, stability, human rights and democracy in the country. The envoys made the call at a briefing for diplomats by Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at the State Guesthouse Padma yesterday afternoon. Recalling their previous statements on events in Bangladesh, and those by the UN, the envoys said as friends and...

Business

Mariners lose jobs as firms sell off ships

Mariners lose jobs as firms sell off ships

Local conglomerates who once rushed to buy reconditioned ocean-going vessels are now selling off the ships as scrap to stem further losses, industry insiders said. The trend is bad news for prospective mariners, whose job scope had widened when the entrepreneurs started pouring money into the ships. Between 2009 and 2012, local entrepreneurs bought 48...

Hasina opens Radisson hotel in Chittagong

Hasina opens Radisson hotel in Chittagong

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday inaugurated Radisson Blu Chittagong Bay View, the port city's first upscale international hotel. The hotel offering a full array of modern services is owned by Sena Hotel Developments Ltd. It will be managed by Carlson Rezidor, one of the largest hotel groups in the world. The hotel with 241 contemporary...

End unrest to attract more foreign investment

End unrest to attract more foreign investment

Bangladesh needs to improve its political situation to grab more investment from abroad, said Johannes Matyassy, assistant state secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland. Political stability is one of the main factors to attracting Swiss companies to invest in the country, Matyassy told The Daily Star in an interview.  For instance,...

Foreign investors can now apply online for visa, permits

The Board of Investment yesterday launched its new streamlined application procedure for visa, work permits and representative offices for foreign investors, aiming to boost investment in Bangladesh. Prospective foreign investors will now have to fill in just a one-page application instead of the previous 16 pages, said Syed A Samad, executive chairman of BoI. “We have made the registration process as clean as possible.” He said the BoI will now be able to provide fast-track services to investors. If everything is all...

Profit taking pushes stocks into the red

The profit-minded selling of stocks and mutual fund units pushed the market to end in the red yesterday, as the long-drawn political strife weighed on the economy.  DSEX, the prime index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, lost 23.56 points or 0.49 percent, to close at 4,739.65. DSES, the shariah index of Dhaka bourse, shed 8.24 points or 0.72 percent, to close at 1,122.67 points. The benchmark index shed the previous day's gains as political outlook remained bleak and investors took profits, LankaBangla Securities...

Despite Greece, euro zone is turning the corner

Despite Greece, euro zone is turning the corner

The latest episode of Greece's debt crisis has revived doubts about the long-term survival of the euro, nowhere more so than in London, Europe's main financial center and a hotbed of Euroskepticism. The heightened risk of a Greek default and/or exit comes just as there are signs that the euro zone is turning the...

Billionaire Buffett hints at successor after 50-year milestone

Billionaire Buffett hints at successor after 50-year milestone

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett hinted Saturday he had found a successor to replace him as he reflected on 50 years in charge of his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate in an annual letter to shareholders. The 84-year-old investment guru, ranked by Forbes as the world's third richest man with a fortune estimated at $72.3 billion, said...

India's budget shuns big-bang reforms, say experts

The Indian government's budget was praised Sunday as balancing the need to boost business and to help the poor, but some experts were disappointed at a lack of big-bang reforms to Asia's third largest economy. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced an $11.3-billion increase in spending on crumbling roads, rail and other infrastructure and cut the corporate tax rate on Saturday, when he unveiled the right-wing government's first full budget. Jaitley also rolled out new pension, insurance and social security programmes for...

Russian supermarkets freeze prices for inflation-weary shoppers

Lots of things freeze in Russia's bitterly cold winters, but not usually food prices, yet that is exactly what top supermarket chains are doing to protect the poor from galloping inflation. The plunging ruble and a Russian embargo on European Union and US food products in retribution over Ukraine sanctions has resulted in prices for many goods skyrocketing. The ACORT trade association, which includes major supermarket chains such as Magnit, X5, Auchan, Lenta and Metro, announced last week that it was...

Denim show takes off in Dhaka

A two-day denim and jeans show kicked off in the capital yesterday, to showcase the country's denim and jeans items to international buyers. The denimsandjeans.com organised the exhibition at Radisson hotel with support from Germany's international cooperation agency GIZ. Twenty-six firms from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Germany, Turkey, Brazil and China are displaying trousers, fabrics and machinery. The event is open from 9:30am to 6:30pm to invitees only, organisers said in a statement yesterday. Ferdinand von Weyhe, charge d'affaires of the German Embassy...

Audit push challenges Federal Reserve's independence

After unemployment and deflation, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen finds herself in her toughest battle yet, fighting a push by Congress to assert itself over monetary policy. Newly in control of both houses on Capitol Hill, Republicans accuse the Fed of misguided policies and political bias, saying the world's most powerful central bank is too autonomous and unaccountable. In January, they submitted "Audit the Fed" legislation that could give lawmakers power over setting interest rates and how banks are policed. The Fed...

Sri Lanka cancels licences for foreign mining firms

Sri Lanka's new president has cancelled mining licences issued by the previous government to 16 foreign companies to search for blue sapphires and other gems, his office said Sunday. The office of Maithripala Sirisena said permits granted to the unidentified companies were being withdrawn immediately to better protect the local mining industry. "Sixteen foreign companies had been given gem mining licences by the previous administration, and the president in an effort to protect local miners cancelled those permits without further investigation,"...

BGIC launches health, crop insurance

Bangladesh General Insurance Company or BGIC has launched two new products -- Mass Health Insurance and Weather Index Crop Insurance.  The products are both IRDA-approved and CRC-recommended, the company said in a statement yesterday. Mass Health Insurance will benefit people through minimising costs of health risk, and Weather Index Crop Insurance will help alleviate poverty of farmers caused by natural disasters, by strengthening their financial capacity, BGIC said. The products were designed to align with the long-term economic planning and development policies...

