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Recession knocks at the door

We have been acting like an ostrich for quite some time and we can keep on doing that. The wave will nevertheless wash over the economy; it actually is making its ripples bigger. The recession is knocking at the door. Take it or not.

NGOs under scanner for 'funding militancy'

The government will scrutinise activities of the NGOs that got approval during the rule of the BNP-led four-party alliance government to see if those have any involvement with funding militant activities.

Govt to get rights to put on judicial horns

The parliamentary standing committee on law ministry yesterday finalised recommendations for amending the bill on separation of judiciary allowing the government to vest "sweeping authority" in executive magistrates to take cognisance of offences in any situation.

Water supply runs dry in Senpara

Just after recovering from illness, Kohinoor Begum came to fetch water from a water-carrying lorry of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) at Senpara Parbata in the city's Mirpur area yesterday.

Form special team to fight militancy

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the home ministry to form a special team of Rab and police to combat militancy and provide its members with special training for better performance.

MCCI for right policy support, tariff regime

The MCCI yesterday recommended a supportive monetary policy and conducive tariff regime rather than direct cash incentive to exporters as stimulus package as part of the government's effort to tackle the recession.

Food ration for RMG workers

The government is going to start food rationing for 30 lakh readymade garment (RMG) workers at a subsidised rate from May 1.

FBI urged to check local, foreign links

The government has sought assistance from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in finding out local and foreign links to the February 25-26 massacre at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters in the capital.

27-member taskforce to watch fallout

Five ministers, bureaucrats, economists, politicians, businessmen and researchers are among the 27 members of the taskforce the government formed to observe the global economic recession fallout.

Probe body detects place of origin

The probe committee for Friday's fire disaster at Bashundhara City Complex yesterday detected that the fire originated in the southern part of the building's 17th floor.

Govt unaware of meddling with media

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said legal actions would be taken on specific allegations of taking extra-legal steps on any matter including interfering with the functions of newspapers and satellite television channels during the state of emergency.

450 more workers back home

There is no positive sign of receiving 348 Bangladeshi workers, stranded in the Kuala Lumpur (KL) International Airport, by their Malaysian employers or agents following Malaysian government's efforts not to recruit new foreign workers.

Donors keen to fund N-power plant: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday donor countries and agencies have expressed interest in funding nuclear power plants, which would help solve the lingering electricity crisis in the country.

Myanmar border calm

Myanmar troops yesterday continued erecting barbed-wire fences along the Ghumdhum border in Bandarban.

Govt wants to influence BDR probe

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday alleged that the government wants to influence the investigation into BDR mutiny as per its own desire.

Hamid says his past tenure too under probe

Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday said a parliamentary committee will be formed to look into all spending of the secretariats of parliament in the past, including his own past tenure.

Half of by-polls candidates businessmen

About 50 percent of aspirants for the April 2 by-election in six constituencies are businessmen, revealed a report of Shushashoner Jannoy Nagorik (Shujan) yesterday.

Independence Day Award goes to four

Four eminent personalities have been nominated for the Independence Day Award -2009 in recognition of their glorious role at national level.

Fresh case filed against 41 Shibir men

A fresh case has been filed with Motihar Police station against 41 Islami Chhatra Shibir cadres in connection with an attempted murder during their clashes with Bangladesh Chhatra league (BCL) at Rajshahi University (RU) on March 13.

No respite from power outage

No improvement in power supply is visible, as additional gas supply for power generation remains negligible.

EC to declare results today

The Election Commission (EC) will declare 45 woman candidates as elected MPs today, the last date for withdrawal of candidature for reserved seats in parliament, as their nominations were found valid.

Mamun gets HC bail in Niko case

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted ad-interim bail for two months to Giasuddin Al Mamun, a close aide to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's elder son Tarique Rahman, in connection with the Niko corruption case.

