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News of: Thursday, 6th of May, 2010

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AL men attack BNP rally-goers

One person was killed and nearly 100 injured in Natore yesterday when activists of ruling Awami League attacked BNP activists on their way to attend the party's grand rally in Rajshahi.

War probe chief quits

Chief of the war crimes investigating agency Abdul Matin quit yesterday amid controversy over his appointment and alleged affiliation with Islami Chhatra Sangha, the then student wing of anti-liberation force Jamaat-e-Islami.

Work quality may drop as tender terms eased

The quality of rural development work might suffer because of the cabinet's recent decision to allow inexperienced bidders to contest for projects worth up to Tk 2 crore, and selections of contractors through lotteries, development partners and planning officials feel.

Cops point at AL men

Law and order has deteriorated largely because of widespread tender manipulation and violence by ruling party activists, senior police officials have alleged.

Hectic lobbying for MPO listing

Ruling party lawmakers and influential leaders are mounting pressure on the education ministry to incorporate non-government educational institutions of their choice into a new list for receiving the government's monthly pay order (MPO) facilities.

Teachers for perks

Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) has placed a 28-point demand before the university administration and the government but issues like development in academic and research facilities did not get place in the package.

Cheating in the name of jinn

In the dead of night, around 2:15 am on January 6, a male voice called the cellphone of polytechnic student Rubi Akhter Rifa. The man identified himself as a jinn -- a supernatural spirit Mulims believe in -- and ordered her to establish an orphanage and a mosque in her parents' names.

BCL activities suspended

Bangladesh Chhatra League central committee yesterday imposed a moratorium on the activities of its Barisal Polytechnic Institute unit for an indefinite period following Tuesday's factional clash.

Khaleda's 'no confidence' ignored

A High Court bench yesterday for the second time rejected BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's petition that expressed “no confidence” in the bench over getting justice in a writ petition regarding her cantonment house.

Prepare for agitation

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday declared that programmes of anti-government movement will be announced from the party's May 19 Dhaka city grand rally.

Settle conflicts first, then go for movement

Though BNP men at the yesterday's grand rally in the city's Madrassa Maidan agreed on Kahleda Zia's call for launching a movement, the grassroots leaders think that the party should not go for the movement before reorganising it and settling intra-party conflicts.

Appointments shrouded in questions

No disciplined methods were followed to form the bodies to try the war criminals that led to an unexpected reshuffle in the prosecution panel and resignation of chief investigator Abdul Matin within four and 40 days respectively.

ACC questions Huda over bridge project

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday interrogated former communications minister Nazmul Huda in connection with an inquiry regarding government loss of around Tk 100 crore in Bhairab Bridge project.

Mysterious murders on rise

The recovery of the body of one unidentified person in Khilgaon area yesterday brought the number of secret murder victims to seven in the city over the last nine days, a clear indication of increasing trend of such killings.

CID questions Anwarul

Criminal Investigation Department on Tuesday questioned former adviser to the caretaker government Anwarul Iqbal about the August 21 grenade attack, as he was the then director general of Rab.

Gulshan Club asked not to use floodlights for games

A High Court bench yesterday directed Gulshan Club authorities to impose restriction on using floodlights from 7:00pm to 11:00pm for the next three months.

Blackout in central part of Dhaka city

A vast area of the central part of the capital, including the Bangladesh Secretariat, plunged into a blackout yesterday following a major technical fault at the Dhanmondi Grid substation.

Border killing to be stopped

India yesterday reassured Bangladesh that it would fully stop the killings of Bangladeshis by the Indian Border guards on the frontier.

10 brought to mainland Benin

Ten of the 27 seamen who were stranded in ships offshore Benin were brought to the mainland of the West African country on Tuesday.

20 kg of heroin seized

Customs intelligence arrested an Indian with around 20 kilograms of heroin from Shahjalal International Airport early yesterday.

