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Canal lost to grabbers

All kinds of affordable furniture were being sold there. The concrete signpost is hardly visible amid the stack of cots, chairs, tables and clothes rack.

Hartal call stuns many in BNP

Suggestions of some pro-BNP intellectuals and assurance of a number of mid-level leaders played a vital role in calling hartal as a beginning of anti-government movement announced by the main opposition.

3,500 new licences in three months

The government has decided to issue more than 3,500 licences to the local entrepreneurs for handling international calls to and from Bangladesh through voice over internet protocol technology, which is still prohibited under the existing law.

2 Ms sign up for Ctg battle

ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday resigned as mayor of Chittagong City Corporation and filed application for candidacy in a re-election bid.

Hasina warns of instant action

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government would take instant tough action if any recruiting agency is found to be cheating Bangladeshi immigrant workers.

JS body finds flaws in MPO listing

The new monthly pay order list of non-government secondary and higher secondary educational institutions has been marred by irregularities, alleged a parliamentary committee yesterday, asking the education ministry to finalise it after a probe.

Thai troops hunt for protesters

Thai troops yesterday hunted for militant protesters who left parts of Bangkok in flames as the authorities extended a night curfew in the capital despite tentative signs of a return to normality.

CNG cylinder blast blows up workshop

Three garages at the city's Uttara were burnt to ashes when a CNG cylinder of a private car exploded yesterday, also leaving two workers injured.

Easy escape from molestation charge

A child molester was fined Tk 500 only and handed down a punishment of 50 shoe-slaps at a local arbitration in the city's Mirpur area on Tuesday.

Jamuna TV shutdown order valid

The High Court yesterday in a verdict justified the government decision to cancel the allocation of frequency to Jamuna Television (JTV) and stop its test transmission.

Hartal called to block war crimes trial

The leaders of ruling party yesterday said the BNP has called the countrywide dawn to dusk hartal on June 27 in a bid to foil the trial of war criminals and create anarchy in the country.

Rejoinder, our reply

In a rejoinder to a Daily Star report headlined -- 'Orchard Death for Sal Forest' -- published on May 17 the Ministry of Environment and Forest stated that the felling of trees in the Beribaid mouja under the Aronkhola Union of Madhupur Upazila had started during the regime of BNP and continued till the caretaker government period.

BTV news bulletin irks JS body

The parliamentary standing committee on information ministry has expressed its dissatisfaction with the quality of news aired by state-run Bangladesh Television, and asked the ministry concerned and BTV authorities to change their mindset in this regard.

Criminal hacked to death in city

A listed criminal was hacked to death at Nurpur in the city's Kadamtoli Wednesday night while a roadside vendor was strangled in Savar.

Reinstatement of 85 election officers stayed for a month

The High Court yesterday stayed for a month the Election Commission's (EC) action reinstating 85 persons as upazila election officers.

Last batch of seamen back from Benin

The last batch of Bangladeshi seamen, who were stranded in ships offshore Benin, finally returned home yesterday.

Karachi political violence kills 25

The paramilitary Pakistan Rangers were called in after political-ethnic violence in this southern port city claimed 25 lives, a media report yesterday said.

BCL president 'assaulted' by party man

Bangladesh Chhatra League President Mahmud Hasan Ripon was allegedly assaulted last night by a Mymensingh district unit BCL leader as he was not picked for the post of district unit president.

Thai army, protesters committing 'serious abuses': watchdog

Both Thai security forces and anti-government "Red Shirt" protesters have committed "serious abuses" during an army crackdown on street rallies in the capital, a leading rights organisation said yesterday.

Vietnam repeats call for peaceful Thai solution

Vietnam, chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, yesterday reiterated its call for a peaceful resolution to the "complicated developments" in Thailand.


Hartal signals a return to destructive politics

BEGUM Khaleda Zia has given out a call for a hartal on 27 June. It is a decision at once regrettable and with implications for the future. We have argued, consistently since our inception, that hartals are the worst manifestation of politics gone awry. Now that hartals are back, thanks to the BNP, we can only say that destructive politics we thought was in the past is now back in full flow. It is a sign of political bankruptcy on the part of the BNP and only points to the thought that the party has nothing substantive to offer in terms of democratic politics. Reportedly, some senior BNP leaders had sounded a discordant note on the hartal option but were apparently ignored by the party chief. Be that as it may, the fact that the call for hartal has come from an individual who has been prime minister on more than one occasion not only surprises the nation but also leaves it bewildered.

