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Southwest may turn wasteland

Southwest may turn wasteland

India's decision to build 16 barrages, one in every 100 kilometres of the Ganges, would ultimately kill the river and spell disaster for ecology in Bangladesh, say green campaigners. The Indian government plans to construct the barrages under the Ganges waterway Project to ensure three-metre navigability for plying of vessels in 1,620 kilometres of...

33 killed as 2 buses collide

33 killed as 2 buses collide

In one of the country's deadliest-ever road crashes, at least 33 people were killed and scores injured in Natore yesterday. The accident occurred around 3:30pm at Rijur Intersection on Bonpara-Hatikumrul highway when a Rajshahi-bound Keya Paribahan bus from Dhaka overtook a truck and rammed a Gurudaspur-bound local bus of Othoi Paribahan coming from the...

HC Directive for Blanket Ebola Screening

Airport operations likely to collapse

Airport operations likely to collapse

The High Court yesterday ordered the government to immediately take steps to screen all incoming passengers for Ebola infection at all international ports and border areas with the help of armed forces. The court also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why it should not be directed to provide humanitarian...

Fake Freedom Fighters

8 more officials under probe

The Anti-Corruption Commission is going to probe the allegedly forged freedom fighter certificates of eight top bureaucrats. The ACC decision follows allegations that the officials managed the certificates during the 2009-2013 tenure of the then Awami League-led grand alliance government in a bid to extend their service tenure, said sources. The certificates of five secretaries, one additional secretary and two joint secretaries will be under scrutiny. The graft watchdog has already started collecting information about the officials. Earlier, the ACC probed such...

Mugger or enemy?

Mugger or enemy?

A man was shot in the legs in the capital yesterday by a police sub-inspector who has an “extramarital affair” with his wife, claimed the victim's family. Police, however, claimed the injured is a “mugger” and they detained him during a raid and recovered an illegal firearm and three bullets from his possession. Bullet-hit Shah...

Backpage

BNP high-ups fail to solve JCD crisis

The BNP high-ups yesterday failed to find any solution to the infighting in Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal over formation of its new central committee. However, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night assigned the party's Dhaka Convening committee chief Mirza Abbas and Jubo Dal President Moazzem Hossain Alal to look into the problem. Earlier, BNP's acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Abbas were given the task. Party insiders told The Daily Star that Khaleda made the decision after talking with the party...

Nigeria Ebola-free

Nigeria Ebola-free

Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus yesterday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain. Caught unawares when a diplomat arrived with the disease from Liberia, authorities were alerted by Doctor Ameyo Adadevoh, who kept him in her hospital despite protests from him and his government, and later herself died from the disease. They then set about trying to contain it in an overcrowded city of 21 million where it could easily have turned a doomsday scenario if about 300 people who had been in direct or indirect...

Per capita income rises to $1,190

The government spent Tk 26,654 crore in fiscal 2013-14 in social safety net programmes for helping people cut poverty, have food and face natural disasters. The welfare expenditure is more than 5 percent higher than the previous fiscal year's Tk 25,371 crore, according to the latest official statistics. Bangladesh is currently putting nearly 2 percent of its gross domestic product into social protection programmes, with 20 ministries implementing 80 to 95 projects. The Cabinet Division in an annual report also said per...

Trafficked To Thailand In January

36 return home

Thirty-six Bangladeshis returned home yesterday after they were confined and tortured in a Sothern Thailand jungle near which another 118 Bangladeshi trafficking victims were rescued last week. A flight of Bangladesh Biman carrying the victims landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 4:30pm, said Mujibur Rahman, senior ASP of Criminal Investigation Department (airport). Thai police rescued the 36 Bangladeshis at the end of January from the jungle after they were trafficked into the country early that month, he added, quoting the...

Masked men kill trader brutally

Masked assailants killed a man by hitting on his head with a heavy object at his house in the capital's Mirpur on Sunday night. The dead is Gias Uddin, 35, a garment accessory trader who lived on the fourth floor of his six-storey building at block-C in Mirpur-10. The body was sent to Dhaka Medical College morgue for an autopsy. Morgue sources said there were scratches on the body and his head was crushed. Although Gias's wife Lovely Yeasmin Lina claimed two...

Latif faces another arrest order

Another arrest warrant for Abdul Latif Siddique has been issued by a Dhaka court in a case filed for hurting Muslims' religious sentiments. Metropolitan Magistrate Meher Nigar Suchona yesterday passed the order as Latif, who has been sacked from the Posts and Telecommunications and ICT ministry recently, failed to appear before it as per its order issued on October 2. The warrant was issued four days after another metropolitan magistrate had ordered Latif's arrest in a case lodged over the same...

3 War Crimes Accused

Decision on charge framing on Nov 5

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 has fixed November 5 to decide about framing charges against three war crimes accused from Bagerhat for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971. The tribunal led by Justice M Enayetur Rahim fixed the date after hearing arguments from both the prosecution and the defence yesterday. The accused, Sheikh Sirajul Haque alias Siraj Master, 72, Khan Akram Hossain, 61, and Abdul Latif Talukdar, 68, who face eight charges, were produced...

Bribery, Fraud

Bangladeshi pleads guilty in US court

A man of Bangladeshi origin and a US citizen have pleaded guilty in New York to bribery and fraud charges in a case in which a former FBI agent is also charged. Rizve Ahmed, aka “Caesar,” 35, and Johannes Thaler, 51, both living in Connecticut, admitted to participating in a bribery scheme with Robert Lustyik, a former FBI Special Agent who worked on the counterintelligence squad. They pleaded guilty in a federal court on Friday. Thaler was Lustyik's friend, and Rizvi,...

'Spare parts' for human

'Spare parts' for human

A segment of human intestine has been grown in laboratory mice for the first time as part of research that could one day produce transplant “spare parts” for repairing diseased tissues and organs using a patient's own skin cells. The miniature intestine grew from a single stem cell to the size of a fingertip...

Nizam Hazari's Bail

HC summons lawyers, bail guarantors

The High Court has summoned the lawyers and bail guarantors of ruling Awami League lawmaker Nizam Uddin Hazari to appear before it on November 5 to explain whether the process of his getting bail in an arms case was legal. During hearing of a writ petition yesterday, the court also ordered the Supreme Court registrar to produce before it the documents on which Nizam, legislator of Feni-2 constituency, got bail from the HC in 2006. MA Bashar, who appeared for Nizam...

Dutch PM to visit Malaysia, Australia over MH17 air disaster

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will travel to Malaysia and Australia next month to discuss a probe into the downing of Malaysian flight MH17 in rebel-held east Ukraine, the government said yesterday. During the November 5 to 7 trip, Rutte will visit his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak before meeting Australia's Tony Abbott, the Dutch government information services (RVD) said. Rutte will discuss "cooperation in the investigation into the MH17 disaster" with the two leaders and voice his appreciation for support provided...

North Korea warns of 'unpredictable' retaliation

North Korea warned yesterday of an "unpredictable" retaliatory strike against South Korea following a series of minor border skirmishes that have raised military tensions ahead of planned high-level talks. Troops from the two sides exchanged small arms fire on Sunday after South Korean troops fired warning shots at a North Korean patrol moving towards the military demarcation line that marks the border on the peninsula. The North's military warned in a message sent yesterday through a border hotline that it would...

