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DMC shut after BCL clash kills 1

Dhaka Medical College was closed for an indefinite period yesterday following a series of clashes between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) that left a top BCL college unit leader killed and at least 20 people injured.

Green Crescent ran illegally

The UK-based controversial NGO Green Crescent was illegally operating a madrasa-cum-orphanage where the Rapid Action Battalion busted a mini ammo factory on March 24 in Bhola, say sources at the Department of Social Service.

24 of 38 parties submit poll expense reports

Twenty-four out of 38 political parties that contested the December 29 parliamentary election last year submitted their poll expenditure reports to the Election Commission (EC) yesterday, the last day for submission of those.

Fire safety laws enough, enforcement missing

Slack enforcement of existing laws and lack of public awareness make any multi-storied building vulnerable to fires, rendering life and property unsafe, said experts at a roundtable on "Fire Safety in Our Buildings" yesterday.

PM pledges to beef up police to fight terror

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the police would be effectively armed with modern technologies and increased manpower, including more female members, to make the cops more capable of combating terrorism and militancy.

Probe-influencing govt high-ups under scanner

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is now focusing on the then government high-ups who influenced three CID investigators accused of misdirecting the investigation of the August 21 grenade attack case.

Tk 155cr scheme to train, rehabilitate disabled persons

The government has, for the first time ever, launched a five-year programme involving Tk 155 crore to train and rehabilitate the disabled in the country.

Those who sought Tac clemency may lose job: Minister

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday the government plans to dismiss public servants who confessed their offences, sought clemency from the Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) and surrendered their illegally earned money during the tenure of the past caretaker government.

Veterans of AL, BNP kept in the dark

Most of the senior leaders of Awami League and BNP are in the dark about the polls expenditure returns their parties have submitted to the Election Commission (EC).

BB mulls stimulus for recession-hit industries

Bangladesh Bank may give industries affected by the global economic meltdown an opportunity to reschedule their loans without any down payment under the recession benefits the government is considering for these industries.

Talks with Russia start to set up Nuke power plant

Bangladesh and Russia yesterday launched a three-day talk on an agreement for assistance in setting up nuclear power plants in Bangladesh so that Bangladesh can peacefully use nuclear energy.

Nat'l defence policy drafted

The government has drafted national defence policy, Planning Minister AK Khandker told the House yesterday.

Govt warnings go in vain

Higher educational institutions across the country are being shut down one after another following clashes involving Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League (AL), since AL-led government came to power following a landslide victory in the ninth parliamentary polls.

18 more BDR men held for mutiny

Rab yesterday detained 18 BDR personnel in connection with the massacre and looting of gold ornaments during the bloody mutiny at the Pilkhana BDR headquarters.

ADB downbeat on Bangladesh

The Asian Development Bank yesterday projected this year's GDP growth at 5.6 percent, down by 0.6 percentage points of the previous year's achievement and around one percentage point lower than the central bank's projection of 6.5 percent for the current fiscal year.

Police place 10 suggestions to raise skills

High officials of Bangladesh Police yesterday put forward 10 suggestions to Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina for building the police as a modern and highly skilled force.

Bill seeks lawmakers' authority over UZ parishad

The parliamentary standing committee on the LGRD ministry yesterday placed its report on the scrutiny of a bill with recommendations for giving lawmakers massive authority over upazila parishads in their constituencies.

Don't overplay Bangabandhu

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the state-run Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television not to make exaggerated publicity about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Vow to fight cross-border terrorism

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday held their first round of annual talks in New Delhi on issues including joint patrolling of 46 difficult areas, prevention of cross-border movement of terrorists and trafficking of humans and drugs.

SC rejects govt petition against bail

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday rejected a government petition seeking a stay on the High Court (HC) order granting anticipatory bail to Jamaat-e-Islami leader barrister Abdur Razzaq and asking the government not to harass or arrest him in connection with the Pilkhana carnage case.

Myanmar says border fence not a defence mechanism

The Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka Phae Thann Oo yesterday insisted that the barbed wire fence being put up along the border with Bangladesh is not a defence mechanism.

Pak Taliban behind Lahore police academy attack

The top Pakistani Taliban commander said yesterday that his group had carried out the deadly assault on a police academy in eastern Pakistan, and he vowed to launch an attack on the US capital.

