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Arsenic in crop

Unabated mining of groundwater for irrigation is causing heavy deposits of arsenic in vast tracts of the country's cultivable lands, posing a threat to crop production in future.

PM okays five rental bids

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday approved bids for five rental power projects with a total production capacity of 330 megawatt.

Malaysian firm gets MRP job

The cabinet committee on government purchase yesterday gave final approval to awarding the machine-readable passport and visa project to Malaysia-based IRIS Corporation Berhad with just two and a half months' time to meet an international deadline for introduction of those.

Frantic search for quake survivors

Rescuers raced against the clock yesterday to find earthquake survivors among thousands of corpses in Haiti as planeloads of international aid began arriving in the ruined nation.

Chaos at DMCH

Following a feud over recruitment of class IV employees in Dhaka Medical College Hospital, over 200 class IV employees and job aspirants yesterday attacked some students and doctors of the hospital injuring at least 15 people.

Preparations for Ijtema in full swing

The preparation for Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims next to hajj, scheduled to start on January 22, is going on in full swing with thousands of volunteers working round the clock to prepare its ground on 150 acres of land to accommodate the devotees.

Contempt rule against 5 officials

The High Court yesterday issued a contempt of court rule against four government officials and a former officer for violating an HC order.

Headmaster recruitment test results published

The Directorate of Primary Education yesterday published the results of written examinations for recruitment of primary school headmasters.

IDP leader Azizul to be quizzed

Adviser of Islamic Democratic Party Kazi Azizul Haque will be quizzed in connection with the grenade attacks on an Awami League rally on August 21, 2004 for maintaining close relations with some of the alleged attackers.

6 Bangladeshi police officers in Haiti safe

Six Bangladesh Police officials working for the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti were reported safe yesterday following the massive quake that rocked the Caribbean country on Tuesday.

BNP turns to like-minded parties to stage protests

BNP, the main opposition in parliament, has taken an initiative to build a greater unity among political parties and personalities traditionally known as having doubts about India's good will towards Bangladesh.

Stop illegal VoIP

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the authorities concerned to immediately stop illegal use of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP).

Land grabbers own certain newspapers

State Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Advocate Quamrul Islam yesterday in parliament said everybody knows the names of the land grabbers and black money holders who are also owners of certain newspapers.

Mechanised stone extraction from 3 rivers illegal

The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal stone extraction by using excavators and boma machine (machine used for collecting stones) from the bed of three rivers in Sylhet.

MPs press for power, gas in their areas

Awami League lawmakers in parliament yesterday expressed disappointment over ongoing power and gas crises in their constituencies.

Indo-Bangla joint forum to protect eco-system

India is considering setting up a joint forum with Bangladesh for protecting the ecosystem of the Sundarbans and dealing with issues related to its eco-management.

Jyoti Basu facing multi-organ failure

Ailing Marxist leader Jyoti Basu is facing to multi-organ failure, said doctors attending him in hospital.

Bill placed seeking code of conduct for MPs

A private members' bill was placed in parliament yesterday seeking to formulate a code of conduct for lawmakers to ensure high moral standard of the House members.

BSF tortures Bangladeshi trader to death

Police recovered the body of a Bangladeshi cattle trader, allegedly beaten to death by Indian Border Security Force, from Ichhamati river near the village Uksa at Kaliganj upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.

Koko asked to appear in court Feb 15

A Dhaka court yesterday asked Arafat Rahman Koko, the youngest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, to appear before it on February 15 in connection with a money laundering case.

Pak Taliban leader escapes missile strike

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud escaped a US drone strike on a militant camp yesterday that killed 12 people, the militia said after reports he may have been among the dead.

20 killed in Afghan market bombing

Twenty people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded market in a restive province of southern Afghanistan yesterday, an Afghan army general said.

US to take over main role in southern Afghanistan

United States forces are to take over the main role in southern Afghanistan from the British in a shake-up of the region's command structure, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Yemeni clerics call for Jihad

Yemen's council of clerics called yesterday for Jihad, or holy war, in case of foreign military intervention amid speculation the United States might join Sanaa's pursuit of al-Qaeda extremists.

