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News of: Saturday, 16th of May, 2009

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JMB's mini bomb-making factory busted in city

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday morning busted a 'mini-munitions factory' of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at the city's East Monipur in Mirpur, and recovered a huge cache of bombs and bomb-making materials.

SGFL board scraps 3rd re-tender process

Sylhet Gas Field Ltd (SGFL) board headed by the Petrobangla chairman-in-charge has cancelled the third re-tender process for purchase of a Tk 157 crore gas processing plant citing "unavoidable circumstances”.

Pedestrians worst victims of road crashes

Almost three quarters of people killed in road accidents in Dhaka city are pedestrians while mostly minibuses are involved in these accidents.

Lanka vows to beat Tigers in 48 hours

The Sri Lankan government vowed yesterday to capture all Tamil Tiger-held territory within 48 hours, despite international calls for a truce and accounts of a "humanitarian catastrophe."

Mizan, wife disowned by parents for militancy

Detained Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) man Mizan alias 'Boma Mizan' was disowned by his parents five years ago for his Islamist terrorist connection, and his first wife Sharmin was also disowned by her family three months after they had come to know that her husband is a terrorist.

BNP sits today to pick leaders

The National Standing Committee (NSC) of BNP will sit today to finalise the names of conveners and joint conveners of district convening committees as part of the process of reorganising the party.

3 more killed as 'shootout' continues

Three suspected criminals, including a Jubo League activist, were killed in separate incidents of shootout between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and their cohorts in the capital and Barisal early yesterday.

They won't go to heaven, says Khatib

Terrorism is now a big problem for the world and Islam has no links to it, said Khatib of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Prof Maulana Muhammad Salahuddin Ahmed yesterday.

Bhola power plant starts operation

The 34.5MW gas-based power plant of Venture Energy Resources at Purbo Charkhali Kheyaghat near Bhola town started trial generation yesterday afternoon.

Both govt, foreign hands involved

Former director of National Security Intelligence (NSI) Sahab Uddin in a confessional statement yesterday implicated a number of high officials of the NSI and the government and some foreigners in the sensational Chittagong arms haul case, sources said.

BDR mutineers' trial acid test for govt

The government's ability to hold a credible and fair trial of war criminals depends largely on how appropriately it handles the trial of BDR mutiny, says Amnesty International Asia Pacific Programme Director Sam Zarifi.

Speeding truck kills 2 fleeing muggers

Two muggers were killed and another was injured last night as a speeding truck hit a taxicab by which they were trying to flee after mugging a rickshaw passenger at Nobaberbagh in the capital.

Pakistan allows thousands to flee combat zone

Pakistan's military suspended a curfew yesterday in a northwest city where it is fighting Taliban guerrillas, officials said, allowing tens of thousands of civilians to flee the area.

Congress, BJP step up hunt for allies

As India waits with baited breath for the results of parliamentary elections today, with the possibility of a hung parliament looming large, ruling Congress and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stepped up their hunt for allies across the political spectrum to put together coalitions that will help them catapult to power.

30 hurt in BCL-Shibir clash at CU

At least 30 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) were injured in a series of clashes between them on Chittagong University (CU) campus Thursday night.

Bagmara AL leader killed allegedly by Jamaat cadres

An Awami League (AL) leader was stabbed to death at Balia under Bagmara upazila yesterday afternoon.

Bring political parties under tax net

Jatiya Kar Ainjibi Samity, an organisation of tax lawyers, yesterday demanded that political parties be brought under the tax net to increase the national revenue.

Thousands had to leave country in last decade

An organisation working with indigenous people claimed that around 50,000 adivashi people were forced to leave the country due to harassment and repression during the last decade.

Budgetary allocation for culture demanded

Udichi Shilpi Gosthi yesterday demanded increasing allocation to the field of culture in the upcoming budget.

One killed, 2 hurt as storm lashes city

A day labourer was killed and two others were injured when a portion of wall built on the roof of an eight-storey building collapsed and fell on a tin-shed house in the city's Kafrul during a storm yesterday afternoon.

Swine flu-hit NY shuts schools

New York City authorities yesterday closed three schools following a swine flu outbreak as the World Health Organisation reported more than a 1,000 new cases around the globe in 24 hours.

