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Cold chain can save food supply chain

Cold chain can save food supply chain

When Brazil, the Philippines and the Caribbean countries have been supplying banana, a highly perishable fruit, to the other corners of the world, Bangladesh cannot do so even within its small boundaries without using toxic preservatives. Also, countries like the US, Canada, Brazil, China and Australia, which are much bigger than Bangladesh, ensure safe...

A Reader’s Letter

Solution simple

Solution simple

Thoughts about and reactions to the danger posed by the use of formalin show why Bangladeshis, as a nation, are on a nosedive. Formalin is a harmful chemical. But the main problem does not lie with formalin; rather it is related to food preservation technology. And Bangladesh does not follow the globally acceptable standard system for fresh food preservation. The system is known as Cool Chain. The food preservation technology is very easy. Any fresh food goes through three types of reactions: chemical, bacterial and enzyme. Two methods can be applied to prevent this change. First, we can dry up the fruits or vegetables or, second, we can keep them in the...

Mobile talk gets costlier

Using mobile phones is going to be costlier as the government yesterday decided to introduce one percent surcharge on calls and other uses of the device. The amount raised will be spent on education and healthcare. The decision came at the weekly cabinet meeting at the secretariat, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The decision will come into force upon publication of a gazette in this regard. The cabinet also approved in principle the Child Marriage Prevention Act, 2014 with...

Asian Games

Booters beat Afghanistan

Bangladesh pulled off a surprise 1-0 win against a higher-ranked Afghanistan in their Asian Games Group B opener at the Munhak Stadium in Incheon, South Korea yesterday. An 83rd minute strike from skipper Mamunul Islam – a powerful left-footed drive from the edge of the box – ensured Bangladesh their third win in the Asian Games; their first since 1986 when they beat . Afghanistan, ranked 41 places above Bangladesh in the latest FIFA rankings and boasting a number of players...

No queries from Dhaka on Saradha fund issue

India has not received any report from its mission in Bangladesh on a Trinamool Congress lawmaker's alleged involvement in funneling the Saradha chit fund money to Jamaat-e-Islami, said Syed Akbaruddin, India's official spokesperson, in a press briefing yesterday. Replying to a query about any official communiqué or engagement from Bangladesh about this, Akbaruddin categorically said: "We have not received any report on this matter from our mission in Bangladesh." Following an Indian Bangla daily's claim that Dhaka communicated with New Delhi...

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Moghbazar Triple Murder

'Shootout' kills key accused

Moghbazar triple murder accused Shah Alam, alias Kailla Babu, was shot to death in Dhaka yesterday. While police claimed Babu was killed in a “gunfight between his cohorts and DB police”, his wife said, “A group of people identifying themselves as detectives picked him up around 10:00pm Sunday from his in-law's house in Narayanganj.” Mariam Begum identified her husband's body at Dhaka Medical College morgue. Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, briefing reporters at the DMP Media Centre said a...

Eid Home-going

Bus tickets of early Oct 'sold out'

Bus tickets of early Oct 'sold out'

Tickets for some particular days ahead of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha and Durga Puja were sold out hours after the advance bus tickets sale kicked off yesterday, claimed bus operators in the capital. As a result, many failed to get the tickets for the days they had planned to travel, evening after standing in...

Separate Meeting With MPs

Ershad denies

Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad yesterday denied holding any separate meeting of its parliamentary body at his parliament office on Sunday. Also a special envoy to the prime minister, Ershad in a statement said some JP lawmakers just called on him at his room after the JP parliamentary party's meeting, with Leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad in the chair. Widely known as an unpredictable character for his flip-flops on political issues, the former military ruler claimed that he could not...

More than 2 lakh yaba seized in Ctg

More than 2 lakh yaba seized in Ctg

Members of Bangladesh Navy seized 2,20,000 yaba tablets at the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port early yesterday. During a raid, an anti-smuggling team of the navy seized a fishing trawler, FV Saleha, and recovered the contraband pills from it, said team commander Md Jasimuzzaman. This seizure is the largest ever haul of yaba tablets in...

Railway Eviction Drive

277 illegal structures demolished

The railway authorities yesterday knocked down some 277 illegal establishments along the rail tracks from Tejgaon Railway Station to Nakhal Para in the capital in an ongoing eviction drive. Around 40 labourers with shovels, machetes and ropes began demolishing illegal shops in the station area around 9:00am on the fourth consecutive day of the drive launched after a train accident at Karwan Bazar claimed four lives. They also demolished a kitchen market at Nakhal Para, which housed around 200 shops. Additional members...

Graft accused MP Bodi hits out at ACC

Awami League lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi yesterday said he would reveal "all secrets" of the Anti-Corruption Commission and its Chairman Mohammad Badiuzzaman if they tried to prove him corrupt. "I am requesting at this meeting…. respected Mr Badiuzzaman, the ACC chairman, your name is Bodi while mine is Bodi too. If one Bodi wants to drive out another Bodi, every secret will be disclosed," the lawmaker said while addressing a discussion organised to mark the National Income Tax Day in...

Teesta, Land Deals

Dhaka to seek timeframe from Delhi

Dhaka will press hard for the much-awaited Teesta water-sharing deal and ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) at the third meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) to be held on September 20 in India. Diplomatic sources said Dhaka will seek "specific timeframe" from New Delhi this time to conclude the two issues. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will lead a high-profile 15-member delegation, including eight secretaries of the government such as principal secretary to the prime minister, secretaries...

War Crimes In Bagerhat

Tribunal accepts charges against 3

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday took into cognizance eight charges against three war crimes suspects for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity and genocide in Bagerhat during the country's Liberation War in 1971. The accused are Sheikh Sirajul Haque alias Siraj Master, 72, Khan Akram Hossain, 61, and Abdul Latif Talukdar, 68. The three-member tribunal also fixed September 30 for hearing arguments from both prosecution and defence on charge framing. The trio joined the Razakar Bahini - an auxiliary force of...

Mamata keen to visit Dhaka

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee, who had skipped her visit to Bangladesh in September 2011 with then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, yesterday showed her keen interest to visit Bangladesh. Mamata expressed her interest when Abida Islam, the outgoing Bangladeshi deputy high commissioner to India, extended an invitation of Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali to her in a meeting at the state secretariat "Nabanno". Abida, who paid a farewell call on Mamata, was accompanied by her successor Zakir Hayat during...

Giant dinosaur fossil found

Giant dinosaur fossil found

A giant dinosaur found in Tanzania once lived during a lush, green period when flowering plants flourished, about 100 million years ago, paleontologists report. The new dino species is a rare find in sub-Saharan Africa, where far fewer dinosaur fossils are discovered than in South America, the researchers said. Paleontologists discovered the massive fossil...

Baghdad blast turns wedding joy into funeral grief

Raghda Yaqub was just days away from marriage, but a bombing in east Baghdad meant the 24-year-old Iraqi was buried wearing her wedding dress instead. "Last Thursday was her engagement, and this Thursday we buried her," the young woman's weeping mother Sana says at her home, where she and other family members are receiving condolences. "Which religion accepts these crimes?" Raghda went with her fiance Alaa, his mother and five-year-old nephew on September 10 to buy sweets, says her father Adel, also...

BASIC Bank gets new MD

The government has selected the managing director of Karmasangsthan Bank as the new head of BASIC Bank, officials said. The Banking Division of the finance ministry chose Khondoker Md Iqbal from three candidates as the next MD of the scandal-hit BASIC Bank, said an official of the ministry. "The next MD will be appointed upon approval from the central bank," the official told The Daily Star yesterday. The post of the chief executive of BASIC Bank fell vacant in May this year...

