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A dangerous livelihood

The men and women wrap up old tubes, cloth, thick polythene sheets and whatever they have around their legs every day before entering workplace because they know a moment's carelessness might make them disabled forever.

5 BNP standing body members back Delwar for EC talks

Five out of eight BNP standing committee members, who are neither in jail nor expelled by its detained chairperson, asked the Election Commission (EC) yesterday to invite Khandaker Delwar Hossain as the legitimate representative of the party to the electoral reform talks with it.

AL central body to take decision on polls participation

Awami League (AL) faces a dilemma of whether to participate or not in the ninth parliamentary election if its detained chief Sheikh Hasina is convicted in any of the graft cases against her.

Rail line to link Dhaka with London by this year

Rail enthusiasts with a sense of adventure and 23 days to spare will be able to travel by train from London to Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, when a new link opens later this year, reports The Sunday Times yesterday.

Highway turns into death trap

A staggering 1,344 people have been killed and 2,995 others injured in 1,110 road accidents on the stretch of narrow highway between Mirzapur and the Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge since the inauguration of the bridge in 1997.

Release of two top leaders to be discussed in formal talks

The issue of release of the former prime ministers Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia will come up during the formal dialogue between the caretaker government and the political parties, LGRD Adviser Anwarul Iqbal said yesterday.

Scotland Yard helping ACC to bring back siphoned off money

British Metropolitan Police Service Scotland Yard is helping Bangladesh government and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in bringing back the siphoned off money to the country, outgoing British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury said yesterday.

Hajj agencies warned of irregularities

The government will not allow any hajj agencies to offer packages to aspirant hajj pilgrims if they do not sign an agreement with the government by April 30.

Charges pressed against Obaidul Quader, wife

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against detained Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Obaidul Quader and his wife Ishratunnesa in a case filed for accumulating wealth illegally and concealing information in Quader's wealth statement.

SC rules today on HC's jurisdiction

The Supreme Court (SC) delivers its crucial judgment today on a government appeal challenging a year-old High Court ruling that the High Court has the jurisdiction to dispose of petitions by persons seeking bail in criminal cases under the stringent Emergency Power Rules (EPR) 2007.

Gram Sarkar abolished

The council of advisers of the caretaker government yesterday approved the Gram Sarker (Rescission) Ordinance 2008 abolishing the much-debated Gram Sarkar, the lowest tier of local government.

Charge-framing hearing deferred to Apr 27 as Hasina still sick

A Special Court yesterday deferred the hearing of charge framing in the MiG-29 purchase graft case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and six others to April 27 as she was not produced before the court because of illness.

Criminals spray bullets on tea stall, kill one

Criminals sprayed bullets at a tea stall in the city's Adabar of Mohammadpur yesterday killing a man and injuring two others.

Man in jail for a crime he didn't commit

A man wrongly convicted in a women trafficking case continues to serve jail term even a year into the police investigation that found him innocent.

Human rights of corruption suspects should be respected

Outgoing British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury yesterday said human rights of the corruption suspects brought to trial should be respected.

RMG workers' alliance demands immediate implementation

Bangladesh Garments Sramik Oikyo Parishad (GSOP) yesterday demanded immediate implementation of the National Women Development Policy without any alterations.

AK47, ammo seized in Ctg

Rab members yesterday recovered an AK-47 rifle, a magazine and 49 rounds of bullet from Noapara of Raozan upazila.

Hearing on EC's failure to hold polls deferred

The hearing on a writ petition against Election Commission's failure to hold the general election within the constitutionally mandated timeframe was deferred yesterday by a week.

VCs sought for 7 public universities

Letters of intention for appointment to the post of vice-chancellors (VC) in seven public universities have been invited by a Search Committee formed for the purpose.

KCC mayor, 11 others sued for misuse of govt funds

Detained Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman his wife Laila Rahman has been sued with eleven others, in a misappropriation case recorded under sections 420 and 406 of Bangladesh Penal Code (BPC).

Suspected Huji operative held

A suspected close aide to Harkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji) leader Mufti Abdul Hannan was detained from a forest in Fatikchhari on Saturday.

