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Deal struck for new Asian bank

Deal struck for new Asian bank

Twenty-one Asian countries that are willing to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as founding members yesterday signed the Memorandum of Understanding on establishing the Bank. Chinese President Xi Jinping met the representatives of the 21 countries after the signing ceremony in the morning. The countries are Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The AIIB aims to fund rail, road, power and other projects across the region. The Bank's authorised capital is $100 billion while the initial subscribed capital is expected to be around $50 billion. The paid-in ratio will be 20 percent. The AIIB...

Bend it like Hashem

Bend it like Hashem

It's a story of stepping out of the box and carving a fortune out of nothing. Had MA Hashem pursued a master's in Economics at Chittagong University around three decades ago after getting admission there, he might have landed a respectable job and led an easy life. However, instead of taking the apparently easier path,...

Latif expelled from AL

Latif expelled from AL

The ruling Awami League yesterday expelled Abdul Latif Siddique from the party for hurting religious sentiments of Muslims. The former minister won't get the opportunity provided in the party charter to appeal against the decision. This marks an end of Latif's five-decades-long association with the party. The AL Central Working Committee (ALCWC), the highest decision-making forum of the party, made the decision unanimously at a meeting at the Gono Bhaban with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, in the chair. Emerging from the meeting, AL General Secretary and LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam said after thoroughly examining Latif's reply to the show-cause notice earlier served upon him, the ALCWC found that...

PM Leaves for UAE Today

Manpower, investment top agenda

Manpower, investment top agenda

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this morning on a three-day official visit aiming at strengthening bilateral relations, resuming manpower export and attracting more investment from the oil rich Gulf nation. Diplomatic sources said the ties between Bangladesh and the UAE will become stronger with the back-to-back visits by the president and the prime minister to the UAE. Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu and State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will accompany the premier. Hasina will lead a 69-member delegation, which includes four eminent personalities, 11 senior...

Haunted forever

Haunted forever

Her trauma has only increased with time. She had lost nine of her family members in a grisly arson attack at Kurmitola Bihari camp four months back. Farzana, 16, the sole survivor of the arson, sustained severe burn injuries that left her bed-ridden at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital for two months. Broken down...

Ghulam Azam's burial today

Ghulam Azam's burial today

The body of Ghulam Azam, the symbol of war crimes in Bangladesh, will be buried at his family graveyard in capital's Moghbazar after his namaz-e-janaza at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Zohr prayers today. Ghulam Azam had expressed a wish to be laid to rest beside his father's grave, Abdullahil Aman Azmi, the son...

Ebola Vaccine

Millions of doses by 2015 end

Millions of doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organisation has announced. It said "several hundred thousand" would be produced in the first half of the year. And vaccines could be offered to health workers on the frontline in West Africa as soon as December 2014. However, the WHO cautioned that vaccines would not be a "magic bullet" for ending the outbreak. There is no proven cure or vaccine for Ebola. In response to...

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EU nations seal major climate deal

European Union leaders agreed yesterday what they hailed as the world's most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new UN-backed global treaty next year. The 28 leaders overcame deep divisions at a summit in Brussels to reach a deal including a commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent compared to 1990 levels. They also agreed on 27 percent targets for renewable energy supply and efficiency gains, in spite of reservations from some...

He got off easy

“The family members of 30 lakh martyrs had been denied justice. He [Ghulam Azam] deserved death penalty for his involvement in genocide but the tribunal awarded him a 90-year imprisonment,” said the eminent war crimes researcher and campaigner.  “Due to the generosity of tribunal, the families of martyrs have been deprived of justice. Why did tribunal show mercy to such a notorious killer? Did he ever show mercy to the martyr? “If courts continue to show mercy, no war criminals will...

Held In Thailand

Dhaka to start verification of 'Bangladeshis'on Oct 28

Dhaka will start verifying nationalities of the 118 trafficking victims, who claimed to be Bangladeshis after being arrested in Thailand, from October 28. "We will verify their claims [thoroughly] and in the first group, we will have 30 of them,” Secretary (bilateral) Mustafa Kamal said at the foreign minister's press briefing yesterday. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali was briefing journalists at his office on the forthcoming visits of the president and prime minister to the United Arab Emirates. The 118 self-claimed...

AL has history of ties with Jamaat

AL has history of ties with Jamaat

BNP chief Khaleda Zia has said the Awami League has a long history of close relations with the Jamaat-e-Islami and other extremist religious groups. “Our alliance with Jamaat is only an electoral understanding. It is by no means an ideological one,” said the former prime minister in an exclusive interview published by The Times of India on Thursday. Khaleda was speaking to Jaideep Mazumdar at her office in Dhaka on her expectations of the new government in New Delhi and ties between the two countries. The BNP will always set its own policies, she said, while replying to a question on whether her alliance with Jamaat will be a hindrance in fostering...

ISIS among richest militant groups: US

The Islamic State has fast become one of the world's wealthiest terror groups, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion, officials said Thursday. It earns $1 million a day alone by selling crude oil from fields captured when the group swept across Iraq and Syria earlier this year, said David Cohen, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. Because the group, also known as ISIS, has "amassed wealth at an unprecedented pace"...

UK minister due tomorrow

UK minister due tomorrow

British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development Lynne Featherstone MP arrives in Dhaka tomorrow on a three-day visit. Featherstone is coming to Bangladesh as follow up on the first-ever Girl Summit held in London on July 22. The summit was aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation and...

