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Flood heading for Dhaka from North

Flood heading for Dhaka from North

The monsoonal flood is heading for the capital from the north, after affecting several lakh people in 12 northern districts over the past few days. Water levels of 13 rivers are already flowing above the danger level in northern and northeastern regions, and the onrushing flood is likely to submerge some of the low-lying...

Caab findings on united airways

Safety flaws pose risk

Safety flaws pose risk

The private airline United Airways Bangladesh Ltd has been operating flights despite some safety flaws, posing risks to passengers, say officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh. Through an inspection in June this year, Caab detected eight safety flaws that include shortage of experts for maintaining some of the airline's aircraft. Caab also found...

Living in danger of landslide

Living in danger of landslide

With all indications of this year's monsoon lingering, people live at the foot and on the slopes of hills in Chittagong city amid high risk of landslides. Patenga Met Office forecasts that light to moderate rain may continue over the coming weeks as the monsoon persists from June to September. However, the authorities concerned allegedly...

Bid to Topple Govt

Led by Imran, 34 Pak MPs resign

Lawmakers of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) submitted their resignations from the National Assembly yesterday, as the party continues to lead a sit-in in the capital against Nawaz Sharif's government. However, the party yesterday said it will resume talks with government aimed at ending tense protests that, according to the ruling party, threatens the country's fragile democracy. Former cricketer Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led thousands of supporters demonstrating outside parliament this week calling for Sharif to go.   Khan insists the May...

Robbers kill pregnant housewife

Armed robbers shot dead a six-month pregnant woman and took away around 15 bhories of gold and other valuables from a house in Chakaria upazila of the district early yesterday. The victim is Sharmin Akhtar Nilufa, 26, wife of Sirajul Islam of the upazila. Identifying themselves as policemen, a gang of robbers, numbering 10 to 12, stormed into the house of Syed Ahmed Shawdagar, a local businessman, at Rangmahal in the upazila at around 2:00am, said Provash Chandra Dhar, officer-in-charge of...

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Stealing of a Twin Baby

Sorry state of DMCH security exposed

Sorry state of DMCH security exposed

Investigators have yet to obtain any clue as to the identity of the woman who stole a one-day-old identical twin on Thursday morning from Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). The incident exposes serious security flaws at the country's premier public hospital that has as many as 53 CCTV cameras installed and an adequate...

EU seeks new Gaza truce

Britain, France and Germany have launched a fresh bid at the UN to end six weeks of violence in Gaza, as Israeli warplanes pounded the enclosed enclave for the 46th day pushing the death toll to 2,091. On Thursday, airstrikes killed three top Hamas commanders, inflicting a heavy blow on the movement's armed wing, triggering a furious response from the de-facto ruling party in Gaza. In retaliation, Hamas gunmen yesterday executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel in the heart...

Factional Clash

JU suspends 16 BCL activists

JU suspends 16 BCL activists

Jahangirnagar University suspended 16 Chhatra League leaders and activists on charge of attacking their rivals at Maulana Bhasani Hall three days ago over establishing supremacy. The JU syndicate at an emergency meeting on Thursday night made the decision. Vice-chancellor Prof Farza Islam, hall provost, proctor and the registrar were present.  The university authorities also formed...

Foreign Secy-Level Meeting with Myanmar

Rohingya, trade high on agenda

Repatriation of Rohingya refugees, border management, human trafficking, boosting trade and investment, and introduction of coastal shipping will be high on the agenda at the Bangladesh-Myanmar meeting to be held in Dhaka on August 31. The foreign secretary-level Eighth Foreign Office Consultation will also discuss issues like regular holding of security dialogues, import of gas from Myanmar, confidence-building measures to remove misunderstanding between the two neighbouring countries, cooperation in areas of climate change, energy, agriculture, education and increasing border trade...

3 Bangladeshis jailed in Delhi

Three Bangladeshi nationals have been sentenced to seven years in jail by a local court for planning to commit a robbery at a farmhouse here about seven years ago and illegally residing in India. They pleaded guilty to the offences. Additional Sessions Judge Rajeev Bansal yesterday awarded the jail term to Rafiqul Islam, Mohammed Dalim and Mohammed Jafur who were natives of Bangladesh and are now residing in Delhi. The court has imposed a fine of Rs 300 on each of...

Saudi police detain 400

The Saudi police in raids arrested around 400 undocumented expatriates from the south of the capital Riyadh in the last two days. The crackdown against the illegal foreigners began on Thursday, and the majority of the arrestees were African nationals, reported Arab News yesterday. "The arrestees were rounded up for various offences, such as overstaying their visas, running away from sponsors and looking for employment under the pretext of being on a 'free visa'," the daily said quoting a police official...

US warns on jihadist threat in Iraq, beyond

Iraqi forces battled militants northeast of Baghdad yesterday, as Washington said a powerful jihadist group was "beyond anything" it has seen and that operations in Syria may also be needed. Pentagon chiefs warned of the dangers of the Islamic State, a slick, well-funded operation powered by an "apocalyptic end of days" ideology as the West reeled from the grisly execution of American journalist James Foley. But despite the jihadists' threat to kill a second reporter if it does not halt air...

'Alien thigh bone' seen on Mars?

'Alien thigh bone' seen on Mars?

More than two years into the Curiosity rover's lonely trek across Mars, conspiracy theorists believe they've struck gold: an 'alien thigh bone' has been spotted on the surface of the red planet. For keen alien hunters, the image above - taken by the rover's MastCam on August 14 – is proof that large animals...