Unsafe supply water

THE report carried by a leading Bangla daily that the pipe water supplied by the Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) contains bacteria and dissolved solid matter must have been a shocker for the residents of the capital city. The fact that out of the 22 samples of water examined by the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), only seven have been found to be safe for drinking, is distressing enough. Now the users of WASA water would be left wondering if the supply water of their particular block is safe or not.


Now resigns Titoo?

Although it was not confirmed either by the man himself or the authority, it seems that Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been hit by another resignation as it was learnt that Aziz Al Kaiser Titoo had resigned as the chairman of the marketing and commercial committee.

Diego names squad

Argentina coach Diego Maradona named his 23-man World Cup squad on Wednesday, dropping seven players from the provisional list named last week.

Tigers close to another defeat

The Tigers were on the brink of another defeat as they continued to bat poorly against the England Lions on the second day of their four-day game at the County Ground in Derby yesterday.

Abahani shift focus

Shrugging off the disappointment of not qualifying for the AFC President's Cup finals, unconquered Abahani return to the domestic competition today when the leaders take on Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra in the crucial match of the Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Maradona runs over cameraman

The Argentina coach Diego Maradona insulted an injured cameraman after accidentally running over his leg ahead of announcement of the Albiceleste World Cup squad.

Farce final up for discussion

The league committee of the Bangladesh Hockey Federa-tion has forwarded the issue of the farcical Club Cup Hockey final to its governing body meeting to work out a solution.

BOA order members for audit reports

The Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) has pushed its members hard to submit the audit reports of the different sub-committees, formed during the South Asian Games in Bangladesh earlier this year, immediately after the National Sports Council (NSC) sought a quick submission of the Games' expenditure audit.

Local Snippets

The Chittagong leg of the 4th Electra Divisional Karate Championship will begin at the MA Aziz Stadium Gymnasium from today.

WI A storm to huge win

Sohrawordi Shuvo delayed the inevitable with an enterprising 64 but it was never enough to stop West Indies A run away with a 114-run victory in the first unofficial Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Germans rust Clockwork Orange

Brazil lost the World Cup almost as soon as they regained it. The Jules Rimet trophy, theirs to keep after winning it for the third time, was stolen and never seen again. Their 1970 team melted away too. Zagallo put together a far more physical side, in the belief that the old skills wouldn't survive against European athleticism.

McLaren bowls WI away

A career-best spell from Ryan McLaren bowled South Africa to a 13-run victory in the first of two Twenty20 Internationals against West Indies on Wednesday.

Tendulkar's compassion

The god of cricket has yet again played god, this time for a friend. "He [Sachin Tendulkar] is a true friend who came to my help when I needed it most," said Dalbir Singh (37) after undergoing a hip replacement surgery on Wednesday, courtesy Tendulkar.

Big time cricket in US

Sri Lanka and New Zealand will stage the first cricket matches on US soil between two ICC full members this weekend, a move officials hope will launch a US boom for the sport.

Clarke wants to stay on

Michael Clarke believes he might need to rediscover the attacking approach of his youth to become a successful Twenty20 batsman. Clarke has no intention of giving up his place as Australia's captain in the shortest format despite struggling to lift his scoring rate in the World Twenty20, where he led Australia to the final, which they lost to England.

It has to be Pakistan

Pakistan cricket is once again facing claims of match-fixing, with a parliamentary committee Thursday summoning the sport's top officials to answer questions in its probe into the allegations.

No Onions for three months

England pace bowler Graham Onions will be sidelined for up to three months after scans on his back injury revealed the full extent of the problem.

Agrani ride on Mehdi

Agrani Bank recorded a solitary-goal win over Badda Jagarani Sangsad in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Motafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

Afridi, Razzaq set to retire from Tests

Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi, who has not played a Test since 2006, is planning to retire from the longer version of the game along with fellow all-rounder Abdul Razzaq.

