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BCL given cold-shoulder

The Awami League has finally chosen to leave Bangladesh Chhatra League to its own devices for the disgrace it earned in the last 14 months through violence, admission trade, and tender scam.

Power tariff to go up

The government yesterday unveiled a mega plan for adding around 9,500 megawatt of electricity to the national grid by 2015, while announcing that power tariffs will gradually increase as well.

It's all because of cab requisition

An unusual row over taxicab requisition led to a clash between police and cab drivers leaving 20 people injured yesterday in the capital's Farmgate, Manik Miah Avenue and Bijoy Sarani areas.

Pond water hilsa under test run

It is common knowledge that hilsa fish can survive only in rivers. But researchers at Chandpur Fisheries Research Institute have now taken steps to farm the hilsa in ponds.

2 AL leaders involved

Mufti Abdul Hannan, the prime accused in the attempted murder of Sheikh Hasina in Kotalipara, Gopalganj, yesterday named two AL leaders for their alleged involvement in the plot.

Hill, forest plundered for land port

Several hundred Keora and Bain trees at a mangrove forest adjacent to the Naf River have been felled to expand Teknaf land port.

Quit to contest

Unlike the last two times, ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury now has to step down as Chittagong City Corporation mayor to contest the June 17 CCC polls.

Water vessel strike loses grip on day 6

The movement of water vessels on different routes seemed to have become almost normal yesterday though Bangladesh Noujan Sramik Federation did not withdraw its indefinite strike.

DMP to keep eye on freed prisoners

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police is collecting addresses of some prisoners to check a possible law and order slide as the government has recently decided to release them to live by fair means.

BB freezes account of 'gold trading company'

The central bank yesterday suspended for one month a bank account of Unipay2u Bangladesh, a 'gold trading company' that promises high returns on investment.

Thai general shot on the street during interview

A renegade Thai general allied with "Red Shirt" anti-government protesters was shot and seriously wounded yesterday, hours after authorities threatened a lockdown of the vast rally site.

6 more bodies found, death toll now 11

Six more bodies were recovered yesterday while six others still are missing after a motorboat capsized in Dhaleshwari River near Bazitpur of the district Wednesday.

Another girl kills herself for stalking

A teenage girl in Narayanganj district committed suicide yesterday morning allegedly after being stalked by a youth in the neighbourhood.

BNP to take legal action against NBR

BNP has threatened to take legal steps against the National Board of Revenue for leaking out confidential information relating to party chief Khaleda Zia's income tax in violation of laws.

JS budget session on June 2

The Jatiya Sangsad goes into its budget session on June 2.

BTCL MD shown the door

The government has cancelled the appointment of SM Khabiruzzaman as managing director of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) on the ground of faulty recruitment process, sources in the telecom ministry said.

Koko, Saimon asked to appear in court Jul 18

A Dhaka court yesterday asked Arafat Rahman Koko, son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, and Ismail Hossain Saimon, son of former shipping minister late Akbar Hossain, to appear before it on July 18 in connection with a money laundering case.

ACC questions MK Anwar over Bhairab bridge 'graft'

Former agriculture minister MK Anwar said yesterday nothing was done beyond the laws and rules of business in approving the construction of Bhairab Bridge.

Mugger beaten to death

A mugger was beaten to death by locals in the city's Gabtoli area yesterday morning and an alleged criminal was bullet-hit during a gunfight between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion in Lalbagh in the early hours yesterday.

BNP to join CCC polls

Chittagong city unit BNP yesterday decided to take part in the upcoming Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) elections slated for June 17.

Sheikh Helal, wife granted HC bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted bail to former Awami League lawmaker Sheikh Helaluddin and his wife Rupa Chowdhury in two cases, in which they were earlier sentenced to different terms of imprisonment.

Young voters angry at UK power sharing deal

Despite the excitement generated by Britain's historic new coalition government, some young voters feel angry at the post-election power-sharing deal -- and at the political system itself.


