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AL for movement to free Hasina

The grassroots level leaders of Awami League (AL) yesterday said the party must not participate in the talks with the government or parliamentary polls without its detained President Sheikh Hasina.

Govt warned of slide in law, order situation

An intelligence agency in a special report has suggested that the government temporarily suspend all direct or indirect activities of Asia Energy to avert severe deterioration in law and order around Phulbari coalmine.

Top down pressure won't lead to political reform

On the third day of the ongoing pre-poll dialogues between political parties and the government yesterday, the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) told the latter that reforming the country's body politic will not be possible through ad hoc measures and top down pressure.

Tk 622cr agriculture research to up farm output launched

The government yesterday launched a Tk 622 crore project to revitalise agricultural research and extension for increasing farm production to ensure food security of the country.

WB to consider $320m loans to Bangladesh

The World Bank is going to consider two proposals for $320 million loan to Bangladesh in its next board meeting on June 17 as the government has fulfilled a number of conditions set by it.

Govt officials oppose EC plan to hold JS, UZ polls simultaneously

The divisional commissioners yesterday opposed the Election Commission's (EC) plans for holding upazila parishad polls together with the ninth parliamentary election.

Khaleda not taken to court for illness

The jail authorities did not produce detained BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia before a special court for the hearing on charge framing in the Niko corruption case yesterday.

Hasina's charge hearing in Niko case deferred till June 1

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the hearing on charge framing against former premier Sheikh Hasina and eight others in the Niko graft case to June 1.

Lenient treatment might create imbalance in justice system

Legal experts and rights activists yesterday said dealing with corruptionists 'leniently' through setting up the Truth and Accountability Commission (TAC) might create an imbalance in the country's justice system and damage the spirit of the ongoing anti-corruption campaign.

Most politicians see duality in anti-graft policy

Most of the political parties have strongly criticised the government move to set up Truth and Accountability Commission (TAC), saying that it will create a dual system in curbing corruption.

Delwar receives green signal from Khaleda to join dialogue

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain received green signal from detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to participate in the ongoing dialogues with the caretaker government.

Khulna mayor gets 10 years in another extortion case

A Khulna court yesterday sentenced Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman and KCC Public Relations Officer (PRO) Sarder Abu Taher to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a Tk 2.9 lakh extortion case.

Many still consider Pakistan homeland

The High Court (HC) verdict of awarding Bangladeshi citizenship to stranded Urdu-speaking people could not settle the long-standing debate as many of them still want to return to Pakistan.

PDP leader gunned down

A businessman and convenor of Mirpur zone Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) led by Ferdous Ahmed Quarishi was gunned down last night at Pallabi in the capital.

HC stays charge framing against Tarique

The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the authorities not to take steps towards framing charges against BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman in the Tk 21 core bribery case against him, until June 2.

No action yet against jailer

The authorities concerned are yet to take any punitive actions against Tangail District Jail Jailer Nazrul Islam who had allegedly ordered jail guards to beat up Mirza Shakil, The Daily Star correspondent in Tangail.

Rejoinder, our reply

North Korean company Namnam in a rejoinder to a report headlined “Miner now wants refund of non-existent loans” published in The Daily Star on May 16 differed on a number of issues.

2 killed during shootouts in Shyampur, Joydevpur

Two people were killed in separate crossfire incidents between criminals and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police at Shyampur in the city and Gazipur yesterday.

Three roads in capital cave in during downpour

Two roads in the capital's Azimpur caved in yesterday as the protection pillars and boundary walls of an under construction high-rise building got displaced.

12 'razakars' sued in Bagerhat

Twelve razakars including a leader of Muslim League have been sued for the killing of two freedom fighters during the Liberation War in 1971 at Morrelganj upazila in Bagerhat district.

Mojahid's bail petition not accepted by HC

A High Court (HC) bench yesterday refused to take up the bail petition of Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid in the Barapukuria coalmine graft case.

5 killed in Narsinghdi road accident

At least five people were killed and six others injured yesterday as a bus crashed into a roadside sweetmeat shop at Narayanpur Bus stand of Belabo upazila in Narsinghdi.

