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PM focused more on saving the innocent

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday told parliament that her government has sought assistance from the US and UN, and will request the UK as well for cooperation in probe into the massacre at BDR headquarters last week.

PM talks with army officers

A large number of army officers yesterday expressed their deepest emotions, frustrations, excitement and expectations at a three-hour grand conference with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina discussing the BDR carnage in which the nation lost at least 73 people, including 60 officers.

Army called in to nab BDR fugitives

The government yesterday decided to deploy members of the armed forces across the country indefinitely to help law enforcement agencies arrest the absconding rebels of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and recover the missing firearms and ammunition.

Over 1,500 BDR men back before time

Over 1,500 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) men, who left the Pilkhana headquarters during or after the mutiny, reported back to the headquarters yesterday.

Another body floats out thru' sewage gate

Another body of an army officer killed during the mutiny at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters at Pilkhana floated out of a sluice gate in the city's Nawabganj yesterday, raising the death toll to 74.

Over a thousand BDR men sued for mutiny

Lalbagh police Saturday night filed a case against over a thousand Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) members for their links to the mutiny at BDR headquarters in Pilkhana.

Border guards well on duty

Routine activities of the border security force resumed at all Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) camps across the country yesterday as normalcy returned after the massacre of BDR men in its headquarters in Dhaka.

Most officers killed by 11 in the morning

Most of the BDR Jawaans who killed the army officers during the BDR mutiny were quite young and most of the killings were carried out and over between 10:30 to 11:00 am, immediately after the chaos started at Darbar Hall at the BDR headquarters.

Heated debate in JS over BDR issue

The parliamentary discussion on obituary motion on slain BDR officials turned into a blame game yesterday with treasury and opposition bench lawmakers blasting each other.

By-election now Apr 2

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday rescheduled the elections to 45 reserved seats for women in Parliament to March 30 and the by-elections to seven vacated parliamentary seats to April 2.

Govt to end discrimination

The government has decided to remove discrimination in the distribution of food rations to police members.

3-day nat'l mourning ends with spl prayers

The three-day national mourning in remembrance of the atrocious killing of BDR officers at their headquarters in Pilkhana ended yesterday.

The Dead

40. Lt Col Golam Kibria

Army officers' janaza today

The namaz-e-janaza of 41 army officers and BDR director general Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed's wife brutally killed at the BDR Headquarters will be held today at the National Parade Square in Dhaka at 10:00 am, said an Inter-services Public Relations (ISPR) press release.

BSF hands over 49 Bangladeshis rescued from sea

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday handed over 49 Bangladeshi nationals who were rescued from sea near the Andaman island last December to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) through Benapole check post.

Boucher calls PM, pledges US support

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina sought the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assistance in investigating the BDR mutiny to identify the real culprits and punish them.

Gates sees 'significant military success' in Iraq

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates yesterday touted military success in Iraq, and stressed he did not expect changes to US troop drawdown plans there.

Saarc to strengthen anti-terrorism mechanisms

Saarc member states on Saturday have agreed to establish a high-level panel of 'Eminent Experts' to strengthen the group's anti-terrorism mechanisms as it underlined its resolve to combat the menace in the region.

Iran has enough materials to make nuclear bomb

Iran has enough fissile material to build a nuclear bomb, top US military officer Admiral Mike Mullen said yesterday, marking the first time the United States has made such an assessment.

Israel vows retaliation for Gaza rocket fire

Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed yesterday to hit back "severely" if militants in the Islamist Hamas-run Gaza Strip continue to fire rockets into Israel.

Lanka rejects fresh truce calls as rebels resist

Sri Lanka yesterday rejected fresh calls for a ceasefire with Tamil Tigers rebels as security forces hit stiff resistance in their efforts to secure final victory in the island's ethnic conflict.

Armenians in mass rally to mark deadly clashes

Thousands of opposition supporters defied the Armenian authorities yesterday to rally on the first anniversary of the country's deadliest political clashes since the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union.

Editorial

Trying times for us

EVER since the dastardly acts of a section of BDR men came to light, we, through several editorials have expressed our deepest sorrow at the tragic events. We commend the armed forces for the way it has held its grief in check and gone about performing its duties in the most professional manner.