Casualness in public statements

THE Opposition leader in parliament Begum Khaleda Zia in her speech at Barisal has accused the government of creating artificial power crisis. While criticising the present ruling party Awami League for its failure on many fronts, she further averred that the government's policy to buy electricity from India was tantamount to handing over the key of our power to that country.

Natore court action against policemen

A court in Natore has issued warrants of arrest against twelve policemen and seven other people on the charge of murdering a young man through so-called crossfire in August 2009. The move is significant considering the manner in which the youth was killed and the way in which his death was passed off as a matter of routine law and order. It brings to the fore once again the critical issue of 'crossfires' which have aroused, naturally, public fury at home and outrage abroad. Sadly enough, these 'crossfires', which first became regular practice on the part of the security forces, have continued even under the present elected Awami League-led government. What is infinitely of grave concern is the fact that despite their pre-election position against 'crossfires', the leading lights of the government (and that includes the home minister) have instead tried defending such questionable acts as part of law enforcement measures.


Enamul the key

Abahani will bank on their on-song striker Enamul Haque when they square off against Hasus NTCPE of Chinese Taipei in the AFC President's Cup Group A Qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

England waltz into final

England cruised into the World Twenty20 final with a seven-wicket thrashing of Sri Lanka at the Beausejour Stadium here on Thursday.

Hosts draw again

Bangladesh continued their dismal performance in the Asian Games Qualifying hockey when the hosts played out a 3-3 draw against Sri Lanka at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Afridi wants to win

They can't play at home, they have arrived in the Caribbean without several senior players, a former coach has questioned their sanity and yet they are in the World Twenty20 semifinals.

West Indies A favourites for today's final

The momentum will be with West Indies A when they take on South Africa A in the final of the ATN Records tri-nation series today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Shakib hit by chickenpox

Visiting Bangladesh cricket team have suffered a major blow with their captain Shakib Al Hasan coming down with chickenpox.

Niaz wins 6th round board

Grand Master Niaz Murshed won his sixth round game of the Commonwealth Chess Championship in Delhi, India yesterday.

Jimmy, Chayan quarrel after SL draw

Forward Rasel Mahmud Jimmy and defender Mamunur Rahman Chayan exchanged heated conversation in the dressing room after Bangladesh were held to a 3-3 draw against Sri Lanka in their Asian Games Qualifying hockey match at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.

Local Snippets

The RC Cola Federation Cup Invitational table tennis competition was inaugurated at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium in the capital yesterday.

A new bond is born

In the group stage, they were prolific in front of goal and, although England held them to a goalless draw, they were heavily fancied to thrash Wales in the last eight. But the Welsh, sadly lacking the injured John Charles, made them fight all the way. Pele, starting only his second game, and, at 17 years old, the youngest player to grace the finals tournament, scored a deflected goal past superb keeper Jack Kelsey. Pele himself would describe it as the most important goal he would ever score.

Forlan Atletico's hero

Atletico Madrid won the inaugural final of the Europa League on Wednesday as Diego Forlan struck an extra-time goal that broke Fulham's hearts and secured a 2-1 win.

Berba quits Bulgaria

Bulgaria captain Dimitar Berbatov has quit the national team hinting that fatigue and family commitments were behind his surprise announcement.

Jose reveals Real dream

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has revealed he will coach Real Madrid, in an interview to be published in Friday's Panorama news magazine.

Lyon take big step

Lyon took a big step towards Champions League qualification for next season by beating Monaco 3-0 on Wednesday.

Terry back in training

Chelsea captain John Terry returned to training on Thursday following an injury scare that briefly threatened his participation in the FA Cup final against Portsmouth on Saturday.

Drogba wants Torres

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba admits he would love to form a deadly double-act with Fernando Torres next season.

Gallas's future unclear

William Gallas's future at Arsenal appears even more uncertain after the France defender's wage demands were branded 'extravagant' by the English Premier League giants on Thursday.

