• Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Memorials left to decay

Memorials left to decay

  The metal chains fencing the memorial have long gone. Empty chips packets, ice-cream covers, soft drink cans, disposable plastic cups, banana peels and paper waste lay strewn all over the floor. Weeds have grown on the boundary wall and at the edge of the stairs. Dry leaves and dead branches cover the entire concrete...

No way out?

No way out?

It all happened just within a week. At least 20 people were injured in a fight between two groups of Awami League activists in the presence of industries minister and other senior leaders at the party's Patuakhali district council on November 14. Two pro-AL organisations -- Chhatra League and Jubo League -- clashed at Siddhirganj Power Plant in Narayanganj on Tuesday over tender business. It left scores injured. The same day at Dinajpur Medical College, a factional feud of Chhatra League over the formation of the college unit committee left at least 20 wounded. In another factional feud of the student body, an activist was killed at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology...

Book on 1971 genocide wins Cundill Prize

Book on 1971 genocide wins Cundill Prize

A book about the United States' complicity in the genocide of Bangladeshis in the early 1970s has won the $75,000 (US) Cundill Prize for historical literature. The announcement was made at a gala event at Toronto's Shangri-La Hotel on Thursday evening. The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide (Knopf) by Gary J Bass,...

Hay Festival Dhaka 2014

Exploring the world of science, maths

Exploring the world of science, maths

The second day of Dhaka Hay was as much about storytelling and storytellers as it was about exploring the world of science and mathematics. It was an equally perfect day for literary enthusiasts as well as students, mostly youngsters. In the morning the largest crowd was drawn by novelists Zia Haider Rahman, Shashi Tharoor...

Violence at SUST

BCL blames it on outsiders!

Chhatra League yesterday blamed “outsiders and some expelled BCL men” for the violent clash at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) the previous day that left a BCL activist killed and 20 people injured. Meanwhile, police rounded up 22 BCL men from different areas in Sylhet city in connection with the clash, and recovered a revolver and 17 machetes from a BCL activist's house near the campus. All the students left the campus yesterday as the university has been closed...

Govt for modern, efficient forces

Govt for modern, efficient forces

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government wants to see the armed forces as disciplined, efficient, modern and well-equipped units. The government will do whatever is needed to achieve this, she told a reception at the Senakunja at Dhaka Cantonment marking the Bangladesh Armed Forces Day 2014. The armed forces, glorying in the spirit...

One dead in Comilla AL infighting

A turf war between two rival groups of ruling Awami League left one person dead and 15 others injured at Kolakandi Bazar under Titas upazila of Comilla yesterday. The dead is Riazul Karim Sentu, 42. He died on the spot after being hit by a teta (lance) at the bazaar. Local BNP men claimed that he was a BNP activist. The sporadic clash began at around 8:00am and continued till 12:00pm. Police fired 35 bullets to bring the situation under control. Locals...

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Phulbari Coal Mine

UK warns against adverse impact

Condemning British company GCM Resources for breaching international guidelines on ethical corporate behaviour, the UK government has urged it to assess its planned coalmine in Bangladesh and see if it would affect human rights of locals. The UK government's findings, released on Thursday, state that the project “has aroused considerable opposition in Bangladesh, leading to violent protests, and an even more violent response by the authorities there”. The UK government statement follows an investigation into GCM's activities in Phulbari of Dinajpur,...

He was no atheist

He was no atheist

“My father was never against any religion. He never did anything that might have disgraced Allah or the Prophet. He was engrossed in the pursuit of divine knowledge and he chose songs and meditation as the ways to get there,” this is how the son of slain Rajshahi University Professor AKM Shafiul Islam described his father. “In his quest for a better understanding of God, he would read holy scriptures of different religions," Soumin Shahrid Javin said while pointing to the holy Quran, its Bengali and English translations, and books on other religions in his father's study at their Choddopai residence in Rajshahi. Only a few yards off this house was...

DMP installs retractable spikes again

Dhaka Metropolitan Police has once again installed retractable spike strips on a city street to prevent vehicles from taking the wrong side. The device was set up last night on Shaheed Captain Mansur Ali Sarani, which is just opposite to the DMP headquarters.  The Tk 3.5 Lakh spike strips were made with the help of engineers of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, DMP Deputy Commissioner (media) Masudur Rahman said. This time the tire shredders are a bit smaller and load sustaining,...

Murder of Bangladeshi

2 Malaysian officials charged

A Malaysian court yesterday charged two local immigration officers with murdering a Bangladeshi detainee last month. Aminnudin Mohd Yasin and Zuhairul Effendy Zualkafli, immigration officers in Perlis, whose state capital is Kangar, allegedly killed the Bangladeshi worker, Abu Bakar Siddique, 45, in custody, reports Malaysian state news agency Bernama. However, officials at Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur couldn't confirm the murder of the Bangladeshi. “Usually, we receive official letters from the Malaysian authorities if any Bangladeshi dies here. But I couldn't...

Bio-Bus on maiden trip

Bio-Bus on maiden trip

Britain's first bus powered by human waste has taken to the streets. The 40-seater 'Bio-Bus' is fuelled by biomethane gas, generated by the treatment of sewage and food waste at a processing plant in the south west. And a single tank of the gas - produced using the typical annual waste of just five people...

