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Influentials on the wrong side

Influentials on the wrong side

Traffic police and even a minister appear helpless in preventing government high-ups from driving on the wrong side of Dhaka streets, making top government officials untouchable by traffic laws.  Traffic policemen on the ground continue to overlook vehicles taking the wrong side of roads saying the rules violators are influential people and they may...

SI Anwar held

SI Anwar held

Sub-inspector Anwar Hossain of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station was arrested yesterday for shooting a man in the capital on Sunday. The SI shot Shah Alam, a car driver, in both legs from close range in Taltola area around midnight, and tried to portray him as a mugger and a gunfight victim. Biplob Kumar Sarkar, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, yesterday said during primary investigation they found Anwar shot Alam over personal enmity. “He [Anwar] shot Alam after picking him up,” Biplob told The Daily Star over the phone. The SI was arrested after Alam's brother Golam Mostafa filed a case with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police yesterday afternoon. In the case statement, Mostafa said Anwar...

Gunshots fired inside Canada parliament

Gunshots fired inside Canada parliament

Gunfire echoed through the Gothic halls of the Canadian parliament yesterday as police shot dead a gunman suspected of killing a soldier guarding a nearby war memorial before storming the building. Police said an investigation was continuing, but did not confirm earlier reports that more gunmen were involved. Heavily armed officers backed by armored...

5 Bangladeshis killed in Saudi bus crash

5 Bangladeshis killed in Saudi bus crash

Five Bangladeshi workers were killed and two others injured in a road accident in Saudi Arabia's Makkah yesterday. The dead are identified as Faridul Alam, 45, Md Alam, 36, Ayub, 30, Mansur Alam, 30, and Najir Hossain, 35, said officials of the Bangladesh Consulate in Jeddah. All of them hailed from Cox's Bazar's Eidgah...

Tackling Ebola

HC screening order not for all passengers

The High Court on Monday had actually ordered to take steps for Ebola screening of air passengers coming from Ebola affected countries only. The order had come in response to a writ petition filed by a Supreme Court lawyer who reportedly misinformed the media that day. Petitioner Eunus Ali Akond on that day had told the media that a High Court bench ordered the government to screen all incoming passengers at all international ports and border areas with the help of...

Hartal called for Sunday

An alliance of Islamic parties has called a countrywide daylong hartal for Sunday as their demand for arresting recently sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique by yesterday is not met. On October 1, Sammilito Islami Dalsamuho gave the government a 15-day ultimatum to arrest Siddique but later it extended the date until October 22. "But the government did not pay heed to our demand within the deadline. That's why we are enforcing countrywide hartal on Sunday," Zafrullah Khan, secretary general of the...

Confusion over Latif's reply to AL notice

Confusion has arisen over whether or not Abdul Latif Siddique has replied to a show-cause notice of the ruling Awami League following his comments demeaning hajj and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). While some highly placed sources in the party yesterday told The Daily Star that the reply reached party General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam at his official residence on Bailey Road on Tuesday, the AL central office denied this. The notice was sent to Latif's residence in Tangail's Kalihati two days after...

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Sorry tale of Asian 'slaves'

Sorry tale of Asian 'slaves'

When Afsar Mia left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, "I'll see you soon." He said he expected to return that evening. He never did. When he reported for work at a house on the outskirts of Teknaf, a man there gave him a...

Hall-Mark boss charged with not giving wealth report

Hall-Mark boss charged with not giving wealth report

The Anti-Corruption Commission has pressed charges against Hall-Mark Group Chairman Jasmine Islam in a case filed for not submitting her wealth statement. ACC Deputy Director Monjur Morshed, also the investigation officer of the case, yesterday submitted the charge to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka, showing 11 people as prosecution witnesses. On Sunday, the commission approved of submitting the charge sheet against Jasmine, now on bail, in the case.   Joynal Abedin, deputy assistant director of the anti-graft body, on December 12 last year lodged the lawsuit with the capital's Ramna Model Police Station. In the case statement, he said the commission on November 13 that year served a notice on Jasmine,...

Road safety steps in hibernation

Three government bodies tasked with ensuring road safety have been sitting on their decisions on crucial issues including the removal of unfit vehicles and illegal structures from highways and roads. Their activities have largely been limited to discussions on road safety issues. Not much has been done to check overloading of vehicles, punish drivers for using fake licences or reckless driving, and stop plying of non-motorised vehicles on highways. Headed by Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, the three bodies --...

Reckless driving, overtaking main reasons

Reckless driving by two bus drivers and a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre by one of them caused the Monday's tragic road accident on the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway in Natore, found a probe committee. The five-member body also revealed that the two buses of Keya Paribahan and Othoi Paribahan did not have fitness certificates. The committee led by Khan Mohammed Ali, additional district magistrate of Natore, submitted the report to Deputy Commissioner Mashiur Rahman around 9:00pm yesterday. The report included 17 recommendations. Meanwhile, the district...

Man faked coma to evade justice

Man faked coma to evade justice

A fraudster conned an elderly neighbour out of £40,000 and pretended to be quadriplegic for two years in order to evade justice before he was finally caught by police going on shopping trips and on holidays with his family. Alan Knight had mounted the deception after engaging in an elaborate fraud in which he...

ACC to check war hero status of its 9 officials

The Anti-Corruption Commission has decided to scrutinise the freedom fighter certificates of its nine officials, including a director general. The decision came at a regular meeting of ACC on Tuesday at its Segunbagicha headquarters in the capital. A two-member committee led by Zulfikar Ali, deputy director of ACC, has been formed to conduct the probe, ACC Commissioner Mohammad Shahabuddin told The Daily Star. The committee will soon open a probe to ascertain the certificates of the nine are genuine. The nine officials...

HC asks for wealth report of MP Bodi

The High Court yesterday sought the wealth statement submitted by ruling Awami League lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi to the Anti-Corruption Commission. During a hearing on a bail petition filed by Bodi, the HC bench of Justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and Justice Md Akram Hossain Chowdhury asked ACC counsel Khurshid Alam Khan to produce his wealth statement before it on Sunday. The anti-graft body filed a case with Ramna Police Station on August 21 accusing the lawmaker from Cox's Bazar-4 constituency...

WHO aims for Ebola serum in weeks

The World Health Organisation has announced it hopes to begin testing two experimental Ebola vaccines in west Africa by January and may have a blood serum treatment available for use in Liberia within two weeks. The UN's health agency said it aimed to begin testing the two vaccines in the new year on more than 20,000 frontline health care workers and others in west Africa – a bigger rollout than previously envisioned. Separately, a senior Red Cross official said he was...

President, PM to visit UAE this month

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina are scheduled to visit the United Arab Emirates end of this month to attend separate events. Foreign Ministry sources said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay a three-day bilateral visit to UAE on October 25-27 at the invitation of UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. President Abdul Hamid will be in Dubai from October 28 to attend the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF)...

Ghulam Azam appeal hearing on Dec 2

The Supreme Court has fixed December 2 for hearing the appeals filed by convicted war criminal Ghulam Azam and the government challenging the verdict that awarded the former Jamaat ameer 90 years of jail for his wartime offences. Yesterday, a five-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain set the date after hearing arguments from Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Azam's counsel Khandaker Mahbub Hossain. On August 5 last year, Azam, 92, lodged...

Shooting of Limon

State minister terms it an accident!

In an apparent attempt to save the law enforcers responsible for maiming Limon Hossain, State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan yesterday termed the 2011 shooting of the innocent boy an accident. Asked about the call of Human Rights Watch for the government to prosecute the responsible Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) men, the minister told reporters at his secretariat office that the accident had happened when Rab was conducting a raid to arrest a notorious criminal. The fact is a member of...