Atletico fans celebrate win

Thousands of ecstatic Atletico Madrid supporters sang and danced in the street late on Wednesday after the team won their first major European trophy for 48 years.

'Real stars suffering'

Gonzalo Higuain on Wednesday said his Real Madrid team-mates Marcelo, Fernando Gago and Karim Benzema are "suffering" after missing out on call-ups for the 2010 World Cup.

Deschamps hints at extension

Didier Deschamps, coach of newly crowned French champions Marseille, revealed on Wednesday that he might be about to prolong his contract at the club.

Jordaan slates Dunga

The head of South African World Cup organizers has criticized Brazil coach Dunga for leaving Ronaldinho off Brazil's roster, saying some coaches are “blinded” by a sense of power.

Gary blasts players

Gary Kirsten, India's coach, has come down hard on some of the Indian players' "fitness and commitment" after his side failed to win a single game in the Super Eights of the World Twenty20, a repeat performance from last year.

Serena sent packing

Top-ranked Serena Williams was knocked out of the Madrid Masters on Wednesday, falling 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to Nadia Petrova of Russia in the third round.

Aus-Eng final will benefit us: Clarke

Australia captain Michael Clarke had said meeting England in the final of the World Twenty20 would be an ideal way to set the stage for their upcoming Ashes series.

Former SA players call for overhaul

South Africa were woefully short of runs and ideas at the ICC World Twenty20, but they aren't lacking for compatriots offering harsh criticism, explanations for what went wrong, and remedies for the future.

Yuvraj denies pub brawl

Indian cricket team's trouble doesn't end with their ouster from Twenty20 World Cup with reports suggesting that some of the players were involved in a pub brawl here even though Yuvraj Singh dismissed the claim.

Bekele still not ready to run

Kenenisa Bekele, a triple Olympic gold medalist and five-time world champion, has still not set a date for a comeback from a calf injury that has plagued him since January, his agent Jos Hermens said here on Thursday.

Warne backs Clarke

Shane Warne has thrown his support behind Michael Clarke as captain of Australia's Twenty20 team despite Clarke's own struggles with the bat. Warne believes Clarke's record as the leader of the side - in 13 games he has never led his side to defeat - is ample justification for him being in the starting line-up.


Costly yarn to hurt apparel export

The spiralling yarn price on the local market is set to unnerve the apparel export growth as the cost of production has gone up further, industry people warned.

Dohatec makes mark in software business

A Bangladesh software firm is in talks with about 10 other countries to carry out tasks of voter enrolment and people identification.

Bank managers seek more clout

Bank managers of rural branches yesterday urged Bangladesh Bank (BB) to increase their sanction limit for loans, as the head offices sit on their loan proposals far too long.

Tax cut likely for telecom

The government is likely to cut some taxes on the telecom sector in the upcoming budget under a tax structure reform initiative, Telecommunication Secretary Sunil Kanti Bose has hinted.

Weavers' strike lurches into second day

Handloom and power loom workers yesterday barricaded the Dhaka-Sylhet highway protesting a yarn price hike in local markets for a second day, leaving hundreds of bus passengers and goods trucks stranded for hours.

Small entrepreneurs reiterate demand for single-digit lending rate

Abdul Wahab, who runs a small leather factory in Hazaribagh, is very unhappy over the high interest on bank loans.

Stocks slip

Dhaka stocks slipped yesterday, led by banking shares after EXIM Bank announced a dip in earnings for the first quarter.

Bangladesh Lamps declares 35pc cash dividend

Bangladesh Lamps Ltd has declared 35 percent cash dividend for 2009, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Concord Engineers gets international recognition

Concord Engineers and Construction Ltd has won the International Quality Summit Award from Spain-based Business Initiative Direction (BID), a nongovernmental institution, the company said in a statement.

International Leasing chairman re-elected

Mahbub Jamil has been re-elected as the chairman of International Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (ILFSL) for the next two years, the company said in a statement yesterday.

