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Coalmine cave-in kills 1

At least one person was killed and 19 were wounded when a roof of Barapukuria underground coal mine collapsed on miners nearly 2,000 feet below ground yesterday morning.

BTRC to scrap licenses of 5 PSTN operators

Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has decided to cancel licenses of five landline operators, whose services it switched off in March for their involvement in illegal international call termination through VoIP technology.

Jet fuel crunch looms over airlines

Amid a jet fuel crisis due to river transport strike, the civil aviation authority has asked pilots not to fuel aircraft at the capital's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport till Friday noon.

Now it's turn for businessmen

Following the footsteps of bureaucrats, the business community now demands the Anti-corruption Commission seek permission from Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry before filing cases against businessmen.

Sue Mainul for murder

A parliamentary body yesterday asked Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha to file a murder case against former adviser to caretaker government Mainul Hosein for "neglect and ignoring safety measures" in demolishing Rangs Bhaban that led to death of 14 workers.

Ctg polls June 17

The Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election will be held on June 17, the Election Commission (EC) announced yesterday.

Govt moves to make AL lawmakers happy

The prime minister's education adviser yesterday sent a letter to ruling Awami League lawmakers asking them to check the announced MPO list and give their opinions in a bid to quell their grievances.

100 BRTC buses hit road

Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) yesterday launched 100 new CNG-run buses for city service amid criticism over quality and durability of the vehicles.

Keep politics away from education

Leading educationists in the country yesterday said the government should not bring any educational institutions under Monthly Pay Order (MPO) facilities on political consideration.

Muhith in hospital

Finance Minister AMA Muhith is under observation at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Square Hospital, Dhaka, due to high blood pressure.

Pre-cleaning report must before import

The High Court yesterday in an order ruled that no ship could be imported in Bangladesh without pre-cleaning and environmental certificates from exporting countries.

Three-wheeler drivers block road, protest toll collection

Several hundreds of rickshaw-van pullers and auto-rickshaw drivers yesterday staged a two-hour-long demonstration on the second Buriganga Bridge in Keraniganj demanding withdrawal of toll collection from the next fiscal year.

Khaleda files plea with acting CJ

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday submitted an application to Justice MA Matin, now performing the functions of the chief justice in his absence, for shifting the writ petition concerning her cantonment house to another bench of the High Court.

Bandit beaten to death

Villagers flogged a criminal to death after he and his four accomplices gang-raped a 10 year-old girl in a village of Bishnupur union under Baderganj upazila Monday night.

S Korea to hire more workers

South Korea will increase its quota for Bangladeshi workers from this year and make an investment that will generate jobs for 3.5 lakh people in the country.

BNP rally at Barisal today

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will address a divisional grand rally at Bangabandhu Uddayn today as part of her countrywide anti-government campaign.

Inaugural ceremony postponed

Inaugural ceremony of the construction works of Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on May 13 at 11:00am has been postponed due to unavoidable reasons.

2 Faridpur rapists sent to jail

A district court sent the two alleged culprits to prison yesterday for raping a 14-year-old schoolgirl at Char Bhodrason in Faridpur July last year.

Same Biman aircraft survives scare again

A Dubai-bound Biman aircraft with 284 passengers on board hovered in the sky for three hours, dumped 15 tonnes of fuel in the air and managed to land safely at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital on Monday night.

Govt to include project in ADP

The government is going to include a Tk 15,000 crore project in the first phase of the next Annual Development Programme for constructing the Sonadia Deep Sea Port in Cox's Bazar.

Legal notice served to save Dhaka rivers

Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers' Association (Bela) yesterday served a legal notice on the authorities concerned to save Buriganga, Kaliganga, Dhaleshwari, Turag, Bongshi, Shitalakkhya and Balu rivers from all kinds of pollution.

One dies in Ctg police custody

A man allegedly died in police custody at Kotwali thana here yesterday morning.


Revising MPO list is a bad move

The cabinet criticism of the recently announced MPO list of non-government secondary and higher secondary institutions raises once more the spectre of partisan politics undermining a positive national cause. The prime ministerial decision, to review the list prepared by a competent committee we would like to make it clear, is not only hasty but also gives out some very bad signals about the future of education in the country. It is particularly painful because of the very sincere efforts made by Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid to have the MPO list finalised in line with the criteria set for it. Given that the MPO was in the period of some earlier governments stigmatized by political considerations coming into it, Minister Nahid's judicious move to streamline the entire process was a refreshing sign of positive change in the field of education. The criteria on which the MPO list is based are unambiguously clear: student numbers, the number of students appearing at public examinations every year, the pass rate and the dates of government approval of the schools in question.

