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1 more kid dies of paracetamol intake

Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque revealed use of poisonous chemicals meant for tannery and rubber industries in paracetamol syrup of Rid Pharmaceutical Company as another child died from intake of the "medicine" yesterday brining the death toll to 25.

Bus parking on roads

Several hundred buses operating from Fulbaria and Joykali Mandir bus terminals are parked on the roads in Gulistan area, causing severe traffic congestion in that part of the capital.

BNP to miss JS bus for Tipai

The parliamentary delegation finally is going to India to visit the proposed Tipaimukh dam site without having any representative from the main opposition BNP.

Govt seeks $500m more from ADB

Bangladesh has sought additional assistance of $500 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to generate more employment in the country against the backdrop of global economic recession.

Changes in air as AL goes to council today

All eyes are on the Awami League's national council that starts today amid huge speculations on how the policymaking level of the ruling party is going to be rejuvenated conforming to its "charter for changes".

Train rams rig

The rail communication between Dhaka and Chittagong was snapped for around 12 hours yesterday as a passenger train rammed into a rig at Fatehpur level crossing on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Feni.

Changes in air as AL starts council today

All eyes are on the Awami League's national council that starts today amid huge speculations on how the policymaking level of the ruling party is going to be rejuvenated conforming to its "charter for changes".

Petrobangla comes under JS body fire

The parliamentary standing committee on public undertakings yesterday blasted Bangladesh Oil, Gas, and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla) for not taking measures to explore oil and gas in the country during the regimes of BNP-Jamaat, and the immediate past caretaker government.

Dropout rate goes up to 11.5pc

The average dropout rate in each class of primary level has increased to 11.5 percent in 2008 which was 5.6 in 1998, said a draft report of Education Watch Study 2008.

JS body to probe drug sector

A four-member parliamentary sub-committee was formed yesterday to investigate the overall situation in the drug industry and find out the causes of death of 24 kids who took a drug of Rid Pharmaceutical Company.

ADB chief assures PM of help in all sectors

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought increased assistance from the Asian Development Bank for expediting the country's sustainable socioeconomic development in all sectors, including roads and bridges.

Hearing of case soon

The hearing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination case will begin at the Appellate Division after the present status of the case is formally conveyed to the chief justice, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.

Shab-e-Barat on August 6

The holy Lailatul Barat will be observed on the night of August 6 as the moon of Shaban was sighted yesterday.

Metro rail needs more scrutiny

The cabinet committee on economic affairs yesterday sent back the proposals for underground metro rail project and offshore oil and gas exploration bids for further scrutiny.

Lashkar aid arrested

Police arrested a Bangladeshi national with suspected links to Pakistan-based Islamist militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) at Kamalnagar in Satkhira town on Wednesday night.

Girl assaulted for refusing to go out with BCL activist

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists at Rajshahi University yesterday physically assaulted a female student after she refused the advances of a BCL activist.

Open market sale of rice in Ramadan

The government will restart its open market sale (OMS) to sell rice and also distribute food grains among the poor under its Vulnerable Group Feeding programme during Ramadan to ensure stability in prices of essentials.

Hajj flight from Oct 20

Flights for 54,000 hajj pilgrims will start from October 20, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader said after an inter-ministerial meeting at the secretariat yesterday.

BDR jawan 'commits suicide'

A Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) jawan "committed suicide" at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital early yesterday. With this incident the number of unnatural death of BDR jawans after February 25-26 BDR mutiny stands at seven.

Conjoined twins born in Rangpur

A mother gave birth to two conjoined babies, sharing a single body, at a local clinic in the town through caesarean surgery on Wednesday.

HSC results tomorrow

The results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations 2009 held under eight education boards, the Alim exams under the Madrasa Education Board and Business Management exams under Technical Education Board will be published simultaneously tomorrow.

Saarc transport ministers' meet in Colombo

The second meeting of the transport ministers of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries will be held in Colombo on July 25.

Nuke talks dead

North Korea yesterday described six-party disarmament talks as dead and urged the United States to drop its "hostile" policy, Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported from the Thai resort of Phuket.

Test of Israeli missile-defence aborted

Tests of a missile-defence system meant to shield Israel from Iranian attack were aborted over the past week on three occasions because of various malfunctions, Israeli defence officials said yesterday.


AL council session today

THE national council of the Awami League, meeting in session today, is from many perspectives an encouraging happening. In the sixty years since its birth in 1949, the party has weathered many storms and defied many predictions to turn itself into a large, deep-rooted political organization in pre and post-1971 Bangladesh. Indeed, it is to the credit of the party that it played a leading role in transforming the political destiny of Bengalis through its spirited defence of their rights and eventually providing the nation with the leadership that would steer it to freedom. At this point of time, therefore, one recalls the strong political traditions that have been set through the role of the Awami League and the evolution it brought about in the public perception of politics as the art of the possible and the enlightening.