UK votes today

Party leaders criss-crossed Britain in a frantic final day of campaigning yesterday as they battled to win over undecided voters, before today's election expected to be the closest contest in decades.

BSF kills 1

A Bangladeshi cattle trader was shot dead by Indian Border Security Force yesterday at Baradi border point under Damurhuda upazila in Chuadanga district.

Editorial

How long will AL allow BCL to destroy its image?

Internecine conflicts between different factions of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student front of the ruling Awami League (AL), have again erupted with fresh vengeance. As usual it was all about rivalries among the leaders of the same unit or committee over establishing supremacy at the Dhaka University (DU) and the Barisal Polytechnic Institute (BPI). Though the clashes among the rival BCL leaderships in the DU took place at dead of night with exchange of gunshots, ransacking of rooms in a student hostel, at BPI it was a blood-curdling spectacle of lethal weapon-brandishing students at each other's throat.

Police killings

Strangled to death by unknown assailants, the dead body of Mizanur Rahman, an ASI of Ramna Police Station, was recovered by the police from Mirzapur. The incident follows the murder of police officer Gautam Roy in the city, barely two weeks back.

Sports

Batting let Tigers down

Bangladesh's self-des-tructive batsmen muffed up a wonderful opportunity provided by the bowlers as they bowed out of the World Twenty20 after conceding a 27-run defeat against Australia in their final Group A match at Kensington Oval in Barbados last night.

Sajib sets new record

Youngster Sajib Hossain set a new national high jump record by clearing 2.11 metres as he won gold in the men's event on the first day of 35th National Athletics Championships at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

No show Noakhali

Noakhali has always made bold statements in the national athletics championship, but this time only three athletes are competing in the 35th edition of the meet.

Postal boost for athletics

While other government organisations continue to desert the sports arena, Bangladesh Postal Department made a quiet yet very significant debut in the 35th National Athletics Championship that got underway at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Miller, Ingram destroy hosts

South Africa A continued their supremacy over their Bangladesh counterparts as the home side suffered a humiliating 203-run defeat in the opening match of the tri-nation tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Robi lights up hockey

Robi, one of the leading cellular phone operators in the country, has earned the title sponsorship rights of the Asian Games Hockey Qualifiers that will be inaugurated today at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium.

Shuktara do double over Ctg Abahani

Bottom-ranked Shuktara Jubo Sangsad maintained their hundred percent winning record against Chittagong Abahani when they handed a lone-goal defeat to the hosts at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.

NSC demands BOA audit report

The National Sports Council has asked the Bangladesh Olympic Association to immediately submit the audit report of the 11th South Asian Games that concluded on February 9 in Bangladesh.

Liza champion

Shamima Akhter Liza picked up her second national women's crown in style yesterday, staying undefeated in the Arlin Developer 31st National Women's Chess Championship in her hometown Narayanganj.

Flame flay Shaons

Flame Boys Club beat Shaons Club by 54-21 points in their clash of the Premier Bank Metropolis First Division Basketball League at the Dhanmondi Wooden Floor gymnasium yesterday.

Where does A team stand?

The massive 203-run defeat in the first one-dayer yesterday could be termed a one-off but the gulf of difference between Bangladesh A and the South Africa A sides was blatant.

Propaganda wars

In the semis, Italy faced the Austrian Wunderteam, led by willowy forward Matthias Sindelar, and yet again ran out narrow victors with Oriundi Guaita getting the vital goal. The Azzuri's successes were doing a great job in oiling Mussolini's propaganda machine and inside-forward Giuseppe Meazza was now a national hero. In the final, they faced Czechoslovakia, for whom Oldrich Nejedly was in hot goalscoring form.

Premier v'ball

East End Club beat East End Boys 25-15, 25-22, and 25-09 in their clash of the National Bank Premier Division Volleyball League at the Volleyball Stadium in Paltan yesterday.

