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Biman sitting idle with large planes

Biman sitting idle with large planes

All six Boeing 777s of Biman remain underutilised for lack of long-haul flights and pilots, causing the national carrier to lose crores of taka every year. “More than 20 percent of the operational capacity of the planes remain unutilised, as we could not open routes in line with their capacity,” an official at Biman's...

Eid joy all around

Eid joy all around

After a month of fasting, people in their thousands were trying to get transport home from the capital on the last working day yesterday ahead of the Eid holidays. If the new moon is sighted today, Eid will be celebrated tomorrow (Tuesday). If not, it will be celebrated the day after. People thronged Kamalapur Railway...

Eid truce ignored

Eid truce ignored

A 24-hour ceasefire proposed by Hamas in Gaza to mark the Muslim holiday Eid appears to have broken down after Israel said the militants could not be trusted. In a weekend where both sides offered each other truces only to see them rejected, yesterday evening saw a return to the rocket fire and missile...

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Impeachment of Judges

Did Gen Zia abolish Sangsad's power?

The way Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday spoke about the introduction of the Supreme Judicial Council seems to have put the blame squarely on military ruler General Ziaur Rahman for abolishing parliament's authority to impeach the apex court's judges by introducing the new system. She pointed out that after seizing power General Ziaur Rahman brought in the Supreme Judicial Council by amending the constitution through a martial law proclamation in 1978. This part of her statement is true.   But it...

Most garment makers clear wages, bonuses

After much dilly-dallying by owners, most workers of around 500 garment factories finally got their wages and bonuses yesterday. Once the fruit of their sweat was in their hands with Eid only a day or two away, they set out in no time to celebrate the biggest religious festival with their near and dear ones back home away from the capital. “I received 15-days' salary of this month and bonus,” said Mohammad Tamijuddin, a senior operator of a Narayanganj-based knitwear factory,...

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Rape used as weapon

Rape has become a most pervasive crime against indigenous women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, and the perpetrators in majority of the cases are Bangalee settlers, lawyers and rights activists say.    The idea behind this is to create panic among indigenous women and thus force them to leave their homes and stay somewhere else. This makes it easier for the settlers to occupy their land.    Before the signing of the peace treaty between the government and the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati...

Acceptable Polls

UN official for homegrown solution

Only leaders of the two main political parties -- Awami League and BNP -- can agree on conditions that would pave the way for free and fair elections, said UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Neal Walker yesterday. He said, “My view is that the solution must come from Bangladesh, mainly from two political leaders. This really depends on the will of both sides … there're no outsiders and the UN never pretended to do that. “ … Solution to democratic evolution...

Save Buriganga from grabbing

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the authorities concerned to take effective measures to reclaim illegally occupied parts of the Buriganga river and free it of pollution. The orders came at a meeting organised yesterday on the recovery of all rivers around the capital, including Buriganga, and introduction of a circular road and a river route around Dhaka. "This is our project and we will have to implement it," the PM said.  After the meeting, PM's Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury briefed...

Abbas vs Sohel

The rift between Dhaka city BNP Convener Mirza Abbas and Member Secretary Habib-un-Nabi Khan has widened despite party leaders' hectic efforts to calm the situation. The gradually intensified feud has also spread among their followers, leading to a halt in the activities of such a crucial chapter of the party. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on July 18 approved the 56-member convening committee led by Abbas and Sohel and asked them to reorganise the unit within a month and prepare for an...

Graft Cases

Khaleda asked to face trial court Sept 3

A Dhaka court yesterday for the fifth time deferred until September 3 the hearing on Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and eight others. The court also asked Khaleda and four others, now on bail, to appear before it on that date. Her elder son BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman is also on bail in the Orphanage Trust graft case but his lawyer represented him in his absence.    Judge Basudev Roy of...

Beating Up Businessman

8 policemen suspended

Eight policemen were suspended yesterday on the charges of beating a businessman in the city's Kotwali Police Station on July 17. The suspended police officials are Md Ataur Rahman, officer-in-charge, Shyamol Banik, officer-in-charge (investigation), Ashraful Islam, sub-inspector, Taher, assistant sub-inspector and constables Adhir, Rajib Kumar Das, Azadur Rahman and Nazrul Islam. The victim, Kamal Ahmed Chowdhury, is also the brother of Abul Kalam Chowdhury, a leader of the ruling Awami League and mayor of Chhatak Pourasabha in Sunamganj district. The decision was...

We cannot coexist with occupiers: Hamas chief

We cannot coexist with occupiers: Hamas chief

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal demanded Israel lift its blockade of Gaza and warned that Palestinians cannot coexist with their neighboUrs while their land is occupied, in an interview broadcast Sunday. On Saturday, Meshaal was interviewed by US broadcaster PBS in the Qatari capital Doha while in Gaza his Islamist militia was under assault from...

2 soldiers, 10 'Qaeda' dead in Yemen suicide car bomb bids

Two soldiers and 10 jihadists were killed yesterday in attempted car bomb attacks on army posts and subsequent clashes in the southern province of Abyan, a military official said. He said dozens of suspected Al-Qaeda militants took part in simultaneous attacks on three army posts in the Mahfad area of Abyan. Two car bombs exploded before reaching their targets, while a third went off at the gate of a base, he added. "The alertness of the soldiers foiled the militants' attempt to...