Tanbir urges party to lift expulsion

Expelled BNP leader Chowdhury Tanbir Ahmed Siddiky yesterday urged the party leadership to reconsider and withdraw the decision of his expulsion from BNP for violating party discipline.

6 killed as bus rams 3-wheeler

Six people were killed and three others injured yesterday evening as a bus hit an autorickshaw at Ragamara bazar in Trishal upazila on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway.

Shamsul barred from going abroad

The immigration authorities yesterday barred former information minister and BNP leader M Shamsul Islam from leaving the country.

No plan to clip CJ's powers, says Gilani

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday dispelled the impression that the government was considering measures to curtail the powers of the chief justice, saying “such negativism should be discouraged”.

Lankan troops kill 38 more rebels

Sri Lankan troops have killed another 38 Tamil Tiger rebels and taken more territory in fierce fighting in the island's northeast, a military official here said yesterday.


Shrinking manpower export market

SINCE January up until now, the statistics for returnee Bangladeshi wage earners make a rather bleak reading, if not a panicky one as yet.

Ship-breaking shutdown

WE applaud the recent High Court directive to the government to immediately shutter operations of all the nation's 36 ship-breaking yards for operating without proper environmental clearance, and hope that the industry will at long last finally take corrective measures and bring itself into compliance with the law of the land.

Time to take lessons and move on

TO ask people to move on is a bold call to make when the tears of the loved ones of those killed in the Pilkhana massacre have not yet run dry. But before moving on we must first ensure that the lessons that should be learnt from the sad event are internalised by all concerned.

Basundhara blaze: An eye opener

URBAN life in a mega city like Dhaka is under threat. Risks and hazards as the fall-out of unplanned urbanisation have bedeviled the lives of the city dwellers. Planned Dhaka city continues to be a distant dream.

Justice and its discontents

THE International Criminal Court (ICC) has hurled its noose yet again, this time over a sitting head of state, Sudan's Omar Hassan al-Bashir. It has split the world into two camps, with big players such as China, the Arab League and the African Union trying to delay the arrest and the others slapping accusations on them for loosening the reins of justice.


Abahani-Brothers Semifinal Today

The battle for the Tk one-crore top prize gets damn serious as the Citycell Super Cup enters the knockout stage today.

Partex dent Torun

Partex put an end to Surjo Torun's fairytale run in the Premier Cricket League with a five-wicket victory at the BKSP ground in Savar yesterday.

Cricketers get 30% pay rise

Salary of the national cricket team players and the local staff of the team management has been increased by thirty per cent.

A great setback: Younis

Pakistan captain Younis Khan expressed disappointment Wednesday after Bangladesh postponed Pakistan's tour over security fears, saying Dhaka has deprived his team of valuable cricket.

Ryder, Vettori rescue NZ

A defiant captain's century by Daniel Vettori and a maiden ton for Jesse Ryder rescued New Zealand on the opening day of the first Test here Wednesday but India finished on top.

SA's pride at stake

Just three weeks after the start of a series in which they started as favourites, South Africa go into the third and final Test against Australia starting at Newlands Thursday seeking to show their series win in Australia earlier in the season was more than a flash in the pan.

Gazi take no punitive action

Gazi Tank team management denied reports of stripping Mohammad Ashraful of captaincy following their shocking defeat against Mohammedan by 174 runs at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

Zenit face elimination

After solid opening-leg showings, Manchester City and Hamburg are set to reach the UEFA Cup quarterfinals on Thursday while holders Zenit St Petersburg have work to do if they are to survive.

Gunners' late revival

Arsenal's new-found resilience was underlined on Tuesday as Arsene Wenger's side staged a late rally to win an ill-tempered clash with Hull and book a Wembley FA Cup semifinal date with Chelsea.

Ballack mending image

Germany captain Michael Ballack has been working hard to build bridges with his teammates following last autumn's spat with national coach Joachim Loew, senior players have revealed.

Diego aiming high

Werder Bremen midfielder Diego is unlikely to stay at the club if they fail to qualify for Europe next season.

