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News of: Tuesday, 23rd of March, 2010

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DCC asked to remove illegal billboards

The High Court yesterday directed Dhaka City Corporation to start immediate removal of all unauthorised hoardings in the capital.

PM stops 'wasteful' power pole purchase, installation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the authorities concerned to cancel all procurement and installation of electricity poles under the Rural Electrification Board, terming it wasteful and misleading.

Tribunal, prosecution, probe agency finalised

The government high-ups yesterday finalised formation of the tribunal, prosecution and investigation agency to hold the much-awaited trial of war criminals of 1971.

High-ups' perks set to rise

The government yesterday placed six bills in parliament seeking to increase salaries and allowances of the prime minister, ministers, the speaker and the deputy speaker, lawmakers and judges of the Supreme Court to keep those consistent with the pay hike of civil servants.

Recipe for disaster

Many bus drivers in the city drive recklessly for a decent living, which is otherwise hard to earn under the existing pay systems in public transport, say persons involved in the sector.

Why DST failed?

When the daylight savings time (DST) was introduced in June last year, many people were critical about its impact because it changed their lifestyle.

China keen to help build deep-sea port

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said yesterday China is very much willing to establish direct rail link between Dhaka and Kunming, and help build a deep-sea port at Sonadia island for boosting trade and investment.

SP asked again to explain OC's failure to report

A Dhaka court yesterday, for the second time, asked Brahmanbaria Superintendent of Police (SP) to explain by April 25 why Sadar police station's officer-in-charge (OC) did not submit any report on execution of arrest warrants against three absconding officials of Rid Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

BNP for army deployment

The BNP asked the Election Commission yesterday to deploy army personnel to Bhola-3 parliamentary constituency for the April 24 by-election.

Bashar calls it quits

Bangladesh's most successful captain Habibul Bashar on Monday announced that he was retiring from all cricket.

Cops close photo show on 'crossfire'

Police yesterday closed a photography exhibition on extra-judicial killings around an hour before it was scheduled to start at Drik Gallery in the city's Dhanmondi.

RanksTel chief, 8 others get HC bail

The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for three months to RanksTel Chairman A Rouf Chowdhury and eight others in a case alleging their involvement in illegal VoIP (voice over internet protocol) business.

Cabinet scraps DST for 'public sufferings'

The cabinet yesterday cancelled its earlier decision to reintroduce daylight saving time from April 1, considering its repercussion on people.

AL leader held for selling OMS rice in black market

Police yesterday arrested an Awami League leader in connection with selling OMS rice on black market at Baikali bazar under Khalishpur Police Station of Khulna.

Conservation of 4 canals starts in Apr

Water Supply and Sewerage Authority will start the conservation work of four canals in and around Dhaka city next month.

Farroque asked to surrender

The High Court yesterday directed opposition chief whip Zainul Abdin Farroque to surrender before the trial courts concerned within eight weeks in connection with six separate defamation cases filed against him.

BTRC to switch on legal links

Bangladesh Telecommunica-tion Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is set to switch on private landline operators, which were suspended for their alleged illegal VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) business.

CID gets two more months to probe

A Chittagong court yesterday granted Criminal Investigation Department two more months for further investigation into the sensational Chittagong arms haul case.

Mohila Dal committees announced

Former lawmaker Noor-e-Ara Safa has been made the president of Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal while Shirin Sultana, also a former lawmaker, its general secretary.

3 of a family poisoned to death in Bagerhat

Three people of a family died yesterday after taking sweets mixed with poison at Bolpur of Morelganj upazila in Bagerhat early yesterday.

Nizami calls journalists 'ignorant'

Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday alleged that Islamist militancy in the country is being sponsored by Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), and Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.

Editorial

Dhaka's severe water problem

AT a time when we observed the World Water Day, ironically a large section of the city dwellers has been undergoing tremendous suffering due to lack of water. Everyday greater number of people of the city is being affected by shortage of potable water. And it seems that Dhaka WASA is capable of doing very little to end the misery. The situation has been worsened by the hot and murky weather.

