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4 DU teachers finally freed

Four Dhaka University (DU) teachers were released from prison last evening following a presidential mercy after three of them had been convicted by a court in the morning in the second case of emergency power rules (EPR) violation against them in connection with last August's campus unrest.

Freed teachers vow to protest wrongdoing

The four released teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday strongly said they will continue to speak the truth fearlessly in future and nobody can stifle their voice against any wrongdoing as Dhaka University is the "conscience" of the nation.

Conviction and release dent legal process

Political leaders, legal experts, and civil society members yesterday said conviction of three Dhaka University (DU) teachers and their release on presidential clemency have undermined credibility of the legal process and showed the government's inept handling of the issue.

BDR hands BSF list of 1,626 criminals hiding in India

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) has handed Border Security Force (BSF) a list of 1,626 Bangladeshi criminals hiding in India as a three-day high-level meeting between the two border forces concluded in Bogra yesterday.

No hike in prices of fertiliser, diesel in Boro season

The government will not go for price increase of diesel and fertiliser in the current Boro season though the subsidies on diesel and fertiliser will be over Tk 10,000 at the end of this fiscal year.

Institutes certifying medical technicians illegally

At least 46 educational institutions on health technologies have been operating illegally for the last two years with approval from inappropriate authorities, providing three-year diploma courses to around 6,000 students.

DU students vow to continue demo until release of all detainees

Students of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday vowed to continue their demonstration until the release of all the students detained in connection with the August violence.

Prices of rice, edible oil mark fresh rise

Amid market monitoring by the joint forces that began across the country on January 19, prices of coarse rice and edible oil witnessed a fresh rise in wholesale markets of the capital yesterday.

7 students to face trial in case filed by cops

Seven Dhaka University (DU) students were cleared yesterday in a case filed by an army personnel in connection with the torching an army vehicle in August last year.

Property of Sheikh Helal, wife to be confiscated

A Dhaka court yesterday ordered attachment of property of former Awami League lawmaker Sheikh Helaluddin and his wife Rupa Chowdhury in a case filed for handing in false wealth statements and building up assets through illegal means.

Mashhud asks local anti-graft groups not to follow govt, ACC blindly

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday urged the corruption prevention committees not to follow the government or the commission blindly in discharging their duties.

CID moves to bring back Huji brothers from India

A team of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is expected to visit India in a week to bring back Bangladeshi twin brothers who were directly involved in the planning and execution of the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally.

Abdus Salam Pintu sent to jail after 3-day remand

Detained former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu was sent to Dhaka Central Jail yesterday after he was produced before a Dhaka court on completion of his three-day remand in August 21 grenade attacks case.

3 JMB men get 34yrs

A special judge court in Jamalpur sentenced three cadres of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to 34 years' rigorous imprisonment in an explosives case Monday.

CA leaves for Davos

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed left here last night for Switzerland to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Next target was US Karachi Consulate

A teenaged boy arrested last week on suspicion of involvement in former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto's assassination has told investigators that his next target was the US consulate in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.

Welfare body to be formed at RMG units

The government has decided to form welfare committee at every garment factory to ensure overall welfare of the workers and to improve their living standard.

No more progress in probe

The Detective Branch of Police (DB) has not made much headway in their investigation into the BRAC Bank burglary case even though about 20 days have elapsed since the incident.

Freedom fighters demand Matin's resignation

Condemning a recent speech of Adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin Bir Pratik, Muktijoddha Oikya Parishad, a joint platform of the freedom fighters, demanded his resignation.

Trial court asked to recall witness

Setting aside the trial court order, the High Court yesterday asked it to recall a prosecution witness (PW-7) for cross-examination by the counsel for detained former Telecommunications minister Mohammad Nasim, facing trial in WorldTel scam case.

Pak militants attack border forts: 7 troops killed

Islamic militants launched new attacks on border forts in Pakistan Tuesday, leaving seven troops and 37 rebels dead even as President Pervez Musharraf dismissed fears of a takeover by al-Qaeda.