Cohen admires Capello

George Cohen believes that in Fabio Capello England have a manager with similar qualities to those of 1966 World Cup supremo Sir Alf Ramsey.

Loew praises Podolski

Germany coach Joachim Loew has praised Bayern Munich striker Lukas Podolski for his timely return to form - just as Germany discover veteran hot-shot Miroslav Klose is out for six weeks.

Van der Sar turns down Marwijk

Holland boss Bert van Marwijk has revealed he tried to lure Edwin van der Sar out of international retirement for a second time.

Real to launch Beckham bid?

David Beckham could be subject to a remarkable summer transfer bid from Real Madrid, but only if Florentino Perez becomes the club's next president.

Cesc accused of spitting

Hull manager Phil Brown, still fuming over his side's FA Cup defeat by Arsenal, said Wednesday that the club would support his assistant, Brian Horton, if he decided to make an official complaint after allegedly being spat at by Cesc Fabregas.

Alves rubbishes Chelsea link

Barcelona defender Daniel Alves has denied he has any interest in a move to Chelsea after a British newspaper claimed he was eager to join the club in the summer.

FIFA suspends Marquez for 2 matches

FIFA has suspended Mexican national team defender Rafael Marquez for two matches for unsportsmanlike behaviour during the Feb. 11 U.S. - Mexico match.

Bruckner calls it quits

Karel Bruckner, former coach of the Czech and Austrian national teams, said Wednesday he is retiring from the game.

The different two

Daniel Vettori can be an irritating tailender, robbing the momentum from the opposition, playing little dab shots, with soft hands, and taking single after single. Jesse Ryder can be a pretty flashy batsman in one-day cricket. He usually opens with Brendon McCullum in limited-overs cricket, and looks to blast the bowling from the first over on. On the first day of the Hamilton Test, both showed that they are capable of much more.

Nadal, Djokovic thru'

World number one Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic stayed on course for a semifinal showdown with third-round triumphs in the Indian Wells Masters series Tuesday.

Local Snippets

Power Development Board beat Water Development Board 3-2 in an exciting match of the National Bank Dhaka Metropolitan Premier Volleyball League at the Dhaka Volleyball Stadium yesterday.

Bob won't be forgotten

Pakistan captain Younis Khan spoke on Wednesday of how he would never forget Bob Woolmer, as the cricket world marked the second anniversary of the former national team coach's death.

Strauss likely to be fit for first ODI

England are hopeful that Andrew Strauss will recover from a slight hamstring strain he picked up during the Twenty20 international against West Indies in time to lead the side in the opening ODI in Guyana on Friday.

Govt yet to respond

The Indian Premier League's (IPL) schedule remains in flux, its chairman Lalit Modi has Wednesday said, with the situation "changing by the minute".


MCCI fears slowdown

The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday advised the government to maintain macroeconomic stability in response to the recession, as the domestic economy remains exposed to a possible slowdown in exports and remittances.

Motor show begins amid hope, heartbreak

The 4th Dhaka Lucas Motor Show began yesterday with hopes of a good year although some feared a slowdown in sales on the back of global economic downswing.

Repo rate cut may narrow spread

The interest rate spread (IRS) is likely to shrink further with the central bank's latest move to cut the repo rate it charges on loans to commercial banks by 25 basis points.

Tougher times ahead

The government will face a fresh challenge in the next fiscal year on the spread of global financial meltdown, economist Wahiduddin Mahmud said yesterday.

Japan steps up fight against downturn

Japan's central bank announced Wednesday that it would pump more cash into the financial system to tackle a worsening recession, while keeping its interest rates at close to zero.

BSRM's billet plant goes into operation by August

BSRM Group, a leader in iron and steel manufacturing in Bangladesh, is setting up a high quality billet making plant in Chittagong to ensure a steady supply of quality billets for its rolling mills, senior officials said.

