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Latif traceless on return

Latif traceless on return

Sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique, who had been staying in India for about one and a half months, returned to Bangladesh last night, with several arrest warrants on him. The former posts and telecommunication minister, who has been under fire for his anti-hajj comments in September, arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Air India flight AI 230 around 8:20pm. He stayed at the VIP terminal for a while and talked to some airport and government agency officials, according to airport sources. He left the airport through the domestic terminal around 9:00pm, boarded his personal vehicle waiting outside and headed towards Uttara, the sources said. None could say where he went. Airport police officials,...

Fire ravaged their lives

Fire ravaged their lives

Everything happens for the best, it is often touted, but for Hena Akter, it is impossible to find a silver lining in the tragedy that unfolded on this day two years ago. A slight short circuit gave way to an errant fire, which went on to ravage her entire workplace -- and her life.  “I...

RU Teacher Killing

Who are culprits?

Who are culprits?

Police and Rapid Action Battalion came up with contradictory versions of the motive behind the murder of Rajshahi University Prof AKM Shafiul Islam following arrest of nine people from different parts of the country yesterday. Rajshahi police, after arresting three people from Bogra, said two of the detainees claimed responsibilities for the murder on social media. “They claimed their responsibility for Shafiul's murder on a Facebook page of militant outfit Ansar Al Islam Bangladesh-2,” said M Shamsuddin, commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police. The RMP commissioner, however, did not say anything about how they ascertained the arrestees' link to the militant outfit. On the contrary, Rab arrested six people from Rajshahi and Gazipur and...

Gold Smuggling

Arrestees put blame on other Biman men

All five arrestees, including three Biman officials, yesterday denied having links with any gold smuggling racket, and claimed before magistrates that other Biman officials might be involved with such rackets, according to court sources. In their confessional statements, three of them mentioned the names of two Biman captains saying they may have links with gold smuggling rings. Biman insiders said the two officials whose names came up in the confessional statements are very influential in the national carrier for their close...

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3 SAARC Deals

Signing unlikely

The three key deals that were supposed to be signed by the Saarc member countries at the 18th Saarc Summit in Kathmandu are unlikely to happen. The three agreements are: Saarc Motor Vehicles Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger and Cargo Vehicular Traffic amongst Saarc member states, Saarc Regional Railways Agreement and Saarc Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity). Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque revealed this at a press briefing in Kathmandu after the first day meeting of Saarc Standing...

HC to Govt

Safe food authority must in 3 months

The High Court yesterday directed the government to form a decision-making authority and a council in three months to implement Nirapad Khadya Ain (Safe Food Act) 2013.  On complying with the order, the government has to submit a report to it within the period, said Justice Mirza Hossain Haider and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan responding to a writ petition. A further order will be delivered on the matter on March 1, the HC bench said. The law provides for a five-member...

War Crimes Trial

Verdict in Mobarak case today

Verdict in Mobarak case today

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 is set to deliver today the verdict in the war crimes case against Mobarak Hossain, a leader of Brahmanbaria Awami League, for his alleged crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. The alleged “Razakar commander” faces five charges of crimes against humanity and genocide committed in 1971. The 64-year-old, now behind bars, served as the AL organising secretary of Mugra union unit of Akhaura upazila for 16 years until 2012. He was allegedly involved in murder, abduction, confinement, torture and looting homes of their valuables while serving as a member of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1971, according to the charges pressed against him. After fixing the date for delivering the verdict...

'Sajid's wife' trained JMB women in India

'Sajid's wife' trained JMB women in India

Banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) trained its women operatives in India and the wife of prime accused in Burdwan blast case was the chief trainer, detectives said yesterday. Fatema Begum, wife of detained JMB commander Sajid, and three others were arrested with explosives from the capital's Sadarghat area on Saturday, they added.  "Fatema was the chief trainer. She used to train the group's women at Burdwan's Shimulia madrasa which has only 50 students," Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam of Detective Branch told the press yesterday. The three other arrestees -- Abdullah Kazi, Isharat Ali Sheikh and Shawkat Sarder -- joined JMB between 2004 and 2005 and had links with Sajid, believed...

Day labourer's son abducted for ransom

A human-trafficking gang has allegedly kidnapped a son of a day labourer in Ukhia upazila and threatened that he will be sent to Malaysia forcefully if his family fails to pay them Tk 50,000 as ransom. Ismail Hossain, son of Mir Ahmed of Gayalmara village, was picked up when he was going to his village mosque in the morning of November 9, victim's mother Monoara Begum alleged. The next day, she got a phone call from the kidnappers who demanded the...

Nizami appeals to SC against death penalty

Nizami appeals to SC against death penalty

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday challenged the death penalty awarded to him by a war crimes tribunal for his crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War. In his appeal filed with the Supreme Court, Nizami claimed himself innocent and sought acquittal on the eight charges he was found guilty. International Crimes Tribunal-1 on October 29 handed him the death penalty on four charges of war crimes, including murdering intellectuals. The 71-year-old was also awarded life imprisonment on the other four charges. Citing from the appeal, Shishir Manir, a lawyer for Nizami, told The Daily Star that the tribunal had failed to consider that Nizami was never associated with any auxiliary...

Top diplomats meet to discuss Saarc agenda

The foreign secretaries of South Asia yesterday met in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to discuss cooperation on different issues ahead of the 18th Saarc Summit scheduled there on November 26-27. Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and other top diplomats met at the 41st meeting of the Saarc Standing Committee with issues like combating terrorism, poverty alleviation, energy security and climate change on the agenda. Besides, the secretaries have also started reviewing the progress in the implementation of their earlier decisions. During...

JP lawmakers walk out of Sangsad

Opposition Jatiya Party lawmakers and an independent MP staged a brief walkout during the parliamentary session last night protesting government's inaction against the Biman board chairman. The protest came after five people including three Biman officials were arrested in connection with gold smuggling recently. Along with the JP MPs, MP Mayeen Uddin Khan Badal from Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, an ally of the ruling alliance, and two independent MPs -- Hazi Selim and Tahjib Alam Siddique -- demanded that the government remove...

Accountability absent in Biman

Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon yesterday said he felt bad that neither the Biman chairman nor any of its officials informed him about the recent arrest of Biman officials for alleged links with a gold smuggling racket. At a talk show of a private TV channel, the minister said he thought that the Biman chairman would brief him on the entire situation. As it didn't happen, he tried to communicate with the Biman authorities through his ministry's secretary. Both Menon...

Man killed in Ctg clash

A man was killed and 10 others were injured in a clash between two groups of people in Elsha village of Banshkhali upazila yesterday. The dead is Abdul Khalek, 60. There had been a longstanding conflict between Delwar Azim and Md Delwar over a piece of land, said Kamrul Hasan, officer-in-charge of Banshkhali Police Station. Around 10:00am, supporters of Azim attacked Delwar men when they were cutting paddy on the disputed land. Later, the two groups, equipped with local weapons, attacked each...