No bank fees for small savers

Banks will charge no maintenance fee for small savings up to Tk 5,000, Bangladesh Bank (BB) said in a circular yesterday.


Unaudited quarterly accounts for the first quarter to March 31 show the company reported net profit of Tk 21.92 million with basic earnings per share (EPS) of Tk 5.61 against Tk 7.95 million and Tk 2.04 respectively for the same period of previous year. However, considering proposed 15 percent bonus share for 2009, diluted EPS will be Tk 4.88 as of March 31, 2010 and Tk 1.77 (restated) as of March 31, 2009.


Take action against students trying to spoil atmosphere

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked Dhaka University (DU) authorities to take action against any students, irrespective of the student organisations they belong to, if they try to spoil the congenial atmosphere on the campus.

Ministry busy doing final scrutiny

The committee of the education ministry, which drafted the announced MPO-list, was doing its final scrutiny to submit the review report to the Prime Minister's Office.

PM blames BNP-Jamaat misrule, graft for state of emergency

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has once again blamed massive corruption, misrule and intentions of vote rigging by the BNP-Jamaat alliance government behind the state of emergency imposed on January 11 in 2007.

No decision yet on Kosovo recognition

Bangladesh is yet to take any decision on the issue of recognition of an independent Kosovo, a Muslim-majority state in Europe, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said yesterday.

No gas crisis after 2016: JS body

Equipped with new machinery and investment, Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Limited is implementing a series of programmes to produce gas up to 1,000 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) by 2016, a parliamentary body said yesterday.

Mohiuddin, 10 others collect nomination forms

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury collected nomination forms from the district election office yesterday to contest the CCC elections scheduled for June 17.

Call to resist stalking

Creating mass awareness against stalking and sexual harassment and enforcing strict laws are imperative to prevent such harassment of girls, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.

23 shop owners fined

A mobile court of the Department of Environment (DOE) fined 23 shop owners with Tk 51,400 for using polythene during a drive at different parts of the city yesterday, says a press release.

HC verdict on writ petition May 20

The High Court (HC) yesterday fixed May 20 for delivering verdict on a writ petition that challenged the government action stopping the broadcasting of Jamuna TV, a private satellite television channel.

SSC results tomorrow

Results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations will be published tomorrow.

Engr Mosharraf, 6 others discharged from graft case

A Dhaka court yesterday discharged former housing and public works minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, also an Awami League leader, and six others from a corruption case filed against them in February 2002.

SC upholds HC bail to Afroza Abbas

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld the High Court orders that granted bail to Afroza Abbas, wife of former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas, in two tax evasion cases, in which she was earlier tried in absentia and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Charge framed against DCC engineer

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charge against Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Superintendent Engineer Mohammad Faruk Aziz in connection with a case filed against him for brandishing a firearm at his boss in September last year.

Moriarty tells of US help for army

The USA is committed to helping Bangladesh establish a more capable military answerable to civilian authorities, said US Ambassador to Bangladesh James Moriarty yesterday.

Mainul refutes JS body allegations

Barrister Mainul Hosein, a former adviser to the caretaker government, yesterday dismissed as false the allegations brought against him and his family members by a sub-committee formed by the parliamentary standing committee on housing and public works ministry.

BNP joint meeting tomorrow

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will hold a joint meeting tomorrow to chalk out programmes in observance of the 29th death anniversary of its founder former president Ziaur Rahman on May 30.

Shawkat Osman's death anniversary today

Today is the 12th death anniversary of eminent litterateur Shawkat Osman, says a press release.

NU exams postponed

The National University has postponed the honours part-3 (special) examinations of 2007 due to unavoidable reasons, said a press release of the university.


PSTU expels 20 BCL activists temporarily for anarchy

Disciplinary committee of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) has expelled 20 students and fined seven others belonging to BCL for different terms on charge of creating anarchy on the campus.

