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Azam Chy now says he did not file case against Hasina

Industrialist Azam J Chowdhury yesterday told the press that he did not file any case "directly" against former prime minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina.

Farmers to get cash subsidy for irrigation

The government is going to provide the Boro farmers with money for buying diesel for irrigation in its effort to make sure that this year's Boro production target could be achieved.

Titas pipeline on blaze after hit by trawler

A portion of an underwater gas pipeline on the bed of River Turag went up in flames yesterday at Aminbazar in Savar as the lower part of a cargo vessel pierced through it.

Nizami, Mojahid face murder charge

A freedom fighter (FF) yesterday filed a murder case against Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid, five of their party men and three non-Bangalees for the massacre of 345 people during the Liberation War.

Move on to address religious extremism

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed apprised a world meet in Davos, Switzerland yesterday of a quiet social change underway in Bangladesh to attain economic stability through microcredit and non-formal education to address the issue of religious extremism and suicide bombings.

CA says talks soon with parties on polls

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has said the government will soon sit with political parties to discuss holding of free, fair and credible elections, and strengthening the foundation of democracy.

DU teachers cancel protest programme

The teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday cancelled their protest programmes of wearing black badges and hoisting black flags on the campus as all their detained colleagues and students have been released.

Bird flu poses global threat; requires strong control efforts

Recent avian influenza outbreaks in 15 countries demonstrate that the H5N1 strain of the virus remains a global threat and requires close monitoring and strong control efforts.

Cops asked to move fast with cases

Dhaka city police have been directed to concentrate more on quick disposal of the cases in connection with luxury cars kept abandoned at different police stations.

10 PBCP outlaws to die for murder

A speedy trial tribunal in Rajshahi yesterday sentenced ten outlawed cadres of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) to death for the murder of five people, including four policemen.

Hasina's trial to continue

The Supreme Court yesterday overruled a High Court order that had stalled the trial of former prime minister Sheikh Hasina in an extortion case.

75,000 MT rice import okayed

The government yesterday approved two procurement proposals of the food ministry to import 75,000 metric tons of non-basmati rice from India to make the staple sufficiently available in the local market.

City shivers in cold, drizzle

Mist enveloped the capital as cold winds coupled with drizzle yesterday disrupted city life causing sufferings to the street people.

Dhaka should get int'l help in getting duty-free access

Former British prime minister Tony Blair said Bangladesh has strong cases of getting international support for its two major concerns--adverse effects of climate change and duty-free access to the European Union and American markets.

Hasina should be freed immediately

Awami League (AL) Acting President Zillur Rahman yesterday said our party chief should be released immediately after the confession of Azam J Chowdhury that he had not filed any extortion case against Sheikh Hasina.

Biswa Ijtema starts today

The cold wave and the daylong drizzle yesterday brought untold sufferings to several lakh devotees who arrived at the Tongi Biswa Ijtema ground for the three-day religious congregation.

ACC looks into legality of filing case against Sajeda

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) is looking into the legal backing for filing a case against Awami League presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury as it yesterday decided not to accept her wealth statement because it had no dateline next to her signature.

JP for forming national govt

Jatiya Party (JP) yesterday urged the government to form a 'national government' comprising all political parties, civil society members, and professionals to tackle the present political and economic crises in the country.

Rejoinder, our reply

Labaid Cardiac Hospital in a rejoinder to The Daily Star yesterday said its report titled 'Labaid Hospital, Patients allege negligence in treatment' published on that day was biased and one-sided.

Prof Anwar for listing Shibir men doing politics at DU

Prof Anwar Hossain, one of the four Dhaka University teachers released from jail, yesterday urged the students to make a list of Chhatra Shibir members doing politics on the campus and launch another movement for the trial of war criminals.

Bomangs mark Rajpunnah in Bandarban

Thousands of tribal and Bangali people yesterday celebrated Rajpunnah in true fashion of communal harmony amid cultural diversity at the local Rajbari premises in Bandarban town.

40 militants, 8 troops die in Pak gun battles

Pakistani troops backed by tanks and gunships cleared militant hideouts near the Afghan border, sparking gunbattles that left eight troops and 40 rebels dead, the army said yesterday.

Hillary, McCain lead latest opinion poll

Hillary Clinton and John McCain lead the latest national poll of US voters, boosting their frontrunner credentials in the race to become the Democratic and Republican candidates for president.