Yemen Clashes

Qaeda kills 20 Shia rebels

Al-Qaeda militants have killed at least 20 Shia rebels in fresh clashes for control of parts of central Yemen, tribal sources said yesterday. The rebels, known as Huthis, have been facing fierce resistance from Al-Qaeda fighters and Sunni tribesmen as they seek to expand their territory after seizing the capital Sanaa and the Red Sea port city of Hudeida. Heaving fighting erupted overnight Sunday to yesterday in the central town of Rada, a mixed Sunni-Shia area that has been the scene...

Attack at Baghdad Shia mosque kills 11

A suicide bomber detonated explosives yesterday outside a Shia mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 11 people in the second such attack in the capital in 24 hours, officials said. "It was a suicide attack that targeted people who were just leaving Husseiniyat al-Khayrat" after midday prayers in the Sinak area, a police colonel said. At least 26 more people were wounded, according to the officer and a medical official. The attack comes less than a day after a suicide bomber...

US ties above transgender murder

Philippine President Benigno Aquino yesterday said the murder of a Filipino transgender person allegedly by a US Marine should not sour ties with the United States. Aquino said there were no grounds to void a bilateral agreement that allows the US military to conduct regular training exercises involving thousands of troops on Philippine territory. "Name me any place that doesn't have any crime. And the sin of one person should be reflective of the entire country? I don't think so," he...

Business

Foreign loans not as risky as thought: BB

Foreign loans not as risky as thought: BB

Private companies eventually draw a small portion of the foreign loans approved for them, a recent study by Bangladesh Bank found. External lenders disbursed 35 percent of the approved loans in 2012 and only 25.3 percent last year, according to the study by the Chief Economist's Unit of the central bank, carried out in...

Steelmaker Appollo to spend Tk 200cr on tech upgrade

Steelmaker Appollo to spend Tk 200cr on tech upgrade

Appollo Ispat Complex, a leading steelmaker, will spend Tk 200 crore to introduce environment-friendly technology in May next year to help cut production costs and boost capacity. The technology will reduce production costs by 30 percent, while increasing capacity by 20 percent from its existing 1.20 lakh tonnes a year, said Abdur Rahman, deputy managing director of Appollo. Germany's radiant tube furnace technology will help Appollo produce lead and acid free corrugated iron sheets in a non-oxidising furnace at its Narayanganj plant. The radiant tube uses a rapid heating furnace that cuts out hydrochloric acid and lead usage during the galvanising process. “Eliminating lead and acid usage during the final stages of production...

EU praises workplace safety reforms

The European Commission yesterday lauded Bangladesh's progress in efforts to ensure workplace safety in the garment sector. The commission urged the government to effectively implement the labour law, which was amended in parliament on July 15 last year. In the amended law, the government allowed full freedom of association by the workers at the factory level. A statement by László Andor, European commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion, said there has been much progress since the Rana Plaza building collapse...

India gives fourth instalment of $200m

India yesterday handed over a cheque of $25 million to Finance Minister AMA Muhith as the fourth instalment of the $200 million grant approved in 2012 by the Congress government. This is the first instalment of the grant after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government assumed power in India this year. Indian High Commissioner Pankaj Saran handed over the cheque at Muhith's official residence in Minto Road. With this tranche, India has completed disbursement of $175 million assistance to Bangladesh. India approved...

India's Idea Cellular profit up

Idea Cellular, India's No.3 mobile operator, posted a 69 percent rise in quarterly profit after adding subscribers faster than its competitors. Idea Cellular said it earned 7.56 billion rupees in its second quarter.  -- Reuters

Aviation magazine awards airlines

Aviation magazine awards airlines

Singapore Airlines has been awarded as the best airline of the year, according to an opinion poll of frequent fliers out of Bangladesh. Emirates was rated as the best cargo carrier, Novoair the best domestic airline and Kuala Lumpur as the most popular destination. The opinion poll was carried out by travel trade publication Bangladesh...

Cityscape opens country's first green commercial building

Cityscape opens country's first green commercial building

Cityscape Tower, the country's first green commercial building made by Cityscape International Ltd, is now open for inspections and purchase. Nahid Sarwar, managing director of Cityscape International; Trina Falgune, head of marketing communications and sales, and Abdur Rashid, chief engineer, shared the information at a press meet in Dhaka yesterday. The tower, flagship project of...

Three banks want more time to remove same-family directors

National Bank, City Bank and Premier Bank have failed to comply with the central bank's directive to bring down the number of directors from the same family to a maximum of two. The central bank last week asked four private banks to cut the number down of such directors in seven days, the deadline of which expired yesterday. Only First Security Islami Bank complied with the directive within the deadline, according to Bangladesh Bank. The three other banks sought one to three...

IBM to pay Globalfoundries to take chip unit

IBM Corp said it would hive off its loss-making semiconductor unit to contract-chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc to focus on cloud computing, mobile and big data analytics. IBM will pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion in cash over the next three years to take the chip operations off its hands, the companies said in a statement on Monday.

Infrastructure deficit slows cross-border trade

Inadequate infrastructure and absence of harmonised working hours at land customs stations, banking services and motor vehicle agreements among Bangladesh, India and Nepal are deterring trade prospects through the Banglabandha-Phulbari-Kakarvitta route, a recent survey found. The survey was conducted by India-based CUTS International and Bangladeshi non-governmental organisation Unnayan Shamannay, the findings of which were released yesterday at the Shamannay office in Dhaka. Subsequently, trade potential between Bangladesh and Nepal has remained untapped, said Mahfuz Kabir, senior research fellow of Bangladesh Institute...

France steps up calls for Germany to boost investment

France steps up calls for Germany to boost investment

French and German ministers met in Berlin on Monday, amid calls on Germany to do more to boost growth in Europe, while France faces a battle in Brussels over its budget. The meeting comes at a crucial time for Paris, which is at loggerheads with Brussels over its 2015 budget as it is likely...

Strong iPhone 6 demand boosts Taiwan export orders

Booming shipments of the iPhone 6 helped Taiwan's export orders jump 12.7 percent in September year-on-year to a record $43.3 billion, the government said Monday. It marked an eighth straight month of growth in export orders for tech-rich Taiwan, the economic ministry said in a statement. Orders for information and mobile devices rose 16.3 percent from a year ago to $12.9 billion, "mainly due to the launch of international brand name mobile devices that led to the significant increase of orders",...

China eyes $817b sports sector for new economy

China plans to grow its sports sector into a 5-trillion-yuan ($817-billion) industry by 2025 to boost employment and domestic consumption in its "new" economy, the government said on Monday. Under a sweeping reform plan, China aims to boost domestic consumption to replace exports and heavy investment as the traditional drivers of growth in the world's second-largest economy. Private investment will be encouraged, new sports facilities will be built and the government will support the sector by increasingly buying its services, the...

Investor group aims to buy Reebok unit

An investor group that includes Jynwel Capital and funds affiliated with the Abu Dhabi government is launching a bid to buy Reebok from Adidas AG for about $2.2 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. Jynwel Capital, a Hong Kong-based private equity investment and advisory firm run by Jho Low, and the Abu Dhabi government-affiliated funds planned to make the offer imminently in a letter to Adidas directors, the Journal reported, citing unnamed sources close to the matter. The investors are...