7 killed in Lankan train bombing

At least seven people were killed and scores more wounded yesterday in the bombing of a packed commuter train in the suburbs of the Sri Lankan capital by suspected Tamil rebels, officials said.

Maoists mobilise for end of monarchy in Nepal

Nepal's Maoists said yesterday they were pouring tens of thousands of members of their feared youth wing into the capital ahead of this week's anticipated abolition of the monarchy.


Truth commission a pragmatic step

THE formation of a Truth and Accountability Commission (TAC) is a promising measure with considerable beneficial potential that can be greeted with qualified approval.

Barbaric assault on our correspondent

THE attack by jail guards on Mirza Shakil, our Tangail correspondent, is yet another example of the intolerance and abhorrence shown by various quarters against any conscientious journalistic pursuit to expose their ugly side. This is the hazard that journalists often face in their line of duty entailing investigative and objective journalism. The correspondent's only 'fault', we cannot work out why it exposed him to such a hostile attitude, was that he had taken a photograph of the visitors being harassed.

Faces of power and corruption

THIS week I am tempted, almost like a high school kid, to reproduce some quotes on corruption as said by some important people who lived in the past (Alas! Why all the good words have already been said! Since nothing is there for us to say, we tend to forget those words and merrily indulge in all sorts of forbidden things -- corruption for example!). Yes, the quotes are on corruption, both institutional and political corruption. And I know we never get tired of reading incredible tales of corruption committed by the high and mighty.

Land use and livelihood

HISTORICALLY, land has been the perennial source of livelihood in rural Bangladesh. Land is still considered to be the ladder to uplift socio-economic and political progress of households despite the fact that the importance of land as a source of living has been dwindling over the years. An avalanche of research reports go to show that land-owning households perform far better than landless households in terms of income, nutrition, education, and overall development indicators.

High Court verdict to protect human rights

THE Bangladesh High Court (HC) has ruled that children of Urdu-speaking refugees, awaiting repatriation to Pakistan, have the right to Bangladeshi citizenship. Through the verdict by a two-member panel of Justice M.A. Rashid and Justice M. Ashfaqul on Sunday, May 18, some 300,000 refugees now languishing in 70 crammed camps across Bangladesh will have the right to live as Bangladeshis.


Mission regaining title

Bangladesh will leave Dhaka today in a bid to regain the SAFF Football Championship title with just two recognised strikers.

Aminul named captain

Goalkeeper Aminul Haque was named captain yesterday and second-choice custodian Biplab Bhattachariya his deputy of Bangladesh's SAFF Football Cham-pionship squad.

Abahani rope in 16

Defending B. League champions Abahani registered 16 footballers including Mohammed Sujan yesterday for the coming season.

Tigers teams to be named today

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will announce a 14-member team today for next month's triangular one-day series involving India and Pakistan.

BHF names 24 for AHF Cup

Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday announced a 24-member preliminary squad for the 3rd Men's AHF Cup Hockey tournament to be held in Singapore on June 14-22.

Usha play Ajax in Super 5 opener today

Usha Krira Chakra will meet Ajax Sporting Club in the opening match of the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League 'Super Five' today at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium.

Strauss steers England

Andrew Strauss's 106 was the centrepiece of England's run chase in a come-from-behind six-wicket win against New Zealand in the second Test here at Old Trafford.

Windies stare at defeat

Stuart Clark and Brett Lee shared five wickets to bowl Australia into a match-winning position in the opening Test against West Indies on Monday.

Rajasthan take top spot

The Mumbai Indians lost their third successive nail-biter to leave their semifinal hopes hanging by a thread in the Indian Premier League. With 43 needed off the final three overs for the Rajasthan Royals to protect their 100 per cent home record, youngsters Niraj Patel and Ravindra Jadeja kept their nerve -- while several more experienced Mumbai players lost theirs -- to win it off the final ball at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday.

Pakistan safe for Asia Cup

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has declared adequate security arrangements are in place in Pakistan for next month's Asia Cup cricket tournament, an official said Monday.

