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News of: Tuesday, 12th of May, 2009

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Prove innocence in war crime

A Dhaka court yesterday summoned Jamaat leaders Ghulam Azam, Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid, BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, and 32 others to appear before it on July 20 to explain why they should not be declared war criminals for committing crimes against humanity during Bangladesh's liberation war in 1971.

GTCL goes for 'forced' re-tender for 3rd time

Going against its tender evaluation committee and a project consultant, the Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL) board headed by the Petrobangla chairman disqualified the lowest bid of a crucial $150 million gas compressor project.

4th HC bench declines to hear Khaleda's petition

This time a High Court (HC) bench assigned by Chief Justice MM Ruhul Amin has declined to hear BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's writ petition challenging the legality of the government decision to cancel the allotment of her cantonment house.

Demand for 100pc duty on newsprint import a conspiracy

As Bangladesh Paper Mills Association's demanded 100 percent duty on newsprint imports, Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (Noab) yesterday urged the government to keep zero tariff on newsprint imports to ensure press freedom and free flow of information.

Reports beyond public still

The Election Commission (EC) has not yet disclosed polls expenditure reports submitted to it by the political parties and candidates who contested the last parliamentary election although electoral laws make the disclosure mandatory to ensure people's access to those.

Focus back on, 8yrs after

Former Jamaat ameer Ghulam Azam stayed out of focus since he disappeared from open politics of Jamaat-e-Islami eight years ago. One of the front men of 1971 who actively helped Pakistani occupation forces' attempts to foil the birth of Bangladesh, he was brought to spotlight once again after yesterday's court order.

200 BDR men held in 7 dists

About 200 suspected BDR rebels were arrested from different sectors, battalions and camps in seven northern districts yesterday as the police started filing sedition cases against the border troops across the country for staging February 25-26 mutiny.

RMG workers go on the rampage

Several hundred ready-made garment (RMG) workers vandalised more than a dozen garment factories at BSCIC industrial area in Fatullah of Narayanganj yesterday morning demanding a hike in their salaries.

2 killed in Rangamati gunfight

Two activists of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) were killed in a gun battle with army members during a raid at Badalchhari under sadar upazila yesterday.

LGRD ministry asked to report graft, anomalies

A parliamentary standing committee yesterday asked local government and rural development (LGRD) ministry, its organisations and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to submit detailed reports on corruption and irregularities occurred there during the BNP-led four-party and caretaker government rule.

Govt worried at low price of paddy

The government yesterday expressed concern over the farmers not getting fair prices of rice and paddy despite fixation of rate at Tk 22 and Tk 14 for a kilo of husked and unhusked rice.

Russian team due tomorrow to sign MoU

A three-member Russian delegation will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on peaceful use of nuclear energy in Bangladesh, science and ICT ministry officials said yesterday.

BNP human chain now on Thursday

BNP will form human chains across the country on Thursday demanding quick and fair trial of the perpetrators of BDR headquarters carnage and protesting the government's attempt 'to hide the real culprits' of the massacre.

Aminul seeks to withdraw 5 cases against him

Former post and telecommunications minister Aminul Haque, a fugitive convict, through his attorneys yesterday applied to the government for withdrawal of five cases filed against him in two districts during the caretaker government.

Pakistan troops kill 52 more in Swat

The Pakistani military said yesterday that 52 militants had been killed during an offensive against Taliban militants in the northwestern district of Swat over the last 24 hours.

3,000 fowls culled in Cox's Bazar

Some 3,000 chickens were culled at a poultry farm in Pahartoli area in the town on Sunday night after receiving confirmation that the chickens of that farm were infected with bird flu.

JNU students clash with traders

At least 20 people were injured and 15 shops ransacked while five vehicles were damaged during a clash between students of Jagannath University and traders at Siddikbazar in the city yesterday.

HC asks Nadim to surrender to trial courts

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed former BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa to surrender before the trial courts concerned within eight weeks in connection with seven cases filed against him.

Giant Baghair caught in Jamuna

A rare-breed 105 kg Baghair (Bagarius bagarius) fish caught from the river Jamuna stole the spotlight as it was brought from Chilmari ghat in city's Merul Badda market yesterday.

