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News of: Tuesday, 17th of March, 2009

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EC stripped of power

The Awami League-led grand alliance government has curtailed the Election Commission's (EC) authority to take action against political parties breaching registration provisions.

Intelligence asked to watch out

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the intelligence agencies to work in a coordinated way to thwart recurrence of incidents like the last month's massacre at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters.

Mixed view as PM lashes poor show of ministers

Reshuffling of officers in the civil administration, their fear of transfers and inefficiency of a number of first-time ministers are the key reasons behind the poor pace of work in Bangladesh Secretariat.

Tension along Myanmar border

Tension runs high along the Bangladesh-Myanmar borders as the neighbouring country started erecting barbed-wire fences unilaterally on its side of 200-kilometre land borders with Bangladesh, said defence sources.

RMG exporters seek 10pc cash incentive

Following the footsteps of BKMEA and FBCCI, the BGMEA yesterday asked the government for 10 percent cash incentive for readymade garment (RMG) exporters and withdrawal of VAT from the sector to help it cope with the global economic meltdown.

312 more workers return home

At least 312 Bangladeshi workers returned from abroad yesterday due to various problems in the wake of the global economic meltdown.

Militants apart, a few others linked

Sticking to his earlier claim of Islamist militants' link with the massacre at BDR headquarters, Commerce Minister Faruq Khan yesterday said involvement of some other quarters are also cropping up.

Pak govt reinstates sacked top judge

Pakistan opposition leader Nawaz Sharif called off a protest march on Monday after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani reinstated the country's sacked top judge ahead of a showdown with opposition parties and defiant lawyers.

Bangabandhu's birthday today

The National Children Day will be observed today in celebration of the 89th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Sea border talks in Delhi today

The crucial maritime delimitation talks between Bangladesh and India starts today in New Delhi after a pause of six months.

Bashundhara mall reopens

Moderate crowds visited the Bashundhara City shopping complex yesterday as it opened its doors to the public after the devastating fire on Friday.

Graft at JS Secretariat under Sircar to be probed

The House would form a parliamentary body in two days to probe the alleged unbridled corruption occurred at its secretariat in last seven years during the tenure of immediate past speaker Jamiruddin Sircar.

BNP MPs stage walkout amid debate over proclamation of

Treasury and opposition bench lawmakers in parliament yesterday locked in an unscheduled debate over who proclaimed the country's independence in 1971.

17 districts get new DCs

The government started rearranging the field level administration yesterday with the appointment of 17 new deputy commissioners (DCs) and posting them to as many districts.

Retired Brig Gen Manzur new NSI chief

The government yesterday appointed Brig Gen Manzur Ahmed (retd) as the new chief of the National Security Intelligence (NSI) replacing Maj Gen Shaikh Monirul Islam.

Govt to provide housing to slain army officers' families: PM

The government will provide housing to the families of the army officers killed in the February 25-26 BDR mutiny.

Review body suggests 100 officials be reinstated

A high-level review committee yesterday recommended that a number of officers in both administration and police, sent on forced retirement by the BNP-Jamaat government, should be reinstated.

Baby langur takes final farewell

She will no more grow into womanhood from the girl she was. She will no more enjoy the freedom of the wilderness.

Govt forms taskforce to face fallout

The government has formed a taskforce to cope with the impact of global financial meltdown that has already hurt overseas employment.

SC stays HC order to free Moudud's bank accounts

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for one week the High Court (HC) verdict that directed the government to allow reactivation of all five frozen bank accounts of former law minister and BNP leader Moudud Ahmed.

MPs demand new police stations to check crime

A large number of treasury bench lawmakers in parliament yesterday demanded new police stations in their constituencies and an increase in law enforcers in the existing ones to check law and order slide.

Five more cases filed

Five more cases have been filed with Motiher police station in connection with the bloody clashes between Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) at Rajshahi University.

10 hurt in BCL intra-party clash at DU

At least ten activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were hurt following an internal clash that lasted for nearly two hours at Muktijoddha Ziaur Rahman Hall in Dhaka University (DU) early yesterday.

