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People will try today's corrupts

Detained former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the country's people would try those who are committing corruption at present.

4 new social safety net plans to get Tk 3,000cr

The government will introduce four new social safety-net programmes of Tk 3,000 crore to relieve people of the brunt of high food prices in the next budget to be declared on June 9.

Gas-fed generators operate illegally amid Titas inaction

A large number of domestic and commercial users of gas operated alternative power generators are using the equipment with illegal gas connections without any permission from Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd (Titas Gas).

Poor people's income dips 36pc in 15 months

Between January 2007 and March 2008, the gross income of poor people decreased by 36.7 percent, mainly due to price hike of food and inflationary pressure, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) observed yesterday.

Come rainy season, come road digging

Moving around the capital city in the middle of the monsoon has become extremely hazardous as most utility service providers started digging up 7,555 square metres of city roads with the approval from Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).

Govt eyes consensus on constitution review

The government is trying to build a political consensus to form a "constitutional review commission" but will leave its recommendations to be implemented by the elected government, said Commerce Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday.

DMP to get tough on false case culprits

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is going to take actions against the complainants found to have lodged false cases with ill intentions of harassing innocent people.

EC plans to complete hearing in 9 days

The Election Commission (EC) has planned to complete hearings on about 3,000 appeals filed with it against re-demarcation of 74 parliamentary constituencies in just nine days beginning from June 15.

Rab nabs 4 over graft in imports

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four people, including three staff of clearing and forwarding (C&F) agents and a customs official of Kamalapur Inland Container Depot (ICD), in the last two days on charge of evading over Tk 54 lakh tax through manipulating prices of imported goods.

Bhuiyan's salam to Khaleda goes in vain

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia did not return the 'salam' of her former secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan during an encounter at the trial court for Gatco corruption case yesterday.

Addl attorney general Hassan Foiz resigns

Additional Attorney General (AAG) Hassan Foiz Siddiqui resigned yesterday on personal grounds.

3,000 sued for vandalism

Police yesterday filed a case against over 3,000 people, including a journalist of a private TV channel, on charges of vandalising vehicles and private properties at Ashulia on Tuesday.

Desa chairman, 13 others asked to appear in court by Jun 10

A Dhaka court yesterday directed the authorities concerned to put an advertisement in two national Bangla dailies asking former Desa chairman Towhidul Islam and 13 others to appear before it by June 10 in the Desco share scam case.

Another victim of hotel Orchard Plaza blast dies

A room-service attendant of Hotel Orchard Plaza in the city's Nayapaltan neighbourhood succumbed to his injuries yesterday, three days after mysterious explosions rocked the hotel Sunday night.

SC hearing adjourned for a month

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday adjourned for one month hearing of the Anti-Corruption Commission's (ACC) appeal against the High Court (HC) order that stayed proceedings of a graft case against detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman.

Rajuk knocks down illegal structures

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday demolished illegal sections of four under construction buildings at Banani, including one belonging to the wife of a former BNP lawmaker.

BIWTA engineers, wives sued for Tk 1.29cr bribery

A dredging company yesterday sued four engineers of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) and four of their family members and relatives on charges of taking Tk 1.29 crore in bribe.

1,732 more held as mass arrests go on

The joint forces arrested 1,732 people including 130 in the capital in the last 24 hours till 8:00am yesterday in the ongoing special anti-crime drives across the country.

17 more people rescued in Rajshahi

Police yesterday rescued 17 people while they were being trafficked to India.

Fugitive forest gobbler Tapan surrenders

Fugitive forest official and former project director of Dulahazra Safari Park Tapan Kumar Dey surrendered before a court here yesterday.

Obama wins historic nomination

Barack Obama made history Tuesday, capturing the Democratic White House nomination as the first black candidate atop a major-party ticket, after a giant-slaying win over Hillary Clinton.

