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Carnage plotted at least 2 months back

Citing telephone records of some suspects, investigators yesterday said the February 25 massacre at BDR Pilkhana headquarters might have been planned at least two months back.

Barapukuria coal mine in trouble

Just when Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) was dreaming about making profit for the first time, its coal production became uncertain due to resistance against mining by villagers and retrenchment of at least 800 miners yesterday.

Bangabandhu murder case may resume soon

Initiatives are going to be taken soon for disposal of the long-pending Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination case following appointment of two new judges to the Appellate Division.

Lahore attackers identified

A Pakistani official says authorities have identified the men behind the attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team but declined to name any of the suspects.

BDR carnage part of grave conspiracy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BDR carnage was staged as part of a bigger conspiracy to put the country's democracy into peril.

Killers hired from outside: Khaleda

Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia said yesterday the killers in the BDR massacre were 'foreign spies' and it needs to be known whether they are from 'within the present government'.

Investigators act on confession of prime accused

Acting on the confession of a prime accused, investigators collected in the last two days the names and addresses of some persons allegedly involved in the smuggling of deadly weapons and ammunition hauled in Chittagong back in 2004.

More valuables looted from BDR HQ recovered

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested the mother and uncle of a mutinous BDR soldier along with the booties worth about Tk 6 lakh from their houses in Patnitala upazila of Naogaon district early yesterday.

PM consoles army officers' families

Grief-stricken family members of 10 more army officers brutally killed in the BDR headquarters met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Jamuna yesterday.

Screening of BDR jawans continues

The authorities are screening both the runaway jawans and those who stayed back inside the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters and then reported back.

Cricket series with Pakistan postponed

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has postponed Pakistan's tour of Bangladesh as advised by the government authorities.

Babar lands in jail again

A Dhaka court yesterday sent former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar to jail after he surrendered and sought bail in an arms case in which he was earlier sentenced to 17 years' rigorous imprisonment.

Fake TINs must be legalised by April 30

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday announced an offer to legalise fake tax identification numbers (TIN) in circulation by April 30, failing which such TIN holders would face different punitive actions including jail terms and fines.

Cabinet okays amended law on speedy trial

The cabinet yesterday approved an updated speedy trial law aiming to improve the country's law-and-order situation.

Changes in high military officials' posts

The government yesterday brought changes to several posts of senior army officials including the military secretary to the president and director general (DG) of Bangladesh Ansar-VDP.

Janatar Mancha sedition case withdrawn

The government yesterday withdrew the Janatar Mancha sedition case filed against Awami League (AL) lawmaker and former state minister for planning Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and seven other bigwigs in April 2002.

Ensure power for smooth irrigation

Irrigation across the country is being hampered due to acute shortage of power, treasury bench lawmakers said in parliament yesterday.

Govt, rebels urged to allow civilians to flee Lankan war zone

Human Rights Watch called on the Sri Lankan government and ethnic Tamil rebels Thursday to allow thousands of families to flee the northern war zone. A local doctor said scores of civilians were killed and hundreds wounded in two days of shelling.

Sudan expels 10 aid agencies

Sudan warned yesterday it could expel more aid agencies, after Khartoum ordered 10 relief groups to leave, accusing them of collaborating with the International Criminal Court.


Absence of quorum in JS

On Wednesday, the Jatiya Sangsad session was adjourned because of the lack of a quorum. While we realise that it is rather too early in the day to comment on such situations, we do hope that it does not become a pattern. It is regrettable that even as the nation happens to be going through a crisis over the BDR tragedy, our lawmakers, especially those in the ruling coalition, have already begun demonstrating disquieting indifference to the JS. This quorum crisis is but a repetition of the past, where parliamentary sessions were rendered pointless through similar attitudes on the part of the then ruling party. We would like to make it clear here that the entire responsibility for the quorum crisis on Wednesday must be borne by the chief whip and other whips of the treasury bench as they have more than three-fourths of the seats.