US troops withdrawal from Iraq

US President Barack Obama has begun to live up to the expectations of the peace loving people around the world. He has declared that the US will end all combat operations in Iraq through withdrawing two-thirds of the US forces deployed in the war-ravaged country by August 2010. The declaration amounts to offloading the legal and moral burden associated with the Iraq war, which he inherited while stepping into the White House.

The enemy within?

AN immutable law governing power is that it cannot be shared, because the one holding the sceptre brooks no competitor. Perhaps because of the spirit of that law, Sheikh Hasina has surrounded herself with diehard loyalists in her ministerial team. That is fine. Anyone in her place would do the same in this country. Although it ensured her grip on the levers of the power many feel that a good deal of experience and efficiency has been compromised, leaving the vital flanks of governance vulnerable.

Manmohan's last stand

THE Congress has begun its campaign -- for the general elections of 2012-13. All over Kolkata, the party has put up hoardings of a smiling, heavily-dimpled Rahul Gandhi. The visual message is "cute." The written message is unambiguous: this is the face of the future. He may be forced to share the limelight with his elders in 2009, but this is the last compromise. The campaign accepts that Dr Manmohan Singh is the Congress candidate for prime minister this year, but marks him as a transition figure, or in Arun Jaitley's phrase, as a "night-watchman."

Need for evaluation of student politics

IF anything has tarnished the honeymoon period of the new government it is the student wing of the Awami League, that has been involved in conflicts with itself and with others since the landslide victory of AL-led alliance in the December 29 election.

Sports

Super Cup March 11-27

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to launch its mega tournament Super Cup on March 11.

A lot to decide

It is expected that some important decisions would be taken in the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) next meeting on Wednesday.

Twin ton-up Sri Lanka take first day honours

Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera notched brilliant hundreds to help Sri Lanka recover from early wobbles on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan here Sunday.

Premier Cricket resumes today

The sixth round of the Premier Division Cricket League resumes today after a three-day national mourning break following the mutiny at the BDR headquarters in Pilkhana.

Windies almost safe

England's bid for a series-levelling victory over West Indies ran into Ramnaresh Sarwan who fashioned his third hundred of the series in the fourth Test on Saturday.

Local Snippets

The National Bank Dhaka Metropolis Premier and First Division Volleyball Leagues will start tomorrow at the Volleyball Stadium.

Proteas stay in hunt

South Africa made a confident start in their second innings as they set out to salvage the first Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium here on Sunday.

Djokovic wraps up Dubai

Novak Djokovic closed up a little on Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the top of the world rankings by winning the 12th title of his career in the Dubai Open on Saturday.

The immovable Sarwan

Graeme Swann has admitted that Ramnaresh Sarwan has become a thorn in England's side after the West Indies batsman struck his third hundred of their Test series on Saturday.

De Villiers on track

In the lead-up to the Johannesburg Test AB de Villiers spoke of his desire to become the best batsman in the world. It's a bold ambition for a player currently sitting 21st on the ICC's Test batting rankings. But for a man who has just turned 25 and has enjoyed the most prolific year of his career, it's a commendable aspiration.

India face ICL block

The Indian board's plan for six of its cricketers to turn out in New Zealand's domestic competition ahead of the Tests is in doubt with the New Zealand players' body saying it will not pull Indian Cricket League (ICL) players out of state squads to facilitate the games.

Women's chess resumes today

The 30th Parachute National Women's Chess Championship will resume today with the seventh round of the competition at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room.

BFF, BHF condole

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has condoled the death of BDR Director General Major General Shakil Ahmed, other army officers, jawans and all loss of lives in Wednesday's mutiny at the BDR headquarters.

WADA okays Asif's ban

The global anti-doping body Saturday endorsed a one-year ban placed on Pakistan's Mohammad Asif, saying it will not appeal against the punishment.

Rafa's race all but run

Rafael Benitez came close to conceding defeat in the Premier League title battle after a shock 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough left Liverpool struggling to keep leaders Manchester United within sight.

Marchisio fires Juve

Juventus edged Napoli 1-0 on Saturday to keep their Serie A title hopes alive by cutting Inter Milan's lead at the top to six points.