World leaders get down to details on food price crisis

World leaders meeting in Rome yesterday focused on the roles of biofuels, trade practices and global warming in the food price crisis that is threatening more hunger, poverty and conflict worldwide.


Frenzied attack on a string of RMG units

Garment workers went on the rampage after two of their colleagues were knocked down by a truck in Savar on Tuesday with rumour making round that one of them had died. Incensed and aroused to frenzied action, they turned their ire, obviously misdirected, on no fewer than 30 garment factories, two banks and three markets. The losses must have run into crores, yet all this was triggered by an accident having little to do with the victims of the unprecedented vandalism.

Obama makes history

Senator Barack Obama has finally clinched the Democratic party presidential nomination, crossing the threshold of 2,118 delegates needed. Obama's capture of the nomination, the first African-American candidate to be nominated for president by a major party, is a historic event that reflects gloriously on an America that has struggled with the legacy of slavery and race relations since its independence.

American policy toward Bangladesh

Bangladesh with 150 million people, of whom 88% are Muslim, comes very much within the radar screen of America. What Bangladesh does or does not do is being watched by America with "eagle eyes," because misgoverned or weak states are perceived to be the source of many of the world's serious problems, from terrorism to poverty to civil war among others.

An historic choice

On Tuesday, June 3, Barack Obama, the junior Democratic Senator from the state of Illinois, became the first African-American presumptive presidential nominee of a major political party in the US. Senator Obama is on course to becoming the first black head of the government of any western nation. Americans should congratulate themselves on this historic occasion and the historic choice.

Time to deliver

The fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, (TICAD IV) that ended last Friday in the Japanese port city of Yokohama by adopting a declaration unfurling an ambitious set of projects aimed at bolstering growth in Africa, has pushed Japan to the position of leadership in the international community's effort in helping the continent at a time of hope and despair.


Bhutan hold Bangladesh

Bangladesh kicked off their fifth SAFF Championship campaign dourly when the 2003 champions were held to a 1-1 draw by minnows Bhutan yesterday.

Only Serbs and Russians

Twice on the verge of elimination, Dinara Safina instead advanced to the French Open semifinals on Wednesday.

Windies win a draw

Australia had to settle for a draw, after Ramnaresh Sarwan hit his 11th Test hundred and with compatriot Shivnarine Chanderpaul batted West Indies to safety in the second Test here on Monday.

Asif still in custody

Mohammad Asif is likely to remain in detention in Dubai for another three to four days, a Pakistan board official has said, quashing widespread speculation that he had been released or had charges against him dropped.

Olympics in a 'Bird's Nest'

When the world's best athletes march into Beijing's National Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games, they will be entering a masterpiece of technology. It's also pretty crazy looking.

Tourists' testing time

New Zealand face some awkward choices even before the third and final Test starts here on Thursday as they look to square the series against England at 1-1.

Twenty-five years on

India's only World Cup winning cricket team will gather in London later this month to celebrate the 25th year of arguably the country's greatest sporting triumph.

Ribery scores for France

A first-half penalty by Franck Ribery managed not to ruin Thierry Henry's 100th international appearance and give France a 1-0 win over Colombia in their final warm-up match before Euro 2008.

Of royal shirts

The national flags may fly at the respective Euro 2008 matches but several of the teams' strips will bear no reflection of those standards.

Nadal-Djokovic face-off

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will square up in a French Open heavyweight clash on Friday determined to ignore the history-tinged implications of their mouthwatering contest.

Eriksson joins Mexico

Sven Goran Eriksson was named Mexican national coach on Tuesday in place of Hugo Sanchez, announced a member of the selection committee Jorge Vergara.

Mourinho won't buy many

Jose Mourinho said on Tuesday his arrival at Serie A champions Inter Milan would not spark a bonanza of transfer market spending and that he would buy two or three players.

Second practice match today

After suffering a surprising five-wicket defeat in the first practice match on Tuesday, Bangladesh national team will look to set the records straight against Bangladesh A in the second day-night practice match at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

BFF to prepare budget

The chance of reviving the prestigious Aga Khan Gold Cup after 26 years will depend on the football tournament's family patron Prince Karim Aga Khan.

