'Printing mistake’ puts number of Language Movement martyrs at 3 million

They are now calling it a ‘printing mistake’, but it’s clear to everyone that they have mixed up the Language Movement with the War of Independence. 16 Jubo League leader Nahidul Islam Javed and distributed on behalf of another youth front leader, Noor Mustafa Nur Tinu. It is not appropriate at Language Martyrs Day. It also says “long live martyrs’ day.”The banner is also carrying the pictures of Bangabandhu, Hasina, Joy and Firoz Patwary. "The government should take the initiative to make proper history on the Language Movement and Liberation War available and accessible to the grass roots to end this situation,” he added.

February 20, 2017 21:38 UTC

Ekushey Book Fair and the spirit of Language Movement: Frustrations overshadow achievements

“Still in a sense, the book fair has managed to create a satisfactory number of readers,” he added. How Ekushey Book Fair came to beThe first Ekushey Book Fair was held in 1965, when Bangladesh was still East Pakistan. Then, the fair was named Shishu Gronthomela, or Children’s Book Fair. After the Liberation War, on the occasion of Unesco’s International Book Year 1972, Jayenuddin organised another book fair at Bangla Academy premises, but no book fair was held to observe Ekushey February. In 1983, the fair was named Amar Ekushey Grontho Mela (Amar Ekushey Book Fair), but had to be postponed when police ran over two students and killed them during a procession of students protesting the autocratic regime of HM Ershad.

February 20, 2017 20:08 UTC

The sound and the fury

There’s a sign planted on the road divider in front of Square Hospital on Panthapath that implores commuters to refrain from honking out of consideration for the patients admitted there. Among the many effects of long-term exposure to high levels of noise include irritability, permanent deafness, and heart problems. When it comes to making some noise and raising our voices to effect a positive change, to help others, we lack the heart. One could point out that February 21 is meant to be a celebration of literacy, of intellect, of diversity of language, and freedom of expression. But that, like so much else, will probably be drowned out by the noise.

February 20, 2017 19:53 UTC

Dhaka board holds SSC exam with leaked question paper despite being informed

He said he was checking it, but the test went ahead with the leaked question paper. Question papers of Feb 14 Physical Education exams of Dhaka and Barisal boards and Physics of Dhaka board on Feb 16 were leaked. The minister's unwillingness to cancel the tests held with leaked question papers is clear in his comments. When informed about the leak two hours before the exam on Monday, he told bdnews24.com: "Many sell fake question papers. He refused to see the screenshot of the WhatsApp message carrying the leaked question paper and did not provide his email address.

February 20, 2017 19:24 UTC

Bangladesh paying tribute to Language Movement martyrs

President Md Abdul Hamid placed the wreath first, followed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. They also stood in silence for some moments to show respect to the Language Movement martyrs. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Raushon Ershad placed wreaths afterwards. This day in 1952, police shot dead several persons protesting against the then Pakistan government’s decision to impose Urdu as the sole state language on the people of erstwhile East Pakistan. The UNESCO in 1999 had declared February 21 as International Mother Language Day.

February 20, 2017 19:19 UTC

President, PM pay tributes to language martyrs

They paid homage by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar at one minute past midnight on Tuesday, as reported by BSS. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at the Shaheed Minar 10 minutes before the clock struck midnight, while President Abdul Hamid reached the Central Shaheed Minar seven minutes in advance. The president was the first to lay the wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar. Later, Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Deputy Speaker Fazley Rabbi Mia and Leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad placed wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar. On arrival at the Shaheed Minar, the President was received by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Professor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique.

February 20, 2017 19:18 UTC

Real Madrid expect Ramos boost for Valencia trip

Real have an opportunity to keep the pressure on Barcelona, whom they lead by a point at the top of La Liga. Real will also have a make-up game to play against Celta Vigo. Real coach Zinedine Zidane has used 19 players in the last two games and will continue his rotation policy, with a game at Villarreal to follow on Sunday. "We have a lot of games ahead and we need all the players," Zidane told his club's website after Saturday's win. The Valencia match was originally scheduled for December but was moved due to Real's involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup, which they won.