US forces threaten to hit back if Sadr launches war

A top US general yesterday warned that the military would strike back after hardline Iraqi Shia leader Moqtada al-Sadr threatened to launch a new uprising by his militia.

Zardari hints at becoming PM if 'need arises'

Pakistan's ruling PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari has announced his plans to contest the upcoming parliamentary by-polls and said he could become prime minister if needed.

Pope blesses ground zero in New York, prays for peace

Pope Benedict XVI began the final day of his American journey by blessing the site of the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and pleading with God to bring "peace to our violent world."


Fatalities increasing on roads and railways

AS if to jar the government into preventive action, two lethal accidents occurred around the same place in Tangail taking a toll of 35 lives and injuring 80 persons within a matter of four days.

Worsening diarrhoea situation

IT is disconcerting that the number of Diarrhoea cases is increasing in the city with the admission of 416 patients on Saturday at ICDDR,B hospital at Mahakhali, Dhaka. And the alarming news is, hospital doctors think the number would further increase in the month of May. Reportedly, most patients belong to the lower income groups who are in the habit of drinking water from the roadside food stalls to beat the extreme hot and humid weather. Health experts believe the water is highly contaminated and remains the major source of the disease. Stale and uncovered food on the roadside is another possible source that also needs to be taken into cognizance by the health authorities. In this context, we believe drastic measures should be taken to first, treat the patients and second, identify all the sources from where the bacteria find their way to human food and water chain and seal them permanently to avoid further contamination.

Beware of the charlatans!

FIFTEEN months ago, when the present dispensation assumed power, it was a dazzling team of experts. The people felt relieved by the government's anti-graft operations and other activities. It had its initial impact and earned some laurels. The electoral reforms were undertaken as per public demand. But when the political parties were asked to reform themselves, there were reservations and split opinions within them in the backdrop of arrest of party members, including the top leaders.

A victory for the politics of inclusion

THE Supreme Court of India has struck a blow for affirmative action in favour of the socially disadvantaged through its judgment on 27 per cent quotas in admissions to central institutions of higher education for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), or lower and middle social strata.

The Democrats' wimp factor

THE specter of John Kerry in 2004 is beginning to haunt the Democrats in 2008. It is the specter of wimpy campaigns past. It showed up, like Banquo's ghost, at the debate Wednesday night in Philadelphia, particularly when Hillary Clinton joined with ABC's George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson to nip away at the edges of Barack Obama's patriotism.


Same old Bangladesh

Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 102 runs in the one-off Twenty20 international played at the National Stadium yesterday, the first-ever match of this kind staged in the country.

Siddons looks on the bright side

Jamie Siddons, Bangladesh's coach, was expecting to be whitewashed by Pakistan, but said he can take a few positives out of this series. Bangladesh were competitive in only two of the five matches, losing the last one-day international in Karachi on Saturday by 150 runs.

BFF polls come alive

The headquarters of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) in Motijheel on Sunday wore a festive look when president candidates Kazi Salahuddin and Major General (retd) Amin Ahmed Chowdhury turned up with their supporters to submit their nomination papers for the April 28 elections.

Mohammedan, Sonali in semis

Ariful Haque Prince led from the front to take Mohammedan Sporting Club into the semifinals of the Brac Bank Club Cup hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.

Finally a win for SA Academy

Shadle van Schalkwyk claimed a hattrick as South Africa Academy side finished their poor campaign with a consolatory six-run victory over Pakistan Academy team in the tri-nation one-day tournament at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.

Tigers come home today

Bangladesh cricket team returns home from Karachi today after a disappointing performance in the five-match one-day series against the hosts.

Kolkata win a thriller

A minefield of a pitch at the Eden Gardens was the setting for an intense thriller as the Kolkata Knight Riders, driven by an innings of grit and tenacity from David Hussey, scraped home by five wickets in a low-scorer against Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League yesterday.

Solid start for U-15s

Bangladesh Under-15 cricket team got off a flying start in the CLICO International U-15 Challenge Competitions when they knocked Holland Under-15 down by a thumping nine wickets at the Police Sports Club ground at Bridgetown in Barbados on Saturday.