OMS in Khulna

Areport published in this newspaper yesterday says that 25 out of 31 dealers appointed for open market sale of rice in Khulna city belong to the ruling party. The point is relevant, because genuine rice traders have been overlooked as political connection seems to have been the criterion for appointing the dealers.

Sports

Men in white leave Tigers fuming

The pitch remained placid for the batsmen also on the third day and Ian Bell made full use of it by hitting a well-composed hundred to give England a slim 21-run first innings lead at stumps yesterday.

Bell tolls loudly

England took a narrow lead over Bangladesh at the end of third day's play of the second Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday, courtesy of a dogged hundred from Ian Bell and half-centuries from Matthew Prior and Tim Bresnan.

Frustration gets the better of Shakib

It was not an easy task for Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan to keep his patience after some crucial umpiring decisions went against them on the third day of the second and final Test against England yesterday. The young skipper's frustration however boiled over at the press conference as he threw diplomacy out of the door and came down as hard as he could while slating the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on their failure to pay for the use of the Umpire Review Decision System.

Umpires for the Empire?

For any Bangladeshi supporter, watching the current Bangladesh-England Test series must be a frustrating experience. The Bangladeshis have played well better than most would have expected but the umpiring has gone so heavily against them that a contest in which one side was already struggling to acquire a semblance of balance has become completely lopsided. That they have competed in spite of the poor umpiring is a great credit to the home side.

Mirpur Masala

The Mirpur Test has so far been a very sparsely attended affair as far as crowd turnout is concerned. The crowd was even thinner than the day before, probably less than three thousand. The oppressive heat didn't show any signs of abating and also the fact that the hosts didn't get to bat on the day might have prompted some to stay at the comfort of their homes and watch the game on TV. Those few that did turn out braving the scorching heat were either school children coming for a peek at their heroes or the unmistakable diehard England fans called the Barmy Army.

Magical Messi

Lionel Messi hit a second successive La Liga hattrick, and his eighth goal in a week, as the magical Argentine inspired Barcelona to a 4-2 win at Real Zaragoza on Sunday.

Diouf denies Chelsea

El-Hadji Diouf delivered a significant blow to Chelsea's title challenge as the Blackburn striker scored his first goal this year to salvage a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park on Sunday.

Milan waste chance

AC Milan squandered the chance to leapfrog Inter and go top of Serie A after a 1-1 with Napoli on Sunday, while Antonio Cassano's 35-yard stunner gave Sampdoria victory over a sorry Juventus.

Bordeaux regain lead

Champions League quarterfinalists Bordeaux hit back from a goal down to beat 10-man Lille 3-1 on Sunday and re-establish their lead at the top of the French first division table.

Schalke held in Hamburg

Schalke spurned the chance to go top of the Bundesliga after being held to a 2-2 draw at Hamburg on Sunday, leaving Bayern Munich top of the pile despite their defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt.

FA probing Kirkland attack

Football Association (FA) officials are looking into an incident that saw Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland struck by a missile from the crowd during a Premier League match on Saturday.

Zola's crucial two games

Gianfranco Zola has two games left to prove he is the right man to manage West Ham with crucial games coming up against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City.

Verbeek to step down after WC

Australia's coach Pim Verbeek on Monday said he would step down following this year's World Cup, after steering the team to the tournament in South Africa and their highest ever FIFA ranking.

Ridon ravages Shuktara

Striker Akbar Hossain Ridon became the first person to score four goals in the Bangladesh League this season, as Chittagong Mohammedan thumped visitors Shuktara Jubo Sangsad 5-1 in their home match at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.

McCullum's rescue act

Brendon McCullum changed his tactics to produce a superb team innings that allowed New Zealand to take their battle with Australia into a fifth day. Standing up to a fierce wind gusting up to 120kph, McCullum smothered his attack-first mentality and overcame a distracted Australian side to finish unbeaten on 94 on the fourth day of the first Test in Wellington yesterday.