Clashes as Mexicans hold rally for 43 missing students

Protesters angry at the presumed massacre of 43 students clashed with police outside Mexico's National Palace on Thursday after a massive march demanding President Enrique Pena Nieto's resignation. The face-off marred a mostly peaceful rally of tens of thousands of black-clad people in the capital, where they waved blackened Mexican flags and chanted "Urgent! Urgent for the president to resign!" Parents of the 43 male college students, who reject claims their sons are dead and demand the government find them safe...

Gold Smuggling

Cops find link of 12 money changers

Detectives have found links of around a dozen money exchangers and several customs and airport officials with the gold smuggling rackets active in Bangladesh. "We've so far found names of 10 to 12 Paltan and Uttara-based money changers who invest in the smuggling and get a good commission," said an investigator, adding that many jewellers in Chittagong and Dhaka are also suspected to be involved in the smuggling rings. A money exchange trader named Mamun Al Azad Suman, who was arrested...

Thailand martial law to stay

Thailand's Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya has said martial law will remain in place "indefinitely", amid mounting protests of military rule. His remarks to Reuters come a day after PM Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters that martial law was "necessary" to stop "conflict and social disparity". The Thai military took over government on 22 May, and has been criticised for its repression of anti-coup protests. Several protesters have been arrested in recent weeks. A number of them have used a three-finger salute inspired by the...

Sports

'Maturity key to success'

'Maturity key to success'

It seems as though Shakib Al Hasan can do nothing wrong at this point in time. Ever since his return from disciplinary suspension, Shakib has been experiencing arguably one of the best phases of his career. As a result, aside from the captains, he has been the most regular face representing the Bangladesh team...

All-round Shakib sinks Zim again

All-round Shakib sinks Zim again

When Shakib Al Hasan received his six-month disciplinary ban in July, there were talks about how the all-rounder pondered about playing an extra year of international cricket to make things even. With the suspension reduced, it seems the gap in play not at all affected his hunger to make up for the lost...

ZACS turns fever pitch

Despite the Tigers' poor run of form in one-day internationals this year, thousands of supporters turned up at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday to support the home team in the first of five ODIs against Zimbabwe. Supporters from the Chittagong city, adjacent upazilas and far off districts poured in as the 18,000-capacity stadium was full to the brim before the scheduled start of play. Excitement is always high in the stands whenever the Tigers are playing in ODIs...

Legends keep winning

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has endorsed defending champions 'Gazi Tank' with the new name 'Legends of Rupganj'. A new name did not affect their performance, as they continued their winning spree in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL). Pacer Abul Hasan claimed five wickets to keep Legends of Rupganj on top with their fourth straight win as they beat Abahani by three wickets at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium. In the low-scoring match Sharifullah hit an unbeaten 54 to secure victory...

'Dropped too many catches'

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura said that the missed opportunities in the field proved to be crucial to their heavy defeat against Bangladesh in the first of the five-match ODI series in Chittagong yesterday. The visitors missed at least four opportunities in the field with Mushfiqur Rahim being dropped twice at crucial moments.   Speaking to reporters in the post-match press conference he said, “If I have to be critical, I think we dropped too many catches. I thought we made a...

Dav's Dissection

The first game in any series is one that teams look to set the tone for rest of the matches. Having lost the toss and asked to bat, Bangladesh constructed a very useful total keeping in mind the dew factor. And they have Shakib and Mushfiqur, two very experienced batsmen to thank for. Things looked very different when they came together at 76 for 4 in the 20th over. What I saw was a determined effort by both players...

Siddikur off the pace

Despite settling for a two-under (70) in the second round of the Manila Masters, Bangladesh's premier golfer Siddikur Rahman went eight shots adrift of the leader, going into the weekend rounds.   The 29-year-old golfer, who started the day at 32nd position, had an otherwise effective day with birdies, but one double-bogey on the par-four sixth hole cost him dearly as he finished the day at 25th position with three-under (141). Overnight leader Mardan Mamat of Singapore was joined at the...

SAFF Women's C'ship

India retain title

India continued their supremacy in South Asian women's football as they hammered Nepal 6-0 in the final of the 3 rd SAFF Women's Championship in Islamabad yesterday. Midfielder Bala Devi Ngangom Bala Devi scored four goals in the final to fashion the emphatic win for the Indians, taking her tournament tally to 16. The Nepalese girls, who came into the final having kept a clean sheet throughout the tournament, were helpless as the Indians kept creating chances and scoring goals. This...

LFP

Superstars v little people

Superstars v little people

Real Madrid's superstars, flying high at the top of La Liga, enter the land of Spanish football's little people on Saturday when they take on humble Eibar in the Basque country. Unlike Real's cavernous, fabled Bernabeu with its 85,000-capacity, Eibar's Ipurua stadium has room for just 5,000 fans -- they have had to build...

Barclays English Premier League

Duel to stay in touch

Duel to stay in touch

  Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck's reunion with former club Manchester United supplies one of the sub-plots as the Premier League resumes this weekend following the international break. Arsenal welcome United to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening for a match that will see both teams attempt to avoid conceding further ground to early-season pace-setters Chelsea. Beaten...

