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Nation rids itself of stigma

The five executed killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were buried yesterday following the hangings in Dhaka Central Jail in the first hour of the day.

6 stay out of reach

None of the remaining six convicted killers of Bangabandhu, now holed up in different countries, could be brought back yet despite the government's diplomatic manoeuvres.

Green light to explore onshore

The High Court in a verdict yesterday cleared the way for exploration of oil and gas from the country's onshore blocks by vacating its nine-year old injunction on such exploration.

Nightmare for AL men after bloodbath

The assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975 came as a severe blow to Awami League that led the country's Liberation War in 1971.

Three arbitrators' hiring discussed

India and Bangladesh yesterday discussed the appointment of three arbitrators to a five-member tribunal, which would deal with the issue of maritime boundary dispute between the two countries.

Ctg hawkers, traders go berserk

A fresh clash between hawkers and traders left several business establishments and makeshift shops damaged at Reazuddin Bazar and adjoining areas in the port city yesterday.

Textbook syndicate remains active

A Bangla Bazar based syndicate of printers and binders, with the help of a section of unscrupulous education officials, is illegally marketing and selling school textbooks meant for free distribution.

BCL men fight over 'admission trade'

At least 30 people, including three policemen, were injured yesterday in a clash between the Bangladesh Chhatra League units of city's Jagannath University and Govt Kabi Nazrul College over an alleged admission trade.

Mother, baby burnt alive

A woman and her two-month old baby boy were burnt alive after Kadamtali railway slum caught fire that gutted all the 45 shanties yesterday.

Two JMB men handed death

A court here yesterday handed down death sentence to two JMB leaders for killing Rajshahi University teacher Muhammad Yunus five years ago.

Jasas man dies in custody

A man arrested in an extortion case died in police custody in the city yesterday.

Prayers at JS

The House of the Nation yesterday expressed deep gratitude to the Almighty for the executions of five killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Move on to bring them back

Effective measures have been taken to bring the six fugitive killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman back to the country soon for trial.

BNP, Jamaat keep mum

With the exception of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami, different political parties expressed deep satisfaction over the execution of killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Three other Aug 15 cases await justice

Three other August 15, 1975 killings, aside from the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members, have been faded almost into oblivion.

Long road to justice

Following is the chronology of the Bangabandhu murder case:

Tungipara still reels from that burial

"I could not believe the news of Bangabandhu assassination on radio till I saw a helicopter hovering over Tungipara in the afternoon," said Abdul Hai Mollah, who along with five others placed Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to his eternal rest.

What courts observed

The Supreme Court (SC) on November 19 last year pronounced the verdict upholding the death sentence of 12 convicts in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination case.

Govt to make Jubok pay people back

The government is going to take a number of steps concerning Jubok to ensure return of the money this non-government organisation collected from people as deposit.

'Dour' Salauddin expelled from BNP

BNP yesterday expelled its former lawmaker Salauddin Ahmed from the party for contravention of party discipline.

Opening today

The 11th South Asian (SA) Games gets underway at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today with huge enthusiasm among the athletes as well as the spectators.

Chhatra Dal cadre Pasha arrested

The detective branch of police yesterday arrested a Chhatra Dal cadre who was photographed wielding firearms during the clash between JCD factions at Dhaka University.

Mamun granted bail

The High Court yesterday in a verdict granted bail to controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun in a money laundering case.

Blood bank shut for risky collection

A mobile court yesterday shut down a diagnostic centre at Abdullahpur in the city's Uttara on charge of collecting blood from "drug addicts" for its blood bank and arrested two persons including its owner.

Pakistan finally admits to Lakhvi's role in 26/11

Pakistani investigators have finally admitted to the role of the seven terrorists currently in detention in connection with the 26/11 terror attacks, saying there is substantial evidence to prove their involvement.


At last, justice has been done

NEARLY thirty-five years after the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and his family, save the PM and her sister, were gunned down, thereby pushing the nation to an extremity of uncertainty, justice has been done to five of the men behind the monstrous deed. The execution of these men, brought about after a lengthy process of trial lasting as many as thirteen years, ought not to be a reason for a feeling of retribution to arise in anyone. It was for this nation, simply and very logically, a return to the great idea that rule of law matters, that justice is all, that anyone who commits a crime should not expect to get away with it. Indeed, now that the legal process has ensured a restoration of the principle of justice, it is time for all citizens, irrespective of political belief or party affiliation, to reflect on the dark shadows that for long impeded our march to a better and an egalitarian future.