China manufacturing shrinks again

China's manufacturing activity contracted for the second straight month in February, the government said Sunday, a day after the central bank announced an interest rate cut to help stem a slump in the world's second-largest economy. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) came in at 49.9 last month, up a fraction from 49.8 in January, but remaining in contraction. The index, which tracks activity in factories and workshops, is considered a key indicator...

BDBL appoints new DMD

BDBL appoints new DMD

Mohammad Jalaluddin has joined Bangladesh Development Bank as deputy managing director, it said in a statement yesterday. Prior to his current assignment, Jalaluddin served Sonali Bank in the same capacity, it said. He began his career with Agrani Bank, where he worked for three decades. He majored in finance from the Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University.

Ireland looks forward to dairy boom once EU quotas go

Four weeks from the lifting of European Union milk quotas, Ireland is looking forward to a radical shake-up of its farming sector that would boost dairy output by 50 percent over the next five years. Exporters are aiming to expand sales of Irish milk and cheese in a boom that would make Ireland the fastest-growing dairy producer in the world. "Good riddance is what I'll say about the quotas," said Mike Magan, a dairy farmer in County Longford in central Ireland. "They've...

Sports

Third Eye

A recipe for Tigers

Well, well, well. Pakistan are finally off the mark. It has taken the former champions two bashings and a close escape to register their first points on the board. Does this team look like going through to the knock-out rounds? Or do these players look anything like their predecessors, who had the character to turn matches on their heads from points of no return? This current team, led by the under pressure Misbahul Haq, look frustratingly short of both character...

Mash awaits a fresh start against Scots

Mash awaits a fresh start against Scots

Scenes from the 1999 World Cup match in Edinburgh stormed into Mashrafe Bin Mortaza's mind as soon as questions regarding Bangladesh's Scotland encounter, due to take place at the Saxton Oval this Thursday, were brought to the table. And why shouldn't they? It was a historic moment for the Tigers; their first ever World...

'Spin crucial vs Scotland'

'Spin crucial vs Scotland'

Bangladesh middle order batsman Sabbir Rahman reckons that the Tigers use spin to win against Scotland in their fourth World Cup encounter at the Saxton Oval in Nelson this Thursday. The batsman, who scored a half-century against Sri Lanka in the last match was confident that his side would regain following their defeat at...

'Greatness is contagious'

To be brutally honest, the start to our New Zealand tour wasn't the best. It took a long time for us to complete the check-in formalities at the Melbourne International Airport yesterday morning. It took us a while to explain to the lady behind the counter that an Australian visa was good enough to travel to New Zealand during the ICC World Cup. After successfully managing to get past the consistent inquiries regarding our Bangladeshi passports, we boarded the aircraft....

Sk Jamal win a feisty battle

Sk Jamal win a feisty battle

The first big clash of the season produced an ill-tempered affair at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday as Sheikh Jamal edged bitter rivals Sheikh Russel 2-1 to book their fifth consecutive Federation Cup final. The defending champions came from behind and needed an 89th minute winner to overcome the spirited Sheikh Russel during a...

World Cup Cocktail

World Cup Cocktail

Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal was fined Sunday for firing two successive beamers at England's Jos Buttler, an action for which he showed "no remorse", the International Cricket Council said. The incident happened in the 50th and final over of England's innings in their World Cup clash when Lakmal bowled a second consecutive...

Score more, Misbah asks batters

Score more, Misbah asks batters

Pakistan skipper Misbahul Haq told his batsmen to shape-up or ship out of the World Cup after the 1992 champions scraped a 20-run win over Zimbabwe on Sunday. It was Pakistan's first victory of this World Cup after losing by 76 runs to India and suffering a 150-run hiding at the hands of the...

Taylor is clueless

Zimbabwe wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor said he couldn't comprehend his team's 20-run loss to Pakistan at the World Cup in Brisbane on Sunday. Zimbabwe appeared well on track as Hamilton Masakadza (29), Taylor (50) and Sean Williams (33) dominated the Pakistan attack. But some soft dismissals handed the momentum back to Pakistan. Taylor said Zimbabwe had targeted this match as one they could win and said they had only done half the job. "We certainly did target this match and we felt that half...

'England were punished'

'England were punished'

England captain Eoin Morgan admitted his side had been "punished" by a rampant Sri Lanka on Sunday in a nine-wicket loss that left them on the brink of World Cup elimination. Sri Lanka are now on the verge of the quarterfinals after three wins in four games while England's tally of two points means their last-eight hopes are hanging by a thread. "We were punished today by a very experienced side. We were way off the mark," said Morgan, who has overseen defeats by Australia, New Zealand and now Sri Lanka with just one win, against non-Test Scotland, to show for England's efforts at this tournament. "When we are bowling well, it's...

Why won't Eoin sing the anthem

When Eoin Morgan, the England captain, failed to sing God Save The Queen at the World Cup, questions were asked. Morgan is Irish, switching allegiance to England in 2009 in order to play Test cricket. Was his decision a political statement? A deliberate snub to the monarch? According to his former mentor, the answer is more prosaic: Morgan is too shy to sing on camera. Invited during a press conference in New Zealand to discuss his reasons, Morgan said it was "a...

