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Govt to specify role of all: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday assured elected upazila chairmen that authorities of everybody involved in upazila governments will be clearly delineated soon.

50 BDR members jailed, 1 acquitted

A special court yesterday sentenced 50 accused personnel of 20 Rifle Battalion to different jail terms for their involvement in the Thakurgaon BDR mutiny in February last year.

RMG workers go on rampage

Hundreds of garment workers went berserk at Kalma in Savar, Dhaka, yesterday vandalising and looting four factories. Their attack and subsequent clash with law enforcers left 50 people including policemen and factory officials injured.

Fraud 'pir' held

Police yesterday arrested fraud pir (spiritual leader) Amzad Hossain Bepari and three of his associates on charge of torturing several children and women in the name of treatment in Sirajdikhan.

Kuet shut after BCL, JCD clash

Khulna University of Engineering and Technology was closed yesterday for an indefinite period after a clash between Chhatra League and Chhatra Dal Sunday night over formation of a committee to celebrate Pahela Baishakh.

Cabinet okays Hajj Policy

The cabinet yesterday approved proposals for amending the Local Government (Union Parishad) Act 2009 and the Local Government (Municipality) Act 2009 to pave the way for holding the long pending elections to the local government bodies.

Now Khaleda greets Hasina

A day after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had sent her greetings, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday greeted the premier on the occasion Bangla New Year 1417.

Economists suggest energy solution

Economists in a pre-budget discussion have suggested giving area-wise instead of countrywide subsidy and energy incentives to small and medium entrepreneurs for at least next two years.

Khaleda for movement to save country from 'tyrant'

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said yesterday an anti-government movement has to be launched to change the prevailing "unsteady situation" and protect the country from the grip of the 'tyrant' government.

Manmohan, Gilani meet Obama

President Barack Obama on Sunday declared his commitment to long-term ties with both India and Pakistan, walking a fine line as New Delhi sought his help to rein in extremists from its neighbour.

DCC election schedule likely on Sunday

The Election Commission will announce next Sunday the schedule for long overdue election to Dhaka City Corporation slated for May 31 unless the government clarifies its stance on the poll.

DCC asked to keep status quo

The High Court yesterday directed Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) authorities to maintain the status quo for three months on construction of shops at the place fixed for car parking at Karwan Bazar.

Tight security for Pahela Baishakh

The traditional celebration of Pahela Baishakh, the first day in Bangla calendar, will be heavily policed. Around 12,000 officials will be on patrol in and outside the capital to ensure a trouble-free carnival on Wednesday.

Muggers shoot salesman dead

A group of muggers last night gunned down a shop employee at Paikpara of Mirpur in the capital and snatched Tk 7.7 lakh from him.

Jamaat men clash with cops: 15 hurt

A clash between police and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir left at least 15 including four policemen injured when police halted their attempt to bring out a procession at Andarkillah in Chittagong yesterday.

Pro-AL panels win RU elections

Pro-Awami League and progressive teachers yesterday won all the posts in the elections of Rajshahi University Teachers' Association (Ruta), syndicate, deans' committee, academic council and finance committee.

BSF kills 1

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday shot a Bangladeshi cattle trader dead on Wahedpur border under Sadar upazila of the district, Bangladesh Rifles sources said.

Stay order on Mamun's HC bail upheld

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a chamber judge's order staying a High Court order that granted bail to controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun in a money laundering case.

Sania, Shoaib tie knot early

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik tied the knot yesterday, ending days of controversy and drama surrounding their high-profile wedding that took place three days ahead of original schedule.


Dear Readers,
Rising Stars, your weekly supplement for laughs and nerdy rants is coming on the 14th of April instead of the 15th, due to Pahela Baishakh holidays. Ask your hawker to save you a copy!


Lawyers turning unruly

THE pro-BNP lawyers created a chaotic situation at the High Court on Sunday, after the court had rejected Begum Khaleda Zia's prayer seeking adjournment of the hearing on her writ petition challenging the government's decision to take away her cantonment residence.

