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News of: Thursday, 18th of February, 2010

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Recruitment stuck in graft

Recruitment of more than 6,000 health assistants has been stalled for the last two months due to allegations of massive corruption in the recruitment process.

For God's sake why...?

People of Bangladesh gave Sheikh Hasina the best gift possible in a democracy--a massive electoral victory of four-fifths majority in parliament. The young voters became enthused hearing of her "Digital Bangladesh". The professionals, civil society and the intellectual community in general suddenly found something to hope for when the Awami League chief proposed a "Politics of Change"(Din Badaler Rajniti). All this resulted in one of the biggest electoral victories, in December 2008, for any political party in recent history. Even after a year of her being in power, Sheikh Hasina was able to retain much of her support as was revealed by our recent opinion poll.

Unruly students to be listed

Dhaka Metropolitan Police is going to draw up a list of troublesome college and university students of its eight crime zones.

Stopgap measures to meet April 1 deadline

The government is desperately looking for a temporary measure to start producing machine-readable passports and machine-readable visas from April 1, deadline set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Cop faces music over inaction

The drug court will decide over the fate of the officer-in-charge of Brahmanbaria Sadar Police Station, as he did not submit any report on execution of the arrest warrant against three absconding accused of Rid Pharma Ltd even six months after the case was filed.

Massive plan on roads, bridges unveiled in JS

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament yesterday rolled out her government's massive plans for construction of bridges, roads and railway lines to have an effective and sustainable communication network.

Revival plan for 4 Dhaka rivers

The Water Development Board has finalised a Tk 1,000 crore project for ensuring round-the-year flow of the river system around the capital.

Grassroots want JCD free from corrupt, Shibir

Grassroots-level leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal yesterday urged BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to make the organisation free from the corrupt, non-students and Chhatra Shibir men.

DCC polls in May if HC okays area demarcation

The Dhaka City Corporation elections would be held late in May if the High Court approves demarcation of the areas under DCC, said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda.

PM for greater regional connectivity

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday emphasised further strengthening regional cooperation and connectivity for poverty reduction and accelerated development.

Bill on raising MPs' perks likely to be placed soon

A bill on increasing lawmakers' perk is likely to be placed in the current session of the parliament.

Korean Caltex joins Chevron in Block 7

South Korean oil company GS Caltex has purchased 45 percent interest of oil and gas block 7 from US oil giant Chevron where primary preparation for drilling one exploratory well begins this month.

Reality-check for rice procurement

The government is failing to procure aman rice because of high prices in market, Food Minister Abdur Razzaque said yesterday.

134 old trees marked for cutting down

Baufal upazila parishad in Patuakhali has recently marked some 134 of 977 local varieties of trees on its premises to cut them down, without bothering about the environment or natural beauty of the area.

Rajshahi city Jamaat GS among 14 held

Rajshahi city unit Jamaat-e-Islami general secretary was arrested yesterday in connection with Rajshahi University violence on February 9 while its detained assistant general secretary was placed on a five-day remand.

AL, allies to campaign for a ban

Ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance and its different associated organisations are planning to launch a massive campaign demanding a ban on religion-based politics in the country.

Abed conferred knighthood

Brac founder and chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed was knighted on Tuesday in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London for his contribution in tackling poverty and empowering poor.

Tornado kills kid

A tornado lashed 22 villages of Moheshpur upazila yesterday that left one child dead and about 150 people injured, two of them critically.

Govt to probe its 'illegal occupancy'

The government will investigate legality of the city unit BNP office at 80 Nayapaltan, State Minister for Housing Abdul Mannan Khan told the House yesterday.

RMP DC made OSD

Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Sarder Nurul Amin, who was the Security-in-charge during the Rajshahi University violence, was made officer-on-special-duty and was transferred to police headquarters yesterday.

Riyad the bright spot

All-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad scored his maiden century as Bangladesh avoided follow-on on the third day of the one-off Test yesterday, posting 408 in their first innings, in reply to New Zealand's mammoth total of 553 for 7 declared.

Remarkable presence of children

Colourful bookstalls at the children's corner at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela yesterday witnessed vibrant presence of a large number of children.