Earthquake preparedness strategy

IF the occurrence of tsunami or earthquake in littoral states of the Indian ocean or the Pacific rim jolted us into looking inward for assessing our vulnerability to seismic disasters then it has only been reinforced by the catastrophe in Haiti. Nearer home, we have had our own minor versions. But through it all what comes to fresh light is the formation of high-powered Inter-ministerial Earthquake Preparedness and Awareness Committee following a High Court order of July 27, 2009.

Light of day

Our long national nightmare is finally over. Not entirely over, of course: there are still six killers absconding beyond the reach of the law, and there remain, and perhaps always will remain, unanswered questions about that dark night in Bangladeshi history and its aftermath.

The people behind the plot

BACK in 2003, the History Channel in the United States aired a 9-part documentary titled The Men Who Killed Kennedy. When the documentary directly implicated former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in its last episode, it stirred an outcry in the political circuit. The Channel apologised to its viewers and to Mrs. Johnson and her family for airing the show. The moral of the story is that conspiracy theories are like a minefield. Even the most cautious step can land on a pressure plate, exploding in outrage.

Who killed Bangabandhu?

The usual response to the question that we have gotten used to hearing is the assassination was carried out by a group of misguided army officers. But the answer is not quite as simple


Let the show begin

The nation is ready for a sporting carnival. The curtain of the 11th South Asian Games finally opens today with the organisers Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) excited at the prospect of putting up a show that the region extravaganza, also known as the South Asian Olympics, has never seen before.

U-19s again Plate champs

Bangladesh finished their ICC Under-19 World Cup mission with a consolation Plate Championship title when they outplayed Ireland by 195 runs in the final at the McLean Park in Napier yesterday.

Rahman does hosts proud

Bangladesh's Siddikur Rahman clinched the American Express Bangladesh Open Golf title at the Kurmitola Golf Course yesterday.

Ctg crush Sylhet

Elias Sunny and Iqbal Hossain bowled Chittagong to an eight-wicket victory over Sylhet on the third day of the 11th National Cricket League at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium yesterday.

Tigers fly to New Zealand

Bangladesh cricket team left Dhaka last night for New Zealand to face another tough task after defeats in all their tri-nation matches and a two-match Test series against India.

Early start for football

The football battle of the 11th South Asian (SA) Games gets underway in Dhaka and Chittagong this morning although the meet will be officially declared open through a gala opening ceremony at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the evening.

Sharmin, Rony all but out

When the 11th South Asian (SA) Games begins here today, two of Bangladesh's gold medal hopes are all but sure of watching the proceedings as mere spectators.

Golden dreams

The South Asian (SA) Games is once again coming to Bangladesh. And this will be the third time that the country is going to hold the regional gala, nicknamed the South Asian Olympics. Since this is the biggest event for many of the athletes of South Asia, participating countries have been preparing themselves in the grandest possible manner. And the hosts have been doing their own in the same way. Many related sports federations have been having camps in and outside the country for over a year now. And through their performances over this period of time, some of the players have made us dream of golden glory:

Serena-Henin dream final

Justine Henin capped her amazing comeback by storming into the Australian Open final on Thursday where she will meet the imposing Serena Williams who is gunning for a fifth title on Saturday.

Razzaq linked with KKR

Abdul Razzaq could become the first Pakistani to appear in this season's IPL, with the player saying he had been approached by Kolkata Knight Riders. While a team official said they had not approached the player following last week's auction, Razzaq said he had been offered a contract by the franchise and Sourav Ganguly, the team captain, was quoted by NDTV as saying they had been in touch with him.

India name squad for S Africa Test

India will be without three key players, including Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh, when they defend their number one Test ranking against South Africa next month.

Sania calls it off

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, who recently announced she was giving up the game for married life, said Thursday she had broken her engagement with a childhood friend.

Daffodil win ULAB Fair Play T20 Cup

Daffodil University became champions in the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) Fair Play Twenty20 Cup cricket tournament beating the hosts by 23 runs in the final on Wednesday.

