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GP breaks thru' IPO hurdle

Grameenphone, the leading mobile phone operator of the country, yesterday received a go ahead from the stock market regulator to raise Tk 486.08 crore through an initial public offering (IPO), the largest of its kind in the history of Bangladesh capital market.

Chief of JMB's new offshoot captured

Special Branch (SB) of Police in Gazipur arrested Abdur Rahim alias Shahadat, the chief organiser of "Islam and Muslim", a new offshoot of banned Islamist militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

Rehabilitation of Aila-hit farmers starts today

Rehabilitation of the cyclone Aila-hit farmers starts today in the southern districts through distribution of free seeds and fertilisers for the Aman season.

3-6 new faces to get ministerial job

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina may bring in a few more ministers and state ministers in her cabinet and redistribute portfolios of those of some important ministries for their unsatisfactory performance.

Burnt oil, dyeing chemicals dumped into Buriganga

Apart from untreated industrial and household wastes, burnt motor oil, lubricant and dyeing chemicals are also contributing greatly to the pollution of the already moribund river Buriganga.

Snapped Desa wires cost 3 more lives

Eight-year-old Rayat understands that her mother has died. But he would not let them bury her.

Money-whitening scope to benefit the same people

The group of businessmen who comprised 73 percent of the beneficiaries of money whitening scope given by the last caretaker government will again get the larger slice of the cake as the government has decided to continue the provision for one year.

JS body for strong missions abroad

A parliamentary standing committee has made a set of recommendations including formulation of new guidelines for Bangladesh missions abroad, and salary hike for mission officials to bring dynamism and pace in their (missions) activities.

HC terms Huda, Kamaruzzaman wrong-headed, worthless

The High Court (HC) yesterday termed former communications minister Nazmul Huda and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman 'wrong-headed' and 'worthless' for making 'derogatory' remarks on the June 21 HC judgement on proclamation of the country's independence.

Pinak's comment not a breach of diplomatic norms: Ashraf

LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said he personally thinks that Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty had not flouted diplomatic norms through his comment on Tipaimukh dam.

JCD infighting comes to fore

Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) is now grappling with internal conflict as a large faction of leaders at a protest rally yesterday declared its newly announced central committee unwanted on Dhaka University campus.

No headmaster for 39 Cox's Bazar schools

Thirty-nine government and private secondary schools, out of total 144, are running without headmaster and assistant headmaster in different upazilas of the district, hampering academic activities.

RTI law to help contain corruption

Chief Information Commissioner M Azizur Rahman yesterday said the Right to Information (RTI) Act, if implemented properly, would help strengthen democracy and establish good governance and accountability in the country.

Convicted ex-secretary Zabiullah sent to jail

Former environment secretary Ismail Zabiullah was sent to jail yesterday in a graft case in which he was earlier sentenced to 13 years' imprisonment in absentia.

Explain why forming CHT interim bodies not illegal

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to explain why the rules of the law empowering the govt to form ad-interim regional and district councils in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) should not be declared unconstitutional.

Indigenous people seek action against repression

Sufferings of indigenous people who migrated to Sajek union in Rangamati from different areas in the 80's continue as they are still becoming victims of repression.

12 garment workers held in Ashulia

Police arrested 12 more garment workers at Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital yesterday on charges of vandalism and arson attack on garment factories.

Criminal killed in wild chase

A criminal was killed and another sustained injury while being chased by mob and police after they made an attack on a meeting injuring one tea vendor at city's Manikdi Bazar early yesterday.

Pak troops kill 50 militants

Pakistani security forces said yesterday that troops had killed more than 50 militants while ground and air forces battled against Islamist insurgents in parts of the northwest.

US slaps sanctions on al-Qaeda backers

The United States imposed sanctions Wednesday on an al-Qaeda backer and three leaders of Pakistan-based Islamist group Laskhar-e-Taiba, which was blamed over last year's Mumbai attacks.