Our cricket's moment of glory

OUR cricket is showing some signs of coming of age. The series win away from home against West Indies which came at Grenada on Tuesday is certainly the biggest achievement of our cricket to date. It has been a fine showing by a team coming constantly under criticism for their poor performance.

A test of civilisation

A village court in Faridpur forced the father and uncle of a 15-year old boy to pluck out his eyes as punishment for stealing a mobile phone. There was also a cash fine of 30,000 taka attached to that cruelty, which makes it even harder to calculate the price of the stolen good. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. What about two eyes for a mobile phone? The deafening sound of its dismal ring tone hasn't stopped since it made news.

The lonely warrior

ON the 84th birth anniversary of Tajuddin Ahmed one tends to become contemplative. There are so many reasons to do so. Whenever we think of Tajuddin the mind tracks backward to the tumultuous days of 1971, when death stalked every Bengali every minute; when the air of Bengal was filled with the burnt smell of gunpowder; when vultures circled low in the sky and when Bangladeshis had to run across the borders to take refuse in India for fear of their lives.

Bringing a smile to Bengal's Muslims

THE most communal punishment you can inflict upon any community is to deny it an education. Ignorance is the other face of poverty. No one is illiterate by choice. Which child would bleed her fingers rolling a beedi in preference to a classroom?


Our time will come

For a few fleeting hours in Grenada, Captain Shakib Al Hasan may well have been the doppelganger of Captain Jack Sparrow, the charismatic, happy-go-lucky pirate from the Disney movie. Impetuous, sharp and overall just scratch-your-head-pump-your-fist brilliant, Shakib revelled in the role of captain and truly established himself as the Pirate of the Caribbean.

7 wickets v 309 runs

Pakistan remained on course to win the third and final Test against Sri Lanka after denting the home team's chase of a world record target on Thursday.

Tigers' ODI warm-up today

Having wrapped up the Test series comprehensively, Bangladesh start their preparations for the upcoming ODI series against the West Indies with a warm up match against University of West Indies Vice-Chancellor's XI today at the Benjamin's Park, Portsmouth in Dominica.

KP miss could be vital

Andrew Flintoff fears Kevin Pietersen's absence for the remaining three Tests against Australia could wreck England's chances of regaining the Ashes.

Greats slam WICB, WIPA

Clive Lloyd and Michael Holding have blamed the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) for dragging West Indian cricket into a corner. The WICB and WIPA, which is negotiating on the cricketers' behalf, have agreed to resolve the impasse through mediation and the appointment of former Commonwealth secretary-general Shridath Ramphal as arbitrator but Lloyd and Holding said the problem would not be solved with a temporary resolution.

England fined for slow going

England have been fined for a slow over-rate during their 115-run win over Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord's, the International Cricket Council (ICC) anno-unced on Wednesday.

Tests in danger: Lloyd

Clive Lloyd has expressed disappointment and concern at the impact of Twenty20 on cricket's traditional format, fearing that Andrew Flintoff's retirement from Tests could set a dangerous precedent. Lloyd, the former West Indian captain and current chairman of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) cricket committee, said Flintoff's retirement had set a bad example for younger players and that others would soon follow unless money was not pumped into Test cricket.

School kabaddi

The DC School Kabaddi (Boys and Girls) Tournament began at the Dhaka Kabaddi Stadium on Thursday.

Watto wants to get nasty

Shane Watson admits Australia may have to get nasty in the Ashes because their competitive edge has been blunted since they were told to stop sledging.

Bayliss's realisation

Sri Lankan coach Trevor Bayliss believes the ploy of going into the third and final Test against Pakistan with one spinner has not worked to their advantage. The visitors batted themselves into a strong position on the third day at the SSC, with their lead swelling to 366 and Sri Lanka facing an uphill battle.

Flintoff will defy pain

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has reiterated his intention to play through the pain barrier as he seeks to get fit enough to face Australia in next week's third Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

Div III cricket

Sheikh Russell KC and Meradia Rebel Club won their respective group matches to emerge as group champions in the Metropolis 3rd Division Cricket League qualifiers at separate city venues on Thursday.

Ishchenko claims double

Russia's Natalia Ishchenko secured a double title haul by winning the synchronised swimming solo free gold medal at the World Championships here on Thursday.

Bell flops in Ashes test

Ian Bell suffered an Ashes setback Wednesday when he slumped to his second-lowest score of the season, just hours after Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of the remaining three Tests against Australia.