Thai princess welcomed in Gaibandha

The Princess of Thailand Maha Chakri Sirindhorn expressed her deep pleasure for the heartfelt welcome from the people of Gaibandha yesterday.

Rome meet vows to win global war against poverty

The governing council meeting of the specialised UN organisation International Fund for Agriculture Development in Rome vowed to win the global war against poverty focusing on smallholding farmers.

Crisis forces 17m Asians into extreme poverty: UN

Seventeen million Asians have fallen into extreme poverty due to the global financial crisis, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations said yesterday.

Lankan monks put off meet fearing unrest

Sri Lanka's top Buddhist monks postponed yesterday a gathering to press for the release from military custody of defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, citing safety concerns.

Editorial

Card and cash for farmers

THE government's decision to introduce the Agri-input Assistance Card and Cash Assistance for 1.82 crore farmers is certainly a move in the right direction, given the sector's crucial role in our national economy. The farmers have for years been the real driving force behind the good performance of the agriculture sector.

Highway tragedy, again

WITH the death of another youngster on Tuesday in a road mishap in Bogra, the issue of highway safety has once again come to the fore. And as is usual in such cases, an angry mob burnt down the killer truck, vandalised roadside shops, put up a barricade on the Bogra-Rangpur highway paralysing road traffic for about four and a quarter of an hour until the police intervened to calm down the crowd and restore normality in the area.

Restraint is needed

IT was good to see that the leader of the opposition, Khaleda Zia, led the opposition lawmakers into the house on February 11 after skipping it for sixty-plus consecutive sitting days since the beginning of the second session of the ninth Parliament on June 4.

Agreements and arguments

IT is unfortunate that any discussion on the relations between Bangladesh and India generates more heat than sense; evokes more emotions than economics; and allows rhetoric to reign over the reality on the ground. For example, our bilateral trade deficit with China is more than that with India, but deficit with India is more sensitive an issue. A politically motivated anti-Indian sentiment on the part of a segment of politicians in our country might have caused it, or a big-brotherly attitude in some on the other side of the fence might have fueled the fire.

Sports

Tigers put up a spirited show

Mahmudullah Riyad's maiden hundred and skipper Shakib Al Hasan's 87-run knock helped Tigers stage one of their best performances in Test cricket abroad. The Tigers put on a 408-run first innings total in their first innings in reply to New Zealand's mammoth 553 for 7 declared and then got the opposition one down for 9 runs in their second to trail by 154 runs going into the fourth day at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

A ton to cherish

Mahmudullah had cut a disappointed figure at missing out on a maiden Test century by four runs against India recently, but he only had to wait one more match to get to the coveted landmark. After his 115 helped Bangladesh avert the follow-on on Day Three at Seddon Park, Mahmudullah's ecstatic on-field celebrations were followed by a chirpy press conference after stumps.

Focus on Myanmar

Fresh from a surprising 2-1 win over Tajikistan in the tournament opener, Bangladesh will be hoping to seal their semifinal berth in the AFC Challenge Cup finals when they take on Myanmar in their group's second match at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Sri Lanka today.

Sunny routs Rajshahi

Left-arm spinner Elias Sunny led the charge after Faisal Hossain's hundred as Chittagong stunned leaders Rajshahi to snatch a 25-run victory on the third day of the opening match of the second phase of 11th National Cricket League at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.

Games losing their soul

As the curtain on the 11th South Asian Games fell on February 9 after twelve days of turn of events one thing struck me most. It was obviously not how many medals we have won. It was rather the change of the rules of different games that we were used to and played over the years for their sheer simplicity.

Rain disrupts India's charge

Bad weather brought a brief respite to South Africa as India pressed for a series-levelling victory in the second and final cricket Test on Wednesday.

Rooney slays Milan

Wayne Rooney was the hero as Manchester United made AC Milan look old in a 3-2 win in the Champions League last 16 first leg clash here on Tuesday to record their first ever victory in the San Siro.

Shooters leave for India today

The national shooters are scheduled to leave here for India today to take part in the 8th Commonwealth Shooting Championship, scheduled for February 19 to 28 in Delhi.

Renovation works in four grounds

To make the 2011 ICC World Cup a success, the National Sports Council (NSC) has approved the development and renovation works at four venues except the Bangabandhu National Stadium, which will host the opening ceremony of the showpiece.