The BNP's boycott of parliament

THE continuing absence of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its erstwhile ally in government, the Jamaat-e-Islami, threatens to put at risk the new phase of democracy inaugurated through the general elections of December last year. Indeed, the BNP had pledged in its election manifesto that if voted to power it would go for laws that would put an end to the pervasive culture of a boycott of parliament by political parties. Obviously, the BNP did not get back to power. But should that be any reason for it now to stay away from a legislative body in which it castigated the opposition in its own days in power? The BNP, in line with its manifesto, could on its own take the initiative of proposing legislation aimed at doing away with the boycott culture. That way, it will not only convince people that it has gone for a reinvention of itself but also encourage them into believing that change in the political mindset is also in the offing

Why cloud the atmospherics for better ties?

FOREIGN Minister Dipu Moni has said she feels that Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty might have breached diplomatic norms by commenting to the effect that Bangladeshi water experts were making uninformed observations on Tipaimukh dam. Besides referring to them as 'so-called experts' he has also characterised them, obviously sweepingly, as being politically motivated.

Our Pterygoid Walk

THE growing influence of black money in our life is comparable to how a snake swallows its prey. Once the prey is inside its wide-open mouth, it drenches its mouth with saliva and begins to transport the prey into the digestive tract. The snake has two extra rows of teeth on the roof of its mouth, which ratchet over the outer surface of the prey and gradually work it into the belly. These teeth are called Pterygoid teeth, and this process of swallowing is known as the Pterygoid Walk.

The invisible side

HOW far has the women's cause been represented in the current fiscal year's budget? Or of the other marginalised groups like hardcore poor, people with disabilities and the indigenous people?


Serena staves off Elena

Serena Williams reached her fifth Wimbledon final Thursday with an epic 6-7, 7-5, 8-6 win over Elena Dementieva where she saved a match point in the longest semifinal in the tournament's history.

Roger, Andy chase history

Roger Federer will put friendship aside while Andy Murray must turn his back on national hype and growing media hysteria when they aim to set up a dream Wimbledon final on Friday.

Pakistan relish SL tour

Pakistan start their Test series against Sri Lanka Saturday riding the wave of a feel-good factor after winning the World Twenty20 and giving their country a much-needed respite from bombs and battles.

Third ODI today

India will be looking to edge closer to a rare one-day international series victory against the West Indies in the Caribbean before embarking on a well-earned break from the game.

Bangladeshi cagers cave in

Bangladesh conceded embarrassing defeat in both of their FIBA 3 on 3 Basketball matches of the First Asian Youth Games at the Anglican High School in Singapore yesterday.

Zia atop alone

Grand Master Ziaur Rahman picked up his fourth straight win to take the solo lead in the

Harmy looks for weak link

Stephen Harmison believes Australia are short on confidence with the first Ashes Test in Cardiff just a week away.

BSWA accords reception to Nizammuddin and Jalal

Bangladesh Sports Writers Association (BSWA) on Thursday accorded a reception to two renowned sports writers -- Dr Nizamuddin Ahmed and Jalal Ahmed Chowdhury -- for their outstanding contributions to sports.

Teams look forward

Pakistan and Sri Lanka make an emotional return to Test cricket on Saturday, almost four months to the day after a militant attack halted their last contest.

Real capture Karim

Lyon announced on Wednesday the transfer of Karim Benzema to Real Madrid for 35 million euros in a deal which dashes Manchester United's attempts to capture the France striker.

Cruz to fight for place

Roque Santa Cruz has said he would relish the opportunity of battling Samuel Eto'o and Carlos Tevez for a place in the Manchester City side next season.

Inamoto targets WC

Veteran Japanese midfielder Junichi Inamoto is hoping that his move to French First Division side Rennes will boost his chances of playing in a third World Cup finals next year.

