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News of: Monday, 28th of January, 2008
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The caretaker government yesterday decided to revoke the power of members of parliament (MP) over upazila parishads, and to empower the Election Commission (EC) to hold polls to the parishads, a crucial tier of the local government system.
The High Court (HC) in a rule yesterday ordered the Election Commission (EC) to explain within four weeks why it shall not be directed to hold the general election within the next 90 days.
The Awami League (AL), BNP and Jatiya Party (JP) yesterday demanded that the caretaker government hold an "unconditional" dialogue with the political parties to find out a solution to the existing political crisis in the country.
Zia International Airport (ZIA) plunged into a chaos last night as an unprecedented 2-hour power outage shut down all airport operations leaving over a thousand passengers stranded, with some of them stuck in flights unable to land on dark runways.
Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has filed a case against 10 former and in-service high officials including two former CEOs of Grameenphone on charge of their involvement in illegal international call termination or VoIP.
Since the outbreak of bird flu in nine more districts in the country this month, 41,620 poultry were culled so far, while the government beefed up its awareness raising campaign and tightened the bio-security measures in border areas.
Trial of the extortion case filed against former premier and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina resumes on Wednesday about two weeks after the High Court stayed proceedings of the case on January 17.
Police have started investigation into the murder case filed against Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and eight others for the massacre of 345 people during the Liberation War.
Renowned environmentalist Dr Atiq Rahman has won this year's Champions of the Earth Award for the Asia Pacific region.
Out of 19 VIP inmates having treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) prison cell, 14 are allegedly overstaying.
The state of emergency should be withdrawn at the earliest, allowing space for political activities, international relations analyst Professor Imtiaz Ahmed said yesterday.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sought permission to interrogate detained former law minister barrister Moudud Ahmed and former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain at the jail gate in connection with Niko graft case.
Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday urged the caretaker government to fairly investigate the terrorist attacks and killings including the murder of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria.
The top two US intelligence officials made a secret visit to Pakistan in early January to seek permission from President Pervez Musharraf for greater involvement of American forces in trying to ferret out al-Qaeda and other militant groups active in the tribal regions along the Afghanistan border, a senior US official said.
Former president Suharto, who ruled Indonesia with an iron fist for over three decades, died on Sunday aged 86, his family and police said at a Jakarta hospital.
Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially charged South Carolina primary Saturday night, regaining campaign momentum in the prelude to a Feb. 5 coast-to-coast competition for more than 1,600 Democratic National Convention delegates.
The final details of the government deal to export 500,000 tonnes of rice from India to Bangladesh, at a price lower than US$500 per tonne, might take two more weeks to complete.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has allocated $5.2 million grant to CARE Bangladesh for strengthening the dairy value chain in Bangladesh to increase the productivity of small-scale dairy farmers and link them to the formal dairy market.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sued BNP leader Maruf Nizam and former principal officer of Mercantile Marine Department (MMD) Captain Habibur Rahman and his wife Kohinur Sultana on charges of amassing illegal assets and concealing information regarding their earnings.
A man was murdered in Pallabi area of the capital in early morning hours yesterday.
Six people died of cold related diseases in Barguna and Sherpur districts on Saturday.
Two robbers were killed in a mob beating at Madra village in Swarupkathi upazila Saturday midnight.
Tennis hot property Novak Djokovic broke through for his first Grand Slam triumph with a dramatic four-set victory over unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open on Sunday.
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama took 55 percent of the vote to win the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary on Saturday -- his second victory among the party's five voting events so far, and the most decisive primary win by any candidate in either party to date.
The World Economic Forum meet in Davos ended on a note of warnings for the shape of things to come in 2008. The risk of a US recession and slowing global growth, as we see it, warrant 'a coordinated action' on the part of not only the economic power houses but also of developing countries. LDCs likely to be at the receiving end in terms of reduced prospect for export in the event of a recession in the west should have certain leveraging against fall in trade incomes through better terms of trade. So, the coordination of policies should not be entirely be confined to the world's elite but also be inclusive of developing countries' stand-points.