Voronin at it again

Andrey Voronin hit his fourth goal in four games on Saturday to help put Hertha Berlin back on top of the Bundesliga as the leaders sealed a 2-1 win over bottom club Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Jose for Fergie: Rio

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand insists Jose Mourinho has what it takes to succeed Alex Ferguson as the Red Devils' manager, in an interview due out Thursday.

Real keep up chase

Real Madrid reduced the gap on bitter rivals Barcelona at the top of the Spanish League table to four points on Saturday when substitute Guti and veteran skipper Raul scored in a 2-0 win at Espanyol.

Lille struggling

Strugglers Valenciennes scotched Lille's attempts to have a say in the French title race on Saturday with a 2-0 success which denied the former a temporary share of second place in the table.

Business

Local clothing brands blooming

Local clothing brands are flourishing on the back of increasing demand from domestic buyers, said major brand operators.

Stocks shake off mutiny jitters

Stocks jumped yesterday, shaking off market jitters over an armed mutiny by disgruntled border guards.

Parjatan focuses on sports tourism

Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation has initiated a move to develop sports tourism by organising more sports events in the country, said the chairman of the state-owned tourism agency.

Asean leaders urge unity to beat financial crisis

Southeast Asian leaders called Sunday for urgent cooperation and reform to tackle the global financial crisis, as they pushed on with their dream of forming an EU-style community by 2015.

Barisal holds out hope for strawberry

Success in strawberry cultivation in Barisal has created enthusiasm among local farmers to go for massive cultivation of the fruit.

Indian retail revolution on hold

It was hailed as the "great Indian retail revolution," but a slowing economy and over-ambitious expansion have left many retailers struggling with what analysts now say were hyped expectations.

Merkel rejects bailout plan for eastern EU nations

Germany rejected appeals Sunday for a single multibillion euro (dollar) bailout of eastern Europe, even after Hungary begged EU leaders not to let a new "Iron Curtain" divide the continent into rich and poor.

Asia's export-reliant economies in pain

When times were booming, Asia's factories would sometimes struggle to keep pace with the global demand for cars, semiconductors and electronics goods.

Asian currencies mostly weaker against dollar

Asian currencies ended the week mainly lower against the dollar, with the yen in particular expected to weaken further amid a gloomy outlook for the economy.

Japan economy faces more pain

Japan's worst economic crisis since World War II is far from over as its heavy reliance on exports leaves it vulnerable to crumbling demand in recession-hit world markets, analysts say.

Oil prices climb, gold loses sparkle

Oil prices rallied this week, buoyed by signs of stabilising energy demand and hints of Opec production cuts, but gold lost its sparkle after breaching 1,000 dollars per ounce the previous week.

Thai economy to contract further

The struggling Thai economy is likely to contract further in the first three months of this year as exports take a hit from the global financial meltdown, the prime minister said Sunday.

Taiwan govt could cost 6,000 jobs

Up to 6,000 Taiwan civil servants may lose their jobs as President Ma Ying-jeou's administration plans to build a leaner but more efficient government, a report said Sunday.

EU leaders seek united front amid 'new iron curtain' fears

EU leaders were hoping to present a united front Sunday at a summit dedicated to the economic crisis, after weeks of wrangling over protectionism which has led to fears of "a new iron curtain".

ECB to pioneer record low rates

The European Central Bank is set to cut its interest rates to all-time lows Thursday after eurozone economic activity hit its own record low in February and the bloc shed a quarter of a million jobs.

HSBC results seen as test of global downturn

HSBC has weathered the financial crisis better than many of its rivals, but the banking giant is still expected to announce it needs more capital when it unveils its annual results Monday.

South Korea swings to $3.29b surplus

South Korea's trade balance swung to a surplus of 3.29 billion dollars in February from a deficit of 3.35 billion dollars a month earlier, customs data showed Sunday.

Metropolitan

104 apartments to be built for selling to civil servants

The government will build 104 flats at Lalmatia Housing Estate in the city for selling those to the civil servants.

Tension mounts as BSF resumes fencing

The India border guards yesterday resumed erecting barbed wire fencing along their side opposite the Monipur camp in Dinajpur and BDR personnel resisted the efforts.

BDR mutiny condemned, tolerance of armed forces lauded

Different organisations and human rights bodies yesterday continued to condemn the killing of the army officers at Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters in the city.

