News of: Wednesday, 17th of March, 2010
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A huge blast blew off the roof of a CNG refuelling station, leaving four employees, including an engineer, critically injured in Uttara in the capital yesterday.
Bangladesh will seek around $2.2 billion assistance from China for its 12 projects for infrastructure development and setting up of a fertiliser factory during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit.
A businessman and an employee of a bus company were murdered inside its ticketing office at Arambagh in the early hours yesterday while a lawyer of the High Court was killed late Monday night at Dayaganj in the capital.
As many as 310 alleged BDR rebels in an unprecedented move were hauled before a special court of Bangladesh Rifles yesterday.
The first six months of the current fiscal year saw a budgetary surplus of Tk 946 crore, due to low expenditure, increased foreign assistance, and high revenue income.
The BNP-led opposition lawmakers squabbled with Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday for permission to speak on points of order, plunging the House into chaos.
Four out of every five hoardings in the capital are unauthorised, posing threat to public safety in inclement weather, says the Dhaka City Corporation.
Nine foreign investors have shown interest in the government's plan to construct an elevated expressway in the capital, Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain said yesterday.
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved seven development projects involving Tk 13,822 crore that includes a major project to install 10 peaking power plants with total capacity of 830 MW.
The energy ministry has asked the Bureau of Minerals Development to issue licences to three newly-formed local companies for exploration of peat coal in Madaripur.
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government asking for protecting natural Modhupur sal forest in Tangail and settling longstanding disputes over the land and forest rights of indigenous people there.
A suspected criminal was killed and a Rapid Action Battalion official injured in a gunfight with Rab at Sharulia in the capital's Demra area yesterday.
President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and some top ranking ministers will visit Tungipara today to pay homage to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman marking his 90th birth anniversary.
Passengers on all river routes suffered immensely on the first day of an indefinite inland water transport strike yesterday.
At least 10 students were injured in an hour-long clash between two rival groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League at Dhaka College last night.
Abubakar Siddique, the student of Dhaka University who lost his life in a clash between Chhatra League factions at DU last month, secured the highest grade point in his fourth semester examination.
Shifting from a stance for "midterm election", the main opposition party BNP yesterday asked the government to hold a "test case election" in some constituencies to judge their popularity.
Two organisations of indigenous people yesterday rejected the BNP parliamentary committee's observation that the army pullout caused the recent hills violence.
Bangladesh is looking forward to increase its share of Teesta river waters through an interim agreement at a Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) meeting beginning in New Delhi from today.
Police failed to arrest anyone in connection with the hoarding collapse Monday that left two people dead and eight others injured in Gulshan-1 in the capital.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said that the US government is examining whether there are links between Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh and the Pakistan-based militant organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba.
As expected England won the first Test with a huge margin of 181 runs, but the victory didn't come easy thanks to Junaed Siddiqui and Mushfiqur Rahim who gave the visitors a tough time on the final day at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here yesterday.
At least five farmers were injured as police charged baton on them when waiting for opening bank accounts for agricultural input assistance card on Razoir upazila parishad premises of the district yesterday noon.
An economic policy dispute between France and Germany threatens to distract the eurozone as it faces fierce competition from Asian rivals, analysts and German media warned yesterday.
WITH the citizens quietly suffering intake of polluted and stinky Dhaka WASA water at great risk to their health, it remained for a human rights and environmental body called Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh to petition before the High Court for civic justice. Consequently, the HC taking cognizance of the gravity of the public interest issue has issued a couple of directives to the government for getting water supplied in certain specified areas of the city tested by appropriate authorities. Of course, it is for DWASA to supply potable water to the city dwellers but there are certain testing authorities that are supposed to periodically check on the quality of piped water.
THE tragedy resulting from the collapse of a billboard in Gulshan on Monday raises a number of serious and pertinent questions. The incident has left two individuals dead and quite a few others injured. There have been similar incidents in the past as well and what happened after those incidents is that business went on as usual, with no one in authority worried about the need for corrective measures to be taken. Now, where the matter is strictly one of a putting up of billboards, it is clear that no specific rules are being followed and in fact the city corporation has adopted a policy that obviously does not take matters of public safety into account. Billboards are often put up at the most unlikely of places and in such a manner that they can collapse any time. Moreover, the corporation and the firms putting them up simply ignore the dangers that arise from such a cavalier attitude. No technical assessments regarding billboards and hoardings are made. What does become glaring to the eye is that crass commercialization is at work, with DCC only too happy to permit any business firm to publicise itself in any way it likes.
When Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan turned up for the post-match presentation, the small crowd at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium welcomed him by clapping. The performance of the all-rounder in the first Test was nowhere near expectation. Rather his poor decision to field first on a placid track had added some extra burden on the young Bangladesh skipper. The surprise 'retirement' of Rokibul Hasan on the eve of the match didn't help Shakib's cause either. So, it was his team's fighting spirit that went someway in quelling the pressure on Shakib despite the fact that they went down by 181 runs. Also, some decent batting performance from Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad, ton-maker Junaed Siddiqui and none other than Mushfiqur Rahim re-established the claim that 'this young side is improving.'
It was yet another comprehensive Test victory for England against the Tigers when they posted a 181-run win in the first Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday. But without any doubt the success didn't come easy. If someone is still apprehensive about Bangladesh's ability to push their opponents in the five-day game then he or she would be better advised to listen to Alastair Cook's summing up the Tigers performance.
Junaed Siddiqui slammed his maiden hundred and most importantly played an ideal longer-version innings but it was wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim who hogged the spotlight after his back-to-back half-centuries in the first Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
England's famed supporter group of Barmy Army were a constant presence over five days at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong and the group professed themselves satisfied with the result of the first Test as well as the environment in the games.
Bangalore Royal Challengers defeated Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets in an Indian Premier League match on Tuesday.
From the creator of the 'Dil-scoop', here comes his latest creative offering. And this time the canvas has shifted from the cricket field to the big screen. Yes, after electrifying the cricket world with his audacious batting at the top of the order, Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan is now set to dazzle tinsel town.
Runner Group Independence Day Tennis tournament will begin at National Tennis Complex in Ramna on March 29.
Zimbabwe Cricket has confirmed that India and Sri Lanka will tour the country for a ODI tri-series between May 28 and June 9 this year. Each team plays the other twice before the final at the Harare Sports Club. India will stay back for two Twenty20 matches at the same venue on June 12 and 13.
Chennai Super Kings opened their IPL account inflicting a 55-run defeat on Kolkata Knight Riders yesterday, their first defeat of the season.
Bangladesh Football Federation is planning to shift three matches of the Bangladesh League to Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium from Bangabandhu National Stadium following the preparation of Independence Day celebrations at the Big Bowl.
Struggling Muktijoddha Sangsad posted their third victory in the Bangladesh League when they defeated Farashganj 1-0 in their away match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
It wasn't pretty, but it was a win, and for eighth-seeded Jelena Jankovic that was enough Monday, and more than US Open champ Kim Clijsters could manage at the BNP Paribas Open.
The Clarke Distraction. It sounds like the title of a Robert Ludlum thriller, but the Australians want the abridged version. They are keen to skip forward to the final chapter and put behind them the drama and plot twists surrounding their vice-captain's very public break-up with his fiancée Lara Bingle.
The Six Seasons Grandmasters chess tournament got underway yesterday at the Tulip Hall of Uttara Club with ten players including three Grandmasters taking part.
The third death anniversary of national cricketers Manjarul Islam Rana and first-class cricketer Sajjadul Hasan Setu was observed with due solemnity in Khulna yesterday.
Fernando Torres turned on the style to inspire Liverpool to a 4-1 victory over struggling Portsmouth at Anfield on Monday which keeps alive their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League.
Defender Matthieu Chalme says Bor-deaux have emerged unscathed from an indifferent run of form prior to the return leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Olympiakos on Wednesday.
Holders Barcelona hope Ar-gentine sensation Lionel Messi can continue his rich vein of goalscoring form on Wednesday against VfB Stuttgart in the second leg of the last 16 Champions League tie at Camp Nou.
Former England captain David Beckham was in "good spirits" and will be up on crutches Tuesday following surgery to fix a ruptured Achilles tendon, his surgeon told AFP.
Valladolid's Brazilian defender Nivaldo Santana, who appeared to stamp on Ronaldo's shin during a weekend Spanish league match, accused the Portuguese striker of being a "provocative" player on Monday.
Reality TV has helped discover fresh musical talent and now two veteran football stars in Spain plan to use the format in a global search for a new star of the game.
A ten-man Atletico Madrid side beat Osasuna 1-0 at home on Monday thanks to a late goal by Spanish midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado which helps keep their dreams of securing a place in the Champions League alive.
Real Madrid are eyeing Chelsea's left-sided England defender Ashley Cole to boost their back line for next season, a Spanish newspaper said Tuesday.