Lanka signals shift in war on LTTE

Sri Lanka's President Tuesday signalled a shift in the war against the Tamil Tigers, saying he did not want to push his troops into rebel-held territory to defeat the guerrillas.

'Dakat' Shahid held in India

Infamous criminal of old Dhaka 'Dakat' Shahid was arrested in Puri of India on Sunday.


Welcome release of teachers and students

The curtain has been all but drawn on the four cases filed against DU teachers and students with their release following acquittal, grant of clemency and quashing of charges. In one of the cases, in which charges were pressed against 25 students and outsiders, 18 have been absolved with the remainder seven yet to be let off.

Gujarat riots verdict

Justice appears to have been done over the case of a woman brutalised during the Gujarat riots of 2002. Of course, as human rights groups in India have been saying all along, as many as 2,500 people were hacked, beaten or burnt to death in the riots. That means that there is yet a huge backlog the Indian judicial system needs to address if the questions raised over the riots are to be fully answered. But the fact that a court in Mumbai has now sentenced 11 Hindu men to life in prison for the gang rape of a pregnant young woman, Bilkis Bano, and has also punished a policeman for trying to divert the court of justice through falsifying evidence, is surely an encouraging sign.

The general and the lessons of history

General Moeen U. Ahmed has basically echoed the feelings of an entire country through speaking of the disfavour with which the modern world looks upon military rule. Or change that to martial law. The point here is that Bangladesh's army chief, busy playing a key role in reshaping political realities in the country, has expressed sentiments that soldier-officers in our part of the world have not, for years together.

Election prospects

Elections remain scheduled for February 18. There is scepticism whether polling will take place on that date. Sure, politics is involved in the doubt. But, generally, it seems that the elections will be held in time. Their prospects should be assessed, though doubts whether these elections will be free and fair are far more widespread.

Marketing factor of agro-industrial projects

The primary elements in marketing analysis of an agro-industrial project are (a) consumer analysis, (b) analysis competitive environment, and (c) marketing plan. Consumer analysis identifies needs of a product created by a complex interaction of physiological, sociological and psychological motives. It is necessary to divide consumers into groups or market segments. Geographic location often reveals ethnic or regional taste differences. Age and sex of consumers are two other common segmenting variables. Another variable is income level. Yet another market differentiation is between domestic and import consumers. Market segmentation identifies potential consumers and limits the agro-industrial project's options. Thus, it is necessary to select a segment based on competitive environment and the strengths and weaknesses of the company.


Clubs hanker for money

Soon after confirmation of the inter-club players transfer's new schedule, focus has shifted to speculation of 'who will play for whom' in the upcoming Premier Division Cricket League.

Maria sends Justine packing

Maria Sharapova demolished shellshocked top seed Justine Henin to confine her to the Australian Open quarterfinal scrapheap Tuesday alongside defending champion Serena Williams.

Hayden boosts hosts

The return of Matthew Hayden has given Australia a huge confidence boost ahead of the fourth and final Test against India starting on Thursday.

No rift, says Dhoni

India vice-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has denied reports of a rift in the team over the selection of the one-day squad to tour Australia.

Bhajji set for return

Australia and India are both set to gamble on recalled players in their fourth and final Test at the Adelaide Oval, starting here Thursday.

Prime Bank to sponsor NFL, B. League

The cloud over this season's football competitions seemingly began to evaporate after Prime Bank gave its green signal to the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) to sponsor two major tournaments.

Nepal U-19s arrive in town

Nepal's under-19 cricket team arrived in Dhaka yesterday to play three one-day matches against Bangladesh under-19s during a weeklong stay.

Malaysians dominate

Malaysia won the boys' and girls' singles titles in the Mobil ITF Asian 14/Under Tennis Championships yesterday but were denied a third as they lost in the boys' doubles.

Ganguly dropped at Dhoni's call?

An observation by Indian team's trainer Gregory King coupled with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his deputy Yuvraj Singh's opinions might have prompted the selectors to drop Sourav Ganguly from the one-day squad for the forthcoming cricket tri-series.