Cruel twist of fate shatters Lt Col Azam's family

Just a week ago, Lt Col Shamsul Azam, a commanding officer of BDR engineering corps, was busy planning the marriage ceremony of his eldest son, but now his family members are now preparing for his (Azam) funeral.

Two killed in road accidents

A minor girl and a schoolboy were killed in separate road accidents in Chapainawabganj and Gaibandha yesterday

HC verdict on speed limiters yet to be implemented

The High Court (HC) verdict directing the government to take steps to install “speed governor seals” in all modes of public transport to control speed and reduce road accidents was not executed even in the last one year after its delivery.

Wife cries for justice

Mehrin Mujib, spouse of slain Colonel Mujibul Huq, demanded proper investigation into the Wednesday's massacre in the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters at Pilkhana in the city and exemplary punishment to the killers.

Lt Col Kaiser buried with state honour

Lt Col Abu Musa Kaiser Ahmed, who was killed during the BDR massacre at the headquarters of the border guards in the city, was laid to rest with state honour at his family graveyard at Bhara Muhuri at Chakaria in Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Police team to join UN mission in Congo

A 125-member team of police will join the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in Congo.

Today's exams of DU postponed

The Dhaka University (DU) authorities have postponed all the examinations scheduled for today at the centres of Arts Faculty and the Curzon Hall due to unavoidable reasons, says a DU press release.

BDR protests BSF move

BDR jawans lodged a strongly protest against the Indian BSF move to construct a road near Giragaon border under Atwary upazila in Panchagarh yesterday.

Tribute paid to Comrade Tajul

Shaheed Comrade Tajul Day was observed yesterday, marking the 25th death anniversary of Tajul Islam, one of the pioneers of the workers' movement in the country.

Dhaka-North Bengal rail link snapped for 4 hours

Rail communication between Dhaka and North Bengal was snapped for about four hours after one of the compartments of a Dhaka-bound train was derailed at Mashakhali at Gafargaon yesterday.

Jago Bangladesh on Mar 27-29

Due to some unavoidable circumstances, Jago Bangladesh 2009, the challenging walkathon from Teknaf to Cox's Bazar through the longest beach in the world, has been deferred and will now be held on March 27-29.

Chandpur Pry Teachers' Assoc polls stayed

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed all processes of holding elections to Chandpur Primary School Teachers' Association (CPSTA).

JU student found dead in Buriganga

Tonmoy Pal, a second year student of pharmacy department of Jahangirnagar University, was found dead in the river Buriganga on Saturday night.

Indian cloths worth Tk 2cr seized: 6 held

Detective Branch of Police arrested six alleged smugglers along with Indian sarees and cloths worth about Tk 2 crore from the river Madhumati near Chamta in Sadar upazila yesterday.

Free heart camp held

Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital and Research Institute organised a 'Free Heart Camp' to celebrate the founding anniversary of Bangladesh Diabetic Association on Saturday.

SC verdict on leave to appeal today

The Supreme Court (SC) will deliver its verdict today on the leave to appeal filed by 29 sitting High Court judges against the HC verdict directing the government to reappoint 10 additional judges with seniority.

Next hearing Mar 5

A Dhaka court yesterday recorded statements of three more prosecution witnesses in connection with the August 21 grenade attack cases.

SCBA polls on March 24, 25

The annual election to the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) for its 14 executive posts, including president and secretary, will be held on March 24 and 25.

EBRC programmes postponed

The Annual Commander Conference, National Flag Giving Parade and 8th Tigers' Reunion-2000 of EBRC, scheduled for March 5 at Chittagong Cantonment have been postponed due to unavoidable reason, said an ISPR release.

Huji gives death threat to Prof Zafar Iqbal

Eminent educationist and writer Prof Muhammad Zafar Iqbal has received a death threat from outlawed Islamist outfit Harkat-ul Jihad al Islami (Huji).

HC rejects 8 petitions by businessman Mamun

The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected eight petitions filed by controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun seeking bail in eight separate criminal cases filed against him.

National

Ctg mourners demand probe, trial of culprits

People from all walks of life here yesterday demanded proper investigation into brutal killings of the brilliant army officers and their family members at BDR headquarters on January 25 and exemplary punishment of the killers.

