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Front Page

72 officers still remain missing

The body count in the mutiny at BDR headquarters stood at 63 yesterday as 72 army officers remained untraced, Military Intelligence (MI) announced last night.

Army reins in its anger

Army officials yesterday said they are in profound grief over the massacre of their colleagues and family members at Pilkhana but being members of a disciplined force they have to control their emotions.

Govt moves to form tribunal for fast trial

The government will ask law ministry to form a special tribunal immediately for trying those guilty of criminal acts during the mutiny at the BDR headquarters, according to a latest decision.

Stench spreads all around

The relatives and family members of slain army officers had to apply alternative ways to identify the decomposed body of their near and dear ones, retrieved from three mass graves discovered at BDR headquarters yesterday, three days after the mutiny.

BDR deserters given 24 hours to rejoin

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) members who are absent from their workplaces without any leave or permission following the mutiny were asked to report to the BDR headquarters or the nearest sector headquarters or battalion headquarters or police stations by 24 hours.

Mindless massacres imprinted on HQ

It looks like a war zone with hundreds of thousands of bullet cartridges, several hundred pairs of boots and as many caps littering the premises of the BDR Headquarters.

UN, US, UK slate violence, brutality

The United Nations (UN), the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) have condemned the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny and conveyed their supports for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government.

BDR chief to get command structure restored first

Newly appointed BDR Director General Brig Gen Moinul Hossain yesterday said their immediate task would be to 'regain the command structure' of the paramilitary force.

Special prayers across country

Islamic Foundation Bangladesh yesterday arranged milad mahfil, doa and special prayers across the country on the second day of the three-day national mourning in memory of army officers killed by some unruly members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) at its headquarters.

JS to adopt obituary reference

The House will adopt an obituary reference today on the massacre of army officers in a bloody mutiny by some disgruntled Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) members at the BDR headquarters at Pilkhana.

Janaza of army officers postponed

The namaz-e-janaza of the slain army officers, scheduled for 3:00pm yesterday, was postponed due to making arrangements of burial ceremony for all at a time as more bodies were being retrieved from new mass graves discovered at Pilkhana.

14-party condoles deaths

Ruling Awami League (AL)-led 14-party grand alliance yesterday expressed deep condolences at the death of the army officers brutally killed at the BDR headquarters and called upon all for broader national unity at this crucial moment of time

Fresh exam to be arranged for affected SSC candidates

The ongoing SSC examinations will continue as per schedule, but separate examinations will be arranged for the candidates from families affected by the BDR mutiny if they were unable to take the exams.

The Dead

39. Naznin Shakil

Victims asked to contact for financial support

The army officers or their families who fell victims to BDR mutiny have been asked to contact the Welfare and Rehabilitation Department at the Army Headquarters for the financial support declared by the authorities.

Editors for all-party probe body

Editors and senior journalists of the national dailies and news agencies yesterday termed the unexpected incidents at BDR headquarters as a deep-rooted conspiracy and demanded constitution of an all-party parliamentary inquiry committee.

Hazari back in action in Feni

Former Awami League leader Joynal Hazari's musclemen have occupied the land of once constructed Vendu Hazari Gymnasium soon after he returned to his hometown Feni on Friday.

BNP demands broad-based probe body

BNP has demanded formation of a broad-based committee comprised of credible persons, experts and representatives of armed forces to investigate the BDR mutiny.

Housewife, her two daughters murdered in city

A mother and her two children were killed at their South Jatrabari residence in the city's Jatrabari area yesterday.

Ekushey book fair ends

The month-long Ekushey Boi Mela 2009 ended yesterday with a total sale of Tk 18 crore, down by only two crore from the previous year.

Rohingyas to be taken back if they claim to be Bangali

The Myanmar government has said it will take back ethnic Rohingyas who have fled to neighbouring countries.

Obama sets 18 months to end Iraq pullout

President Barack Obama consigned the Iraq war to history on Friday, declaring he will end combat operations within 18 months and open a new era of diplomacy in the Middle East.