Villa hold Liverpool

Substitute Peter Crouch scored two minutes from time after Marlon Harewood's over-head kick and an own goal from Fabio Aurelio cancelled out Yossi Benayoun's opener to earn Liverpool a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa.

India draw Lee praise

Australian pace spearhead Brett Lee has said India deserved all the credit for winning the Perth cricket Test but he also mentioned that the home side did not play its complete game for a victory.

Everton plot Chelsea upset

Andrew Johnson is aiming to exorcise the demons lingering from one of the worst moments of his career by helping to fire Everton into the League Cup final at Chelsea's expense here on Wednesday.

Nadal storms into semis

Rafael Nadal reached his first Australian Open semifinal on Tuesday with plenty of gas left in the tank for coming battles after a straight sets victory over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

Kalou inspires Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast lived up to their billing as serious title contenders with victory in Monday's crunch African Nations Cup game against fellow regional giants Nigeria.

Inter take on Juventus

Cup matches rarely generate much interest in Italy until the final but that will change on Wednesday with the mouth-watering quarterfinal showdown between Inter Milan and Juventus.

Dutch deny Hiddink link

The Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) on Tuesday denied that Guus Hiddink had declared his candidacy to replace Marco Van Basten as Dutch coach after this summer's Euro 2008 finals.

Albelda ready to give up

Spain international midfielder David Albelda is ready to give up football altogether after being sidelined by coach Ronald Koeman at Valencia, he told a Spanish newspaper Tuesday.

Milan aim to keep up thrust

AC Milan travel to Atalanta on Wednesday looking to continue their Champions League charge and kick on from the momentum garnered from Sunday's last gasp 1-0 victory at Udinese.

Pepe out for three weeks

Real Madrid's Brazilian midfielder Pepe will be out for at least three weeks following an injury, and could miss next month's Champions League match at Roma.

Laxman still special

Like a recurring bad dream, Vangipurappu Laxman has come back to haunt the all-conquering Australia cricket side.

Chamely powers Ansar to win

An all-round performance from Chamely Khatun helped Ansar and VDP move into the final of the Parachute Women Open Cricket tournament when they beat Abahani by 21 runs at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

BHF gearing up for 4 tourneys

The zonal round of the EXIM Bank 18th National Handball Championships will begin on February 7 at three venues.

'Hosts lack the edge'

Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne has said Australia cared too much about their image in the Perth cricket Test and lost the edge without their trademark aggression.

Ohidul keeps Jatrabari atop

Jatrabari consolidated their position atop the Senior Division Football League table with a 2-1 win over Purbachal Parisad at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

England confirm Ireland matches

England will play Ireland in three one-day internationals over the next five years, it has been confirmed.

Poor response for JFA cup

Only half of the 64 districts have so far confirmed participation in the qualifiers of the JFA Cup Under-15 football tournament to begin next month.


Banglalink overtakes AKTEL as 2nd largest cellphone operator

Banglalink has overtaken AKTEL as the country's second largest mobile phone operator, according to Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC) whose new figures show the total number of mobile subscribers reached 34.37 million by the end of 2007.

Dhaka eyes FTA with Beijing

Bangladesh is eying a free trade agreement (FTA) with its biggest trading partner China as the government has also decided to explore trade opportunities lie in bilateral relations.

Indian RMG exports fall 14pc

With an economic slowdown looming large on the United States and appreciating Indian national currency rupee, Indian garment export is at the receiving end, according to the Confederation of Indian Apparel Exporters.

Local developer inks MoU with KL firm to set up 100MW power plant

Local real estate company Xenovalley and Malaysian Service Master signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday to set up a power plant with a capacity of generating 100 megawatt electricity at a cost of US$100 million.

GP CellBazaar nominated for global award

Grameenphone CellBazaar, an innovative market-access service of the mobile phone operator, has been nominated for the 3GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2008 in the category of 'Best Use of Mobile for Social & Economic Development', says a press release.

Dhaka stocks end lower

Stocks ended lower yesterday on Dhaka bourse on profit taking as analysts said slump on global markets apparently did not hurt the local exchange.

