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News of: Tuesday, 21st of April, 2009

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Khaleda asked to leave house within 15 days

Leader of the Opposition and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was served with a notice yesterday to vacate her Dhaka cantonment residence within 15 days.

Big budget on cards

The government is likely to chalk out a big budget of Tk 1,13,000 crore for the next fiscal year, to allocate more money for social safety nets, subsidies, development programmes, and additional salaries for government staff.

Appointment of war crime probe agency delayed

The appointment of an investigation agency and formation of a prosecution cell for conducting war crime trial has been deferred until return of the law minister from Iran.

Vital changes likely as bigwigs under pressure to quit

The embattled BNP national standing committee might witness a few important changes soon as some of its members are under tremendous pressure from the party men to quit the committee.

Govt to consult legal experts to decide mode of trial

The government will exchange views with the legal experts in a couple of days to decide under which law the trial of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutineers will be held.

High-rise buildings vulnerable to fire

Most of the multi-storeyed government and private office buildings in the capital remain vulnerable to any potential fire with no or inadequate safety measures posing a threat to public life, revealed an investigation by The Daily Star.

Sircar drew Tk 5.5 lakh in three months: JS body

Former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar spent Tk 5.51 lakh on entertainment purpose in only three months and took Tk 12.26 lakh in one year for decoration of his official residence against the ceiling of Tk 1.5 lakh.

Body formed to appoint another ACC commissioner

The government has formed a five-member body for appointing a commissioner of the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC).

Gen Moeen quits as NSC chief

Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday stood down as chairman of National Sports Council (NSC), citing personal reasons.

PM meets Zillur before flying to KSA

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called on President Zillur Rahman at Bangabhaban and apprised him about her visit to Saudi Arabia.

JMB suspects held in Jamalpur

Six suspected members of the banned Islamist militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), including two women, were arrested in the early hours yesterday in Jamalpur town.

Govt fixes edible oil prices

The government yesterday fixed the mill gate rate of unpacked soybean oil at Tk 73 per litre while palm oil at Tk 59 to keep the prices of this essential item stable in the local market.

Fresh discoveries show signs of ancient city

Fresh discovery of structures and artefacts traces signs of contemporary satellite settlements outside the fort city in Wari-Bateshwar, reinforcing last year's indication that the place was a Janapada or Mahajanapada, one of the earliest kingdoms or states in the Indian subcontinent.

CID quizzing arrested NSI officer

Investigators of the sensational Chittagong arms haul case yesterday started interrogating National Security Intelligence (NSI) field officer Akbar Hossain, now on remand.

Faridpur 'Al Badr leader'sued for war crime

A case was filed yesterday against Moulana Abul Kalam, alleged commander of Al Badr Bahini in Faridpur during the Liberation War, and his brother-in-law on charge of committing war crimes.

US favours talks, legal procedure

Responding to the issuance of a notice upon Khaleda Zia to vacate her cantonment house, the US embassy in Dhaka yesterday said the issue is for Bangladesh to solve through dialogue and established legal procedures.

Local admin asked to check graft

The government asked all deputy commissioners (DCs) to prevent corruption at grassroots level, ensure proper services of government agencies to rural people and improve the quality of education in primary and high schools.

Robbers kill schoolteacher, his son

A retired schoolteacher and his son were shot dead by dacoits during a robbery incident at Shimulia village in Sadar upazila of the district early yesterday.

RMG workers torch truck after road accident

Enraged garments workers set a truck on fire and barricaded the Gazipur-Tangail highway for about two hours following a road accident that killed one of their fellow workers at Naojore in Gazipur.

BCL men go on rampage at Sher-e-Bangla University

Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) ransacked the administrative building of Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University in the capital yesterday demanding postponement of the Masters in Sociology (MS) final part examinations scheduled for April 21 and 22.

HC issues rule on govt

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within three weeks why it should not be directed to ban the set of books that distorted the fact regarding the declaration of independence.

Chennai thrash Bangalore

Cricket 'golden oldies' Matthew Hayden and Muttiah Muralitharan powered Chennai Super Kings to a 92-run win over Bangalore Royal Challengers on Monday in the Indian Premier League.