At Berlin Wall, Kerry warns of new East-West tensions

US Secretary of State John Kerry visited remnants of the Berlin Wall yesterday and warned that East-West tensions again threaten freedom in Europe, 25 years after its collapse. Speaking where the Cold War frontier once split the German city, Kerry said what was left of the Wall served as a reminder that freedoms "are still being threatened in too many parts of the world, and they are even being threatened right here in Europe". "Russia's aggression in Ukraine needs to end,"...

Canada raises 'terrorism' alert after soldier killed

Canada raised its national "terrorism" alert on Tuesday, officials said, after a soldier run over by a suspected jihadist died in hospital. The alert level was raised from low to medium after authorities said a man they believed to be "radicalized" struck two officers with his car Monday, but authorities said the heightened alert was not "the result of a specific threat."

Business

IMF holds back loans over delay in VAT law

The IMF has deferred the release of the sixth instalment of the $1 billion loan to next year after the government failed to lay out a fresh roadmap for implementing the new VAT law. The sixth instalment -- around $140 million -- had been scheduled for release in November, following a successful review by the visiting International Monetary Fund mission last month. The decision on deferral was conveyed to Finance Minister AMA Muhith when he met IMF high officials at the...

Shrimp exports in slow lane

Shrimp exports are facing a slowdown in the wake of reduced demand for locally-grown black tiger shrimps in major markets. An increased supply of vannamei or white shrimps from other exporting countries and their reduced prices account for the slowdown. Buyers are more interested in low-priced vannamei than in expensive black tiger shrimps, said Khan Habibur Rahman, deputy managing director of Lockpur Group, a leading seafood exporter. Shrimp exports rose 3.59 percent year-on-year to $180.3 million between July and September this year....

NBR zooms in on homeowners abroad

NBR zooms in on homeowners abroad

The National Board of Revenue is set to gather information on Bangladeshis who have bought properties abroad, its Chairman Md Ghulam Hussain said yesterday. The decision was taken to check whether the individuals have paid an appropriate amount of taxes to the state coffers, Hussain said during a programme organised by Eastern Bank Ltd...

Better roads, sufficient energy to propel growth: ICCB

The government must prioritise the development of road networks and other infrastructure for higher economic growth, a leading international chamber said yesterday. “Proper infrastructure is a must to accelerate higher GDP growth. Good roads, power supply and sufficient energy sources generally lure investments,” said Mahbubur Rahman, president of International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh. The country will have to invest $7-$10 billion by 2020 in infrastructure development, while maintaining political stability, to achieve higher economic growth, Rahman said at a briefing...

ILO hands Tk 12.7cr in Rana Plaza compensation

The International Labour Organisation has so far disbursed Tk 12.7 crore in compensation to 1,496 victims of the Rana Plaza disaster. The money was disbursed in two batches from the ILO-managed Rana Plaza Trust Fund in September, said Srinivasa Reddy, country director of the ILO in Bangladesh. The committee of the fund has identified 2,848 victims for compensations. “ILO will disburse compensation to 858 victims in the third batch next week,” Reddy told The Daily Star. “The fourth and last batch will...

Wise up to online share trade

Afiya Khanum, a business graduate from Dhaka University, wants to buy and sell shares from home through her smartphone, thanks to the time-saving benefits and growing popularity of internet. The 35-year-old housewife, who lives in Dhanmondi, attended Chittagong Stock Exchange's internet trade fair to know the process of online share trade using devices such as smartphones, tabs, laptops and desktop computers. “I don't want to visit a brokerage house to trade in the stockmarket in the age of internet,” she said....

Tesco's sales fall faster than its competitors

Tesco's sales are falling faster than any of its competitors, as it loses market share to discounters Aldi and Lidl, as well as to upmarket rival Waitrose. The supermarket saw sales fall 3.6 percent in the 12 weeks to 12 October, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel. The drop has reduced its market share to 28.8 percent, down from 30.1 percent a year ago. The news came as HSBC analyst David McCarthy said Tesco needed to invest £3bn to turn around...

Apec finance chiefs meet as global worries persist

Apec finance chiefs meet as global worries persist

The global economic recovery is beset by "downside risks", China's vice-premier told Asia-Pacific finance ministers Wednesday, a day after growth in the world's second-largest economy hit a five-year low. The meeting in Beijing of ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum precedes the group's annual summit next month, when Chinese President Xi Jinping...

Lufthansa close to deal with IBM for IT infrastructure unit

German airline Lufthansa is close to a deal to sell its IT infrastructure unit to IBM, including an outsourcing agreement for the services, as part of a shake-up of its technology activities, it said on Wednesday. Europe's largest airline by revenue is undergoing restructuring and cost-cutting efforts to better position itself to compete with low-cost carriers and Gulf rivals. It earlier this year said it was seeking a buyer for the unit, which provides data centers, networks and telephony, because it...

Yahoo profit surges on Alibaba divestment, mobile

Yahoo said Tuesday its quarterly profit surged with its sale of shares in Chinese Internet powerhouse Alibaba, and that it was seeing signs of life in its mobile Internet initiatives. Net profit jumped to $6.8 billion, which included $6.3 billion from its Alibaba shares. But profit was stronger than expected, and pumped up Yahoo shares by 3.1 percent in after-hours trade. Revenue from operations inched up a percent to $1.15 billion, according to third quarter results welcomed by chief executive Marissa...

Focus on higher world economic growth

Focus on higher world economic growth

Bangladesh is set to be in the limelight of global business leaders, economists and policymakers as a two-day international conference on Asian economic growth, trade and investment begins in Dhaka on Saturday.  The conference, organised by the International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh (ICCB), will provide an opportunity for world business leaders, policymakers and academics to share their thoughts and ideas on how to maintain higher economic growth. The Bangladesh chapter of ICC, the world business organisation, will hold the conference to mark 20 years of its presence in the country at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre and Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.  The event is expected to be attended by 500 delegates including ministers,...

The future of banking is digital

The future of banking is digital

Local banks will have to adopt digital platforms and rearrange their products and services accordingly to meet the growing demand of a population who have embraced mobile technology widely, a top banker said. "Banking will have to become digital thanks to the advancement of technology. So, our services will have to embrace technological solutions,"...

In emerging beauty markets like Brazil, new products key

In emerging beauty markets like Brazil, new products key

In Brazil, women primarily wear their hair long, and need to tackle the country's generally hot, humid climate when they style it. They also demand a wide range of sun protection creams. Beauty industry giants such as L'Oreal, Unilever and Procter & Gamble that are looking to crack key emerging markets like Brazil are...

India's Modi burnishes economic credentials with reform blitz

India's Modi burnishes economic credentials with reform blitz

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unleashed a slew of reforms in the past week, scrapping fuel subsidies, simplifying labour rules and pledging to open coal mining to private players in a bid to kickstart the economy. The reforms are seen as some of the most significant since Modi's right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)...

Switzerland top destination for expats

Switzerland is the world's favourite destination among expats, followed by Singapore and China, a poll on quality of life for bank HSBC found on Wednesday. "Many Switzerland-based expats mentioned the better work-life balance, availability of outdoor activities and the family-centric culture as the reasons they enjoy the Swiss lifestyle," the British bank said. The poll questioned 9,300 people working in various sectors and mostly aged between 35 and 54. They were asked about their financial situation, such as salary, savings and the...

