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Eid shopping a click away

Eid shopping a click away

Farjana Mony was feeling exhausted even at the thought of going to malls braving huge traffic jams and crowds. But she can't help as it is the time for Eid shopping. She was looking for an alternative means of buying her dresses. When she found one -- through friends and the social media --...

Cops needed Tk 10 lakh

Cops needed Tk 10 lakh

Dhanmondi police have allegedly tortured a college student in their custody so brutally that he may not walk again.   When cops arrested him in a murder case on June 9, Inzamamul Islam Jisan, 17, was perfectly fine, according to the very police officer who allegedly tortured him. The barbarity caused serious infection in the youth's...

Mohsin's new antics

Mohsin's new antics

After dozing off on stage a few times, Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali messed up his speech for a programme and said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was Saima Wazed Hossain's paternal grandfather. “Working together we will prove that what we had not done for your dada [paternal grandfather], we will do that and more for you,” he said apparently to flatter Saima. In Bangla, paternal grandfather is dada and maternal grandfather is nana and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is actually Saima's maternal grandfather. Saima is Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's daughter. “If Aung San Suu Kyi can get the Nobel prize for peace, our Putul [Saima's nick name] will...

Bloodshed goes on

Bloodshed goes on

Gaza fighting raged yesterday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory as US Secretary of State John Kerry said efforts to secure a truce between Israel and Hamas had made some progress. In a blow to Israel's economy and image, American aviation authorities extended a ban on US flights to Tel Aviv for...

UN warns of war crimes

UN warns of war crimes

Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said yesterday while also condemning indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants Hamas. "There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes," Pillay told the...

Invest more in Bangladesh

Invest more in Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday called upon the Bangladeshi expatriates, especially from Sylhet region, to invest more in Bangladesh. She made the request when a five-member delegation of All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), led by Lord Sheikh, met her at Hotel Hilton on Park Lane in the afternoon. The meeting discussed how to boost...

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Roads clogged with rickshaws

Roads clogged with rickshaws

About two lakh additional rickshaws have hit the city streets ahead of Eid-ul Fitr, causing massive traffic snarl-ups, with law enforcers opting to ignore the issue on what they unofficially say are humanitarian grounds. It is the time when poor people from different parts of the country flock to the capital in a desperate...

Torture in Custody

Mirpur cops face another complaint

The gruesome torture on garment-waste trader Mahbubur Rahman Sujan that led to his death was not the only such act perpetrated by Mirpur police. Rakib Hossain, who owns a printing press, allegedly had to face similar wrath of unscrupulous policemen of Mirpur Police Station in November last year. He, however, managed to come out alive only after giving them what they wanted-- money. Rakib alleged he was tortured on orders of Officer-in-Charge Salahuddin Khan of the police station. Sujan's family also...

UN Open Debate

Dhaka slates Gaza killings

Bangladesh has expressed displeasure over the world leaders' “indifference” to the Israeli aggression in Palestine and human disaster there and sought necessary steps to find a peaceful solution to the crisis. “We're compelled to say with a heavy heart that UN member state Israel is carrying out killings on Palestinians by ignoring all the international norms and restrictions,” said Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations AK Abdul Momen. He was addressing an open debate at the UN Security Council...

Netherlands mourns as bodies flown in

Netherlands mourns as bodies flown in

  The bodies of the first victims from a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week yesterday arrived at a military base in the Netherlands - a nation in shock and sorrow. Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed when flight MH17 came down in an...

42 dead in Taiwanese plane crash

At least 42 people were killed in a plane crash in Taiwan yesterday, officials said, with witnesses and local media reporting the flight came down in a storm after an aborted landing. TransAsia Airways flight GE222 was carrying 58 people on a domestic flight when it crashed into houses near Magong airport on the Penghu island chain after requesting a second attempt to land there, local media reported.   The ATR 72-500 twin turboprop was flying from the southwestern city of Kaohsiung...

Adflame Trial

Law Commission to find reason behind delay

Bangladesh Law Commission has decided to find out how prosecution of Adflame Pharmaceutical officials over producing toxic paracetamol syrup was delayed for long 22 years. Commission Chairman Justice ABM Khairul Haque told this to The Daily Star yesterday, a day after the owner and two other Adflame officials were jailed for 10 years as its paracetamol syrup brand, Flammadol, containing toxic chemical diethylene glycol caused deaths of many children between 1982 and 1992. “The commission will seek access to all the...

Murder accused arrested at police HQ

A union parishad chairman was arrested yesterday at the police headquarters in Dhaka when he went there to meet a high official to lobby for avoiding arrest. Shahbagh police arrested Abul Quashem, who is the chairman of Bashikpur union parishad and an Awami League leader of Laxmipur Sadar upazila. He is accused in eight cases, including five murder cases, and had been on the run. Quashem is also known as Jihadi for his radical religious views. He was once an activist of...

3 kids hurt as abandoned bomb goes off

Three children sustained injuries as an abandoned crude bomb exploded at Chak Bazar in Old Dhaka yesterday morning. With splinter injuries, Rifat, 4, Sadia, 8, and Sultana, 10, received first aid at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital. Rifat sustained injuries in the face and chest while Sadia and Sultana were wounded in their legs. The three children found a ball-like object in garbage around 8:30am while playing at Namapara and thought it was a plaything. As they began playing with the object,...

Recruit more peacekeepers in key posts

Dhaka has requested the United Nations to recruit Bangladeshi peacekeepers in 'policy and commanding-level' posts in the coming days. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam made the request to visiting under-secretary-general and head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) of the UN Hervé Ladsous during a meeting at the foreign ministry yesterday. "They are considering a Bangladeshi peacekeeper at deputy-commander level and he [Ladsous] hoped that a positive outcome would come soon in this regard," Shahriar told reporters after...

1 killed, 3 injured in Ctg clash

A clash between two groups of criminals left a man dead and three others with bullet injuries at a slum in Sher Shah area of Chittagong city last night. The deceased was identified as Miraj Uddin, 20, while the injured were Md Rahim, 30, Anwar Hossain, 18, and Nur Hossain, 27, said police. The two groups locked in a clash at Debar Par over establishing supremacy in the slum around 10:15pm, said Mohammad Shahidullah, additional deputy commissioner (North zone) of Chittagong...

3-parent babies could be reality

3-parent babies could be reality

The world's first baby with three genetic parents could soon be born in the UK, after the government announced plans to legalise a controversial technique to help prevent children inheriting diseases. In response to a consultation launched by ministers three months ago, the Department of Health has announced plans to legalise the use of...

