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London NGO about to open 2 more dens

The London-based NGO Green Crescent, which runs the madrasa-cum-orphanage in Bhola that turned out to be a mini-ordnance factory Tuesday, had plans to set up two more training centres for militants in Doulatkhan and Lalmohan upazilas of the district.

Abuse of religion: old tricks at play

Religion was the major weapon of the anti-liberation elements including Jamaat-e-Islami in their attempts to foil the birth of Bangladesh and in helping the Pakistani invaders, who launched genocide triggering the nation's armed struggle for independence on March 26, 1971.

PM unwraps IT plan

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government will do whatever necessary to create 10,000 information technology (IT) programmers every year.

Tk 1,100cr spending of CAAB under scanner

The parliamentary standing committee on public undertakings yesterday blasted the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) for alleged anomalies in its accounts of expenditure of Tk 1,100 crore in last eight years.

Arms, ammo still all around Pilkhana

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters at Pilkhana is still an unsafe zone as grenades and other explosives remained scattered here and there even after a month of the mutiny by border guards.

War criminal trial under int'l crime act

Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the government had decided to try war criminals under the International Crime (Tribunal) Act of 1973 and the investigation, in this regard, had already begun.

Teachers of terror

All the three rooms of teachers' dormitory of the militant den, which was unearthed in Bhola on Tuesday, were mainly used for storing arms and ammunition.

Independence Day to get no parade

The nation is going to celebrate the 38th Independence Day today without observing the ceremonious national parade for the first time in its history over security issue.

Another BDR man commits 'suicide'

Another Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) member allegedly committed suicide at 38 Akhalia Battalion Headquarters in Sylhet yesterday was identified as Sepoy Sheikh Waliur Rahman, 25.

260 more workers return

At least 260 workers returned home from abroad with special travel passes yesterday after facing various problems in the wake of the global economic meltdown.

Most Dhaka OCs get new posting

The government yesterday gave new postings to 37 inspectors, including 20 officer-in-charges (OCs) of 20 police stations out of the 35 of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, sources at the police headquarters said.

3 killed in boiler blast

At least 3 workers, including two women, were killed and 10 others injured in a boiler explosion at a rice mill in Burichang upazila early morning yesterday.

EU gives clean report on JS polls

The European Union Election Observer Mission (EU EOM) has rejected allegations of armed forces' influence in the ninth parliamentary election, or of any mechanism or intimidation from any quarter to manipulate polling.

Govt to restart OMS of rice for April

The government is going to restart open market sale (OMS) of rice in labour intensive areas of six divisional headquarters from April 1 for one month through dealers to sell among the low-income people specially workers.

Militancy not a big challenge yet

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni yesterday said militancy is not a big challenge for the country right now as a non-communal alliance came to power through a landslide victory in the national election.

Pro-AL panel wins SCBA poll

Ruling Awami League (AL) backed Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parishad won a landslide victory in the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) election yesterday.

Microcredit deadline extended for NGOs

The Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA) yesterday extended the deadline from June 30 to December 31 for nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) to fulfil the MRA conditions to run microcredit programmes.

Revamp in Ctg BNP starts soon

BNP will announce the name of convener and joint convener for party's organisational districts under Chittagong division within a day or two as part of revamping the party.


True meaning of Independence Day

AS we celebrate the 38th anniversary of our independence we must once again look at the twin aspirations with which this nation embarked on its arduous but ultimately glorious march to freedom.

Arms haul in madrassa compound

A Rab operation in a remote village in Bhola district has led to unearthing of a small ammunition factory run by a militant outfit under the cover of a madrassa-cum orphanage. Rab's success in seizing a large number combat-grade weapons and ammunition from the place might well have preempted some grisly act of terrorism for which we commend them. Four suspected militants were arrested during the operation carried out with great precision by the elite anti-crime force.