Taking in food or poison?

From media exposes to mobile court raids to slapping of fines to grim expert warnings, we have had it all! But nothing has changed in the world of food adulteration, neither in scale, nor in mix of chemicals, nor indeed, in the wicked improvisation of blend and brew. On the contrary, the depredations have only increased -- with vengeance and impunity feeding on kid-glove, or what-could-we-do throw-up of fists in frustration. Never mind, this being a crime as grave as poisoning generations, stunting growth of our children and placing the whole society to unsuspected peril.


Abahani want good start

Abahani will fancy carrying their superb Bangladesh League form to the AFC President's Cup qualifiers that gets underway at the Bangabandhu National Stadium from today.

Colly aiming higher

Paul Collingwood challenged his England side to raise their game still further after they beat New Zealand to set the seal on their qualification for the World Twenty20 semifinals.

SL dump India

Sri Lanka snatched a thrilling 5-wicket victory against India at the Beausejour Stadium here on Monday to all but book a semifinal berth in the World Twenty20.

Bravo ton downs SA A

Darren Bravo's brilliant unbeaten century powered West Indies A to an 81-run victory over South Africa A in the ATN Records tri-nation series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Feni Soccer remain 4th

Feni Soccer Club recorded their eighth victory in the Bangladesh League when the visitors handed a lone-goal defeat to Farashganj Sporting Club at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Hosts face HK today

Bangladesh must bounce back from their shocking defeat against Chinese Taipei to keep themselves in the hunt for qualification of Asian Games when they face Hong Kong in today's match of the Robi Asian Games Hockey qualifiers at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium.

The greatest miracle

The semifinal, between Hungary and Uruguay, was a classic, with extra-time required to separate the two sides before Kocsis struck two late goals to give Hungary a 4-2 win.

Rajib takes early lead

GM Enamul Hossain Rajib shared the lead in the Commonwealth Chess Championship along with 20 other players at the close of the third round in Delhi yesterday.

Visitors take T20 spoils

South Africa Academy ensured they went back home with a trophy after a three-wicket win in the second and final Twenty20 match against GP-BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) at the BKSP in Savar yesterday.

Tigers' three-dayer heading for a draw

The three-day match was heading for a draw with the Surrey boys showing strong batting display against the Tigers in their second innings on the final day at the Kennington Oval in London yesterday.

U-14s off to Iran Sunday

The Bangladesh Under-14 squad will leave for Iran on Sunday to take part in the AFC Festival of Football to be held on May 17.

Old DOHS, Josephites cruise

Old DOHS registered an emphatic 55-29 win over Bakshibazar in the Premier Bank First Division Basketball League at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.

Eng take Pakistan into semifinals

England proved there was more to their batting than Kevin Pietersen as they knocked New Zealand out of the World Twenty20 with a three-wicket win here on Monday.

Vettori rues failure

It was a familiar but unwanted feeling for Daniel Vettori as his New Zealand side exited the World Twenty20 on the back of a below par batting display.

England fear none

England may well have avoided Australia in the semifinals of the World Twenty20 but captain Paul Collingwood is unconcerned who his side play in the last four.

Malik cleared for Eng stint

Pakistan cricket authorities Tuesday said they will allow banned former captain Shoaib Malik to feature in a Twenty20 tournament in England next month.

Serena crawls into Round 3

Struggling Serena Williams needed almost three-and-a-half hours to avoid an upset defeat by Vera Dushevina, with the top seed scratching out a 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5) victory to reach the third round of the Madrid Masters here on Monday.

Tanvir Smriti title goes to DU side

Dhaka University Sabuj Sangha became champions in the Tanvir Smriti Cricket Tournament after they defeated Heritage Cricketers by seven wickets at the Jagannath Hall ground yesterday.

India's women in World T20 semifinals

India have won through to the semifinals of the women's World Twenty20 and will face Australia in the last four at the Beausejour Stadium here on Thursday.

Rohit fined for dissent

India batsman Rohit Sharma has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for showing dissent at an umpire during Sunday's Twenty20 World Cup defeat by West Indies.

KP hopes to return soon

England cricketer Kevin Pietersen hopes to make a hasty return to the West Indies for the World Twenty20 after heading back to Britain on Monday for the birth of his baby son, his spokesman said.

Hodgson eyes fairytale

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is hoping that his side's fairytale journey to the Europa League final ends with them lifting their first ever major trophy here on Wednesday when they face Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid.