Business

NBR felicitates top taxpayers

NBR felicitates top taxpayers

The National Board of Revenue yesterday honoured 402 top and long-term taxpayers amid calls for a harassment-free atmosphere and accountability of taxmen to boost the tax receipts. “We want to pay tax but we need the right environment for that,” Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and...

  

Fish farming loses tax privileges

The National Board of Revenue yesterday withdrew tax privileges for fish farming to rein in tax-dodging by a section of dishonest taxpayers who allegedly shift income from other sources to fisheries to evade tax. The existing tax rate of 3 percent on income from fish cultivation will no longer be effective, the NBR said in a notice. Income from the sector will be subject to normal tax rates, it said. "It means the tax rate for companies involved in fish farming...

State banks must come under central bank governance: WB

The World Bank yesterday recommended the government delegate the control of state-backed banks to the central bank for better supervision. Supervision of the banking sector is shared between the central bank and the banking and financial institution division under the finance ministry. Bangladesh Bank regulates private banks while the banking division looks after the eight state-run banks, some of which have been plagued by several financial scams in recent times. "That is probably not a good way to regulate the banking sector,"...

BTI opens mega home décor store

BTI opens mega home décor store

Building Technology and Ideas or BTI, a leading real estate company, has opened a mega home furnishings store in Dhaka. The company's mammoth outlet on 65,000 square-feet was launched at BTI's Premier Plaza on Progoti Sarani on Friday, in a bid to join the retail revolution. The outlet is displaying a selection of furniture, décor...

WB reviewing poverty line

The World Bank is reviewing whether its current poverty line, which is largely based on African data at 2005 international prices, will require an upward revision amid availability of new data and changes in exchange rates. The multilateral lender now uses a poverty line of $1.25 a day on purchasing power parity and that is being reviewed now, said Zahid Hussain, lead economist of the WB's Dhaka office. New data to gauge the poverty line is available, while the purchasing power...

Symphony to launch Mozilla smartphone

Local handset brand Symphony along with mobile operator Grameenphone will launch a smartphone run by the Firefox operating system for the Bangladesh market today. “The new set will be very cheap,” Aminur Rashid, chairman of Symphony Mobile, told The Daily Star. But he denied talking about the price of the set. Grameenphone will declare new packages today for the set, which may have a price tag of more than Tk 4,000, according to market insiders. The Firefox operating system is a product...

Fair to popularise CSE's online trading platform

The Chittagong Stock Exchange is set to organise a two-day fair next month to promote its internet trading platform, which is yet to gain popularity almost ten years after its launch. Mock transactions through the bourse's internet trading system will be showed to the investors, who can also participate in the trading, said Syed Sajid Husain, managing director of CSE. Husain's comments came at a media briefing organised at the bourse's Dhaka office yesterday as part of its plan to hold...

Bangladesh can send skilled workers to Japan

Bangladesh has a good chance to send skilled workers to Japan, a visiting delegation of the Asian economic giant said yesterday. “Japanese industries need around 10 lakh skilled workers and Bangladesh can take the advantage,” Prof Tetsuo Mizukami at the social science department of Rikkyo University in Japan, said at a press conference on global migration and transnational networks at Dhaka Reporters Unity. But Mizukami, who led a five-member delegation of Rikkyo University and Asian People's Friendship Society (APFS) of Tokyo,...

Banglalink reaches 3cr users

Banglalink, the second largest mobile operator of Bangladesh and a subsidiary of the Netherlands-based Vimpelcom Ltd, has reached a milestone by acquiring three crore subscribers, a statement of the operator said. The total number of mobile phone users in the country is 11.68 crore as of July, according to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. Grameenphone leads the market with 4.94 crore subscribers, while Robi is in the third position with 2.42 crore users. Ziad Shatara, chief executive officer of Banglalink, said: “Banglalink is...

Stocks slip on profit-booking

Stocks returned to the red as investors sold off shares and mutual fund units to pocket profits yesterday. DSEX, the prime index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, shed 3.66 points or 0.07 percent to end at 4,709.91 points. The shariah index of the Dhaka bourse, DSES, fell 1.90 points or 0.17 percent, to close at 1,110.72. The market saw mild corrections as investors went for some quick-profit booking, said LankaBangla Securities. “The market slowed a bit after last few days' buying spree amid profit...

H&M signs deal with ILO to improve supply chain

Swedish retailer H&M yesterday signed an agreement with International Labour Organisation to improve its supply chain management, according to a statement. The cooperation between H&M and the ILO dates back to 2001, when H&M joined the ILO Better Factories programme in Cambodia, the retailer said in the statement. The new strategic partnership will promote a wide range of activities with the aim to further strengthen the sustainability work in H&M's supply chain. The activities will be both at the global, national...

StanChart head of group country risk in town

StanChart head of group country risk in town

Alex Barrett, head of group country risk at Standard Chartered Bank, is now in Dhaka on a two-day visit, the bank said in a statement yesterday. Barrett is scheduled to meet senior officials of Bangladesh Bank, stakeholders, staff and clients during his stay, according to the statement. Barrett is responsible for assessing, assigning and managing the country risk exposures of Standard Chartered Group, which is present in 74 countries and operates in over a 100 countries. He had previously been responsible for group research, running a team of over 120 equity, fixed income, commodity, foreign exchange, and macro-economic strategists for five years. He has over 25 years of experience in different financial...

Air France strike sparks travel chaos

Air France strike sparks travel chaos

French flag carrier Air France scrapped half of its flights Monday as pilots began a strike against the company's plan to develop its low-cost subsidiary. The company said 60 percent of its flights would be cancelled Tuesday with fears that the week-long protest -- the longest at the company since 1998 -- could spell...

Big firms brace for global carbon price rollout

An increasing number of big corporations expect governments worldwide to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions to help tackle climate change and some are already factoring in the cost to guide future investment decisions, a report found on Monday. Some 150 large listed companies - including 29 in the United States such as Dow Chemical Company, banking group Goldman Sachs and oil firm ExxonMobil - now incorporate an internal carbon price ranging from $6-80 per tonne, according to a...

London designers target fashion-hungry shoppers with "tech firsts"

Fueled by the boom in online sales for the latest trends, London's designers are finding new ways to deliver instant gratification to fashion hungry shoppers, amid high hopes of boosting growth in the sector. British retailer Topshop, whose website attracts an average of 4.5 million hits a week, launched a new digital "first" on Sunday by letting shoppers buy six readymade items from its latest collection immediately after its show at London Fashion Week. "As we know, everyone spends all their...

China Sinopec unit to sell 30pc stake

Chinese oil giant Sinopec will sell a 30 percent stake in its marketing arm to outside investors for more than $17 billion, the company said, as the government pushes key economic reforms. China's Communist Party pledged at a meeting in November to allow the market to play a "decisive" role in the allocation of resources through a number of policies, including prodding state companies to operate on more commercial terms. The move by Sinopec, initially proposed by the firm in February,...

Nasdaq's Facebook failure worries Alibaba

Nasdaq's Facebook failure worries Alibaba

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd could have sold nearly $2 billion worth of stock without lifting a finger. All it had to do was list its shares on Nasdaq. That listing would have guaranteed Alibaba's inclusion in the Nasdaq 100 Index by the end of the year, and funds which track the index would have...

Alibaba to boost IPO size on overwhelming demand

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd plans to increase the size of its US initial public offering because of "overwhelming" investor demand, people familiar with the deal said on Monday. The Chinese e-commerce company launched the IPO last week and had enough investor demand to cover the entire deal within two days, people familiar with the process said last week. Alibaba could set a new record for the world's biggest IPO if underwriters exercise an option to sell additional shares to meet demand,...