Pursuing the biggest arms haul case

Nearly five years ago the entire nation was rocked by the seizure of the biggest smuggled arms consignment in Chittagong. Ever since, the nation has been in the dark about the origin of the huge cache, the actors behind it, local collaborators, if any, for whom it was meant and where was it headed.

Resolving hostage crisis

The 33-hour high drama at the BDR headquarters ended through a negotiated settlement on February 26. But the settlement evoked controversy along political lines and also among a section of armed forces members.

BDR revolt and intelligence

The revolt in the BDR headquarters in Dhaka is an eye-opener. Due to revolt, more than 50 lives have been lost, including civilians. Whatever the causes of the revolt, it is a fact that there has been serious intelligence failure, and, secondly, the death of civilians and subsequent alarm demands a serious debate on the merits of keeping the headquarters of security forces or cantonments inside crowded localities of the nation's capital.


Security trumps cricket

Cricket in the sub-continent suffered another blow as the Bangladesh-Pakistan limited-overs series was postponed for an indefinite period.

Biman crash to Torun

Surjo Torun demolished Biman by 144 runs at BKSP yesterday to join the vanquished and reigning champions Abahani atop the Premier Cricket League table.

Unfortunate, not unexpected

Yesterday's postponement of the Bangladesh-Pakistan limited-overs series was not unexpected, hot on the heels of two tragic incidents -- the brutal killing at Dhaka's BDR headquarters last week and the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore a couple of days ago.

Football ready to thrill

Who wants to be a multi-millionaire? Join the Citycell Super Cup and you have the chance to be one.

Sanath wants to lift MSC

Sanath Jayasuriya's first match for Mohammedan proved to be a personal disappointment but with a vital win in the bag, the legendary Sri Lanka opener stressed the need to strike a winning run if the Black & Whites wanted to progress up the table.

Indira ride on Isam

Young left-arm spinner Mohammad Isam foxed opponents Brothers Union to guide Indira Road KC to a seven-wicket victory in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Local Snippets

Bangladesh Police blanked Fire Service 30 in the National Bank Premier Volleyball League at the Dhaka Volleyball Stadium yesterday. The winners took the sets 25-13, 25-15 and 25-19.

No stopping of Shirin

Sharmin Sultana Shirin closed in on her maiden National Women's Chess Champion-ship title when she defeated Masuda Begum at the federation hall-room yesterday.

Last chance for England

England will make a desperate bid to win the fifth and final Test against West Indies, starting on Friday at Queen's Park Oval, to level the series and keep the Wisden Trophy which symbolises Test supremacy between the two sides.

Kiwis want to draw level

As expected, India shrugged off the Twenty20 aberration to hand New Zealand a heavy defeat in the first one-day international on Tuesday. The hosts have to do all the running now. The pitch for today's second match here looks slow and is not expected to assist seam movement.

From glory to nightmare

On March 17, 1996, Sri Lankan cricketers left Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium with glowing faces after winning the World Cup, upsetting the more highly ranked Australia.

SA bowlers under focus

South Africa's bowlers will be under the spotlight in the second Test against Australia which starts at Kingsmead here on Friday.

Umpire Raza recuperating

Pakistani umpire Ahsan Raza was fast recovering Thursday after undergoing major surgery for serious bullet injuries during an attack on Sri Lanka's cricketers, a family members said.

IPL in limbo

Hopes for a big money-spinning cricket season in India were dealt a further blow Thursday as calls mounted for the billion-dollar Indian Premier League (IPL) to be postponed due to security concerns.

T20 between England & Scotland

England will face Scotland in a Twenty20 international for the first time when the two sides meet at Trent Bridge on June 2 as part of their preparations for the ICC World Twenty20.

Veeru warns NZ bowlers

India's aggressive opening batsman Virender Sehwag has warned New Zealand's bowlers to expect more fireworks in Friday's second one-day international.

Sampdoria KO Inter

Inter Milan's recent run of poor form continued on Wednesday as an admittedly under-strength side were soundly beaten 3-0 by Sampdoria in their Italian Cup semifinal, first leg clash making it a long shot that the Serie A leaders reach their fifth successive Cup final.