Chelsea back on top

Chelsea marched back to the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 3-0 defeat of on-form Birmingham at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Rooney ends City challenge

Wayne Rooney's 91st-minute header secured a 3-1 victory for Manchester United over rivals City at Old Trafford and carried the holders through to a League Cup final meeting with Aston Villa.

'I will experiment'

Argentina coach Diego Maradona says there are roughly 10 undecided places up for grabs in his squad for this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

Cabanas fights for life

Paraguay World Cup star Salvador Cabanas, who was shot in the head in the toilet of a trendy Mexico City bar, was still fighting for his life on Wednesday.

Marseille pip Lille

Mathieu Valbuena's late strike earned Marseille a 2-1 victory over 10-man Lille in a pulsating French League Cup quarterfinal at the Stade Velodrome on Wednesday.

Milan out of Italian Cup

AC Milan suffered their second defeat in four days at the San Siro when they were knocked out of the Italian Cup, losing 1-0 to Udinese in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Diego's girlfriend has a mishap

Diego Maradona's girlfriend, Veronica Ojeda, suffered a miscarriage after falling at her home, a hospital source said here on Wednesday.

Spain set South Korea date

Spain will play three international friendlies, one of them against South Korea, in the run-up to the World Cup in South Africa, the country's football association said Wednesday.

Gentile favourite to replace Ferrara

Former Italy Under-21 coach Claudio Gentile has emerged as the favourite to take over at Juventus, with Ciro Ferrara expected to be fired soon after a dismal run of form.


Rod misses out on Indian market

Non-tariff barriers (NTBs) block Bangladesh's export of MS (mild steel) rod to India's northeastern states, which local manufacturers say is their captive market.

Stocks power ahead on high liquidity

The stockmarket hit a new high yesterday, buoyed by a glut of liquidity that increased demand for shares, and Grameenphone, a market mover.

Plastic fair makes brisk business

Participants in the sixth Dhaka International Plastic, Packaging and Printing Industrial Fair were satiated on the concluding day yesterday, as they received large volumes of spot sales and orders.

BB tightens rules for banks to appoint directors

The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has directed all commercial banks to verify if a person is a loan defaulter before appointing him or her as a director to the bank's board. The banks will have to get the verification from Credit Information Bureau (CIB) of the central bank.

Industrial park underway for RMG: Barua

The government has laid out a project to set up an industrial park outside Dhaka for garment factories, said Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday.

Nokia posts 65pc gain in Q4 profit

The world's top mobile phone maker, Nokia Corp, on Thursday said strong sales of smart phones and lower costs helped profits rise 65 percent in the fourth quarter despite a drop in total revenue.

Tea output falls short of target

Tea production in Bangladesh missed the target for 2009 because of droughts in the first half of the year.

New law to facilitate housing on cards

A three-day fair began here yesterday with a call for easing housing crisis in the country.

BRAC Bank to get grant to bring the poor under banking net

BRAC Bank will get part of a $5.5 million grant from ShoreBank International to help the poor and grassroots have savings accounts.

Work on power import goes on

The government is taking initiatives to import and export power from and to neighbouring countries, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Mohammad Enamul Haque told parliament yesterday.

Muhith stresses computerisation of govt activities

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday the computerisation of government activities is crucial to establishing good governance and curbing corruption.

Asian stocks rebound

A rise on Wall Street led Asian stock markets higher Thursday after the US Federal Reserve left interest rates near zero as expected, snapping a recent run of losses in the region.

Oil near $74

Oil prices rebounded in Asian trade Thursday after steep declines overnight following the release of mixed energy stockpiles data from the United States.


Call for building country on Bangabandhu's ideology

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called on all to build up the country as a prosperous one based on the ideology of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the spirit of the liberation war.

Call for halving poverty, hunger by 2015

The member states of the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (Cirdap) yesterday adopted the Dhaka Declaration with an aim for halving poverty and hunger by 2015.

Rule of law established thru' execution of verdict

The rule of law has been established in the country through execution of the verdict in Bangabandhu murder case, said LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday.

Use Bangla in every sphere of life

Language movement veterans reactivated their platform 'Ekushey Chetona Parishad' yesterday with a call to use Bangla in every sphere of life, including the highest judicial establishments, educational institutions and offices.