FIFA bans Iraq

Iraq faces a year in the soccer wilderness after FIFA suspended it from all international competitions on Monday and issued an ultimatum to Baghdad.

Ribery the new talisman

Franck Ribery has a long way to go to emulate Zinedine Zidane but the midfielder has already replaced the great playmaker as France's talismanic player.

Double boost for Federer

Roger Federer's 10th French Open campaign enjoyed a double boost on Monday when he negotiated his way past American Sam Querrey and then saw possible quarterfinal opponent Richard Gasquet pull out injured.

Akinfeyev's second coming

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeyev has a personal score to settle at Euro 2008 after the bitter memory of missing out four years ago on becoming the youngest player in the tournament.

Guus rules out Chelsea job

Chelsea received a double blow in their search for a successor to Avram Grant on Monday as Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini and Russia coach Guus Hiddink both denied they want the Stamford Bridge job.

Cassano is no 'alien'

Temperamental striker Antonio Cassano should not be treated like he is from another planet, Italy coach Roberto Donadoni said on Sunday.

Turkey tune up poorly

Turkey lost a Euro 2008 warm-up friendly 3-2 to Uruguay here on Sunday as Fatih Terim's Turks suffered a setback.

Franck voted Bundesliga's best

France midfielder Franck Ribery was voted Bundesliga player of the year in a poll of 268 league players published in Kicker newspaper on Monday.

Rafa making no promises

Rafa Benitez admits he cannot guarantee Liverpool will challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Zaragoza keep Oliveira

Relegated Real Zaragoza have exercised an option to buy on-loan Brazilian striker Ricardo Oliveira from AC Milan, the Spanish second division club said on their Web site (

Euro 2008 Briefs

Briefs for the Euro 2008 finals co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland between June 7-29 on Monday:

A Jankovic warning

World number three Jelena Jankovic warned Monday that she is ready to fill the gap left by retired queen of clay Justine Henin.

Gough goes at year end

Darren Gough, the former England fast bowler and current Yorkshire captain, will retire from first-class cricket at the end of the 2008 season.

Capello wants glory

England coach Fabio Capello has said he believes he can take England to the World Cup final for the first time since they became world champions under Alf Ramsey in 1966.

Bilic eyes tactical tweak

Croatia manager Slaven Bilic will be tempted to adjust the team's formation for the Euro 2008 finals after their unimpressive 1-0 friendly win over Moldova.

Bangladesh runners-up

Bangladesh finished runners-up in the 3rd South Asian Women's Handball Championship when they lost the final to hosts India in Lucknow on Sunday.

Alam creates a piece of history

Nepal's Mahaboob Alam made cricket history as he took all 10 Mozambique wickets for just 12 runs in their WCL Division Five game in Jersey on Sunday.

C'paul feared of being paralysed

Veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul on Sunday said the fear of being completely paralysed passed through his mind after he was struck on his helmet by a deadly Brett Lee delivery in the first Test against Australia in Kingston.

Dhaka in Nat'l cricket final

Dhaka secured an 18-run victory against Barisal to reach the final of the 28th National Cricket Championship yesterday.

Pioneer League

Kakrail Jubo Sangha trounced Nasirabad Udayan Sangsad 4-0 in a central zone match of the Pioneer Football League at the Basabo Tarun Sangha Club ground yesterday.

ECB under pressure

The England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) board of directors will meet on Thursday to discuss radical changes to the English domestic structure, in response to the hype surrounding the Indian Premier League and the huge global success of Twenty20.

T20 will destroy Pakistan, says Miandad

As the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ponders on holding its own version of the Indian Premier League (IPL), former Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad denounced the idea saying such a move would destroy the game in the country.


Bangladeshi NGO goes global for commercial lending

ASA International Holdings, a company managed and partially owned by ASA, one of Bangladesh's largest NGOs, has raised $150 million (around Tk 1,000 crore) as equity from foreign private investors to fund commercial micro-credit lending outside Bangladesh.