Lankans' good time off

A relaxed and refreshed Sri Lanka are looking forward to the new experience of playing in the United States this weekend, according to the batsman Mahela Jayawardene. It's a week since they lost their World Twenty20 semifinal to the eventual champions England, and while the time off wasn't exactly part of their plan it has given them time to focus on this weekend's Twenty20s against New Zealand in Florida.

Chokers tag hang heavy

The Oranje of Holland will be bidding to reach their first final in 32 years in South Africa and shake off their image of group-stage giants, knock-out-phase chokers at the World Cup.

Arjen blasts Jose

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has taken a swipe at Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho's negative tactics ahead of Saturday's Champions League final.

Sevilla lift King's Cup

FC Sevilla prevented Atletico Madrid from celebrating a cup double on Wednesday as they beat the recently-crowned Europa League champions 2-0 to take the King's Cup here for the fifth time in their history and second in four years.

Juve unveil Delneri

New Juventus coach Luigi Delneri on Thursday vowed to justify the club's faith in him as he takes over possibly the toughest job in Italian football.

Blanc chosen Domenech's successor

Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc was on Thursday officially confirmed as the chosen successor to Raymond Domenech as manager of France after the World Cup.

Villa reject Milner bid

Aston Villa have rejected Manchester City's 20-million-pounds (28-million-dollar) bid to sign England midfielder James Milner.

Spain include injured trio

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque Thursday named injured players Cesc Fabregas, Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta in his final squad for the World Cup in South Africa.

Prandelli set for Italy job

Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli is set to take over as coach of the Italian national football team after this summer's World Cup, according to reports here on Thursday.


Talk of tax in stockmarket

Investors look to the upcoming budget keenly as talk of tax on capital gains from stockmarket is in the air. It also gives rise to debates among exchange authorities, market experts and business leaders.

Invest in Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged Malaysian entrepreneurs to invest more in Bangladesh, particularly in labour-intensive industries including readymade garment, textile, light engineering, electronics, agro-based products, ICT, power and infrastructure.

Incentive drives up potato exports

Potato exports have increased 18 percent to 4,182 tonnes in April from a month ago, en`couraged by a hike in cash incentives by the government.

Direct banking link with Myanmar on the cards

Bangladesh will establish a direct banking link with Myanmar to boost bilateral trade between the two neighbouring countries, said a senior official of the commerce ministry.

Three urea fertiliser plants in the pipeline

The government will set up three new urea fertiliser factories having around six lakh tonnes of annual production capacity, said the industries minister yesterday.

Records continue on DSE

Dhaka stocks set new records yesterday, as the key indices continued to fly high.

Strike goes on at Sitakunda shipyard

Work remained suspended for a seventh day at Sitakunda ship-breaking yard as shipbreakers continued their demonstration yesterday for quick environmental clearances for 42 scrap vessels.

Lucrative 3G sale may help bridge India's fiscal gap

The Indian government's $14.6 billion haul from the 3G mobile spectrum sale could prompt a brief, sharp spike in short-term interest rates as auction winners pay up, draining cash from the banking system.

India's Jet Airways sees 11pc profit rise

India's largest private sector airline, Jet Airways, said Thursday its net profit for the fourth quarter rose by 11 percent as air traffic recovered in an improving climate for the industry.

Black money, tax-free income kick up debate

A former caretaker government adviser said yesterday scope for whitening black money should not continue in the upcoming budget, as it has proved ineffective in the current fiscal year.

BASIS gets new office bearers

Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) has elected Mahboob Zaman and Forkan Bin Quasem as president and secretary general for 2010-12, the association said in a statement yesterday.

Corporate Briefs

The company requested its shareholders to collect their dividend warrants for 2009 from tomorrow to Monday (10am to 4pm) from its corporate office at Summit Centre in Dhaka.

Oil prices slide

World oil prices shed more than a dollar on Thursday, with sentiment rattled by investor concerns about the eurozone debt and deficit crisis, and a strong US currency, analysts said.


There's a limit to lies

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has outright dismissed the allegation made by opposition leader Khaleda Zia at the Paltan grand rally on Wednesday that not a single megawatt of power was produced during the previous Awami League rule.

Authorities asked to launch probe

A parliamentary body yesterday formed a five-member sub-committee headed by lawmaker Ekabbar Hossain to monitor spending of climate change trust funds.

Free education for all in phases: Nahid

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday the government would make the country's education free for all in phases.