Saptarshi becomes a Grand Master

Indian IM Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury achieved his third and final norm of Grandmaster when the lad from Kolkata emerged unbeaten champion in the Six Season Chess Tournament at the Tulip Hall of Uttara Club here yesterday.

BFF distances itself with concert

Following advertisements of holding a concert at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in different newspapers and radio and television channels, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday claimed that it had not given any approval to hold the concert.

City Club want to play pro league

The City Club has shown their interest in playing the second-tier professional football league as it expressed its desire to the Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday, two days after the deadline for submitting application.

Sachin seals easy win

Sachin Tendulkar hit a sublime unbeaten 71 as Mumbai Indians cruised to a seven-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai yesterday.

Jankovic clinches title

Former world number one Jelena Jankovic jump-started her 2010 season Sunday with a straight-sets victory over Caroline Wozniacki for the Indian Wells WTA title.

Swimming to hunt talents

Bangladesh Swimming Federation (BSF) is going to hold a talent hunt programme across the country as an Australian sports organisation has come forward to contribute Tk 10 lakh recently to conduct the programme.

Four in the lead

Four players were sharing the lead in the Prime Bank 30th National Sub-Junior Chess Championship at close of third round at the Sankar Gobinda Chowdhury Stadium in Natore yesterday.

Ljubicic lifts Indian Wells title

Ivan Ljubicic beat American Andy Roddick 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5) Sunday to win the Indian Wells men's title, the first elite Masters 1000 triumph of the Croatian veteran's career.

Business

Facelift for farming

Machines are taking over farming in Bangladesh -- slowly but surely -- a major shift in centuries-old manual cultivation.

1,800 products may be taken off PSI system

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is set to propose withdrawal of a mandatory pre-shipment inspection (PSI) system for nearly 1,800 products, as part of a plan to phase it out from the next fiscal year.

BB irked by unpaid inter-bank transaction bills

The central bank is concerned over commercial banks' reluctance to pay $161 million in due bills in inter-bank transactions for both domestic and foreign trade.

After health care Obama allies target bank reform

Fresh from the landmark victory passing health care reform, President Barack Obama's administration set its sights Monday on sweeping reforms of Wall Street's "too-big-to-fail" banks.

EU presidency wants Greek aid decision at summit

The Spanish presidency of the European Union said on Monday it would push the bloc to agree on financial aid for Greece at a summit this week, despite reservations from EU powerhouse Germany.

Banks not strong enough to fund mega projects

Bangladesh's banks are yet to be strong enough to finance big infrastructure projects, said a top banker yesterday.

1.8 lakh new taxpayers last year: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday nearly 1.8 lakh new income taxpayers were registered last year.

SME sector seeks reduced duty on raw materials import

Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Foundation is set to finalise a series of budget proposals, including reduced duty on raw materials import.

Stocks end up despite volatility

Dhaka stocks rose amid volatility in prices -- especially of telecom shares.

Trust Bank stands beside freedom fighters

The Trust Bank has given lifetime allowances to the families of 34 martyred and war-wounded freedom fighters of Sherpur, as part of the bank's corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Paradox of the taka

As markets around the world are observing recovery or apparent signs of recovery, currencies in the emerging markets, particularly on the Asian side, are going through sharp appreciation.

Cult Pakistan website fires classic cars passion

In a country beset by Islamist militants and bombings, with a capital likened to a "living graveyard", a cult website has fired Pakistani passion for classic cars and the freedom of the open road.

Health care reform spells shakeup for US industry

Despite vehement health care industry opposition to President Barack Obama's sweeping reforms, experts say it could be a boon for the sector, which makes up a sixth of the US economy.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

SUMMIT ALLIANCE PORT
The company's board of directors has recommended 20 percent cash dividend and 10 percent stock dividend (1 share for every 10 shares) for 2009. The company's annual general meeting will be held on April 28 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka. The record date is April 4. The company has also reported earnings per share of Tk 40.31, net assets value per share of Tk 339 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 23 as of December 31, 2009.

