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No legal bar to free rivers

A Supreme Court (SC) order yesterday cleared the way for removing all structures, excluding the government ones set up to serve the public interests, from the rivers around the capital.

Protest loses steam halfway amid no cop obstruction

A protest march of the main opposition BNP towards the Election Commission Secretariat ended halfway yesterday in the capital, not because it was obstructed by law enforcers, but because the party leaders leading the march ran out of steam.

Delays in projects bleed public coffer

Delays in implementation of foreign loan funded development projects not only deprive the people of the benefits, but commitment fees also bleed the public coffer as penalty in most cases.

Jubo League factions fight for contract

At least 30 people were hurt in a bomb attack by a Jubo League faction during a tender dropping in Meherpur yesterday.

Boro harvest best in decade

The northern region of the country is eyeing at the best harvest of the decade as the biggest rice season sets at its peak.

It's now time for 'pro-AL' private universities

A parliamentary sub-committee considers recommending relaxation of some clauses of the Private University Bill 2010 to encourage pro-liberation war entrepreneurs to set up private universities.

Protesters make self-immolation attempt: 12 hurt

In protest of cancelling appointment of 354 newly recruited class-III and IV employees to DMCH, 12 of the victims set themselves ablaze at the Central Shaheed Minar yesterday.

Mayoral hopefuls to address voters from same dais

The Election Commission plans to hold two or three projection meetings for mayoral candidates before the Chittagong City Corporation election to have a new culture of electioneering, said a high official in the commission.

BCL men damage CU-bound vehicles

Three people were injured as the BCL activists of Chittagong University unit vandalised six university-bound human hauliers at different spots here yesterday.

Govt to review power import MoU with India

The government yesterday formed a high-powered committee to review thoroughly the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on power import from India before ratifying a deal.

No change on river front

The rivers flowing through and around the capital look dismal though 10 months have gone since the High Court directed the government to take measures to save them.

PM's visit to Seoul, KL May 16-21

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to visit South Korea and Malaysia from May 16-21, officials said here yesterday.

No need for past interim govt's ACC

Chief of the public accounts committee (Pac) of parliament yesterday said that the country does not need an anti-graft body like the one in the past caretaker government.

Insurgent of Assam handed over to India

An Indian court on Sunday sent a top-listed insurgent leader of Assam to 12 days in police custody.

Swine flu vaccination starts today

The government launches today its H1N1 pandemic vaccination campaign to combat swine flu.

5 killed in road crashes

Separate road crashes left five people dead and seven others injured in Feni yesterday.

Mumbai gunman Kasab convicted

The lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks was convicted by an Indian court yesterday of murder and waging war against India for his role in the 60-hour siege that left 166 people dead.

Jobseekers stage demo against govt's 'negligence'

Over 500 overseas jobseekers yesterday staged a daylong demonstration in front of state-owned recruiting agency BOESL in the city protesting its “negligence” that allegedly deprived them of jobs in South Korea.

Criminal killed in 'shootout'

An alleged criminal was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel in Kaunia area of Barisal early yesterday.

Pak troops kill 18 militants

An official says Pakistani army commandos backed by artillery and mortar fire killed 18 militants in a tribal region where the military has twice declared victory over Taliban insurgents.

Editorial

Adviser's observations on chief investigator's past

THE claim of Alauddin Ahamed, an adviser to the Prime Minister to the effect that Abdul Matin, the chief investigator in the war crimes trial, had been associated with student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami in the pre-liberation days has created a sort of stir. It has undoubtedly generated a confusion and a degree of commotion.

The capital's vulnerability to earthquakes

WHILE the people of Bangladesh are getting apprehensive of earthquakes, particularly the people living in the metropolis, we are getting different figures regarding the total number of buildings that are vulnerable to earthquakes. Some recent statistics given out at a roundtable suggest that 43 percent of buildings in Dhaka city, including school and hospitals, are vulnerable to moderate or strong earthquakes. The roundtable was arranged to share the lessons of the recent Haiti earthquake.