Qaisar's War Crimes Trial

Tribunal starts hearing closing arguments

The proceedings of the case against Syed Mohammad Qaisar entered the final stage as the International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday began to hear the closing arguments. The three-member tribunal headed by Justice Obaidul Hassan started hearing the arguments from the prosecution after the defence had completed cross-examination of the last prosecution witness in the case. On completion of the testimony to the last prosecution witness, the defence usually produce their witness(es) to defend the accused, but Qaisar's lawyers declined to produce any...

Typhoon Matmo batters Taiwan, nine hurt

Typhoon Matmo pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and downpours yesterday, leaving nine people injured, shuttering financial markets, and interrupting rail and air transportation. Matmo, packing gusts of up to 173 kilometres per hour, slammed into the east overnight, becoming the first tropical storm to make landfall on the island this year, the Central Weather Bureau said. The storm's powerful winds tore off roofs and uprooted trees, including one in Taipei that crashed into a taxi, injuring its driver and a passenger. Emergency...

Business

Local footwear brands on a roll

Local footwear brands on a roll

The footwear market is brimming with high-quality local brands as a number of exporters entered the scene to capitalise on the growing demand from domestic consumers. Furthermore, a number of companies opened stores in recent days in a bid to grab their own share of the country's biggest spending season—Eid. One such company is HAMKO...

Potato exports treble

Potato exports treble

Potato exports saw a quantum leap in the recently concluded fiscal year, buoyed by higher shipments to Russia amid a tight supply from Pakistan and India to the global market, exporters said yesterday. Exports crossed the one-lakh-tonne mark for the first time in fiscal 2013-14, rising threefold from only 28,416 tonnes in the previous...

Workers of Shishir Group, Tuba stage protests for wages, bonuses

Workers of Shishir Group, Tuba stage protests for wages, bonuses

Workers of a knitting and dyeing factory in Tongi yesterday came to the company's headquarters at Bangla Motor in Dhaka to demand their due wages and festival bonuses. Owners closed Shishir Knitting and Dyeing Factory, a unit of Shishir Group, on July 14, without notice, workers said. “We waited for 10 days but nobody from...

Tofail invites US trade chief to see safety progress

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday invited USTR chief Michael Froman to visit Bangladesh and witness first-hand the improvements the country has made over the last one year in workplace safety and labour standards. “It was a welcoming gesture on our part,” Hedayetullah Al Mamoon, senior secretary to the commerce ministry, told The Daily Star. “At the same time we also want to have the opportunity to show him the progresses made in safety standards and labour rights in the garment sector...

Lafarge teams up with Metrocem to boost presence in Dhaka

Lafarge teams up with Metrocem to boost presence in Dhaka

Lafarge Surma Cement has tied up with local Metrocem Cement in a bid to increase its market share in the Dhaka region. The multinational company, whose plants are located at Chhatak, Sunamganj, will supply its clinker to the Muktarpur-based cement manufacturer, which will add other raw materials to manufacture Portland composite cement for Lafarge. ...

IDLC's half-yearly profits rise 52pc

The net profit of IDLC Finance rose 52.84 percent year-on-year to Tk 31 crore in the January-June period on the back of growth in deposit and lending. “Our deposit and lending businesses—corporate, small and medium enterprises and consumer division client segments—recorded good business growth in the first half of the current year,” said Selim RF Hussain, managing director of IDLC Finance. Deposits grew by 25 percent and loans by 21 percent in the first six months of 2014, he said. “In the...

Bangladeshis tour India the most among neighbours

Bangladesh continued to top the list of six neighbouring countries in terms of foreign tourist arrivals in India, Rajya Sabha was informed yesterday. Bangladesh has held this position for the last three years. About 1.14 million people from Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh visited India in 2013, Tourism Minister Shripad Naik said in a statement. There were 463,543 visitors from Bangladesh in 2011 which increased to 487,397 in 2012 and further to 524,923 in 2013. Visitors from Pakistan also increased...

Social business shows way of development in Myanmar

Social business shows way of development in Myanmar

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus discussed the role of social business in the development of Myanmar with the country's ministers, senior government officials and members of parliament on the final day of his three-day visit there. He was received at the conference venue by Myanmar's two Union Ministers U Tin Naing Thein and U...

The monetary policy is working well

The monetary policy is working well

It is now the time of the year when the Bangladesh Bank announces the next six monthly monetary policy stance. In anticipation there are considerable ongoing deliberations and debate on the forthcoming monetary policy statement (MPS). Bangladesh Bank has established a rich tradition of extensive prior consultations before it announces the MPS. Nevertheless,...

Twin air disasters threaten Malaysian tourism push

Twin air disasters threaten Malaysian tourism push

An unprecedented second major aviation disaster in four months could further associate Malaysia with calamity in the eyes of travellers, observers warn, putting the tropical destination's vital tourism sector at risk. Even before Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down on Thursday over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in an apparent missile strike, killing all 298 people on board, Malaysian tourism was under a cloud following the MH370 debacle. Malaysia's March 8 loss of a jumbo jet with 239 people aboard and its widely mocked response hurt the country's image worldwide. With most of the passengers on MH370 Chinese, tourist arrivals from China -- an increasingly important travel-industry market on which Malaysia has pinned...

India outsources chores as servant culture shifts

Need someone to pay your bills and pick up your shopping, take an elderly relative to hospital or deliver 26 presents to your girlfriend on her 26th birthday? These are just some of the requests received by Mumbai start-up "Get My Peon", one of the new Indian companies offering to do your chores and errands in a country traditionally reliant on full-time servants. Hired help still plays a huge role in hierarchical Indian society, with those who can afford it employing...

New India government urges changes to World Bank

India's new government has called for reforms to the World Bank structure to reflect the "emerging" clout of developing nations in a meeting with visiting bank chief Jim Yong Kim. The government, which took office in May, said in a statement late Tuesday that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stressed at an evening meeting with Kim the need for significant changes to the way the World Bank operates. Jaitley told Kim that the Bank needs to play a "global role in poverty...

Sports

Batting Woes concern Faruque

Batting Woes concern Faruque

With a number of Bangladesh's top-order batsmen struggling to hit form, BCB's chief selector Faruque Ahmed said that he was concerned about the national team's batting and that it was an aspect that the Tigers would have to improve upon before the World Cup. While Bangladesh's ploy to field seaming wickets in the India series did manage to trouble the visitors' strong batting line-up, it also however backfired heavily as the Tigers were bundled out for just 58 in the second ODI. The second-stringed Bangladesh team which visited the West Indies recently has many players who are currently in the preliminary squad for the tour in August -- including Nasir Hossain,...

