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Grafts reign supreme in import trade

The system for pre-shipment inspection (PSI) of imports has become riddled with corruption, and plagued by tax dodging and money laundering, depriving the country of huge amounts of revenue, reveals an investigation by The Daily Star.

AL leaves decision to grassroots leaders

Awami League's (AL) decision whether to participate in the dialogue with the government and the election without its President Sheikh Hasina will be based on opinions of the grassroots- and national-level committees.

Pro-Khaleda faction rejects, reformists accept talks invite

Pro-Khaleda faction of BNP yesterday rejected the government letter inviting them to participate in the formal dialogue, saying it did not address party secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain properly.

Nizami behind bars

Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami was sent to jail yesterday after being produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court of Dhaka in connection with the Gatco graft case.

Next budget to focus on agriculture, power, rural infrastructure

Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said the next budget would be somewhere near Tk one lakh crore with concentration on agriculture, power and rural infrastructure.

Govt to import 5 lakh tonnes of fertiliser

The government will import five lakh tonnes of fertiliser from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Qatar under state arrangement to ease fertiliser crisis and boost rice production in the next fiscal year.

50 injured in BDR action in Satkhira

At least 50 people were injured as Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel beat up people demonstrating against assault of a Pourasava commissioner by BDR men here yesterday.

Dialogue starts Thursday with small parties

The much-awaited dialogue between the caretaker government and the political parties begins Thursday with some small parties sitting first to discuss reforms and ways to hold a free and fair election.

Nizami as history knows

Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, who enjoyed leniency of the past governments, is now at an isolated cell of Dhaka Central Jail thanks to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) implicating him in the Gatco graft case that eventually led to his arrest on Sunday night.

EC to publish report on its talks with parties

The Election Commission (EC) is going to publish a report on its electoral reforms talks with political parties, drawing the government's attention to some crucial issues including trial of war criminals to keep them away from polls.

Pakistan willing to share Nuke tech with Bangladesh

Pakistani High Commissioner to Bangladesh Alamgir Babar said yesterday that his country is ready to share nuclear technology for civilian purposes with Bangladesh, to help tackle the country's massive energy crisis.

Govt working to empower people

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed last night said his government is working relentlessly and uncompromisingly to empower people and ensure their right to choose their representatives without fear or intimidation.

Hunt on for MK Anwar, other absconding accused

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Naim Ahmed yesterday said their efforts to arrest the absconding accused in Gatco scam case, including former agriculture minister and BNP leader MK Anwar, will continue.

Ershad to join talks, won't sign nat'l charter

Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said his party will join the dialogue with the caretaker government but will not sign any national charter as proposed by the chief adviser.

Lankan military kills 78 during fierce clashes

A day of fierce clashes in Sri Lanka's embattled north has left 61 Tamil Tiger rebels and 17 soldiers dead, the military said yesterday.

Laden lashes out at Arabs for sacrificing Palestinians

Osama bin Laden released a new message on Sunday denouncing Arab leaders for sacrificing the Palestinians and saying the head of the Shia militant group Hezbollah did not really have the strength to take on Israel.

Editorial

How deep corruption seeped!

The crusade against corruption has been carried out on three levels with varying degrees of seriousness. The first to be taken on by the ACC was corruption in high places; the second that has got underway relates to probing graft in institutions; and the third concerns itself with money making by minions turning into multimillionaires unnoticed behind the façade of a low profile.

Monga victims to get overseas jobs

The economic backwardness of people living in certain places in the northern districts, which experience a near famine-like situation (monga) almost every year, is an indicator of the grinding poverty that has shamefully become a perennial feature there.

Politics of un-finished bridges

Today we are going to talk about bridges; bridges that were to do what they were supposed to do -- bridge the gaps between two sides underneath which rivers and canals crisscrossed at will. The landscape of Bangladesh demands numerous bridges and culverts over rivers and canals so that people can safely cross over to the other side. In the past, the rural landscape was dotted with bridges made of bamboo, very delicate and dangerous, but they served the purpose.

Same poor, different poverty

Digging deep into the data files of the Brac-supported survey of 62 villages, that contain information of the same households for two decades, we considered three cases of the tedious paths that poor households pursue in their lifecycles. Small household size, access to credit, healthy earning members and a mix of farm and non-farm occupations could sometimes help them graduate, as the following case studies might show.