200 migrants feared dead as 3 boats sink in storm off Libya

At least 21 illegal migrants died, 213 are missing and presumed dead after as many as three boats sank in a violent storm off Libya, the International Organisation for Migration said yesterday.

Clarification

Jamaat-e-Islami's Assistant Secretary General Abdur Razzaq, in a clarification to a news report titled "'Conversation' with Mutineers, Razzaq quizzed' published yesterday in The Daily Star, said that the report saying that the CID quizzed him regarding conversations he had with BDR personnel during the mutiny was totally untrue.

Editorial

Political use of CID

The report that the CID has filed a case against three of its former investigators for allegedly misdirecting the probe into the August 21 grenade attack only confirms what we have all long suspected: that the investigative capabilities of the authorities have long been politically used and the time has come to develop it professionally.

Commando-style attack in Lahore

The commando style attack on a police academy in Lahore on Monday shows up yet once again Pakistan's vulnerability in the face of growing terrorism. That the attack has been foiled, albeit after a number of deaths have occurred, is a matter of relief. But one cannot quite say that there will not be any more such attacks on the state since the frequency of the assaults on targets in the country has been going up in worrying manner. The point about Pakistan's predicament has been well expressed by interior advisor Rehman Malik. The country, he has said, is in need of political unity. An absence of that will mean a choice between handing Pakistan over to the Taliban or fighting them out of the country. That statement is symbolic of where Pakistan stands today.

Varun Gandhi and the long tradition of hate

VARUN Gandhi has shocked all people of good conscience in the subcontinent. On second thought, though, should we really be surprised at what he has had to say about India's Muslims? Forget the fact that his roots are in the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. History bears ample proof of good political families sometimes throwing up a black sheep or two.

Defining the crime

THERE is debate on whether the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act (Act no XIX of 1973) applies or not to the suspected murderers at the BDR premises. There are two views on the matter. One view suggests that it is applicable to those involved in the BDR massacre and the other view is that it cannot be invoked.

Sports

Abahani start celebrations

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza produced yet another dazzling display as Abahani all but confirmed their hattrick of titles with an emphatic 76-run victory over Partex in a rain-hit Premier Division Cricket Super League match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Torun get by Biman

Surjo Torun leg-spinner Sabbir Rahman snared a hattrick on way to his second consecutive five-wicket haul as his side beat Bangladesh Biman by 11 runs via the D/L method in a rain-interrupted match of the Premier Cricket League at BKSP yesterday.

ICL may let 'em go

The Indian Cricket League (ICL) is willing to release some of its foreign players from their contracts so they can play international cricket but expects them to return when the league restarts its international Twenty20 programme in October-November. The unauthorised league is also gearing up for a major legal battle if its application for recognition is turned down at an International Cricket Council meeting next month, a senior ICL official said.

Aus shift focus

Ricky Ponting has arrived in Durban ahead of Friday's first one-day international confident that Australia can turn around their form after losing the Twenty20 series 2-0. The squad will train on Wednesday and Thursday at Kingsmead, where some of the players enjoyed wrapping up the Test series victory less than a month ago.

Giants face tricky ties

With only one point between them in the race for four Latin American World Cup qualifying berths Argentina and Brazil, seven world crowns between them, face stiff midweek challenges.

Tamim, Rezaul fined, Javed cautioned

Tamim Iqbal and Rezaul Haque Nayeem were fined as both were found guilty of showing dissent after they were given out.

52 enter for Nat'l Club Cup

Fifty-two district clubs have enrolled for the inaugural National Club Championship, which will begin later this month.

Kyrgyzstan first in finals

Kyrgyzstan reached the AFC Challenge Cup 2010 finals after a 1-1 draw with Palestine in a qualifying match here on Monday.

It's heating up

Europe's fight for 13 World Cup places hots up on Wednes-day with seven months to go before the end of qualifying for South Africa 2010.

Trap up against Italy

Italian coaching legends Marcello Lippi and Giovanni Trappatoni will be on opposite benches as Italy host Ireland in a crucial World Cup qualifier here on Wednesday.

Koreas battle for top spot

The two Koreas meet here Wednes-day in a crunch World Cup qualifier as tensions between the countries mount ahead of a planned rocket launch by the communist North.

Hull file case against Cesc

Hull said Monday they had submitted their case to the Football Association regarding allegations that assistant manager Brian Horton was spat at by Arsenal club captain Cesc Fabregas.