Dozens of nations sign treaty on shipbreaking

Dozens of nations signed a new treaty yesterday to make ship recycling safer, but activists called it a step backwards for the environment and the labourers who carry out the dangerous work.

Editorial

Rising crime curve

DESPITE occasional handing out of stern warnings by ministers of the home ministry or by top police officials, criminals continue to wreak havoc on civic life. In the conspicuous absence of decisive crime busting operations, criminals are apparently getting more organised, reckless and innovative every day in carrying out activities that range from petty mugging, kidnapping and looting to gunning down of victims. Only the other day, in broad daylight, extortionists gunned down the father-in-law of a garment exporter who had refused to give them money as per their demand. The manner in which the killing operation was carried out sent chills down the spine of the citizens. A number of other extortion victims have also been shot by the criminals in last one month.

WASA's saving grace

DHAKA Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWSA) has earned a notoriety for claiming the largest share of road digging, and as if that was not enough, for supplying undrinkable water that even stinks in a large swathe of the metropolis. These sending livability index of Dhaka life further down, the denizens have had a plenty of reasons to feel hard done by.

While compassion surprises

THE news of Begum Khaleda Zia and a number of prominent BNP leaders condoling the sad demise of Dr. Wazed Mia, husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been of significance. The media has been very appreciative of the comforting gesture of Begum Zia in Sheikh Hasina's hour of distress and personal loss. Some have gone to the extent of commenting that the warmth of sympathy and understanding generated will positively impact the otherwise acrimonious relationship of the two main political parties.

Bismillah and Rabindranath

I believe I was not the only one startled by the education minister of the country beginning his address at a celebration of Rabindranath's hundred and forty-eighth birth anniversary with a solemn Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. What startled me was a question of propriety. We have often to grapple with the question because what might be perfectly all right in a particular context could be singularly inappropriate in another.

Will Indian election results surprise voters?

THE results of the five-phase national elections in India will be made known from today. Major players have already begun their exercises, covertly or overtly, to form the new government even though they are publicly maintaining their hitherto known postures about their political opponents. Apart from two main parties, which also lead their respective alliances, others too are not less active since the polls may give a "hung" parliament.

Sports

First place clash today

Abahani and Ashgabat Football Club will meet today for the all-important qualifying match (Group B) for the final stage of the AFC President's Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Shakib grabs top honour

It came as no surprise to the jam-packed audience when Shakib Al Hasan was declared the Sportsperson of the Year during the Grameenphone-Prothom Alo Sports Awards ceremony yesterday.

India finish fifth

India took fifth place in the Asia Cup field hockey tournament when they defeated Japan 5-1 in the classification play off here on Friday.

Zia keeps winning

Grand Master Ziaur Rahman beat International Master Toufighi Homayoon of Iran yesterday in the third round of the 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship at Olongapo in Philippines yesterday.

JU, BUET in semis

Khaled Mosharraf and Fayaz Ahmed starred as Jahangir-nagar University moved into the semifinals with a 29-run win over Chittagong University in the Public University & Services cricket tournament at the BKSP in Savar yesterday.

Stage for forgotten men

An action-packed 2009 Indian Premier League has done more than provide entertainment for cricket fans, it has also reminded them of star bowlers missing from the international arena.

Day 2 play washed out

Play in the second day of the second Test between England and the West Indies at the Riverside here on Friday was abandoned for the day without a ball being bowled.

Two want ICL release

The ICL is set to lose most of its leading Indian players, including Deep Dasgupta and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, with the unauthorised league believed to have received over 40 release requests from those who want to take up the BCCI's recent amnesty offer.

A Pakistani summer?

The summer of 2010 in the UK may turn out to be a Pakistani summer, as the PCB is involved in negotiations with various boards that could result in them playing six Tests in England next year and nearly ten limited-overs internationals.

Warne praises team spirit

Rajasthan Royals' skipper Shane Warne praised his team spirit after the defending Indian Premier League champions edged closer to the semi-finals on Thursday with a two-run win over Mumbai Indians.