Makoun sinks Real

Lyon ruined former striker Karim Benzema's return to his boyhood club by beating Real Madrid 1-0 in their last 16 Champions League first leg clash here on Tuesday.

Everton edge Lisbon

English Premier League outfit Everton will take a narrow advantage to Portugal for their Europa League last 32 second leg match after beating Sporting Lisbon 2-1 here on Tuesday.

Juve-Ajax pick of the ties

Italian giants Juventus will take a stab at European glory for the second time this season when they meet Dutch heavyweights Ajax in the first-leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday.

Barry sends City fourth

Manchester City moved into fourth place in the Premier League after Gareth Barry's late equaliser rescued a controversial 1-1 draw at Stoke on Tuesday.

Results are key: Ribery

Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery, courted by some of Europe's top sides including Real Madrid, said Wednesday his future at the German giants will depend on how well they do in the Champions League.

Wenger scorns play-off

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is firmly against a proposal to introduce a play-off for the fourth Champions League qualifying berth in the Premier League.

Turkey appoint Hiddink

Much-travelled Guus Hiddink is on the move again, taking over as head coach of Turkey as they gear up for the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

Fellaini out for season

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini will miss the rest of the season after discovering he needs surgery on an ankle injury that is likely to keep him sidelined for six months, the Premier League club confirmed on Tuesday.

Carragher set for return

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is set to return against Unirea Urziceni in a Europa League tie at Anfield here on Thursday as injury problems start to ease for Reds manager Rafael Benitez.

Gautam, Bhajji not in for 1st two ODIs

Batsman Gautam Gambhir and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh were on Wednesday left out of India's squad for the first two one-day internationals against South Africa.

India reassures safety

India sought on Wednesday to reassure foreign teams that it would host a safe field hockey World Cup this month after a weekend bombing and alleged new threats raised fresh concerns over security.

Wozniacki sent packing

Shahar Peer increased the security dilemma surrounding her presence in the United Arab Emirates by producing a stunning 6-2, 7-5 win over the top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki to reach the quarterfinals of the Dubai Open.

Ratan, Yahia banned

The Bangladesh Athletic Federation (BAF) yesterday banned chief judge Jahirul Haque Ratan and measurement expert Mohammad Yahia for different periods following the marathon fiasco on the concluding day of the 11th South Asian Games.

GP-BCB XI v Bahrain

GP-BCB-NCA Invitational XI beat touring Bahrain national cricket team by five wickets in the one-off exhibition match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. The Bahrain team will leave today for Nepal to take part in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5.

Business

Coca-Cola scouts for partner to set up plant

Soft drinks brand Coca-Cola looks for a joint venture with the government to set up a manufacturing and bottling plant in Bangladesh.

SW Multimedia looks to animated days

SW Multimedia, a local animation maker, is upbeat on making domestic and global footprints after winning a deal with BBC Trust.

Set priorities based on demand

"Private sector and NGOs were involved in the process for the first time, a move that will bring transparency to the public sector's development work" -- Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad

Committee to review sea freight charges

The government formed a high-profile committee yesterday to review the hike in sea freight proposed by feeder operators.

Confidence Cement to diversify operations

Confidence Cement Ltd, a listed cement manufacturer, has decided to invest in two projects -- one in textiles and the other in electronic and electrical goods, according to a web posting on the Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday.

One in seven Germans 'on poverty line'

Nearly one in seven people in Germany, Europe's top economy, lived on the poverty line in 2008, with youngsters most affected, a study from an influential economic institute said Wednesday.

No loan to buy GP shares anymore

Grameenphone is no more a marginable security, as its PE (price earnings) ratio crossed 50 points yesterday.

BB starts weeklong roadshow in March

Bangladesh Bank will start a weeklong roadshow in late March to enhance awareness among people on farm loans and how to check money laundering.

Crisis forces 17m Asians into deep poverty: ADB

Seventeen million Asians have fallen into extreme poverty due to the global financial crisis, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Dhaka, Delhi to venture into power plant

Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and National Thermal Power Company (NTPC), India are likely to go for a joint venture to set up a 1,320 MW of coal-fired power plant soon.