South Africa launches support package for troubled power supplier

The South African government on Sunday announced a wide-ranging support package for troubled state-owned power supplier Eskom, that will see it receive an equity injection and raise additional debt. Eskom, which supplies 95 percent of South Africa's electricity, has been struggling to meet growing demand, hobbled by years of underinvestment and ageing infrastructure. "Eskom is facing significant challenges that threaten its sustainability," the finance ministry said in a statement. "Cabinet approved a package to support a strong and sustainable Eskom to ensure...

China's Xi touts 'maritime silk road' on South Asia tour

China's President Xi Jinping enlisted the Maldives' backing for a "21st century maritime silk road" on Monday as he began a tour of South Asia in the strategically located Indian Ocean island chain. The Maldives is best known for its tourist industry but also straddles major international shipping lanes, and Chinese investment there has grown significantly as Beijing seeks to secure vital trade routes. "(The) Maldives was an important stop of the ancient maritime silk road," Xi wrote in an article...

India inflation slows to five-year low in August

India's wholesale price inflation slowed to its lowest level in almost five years in August, data showed Monday, after the right-wing government came to power pledging to wrestle down crippling prices. The Wholesale Price Index increased 3.74 percent year on year -- far below market forecasts of around 4.40 percent -- and sharply lower from 5.19 percent last month. I was also the lowest since October 2009 thanks largely to a drop in fuel and metals prices, the data showed. The figures...

Hero MotoCorp plans to invest 16b rupees in new plant

Hero MotoCorp Ltd, India's top maker of motorcycles and scooters, plans to invest 16 billion rupees ($262 million) to set up a new manufacturing plant in southern India, a source directly involved in the matter said. Hero has signed a preliminary agreement with the Andhra Pradesh state government to set up the plant, to be spread across 600 acres, which can produce upto 1.8 million vehicles annually, the source said. Hero, which has three operational plants and one under construction across...

Sports

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

Booters stun Afghanistan

Booters stun Afghanistan

Bangladesh got off to a brilliant start in the Asian Games as they stunned South Asian powerhouse Afghanistan 1-0 in their Group B opener at the Munhak Stadium in Incheon, South Korea yesterday. Captain Mamunul Islam struck the decisive goal in the 83rd minute of the match to give Bangladesh their first win in...

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014

'Best goal of my life'

'Best goal of my life'

Bangladesh skipper Mamunul Islam termed yesterday's goal against South Asian powerhouse Afghanistan as the best goal of his career and the most significant moment of his football life. The 28-year-old midfielder ran straight to the Bangladesh dug out and celebrated with coach Lodewijk de Kruif and the rest of his teammates after driving a powerful left-footed shot from outside the box to beat Afghanistan goalkeeper Mansur Faqiryar in the 83rd minute of the match, “This is the best goal of my career and probably the most significant moment of my life,” said the skilful midfielder who was soaked with emotions as he led his teammates into the dressing room at the...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014

Windies take lead past 300

Windies take lead past 300

Hosts West Indies took a firm grip of the second Test on day three yesterday as they bowled Bangladesh for a below-par 161—219 runs short of West Indies's first innings score-- at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia yesterday.  West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin decided against enforcing the follow-on and by Tea the hosts...

Saqlain stands by doosra

Retired spin king Saqlain Mushtaq on Monday defended the controversial "doosra" delivery he invented, which has come under renewed scrutiny since fellow Pakistani Saaed Ajmal's chucking ban last week. The doosra, which means "the second one" in Urdu, turns from legside to offside -- the opposite direction to orthodox off breaks. It is bowled from the back of the hand with a lot of top-spin, though the bowler's wrist still moves in a clockwise direction, making it difficult for a batsman...

Slow going by A team

A half-century from Bangladesh A opener Liton Kumar was the only highlight on the rain-interrupted second day of their four-day match against Zimbabwe A at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox's Bazar yesterday. Liton scored 54 as the home side finished the day on 162 for 3. The visitors bowled well on a slow wicket which compelled the batsmen to follow a cautious approach and as a result the hosts strolled along a run-rate of just 1.76. To...

All square in youth football

Both matches of the Airtel U-18 Football Tournament ended in draws at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. In the day's first match, Team BJMC were held to a 0-0 draw by Chittagong Abahani club. The second match of the day saw Sheikh Russel KC share the spoils of a 1-1 draw against Muktijoddha Sangsad KC. Tajbir gave Muktijoddha the lead in the sixth minute of the match, which was cancelled out by Masud's strike in the 30th minute. Both sides were reduced...

Asiad Cricket

Women's team leaves tonight

Bangladesh women's cricket team leaves here tonight for South Korea with a dream of winning the gold medal in the Asian Games to be held in Incheon from September 19 to October 4. Captain Salma Khatun expressed optimism over her side's chances to bring glory as she believed that the team tuned up well for the event. "We are looking forward to playing good cricket and our main target is to win the gold. We may face Sri Lanka in the...

Contador's third

Alberto Contador won his third Vuelta a Espana as Italian Adriano Malori took victory on the final stage 9.7km timetrial in Santiago de Compostela on Sunday. Spaniard Contador finished 1min 40sec down on Malori on the rain-affected course as he took no chances. But although he lost 27sec to Chris Froome, he did enough to add to his 2008 and 2012 Vuelta victories, taking his Grand Tour successes to six. New Zealander Jesse Sergent and Australia's Rohan Dennis were second and third...

Bencic upsets Kuznetsova

Rising Swiss star Belinda Bencic upset two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Monday, maintaining recent impressive form. The wildcard broke the Russian veteran's serve twice in the first set and three times in the second to win the match at Ariake Tennis Park in only 68 minutes. The 17-year-old is on the back of a run to the quarter-finals at the US Open in New York.

Barclays English Premier League

Supersonic Costa

Supersonic Costa

Whenever a foreign player moves to the Premier League, there's always talk of how they will need time to get acclimated to the unmatched power and speed of it. Well, Diego Costa responds to this notion with a defiantly uncaring shrug. Since joining Chelsea from Atletico Madrid, he has scored seven goals in his first four Premier League matches — including a hattrick in Saturday's 4-2 win against Swansea. Of course, scoring goals for Chelsea hasn't been easy for every pricy striker of the Roman Abramovich era. Andriy Shevchenko and the recently shipped out Fernando Torres are the two examples that immediately come to mind. Seven goals in just four matches puts...

UEFA Champions League

5-time champs L'pool back

Arsenal will be looking to win in Dortmund for the second season running, while the opening night of the Champions League group stage also sees Liverpool's return and last season's runners-up Atletico Madrid in action. JUVENTUS V MALMO Under previous coach Antonio Conte, Juventus failed to reproduce their dominant domestic form in Europe so Massimiliano Allegri will know the importance of beginning with a win against Malmo in Turin. The Italian champions, who will be without injured midfielder Arturo Vidal, are...

Lega Calcio

Milan seize top spot

Milan moved back to the top of the Serie A table on Sunday after a thrilling 5-4 win at Parma where both sides finished with 10 men. Champions Juventus and Roma, both of whom have also won their opening two games, sit second and third respectively with Inter in fourth, two points off the pace. Milan are looking to launch a revival under new coach Filippo Inzaghi following two mediocre seasons, and have impressed so far. "Almost every time we took a...

Ronaldinho called an ape

Ronaldinho's new Mexican club called Sunday for a local politician to be punished after he posted a racist slur against the Brazilian football legend on social media. Carlos Manuel Trevino Nunez, a member of the conservative National Action Party, wrote a diatribe on Facebook after the player's presentation by Queretaro football club caused traffic jams in the central Mexican city on Friday. "I hate it even more because people obstruct and flood the avenues, and it took me two hours to...