Green bank proposed at WIEF

Five specific proposals, including holding an economic summit for Muslim countries and curbing threat of climate change, were made at the two-day 6th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in Kuala Lumpur.

Bangladesh a model for women empowerment: Filipino envoy

Bangladesh can be a global model for women empowerment as its women administrators prove to lead the country competently, outgoing Philippines Ambassador Zenaida Tacorda Radago said yesterday.

5-yr police plan to address sexual harassment, stalking

The five-year plan of police will address the issues of sexual harassment and stalking considerably, said Additional IGP NBK Tripura at a programme yesterday.

8 houses gutted in Ctg

Eight houses were gutted in a fire in the city's Chandgaon area on Wednesday night.

Judicial probe body to visit Bhola from May 23

The judicial enquiry commission will be visiting Bhola for four days from May 23 to probe the incidents of violence that occurred after the parliamentary elections in 2001 in the region.

Floating body of Jubo Dal leader recovered from Buriganga

The floating body of a local Jubo Dal leader was recovered from the river Buriganga yesterday, a day after he fell down from a launch at Sadarghat.

Court decision on case against Prof Jahanara on June 25

A Dhaka court will give decision on June 25 whether the charge of a corruption case against Prof Jahanara Begum, former adviser to the primary and mass education ministry, would be framed or not.

Transboundary efforts needed to promote Sundarbans

Indian High Commissioner Rajeet Mitter yesterday stressed the need for transboundary effort to put the Sundarbans, world's largest mangrove forest, in the list of seven natural wonders on this planet.

Concern over issuing of fatwa

Leaders of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday expressed deep concern over issuing of fatwa (religious edict) against a housewife for talking to a male stranger at Charmonai in Barisal.

Quality of public health services declining

The quality and use of public health services are declining gradually with the increasing use of private health services in the country, revealed a study yesterday.

'Integrate dalit children into mainstream edn'

Children of dalit and harijan communities should be integrated into the mainstream of education, as they are deprived of the right to education, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.

AL attitude weakens unity of grand alliance: Menon

Workers Party of Bangladesh President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday blamed the Awami League (AL) for weakening the unity of the 14-party grand alliance.

Shaptahik 2000, Anandadhara celebrate 12th anniversary

Shaptahik 2000, a weekly magazine, and Anandadhara, a fortnightly entertainment magazine, celebrated their 12th anniversary amid festivity yesterday.

'Stop commercial cultivation at Madhupur Sal Forest'

Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) yesterday served a legal notice asking the government to stop commercial cultivation of banana and pineapple on the land of Madhupur Sal Forest, including Aronkhola range, and restore the natural forest in occupied areas at Madhupur National Garden.

Hearing on admissibility on June 27

A Dhaka court yesterday re-fixed June 27 for hearing on the admissibility of the case filed against Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) chairman and two others for asking former energy adviser Mahmudur Rahman to explain some alleged corruption charges.

Subhas Datta hospitalised

Noted film director, actor and cultural activist Subhas Datta was hospitalised in Patuakhali on Thursday with chest pains.

2 penalised for running deep tubewells

The mobile court of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) yesterday gave a person six months' imprisonment and fined another Tk 32,000 for running two illegal deep tubewells in Farmgate and Gulshan areas respectively.


Only 2,178 applications submitted in 48 days

The CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission, formed to resolve land disputes in Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari hill districts, has received only 2,178 applications in 48 working days till Tuesday.

Huge boro crops in three upazilas go under water

About one-third of boro crop in the low-lying areas of Aditamri, Hatibandha and Lalmonirhat Sadar upazilas has gone under water due to heavy rain for the last two days and onrush of water from hills across the border.

Malaria kills 167 in Khagrachhari in last 4 years

Malaria killed at least 167 people and attacked 55984 in eight upazilas of Khagrachhari hill district in the last four years.

Chuknagar 'genocide day' observed

Thirty-ninth Chuknagar 'genocide day' was observed here yesterday.

Land grabber Barek finally arrested

A mobile court in Birganj upazila of Dinajpur arrested local Awami League (AL) leader Md Abdul Barek on charge of grabbing government khas land after ousting the lease holder.