Sports

Ashraful back in the loop

The national selectors were prepared to change their policy, regarding the selection of Mohammed Ashraful, when they considered the right-hander's experience before earmarking him for the two-Test series against England in May June.

No trouble for Abahani

Mercurial striker Enamul Haque slammed the league's ninth hattrick to power holders Abahani to another easy 4-0 win over Chittagong Mohammedan SC in their Bangladesh League home match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Hockey team announced

Mehrab Hossain Kiron, national hockey team's goalkeeper who stood under the bar in the last tournament for Bangladesh in SA Games, was the only notable absentee in 18-member squad that was announced for the upcoming Asian Games Qualifying Tournament at the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) conference hall yesterday.

Five-wicket maiden!

Pakistan's Mohammed Aamer has bowled his way into the record books, ripping through Australia's tail-end at St Lucia in the World T20s on Sunday.

Murali out of World T20

Sri Lanka suffered a major blow to their World Twenty20 campaign when veteran off-spinner Muttiah Muralidaran was sidelined with a groin injury, officials said on Monday.

Members question Super Cup

Bangladesh Football Federation is determined to hold the second edition of Super Cup keeping the prize money as of its initial edition despite a few of the members of executive committee having difference of opinion on the issue.

Mahela shines before rain

Mahela Jayawardene's classy century and Guyanese rains combined to give Sri Lanka a 14-run win over Zimbabwe on the Duckworth/Lewis method in their World Twenty20 Group B match here on Monday.

La Celeste prove pioneers

The Americans were a team made up of English and Scottish émigrés and had easily brushed past Paraguay and Belgium in the groups, going further than any USA team has since, but there the romance was to end. The Argentineans, for whom centre-forward Guillermo Stabile was in great form, thrashed them 6-1. The Yugoslavs were put to the sword by Uruguay by the same score. The hosts were living up to their billing as tournament favourites with winger Jose Andrade, reckoned by many to be the first great black player, tearing the defence apart.

Aussies outdo Pakistan

Shane Watson top-scored with 81 as Australia punished lax Pakistan fielding to win their opening World Twenty20 match by a convincing 34-run margin here on Sunday.

Raina thanks Dhoni

Suresh Raina has credited the India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for helping him develop to become the third player to score a Twenty20 international century. Raina's 101 against South Africa elevated him to elite company with only Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum having previously made hundreds.

Nadal Rome's master

Rafael Nadal breezed to a fifth Rome Masters title in six years and then revealed that he is losing none of the fire that has seen him dominate clay tennis since 2005.

Henin's first win

Former world number one Justine Henin gave herself a French Open boost on Sunday with the first victory on her comeback as she won the Stuttgart WTA tournament.

Khulna nat'l champions

Khulna became the 30th Inter-District cricket champions with a four-wicket win over Dhaka at the Shams Ul Huda Stadium in Jessore yesterday.

Shirin, Liza still lead

Holder Sharmin Sultana Shirin and last year's runner-up WFM Shamima Akter Liza maintained their joint lead in the Arlin Developer 31st National Women's Chess Championship at the close of the ninth round at the Narayanganj Club Auditorium yesterday.

Raina in T20 century club

India's Suresh Raina became only the third batsman to score a Twenty20 international century when he made 101 against South Africa here on Sunday.

Tennis team returns empty handed

Bangladesh finished bottom in the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Zone-3 tennis campaign after losing all of their four matches in Iran, said a press release.

India's CWG boss told to quit

India's long-serving Olympic chief Suresh Kalmadi was on Monday given a government deadline to quit, prompting criticism exactly five months before the country hosts the Commonwealth Games.

Masud propels Bandhu XI

Bandhu Ekadash got a 28-run victory over Green Valley in the Col (retd) Malek Smriti First Division Cricket League at Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.

Real leave it late

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals, including a late headed winner, as Real Madrid twice came from behind to beat Osasuna 3-2 on Sunday and cut the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona to just one point.