US to help get back siphoned off money

US Ambassador to Bangladesh James Moriarty yesterday said the US government would give all legal cooperation to Bangladesh to get back the money laundered to foreign countries and prevent siphoning off from Bangladesh.

Ex-secretary Abu Karim summoned

A Dhaka court yesterday issued summons against recently force-retired information secretary ATM Fazlul Karim to appear before it by July 27 in a defamation case filed for writing verses criticising Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family.

Red Cross report reveals CIA's torture on Qaeda

The International Committee of the Red Cross produced in 2007 a secret report, in which it concluded that the treatment of al-Qaeda captives by CIA interrogators "constituted torture," The Washington Post reported yesterday.

Saudi national beheaded for killing Bangladeshi

A Saudi national was beheaded in Medina after being convicted of stealing sheep and killing a Bangladeshi man.

Editorial

Sloth ministries

A recent letter of the Prime Ministers' Office to the ministries conveying its displeasure at their languid attitude in respect of their tasks has drawn our attention. The letter has expressed the dissatisfaction of the prime minister at the slow pace of the work of the administration and inordinate delays in implementing the directives of the government. That has inevitably prevented services intended for the public to be delayed and has impeded solution to many urgent problems.

BCL demands college seats

THE present day version of student politics is proving to be too recalcitrant and intrusive to serve the cause of academic atmosphere in the educational institutions across the country. The latest example is Eden College where the BCL has reportedly demanded 300 seats in the first year honours courses under political quota! The demand is no doubt something unheard of, and it does indicate that strident student politics is spreading its pernicious tentacles in every direction. The BCL's resolve to press it home has brought the whole admission process to a standstill at the premier women's college in the city.

Anti-state elements among law enforcers?

WHEN a responsible member of the cabinet hints at a number of militant groups believed to have been involved in the BDR carnage we should take it seriously. Investigation is slowly revealing the footprints of the extremist elements, who are known for their cruel methods of execution of unarmed captives. They are capable of masterminding and implementing a carnage of such magnitude as we saw in Pilkhana on February 25. It had the imprints of some deranged people who went berserk for revenge. Vendetta, shall we call it?

Bashundhara City on fire

BASHUNDHARA City mall (reported to be 12th largest mall in the world), was engulfed in a huge fire on March 13. Built at a cost of Tk. 7000 million, it is regarded as the most modern shopping mall in Bangladesh. It houses 2500 shops and has 20-25 thousand visitors a day. Strangely enough, such an important structure is located in a rather congested area.

The male role

FAMILY planning has a long history in virtually every country but reproductive health is a new direction, which got momentum after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994. Programmatic interest in men's involvement in reproductive health issues is a recent advancement. Previously, reproductive health programs had focused almost exclusively on women.

Sports

MSCs meet in semis

Mohammedan set a clash against their Chittagong namesake while Brothers Union will be pitted against hot favourites Abahani in the semifinals of the Citycell Super Cup after the group stage ended yesterday.

Torun march on

Surjo Torun maintained their fairy-tale run in the Premier Cricket League with a four-wicket victory over Young Pegasus at the BKSP in Savar yesterday.

BCB knows govt decision today

With the wait over, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) makes a final decision about the postponed limited-overs home series against Pakistan today.

CT in South Africa

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday officially named South Africa as the new hosts of the biennial Champions Trophy this year.

Light penalty on Kalabagan

Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) disciplinary committee on Sunday suspended a Kalabagan cricketer and fined the club's manager for creating anarchy during their First Division League match against Indira Road on Friday.

Kabir closer to title

Sirajul Kabir closed in on the title of the Metropolitan Selection Chess Tournament with seven points after he drew with Ibrahim Hossain in the eighth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

Former Japan booter arrives today

Former Japanese international footballer Tsuyoshi Kitazawa will arrive in Dhaka today for a five-day visit to observe JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) activities in Bangladesh.

Pair bridge from Mar 19

The 'Pair of the year 2008' Bridge Championship, organised by Dhaka metropolis Bridge Association, will be held at the Bangladesh Bank Club from March 19-21.

IPL still in limbo

Cricket's lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) hung in the balance Monday as talks with the government on security matters failed to resolve match dates.