Sohail takes Asif's place

Paceman Mohammad Asif has been dropped from the Pakistan squad for the triangular one-day series in Bangladesh after he remained in custody at Dubai airport following his detention for the possession of illegal drugs.

FIDE endorses Rajib as GM

FIDE (World Chess Federation) has approved Bangladeshi chess player Enamul Hossain Rajib's application for a Grand Master title, confirmed Bangladesh Chess Federation yesterday.

Hockey team going to Singapore

Bangladesh national hockey team are expected to leave for Singapore on June 12 to take part in the 3rd Men's AHF Cup championship to be held in Singapore from June 14.

President's Cup finals in Kyrgyzstan

The semifinals and the final of the AFC President's Cup will be held in Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek from September 19-21, the Asian Football Federation (AFC) confirmed yesterday.

Local Snippets

Riding on Farhad's hattrick, Nasrin Sports Academy drubbed Abdul Hadi Lane Jubo Sangha 9-0 in an East Zone match of the Dhaka City Corporation Pioneer Football League at the Jagannath Hall University ground at Dhupkhola yesterday.

Iniesta in hospital

Spanish international midfielder Andres Iniesta had to go to hospital here on Tuesday suffering from a serious bout of food poisoning.

Dutch arrive late

The Dutch squad arrived for Euro 2008 in Geneva on Tuesday albeit rather later than planned after heavy traffic round Amsterdam delayed their departure.

Ronaldo is okay

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo trained normally with the rest of the Euro 2008 squad on Tuesday a day after he took a knock on his right ankle.

'We aren't on holiday'

Veteran Germany striker Oliver Neuville may be back home at the team's Euro 2008 training camp in Tenero, Switzerland, but his side are already getting down to business.

Guus has faith in Pogrebnyak

Russian national manager Guus Hiddink said Tuesday he would not be leaving injured forward Pavel Pogrebnyak in the Euro 2008 squad regardless of the advice of doctors.

Hughes City manager

Mark Hughes was confirmed as Manchester City's new manager on Wednesday after quitting Premier League rivals Blackburn Rovers.

Greece feeling no pressure

Greece are not feeling the pressure ahead of the defence of their European crown claimed number one goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis on Tuesday.

Butt leaves Benfica

German goalkeeper Hans-Jorg Butt looks set to join German champions Bayern Munich after being released from his contract with Portuguese side Benfica.


Four govt jute mills resume operations next month

Operations of four state-owned jute mills will resume in a full swing from next month under private management.

Security at RMG units sought to ensure export growth

Maintaining a 20 percent annual growth in the export of garment items for the next five years largely depends on ensuring security in garments manufacturing units, exporters think.

US banking chain Wachovia opens office in Dhaka today

Wachovia Corporation, one of largest banking chains in the United States, is going to open a new representative banking office in Dhaka today, demonstrating Wachovia's increasing commitment to Bangladesh.

Tourism in Bangladesh: Challenges and opportunities

Previously I have discussed the importance of defining “Brand Bangladesh” and perhaps one of the most important aspects of nation branding is as a means of promoting a country's tourism industry.

DSE turnover hits all-time high at Tk 498.52cr

Turnover at the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday hit an all-time high at Tk 498.52 crore, evidence of a gradual heating up of the stock market in the country.

BTRC rejects plea for another re-registration chance

Around one million mobile phone connections will be cut off for good, as the telecoms regulator yesterday finally rejected operators' plea to offer customers another chance for re-registration.

Budgetary allocation for ethnic communities demanded

Proper planning and allocation in budget needed to improve the living conditions of the ethnic communities, a national seminar was told yesterday.

Form 'crisis management cell' to fight energy crisis

Entrepreneurs here yesterday urged the government to form a 'crisis management cell' to solve the acute energy crisis to avert the negative impact on the country's economic growth.