Juve deny Xabi rumours

Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli on Wednesday denied rumours his club are interested in signing Liverpool's Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Donovan slams Beckham

David Beckham has come under attack from L.A. Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan just as he prepares to return for action with the MLS team.

Brazil back on top

Brazil have returned to the top of FIFA's world rankings after an absence of almost two years on the strength of their Confederations Cup win in Sunday's final against the United States.

Lyon after Nistelrooy

Lyon want to sign Real Madrid's Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy to replace Karim Benzema who has agreed to join the Spanish giants, sports daily Marca reported Thursday.

Villa wants Barca move

Valencia striker David Villa, one of the stars of Spain's victorious Euro 2008 squad, has been in touch with Barcelona about a move to the European champions, Spanish media said Thursday.

Materazzi extends with Inter

World Cup winning centre-back Marco Materazzi on Wednesday signed a new deal with Inter Milan that will keep him at the Italian champions for another three years, the club announced on their website.

Montella hangs up his boots

Former Italy international Vincenzo Montella has decided to retire despite a year remaining on his AS Roma contract, according to Italian agency ANSA.

Barca to offer 20m euros for Mascherano

Barcelona is readying an offer of 20 million euros for Liverpool's Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano, a Spanish newspaper said Thursday.

'Federer best'

Roger Federer's run of 21 consecutive Grand Slam semi-final appearances will probably never be matched, his fellow Wimbledon semi-finalist Andy Murray said.

Runs come at right time

If Michael Hussey's Test place was in any lingering doubt, he surely cemented his spot in the Australia side for next week's Ashes opener by making an unbeaten 143 against the England Lions.

Hussey hits form

Mike Hussey came back to form with his first century in nine months on a day when several Australia top-order batsmen failed in their final warm-up game before the Ashes.

Pak objection to new FTP

Pakistan has complained of being marginalised in the draft of the next six-year international cricket programme, forcing the signing of the schedule to be postponed, an official said Thursday.

Hefty fine on Asif

Pakistani cricket authorities on Thursday fined Mohammad Asif one million rupees (12,500 dollars) over the fast bowler's 19-day detention at Dubai airport for alleged drug possession.


Safety concern downs 4 airlines

Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has suspended operations of four local airlines after International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) raised significant safety concerns over issuance of air operator certificates by the local regulator, insiders said.

DSE turnover soars to historic high

Single-day turnover on the premier bourse crossed Tk 1,000 crore mark yesterday, carving out a new milestone in the history of Bangladesh's capital market.

Govt targets 5,000MW power

The government has designed a plan for 5,000MW power generation during its tenure through public and private involvement, said an adviser to the prime minister yesterday.

KEPZ investors under review

The government is set to decide on taking back the land at Karnaphuli EPZ (KEPZ) Extension in Chittagong and providing compensation to fourteen foreign investors after reviewing the construction situation in the area.

Laptop entrepreneurs to get land free of cost

Posts and Telecommunications Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju has said the entrepreneurs intending to set up laptop plants in Bangladesh will get government lands for free.

GSP review process at USTR to continue

The GSP Review Process at the US Trade Representative (USTR) on workers rights in Bangladesh will continue for another year.

All measures to ensure stable commodity market: Minister

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan has reiterated government's firmness to take all measures to make the essential commodity market stable during Ramadan.

Asia will be first to rise out of global recession: ADB

Asia's recession appears to have touched bottom and the region is likely to be the first to climb out of the global economic slowdown, the Asian Development Bank's chief economist said Thursday.

Outbound investment unlikely to outstrip FDI in China

Despite a surge in Chinese overseas direct investment (ODI) in recent years, it is unlikely to outpace inbound foreign direct investment (FDI) this year, government officials and experts said Wednesday.

Bad to worse for migrant workers in Asia as crisis bites

Momen Bhuiyan left Bangladesh and his job as a van driver two years ago, to make his fortune in Malaysia and set himself up for life. As for so many like him, it did not turn out that way.