Tevez rescues a vital point

Blackburn Rovers handed Chelsea a shock lifeline in the English Premier League title race by holding leaders Manchester United to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Toni double fires Bayern

A Luca Toni double put Bayern Munich firmly on track for a treble this season as they clinched a 2-1 German Cup final success over Borussia Dortmund in front of 73,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Saturday.

Livorno dent Roma's hopes

bottom side Livorno dealt a potentially fatal blow to AS Roma's Serie A championship hopes by holding the title challengers to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

Espanyol hold Barcelona

Barcelona's chances of winning the Spanish title looked doomed on Saturday after a 0-0 draw in the local derby with Espanyol.

Villa crush Birmingham

Ashley Young was the inspiration for Aston Villa as they thrashed city rivals Birmingham 5-1 at Villa Park here on Sunday, leaving the visitors in dire relegation trouble.

Hosts draw Brazil

Hosts China were drawn alongside Brazil in the men's Olympic football tournament on Sunday but avoided defending champions Argentina and European powerhouse Italy.

Gerrard in doubt for Chelsea tie

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has a neck injury and is a doubt for Tuesday's Champions League semifinal first-leg tie with Chelsea.

Totti undergoes knee operation

AS Roma captain Francesco Totti underwent a knee operation on Sunday to repair damage sustained during Saturday's disappointing 1-1 home draw against lowly Livorno.

Serena reaches final

Former world number one Serena Williams moved a step closer to a third straight WTA Tour title here Saturday with a semifinal victory at the Family Circle Cup.

Federer struggles to a win

Roger Federer will carry a 9-0 career record over Nikolay Davydenko into Sunday's final at the Estoril Open with the Swiss world number one looking to win his first title of 2008.

Delhi do it easily

After two first-innings totals which had gone in excess of 200, the bowlers at last had their say at the Feroz Shah Kotla, as Delhi Daredevils thrashed Rajasthan Royals by nine wickets in a disappointingly one-sided game in the Indian Premier League on Saturday.

Return pleases Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff was on Saturday content with his return to first-class cricket but insisted that his fragile left ankle will require constant supervision for the rest of his career.

Not even the Yankees' 1/10th!

The hype and hoopla over Twenty20 cricket's Indian Premier League (IPL) notwithstanding, its most valued Mumbai team, owned by the country's richest person Mukesh Ambani, is not even one-tenth the value of top American baseball team New York Yankees.

Nat'l chess on

The final phase of the 34th National Chess Championship got underway at the federation hall-room yesterday.

Setara passes away

Setara Begum, the national award-winning swimmer, breathed her last in BIRDEM hospital last evening.


Top steelmaker to list on bourse

BSRM Steels Ltd, the only manufacture of 500 grade steel rod, plans to list on the country's stock exchanges in July in order to raise around Tk 20 crore to fund further expansion of its business.

No alternative to petroleum price adjustment

The finance and planning adviser sees no way for the government other than adjusting prices of petroleum products to resolve acute liquidity crisis of the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC).

Officials visit Myanmar next month to see contract farming prospects

A high profile government delegation will be sent to Myanmar next month to examine the prospect of up to 10,000 Bangladeshi farmers leasing land in the neighbouring country.

UN chief calls for int'l action on rising food prices

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for concerted international action on rising food prices ahead of the opening Sunday of five days of talks on globalistion.

Citibank teams up with Post Office to offer money transfer

Citibank NA, Bangladesh has joined hands with Bangladesh Post Office to offer quick money transfer through thousands of post offices across the country.

India battles inflation

India's central bank stepped up its battle against inflation, cutting money available for commercial lending but left short-term borrowing rates unchanged.

Sonali Bank: A sleeping giant?

With an unrivalled network of branches and huge assets and deposits, Sonali Bank is the country's largest commercial bank. It is also the one that has suffered the biggest losses.

Hundreds of millions Chinese hit as Beijing grapples with 20pc food price inflation

When the prices of pork, rice and other staple items go up in China, it affects hundreds of millions of families who spend large parts of their incomes on food.

Dhaka to assess India's export subsidy

The government is going to study Indian export subsidy as part of groundwork before it starts bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) talks with Delhi.