Kuwait stun Socceroos

Kuwait rocked Australia's 2011 Asian Cup qualification hopes with a stunning 1-0 win here on Thursday.

Bayern lose their crown

Bayern Munich's desperate recent domestic form continued on Wednesday as the defending German Cup holders were eliminated from the competition as the equally out-of-form Bayer Leverkusen beat them 4-2 in their quarterfinal clash.

United keep winning

Manchester United took another big step towards a third straight English title after coming from behind to beat Newcastle 2-1 and reclaim a seven-point lead at the top of the table.

Lyon, PSG eliminated

Last year's French Cup finalists Lyon and Paris Saint Germain went tumbling out of the competition on Wednesday night, ending Lyon's hopes of a repeat League and Cup double.

C'Ron fisticuffs after 'ugly' jibe

Cristiano Ronaldo was involved in a confrontation with Newcastle's Steven Taylor in the players' tunnel at half-time of Manchester United's 2-1 victory at St James' Park on Wednesday night, calling the Newcastle defender 'a rubbish footballer' and having to be calmed down by his captain, Rio Ferdinand, and the referee, Steve Bennett.

Barca meet Bilbao in final

Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao the two most successful clubs in Spanish Cup history will meet in the final of this season's renewal after both came through their semifinals successfully on Wednesday.

Balotelli leaves hospital

Teenage Inter Milan forward Mario Balotelli, who collapsed during Wednesday's Coppa Italia semifinal, has discharged himself from hospital in Genoa.


Winter RMG orders buoyant

International buyers are placing a substantial number of bookings to collect winter clothing from Bangladeshi companies at cheaper prices as the major competitors are losing markets to the country amid global recession, apparel exporters said.

SEC approves book building for stocks

The stock market regulator yesterday approved the much-talked-about 'book building,' a widely practised price fixing mechanism for initial public offering (IPO).

Bank of England creates $106b to fight credit crunch

The Bank of England said Thursday it will create 106 billion dollars (84 billion euros) via extraordinary measures to boost lending after cutting interest rates to a record-low 0.5 percent.

Wal-Mart reports strong rise in sales

Tighter inventory control and milder weather helped retailers in February, as business at many merchants was not as bad as in January.

Minister urges builders' efforts for development

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday urged local and foreign builders to join hands to develop Bangladesh.

Protein products to be made affordable, says Matia

In the name of preventing bird flue, the past caretaker government left the poultry industry paralysed by allowing indiscriminate incineration of chickens, said Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury.

GM may not survive

General Motors Corp's auditors have raised “substantial doubt” about the troubled automaker's ability to continue operations, and the company said it may have to seek bankruptcy protection if it can't execute a huge restructuring plan.

Exxon plans to invest $29b this year

Exxon Mobil Corp said Thursday it plans to increase spending on capital and exploration projects by 11 percent in 2009 and could invest as much as $150 billion over the next five years, even as many smaller rivals scale back operations.

South Korea to introduce extra budget in April

South Korea's government will soon seek approval for a supplementary budget to revive the economy, Finance Minister Yoon Jeung-Hyun said Thursday, amid media reports it could total 30 trillion won (19 billion dollars).

Warid offers 300pc bonus for prepaid subscribers

Warid Telecom offered a 300 percent bonus in talk time and SMS along with SIM replacement facility for its Zem prepaid subscribers with effect from yesterday, said a statement.

Jute spinners assoc gets new chairman

Bangladesh Jute Spinners Association has elected Ahmed Hossain as its chairman for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, said a statement.

Office bearers of ICMAB's Dhaka Branch Council

The Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB) has recently elected Md Abdullah-Al-Mahmood as the chairman and Md Rashad Kamal as vice chairman of its Dhaka Branch Council for 2009, said a statement.

Workers head home in recession

Nguyen Van Ha's temporary lodgings are no bigger than a prison cell, his bed consists of wooden planks balanced on a few broken bricks and there is no electricity or running water.

