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News of: Friday, 28th of May, 2010

Front Page

Reckless driving kills Buet fresher

A Buet student was killed by a callously driven bus at Azimpur of the capital, triggering violent student protests that halted traffic on city streets for hours yesterday.

Everest conqueror returns to plains

He cried, laughed and said, "I'm back."

JMB still able to stage attacks

Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, the banned Islamist outfit believed to have weakened in recent years, still has around 400 full-time cadres across the country, and a military wing capable of launching spectacular attacks.

Dreams unfulfilled

Khandaker Khanjahan Samrat, a mechanical engineering student at Buet, stepped in his university life on May 22 with the opening class at the department.

Unaware dad looks for groom

Abdur Rashid, father of Aleya Akhter who was burnt by an unwelcome suitor on Wednesday night, might be searching for a groom for his daughter at their village home in Shariatpur, completely unaware of the vile attack.

Shady contracts led to poor road work

Dhaka City Corporation officials steered Tk 70 crore of road contracts to favoured firms by advertising for bids in obscure newspapers, according to a Comptroller and Auditor General report.

Forget all disputes

Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked her party leaders of Chittagong unit to forget all disputes and work unitedly to ensure Mohiuddin's victory in the upcoming Chittagong City Corporation elections.

Informant held, then 'freed mysteriously'

The Rapid Action Battalion's controversial arms recovery drive in a Satkhira businessman's house still remains a mystery as the law enforcers are apparently reluctant to arrest the informant of the Rab operation.

Stop wastage of food to feed hungry people

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for preventing wastage of foods as crore of people around the world go hungry for want of it.

BNP undecided over joining budget session

The main opposition BNP is yet to decide upon its joining the budget session of parliament that starts Wednesday, as the party leaders are split over the issue.

AI criticises extra-judicial killings

Amnesty International (AI) has criticised Bangladesh government for not bringing to an end to extra-judicial killings despite repeated pledges.

4-party to be made active soon: Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the leaders of like-minded parties to actively join the “anti-government movement” including June 27 hartal declared from her grand rally in the city on May 19.

ICU of DMCH burn unit finally active

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Burn and Plastic Surgery in Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday started functioning five years after its establishment following the direct intervention of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Trott ton thwarts Tigers

Jonathan Trott, fighting to preserve his place, anchored England's first innings yesterday with a second consecutive home century on the opening day of the first test against Bangladesh at Lord's.

28 fishermen missing as 5 trawlers sink

At least 28 fishermen remained missing as five fishing trawlers capsized during a storm in deep-sea area near Patharghata upazila Wednesday night.

Fake passports, visas seized

A team of Rapid Action Battalion personnel seized 175 Bangladeshi passports, 20 fake visas and various visa making materials from a house in city's Moha-mmadpur yesterday.

Manjur denies joining BNP

Mohammad Manjur Alam Manju, BNP-backed and Chattagram Unnayan Andolon mayoral candidate for Chittagong City Corporation polls, yesterday denied his formal joining BNP.

Buddha Purnima observed

Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, was celebrated in the country yesterday.

Pyongyang threatens to attack South Korean ships

North Korea vowed yesterday to attack any South Korean ships which violate their disputed border and Seoul's navy staged its own show of strength amid continuing high tension over the sinking of a warship.

N Korea scraps military pact with South

North Korea has announced it will scrap an agreement aimed at preventing accidental naval clashes with South Korea, amid rising tensions over the sinking of a South Korean warship.

Correction

In a report headlined “56 fake headmasters receive govt training!” published on this page yesterday it was inadvertently mentioned that 'SIDA' was one of the fund providers to the training programme. Actually, CIDA is providing funds for the project.

Editorial

The tragedy of Aleya

The horrendous incident that took place in the city the other day and that too in broad daylight in full view of the public leaves us stupefied. It was clearly the most upsetting for us in recent times. The jilted lover of a young woman (and this lover incidentally has a wife already), in company with his accomplices, set the woman on fire through pouring petrol on her. As we write this editorial, the young woman Aleya struggles for survival in hospital. She just might live or she might see her life come to a painful end. The point here is that criminality has reached a stage where those who engage in it are increasingly demonstrating newer versions of audacity in their sinister work. That is cause for new worry.