Charge delayed, charge denied

You ask any modern Indian cricketer or even foreign players in the Mumbai Indians team, they all point to one constant piece of advice given by Sachin Tendulkar: Under pressure you have more time than you think you have. Delay the charge. Today, Tendulkar tried to make a laboratory experiment of it. It was a high-risk approach that was simply enthralling to watch. When is he going to go for it? Surely, he has left it for too late? Tendulkar had squeezed himself and Sanath Jayasuriya in the middle-order as Mumbai had been choking whenever the duo failed at the top.

Tait fuming at CA snub

If Australia's selectors are chasing Shaun Tait for a recall in September he might be a bit hard to find. A disappointed Tait, who lost his Cricket Australia contract on Thursday, will continue to train after a series of injuries, but suggested he might go on a long holiday instead of waiting by the phone.

Essex pair acclaim Gooch

Essex duo Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook both paid tribute to watching mentor Graham Gooch after they each scored centuries on the first day of the second Test against the West Indies.

Butt goes for diplomacy

Pakistan's cricket chief left Friday on a South Asian tour to try to win support in his battle against the ICC's decision to strip the country of its World Cup matches, an official said.

Jaques to fight for Test berth

Phil Jaques will continue to fight to regain his national spot despite suffering a setback in his recovery from a severe back problem when he was dropped from Australia's contract list on Thursday. Jaques has opened in 11 Tests for the team and scored 108 in his last match 11 months ago, but he was cut from the XI in India and returned home for surgery.

Ajmal could be dropped?

The Pakistan Cricket Board is seriously considering withdrawing the offspinner Saeed Ajmal from the ICC World Twenty20 squad as they await the results of the tests done on his bowling action.

Perez to spend 200m

Former Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will spend at least 200 million euros on players if he is re-elected to the post, reports claimed here Friday.

Azad Sporting lift Div I title

Azad Sporting Club became champions of the Fariha Knit First Division Football League when they beat Mohammedan Sporting Club 3-0 at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.

Match-fixing in 'joke' IPL: Miandad

He may consider the Indian Premier League a joke but former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad feels there is a serious possibility of matches being fixed in the cash-rich Twenty20 event.

'PCB remains as joint host'

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday hit back at Pakistan over a legal challenge launched by the Asian giants after they were stripped of matches in the 2011 World Cup.

Nadal gets a walkover

Top seed Rafael Nadal and American Andy Roddick reached the Madrid Masters quarterfinals without hitting a ball on Thursday when their scheduled third round opponents pulled out with leg injuries.

MU need a point

When Sir Alex Ferguson walked through the door at Old Trafford in 1986 he memorably defined his job at Manchester United as "knocking Liverpool off their f***ing perch."

Barca eyeing double

With the King's Cup in the bag, Barcelona look to complete the double this weekend, needing just a point at Real Mallorca on Sunday to secure their 19th league title.

Inter one win away

Inter Milan entertain Siena at the San Siro in the first of three Serie A 'finals' which could see them wrap up the title.

Vinnie Jones on trial

British football star turned tough-guy Hollywood actor Vinnie Jones was in a South Dakota court Thursday to defend himself against assault charges.

It's getting tense

Coach Felix Magath insists Bundesliga leaders Wolfsburg will travel to midtable Hanover in confident fashion on Saturday as they stand just two wins away from their first Bundesliga title.

Laursen hangs his boots

Aston Villa captain Martin Laursen announced his retirement on Friday after admitting defeat in his battle to return from a knee injury.

Football's bizarre injuries

Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot joined football's roll-call of bizarre injuries after needing hospital treatment for scalding when an egg exploded in his face.

'Rio will be fit for UCL final'

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will be fit for the Champions League Final meeting with Barcelona, according to manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Metropolitan

Negligence by agencies won't be tolerated

The government would not spare anyone who plays foul with arranging travels and accommodations for Hajj pilgrims, State Minister for Religious Affairs Shahjahan Miah warned yesterday.

1m children to benefit from quality sports by 2012

One million children of the country would be benefited from quality sports activities by 2012 under a project titled International Inspiration.

5 killed in road accidents

Five people were killed and 37 others injured in separate road accidents in Gazipur, Dinajpur and Kishoreganj yesterday.