Valencia, Sevilla hot on the heels

Valencia and Sevilla continued their unbeaten starts to the Spanish season to move within two points of leaders Barcelona thanks to victories over Espanyol and Getafe respectively on Sunday. Despite missing their reported 28 million-euro ($36 million, £22.3 million) deadline day capture from Manchester City, Alvaro Negredo, due to a foot injury, Valencia were still too good for the Catalans as Pablo Piatti fired them into a seventh-minute lead. Dani Parejo then doubled the hosts' advantage just after the hour mark...

'Bayern don't miss Kroos'

Toni Kroos' summer transfer to Real Madrid has done no harm to German giants Bayern Munich, club captain Philipp Lahm claimed in Monday's edition of soccer magazine Kicker. "Bayern Munich have so much quality and strength in depth they are difficult to weaken," said Lahm, as Bayern prepare to host Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday. "We don't miss Toni, that's football, players come and go. I've been in the game too long to miss anyone, even if Toni...

Anelka signs for Mumbai

Controversial French striker Nicolas Anelka has sought to relaunch his career by signing on Monday to play for Mumbai City in the nascent Indian Super League. The 35-year-old much-travelled player has been without a club since he was fired by West Bromwich Albion in March for "gross misconduct" after the quenelle row when he made an alleged anti-semitic gesture after scoring a goal. "I'm pleased to join Mumbai City FC & very exciting in joining Indian Super League," Anelka said on...

Editorial

Editorial

Eviction from railway land

WE agree that railway lands must be freed of illegal grabbers and encroachment. And no one can take issue with the authorities for taking actions to ensure the safety of the railway tracks and the safety of the railway passengers. But we certainly take issue with the method of the drive which commenced recently to free railway lands. It is, to say the least, highhanded and most inhuman. We feel that the slum dwellers as well as the many...

Editorial

Jaywalking across flyovers!

IF one has viewed our yesterday's photo series of jaywalking by pedestrians along the Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover near Tikatuili then one must have had a chill running through one's spine. The photos showed cluster of pedestrians risking their lives while scaling over and slipping through the divider along the flyover. This kind of crossing is not only unlawful but also dangerous as one is likely get hit by a wheezing vehicle any minute. In case of a flyover, a fast travelling...

Op-ed

Editorial

Eviction from railway land

WE agree that railway lands must be freed of illegal grabbers and encroachment. And no one can take issue with the authorities for taking actions to ensure the safety of the railway tracks and the safety of the railway passengers. But we certainly take issue with the method of the drive which commenced recently to free railway lands. It is, to say the least, highhanded and most inhuman. We feel that the slum dwellers as well as the many...

Editorial

Jaywalking across flyovers!

IF one has viewed our yesterday's photo series of jaywalking by pedestrians along the Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover near Tikatuili then one must have had a chill running through one's spine. The photos showed cluster of pedestrians risking their lives while scaling over and slipping through the divider along the flyover. This kind of crossing is not only unlawful but also dangerous as one is likely get hit by a wheezing vehicle any minute. In case of a flyover, a fast travelling...

Not only fossil fuels

IT is little surprise that Japan is reversing its policy on nuclear power generation. Following the Fukushima disaster, the country had decided to take its nuclear industry offline to a great extent to perform (a) safety checks, and (b) to look at alternative sources for generating power. That experiment led to a romance with “renewables” and fossil-fuel. But the prohibitive costs associated with generating power from renewable energy including geothermal to solar has proved uneconomical. That end users, viz....

BYLINE

The Union Jack, and perhaps Jill

FOR an Indian who has always believed that the partition of India was a deep, self-inflicted wound carved by a British knife, the thought that Britain might split into two nations on 18 September is not without some satisfaction. History is rarely synonymous with justice, but when the echo of some form of retribution fills the air, we might sit back and enjoy the music. On 18 September Scotland will vote on whether to continue the three-century old union with...

Who should blink first: Nawaz Sharif or Imran Khan?

THE deadly floods sweeping through Kashmir in both India and Pakistan have brought the two hostile neighbours closer together. In a gesture of goodwill, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif offering assistance in the relief efforts for the victims of the unprecedented floods. But will the calamity bring Sharif's adversaries at home closer to him? Imran Khan, a cricketer-turned politician, and Tahirul-ul-Qadri, a cleric, started a protest march in August to oust Nawaz...

SAARC's attempts at regional poverty alleviation

EVER since its formation in 1985, SAARC has made several attempts to address the issue of poverty.  The SAARC Charter, drafted in 1985, referred to enhancing the living standards and improving the welfare of the people via regional cooperation. Initiation of Integrated Programmes of Action (IPAs) incorporated this people's welfare related objective in the Charter by forming IPAs in Agriculture and Rural Development, Human Resources Development, and Social Development. When the 6th SAARC Summit took place in Colombo in...

The Middle East

Balkanization and US' full spectrum dominance

Balkanization and US' full spectrum dominance

THE tentacles of the balkanization policy of fragmenting states into small entities has spread worldwide initiated by civil rights societies at first with protests which have the flare of popular uprisings against the incumbent governments for democracy, human rights, minority rights and secularism. More is yet to come in the Middle East using...

AL in power: Blessing or curse for JP?

JATIYA Party (JP), the opposition in parliament, has plunged into another spell of turmoil. Two of its MPs, state minister for LGRD Mashiur Rahman Ranga and opposition chief whip Tajul Islam Chowdhury were dropped from the party's presidium, the party's highest policy making body. And Ershad and some of his party loyalists boycotted JP's parliamentary party meeting held on Sunday. Raushan Ershad, also the leader of the opposition, held the meeting and extended support to Ranga and Tajul. The...

Letters To The Editor

Govt. should not take decisions alone

Recently the government has taken some measures regarding the issue of impeachment of SC judges and National Broadcast Policy without consulting the stakeholders. It also sacrificed Bangladesh's candidacy for the UNSC in the same way. Government should not take decisions alone, and more specifically, about certain matters that are crucial to the country's interest. Accountability is important. In many countries all political parties unite on crucial matters. Our government will prove its wisdom and sensibility by listening to the other...

Letters To The Editor

This useless controversy should end

The recently raised controversy over Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman's role during the Liberation War should be stopped. Rather, we should analyse their post-war roles as the heads of the state. Because of the power struggle between the two parties, the helpless general people have become hostages. It is of no use to discuss whether AL is better than BNP or BNP is better than AL. We should rather discuss whether the commoners are provided with their rights...

Letters To The Editor

Dangers of antibiotics overuse in animal farming

Worldwide, antibiotics are being abused in animal farming in the name of boosting production of meat, eggs, farmed fish, etc. Overuse of antibiotics non-therapeutically is increasing antibiotic resistance among bacteria that cause human infections. Consumers are pressing the companies involved in the production of animal agricultural produces to completely eliminate the use of antibiotics in animal feeds for quick growth. However, it is encouraging to learn that Perdue Foods, America's third largest poultry producer has removed all antibiotics from its...

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“4 killed, 5 injured at Karwan Bazar,” published on September 11, 2014 Dev Saha Why on earth people have set up bazaar on rail lines? Sayed Rahman Who should I blame for this? It does not make sense how people build kitchen market on rail tracks! Maybe we will see a drive against it, and within a month from the drive, the market will be set up again. ***** “Old formalin in new bottle” (September 12, 2014) Fakhrul Islam With unrestricted use of chemicals, we will become...

Entertainment

DESH belongs to Bangladesh...Akram Khan

DESH belongs to Bangladesh...Akram Khan

Just three days in the countdown to his grand show, internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer Akram Khan, at a press conference, said, “DESH belongs to Bangladesh.”   A press conference focusing on DESH was held yesterday at Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The British Council, in partnership with the Bengal Foundation and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA)...

Pandit Tushar Dutta fascinates audience at IGCC

Pandit Tushar Dutta fascinates audience at IGCC

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) in association with Asian Paints, IRCON and Marico Bangladesh organised an evening of classical music by Pandit Tushar Dutta on September 12 at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC), Gulshan. Pandit Tushar Dutta started off his kheyal performance set on an evening raga Puria Dhaneshree. His vilambit bandish “E...