Oil below $80

Oil prices dipped under 80 dollars on Monday, extending last week's losses as traders adjusted for a strengthening US currency and a surprise Indian interest rate hike.

India's Tata Motors invests in Myanmar

India's largest vehicle maker Tata Motors said on Monday it signed a contract with Myanmar Automobile and Diesel Industries to set up a heavy truck plant in the military-ruled country.

IMF calls for more Asian infrastructure, social spending

Asia's developing economies must invest more in infrastructure and social welfare to promote long-term growth in a region where millions fell back into poverty during the global economic crisis, an IMF official said Monday.

Shell, PetroChina on target for Australia's Arrow

Shell and PetroChina looked set to gain an important presence in Australia's nascent coal seam gas industry on Monday as Arrow Energy recommended an increased 3.15 billion US dollar takeover offer.

PepsiCo reaffirms long-term earnings forecasts

PepsiCo Inc. maintained its forecast for long-term earnings growth as it looks to increase overseas revenue.

Metropolitan

Dowry leads to poverty, violence against women

Dowry, a widely practised social malaise, forces many families deeper into poverty and it is one of the main reasons behind violence against women, speakers at a national workshop said yesterday.

Garment workers block road

Several thousand garment workers staged a demonstration and put up a barricade near the Nabisco Biscuit Factory at Tejgaon in the city to press home their demand, causing a massive gridlock on Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway yesterday morning.

New code of conduct to be enforced in UP elections

Newly formulated code of conduct for election candidates will be enforced in the upcoming Union Parishad elections, Election Commissioner M Shakhawat Hossain said yesterday.

'Ensure safe water'

The World Water Day was observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe yesterday with a call for ensuring pure drinking water for a healthy nation.

Cargo aircraft catches fire at Shahjalal Airport

A freighter of Sky Capital Airlines made an emergency landing at Hazrat Shahjalal (R) International Airport yesterday as one of its engines caught fire.

Reform in JCD bodies soon

Opposition party BNP is taking initiatives to incorporate the outgoing district unit leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) to the party and its front organisations aiming to encourage young leadership in mainstream politics.

'Boycott war criminals everywhere'

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday urged the countrymen to boycott war criminals at all social gatherings and resist them everywhere in the country - from village market to the capital.

Arsenic puts food security at stake, say experts

Food security is at stake due to the growing threat of arsenic contamination of groundwater and the possible entry of arsenic into food chain, which is posing health hazards, experts said yesterday.

Judicial probe into Sajek clash demanded

Representatives of five organisations of Chittagong hill tracts submitted a memorandum to the prime minister yesterday demanding judicial investigation into the recent clash between the indigenous people and Bangalee settlers at Sajek in Rangamati.

Agreement with JICA tomorrow

A loan agreement would be signed between the governments of Bangladesh and Japan tomorrow for construction of the first phase of the Chittagong City Outer Ring Road at a cost of Tk 1251.31 crore.

Complete probe by April 25

A Dhaka court yesterday again directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to complete the reinvestigation by April 25 into the attack on late Prof Humayun Azad on February 27, 2004.

Dr Mostafiz, not Salam Azad, made deputy high commissioner

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday dismissed press reports regarding the appointment of 'controversial' writer Salam Azad as the deputy high commissioner in Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata.

Rajshahi Jamaat chief's bail prayer rejected

The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected a petition filed by detained Rajshahi City Jamaat-e Islami Ameer Ataur Rahman seeking bail in Rajshahi University (RU) student Faruk murder case.

Hotel boy shot

Unidentified criminals sprayed bullets on the counter of a residential hotel at Mohakhali in the city yesterday, leaving a hotel boy injured.

15 hurt in clash over fishing

At least 15 people, including three women, were injured as two rival groups clashed over catching fish at a disputed water body of Damalkut at Kafrul in the city yesterday.

