All talk but little action

May 31, 2011

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president AHM Mustafa Kamal met with numerous former national captains and incumbent Shakib Al Hasan yesterday to share views about improvement of cricket standard of the country.
The common view in the marathon meeting was that the structure of domestic cricket should Read more

Labourers the founders

May 31, 2011

Free Primary School in Tangail
Labourers the founders

A few day labourers have set a rare example of devotion to education and the society in a remote village in Tangail at a time when many have turned education into a tool of making a fast buck.
The labourers, mostly rubber garden workers and rickshaw-van pullers, set up a primary school at Aronkhola village from their daily savings three years back.
Nearly 228 students from play group to class-V study in the school for free and receive free reading and writing materials from the Read more

Danish footballer in line to represent Bangladesh

May 28, 2011

A Danish footballer of Bangladesh origin named Jamal Bhuyan is likely to represent the national side after he was picked by the Bangladesh Football Federation in the 27-member preliminary squad for the World Cup pre-qualifiers on Friday.
Jamal, son of a Bangladeshi living in Denmark, was born and brought up in Copenhagen and Read more

Azam Khan on life support

May 28, 2011

Pop guru and freedom fighter Azam Khan has been on life support at the city’s Square Hospital since yesterday morning.
Dr Kamruzzaman Chowdhury of the hospital told reporters that Azam’s condition is very critical as his lungs were not Read more

Mashrafe to start rehab soon

May 28, 2011

Pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will return home tonight from Australia with renewed hope to make a return to international cricket this year.
“I’m now fine. Dr. David Young checked me this morning and he was really happy with the improvement and what he told me is that he will be surprised if I miss the Pakistan series in December this year,” Read more

Ityadi: A Household Name

May 26, 2011

In conversation with Hanif Sanket
Maintaining the quality of an entertaining variety show, that too for over two decades, is not a piece of cake. Hanif Sanket’s popular show “Ityadi” is a rare example of this feat. “Ityadi” has been a household name for Bangladeshis both at home and abroad. Sanket’s riveting persona and charismatic anchoring has made the programme hugely popular among its audience.
However, unlike most media Read more

Yunus worried about GB future

May 26, 2011

Tells The Daily Star it’s not wise to amend law to ensure govt control
Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has warned that Grameen Bank could run into deep trouble if the government amends the law to take control of the microfinance bank founded by him.
“If those amendments [proposed by the review committee] come and the government penetrates the bank, it will not survive very long,” Prof Yunus said in an exclusive interview with Read more

Investors take to streets again as stocks plunge

May 26, 2011

Share market investors took to the streets in rowdy demonstrations again on Wednesday protesting at the free fall of share prices as the Dhaka stocks plunged by 151.74 points on the day.
They shouted slogans demanding immediate resignation of the finance minister, the Bangladesh Bank governor and the Dhaka Stock Exchange Read more

Experts lambast govt for apathy to mend stock meltdown

May 26, 2011

Experts on Wednesday came down heavily on the government for taking no steps at all to stabilise the country’s capital market, blaming its foot-dragging over reforming the Securities and Exchange Commission and indifference to re-infuse investors with fresh confidence for the continued reign of volatility over the market for five long Read more

Shrimp farming deals major blow to South

May 26, 2011

Coastal land in Aila-hit areas turns barren due to salinity
Ahammad Ali Gazi sighed as he surveyed his salt-covered land that once produced rice.
“This is the land where my family grew rice for years,” said Gazi, a 60-year-old farmer at Gabura in Satkhira district close to Bay of Bengal. “Today, there is nothing but salt. Nothing else grows here,” murmured Gazi, wiping sweat from his sun-burnt face.
The farmer has only himself to blame.
Nearly three decades ago, Gazi, like many farmers in his area, quit rice farming to opt for shrimp cultivation that earned them Read more

Students worried about errant private univ closure

May 19, 2011

Students of private universities now running without permanent campuses are worried about what would happen if the universities do not take steps to move to permanent campuses as required by law.
They are concerned that it would be difficult for them to continue with their studies if they do not have any option to have their credit transferred after the universities are Read more

Public transport goes haywire

May 18, 2011

Operators ignore new fare rate for city, keep charging extra
Transport operators at their whim continue to charge extra fares from passengers on all routes in the capital, apparently due to lack of government control over the sector.
Successive governments have failed to formulate a comprehensive policy for mass transport, facing opposition from powerful rackets with direct or indirect interests in transport Read more

Do not let go of GB ownership

May 18, 2011

Prof Yunus writes to members
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus yesterday urged the 83 lakh members of Grameen Bank to remain vigilant against any attempts to take away the microfinance bank from the majority shareholders.
The caution came after his resignation as the bank’s managing director amid widespread speculation that his removal was part of a coordinated government ploy to take the full control of the Read more

Time will say who heads next caretaker govt: Justice Khairul

May 18, 2011

The immediate-past chief justice, ABM Khairul Haque, who had ruled against the caretaker government system, said on Tuesday that time would say who would head the caretaker government during the next general elections.
As he made his last visit to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, he was asked by newsmen whether Read more

Bill Gates keen to work with Bangladesh

May 18, 2011

Microsoft chairman and co-chair of Bill and Milinda Gates Foundation William H (Bill) Gates has expressed keen interest to work together with Bangladesh to help it attain the millennium development goals.
Bill Gates expressed the interest when he paid a courtesy call on the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, at her hotel suite in the Swiss city on Monday evening, said the prime minister’s press secretary Read more

Man carries his twin’s embryo

May 18, 2011

Hospitalised for surgery
Abdul Malek, who has been carrying the unborn embryo of his twin since his birth 40 years ago, has been admitted to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for surgery.
Although not fully developed, the fetus (unborn offspring), is still alive and has grown up receiving nutrition from Malek’s body, doctors Read more

2 girls rescued while being sold to brothel

May 18, 2011

The police foiled a bid to sell two female garment workers to Daulatdia brothel in Goalanda upazila and arrested their trafficker Monday night.
The victims were Hazera Khatun, 18, and Amena Begum, 18. They are workers of Redoy Knitwear in Tongi and both are residents of Kendua upazila of Read more

Govt plans to overhaul GB

May 18, 2011

14-pt blueprint to raise govt stake in Grameen Bank
The government has planned to raise its stake in the Grameen Bank and establish control over its lucrative sister firms in a move that will transform the Nobel winning micro-lender into another state-owned bank.
The finance ministry has outlined the plan in a 14-point blueprint, which follows the controversial sacking of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus from the micro-lender he Read more

Promising jute bag market seen in Europe

May 18, 2011

Bangladesh could a huge amount of money annually from export of jute bags the demand for which has been increasing in the world market. International Jute Study Group estimated that annual world demand for shopping bags is 500 billion pieces.
Leading food retailers Tesco, the Co-operative Group, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Read more

Lunar robot readied for Nasa contest

May 16, 2011

Brac University students make the WiFi-controlled device
Brac University students have made the nation’s first lunar robot which will compete with robots made by famous universities across the world for Nasa’s Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition, 2011.
The students are giving the final touches to BRACU Chondrobot, a lunar excavation robot made of recycled car parts, tin, alloy and Read more

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