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News of: Friday, 9th of April, 2010

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Murder too over tender

A Bangladesh Chhatra League activist was killed and 20 people were injured yesterday in factional clashes among ruling party men over dropping bid documents in Panchagarh and Dinajpur.

PM okays 600MW urgent rental power

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday approved a power ministry proposal for urgent installation of power plants with a total production capacity of 500 to 600 megawatt by July-August on the basis of unsolicited negotiation with international rental power companies having wide ranging experiences, said a highly placed source in the ministry.

Police not yet finding violent stalker, proof

Before she died of severe burn injuries, the girl on her deathbed said her stalker had doused her with kerosene and set her on fire.

Rental plant starts 17 months after time

After 17 months of delay, local company Precision Energy Limited (PEL) at last began commercial power generation from its 55-megawatt gas fired rental power plant at Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria yesterday.

Toxic ships to sail in smoothly

Bypassing the court's clear directives to ensure import of toxin-free ships, the government yesterday altered an import policy order, which will help ship-breakers import toxic ships.

BCL goes berserk

Rajshahi University unit Chhatra League cadres on Wednesday night beat up its proctor and his two assistants, a hall provost and two house tutors while police raided Shaheed Samsuzzoha Hall.

Take action against 2 former pro-VCs

A parliamentary committee yesterday suggested taking legal actions against two former pro-VCs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and other top officials finding their involvement in corruption and irregularities.

Lashkar organiser captured

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a Pakistani national in the capital suspecting him to be an organiser in Bangladesh of Pakistan-based outlawed outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Women must not be forced to wear veils

The High Court yesterday in a ruling said none can force women, working at public and private educational institutions, to wear veils or cover their heads against their wills.

Obama to show Bangladesh as model of food security

The US President Barrack Obama has selected Bangladesh as a model for food security and will present it in the next G-8 summit.

Markets to be shut at 7pm

All shopping malls and markets in the capital will now be kept shut at 7:00pm every day until further order to tackle the present power crisis.

Water crisis cripples life

Persistent water crisis accompanied by random power outage has put the citizens of the capital into a real-life endurance test.

Court finds elements of sedition

A Dhaka court in its order yesterday said it found elements of sedition in Dhaka City Corporation Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka's remarks that late president Ziaur Rahman is the proclaimer of independence and the first president of Bangladesh.

51 BDR men indicted for mutiny

Special Court-2 of Bangladesh Rifles yesterday framed charges against 51 accused from the 20 Rifle Battalion in a BDR mutiny case. Forty-four of them confessed to their involvement yesterday and begged for mercy.

Question of apology has to be decided thru' talks

Pakistani High Commissioner Ashraf Qureshi yesterday said the question of seeking formal apology by Pakistan to Bangladesh for her role in 1971 has to be decided through discussion between the two countries.

Only citizens of Bangladesh would be tried

Bangladesh would try only its citizens found guilty of war crimes, said Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday.

BNP threatens movement

Main opposition BNP threatened to forge a strong movement against the government if it failed to immediately get rid of the ongoing power and water crises.

Security beefed up at Shahjalal Airport

Security was beefed up in and around the Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka last night fearing "plane hijack and terrorist attack".

Ctg mayor sued by woman councillor

A woman councillor of Chittagong City Corporation yesterday filed a defamation case against Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury here on charge of misbehaving with her at a meeting on Tuesday.

AL candidate violating polls code

The opposition BNP alleged that the ruling Awami League candidate for Bhola-3 constituency is violating electoral code of conduct, but the Election Commission and the local administration refrain from taking any steps.

EC insists on May 31 date

Elections to Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will be held on May 31, Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) M Sakhawat Hossain said yesterday.

Zardari stripped of vital powers

Pakistan's national assembly yesterday voted unanimously to approve reforms stripping President Asif Ali Zardari of key powers in a move to bolster parliamentary democracy weakened by military rule.

US, Russia agree to cut nuke arms

US President Barack Obama and Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev signed a landmark treaty Thursday committing their nations to major nuclear arms cuts.

BNP threatens movement

Main opposition BNP threatened to forge a strong movement against the government if it failed to immediately get rid of the ongoing power and water crises.

Baby girl out of danger

The three-year-old girl, who was violated by an unknown pervert in the city's Uttar Khan on Tuesday and later admitted to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, is now out of danger.