Inter edge closer to title

Inter Milan followed up their passage into the Champions League final with a 2-0 defeat of Lazio on Sunday as Jose Mourinho's side edged closer to a fifth successive Serie A title.

MU set up tense finale

Manchester United set up a dramatic last-day shoot-out with Chelsea for the English Premier League title after Nani struck to seal a 1-0 win at Sunderland on Sunday.

Bordeaux bounce back

Having seen their chances of retaining the French league title implode owing to a recent poor run of form Bordeaux belatedly returned to winning ways on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Toulouse.

Italy name pre-WC squad

Italy coach Marcello Lippi on Sunday named a 29-man squad for a pre-World Cup get-together in Rome on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mourinho to stay at Inter

Inter Milan sporting director Marco Branca insisted on Sunday that it was "unthinkable" coach Jose Mourinho would quit the San Siro at the season's end.

Loew overlooks Kuranyi

Germany coach Joachim Loew will not be selecting Schalke 04 striker Kevin Kuranyi for this summer's World Cup, the German football federation announced on Monday.

Blanc offered France job

Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc has been offered the chance to replace France coach Raymond Domenech after the World Cup, French football federation (FFF) president Jean-Pierre Escalettes has revealed.

Business

Parjatan marks 21 tourism projects for PPP

The next fiscal year's budget may consider 21 tourism projects across Bangladesh under public private partnerships (PPP), which are planned to start operations by 2013.

Square plans to export insulin

Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd plans to export insulin as it started producing and marketing the drug for the local market last month.

REHAB elects new president

Awami League lawmaker Nasrul Hamid Bipu was elected the president of Real Estate and Housing Associa-tion of Bangladesh (REHAB) yesterday, said a statement.

Dhaka eyes FTA with KL

Bangladesh is keen on striking a free trade deal with Malaysia to boost bilateral trade and investment, said the commerce minister yesterday.

Ministry moves to speed up execution of second stimulus

The finance ministry yesterday asked related agencies to implement the decisions of the second stimulus package for the export sector.

Seminar suggests global halal food market exploration

Speakers at a discussion in Dhaka yesterday recommended among other things that Bangladesh examine the scope for entering the global halal food market.

Hosiery makers give 7-day ultimatum to rein in yarn price

The leaders of Bangladesh Hosiery Association yesterday threatened with tough movement if the spinning mill owners fail to bring down yarn prices to a tolerable level within a week.

Keya directors, Marico share investors fined for price tampering

The Securities and Exchange Commission has fined all members of the Board of Directors of Keya Cosmetics Ltd for allegedly manipulating the company's stock price through circulating rumours that a big investment from Sri Lankan entrepreneurs was in the pipeline, officials said.

Book on jute launched

The International Jute Study Group (IJSG) on Sunday launched a book on jute to introduce the fibre with its versatile attributes to prospective consumers and the environmentally-conscious people.

Orascom, a long-term investor

Few mobile operators in Bangladesh have tasted the sweetness of profitability, thanks to a stiff price war in the industry.

Greek bailout viable, but risks linger

Greece's unprecedented bailout should allow the country to shake off its debt addiction without pressure from financial markets, but contagion risks still threaten other countries, economists said.

Corporate Briefs

BD WELDING ELECTRODES
The company recommended 15 percent stock dividend for 2009. The AGM will be held on July 3 (at 11am) at NSC Tower Auditorium in Dhaka. The book closure period: May 12 to May 26. It also reported net asset value of Tk 312.78 million, earnings per share of Tk 1.16 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 3.34, as of December 31, 2009 against Tk 314.71 million, Tk 0.28 and Tk (7.60) respectively as of December 31, 2008. There was no price limit on the trading of shares yesterday, following its corporate declaration.

Two Gulf-based dailies close under economic pressure

Two Arabic-language Gulf dailies, Kuwait's Awan and Bahrain's Al-Waqt, announced on Monday that they are closing due to economic difficulties.