Bangladesh in the Middle East

“Middle East” -- the two most favourite words to thousands of young men in Bangladesh. About fifteen years back, a television drama showed a young man, who always kept saying -- “Taka Den, Dubai Jamu” (Give me money, I will go to Dubai). Like that young fellow, each year thousands of young men from rural Bangladesh want to go to their dream destination.

Asian stocks rally on China

Asian markets rallied for a second day after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Thursday reaffirmed his government's growth aims, triggering gains across the region in China-related stocks.

Oil prices slip

Oil prices slid Thursday on profit-taking, after a strong rally the previous day on news of sliding crude inventories in key consumer the United States, traders said.

China runs ahead with spending torch

China took over the lead in the race to beat the global economic crisis on Thursday, promising eight-percent growth and heavy social spending as US, European and Japanese data flagged.

Ford to cut $10b in debt with cash, equity offer

Ford Motor Co took another step to stay cost-competitive with government-financed automakers General Motors and Chrysler when it offered to exchange up to 40 percent of its debt for cash and stock.

Brussels proposes mini-summit over ailing Opel

EU Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen proposed on Thursday a meeting of all European nations hosting GM plants, particularly the ailing Opel brand, to coordinate their response to the auto crisis.

Japan PM sees 'no bottom in sight' for sinking economy

Japan said Thursday there was no bottom in sight for Asia's biggest economy as a record slump in business investment raised fears that its recession is the deepest since World War II.


BDR mutiny a plot to halt trial of war criminals

Different organisations yesterday condemned the brutal killing of the army officers at the BDR headquarters and demanded exemplary punishment to those involved in the killings.

Cut in maternal mortality rate not significant

The World Bank (WB) report on 'Sparing lives -- Better reproductive health for poor women in South Asia' yesterday revealed that despite significant progress in some areas of reproductive health, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is not reduced significantly.

'Form credible probe committee'

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday demanded a fair and credible investigation committee headed by a retired justice instead of calling foreign investigators.

Shafique's holding of 2 posts challenged

A writ petition was filed yesterday with the High Court (HC) challenging the legality of Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed holding post of the minister and the post of a member of Bangladesh Bar Council simultaneously.

Statements of 4 more PWs recorded

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

Computerise land registration process to avoid hassle

Speakers at a seminar yesterday demanded registration of land documents, record keeping, maintaining database and computerisation of the registration process to provide information from the office to make land exchange process easier.

SSC examinees asked to submit application

The SSC examinees, who were unable to appear at the examinations due to the BDR mutiny, have been asked to apply to the exam controller of the concerned education boards through their headmasters by March 10.

Another defamation case against Abu Karim

An Ulema League leader yesterday filed a defamation case against recently forced-retired information secretary ATM Fazlul Karim alias Abu Karim for writing a verse criticising Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members.

Australia to help bring killers to justice

Australian High Commissioner Dr Justin Lee yesterday said his government would assist Bangladesh in bringing to justice the people involved in the mutiny at Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters.

Sundarbans under vigilance to track down BDR rebels

The entire Sundarbans in the southwestern region has been placed under constant surveillance by law enforcement and intelligence agencies in a bid to prevent the BDR rebels from fleeing the country through different routes of the mangrove forest.

12 PBCP men get life

A Rajshahi court yesterday sentenced 12 underground operatives of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) to life imprisonment in a case of four murders.

Reports invited for Unesco Journalism Awards 2009

Unesco-Bangladesh invites investigative reports on good governance and corruption for the Unesco-Bangladesh Journalism Awards 2009.

BCL ransacks RU provost office

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists at Rajshahi University ransacked the noticeboard of Shah Mukdum Hall provost, his nameplate and window glasses on Wednesday as he allegedly distributed seats among Shibir men.

Khulna power distribution co boss removed

The managing director of West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited (WZPDCL) Engineer Abu Ishaque has been removed from his post.

10th anniversary of 'Udichi tragedy' today

The tenth anniversary of 'Udichi tragedy' will be observed today, says a press release.

Book fair on gender topic begins Sunday

A three-day book fair will begin at Shilpakala Academy in the city on Sunday marking the International Women's Day, says a press release.