Philips blames Russia, China slowdowns for plunge into loss

Dutch electronics giant Philips on Monday posted a 103-million-euro ($131 million) net loss on third-quarter earnings, blaming a patent lawsuit and ever-slowing markets in China and Russia. "We are not satisfied with our overall performance for the third quarter," said chief executive Frans van Houten. "We are facing sustained softness in a number of markets such as China and Russia. We were also confronted with an adverse jury verdict with a surprisingly high proposed award to Massimo," Van Houten said in...

Coats banks on growing garment exports

Coats banks on growing garment exports

When Coats, an industrial thread and zip making British company, started its operation in Bangladesh in October 1989, the South Asian country's total exports from the garment sector of 320,000 workers were merely $624 million. The then tiny Coats Bangladesh, a unit of the Coats Plc of Britain, realised the country's potential in garment...

German pilots strike after weekend rail chaos

Lufthansa pilots launched a strike Monday, deepening Germany's travel chaos after train drivers stopped work at the weekend just as school holidays began in much of the country. The top-selling Bild daily complained that "ping-pong strikes are crippling our economy", Europe's biggest, as about 10,000 pilots and 20,000 train drivers had "taken hostage" 80 million Germans. The German Industry Federation charged that the pilots strike, following the "disproportionate" railway stoppage, "harms the entire economy" by impacting logistics, tourism and business travel. The...

Amnesty slams 'abuse' of migrant workers in S Korea

Migrant farm workers in South Korea face rampant abuse under a "shameful" government work permit system that encourages exploitation, Amnesty International said in a report published Monday. The report, which the South Korean Labour Ministry suggested was exaggerated, came on the heels of a visit by the UN's special rapporteur on racism, who also cited "serious problems" faced by the growing number of foreign workers hired as low-paid, unskilled manual labourers. The Amnesty report, titled "Bitter Harvest" and based on interviews...

India wants to reimpose curbs on gold imports

The Indian finance ministry has written to the Reserve Bank of India to consider reimposing some restrictions on gold imports after inbound shipments surged in the last few months, widening the trade deficit, the Economic Times reported on Monday. The central bank eased some gold import rules in May by allowing seven more private agencies to ship in the precious metal, driving a sharp jump in overseas buying despite a record import duty of 10 percent. A 450 percent rise in...

Private fuel retailers to dip toe, not dive back, into India

India's scrapping of diesel price controls opens the door for private sector refiners to return to a domestic retail market from which they have been excluded for years because they could not compete with state firms. But, before they rush to reopen old filling stations that have been gathering dust or used to store grain, they want to make sure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment to free markets will survive any serious spike in oil prices. Reliance Industries plans to...

Yahoo set to outline cost-cutting efforts

x Yahoo Inc is expected on Tuesday to outline cost-cutting efforts and give details of how it is evaluating possible acquisitions as it faces pressure from an activist investor, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person who was briefed on the plan. Yahoo is considering acquiring one or more large technology startups with some of the $5.8 billion it made from the initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the newspaper said. Representatives at Yahoo did not immediately respond to...

Sports

Zim fold for 241

Zim fold for 241

Despite having lost a wicket towards the end of the first day of the three-day practice match at Fatullah yesterday, the day belonged to the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI as they managed to bundle the Zimbabweans out for 241 runs in 76.2 overs. In reply the hosts lost the wicket of Shadman Islam...

Jubair exudes confidence

Jubair exudes confidence

A sudden rise and even a quicker fall of Bangladeshi cricketers have been quite a common phenomenon. At the same time there have been players like Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim who held their positions for a long time now. The newest star to appear on the horizon is Jubair Hossain and only...

'BFF working on amicable parting'

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is moving towards ending the contract with national team's head coach Lodewijk de Kruif through an amicable solution, informed a high-official of the federation yesterday. “Both the parties, BFF and de Kruif are preparing documents so that we can mutually end the contract through an amicable solution,” said Tabith M Awal, vice-president and member of National Team's Committee of BFF after emerging from a meeting between de Kruif and the federation president Kazi Salahuddin at the...

Sagar starts gold spree

Mahfizur Rahman Sagar's bid to winning eight gold medals in the 27th National Swimming Championships got off to a fantastic start as the promising swimmer of Bangladesh Navy produced a national record and grabbed two gold medals on the opening day at the Gopalganj Swimming Pool and Gymnasium Complex yesterday. Sagar, who had set four national records in the 2013 Bangladesh Games in 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle and is the current holder of seven national records, rewrote his...

WI looking for a way out

Battle lines are being drawn in West Indies cricket between the players and administrators following the team's shock withdrawal from the tour of India. In the wake of the unprecedented decision to abandon the campaign at the end of the fourth one-day international in Dharamsala on Friday, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) officials are due to meet in emergency session on Tuesday to consider the ramifications of their squad's failure to fulfil a contractual obligation with the most powerful and...

DRS on for Zim series

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has finally decided to introduce Decision Review System (DRS) in the coming three-match Test series against Zimbabwe as a 'test case'. According to the BCB, reason behind the decision was to make sure that they took all the advantages in a series, which is very vital for the home team as they are looking forward to gaining the much-needed ranking points to avoid staying at the bottom. "We are introducing the DRS for the first time in...

Title sponsors announced

The Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday declared Bashundhara Cement as the title sponsor of the Test and ODI series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.  Hosts Bangladesh in the 45-day-long bilateral series will play three Tests and five ODIs against the visitors. A logo unveiling ceremony was held on this regard at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday where senior dignitaries of both the BCB and Bashundhara Group were present.  The first time the conglomerate came up to support cricket was during Bangladesh's home series against...

Mamunul returns for nat'l duty

Bangladesh captain Mamunul Islam returned from Kolkata yesterday to join the national camp ahead of Bangladesh's two international friendlies against Sri Lanka this month. The 26-year-old midfielder is hopeful that Bangladesh would win both the matches. “We want to win both the matches and we don't want a repeat of the performance against Nepal where we won one and lost the other,” said Mamunul, who will return to Kolkata on October 28. Sri Lanka are scheduled to arrive in the capital...

Target ending drought

Pakistan hope to end a 20-year drought against Australia when they meet in the first of two Tests in Dubai from Wednesday but they are hobbled by the absence of spin king Saeed Ajmal. Ajmal, who has been suspended due to an illegal bowling action, has single-handedly ruled the dry and slow tracks of Pakistan's neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates, especially at Dubai where he has 37 wickets in six Tests, three of which Pakistan won. That includes 24...

UEFA Champions League

Mueller expects knife-edge clash

Mueller expects knife-edge clash

Germany midfielder Thomas Mueller expects Tuesday's Champions League clash at AS Roma to be a tight affair as Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich travel to face his former club. "It won't be decided quickly, but will be the sort of game which hangs in the balance," said the Bayern star after training in Munich on...

UEFA Champions League

City searching first win

Manchester City continue their search for a first Champions League win this season when they face CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, while Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are among the sides in action elsewhere. CSKA MOSCOW V MAN CITY After taking just one point from their opening two matches, Premier League champions City go to Russia to face CSKA still looking for their first win. Manuel Pellegrini's men are fresh from a 4-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend...