Wolves hire McClaren

Former England manager Steve McClaren has left FC Twente to take over at German Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg, the newly-crowned Dutch champions announced on Tuesday.

Hammers sack Zola

West Ham have sacked manager Gianfranco Zola, the Premier League club confirmed on Tuesday.

Maradona drug free for 6 years

Argentina coach Diego Maradona, whose off-field problems earned him as many column inches as his on-field brilliance, says he has not touched drugs for six years.

Ribery ruling on May 18

International sport's top court said on Monday that it aimed to rule by May 18 on an appeal filed by Bayern Munich and its French playmaker Franck Ribery against UEFA's three-match ban on the French player.

King, Carra selected

Fabio Capello has named Ledley King, Jamie Carragher and Scott Parker among his provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup finals.

Spain pick Valdes

Barcelona's uncapped keeper Victor Valdes and winger Pedro Rodriguez were in a list of 30 players announced on Monday from whom coach Vicente del Bosque will select the 23 for June's World Cup in South Africa.

Mexico edge Senegal

Second-half substitute Alberto Medina scored four minutes after coming in to give Mexico a 1-0 victory over Senegal on Monday in a World Cup tune-up.

Rossi in but no Totti

Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi was the only new name in defending champions Italy's 30-man provisional World Cup squad, announced on Tuesday by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

90 per cent tickets sold

FIFA has sold 90 per cent of the nearly three million tickets available for the World Cup, which starts in South Africa in 30 days, organisers said on Tuesday.

Pepe gets lifeline

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz on Monday unveiled a 24-man squad ahead of the World Cup finals which included Real Madrid's Pepe, who is still getting over knee surgery from December.


The fear factor: Energy crisis

Businesspeople from all sectors yesterday took a united stand to demand that the government fast-track the energy sector with adequate allocation in the upcoming budget.

Power crunch weighs loan recovery down

Default loans have marked a 5 percent rise in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, for which bankers blame the severe gas and power crisis.

DSE seeks clarification from Pragati on land sale again

Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday sought a second explanation from Pragati Insurance about the sale of the listed insurer's lands in Dhaka.

Minister seeks Indonesian investment in energy

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday urged Indonesian entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh's energy and tourism sectors under public private partnership to develop local infrastructure.

A trouble for govt: Inflation

Inflationary pressure is a big challenge to the government, said former caretaker government finance adviser Akbar Ali Khan yesterday.

PM seeks more exports to Manila

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the Philippines to import ceramic and other world class items from Bangladesh.

Stocks jump as investor confidence rises

Dhaka stocks yesterday jumped around 3 percent, driven by three major sectors shares -- telecommunication, bank and energy.

Sylhet businessmen call strike for Sunday

Businessmen in Sylhet have called a half-day strike for Sunday to protest against the plan to hold a trade fair on a madrasa premises in the city.

Samsung's new business plan

South Korea's Samsung group Tuesday announced plans to invest 23 trillion won (20.3 billion dollars) by 2020 in new businesses in the environmental and healthcare industries.

US central banker targets imbalances in financial crisis

A US central banker on Tuesday blamed economic imbalances, notably exchange rate rigidity, in the recent worldwide financial crisis.

BB launches e-tendering system today

Bangladesh Bank (BB) enters into the e-tendering (electronic tendering) system today, bringing an end to the traditional tendering process.

Pubali Bank chairman re-elected

Pubali Bank Ltd, the largest private commercial bank in Bangladesh, has re-elected Hafiz Ahmed Mazumder MP as its chairman, the bank said in a statement.

Reflections on RMG

The readymade garments industry in Bangladesh and the quakes in Los Angeles have a lot in common.

Euphoria over euro rescue fades

The German government asked parliament to swiftly approve its share of the bold $1 trillion rescue package for the euro as stocks and the euro fell Tuesday on concerns the massive loan program only postpones the day of reckoning for the continent's indebted countries.


The company's board of directors recommended 15 percent stock dividend for 2009. The board has also decided to hold the company's extraordinary general meeting (EGM) and annual general meeting (AGM) on June 29 (at 11am and 11:30am) at BIAM Auditorium in Dhaka. The record date for EGM and AGM is May 27. The company also reported earnings per share (EPS) of Tk 44.69, net asset value per share of Tk 196.52 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 9.07 for the year ended on December 31, 2009.

Oil down

Oil prices turned lower in Asian trade Tuesday as global stock markets tumbled on concerns about whether debt-ridden eurozone countries can reduce their deficits despite a massive bailout.