Hailing Sangakkara

Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne on Sunday declared teammate Kumar Sangakkara one of the best limited-overs batsmen of all time after his second successive century at the World Cup. Sangakkara hit an unbeaten 117 as the 1996 champions thrashed England by nine wickets in Wellington, following up on his 105 not out against Bangladesh. It was Sangakkara's 24th century in 401 one-day internationals and Thirimanne said the vastly experienced 37-year-old was a steadying influence on the team. Asked where Sangakkara, who is playing...

Dalmiya to return as BCCI boss?

Veteran official Jagmohan Dalmiya is set to be elected head of Indian cricket's governing body, replacing the sport's world supremo Narayanaswami Srinivasan following a corruption scandal, reports said Sunday. Dalmiya, a former head of the International Cricket Council, emerged as the front-runner amid backroom negotiations for votes at elections on Monday for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Dalmiya, 74, was the "consensus candidate" among rival factions for BCCI president, a position he held a decade ago, according...

Ray of hope for Kevin

Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves has given Kevin Pietersen a glimmer of hope that he may yet be able to resurrect his England career. Pietersen, 34, has not played for England since the ECB effectively called time on his international career following the disastrous Ashes tour of 2013-14. But with England toiling at the World Cup and Pietersen having spoken of his eagerness to return to the team, Graves has suggested that a return to English...

Barclays English Premier League

LvG admits Di Maria 'struggling'

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confessed that Angel di Maria is struggling to adjust to English football after substituting him at half-time of United's 2-0 win over Sunderland. After a promising start to his United career the form of the Argentina international has dipped. Di Maria has scored just once for United since the start of October and, after an ineffective first half against Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday, he was taken off at the interval by Van Gaal. "When...

Barclays English Premier League

L'pool give City the Blues

Philippe Coutinho scored a sensational winning goal as Liverpool beat Manchester City 2-1 on Sunday to close on the Premier League top four and dent their opponents' title defence while Arsenal won 2-0 against top four contenders Everton. A 31st minute strike by Oliver Giroud opened the scoring, before Tomas Rosicky wrapped the game up in the 88th minute. Coutinho produced a tremendous finish from 25 yards at Anfield to settle a game of immense quality after City striker Edin...

China to reform football

China has taken steps to improve its football performance, state media reported Sunday, after a key group with presidential backing agreed a plan to raise the level of the game. The country's central reform leading group, chaired by President Xi Jinping, approved the plan on Friday, the official Xinhua news agency said. "We must develop and revitalise soccer to ensure we are a strong nation of sports," Xinhua cited a statement issued after a meeting of the group as saying. "It is...

FA wants video technology

Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke said he would be keen to pilot the use of video technology in British football to aid referee's decision making. Dyke's proposal would mirror the Dutch Football Association's (KNVB) policy of utilising replays to aid referee's decision making via a headset. “I would very much like to do a pilot in the UK," Dyke told the BBC. "FIFA can stop us doing a pilot in the UK." Dyke added: "I can understand that everybody thinks we...

'We can beat Juventus’

Roma coach Rudi Garcia has played down his side's title hopes but insists the Giallorossi can hand Juventus only their second defeat of the season on Monday to reinforce their grip on second place. Roma started the season hoping to be challenging for a first scudetto since 2001 but a run of six draws in seven league games has seen Garcia's men slip steadily out of the title race. Juve travel to the capital on Monday with a nine-point lead. With Napoli...

Lille stun Lyon

Ligue 1 leaders Lyon suffered their first defeat in 12 matches on Saturday, going down 2-1 at Lille to leave second-placed Paris Saint-Germain trailing by just two points with a game in hand. Hubert Fournier's side broke the deadlock after just three minutes when Corentin Tolisso converted a Nabil Fekir corner. However, Idrissa Gueye clawed back an equaliser in the second half after a clever one-two with Rony Lopes.And four minutes later, right on the hour mark, Manchester City loanee Lopes...

Milan draw with Chievo

AC Milan could only labour a goalless draw with Chievo in Serie A action on Saturday, leaving them ninth in the table, three off a potential European qualifying spot. In a tight match, Keisuke Honda had a chance for Milan in the 48th minute, while there was almost an own goal after Chievo's Alex saw a shot deflected off a defender past Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez. Roma will host Juventus today.

Valencia trump Soceidad

Valencia moved level with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid in third with a comfortable 2-0 win over David Moyes's Real Sociedad on Sunday. Argentine winger Pablo Piatti bagged both goals in a three minute spell early in the second-half as he slotted home low crosses from Dani Parejo and Sofiane Feghouli. Atletico can move three points clear of Los Che once more before the two sides meet at the Vicente Calderon next weekend when they travel to Sevilla later on Sunday....

Men of Steel

Men of Steel

KUMAR SANGAKKARA Teams in Pool A must be cursing Bangladesh's fielders. Those catch-drops against Sri Lanka seemed to have woken up the sleeping lion and boy is he enjoying himself. After 400 ODIs one would have expected Kumar Sangakkara to be way past his prime; but here he is smacking one century after the other. He may be getting tired a lot sooner these days -- going by his post-match statements -- and these ODIs may also be the last few of his career, but the 37-year-old looks like he can go on for years. After Tillakaratne Dilshan was sent back in the 19th over, England hoped for a comeback....

MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

LAHIRU THIRIMANNE Thirimanne may well be described as the 'boy who lived' for Sri Lanka. Having survived a number of chances, it was only a matter of time before the 25-year-old would utilise those opportunities to make a big one. Against Bangladesh, he was dropped in the first over off Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and while he couldn't make the most of that chance, he made amends against England as he went on to slam his way to his career-best score; an unbeaten 139. Chasing a 300-plus score is never easy; in fact it's daunting to say the least. As a result, the start that Thirimanne provided the Lankans was perfect...

