Monday February 19, 2018 11:52 PM

  • Public uni teachers set to launch indefinite work abstention

    Teachers at public universities around the country are set to observe work abstention from tomorrow for an indefinite period to press home their demand for a review of the new pay scale to include selection grade and resolve salary discrimination.

    Teachers of all 37 state-run universities have vowed to refrain from all academic and administrative work until their demands are met by the government, according to a statement by the Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Association (FBUTA).

  • ‘Tortured’ domestic help dies sustaining 95% burns

    A 10-year-old domestic help, who tried to commit suicide by setting herself on fire, died yesterday morning at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

    The child had sustained 95% burn injuries and died around 8am, said DMCH Police Outpost in-charge Inspector Mozammel Haque.

    Joba had set herself on fire around 9:30am on Friday following which her employer Mehedi Hasan Kallol brought her to the Burn unit of DMCH. She was allegedly being tortured by Kallol and his wife.

  • Authorities don’t know where to start

    Authorities don’t know where to start

    No specific, up-to-date data on the number of buildings in Dhaka that are vulnerable to earthquakesEvery time the shockwaves of a major earthquake in a nearby country hits Bangladesh, everyone – experts, media and general people – starts talking about how vulnerable the capital city is.

    Based on a general perception that builders do not follow building codes while erecting high-rise structures, everyone suddenly feels scared about what might happen if they are hit by a bigger jolt.

  • Land minister’s son among nine killed in road crashes

    Land minister’s son among nine killed in road crashes

    At least nine people including the son of Land Minister Shamsur Rahman, were killed and 51 injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Chuadanga, Joypurhat and Pabna yesterday.

    In Tangail, seven people, including Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif’s son Rana Sherif, 33, were killed and 45 others injured in separate road crashes amid dense fog on the eastern side of Bangabandhu Bridge in Bhuapur upazila.

  • Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day today

    The historic Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be observed today.

    On 10 January 1972, Bangabandhu returned to independent and sovereign Bangladesh after over nine and half months’ captivity in a Pakistan jail.

    Bangabandhu inspired the Bangali nation and was the inspiration of the freedom fighters.

    Under his undaunted leadership, the nation earned the ultimate victory in the Liberation War.

  • Firebomb victim: I will not give up

    Minhazul Islam Anik had big dreams – to become a doctor or an engineer to serve the people – but political violence splashed cold water on all that. By this time, the 16-year-old was supposed to be studying in college to realise his goal but instead he writhes in pain, struggling for his life on a hospital bed.

    He became a victim of mindless political violence on January 5 last year in Feni. The then SSC examinee was returning home after attending a lecture at his teacher’s house when a molotov cocktail hit him in the head.

  • Electricity from Tripura to cost Tk6.43 per unit

    Bangladesh and India yesterday settled the price of electricity that Dhaka intends to import from Tripura at Tk6.43, excluding wheeling charges.

    However, Bangladesh has been importing 500MW electricity from India through Bheramara since 2014 at Tk4.50 per unit.

    State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid and Tripura’s Power Minister Manik Dey fixed the price at $0.8 per unit or 5.5 Indian rupees at a meeting in Dhaka on Saturday.

  • ‘Indo-Bangla relation now dynamic, comprehensive’

    The acting high commissioner of India to Bangladesh, Dr Adarsh Swaika, yesterday said that the current relation between the two next-door neighbours was dynamic and comprehensive.

    “Our relationship with Bangladesh is presently dynamic, comprehensive and responds to the aspirants of both our peoples. Our shared cultural heritage and people to people contacts are the pillars of our relationship,” he said.

  • ‘AL trying to split opposition alliance’

    BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday alleged that the Awami League was trying to split the opposition alliance as the ruling party had gone bankrupt.

    “The Awami League that once fought for democracy has turned into a politically bankrupt party. If it was not so then it would not try to split another political alliance,” he said at a programme.

  • UP elections in party lines as well

    UP elections in party lines as well

    Just like last month’s municipality elections, the Awami League has decided to hold the upcoming chairman elections to the union councils in party lines as well.

    The decision was made in a meeting of the party’s central working committee yesterday chaired Prime Minister and party chief Sheikh Hasina at her Ganabhaban residence, sources said.