Pipra Bidya at Asian Screen Award and Busan

Pipra Bidya at Asian Screen Award and Busan

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's latest venture “Pipra Bidya” has been nominated for two international festivals. The film received a nomination for Asia Pacific Screen Award Competition. This is the second time Farooki will attend the festival. His last film “Television” won a grand jury award at the festival. “Pipra Bidya” has also been nominated for Busan International Film Festival under “Windows on Asian Cinema”. The festival is set to begin from October 2. The film casts Sheena Chohan, Noor Imran Mithu, Mukit Jakaria, Mou Debnath RJ Sabbir and others. “Pipra Bidya” will release on October 24.

Fame's ‘Omriter Sandhane’ pulls full house in Chittagong

Fame's ‘Omriter Sandhane’ pulls full house in Chittagong

The play “Omriter Sandhane” was staged by Chittagong's high-flying theatre troupe Fame, for a full house at Theatre Institute Chittagong (TIC) in the port city on Saturday evening. On the second day of the two-day festival titled “Chhonde Natye Sharod Abahan”, Fame staged the play based on eminent German writer Franz Kafka's “The Metamorphosis”. ...

TV Watch

Latest episode of the Lux-Channel i Superstars

Latest episode of the Lux-Channel i Superstars

The latest episode of the Lux-Channel i Superstars, to be aired on Channel i tonight a 9:35pm, will see the contestants attired in floral theme, unveiling new Lux. Singer Tahsan and actress Aupee Karim will be the guests on tonight's episode, the eighth of this year's series. Suborna Mostafa, Shakila Zafar and Shomi Kaiser will also share their experiences as the brand ambassador of Lux.

'Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini' to premiere on ATN Bangla

'Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini' to premiere on ATN Bangla

Romantic drama film “Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini” will premiere on television this Eid-ul-Azha. The film will go on air on ATN Bangla as part of the Eid special programmes. Plot: Shakib goes to Malaysia in search of his missing aunt and uncle. There he meets Joya. They come closer as Joya helps Shakib find...

Imitation Game tops Toronto Film Festival

Imitation Game tops Toronto Film Festival

Alan Turing biopic "The Imitation Game" has won the People's Choice award at the Toronto Film Festival. Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the drama about the British code breaker who helped decrypt the Enigma machine during World War Two. In a message, director Morten Tyldum said it was "an amazing honour" to win...

'Court Martial' staged in Mymensingh

“Court Martial”, a play based on the Liberation War, was staged for a capacity audience by Ensemble Theatre, a prominent drama troupe of Mymensingh at Muslim Institute auditorium Friday. Adapted by SM Solaiman, the play has been directed by Md. Abul Monsur, president of Ensemble Theatre. The cast of the play included Mustakim Billah Faruqui, Deputy Commissioner of Mymensingh; Asaduzzaman Sarker, Joy Saha, Md. Asaduzzaman Rubel, Tanjina Piyash Misti, Ashik Mahmud and Abul Monsur. Amol Basak, Shaibal Das Bappi, Mosharraf Hossain...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

There was a time when Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan was a chain smoker. He kicked the cigarette butt after reading Alan Carr's “Easy Way To Stop Smoking”. And guess what? Hrithik not only quit the cancer stick, but also helped his friends do the same by distributing copies of the same book among...

City

'Bangladesh: Emergency and the Aftermath 2007-2008'

Rizvi calls Moudud acrobat, renegade

BNP leader Rizvi Ahmed yesterday ripped into his party colleague Moudud Ahmed for his new book, "Bangladesh: Emergency and the Aftermath 2007-2008", in which the former law minister wrote that the release of BNP chief Khaleda Zia's two sons was her top priority during the last caretaker government. Describing Moudud as an "acrobat" and a "renegade", Rizvi said a book written by a man without an ideology would not matter much to them. Meanwhile, Moudud said he had expressed his personal...

Usual Extortion Spree Ahead of Eid, Puja

Zero tolerance

The government will take a zero tolerance policy when dealing with extortion ahead of Eid-ul-Azha and Durga Puja, said State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan yesterday. He was talking to reporters after attending a meeting on providing security during the two festivals at his secretariat office. "We will set up watch towers at key points on highways across the county. Highway police officials equipped with night vision binoculars will keep watch on the road to check extortion," he said. He added that...

Deterioration of Law, Order

NHRC chief doubts police chain of command

The National Human Rights Commission Chairman chief yesterday said it seemed that the chain of command in the police administration had broken down, resulting in slides in the human rights and law and order situations. "Police are not arresting the culprits, but rather general people are being harassed," he said, after visiting economist Prof Mahbubullah at Labaid Hospital in the capital. The pro-BNP ex-teacher of Dhaka University was physically assaulted on the Supreme Court premises on Saturday by unknown people. Meanwhile,...

Improvised Motorised Three-Wheelers

HC bans operation on highways of five dists

The High Court yesterday directed the government to stop plying of illegal improvised motorised three-wheelers on the highways of five southern districts in 72 hours. The vehicles are Nosimon, Kariman, Bhotbhoti, Mahindra and easy bikes. In response to a writ petition, the HC bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice Md Khasruzzaman asked the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of Barisal, Khulna, Madaripur, Faridpur and Rajbari to comply with the order and submit a report before it in two...

Nahid makes sudden visit to printing presses

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday made a "surprise" visit to Banglabazar in the capital to check the quality of papers being used for the secondary textbooks which will be distributed among the students next year. The visit was made after some printers made allegations that the papers supplied by the government were substandard, sources at the education ministry said. The minister, with over 20 vehicles carrying officials of the ministry and National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB), and journalists, first...

DU suspends theatre dept chair for 'sexual harassment of student'

The Dhaka University authorities last night suspended the chairman of the theatre and performance studies department, Prof Saiful Islam, for "sexually harassing" a sixth semester student. The professor was given 10 days to explain why he should not be fired, Acting Proctor Prof Amzad Ali told The Daily Star after a syndicate meeting where the decisions were taken. Prof Saiful stepped down yesterday afternoon after the sixth semester students of the department confined him to the classroom for one and a...

Reshuffle in police dept

In a reshuffle in the police department, 11 senior officials were transferred to different posts yesterday. According to a circular issued by the home ministry, Abdul Jalil Mandal, who was serving as additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), was made commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP). Jalil was replaced by Md Shamsuddin, who was the commissioner of Barisal Metropolitan Police.    Kamrul Ahsan, who had served as deputy inspector general (DIG) of Railway Range, Dhaka, has been made the commissioner of Sylhet...

War Crimes Trial

Three to testify for Subhan

Changing their earlier stance, the defence of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdus Subhan yesterday said they would produce just three witnesses to defend their client against the charges of crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Pabna during the liberation war. Earlier, the defence submitted a list of 20 defence witnesses, and the prosecution filed an application for limiting the number. But, when the International Crimes Tribunal-2 was hearing the prosecution petition yesterday, Subhan's counsel Mizanul Islam said they would produce three witnesses,...

Murder Case Against Mufti Izharul

Hearing on charge framing postponed

Hearing on charge framing against Hefajat-e Islam nayeb-e-ameer Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury, his son and three others in a murder case has been postponed till September 24 as one of the accused was not produced before the court yesterday. The accused, Md Ishaque, who is on bail in the case, is in jail in another case and could not be produced before the court, said additional public prosecutor Md Noman Chowdhury. On October 7 last year, three people were killed in...