Inzaghi racks up 300

Filippo Inzaghi racked up 300 career goals as the veteran striker bagged a brace in AC Milan's 5-1 stroll at Siena on Sunday that boosted their quest to secure third place in Serie A.

Bojan leads Barca

Forgotten striker Bojan Krkic scored his first league goals of the season as Barcelona restored their six-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish first division with a 2-0 win at Almeria on Sunday.

Guus fires title warning

Guus Hiddink insisted the Premier League title race is far from over after Chelsea narrowed the gap on leaders Manchester United to just four points.

Spurs dent Villa hopes

Aston Villa's Champions League hopes suffered another setback on Sunday when they slumped to a 2-1 home defeat against Tottenham.

Lyon in freefall

The season of French League reigning champions Lyon is in danger of becoming pear-shaped following a 2-0 home loss to Auxerre, meaning a win for Paris Saint Germain later on Sunday would hand them top spot.

Deco's season in doubt

Portuguese international Deco could miss the rest of the season after Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink revealed that the midfielder had suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem in the 1-0 win over Manchester City.

Gerrard appeals to UEFA

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard on Sunday appealed to UEFA to make sure the club do not have to play on the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Gazza almost died in rehab

England football legend Paul Gascoigne said his heart stopped three times while he was in rehab for drink addiction last year, in an interview to be broadcast Monday.

Hammers, Blades settle Tevez dispute

English clubs West Ham United and Sheffield United announced on Monday they had reached an out-of-court settlement over the controversial Carlos Tevez affair.

Klose undergoes ankle surgery

Bayern Munich will be without Germany striker Miroslav Klose for at least two weeks after the top-scorer at the 2006 World Cup had surgery on his right ankle on Sunday.

Sarwan blows Eng out

Ramnaresh Sarwan hit 59 from 46 balls to propel West Indies to a six-wicket victory over England in their Twenty20 International at Queen's Park Oval on Sunday.

Aussies eye clean sweep

It's a dead rubber in name only. Australia wrapped up the series against South Africa in Durban last week but while Thursday's third Test in Cape Town will not affect the series result, there are a host of players desperate to complete strong auditions ahead of the Ashes tour.

Nadal breezes thru'

World number one Rafael Nadal breezed past qualifier Michael Berrer and into the third round of the Indian Wells Masters series on Sunday.

Australia win at last

Australia mixed and matched their side and rested their captain but kept their mathematical hopes alive by beating eighth-seed Pakistan comfortably by 107 runs in Bankstown on Monday. They rediscovered some batting and bowling form to wither Pakistan, but the underdogs' approach was more encouraging than the bare numbers suggest.

Gayle back to ODI squad

West Indies captain, Chris Gayle, has been named in a 13-man squad for the first ODI against England in Guyana on Friday, after recovering sufficiently from the grade one tear of his right hamstring that hampered his participation in the closing stages of the fifth Test, and ruled him out of Sunday's Twenty20 international in Trinidad.

Swadhinata Cup handball begins

Tiger Jalil team defeated Abdus Sobhan team 29-28 in an exciting opening match of the Swadhinata Cup handball tournament at the Dhaka handball ground yesterday.

A Bucknor allegation

Controversial West Indian umpire Steve Bucknor claims the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) used its money power to get him sacked from the Perth Test during India's tour of Australia last year.

Mendis leaves hospital

Sri Lanka's spin bowler Ajantha Mendis was released from hospital on Monday, two weeks after the squad was attacked by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan, his manager Roshan Abeysinghe said.

Uttara, Azad win

Uttara SC and Azad SC recorded identical 3-0 wins in yesterday's NBL First Division Volleyball League at the Dhaka Volleyball Stadium.

Business

Exports, remittances to fall

Economists yesterday said exports and remittances are set to slow down in the coming quarters as the global recession is eroding demands for Bangladesh's exportable products and new recruitment of migrant workers.

Lending rate up 2.19pc in Jul-Dec

Banks' lending rate marked a 2.19 percent rise in the first six months of the current fiscal year, despite central bank's several interest rate cut initiatives.