Indian textiles shake off recession impact

The Indian textiles industry has come out of fallout from the global recession and most companies in the sector are posting profit, said Indian Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran.

HSBC to award exporters

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), Bangladesh has decided to award exporters to acknowledge their efforts in showcasing the country's products abroad, officials said yesterday.

Korean businessmen keen to invest in tourism

Around 20,000 Korean tourists will now be able to visit Bangladesh every month to enjoy its natural beauty, said J Moon, leader of the visiting Korean tourism entrepreneur delegation in Dhaka.

Corolla: Latest blow to Toyota

Toyota is considering a recall of its hot-selling Corolla subcompact after complaints about power steering problems -- another blow to the world's largest automaker already reeling from a string of recalls for safety problems.

Social networks pull mask off fashion world

Emerging from the exclusive Marc Jacobs show in New York, Robert Duffy, CEO of the Marc Jacobs line, proclaims to his Twitter audience: "Marc did look good didn't he? I'll tell him."

South Africa economy to grow 2.3 pc

South Africa's economy is expected to grow by 2.3 percent this year, boosted by the football World Cup, but jobs remain a concern after last year's recession, the finance minister said Wednesday.

Obama forms fiscal commission today

US President Barack Obama will Thursday sign an executive order establishing a bipartisan commission to find ways to reduce the gaping US budget deficit, a White House official said.

Senior Citi official visits Dhaka

Gaurang Hattangdi, managing director and head of Citi's commercial bank for Asia, arrived in Dhaka yesterday for a one-day visit to meet clients and review the banks' business in Bangladesh.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

PREMIER BANK
The board of directors has recommended 30 percent stock dividend (30 bonus shares for every 100 shares) for 2009. The AGM meeting will be held on March 3 (at 11:30am).

Oil strengthens

Oil prices extended gains Wednesday on a weaker US dollar and strengthening stock markets as fears of contagion from Greece's debt crisis eased.

India pegs growth this year at 7.5pc

India's finance minister forecast Wednesday the economy would grow by 7.5 percent this fiscal year and eight percent next year, laying the ground for rolling back stimulus in this month's budget.

Dubai World expected to present restructuring plan in March

Dubai World is expected to present a proposal in March for the restructuring of its 22 billion dollars in debt, a government spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

BNP Paribas reports doubled profits of 5.8b euros

BNP Paribas bank reported doubled net profit to 5.832 billion euros (8.027 billion dollars) last year on strong capital market activity, beating forecasts and driving the shares up 2.85 percent on Wednesday.

Bank of England united over radical monetary policy

Bank of England policymakers voted unanimously to keep British interest rates at a record low level and to freeze radical credit-easing plans, minutes of a recent meeting showed on Wednesday.

Metropolitan

Massive withdrawal of groundwater may cause earthquake in capital

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina forewarned that earthquake could strike the capital city as the groundwater table here is going down 2-3 meters gradually due to massive withdrawal of the water.

Accountability of three organs of state a must to run country

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government wants to establish accountability in all spheres, including the executive, the judiciary and the legislative, for a smooth run of the country towards progress.

Historic Dhaka now a city of gridlock

The history and heritage of Dhaka is glorious and anyone living in the city could be proud of it, but today its manifold problems have made the citizens' lives quite difficult - it was a sheer grievance of a cabinet minister expressed at a programme commemorating the 400 years of Dhaka city.

Only three private varsities have own campuses

Only three out of 51 private universities have their own campuses on at least 5 acres of land as per the Private University Act 1992, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid told the House yesterday.

Energy Regulatory Commission Bill passed

Parliament yesterday passed the Energy Regulatory Commission (Amendment) Bill 2010 specifying academic qualifications for the posts of chairman and member of the watchdog body on the country's potential sector.

Strictly follow rules in recruitment

President Zillur Rahman yesterday directed the National University authorities to strictly go by the rules in recruitment of employees and student admission, without harbouring irregularities.

Lawmakers to submit wealth statements in next fiscal

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday said lawmakers and ministers would have to submit their wealth statements from the next fiscal year to ensure accountability and transparency of the government activities.

5 RMG workers injured in fire

At least five garment workers were injured in a fire that broke out at a garment factory of Godanail under Siddhirganj in Narayanganj yesterday.