Win or bust for Abahani

Four-time professional league champions Abahani face Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal in a do-or-die clash of the King's Cup at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thumphu today. Abahani had the chance to grab the pole position in the group but a shock 0-1 defeat against Ugyen Academy of Bhutan in their second game has put the Sky Blues in danger of being eliminated from the group stages. Abahani, Manang Marshyangdi and Ugyen Academy have three points each, three behind leaders Pune FC...

Pak-NZ Test ends in draw

Pakistan salvaged a draw in the second Test after New Zealand set a challenging target of 261 off 72 overs on the back of a brilliant hundred from Ross Taylor in Dubai on Friday. Pakistan's four early wickets had set up the possibility of all results at tea but in the end Pakistan fell 65 runs short when bad light finished play five overs early. Asad Shafiq scored 41 not out and Sarfraz Ahmed 24 as Pakistan finished at 196-5 which...

Oz clinch series

Steve Smith hit a thrilling century to propel Australia to a three-wicket victory over South Africa to clinch the five-game one-day international series in Melbourne on Friday. Player-of-the-match Smith cracked 104 off 112 balls as Australia stormed home to overhaul South Africa's 267 for eight to win with an over to spare. SCORES IN BRIEF SOUTH AFRICA: 267 for 8 in 50 overs (De Kock 17, Amla 18, Du Plessis 28, De Villiers 91, Miller 45, Behardien 22; Cummins 2-61, Faulkner 2-45) AUSTRALIA: 268...

Editorial

Editorial

Punishment for fatal reckless driving

WE felicitate the High Court for reinstating the seven-year imprisonment term for reckless driving by striking out the nearly three-decade old amendments to the CrPC and the Penal Code. Those amendments had commuted the maximum punishment from seven to three years during Ershad era. Thus, the raising of the jail term from 3 to 7 years is an improvement from a retrograde measure but it does not go far enough. And as if to emphasise the point the court itself...

Editorial

Women in low-skilled jobs

READYMADE garments (RMG) is by far the largest export sector earning an estimated $24 billion in the current fiscal and accounts for 13 per cent of the GDP. Nearly 80 per cent of the 4 million strong work-force is women. Yet when it comes to better paid skilled jobs women trail far behind their male counterparts. This was revealed by a joint study on gender equality and productivity in the garments sector. We find that although it is women...

Op-ed

Editorial

Punishment for fatal reckless driving

WE felicitate the High Court for reinstating the seven-year imprisonment term for reckless driving by striking out the nearly three-decade old amendments to the CrPC and the Penal Code. Those amendments had commuted the maximum punishment from seven to three years during Ershad era. Thus, the raising of the jail term from 3 to 7 years is an improvement from a retrograde measure but it does not go far enough. And as if to emphasise the point the court itself...

Editorial

Women in low-skilled jobs

READYMADE garments (RMG) is by far the largest export sector earning an estimated $24 billion in the current fiscal and accounts for 13 per cent of the GDP. Nearly 80 per cent of the 4 million strong work-force is women. Yet when it comes to better paid skilled jobs women trail far behind their male counterparts. This was revealed by a joint study on gender equality and productivity in the garments sector. We find that although it is women...

STRAIGHT LINE

The terror risk

WHETHER it is actual terrorist activities disrupting socio-economic activities or the potential of it threatening the social fabric, there is both positive and ominous news for the Bangladesh polity. The Institute for Economics and Peace, a Sydney based non-profit research organisation, has published a report that says that though not in conflict Bangladesh is at risk of higher levels of terrorism. The report has calculated various political, social, and violence factors to determine the risk. The report further says that...

Empowering women: Smart approach to sustainable development

CHANGE is in the air: today women have better access to education, health services and jobs, as well as a greater voice in parliaments. Progress, however, in women's empowerment has been slow and uneven. Growth and development gains have not been shared equally, both across the globe and within regions, with development gaps wider for poor and ethnic groups and those at the lower end of the income strata. Violence, conflicts and climate adversities have disproportionately impacted women, magnifying...

Uncharted territory

PERHAPS for the first time since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Pakistani options in global diplomatic ties are not completely polarised. A shake up of world power, a smattering of new conflict zones and a reshuffling of world leaders has presented a completely new picture for Pakistan to contemplate. On Thursday, the Russian defence minister arrived in Islamabad to discuss a more comprehensive bilateral defence partnership. This comes at the back of the recent Russian deputy foreign minister visit...

Will God save us from a nuclear disaster?

LET me start with an old but interesting story. A clerical position became vacant in the office of a deputy commissioner in Bengal during the British period. As the number of Muslim employees in the administration was very small at that time, it was decided that the position would be filled up by a Muslim candidate. Finally, the deputy commissioner recruited a Hindu in that position. He later explained that no suitable Muslim candidate was available and accordingly he...

Climate Change - 2015 Regime

Reframing adaptation finance

CLIMATE Finance (CF) stands at the core of UNFCCC negotiations for mitigation, adaptation, tech transfer and capacity building. But there is little progress yet from what was there in the fast start finance (FSF) during 2010-2012.  With so many question marks over donor community's claim of delivering around $33 billion, there was at least something on the table. Since then, there has been no progress on long term finance of pledged $100 billion a year by 2020. Now discussion...

Why is Suu Kyi silent on Rohingyas?