UN denounces SL 'bloodbath'

The UN condemned yesterday the killing of civilians in Sri Lanka at the weekend as a "bloodbath" in which more than 100 children died, as the government and rebels traded blame for the attacks.

Swine flu hits China, global cases rise

China confirmed yesterday its first case of swine flu on the mainland, underlining the outbreak's global spread, as the United States reported hundreds more cases and warned of further deaths.

Editorial

Employment in Middle East

IN an otherwise gloomy scenario in the international labour market following the global economic downturn we can see a silver lining in the clouds as some countries in the Middle East hold out promise of lifting lid on employment and of reform in labour laws that would improve the working and living environment of our workers in these countries.

Falling billboards !

NINE policemen narrowly escaped a fatal accident on Sunday when a collapsing billboard was obstructed by a high voltage electric line and did not, mercifully, come down on them. This is the third billboard collapse in a week in the city. A young man had been crushed to death as a billboard fell on him near Zia International Airport on May 6. It was reportedly a case of the hoarding being flattened by a storm.

Do we really need a large cabinet?

THE Daily Star of May 8 and a Bangla daily of May 9 carried reports, which said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was planning to expand the cabinet soon. Quoting sources close to the prime minister, the reports said that the cabinet expansion might take place within a week, and if it did not happen immediately, then it might come ahead of the budget session in June.

Bangladesh way of democracy

THOUGH Bangalees shed so much blood and fought an independence war for nine months, with the hope for attaining economic and political freedom, they have not been able to enjoy it. We always see hurdles after hurdles that deprive them of true democracy. After their successful struggle against the military regime of President Ershad, it was expected that democracy was going to be established. Unfortunately, that did not happen because our major political parties could not come to a mutual understanding in establishing democracy in the country.

Self-help in Bangladesh

Love them;
Learn from them;
Plan with them;
Serve them;
Begin with what they have;
Build on what they know.
But of the best leaders
When their task is accomplished,
Their work is done,
The people all remark:
--"We have done it Ourselves."

Sports

Abahani start favourites

Current B. League champions Abahani will play the Sri Lankan Army team in the opening game of the AFC President's Cup Group-B Qualifiers today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).

We know what you're doing Buchanan

It was tolerable for the first three games but after the Kolkata Knight Riders ignored Mashrafe Bin Mortaza for the tenth consecutive time, patience is running thin for millions of cricket fans in the country.

Mohammedan lift Women's Club Cup

Mohammedan added yet another feather in their cap when the popular club clinched the first-ever Women's Club Cup cricket title at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

CA unwilling to host Bangladesh

Cricket Australia (CA) is reluctant to invite Bangladesh for the pending two-match Test series citing that it would not be commercially viable for them.

BFF bids for SAFF meet

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has submitted a bid to host the 2010 SAFF Championship along with Nepal and initial hosts India in the recently concluded AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ansar Academy ground to hold int'l cricket

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been entitled to hold domestic and international matches at the Assault Ground of the Ansar and VDP Academy in Shafipur.

Trophy unveiled in Mumbai

The trophy for the Twenty20 World Cup in England this June was unveiled in Mumbai on Monday.

Varsity cricket

A 104-run fourth wicket partnership between Asaduzzaman and Alamgir Sarwar guided Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University to a six-wicket victory over Islamic University in the Public Universities and Services Cricket Tournament yesterday.

School football

Raja Surya Kumar Institute defeated Islamiya Aliya Madrasa 3-0 in the first zonal semifinal of the Citycell National School Football Championships in Rajbari yesterday.

Hosts trounce Bangladesh

The Bangladesh National Hockey team continued their poor form in the 8th Asia Cup Hockey Tournament in Malaysia after they were trounced 7-1 by the hosts in their second match yesterday.

Chargers thrash Royals

Dwayne Smith smashed a brisk 47 and Rohit Sharma grabbed three quick wickets as Deccan Chargers thrashed Rajasthan Royals by 53 runs in an Indian Premier League match here on Monday.

Abdulla thanks IPL

Only in the infant stages of his international career, South African left-arm fast bowler Yusuf Abdulla has praised the Indian Premier League (IPL) as a great launch pad. Abdulla, who made his Twenty 20 debut against Australia earlier this year, was rewarded for his outstanding performances in the domestic tournament and for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL with a call-up for the World Twenty20 beginning on June 5 in England.