Acting RU registrar finally steps down

Acting registrar of Rajshahi University (RU) having alleged links with BNP and Jamaat resigned yesterday.

'Reformist' PCJSS leader sues Larma, 13 others

An attempt to murder case was filed against Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sangahti Samity (PCJSS) chief Santu Larma and 13 other members of the outfit with Kotwali Police Station here yesterday.

When self-help is best help

People of char areas in Fulchhari upazila are enjoying fruits of their voluntary service as a bamboo bridge, set up across a tributary of the Jamuna, has eased their communication with the 'mainland' on two sides of the river.

'Punish arrested Jubok officials, round up others'

Field workers and organisers of Jubo Karmasangsthan Society (Jubok) and its depositors yesterday laid seize to Chandpur Deputy Commissioner's Office demanding punishment to five detained Jubok officials and arrest of other fugitives.

Abductors kill 8-yr-old girl for ransom

Police yesterday recovered body of a girl child from a paddy field in Dhutrabari area under Shivalaya Police Station.

Fake cosmetics factories unearthed, 4 arrested

Detective Branch (DB) of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) Saturday night unearthed two fake cosmetics factories and arrested four people including a woman from Rajshahi city.

BSF kidnaps 1 in Comilla

Indian Border Security (BSF) abducted a personnel of Bangladesh Armed Police from the frontier village of Nayanpur in Brahmanpara upazila Saturday night.

RU fine arts students stage sit-in

Students of fine arts department of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday staged a one hour sit-in in front of administration building demanding immediate withdrawal of all additional examination fees.

Letters

Make Parliament effective

A few days ago our democracy was at stake. After two years of hiatus, we have again embarked on the road to democracy through the Awami League's winning a landslide victory at the elections. The result is unprecedented in our political history. Having the earlier experience of the BNP regime vivid in our minds, we are worried that this absolute power could lead the AL to an unfair exercise of power and consequently dysfunctional democracy.

Child labour

Though children's labour may be necessary to the survival of some families, it does not represent the ideal for children or their families. Putting children to work too early can stunt their development socially and educationally as well as expose them to physical risks. This does not even factor in the daily peril faced by children working as prostitutes or soldiers.

Waste not, want not

Energy resources like water, gas, electricity and petroleum crude oil are indispensable in the running of a country. In our daily life we use them for making our lives easier. But the thing is that our manner of using these is indiscreet, as we do not hesitate squandering them carelessly. For instance, let us consider water and how we misuse it.

Emerging university in Pabna

It is learnt from The Daily Star (26 January 2009) that Pabna University of Science and Technology (PUST) is going to admit 200 students under two faculties. The subjects that will be taught are Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) and Mathematics under the faculty of Science and Engineering. The other faculty is Business Studies, with the subject Business Administration.

Digital Bangladesh and new generation

The Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) is one of the new initiatives endorsed by ASEM III (October 2000, Seoul, Korea) to connect research networks between Asia and Europe by linking EU's GEANT, the pan-European gigabit research network, with Asia's research networks such as the APII Testbeds in order to promote information exchanges in research and development and education.

Banani noise

Road 11 in Banani has become a nightmarish highway of sorts!

Mujib and Zia

In politics, no ruler or politician is above criticism. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has faced multifarious criticisms, particularly over the actions of his administration after our liberation. There are people who believe that he was a first class leader but not an administrator of that rank. But we all ought to admit that he was the main architect and founder of our country.

Obama's call to Muslim world

CNN recently released an exclusive interview of US President Barack Obama with Al-Arabia Television. This interview is considered as part of President Obama's commitment during his election campaign to improve relations between the US and the Muslim world.

Not bad at all!

I was not at all surprised. I have rather been trying to look for the benefits from the DU teachers' greeting spree! Though students missed their classes, with this hands-on demonstration on “political science” the students can learn “constructive politics” and master the art of succeeding in traditional Bangladeshi Politics. Not bad!