RAKHINE state (formerly Arakan) in Myanmar has a diverse ethnic population. Official figures give the state's population as 40 lakhs (4 million) as of 2010. Rakhine state has a large Muslim minority, known as Rohingyas, of about 523,000, according to a 2009 UN estimate.  According to the UN, they are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. In 1982, the military rulers in Myanmar passed the Citizenship Act, in which there is a provision which states that people...

Letters To The Editor

Healthcare thwarted by corruption

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has recently released a research report showing the rampant corruption in our health sector which is very much shocking. If this corrupt practice goes on unabated, people won't have any trust left for the government health services and this sector will be stigmatized. Despite having some limiting factors, Bangladesh has made progress in healthcare services and all the health indicators are moving towards a positive direction. We want to keep them up. So, it would...

Letters To The Editor

Thanks to CMP for freeing Ctg footpath

The recent initiative taken by Chittagong Metropolitan Police has reduced the horrendous traffic jam to a great extent in EPZ area. Earlier it took two to three hours to cross the Chittagong EPZ area but now it takes just a few minutes to pass the same area from Chittagong International Airport. The makeshift shops on the footpaths were solely responsible for the gridlock as a large number of garment workers used to buy things from these shops hindering the normal...

Letters To The Editor

Treating stroke patients better

Recently I visited Kolkata in connection with the treatment of my younger sister, who is suffering from Lumber Spine disorder. She was admitted to a reputed hospital, Institute of Neurosciences, specialised in treating such patients. In the corridors of the hospital, an alarming piece of information was on display: “Every 6 seconds someone in the world suffers a brain stroke”. If a stroke patient can be rushed to an appropriate hospital within a few hours of the mishap, the...

Comments on news report

“PM's adviser lies,” published on November 18, 2014 Touchstone Backpedalling is not the solution here, taking responsibility and resigning might be. **** “NIA hands over list of suspects” (Nov. 18, 2014) SM How about giving the list of BD criminals hiding in India? **** “Redesigning economics to redesign the world” (Nov. 18, 2014) Saiful Islam Thank you, sir. It's a very inspiring article. Hope it will motivate our young generation so that they can come out from their conventional career thinking. Habib Financing is the hurdle that many find most difficult...

Entertainment

Essence over language

Essence over language

“I don't look into the mirror and ask myself 'Am I Bangladeshi or British?'” said Zia Haider while discussing multiple identities of South Asian writers in the session “Past Lives”, moderated by Indian writer Salil Tripathi. Despite his humorous and lighter take on the matter, the conflict and contradictions of identity is a...

The splendour of Mughal India

The splendour of Mughal India

Set against the backdrop of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny in India, which subsequently led to the fall of the Mughal dynasty, “The Last Mughal” is, on one hand, an iconic historical document and, on the other, a reflection of William Dalrymple's long-lasting love affair with the city of Delhi. This love for Delhi...

The lipstick and the pomegranate

The lipstick and the pomegranate

“If you read a man's narrative, you just know it's not written by a woman,” said literary critic Muneeza Shamsie in “The Women as a Writer” on the second day of Hay. The session, moderated by Tahmima Anam, also included Indian novelists Manju Kapur and Nilanjana Roy. The general opinion on the panel today...

Lab coats and ink blots

Lab coats and ink blots

Science and its perception to its audience is not exactly a discussion you would expect to be a highlight of a literary festival like Hay. Not only was it a part of the festival, it also drew an unexpectedly large crowd. The “Science Matters” session was moderated by Hossain Zillur Rahman with panelists Muhammad...

Overheard at Hay

"It feels good to be here, the number of people is increasing, which is always a good thing. As for the sessions, I liked the Electric Shadows with Aamer Hossain. I'm looking forward to the bilingual session today." - Ikhtisad Ahmed, writer "I can't believe that in a setting like Dhaka, an event like the Hay Fest could be conducted. It has been a world class event so far, and I'm thrilled to be here. The highlight so far for me...

City

Tangents

Birds At Risk

Birds At Risk

Some weeks ago I wrote about famous birds which became extinct including the dodo and the passenger pigeon. Extinction is forever. In the past, when a species approached extinction, we were unprepared to save it. But what if we know which birds (or other animals) face the risk of imminent extinction? Then perhaps...

BSMMU re-emerges with advanced health services

BSMMU re-emerges with advanced health services

Today Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University emerges in its new form, equipped with extended and sophisticated facilities and introducing some high-end treatments hitherto unavailable in any public hospital of the country. Authorities say the addition of two new outdoor buildings, 24 intensive care units (ICUs), 27 operation theatres, and 16 high dependency units (HDUs)...

Adilur gets Kennedy HR award

Adilur gets Kennedy HR award

Odhikar Secretary Adilur Rahman Khan was presented the 2014 Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award by Robert F Kennedy's wife Ethel Kennedy in a ceremony in Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Thursday. The Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) presents the annual award. A press release yesterday said the award recognises Adilur's courageous work uncovering the most serious human rights violations in Bangladesh. RFK Center President Kerry Kennedy said, “Robert Kennedy would have admired Adil's courage and persistence in documenting his government's complicity in a wide range of human rights abuses.”