Bepza moves to tame labour unrest

An agreement has been signed to appoint 60 counsellors with a view to removing labour unrest in the Export Processing Zones (EPZs) under the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza).

Janata Bank gets global recognition

Global Finance, a New York-based magazine, has recently branded Janata Bank Ltd as “The Best Emerging Market Bank 2009” for Bangladesh, said a statement.

Ha-Meem staging a comeback

It is rising from the ashes: Ha-Meem Group.

RMG ruffled by price war

Two years ago, Mohammad Kamaluddin packed his meagre belongings and left behind a paltry farmhand's salary in search of a better wage in the booming textile factories of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

Asian markets struggle

Asian markets were mixed Thursday as investors sought firm signals ahead of key US jobs data, while another strong performance in Shanghai raised fears its rally will run out of steam.

New director for Nat’l Tea Company

The state-owned National Tea Company Ltd has elected Golam Mustafa, general manager (Tea Estate) of M. M. Ispahani Limited, as a director, says a press release.

Oil prices extend losses

World oil prices extended losses on Thursday after falling a day earlier on data revealing a drop in petroleum products in the United States, the world's leading energy consumer.

Eurozone unemployment hits 10-year high of 9.5pc

The unemployment rate in the 16 euro countries climbed to a 10-year high of 9.5 percent in May as companies cut jobs to survive Europe's worst post-war recession, according to EU data on Thursday.

Indian economy may grow 7pc, expansion hinges on US

India's economy could grow more than 7.0 percent this year, but the expansion will rely on a recovery in the United States and the global economy as a whole, the government said Thursday.

Merkel: G8 alone can't solve world's problems

The Group of Eight industrialised powers (G8) is no longer the appropriate forum to thrash out the world's problems, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.


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


Create hassle-free investment environment for NRBs: Zillur

President Zillur Rahman yesterday asked the Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry to establish strict monitoring system so that no Bangladeshi expatriates fall victim to harassment or fraudulent activities.

Dakhil students to take 2 exams in 2011

The government has decided to take examinations of two subjects at Dakhil level of madrasa education under 'creative question method' in 2011.

BCU protests Indian envoy's remarks

Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU), a left-leaning student organisation, yesterday demanded expulsion of Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty for his "audacious comment" on local experts who are raising voice against Tipaimukh Dam project.

DU students confine 3 teachers for installation of furnace

Students of the Ceramics department of the Fine Arts Faculty at Dhaka University kept three teachers confined for an hour yesterday demanding installation of a new chulli (furnace) for their practical works.

10 injured, 25 vehicles ransacked in Bogra

Ten people were injured and about 25 vehicles owned by members of Bogra Transport Owners' Association were ransacked at Adamdighi in Bogra yesterday as cadres of Naogaon District Transport Owners Association allegedly swooped on the vehicles centring toll collection.

Monira Rahman wins Americans for UNFPA Int'l Honoree Award

Monira Rahman, executive director of Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF), has won the Americans for UNFPA International Honoree Award 2008 for her contributions to preventing violence against women, specifically addressing acid violence.

PM seeks UN help to improve child, maternal health

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought enhanced assistance from the United Nations (UN) for improving child and maternal health as well as empowering the womenfolk in the country, as she listed some setbacks in the population sector in recent times.

Experts for clinical trial of new imported drugs

Clinical trial is a must before using new drugs imported from abroad to ensure safety of patients as people of the country are genetically diversified, said the experts at a seminar yesterday.

Judgment on appeals by 3 DU teachers August 4

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed August 4 to deliver judgment on the appeals filed against the lower court verdict that sentenced three Dhaka University (DU) teachers to two years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for violating Emergency Power Rules (EPR) in August, 2007 in connection with the violence on the campus.

Sahara operated upon at Singapore hospital

Home Minister Sahara Khatun was successfully operated upon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore yesterday to heal her injured waist.

Ershad for increasing wages of workers

Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad has called for increasing the wages of workers and introducing other allowances for them.