AFC President's Cup

Sk Russel eye 14 nat'l booters

Sheikh Russel KC are expected to form a strong squad with the possible inclusion of 14 national booters ahead of September's AFC President's Cup final where they will be the first Bangladeshi club to challenge for the title of the third-tier club competition of Asia. Even though Sheikh Russel KC struggled in the Bangladesh Premier League this season and are set to finish at sixth position in the 10-team table after having won the league title last season, they produced...

Nitol Tata Bangladesh Premier Football League 2013-14

Abahani finish 2nd

Abahani finished runners-up in the Nitol Tata Bangladesh Premier League after a single-goal win over hosts Chittagong Abahani in their last match at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday. Right-back Atiqur Rahman Meshu struck the deceive goal in the 60th minute to help the four-time professional league championships notch their 14th  win in 27 matches as well as finish second with 52 points, nine less than champions Sheikh Jamal DC who still have a match in hand.  However, despite the...

Sri Lanka May Change Keeper

2nd Test starts today

2nd Test starts today

Sri Lanka may hand a first Test cap to 21-year-old wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella as they bid to level the two-Test series against South Africa. Dickwella was drafted into the squad for the match in Colombo starting on Thursday after fast bowler Shaminda Eranga was ruled out of the series with a hand injury. Eranga had...

DPL transfers in two phases

The inter-club players' transfers for the upcoming Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League will take place in two phases at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. In the first phase, the centrally-contracted players and those who will be travelling to the West Indies in August will take part in the transfers, set to take place on August 10 and 11. The second phase, set to take place on August 27 and 28, will involve the remaining players. The league is scheduled to begin...

Kiwi spinner banned for illegal action

New Zealand part-time spinner Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling after biomechanical tests confirmed his action is illegal, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said Wednesday. Williamson was reported following New Zealand's 10-wicket defeat in the second Test in the West Indies and ordered by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to undergo independent testing on his delivery. The tests, conducted by Cardiff Metropolitan University, confirmed that his elbow extension when bowling exceeded the 15 degrees of flex permitted under ICC regulations, NZC...

Schumi could be released from hospital

There is some good news for Michael Schumacher fans. The Formula One legend could return home by the end of August, according to a report on Daily Star website on Tuesday. The report said experts at the Switzerland hospital, where he is currently being treated, say the German is using his eyelids to communicate with his wife Corinna, daughter Gina-Maria and son Mick. He is likely to be given an advanced wheelchair that he can control with his mouth to help...

Barclays English Premier League

MU ready to break transfer records

MU ready to break transfer records

Manchester United are prepared to break transfer records in order to give new manager Louis van Gaal the players he wants, according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. The English giants have already spent over £50 million ($85 million, 63 million euros) on England left-back Luke Shaw and Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, and Woodward says...

Don't copy German style, warns Pep

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola warned Tuesday that those seeing Germany as a model for success after their World Cup triumph need greater dedication and patience with their own philosophies. Speaking ahead of the reigning Bundesliga champions' upcoming US tour, the 43-year-old Spaniard said teams who try to reboot their football program after World Cup failures risk falling further behind. "Any system is good. Any system is wrong," Guardiola said in a conference call. "I'm not convinced because England is out and...

LFP

Real unveil Rodriguez

Real unveil Rodriguez

Colombia's World Cup revelation James Rodriguez was unveiled as Real Madrid's latest headline signing in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. Rodriguez, the top scorer at the World Cup in Brazil, has moved to the European champions from Monaco on a six-season contract. Spanish media said Real paid...

XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014

MH17 victims to be paid tribute

The 2014 Common-wealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday will include a tribute to victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight disaster, organisers said. Prince Imran from Malaysia, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said all the victims, many of whom were from Malaysia and other Commonwealth countries, would be recognised. The flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, with 298 people on board -- mostly Dutch nationals -- came down in rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Thursday. Western governments say the evidence...

Loew to carry on

Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Wednesday that he never considered leaving his post after winning the World Cup title and insisted he would see out his contract which runs until Euro 2016. "I didn't think of stopping for one second," said Loew, 54, in an interview published on the German Football Federation (DFB) website. Loew took over as German head coach in 2006 after two years as assistant and extended his contract until 2016 before the World Cup in Brazil. "I...

Barca rope in Mathieu

Spanish giants Barcelona said Wednesday they have bought 30-year-old French defender Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for EUR20 million ($27 million). Barcelona have been seeking to bolster their defence since Carlos Puyol ended his career. Though he is not an established French international, Mathieu is recognised as a powerful operator at left back and in central defence. Barcelona called him a "physically imposing defender". The Catalan club had made several offers to Valencia for Mathieu who last week issued a public letter calling...

Messi to play in Rome charity match

A host of footballing icons from across the world, including Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane, Samuel Eto'o, Andrea Pirlo and Javier Zanetti, will take part in the 2014 Match for Peace on September 1. The event, the brainchild of Pope Francis, is intended to support some of the poorest sectors of modern society across Europe, South America and the rest of the globe. Proceeds from the match will be donated to the 'Un'Alternativa di Vita' (A Life Alternative) project - a beneficiary...

Copenhagen game shifted to Kiev

FC Dnipro announced on Wednesday the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against FC Copenhagen will be played in Kiev due to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Dnipro had been due to host the Danish club on July 30, but European football governing body UEFA ruled that match cannot take place at the Dnipro-Arena because of security concerns. "The match between Dnipro and Copenhagen will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev in July 30 at 1900," Dnipro...

Editorial

Editorial

Drug court's verdict welcome

IN a welcome judgment a Dhaka drug court on Tuesday awarded the highest punishment under the law to a pharmaceutical company owner and her two staff members for manufacturing an adulterated drug for children. Being the first case of such conviction, the court has thus set the stage for holding to account other spurious drug makers, the deadly impact of whose products is yet to be unraveled.   The convicted drug manufacturer, as the case statement goes, was responsible for...

Continued EU market access

GOING by what the outgoing head of the EU delegation William Hanna has stated, the duty free access Bangladesh gets to the EU market has proved to be a tremendous opportunity for exports. Indeed, EU remains the country's single largest export market, with exports going up by a significant 57 per cent over the last three and a half years. It speaks volumes for the quality of our products and the RMG sector as a whole. That said, for...