UN urges LTTE to let civilians leave war zone

The chief of UN humanitarian efforts urged Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday to let tens of thousands of civilians leave the war zone, saying there are "credible reports" that some people trying to flee have been shot.

Fossil skull of giant toothy seabird found in Peru

The unusually intact fossilized skull of a giant, bony-toothed seabird that lived up to 10 million years ago was found on Peru's arid southern coast, researchers said Friday.

Mideast peace, Russian ties next up for Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is using her second overseas trip to assess Mideast peace prospects, reconnect with European allies and remind her Russian counterpart that U.S. efforts to rebuild relations with Moscow have their limits.

Afghan president orders elections by April

Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered yesterday that presidential elections be held by April, months earlier than a date of August 20 set by the voting authority because of security and logistic issues.

Economy, reform to top Obama-Brown summit

Restoring the ailing world economy will top a long agenda of pressing issues to be discussed between British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and US President Barack Obama next week, an official said Friday.

Obama's balancing act on Iraq withdrawal strategy

President Barack Obama leaned heavily toward field commanders' preferences in setting a time frame for an Iraq pullout as he weighed the fervent desires of anti-war supporters who propelled him into office and the equally strong worries of war generals.

Pak PM appeals for calm after political unrest

Pakistani Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani yesterday appealed for calm among the protesters ransacking public property since a court banned the top opposition leader from contesting elections.

Thaksin to cancel Hong Kong speech: spokesman

Ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra has decided to cancel a speech in Hong Kong planned for next week after Thailand threatened to extradite and jail him, his spokesman said Saturday.

Mugabe urges followers to respect new govt

President Robert Mugabe told followers yesterday at his lavish birthday party to respect the new power-sharing government but vowed to press on with seizures of white farms.

N Korea warns against US troops 'provocations'

North Korea yesterday warned US troops stationed in South Korea to stop "provocations" in the buffer zone dividing the two Koreas or face a "resolute counteraction."

Egyptian conjoined twins separated in Saudi hospital

A team of 70 medical personnel led by Saudi Arabia's minister of health successfully separated conjoined Egyptian twins on Saturday at a Riyadh hospital, doctors said.

Editorial

United in resolve, we must overcome the crisis

THE tragedy continues to unfold. Just when an end appears to be in sight, a new barrage of facts are uncovered to add another dimension to our understanding. Thus, the new exposes overtaking the old, our eyes are widened to the sheer scale of the massacre.

Returnee migrant workers

THE return of Bangladeshi migrant workers from some countries is but the telltale sign of world economic recession starting to translate into job cuts for our workers in certain countries. A recent report in the business page of this daily says that return of migrant worker showed an upward trend in the recent months.

When will this murderous legacy end?

THESE are tragic times only found in old classics and in the history of our forlorn country. Time to time we found ourselves as helpless witnesses to murderous events that have culled precious lives, lives of our presidents, statesmen, men in uniform, and of other innocent people who became collateral victims of these senseless acts.

O captain! My captain!

I passed out from Faujderhat Cadet College almost 30 years ago. Many of my seniors, class-mates, year-mates, and juniors have worked or are working for Bangladesh army. Many of them joined our liberation war, many sacrificed their lives and many have achieved gallantry awards for their contribution to the nation. I am sure more will join.

PM's maturity and bleeding BDR

WE congratulate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her sagacious handling of the most serious incidence at BDR headquarters. The PM's stern call over electronic media led to the surrender of arms by the mutineers and the end of a further blood bath. It appears that the government has sought the best political solution to an armed crisis and the result seems to be positive

Sports

League to resume

After a three-day break, the Premier Division Cricket League will resume tomorrow.

Bopara's maiden ton puts Eng in control

Ravi Bopara marked his first Test since 2007 with a maiden century as England posted 600-6 declared on Day Two of the fourth Test against West Indies on Friday.

De Villiers's effort can't stop the rot

Australia built a 297-run lead in their second innings when bad light stopped play on Day Three of the first Test against South Africa at Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.

Mahela looks back

Departing Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said the pinnacle of his tenure was lifting his team to the World Cup final in the Caribbean two years ago.