Diarrohea claims 7 in three days at St Martin's

Seven people died of diarrhoea while more than 50 others were admitted to hospital in last three days in St Martin's Island in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar.

Robbers loot 11 houses in Chandpur, N'ganj

Robbers looted 11 houses in Chandpur and Narayanganj on Wednesday.

Assault by extortionists triggers protest

The staff of Lalmonirhat Pourasave (municipality) yesterday observed work stoppage for three hours from 10:00am protesting assault on one of their colleagues by a gang of illegal toll collectors.

Charge framing against Ilyas Ali deffered

A Sylhet court yesterday deferred charge framing against district BNP chief and former lawmaker M Ilyas Ali and 47 others in ballot paper snatching case.

'Intensify land commission's campaign in CHT'

Chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Land Dispute Resolution Commission (CHTLDRC) Justice Khademul Islam Chowdhury yesterday asked government officials to gear up the ongoing campaign to make the affected people aware of the commission's task.

Bombs seized, one arrested

Police recovered 10 bombs and arrested a criminal from Amla bazaar in Mirpur upazila in the district on Wednesday night.

Prisoner dies

An under-trial prisoner of Sylhet Central Jail died at Osmani Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday.

Youth's body exhumed

Police exhumed body of an youth from a graveyard at Nayalavanga village of Shibganj upazila on Wednesday noon after two months of his alleged murder. The man was identified as Abul Kalam, 28, son of Mozaffor Hossain of Nayalavanga village under Shibgonj upazila in Chapainawabganj. Police said, Abul Kalam went missing after one Faruk of the same village called him out of his house at night at about11pm on March 16 this year. Villagers found his body in the morning at Goaltuli crop field, around two kilometers away from his house. Victim's elder brother Ekramul Haque lodged a murder case with Judicial Magistrate Court on April 4 accusing ten people of Gainpara-Nayalavanga village.

Fugitive convict held

Police arrested a fugitive convict in a rape case at Tarapur village of Shibganj on Wednesday. The arrestee was identified as Shamsul Haque, 55, of Tarapur village under Monakasha union of Shibgonj. Acting on a tip off, a police team from Shibgonj raided Shamsul's house of Tarapur village and arrested him at around 1:00pm. Earlier, District and Session's Judge awarded him life-term imprisonment for rape in 1998. Since then Shamsul had been absconding, said SI Sanwar Hossain, duty officer of Shibgonj police station.

5 criminals arrested

Five criminals, who attacked a student and a teacher of a school in Sadar upazila, were arrested on Wednesday. The arrestees are Yakub, 19, Mahbub, 20, Moshin, 19, Rubel, 18, and Salek, 21. They entered the Dingedaha Suhrawardi Swarani School and started beating Asad, a student of class nine inside the classroom while the class was going on at noon. Class teacher Mosharraf Hossain also came under attack as he tried to protect his student. Being informed, locals rushed in, caught the attackers and handed them over to police.

Yaba tablets seized

BDR jawans in a drive early Wednesday seized 5000 pieces of banned Yaba tablets worth Tk 25 lakh at Akbalia village near Jashpur border in Sadar South upazila. Acting on a tip off, a team of border guards conducted the drive at about 4:00 am and seized the sex stimulating tablets in abandoned state.

Domestic help tortured

A domestic help sustained serious burn injuries as her housemistress poured hot water on her body at Londoni Road in the city on Tuesday. Victim Rushna Begum, 15, is daughter of Ahad Ali of Sadipur village in Jagannathpur upazila of Sunamganj district. Police said housemistress Parvin Akter Banu used to torture Rushna on flimsy pretext. On information, police rescued the victim at about 7:00pm and sent her to Sylhet Osmani Medical College and Hospital. Later, police arrested Parvin.