Lanka gives Tigers 24 hours to surrender

The Sri Lankan government gave Tamil Tiger fighters and their leader 24 hours to surrender yesterday, after tens of thousands of trapped civilians managed to flee rebel-held territory.

20 killed as Pak troops raid militant hideouts

Pakistan helicopter gunships raided suspected militant hideouts near the Afghan border killing 20 insurgents and destroying their positions, a military official said yesterday.

170 killed in South Sudan clashes

Clashes between rival ethnic groups in south Sudan have left more than 170 people dead, a district official said yesterday.

Jamaican plane hijack drama ends

Police in Jamaica stormed a hijacked plane yesterday and arrested a lone gunman who had seized the Canadian airliner carrying 182 people during a stopover, the country's information minister told media.

Editorial

Government's stimulus package

The stimulus package announced by the government to help absorb the knock-on effects global economic meltdown is a welcome step that could not have come a day later although not all affected sectors would receive cash incentive in the current plan.

Sliding law and order

Law and order is sliding in the city, as extortionists, drug peddlers and muggers have become very active in many localities. At least nine people were murdered and 20 others sustained bullet wounds in the last seven days. The law enforcers are apparently finding it hard to cope with the situation.

Chavez at it again?

THE photograph of President Barrack Obama and Hugo Chavez shaking hands seems to have caused some furore of minuscule proportion amongst the cross section of American people. While some welcome the signs of improvement of relationship between the two countries, others feel the US president should have given the incorrigibly provocative dictator a cold shoulder. This is despite the fact that Venezuela is the fourth-largest foreign supplier of oil to the US So, you see, good old Chavez has done it again.

There is nothing called the 'moderate Taliban'

IF necessity is the mother of invention then politics is often the father. Barack Obama has invented a phrase that did not exist on January 20, the day he became president. Anxious to win a war through the treasury rather than the Pentagon, he has discovered something called the "moderate Taliban" in Afghanistan. Joe Biden, his vice president, has found the mathematical coordinates of this oxymoron: only 5% of the Taliban are "extremists."

Sports

Camp begins today

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 21-member squad on Monday to take part in the training camp for the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in England in June.

BFF seeks Tk. 25cr from govt

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin has appealed to the finance minister for an allotment of Tk. 25 crore in the next budget for the development of football at the grass root level.

Two-day match ends in a draw

Sri Lanka Under-19s showed strong batting performance as Dinesh Chandimal and Banuka Rajapaksha slammed hundreds on the final day of the two-day practice match against BCB Development Squad at BKSP yesterday.

Prisoners protest IPL TV ban

Hundreds of inmates at a prison in Kolkata have gone on hunger strike after they were not allowed to watch Indian Premier League cricket matches, officials said Monday.

Sachin doesn't like it

The Indian Premier League's (IPL) new 'tactical timeout' is hampering the momentum of a team in a Twenty20 match, Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar has said. The seven-and-a-half-minute break in the middle of an innings has also been criticised by Mumbai off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who told NDTV he did not like it because it "breaks the rhythm".

VB is back

The Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) Vision Bangla-desh (VB) programme will have a fresh start to raise the standard of country's football at all levels.

Clarke happy to be playing Pakistan

Australian captain Michael Clarke said Sunday his team was looking forward to facing Pakistan in the forthcoming limited-over series, to be played in the United Arab Emirates for security concerns.

Irish triumph

William Porterfield and Trent Johnston shone as Ireland crushed Canada by nine wickets in the 2011 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament final on Sunday.

Younis full of hope

Just days after another sad chapter pushed them further onto the margins of the cricket world, Pakistan glimpse a rare opportunity to make a significant on-field statement. They take on Australia in a five-match ODI series followed by two Twenty20 internationals in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from Wednesday, a contest captain Younis Khan believes offers Pakistan the chance to begin another era on a brighter note.

Full Pak tour in NZ unlikely

New Zealand is unlikely to host a full cricket series against Pakistan at the end of the year to replace a scheduled tour of the country, New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said Monday.