BCB, BOA bereaved

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has expressed deep bereavement at the deaths of valiant army officers of the country and innocent victims, under the most tragic of circumstances at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Headquarters.

BFF postpones Super Cup

The big-spending Super Cup has been officially postponed yesterday due to the tragic incident at the BDR headquarters in the city.

Younis wary of SL

Pakistan captain Younis Khan fears Sri Lanka will come out fighting to give their captain Mahela Jayawardene a winning farewell in the second Test, which starts here on Sunday.

Kallis joins 10,000 club

Jacques Kallis has become the eighth batsman to 10,000 Test runs after achieving the record on the second day of the first Test at the Wanderers Friday. Kallis, who is playing his 129th Test, started the match needing 12 to reach the milestone and brought it up with a push through cover for a single off Peter Siddle.

Ishant scare for India

Ishant Sharma could miss the first ODI against New Zealand in Napier on March 3 because of a shoulder problem. Ishant injured his shoulder during the second Twenty20 international and was able to bowl only two out of his quota of four overs.

Flintoff allays fears

Key England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff on Friday headed home for treatment on his injured hip, desperately attempting to ease fears over his fitness for the Ashes.

Ravi craved this one

Ravi Bopara said he knew he had to make the most of his second opportunity with England as he hit a maiden Test century against West Indies in Barbados on Friday.

Nat'l chess postponed

The 7th round games of the 30th Parachute National Chess Championship were postponed, due to the tragic death of army officers at the Bangladesh Rifles Headquarters.

Wenger defends Bendtner

Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defence of striker Nicklas Bendtner after his latest poor performance against AS Roma.

NZ to beef up security

New Zealand is to boost ground security for the remainder of the Indian cricket tour following a bottle-throwing incident at the second Twenty20 match, an official said Saturday.

Rooney eyes quadruple

Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United have a stronger squad than last year as they try to win the first part of a quadruple haul of trophies on Sunday.

Gaibandha cricket

Young Pegasus defeated Eleven Star by seven wickets and Sunrise Sporting Club beat Anirban Club by 104 runs in their respective matches in the Gaibandha Second Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.

Everton kill off WBA

Australia midfielder Tim Cahill kept Everton firmly on course for a top six finish in the Premier League as his header set up a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Harry plots an upset

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is relishing the prospect of wrecking Manchester United's bid to land an unprecedented five trophies in one season in Sunday's League Cup final.

Rafa waits on new deal

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez insists victory in his power struggle with Anfield chief executive Rick Parry won't persuade him to make a quick decision over his future at Anfield.

Hiddink praises Drogba

Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba has been singled out by Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink as one the key factors behind the Premier League team's resurgence.

Djokovic battles thru'

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic survived a scare and an exhausting battle of just under three hours in intense heat before reaching the final of the Dubai Open on Friday.

C'Ron should join Real: Figo

Manchester United's star striker Cristiano Ronaldo should join Spanish giants Real Madrid, fellow Portuguese player Luis Figo said Saturday.

Van Bommel to end at PSV

Bayern Munich's Dutch international skipper Mark van Bommel said on Friday he intends to end his career with PSV Eindhoven in his homeland but told German media he had not fixed a date to return.

Resino under fire from fans

Atletico Madrid's new coach Abel Resino has dug his heels in against club fans who were upset at his decision to substitute Argentine striker Sergio "Kun" Aguero, who has been dubbed the 'new Maradona'.

Business

Thai firm eyes tourism, retail

Centara Hotels and Resorts, a major hotel and chain store business group in Thailand, plans to invest up to Tk 3,000 crore in Bangladesh's growing hospitality and retail business.

Stocks reel under mutiny fallout

Stocks skidded last week as the market was rattled by a two-day bloody mutiny by a group of rebels of the border security guards.

Citigroup gets new rescue

The US government will own up to 36 percent of Citigroup under a deal announced Friday to convert up to 25 billion dollars of capital injected into the ailing bank to ordinary shares.

Ensure eco-correct investment

The government should ensure environment friendly investment for sustainable development of the country, said Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) chairman yesterday.