Investors, brokers see bias in DSE move

Investors and brokers, angered by the bourse's decision to halt trade of Aftab Automobiles and Eastern Housing shares, have alleged that the DSE's move is discriminatory in monitoring trade practices.

Growth hinges on GP listing

As the Grameenphone initial public offering (IPO) prospectus awaits the green light from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), its success will dictate the path to market growth.

Protecting the poor from global crisis

As G20 leaders gather in the UK for the upcoming summit on tackling the global financial crisis, they will face major challenges, focusing on aggressive fiscal stimulus to boost economic demand, dealing with toxic assets in banking systems, boosting the resources of multilateral institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank, ensuring retention of the progress made in global free trade and avoiding the disastrous protectionism of the 1930s.

Play key role in executing Digital Bangladesh

The French ambassador in Dhaka on Tuesday asked the local IT businessmen to play a leading role in execution of the Digital Bangladesh project.

Bangladesh to export bamboo soon

Bangladesh will become a bamboo-shoot exporting country soon as the Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI) has taken initiatives to promote its cultivation through introducing scientific methods and motivating farmers.

Asian rally marches into 4th day

Asian share prices extended their rally into a fourth day on Wednesday, taking their cue from Wall Street and boosted by Japan's latest moves to fight off recession.

Australia heading for recession

Australia is heading for a recession, according to a monthly economic index compiled by one of the country's largest banks released Wednesday.

Lanka set for bailout talks with IMF

Sri Lanka is set to open talks with the IMF for a 1.9-billion-dollar bailout, officials said Wednesday, with the island's economy hit by the cost of a military campaign to crush Tamil rebels and the global financial crisis.

Rich should give part of stimulus to poor countries: UNDP

Wealthy nations should give a small part of their stimulus packages to poorer nations to help them recover from the world financial turmoil, a senior UN official said Wednesday.

Thai exports fall again

Thai exports fell 11.3 percent year-on-year in February but there were signs of recovery in some areas, the commerce ministry said Wednesday.

S'pore Feb exports fall 23.7 pc

Singapore suffered another bleak month for exports last month - but the figures contain some glimmers of hope.

British joblessness tops 2m

Recession-hit Britain took a fresh blow Wednesday as official data showed two million people in the country claiming jobless benefits for the first time since Labour came to power in 1997.

Dollar falls

The dollar fell against the euro on Wednesday as investors wait to see whether the US Federal Reserve will signal fresh action to tackle the economic downturn, traders said.

Mistakes were made, says AIG chief

AIG Chairman and CEO Edward Liddy, who heads the insurance giant at the epicenter of a scandal over executive bonuses, acknowledged mistakes in an opinion piece published on Wednesday.

World Bank cuts China's growth forecast

The World Bank Wednesday slashed China's economic growth forecast to 6.5 percent in 2009, well below the level the nation says it needs to keep enough people at work and to avoid social unrest.

South Korea unemployment hits 4-year high

South Korea's unemployment rate rose to 3.9 percent in February -- its highest in almost four years -- as companies cut back on recruitment amid the economic downturn, data showed Wednesday.

Vietnam 2009 growth seen at 4.75pc: IMF

The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday downgraded its growth forecast for Vietnam to 4.75 percent this year, further below the government's 6.5 percent target.


Only 300 audit reports discussed in PAC since 1973

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said over 1000 audit reports were prepared by the office of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) since its inception in 1973, but only 300 of them were discussed in the public accounts committee (PAC) of the parliament.

Number of urban slum dwellers to swell over 3cr by 2020

About 30 percent of the country's total population live in urban areas, of which 33 percent (around 1.6 crore) people live in the slums and this figure is expected to increase to more than three crore by 2020.

Call to formulate law to end discrimination against Dalits

Soud Sarder, a leader of the Bede community in Manikganj, lives in a tent measuring 14 by 6 feet along with his family on the bank of the Louhajang river.

