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News of: Thursday, 28th of February, 2008

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Voter listing 3 weeks ahead of schedule

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday reached the halfway mark to finishing the mammoth job of voter listing by already registering four crore electors, three weeks ahead of schedule.

$300m disaster risk fund suggested

The government should set up a disaster response fund of $300 million for dealing with losses caused by natural disasters, says a post-cyclone Sidr damage assessment report by the donors.

Govt gears up to fight terror finance

The government formed a high-powered committee to combat money laundering and financing of terrorists.

Jamaat claims denied by evidence

Jamaat-e-Islami, which on Tuesday once again denied to the Election Commission its anti-liberation role during the 1971 War of Independence, had many of its top leaders among the Razakar members surrendering along with the Pakistan occupation forces on December 16, 1971.

CA for protecting rights of disabled

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said despite resource constraints, Bangladesh is firmly committed to addressing the needs of disabled persons within and outside the country.

Hand-written passports lead to travellers' hassle

Unlike the worldwide introduction of updated technologies in passports thanks to security concerns, the government continues issuing the primitive hand-written books, which often lead travellers to face unwarranted hassles at airports.

Nizami, Mojahid seek bail

A day after the filing of Barapukuria corruption case, two top Jamaat-e-Islami leaders -- Motiur Rahman Nizami, the ameer, and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid, the secretary general -- yesterday filed separate anticipatory bail petitions with the High Court.

Hasina not taken to court on security grounds

Detained former premier Sheikh Hasina was not produced before the court on security grounds during yesterday's hearing of the MiG-29 corruption case.

Jalil's health deteriorates

Physical condition of Abdul Jalil, general secretary of Awami League (AL), has been deteriorating.

Militants rule Dhaka Polytechnic hostels

The dormitories of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute in the city's Tejgaon area have allegedly turned into a safe haven for fugitive criminals and militants.

3 parties ask EC to bar war criminals

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday observed that it cannot ban religion-based political parties and bar them from taking part in polls as the constitution does not allow any such act.

Bazlur Rahman laid to rest

Bazlur Rahman, one of the country's most prominent journalists and editor of the daily Sangbad, was laid to rest at the Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals' Graveyard yesterday amid state honour and homage from people from all walks of life.

Govt may go to int'l court if flaw in design proved

The government considers that design fault is responsible for the expanding cracks in the Jamuna Bridge and will go to international court against the construction company, Hyundai.

3 Rab men closed

Three members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), including an assistant superintendent of police (ASP), were closed for allegedly beating up a Dhaka University (DU) employee on the campus yesterday.

Fingerprints of 25,000 will be taken again

The Election Commission yesterday began taking fingerprints of 24,933 people in Sylhet City Corporation area again after scrutiny of the draft voter list there found that their fingerprints were not properly taken.

Oct 29 BNP body meet illegal

Claiming the October 29 standing committee meeting illegal, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's counsel TH Khan yesterday made submissions as the hearing on a High Court rule on Election Commission's inviting BNP to a dialogue began yesterday.

Mayor Khoka questioned on wealth report

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka, who submitted his wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), was yesterday questioned by an investigation team regarding the statement.

4 murdered in city

A seven-year-old girl was strangled after rape and three other people were killed in the city yesterday.

Purchase body okays import of 390,000 tonnes of fuel

The Advisory Committee on Public Purchase yesterday approved import of 390,000 tonnes of refined fuel oil from UAE at international market price plus premium to meet the carrying cost.

People won't accept polls of blueprint

Khaleda Zia-backed BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said people would neither accept a 'blueprint' election nor a parliament comprising representatives blessed by a 'certain quarter'.

Hannan Shah hopeful of party unity

Softening his earlier stance, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's adviser Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah yesterday said reformists will be reinstated in the party for the sake of unity.

Dhaka-Kolkata train service date not yet fixed

A spokesman for the Indian High Commission in Dhaka yesterday said the work on introducing passenger-train service between Dhaka and Kolkata is going on but the date for its commencement has not yet been finalised.