TeleTalk’s delayed expansion faces further holdup

TeleTalk, the struggling state owned mobile operator, is attempting to renegotiate the cost of its much-delayed expansion, amid growing internal concern that the project may be held up once again.

Banks to send names of two depositors instead of 25

Each of the private commercial banks (PCBs) will select two depositors as directors on its board, disregarding the way the Bangladesh Bank (BB) want them to do it.

Cambodia lifts ban on rice exports

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday lifted a ban on rice exports to reduce global concerns over supplies of the grain, saying the country has enough rice for its own needs.

Bangladesh missions to get product export targets

Bangladesh Missions abroad will be given product specific export targets, a meeting decided yesterday.

Thais plan relocating industries to Bangladesh

Thais are planning to re-locate their labour intensive industrial units to Bangladesh in view of cost effective and trainable labour force available in this country, according to a business delegation of the Bangladesh-Thai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) that visited Thailand recently.

Local eco-friendly motorbikes, auto-rickshaws soon

Commuters may soon see eco-friendly motorbikes and auto-rickshaws made in Bangladesh.

Berger Paints launches new wood coating product today

Berger Paints Bangladesh aims to add Tk 3 crore in its annual turnover this year, as the company is going to launch a new wood coating product today, according to Dhaka Stock Exchange website.

Money may buy happiness (or not): economists renew debate

The saying goes that money can't buy happiness. But inquiring economists have been working for decades trying to prove or disprove the notion.

S'pore luring S Asia, Thai construction workers

T. Junardhan is helping to install the plumbing at a luxury shopping and residential tower rising in Singapore's prime Orchard Road tourist belt. He can also balance your books if the need arises.

Trade show in NY in August

A major three-day Bangladeshi trade show, 'Made in Bangladesh' will be held in New York in August, promoting a broad range of Bangladeshi products, the show's organisers said yesterday.

Tax hike on tobacco products demanded

Speakers at a press conference yesterday urged the government to increase tax on tobacco products drastically to bring a decline in their consumption.

Pepsi launches promotional campaign

One of the country's soft drink brands Pepsi yesterday launched a promotional campaign 'Ek Chumkei Pepsi Star', winners of which will get a chance to co-star with football stars like Messi, Beckham, Ronaldinho in an international advertisement of the brand.

Delay in reform may affect India's textile growth

Delay in initiating the reform process could affect the India's textile sector significantly, industry chamber Assocham feels.

Coal import resumes at Tamabil border

Around 30 coal loaded trucks from the Indian State of Meghalaya arrived in Bangladesh yesterday, signaling an end to the 40 day long border dispute that had halted coal imports through the Tamabil Land customs station.

Leasing and finance shares up at DSE

Leasing and finance companies saw their shares up by more than 10 percent at the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday.

Dollar stable

The dollar was steady in Asian trade on Monday as traders awaited upcoming data amid worries that soaring oil prices could hinder a recovery in the US economy, dealers said.

Thai economy grows 6 pc in Q1

The Thai economy expanded by 6.0 percent in the first quarter of the year, bolstered by increased consumer spending and a stimulus package from the new elected government, an official said Monday.

Opec chief predicts oil prices will continue to rise

The price of oil will continue to climb, especially if there is no improvement in the outlook for the dollar, Opec president Chakib Khelil told Spain's national radio Monday.

Toyota, Hino to help develop road-rail vehicle

Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. and its truck-making affiliate have joined a project to develop an environmentally friendly vehicle capable of moving both on roads and railways, an official said Monday.

Vietnam attracts record $15.3b FDI so far this year

Vietnam has attracted more than 15 billion dollars in foreign direct investment (FDI) pledges for over 300 projects so far this year, a communist government official said Monday.

Indonesia courts foreign investors but concerns linger

Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono opened Monday a forum seeking billions of dollars in foreign direct investment to boost employment and growth, amid unease about local barriers to business.

Reform plan for South Korean state-run firms due early June

The South Korean government is set to unveil a blueprint for privatising some 320 state-owned corporations in early June at the earliest, sources said Sunday.


CID seeks legal options on charge sheet

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday sought legal opinions on the charge sheet in the August 21 grenade attack case, from the case's public prosecutor.