Residents for relocation of Feni EPZ site

Residents in the proposed Feni Export Promotion Zone (EPZ) have demanded relocation of the site to other place.

BJMC in red due to officials' inefficiency

Jute Adviser Md Anwarul Iqbal on Saturday said Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) have been incurring loss since 1972 due to inefficiency of the corporation's high officials.

Warid offers 89 paisa per minute call rate

All new and existing subscribers of Warid's 'Zem 24 hours' tariff plan will enjoy the lowest call rate of 89 paisa per minute for making calls to any operator round the clock, says a press release.

Grain price hike can benefit European, third world growers

Soaring grain prices that sparked protests in several countries could be a good thing for farmers in both Europe and the developing world, the European Union's top agriculture official said Friday.

Mercantile Bank gets new chairman, vice chairmen

Mosharref Hossain has been made the new chairman of Mercantile Bank Limited, says a recently.

Beijing Auto 2008 opens amid boom in car sales

The world's top car-makers descended on China in force Sunday for the eight-day Beijing Auto Show 2008, which is expected to attract up to 600,000 prospective buyers.

Mutual Trust Bank recommends bonus, rights shares

The Board of Directors of Mutual Trust Bank Limited (MTB) has recommended a 25 percent bonus share and 5:1 right share, i.e., one right share against 5 existing shares for its shareholders for the year 2007.

India's Wipro reports 3pc Quarterly profit rise

Wipro Ltd., India's third-biggest software company, on Friday said net profit growth eased to three percent in the fiscal fourth quarter as it battled the impact of a US economic slowdown.

US-ROK beef deal removes hurdle to FTA

Seoul and Washington officials Friday reached a last-minute agreement on beef trade, removing the major hurdle for a separate trade pact and opening the door for US beef shipments to Korea, once its third-largest market.

Thai PM says high rice prices helping farmers

Thailand's prime minister Samak Sundaravej on Sunday told Thais to put up with soaring rice prices because poor farmers in the kingdom were benefiting from the record highs.

Newly rich Chinese take a shine to gold

Li Zhixin spent weeks planning his one-day family tour of Beijing's historic sites, but instead found himself in one of the city's shopping malls, watching his wife happily trying on gold necklaces.

India invites Saudi investment

India has invited investment from Saudi Arabia, particularly in infrastructure and power generation sectors, to raise the longstanding economic cooperation to greater levels.

Thaksin plans a $5b private equity fund

Ousted prime minister and Manchester City Football Club owner Thaksin Shinawatra said he would launch a US$5-billion private-equity fund that would invest in Asian stocks.


Huge fake certificates of madrasa board seized in Ctg

Police seized a huge number of fake academic certificates of Madrasa Education Board and documents of different madrasas from Fatika area at Hathazari upazila in Chittagong early yesterday.

Dhaka for UN task force to address food security issues

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has urged the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to immediately establish a high level Task Force to address the acute global food crisis.

Local body elections before general polls demanded

A delegation of the Union Parishad Oikya Jote at a meeting with advisers yesterday demanded local government elections before parliamentary elections.

BCL factions clash at DU: 8 injured

At least eight people, including three activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League (AL), were injured in a factional clash on Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday.

Create pressure on CG for polls

Jatiya Party (Manju) Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju and Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon urged the Bangladeshi immigrants in the USA to create pressure on the caretaker government to immediately hold free, fair and acceptable general elections.

A unique initiative to help sidr-hit acid victims

It was a unique initiative for extending hands of friendship and assistance to those who are the survivors of acid attack, a cruel form of menace that destroys beautiful dreams of life.

Journalism democracy's best friend

Journalism is democracy's best friend and independent journalism is the crying need of the time to usher in a meaningful change and establishing genuine human rights in the country.

Govt may simplify yarn import thru' Benapole land port

The government is likely to simplify the yarn import procedure through Benapole land port in the next budget or before the budget.

Three SIs closed at Siddhirganj PS

Three sub-inspectors (SI) of Siddhirganj Police Station were closed last night in connection with the death of Fakir Chan under police custody.