British minister quits over funding row

A British minister announced his resignation yesterday over a funding row clouding the governing Labour Party, in a new blow to embattled Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Suicide bomber kills Mosul police chief

A suicide bomber killed the chief of police of Iraq's main northern city of Mosul and two other officers yesterday as they visited the scene of an earlier blast, the US military said.

Police baton-charge anti-Musharraf protesters

Pakistani riot police used tear gas and batons here yesterday to disperse hundreds of protesters chanting slogans against President Pervez Musharraf, AFP reporters witnessed.


The freeing of DU teachers and students

The freeing of eight Dhaka University students on Wednesday, together with the earlier release of four academics from detention, has certainly led to an easing of tension not only on the campus but across the country as well. The joy and sense of relief with which the freed teachers and students were welcomed back at Dhaka University speak of the respect and empathy that people have felt for all these individuals. The campus will now hopefully return to a pursuit of normal activities.

BCS examinations notified

After a time-lag of two and a half years since the circular for the last BCS exam was issued, that for the 28th BCS exam, has just been published. The delay in setting the BCS exam on the roll is because of the irregularities in the 27th BCS exam which took time to be cleared from the deck including the corrective steps put in place to avert any recurrence of the same this time around.

Four brothers and a sister

This is a story from faraway Zimbabwe, from its Dzivarasekwa district to be precise. A group, which calls itself "the Four Brothers and a Sister" flags down vehicles on the road, pretending that they are traffic officers checking out safety measures. It includes four men and one woman, which is how it got its name. But in reality they collect bribe from the drivers and don't mind negotiating within the earshot of passengers.

National compromise

The country seems to have been transfixed into immobility on the rail-tracks by the on-rushing lights of an express freight train in the form of the February 18 elections. President Pervez Musharraf and his supporters are standing on one side of the tracks while the opposition political parties are on the other. From time to time, suicide bombers remind us that the situation can become far more explosive. Neither is prepared to blink first, i.e. any move by either side to save Pakistan from the approaching disaster will be taken as a sign of weakness by the other.

Turning up the heat

Family therapists might want to study the two Democratic get-togethers over the last week. Both were nominally about race in America, and both involved the same three candidates. One became known as the kumbaya conversation, in which the candidates embraced one another's records on civil rights and racial issues. The other was a bloodbath in which the same candidates slashed and sliced their way through one another's reputations, voting records and campaign quotes.


Terrific Tendulkar

India superstar Sachin Tendulkar posted a fairytale century to lift his side towards a challenging total on the first day of the fourth and final Test against Australia here Thursday.

Tsunami Tsonga in final

Unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stunned second seed Rafael Nadal with an astonishing display of high-level tennis to storm into the final of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Sohail, Nasir Pak stars

Sohail Tanveer took four wickets and Nasir Jamshed made a half-century as Pakistan subdued some spirited Zimbabwe resistance to take a firm grip on the one-day series on Thursday.

BFF at last reveals calendar

Under pressure from footballers and clubs, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) eventually finalised its calendar for 2008.

BCB reviews report on Nimbus deal

The Bangladesh Cricket Board's ad-hoc committee reviewed the report of The Special Review Committee on the Nimbus Agreement on Wednesday in its sixth meeting, says a board press release.

Nepal no match for Bangladesh

Mohammad Mithun and Nadimuddin Mintu smashed swashbuckling hundreds during a 261-run stand as Bangladesh U-19s cricketers inflicted a massive 111-run defeat on visiting Nepal U-19s in the first one-day match at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.

Inspired by the Don

Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar hailed his chanceless century on the opening day of the fourth Test against Australia here Thursday as one of the most significant of a stellar career.

It's Sharapova v Ivanovic

A dogged Ana Ivanovic staged a stunning comeback Thursday to make the Australian Open final where a sizzling Maria Sharapova stands between her and a maiden Grand Slam title.

Open Secrets

One phone call in six months, the occasional letter.

Draws all around

It was a case of stalemate all round in Tamale for Wednesday's African Nations Cup Group D games, with a wonder strike by Elrio Van Heerdeen saving South Africa against Angola and a late Tunisia fight back earning them a point against Senegal.

Late rally rescues Juve

Juventus produced a stirring late fight-back to snatch a 2-2 draw against Inter Milan at the San Siro in the Italian Cup quarterfinal first leg on Wednesday night.