Our lovely country

Recently, I watched a BBC programme called 'Tropic of Cancer'. As a part of this programme Mr Simon Reeve embarks on an epic journey around the world following the Tropic of Cancer and uncovers environmental, political and human stories from some of the most remote places on the planet. In Bangladesh, Simon sails down the mighty Padma and visits fishermen who use trained otters to drive fish into their nets. Further on, he sees the riverbanks crumbling before his eyes. Increased river erosion is thought to be caused by global climate change. And in the capital Dhaka he meets some of the millions of child workers.

Make them happy!

My bank kindly gives me bundles of 10 taka notes so I can have some 'change' but recently I was horrified to hear that the Bank of Bangladesh has stopped printing two taka notes!

Save Buriganga

We have already noticed the river Buriganga has been polluted at an alarming rate that resulted in the dreadful condition of surface water. The ecological system has been imbalanced by different kinds of man-made activities such as unplanned urbanisation on the banks of the river. Many industries and factories have been set up on the banks without showing any regard for environmental issues.

Is it a fair deal?

We have learned that Petrobangla and Ministry of Power, Energy & Mineral Resources have recently allocated 1,00000 (one lakh) MT of condensate for two private companies.

Aluminium windows

Nowadays almost all the houses of Dhaka city have Thai Aluminium windows which can be opened and closed easily. However, only fifty percent of the windows can be opened. In this way we are depriving ourselves of air. I think in a city where population density is so high and where load shedding is so frequent, use of such kind of window is not a good idea. Moreover, the distance between the houses is very little, thus this window makes things worse.

The CI and govt.

The story of a sinking ship is unfolding slowly. The CI can defend his contention politically, but his chances of gaining the status of the chief investigator as per charter of the act was remote and literally impossible. He was behaving like a typical government servant.

Flagging education

With the new academic year beginning, parents, particularly those belonging to the middle and lower middle classes, are a harassed lot. In the past, schools were run by governments and the quality of education was good. Teachers were dedicated and there was no need for private tuition. But now private schools and coaching centres are mushrooming all over the country. We find them giving huge advertisements on their pass percentage and successful candidates. Accordingly, they also demand huge fees. Another growing trend is publicity in schools that they coach students for entrance examinations right from the fifth standard. Of course, they charge a premium.


'Taratari', a remarkable jute fibre reinforced fishing boat; modelled in the lines of our local fishing boats of Sundarbans, was developed by the NGO 'Friendship and Bengal Foundation'. The vessel rowed by Corentin, a French engineer, set sail on 14th. February, from somewhere in Khulna. The start of this epic voyage was reported by almost all the local dailies of Bangladesh!

National Agriculture Policy

As far as I know the draft National Agriculture Policy prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture is now awaiting final approval of the government.

Trial of war criminals

It is a good news for us that the government has already formed a tribunal for the trial of war criminals. I congratulate the government.

Only 800 arches!

On the eve of a party leader's visit to a divisional town , the leaders, supporters reportedly have built 800 arches spending lakhs of taka. The news of this important event was the major headlines of the dailies in Bangladesh.

Magic of belief

Why is it that some people always succeed in whatever they do and others continue to fail? How come some people drift through life trying to find the energy to go on, and others have abounding energy? Is there some magic potion that the successful have access to? The answer is yes. The magic potion is belief. The idea of the magic of believing is born out of the fact that masterpieces, world architecture, societies and cultures, discoveries, new skills, world records... man's achievements have all resulted from the quaint beginnings of a simple belief. What magnificent and incredible power, and apparent magic, stems from a clear cut belief!

Energy options

I'm writing in response to the cover-page articles in the latest issue of The Daily Star (30th April 2010) on energy options for us. The lead article 'The Case for Coal' explored, and, to a great extent, as I understand, suggested coal option to ensure our energy security, and the next article advocated for solar breakthrough. Well, the first thing first. The real solutions to the energy and climate crisis is well-addressed by it, and what the writer told are available today if we focus on what we have in abundance.