SQ Chy cannot go abroad

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday stayed the High Court order for a week that directed the government to allow BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury to go abroad.

Editorial

Delay in repairing Aila-affected embankments

THE prime minister's displeasure over the delay in the repair of embankments damaged by cyclone Aila ten months after the disaster is surely understandable. With all the time that has gone by and with the monsoon season approaching, it is only natural to ask, on the part of the head of government as indeed of any citizen, why a matter that ought to have been handled on a priority basis should have been tackled in such laid-back fashion. The officials entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the repair of the flood protection embankments in the Aila-affected regions would have everyone know that the delay was caused by their 'scrupulous' compliance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Regulations (PPR). That logic holds little water, for the reality is that the PPR was relaxed for the very reason of facilitating the rebuilding and repair of the embankments. It is extremely unfortunate that now all sorts of excuses are being put up to explain a failure which can only prolong and worsen the miseries of those affected by the cyclone.

First-ever rating of the economy

BANGLADESH'S potential as a reliable destination for putting in money and investing by international creditors and investors has been positively rated by the US-based credit rating agency Standard and Poor's (S&P).

Sports

Franchises taking shape

Just two days ahead of another Twenty20 fiesta, three teams have thrown up big names while the other trio have remained silent on their team composition, particularly their foreign imports.

Robben breaks MU hearts

Bayern Munich staged a stunning fightback to send 10-man Manchester United crashing out of the Champions League as Arjen Robben's late strike in the German side's 3-2 defeat earned a 4-4 aggregate draw which put them through to the semifinals on away goals.

Shoaib thanks all

Shoaib Malik's sudden decision to divorce the woman he disowned all along left everyone stunned but the Pakistan cricketer, now set to marry Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, on Thursday said it was the most "amicable" thing to do in a situation that was "beyond reasoning".

Nigerian trio sends protest letter against MSC

After sitting out two successive matches protesting unpaid wages, Nigerian trio Alamu Bukola Olaleken, Emeka Christian and Dami Emanuel have sent a formal letter to the Bangladesh League organizing committee complaining against their employers Mohammedan Sporting Club.

Bangladesh, India reach semis

Bangladesh and India emerged unbeaten group champions to reach semifinals of the IHF Handball Challenge Trophy (Men's Under-21) Championship after beating their rivals in respective group matches yesterday.

Viqarunnissa win school football title

Viqarunnissa Noon School & College clinched the title of the Dhaka Metropolis Citycell Women's School Football Championship beating Agargaon Ideal High School by a solitary goal in the final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Chargers live another day

Andrew Symonds and Tirumalasetti Suman staged a spectacular fightback to snatch a vital victory for the Deccan Chargers as they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore yesterday.

Bracken out in the cold

The messages to Nathan Bracken telling him it's time to get a real job have been light-hearted, but he knows his mates are right. Bracken lost his Cricket Australia contract on Wednesday and will spend the winter without the security and status of the precious item he has owned for most of the past decade.

Friendly soccer

Dhaka Metropolitan XI beat touring Myanmar Army team by 1-0 in a friendly football match at the Army Stadium in Banani yesterday.

'Blessing in disguise'

Missing the third season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is actually a blessing in disguise for the Pakistani cricketers since it has allowed the players to gel well as a team and prepare better for the Twenty20 World Cup, skipper Shahid Afridi said.

Naved pleads guilty

Pakistan all-rounder Navedul Hasan appealed Thursday against a one-year ban and heavy fine for indiscipline, saying he wants justice from the cricket authorities.

Heavy fine on KKR

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly was fined 40,000 dollars and his teammates 10,000 dollars each for maintaining a slow over rate during their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against the Delhi Daredevils here on Wednesday.

Nike to run new Tiger ad

Disgraced golf superstar Tiger Woods will debut in his first new television ad since embarrassing revelations about extra-marital affairs emerged, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Div II cricket

Garpara Association scored a three-wicket victory over Aricha Sir Sadat Ali Club in the Khan Real Estate Second Division Cricket League at Shaheed Miraz-Tapan stadium in Manikganj yesterday.

Sen quashes speculation

Bollywood star Sushmita Sen has sought to put rest to speculation about her relationship with Wasim Akram saying that she is not marrying the former Pakistani cricketer.