Adebayor says sorry

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has apologised for a clash with teammate Nicklas Bendtner that left the young forward with a bruised nose at the end of the club's 5-1 League Cup humiliation at the hands of Tottenham.

Iran name Clemente as coach

Iran on Thursday named Spaniard Javier Clemente as their new national football coach, ending months of uncertainty over who would take charge of one of the sport's powerhouses in Asia.

Juventus hunt Bundesliga duo

A pair of the Bundesliga's brightest stars - Werder Bremen midfielder Diego and Hamburg captain Rafael van der Vaart - are being hunted by Italian giants Juventus, according to reports here.

Veterans fire blank

The former star footballers from either side of the border failed to warm a chilly winter day when they met in a friendly football match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Grand opening ceremony on the cards

A meeting of the ceremonies committee of the 2nd Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games was held at the Bangladesh Rifles Headquarters conference room yesterday with committee chairman and DG of BDR Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed in chair.

Biplab in last eight

Biplab Ram of Bangladesh moved into the boys' singles quarterfinal in Group-2 of the Mobil ITF Asian 14/Under Asian Championships beating Wang Chuk of Bhutan 6-1, 6-1 at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.

Third win for Youngmen's

Sabuj scored one and set another goal to power Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool thrash Sunrise KC 3-0 in yesterday's lone Senior Division Football League match at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

Shahrukh and Ambani the winners

Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan and industrialist Mukesh Ambani won bids Thursday to own teams in the star-studded Twenty20 Indian Premier League, organisers said.

A day of everything

The best thing about the play on Thursday was that it left viewers tingling with anticipation. As a first day's play, it was as good as it could get: there was a masterful hundred from the master himself; a couple of contrasting fifties; some skilful and spirited bowling from the world's premier fast bowler; a much improved performance from a fast-learning left-armer and even a couple of spills. And now India's first innings remains full of possibilities. Friday can't come sooner.

Zaker, Ibrahim going great guns

SA Zaker and Ibrahim Hossain shared lead in the Metropolis Selection Chess Tournament with maximum five points after yesterday's fifth round matches at the federation hall-room.

Amicus Jr tennis from tomorrow

The Amicus 6th International Junior Tennis Championships, organised by Bangladesh Tennis Federation, begins tomorrow at the BKSP Tennis Complex in Savar.

JFA Cup entry till Jan 31

The tournament committee extended the entry time for the 4th JFA Cup Under-15 Football Championship after poor response within the deadline.

Chelsea prevail in semi

Chelsea will face London rivals Tottenham in next month's League Cup final after crushing Everton's dream of a first domestic final appearance in eight years here on Wednesday.

Milan fall to Atalanta

AC Milan's Champions League qualification hopes suffered a major blow as they were beaten 2-1 at Atalanta on Wednesday.

Lyon increase lead

Serial French champions Lyon moved a step closer to seventh heaven on Wednesday when a 2-0 win over Lorient extended their lead over Bordeaux to six points, boosting their chances of a seventh successive title.

Tigana under investigation

Former Monaco and Fulham manager Jean Tigana was one of several people questioned Wednesday by police in Marseille as part of an investigation into suspect transfers, sources close to the inquiry said.

Tamudo out for two months

Espanyol's Spanish international striker Raul Tamudo broke his left arm in training on Wednesday and will be out of action for about two months, the Catalonian club said.


Stocks bounce back on record Jamuna Oil trade

Jamuna Oil Company yesterday set another record of highest single day transaction with stocks bouncing back on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) after four days of consecutive fall.

NY confce on Bangladesh's investment potential begins

A major conference on investment opportunities in Bangladesh, organised by the Asia Society and sponsored by JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs, began in New York yesterday.

ICC-B demands 'measures' against errant foreign firms

ICC-B has asked the state-run investment promotional agency for taking appropriate measures against the foreign companies that are non-compliant with Bangladesh rules.

Full farm trade liberalisation to lead to more poverty

A full-fledged liberalisation of agricultural trade under the WTO regime will lead to a rise in poverty incidence in Bangladesh's rural and urban areas, according to a Commonwealth study released in Dhaka yesterday.

Danish-Bangla firm to invest $6m in Ctg EPZ

M/s A&B Outerwear Ltd, a joint venture between Denmark and Bangladesh, is going to set up a garment manufacturing plant in Chittagong Export Processing Zone, says a press release.