BSF kills one Bangladeshi

Indian Border Security Force shot a Bangladeshi youth dead on Jaminpur border in the district's Shibganj upazila yesterday morning. Deceased Mohammad Soleman, 25, was son of Ejabul Haque of Jaminpur village, our Chapainawabganj correspondent reports. The BSF men of Churi Ananatapur camp in Malda opened fire on a group of Bangladeshis when they were illegally entering India through the border around 4:00am, killing Soleman on the spot, said Lt Col Abu Zafar Sheikh Mohammad Bazlul Haque, commanding officer of 9 Border...

Student held with 4kg gold

Police arrested a private university student along with 32 gold bars, worth around Tk 1.3 crore, from a bus in Chhagalnaiya upazila of Feni yesterday. The arrestee was identified as Mohammad Morshed, 21, son of Abul Kasem of Uttar Dolan village under Fatikchhari upazila of Chittagong. The recovery was made around 11:30am yesterday after a check-post was set up at Muhuriganj area in Feni bypass portion on Dhaka-Chittagong highway, said Chhagalnaiya Police Station OC Moazzem Hossain, adding that they had information...

Dead hearts transplanted

Dead hearts transplanted

In a world first, Australian surgeons have successfully transplanted “dead” hearts into patients at Sydney's St Vincent's hospital. The procedure, using hearts that had stopped beating, has been described as a “paradigm shift” that will herald a major increase in the pool of hearts available for transplantation. It's predicted the breakthrough will save the...

Daniel Pearl Murder

Co-accused acquitted in Pakistan

A Pakistan anti-terrorism court has acquitted a co-accused in the 2002 murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl due to a lack of evidence, lawyers said yesterday. Qari Hashim was arrested in 2005, three years after the main accused were convicted for the abduction and beheading of Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter. The prosecution had no "valid witness in proving the role of my client in the Pearl case", defence lawyer Sher Mohammad Leghari told AFP. Public prosecutor Nasir Durrani also said...

NIA visits Burdwan blast site

The head of India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) yesterday visited the house in Burdwan district of West Bengal where a blast had taken place killing two persons with suspected links to Jamaatul-Mujahideen Bangladesh. Sharad Kumar, NIA Director General, examined the rooms and went to the terrace of the house. After spending about 30 minutes, he went to visit another house at nearby Mathpara on Badsahi Road where 40 improvised hand grenades were found. NIA is probing the Burdwan blast which had...

Mexico governor steps down over student disappearances

The governor of the Mexican state where 43 students vanished a month ago following a confrontation with police allegedly linked to a major drug cartel has bowed to pressure to stand down. Family and loved ones of the missing students had repeatedly called for Guerrero governor Angel Aguirre to go in the wake of the scandal that has triggered nationwide and international outrage. "I have decided to take my leave from the state parliament," Aguirre told a news conference Thursday, adding...

US charges safari owners with illegal rhino hunts

Two South African men were charged Thursday by the US government with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts to American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns. The charges were part of an 18-count indictment unveiled against Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris, as part of a multi-year investigation by the US Fish and Wildlife Service into wildlife trafficking crimes, known as Operation Crash. Dawie Groenewald, 46, and his brother, Janneman Groenewald, 44, are also charged with mail fraud and...

Abducted Chinese worker freed in Sudan: Minister

Sudan's security forces have freed a Chinese worker abducted last week in the conflict-hit West Kordofan region, the oil minister said yesterday. "The security apparatus has been working day and night to reach the perpetrators and free the hostage," Oil Minister Makkawi Mohamed Awad said in a statement carried by official SUNA news agency. The Chinese embassy in Khartoum did not immediately comment on the incident. In the same operation, security forces captured the alleged killers of a Sudanese engineer who was...

Sports

Bangladesh vs Zibabwe Test Series

Time to go for the kill

Time to go for the kill

The phrase 'kill or be killed' is an appropriate expression to describe Bangladesh's last series of the year, which begins today at Mirpur with the first Test against Zimbabwe. But it's not because the upcoming series -- a battle at the bottom of the Test ranking table -- is an event that the rest...

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test Series

'Still not feeling any difference'

'Still not feeling any difference'

Mushfiqur Rahim may have spoken to the media after a month at Mirpur yesterday and yet, only five minutes into the press conference, you could predict almost every statement that the Test captain was about to make. That the 26-year-old was going to base almost all his replies on a set formula was obvious from his very first statement of the day: "We have been working on our processes -- the basics. If that goes well everything will go fine." The cliched statement is something that Mushfiqur has been blurting out throughout the difficult moments this year and, going by Bangladesh's disastrous run in 2014, these so called processes have yet...

Dav surprise

Dav surprise

Former Bangladesh cricket coach Dav Whatmore surprised the Tigers when he visited them at their training camp in Mirpur yesterday. The former Bangladesh coach won't be another new addition to the Tigers' growing support staff; he has in fact come here to do some commentary. The broadcasters for the Bangladesh-Zimbabwe series reckoned that Whatmore...

Pakistan in command

Pakistan's spin bowlers shared six wickets between them to take control of the first Test against Australia despite a brilliant hundred by David Warner on the third day on Friday. Warner smashed 133 for his ninth Test century and his third in as many innings to match the indomitable Donald Bradman. But Pakistan hit back to dismiss Australia for 303 in their first innings, for a first innings lead of 151, after they had made 454. By the close, Pakistan had made...

Nadal out of Paris Masters

French Open champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the next week's ATP Paris Masters citing personal reasons, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) said Friday. The Spanish world number three is already guaranteed a place in the season-ending World Tour Finals in London next month. The Paris tournament, often beset by withdrawals due to its position in the calendar at the end of the season, has also seen US Open champion Marin Cilic pull out with an arm injury and No.13...