4 N'ganj cops carrying Yaba pills closed

Four Narayanganj policemen were closed to the police lines yesterday allegedly after law enforces in guise of buyers caught them in possession of 900 pieces of Yaba. However, the district Superintendent of Police (SP) Khandaker Mohid Uddin stated it was for unprofessional conduct. Sub-inspector (SI) Mohammad Masud, Assistant SI Nyamat Ullah and constables Amir Hossain and Yousuf Hossain were posted in Kamtal. One law enforcer alleged that the order came after Assistant SP Azim Ul Ahsan, tasked by the SP, and a...

Muggers shoot currency trader, snatch Tk 10 lakh

Muggers shot a currency trader and snatched away Tk 10 lakh from him at Mirpur-10 of the capital on Thursday night. The victim is Sharif Nasir Uddin, 30, a resident of Janata Housing in Mirpur. Shot in both legs, he was shitfed to the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) from a clinic.   Police said four people on two motorbikes shot Nasir when he reached the housing area around 7:55pm from his business outlet in Mirpur-10 and made...

Brac University's convocation held

Brac University's convocation held

The ninth convocation of Brac University was held at the Army Stadium on Thursday. President Md Abdul Hamid, chancellor of the university, presided over the event, says a press release. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid was present as special guest while Professor Emeritus Anisuzzman delivered the convocation speech. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG, chairperson of the...

Saarc preceding meetings begin today

Delegates from the eight South Asian nations have begun reaching Kathmandu to attend the preceding meetings of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) which begin today ahead of the bloc's 18th summit on November 26-27. Joint secretaries, foreign secretaries and foreign ministers of the Saarc nations would finalise three key framework agreements in the preceding meetings. The agreements would enhance rail and road connectivity and the set up of a regional power grid. The agreements are: Saarc Motor Vehicles...

Upazila Parishad vice chairman shot in Rajbari

Criminals shot the vice chairman of Pangsha Upazila Parishad in Rajbari district yesterday leaving him critically injured. Officer-in-Charge of Rajbari Sadar Police Station Sahidul Islam said Munshi Nader Hossain, 55, who is also the president of Krishak League, Rajbari district unit was shot in front of his house in Katchripara area of the upazila. He was shot in the chest and abdomen, the OC added. Nader is currently undergoing treatment in Faridpur Medical College Hospital.

Unhindered education first for Ducsu polls

Unhindered education first for Ducsu polls

Although holding the overdue election to Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) is necessary, the first step towards arranging the polls is to keep the academic activities of the university unharmed, says Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique. “Our primary target is to hold classes and examinations regularly. We want to hold the polls keeping academic activities of the university undisturbed,” he said in an interview with the news agency. “I think it is needed to hold the Ducsu polls. But the university's desire is not enough to hold the polls or make it functional as many things are involved in the process,” he said. The VC said the leadership of the...

Felani murder retrial adjourned till March 25

A special court in India has adjourned till March 25 next year the review proceedings against its verdict in Felani Khatun murder case. The order came Thursday when Border Security Force (BSF) constable Amiya Ghosh, who allegedly shot Felani, felt sick during the proceedings, according to a BBC Bangla report. On returning from Delhi and on her way home, Felani, 15, was shot on January 7, 2011.

Road crashes kill 7

Seven people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in the country yesterday and Thursday. Our Chittagong correspondent reports, Taslima Akter, 14, daughter of late Abdul Kuddus, died as a microbus hit her on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Baro Kamaldah Bazar area of Mirsarai upazila yesterday. Meanwhile, Shahidul Islam, 45, of Mirsarai upazila, was killed when a covered van hit him on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Baro Takia area yesterday. Our Savar correspondent adds, a rickshaw-van puller, Abdul Kader, 45, of...

Bailey bridge collapses

Road communications between Netrakona and the country came to a halt as Asha Rani Bailey Bridge over the Gumai river in Kalmakanda upazila collapsed yesterday morning. The 150-feet-long bailey bridge collapsed when a goods laden overloaded truck was passing through, said locals and roads and highways officials said. At least 15 days will be needed to repair the bridge. Proposal of building a guarder bridge is awating to be sanctioned, the officials added.

Nisha Biswal to arrive in Dhaka Nov 27

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal will visit Dhaka after attending the 18th Saarc Summit to be held in Nepal from November 26-27. Following Nepal, Biswal will arrive in Dhaka to hold talks with government officials, civil society members, labour group leaders and members of the business community. Nisha Biswal will travel to India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and Switzerland from November 23-December 5, said a media note issued from Washington yesterday. According to diplomatic...

22 Indian fishermen held in bay

Bangladesh Navy yesterday detained 22 Indian fishermen and seized their two trawlers from the Bay of Bengal 90 nautical miles off Mongla port. Navy sources said during a patrol, they held them with their trawlers--FB Bashonti-1 and FB Bashont-2--while they were catching fish within the maritime boundary of Bangladesh.

Check corruption instead of hiking power, gas price

Vehemently opposing the government's plan to hike gas and electricity prices again in January next year, the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), and Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal yesterday vowed to resist the "anti-people" and "undemocratic" move. Speaking at a discussion at Muktibhaban, the left leaders as well as experts said that without checking corruption and waste of public money in the energy sector, the government had decided to raise the prices. The government has to go for another round of hike due...

