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Petty corruption ails people despite year-long drive

Petty corruption and irregularities are still ailing the general people, although the military-backed caretaker government launched an unprecedented massive drive against large-scale individual graft last year.

Withdraw emergency, hand over power thru' polls

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain at a citizen's rally yesterday announced a 10-point charter for national unity to end the existing political and constitutional crises in the country and establish an effective parliament and constitutional rule.

Violation of privatisation rules costs Tk 17cr

The Privatisation Commission (PC) wasted over Tk 17 crore of public money violating privatisation regulations in the process of making the now uncertain Rupali Bank sales deal with the Saudi prince.

Coarse rice prices fall but fine varieties steady

Price of fine rice that reached its peak more than a week ago is yet to show a downward trend while that of coarse rice has come down by Tk 4-5 per kg in the wake of the countrywide open market sales (OMS) of rice by the government and through BDR outlets.

Creating atmosphere for polls should be CG's main task: AL

Awami League (AL) yesterday said creating a congenial atmosphere for holding the next parliamentary election by the middle of this year and handing over power to an elected government in a peaceful manner should be the main tasks of the caretaker government from this point on.

High production cost may hike potato price, fear growers

Farmers in Munshiganj, a key potato cultivating district, fear late plantation of potato and high production cost could hamper potato yield this season.

DB identifies the mastermind

The mastermind of Brac Bank heist at its Dhanmondi branch has been identified by detective police, but he is yet to be arrested, investigators said yesterday.

Hill cutting on in Khagrachhari defying ban

Regional leaders of a political party illegally razed two hills and axed down over three thousand trees to make way for housing plots for their ward unit leaders and activists in the remote area of Keyangghat under Mohalchhari upazila in Khagrachhari.

2,000 shanties of 4 slums gutted

A devastating fire broke out last night burning down over 2,000 shanties and several restaurants and rickshaw garages in four slums of Rayerbazar in the capital. The fire left well over 10,000 people homeless.

Twin Kapileswar Temples need protection, renovation

The invaluable treasure of ancient terracotta artworks on the walls of the twin Kapileswar Shiva Temples in Tarash upazila of Sirajganj is facing the risk of destruction as the temples have long been in a dilapidated condition.

Bad preservation of seeds dims prospects of good yield

Potato growers in Munshiganj have been facing a crisis of quality seeds due to its improper preservation.

2,000 shanties of four slums gutted at Rayerbazar

A devastating fire broke out last night burning down at least over 2,000 shanties and several restaurants and madrasas of four slums in Rayerbazar area under Hazaribagh police station in the capital, leaving well over 20,000 people homeless.

Caretaker govt steps into second year today

Armed with a new set of advisers and special assistants, Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed steps into crucial second year of his rule today with general elections on top of his agenda.

Everest conqueror Edmund Hillary passes away

Edmund Hillary, the modest New Zealand beekeeper who shot to global fame as the first person to climb Mount Everest, died yesterday at age 88.

Arrested RHD engineers sent to jail

The seven engineers of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) and managing director of a Rupsha Bridge toll collecting firm, arrested Tuesday night while sharing bribe, were sent to Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.

HIV medicines to be produced in Bangladesh

Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd will manufacture generic HIV medicine with the technological help of Roche.

Question leak: NU postpones exams again

The authorities of National University (NU) last night postponed again the English comprehensive examinations of the honours part-2 course for the bachelor's degree scheduled for today and tomorrow, following a leak of question papers.

Wild elephant kills 2, damages 60 houses

Two people were killed and at least 60 houses were damaged by a wild elephant at Uparmara village under Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat district yesterday.

BSC wants to buy 13-year-old vessel despite opposition

Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) is seeking to buy a 13-year old container ship at a cost of Tk 84 crore despite opposition from the Planning Commission that has warned BSC that it is unlikely to recoup its investment.

PCJSS welcomes govt move, wants to hold talks

Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) yesterday urged the caretaker government to have dialogues with it under the government's initiative of dialogues with political parties.

Wellington Test starts today

One down Bangladesh go to the second and final Test match against New Zealand today to make sure they return home with some consolation from a tour they have yet to make any impression.