BCL factions in Thakurgaon, Pabna clash: Six injured

BCL factions in Pabna and Thakurgaon clashed yesterday and the day before leaving six activists injured.

Sylhet paralysed, low-lying areas of city flooded

Torrential rain paralysed life in Sylhet as many areas, especially the low-lying parts of the city, went under water by yesterday noon.

Pabna BNP gives seven-day deadline to arrest culprits

BNP Pabna municipality and Sadar upazila units jointly brought out a procession and held a rally in the town yesterday demanding arrest of those who attacked their four leaders at powerhouse Para under the municipality on May 10.

Introduce provincial government system

Jatiya Party Chairman and former president Hossain Mohammad Ershad on Wednesday again called for introduction of provincial government system in the country.

'Decorate FFs with state honour during their lifetime'

President of Muktijoddher Chetona Bastabayan Committee (MCBC) Principal Abdul Ahad Chowdhury yesterday called upon the government to decorate the freedom fighters (FFs) with state honour during their lifetime.

One killed in Kushtia clash

One person was killed and 10 others were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Fakirabad in Bheramara upazila on Wednesday night.

Yaba tablets recovered

BDR personnel on Wednesday night seized 10,000 pieces of yaba tablets at Saulpur in Sadar South upazila. A special team of border guards of 33 Rifles Battalion raided the area and recovered the sex stimulating tablets worth about Tk 50 lakh from under a cross dam in an abandoned condition. None was arrested.

Three held, gun seized

Rab personnel arrested three people with a shooter gun from a shrimp enclosure at village Basirampur in Assassuni upazila on Wednesday. The arrestees are Bakul, 35, son of Golam Rahman and Abdur Razzak, 45, son of Golam Rabbani of village Basirampur in Assassuni upazila and Milton, 25, son of Abdul Motaleb of village Sreepur in Debhata upazila. Acting on a tip-off, the members of Rab-6 of Khulna raided the shrimp enclosure and recovered a shooter gun and arrested the owner of the enclosure Bakul and his staff Abdur Razzak from the spot. Later, the team arrested Milton from Kadamtala area in the same upazila.

Indian criminal held

A 'top criminal' of West Bengal in India was arrested on Wednesday at Amra border under Phulbari upazila by BDR who also seized a stolen motorbike from his possession. The arrestee was identified as Bakul Barman alias Battya. BDR officials of Phulbari 40 Battalion quoting Indian sources said the arrestee is wanted in 20 murder cases in West Bengal. A BDR team, acting on a tip-off, raided Mirpur village under Kazihal union in the morning and arrested him soon after crossing into Bangladesh territory, BDR sources said.

BNCC workshop begins

A 10-day workshop of the Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC) began at Makabular Rahman Government College on Wednesday. The workshop will continue till May 28. Organised by Rangpur-4 Mahastan Battalion, the camp was inaugurated by Prof Md Giasuddin as chief guest. About one thousand cadets of 26 schools and colleges from Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Nilphamari and Dinajpur are participating in the workshop.


Chemicals in foods!

The government shouldn't let this criminal activity of poisoning foods go on unabated and with impunity. It is the most horrible crime against humanity. It is incumbent on the government to act swiftly and save the nation. Legal safeguards must be in place to protect the citizens from the deadly fruits. Steps should be taken by deploying special forces, installing devices, to check the items sold and bring transparency so that consumers cannot be cheated and will have full and clear information about the items they purchase. Stern and exemplary punishments should be meted out to the culprits. The government should not take this lightly for the consequences are well known, and especially for the younger generation it can have horrifying implications. It should be stopped now and at any cost as the effect is far-reaching and irreversible. It is a scary scenario. Not that we didn't know about it but with every passing day it is sinking in deeper and deeper. It is also taking on serious proportions. It is getting more and more alarming as days go by.

Our responsibility

Wouldn't it be frightening if the ozone layer was destroyed and the Earth vanished from the solar system, if the rivers were unclean and it wouldn't provide us with water and life-sustaining harvest, if the air didn't give us enough clean oxygen to talk, laugh, and most importantly, survive? Believe it or not, our actions may improvise these consequences. We have forgotten that the Earth is the most unique planet in the entire universe. Its beauty can't be described in words. But are we showing appreciation of it?

Is it freedom?