World stocks surge but Societe Generale fraud casts pall

Global share prices rocketed Thursday, though fears of an economic slowdown lingered as Societe Generale revealed a massive 7.15-billion-dollar fraud-related loss it attributed to one of its traders.

5m more unemployed feared in 2008: ILO

Five million more people risk being made unemployed in 2008 as the global economy struggles with the US subprime crisis and rising oil prices, the International Labour Organisation said on Wednesday.

BASIS software show Feb 14-18

Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), the national trade association of software and IT services companies of the country, will organise BASIS SoftExpo 2008 on February 14-18.

UAE to set up overseas labour processing centres to check malpractice

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will establish overseas labour processing centres in major labour-sending countries this year to curb recruitment-related malpractices.

GP's attractive pre-paid start-up offer

Grameenphone Ltd has brought attractive bundle start-up offers this January for its pre-paid subscribers, providing new pre-paid subscribers with attractive discounts of F&F calls, says a press release.

Nepal's first low-cost airline begins operation

Yeti Airlines International, a joint venture between Yeti Airlines of Nepal and Air Arabia, began international flights from Wednesday, with its inaugural flight taking off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Kathmandu.

Senior official of German leather chemical firm due today

Wolfgang Glocknitzer, divisional director of Schill Seilacher AG, a leading German leather chemical manufacturer, will arrive in Dhaka today on a 5-day visit, says a press release.

GCC postponds residency cap on unskilled foreign workers

Facing pressure from the businesses, the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have agreed to put off the six-year residency cap on unskilled foreign workers, a move likely to benefit thousands of expatriates including those from India.

US helps Vietnam upgrade aviation safety

The United States will help Vietnam upgrade aviation security to enable state-run carrier Vietnam Airlines to launch direct flights to the United States, the US embassy said Thursday.

UPS to open centres in EPZs

US-based courier firm UPS (United Parcel Service) will open centres in all export processing zones (EPZs) of Bangladesh to provide its services to exporters, the chief executive of its service partner-- Air Alliance-- said on Wednesday.


Power generation declines to 50pc for technical glitches

The power generation of 250 megawatt (MW) Barapukuria Coal-Power Plant has declined to 50 per cent as it developed technical glitches at one of the boilers of 125MW unit-2, said plant sources.

Geological conditions not conducive to open pit mining

Underground mining method would be the best way to extract coal from Phulbari coal mine, experts said yesterday.

PRSP has lapse to address women's advancement

Speakers at a discussion yesterday said there are gaps in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) of Bangladesh in terms of addressing women's advancement and rights issues.

Maintain ethics of journalism, help strengthen democracy

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday sought supporting role of the media in attaining national progress as Bangladesh is now on the road to development and making its endeavour towards flourishing democratic process.

Social business can free people from dependency

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus said social business enterprises can free millions of people from dependency on charity or others alongside eradicating poverty.

BDR, BSF agree to resolve disputes thru' discussion

A meeting between the officials of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the Border Security Forces (BSF) of India was held at Beanibazar yesterday with both sides agreeing to resolve disputes through discussions and necessary actions.

Security beefed up in Khulna as PBCP threatens bomb attack

Security measures in the city have been stepped as the M-L faction of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) has threatened bomb attacks on joint forces.

Dhaka, Delhi enjoy excellent ties

President Iajuddin Ahmed said Bangladesh and India enjoy excellent bilateral relations and hoped that the existing friendly relations between two countries will be further strengthened in the days to come.

3 hurt, production suspended

At least three workers were injured critically when a part of Shetabganj Sugar Mills, the biggest one in northern region, collapsed in a big bang yesterday suspending its sugar production.

BDR on patrol to prevent entry of Indian poultry

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Wednesday started patrolling on the river routes of Khulna, Jessore and Satkhira to prevent Indian poultry from entering the country.

'Change attitude towards people with disability'

Regulatory Reforms Commission (RRC) Chairman Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said the government should change its attitude towards people with disability in order to ensure their rights.

Jubo Dal worker arrested on charge of raping schoolgirl

Police arrested a Jubo Dal activist on charges of raping a schoolgirl at her home at Satpai Palpara in Netrakona on Wednesday night.

Customs official, C&F agent held for bribing

A customs official and a C&F agent were caught red-handed while exchanging bribes at Chittagong Customs House yesterday.