Two issues to take note of

THE first is the threat of terrorism, which we should neither underplay nor overplay. Everyday a new dimension is being added to the Pilkhana massacre investigation. No sooner did the investigation start than the minister for commerce informed us that there was a link between JMB and the killings that took place on February 25. This information, he claimed, emerged from the interrogation of the BDR soldiers. And he had kept repeating the same assertion in different places at different times after that.

Traffic in Dhaka: How not to do anything!

YOU live five kilometres from Motijheel C/A or the Secretariat. What time do you think you should leave home to keep an appointment for 10 a.m. Going by car, you think that 9 o'clock would be good enough to get you there by 9:30 or 9:45. You are totally mistaken, sir. It would take you anywhere between 90 minutes to 150 minutes because of the gridlock

HOW many English newspaper readers in Bangladesh have instant access to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and so on, and magazines like Time, Newsweek, The Economist and so on? Obviously, not too many. But how can we help? Well, how about a Website,, to do just that -- at least partially.


Dido's surprises

Edson 'Dido' Silva named his national squad for next month's AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers in Dhaka, the Brazilian coach's first assignment for Bangladesh.

Farashganj Plate champs

Farashganj Sporting Club commemorated their 50-year anniversary with the consolation Plate trophy of the Citycell Super Cup yesterday.

Boxer boxed in real life

Freedom fighter Abul Hossen was a tough nut to crack in a boxing ring. But the winner of four gold medals including a weighty one in the 1993 Bangladesh Games now lives in penury after being knocked down in real life struggle.

President to attend final

President Zillur Rahman will attend tomorrow's Citycell Super Cup final as the chief guest. He will also distribute trophies after the final.

India want series

India look poised to break a 40-year Test series drought in New Zealand with room to spare when the second match gets under way here Thursday.

Vettori vows a fight

Wherever you go in New Zealand, as soon as they come to know you are from India and are here for the cricket, a question comes up, "So how many days will your team take this time? Three? Four?" It's all banter that goes the other way too, but it always starts with how weak the New Zealand team is. Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, knows the public deserves better than what happened in Hamilton, a tame defeat in four days. It's not the loss that hurts them as much, but the manner in which they lost.

Enamul WC qualifiers' umpire

Enamul Haque will officiate in matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 qualifiers commencing in Johannesburg from April 1.

Khelaghar edge Azad

Khelaghar SKS beat Azad SC by one wicket in a nail biter in the First Division Cricket League at BKSP yesterday.

Lankan U-19s arrive April 17

Although Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) put Pakistan's tour on hold on security reasons, visits of other international teams are on as scheduled.

Local Snippets

Fifty-two players earned full point by winning their first round games in the preliminary phase of the Mercantile Bank 35th National Chess Championship at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

Indians disappointed

Indian media and top players expressed disappointment on Wednesday after cricket's showpiece Indian Premier League (IPL) was moved to South Africa over security concerns in only its second year.

Australia easier to beat now: Shoaib

A fit-again Shoaib Akhtar said Wednesday that Pakistan can beat Australia in next month's limited-overs series, predicting the world champions are less of a threat than in the past.

SA-Aus 1st T20 int'l Friday

South Africa and Australia will switch their attention from Test cricket to the shortest form of the game when they play the first of two Twenty20 internationals at the Wanderers Stadium here on Friday.

Independence Day cricket tie today

An exhibition match will be played between GP-BCB National Cricket Academy and Bangladesh Under-19 team at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.

KKR may've four or five captains!

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have decided not to have a fixed captain for the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season. John Buchanan, the coach, told a press conference that the decision was "not a slight" to Sourav Ganguly but a plan for the future. He said there could be four or five captains through the tournament.

U-17 cricketers' camp Mar 28

Bangladesh Under-17 cricket team's camp involving 24 players will start at the BKSP from March 28.

SA have not confirmed as yet

South Africa's participation in a tri-series with Zimbabwe and India in Zimbabwe in July is not confirmed, according to Cricket South Africa.