Fix future govt's vision before movement

Bikolpodhara Bangladesh President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday urged BNP to, before waging a movement, prioritise deciding what they want to do once they form the future government with all opposition parties. Without the vision, people will not accept BNP. “People want to see what BNP will do after coming to power,” the former president told a discussion the party's youth platform, Bikolpojubodhara, organised in the capital's Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh marking its 10th  anniversary. He referred to several recent remarks...

BSF returns Bangladeshi youth's body

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday returned the body of a Bangladeshi youth after a flag meeting with Border Guard Bangladesh. The victim was Shah Alam, 21, of Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon. A BDR officer said BSF members opened fire on cattle traders on Wednesday night leaving Alam injured. He was later admittted to a hospital in West Bengal where he died on Thursday, he added.

News In Brief

A Bangladeshi expatriate, who used to live in the United Kingdom, was found dead in his Banani residence in the capital yesterday. Mejba Uddin Ahemd, 72, had been living alone in his flat since his arrival on November 3. Deceased's relatives broke open the door after they failed to reach him over the phone since Thursday night, said police. The body was found lying, beside his bed, on the floor from which some bloodstains were also found. Dhaka Medical College Morgue sources said a cut was found in the lower lip and the right eye was blackened.

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the fourth death anniversary of Lutful Hai Sachchu, a former lawmaker. A qurankhwani will be held at Shuhatta High School. A doa mahfil will also be held in the morning, says a press release. The same type of programme will be held at his Moulvipara residence in Brahmanbaria after Maghrib prayers. His well-wishers are requested to join the programmes to pray for the salvation of the departed soul.

World

We won't deport you

We won't deport you

Pledging to fix America's "broken" immigration system, President Barack Obama offered five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation Thursday, allowing families to emerge from the shadows and seek work permits. In a move that infuriated his Republican critics and drew unspecified pledges to counter it, Obama said nearly all undocumented people living in the...

Obama to visit India in January

US President Barack Obama will travel to India in January for its Republic Day celebrations, and talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the White House said yesterday. His trip follows up on Modi's debut visit to Washington as India's leader in September. The charismatic Hindu nationalist prime minister has been courted by the United States as a key partner in its attempt to rebalance US diplomatic weight toward Asia. "The president will meet with the prime minister and Indian officials to strengthen...

Iran Nuke Deal- 2 Days to go

Frenzied diplomacy as deadline nears

Frenzied diplomacy as deadline nears

US Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign ministers yesterday engaged in a frenzied day of Iran nuclear talks in Vienna three days before a deadline to strike a mammoth agreement. Confusion reigned over Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's plans, with an Iranian source telling AFP he might return to Tehran for...

US, Russia spar over Ukraine

US, Russia spar over Ukraine

US Vice President Joe Biden yesterday told Russia it faced paying an ever-higher price over Ukraine as tensions ratcheted up on the first anniversary of mass protests which unleashed a year of turmoil. On its part, Russia warned against the US arming Ukrainian forces, with the secretary of its national security council, Nikolai Patrushev,...

Hamas plot to kill FM foiled: Israel

Hamas plot to kill FM foiled: Israel

Four Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli security forces over an alleged plot to kill Israel's foreign minister with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). Israel's Shin Bet security agency said the group planned to assassinate Avigdor Lieberman during the Israel-Gaza conflict of July and August. It said the men belonged to Hamas, the group which runs...

Japan eyes ocean for future colonies

Japan eyes ocean for future colonies

Forget colonies in space, one Japanese construction company says in the future human beings could live in huge complexes that corkscrew deep into the ocean. Blue sky thinkers say around 5,000 people could live and work in a modern-day Atlantis, a sphere 500 metres (1,500 feet) in diameter that houses hotels, residential spaces and...

Domestic Violence

A third of women are victims: WHO

Current efforts to prevent domestic violence are insufficient as a third of women worldwide are physically abused, according to a series of studies by the World Health Organization published yesterday. Between 100 to 140 million women are victims of genital mutilation and around 70 million girls are married before 18, often against their will. And some seven percent of women risk being raped in their lifetimes, the study said. The violence, exacerbated during conflicts and humanitarian crises, have dramatic consequences on...

News In Brief

A 23-year-old woman armed with a handgun was arrested outside the White House late Thursday, US Secret Service officials said. Sources said she was participating in a demonstration protesting the immigration reform which President Obama announced on Thursday.

Minister accuses Rajapakse of dictatorship, defects

Minister accuses Rajapakse of dictatorship, defects

A senior minister quit Sri Lanka's ruling party yesterday to stand as the main opposition's candidate in January elections, accusing President Mahinda Rajapakse of leading a corrupt "dictatorship". As organisers confirmed the election would be held on January 8, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said he was confident of toppling his boss in an announcement that resulted in his dismissal from his other post as general secretary of the president's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). The defection by Sirisena to the main opposition United National Party (UNP) appears to have taken Rajapakse by surprise and represents a major challenge to the authority of the region's longest-serving ruler. Sirisena was joined in his defection...

Star People

Aiming for the Peak and More!

Aiming for the Peak and More!

Wasfia Nazreen, the founder of 'Bangladesh on Seven Summits', has yet again made headlines by winning the title of National Geographic People's Choice Adventurer of the Year, 2015. As much as it is thrilling for the people of Bangladesh for this positive 'mark' on the world map, the excitement of watching Wasfia, the...