Criminals kill AL leader in Jessore

Unidentified criminals shot an Awami League leader dead in Abhaynagar upazila  of Jessore yesterday morning. The dead, Oliar Rahman, 53, was joint general secretary of the upazila unit AL and also a councillor of Noapara municipality. He hailed from Guakhola village. Chhayer Uddin, officer-in-charge of Abhaynagar Police Station, said around 6:00am, a group of assailants sprayed bullets on Oliar when he was returning home after performing Fazr prayers at his village mosque near his house. Critically injured Oliar died on the way...

Hitler painting sold at 1.30 lakh euros

Hitler painting sold at 1.30 lakh euros

A watercolour of Munich's old city hall believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler a century ago was sold for 130,000 euros at an auction in Germany on Saturday. Kathrin Weidler, director of the Weider auction house in Nuremberg, said the work attracted bidders from four continents and went to a buyer from the Middle East. She declined to elaborate. The auction house says the painting is one some 2,000 by Hitler and is thought to be from about 1914, when he was struggling to make a living as an artist, almost two decades before rising to power as the Nazi dictator. The painting, which had been expected to fetch at...

Israel-Palestinian Tensions

Arab League meets on Nov 29

The Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting next week to discuss the situation in the Palestinian territories in the presence of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, an official said yesterday. The meeting on November 29 comes as annexed Arab east Jerusalem is roiled by months of unrest, which has spread across the occupied West Bank and to Arab communities inside Israel. Four rabbis and a policeman were killed last week when two Palestinians carrying meat cleavers and a pistol launched a...

Facebook 'newspaper' spells trouble for media

Facebook's move to fulfill its ambition to be the personal "newspaper" for its billion-plus members is likely to mean more woes for the ailing news media. The huge social network has become a key source of news for many users, as part of a dramatic shift in how people get information in the digital age. Company founder Mark Zuckerberg told a forum in early November that his goal is to make Facebook's newsfeed "the perfect personalized newspaper for every person in...

US northeast braces for floods after record snow

Weather forecasters and emergency officials warned Sunday that melting snow would lead to heavy flooding in parts of the US northeast, with hundreds of thousands of people told to brace for fast-rising waters. A flood watch was in effect until Wednesday in several counties in and around Buffalo in New York state after record-breaking snowfall killed at least 14 people, as Mother Nature struck its first blow of winter in the US, dumping more than six feet (two meters) of...

Tunisia votes in landmark presidential election

Tunisia votes in landmark presidential election

Tunisians yesterday voted in their first presidential election since the 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring, in a ballot set to round off an often fraught transition to democracy. Among the 27 candidates the favourite is former premier Beji Caid Essebsi, an 87-year-old veteran whose anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party won a parliamentary election...

Modi: The man of the millennium?

Let's hear it for "the man of the moment, the man of the millennium." That man is Narendra Modi, and those are the words with which an Australian public servant introduced India's Prime Minister in Brisbane on Sunday. "Modi, Modi, Modi," chanted the crowd. The adulation didn't end there. The next day, Modi was in Sydney, delivering a speech to an audience of 16,000 at the Allphones Arena. "You're a rock star!" shrieked an excited fan as the event beamed across millions of...

Business

Stand by start-ups with policy support: analysts

Stand by start-ups with policy support: analysts

Friendly policies, tax breaks and a change in the educational curriculum and people's mindset are crucial to promoting start-ups in Bangladesh, young entrepreneurs said yesterday. "There needs to be a fundamental shift in terms of how the academic structure is designed for the new world," said Mustafizur Rahman Khan, founder and chief executive of...

BB honours top remitters

BB honours top remitters

Bangladesh Bank yesterday honoured 24 non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) for sending the highest amount of remittances last year, in a bid to encourage the expatriates to send money home through legal channels.    Of them, 20 are individual remitters, while the rest invested in bonds. The NRBs, who send money through illegal channels such as hundi,...

Still suffering

Still suffering

They never knew the dark of the grisly night could be a portent of another dark episode of their lives waiting ahead. The night air heavy with smoke and heat, and the loud, terrified screams of the many people trapped inside the blazing Tazreen Fashions building -- were just the beginning of a drawn-out struggle. At least 112 employees of the ill-fated factory, owned by Tuba Group, died from the fire at Nishchintapur in Savar, exactly two years ago. Many were left injured. Anju Ara was among those lucky to survive. But, she does not feel like that anymore, as she suffered serious injuries, received no compensation, and is now left without...

TAZREEN TRAGEDY: TWO YEARS ON

Safety standards improve

Workplace safety in the garment sector have improved since the Tazreen fire disaster two years ago, but the absence of justice yet for the victims has set off anger and distrust among the observers. Inspections by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, the platform of mainly European-based retailers, the government's corrective action plan and the efforts of the owners reflect that workplace safety conditions are improving, said Roy Ramesh Chandra, secretary general of IndustriALL Bangladesh Council. “Things are moving in...

Banks' capital rises

Banks' overall capital increased 1.94 percent in the third quarter compared to the previous quarter, as asset quality of most banks improved. On September 30, their capital was Tk 64,932 crore, which is 10.57 percent of their total risk-weighted assets. The amount was Tk 63,694 crore on June 31. In line with international standards, banks have to maintain a capital adequacy ratio (CAR) of 10 percent against their risk-weighted assets. The total capital of state-owned commercial banks increased around 3 percent to...

Punish Tazreen owner, say labour leaders

Labour leaders yesterday reiterated their demand for exemplary punishment to those responsible for the Tazreen Fashions. The fire at the Tuba Group factory in Savar killed at least 112 people, mostly garment workers, on this day two years ago.     “The fire was not an accident. It was a murder,” said Tapon Saha, general secretary of Textile Garments Workers Federation. The loss of lives could have been minimised, had the factory' doors not been locked, he said at a human chain formed...

FAS Finance gets new MD

FAS Finance gets new MD

Md Russel Shahrior has joined FAS Finance and Investment as its managing director and chief executive officer, the company said yesterday. Prior to the appointment, he served MIDAS Financing as its deputy managing director, it said. Shahrior has experience in SME finance, green banking and IT division from his work with the IIDFC, and as head of credit and small enterprise from United Leasing Company. He holds a master's degree in advanced engineering management from Buet.

Fuel price rise tests Indonesia leader's poverty pledge

Fuel price rise tests Indonesia leader's poverty pledge

In an old cemetery in the Indonesian capital, Enur's family and others live in makeshift houses between tombstones, a handful of the millions of poor people that new President Joko Widodo has pledged to help. But Widodo's promise to close a fast-growing wealth gap is looking tougher after his decision last week to hike...

German finance minister wants EU to have budget veto powers

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Sunday the European economic and monetary affairs commissioner should have veto powers over national budgets that breach eurozone criteria. Such a reform would send "a strong signal that we truly honour our commitments", the veteran minister said ahead of a European summit in Brussels next month, in an interview published in news weekly Focus. The comments come amid tensions between Berlin, which has preached fiscal discipline, and Paris, which is running a budget deficit and...