Lega calcio

Hernanes rescues Inter

Hernanes rescues Inter

Brazilian Hernanes levelled with a bullet header in injury-time to secure a share of the points for Inter Milan in a dramatic 2-2 draw with Napoli that could help decide the fate of Nerazzurri coach Walter Mazzarri. Following two consecutive heavy defeats to Cagliari (4-1) and Fiorentina (3-0), Mazzarri was under pressure from club...

Barclays English Premier League

Stoke rally to beat Swansea

Stoke came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday as they climbed to 10th in the English Premier League table. Victory left Mark Hughes's men level on points with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. It was a tale of two penalties as the first half ended all square at 1-1. Referee Michael Oliver first pointed to the spot after Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross grappled Wilfried Bony to the ground as the pair waited for a Swansea...

Jose furious with Spain

Jose Mourinho has criticised the treatment of some of his Chelsea players on international duty after the manager revealed Diego Costa will miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Maribor. Mourinho confirmed Costa - who also missed the 2-1 weekend victory at Crystal Palace - aggravated an existing hamstring problem during the last international break with Spain when he faced Slovakia and Luxembourg in the space of four days. The Chelsea manager insists he had no contact with Spain coach Vicente del...

Neymar relishing firepower

Barcelona forward Neymar is looking forward to welcoming Luis Suarez into his and Lionel Messi's star-studded strike partnership when the Uruguayan returns from a four-month ban this weekend. Suarez looks set to make his debut for the Catalans on the biggest stage of all as Barca face Real Madrid for the first time this season at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Neymar and Messi have already combined for 17 goals in 10 games so far this season and the Brazilian is...

Fatal goal celebration

A young footballer lost his life in India's north-east over the weekend after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal he had scored, newspapers reported on Monday. Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, fell backwards on his head as he took a series of somersaults after scoring the equaliser for his team in a local match in Khawzawl town close to India's eastern border with Myanmar last Tuesday, the Times of India said. As he lay on the ground in pain, unsuspecting team-mates...

Editorial

Editorial

When will pleasure trips end?

IN a country where thousands of crores of taka is siphoned off from banks without so much as whimper from the government, spending a sum of ten crores by Rajuk on wasteful trips, euphemistically called study tours, may look like pittance. But the issue is more fundamental than the sum involved. It is the planned and calculated manner of misusing public money by persons in high places of a government institution that is the point at issue. And unless...

Editorial

JCD feuding spills out

OUTRAGED at the announcemment of the formation of JCD's new central committee, the faction feeling aggreived by the decision reacted violently. The reason behind such fierce expression of dissent has had to do with apparently not pursuing democratic procedure to form student body's new central committee. It didn't even spare vandalising the party's central office. The persuausive words of some central leaders fell on deaf ears on the infighting student activists. JCD's election rules were allegedly violated. In one instance,...

Op-ed

Editorial

When will pleasure trips end?

IN a country where thousands of crores of taka is siphoned off from banks without so much as whimper from the government, spending a sum of ten crores by Rajuk on wasteful trips, euphemistically called study tours, may look like pittance. But the issue is more fundamental than the sum involved. It is the planned and calculated manner of misusing public money by persons in high places of a government institution that is the point at issue. And unless...

Editorial

JCD feuding spills out

OUTRAGED at the announcemment of the formation of JCD's new central committee, the faction feeling aggreived by the decision reacted violently. The reason behind such fierce expression of dissent has had to do with apparently not pursuing democratic procedure to form student body's new central committee. It didn't even spare vandalising the party's central office. The persuausive words of some central leaders fell on deaf ears on the infighting student activists. JCD's election rules were allegedly violated. In one instance,...

Saarc energy cooperation

THE 5th Saarc Energy Ministers Meeting has finalised the Saarc Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation. Although Pakistan was missing from the meet, seven out of eight Saarc member countries have now come on board on sharing energy resource across borders. This is undoubtedly a very welcome step in the right direction given that it paves the way for member countries to buy and sell electricity as per individual country's needs. Signing of the framework is due to take place...

Natural gas price adjustment initiative

Natural gas price adjustment initiative

NATURAL gas has been the major primary energy input in the country for industrial, business and domestic consumers. Since the late 1960s, pipeline gas connections have been extended to domestic users, mainly in the urban areas, with the objective of expanding commercial uses of natural gas. At present, approximately 2 million domestic consumers...

Will Didi flex muscles against Modi?

PASCHIMBANGA Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, popularly known as Didi, is very fond of flexing muscles. She first demonstrated her muscle power by opposing the Teesta water sharing agreement with Bangladesh in 2012. Manmohan, then heading a coalition government, returned to Delhi without signing the highly publicized Teesta agreement. Didi triumphed. During the last general election, Didi challenged the Election Commission (EC) for ordering the transfer of four IPS and three IAS officers in Paschimbanga without consulting her. She publicly declared,...

Pias Karim: A different perspective

Pias Karim: A different perspective

I never thought I would write an obituary for Pias Karim, who was much younger than me. I came to know him some 35 years ago, when he was a diehard leftist, both in conviction and in practice. He accompanied me on the maiden trip his elder sister made to my home town...

SATELLITE CHANNELS AND MOVIES

Protection of culture or protectionism?

UPON a writ petition, the High Court Division (HCD) of the Supreme Court has asked the government to explain why three Indian satellite channels would not be barred from being telecast in Bangladesh. What the HCD would ultimately do in this legal battle is purely a matter of law to be settled by the HCD and it is not in any way the intention of this column to comment on the legal merits of the petition pending before the...

Is presidential clemency possible for war criminals?

LAW, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq on Sunday stressed the need for bringing an amendment to the constitution so that the convicted war criminals cannot get president's clemency in future. He said that former president Abdur Rahman Biswas had pardoned war crimes convict Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed. In the minister's view it cannot be ensured that the convicted war criminals would not get presidential pardon without amending the constitution. He said he would raise the...

Letters To The Editor

Hold probe into frequent train accidents

Hold probe into frequent train accidents

In railway parlance, the pair of parallel rails is called permanent-way. However, given the regular frequency of train derailments happening all over the country in the last few months, isn't it better to call it temporary-way? Many passengers got injured and on occasions there were fatalities too. Also there was serious disruption in...

Letters To The Editor

International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child was observed across the world on 11th October 2014. This day promotes girls' human rights and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world. Violence against girls limits their opportunities and choices and threatens their futures. We want an end of harmful practices such as sexual violence and child marriages all over the world. Hasna Begum Advocate, Supreme Court...

Letters To The Editor

Congratulations to JS speaker

It is heartening to learn that the Speaker of Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has been elected the Chairperson of the executive committee of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) for the next three years in the CPA elections held in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde recently. Dr. Chaudhury has earned a great honour for Bangladesh by winning the election. Heartiest congratulations to her. Professor M Zahidul Haque Department of Agricultural Extension & Information System, SAU, Dhaka

Comments on news report

“State's costly silence,” published on October 17, 2014 Snr Citizen It's a very good piece of news that false cases against Limon have been withdrawn. Limon now needs rightful compensation and rehabilitation. The media again can help develop public opinion and draw the attention of the authorities. Nawfal Talukdhar The government should not only compensate Limon for the irreparable emotional and physical damage he sustained, but also take the responsibility for his higher education. **** “Thermal scanners for int'l airports” (Oct. 17, 2014) SM What is the...