Women's camp trimmed to 20

Bangladesh women team's Japanese coach Norio Tsukitate yesterday announced a 20-member squad for the 3rd SAFF Women's Championship with the inclusion of six players who participated in the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers at home. The U-16 players are defenders Masura Parvin and Khadija Akhter, midfielders Krishna Rani Sarker and Mishrat Jahan and striking pair Bipasha Mali and Lipi Akhter. Sanjida Akhter was also named in the senior squad but the girl from Mymensingh, who drew attention with her four goals in...

Pepsi Media Cup

Channel 24, Jamuna TV reach final

Channel 24 and Jamuna Television moved into the final of the Pepsi-DRU Media Cup cricket tournament beating their respective rivals in the semifinals at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday. In the six-a-side competition, Channel 24 (78/2) defeated Alokito Bangladesh (66/2) by 12 runs before Jamuna TV (80/3) beat Ittefaq (70/3) by 10 runs in the second match. The final will be held on Monday.

Unfulfillment in Jessore

A raucous home support, a wealth of experience, a rich vein of form and a record-breaking early strike -- all those positives failed to lift Bangladesh as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a young and spirited Sri Lanka in the first of a two-match SS Steel International FIFA Friendly Series at the Shamsul Huda Stadium here yesterday. Jessore was all geared up to witness a win for the hosts in the first international match to be held...

Wasteful Emily breaks record

Wasteful Emily breaks record

Veteran striker Zahid Hassan Emily became the highest scorer for Bangladesh when he scored his 17th international goal with a header against Sri Lanka at the Shamsul Huda Stadium here yesterday. It should have been a moment of celebration for the 28-year-old striker, yet he was disappointed as the hosts were held to a...

LFP

Messi v C'Ron rivalry

Messi v C'Ron rivalry

Lionel Messi can become the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga this weekend when Barcelona travel to face Real Madrid. The Argentine is just one goal behind Telmo Zarra's 59-year-old record of scoring 251 goals for Athletic Bilbao. Messi already knows the feeling of breaking a significant record at the Bernabeu. On his last visit...

LFP

Messi eyes record in El Clasico

Luis Suarez is free to make his long-awaited debut for Barcelona when the La Liga leaders travel to face Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season on Saturday. Suarez has been restricted to a few friendly games for club and country since sealing a £75 million ($127 million, 95 million euros) move from Liverpool after receiving a four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup back in June. The Uruguayan's temperament will be tested...

Clasico in Numbers

1The number of 'Clasico' victories Real coach Carlo Ancelotti has presided over in three meetings since taking over from Jose Mourinho at the end of the 2012-13 season, a 2-1 win in April's King's Cup final. 18 The number of cards the most booked player, former Real and Spain defender Fernando Hierro, collected in official 'Clasicos' (17 yellow and one red). Real's current centre back Sergio Ramos has 14 yellow cards and two red. 21 The number of goals scored by...

Indian Super League

North East stun Mumbai

North East United FC produced a sound performance on both sides of the pitch as they downed ten men Mumbai City FC 2-0 at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). Goals from Kondwani Mtonga and Felipe de Castro in the second half helped them to win three crucial points away from home as Pavel Cmovs was given his marching orders after picking his second booking in the 75th minute. Having enjoyed...

Zico alleges Pires assault

Organisers of India's Super League football tournament were on Friday investigating claims that former French international Robert Pires was punched on the face by a rival coach during a half-time scuffle. The incident reportedly took place during the break in Thursday night's match in Goa between Pires' FC Goa and Atletico Kolkata. An ISL official said both sides had informed organisers of what took place. Brazilian great Zico, who coaches FC Goa, said after the match that Pires mentioned he was...

Kavazovic irked

Sri Lanka coach Nikola Kavazovic knew that his side would be playing in front of a large and partisan crowd in Jessore. He had said it would be 'a learning experience' for his players during the pre-match press conference. But the Serbian was surely not prepared for what he saw, and neither was he amused. Among the 25,000-plus people inside the Shamsul Huda Stadium, there were a few thousand watching the match just from behind the bamboo fencing inside the...

Editorial

Editorial

The evil that men do….

GOLAM Azam has passed into history.  He was sentenced to a very long term jail sentence on several counts for genocide and crimes against humanity. He was spared by death the agony of long incarceration. Golam Azam will remain a part of our history, and even after recollections of many events of our nation life become distant memories his role during the Liberation War will remain vivid in the nation's collective psyche. He will remain a part of our history...

Editorial

Horrifying modern-day slave trade

THE horrific report that an unspecified number of job-seeking Bangladeshi youths are being enslaved under inhuman conditions in a remote island in Thailand for ransom following their capture by human traffickers has jolted us. Unlike in the usual cases where job hungry people voluntarily cooperate with human traffickers' design, the victims here were first entrapped by traffickers and then forcibly taken to boats to be finally shipped to an unknown destination. More than 130 such victims, most of them Bangladeshis,...

Op-ed

Editorial

The evil that men do….

GOLAM Azam has passed into history.  He was sentenced to a very long term jail sentence on several counts for genocide and crimes against humanity. He was spared by death the agony of long incarceration. Golam Azam will remain a part of our history, and even after recollections of many events of our nation life become distant memories his role during the Liberation War will remain vivid in the nation's collective psyche. He will remain a part of our history...

Editorial

Horrifying modern-day slave trade

THE horrific report that an unspecified number of job-seeking Bangladeshi youths are being enslaved under inhuman conditions in a remote island in Thailand for ransom following their capture by human traffickers has jolted us. Unlike in the usual cases where job hungry people voluntarily cooperate with human traffickers' design, the victims here were first entrapped by traffickers and then forcibly taken to boats to be finally shipped to an unknown destination. More than 130 such victims, most of them Bangladeshis,...