Trial of war criminals should not be politicised, used as political weapon

The government, people and the media should ensure that the trial of war criminals is not politicised and not used as a political weapon, Amnesty International (AI) Asia Pacific Programme Director Sam Zarifi said.

'ACI Pure Salt Deshke Jano' to go to varsity campuses

ACI Pure Salt Deshke Jano, the biggest ever online quiz competition in Bangladesh, will be going to the major university campuses in and around Dhaka city.

Tales of cheated women migrant workers

Zohra Khatun of Jhenidah and Laboni Aktar of Narayanganj have returned empty-handed from Malaysia recently.

Kingfisher Airlines starts Dhaka-Kolkata flight

Kingfisher Airlines, a private airline of India, yesterday launched its operation in Bangladesh through daily direct flights between Dhaka and Kolkata.

Jamaat to go to int'l forums if politically victimised

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said his party would go to international forums, including human rights organisations, to seek justice if they are “politically repressed and deprived of human rights in the name of holding trial of war criminals”.

Special milad mahfils held across country

Ministry of Religious Affairs arranged a special milad and doa mahfil at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque yesterday after Juma prayers at the death of Dr MA Wazed Mia, an eminent nuclear scientist and husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

NSU convocation tomorrow

The 12th convocation of North South University (NSU) will be held tomorrow on its own campus at Bashundhara in the city.

Install nuclear reactors to meet growing energy crisis

The government should take a bold stand on the installation of nuclear reactors in the wake of the growing energy crisis in the country, eminent physicist Prof AM Harun ar Rashid said yesterday.

BCL cadres hit journo with bricks on CU campus

Two cadres of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) injured Chittagong University (CU) Correspondent of the Daily Amar Desh Rashed Khan Menon by hitting him with bricks at CU Railway Station yesterday.

Eastern Bank-St Gregory School Debate kicks off

A three-day 'Eastern BankSt Gregory National School Debating Competition 2009' began in the city yesterday, says a press release.

Farakka Day today

The Historic “Farakka Long March Day” will be observed today with holding various programmes by different organisations.

Subsidy for services under PPP projects on the cards

The government is planning an option to subsidise services to be rendered by the projects under public-private partnership (PPP) as the guidelines are being prepared to facilitate the new budgetary concept of development.

'Country lacks leaders since Bangabandhu's killing'

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his contribution to the country will remain in the pages of the history of Bangladesh as long as the world exists, speakers said at a programme yesterday.

BTRC to review revenue from ICT equipment, services

Bangladesh Telecommuni-cations Regulatory Commssion (BTRC) Chairman Brig Gen (Retd) Zia Ahmed yesterday said BTRC is putting emphasis on reviewing revenue from the ICT equipment and services to make them affordable for people from all classes of society.

Jessore fisheries meet country's 70pc demand for fish fry

Jessore Fish Farmers' Association and media professionals at a discussion in Jessore on Thursday stressed that the country's fish sector still has potential as an effective earning source if some policy initiatives are taken, says a press release.

Call to initiate trial of war criminals

Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to initiate the trial of war criminals who had killed many great people of the country during the liberation war in 1971.

Govt likely to introduce crop insurance

The government will hopefully introduce crop insurance and expand credit programme for crop stocks for the welfare of farmers, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.

Woman commits suicide

A woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself over a family feud at Jalilpur village in Moheshpur upazila on Wednesday night.

'Family central building block of society'

Family is the central building block of a society as well as an instrument for peace and reconciliation, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Liberation war waged on principle of secularism

Prof Serajul Islam Chowdhury yesterday said the War of Liberation in 1971 was waged on the principle of secularism.

National

Transport thru' Rangamati waterway threatened

Prolonged drought-like situation in the current dry season has led to a drastic fall in the water level of Kaptai Lake, much to the sufferings of locals due to navigation problem in the area.

'Punish temple attackers in Ctg'

Over five hundred Hindu devotees yesterday formed a human chain in front of Chittagong Press Club protesting attack on a temple at Nandankanan in the port city on Thursday.