AC Milan's veteran central defender Alessandro Nesta is expected to be back in action next month after undergoing surgery on his injured right knee on Monday.
Australia and the United States will meet on June 5 in a World Cup 2010 tune-up match in suburban Johannesburg on the weekend before each team plays its opener in the global football showdown.
Corporate tax rate for non-listed companies should be reduced to 32.5 percent from the existing 42.5 percent, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) said yesterday.
Bangladesh's internet users are now allowed to talk through VoIP (voice over internet protocol) technology within the country, as 18 local companies yesterday launched IP (internet protocol) telephony services.
Newly empowered Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) will go for a massive expansion mainly to combat manufacturing and marketing of substandard and spurious medicines across the country.
Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus says social business is the best tool to address social needs and create much-needed employment.
In the revised budget of the current fiscal year, the government may cut overall expenditure by Tk 3,296 crore to Tk 110,523 crore.
A frequent air shipment that costs apparel exporters more now leads to the loss of their competitive edge, the industry leaders have complained.
Dhaka stocks jumped more than 2 percent yesterday, responding positively to a hike in the margin loan ratio.
Microfinance institutions (MFIs) have to ensure vast outreach programmes, financial sustainability and positive impacts on their borrowers to become successful and effective, suggests a study.
Paper merchants yesterday alleged that a group of Karnaphuli Paper Mills (KPM) employees was involved in spoiling factory operations in a deliberate attempt to create scope for private players to grab a market share.
Transcom Beverages Ltd, the franchisee of PepsiCo International, yesterday launched easy-to-carry packs for its soft drinks in Bangladesh.
Eat or be eaten. Welcome to the business world.
Two articles on the above two subjects published in the law section of The Daily Star on January 22 drew my attention as both matters are of great concern to the ICT industry.
British Airways (BA) vowed Monday to keep 60 percent of its customers flying during a looming strike, as Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged a trade union to call off its "deplorable" action.
The company's board of directors has recommended 10 percent stock dividend for the year 2009. The board has also recommended offering rights shares at the ratio of 1 rights share for every 2 shares at an issue price of Tk 150 each (including premium of Tk 50) subject to approval. The company has reported earnings per share of Tk 15.61, net assets value per share of Tk 135.16 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 35.77 as of December 31, 2009. The board has also decided to increase authorised capital from Tk 20 crore to Tk 60 crore subject to approval. The company's extraordinary general meeting and annual general meeting will be held on May 26 (at 10:30am and 11am respectively). The record date is March 30, while the venue would be notified later.
Oil prices fell further in Asian trade Tuesday, pressured by a firm US dollar and ongoing concerns about demand in the United States, the world's top energy user, analysts said.
China said Tuesday it will support domestic steel mills in their thorny iron ore price negotiations with global miners even after the Australian government bluntly told Beijing to stay out of the talks.
Oil company Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Tuesday it will boost production by 11 percent by 2012 from 2009 levels, slightly more than previously forecast, and sell assets and cut more jobs.
The administrator for failed Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers filed plans Monday to end the largest bankruptcy in US history, opening the way for the creation of a new company.
Visiting Chief of Staff of Bangladesh Army Gen Abdul Mubeen called on Defence Minister of India AK Antony at South Block here yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Tuesday requested Thailand to help Bangladesh for setting up food processing industries in the country.
A faction of Habiganj district BNP took out a procession with brooms in the town here yesterday demanded cancellation of the district committee immediately.
Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal, the youth front of BNP, could not hold its scheduled rally in front of the BNP central office at Naya Paltan in the city yesterday due to police interference.
Students of Salimullah Muslim (SM) Hall of Dhaka University ransacked the room of hall provost and set fire to furniture of guest as well as TV rooms yesterday, as their problems, including accommodation crisis, were not solved yet.
The parliamentary standing committee on the water resources ministry has found that the allegations against some of its members of interference in the ministry's activities are baseless.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought assistance from development partners and donor agencies, particularly from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), for economic development of the country.
Jute growers of the country are beset with a flurry of production and marketing-related problems at a time when global demand for the natural fibre is on the rise.
Adequate fire service stations would be set up in the crowded industrial units considering the number of labour force working in the sector, says a press release.
By-election to Bhola-3 constituency is likely to be held on April 24, Election Commissioner Muhammad Sohul Hussein said yesterday.
The students of Baniakhali High School in Dumuria upazila are forced to attend classes under the open sky while police have been using three big classrooms of the institution for six years to run a police camp.
Multigrade learning system is the most effective initiative in non-formal primary education (NFPE), speakers said at a seminar yesterday.