STRAIGHT LINE

Limon's ordeal and the State

THE optimists in Bangladesh would hope and pray that Limon's ordeal has perhaps come to an end, now that all the criminal cases filed against him have been withdrawn by the state. Limon, a young man, has been a subject of public discussion through sheer misfortune, by a suspect lethal action of a state organ that has left him crippled for the rest of his life. Fortunately, however, the incident has not crippled his spirit as he is reportedly...

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China's Hong Kong follies

China's Hong Kong follies

THE massive public demonstrations by students and young members of the middle-class that have roiled Hong Kong in recent weeks are ostensibly demands for democracy. But they actually reflect frustration among a population that has been poorly governed by a succession of leaders picked by China's central government more for their loyalty than...

Fear spreads faster than Ebola

WHEN contagion break out -- whether it is AIDS in the 1980s, SARS a decade ago or Ebola today -- fear invariably spreads faster than the virus. Vivid imagination, intense news media coverage, ignorance and natural human fear of the unknown all conspire to defeat reasoned analysis of the facts which, for now at least, are these: Only two cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in the USA, one linked to the other and confined to a tiny part of...

Post-Rana Plaza disaster

Securing positive dynamics in RMG sector

Securing positive dynamics in RMG sector

READYMADE Garment (RMG) industry is one of the major contributors to Bangladesh economy in terms of employment, production, export and foreign exchange earnings. RMG contributes 13% of GDP, adds value to 78% of total exports and employs around 4 million workers, mostly women. Moreover, it has also created employment in related services. Bangladesh...

Gender equity in schools in Muslim countries: It can be done

MUSLIM countries worldwide have problems with gender equality. They dominate the bottom ten countries in the Global Gender Gap Report and none of the ten most successful countries offering equal opportunities for men and women is Muslim. Girls lag behind boys in school attendance, making up 54% of the out-of-school child population in the Arab states, a figure that has not changed since 2000. Of the ten countries that fare the worst for child school attendance rates, seven are...

Letters To The Editor

On English medium schools' fees

In response to Sirajul Islam's letter regarding fees of English medium schools, dated October 18, I would like to say that he should have admitted his child to a school that he can afford the fees of. There are many excellent Bangla medium schools in Dhaka as there are schools offering the national curriculum in English. I am a single parent with limited income but I sent my son to a reputed English medium school. The good English medium...

Letters To The Editor

Spiral of crime robs citizens of security

News of macabre incidents reaches us almost every day. Dead bodies are being recovered from rivers, ponds, septic tanks, ditches; members of some family found burnt to death, strangulated or chopped in a gruesome way. Fiendish incidents have increased alarmingly. It seems that the law and order has collapsed completely. Political unrest is the main reason behind this. Criminals are taking advantage of the situation as law enforcing agents are busy stopping the normal activities of the political parties...

Letters To The Editor

Private car running illegally as taxi

The other day I was waiting at Gulshan-1 intersection for transport to reach my home. All the vehicles plying the road were crowded with passengers. Then I saw a private car just after pulling up at the bus stop started taking Mohakhali-bound passengers. The driver was asking two to three times more the fare. Very often we see this practice on Dhaka roads. These drivers of private cars breach their employers' trust by doing so. And commuters must not get...

Comments on news report

“Corruption and the admirable jurisprudence,” published on October 18, 2014 Nds To me it appears that our bureaucrats' arrogance far exceeds that of our politicians'. Politicians sometimes, particularly at election time show a little bit respect to the common people but bureaucrats never. Rahman Mostafiz The bureaucrats having skill and power can manipulate everything that they have under their jurisdisction; whereas the political leaders have power but don't know how to use it because of lack of intelligence. So, politicians are always dependent...

Entertainment

SEEKING ONE'S INNER SELF

SEEKING ONE'S INNER SELF

Among the recognisable figures in “Searching Myself”, Monjur Rashid's first solo at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (AFD) Gallery, is a seated girl with a “teep”, and a collared dress. The background is grey so that the figure stands out. A boy is seen with mixed up colours to represent mixed up and merged...

Two-day Lalon festival concludes in Pabna

Two-day Lalon festival concludes in Pabna

A two-day traditional Lalon Festival was held at the town hall premises in Pabna this past week, organised by Lalon Smrity Parishad, Pabna. Discussions were held on the life, work and philosophy of Lalon Shah and his mystic music was performed on the occasion. Prominent Lalon artiste Farida Parveen performed songs of Lalon to...

Avengers: Age of Ultron scene shot in Chittagong?

Avengers: Age of Ultron scene shot in Chittagong?

When Nicholas Simon, a Hollywood producer (from Indochina Productions) came to Bangladesh earlier this year and very nondescriptly shot a few scenes for a Hollywood film at the Chittagong shipyard, he told The Daily Star in he could not reveal the name of the film, because of a confidentiality clause. However, close followers...

Rinku on DS Café today

Rinku on DS Café today

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

Info fair and cultural festival concludes in Chapainawabgnaj

Info fair and cultural festival concludes in Chapainawabgnaj

A three-day information fair and cultural festival concluded in Chapainawabganj town recently, with much festivity. Hundreds of visitors thronged the fair and cultural festival every day. Sachetan Nagorik Committee, a unit of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) organised the fair and cultural festival at Horimohon Government High School premises with the help of district administration...