61st founding anniversary of CPB today

Today is the 61st founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB).

Maj Ashraf laid to rest

Maj Kazi Ashraf Hossain, who was killed in the mutiny at BDR headquarters, was laid to rest with state honour yesterday.

2 held on charges of triple murder at Jatrabari

Four days after the killings of a mother and her two daughters in the city's Jatrabari area, police arrested two youths on March 3 and 4 and recovered a bangle of the mother.

1,323 more held

Police in separate raids arrested 1,323 people on different charges across the country in last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.

Int'l children film festival begins in Ctg

A three-day '3rd International Children Film Festival' began in Chittagong yesterday with a slogan 'Moner Anonde Gyaner Sandhane' (in search of knowledge through enjoyment).

JS okays resolutions seeking membership of CPA, IPU

The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday unanimously passed two resolutions seeking reinstatement of its membership of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

UK shocked at massacre at BDR HQ

British High Commissioner in Dhaka Stephen Evans yesterday called on BNP Chairperson and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia at her party's Gulshan office in the city.

Media urged to help promote gender parity

Women's rights activists at a seminar yesterday called on the mass media to play a key role in improving the status of women in society through raising awareness and portraying positive image of women.

5 Dhaka Polytech Instt students to attend contest in London

Five students of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute is going to participate in the Central and South Asian Regional Enterprise Challenge at the Shakespeare's Global Theatre in London.

Ailing BDR men referred to DMCH

Hospital at BDR Headquarters at Pilkhana referred 14 border guards to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for treatment yesterday as there is no adequate medical arrangement at the hospital after the BDR carnage.

38 bullets recovered

Police recovered 38 rounds of bullets from a window sunshade of a house at Hazaribagh in the city yesterday.


Qulkhwani of Shaheed Col Quadrat Elahi, who was killed in the BDR mutiny on February 25, will be held at Azad Mosque in Gulshan after Asr prayers today, says a press release.


Challenges ahead

In an indigent country like ours almost every group of people has countless grievances and unfulfilled demands. Students have demands for an efficient educational system; labourers have demands for higher wages and better living standards; while civil servants have demands for effective administrative reforms. However, having grievances and demands (no matter how grave they might be) doesn't justify mayhem by the aggrieved. Just because a few students have certain demands, it doesn't anyhow give them the right to vandalize their campuses and brutalize their teachers. Similarly, in a civilized society distressed workers aren't expected to slaughter their employers if the latter fail to fulfil the workers' rightful demands. By the same token, the incredible crimes perpetrated by the BDR mutineers is by no means a justifiable way through which a disciplined and well-trained armed force should express their grievances. It's quite apparent that there were several constructive ways through which these mutineers could have communicated their demands to the authorities. Instead of killing a great many of their superior officers they could have called a non-violent strike (or even a 'hunger strike'). Moreover, it was also a legitimate option for them to communicate with different interest groups, the media and the government policy makers via their own spokespersons. Despite having all those applicable alternatives, they resorted to indiscriminate violence that actually made us question the credibility of their blatant accusations. If they had taken a peaceful route to achieve their objectives, they might have been able to make their causes clearly justifiable. Brutal killing of superior officers apparently exposed the inadequacy of moral and cultural grooming that exists in our paramilitary force.

Crime index

The Department of Criminology and Police Science (DCPS) of Mawlana Bhasani Science and Technology University (MBSTU) in Tangail has undertaken an exceptional publication named “Crime index 2007” of Bangladesh. This is reportedly the first ever initiative of this in the country. The book published by the APPL was formerly launched by Professor Mozaffar Ahmed, Chairperson of TIB at a function at Dhaka Reporters' Unity on 20 February 2009.

Revamping the zoo

The concept of zoos has undergone a sea change in the past couple of decades. Zoos are no longer meant to serve as showpieces, exhibiting wildlife in confinement. Rather, these are supposed to serve long-term needs of conservation by facilitating research on diverse aspects of wildlife and their management. On the front of upkeep of animals and birds, too, greater emphasis has been on securing for the wildlife an environment as close to their natural habitat as possible.