Editorial

BNP's intention to join JS welcome

THAT most lawmakers of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have reportedly indicated a willingness to attend parliament goes down as an auspicious piece of news. For with the principal opposition keeping out of parliament, the electorate were denied the oversight role of the opposition, which is an important component of a working democracy.

The agony that Haiti goes through

THE magnitude of the devastation wrought by the earthquake in Haiti calls for an immediate emergency response from around the world. And that is what has been happening. Governments across the globe as well as international and local relief organisations have been quick to answer the call. Bangladesh for its part is despatching medical teams to the ravaged country. With more that 100,000 people dead in Port au Prince, the capital, and elsewhere in the impoverished country, it is easy to imagine the totality of the destruction. The casualties will likely be a lot more than what is being estimated at this point. It is the sheer scale of the devastation that is mind-boggling. Almost all buildings in the capital have collapsed. The United Nations office has come down on sixteen of its employees, including the head and deputy head of the mission. There are reports of peace keepers from various nations having lost their lives in the tremor. Not even the presidential palace was spared and it was sheer good fortune that President Rene Preval and his wife managed to survive.

Who is right amongst the left?

WAR doesn't determine who is right, says an anonymous quote. "Only who is left," it cryptically concludes. Four decades ago this country fought a war in 1971, and three million people died in it. But has it been able to determine who is right amongst us? Those who are left, meaning survived that war, are yet to make up their minds.

New dimension to urban governance

THE election schedule of Dhaka City Corporation might be announced soon by the Bangladesh Election Commission. Many possible candidates, old and new, are actively lobbying to reorganise their supporters for launching campaigns in their favour for the posts of mayor and councilors as nominees of their political party.

Sports

Shakib pledges good cricket

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan is confident of throwing a tough challenge to the number one Test team in the world and give the cricket fans the taste of a very competitive match.

U-19 WC starts today

The ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup (U-19 CWC) gets underway in New Zealand today with 16 teams vying for the highest honour in international youth cricket. A global audience of millions, through ESPN-STAR Sports, will watch defending champions and cricketing powerhouse India take on debutants Afghanistan at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Christchurch.

NCL gets underway

Zahurul Islam drew the first blood with a hundred when the 11th National Cricket League got underway under new format at three different venues across the country yesterday.

Ponting, Clarke hit tons

On the day when he was voted the world's best cricketer of the past ten years, Ricky Ponting showed his use-by date didn't arrive with the end of the decade. Ponting and Michael Clarke each scored centuries in a merciless 231-run partnership that left Pakistan dejected, bereft of ideas, and rueful of yet another dropped catch that took their tally to 14 for the series.

A noble gesture

Eight government financial intermediaries on Thursday declared their active involvement with the upcoming 11th edition of the South Asian Games, the biggest sports extravaganza of the sub-continent.

Younus back for ODIs

Younus Khan, the former Pakistan captain who took a break from the game in November while claiming he had "lost command" of the side, has been picked in a squad of 17 for the ODI leg of the tour of Australia.

Mumbai Ranji champions

Mumbai won India's premier first-class competition for the 39th time on Thursday when they defeated Karnataka by six runs in a thrilling Ranji Trophy final here.

Aus taking it 'seriously'

Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith on Thursday said he took "seriously" a right-wing Hindu party's threat to stop its cricketers playing in an Indian state which hosts lucrative IPL matches.

Gabon bite Cameroon

Gabon became the latest underdogs at the Africa Cup of Nations to punch above their weight when they claimed the scalp of continental giants Cameroon with a 1-0 win on Wednesday.

Diego's earrings fetch € 25,000

A pair of diamond earrings seized from football star Diego Maradona raised 25,000 euros (36,250 dollars) at auction on Thursday when they were sold by the Italian tax authorities.

Reading raid Anfield

Liverpool's dreadful season hit crisis point on Wednesday when Rafael Benitez's team were knocked out of the FA Cup after losing 2-1 to Championship strugglers Reading at Anfield.

Rodriguez joins L'pool

Argentina international winger Maxi Rodriguez left Atletico Madrid for Liverpool on Wednesday as the English Premier League giants attempted to rescue their faltering season.