Kobi Sammelan begins today

The sixth annual Kobi Sammelan (assemply of poets) of Kobisangsad Bangladesh is set to open today at Shawkat Osman auditorium of the Central Public Library. More than 500 poets from around the country and a number of poets from India will participate in the assembly. Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu will attend the inauguration ceremony as chief guest, whille Dhaka University Vice Chancellor, Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique will be the special guest. Poet Rafiq Azad will inaugurate the programme. Cultural...

Bangladesh Boi Mela begins in Kolkata

Bangladesh Boi Mela, a weeklong book fair began in Kolkata yesterday. The inauguration ceremony of the book fair took place yesterday evening at Raindra Sadan premises. Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman inaugurated the festival, while West Bengal Higher Secondary Education Minister Partho Chattopadhyay was present as the chief guest. A total of 35 publication house from Bangladesh are taking part in the fair which runs everyday till October 30.

NEWS bytes

Knightley to make Broadway debut

Knightley to make Broadway debut

British actress Keira Knightley is to make her Broadway debut next year in a stage version of a famous French novel. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star will play the title role in “Therese Raquin”, based on Emile Zola's 1867 classic. The play will cast her as a young woman trapped in a loveless...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

While in junior high school, US actress Renee Zellweger participated in several sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball, and football. She attended Katy High School, where she was a cheerleader, gymnast, speech team member, and drama club member. After high school, she went to the University of Texas at Austin to major in English...

City

Tangents

Be Prepared

Be Prepared

Most of us living in the city yearn for nature: peace and quiet, perhaps a forest, a lake or just a serene rural setting. With the approaching winter, there will be many opportunities to take that nature trip you always wanted - the mangroves of Sundarban; the remote lakes and waterfalls of Chittagong...

Ongoing Barisal-dhaka Highway Renovation

Uneven surfaces pose accident risk

Uneven surfaces pose accident risk

Ongoing renovation of a stretch of the two-lane Barisal-Dhaka highway is putting vehicles at risk of accidents and damage and leading to tailbacks. Till date around two kilometres of a single lane leading from Barisal's Goriar Par towards Dhaka has got a new layer of bitumen, raising it some four to 12 inches from...

Ebola Fear In Gopalganj

Health dept keeping eye on Dulu's house

The health department in Gopalganj has taken steps to keep constant watch on the residence of Abul Hossain Dulu who returned from Ebola-affected Liberia on October 9. Fearing for his life, Dulu fled his home village, Nagra, with his family on Sunday night after villagers started panicking when reports of Dulu coming out of the airport in the capital without any health check reached them, said his neighbours. Kotalipara Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Pabitra Kumar Kunda said they have...

Rana Plaza Collapse

Victims want compensation, punishment for culprits

Victims want compensation, punishment for culprits

Survivors and family members of those who died in the Rana Plaza collapse formed a human chain at the site of the collapse in Savar yesterday, demanding compensation for all victims of the tragedy. They also organised a short march demanding punishment for those responsible for the collapse of the nine-storey building on April 24 last year. The tragedy left 1,136 people dead and hundreds injured. Several hundred demonstrators under the banners of “Bangladesh Garment Workers' Solidarity”, “Textile Garment Workers' Federation” and “Garment Workers Front” marched on the Dhaka-Aricha highway from the site to Sobhanbagh, said witnesses. Addressing the human chain, Nurul Islam, a garment worker, who sustained injuries in the collapse,...

Shirin, Saber Elected To Lead Cpa, Ipu

Voters don't reflect their govts

BNP yesterday claimed that the election of Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury as chairperson and president of CPA and IPU respectively did not mean that the international community had accepted the January 5 polls. “They (voters of the international parliamentary bodies) have expressed their stance independently in all parliamentary associations at international level including Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU),” claimed BNP Vice Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury. “They did not take any suggestion from the...

Khaleda's remark on govt irresponsible

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood yesterday blasted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for her remarks on the government's legitimacy and the January 5 national elections, describing those to be “completely a childish act and irresponsible” and expressing doubt over her knowledge on international affairs. Addressing a rally at the Nilphamari Government Boys' High School ground on Thursday, Khaleda, also chief of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, said not a single country has recognised the “illegal” Sheikh Hasina government which came to power through...

UNDP asst secy general due today

UNDP asst secy general due today

Michael O'Neill, assistant secretary general and director at the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy of UNDP, arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day visit to Bangladesh. After assuming office, this is his first visit to the country, said a press release. During the visit, O'Neill is scheduled to meet senior government officials, development partners and civil society members. He will also join a thematic discussion jointly organised by the Economic Relations Division, and UNDP Bangladesh. O'Neill will look at projects supported by UNDP in and outside Dhaka, which focus on climate resilience, poverty reduction and public service delivery. He will travel to Barguna and speak with communities involved in the projects there. O'Neill will...

Sanaul Huq becomes Caab chairman

Sanaul Huq becomes Caab chairman

Air Vice-Marshal M Sanaul Huq has become the chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab). He took the charge of the civil aviation regulatory body from Air-Vice Marshal Mahmud Hussain at a simple ceremony on October 22, said a press release. Sanaul Huq was born on July 21, 1962 in Kishoreganj. He joined Bangladesh Air Force in 1980 and was commissioned with Sword of Honour. The new Caab chairman served in different important positions in the Air Force in his long career before becoming chairman of Caab. He also rendered his services as a UN military observer in Bosnia.

Collection Of Rent Through Banks

NBR to get tough with landlords for defying law

As the rule for landlords to receive house rent through banking channels got a low response, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has decided to get tough to enforce the rule. "We are waiting for the deadline for the income tax return submission to pass. After that, we will launch our drive in this regard," an NBR official told the news agency. The last date for submitting the income tax return is November 2, 2014. The government, from July 1, made it...