'Step to adopt code of conduct to stop torture'

The government has taken an initiative to formulate a strict code of conduct for housemasters to stop physical as well as mental torture on domestic helps, said Meher Afroz Chumki, chairperson of the parliamentary standing committee on women and children affairs ministry.

$6.80 lakh ADB grant to tackle climate change

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday signed an agreement with the government for 6.80 lakh US dollar as grant technical assistance to tackle the challenges of climate change.

President for modern training for armed forces

President Zillur Rahman yesterday emphasised increasing modern training and education for members of the armed forces for building a more efficient military in the country.

ALCWC meet tomorrow

The extended meeting of Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) will be held tomorrow at the prime minister's residence at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city.

2,172 arrested

Police arrested 2,172 people on various charges in separate drives across the country in 12 hours until 6:00am yesterday.

Target to fight HIV/AIDS, save mothers, newborns

With a view to boosting combined effort to fight HIV/AIDS and to saving lives of mothers and their newborns, two new projects were launched by Family Health International and Save the Children USA yesterday.

'Its cancellation might give rise to militancy'

Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday told the Supreme Court (SC) that if the fifth amendment to the constitution is cancelled, some political parties might lose their right to politics and eventually lean towards underground militancy.

Satisfaction over execution of killers of Bangabandhu

Different socio-political organisations and professional bodies yesterday expressed satisfaction over the execution of the self-proclaimed killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Project on oral cholera vaccine

In collaboration with the government, ICDDR,B will launch a five-year project to assess the feasibility of using an oral cholera vaccine.

7 injured as students clash at Eden College

At least seven students were injured in a clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Bangladesh Chhatra Federation on the Eden College campus in the city last night.


Construction of Surma bridge stops halfway

Construction work of the bridge across Surma River at Kazirbazar in Sylhet city has remained suspended for over a year due to complexities over acquisition of land on the two ends of the bridge and fund shortage.

IU BCL, locals barricade Kushtia-Khulna highway

A faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Islamic University (IU) unit and local supporters yesterday barricaded the Kushtia-Khulna highway for about two hours protesting arrest of BCL activist Ali Murtoza Khasru.

Ruling party men assault contractor, agri official

A local Jubo League leader and his men beat up a contractor and snatched tender schedule from him in Mirpur upazila of Kushtia yesterday while Awami League and JSD activists beat up Rangpur Sadar upazila agriculture officer the day before.

Principal sues two BCL leaders

President and joint secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Dinajpur unit were sued on Wednesday night on charge of kidnapping the principal of Dinajpur Government College and ransacking his office room.

Thousands in Tungipara pay homage to Bangabandhu

Thousands of people, including Awami League men, teachers and students, thronged Bangabandhu mausoleum in Tungipara of Gopalganj yesterday morning to pay homage to the father of the nation.

RU BCL council ends, new unit elected

Awal Kabir Joy and Mazedul Islam Apu were elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Rajshahi University (RU) unit at its council held on the campus on Wednesday.

Schoolboy murdered

A schoolboy was murdered by criminals at Laxminarayanpur village under Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.

Youth stabbed to death

A young man was stabbed to death by criminals at Golokonda on the outskirts of the district town on Wednesday. The victim was identified as Shafiqul Islam, 25. Police said a local gang snatched money from a relative of Shafiqul. When Shafiqul came to know the matter he went to the criminals along with his friend Imtiaz Ahmed to get back the snatched money. At one stage of brawl, the criminals stabbed Shafiqul with a sharp weapon, leaving him dead and injuring Imtiaz.

3 get Modhusudan Award

Three persons were honoured yesterday with Poet Modhusudan Award 2010 for their contribution to Bangla literature. The winners are Reza Uddin Stalin, a researcher at Nazrul Institute, Dr Gazi Mohammad Saifuzzaman, secretary of Mymensingh Zila Parisad and Shyamol Sarker, Special Correspondent of Daily Prothom Alo. The presents handed over at a function at Modhu Mela at Sagardari under Keshabpur included crest and cash Tk 25 thousand.

Golden Jubilee functions

The golden jubilee of Rajshahi University (RU) economics and english departments will be celebrated on the campus today. The departments have taken a two-day programme which include colourful rallies, lecture by renowned teachers, photo session, exhibition, discussion and cultural evening. Rajshahi University vice chancellor Prof Abdus Sobhan will inaugurate both the programmes while university pro-vice chancellor Prof Muhammad Nurullah will be present as special guest. Department sources said the programmes of economics department will be held at the university stadium while english department will organise its event at the university auditorium.