Now it is Asif's turn

Hell has no fury like a woman scorned and after Shoaib Malik, another top Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Asif is learning it the hard way as he has been taken to court by a former lover over a financial dispute.

KL chess

GM Ziaur Rahman shared second position along with five other players at 3.5 points each after the end of the fourth round of the third Kuala Lampur Chess Championship at Kuala Lumpur yesterday. In the fourth round, Zia drew with IM Swapnil Dhophade of India while GM Niaz Murshed beat FM Robert Smith of New Zealand. A total of 111 players including 12 grandmasters, four women grandmasters and 18 International Masters from 22 countries are participating in the event which began last Wednesday.

Lyon make history

Lyon reached the Champions League semifinals for the first time in their history despite losing 1-0 to Bordeaux in a tense quarterfinal second leg here on Wednesday.

'C'Ron as good as Messi'

Real Madrid's Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo is just as good as Barce-lona's Lionel Messi and he will prove it when the two sides clash this weekend, his teammates insisted Thursday.

'Lionel kicking about with Jesus'

Lionel Messi is "playing a kick-about with Jesus" but must not make the wrong choices, Diego Maradona said today.

Fergie fumes at Bayern

Sir Alex Ferguson launched a scathing attack on Bayern Munich's cynical stars after Rafael da Silva was sent-off as Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Germans hail Robben

The German press on Thursday hailed Bayern Munich and their Dutch star Arjen Robben the morning after the Bundesliga giants reached the Champions League semifinals.

Marseille go top

French League Cup winners Marseille were the latest team to go top of the French league in what is turning into a thrilling title race, with a 3-0 victory over Sochaux on Wednesday.

Rooney return wasn't rushed

Sir Alex Ferguson insisted Thursday he did not put any pressure on Manchester United doctors to declare Wayne Rooney fit for their Champions League loss to Bayern Munich.

A gift for purpose

Bayern Munich bosses have given their French international Franck Ribery a pen for his 27th birthday which they hope he will use to sign a new contract.

Guerrero gets 5-match ban

Hamburg striker Paolo Guerrero has been banned for five matches for throwing a bottle at a fan after his side's goalless draw with Hanover last weekend, the German football federation (DFB) said on Thursday.

Barca book China date

European champions Barcelona and their superstar forward Lionel Messi will play China's Super League winners Beijing Guoan at the Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium in August, state press said Thursday.

Business

Govt's interest payment rises

The government spending on payment of interest rises by the year because of its dependence on internal borrowing to meet a budget deficit.

Bangladesh to join world's largest fair

Bangladesh will focus on exports and migrant workers by participating in the 'Shanghai World Exposition', which is expected to be the world's largest by the number of visitors.

Companies asked to make public their financials

The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has asked all listed companies to put on view their latest financial statements including balance sheet, income and cash flow.

BEA awards three

Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) yesterday awarded three personalities for their outstanding performance in their respective fields during their lifetime.

Brick kilns to get bank loan to go green

The central bank will provide each new and old brick kiln with Tk 2 crore loan at nine percent interest rate to help it become environment friendly.

Cash incentive doubles for potato export

The government yesterday doubled cash incentive for potato export to 20 percent to encourage shipment of the tuber and narrow down the farmers' losses caused by low price amid a bumper output.

Economist stresses farm reforms

Major structural change with agrarian-aquarian reform and entrepreneurship-based rural industrialisation are necessary to move the country toward equity-promoting development, said noted economist Anisur Rahman yesterday.

Muhith sits with economists on budget Monday

Finance Minister AMA Muhith will sit with economists on Monday to discuss the upcoming national budget as part of his series of pre-budget meetings.

Jamuna opens amusement park today

Jamuna Ananda Park is set to open on the banks of the Jamuna river today.

Stocks up for second day

Stocks soared yesterday amid a buying spree, as investors shook off worries because the tax authorities promised not to take any step that will be unfavourable for the market.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

CITY BANK
The bank's Board of Directors decided to issue bond to raise Tier-II capital subject to approval by the shareholders and regulatory authorities. Major features of the bond are: Issue size: Tk 200 crore, Tenor: seven years (84 months), Interest rate: 12 percent to 13 percent. The rate may change subject to market liquidity at the time. EGM will be held on May 23 (at 3pm) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka. The record date for EGM is April 18.

Oil extends losses

Oil prices extended losses in Asian trade Thursday after easing from recent 18-month peaks on a weekly US energy reserves report showing a supply build-up in the world's biggest energy consumer.