Gerrard wants more freedom

Steven Gerrard wants England coach Fabio Capello to give him more freedom to produce the kind of match-winning heroics that have fired Liverpool back into the Premier League title race.

Robinho livid at Pele

Brazilian international Robinho is threatening to sue footballing legend Pele over claims made by him that he had taken recreational drugs.

Jose looks to future

Jose Mourinho has told Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti that he needs to get rid of several players if he is to guide the team to their first Champions League crown since 1965.

Recession hitting Asian sports

As the global economic turmoil batters the world's biggest banks and financial institutions, concerns are growing that the Asian sporting events they support could be bundled into touch.

'Ballack must lead from the front'

Michael Ballack must lead Germany by example as the national team look to bounce back from home defeats in their last two games, insisted German Football Federation (DFB) boss Theo Zwanziger on Wednesday.

Terry ready to serve the army

England captain John Terry has revealed he is envious of the soldiers who serve in the British Army and would love to serve alongside them.

Friedel's red card rescinded

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel had the red card he received during Sunday's 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool overturned by the Football Association here on Tuesday.

Mata replaces Iniesta

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque on Tuesday replaced Barcelona's injured Andres Iniesta with uncapped Valencia winger Juan Mata for World Cup qualifiers against Turkey at home on Saturday and away four days later.


Leasing firms shore up syndicated lending

Leasing and finance companies have now a sound footing in syndicated lending business because of risk-sharing approaches.

A glimpse into digital lifestyle

A four-day fair, designed to showcase the latest technology, began in Dhaka yesterday, aiming to give a glimpse into digital lifestyle.

Processed food exports rise 41pc

Agro-processed food exports rose 41.04 percent to $28.11 million in the July-January period of the current fiscal year, backed by competitive prices and upmarket buyers' shift to ethnic snacks as recession squeezes pockets of the consumers in the western economies.

1,200 HSBC staff face axe in UK

HSBC said Wednesday it could axe up to 1,200 workers in Britain as Europe's biggest bank strengthened measures to withstand the global financial crisis.

Global banking alliance launched

Eleven of the world's leading sustainable banks have forged a new alliance to build a positive alternative to a global financial system, now in crisis, says a press statement.

Tourism can help ride out global crisis

Tourism can be a great way to battle the effects of the global financial meltdown in Bangladesh, said the chairman of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation yesterday.

World hotel prices slump

Hotel prices around the world fell in the fourth quarter of last year, with the steepest declines seen in the United States and Canada, a survey published Tuesday showed.

Cut in China official spending

China's premier has ordered officials to cut hospitality and transportation spending as an economic slowdown and stimulus measures squeeze government budgets, state media reported Wednesday.

Answering for AIG

Pointing with dismay to the AIG debacle, the nation's top economic officials argued Tuesday for unprecedented powers to regulate and even take over financial goliaths whose collapse could imperil the entire economy. President Barack Obama agreed and said he hoped “it doesn't take too long to convince Congress.”

Remittance hit by global crisis

Bangladesh has witnessed robust growth in remittances in recent years. This has been led by good demand for blue-collar jobs in Asian countries. High remittance flow has also helped reduce the poverty level in Bangladesh by about 6 percent.

Asian markets mixed

Asian markets were mixed Wednesday as investors made the most of massive gains earlier in the week to take profits as confidence slowly edges back onto trading floors.

HSBC tops brand ranking

HSBC has retained its top rank on Global Banking 500, a review of the top financial services brands in the world measured by both brand strength and brand value, said a statement.

Investment awareness programme in Sylhet

IDLC Finance Ltd (IDLC) and IDLC Securities Ltd jointly organised an 'Investors' Awareness Programme' in Sylhet on Tuesday, said a statement.

German sees low business confidence

German business confidence slipped to its lowest reading ever in March, the closely watched Ifo indicator revealed on Wednesday, falling slightly below market expectations.