Entertainment

'I think of myself as an actor as well, when I perform' – Kiran Chandra Roy

'I think of myself as an actor as well, when I perform' – Kiran Chandra Roy

Kiran Chandra Roy has such a vocal prowess that easily touches the hearts of folk music lovers. He plays a fantastic game with rhythm while performing on stage. Sometimes, with ektara in his one hand and a khol attached to his waist, the artiste in gerua (ochre) attired, mesmerises the audience dancing to...

TV REVIEW

'Dui Ongsher Shesh Ektai': A drama-thriller crossover

'Dui Ongsher Shesh Ektai': A drama-thriller crossover

“Dui Ongsher Shesh Ektai” was a single-episode TV play that aired on Channel 9 on the third day of Eid, and since has been released online on Youtube. Written and directed by young director Taneem Rahman Angshu, it features a predominantly young cast, including Tawsif Mahbub, Mishu Sabbir, Azmeri S Asha, Sabnam Faria,...

ATULPRASAD SEN

ATULPRASAD SEN

Atulprasad Sen was a noted Bengali composer, lyricist and singer, but is largely remembered as a musician and composer. His songs centred on  patriotism, devotion and love. The sufferings he experienced in his life found their way into his lyrics; and this has made his songs full of pathos. Sen was born on October...

Remembering a creative mentor

Remembering a creative mentor

Two films, “4th Dimension” by Nurul Alam Atique and “Phulkumar” by Ashique Mostofa were screened on Saturday at the Film Auditorium of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra as a tribute to the memories of multifaceted journalist and producer Golam Faruque. Jolchobi Pandulipi Karkhana, a group of then-young filmmakers made these touching movies in 2001, produced...

Drama serial Bijli on Rtv

Drama serial Bijli on Rtv

Drama serial “Bijli” will air tonight at 8:20pm on Rtv. Written and directed by Sumon Anwar, the serial encircles daredevil Bijli. The daughter of notorious criminal Kala Gunda, Bijli dominates the railway slums and its vicinity along with her gang. Bijli falls in love with an ordinary man and their love affair leads...

Sheikh Russel's birth anniversary observed

Sheikh Russel's birth anniversary observed

The 50th birth anniversary of Sheikh Russel, youngest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was celebrated in Chapainawabganj town on Saturday amidst much festivity. Chapainawabganj district administration and Shishu Academy jointly organised the programme at Shaheed Satu Hall. Over 100 students of different schools took part in painting and handwriting competitions in different categories. A discussion...

NEWS bytes

Pitt's Fury closes London Film Festival

Pitt's Fury closes London Film Festival

Brad Pitt said he hoped his new film “Fury” recognised the trauma suffered by soldiers in World War Two as it closed this year's BFI London Film Festival. “War is hell,” said Pitt, who plays a Sherman tank commander on a mission behind enemy lines in 1945. The London showing was the European premiere of...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

US actor-director Joseph Gordon-Levitt joined a musical theatre group at the age of four and played the Scarecrow in a production of “The Wizard of Oz”. Subsequently, he was approached by an agent and began appearing on television and in commercials for Sunny Jim peanut butter, Cocoa Puffs, Pop-Tarts, and Kinney Shoes. At age six, he starred in several made-for-television films. In 1991, he played both David Collins and Daniel Collins in the “Dark Shadows” television series, and during 1992–93, he played in sitcom “The Powers That Be”, as a clever young boy named Pierce Van Horne. In 1994, he appeared in the Disney film “Angels in the Outfield”...

Rinku on DS Café

Rinku on DS Café

DS Cafe is a great place to touch base with renowned cultural celebrities. This month, popular folk singer Rinku who features on the hot seat will respond to all your questions between 4 and 5 pm at The Daily Star Centre on October 25. Readers, have a field day talking to Rinku over the telephone and finding out all about him. The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Rinku.

City

Dalits living in fear of eviction from land

Many people of the Dalit community are living under the threat of being evicted from their land by local influential quarters and the government, said leaders of the minority community yesterday. They said land grabbers have been eyeing land of the Dalits due to the recent land value hike.  Meanwhile the government has been issuing notices to remove Dalits from khas land where they have been living for many years, they said at a seminar titled “Housing and Land Right: Accessibility...

Recruiting New Pry School Asst Teachers

HC stays govt circular

The High Court on Sunday stayed the effectiveness of a government circular for fresh recruitment of assistant teachers to primary schools. In response to a writ petition, the court also issued a rule upon the government to explain why the circular for recruiting new teachers without completing recruitments of previous candidates from the waiting list should not be declared illegal. A total of 52 candidates, who were in the waiting list published after a recruitment test held in 2011, yesterday filed...

HC directs govt to free Barisal Jail Canal from encroachment

HC directs govt to free Barisal Jail Canal from encroachment

The High Court yesterday directed the government to stop encroachment, earth filling, and dumping of waste in Jail Khal in Barisal city within the next two weeks. The court also asked the government to submit a report before it, after complying with the order, within the next four weeks. The HC bench of Justice Moyeenul...

Cops foil Islami Andolon's bid to bring out march without permission

Cops foil Islami Andolon's bid to bring out march without permission

Law enforcers yesterday fired tear gas canisters and charged baton to disperse several hundred Islami Andolon Bangladesh men trying to bring out a procession blocking the capital's Paltan road before the Baitul Mukarram mosque, causing six of the Islamist organisation to fall sick. The agitators were protesting the bar on them from holding a...

Ctg Court Bomb Threat

Two detained

The Detective Branch of police has detained two persons in Chittagong city in connection with a threat made on October 14 of blowing up the Chittagong court building. DB police of Chittagong Metropolitan Police on Sunday night arrested Nasir Mohammad, 44, owner of a shop that recharges account balance in mobile phones, and his brother-in-law Md Salahuddin, 22, an accomplice. Tipped off, a team of DB police picked the duo up from Nasir's shop in Badurtala area of the port city,...

Road crashes kill four

Countrywide road accidents killed four people and injure two others yesterday. Our Thakurgaon correspondent reports, Asim Barman, 11, died and his father Dhaniram Barman of Dakhin Bothina Sardarpara village was injured when a truck hit a bicycle in Sardarpara village on Thakurgaon-Farabari road in Sadar upazila. Our Gazipur correspondent reports, two people died when a truck turned turtle as the driver lost his control over the vehicle on Kapasia-Rajendrapur road in Rajabari area of Sreepur upazila. The deceased were Sukkur Ali, 30,...

Sweden good study location

Sweden good study location

International students opting for studying in Sweden hardly face the language barrier as English is mandatory in Swedish education, said Swedish Ambassador Johan Frisell yesterday. Bangladeshi students are highly competitive and they can always apply for scholarships and funding for studying in Sweden, he said, adding that nearly 90 Bangladeshi students had received scholarships...