Langer the leader

Somerset's Justin Langer became the highest-scoring Australian batsman in first-class cricket when he overhauled Sir Donald Bradman's career total of 28,067 runs on Thursday.

I'm reborn: Asif

Disgraced Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif lauded his "rebirth" Thursday, determined to put his derailed career back on track after learning his lesson from brushes with drugs.

Thailand hold L'pool

A great second-half strike by Sutee Suksomkit earned Thailand a well-deserved 1-1 draw with Premier League giants Liverpool in a pre-season game here on Wednesday.

Rafa plays down duo move threats

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez played down reports Thursday that Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano are on the verge of leaving the club.

Fergie can spend £60m

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been told he can spend up to 60 million pounds on new players.

Barca back at Wembley

European champions Barcelona return to the scene of one of the greatest triumphs this weekend as the Spanish giants take part in a four-team pre-season tournament at Wembley Stadium.

Melo wants to win it all

Juventus new boy Felipe Melo is targeting a wealth of silverware after completing his move from Fiorentina.

Eto'o signs for Inter

Samuel Eto'o has agreed terms for a move to Inter Milan, according to his agent Jose Maria Mesalles.

Ronaldo to star in film

Brazil's three-time world player of the year Ronaldo has agreed in principle to star in a film about a Palestinian child fan of his who dies in a refugee camp, it was reported on Wednesday.

Park offered new deal

The hard-working Park Ji-Sung is to be rewarded with a new contract by Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who praised the South Korean midfielder's intelligence and penetration on the field.

City seal Nou Camp date

Manchester City have sealed a friendly date with European champions Barcelona, the English Premiership side announced Thursday, revealing they will face off at the Nou Camp on August 19.

Maradona to Portsmouth?

Diego Maradona's lawyer has claimed that the Argentina boss could quit his job to join Sulaiman Al Fahim's Portsmouth side as a "global ambassador".

Chamakh flies to Canada with Bordeaux

Marouane Chamakh, Bordeaux's unsettled Moroccan striker, flew with the rest of the squad on a pre-season visit to Canada on Thursday, in spite of claims by the player that he was expecting to be signed by an English premiership club.


ADB presses Bangladesh for regional integration

The Asian Development Bank president has suggested Bangladesh forge a better cooperation with its neighbours India and Nepal in transport and energy sectors.

CPD spots monetary policy flaws

The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) said yesterday that Bangladesh Bank in its recently announced Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) has failed to address a series of issues relating to industrial term loans, bad debt and interest rate spread.

GP logs 10pc revenue growth

Grameenphone's revenue increased by 10 percent in the second quarter of 2009 to Tk 1,628 crore, compared to the same period a year ago.

PPP needs support from financial institutes: BB

The central bank governor has reminded the banks and non-bank financial institutions of their crucial role in making the public-private partnership (PPP) programme successful.

Ctg importers in tight corner

Importers are facing problems in storing a large quantity of food grains as the authorities continue to press them to vacate warehouses at the Halishahar Central Storage Depot (CSD) in Chittagong.

No BB intervention that hurts stock market

The stock market regulator has said that the central bank has made an assurance not to take any measure that may adversely impact the market.

SME Foundation plans to extend credit wholesaling

The Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Foundation plans to expand its credit-wholesaling programme soon, said its managing director and CEO yesterday.

Grassroots businesses should strengthen role: Analysts

Speakers at a programme yesterday emphasised strengthening role and activities of grassroots business communities.

India inflation remains in negative territory

India's inflation rate remained in negative territory, official data showed Thursday, despite a rise in food prices.

US existing home sales rise for third month

Sales of existing homes in the United States rose for the third consecutive month in June, suggesting that the troubled housing market may be hitting bottom, private data showed Thursday.

Italian consumer spending steady in May

Consumer spending in Italy held steady in May compared with the level in April, the national statistical institute ISTAT said on Thursday.

United’s direct flight to Dubai

United Airways, a private commercial airline in the country, recently launched a direct flight to Dubai from Bangladesh.

BTI fair held

Building Technologies and Ideas Ltd (BTI) has organised a project launching fair on the company premises in Dhaka recently.

Taiwan export orders fall

Taiwan said Thursday that June export orders fell 10.9 percent year on year -- the smallest decline in eight months -- to 27.94 billion US dollars as demand picked up in its key markets

Economics of modelling

In the world of glitz and glamour, it took Tumpa, a renowned model, a decade to make her mark.

Japan trade surplus logs first rise in 20 months

Japan's trade surplus grew in June for the first time in 20 months as an export slump eased, data showed Thursday, supporting hopes the world's number two economy is crawling towards a recovery.