10 years after Pokharan-II

Imagine being asked whether you'd undergo a high-risk operation under a surgeon who's unaccountable to you. Or let a distant, supposedly wise, uncle decide about your family's safety in your absence during civil war conditions.

Sports

Footballers anxious

After the 'elite' footballers' anger was initially defused by the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) officials on Sunday, it was the turn of the 'commoners' to express their anguish and concern.

Usha-MSC show off today

Leaders Usha Krira Chakra will be put the test by an young and energetic Mohammedan Sporting Club when the two sides meet in today's Green Delta Premier Hockey League match.

Zia third in Mayors Cup

Bangladeshi Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman clinched third place in the Mayors Cup 1st International Chess tournament which finished in Mumbai, India yesterday.

Baishakhi gets Arthur Ashe Jr award

Shefat Nusrat Baishakhi became the first Bangladeshi to achieve the Arthur Ashe Jr Collegiate Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship, 2008, in America.

Oram ensures draw

Jacob Oram's 101 secured a draw for New Zealand on the fifth and final day of the first Test against England at Lord's on Monday.

Delhi dump Bangalore

Bangalore Royal Challengers are out of contention for a spot in the semifinals of the Indian Premier League following a five-wicket defeat at the hands of the Delhi Daredevils at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Monday.

Battle of the captains

England captain Michael Vaughan fought a gripping personal duel with his opposite number Daniel Vettori on Sunday while steering his team to a 42-run first innings lead on the fourth day of the first Test at Lord's.

Row over Shah Rukh

A day after Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was barred entry to his team's dressing room, the Indian Premier League (IPL) authorities yesterday issued fresh guidelines which has cleared the deck for the presence of a franchise owner in the team dug-out for the Twenty20 matches.

Mumbai ride on Bravo

Mumbai Indians' last meeting with the Deccan Chargers ended in a fourth straight defeat but the return game on Sunday provided plenty of cheer, producing their sixth successive win, the best run in the Indian Premier League so far.

Warne could return!

Shane Warne has not ruled out a dramatic return to international cricket for the next Ashes series if Australia's problems with trying to fill his spin position continue.

French Open miss disappoints Sania

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has expressed disappointment over her missing this year's French Open -- second Grand Slam of the year -- because of a prolonged wrist injury.

Real dominate Barcelona

The 2007/08 Spanish league season will be remembered as the season when Barcelona performed the guard of honour at the Santiago Bernabeu to applaud the title success of their arch rivals Real Madrid.

Van der Sar wants winners' medal

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has hinted that he could retire when his current Old Trafford contract expires in 12 months time - and he is determined to bow out with at least one more Champions League winners' medal to his name.

Guiza finally delivers

Real Mallorca's Daniel Guiza is the recipient of this season's Pichichi crown for the top scorer in the Spanish first division with his tally of 27 goals three better than Sevilla's Luis Fabiano.

Maradona on celluloid

Diego Maradona, star of Bosnian director Emir Kusturica's documentary to be released Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival, was a footballing genius upon whom Argentina fans bestowed godlike status even before he starred in their 1986 World Cup success.

Greeks fancy their chances

Greece's triumph in the 2004 Euro-pean Champion-ships was a shot in the dark but the proud Greeks will be dead set on ensuring it wasn't a one-off when the present edition gets underway in Austria and Switzerland on June 7.

'A season in purgatory'

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted on Sunday that his team of under-achievers have a season in purgatory ahead of them after missing out on Champions League qualification.

Ronaldinho set to leave Barca

Brazil's two-time World player of the Year Ronaldinho is set to leave Barcelona, the club president Joan Laporta has said.

Rooney urges Tevez to stay

Wayne Rooney wants Manchester United strike partner Carlos Tevez to stay on at Old Trafford when his loan period expires next year.

Real snap up Garay

Spanish champions Real Madrid moved swiftly on Monday to secure their first recruit for next season as they outlayed a reported 10million euros for Argentinian defender Ezequiel Garay from Racing Santander.

Milan won't release Kaka for Olympics

AC Milan have told Brazil that they will not release star midfielder Kaka to take part in the Beijing Olympics football tournament in August.

Denisov refused Hiddink's call

Russia's coach Guus Hiddink said Monday that Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Igor Denisov had rejected his invitation to join his squad in their preparations for the European championship's finals.