Five killed in bus crash in B'baria

Five people were killed and 25 others injured in a road accident when a bus fell into a wayside ditch near the Poirtala Puniaut rail crossing point in Brahmanbaria yesterday morning.

Pressure on Musharraf to convene parliament soon

The winners of Pakistan's elections yesterday demanded that President Pervez Musharraf convene parliament immediately in a joint show of strength against the embattled US ally.

Hillary, Obama clash in crucial debate

Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Tuesday traded attacks over the Iraq war, healthcare and foreign policy at a feisty debate heading into crunch White House nominating contests.

Thaksin returns home today

Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra plans to return to Thailand today for the first time since the military toppled his government in a bloodless coup 17 months ago, officials said.

Editorial

HRC ordinance needs reworking

THE National Human Rights Commission Ordinance, 2007 has come up for scrutiny by human rights advocates and civil society members, who have found certain flaws in it which, according to them, may defeat the whole purpose of setting up the commission.

The passing of Bazlur Rahman

BAZLUR Rahman was one of the more enlightened men of his generation. It was this enlightenment he brought into the calling of journalism he pursued all his adult life, until that life was brought to a sudden, inexplicable end on Tuesday. In life, Rahman personified the aesthetics he thought should underpin the functions of the media world. Had he not died young, for sixty seven years is but youth when one considers the broad canvas on which men like Bazlur Rahman work, he would have enriched even more the world of our news gathering and our commentaries on men and matters. And yet in the more than six decades that he lived, Rahman did make a difference.

Extraordinary visit

GENERAL Moeen's visit to India has not come a day too soon. In fact, the visit of the Bangladesh CAS to India had been long overdue. It seems rather strange, in terms of the bilateral relationship between the two countries that exchange of visits by topmost army commanders is commencing after almost a decade.

Tasks, immediate and later

THE clear popular verdict came a week ago, but the new government is still distant. The reason for the deadlock is all about undoing the mischief of November 3 2007, when Gen. Pervez Musharraf imposed an emergency, gave a second Provisional Constitution Order amending the Constitution, sacked over 60 superior judges, and arrested leading lawyers and many of those PCOed judges, with many still under detention. None of this should be acceptable to those who have received the mandate to govern the country; they want ex-Gen Musharraf to resign. Musharraf refuses to go. It is a serious crisis.

America shows its pro-Muslim side in Kosovo

QUIETLY, America has enjoyed one resounding foreign policy success in the last fifteen years -- in the Balkans. And it has been a bipartisan, pro-Muslim success.

Sports

Hosts' good luck venue

With one day to go before they lock horns with South Africa, there are a number of positives that the Tiger's can derive from the venue of the second Test.

City, Torun and Victoria join Abahani in semis

City Club joined Abahani as surprise semifinalists of the Premier Division Twenty20 Cricket League yesterday as contenders Bangladesh Biman and Kalabagan both fell on the last day of the group stage.

Rebuke only for Hayden

Outspoken Australian batsman Matthew Hayden has been reprimanded by Cricket Australia (CA) for calling Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh an "obnoxious weed".

Hogg calls it quits

Australia's spin bowling stocks suffered another blow Wednesday when veteran left-arm wrist-spinner Brad Hogg announced his retirement from international cricket.

DFAs can't be members of BFF

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed that the DFAs (district football associations) cannot be members of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).

Amateur Golf tees-off

The opening day of the Cotton Group 23 rd Bangladesh Amateur Golf Championships teed-off yesterday at the Kurmitola Golf Club.

MSC's clash in Kolkata today

Mohammedan Sporting Clubs of Dhaka and Kolkata will clash today in both sides' opening match of the 113th ESPN IFA Shield tournament today, according to the tournament website.