30 RMG workers, 3 Ansar men injured in clash in Narayanganj

Thirty employees of Joya Garments in Rupganj and three Ansar members were injured in a clash between the agitating workers and the security guards of the factory yesterday.

Auto-rickshaw driver sued for throwing acid on 2 RMG workers

A case was filed with Bandar Police Station yesterday in connection with throwing acid on two female garment workers in the city on Tuesday night.

Wife, paramour get death for killing one in Chuadanga

A young housewife and her paramour were sentenced to death yesterday for murder of her husband in a remote village of Jibannagar upazila two years ago.

AL leader, 28 others acquitted

Twenty-nine people, including a former upazila chairman and AL leader, were acquitted of the charges brought against them in the much-talked JCD leader Foyez Ahmed Anu killing case.

OIC leader visits Sidr-hit areas at Sharankhola

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) Atta Manane Pakhit yesterday visited the Sidr-hit areas at Sharankhola in Bagerhat.

More donation to CA's fund

More individuals and organisations donated Tk 1,06,603 to the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund for cyclone Sidr victims.

Madhusudan's anniversary of birth today

Today is the 184th birth anniversary of poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt.

1105 more held

Police arrested 1,105 people in separate drives across the county in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.

1 dies, 12 missing as boat capsizes

At least one person died and 12 others were missing, as a small passenger boat capsized at the river Jamuna at Sariakandi during a storm on Wednesday evening.


Razing hills

The news item titled “Hill cutting on in Khagrachari defying ban” published in The Daily Star's January 12, 2008 issue has drawn my attention. It is mentioned that two hills were razed and trees were axed. The news described the fact in such a fashion that the work was a heinous crime. It was also stated that the hills were erased for making 70 new housing plots. I have been observing with concern for the last couple of years that newspapers and electronic media have been mentioning the razing of hills as detrimental to the environment. But no one has so far explained scientifically the pros and cons of cutting hills and developing plain lands in Bangladesh, at least I have not seen such rational explanation.

Violence in garment factories

I have read the above editorial with interest as business is my specialization.

Dighapatia Rajbari

Uttara Ganobhaban, known as the Dighapatia Rajbari and situated in Natore District, is an important source of tourist attraction.

Unsporting cricket!

The recent controversy which occurred surrounding the second Test between India and Australia (played at SCG), was indeed very unfortunate. The world was shocked to see a revered umpire like Steve Bucknor making such terrible decisions. In addition, Mark Benson was also guilty since he should never have relied on fielders for making a decision when he could have easily taken help from the third umpire.

It's a shame, it's a disgrace

Traffic was brought to a standstill at the busy Airport Road-Kamal Ataturk Avenue intersection for twenty minutes on the night of 02 January 2008, causing immense misery to the public. This was done to ensure 'safe' movement of a VIP (or VVIP?) who was (most probably) going to attend a private reception at Gulshan.

Dhaka metro

I am an expatriate leaving in the UK and read about the metro plan in your paper. This is really great news. I hope this plan will come to fruition as this will help a mega-city like Dhaka to improve economically. I am sure the plans will be inclusive of thinking for future expansion, safety and cover as much area of Dhaka as is practically possible in the most efficient and least costly way. This project will considerably ease the sufferings of Dhaka commuters.

Role of CTG

The CTG should remain for five years as the situation demands. The CTG should carry out massive reforms and wipe out corruption. Thanks are also due to Gen HM Chowdhury for his pioneering steps at BAC.If the CTG can't carry out reforms, the corrupt politicians along with the clerical cadres will take advantage of the situation and will make the same mess again which will increase the sufferings of the needy and the disadvantaged.

Unnecessary dialogue

Rafique, Jabbar, Salam, Barkat and others sacrificed their lives to attain linguistic freedom. We are lucky enough that for their great sacrifice we are speaking in our mother language. But the question is, should we abuse it? In our society, speaking efficiently is considered as a special quality. On the other hand, 'talkative' persons are measured negatively. Unfortunately, under the influence of the 'media' some 'responsible bosses' are being considered as talkative people by us. This is not good at all for the nation.


This is in response to Fuad Mallick's letter titled NRBs. He states " ....Off you go to some other country and serve that society for years and then come back here, hold a high profile conference and tell us to be Bangladeshis! If you really want to do something, come back and show us that you really care, otherwise go back to your adopted countries and stay there and don't bother us with your advice! "

Bangladesh drowning?