Measures in place to stop stampedes

Measures will be in place at next year's tournament in South Africa to prevent stampedes like the one that killed 19 fans in Ivory Coast over the weekend, a top World Cup official said Monday. Officials would launch a major spectator education campaign to ensure that fans got to the games early," said Danny Jordaan, the head of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa, in a statement.

Toni set to return

Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni is set to return for Bayern Munich's all-important Bundesliga clash at Wolfsburg on Saturday having finally shaken off his achilles tendon injury.

France replace Diaby with Mavuba

France on Tuesday drafted Rio Mavuba of Lille to replace Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby, who withdrew with a hip problem ahead of Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Stade de France.

England suffer Bent blow

England's attacking options for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine looked set to be further reduced after Darren Bent limped out of training on the eve of the match.

Barca impress Fergie

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has highlighted Barcelona as the biggest threat to his side's chances of retaining their Champions League title.

Stars struggle thru'

On a difficult Monday for stars, top seeds Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, Britain's Andy Murray and Wimbledon champion Venus Williams advanced at the ATP and WTA hardcourt tournament here.

Vital clash for Scotland

Scotland players have no time to feel sorry for themselves after their weekend humbling from Holland as they prepare to face Iceland in a vital World Cup qualifier at Hampden on Wednesday.

No KKR without Dada, assures Shah Rukh

"There is no Kolkata Knight Riders without Dada", asserted team owner Shah Rukh Khan while rubbishing speculation that Sourav Ganguly was being sidelined by coach John Buchanan's idea to have multiple captains for the Indian Premier League (IPL) second season.

LOCAL SNIPPETS

Four players are currently sharing the lead in the points table with six points after the seventh round of games ended in the preliminary phase of the Mercantile Bank 35th National Chess Championship at the chess federation hall room yesterday.

PCB assesses UAE safety

Pakistan has sent a two-man team to the United Arab Emirates to assess security arrangements for next month's series against Australia amid heightened safety demands, an official said Tuesday.

Navy-Europa final tomorrow

Bangladesh Navy will take on Europa Youth in tomorrow's final of the Independence Day basketball tournament.

Kiwis include Southee for third Test

New Zealand have added young pace bowler Tim Southee to their squad for the third Test against India starting here on Friday.

Bangladesh in Group B

Hosts Bangladesh have been drawn in Group B of the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Zone Group IV qualifiers along side Myanmar, Jordan, Turkmenis-tan and Qatar.

Big two fit for England

Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff will join the England squad is St Lucia for the series-deciding final ODI against West Indies after being passed fit following scans on their injuries in Barbados.

Business

ADB cuts growth outlook

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday projected the lowest GDP growth for Bangladesh in five years for the current fiscal year due mainly to impacts of the global economic slowdown.

Huawei sets up $3m telecom lab at Buet

Chinese telecom equipment vendor Huawei has set up a wireless communication laboratory at a cost of $3 million at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) to help local telecom talents carry out training and research.

Recession may squeeze ad spending

Advertisement spending in the local market may decline 8 percent by the end of the current fiscal year, as the global meltdown is putting strains on the country's economy, analysts say.

Asia to face a rough 2009

Growth in Asia's developing nations will almost halve this year, the Asian Development Bank said, while data from Japan showed unemployment in the region's leading economy was at a three-year high.

Banking on foreign money risky: Yunus

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus yesterday said the global financial meltdown has exposed the dangers of relying on foreign money.

DCCI backs policy support

The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) yesterday urged the government to lend policy support instead of direct cash incentives to the sectors hurt by global recession.

Bailout package 'very soon'

The commerce minister expects the announcement of government bailout package shortly for the sectors affected by the ongoing global recession.

ICC-B stresses private-public partnership

More integrated privatepublic partnership is essential to face the ongoing world economic challenges, says the president of the Bangladesh chapter of International Chamber of Commerce.

High-stakes debut looms for Obama at G20 summit

Seldom has a US president faced such a stern first test overseas as the one awaiting Barack Obama at Thursday's Group of 20 economic crisis summit.

Bourses propose allowing undisclosed money

Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges have proposed that undisclosed money, a major part of the economy, should be allowed to invest in the capital market without paying tax.