Fake faith healer in a barbaric act

THE news item carried by a leading Bangla daily on a witch doctor's cruelty to his patients in the name of treatment is as shocking as it is revolting. So far as the report goes, the villain of the story who drove rickshaw and then sold vegetables, turned into a 'healer sage' overnight and then for the last one and a half month has been perpetrating his monstrosities before the very eyes of the villagers. But then were there no sensible persons around the place to protest such brutal punishment inflicted especially on the children and women? For the report mentions that hundreds of people from the locality thronged the venue of cruelty to watch how he beat up, whipped, trampled and did other kinds of atrocious things to his victims. Was there not a single person among them to bring this tale of horror to the notice of the administration or the local public representatives?


Mashrafe upstages Tamim

Tamim Iqbal came up with a blazing knock of 91 but it was not good enough for Cyclones of Chittagong to avoid their second straight defeat in the Destiny Group NCL T20 tournament as Mashrafe Bin Mortaza returned with a bang to fire the Sultans of Sylhet at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

They're now Mr. & Mrs. Malik

Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik and Indian tennis star Sania Mirza married Monday after a troubled engagement in a union that bridges the two nations' bitter sporting and political divide.

Rangers reign on

Rajshahi Rangers kept their winning momentum with a second win in two matches less than twelve hours apart in the Destiny Group NCL T20s as they beat Kings of Khulna by 36 runs at the BKSP-2 ground yesterday.

MSC bankrupt Sonali

Titans Mohammedan Sporting Club stormed into the final of the Dhaka Bank Club Cup Hockey with a massive 8-1 win over Sonali Bank SRC in the first semis at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Cyclones in a rage

The Cyclones of Chittagong management came down hard on the tournament committee of the National Cricket Twenty20 League for giving them an illogical fixture list, which forced them to play their second match within ten hours.

Mash back with a bang

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza got back some confidence after his match-winning all-round performance against the Cyclones of Chittagong in the NCL T20 tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Dav endorses Sourav tirade

Kolkata Knight Riders coach Dav Whatmore has endorsed his captain Sourav Ganguly's harsh words directed at the team after their tame seven-wicket defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.

Pompey stun Spurs

Crisis club Portsmouth stunned Tottenham Hotspur with a 2-0 extra-time win as they reached their second FA Cup final in three years at Wembley here on Sunday, just a day after being relegated from the Premier League.

Roma snatch top spot

Inter Milan's six-month stranglehold on the Serie A title race was broken on Sunday when Roma deposed them as league leaders.

Marseille thrash Nice

Marseille remained on course for a first French championship in 18 years after thrashing south coast neighbours Nice 4-1 on Sunday to move two points clear at the Ligue 1 summit.

Mallorca pip Valencia

Real Mallorca continued their Champions League push with a narrow 3-2 home win over rivals Valencia on Sunday to move level on points with fourth-placed Sevilla.

Deschamps vows stay

Didier Deschamps, touted as a possible successor to France coach Raymond Domenech, insisted Monday he would be with Marseille next season and not the French national side.

Pellegrini on the ropes

The Spanish press Monday redoubled pressure on Real Madrid's embattled coach Manuel Pellegrini after the club's defeat to arch-rivals Barcelona at the weekend.

Raul out for several weeks

Real Madrid's veteran striker Raul Gonzalez, who was injured in the 'El Clasico' match against Barcelona at the weekend, will be out of action for two to three weeks, the club said Monday.

Torres to visit knee specialist

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres will visit a specialist to assess the full extent of the knee injury which forced him to miss Sunday's 0-0 draw with Fulham.

Mickelson wins Masters

US star Phil Mickelson won his third Masters title and fourth major crown in dramatic fashion on Sunday while Tiger Woods could only ponder his mistakes and wonder what might have been.

T20s a threat to Tests

Tests and 50-over games will remain popular despite the growing success of the Twenty20 format, Interna-tional Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat said Monday.

MCC to sponsor Aus-Pak series

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) announced Monday that it would be sponsoring the Test and one-day series between Pakistan and Australia in England in July.

PCB asks Kaneria to keep playing

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) indicated Monday that Danish Kaneria would be spared disciplinary action unless and until corruption charges against the leg-spinner were proven.