Pakistan cricket crucified

The dastardly attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team is the death of Pakistan cricket. The country is no longer a place for going. Travel and tourism will be finished. Possibly it will become another Afghanistan with Taliban ruling the country!

To a General's daughter…

I am a mother who has a daughter like you. I am a teacher who has taught and guided students like you in their sensitive years of growing up. At this moment I have no words of comfort for you. I and all the patriotic people of Bangladesh condemn the shocking incidents of the last few days.

A protest

Women for Women, a research & study group, wishes to record its support with your newspaper for the news "Benod Behari Chowdhury asks all to unite, save two schools". While thanking DS for its prominent coverage of the hunger strike by members of the Chittagong Civil Society led by the respected leader Benod Behari Chowdhury who is 99 years old and who surely never thought he would see such a tragic day, Women for Women registers its strong protest against Chittagong City Corporation and demands that the plan to demolish Aparna Charan City Corporation Girls' High School and Krishna Kumari City Corporation Girls' High School be immediately rescinded.

Climate change

We are a bit concerned over the issue of climate change and what would be the consequential effects of such ecological change and how it occurs. Many of us may not have a clear idea about this issue and how it would eventually affect our social, economic and environmental segments. Climate change is one of the biggest environmental challenges the world is facing now. Rising global temperatures will bring changes in weather system, raising sea levels and leading to increased intensity of adverse weather.

English and Math teachers

At this moment there is a huge shortage of English and Math teachers in rural secondary schools and this is severe in madrasas. In almost all the rural schools, English and Math are taught by the teachers who haven't studied Math and English at their degree level. Teachers themselves do not know English and Math, so how will they teach their students? Even in England, the government gives extra facilities to the students, who are studying Math or Science at the degree level to produce Math and Science teachers in their secondary schools as there is a shortage of Science and Math teachers.

Indian visa and visa office

Indian visa and its office has become a headache for visa seekers as well as neighbours of the visa office. As India is our nearest neighbouring country people have to visit India for many reasons. But having an Indian visa has become quite difficult due to heavy rush of visa seekers. Neighbourhood people of visa office unnecessarily suffer due to the crowd gathering since early hours of the day. Now Banani dwellers are very rightly opposing shifting of the office to their area. To avoid the hassles, we put forward a few suggestions which may solve the problem.

How to go about now?

A handful of disgruntled BDR personnel rushed inside the Durbar Hall from the back door and with a burst of gunfire killed completely unarmed officers. Their subsequent heinous acts are by now well known to every citizen of the country. With her wisdom the Honourable Prime Minister declared general amnesty to bring the situation under control. But the general amnesty certainly did not mean pardoning those who were involved in the act and the same has subsequently been made crystal clear by the Honourable Prime Minister.

Our leaders

What good are they when they could not come together on the day one hundred and fifty of our bright army officers were brutally murdered? What stopped the Prime Minister from calling upon the Opposition Leader to join her in facing the grave national crisis? At a time like this they are still busy mud-slinging and blaming each other, instead of joining hands in saving the country and giving solace to the wounded national psyche.

Who are they?

The photographs printed in your daily of men in white caps standing with their feet on the chest of a flattened man and rejoicing on the streets of Dhaka, again of men in the same attire throwing shoes at other men in similar attire inside sacred mosques have raised a question. Who are they?


Eggs were to be served to the accompanying people of the bridegroom in a wedding function in Rangunia. But as the father of the bride could not manage to collect about 700 eggs at a time from the market, the bridegroom's people became very angry and later the “brave” bridegroom broke 19 eggs on the newly married girl's head. Actually, the man is not a “Bor” (bridegroom) rather a “Borbor”(barbarian). The innocent girl will be burdened with the memory of this incident up to her last day in this world.

CSR issue

Corporate Social responsibility or CSR is a very popular buzz word today. The corporate bodies are trying to demonstrate that they are doing many social welfare activities from CSR point of view. It would be a matter of great satisfaction if they really would do so. Actually many people do not know the real essence of this commonly uttered term. The organisations should be more honest and sincere.