Kolkata mayor due Feb 26

Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, mayor of Kolkata in West Bengal State of India, will arrive in Dhaka on February 26 on a three-day visit at the invitation of Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka.

Adolescent girls most vulnerable to sexual harassment

Adolescent girls are most vulnerable to sexual harassment, human and women rights activists said at a symposium yesterday.

'Shun destructive activities'

President Zillur Rahman yesterday called on the country's student organisations working at various universities to give up their destructive activities for greater interests of the nation.

3 killed in Kushtia road accidents

Three people were killed and 20 others injured in a road accident on the Kushtia-Pabna highway at Bheramara in the district early yesterday.

Fresh proposal by China to set up 300MW power plant

A state-owned Chinese power company -- China National Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Corporation (CMEC) -- has again offered to set up a 300MW thermal power plant in Khulna with its own credit, for which a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed twice between Dhaka and Beijing.

Senior asst secy can now sign order

Officials from senior assistant secretary to secretary can now sign the orders sending the government officials and employees into forced retirement. Earlier, only joint secretary and above officials had the authority to sign such orders.

Country facing biggest crisis

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said the country is now facing a political crisis and this is the biggest crisis since independence.

Dinajpur court asks ex-IO to give witness in JMB case Mar 10

Special Judge of Dinajpur Mohammad Rafiqul Alam yesterday issued a summons asking former ASP and investigation officer (IO) Amullya Chandra Das to give witness in a JMB-related case on March 10.

Meeting today to review law, order scenario in Dhaka divn

A meeting will be held at the office of the Divisional Commissioner of Dhaka today to review the law and order situation and take coordinated efforts to curb criminal activities.

HC issues rule on Qazi Faruque

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule asking ousted chairman of Proshika Qazi Faruque Ahmed and two others to explain within two weeks why punitive action should not be taken against them for misinterpreting its verdict.

Pintu granted ad-interim bail

The High Court yesterday granted ad-interim bail to former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu for three months in the Pilkhana carnage case.

Multi-tier security system on Feb 21

A multi-tier security system will be in place to ensure fool-proof security on February 21.

Journalist falls victim to muggers

A gang of muggers posing as members of the Detective Branch of Police took away a motorcycle of a journalist after injuring him in front of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute at Tejgaon in the city last night.

Diploma nurses withdraw fast-unto-death

Bangladesh Diploma Unemployed Nurses' Association withdrew their fast-unto-death yesterday following assurance of the Health Minister Prof AFM Ruhal Haque.

Teachers' registration exam results

Results of the non-government teachers' registration examinations will be published at 5:00pm today.

No Saudi in Bangladesh jail

Saudi Arabia yesterday rejected a newspaper report saying several Saudi nationals were languishing in Bangladesh jails along with more than 300 foreign prisoners although their terms had expired.

National

Sit-in, rally demanding better railway service

A large number of people yesterday held sit-in and rally at the railway station in the town demanding better railway service.

Jamaat leader, 18 others sued in Bagerhat

Two cases were filed yesterday against 19 alleged razakars including central Nayeb-e-Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Maulana AKM Yusuf on charge of killing three people during the Liberation War in 1971.

28 Bangladeshis return from Thailand

The 28 Bangladeshis, detained along with some 200 Rohingyas from the sea by Thailand authorities over a year ago, returned home yesterday.

Charges pressed against 23 Shibir men

Police yesterday pressed charges against 23 leaders and activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir and a government official in a case they (police) filed after a clash between BCL and Shibir at Meherpur Government College on January 15.

New techs, knowledge transfer urgent to face climatic events

Developing new technologies and sharing of knowledge among the countries vulnerable to climate change are an urgent need to face the impacts of today's climatic phenomena, experts from home and abroad said yesterday.

BCL man beats up trader for toll in Khagrachhari

A rice trader was beaten up by a upazila Chhatra League leader at Panchhari Bazaar under Panchhari upazila yesterday.

Criminals take away truck with edible oil

A gang of criminals took away a truck carrying drums of edible oil after drugging the driver and his helper at Shahbagh in the city in the early hours of yesterday.