Barca let one go

Barcelona lost the first of the three titles they won in an extraordinary 2008-09 season on Wednesday as despite beating Sevilla 1-0 they went out of the Kings Cup on the away goal rule when the last 16 tie finished 2-2 on aggregate.

Essien v Drogba

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien faces a great challenge of his international career when he captains Ghana against Ivory Coast here on Friday.

Milan edge Novara

Mathieu Flamini scored the winner nine minutes from time as a second-string AC Milan team beat third division Novara 2-1 at the San Siro on Wednesday to reach the Coppa Italia quarterfinals.

Lovenkrands fires Magpies

Danish international striker Peter Lovenkrands scored a hat-trick on Wednesday to ease Newcastle United to a 3-0 victory over fellow Championship side Plymouth Argyle in their FA Cup third round replay.

Steyn guns Eng down

South Africa's fast bowlers took advantage of helpful conditions as England crashed to 180 all out on the first day of the fourth and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Thursday.

Wickmayer not seeded

Belgian world number 16 Yanina Wickmayer on Thursday missed out on a seeding for next week's Australian Open and must go through qualifying to play in the year's Grand Slam opener, officials said.

Torres out for six weeks

Liverpool will be without striker Fernando Torres for six weeks, the club announced Thursday as the fall-out from their FA Cup loss to Reading hit home.

Business

Analysts back opening ports to neighbours

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's India visit has created a new era of opportunities and will help improve connectivity in the region, said analysts.

China agrees to offer $211m for Teletalk upgrade

China has agreed to provide $211 million as loan to state-run mobile operator Teletalk to develop its upcoming 3G (third generation) networks.

Ctg port capable to handle extra load

Chittagong Port is capable of handling additional load if it opens up to India and other neighbouring countries, said officials yesterday.

Stocks return from losses

Dhaka stocks bounced back more sharply yesterday than it plunged the day before.

Two Boeing aircraft to join Biman in 2011

Two new Boeing aircraft will join Biman fleet next year, as most of the planes of the national carrier are more than 15 years old and reaching the end of their economic life.

Kuwait approves four-year development plan

Kuwait's parliament gave its initial approval on Thursday to a four-year 129-billion-dollar (89-billion-euro) economic development plan.

Eastman Kodak sues Apple, RIM over digital cameras

Eastman Kodak Co said Thursday it is suing Apple Inc and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd over technology related to digital cameras in their iPhone and BlackBerry smart phones.

Sonamasjid land port lags behind revenue target

The government earned Tk 89.46 crore in revenue through Sonamasjid land port, the country's second largest one, in the first six months of the current fiscal (2009-2010) against the target of Tk 170.89 crore.

Seminar stresses IT for rural people

Speakers at a seminar here yesterday underscored the need for reaching out information technology to the doorsteps of rural people to build Digital Bangladesh.

New additional MDs for AB Bank

M Fazlur Rahman and KAM Majedur Rahman have been promoted to additional managing director of AB Bank Ltd, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

IFC teams up with Energypac

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has partnered with Energypac Agro-G Ltd to increase production and supply of stress-tolerant rice and vegetables seeds, IFC said in a statement.

Malaysia chamber gets new chief

Syed Moazzam Hossain, managing director of SMH Group, has been elected president of Bangladesh Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BMCCI) for 2010-11, the chamber said in a statement yesterday.

Google founders under lens

Google Inc co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have always said they put their principles before profit, even to the point of using their control of the company to take a stand.

Indian weddings slim down in tough times

Preeti Punamiya is a young and excited bride-to-be, preparing to get married in a traditional Indian wedding which usually features days of lavish celebrations.

Corporate Briefs

BSC
Audited accounts as of June 30, 2009 show the company has made net loss of Tk (102.60) million with basic EPS of Tk (51.30) against net income of Tk 466.84 million and EPS of Tk 233.42 as of June 30, 2008. Whereas considering the government equity, the diluted EPS of the company for the year to June 30, 2009 would be Tk (3.57) against Tk 16.25 for the same period of the previous year. The company's accumulated loss was Tk (1,084.97) million as of June 30, 2009.