3 of a family 'drown' in Ctg canal

Three members of a family, including two children, went missing while crossing a canal in Fatikchhari upazila of Chittagong yesterday afternoon. They are Jahangir Alam, 50, of Shetkua village and his daughter Fatema Jinnat, 7, and son Shamsul Alam, 5. Quoting family members, Mohammad Anwar, a member of Paindhong union parishad, said Jahangir, a sawmill worker, along with his two children went to catch fish in Durong canal around 1:00pm and the three might have drowned while going across the canal. A...

Sonali Bank

Questions of recruitment test 'leaked'

Questions of the preliminary tests held yesterday for Sonali Bank recruitment were allegedly leaked. The authorities concerned said they were looking into the allegation. Several job-seekers, who took the recruitment test for the posts of senior officer, officer and officer (cash), claimed they had received the answers of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) on their mobile phones from people outside during the hour-long test. Some claimed to have got the answers even before the tests began. Emerging from an exam centre, a candidate...

Singapore, Australia to boost intelligence sharing on jihadis

Australia and Singapore vowed yesterday to enhance intelligence sharing in the face of growing fears about the threat posed by jihadist citizens returning home after fighting in Syria and Iraq. Ministers from both countries warned of the rising risk posed by the returning fighters who are radicalised and have developed sophisticated skills to carry out terror attacks. "In this context of counter-terrorism and counter radicalisation... we felt that we could exchange more information because these threats if they materialise will affect...

In somber homecoming, Malaysia lays MH17 dead to rest

In somber homecoming, Malaysia lays MH17 dead to rest

Millions of black-clad Malaysians fell silent yesterday in tribute to their 43 countrymen killed in the MH17 disaster as the first remains were brought home and laid to rest amid deep sorrow and anger. People across the country of 28 million observed a minutes' silence at 10:55 am (0255 GMT), shortly after a Malaysia...

Spain reports record tourist numbers in July

Spain reported yesterday record foreign visitor numbers in July, raising the prospect of a significant economic boost from the important summer tourism season. Foreign tourist numbers rose to an unprecedented 8.3 million in July, up 5.9 percent from a year earlier, the tourism ministry said in a statement. "If the trend continues I think we will have a good August, too," Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria told Cope radio. Tourism is crucial to the slowly recovering yet jobs-scarce Spanish economy, accounting for...

Shiite militiamen kill 70 at Iraq Sunni mosque

Shiite militiamen gunned down 70 people in an apparent revenge attack at an Iraqi Sunni mosque yesterday, dealing a blow to government efforts to regain territory seized by jihadist-led militants. The shooting in the Hamreen area of Diyala province will increase already significant anger among Iraq's Sunni Arab minority with the Shiite-led government, undermining an anti-militant drive that ultimately requires Sunni cooperation to succeed. It came as government forces battled to regain ground in Diyala, and Washington warned of the dangers...

Dead Irishman tests negative for Ebola

A man who died in Ireland shortly after returning from Sierra Leone has tested negative for the Ebola virus, health officials said yesterday. The Health Service Executive had said Thursday the man's death was "a suspected case" of the tropical virus and quarantined his body until tests could be carried out. But it said in a statement yesterday that laboratory test samples had proved negative for Ebola. The man, Dessie Quinn, who was in his mid-40s, had returned from working as an...

Germans fear escalation in Ukraine crisis: survey

Almost two thirds of Germans fear Russia plans further land grabs in Ukraine, according to an opinion poll released on the eve of Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the conflict-torn country. And 60 percent of respondents said they worried that the crisis will lead to a direct military confrontation between Russia and its former Soviet satellite, according to the Politbarometer survey by public broadcaster ZDF. Of the more than 1,200 people polled this week, 64 percent believed Russia would seize more...

Jewish school in Copenhagen vandalised

A Jewish school in Copenhagen had its windows smashed and anti-Jewish graffiti referring to the conflict in Gaza spray-painted on its walls, the school said yesterday. "We know that a political message has been written on the walls but we don't know who is responsible," Jan Hansen, headmaster of Carolineskolen, told AFP. Messages daubed on the school walls included "No peace in Gaza" and "No peace to you Zionist pigs." "There have been parents who didn't want to send their children to...

Sports

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014
West Indies vs Bangladesh

Bangladesh fold for 70, whimper to series defeat

Bangladesh fold for 70, whimper to series defeat

If Bangladesh's narrow loss in the first ODI kept fans at home awake till the early hours, then their spineless surrender in the second of three ODI against West Indies at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada last night must have infuriated them and left them fuming till dawn, even though the match...

Pakistan look to bounce back

Pakistan and Sri Lanka begin a three-match one-day series on Saturday hoping to gauge each other's firepower and bench strength ahead of the World Cup just six months away. The two former world champions have been drawn in different halves for one-day cricket's showpiece that is to be played in Australia and New Zealand in February and March. Pakistan, the 1992 champions, will look to bounce back after an embarrassing 2-0 whitewash for Misbahul Haq's tourists in the short Test series...

Kvitova in New Haven semis

Reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced to the semifinals of the WTA New Haven hardcourt tournament Thursday with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Czech compatriot Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Fourth-ranked Kvitova next will face the winner of a later quarter-final between Australia's Samantha Stosur and Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens in the final warm-up event for the US Open, which begins Monday. Second seed Kvitova, the 2012 New Haven winner who lost to Simona Halep in last year's final, will be the third seed...

Tender dreams need nurturing

Tender dreams need nurturing

Despite having failed to impress in trials with Uttar Baridhara Club and Mohammedan SC, Gaibandha's Asif Raihan never gave up hope of playing in the big league in Dhaka. He tried with a third club, Brothers Union, and this time he has been selected in the initial trial. Asif is one of approximately a...

BCCI planning Kohli's marriage?