Forum for Planned Chittagong (FPC), an organisation of volunteers, formed a human chain at Fisherighat Ring Road yesterday protesting the move for constructing unplanned market along the Karnaphuli riverbank.
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called on the government to increase taxes on tobacco products by 25 percent to control their use for the development of public health.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday emphasised the importance of involving civil society as well as common people along with the government to fight the climate change challenges.
Two people were arrested in Bagmara upazila yesterday in connection with the murder of Raju Ahmed, son of a jeweller, in Rajshahi city on Monday night.
The situation on Jaintapur border started returning to normalcy yesterday with the villagers of Dibir haor, Ghilatail, Fulbari and Assampara, who fled their houses during the BDR-BSF gunfight on Sunday, coming back home.
A four-day children's festival titled “Sajib Children's Festival” begins at the city's Kalabagan playground today.
Dealers of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) of Rangpur district yesterday staged a protest near BCIC fertiliser depot for what they said supply of date-expired and substandard urea.
Jute cultivation may face a setback in Jhenidah district this year as farmers are purchasing Indian low quality seeds at high prices due to acute crisis of locally produced seeds in the sowing season.
Leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday declared the vice principal of Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) Dr Shahidur Rahman Tarafdar persona non grata on the campus for what they said, sheltering Jamaat-shibir men and blaming BCL leaders for corruption.
Dinajpur Special Tribunal Court yesterday sentenced two militants of Jama'atul Mujahideen of Bangladesh (JMB) each to life term imprisonment and 10 years' jail in a bomb blast and arms case of 2003 in the district.
Democracy is a system of government in which people choose their rulers by voting them to power. Although we have passed thirty-nine years after our independence, still we don't see real democracy. According to Abraham Lincoln, Democracy is a government, of the people, by the people, for the people. We believe this statement is true.
In the last two decades, there has been an alarming deterioration in the cultures within medicine. Prescription of unnecessary and expensive drugs, insistence on irrelevant tests and unnecessary hospitalisation have become common. Costly scanning procedures are used more for extracting money than for diagnostic purposes. It is time doctors restored the glory and nobility of their profession.
I was trying to find the right English translation for the Bengali word “marak”, which pretty much describes sudden and rapid spread of deadly disease in crops or poultry. Anyway according to the “Online Bangla Obhidhan” the English translation of “marak” is “Plague”. Therefore I have chosen this word to describe a recurring phenomenon in the Bangladesh cricket team in recent past. I will call it the “Plague Syndrome”. Whoever is following Bangladesh cricket for the last few years is not supposed to be unfamiliar with what I am trying to say here. As per this “Plague Syndrome” we have been watching a wave of wicket-fall (basically one after another within a very short time) right after the fall of an important and early wicket. Most of the times it can be attributed to carelessness and apparent lack of commitment of the top order batsmen. There is no doubt that the Bangladesh team is full of talents and it will also be pretty harsh to say that the players don't have commitment to their country. However, when it becomes a routine in match after match there must be a problem. Cricket is a game of uncertainty but that doesn't mean that players won't assess the situation and chalk out a strategy and play responsibly. I think the Cricket Board and the players should take this seriously and try hard to find a way to avert this phenomenon again and again. I am not an expert on cricket but I love my country (like millions of other fans) and want my team to get out of this humiliating situation.
It gives me immense pleasure to go every morning through the financial pages of The Daily Star where the trading of shares are printed in detail. Almost every day some write-ups concerning the various issues on share are coming up. Lately, a lot has been written about Grameen Phone shares. Both SEC and DSE are airing their news and views about the share of Grameen Phone and numerous mechanisms are being tried to contain the upward trend of the issue.
Charity is a noble human quality. It makes a man or woman to think for others. It makes a person generous as well.
With utmost dismay we observe once again that the same service extension has been given to a secretary to the government. We fail to understand the reasons behind the preferential decision while a lot of other competent officers are not getting any posting at all. Any extraordinary achievement, any great performance, any distinct contribution, what? Endowment for political tilt?