4 give depositions in Rangamati

Four witnesses out of 25 yesterday gave depositions against 75 accused mutineers of 9 Rifle Battalion of Marishya to the BDR special court-4.

Make names of judges public before appointment

Citizens' Rights Movement at a human chain yesterday urged the president to make the names of the judges public before their appointment them to ensure transparency and uphold the image of the judiciary.

RU to pay tribute to Dr Zoha today

Commemorating the 41st anniversary of martyrdom of Dr Shamsuzzoha, the Rajshahi University authorities will observe 'Zoha Day' today.

BDR, BSF discuss irritant issues

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at a deputy director general level meeting at Tamabil check post yesterday agreed to maintain status quo on the disputed farmlands along the border until the joint survey is done.

Production in well 7 resumes

Production in well 7 at Haripur Gas Field of Sylhet Gas fields Limited (SGFL) resumed on Tuesday and about 8 MMCF gas is being produced everyday, official sources said yesterday.

Char Fashion court active again after 17 years

Activities at Char Fashion upazila civil and criminal court resumed Tuesday, nearly 17 years after transferring the court to district headquarters.

Criminals damage 8 idols

Criminals damaged eight idols including those of Radha-Krishna at Bilkajuli Palpara in Dhunat upazila of Bogra early yesterday.

BSF kills farmer in Panchagarh

Indian Border Security Force yesterday shot a Bangladeshi farmer dead on Madhupara border in Panchagarh.

Case against journo

An extortion case was filed on Sunday against Kamruzzaman Bachchu, Baufal upazila correspondent for the daily Janakantha. One Julhas filed the case with Patuakhali judicial magistrate.

International

Taliban using human shields to slow US-led offensive

Taliban fighters are increasingly using civilians as human shields in the assault on the southern town of Marjah, an Afghan official said yesterday as military squads resumed painstaking house-to-house searches in the Taliban stronghold.

Pak govt makes U-turn over judge appointment

Pakistan's government was forced into an embarrassing U-turn yesterday, withdrawing the appointments of top judges that sparked a showdown with the Supreme Court and a fresh crisis in the country.

US official holds talks in Syria amid thaw in ties

US State Department official William Burns met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad yesterday a day after Washington named its first ambassador to Damascus in five years in a bid to engage a former foe.

'Haiti quake far more destructive than 2004 tsunami'

The scale of devastation in Haiti is far worse than in Asia after the 2004 tsunami, a study has said, estimating the cost of last month's earthquake at up to 14 billion dollars.

Dalai Lama heads for Obama meet

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama headed yesterday for the United States and a long-awaited meeting with President Barack Obama that has infuriated China.

Khamenei slams Hillary for spreading 'lies'

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday, saying she had spread "lies" against the Islamic republic during a tour of the Gulf.

Mossad in hot seat over Hamas man's murder

The Mossad was in the hot seat yesterday over the murder of a top Hamas man in Dubai, as at least seven Israelis said their identities were stolen by the assassins, widely thought to be agents of the Jewish state's infamous secret service.

Astronauts unveil phenomenal new window on world

In a highly anticipated grand finale to their mission, astronauts opened the shutters on the International Space Station's new observation deck yesterday and were humbled by "absolutely spectacular" views of Earth from inside the elaborate atrium of windows.

BJP leadership meet begins amid tight security

The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national executive met here yesterday amid tight security in the wake of the weekend Pune bombing that killed 11 people.

Pakistan-based group claims Pune bombing

A previously unknown Islamist group that said it had splintered from a larger Pakistan-based outfit has claimed responsibility for a weekend attack in India, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Argentina escalates row with Britain over Falklands

Argentina escalated Tuesday a row with Britain over oil drilling in the Falklands by ordering all ships heading to the disputed islands through its waters to seek permission from Buenos Aires first.

Tutankhamun died from broken leg, malaria

Egypt's most famous pharaoh, King Tutankhamun, was a frail boy who suffered from a cleft palate and club foot. He died of complications from a broken leg exacerbated by malaria and his parents were most likely brother and sister.

Arts & Entertainment

A ‘jatra’ production on Jyoti Basu

Seeking to cash in on the huge popularity of the late Marxist politician Jyoti Basu, a jatra (folk theatre) group here is going to mount a production on him.