Asia economies to rebound in 2010, fears remain: ADB

Asian economies will likely bounce back from the global economic slump in 2010 but fears remain over the sustainability of growth if there is no wider recovery, the Asian Development Bank said Thursday.

Asian markets move higher

Increased confidence that the US and Chinese governments will continue with their loose economic policies, as well as a weaker yen, helped push Asia's stocks higher on Thursday.

New US weekly jobless claims jump

New claims for US unemployment benefits jumped last week, in line with market expectations, as employers shed payrolls to cope with the severe recession, government data showed Thursday.

Debt reduction pushes Ford to $2.3b profit

Ford Motor Co posted a surprise second-quarter profit of $2.8 billion Thursday, due to income related to a reduction of debt.

French industrial confidence edges up

French industrial confidence edged up in July for the fourth month running but remains low after collapsing early in the year, official data showed on Thursday.

German govt still prefers Magna's bid for Opel

The German government still prefers the bid of Canadian auto parts firm Magna to take over struggling General Motors subsidiary Opel, a spokesman said Wednesday, following an initial assessment.

British retail sales rise in June

British retail sales jumped in June as heavy discounting and sunny weather boosted consumer demand despite the recession, official data showed on Thursday.

Oil higher in Asian trade

Oil was higher in Asian trade Thursday as investors focused on Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's comments about the US economy, analysts said.

India will need 1,000 planes in 20 years: Boeing

Indian carriers could require 1,000 aircraft worth 100 billion dollars over the next two decades, according to the Indian unit of the US aeronautical giant Boeing.

EU unveils bank restructuring 'guidelines'

The European Commission said on Thursday that it would take account of the financial crisis when assessing bank restructuring plans but warned that banks would have to make sacrifices.

Porsche CEO steps down, making way for VW merger

Porsche chief executive Wendelin Wiedeking is leaving the luxury sports car maker after 16 years at the helm, a move widely expected to clear the way for a merger with Volkswagen AG.

Credit Suisse posts 29pc jump in profit

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse on Thursday posted a 29 percent jump in second quarter profits, adding that it is well positioned to "perform well" even if the economic environment were to worsen.


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.


Spectrum Lanka Technology Solutions Limited points to an error in a caption with a news item published yesterday with the headline, "Method to push up industrial profit". The part of the caption said workers were in a "disorganised line". The photograph in fact showed International Classic Composite Ltd as "the ideal garment factory for compliance and efficiency which can be the example for the rest of the Bangladesh garment industry". Spectrum Lanka Technology Solutions is the consultant for International Classic.


Climate change, counter-terrorism dominate talks

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday exchanged views with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on various issues, including climate change and counter-terrorism, on the sidelines of the 16th Ministerial Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Thailand.

Help build nation with trained, competent manpower

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the scout leaders to extend their activities to remote areas and help build a nation with trained and competent manpower matching with the milieu of the modern world.

Inclusion of disability issues in mainstream policy vital for dev

Speakers at a conference in the city yesterday said inclusion of disability issues in the mainstream policy and development practice is a must for the overall progress in the country.

Import of 2.50 lakh metric tons of fertiliser okayed

The Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday approved a number of tender proposals for the import of 250,000 metric tons of urea fertiliser for the next farming season.

PP begins scrutinising dockets, documents

Metropolitan public prosecutor of Dhaka begins scrutinising dockets and documents of cases filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her family members who had earlier submitted applications for withdrawal of 20 cases filed against them.

Hena Das cremated with state honour

The funeral of veteran leader of women rights and leftist movement Hena Das was held with state honour at Narayanganj crematorium yesterday.

Healthcare project to save mothers launched

The health ministry and EngenderHealth jointly launched a project titled 'Mayer Hashi' or Smiling Mother to make mothers free from the danger of repeated and unplanned pregnancies and to promote child health.

Call to punish perpetrators

Students of Shamsunnahar Hall of Dhaka University (DU) and different student organisations yesterday staged demonstrations on the campus demanding exemplary punishment to the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres and police those who were involved in the atrocities on female students at the hall on July 23 in 2002.

9 killed in road accidents

Nine people were killed and 45 others injured in separate road accidents in Faridpur, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Sherpur and Manikganj yesterday.

Call for end to mother-to-child AIDS transmission by 2015

The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with coordinating the fight against HIV/AIDS has called for a virtual elimination of mother-to-child AIDS transmission worldwide by 2015.

Tajuddin dreamt of a poverty-free country

Speakers in separate discussions yesterday said Tajuddin Ahmad, the first prime minister of the country, had dreamt of a country free from poverty and corruption..