Sports

Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe

A choice by default

A choice by default

When selectors picked Shahadat Hossain for Bangladesh's first Test against Zimbabwe last week, analysts, journalists and even a number of cricket enthusiasts seemed to have had a brain freeze momentarily. Why would Bangladesh's selectors recall a bowler whom the think-tank had written off 19 months ago after a dreadful series against Sri Lanka? Is it his current domestic record? Not quite. Shahadat has played a total of ten first-class matches since he was dropped from the national squad in March last year.  He scalped eleven wickets in the Bangladesh Cricket League which finished earlier this year. While in the National Cricket League he picked 16 in five matches. His statistics are ordinary...

'My heart is crying'

Bangladesh national team's departing coach Lodewijk de Kruif left here for the Netherlands yesterday morning with 'a broken heart' and with a hope of coming back to Bangladesh in future. “I'm very sad about it (departing), my heart is crying because I want to continue.  That is the feeling I have with my boys and my staff but in the middle of the process, we came to a point where we thought it was best to separate for this moment,”...

Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe Cricket

Zim's practice ends in draw

The bowling attack which Zimbabwe faced in the drawn three-day practice match at Fatullah was not challenging enough for their batsmen to prepare for the three-match Test series against the home team. Bangladesh are expected to rely heavily on their slow bowlers to maximise the home advantage from the pitch in the upcoming series. Nevertheless, match practice always helps a team to accustom with the conditions and in this drawn contest, which is their opening and also the lone game...

Two records on Day 3

National records continued to tumble in the MM Group 27th National Swimming Championships as three new records were set on the third day of the four-day meet at the Gopalganj Swimming Pool and Gymnasium Complex yesterday. The two records took the number of total records set over the three days, on hand timing, to 13 out of a total of 28 events settled. Mahfuza Khatun Shila and Nazma Khatun of Bangladesh Navy produced one record each while Navy's women's team...

Serena left red-faced

Serena left red-faced

Ecstasy and euphoria are the usual emotions world No. 1 Serena Williams experiences on a tennis court. On Wednesday, she encountered a different one -- embarrassment. One of the game's all-time greats, a winner of 18 Grand Slam singles crowns, 63 WTA titles, the owner of four Olympic gold medals, Williams has become accustomed to success. But on Singapore's purple indoor hard court on Wednesday, Simona Halep took her back 16 years to a time when, as a teenager, she was trying to make a name for herself. Halep's 6-0, 6-2 success in their Red Group clash at the WTA Finals was the worst defeat Williams had experienced since she was crushed...

Djokovic becomes a father

Novak Djokovic is a proud father. The top-ranked tennis player tweeted Wednesday that he and his wife, Jelena, were celebrating the birth of their first child - a boy named Stefan. ''Stefan, our baby angel was born!'' Djokovic posted on Twitter early Wednesday. ''I'm so proud of my beautiful wife Jelena! Thank you so much for your love and support. We love you all!!!'' On his website, Djokovic said the ''birth passed in the best way, and the baby and the mother...

Younis equals with Inzy

Younis equals with Inzy

Younis Khan hit a record-equalling century to guide Pakistan to 219-4 on the opening day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday. The 36-year-old right hander scored 106 for his 25th century to help Pakistan counter the fiery pace of Mitchell Johnson (3-22) after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat on a flat, grass-less Dubai stadium pitch. At close, skipper Misbahul Haq was unbeaten on 34 and with him Asad Shafiq not out nine. Batting on 99, Younis jumped out of his crease to hit off-spinner Nathan Lyon for a big six to reach the three-figure mark off 220 balls, equalling Pakistan's record for most hundreds held...

ICC to discuss Ind-WI crisis

The International Cricket Council said on Wednesday it was concerned at the stand-off between the Indian and West Indies boards, but would not intervene unless asked by the two parties. In a statement on its website, the world governing body said it was "closely monitoring the developments" which would be discussed at the ICC's Executive Board meeting in Dubai on November 10. The ICC, the statement said, is "concerned with the dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India...

4th Sunnydale Games begin today

The 4th Sunnydale Games, introduced in 2011, will begin today at the Mohammadpur Physical College ground, with 36 English medium schools participating. Students will compete in six events -- cricket, football, basketball, handball, volleyball and table tennis. Apart from cricket and football, all events will feature both boys and girls' teams. Ramon Magsaysay Award winner Reverend Father RW Timm, CSC, will inaugurate the six-day sports carnival as the chief guest.

UEFA Champions League

Bayern's beautiful 7

Bayern's beautiful 7

Bayern Munich produced a stunning display to demolish Roma 7-1 on Tuesday but they were not the biggest winners on the most prolific evening in Champions League history. A record 40 goals were scored in just eight group games as Shakhtar Donetsk destroyed BATE Borisov 7-0 in Belarus and Chelsea recorded their biggest win...

BHF to purchase school hockey gears

The Bangladesh Hockey Federation will hold next year's School Hockey Championship on a bigger scale covering all 64 districts. To make it a success, the game's governing body will purchase 1500 hockey sticks, 1200 balls, 320 shin-guards and 40 sets of goalkeeping gear,through an open tender and after the completion of the process, all of the gear will be distributed among the participating teams, said a BHF statement yesterday.

UEFA Champions League

Munich can still improve: Arjen

Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich still have room for improvement and must keep their feet on the ground despite routing Roma in the Champions League's group stages. The Netherlands winger scored twice in Tuesday's romp at Rome's Olympic Stadium as Bayern raced into a 5-0 half-time lead and the hosts suffered their heaviest defeat in Europe -- matched only by their 7-1 drubbing at Manchester United in 2007. With the return leg in Munich in a fortnight's time, Bayern are now...

Sunderland players offer fans refund

Sunderland's embarrassed players have offered to refund the cost of tickets for supporters who made the long journey to the south coast only to see their side thrashed 8-0 by Southampton in the Premier League. More than 2,500 Sunderland fans travelled from the north-east to St Mary's for Saturday's match. But they will now be able to claim back the £24 ($39, 30 euros) they paid for their tickets or have that sum donated to the Grace House children's hospice in...

LFP

Win more important than record: Messi

Lionel Messi took a step closer to the Champions League scoring record against Ajax on Tuesday and now turns his target to the El Clasico with Real Madrid on Saturday and the all-time La Liga goals tally. His partnership with Neymar is blossoming this season after a slow start and he set the Brazilian up for the first goal against Ajax before striking the other in the 3-1 win to give him 69 Champions League goals, two short of Raul's...

Boxer Kos referee

Croatian Vido Loncar has been banned for life by his national federation after assaulting a referee following a bout at the European Youth Boxing Championships in Zagreb. The 18-year-old home fighter was stopped by Polish referee Mageja Dziurgota in his light-heavyweight clash with Lithuanian Algirdas Baniulis on Monday, and initially returned calmly to his corner. But after the fight verdict was confirmed Loncar launched a vicious attack on Dziurgota, flooring him with one punch to the head before raining in a...

Adriano scores 3rd quickest hattrick

Adriano scores 3rd quickest hattrick

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian forward Luiz Adriano netted the third quickest hattrick in Champions League history to help his side into a record 6-0 half-time lead away to BATE Borisov in Group H on Tuesday. The 27-year-old opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a penalty at the Borisov Arena and required just 12...

Champions League In Numbers

40: The second highest number of goals scored in a single matchday. The highest 44 goals were scored in a matchday in 1997. 7-0: Shakhtar beat BATE 7-0 to equal the biggest away win by Olympique Marseille against MSK Zilina in 2010. 5: Adriano equals Messi's record for most goals in a game.   17: Minutes taken by Luiz Adriano to score four goals setting a new record for the fastest 4 goal haul.

Editorial

Editorial

Barrages on the Ganges

WE are concerned about India's reported plan to undertake the construction of 16 barrages, one in every 100 kilometres of the Ganges under the Ganges waterway Project. If implemented, this would have a disastrous impact on the river Ganges and harm the ecology of both Bangladesh and India. In light of India's promise to not harm Bangladesh's interests, we are surprised that India has planned to build the barrages in an international river without consultation with Bangladesh as the lower...