Local Snippets

Cute has become sponsors of the national women's handball team that leaves Dhaka for India on Tuesday to take part in the third South Asian Handball Championship.

ICC team inspects Karachi venues

An International Cricket Council (ICC) delegation has completed a security assessment of the volatile Pakistani city of Karachi for this year's Champions Trophy, an official said Monday.

Butt rues less play

Despite scoring 73 off 54 balls in Kolkata Knight Riders' narrow three-run defeat in the Indian Premier League against Chennai Super Kings in the curtailed game at Eden Gardens on Sunday, Salman Butt was unhappy for more reasons than one.

Rain denies Aussies

Heavy rain prevented Australia from completing victory, after Simon Katich enhanced his claims for a place in the opening Test against West Indies, when he helped them into a match-winning position on the third and final day of their tour match against Jamaica which ended in a draw on Sunday.

Dutch, Aussies win

Australia slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Germany while the Netherlands saw off China 3-1 on the second day of the women's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament here Sunday.

US on the long journey to WC

The United States will take their first tentative steps on the long, gruelling road to the 2011 World Cup from Friday in the unlikely company of the likes of Germany, Nepal and Afghanistan.

Roddick skips French Open

American men's tennis number one Andy Roddick withdrew from next week's French Open as he is still nursing a shoulder injury, his brother John announced on Monday.

Pak players to be dope-tested

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced in-house doping tests for all its players before the Asia Cup, which begins from June 24.

Death anniversary of Zafar Imam today

The fourth death anniversary of eminent sports organiser and Bangladesh Olympic Association secretary general Zafar Imam will be observed today in Dhaka and Rajshahi.

Edberg set to come out of retirement

Sweden's former men's world number one Stefan Edberg, who has not played competitive tennis since he retired 12 years ago, could be set to face old rival Pete Sampras after agreeing to play two events on the Tour of Champions.

Business

ATM services provider to raise Tk150cr from capital market

IT Consultants Limited (ITC), a manager of Q-cash brand of ATM and different cards, has decided to go for initial public offerings to raise Tk 150 crore, according to the company officials.

ACI Godrej Agrovet eyes Tk100cr turnover

A joint venture agri-business company, ACI Godrej Agrovet Private Ltd, hopes to hit over Tk 100 crore turnover in 2008 as it is set to launch new products in a couple of months.

Vietnam may limit future rice exports

Vietnam may permanently reduce rice exports by 2010 and beyond to ensure food security for its growing population, state media reports and government officials said on Monday.

Chinese insurers not jolted by quake

Payouts by Chinese insurance companies in the aftermath of last week’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake would not likely significantly impact the industry, analysts said.

Changes in mindset needed for development of women entrepreneurs

Changes in traditional mindset are needed for the development of women entrepreneurs, a workshop was told in Dhaka yesterday.

Salary gap widening in Indonesia: Study

The gap in salaries between managers and clerics in Indonesia widened last year from 2006 in part because of a shortage in talent amid the country's growing economy, a global study says.

Petrochemicals fire up S’pore export

Singapore's exports rallied last month, easily beating expectations, as petrochemical firms lifted overseas shipments and offset slumping sales of drugs and electronics.

RMG factory drama brings workers' issues to life

On the production floors of the Mohammadi Fashions Limited, a concern of Mohammadi Group, and the Irish Fashion garment factories in Dhaka, traditional dancers twist and shimmy in front of a crowd of workers preparing for their lunch break.

Mind your language

Global English is an 8-year old company with about 100 employees, revenues of USD 20-30 million and profitable. Their business: teaching English to employees of multinationals using unique online methods. What is fascinating is the growth of its business in India, which has traditionally been regarded as endowed with a large English speaking human resource base. But as Mr. Desai the CEO put it: “People need to learn how to converse in different situations”, so its more than just the language.

Premier Leasing chairman, VC reelected

Dr Mizanur Rahman Shelley has been reelected chairman of Premier Leasing and Finance Limited at a meeting of the board of directors of the company held in Dhaka recently.

Asian stocks close mostly up

Asian stocks closed mostly up Monday with the Japanese market jumping to a four-month high and Taiwanese shares rising sharply, continuing a period of better regional investor sentiment.

Australia says to quit EBRD in 2010

Australia said on Monday that it would withdraw as a shareholder of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2010 after judging that its work was nearing completion in the former Soviet bloc.