Turn wastes into manure to protect environment

As chemical fertilisers are causing gradual degradation of soil, huge wastes generated from human and animal excreta, and household rubbish should be turned into natural manure by using efficient technologies to protect soil and environment.

ACC okays charge sheets against 2 ex-lawmakers, 2 forest conservators

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved submission of charge sheets against two former lawmakers and two deputy conservators of forest for amassing wealth illegally and concealing wealth information.

Procurement of 30 lakh MT food grains recommended

In the wake of high food prices at global and local markets, the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management recommended procurement of 30 lakh tonnes of food grains, mainly for safety-net programmes in the next fiscal year.

Allocate adequate budget for female workers

Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to make adequate budgetary allocation for female workers in the upcoming budget to ensure their fundamental rights.

'Bangladesh wants meaningful Saarc-Asean relations'

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said Bangladesh as a member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) would like to develop meaningful close linkages between Saarc and Asean countries.

Nurture next generation properly

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon all including, guardians, teachers and the authorities of educational institutions and conscious section of the society to properly nurture the next generation for the sake of the country.

Ecnec okays 13 projects of Tk 9,768cr

Some 10,000 landless families in eight Sidr-hit districts would be provided with housing facilities during the next fiscal year.

Fatwa against college principal condemned

Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, UK unit, has condemned the fatwa (religious edict) against the principal of a college at Syedpur in Jagnnathpur, Sylhet.

3 Bangladeshis die in Saudi road crash

Three members of a Bangladeshi family were killed in a road accident on Jeddah-Madina Highway in Saudi Arabia on May 23.

Faiz to remain DU VC until appointment of new one

The tenure of incumbent Dhaka University (DU) Vice-chancellor (VC) Prof SMA Faiz has been extended until the appointment of a new VC.

Nizami's arrest made Jamaat stronger

Jamaat Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid yesterday said the arrest of party chief Motiur Rahman Nizami in a “fabricated” graft case made the party well organised and stronger.

8 Habiganj doctors on the run

Patients in Habiganj Sadar Modern Hospital and three health complexes have been going without treatment as eight doctors went into hiding following arrest warrants issued by a Habiganj court in connection with a corruption case.

Ahmadiyya Khilafat centenary celebrations today

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at in the country and elsewhere in the world will celebrate 100 years of 'Khilafat' today.

US to help set up radiation detection equipment at Ctg seaport

US Ambassador to Bangladesh James F Moriarty here yesterday said the US would provide assistance for setting up radiation detection equipment at Chittagong seaport to help keep its containers free from nuclear radiation.

'Appoint VC from faculty'

Teachers, students and employees of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SBAU) yesterday formed a human chain on its campus demanding the authorities appoint a vice chancellor (VC) from its senior and experienced teachers.

Road crashes kill two

Two people were killed and four others injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur and Jhenidah in the last two days.

Low over Bay

The low that formed over northwest Bay and adjoining coastal Bangladesh is persisting the same area.

Avian flu a real health security threat

National and international experts yesterday began a brainstorming workshop to find out prospective solution to combat pandemic Avian flu before a disaster breaks out in the country.

5 girls rescued from traffickers in Rajshahi

Police rescued five adolescent girls from Shiroil bus stand in the city yesterday while they were being trafficked to India.

Navy chief visits special sea exercise area

Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam on Sunday visited Chittagong naval area and monitored activities of special sea exercise 'Operation Witch Hunt' of Bangladesh Navy to defend offshore resources and installations, says an ISPR press release.

Mohsin Hall wins debate competition

Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall of Dhaka University (DU) has become champion at the Viyellatex Haji Muhammad Mohsin Memorial Speech and Debate Competition that ended on Saturday.

Yet another woman falls victim to dowry violence

A housewife with severe burns died on Sunday after fighting for life for the last eight days as her husband allegedly set fire to her failing to realise dowry from her family.

2 held with arms in Khulna

The joint forces in a drive yesterday arrested two people and recovered a gun and six bullets from a medicine shop at Hatiyadanga in Koira upazila.