Coal India trade unions call off strike in victory for Modi

The labour unions of state-run Coal India have called off a strike planned for Monday in protest against a stake sale and opening up of the industry, setting the stage for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to press ahead with energy reforms. Coal India holds a monopoly on commercial coal mining, accounting for more than 80 percent of India's total production. Union leaders met a senior coal ministry official on Saturday and the strike was postponed until a meeting with the power...

Opec divided on oil output before crucial meeting

The Opec oil producers cartel will hold one of its toughest and most significant meetings in recent years as, faced with sliding prices, its members must contemplate whether to cut output. Ahead of Thursday's meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, home to the cartel's headquarters, its dozen member countries are split on what direction to take after a 30 percent drop in crude prices since June has slashed revenues. Opec's poorer members, led by Venezuela and Ecuador,...

India's Jaitley pledges second-generation reforms

India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promised on Sunday to unveil a whole series of "second-generation" reforms to try to kickstart the stuttering economy. In an interview with the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency, Jaitley said the reforms that would be unveiled in the budget early next year would help the country cross the six percent growth mark in 2015-16. "The country needs a larger opening out in more sectors... I think we have a lot of exciting times ahead...

Sports

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test & ODI Series

Tamim, Anamul & then Mash

Tamim, Anamul & then Mash

Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza must be a happy man. Prior to the second ODI he asked for a team effort and that's exactly what he got in Bangladesh's 68-run win over Zimbabwe at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here yesterday. And it was Mashrafe himself who led from the front. It looked like a...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test & ODI Series

'I'm still not at my best'

'I'm still not at my best'

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza's crucial opening spell, which saw him take three wickets, pegged back Zimbabwe early in their innings. The captain however was repentant that he failed to give his best in yesterday's match. "It's good that I got the wickets, but honestly speaking, I feel that only 80 per cent of my deliveries...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test & ODI Series

The century jinx and an odd order

The 158-run stand between Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal in the second ODI against Zimbabwe here yesterday was only the sixth time that Bangladesh's openers put up a century partnership in the first innings. Unfortunately, the hosts failed to build on the solid foundation, managing to add just 93 more runs. Oddly enough, statistics show that the Tigers are more prone to collapses and even likely to lose games after their openers gave them a good start. Prior to yesterday's game,...

Dav's dissection

Dav's dissection

The Bangladesh captain said at the toss that he wanted improvement in two areas, 1) more from his top order - well he certainly got it from his openers who scored 158 before Tamim Iqbal was run out. What he didn't figure was a procession of dismissals that followed. Anmaul, Shakib,Shabbir, Mushfiqur, Mahamadulla and Mashrafe. Yes the batting order was changed and I agree with demoting Mominul when after 30 overs both openers were still at the crease. The danger is that the batsmen who are padded up ready to go in see how easy batting is and they forget that both openers had taken plenty of overs to play...

King's Cup

Draw keeps Sheikh Jamal waiting

Bangladesh Premier League champions Sheikh Jamal DC stayed on course for a semifinal berth in the King's Cup despite being held to a goalless draw by Thai Premier League outfit Nakhon Ratchasima FC in their second Group A match at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu yesterday. A win would have seen Sheikh Jamal through, but a draw still leaves them with a good chance, as both Jamal and Nakhon lead the group table with four points with a match in...

Siddikur 52nd

Bangladesh's premier golfer Siddikur Rahman capped off a miserable week by finishing at joint 52nd position in the Manila Masters in Philippines yesterday. The two-time Asian Tour winner started the day with a birdie, but it went all downhill since as a double-bogey on the second hole was followed by another bogey on the third. An eagle on in the fourth gave signs of a comeback, but three more bogeys and a double-bogey put paid to his chances of a...

Russel turn to Djukanovic

Sheikh Russel KC are likely to bring back Montenegrin coach Dragan Djukanovic for the upcoming season after the board of directors decided in favour of appointing a foreign coach. Djukanovic, who guided the club to final round qualification for the AFC President's Cup earlier this year before being leaving towards the end of season, is on top of the club's priority list, which also includes former Sheikh Jamal coach Joseph Afusi, former BJMC coach Jakaria Babu and the club's former...

LFP

La Liga's new Messi-ah

La Liga's new Messi-ah

Lionel Messi became the all-time top goalscorer in La Liga history with a hat-trick as Barcelona swept aside Sevilla 5-1 on Saturday to remain two points adrift of league leaders Real Madrid. Messi, 27, moved level with legendary Basque striker Telmo Zarra when he opened the scoring with a trademark free-kick to register his...

Barclays English Premier League

L'pool lose again

Liverpool suffered more Selhurst Park misery as struggling Crystal Palace came from behind to clinch a shock 3-1 win over the lacklustre Reds on Sunday. Brendan Rodgers' side saw their hopes of winning the Premier League title effectively ended when they conceded three late goals in a 3-3 draw at Palace last season and they fared even worse on their return to south London since that painful experience. Rickie Lambert had given Liverpool an early lead with his first goal but...

Formula 1

Hamilton's 2nd title

Hamilton's 2nd title

Lewis Hamilton clinched his second drivers' World Championship and became the first British multiple champion for 46 years when he won Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 29-year-old Englishman, who took his first title in 2008 with McLaren, won not only the 55-laps race, but also his private duel with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who suffered prolonged problems with his car after making a poor start from pole position. Having started from the prime spot on the grid for the 11th time this year, Rosberg was comprehensively outpaced as Hamilton surged clear to control the race with a well-judged and dominant performance. Hamilton's victory was his 11th of the season and...

Oz romp to 4-1 win

James Faulkner hit the winning boundary with five balls to spare to give Australia a thrilling two-wicket victory over South Africa on Sunday and push them to the top of the ICC one-day rankings. The Australians were cruising towards a rain-reduced victory target of 275 in Sydney but then lost four wickets for three runs to give the Proteas a late chance of victory. But Faulkner (six not out) got Australia over the line with a sweep for four off spinner...

Davis Cup

Switzerland's maiden crown

Roger Federer gave Switzerland its first Davis Cup title in Lille on Sunday by defeating Richard Gasquet of France in straight sets in the first of the final's reverse singles. Federer romped to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win to hand the Swiss an unbeatable 3-1 lead after Stan Wawrinka had won the opening singles of the match and the world number two and four had teamed up to win the doubles on Saturday. It was one of the greatest sporting triumphs...

Taekwondo centre in RU

A Taekwondo Training Centre Construction Project, jointly organised by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Rajshahi University, was inaugurated at the university campus yesterday. The training centre is equipped with taekwondo supplies, locker rooms, training office, 9 class rooms and 11 washrooms for the safety and comfort of the students. The students of the university and residents of nearby areas will be able to learn the Olympic sport under the guidance of Korean Instructor Kim Ill-Woong. Mohammad Mizanuddin, vice chancellor of...

Poga brace seals win

Ten-man Juventus restored their three-point lead on Roma with a brace of goals in either half from Paul Pogba and a Carlos Tevez strike underlining the champions' credentials in a 3-0 win at Lazio on Saturday. Juventus were down to 10 men after midfielder Simone Padoin saw red in the 70th minute when he was cautioned for a second time after a foul on Italy international Antonio Candreva. By then, the damage had already been done, Pogba hitting the opener in...