'Increase Chinese investment'

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hasan Mahmud yesterday urged the visiting Chinese team to increase investment in Bangladesh to remove trade imbalance between the two countries.

Maj (retd) Liakat on fresh remand

Former deputy director of National Security Intelligence (NSI) Maj (retd) Liakat Hossain was placed on a four-day fresh remand in connection with the sensational Chittagong arms haul case yesterday.

'Restore '72 constitution'

Democratic Lawyers' Association of Bangladesh (DLAB) formed a human chain on different demands on the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) premises yesterday.

Ex-Freedom Party leader Maj Zainul arrested

Khulna district Jail has been placed on high alert as Maj (retd) Zainul Abedin Khan, a close associate of Maj (retd) Bazlul Huda, a convicted killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, landed in a cell after his arrest on Wednesday.

Hearing on Sahab Uddin's bail petition adjourned

The High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned until July 27 the hearing on the bail petition filed by detained former director of National Security Intelligence (NSI) Sahab Uddin in the sensational Chittagong arms haul case.

Bangladeshi cop dies in UN Peace Mission

Mohammad Shaukat Ali, a head constable of Bangladesh police, posted at the UN Peace Mission in Ivory Coast, died of a cardiac arrest on July 20.

Charity concert for Anisha today

Cadets84, a platform of former students of cadet colleges, will hold a concert today to raise funds for Anisha, a four-year-old girl who has been suffering from acute lymphocyte leukemia, says a press release.

'Forge national unity against Tipaimukh dam'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for forging national unity and holding a national convention to resist construction of Tipaimukh dam and joining the Asian Highway.

JP submits party constitution to EC

Jatiya Party (JP) yesterday submitted its amended constitution to the Election Commission, says a press release.

Moeen ran into trouble trying to implement minus-two

Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) would remove all inconsistencies in the electoral law after consulting with the political parties.

SC upholds HC bail to Khaleda

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld a High Court (HC) order granting bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust Fund Embezzlement Case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

US to support energy sector projects

US Ambassador in Dhaka James F Moriarty yesterday said his country would continue to provide support for the energy sector of Bangladesh, both technically and financially, in future.

Rail link with SW region thru' Padma bridge likely

The government is working on a plan to set up rail link between the capital city and the country's southwestern region through the proposed Padma bridge, official sources said.

KOICA official meets DU VC

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Deputy Residential Representative Kong Moo Heon called on Dhaka University (DU) Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique at his office yesterday, says a press release.

Call to uproot corruption

Muktijoddhar Shantan organised a drawing programme in front of Anti-Corruption Commission office in the city yesterday with a call to uproot corruption.

PBCP operative shot dead

Some unidentified criminals gunned down an activist of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) at Harinakunda in Jhenaidah yesterday.


Erosion by three rivers to displace 22,000 this year

About 21,750 people of several riverbank areas are likely be landless and homeless as erosions by the Jamuna, Padma and Ganges rivers will devour 2,178 hectares of land in 17 districts of the country this year.

Fugitive JMB militant arrested in Satkhira

Detective Branch (DB) of police on Tuesday night arrested a fugitive militant of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB) from a shrimp enclosure at Sarulia village in Tala upazila.

Party rivals stab Pabna AL leader

Rival party men stabbed Pabna district Awami League Joint Secretary Advocate Belayet Ali Bilu yesterday morning as a sequel to internal feud of the unit.

Police SI stabbed while trying to stop Jubo League feud

A police sub-inspector was stabbed during a clash between two factions of Jubo Lague Khagrachhari district unit over control of north Shalbagun area under Sadar upazila early yesterday.

UP chairman 'rapes' his maid, goes into hiding

A union parishad chairman in Dimla upazila has gone into hiding following filing of a case on charge of raping a poor teenage girl.

28 Rohingyas arrested in Bandarban

Twenty-eight Rohingyas were arrested from a rubber garden in Gumdhum area of Naikhongchari upazila on Wednesday evening during a joint raid conducted by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and police.

BNP leader Ilyas Ali, 45 others appear in court

Sylhet district BNP convener and former lawmaker M Ilyas Ali, his younger brother and 44 others appeared before chief judicial magistrate's court here yesterday in connection with a case of snatching of ballot papers during December 29 parliamentary elections last year.

Wild elephants kill boy

A boy was killed when a herd of wild elephants attacked border village Bonpur Para under Lama upazila in the district on Wednesday night. Rassel, 12, son of Lutfur Rahaman was killed while he was going to the Bonpura bazar. Witnesses said six wild elephants from across the border entered Bonpura and chased him. Rassel ran for life but the elephants killed him on the spot. The elephants also damaged houses and huge quantities of paddy in the fields.