Volunteer for Bangladesh

Volunteer for Bangladesh

Abdullah Al Wasif started his journey with JAAGO Foundation from the very beginning, when JAAGO formed in 2009, as a voluntary teacher. A 21 years old law student at New Castle Law Academy, he has selflessly contributed his time and energy by teaching the underprivileged children of JAAGO Foundation until 2011, when the youth wing “Volunteer for Bangladesh (VBD) was formed. He then joined as a committee member of VBD. Now the president of VBD Dhaka district, Wasif believes that everyone should engage in some form of voluntary activity as it incorporates good humanitarian traits in us. He further added, “When we involve ourselves in these activities, we learn...

Celebration of CHILDHOOD

Celebration of CHILDHOOD

For the last five years, JAAGO has been organising the celebration of the Universal Children's Day in Bangladesh, and each year the celebration has been on a bigger scale than the previous one. “This year, it is happening in 28 districts in Bangladesh,” says Korvi Rakshand, the founder of the organisation. “Our theme...

Showbiz

Cover Story

THE SECRET BEHIND THE SUCCESS OF "Jare Uira Ja"

THE SECRET BEHIND THE SUCCESS OF

If you've turned on the television anywhere in Bangladesh in the last few weeks, chances are you've heard and admired Grameenphone's new “Jare Uira Ja” advertisement. Star Showbiz recently conversed with the minds behind the ad, “Jare Uira Ja” – Habib Wahid, Amitabh Reza and Shaon. The trio, along with the voice of...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

A transcendental combination

A transcendental combination

Its not every day that Star Showbiz does a story, let alone a cover story on a TVC. The story for this issue, though unconventional, represents us answering our call of duty. What duty you ask? Well, our duty as Bangladeshis, who need to appreciate our own productions instead of foreign ones. I...

INT'L FILM

HENRI COLPI

HENRI COLPI

Henri Colpi was an accomplished editor and director whose innovative work on Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) and L'Année dernière à Marienbad (1961), contributed greatly to their dramatic impact. He was also a respected director whose most famous film, Une Aussi Longue Absence (1961), won the best film award at Cannes in 1961. The Swiss-born Colpi studied at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (The Institute for Advanced Cinematographic Studies), graduating in 1947. During the1950s he worked as an editor, mainly working on short films with directors such as Georges Franju and Agnès Varda. He was the sound editor on Alain Resnais' landmark Holocaust documentary, Nuit et brouillard (1955),...

CELEBRATING LIFE 2014

TEASERS

TEASERS

2014 is coming to an end and what better way to bid it goodbye than hosting another fantastic Celebrating Life event. The journey started eight years ago when Standard Chartered Bank and The Daily Star joined forces and created Celebrating Life, a competition inviting films, photographs and lyrics entries that showcase various aspects of life in Bangladesh. Organized jointly by The Daily Star and Standard Chartered Bank, this initiative is our attempt to provide participants with a massive platform for creative expression. Since 2008, the contest has grown enormously in terms of number of participants, number of entries and it has grown far more diverse. This year, Celebrating Life is...

TASHER DESH

TASHER DESH

Celebrating Life is proud to present the dance drama Tasher Desh, which will be produced by Shadhona. Tasher Desh is one of Tagore's most famous dance operas, a unique genre he developed that was influenced by Western opera. It is inspired by Alice in Wonderland and is a satire on the rigidity of...

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Celebrating Life introduced the Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2010 with the objective of expressing the respect those who have made significant contributions, each in their own fields, and have enabled their medium to reach a higher level. And this year is no different. The Lifetime Achievement Awards of 2014 go to: RANI SARKER (FILM) Rani...

HONOURABLE JUDGES

HONOURABLE JUDGES

With the three rich categories that we cater to, we need equally talented personalities to help judge the flood of entries that Celebrating Life receives every year. The following are the judges this year:      

MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

INTERSTELLAR Directors: Christopher Nolan Writer: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Timothée Chalamet, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow Strength: An audio visual feast, nail biting scenes Weakness: Slow progression, unnecessarily emotional Runtime: 169 minutes Rating: 3.5/5 Plot: A team of determined explorers risk everything including humanity when they travel through a wormhole in...

GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

OSBOURNES  BEING  REBOOTED Nearly a decade after it was cancelled, the four-season long Emmy award winning reality show will be resurrected on VH1. According to Sharon Osbourne the show will be back for about 8 episodes. VH1 agreed to reboot the hit show after it recently found success in the reality show arena with “Love...

WALK THE TALK

SWEET SIXTEEN

SWEET SIXTEEN

My sweet sixteenth year was the year of bloodshed. In 1970 when I turned sixteen in the month of October, I was filled with all kinds of romantic thoughts. I thought, that year  (between October of 1970 October to 1971),I would meet prince charming and it would be an experience sweeter than honey. Some of the best romances have happened in times of war, but sadly my sweet sixteenth year  was not showered with any such romances. Those were the days when we used to sing along with the Beatles many of their songs and one of our favorites  was “When I am sixty four“. The song went thus “When I grow...