Global slowdown fuels German joblessness

German unemployment surprised analysts by rising in March, underscoring Tuesday that the global crisis is bearing down on Europe's biggest economy in a way not seen since the Great Depression.

Dhaka Bank declares 10pc stock dividend

Dhaka Bank Ltd declared 10 percent stock and 15 percent cash dividends for its shareholders for the year 2008, says a press release.

Big slide in global trade looms

With global trade sliding, analysts say some of the world's most powerful leaders may need to offer more than ritual support for open markets when they meet this week if they are to steady a teetering economy and avoid a damaging retreat to protectionism.

Govt policies will avert Depression: OECD

Haunted perhaps by the ghost of Herbert Hoover, global leaders have steered the world away from a 1930s-style Great Depression by a "very, very, high level of awareness" of the policy errors of his era, a top international economist said as he released an OECD study of efforts to save the world economy.

Asian markets broadly up

Asian stocks were mostly up Tuesday as some investors picked up bargains the day after markets tumbled, although others remained cautious due to uncertainty over the world economic outlook.

Oil recovers

Oil prices recovered a little on Tuesday but remained below 50 dollars a barrel amid concerns for the global economy and the struggling auto sector, traders said.

Australia approves Chinese stake in Fortescue Metals

Australia Tuesday conditionally approved Hunan Valin Iron and Steel Group's billion-dollar investment in Fortescue Metals Group, as debate rages over China's moves into the country's resources.

Hard Rock to roll out more Asian hotels

The head of Hard Rock International said Tuesday the leisure firm was looking to expand its rock-and-roll themed hotel franchise across Asia despite the financial crisis.

Eurozone inflation slumps to record low at 0.6pc

Inflation in the 16 countries using the euro slumped to a record low of 0.6 percent in March, the European Union's Eurostat data agency estimated Tuesday.

CNOOC's 2008 profits jump 42pc

CNOOC, China's biggest offshore oil and gas producer, said Tuesday its net profit soared 42 percent last year on increased output and high oil prices in the first half.

Metropolitan

'Expatriate Bank' to ensure safe migration

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government would set up 'expatriate bank' for safe migration of Bangladeshi workers to overseas job markets as she discussed with business leaders about country's latest socio-economic situation.

Time frame imperative for publishing textbook

National textbook expert committee at a meeting yesterday recommended that a time frame or calendar will have to be introduced to deal with textbook publishing activities round the year, especially measurement of textbooks' real demand, paper collection, floating tenders, printings, bindings and marketing for solving textbook crisis permanently.

Regional cooperation key to dev, addressing climate change

Terming regional cooperation a key to development and addressing climate change, Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday underscored the need for forming different regional bodies to monitor and ensure regional cooperation.

Implement UN convention to ensure child rights

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said though Bangladesh is one of the very few countries to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in its early stage, it is yet to implement the document of the convention properly even after 18 years.

Electioneering ends

Electioneering for tomorrow's by-polls in six constituencies ended yesterday amid hectic last-minute campaigns by the candidates in their respective constituencies.

People with specific charges barred from leaving country

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed said some people are being prevented from leaving the country on the basis of specific allegations against them.

MJF helps marginalised people claim their rights

Development experts at a workshop yesterday said Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) has set a unique example by helping marginalised people claim their rights and advocating policy changes to promote human rights and good governance.

Plot on to embarrass govt: AG

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday said all the political parties should have stood by the government after the BDR carnage instead of trying to make the government embarrassed by delivering confusing statements.

Govt keen to implement CHT accord

Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of CHT Affairs, Promod Mankin at a seminar yesterday said the government is keen to implement the CHT Agreement to ensure fundamental rights of the indigenous people.

Lightning kills two in Keraniganj

Two people, including a Bangladeshi expatriate living in the United States, were killed and another sustained injuries by lightning at Keraniganj in the outskirt of the city yesterday while it was drizzling.

Robberies create panic among owners, staffs

The recent spate of robberies by armed muggers at different CNG filling stations in and around the city has made running the business risky and created panic among employees of the stations.

BSTI asked to achieve certifying capability of 'halal' products

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday asked Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute (BSTI) to take initiative to achieve certifying capability of 'halal' products for smooth access of Bangladeshi products to the international market.

'Work together to ensure equal rights of people with disabilities'

The 11th National Disability Day will be observed today with a view to ensure rights of the people with disabilities and create awareness on the issue.