Giving Proxy In Recruitment Test

DU, JnU students jailed for one year

A mobile court of Rajshahi district administration yesterday sentenced two university students to one year imprisonment for appearing in the recruitment test for Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank as proxies. The students are: Monirul Islam, a fourth year student of Dhaka University, and Aktaruzzaman, a master's student at a Jagannath University. The court also fined them Tk 1,000 each. Executive Magistrate Jyosri Rani Roy, who led the mobile court, passed the order at Rajshahi University where the test was held. Both the students participated...

Trader dies after being 'doped'

A cotton trader died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday a day after he had allegedly been doped by a gang in Tongi of Gazipur. Arabindra Roy, 40, was also a textile engineer. His widow Shawpna Roy told The Daily Star that her husband left their Tongi residence for Motijheel for business purpose on Thursday morning. He might have been doped in Tongi College Gate area while returning home by a bus, he quoted the people, who took him to DMCH, as...

Admission tests of medical, dental colleges held

The admission tests for medical and dental colleges for the 2014-15 academic session were held at 23 centres simultaneously across the country yesterday. A total of 69,477 candidates sat for the one-hour long tests against 10,299 seats, said ABM Abdul Hannan, director of Medical Education and Health Manpower Development at the Directorate General of Health Services. “The tests were held in a fair and peaceful manner. No untoward incident took place during the examination,” he told The Daily Star. This year, 29...

Abducted Dhaka trader rescued in Jamalpur

A vegetable trader was rescued from Bhatikolkihara village in Bakshiganj upazila of Jamalpur on Thursday a day after he had been abducted from Turag area in Dhaka. Police also arrested Sharif Uddin, Piru Mondol, Jahidul, and Samrul on the charge of kidnapping Alfaz Uddin, 65, on Wednesday morning. The gang took him alluring him to give dollars at cheap rate, said Mostasinur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Bakshiganj Police Station. After reaching the area, the culprits called the victim's family over the cellphone demanding...

News In Brief

Woman's body recovered in capital Staff Correspondent Police recovered the decomposed body of an unidentified woman from Osmani Udyan in the capital's Shahbagh area yesterday. The body of the woman, who was clad in a salwar-kameez, was floating in the lake inside the Udyan. It was sent to Dhaka Medical College morgue for an autopsy, said Anwarul Islam, sub-inspector of Shahbagh Police Station.       One murdered in Parjatan motel Our Correspondent, Benapole A taxi driver was murdered in Benapole Parjatan Motel on Thursday night and in this...

World

Ebola reaches NY

Ebola reaches NY

New York yesterday confirmed the first case of Ebola in the largest city in the United States as the EU dramatically ramped up aid to contain the killer epidemic ravaging west Africa.   The EU announcement of one billion euros ($1.3 billion) for the worst-hit countries comes as fears of a spread of the virus...

ISIS used chlorine gas

ISIS used chlorine gas

Iraqi officials said the so called Islamic State (ISIS) militants used chlorine gas during fighting with Iraqi security forces and Shia militiamen last month north of Baghdad. On the ground,  US officials said an attack by the Islamic State group on the Syrian town of Kobane has stalled but, in neighbouring Iraq, government troops...

'Extremist' attacks NY cop with axe

'Extremist' attacks NY cop with axe

A man reported to have Islamic "extremist leanings" attacked police officers in New York City with a axe yesterday, injuring two before being shot dead, police and a monitoring group said. The man, identified in the US media as Zale Thompson, had posted an array of statements on YouTube and Facebook that "display a...

'Why shouldn't I lead Zimbabwe'

'Why shouldn't I lead Zimbabwe'

Grace Mugabe has added fuel to speculation that she wants to become the next president of Zimbabwe in remarks that suggest the ruling party could be heading for a damaging split. In widely-reported comments at a rally outside Harare on Thursday, the wife of the current president, Robert, said: “They say I want to...

Budget rows overshadow EU economy summit

Budget rows overshadow EU economy summit

David Cameron furiously rejected a surprise demand from Brussels for more than two billion euros in backdated charges yesterday, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU. The British prime minister hijacked a European summit that was meant to be focused on the continent's stalling economy, demanding an emergency meeting of...

Ghulam Azam likened to Hitler

Ghulam Azam likened to Hitler

Former Bangladeshi politician Ghulam Azam, who died on Thursday just two weeks short of his 92nd birthday, was a convicted war criminal compared by prosecutors to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Azam, the ex-head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was serving a 90-year jail term for masterminding widespread atrocities during Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence with...

Hong Kong Protest

Activists to hold street vote

Hong Kong's democracy activists are planning a street vote to gauge protesters' views on conciliatory offers from the government, as the city's former leader yesterday called on them to clear the streets. The leaders of the mass demonstrations that have paralysed parts of the city for nearly a month said they will poll demonstrators at the main protest camp opposite government headquarters tomorrow evening. During face-to-face talks Tuesday with student leaders, government negotiators offered to write a report to Beijing detailing...

Canada Shootings

No ISIS link found

There is no evidence so far that a gunman who attacked Canada's parliament had links to Middle Eastern Islamist extremists, the government said. Foreign Minister John Baird told the BBC gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was "certainly radicalised", but was not on a list of high-risk individuals. Zehaf-Bibeau killed a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial before being shot dead in the nearby parliament building. Baird told the BBC there were no substantiated claims yet that Zehaf-Bibeau was associated with Islamic State. Baird said he was...