Slovenian Railways orders Siemens locomotives

Slovenian Railways has placed an order for 12 Eurosprinter type locomotives worth 48 million euros with Siemens Mobility, says a press release.

EBL's Education Finance Pack launched

Eastern Bank Ltd. (EBL) has launched an “Education Finance Pack” yesterday, especially meant for the students going abroad for higher education.

Asia, Europe markets extend decline

Turbulence roiled world stock markets again Tuesday, with Asian stocks down for a second day on fears of recession in the US. European stocks fell at the opening but then pared their losses in volatile trading.

Investors lose $160b within minutes in Indian bourse

Investors lost 6.55 trillion rupees (some 160 billion US dollars) yesterday within minutes of opening of the Bombay Stock Exchange, which was immediately suspended for an hour after the 30-share barometer index Sensex hit the circuit limit of 10 per cent.


Road crashes kill 6, injure 111

At least six people were killed and 111 others injured in separate road accidents in Savar, Jhalakathi and Netrakona yesterday.

Criteria for grading often misleading: Dr Akbar

North South University (NSU) organised the third Chaudhury AKM Aminul Haque Memorial Lecture on its campus recently.

Unplanned renovation to cause waste of several crores of taka

Chaktai Canal Excavation Action Committee at a press conference yesterday demanded renovation and reconstruction of the canal in a planned and coordinated fashion.

Include early childhood dev in school curriculum

Experts at a seminar yesterday suggested incorporating the topic of early childhood development into high school textbooks and training the primary school teachers on this issue.

UAE to help set up internet system for workers’ dispatch

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, who is in Abu Dhabi to attend a conference of labour sending and receiving countries, held a bilateral meeting with his UAE counterpart on Monday evening, says a press release.

Bring war criminals to justice

Air Vice Marshal (retd) AK Khandkar yesterday called on the government to bring the war criminals to justice for the sake of the country.

Keep essentials' prices at tolerable level

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged the business community to keep the market prices of

Goalpara power plant goes out of order again

The 110-megawatt power plant at Goalpara Power Station again went out of order on Sunday night due to major technical fault.

Lifting of emergency a must to implement electoral roadmap

Election Commission (EC) should complete its work for delimiting the parliamentary constituencies by June so that the next general election could be held by December, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.

CA thanks Pakistan for standing by Sidr victims

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday thanked the government of Pakistan for providing quick assistance to the Sidr victims.

Photographic exhibition on Sidr-hit areas begins in Ctg

A six-day exhibition titled 'Devastated Coast' featuring 54 selected photographs of the staff photographers of the daily Prothom Alo on cyclone Sidr began in the port city yesterday with a view to raising mass awareness about the need of humanitarian approach in time of natural disaster.

Pak navy chief calls on chiefs of 3 services

Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral M Afzal Tahir yesterday paid courtesy call on the chiefs of three defence services of Bangladesh, when matters of mutual interest of the armed forces of the two countries came up for discussion.

Bogra Jamaat leader held on charge of attempting to violate minor girl

Police arrested a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami on charge of attempting to violate a minor girl in the town yesterday.

Fire at foreign guests' camp

One of the three camps for foreign guests at Bishwa Ijtema ground in Tongi was gutted by a fire creating panic among the devotees yesterday.

'Initiate new trend in politics for better future'

Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for initiating a new trend in politics for a better future of the country.

Acid violence against housewife protested

The Bangladesh Society for The Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR) yesterday condemned the acid violence against a housewife by her husband at Mirpur in the city.

Star Campus-Drishty debate final today

The final competition and prize giving ceremony of the debate competition titled 'Star Campus-Drishty Debate for Generation Next' will be held at Mastermind School today.

Reception to Sardar Fazlul Karim

Unitrend Ltd has accorded a reception to eminent scholar Sardar Fazlul Karim recently to honour him for his versatile works and colorful life, says a press release.

RRC seeks legalisation of courier Services

The courier services in the country are running business illegally, violating the age-old law.