Lahore attack aimed at releasing LeT leader

Pakistan investigative agencies are of the view that militants are using Tuesday's attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore to facilitate the release of Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Zakir-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

Sharif warns Zardari of indefinite agitation

Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) chief Nawaz Sharif has warned President Asif Ali Zardari that agitation will continue if he fails to restore the judiciary to its pre-Nov 3, 2007 position.

AGP-BJP polls tie-up hits roadblock

The pre-poll tie up between the opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Assam for next month's parliamentary polls has hit a major roadblock with the two parties failing to strike a formal deal.

US endorses restart of top level Nato talks with Russia

The United States endorsed yesterday a resumption of top-level Nato talks with Russia, setting the stage for an end to a seven-month freeze sparked by Moscow's war on Georgia.

US lawmakers push trade as terrorism antidote

With President Barack Obama's backing, US lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation aimed at using trade-spurred jobs growth as an antidote to Islamist extremism in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Israeli raids kill 2 Gaza militants

Israeli air raids on Hamas-run Gaza killed four militants just hours after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended her first Middle East trip vowing to breathe life into the peace process.

Red Cross worker killed in Sri Lanka war zone

A local Red Cross employee has been killed in Sri Lanka's war zone, where government troops have cornered Tamil Tiger rebels after decades of ethnic conflict, an official said on Thursday.

Pakistan, a bigger threat to US and world than Afghanistan

Nuclear powered Pakistan posses a greater threat to the world and a bigger challenge to the United States than Afghanistan, a top US diplomat has said.

China ready to talk to Taiwan, end hostility

China's Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday that Beijing is ready to hold talks with Taiwan on political and military issues in the pursuit of ending hostility between the longtime rivals.

US consults Nato, EU allies on Afghan strategy

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton consulted Nato and European allies late Wednesday on Washington's new strategy to combat the insurgency in Afghanistan.

Footage raises new questions about Pakistan attack

Pakistan faced new questions about its security forces yesterday as dramatic footage emerged of the cricket attackers making a leisurely getaway from the scene of their deadly assault.

6 Russian police killed in Ingushetia blast

Six members of the Russian security forces were killed yesterday when a bomb went off in a village in Russia's Caucasus region of Ingushetia, the Interfax news agency reported.

Lanka not ruling out Tamil role in Lahore attacks: FM

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said Wednesday he could not rule out the possibility that Tamil Tigers were involved in the attack on his country's cricket team in Lahore.

Deal to cancel Gandhi glasses auction fails

India rejected yesterday the last-minute offer by a US collector to cancel the controversial auction of Gandhi's iconic round glasses.

Pak coalmine blast kills 14

At least 14 miners were killed and 11 others injured Thursday when a coalmine collapsed in southwest Pakistan's insurgency-torn Baluchistan province, officials said.

Beshir warrant widens international divide on war crime justice

The arrest warrant issued Wednesday by the International Criminal Court against Sudan's President Omar al-Beshir's opened up a global divide on how war crimes justice is administered.

Bomb blast kills 10 in Iraqi cattle market

A car bomb exploded yesterday in a crowded cattle market south of Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and injuring 60 others, Iraqi police and medical officials said.

India offers hand to US on climate change

With a landmark nuclear deal removing an "albatross" in relations, India says it is seeking new forms of cooperation with the United States -- and sees climate change as a prime area.

Social spending boom in China amid unrest fears

China vowed a massive boost yesterday to social programmes even as the global crisis placed a severe strain on government budgets, reflecting growing worries about the potential for unrest.

Antelope species face extinction

More than 25 percent of the world's 91 known antelope species are threatened with extinction, according to an update of the IUCN Red List, an authoritative index of threatened animal life.

Arts & Entertainment

Singing of the moon with Nazrul

It was an exclusive occasion for Nazrul enthusiasts when most leading and contemporary Nazrul artistes gathered at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on March 4. The occasion was a musical soiree and dance performance featuring Nazrul songs based on the thematic representation of the moon.