Excuses have been given an entirely new dimension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). If allowing girlfriend Anushka Sharma to stay with Virat Kohli in England for the first two Tests wasn't enough to raise eyebrows, the pretext BCCI used to convince the team management is mind-boggling. BCCI told the management that the duo will get married very soon. Speaking to Mail Today, a BCCI official said that while there was a bit of a dilemma as...

Taijul leaves for WI

22-year-old slow left-arm bowler Taijul Islam left for the West Indies last night. Taijul is expected to be a part of Bangladesh's T20I squad in the Caribbean. This is the spinner's first international tour as a member of the national side. Three other players -- Shuvagata Hom, Shafiul Islam and Robiul Islam -- will also join the Bangladesh camp in the West Indies as members of the Test squad. Taijul is being sent early for the T20I which will take...

MSC serve show-cause to 3 booters

Mohammedan SC has served show-cause notice to three of its players for joining Sheikh Russel KC's preparation camp without taking any consent from the club. Striker Zahid Hasan Emily, winger Zahid Hossain and goalkeeper Mamun Khan are the three players who have been asked why the club would not punish them for join Sheikh Russel illegally as the season is not over yet. Following the notice, the trio refrained from training yesterday, having already trained in the first two days....

Phelps back on golden path

Australia's Cameron McEvoy upset a star-studded field to win the 100m freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships Friday as Michael Phelps claimed his first international gold medal since coming out of retirement. McEvoy swam the race of his life to hit the wall in the third-best time this year of 47.82 seconds ahead of US Olympic champion Nathan Adrian (48.30) and dual world champion James Magnussen (48.36). Phelps, the 18-time Olympic champion, led to the turn before finishing fourth in 48.51sec,...

LFP

3-way dogged fight

3-way dogged fight

While Real Madrid and Barcelona have once more spent vast sums to win back the La Liga crown, they are set to face dogged competition again from champions Atletico Madrid who have a side built on a fraction of the cost. Atletico became the first team since Valencia in 2004 to knock Real and...

Barclays English Premier League

MU aim to rebound

Manchester United will go in search of their first Premier League win under manager Louis van Gaal when they travel to Sunderland on Sunday. If there was any doubt about the scale of the task facing the Dutchman, it was demonstrated by last weekend's 2-1 opening day defeat at home to Swansea. Sunderland, who started the season with a 2-2 draw at West Brom, will fancy their chances at the Stadium of Light despite the fact United signed Argentina World Cup...

Bundesliga kicks off

Last season's runners-up Dortmund have a tough first game against Bayer Leverkusen who will be buoyed by their midweek 3-2 win at Copenhagen for the Champions League qualifying round first leg. They have winger Marco Reus back from an injury that saw him miss the World Cup as well as central defender Neven Subotic, who missed most of last season with a cruciate ligament tear. But coach Juergen Klopp will miss injured Marcel Schmelzer, Oliver Kirch and midfielder Ilkay Guendogan, still...

Neymar suffers ankle sprain

Brazilian superstar Neymar has suffered an ankle sprain in training, Barcelona announced Friday, adding to the club's injury woes just two days before opening their new La Liga campaign. Neymar complained of pain in his left ankle at the end of Thursday's training session and tests confirmed he had suffered a mild sprain, Barcelona reported as they prepared to face Elche at home on Sunday. "His return to training will depend on the development of the injury," the club said in...

Editorial

Editorial

Baby stealing from DMCH

A newborn baby, one of a pair of twins, was stolen from the maternity ward of the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Thursday. As the mother was suckling the other twin, the suspected thief, who had befriended her at the hospital, ran away with the child, so runs the report. This patently speaks of abject lack of security, especially at such a sensitive section of the hospital where maternity wards are situated. We cannot simply accept such...

Editorial

Global Livelihood Index

FOR three years in a row Dhaka has ranked 2nd from bottom in the Economist Intelligence Unit's survey of 140 cities under the Global Liveability Index. The scores are based on five major criteria -- health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure. That Dhaka tops only Damascus, the capital of a war-torn country, is no comfort for the 15 million residents of Dhaka. However, we are not altogether surprised by the results; we have downgraded our environment by its...

Op-ed

Editorial

Baby stealing from DMCH

A newborn baby, one of a pair of twins, was stolen from the maternity ward of the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Thursday. As the mother was suckling the other twin, the suspected thief, who had befriended her at the hospital, ran away with the child, so runs the report. This patently speaks of abject lack of security, especially at such a sensitive section of the hospital where maternity wards are situated. We cannot simply accept such...

Editorial

Global Livelihood Index

FOR three years in a row Dhaka has ranked 2nd from bottom in the Economist Intelligence Unit's survey of 140 cities under the Global Liveability Index. The scores are based on five major criteria -- health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure. That Dhaka tops only Damascus, the capital of a war-torn country, is no comfort for the 15 million residents of Dhaka. However, we are not altogether surprised by the results; we have downgraded our environment by its...

STRAIGHT LINE

The regrouping of extremists

RECENT arrests of a large number of extremist cadres and the snatching away of three high profile extremists from police custody a few months back are taken to be clear indicators of the activity and agility of the so-called religiously motivated extremist elements. Media reports confirm that extremists are not only regrouping but have also embarked upon fresh recruitment. Quite clearly, these are disturbing news as the extremist elements in question pose a direct threat to our democratic pluralist...

AWAKENING INDIA

The Great War's forgotten soldiers

ONE hundred years after the start of World War I, the world has been commemorating that seminal event. Described as “a war to end all wars,” the Great War, as it was called at the time, failed to live up to its billing. Those who fought and died in it would not have expected its sequel just 25 years later. But while the war took the flower of Europe's youth to premature graves, snuffing out the lives of a generation...