Fan Zone

Fan Zone

  Harsha Bhogle: I find the criticism of Misbah very strange. It is like a family of ten complaining that the sole breadwinner isn't doing enough. Graham Vickers: So disillusioned with the ECB. Is "harmony" in the dressing room worth losing fights on the field? Hang your heads.  

Editorial

Editorial

Another militant den busted

THE regularity with which the law enforcing agencies have been discovering dens of the extremist groups along with large quantity of weapons, incendiary and explosive materials is worrying. But one must give plaudits to the police for their successes in this regard. We hope the competence with which law enforcers are unearthing the dens of the extremists will eventually deter spread of their tentacles. The fact that extremists groups continue to remain active in the country cannot be lost on the...

Editorial

Where their real power lies

WE may feel encouraged by the upward trend in social indicators that give credence that women are much better off than they ever were in terms of maternal mortality, health, nutrition and even as far as job opportunities are concerned. But there is a glaring absence of women in decision making roles across all professions. This is where the challenge of gender equity really lies. A roundtable organized by Prothom Alo and UNFPA recently, has highlighted the need for a...

Op-ed

Editorial

Another militant den busted

THE regularity with which the law enforcing agencies have been discovering dens of the extremist groups along with large quantity of weapons, incendiary and explosive materials is worrying. But one must give plaudits to the police for their successes in this regard. We hope the competence with which law enforcers are unearthing the dens of the extremists will eventually deter spread of their tentacles. The fact that extremists groups continue to remain active in the country cannot be lost on the...

Editorial

Where their real power lies

WE may feel encouraged by the upward trend in social indicators that give credence that women are much better off than they ever were in terms of maternal mortality, health, nutrition and even as far as job opportunities are concerned. But there is a glaring absence of women in decision making roles across all professions. This is where the challenge of gender equity really lies. A roundtable organized by Prothom Alo and UNFPA recently, has highlighted the need for a...

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Can Mamata really deliver?

Can Mamata really deliver?

THE brouhaha in Bangladesh about Mamata Banerjee's recent visit is astounding. The widest possible media coverage of what Ms. Banerjee “assured” Bangladesh about its due share of the Teesta water -- in the most condescending manner -- is unbelievable. Seemingly, many politicians and media outlets in Bangladesh believe that -- thanks to the...

BOTTOM LINE

What will Indian foreign secretary bring?

INDIA'S Foreign Secretary Subrahmaniam Jaishankar will visit Bangladesh from today on his tour of Saarc members aimed at “getting to know Saarc countries” as part of active Indian diplomacy. He started his trip on March 1 with Bhutan. From Bangladesh, he is expected to travel to Pakistan on March 3 and Afghanistan on March 4 Visits by India's foreign secretary to Bangladesh have always been important as the neighbours ordinarily have many unresolved issues which need to be settled peacefully....

FREEDOM IN THE OFFING

Prelude to an order for genocide

Prelude to an order for genocide

In this article Prof. Rehman Sobhan, who was Professor of Economics at Dacca University and an Adviser to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, describes the background to the Yahya-Mujib talks -- AS President Yahya flew out of Dacca on the night of March 25 he took with him the last hopes of a united Pakistan....

A murder most foul

IT seems there is no end to sensational news from Bangladesh. Smack on the face of the dramatic revelation of the phone conversations of a civil society stalwart that shook the society, came the horrific news of a most brutal killing of an activist writer in public view. His offense was seemingly his writings that advocated tolerance, freedom from bigotry of all kinds, love and respect for all humans, and above all a just society.   This is not a...

Letter To The Editor

Open KSA job market for male workers too

After a long time Saudi Arabia has reopened its manpower market to Bangladesh. But the agreement was only for recruiting female workers who will work in households. The government should have made this clear to the public because it was seen that a large number of male job seekers rushed to the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment to register their names. We hope the KSA will soon reopen its market for our men as well. At the same...

Letter To The Editor

A killer's punishment

Abdul Jabbar, the 1971 wartime killer and criminal seems to have got away lightly. Looking at the five charges and corresponding punishments tabulated in your daily on 25th February 2015, he deserved the harshest punishment. But the ICT-1 sentenced him to imprisonment until death considering his old age. Makes one wonder, how he could get a 'Jatiyo Party' leadership berth! P.I.B On e-mail

Letter To The Editor

Shops closed not for hartal, but for...

Hartals have become a regular phenomenon nowadays, thanks to BNP-Jamaat! But the general people rarely observe hartal as those calling hartals are not present on the streets. Dhaka shopkeepers are enjoying almost a normal life, keeping their shops wide open and selling their commodities as usual. However, one morning this week I went to the local bazaar and was surprised to see that all the shops were closed. I thought that some BNP-Jamaat activists might get active suddenly and...

COMMENTS

“Blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death” (February 27, 2015) Dev Saha I am condemning this heinous act. No matter what, the pen will always be mightier than the sword. Enlightenedview These fundamentalists are not only murderers but also criminals committing crimes against humanity. They must get severe punishment. “Fix the error, not the mirror” (February 25, 2015) New Generation We could have been a good nation if our leaders would give proper attention to the writings. Thanks for this timely writing. “Info ministry bins editors' statement” (February...

Entertainment

Laila Anjuman Ara and the joys of nature

Laila Anjuman Ara and the joys of nature

If anyone wanted to relax and simply be with nature one had only to go to the “Joy of Nature” exhibit at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (AFD). Laila Anjuman Ara, the artist whose works are on display till March 9, has given her works the harmony of French Impressionistic paintings. One did not...