Oldies have their days too

Anil Kumble, the Banga-lore Royal Challengers leg-spinner, feels that this year's team is "different" from the outfit that finished second last in 2008 and that the "intense" and "spot on" preparations in South Africa have helped immensely. Bangalore opened their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a resounding win on Saturday, dismissing the defending champions Rajasthan Royals for 58.

Safina sits on top

Dinara Safina officially took over the top ranking on the WTA Tour on Monday, making her and older sibling Marat Safin the only brother-sister duo to have been No. 1 in professional tennis.

An MGH appeal

MGH Infocomm Ltd has urged Bangladeshi TV viewers to watch the Indian Premier League (IPL) live and exclusively on "Set Max".

IPL '09 loses viewership!

The much-hyped Indian Premier League's (IPL) second season is struggling to attract eyeballs, with viewership tracking agencies reporting lesser numbers this year as it tries to overcome rain-curtailed and low scoring matches, over and above competition from elections.

'This Ireland is greatest ever'

Manager Roy Torrens on Monday hailed the Ireland team that won the 2011 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament in South Africa as the best to represent the country.

Howard halts MU

Everton will face Chelsea in the FA Cup final after David Moyes' side secured a 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory over Manchester United following a goalless draw at Wembley on Sunday.

Reds' vital Gunners clash

Liverpool head into their vital Premier League clash with Arsenal well-rested but knowing that only a victory will do on Tuesday as they look to maintain the pressure on Manchester United.

Juve abhor racist chants

Juventus have apologised over the racist chanting directed at Inter Milan's teenage striker Mario Balotelli during the pair's clash at Turin's Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

Barcelona up for it

Barcelona have to battle through the fatigue barrier as they continue fighting on three fronts and play their fourth game in 11 hectic days when they host Sevilla at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Marseille extend lead

Marseille claimed what could end up being a priceless come-from-behind 2-1 win at Lorient on Sunday to extend their advantage at the top of the French league.

Totti shoots into all-time top 10 list

AS Roma captain Francesco Totti scored a brace in the club's 3-2 home success over Lecce on Sunday to move into the top 10 list of all-time Serie A goalscorers.

Pippo still having fun

He may be 35 but Filippo Inzaghi has become an increasingly important element in the AC Milan team this season.

Business

Furniture makers look to exports

Furniture makers hurt by a slump in domestic demand in recent months seek to grab the export market.

Biman may resume Tripoli flights

Biman Bangladesh Airlines plans to resume flights to Libya as it sees good business prospects from a recent surge in outbound migrants to the North African country, officials said yesterday.

Bank of America profits soar

Government-rescued Bank of America Monday said it had recorded a profit of 4.2 billion dollars in the first quarter despite the financial crisis, on the back of newly-bought Merrill Lynch.

ACI eyes assembling Panasonic products

ACI Limited plans to set up a plant in Bangladesh to assemble Panasonic-branded products after embarking on electronics business with distributorship of the Japanese company's audiovisual items.

Spinners may get cash incentive, Muhith hints

Finance Minister AMA Muhith hinted yesterday that spinning mills would be given additional cash incentive from the recession package as those were also affected by the global economic meltdown.

Textile, RMG leaders urge review of stimulus package

Primary textile sector (PTS) entrepreneurs yesterday urged the government to immediately review its stimulus package and extend incentives to the textile industry, to protect employments of thousands of workers in the sector.

Dhaka Tourism Fair in August

A 3-day tourism exposition styled Dhaka Tourism Fair will begin on August 12 in a bid to promote the tourism sector of the country.

EU launches anti-trust probe of airlines

The European Commission launched a probe on Monday into pacts between airlines in two major alliances on suspicion the deals might constitute restrictive business practices on transatlantic routes.

Asian markets slightly up ahead of results

Asian markets edged higher Monday as investors prepared for the release of company reports as well as government data that could illustrate the extent of the global financial crisis.

REHAB seeks protection

Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) welcomed yesterday the government's stimulus package to protect different industrial sectors from the blow of global recession.

Tech Mahindra, Satyam discuss takeover

Executives from India's Tech Mahindra, the firm set to take over scandal-rocked Satyam Computer Services, met their counterparts on Monday, with funding towards the buyout now complete.

E-governance reviewed

A review meeting on 'E-governance Quick Win' was held at the Prime Minister's Office yesterday.