Two Dutch ministers due on July 5

Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation Bert Koenders and Vice Minister for Transport, Public Works and Water Management Tineke Huizinga will arrive here for a two-day official visit on July 5 and 6.

G4S deal with Dutch embassy

G4S Bangladesh, a security service provider, signed an agreement with the embassy of the Netherlands on Wednesday to provide comprehensive security solutions, including access control, at the embassy and other locations associated with the embassy, says a press release.

Govt to implement CHT agreement

Deputy Leader of the Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury said the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Agreement would be implemented following discussions with the indigenous people, which Awami League had pledged in its election manifesto.

Nazim Kamran, two others arrested

Police arrested Nazim Kamran Choudhury, husband of former adviser to the immediate past caretaker government Geeteara Shafiya Choudhury, and two others at Gulshan in the city last night in a case with Gulshan Police Station.

Firearm seized

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized a Chinese rifle and two bullets left abandoned in Hazaribagh area in the city yesterday.

Germany calls for climate commitment at G8

Germany's Angela Merkel called yesterday for G8 leaders meeting next week to reaffirm their commitment to limiting the rise in global temperatures to under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

3-day IT fair begins in Sylhet

A three-day IT fair styled 'Sylhet IT Fair-2009' began at Hafiz Complex in Sylhet town yesterday.

Draft national health policy to commercialise health services

The draft National Health Policy-2009 tends to privatise and commercialise health services, viewed leaders of the Health Rights Movement National Committee at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters' Unity yesterday.

Four held for cheating joint secy out of Tk 21 lakh

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested four members of a fraud gang at Baridhara in the city yesterday on charges of cheating a joint secretary out of Tk 21 lakh.

Be enlightened persons

Dhaka University (DU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique has called upon the students to acquire moral education to become enlightened persons saying that only achieving certificate should not be their aim.

Contempt rule on Prothom Alo editor, columnist

The High Court yesterday issued a contempt of court rule on the Editor and Publisher of the Prothom Alo, Matiur Rahman, and its Associate Editor and columnist Mizanur Rahman Khan for publishing an article on the high court proceedings.


Flood in Khagrachhari, fresh areas in Netrakona inundated

Heavy downpour for the last 2-3 days coupled with onrush of hill water has triggered flash flood in several areas of Khagrachhari while floodwater has submerged more low-lying areas in Netrakona.

32 more sued in 3 districts for war crimes

Thirty-two alleged collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces have been sued for killing, arson and looting in Satkhira, Moulvibazar and Gopalganj in 1971.

'Sit with Delhi to stop Tipai dam project'

Tipaimukh Bandh Protirodh Andolan (dam resistance movement) yesterday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through the acting deputy commissioner, urging her to immediately sit with Indian government so that it stops implementation of its dam project on Borak river.

Man-eater beaten to death by villagers

Locals beat a Royal Bengal Tiger dead after it injured three people at Khalishabunia village under Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira yesterday.

23 sex workers start life anew in Khulna

Christian Service Society (CSS), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has provided 23 sex workers with jobs to encourage them to return to normal life.

Food poisoning kills 2

Two persons died at Ashrafpur village in Shibganj upazila on Wednesday night allegedly after taking poisonous breads. Officer-In-Charge (OC) at Shibganj police station Zahidul Islam said over cell phone that victims Nazir Uddin, 70, and his daughter-in-law Khadiza, 23, and 13 other family members ate home made breads at night and all of them fell sick. They were taken to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical Collage Hospital where Nazir and Khadiza died. Hospital sources said that rest of the family members recovered and returned home.

Outlaw held in Narail

Kalia police on Wednesday night arrested an outlaw and recovered pistol, pipe gun and bullets from his possession. Arrestee Alam alias Anu alias Maruf Hossain, 35, of Chacharpur Naldanga village in Jhenidah district is a regional leader of Janajuddho faction of PBCP. Acting on a tip-off, police raided a teashop at Dighla bazar under Narail district and arrested him. Police said Alam is a close aide to top outlaw Dada Tapan who was killed in 'crossfire' with Rab a few months ago in Kushtia.