Wall Street leads Asia share lifts

Renewed optimism over an improving global economic picture helped most Asian shares rise Thursday following a stronger lead from Wall Street, but fears lingered over China's monetary policy.

Euro slips

The euro eased Thursday against the dollar as investors awaited an interest rate announcement from the European Central Bank.

India's inflation leaps to more than 7pc

India's wholesale inflation rose sharply in December, data showed Thursday, bolstering market expectations of monetary tightening by the central bank when it meets later this month.

France, Kuwait sign nuclear cooperation deal

Kuwait and France signed on Thursday a cooperation agreement for the peaceful use of nuclear energy, officials said.

Greece presents crisis plan to EU today

Greece will present to the European Commission on Friday its blueprint for emerging from a financial crisis that has shaken the eurozone, the Socialist government said on Thursday.

Obama to unveil bank fee to cover bailout losses

President Barack Obama will Thursday unveil a fee on 50 top financial firms which each hold at least 50 billion dollars in assets, to recoup billions of taxpayer dollars used to bail out the industry.

Metropolitan

Hafizur on 3-day remand

A Chittagong court yesterday placed accused Hafizur Rahman on a three-day remand in connection with the sensational arms haul case.

National film policy soon: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday announced that the government would set up a modern film institute and formulate National Film Policy for development of the country's film arena.

Treaties with India harmful to country

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said the government has done irreparable harm to the country by signing agreements with India, terming the prime minister's visit to the neighbouring country 'a hundred percent' failure.

Call for cycling to cut air pollution

Tangail district unit of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) took out a bicycle procession in front of Poura Park in the town yesterday to make bike popular as an alternative of motorised vehicles.

Tourists throng St Martin's to see cover-up

An annular solar eclipse will occur today which will have better visibility from St Martin's island if the sky remains clear.

8th Nat'l Scouts Jamboree begins

The 8th National Scouts Jamboree started at Mouchak in Gazipur yesterday.

PM seeks US support in implementing projects

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought US support for implementing various programmes of her government, including women empowerment, poverty alleviation, education and healthcare services.

Different bodies hail Hasina

Various socio-political organisations yesterday congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her winning the Indira Gandhi Peace Award and her successful visit to India.

Call to ensure political empowerment of women

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need to make room for more women in parliament in order to ensure women's participation in decision-making.

Concerted efforts a must to combat human trafficking

Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for concerted efforts by the government, non-government and international organisations to combat human trafficking.

Proshika stand-off on

Police continued to bar several hundred Proshika employees from entering its headquarters at Mirpur in the city for three consecutive days with the government high-ups silent on the stand-off that ensued on January 11.

12 vehicles sued for noise pollution

The Department of Environment (DoE) filed cases against 12 vehicles in the city yesterday for contributing to making noise pollution.

Dhaka College dorms raided

Police seized a revolver and a number of sharp weapons raiding seven dormitories of Dhaka College early yesterday.

Punishment to killers of Sunny demanded

Bangladesh Jubo Moitree yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to the killers of Rezwanul Islam Chowdhury Sunny, a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra Moitree.

AL lawmaker Atiq gets bail in graft case

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Awami League (AL) lawmaker Atiur Rahman Atiq from Sherpur-1 constituency in a case filed for acquiring wealth of Tk 45.4 lakh illegally and concealing wealth statement of Tk 20 lakh to the Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC).

Hearing on Jan 19

The High Court (HC) yesterday fixed January 19 for hearing the petitions of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman seeking stay of the proceedings against them in Zia Orphanage Trust embezzlement case.

Dahagram-Angarpota enclaves to get electricity soon

Fifteen thousand inhabitants of Dahagram and Angarpota enclaves are going to get electricity soon after waiting for long.

Help build terrorism-, graft-free Bangladesh: Azad

Information Minister Abdul Kalam Azad yesterday called for extending cooperation to build a terrorism-, corruption- and poverty-free Bangladesh by contributing from their respective positions.

Winter clothes for poor

Mercantile Bank Limited under its corporate social responsibility programme recently distributed winter clothes worth Tk 25 lakh among the poor in 14 districts, says a press release.