It is disconcerting news that while Zia International Airport (ZIA) has the potential to earn huge revenues for the country it remains underutilised at the moment because of lack of vision, planning and initiative. A report says that Bangladesh could earn over Taka 400 crore annually as extra revenue if the passenger handling capacity of ZIA could be put to full use by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB). While we believe Tk. 400 crore is a huge sum for a country like Bangladesh, we fail to understand what is stopping the authorities concerned from going all out towards tripling of the present income.
Fearing that the United States was already in recession, stock markets across the world went into a tailspin on January 21. Next day, in a surprise move, the US Federal Reserve lowered its target for the federal funds rate, from 4.25% to 3.50%.
The shrewdest way of defeating your opponent, they say, is to flatter him to death. Mr. LK Advani did exactly that to his old-time friend-senior Atal Behari Vajpayee by demanding that he be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.
During the writer's nine-week sojourn in Bangladesh that ended last week, one of the first questions he faced from relatives, friends and well-wishers was: why have you stopped writing for The Daily Star? As aficionados of conspiracy theories, several came up with their own explanations, which ran the gamut from the CIA placing a gag order on the writer for his anti-Bush rhetoric to the writer having lost all his marbles! The truth will disappoint many readers: there was really no reason! The writer simply needed a break.
Former national skipper Habibul Bashar is yet to get any response from Premier League teams although the three-day inter-club player's transfer is knocking on the door.
Shahid Afridi equalled the record for most sixes in a one-day career to guide Pakistan to a 37-run win over Zimbabwe in the third day-night international here on Sunday, clinching the series in the process.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting equalled Sunil Gavaskar by scoring his 34th Test century on the fourth day of the fourth Test against India here Sunday.
Jacques Kallis scored his 16th one-day century as South Africa wrapped up victory in their home series against West Indies with two matches to spare.
Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) officials yesterday inspected the reception point of the Indian contingent in Bangladesh at Benapole, Jessore for the 2nd Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has received poor response regarding the title sponsorship rights of Bangladesh's home series against South Africa in February-March.
The Bangladesh Under-19 team will go for the series when they host the visiting Nepal Under-19s in the third and final limited-overs match at BKSP today.
Syed Abdul Zaker's winning run in the Metropolis selection chess tournament was snapped yesterday by Moniruzzaman, who joined the former atop the table after eight rounds.
Tributes flowed from around the cricket world on Sunday for Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist who announced his retirement at the weekend.
The Senior Division Football League resumes today after a two-day break with two matches at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
Justice John Hansen, who has been appointed Commissioner for Harbhajan Singh's appeal against a three-match ban, will spell out the procedure to be adopted in the case today.
Novak Djokovic stood toe-to-toe with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and soaked up everything the Muhammad Ali of tennis could throw at him before delivering a knock-out blow to clinch the Australian Open title on Sunday.
AS Roma kept up their valiant chase of runaway Serie A leaders Inter Milan with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Palermo on Saturday thanks to a goal from Brazilian Alessandro Mancini.
Cameroon finally got their African Nations Cup campaign up and running, at the second attempt on Saturday, crushing Zambia 5-1 with Samuel Eto'o matching the all-time scoring record.
The binmen, builders and taxi-drivers of Havant and Waterlooville bowed out of the FA Cup to the sound of an Anfield ovation after twice leading Liverpool in their fourth round tie on Saturday.
A record number of people flocked to the Australian Open this year with more than 600,000 pouring through the turnstyles and over 30 million visits to the tournament website, organisers said.
Brazilian superstar Ronaldo will miss AC Milan's match against Genoa on Sunday due to a muscle problem, the club said on Saturday.
Despite being courted by Italian giants Juventus, Hamburg's want-away Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart seems to have cooled over a move to Italy.
Bayern Munich's goalkeeping coach Sepp Maier has strongly criticised the appointment of Jurgen Klinsmann as coach of the German giants for his complete lack of experience at club level.