Ronaldo on way to La Liga record

While Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was busy breaking the all-time La Liga scoring record on Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo took a step closer to smashing the best for a single season of 50 goals also held by his Argentine rival. Ronaldo struck twice in a 4-0 win for leaders Real Madrid at Eibar and the Portugal forward has now scored an incredible 20 goals in 11 appearances in Spain's top flight this term. If the World Player of the Year continues at...

Reus out till 2015

Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus will miss the rest of 2014, including Wednesday's Champions League clash at Arsenal, after suffering his sixth ankle injury in a year, the club confirmed Sunday. The 25-year-old was stretchered off after tearing the ligaments in his right ankle following a foul by Paderborn's Marvin Bakalorz.

Editorial

Editorial

Chain of command in police under stress?

A latest intelligence report on police reveals a worrying picture of indiscipline in the country's largest law enforcing agency. Based on the intelligence findings, a prominent Bangla daily reported that in the last six months more than eight hundred orders of Dhaka Metropolitan police commissioner have been violated. In most of the cases, these occurred in the form of manipulating transfer orders to stay in the same station as if growing a stake in it. It is easily understandable...

Editorial

Jaywalking has to be curbed

THERE can't be any second opinion that the way jaywalking has proliferated in the city it requires immediate and effective remedial measures as a cruicial part of traffic management. There is no alternative to enforcing discipline in the riotous form that pedestrian traffic has taken. Not only overall traffic is being obstructed but lives are put at risk, too. That said, we now turn to the impulsive decision to impose a fine of Taka 200 or have an offender serve...

Op-ed

Editorial

Chain of command in police under stress?

A latest intelligence report on police reveals a worrying picture of indiscipline in the country's largest law enforcing agency. Based on the intelligence findings, a prominent Bangla daily reported that in the last six months more than eight hundred orders of Dhaka Metropolitan police commissioner have been violated. In most of the cases, these occurred in the form of manipulating transfer orders to stay in the same station as if growing a stake in it. It is easily understandable...

Editorial

Jaywalking has to be curbed

THERE can't be any second opinion that the way jaywalking has proliferated in the city it requires immediate and effective remedial measures as a cruicial part of traffic management. There is no alternative to enforcing discipline in the riotous form that pedestrian traffic has taken. Not only overall traffic is being obstructed but lives are put at risk, too. That said, we now turn to the impulsive decision to impose a fine of Taka 200 or have an offender serve...

KALEIDOSCOPE
DISCIPLINING JAYWALKERS

We have little room for experiment

We have little room for experiment

DHAKA Metropolitan police (DMP) has hit upon a novel idea to discourage jaywalking in the city. Part of a weeklong campaign at a pilot level, a mobile court will operate between Rupashi Bangla Hotel and Farmgate points of the city from Tuesday to control the illegal pedestrian habit to cross  streets in a...

PRAFUL BIDWAI COLUMN

Does socialism have a future?

TWENTY-five years ago this month, the Berlin Wall was dismantled. Responding to a relaxation of travel restrictions, East Germans flocked to it, and were joined by West Berliners in tearing it down. The authorities had no will to stop them. With other uprisings in Europe's socialist countries, the Wall's fall precipitated a cataclysm in the entire Soviet bloc, leading to the USSR's disintegration. World Communism collapsed, and the capitalist West emerged victorious in the Cold War.   Was the collapse of...

Will Obama sail or sink with his immigration policy?

THE result of the recent midterm election of the US Congress was a great debacle for President Barack Obama. Some analysts predicted that having lost control over the Congress, President Obama would be a lame-duck president for the remaining two years in office. One of the reasons of his unpopularity was his indecisiveness in several US policy issues. President Obama recently issued a presidential order on the US immigration to give parents of children who are US citizens or legal...

STRANGER THAN FICTION

What should Bangladesh do with Jamaat?

AS media reports, the Bangladesh Government is going to proscribe the Jamaat-e-Islami as a political party. This move could be taken as early as December, or latest by January 2015. The High Court has already de-registered the party, which amounts to revoking its legitimacy. From the ongoing debates among politicians, analysts and members of the civil society in Bangladesh on proscribing the Jamaat it appears that the issue solely hinges on one particular premise, the party's opposition to the...

TAZREEN FIRE 2012

Death by negligence and its normalisation

AFTER the Tazreen fire of November 24, 2012, which killed more than 119 workers, a few of us activists, anthropologists and photographers went to Nishchintapur, Ashulia where the factory was located. Immediately after the fire, we conducted a survey to collect information on the missing workers. We wanted to know how many families were searching for their loved ones, how many dead bodies had not been identified, which areas these workers came from, etc. We also spoke with the...

Discouraging software piracy to protect intellectual wealth

THE issue of software piracy came into international discussion in the late '80s when personal computers with Internet connection started being used in offices and homes. In the '90s, a significant number of computer users in Bangladesh started using pirated software. Not only home users, but also businesses and government offices were run by unlicensed software. Most of them didn't realise that it was a crime. Software pirates, even in IDB Bhaban, the biggest computer market, don't feel guilty about...

Letter To The Editor

Marital laws biased against men

This refers to the report, "Redress for women divorced unjustly" (Nov.11). Even men get unjust divorces - does anyone talk of them or is bothered about them? For a husband to get maintenance, it is like reaching Mars. The wife may be working, but she gets maintenance for a certain period. There are laws which favour only women and are loaded against men. Laws have to be gender neutral. Globally, marital laws are against men. The United Nations should work...

Letter To The Editor

Joining Int'l agri-journalists' network

IFAJ, the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, is an international forum of agricultural journalists and communicators. One can become a member of IFAJ by joining a national association or guild. As far as my knowledge goes, once in our country, a national association was formed to get affiliated with IFAJ. But I am not aware if that guild still exists. Meanwhile, IFAJ is doing wonderful job in disseminating agricultural information and in binding together all the agricultural journalists of the...

Letter To The Editor

Capital flight to Malaysia

Nowadays, flight of money from the country has gone beyond control. For the black money holders, Malaysia is one of the favourite places where our money finally lands. To settle in Malaysia under the MM2H programme, one needs to deposit liquid assets worth at least 500,000 ringgit (about Tk 1.22 crore) and show offshore income of 10,000 ringgit (about Tk 2.45 lakh) per month. This year, 285 Bangladeshis have applied for enrollment in the programme to get five years'...

Comments on news report

“Road, rail, waterways to link entire South Asia,” published on November 20, 2014 Gulshan Dhaka The picture shows that it's India to India route; like all eggs in one basket. Why can't it be Myanmar to Bangladesh to India? We know our dependency on India because of geographical location but there must be a second way. Sayed Rahman It is undoubtedly a good initiative. For our greater interest, rail, road, water and air connectivity is a must. Such connectivity will boost our economic...