University in Barisal

Although Barisal is one of the six divisions, it has been neglected by all governments. All previous governments made promises but their words did not come true. Education is imperative for all development activities but there is no university in Barisal city. If we look at all other divisional cities, we will find a different picture. Even many district towns have public universities. Doesn't it bear testimony to the unequal treatment meted out to Barisal? Although the present government has already treated Barisal badly not including anyone in the cabinet from the region, we hope it will set up a university in the city in order to make Barisal a part of Digital Bangladesh.

'No' to 2nd deputy speaker

The AL said before the election that it would appoint the deputy speaker from the opposition. Within days of winning the election the AL has forgotten that pledge. We feel disgusted, but we are not surprised. Clearly, what was once a “pledge” has now become a “lie”. And to cover up that lie the AL is now planning to create a new seat for a second deputy speaker!

Weekly holiday

There is an unnecessary obstacle in our economic sector.

Mohakhali foot overbridge

A few years ago Mohakhali Railway overbridge was constructed and it has facilitated traffic movement on the road to some extent. But a big problem still continues to afflict the residents of the area. People of Mohakhali DOHS, Shahinbag, Arjat Para, etc., have to go to Mohakhali kutcha bazar everyday with big serious risks to their lives as they cross the road. This is an everyday hazard which puts a lot of pressure on their nerves. Hence a foot overbridge connecting Mohakhali kutcha bazar is a long felt necessity.

Balance of merit

A daughter of mine recently got her Ph.D from Harvard and came home for a few weeks to meet family and friends before returning to Harvard to do research as a prestigious Swartz Fellow in the newly established Department of Neuroscience. Her sponsors were so keen to have her that they paid a huge amount of money as special fees, so that her H-1B visa for a temporary worker could be processed in only two weeks. The embassy here too was very cooperative and gave her a visa within two days of the interview.

International

Eight killed in US missile strikes in Pakistan

At least eight people were killed yesterday in two suspected US missile strikes in northwest Pakistan, near the Afghan border, security officials said.

Obama team lays out new Pak-Afghan approach

After setting a deadline to pull US forces from Iraq, President Barack Obama is shifting gears quickly to Afghanistan and Pakistan as he lays out a broad, regional approach to fighting extremism.

Gaza to get cash to rebuild if Hamas stands back

Major donors are expected at a meeting in Egypt today to pledge billions of dollars to reconstruct the Gaza Strip, but only if the enclave's rulers Hamas agree to play no role in spending the cash.

Iran urges Syria to back Palestinian unity

Iran yesterday called upon Syria to cooperate in supporting Palestinian unity, reconstructing the war-torn Gaza Strip and in punishing Israel.

Iran back in IAEA spotlight

The UN atomic watchdog will take its first look at Iran's nuclear programme since the change of president in the United States at a meeting starting today.

Stem cell breakthrough now goes one step further

Pioneering work by Japanese stem-cell researchers two years ago has taken a major step forward, helping the quest for versatile, grow-in-a-dish transplant tissue, according to papers published yesterday.

Asean urges Myanmar to follow democracy roadmap: Thai PM

Southeast Asian leaders urged Myanmar's junta to follow its so-called roadmap to democracy during an "open" discussion with the country's prime minister, Thailand's premier said Sunday.

ME peace, Russian ties next up for Hillary

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 US efforts to rebuild relations with Moscow have their limits.

Afghans accuse Karzai of 'sabotage'

Afghan political leaders yesterday accused President Hamid Karzai of trying to "sabotage" the country's presidential election after he asked the Election Commission to explore moving the vote up four months.

Global warming may delay start of monsoon

Global warming could delay the start of the summer monsoon by five to 15 days within the next century and significantly reduce rainfall in much of South Asia, a recent study has found.

Book names Bush among dubious moneymakers

Former US President George W. Bush has been named among such businessmen as have faced corruption charges, in an upcoming HarperCollins book.

Experts trying to decipher ancient language

When archaeologists on a dig in southern Portugal last year flipped over a heavy chunk of slate and saw writing not used for more than 2,500 years, they were elated.

Cong scouts for more regional alliance ahead of polls

Congress has decided to hunt for new allies while retaining the old ones in its bid to return to power at the Centre after the Lok Sabha elections. The grand old party's strategy revolves around getting new alliance partners like the JDS in Karnataka, Trinamool Congress of Mamta Banerjee in West Bengal, DMDK led by actor- turned-politician Vijaykanth in Tamil Nadu, apart from the existing partners.