BCL men burn Nizami's effigy

Leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of ruling Awami League, burnt an effigy of Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami on Dhaka University campus yesterday for his crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Bangladeshi students display skills on stage

Students from Bangladesh and Algeria along with partners from the UK began an innovative performance project in London yesterday that aims to build greater trust and understanding between different countries, says a press release.

REB-KOICA partnership for renewable energy

Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (REB) signed a record of discussion with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on March 18 to implement a project titled 'Solar-Powered Irrigation Pump and Solar Home System', says a press release.

RU elections Apr 12

The elections for Rajshahi University's syndicate, dean, academic council, finance committee and planning and development committee will be held from 8:00am to 2:00pm at Juberi Bhaban on April 12.

Broadcast Reporters of Bangladesh executives

Zahirul Alam (NTV) and Zulfikar Ali (NTV) have been made convener and member secretary of the new 35-member convener committee of Broadcast Reporters of Bangladesh (BRB), a newborn platform of television and radio reporters.

Prof Monirul passes away

Prof Monirul Haque, vice chancellor of Darul Ihsan University and former chairman of the geology department at Dhaka University, died at LabAid Hospital at the age of 70 yesterday morning.

Meteorological Day today

World Meteorological Day will be observed today.

National

PCJSS demands traditional land right of hill people

Leaders of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) yesterday called upon the government to ensure traditional land right of the indigenous people, empower their traditional leaders and review the Land Commission Act, 2001.

GK project starts water supply for irrigation

GK (Ganges-Kobadak) project yesterday started supplying irrigation water for Irri-Boro cultivation in Kushtia, Faridpur, Jhenidah, Magura and Chuadanga districts.

Criminals torch betel leaf garden

Criminals torched betel leaves on four bighas at village Khalishkhali in Tala upazila in broad daylight yesterday.

27 houses, 8 shops gutted in Ctg

Twenty-seven houses, eight shops and assets worth around Tk 30 lakh were reduced to ashes in two separate incidents of fire in the port city and Mirersarai upazila in Chittagong early yesterday.

BAU teachers to stay out of duty today

The teachers of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) yesterday decided to abstain from taking classes and examinations today demanding arrest of the culprits involved in recent attack on BAU teacher and staff.

Warrant for arrest of Ilyas Ali, wife

A court in Sylhet yesterday issued arrest warrant against former BNP lawmaker M Ilyas Ali and his wife Tahsina Rushdi in a case for ill-gotten wealth filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission two and half years ago.

Murder of Sylhet college teacher sparks protests

Teachers, students and cross-sections of people took to the streets in Sylhet city yesterday demanding immediate arrest of the killers of Sylhet Government Women's College teacher.

Two children drown

Two children drowned in a pond at village Khajanagr in Mirpur upazila in the district on Sunday. They are Sayem Ali, 5 son of Jamal Uddin and Nazmul Hossain, 6, son of Sultan Ali of the village. According to family sources, Sayem and Nazmul were playing by a pond near their house at about 5:30 pm. After a while they were not seen at the place. Their family members looked for them around the spot but failed to find them. Finally, they searched the pond and recovered the bodies of the children from it at about 7:30 pm.

3 Jamaat men remanded

Three Jamaat leaders arrested Sunday night in connection with the February 9 Rajshahi University violence, were taken on a three-day police remand yesterday. Jamaat leader and Poba upazila chairman Mokbul Hossain, city Jamaat publicity secretary Imaj Uddin Mondol and Jamaat leader Ahsan Habib were accused in a police assault case. Police sought 10 days' remand as they were produced before the court of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in the afternoon. However, magistrate Amirul Islam granted three days' remand. Police on Sunday night arrested the three during a raid on Jamaat office in the city's Hatimkhan area.

Ex-UP member murdered

A former union parishad (UP) member was chopped to death at Radhanagar village in Jhenidah Sadar upazila early yesterday. Police said the body of Abdus Samad,65, former member of Saganna Union Parishad of Sadar upazila, was recovered from a banana orchard. Police said two unknown men called Samad out of his residence at about 2:00am and killed him sometime at night. Police also said that Samad might have been killed following past enmity. Samad's son Imran Hossain was killed by outlaws five years ago, police said.