Guessing game

EVEN in the best-case scenario, finding some kind of middle ground between the PTI and Tahirul Qadri on one side and the PML-N federal government on the other would have been difficult. But the skittishness both sides have showed on engaging each other at all has made the possibility of a negotiated political settlement that much more difficult. After finally accepting that talks could provide a way out of the impasse and proposing a raft of ideas, the PTI...

BITTER TRUTH

Biodiversity: Nature's medicine chest

BECAUSE of human greed, the world is losing a marvelous diversity of genetic materials that has enabled the plant kingdom to overcome pests, blights and droughts throughout the ages. Moreover, the explosive growth of the world's population forces clearance of forests, causing extinction of species of wild plants. Consequently, potentially valuable food and medicinal sources are being lost before they are discovered. Diversity of life seems to be on the wane in the emerald rain forests in Madagascar, the Amazonian...

Urban land use in Narayanganj

NARAYANGANJ City grew in importance during the British colonial period as a river-port for inter-regional and international trade. In the recent past, it underwent rapid industrialisation, which has led to growing urbanisation to accommodate the increasing number of workers. But most of this has taken place in an unplanned manner. Current land-use pattern in Narayanganj is skewed towards economic purposes. This, coupled with associated informal intermediation in urban land-use, is squeezing social function of urban land and making the...

Letters To The Editor

Where's the country heading?

Nowadays I have lost all interest in reading newspapers or watching television knowing that depressing and outrageous news are waiting there. The government headed by Sheikh Hasina is acting in a bizarre way and it is a sign of desperation. Recently they have framed a broadcasting policy, and have been drafting an online media policy. Ignoring the opinions of many eminent jurists, the cabinet on August 18 approved a proposal for amending the constitution to restore parliament's authority to impeach...

Letters To The Editor

Bangladesh on the peace index

This is positive news. We can go forward. We shouldn't lose hope. As the editor said, we should not be “complacent” about it, because that may take us backwards. Nusrat Gulzar Khilgaon, Dhaka  

Letters To The Editor

Accountability of the judiciary

This refers to the front page article, “SC judges were disloyal to charter” (TDS, Aug.16). The problem begins when one organ of the state does not respect the constitution and mires in an avoidable controversy. We often blame politicians for subverting the laws of the land, but even the judiciary is not free from the blame. Recently, the Cambodian National Assembly passed new laws making the judiciary subservient to the government. It is in contrast to the Cambodian constitution which...

Comments on news report

“Hospital releases body thru deal of bill payment,” published on August 18, 2014 Steele Shame, shame! MH Khan There should be regulations to monitor the functioning and practices of private hospitals to safeguard the interests of patients. Molla A. Latif What about the Human Rights Commission, TIB and other human rights organizations? They are vocal on political issues but silent on this. Why did the hospital not inform the family about this huge bill earlier? Iftekhar Amin And you are sure that the family had not been...

Entertainment

THE LITERARY GREAT REMEMBERED

THE LITERARY GREAT REMEMBERED

A two-day programme marking the 65th birth anniversary of Natyacharya Selim Al Deen at Zila Shilpakala Academy auditorium concluded on August 19. The Mymensingh segment of the celebrations was jointly organised by Swapnadol, a drama troupe from Dhaka and Mymensingh Zila Shilpakala Academy. The programme was undertaken to disseminate the philosophy of the great artiste...

Ganga-Jamuna Theatre Fest set to begin in September

Ganga-Jamuna Theatre Fest set to begin in September

Ganga-Jamuna Theatre and Cultural Festival will begin from September 1. The eight-day festival aims at consolidating the harmony between Bangladesh and India through cultural exchange. The programme will feature theatrical performances by 14 troupes from Bangladesh and India. The festival will simultaneously take place at the National Theatre and the Experimental Theatre Hall....

The legacy lives on...

The legacy lives on...

Music lovers of the Moulvibazar district flocked to see “Kal Mrigaya”, a dance-drama composed by Tagore. The theatre repertory of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), Moulvibazar unit organised three shows of the play, one of Tagore's most-staged works, at Moulvibazar Government College auditorium on Tuesday. Based on the epic “Ramayana”; “Kal Mrigaya” depicts the tragic story...

Monsoon melodies and romantic songs at Arts Precinct

Monsoon melodies and romantic songs at Arts Precinct

Bengal Foundation organised a solo musical soiree featuring a performance by noted singer Sharmin Sathi Islam at Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct on August 20. The artiste mostly presented Nazrul's monsoon melodies along with songs of yesteryears composed by Kamol Dasgupta, Himangshu Dutta, Nachiketa Ghosh, Hemanta Mukherjee, Salil Chowdhury, Khan Ataur Rahman and others....

Konal's musical performance at IGCC

Konal's musical performance at IGCC

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) is organising a musical evening by Somnur Monir Konal today at 6:30pm at its Gulshan premises. Born in Dhaka, Konal has been living at Kuwait from the age of six. She learned music from her mother, a Nazrul singer. Later, she studied Indian Classical Music at All India Music Academy, an institution affiliated to Rabindra Bharati University. In 2009, she participated in Channel- i Shera Kontho and emerged as champion in the talent hunt competition. Since then she has been performing regularly in concerts and musical programmes. Konal has been a part of many mixed albums, and in 2012 she released her first solo “Konal's Jaadu”....