India, Finland to up flight capacity to boost trade

Indian officials are expected in Finland as early as August to sign a revised bilateral air services agreement aimed at increasing capacity between the two countries, currently linked by Nordic carrier Finnair.

Dollar steady in Asia

The dollar was steady in Asian trade Monday as investors waited for upcoming data amid concern that inflation in the US economy could pick up even as growth slows, dealers said.

Oil prices creep up

World oil prices crept toward the 127-dollar level in Asian trade Monday amid predictions of costlier crude despite Saudi Arabia's disclosure that it had boosted production, analysts said.

Microsoft says mulling new Yahoo deal, without a takeover

Microsoft said Sunday it was considering some kind of new deal with Yahoo that would not involve a new takeover bid, two weeks after withdrawing its offer to acquire the struggling Internet pioneer.

Japan urged to open up to foreign investment

An advisory panel called on Japan's government Monday to help remove barriers to foreign investment amid calls overseas for the world's second-largest economy to open up more.

Philippines to try and harness sea currents for energy

The Philippines will try to generate electricity from sea currents under a project funded by an Italian grant, an official said Monday.

Nissan says moving into higher gear on electric cars

Nissan Motor Co., playing catch-up in fuel-efficient motoring, said Monday that it and NEC Corp. will invest 115 million dollars to mass produce new batteries for electric, hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles.

Metropolitan

Continuing spirit of close partnership can materialise major dev agenda

Prince Karim Aga Khan yesterday said a continuing spirit of close partnership would be required to materialise the major development agenda of Bangladesh.

New food godowns at upazila level in 3 yrs

The government has decided to build a number of new food godowns up to upazila levels across the country spending more than Tk 350 crore in next three years, Food and Disaster Management Adviser Dr AMM Shawkat Ali said yesterday.

Help rehabilitate Sidr victims permanently

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday urged Rotary International to help rehabilitate permanently the Sidr victims of the country.

Mixed reactions to HC verdict

The War Crimes Facts Finding Committee yesterday welcomed a ruling by the High Court that the Biharis living in the country are citizens of Bangladesh, while the Stranded Pakistanis General Repatriation Committee said it would not bring any good to the stranded Pakistanis.

2.5 lakh get infected with hepatitis a year

Around 2.5 lakh people get infected with hepatitis viruses a year in the country, experts at a discussion said yesterday.

Police officer dies seeing macabre sight

A police officer died of a cardiac arrest after seeing the brutality inflicted on a robber by a mob in Sonargaon on Sunday night.

Invite workers' leaders to dialogue

Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday called on the government to include labourers' representatives in the proposed dialogue.

Contractor murdered in city

Unidentified criminals stabbed a contractor to death at Kamalapur in the city in the early hours of yesterday.

Hearing on govt leave to appeal today

The Supreme Court (SC) is likely to hear today the government's leave to appeal against High Court (HC) order staying operation of the Supreme Judicial Commission.

Five killed in road accidents

Five people, including two women, were killed and six others were injured in separate road accidents in Narayanganj, Chittagong and Comilla districts yesterday.

5 drown as boat capsizes in Ichhamati

At least five people, including three women of a family, drowned last night when a boat capsized in the Ichhamati at Mostafapur in Kaliganj upazila while they were coming to Bangladesh from India crossing the river.

Jute mill workers demand arrears

Angry workers of state-owned Platinum Jubilee Jute Mills chased the general manager when he was leaving the office yesterday and damaged his official car.

Storm lashes 2 Noakhali UZs

A storm lashed Sadar and Subarnachar upazilas early yesterday, damaging over one hundred kutcha houses, some educational institutions and shops.

Fish farm owner killed in Gazipur

A fish farm owner was killed by unidentified assailants at Arhgoria village in Sadar upazila yesterday.

4 youths held with arms, ammos

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has arrested four youths and seized arms and ammunitions from their possession in the city.

Meghna-Gomati Bridge to remain closed for 16 hrs

Meghna-Gomati Bridge on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Daudkandi will remain closed to traffic from 6:00pm today to 10:00am tomorrow for concrete work for the bridge, said an official handout.

Tk 1.3 lakh recovered, 5 arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members yesterday recovered Tk 1.3 lakh mugged money and arrested five people in connection with the snatching of Tk 24.50 lakh at Lalbagh in the city on May 6.