SA, Windies A teams due

When Bangladesh's national cricketing team will be gearing up for the World Twenty20 in West Indies, the second string side will embark on a monthlong cricketing journey at home as they will play against South Africa A and West Indies A teams in the other formats of the game. The extravaganza will kick-off with two four-day matches against the South Africans starting on the 22nd of April. Then they will be joined by West Indies A team and take part in a triangular one-day tournament which will start on May 4. In this tournament, all three teams will meet each other twice before the final which is scheduled for May 13. All the matches up to this will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. As the South Africans will leave, Bangladesh and West Indies will play two four-day matches, one in Bogra and one in BKSP. The second match is scheduled to end on May 25.

Div II cricket

Bewtha Mukul Fouz got a 150-run victory over Bablu Babu Cricket Academy in the Khan Real Estate Second Division Cricket League at Manikganj Government Boys' High School play ground here yesterday.

Bolt & Liu favourites

Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt and Chinese star hurdler Liu Xiang will headline the Shanghai meet of the IAAF Diamond League circuit on May 23, organisers anno-unced on Monday.

Rumana gives MSC win

Rumana Ahmed turned in all-round performance to give Mohammedan an easy six-wicket victory over BKSP in the Women's Club Cup Cricket Tournament at the Gulshan Youth Club Ground yesterday.

Zia, Niaz finish poorly

GM Ziaur Rahman and GM Niaz Murshed finished 11th and 14th respectively in the Kuala Lumpur Chess Championship at the close of the ninth and final round in Malaysia yesterday.

DU inter-hall TT, badminton

Surya Sen hall became champions in the men's section while Rokeya hall became champions in the women's section in the inter-hall badminton tournament of Dhaka University. Fazlul Haque hall and Kuwait Maitri hall became runners up respectively.


Bangladesh gets Moody's rating, outlook stable

Credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service yesterday for the first time assigned Ba3 to Bangladesh and termed the country's outlook stable.

Tata plans to invest $18m

Tata International Ltd will invest $18 million in footwear and bicycle industries in Bangladesh within the next one year, said a business delegation of the Indian conglomerate yesterday.

IMF projects GDP at 5pc

The International Monetary Fund has projected Bangladesh economy to grow 5 percent this fiscal.

Apex Weaving goes into lay-off

The management of Apex Weaving Ltd, a listed company, yesterday declared a lay-off due to a production shortfall following an acute gas crisis.

SRL Cosmos Trawl shores up deep-sea fishing

Deep-sea fishing entity Sea Resources Group launched its netloft unit -- SRL Cosmos Trawl Ltd -- in Chittagong yesterday to make nets and modern fishing gears locally and transfer western fishing technology to the Bay of Bengal.

Govt signs deal on e-procurement

The Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) yesterday signed an e-government procurement system development contract with GSS America Infotech Ltd, India.

Banglalink nets highest customers in 2009

Mobile operator Banglalink netted the highest number of customers last year -- 3.7 million -- almost half the other five companies could rope in.

Petrol pump owners threaten strike

Petrol Pump owners and tank lorry owners and workers yesterday announced that they would go for indefinite shutdown from May 9, if their demands is not met by the government.

Shamunnay study points to signs of economic slowdown

A low growth in investment combined with decline in exports and imports shows the indications of slowdown in Bangladesh economy--- a situation created mainly because of the ongoing power crisis and delayed effects of global recession.

Delink trade from politics: MCCI

The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) said yesterday political relations should not affect trade cooperation between countries.

JS body recommends zero tariff for power generator importers

A parliamentary body yesterday recommended that the government waive licence fee for traders and allow zero tariff benefit for them who import diesel and generators to produce electricity for the industrial sector, severely affected by the recurrent power crunch.

Court seeks response from Indian govt on Lafarge's compliance

The Indian Supreme Court yesterday sought a response from the federal government by April 26 on an expert committee's report that found cement maker Lafarge complying with environmental norms in mining limestone in Meghalaya.

Dialogue demands immediate establishment of SEZ in Sylhet

A dialogue in Sylhet yesterday raised demand that the government take immediate measures to establish the much-awaited special economic zone in the district.

Japan economy is improving

Economic conditions in Japan have improved since the government took office seven months ago, Finance Minister Naoto Kan said Monday, but added that huge public debt remained a challenge.

Sovereign rating: What's next?