FBCCI chief defends bailout demand

Business leaders in different sectors are demanding separate bailout packages from the government to tackle fallout from the global recession.

Bumper wheat output expected this year

Agro scientists at the Wheat Research Centre (WRC) in Dinajpur and farmers are expecting a bumper wheat production this year because of favourable climate, reducing import dependency.

Labour migration affected by economic downturn: BAIRA

The country's manpower sector came under the impact of global economic recession, said Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agency (BAIRA) yesterday.

First ever e-banking fair begins today

A daylong e-banking exhibition and conference, first of its kind in Bangladesh, begins in Dhaka today, organisers said.

Bill approved to recognise BTCL

A parliamentary standing committee on telecommunication yesterday approved a bill to recognise Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL), which was made a public limited company in July last year by the caretaker government.

Private security printing press starts functioning

A private security printing press, established in the country in January this year, is now functioning to meet the domestic demand for printing commercial and educational materials.

Bernanke says recession could end in 2009

America's recession "probably" will end this year if the government succeeds in bolstering the banking system, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Sunday in a rare television interview.

Dynamism to be brought in south-western industries

Jute and Textile Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui yesterday said dynamism will be brought in the industrial sector of the south-western region through modernisation of Mongla Port and EPZ.

HSBC finance chief says bailout 'unthinkable'

HSBC's finance chief said the banking giant will not require a British government bailout even if economic conditions in Britain or the United States worsen, a report said Monday.

Opec not seeking to worsen global recession Say analysts

The Opec cartel, which held oil output on Sunday, does not want to worsen a vicious global recession and hopes that recent deep production cuts will help stabilise crude prices, analysts said.

SAFE's new SVP

The 8th General Assembly of South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE) has recently elected Fakhor Uddin Ali Ahmed its senior vice president (SVP), says a press release.

SKorea expects record trade surplus in March

South Korea expects to report a record trade surplus this month thanks to plummeting crude oil prices, an official said Monday.

Recession cuts healthcare

Graciela Barrios, an undocumented immigrant with few resources, has long relied on the county health clinic for the advice, medication and tests that have kept her diabetes under control.

50 jobs in 50 weeks: US man's odyssey

His goal was to get a job and his tactic was a road trip through all 50 US states in 50 weeks that landed the unemployed economics major with, yes, 50 jobs.

Asian shares up again

Asian share prices continued their rally on Monday after US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said he could already see the "green shoots" of economic recovery.

Dollar mixed

The dollar traded mixed on Monday after G20 finance ministers vowed to do whatever necessary to ease the economic downturn but stopped short of agreeing to concerted stimulus measures.

AIG says emergency aid used to pay other banks

American International Group Inc used more than $90 billion in federal aid to pay out foreign and domestic banks, some of whom had received their own multibillion-dollar US government bailouts.

China may have lost $80b on foreign equities

China may have lost more than 80 billion dollars of its foreign exchange reserves after buying into equities just before world markets collapsed last year, the Financial Times said Monday.

Vietnam growth slowing to nearly zero: EIU

Vietnam's red-hot economic growth will cool to just 0.3 percent this year, well below the government's 6.5 percent target, the Economist Intelligence Unit said on Monday.

Economic crisis hurts world's forests, too: UN

The global financial crisis is lowering demand for forestry products and could sap investment in development and protection of the world's forests, the UN food agency warned on Monday.

Metropolitan

Pro-AL candidates sweep re-election to 8 UZs

The Awami League-supported candidates swept in the re-elections to eight upazila parishads held yesterday in one or more polling centres across the country where January 22 polls were postponed due to troubles.

New CDA building rules come into effect in Ctg

The new Building Construction (BC) Rules prepared by Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) came into effect in the port city yesterday.

Outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz gives death threats

Outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) has openly distributed leaflets threatening the law enforcement agencies of 'any action anytime' including killing of some people at a few places in Kushtia.

Conspirators trying to destabilise Bangladesh still active: Faruk

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan said yesterday the conspirators who cannot bear the sight of a Bangladesh on development track and even want to destabilise the country are still active in the domestic arena to hinder the nation's progress.