India manufacturing expands, stokes rate hike expectations

India's manufacturing output expanded for a 13th month in a row in April, a survey showed Monday, stoking expectations of further interest rate hikes to curb inflation.

Hong Kong retail sales rise 19pc in March

A stronger labour market and increased tourism helped retails sales jump by a fifth in March, the government said Monday, adding that the city's recovery from the global downturn will pick up.

Spain auto sales soar 39pc in April

New car sales soared by 39.3 percent in Spain in April from the figure for the same month last year on the back of a government incentive programme.

Metropolitan

BCL resorts to vandalism in Ctg amusement park

A group of local youths under the banner of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has been creating obstacles to the activities of Concord Amusement Park at Foy's Lake in the port city for the last two weeks.

‘Support trial of killers of teachers, intellectuals’

National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE) yesterday urged the world teachers' community to give moral support to the trial of the killers of the teachers and intellectuals during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Opposition chief whip gets bail

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abedin Farroque in a defamation case in which an arrest warrant was earlier issued against him on charge of making "derogatory remarks" about prime minister's son Sajeeb Wazed Joy.

Prof Innas Ali no more

Noted physicist National Professor M Innas Ali passed away due to old age complications at his Shyamoli residence yesterday at the age of 94.

Resignation of war crimes probe chief demanded

Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded resignation of chief investigator Abdul Matin of the war crimes investigation agency who has been accused of being a member of Islami Chhatra Sangha, the pre-independence student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.

‘Damaged embankments in haor areas to be repaired’

Flood protection embankments damaged by the recent flash floods in the haor areas of Sunamganj and Netrakona will be repaired before the next Boro season, the minister for food and disaster management has said.

Private universities run without fulfilling criteria

None of country's 54 private universities fulfils all the criteria required for registration under the Private University Act. They lack their own campus, faculty members, library or laboratory facilities, say educational experts.

Journalist community divided over broadcasting policy: Azad

The country has no broadcasting policy to ensure accountability in journalism and protect the rights of the newsmen, journalist leaders said yesterday.

Inefficient management obstacle to ensuring healthcare

Physicians yesterday said inefficient and incompetent management is weighing down the healthcare system of the country.

One gets life term for killing wife

A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced a person to life term rigorous imprisonment for killing his wife that took place in 2001.

World Press Freedom Day observed

The World Press Freedom Day was observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe yesterday with the theme 'Freedom of Information: The Right to Know.'

Fire at high-rise commercial centre in Ctg

A fire broke out at a high-rise commercial building at Agrabad in the port city on Sunday night.

Road crashes kill 2

Two school students were killed in separate road accidents in Gaibandha and Kishoreganj yesterday.

2 accused on fresh remand

Two accused in the Sub-Inspector Gautam Roy murder case were taken on a three-day fresh remand on Sunday.

BB tightens forex rules for electronic media

Electronic media houses will now have to take clearance from Bangladesh Bank (BB) to withdraw $50,000 or more in foreign currency from their bank accounts.

Salam Pintu's bail rejected

A High Court (HC) bench yesterday rejected the bail petition by former BNP deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu in the 2001 Narayanganj blast case.

Food minister warns officials

Food Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday warned the officials concerned of punitive actions if any irregularities are found in the process of procuring rice in the current Boro season.

Sayeed Eskandar gets bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted six months' anticipatory bail to Major (Retd) Sayeed Eskandar, brother of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in a corruption case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Accused BNP man held

Police arrested a BNP leader from in front of Gate No-3 of the Secretariat in the city yesterday afternoon in connection with the killing of the Netrakona Jubo League president.

Warning to 38 DU staffs for being late

Dhaka University (DU) Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Harun-or-Rashid yesterday issued warning letters to 38 officials and employees of the administrative building for not attending their offices on time.

Lord Avebury supports war crimes trial

LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, who is in London on a short visit, met Friday with Lord Avebury, Vice Chair of UK's All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights and Chairman of Bangladesh International Foundation.