Terrorism Threat

Indian airports put on high alert

Ahmedabad and Mumbai airports have been put on a high alert following an intelligence input which states that suicide bombers will try to board two Air India flights in the wee hours today. As per the letter from Bureau of Civil Aviation Security headquarters in New Delhi, a copy of which Ahmedabad Mirror has access to, suicide bombers could board Air India's Ahmedabad-Mumbai and Mumbai-Kochi flights scheduled for early morning departure today. "An input received says: Air India flight on the...

Suspicious envelopes sent to foreign offices in Turkey

Suspicious envelopes containing a yellow powder were sent to the Belgian, Canadian and German consulates in Istanbul yesterday, prompting a security alert, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the incident came amid mounting concerns about the growing national security threat posed by jihadists returning from war-ravaged Syria and Iraq.

Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 26 soldiers

A car bomb in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed at least 26 soldiers yesterday, in one of the deadliest attacks on security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year. 28 other soldiers were wounded in the attack. Jihadists in the peninsula have killed scores of policemen and soldiers since Morsi's overthrow to avenge a bloody police crackdown on his supporters.

Queen Elizabeth sends first tweet

Queen Elizabeth sends first tweet

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sent her first ever tweet during a visit to a museum yesterday, signing it "Elizabeth R" -- and even removing a glove to post it. "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @_ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," her...

Israel police on alert after Jerusalem clashes

Israel deployed police in force in Jerusalem yesterday for weekly Muslim prayers and restricted access to a flashpoint mosque, after a deadly attack by a Palestinian sent tensions soaring. Clashes broke out for a second night after the Palestinian ploughed his car into a crowd of pedestrians on Wednesday, killing a baby and injuring six other people before he was shot dead by police.

Pakistan, Iran exchange mortar fire

Pakistani and Iranian forces yesterday exchanged mortar fire along their porous border. Last week, Pakistan said a soldier died and three were hurt by Iranian guards. Pakistan has been accused by Iran of failing to stop cross-border attacks on its forces by extremist Sunni Muslim militants.

Israeli troops kill teen in West Bank clash

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager yesterday in a clash with stone-throwing protesters near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian medical officials and security sources told AFP. They named the dead youth as Orwa Hammad, 17, and said he was shot in the village of Silwad.

Star People

Spot the Real Culprit

Spot the Real Culprit

The recent tiger attack at the National Zoological Park in Delhi brings back gruesome memories of a similar attack that occurred at Dhaka Zoo on 18, November 1997, when a 9-year-old boy was dragged into a cage and brutally killed by a Royal Bengal tiger. It also brings to mind, concerns about the...

A Fresh Take

A Fresh Take

Shuchi Karim talks about change and aspirations. She explores through her academic research work, teaching and activism. Karim has recently completed her PhD from International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague, The Netherlands. She currently works as a researcher and advisor at Institute of Educational Development (IED), BRAC University. At IED, she has developed a low cost secondary school model, where aspects of gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and psychosocial counseling are combined as integral parts of development of adolescents' lives. She also teaches Feminist Theory at BRAC University. As a researcher, she writes about how gender and sexuality is practiced in...

Living the Alternative Way

Living the Alternative Way

Ever wonder why our grandparents lived longer, stronger and healthier? Researchers talk about the abundance of organic food, the fresh air and also the outdoor activities that had become a part of daily lives and so much more. "Being healthy used to be a lifestyle," says Rafi Hossain. "It wasn't a choice that...

Showbiz

Cover Story

HEERA'S MOVE INTO FILM

HEERA'S MOVE INTO FILM

Rukhsana Ali Heera, or simply Heera as she is known to her adoring fans, is a very successful ramp model, and actress. We already know her through her work as a ramp model, television advertisements and recently we have had a glimpse of her acting talent through television dramas. Heera now plans to enter the world of films and hopes to rekindle its magic! Star Showbiz recently caught up with her for a one on one chat. So how did your journey in the world of media begin? The journey began in 2007. My first work was for Banglalink, and the photographer for that particular work was Iqbal Ahmed. I was...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

LOOKING for THE LEAP

LOOKING for THE LEAP

In the last one and a half years of Star Showbiz, there is one thing that has always worried me: the niddle-noodle state of Bangladesh's film sector. At points it seems that there are signs of the sector being revived, but soon enough, I talk to those working in the sector specially those who are intricately involved, and realize that the scenario has really not changed. To add to that, what really worries me even more now is the meteoric fall of Bangladeshi viewership of Bangladeshi television programmes. I also worry that people who still have the ability and authority to turn things around before we lose all the...

INT'L FILM

WILLIAM WYLER

WILLIAM WYLER

William Wyler directed some of the most critically acclaimed movies of his time. Known for his sensitive direction of great actors, he worked with John Barrymore, Bette Davis, Humphry Bogart and Myrna Loy, amongst others. Today he is considered both a master director and a substantial influencer of American culture. Born in Germany in 1902 to Jewish parents, Wyler became interested in American culture at an early age. His cousin, Carl Laemmle, was the head of Universal Pictures, and in 1920 brought Wyler to America. Before long he was living in Hollywood and...

DOWN MEMORY BY LANES…

SONGS FOR EVERY MOOD

SONGS FOR EVERY MOOD

Poetic and profound lyrics, evocative tunes and perfectly controlled and polished voices converge together to create wondrous music in the 50s and 60s. Songs of myriad mood corresponding to every human experience used to be sung with great devotion by a host of high quality singers of that era. The mellifluous tunes used...

ALL THE WAY FROM BUSHAN

ALL THE WAY FROM BUSHAN

Once upon a time, the name of "Bushan International Film Festival" was "Pushan International Film Festival". Bushan is the largest sea port of South Korea and the second biggest city of the country. Now, Bushan is not only recognized as the sea port but also as the center of art and culture, and...