Pacific Armies Management Seminar 2nd Day

Generals discuss strategy while cruising Padma

Army chiefs and top officials of 25 countries discussed building response capacity of land forces for environmental security on the second day of Pacific Armies Management Seminar (PAMS) yesterday. The discussion was held on Bangladesh Army's Landing Craft Tank (LCT) Shaktisancher sailing on the river Padma.   Col Ruben Segura of Chile and Brig Gen Dharma Bahadur Baniya of Nepal spoke, said an ISPR press release. Afterwards, the officials attended a cultural show at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital. Meanwhile, Commander of...

BCL Attack on CPB-BSD Rally

Case virtually shelved for one year

Exactly one year ago, Bangladesh Chhatra League attacked a joint rally of the Communist Party of Bangladesh and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal in Sylhet city, but none of the five named accused has been arrested till date. The attack had injured 35 people including CPB chief Mujahidul Islam Selim and 10 policemen including the officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station. The two left-leaning parties held the rally in Court Point area on September 15 protesting corruption, price hikes of essentials, and graft in...

Beating of Physically Challenged JU Student

Peers for punishing 'BCL' attackers

Over 200 physics students of Jahangirnagar University boycotted classes yesterday protesting the beating up of a physically challenged fellow on Sunday and demanding that exemplary punishment be handed down on the attackers, allegedly Bangladesh Chhatra League activists. Admitted to Enam Medical College and Hospital, Ashraful Islam, who has no left hand from the wrist onwards, had to undergo a surgery to his broken left leg. The protesters had a talk with the department chairman, Prof Nurul Alam, in the morning before...

Attack on Prof Mahbubullah

Judicial probe demanded

Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded a judicial probe into the attack on former economics professor of Dhaka University Mahbubullah on the Supreme Court premises two days ago. "It is unfortunate and acceptable that miscreants can assault a professor like Mahbubullah in Supreme Court area. It is a shame for the government and state," said Bikalpadhara president Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. Demanding security of all professionals, he said, "After the incident we cannot remain mum and stay at home. People from...

Info commission gets two new commissioners

The government yesterday appointed Nepal Chandra Sarker, former secretary of Information Commission, and Khurshida Begum, a professor of government and politics department of Jahangirnagar University, as information commissioners. President Abdul Hamid appointed the two under section 15(1) of the Right to Information Act 2009, reports BSS. The government will fix their rank and status, honoraria, allowances and other facilities, it added. The posts have been lying vacant since June 30. Meanwhile, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) expressed satisfaction over the appointment. In a statement, Iftekharuzzaman,...

N'ganj BNP leader Taimur arrested

Police arrested Taimur Alam Khandaker, president of Narayanganj district unit of BNP and chairman of Bangladesh Jatiya Badhir Sangsthya from the Sangsthya's Meherba Plaza office at Paltan in the capital around 6:00pm yesterday. Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Masudur Rahman said they handed over the BNP leader to its detective branch for interrogation. The DMP news portal said Taimur was arrested in a case filed on September 11 by one Sayed Ruhul Arefin who alleged that some 10/12 people...

News in Brief

Attempt to revive Baksal on Staff Correspondent Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League (Baksal) has applied to the Election Commission to register as a political party. "We sustain the ideology of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. We want to revive his theory of second revolution," its chairman Sharif Muhammed Amiruzzaman told The Daily Star. “We hope we are approved as we have fulfilled all conditions needed to register,” he added. The EC's deputy secretary confirmed the application and said the commission would take further necessary steps. 3...

Obituary

Obituary

Miah Md Abdur Razzak, father of Hasan Jahid Tusher, a senior correspondent of The Daily Star, died of old age complications at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University hospital in the capital yesterday. He was 89. A former agriculture officer, Abdur Razzak left behind three more sons and two daughters. He will be buried at their...

Human trafficking on rise

The number of victims of human trafficking is rising day by day, and to combat the crime, awareness at root level is necessary, speakers said at the closing event of a six-year project yesterday. The closing programme of Actions for Combating Trafficking in Persons (ACT) conducted by Winrock International and USAID was held at Spectra Convention Centre in the capital. Citing UNFPA and the home ministry's statistics, the speakers said every year around 15,000 people are trafficked from Bangladesh to other...

Country

Jamuna devours 60 homesteads overnight in Gaibandha

Jamuna devours 60 homesteads overnight in Gaibandha

The River Jamuna suddenly turned violent early yesterday, devouring at least 60 homesteads overninght at Kamarpara village in Phulchhari upazila. Many erosion victims hurriedly shifted their movable properties to safer places while others took shelter on nearby high lands. Nitai Mohanta, a day labourer of the village, said he worke up from bed following a...

Land grabbers this time attack Dhudu's wife, mother

Wife and mother of Dhudu Soren, who was stabbed to death by a gang of land grabbers in Nawabganj upazila of the district on August 2 this year, came under attack by the same gang yesterday. The victims are Phulmoni Mardi, 42, and her mother-in-law Surujmoni Mardi, 68. The incident took place at Hili Dangapara Bazar where Dhudu Soren was murdered. Witnesses said, a gang of land grabbers led by Md. Sabuj Mia, 30,  son of Md Gulzar Ali of Kachua...

2 'robbers' injured in gunfight with police in 2 districts

Two alleged robbers including a ringleader of a gang were injured in gunfights in Cox's Bazar and Jessore districts yesterday and the day before. Ringleader of a robber gang was arrested after he became injured in a gunfight with the law enforcers in Kalatali area of Cox's Bazar town early yesterday, reports our correspondent. Bullet injured Md. Shafiquar Rahman alias Shafiq, 30, was taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH). Officer-in-Charge (OC) AKM Manzur Alam of Cox's Bazar Detective Branch police said,...

Youth killed as people of two villages clash

A youth was killed and 10 others were injured when locals of two villages clashed at Bhangabari intersection in Sadar upazila of Sirajganj yesterday. The deceased is Imran Hossain, 27, son of Isharat Ali of Bhangabari village of the upazila. Police and locals said, there had been a long standing rivalry between the villagers of Bhangabari and Diardhangora village, over establishing supremacy in the area. As a sequel of their previous enmity, locals of the two villages, equipped with sharp weapons attacked...

3 housewives murdered

Three housewives have been killed allegedly by their husbands in Panchagarh, Satkhira and  Barisal districts. A newly wed housewife was murdered early Sunday allegedly by her husband at Kaharpara village in Panchagarh Sadar upazila over dowry, reports our Thakurgaon correspondent. The deceased was Parvin Akhter, 20, wife of Abdus Salam of Kaharpara village under the same upazila.   Police and local sources said, Parvin, daughter of Toriqul Islam of Langolgaon village of Panchagarh sadar upazila, was married to Abdus Salam, son of late...

Lightning kills two siblings

Two siblings were killed when lightning struck them at Joygoonjoth village in Tentulia upazila of Panchagarh on Sunday. The deceased, Labu Mia, 18, and his younger brother Hridoy, 08, were sons of Abdur Rahim of the village. Labu was a Class VII student at a local high school while Hridoy was a student of Class II at a local primary school. Locals said, lighting struck the duo when they were catching fish in Karatoa River during heavy rain. Other people who were fishing...

SNIPPETS

380 kg hilsa seized in Satkhira Unb, Satkhira Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) seized 380 kilograms of hilsa while those were being smuggled out through Jhaudanga point in Sadar upazila on Sunday morning. Major Ahsan, operation officer of Satkhira BGB Battalion-38, said acting on secret information that a huge quantity of hilsa was being smuggled to India, a patrol team of BGB raided the area at about 8:00 am and intercepted a truck. Sensing the presence of the BGB members,...

World

Ukraine Crisis

Rebels offered three years of 'self-rule'

Rebels offered three years of 'self-rule'

Ukraine's president yesterday offered parts of the separatist east of his country limited self-rule for three years under the terms of a peace plan reached with Russia. Petro Poroshenko's official website said the pro-Western leader told top lawmakers the proposal would be part of a broader deal with the pro-Moscow rebels. He intended to...