Local Snippets

A first-half strike by Shamim helped Badda Jagarani beat Purbachal Parisad 1-0 in yesterday's Senior Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

Jagoroni win cricket title

Jagoroni XI won the Golap Cup cricket title here yesterday defeating Balubari XI by seven wickets at the Dinajpur Cricket Ground.

Expansion all but moot

Opponents of the English Premier League's global expansion plans have won a major victory in their fight to prevent regular season matches being played in cities around the world.

Trouble at Chelsea

British bookmakers on Wednesday slashed the odds on Chelsea boss Avram Grant becoming the next Premier League manager to leave his job as his assistant Henk ten Cate confirmed reports of a training ground bust-up with captain John Terry.

Pressure on Veh again

VfB Stuttgart coach Armin Veh admitted he was gutted after his side crashed out of the German Cup at the hands of second-division strugglers Carl Zeiss Jena on penalties.

Kaka a target of fouls

AC Milan have complained that Brazilian playma-ker Kaka's career is in danger as he is being targeted by opposing teams for what appears to be a strategy to foul him.

India thru' to final

India overcame a rain-reduced target and a brilliant display by New Zealand's Corey Anderson to enter the under-19 World Cup final here on Wednesday.

'Dhoni's gloves legal'

The wicketkeeping gloves used by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni during a recent triangular series one-match in Australia are legal, the Indian manufacturer claims.

Attitude pleases Gary

India's new cricket coach Gary Kirsten said Wednesday he was impressed with the team's aggressive attitude despite controversies on their ongoing tour of Australia.

Events sadden Lee

New Allan Border Medalist Brett Lee admitted here Wednesday he was disappointed by the continuing ill will between Australia and India.

Captain bucks up Bhajji

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has backed Harbhajan Singh, dismissing suggestions the controversial spinner had been distracted by his disputes with the Australians and was struggling for form.

3 more Aussies join rebel ICL

Three former Australian internationals have signed up for the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), organisers said on Tuesday.

Asia Cup in Pakistan in June

Pakistan will host the Asia Cup from June 25 to July 6 in Karachi and Lahore this year, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced.

Relation could suffer: BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) yesterday said the verbal duel between Indian and Australian cricketers has the potential to damage the "healthy" relationship shared by the two boards.

Warne captain & coach of Jaipur

Retired Australian leg-spin genius Shane Warne has been named captain and coach of the Jaipur team in the Twenty20 Indian Premier League, the franchise announced on Wednesday.

Nedved off as Juve draw

Juventus' battle to take second place in Serie A suffered a fresh blow on Tuesday as they were held 0-0 in the Turin derby by Torino and had former Czech international midfielder Pavel Nedved sent-off. Juventus - who lost 2-1 to lowly Reggina on Saturday - trail AS Roma by three points with the team from the capital due to take on leaders Inter Milan on Wednesday in Milan.

PSG squeeze through

Paris Saint Germain gained a much needed morale boost to their traumatic season here on Tuesday when they reached the League Cup final thanks to a 3-2 victory over Auxerre.

Spending spree over

Bayern Munich's bosses have ruled out any repeat of last summer's massive spending spree, despite the high-profile arrival of coach Jurgen Klinsmann this July.

Scott-Sharapova twosome?

Golf idol Adam Scott admitted on Wednesday that he'd be keen to play a round with tennis bombshell Maria Sharapova, after she listed him as one of her ideal mixed-doubles partners.

Gomez fined 8000 euros

Germany striker Mario Gomez escaped a ban but has been hit with an 8,000-euro fine (12,000 US dollars) for insulting Karlsruhe defender Maik Franz after a Bundesliga match on the weekend.

Business

Steel maker to invest Tk500cr in new plant

Bangladesh Steel Re-Rolling Mills (BSRM) is to invest Tk500 crore in building a new steel mill and a billet factory during the next five years in an effort to double its share of the country's quality steel rod market, a director of the company said.

South Korea may double investment in Bangladesh RMG sector

South Koreans, encouraged by better quality of Bangladesh's ready made garments (RMG) and availability of cheap labour, are contemplating doubling investment here, said the director of Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (Kotra), Dhaka.