Civil society members urge president to free 10 RU students

At least 40 civil society members of Rajshahi yesterday urged President Prof Iajuddin Ahmed to free the 10 Rajshahi University (RU) students convicted of torching a DGFI vehicle last year.

Bangladesh will be a modern poverty-free nation by 2030

Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus envisaged that Bangladesh by the year 2030 would be a modern country free from poverty.

21 al-Qaeda fighters killed in US air blitz

A massive US air blitz on al-Qaeda targets south of Baghdad killed a local leader of the Jihadi network and at least 20 other militants, the head of an anti-Qaeda front said yesterday.

Any unilateral US intervention to be treated as invasion

President Pervez Musharraf has warned the US-led coalition in Afghanistan that any unauthorised incursion into Pakistan will be treated as an invasion, according to an interview published yesterday.

Nepal to hold election on April 10

Nepal's main political parties and former Maoist rebels have agreed to hold key polls on the Himalayan nation's political future on April 10, a minister said yesterday.


Dialogue with political parties

The decision of the caretaker government to start dialogues with the political parties soon to overcome the prevailing impasse is surely the right way to start its 2nd year into power. We strongly believe that governance should be left to elected leadership, and no impediment whatsoever be entertained any further to frustrate holding of talks across the table with political parties, who provide national leaders through elections. Since 2008 must be the election year, as charted out in the roadmap of the Election Commission, the initiative for political dialogue must be taken immediately.

After the Clinton win in New Hampshire

The race for the US presidential nominations has suddenly turned rather electric for both Democrats and Republicans. With Hillary Clinton managing to scrape past Barack Obama in the New Hampshire primary after her humiliating third place finish in the Iowa caucuses and John McCain beating Mitt Romney, the battle lines have clearly become more sharply drawn. The Republicans will yet have many more triumphs and tumbles amongst themselves to go through before anyone emerges as a clear frontrunner for the nomination. It is, however, the Democratic contest that has without question become the major focus of interest at this point.

Reforming the regulatory structure

For quite some time there has been a clear felt need for re-assessing the numerous regulations that control the business environment in Bangladesh. Different surveys over the years have repeatedly re-affirmed that business activity in this country has been held back because of inherent unnecessary complexities. They have and continue to cast long shadows on our reputation as a business and investment destination.

Giving up too much

Our history will be what we make it. If we go on as we are, history will take revenge. This is as much truer of India as of other countries. Fear has got hold of us and we have compromised with the harshest laws and the blatant human rights violations. Our focus on security concerns actually generates repression. Terrorism has made us cast our society in such a way that we justify the excesses of state police or central forces. We are giving up too much.

Where there is a will...

The Headmaster of our school used to assert the old adage, “Where there is a will, there is a way”. Once I contradicted him with another proverb, “if wishes were horses beggars must ride.” He could not relish the way of refutation and became annoyed with me, naturally.


Shakib in for Enamul

During their first training session at the Basin Reserve on Thursday the Bangladesh team was greeted by the legendary Wellington wind and an overcast sky and out came the white sweaters which have not been used much over the last month. The powerful force of the chilly wind and the green wicket did come as a surprise for the tourists who have not experienced anything similar in the other venues.

Runs flow for SA

South Africa continued their domination of the West Indies as Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince hit half-centuries on the second day of the series-deciding third Test at Kingsmead Friday.

Tigers mourn the death of Hillary

The Bangladesh cricket team touring New Zealand yesterday condoled the death Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to scale Mount Everest.

'Ponting didn't want to listen'

I'd like to point out that someone clearly edged the ball to slips in the second innings of the Sydney Test, and stood there even when there was not an iota of doubt over the dismissal. He then claimed a catch that showed more than reasonable doubt and said he was 100 per cent certain it was clean.

Sharma shines for India

After several of their fringe batsmen struggled on the opening day of India's three-day tour match against the Australian Capital Territory XI, the tourists' second-string bowlers also failed to impress on Friday.

Sourav admires Aussies

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has played down concerns over Australia's behaviour on the field, admitting he admired the team's fierce determination to win the controversial second Test.