Shakib takes on two more

Shakib takes on two more

Dhallywood heartthrob Shakib Khan is going to shoot two new films “Prembaj” and “Lagam” with Apu Biswas, under his production house SK Production. Of the movies, “Prembaj” will be directed by Badiul Alam and “Lagam” by Shamim Ahmed. “Shooting for the films will begin in different locations of Bangladesh and Europe,” Shakib Khan told The...

Redoan Rony set to bring Ice-cream

Redoan Rony set to bring Ice-cream

National award-winning film director Redoan Rony is working on his new film titled “Ice-cream”. This is second film by Rony after his first film “Chorabali” became a megahit at the box office. Unlike “Chorabali” that boasted a heavyweight cast, “Ice-cream” features new faces in the lead roles. Three youths -- Tushi, Raj and Uday -- will appear for the first time in front of camera. “I want to do something with the newcomers; they are very promising. We are grooming them. They have the potentials to lead the industry in future,” Rony said. The entire “Ice-cream” team will set out for Saint Martin's Island on March 5. The film, being tagged as a...

''Amazed by Rekha's grace, enthusiasm''… Katrina

''Amazed by Rekha's grace, enthusiasm''… Katrina

Actor Katrina Kaif, who will be seen sharing the screen space with Bollywood's evergreen talent Rekha in upcoming film “Fitoor”, says she is amazed by how graceful the veteran is. Katrina, who is yet to shoot with Rekha, said: “Every time I have met her, I have been amazed by her warmth, her grace and her immense enthusiasm towards life. I am sure we will have a great time filming together and I am looking forward to it.” Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, “Fitoor” also features Aditya Roy Kapur. After debuting in Bollywood in 2003 with “Boom”, Katrina cemented her space in tinsel town by delivering six back-to-back hits in “Namastey London”, “Apne”,...

Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes

Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes

US President Barack Obama has led tributes to Leonard Nimoy, the US actor who immortalised Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi series “Star Trek”, who has died aged 83. “I loved Spock,” said Obama, in a statement: “Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the...

NEWS bytes

Adventure Time movie in the works

Adventure Time movie in the works

Entertainment web site Deadline reported that Pendleton Ward's highly successful Cartoon Network series “Adventure Time” is going to Warner Bros for a full length feature film. Chris McKay, one of the executive producers of “The Lego Movie” is co-producing the film. McKay is an experienced hand when it comes to animation at both...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

US fingerstyle guitarist Andy McKee played his first guitar, an Aria nylon string bought by his father, at age 13. Initially underwhelmed by his guitar lessons, McKee began teaching himself how to play. McKee's cousin inspired him to continue learning, taking him out for his 16th birthday to see a guitarist named Preston...

City

Gains prove justice delayed, not denied

There continues to be many barriers to justice over genocide and crimes against humanity committed in 1971 but the achievements till date showed that justice delayed need not be justice denied, said foreign scholars, judges and activists yesterday. They appreciated Bangladeshis for their long struggle for the delivery of justice to the victims, for the initiative to educate younger generations and for setting lessons so that such crimes never happen again.  Seventeen of the foreigners from nine countries took part in...

Avijit's murder product of intolerant politics

Avijit Roy's grisly murder is an outcome of an increasingly intolerant political atmosphere where no dissenting voice is given space, panellists told the 106th BBC Bangladesh Sanglap yesterday. Both theists and atheists have the right to live and those who cannot tolerate differing opinions and attack others in the name of religion should be punished, they opined in the capital's Biam auditorium. Avijit's murder in a guarded place has raised questions about the overall safety of citizens, said Prof Amena Mohsin...

Lord Avebury of UK urges united front against terrorism

“The whole world has gasped in horror at the hacking to death by machete-wielding terrorists of the secularist US-Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy, close to the heavily-guarded university book fair in Dhaka”, said Lord Avebury, vice chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights and Chairman of International Bangladesh Foundation, in a statement. The statement issued on Saturday also said police witnessed the murder but the killers were allowed to escape. Extremist attacks on secularists and religious minorities add an...

Govt to formulate plan to protect Sundarbans from disasters

The government will formulate a plan of actions to protect the Sundarbans from any further disasters, said officials at a programme that made public the final report of Bangladesh-UN Joint Sundarbans Oil Spill Response Team. The government also plans to monitor long-term impacts of the oil spillage, if any, they said at the programme in Cirdap auditorium in the capital yesterday.   With support from the United Nations Development Programme, the environment and forests ministry will formulate the plan in a two-day...

Hartal bogs down Ctg court

Although Chittagong court judges took an initiative to conduct court activities during continuous hartals of the BNP-led alliance, two judges had to leave the courtroom yesterday due to disruptions by pro-BNP-Jamaat lawyers. Chittagong District and Sessions Judge Nurul Huda and Divisional Special Judge Ataur Rahman left their courtrooms about 20 minutes after arrival as pro-BNP-Jamaat lawyers made a lot of noise and tried to march into the rooms, said court sources. Public Prosecutor of Chittagong Divisional Special Court Mejbah Uddin Chowdhury...

Hurasagar-Ichhamati River

Demolish illegal establishments

The High Court yesterday directed the government to demolish illegal establishments constructed beside the dam on the Hurasagar-Ichhamati river at Bera upazila in Pabna. Hearing a pending writ petition, the court also asked the government to submit a report on compliance with the order in six weeks and also fixed April 7 for the next hearing, said Manzill Murshid, counsel for the petitioner, Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh. Presence of some establishments, constructed on both sides of the dam, was...

CEC hopes for improved law, order during DCC polls

Law and order situation will improve by the time of the long overdue Dhaka city corporations elections that will be held “soon”, said Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday. His expectation came during a press briefing in the media centre of the Election Commission. In response to a question over whether EC will hold the election if the political violence continues, the CEC said, “We will talk about it after meeting with law enforcers and intelligence agencies.” However, the CEC did...