NU admission test today

The admission test for the first year honours courses of National University (NU) under the academic session 2009-10 will be held today, says a press release.

National

North's 'rice bowl' sees steady price hike

Rice prices shot up by Tk 200 to 250 per 85kg bag in last two weeks although four northern districts of Dinajpur, Thakurgaon Joypurhat and Panchagarh saw abundant rice production in last Aman season.

Houses looted in several dists, 10 robbers held

Robbers looted houses in several districts in the last few days while at least 10 people were arrested on charge of robbery.

50 injured as students, bus workers clash in Gopalganj

At least 50 people were injured in clashes between students and bus workers over extra fare at Gopalganj yesterday.

Bandarban wears festive look as Rajpunyah starts

Traditional Rajpunyah festival began in the district yesterday.

6 sued on charge of killing FFs in '71 in Bagerhat

Six people were sued on Tuesday on charge of killing three freedom fighters here during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Hartal for gas link

A half-day hartal was observed at Natore yesterday demanding gas supply to the district town.

One held with venison

Pathorghata police on Wednesday night recovered 15 kg venison from a shop in Pathorghata upazila town and arrested one person in this connection.

Prof Yunus murder case verdict now on Jan 28

The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Rajshahi, yesterday deferred the date for verdict in the sensational Rajshahi University teacher Muhammad Yunus murder case to January 28.

Four bombs recovered in Chuadanga

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered four 'powerful' bombs from Kedarganj in Sadar upazila in Chuadanga on Wednesday night.

3 held on murder charge

Three people, arrested on charge of killing BRDB official, were sent to jail yesterday. They are Harunur Rashid, Kawser Ali and Abdus Salam. Police arrested the three in different areas of the district on Wednesday night and produced them in the Judicial Magistrate's Court yesterday, seeking a seven-day remand. The court fixed January 28 for hearing of the remand prayer and sent the accused to jail. Criminals murdered Mohammad Abdullah, deputy project officer of Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB), in Chapainawabganj Sadar upazila early Monday. He hailed from Rangpur. Abdullah's body was recovered from his residence at Sadar upazila Parishad compound on Tuesday night.

BSF hands over 7 to BDR

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday handed over seven Bangladeshis to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) through Nakugaon border in Nalitabari upazila after expiry of their jail terms. They are Paritosh Sangma and Abdul Halim of Somoshchora village and Joynal Abedin of Batkuchi village in Nalitabari upazila, Arshila Marak of Kharamora village of Sreebordi upazila, Rantu Hajang of Netrakona district, Helal uddin and Mishu Kundu of Jamalpur district. Earlier, they were arrested on charge of intruding into Indian territory and the court sentenced them to different jail terms.

Man jailed in arms case

The Joint District and Sessions Judge's Court in a verdict on Wednesday sentenced a man to nine years imprisonment in absentia in an arms case. The convict is Abdul Quddus, 42, of Hatibanda village in Jinaigati upazila. According to the prosecution story, police raided the house of Quddus on August 8, 2004 and recovered a sharp weapon from there. A case was filed against him under Arms Act but later he went into hiding after being released on bail. After investigation, police submitted charge sheet against him the same year.

3 hurt as criminals open fire

Three people were injured as criminals opened fire at a restaurant at Taltala here on Wednesday night. The injured are Shabiul Islam, 35, owner of Famous Restaurant, his cousin Dilal Ahmed, 26, and a betel-nut shop owner Liton Ahmed, 25. Witnesses said, criminals numbering 7-8 entered the restaurant to take food at about 7:00pm. After taking snacks, they went to a shop in front of the restaurant for buying cigarettes. The criminals locked in a quarrel with shop owner Liton who asked them for payment. At one stage, criminals opened fire on Liton who took shelter at the restaurant. They chased him and entered the restaurant and sprayed bullets on Shabiul, Dilal and Liton leaving them critically injured. They also ransacked the restaurant.

Letters

Treatment of garment workers

The way police pounced on the garment workers, the backbone of the garment sector, was unacceptable. Prior to her being elected prime minister, Sheikh Hasina was all for ensuring the dignity of every citizen of the country. Now when our largest foreign exchange earners are forced to come to the street to realize their demands for three month's outstanding salary arrears and other benefits, the government let loose the police on them. The raw treatment of the poor hapless garment workers makes me wonder whether this government regard the poor people as respectable human beings.