Newcastle look set to miss out on Middlesbrough's Jonathan Woodgate to Tottenham despite having an offer accepted for the England defender.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga might have lost the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic, but he has taken giant strides over the past fortnight and said Sunday he was a proud man.
Come April and May, when the smothering heat of the sub-continent becomes unbearable, the world's top cricketers will flock to India for a billion-dollar extravaganza billed as the future of the game.
Comeback seamer Irfan Pathan said Sunday he believed India had uncovered a new star in teenage paceman Ishant Sharma.
Michael Clarke will wait for news from the selectors on whether he is elevated to the vice-captaincy following Adam Gilchrist's retirement. Clarke was Australia's captain during the Twenty20 international against New Zealand last month, when he expressed his leadership aspirations, but after posting his sixth Test century he said there was only a light-hearted application being made for the position.
Paul Collingwood believes former England captain Nasser Hussain has missed the point in labelling the current squad as 'soft' ahead of the tour of New Zealand.
Luis Fabiano showed he is committed to the Sevilla cause scoring a last minute penalty to secure a crucial 2-1 victory over nine-man Osasuna on Saturday.
Ghana's Asamoah Gyan almost walked out on the team after he and his family received threats following the young Udinese striker's shaky performance in Thursday's 1-0 win over Namibia.
Avram Grant insisted there was nothing behind his decision to leave Ashley Cole out of Chelsea's squad for their 2-1 FA Cup fourth round win at Wigan.
Djibril Cisse may have struggled to impose himself at Liverpool but on Saturday he showed the form which led the Reds to buy him in the first place with a hattrick in Marseille's 6-1 demolition of Caen.
Martin O'Neill believes Ashley Young presented a convincing case to feature in Fabio Capello's first England side with his impressive display in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw with Blackburn.
Jens Lehmann has admitted he decided to stay at Arsenal because he has not given up hope of winning back his first team place.
French serial champions Lyon on Saturday said they had completed the signing of French centre-back Jean-Alain Boumsong from Italy's Juventus for three million euros.
Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp expects to sign Czech Republic striker Milan Baros on loan from Lyon on Monday.
Egypt's Mohamed Aboutreika celebrated his two-goal scoring performance in the African Nations Cup win over Sudan on Saturday by declaring his sympathy for the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip.
The telecoms watchdog has filed a case against 10 former and in service high officials including two former CEOs at the country's top mobile phone operator Grameenphone, accusing their involvement in illegal international call termination or VoIP.
The Indian government is expected to approve the importation of up to eight million pieces of apparel from Bangladesh at its next cabinet meeting, the Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty said yesterday.
Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday advised Janata Bank Limited (JBL) to go for out of court settlement for the recovery of overdue loans that increased gradually to 16 percent of the total loans and advances.
Malaysia is attempting to curb its addiction to foreign labour, which has brought 2.3 million workers to its shores, but critics say the campaign is causing havoc at home and abroad.
Turbulence on world stock markets has fuelled a new gold rush, sending high-tech traders in search of the same "barbaric" treasure mankind has lusted after for millenia.
WTO members are hoping to agree on the most difficult parts of the stalled Doha round of trade talks in April, the Swiss economy minister said Saturday, launching a new calendar for the stalled negotiations.
Huawei's global revenue topped US$16 billion in 2007, with the revenue in the mobile network sector reaching US$7.0 billion to make it the tenth consecutive year of fast growth, according to a press release.
Submissions in the US$ 2 million Holcim Awards competition to promote sustainable construction will close on February 29, says a press release.
India's central bank may lower its key lending rate this week following the substantial cut in US interest rates and end a monetary tightening cycle that began in 2004, economists say.
South Korea may cut taxes to strengthen its economy amid worries about the impact of the US subprime mortgage crisis, Yonhap news agency said Sunday.
Italian CMYK brand skin care products and solutions are now available at selected outlets in Dhaka, says a press release.
Canada said it signed its first free trade pact with European countries on Saturday, clearing the way for it to boost its commerce there by ties with Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed's participation in the World Economic Forum (WEF) raised Bangladesh's international profile, Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said yesterday.