15 injured in clash

Fifteen people, including three women and a police official, were injured in a clash between two groups of people at Kawrakandi ferry ghat in Shibchar upazila on Sunday afternoon. Witnesses said the supporters of two sea boat drivers Delwar and Joynal locked into an altercation over taking serial of their vehicles at about 1:00pm. At one stage, two groups equipped with lethal weapons attacked each others, leaving 15 people injured from the both sides. Police sergeant Asad, who went to pacify the feuding groups, was injured during the clash. Nine of the injured were admitted to upazila health complex while six others sent to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in critical condition.

International

Karzai holds talks with key militant group

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has met a delegation from the country's second-biggest militant group, his spokesman confirmed to AFP yesterday.

Thai protesters vow to 'shut down' Bangkok

Thailand's red-shirted protesters vowed to "shut down" the capital Bangkok with a new anti-government rally this Saturday aimed at forcing fresh elections.

Gunmen kill Pakistani college principal

Gunmen yesterday assassinated a renowned Pakistani educationist in Baluchistan while eight militants were killed in US missile strikes from drone in North Waziristan.

Kayani's key role in strategic talks with US shows who calls the shots in Pakistan

While Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is leading the Pakistani delegation for the Pak-US strategic talks beginning on Wednesday, it is Pak Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani who is actually in-charge of running the show.

Musharraf plans meeting in UAE to make possible political comeback

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, who resigned under the threat of impeachment in 2008, is reportedly considering a political comeback and plans to meet counterparts and supporters in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to discuss his political future.

Constitutional reforms to be tabled in Pak Parliament

A significant legislation to transfer sweeping powers to appoint three service chiefs from President to the Prime Minister will be tabled this week in Pakistan's Parliament as part of a major constitutional reforms package.

Clarify stand on Modi

A division bench of the Gujarat High Court yesterday directed the Nanavati-Mehta commission probing the 2002 communal riots to clarify by April 1 whether its decision not to summon Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others was tentative or final.

'US happy with progress on N-deal with India'

Declining to comment on reports of a possible US-Pakistan nuclear deal, US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer yesterday said his country was happy with the progress on the civil nuclear deal with India.

Advani blogs against Kashmir's autonomy

Opposing autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir and restoration of the pre-1953 status to the troubled state, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani has said the party won't allow the constitutional clock to be turned back and vowed to get Article 370 completely abrogated.

US Congress passes health overhaul

The US Congress narrowly passed an historic health overhaul, taking the United States closer to universal medical care and handing Barack Obama the biggest triumph of his presidency.

Settlements in E Jerusalem hurt talks, says Hillary

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday that building Israeli settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank undermined mutual trust, the peace talks and the US mediating role.

EU slams Israel over settlement building

EU foreign ministers yesterday called for a total freeze on Jewish settlement building in the Palestinian territories, as Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman visited Brussels.

Sarkozy to rejig govt after polls defeat

French President Nicolas Sarkozy moved to shake up his government on Monday after a humiliating defeat in regional elections put pressure on him to recast his reform drive.

Thousands march to press for US immigration reform

Tens of thousands of people marched outside the White House Sunday to press Congress to move on a long-delayed immigration reform, which President Barack Obama told the protesters "won't happen overnight."

Iran detains grandson of powerful cleric

An Iranian news agency says authorities detained the grandson of influential former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

British ruling party hit by lobbying claims as vote looms

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour Party was at the centre of lobbying allegations Sunday just weeks before an election, after some of its lawmakers were caught in an undercover sting.

Two novel ways to kill TB

Scientists have discovered two novel ways of killing the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB).

Galaxy in early Universe went through 'teenage growth spurt'

Reports indicate that an international team of scientists has found a massive galaxy in the early Universe creating stars like our sun up to 100 times faster than the modern-day Milky Way, which they have described as "a teenager going through a growth spurt".