Buffett still optimistic after rough 2008

Warren Buffett says the economic turmoil that contributed to a 62 percent profit drop last year at the holding company he controls is certain to continue in 2009, but the revered investor remains optimistic.

Japan's temporary workers at frontline of downturn

Satoru Dodo says that when his boss gave him just days to pack up and leave his factory job, he felt like one of the cars he had helped assemble -- a commodity easily dispensed with when no longer useful.

India's Reliance to absorb refining unit, create giant

Directors of India's largest private sector firm Reliance Industries will meet Monday to discuss plans to absorb its subsidiary, Reliance Petroleum, and create an oil refining giant.

Eurozone unemployment highest for over two years

The battered eurozone economies suffered more bad news on Friday with a quarter of a million jobs lost in January bringing the unemployment rate to 8.2 percent, the highest level in over two years.

Citi Asia Pacific president to visit Dhaka

Citigroup Asia Pacific President Shengman Zhang will arrive in Dhaka on Monday on a two-day official visit.

Asean to sign discounted oil deal

Southeast Asian nations are to sign an energy security agreement on Sunday that will allow their members to buy oil at a discounted price during times of crisis, a senior official said.

New DMD for IDLC

IDLC Finance Limited has recently promoted Arif Khan to deputy managing director (DMD), according to a press release.

US trade fair ends

The three-day US Trade Show 2009 ended yesterday at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel amid low turnout of visitors in the wake of an armed mutiny by border guards in the capital.

US economy moving in reverse

The economy is moving in reverse faster than the government can measure.

Nordic nations hit by cold front of recession

Denmark and Finland officially joined the ranks of recession-hit countries on Friday with the release of figures showing their economies contracting, while Sweden saw its economy sink further.

New Citi plan may serve as model but carries risks

The government made another run at saving Citigroup Inc. on Friday, giving taxpayers a bigger stake in its fortunes with a plan that could become a model for saving the nation's most troubled big banks.

Wall Street braces for bottom

Deep in the red for the first two months of 2009, Wall Street enters March with frayed nerves in anticipation of more weak data as investors look for any signs of an end to the horrific economic slump.

Oil falls on poor data

World oil prices fell Friday after three straight days of gains as government data showed the US economy shrank more sharply than expected in the fourth quarter of 2008.

DSE gets new president

Rakibur Rahman has been elected new president of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) for the next one year.

Southeast Asia faces economic battle

Southeast Asia faces a battle to survive the global economic meltdown, Thailand's premier said Saturday, while expressing hope that the region can agree on the path towards recovery.

Germany ready for $6.3b Opel bailout

The German government is prepared to step in to help auto maker General Motors Europe's Opel division with a bail out of up to five billion euros (6.3 billion dollars), a report said Saturday.

Biden pushes 'green jobs' for the middle class

US Vice President Joe Biden pushed "green jobs" Friday as a way to help the middle class weather economic hard times, saying better pay and social benefits will flow from producing environmentally friendly goods and services.

British, Chinese firms seal major aviation deal

A 1.2 billion dollar deal between British jet engine maker Rolls-Royce and Hainan Airlines of China was announced Friday as British and Chinese firms signed deals worth up to 1.9 billion dollars.

Weekly Currency Roundup

February 22- February 26, 2009
Local FX Market

This week, the market was active and US dollar was stable against the Bangladesh Taka. The market was mostly liquid this week.

Metropolitan

Take steps to make Bangla official language of UN

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the government to take proper steps to make vernacular Bangla the sixth official language of the United Nations with a view to introducing the language across the world.

Anger as rights activists barred from Asean talks

Southeast Asian leaders were embroiled in a fresh row over human rights yesterday after Myanmar's junta and Cambodia blocked activists from attending rare face-to-face talks.

Import, export thru' Benapole resume

Import and export between Bangladesh and India through Benapole land port resumed yesterday after the trade remained suspended from morning to evening yesterday at the call of Indian truck workers.

China tensions high after Tibet monk sets himself alight

Tensions were high in a flashpoint town of southwest China yesterday after a Tibetan monk set himself on fire in protest against Chinese rule, activist groups and residents said.