Speakers at a conference yesterday called for changing negative attitude towards women rather than enacting laws for women's rights and empowerment.
Around 900 children die of malnutrition in Bangladesh everyday mainly due to a poor dietary intake in the earliest months of their life, said eminent child specialist Prof Dr M Qudrat-e-Khuda Talukder at a seminar in the city yesterday.
Selim Al Deen, the legendary drama icon of the country, was remembered at a citizens' condolence meeting at Padma Mancha in Rajshahi city yesterday.
Speakers at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters' Unity in the city yesterday said that there is no specific guideline in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) regarding women's empowerment.
Secretary to the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment has been asked to submit a detailed report on the condition of Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for reviewing the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord in the light of the constitution to establish peace in the region.
Burglars stole gold ornaments worth around Tk 7.5 lakh from the house of a college teacher in the port city yesterday afternoon.
Bangladesh Army has taken up a programme named 'Ashar Alo' to rehabilitate the Sidr survivors in Jhalakathi at a cost of Tk 2 crore.
A Brahmanbaria court yesterday sentenced four people to death for killing a man in 2002.
Rehana Begum, a Bangladeshi expatriate living in the United Kingdom, donated Tk 5,00,000 to the Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital fund.
A police constable of Kalmakanda Police Station was killed in a road accident at Kurpar in Netrakona town yesterday morning.
Tang, a product of Kraft Foods, recently provided $4.50 lakh for the Sidr victims, says a press release.
The annual reunion of the English Department Alumni Society of Dhaka University (DU) will be held on February 1 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC).
A fire tore through the second floor of a three-storey building housing Gaco Pharmaceuticals Ltd in the city's Tejgaon Industrial Area yesterday, damaging medicines, equipment and furniture.
Two students of Rajshahi University were injured, one of them critically, in attacks by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists over a trifling matter on Saturday night and Sunday.
Arrival of migratory birds in Hakaluki Haor this year is more than double than that of last year.
Saved from child marriage, Habiba is now the 'first girl' of class nine in Abdul Karim Girl's High School in the town. She cherishes the dream to be a doctor.
Laid-off workers of Alim Jute Mills (AJM) staged a sit-in in front of the office of its project director yesterday demanding reopening of the mill and payment of their arrears.
The soil and climate of Sylhet region is suitable for cultivation of good quality Malta, a pricey fruit now being imported.
Moulvibazar Sadar upazila BNP president Faruk Ahmed and secretary Ayas Ahmed, both close allies of former lawmaker Naser Rahman, were sentenced to five years' rigorous imprisonment in an extortion case. They were also fined Tk 5,000 each, in default to suffer more six months' imprisonment.
A top cadre of the outlawed Janajudhdha faction of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed in an encounter between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his cohorts at Goaishbari village in Ataikula police station yesterday.
Civil society members in the town under the banner of Shikhha O Sangskriti Charcha Kendra at a press conference yesterday demanded reopening 154 year-old Rangpur Public Library to benefit the townspeople, particularly students and youngsters.
Chuadanga police yesterday submitted charge sheet against four people including a journalist for their alleged involvement in printing posters of an outlawed party.
One person was injured seriously when unidentified criminals hurled bomb at him in a tea stall here Saturday night, police and locals said.
Anti Corrruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said social movement against corruption is needed to make the country corruption-free.
Police yesterday recovered five firearms and 44 bullets from a passenger bus in Daulatdia Ferry Ghat in Rajbari, police said.
A Bangladeshi cattle trader drowned in the Ichhamati near Shibnagar in Debhata upazila after being chased by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Saturday night, BDR said.