Duckworth defends method

Frank Duckworth, the co-creator of the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method for settling rain-affected matches, has leapt to its defence after it came under fire from England captain Paul Collingwood.

Rain favours England

England qualified for the second round Super Eights of the World Twenty20 following a no-result washout with Ireland here on Tuesday.

Raina masters short ball

Stephen Fleming, the Chennai Super Kings coach, has attributed Suresh Raina's impressive show in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the ongoing World Twenty20 to his determination and effort to combat his weakness against the short ball, which was exposed in England last year.

Morgan praised

England captain Paul Collingwood and Ireland counterpart William Porterfield both lauded Eoin Morgan's display in their rain-marred World Twenty20 clash.

Sisters in Round 3

Williams sisters Venus and Serena had few problems between them as they cruised into the third round of the WTA Rome Open at the Foro Italico here on Tuesday after straight sets victories.

Sachin on Twitter!

India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar, revered by millions of fans in his home country and across the world, has joined the ranks of the "Twitterati" on the popular microblogging site Twitter.

Martina, Anna set to pair at Wimbledon

Retired tennis stars Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova will team up to play in the legends doubles event at Wimbledon, their agents announced Tuesday.

Flanagan new ACSU chief

Sir Ronnie Flanagan, formerly the most senior policeman in the British province of Northern Ireland, is to become the new chairman of the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU), the governing body announced Tuesday.

Barca inch closer

Lionel Messi netted his 30th and 31st league goals of the season as Barcelona inched closer to retaining their La Liga title with a 4-1 home win over relegation-threatened Tenerife at Camp Nou on Tuesday.

Ribery attends hearing

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery arrived for a UEFA hearing on Wednesday to try to overturn a three match ban which threatens to keep him out of the Champions League final.

Jose demands respect

Enraged Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho hit out at AS Roma president Rosella Sensi on Tuesday ahead of the pair's meeting in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday, demanding respect for his team.

Butt set for recall

Bayern Munich's veteran goalkeeper Hans-Joerg Butt is set to be handed a shock World Cup call-up when Joachim Loew names his World Cup squad on Thursday, according to German daily Bild.

Injuries worry Del Bosque

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque is concerned by the injuries plaguing several key Spanish internationals like Liverpool striker Fernando Torres ahead of the World Cup in South Africa.

Paraguay call up Barrios

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino on Tuesday called up Borussia Dortmund striker and freshly nationalised Argentine Lucas Barrios as he unveiled his preliminary World Cup squad.

Silva open to MU move

Valencia star David Silva has revealed he would be interested in joining Manchester United this summer.

Skrtel returns to training

Martin Skrtel, the Liverpool centreback, returned to full training on Wednesday, the club announced in a boost to the defender's hopes of making Slovakia's World Cup squad.

Colombia reappoint Gomez

Colombia have brought back Hernan Dario Gomez to coach their national side after they failed to reach the World Cup finals.

Business

Govt moves to offset crop losses

Farmers lost some 1.56 lakh tonnes of Boro rice in the haor areas because of the recent flash floods, said Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday.

Vehicle trackers win urban hearts

The vehicle tracking system (VTS) has helped retrieve about a dozen covered vans and goods trucks stolen on different highways since the introduction of the technology in Bangladesh in June 2009.

Illegal VoIP faces a block

Four mobile operators have signed up for a system that can automatically detect illegal international call termination powered by voice over internet protocol (VoIP).

SEC rejects ICB appeal for mutual fund extension

The stockmarket regulator has rejected an appeal of the Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) to allow trade of its eight mutual funds up to 2017.

Thai fair kicks off

Thai traders gathered at a four-day exhibition in Dhaka yesterday to showcase their products and services.

UCB returns to trade on OTC

United Commercial Bank Limited (UCB) finally returned to trade on the OTC (over the counter) market after a gap of two years.