Dhaka Bank gets new chairman

Dhaka Bank Ltd has elected Reshadur Rahman Shaheen as chairman of its Board of Directors, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Japan's Uniqlo enjoys surging profit, upgrades forecast

The operator of Japan's cheap-chic clothing chain Uniqlo on Thursday upgraded its annual earnings forecast after interim sales surged and said it plans to ramp up new store openings around the world.

Marks and Spencer lifts profits guidance

British clothes-to-food retailer Marks and Spencer on Thursday lifted its annual profit guidance after revealing that sales accelerated in the group's fourth quarter.

Goldman Sachs holds up clean hands over AIG

US investment bank Goldman Sachs has refuted allegations that it profited improperly from the state rescue of insurance giant AIG and that it took positions against clients to whom it had sold high-risk property assets.

Metropolitan

Form labour courts at dists

Labour rights activists yesterday demanded formation of labour courts at district level to increase workers' access to justice.

'Use a UK Vote' launched

A campaign called 'Use a UK Vote' was launched in the country yesterday to influence the candidates in the general election of the United Kingdom scheduled for May 6.

Lack of confidence still prevails among public servants: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government is still trying to bring back confidence among the public servants that were lost during the army-backed caretaker regime.

Strong local govt a must for sustainable democracy

Strong local government system and the people's empowerment should be ensured for sustainable democracy and development, speakers at a book launching ceremony said yesterday.

HC extends stay order for another year

The High (HC) yesterday further extended for a year its order that stayed the proceedings against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Barapukuria coalmine corruption case.

Danish Minister Pind arrives tomorrow

Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Søren Pind will arrive here tomorrow on a four-day official visit to Bangladesh.

Rabindra Bharati to honour Selina Hossain

Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata will confer honorary D Lit degree on eminent writer Selina Hossain at a convocation on May 8 in recognition of her contribution to Bangla literature.

Bangladesh a model country

US Ambassador-at-large for Global Women's issues Melanne Verveer said Bangladesh, in so many ways, represents to the rest of the world as a model.

Shawkat asked to appear before trial courts

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed BNP chairperson's adviser Shawkat Mahmud to surrender before the trial courts within eight weeks in connection with three defamation cases filed against him in Dhaka and Khulna.

'Resolve power, water crises'

Different political parties yesterday staged demonstrations in the city yesterday demanding immediate steps to resolve power, water and gas crises.

KU hall provost resigns

Prof Dr Rafiqul Islam, provost of Khanjahan Ali Hall of Khulna University (KU), submitted his resignation on Wednesday to acting registrar Prof Dr Gazi Abdullah-el-Baki.

Road accidents kill 8

Eight people were killed in separate road accidents in Bogra, Rajshahi and Brahmanbaria yesterday.

Listed criminal found dead

A listed criminal was found dead in Gulshan Lake at Badda in the city early yesterday.

National

Boro on 3,000 acres goes under flood water in Moulvibazar

Boro crop on 3,000 acres of land in Kulaura, Baralekha and Juri upazilas of Moulvibazar district has been inundated due to rise in water level in the river Kushiyara and Hakaluki haor (water body).

Teachers stage class boycott as BCL locks VC's residence

Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) unit of BCL yesterday locked the vice-chancellor's office-cum-residence on the campus on Wednesday night prompting teachers yesterday to announce boycott of classes from tomorrow.

Sec 144 at Satkhira, 41 Jamaat men rounded up

Police in an overnight drive arrested 41 Jamaat leaders and activists and imposed in the Section 144 yesterday morning around Shaheed Abdur Razzak Park in the town apprehending chaos and clashes there.

Teacher punished for cruelty to students

Tipu Sultan, an assistant teacher of Government Laboratory High School in the town, received a 'stand release' order yesterday on charge of mercilessly beating up two students of the school over a trivial matter on Monday.

Principal indeed!

One hundred and six students of Gour Bangla Syeda Maria Moumuna Krishi College in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj district could not appear at the examinations that started on March 22 under Bangladesh Technical Education Board allegedly due to alleged corruption of the college principal.

One killed, 5 hurt as robbers open fire

A villager was killed as an armed gang opened fire while committing robbery at the house of a retired army personnel at Rafiqpur village under Rasulpul in Begumganj upazila early yesterday.