Let elected govt decide on Phulbari coalmine

Leaders of National Oil, Gas, Power, Mineral Resources and Port Protection Committee yesterday urged the caretaker government to leave the decision about Phulbari coalmine for next elected political government.

Birshreshtha Abdur Rouf Museum opens tomorrow

A library and a memorial museum named after Brishreshtha Lance Nayek Munshi Abdur Rouf will be inaugurated tomorrow at the martyr's village Roufnagar (former Salamatpur) in Modhukhali upazila of the district .

More protests against attack on Star reporter

Journalists in Mymensingh, Dinajpur and Satkhira yesterday protested barbarous attack on The Daily Star Tangail Correspondent Mirza Shakil while performing duty on Tangail jail compound on Saturday.

UGC begins investigation

A probe team comprising officials of University Grants Commission (UGC) and education ministry on Sunday began investigation into alleged irregularities and corruption at Rajshahi University (RU).

Complainant of case against KCC mayor sent to jail

The complainant of the first extortion case filed against Khulna City Corporation (KCC) mayor was sent to jail yesterday on charge of forgery.

2 BNP leaders get bail in Khagrachhari

Two BNP leaders yesterday got bail and were released from Khagrachhari district jail, jail sources said.

Kumbha Mela starts today

With the expected participation of over 15 lakh pilgrims from different countries, the second largest Kumbha Mela in the sub-continent begins today at village Kadombari under Rajoir upazila in the district.


Aid can reach Myanmar victims soon: UN

More than 1 million Myanmar cyclone victims will soon be able to receive their first assistance if the country's military regime quickly allows foreign experts into the affected areas, the United Nations said yesterday.

Nepal bans protests near royal palace

Nepalese authorities yesterday banned protests around the king's palace and private residence to prevent any violence, days before the centuries-old monarchy is formally abolished in this Himalayan nation.

'PPP in position to muster support for Musharraf's impeachment'

PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said on Sunday that the PPP could muster the support of as many lawmakers as required for impeaching President Pervez Musharraf, but hastened to add that his party did not want to do that in order to avoid what he called a political upheaval.

China targets 'quake lake' as flood fears grow

Soldiers raced Monday to unblock a river that was dammed by landslides in China's deadly earthquake two weeks ago as flood prevention became a top priority in the disaster zone.

Lotus blooms in Karnataka

The lotus, the symbol of India's main opposition BJP, finally bloomed in southern India as the party is on the verge of forming government in Karnataka on its own after winning the elections to the state legislature.

New Lebanese president prepares to form govt

Lebanon's newly elected president Michel Sleiman prepared to launch consultations on forming a national unity government on Monday as he began his first full day in office.

Israel sees little progress in Gaza truce talks

Egyptian-brokered negotiations on a proposed truce in and around the Hamas-run Gaza Strip have made "no substantial progress," a senior Israeli official told journalists yesterday.

G8 ministers endorse greenhouse gas cuts by 2050

Environment chiefs from the world's top industrial countries pledged "strong political will" Monday toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050, declaring that developed nations should take the lead in battling global warming.

Spacecraft reveals look at Mars' polar region

Nasa's newest outpost in the solar system is a polygon-cracked terrain in Mars' northern polar region believed to hold a reservoir of ice beneath.

Deadly storms kill 8 in Iowa, Minnesota

Powerful storms packing large hail, heavy rain and tornadoes made for a deadly Memorial Day weekend across the nation's midsection, killing at least seven people in Iowa and a 2-year-old child in Minneapolis.

Taiwan ruling party chief arrives in China

The head of Taiwan's ruling party arrived in China on Monday for the highest-level contact with communist China's leadership in 60 years, state media reported.

Two US soldiers killed in Iraq blasts

Two American soldiers were killed and four wounded in two separate roadside bombings in Iraq on Monday, the US military said.

5 die in Pakistan shootings

Gunmen shot dead five people including three Shia Muslims and a policeman in suspected sectarian violence in a northwestern Pakistani town on Monday, police said.