Sachin's novel plan for Yuvraj

Yuvraj Singh has been asked to bowl in order to improve his batting and he takes this advice rather seriously as it comes from none other than Sachin Tendulkar.

Lara writes off comeback talk

Brian Lara has dismissed speculation that he might be considering a return to international cricket.

Seven share lead in chess

Seven players shared the lead in the 28th National Sub-junior Chess Championship after the end of the third round at the Chess Federation hall-room yesterday.

Pollock retires

South Africa all-rounder Shaun Pollock has announced his retirement from all international cricket.

League minus Africans

This weekend will see the squad strength of several Premier League clubs put to the test as they face up to life without players now required by their respective countries for the African Nations Cup.

Real ready for derby

The African Nations Cup will deny some teams in the Spanish top-flight some of their best players but league leaders Real Madrid are one side unlikely to feel the pinch with their huge squad.

Ware Milan's 'Kaparo'

AC Milan will have a new three-pronged Brazilian attack when the second half of the Italian season kicks-off this weekend following a three-week winter break.

Bayern appoint Klinsmann

Bayern Munich announced on Friday that former Germany boss and World Cup winner Juergen Klinsmann will take the reins at the club next season.

Chelsea rope in Anelka

French striker Nicolas Anelka has joined Chelsea from English Premier League rivals Bolton, the clubs announced Friday.

UEFA want bigger Euro

UEFA are to consider expanding the European championships from 16 to 24 teams at their congress in Zagreb at the end of this month.

Becks keen on bid role

David Beckham made it clear Thursday he would like to play a part in England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

MU holding onto C'Ron

Manchester United have insisted that in-form Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale at any price.

Ranieri cool on Van der Vaart

Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri on Friday poured cold water on transfer rumours linking his club with a move for highly-rated Hamburg midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.

Pato warned by predecessor

AC Milan's new Brazilian teenage sensation Pato has been warned about the perils awaiting him by a player who trod the same path 50 years before.

Eves warming up well for int'l kabaddi

Jatrabari KC earned their second win in the EXIM Bank Women's Kabaddi League defeating Matuail Milon Smriti Sangsad 58-38 with four lonas at the Outer Stadium kabaddi court yesterday.

Shaking Ponting's tree

From a distance the SCG Test match was a beauty. Five contrasting hundreds, plenty of wickets, fine weather, large crowds and a thrilling finish - cricket at its best.

Pawar's ultimate power

Sharad Pawar, the BCCI president, has been handed the power to order India home from Australia without consulting the rest of the board. Although India are continuing their Test tour for now, Pawar said he would not be afraid to use the authority if India felt the result of the appeal into Harbhajan Singh's three-Test suspension was not satisfactory.

V-Day hockey final today

Sonali Bank will look forward to maintain their all win run in the Dhaka Bank Victory Day hockey tournament final today when they meet Bangladesh Army.

Victory Day TT ends today

Binti clinched the girls' singles title in the Victory Day table tennis tournament defeating Cynthia in the final at the Woodenfloor Gymnasium yesterday.

'We aren't wrong'

Australian opening pair Phil Jaques and Matthew Hayden on Friday defended the aggressive approach of the world champions to their cricket following last week's controversial Sydney Test.

Henin wins classic final

World number one Justine Henin captured her 40th career title and strengthened her Australian Open claims with a quality three-set victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Sydney International on Friday.

Pakistan seeks Oval reversal

Pakistan has officially asked cricket's governing body to change the result of the Oval Test that was awarded to England on forfeit two years ago, officials said Friday.

Utseya stays skipper

Zimbabwe have named off-spinner Prosper Utseya as captain for their Pakistan tour.

Patient Tait to wait for recall

Shaun Tait is trying not to get his hopes up of playing his third Test despite growing speculation that he will be included as a fourth fast bowler in Perth next week. Much was made of Australia going for a pace quartet in the series opener at the MCG but it didn't materialise and Mitchell Johnson got the nod ahead of him for the third fast-bowling spot.

Seven players share lead in chess

Seven players shared the lead in the 28th National Sub-junior Chess Championship after the end of the third round at the Chess Federation hall-room yesterday.