DOWN MEMORY BY LANES…

SONGS THAT TELL OF SADDEST THOUGHTS

SONGS THAT TELL OF SADDEST THOUGHTS

When PB Shelley said, 'Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought,' he epitomized in those words a profound human experience that is true for all ages and time. Sad songs overwhelm our state of mind. Sad songs make us sad. And yet, sad songs in a strange way entertain us....

FILMY BAHAS

WHAT'S SO SPECIAL?

WHAT'S SO SPECIAL?

Before we go any further, let's remind ourselves of what Filmy Bahas is. Filmy Bahas, is a rendezvous for filmy dialogue, discussion and debate. Created in fond memory of acclaimed Bangladeshi filmmaker Tareque Masud (1955-2011), it's a platform to bring parallel school of thoughts in contrast to the stereotyped formula films. Through their efforts...

Literature

When the pen is mightier than the sword

When the pen is mightier than the sword

EDITOR’S NOTE Starting on the third day of Hay Festival Dhaka 2014, we are positively buzzing with the effervescent exchange of views and all that is beautiful about The word, a Word, OUR word! It seems only befitting thus that we shine a spotlight on the 'champion of the word' John Ralston Saul, President of...

One Love

One Love

Last night I dreamt oh what marvelous error.. that today I would live, so today my spirit is in a place of giving and receiving, receiving and giving in order for a universe to return to its origin.. So this day I pray not for salvation but for patience and love and forgiveness in order to heal. Cause the...

Noor Dhaka, 1987

Noor Dhaka, 1987

No, Amma, I am not being reckless. There will be thousands of us on the streets today. We need to act. How long can things go on this way? It's not just for the politicians, the professors. It's up to me, too. All we are asking is fresh, fair elections and a neutral, caretaker government. Military rule was not meant to last. It isn't enough that your brothers fought for this country sixteen years ago; we have to do it again today. Don't say that, Amma. It does matter. We live in fear everyday. Everyday you wonder whether Abba will reach home. Everyday you wake up scared of arrests. It shouldn't be that way,...

Ghazal: of Ghazals

Ghazal: of Ghazals

Ah sweetheart, you have sent me a book of ghazals. You have sent me a bough and a brook of ghazals. I have even become tears to live in your eyes.  Let me live in their look of ghazals. Shahid is dead, great poets dying, but the death of love hangs on the hook of ghazals. May the rarest...

My Daughter Has Learnt To Walk

My Daughter Has Learnt To Walk

Disengaging herself from my finger My daughter today has taken her first step. She has learnt to walk! She indeed has learnt to walk on paths that show mile stones road signs and street names. Read? Indeed, she has Learnt symbols and ciphers. Lights -  red and yellow and green … Their colours and tints She has learnt the secrets of all that...

Some Love

Some Love

Some love can be traced back to teenage bedroom walls, the blu-tacked posters pointing to a hairstyle you will always find attractive, no matter how anachronistic. Some love is like an English summer picnic, If the conditions are right there's nothing quite like it But if it rains (very probable) then be ready for disaster. Some love has lots...

The Final Hour

The Final Hour

So here we are, as promised. It hasn't been that long. No one around. No birds, No trees. How many years has it been? Perhaps you have died earlier, long before I am granted this. But you only owe me; whereas I am grateful, which brings us to this sudden draught. Something always escapes. The walls coddling our silences like eggs. Outside it every...

Just Because

Just Because

Because I know you are going to ask where the flowers are, I have picked roses red and sweet, left them by the wayside for the birds to eat. Because I know you are going to ask where the sweets are, I have made you halwa with these hands, stirred and then spilt what was yours. Because I know you are...

Letters

Letters To The Editor

Healthcare thwarted by corruption

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has recently released a research report showing the rampant corruption in our health sector which is very much shocking. If this corrupt practice goes on unabated, people won't have any trust left for the government health services and this sector will be stigmatized. Despite having some limiting factors, Bangladesh has made progress in healthcare services and all the health indicators are moving towards a positive direction. We want to keep them up. So, it would...

Letters To The Editor

Thanks to CMP for freeing Ctg footpath

The recent initiative taken by Chittagong Metropolitan Police has reduced the horrendous traffic jam to a great extent in EPZ area. Earlier it took two to three hours to cross the Chittagong EPZ area but now it takes just a few minutes to pass the same area from Chittagong International Airport. The makeshift shops on the footpaths were solely responsible for the gridlock as a large number of garment workers used to buy things from these shops hindering the normal...

Letters To The Editor

Treating stroke patients better

Recently I visited Kolkata in connection with the treatment of my younger sister, who is suffering from Lumber Spine disorder. She was admitted to a reputed hospital, Institute of Neurosciences, specialised in treating such patients. In the corridors of the hospital, an alarming piece of information was on display: “Every 6 seconds someone in the world suffers a brain stroke”. If a stroke patient can be rushed to an appropriate hospital within a few hours of the mishap, the...

Comments on news report

“PM's adviser lies,” published on November 18, 2014 Touchstone Backpedalling is not the solution here, taking responsibility and resigning might be. **** “NIA hands over list of suspects” (Nov. 18, 2014) SM How about giving the list of BD criminals hiding in India? **** “Redesigning economics to redesign the world” (Nov. 18, 2014) Saiful Islam Thank you, sir. It's a very inspiring article. Hope it will motivate our young generation so that they can come out from their conventional career thinking. Habib Financing is the hurdle that many find most difficult...