Jihadists make fresh Advance in Syria

The extremist Islamic State (IS) yesterday seized an army position in the northeast Syrian city of Hasakeh, amid a major escalation in the jihadist offensive against regime bases, a monitor said. On another front in Syria's complex civil war, rebels seeking President Bashar al-Assad's ouster captured a weapons depot in Hama province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Just south of Hasake city, "IS jihadists took over the army Regiment 121 at Maylabiyeh, after fierce clashes with regime troops", said...

US doctor infected with Ebola in Liberia

An American doctor battling West Africa's Ebola epidemic has himself fallen sick with the disease in Liberia, his aid agency said. Samaritan's Purse, a Christian charity, said Dr Kent Brantly had been isolated at the group's Ebola treatment center at the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

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Tourism rebounds on Eid vacationers

Tourism rebounds on Eid vacationers

The tourism industry expects good business from the Eid as hotel and resort operators received a lot of bookings in the run-up to the festival, thanks to a stable political climate.   “We expect an increased number of tourists during the Eid vacation,” said Omar Sultan, president of Cox's Bazar Hotel-Motel and Guesthouse Owners Association. Different...

Bank borrowing shoots up ahead of Eid

Bank borrowing shoots up ahead of Eid

The government's borrowing from the banking system soared 263 percent year-on-year in the first nine days of the current fiscal year as expenditure exceeded revenue. The amount was Tk 5,011 crore during July 1-9, against Tk 1,380 crore in the same period a year ago, according to central bank statistics. The total amount was borrowed from Bangladesh Bank. The government aims to borrow Tk 31,221 crore from the banking system in the current fiscal year. The big jump in bank borrowing is a temporary phenomenon, a finance ministry official said. The additional expenditure was due mainly to festival bonus and road repair costs ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, he said. The government's borrowing from the...

Economy shows signs of recovery

Manufacturing and productive activities are yet to pick up to the level of 2011-12, but trade and commerce and services sectors have kept the economy going. Analysts said the buying and spending spree ahead of the Eid festival has made the economy vibrant. Yet, there are questions whether this is a sign that the economy is overcoming the crisis it has been going through for the past few years, or whether the recovery is short-lived. “Year-on-year export growth was better than...

Bank Asia profits rise 35pc

Bank Asia's net profits rose 34.74 percent to Tk 66 crore in the six months to June on the back of higher recovery of loans. “We have tried to recover our loans, including non-performing loans,” said Md Mehmood Husain, managing director of Bank Asia. The bank's non-performing loan stood at 6.07 percent as of June. “We have predicted slow growth in investment, so we have invested in bond for higher returns,” Husain said. Bank Asia offers 8.5-9 percent interests on deposits and charges...

Good governance key to growth: ICCB

Good governance is the way to ensure adequate infrastructure, energy, skilled manpower, political stability and investment-friendly climate to achieve high economic growth, International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh said in its bulletin. Bangladesh needs at least 7-8 percent growth to become a middle-income country; and to achieve that growth investment to GDP ratio must be at 30 percent, according to the bulletin which was released yesterday. In developing countries like Bangladesh, growth in private sector investment is crucial for achieving the targeted GDP...

Al-Arafah appoints independent director

Al-Arafah appoints independent director

Khalid Rahim has recently been elected as an independent director of Al-Arafah Islami Bank and chairman of the board audit committee, the bank said in a statement yesterday. Rahim is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of ICAB (Bangladesh). Currently he is a senior consultant of Rahman Rahman Huq, Chartered Accountants, KPMG Bangladesh. Rahim has previously served as managing director at Barclays de Zoete Wedd Ltd (now Barclays Capital), the investment banking arm of Barclays Bank, one of the largest UK based banking groups. He later served a UK-based financial services group engaged in private equity and fund management as group chief executive,...

Nissan recalls over 226,000 cars

Japanese carmaker Nissan said Saturday it was recalling 226,326 additional vehicles in the United States due to faulty airbags. The move brings the total number of vehicles recalled for this reason to 664,628, the company said in a statement, adding that the defective airbags were made by Japan's Takata Corp. Nissan, which notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about the recall, said it was working to "promptly address" the issue. The affected vehicles were built between 2001 and 2003, Nissan...

China approves three private banks

China has approved the setting up of three private banks, including one by Internet giant Tencent, the industry regulator said Friday, in a long-awaited economic reform aimed at bringing competition to state banking giants. Previously, China had just two privately-owned banks, Minsheng Bank and Ping An Bank, according to state media. The China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) said it had approved private banks in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen, the northern port city of Tianjin and the eastern city of Wenzhou,...

Asset bubbles could deflate global recovery: analysts

In a world still struggling to shake off the worst financial crisis for a generation, many economists are worrying that new asset bubbles are already threatening to derail the tepid global recovery. Concern has been rising that investors are paying too much for securities in a search for good returns when interest rates are hovering near record lows, creating the bubble conditions for a new market crash. The Bank of International Settlements warned at the end of last month that financial...

Coal reserves offer no relief for India fuel crunch

Coal reserves offer no relief for India fuel crunch

India sits on one of the world's biggest coal reserves, yet its power stations are starved of the fuel with some idle and others running dangerously low on supplies. Coal accounts for nearly 60 percent of India's electricity, and the country's biggest utility company warned the government this month that supplies at many plants...

Bose sues Beats over headphone patents

Audio technology veteran Bose Corporation on Friday sued Beats Electronics over patented technology for canceling noise in earphones. The suit filed in federal court in the US state of Delaware pits the 50-year-old firm against an Internet Age youngster being bought by Apple in a deal valued at $3 billion. "Bose brings this action against Beats to protect its valuable patented technology for noise-canceling headphones," lawyers for the company said in a copy of the suit obtained by AFP. Attorneys said they...