'Implement Women Dev Policy immediately'

Different women and student organisations yesterday demanded immediate implementation of the National Women Development Policy (NWDP) and condemned the government decision to suspend the NWDP.

Unesco Global Action Week begins today

Unesco Education For All (EFA) Global Action Week (April 21-27) 2008 begins worldwide today highlighting the issues of quality and inclusion in education and reminding the governments of their promise to achieve EFA by 2015.

Int'l course on governance begins at BARD

A two-week international course on good governance in rural development began at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) in Comilla yesterday, says a press release.

Research works vital for scientific dev

Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University (JU) Professor Dr Mohammad Muniruzzaman yesterday said the graduates would enhance the prestige of the university with their successes.

CPB on hunger strike for rationing system

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded introducing rationing system and effective steps against hoarders and syndicates responsible for price hike of essentials, says a press release.

AMCH receives Tk 18 lakh in donations

Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) received Tk 17.9 lakh in donations last month, says a press release.

Allegation of Tk 10crore misappropriation from retired

A total of 327 retired staff of Bangladesh Armed Forces yesterday alleged against a business organisation run by six other retired officials of the department for misappropriating about Tk 10 crore from them.

Two journos assaulted on DU campus

Activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) beat two correspondents of two national dailies on Dhaka University (DU) campus within 12 hours.

Apollo Hospitals’ healthcare programme

Apollo Hospitals Dhaka recently organised a healthcare awareness programme for the Cemex Factory staff at Cemex Cement Bangladesh Limited in the city, says a press release.

Guardians threaten to intensify agitations

Guardians of some renowned schools at a press conference in the capital yesterday said they would go for tough agitations including strike in all high schools across the country if the government decides to introduce structured questions (SQ) for SSC examination from 2010.

Mostaq, Shymol elected CUJ president, secy

Mostaq Ahmed and Nazim Uddin Shymol were elected president and general secretary in the biennial election 2008 of Chittagong Union of Journalists (CUJ) yesterday.

Shibir cadres attack students at Azizul Haque College

Three students including two female students of Government Azizul Haque College in Bogra were injured in an attack of Islami Chhatra Shibir cadres yesterday when they were conducting publicity to attend the birth anniversary programme of scientist Albert Einstein.

Four snatchers held in Savar

Police with the help of local people arrested four muggers while fleeing after robbing valuables from garment workers at Jirar Bazar under Ashulia Police Station on Friday night.

BUETAA annual general meeting held

The first annual general meeting of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Alumni Association (BUETAA) was held at central auditorium of Buet recently, says a press release.

6 youths held on charge of cheating

Police yesterday arrested six youths with a video camera from the city's Uttara area on charge of cheating former Awami League lawmaker Chaiyon Islam of Sirajganj district.

Rotarians pledge to make dreams real

The District (national-level) Assembly 2008 of Rotary International District 3280 Bangladesh was held at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city on Saturday, says a press release.

Mass signature campaign against corruption opens next month

Support Advertising Limited will launch a mass signature campaign against corruption across the country for the next six months.


Heat wave, water-power crisis disrupt life in northern dists

The persisting heat wave, coupled with power load shedding and water crisis have disrupted life in northern districts.

Pall of gloom descends as 18 bodies buried in Kurigram

Bodies of 18 people, who were killed in a road accident in Kalihati upazila in Tangail district early Saturday, were buried at their village homes in Kurigram district yesterday noon.

Life returns to normal after 18 years

Life has returned to normal in about 100 villages in three upazilas of Jessore after 18 years.

10 hurt as train derails in Lalmonirhat

At least 10 passengers including two women were injured when seven bogies of a Burimari-bound train from Lalmonirhat derailed at Doiljor near Aditmari railway station yesterday.

Phensidyl stolen from maalkhana

Sub Inspector Abdur Rahman and Constable Masum Billah, who were on duty at maalkhana (store) of Barisal court, were suspended yesterday after theft of seized phensidyl from the store was detected.

8 labour leaders get 3yrs RI

Gaibandha Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court yesterday sentenced eight labour leaders including secretary of Gaibandha Motor Sramik Union to three years rigorous imprisonment for extortion and vandalism.