Op-ed

Editorial

Drug court's verdict welcome

IN a welcome judgment a Dhaka drug court on Tuesday awarded the highest punishment under the law to a pharmaceutical company owner and her two staff members for manufacturing an adulterated drug for children. Being the first case of such conviction, the court has thus set the stage for holding to account other spurious drug makers, the deadly impact of whose products is yet to be unraveled.   The convicted drug manufacturer, as the case statement goes, was responsible for...

Continued EU market access

GOING by what the outgoing head of the EU delegation William Hanna has stated, the duty free access Bangladesh gets to the EU market has proved to be a tremendous opportunity for exports. Indeed, EU remains the country's single largest export market, with exports going up by a significant 57 per cent over the last three and a half years. It speaks volumes for the quality of our products and the RMG sector as a whole. That said, for...

Growth and governance: Making the transition

ONE striking feature of the results of the last Secondary School Certificate examinations may have escaped our attention. Nearly 10% of more than a million successful candidates secured the highest grades, leaving no way of identifying the top 1% or even the top 5%. Evidently, a deliberate policy of grade inflation in public examinations is undermining the merit system. This phenomenon is perhaps symptomatic of a decline in meritocracy, with a concomitant rise of mediocrity, in all aspects of...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Relics of the past

IMAGINE renowned poet Rabindra Nath Tagore seeking admission to the Calcutta Club, a preserve of the British, and getting rejected. Faiz Ahmad Faiz, the legendary Urdu poet, receiving a similar treatment at Lahore's Punjab Club in Pakistan and Nazar-ul Islam at the Dhaka Club. In all these cases, the public outrage would have been difficult to assuage. The white rulers saw to it that the leading clubs in a country where they had ruled remained an exclusive place for them...

Marine resources in our maritime boundary

THE sea is a mystery to most people of Bangladesh. The waves, fish and ships are the ornaments of the sea. People love being at the sea beach and enjoy bathing in the sea and hearing the sound of the mighty waves. Bangladesh has won legal battles over the Bay of Bengal but how far do we comprehend the victory? How much do the common people know about it to cheer the achievements?   On July 7, the International Arbitration...

Transboundary water sharing

Rights and economics

SURFACE covers only 0.02% of the global water resources, comprising water in rivers, lakes, ponds, canals, etc. There are 263 transboundary lakes and rivers in the world. They carry more than 60% of river water and their basins cover 44% of the world's basins. The riparians have water-use rights. Significant increases in water demand have created conflicts in almost half of the shared basins all over the world. The co-basin water conflict between Bangladesh and India has also become...

Anomalies in district hospitals

WITH a very low income and high population, Bangladesh has outpaced many of its peers in social development indicators of similar per capita GDP. Improvements in some health indicators are remarkable, especially in reducing child mortality rate. Bangladesh has made dramatic advances and received the United Nations MDG award for being on track for reducing infant and child mortality. However, this overall progress in the health sector has not been equally realised throughout the country, rather regional variations are high...

Letters To The Editor

US's role in Palestine crisis

The greatest hoax of the millennium is Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barak Obama's role in and his recent comments on Gaza issue. The whole world knows Anglo-US axis is the creator of the Israeli state. His offer of mediation is also a great mockery. In the previous millennium, US mediation has made the Palestinians captive in their homes as they lost their leaders; and US roadmap led them to a bleak future. Let us condemn all those barbarians and their...

Letters To The Editor

Potholed roads and highways

  The roads and highways of our country are full of potholes and patches which can be rightly compared with a ragged quilt. Why did the authorities let the roads reach such a pitiful condition? The homebound passengers will certainly face ordeal as they will travel to their destinations. Moreover, they are being charged extra money for tickets. We hope the authorities will do something promptly to mitigate the woes of the passengers. Zabed Wali Chittagong

Letters To The Editor

Anti-chemical drive must continue

We appreciate the recent drive of DMP against chemical-tainted fruits. People are now more aware about what harm chemicals in fruits can cause to our health. The drive should continue. DMP should also run anti-chemical drives in the kitchen markets. Shafkat Rahman BIAM Laboratory School Dhaka

Comments on news report

“Sundarbans tolls taken by robbers,” published on July 20, 2014 Reza Noor Muin Deploy army against these forest criminals.   ***** “Trip to serve 3 purposes” (July 20, 2014) SM How could both Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia go for Umrah/Hajj every year and who knows how their tickets and other costs are paid? Well, they have to have honest earnings but when they lead a corrupt regime, their earnings can't be legit. Deep Purple Blue Tarique is making strategic decisions for BNP! Allah save BNP! ***** “Can prisoners of...

Clothes to die for

The celluloid rendering of South Asia's worst disaster since Bhopal is arguably more hideous than what was portrayed to the world in April 2013. The cakewalk electoral victory of Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League doesn't lessen the enormity of the tragedy -- the 1,200 deaths in the collapse of the high-rise Rana Plaza, the centre of an intensely exploitative garment industry for Western clientele. The details, as exposed 15 months later, are no less graphic and gut-churning than...

Entertainment

NOSTALGIA

The passion of Uttam Kumar

The passion of Uttam Kumar

Uttam Kumar continues to exude the aura that defined him when he was alive. Thirty four years after his passing, there are the memories that speak of the man. He was part of our fathers' generation before becoming part of ours. It was his movies that our parents went to, especially if he...

Lalu Bhai in remembrance…

Lalu Bhai in remembrance…

Cultural activists here reminisced on AFM Abdul Ali Lalu, once a popular comedian of Bangla films, radio and television at a discussion at the Muslim Institute auditorium in Mymensingh town on Monday afternoon. Lalu Sangskritik Smriti Parishad organised the discussion, marking the 6th death anniversary of Abdul Ali Lalu, better known to a generation...

The artistic world of Mahera Khaleque

The artistic world of Mahera Khaleque

Mahera Khaleque, a US-based Bangladeshi artist was a research artist in residency with Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her residency period spanned from June 24 to July 20. The residency ended with an open studio visit from July 19- 20, where she exhibited an installation at the Britto Space. The title of the show was “Laundering of History”. On her installation, Khaleque stated that history occurs in its own way, following its own timeline; not necessarily do we know history as the way it occurs. Deliberate efforts in erasing and re-writing history are not uncommon. Light and mundane words, images and sounds become precious, even heavy, when they are locked...

FILM REVIEW

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania

Rom-com “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania” makes no bones about its parallels with all time classic “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”. Like “Dilwale..”, “Humpty Sharma..” boasts of an attractive young cast, the girl is engaged to marry a man who she has never met, she is immediately struck by a charmer she encounters, the two...