Refer to the article Bangladesh drowning: A reality or a myth? By Faruque Hasan

Road accidents

Over the last several years our authorities concerned have made one way road traffic, about quarter of a mile long, on a small portion of Gulistan -- Jatrabari road, from Jaikali Mandir road corner to south-eastern road corner of Rajdhani market.

WASA in Khulna

It is very good news for the people of Khulna that, though belated, the present government has in principle agreed to implement the decision of the immediate past government to establish WASA in Khulna metropolitan city, which is expected to start functioning from March this year.

Israel and peace

As if to give a twist to the peace move by US President Bush, a hawkish faction in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's coalition, Yisrael Beiteinu's 11 lawmakers pulled out of the government on 16 January, leaving Olmert with a majority of 67 in the 120-seat parliament. This unexpected step has weakened Olmert at a time when he needs broad support to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians by the end of the year. The ruling coalition still has the majority in the House. "Negotiations on the basis of land for peace is a fatal mistake," Avigdor Lieberman, head of the faction, told a news conference. However, Ruhama Avraham, a member of Olmert's Kadima Party, said the government would overcome this. Olmert had tried to persuade Lieberman to stay in the government in a meeting with him on Tuesday. But Yisrael Beiteinu decided in a meeting to leave, Lieberman said. "Nothing will come of these negotiations," he declared.


Palestinians pour into Egypt for second day

Palestinian thronged out of Gaza into Egypt for a second consecutive day yesterday to stock up on supplies after militants blew open the border of the Hamas-run territory.

Power-sharing deal most likely way out of Kenya crisis: analysts

The only way out of the deadly crisis that has rocked Kenya for a month is a political deal, which analysts said yesterday was likely to include creation of a prime minister position for the opposition.

HR Council slams Israel over Gaza

The UN Human Rights Council criticised Israel yesterday for its blockade of Gaza, in a resolution that EU member states on the council abstained from voting on, citing a lack of balance.

More Russian nuclear fuel delivered to Iran

Russia delivered a sixth consignment of fuel for Iran's first nuclear power plant in the Gulf port of Bushehr yesterday which makes it around 80 percent of the consignment, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Greeks begin clearing migrants' camp at port

Officials in the western port of Patras have begun razing a camp where hundreds of illegal immigrants, mainly Afghan, spend months waiting to sneak on to Italy-bound ferries, police said yesterday.

US-led soldiers kill nine Afghan policemen

US-led soldiers killed nine Afghan policemen, including a district police chief, and a woman in an overnight raid aimed at Taliban fighters, Afghan officials said yesterday.

India to invite France to upgrade warplanes

Defence officials in New Delhi confirmed yesterday that French firms will be invited to upgrade India's fleet of Mirage fighters in a contract worth up to 1.5 billion euros.

Scores slash veins in Russian prison protest

Scores of inmates slashed their veins in a protest at a prison camp in far eastern Russia, local prosecutors said in a statement yesterday.

Davos switches focus to Pakistan

The volatile situation in Pakistan took centre stage in Davos yesterday, after a first day dominated by talk of a US recession.

Greek PM for closer ties with Turkey

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis used yesterday the occasion of the first visit by a Greek premier to Turkey in almost 50 years to push for closer ties and warn of the "immense" cost if tensions persist.

Raid on suspected al-Qaeda cells in Turkey: 3 killed

Three people, among them a police officer, were killed in house raids against suspected al-Qaeda militants in the southeast of Turkey, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

Pak police find bomb on Sharif convoy route

Pakistani police defused a roadside time bomb just minutes before opposition leader Nawaz Sharif was due to pass the spot in the northwestern city of Peshawar yesterday, officials said.

Mass grave found in Sri Lanka

The bodies of at least 16 people have been found in a mass grave in a government-controlled area of north-central Sri Lanka, police said yesterday.

20 killed in Polish military aircraft crash

All 20 people on board a Polish military transport plane died when it crashed as it came in to land at an airport in northwest Poland, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said yesterday.

Global demand for Filipino workers to remain strong

The global demand for Filipino workers will remain strong despite fears of the recession in the United States, a labour official said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Nrityanchal Dance Festival begins

Renowned international dancer and choreographer Sukalyan Bhattacharya is now in Dhaka for the Nrityanchal Dance Festival --beginning today -- at the National Theatre stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).