Bangladesh's potential as a reliable destination for international creditors and investors was positively recognised by the international credit rating agency Standard and Poor's (S&P) early last week.

High score for Bangladesh

Moody's Investors Service, a US-based credit rating agency, announced for the first time its sovereign credit rating for Bangladesh as 'Ba3' just after a week of S&P's sovereign credit rating announcement of 'BB-' on April 6. This is for the first time the country obtained sovereign credit ratings from the two internationally reputed credit rating agencies.

New MD for MIDAS Financing

MIDAS Financing Ltd appointed Shafique-ul-Azam as its managing director from March 29, said the company in a statement.

Farm tech fair postponed

A three-day agriculture technology fair, which was scheduled to be held at Upazila Parishad ground in Savar at 10am Sunday, was declared postponed hours before its formal inauguration.

Europe agrees 30-billion-euro Greek rescue

Europe Sunday revealed an aid package worth 30 billion euros this year alone for debt-ridden Greece, as it unfurled a massive safety net designed to retore confidence in the euro single currency.

India's industrial output sees double-digit growth

India said Monday that industrial output saw double-digit growth for a sixth straight month in February, adding pressure on the central bank to further hike interest rates to control inflation.

China's Geely Auto 2009 net profit up 35pc

Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd said Monday its 2009 net profit rose 35 percent from a year earlier, helped by government incentives aimed at driving up sales of small cars.

China says bank lending fell in March

New loans issued by Chinese banks fell to 510.7 billion yuan (74.8 billion dollars) in March, the central bank said Monday, suggesting Beijing's efforts to curb lending could be working.

Corporate Briefs

The company's Board of Directors recommended 150 percent cash dividend (Tk 15 for every ordinary share of Tk 10), as of December 31, 2009. The AGM will be held on June 17 (at 11am) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka. The record date is May 2. The company also reported profit after tax of Tk 579.68 million, earnings per share of Tk 25, net asset value per share of Tk 57.25 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 42.47, as of December 31, 2009, as against Tk 400.66 million, Tk 17.28, Tk 39.26 and Tk 14.79 respectively, as of December 31, 2008.

Oil rises

Oil prices rose in Asian trade Monday as the euro firmed against the US dollar and on the back of indications of improved Chinese demand, analysts said.


Resolve bilateral issues thru' discussion: Experts

The bilateral issues between Bangladesh and India could be resolved through pragmatic discussions across the table, security experts from the two neighbouring countries observed at a dialogue yesterday.

Stalker's mother, brother try to sue Pinky's mother

Elder brother and mother of Tabarak, the alleged stalker and killer of Mariam Akhter Pinky in Tarail of Kishoreganj, tried to file a case against the victim's mother yesterday implicating her in the death of Tabarak's sister.

Improve governance, reduce poverty to stem terrorism

Terrorism will continue to grow in South Asia unless the authorities take immediate steps to improve governance, reduce poverty and build trust among all, security experts said yesterday.

'Steps taken to up teachers' status'

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government has taken initiatives to improve the financial and social status of teachers.

Mahmudur files case against ACC boss

The Daily Amar Desh Acting Editor Mahmudur Rahman yesterday filed a case against ACC chairman and two others challenging the legality of its notice that asked him to explain some alleged corruption charges.

5 killed in Rangpur road accident

Five people were killed and at least 25 others injured after a passenger coach skidded off to a roadside ditch at Damdama area under Sadar upazila early yesterday.

Hearing adjourned till May 10

A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned till May 10 the hearing on the petition filed by former state minister for energy Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Tuku seeking attachment of former army chief General Moeen U Ahmed's properties in a Tk 100 crore defamation case.

2 ships leave for Lebanon

Two ships of Bangladesh Navy Naval Frigate BNS Osman and Patrol Craft NBS Madhumati, left the naval base in Chittagong yesterday to join United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.

PM to get summary this week

After three months of critical analysis and review, the education ministry is going to send the summary of the proposed National Education Policy to the prime minister today or on Thursday.

Take action against fake eunuchs

They are not eunuchs or 'hijras' by birth. Most of them underwent castration and dress up like women to identify themselves as female only to earn more money through cheating, extortion and drug peddling.