Euro surpasses $1.50 mark for first time

The euro broke the 1.50-dollar mark for the first time ever Tuesday in the wake of lackluster US economic reports that renewed fears the American economy could be falling into a recession.

ATMs' rapid spread upgrades bank customer services

The rapid spread of ATMs in Dhaka and Chittagong is transforming the way the country's banks banks operate, with time consuming cash transactions no longer being conducted by human tellers.

Compliance pays off for RMG exporter

Neelanjana Khan walks up the aisles in the huge factory hall in Gazipur, carefully peering at the faces of men and women who are busy cutting and sewing denim cloth for children's and men's blue jeans. She is looking for child workers. "I check if anyone looks younger than 18", she explains.

The importance of defining Brand Bangladesh

In 2007 Vietnam attracted Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows of $ 20bn and if Bangladesh is to benefit from the surge in global investor interest in Asia, we need to address the key questions of “Why Bangladesh? Why Now?”. A new and effective strategy for developing Brand Bangladesh will be a critical part in credibly answering these questions.

BB signs deal on Oriental Bank sale today

The Bangladesh Bank today signs a sale and purchase agreement with the Switzerland-based ICB Global Finance Group Holdings AG on the sale of Oriental Bank's 50.1 percent stake.

Asian stocks hit 6-week high

The dollar sank to a record low against the euro yesterday after surprisingly weak US economic data, but Asian stocks hit a six-week high on optimism corporate earnings will weather the difficult global economic environment.

Free, fair polls to create congenial business environment: Geeta Pasi

Charge d' Affaires of US Embassy in Dhaka Geeta Pasi yesterday suggested that the government should reduce corruption and hold free and fair election for creating congenial business environment in the country.

Indices post record gains

The main index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday jumped 92 points, the second highest single day gain, following the market regulator's clarification on margin loan offer and the government's initiative to offload more shares of multinational and state-owned companies already listed on the bourses.

Bottled water market grows fast

Sales of bottled water in the country is rising by up to 20 percent a year mainly due to consumers' lack of confidence in public water service facilities.

Govt borrowing to rise on widening budget deficit

Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam said yesterday government borrowing from the banking system would rise to more than what has been estimated to finance the widening budget deficit, which is likely to be 4.7 percent of GDP in the current fiscal year.

Gender-sensitive national budget stressed

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for a gender-sensitive national budget and emphasised government policy for the development of the womenfolk by recognising the economic value of their household works worth at least $69.8 billion a year.

GP seeks no change in govt policies

Grameenphone, the country's leading cellphone operator, yesterday expressed interest to offload its shares on the stock market but sought assurance of the government that it would not change its investment policies.

SEC chief seeks more mutual funds

Terming mutual funds' contribution to stock exchanges very poor, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman yesterday urged financial institutions to introduce more mutual funds.

Pepsi annual Confce held

The annual conference of carbonated beverage Pepsi's Bangladeshi bottler Transcom Beverages Limited was held in Shiliguri, India recently, says a press release.

Gold, oil prices rise to record highs

Oil and gold prices rose to record highs Wednesday amid renewed weakness of the dollar and Opec concerns.

Malaysia warns Islamic party will scare off investment

A Malaysian minister warned Wednesday that investors might be deterred if a fundamentalist Islamic party retains control of its stronghold in northern Kelantan state.

EU fines Microsoft record $1.3b

The European Union fined Microsoft Corp. a record $1.3 billion Wednesday for the amount it charges rivals for software information.

Six firms to build undersea cable: SingTel

Six international telecommunications carriers have agreed to construct an ultra-high-speed submarine cable to carry Internet and other traffic between Japan and the United States, Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) said Tuesday.

EU to help economy grow

The European Union will support Bangladesh's initiatives aimed at promoting technology transfer to foster the diversification of the local economy in export-oriented sectors.