India greenhouse gas emissions jump

India's annual greenhouse gas emissions increased by 58 percent from 1994-2007, driven by higher industrial activity, energy production and transport, government figures showed Tuesday.

Greece requests loan aid after pensions 'shock'

Greece prepared to ask the EU and IMF on Tuesday for a first loan of 20 billion euros to avoid bankruptcy after the government unveiled radical pension reforms that have alarmed the country.

Australia set for 'responsible' budget: treasurer

Australia's Treasurer Wayne Swan Tuesday outlined a "responsible" budget aimed at cutting a bulging deficit and cementing an encouraging recovery from the global financial crisis.

Hitachi sees losses narrow

Japanese high-tech firm Hitachi, which plunged into the red during the global recession, said Tuesday its annual loss narrowed, buoyed by its automobile parts and consumer electronics businesses.


Govt mulls new law to stop stalking of girls

The government will enact new law, if required, to stop stalking of girls and sexual abuses in government and private organisations, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury said yesterday.

Increase prices of tobacco products to save lives

Anti-tobacco organisations yesterday demanded the government to increase the prices of all tobacco and tobacco products to discourage people from using those and ultimately save their lives.

Guard dies in Ctg police custody

A security guard of a market, an accused in a theft case, died in police custody in Chittagong yesterday.

Removal of 3 DU teachers demanded for patronising pro-Jamaat students

A group of students of Arabic department at Dhaka University yesterday kept the office room of the department's chairman and two other rooms locked for seven hours demanding removal of three teachers for "patronising pro-Jamaat students".

Nurses demand withdrawal of director

Nurses Oikya Parishad, a platform of the nurses, yesterday demanded the government scrap the contract with Director of Nursing Services (DNS) Jahanara Begum and recruit a competent and regular one.

29,000 get back eyesight after cataract surgery in five years

Over 29,000 poor people got back eyesight after cataract surgery and 1.59 lakh others were provided with primary eye care services free of cost in the city in last five years.

Only 14 qualified plastic surgeons in country

The country has only 14 qualified plastic surgeons against the requirement of 400 doctors to treat the growing number of plastic surgery patients, health experts said yesterday.

Aircraft stranded at Sylhet Osmani airport

A DC-10 Bangladesh Biman yesterday failed to take off from the Osmani International Airport due to technical hitches.

Govt asked to inform HC of steps to bring back prisoners

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to inform it within 10 days of what steps have been taken so far to bring back 156 Bangladeshis who have been languishing in an Indian prison even after expiry of their sentences.

Remove unfit vehicles from city streets: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday ordered removal of the unfit buses and other vehicles from the city streets to protect the environment and ease traffic congestion.

5 projects worth Tk 1250cr okayed

Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved five projects worth Tk 1250 crore.

Coal-based power plants stressed

Industries Minister Dilip Barua has admitted that the government could not fulfil the “people's expectations” regarding a solution to the power crisis.

Call to ensure social security for informal sector workers

The issue of social security of around four crore workers in informal sector needs to be addressed in the national budget, experts at a view exchange meeting said yesterday.

Schoolboy killed in road crash

A schoolboy was killed and five others injured in a road accident at Matherhat on Gaibandha-Palashbari road yesterday afternoon.

'No scope for controversy over war crimes trial'

Eminent lawyer Barrister Amir-Ul Islam has said there should not be any controversy over the trial of perpetrators of crimes against humanity as the Awami League was voted to power for incorporating the issue into its election manifesto.

SC stays HC order on FF council polls

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday stayed till May 20 a High Court (HC) order halting the election process of Muktijoddha Sangsad Central Command Council (MSCCC).

Protest against rental power plants

The government should not go for setting up expensive rental power plants before addressing the existing gas and power crises, said leader of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports at a press conference yesterday.

Programme to reduce child poverty launched

A programme titled 'Strengthening Non-State Actors' was launched yesterday with a view to reducing child poverty and promoting the rights of vulnerable children in the country.

Prosecutor terms journos 'saboteurs'!

Journalists were stupefied yesterday when a prosecutor, under the International (Crimes) Tribunal set up for holding trial of war crimes, accused them of espionage in the name of journalism.

HC asks beverage co to pay Tk 2.01cr compensation

The High Court yesterday directed Bangladesh Beverage Industries Limited to pay Tk two crore and one lakh compensation to the wife and two sons of late Mozammel Hossain Mantu, former news editor of the daily Sangbad, who was hit and injured by a vehicle of the company.