New UN country chief meets FM

The newly appointed UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh, Robert Watkins, presented his credentials to Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at his ministry yesterday. Earlier, Robert Watkins was the deputy special coordinator for Lebanon, where he also served as the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator and UNDP resident representative, says a UN press release. The UN will continue strong partnership with the government and support Bangladesh's national development objectives, said the UN official in the release.

Road crashes kill 3, injure 1

Road crashes killed three people and injured another in two districts yesterday. In Bogra, a man and his son died and another son was injured when a truck ran them over after hitting a bycycle carrying them in Korotkola Anantabala intersection area of Shibgonj upazila. In Natore, a man of Koromdorshi village died when a bus hit his motorcycle and ran him over in the Sadar upazila.

HC again denies ETV's Salam bail

A High Court bench yesterday refused chairman of private television channel ETV, Abdus Salam, bail in a sedition case, citing that another bench had earlier refused a similar one of his. Police filed the case with Cantonment Police Station on January 8 after ETV broadcast live on January 5 BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman's speech from London, Deputy Attorney General Bashir Ullah told The Daily Star. The case says Salam in collusion with others of ETV broadcast Tarique's statement which created...

HRF Bangladesh condemns

Human Rights Forum Bangladesh yesterday condemned the murder of blogger Avijit Roy. The presence of law enforcers near the spot where he was hacked to death reveals their “utter nonchalance”, said a statement signed by the forum Convener Sultana Kamal. “The police's failure to arrest anyone and identify who were behind the crime is a matter of grave concern,” added the statement of HRFB, a forum of 19 human rights organisations. Unidentified assailants killed Avijit and badly wounded his wife Rafida Ahmed...

Girl's body found in Ctg

Police recovered the body of an unidentified girl, aged around 25, from Peshkar Para area of Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong yesterday. The body bore no injury marks, police said, adding she might have been strangled to death. The body was sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for an autopsy, said police.

A Parting Unacceptable

A Parting Unacceptable

                           

Police for removal of Rajshahi city mayor

Police have requested the home ministry to take necessary steps so that the Local Government Division removes Rajshahi city Mayor Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul for his alleged involvement in crimes. The Police Headquarters yesterday forwarded a related letter of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) to the ministry, sources said. Insiders said the home ministry would forward the letter to the Local Government Division in a day or two. The RMP on January 23 sent the letter to the Police Headquarters, RMP Commissioner M Shamsuddin...

Online bill payment for Titas Gas clients soon

Titas Gas customers will get a facility to pay their bills online as the country's largest gas distribution company is set to sign a contract today with an IT consortium to introduce modern total integrated open architectural (TIOA) system. After its installation, 1.8 million consumers from households to largest power companies will be able to pay their bills online, without going to bank, Nowshad Islam, managing director of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, said yesterday. He said the new...

No talk with militancy backers: Tofail

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday rejected outright dialogue possibilities with opposition parties, saying there could be no talks with patrons of anarchists, innocent people's killers and militant outfits. Addressing the discussion on thanksgiving motion on the January 19 presidential address in Jatiya Sangsad, he accused BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia of supporting al-Qaeda and killing children and innocents in the name blockade and hartals. The senior Awami League lawmaker said the political programmes were only to deter the government's ongoing development works. All...

Country

Wheat farming in Barisal division triples in 4 years

Wheat farming in Barisal division triples in 4 years

Cultivation area and production of wheat in four districts of Barisal division saw about three-fold increase in last four years, thanks to the initiative of Integrated Agricultural Productivity Project (IAPP) of agriculture ministry. In fiscal year (FY) 2013-14, 10,997 tonnes of wheat was produced on 3,672 hectares of land in four districts of the...

Two held with truckload of govt texbooks

Two held with truckload of govt texbooks

Police arrested two people at a godown in Kasaltola area of Aditmari upazila on Saturday on charge of illegally marketing and selling school textbooks meant for free distribution. They also sealed the godown, owned by Shahidul Islam, 33, son of Shariful Islam of Dakkhin Batrish Hazari village in the upazila. The arrestees are Shahidul Islam...

Schoolgirl violated

An eleven-year-old schoolgirl was raped allegedly by her neighbour in Sadar upazila of the district on Saturday. Ayesha Begum, mother of the victim, filed a case with Sadar Police Station yesterday, accusing Ershad Ali, 28, of Prodhaner Bazar village in the upazila. According to the case, Ershad violated the girl, a Class V student of Anandalok Primary School, by entering her room forcibly when none of her family members were present at the house on Saturday afternoon. Hearing screams, villagers rushed to...

215 bottles of phensidyl seized

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) seized 215 bottles of phensidyl from Molani border point in Haripur upazila yesterday morning. Acting on a tip-off, a patrol team of BGB raided the border area at around 9:30am and seized the phensidyl. However, the drug peddlers managed to flee the scene, sensing the presence of the border guards, said BGB sources.

1751 Dinajpur Jamaat,BNP men sued since early Jan

At least 1751 activists of BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir have been made accused in 15 cases connected with political violence in eight of the 13 upazilas under the district since January 5 this year.  Of the accused, 345 people are identified while the others unnamed ones, police said, adding that police so far arrested 166 people in connection with the 15 cases. Six cases were filed in Dinajpur Sadar upazila, two cases each in Kaharol and Chirirbandar upazila, one...