In July, 2008 a renowned English medium school suddenly changed their curriculum from EDEXCEL system to Cambridge System without discussing their decision with the parents/guardians of the concerned students. The school administration first signed the contract with the University of Cambridge for the GCE O Level then informed the parents/guardians. A few of the renowned English medium schools in Dhaka city have also switched to the Cambridge system but they had trained their teachers through a series of training programmes organised by the CIE prior to switching to the new system. They also discussed the pros and cons of the Cambridge system with the parents/guardians a number of times before taking the final decision. Unfortunately, the school mentioned above did neither. They never sought the opinions of the concerned parents/guardians treating their students as guinea pigs while they threw the innocent students into a new system of which the school authority had no clue. The school administration warned their first batch of students (appearing the CIE GCE O Level in May 2010) that their Mock Test questions and answer scripts would be sent to the UK to be examined by the Cambridge authorities and only the successful candidates would be allowed to appear in the GCE O Level examinations to be held in May 2010. To our utter surprise, we discovered that the questions of every subject of the Mock Test, which commenced in mid February 2010, were exactly the same as those of the GCE O Level Examination held in November 2009. In fact, the school authorities merely "photocopied" the questions downloaded from the Internet. The school authorities didn't even bother to remove the date printed on the footnote of the original examination. Now the students are just memorising the answers of the questions of November, 2009 overnight and spewing them out on the very next day. This has become an absolute mockery.
Name sometime matters, if not always. Especially, while naming important state organisations, no government is expected to go for controversial names, let alone those of the erstwhile military dictators. Again, when the apex court of the country declares the regime of a particular military dictator as illegal, it becomes incumbent upon the government to follow the verdict in letter and spirit.
The BDR mutiny is a dark episode in our history. We mourn the deaths and feel extremely sorry for the bereaved families. The children of the army officers witnessed the gruesome killing of their beloved parents and other dear ones.
Over the last one decade the sufferings of the people of our country are going from bad to worse due to erratic electricity supply and load shedding.
It appears that Turkey is passing through a silent revolution; after the great Kemal Ataturk set the country on the course of development. Centuries earlier the Ottoman Empire contributed to the development of Europe; and now Turkey finds it necessary to turn East, as the EU has now turned into the slow lane.
The exam schedule which has been published by the Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education is not suitable for the candidates. For instance, the routine of the science group can be cited. There is no gap before Biology 2nd Paper (Zoology) exam. The students will come under tremendous pressure.
The government is always busy lambasting the role of the previous government. They are always beating about the bush, instead of accomplishing important tasks. We are about to finish our gas resources.
In Bangladeshi political arena cheap propaganda, cheap controversy and exchange of cheap diatribes are very much common. People here not only enjoy such debates, they create tempest in the tea pot. The on-going debates could be heard and feuds could be seen between the two groups everywhere, at least for some time, as and when such interesting issues run in the field. The new interesting subject is Tarique vs. Joy. Everyone knows who are they. Both of them are our future leaders and they are being groomed to be our loving and people friendly leaders in future.
One of our respectable senior graduates, Krishibid Rafiqul Islam Chowdhury, Chief Instructor, ATI, Dhaka recently put forward a proposal to name the road linking College Gate on Mirpur road to Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) as “Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Avenue”.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the LGRD ministry expressed great dissatisfaction regarding service to consumers of water. As a consumer, I am sorry to point out that Wasa compels the consumers to practice unfair means relating to Wasa bill payment. The revenue inspector is the sole authority to dictate Wasa bill tariff since domestic consumers are to pay Tk. 141 for one cubic meter of water against Tk 461 for the same one cubic meter of water for commercial consumers. Wasa supplies water through one water meter to a building whatever may be the number of consumers of different categories. The consumers are unaware of their individual consumption while the rates are too high comparatively for commercial consumers. When the government is determined to curb corruption, the LGRD ministry may devise some means so that consumers are not victimised in any manner. Further, self billing like Titas gas may be practised.
Very recently, yet another innocent life was taken away by road accident in Dhaka city. The incident is even more tragic as it occurred right in front of the deceased Hamim Sheikh's School. But we are stunned to see the indifference of the guardians of the students of the same school to the risks posed by violation of traffic rules.
Even in the late seventies, houses in many places of capital Dhaka were mostly made of CI sheet, wood and thatches, seldom brick constructed buildings were viewed other than office buildings.
We are really worried with the current political developments. Parliament is dysfunctional. The nation is being insulted deliberately. The language movement, war of liberation etc are facing open disrespect and challenge from a major political party. The Jamaat is coming out victorious in the mêlée.
Sri Lanka's former army chief, now a sworn political enemy of President Mahinda Rajapakse, faced a military court yesterday on controversial charges that could see him jailed for up to five years.
A day after Pakistan's Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif pleaded with the Taliban to exempt the region from violence, the banned terror outfit has proposed a deal with the government, saying the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) would not carry out attacks if there is no action against it in Punjab.