9 bombs, bullets, recovered in C'nawabganj

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered nine bombs, 20 bullets, 10,000 Indian Rupees and 22 phensidyl bottles from a clearing and forwarding agent office at Huzrapur in Chapainawabgonj town yesterday and arrested four persons.

Sylhet JCD rallies demand release of Khaleda

Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) took out a silent procession, formed a human chain and held rallies at two educational institutions in Sylhet city yesterday to press home the demand for immediate release of former prime minister and BNP chief Khaleda Zia and others.

No coal import thru' Tamabil border for 4 days

There was no coal import through Tamabil border for the fourth day yesterday.

2 education staff remanded in Rangpur

Police yesterday took detained Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila education officer Nazrul Islam and office assistant Shahidul Islam on two days' remand in connection with selling primary books in the open market.

Land surveyors held for bribery

Three land surveyors of Panchagarh land office were caught while allegedly taking bribe from a farmers during land survey at Baniapur village in Debiganj upazila, police said.


People and police

On 12 April, 2008 for the first time, I could join the above forum chaired and conducted by the senior police officers and executives.

Rickshaws, once again

Ten letters have been written by Mr. Sikander Ahmed of Niketon, Dhaka, and no reply? To reply the 10th letter printed in The Daily Star on April 3, 2008 (As I was not fortunate enough to see the previous nine) I felt the obligation to write something.

Report on DU incident

Hats off to the Judicial Enquiry Commission members for their highly constructive and rational recommendations following the unfortunate incidents that occurred in DU in August last year. There is no second opinion in the country regarding the commission's recommendation for banning political activities by the teachers and students on the campus. I believe if a national referendum is sought, the entire nation will overwhelmingly support banning of political activities within the educational institutions. Unfortunately, open involvement in politics of the teachers joining political wings of the student organisations by wearing black-badges, attending political meetings and signing a joint petition for release of an under-trial political prisoner, came as a shock to the conscious citizens in general. The teachers should pursue their noble profession of teaching only. Involvement in party politics not only brings disgrace to their profession but also ruins the academic atmosphere on the campus as the students, encouraged by their teachers, indulge more in political activities, rather than concentrating on their studies. No wonder, the standard of education in DU has gone down drastically.

Power failure

With the advent of summer power failure has become a common phenomenon in the cities. People are suffering immensely as electricity is snapped frequently. Candles, chargers, handmade fans--these items have become essential to tackle sudden disruption of power supply. However, it is the students, especially the SSC examinees, who are hit badly by the recurrent power failures. The sufferings of children and the elderly people can also be imagined.

Observing the world around

Every person has a world of imagination and thoughts. I observed keenly from my experiences that the views and thoughts of two minds are never the same. Two mentalities may be similar but not the same. Have you ever thought how logical your views and thoughts are? How much honest you are to yourself? Usually when a person does a work he does it because it's right to him. But every work of a man is not always praised but is sometimes criticized. Sometimes you will notice that your work which is criticized by some people is very fair to you. Why? It's because of the differences in views. The other problem of ours is that we do not try to understand that a person may have logic behind a work


Nowadays, the police are playing a praiseworthy role in restoring law and order. But people only tend to think about their negative sides.

Food crisis

Litterateur, politician and journalist Abul Mansur Ahmed revealed the nature and character of Bengali businessmen and politicians in his book 'Food Conference'. There he showed how rice traders and greedy political activists were busy maximising profits during the 1943 famine.

Hindi song on Pahela Baishakh

On the hilarious occasion of Pahela Baishakh, a concert entitled "Nokia Fusion Baishakhi Concert" was held at Gulshan Youth Club. I could not attend that music feast but later came to know which artist performed which songs through The Daily Star dated April 16, 2008. To my utter dismay, James, my most favourite singer since childhood, performed Bhigi Bhigi, one of his popular hits in Hindi, on this very occasion whose spirit is nothing but Bangla!

Legal battle between BNP factions

The court has discharged the case filed by the BNP chairperson (in jail now) against the EC's decision to recognise the faction of Saifur- Hafiz to talk with the EC.