BDR chief visits 4 battalions

Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Maj Gen Md Mainul Islam has visited four battalions under Rajshahi sector. He held meetings with officials and soldiers of two battalions in Naogaon on Thursday and two other battalions in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj yesterday. The BDR chief asked the border guards to come forward to help the on-going legal procedure in the mutiny cases by disclosing the truths. Talking with the press in Rajshahi, Maj Gen Mainul termed the BDR mutiny of February 25 and 26 as a curse. He hoped the paramilitary forces would be free from the curse with the completion of the trial of the mutineers. Replying to a question, the BDR chief said, work on rebuilding the BDR is going on to make it more effective. “Changing the forces' name and uniform are external; we are also considering some internal reforms”.

4 hurt in Rangamati clash

Four madrasa students were injured in a clash with the Jamaat activists at Al-Amin Senior Madrasa at Banarupa in the town yesterday. The injured are Rezaul Karim Sabuj, Abu Taleb, Abu Bakkar and Mohiuddin. Sources said some Jamaat activists led by Abdullah Al-Mamun, secretary of Pourasabha branch of Jamaat-e-Islami and son of district Ameer SM Shahidullah, equipped with hockey sticks and rods mercilessly beat up the madrasa students as they protested various 'corruptions and irregularities' by the district Ameer. Shahidullah is running two madrasas---Al-Amin Senior Madrasa and Al-Fesani Madarsa. Contacted, the Jamaat Ameer said he was not aware of the incident. He also denied all allegations brought against him.


T20 champion

Pakistan cricket team has once again proved that cricket is a game of great uncertainty. Once the tournament started no one expected them to reach even the group of four. The Pakistan team for the last one year couldn't play any international cricket on their home soil.

Tourism in Bangladesh

On an educational tour of western USA, along with a group of about 50 tourists from England, Australia, and Cyprus, I have just passed through Las Vegas, which is a hot desert city with no natural scenic beauty. But more than 30 million people visit the place every year. It really has only one main street about six miles long, with big hotels having gambling facilities on both sides of the road, shopping malls, eateries and other attractions. Many of these hotels and their surroundings are reproductions of other famous sites of the world, for instance, Luxor which has a pyramid and the Sphinx, New York with Times Square, Paris with Eiffel Tower, Italian Venice with gondolas, Imperial Rome with Caesar's Palace, etc.

Law and order situation

As part of the drive against corruption in the public administration, the government has declared a policy under which the heads of each department of all government offices will be made responsible for corruption that takes place under their respective administrations.

Obama in Cairo . . .

US President Barack Obama's recent speech at Cairo University had messages both for Muslims and Jews.

Scammers around

In these days activities of scammers are really unbearable. A scammer would send e-mail to someone to inform that he/she (the e-mail receiver) has won a lottery from the selected country and mentions that the lottery draw has been done by electronic system. Such people inform the receivers that they have won hundreds of thousands and even some time millions of pounds or dollars. Eventually they ask for money for preparation to pay money to the winners. This way they just simply cheat the gullible.

Pandemic and endemic

Recently swine flu (the virus subtype H1N1) has been declared a pandemic.

Black money

Our country since long is carrying the legacy of wrong policies which always go against good people and support the people of the other end. The Finance Minister is very seriously trying to widen the scope of such policies by allowing people to whiten their black money by paying tax @ 10% only.

Women's rights

The progress of our society isn't possible until women get their equal rights. Women should raise their voice to achieve their rights.

Indian High Commissioner's statement

A few days ago, Indian High Commissioner Pinak Chakravarty spoke in an unfriendly manner. He also referred to our experts as "so-called" which is really a matter of great regret. We never expect this sort of behaviour from a representative of a country. He has also provided less than authentic information about the Tipaimukh dam. Our honourable foreign minister was present there as a chief guest but she did not protest at all.