Bangladesh moves on right track

The visiting German parliamentary delegation says Bangladesh is moving on the right track compared with Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Pakistan and Afghanistan but observes some deficit in democratic structure particularly in rural areas and condition of human rights.

1,525 kgs polythene seized in Ctg

A mobile court of Department of Environment (DoE), Chittagong in a drive yesterday seized 1,525 kilograms of banned polythene raiding eight shops of different markets at the port city's Reazuddin Bazar and fined the shops Tk 39000.

Good number of masked leaders in BNP: Hannan

BNP Standing Committee Member Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah yesterday said there are a good number of masked leaders in the party who were not available after 1/11, but who have become active recently.

Sust female student found dead

A female student of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology was found hanging in her dormitory at Pathantola, Sylhet early yesterday.

Bruce Hoff passes away

Bruce Hoff, a senior journalist of the New Nation, passed away due to old age complications at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the city yesterday at the age of 75, says a press release.

HC asks govt to stop FIF functions

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to stop all functions of Faisal Investment Foundation (FIF), an organisation set up in Panthapath area in Dhaka, which is allegedly running illegal banking business in the name of Islami Shariah.

UK, US missions closed tomorrow

The American Embassy, including the Consular Section and the American Centre with the Archer K Blood American Centre Library and the Student Advising Centre will remain closed tomorrow on the occasion of Bangla New Year, says a press release.

Pro-BNP lawyers protest appointment of 2 judges

Senior pro-BNP lawyers yesterday urged the chief justice not to administer oath to two of the newly appointed 17 High Court judges for what they said were their past 'controversial' activities.

Termination of 84 election officers illegal

The Administrative Appellate Tribunal yesterday declared illegal the termination of 84 upazila election officers, who were appointed during the last BNP-Jamaat alliance government.

Hasina, Khaleda urged to visit Aila-hit areas

Speakers at a press conference yesterday called upon the prime minister and the opposition leader to visit the cyclone Aila-hit southwestern region of the country to see sufferings and hardships the victims enduring for the last 11 months.

Quamrul fears sabotage by war criminals

State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam yesterday said anti-liberation forces might carry out sabotage activities on Pahela Baishakh.

5 stolen cars seized from Srimongal, 2 arrested

Detective Branch of Police recovered five stolen cars and arrested two alleged businessmen of stolen cars from a village under Srimongal upazila in Moulvibazar early hours of Sunday.


Putting the poor in the soup

Government's employment generating programme meant for ultra poor people is yet to start in monga-prone Jaldhaka and Kishoreganj upazilas of the district although the period of the 40-day programme expires on April 20.

Hill districts wear a festive look on first day of Biju

The three-day 'Biju Utsab', the biggest social festival of indigenous people of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), began yesterday with a variety of programmes.

Father, stepmother jailed

A court here yesterday awarded a man and his second wife to different terms of jail sentences for killing his one and a half years old son.

2 Jubo League men placed on remand

Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court of Panchagarh yesterday allowed police to take two Jubo League men on three day's remand in connection with BCL activist Faruk murder case.

Hapless examiness protest 'misdeeds' of principals

One hundred and six examinees of Gour Bangla Syeda Maria Moumuna Krishi College in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj put up blockade at Pukuria on Chapainawabganj-Sonamasjid road yesterday demanding chance for appearing at the examinations that they could not attend due to alleged corruption of the principal.

Pirates abduct three

Pirates on Sunday night abducted three fishermen from Porakatla canal of the river Malancha in the Sundarbans and demanded Tk 45,000 ransom. The pirates held the three hostage in the deep forest and asked the family of each for Tk 15,000, police said. Nineteen fishermen with three boats went to the Sundarbans on Thursday taking permission from the Kaikhali Forest Office in the Sundarbans. While they were asleep the pirates swooped on their boats and abducted the three out of 19 for ransom. The victims are Mongal Kumar Mondal, Bimal Kumar and Subhas Chandra of village Munshiganj in Shyamnagar upazila.