Pakistan briefing foreign envoys over political developments

In a bid to assuage the international community's concerns about developments in Pakistan, the government of Pakistan has said that it had nothing to do with the disqualification of the Sharif brothers'.

Lok Sabha polls to cost more than US presidential polls

At a staggering Rs 10,000 crore, the Lok Sabha polls this summer would cost more than what Barack Obama and others spent in the US presidential race.

India, Nepal set to construct dam for power plant project

Thirteen years after signing a treaty, India and Nepal are all set to establish Pancheshwar Development Authority for construction of the ambitious 6000 MW Pancheswar multi-purpose project on the Indo-Nepal border.

Taliban could take over Karachi: Pak media

Taliban militants have established secret hideouts in Karachi and it 'could take the city hostage at any point', according to the Pakistani police.

Indian president rejects CEC suggestion to axe Chawla

President Pratibha Patil Sunday rejected the recommendation of Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami to remove his colleague Navin Chawla, who is now expected to preside over the coming Lok Sabha polls.

Arts & Entertainment

Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela ends

The month-long 'Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela 2009' ended on February 28; though instead of fanfare a shadow of gloom loomed large.

Cultural activists in Tangail observe national mourning

Cultural activists in Tangail condemned the barbaric massacre at BDR Headquarter in Dhaka and observed the national mourning last Saturday. At the local Shaheed Minar, artistes and activists paid homage to the Army officials and their families brutally killed by rebel BDR jawans.

Becoming a poet

Dr. Muhammad Samad is one of the distinguished poets of the '70s. His discerning vision and passion, reflected through words, have enriched our literature. For inspiration, Samad inclines towards romanticism and nature.

Oscar officials head to Tehran for cinematic seminars

The art advisor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged a visiting Hollywood delegation to apologise for "insults and slanders" about Iranians in films, the ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.

“Horizon” evolves with U2's audacity, creativity, innovation

U2's 12th album, "No Line on the Horizon," a kaleidoscopic quest, rivals 1991's "Achtung Baby" for audacity and innovation.

Book fair in Kushtia ends

After a decade, an 'Ekushey Book Fair' was held in Kushtia (from February 21 to 28). Kushtia Shilpakala Academy and district administration jointly organised the fair at the local Shilpakala Academy premises.

Mama Bhagney on Banglavision

Drama serial "Mama Bhagney" will be aired tonight on Banglavision at 8:15pm. Jointly written by Nazrul Islam and M.S. Rana, and directed by Golam Sohrab Dodul, the humorous serial depicts the relationship between a man and his three nephews.

Int’l Women’s Day special

On the occasion of International Women's day, Ekushey TV will air a special TV play “Swopno, Bastob o Dipannita” on March 8. Written by Rounak Hasan and directed by Chayanika Choudhury, the play will be aired at 7:45 pm.

“Road to Democracy” on Rtv

Talk show "Road to Democracy" will be aired tonight on Rtv at 7:30 pm. Based on contemporary issues, politics, economics and international affairs, “Road to Democracy” is Rtv's regular talk show aired every evening at the same time.

OP-ED

The BDR killings and some hard questions

TRAGEDY has been part of Bengali collective life for as long as we can remember. Death by violent means has been a pattern of life, of the end of life that we have known for ages. Three million of our compatriots died at the hands of the Pakistan army in the year we wrested freedom for this nation. In 1975, in the space of a mere three months, we lost to assassination the entire leadership that had led us through the long, tortuous struggle for liberation. The corpse of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman lay sprawled on the staircase of his home; and the bodies of nearly his entire family littered the place. And then came the night when the four leaders of the Mujibnagar provisional government were gunned down in the putative security of prison.

Time for calm

IT'S only natural that emotions will be high among the army personnel, more so the officers, after the exposure of harrowing stories of brutality inside BDR headquarters. Not to be so would be abnormal. With every passing day pictures of barbaric acts by the mutineers are being bared to us. It is difficult to believe that genuine BDR jawans could have carried out the senseless killings. The brutalities have reinforced the suggestion that the rebels were not working on their own.

Through the eyes of a child

Memo
To: God.
From: Nury Vittachi.
Dear Sir or Madam,


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