Students block highway

Students of Chandaikona Haji Mariam Degree College blocked the Dhaka-Bogra Highway near Chandaikona bus terminal in Raiganj upazila yesterday protesting assault on a student and a teacher of the college by some bus workers. Police and college sources said, a group of bus workers assaulted teacher Haider Ali and student Sujon following an altercation over bus fare. Hearing the news, the students rushed to the area and put up road barricade for about an hour. The students also vandalised two buses on the spot.

Suspected Indian held

Moulvibazar Sadar police on Wednesday night arrested one Anwar Hussain and recovered 20 bullets and drugs. Police suspect that he is an Indian national and professional arms and drug trader. Anwar was arrested when police were checking the vehicles plying on Moulvibazar-Dhaka highway. Officer-in-Charge (OC) of the police station said Anwar claimed that he resides near Indian border in Kanaighat upazila. But police suspect him as an Indian national, he said.

UP chairman arrested

Faruque Ahmed, chairman of Bashari Union Parishad under Naikhongchhari upazila was arrested again on Tuesday on charge of misappropriation of relief goods. Police said Faruque was arrested earlier on October 10 last in a case of rice misappropriation. Locals said Faruque was caught red-handed by the villagers while he was removing two bags of rice from UP godown on Monday night. The villagers also seized five more bags of rice from three other places. Following allegation of locals police checked the stock and found seven bags of rice missing from the godown.

Extortion case against 3 journos

Three more journalists of Boalmari upazila of the district were sued on charge of extortion. The journos are correspondents of three national dailies. They are Rezaul Haque, Nazmul Haque and Amirul Chowdhury. One Mosaddek Hossain of Boalmari upazila filed the case accusing 15 of extortion, of which three are journalists. With this a total of six journalists of the district face extortion cases in last few days. Meanwhile, journalists of the district condemned filing of 'fabricated' case and have called a protest meeting at Faridpur Press Club tomorrow to protest the filing of 'false' cases and demanded their unconditional withdrawal.

Robbers kill householder

Armed robbers killed a householder and injured his wife and son at village Bagha in Golapganj upazila on Wednesday. They decamped with gold ornaments and cash worth Tk 5 lakh. Police and locals said, the robbers numbering about 10 to 12 entered the house of Manoranjan Dev in the early hours and hit him with a rod. As his son Tipu Dev came to his rescue, they chopped him with a machete. Manoranjan died on the spot. The gang also beat up wives of Manoranjan's brothers-Milu Deb and Ranjan Dev. They tied the other inmates like Manoranjan's wife Minu Bala Dev and daughter Rumi Rani Dev with ropes and beat them mercilessly.

Elderly man murdered

An elderly man was stabbed to death at Islamnagar village under Sadar upazila on Thursday afternoon. Police and locals said Khar Ali, 70, went to Manik Hossain's shop and locked in an altercation over a disputed land. At one stage Manik came out of his shop and stabbed Khar with a sharp weapon leaving him seriously injured. Locals took him to Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital where the on-duty doctor declared him death. No case was filed and none was arrested till filing of this report at 7:30 pm.

13 shops gutted in Comilla

At least 13 shops were gutted in a fire at Aserparbazar in Monharpur upazila Thursday morning. Shop owners estimated the damage at Tk 80 lakh but fire service officials put the figure at Tk 50 lakh. Locals said, the fire originated from electric short circuit at a laundry shop at about 5.00am.


Tipaimukh issue

India should invite the Bangladeshi journalists to visit the Tipaimukh dam. Through this dam the relation wall between the two countries is going up. It is bearing negative signs for both the countries. The Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka uttered a few words on 21 June, which further worsened the situation.

Women's empowerment

The Holy Quran says-"O people! Be careful of (your duty) to your Lord, who created you from a single being and created its mate of the same (kind) and spread from these too many men and women." The Constitution of the people's Republic of Bangladesh declares: 28(2) No citizen shall, on grounds of only religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, be discriminated against in respect of, any employment or office in the service of Republic.

Hena Das

We have lost a great lady. She is our Hena Das. Her whole life would remain as a lesson for us. At her early age, she was influenced by the anti-British movement. Later on she participated in our liberation war. Her life was a dedicated one. Although best known for her pioneering work in the field of gender justice, she has also been deeply involved with the communist party, farmers' rights, teachers' rights, and labour rights. At the same time, she was a great educationist. As a great thinker, her attitude towards life was progressive and humanitarian. Her reputation is not confined within our national boundary.