Forces behind want to turn country a vassal state

Expressing deep concern at the killing of more than 100 bright, efficient army officers at Pilkhana on Wednesday Jamaat-e-Islami has viewed that those want to make Bangladesh a vassal state were behind the mayhem.

Col Zahid buried with state honour

Col BM Zahid Hossain Chapal, who was killed inside the BDR headquarters in Dhaka during the mutiny by BDR jawans, was buried with state and military honour at his family graveyard at Chandtrishira village in Agoiljhara, Barisal, yesterday.

Change of venue stressed

Publishers, readers and writers have suggested organising the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela at a larger venue as the Bangla Academy premises is not large enough to accommodate the increasing number of visitors.

Call for probe to find out masterminds

Political parties and other organisations and individuals yesterday strongly condemned the massacre at the BDR headquarters, which sent shock waves through the entire nation.

'Facilitate process of migration to Italy'

Leaders of Expatriates Development Society of Bangladesh yesterday called on the government to take necessary steps to facilitate the process of migration to Italy.

Fish trader beaten to death in Shariatpur

A fish trader was beaten to death allegedly by his business partner in Shariatpur municipal area on yesterday over a trifling matter.

501 DU teachers condole loss of lives in BDR mutiny

Some 501 Dhaka University teachers yesterday expressed deep shock at the huge loss of lives in the two-day BDR mutiny at Pilkhana.

Eight hurt as BCL factions clash at BM College

At least five students and three teachers were injured in a clash between two Bangladesh Chhatra League rival groups in connection with the dining management at Aswani Kumar Hall of Barisal BM College yesterday.

Comilla road crash kills 2

Two siblings were killed and 25 others injured as a bus fell into a roadside pond at Baropara at Daudkandi in the district yesterday.

Schoolboy killed in Benapole

A schoolboy was beaten to death with a hammer at Agrabhulot village in Benapole yesterday afternoon.

Call to create awareness to prevent diabetes

Creating awareness can prevent the trend of diabetes in the country, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.

Asean to intensify counter-terrorism efforts

Asean states will intensify efforts to fight militants and pledge to work for the full implementation of a regional counter-terrorism pact this year, according to a draft seen by AFP yesterday.

Death anniversary

Today is the 6th death anniversary of Matiur Rahman, a freedom fighter, former minister and also former president of Dhaka Camber of Commerce and Industries, says a press release.

Asaduzzaman Babu

Today is the 5th death anniversary of Asaduzzaman Babu, a social worker and businessman, says a press release.

National

Doliya Lake shrinking fast in Khagrachhari

Doliya Lake in Matiranga upazila headquarters is shrinking fast as land grabbers are constructing buildings and makeshift structures by encroaching upon it.

Embankment collapse floods Satkhira villages

Over 3000 people were marooned as six villages in Gabura union under Shyamnagar upazila adjacent to the Sundarbans were flooded following collapse of a damaged embankment at Khalsebunia point on Kabodak River early yesterday.

Rangpur University classes to start from March 20

Classes will start at the newly-established Rangpur University from March 20 after its inauguration by Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid.

New RU proctor, asst proctors take charge

Rajshahi University (RU) authorities yesterday appointed proctor, six assistant proctors and students' adviser of the university (RU).

Dinajpur interns on strike

The interns at Dinajpur Medical College Hospital yesterday began an indefinite strike protesting assault on one of their fellows allegedly by a patient at the hospital on Friday night.

Sonamasjid port activities resume

Export-import between Bangladesh and India through Sonamasjid land port in Chapainawabganj resumed yesterday.

Pabna AL, Jubo League feud over tender

Activists of a faction of Awami League (AL) and its youth wing Jubo League Friday night ransacked 'Pabna Paradise,' the largest sweet shop owned by the joint secretary of Pabna district unit of the party.

10 houses in Comilla gutted, 20 injured

At least 10 houses were gutted rendering about 70 people homeless in a big fire at Oddha village in Barura upazila in the early hours of Saturday, locals said.