Shihoron on Desh TV

Shihoron on Desh TV

Single episode TV play “Shihoron” will go on air on Desh TV at 7:45 pm on the fourth day of Eid. Written by Sadat Russel, the drama has been directed by Shoaibur Rahman Russel. Plot: RJ Arnob hosts popular radio programme Shihoron, where the audience participates and tells their personal stories. One day a...

NEWS bytes

Casablanca piano goes up for auction

Casablanca piano goes up for auction

The piano from Rick's Cafe in the classic romance film Casablanca will be auctioned at Bonhams this autumn. It is one of the most famous pianos in film, the one played by Sam in Rick's Cafe, triggering dewy-eyed reminiscence in Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The piano is expected to sell for a seven-figure...

Entertainment show Hashtey Nei Mana on BTV

Entertainment-based variety show “Hashtey Nei Mana” will be aired on BTV during this Eid. Compiled and hosted by Iqbal Khandakar, the show will be divided into three segments -- adda, outdoor play and performance of skits. Al Mansur, Tushar Khan, Kachi Khandakar and Shirin Bokul will take part in adda while stand-up comedian Naveed Mahbub, Mirakkel star Abu Hena Rony, actress Sashi and others will perform skits and  participate in an outdoor play.   The programme has been emceed following...

City

Transporting Eid Vacationers

Special services start today

Special services start today

Dhaka city dwellers will start leaving the capital today, the last working day of this week, to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their near and dear ones outside the capital. A huge number of holidaymakers have already booked tickets of trains, buses and launches for today with the special services scheduled to start today alongside the...

New BNP Dhaka City Committee

Courageous leaders for wards, thanas

Courageous activists who are ready to make sacrifices in the post-Eid anti-government movement will be inducted into BNP's ward and thana level committees in the capital, newly formed Dhaka city unit convening body decided in principle at its maiden meeting yesterday. The committee members said brushing aside nepotism and factionalism, dedicated and tested persons who would not show their back during the movement would be picked up. The meeting chaired by Dhaka city unit chief Mirza Abbas was held at Bhashani...

Bonus, Arrears Before Eid

RMG workers of 3 more Savar units want payment

Hundreds of workers of three garment factories in Savar demonstrated yesterday demanding arrears and Eid-ul-Fitr bonus. Workers of SMN Sweater (Pvt) Ltd demonstrated on the factory premises around 9:00am. The demonstrators then gathered at the Rana Plaza site and formed a human chain there to press home their demands. The workers claimed that they have not been paid salaries of May, June and July. They said the factory manager told them that they would be paid on July 10, but he has...

7-Murder at Lalbagh

HC set to pass verdict today

The High Court is set to give a verdict today on the appeals filed by the convicts in the Lalbagh seven-murder case challenging a lower court judgement. According to the case statement, some criminals allegedly led by a former Dhaka City Corporation ward commissioner Abdul Aziz opened fire on the victory procession of his rival Humayun Kabir at Lalbagh in Old Dhaka at about 10:30am on January 31, 1994. Humayun won the DCC election as the commissioner of ward no...

Khalaf Murder

SC to hear govt pleas challenging HC verdict

The Supreme Court yesterday permitted the government to move appeals before it against a High Court verdict in the Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali murder case. Khalaf was shot dead near his Gulshan residence in the capital's diplomatic enclave on March 6, 2012. On December 30 the same year, a Dhaka court gave the death sentence to five persons Saiful Islam Mamun, Al Amin, Rafiqul Islam Khokon, Akbar Ali Lalu, and Selim Chowdhury. Following appeals filed by the convicts, the...

Mohiuddin of UPL made emeritus publisher

For contributions in enhancing the quality of publication, Bangladesh Gyan and Srijonshil Prokash Samity yesterday awarded eminent publisher Mohiuddin Ahmed the title of emeritus publisher. To introduce intensive editing in publication and increase export of books, he played a leading role throughout his life, speakers told a programme. Under his leadership, the University Press Ltd has achieved the Jatiya Grantho Kendra award for 16 times since 1981 and he won a gold medal in 1991. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor offered him...

Israel's Military Offensive in Gaza

World leaders urged to usher in ceasefire

World leaders urged to usher in ceasefire

With the protests against Israel's military offensive in Gaza gathering pace across the world, different organisations in Bangladesh yesterday condemned the attacks and called upon the world leaders to play an active role to usher in a ceasefire there. Some organisations urged the United Nations again to play its due role, while some others...

JSC exams start Nov 2

Junior School Certificate (JSC) examinations for class VIII students will begin on November 2 this year. Dhaka Education Board published routines of the examinations, introduced in 2010 replacing the junior scholarship exams or class final exams. The examinations will end on November 18. The schedule is available on the board's website at www.dhakaeducationboard.gov.bd. All exams will be held from 10:00am to 1:00pm with a gap of one day except for holidays, according to the schedule. Last year, the test was supposed to...

Rana Plaza Collapse

HC bench splits over bail for factory owner

A two-judge High Court bench yesterday delivered a split verdict on a bail petition filed by Bazlus Samad Adnan, owner of a garment factory housed in the Rana Plaza that collapsed in April last year, killing at least 1,135 people and injuring scores. Adnan, the owner of New Wave Style, had submitted the petition to the HC seeking bail in a case filed by police for negligence in protecting the lives of the victims.      Yesterday, Justice Syed Md Ziaul Karim,...

TB death rate falls by 6.7pc in 13 years in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has made a remarkable success in reducing deaths from tuberculosis and malaria, says a study of the University of Washington. It says between 2000 and 2013, deaths from TB in the county have fallen by 6.7 percent compared to 3.7 percent globally, while deaths from malaria have fallen by 11.1 percent that is 3.1 percent globally. An international consortium of researchers led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation of the university conducted it for Global Burden of Disease...

Rise in Violence against Women

68 rights bodies worried

Sixty-eight women, human rights and development organisations yesterday expressed their concerns about the gradual increase of incidents of violence against women across the country. Under the platform of “Samajik Protirodh Committee”, the organisations said the perpetrators go unpunished which leads them to repeat offences, said a press statement signed by Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) President Ayesha Khanam.     The organisations, citing statistics of BMP, said in the first six months of the year, there had been 304 rapes, 82 gang rapes,...