National

Flood damages boro in huge areas of greater Sylhet

Flash flood has damaged boro crops on around two lakh hectares of land in greater Sylhet region and Kishoreganj district.

Bring Osmani's killers to book, demand newsmen

Newsmen here formed a human chain in front of Sylhet Press Club yesterday demanding arrest of killers of journalist Fateh Osmani.

2 Bangla Bhai aides held in Naogaon

Police arrested two alleged members of banned millitant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at Shafikpur of Raninagar upazila in Naogaon early yesterday.

Husband, his sister held on murder charge

Kotwali police on Sunday night arrested businessman Nilkanta Das and his sister in connection with the murder of his wife Liza Das.

Growers demand action against cold storage, compensation

Farmers of Rangpur and Nilphamari districts held a demonstration in front of the office of deputy commissioner (DC) yesterday demanding compensation for potatoes damaged at Moulana Bashir Uddin Cold Storage.

Trial of BDR men in Rangamati resumes

Trial of 75 accused BDR jawans of 9 Rifle Battalion resumed on Monday after it was adjourned on February 18 at special court-4 at the BDR sector headquarters in Rangamati.

BSF pushes back youth

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) early yesterday pushed back through Doulatpur border Bangladeshi youth Sukkur Ali whom they shot and forcibly took inside India from Baroachra border at Benapole Sunday noon. Locals rescued seriously injured Sukkur Ali and admitted him to Jessore Sadar Hospital. BDR said, the BSF members of Haridaspur camp at Baroachra border shot Sukkur Ali on Sunday noon and forcibly took him inside India from the zero point. They detained him at BSF camp and tortured throughout the night and pushed him back to Bangladesh.

Roadblock in Gaibandha

A few hundred people barricaded Rangpur-Bogra highway Sunday night for about an hour demanding arrest and punishment to the culprits who attacked a union Awami League leader. Police said Abdur Rashid, secretary of Taluk-Kanupur union Awami League was returning home from Gobindagnaj town on Saturday night. As he reached Katakhali, a gang of armed criminals attacked him. An FIR was lodged but police did not take steps to arrest the culprits. Demanding their immediate arrest locals barricaded the highway at Balua bazaar. Hundreds of vehicles remained stranded for over an hour on both sides of the road.

Croc kills fisherman

A fisherman was killed by a crocodile on Sunday morning on the bank of the Shyala river under Sharankhola upazila of Bagerhat district. The victim was identified as Sohel Howlader,24, son of Jahangir Howlader of Baroikhali village under Morrelganj upazila. The incident occurred as Sohel was catching fry in the river along with his father and other fishermen. Later, his body was found floating in the river.

Schoolboy electrocuted

A schoolboy of Birganj upazila died yesterday as he came in contact with a live electric wire. The incident occurred when he climbed a roadside tree to catch bird on way to school. The deceased was identified as Belal Hossain, 14, son of Bahez Ali of village Jagdal under Birganj municipality and a class eight student of Kabi Nazrul High School. Witnesses said Belal climbed a roadside eucalyptus tree in front of Abdul Patwari Auto Rice Mill of Birganj-Panchagarh highway for birds. But accidentally he touched the 440 volt live wire which passed through the tree.

International

Afghan suicide attack targets CIA base

A suicide attack killed one civilian yesterday outside a CIA base in eastern Afghanistan where the agency suffered one of the worst attacks in its history in December, an Afghan official said.

Iran, US take their nuclear cases to UN stage

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad brings his nuclear case to New York yesterday, turning a UN treaty conference into a stage for Tehran's long-running showdown with the Western powers over its uranium enrichment program.

Thai PM agrees on polls in November

Thailand's prime minister said yesterday he was ready to hold elections in November to end a tense stand-off with opposition protesters, subject to certain conditions under his reconciliation roadmap.

Afghan graft trial opens

The trial of a former civil servant accused of carrying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from Saudi Arabia for a government minister in Afghanistan opened yesterday.