Letters

Terrorism and public awareness

There is a positive sign that the people are quite conscious about the vicious acts of the terrorists at home and abroad. They are aware and ready to respond to combat terrorists in our country. The government should seize this opportunity to make a very concerted anti-terrorist campaign to mobilize the people to wipe out this evil force from Bangladesh.

Let's learn from China

China closed 12 highways around the capital Beijing on 19.02.09 because of heavy snow brought on by seeding clouds with chemicals, according to the Chinese state media. This is exciting news as far as Bangladesh and its weather system is concerned.

Ekushey

Language is regarded as the mainstay of a nation's culture. As an evil attempt to tarnish our culture, the erstwhile Pakistanis tried to impose forcibly an alien language on us by effacing our glorious mother-tongue forever. But on that day our invincible people realized it and came forward to protect our language. The unprecedented incident of Ekushey February is not merely an event but indicates a spirit that we got 57 years ago through the sublime sacrifice of those valiant sons of our soil.

Early marriage

The state of getting married before being mature enough to get married is simply referred to as early marriage. Like most of the countries in the developing world, adolescent and child marriage in our country seem to be a strong social evil, mostly for girls living in rural areas. The young girls, the worst victims of forced marriage, are not having a sigh of relief from the malady of early marriage. Statistics show that as many as 75 percent of rural girls in Bangladesh get married before the age of 16 and only 5 percent between 18 and 20.

New government's performance

People, especially young and first time voters, voted for the Awami League (AL) in a free, fair and peaceful election on 29 December 2008 as the AL committed itself to bringing about a change.

Slow poisoning

Once I had the opportunity to meet magistrate Rokonuddolah and he said that in many food shops he had seen textile dye for mixing with sweets and other foods. Like other children my children also love to eat coloured chocolates, sweetmeats, ice creams, soft drinks etc., some of which contain artificial dye. So I avoid giving them to my children. But many of my relatives and friends bring chocolates and ice creams for them. When my children take chocolates, I feel very helpless as I think they are taking poison. In my laboratory I have tested ice creams of some famous companies and some of them contain a huge number of bacteria-- much beyond the normal limit.

Role of ACC

I highly doubt whether the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), would ever be able to cure Bangladesh from corruption. It seems to me that the authority may not even be a kosher institution within itself and yet, it is supposed to deal with the problems of corruption. How could we expect an authority to be a prosecutor, jury and judge all at the same time? Besides, where can we find such great flawless brave individuals, who will always do the right thing despite pressure from all corners? This was indeed a utopian and popular idea, to quick fix the corruption but it failed to account for the successful prosecution with evidence and subsequent punishment of the culprits. I am sorry I do not see the required quality and transparency with the current ACC and that is why it is destined to fade away with the new democratic government. No doubt, the ACC has exposed some cases of corruption but it also harassed a great number of people for no good reason.

In response...

I am referring to an article entitled “Turkey's Islamists show their hand”, where intriguingly the writer launched a campaign of fallacy.

Call centres

Recently, the DS reported that the potential call centre industry in Bangladesh is facing a lot of policy hurdles. Indisputably, it's our bad luck because we are unable to take this great opportunity. All over the world this is a growing industry, especially in the developing countries. The global market is worth $450 billion. How much percentage are we getting in this respect?

Propaganda or facts?

The BNP Secretary General seems to be upset, about lawmakers asking for information about Koko's illegal money transfer and ex-PM's 400 pieces of luggage while going to Saudi Arabia! Both the facts are verifiable and possibly on record. Koko's money laundering and getting money from Siemens was public news in US papers.

ACC vs. government

There was front-page news in many Bangla newspapers on 20 Feb. under the heading "kar katha shattaya". Many people, especially the ones who were charged, arrested and jailed for corruption were the most vocal against the ACC Chairman and DG.

Digital Bangladesh

The term "Digital Bangladesh" has become a common one in our national life these days. We frequently hear of this term but almost all of us are ignorant of what it actually means. It has become so frequently used a term that it has affected all. In the near past the word "digital" was only used to mean something modern.