It is time to discuss about the visible or invisible powers that control us from near or distance. But am I too independent to expose them? I think I am not. We are not independent truly. We are still controlled by the developed world. And it is not an unknown or unusual matter for a developing country like ours. We have to obey them because we get financial help from them. So, it is our duty to be dependent. But why are we doing this?


How far we follow the teachings of our dearest Nabi and Rasul Muhammad (Pbuh) is open to question. The greatest Rasul (Pbuh) taught his followers to be caring about needs and happiness of others.

Black and white money

We are really sorry to question the motive of a few journalist cum talk show hosts when they show total apathy to go into the fact finding mission on a national issue like black money. The current topic of black and white money is handled in such a way in the media that a grey area is established, doing irreparable damage to the nation and its democratic march. There is a proverb that "When money is lost, something is lost, but when character is lost everything is lost.” I would simply ask these journalist friends to kindly not to undermine the wisdom of the people and push the nation to darkness. Therefore, the current issue is nothing but a case of total moral corruption if measured by any standard of the civilized and democratic countries we talk about so frequently in the media. The present effort of the SG of a party and the tax lawyer is nothing but to encourage turning the truth into falsehood. Hopefully, the media will not join it.


A heat wave is sweeping across the country. On other hand, power crisis has become a part & parcel of day to day life. The children and elderly people are the worst sufferers.


Rushanara Ali has been elected to the House of Commons in England . This is great news for all Bangladeshis all over the world. She has another identity. She is an Oxford graduate. Moreover, she is the 5th Asian to get such a position. Being a woman of 35 years, she has made history. Her victory would definitely give a new dimension to our nation.

Robbers warning others!

A report from Barisal was published in the front page of a local English daily on 13 May. It depicted the height of double standards and deceit. It is very much like a comedy act; where an experienced 'robber' is now warning bureaucrats that they will face jail for contracts of power plants without tender!


In our country, the culture of political patronage by godfathers is a great hindrance to the progress of balanced politics. When criminals are caught red handed from the spot of crime, the godfathers get into trouble. They face a catch-22 like situation. So, they try to organise some kind of lobbying to free the criminals.

Abusing Internet

Though we don't have wider access to internet like other developed nations but it is alarming that a large portion of internet users of our country are addicted to various unproductive internet based activities. Excessive use of Facebook, a so called social network, is one of them. The major victim of this curse is our young generation who don't have enough control over their activities. They are really vulnerable to the bad effects of this social network. According to socio-psychologists, the bad effects of Facebook are-loss of concentration, lack of sleep, fatigue, loss of appetite, withdrawal syndromes, behavioural personality disorder etc. Every technology has its own blessings and curse depending on how we use it for our betterment. The more frustrating news is that it is spreading even across the rural areas where people use mobile internet.

Public statements

Our so-called leaders should realize that the blatant lies never turn into truth even if those are repeated over and over again. One should remember that we are not living in Germany of 1940s but in Bangladesh of 2010. Much water flowed down the river Danube and the Rhine as also the river Padma and Jamuna since then. Due to rapid technological development, the world has become literally a big village, if not a small one. Therefore, the deceit never goes unnoticed, whether it's done or uttered in a remote corner of Bangladesh or at the splashy Time Square of New York. One may also notice that given a fair national election, people of Bangladesh never gave a wrong judgment as indicated by our historical records.

Hot and humid

The hottest month of Bangladesh is on, all over the country. It has become impossible to bear the scorching heat of the sun. Load shedding makes the problem worse and unbearable. To get at least some relief from this unbearable heat we need to be cautious regarding some important matters. Here are some tips for everybody.

Historical facts

Apropos to your front-page report on May 7 'First Bangalee to become British lawmaker.' Allow me to register my point. As a Bengali , although across the border in West Bengal, while I am proud of Rushanara Ali's election to the House of Commons, let me set a few historical facts right.

Stop exporting arms

I think, if the US stops exporting war and weapons, all terrorism will be eliminated. I don't understand why all the experts can't understand this simple fact that it is far better to remove the cause of the disease then treat the symptoms. Removal of the cause is the only way out. If the US corrects and cures itself first, the rest will get healed. Avatar didn't get the Oscar just because it showed what terrible destruction the marines do to innocent people. It is the best movie no doubt and everybody should watch it. You can't help but give credit to the director, producer and writer, James Cameron for showing the world the true picture of the devastation they cause not only to people but also to the environment in the name of peace. They are destroying the only planet that we have, by exploding bombs in hundreds and thousands.