Students get assurance of meeting demands

The students of Cox's Bazar Medical College, who yesterday began a fast unto death to realise their three-point demand, postponed the programme after seven and a half hours following assurance from the higher authorities of meeting the demands.

Wife, son on remand

A judicial magistrate's court in Rangpur yesterday granted a three-day remand for Sufia Begum and one day for her son Shishir in connection with the murder of Sufia's husband Ahsanul Huq Belal, a trader residing at Mahiganj in Rangpur town.

73 sued on charge of war crimes

A case was filed with Cox's Bazar Judicial Magistrate's Court yesterday against three alleged war criminals and another 70 unidentified men.

For annoying a girl

Around 25 people were injured in clashes between people of two villages centring annoying gesture to a girl performer at a cultural function at Maria village in Bagmara upazila of Rajshahi district on Wednesday night.

Letters

Stop wastage of power

Of late, people's lives have become miserable due to frequent power outage. This menace is increasing day by day. The authorities seem to have turned a deaf ear to public sufferings. Instead of mitigating the sufferings of city dwellers they boastfully announce more power cuts in near future. Earlier, power was cut for one hour at a time at a certain place, but now that timing has been extended to two hours at a time-- to the great sufferings of all in this hot humid summer. Earlier, the government took a suicidal step to increase power generation by suspending gas supply to the fertilizer factories and diverting the gas to the gas based power-generating plants. For sometime the government adopted the policy of daylight saving. This step did not last long as it brought more sufferings, especially to the tiny tots who were asleep in the transports while going to school one hour earlier in the morning.

Luxury vehicle!

Nowadays, one of the most luxury vehicles is CNG three wheeler. No fare less than Tk 100! Getting a CNG is like winning a lottery!!

Dhaka traffic

Dhaka is beset with tons of problems. The most difficult one is commuting. People have to commute from one place to another. It is almost an everyday affair for all the city dwellers. Children have to go to school, folks have to go to office, and shopkeepers have to go to the shops and so on. Likewise at the end of the day all these people have to get back home.

Use energy bulbs

Energy bulbs are not only energy savers but also environment friendly. It should be used for roadside lamppost, instead of those backdated sodium lights. Sodium lights make the surroundings hazy.

Return of Bin!

No, I am not talking about return of the popular comedy series actor, Mr. Bin. It is the DUSTBIN at our varsity gate (College Gate on Mirpur Road) which has returned back to its original abode after a brief stay in the neighbourhood, a few yards away from the present site and has started polluting the environment! If you happen to be around the College Gate, please do not forget to pay a courtesy call to Mr. Dustbin and be entertained with a nasty odour and dirty scene!

Rohingya dilemma

In the editorial piece “The Rohingya dilemma” published on 28 March, the author recognises that Rohingyas are in Bangladesh due to “religious and political persecution”, who are “deliberately deprived of their citizenship rights” and who have “escape[d] from forced labour, rape, and religious persecution at the hands of the Myanmar military.” And yet it is seen as acceptable to demand their repatriation into such a situation on the basis of a single, local newspaper report that demonstrates nothing more than mishandling of the issue by the Bangladeshi Embassy in Saudi Arabia. The allegation that there they are causing a law and order problem remains precisely that: an allegation. The author fails to provide a single source or piece of evidence to back up any claims of illegal activity, although his inventions do at least afford the Rohingyas some common sense, for who would ever bother to traffic non-addictive drugs? It is wrong to align the situation of the Rohingyas as sympathy cause (that of a Bangladeshi or foreigner otherwise). It is a situation that appeals directly to the basic principles of one's humanity. The article you printed demonstrates short-sightedness and introspection that aims through disingenuous claims to demonise and blame others for the challenges that Bangladesh is currently facing.

Chaotic and confusing

It is very confusing to understand and express the political developments in Bangladesh. We know the finance minister loves to talk humourously and forget the gravity of the situation. So far we have heard about 'food famine" now the finance minister is discovering ' Biddut Durvikkho" and has no clue how to address the issue in a better way. I won't be surprised if one day he puts off his gloves and rest in peace to join the cadre of his immediate predecessors now seen on TV screen.

Playing with Biman!

I am surprised to read in DS 31/3 that Biman has been ordered to change its new livery on aircrafts on its fleet to old livery and logo.