Woman held with 8920 coins of TK 1

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested a woman along with 8920 coins of Tk one in Putkhali border area under Benapole Port Police Station on Saturday. The arrestee is Shirina Akhter, 32, daughter of Muntaz of Jessore rail station area in Sadar upazila. Acting on a tip-off, the border guards raided the area at night and arrested Shirina while she was smuggling the coins to India, said Shamsur Rahman, in-charge of Putkhali BGB Camp. They later seized the coins from...

Land dispute kills one, 4 held

A man was killed in a clash between two rival groups over a piece of disputed land at Lakkhanpur village in Begumganj upazila on Saturday. Police arrested a man and three women in this connection, said locals. The deceased is Md Mohiuddin, 40, son of Md Abdul Gafur of the village. Ainul Haque, officer-in-charge of Begumganj Model Police Station, said there was a longstanding conflict between Mohiuddin and one Milon of the village over the land. On Saturday morning, Milon tried to build...

25 girls fall victim of mass hysteria

25 girls fall victim of mass hysteria

At least 25 girl students of Pabna Collectorate School and College in the town yesterday fell sick in their classroom due to 'mysterious reasons.' Dr Shafiqul Hassan, medicine consultant at Pabna Medical College Hospital, said such illness is usually seen among girls. It is known as mass psychogenic illness (MPI) or mass hysteria. Of the...

10 shops gutted

At least 10 shops were gutted in a fire at Nayarhat Bazar in Mithapukur upazila of the district early yesterday. Mithapukur Fire Service and Civil Defense Station sources said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at a grocery shop at around 1:00am and soon engulfed the nine other adjacent shops. Firefighters doused the blaze with the help of locals.

World

Modi bandwagon runs into Jammu & Kashmir

Modi bandwagon runs into Jammu & Kashmir

India's ruling Hindu nationalist party was sworn into government in the country's only Muslim-majority state yesterday for the first time after an historic power-sharing deal with a bitter regional rival. Narendra Modi hailed the partnership between his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) as a chance to fulfil the aspirations...

Netanyahu takes off on 'fateful' US mission

Netanyahu takes off on 'fateful' US mission

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday headed to Washington on what he said was a "historic" mission to try and stop a nuclear deal with Iran, an AFP correspondent said. The controversial 48-hour visit will see the Israeli leader addressing a joint session of the US Congress in a bid to garner last-minute support...

ISIS using love as recruitment tool

ISIS using love as recruitment tool

In a few months' time, perhaps even weeks, you might remember the story, but will you remember the names? Kadiza Sultana, 16; Shamima Begum, also 16; and Amira Abase, 15. All three London schoolgirls said they were going out for the day and now it is thought they have left the UK, gone to...

Court ruling jeopardizes Egypt polls timetable

Egypt's constitutional court yesterday ruled that parts of the law organising parliamentary elections starting March 21 violate the charter, in a decision that may force a delay. The administrative court, which rules on state related matters, will now decide whether to formally rule on delaying the election. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered that the law be redrafted within a month and asked that "legal measures be undertaken to avoid delaying" the election, his office said. The constitutional court said sections of the...

Saudi blogger now faces 'death penalty'

Saudi blogger now faces 'death penalty'

Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger whose punishment of 1,000 lashes has prompted international condemnation, may now face the death penalty. Badawi's wife, Ensaf Haidar, told The Independent in a series of messages that judges in Saudi Arabia's criminal court want him to undergo a re-trial for apostasy. If found guilty, he would face...

Drinking a cup of tea can help prevent diabetes

Drinking a cup of tea can help prevent diabetes

Drinking cups of tea can help prevent type-2 diabetes, according to a growing body of scientific research. A new study from researchers in the US found that black tea inhibits the body from absorbing glucose sugars, too much of which can cause type-2 diabetes. The research, which was conducted by researchers at Framingham State University...

Allow me to die

Allow me to die

A video posted online by a 14-year-old girl asking Chile's president to allow her to die has been viewed by thousands of people. The girl, Valentina Maureira, suffers from cystic fibrosis, an incurable genetic disorder that attacks the lungs and other organs. President Michele Bachelet responded by visiting Valentina in hospital. Her spokesman said Valentina...

Venezuela detains US citizens

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had detained US citizens, including a pilot, on suspicion of espionage, in a move likely to strain already tense relations between Washington and Caracas. Maduro also said his government would order a reduction in the number of US embassy staff in Caracas and prohibit some US officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for a similar US measure last year. Venezuela would also require US citizens to obtain visas before visiting, he...

Ukraine Crisis

Frontlines calm ahead of gas talks

Ukraine's frontlines were relatively calm yesterday ahead of high-level EU-mediated gas talks between Kiev and Moscow. Kiev's security officials said there was no fire after midnight on Ukraine's positions and no Ukrainian soldiers have been killed over the past 24 hours. The relative quiet in eastern Ukraine has set in following a shaky European-brokered peace plan to end fighting that has killed at least 5,800 people since April. With the relative hiatus in fighting on the ground, a gas dispute flared up...

News in Brief

Iran to let in Google Afp, Tehran Iran could allow Internet giants such as Google to operate in the Islamic republic if they respect its "cultural" rules, Fars news agency said yesterday quoting a senior official. Forty million people out of a population of around 78 million use the Internet in Iran. Authorities have regularly blocked access to networks including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter since protests against the disputed 2009 re-election of hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Sierra Leone VP in Ebola quarantine Afp,...