Editorial

Death under mysterious circumstances

TOO many questions remain unanswered as to how Asma died in the care of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). After the hurried discharge by hospital authorities for burial, the unexplained wounds sustained by the victim on the forehead and blisters along her body, the explanation that she died of renal failure after a caesarian cannot stand serious scrutiny. Asma and her sister had earlier been caught by hospital authorities sneaking away with her newborn. Allegations have been raised that...

Op-ed

Editorial

Barrages on the Ganges

WE are concerned about India's reported plan to undertake the construction of 16 barrages, one in every 100 kilometres of the Ganges under the Ganges waterway Project. If implemented, this would have a disastrous impact on the river Ganges and harm the ecology of both Bangladesh and India. In light of India's promise to not harm Bangladesh's interests, we are surprised that India has planned to build the barrages in an international river without consultation with Bangladesh as the lower...

Editorial

Death under mysterious circumstances

TOO many questions remain unanswered as to how Asma died in the care of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). After the hurried discharge by hospital authorities for burial, the unexplained wounds sustained by the victim on the forehead and blisters along her body, the explanation that she died of renal failure after a caesarian cannot stand serious scrutiny. Asma and her sister had earlier been caught by hospital authorities sneaking away with her newborn. Allegations have been raised that...

STRATEGICALLY SPEAKING

McCarthyism incarnated!

IS it the first signs of replication of McCarthyism in Bangladesh? One is compelled to express the serious misgivings of a real threat to one of the very fundamental principles on which rests the foundation of this nation, namely freedom of expression. And freedom of expression also implies the right to disagree. The fear stems from the controversies that stemmed from the intention of taking Dr. Pias Karim's dead body to the Shaheed Minar and the character assassination that...

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Ukraine's vote, Russia's fate

Ukraine's vote, Russia's fate

WHEN Ukraine's voters go to the polls on October 26, not only the fate of their country will be at stake; so will the future of a significant part of Europe. To put it simply: the future of Ukraine will decide the future of Russia, and the future of Russia will have a...

Measures to check bus drivers

THIRTY two people died and several others were injured in another tragic head-on collision involving two buses a few days ago. Speeding and reckless driving were the reasons for the accident. News of road mishaps has become quite common these days. To curb the high rate of road mishaps some serious measures need to be taken by the government, bus operators and the highway police to make the roads safer and, most importantly, the buses safer as bus is the...

Gorai River: Can it flow round the year?

Gorai River: Can it flow round the year?

A front page picture in The Daily Star (October 21) showed the Gorai River at Kumarkhali Railway Bridge, with its bed covered by silt. It is an old story that has continued since the Farakka Barrage was opened in 1975. Due to diversion of about 40,000 cusec flow from the Ganga River towards...

No second chance?

DHAKA University, once called the Oxford of the East, hardly makes headlines these days for its once “glorious faculty and academic excellence.” Now student politics, fights and the occasional brandishing of a gun make news. Then there is the other kind of news Dhaka University makes, more related to academics, but no less absurd. First, we heard of question paper leaks, then of only 2 students passing the admission exam for the English department and now the drama regarding...

BOTTOM LINE

Gough Whitlam and Bangladesh

FORMER Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, a towering figure who led the nation through a period of massive change, died in Sydney on October 21, aged 98. He was prime minister from 1972 to 1975. Australia was the first Western country to recognise Bangladesh (January 31, 1972).  Relations with Australia started on a very positive note. Australia's first High Commissioner to Bangladesh, James Allen, could speak Bengali. That gesture demonstrated the Australian government's goodwill for the new country. Under Whitlam's instructions,...

Letters To The Editor

Culture of labeling people

I felt really sad to know that Professor Piash Karim has passed away. I personally do not know Prof. Karim, but have seen him in talk shows in Bangladeshi TV channels and have developed respect for him for his rational thinking. I was not too surprised to see the reactions of different people regarding his funeral. The tendency to label people based on ideology or political view is a hindrance to progress and free thinking. A doctor's son is not...

Letters To The Editor

Right to safety on road

Our roads have become death traps. Every year thousands of people get killed in road accidents. There is hardly any family left in this country that never experienced the pain of losing somebody in road crash. So far by birth we have the rights to have accommodation, food, clothing, education and medication. I think it would not be wrong if I say that safe road should also be our right. Safe road is now the demand of the whole nation....

Letters To The Editor

Avoid aping alien culture

Nowadays people of our region are more interested in the western culture so they now neglect their own culture, ideas, norms and values. Mostly the young generation is imitating them. This happens mainly because of globalisation which helps the capitalist countries to expand their trade and commerce all over the world through intruding into other cultures (e.g. advertising their culture and products through satellite channels). We must be aware of it and should hold on to our cultural values...

Comments on news report

“Modern-day slave trade unearthed,” published on October 19, 2014 New Generation Is this horrifying incident also an 'achievement' of the present government? Who is there to reply? Shiful Islam Foysal I can't believe that slavery still exists. ***** “Sagar-Runi murder investigation” (Oct. 17, 2014) Mortuza Huq This unacceptable delay might reinforce the belief in people's mind that the government has things to hide regarding this brutal murder case. Rahman Mostafiz This case is still shrouded in mystery. This is how we are heading towards the notion that justice is...

Entertainment

Women to the Forefront

Women to the Forefront

Since I997, Gallery Twenty One's mission has been to promote Bangladeshi art, artists and culture both within and outside the country. The gallery has taken Bangladeshi artists to exhibit in the US, Germany Japan, curated the works of many contemporary Bangladeshi master painters and sculptors, while extending support to talented young artists who...

SHAMSUR RAHMAN

SHAMSUR RAHMAN

If Shamsur Rahman was alive, he would be 85 today. Born on this day in 1929 in his grandfather's house in Dhaka, he went on to become one of the most key figures of modern Bangla literature – as a poet, columnist and journalist. After passing his matriculation in 1945, he took his I.A....

Manipuri dance in focus

Manipuri dance in focus

Ahead of the third Bengal Classical Music Festival next month at Army Stadium in Dhaka, Bengal Foundation has been organising a monthly series of lecture and demonstration programme titled “Understanding Classical Dance” that will be presented by celebrated dancer-choreographer Sharmila Banerjee. The first of the series was held at Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct...

All aboard the Lennon bus

All aboard the Lennon bus

It's not uncommon for an elementary school chorus to sing a John Lennon song. It is quite the exception to the rule, however, to have Yoko Ono in the audience to hear it. “It was good [to hear them singing],” said Ono – the Japanese artist-singer-peace activist who is also Lennon's widow. “So good.” Ono...

Play about ethnic communities staged in Dinajpur

“Olagali”, a mesmerising play on the lifestyle and the culture of ethnic communities in Bangladesh, was staged in Dinajpur recently. The play, performed by members of ethnic communities, was staged at Dinajpur Shilpakala Academy Auditorium. The story, written and directed by Md. Tarekuzzaman Tarek, is based on the lifestyle of ethnic people living in Dinajpur and elsewhere in the country.

Rinku on DS Café

Rinku on DS Café

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

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Turtles tops UK box office

Turtles tops UK box office

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” has topped the UK and Ireland box office, ending the two week run of “Gone Girl” at number one. Despite being branded 'total turtle turkey' by The Guardian and 'dreadful' by The Telegraph, the Michael Bay-produced reboot starring Will Arnett and Megan Fox opened with £4.79m. Pre-Halloween horror “Annabelle” was in...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. -- known better as Quincy Jones -- holds the record for most Grammy nominations -- 79, along with 27 wins, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He was the first African-American to be nominated twice within the same year (1968) for an...