General Moeen's article

General Moeen U Ahmed in his write-up "Aspiration in the Bangla New Year" has focused on some vital issues for the development of Bangladesh. Among those, I would like to share my views on Hotel Management which is a new but a prospective subject for studying, especially at a higher level. Working in hotels is not merely cooking or serving foods, it is now called "Hospitality Industry". This industry is also expanding day by day and Bangladesh has a bright future undoubtedly in this area.

No power crisis!

Your Manikganj correspondent's report published on 16 August mentions the deplorable condition of power supply there. The view is shared by all of us. Invariably, we have darkness when we need light; while electricity is drastically rationed in the form of "load-shedding"! Be it in Bagerhat,


There has been a lot of debate about different forms of decentralization and their implications for developing countries. Particularly in unitary states, decentralization is considered as a key element of governance. The organs of unitary states are governed constitutionally as one single unit, with one constitutionally created legislature. While political power of government in such states may be transferred to regional or locally elected assemblies, the central government retains the right to control and abolish the delegated power.

BNP's problems

Most democracy-loving people of Bangladesh living in the country or abroad may have concern over the present divided BNP. This concern emanates from the fact that we appreciate the necessity of a functional, bipartisan political system in the country, not so much because a substantial portion might support a united BNP.


Political parties are enthusiastic about elections. It is good to know that the government is determined to hold the elections within this year. We are hopeful that the coming elections will be free, fair and credible all the way. But I think before elections, we need to discuss some political issues. Political parties should redefine the politics that they were practising before. We, the general people, won't like to experience any destructive politics in our country anymore. “No more violence” should be the slogan of all the parties.


Britain wants a long-term partnership with Pakistan

Visiting Foreign Secretary David Miliband yesterday said Britain wanted a long-term partnership with Pakistan to end militancy in its tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

Tigers accuse Lanka of killing Catholic priest

Sri Lankan forces yesterday killed a Roman Catholic priest who was also a top human rights campaigner inside rebel-held territory, Tiger guerrillas said as fighting raged in the troubled north.

US commanders sought authority to attack inside Pakistan

US military commanders operating in Afghanistan have sought permission to attack Pakistani militants hiding in tribal areas inside Pakistan, but so far have been denied it because of diplomatic considerations, The New York Times reported on its website Saturday.

Iran rejects 'baseless' bomb claims ahead of IAEA visit

Iran yesterday rejected claims presented to the UN atomic watchdog that it may have been studying how to develop a nuclear weapon, a day ahead of a visit by a top International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) official.

Nepal Maoists in talks with US to remove terrorist tag

Emboldened by a spectacular showing in Nepal's landmark elections, the Maoists, who are set to head a new government, want the US not to brand the former rebels as terrorists any more.

Israel kills 7 Hamas men after Gaza crossing attack

Israel killed seven Hamas militants in a series of airstrikes after the group detonated two jeeps packed with hundreds of kilograms of explosives at an Israeli crossing on the Gaza border.

Hillary, Obama press for advantage ahead of pivotal primary

Barack Obama cast his Democratic presidential rival Saturday as a game-player who uses "slash and burn" tactics and will say whatever people want to hear, a sharp jab at her character in the final chapter of the pivotal Pennsylvania primary campaign.

UN calls for int'l action on rising food prices

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for concerted international action on rising food prices ahead of the opening of five days of talks on globalistion yesterday.

Arab states should boost support for Iraq: Rice

Iraq's Arab neighbours have few remaining excuses for withholding diplomatic and economic support for the US-backed government in Baghdad, now that daily life in Iraq is less deadly and the government has demonstrated resolve against militias and outliers, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Saturday.

Scores of Zimbabwe opposition supporters detained in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe police are detaining at least 75 opposition supporters for offences linked to a strike last week to force the release of results from last month's presidential poll, their lawyer said Sunday.

No letup on N Korean denuclearisation

The leaders of South Korea and the United States pledged a full verification of North Korea's nuclear programmes, dismissing claims that Washington is scaling back its demand for Pyongyang's declaration of an atomic arsenal and alleged proliferation activities.

al-Qaeda offers 'head of American' as gift to Bush

A leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq has announced a one-month campaign in which the group will "offer the head of an American" as a gift to US President George W. Bush, according to an audiotape made public on Saturday.