Investors pin growth hopes on US as Ukraine crisis casts shadow on Europe

Investors pin growth hopes on US as Ukraine crisis casts shadow on Europe

With the prospect of stiffer sanctions against Russia rattling confidence in Europe, investors will be looking to the United States and China to underpin the global economy. Wednesday's US gross domestic product (GDP) reading and jobs data on Friday will help markets to judge the strength of the economy's rebound and the likely speed...

Banks accused of rigging silver price

Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Bank of Nova Scotia have been accused of attempting to rig the price of silver, in a lawsuit filed in the US. The plaintiff alleges the banks, which set the price of silver each day, abused their position in the market. Deutsche Bank and HSBC have not commented on the filing, while Bank of Nova Scotia told Bloomberg news agency it would "vigorously defend" itself. The lawsuit follows similar filings in the gold price-fixing market. Earlier this year, Barclays...

Scandal-hit China food firm withdrawing all products, US parent says

The parent company of a scandal-hit Chinese food supplier said it is withdrawing all products made by the subsidiary. Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, owned by Illinois-based OSI Group LLC, is at the centre of a major food safety scandal, which has spread from China to Hong Kong and Japan, over allegations it mixed fresh and expired meat. In a statement posted on its website late Saturday, OSI Group said it would "withdraw from the marketplace" all products made by Shanghai...

Sports

Asian Games

25 booters called for camp

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday announced a 25-member preliminary under-23 squad for September's Asian Games with the inclusion of five senior players -- Mamunul Islam, Zahid Hasan Emily, Atiqur Rahman Meshu, Mithun Chowdhury and Denmark-based Jamal Bhuiyan. Young defender Tutul Hossain Badsha, who warmed the bench for Abahani throughout this season, is the surprise inclusion apart from relegated Uttar Baridhara goalkeeper Osman Gani and Mohammedan's promising winger Yousuf Sifat.  Veteran winger Zahid Hossain is a notable exclusion from the...

Cook's bat does the talking

Cook's bat does the talking

England captain Alastair Cook was in sight of ending his barren run without a Test hundred as he continued to make India pay for dropping him in the third Test at Southampton on Monday. At tea on the first day, England were 186 for one with Cook 82 not out and Gary Ballance 72...

'Marshall' Masud no more

'Marshall' Masud no more

He was nicknamed 'black and bold' by his teammates for he was a little dark, had less hair and yet when he steamed in, for the likes of Mohammedan and Azad Boys back in the 80s, it left batsmen quivering. Cricket journalists back then often compared him to the menacing West Indian fast bowler Malcolm Marshall. "Here comes Marshall Masud", they used to joke whenever the bowler took his run-up. Tall, muscular and fast, Khondokar Ziaul Islam Masud, was in many ways considered to be the pioneer of Bangladesh's pace bowling. Openers had to be cautious, because in his prime his mere run-up was good enough to instil a sense of...

Academy to open with U-13 camp

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is seemingly desperate to launch its football academy in Sylhet within a short period of time, almost two and a half years into the five-year deal with Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP). Though BFF president Kazi Salahuddin wanted to start the academy in August through a preparation camp of Bangladesh U-23 team ahead of the Asian Games, he had to drop his plan as only 70 percent of the pending work has so far been...

Colombo Test nicely poised

Colombo Test nicely poised

Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Angelo Mathews struck brisk half-centuries to help Sri Lanka set up a thrilling finale to the series-deciding second Test against South Africa on Sunday. Sangakkara (72) hit his tenth 50-plus score of the year and Mathews chipped in with an unbeaten 63 as the hosts declared their second innings on...

Shirin 45th, Mezbah 63rd

Bangladesh's fastest sprinter Mezbah Ahmed finished in 63rd among 76 contestants in the 100m sprint of the 20th Commonwealth Games at the Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland yesterday. Mezbah, a former BKSP student who became the fastest man of the country last year by finishing his race in 10.75 second (hand timing), took 11.13 seconds to finish his heat yesterday. The fastest qualifier was Adam Gemili of England (10.15 sec) while the sixteenth and last qualifier was Adam Harris...

Fined on debut!

Sri Lanka's debutant wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was Sunday fined 10 per cent of his match fee for claiming an unfair catch on Day Three of the ongoing second Test against South Africa. The 21-year-old player was found guilty of conduct that is either "contrary to the spirit of the game" or "brings the game into disrepute", the International Cricket Council said in a news release. "Dickwella admitted to the charge and accepted the sanction imposed by Jeff Crowe... without the need...

Glasgow 2014
XX Commonwealth Games

Shelley's marathon shock

Shelley's marathon shock

Australia's Michael Shelley stunned the favourites from east Africa to win the men's marathon gold at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday, but Flomena Daniel spearheaded a Kenyan one-two in the women's race. Shelley, who finished 16th in the London Olympics, clocked a personal best of 2hr 11min 15sec on the largely flat course around...

Bundes Liga

'Bayern will never sack Guardiola'

Bayern Munich will never push out their coach Pep Guardiola, club chief executive Karl-Heinze Rummenigge said in an interview published Sunday. Rummenigge shrugged off suggestions that Germany's most successful side could struggle this season after their top players come back from their gruelling but triumphant World Cup campaign. There would be no fallout for Guardiola, he told Welt am Sonntag newspaper. "Bayern will never sack Pep Guardiola. I can put that in writing today," said Rummenigge. "Pep Guardiola. He will be our...