City

4 of a family die in road crash in Munshiganj

4 of a family die in road crash in Munshiganj

Countrywide road accidents killed 12 people, including four of a family, and injured 29 others yesterday and Tuesday. Our Munshiganj correspondent reports, four of a family died when a truck rammed into a CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Jamaldi Bus Stand area of Gazaria upazila yesterday. The dead were Kazali Akter, 45, her daughter...

Indo-Bangla Water Feud

Dhaka ready to look for alternatives if talks fail

If the trans-boundary water sharing issue is not resolved through negotiations, the government would look at other options similar to what it did to resolve the maritime boundary dispute with India, said Water Resources Minister Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud. The minister made the comment at a discussion titled "The free flow of rivers: People's perspectives" in Bangladesh Shishu Academy of the capital yesterday, which he attended as chief guest.    “Bangladesh did not hesitate to take India to the international court...

Now Ershad showers Hasina with praises

Contradicting his own claim just six days ago when he stated that there was no democracy in Bangladesh and the country was witnessing a one party democracy, former military dictator HM Ershad yesterday said it was for the “skilled, determined, courageous and honest leader of the state”, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, that the world was coming to know of Bangladesh's democracy. “It was for Bangabandhu that the world came to know about Bangladesh,” the Jatiya Party chairman said in a...

Government development policies serving MNCs

Environment and development activists yesterday alleged that the government was protecting multinational companies' (MNC) interest through anti-public policies and the reluctance to protect public interest was encouraging MNCs and some controversial economic bodies to act as “players” in determining the country's economic interests. Although the government should promote agriculture-based development, it is ignoring the country's largest sector in terms of the part played in economic growth and creating employment, and putting importance on unplanned industrialisation which is leading to farmers...

Concealing Wealth Info

ACC split over suing AL lawmaker Enamul

The Anti-Corruption Commission is split over the decision whether to sue Awami League lawmaker Enamul Haque for concealing information on wealth worth Tk 213 crore. Of the two ACC commissioners -- Nasiruddin Ahmed gave the affirmative nod to sue Enamul, while Mohammad Shahabuddin said the probe report that recommended suing the lawmaker was faulty. "I think the probe report was a faulty one, so I recommended raising the issue in the next commission meeting scheduled to be held on Monday," he...

Tuesday's Violence in Sylhet

No case filed, detainees released

No case has been filed against any of the parties involved in Tuesday's clash in Mendibag intersection in Sylhet city. However, Sylhet police lodged a general diary with Kotwali Police Station. Besides, the 18 people arrested have been released after Shahjalal City College authorities and transport workers reached an agreement at a meeting. On Tuesday, students of Shahjalal City College and transport workers clashed leaving at least 40 people injured. According to eyewitnesses, an altercation between two rival factions of students broke out...

Reaching MDGs

People with disabilities must also prosper

Without ensuring development of the physically and mentally challenged people, it would not be possible to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), said speakers at a discussion yesterday. They were addressing a national conference titled “Disability-Inclusive Graduation of the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh”.       Citing Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2010, they said 9.1 percent of the total population of Bangladesh have different disabilities, and therefore without their development, the state cannot be free of poverty. The conference was organised by Handicap International...

Dhaka to host Global Forum on Migration, Development in 2016

Dhaka for the first time is going to host the 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in 2016. During a meeting held in Geneva yesterday, the Steering Group of the GFMD unanimously accepted Bangladesh's bid to chair the GFMD in 2016. Troika Meeting of GFMD also appreciated the decision. The GFMD is an initiative of the United Nations member states, which started in 2007, bringing about international dialogue on the growing importance of the linkages between migration and development. This...

Clear visa, certificate complexities for jobs

Unemployed graduates of Bangladesh Marine Academy yesterday sought the prime minister's intervention in expediting visa processing and stopping issuance of fake certificates to give international shippers enough confidence to employ Bangladeshis. At a human chain, followed by a rally, before the CGO building in the port city's Agrabad, they claimed that some 600 fresh graduates and 300 junior officers who had completed 12 months of service at sea were currently unemployed. Maintaining warm relations with countries in world shipping and punitive...

Sust suspends 4 BCL men

The Shahjalal University of Science and Technology has suspended four activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League on the charge of assaulting an assistant proctor. The decision came following a proctorial meeting on Tuesday evening, campus sources said. The suspended are Ariful Haque Sony, fourth year student of food engineering and tea technology; Mehdi Hasan, fourth year of statistics; and Nazrul Islam and Khalilur Rahman, third and second years of social science. Assistant Proctor Mirajul Islam was beat up by the four as he...

News in Brief

DU student gets 1yr imprisonment for RU admission forgery Staff Correspondent, Rajshahi A Dhaka University student was given one-year imprisonment for appearing in the admission test at law faculty of Rajshahi University as a proxy yesterday. On suspicion, the invigilators challenged Akhterul Islam, a fourth-year student of sociology at DU and he admitted that he sat for the test changing the photo of the real applicant Aninda Kumar Bardhan. Akhterul said he was hired by Aninda for appearing the examination for him. Tongi police...

Detective impersonators abduct businessman

Impersonating detective police, abductors picked up a travel agency owner in broad daylight from his Bijoynagar office in the capital yesterday. Police could not rescue Abdullah Al Mamun, 32, till 12:30am today. His brother Emdadul Haque filed a case with Paltan Police Station last night, Sub-inspector Matiar Rahman told The Daily Star. Saying that there are some allegations against Al Mamun, around eight persons handcuffed him at his office around 1:00pm, he said. Later, they dragged him to a microbus and left the...

Int'l victory of Saber, Shirin outcome of AL-led democracy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the electoral victory in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) achieved by two Bangladeshis is the victory of the world's democracy. "We have faced so many hurdles and obstacles repeatedly," Hasina said, adding that the victories achieved in a span of only 10 days is an outcome of the democracy that the government has secured in the country. The premier was addressing a reception accorded to Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and...

Tribunal censures IO, prosecution for using unreliable info sources

International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 yesterday censured the investigation officer and the prosecution in the war crimes case against alleged Kishoreganj Razakar commander and fugitive Syed Md Hasan Ali for having inadequate knowledge and using unrecognised sources for information. Justice M Enayetur Rahim, leading ICT-1, also questioned whether an accused could be held responsible for his father's crimes and vice versa. Hearing arguments from the defence and prosecution over the six charges accepted on August 24, the judge also fixed November 1...

Jabbar ordered my in-laws' murder

The 15th prosecution witness in the war crimes case against former Jatiya Party lawmaker Abdul Jabbar yesterday narrated how Razakars following Jabbar's orders had abducted and murdered her father-in-law and brother-in-law in 1971. State-appointed defence counsel Mohammad Abul Hasan then cross-examined her and the tribunal adjourned proceedings until October 26. “Following Jabbar's order, a group of Razakars raided our house in the middle of the night on October 6, 1971,” said Bokuli Rani Halder, 62, an inhabitant of Mothbaria village in...

Istiaque Ahmad made Petrobangla chairman

Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Istiaque Ahmad has been appointed as the new chairman of state-run oil corporation Petrobangla. The appointment came into effect immediately, according to an order of the public administration ministry yesterday. Ahmad replaced Prof Hossain Monsur who was appointed chairman of Petrobangla (Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation) in August 2010.