  • Metro rail project construction to begin in February

    The construction work of the much-talked-about metro rail project in the capital will begin at the end next month, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said yesterday.

    He made the announcement while speaking as chief guest in a roundtable titled “Padma Bridge: new lifeline of development” held in the city’s Daily Star Auditorium.

  • Aid to be delivered to starving Syrian towns as early as Sunday

    Humanitarian groups could begin delivering much-needed aid in three besieged Syrian towns as early as Sunday, spokesmen said on Friday.

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and UN World Food Programme (WFP) said they were preparing convoys packed with food and medical supplies for suffering populations in the towns of Madaya, al-Foua and Kefraya.

    As Syria reels from civil war, a six-month-long blockade of Madaya by the Syrian army and its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, has trapped about 40,000 residents now enduring a harsh winter.

  • Sri Lanka’s president pardons Tamil Tiger who plotted to kill him

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena marked his first year in office on Friday by pardoning a Tamil Tiger rebel convicted of plotting to murder him a decade ago.

    Sivarajah Jeneevan was sentenced last January to 10 years in jail for conspiring to murder Sirisena when he was irrigation minister in 2005.

  • Seniors helping Soumya to find T20 rhythm

    Seniors helping Soumya to find T20 rhythm

    Nothing short of a drubbing is expected from the home side when they kick off their New Year with the four-match Twenty20 international series against Zimbabwe in Khulna later this month.

    After a delightful 2015 – both in terms of results and finding new talents – Bangladesh are a side brimming with confidence and why not? They have dominated at their own backyard throughout the year regardless of who visited and with the recent past in mind, beating Zimbabwe, a team who lost back-to-back bilateral series against Afghanistan, 4-0 should be the expected outcome.

  • Law satisfied with U19s’ recent improvement

    Law satisfied with U19s’ recent improvement

    Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team’s technical adviser Stuart Law has cited vast improvement among his charges ever since he joined them last August.

    And ahead of the upcoming ICC U-19 World Cup at home, former Tigers head coach Law believes they are very much on the right track.

    “We have seen improvement since I have been here, which is great. The little skill work we did earlier in the week really paid off in match simulation [Saturday],” Law informed the media yesterday.

  • Winning predictions

    Winning predictions

    As we stumble into the Golden Globes, we take a look at the leading predictions for the Academy Awards in late February. Who will win at the Oscars? We take a look at the top two front-runners for each major category. Keep in mind, the official nominations have not been made yet by the Academy. These are all based on the collective reviews by critics.

    Best Picture


    The Martian

    Best Directing

    Ridley Scott for The Martian

    Alejandro G Inarritu for The Revenant

  • Gupchup over Sultan

    Gupchup over Sultan

    Much buzz has been around Salman Khan’s latest project, Sultan. It is rumoured, explained by sources in Yash Raj Film studios, that both Aditya Chopra and Salman were having lengthy discussions over who would play the leading heroine in the new film.

  • First show, first prize

    First show, first prize

    Priyanka Chopra has made an incredible impression on the American audience, as she picks up the award for Favourite Actress in New TV Series at the People’s Choice Awards. Piggy Chops was looking stunning in a shimmering dress on the red carpet, owning up to the leading lady look for her hit show Quantico.

    PC attended the show in a gold and silver sequin gown by Vera Wang, looking gorgeous as ever. She kept her look simple, tying up her hair in a bun with minimal makeup and earrings to match. The only other eye-catching piece were her heels, and the rest followed.

  • War over Star Wars

    War over Star Wars

    Late last year, Netflix picked up the rights to stream the latest film in the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available to stream and watch on Netflix later this year. But here’s the catch. It will only be available for subscribers in Canada.

  • All about the Globes

    All about the Globes

    On Sunday (Monday morning for us; 6am) is all about the Golden Globes in Hollywood. The first major awards show goes LIVE early morning for those eager to watch and begin the Twitter frenzy. While we ogle over the beautiful celebrities taking the red carpet, let’s not forget what the show is all about. Here is the list for all the nominees in major categories to refresh your minds.

    Best Motion Picture – Drama

    Mad Max: Fury Road



    The Revenant


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