SC adjourns Kamaruzzaman's death penalty appeal hearing till Sep 2

The Supreme Court yesterday adjourned the hearing till September 2 on the appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami Assistant Secretary General Muhammad Kamaruzzaman challenging the death penalty given to him for committing war crimes. The adjournment order came after Kamaruzzaman's counsel Nazrul Islam prayed for it as the court will go for a 37-day annual vacation from tomorrow. The court has so far heard the appeal for 11 days since June 5. On May 9, International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Kamaruzzaman, one of the...

SC adjourns Kamaruzzaman's death penalty appeal hearing till Sep 2

The Supreme Court yesterday adjourned the hearing till September 2 on the appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami Assistant Secretary General Muhammad Kamaruzzaman challenging the death penalty given to him for committing war crimes. The adjournment order came after Kamaruzzaman's counsel Nazrul Islam prayed for it as the court will go for a 37-day annual vacation from tomorrow. The court has so far heard the appeal for 11 days since June 5. On May 9, International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Kamaruzzaman, one of the...

DoE fines 3 factories for polluting environment

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a dyeing factory and two washing factories in Narsingdi a total of Tk 1.21 crore for polluting the environment. The department fined dyeing factory Masko Exports Ltd in Shilmandi Tk 1.19 crore, said a DoE press release. DoE sources said the factory was discharging liquid waste into a river. Meanwhile, two washing factories -- Lokanath Washing and Printing Mills and Ruku Washing and Skin Works Factory -- were fined Tk 1 lakh each for running...

Tk 11.5cr Dev Work in Savar

Jubo League man's thuggery keeps rival bidders at bay

A Jubo League leader armed with his licenced gun and flanked by two hundred of his followers submitted a bid on behalf of a firm for a Tk 11.5 crore road and drainage development work in Savar municipality area yesterday, blocking the entry of the officials of other bidders. A total of nine schedules were sold for the work, and all nine firms were supposed to submit their bids yesterday, said the municipality officials. Witnesses said Savar upazila Jubo League's ex-joint...

Attack on AL Leader

Stamford University chairman denied bail

A Dhaka Court yesterday sent MA Hannan Feroz, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stamford University, to jail after denying him bail in a case filed for attacking AKM Enamul Hoque Shameem, an Awami League central leader and a member of the trustees. Police placed Hannan before the court after the end of a seven-day remand in two phases. On June 19, three criminals shot Shameem in the capital while going to the university. Hannan was arrested on July.

Youths attack food shops at Ctg mall

A group of youths yesterday vandalised three fast food stalls at a shopping mall in Chittagong city's Nasirabad area on Tuesday night, creating panic among Eid shoppers and suspending sales for about an hour. Shop owners said the attackers were activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League from nearby Omar Gani MES College, but BCL Joint General Secretary of the college unit Yousuf Khan Hasan said they were initially unaware of their identities. The clash followed an altercation between five of the...

Biman plagued by staff unrest again

Biman staff at its Balaka headquarters were compelled to stay out of work for three hours, as a group of employees belonging to CBA laid siege to the office in the capital, and did not allow them to enter it. Around 150 employees started the siege at 9:00am to realise their 14-point demand that includes a new organogram, and regularisation of staff working on a temporary basis for five years. The siege ended at 12 noon. Their other demands include recruitment...

Mariners' Road in Ctg opens for traffic

The 1.3-kilometre Mariner's Road, linking south Chittagong, Bandarban and Cox's Bazar with the port city, was opened for traffic yesterday. At a ceremony M Manjur Alam, Chittagong City Corporation mayor, inaugurated the road, constructed spending Tk 12 crore under the Annual Development Programme of CCC. Starting from New Karnaphuli Bridge near Chaktai area, the road ends at Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Fouzderhat area.

Road crashes kill six

Countrywide road accidents killed six people and injured 28 others yesterday and Tuesday. Our Pabna correspondent reports, Jatiya Party Lawmaker Advocate Altaf Ali's housemaid was killed while Altaf and four of his family members were injured when a bus hit their microbus at Koddar intersection near Bangabandhu bridge on Dhaka-Sirajganj highway in Sirajganj yesterday. The injured were admitted to Sirajganj Sadar Hospital, said police. Our staff correspondent from Chittagong reports, Saifuddin, 18, was killed and 11 others were injured in a head-on...

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BR water body being filled up ignoring legal notice

BR water body being filled up ignoring legal notice

Unauthorised filling of a 0.81-acre water body of Bangladesh Railway (BR) at Neamatpur in Saidpur upazila under the district is going on, despite a legal notice served by the lawyer of BR to a local lawmaker who inaugurated the work on June 14. MP Shawkat Chowdhury, also opposition whip in parliament, on Monday laid...

Teesta turns furious, devours homesteads, croplands in Rangpur

Teesta turns furious, devours homesteads, croplands in Rangpur

Erosion by the River Teesta took a serious turn in Kaunia upazila in the last five days, devouring at least 100 homesteads and a vast tract of cropland at Dhusmara Char village in Balapara union. Besides, a part of two-storied Dhusmara Government Primary School, the only educational institution at the village, went into the...

Road gets badly damaged within week of repair

Road gets badly damaged within week of repair

One kilometer of Dhaka-Khulna highway stretching from Kharikhali bus stand to Bishoykhali Bazar under Sadar upazila has been damaged allegedly within a week of completion of its renovation work. The Roads and Highways Department (R&H) recently repaired the road at a cost of Tk 14 lakh last month, said sources. A week after completion of the renovation work, it became unfit for traffic and motor vehicles due to huge potholes and cracks, causing immense sufferings to the commuters, especially local school and college going students. On June 2, R&H had floated tender to renovate the road using stone chips and bitumen coatings and contractor Matiar Rahman alias Runi got the tender with...

Punished for telling the tale of boss's bribery to press

A class four employee of the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) in Nazirpur office in Pirojpur got immediate transfer to Galachipa upazila in Patuakhali as he allegedly gave information of corruption by his boss to the journalists. Sources said Md Abdul Khaleq Hawlader, sub-assistant engineer of DPHE of Nazirpur upazila, took a large amount of bribe from the locals for giving them deep tube-wells but all the people concerned were not given the tube-wells. The official engaged Md Sohrab Hossain,...

2 UPDF activists held with arms, ammo

Army personnel arrested two activists of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) in Dullatali area under Laxmichhari upazila yesterday. They also recovered three country made guns, eight bullets, one set military dress and a knife from their possession. The arrestees are Khilu Aung Marma, 40, son of Chailapru Marma of Masterpara area and Rupan Chakma, 22, son of Laiggya Chakma of Puillyakarbarai Para in the upazila. Contacted, Press and Information Secretary of UPDF Niran Chakma claimed the arrestees as innocent villagers and demanded...