Aamir Khan bares all

Aamir Khan bares all

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan not only appears unfazed by the controversy generated by the controversial bare-all first poster of his in his upcoming Bollywood movie 'PK' which showed him in the buff but has defended it. But even before the row over the first poster, in which Aamir is seen holding only a transistor to cover his private parts, dies down, a second poster of the film shows him in traditional Rajasthani attire, along with a trumpet bearing the name 'Bhairosingh Band'. The "poster marketing" is a part of the promotional campaign which Aamir said is aimed at "confusing" the audience. "Normally, film promos are launched first but we have decided to...

NEWS bytes

Into the Storm- at Blockbuster Cinemas

Into the Storm- at Blockbuster Cinemas

    “Into The Storm” released yesterday at the Blockbuster Cinemas, bringing more thrill and chills for film buffs of Dhaka. Directed by Steven Quale and starring Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies and Matt Walsh, among others, the film released earlier this month in the USA. The film is set in the town of Silverton that is ravaged by an onslaught of tornadoes in the span of a single day. While most people are seeking shelter, there are storm-chasers who run into the storms, looking for a once-in-a-lifetime shot.

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Mian Tansen was born as Ramtanu Pandey. He was a prominent Hindustani classical music composer, musician, vocalist and also an instrumentalist who popularised and improved the plucked rabab (of Central Asian origin). He was among the Navaratnas (nine jewels) at the court of the Mughal Emperor Jalal ud-din Akbar. Akbar gave him the title Mian, an honorific, meaning learned man. Several of his raga compositions have become the  mainstays of the Hindustani tradition, and these are often prefaced with Mian ki (“of the Mian”), like Mian ki Todi, Mian ki Malhar, Mian ki Mand, Mian ka Sarang; in addition he is the creator of major ragas like Darbari Kanada, Darbari...

City

Tangents

Madhobkundo

Madhobkundo

To reach the waterfall at Madhobkundo, you take the road towards Borlekha from Moulvi Bazar. Go past Kulaura and the Juri intersection. Just before reaching Borlekha you turn right into a smaller road and follow it for eight kilometres to Madhobkundo Eco-park. The drive is ninety minutes from Moulvi Bazar. I set out very early on a monsoon morning. Soon the pastoral fields near Moulvi Bazar gave way to the well-kept tea gardens along Kulaura Road. Turning north at Kulaura, I travelled parallel to the Patharia Hills far to our right. Monsoon's saturated greenery surrounded us: tea hills, rice fields, or well-tended groves of hardwood trees. As we approached Borlekha...

Youth injured in police firing

Youth injured in police firing

A youth suffered severe bullet injuries in police firing at Bhoirompur village in Pirojpur sadar upazila yesterday.   Police claimed that Shahidul Islam Sheikh, a resident of the village, was injured when they had a "gunfight with a gang of robbers". Villagers, however, said Shahidul went to a nearby shop to buy tea and sugar...

Star-Robi English in Schools

Blue Bird School wins in Sylhet

Blue Bird School wins in Sylhet

Blue Bird School and College won the Sylhet divisional round of English in Schools, a joint programme of The Daily Star and Robi, yesterday.     Around 500 students of class VI to X from 25 schools of Sylhet, Sunamganj and Moulvibazar districts participated in the programme held at Scholarshome School and College in the...

Most GPA 5 scorers fail DU admission tests

Referring to the loopholes in the current education system, a Dhaka University professor yesterday claimed that about 80 percent of the highest GPA achievers failed to get qualifying marks in the university's admission tests, and it had been going on for the last four to five years. Dr Mamun Ahmed, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, opined that qualitative improvement among students was not evident due to the introduction of the creative method in the education system, without pre-testing its...

Body of another Pinak-6 victim recovered

Body of another Pinak-6 victim recovered

The body of another passenger of motor launch Pinak-6, which sank in the Padma near Mawa on August 4, was recovered from the Sugandha river in Nalcity of Jhalakathi yesterday. The deceased was Mintu Molla, 24, a hawker of Sylhet city, informed, Abul Khair, OC of Nalcity Police Station, adding that half of the body was decomposed. Locals first saw the body floating at Dokkhin Magkar in the morning. Police found a mobile phone in his pocket and using that SIM card they called at a saved number which connected them to his father Abdus Salam Molla of Gopalganj. "I was looking for my son either alive or dead," said Salam....

Diabetes summit held in Savar

Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company with 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care, held Bangladesh National Premix Summit 2014 in Savar outside the capital yesterday. Novo Nordisk initiated the summit with a view to controlling diabetes and its related complications in the huge diabetic population of Bangladesh by ensuring proper glycemic control under the global diabetes treatment guideline, which was discussed in the event, said a press release. Diabetes is now one of the most common non-communicable diseases...

Paturia-Daulatdia

People suffer for disruption of ferry services

People suffer for disruption of ferry services

Vehicles were stranded at Paturia and Daulatdia ferry ghats creating long tailbacks on the two sides of the river Padma yesterday as ferry service was hampered due to strong currents.        Hundreds of passengers were stranded for hours without food, and bathroom facilities. Shyama Afroz Joly said her family suffered a lot as the bus...

BNP gearing up for final push

Already in a tight corner because of its frustrating failure in the pre-election movement, the BNP is now trying to rejuvenate its grassroots through district tours by senior leaders and prepare the party for a decisive movement, likely in mid-October or early November. Taking lessons from its futile campaign before the January 5 vote, the party this time wants to go for a final movement after reorganising all units and associate bodies, several leaders involved in the initiative told the...

12kg of gold seized

Customs Intelligence officials and Dhaka railway police detained two persons and seized 66 gold bars, weighing around 12kg, worth around Tk 6 crore, in the capital yesterday. Alamin, who came from Malaysia by a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight, was detained at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport while crossing the green channel 26 gold bars worth about Tk 3.65 crore was recovered from his luggage, said Moinul Khan, director general of the intelligence wing. Moinul suspected that Alamin is involved with human trafficking...