PCB gives Asif last chance

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has given fast bowler Mohammad Asif another chance to prove he was not deported from the United Arab Emirates last year for possession of opium.

South Korea in semis

Asia's top-ranked field hockey team, South Korea, virtually sealed their place in the Asia Cup semifinals with a closely fought 3-2 win over Japan in a Group A match in Malaysia on Monday.

Younus bucks up Akhtar and Afridi

Pakistan captain Younus Khan has backed senior players Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi to fire in next month's ICC World Twenty20 Championship and said he was satisfied with the duo's performance in the just-concluded one-day series against Australia.

Flower banks on Swann

England's new coach Andy Flower has wasted little time publicly backing his troops in their bid to reclaim the Ashes following the three-day demolition of the West Indies at Lord's, and off-spinner Graeme Swann is seen as the man most likely to trouble Australia's top-order.

SL Dev squad in driver's seat

Sri Lanka Development side tightened their grip on the second four-dayer against GP-BCB National Cricket Academy as the home team suffered batting blues on the second day at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.

Brendon mum on captaincy

Kolkata Knight Riders' IPL semifinal hopes lay in tatters but skipper Brendon McCullum is mum on his decision to quit captaincy.

'Make Warne captain'

Impressed with performances of Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royal and Deccan Chargers under Adam Gilchrist in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), John Buchanan has advised selectors to request the duo out of retirement to lead the national team in the World Twenty20 tournament in England.

Inter close in

Inter Milan closed in on the Serie A title despite being held to a 2-2 draw at lowly Chievo on Sunday after rivals AC Milan failed to take advantage with a 1-1 stalemate against Juventus.

Blues thrash Gunners

Chelsea found the perfect cure for their European misery as the Blues won 4-1 against Arsenal on Sunday to guarantee a top-three finish in the Premier League.

Barca party crashed

Barcelona must wait another week to clinch the Spanish title after Jose Llorente scored a dramatic 90th-minute equaliser as Villarreal gatecrashed the party with a 3-3 draw at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Wolves look to rebound

Wolfsburg midfielder Zvjezdan Misimovic says the Bundesliga leaders must avenge their shock defeat in Stuttgart to get their title push back on track when they welcome Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Drogba decision may take weeks

UEFA said Monday that Chelsea striker Didier Drogba might have to wait weeks for a disciplinary decision following his outburst during the club's Champions League tie against Barcelona.

Iniesta hopes to make UCL final

Barcelona's Champions League semifinal hero Andres Iniesta says he still hopes to play in the final against Manchester United on May 27 despite suffering a thigh injury at the weekend.

Business

Rules relaxed for TCB to import 6 essentials

The government has finally taken steps to import quickly six essential items including edible oil in large volume through Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) by easing some procurement conditions.

Beximco Pharma eyes export market expansion

Beximco Pharma, a leading medicine manufacturer, now targets expansion of its export markets to Australia and North American countries.

BTRC scraps mobile ID plan for stolen sets

Much to the delight of the mobile phone thieves, the telecom watchdog has backtracked on its earlier plan to introduce the use of International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers to track down stolen or lost sets in the country's 45-million strong market.

Unfair tax weighs on power solution providers

Electronic product makers said yesterday a discriminatory tariff and duty structure hurts the development potential of the domestic electronics industry.

HSBC sees 'robust' growth in China, India

Global banking giant HSBC said on Monday that profits were rising strongly on the basis of first-quarter data and it saw "robust" growth in China and India, while remaining cautious for the year.

Hilsa export ban piles up losses

A long-running curb on hilsa exports to India costs businessmen Tk 1.5 crore in lost earnings a day, exporters said yesterday.

Holistic approach can help remove poverty

Speakers at a book launching ceremony in Dhaka yesterday stressed the need to know the roots and its reemergence for poverty eradication.

City Bank rolls out SME loans for women

City Bank Ltd yesterday launched “City Nokshi,” the bank's SME loan product tailor-made for women entrepreneurs.

Seminar stresses improving public service delivery

Speakers at a discussion in Dhaka yesterday put emphasis on improving public service delivery.

StanChart HR head in town

Tracy Clarke, global head of human resources of Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today on a two-day official visit, says a press release.