Digital Bangladesh

What is the definition of ''Digital Bangladesh''? So far what we have seen is that collecting data for recruiting AL men, promotion based on party loyalty, increasing viva numbers for recruiting primary teachers, office-land-car for MPs, adhoc recruitment for making scope to recruit political personnel, no role of opposition in parliament etc are the trends.

A suggestion

The other day I was watching the prime- time news in a private TV channel. It was a break and commercials were being aired. At one stage, I was really captivated to see a family planning advertisement campaigning with the slogan “One child is enough; son or daughter”. The Dutch-Bangla Bank really deserves thanks for joining the campaign to address the number one problem of Bangladesh, Population Boom. But I am not going to write today anything about the problem, its challenges and the way out of it. Suddenly, an idea came to my mind and I want to share it you with my co-readers of The Daily Star.


The comments made by a UK citizen named Mr. Timothy Barnos published on 15 July 2009 in The Daily Star on the article of Engineer Shafi Ahmed drew my attention. I appreciate the comments of Mr. Barnos who provided a good idea in a nutshell about the promotion of tourism attractions of Bangladesh in the eyes of a tourist.

Trade unionism

A fierce debate on trade unionism in apparel industry has recently been finished, not catching up with the ultimate solution. While politicians and labour leaders see it as safeguard against recurrent labour unrest, FBCCI chief and other factory owners, along with those from a private think tank defined it as the bad experience of factory owners frequently encountered with. Meanwhile, the commerce minister described it as the election promise, and ensured that things would improve soon, though it is still unclear whether through trade union or other protective measures.

Law and order

Home Minister Sahara Khatun has claimed that criminal activities have come down considerably. But alas, we see no sign of it. From reports of the media we learned about quite a number of daring crimes.

Honesty of a rare kind

On 8 July 2009 I wanted to draw my pension. I took my pension book, cheque for the amount of money, and the deposit book in a large white envelope. Got out of home and hired a baby taxi to go to the bank.

Women trafficking

“It was unbearable”, says Reksona Begum, one of the victims of trafficking, who has returned from Saudi Arabia with painful memories.


Khaled Abu Toameh is an Arab journalist for The Jerusalem Post. When he was studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he worked for Al Fajr (The Dawn), a newspaper of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. He left the paper when he realized it would never publish anything but propaganda.

Bangladesh Bank's job?

I fully agree with DSE's view regarding Bangladesh Bank's recent move of 'controlling' the stock market. It has other jobs to do and there is the SEC to look after these issues. On what authority could the bank intervene even if we agree that there was manipulation in share trading.

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Securing Pakistan's Swat a top priority: US envoy

President Barack Obama's special envoy to Pakistan said yesterday that securing hard-fought gains in the Swat Valley and ensuring the safe return of refugees uprooted by the government's anti-Taliban campaign should be Islamabad's top priority.Pakistan's military is winding down an offensive that began in late April in the country's northwest and displaced some 2 million people from Swat and surrounding areas, according to the United Nations.

Asean rejects Hillary's call to expel Myanmar

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will not consider expelling Myanmar over the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, rejecting US calls, Thailand's prime minister said Thursday.

One million Pakistanis to remain displaced for the rest of the year: Unicef

The UN Children's Fund estimated Wednesday that about half of an estimated two million people who fled fighting in northwestern Pakistan could remain displaced for the rest of the year.

Pak Army, ISI want to get involved in India talks

Pakistan Army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency have launched concerted efforts to be involved in talks with India.

US strike may have killed Laden's son

One of Osama bin Laden's sons may have been killed by a US missile strike in Pakistan earlier this year, National Public Radio reported Wednesday.

Hope for eclipse healing

Pakistani parents buried paralysed children up to their necks in a muddy river bed Wednesday, believing that a total eclipse of the sun would allow them to walk.

US to help Iraq in lifting UN ban

President Barack Obama pressed plans to remove US troops from Iraq in 2011 in talks with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, and promised to help Iraq lift the burden of longstanding UN sanctions.

Afghan war is 'worth the effort', says Biden

US Vice-President Joe Biden has told the BBC that the war in Afghanistan is in the interests of the US and the UK.

Polls test for Brown

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, still recovering from last month's leadership crisis, braced for a new poll blow Thursday from a by-election in eastern England dominated by a row over expenses.

Raid on Jackson doctor's office for possible 'killing link'

Federal agents and detectives swooped on the offices of Michael Jackson's doctor Wednesday, as lawyers for the physician revealed police are treating the star's death as possible manslaughter.

Karadzic want to prove Srebrenica toll exaggerated

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic said Thursday he wants access to DNA from mass graves in an attempt to show that the death toll in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Muslim men has been exaggerated.