Shipping Corp wants to buy old vessel despite opposition

Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) is seeking to buy a 13-year old container ship at a cost of Tk 84 crore despite opposition from the Planning Commission that has warned BSC that it is unlikely to recoup its investment.

Jute goods attract visitors

Visitors at the month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2008 are showing increased interest in jute goods, as producers have introduced a wide range of products of new designs at the show.

WB provides $247m in cyclone, flood aid for Bangladesh

The World Bank (WB) yesterday approved IDA financing totalling $ 247 million to help Bangladesh recover from the dual shocks of the August flooding and November cyclone, which caused significant loss of life and enormous social, human, and economic costs.

FBCCI polls now March 17

The new date for holding election of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has been fixed on March 17.

India cheers for cheapest car amid concerns of environmentalists

Bowled-over Indians showered accolades on the Tata Nano, the world's cheapest car, Friday calling it a must-buy and a "one-in-a-billion coup," drowning out the grave concerns of environmentalists.

Cellphone subscriptions hit 100m in Japan

The number of cellphone subscribers in Japan surpassed 100 million for the first time at the end of December, it was learned Thursday.

Garment, allied machinery show kicks off today

A four-day garment and allied machinery show kicks off today at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka, says a press release.

India industrial growth slows sharply on steady inflation

India's industrial production growth slid sharply in November due to a big decline in manufacturing, official data showed Friday, while inflation remained steady at 3.5 percent.

China trade surplus soars to record in 2007

China's trade surplus surged nearly 50 percent last year to surpass 260 billion dollars, official data showed Friday, a stunning rise certain to see more global pressure for Chinese currency reform.

S Korea to welcome more foreign workers

The incoming government in South Korea is expected to be more welcoming to high-quality foreign workers as it seeks to enhance the nation's global competitiveness.

Inflation risks loom over robust global growth

Global economic growth is "robust" but inflation risks remain as markets absorb the impact of the US subprime home loan crisis and higher food prices, European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet said Monday.

Infosys beats expectations with 25pc profit jump

Infosys Technologies, India's second-largest software company, Friday posted a better-than-expected third quarter profit after expanding its client base in a "challenging" market.

Nat'l governing board 2008 of JCI Bangladesh

JCI (Junior Chamber International) Bangladesh has announced its national governing board for the year 2008, says a press release.

Matsushita to change name to Panasonic

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co, the consumer electric appliance giant headquartered in Kadoma, Osaka Prefecture, will change its corporate name to Panasonic Corp, so as to correspond with the brand name used for its audiovisual products, the firm announced Thursday.

Weekly Currency Roundup

January 06-January 10, 2008
Local FX Market
The US dollar/BDT market was a bit tight this week, as the market became fully active after the New Year break. The USD/BDT rate was range bound, but there was ample demand in the market.


'Formulate nat'l policy to conserve hoolock gibbon'

Despite an environment policy, environment conservation act and environment court, some species of primates are endangered in the country as the government is pretty relaxed in implementing them, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.

CEC seeks cooperation in holding free, fair polls

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dr ATM Shamsul Huda has urged people to enlist their name in the voter list and cooperate with the government in holding a free and fair election.

Nat'l consensus needed for credible polls: Iftekhar

Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday stressed the need for raising the students as worthy citizens and skilled manpower.

Social ills can’t be removed without boosting moral values: CJ

Chief Justice Ruhul Amin yesterday said social ills like corruption and terrorism cannot be removed from the country without instilling saner moral values in the corrupt.

4 killed in road accidents

Four people were killed and 13 others injured in separate road accidents in Naogaon, Mymensingh, Satkhira and Rajshahi in the last two days.

BMTF develops energy-saving bio-diesel engine

Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) has developed the energy-saving bio-diesel engine and automobile technology recently, engineers of the local company said yesterday.

'Take immediate steps to protect Osmani Udyan'

Different organisations have urged the government to take immediate steps to protect the Osmani Udyan.

DU students to observe 2-hr class abstention

A group of students of Dhaka University will observe a two-hour class abstention programme from 10:00am to 12:00noon today demanding unconditional release of the detained teachers and students of the university.

2 advisers visit Chittagong

Two newly appointed advisers of the caretaker government AFM Hasan Arif and Hossain Zillur Rahman arrived in Chittagong yesterday on a private visit.