“It’s high time the Boi Mela open its doors to international participation” - Anisur Rahman

"I believe that Ekushey Book Fair has become a key and integral part of the cultural identity of Bangladesh. It is one of the biggest secular occasions in Bangladesh. It's not just a fair, it has a historical and traditional value. In the West, as far I know, a book fair usually has a commercial outlook. Ekushey Book Fair has avoided pursuing commercial interests only," says poet, playwright, and essayist Anisur Rahman.

Heard not seen

Along with other programmes, RJ Pampa regularly hosts “Jiboner Jai-gaan” on ABC Radio FM 89.2 every Saturday at 12:30pm. The programme is based on The Daily Star-Standard Chartered “Celebrating Life” contest.

A convention of bauls in Sirajganj

A 'Baul Samabesh' (convention of bauls) was held at Mirpur slum in Sirajganj town on Monday night. The event was held to celebrate the beginning of spring.

Celebrating the season with music and dance

The advent of spring was celebrated recently amidst festivity in Panchagarh.

Cultural programme in Magura

A cultural programme, featuring poetry recitation, music and dance was held at the Pathshala Kindergarten School premises on Tuesday night.

A moment with Shahrukh

As the latest Shahrukh starrer "My Name is Khan" takes the global media by storm, ntv aired a special show "An Exclusive moment with Shahrukh Khan" at 11:40 pm last Tuesday.

Oscars promise big changes for this year’s show

The Academy Awards have been around for 82 years. During that time, the show has given the world hundreds of thank-you speeches, musical numbers and uncomfortable on-camera loser reactions. This year, however, things are shaping up to be quite different.

Leonard Cohen honoured in Songwriters Hall of Fame

Canadian singer Leonard Cohen will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year, it has been announced.

Weeklong book fair in Khagrachhari

Speakers at a discussion were of the view that books play a vital role in removing ignorance, bigotry and vices from the society as well as from the country. Books enlighten the society, they added.

Ekushey February specials on ntv

On the occasion of Ekushey February, ntv will telecast special programmes throughout the day. The programmes include live telecast of 'Ekusher Prabhat Pheri' from the Central Shaheed Minar, special talk shows, feature film and TV plays.

OP-ED

Bloated Dhaka

REMOTE sensing is an important tool for mapping and monitoring environmental issues. Apart from mapping large and inaccessible areas, remotely sensed data are invaluable in detecting changes over a long period of time. This write-up provides an account of urban expansion in Dhaka over the last 48 years.

A rising tide lifts all boats: A myth

DURING these bad economic times, the aphorism "a rising tide lifts all boats" (ARTLAB, for short) has received more than its fair share of public attention in the media and policy circles in the USA. The idea behind this concept is the age-old faith that economic growth and rising GDP benefit all citizens. Believers in ARTLAB contend that the government does not need adapt its policies to help any group or industry specifically, but needs to focus on broader macroeconomic goals and, eventually, when the country is out of recession, there will be jobs for everyone.

Bone in the throat?

THERE are many advocates of early marriage, especially for girls, within the society. Our overall social environment is for early marriage that makes it almost impossible for parents in rural areas to keep their daughters unmarried for long when they have "grown up" in others' eyes. Heads of these parents tend to fall on to the ground whenever they meet their neighbours with questioning eyes upon them. The daughter begins to be felt like a "thorn in the throat" for her parents, as was reminisced by Professor Latifa Akand at the National Adolescents' Convention towards Banning Early Marriage 2010 organised by DAWN (Disadvantaged Adolescents Working NGOs) Forum at Bangladesh Shishu Academy on 6 February 2010 with the presence of hundreds of boys and girls coming from inside and outside Dhaka.

Star Chittagong

Swimming pool at Laldighi Park soon

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) will construct a swimming pool at Laldighi Park dividing the existing pond with a concrete dam.

CVASU strike hampers veterinary treatment

Treatment service at veterinary hospital under the country's lone Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Science University (CVASU) is being hampered due to students' agitation demanding resignation of the vice chancellor for the last two months.

The week that was

Bepza school prize giving ceremony held
The prize giving ceremony of annual sports and cultural competitions of Bepza Public School and College was held on Saturday.



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