UAE to open shelters for victims of human trafficking

The United Arab Emirates will set up shelters for victims of human trafficking, a regional problem highlighted by the United States and international rights groups, the local press reported on Wednesday.

Correction

In a chart along with a news item headlined 'Multinationals to be asked to list on stock markets' printed on this yesterday, it was mistakenly mentioned Mirpur Ceramics Works Ltd as a multinational company. The company is not a multinational company.

Metropolitan

Road accidents kill five, injure 10

At least five people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Rajshahi and Magura in the last two days.

Concern over suffering of migrant workers

The Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR) has expressed concern over a report on the sufferings of Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia.

'Change mindset to ensure rights of MSM people in society'

Speakers at a meeting yesterday underscored the need for changing the mindset towards MSM (male having sex with male) people to ensure their rights in the society.

Bazlur Rahman's death condoled

Different socio-cultural and political organisations, professional bodies and individuals yesterday condoled the death of Bazlur Rahman, editor of the daily Sangbad and a valiant freedom fighter.

Political will, regional cooperation a must to curb transnational crimes

Security experts and analysts at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for political will, regional cooperation and greater cooperation between the intelligence agencies at home and neighbouring countries to curb transnational terrorism and crimes.

New review body to finalise coal policy

Prof M Tamim, special assistant to the chief adviser for power, energy & mineral resources, yesterday said another review committee would be formed very soon to finalise the national coal policy.

Pvt sector urged to help build knowledge-based nation

Eminent academics and economists at a discussion yesterday said the private sector should contribute more to the development of education and research to help establish a knowledge-based nation.

'Strengthen mainstream edn for social equality'

Primary, Mass Education and Cultural Affairs Adviser Rasheda K Chowdhury yesterday stressed the need for strengthening the mainstream education as majority people are involved in it.

Int'l socio-scientific cancer confc on March 27

A four-day international socio-scientific cancer conference will begin in the city on March 27.

5 get death penalty for killing man

A Gazipur court yesterday sentenced five people to death in sensational Hanif Sarkar murder case.

Musharraf for stronger trade ties with Dhaka

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has underscored the need for deepening economic and trade relations to match the excellent relations existing between Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Foreign adviser concerned at Israeli attack on Palestinians

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has expressed concern over the deadly attack by Israel on the Palestinians in Gaza that left nearly half a dozen dead.

Australian envoy discusses cooperation in training for police

Australian High Commissioner Douglas Foskett yesterday discussed with Home Adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin cooperation in modern training for the police on criminal investigation and forensic lab equipment.

Six addl, joint secys transferred

Six additional and joint secretaries have been transferred in a latest reshuffle in the administration.

Students withdraw strike in public universities

Students demanding abolition of quota system in the BCS examination withdrew their strike yesterday after the vice-chancellor of Dhaka University (DU) assured them of considering their demand.

100 godowns, shanties burn down in Gazipur

At least 100 godowns and shanties near Tongi EPZ burned down in a fire yesterday.

Int'l zoological confce begins at RU

The 16th Biennial International Zoological Conference began at Kazi Nazrul Islam auditorium of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday.

Only elected govt can review BCS quota system

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said only an elected government can review the quota system in Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination as the present caretaker government has no jurisdiction to do it.

Japan keen to support clean energy projects

Japan offered to support clean energy projects in Bangladesh, including nuclear energy.

Zandal placed on fresh 7-day remand

Mufti Mainuddin alias Abu Zandal, operational commander and trainer of the banned Harkatul Jihad (Huji), was placed on a fresh seven-day remand yesterday in connection with a case filed for killing two people in the city's Tejgaon area in April last year.

Donation for Sidr victims

Terre des Hommes Netherlands has donated relief items worth Tk 28.6 million for the victims of cyclone Sidr in Patuakhali recently, says a press release.

Four textile institutes to be set up

The government will set up four new textile institutes for enriching the country's textile sector and producing skilled manpower.

