Seeking a turnaround

October 18, 2011

Rain threatens final ODI
The Tigers’ shift to Chittagong is sure to bring back memories of the turnaround during the World Cup. And if that thought passes them by, a glance from the bus window would surely help them remember what happened here seven months ago.
The road towards the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, and the stadium itself, is still Read more

Nemesis to release second album before Eid

October 17, 2011

Alternative rock band Nemesis is working on its second album. The album, “Tritio Jatra”, is scheduled to be released before Eid-ul-Adha. Produced by Deadline Music, the album will contain nine songs including one English number. The songs supposedly deal with contemporary social and political issues.
The song “Kobey”, expected Read more

Sound investment needed for sound mind

October 17, 2011

One in four people will require mental healthcare at some point in their lives, but in many countries — only two per cent of all health sector resources are invested in mental health services. About 80 percent of people with serious mental disorders living in low and middle income countries like Bangladesh do not receive mental health services they need.
Experts urge to increase Read more

The one-legged climb

October 16, 2011

When Bangladesh reached 200 in the 47th over yesterday after having slipped to 1/3 by the first ten minutes, it was akin to a highly strung mountaineer having climbed Mount Everest on one leg and with a busted oxygen tank, but in favourable overhead conditions.
The proverbial leg came off when the openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes fell very Read more

Disaster Avoided, Humiliation Not

October 16, 2011

WI take unbeatable 2-0 lead
The Tigers threatened a repeat of their dismal World Cup show in the early stages, losing three wickets for one run, but the home team rode on two half centuries from captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain to put up a decent total of 220 runs on the board. In the end, however, the total proved insufficient on a good batting track as West Indies clinched the three-match one-day series with a comfortable Read more

Mushfiqur blames careless approach

October 16, 2011

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim has held the top-order responsible for their careless approach, describing it as an instance when he even forgot it was his 100th ODI yesterday.
Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful and after three boundaries, Shakib Al Hasan all fell in a heap as the Tigers crumpled to 18 for four by the fifth over. The slippery slope Read more

Pay raised, not where it matters

October 16, 2011

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has increased the prize monies for this year’s National Cricket League, but improved the players’ travel and daily allowance by just Tk 50.
The winners of this season’s NCL will receive Tk 20 lakh, a boost from the Tk 12 lakh given last season. The runners-up will also get Tk 10 lakh, two more than what the second best team received Read more

Getting a consensus in COP 17

October 15, 2011

How close the world is?
Shammunul Islam
The 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17) will be held in the city of Durban, South Africa from November 28 to December 9. The world is waiting with hope that this time a fruitful and effective guideline will be made towards mitigating and adapting with climate change impacts. Much hype and expectation grew vis-a-vis this convention mainly hangs around the moods and stances of developed and Read more

A hands-on actor

October 15, 2011

In conversation with Sajal
Talented actor Sajal is one of the busiest faces in the media, and despite choosing his offers carefully in recent days, he has made the most appearances on TV last Eid. Recently, the actor shared thoughts about his dreams, career and beyond with The Daily Star:
The Daily Star (TDS): How do you feel about the fact that you appeared in the highest number of TV Read more

When Runa met Lata

October 15, 2011

“Hearing ‘I’m a fan’ from a living legend is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I was on top of the world,” said Runa Laila.
The diva recently met ‘Bharat Ratna’ Lata Mangeshkar at the latter’s residence in Mumbai. “I performed at several Puja celebrations in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. On October 2, I performed at the celebration hosted by Rani Mukerji’s family and on October 4, at Read more

80pc production gone with gas

October 15, 2011

Konabari Industrial Belt
80pc production gone with gas
Supply cut to feed Jamuna fertiliser factory; exporters of several hundred industries demand uninterrupted supply
Production in scores of industries from Konabari in Gazipur to Mirzapur in Tangail has dropped by 80 percent since last month for severe disruption in gas supply.
Gas distributor Titas has drastically reduced gas supply to these industries since September 8 to divert gas to Jamuna fertiliser factory that had remained shut for five and a half Read more

Tk 20,000cr fuel subsidy this year

October 15, 2011

Although Bangladesh has revised retail fuel prices and power tariff frequently this fiscal year, the government would have to shell out more than Tk. 20,000 crore, which is highest so far, as fuel subsidy.
According to a source at Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), fuel consumption is expected to cross seven million tonnes this year, up from an average three million tonnes in the Read more

National Univ decentralisation in limbo

October 15, 2011

The recommendation of a 2009 high-powered committee to decentralise the activities of the National University has not been implemented even in two years.
The committee formed to restructure the National University submitted its report in 2009 containing a set of recommendations including decentralisation of the university through Read more

WB names Abul, his firm

October 15, 2011

The minister denies allegation 
Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain and senior representatives of his family-owned company SAHCO, sought to coerce multiple companies into using SAHCO as a paid “silent agent” for getting permission to bid for the main bridge contract of Padma Multipurpose Bridge project.
Companies failing to cooperate were threatened with retaliation, revealed an investigation report Read more

A hospital with a difference

October 15, 2011

BSMMU introduces specialised consultation service for patients 
More patients come, from more distant places every day. And the number rises every other day to take the “evening specialised consultation service” at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
October 1, the first day of the service, saw 89 patients. As the number crossed the 200 mark in the last few days, the authorities responded by opening more Read more

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