Kuhu's amazing pastel portraits

Kuhu is currently having a solo exhibition at Gallery Chitrak after some years. Her present delineation of sensuous, dusky women, peeping though curtains of Dhaka rickshaws, are memories of her student days at the Institute of Fine Arts, years back. Through the image of the attractive women with flowing hair, cherub lips, luminous eyes and eager looks, she recalls her trips through Dhaka before she went to study at Dieppe, France.

A Dhakaiite who made it big in Bombay

Next year, master director Bimal Roy would have turned 100. He was a director, a spotter of talent and a visionary.

Wahidul Haque remembered

The first death anniversary of Wahidul Haque is only a few days away. It was on January 27, 2007 when the cultural icon left this world, leaving the nation in tears.

Theatre Festival '08 ends

The six-day Theatre Festival '08, arranged by the troupe Theatre (Natok Sarani), ended on January 23 at the Mahila Samity Stage. Apart from two productions -- Shat Ghater Kanakori and Rupbhan -- by Theatre, two troupes from India staged three plays at the festival.

“Aha” screened at the Pune International Film Festival

Architect turned filmmaker Enamul Karim Nirjhar's debut feature film Aha participated at the 6th Pune International Film Festival, India. The festival continued from January 10 to 17 in Pune, which was inaugurated by Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi.

“Smile Show” on ATN Bangla tonight

ATN Bangla will air the ninth episode of the variety programme Smile Show tonight at 8 pm. Directed and hosted by Khandaker Ismail, this episode will feature performances by several popular singers.

“Baazimat Shorashori” on Channel-i

The second episode of Baazimaat Shorashori, hosted and directed by Farzana Brownia, will be aired tonight at 11:30 pm. The programme is the first of its kind in the country where people can participate live both in TV and radio, through Channel i and Radio Today, and win exciting prizes. The audience has to answer simple questions and can win gift vouchers from Habib@ persona, The Westin Dhaka and so on, worth Tk 3000 to 5000. The participant to send most number of SMS will get air tickets for Dhaka-Kolkata Dhaka, sponsored by GMG airlines.


Developing tourism

Reams of paper have gone into writing about the prospect of tourism in Bangladesh in all the mediums of reporting. For the last three decades, we have been endeavouring to develop tourism, but the expectations have not always been met. The good news is that many high officials concerned with national development have recently come to understand the importance of tourism.

Words and reality

Over and over again we are plunged into confusion by words. Words are used in contexts not only to provide information and truth but, probably most of the time, to stir up images and emotions also.


An alternative way of livelihood and environmental protection

Agriculture is traditionally associated with the purposeful production of food and fibre commodities in rural areas. Agriculture in the 21st century, however, is actually much broader than this -- it also includes such diverse items as environmental horticulture, planning the use of green space, control of insect and rodent pests, wildlife management, and even food production by city dwellers. Urban agriculture is a broad term to describe agricultural activities and livelihoods in an urban setting. It means more than maintaining farms or gardens in an urban environment. It also includes livestock raising, water management and organic waste management. After all, it includes small- and large-scale activities in horticulture, livestock, fodder and milk production, aquaculture, and forestry -- where several activities may be carried out within one enterprise.

Global worries for environment

The environment includes both biotic and abiotic factors and they depend on each other for their existence. So they are equally co-existence components and distortion of one affects the other. What is happening in the world from the environmental point of view is really horrible and dreadful to think Environmental are hazards causing much problems to mankind as well as the flora and fauna of the whole world. So time has come to think over the matter and to face it successfully. First it is necessary to know what are the factors responsible for these devastating actions. Natural disasters are recurring incidents and almost every year causing serious damage to both mankind and its resources. The recent SIDR and two times flood in the same year are the best examples. Both the man made and natural factors are responsible for these natural disasters.

We can change the world by saving climate into a communal activity

Keeping Greenhouse Gas Online up to date can be hard work at the best of times. In March of 2004, the publishers Macmillan approached me with the idea of writing a book about how climate change is going to affect you and me, and how we affect it. It was to be called Climate Change Begins at Home: Life on the two-way street of global warming. I jumped at the chance. Most weekends since then have seen me tapping away at this keyboard, doing yet another wordcount and losing more hair from my already draughty head” this note is by Dave Reay who has created an uproar round the world writing an unconventional and peculiar book -- Climate Change Begins at Home: life on the two-way street of global warming. The salient characteristic of this book is its simple and powerful metaphors with the funny jokes which sound a little ironic.

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