National University introduces digital registration card system

National University yesterday introduced digital registration card system to allow students to collect their cards online. The students of its affiliated colleges and institutes now need to submit their photographs and signatures, required for the card, online instead of coming to the main campus in Gazipur. For details visit www.nu.edu.bd/admissions/regicard NU Vice-Chancellor Harun-or-Rashid, Pro-Vice Chancellor Mohammad Aslam Bhuiyan (Administration), Pro-Vice Chancellor Munaj Ahmed Nur (Academy), director of Information and Technology (ICT) division Mohammed Mominul Islam were present at the inaugural programme.

One held with 30 smuggled gold bars in Dhaka airport

Customs intelligence officials arrested a man with 30 gold bars weighing around 3 Kilogrammes at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital yesterday evening. Liton Mia, 35, who came from Singapore by a Tiger Airlines flight, was arrested at a green channel, said Moinul Khan, director general of Customs Intelligence. The gold bars worth around Tk 1.5 crore were hidden inside his waist belt. During preliminary interrogation, Liton informed that he was given Tk 20,000 for carrying the gold bars, said Moinul. ...

Journalist Al-Amin passes away

Journalist Al-Amin passes away

Journalist Md Al-Amin, news editor (English version) of the online news portal thereport24.com, died of heart ailments at Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital in Dhaka yesterday. He was 46. He worked for several media houses, including The Daily Star for over one and a half decades. He left behind his wife, two children, and was buried in his village home in Gaibandha. Born on June 2 in 1968, he studied international relations at Dhaka University and started his journalism career as a sub-editor of The Daily Star and later became the joint-news editor of the Daily Sun and planning editor of primekhabor.com

Tk 57.92 Lakh Recovery

Two sued in Ctg

Two people, including an employee of the deputy commissioner's office, Chittagong were sued in connection with recovery of Tk 57.92 lakh on the Chittagong court building premises on October 14. Sub-Inspector Md Kamruzzaman of Kotwali Police Station filed the case on Sunday night against one Md Elius of Brahmanbaria, and Shahidul Islam Murad, a surveyor in the deputy commissioner's office. Contacted, Mohiuddin Selim, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station, said on October 14, police beefed up security in the court building area...

Khaleda once again talks about 'movement in time'

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night said BNP must wage an anti-government movement at the right time as the government failed to meet the opposition's demand in the last 10 months on holding a fresh and inclusive national election under a caretaker administration.  “We had stopped our movement after the January 5 election because we wanted a peaceful solution through dialogue...but the government thinks there is no need to hold the election as BNP is not waging movement,” she said. She...

Amassing Illegal Wealth

ACC challenges Mannan's bail

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday filed an appeal with a Dhaka court for cancelling the bail of former state minister for housing and public works Abdul Mannan Khan in a case over amassing illegal wealth. Public Prosecutor Kabir Hossain submitted the appeal before the Senior Special Judge's Court of Dhaka challenging the legality of the bail order that was passed by a lower court. In his appeal, Kabir said the lower court had no jurisdiction to grant bail to any accused in...

BSTI offices in every district soon: Amu

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu has announced that offices of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) will be set up in every district to check substandard products across the country. The announcement came following the demand of business leaders and entrepreneurs at a discussion organised by BSTI in the capital yesterday marking World Standards Day-2014. Currently, BSTI has its offices in seven divisional cities including Dhaka. Construction of five district offices is already under process.  The minister said, "It is not possible...

Shibir banned at DU

Police detained eight Dhaka University students yesterday for their alleged involvement in Islami Chhatra Shibir, whose activities, Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique says, has been banned on the campus since the post-Liberation War period. The ban came into force as the pro-Jamaat-e-Islami student organisation played a pioneering role in killing DU students and teachers during the Liberation War in 1971, he told The Daily Star. Sources said Ruhul of first year, Shimul Hossain, Humayun and Alauddin of second year; Morshedul...

Man gets life term for molesting two-year old girl in Ctg

A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced a man to life-term imprisonment for molesting a two-year girl. The court also fined the convict Tareque Aziz of Hamgerbag area Tk 50,000. He is now on the run. After testifying seven witnesses, Chittagong Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 Judge Rezaul Karim gave the verdict, said Jesmin Akhter, public prosecutor of the tribunal. On March 17, 2012, the kid of the same area was molested by Tareque when she entered his room. In this regard kid's mother...

Elected To Lead Int'l Parliamentary Bodies

Shirin, Saber to be accorded reception

Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury will be accorded a reception tomorrow by the seven whips of Bangladesh Parliament, including the chief whip, for being elected chairperson and president of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) respectively.  Lawmakers, political leaders, officials and eminent professionals are scheduled to attend the reception at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the weekly cabinet meeting yesterday applauded their victory. Shirin was elected CPA's first-ever Bangladeshi...

MK Anwar indicted for 'instigating religious anarchy'

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charge against BNP standing committee member MK Anwar in a case filed over instigating religious anarchy in May last year. The BNP leader, now on bail, pleaded not guilty after Judge Jahurul Haque of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court of Dhaka read out the charge to him in the case. Earlier in the day, the court rejected the discharge petition and passed the indictment order after a short hearing. The court also set November 30 to...

Two 'robbers' held in capital

Police arrested two persons suspected of attempting to rob a flat in the capital's Banasree yesterday. The flat's tenant Sardar Ibrahim Shaheen said Muntasir Billah Raju, 30, and Amal alias Sohel Rana alias Babu, 29, introducing themselves to the six-storey building's caretaker as his relatives, stormed his fourth floor residence around 1:30pm. The caretaker locked the main gate on hearing his wife scream, “Robbers!”, and informed police, said Shaheen, quoting his wife for he was not present during the incident. Accomplices of...

Murder In Bhashantek

Detectives arrest two more

Detectives have arrested two more men accused in the case over the recent murder of a Bhashantek youth who had protested stalking of his cousin and based on their information two pistols, four bullets and six crude bombs were recovered from a bush from the area's Goltek. Babul Bapary alias Babul and Altaf Hossain were arrested from Gabtoli area on Sunday night, Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam told a press briefing in the capital's...

Appeal for help

Appeal for help

Hossain Zakir, chief reporter of Bangla daily Ajker Patrika, has been suffering from cancer. He is now undergoing treatment at ENT department (bed No-7 and ward No-736) on the 6th floor of C-block of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital. Doctors recommended that he be taken abroad immediately for better treatment. But it is not possible for his family alone to bear the expenses. His family is seeking financial help from all including the government, journalist organisations and journalist leaders. Those wishing to help can contribute to account name: Farida Yasmin A/C no. 1540102931788001 at Karwan Bazar branch of Brac Bank.

News In Brief

A woman committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her house following a family feud at KDC Balur Math slum of Barisal city yesterday. The deceased was Khadiza Begum, 35, a domestic help, and wife of Jahangir Hossain, a rickshaw puller.

Country

Tidal surges in Patuakhali badly damage road links

Tidal surges in Patuakhali badly damage road links

Frequent tidal surges have badly affected internal communication system in the district, much to the sufferings of people, especially school and college goers. People of at least 100 villages in four upazilas of the district are passing their days amid serious problem as huge tidal surges during the full moon and the new moon...

Second Day of Agitation

Satkhira medical students stage sit-in on highway

Satkhira medical students stage sit-in on highway

Students of Satkhira Medical College continued their agitation yesterday to realise their four-point demand, including introduction of a 250-bed hospital. The agitating students boycotted their examination in the morning and staged a sit-in on the Satkhira-Kaliganj highway, blocking road link. Later they went to the campus and held a sit-in there followed by a rally. The...