CI resigns

With the voluntary resignation of Mr. Abdul Matin, the chief of the war crimes investigation agency, what has the government taken as a lesson/learnt? This type of incident is embarrassing both for the government and the individual concerned. Is there any guarantee that the next person selected will also be a correct choice? Therefore to avoid such incidents in future the government may formulate appropriate procedures.

Black money

Black money generally means what is earned through illegal means. But, legally earned money would be black money if the earner does not pay tax on it.

Tax issue

Recently, the issue of taxing the share traded income and mandatory TIN for BO Account created panic amongst the share investors. But it is also necessary that the government earns from such a huge transacting market. I think that the easiest way could be to impose a 0.1%(zero point one percent) mandatory fees on all the amount transacted, which could easily bring Tk. 1 crore income to the government on the 1,000 crore transacted daily. This could be a hassle free way for both. There are many other benefits in taxing this way.

Radio Bijoy

14th February 2009. It was 12'O clock. It is fourth floor of Shahid Mahfuzur Rahman Hall. Five students together, one in front of a microphone and one in front of a PC. They are trying to broadcast a live programme through radio, which is not traditional, but from online.

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UK coalition holds first cabinet meet

New British Prime Minister David Cameron chaired his first cabinet meeting yesterday, gathering former rivals together as he rebuffed suggestions their historic coalition cannot last.

Sayeeda Warsi joins UK cabinet as first Muslim

Britain's first female Muslim Cabinet minister said yesterday it was "humbling" to join the government, after taking part in new Prime Minister David Cameron's first full ministerial meeting.

Blast kills 8 in Dagestan

Eight people were killed in a bomb attack in Russia's southern region of Dagestan, the latest unrest in the troubled North Caucasus, officials said yesterday.

8-yr-old Tripoli air crash survivor 'stable'

A Dutch boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash at Tripoli airport in Libya that killed 103 people is said to be in a stable condition after surgery.

US warns Israel on Jerusalem settlement

The US administration has warned against an Israeli government announcement it could continue to demolish buildings in East Jerusalem.

No compromise on my wealth

Former first lady Imelda Marcos, newly elected to the Philippine's Congress, vowed yesterday never to compromise with the government in the battle for her family's alleged ill-gotten wealth.

China, US resume human rights talks

China and the United States resume dialogue yesterday on human rights after a two-year hiatus, as the Obama administration promises to raise concerns about Internet and religious freedoms.

10 killed in Baghdad attacks

At least 10 people were killed, including two Iraqi soldiers, and dozens wounded in separate attacks in Baghdad, security officials said yesterday.

Manmohan wants Ramesh to continue as minister

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has turned down Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh's offer to step down because of the latter's remarks on Chinese imports, and asked him not to speak out against other ministries.

Gadkari regrets 'dog' remark towards Lalu, Yadav

BJP president Nitin Gadkari yesterday expressed regret for his remarks likening Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dal's (RJD) Lalu Prasad to 'dogs who lick the feet of the Congress and its president Sonia (Gandhi)', but the outraged parties were unimpressed.

Nepal to miss constitution deadline; crisis feared

Nepal will miss a deadline to prepare a new constitution, officials said on Wednesday, raising fears of fresh political tension in a country yet to fully emerge from years of a civil war that killed thousands.

Afghan raids kill 40 Taliban

Up to 40 Taliban-linked militants have been killed in separate raids by Afghan and Nato troops in northern and central Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Jatra week ends at Shilpakala Academy

The weeklong Jatra Festival at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy ended on May 12. On the last day, Charanika Jatra Shamaj staged the “Ramayan”-based pala “Mahiyoshi Kaikeyi”.

Lalon Memorial Festival in Jhenidah

A two-day long Lalon Smriticharan Utshab (memorial festival) in Jhenidah began on May 12. Around two hundred Lalon enthusiasts from Kushtia, Magura, Alamdanga, Chuadanga and Harinakundo attended the event.

50th show of “Chhayanaut” in Sylhet

The 50th show of Nagarik Natya Sampraday's popular production “Chhayanaut” will be staged today at the Muslim Hall in Sylhet. The play will have two shows today. The first show (49th) will be at 4 pm and the second (50th) at 7 pm.