Charge framing deferred

Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Md Mahbub-ul-Islam yesterday deferred charge framing date in the case for bomb attack five years ago on veteran Awami League (AL) leader Suranjit Sengupta MP's public meeting. The court set the new date on April 29. Police said, some of the accused including Mufti Hannan from Dhaka could not be brought to Sylhet as their presence was needed in some other cases in the capital. However, they would be produced on the next date. An activist of the AL, Abdul Wahid, 45, was killed while 30 others received injuries as the bombs were hurled on dais at the fag end of the public meeting held at Derai upazila headquarters in Sunamganj on June 21, 2004. However, Suranjit escaped unhurt as he along with other leaders got down from the dais minutes before the attack.

30 hurt in B'baria clash

At least 30 people were inured in a clash between two rival groups at Shilaur village under Sadar upazila yesterday. During the clash, they also damaged at least 40 houses there. The clash that lasted for two hours took place between Ladu group and Sadu alias Sadat group of the locality. The injured people were admitted to Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital. Seriously injured are Abul Kalam Azad, 35, Munna, 18, Manir, 20, Ripon, 28, Murshid, 32, Muhammad Hossain, 18, Uzzal, 20, Tahmina, 30, Anwar Mia, 25, Anwar Hossain, 28. On information, a team of riot police rushed to the spot and fired 15 times from guns and lobbed seven rounds of tear gas shells. Police also arrested seven from the spot.

Abducted boy rescued

Meherpur police on Saturday rescued abducted Kushtia school student Nayeem Hossain from Mothmura village under Gangni upazila. Police also arrested five people on charge of their involvement in the incident. According to police, a group of criminals abducted Nayeem, son of Bozlu Biswas of Bus Stand area under Mirpur upazila in Kushtia on April 8. Nayeem is a student of class nine at Rifles Public School in Mirpur in the district. The gang picked up the boy into microbus when he was going to a local bazaar at about 4:30pm and later phoned his father Bozlu, a businessman of the upazila for Tk 25 lakh ransom. However, Bozlu filed a case with Mirpur police station and police arrested two friends of Nayeem. On the basis of their confessional statement, a police team raided a house at Mothmura village in Gangni upazila in Meherpur at about 6:30pm and rescued Nayeem. Police also arrested three other captors from the spot.


Obama warns of nuke terrorism

President Barack Obama has said the biggest threat to US security is the possibility of a terrorist organisation obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Nepal scraps MRP deal with India

The Nepal Government has revoked its decision to give the contract of printing Machine-Readable Passports (MRPs) to India.

Thai PM under pressure after EC's call

Thailand's election body called yesaged weeks of mass demonstrations.terday for the dissolution of the ruling party, piling the pressure on embattled Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva after the bloodiest political unrest in 18 years.

Brown's party unveils polls manifesto

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour Party set out its manifesto pledges yesterday ahead of May 6 elections, vowing no big spending commitments as it battles to rein in Britain's huge debt.

Communists meddle in Philippine vote

The Philippine military yesterday accused communist rebels of killing three soldiers and abducting politicians as part of extortion efforts linked to national elections.

Clashes in Pakistan kill 40 militants, four soldiers

Forty militants and four soldiers were killed in fresh clashes in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, government officials said yesterday.

Hillary hopes Nepal would complete constitution

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced hope yesterday that Nepal would complete work on a constitution, saying it was key to consolidating democracy.

New Pak state name sparks deadly riots

Six people were killed when furious mobs protesting at plans to rename Pakistan's North West Frontier Province after its Pashtun majority clashed with police, officials said yesterday.

Kashmir govt threatens to sack employees

The Jammu and Kashmir government yesterday warned state government employees, who have been protesting against the imposition of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), to resume their work immediately or they would be terminated from their services.

Ousted Kyrgyz leader vows to defy arrest

Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has rallied his supporters, days after violence in the capital, Bishkek, overthrew his government.

Six dead as Italy train derails

A train has derailed in northern Italy, killing at least six people and injuring 20 others, media reports say.

Arts & Entertainment

“Cholo Lathi Kheli”: A move to save an indigenous performing art form

"Cholo Lathi Kheli" is a yearlong project jointly organised by Bangladesh Shilpkala Academy (BSA) and Shadhona -- a centre for advancement of South Asian dance and music. The project aims at promoting and popularising "lathi khela", a traditional Bangladeshi martial art/perfor-ming art form, in a new way.