Kalam was ready to appoint Sonia as PM in 2004

Ending speculation that has persisted for four years as to whether President A P J Abdul Kalam was unwilling to appoint Sonia Gandhi as Prime Minister, it is now being disclosed that he had a letter of appointment ready for her.

Dog crosses desert, mountains and somehow gets back home

A dog that ran off during a road-trip rest stop apparently made her way nearly 80 miles across Nevada's high desert and two mountain ranges to return home a week later.

Arts & Entertainment

Making do with little on the shoals

"It may not be anything to rave about from the technical point of view but as a theme it is something to treasure," says Sayed Badrul Karim about his photographs on display at the exhibition “Nadi o Jibon”. The exhibition is currently on at the Bengal Gallery.

Contemplating “Bangaliaana”

This was a sea of white and red. Aromatic leis swaying to soft melody. From a distance a jubilant, roaring crowd -- red and white mingling with bursts of colour, jeans and sunglasses -- rocking to the beat of the dhol. Further out, swarms of people oblivious to the beat, eyeing the stands of pitha and panta bhat hungrily. And still further away -- far from the security stands and a bit difficult to spot -- small groups of people huddled together, fists shaking, oblivious to all else, and clearly venting their angst over something or the other.

Power cut interrupts two events at Shilpakala Academy

Because of rampant power cuts, two events at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) – at National Theatre Stage and Experimental Theatre Stage -- were interrupted on April 19. In the dim light of candles, the performances continued.

"Close Up 1" audition in Rajshahi

The two-day regional audition round of the talent hunt Close Up 1: Tomakei Khujchhey Bangladesh ended in Rajshahi city last Thursday.

Margot Fonteyn: An enduring appeal

Even 17 years after her death, exquisitely graceful ballerina Margot Fonteyn remains a role model for many upcoming talents. Who of the last generation can forget her inimitable portrayals such as that of Snowflake in The Nutcracker Suite (1934), Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty (1949) Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (1965) or in many other productions -- among them Giselle and Apparitions (1936), Marguerite and Armand (1963) or Paradise Lost (1967)?

150th episode of “Mahanagar" tonight

The 150th episode of popular drama serial Mahanagar will be aired tonight on Banglavision at 8:25 pm. The serial is written by Ferdaus Hasan and jointly directed by Sajjad Sumon and Ferdaus Hasan.

Brett Lee: Crossing boundaries between cricket and Bollywood

Australian fast bowler Brett Lee can easily consider life in Bollywood after retirement from cricket.


Health policy for achieving MDGs

THE United Nations General Assembly, after a long debate on April 1 and 2, 2008, reaffirmed that "Millennium Development Goals are achievable if we act now." It was also observed that "getting back on track" should be the appropriate strategy to attain the targets fixed almost eight years back. Out of the 8 goals of MDGs, three -- reduction of maternal mortality, improvement of maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases -- are directly related to health policy.

Inflation and democracy: Connection or confusion

THE confusion about whether the present government is responsible for high inflation in Bangladesh is widespread. Some go as far as to conclude that inflation could not have loomed on the horizon had an elected government been in power. Others argue that democracy is the salvation-mantra for hyperinflation. These claims have neither a theoretical nor an empirical basis.

A collaborative strategy against corruption

CORRUPTION is a way of accumulating illegal wealth, which creates inequality and social injustice. It destroys social order, rule of law and all good governance efforts. Corruption and the corrupt are the enemies of people and society. That is why fighting corruption and installing honesty is a pre-condition for good governance for ensuring human rights, human dignity, equality and social justice, and better business environment.

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Work goes on in full swing keeping issues unresolved

Implementation of the Hatirjheel-Begunbari integrated development project is going on in full swing despite some obstacles, project officials said.

Bands hard hit by hardships

Walking by the narrow lane of Haji Osman Gani Road in old Dhaka one will spot a few shops displaying an array of cornets, trumpets and rattles hanging from the walls.

"city express"

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.

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