Tarique's adviser released on bail

One of BNP Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman's three newly appointed human rights advisers arrested on Tuesday from his own office premises, Uzma Centre in East London's Whitechapel area, was released on bail yesterday. Barrister MA Sayem told a journalist that an investigation was underway but denied any wrongdoing. London Metropolitan Police refused to comment since the investigations were ongoing. Requesting anonymity, a contact working in a neighbouring law firm said Sayem was arrested on suspicion of forging documents for one of his...

Memorial meeting at DU for Al-Amin tomorrow

A memorial meeting for journalist Md Al-Amin will be held at DUCSU Bhaban of Dhaka University at 4:00pm tomorrow. Al-Amin died of cardiac arrest on Monday, aged 46, says a press release. His friends and colleagues organised the meeting to discuss how they can support his family, especially his daughter Sandhi and son Olind. Yesterday, his qulkhwani was held after Asr prayers at his Gaibandha residence where he was buried on Monday night. Known as Khokon among his near and dear ones, Al-Amin...

Country

Gallery, Building Collapsed Three Years Ago

No steps yet to renovate Patuakhali stadium

No steps yet to renovate Patuakhali stadium

Patuakhali district stadium has remained virtually unusable since a portion of its main building and the gallery collapsed three years ago. Sports programmes are badly hampered due to the situation. The 35,000 sft stadium having capacity of accommodating 10,000 people was built in the district town in 1977-78 fiscal year. But no renovation work was done...

Follow-up
People of 4 Villages Clash

500 flee homes fearing fresh attack by rivals

500 flee homes fearing fresh attack by rivals

At least 500 people of four villages in Shailakupa upazila, who came under attack by their rival group on October 2, have left the villages, fearing fresh attack. Villagers and police said Shariful-Khaleq group and Roise- Pulak group clashed on September 18 over establishing their supremacy in Nityanandapur union, leaving at least 30 people...

The baily bridge is also now in bad shape

The baily bridge is also now in bad shape

Different modes of vehicles, including long-route buses and trucks, have been using a bailey bridge over Noleya canal at Shakoa on Gaibandha-Palashbari road amid risk of accident anytime. The bridge connecting the district headquarters with rest of the country was built on emergency basis after the concrete bridge over the canal was washed away...

Girl gang-raped tying brother with tree

A teenaged-girl was allegedly gang-raped in Navaron area in Sharsha upazila in Jessore on Tuesday night, reports our correspondent from Benapole. Police quoted victim's family members as saying that the 17-year old girl, along with her elder brother, was going to their residence from Navaron Bazar area on a motorbike around 10:00pm on Tuesday. A gang of 5/6 allegedly led by one Raju, waylaid them, took them to a nearby jungle and violated the girl there, tying her brother with a...

Main accused in rape case arrested in Thakurgaon

Police arrested the prime accused in the case for rape of a teenage girl early yesterday at Nishchintapur of municipality area. The arrestee is Sumon, 24, son of Hannu alias Nannu, a fruit trader at Kalibari Bazar and resident of Nischintapur. Officer in charge of Thakurgaon Police Station AKM Mehedi Hasan told this correspondent over cell phone that acting on a tip-off, a police team raided the house of Sumon around 2:00am and arrested him. Earlier on Saturday night police arrested another...

Bangladeshi shot by BSF

A Bangladeshi cattle trader was shot by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Bonchwki frontier in Hatibandha upazila early yesterday. The injured is Ali Sabur, 34, of Bonchowki village. He was admitted to Rangpur Medical College and Hospital, said Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) sources. A patrol team of BSF opened fire on a group of six to seven cattle traders when they were crossing the border area with Indian cattle. Ali sustained bullet injuries in his leg during the firing, said commanding...

AL man attacks schoolteacher

A schoolteacher was injured in an attack allegedly by a local Awami League leader at Gachur bazar in Sadullapur upazila on Tuesday night. Headmaster of Khordakomarpur Girls' High School Oliur Rahman Borhan was admitted to Gaibandha Sadar Hospital with injuries in his back. Borhan and Khordakomarpur union AL president Shahidullahel Kabir Faruk, brother of school managing committee president Feroz Kabir, engaged in an altercation over recruitment of librarian at 9:00pm. At one stage, Faruk attacked the headmaster with a scissor taken from...

14 Indian fishermen held, sent to jail

A court here yesterday sent 14 Indian fishermen to jail for entering and fishing in Bangladesh waters illegally. Earlier, Bangladesh Navy arrested them from the Bay of Bengal, around 80 nautical miles away from Mongla Sea Port in Khulna, on Monday. With this, the Naval forces caught 42 Indian fishermen from three spots. On Monday, they also seized the Indian trawler FB Hansaraj and later handed the arrestees over to law enforces. The arrestees hail from Bhuban Nagar village in Kakdwip upazila of...

Man to die for killing wife, son

A Netrakona court yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife and son in 2003. The convict is Hashem, 35, son of Iman Ali of Satia village in Sadar upazila, reports our correspondent. According to the prosecution, Hashem killed his wife Aysha, 35, and 11-month-old son Tariku following a family feud on the night of November 9, 2003. He later dumped the bodies in a nearby jungle. On that day, Rabeya Khatun, sister of Aysha of Dudhkura village, filed a...

Khaleda to address public rally in Nilphamari today

Khaleda to address public rally in Nilphamari today

BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia will address a public rally at Nilphamari High School ground today, aiming at mobilising public support in favour of the 20-party alliance's demand for holding a fresh national elections under a non-party administration.  BNP and its associate bodies in the district and all six upazilas are working unitedly to make the rally a success. Asadul Habib Dulu, central organising secretary of the party for Rangpur division, said at least 10 lakh people are expected to attend the meeting. On the occasion of Khaleda's tour, several thousand colourful digital banners and festoons are hung with roadside electric polls, trees and buildings. Around 60 gates have been...

Rivals kill outlaw in Chuadanga

Leader of an outlawed party was killed allegedly by his party rivals at Charulia village in Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga district early yesterday. Informed by locals, police recovered the body from a mango orchard the village yesterday morning. The deceased is Saiful Islam alias Sumon, 40, son of late Nazrul Islam, of Ramnagar village in the upazila. Kamruzzaman, officer in-charge of Damurhuda Police Station, said Sumon, a leader of outlawed Purbo Bangar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) was holding a secret meeting with his...

Lawyer jailed by Magura court for misbehavior

A court here on Tuesday sentenced a lawyer to two month's imprisonment for misbehaving with a magistrate. The convict was identified as Advocate Syed Firozur Rahman. The court sources said, Advocate Syed Firozur Rahman misbehaved with magistrate Selina Khatun during a case proceeding at the executive magistrate's court at noon. Later, the magistrate took the offence into cognizance and handed down the verdict against Syed Firozur Rahman. But the lawyer managed to flee the court before passing the order.

Transport strike called off

Transport workers on Tuesday night called off their indefinite strike on five routes of Rangpur, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha districts. District transport workers federation enforced the strike on Monday morning, protesting attacks, vandalism and torching of their branch office, pickup van owner's office and Patgram bus stand in Satmatha area of the city on Sunday night. The strike, which began at 9:00am on Monday, was withdrawn around midnight on Tuesday, on assurance by the police administration of arresting the attackers and ensuring...

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Ijtema in Patuakhali today Our Correspondent, Patuakhali A three-day-long Ijtema (religious congregation), arranged by Tablig Jamaat, will begin at the airport field in Sheally area of the district today. Maulana Nurul Islam, Jimmader (chief organiser) of Patuakhali Istema, said Bishwa Ijtema takes place every year at Tongi where all people cannot take part due to various problems. Considering these, the authorities took the decision to arrange Ijtema in nine separate places, including Patuakhali, across the country from this year, he said....