Dollar claws back ground versus euro

The dollar recovered ground against the euro on Monday, but pulled lower against the yen, as investors digested recent signs that the US recession may be easing, dealers said.

Remittance fair to kick off in Sylhet

A three-day remittance fair will kick off in Dhopa Dhigirpar in Sylhet on May 21, says a press release.

Wall Street pulls back after hefty gains

US stocks traded mainly lower Monday as investors locked in gains from a hefty multiweek rally and braced for new economic data.

White House raises budget gap estimate by $90b

US President Barack Obama's administration has finalized a nearly 3.6 trillion dollar budget for 2010 that raises the budget gap by 90 billion dollars, according to an updated plan released Monday.

China still has appetite for luxuries

Clutching a fistful of shopping bags from designers Vivienne Westwood, Dior and Alexander McQueen as she concluded one of her twice-monthly shopping sprees, 29-year-old Zhao Bing looked like the picture of hope for luxury retail.

Older workers trade money for less stress

Less pay, fewer benefits, lower prestige and greater job satisfaction.

China's new loans fell sharply in April

Chinese banks significantly cut their new loans in April after lending record amounts in the first quarter in response to government calls to support the economy, the central bank said Monday.

Asian markets mixed

Markets in Asia were mixed Monday as investor confidence for the global economic outlook was weighed down by profit-taking following a strong rally last week.

Oil prices drop on profit-taking

World oil prices fell beneath 58 dollars per barrel on Monday as traders took profits from last week's surge that was sparked by optimism about a global economic recovery.

OECD sees slowdown ease in some big economies

The downturn in some recession-hit countries is easing despite ongoing signs of a strong slowdown, the OECD grouping of leading economies said in a report on Monday.

India’s car sales up but sector still shaky

Indian car sales grew for a third straight month in April, according to data Monday, but an industry body said it was too soon to say the sector was on the road to recovery.

Malaysian industrial output sinks

Malaysian industrial output plunged 14.4 percent year-on-year in March as the manufacturing, mining and electricity sectors suffered a fall due to weak exports.

China unveils stimulus for nonferrous sector

China on Monday issued details of a stimulus package for its nonferrous sector, including plans for a state reserve system and financial support for firms seeking to buy overseas mining assets.

Currency

Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was active on Monday. USD/BDT rate was similar the previous working day. The market was liquid.

Metropolitan

Tea workers lowest paid

Tea plantation workers remain one of the least paid labourers in the country who live a very miserable life, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.

ACC replies to questions of cabinet division

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has replied to the questions asked by the cabinet division recently.

5 prosecution witnesses give depositions

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

EC mulls use of e-voting machine in DCC polls

Electronic voting machine may be introduced during Dhaka City Corporation elections considering multiple advantages of the modern system of conducting vote, an election commissioner said yesterday.

Foreign national among four found dead

Three people, including a foreign national, were killed in separate incidents while the body of an unidentified youth was found floating in a lake in the city.

Locker renters demand proper compensation

A number of affected locker renters of Brac Bank formed a human chain in the city yesterday demanding proper compensation for their gold ornaments and other valuables stolen from the lockers at the Dhanmondi branch of the bank last year.

Irregularities grip N'ganj General Hospital

Narayanganj General Hospital has virtually become a centre of irregularities as the patients who come to the hospital for treatment have to suffer a lot every day.

One beaten to death

A construction worker was beaten to death by some co-workers at Khilkhet in the city yesterday as he blamed one of them for stealing his cellphone.

Popularise science education through easy language

Scientists should come forward to popularise science education through easy language to help build a knowledge-based society that can face global challenges like environmental degradation and climate change, said the speakers at a meeting yesterday.

Bidisha files writ seeking custody of son

Bidisha, former wife of former military ruler HM Ershad, yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) seeking a direction upon Ershad to hand over their son Eric Ershad to her (Bidisha) custody.

AL programmes to mourn death of Dr Wazed begin

Ruling Awami League (AL) yesterday began a three-day mourning programme in memory of eminent nuclear scientist Dr Wazed Miah, husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, through hoisting party flags at half-mast and black flags at party offices across the country.

Resolve trans-boundary water issues thru' talks

Trans-boundary water disputes in the region should be resolved through dialogues among the countries concerned, including Nepal, Bhutan, India, China and Bangladesh, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.