Derailment of freight train disrupts rail, road links

Rail and highway communications on Dhaka-Chittagong route were disrupted for about three hours yesterday following derailment of two bogies of a freight train in Comilla.

Shamsuddin made envoy to Kenya

The government has decided to appoint AKM Shamsuddin, former secretary to the government, as the high commissioner of Bangladesh to Kenya.

National

Court rejects 2nd charge sheet, orders judicial probe

The Women and Children Repression Preventive Court here rejected CID charge sheet in seven year-old Victor kidnap case and ordered a judicial probe into the case.

Spirit of '52 can do miracle to nation in good governance

Language movement veteran Abdul Matin yesterday said the spirit of Language Movement and the Liberation war can ring about radical change in the nation if there is a good governance in the country.

Most criminals act within knowledge of police, says IGP

Most criminals commit crimes within the knowledge of police or have links with them, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad said here yesterday.

Trial to resume Mar 9 in dist judge's court

Trial of Rajshahi University (RU) teacher Prof Muhammad Yunus murder case will now begin on March 9.

Deposition of 19 PWs recorded so far

Five more prosecution witnesses (PWs) of five August 17 serial blast cases gave statements before a court here amid tight security yesterday, court sources said.

6 of fake NGO sent to jail for swindling Tk 6cr

Six persons of a fake NGO, caught for cheating people in the name of giving autorickshaws at lower price, were sent to jail hajat here yesterday.

Kushtia college students lock offices for regular classes

Students of Khater Ali Intermediate College here yesterday locked the college offices demanding regular classes and examinations in their college.

Satkhira poura commissioner gets 5 yr RI

A court here yesterday sentenced a commissioner of Satkhira pourasava to five years' rigorous imprisonment for keeping drug.

International

External factors key to Musharraf future

In Islamabad's cloak-and-dagger politics, it is often hard to separate apparent fact from inspired fiction.

India, Israel to jointly develop anti-aircraft missiles

India will jointly build a surface-to-air missile with its second biggest weapons supplier Israel and hopes for such collaborations with other countries, the defence minister said yesterday.

PPP to change judges' mode of appointment

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said on Tuesday that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would join the PPP government at the federal level, while the PPP would join them in Punjab.

UK deporting one person every eight minutes

Britain's Home Office says it is deporting at least one person after every eight minutes, one of the highest numbers of deportations from any European country, according to Dawn News.

US asks Turkey to end Iraq incursion in a 'week or two'

Turkey came under renewed US pressure yesterday to wrap up its offensive against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, with Washington insisting the operation should not last more than "a week or two".

Nepal ethnic group says talks with govt collapse

A leader of an ethnically based political movement in Nepal says talks with the government have collapsed.

Gates warns India "clock is ticking" on nuclear accord

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned yesterday that "the clock is ticking" on a US-Indian civilian nuclear accord that has been stalled by the New Delhi's government's communist allies.

Israeli air raid kills 5 Hamas militants

Five Hamas militants were killed in an Israeli air strike on a minibus in the Islamist-ruled Gaza Strip yesterday, as the United Nations called on all sides to find ways to end the violence.

Six injured in Assam blast

At least six people were injured, four of them critically, in a powerful explosion yesterday at a crowded marketplace in India's insurgency-hit northeast state of Assam, police said.

Anti-ageing substance found in bullfrogs: researchers

The bullfrog may harbour a valuable anti-ageing substance for humans, South Korean researchers say.

Quake rocks Britain

An earthquake struck Britain early yesterday and was felt across large parts of the country. No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

Arts & Entertainment

SAARC Poetry Evening held

To mark the International Mother Language Day, the first SAARC Poetry Evening was jointly organised by Meghdut Abritti Shangshad and UNESCO, Bangladesh Office, in collaboration with the high commissions/ embassies of the SAARC countries. The programme was held at the Shaheed Zia Auditorium, National Museum on the evening of February 26.