Police week

If the police inspector is made a first class officer, what will be the rank of the ASP?

Drug addiction and parents

Drug Addiction is a curse to the young generation. The curse is just destroying our young generation. There are many people or individuals who are responsible for making a youth drug addict.

New Year celebrations

Anwar Ali's report on the matter published on 2 January in your pages is on an exemplary and wonderful way of celebrating the New Year initiated by the four young businessmen of Rajshahi. They pioneered a unique and thoughtful way of celebrating the dawn of 2010. They deserve recognition and appreciation from all of us for this inspiring deed.

Fiscal year

A fiscal year (Monetary or financial year or economic year, or at times budget year) is a phase used for calculating annual ("yearly") financial statements in businesses and other organizations. In various jurisdictions, authoritarian laws concerning accounting and taxation require such reports once for each twelve months, but do not necessitate that the period reported on constitutes a calendar year (e.g. January through December). Fiscal years differ between businesses and countries.

AL's one year

After the Awami League won a landslide victory in the Dec 29th general elections, people had huge expectations from this government as their electoral manifesto, “charter for change,” made us believe that may be this time around, we would see a government that is committed to fulfilling its electoral promises and bringing “real” change in the way the country has been traditionally run by past governments.

BNP's 11 points

The Daily Star carried an editorial on 22nd Dec'09 under the caption "Parliament sans Opposition". The BNP party has come up with 11-point demands in which only first two important demands are included in the list namely, 'dropping of cases against their party chief and her son and cantonment house'. The rest of the demands are for the sake of demanding.

Religion and politics

I am writing with reference to Front Page News: "Religion-based parties face ban," (Jan. 5).

Good step

Bangladesh is a land of many rivers. We are proud of our rivers. But since the last decade our rivers flowing across the country have been narrowed down and polluted for many reasons. The main rivers- Buriganga, Shitalakhya, Turag are the source of pollution as all sorts of garbage produced from the mills and factories are dumped into the water-bodies resulting in the pollution.

Need to work more

Each year-end is a time for reflection, as each year's beginning is a time for resolutions. These may be on a personal of public level of course, and most conscientious citizens I would think need to engage in both. And that is why I would like to set out here some resolutions we might have made at the start of 2009, that have not been met, and some resolutions we might make anew at the start of 2010, and endeavour to do better in our efforts to meet.

Construction spree

A series of steel framed cellular towers built by different mobile operators, spoiling huge area of agricultural land, can be visualized by a train ride from the urban to the rural areas of Bangladesh. It is indeed nice to see the mobile operators self affluent to have got the ability to afford several company-owned cellular towers. However we, as a nation, should feel pity for letting go the huge area of arable agriculture land. Technically, a single cellular tower can be used by several mobile operators for covering their network in a particular segment. This would not only be economical from the mobile operator's point of view, but would also help save huge areas of arable lands of our country. Moreover, the establishment and use of individual cellular tower remain under-utilised.

Education

Education is the backbone of a nation. And education is the basic element of human life. So, the development of a country is fully dependent on the real educated people.

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International

Global rescue teams rush to Haiti

Rescue teams, doctors and soldiers rushed by land, sea and air yesterday to bring life-saving food and medicines to the survivors of Haiti's devastating earthquake.

Panic, looting and triage after killer quake

The tiny bodies of children lay in piles next to the ruins of their collapsed school. People with faces covered by white dust and the blood of open wounds roamed the streets. Frantic doctors wrapped heads and stitched up sliced limbs in a hotel parking lot.

Quake is devastating blow to UN

The huge earthquake that hit impoverished Haiti also dealt a crippling blow to the local UN mission, which lost dozens of staff, including apparently its civilian head, UN officials said Wednesday.

Largest religious festival on Earth underway in India

Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees took a ritual bath in India's holy Ganges river before daybreak yesterday as the world's largest religious gathering got under way.