Hefty duty on imported sugar sought to save industry

Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC) has proposed to the government a huge increase in duties on imported sugar in the upcoming budget to cut down on the losses incurred by the sugar mills of the country.

Hazardous life of Cambodian children

Doctor Tuy Puthea was finishing his rounds one day in late March, inspecting a wound on the neck of a young boy, one of a dozen children loitering in an alley behind Phnom Penh's Olympic Stadium.

Indian firm to invest $3.41m in Adamjee EPZ

An Indian company will set up a garments accessories manufacturing industry in Adamjee Export Processing Zone (EPZ).

US stocks tumble

US stocks lost ground Tuesday after earlier gains as renewed jitters about the banking and finance sector hit investor sentiment, traders said.

China to import grain

China could be forced to become a major grain importer to feed its increasingly wealthy population at a time of record global food prices, a leading environmentalist said Wednesday.

FBCCI team leaves for China

A 32-member business delegation of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) left here Wednesday for Kunming, China to attend the 3rd China-South Asia Business Forum.

Promotional online fares to 3 Singapore Airlines destinations

Singapore Airlines launched promotional fares to 3 popular regional destinations, says a press release.

New MD of Shilpa Bank

Bangladesh Shilpa Bank (BSB) appointed Md Mizanur Rahamn as its new managing director on Sunday, says a press release.

India hikes fuel prices

India's government on Wednesday hiked fuel prices to stem huge losses at state oil firms caused by surging crude costs, with petrol up by around 11 percent and diesel up by 9.4 percent.

Subsidies give 'unfair advantage' to some countries: WTO

World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy said Tuesday that agricultural subsidies give an "unfair advantage" to certain countries and create market distortions.

Russia showcased as world economy sputters

Russia will project its new confidence on a gloomy world economy this weekend at a glitzy forum in Saint Petersburg, home city of the country's current political and economic elite.

Inflation to keep ECB interest rate at 4.0 percent: analysts

The European Central Bank is almost certain to keep its key interest rate at 4.0 percent on Thursday given record inflation and signs of resilient economic growth, analysts say.

Dollar gains on yen

The dollar extended its gains against the yen in Asian trade on Wednesday after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said a weaker greenback was adding to US inflation pressures, dealers said.


Demand compensation from developed nations

All the countries, including Bangladesh, who are severely affected by global climate change should demand compensation from the developed countries who are mainly responsible for it, environmentalists said at a seminar yesterday.

Challenge between West, Islam is clash of ignorance

Visiting US Special Envoy to Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Sada Cumber yesterday said the challenge between the West and Islam is not really a clash of civilisation, it is a clash of ignorance because Muslims need to learn to respect all the faiths.

Implement CHT agreement to solve problems of tribal people

Speakers at a publication ceremony of a book yesterday said problems of the indigenous people should be solved with the implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts peace agreement and according to the guidelines of the constitution.

Six killed in road accidents

Six people were killed and 28 others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Magura and Natore in the last two days.

Orbis plans cataract-free country by 2020

Bangladesh chapter of Orbis International has been working towards making the country cataract-free by 2020, its officials said at a press conference in the city yesterday.

Dispose of charges

Eighty-two hajj agencies yesterday appealed to the government to dispose of the allegations of mismanagement against them while handling the hajis in 2007.

Make national budget gender responsive

Speakers at a seminar yesterday demanded of the government to make the national budget gender responsive.

Two robbed of Tk 2.5 lakh

Three muggers were captured and beaten up by a mob on Tajmahal Road at Mohammadpur in the capital yesterday while the fourth mugger of the same gang got away with Tk 50,000 after stabbing a butcher.

Fair to motivate people towards low-carbon economy

Today is the World Environment Day-2008. The day is being observed in the country as elsewhere around the world with a view to creating awareness about low carbon emission and other environmental hazards.