Theatre Festival at JU ends

As a tribute to Selim Al Deen, the ten-day long theatre festival titled Natyo Parbon '08, organised by Jahangirnagar Theatre, ended on February 25. Professor M. Muniruzzaman, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University attended the concluding programme. President of Jahangirnagar Theatre, Professor A.K.M Shahnewaz presided over the event. General Secretary of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, Jhuna Chowdhury delivered a speech at the programme.

Gunijan offers a compilation of biographies

Gunijan, a web-based organisation, has taken the initiative to compile the biographies of noted Bangladeshis. The biographies will be available on Gunijan's website. The organisation also launched the CD featuring the compilation of biographies. Titled Mohima Tobo Udbhashito, the CD was launched on February 26 at the Liberation War Museum. At the same programme, a research book titled Bangladesh Education in Transition: Policy, performance, way forward, edited by professor Mahmudul Alam was also launched. The book is published by Development Research Network (D.Net). Veteran women's rights activist Hena Das and Professor Anisuzzaman launched the CD and the book respectively.

Shyam Benegal's upcoming comedy

In keeping with the growing trend in Bollywood, veteran director Shyam Benegal returns to making a comedy film -- after quarter of a century -- through his latest work Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur to be released commercially in March-April this year.

Bangladesh Folk Council '08 begins

Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (ASB) has arranged a three-day Bangladesh Folk Music Council '08 at its premises. Rural artistes from different corners of the country are presenting traditional performing art forms at the event that started from yesterday. Moreover, the researchers are scheduled to read 27 papers at the three-day seminar.

Kranti performs at the Ekushey Boi Mela

As a part of the regular cultural programme organised by Bangla Academy at the ongoing Amar Ekushey Granthamela, cultural organisation Kranti arranged a vibrant music and recitation performance (Geeti Alekkhyo) titled Roktojhora Phlagun recently, says a press release.

Weeklong book fair ends in Khagrachhari

A seven-day long book fair ended on February 26 at the Officers Club premises in the hill town to mark the International Mother Language Day.

OP-ED

Budget under strained economy

IT is difficult to forecast whether the caretaker government, for the second time, will present an over-ambitious budget or just the right one in size under a strained economy. Obviously, this time, the budget of 2008-2009 will be prepared in a challenging environment, where global price hikes have inflated the import bill and natural disasters have threatened the economy.

Weaving silk into money

SERICULTURE is recognised as a potential cash earner in the developing countries where unemployment and poverty problems exist, hindering the national development. There are ample opportunities to employ men and women of all ages, including children, at all stages of sericultural activities, starting from mulberry cultivation to silk reeling. As a developing country, Bangladesh is facing severe unemployment and poverty problems both in rural and in urban areas.

No more us against them

ONCE again, Nepal has been deeply plunged into a vortex of political crisis and standoff. External eyes are fixed on the twisting and turning events in Nepal in an intent gaze. Voices of dissatisfaction and protest, questions of identity and self-determination, discussions about nationalism and the threats it faces have decidedly posed multiple challenges to the political leadership.

Star Chittagong

Ctg ready to host 2nd Test and first ODI

“Any repeat like that of unpleasant incident of April 16, 2006 at Bir Shreshtha Ruhul Amin Stadium may leave adverse effect on co-hosting 2011 World Cup Cricket at this Test venue and all concerned including law enforcers, crowds and media people in Chittagong must take into consideration seriously while the city awaits the 2nd Test and first ODI which is beginning between Bangladesh and South Africa on February 29.”

Memories flood back of schooldays

The 125th founding anniversary of St Scholastica's Girls' High School was celebrated amid grandeur and festivity on the campus on Sunday bringing the students of several generations the rare honour of being part of a long and glorious history of the oldest academic institution for girls in Chittagong.

The Week That Was

Amar Ekushey observed
Students, teachers and guardians of Radiant School & College, one of the leading English-medium educational institutions in the port city, observed Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day on Thursday.


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