A beastly bite

A beastly bite

With cheek badly torn due to biting of a neighbouring youth over family rivalry, a girl is groaning in pain at Domar upazila health complex. Earlier several unpleasant incidents occurred between the families of Manik Das and neighbour Sultan Ali of Chhoto Rauta village in Domar upazila under Nilphamari district as both of them...

Extortion Case against 2 Linesmen

REB employees on strike disrupting power supply

Class three and class four employees of Dinajpur Palli Bidyut Samity-1 began an indefinite strike yesterday, protesting filing of an extortion case against two linesmen by a villager in Biral upazila. Smooth power supply in some areas of Biral upazila is being hampered due to the strike. The employees gathered at the entrance to Palli Bidyut Samity-1 office at Uttar Ghosaipur village in Dinajpur Sadar upazila in the morning and staged a demonstration, demanding release of the two linesmen, who were...

Bodies of 3 youths found near rail line

Police recovered the bodies of three young men, cut into pieces, besides the railway tracks near Noapara Rail Station in Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj yesterday morning. Of the deceased, two were identified as Shipon Mia, 25, son of Rais Mia, and Bhutto alias Butla, 28, son of Nannu Mia of Tengaduba village of the upazila, which is about half a kilometre away from the spot. The identity of another victim, aged around 30, could not be ascertained till filing of this...

Snippets

Two children drown Our Correspondent, Thakurgaon Two children drowned in Banliadangi and Pirganj upazilas of the district yesterday. Police said Kankaboti Rani, 9, daughter of Nishikanta Paul of Beurjhari village in Banliadangi upazila went to the Nagor River, adjacent to their house, for bathing and later her body was found floating in the river around 2:00pm. Meanwhile, the body of Quamrul Islam, 8, son of Md Sabuj of Birholi village, and a Class-I student at Birholi Government Primary School in Pirganj...

World

Ukraine in civil war: ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) yesterday said that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt. The formal classification means participants in the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east could eventually be prosecuted for war crimes in international courts. "Fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to take its toll on civilians, and we urge all sides to comply...

Revival of Peace Talks

India, Pak FMs to meet in August

Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet in Islamabad on August 25 in a bid to revive peace talks between the two nuclear-weapon countries which have remained stalled for nearly two years. The decision to resume the talks at the level of Foreign Secretaries was taken by Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and her Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry through a telephonic conversation. An understanding that the foreign secretaries of the two countries will be in touch to see how...

Uproar as Shiv Sena MP 'force-feeds' fasting worker in india

Uproar as Shiv Sena MP 'force-feeds' fasting worker in india

India's parliament erupted in anger yesterday after television footage showed a hardline Hindu nationalist lawmaker apparently trying to force-feed a Muslim man during the fasting month of Ramadan. Opposition Congress MPs launched raucous protests in the parliament, saying the lawmaker had violated the man's religious beliefs by aggressively trying to shove a chapati or...

'Devil encouraged Jazeera journos'

'Devil encouraged Jazeera journos'

The judge who sent three al-Jazeera English journalists to jail in Egypt has accused them of being in league with the devil in a 57-page explanation of his verdict. Judge Mohamed Nagy Shehata sentenced Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed last month to between seven and 10 years in jail on charges of...

Sisi defends Egypt peace efforts for Gaza

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi yesterday defended Egypt's role in trying to broker a Gaza truce between Israel and Hamas, which accuses him of proposing a ceasefire favourable to Israel. Unlike his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi whom he toppled and detained last year, ex-army chief Sisi has sought to isolate the militant Palestinian movement in the neighbouring Gaza Strip. The Cairo government worked to contain the crisis even before it escalated into a full-blown conflict on July 8 that has killed more...

Xi ends LatAm tour in Cuba

Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday ended his Latin American tour with a symbolic visit to the barracks from which Fidel Castro launched the first armed assault of his communist revolution in 1953. As part of his regional charm offensive, Xi extended a hand to his Cuban communist ally with the signing of 29 bilateral agreements ranging from a credit line to modernise the port of Santiago de Cuba to the development of golf courses on the Caribbean island. He also...

News in Brief

India's Encephalitis toll passes 150 Afp, New Delhi Recent outbreaks of encephalitis in India have killed more than 150 people, with health officials on alert fearing the death toll could rise further, state government directors said. Many of the deaths have occurred since the onset of the monsoon season in June when mosquitoes breed in large numbers. Iraqi lawmakers stall presidential vote Afp, Baghdad Iraqi lawmakers yesterday postponed choosing a new president for their ailing country while air strikes, suicide car bombs and summary executions...

Blasts kill 82 in northern Nigeria

Two bomb blasts in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna killed at least 82 people yesterday, officials said, in attacks that bore the hallmarks of violent Islamist group Boko Haram. A suicide bomber targeting a moderate Muslim cleric killed at least 32 of the cleric's congregation on a busy commercial road. Shortly after, a second bomb blast killed 50 people in the crowded Kawo market, a local Red Cross worker on the scene, who declined to be named, told Reuters. Thousands...

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PARKS & RECREATION

PARKS & RECREATION

If you're in Dhaka for Eid and are stuck for places to go, it really shouldn't be because Dhaka can be a beautiful place when it's not filled to the brim. This city has its own brand of magic -- one that'll never fail to entertain you. From watching angry bus drivers in heated...

  

Beginners' Guide to (not) paying
Salami

Beginners' Guide to (not) paying<br>Salami

I love money! No matter how much of a crude capitalist that makes me sound, asking for money is sweet rather than selfish on Eid day. The mood and the merriment are always on their height on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr and what adds to the excitement is children lining up in front...

ECHOES

Success:
More to the Picture than Meets the Eye

Success: <br> More to the Picture than Meets the Eye

Rock stars are all around us. They don't shine in music only. They exist everywhere you look. Their light makes the world glow from the spotlight where they stand. It's from this spotlight we see them. The newspaper, the television and the social media beam lights from this very spotlight. After seeing these rock stars, isn't it easy to feel motivated? You can become one too? When we see a phenomenon, there's almost always more to the picture than meets the eye. When we fail to see the story behind the story, we tend to overestimate the story we actually see. JK Rowling and Paulo Coelho are two of the...

100 SMILES 2014

100 SMILES 2014

Saturdays are usually not very eventful in the typical Dhakaite's life. The traffic is relatively lazy, schools are out and it's the underdog day of the weekend. On July 19, however, the One Degree Initiative Foundation (1dI) went all out and hosted the fifth year of 100 Smiles. The One Degree Initiative Foundation...