Quick solution to Khulna city water crisis demanded

Over 200 people, carrying empty pitchers, took out a procession from Shaheed Hadis Park in the city yesterday demanding immediate solution to water crisis in the metropolis by installing more deep tube-wells. After parading thoroughfares, the processionists assembled at Hadis Park and held a rally, which was addressed member-secretary of Khulna Nagorik Samaj Advocate Feroze Ahmed and leaders of different professional, non governmental and socio-cultural organisations.

12 robbers held with booty

Police yesterday arrested 12 robbers in Mirzapur upazila under Tangail district while the gang was fleeing in a microbus after committing a robbery on a passenger bus on the Dhaka-Tangail highway.

Fake pro-VC, engr held

Police has arrested two persons from Talaimari in Rajshahi city for trying to cheat a job seeker by giving false identity as Rajshahi University pro-vice chancellor and an engineer.

Jubok chief, 4 others sued in Magura

A client of Jubok Housing Ltd has filed a cheating and misappropriation case against Jubok Housing chief Lokman Hossain and four other officials of the organisation.

Lightning kills 3

Three people were killed by lightning in Chapainawabganj and Meherpur districts yesterday. In Chapainawabganj, Shamsuddin Miah, 80, and Chen Banu, 45, were killed as lightning struck them when they were working in their croplands at Alinagar in Gomastapur upazila at noon, reports UNB. Cattle trader Babul Kamar, 40, of Ramdashpur village under the upazila, was killed by lightning at Bamundi Market under Gangni upazila of Meherpur district at around 5:00pm yesterday, reports a correspondent.

Two electrocuted in Faridpur

Two boys were electrocuted at Shakrail village under Laskardia union of Nagarkanda upazila yesterday morning. The dead are Gonesh, 12, son of Deben Kirtonia and Ratan, 9, son of Sunil Mondol. Police and local sources said the boys came in contact with a live electric war when they were playing at a place near their houses. Ratan's mother was critically injured as she tried to rescue the boys. She is undergoing treatment at Faridpur Medical College Hospital.

Attack on newsmen protested

Journalists of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) on Thursday formed a human chain on the campus wearing black masks protesting attack on two university correspondents the same day. A gang of attackers allegedly led by a student leader named Milon attacked Atikur Rahman, university correspondent for the Daily Amar Desh and MA Raju, university correspondent for the Naya Digonta, on the campus. Participants demanded punishment to the attackers. Contacted, PSTU registrar said steps will be taken against the culprits after proper investigation.

BTRC-Banglalink rally in Ctg

A colourful procession was brought out here yesterday to mark the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and mobile phone operator Banglalink jointly organised it to make people aware about different aspects of the information and communications technology (ICT). The procession was brought out from GEC intersection at around 11.00am and ended at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB) Chittagong.

Heroin seized, one held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized heroin kept in 17 small packets from Atuabata village under Godagari upazila of Rajshahi district. The Rab men also arrested a drug peddler named Sultan Ali, 30, in this connection. They later handed over the arrestee and heroin to the police station concerned.

International

Lankan military fights to surround rebels

Sri Lankan forces battled yesterday to take complete control of the country's coastline and surround the reeling Tamil Tigers in a final push to destroy the rebel group and end the country's civil war, the military said.

Nearly one million flee fighting in Swat: UN

The number of people who have fled fighting in Pakistan over the past two weeks surged to nearly one million on Friday, UN agencies said.

No time frame for anti-Taliban operations: Pak minister

No time frame has been laid down for the military operations against the Taliban in Pakistan's restive northwest, the defence minister has said, while the junior interior minister said it would be completed in a month.

Pakistan increasing nukes, says US

The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, has confirmed reports that Pakistan is increasing its nuclear weapons programme, but has provided no details.

Congress keeps options open on post-poll allies

Congress Party has said that it intended to work with new 'like-minded, progressive and secular parties' after the election results are declared.

Pakistan should prosecute Mumbai perpetrators: US

Improvement of India-Pakistan ties hinges a great deal on action taken by Islamabad to bring perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack to justice, according to a top US diplomat.

IAEA chief warns of new 'virtual' nuclear powers

Between ten and 20 countries will likely soon develop the capacity to build nuclear weapons unless major powers take steps to disarm, the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog said Friday.