Anti-terrorism Ordinance 2008 protested

Workers' Party of Bangladesh and Gonotantrik Bam Morcha (Democratic Left Front) yesterday condemned the Anti-terrorism Ordinance 2008 approved by the Council of Advisers on Sunday.

President hosts reception for Buddhists

President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife Dr. Anwara Begum yesterday hosted a reception for the members of the Buddhist community at Bangabhaban on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.

Muggers kill cellphone mechanic in city

After fighting for life for three days, a cellphone mechanic succumbed to his stab injuries in the city in the early hours of yesterday.

Tk 17 lakh foreign liquor seized in Ctg

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard (east zone) seized 620 bottles of foreign liquor from Alokdia at Sitakunda upazila in Chittagong early yesterday.

JMB cadre held in Joypurhat

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a JMB member, chargesheeted in an arms loot case, from Uttar Moheshpur village in Khetlal upazila yesterday.

Woman killed in train accident

An unidentified woman was crushed under the wheels of a train at Kotchandpur upazila in Jhenidah yesterday.

Death condoled

Dhaka Club Ltd organised a condolence meeting in memory of Khandaker Mahbubuzzaman, a permanent member of the club, at the club lounge recently, says a press release.

Appeal for help

Md Aminul Hasan, a student of Chittagong University who has been suffering from blood cancer, has appealed for financial assistance for his treatment, says a press release.

National

Indoor politics fail to activate BNP, Jamaat men in Nilphamari as key leaders held or hiding

BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami are facing leadership crisis in Nilphamari district as most of the front ranking leaders, faced with a number of cases, are in jail, absconding or inactive.

Bounty for information on absconding outlaws

Chuadanga police announced reward for providing information to law enforcers on three absconding outlaws who broke out of Chuadanga jail Thursday night, police said.

Boro price still high for hoarding in Gaibandha markets

Although harvest of Boro crops is nearly complete in most areas, price of rice in the local markets is yet to see significant reduction, as solvent farmers, middlemen and traders are stockpiling paddy with hope to gain more profit when the crop gets further price hike.

Dropout thwarts schooling in char areas

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said a staggering 70 per cent children in the char areas of the district drop out at the primary level, indicating a frustrating condition of schooling in the poverty-stricken area.

ACC probing wealth of Khulna mayor, family

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started investigating property and wealth belonging to Khulna Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman and six other members of his family.

Complainant of extortion case against mayor Tayebur held

Joint forces arrested the complainant of an extortion case filed against Khulna City Corporation mayor Tayebur Rahman from Children's Park here on Sunday afternoon.

Journalist electrocuted in Tangail

A journalist was electrocuted in Tangail town in the early hours of yesterday.

International

Kashmir issue 'ripe' for resolution, says Bush

Taking note of "major and significant developments" in the Indo-Pak ties, US President George W Bush has said the Kashmir issue is "ripe" for resolution.

70pct still without food aid in Myanmar, says UN

About 70 percent of Myanmar's hungry cyclone survivors remain without UN food aid more than two weeks after the disaster, forcing them to leave their villages, relief workers said yesterday.

More cross-LoC bus services on agenda

Keen to take the peace process with Pakistan forward, India is expected to press for launch of more cross-LoC bus services and early operationalisation of the truck service when the two sides resume the composite dialogue in Islamabad today.

Asean can lead cyclone aid effort, says Myanmar

Myanmar agreed yesterday to an international relief effort led by its regional allies to help more than two million cyclone victims still critically short of life-saving food, shelter and medicines.

Suicide attack kills 13 in Pakistan

A suicide bombing in the northwestern Pakistani city of Mardan on Sunday killed at least 13 people and wounded many others, a government minister said.

China stands still to mourn quake victims

China stood still and sirens wailed Monday to mourn the country's tens of thousands of earthquake victims, as the search for survivors increasingly became a search for bodies.

500 juveniles detained in Iraq, says US

The US military is holding about 500 juveniles suspected of being "unlawful enemy combatants" in detention centres in Iraq and has about 10 detained in Afghanistan, the United States has told the United Nations.

12 die in South Africa anti-foreigner violence

Emmerson Ziso fled hunger and repression in neighbouring Zimbabwe, but now he wants to go back. Even his violent, chaotic homeland seems a haven compared to Johannesburg, where weekend attacks on foreigners left at least 12 dead.