BR move to increase Subarna air-conditioned bogies backfires

A decision of Bangladesh Railway (BR) to increase high-priced air-conditioned compartments reducing low-priced ones in Subarna Express, the country's most popular train service on Chittagong-Dhaka route, backfired on the first day yesterday.

Absence of rules hinders monitoring

Absence of specific and strict rules as well as lack of coordination among the ministries concerned left the Department of Environment (DoE) helpless in monitoring operation of ship-breaking yards without clearance, said officials at DoE Chittagong.

PM's support for families of 25 more army officers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sent delegations to hand over cheques for Tk 10 lakh each to the families of 25 more army officers killed in the February 25 mutiny at the Pilkhana BDR headquarter.

Father seeks help to diagnose son's disease

A two-month-old baby born with severe respiratory distress has been put on supplemental oxygen since his birth, but the doctors are yet to find out the cause of his disease.

UCEP opens new technical school

The Underprivileged Children's Educational Programme (UCEP) opened a new technical school at Jatrabari in the city yesterday.

Mystery shrouds death of schoolboy

Mystery shrouds the death of a student of an English medium school who died after falling from the rooftop of a building at Gulshan in the city on Tuesday night.

'No possibility of attack on English schools'

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner AKM Shahidul Huq yesterday ruled out the possibility of any attack on English medium schools and said it is nothing but a rumour.

Extinguish fire at Madhupur forest

Save Environment Movement yesterday demanded effective steps to put out the fire at Madhupur forest.

Two electrocuted

Two brothers were electrocuted at Salehpur village in Laksam, Comilla, yesterday.

MJF concerned about ship breaking workers

Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) yesterday welcomed the High Court directive to close down within two weeks all ship breaking yards operating without environmental clearance.

AL leader, 13 others on 7-day remand

Torab Ali, a ward Awami League (AL) leader and retired Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) member, and 13 mutineers were shown arrested and remanded yesterday in connection with the BDR mutiny case filed with Lalbagh Police Station.

Next hearing on March 22

A Dhaka court yesterday recorded statements of two more prosecution witnesses in connection with the August 21, 2004 grenade attack cases.

Maj Hakim laid to rest

Major Ahmed Azizul Hakim killed during the bloodbath at BDR headquarters was laid to eternal rest with state honour at Banani Army Graveyard in the city yesterday.

Post of law secy not for judicial officials: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday described the brewing discontent among the judges over the law secretary as very regrettable, saying that the controversy should not have been there in the corridors of courts of justice.

4 security guards of ZIA tried by court martial

The government has informed the High Court (HC) that four security officials of the Zia International Airport (ZIA) were tried by the court martial and punished on charge of torturing barrister Rezwan Hossain, a Bangladesh-born British citizen, at the airport in April last year.

Jica distance learning seminar ends

As part of promoting JICA's distance technical cooperation scheme, popularly known as JICA-Net, JICA Bangladesh office organised a distance learning seminar that ended yesterday, says a press release.

Birth anniversary of Bangabandhu, Nat'l Children's Day observed

Different Bangladeshi missions abroad and social and political organisations observed the 89th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children's Day 2009 in a befitting manner on Tuesday, says press releases.

Number of diarrhoea cases decline

The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases and Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) experienced reduced number of diarrhoea patients yesterday comparing to that of the last week.

Distance learning to promote JICA-Net ends

As part of promoting JICA's distance technical cooperation scheme, popularly known as JICA-Net, JICA Bangladesh office organised a distance learning seminar that ended yesterday, says a press release.

Save Ctg environment

Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon yesterday demanded the government take proper initiative to save the environment of Chittagong.

Trial demanded

Bangladesh Adivasi Odhikar Andolon and Bangladesh Chhatra Sangram Parishad demanded trial of Cholesh Risil murder and establishment of rights of indigenous people on land and forest.