LFP

Carlo expects Di Maria by next week

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is expecting Angel Di Maria to begin pre-season training on August 5 and has no information about the Argentina winger leaving for Paris St Germain. "There is nothing new in the market," Ancelotti said when asked about reports Di Maria was set to join the Ligue 1 side for a fee of around 70 million euros ($94 million). "Di Maria finished the World Cup and he is resting," added the Italian. "He will return on Aug....

Too white, too male

"Overwhelmingly male and overwhelmingly white" Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said of his own organisation's Council on Saturday, saying the governing body must change. In a pre-recorded video message to the Football Supporters Federation, former BBC director general Dyke, who took over from David Bernstein at the FA a year ago, said the governing body was in danger of becoming "irrelevant". "If you look at who's supporting, who's playing, football and then you look at the FA Council - it doesn't...

MS cautioned over Jimmy-Ravi row

The International Cricket Council on Sunday accused India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni of "undermining" its disciplinary process by condemning a fine handed against teammate Ravindra Jadeja. Dhoni said Saturday that Jadeja had been the target of "hurtful" treatment when he was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for misconduct in an incident with England bowler James Anderson during the first Test in Nottingham on July 10. England captain Alastair Cook, not long after India brought ICC charges against Anderson,...

Arsenal sign Ospina

Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, who had a fine World Cup to help his country reach the quarter-finals for the first time, is joining Arsenal on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said on Sunday. The 25-year-old, who has 49 caps, is moving from French Ligue 1 club Nice, for whom he made 189 league appearances during his six years in France. "David Ospina is an excellent goalkeeper, with good experience and a proven record of performing...

Wilshere regrets

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has expressed regret after pictures of him smoking during a holiday in Las Vegas appeared in the British media. "The smoking? Of course I regret it," Wilshere was quoted as saying by the Sunday editions of several British newspapers. Wilshere was photographed smoking a cigarette outside a nightclub last year and vowed it would never happen again. The recent images showed him smoking amongst friends in a Las Vegas swimming pool.

Hungarian GP Ricciardo's

Australian Daniel Ricciardo charged to a thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix victory on Sunday, his second Formula One win for Red Bull, as a drenched track caused chaos among world championship leaders. Ricciardo, 25, held off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to take first place in a race which saw several high-speed crashes after a heavy downpour just before the start changed the course of the race. Britain's former world champion Lewis Hamilton, who started from the pit lane and span on the first...

Editorial

Editorial

The spirit of Eid-ul-Fitr

THE month of Ramadan which united us in a collective experience of disciplined worldly and spiritual lives is coming to a crowning glory. It is heralding the biggest and the most joyous of festivals in Islamic calendar. The month-long fasting that tested our capacity for abnegation and self-restraint and made us empathetic to the plight of the less fortunate is rewarded through Eid meaning auspicious joy. The spirituality has created a groundswell of emotional fervour demonstrated through the  urban dwellers'...

Editorial

Migrant workers face uncertainty

THE International Civil Aviation Organisation has set November 24 as the deadline for nationalities all over the world to avail Machine Readable Passports (MRP), giving almost two lakh Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia a headache as they race against time to obtain the new passports. Under the new deadline, workers without the MRPs will be considered illegal workers and embassy officials in Riyadh are working overtime to make sure the new passport is available to all the workers in...

Op-ed

Editorial

The spirit of Eid-ul-Fitr

THE month of Ramadan which united us in a collective experience of disciplined worldly and spiritual lives is coming to a crowning glory. It is heralding the biggest and the most joyous of festivals in Islamic calendar. The month-long fasting that tested our capacity for abnegation and self-restraint and made us empathetic to the plight of the less fortunate is rewarded through Eid meaning auspicious joy. The spirituality has created a groundswell of emotional fervour demonstrated through the  urban dwellers'...

Editorial

Migrant workers face uncertainty

THE International Civil Aviation Organisation has set November 24 as the deadline for nationalities all over the world to avail Machine Readable Passports (MRP), giving almost two lakh Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia a headache as they race against time to obtain the new passports. Under the new deadline, workers without the MRPs will be considered illegal workers and embassy officials in Riyadh are working overtime to make sure the new passport is available to all the workers in...

Israeli pogrom in Gaza

Israeli pogrom in Gaza

UPON expiry of the 24-hour UN-brokered truce, Israel has resumed its naval, air and ground attack on Gaza since Sunday morning, despite Hamas's announcing a 24-hour ceasefire. During the short-lived lull in hostilities, what Gaza residents, humanitarian and rescue workers and foreign journalists saw was mind-boggling. It was as if demons were let loose...

Why will Mr. X not pay the wage and bonus?

LET'S call him 'X'. It was 11 pm. A few days ago, a private television channel was running news on the non-payment of the salary and bonus of the readymade garment workers. The face was a familiar one. In fact, the gentleman, Mr. X, confined to the BGMEA office when speaking to the journalists, was an old friend who had taught me production processes and familiarised me with the trade eighteen years back, when I first joined the industry....

Talking trade with India

HAVING missed an opportunity to advance opening trade with India, Pakistan now finds itself dealing with the consequences. The forthcoming talks between the foreign secretaries of the two countries could have been an opportunity to move further down the road of regional economic cooperation and integration, but instead they are going to spend their time testing the waters. Going by the words of Pakistan's foreign secretary, the talks will aim to “discuss the resumption of the dialogue process to...