Time Warner net income up

Time Warner Inc said Wednesday that improving results at its cable channels and a couple of popular DVD releases boosted its first-quarter net income by 10 percent.

Hummer recalls 198,000 H3s

General Motors said Wednesday that it is recalling all Hummer H3s produced since the 2006 model year to fix a portion of the hood that can detach during driving.

Transformed Ctg Vegetable Oil to take new name

The Chittagong Vegetable Oil Industries Limited, a private sector refinery that had manufactured popular brand soyabean oil Phulcopy before the suspension of its production around two and half years back, will now be transformed into a petrochemical refinery plant with a new name.

Young entrepreneurs awarded

HSBC yesterday named three teams as winners of the Young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA) 2009-10 for their innovations in different areas.

South Korea keen to invest in RMG, shipbuilding

South Korea is keen on investing in Bangladesh's readymade garments, shipbuilding, information technology and service sectors.

Citi and D.Net launch financial IT competition

Citibank NA and D.Net have launched the first round of the second 'Citi Financial IT Case Competition' (CFICC), said a press statement.

Greece, Spain, Portugal feel pressure on bond market

The borrowing costs of Greece, Spain and Portugal rose on Wednesday as investors demanded higher interest rates to hold their debt because of persistent concerns about public finances.

Deadly Greek riots rattle world markets

A deadly fire-bomb attack cast a pall over a Greek general strike on Wednesday, fuelling market fears that protests could derail a massive bailout plan as the euro hit a new one-year low.

Rationale for cash reserve hike

The central bank's latest step to raise the cash reserve ratio for banks will not be very popular in the private sector, but was necessary -- to contain inflation. These were the words from Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman.

Hung parliament fears rattle UK economy

Economists and investors are anxiously watching Britain's elections today, amid fears an uncertain result could send stocks and sterling plunging -- even if risk has already been partially priced in.

Laptop fair begins today

A three-day laptop fair begins here today with the slogan 'light up the technological light'.

Regional StanChart official in town

Richa Khanduri, head of sales (financial markets) of Standard Chartered for South Asia, arrived in Dhaka yesterday for a short visit, the bank said in a statement.

Renault-Bajaj car aims to be cheaper, greener than Nano

India's Bajaj Auto, making an ultra low-cost minicar with Renault to challenge the Tata Nano, said Wednesday it wants the new compact to be cheaper, greener and deliver "pathbreaking" fuel economy.

BB's new executive director

SK Sur Chowdhury has been promoted to executive director of Bangladesh Bank (BB), the central bank said in a statement yesterday.

Chile's economy falls 2.8pc

Chile's economy shrank 2.8 percent in March compared to the same month a year earlier because of effects from the powerful February 27 quake that hit the relatively wealthy South American nation.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

FAREAST ISLAMI LIFE INSURANCE
The insurer's EGM will be held on June 9 (at 11:30am) at Topkhana Road in Dhaka. The meeting aims to amend the Memorandum of Association and the Articles of Association to increase its authorised capital from Tk 25 crore to Tk 50 crore. The record date for EGM is May 17.

Oil slumps

World oil prices slumped on Wednesday after the euro hit a new one-year dollar low point amid worries about debt-laden Greece which shook global financial markets, traders said.

Indonesia reform hopes hit as finance minister quits

Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati quit Wednesday to take a top job at the World Bank, dealing a blow to reform in Southeast Asia's biggest economy and sending share prices plummeting.

Merkel defends taking time over Greece

Chancellor Angela Merkel hit out on Wednesday at accusations of foot-dragging over Greece, saying the EU's future and Germany's role in it were "at a crossroads" and that the bloc's rules had to be changed.

Chinese shipbuilder suddenly cancels Singapore IPO

A Chinese shipbuilder has abruptly cancelled a 666.4 million Singapore dollar (482 million US) initial public offering, which would have been the biggest share offer in the city-state this year.