Entertainment

LIFE, CELEBRATED

LIFE, CELEBRATED

“I don't know how to express my feelings, of getting such an honour. I'm ecstatic; at this late stage of my life, I don't know if I will ever get a chance to go on such a stage, and meet people like you again. I just hope and pray that the Almighty gives...

HAY FESTIVAL 2014

Shakespeare is Ours

Shakespeare is Ours

On the third and closing day of the Hay Festival Dhaka 2014, a session celebrating the 450 years of Shakespeare, shed light on the universality of Shakespeare's works. How Elizabethan Shakespeare is transposed into a modern Bangladesh and how his plays became a part of Bangladesh's own theatre transcending the boundary of time...

“'Mockingjay” posts best debut of 2014

“'Mockingjay” posts best debut of 2014

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” soared to the largest opening day of the year at the US box office, with $55 million on Friday. The third installment in the Lionsgate franchise is on its way to north of $130 million this weekend, which would be the best debut of 2014. But Despite the...

Down the back-allies of remembrance

Down the back-allies of remembrance

Pindrop silence and an air of awe filled the Cosmic Tent, as four great storytellers took the stage on the third and final day of Hay Festival 2014. Accompanied on stage by acclaimed writers Syed Manzoorul Islam, A Qayyum Khan and Kaiser Huq, the launching of Shahzaman Mozumder's new memorandum on 1971, “The...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Bharatanatyam, one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles all over the world -- is a classical Indian dance form that originated in the temples of South India. This dance form denotes various 19th- and 20th-century reconstructions of Sadir, the art of temple dancers called Devadasis. Bharatanatyam is known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses. Lord Shiva is considered the God of this dance form. The name Bharatanatyam is of relatively recent origin; the original names were Sadir, Chinnamelan, and most commonly, Dasi Attam. The word combunes is 'Bhavam' (expression), 'ragam'(music), 'thalam' (rhythm) and 'natyam' (dance).

City

CHT Peace Accord

Non-implementation may reignite unrest

The government should ensure the full implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord, 1997 before frustration among the indigenous community leads to unrest and instability in the region again, speakers told a discussion yesterday. “My only urge to the policymakers and government is please implement the CHT accord in its full content and essence before it is too late,” said Prof Mizanur Rahman, chairman, National Human Rights Commission. The discussion, “Marginalization and Impunity: Violence Against Women and Girls in...

Demonstrations bring BRUR to halt

All academic and administrative activities came to a halt at Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR) yesterday as teachers, students and staff staged different protest programmes on the campus pressing for separate demands. Students of the university under the banner “Pragatishil Chhatra Jote” brought out a procession around 11:00am demanding immediate launch of post graduation courses in all subjects, and inauguration of the newly constructed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall. Later, they put the administration building under lock and key and staged...

Encroachment on Buriganga

Demolish structures in 3 areas in 72 hrs

The High Court yesterday directed the government to demolish and remove all structures from Buriganga river's territory at Dhaka's Badamtoli, Wiseghat and Shyambazar in the next 72 hours. In response to a writ petition, the court also asked the authorities concerned of the government to run mobile courts to stop encroachment on the river at those areas and submit a compliance report before it every three months. It also issued a rule upon the authorities to explain in two weeks as...

Pry Terminal Exams

1.43 lakh absent on first day

More than 1.43 lakh examinees, out of nearly 31 lakh, were absent on the first day of the primary terminal examinations for class V of schools and madrasas yesterday. The students took English on the first day and will sit for Bangla today. Two students--one from Dhaka division and another from Rajshahi--were expelled, said the Directorate of Primary Education. Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman visited several examination centres in the capital. He, however, did not enter any exam rooms to...

Graft Case

SC order on Khaleda's appeals today

The Supreme Court will pass its orders today on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's appeals challenging two High Court decisions regarding acceptance of charges and charge framing in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. One of the two leave-to appeal petitions was filed in 2012 challenging an HC verdict that rejected a petition against a lower court order, which accepted charges against Khaleda in the case. Khaleda filed another petition with the apex court on July 7 this year challenging another HC...

Aug 21 Attack

HC clears way for Joj Miah to be PW

The High Court yesterday cleared the way for the lower court to record Joj Miah's statement as a prosecution witness in August 21 grenade attack case. The HC bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Md Ruhul Quddus court disposed of a petition that sought its directive to expunge the statement of Joj Miah in the case. There is no legal bar for the trial court to continue recording statement of Joj Miah in the case following the HC order,...

Effective Rural Social Services

Training, monitoring must of microcredit recipients

It is necessary to properly train and monitor people receiving interest free microcredit from the government, speakers said at a discussion at the social services department yesterday. They also emphasised the need to involve local people, and ensure proper coordination among the ministries and departments to make the Rural Social Services (RSS) programme successful. The Ministry of Social Welfare arranged the discussion “Social Media Adda” where 18 deputy commissioners of the country and about 3,000 people participated through Skype.    Nasima Begum, secretary...

Mahjabin committed suicide

Shamarukh Mahjabin, who was found dead in her in-law's house in the capital's Dhanmondi, committed suicide, said the autopsy report of Dhaka Medical College, which was received by police yesterday. However, Nurul Islam, father of Mahjabin, rejected the report saying, “I said it earlier that the autopsy report would not be fair.” He filed a murder case accusing his son-in-law Humayun Sultan, Humayun's father Khan Tipu Sultan, former lawmaker from Jessore-5; and his mother Dr Jasmine Ara. Assistant Prof Sohel Mahmud of...

Swedish minister Isabella Lövin due today

Swedish minister Isabella Lövin due today

Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin will arrive in Dhaka today to launch the six-year long Swedish Strategy for Development Cooperation in Bangladesh. The new strategy focuses on support to four main areas -- good governance, inclusive growth, health, environment and climate change. “The strategy means that Sweden intends to continue its excellent...

AL behind terrorism, militancy in country

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday alleged that the ruling Awami League is behind militancy and terrorism in the country. "AL has the arms; they have exploded crude bombs, attacked and fired gunshots during processions. They are responsible for the violence in the country. So, it can be easily said that AL is behind terrorism as well,” Fakhrul said at a discussion at Jatiya Press Club in the capital. Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal organised the discussion marking the 50th...

Drinking Water, Sanitation

Easy access must for sustainable dev

Easy access to pure drinking water, sanitation and health services must be provided in rural areas to ensure sustainable development in the country, said discussants at a workshop yesterday. The government's comprehensive plan and public-private partnership are the main prerequisites to ensure people's rights to water, sanitation and health services, they said. The NGO Forum for Public Health, and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) in support with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) organised the workshop in the...

Unauthorised florists occupy Khamarbari footpath

Unauthorised florists occupy Khamarbari footpath

Some 20 unauthorised flower vendors with “high-level” blessings have set up makeshift shops occupying the footpath to the north of Anwar Park along Khamarbari road in the capital's Farmgate.  Dhaka Metropolitan Police evicted scores of them from the sidewalk just on the other side of the road along Khamarbari office complex around three months...