Gujarat declared most polluted state in India

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has declared Gujarat as the most polluted State in the country.

Four Europeans on shortlist for simulated Mars mission

Four Europeans vying to become guinea pigs for a 500-day simulated mission to Mars said Monday they were proud to be putting their young lives on hold for the sake of scientific advancement.

Arts & Entertainment

Weeklong theatre festival in Sylhet

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Kothakoli, Sylhet organised a weeklong drama festival at the city's M Saifur Rahman Auditorium last Friday. Theatre organisations from different districts have joined the festival with their plays.

Exhibition of traditional boats begins today

A month-long exhibition featuring traditional boats of Bangladesh begins today at the National Museum, Shahbagh, says a press release. In association with AB Bank, Friendship is organising the exhibition titled "Traditional Boats of Bangladesh".

“LUMIX Click to Fame”: First reality show on photography

Panasonic has recently launched the first reality TV show, “LUMIX Click to Fame”. This is the first photography based reality show in the subcontinent, according to a press release.

Aurthoheen’s Sumon on “Raat Biratey” tonight

Anchored by Maznun Mizan, the TV show "Raat Biratey" will be aired tonight at 11:25 pm. Vocalist-musician Sumon (of the band Aurthoheen), widely known as "Bass-Baba", is tonight's featured guest on the show.

Actress Sweety on her metamorphosis to TV show host

Actress Sweety has been making waves as the host of the celebrity talk show “Eki Brinte” on Desh TV on Thursdays at 8.30 pm. She recently spoke to The Daily Star about her experiences regarding the programme and on loads of other subjects.

Antonio Banderas in global poverty fight

Actor Antonio Banderas has been appointed a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations Development Programme.

Rabiraag anniversary

Rabiraag, and organisation of Tagore artistes, celebrates its 24th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, Rabiraag arranged a two-day programme at the Shishu Academy Auditorium, which ended yesterday. Titled “Dui Parer Kanakani”, the programme was inaugurated by noted Indian singer Dwijen Mukhopadhyay. The event was presided over by Amina Ahmed. Cultural personalities Mustafa Nurul Islam and Kazi Shahed Ahmed graced the occasion as guests. On the first day, members of the organisation rendered several songs including “Mor Shondhyay Tumi” and “Shatya Mangal Premmoy Tumi”. Noted Tagore singer Sadi Mohammad founded the organisation in 1987.

Schemes and scams: Shyam Benegal’s “Well Done Abba”

Shyam Benegal is one of the few acclaimed film directors who have had the rare opportunity of getting a ringside view of politics as well as a first-hand knowledge of the condition of the oppressed sections of society springing from politics.

OP-ED

Dhaka must not be a loser

DHAKA is my city; my love. Nearly fifty years back I came to this city as a young boy and lived here since then. I grew with the expanding Dhaka and vice versa. As students we found it reasonably clean and livable with a touch of intimacy almost everywhere. It had a vibrant cultural life. Streets were safe. Life and property were safe by any city standard. The population was manageable; there was no traffic jam, no stampeding on the footpath. Encroachment on roads, canals or rivers was negligible. There were fields, commons and sprawling space.

E-tendering

AT a time when the world is advancing fast by dint of technology, Bangladesh cannot stay behind and, therefore, the government has laid thrust on easy and quick delivery of public services.

Rift between America and Israel?

Ahue and cry was raised by some Congressmen, Jewish lobbyists and some media over the strained relations between America and Israel when Israel announced construction of 1,600 Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem, a traditionally Arab section. The announcement coincided with the arrival of US Vice-President Joe Biden to hold talks with Israeli and Palestinian authorities with the purpose of reviving the stalled peace process to establish two states.

What were the parents thinking?

Abattle has broken out. The government of China has made a list of about 8,000 allowable names for babies. All others are forbidden. A Beijing woman called Ma Cheng, whose name is not listed, has been asked to change her name, the New York Times just reported.



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