Lanka govt helped India's ruling party in election

Sri Lanka stopped using heavy weapons against Tamil Tiger rebels to help the re-election bid of neighbouring India's ruling party, a top official in Colombo said yesterday.

'President alive but nowhere to live'

The President of the quake-hit Haiti is alive but has nowhere to live, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said, following the devastating tremor that flattened buildings and also caused severe damage to the presidential palace.

US envoy tries to calm tensions with Pakistan

Visiting US envoy Richard Holbrooke tried to calm tensions with Pakistan on Wednesday, with Islamabad bristling at increased US drone strikes in the northwest and new air passenger screening measures.

Pakistan warns against Indian arms build-up

Pakistan voiced concern Wednesday over a "massive" arms build-up by rival India, warning that it could destabilise the regional balance.

US steps up missile attacks in Pakistan

The United States has unleashed an unprecedented number of missile attacks by unmanned drones in northwest Pakistan over the last two weeks, including one yesterday that officials said killed 12 alleged militants in what was once a religious school.

Arts & Entertainment

Actor Apurba and his guy-next-door charm

Some adore him for his boyish looks, others respect him for his manly mannerisms. Man or boy, model or actor -- the versatile Ziaul Faruq Apurba is on the move both on the small screen and off it. The Daily Star explores the many facets of this star.

“Krishnakanter Will”: Prachyanat brings a Bankim classic to stage

An adaptation of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay's acclaimed novel "Krishnakanter Will" was staged at the Studio Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on January 13. Students of the 17th batch of Prachyanat School of Acting and Design staged the play as part of the completion of their six-month-long certificate course on acting. Adapted by the late Abdullah Al Mamun, the play was directed by Heera Chowdhury.

When Konkona Sen met Sheikh Hasina

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's banquet for visiting Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina here last Monday has caused more than a buzz not only in Indian political and business circles but also in the cinema world.

Selim Al Deen death anniversary observed at JU

The second death anniversary of 'Natyacharya' Selim Al Deen was observed at the Jahangirnagar University campus on January 14 with a daylong programme. The Department of Drama and Dramatics, JU organised the programme, which was attended by renowned theatre and cultural personalities from Dhaka.

OP-ED

The second ministerial meeting of CIRDAP

RURAL development policies, which are implemented under several ministries and departments, have been the main state agenda, and also the primary destination of international support in most countries of Asia-Pacific region. Such broad policies need professional services such as development of operational manuals, coordination among implementing agencies, capacity building of the functionaries, monitoring of implementation process, review and feedback of achievements and documentation for dissemination of information.

Reform for concord or perish

JUST a fortnight ago our nation greeted a new dawn veiled by mist and fog, much against our wishes for a bright and sprightly day -- a harbinger of hope and happiness. We, however, have not buried our resolve to dare to tread the stone-strewn road to ensure peace and protection for the ill-fated (apparently?) millions of people who hoped that our leadership would help them to smile in not too distant a future. Most of the dawns in 2009 failed to herald a beginning of "Change for better," and it was a life as usual.

StarTech

Tech attractions: 2010

Two weeks into the new year and tech enthusiasts are already sniffing around for a whiff of what to look out for in 2010. Technology progresses so fast, it is sometimes just too tough to keep up. You buy the latest 3G mobile phone and are all set to show it off to your friends when your ego just comes crashing down as you find that it's already passé and that 4G mobile phones are the new best thing in the market. Even then technology can be such an enticer, the rushed progress doesn't stop many from pining for the latest gadget on the block, even if it means that your pockets are not going to like the sound of that.

Sony Ericsson trio unveiled

One of the leading mobile set companies, Sony Ericsson has introduced its latest “Entertainment Unlimited” series in the local market. At a launching ceremony at a city restaurant in the capital yesterday it unveiled its newest Satio, Aino and Yari sets.

Facebook teams with McAfee to tighten security

FACEBOOK has announced an alliance with Internet security specialty firm McAfee to get user of the world's leading online social network to better protect their computers.

Hollywood, Web and gadgets a winning mix at CES

A premier Consumer Electronics Show (CES) ended after rebounding from a global economic drubbing and wowing attendees with gadgets that merge 3-D, software, entertainment, and the Web.


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