Myanmar constitution approved

Voters in cyclone-hit areas of Myanmar have overwhelmingly approved a constitution that critics say will perpetuate the military's decades-old grip on power in this Southeast Asian nation.

Nato soldier, 3 Afghans killed in attacks

A Nato soldier and three Afghan security personnel were killed in a string of explosions and ambushes linked to a Taliban-led insurgency, security officials said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Pristine paintings of 34 noted artists

A daylong painting workshop was recently held at Gallery Chitrak in which 34 leading artists participated. The outputs of the workshop were exhibited at Gallery Chitrak from May 16 to 20. Proceeds from sales of the paintings will go to the global campaign “Walk the World” that addresses hunger.

Nazrul to the fore in a cultural programme

As part of the 109th birth anniversary celebrations of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs organised a special programme at the National Theatre stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on May 25.

Parveen Sultana's evening, all the way

Parveen Sultana walked to the centre of the stage and dominated it through a span of more than twenty songs. On Saturday, it was her moment in the spotlight, seeing that Tomar du chokhe chokh rekhe, a CD of twelve of her songs, had only moments earlier been released at the National Museum. Those who have kept track of Sultana's progress in recent times will have a fairly reasonable comprehension of the elevating quality of her songs. The voice is rich, the mastery over delivery is remarkable, all of which is again reflected in these new songs. Penned by Ashraf Hossain and M.R. Waseq, with music in the capable hands of Deba, these songs are an aesthetic delight. In Brishti ashar pelona shomoy, E kemon borsha elo, O matal shure and the like, the versatile in the artiste comes alive yet once more.

Nazrul birth anniversary -- the Rajshahi way

The 109th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was celebrated in Rajshahi on Sunday. Samilito Sangskritik Jote, Rajshahi organised a colourful cultural function at the open stage of Shahid Minar Mancha, Buban Mohon Park in the evening.

Ram Mohan Roy's 236th birth anniversary observed

Speakers at a discussion said Raja Ram Mohan Roy was one of the greatest Bengalis and social reformers in the sub-continent.

Poet Golam Mustafa's ancestral home in ruins

Golam Mustafa is known as a “poet of the Muslim Renaissance.” Yet the ancestral home of this renowned poet is in ruins. No step has yet been taken to preserve the place that carries memories of the poet.

Farewell to Vijay Tendulkar

The death of iconic Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar in Pune on May 19 brought down the curtains on a golden era of Indian theatre. Tendulkar, 80, who had been ailing for quite some time, is considered one of the doyens of modern Indian playwrights, along with Badal Sircar, Mohan Rakesh and Girish Karnad, who experimented with style and content of drama in a bold and unconventional manner that at times shocked the audience.

Traditional kite festival in Pabna

The colourful, traditional kite festival was held in Pabna with much festivity recently. The venue was the Pabna Edward College campus and the organiser Rotaract Club of Pabna Midtown put up the first of its kind kite festival in Pabna. A colourful programme was also staged.


Interim report card

WHETHER we like or not, a number of fundamental reforms have taken place after 1/11 and more is being done for the structural enhancement of the state, its government and people's lives. It seems that the primary drive behind the interim government's actions was to ensure people's rights and to eliminate the conflicting roles of government machineries wherever possible.

You are being watched

THE media recently carried a report that Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is going to install 176 closed circuit televisions (CCTV) at 59 city locations and disseminate traffic information etc., via 36 digital billboards and radio. This 61-crore taka project is the most ambitious effort to bring the city under close vigilance of the law enforcers.

The price of rice: A boon in the bane?

WORLD food prices have gone through the roof in the last few years. Being part of the globalised economy, Bangladesh has also felt the repercussions of this exorbitant inflationary hike. Thus, with international market price of rice witnessing a staggering three fold plus rise in a span of the last ten months, Bangladesh with its burgeoning 150 million overly rice dependent population has fallen into a quandary of calamitous proportions.

Of pop songs, telephoons and burning livers

IT seems that I may have offended certain readers by a recent column in which I said their favourite rock stars were moronic, gibbering idiots without enough brain cells to string two words together. Hey -- I meant it as a compliment.

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