Bytes

Cricket Gizmos

Cricket Gizmos

Real Time Snickometer First Used: Though Snickometer was first used in 1999, but the enhanced 'Real Time Snickometer' was first used at 2013 Ashes Developed By: British Researcher Allan Plaskett developed it but it’s now marketed by BBG Sports. How it Works: The real-time snickometer is composed of a very sensitive microphone located in one of...

a2i to assist Maldives Govt. to build Digital Rural Centres

Last month, a memorandum was signed between Access to Information (a2i) of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and National Centre for Information Technology (NCIT) of Maldives government, aiming to build digital Maldives in style of the concept of 'Digital Bangladesh'. Deputy Minister for Home Affairs of Maldives government Ahmed Adim and Project Director of the a2i Kabir Bin Anwar signed the MoU on behalf their respective organizations.  Later, Deputy Minister Ahmed Adim talked with The Daily Star to talk...

Just In

Just In

Logitech M280 Wireless Mouse Logitech wireless Mouse M280 is now available in the Bangladeshi market. Its rubber grip will give users extra comfort in handling the mouse. With Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking technology, 3 button and single wheel users can smoothly operate this Mouse from around 80 feet distance and end precise tracking ultra-precision...

Kaspersky Security Update

Superfish Adware Preinstalled on Lenovo Laptops

Superfish Adware Preinstalled on Lenovo Laptops

On February 19th of 2015, it became known that Lenovo's laptops had been shipped with an adware called Superfish preinstalled. There are two major problems with this issue. The first one, being that the hardware maker had been shipping consumer laptops with an adware preinstalled for several months — starting in September 2014 up...

Tech Bits

Tech Bits

YouTube's new video trimming tool makes mobile edits a breeze Lenovo strips some of the unwanted software from its Pcs 'Star Trek' star Leonard Nimoy passes away at 83 Chinese internet giants purge 60,000 accounts for inappropriate usernames Disney is retelling the 'Star Wars' film saga with Legos  

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Book Reviews

Theo 101

Theo 101

“Let dreams be drowned in tunes and rhythms And let there be no safe guard The play button should swim naked Rest should be chewed by sharks” -    Misreading Metaphors  A grimace envisaged—his medieval shawm as pulsates: on the way being sharks' dinner, to know half is more perilous than not knowing at all; there sits the poet, crosslegged. He smirks. And trillions of illustrations on their trapeze of words, swing in the brain-stomach. The bookworms may gallimaufry between the still-chewing and digested pieces of word-papers. The fingers of versifier play his oboe to this cavernous. He chooses unbridling his readers to go and pen the end of the myth. That is thirty four-offshoot...

Lying On the Couch

Lying On the Couch

LYING on the Couch is a story that opens up like the unfolding petals of a blooming flower. It is a gripping book that throws light on different theories and practices of psychotherapy. It's about Justin and Carol and their problem- ridden marriage and about Marshall and practice. And there is Earnest Lash, Justin's therapist who talks of his patient's behavioral patterns. Coming in second and third person views, the story throws light into human lives from different windows.   Ernest had been counseling Justin for five years. Justin and Carol had married for the wrong reasons and it was a daily warfare for them. Ernest tried to show Justin...

“The Struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.''

“The Struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.''

THIS novel, published in 1979 in France, by Czech writer Milan Kundera explores the basic human nature of how people tolerate the torture and suffering of which they have no control. People tend to forget their past and we learn nothing from history. This novel even alludes to our Liberation War in 1971 and the torture unleashed by the Pakistani junta. Actually this book is not a novel but collection of some short stories which have been consolidated according to a common theme. The novel is divided into seven parts. Each part has a unique story of its own. Part one (entitled Lost Letters) deals with the life of Mirek...

Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service

Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service

Mossad or “the institute” – if translated literally, is that formidable Israeli Secret Service which needs no introduction. And this is the first time that 21 of its greatest missions have found their way to the public domain. Apart from the lone story of capturing the infamous Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann, this reviewer too, didn’t know almost anything about the other missions. Each of the missions has been described in the fashion of a suspense story. Pick any one, and it can be guaranteed that you won’t be able to put the book down until it’s finished. The book’s core strength is: earth- shattering real facts of the Mossad has...

Letters

Letter To The Editor

Open KSA job market for male workers too

After a long time Saudi Arabia has reopened its manpower market to Bangladesh. But the agreement was only for recruiting female workers who will work in households. The government should have made this clear to the public because it was seen that a large number of male job seekers rushed to the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment to register their names. We hope the KSA will soon reopen its market for our men as well. At the same...

Letter To The Editor

A killer's punishment

Abdul Jabbar, the 1971 wartime killer and criminal seems to have got away lightly. Looking at the five charges and corresponding punishments tabulated in your daily on 25th February 2015, he deserved the harshest punishment. But the ICT-1 sentenced him to imprisonment until death considering his old age. Makes one wonder, how he could get a 'Jatiyo Party' leadership berth! P.I.B On e-mail

Letter To The Editor

Shops closed not for hartal, but for...

Hartals have become a regular phenomenon nowadays, thanks to BNP-Jamaat! But the general people rarely observe hartal as those calling hartals are not present on the streets. Dhaka shopkeepers are enjoying almost a normal life, keeping their shops wide open and selling their commodities as usual. However, one morning this week I went to the local bazaar and was surprised to see that all the shops were closed. I thought that some BNP-Jamaat activists might get active suddenly and...

COMMENTS

“Blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death” (February 27, 2015) Dev Saha I am condemning this heinous act. No matter what, the pen will always be mightier than the sword. Enlightenedview These fundamentalists are not only murderers but also criminals committing crimes against humanity. They must get severe punishment. “Fix the error, not the mirror” (February 25, 2015) New Generation We could have been a good nation if our leaders would give proper attention to the writings. Thanks for this timely writing. “Info ministry bins editors' statement” (February...