Poisoning Sheikh Hasina

The caretaker government has been accused of trying to poison Sheikh Hasina in the special prison. The BNP has come up with similar suspicions regarding Khaleda Zia. It looks as if the caretaker government tried to eliminate all the intellectuals (!) similar to the Pakistan army's genocide against our intellectuals in 1971. Our fellow countrymen must be waiting now to hear about similar plots against Moudud, Najmul Huda, Babar and other individuals.

The former army chief

I have gone through the article by Prof. S. M. Khashru entitled 'Political Leadership and Our Armed Forces', published in the Op-Ed section of the Daily Star of 16 June, 2009. I really enjoyed his thought-provoking, enlightening, well-thought-out and well-written article in which he rightly hinted at the lesson that should have been obtained by the politicians of Bangladesh after 1/11. In this connection, it is worth mentioning here that the divine duty of the army of a country is to defend it from both internal and external threats. After October 2006, when the 4-party alliance term in office ended, the country was really in chaos. At a point, political parties started killing opponents in the streets by taking the law in their hands. They were desperate to gain control of the administration, adding further to the anarchy. The caretaker government of Prof. Iajuddin was not politically competent enough to control the situation which led to further chaos.

Be aware about antibiotics

At present all are affected by various types of diseases. It may be simple fever to severe type of cancer. When a patient meets with a certain type of doctor then it is simple prescribed an antibiotic with other medicines of the particular diseases. This is the misuse of antibiotic. Yes, it may be given for serious or chronic condition, but not for simple fever or rhinitis (running nose). But now gradually antibiotics are used.

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Amnesty accuses Israel of using human shields in Gaza during clash

Amnesty yesterday accused Israeli forces of war crimes in Gaza, saying they used children as human shields and conducted wanton attacks on civilians, in a report rejected as "unbalanced" by Israel.

N Korea fires 3 short-range missiles amid N-standoff

North Korea yesterday test-fired three short-range missiles, fuelling tension sparked by its nuclear standoff, as a US team held talks in China on ways to make UN sanctions bite against Pyongyang.

Iran steps up campaign against dissenters

Iran on Wednesday stepped up its campaign against dissenters, shutting down a reformist newspaper, but presidential election runner up Mir Hossein Mousavi continued to challenge the results.

Filipino rebels claim killing hundreds of troops

Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines said yesterday they have killed more than 500 government troops in 10 months of fighting since the collapse of peace talks, a claim the military dismissed as propaganda.

Major offensive under way in Afghanistan

Thousands of US Marines poured from helicopters and armoured vehicles into Taliban-controlled villages of southern Afghanistan Thursday in the first major operation under President Barack Obama's strategy to stabilise the country.

Good relations with India essential for people's welfare: Zardari

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said it is important for both India and Pakistan to share a cordial relationship so as to establish peace in the region and fight against extremism.

Top Taliban commander Fazlullah killed in Swat shelling ?

Top Taliban commander Mullah Fazlullah may have been killed in heavy shelling by the security forces, sources said.

UN chief warned over risky Myanmar visit

UN chief Ban Ki-moon prepared Thursday for a risky visit to Myanmar amid warnings that the trip will be a "huge failure" if he fails to secure the release of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Clashes in Mysore over religious site: 3 dead

Communal clashes have been reported to have occurred in Mysore in Karnataka state and three people are believed to have died.

Honduran coup leaders defiant despite pressure

Coup leaders in Honduras vowed that ousted President Manuel Zelaya will "never return to power" despite mounting international pressure and an ultimatum by the Organisation of American States.

Jackson's ex-wife may seek children's custody

Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's ex-wife who gave birth to his two elder children may go to court seeking their custody, even as reports emerge claiming that it is soul diva Diana Ross, who has been named the back-up guardian in the pop star's 2002 will.