Hasina was the target of attackers

Two prosecution witnesses yesterday told a Dhaka court that they came to know from several people that grenades were hurled at an Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004 only to kill AL President Sheikh Hasina.

Ensure transparency in public expenditure

President Zillur Rahman yesterday said transparency and accountability for public expenditure must be ensured through proper audit.

Edexcel introduces new IGCSE qualifications

Edexcel, formerly known as University of London Examination and Assessment Council in UK, yesterday announced the introduction of its new IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) qualifications.

India sends drafts of four treaties to govt: Minister

India has sent drafts of four treaties to the Bangladesh government for consideration, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.

Valerie Taylor accorded reception in Florida

Nova South Eastern University in Florida and Bangladesh-American Chamber of Commerce have accorded a special reception to founder of Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) Valerie Taylor, reports a US-based news agency ANA.

Executive magistrates to have some judicial powers

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the law separating the judiciary would be enacted soon, with provisions giving some judicial powers to the executive magistrates.

Petrobangla, Chevron move in WB court to settle dispute

Petrobangla and the US-based international oil company Chevron are preparing for a legal battle in the World Bank's independent arbitration court over 4 percent charge taken from the IOC for the use of gas pipeline.

New point-based system for migration to UK

Officials of the British High Commission at a seminar in Sylhet yesterday said that there had been major changes in the immigration laws worldwide and the British government has also pressed a new point-based system for migrating to the UK for work, study and training.

Expat seeks govt intervention to stop Rajuk harassment

A Bangladeshi expatriate in Canada yesterday sought intervention of the concerned ministries to stop harassment by the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) authorities to get approval of a layout plan to construct a building on his plot.

Sylhet medical normal

Normalcy returned to Sylhet Osmani Medical College as the students agitating in protest against attack on their fellows by outsiders on Friday attended their classes yesterday.

Youth shot dead in city

Criminals shot a youth dead while his brother received bullet injuries at Gulbagh at Malibagh in the city last night.

Authorities yet to determine number of missing arms

Authorities engaged in figuring out arms and ammunition at BDR headquarters are yet to determine how many ammunition went missing and how many were actually used by the mutineers during the mutiny.

Vow to resist anti-liberation forces

With the slogan 'Pledges of Liberation War -- Secular Bangladesh', Sammilita Nagorik Andolon inaugurated a 16-day programme at the TSC road island on the Dhaka University campus yesterday to mark the Independence Day.

Youths urged to establish dignity of Bangla

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni at a seminar yesterday said it is young generation who will take the lead to establish dignity of mother tongue in real sense in future.

BDR member commits suicide in Dinajpur

A BDR member of Joypurhat 3 Battalion committed suicide at the barracks of the battalion yesterday, according to the BDR and Joypurhat police sources.

4 killed in accidents

Four people were killed and three others injured in separate accidents in Mymensingh and Sirajganj in the last two days.

3 Myanmar citizens held in Bandarban

Three Myanmar citizens were arrested at Baisari at Naikhyangchhari upazila in the district yesterday morning.

Dr MS Akbar new chairman of Red Crescent

Lawmaker Prof Dr MS Akbar has been made chairman of Bangladesh Red Cres-cent Society for the next three years, says a press release.

Scientific confce on food security begins today

The '7th Annual Scientific Conference-2009' of Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University begins in Chittagong today.

Students of 2 colleges clash in city

Five people were injured in a clash between the students of City College and Ideal College in the city's Dhanmondi area yesterday over snatching of a cellphone set.

Repeal Labour Law (amend) Ordn: Skop

Leaders of the Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) yesterday demanded repeal of the Labour Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2008.

Bangladeshi cattle trader killed in BSF firing

Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Putkhali border in Benapole yesterday morning.

AL men attack coordination meet of UZ in Bogra

At least seven people were injured when Awami League activists attacked the coordination meeting of Shahjahanpur Upazila Parishad in Bogra yesterday.

Spurious fertiliser seized

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized 84,100 kilograms of imported spurious fertiliser (potash and magnesium sulphate) worth around Tk 31,95,000 from a godown at Bhomra land port in Satkhira yesterday.

2 muggers held with firearm

Police arrested two alleged muggers with a shutter gun from Pangsha upazila headquarters on Sunday night.