BCL calls strike today, probe body formed

The Jahangirnagar University will celebrate the University Day today amid a tense situation as Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has called a strike for today to protest the attack on its president and general secretary by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists during clashes on Wednesday night and Thursday.

One killed in Nilphamari clash

One person was killed and three others were critically injured in a clash over land dispute in Nilphamari yesterday.

‘Lift ban on indoor politics across country’

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to lift the ban on indoor politics across the country and create a congenial atmosphere for holding a free and fair election.

Three policemen suspended for taking bribes

Three policemen of a judicial court in Hatia upazila were suspended yesterday on charges of taking bribes.

New schedule of rocket steamers on Dhaka-Barisal-Khulna route

Major changes have been brought in the Dhaka-Barisal-Khulna and Barisal-Chittagong water routes of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) from this week.

Japan Festival held

The first-ever 'JOCV Japan Festival' was held in the city yesterday with a view to promoting Japanese culture in Bangladesh and strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.

4 more JOCVs arrive in city

Four new Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs) arrived in Dhaka recently to work in various fields.

AUB online quiz January 14

Asian University of Bangladesh (AUB) will organise a month-long online quiz competition to mark its 12th anniversary, says a press release.

USAID official arrives today

Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mark Ward arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day visit, says a press release.

BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today

The 20th edition of BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city at 5:45pm today.


Flood-ruined roads not yet rebuilt in Kishoreganj

People are suffering a lot as most of the roads damaged by last year's flood are yet to be repaired in the district.

Hilsa export resumes after 6 months

Export of delicious Hilsa fish from Bangladesh to India resumed from Wednesday, after expiry of a six-month ban.

Satkhira Jamaat leader held at Dhaka airport

A local Jamaat leader has been arrested at Dhaka airport soon after his arrival from Makkah in connection with cheating 55 pilgrims

ORCA builds 197 houses for flood victims

Old Rajshahi Cadets' Association (ORCA), an organisation of former cadets of Rajshahi Cadet College, has built 197 houses and distributed among the flood- affected homeless people in Kamarkhanda, Kazipur and Sirajganj Sadar upazila.

A model for ensuring farmers' right to service

Marginal farmers are set to benefit in a large way with the introduction of a pilot project to make available all the livestock services at their 'door steps.'

4 get life for killing schoolteacher

A Jamalpur court sentenced four people to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing a schoolteacher in 2005.

JMB cadre on 10-day remand

A Jamalpur court placed a cadre of banned Islamist militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) on a 10-day remand on Thursday after Jamalpur Sadar police produced him before the court with a prayer for it.


Tribal elements behind attacks on Pak cops

Pakistani investigators yesterday said "tribal" elements were behind a suicide attack, which killed 22 policemen, as security forces went on high alert for the holy month of Muharram.

US seeks backing against Iran from wary Gulf

US President George W Bush arrived in Kuwait yesterday to rally the support of Arab allies against what he calls the Iranian "threat," after making a bold prediction for Middle East peace.

Nepali Sherpas mourn Hillary's death

Nepal's Sherpa community was plunged into mourning Friday over the death of Sir Edmund Hillary, a "second father" to a people whose sacred peak Everest he became the first man to conquer in 1953.

Japan votes to return to US-led 'war on terror'

Japan voted yesterday to return to the US-led "war on terror" after a two-month gap as the government took the drastic step of overriding a rejection in parliament for the first time in the modern era.

Suu Kyi meets Myanmar junta official

Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met for one hour Friday with a junta official, in what her party described as a positive sign nearly two months after her last contact with the regime.

Kenya opposition to resume protests as talks fail

Kenya's opposition vowed yesterday to resume mass protests following the failure of international mediation to end the country's political crisis which has led to hundreds of deaths, a spokesman told AFP.

First snowfall in Baghdad in 100 years

Light snow fell in Baghdad early yesterday in what weather officials said was the first time in about 100 years.

Arts & Entertainment

Celebrating the season of mist and harvest

Traditionally, after the harvest season, the rural people of Bangladesh celebrate winter with mela (village fair), jatrapala, along with varieties of pitha (rice cakes). With an aim to go back to the roots, Bangladesh Poush Mela Udjapon Parishad arranged a Poush Mela yesterday at Ramna Botomul.