Linking Khaleda, Tarique to Aug 21 Attack

PM's remarks to influence trial

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's allegations that the BNP chief and her elder son were involved in the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004 will influence the ongoing trial, President of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Khandker Mahbub Hossain said yesterday.  “It's a sub judice matter," he told a discussion, "The proposed 16th amendment bill and basic rights," at the capital's Jatiya Press Club, organised by Bangladesh Republican Forum. Mahbub, also an adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda...

Domestic help 'tortured'

Police yesterday arrested a housewife for allegedly torturing her domestic help in Sabujbagh area of Patuakhali town. Shirin Sultana, 40, was arrested on charge of torturing 13-year-old Rekha Begum. Shirin's husband, Iaqub Ali, is on the run. Sub-Inspector Provas Kumar of Patuakhali Police Station said following a tip-off, a police team raided Iaqub's house around 1:30pm yesterday and made the arrest. Rekha said her uncle, whom she had been living with after her parents died, engaged her as a domestic help six...

Nazrul's Death

Election to NCC ward-2 for councillor post today

Election will be held today for the post of councillor of ward no-2 of Narayangaj City Corporation, which felt vacant after its councillor Nazrul Islam was killed along with six others in April this year. Seven people, including Nazrul Islam, who was also a panel mayor of NCC, and lawyer Chandan Sarkar, were abducted in Narayanganj on April 27. Three days later, six bodies were found floating in the Shitalakkhya, while the other was recovered from the river the following day. Nazrul's...

'Torture for Dowry'

Newly wed woman commits suicide

Dowry harassment allegedly forced a newly wed woman to commit suicide in Narinda of the capital's Gendaria yesterday. Mamata Rani Paul Tumpa, 20, got married with Rajon Das just four months ago.   Tumpa hanged herself from the ceiling fan in their room at midnight following an altercation with Rajon over having dinner, said Rajon who was asleep in the room at that time. According to Rajon, he informed police of the matter and they together rushed her to Dhaka Medical...

Boy tortured with electric shocks 'by landlord'

A boy was tortured with electric shocks by the family of his landlord in Feni town Wednesday night over a trivial matter, said police. Rajibul Hasan Chowdhury (Rakib), son of Amir Hossain, is a class VII student. Some indecent remarks about their landlord Obaidul Haque's wife written by someone on the wall of his house led to the incident, said police and locals. Over suspicion, the family of Obaidul beat Rakib with an electric wire and tortured him with electric shocks confining...

Narayanganj Fire

Woman, her son die at DMCH

Two members of a family who were injured in Narayanganj fire died yesterday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital after fighting for lives for four days. The dead were Selina Begum, 40, and her son Anik, 12. On early Monday, five people, including three of Selina's family, suffered serious burn injuries in a fire caused by an explosion at a pharmacy owned by one Anwar Hossain at Purba Shehachar Lalkha bazaar in Fatullah of Narayanganj Sadar upazila. Four of them were taken to...

Cross Border Trade

Meher Afroz assures women entrepreneurs of all-out help

Meher Afroz assures women entrepreneurs of all-out help

State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki has assured women entrepreneurs of all possible assistance to promote cross border trade and entrepreneurship. The assurance came when a delegation of Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, led by Rokia Afzal Rahman, president of the Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs and Metropolitan Chamber of...

Repair of Ferryghat road in Bhola sought

Repair of Ferryghat road in Bhola sought

Residents of Sadar uapzila in Bhola formed a two-kilometre human chain in Rajapur union yesterday demanding an immediate repair of Ferryghat road in the area. Hundreds of people under the banner of Bhola Swartho Rokkha o Unnayan Committee joined the programme. The total 650-metre approach road, which connects 16 districts including Dhaka, has been in...

Five killed in road crashes

Five people, including an expatriate in Hong Kong, were killed and 32 others were injured in road accidents in the country and in Hong Kong in the last two days. Our Benapole correspondent reports, a Bangladeshi expatriate in Hong Kong was killed in a road crash on Eulong Highway in Sinagsu near Hong Kong on Thursday morning, family sources said. The deceased was Abdul Latif, 38, son of late Habibur Rahman of Jessore. His family is now waiting to get back the...

Well drilling for Pabna gas exploration starts

Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Ltd (Bapex) started digging an exploration well in Santhia upazila of Pabna yesterday, five years after it took up a project to find if the natural resource is available there. The drilling started on an area of 8.8 acres in Mobarakpur site, 40km east of the district town. A reserve of 170 billion cubic feet (BCF) of gas is expected there.  “This is a challenge to drill in a new geographical condition, but Bapex hopes...

News in Brief

US, Bangladesh relations to see new height: Nisha Desai Diplomatic Correspondent Bangladesh Ambassador to the US Mohammad Ziauddin met with Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal at the US Department of State on Wednesday. Biswal welcomed the newly appointed ambassador and expressed her hope, based on the existing strong bilateral bond achieved over the years, that the relations between the two counties would see a new height during Ziauddin's tenure. The courtesy call discussed a wide range...

World

Abbas, Hamas chief hold second day of talks in Qatar

Abbas, Hamas chief hold second day of talks in Qatar

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal held a second day of talks in Qatar yesterday, a Palestinian source told AFP, as fighting continued in Gaza. The meeting -- hosted by Qatar's emir -- was a "follow up" to Thursday's talks, which lasted nearly three hours, the source said on condition...

Mid East Crises

Israel air strikes kill 5 Palestinians in Gaza: medics Afp, Gaza City Israeli air strikes killed five Palestinians in the centre of the Gaza Strip yesterday, two in Deir al-Balah and three in Nusseirat, the local emergency services said. One strike in Nusseirat hit a house, killing two men aged 24 and 22, while in Deir al-Balah it landed in open farmland, Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP. A drone strike later targeted a 45-year-old man in Nusseirat who died of his injuries...