Home minister's job

We regularly listen to the hard voice of the Honourable Home Minister in all media claiming improved and very normal law and order situation in the capital as well as the country. The Home Minister denies any incident of crossfire and terms the killing of a Dhaka university student an isolated incident. But if she has the time to have a look into the news item entitled “Criminals grip Dhaka” in The Daily Star of 31st March-2010, then that may help to open her eyes to realize the extent of deterioration of law and order. The news reporter wrote, “From roadside tea-stall owners to members of parliament, successful entrepreneurs, and home and land owners --- none are spared by the killer gangs.”

Our teachers

Teachers are the torchbearers, mentors and leaders of a nation. Frankly & honestly speaking, teachers are not well-treated in our country. The condition of private school, college teachers is really inexpressible. They have no stable remuneration system, although our present govt. ensures a fixed or standard package for the private school and college teachers.

Marijuana

According to an American Cancer Society article, marijuana impairs the immune system. Smoking marijuana regularly (a joint a day) can damage the cells in the bronchial passages which protect the body against inhaled microorganisms and decrease the ability of the immune cells in the lungs to fight off fungi, bacteria, and tumour cells. For patients with already weakened immune systems which often proves fatal in AIDS patients.

Pope's stand

I commend Pope Benedict XVI for not being intimidated by the petty gossip of the media and other false critics seeking to smear the pope and bring down the Catholic Church.

Canvassers

We know the existing rule of the country permits neither a person nor any institute to canvas and sell nostrums, amulets, finger rings, medicinal plants or any type of remedy in public places like footpath, bus, launch, ferry-ghat etc. This job being done unobstructed is really a matter of deep regret.

Deep seaport

I am a seaman and as a seaman feel that just a deep seaport is not going to benefit us very much if we do not have a developed hinterland. The Chinese have helped Pakistan to build a deep seaport at Gwadar in Baluchistan coast.

Digital Bangladesh

Many thanks to Shajib Wazed Joy for shedding light on the present Awami League (AL) government's vision of "Digital Bangladesh". Mr Joy was absolutely right about his perception that many of us were wondering what it implied. After his deliberation on this topic we have learned what the AL means when its leaders coin a phrase. "Digital Bangladesh" by 2021. It is a philosophy for a modern poverty free country with equal opportunity for all. Based on this the struggle to free Bangladesh from economic and political domination of West Pakistan began. Here, for 'Digital Bangladesh," special emphasis is given on applying modern technology based on IT sector development and its accessibility to broader population.

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International

Lankans vote for first post-war parliament

Voting ended yesterday in Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections after nine hours of polling with observers reporting a low turnout.

Kyrgyz opposition forms interim govt

An opposition coalition proclaimed a new interim government yesterday in Kyrgyzstan after clashes left dozens dead and said it would rule until elections are held in six months. It also urged the president, who has fled the capital, to resign.

Chinese imperial works smash records at auction

A selection of Chinese imperial works of art smashed world records after fierce bidding at Sotheby's sales yesterday, as China's rise sparked international interest in objects of its glorious past.

Thai govt holds Red Shirts' TV station

Thailand's government yesterday shut down dozens of websites and a television channel loyal to "Red Shirt" protesters who have occupied Bangkok's commercial hub, defying a state of emergency.

Nepal SC summons PM over Indian deal

The controversy triggered by Nepal's coalition government signing a passport contract with an Indian company continued to grow yesterday with the country's top court summoning the prime minister and foreign minister.

Lanka vote marred by violence

A shooting incident and reports of intimidation -- mostly by ruling party supporters -- marred yesterday's parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka, independent election monitors said.

China, Nepal end Everest height row

China and Nepal have found a solution to a longstanding dispute over the height of Mount Everest in the giant peak's rock and snow.

Wrestling on US plane

US air marshals wrestled a Qatari diplomat to the floor on a flight to Denver in a security scare that prompted fighter jets to be scrambled and top White House aides to brief President Barack Obama, officials said.

200 feared dead in Brazil mudslides

Some 200 people were feared dead after being buried in mudslides near Rio de Janeiro, officials said yesterday, bringing new tragedy to Brazil following massive floods which have killed more than 150.