10th Dhaka International Film Festival inaugurated

Tenth Dhaka International Film Festival began on January 10 at the Main Auditorium, National Museum. Over 100 full-length films, short films and documentaries from 40 countries are participating at the festival arranged by Rainbow Film Society in association with European Union, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Royal Norwegian Embassy, SIGNIS, Religion Today Film Festival and GMG Airlines.

Nazir Hossain's soft and soothing rural images

Self-effacing but confident and clever Nazir Hossain exhibits every week at the Friday Art College fair. That and his numerous exhibits in his home district gives him the courage to teach and work at a commercial outlet and have solo exhibits like the recent one at the Zoom Gallery, Alliance Francaise.

Poetry recitation on humanity and peace

To observe 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, recitation organisation Meghdut along with United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Dhaka and Goethe-Institut, Bangladesh arranged a recitation programme titled Poetry for Humanity and Peace at Goethe-Institut on January 10. The programme featured rendition of poems on humanity by poets from different decades.


Improving government apparatus

We are encouraged, inspired and certainly happy to hear from the Chief Adviser that there is a strong possibility for Bangladesh to become a middle-income country by 2021 AD if certain conditions are fulfilled. The most critical of them appear to be (a) improving level of efficiency in formulating and implementing government plans, (b) reducing administrative corruption to minimum,

Volatility in the oil market

On January 2, 2008, crude oil price briefly touched the psychologically important $100 barrel mark on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On January 3, it even crossed the threshold and surpassed the $100 barrier. Although it almost immediately retreated to under $100, the record high price sent shockwaves across the economic world. The price of a barrel was $11 in 1998 and below $25 as recently as 2003. Even in the summer of 2007, the price had fallen to $60 a barrel. So, why is this sudden surge in the price of oil?

Life after Sidr

Even after one month and a half the grim memories of the super cyclone Sidr that hit the coast of Bangladesh haunt the people there. Much is being done to help the victims officially, but it clearly isn't enough. Hundreds and thousands have been left destitute, families are torn asunder. No matter what is being done, the extent of the tragedy and the spread of devastation is such that we can make little difference to the survivors, especially the poorest of the poor among them.


Electronics carnival peeks into future

The mega exposition of hi-tech gadgets 'International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2008' kicked off with sneak peaks at smart cars, robotic massages and other innovations. The gala event was held in Las Vegas from January 7-10.

SANOG XI kicks off in Dhaka

South Asian Network Operators' Group (SANOG), a non-profit forum of data network operators in South Asia, is currently holding SANOG XI at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. The prestigious nine-day event, which began on January 10, is jointly organised by Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (Ispab) and Business Promotion Council.

BASIS seminar on 'Turning an idea into a successful enterprise'

Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) organised a seminar titled 'Turning an idea into a successful enterprise' at the BASIS auditorium, on January 3.

New levels of computing with Asus U6

ASUS once again brings innovative notebook designs to new levels with the latest U6 notebook series.


Driving Mr. Dad

I have sweet memories of driving a car in Dhaka. The car we owned was a small one, a Morris Minor, which my father had purchased second-hand when he was stationed in Dinajpur. However, Abba did not drive; and, while he had six sons, we were all very young when the Morris Minor joined our family. Soon thereafter, my older brother and I got our “learner's permit”--nonetheless, keeping a driver was still considered a necessity to take Abba to work and take us places. After I got my driver's license, I would always be on the lookout for an opportunity when the family car might be available, and take it out for a spin. Initially, I'd have an escort, the family driver, but soon I would take the car out all by myself and drive around in the Ramna area where we lived, or in the Dhaka University area where I was studying.

Listening to Amartya Sen

To be or not to be…a Nationalist!

The Urdu scene: Delhi Part 3

I was patted down expertly. Security was tight at the Indian vice-president's residence. Which, fittingly enough, since he was a Muslim, was on Maulana Azad Road -- Maulana Abul Kalam Azad having been the most prominent Muslim Congressman opposed to the 1947 partition. Our names were checked off against a list cleared for entry, after which came the metal detector gate. Only then were Ritu Menon (publisher of Women Unlimited, a Delhi feminist publication enterprise) and I free to walk on the long driveway curving towards a classic Raj-era bungalow set amidst croquet-quiet green lawns.