Scouts leader Abu Hena receives Distinguished Service Award

Mohammad Abu Hena, member of the Advisory Council of Bangladesh Scouts, was given the prestigious 'Asia Pacific Regional Award for Distinguished Service' in recognition of his outstanding leadership and invaluable contribution towards the promotion and development of scouting in home and abroad, says a press release.

DCC councillor sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Ward Councillor Mosharraf Hossain Monzu to jail after he surrendered and sought bail in a case filed for concealing wealth information of Tk 37 lakh to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).


Deadlock may drag on as AL, Jamaat stick to stances

No sign is yet in sight to end of the deadlock at higher educational institutions in Rajshahi city following their closure since March 13 student violence as opponent groups belonging to ruling Awami League (AL) and Jamaat-e-Islami are rigid on their stances.

Fake NGO men vanish defrauding thousands

Hundreds of agitating people from different villages put up a barricade yesterday disrupting traffic on the Dhaka-North Bengal highway in Kamarkhanda upazila demanding arrest and punishment to the so-called officials of a 'fake' NGO.

4 sued for killing FF in '71

Bagerhat Sadar Police Station on Tuesday night recorded a case against four 'rajakars' for killing a freedom fighter during Liberation War in 1971.

Tea plucking delayed for poor rainfall in Sylhet

Tea cultivation in greater Sylhet region comprising 138 of the country's 160 tea gardens is suffering due to lack of rainfall.

Protesters besiege Dimla Upazila Health Complex

Several hundred agitated people in Dimla brought out a procession and besieged the Dimla Upazila Health Complex yesterday alleging ill behavior of the doctors, negligence of duty and stealing of medicine from the complex.

Two youths to die in rape, murder case

A Chapainawabganj court yesterday sentenced two youths to death in the sensational Sheuly rape and murder case.

Rivals beat student dead

A textile engineering college student was beaten to death by rival students at Jorarganj under Mirsarai upazila in the district early yesterday.

Cancel JS seat for Momtaz

Manikganj district unit of Mohila Awami League yesterday held a rally in the town demanding cancellation of AL nomination to folk singer Momtaz Begum for one of the reserved seats for women in parliament.

Rally at Ruet

Pro-Awami League teachers, officers and employees of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) yesterday held a rally on the campus protesting pro-BNP-Jamaat teachers' move to hold 'one sided' election to Ruet Teachers Association.

Youth killed in Kushtia

Criminals have murdered a unidentified young man, 30, at village Nalbata in Kumarkhali upazila in the district.

9 including 3 cops sued in Khulna

Nine people including three police officials have been sued on charge of land grabbing through intimidation.


Lankan deaths blamed on poor medical supply

A lack of medical supplies has led to the needless deaths of hundreds of hospital patients in parts of northern Sri Lanka ravaged by civil war, the regions' top health officials said.

Pakistan not happy with India's replies

Pakistani authorities are not satisfied with the India's response to Islamabad's 30 questions seeking more inputs on Mumbai terror attacks as it does not meet their requirements, a media report said yesterday.

Pak attack halts traffic on Nato supply line

Two men on a motorcycle threw a bomb at a truck carrying an excavating machine to NATO troops in Afghanistan, halting traffic yesterday along a supply route through Pakistan's southwest, officials said.

Egypt envoy seeks softer US stand on Hamas

Egypt has sent a senior official to Washington to seek a relaxation of the US conditions for recognition of a Palestinian unity government including Hamas.

India okays regional initiative

India yesterday cleared a proposal to extend its participation in a four-nation initiative, including Bangladesh, for sustainable development of fisheries in the Bay of Bengal.

Varun Gandhi says video was 'doctored'

Under all-round attack over his anti-Muslim speeches, BJP Lok Sabha candidate Varun Gandhi yesterday said the video footage was "doctored" and a "political conspiracy" has been hatched to malign him.

Malaysia's next PM faces furore over corruption

Malaysia's incoming leader Najib Razak faced a furore yesterdayWednesday over corruption charges against members of his party, while a former cabinet minister called for the king to block his appointment.