'Solve power, gas, coal crises'

National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Electricity and Port yesterday demanded the government to solve the electricity, gas and coal problems.

No breakthrough in Georgia crisis talks

Direct talks between Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and the opposition ended yesterday with no sign of resolving a month-long stand-off that has raised fears of instability.

Support for Australian bushfires victims

School children of Char Fasson in Bhola presented the Australian High Commissioner Dr Justin Lee with a cheque for almost Tk 40,000 on the weekend for Australian bushfires victims, says a press release.

More bodies condole death of Dr Wazed

More political, socio-cultural, educational and rights organisations yesterday condoled the death of Dr MA Wazed Miah, eminent nuclear scientist and husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Punishment to criminals demanded

Ganotantrik Bam Morcha, an alliance of left leaning political parties, yesterday demanded exemplary punishments to the culprits those evicted landless people from Khas lands at Newchar under Haimchar upazila in Chandpur and Chehelgazi in Dinajpur.

500 NSU students sued for vandalism, attacking police

Five hundred unnamed students of North South University (NSU) were sued for damaging university offices and attacking law enforcers on Sunday.

Horlicks school activity held

Horlicks carried out a programme titled “Horlicks School Activity 2009” at 100 schools in Dhaka and Chittagong recently, says a press release.

Dinajpur road crash kills 2

At least two people were killed and eight others, including two physicians of Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital, injured in a road accident at Birganj upazila yesterday.

BAF air defence exercise begins today

A two-day air defence exercise titled 'ADEX 2009-1' of Bangladesh Air Force will begin today in all Air Bases, says an ISPR press release.

12 injured as Munshiganj AL factions clash

Twelve people were injured in a clash between two groups of activists of Awami League (AL) and BNP at Dighirpar under Tongibari upazila in Munshiganj yesterday.

National

JMB man remanded, another arrested

Outlawed Jama'atul Mujahidden Bangladesh (JMB) cadre, arrested on Sunday in Tangail, was placed on a seven-day remand yesterday while another cadre of the outfit, charge-sheeted in a murder case, was arrested in Rajshahi the same day.

Patients suffer as docs don't live in quarters

The Tk 2.5 crore residential quarters built in the compound of Chapainawabganj Adhunik Sadar Hospital are lying unused for years.

18 more sued in four districts for war crimes

Eighteen more people have been sued for their alleged involvement in war crimes in Magura, Meherpur, Dinajpur and Mymensingh districts in 1971.

Human chain in Sylhet

A human chain was formed in front of the local shaheed minar here yesterday afternoon to press for immediate cancellation of lease of a government land for a proposed private school.

Indigenous girl killed

Lama police yesterday exhumed the body of a teenaged indigenous girl who was killed by a young man at Gazalia on Friday.

4 hurt as pro-AL, BNP transport workers clash

Four leaders and activists of Sramik League were injured in a clash with pro-BNP transport workers over recruiting drivers for Dhaka-bound coaches at Lalmonirhat bus terminal yesterday morning.

Students block road in Rajshahi

General students of the Engineering and Survey Institute of Rajshahi yesterday barricaded busy Shaheb Bazar Road at Shaheb Bazar to press their three-point demand.

Rivals murder outlaw

Outlawed operatives killed a man at a crowded market at village Shibpur in Atghoria upazila yesterday. Jamal,30, son of Abdul Hamid of village Durgapur and member of outlawed 'Nakshal' faction was stabbed and shot dead by his rivals, police said. Locals said Jamal was shopping in Shibpur Bazar when the criminals attacked him in the market. They also exploded bombs in the crowded market. Police rushed to the spot and recovered the body which was later sent to Pabna General Hospital morgue for autopsy. A case was filed with Atghoria Police Station.

Nor'wester in Netrakona

Nor'wester lashed about 20 villages of Khaliajuri upazila Sunday night damaging houses, boro paddy and uprooting trees.

Boy rescued, abductor held

Police Sunday night rescued an abducted boy from Moharazpur village and arrested one person in this connection. Seven-year-old Nahid is son of Rabiul Islam of Jorhbagan in the district town and the arrested person is Abdullah,50, of the same area. Police said, Abdullah abducted Nahid when he was playing near his residence Sunday evening. The alleged abductor took Nahid to Moharazpur village of Sadar upazila where he gave the boy some medicine mixed food. People of the locality on suspicion informed police. Later, Nahid was rescued in an unconscious state. Family sources said, the boy was abducted due to family feud.