Brussels calls for tougher EU fiscal rulebook

EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said on Wednesday that he would push to see tougher fiscal rules introduced for the bloc, to target overall debt levels, in line with French and German calls.

Metropolitan

Dhaka-bound flight makes emergency landing in Kolkata

A Dhaka-bound flight of Indian carrier Spicejet yesterday made an emergency landing at Kolkata airport following suspicion of a burqa-clad woman passenger on board.

Remove razakars from schools, colleges

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the education ministry to remove war criminals and razakars from the top posts in all educational institutions as well as from the managing committees, if there are any such elements.

More midwives needed to cut maternal mortality

The number of midwifes should be increased in the country to reduce maternal and newborn mortality, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.

No bar on telecasting Khaleda's address

The government yesterday categorically said there was no bar on telecasting BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's address live from the party's divisional grand rally in Rajshahi.

'Set up int'l climate centre in Dhaka'

State Minister for Environment and Forest Hasan Mahmud called on the world community to set up an International Climate Change Adaptation Centre in Dhaka to offset the impacts of global climate change.

Policy needed for freedom of press

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for formulating a policy to ensure freedom of press in the country.

HC asks Rajuk to submit report on steps by June 2

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) to submit its report by June 2 on what steps it has taken to protect Gulshan-Baridhara and Gulshan-Banani lakes in the city following its verdict delivered in July last year.

Robber killed in shootout in Chittagong

A robber was killed and another injured in a shootout at Purbo Gumdandi under Boalkhali upazila of the district early yesterday.

Two killed in road accidents

At least two people were killed in separate road accidents in Tangail and Narsingdi yesterday.

‘Exempt NSU from tax’

The North South University Foundation and its governing body yesterday demanded that the government exempt the university from all kinds of taxes.

Youth killed in city road accident

A youth was killed in a road accident in front of Dhaka College yesterday, which triggered a violent protest by agitating students of the college who vandalized at least ten vehicles.

Call for stern laws for tobacco control

Speakers at a workshop in Barisal yesterday underscored the need for stern laws to control tobacco.

PM's adviser meets Indian security adviser

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Economic Affairs Adviser Dr Mashiur Rahman yesterday had a meeting with Indian National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon and discussed bilateral security cooperation.

Family of Subedar Major Nurul Islam gets Tk 10 lakh

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday gave Tk 10 lakh to the family of Subedar Major Nurul Islam, who was killed during the BDR carnage last year.

Man robbed of Tk 2 lakh

Snatchers took away Tk 2 lakh from a stock market investor at Mirpur in the city yesterday.

Enact new law to stop human trafficking

A new law should be enacted to address all forms of human trafficking without hindering safe migration, speakers said at a workshop in the city yesterday.

‘Double budgetary allocation’

Persons with disabilities (PWD) yesterday demanded double allocation for them in the upcoming national budget.

Mahmudur has to submit wealth info

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday stayed for 10 days a High Court (HC) order that stayed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) notice asking the daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman to submit his wealth statement to it (ACC).

One killed in roof collapse in N'ganj

A construction worker was killed and four others, including a contractor, were injured when the roof of an under-construction building collapsed in Dani Lonkhola area of Bandar upazila yesterday.

Trader dies in rooftop fall

A businessman died after falling from the rooftop of a four-storied market building at Reazuddin Bazar in the port city yesterday.

Ensure nuclear arms-free world

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has called upon the international community to come together to ensure a world free from nuclear weapons and leave behind a planet habitable for the generations to come.

Bangladesh ponders reopening missions in Brazil, Iraq

The Foreign Ministry has moved to reopen missions in Brazil and Iraq and open different missions in important countries in South America, Central America East Europe, Central Asia and Africa, a parliamentary body yesterday said.

Huge chemical-soaked mangoes seized

A mobile court yesterday destroyed chemical-soaked mangoes weighing around 60 maunds after seizing those from different wholesale shops in the city's Jatrabari fruit depot yesterday.