Ukraine Crisis

Kiev, West slam Russia's convoy 'invasion'

The West yesterday blasted Moscow for unilaterally sending a controversial aid convoy to east Ukraine's rebel-held Lugansk in a move Kiev decried as an "invasion". The European Union said it "deplored" Russia's decision to order in the convoy, which local officials said had arrived in Lugansk, without consent and called on Moscow to withdraw the trucks Meanwhile, the UN Security Council was to hold snap consultations on the issue later yesterday and NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen called Moscow's decision an...

Foley's family releases final email sent by IS

Foley's family releases final email sent by IS

An online news publication that employed the murdered US journalist James Foley has published the full text of the email to his family from his Islamist militant captors in which they said they would kill him in retaliation for US air strikes. Boston-based GlobalPost said on Thursday that the Foley family had agreed to...

Troops pull out of Ferguson

Protests unfolded peacefully Thursday in a Missouri town, and National Guard troops withdrew, 12 days after the fatal police shooting of a black teenager that led to racially-charged unrest. No serious incidents were reported as several hundred demonstrators defied stifling heat and humidity in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson to demand justice for 18-year-old, college-bound student Michael Brown. It was the second straight night of generally orderly protest, after previous marches descended into riots, looting and tense stand-offs with police...

Iran denies linking Iraq role to Western sanctions

Iran on Thursday denied linking any future cooperation with the international community against jihadists in Iraq to the lifting of crippling Western sanctions. Earlier, the official IRNA news agency quoted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as suggesting that Tehran could help the international community if it lifted the sanctions. "If we agree to do something in Iraq, the other side of the negotiations should do something in return," IRNA had quoted Zarif as saying. Zarif, an English-language statement said, was talking about...

Microbial life found on Space Station

Microbial life found on Space Station

A new report claims that Russian scientists have discovered traces of marine life living on the exterior of the International Space Station. Vladimir Solovyev, the official in charge of Russia's ISS segment, told the news agency Itar-Tass that tiny plankton and microscopic organisms had been discovered on the spacecraft's exterior, describing the finds as...

UN rights chief slams Syria 'paralysis'

More than 191,000 people have died in Syria, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said yesterday, lashing out at "international paralysis" on the nearly three-and-a-half year conflict. After chiding the UN Security Council on Thursday for what she called a lack of resolve in ending crises, Pillay said in a statement the dwindling global interest in Syria was "scandalous". "I deeply regret that, given the onset of so many other armed conflicts in this period of global destabilisation, the fighting in Syria...

News In Brief

News In Brief

Jaitley sparks fury over gang-rape comment Afp, New Delhi The father of a student who died after being gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi spoke of his anger yesterday after Indian Minister Arun Jaitley referred to the infamous attack as a "small incident". Jaitley said at a tourism conference on Thursday that "one small incident of rape in Delhi, advertised the world over, is enough to cost us millions of dollars in terms of lower tourism".         Irom Sharmila re-arrested The Hindu Online Social activist Irom Sharmila was rearrested yesterday morning by about 30 women constables from the shed of the Save Sharmila Organisation where she has been undergoing fast along with other...

Star People

Through the Years

Bangladeshi Photographers

Bangladeshi Photographers

Bangladeshi Photographers (BP) is a community of photographers that was started in September 2005 as an online group in Flickr by Mohammad Raqibul Hasan. “Bangladesh has a lot of talent in this field. I recognised that a long time ago, but I could not find a way to physically connect all of them...

Poetry of Portraits

Poetry of Portraits

Born in July 1, 1953, Nasir Ali Mamun is described as the father of portrait photography in Bangladesh. He is best known for his portraits of internationally recognised celebrities such as Stephen Hawking, Mother Teresa, Dr Muhammad Yunus, S M Sultan and many more. He has done over 53 solo exhibitions and has...

Activism Through Photography

Activism Through Photography

Taslima Akhter is widely known for her photograph, 'Last Embrace,' which depicts the heart wrenching image of two victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy, locked in a desperate embrace under the rubble. This photograph, featured in the Time Magazine as one of the top ten photos of 2013, is not just a haunting...

Showbiz

Cover Story

BIJORI STILL FRESH ON TV

BIJORI STILL FRESH ON TV

Bijori Barkatullah has been an actress, singer, dancer and model of Bangladeshi media for over two decades. She started acting with the drama, “Shukher Chharpotro”, directed by her father Mohammad Barkatullah in 1988. Star Showbiz recently caught up with her for an interview. How long have you been acting and what experiences have you gained on the road? It's been pretty long. I've been acting seriously since 1993, almost 21 years now, and basically I am a dancer. It has really been a long journey I must say. I have been dancing, singing and acting since my school and college days, and then in 1993 I did a drama on BTV....

  

LIVING WITH THE STARS

THE BEST of BIJORI

THE BEST of BIJORI

Bijori came to the limelight and caught people's attention through Humayun Ahmed's drama series 'Kothao Keo Nei'. For a new actor to enter a cast of established performers such as Subarna Mustafa, Khairul Alam Shobuj and others, and to play a role that affects every other character and causes a major plot twist,...

CLOUDS AND MIST

Our movies, our stars

Our movies, our stars

The actor Manna died some years ago. He was not an artiste in the mould of Razzaque or Azim or Rahman or Bulbul Ahmed or Farook. But popularity was nevertheless his, a particular reason being his determined opposition to obscenity or everything that militated against morality in movies. There was decency in his...