Pak Taliban threaten US cities in new video

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud has vowed to attack major US cities in two purported new videos released months after his reported killing in a US missile strike.

Baghdad vote recount under way

A manual recount of some of the ballots cast in Baghdad in Iraq's March election has begun in the capital.

Court suspends court martial against Fonseka

Sri Lanka's court of appeal yesterday ordered the suspension of a court martial against ex-army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka.

Could be record disaster, BP must pay

US President Barack Obama has described a sprawling oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico as a "potentially unprecedented" environmental disaster.

Indian minister denies sexual assault claims

Haratal Halappa, food and civil supplies minister of India's southern Karnataka state, who resigned after the wife of a friend accused him of sexual assault, denies the charge. He says he is being framed by political rivals.

Kim Jong-il's train reaches China

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il may be making a rare visit to China, reports from China and South Korea suggest.

Battle for votes enter last 72 hours

Labour, the Conservatives and Lib Dems are into the final three days of election campaigning as polls suggest the result is still in the balance.

First tribute to Serb war victims in Sarajevo

A heavy police presence yesterday surrounded the first ceremony allowed in Sarajevo to mourn Serb soldiers killed at the start of the 1992-95 Bosnian War, which left deep scars in the city.

Flood in US state kills 15

Opryland's 1,500 guests were spending the night in a high school to escape rising floodwaters that threatened other areas of downtown hit by devastating thunderstorms that slammed Tennessee and northern Mississippi, killing at least 15 people.

Arts & Entertainment

The beautiful world of solitude

Solitude and serenity are two vital components in the works of Kamruzzaman, one of the renowned contemporary Bangladeshi printmakers. He upholds a balance between the individual and his setting -- a balance that explains the sense of desperation in big city life. The subjects of his works are in solemn mood and their characteristics are highlighted. Kamruzzaman's solo printmaking exhibition is now on at Tivoli Gallery, Gulshan-2, Dhaka.

Small yet giant steps

Musician Ludwig van Beethoven, brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, late actor Christopher Reeves, singers Stevie Wonder and Andrea Bocelli -- what do these renowned personalities have in common? They might have spent the rest of their lives in misery and hopelessness. Instead they have displayed enormous courage in the face of what could have been crippling disability and gone on to regale the world with their enormous talent.

Capturing moments, framing lives

A group photography exhibition titled “Capturing Moments, Framing Lives” is being held at Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The exhibition, jointly organised by the TV show “BBC Buzz” and Drik Gallery, started on April 30 and features 15 selected photographs on five different themes.

Dolly’s debut in daily soap

Seasoned actress Dolly Zohur is performing in a daily soap titled “Uttaradhikar”. Kaisar Ahmed is directing the serial, says a press release.

Rabindra festival begins today

To commemorate the 149th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha is holding a five-day programme, starting from today in Dhaka. The festival includes recitation, dance and musical soiree. Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman will inaugurate the festival at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Central Public Library, Shahbagh in Dhaka.

Mahi on tonight’s “Raat Biratey”

Street show “Raat Biratey” will be aired tonight at 11:20 pm on Banglavision. Politician Mahi B Chowdhury is tonight's featured guest.

OP-ED

Police modus operandi

POLICE activities, or to say more technically, modus operandi, remain shrouded as ever in an eerie mist of ambiguity in Bangladesh. Before going into details in support of the above statement let us have a look at what Internet has to say about modus operandi:

The devil is in the details

WE have lofty visions. We have elegantly crafted mission statements. We have well- defined goals and objectives. But when it comes to implementation, more often than not, we flounder at each step -- much to our disappointment. We might be baffled as to what went wrong and why we failed to deliver despite our sincere intent to carry out the mission.

The idiot's guide to the next budget

THERE is a joke in the country that when the AL wins an election only the AL wins, and when it loses the entire population loses with it. By June 2011, when the next budget will be due, this government will be halfway through its tenure. Therefore, apart from its financial goals, there are some measures that must be taken in that budget, with the objective of winning the hearts of the people.