UODA Pharmacy Week 2008

The University of Development Alternative (UODA) is organising a seven-day Pharmacy Week 2008 that began on Saturday, says a press release.

Murder of 3-yr girl in Ctg condemned

Karmojibi Nari (KN) strongly condemned the murder of a three-years old girl in Cox's Bazar and demanded immediate arrest as well as exemplary punishment of the culprit, says a press release.

Regional British Council director calls on DU VC

Central and South Asian regional director of British Council Dr Morna Nance called on vice chancellor of Dhaka University Prof SMA Faiz yesterday.

MBA admission test postponed

The MBA written admission test of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University, scheduled to be held on Friday, has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.

Appeal for help

A couple -- Saju Barua and his wife Moushumi Barua -- suffered serious burns in a fire at their home in the city on January 9, says a press release.

Mohammed Ali’s anniversary of death today

Today is the 45th death anniversary of Mohammed Ali, a former prime minister of Pakistan.

Fake notes seized, four arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members seized a huge amount of fake notes and equipment to produce forged notes at a house in the city's Turag area and arrested four people, including two women, yesterday.

JCD factions clash at DU, two injured

Two students of Dhaka University (DU) were injured in a clash between two factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Zia Hall last night.

Raid on cement factory, brickfield on river banks

As part of a continuous drive to save the rivers Buriganga and Shitalakkhya, the army, coastguard and BIWTA yesterday conducted raids on brickfield and cement factory set up on the riverbanks.

Transport workers clash with Ansars

At least 10 people, including three Ansar men, were injured in a clash between Ansar members and transport workers at Pallabi in the city yesterday.


Child patients cram hospitals as pneumonia spreads in Nilphamari

With the spread of pneumonia and other cold-related diseases, three to four child patients have to share a bed at Nilphamari 100-bed Hospital while in absence of any child consultant, a doctor and two nurses at the ward are struggling hard to cope with the situation.

UNO asked to go by land documents

Khagrachhari district administration has taken initiative to resolve the land dispute between indigenous and Bangalee communities at Maidhya Karalachhari in Mohalchhari upazila in the district.

Outlaw killed in shootout

An outlaw leader was killed in 'encounter' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices at Ratowal village in Raninagar upazila in Naogaon district yesterday.

Ensure food security to boost economy

Speakers at a workshop here yesterday urged the government and NGOs to take up comprehensive programmes to boost agriculture production to ensure food security for rural poor.

Jute workers stage sit-in for arrears

Casual workers of six state-owned jute mills in Khulna-Jessore industrial belt staged sit-in from 10am to 5pm yesterday in front of their project directors' offices to press for their five-point demand including payment of all arrears.

2 held for BNP leader murder

Police arrested Hossain Ali and Akubbar Ali suspecting their involvement in the murder of Shailkupa upazila BNP organising secretary Idrish Ali Monday night.


DU scene

We were in a situation that we, conscious students of DU, didn't expect anyway, anymore.

Future of Pakistan

I am writing with reference to comment: "Does the US pursue a flawed policy toward Pakistan?" by Harun ur Rashid (January 10).

Kenya polls rigging

The African nations have not come out of the turmoil of colonial politics. The bad impact of European colonialism is still evident in the tribal-oriented continent.

Food habits

It is known to all of us that the last devastating floods and the recent cyclone Sidr have caused huge destruction of lives, properties and crops. We feel proud to say that possibly no other nation could have faced such natural calamities with so much courage and patience as the people of Bangladesh did. Historically, our people are used to living with disasters and they always rebuild their own economy for subsistence.

Benazir Bhutto

27 December 2007. It will be remembered as a day when an internationally acclaimed leader, the first woman head of state of an Islamic country, fell victim to the death blow of assassins. Who were they? Was it al-Qaeda, the obvious choice; someone from the government intelligence hierarchy or elements from her own party the PPP? Leaving aside the conspiracy theory, the blatant question is-- why did Benazir stood up through the sunroof of the car carrying her out of the just finished public meeting, waving to the people gathered outside the meeting venue at Liaquat Bagh Park.. Her death is an eerie reminder of the assassination of the first prime minister of Pakistan Liaquat Ali Khan who was assassinated at the same venue.