BNP leader arrested

Manpura police Sunday night arrested Abdul Mannan Howlader, secretary of Manpura upazila BNP and UP chairman of Hazirhat union in Bhola. Mannan was sent to jail yesterday as his bail prayer was rejected by the court. Earlier, police raided his Hazirhat house and arrested him. SI Abdul Jalil told The Daily Star that a case was filed with Manpura Police Station against him on Saturday by Rahela Begum, wife of local Swechchasebok League leader Helaluddin, allegedly for assaulting her and ransacking and looting her house on the day.

Journo murder verdict May 19

Judgment in journalist Manik Saha murder case will be delivered on May 19. Manik Saha, Khulna Correspondent of The New Age and stringer of BBC Bangla Service was bombed to death by extremists at noon on January 15 in 2004 near Khulna Press Club. SI Ranjit Kumar lodged FIR with Khulna Sadar police without naming any accused. Later, 10 outlaws were chargesheeted in the case on June 20, 2004. The accused are Bomaru Akram, Shumon, Ali Akbar, Bulbul, Disco Sattar, Billal, Sakhawat alias Shaukat, Mithu alias Mahfuz, Sarwar Hossain alias Saro and Omar Faruk. Investigation Officer Chitta Ranjan Paul of Detective Branch of KMP in his supplementary charge sheet on December 2, 2007, included Hai Islam Kachi as another accused.

One killed in Satkhira clash

An old man was killed and 11 others were injured as two groups clashed for possession of a disputed shrimp enclosure at Parshemari beel in Shyamnagar upazila yesterday. Police said, victim Akij Uddin, 65, of village Gabura belonged to Asadullah Al Galib with whom Abdus Sattar Khan had a long-standing dispute over a 100-bigha shrimp enclosure at village Parshemari. During the clash both the groups used lethal weapons. Police rushed to the spot and arrested five people from there.

30 hurt as addicts clash

At least 30 people were injured as two groups of drug addicts clashed in Sirajganj town yesterday morning. Police and locals said the clash ensued over taking a new drug, locally knows as “Dandy Gum”, by addicts living at railway colony, Mirpur and Mahmudpur. Within moments the clash spread to all three slums. The clashing groups equipped with sharp weapons chased each other and hurled brickbats. They also damaged and ransacked eight houses and 12 shops in the area during the three-hour clash. Police and Rab forces rushed to the area and police charged batons on the mob to bring the situation under control.

International

NGOs urge Japan to save Tamil civilians in Lanka

Japan must "shoulder its responsibilities" and use its leverage to prevent a civilian bloodbath in Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict, human rights and conflict prevention groups said yesterday.

Pakistan seeks global help for displaced Swat people

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed concern over the displacement of people in the Swat Valley as the troops intensified their battle against the Taliban in the region, killing at least 200 militants over the weekend.

Pakistan suicide bomb kills 10

A suicide car bomber Monday killed 10 people at a paramilitary checkpoint in northwest Pakistan, where heavy fighting has sent more than 350,000 people fleeing in little more than a week.

CIA, ISI together created Taliban, says Zardari

In a frank admission, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari yesterday said America's intelligence agency CIA and his country's ISI together created the "monster" called Taliban.

King Abdullah warns of ME war if no deal reached

Jordan's King Abdullah has warned that failure to reach an agreement for peace in the Middle East will lead to a new conflict between Israel and the Arab world within 18 months.

Trust deficit between India, Nepal

Dismissing as "ridiculous" India's fears that Nepal was moving closer to China, Prime Minister Prachanda has, however, said there was a "crisis of confidence" between him and the Indian establishment.

Iran sets free detained US reporter

US-born reporter Roxana Saberi walked free from a Tehran jail on Monday after an Iranian court reduced her prison term for spying to a two-year suspended sentence, an AFP correspondent said.

New Palestinian govt within 48-hr: Abbas

President Mahmud Abbas said yesterday that a new Palestinian government will be formed within 48 hours, to replace the current cabinet headed by Salam Fayyad.