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-i-Islami and global jihad

Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-i-Islami and global jihad

(CONCLUDING PART) Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Pakistan and Bangladesh Maulana Abul Ala Maududi (1903-1979), an Indian-born madrassah-educated journalist, author and political thinker was the founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami or Party of Islam. It came into being in 1941 in British India. Maududi started the organisation with a view to promoting Islamic values and practices in the...

Dialogue with BNP: Hasina then and now

THOSE who saw Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's press conference on television on Saturday must have noticed her emphatic no to holding any dialogue over the next general election with BNP led by Khaleda Zia. In recent times, she had not made such strong arguments against holding talks with the opposition BNP like she did on Saturday. She even asked: “Why do I have to sit with killers?” Who are the killers? The answer lies in her speech. “It's unfortunate...

Letters to the editor

Israeli atrocities and uncaring USA, UK

Israeli atrocities and uncaring USA, UK

The world's so-called peace keeper and human rights upholder USA is the number one patron of Israel's atrocities in Gaza. UK is also the shameless supporter of both USA and Israel. That's why after so much barbarism by Israel, they are continuously and shamelessly supporting the Israelis' 'right to defend themselves.' Then what...

BNP's post-Eid threat of agitation

BNP has been frequently threatening to launch all-out agitation programmes against the government after Eid. It's true that BNP, one of the largest political parties in the country, has become feeble after the election of January 5. So how can they wage all-out movement against this powerful government? We have seen enough vandalism, attacks, clashes, assaults on the law enforcers and killing of common people by throwing petrol bombs in the name of shutdowns and blockades before the January 5...

Comments on news report

“Justice delayed, not denied,” published on July 23, 2014

Amran Khan I am not satisfied with the verdict. Imprisonment of the criminals is not enough, they deserve harsher punishment as they caused the deaths of 76 children. Hossain123 I am totally unsatisfied with the judgment. The killers should have got capital punishment for this mass killing. Sakib I am not satisfied but happy that it came at last.  

Comments on news report

“Yunus calls for Gaza ceasefire”(July 23, 2014)

Zman7 “Calling on the international community to secure an immediate ceasefire...” is not enough. All these great Nobel Peace laureates should march to Gaza and/or Israel to attain that much discussed ceasefire and free Gaza from enduring blockade. Molla A. Latif Peaceful war against the war lord Israel by the Nobel Peace Prize winners! Why should they risk their valuable lives?!  

Comments on news report

“A 'doctor' with no degree” (July 22, 2014)

Hyder Many peculiar things happen in this world and may be Bangladesh is one of the countries where people do many things without proper certificates. Thanks to our mobile court who just nabbed the fake doctor.  

Comments on news report

“Dismantle Rab” (July 22, 2014)

Deep Purple Blue Indeed, Rab is beyond repair. Rab is a symbol of abuse and impunity, engaged in 'contract-killing'.

Entertainment

Eid Bonanza On Small Screen

Eid Bonanza On Small Screen

ATN Bangla Tele-film “Ki Shundor Ondho” Written and directed by Ferdous Hasan and casting Riaz, Sumaiya Shimu, Syed Hasan Imam and Dilara Zaman, tele-film “Ki Shundor Ondho” will air on ATN Bangla at 3:05pm on Eid day. The plot revolves around a woman who is fed up of her husband's errant ways. She threatens him...

City

Eid Season Crimes

Fake money floods South-West region

Counterfeit currency racketeers have become active in the south-western region, including Khulna, ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. Taking advantage of the rush of Eid shopping, the gangs are spreading fake notes of different denominations at markets through their agents. A number of traders in Khulna city alleged that fake money makers are supplying the huge amount of notes at different markets taking advantage of the Eid when people hardly have chances to check each and every note they handle. Some of the traders have...

Graft, Misconduct Within Judiciary

CJ decides to send 3 judges into forced retirement

Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain at a full court meeting of the High Court judges has decided to send three lower court judges into forced retirement for committing misconduct and corruption while discharging duties. The judges are Chairman of First Labour Court of Chittagong and former District and Sessions Judge of Dhaka AKM Ishtiaque Hossain, Additional District Judge of Jessore Mizanur Rahman, and Joint District Judge of Lalmonirhat Salauddin Md Akram. Supreme Court Registrar AKM Shamsul Islam yesterday told The Daily...

Israel's Attack On Gaza

Urdu speakers in Bangladesh urge permanent ceasefire

Minority Council of Urdu Speaking People of Indian Origin in Bangladesh has urged the UN to intervene and lift the siege on Gaza and broker a permanent ceasefire. The council formed a human chain in front of the United Nations office in Agargaon in the capital yesterday protesting Israel's 20-day long military attack on Gaza, which left more  than 1,000 people dead, said a press release. Later, the council submitted a written petition to the local UN office addressed to UN...

Himu Murder Case

Two accused get bail

A Chittagong court yesterday granted bail to two accused in the Himu murder case. The court passed the order after the accused -- Shah Selim Tipu and Md Shahadat Hossain Saju -- surrendered before the court and sought bail, said Ayub Khan, special public prosecutor (PP) of the tribunal. Meanwhile, defence lawyers moved a time petition for another accused -- Jahedul Islam Shawon -- on the grounds of sickness, he said On July 16, the case was shifted to the tribunal...

Arrears, Eid Bonus

RMG workers of 2 Savar units still not paid

Workers of a garment factory in Ashulia of Savar demonstrated yesterday demanding arrears and Eid-ul-Fitr bonus as the factory authorities are yet to pay them even though the festival is just one to two days away. Workers of Fantasy Sweater Ltd went to the factory yesterday to find it shut. They then demonstrated at the factory gate demanding salaries for the months of June and July and Eid bonus. The factory authorities could not be reached despite several attempts by The...