Has the world forgotten about the crisis in Sudan? No one seems to care about this issue anymore. May be the rest of the world thinks that civil war, famine, poverty are just the fates that the people of the African continent have to embrace, whether they like it or not. The Darfur region of western Sudan has been the focus of international attention since 2004, when government troops and militia groups known as Janjaweed moved to crush rebels who complained that the black residents of the region had been neglected by the central government. The situation has got worse but still the people of the western world clearly deny the happenings of Sudan as acts of genocide. The same thing happened with Rwanda. When almost half the population was wiped out, the world then seemed to understand that it was genocide. How many hundreds or thousands of people need to be killed in order to call it a genocide? The western world could have taken severe actions long time ago to stop the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. Still they make statements that the happenings in Darfur are not acts of genocide.
Global warming is now a major concern for all of us, especially for those living in South Asian countries. In this regard, Bangladesh is the most vulnerable. As a deltaic country, Bangladesh is very close to the sea. Due to global warming, the glaciers are now melting away. And the melting will increase the sea level water. The Bali conference has ended up without any fruitful decision. The rich countries are the major contributors to global warming. Their indiscriminate use of fossil fuels and various types of ACs and refrigerators cause different types of harmful gas emissions.
Edmund Hillary, the first man known to reach Mount Everest along with Sherpa Tenzing, passed away at the age of 88.
I totally agree with Mr. Hoque (Jan 13) that Hasina should not be sent abroad for treatment at the cost of the public exchequer. There are hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh with far worse illnesses than Sheikh Hasina's, some of whom are the only bread-earner of the family. Therefore, if the caretaker administration wants to spend public money on treating patients, those poor people should be treated first, not Sheikh Hasina or Khaleda Zia. Besides, why do they need to go abroad? Some of the best family doctors and hospital specialists in the UK are actually from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. So if Sheikh Hasina is looking for good doctors, luckily, she is in the right country. Whichever way you look at it, there is absolutely no reason for spending precious public money like this. We have other urgent, life-threatening issues that are in desperate need of some government money.
In the present situation, we need to cooperate with Chief Adviser and all other advisers in his cabinet. We should not forget that the honourable advisers are here for the betterment of our country. Remember, the advisers are not politicians. Their responses to journalists should not jeopardize the roadmap for a democratic government or have a negative impact on the overall situation. Advisers are here on a temporary basis and for the smooth transition of power to a democratic government.
I watched the programme which was telecast live on the Ekushey TV on January 9, 2008 and became very disappointed with it.
The latest information from Paris is extremely alarming. The controversial Guimet Museum has reportedly decided to sell the whole lot of artefacts sent from Bangladesh for exhibition. According to various sources, Guimet authorities have already finalised at least three deals of selling extremely precious and the rarest Bangladeshi artefacts to prospective buyers. Initial value of these three items have already been fixed at US$ 93 million. Guimet has also expelled the representatives from Bangladesh museum and abandoned any possibility of sending the artefacts back to Dhaka. It is also reported that a number of influential people are involved in such trafficking of national assets abroad, defying massive reactions and protests from Bangladeshis. Although the interim government repeatedly promised to the nation that the artefacts would return to Dhaka soon, it is already understood that the promise will not be fulfilled.
Radio Foorti was the media partner of the event 'Concert for Bangladesh'. I'm a regular listener of this radio station and came to know of this praiseworthy event as its jockeys circulated the news, saying the event location was 'Kamalapur Stadium'. The next day I came to know through a newspaper that the actual name of that stadium is “Birsrestho Shahid Md. Mustafa Stadium”. Jockeys of Radio Foorti could have uttered the full name of the stadium with a hint of the precise location 'Kamalapur' and thus they could have expressed a little more respect and availed another opportunity to remind the listeners of the unparalleled sacrifices of our valiant martyrs for the cause of our beloved motherland.
People were really expecting the advisers to work very efficiently. But it seems that they have failed. The only reason for failure is unnecessary involvement and comments on some issues which could easily be neglected. Every position and designation should have a boundary line which shouldn't be violated. We saw some members' departure which really worries us. New members have taken the oath to work for the country under the caretaker government, new hopes are on for the people. The nation wants to say once again --please work more talk less!