Fight Against IS

World leaders vow to help Iraq

The world's top diplomats pledged yesterday to support Iraq in its fight against Islamic State militants by "any means necessary", including "appropriate military assistance", as leaders stressed the urgency of the crisis. Representatives from around 30 countries and international organisations, including the United States, Russia and China, gathered in Paris as the savage beheading over the weekend of a third Western hostage raised the stakes in the fight against the marauding jihadists. In a joint statement after the talks, diplomats vowed...

Scottish referendum raises Serbs' independence hopes

Bosnian Serbs are closely watching Scotland's independence referendum, hoping if Scots vote to break away from Britain it would set a precedent that could boost their own chances of proclaiming a separate state. After Crimea split from Ukraine and joined Russia following a disputed referendum in March, and with Scotland eyeing independence in Thursday's referendum, the president of Bosnia's Serb-run entity Republika Srpska has not hesitated to evoke the spectre of separation. "We are following what is going on in Italy...

Kashmir militants suspend jihad to help flood efforts

An alliance of pro-Pakistani militant groups fighting in Indian Kashmir announced yesterday it was suspending jihadist activities to carry out rescue and relief work for flood victims. The umbrella United Jihad Council was formed in 1994 and is widely believed to have close links to Pakistan's military establishment. Talking to AFP, Syed Salahuddin, the group's supreme commander accused the Indian government of not doing enough for ordinary flood victims in Kashmir. "The Indian government is rescuing only tourists and their troops and...

Israel sees mass Hezbollah incursion in future fight

A future war with Lebanon's Hezbollah could see the Shiite militant group cross the border in strength and seize Israeli territory, a senior officer said in comments widely reported by Israeli media yesterday. The Jerusalem Post quoted the unidentified officer as saying that Hezbollah had learnt much about ground tactics from Syria, where it has fought alongside President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the three-and-a-half-year-old civil war. "Hezbollah's confidence is growing, along with its combat experience in Syria," it quoted the officer...

MH370 was the sixth 'suicide flight'

MH370 was the sixth 'suicide flight'

The pilot of the missing MH370 flight killed himself and his passengers by switching off the oxygen supply in what is the sixth example of such a suicide, according to an aviation expert. Ewan Wilson, head of Kiwi Airlines, believes Zaharie Ahmad Shah planned mass murder - locking his co-pilot out of the cockpit, depressurising the cabin and shutting down all communication links before turning the plane around. Having examined all other possibilities, Wilson insists that Shah, 53, is responsible for the deaths of the 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board the doomed Malaysian Airlines flight, which disappeared on March 8. He said: 'There is a fundamental desire to ignore...

Nobel Laureates urge Zuma for Dalai Lama's visa

Nobel Laureates urge Zuma for Dalai Lama's visa

Fourteen Nobel Peace Laureates have asked President Jacob Zuma to guarantee the Dalai Lama a visa to South Africa, after the Tibetan spiritual leader was forced to abandon a trip to the country. The Dalai Lama was to attend a summit of Nobel peace prize winners in Cape Town next month, the first-ever meeting...

Queen of Scots, but for how long?

Queen of Scots, but for how long?

Scottish separatists say they will keep Queen Elizabeth II if the country votes Thursday to leave the United Kingdom, but some question how secure the monarchy would be post-independence. Members of First Minister Alex Salmond's separatist Scottish National Party government have said that if independence wins it should be up to the people to...

Typhoon Kalmaegi leaves Philippines

Typhoon Kalmaegi swept out of the Philippines yesterday after causing chest-deep floods in some rural areas but largely leaving the storm-prone country unscathed, authorities said. The storm, with winds of 160 kilometres an hour, struck the northeast of the main Philippine island of Luzon on Sunday evening, then moved west across land before heading into the South China Sea yesterday. Six people were killed after a passenger ferry sank in the central Philippines on Saturday evening amid rough weather as the...

News in Brief

6 civilians killed in fighting in Ukraine's Donetsk Afp, Donetsk Six civilians were killed in fighting in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, the bloodiest day since a ceasefire was signed 10 days ago. "Six civilians perished during the hostilities over the past 24 hours," Donetsk deputy mayor Kostyantyn Savinov said yesterday, while the town hall said another 15 civilians had been injured. France begins reconnaissance flights over Iraq Afp, Al-dhafra French planes carried out their first reconnaissance flights over...

Lifestyle

Cover Story

A SERENADE for saris

A SERENADE for saris

Derived from the Sanskrit word "sati", which essentially means a strip of cloth, modern day saris have come a long way. Evolving from basic everyday wear, the sari has established itself as a predominant piece of clothing in every South Asian woman's wardrobe. It has embodied the Bengali beauty like no other. Come Eid, saris find a renewed fervour as women of all ages rush to stores to get the best pick. Derived from the Sanskrit word “sati”, which essentially means a strip of cloth, modern day saris have come a long way. Evolving from basic everyday wear, the sari has established itself as a predominant piece of clothing in...

  

SHOP SPECIAL

DESHAL

DESHAL

Have you ever decided to wear a sari and walk the streets of the Western world? For those who have, it must have been like a few minutes' celebrity walk down the road because of all the 'heads-turning-towards-you' reaction and the double takes. For Bengali women, this unique one of a kind, five-nine yards of drape is one of their most iconic traditional attire. Bright, colourful and vibrant saris are worn by the Bengali beauties throughout the nation on almost all occasions nowadays, which truly brings out the diva in them. And therefore the demand for this national wear keeps rising steadily as girls, ladies and women of all ages...

LS SUGGESTS

Gorgeous garlands

Gorgeous garlands

For a special occasion, you can visit your local flower shops and select a few fresh, seasonal flowers. Most flower shops these days also have lots of ribbons and beads to adorn their flower bouquets. You can ask the seller to create a makeshift headpiece for you with the trinkets available at the shops. If you want more options, you can buy some beads, or the more readily available buttons from lace shops which can also work as hair ornaments if you fasten them to thick ribbons.

Cover story

A TIME LONG LOVE affair

A TIME LONG LOVE affair

The Bengali belle adores it; the men love to see women in it and the world stands in awe at the feminine grace that exudes from the wearer of this six yard of unstitched fabric. A Bengali festival without a sari is essentially incomplete, irrespective of the occasion – Pohela Boishakh, Eid, Puja, Christmas or Buddha Purnima. This has been a time long love affair. And over the centuries the local weavers have seasoned their techniques so much so that Bangladeshi saris have gained a reputation the world over for their delicate designs and inherent quality. The comfort factor comes as a perk. From the sari shops lining either sides of...

TWO PEAS IN A POD

Gastronomy of the palm fruit

Gastronomy of the palm fruit

The tree grew strong and tall, and gave sustenance to all who marvelled at its many uses. It was so versatile that the Tamils called it the celestial tree. To this day the Palmyra Palm, or better known as the taal gaach for us Bangladeshis, has been an essential part of everyday life...

  

SPECIAL FEATURE

PLANNING THOSE BIRTHDAYS

PLANNING THOSE BIRTHDAYS

It seems like it was just yesterday when your child was born and here you are now planning their birthday party. Let's be honest, even though it might not feel like a big deal, throwing your child a dream birthday party is no child's play. We have all been to one of those parties...

LS SUGGESTS

PARTY UP!

PARTY UP!

Snow spray One of the simplest ways to liven up a party is by using snow sprays. The snow-like substance never fails to capture the attention of people and entertain them. Even when it's not a formal party, just a gathering of a few friends, snow-cans can come in handy. You can get them...