Congregation at National Eidgah at 8:30am

The main congregation of Eid-ul-Fitr will be held at the Jatiya Eidgah near the High Court Mazar in the capital at 8:30am, said a press release of Islamic Foundation. Khatib of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Professor Maulana Mohammad Salah Uddin will conduct the main Eid congregation as the main Imam while Mufti Maulana Mohammad Abdullah will be there as alternative Imam, according to the press release. Besides, five Eid congregations will be held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque like previous years....

Youth beaten to death 'by mob'

A youth was beaten to death by a mob in the capital yesterday during a mugging incident, claimed police. Sazzad Hossain Robin, 30, was lynched when he was "trying to snatch Tk 1.30 lakh from a sales representative of bKash" at Wari in the capital yesterday morning, said police. However, Robin's father Saifur Rahman, alleged that his son, a Jubo Dal leader, was not a mugger rather police killed him in a planned way. Robin ran a decorator's shop and owned...

Road crashes kill 10, injure 11 countrywide

Ten people were killed and 11 others injured in road accidents in the country yesterday and Saturday. Our Cox's Bazar correspondent reports, two persons were killed and four others injured when a microbus fell into a roadside ditch in Shoajania at Chakaria upazila in the district. The dead were Md Shahjahan, 30, and Pushpo Bhala Pal, 60, of Cox's Bazar Sadar upazila. Our Netrakona correspondent reports, Tapashi Rani Saha, 35, died after a truck hit her on Netrakona-Mohonganj road at Banlabazar in Netrakona...

Hannan, Quayes, Shameem new envoys to UK, Brazil, Switzerland

Hannan, Quayes, Shameem new envoys to UK, Brazil, Switzerland

The government has decided to appoint Md Abdul Hannan, currently serving as the Bangladeshi ambassador to Switzerland and permanent representative to the UN Offices in Geneva and Vienna, as the new high commissioner to the UK. Meanwhile, the government also has decided to appoint former foreign secretary, Mohamed Mijarul Quayes, currently serving as Bangladeshi...

DB arrests 3 kidnappers

The Detective Branch (DB) of Police has arrested three kidnappers and rescued two victims in separate drives in Tongi. The arrestees are Sohel Rana Sumon, 30, Mohammad Mintu, 32, and Parveen, 45. Mintu and Parveen had kidnapped a woman and confined her to a house in Tongi, said Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), at a press briefing at DMP media centre yesterday. The victim had gone missing on May 6 from the capital's Dakkhinkhan. Later, her father filed...

Obituary

MA Majid died of old age complications at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital yesterday. He was 105. He was the father of Faruk Rahman, organising secretary of Bangladesh Labour Party, a component in the BNP-led 20-party alliance. Majid left behind four sons and three daughters. He was buried at his family graveyard in Kalibari of Pathorghata upazila.

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

  Tomorrow is the eight death anniversary of Principal Ruhul Amin, a famous educationalist from khulna and south Bengal region, On the occasion, Qurankhwani, a doa mahfil and an iftar party have been arranged at several educational institutions, mosques and orphanages. His students, colleagues, relatives and well-wishers have been requested to pray for the departed soul.

News In Brief

6 suspected train robbers held Staff Correspondent, Ctg Police arrested six persons in Chittagong city on Saturday night while they were preparing to rob trains. Yasin Faruk, officer-in-charge of Chittagong Government Railway Police (GRP) Station, said on a tip-off they arrested the six in Kadamtali area while they were preparing to rob moving trains. Few machetes and iron rods were recovered from their possession. A case was filed.       Youth 'poisoned' to death in Ctg Staff Correspondent, Ctg A youth was allegedly poisoned to death by his...

Country

A great escape

A great escape

Over 2500 home-bound passengers narrowly escaped a major blow yesterday when they were evacuated midway after a crack developed at the bottom of their triple deck launch in mid-Meghna yesterday. Crew of MV Karnafuli-1 were forced to anchor the vessel at a terminal at Kaliganj in Mehendiganj upazila around 1:30pm. At least 7/8 passengers sustained...

Heavenly site turns into safe haven for addicts

Heavenly site turns into safe haven for addicts

Historic Ramsagar, an ecological park maintained by the forest department at Tajpur village under Dinajpur Sadar upazila, has become a safe haven for drug addicts and gamblers, much to the nuisance of visitors especially ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr. Eight kilometres from Dinajpur town, the well known tourist spot comprises 146.44 acres of land, including...

Eid in 35 Patuakhali, Bhola villages today

Several thousand people of 35 villages in Patuakhali and Bhola districts will observe Eid-ul-Fitr today. More than 20,000 people of 25 villages under four upazilas in Patuakhali have completed all preparations to celebrate Eid, reports our correspondent.   Followers of Quaderia Tarika who go by the Saudi Arabian calendar for Islamic festivities are the main observers of the Eid, said Md Sultan Khan, a follower. The villages are Badarpur under Sadar upazila, South Devpur, Patua, Nishanbaria, Morichbunia, Safakhali, Ajimuddin, Tegachia, Chinkhola, Badurtali...

Eid's joy eludes victims of tidal surge, erosion

Eid's joy eludes victims of tidal surge, erosion

Eid-ul Fitr will not bring joy for several lakh victims of recent tidal surge that flooded over 100 villages in eight upazilas of the district. The affected people said that beyond the bare needs they cannot afford to buy extra goods under the present circumstance as they have lost their shelters, croplands and domestic...