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Maati O Manush

Maati O Manush

Continued from vol 02, issue 02 Since the beginning of Bangladesh television, there have been many attempts at creating developing program for the masses, with the singular objective of pleasing the viewers. However, the sad truth is that despite the effort, the general masses aren't really that interested in developing programs. The one program...

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT

GAUSUL ALAM SHAON

GAUSUL ALAM SHAON

After studying Economics, Gausul Alam Shaon studied Branding and Promotion as his post-graduation degree in Delhi. He came back to Dhaka and started producing television commercials (TVC). Shaon's strategy is to study the 'collective unconscious of people in order to understand the hidden truths of people's desires'. Star Showbiz recently caught up with...

DID YOU KNOW?

In high school, Robin Williams was voted by his classmates as the "Least Likely to Succeed"

In high school, Robin Williams was voted by his classmates as the

Robin Williams (1951 – 2014) attended Redwood High School in California where, during his senior year, he was voted both "the funniest and least likely to succeed." Williams not only became one of the most successful comedians of all times and a successful movie star, he went on to win an Academy Award...

GRIMM

GRIMM

“Grimm” is a drama series that revolves around Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt, who discovers that he is a descendant of an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms” who can identify the true nature of supernatural and frightening creatures (referred to as “Wesen”) that exist among humans. Nick's new responsibilities as a...

GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

THE ROCK TO RETURN FOR 'JOURNEY 3′ AND 'JOURNEY 4′ The Rock has been attached to Journey 3 for some two years now, but this is the first we've heard of Journey 4 also being in the works. The plan, schedule-permitting, is to shoot the third and fourth Journey movie installments back to back,...

ROBIN WILLIAMS Cast Mates Share Their Thoughts on Twitter After His Passing

ROBIN WILLIAMS Cast Mates Share Their Thoughts on Twitter After His Passing

SALLY FIELD “I'm sad for the world of comedy. And so very sad for his family. And I'm sad for Robin. He always lit up when he was able to make people laugh, and he made them laugh his whole life long.... tirelessly.” - Sally Field (Sally Field played his ex-wife in the 1993 movie...

  

MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

SINGHAM RETURNS Director: Rohit Shetty Writer: Farhad, Yunus Sajawal Stars: Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Amole Gupte, Anupam Kher Runtime: 142 minutes Strength: Action, stunts and songs Weakness: A bit too long Showbiz Rating: 3/5 Plot: Owing to the wrongdoings affiliated with evils similar to black money, an honest but ferocious police officer returns as the Deputy Commissioner of Police with the...

INTL FILM

NURI BILGE CEYLAN

NURI BILGE CEYLAN

Nuri Bilge Ceylan is a Turkish photographer, screenwriter, actor, and film director who has been a part of the international media since 1995. In 2014, he received the Palme d'Or, which is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. He is married to photographer, filmmaker and actress Ebru Ceylan. Nuri graduated from university with a degree of Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. Born in Istanbul, Turkey on 26 January 1959, he found his interest in photography materializing from the age of 15. He joined the army in Ankara, Turkey, where he discovered that cinema would give shape to his life. Ceylan's films deal with the estrangement of...

Literature

BITTERSWEET ENDINGS

We fall in love and we break up. These are two of the most common themes found in nature and in literature. Some of the best pieces of literature, music and cinema involve love and break ups. Personally, while I enjoy good stories of love and passion, I also have an unending appetite for stories that do not have a happy ending. And, I am not talking only about one-sided love or unrequited love. What I have in mind...

When in Love

When in Love

I would have never believed that after being married for twenty years, I would be having an affair. My marriage had been arranged; I met my husband on the night of my wedding. Though my husband and I shared the same roof and have grown to be good companions, I never knew what...

Q&A with Farah Ghuznavi: The Writer's Wilderness Survival Kit

QTN: I want to start a writers club in my university. How do I go about doing that? ANS: You could start by putting up a notice on some of the university noticeboards, inviting interested individuals to get in touch with you. Consider also initiating discussions with some of the students in relevant departments e.g. English literature, who might be a natural fit in terms of setting up such a writers' club. Provided 4-5 members attend every meeting, a total...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

Where's the country heading?

Nowadays I have lost all interest in reading newspapers or watching television knowing that depressing and outrageous news are waiting there. The government headed by Sheikh Hasina is acting in a bizarre way and it is a sign of desperation. Recently they have framed a broadcasting policy, and have been drafting an online media policy. Ignoring the opinions of many eminent jurists, the cabinet on August 18 approved a proposal for amending the constitution to restore parliament's authority to impeach...

Letters To The Editor

Bangladesh on the peace index

This is positive news. We can go forward. We shouldn't lose hope. As the editor said, we should not be “complacent” about it, because that may take us backwards. Nusrat Gulzar Khilgaon, Dhaka  

Letters To The Editor

Accountability of the judiciary

This refers to the front page article, “SC judges were disloyal to charter” (TDS, Aug.16). The problem begins when one organ of the state does not respect the constitution and mires in an avoidable controversy. We often blame politicians for subverting the laws of the land, but even the judiciary is not free from the blame. Recently, the Cambodian National Assembly passed new laws making the judiciary subservient to the government. It is in contrast to the Cambodian constitution which...

Comments on news report

“Hospital releases body thru deal of bill payment,” published on August 18, 2014 Steele Shame, shame! MH Khan There should be regulations to monitor the functioning and practices of private hospitals to safeguard the interests of patients. Molla A. Latif What about the Human Rights Commission, TIB and other human rights organizations? They are vocal on political issues but silent on this. Why did the hospital not inform the family about this huge bill earlier? Iftekhar Amin And you are sure that the family had not been...