CMP resumes campaign to stop stalking

The Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday resumed its special campaign to protect schoolgirls from the menace of stalking.

'Include stakeholders in preparing census data of adivasis'

Traditional social structures of indigenous communities and organisations working on them should be included in the process of preparing census data of adivasis in 2011 to make it reliable, speakers told a city meeting yesterday.

Woman killed as train hits jeep in Sylhet

A woman was killed and four members of an expatriate family were injured yesterday as a speeding inter-city train Parabat Express hit their jeep near Khalermukh level crossing about eight kilometres off the Sylhet railway station.

'Encourage private investments in power sector'

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for more public-private partnership initiatives to generate power in order to resolve the acute power crisis in the country.

National

Two Huji men rounded up in Habiganj

Police arrested Habiganj pourasava unit president of Jatiyatabadi Olama Dal Maulana Quashem Billah alias Noman and his brother Arif Billah, suspected Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) activists, at their house at Purbo Pukra village in Baniachang upazila early yesterday.

3 Sharankhola Jubo League men expelled

Three leaders of Sharankhola unit Jubo League were temporarily expelled yesterday on charge of manhandling Rina Akhtar Sagar, upazila vice chairman and secretary of upazila Mahila Awami League (AL).

Drive soon to flush out Sundarbans criminals

The home ministry has decided to launch crackdown in the Sundarbans anytime this month to arrest criminals, Islamist militants and pirates and seize illegal arms and ammunition.

Barbarity of a dowry-hungry husband

A cruel husband has cut the hair of his wife as she failed to meet his demand for dowry.

Rivals attack Sylhet JCD leader

Sylhet Government College unit Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) president Abdur Rakib Chowdhury and his brother businessman Abdul Hasib Chowdhury were injured in an attack allegedly by a faction of JCD yesterday afternoon.

River transport workers threaten non-stop strike

River transport workers have threatened indefinite strike from Friday midnight if their 22-point demand including new pay scale is not met by today.

17 Bangladeshis handed over by Indian police

Indian police on Tuesday afternoon returned 17 Bangladeshi citizens to immigration police at Burimari land port in Patgram upazila.

Ban on jatka catching extended for a month

The government has extended the ban on catching jatka (hilsa fry less than nine inches) for one more month in the 60-kilometre stretch of the Meghna in Chandpur.

Steps finally for fresh land for poor Dashmina FFs

Dashmina upazila administration is looking for fresh land for allotment to 19 poor and distressed freedom fighters as a total of 28.5 acres of lands that were allotted to them 10 years ago is still under water.

Two commit 'suicide' in Sylhet

Two people allegedly committed suicide by taking poison in separate incidents here on Tuesday.

Self-help is last help when there is no help

People of two villages adjacent to the Kumar River in Rajoir upazila under Madaripur district are working voluntarily to protect the villages from erosion as a portion of the river bank has already gone under water.

Fratricide

A man was killed by his younger brother at Shastipur village in Jamalganj upazila on Monday.

Robbers stab expat

Robbers looted valuables from an expatriate's house injuring him seriously at Noarai village in Biswanath upazila early Tuesday. Police quoting locals said, a gang of armed robbers numbering 10/12 stormed into the house of Birendra Das, a Bahrain expatriate, late at night breaking open the door and looted 15 tolas of gold ornaments, Tk 30,000 in cash and other valuables. The robbers at one stage stabbed Birendra indiscriminately when he tried to resist them. The victim was admitted to Sylhet Osmani Medical College and Hospital in critical condition.

Bus strike in Sherpur

An indefinite bus strike called by Sherpur Inter-district Transport Workers Union here Tuesday continued for second day yesterday causing immense suffering to the commuters. Bus communication in 11 internal routes in five upazilas remained cut-off due to the strike. According to the sources, the transport workers union stopped plying of buses on April 27 as its Sherpur branch secretary Shawkat Hossain was assaulted by a CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver in Nouhata area. However, they resumed service after three hours following the assurance of police officials that they would take proper action in this regard. As no action was taken, the transport workers enforced fresh strike on Monday demanding punishment to CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver responsible for the attack.