Withdraw restriction

The Bangladeshi ICL cricketers are still disallowed to play in any form of home cricket. Sri Lanka has already withdrawn the restriction on their ICL cricketers. If BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) gives them the permission to play in all forms of cricket, then our national team will become stronger. We must not forget that Alok Kapali, Shahriar Nafees and Aftab Ahmed played very well in ICL.

Morning shows….

It is just more than a month that the AL-led grand alliance formed the government after its landslide victory in the last general election. Against the opposition & some media reports & criticisms, Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister, told that it was too early to make any comments on the achievements of her government. This is very true but as the proverb goes that morning shows the day, the common people are losing their hearts. Look at some news headings from DS in the last few days which are: School shut as AL men occupy it for jatra, BCL dissolves JU unit after gunfight, MPs shout, bang desk at JS , local development to sink in MP meddling, panic spreads as law enforcement slackens, gun-running rampant along SW borders, truck looted by Dinajpur BCL men, gang kills man & loots truckload of rods in N'ganj, mob clashes with BDR over smuggled goods etc. We see nothing bright!

Language issue

Reading your Ekushey edition, I was struck, once more, with the strange contradiction between the genuine feeling for the celebration - its history and meaning - and the shame that admits how badly your mother language is often spoken, especially by the young. Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury, in particular, spoke of this and the resistance to Bengali-speaking that exists among some who prefer English.

EC's decision

My heartiest congratulations to the Election Commission for appointing its own officers as Retuning Officers in the December 29 election for the first time in the history of the Election Commission. I served in the Election Commission for 21 years and fought for this cause but could not achieve the goal.

International

Pakistan pushes Taliban out of Bajaur

Pakistan said yesterday it had forced Taliban militants out of a key battleground in the global fight against extremism.

Mumbai terrorists did come through sea

India on Saturday dismissed Pakistan's contention that the 26/11 terrorists did not use the sea to enter Mumbai, saying 'thorough investigations' had proved that the men did take that route.

BJP edges Congress in cyberspace polls warfare

In what promises to be a keen electoral contest to determine who rules India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has already taken an early lead over the Congress -- in cyberspace warfare.

Obama pledges no long-term designs on Afghanistan

President Barack Obama promised Friday that the United States has no long-term designs on Afghanistan as his administration switches focus to the war-torn country with its pullout from Iraq.

Iraq hails Obama plan

Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi on Saturday welcomed the pullout of US combat troops outlined by President Barack Obama but stressed that Washington still has a "great responsibility" to help Iraq.

Giant seabird's fossilised skull found in Peru

The unusually intact fossilised skull of a giant, bony-toothed seabird that lived up to 10 million years ago was found on Peru's arid southern coast, researchers said Friday.

Nepali ruling parties assent to palace massacre probe

Nepal's ruling coalition headed by the Maoists Saturday agreed to institute a fresh probe into the nation's darkest tragedy eight years ago in which king Birendra and his entire family were gunned down in the tightly guarded royal palace here.

Abbas insists on leading Gaza rebuilding

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Saturday insisted his government should spearhead postwar reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip days before a major international donors' conference.

US will not take part in UN racism conference

The United States has decided against taking part in a UN-led conference on racism after it quit the previous session in 2001 over claims of anti-Semitism, US officials said.

Emergency plane landing in Romania: All 51 safe

A Romanian plane carrying 51 people made a safe emergency landing in western Romania on Saturday and all the occupants escaped injury, officials said.

US woman swaps two kids for cockatoo, 175 dollars

Police in the southern US state of Louisiana have arrested a woman who allegedly traded two young children for an exotic bird and a bit of cash, the lead detective on the case said Friday.

Malaysian police detain Indian protesters

Malaysian police yesterday used watercannons on ethnic Indian demonstrators and arrested 17 protesting the ill-treatment of a detained rights group leader, an opposition politician said.

Slumdog child star slapped for refusing interview

The father of one of the child stars of the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire" slapped him for refusing to give media interviews, a report said yesterday.

Zardari leading nation toward mid-term polls: Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that President Asif Ali Zardari wants to drag the nation toward mid-term elections, Geo TV reported on Friday.

Pak Army will not intervene in political crisis: Kayani

Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani has assured that the Pakistan military would not poke its nose in political affairs of the country.