Women at the helm

Women in the workplace were most-talked-about when PepsiCo named Indra Nooyi as the chief executive officer (CEO) to succeed Steve Reinemund, putting her among the leading women in corporate America. Indian-born Nooyi, who was ranked "No. 11" in Fortune's list of the most powerful women in business, joined the company in 1994 and was named chief financial officer (CFO) in 2001 and CEO in 2006.

With IBM out, Oracle jumps in to buy Sun

Oracle Corp pounced on Sun Microsystems Inc. in a $7.4 billion deal Monday after rival IBM Corp. abandoned its bid to buy Sun, a server and software maker that had a 27-year run as Silicon Valley's brash independent.

Stocks rise for sixth day

The Dhaka market continued to rally for a sixth day with a sharp gain yesterday, boosted by banks and non-bank financial institutions.

Oil prices suffer sharp losses

Oil prices fell sharply Monday on the back of the strengthening dollar, weak stock markets and sluggish US energy demand, analysts said.

Jamuna Resort gets new DMD

Jamuna Resort Ltd has recently appointed Sadique Ahsan as its deputy managing director, says a press release.

Britain's GSK buys US skincare firm Stiefel in $3.6b deal

British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline said Monday that it has agreed to buy US-based skincare group Stiefel Laboratories in a deal worth up to 3.6 billion dollars (2.7 billion euros).

China state companies report profit surge

Companies controlled by China's central government saw profits grow 86 percent in March over February as Beijing's infrastructure-focused stimulus package kicks in, state media reported Monday.

Hong Kong's unemployment rate rises to 5.2pc

Hong Kong's jobless rate jumped to 5.2 percent in the three months ending March, government statistics showed Monday, the highest level in three years.

US govt considers becoming bank shareholder

US President Barack Obama's economic advisers have determined that they can shore up top US banks without asking Congress for more money by converting loans into stock, The New York Times reported Monday.

Metropolitan

'5 lakh women suffer from breast cancer'

Raising awareness among the people is a must to combat cancer along with its early diagnosis and proper treatment facilities, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.

College student hacked to death

A Titumir College Student was hacked to death at Mohakhali in the capital yesterday by unknown criminals.

EC mulls server stations across country

The Election Commission (EC) plans to buy a flat at each thana in the city and a plot at each upazila for setting up its permanent 'server stations' across the country to easily update the digital voter list in future.

BSF returns 6 Bangladeshi boys, girls

Six Bangladeshi adolescent boys and girls returned to Bangladesh yesterday after they had spent a long time in Indian jail.

2 frauds held with 27 fake gold bars in N'ganj

Police arrested two people of a fraud syndicate and seized 27 fake gold bars from them at Fatullah in Narayanganj on Sunday night.

Road accidents kill 8

Eight people were killed and 96 others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Mymensingh, Comilla and Brahmanbaria in the last two days.

Alert int'l allies about falsehood

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought all out cooperation from the expatriates in implementing the plan of establishing digital Bangladesh.

Death of patient at correction centre sparks protest

Mystery shrouded the death of a patient at a drug cure and correction centre at Green Road in the city that sparked a storm of protest by locals yesterday.

RMG workers block road

The vehicular movement on Dhaka-Sylhet highway remained suspended for three hours as garment workers blocked the highway at Baraitoal in Shibpur upazila protesting death of a worker in a road accident.

Govt urged not to include 'controversial' Ulemas in commission

Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights and legal aid resource centre, yesterday hailed the government plan to set up a commission with some Ulemas to modernise the course curricula of Qaumi madrasas.

10 injured in Bogra trade fair clash

At least 10 people were injured when angry people clashed with the organisers of a trade fair in Borga and set fire on the shops following a feud over draw of a lottery yesterday.

HC asks RMC Shibir men to surrender to trial court

The High Court (HC) has directed 58 leaders and workers of Islami Chhatra Shibir of Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) to surrender before the trial court in connection with a case filed for attacking the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men of the college.

DU student held on charge of harassing female student

Police yesterday arrested a Dhaka University (DU) student on charge of physically harassing a female student of the university.