Disgruntled BCL job seekers lock office

A group of job seekers yesterday locked the civil surgeon (CS) office, demanding cancellation of the recently published results of the selected candidates for jobs in different posts in the CS office. Around 40-50 people, mostly BCL men, gathered in front of the office in the town at around 9:30am and locked the main entrance to the CS office, alleging that the staff recruitment process was unfair. “The process of hiring staff for the CS office was not fair,” said BCL...

Bogra businessman rescued, 3 arrested

Detective Branch (DB) Police yesterday rescued a businessman eight hours into his abduction and arrested three people in the district town on Saturday night. Abdur Razzak, 67, son of Nakib Uddin Mondal of Hat Phulbari village in Shariakandi upazila, also a food importer was abducted from Borogola area of the town around 10:00am. Police quoted victim's family members as saying that Nakib came to visit his son-in-law in Borogola area of the town around 10:30am. In the area, a woman called...

Likhon Murder

36 sued in Bogra

Thirty-six people have been sued on charge of killing local Jubo League leader Golam Hafiz Likhon. Deceased's wife Hasina Hafiz Hira filed the murder case with Shajahanpur police station on Saturday. The accused include former official of Jubok Housing Ltd Shahanara Mukti, Rigan Hossain, 24, Shohel Rana, 32, Mahamud Hasan, 30, son of Belayat Hossain of Chawk Lokman area, Asfia Begum, 43, wife of Abul Kalam Azad and Khandakar Sagor Mia, 32, son of Mosharaf Hossian. Of them, prime accused Rigan is...

World

Enough is enough

Enough is enough

The world has reacted in disgust to pictures of the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians in Gaza, including women and children, since Israel launched an offensive against Hamas 19 days ago. In France, several hundred people also flouted a ban to protest after an attempt to halt yesterday's demonstration following an attack on a synagogue...

How Israel earns media sympathy

Tweet for Israel, earn money In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences. The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, which will oversee the programme, confirmed...

Stop, please stop

Stop, please stop

Pope Francis yesterday called on warring parties in the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine to put an end to violence which is wounding and killing countless children. "Stop, please stop! I beg you with all my heart," the 77-year-old Argentine pontiff pleaded before pilgrims packed in St Peter's Square for the weekly Angelus prayer. With...

Oops, I made a mistake

Oops, I made a mistake

Talk about a really awkward ''oops'' moment. A freshman American lawmaker mistook two senior US officials of Indian origin to be Indian government representatives at a Congressional hearing earlier this week, leading to some mirth and a bit of ridicule about American insularity and ignorance. The faux pas occurred during a House sub-committee hearing on...

Obama banned from entering Chechnya

Obama banned from entering Chechnya

Although Russia has not responded to US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there is one part of the country he is now barred from entering: Chechnya. On Saturday Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of the small Russian republic that has been the scene of two devastating...

Foot soldier's son turns Indian army chief

Foot soldier's son turns Indian army chief

Having spent a lifetime as a foot soldier in the Army Ram Phal Suhag (84) from Bishan village in Haryana's Jhajjar district dreamt of seeing his son as an officer in the forces. His dream came true and nearly four decades on his son - Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag - will take charge...

MH17 Crash Probe

Shelling blocks int'l teams' visit to site

Heavy shelling around the crash site of downed Malaysian flight MH17 forced Dutch and Australian police to scrap a planned visit as they sought to secure the scene 10 days after the disaster. The unarmed contingent of law enforcement officers were due to head to the location after a deal was struck with rebels aimed at allowing a long-delayed probe into the tragedy to go ahead. But international observers overseeing the trip had to abruptly ditch their plans after clashes shattered...

More than 50 killed in Libya clashes

At least 36 people were killed in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, many of them civilians, in clashes between Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants on Saturday night and the next morning, medical and security sources said. Another 23 people, all Egyptian workers, were killed in the capital Tripoli when a rocket hit their home on Saturday during clashes between rival militias battling over the city's main airport, the Egyptian state news agency reported. In the last two weeks, Libya has...

News in Brief

13 killed in typhoon Matmo in China Pti, Beijing At least 13 people have been killed and more than 2.5 million affected as typhoon Matmo swept through eight provinces of China. With this, the death toll in the two typhoons Matmo and Rammasun has reached 77. Matmo, the 10th typhoon to affect China this year, has destroyed homes and crops and caused direct economic losses worth about US$ 547 million, it said.   Cameroon's vice PM's wife kidnapped Reuters, Dakar The wife of Cameroon's vice...

Bytes

Hands On Review
Samsung Galaxy K ZOOM

Zoom in with style

Zoom in with style

Photos account for 54 percent of all posts on Facebook. And on Twitter majority of all images posted are those of lunches never to be eaten but only to be admired. Which explains why the mostly average cameraphones are so popular.  You get to carry them with you to snap the instant selfies....

Tech Happening

BASIS Executive Council congratulated by Grameenphone

BASIS Executive Council congratulated by Grameenphone

Grameenphone (GP) recently congratulated the newly elected the EC of BASIS in a formal gathering at The Westin. Grameenphone CEO Vivek Sood presented a floral felicitation to BASIS President Shameem Ahsan and the Executive Council members. BASIS President Mr. Shahmeem Ahsan, Senior Vice President Russell T Ahmed, Vice President M Rashidul Hasan, Secretary...