Free eye treatment for FF families

A private hospital will provide treatment to all eye patients of Muktijoddha families free of cost at Biswanath and Balaganj upazilas on the occasion of the great National and Independence Day.

RMG workers demand reopening of factory

Workers of Basic Apparels observed a token strike in front of the BGMEA building in the city yesterday demanding immediate reopening of the factory that remain closed since March 11.

Correction

In the March 15 issue of The Daily Star, the name of a 'country's highest A achiever in A levels' -- Marzuk Sultan of Sunshine Grammar School and College -- was wrongly printed under an incorrect photo. We regret the inadvertent error, printing the correct photo of Marzuk.

National

Drastic cut in Teesta irrigation project area

Drastic fall in the flow of Teesta River in the ongoing Boro season threatens irrigation in vast paddy fields under Teesta irrigation project in Nilphamari, Rangpur and Dinajpur districts.

Indefinite class boycott to press 3-pt demand

The students of veterinary and animal science department at Hajee Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) yesterday began an indefinite class boycott to realise their three-point demand including enhancement of internship allowance.

Jute mills won't be shut down any more

Jute and Textiles Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui yesterday said that his government will take all necessary steps to economically develop the south-western (S-W) region of the country.

Mongla dockers may start fast unto death again

Sacked dock workers of Mongla Port have again threatened to go on fast unto death to press home their five-point demand.

10 Sylhet medical staff sued

Police yesterday filed a case against a ward master and nine other staff of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital for attacking an on-duty police constable at the hospital on Sunday.

Septic tank on FF's grave sparks protest

Freedom fighters and local elite yesterday jointly formed a human chain in the town and submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner (DC) of Jhenidah demanding punishment to a 'war criminal (rajakar)' for constructing a septic tank of a latrine on a freedom fighter's grave.

BCL men raid Shibir hostel

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists on Sunday entered Shibir's hostel "Hossain Chhatrabas" near Netrakona University College in the town and ransacked some rooms and attacked the inmates.

Youth gets life for killing mother

A youth was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for killing his mother at Ramchandrapur College Para village under Sadar upazila in Chapainawabganj.

International

Lawyer power wins for 2nd time in Pakistan

For the second time in nine months, Pakistan's gutsy lawyers have proved they are a force to reckon with despite the lack of an organised structure to lead their agitation.

Party mood as Pakistanis celebrate govt climbdown

Dancing and weeping with joy, supporters of Pakistan's main opposition leader Nawaz Sharif showered him with rose petals Monday after the government moved to defuse a raging crisis.

Missile attack kills 5 in Pakistan

A suspected US missile strike killed two Arabs and three other people in northwest Pakistan late Sunday, intelligence officials said, in the latest in a barrage of American attacks on suspected militant targets in the region.

US welcomes Pak move to reinstate chief justice

The United States yesterday welcomed Pakistan's decision to reinstate its top judge as a move to "defuse a serious confrontation" and a "substantial step towards national reconciliation."

Review petition to be filed on Sharif disqualification

A review petition will be filed on the disqualification case of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother following the government's decision to reinstate deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

11 killed in suicide attack on Afghan police HQ

A suicide bomber in a police uniform detonated explosives he was carrying inside a police headquarters in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing 11 people and wounding 29 others, the Interior Ministry said.

Karat lashes out at UPA for 'nakedly pro-rich' policies

The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had adopted policies that were "nakedly pro-rich", Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Prakash Karat said in New Delhi yesterday.

CPI-M does not rule out joining Third Front govt

Unlike in the past, CPI-M yesterday did not rule out its participation in any Third Front government after the Lok Sabha polls. CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat also said that steps would be taken to ensure that such non-Congress, non-BJP alternatives do not remain unstable like in the past.

Sharif savours victory

The restoration of top judges two years after their dismissal will give Pakistan desperately needed rule of law and marks up a victory for opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, analysts said.

Archaeologists claim discovery of Cleopatra's younger sister

A team of archaeologists and forensic experts has claimed to have found the skeleton of Cleopatra's younger sister, who was murdered more than 2,000 years ago on the orders of the Egyptian queen.