Farmer stabbed to death

One person was killed and two others were injured in an attack by a criminal at Biska Bathuadi village in Phulpur upazila on Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Kashem Ali, 55, a farmer. Locals said Marzan Ali attacked and stabbed Sakhina with a knife at noon near her house. The attacker also stabbed to death Kashem as he tried to save his niece Sakhina. Helal, brother of Kashem, also came under attack when he was rushed to the spot. Locals later caught Marzan and handed him over to police after a good beating.

Ex-minister Milon gets bail

Former state minister for education ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon and his wife Nazmun Nahar Baby secured bail from a court here in two cases. The court of Judicial Magistrate Judge Asaduzzaman Nur granted the bail as they submitted prayers appearing before the court at noon. Defence lawyer Kamrul Islam said local Awami League leader Kalimullah filed the cases against 34 people, including Milon and his wife, with the Judicial Magistrate's court on May 6, 2009 for vandalising the vehicle of AL leader Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir at Sachar in Kachua upazila on October 16, 2003, six years after the incident.

Journo held at RU

Police yesterday detained Rajshahi bureau chief of the Daily Khabarpatra for criticising the prime minister. University sources said Md Humayun Kabir used abusive language against the prime minister after going through the newspaper reports on execution of killers of Bangabandhu. He also locked in an altercation at the Rajshahi University Public Relations Office with public relations assistant Shafiqul Islam Shahzada and employee Habibur Rahman Mukul as they protested to his remark. Shafiqul said they protested when Humayun made derogative remarks on the prime minister. Mukul said the journalist also threatened to paralyse the campus 'within five minutes' and made several calls over mobile phone. At one stage, the officials informed the matter to police and the higher authorities of the university. Pro-vice chancellor Prof M Nurullah rushed to the Public Relations Office and handed Kabir over to the law enforcers.

BSF kills Bangladeshi, hands over 5 girls

A cattle trader was shot dead by Border Security Force (BSF) of India yesterday along Ohidpur frontier in Shibganj upazila.

Outlaw held, arms recovered

Police on Wednesday night arrested an operative of 'Janajudhha' faction of outlawed PBCP in the town and recovered firearms from his possession. Arrestee Md Altaf Hossain,35, is son of Tasir Uddin of Bhairab village in Santhia upazila.

2 jailed for keeping phensidyl

A court here on Wednesday sentenced two people to two years imprisonment each for possessing Indian phensidyl syrup.


Vulnerable country

Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to earthquakes, because it is close to the meeting point of the Indian, Eurasian and Burma (Myanmar) plates. The observatory at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) recorded 86 tremors of over four magnitude during January 2006-May 2009. The meteorological department detected at least 90 earthquakes taking place in the country between May 2007 and July 2008, nine of them above five on the Richter Scale and epicentres of 95 percent being within a 600 km radius of Dhaka city. Experts say it is these minor tremors that indicate the possibility of much more powerful earthquakes hitting the country.

Environment pollution

Water is being polluted by spreading petroleum and throwing garbage.

Noisy capital

Hordes of motorized vehicles, including over 3.5 lakh private cars now 'try' to ply on the pot-holed 7% of space that is road-worthy in Dhaka. Result: horrible jams tie up traffic for miles and hours, forcing the VIP passengers to bite their nails and berate their drivers for not taking another route. What naivety!! The drivers, in turn, vent their frustration by incessantly blowing their horns.


Dhaka University is famous as not only the first and best educational institution but also for its glorious historical dimensions. Located at the heart of the capital, the university boasts of, along with many other things, the rare blessing and picturesque beauty of Mother Nature. The age-old grand figure of the towering stout trees, the heart-cooling shadows, the lullaby of the numerous known and unknown birds, the green velvety carpet under the foot all over the wide palm of Nature during summer, the rustling of grey crooked, crinkled and crispy falling leaves driven by the wind during the Autumn days, the murmuring of the thick layers of leaves under the soft and cautious claws of the night cat next to the widow this is how you can portray Dhaka University which elicits the exclamation “WOW!” from the visitors. Juxtaposed with rest of the mechanical and buzzing city, it won't be an example of an exaggeration to call Dhaka University campus the heaven of the capital.