6000 villages vulnerable in last phase of Indian polls

People in over 6,000 villages and hamlets in nine states and two Union Territories going to polls in the final phase of polling in Lok Sabha election on May 13 are vulnerable to threats and intimidation, the Election Commission said yesterday.

Mexico's schools cleaned, ready to resume classes

Scoured and disinfected, most of Mexico's primary schools and kindergartens stood ready to welcome back millions of students Monday after a nationwide shutdown ordered to help put a brake on the spread of swine flu.

Zardari's dialogue offer has no takers in India

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's latest overture to India to restart talks after elections has found no takers in the political establishment barring the Left parties.

12 policemen killed by Naxal's landmine in Chhattisgarh

Twelve policemen and a civilian were killed and seven others injured in a landmine blast triggered by Naxals at Risgaon village in Dhamtari district today.

PM woos Left, wants secular parties to keep NDA out of power

Apparently wooing the Left for support, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said all secular parties had an obligation to provide a "purposeful, secular" government at the centre and prevent the NDA from coming to power at "all cost".

India to acquire first AWACS next week: officials

India is expected to acquire its first Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) next week, officials said Monday, crowning its drive to achieve air dominance over rival Pakistan.

Global ocean talks underway in Indonesia

A key global conference on oceans opened yesterday in Indonesia with a warning that climate change will accelerate the destruction of already precious marine resources.

Arts & Entertainment

Fortifying the Bengali identity, being a true global citizen

In 1934, Gurusaday Dutt started the 'Bratachari' movement. In his words, in "The Bratachari Synthesis" (first published in 1937), "the movement is to bring back to humanity, in all countries, the ideal and practice of the wholeness of life which, alike in the individual, the national and the international sphere has been so grievously shattered in the modern world in every country by the fragmentary outlook on, and treatment of, life in education, science, work, play and social functioning."

Tagore’s lyrical imagery

On the occasion of the 148th birth anniversary of Rabidranath Tagore, Bangla Academy organised a discussion on Tagore's paintings titled, “Rabindranath-er Chitra Bhabna: Tukro Kothar Bhashyo,” and a musical programme.

Fahmida Nabi charms the NRBs

Recently singer Fahmida Nabi visited the United States. The purpose of her visit was to attend a Dhallywood award giving ceremony, which featured nearly 60 Bangladeshi artistes and cultural personalities. Arranged by the Bangladeshi expatriates in the US, the programme was held on May 2 in Columbus, Ohio.

An evening of Hemanta Mukherjee classics

It is unlikely that a musical soiree to celebrate the 148th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore would attract strong protests from a section of the audience. However, that is just what transpired at a recent concert in Delhi by singer Soumitra Bandopadhyay, who presented an evening of Rabindra Sangeet and other popular melodies of the celebrated singer, composer, lyricist, film director and producer Hemanta Mukherjee in Hindi and Bengali. For starters some members of the audience objected to the clubbing of Hindi film songs with Bengali numbers and Rabindra Sangeet. What got their goat even more was the playful yodeling of Kishore Kumar songs by Indranil Banerjee, Soumitra's son.

Rawshan Ara Mustafiz on tonight’s Gaanalap

Banglavision will air the musical programme "Gaanalap", featuring noted Nazrul singer Rawshan Ara Mustafiz. Rawshan Ara will perform some of her popular songs and share her memories and thoughts on the world of music, future plans and more.

Drama serial Tomtom ends today

The last episode of the drama serial "Tomtom" will be aired on Ekushey TV tonight at 9:30 pm. Written by Hafiz Redu and directed by Kaisar Ahmed, the serial marks the 400th anniversary of Dhaka city as a capital.

OP-ED

The power of the parliament

The speaker of the 9th parliament has formed a parliamentary committee to investigate widespread allegations of misuse of power and misappropriation of money committed by the speaker of the 8th parliament, Mr. Jamiruddin Sircar.

Tribute to a scientist and a patriot

Dr. M. A. Wazed Miah, former chairman of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, breathed his last on May 9 after a protracted multiple illness, leaving behind the memory of a great fighter who always stood for the fundamental rights of the common man. He was undoubtedly one of the finest products of the Department of Physics, University of Dhaka, whose brilliant alumni had always been at the forefront of all the democratic movements of the people of Bangladesh.


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