14 were killed in political violence last month

A total of 565 people were arrested in connection with the BDR carnage at Pilkhana, 953 people arrested on different charges, 469 injured while 14 people were killed in political violence across the country last month.

New student immigration system in UK

International students looking to study in the United Kingdom (UK) will be able to apply for their visa through Tier 4 of the new streamlined Points Based System from yesterday.

UNDP assures help in dev programmes

UNDP Resident Representative to Bangladesh Renata Dessallien said UNDP will provide its all possible assistance for the programmes to be taken by the government for the welfare of the people.

Two killed in road crashes

Two people were killed and 12 others injured in separate road accidents in Narsingdi and Gaibandha yesterday.

GC Dev's death anniversary observed

Gobinda Dev Darshan (Philosophy) Research Centre of Dhaka University (DU) organised a discussion marking the 38th death anniversary of Prof Gobinda Chandra Dev popularly known as GC Dev at RC Majumder auditorium of the university yesterday, says a press release.

Shaheed Minar demolished in Pirojpur

Miscreants in the dark of the night demolished the Shaheed Minar at Balihari Secondary School under Gutiakathi union of Swarupkathi, Pirojpur.

'Stop engaging children in anti-social activities'

Prajanmo Bachao, an alliance of voluntary organisations, launched an awareness programme with a view to stop engaging children in different anti-social activities specially begging.

Supremacy of MPs over UZs violation of constitution

Expressing concern over the initiative to establish supremacy of the lawmakers over the local government institutions, Shushashoner Janney Nagorik (Shujan) yesterday said it would be a clear violation of the constitution if the lawmakers take the authority.

Shop owners press RDA to drop its high-rise plan

Several hundred businessmen under the banner of 'General Businessmen Association' on Monday formed a human chain in front of RDA (Rajshahi Development Authority) market demanding withdrawal of the decision to build a multi-storey building there.

Robbery at GP Gazipur centre

A robbery was committed at GrameenPhone (GP) Centre at Chandna Plaza at the Chandna crossing in Gazipur Sadar on Monday night.

9 get life for murder in Joypurhat

Joypurhat District Additional Sessions Judge Court in a verdict on Monday sentenced nine people, four of them in absentia, to life term rigorous imprisonment in the sensational Saiful murder case in Joypurhat.

Trawler sinks in Barisal, 3 killed

At least three people were killed and 10 more went missing as a trawler sank at the Sugandha River at Rahmatpur union under Babuganj upazila in Barisal last night.

Jamaat men denied bail, sent to jail

Two Jamaat activists arrested for selling controversial books in Thakurgaon were denied bail and sent to jail yesterday.

Observer staffs threaten 'fast unto death'

Journalists, workers and employees of The Bangladesh Observer and the Weekly Chitrali on yesterday threatened 'fast unto death' demanding payment of their arrear salaries of 78 months.

Two bodies recovered

Police recovered two bodies at Dakkhinkhan on the outskirts of the city yesterday.

Rafiqul takes over as PWD chief engineer

Rafiqul Islam Chowdhury took over as the chief engineer of the Public Works Department (PWD) yesterday, says a press release.

Iqbal made BRTC chairman

The government yesterday appointed Major (Retd) MM Iqbal Chairman of Bangladesh Road Tran-sport Corporation (BRTC).

Indian HC celebrates ITEC day

Indian High Commission celebrated Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day yesterday at its office in the city, says a press release.

B Chy, Mannan reinstated as BDP president, secy general

Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Maj (retd) Abdul Mannan were reinstated as president and secretary general of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday.

BNP lawmaker Nizam to head JS body on fisheries

The House yesterday reconstituted the parliamentary standing committee on fisheries and livestock ministry.

Appeal for help

Rahmat Ali Mostazir has been suffering from kidney disease since 2006, says a press release.

Death anniversary

Today is the 38th death anniversary of Engineer Fazlur Rahman, his younger brother Rafiqul Islam and his nephew Anwar Hossain, says a press release.

Speaker asks CAG to audit expenditure since '72

Speaker Abdul Hamid Advocate yesterday requested Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Ahmed Ataul Hakim to send an expert team to audit the expenditure of Parliament Secretariat since 1972.

National

Shibir using religion to woo kids in Rajshahi

Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, is wooing children allegedly using religious edicts and arousing 'fear of hell' in them.