Dollar slips

The dollar dipped on Wednesday as investors weighed prospects for a US economic recovery in light of Washington's plan this week to cleanse banks of bad assets, analysts said.

Millions of Thais prepare for stimulus handouts

Thailand's government prepared Wednesday to give 2,000-baht (57-dollar) handouts to millions of people as part of a stimulus programme aimed at fighting the effects of the global slowdown.

Japanese exports suffer record plunge

Japanese exports have almost halved from a year ago, a record plunge that puts the world's number two economy on course for its worst recession since World War II, data showed Wednesday.

Nike to stop shipments from China, Vietnam plants

Sportswear producer Nike said Wednesday it would stop orders with three footwear factories in China and one in Vietnam as the global downturn forces the company to trim output.

Philippines warns budget deficit may exceed limit

A steep economic downturn could push the Philippines' 2009 budget deficit more than 40 percent above the targetted limit, Economic Planning Secretary Ralph Recto warned Wednesday.


In a February 23 caption, it was inadvertently mentioned that Mohammad Ibrahim Khalil, chairman of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC), presided over the 43rd and 44th annual general meetings of Sanofi-aventis Bangladesh Ltd. The correct name is Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman. We regret the mistake.


City's diarrhoea situation deteriorates further

The city's diarrhoea situation is taking a serious turn as most of the hospitals here yesterday witnessed huge number of diarrhoea patients with serious condition.

Set up tribunal this month to try war criminals

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the government to set up a tribunal and form an investigation committee and a prosecution team by the end of March, the month of independence, to put the war criminals on trial.

Work unitedly for economic emancipation: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged people of all walks of life to work unitedly imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War for attaining economic emancipation, a cardinal objective of the hard-fought independence that remained unfulfilled for 38 years.

Inter-ministerial meet ends inconclusively

An inter-ministerial meeting on trial of war criminals was held yesterday nearly two months after the House adopted a unanimous resolution for immediate trial of war criminals.

Programmes to celebrate Independence Day

The nation will celebrate the 39th Independence Day today to salute those who laid down their lives for freedom.

Formulate nat'l policy on chemical hazard control

Experts at a workshop yesterday called on the government to formulate a national chemical safety policy to control chemical hazards and ensure proper management of chemical wastes.

'Address issue of injecting drug users with priority'

The issue of injecting drug users (IDU) should be addressed with high priority since the prevalence of HIV in Asia is IDU-driven, Abul Kalam Azad, additional secretary to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said at a workshop yesterday.

Workshop on RTI from March 28

Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) is going to organise a training workshop on 'Exercising Right to Information (RTI): Civil Society and Citizen's perspective' from March 28 to 30 at CCDB Hope Centre in Savar, says a press release.

10 HC judges sworn in

Ten High Court (HC) judges, who were reappointed on Tuesday, were sworn in at the judges' lounge of the Supreme Court yesterday.

JCD seeks Duta's help to realise demands

Leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday sought assistance from Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) to realise their six-point demand, including peaceful coexistence at the residential halls.

Valuables worth Tk 20 lakh looted

A gang of 25-30 robbers looted valuables worth around Tk 20 lakh from 10 families of a two-storied building at Khejurbagh in South Keraniganj early yesterday.

President adorns Ehtesham with Maj Gen rank

President Zillur Rahman yesterday adorned Military Secretary to the President (MSP) Md Ehtesham Ul Haque with the rank of Major General at a simple ceremony at Bangabhaban.

Tk 5cr goods gutted in Fatullah fire

At least 10 workers were injured and valuables gutted in a devastating fire at Pioneer Garments at Panchaboti under Fatullah in Narayanganj yesterday noon.

2-day SCBA election ends

The two-day polling of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) for its 14 executive posts, including president and secretary, ended in the city yesterday evening.