World

Iraqi Kurds to fight for Kobane

Iraqi Kurds to fight for Kobane

Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers yesterday agreed to send much-needed reinforcements to fellow Kurds battling to stop the key Syrian border town of Kobane from falling into the hands of the so called Islamic State group. The approval came as Turkey criticised US air drops of ammunition and weapons to Kobane's Kurdish defenders, with President Recep...

UN chief to set up Gaza war inquiry

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said he is setting up an inquiry into attacks on UN facilities during Israel's recent offensive in Gaza. Ban was speaking at a UN Security Council on Tuesday after his visit to Gaza, including the Jabalia refugee camp, where civilians had sought protection during the conflict. "I look forward to a thorough investigation by the Israel Defense Forces of this and other incidents in which UN facilities sustained hits and many innocent people were killed,"...

US restricts airport arrivals

US restricts airport arrivals

New US rules requiring air passengers from the three West African countries worst hit by Ebola to travel via one of five airports are coming into effect. Travellers from Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea must now arrive at O'Hare in Chicago, JFK, Newark, Washington's Dulles or Atlanta, where they will undergo enhanced screening. The World Health Organisation is due to convene an emergency meeting later. The current outbreak of the virus has already killed more than 4,500 people. Most of the deaths have been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Travellers from these countries will have their temperatures checked as part of screening programmes, despite experts warning such moves are unlikely to...

'Sweetie' catches its first prey

'Sweetie' catches its first prey

An Australian man caught in a global sting which used a virtual girl called Sweetie to trap child sex predators has become the first person convicted from the operation, the rights group behind it said yesterday. Dutch rights groups Terre des Hommes said in November last year it had used a computer-generated Filipina girl...

3-yr-old schoolgirl 'raped' in India

3-yr-old schoolgirl 'raped' in India

Indian police were investigating the alleged rape of a three-year-old girl in her school in the city of Bangalore yesterday. The child returned from school on Tuesday and complained of pain that had been caused by "an uncle in school", her parents told the police. Police say they are questioning school staff and are waiting for a report on the child's medical condition. The incident comes three months after a six-year-old was raped by a staff member in another Bangalore school. That led to street protests by parents and activists, with many accusing the school of not handling the allegations properly. He said police were looking at security cameras for any leads. There...

Qadri ends Islamabad sit-in

Qadri ends Islamabad sit-in

Supporters of a leading cleric in Pakistan are ending a two-month sit-in in the capital, Islamabad, to demand PM Nawaz Sharif's resignation. Tahirul Qadri said his party was taking the protest to other cities instead. He launched his campaign in August, saying he wanted revolutionary change in how Pakistan was run. Another opposition leader, ex-cricketer...

Lowest temperature ever in universe recorded in lab

Scientists at an Italian institute have set a world record of the lowest temperature ever achieved in the universe. They cooled a copper vessel with a volume of one cubic meter to -273.144 degrees celsius. This is stunningly close to 'absolute zero', which is equal to -273.15 degrees celsius. Theoretical physics says that temperature can never go below this limit. No experiment on Earth has ever cooled a similar mass or volume to temperatures such a low; similar conditions are...

Legendary editor Ben Bradlee dies

Legendary editor Ben Bradlee dies

Legendary former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw reporting on the Watergate scandal that brought down US president Richard Nixon, died Tuesday. He was 93. Bradlee, who died of natural causes at his Washington home, leaves a lasting legacy at the Post and in the wider media, and has been hailed as a...

DR Congo doctor wins Sakharov prize

DR Congo doctor wins Sakharov prize

A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo has won Europe's top human rights prize for helping thousands of gang rape victims in the country. The 59-year-old gynaecologist told the BBC the prize would make rape survivors in DR Congo "feel they are not alone". He set up the Panzi hospital in eastern...

North Korea frees American prisoner

An American man held for five months in North Korea has arrived back in the United States, US television reported yesterday, showing his plane landing at an airport in Ohio. Jeffrey Fowle, 56 was release Tuesday. Pyongyang said the release was ordered by leader Kim Jong-Un following the "repeated requests" of US President Barack Obama.

Nepal calls off search for trekkers

 Nepal yesterday called off a search for any more survivors of a Himalayan snowstorm that claimed some 43 lives, after more than a week of scouring the popular trekking region. Emergency workers have airlifted 518 people to safety, including 310 foreign tourists, since the snowstorm struck the Annapurna Circuit in central Nepal during peak season, catching trekkers, their guides and porters unawares.

Malala receives US Liberty Medal

Malala receives US Liberty Medal

Malala Yousafzai, the child rights activist and youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, received the Liberty Medal Tuesday and pledged her $100,000 award to education in her homeland Pakistan. Yousafzai won the annual prize from the National Constitution Center for her "courage and resilience in the face of adversity and for serving as a powerful voice for those who have been denied their basic human rights and liberties," the NCC said.

Egypt 'sets appeal date' for Jazeera journos

A court in Egypt has set the appeals hearing of three jailed al-Jazeera journalists for 1 January, says the family of one of them. The three journalists of the Qatar-based broadcaster were jailed for seven years on 23 June. They were accused of spreading false news and supporting the Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood. The court will either uphold the verdict or call for a retrial.

EU's Juncker gets green light for new team

The EU's incoming chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker won the approval of parliament yesterday for his new team of commissioners after vowing to revive the stagnant economy and tackle a raft of foreign policy challenges. Lawmakers at the European Parliament in Strasbourg voted by 423 to 209 in favour of the new European Commission with 67 abstentions, allowing Juncker's line-up to start its five-year mandate as planned on November 1.

Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq killings

Four former employees of the Blackwater security firm were found guilty yesterdayin connection with the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad that left 14 dead. The Blackwater employees were guarding a US diplomatic convoy on September 16, 2007 in Baghdad's Nisour Square when they opened fire. The killings exacerbated Iraqi resentment toward Americans, and was seen by critics as an example of the impunity enjoyed by private security firms on the US payroll in Iraq.

Jerusalem 'terror attack' hurts 9

Israeli police shot and wounded the driver of a car who rammed a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem Wednesday, injuring nine, in a suspected "terror attack." Shortly before 6:00 pm, a car hit pedestrians at the Ammunition Hill tram stop, which lies on the seamline between west and occupied east Jerusalem.

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HOW TO NOT GO BROKE

HOW TO NOT GO BROKE

“Hey, want to go and grab some ice cream?” “Nah, I'm broke.” Well, it's an everyday struggle, isn't it? Earning and saving money as a student can be difficult. You might be teaching kids, freelancing at oDesk or getting pocket money from parents or elder siblings but it's never enough unless you learn to wrap...

OPINION

PRIVACY in RELATIONSHIP

PRIVACY in RELATIONSHIP

Privacy. Something we all take very seriously, no? What about privacy in a relationship? When it comes to how much you're willing to share with your significant other, where do you draw the line? We asked some 'in a relationship' individuals and this is what they had to say. Sadia Afrin, 19: Privacy is...

Vulnerability doesn't discriminate

Vulnerability doesn't discriminate

How did we, as a society, perceive the recent murder case of Zubair Ahmed? We all did our fair share of wagging our tongues, expressed our dissatisfaction with the initial reports where the details didn't add up and we felt relief when evidence incriminated the suspect. We've treated this as an isolated case of homosexual, pedophilic assault. Let's consider another case of a young male's death, as suicide or murder, resulting from sexual assault. Considering the population of Bangladesh, the probability of such an occurrence isn't too narrow. What will we do then? Surely, we can't dismiss it as an isolated case again. Surely, we can't keep doing that every...