Our mission

It refers to the editorial of The Daily Star that one wonders if the leaders of our country make statements at public meetings only to pander to the fears and prejudices of the gullible audience! Can we not expect more respect for facts and responsibility from our national leaders when they make public statements? For half-truths are worse than lies.

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Kabul denies meeting Taliban in Maldives

The Afghan government yesterday denied sending representatives to the Maldives to take part in talks with the Taliban and branded the meeting counter-productive.

Laila slams Indian state, 15 killed

Cyclone Laila slammed into the south Indian coast yesterday, battering the region with heavy rains and winds up to 90 kilometers (55 miles) per hour, and uprooting trees and electric lines, officials said.

Pakistan blocks YouTube access

Pakistan has blocked the popular video sharing website YouTube because of its "growing sacrilegious content".

UK govt publishes 'historic' coalition policy deal

Details of the coalition deal struck between the Tories and the Lib Dems have been published in full in what the parties called a "historic document".

New anti-austerity strike begins in Greece

Much of Greece's transport network has been immobilised, as trade unions stage another 24-hour general strike against austerity measures.

France trying to gag Shinawatra on Thai crisis

French authorities are seeking to prevent former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra from speaking out in Paris on the political crisis in his homeland, the newspaper Le Figaro reported Thursday.

Naxals carried out 14 attacks during strike

Naxals had carried out 14 attacks during the two-day strike called by them in five states starting May 18, government said here yesterday. The Naxals not just targeted security forces but also infrastructure such as railway tracks, tractors and trucks, telephone towers and even a Gram Panchayat buildings, a statement released by the Union Home Ministry said.

Buddhadeb urges to stop auctioning Tagore's work

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has urged the federal Indian government to stop the auction of rare paintings of Rabindranath Tagore in London next month.

US launches Afghan civilian death probe

The United States has launched an investigation into allegations that a number of American soldiers were responsible for the "unlawful deaths" of at least three Afghan civilians, the US military said yesterday.

Pak Islamist leader shot dead

Gunmen have shot dead a former Pakistani parliamentarian near the north-western city of Tank, police say.

Air power use against Maoist on meeting agenda

Defence Minister A K Antony yesterday said the government will thoroughly discuss the use of air power for fighting Maoists, and added that the decision would be binding on all, including the defence ministry.

No signs of progress as US envoy leaving

There were no immediate signs of progress as US envoy George Mitchell wrapped up his latest visit to the Middle East yesterday after holding "proximity talks" with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Six die in Kashmir fighting

An Indian policeman and five suspected Islamic militants, including two commanders wanted by the authorities, were killed in two separate gun battles in revolt-hit Kashmir, police said yesterday.

Obama to pursue Iran sanctions

US President Barack Obama has vowed to pursue fresh UN sanctions against Iran despite Tehran's nuclear deal with Turkey and Brazil.

'North Korean torpedo' sank South's ship

A North Korean submarine's torpedo sank a South Korean navy ship on 26 March causing the deaths of 46 sailors, an international report has found.

Louisiana shore sees heavy oil

Heavy oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill threatened Louisiana marshlands yesterday after washing ashore for the first time since a BP-operated rig exploded a month ago, sparking ecological disaster.

Book issued by George Washington 221 years ago returned to library

A book that George Washington borrowed 221 years ago from a New York library has was finally returned to its rightful place.

Turkey mine blast kills 28

Turkish rescue teams found 28 dead in a coal mine in the northern Black Sea province of Zonguldak yesterday, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said, three days after an underground explosion caused the mine to collapse.

Eta chief arrested in France

The suspected military leader of the armed Basque separatist group Eta has been arrested, French police say.

9 quakes in seven hours shake up N Zealand

Nine earthquakes in just over seven hours awakened and shook up the town of Whakatane, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

“Gondar”: Resistance to conformity

On the fifth day of the ongoing International French Drama Festival, theatre troupe Prachyanat staged its production “Gondar”. An adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's “The Rhinoceros,” “Gondar” has been directed by Kazi Toufiqul Islam Emon. Zahurul Haque has translated the play into Bangla.