Should the French be angry about “Robin Hood”?

Premiering Ridley Scott's “Robin Hood” at the Cannes Film Festival is a bit like premiering “Saving Private Ryan” at the Berlin Festival, or “Cocoon” on movie night at a nursing home -- a tough crowd.

Harmony in action

Musical troupe Shamogeet started its journey in 2002 in Narayanganj. Amal Akash, former student of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University and friends formed the troupe. Though it initiated in Narayanganj, now the main activities of the troupe is centred in Dhaka. The troupe recently released its debut album “Haowa”. Amal Akash and Arko, who did the music arrangement, talked to The Daily Star about the troupe's initiation, their debut album and their ideology.

Australia beckons Suborna

Noted actress Suborna Mustafa has recently winged her way to Australia. Her husband, director Badrul Anam Saud is accompanying her. However, this has nothing to do with her shooting assignments. She is off to attend the wedding of her sister-in-law.

Shreya Ghoshal to perform in Dhaka

Indian singer Shreya Ghoshal is to perform live in Dhaka. The concert is scheduled to be held on May 27 at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre, according to a press release. Mirror Media & Productions Ltd is the organiser of the event.


A sense of proportion

THE recent UK elections have provided a pleasant diversion for us political junkies. It's been quite thrilling, really, with much cloak and dagger intrigue and dramatic twists and turns.

What's wrong with the world?

GILBERT Keith Chesterton wrote a book in 1910 that reads like it has been written yesterday only. His uncanny description of what was wrong with his world back then will sound familiar to those who find so many things wrong with their own world today.

Running on empty

THE country needs a two-pronged strategy to overcome the energy crisis, one for the short-run, and the other for the long-run. It is clear that setting up of large power plants cannot be the strategy for the short-run. These plants can produce power with lower per unit cost, using economies of scale. However, they require a long time to set up, between 4 to 5 years, in the best of circumstances.

Gordon Brown's walk into the twilight

YOU could detect a faint cracking of the voice in Gordon Brown as he said farewell before 10 Downing Street last week. And it was only natural, considering that the man was giving up power, and everything that came with it, with great reluctance. He had been a brilliant chancellor of the exchequer; and his admirers believed that he would be a brilliant prime minister as well. In the event, circumstances conspired to work against him.

Member of Parliament Order?

THE MPO list prepared by the relevant committee was announced after having met all the rules and regulations of the Ministry of Education. Nurul Islam Nahid is a minister whose integrity is beyond doubt. One can bet his life on it. One source said: "Nahid does not understand the pulse of AL politics as he came from a different party."


Hands on with iPad

Apple's latest offering, the iPad has been long-awaited. Now that it is out in many parts of the world, it has been described by many as the link that was missing between the iPhone and the MacBook. In a nutshell, it is a device for reading eBooks, browsing the web, checking and replying to emails, showing off photos, watching videos and TV Shows, playing games and navigating. Unlike many older tablets, it uses fingertips for input instead of a stylus.

Microsoft updates Office, vies online with Google

Microsoft Corp launches an updated version of its Office software on Wednesday, aiming to keep its grip on the hugely profitable business application market while countering the challenge of free online alternatives from Google Inc.

Care for some light music? LEDs make it possible

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are starting to become cost-effective alternatives to standard light bulbs and fluorescent tubes. That opens up some interesting possibilities, such as the combination LED light and speaker Osram Sylvania is announcing Wednesday.

Avatar's Cameron urges producers to embrace 3D TV

Director James Cameron, whose blockbuster "Avatar" set off a 3D frenzy in the movie industry, on Thursday told television producers to put aside their worries about higher filming costs and embrace the technology.

Asus Designo MS Series monitors hit the market

Asus, a leading computer hardware manufacturer has introduced Designo MS228H - its latest MS Series monitor- in the local market, says a press release.

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