McCain, Obama woo party zealots

Republican White House hopeful John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama both face a balancing act to placate their parties' bases while also courting the floating voters of the political centre.

'Brittlestar City' discovered on underwater mountain

A unique colony of tens of millions of starfish-like creatures has been discovered on a mountain peak lying below the ocean in sub-Antarctic waters south of New Zealand, scientists said Monday.

‘Zimbabwe military plotting Tsvangirai assassination’

A top official of Zimbabwe's opposition party on Monday accused the government's military intelligence of plotting to assassinate its leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Zardari acquitted of drugs smuggling charges

A Pakistani court on Monday acquitted Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, of decade-old charges of drugs smuggling, his lawyer said.

British PM takes parliamentary grilling online

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Monday launched an online version of his weekly question-and-answer session in parliament, vowing to give let the public grill him directly, on YouTube.

West Bengal Panchayat polls claims 19 lives

The death toll in violence in Murshidabad district during the last phase of Panchayat elections yesterday rose to 19 today with 231 people admitted to different hospitals, as fresh armed clash between the CPI-M and Congress claimed one more life in the district.

Thousands killed in 1950 by US's Korean ally

Grave by mass grave, South Korea is unearthing the skeletons and buried truths of a cold-blooded slaughter from early in the Korean War, when this nation's US-backed regime killed untold thousands of leftists and hapless peasants in a summer of terror in 1950.

Fresh jolt for Abdullah as Mahathir quits ruling party

In a major setback for Malaysia's embattled Premier Abdullah Badawi, his mentor and influential predecessor Mahathir Mohammad today sprang a surprise by quitting the ruling party to press for leadership change following the party's recent electoral losses.

20 killed, dozens missing in Nepal bus plunge

Up to 20 people were killed yesterday and dozens are missing presumed dead after a packed passenger bus skidded off a mountain road and plunged into a river in Nepal, local media reported.

Arts & Entertainment

Bagdis in Shahzadpur fall on hard days

Rabindra Jayanti was held with much festivity at the Shahzadpur Kacharibari in Sirajganj recently. It is opportune to consider the subsequent generations of Tagore's 250 palanquin bearers (commonly known as "Bagdi") from the Bagdipara village in Shahzadpur who now live amidst penury and hardship.

‘‘16th Young Artists' Art Exhibition '08’’ begins at Shilpakala

The 16th Young Artists' Art Exhibition, scheduled to be held in 2006, was inaugurated on May 18, at the National Art Gallery. The exhibition and competition will continue till June 6. Department of Fine Arts, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has been organising exhibitions featuring talented young artists' work biennially since 1975.

Tony Dias: On screen and behind the scene

Tony Dias, a familiar face on the small screen is also busy behind the scenes. The popular actor has also been directing plays. ATN Bangla will air Hotath Dekha -- a single episode TV play directed by Tony -- tonight at 8:45 pm. Written by Shahrukh Shahid the play features a moving story of a young man, Ronju (played by Tony) who is shunned by all, after he becomes infected with HIV through blood transfusion.

Paintings for UNWFP campaign

United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) has launched a campaign called "Walk the World" recently, says a press release. The chief objective of the campaign is to alleviate hunger around the world by 2015. This year, WFP and its partners arranged special events in Bangladesh to raise funds for underprivileged school children.

"Crayons": Disco queen Donna Summer is back after 17 years

Donna Summer was dubbed "The Queen of Disco" after a series of hit singles in the 1970s: now the singer pokes fun at that title in a new song included in her first studio album in 17 years.

A glimpse of Bangladesh in Washington, D.C.

The Bangladesh Embassy in Washington, D.C. organised an 'open house' on May 17, as part of Cultural Tourism, DC's new annual celebration of international culture showcasing embassies and cultural organisations.

OP-ED

How to feed the world

Every day, 25,000 people die from hunger-related causes. And when food accounts for more than half a poor family's spending, price rises can be truly devastating for millions living on the edge.

The Asean 'coalition of mercy' from Aceh to Burma

If any nation knows what it is like to be rocked by a natural disaster, it is Indonesia. When the Indian Ocean tsunami hit in December 2004 a series of high tidal waves roared along the east and west coast of Aceh, leaving 132,000 dead or missing and 500,000 homeless.

I did it my way, said the Indian composer

WHEN I was a junior reporter, I worked for an editorial department head who used to copy my work and re-sell it to other newspapers.



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