Recession storms across Europe

Recession storms barrelled across Europe on Friday as data revealed the extent of the damage to Germany and France, but the IMF forecast that the world economy would turn the corner by year's end.

Taliban wants 'new world order'

With the Taliban becoming emboldened in Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari has described them as the "biggest challenge" of 21st century and warned that they are trying to create a "new world order". "It is not a short-term affair, it is a long-term affair.

Red Cross barred from civilians caught in Lankan fighting

A British minister said yesterday he was "utterly appalled" that the Red Cross was unable to reach civilians caught by fighting in Sri Lanka, urging Colombo and Tamil rebels to allow immediate access.

Myanmar under pressure to free Suu Kyi

Myanmar faced intense international pressure yesterday to free pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi after she was imprisoned ahead of a new trial next week for breaching the terms of her house arrest.

Nepali Maoists won't block govt formation: Prachanda

Nepal caretaker Prime Minister and Maoist chairman Prachanda has said that his party would not pose obstructions in the new government formation and wanted the new government to take shape at the earliest.

22 Taliban killed in south Afghanistan

At least 22 Taliban militants, including three regional commanders, were killed overnight in fighting in southern Afghanistan, a provincial official said yesterday.

Swine flu will probably spread to new regions: WHO

The World Health Organisation said Friday research suggests the A(H1N1) swine flu virus is so contagious it will probably spread to new, so far unaffected regions.

Lanka captures family of top Tiger commander

Sri Lanka's navy on Friday captured the wife and two children of a top Tamil Tiger military commander while they tried to escape the island by boat, a navy spokesman said.

British expenses scandal claims first minister

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday suspended a junior minister whose expense claims are under investigation in the latest escalation of the embarrassing row.

Manmohan to step down as PM on May 17

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will resign from his office on May 17, a day after the election results are out.

Pak president seeks support in France

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari visited his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday as part of a tour to reassure Western backers that his government can meet the challenge of the Taliban.

Bizarre bird gets private beach in Indonesia

A species of birds able to fly immediately after hatching from eggs buried beneath the tropical sand has just been given its own private beach in eastern Indonesia, a conservation group said Friday.

Mogadishu fighting claims 103 lives

A week of fighting between pro-government forces and insurgents in Mogadishu has left 103 people dead and 18,000 displaced, Somali Information Minister Farhan Ali Mohamoud said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

World Museum Day

Bangalee Shamagra, a private museum that aims to preserves the works of great Bengalis from different fields, arranged a discussion yesterday at the museum on Elephant Road to mark the World Museum Day (May 18). Eminent personalities discussed on the importance of preserving history through museum activities at the programme.

From mortality to divine consciousness

Sri Aurobindo's epic "Savitri" is supposedly the longest poem written in English literature and it was recommended for the Nobel prize in literature by a committee headed by Chakravarty Raja Gopalachari, the then Governor General of India in 1949.

Don’t expect a miracle from “Angels & Demons”

Praying for another $750 million absolution at the global box office, the fairly unholy trinity of Tom Hanks, director Ron Howard and "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown team up again on Brown's earlier novel "Angels & Demons" and manage to be more obscure than a Latin Mass. Returning as Brown's Robert Langdon -- Harvard professor, symbologist and accident al hero -- Hanks is occasionally charming, when he is not busy explaining the history of the Roman Catholic Church and/or Western art. Howard, as usual, is like the papal bull in the Vatican china shop. Brown's story? As they might say in another house of worship, oy.

Book on Liberation War launched in Dinajpur

"Ek Akkhata Bir Muktijoddhar Juddha Smriti," a book on the Liberation War, was launched recently at the Panchagarh Press Club. Yakub Ali Munshi, a freedom fighter of the district, has authored the book.

Three-day film festival for children in Tangail

A three-day International Film Festival for children started last Thursday in Tangail with the theme 'Dreams of future in frames.'

New drama serial “Monkora” on Rtv

A new drama serial, "Monkora," is going on air tonight on Rtv. Written by Aniket and directed by Kaisar Ahmed, the first episode of the serial will be aired tonight at 9:45pm.