February 20, 2017 19:15 UTC

Neymar, Barca, Santos to stand trial after losing appeals

Neymar's mother Nadine Goncalves and the family company N&N also had appeals rejected. "Santos FC, Barcelona FC, Neymar, his mother Nadine Goncalves and N&N, the family company, have lost their appeals to have charges of fraud and corruption dropped," the High Court said in a statement. They cannot appeal against the Court's decision. The case stems from a complaint by Brazilian investment group DIS, which owned part of Neymar's transfer rights and alleges that it received less money than it was entitled to when Neymar joined Barcelona from Santos in 2013. Investigations were carried out in Spain and Brazil into whether any part of Neymar's transfer fee had been concealed when he moved to Barcelona from Santos.

February 20, 2017 18:57 UTC

Speak no evil

Our right to speak, write, and think freely in the language of our choice was sacred. Indeed, there are those who think the existence of an English language newspaper itself is something of a betrayal. Publishers, authors, and organisers at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair are on edge. Now, our own government sends in policemen to the Ekushey book fair, armed, uniformed, and ready to bully and intimidate writers. The message to the new generation is clear: Speak no evil — it will get you into a world of trouble.

February 20, 2017 18:55 UTC

The legacy of Ekushey

It has become contaminated, abused, and mutatedThrough the sheer determination of individuals, young and old alike — adamant and determined in keeping their roots and traditions alive — Bangla triumphed. Nowadays, people barely speak Bangla properly or give it as much stake and importance in their lives. In spite of this truth, it is of utmost importance to conserve the beauty of Bangla and to uphold the legacy of it. From the evergreen Ekushey Boi Mela, to singers like Arnob and shows like Winds of Change, the fight to keep Bangla alive will not be hapless and futile. Bangladesh needs her legacy to be kept alive — it is a travesty if a mother cannot expect that much from her children.

February 20, 2017 18:55 UTC

Gopalganj, Kurigram schools want Shaheed Minar

Around 90% schools in Gopalganj including Sheikh Hasina Government Girls’ School and College, Shornokoli High School and Shishu Kalyan Government Primary School do not have any permanent Shaheed Minar of their own. Gopalganj District Education Officer Masud Bhuiyan said: “We don’t have permanent Shaheed Minar at all the schools, causing the students to receive less knowledge about the history of language movement. We will take measures on this issue as soon as possible.”Meanwhile, out of 1,500 educational institutions in Kurigram, most of the schools do not have Shaheed Minar. Pratima Chowdhury, principal of Shishu Niketon in the district, said there is no alternative to Shaheed Minar in schools. Students of the areas told the newspaper that they pay tribute to the martyrs at Shaheed Minar that are made of paper, clay, bamboo and other temporary materials.

February 20, 2017 18:48 UTC

Two teachers beaten up over committee row

Local sources said, there has been a longstanding conflict between Abdul Latif, the headmaster, and Golzar Hossain Mintu, former president of the committee. According to the sources, since the tenure of the committee expired of late, a convening committee was formed with the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Shaheen Alam as its head. He out of his anger first attacked Latif on Sunday when he was on his way to the school. Makbul Hossain, officer-in-charge of Kaliganj police station, local people rescued the teachers and whisked off them to hospital. The UNO said he received the news, adding that proper action would be taken soon against Golzar and his aides.

February 20, 2017 18:30 UTC

US Bishops join Mexico colleagues, denounce 'Santa Muerte'

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February 20, 2017 17:36 UTC

Stress on easing cost of doing business

He was speaking at a function titled “World Economic Forum 2017 (Responsive and Responsible Leadership) – Post Summit ‘Food for Thought’ for Bangladesh” in Dhaka on Monday. University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) School of Business organised the event at the university auditorium. Connectivity is more important in the global world. Presenting significance of Davos he said it places economic and business excellence on the same platform, disregarding the country of origin. In Global Economic Outlook in 2016, the International Monetary Fund stated that global growth was sub par at 3.1% in 2016, with slight increase to 3.4% next year.

February 20, 2017 17:35 UTC

Stocks end in the black

DSEX, the key index of the premier bourse, gained 0.39% or 22 points closing at 5,605 points. DS30, the blue chip index, also advanced 0.27% or 5.5 points end at 2,026 while the DSE Shariah-based index added 4 points finishing the session at 1,313. During the trading session, all the large cap sectors showed negative performance except banks, which went up 1.98% and Power 0.89%. Telecommunication, the heavy weight stocks in terms of market capitalisation, closed flat. Posting a slight gain, Baraka Power Limited was the highest traded share with a turnover of Tk44.66 crore.

February 20, 2017 17:26 UTC

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