RU Shibir stages fresh showdown on campus

Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists along with outsiders staged a big showdown on the Rajshahi University (RU) campus yesterday that created panic among the teachers, officers and employees.

SUST students boycott classes, lock office

General students of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) yesterday boycotted their classes and put the Registrar's Building under lock and key for half an hour protesting hike in tuition fees.

20 Khulna rajakars sued for killing FF in '71

Twenty 'rajakars' of Batia-ghata upazila of Khulna district were sued yesterday for their involvement in the killing of freedom fighter Khalilur Rahman of east Baniakhamar under Khulna Sadar thana during the war of liberation in 1971.

105 'excess' RCC staff sacked

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) yesterday dismissed some 105 “excess and politically appointed” employees.

Widow sues 3 rajakars in Rangpur

A widow has filed a case against three alleged rajakars for killing her husband during the liberation war in 1971.

Lightning kills three

Three people were killed by lightning here yesterday.

Swechchasebok League leader murdered

A Swechchasebok League leader was stabbed to death and three others were injured by unidentified criminals at Malgram Chaporpara in the town yesterday evening.

AL leader in Moulvibazar murdered

An Awami League (AL) leader was killed here on Monday over a land dispute, police and family sources said.

Body of youth recovered

Police yesterday recovered body of a young man from the south side of the railway bridge on the river Turag at Tongi.

Letters

Textbook crisis

Every year we face a textbook crisis. Students do not get new books on time due to an artificial crisis. I would put forward a suggestion which may solve the problem. Introducing online version of books alongside the traditional textbooks can be a good idea. Internet is now a very powerful means of communication. During the SSC and HSC results, we saw a large number of students in front of computer. The number of the users of Internet is increasing gradually. Certainly a section of students and guardians will be benefited and it will also reduce the huge demand of textbooks at the beginning of a new session. Besides there will hardly be any mistakes in online versions of books, as any kinds of inclusion and deletion of the texts can be done quickly, which is not possible in the printed textbooks.

Session jam menace

Known as a ghastly term to almost all the students studying in public universities in our country, session jam refers to the failure of the institutions to graduate students as scheduled, due to lengthy closures mainly occasioned by politically motivated violence. General students, however, are the worst victims who suffer the dire consequences of it.

Terrorism

The recent arms haul in Bhola has revealed a link to a charity based in the United Kingdom. It turns out that the charity in question whose website shows pictures of medical help being handed out to poor Bangladeshi villagers is run by a highly educated Briton.

Highest peak

A journey to the highest peak of Bangladesh did not just give me a great adventurous time during my vacation but also a feeling of disappointment, because of the apathy of national leaders towards the country's immense tourism prospect.

Separation of judiciary

It is not still clear whether the ongoing process of empowering the executive magistrates with the cognisance taking power is the government's bowing down to the pressure from the executive officers or acceptance of any evil suggestion to grab the judicial power to use it as a tool of harassing the opponents of the government.

Road accidents

Road accidents are taking a huge toll and I think it is one of the major causes of deaths in our country. Every day we hear about terrible road accidents in which many people lose their lives and become maimed.

Regrettable

When economic recession affects our normal life, our family, our country, our world and when our prime minister is practicing austerity, the communications minister's attitude has shocked us.

Replace plastic bottles

In recent years plastic bottles are being extensively used as container for drinking water, edible oils and beverages. Water stored in plastic bottles risks becoming contaminated from plastic by-products, like bisphenol. A (BPA) and phthalate. As these substances leach from the plastic, the water and beverage remain no longer safe. Glass doesn't have this problem. It is a fact that (BPA), a common plastic binder found in many polycarbonate bottles, is making its way into our bodies. Seven hundred studies have been conducted regarding the ill effects pf BPA. The containers that it is found in are made of hard, clear polycarbonate plastic. The highest risk group is babies because their bodies are developing and their cells are being programmed. This programming that a baby's body undergoes is a very sensitive process. This is why it is advisable to switch to plastic baby bottles without BPA in them or use glass baby bottles. Studies show that exposure to low levels of BPA during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood may affect normal development and "sensitivity to onset of disease later in life, most particularly the potential for mammary and prostate cancer."