“Sakin Sarisuri” on Channel i

Drama serial "Sakin Sarisuri" will be aired tonight at 7:50 pm. Written by Brindabon Das, the serial is directed by Salauddin Lavlu, and is aired on Saturdays and Sundays.

Amitabh Reza and Jenny on “Amar Ami” tonight

Celebrity couple Amitabh Reza and Jenny will be featured on tonight's episode of the talk show "Amar Ami." The show will be aired on Banglavision at 9:05pm. Young and creative Reza has already carved a niche in the media as a successful ad-maker. Reza has also made some critically acclaimed TV plays. Jenny is a busy actor on the small screen at present.

OP-ED

The looming water crisis

WATER is fundamental to the survival of human beings but, every summer, Bangladesh discovers that life with water shortages is increasingly becoming commonplace. This year it has become the country's most serious crisis, more than dal-bhat. From being a necessity, water has now become a luxury.

Iran's pro-active foreign policy

IRAN has been in the news for the last few weeks -- particularly so after the recent overture made towards it by the new US administration. US policymakers are taking special interest knowing that Iran's neutrality is crucial not only for continuing stability in Iraq, as the US disengages from that country, but also to contain the deterioration in Afghanistan, a consequence of a resurgent Taleban. The US government has also said that it is going to join the talks between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Syria and Turkey have also lent their support to bring about a rapprochement between Iran and the USA.

Hope for better

ALMOST on the Jessore-Narail highway, bordering Narail district, lies the quiet Bhangra village of Jessore Bagharpara upazila. Although it is along a highway there is little high sight or sound of development or modernism anywhere. Mostly a neglected habitat -- old and poor. A narrow earthen road goes down inside from the highway. A dilapidated Durgamandap (Durgapuja shed) with old icons at the entry point hints of Hindu settlements. Then appear the golpata (large leaves), earthen tiles, hay sheds, leaning houses -- as if from eons apart. People are also eon-old. Not in age but by situation. Deprived of development facilities, trapped in the poverty-net, they have been left in the middle of the past century.

Literature

Stimulus Package for Bookstores?

My good friend, Manan, is looking to buy or set up a bookstore in the Boston area. So far, I have not been a very enthusiastic supporter of his new project, since I am aware that independent booksellers have been fast disappearing from the US map. According to the American Booksellers Association, the number of independent bookstores has plummeted from about 6,000 in the early 1990s to 2,200 today. In the current economic situation, more stores will be closing their doors as they fail to cope with declining readership and the onslaught of the likes of Amazon.com. And even the ones that might survive, such as Barnes & Noble and Borders, will do so only because they are diversifying, have customer loyalty, and are retail chains themselves. The era of the neighbourhood bookshop or the true mom 'n pop bookstore is at an end.

Looking for Pir Shah Jalal

We were in Sylhet as a part of an office retreat in a job I had some time back. On that particular afternoon there were four of us in the car: our office driver Helal, myself and two of my co-workers, Minhaz and Shafik. We were on our way back from Sylhet university where our team had gone on a work-related visit. While the others had gone ahead to the resort in a separate van we had decided to check out the city markets.

To the Goddess of Poetry

They wrecked my face with their fists yet I'm yours,
Punched my face to bits, blood everywhere, yet in the darkness
In this dark alley I have come to stand and wait for you
Today's a load-shedding day; like that grey rainy Srabon-day
When from the dark suddenly three of them, dark, or maybe four
Slammed me beside the wall with its 'Vote for Ladder' slogan
That was the first time, so they let me off easy thank God
In the rain, darkness, they were beating me up, why
I didn't know until one snarled through gritted teeth:
“Bothering our Binny, eh, you bastard, if ever
In this neighbourhood we see you again…”

Foolish Sunshine

Foolish Sunshine, listen:

Star Health

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One in every 12 people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B or C. The prevalence is much higher than that of HIV, malaria or any cancer. But awareness is inexplicably low and the majority of those infected are unaware.

Be a smart patient!

It is common in our daily practices to have 'hand-on-the-door-knob' patients who suddenly remember their main concern just as they are about to leave after the consultation. Some patients, minutes after leaving the chamber, return and tell — 'Sorry to bother doc, I just forgot to tell …’

Prevent food poisoning in summer

Foodborne illness (also known as food poisoning) peaks in summer. There are the natural causes why foodborne diseases are more prevalent in warm weather. The microorganisms like bacteria and virus grow faster in the warm summer months.