ART

An artist extraordinaire

An artist extraordinaire

Dale Chihuly started his journey of blowing glasses in the 1960s. Today, almost five decades later, he has championed blowing glass as a vehicle for making sculptures. Focusing on the vessel in his explorations of colours and forms, the final product that he creates is the most captivating art. Born in 1941 at Tacoma,...

LS PICK

BOHEMIAN goddess

BOHEMIAN goddess

A flower is a contradiction. Some say a flower basks in its own quiet beauty, blooming away and attracting the birds and the bees without lifting a finger. There are those, however, who disagree; for what is quiet about a blood red rose among the greens and browns, or a pure white hasnahena that embraces you with its intoxicating scent? When a woman decides to adorn herself with flowers, the flowers demand her complete attention; in order to portray the full beauty of the flowers, other embellishments are neither welcome nor required. If you are willing to make a commitment and brighten up your appearance with this quiet but ferocious...

RUPCHANDA-STAR LIFESTYLE

SUPER CHEF AUDITION round ends

SUPER CHEF AUDITION round ends

The final audition of the Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014 finally took place in Dhaka. The biggest televised culinary competition in the country drew in more than 2000 applicants all eager to prove their worth. Shooting Complex and The Daily Star Centre played host to the auditions. By now, the hype surrounding the competition...

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

Singapore soliloquy

Singapore soliloquy

Inspired by my friend 'Finelychopped,' I decided to go to the island country on a food jaunt. Got in touch with the most excellent Sushobhan. He immediately, in a most reassuring manner, invited me to stay over and took charge of organising my visa. And I landed in Singapore for a day and half of food fiesta. I had my list from 'Finelychopped.' The first port of call was Ya Kun Kaya toast. The runny soft-boiled eggs with toast and local coconut jam. Alas, the outlet we went to was shut for renovation. Not to be deterred, we walked across the street to Kopitiam and had the same thing. In an unusually low-tech approach, whole eggs, shell and...

CHECK IT OUT

Khazana Nawabi Food Festival

Khazana Nawabi Food Festival

From 10 to 30 September, Indian fine dining restaurant Khazana will be celebrating Royal cuisine at their Gulshan branch. India is a vast country, and therefore comprises a plethora of flavours. Khazana is trying its best to provide its customers an insight into the exquisite flavours of India a step at a time, and...

Numbers not to be proud of

Numbers not to be proud of

Having high cholesterol is becoming increasingly common these days. Blame it on bad lifestyle and insane eating habits, but even many young people -- for example, those in their mid-twenties -- have been diagnosed with borderline high to high levels of cholesterol. This puts us at risk of heart diseases. Whether your cholesterol is...

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

“A collection of Drawings, Collages & Oil pastels” : Exhibition of Murtaja Baseer Date: 12-25 September Time: 11am to 8pm Venue: Galleri Kaya, House 20, Road 16, Sector 4, Uttara Murtaja Baseer, known for his unique, individual artistic style, is considered one of the foremost Bengal painters and a versatile genius. Throughout his illustrious career, Baseer has gradually transformed his style into abstract realism. Baseer is still actively exploring the diverse world of art. He has done a series of works articulating contemporary life...

NEWS FLASH

Bangladeshi artist qualifies to the final 15

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation recently announced the 15 finalists, which include a Bangladeshi contemporary artist for the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. Now in its third instalment, the prize puts in the spotlight the most compelling contemporary artworks created by artists in the Asia Pacific region over the last three years. Selected by a panel of five eminent judges from around the region, the finalists' works were chosen from 105 nominated artworks...

CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Laser Treat's bridal offer WELCOMING this year's wedding season, Laser Treat -- country's first ISO certified cosmetic surgery clinic -- has unveiled its attractive bridal package. Avail services to beautify yourself before the big day comes. There is a discount of 10 per cent for the brides. This offer will run till November. The treatments include laser hair reduction, laser whitening, lipolysis, skin toning, body shaping, weight management, etc. These treats are non-surgical and painless. Laser Treat boasts qualified specialists trained from America and Europe. Location: House # 32 (Level 3), Road # 11, Block G, Banani; House # 11, Road # 6, Sector 4, Jashimuddin Avenue, Uttara. Contact number: 01750010020; 01750010030.  Foring in...

POP UP

Get the right amount of sleep

SLEEP impacts every aspect of your body, from immunity to cardiac health to optimal functioning of the brain. Research suggests that the "perfect" amount of sleep may be 7 hours a night, although some people need more than others. Experiment to figure out how much sleep makes your body feel its best, and then commit to that number of hours.

Law and Our Rights

Rights Advocacy

Empowering ESC rights to ensure human development

Empowering ESC rights to ensure human development

THE underlying spirit of human rights jurisprudence is gaining momentous success in this modern era. Human rights by its divine virtue of human dignity have taken place with due emphasis in the modern legal system. Over the years there has been a gradual enlargement of the scope of human rights through reinterpretation of...

Reviewing The Views
Impeachment of Judges

How far the initiative is constitutional?

How far the initiative is constitutional?

THE initiative taken by the government to restore the impeachment power of the judges to the parliament scrapping the existing provision of supreme judicial council draws public attention and stirs a debate among the people of legal arena. Whether vesting the impeachment power to parliament creates any impediment to judicial independence? Judicial independence...

Law Event

Zero tolerance for sexual harassment

Zero tolerance for sexual harassment

BANGLADESH National Woman Lawyers' Association (BNWLA) in association with the USAID and Plan Bangladesh organised an advocacy meeting with the civil society members titled as “Prevention of Sexual Harassment; Experience, Challenge and Way Forward” on 8 September, 2014. Advocate Salma Ali, Executive Director of BNWLA, focused on the severity of sexual harassment as it...

Law Letter

Enforcement of international laws

By observing the last few months devastating condition along with the death toll in Palestine, Syria and other middle east states and the silence or absence of any action against these unjustified attacks on innocent civilians and non-combatants, it has become quite clear that all international rules and laws are being violated and promises to the humanity has been denied to be implemented. Within states, municipal laws are followed to avoid punishment and to protect the rights of the citizen....

Letters

Letters To The Editor

Govt. should not take decisions alone

Recently the government has taken some measures regarding the issue of impeachment of SC judges and National Broadcast Policy without consulting the stakeholders. It also sacrificed Bangladesh's candidacy for the UNSC in the same way. Government should not take decisions alone, and more specifically, about certain matters that are crucial to the country's interest. Accountability is important. In many countries all political parties unite on crucial matters. Our government will prove its wisdom and sensibility by listening to the other...

Letters To The Editor

This useless controversy should end

The recently raised controversy over Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman's role during the Liberation War should be stopped. Rather, we should analyse their post-war roles as the heads of the state. Because of the power struggle between the two parties, the helpless general people have become hostages. It is of no use to discuss whether AL is better than BNP or BNP is better than AL. We should rather discuss whether the commoners are provided with their rights...

Letters To The Editor

Dangers of antibiotics overuse in animal farming

Worldwide, antibiotics are being abused in animal farming in the name of boosting production of meat, eggs, farmed fish, etc. Overuse of antibiotics non-therapeutically is increasing antibiotic resistance among bacteria that cause human infections. Consumers are pressing the companies involved in the production of animal agricultural produces to completely eliminate the use of antibiotics in animal feeds for quick growth. However, it is encouraging to learn that Perdue Foods, America's third largest poultry producer has removed all antibiotics from its...

Comments on news report

“4 killed, 5 injured at Karwan Bazar,” published on September 11, 2014 Dev Saha Why on earth people have set up bazaar on rail lines? Sayed Rahman Who should I blame for this? It does not make sense how people build kitchen market on rail tracks! Maybe we will see a drive against it, and within a month from the drive, the market will be set up again. ***** “Old formalin in new bottle” (September 12, 2014) Fakhrul Islam With unrestricted use of chemicals, we will become...