BSMMU to be made centre of excellence

Prof Pran Gopal Dutt, the newly appointed vice chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), yesterday pledged to make the institute a centre of excellence by enhancing the standard of its services and professionalism of doctors and staffs.

2 BCL men shot in city

Two Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Tejgaon College unit sustained bullet injuries at the college hostel gate in the city's Tejgaon yesterday as some unidentified criminals opened fire on them.


Housing chief hides after 'embezzling' Tk 5 crore

Thirty persons in a press conference yesterday demanded immediate arrest of the managing director of a housing company who went into hiding after swindling about Tk 5 crore that was taken from people in the name of giving plots at a suburb in the city.

Teachers demand removal of 'corrupt' principal

Teachers and students of BLP Degree College under Patuakhali Sadar upazila yesterday formed a human chain in front of the deputy commissioner's (DC) office demanding removal of college Principal Abdul Maleq Akon who faces allegation of corruption.

Complainant faces threat by accused

Abdullah Goldar, complainant of a case for killing his father against nine 'rajakars', is feeling insecure following threat by prime accused Rafiqul Morol alias Abu Taleb Morol and his younger brother Belayet Morol.

FFs to boycott functions if Jamaat-backed UZ chairmen attend

Muktijoddha Sangsad units in Zaintapur and Fenchuganj upazilas have announced boycotting the Independence Day programme, if the newly elected upazila chairmen, who are leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, remain present as chief guest or hoist the national flag at the functions.

No student rally on CU campus today

The Chittagong University (CU) authorities have banned all kinds of rallies, meetings and processions by students and socio-cultural organisations on the campus on the occasion of the Independence Day today, campus sources said.

Ajax Jute Mills workers on strike for weekly wages

Production at Ajax Jute Mills in Phubarigate area under Khanjahan Ali Police Station came to a halt yesterday as workers began an indefinite strike demanding payment of their weekly wages.

Bangabandhu's portrait to be hung at RU

The Rajshahi University (RU) authorities will hang a big portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in front of the main gate of Bangabandhu Hall on the occasion of the Independence Day today.

Schoolteacher assaulted in Khagrachhari

A primary schoolteacher has been assaulted allegedly by the cadres of ruling Awami League (AL) at Zafarpara under Matiranga upazila.

Power-hungry men beat up Palli Bidyut staff

Power-hungry people of Durgapur village under Bholahat upazila of Chapainawabganj district beat up two Palli Bidyut staff on Tuesday night.


Congress lauds PM's Pakistan policy

India's ruling Congress party on Tuesday officially announced a second term for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should it win the April-May polls and said his temperate Pakistan policy had produced much better results than the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) campaign for aggression towards Islamabad.

Netanyahu wants to be 'peace partner'

Israel's prime minister designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, said yesterday his government would be a "partner for peace" with the Palestinians.

UN issues Darfur aid warning

More than a million people in Darfur will go without food rations by May unless new aid agencies are deployed, a joint Sudanese-UN assessment says.

10 civilians die in east Afghanistan

A roadside bomb ripped through a van carrying civilians on a road used by foreign troops in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing 10 and wounding six, officials said.

Militants warn of attacks in Kashmir

A hardline Pakistan-based Islamist militant group warned yesterday of fresh attacks against Indian troops, as the army said a "large number" of guerrillas were poised to infiltrate Kashmir.

Pakistan's top judge returns to bench

Pakistan's supreme court chief justice called for an end to judicial corruption after returning to bench for the first time in 16 months brought back to resolve a political crisis that showed the country's volatility as the fight against terrorism intensifies.

Russia worried about Pak nuke security

Russia is 'very much concerned' about the security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons, and the country must be stabilised before peace can be achieved in Afghanistan, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said in an interview with US television.