Yet another arrest warrant for Latif Siddique

A Dhaka court yesterday again ordered police to arrest Awami League leader and former minister Abdul Latif Siddique in a case filed for hurting Muslims' religious sentiments. The order came as officers-in-charge of Kalihati and Paltan police stations failed to submit any report to it by yesterday on the execution of the arrest order. Earlier on October 15, the same court issued an arrest warrant against Latif as he failed to appear before the court as per its previous order issued...

Indigenous Representation

Bills on formation of CHT dist councils passed

The House last night passed in voice votes three bills stating the number of indigenous people to represent the respective communities in the three Chittagong Hill Tracts district councils. Another “The Official Vehicles (Regulation of Use) Bill, 2014”, tabled by State Minister for Public Administration Ismat Ara Sadeque and annulling “The Official Vehicles (Regulation of Use) Ordinance”, was sent to the respective parliamentary standing committee for scrutiny in 90 days. The bills say an interim district council will be formed comprising...

Body of missing girl found in flat

The body of a missing girl was found in a flat in the capital's Mohammadpur yesterday.  Khadiza Akter, 16, daughter of rickshaw puller Muslim Mia, who resides in Bijli Mohollah of Mohammadpur, had been missing since October 29.  Police quoting locals, said one Shuvo introducing him the husband of Khadiza rented the flat of a building at Dhaka Uddyan this month and the two had been staying in it since then. Sensing trouble, locals yesterday informed Rapid Action Battalion-2 of the...

Malaysian coalmine explosion kills 3

At least three foreign workers were killed and 29 others, including two Bangladeshis, injured in a coal mine explosion in eastern Malaysia on Saturday. Meanwhile, Pahang police, in compliance with the Malaysian prime minister's order, detained 39 illegal immigrants, including Bangladeshis, Indians and Myanmarese, in the Cameron Highlands at the highlands on Saturday night. The dead workers hailed from Myanmar, North Korea and Indonesia, reports Malaysia's English daily The Star. Sri Aman Police Chief DSP Mat Jusoh Mohammad said their bodies'...

SB deports 5 Africans

Special Branch (SB) of Police deported five more African nationals on Friday on charge of staying illegally in Bangladesh. Four of the deported are from Cameroon and one is from Uganda, said an SB official. With this, a total of 30 foreigners have been deported from the country in November.

Man's body found in cousin's almirah

Police recovered the body of a man from an almirah in a house in Lalbagh of the capital yesterday. The body of Alauddin, 28, an employee of a fish wholesale market, was found in his cousin Sumon's house. Lalbagh police detained Sumon suspecting his involvement in the incident. Officer-in-Charge Nurul Muttakin of Lalbagh Police Station said acting on a tip-off, they raided Sumon's house.    Locals told police that Alauddin went missing after having a conversation with Sumon on Saturday around 1:00pm.

Time is running out for govt

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night expressed hope that time was running out for the government for “it has been killing people without any reason”. “I prayed to Allah to ensure its collapse as early as possible so that people of the country get back peace as well as democracy,” she said while meeting at her Gulshan office in the capital the family of a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader. Ibne Azad, general secretary of Gafargaon upazila unit JCD in Mymensingh,...

Road crashes kill 13, injure 10

Countrywide road accidents killed 13 people and injured at least 10 others yesterday. Our Brahmanbaria correspondent reports, four people were killed and three others injured when a truck rammed a car from behind on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Shuhagpur village in Ashuganj upazila yesterday afternoon, said police. One of the deceased was Md Nuruzzman, 30. The injured were admitted to Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital. Our staff correspondent from Chittagong reports, two persons were killed and another was injured as a truck plunged into a...

Anwar made German Academic Exchange Service research envoy

Anwar made German Academic Exchange Service research envoy

Bangladeshi researcher Dr Anwar Zahid has been selected as German Academic Exchange Service research ambassador, says a press release. The German national agency for supporting international research and academic co-operation, selected him for his contribution in promoting and intensifying Bangladeshi-German cooperation and exchange in the field.

Appeal for help

Appeal for help

Samia Ahmed Arpa, 4, daughter of Salim Ahmed of Monipur in the capital's Mirpur, has been suffering from heart diseases for the last three years. She is undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases. Doctors suggested sending Arpa abroad for better treatment that needs around Tk10 lakh. As the family alone cannot afford the treatment, they requested the affluent for financial help. Aid can be sent to Savings Account No. 0131340068661, Social Islami Bank Ltd. Mobile: 01712349727.

News in Brief

Vice chancellor of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (Sust) in Sylhet yesterday blamed Bangladesh Chhatra League for Thursday's clash on the campus that killed an outsider activist of a faction and injured 20. Prof Md Aminul Haque told The Daily Star, “We won't shoulder the responsibility of Chhatra League's internal feuds.” The district and city BCL, at a press conference Saturday, said the incident occurred due to the failure of the Sust authority in tackling the situation.

Obituary

MA Mumit Asuk, a freedom fighter and chairman of Juri Upazila Parishad in Moulvibazar, died of old age complications in his Uttar Vobanipur village residence on Saturday, aged 65. He left behind his wife, two sons and a daughter. He was buried at his family graveyard in the village following a namaz-e-janaza at Juri Toybunnesa Khanam College around 2:30pm yesterday.

Kamrul Ahsan Shahin

Advocate Kamrul Ahsan Shahin, former president and secretary of Barisal District Bar Association, died at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital yesterday, aged 58. Shahin, also the city BNP secretary, left behind his wife, two sons, and a daughter. He had been suffering from different diseases including diabetes for a long time. Shahin was also a sportsman and a social worker.

Country

Seed crisis poses threat to onion farming in Pabna

Seed crisis poses threat to onion farming in Pabna

Onion cultivation faces seatback due to seed crisis in the country's largest onion producing district that saw early rotting of the preserved onion this year. “Last year I bought a kg of onion seed for Tk 1200 but the price ranges from Tk 3000 to 3500 this year,” said Abul Hossain, an onion farmer...

Ebtedayee Terminal Exams

19 candidates get question paper after 40 minutes

Nineteen of the 69 Ebtedayee examinees at Modhya Dharandee Primary School centre in Patuakhali Sadar upazila received the question of English First paper after 40 minutes of the scheduled time on the first day of the examinations yesterday. But answer scripts of the 19 students were taken back along with the other students at the same time, without giving any 'extra time' as compensation, said teachers, students and guardians. "There were 69 examinees at the centre but we found only 50...

Abducted college girl, SSC examinee rescued

Police in separate drives rescued a college girl and an SSC examinee from Rajbari and Chuadanga districts yesterday, over a week after their abduction. On November 13, a gang of four, allegedly led by one Julhas Uddin of Harihorpur in Rajbari Sadar upazila, abducted the first year honours student of Kushtia Islamia College while she was waiting for a Kushtia-bound coach at Alamdanga bus stand in Chuadanga. The 19-year-old victim hails from Chattarpur in Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga, said Moniruzzaman Mollah,...