Three policemen die in Gaibandha, Madaripur

A police personnel drowned in the River Jamuna at Kamarpara village in Phulchhari upazila of Gaibandha yesterday afternoon. Locals said, Chayon Kumar Ghosh, 23, working at Bogra highway police outpost, went to his village home to meet parents and other relatives on October 14, reports our correspondent. Yesterday, he went to the river for fishing with a ne.t But all of a sudden he was drifted away by strong current and drowned. Local people recovered the body of the cop at 4:00...

Toy factory workers at Uttara EPZ agitate

About 2000 workers of a Hong Kong based high-tech toy factory at Uttara Export Processing Zone (EPZ) at Sangalshi village in Sadar upazila agitated on Sunday to realise their nine-point demand. During the agitation, the workers held a rally and later vandalised roadside trees and detained a jeep carrying factory officials. The workers alleged that the authorities compel them to work for 12 hours seven days a week. But they do not get any overtime and if anyone protests it he...

Snippets

A court here yesterday sentenced two people to life imprisonment for killing a freedom fighter (FF) in 2003. The court also acquitted one Khairul Baser, Julhas and Jahangir Kabir of Mendipur village in Khaliajuri upazila of murder charges. The lifers are Ruhul Amin alias Milon, son of Abdul Jalil Shah Fakir of Mendipur and Rafiqul Islam, son of Abdul Gani of Garaund village in Mohonganj upazila of the district. According to the prosecution, Ruhul and Rafiqul killed FF Siddikur Rahaman of Garaund village in Mohonganj upazila over previous enmity on October 9 in 2003. Brother of the deceased Saiful Islam filed a murder case with Mohonganj police station accusing five people.

World

Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani

Turkey said yesterday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian border town of Kobani, while the United States air-dropped arms for the first time to help the defenders resist an Islamic State assault. Washington said the arms had been supplied by Iraqi Kurdish authorities and had been dropped near Kobani, which came under Islamic State attack in September and is now besieged to the east, west and south, and bordered to the north by...

Ebola Crisis

WFP warns of food shortages

Countries hit by an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus face food shortages, a United Nations body said yesterday, adding that China had donated $6 million to its relief effort. The World Food Programme (WFP) said supplies in the worst-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been threatened at many levels. "Farmers are abandoning their crops and livestock as they seek areas they perceive as safer away from exposure to the virus," the WFP said in a statement issued...

News Analysis

Is coalition era over in India?

Has the victory of India's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in state legislature polls in Maharashtra and Haryana on its own set the ball rolling for end of coalition politics that has been in vogue in India for nearly two decades? As BJP seized power in Haryana on its own for the first time and emerged as the single largest party for the first time in Maharashtra where it had earlier played second fiddle to its erstwhile ally Shiv...

Indonesia's Widodo sworn in as president

Indonesia's Widodo sworn in as president

Joko Widodo, Indonesia's first leader from outside the political and military elite, was sworn in as president yesterday and reached out to political foes to seek support for his ambitious reform agenda. After the inauguration, Widodo capped his remarkable rise from an upbringing in a riverside slum by travelling through the streets of the...

Opinion Poll

Three-quarters of Israeli oppose Palestinian state

A poll has found that 75% of Israeli Jews oppose the creation of a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders if it means withdrawing Israeli troops from the Jordan Valley. The survey, conducted by a rightwing thinktank headed by a political ally of the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, makes for stark reading, contradicting previous polls showing up to 60% of Israelis in favour of a two-state solution. However, the poll confirms the argument that Israeli support for a Palestinian state...

Japan PM loses two female ministers over cash scandals

Japan PM loses two female ministers over cash scandals

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suffered a double setback yesterday with the resignations of two female cabinet ministers over claims they misused political funds, dealing a blow to his proclaimed gender reform drive. Industry minister Yuko Obuchi and justice minister Midori Matsushima quit after days of allegations that they had misspent money in what...

Duchess of Cambridge expecting baby in April

Duchess of Cambridge expecting baby in April

Prince William and his wife Kate's second child, who will be fourth in line to the British throne, is due in April, an official statement said yesterday. "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015," said a statement from the couple's...

Climate negotiators urged to 'build bridges'

Climate negotiators urged to 'build bridges'

The UN's climate chief urged country negotiators yesterday to "build bridges" at talks in Bonn towards a new, global pact that received fresh endorsement from world leaders last month. The six-day forum must lay the foundations for the annual round of ministerial-level UN talks to be held in Lima in December, Christiana Figueres told delegates as the meeting opened. Lima, in turn, must pave the way to a historic pact in Paris in December 2015 that will for the first time apply to 195 nations, rich and poor alike. Figueres said a September 23 climate summit...

News in Brief

Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election in January, almost two years ahead of schedule, in which Mahinda Rajapakse will seek a third term, the information minister said yesterday. An early election had been widely expected. But the remarks by minister Keheliya Rambukwella were the first confirmation that Rajapakse was seeking a fresh mandate after removing the two-term limit on the presidency soon after winning re-election in 2010. "The presidential election will be held in January," Rambukwella said at a public meeting in the district of Kandy.

Lifestyle

THE SHAPE OF SHIRTS TO COME

THE SHAPE OF SHIRTS TO COME

  Shirts nowadays are not the boring, old piece of garment that they used to be once upon a time. There are many different styles available, and there is something for everyone. Any discussion about shirts is rather deficient if it does not begin with the Holy Grail, the white shirt. For ages, it has been the most important and influential part of a stylish woman's closet. What makes it phenomenal is the versatility. You wear it to the office in the morning with tailored black pants and pearl or solitaire studs and nude lipstick, and then in the evening your friends make plans for dinner at the swanky new eatery....

  

Cover Story

Shirt Tales

Shirt Tales

Shirts, for a very long time, without a shadow of doubt, have been the unsung heroes of a woman's closet. A crisp white shirt has been, and still is an absolute essential office wear, whereas a pastel coloured one can seamlessly convert from daywear to nightwear. Plaid shirts paired with blue jeans have been the saving grace when one wants to be casual and comfortable and yet look pulled together. And how can one forget the satin/silk/chiffon ones that are simple enough to wear when lunching with the ladies and yet look chic and sophisticated at night time gatherings? For the longest time shirts have seen us through many fashion crises...

Special Feature

HERBS

HERBS

Healthy food is often criticised for being deficient in terms of taste and consumers are frequently unaware of the numerous health benefits that these foods possess. The multiple uses of different herbs and spices however, can be utilised to their full potential without compromising on taste. Incorporate these into everyday foods and beverages...

Aappayon

ONE FOR THE veggies

ONE FOR THE veggies

Pea shoots stir-fry Pea shoots, or motor shaak, are the tips of the vines and the top set of leaves of the pea plant. They are considered a "shaak". Green leafy vegetables are typically nutrient-dense. This means that for very few calories (5 per cup) you get large amounts of vitamins and minerals. Pea...

  

EVENT

FOOD TALK

FOOD TALK

In recent years, there has been a culinary explosion in Dhaka. What was once a part of exotic Travel and Living shows is suddenly everyone's cup of tea. Hangouts and dates have shifted to increasingly diverse restaurants of varied cuisines and the traditional food complemented by styles and tastes from China to Italy....