Red Shirts versus Yellow Shirts

GOVERNMENTS in Thailand have not been stable since the powers of the monarchy were curtailed in 1932. Since the mid-1970s politicians, the military, big businesses and bureaucratic elite managed state affairs in Bangkok under a multiparty system of democracy. Clash of interests led politicians and the military to alternately control Thai governments.

Where is school for the out-of-school children?

THERE are around 80 thousand primary schools with about 2 lakh and 70 thousand teachers providing basic education to close to 2 crore children in Bangladesh. Despite such large figures, it is also known that 2 thousand villages (16,000 villages according to another estimate) in Bangladesh have no primary schools.

Travel

Cambodia by Bicycle

"Whenever you see three Cambodians, remember the fourth one who was killed by the Khmer Rouge.” A friend shared this sobering thought on the eve of a special adventure I was about to embark on: a bicycling trip from Bangkok to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. While this undercurrent of sadness was a part of the trip, my adventure was also filled with unexpected challenges, friendly people, and awe at seeing the magnificent ruins at Angkor.

Science & Life

Beware of encounter with extraterrestrials: Hawking

Human beings have always been fascinated by the thought of extra-terrestrial life-forms since the beginning of civilization. And the cave paintings of such celestial beings as ancient as 10,000 BC in the cavern of Val Camonica, Italy to the latest Hollywood blockbuster “Avatar” only signify man's fascination with things extra-terrestrial in origin. Even though the media have projected aliens as both good guys (Spielberg's E.T) and bad guys (Ridley Scott's Aliens), the global scientific communities have been relentless in their search for such beings within and beyond the solar system. Numerous satellites and radio-telescopes are scanning the skies as well as radio waves are being sent with the hope that someday our lonely Earth will find a friendly neighbour somewhere in this cosmos. But it may turn out that the Extraterrestrial (ET) is not so friendly towards us after all! According to the eminent astrophysicist, Stephen Hawking, the chances are aliens are out there, but any interactions with their kind with humans might bring disastrous consequences for this planet and its inhabitants! In a new T.V documentary series titled “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking”, the 68-year old former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics gently warned us with these words: “If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans”.

Recipe for disaster

What makes an oil spill really bad? Most of the ingredients for it are now blending in the Gulf of Mexico.

Endangered Black Stilt

Black stilts and at least 15 other bird species were saved from extinction by conservation efforts during the decade starting in 1994.

Prof M. H. Khundkar

Mukarram Hussain Khundkar or M.H. Khundkar for short, a renowned scientist and educationist, was born in Faridpur district in 1922. He passed the Matriculation examination from Barisal Zilla School and I.Sc. from Jagannath College. He completed B.Sc (Hons.) and M.Sc in Chemistry from Dhaka University. He did his Ph.D in Chemistry from Durham University. He started his career as a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Dhaka University in 1944. He became Reader in 1949 and was awarded professorship in 1960. From 1954 to 1972, he headed the Chemistry Department as well as acted as the Dean of Science Faculty.

Surprisingly like humans

African clawed frogs have more in common with humans than you might think, according to their newly sequenced genome, which shows a surprising number of commonalities with the human genome.

COSMIC NEIGHBOUR

To celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's 20th anniversary, NASA released this composite visible-light portrait of a nearby star-forming region, the Carina nebula. Towers of gas and dust, the home to newborn stars, line the walls of the nebula, which lies about 7,500 light-years from Earth. The image captures the violent activity atop a pillar of gas and dust that stands three light-years tall. Intense ultraviolet radiation and streams of charged particles from hot newborn stars just outside this view are compressing the pillar, triggering the formation of new stars within it. Streamers of hot ionized gas flow off the ridges of the pillars while starlit wisps of gas and dust float around the peaks.

SCIENCE QUIZ

QUIZ 1:
Which of these units of measurement is the smallest?



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