Crimes Against Humanity

Investigation against ex-Jamaat MP starts

A one member team of International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) investigated the crimes against humanity committed by Jamaat-e-islamileader and former lawmaker of Gaibandha-1 constituency Abdul Aziz. Assistant Police Superintendent ZM Altafur Rahman started investigation against the former Jamaat lawmaker on November 20 and concluded on November 22. He along with a cameraman went to different areas in Sundarganj upazila, talked to local people and collected evidence of war crimes committed by Aziz. Mozammel Huq, officer-in-charge of Sundarganj Police Station, said the ICT investigation...

Truckers protest illegal toll collection

Truckers protest illegal toll collection

Transport workers formed a human chain at Mission intersection in the district town yesterday, protesting illegal toll collection. Over 100 truck drivers and helpers joined the programme in the morning and later brought out a procession in the town. Addressing a rally, the transport leaders and workers alleged a section of transport workers, led by...

Robbers kill one, loot house

A man was hacked to death by a gang of robbers at Probakorpara village in Chatmohar upazila of the district early yesterday. The victim was identified as Md Mojibar Rahman, 40, son of Akher Ali Pramanik. Officer-in-Charge Subrato Kumar Pal of Chatmohar Police Station quoted family members as saying that a gang of 10 robbers stormed into the house of Mojibar at around 2:00am. They confined the family members in a room and started looting valuables. As Mojibar tried to resist the...

SI stabbed by Jamaat man in Meherpur

A police sub-inspector (SI) was stabbed by a Jamaat activist at Rajnagar village in sadar upazila of Meherpur district on Saturday night. Atiar Rahman, officer-In-Charge (OC) of Meherpur Sadar Police Station, said Sub-Inspector Ekram along with constable Shahin went to Rajnagar village at around 7:30pm to investigate a case. Jamaat activist Ashraful Islam of the village locked in an altercation with SI Ekram over the issue. At one stage, Ashraful swooped on Ekram and stabbed in his left elbow. Asraful had gone...

Accused in dowry case dies

An accused in a case for dowry died in Magura district jail on Saturday night.   The deceased was identified as Abdul Kuddus, 60, son of late Emarat Sheikh of Nikhorhata village in Sadar upazila. Jail Superintendent Tayef Uddin Mia said Kuddus fell sick at 7:00pm. He was then rushed to Magura sadar hospital where the doctors declared him dead. His wife Sheuli Begum filed the case.

6 hurt as rival AL men clash

At least six people were injured as two rival groups of Awami League clashed at Bahadurpur village under Benapole Police Station yesterday morning over capture of a fish enclosure in the area. Officer-in-Charge Apurbo Hasan Benapole Port Police Station said the supporters of local Awami League leaders Mafizur Rahman and Ambia Rahman locked in a clash over capturing Bahadurpur fish enclosure and establishing supremacy in the area at around 9:00am. Both sides, equipped with lethal weapons swooped on each other and...

World

Russia not isolated over Ukraine

Russia not isolated over Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for worsening relations with Russia since the Ukraine crisis and said Moscow would not allow itself to become internationally isolated behind another 'Iron Curtain'. In an interview published by state news agency TASS yesterday, Putin also said Western sanctions against Moscow, combined with the slide in the rouble...

Blast in Afghan sports field kills around 50

Around 50 people were killed and 60 others injured when a suicide blast ripped through crowds gathered to watch a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan, as Afghan parliament yesterday overwhelmingly approved a security agreement allowing US and Nato troops to remain in the country. "The suicide attacker was on a motorcycle, he detonated himself in the middle of a volleyball match," Attaullah Fazli, deputy governor of Paktika province, told AFP "A lot of people including some provincial officials and the police...

Nuclear deal not in sight

Nuclear deal not in sight

The United States and Iran sought Sunday to bridge gaps in negotiations on the eve of a deadline for a nuclear deal, as Iran signalled it was open to extending the talks by up to a year. US Secretary of State John Kerry went into a fifth round of talks in Vienna with his...

Pope canonises two Indians

In a ceremony which was watched closely by thousands in Kerala, a Catholic priest and a nun from the state - Father Kuriakose Chavara and Sister Euphrasia - were conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at Vatican yesterday. Prayers and masses were offered at several churches in Kerala since early morning yesterday, and thousands of devotees thronged these churches. Father Kuriakose Chavara was ordained as a priest in 1829. Revered as a reformist priest and credited for initiating several measures, he was...

Free after 39 years in jail

Free after 39 years in jail

Two US men who faced the death penalty for a 1975 murder have walked free from prison when all the charges against them were dismissed after a witness said his testimony was 'all lies'. Ricky Jackson and Wiley Bridgeman, 57 and 60, were convicted of murdering Harry Franks, a businessman in Cleveland, Ohio -...

Israeli cabinet approves divisive nationality bill

Israel's Cabinet yesterday approved a contentious bill that officially defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The bill still needs to be passed in parliament to become a law, but yesterday's  vote looks to further inflame tensions with Arab Israelis and Palestinians. It could also shake up Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government due to the fierce opposition of two of his more centrist partners. The bill calls for recognizing Israel's Jewish character, institutionalizing Jewish law as an inspiration for legislation,...

Jail me if you can

Jail me if you can

Cornered on the Saradha scam, Mamata Banerjee came out all guns blazing at BJP on Saturday. Just 72 hours after paying courtesy visits to senior BJP leaders in Delhi, the Trinamool chief sounded the war cry against PM Narendra Modi, accusing his government of pursuing "selective vendetta" against her party. Mamata dared the Modi government to impose president's rule in Bengal and arrest her. And in a sign of how things are in Trinamool, Mamata taunted the fence-sitters in her party to "go and join BJP". The arrest of Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose has proved to be a turning point in her political trajectory. "If we are hit, we...

Boko Haram kills 48 in Nigeria

Boko Haram gunmen killed 48 fish vendors in Nigeria's restive Borno State, near the border with Chad, the head of the fish traders association told AFP yesterday. "Scores of Boko Haram fighters blocked a route linking Nigeria with Chad near the fishing village of Doron Baga on the shores of Lake Chad on Thursday and killed a group of 48 fish traders on their way to Chad to buy fish," Abubakar Gamandi said. He said the insurgents set up a barricade...

News in Brief

Lanka opposition gets Buddhist backing Afp, Colombo Sri Lanka's main opposition candidate yesterday won important backing from a top Buddhist monk campaigning to scrap the executive presidency and return the country to a parliamentary democracy. Rajapakse called the election two years ahead of schedule in an apparent attempt to seek a fresh mandate before his party's popularity tumbles further, after dropping over 21 percent in September local elections. Thai cops charged with royal defamation Afp, Bangkok Two high-ranking Thai police officers have been arrested...

Lifestyle

Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014

The top 24

The top 24

Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014 had come to an end. It was a wonderful (although strenuous!) journey for all of us. The culinary competition, organised by Star Lifestyle and Bangladesh Edible Oil Limited, set out to find out the best cook in our country. The journey started with the audition rounds -- in Khulna, Rajshahi, Barisal, Chittagong, Sylhet and Dhaka. The competition had indeed discovered some inspiringly talented cooks that awed the audience and the judges alike with their innovative dishes. The contestants bravely battled in the tasks thrown down to them. So we asked the top 24 contestants to provide recipes of their own. From appetisers to desserts and from regional...