Union leader held with pistol

A leader of a transport workers union was held along with a pistol and six bullets while he took shelter at a house in Chairman Road area of the district town after firing two shots targeting the son of a state minister Tuesday evening. The arrestee was identified as Kamal Hossain. Police quoting locals said while Sohel Sarkar, son of State Minister for Youths and Sports Ahad Ali Sarkar, was going to his town's residence from nearby Harispur area along with some ruling party workers at 7:00pm, Kamal fired two shots targeting him. But Sohel narrowly escaped unhurt.

Case against CPB men dismissed

A speedy trial court yesterday dismissed a case against 20 leaders and activists of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Gaibandha filed by Sadar Upazila Jubo League. According to the prosecution of the case, on June 25, 2009 a clash ensued between the activists of CPB and AL at Dariyapur under Gaibandha Sadar over holding a public meeting there. Sohel Mia, an activist of Jubo League filed a case against 20 CPB leaders and activists including district CPB secretary Mihir Ghosh. The CPB secretary and some others were arrested by police and later released on bail.

International

Who will lead Britain if no one wins?

Britain's general election today is expected to be the closest for decades, with the outcome deeply uncertain.

Timeline of UK election

Britain is bracing for possibly days of uncertainty following today's election, which could well result in the first hung parliament since 1974.

Three dead as Greece protest turns violent

At least three people have been killed in the Greek capital as protesters set fire to a bank during a general strike over planned austerity measures.

Israel says talks to fail as US envoy visits

Indirect talks with the Palestinians are doomed to failure, Israel said yesterday just hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to meet the US envoy over the stalled peace process.

Red Shirts hint at end to protests

Thailand's "Red Shirts" hinted yesterday they could soon end weeks of anti-government protests, but demanded a firm date for the dissolution of parliament before tearing down their barricades.

Volcanic ash snarls Scottish, Irish air services

A new wave of dense volcanic ash from Iceland snarled air traffic yesterday in Ireland and Scotland and threatened to spill into the air space of England.

Iraq heads towards new Shia-led govt

Iraq inched towards a new government yesterday with power set to be vested once more in the hands of Shia religious parties who have close ties to Iran, pushing Sunni-backed secularists to the margins.

Pakistan probes NY bomb suspect link

Pakistan's military warned yesterday that it had yet to establish a link between the Pakistani-American charged with trying to bomb New York and the country's main militant stronghold in Waziristan.

Osama is in Washington

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday denied recent press reports that Osama bin Laden is in Tehran and insisted that the al-Qaeda leader is, in fact, in the US capital of Washington.

Afghan Taliban attack govt buildings

Seven suicide bombers have been killed along with a government official in an attack on government buildings in the Afghan city of Zaranj, officials say.

Nepal's Maoists block roads to govt offices

Nepal's Maoist opposition blocked streets leading to key government offices yesterday on the fourth day of their crippling general strike to demand the prime minister's resignation, while the government vowed not to bow to protesters' pressure.

India tightens security

India has tightened security checks along the Nepal-India border following Maoist demonstrations in Nepal.

Court to give verdict today

Family members of Phool Chand, the Mumbai taxi driver who was shot dead by the 26/11 attackers after they hired his cab to reach their targets, have said Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist must be given capital punishment.

Army major, soldier killed in Kashmir gunfight

An army officer and a soldier succumbed to injuries sustained in a gun battle between separatist guerrillas and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district, police said yesterday.

Lankan emergency laws relaxed

Sri Lanka's parliament yesterday scaled down tough state of emergency laws that were first introduced 27 years ago to deal with separatist Tamil rebels.