One of my relatives who was then a student of Dhaka University once said that he had learnt nothing new after higher secondary. It indicates the condition or the standard of higher education in our country. I personally agreed with this statement. In my experience I found that the environment of most of the higher education centres is too bad for imparting proper education. For this reason, to increase the standard of education, higher education should be made attractive. If higher education is made attractive, our standard of education will rise automatically.
One year of neutral governance by the CTG has given the voters taste of the culture they would like to continue in the future, starting after the next general elections. Time to get out of the bottomless basket, and tunnels without light at the other end!
I came across in DS dated 5 January 2008 that a mountain named Tlangmoy Swapnachura is the highest peak in the country, claimed by a group of seven members of a mountaineering club named Extremist. According to them, the height of the peak is 3461 feet higher than Keakradong. However, it must be mentioned that the highest peak is not Keakradong but Tajingdong located at Ruma upazila under Bandarban district.
Have read with interest the 'Letter from Kolkata' by Rubana. Is there ever a single truth? Do the terrorists have one single nationality? Definitely they do not.
When the whole globe is undergoing some kind of turmoil --- this way or other--- natural calamities globally, rise in the prices of essentials, again globally, and the most dangerous one-- terrorism that is crippling the fundamental fabric of the human life and rights--- I have a proposal that is worth pondering.
I am not surprised to hear the recent statements of some perverted Jamaat leaders, who committed "war crime" during our liberation war. But I am astonished to see that the comments came at a time when the army-backed interim govt is striving hard to consolidate national unity. Jamaat leaders' false statements regarding our liberation war is nothing new, but the way they talked flabbergasted all.
I was staring at a photograph printed in The Daily Star on 11-01-2008 showing Pakistani policemen standing amongst the dead bodies of their colleagues at the site of a suicide attack in Lahore where 22 police officers & four civilians were killed. Side by side, there was another piece of news from WHO source revealing that an average of 120 Iraqi adults died a violent death every day in the three years following the US-led invasion of March 2003.There is no doubt that most of those deaths were the outcome of suicide attacks. In Afghanistan, Palestine, Sri lanka & recently in Pakistan, clandestine activities of suicide squads are claiming a lot of lives with the LTTE of Sri lanka being the pioneer in this deadliest work.
Heavy fighting in northern Sri Lanka left 43 Tamil Tiger rebels and a government soldier dead, the defence ministry said yesterday.
Israeli and Palestinian leaders met yesterday to discuss control of the Gaza-Egypt border as residents of the Hamas-run territory freely crossed the breached frontier for a fifth day.
Pakistani security forces retook control of a major road tunnel in the northwest late Sunday after a day of fighting in which at least 24 militants were killed, the army said.
Kofi Annan on Sunday pushed for peace and dialogue in Kenya as ethnic violence spread in western regions where the death toll from recent days surpassed 100.
Al-Qaeda is using children as suicide bombers in Iraq, with at least two attacks in the past week committed by 15-year-olds, a US military commander claimed on Sunday.
With the death of Indonesia's Suharto, Asia has lost another of its so-called "strongmen" -- the authoritarian and mostly pro-Western rulers who dominated for much of the late 20th century.
Iran called Saturday on the UN Security Council to "exercise restraint" when reviewing a package of marginally tougher sanctions next week over Tehran's contested nuclear programme.
Black voters' huge support for Barack Obama in South Carolina's Democratic presidential primary could be a double-edged sword as he strives to widen support for his White House hopes.
A group of alleged Islamist extremists, mostly from Pakistan, detained last weekend in Barcelona were planning a wave of suicide attacks across Europe, a Spanish newspaper reported Saturday citing a protected witness.
Egyptian forces moved to close the breached border with the Gaza Strip by stopping vehicle traffic Sunday and tightening a security cordon around Rafah in an effort to confine Palestinians crossing freely into Egypt for the fifth day in a row.
A passenger train derailed in Turkey early Sunday, killing at least 9 people and injuring 24, possibly due to ice on the tracks, authorities and media reports said.
Paddy Ashdown, the international community's former envoy to Bosnia, should not be the United Nations' new representative in Afghanistan, the country's ambassador to the world body has told the BBC.