Allotment of four DU guestrooms cancelled

Dhaka University (DU) authorities have cancelled allotment of four guestrooms on Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) premises to three teachers and an official on Sunday and asked them to vacate the guestrooms within four weeks.

Norwegian state secy visits Brac's work

Norwegian State Secretary for International Development Hakon A Gulbandsen undertook a field trip to Patharghata in Barguna on Sunday to observe the Sidr rehabilitation works of Brac, says a press release.

BHPI students demand publication of results

Students of Bangladesh Health Professions Institute (BHPI), a sister concern of Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), yesterday staged a demonstration in front of the campus to press home their five-point demands, including publishing result and removing of session jam.

Law minister off to Tehran

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed left Dhaka yesterday for Tehran to attend a seminar of prominent international lawyers.

Allocate one fifth of budget for edn to ensure EFA by 2015

Speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded the government allocate one fifth of the fixed budget for education sector in order to keep its promise to ensure education for all (EFA) by 2015.

Bangladesh achieves remarkable success in many fields

Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus has said despite becoming champion in corruption, Bangladesh has been achieving success in different fields.

China offers improved tech for power generationChina offers improved tech for power generation

China yesterday offered its improved technology for power generation, better use of energy and production of hydro and solar energy to overcome the mounting electricity crisis facing Bangladesh.

Twin test-tube boys born at Apollo Hospitals

A set of twin test-tube boys was born at the fertility centre of Apollo Hospitals Dhaka yesterday.

25 more leaders quit Ahle Hadith Andolon

A total of 25 leaders of Ahle Hadith Jubo Sangha, an organisation of Ahle Hadith Andolon, resigned protesting the autocratic and anti-party activities of its chief Dr Muhammad Asadullah al Galib.

'Steps to be taken to rescind anti-people laws'

Newly appointed Chairman of the Law Commission Justice Md Abdur Rashid yesterday said that he would take initiative to rescind the anti-people laws.

List finalised to fill up 85 ACC posts

A list was finalised yesterday to fill up 85 vacant posts of officer through promotion at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

94 jr attorneys appointed

The government yesterday appointed 94 junior attorneys, including 24 female, to the Attorney General Office to help dispose of both criminal and civil cases facing the government in higher courts.

Retired army man crushed under wheels of a train

A retired army person was crushed under the wheels of a train on rail track at Banani in the city yesterday.

New timing in educational institutions

Timing in all single shift government and non-government primary, secondary, higher secondary schools, colleges and equivalent madrasas outside the metropolitan cities has been rescheduled yesterday.

12 ministries, depts start E-service

At least 12 ministries and departments of the government have already started to provide E-service to the people, says a press release.

Dr Nahar made BCPS president

Prof Dr Najmun Nahar, a pediatrician, has been elected the first female president to the executive committee of Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS) for tenure of 2009-10, says a press release.

National

Sidr-damaged embankment still remains unrepaired

The cyclone season has appeared again, but over 5 lakh people in seven upazilas under Patuakhali district are still vulnerable to flooding with saline water as 566 kilometres of flood control embankment damaged by Sidr on November 15 in 2007 are yet to be repaired.

Class boycott by Khulna NIT students continues

The authorities of Khulna Nursing Training Institute (NTI) yesterday withdrew the chief instructor and sent her on leave in the face of students' agitation.

Nightmare journey to Kuakata

Tourists are turning away from Kuakata sea beach, one of the country's most attractive tourist spots, as awfully dilapidated 22-kilometre road from Kalapara to Kuakata has become a nuisance for travellers.

Juicy mangoes likely to be pricey this year

Mango production in Chapainawabganj, the largest mango producing district in the country, may fall short of target this year, the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials, mango scientists and growers said.

BCL rivals file cases

A tense situation is prevailing on Brojo Mohon (BM) College campus as two factions of BCL college unit filed cases against each other following Saturday's clash over 'admission business'.

Border survey along Atrai

The surveyors of Bangladesh and India accompanied by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) have started survey along Atrai River to construct 33 pillars to demarcate six kilometre border along the river in Dinajpur Sadar upazila.

International

Pakistan govt plans to combat 'Bad Taliban'

The Pakistan Government has decided to track down and combat the "Bad Taliban," which is held responsible for targeting law-enforcement agencies in the NWFP and FATA.