Eating for eye health

Eating a diet rich in leafy vegetables, nuts, fish and low in starchy carbohydrates appears to lower risk for age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over 50.

Strategic Issues

Qaumi Madrassas and the reality

THE World Bank Country Director recently forwarded to the government a report that is interesting in the context of Islamic militancy in Bangladesh in reality. In the last few months, the media has published series of reports and news items, many based on statements of Ministers that would suggest that Bangladesh is in imminent threat from Islamic militancy. At the time the intelligence agencies discovered a huge arsenal of arms and ammunitions in a remote village in Barisal and linked it to a Bangladesh born British national. Some concluded that the Qaumi Madrassas (QM) were hotbeds of Islamic militancy. The WB report contradicts most of these allegations.

Pakistan on the brink: Lessons for Bangladesh

NEWS from Pakistan over the last few months kept getting worse. The threat posed by the Taliban and their Al-Qaeda sponsor have been growing everyday. Vast swath of northern territory in the Federally Administered Tribal Agency (FATA) as well as parts of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) is virtually outside the control of the government. Militant leaders, each with his well-armed militias, have declared their own Emirates. The Taliban incursion into once-peaceful valley of Swat has been particularly brutal; they destroyed hundreds of schools, especially girls' schools. Banks and treasuries have been looted and people terrorized by arbitrary killing, whipping and other cruel punishment. All men have been forced to grow beard and women driven inside the Burqa. Pakistan government's policy of appeasement has only emboldened the militants. Since the joint declaration by President Obama, Zardari and Hamid Karzai on 5 May '09, a renewed offensive started in Swat. But how long the steam will last is a big question. The situation is particularly perilous in view of the nuclear weapons in Pakistan's possession. The West is worried about the disposal of the nuclear weapons if the militants come to power in Islamabad or a right wing coup takes place.

Obama's Pak-Afghan strategy

The US Army general in charge of training and equipping the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) has described the unveiling of President Barak Obama's new Afpak strategy in March as a potential "tipping point" in US and Nato efforts in Afghanistan.

India launches border-control satellite

India successfully launched its first all-weather Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) built imaging satellite on 20 April, which will enable it to closely monitor its restive and porous borders with its neighbours.

Star Books Review

Tales of the famous and the brave

Looking through the prism of life these days, one wonders how far one has strayed from one's roots, become oblivious of the glory that was there in the past that constitutes one's existence. With this feeling and realization that emanates from it when one looks back, one sees trails of stories both elating and saddening that are stashed in every nook and cranny of predominantly rural Bangladesh. One such village lying by the river Gorai in Kushtia is Koya --- an appealing name in itself that moulds an image of a tiny chirping bird in the vision of this reviewer. It takes someone with an immense sense of responsibility and a heart full of passion to weave the things that, although discrete in terms of chronology, are yet arranged into a colourful tapestry. Rakibul Hassan has fulfilled just this task in a masterly way.

A book, a flavour of culture . . .

Kabir Chowdhury is perhaps one of the last of our men of letters who have known history as well as have a hand in the making of it. He defies age (he is in his mid eighties) and he continues to make his presence felt when it comes to raising and popularizing issues of public interest. He has taught literature, has had a stint in government; and his has over the years been one of the loudest voices in defence of the demand for a trial of the war criminals in Bangladesh's war of liberation in 1971.

Life's story told with feeling

The Pursuit of Happiness reminds the reader of an acknowledged truth that as human beings we are always pursuing happiness in life. Betsy, the sixteen year old young woman, is doing just that, pursuing happiness after the death of her mother. Betsy Irving, her teenager brother and her father are left in a house that seems to echo with the memories of her mother with each and every breath. The troubles and grief the family goes through is touching enough to hold the reader glued as if he or she is a part of the Irving family. Most of all the doubts, the confusions of the motherless young girl do not fail to touch parental hearts. It is a touching story of love and loss taking part in Morrisville, New Jersey.


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