B'baria power plant opens today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates a 55 MW rental power plant at Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria today.

Man killed in Savar gunfight

A man was killed in a gunfight between two groups of miscreants in Khejur Bagan area under Ashulia police station in Savar yesterday.

Mithu Murder: Six on remand

Police yesterday took six alleged killers of ATN Bangla senior cameraman Mithu on remand for four days in two separate cases.

NU admission time extended

The time for admission to the post graduate first part (regular) course in academic session 2008-09 under the National University has been extended till May 16.

Viva voce from June 1

The viva voce of the candidates who qualified in the written test-2009 for the posts of headmaster and assistant teacher in the government primary schools will begin on June 1 instead of May 15, a Department of Primary Education press release said.

9 Hizb ut men on remand

The nine members of banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh who were arrested on Sunday were taken on a three-day remand yesterday.

AL seeks explanation from BNP

Awami League acting general secretary Mahbub ul Alam Hanif yesterday demanded an explanation from the BNP leaders as to how white money can be transformed into white.

Fake doctor jailed

A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday sentenced a person to one year's imprisonment and sent him to jail on charge of treating patients using fake identity as a doctor.


Eating up project money meant for ultra-poor

Only three male labourers are working in a project for construction of a 2000-foot-long road from Mohammadpur to Charabunia under Madarbunia union in Patuakhali Sadar upazila while 77 people including 26 females were listed for the purpose.

Erosion makes 32 families homeless in a week

River erosion has made at least 32 families of two villages under Ulipur upazila of the district homeless in a week.

Top JP leader, 14 others sued in Jessore

A case has been filed against 15 people including Maulana Shakawat Hossain, presidium member of Jatiya Party (Ershad) on charge of war crimes in 1971.

Jubo League man's 'time to occupy land'

A local Jubo League leader has started construction of a permanent structure by occupying a piece of khas land beside the approach road of Kuakata eco-park in the sea beach.

2 more held in Sylhet

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested real estate businessman Moududul Haque, and businessman Abdul Malik, who was accompanying journalist Fateh Osmani on the night of April 18, in connection with the case for murder of the journalist.

Robbery in Bagerhat

Robbers early Monday looted the house of Haji Syed Ali Matubbar, former chairman of Baloibunia union under Morelganj upazila.

Hats off to Shahnaz

A bride has refused to marry the bridegroom for demanding dowry.

Outlaw held in Satkhira

Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested a leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) from Satkhira Court area in the town on Monday afternoon.

15 injured as narcotics officials, villagers clash at Benapole

At least 15 people including a deputy director of the Directorate of Narcotics Control were injured in a clash between the directorate officials and villagers over recovery of addictive substance from Bhoberber village yesterday.

Irregular students in leadership race

More than half of the candidates vying for the posts of president and secretary of Thakurgaon district BCL in today's conference are irregular students.

Roadblock in Rangpur

Students of Rangpur Cantonment Public School and College blocked Rangpur-Dinajpur highway for half an hour from 11:00am yesterday demanding action against the driver of the truck that ran over on Monday Azmeri Sultana Limu who appeared SSC examination from the institution.

Bagerhat sees 122 deaths from TB in five years

At least 122 patients died from tuberculosis (TB) while more than a thousand were attacked with the disease in the coastal district of Bagerhat over the last five years.

Rare things of the past dug out

Skull of crocodile, teeth of wild buffaloes, and earthen statues and wares have been unearthed while digging a pond in Kotalipara upazila of Gopalganj district.

15 shops gutted

A devastating fire gutted 15 shops in Bonogram market in Santhia upazila under the district early yesterday.

Prisoner dies in jail

A prisoner has died in jail in the town yesterday morning. Victim Mamunur Rahman, 27, is son of Abdul Gafur of Shalgaria in the town. Mamun was accused in three cases. Deputy Jailor of Pabna Jail Sayed Shah Sharif said that the jail staff took him to the jail gate in the morning as he was scheduled to be produced in court in a case. Mamun suddenly become sick and fell down at jail gate. Doctors of Pabna jail hospital shifted him to Pabna General Hospital. But the doctors there declared him dead. Quoting the doctors Shah Sharif said Mamun might had a cardiac arrest.