DU student commits suicide

A female student of Dhaka University committed suicide at her residence at Paribagh in the city last night.

Carpenter stabbed to death in city

Unknown miscreants stabbed a sanitary carpenter to death in the city's Dakkhinkhan area in the early hours of yesterday.

Valuables worth Tk 5 lakh looted

Robbers looted valuables worth around Tk 5 lakh, including cash money Tk 1.5 lakh, at Naluapara in the town yesterday night.

Workshop on exstrophy bladder ends

A nine-day workshop on 'Exstrophy bladder', a complex paediatric urological birth defect, concluded in the city yesterday.

7 RMG workers injured in clash over pay hike

At least seven workers were injured here yesterday as two groups of workers locked in a clash over pay hike at Rahman Sweater Factory at Kutubail of Fatullah upazila.

Legal experts welcome Govt Attorney Service Ordinance

The legal experts yesterday hailed The Government Attorney Service Ordinance 2008 under which the government attorney department has been set up for dealing with cases in courts and performing other duties on behalf of the state.

Newspaper hawker stabbed to death

Abdus Salam, a newspaper hawker, died from stab injuries at a city hospital on May 30, says a press release.


Tk 110cr Chittagong road serves little to ease traffic in city

Chittagong Port Access Road constructed at a cost of Tk 110 crore comes to little use for easing traffic congestion in the port city as most of the heavy vehicles avoid the road to dodge tolls.

Court records deposition of nine PWs

Trial of the case for possessing 44 Arges grenades resumed yesterday as Satkhira District and Sessions Judge's Court recorded the statements of nine prosecution witnesses including the complainant.

Lift emergency, hold national polls before local ones: Menon

Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon demanded lifting of the state of emergency and conditions on indoor politics.

5 including ex-DC summoned for non-appearance in court

Sylhet Additional District and Sessions Judge Ferdous Ahmed issued fresh summons on five officials including the then deputy commissioner Faisal Alam and a CID official while issued warrant of arrest against three other prosecution witnesses (PW)s in a sensational case.

6 Srimongal journos sued

Two extortion and defamation cases have been filed against six journalists in Srimongal.

Sylhet BNP leader sent to jail

A judicial magistrate's court in Sylhet yesterday sent Sylhet city BNP Publicity Secretary Syed Main Uddin Sohel to jail after Kotwali police produced him before the court.

ACC sues Tangail poura chairman

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against Tangail Pourasabha chairman Jamilur Rahman Miron and wife Jannatul Ferdous Runa for amassing wealth beyond known income and hiding information on wealth.

One to die for murder

Tangail District and Sessions Judge's Court on Tuesday sentenced a man to death in a killing case.


Asia mulls over possible Obama presidency

Indonesians celebrated the news yesterday that a man who spent his childhood in their nation has locked up the U.S. Democratic nomination, while others across Asia considered how a Barack Obama presidency could improve long-strained foreign relations.

UN fears more food shortages in Myanmar

Cyclone Nargis has prevented many farmers in Myanmar's rice-growing region from planting their new crop, raising fears of food shortages this year, UN agriculture officials said yesterday.

Afghan war could last for another decade

The war in Afghanistan is likely to last at least another decade and 10,000 more foreign troops are needed there now, Australian military and political leaders said yesterday.

US aid ships to leave Myanmar

The U.S. military ordered navy ships loaded with relief aid off Myanmar's coast to leave the area today after the ruling junta refused to give them permission to help survivors of last month's devastating cyclone.

Bomb blast kills 3 in Peshawar

A bomb explosion ripped through a video shop in a business center of northwest Pakistan on yesterday, killing three people and wounding three, police said.

Car bomb kills 13 in Baghdad

A car bomb in northeast Baghdad killed at least 13 people yesterday, Iraqi police and hospital officials said, while three U.S. soldiers were shot dead in northern Iraq.