Prachanda hopes for formation of new Maoist-led govt in Nepal

Former Nepal prime minister and Unified CPN (Maoist) Chairman Prachanda has claimed that a new government under the leadership of his party would be formed within next one-and-half months.

Iran at 'front and centre' of Obama's Russia trip

Responding to Iran's political crackdown and nuclear programme will be "at front and centre" of President Barack Obama's visit to Russia and the G8 summit in Italy next week, a US official said.

Warning over Michael Jackson email virus

Computer security firm Sophos issued a warning Thursday about an Internet virus transmitted from a mass email claiming to contain secret songs and photos of Michael Jackson.

Indian court rules gay sex legal

New Delhi's highest court issued a landmark ruling Thursday that decriminalised gay sex between consenting adults in India by declaring a colonial-era ban on homosexuality unconstitutional.

Arts & Entertainment

Heart to Heart with Tazin and Rumi

Tazin Ahmed is familiar face in the media. From stage to small screen, she is seemingly at ease in every role she plays. Of late, Tazin has attained recognition as a vivacious TV show host as well.

Jackson leaves estate to family

Michael Jackson's will has been filed in a Los Angeles court, giving his entire estate to a family trust.

A musical tribute to Zahidur Rahim

The launching ceremony of the album “Amar E Poth,” featuring Rabindra Sangeet by artiste Chanchal Khan, was held at the Dance and Music Centre, Shilpakala Academy recently.

ntv turns six

Satellite channel ntv turns six today. To mark the occasion, several special programmes will be aired on the channel through out the day. Here are the highlights of some of the programmes:

Call to protect indigenous rights and culture

Local artistes of Khagrachhari district recently displayed their handicrafts at a cultural soiree and issued a strong call in defence of their rights and culture.

Kanak’s book of life

The publication cere-mony of a book titled 'Kanak and her paintings', by Kanak Chapa Chakma, was held at the Jatiya Press Club in the city yesterday.

Child performers take centre stage at rural cultural programme

Children of Tetulia Union Parishad entertained audiences with their spirited performances at a cultural programme held recently in the area.


Returning to normalcy

CYCLONE Aila hit the southwestern coast on May 25, just one and a half years after Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh. The most severely affected areas are Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira district and Koyra and Dacope upazilas of Khulna district, the areas adjacent to the Sundarbans extending from Sharankhola in the east to South 24 Pargona in West Bengal in the west. According to the 2001 Population Census, these three upazilas had 90,000 households with a population of 0.66 million.

Why steal shine off the sun?

WE are unfortunately divided by an unnecessary debate about who proclaimed independence of Bangladesh. It is unnecessary because it is about a self-evident, historical truth that admits of no debating or twisting. "Proclamation of independence," as embodied in our constitution, is a settled matter.

How not to organise speakers

THOUSANDS of people are signing up for public speaking classes, the press reports. In East Asia, applicants want to talk their way into better jobs.


Where is the limit?

Before writing this article, I was having second thoughts as to how relevant this topic would be in the context of Bangladesh. But I was soon brought out of my dilemma by the fact that relevance has nothing to do with people's interest in a certain subject. So here goes this week's Lead News on the Star Tech page, on some of the recent advances of warfare tools the world has seen.

Michael Jackson death a landmark event for Web

Pop star Michael Jackson's death is being seen as a watershed event for the Internet with a website,, scooping "old media" and millions around the world finding out about it online.

AgreeYa Solutions in Bangladesh

AgreeYa Solutions (AgreeYA), a US-based global provider of business and technology services and solutions, has formally announced its acquisition of Bangladesh operations of Solitus Infotech, a global provider of IT solutions and services.

Warning over Michael Jackson email virus

Computer security firm Sophos issued a warning about an Internet virus transmitted from a mass email claiming to contain secret songs and photos of Michael Jackson.

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