Bytes

MAKE-A-THON

MAKE-A-THON

                       

Tech Happening

Microsoft boot camp held on “Azure” and “Office 365” in Dhaka

A day long boot camp held in Dhaka about two solutions: “Microsoft Azure” and “Office 365”. Cloud-based “Microsoft Azure” solution user can get a virtual data center support without the physical set-up. For certain period of time and demand user can add and remove extra RAM, Processor, Storage for their particular need in online. Its uptime support is 99.9%. The boot camp was organized by Computer Source. This program was held in a conference center at Dhanmondi on last...

Tech Happening

Banglalink bagged WITSA Mobile Excellence Award 2014

Banglalink bagged WITSA Mobile Excellence Award 2014

Banglalink has recently been awarded with Mobile Excellence in World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) 2014 Global ICT Excellence Awards. Shihab Ahmad, Chief Commercial Officer of Banglalink received the award from Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister for Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and the Chief Guest at the press conference event for...

Kaspersky Security Update

5 steps to boost your iPhone's battery life

5 steps to boost your iPhone's battery life

The reason why the iPhone's battery drains so quickly is very simple: by default, iOS is tuned to give you the best performance — graphics, speed, usability and the contextual abilities of the apps. Frankly, app developers were obviously not supposed to think about the battery at all. But you care and so...

Just In

Lenovo Thinkpad E440 Laptop launched

Lenovo Thinkpad E440 Laptop launched

Enjoy the benefits of having a reliable laptop that you can take with you wherever you go with the Lenovo Thinkpad E440 laptop. Its compact, flat 14-inch HD LED display and lightweight design makes it easy to bring whether at your work place or business meetings. Save tons of important files with its...

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Samsung officially launches Galaxy ALPHA in Bangladesh

Samsung officially launches Galaxy ALPHA in Bangladesh

Samsung Mobile Bangladesh has launched their latest and most stylish yet smartphone Galaxy Alpha in the Bangladeshi market. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha runs the latest Android 4.4KitKat and features a 4.7-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) Super AMOLED display. The handset sports dimensions of 132.4×65.5×6.7mm and weighs only 115 grams that is 25% lighter than an average green apple.The Galaxy Alpha is powered by an Octa-core chipset (Exynos 5430), with 2GB of RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage. The Galaxy Alpha sports a 12-megapixel camera and also includes 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera with UHD video recording. It packs a 1,860mAh battery.  Price:  Taka. 65,000/-  and customers can also avail 6 months EMI facility.

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ASUS X555LN Laptop in the market

ASUS X555LN Laptop in the market

Designed for everyday multitasking and entertainment for smart and practical users, the ASUS X555LN notebook redefines your expectations of all-rounder notebook. It features an 2.00 GHz Intel® Core™ i7 processor and 2 GB video memory of NVIDIA GeForece GT840M  graphics, gives you everything you need for a truly satisfying multitask computing and multimedia...

Tech Bits

Tech Bits

1. SpaceX's reusable rockets get help from 'X-wing' fins and drone ships 3D Robotics' new drone can follow you around, carry a mirrorless camera Samsung asks the US government to block NVIDIA's chips Google Maps offers more info about destinations and alternate routes FCC Chairman says fear of lawsuits is holding up Net Neutrality  

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Book Reviews

Prof. Shamsad Mortuza reviews The Collaborator but warns that readers are in for a rude awakening in

The Collaborator

The Collaborator

In Kashmir "you simply do not exist if you don't have an ID card on you" (14). The dead bodies lying in the valley, nestled between "this Kashmir" and "that Kashmir," have been the casualties of war. They, when alive, sought freedom for Kashmir or simply wanted to run away from the military brutalities. Since "there is always an Indian and a Pakistani version of everything," these freedom seekers are somebody else's militants, and the only good militant is a dead militant. But it seems that the dead bodies simply refuse to go. Their IDs give them existence even after their death. And someone has to go down there,...

DENG XIAOPING

DENG XIAOPING

Professor Ezra Vogel Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, former Pro-VC Brac University, has developed an insight into the ways Chinese society, education system, politics and economy move in his 3-year stay in China as an academic and from reading extensively on the history, past and present, of this great nation. He reviews and recommends this book to the readers, especially to those who have interest to learn about China. The book, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, was authored by Professor Ezra Vogel a Harvard professor.  The book is published by Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, USA in 2011.   Professor Ezra Vogel was born in 1930 in Delaware, Ohio, USA. ...

Road Safety in Bangladesh: Realities and Challenges

Road Safety in Bangladesh: Realities and Challenges

Editor: Hossain Zillur Rahman Published by: Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), Dhaka, July 2014 Book design and production: The Shikkha Bichitra, Malibag, Dhaka Pages: 130; Price: Taka 900 As the editor of this research book says, "Road accidents are the new epidemic sweeping across much of the developing world". With its rapid urbanization and exponential growth of transport networks, safety on the roads has emerged as an inescapable priority for Bangladesh. Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee or BRAC therefore commissioned the PPRC research team to undertake a causal study on road safety in order to devise an appropriate advocacy strategy on this vital national issue. The outcome has been this illuminating book of...

Letters

Letter To The Editor

Marital laws biased against men

This refers to the report, "Redress for women divorced unjustly" (Nov.11). Even men get unjust divorces - does anyone talk of them or is bothered about them? For a husband to get maintenance, it is like reaching Mars. The wife may be working, but she gets maintenance for a certain period. There are laws which favour only women and are loaded against men. Laws have to be gender neutral. Globally, marital laws are against men. The United Nations should work...

Letter To The Editor

Joining Int'l agri-journalists' network

IFAJ, the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, is an international forum of agricultural journalists and communicators. One can become a member of IFAJ by joining a national association or guild. As far as my knowledge goes, once in our country, a national association was formed to get affiliated with IFAJ. But I am not aware if that guild still exists. Meanwhile, IFAJ is doing wonderful job in disseminating agricultural information and in binding together all the agricultural journalists of the...

Letter To The Editor

Capital flight to Malaysia

Nowadays, flight of money from the country has gone beyond control. For the black money holders, Malaysia is one of the favourite places where our money finally lands. To settle in Malaysia under the MM2H programme, one needs to deposit liquid assets worth at least 500,000 ringgit (about Tk 1.22 crore) and show offshore income of 10,000 ringgit (about Tk 2.45 lakh) per month. This year, 285 Bangladeshis have applied for enrollment in the programme to get five years'...

Comments on news report

“Road, rail, waterways to link entire South Asia,” published on November 20, 2014 Gulshan Dhaka The picture shows that it's India to India route; like all eggs in one basket. Why can't it be Myanmar to Bangladesh to India? We know our dependency on India because of geographical location but there must be a second way. Sayed Rahman It is undoubtedly a good initiative. For our greater interest, rail, road, water and air connectivity is a must. Such connectivity will boost our economic...

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