Thursday, March 24, 2016

No fetters could tie her down

No fetters could tie her down
She is unable to do anything with her hands since her birth. But it could never stop Arifa Akhter from pursuing her dreams. Defying all predicaments, the indomitable Lalmonirhat girl sat for her Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations today. She became the subject of curiosity as she started writing with her legs. The Daily Star met the 16-year-old student of Fulgach High School at an examination hall at Lalmonirhat Boys’ High School centre. She is appearing in the exams from humanities group. Because of this physical limitation, teachers at her exam centre today allowed her 25 additional minutes to complete her answers. Born in Shahitari village of Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila, Arifa became accustomed with doing all sorts of works including household chores with her feet. Her father Abdul Ali, 64, and mother Mamtaz Begum, 57, are always extending support to their youngest daughter to realise her dreams. “She always shows a high interest in education,” said the mother. She helps Arifa bathe, have her meal and dress. “She herself does the rest,” Mamtaz Begum said. “I could never provide the supports she needed but she never asked for it either. I have been trying my level best to give my daughter higher education,” said Ali, a day labourer who earns Tk 200 daily. “I know how to write well with my right foot, and my left foot aids the right when I write or draw,” Arfia said. Though Arifa was physically challenged by birth, four other her siblings are normal. Arifa’s classmate Mousumi Akhter said Arifa’s writing is better than hers. “She is little slow but she is fine,” she said. Fifth among her siblings, Arifa is among the top brilliant SSC candidates from her school. She got a GPA-5 in Junior School Certificate (JSC) examinations. While at primary school, she was the best student, said Shahjahan Ali, the headmaster of Fulgach High School. Copyright: Any unauthorised use or reproduction of The Daily Star content for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited and constitutes copyright infringement liable to legal action.

Mushfiqur says sorry for defeat

Mushfiqur says sorry for defeat
“I know yesterday’s loss was very painful for you all… But everyone in the team always give all that they have in each match… hence the loss was painful for me and everybody in the team,” a humble Mushfiqur Rahim said in a Facebook post after the Tigers’ sad defeat to India yesterday. “It was not right for me to be out in such a time… Maybe the team lost because of me… In that case I am deeply sorry to all the people of the country. I hope to learn from this and will bring back the smiles on your face,” Mushfiqur added. Everyone who saw yesterday’s match can testify what a rollercoaster ride it was. Mushfiqur’s timely fours in the final over definitely swung the match our way. Yet the night ended in heartbreak and despair for Bangladeshi fans and our little dynamite Mushfiqur Rahim has apologized to the nation for the unprecedented loss. Bangladesh needed two off three balls to win against India and stay alive in the ICC World Twenty20 yesterday and we had Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah in the crease to bring the game home. They are perhaps the most experienced batsmen that Bangladesh had to stroke those two runs off the last three balls to create a small piece of history at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Instead they surrendered three wickets and lost the match by one run to bring about widespread dejection in the Bangladesh camp as the home crowd. Copyright: Any unauthorised use or reproduction of The Daily Star content for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited and constitutes copyright infringement liable to legal action.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Obama gets his groove back at state dinner

Obama gets his groove back at state dinner

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with tango dancers after dancing the tango during the State Dinner at the Centro Cultural Kirchner, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)
President Obama spent his Wednesday in Argentina, meeting with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri and attending a state dinner.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Strikes Claimed by ISIS Shut Brussels and Shake European Security

Strikes Claimed by ISIS Shut Brussels and Shake European Security
BRUSSELS — Bombs packed with nails terrorized Brussels on Tuesday in the deadliest assault on the European heartland since the Islamic State’s attacks on Paris four months ago, hitting the airport and subway system in coordinated strikes that were also claimed by the militant extremist group. The bombings paralyzed Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, prompted international travel warnings to avoid Belgium and reverberated across the Atlantic to the United States, where New York and other major cities raised terrorism threat levels. Anxieties intensified about the inability to prevent mass killings at relatively unprotected places. At least 30 people were killed by two blasts at the Brussels airport departure area around 8 a.m. and one in a subway station shortly after 9. The police found at least one other unexploded bomb in a search of a Brussels house hours later. And Europe’s most wanted person suddenly became an unidentified man in a white coat and dark hat seen pushing a luggage cart in an airport surveillance photo taken just before the bombings. Two other men in the photo, each wearing a black glove on his left hand, were identified by Belgian prosecutors as suspected suicide bombers who appeared to have died in the explosions. “To those who have chosen to be the barbaric enemies of liberty, of democracy, of fundamental values, I want to say with the greatest strength that we will remain assembled and united,” the Belgium prime minister, Charles Michel, said at a news conference Tuesday evening, declaring a three-day mourning period.

Frankfurt airport on high alert after Brussels explosions

Frankfurt airport on high alert after Brussels explosions
German federal police are tightening security at the country's largest airport in Frankfurt following two explosions at Brussels airport. Paris terrorist 'planned attacks in Germany' (22 Mar 16) Police grab suspected jihadi at Frankfurt airport (18 Mar 16) Germany closes Ankara embassy 'due to terror threat' (17 Mar 16) Officers have been placed on high alert and additional patrols ordered for sensitive areas, broadcaster n-tv reported early on Tuesday. A federal police spokeswoman told The Local that they were still evaluating the situation following the explosions in Brussels and would give details of security measures at other airports as soon as possible. One The Local reader reported increased police presence at Cologne airport on Tuesday morning.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Harrison Ford On Jimmy Kimmel: Why He Finally Agreed To A 5th Indiana Jones Film

Harrison Ford On Jimmy Kimmel: Why He Finally Agreed To A 5th Indiana Jones Film
Harrison Ford stopped by ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ in his first appearance since the announcement that he’d be reprising his Indiana Jones character for the FIFTH time! Read on to see why he made the shocking decision.

Chris Brown Warns Justin Bieber: Choose Selena Gomez & Stop ‘Juggling Women’

Chris Brown Warns Justin Bieber: Choose Selena Gomez & Stop ‘Juggling Women’
Chris Brown knows what its like to lose the love of his life, and he’s warning pal Justin Bieber to not do the same with Selena Gomez. HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned he has some words of wisdom for the Biebs about not losing Selly forever.