India has not abandoned the 'path of dialogue' but possesses the capacity 'to deal effectively with those that pursue destructive agendas' against the country, India's Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said in a major address here Monday.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati yesterday faced fresh wrath in Indian parliament as Samajwadi Party and Congress demanded a probe into the multi-crore currency garland presented to her at a rally of her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Lucknow on Monday.
The Afghan government was holding secret talks with the Taliban's No 2 when he was captured in Pakistan, and the arrest infuriated President Hamid Karzai, according to one of Karzai's advisers.
Two civilians and a policeman were killed and eight other people wounded Tuesday when suspected militants attacked police patrols at two major markets in Indian Kashmir.
A US missile strike and clashes between extremist gunmen and tribesmen killed at least 20 militants yesterday in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, officials said.
Taking his animosity with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif a step further, former President General Pervez Musharraf has described him as a 'closet Taliban.'
The Middle East diplomatic quartet on Friday issued a rare condemnation of Israel for its plans to build new settler homes, warning that unilateral actions would not be recognized by the world community.
China showed no sign yesterday of throwing its support behind new sanctions against Iran following talks with Britain's foreign minister, who had hoped to persuade Beijing to join a growing international consensus for more stringent measures.
Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with police in mainly Arab east Jerusalem yesterday amid heightened tensions in the Holy City where Israel vowed to expand Jewish settlements.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Russia Thursday for crucial talks on clinching a new nuclear disarmament treaty between the Cold War foes.
A British soldier left blind by a grenade in Iraq has told how his life has been transformed by groundbreaking technology that enables him to "see" with his tongue.
Arts & Entertainment
To promote emerging theatre activists, Prachyanat has organised a four daylong theatre festival, titled "Mahola Magan". The festival opened on March 15 at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
"Anubhober Antonirey" or "Deep Inside" is the first duet exhibition of sisters by Fahmida Jasmine Camellia and Fatema Jasmine Urmi. The exhibition -- at Drik Gallery -- was inaugurated on March 15. Professor A.A.M.S Arefin Siddique (Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University), eminent artists Biron Shome and Sheikh Afzal were present at the inauguration.
He could have spent the rest of his life in darkness. Losing his eyesight at the age of two due to a botched operation for a tumour near his eye and his parents the same year, life might have been one endless night for Subhash Dey. Instead, tended by his two elder sisters, he went on to complete his studies and pursue his passion for theatre. Today he is a talented theatre professional and an integral member of the Kolkata-based Anyadesh Group Theatre of the Sightless.
The second instalment of the talent hunt for reciters, "Cute-Channel i Abritti Chhandey Anandey" begins nationwide from March 19. This year the programme will be held more elaborately.
A unique gold coin celebrating the assassination of Julius Caesar, which may have been worn as a boastful talisman by one of the emperor's killers, went on display at the British Museum on March 15 -- the Ides of March, marking the 2,054th anniversary of his death.
YOU could keep talking about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. And you would do that because of the fundamental human qualities that defined his being. He inhabits our consciousness in all his largeness of form and substance, and not just in the figurative sense. Tall for a Bengali, he gave us all to understand that in him subsisted all those traits which underline the making of a political giant. His height mattered. So did his convictions. He was larger than life, in every sense of the meaning.
IT is astonishing how Israel takes America for granted! Last week, as Vice-President Joe Biden was visiting Israel to jump-start the so-called "peace process," which in reality is a code phrase for all process and no peace, the Israeli interior minister blindsided him by announcing the construction of 1,600 new houses on Palestinian lands in East Jerusalem.
I'M happy about what's been happening in the Bangladesh Parliament over the last two weeks. Not ecstatic. Happy. This is why; politicians shouting obscenities at each other in parliament is far superior to them shooting at each other on the streets.
IT is rather sad when a community or a nation becomes degenerated and reaches a stage where people do not feel shame or embarrassment for having accumulated dirty wealth. The point of no return is reached when society accommodates the corrupt and wealthy, and people feel proud to be related to, or friends of, those who are visibly corrupt, and even feel elevated if they are only acquainted with them.
ON March 10, The Daily Star's Op-Ed page article, "A new face," caught my attention. The article discussed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's decision to enroll her only son Joy as a primary member of the ruling Awami League in Rangpur. The second line of the article posed the question: "But was this in any way a surprise to anyone?" Be that as it may, my question is: Why not? This young man comes from a legacy of political leaders and his grandfather Bangabandhu is the founder of our nation. Who better than him, if he has the charisma paired with intelligence and a desire to move the country along to a modern era?