Exquisite Bonsai Exhibition

A four-day Japan Cultural Festival began at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) premises on March 4 with an exquisite bonsai contest and exhibition. The Embassy of Japan and BSA have jointly organised the festival, which will end tomorrow with the staging of BSA's Japanese theatre production, "One Hundred Sacks of Rice", at the National Theatre Hall. Screening of a Japanese animation film, "Nobita's Dinosaur 2006", is also on the cards.

Theatre Festival resumes in Sylhet

After a gap of three days due to national mourning in the wake of the BDR mutiny and massacre, Theatre Festival resumed at the M. Saifur Rahman Auditorium of the Sylhet city Monday last.

Drama Serial Antorikkho on Banglavision

Drama serial "Antorikkho" will be aired on Banglavision tonight at 8:15 pm. Written by Pantha Shahriar and directed by Sumon Anwar, the play features Abul Hayat, Pijush Bandopadhyay, Masud Ali Khan, Joya Ahsan, Richi Solaiman, Ahmed Rubel, Fazlur Rahman Babu, Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Chandni, Pran Roy, Nadia and others.

Workshop on classical music held

A weeklong workshop on classical music kicked off on March 3 at Gobindaganj upazila of Gaibandha district. The objective was to promote this genre of music among participants from the district.

300th episode of Amra Korbo Joi on ATN Bangla

Children's programme “Amara Korbo Joi” will be aired tonight at 6:30 pm on ATN Bangla. This is the 300th episode of the Emmy award-winning programme, which started in 2003. The programme won the prestigious award in 2006. The programme is a big success in promoting children's journalism in electronic media of the country.

Ayesha Takia ties the knot with Farhan Azmi

The cute, bubbly and vivacious actress Ayesha Takia broke a million hearts as she tied the knot with long time boyfriend and restaurateur Farhan Azmi. The ceremony took place recently, at Farhan's Colaba restaurant and was attended by only close family and friends.


At the sudden loss of a friend

Imourn my friends Col. Elahi and Col. Moshiur who were murdered in cold blood by my own countrymen. We met when we were only 12 at the Jhenidah Cadet College (JCC). As my elder brother had done, Moshiur's brother had also gone to study in America. That was our connection; otherwise, I knew him as a very good boy and a good cadet. But, Rahman Shafiq, as we called Col. Elahi, sat next to me in the class for all the six years we were at JCC.

In the line of fire

On February 25 the nation lost over a hundred officers of the armed forces in a bloody mutiny, which was waged by a disgruntled clique of BDR sepoys. These murderous mutineers had the audacity to give their victims a bad name by leveling graft charges against the valiant officers of the Bangladesh army whom they killed in a most heinous way.

Atrophied language muscles

More often than not, I find that my friends who speak both Bengali and English habitually complain about their linguistic difficulties in terms of the usage of Bengali, especially in reading and writing and, somewhat amusingly, they pit it against English. Interestingly enough, they blame the language and its orthography for it. So, for quite some time, I've been attempting to tell them that the problem isn't with the language, it's with the user.

The disappearing mustaches mystery

Quick. To the bathroom. Grab the razor. The financial crisis is wreaking carnage among a whole new group of victims: mustaches. They are being slashed off faces as bankers make a desperate bid to look less creepy. Having halved most people's retirement funds, moneymen are using every means possible to rebuild their images.


The power of Bangla

Imagine a blind person being able to use a computer almost as efficiently as someone with eyes! All he does is take the mouse cursor to a certain position in the screen and the computer reads him aloud whatever button there is. That too in Bangla!

CityIT fair ends tomorrow

The 8th annual 'City IT' fair, one of the biggest information technology showcase of the country, is going to come to an end tomorrow.

Microsoft eyes e-security in Bangladesh

A two-day workshop on Microsoft innovation and security programme concluded recently at the American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) in Dhaka.

Smart bubbly, corny USB sticks lead fair's gadget parade

Intelligent champagne bottles, "green" USB sticks made of corn and an understanding alarm clock led the parade of fun, futuristic gadgets at the world's biggest high-tech fair.

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