The Freedom Fighter

Nurul lives in Feni
near the lichu bagan

Strategic Issues

Crisis in Pakistan's NWFP: A Pastun insurgency?

It is difficult to pin down the real nature of the crisis in North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan. Bracing the overall crisis in the region as a “Pashtun insurgency” provides a context, but it doesn't answer all the relevant questions.

The AL, BNP and PPP

These political parties have common features.

Ethnic Violence and Communal Polarisation in Orissa's Kandhamal District

The ongoing communal tension in the sensitive Kandhamal district of eastern Orissa is yet to die down, and night curfew still continues in the affected areas of Phulbani, Baliguda, Brahmanigaon and Daringbadi. Police officials have arrested 93 persons for their complicity in the turmoil until now.

Taiwan Fears China Is Chipping Away at US Support

Washington China is having success in its diplomatic and economic campaign to weaken international support for Taiwan, the self-governing island's de facto ambassador to Washington said.

Star Books Review

Images of a vibrant, timeless heritage

The book is the outcome of the author's Ph.D dissertation, a study on Islamic art and archaeology in the Department of Islamic History and Culture, Dhaka University. It is an empirical treatise on the history and monuments of Sonargaon.

The turbid waters in which a society wallows

Thirty six years ago Bangladesh started its journey as a nation-state with great promise of a common national identity, democracy, social and economic justice, and religious non-discrimination or secularism. Soon the high ideals of the War of Liberation were vitiated by the seizure of state power by counter-revolutionary forces. The country went under military rule for 15 years following the coup d'etat of August 1975. It experienced changes of the governance system a number of times multiparty parliamentary democracy (1972-1974) to one-party presidential system (1975); military rule (1975-1990); again, multi-party parliamentary system (1991-to date). Democratic institutions, values, traditions, practices and procedures can hardly grow in such an unstable situation. The re-introduction of the multi-party parliamentary system in 1991 did not improve the overall situation much. For five consecutive years, both under the BNP and Awami League government, Bangladesh topped the Transparency International list as the most corrupt country in the world. Elections scheduled to be held in January 2007 could not take place because of disagreement between the two major power contending parties around the composition of the caretaker government, Election Commission and necessary electoral reforms.

Travels through old history and new landscapes

The blurb of New Europe could not have introduced the book better. It is classic Palin in action, Palin the writer that is. I would assume that Palin is well-known as an actorremember Monty Python's exciting comedy, Life of Brian? In Britain, however, Palin is acclaimed also as a TV presenter. His travel documentaries for the BBC ('Around the World in 80 Days', 'Pole to Pole', 'Himalaya', to name a few) have been great favourites. In fact, New Europe is based on his travels for the BBC to the East European countries, newly freed from Cold Wars and Iron Curtains. No need to mention that like the other ones, this documentary ended triumphantly; to be specific, the last episode created a record of at least a million viewers. Palin the writer is no less entertaining.

A paean to a global body

O United Nations is a collection of three prose poems that will give the readers a real taste of modern, that is, modernist poetry. The work is a sharp evaluation and focuses on the past, present and future of the United Nations. After a close perusal of Sinha M A Sayeed's works, one does not find much of an uncomplicated task tracing the exact shadow of the poet's mind. It is quite clear that he is a modernist in a complete sense. His poetic style is undoubtedly very distinctive, individualised and enlightening. In the book, Sayeed has tried to concentrate on the present and past images of the United Nations. He shows up a vision as to what the image of the United Nations can mean for us all. The UN is an international organisation whose avowed aim is to facilitate cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues.

At a glance

The Mughal Throne
The Saga of India's Great Emperors
Abraham Eraly

A well-researched, thoroughly readable book on the Mughals. The sheer gripping power of the work is all. For those interested in studies of a remarkable period in the history of India, Eraly comes forth with a book that will leave them wondering at all the minute details he puts in here.

The Daily Star

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