Economic recession

World economic recession is now knocking at our door. As Bangladesh is not an isolated island, so it is obvious that recession will hit us. This is just like a financial Sidr. Albeit its effect in short term is not visible but in the long run it will affect us very seriously. Already remittance has gone down and migrant workers are coming back. Many US and UK citizens of Bangladesh origin have already lost their jobs. Export of our RMG is going down and obviously export orders have also decreased. None can say how long this situation will linger. The policy makers of Bangladesh should contemplate the likely scenario.

End of capitalism?

I am writing with reference to Op-Ed: "The end of capitalism?" by Mirza Azizul Islam (March 25).

Fake rating?

The financial debacle across the globe rendered many top rated business houses helpless. They suddenly felt the jolt of the crisis unprepared and never anticipated such a catastrophe.

Benefits for the rich only?

Our government has decided to give 6,000 crore taka to the owners of Pajero, BMW and Lexus, the garment factory owners, as relief to earn more money rather easily by just paying Taka 1700.00 or $24 per month to the poor workers! That too is not guaranteed! Where was this package when thousands of jute mill workers at Khulna became jobless a few months back?

Old structures

Reports published in almost all newspapers on old architectural structures drew my attention. It is a great pleasure for us that our government is going to enact a law in this context. It is better late than never. In this era of concrete civilization, we are going to forget our glorious past.

Managing city traffic

Are not the poor and common people deprived of using the two giant flyovers at Mohakhali and Shajahanpur?

Political history

A.K. Fazlul Huq moved the Pakistan Resolution at Lahore in 1940 and Mohammad Ali Jinnah conferred the title of Sher-e-Bangla on Mr. Huq. Subsequently, the coalition government of Sher-e-Bangla A.K. Fazlul Huq & Mr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee lost in the general election to the Bengal Muslim League led by Maulana Akram Khan & Mr. Yousuf Ali Chowdhury (Mohan Mian).

International

Pak court suspends ban on Sharif brothers

Pakistan yesterday suspended a court ban on opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and reinstated his party's government in a key province, in a move likely to ease political tensions in the troubled country.

Lankan rebels appeal again for ceasefire

The Tamil Tiger rebels appealed again yesterday for a halt to fighting in their war against the Sri Lankan government, though they denied they were on the brink of defeat despite being backed into an ever-shrinking pocket of land.

Pak police ill-equipped against terror

A spectacular commando-style assault on a Pakistani police training school and a wave of suicide attacks have exposed a cash-strapped force woefully incapable of fighting insurgents, experts say.

UK starts Iraq pullout

British troops launched their pullout from Iraq yesterday with the lowering of a Royal Marines flag and handover of a Basra base to US control six years after their joint invasion.

Afghan backers look to build on US strategy

Afghanistan's international backers, including Iran and the United States, met yesterday to try to boost efforts to combat the Taliban-led insurgency and spread democracy in the shattered nation.

Indian PM dismisses Pakistani call for talks

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday that no further peace talks would be held with Pakistan until it acted against those behind last year's attacks on the city of Mumbai.

Cambodian PM warns against more Khmer prosecutions

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday warned that his country would be plunged back into civil war if the current UN-backed Khmer Rouge genocide court pursued more suspects.

Netanyahu shows pragmatic side as he takes power

During the election campaign, Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed peace talks with the Palestinians, supported expanding West Bank settlements and warned that concessions only embolden Israel's enemies.

30 rebels killed in Afghan battle

Thirty militants were killed in a police operation in Afghanistan's southern province of Uruzgan, the interior ministry announced yesterday.

New robot 'steered by human thought'

Japan's Honda said yesterday it had developed a robot steered by human thought, thanks to a helmet-like device that measures a person's brain activity and sends signals to the machine.

Thai cabinet cancels meeting as protests drags on

Thailand's government cancelled its weekly cabinet meeting yesterday as protesters loyal to fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra surrounded its Bangkok offices for a sixth day.

Advani mocks Third Front, says it doesn't exist

Arguing that the mere presence of political parties which are neither with United Progressive Alliance (UPA) nor National Democratic Alliance (NDA) does not mean there is a Third Front, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate LK Advani says many of these regional parties would join NDA if it is in a position to form a government.

Gujarat CM picks tainted aspirants for polls

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is backing candidates with criminal antecedents in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in contradiction to his otherwise incorruptible image.

Poverty not an issue for NDA, says Rahul

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi Monday asserted that the common man had always been his party's focus and accused the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) of ignoring the poor.