LTTE is a 'terrorist' group

In a rare occassion, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi spoke about the LTTE during a press conference in Puducherry yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

The art of recreating the past

Historians and fiction (in particular historical fiction) writers are strange bedfellows. Where does one draw the line? According to author Selina Hossain, "When you want hardcore facts, you should go for history or news reports. The purpose of historical fiction is to provide the reader with a feel of being present at a particular event through the perspective of characters. This is essentially an art of recreating the past, entirely dependent on the literary prowess of a writer."

Amanul Huq: A chronicler of history

Amanul Huq's camera has captured many remarkable images of the Language Movement and Liberation War. His valorous photographs document our glorious history and the saga of its people -- valuable assets for post-Liberation War generation. These rare photographs help us explore our identity and existence. During national crises, his thought-provoking images help us to see things in perspective. Amanul's unmistakeable talent is also apparent in his professional relationship with legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray.

“Through our songs, we were able to keep the dream of independence alive” -- Bipul Bhattacharya

The Liberation War was the outcome of a mass effort to acquire an independent Bangladesh. The war was fought both in the cultural arena as well as on the battlefield. Our literature, poems and songs were a major source of inspiration to the valiant freedom fighters who took up arms against the Pakistani military.

Premier of Caravan ‘71 on Desh TV

Docu-fiction “Caravan ‘71” will be premiered tonight at 7:30pm on Desh TV. Directed by Abu Sufian Biplob, the 46- minute docu-fiction features noted novelist-educationist Zafar Iqbal.

Durer Tumi on Channel 1

"Durer Tumi," a TV play will be aired as part of the special programmes on March 26 on Channel 1 at 8:15 pm. The story follows Chhonda and Rana who decide to get married on March 25, 1971. Their plan is shattered with the crackdown of the Pakistan army on civilians that very night. Rana opts to join the guerrillas and Chhonda takes refuge in a village along with her family. As the story unravels it is for the audience to wait with bated breath to know if the duo reunite during the war or not.

Independence Day specials on abc radio

On the occasion of the 38th Independence Day, abc radio fm 89.2, will air several special programmes. A documentary titled, "Gano-hottyar Prothom Raat," will be aired after the news at 2am, 7am, 1am, 6pm and 9pm. Mahmuda Sultana Roma is the producer of the show.

Tini Ekjon Muktijoddha on Channel i

As part of the special programmes on Independence Day, Channel i will telecast a single-episode play “Tini Ekjon Muktijodhdha” tonight at 7:50 pm. The play has been directed by Ahsanul Haq Minu. Ali Imran has written the script.

Konthey Amar Swadhinota on Banglavision

Banglavision will air a special musical programme “Konthey Amar Swadhinota” tonight at 8:15 pm. Singers Hyder Husyn, Shammi Akhter, Mahmuduzzaman Babu and Fahmida Nabi will sing patriotic and inspirational songs related to the Liberation War and more.


Keeping the spirit of the Liberation War alive

THE theme for International Museum Day, which is celebrated on May 18, many years ago was "Museums: Building Community," which underlined the important social role museums play. The theme reiterates the importance of the museum and recalls the definition of the museum as a permanent institution in the service of society and of its development. I recall that theme today to reiterate the important role the Liberation War Museum has played in our community ever since its establishment.

Intellectual capital

THE government has recently set up a 27-member "recession task force" to periodically monitor international trends. The FBCCI has suggested a Tk 6,000 crore "salvage" package, a tax break for five years and requested the government to turn a blind eye to black money. I hope such a recovery package is not used to bail out companies that are in trouble because of greed or inefficiency. The stimulus package would be better utilised to support companies that strive to become internationally competitive through technology and innovation, to create jobs for the unemployed including those forced to return home, and for infrastructure and capacity development.

Star Chittagong

Trucks, covered vans defy CMP rules

Trucks and covered vans are plying the city roads during daytime, causing huge tailbacks at different points in the port city.

Handloom products gain popularity in Rangamati

The handloom products are gaining popularity among the tourists from home and abroad in the hill district of Rangamati.

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