One stabbed to death

An elderly man was stabbed to death and his son injured in an attack by unidentified assailants at Binnadangi village in Singair upazila early Monday. The victims are Amez Uddin, 60 and his son Jahangir Hussain, 25. Quoting witnesses, police said some criminals numbering 5/6 entered the house of Amez Uddin by cutting the grills at about 3am. When the members of the house tried to resist them the gang stabbed them with sharp weapon, leaving Amez Uddin dead and his son injured. Critically wounded Jahangir was admitted to a clinic in Savar.

CEC sued in Chandpur

A case was filed on Sunday with Chandpur Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court against Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda. Muhammad Sheikh Shah Alam, 30, Dakkhin Balia village under Chandpur Sadar upazila filed the case. Magistrate Mozammel Haque took the case into cognizance and ordered Chandpur model police station to investigate the allegation. Officer-in-charge (OC) of court police Harinath Das quoting the case statement said, the CEC in an interview with BBC on April 16 said that army is not angel, so that everything will be all right with their coming to power. Not only the army, even if Allah himself descends, He cannot do anything, the CEC added. The plaintiff said the CEC's comment hurt the religious sentiment of the Muslims.


Rushanara Ali's triumph

Rushanara Ali takes back the Labour seat to become MP for Bethnal Green and Bow in what is called an "historical moment" for East End. She made history on 7th April when she was the first Bengalee to make it to British parliament. Not only that, for the first time a Muslim woman has been elected to the House of Commons, setting a new history for the ethnic minorities in Britain.

Scourge of dowry

I was amazed to notice no protest from the readers; despite numerous news reports on housewives being killed by husbands & in-laws, due to non-receipt of committed dowries. Thank you Md. Tanjil, from the dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Chittagong, for writing against this social evil (source: The Daily Star, 03-05-2010). It usually happens among very poor citizens, living in remote villages. There is nobody to listen to them.

Education outside Dhaka

Being the Founder Teacher and Trainer of an English medium school at Tangail, Karatia, I had the opportunity to be part of the recruitment process.

Gender bias

Gender discrimination starts from birth and continues throughout life in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a highly patriarchal society and gender discrimination is evident across all levels. Women are dependent on men throughout their lives, from their fathers through to husbands, brothers or sons. The perceived lesser value and limited roles of girls and women are embedded in the socio-economic system.

NGO activities

Being a third world country, Bangladesh is burdened with many problems like over-population, poverty, pollution, poor education and health facilities etc. The present govt. has adopted many strategies and policies to overcome this situation doing their level best with the co-ordination of many NGOs across the country. But the recent activities of many NGOs are not much satisfactory to boost the socio-economic and infrastructural development as they are busy collecting funds from donor countries. But they have inadequate capacity to implement the programmes. However, it is true that NGOs play the most important role to empower women to make them self-reliant launching many projects like micro-credit programmes and they have already attained many success in the rural areas of the country. But the problem is that there are many NGOs which have no registration at all but they are still running their network countrywide. Innocent people in villages may be cheated by a group of dishonest persons who sometimes show their fake documents to grab money and after managing that they move away. So, there should be accountability and transparency in the NGOs' activities.

Investigators not investigated!

The Chief Investigator (CI) of war crimes lost his creditability to lead the team. But I do not think the adviser to the prime minister will get any credit for his public and panicky announcement of the background of the CI, rather he should be asked to explain why he failed to advice the prime minister before selection and appointment of the controversial CI.

Power generation

I would like to add a 'post script' (p.s) to a 'letter to editor' published in the pages of a local English daily on 3rd May. As stated by the writer, both solar and wind sources of power generation does not need any conventional fuel, rather the fuel for this form of power generation is Allah's gift to mankind, available forever!

Carmichael Road

Carmichael Road which connects Khander with Seujgari is one of the main roads of the district town of Bogra.

The root problem

Your two Op-Eds of 30 April had the headings: Solving the Wrong Problem and Treating the Disease. Both were similar in that they mentioned various problems or disease that needed curing and of course the fact that most of the time it was the wrong problem out of a plethora of problems which was being tackled.


Barclays Premier League is one of the most exciting leagues in the world. People from all around the world, who love football, watch this league. Supporters of Arsenal are quite disappointed by the ordinary performance of the team, especially at the last stage of the league. They lost three of their last four matches, and the teams were moderate level ones.

Mobile phone

Mobile phone has added a new dimension to our life and to the communication system. With all its advantages, the mobile phone has also some drawbacks in disguise. Criminals are reportedly using it to demand ransom and carry on with extortion.

Report on seat crisis

Recently, some newspapers ran special reports on seat crisis at Dhaka University. It is true students are suffering terribly in the dormitories due to lack of sufficient space. However, the report, partly, seems to be confusing to the guardians and local people and may have a negative impact.