Arts & Entertainment

Tagore birth anniversary celebration

To celebrate the 149th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, a five-day programme by Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha (BRSSS) has begun at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library, Dhaka on May 4. Over 150 Tagore signers from all corners of the country are taking part in the festival. The festival features renditions of songs, recitation, a dance-drama and discussions on the life and works of the Nobel laureate poet.

Tagore in translation

“Films have to be liberated from literature”
-- Tagore in “Pashchim Jatrir Diary”

Brainstorming camp on ‘Lathi Khela’ concludes

The five-day brainstorming camp on lathi khela at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), titled “Robi Cholo Lathi Kheli,” ended yesterday. The concluding session included a vibrant lathi khela demonstration at Experimental Theatre Stage, BSA. The participating lathiyal troupes from different parts of the country made presentations of various styles of the traditional art form.

Weeklong ‘jatra pala’ begins from today

To safeguard one of the most popular indigenous performing arts 'jatra pala' from extinction, a weeklong festival begins today at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Troupes from different parts of the country will stage popular pala throughout the festival. On the inaugural day, Chaitali Opera will stage “Devi Sultana”.

“Nora’r Tin Konna” staged

Theatre troupe Palakar staged its new production “Nora’r Tin Konna” at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on May 3. Based on Henrik Ibsen's “A Doll's House”, the play is originally written by Swedish playwright Henning Mankell. Raihan Amin has translated it into Bengali, while Aminur Rahman Mukul directs it. The story of the play follows three daughters of Nora, who meet at their mother's grave 10 years after she passed away.

At $106.5 million, a Picasso sets an auction record

A painting that Picasso created in a single day in March 1932 became the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction on Tuesday night.

OP-ED

Will Thimpu be a new beginning?

THERE is very little doubt that except for the most incorrigible optimist most have seen Saarc as being subsumed by a dark cloud with very little substantive gains that one had hoped the region would derive from it even after 25 years of its existence. Being an inveterate optimist I am disposed to seeing a silver lining in every dark cloud. The commitment, both articulated in the statements of the leaders and in the Thimpu Declaration, cause one to be optimistic about the future of the regional grouping, and there are good reasons for optimism.

The middlemen rule the roost

LIKE the previous years, the government will procure boro from domestic production this year. As disclosed by the food and disaster management minister Abdur Razzaque after a meeting of the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit of his ministry last month, the public procurement prices, effective from May 1, would be Tk.25 per kg for rice and Tk.17 per kg for paddy. The procurement target has been set at 11 lakh tonnes of rice and 1.5 lakh tonnes of paddy.

Full circle on power sector reform?

THE power sector across the developing countries in the nineties was characterised by universal public ownership and integrated utilities involved in power generation, transmission, and distribution. There was extensive political intervention in all aspects of activities of the sector.

Postal service goes electronic

THE phenomenon of electronic commerce has permeated into every related aspect of our life today. The internet is revolutionising the way companies around the globe conduct business. Internet-based electronic commerce is playing a critical role in addressing business needs of the companies and hence they are making it an integral part of their business strategies.

Political stability: Still a pipe dream

IN spite of all the positive efforts of the authorities to bring the country out of its power crisis the power sector does not seem likely to show any improvement any time soon. So grave is the extent of the deficit in the country! So we will have to come to terms with the unpleasant reality, even if grudgingly.

Star Chittagong

Burglaries in jewellers worry traders

Jewellery traders in the port city feel insecure after several incidents of burglaries were committed in their shops at different shopping malls in last two months.

Call to preserve memories of Pritilata

The 99th birth anniversary of Pritilata Waddedar was observed in the port city on Wednesday with a call for imbuing the new generation with the patriotic spirit and saving society from moral degradation and discrimination.

The week that was

Need for more cyclone shelters underscored
Speakers at a discussion in the port city on Wednesday emphasised setting up more cyclone shelters and creating mass awareness to save properties and human lives from the natural disasters.



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