GAME REVIEW

OUTLAST

OUTLAST

Platforms: Windows, PS4, X1 Outlast is a survival horror game from Red Barrels, a new independent company with founders who've worked on games like Assassin's Creed, Prince of Persia, Uncharted and Splinter Cell. In Outlast, you play as an investigative reporter who is following a tip concerning not-so-legal, not-so-ethical activities in his friendly neighbourhood mental asylum. After a drive through a dark forest, you finally arrive there. There is no one at the gate. The front doors are locked with police vans outside, but you don't hear a soul. You find other means to let yourself into the building and the investigation begins. And wouldn't you know it—the homicidal patients have all...

APP REVIEWS

ANDROID:
Preventing Invasion of Privacy on Smartphones

ANDROID: <br>Preventing Invasion of Privacy on Smartphones

The password or pattern lock on your smart phone can only do so much to protect your privacy. But when you let someone use your phone, there's always that risk of them reading your messages, viewing your pictures or files that you'd not want them to, and of course that inevitable fraping that leaves everyone questioning your sexuality. There are some apps in Google Play Store which can help you out in these cases. APPLOCK It's a free app that lets you lock other apps on your smarty. You can use the password or pattern lock, and there's a random keyboard option and pattern invisibility option to prevent peepers from gaining access....

FABLE FACTORY

THE CHAMPION

THE CHAMPION

Mere flesh and blood after all. I feel like screaming! I want to scream so loud, that your dead ears would burst. Renna still held the sword over the lifeless body of her challenger. As she took out her blade and cleaned it with the dead boy's clothes, she couldn't help but think again...

BRAKES

I struggled to keep my eyes open, my right hand gripped the wheel while I began to rub my eyes with the left. I glanced at the small digital watch on the dashboard -- 2 am. I swore out loud. I had an hour for the delivery to be made on time. A minute late and the retailer would make a fuss about paying me. 200 kilograms of onions, pulses and potatoes were wrapped tightly with sacks and ropes...

SINGLE REVIEW

Space/Ghost’s New Single

Space/Ghost’s New Single

After having been featured on Dhaka Electronica Scene's (DES) “Explorations” and Akaliko Records' “Melankoli”, Dhaka-based solo electronic project, Space/Ghost is back with his new single “Kimosabe”. The track stands alone with its unique pulsating vibe amidst the horde of bass-heavy, experimental and fusion tracks that DES' reserve holds. Excuse me if I sound like...

Gaza's Fight to Exist

Gaza's Fight to Exist

In the rubbles of Gaza, there now lie more than 300 Palestinians. Victims to both the cruel coincidence of their geographic birth land and a conflict spanning almost a century. It is a strange place where making it through an entire day is considered a privilege, let alone accessing food and shelter. And...

Books to Read Depending on Your Mood

Books to Read Depending on Your Mood

Mood: Gloomy/ Exhausted Reading is respite. For even the most amateur of readers, provided you give it a chance, reading acts as a means to escape from the harsh reality around you and visit another world of your tastes and fantasies. For more avid readers, it is life. You can choose your next read as per your mood and then let the book do wonders to your mood. As depressing as the theme of this article may seem, the point I'm trying to make is quite the opposite. For times when you're feeling gray, be it from a personal crisis or from being overworked, what we need is a pick-me-up. We...

The Essential Humayun Ahmed

The Essential Humayun Ahmed

You were surprised when the whole country seemed to come to a standstill at his untimely passing because you were too young to understand. Or you never really got into the craze. But take some time to explore his work. You might just end up loving the man. Here's a ranking of five...

SHEMAI ALTERNATIVES

SHEMAI ALTERNATIVES

The recent news on unhygienic food production during the month of Ramadan has caused quite a stir among food lovers across the country. Known to the rest of the world as vermicelli, our 'shemai' has been the latest victim of such adulteration. Kids and adults alike have reportedly shown their disapproval towards the...

BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 presents Campus Soundbox at IUB Presented by Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 and powered by U-Cash, 'Campus Soundbox' has begun at Independent University, Bangladesh. Campus Soundbox is an initiative of Creinse Limited, the official Programme Syndication Partner of MTV/Viacom in Bangladesh. The key objective of the event is to discover fresh music...

Dhaka: Nice and Empty

Dhaka: Nice and Empty

Dhaka is actually reasonably-endowed with nice places and charming views, but usually this view will be blocked by someone's armpit. For one magical almost-week the masses will vacate the city and you can go about and actually look at stuff. Our cover story lists a fair few places you can go during the...

INTERNET TREASURE

Akinator, the Web Genius

Akinator, the Web Genius

Akinator is a genie who asks you to think of a character, fictional or non-fictional, and tries to guess who you're thinking of via a series of questions. It's no great trick to program such a thing and Akinator clearly has a fairly large database covering even the most obscure of characters, but...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

US's role in Palestine crisis

The greatest hoax of the millennium is Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barak Obama's role in and his recent comments on Gaza issue. The whole world knows Anglo-US axis is the creator of the Israeli state. His offer of mediation is also a great mockery. In the previous millennium, US mediation has made the Palestinians captive in their homes as they lost their leaders; and US roadmap led them to a bleak future. Let us condemn all those barbarians and their...

Letters To The Editor

Potholed roads and highways

  The roads and highways of our country are full of potholes and patches which can be rightly compared with a ragged quilt. Why did the authorities let the roads reach such a pitiful condition? The homebound passengers will certainly face ordeal as they will travel to their destinations. Moreover, they are being charged extra money for tickets. We hope the authorities will do something promptly to mitigate the woes of the passengers. Zabed Wali Chittagong

Letters To The Editor

Anti-chemical drive must continue

We appreciate the recent drive of DMP against chemical-tainted fruits. People are now more aware about what harm chemicals in fruits can cause to our health. The drive should continue. DMP should also run anti-chemical drives in the kitchen markets. Shafkat Rahman BIAM Laboratory School Dhaka

Comments on news report

“Sundarbans tolls taken by robbers,” published on July 20, 2014 Reza Noor Muin Deploy army against these forest criminals.   ***** “Trip to serve 3 purposes” (July 20, 2014) SM How could both Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia go for Umrah/Hajj every year and who knows how their tickets and other costs are paid? Well, they have to have honest earnings but when they lead a corrupt regime, their earnings can't be legit. Deep Purple Blue Tarique is making strategic decisions for BNP! Allah save BNP! ***** “Can prisoners of...