American charged with attacking US base, aiding al-Qaeda

A man believed to be an American has been charged with attacking a US base abroad and providing information about New York's subway to the al-Qaeda network, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.

Nepal to rebuild royal palace

Eight years after Nepal's crown prince gunned down most of his royal family, the government is to rebuild the house where the massacre took place, the prime minister's spokesman said yesterday.

Indonesia nets JI bomber recruit

Indonesian police have arrested a suspected would-be suicide bomber linked to the Malaysian terror mastermind believed to be behind last week's attacks in Jakarta, reports said Thursday.

Niger declares strike illegal

A Niger court yesterday banned a 48 hour general strike called by the African nation's seven main trade unions to protest against President Mamadou Tandja's plans to extend his term, state-run media said.

Mumbai attacker's trial to proceed

An Indian judge accepted the confession of the lone surviving gunman from the shooting attacks in Mumbai, but said yesterday the trial would proceed anyway.

Arts & Entertainment

Return of the natives

It is widely acknowledged that when BTV was the sole TV channel in Bangladesh during the 1970's, the plays that would be broadcast once or twice a week were extremely popular and eagerly anticipated by viewers. Some would go so far as to maintain that TV drama in Bangladesh reached its apotheosis during the black and white decades of the 70's and 80's. Indeed, if anyone had predicted channel surfing through the welter of mega serials and ubiquity of commercial breaks in TV now, that individual would have been unceremoniously consigned and confined to a padded cell!

Mymensingh museum: Woeful preservation

The utter negligence of the authorities has put Mymensingh museum's rare relics in jeopardy. Today the museum is beset with many problems: inadequate space for 127 rare relics sculptures, metal and wooden works, among others-- garnered from zamindars' palaces in the Mymensingh region, poor preservation and display systems as well as poor lighting.

Anupoma Mukti: Chronicle of a promising singer

Born in Dhaka, Anupoma Mukti, a graduate from Home Economics College, Dhaka, entered the world of music at the tender age of four. Encouraged by her family, she completed a certificate course in Nazrul Sangeet from BAFA and began special training at the Nazrul Institute in the proper notation of Nazrul songs.

TV play Eka Othoba Koyekjon on Ekushey TV

The first of the two-episode TV play "Eka Othoba Koyekjon" will be aired on Ekushey Television at 9:30pm tonight. The play is written and directed by noted actor duo Azad Abul Kalam and Afsana Mimi respectively.

Shafin and Prince in Dhrupodi Kahini on Rtv

Popular band artiste Shafin Ahmed and lyricist-composer Prince Mahmud feature as guests on talk show 'Dhrupodi Kahini.' Rtv will telecast the programme at 6:45 pm today.

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker on Channel i

To pay tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Channel i will air his only film "Moonwalker" at 2:30pm today. The film, also known as "Michael Jackson: Moonwalker," was released in 1988.

New Bollywood releases

Bollywood films have an evergreen appeal. Here's a run up to the recent popular flicks that have been released recently.


Why are some Bangladeshis anti-Indian?

Even if one likes the Indian cricket team, he or she would be afraid to express that aloud in the presence of a room full of Bangladeshis because there will be several for whom it would be too much to take. However admiring individual Indians like Vidya Balan or A.R. Rahman is okay. But collectively anything Indian is bad in the opinion of a considerable section of Bangladeshis. My recollections are drawn from the days long before the Tipaimuk controversy. How can we account for the widespread anti-Indian sentiment in Bangladesh?

Weird car names

THE collapse of General Motors triggered an urgent call to my desk. "Can you help me write a song about an Asian car brand?" The caller was an amateur musician friend whose songs are totally brilliant, except for the words and the music.


Emotional Robots

Ever heard of a robot that is emotional? Robots are supposed to be cranky rude metallic creatures that seem to have machine-like robotic and completely emotionless voices, as started to be depicted by Isaac Asimov in his novels and to the more recent movie sequels of the Transformers. But behold! What if a robot, who looks meek and harmless, having stark similarities to one of the greatest physicists of all times, Albert Einstein looks at you and frowns? Or better still, gives you a sarcastic smile?

HP Unveils HP ProBook Notebook

HP, the world's leading computer manufacturer company, in a glamorous event at hotel in the capital, has unveiled a new brand of affordable notebook PCs - ProBook Series - in Bangladesh that merge business functionality with sophisticated design to stand out from the crowd.

Dodging classes gets tough for school kids

A leading English medium school in the capital is going to introduce 'tracking system', the first of its kind in the country, to help guardians know whether their children are attending or dodging classes.

Windows 7 released to computer makers

Microsoft on Wednesday declared its next-generation Windows 7 operating system ready for delivery to computer makers.

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