ACC and politics

It refers to the ruling party's lawmaker Mahiuddin Khan Alamgir's comment on ACC, the national anti - corruption watchdog, that the country no longer needed the Anti-Corruption Commission, which worked like an autocratic organisation for two years. He came down hard on Professor Muzaffer Ahmad of Transparency International Bangladesh for his remarks over the recent changes in ACC law. He also asked the ACC to offer an apology for its misdeeds during the caretaker government.

Nostalgia and nausea

The narrow foggy road, leading my tender legs to walk at dawn to the mosque to pray, has all the potential to be remembered. Joy in playing truant has every reason to be nostalgic about; salami earned on Eid days meant the money adding extra pleasure to the big day. Departure of many known faces from the worldly life caused my extreme desire to know why they had to meet death! With age soaring up and experience being gathered the world teaches what to ask and what not to ask, what can be done and what can't be done. Day by day my experience of how unruly a human being can be started to mount high.


I remember, some time in mid 80s, I noticed a news item in the corner of a daily newspaper which read "The traffic police have banned use of tinted glass in the cars". I immediately decided to remove my car's tinted sheet from the windows. The very next day or only a day after, while I was on my way to garage to do the job, I was intercepted near Kalyanpur by a traffic sergeant. He stopped my car, sidelined it and told me that I had violated the government order. I tried to convince him that I was on my way to get it done. He didn't care and started to write something in his book. However, after a compromise he released my car. I removed the tinted sheets from my car but many did not. After a few days the rule was ineffective because the ministers and high-ups were using tinted glasses in their cars.

Some questions

Shahbagh is one of the busiest places of Dhaka. It is very unfortunate that traffic system of this area is very poor.


It's decision time

David Cameron says it is "decision time" for the Lib Dems over which party they will back to govern the UK.

Miliband leads Labour's leadership race

Foreign Secretary David Miliband is the clear favourite to succeed Gordon Brown as leader of Britain's Labour party and potential prime minister, although the contest must wait until a new government is formed.

Aquino set for landslide win in Philippine polls

Benigno Aquino was set to become the new Philippine president, pledging to fight corruption after riding on a wave of support from the "People Power" movement of his democracy hero parents.

Train accidents kill 9 in two days in city, Joydevpur

Nine people were killed in train accidents at different places in the capital and Joydevpur on Monday and Sunday.

No end in sight as Red Shirts refuse to leave

Thai protesters refused yesterday to call off demonstrations that have paralysed Bangkok's commercial heart and stifled the economy, while the government said it had done all it could to reach a deal.

'Israel to keep nuke ambiguity with US backing'

Israel will keep up its longstanding policy of deliberate ambiguity over its nuclear programme, Defence Minister Ehud Barak said yesterday, adding that US support for the position remains unchanged.

Iraqi forces face charge for Monday's attacks

Iraqi security forces faced charges of negligence on yesterday after a devastating wave of attacks blamed on al-Qaeda killed 110 people the previous day, the country's bloodiest violence this year.

Fossil reveals early bird plumage

A new study of a 150-million-year-old fossil of an Archaeopteryx has shown that remnants of its feathers have been preserved.

Doing overtime? Be careful

People who work three hours or more of overtime per day run a 60-percent higher risk of bad heart problems compared to those who work regular hours, a study published in the European Heart Journal said.

Berlusconi to pay 300,000 a month to ex-wife

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has reached a divorce settlement under which his second wife will receive 300,000 euros a month, less than a tenth of the sum she sought, press reports said yesterday.

Tornadoes hit US state, 5 dead

At least five people have been killed in tornadoes that have battered parts of the US state of Oklahoma, disaster officials say.

Ash cloud shuts seven Spanish airports

Seven airports in Spain have been forced to close because of a cloud of volcanic ash drifting from Iceland.

US vows not to abandon Afghanistan

The United States pledged yesterday not to abandon Afghanistan as the two countries began top-level talks after weeks of public spats between the White House and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

India concerned over Chinese equipment

India has concerns about Chinese telecom equipment near its sensitive border areas, which explains recent restrictions on imports, India's home secretary said in an interview broadcast yesterday.

Indian govt hopeful Maoists will come forward for talks

Notwithstanding the negative response of Maoists to its peace offers, Government is optimistic that the Left extremists would agree to talks once they "feel the heat" of the ongoing security operations. "Once they (Naxals) feel the heat and pressure, they will talk," Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said yesterday.