Theatre festival by Padatik ends

The five-day theatre festival "Syed Badruddin Hossain Smriti Natyatshab and Sharok Shommanona 2010" by Padatik Natya Shangshad, TSC ended on April 11, with theatre personality Shimul Yousuf and Mamunur Rashid receiving 'Syed Badruddin Hossain Sharok Shommanona 2010'.

Wearing Deshi on Pahela Baishakh

It is widely acknowledged that Pahela Baishakh is the biggest secular Bengali festival. What makes this celebration remarkable is that every Bengali -- regardless of class and religion -- gear up to usher in the [Bengali] New Year. Though New Year's festivities are closely linked with rural Bengali life, in the last four decades major cities like Dhaka, Chittagong and Rajshahi have been witnessing mega celebrations on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh. Homes are beautifully decorated; special dishes are cooked to be shared with near and dear ones and people make it a point to wear nice clothes. What many may not realise is that a silent revolution has manifested itself over the years throughout the country -- and it has to do with attire.

Laila’s work features in World Wide Art Books

International Contemporary Masters, volume III has been recently published. An annual art journal of WWAB (World Wide Art Book), this volume presents 233 artists from 54 countries. The cultural diversities and difference of backgrounds are evident from the works.

Live programme of Chaitra Shongkranti on Channel i

To bid adieu to the past year and usher in the Bengali New Year, Channel i will air a live programme of Chaitra Shongkranti titled "Banglar Utshab-e Shurer Dhara" at 5:30pm, 9:35pm and 11:30pm. Cultural organisation Shurer Dhara will perform in the programme.

“Shuprabhat Bishonnota”: Sabina Yasmin’s latest solo album

On the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, Laser Vision offers san exclusive album of renowned singer Sabina Yasmin to music lovers. Titled "Shuprabhat Bishonnota", the album was released on April 11.

Festival of India in China and France

The Festival of India in China and France were announced by Virendra Gupta, director general Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) in the presence of Jerome Bonnafont, the Ambassador of France to India and Xei Fei, Cultural Counsellor of China, says a press release.


BCL atrocities

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina has once again warned the leaders and activists of the Bangladesh Chhattra League (BCL) that extortion and tender grabbing would not be tolerated. One has lost count of the number of warnings the premier has given the BCL.

Poverty ascent and descent

BANGLADESH rightly claims to have made "modest" progress in alleviating both income and non-income poverty over time. The modest rate could be turned into "considerable" if the poverty elasticity with respect to growth rate had been higher. However, while there is a plethora of research papers on the levels and determinants of poverty, there seem to be very few that deal with poverty-dynamics. If I am not wrong, the maiden attempt to do so was made by Dr. Binayek Sen and D. Hulme a few years back. Of late, however, Mahabub Hossain and Nigar Nargis delved into the dynamics using panel data of rural households spanning from 1987 to 2007.

US nuclear hypocrisy

IT is now clear that Candidate Obama's promises on many critical issues have dissipated in the powerful headiness of the president's office. His references to the Kashmir issue have been lost as have his statements relating to reversing Bush's militarism.

Strategy deficit renders

BLOOD is the pigment with which is portrayed the monstrous mismatch between the Indian home minister's bombast and what he is capable of delivering on Maoist-dominated ground. The ambush and killing of 76 security personnel, indeed some of other recent forays in which the security forces were at the receiving end, confirms that all talk of "zero tolerance" and wiping out the insurgency within two or three years is little more than day-dreaming.

Popping the question is tough

READER Karuna Menon showed me a questionnaire from a chain of bookstores. It asked: Which of the following best describes your marital status?

Science & Life

Pest that feeds and grows on human body

FOUR decades ago I visited a distant relative who was a cancer patient at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. A chain smoker, he was always chewing betel leaves containing all the available spices. His cancer was first detected in the tongue, which soon spread to the esophagus. I saw his throat was open from beneath the chin. In those days you could see flies inside a hospital ward, and I saw maggots crawling down his open wounds. Then several years ago, I watched a documentary on a young girl's struggle to get out of the Amazon jungle while a large larva was oozing out of her open wounds. I thought humans were good habitats for flies. I was wrong! Only recently, I learned flies are rarely true parasites for human. I became curious.