Campus violence

Campus violence is not welcomed in any educational institution. But in spite of its deadly effects known to all, such violence is visible frequently in our campus. Recently, Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute experienced this violence. Hostilities erupted between the Chhatra League and the Chhatra Moitree, resulting in the death of one student and some others were injured. One party wing tries to defeat another.

Cartoon channels and kids

It is very unusual to see that kids do not love cartoons. If we conduct a survey among the kids, especially of 3-5 age group, we will find that most of them love to watch cartoons which they start watching at an early age and the language of these cartoons is mostly English. However, gradually they begin to understand the language, though not everything, and also the context. Even they can explain to us what is happening. Nowadays English learning is a must for all. So if our pre-school going or primary school going kids learn a bit of English from watching the cartoons, that will be a blessing for us because apart from entertaining the kids the cartoon channels are helping them to learn something new.

Stop student politics

Now it is time to stop student politics. Because students are being used as a weapon to create an unstable situation in the country. Protest or demonstration starts from university first. The political parties are rearing them to have more power to create extreme situations in the political arena. They are using them for their own benefit.

Man made tremor!

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused the United States of causing the tremor in Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Now what about the prediction of earthquake that might strike Bangladesh? Will that be man made too?

People of Haiti

We are shocked and feeling very sad. The people of Haiti were struck by a deadly earthquake. Hundreds of thousands are feared dead and many more injured. It is a disaster of such magnitude that one has to gasp with horror.


What has happened to our players? Only one or two of them seem to play well in an innings!

Hospital explosion

The AFP report on the explosion in a Ukrainian hospital published on January 19 in a local English daily is a serious matter. All our clinics and hospitals should take note of this accident, and review their safety measures as they are one of the largest users of oxygen all over Bangladesh.


The Jamaat-e-Islami and its leaders were absent during bad times of the nation, they were not interested in history and economics of this country, neither were they present --during national disasters or wars-- in favour of this Austro-Dravidian race.

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GM foods

Common food buyers even in our country search for 'deshi' (country) chicken, vegetables, fishes, fruits, etcetera when they go to the market. In other words, they are not interested to buy Genetically Modified (GM) foods, that is, they want to purchase foods which do not contain genetic materials but with original or natural gene-DNA set up.


Karzai urges West to help woo Taliban 'brothers'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged Western partners to help him woo moderate Taliban insurgents as an international fund to pay them off was launched at a major conference yesterday in London.

Fonseka goes into hiding

Sri Lanka's defeated presidential candidate who failed in a bid to unseat incumbent Mahinda Rajapakse was in hiding yesterday in Colombo after warning of possible attempts on his life.

US urges Lanka to probe charges of vote fraud

The United States yesterday congratulated Sri Lanka's president on his re-election but urged authorities to probe allegations of vote fraud and ensure the safety of defeated candidates.

20 insurgents killed in Afghan clash: Nato

Afghan and Nato forces called in air support after coming under attack from a "large number" of militants in northern Afghanistan and killed up to 20 insurgents, officials said Thursday.

Simulating volcanic eruptions can save Earth from global warming

Scientists have suggested that simulating a volcanic eruption and man-made 'sun blocks' can save the planet from global warming.

Hillary says she won't serve eight years

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she would not serve a full eight years if President Barack Obama wins another term, hoping eventually to retire to writing and teaching.

Suu Kyi rejects minister's release comment

Myanmar's detained pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday described as "unfair" a minister's comment that she would be released in November as it pre-empted a court decision, her lawyer said.

Talk less, act more

When Al Melquist voted for Barack Obama in 2008, the unemployed software engineer was drawn to the politician's charisma and promise of solutions for the nation's economic woes and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Iraq war ending, all troops coming home

The war in Iraq is ending and all US troops are coming home, US President Barack Obama said Wednesday in his State of the Union address, vowing continued US support of the Iraqi people.

Half of Haiti quake injured could be children

US researchers said Wednesday they feared almost half of all those injured by the devastating Haiti quake may be children, urging relief agencies to plan accordingly.

N Korea resumes firing artillery amid tension

North Korea fired more artillery near its disputed western sea border with South Korea on Thursday, a day after it lobbed dozens of shells during military exercises that prompted the South to respond with warning shots.