Kashmir reaches out to children of slain militants

As a Jammu and Kashmir minister says, children are children, be they of militants or of terror victims. That is why the state is reaching out to the young sons and daughters of slain insurgents with as many as 1,441 having received financial assistance in 2009-2010 alone.

Indo-Pak talks on July 15

India and Pakistan sought to build on a recent thaw in relations yesterday, announcing foreign minister-level talks in July as part of efforts to revive their abandoned peace talks.

Partial water transport strike continues

The indefinite water transport strike was observed partially yesterday, the fourth day of the country strike enforced by Bangladesh Noujan Sramik Federation.

Pirates release Lankan cargo ship, crew

Pirates released a Bermudan-flagged cargo ship and its mainly Sri Lankan crew yesterday after a ransom was paid, the EU naval force said two months after the vessel was seized off the Oman coast.

'Kasab may be hanged by the year-end'

Indian government yesterday said that Ajmal Amir Kasab, who has been sentenced to death in the Mumbai terror attacks case, may be hanged by the end of this year provided there is no legal bar. "If there is no petition from him (Kasab) challenging the sessions court verdict in the higher court.

Afghanistan dissolves 172 NGOs

Afghanistan's government, facing international pressure to wipe out corruption, said yesterdaye it had dissolved 152 Afghan and 20 international aid organisations.

Bill Gates to adopt an Indian village

Microsoft chief Bill Gates will adopt a backward village in Bihar during his daylong visit to the state today, officials said.

Red Cross confirms 'secret jail' in Afghanistan

The US airbase at Bagram in Afghanistan contains a facility for detainees that is distinct from its main prison, the Red Cross has confirmed to the BBC.

Arts & Entertainment

“Warish”: Salahuddin Lavlu’s second feature film in the pipeline

Salahuddin Lavlu began his career as an actor but gradually moved towards direction. His TV plays have been hugely successful. As a director, Lavlu seems to have the Midas touch, as his debut feature film “Mollah Barir Bou” was a blockbuster. At present the director is busy with his upcoming film “Warish”. The Daily Star (TDS) recently caught up with the director:

Tisha in seven avatars

Popular actress Tisha has played seven characters in a one-hour single-episode TV play. Shooting for the play “Amar Char”, written by Sanjay Sarkar and directed by Shokal Ahmed, ended recently. The play has been shot at several locations in Dhaka, including the Faculty of Fine Arts, DU.

“Sangeet-er Kritijon”: Reminiscing music icons

“Sangeet-er Kritijon”, a new book highlighting lives and works of departed music icons of Bangladesh, was published at Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium of National Museum on May 10. Jointly edited by Ferdaus Hossain Bhuiyan and Shafat Khaiyyam, the book has been published by Bangladesh Sangeet Parishad.

Exploring a conflict

A young boy is crushed under the feet of a marauding herd of elephants. The opening scene of Assamese film, “Basundhara-The Earth” sets the tone for what is to follow. A sensitive view of the conflict between man-elephant in the forested area of Sundarpur, the film reveals the ecological disaster wrought by the loss of habitat for the elephants, due to illegal trafficking of wood, an unlicensed stone quarry and uncontrolled poaching.

Eventful First Mime Convention in Chittagong

The four-day long First Mime Convention in the country was held recently at the Chittagong Shilpakala Academy, says a press release.


Their bad politics, their dismal record

BEGUM Khaleda Zia would like a change of government in Bangladesh. And to make sure things happen in line with her desire, she stands ready to lead a movement, spearheaded by her party, that will bring about the fall of the Awami League-led grand alliance government.

Hasina looks East

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina's scheduled three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea (South Korea) commences on May 16. This will be the first visit by a Bangladeshi prime minister to South Korea in 15 years.

Degree of growth

OUR ICT industry is currently at a stage where the right vision and the correct roadmap can take it miles ahead. We need to take a few proper steps, make some detours, and march ahead with determination. The government decision to give a thrust to the ICT sector is a golden opportunity to expand our industry.

The veil: A threat or a right?

A new law was adopted in Belgium last month, which effectively criminalises the wearing of the full veil -- niqab or burka -- in public places.

Microcredit? To him, it's only a start

IN 2006, the Nobel committee made the surprising decision to award its peace prize not to a philanthropist or a human rights activist, but to Muhammad Yunus, the founder of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh. What did this financier from a small, impoverished country do to deserve the world's most prestigious award? He invented microcredit, the practice of lending tiny amounts of money to the poor.

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