Zardari sincere in terror fight, says India

India believes Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is sincere about fighting terror but wants him to match his words with action, a senior government minister was quoted as saying yesterday.

Lankan rebels lose more land

Government forces drove deeper into the Tamil Tigers' dwindling stronghold, confining the rebel group that once controlled a vast swath of northern Sri Lanka to an area smaller than Manhattan, the military said Friday.

Musharraf continues his political meetings

Continuing his meetings with the country's top political figures, Former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has met important leaders of Sindh province here.

Arts & Entertainment

Becoming one with Romena

“To date, I don't know what horrified me more. The fact that this was too close to reality or that during the shoot, I could sometimes sense the presence of the faceless Romena,”--Babita

Theatre festival in Sylhet

A theatre festival began at the M Saifur Rahman Auditorium of the Sylhet city recently. Natyaloke, Sylhet staged “Shapludu” of Babul Ahmed on the first night of the festival.

Orphan girls of Chandmoni children home promote reading habit

Standing at the zero point of Jaldhaka upazila town are girls reciting poetry, telling stories from books or reading out editorials from newspapers. These young girls and their books are the centre of attraction for people of different age groups, some of whom stand beside rickshaw vans where the books are kept. An elderly man is seen guiding everything. These children are from Chandmoni, a home for destitute orphan girls, which has been running a mobile library for many years. The mission of this organisation is to promote the reading habit.

Pankaj Basu and his students at BSA: Vocal symphony enthralls audience

There was no orchestra, not even a single musical instrument. Artiste Pankaj Basu was directing a group of young singers. Using only some phonetic sounds instead of any lyrics, what they presented was nothing short of a symphony, a perfect musical composition. Pankaj Basu termed the composition a “vocal symphony,” an innovative creation by his Ustad Joyonto Basu of India. According to Pankaj, he applied the form first in this country.

Book fair on Int’l Mother Language Day ends

Book fairs in different upazilas, including Jhenidah sadar, Moheshpur and Kotchandpur, were held on the International Mother Language Day. In addition a captivating cultural show was held at the Old Jhenidah DC court complex at the initiative of the district administration.

“Muktijuddho Protidin” starts today

The daily programme highlighting the Liberation War, titled “Muktijuddho Protidin,” restarts on Channel i from today. The programme was aired from March 7 to December 16 in 2007. The programme brings to light current events and major milestones in the course of the war.

Lucky Thirteen on Banglavision

TV serial "Lucky Thirteen" will be aired tonight on Banglavision at 8:15pm. Written by Shafayet Mansur Rana, the serial is directed by Redwan Roni.

Cultural programme marking Amar Ekushey in Khagrachhari held

Khagrachhari District Administration recently organised a seven-day cultural programme to mark Amar Ekushey at the town hall in the hill district.

OP-ED

Weathering the storm

WITH a GDP of about $80 billion, Bangladesh's increasing integration with the global economy through trade in goods and services (currently worth $47 billion, equivalent to about 60 percent of GDP in FY07-08), is a measure of the potential impact that the ongoing crisis could have on the economy. However, thankfully, till now Bangladesh has been spared the worst consequences of the ongoing crisis.

The way out

THESE are troubled times and the mind cannot help but be troubled. Surveying the wreckage all around -- from Wall Street, the world of finance I work in, to Main Street, the real economy I live in -- it is disconcerting to see how quickly the contours of our world are changing.

Devolution can change our politics

A few weeks after the parliamentary election, elections were held for upazila councils across the country on January 22. Awami League swept both. But the former has been hailed for its peaceful lead up and the festive atmosphere, whereas the latter was characterised by significant irregularities. Unsurprisingly, commentaries since the upazila election have focussed on these irregularities. But this has meant some important questions have remained relatively unexplored.

Can Bangladesh textile exports survive?

THE ongoing global economic crisis is having a devastating impact on all export dependent economies, whether manufacturing or primary product exporting. The collapse in demand in major industrial countries in North America and the European Union has led to a sharp fall in export demand from the emerging and developing countries and a collapse in primary commodity and manufactured product prices.



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