NAWAAB'S

Tastes of a long gone era

Tastes of a long gone era

The term “Nawaab” has always been synonymous with wealth, power and luxury. A “Nawaab” was originally an honourific title given to a state ruler by the reigning Mughal Emperor. The title did, however, still continue to exist even after the fall of the Mughal Empire. In British India, land was awarded to Indians...

  

LS EVENT

Super Chef 2014: The Last Few Hurdles

Super Chef 2014: The Last Few Hurdles

This week, Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014, picked up once again from where it left off. Shawkat Osman, one of the judges, held a cooking demonstration for the participants last week, where they all learned how to make a tricky dish. During that segment, the participants learned a quiet few brand new techniques....

DECOR

Teenager's Room

Teenager's Room

A home is a sanctuary, a place where we can, if we want, wear sloppy unflattering clothes, practice our disco dance moves and stop trying to hold in our stomach muscles. To counteract the stresses of busy working lives, the home needs to be a place where we can relax unobserved. Bedrooms are private...

  

TRAVELOGUE

The rainbow at the end of the waterfall

The rainbow at the end of the waterfall

At the sight of the last mountain-carved stairway after hours of uphill trekking, Shaun Ironmonger and I started a race to the top. Our backs bent by the baggage, and feet lethargic till a moment ago, we scrambled up the flight of stairs, the peak almost within reach. Less than three hours ago...

  

LS SUGGESTS

For a better TOMORROW

For a better TOMORROW

The first month's salary that a graduate earns seems to be all the money in the world. But a few months down the road, the young professional begins wondering where all the money goes. For a better income, consider investing some money. Now don't shun away with the excuse that with your small income putting aside an amount would be impossible. Even if you earned more, it is likely that you would have continued to spend all the money. It's more about self-control and the attitude with which you manage. One of the many ways to be in control is using mobile applications which focus on keeping track of your money....

Do you have insurance?

The daily news of distant wars, a virus that threatens mankind's existence, chemically-tainted food and more ways to die than the west ever knew, all make today's world the perfect setting for a dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel. Unfortunately, unlike a novel where a reluctant hero always saves the day, in real life we are left to our own devices. Thus, seeing the chaos around us, now is a good time as any to prepare. And the best way to prepare...

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

The Work of Leadership: Facing The Adaptive Challenges Date: Friday, October 24 Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm Venue: Bangladesh Diesel Plant Auditorium, Shimultoli, Gazipur City Corporation Bangladesh still lags behind in various sectors and one of the main reasons is the lack of leadership skills. But anyone can be a leader with the necessary training. This leadership workshop...

LOVING AND LIVING WITH PLANTS

When streets gain life

Busker Fest is an annual street performers' festival that takes place at different locations in Canada. This year, the event was at Dundas Street – at the centre of the beautiful town of Toronto. The purpose of Busker Fest is to showcase the world's best street performances to city dwellers and visitors alike. The idea and initiative to stage the World Buskers' Festival came from a group of local street performers who were very vocal about their exclusion from festivals....

FITNESS

Pranayama for health and vitality

Pranayama for health and vitality

When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still - Hatha Yoga Pradipika RANA is life force.  It is the energy within us that makes us alive.  In Sufism, it is referred to as the Force, in Chinese and Japanese philosophy, as Chi and Ki. ...

CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Dove Day DOVE, a personal care brand of Unilever, runs a self-esteem project that promotes  beauty as a source of confidence, not anxiety. Globally conducted research shows that 9 out of 10 young girls want to change something about their physical appearance, which is a result of social pressure coming from external sources. The Dove...

NEWS FLASH

Free treats for travellers

CBL Munchee, for four days prior to Eid, treated tasty chocolate coated wafer, Next, to homebound people traveling by bus to different destinations from Dhaka. The happy moment of going home became more exiting for all the people when they received Next. Not only to the bus travelers, CBL Munchee provided Next to the shoppers of Swapna, Unimart and other super shops. To share the happiness on this special occasion of Eid, the company gave away family packs of Next absolutely...

POP UP

Aroma around you

It is easy to make your own air freshener. Fill a spray bottle with 8 drops, each of three different air-freshening essential oils.  We recommend mixing wild orange, sandalwood and clove essential oils. Tea tree, eucalyptus and lemon also make a good fragrant combination. Don't forget to add half to one cup of water and you are set to spray.  

Law and Our Rights

Law Vision

Comparison of our freedom of expression

Comparison of our freedom of expression

BANGLADESH has Defamation Act dates back to1898. Too little has been done to upgrade it. The defamation suits had so far been used as a tool to harass opponent and to ventilate the personal grudge. In absence of a time befitting defamation law, the issues are coming within the purview of contempt of...

LAW ANALYSIS
Artha Rin Adalat Ain, 2003

Objection petitions by third parties

Objection petitions by third parties

SECTION 32 of the Artha Rin Adalat Ain, 2003 (ARAA) deals with the procedure for presenting objection petitions by third parties against execution of the decrees/orders of the money loan court. Section 32(2) of the ARAA provides that when a third party wants to present a petition against the execution of the decree/order...

YOUR ADVOCATE

YOUR ADVOCATE

This week Your Advocate is Barrister Tanjib-ul Alam, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He is the head of the chamber of a renowned law firm, namely, 'Tanjib-ul Alam and Associates ',which has expertise mainly in commercial law, corporate law, admiralty, employment and labor law, land law, banking law, constitutional law, telecom law, energy law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property Rights and in conducting litigations before courts of different hierarchies. Query “Please advise me what measures can one take if a tenant does not pay rent to the landlord according to agreement? Does the landlord can disconnect his electricity, gas and water supply connection? Best regards Dr. Zakir.” Response The law that governs the rights and obligations...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

Hold probe into frequent train accidents

Hold probe into frequent train accidents

In railway parlance, the pair of parallel rails is called permanent-way. However, given the regular frequency of train derailments happening all over the country in the last few months, isn't it better to call it temporary-way? Many passengers got injured and on occasions there were fatalities too. Also there was serious disruption in...

Letters To The Editor

International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child was observed across the world on 11th October 2014. This day promotes girls' human rights and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world. Violence against girls limits their opportunities and choices and threatens their futures. We want an end of harmful practices such as sexual violence and child marriages all over the world. Hasna Begum Advocate, Supreme Court...

Letters To The Editor

Congratulations to JS speaker

It is heartening to learn that the Speaker of Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has been elected the Chairperson of the executive committee of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) for the next three years in the CPA elections held in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde recently. Dr. Chaudhury has earned a great honour for Bangladesh by winning the election. Heartiest congratulations to her. Professor M Zahidul Haque Department of Agricultural Extension & Information System, SAU, Dhaka

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“State's costly silence,” published on October 17, 2014 Snr Citizen It's a very good piece of news that false cases against Limon have been withdrawn. Limon now needs rightful compensation and rehabilitation. The media again can help develop public opinion and draw the attention of the authorities. Nawfal Talukdhar The government should not only compensate Limon for the irreparable emotional and physical damage he sustained, but also take the responsibility for his higher education. **** “Thermal scanners for int'l airports” (Oct. 17, 2014) SM What is the...