Sanjay Dutt can't contest Lok Sabha polls

The Supreme Court on Monday disallowed Bollywood actor-turned-politician Sanjay Dutt to contest the general elections following his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

Indian kills 6 of his family in US town after quarrel

An Indian IT professional in the US opened fire at his family members following a quarrel with his brother-in-law, killing five people, including three children. He then shot himself dead, a relative in a Tamil Nadu village on said on Tuesday.

End of Nepalese peace process in sight: PM

Nepalese Prime Minister Prachanda said Monday the ongoing peace process in his country should wrap up "within four or five months," and could serve as a model for volatile South Asia.

Anjali will fight Kasab case despite Shiv Sena threat

Mumbai, Mar 31 (IANS) Court-appointed lawyer Anjali Waghmare will represent Pakistani Ajmal Amir Kasab in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case, Maharashtra Home Minister Jayant Patil said Tuesday, hours after the Shiv Sena forced the advocate to withdrew from the assignment.

'Superpill' may cut heart disease: Study

Healthy people could cut their risk of heart disease in half with a new "super pill" that combines low doses of aspirin and drugs that lower blood pressure and cholesterol, a study said Monday.

Arts & Entertainment

An evening with Gano Sangeet artiste Ajit Pandey

A charged performance of Gana Sangeet, as it aimed at inspiring people to brave the darkness of society, literally brought light to a load shedding- affected Natmanadal. A solo musical evening by eminent Gano Sangeet artiste of the subcontinent was organised by Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi and the Department of Music and Drama on March 30 at Natmanadal. The event was interrupted by frequent electricity failure right from the start. The enthusiastic audience showed extreme tolerance by staying on at the event till the end, due to the outstanding performance by the internationally acclaimed artiste.

Advaita in full gear in Delhi

Advaita, a New Delhi-based band, had something for everyone at its recent concertwestern and Indian classical, complete with the guitar, keyboards, drums, sarangi and tabla. Held to launch its first CD, titled Grounded in Space, the group had the huge audience, largely the university crowd, cheering them on.

“I don’t have a dream role” --- Bipasha

The Daily Star's cultural correspondent recently caught up with Bipasha Hayat. A TV and theatre personality, she is more into writing scripts for TV plays and finds little time for modelling assignments. Excerpts from the interview:

Catering to pastoral minds

The three-day long book fair organised to mark the 39th Independence and national Day ended here recently.

Madonna urged to rethink adoption

Pop star Madonna has been urged by Save the Children to reconsider her apparent plans to adopt another Malawian child.

Delightful exhibits in Mymensingh

Alok Chitra Shilpi Sangsad (Ashis) has organised a week- long exhibition of photography, cameras and magazines of yesteryears, marking the 38th anniversary of Independence Day. The event, to conclude today, is being held at the training gallery of Ashis' office in the district town. According to the organisers, the exhibition of cameras and magazines is the first of its kind in greater Mymensingh.

Ghar Jamai on ATN Bangla tonight

TV serial "Ghar Jamai" will be aired on ATN Bangla tonight at 8:40 pm. Written by Mahfuzur Rahman, the serial is directed by Chanda Mahjabeen.

Trinar Golpo on ntv tonight

Drama serial "Trinar Galpo" will be aired tonight at 9:45pm on ntv. Written by the late playwright Selim Al Deen, the play is directed by Golam Sohrab Dodul.

OP-ED

Facing the challenge on two fronts

THE global economic recession has come when we are still trying to build and strengthen our democratic institutions. Undeniably, it has been the absence of good governance that has spawned corruption and engendered much of the ills that we are faced with today.

Branding Bangladesh

BANGLADESHIS have a persistent grievance that Bangladesh is not justly portrayed in international forums. It has become commonplace for the country to be associated with natural calamities, wavering political situation, corruption and other negative attributes. In most cases, propaganda is blown way out of proportion relative to other parts of the globe.

Whitening black money

LET me begin with a conversation with a former colleague. He is a professor of history, and came to our campus to attend a seminar on Sufism in Indonesia. After exchanging pleasantries, I was rushing to my class. Suddenly, Bob whispered: "You guys (economists) should return half of my superannuation money back which I lost due to the current global meltdown in the stock market. I will be retiring soon and would blame the economists who made my super worth half now."



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