Top Five Smartwatches in Bangladesh right now!

Top Five Smartwatches in Bangladesh right now!

Samsung Gear 2 Neo Samsung's Gear 2 Neo comes with a more attractive price, lots of apps, offline music playback, and heart-rate monitoring. Sadly it does not play nice with other OEMs- works only with Samsung phones and tablets. In short, it offers the best balance of features and value. Price: Tk. 25,000/-     Pebble Steel* It's probably the most stylish smartwatch out there (since Moto 360 hasn't been launched yet). It comes packed with a long-lasting battery (by smartwatch standards, at least), a bold stainless steel exterior and an ever growing ecosystem. No wonder it was a...

Just In

Just In

Symphony launches full HD smartphone Symphony has recently launched Xplorer Z IV. It runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system.  This handset is not only powerfully speedy and well designed but also only 7.25 mm slim. Xplorer Z IV comes with 5.5 inch IPS full HD display & 1.7 GHz Octa Core processor. To capture the moments perfectly this smartphone comes with a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera with some amazing features like flash light, live photo mode, auto focus and so on. This handset has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM. Xplorer Z IV supports OTG and dual micro SIM. Price: Tk. 22,990/-                 ASUS K4551LA,...

Book Reviews

The power of words

The power of words

Markus Zusak's The Book Thief is a book to be read, relished, recommended and remembered (and attempted to be reviewed). One blurb says it is “a haunting tale that will steal your heart”. I think this young-adult book will also chill your heart, warm it, wrench it and melt it. Letting Death be the narrator. Zusak gives us a story about the First World War in which the characters, by being so characteristically themselves, endear themselves to us. We have Liesel, the protagonist, an innocent sensitive young girl; her loveable, accordion-playing foster father, and her seemingly harsh foster mother; there's Rudy, an adorable young boy, a true friend, and Max...

Stories of lands and people

Stories of lands and people

Everything in life can be written about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and by publishing Around Half the World in Sixty Years Abdul Matin has displayed his guts. He may not be a writer by profession but has blended simplicity and reflections quite honestly. Around Half the World in Sixty Years is a collection of nineteen travel anecdotes based on the author's roving experiences around half the globe. Since his first trip as a scout to participate in the first National Scout Jamboree in 1952 Abdul Matin has undergone a number of journeys which eventually opened his eyes for exploring more. His interactions with different...

Education for indigenous children

Education for indigenous children

In our fervour for Bengali nationalism, we often tend to forget that here there are peoples who are not Bengalis, primarily because they do not identify themselves as such and are also actually different in many ways, though we all equally belong to Bangladesh. The mainstream people try not to recognize the differences among others and instead of finding beauty in diversity want to level all nationalities with the bulldozer of a single identity of their own. There are many indigenous communities with a population of around four million in Bangladesh. But  successive governments have felt comfortable with the term 'ethnic minorities' instead of 'indigenous people' and thus have...

When green was made red

When green was made red

Time is the unmistakable knock in the middle of the night that must be answered.  Abul Hossain is no exception to the rule. In his twilight years he came forth with his memoirs, Dushswapner Kaal (The Times of Nightmare) reminiscing on the liberation war in Bangladesh, the former East Pakistan. Abul Hossain, our doyen of poets, never flagged in his poetic impulses even in his late years, and threw off sparks in his poem: 'Surely there is no escape from aging.' In such moments of his life, the obviousness of such thought is inarguable by any measure. What is amazing is that even after decades, the minutes that enrich the...

Letters

Letters to the editor

Israeli atrocities and uncaring USA, UK

Israeli atrocities and uncaring USA, UK

The world's so-called peace keeper and human rights upholder USA is the number one patron of Israel's atrocities in Gaza. UK is also the shameless supporter of both USA and Israel. That's why after so much barbarism by Israel, they are continuously and shamelessly supporting the Israelis' 'right to defend themselves.' Then what...

BNP's post-Eid threat of agitation

BNP has been frequently threatening to launch all-out agitation programmes against the government after Eid. It's true that BNP, one of the largest political parties in the country, has become feeble after the election of January 5. So how can they wage all-out movement against this powerful government? We have seen enough vandalism, attacks, clashes, assaults on the law enforcers and killing of common people by throwing petrol bombs in the name of shutdowns and blockades before the January 5...

Comments on news report

“Justice delayed, not denied,” published on July 23, 2014

Amran Khan I am not satisfied with the verdict. Imprisonment of the criminals is not enough, they deserve harsher punishment as they caused the deaths of 76 children. Hossain123 I am totally unsatisfied with the judgment. The killers should have got capital punishment for this mass killing. Sakib I am not satisfied but happy that it came at last.  

Comments on news report

“Yunus calls for Gaza ceasefire”(July 23, 2014)

Zman7 “Calling on the international community to secure an immediate ceasefire...” is not enough. All these great Nobel Peace laureates should march to Gaza and/or Israel to attain that much discussed ceasefire and free Gaza from enduring blockade. Molla A. Latif Peaceful war against the war lord Israel by the Nobel Peace Prize winners! Why should they risk their valuable lives?!  

Comments on news report

“A 'doctor' with no degree” (July 22, 2014)

Hyder Many peculiar things happen in this world and may be Bangladesh is one of the countries where people do many things without proper certificates. Thanks to our mobile court who just nabbed the fake doctor.  

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“Dismantle Rab” (July 22, 2014)

Deep Purple Blue Indeed, Rab is beyond repair. Rab is a symbol of abuse and impunity, engaged in 'contract-killing'.