8 SUBTLE SIGNS THAT SHE'S PSYCHOTIC

8 SUBTLE SIGNS THAT SHE'S PSYCHOTIC

Sometimes major red flags can be classified as being “quirky” when it comes to relationships. We can often misjudge someone, I mean, we are the same species who nominated Adolf Hitler for the Nobel Peace Prize. Look how that turned out. So, here are some signs to definitely watch out for. 1. She Gets Upset over Immortality Some women worry over stuff like the relationship not working out down the road. That may or may not be justified. But there exists another category: women who get upset because they can't have you 24/7 forever. And I mean forever. If she gets visibly upset over you getting to meet 72 new women...

The Legacy of Alpha Centauri

The Legacy of Alpha Centauri

Evolution is at work here, but just what is evolving remains to be seen. --Comissioner Pravin Lal, "Man and Machine" Tomorrow will see the international release of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth on Microsoft Windows. This addition to the Civilization series takes the action to space, and is a spiritual successor to 1999's Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, itself intended as a sequel to Civilization II. Fans of that game will recognise this as being both a welcome and a worrying fact. First, a quick summary of Alpha Centauri. Earth is lost and mankind travels to the distant Alpha Centauri system, to the planet Charon, to rebuild civilization. The colonists split under the...

GAME REVIEW

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

In the recent months, several hyped-up games have failed to live up to their high expectations. In these times of glorified debacles, Shadow of Mordor shone its light through the cloud of anonymity cast by high profile games. As the game got high ratings from critics, I was stupefied as to how a...

FABLE FACTORY

THE LIFE-CHANGER

‘I won't be able to do it,' I thought. 'I don't have what it takes.' I felt really miserable after giving an unsatisfactory test despite studying really hard the night before. I was fed-up with my life and was pretty sure, like today's test, I was going to fail in it too. I stepped onto a bus and threw myself on the first seat by the window. After a while, a man sat beside me. I did not really notice what...

FABLE FACTORY

LOVE LETTER for THE UNLOVED

LOVE LETTER for THE UNLOVED

Ugly is evil. Yes? So billions of children around the world have been told for ages. Take Cinderella, for instance: the quintessential damsel in distress and the reasons for her stress -- harpies of a stepmother and two stepsisters. As countless fables and ancient scripts would have us believe, good always triumphs over...

BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

Memorial program in honour of Professor Piash Karim at BRACU BRAC University organised a memorial program in honour of Professor Piash Karim on October 16. The program was held at the university auditorium with over 200 students and faculty members. The day was spent the way Dr. Karim loved -- with poetry, music, laughter...

ANIME REVIEW

HIGASHI NO EDEN (Eden of the East)

HIGASHI NO EDEN (Eden of the East)

With so many shows easily available, it's important that a show makes a statement of intent in the very first episode. Why would anybody follow a show that can't grab attention right off the bat? Fortunately though, Kenji Kamiyama's “Higashi No Eden” caught my attention from the get go. The show's opening theme is “Falling Down” by Oasis. Although that really doesn't have much to do with the show itself, it was the first time I had heard Oasis in an anime soundtrack. Pretty hipster move from an anime perspective. Anyway, the show kicks...

NICK REBOOT: BRINGING OUR CHILDHOOD BACK

NICK REBOOT: BRINGING OUR CHILDHOOD BACK

“Which 90s' cartoon network character are you?” Buzzfeed quizzes, hopeful YouTube searches and endless nostalgic discussions on everything from white keds to Backstreet Boys albums -- we just keep trying to bring back the golden days. For us, television was at its best back then and nothing they show now can ever compare. We trained ourselves in impeccable English from watching Cartoon Network, honed our sense of humour from watching “Friends” and the best thing to ever have happened to all of us, hands down, was Nickelodeon. Recently, my precious friend Fatin Khandoker (mentioning his name to show how utterly grateful I am to him) made a brilliant discovery: Nick...

What Not to Wear: Meeting Future In-laws

What Not to Wear: Meeting Future In-laws

FOR WOMEN Sarah Anjum Bari Visiting your significant other's family has always been, and will forever be, one of the most nerve-wracking experiences for anyone. A generally decent and presentable appearance suffices for the men of the family you're visiting, but you will most certainly fall under the scrutiny of your man's mother, sister and...

Go on. Be the Odd One.

Go on. Be the Odd One.

 If you take a minute to dissect your friend circle, where do you find yourself? Are you the lively one, the foodie, or are you simply there, just filling in the empty spaces like botox? If you are, then this article's for you. Iss Pyaar Ko Kyan Naam Doo: If you didn't understand this,...

WINDOW SHOPPING

Wristband House Bangladesh

Wristband House Bangladesh

Are you into wristbands like I am? Do you like wearing wristbands with just about any outfit? If so, there's this cool shop in Banani you can check out for some really good wristbands, called Wristbands House. The wristbands are made from recyclable material with zero environmental footprint. Their collection is huge. Brands, comics, cars, musicians, photography, sports, tech, zodiac -- they have wristbands of all categories. There are some with pictures and quotes of famous figures like Gandhi, Tagore and Guevara. The prices of wristbands range from Tk 40 to 100 apiece, depending on the product and its width. You can also make customised printed and/or debossed ink-filled wristbands,...

DR. GEEK SAYS

How to Get Rid of the Ask.com Toolbar:

To remove, uninstall it from the Control Panel. Change your browser's default home page to your preferred one. Next, go to the extensions page which you can find under Tools/Settings, Add-Ons/Extensions and remove/disable anything that has "Ask" on it. Also, delete it from the list of search providers.

ANDROID GAME REVIEW

Fashion Icon

Fashion Icon

Size: 48.67 MB Fashion Icon by GameLoft is what the name suggests.  The game starts off with your first day in Paris. You can change your looks, hairstyle, clothes and start on goals/missions. This is an ideal game for you if you're a shopaholic as you can buy lots of outfits, accessories from various...

Don't Spend it All in One Place

Don't Spend it All in One Place

Earning while being a student is great stuff. The independence of spending, being able to buy whatever little thing catches your eye, putting your membership on Foodbank to use and being answerable to no one for your phone bills. It's heady stuff and you probably aren't ready for it, you irresponsible twit. Exercise...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

Culture of labeling people

I felt really sad to know that Professor Piash Karim has passed away. I personally do not know Prof. Karim, but have seen him in talk shows in Bangladeshi TV channels and have developed respect for him for his rational thinking. I was not too surprised to see the reactions of different people regarding his funeral. The tendency to label people based on ideology or political view is a hindrance to progress and free thinking. A doctor's son is not...

Letters To The Editor

Right to safety on road

Our roads have become death traps. Every year thousands of people get killed in road accidents. There is hardly any family left in this country that never experienced the pain of losing somebody in road crash. So far by birth we have the rights to have accommodation, food, clothing, education and medication. I think it would not be wrong if I say that safe road should also be our right. Safe road is now the demand of the whole nation....

Letters To The Editor

Avoid aping alien culture

Nowadays people of our region are more interested in the western culture so they now neglect their own culture, ideas, norms and values. Mostly the young generation is imitating them. This happens mainly because of globalisation which helps the capitalist countries to expand their trade and commerce all over the world through intruding into other cultures (e.g. advertising their culture and products through satellite channels). We must be aware of it and should hold on to our cultural values...

Comments on news report

“Modern-day slave trade unearthed,” published on October 19, 2014 New Generation Is this horrifying incident also an 'achievement' of the present government? Who is there to reply? Shiful Islam Foysal I can't believe that slavery still exists. ***** “Sagar-Runi murder investigation” (Oct. 17, 2014) Mortuza Huq This unacceptable delay might reinforce the belief in people's mind that the government has things to hide regarding this brutal murder case. Rahman Mostafiz This case is still shrouded in mystery. This is how we are heading towards the notion that justice is...