Bank lockers

Many commercial banks of our country offer locker facility to the customers in exchange of a particular annual charge based on the size of the locker. The customers also feel very safe to deposit their personal belongings, mainly gold-ornaments and other important documents in the banks' safe deposit lockers considering the tight security ensured by the bank. But the recent heist of heading off with gold ornaments and other valuables, breaking open 75 lockers in BRAC Bank's Dhanmondi branch, has startled the customers as to how safe their belongings kept in the safe deposits of the banks are.

Punish the culprits

I was greatly concerned to read that Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) officials were allegedly involved in the frequent snapping of the country's lone fibre-optic cable connection to the information superhighway.

Treatment abroad!

Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia, like the vast majority of the people they claim to represent, need to go abroad for treatment.

Corruption Everywhere!

It is not out of a “crow's concern” that there is an anti-corruption campaign going on throughout the whole country. But it is a matter of great regret that in the midst of the drive "corruption" is still going on. On 3rd January, I went to buy tickets of the Dhaka-bound express train "Padma". But to my utter surprise, the man sitting at the ticket counter overcharged me by extra 5 taka for each ticket, which is altogether illegal.

Headscarf issue in Tunisia

An Amnesty International report released on 13 November says that women are being tortured for using headscarf in Tunisia. AI protests such oppression by the Tunisian government. There are instances when a woman was forced to take off her scarf, slapped in public and forced to wear indecent clothes. Another woman was forced to take off scarf and even sent to prison for not agreeing to do so. There are numerous other instances which remain undisclosed.

A good hospital?

I'm a Bangladeshi citizen studying in State University of New York at Buffalo, United States of America. When it comes to good treatment an image of a big hospital with modern machinery and foreign educated doctors come in our mind. However, this image can be deceiving.

Motia Choudhury

The tone of Motia Choudhury in last night's Tritio Matra (Friday night in US) advocated a strange status quo "Give election now, hand over power and we will see how to make the future right!"


Musharraf urges Europe to stand by Pakistan

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf prepared for talks yesterday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy after urging Europe to stand by his crisis-ridden country and promising free and fair elections.

Israel eases Gaza blockade for a day

Israel eased a blockade of Gaza imposed in retaliation for militant rocket attacks, allowing in some food and fuel yesterday after the UN warned that international food aid to the impoverished territory may have to be suspended by the weekend.

US sees progress on fresh Iran sanctions

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that leading nations have made progress towards a UN resolution to impose fresh sanctions against Iran but they were still short of an agreement.

China says no to putting pressure on Myanmar

China yesterday rejected US demands for stepped-up pressure on Myanmar, whose governing junta has been accused of spurning real dialogue with the pro-democracy opposition.

Hillary, Obama engage in bitter debate

Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama accused each other of repeatedly and deliberately distorting the truth for political gain Monday night in a highly personal, finger-wagging debate that ranged from the war in Iraq to Bill Clinton's role in the campaign.

5 people quarantined with symptoms of avian flu

India's worst ever outbreak of bird flu could turn into a disaster, an official warned yesterday, as five people were reportedly quarantined with symptoms of the virus.

Thaksin ally Samak to be nominated new Thai prime minister: Party

Samak Sundaravej, the charismatic but combative leader of the newly elected People Power Party, will be nominated as Thailand's new prime minister, a party official confirmed yesterday.

Poor countries must be proactive in cutting child deaths: Unicef

The United Nations Children's Fund said yesterday that developing countries must play an active role alongside global partnerships to further cut child mortality and raise overall care.

Over 130 migrants die crossing Gulf of Aden last weekend

More than 130 mainly Somali migrants died trying to cross the Gulf of Aden into Yemen over the weekend, the United Nations refugee agency said yesterday.

Iraqi lawmakers vote to change Saddam flag

Iraq's parliament yesterday passed a law to change the Saddam Hussein-era flag, meeting the demands of Iraq's Kurdish minority who threatened not to fly the banner during a pan-Arab meeting in the Kurdish-run north next month.