Peering into the nascent universe

MARCH 30th, 2010, will always be a very memorable day in the history of physics. Scientists from CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, working on Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the biggest physics experiment ever, managed to set a record for high-energy collisions by smashing two proton beams at a combined energy level of 7 TeV (trillion electron volts). The collision took place after two failed attempts on that momentous day due to electrical failures; the two proton beams with record-high energy levels of 3.5 TeV apiece were racing in opposite direction at nearly the speed of light (186,000 miles per second) around the Collider's 17-mile-long underground tunnel before smashing into each other at 1:06 p.m. local time in Geneva, Switzerland. Many are considering this historic scientific event as crucial to the understanding of the beginning of the Universe. According to CERN Director General Prof. Rolf Heuer, “It's a great day to be a particle physicist”. Marking the start of the LHC research program, the moment of collision of the sub-atomic particles was greeted by tremendous applause and cheers by scientists both from CERN and beyond. It is noteworthy to mention that, LHC project which worth $10 billion and took more than 15 years to construct, went back to service last year after a massive electric failure closed it down back in 2008 for about a year. But the recent landmark incident in the experiment ushered a fresh anticipation amongst the particle physicists. According to Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, the ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC Apparatus) collaboration spokesperson at CERN, “With these record-shattering collision energies, the LHC experiments are propelled into a vast region to explore and the hunt begins for dark matter, new forces, new dimensions and the Higgs boson”.

Scientist who made Bengalis proud

Satyendranath Bose, eminent physicist and founder of quantum statistics, was born in Kolkata on January 1, 1894. He passed the Entrance examination in 1909 with fifth position from Kolkata Hindu College. He stood first in the F.A. examination in1911 from Kolkata Presidency College. From the same college he did graduation in 1913 and M.A. in 1915 with mathematics and secured first class first in both the examinations. In the same year, he joined the Kolkata Science College and worked with Dr.Meghnad Shaha in the field of higher Mathematics and Physics. Meanwhile in1921 Dhaka University began its journey and he came to Dhaka and joined the Physics Department at the Dhaka University as a Reader. He worked hard for the establishment of the Physics department and devoted himself to research work. He worked relentlessly on the theoretical Physics and X-ray crystallography, which brought him worldwide fame as a Physicist. In 1924 his work entitled 'Plank's law and the light quantum hypothesis' was published and it drew attention of Albert Einstein. Einstein translated his research paper in German and published it with his comments, which afterwards became famous as 'Bose-Einstein Theory'. In the meantime, in recognition of his work a kind of elementary was named 'Boson.' here are two types of particles in our universe- one is 'Fermion' having mass and named after the scientist Enrico Fermi, while the other particle is 'Boson', having no mass and as noted before named after Satyendranath Bose.. He also solved some of the unresolved problems of the theory of relativity at that time. He worked at the Dhaka University for 24 years. Then he went back to Kolkata and in 1945 he joined Kolkata University as a professor in the department of Physics. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1958. For promoting science in Bengali language he founded 'Bonggyo Biggyan Parishad' and published a monthly journal named 'Gayen Biggyan' from it. He was awarded 'Deshikottum' by 'Bishawbharathi' University and 'Padmavhuson' by the government of India. He died in Kolkata on February 4,1974.

‘Solar Impulse’ takes wing

At the pace of a fast bicycle, a solar-powered plane took to the skies for its maiden flight Wednesday, passing an important test on the way to a historic voyage around the world a journey that would not use a drop of fuel.

Fresh look at human evolution

“They, ladies and gentlemen, are potentially a Rosetta stone into the past," Lee Berger, a paleo-anthropologist at the University of Witwatersrand, told a press conference at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

Are we in a Wormhole?

A long time ago, in a universe much larger than our own, a giant star collapsed. Its implosion crammed so much mass and energy together that it created a wormhole to another universe. And inside this wormhole, our own universe was born. It may seem fantastic, but a theoretical physicist claims that such a scenario could help answer some of the most perplexing questions in cosmology.

Science Quiz

Quiz 1
How fast must a rocket travel to escape Earth orbit?
A. 25,000 miles per hour
B. 40,000 kilometers per hour
C. 11 kilometers per second

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