SALMA HAYEK STARRING IN THREE NEW FILMS!

SALMA HAYEK STARRING IN THREE NEW FILMS!

Salma Hayek, the 47-year-old Latina actress famous for her roles in movies such as the 1996 Hollywood adaptation of Quentin Tarantino's dark screenplay, From Dusk Til Dawn, and, most recently, Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2. The Mexican-born leading lady has taken on three films in 2014: A Three Dog Life, The Septembers...

DICAPRIO TO TAKE BREAK FROM ACTING, OUT OF JOBS BIOPIC!

DICAPRIO TO TAKE BREAK FROM ACTING, OUT OF JOBS BIOPIC!

Fans of Apple and its legendary co-founder Steve Jobs have already seen one biopic based on the late tech icon's life (last year's Jobs), but many agreed that the Ashton Kutcher vehicle left a little to be desired. The new Jobs biopic was penned by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and has...

10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT

BART NANDIT ARENG

BART NANDIT ARENG

Bart Nandit Areng took his first steps in the world of showbiz when he became the voice behind Sesame Street's Bhutoo in his early years. Since then, he's been heavily involved in audio media, as a musician, a radio RJ and music producer for Radio Shadhin's afternoon show - Boss Break. Star Showbiz...

WHY MICHAEL KEATON TURNED DOWN $15 MILLION TO BE IN BATMAN 3

WHY MICHAEL KEATON TURNED DOWN $15 MILLION TO BE IN BATMAN 3

    Michael Keaton, who starred as the Caped Crusader in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) turned down a reported $15 million to play Batman in Tim Burton's third film in the series. According to ComicBookMovie, had Tim Burton not been removed from the project for refusing to ease up on the darkness, Michael Keaton would have starred alongside Rene Russo as his love interest, and Marlon Wayans as Robin! In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Keaton discussed his possible role in the Batman 3, Keaton explained simply, "It sucked...Yeah, it just was awful." Tim Burton was replaced by Joel Schumacher, and Keaton was replaced by Val Kilmer in...

GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

Christian Bale in Talks for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs Biopic Sony's biopic of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (not to be confused with 2013′s Jobs, which starred Ashton Kutcher as the tech icon) has had a pretty eventful pre-production stage. Danny Boyle (127 Hours) is signed on to direct after David Fincher departed, and he's currently on the hunt for his leading man. The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Sony is starting negotiations with Christian Bale, who coincidentally enough was Fincher's choice back when the Gone Girl director was in talks, to portray Jobs.     NEIL PATRICK HARRIS to host 2015 Oscars ceremony The 87th Academy Awards ceremony will be held at the...

MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

HAIDER Director: Vishal Bhardwaj Writers: Basharat Peer, Vishal Bhardwaj Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon Strengths: Story, direction and acting Runtime:  162 minutes Rating: 4.5/5 Plot: In an adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', Haider - a young man returns home to Kashmir on receiving news of his father's disappearance. Not only does he learn that security forces...

TV REVIEW

GOTHAM

GOTHAM

Blockbuster comic book adaptations have been propping up Hollywood movie studios for years but TV, which had a brief involvement with superheroes in the Seventies, is now very much in on the act again. After Smallville's very successful run for about a decade, we now have Arrow, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and most...

SPECIAL FEATURE

THE ULTIMATE MAN

THE ULTIMATE MAN

Amongst the many talent hunts in Bangladesh, many of which open the doors to the media for the finalists, almost all are exclusively for women. Because of this, the talent in women in the media sector is high but there is much to be desired in the men's department. That may soon change with the initiative taken by Fair and Handsome, Channel i and the Bangladesh Navy. Last year, they introduced a new talent hunt programme targeting male talent called “The Ultimate Man”. The show is directed by Raihan Khan and presented by Nusrat Fariha. This year, after auditions in Khulna, Rajshahi, Chittagong and Dhaka and 23 episodes of...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

On English medium schools' fees

In response to Sirajul Islam's letter regarding fees of English medium schools, dated October 18, I would like to say that he should have admitted his child to a school that he can afford the fees of. There are many excellent Bangla medium schools in Dhaka as there are schools offering the national curriculum in English. I am a single parent with limited income but I sent my son to a reputed English medium school. The good English medium...

Letters To The Editor

Spiral of crime robs citizens of security

News of macabre incidents reaches us almost every day. Dead bodies are being recovered from rivers, ponds, septic tanks, ditches; members of some family found burnt to death, strangulated or chopped in a gruesome way. Fiendish incidents have increased alarmingly. It seems that the law and order has collapsed completely. Political unrest is the main reason behind this. Criminals are taking advantage of the situation as law enforcing agents are busy stopping the normal activities of the political parties...

Letters To The Editor

Private car running illegally as taxi

The other day I was waiting at Gulshan-1 intersection for transport to reach my home. All the vehicles plying the road were crowded with passengers. Then I saw a private car just after pulling up at the bus stop started taking Mohakhali-bound passengers. The driver was asking two to three times more the fare. Very often we see this practice on Dhaka roads. These drivers of private cars breach their employers' trust by doing so. And commuters must not get...

Comments on news report

“Corruption and the admirable jurisprudence,” published on October 18, 2014 Nds To me it appears that our bureaucrats' arrogance far exceeds that of our politicians'. Politicians sometimes, particularly at election time show a little bit respect to the common people but bureaucrats never. Rahman Mostafiz The bureaucrats having skill and power can manipulate everything that they have under their jurisdisction; whereas the political leaders have power but don't know how to use it because of lack of intelligence. So, politicians are always dependent...