Watchdog slams conditions on Pakistan TV channel's return

A global media watchdog yesterday "deplored" what it said was the Pakistani government's insistence that a top television channel should drop key programmes to secure its return to the airwaves.

N Korea tops list of disaster deaths: IFRC

North Korea suffered the world's largest number of deaths from natural disasters over the past decade, the International Red Cross said in a new report seen Tuesday.

Gulf, Asian states to join forces against labour abuse

Gulf Arab states heavily dependent on an Asian labour force were expected to agree on Tuesday with labour-sending Asian countries to join forces against the exploitation of expat workers from Asia.

Germany, China say ties have 'returned to normal’

The foreign ministers of China and Germany said yesterday that ties between their countries had normalised after months of tensions over Berlin receiving the Dalai Lama in September.

Would-be suicide blast kills 4 in Afghanistan

A would-be suicide attacker's bomb-filled jacket exploded unexpectedly as he set out on a mission yesterday, killing himself and three others, a provincial police chief said.

Arts & Entertainment

Promoting the heritage of handicrafts

A remarkable handicraft exhibition organised by Ecota Fair Trade Ltd. opened at Drik Gallery on January 21. In it one found varieties of displays ranging from bronze and wood wall hangings to superb silk quilts -- nakshi kantha -- with delicate stitches. One also saw pink, gold and red fabric bolts from various far-flung regions of the Chittagong Hill Tracts to sophisticated vegetable dye products from Aranya. Kumudini, Gram Mati and other well-known handicraft outlets.

Padatik Natya Sangsad celebrates its 30th anniversary

On January 21, Padatik Natya Sangsad Bangladesh arranged a daylong event at the National Theatre stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, to mark its 30th anniversary. The event included an inaugural session, exhibition of props from the different productions of Padatik, a cultural programme, certificate giving ceremony and staging of the popular play, Jolbalika.

Public memorial programme for Selim Al Deen

A public memorial programme for renowned dramatist Selim Al Deen was held at the Central Shaheed Minar on January 21. Shammilito Sanskritik Jote, a common platform for cultural organisations, arranged the event.

Bangladesh Writers Foundation honours literary personalities

To celebrate its 11th anniversary, Bangladesh Writers Foundation arranged a programme at the Liberation War Museum Auditorium on January 21. Noted writer-translator Saleha Chowdhury was given the Writers Foundation Literary award 2007 at the event. Sinha M A Sayeed, Mizan Rahman, Tahmina Quraishi and Golam Mohammad received the Best Book Awards for their contribution to literature.


Indian prime minister's visit to China

On January13, India's Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh paid an official three-day visit to China to boost relations with its neighbour. He met with both President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. The Indian leader called engagement with China an "imperative necessity."

Save the last drops

Ahealthy mind in a healthy body is a thing to pray for," said the great Roman satirist, Juvennal, about 2000 years ago. And to be healthy we must get, among other things, enough water to cater for the body's needs; and if the water is not sufficient and potable, we face health problems, diseases, and finally damage to the body's mechanisms.

Star City

Bid to bid goodbye to police harassment

The police have finally come up with a plan to improve its image by taking steps to remove common allegations of harassing people.

Mushrooming bus terminals spoil people's peacefulness

Indiscriminately placed bus counters and unauthorised 'mini terminals' for long distance bus services in residential areas of the city are creating major inconvenience to the residents.

Love for the lost cakes

It was a different day for the city dwellers. They had the opportunity to get away from their hectic and demanding lifestyle for a change and tickle their taste buds at the Pitha (rice cake) festival organised by Narigrantha Prabartana.

Star Chittagong

Dredging, excavation of 30 Ctg canals to end in Feb

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) has planned to complete the dredging and the excavation work by early February to widen around 30 canals to rid the city of waterlogging that causes immense suffering to the city dwellers and loss of properties frequently.

Policy for coastal fishermen underscored

Experts said formulation of a policy is needed for 25 lakh coastal fishermen as they contribute to around 90 per cent of the total catch.

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