West backs Yemen in fight

World powers pledged to stand side-by-side with Yemen to tackle extremism after talks in London Wednesday on stopping al-Qaeda from creating a haven in the impoverished Arab country.

Haiti girl pulled alive from quake rubble after 15 days

Rescuers Wednesday dragged a Haitian girl alive from the rubble 15 days after a devastating quake, in a rare moment of joy for a country where victims still face a desperate shortage of aid.

Iran hangs first two post-election 'rioters'

Iran yesterday hanged two men convicted of being “enemies of God”, in the first executions of dissidents since protests over the disputed presidential poll in June, news reports said.

Arts & Entertainment

Remembering a cultural icon

Chhayanaut paid tribute to the cultural icon Waheedul Haque on January 27. Marking third death anniversary of the renowned Tagore exponent and founder member of the organisation, a daylong event was held at the auditorium of Chhayanaut Shangskriti Bhaban.

Exploring diversity

The 1st Intra University Photography Contest '10, jointly organised by Dhaka University Photographic Society (DUPS) and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, is now on at National Art Gallery. The themes are diverse and most of the photographs are vibrant.

Razzle-dazzle of Bangladeshi dance at the SA Game

Renowned classical dancers Shamim Ara Nipa, Shibli Muhammad and Munmun Ahmed will be performing this year at the inaugural (today) and closing programmes of SA Games. The Daily Star talked to Nipa and Munmun about their choreography and the upcoming programmes at the game.

Children at the cutting edge of change

As part of the 3rd International Film Festival, daylong seminars, workshops and screenings are being held across the city.

Cultural programme to mark Science and Technology Week

Artistes from local schools and cultural organisations performed at a programme held by the district administration recently at the Khagrachhari Town Hall to mark the National Science and Technology Week.

Generating awareness on primary education

A play titled “Tunir Bhubon” was staged at a primary school of Faripdur upazila on Wednesday noon to emphasise the need for primary education. Ichamati Shangha Sangskritik Nattyodal staged the play at Dhanuaghata Govt Primary School. Upazila Primary Education Office conducted the function. A discussion was also held. Golam Mustofa delivered the inauguration speech, while the teachers of the school spoke.


'Rest, rest, perturbed spirit!'

THE wheels of justice have turned and have turned fully and with purpose. Thirty-five years after the assassination of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the people of Bangladesh have kept faith with him. They have made good on their pledge to have his killers face the full force of the law, to have them answer for a crime they once proudly proclaimed before a horrified world. At long last, the long night of our shame is over. Today, as citizens of Bangladesh, we will inform the world beyond our frontiers that in this country that has suffered a great deal, that has been humiliated beyond measure by the unscrupulous and the murderous and the unnaturally ambitious, we are yet capable of calling forth in ourselves the will and the determination to reclaim for ourselves the decency and the sophistication that serve as the foundations of civilised living.

The sinister darkness in which Sheikh Mujib died

THE evening of August 14, 1975 did not seem different from any other evening in August. Dhaka University was preparing to welcome Mujib the next day.


3G: wind in the sails

In 2008, we ran a story where Sirajul Islam; a sixty-year old man, who during one of his morning walks in the Gulshan area, saw an ambulance surrounded by a group of people. His curiosity took him to the spot, where he found that he could get a medical check-up at the ambulance by doctors sitting miles away.

Cool & colourful Corby

'Cool' and 'Colourful' would be the two perfect words to describe the Corby, the latest range of mobile phones form Samsung. We have seen a smile in almost everyone's face when they first put their hands on one of the models (S3653). Why? Because of the eye catching design of the colourful Corby that marks a significant break from the way full touch phones are usually designed and the cartoon UI.

Hot gadgets woo tech buffs at IT fair

Tech-savvy people are again upbeat as BCS Computer City at IDB Bhaban is hosting a computer fair titled CityIT Fair 2010, a 10-day computer razzmatazz.

Apple unveils iPad

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the company's much-anticipated iPad tablet computer Wednesday, calling it a new third category of mobile device that is neither smart phone nor laptop, but something in between.

Nokia makes navigation free on smartphones

Nokia, the leading mobile phone set manufacturer recently released a new version of Ovi Maps for its smartphones that includes high-end walk and drive navigation for free, said a pres release.

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