Topu’s third solo album in the pipeline

Topu released his first solo album “Bondhu Bhabo Ki?” in 2006. Last year the artiste released his second solo “Shey Ke?”. The young singer-musician received a Meril Prothom Alo Award for acting in the film “Third Person Singular Number”. At present the artiste is busy with his third album. The Daily Star contributor Zahid Akbar recently talked to the artiste. Excerpts from the interview:

Dinajpur Shilpakala Academy auditorium opens its doors

The long awaited building and auditorium of Dinajpur Shilpakala Academy was inaugurated on Tuesday evening with a fitting cultural programme.

Exhibition and workshop at Dhaka Art Centre

Dhaka Art Centre has organised an exhibition of noted Bangladeshi expatriate painter Azyz Sharafy. The exhibition starts today at Dhaka Art Centre, Dhanmondi, in Dhaka. The centre has also arranged a five-day workshop, which is being conducted by Sharafy. Sixty promising painters are participating in the workshop, says a press release.

Megan Fox dropped from third “Transformers”

Megan Fox, who made her name as Shia LaBeouf's sultry love interest in the first two “Transformers” movies, has been dropped from the third.

Giving Hrithik Roshan a Hollywood makeover

When Brett Ratner got ready to show “Kites: The Remix” to producer Rakesh Roshan and star Hrithik Roshan, along with executives from Reliance Big Pictures, the film's distributors, he was very nervous.

DeWyze, Bowersox left to duel on “American Idol” finale

Casey James was cut Wednesday from “American Idol,” leaving Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze to duke it out in the finale of the popular Fox singing competition next week.


A general in his labyrinth

FOR the first time since he appeared in politics, this former military strongman has proved himself a man of vision. Last week he was able to look so far beyond himself that he actually saw the future. And, what he saw in that future is at once tragic and trite. He saw he was going to die and his party needed another leader. So, he anointed his younger brother as his successor.

Terrorism's supermarket

FAISAL Shahzad, the would-be terrorist of Times Square, seems to have followed a familiar path. Like many earlier recruits to jihad, he was middle-class, educated, seemingly assimilated -- and then something happened that radicalised him. We may never be sure what made him want to kill innocent men, women, and children. But his story shares another important detail with many of his predecessors: a connection to Pakistan.

Black money, white money

THERE is a controversy on the colour of money belonging to our ex-prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia. The money in question is what Begum Zia declared to the income tax department, availing the opportunity under SRO 98 of 2007 issued by the last caretaker government. In income tax parlance, the money was concealed income or, more euphemistically, undeclared income.

The ingenious beggars of Dhaka

BEGGING is an easy way out for earning bread and butter. It existed in ancient Greece, Rome, and India where the ideals of asceticism inspired many an able person to survive only by begging. In the modern world, beggars are a nuisance in poorer countries, although there are many who extend their arms for alms even in the richer countries. Our own beggars in Dhaka stand out because of their ingenious skills that help them eke out a living without bothering to do any other work.

Thailand's crisis: Can Indonesia be useful?

TENSION on the streets of Bangkok has become a major cause for concern for Southeast Asia. A call for a peaceful resolution to the conflict has been voiced repeatedly by Asean members. UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon's latest call for peace reflects the new reality that the political turmoil in Thailand has become a concern for the international community at large.


Make WiMax accessible

Qubee, the first WiMax service provider in the country, is in operations for nine months now, and it is already making noise in the market.

Google beats Microsoft in smartphones, catching Apple

Google's Android mobile phone system is building momentum, beating Microsoft in the last quarter and challenging Apple as the number of new models with software and compatible applications grow.

Adobe fires back at Apple in Flash war

Adobe fired back at Apple on Thursday over the refusal by the maker of the iPod, iPhone and iPad to allow the US software giant's widely used Flash video product to run on the devices.

ICT fair on WTISD ends

A three-day exhibition in observance of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) dropped its curtain at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Wednesday.

'Alan Wake' inspired by Stephen King, David Lynch

Ask most video-game designers about their inspirations and they'll mention other games. But Sam Lake, the lead writer of Microsoft's "Alan Wake," drew more from books especially Stephen King's.

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