Taiwan calls for democracy in China

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday called on rival China to give freedom and democracy to its people, on the 19th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

US, Pakistan military chiefs hold talks

US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen held a second day of counter-terrorism talks with Pakistani army top brass yesterday, two days after a suicide bomb killed six people in the capital, officials said.

Turkish court set to rule on head scarf law

Turkey's top court will consider Thursday cancelling a law allowing women to wear Islamic headscarves in universities, in a case with possible repercussions for the survival of the country's ruling party.

UN urged to get Sudan to surrender Darfur suspects

Human rights watchdogs urged the UN Security Council, whose members were holding talks in Khartoum yesterday, to press Sudan to surrender Darfur war crimes suspects to the world court.

S Korea offers food aid to hungry North

South Korea yesterday offered to provide 50,000 tonnes of corn in humanitarian aid to famine-hit North Korea despite strained relations with the communist state.

Arts & Entertainment

Blast from the past

The artworks of five master artists -- Jamini Rai, Zainul Abedin, Qamrul Hassan, S.M. Sultan and Rashid Chowdhury -- were recently on display at the National Museum. Many Art lovers have not had the opportunity to see most of these works before. The exhibition was organised as part of Dhaka city's 400th anniversary celebration.

Paul Newman: Graceful transition of a screen legend

The former blue-eyed boy of the silver screen, Paul Newman, is truly a legend. In recent years, the 82-year-old actor has soldiered on: In 2003, he appeared in a Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" for which he bagged his first Tony Award nomination. PBS and the cable network Showtime aired a taping of the production and Newman was nominated for an Emmy Award for 'Outstanding lead actor in a mini-series or TV movie'.

16th Young Artists' Art Exhibition '08'

Each day a notable numbers of art lovers went to see the works of young artists on display at the 16th Young Artists' Art Exhibition, being held at National Art Gallery. Beginning on May 18 the exhibition and competition, organised by the Department of Fine Arts, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), will end tomorrow.

Q & A

Recently, The Daily Star had a brief chat with popular singer Fahmida Nabi. A judge on Close-up 1, last year she gave the music fans the hit song Lukochuri, from the movie Aha. Excerpts from the conversation:

“Amar-o Gaitey Ichchhey Holo” on ntv tonight

Music based programme Amar-o Gaite Ichchhe Holo will be aired tonight at 6:45pm on ntv. Apart from young and talented music enthusiasts, several well-known artistes also take part in the programme.


Save the Buriganga

A delegation of “Dhakabashi,” an organisation engaged in preservation and promotion of traditions of Dhaka city, at a meeting with Chief Adviser Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, among other matters, raised the demand for saving the river Buriganga, the lifeline of the city of 12 million people.

Minority report

In policy-making we have not yet been fully careful about considering the various aspects of life of the ethnic and religious minority communities in Bangladesh. As Hindus are the largest minority we try to keep them in focus. In case of others like the Christians, Buddhists, and indigenous people we do not bother as much as we should.

The naked truth about those original Olympic athletes

Japanese swimmers are secretly wearing Speedos to beat their best times by almost a second, the Asia business correspondent for The Times of London reported.

To boost country's image

You guys are fools, inefficient, and disgusting," said one Bangladeshi expatriate to the consulate people at Bangladesh Consulate in New York. The expatriate, who had a backpack of the Hunter College of The City University of New York, possibly was a student. He was rough towards the consulate people as, according to him, he was not informed before that the extension of any passport is usually done from the date of expiry.

Star Chittagong

Tk 10000cr project to develop road network, embankments

Two four-lane roads-cum-embankments forming parts of an outer ring road will be developed along the coast and the river Karnaphuli with the assistance of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

High price makes seasonal fruits sour for consumers

Delicious seasonal fruits have turned sour for consumers in Chittagong due to their high prices caused by poor supply even in the peak fruit season.

The week that was

'Save youths from tobacco addiction'
Speakers at a discussion on Saturday emphasised the need for immediate measures to save the young generation from the destructive tobacco addiction.

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