Russian election officials on Sunday refused to register former premier turned Kremlin-critic Mikhail Kasyanov for the March presidential polls to replace President Vladimir Putin.
George Habash, the ailing founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), died on Saturday in Amman at the age of 82, Jordanian and Palestinian officials said.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition has been recovered from a Maoist hideout in Bihar's Gaya district during a raid, police said yesterday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel faces her first genuine test at the ballot box since she came to power in 2005 when two German states elect new state parliaments yesterday.
US President George W. Bush delivers his final State of the Union speech today, its agenda-setting powers diluted by pressing, unfinished business abroad and the fight to succeed him at home.
Florida Gov Charlie Crist endorsed a beaming Sen John McCain on Saturday night, delivering a boost three days before the state's pivotal primary.
Heavy snow in south central China snarled roads, railways and airports yesterday, delaying millions of travellers trying to head home for the Lunar New Year holiday.
With Islamic militants now massing at the gates of Pakistan's main northwestern city, President Pervez Musharraf faces a new challenge on his return from a foreign tour, analysts and officials said.
The western Japanese prefecture of Osaka yesterday elected a television personality backed by the ruling party as the new governor, according exit polls.
Police in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar were hunting yesterday for the abductors of a US aid worker and her driver as the Taliban militia said it could not "yet" take responsibility.
Australian rescuers had to decapitate a shark to release a man from its jaws after it bit him on the leg, an ambulance official said yesterday.
South Korea's top research organisation said it cemented a deal with Nasa yesterday to work together to develop satellites and other space technology.
Arts & Entertainment
IVY Zaman with her sculpture in stone, wood, cement, bronze and aluminum has certainly earned a repute for herself at home and overseas. Having studied in Shantiniketan, and inspired by her sculptor husband, Hamiduzzaman Khan, she has followed the footsteps of Novera Ahmed and Shamim Shikdar, causing a stir in the fine arts field.
As part of their regular monthly programme, cultural organisation Srijon arranged a musical soiree titled Phele Asha Diner Gaan at Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the National Museum on January 26. It was the 66th arrangement of the organisation, which featured instrumental music, songs of Tagore, Nazrul, folk and Bangla songs of yesteryears by the prominent and promising artistes.
Shahabuddin Ahmed, a world renowned Bangladeshi painter, based in Paris, is holding an exhibition at the Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata. The exhibition began on January 19 and will continue till February 20, 2008 says a press release.
Written by Manik Manobik and directed by Golam Sohrab Dodul, drama serial Poroshpor will be aired tonight at 9:20 pm on Rtv.
ATN Bangla will air musical programme Chirokaal Chirodin tonight at 8:45 pm. Directed by Mukaddem Babu, eminent artiste Subir Nandi hosts the programme aired fortnightly.
Inflation has hit the headlines in almost every news media as it surged during the last few months. According to the latest Bangladesh Bank report, the annual rate of inflation nearly doubled from 6.13% in December 2006 to 11.21% in November 2007. Obviously, this is a cause for concern.
The three pre-eminent powers of Asia -- Japan, China and India -- have for long interested, even fascinated, the West in general, and scholars and orientalists in particular; and for very persuasive reasons too.
Avian influenza, sometimes called avian flu, and commonly bird flu, refers to "influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds." Bird flu is a phrase that it refers to an illness caused by any of the many different strains of influenza viruses that have adapted to a specific host.There are three types of influenza viruses: A, B, and C. Only influenza A viruses are further classified by subtype on the basis of the two main surface glycoproteins hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA). Influenza A subtypes and B viruses are further classified by strains.
Ekushey Boi Mela, the largest and most anticipated annual book fair in the country, will open Friday on the Bangla Academy premises.
Yellow CNG run three-wheelers are set to hit city streets by the end of June this year.
The latest crop of quotes from the city's press -- words worth repeating, we feel, for their humour, insight or sheer outrageousness. Star City does not necessarily support the opinions expressed in this column.