Salvadoran ex-rebels win presidential polls

A leftist television journalist has won El Salvador's presidential election, bringing a party of former guerrillas to power for the first time since a bloody civil war and ending two decades of conservative rule.

Darfur won't need any foreign NGOs: Beshir

Sudan will no longer need any international NGOs in war-ravaged Darfur in a year's time, President Omar al-Beshir said on Monday amid rising tensions with the international community.

Lanka troops take Tiger 'court' after battles

Sri Lankan troops pushed deeper into remaining Tamil Tiger-held territory and captured a rebel court house in weekend battles, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Netanyahu inks first coalition deal with far-right party

Israeli prime minister designate Benjamin Netanyahu inked his first coalition deal with an ultra-nationalist party early Monday, in the first step towards heading a right-wing government.

Appeal to save water

The World Water Forum, a seven-day arena aimed at addressing the planet's deepening crisis of freshwater, was launched here Monday to appeals for a campaign to save the precious stuff of life.

Bomb in Yemen kills 4 South Koreans

A bomb killed four South Korean tourists and their Yemeni guide on Sunday, officials said, the latest attack targeting foreigners visiting this poor Arab country that has both famed historic sites and a strong al-Qaeda presence.

Gunmen seize 4 UN workers in Somalia

Gunmen seized four UN workers in southern Somalia yesterday, a UN spokeswoman said, the latest in a series of attacks on aid workers in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation.

Discovery nears space station after delayed launch

Seven astronauts raced to the international space station aboard the space shuttle Monday after a successful launch that was delayed five times and caused the mission to be shortened by a day.

IRA plotting to kill Princes William, Harry

The security cover for Britain's Princes William and Harry has been stepped up over fears that IRA terrorists are plotting to assassinate the royals, a news report said today.

Arts & Entertainment

Raza’s efforts to popularise Bhawaiya songs

Regional folk songs have a pride of place in Bangladesh. However, though the genre is widely appreciated, such songs do not share the magnitude of popularity as other genres.

Art and imagination come together

Wakilur Rahman and Dhali Al Mamoon are celebrated artists in our country. Viewers, therefore, are likely to head for a 10-day installation exhibition by the two artists, titled “Kagojer Chhayaye.” The exhibition, marking the 10th anniversary of the daily Prothom Alo, will be inaugurated by former Chief Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman on March 20 at Nalinikanto Bhattashali Gallery, Bangladesh National Museum.

Book fair in Satkhira ends

A 13-day book fair, organised here to mark 'Amar Ekushey' (International Mother Language Day), ended recently.

Super price for first Superman comic book

A rare copy of the first comic book featuring Superman has sold for $317,200 in an Internet auction. The previous owner had bought it second-hand for less than a buck.

Tribute to Bangabandhu

A painting competition for children was held yesterday to mark the 89th birth anniversary Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Children's Day at Thakurgaon Station Club.

MacGyver being reassembled as feature film

It will take more than twine, bubble gum and a pencil to do it, but the science-oriented adventure series "MacGyver" is being developed as a feature film for New Line.

Classical music workshop in Gaibandha

Chintak Association for Cultural Advancement, of Gobindaganj upazila of Gaibandha, recently gave certificates to the participants of a classical music workshop that began last week. Lawmakers of the district were also accorded a reception at the programme.

OP-ED

Bangladeshi premier faces a grim crucible

SHEIKH Hasina survived when gunmen executed her father and extended family late one summer night in 1975. She survived again when assassins hurled 13 grenades at her political rally in 2004, killing two-dozen people.

Arrival of colonialism of the third kind

HAVE you heard the latest about colonialism? I would not blame you if you haven't. With the world economy appearing to be sinking under teetering financial institutions and failing business corporations, and all and sundry trying to understand what on earth collateralised debt obligations and toxic assets are, it is no wonder there is little room for anything else in the public mind.

A visit to Japan

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Corrigendum

The article 'Brushing our investigative skill is imperative' (March 14, 2009) was mistakenly republished under the title 'Must we beseech FBI-Scotland Yard ad infinitum?' (March 16, 2009). We regret the error.


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