At last, one step forward for Pakistan

The denouement was suitably dramatic, capped by a prime ministerial address to the nation shortly before the crack of dawn on Monday. The timing was unprecedented, but any further delay would have cost the nation dearly.

Rape victim defies social stigma, weds in Pakistan

A Pakistani gang-rape victim who shunned custom and rose to global fame by speaking out about her case has defied another local taboo she just got married.

Yemen bombers target S Koreans again

South Korea warned its nationals to be on alert in the Middle East after Seoul officials visiting Yemen to investigate a deadly bombing came under attack themselves yesterday.

US considers expanding strikes to Baluchistan

President Barack Obama and his top aides are considering expanding covert operations against Taliban leaders in Pakistan to southwestern Baluchistan province, the New York Times reported yesterday.

Beshir calls on rebels to lay down arms

A defiant Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir yesterday called on Darfur rebels to lay down their arms, during a visit to the conflict-ravaged region where he stands accused of war crimes.

Bush wants Obama to succeed

Former President George W Bush, making his first public speech since leaving office in January, says he wants Barack Obama to succeed and that it's "essential" to support the new leader.

Azerbaijan votes to scrap limit

Azerbaijanis voted yesterday on a proposal to scrap a two-term presidential limit that would pave the way for an indefinite extension of President Ilham Aliyev's dynastic rule.

Bombs found in Thai govt stronghold

Thai security forces defused four crudely made bombs in a southern city regarded as a stronghold of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's ruling party, police said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Fragments of a volatile world

Imtiaj Islam Shohag is known for his images that appear fragmented and wrecked. His forms and compositions are unique, and he has an affinity for shapes and compositions. His colours are vibrant and create a correlation between forms and composition.

Destined for fame

One look at her and you will know that she was destined for fame and the world of glitz and glamour. From a dancer, to a model, then the big screen and the small screen she has done it all with panache.

Three-day workshop on museum documentation by UNESCO

A three-day workshop titled, "Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Inventorying and Documentation of Museum Collection," ended at the Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium, Bangladesh National Museum yesterday. UNESCO Dhaka Office was the organiser of the workshop.

The sisterhood of women journalists

They all work for reputed media organisations. Some write while relay stories on camera. But in the general sense, they all belong to the growing community of women journalists in the country. In an informal and jovial ambiance, beauty salon Persona provided an opportunity for female journalists of the city to interact with each other. The event was held at Bengal Gallery yesterday.

A new Paris, as dreamed by planners

Hand it to the French. Who else would pick an economic collapse as a time to unveil one of the most audacious urban plans in recent memory?

Sisimpur: New delights for Bangladeshi children

Who would have thought Halum, Tuktuki, Shiku and Ikri would become household names among children when they first appeared on Bangladesh television four years ago? Right now the Sisimpur family is in the studio filming a milestone fifth season of the favourite programme, says a press release.


To all the armchair generals: A rejoinder

MUHIT Rahman's indignation (DS Mar 12) would have been more effective had his language been more judicious and his examples more relevant.

Bailing out businesses

THE Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), the country's prime foreign currency earner, has made the following bailout proposals at a press conference on March 16.

A son's tribute

AT 2:15 a.m. on February 12, we received word from Labaid hospital that our father had passed away. All four of us -- his children -- were in Dhaka. He had suffered a cardiac arrest on February 9 and slipped into a coma, and never regained consciousness.

How to write an international pop hit

A wannabe pop star asked me to write lyrics for his group. "Sure," I said. "What style would you like? Asian? Western?"

Star Chittagong

Move to increase investment potential

With a view to improving infrastructure and other facilities for increasing investment potential here, an international commercial centre will be developed in the port city.

Ctg fire fighters unable to douse flames beyond sixth floor

Fire fighters in the port city would have nothing to do but to watch helplessly in case of any incident of fire beyond sixth floor at a high-rise building due to lack of modern equipment and adequate human resources.

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