Arts & Entertainment

Five-day theatre festival by Padatik Natya Sangsad begins

To commemorate the birth anniversary of its founder president Syed Badruddin Hossain, Padatik Natya Sangsad (TSC) has arranged a five-day theatre festival at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Titled "Syed Badruddin Hossain Srmiti Natyatshab O Smarok Shammanona 2010," the festival began on April 7. Five troupes, including the organiser and one from Kolkata, are staging their productions at the festival. On the inaugural day, Padatik staged its production "Mousetrap".

Colour of Time

A group art exhibition, titled “Colour of Time”, featuring the works of nine contemporary painters of Bangladesh, is now on at Gallery Chitrak, Dhanmondi. Participating painters are all graduates of Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka.

All about balance

A dedicated mother, accomplished actress and a charming TV show host -- Saberi Alam is a familiar face to the small screen viewers. In the midst of the interview, her eight-year-old son Taskeen approached his mother, asking her to play with him. Gently, she asked her son to wait 15 minutes until the interview was done, to which he gladly consented.

Works of 101 Bangladeshi painters under one roof

Dhaka Art Centre is holding a group art exhibition featuring 101 painters of Bangladesh. The exhibition will begin on April 10 at Dhaka Art Centre, Dhanmondi and is the outcome of a two-day art camp held on January 1 and 2, 2010, as part of the inauguration of the centre.

Live performance by Shayan on “Call-er Gaan” tonight

Singer-songwriter-musician Shayan will be performing tonight at 11:45 pm on the Desh TV musical show “Call-er Gaan”. She will be with music enthusiasts till 2 am, performing her songs that have won accolades for their unique razor sharp wit and heart-rending truth.

Tiny tots enthrall audience

It was a proud moment for Shaheed Lt. Selim Shikkhalay of Magbazar in the city as the young students participated in their annual cultural function and prize distribution ceremony recently amidst patriotic fervour.

OP-ED

Silence and shame

TODAY the news is of a 3 year-old girl who was lured into an abandoned building in the capital and raped, allegedly by two teenage boys.

Fate is biology, biology is fate

BACK in 1999, scientists made a powerful discovery. At the U.S. National Institute of Health Conference, they found a strong link between wealth level and physical well-being. People of lower social standing are more likely to develop a serious disease and die early compared to people of higher social standing. Cheese! It's not just lucky to be rich. It's also healthy.

Promise of a Pakistani

MARCH 26, 2010 was an important day in my life. I was staying in India International Centre, New Delhi, where I was invited for receiving Saarc Lifetime Achievement Award from the Foundation of Saarc Writers and Literature. They organised a Saarc festival of literature for three days in Delhi and invited writers, journalists and peace activists from all the South Asian countries. The inaugural session was scheduled to start at 10 in the morning. I woke up early and opened the computer for checking emails. There was a flood of emails from the readers of Prothom Alo and The Daily Star of Dhaka from all over the world.

Feeding the fifteen crore

WHILE addressing a meeting of senior officials at the Sylhet Circuit House on April 3 to review the situation in the Sylhet division, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pledged more subsidy to farmers to attain food autarky. She said that, if necessary, the government would increase subsidy to farmers to Tk.5,000 crore from the present Tk.3,000 crore.

StarTech

VoIP: Beauty and the beast

The delight of being able to hear the voices of our dear ones abroad is priceless, but the bills at the end of the day remind us that 'priceless' is an exaggerated word. Nothing comes free, and neither does maintenance of long distance ties. What if by some quirk of technology, we were able to speak long distance at greatly reduced costs? Today, with VoIP (voice over internet protocol), this can be a reality.

Sharp shows 3D displays for mobile devices

Sharp's latest 3-D displays deliver bright, clear imagery without the cumbersome glasses usually required for such technology. Now the bad news: They only work on a 3-inch (7.5-centimeter) screen held one foot (30 centimeters) from the viewer's face.

Dell to open office in Dhaka

Dell Incorporation, one of the largest technology companies in the world, will open its local representative office very soon to expand its business in the country.

Seminar on software development industry

Software development company bGlobal Interactive LTD organised a seminer styled 'SQABD Lightning Talks 4' recently in the capital. IT professionals of the country attended the seminar and discussed new trends and common themes in the software development sector of Bangladesh, says a press release.

Globitel and Interactive launch services with Onecall

World-renowned business solution providers Interactive Intelligence and Globitel have jointly launched their services in Bangladesh in partnership with Onecall Solutions Ltd, says a press release.


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