More Bollywood faces hit campaign trail

Crowds waiting patiently at a political rally in Shirdi in Maharashtra were rewarded when actress Urmila Matondkar came on stage. Urmila drew more cheers and catcalls than the Republican Party of India (RPI) candidate Ramdas Athawale for whom she had come to campaign.

Indira Gandhi was my idol, says Priyanka

Priyanka Gandhi Monday said her grandmother and late prime minister Indira Gandhi was her 'idol' and also underlined that staying away from active politics was her own decision.

Boycotts overshadow start of racism conference

Western nations boycotted a UN-organised racism conference yesterday over fears it would become a forum for anti-semitism as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepared to deliver a keynote address.

N Korea could restart nuke plants, says UN

North Korea could restart its nuclear facilities within months, the chief of the UN nuclear watchdog warned yesterday, but added he was optimistic that negotiations on halting Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions could be revived.

Tamils call for truce at London demo

Thousands of Tamils blocked some of London's busiest roads yesterday, demonstrating outside the Houses of Parliament for an immediate ceasefire in the war between Tamil rebels and Sri Lanka's government.

Pak cops net 6th Mumbai attacks suspect

Pakistan has arrested a sixth suspect in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and is conducting a 'sincere investigation' into the carnage, the country's interior minister says.

8 killed in Kashmir

Weekend violence claimed eight lives in troubled Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday, as the region prepared for another round of voting in general elections.

NDA will cross magic figure of 272

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Monday expressed confidence that the NDA would definitely cross the magic figure of 272 in the Lok Sabha elections.

NZ wants exit plan for commandos in Afghanistan

New Zealand's prime minister said yesterday that he wants an exit strategy before sending the country's elite Special Air Service combat troops back to Afghanistan as the US has requested.

India launches spy satellite

India put an Israeli-built spy satellite into orbit Monday, aimed at boosting its defence surveillance capabilities in the aftermath of the Mumbai militant attacks.

CIA waterboarded 9/11 mastermind 183 times

CIA interrogators waterboarded al-Qaeda's September 11 attack mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 183 times and another terror suspect, Abu Zubaydah, 83 times, The New York Times reported yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Bangladeshi artistes enthrall Delhi audience

West Bengal and Bangladesh recently came together on a common platform, titled 'A Panorama of Bengal's Performing Arts Heritage.' Depicting the rich plurality of Bengali art and culture, the event featured the best of both Bengals.

Documentary Fest ’09 ends

The four-day Bangladesh Documentary Festival 2009 ended at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library, Shahbagh on April 19. Titled 'Documenting Bangladesh 3,' the event was organised by Bangladesh Documentary Council (BDC). On the concluding day, an award giving ceremony took place, where awards were given to the winners in two categories-- general section and in student section.

Pottery industry facing grave threat in greater Dinajpur

These are hard times for the potters of greater Dinajpur area. Today they have to deal with multifarious problems: a slump in sale, high prices of clay, lack of capital and wood along with inadequate technical support from the local authorities.

Devdas yet once again

Among the immortal creations in Bengali literature is “Devdas”. Written by Saratchandra Chattopadhyay in 1917, the widely read novel, remains an evergreen creation of the author. The moving book narrates the tragic love story of Devdas and Parvati.

OP-ED

Facing globalisation

GLOBALISATION has gobbled the whole world. There is virtually no part on earth which has not been hit and bit by the enormous fangs of the monster. All aspects of life have come under the sinister impact of globalisation, growing and dwelling in the shadow of capitalism. It dazzles like the sun and blinds normal vision. With its apparent grandeur, it ensnares people, though it is hollow in its core. I doubt globalisation will lead us to a better future, bringing well-being for the common folks.

Education: Keeping up with population growth

WE'RE happy to learn that Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid wants to place a new education policy within 3 months. One issue, that needs to be considered before recommendations can be made, is the growth of the population and its implications on the policy to be formulated. Below, we offer some of our observations.

Divine humans are back in fashion

FROM now on, I will only accept emails beginning with the following words: "Our columnist, who art in Hong Kong, hallowed be your column."


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