Students protesting evening courses at DU

Every now and then we are left dumbfounded at the degree of insensitivity that even an educated segment of society tend to demonstrate to concerns of public or civic interest of daily compelling nature. The latest case in point is the human chain laid across the Doyel Chattar of Dhaka University by students of Computer Science and Engineering obstructing traffic for two hours. That was their way of demonstrating introduction of evening master's degree programme in their faculty to force it to postpone the decision which it did.

Sports

Trott makes Tigers toil

England batsman Jonathan Trott put a troubled winter behind him on Thursday with a second century in as many home Tests on the opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh at Lord's.

Brothers bruise Russel's ending

Sheikh Russel finished their Bangladesh League campaign with an upset 2-0 loss to struggling Brothers Union at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Brazil land in SA

Brazil arrived in Joha-nnesburg Thursday to embark on a journey they hope will take them to a record sixth World Cup title.

The Hand of Maradona

WORLD CUP 1986 CONTINUED
Argentina's challenge was meanwhile gathering pace. A functional win over Uruguay took them on to face England in the quarterfinals. Bobby Robson's side, for whom Gary Lineker had hit a rich vein of scoring form, had beaten South American opposition in the second round in Paraguay, but Argentina looked a far tougher proposition.

India's reality check

After the carnival of the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, a one-day tri-series in Zimbabwe may not seem like the sort of fare to whet the appetite, but India and Sri Lanka's trip to the Southern African nation is an important sounding board for all three teams.

Federer shines in rain

Roger Federer reached the French Open third round on Wednesday as defending women's champion Svetlana Kuznetsova saved four match points to stay afloat at a rain-drenched, controversial Roland Garros.

Afridi persuading Yousuf

Shahid Afridi, Pakistan's captain for the Asia Cup and the tour of England, has stepped up efforts to convince Mohammad Yousuf to come out of retirement and bolster the side's potentially tough Test assignment in England, where they face off against the hosts and Australia.

SA aim to seal series

South Africa will look to exploit a weakened West Indies side, and clinch an unbeatable lead in their one-day international series at Windsor Park here on Friday.

Strauss's appeal

England captain Andrew Strauss has called on county players to use self-policing to make sure the domestic game is purged of the threat of match-fixing.

Good day for Shakil, Rajib

FM Abu Sufian Shakil won his eighth round board against Ukrainian GM Ruslan Pogorelov in the 2nd SCS International Open Grandmaster Chess tournament in Bhubaneswar yesterday.

Valbuena lifts France

Newcomer Mathieu Valbuena enjoyed a dream first run out for his country when bagging the decisive goal in France's 2-1 World Cup warm-up win over Costa Rica here on Wednesday.

'Messi can't do it alone'

Lionel Messi is spectacular, not superhuman.

Injuries disrupt Spain

European champions Spain have one of the most complete sides in world football and an in-depth squad packed full of talent, but a spate of injuries to key players is disrupting their preparations for this summer's World Cup assault.

Dutch edge Mexico

Robin van Persie celebrated his first international match in six months by scoring two first-half goals, and an under-strength Netherlands squad beat Mexico 2-1 in a World Cup warm up match Wednesday.

Sunrise crush Agrani Bank

After two successive victories, Agrani Bank tasted defeat in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League after going down 3-0 to Sunrise Sporting Club at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

Ctg Round underway

The Chittagong round of the Clear Men Confidence Cup football tournament got underway yesterday with BAF Shaheen College and Bangla-desh Navy School & College winning on the opening day.

Rain delays start of play

Rain showers have delayed the start of play at the French Open on Thursday.

Woods to defend title

Tiger Woods will defend his title next week at the Memorial Tournament, marking his return to the PGA Tour after three weeks spent rehabbing a neck injury.

Malek takes solo lead

FM Mohammad Abdul Malek maintained his solo lead after the seventh round of the Six Seasons International Chess Tournament at the Narayanganj Club Limited yesterday.

Gul doubtful for Asia Cup

Umar Gul is unlikely to be part of Pakistan's Asia Cup campaign in Sri Lanka as a result of a lingering shoulder injury. He should, however, be fit in time for the tour to England later this summer. Gul injured his right shoulder when he fell awkwardly during a training camp for the World Twenty20 and subsequently missed the tournament.

Jose planning Real challenge

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho, lined up as the future Real Madrid boss, is already planning the set-up at the Spanish giants next season, telling sports daily AS Thursday he wanted to recruit three or four defenders.

Lahm named captain

Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm has been named Germany captain for the World Cup to replace injured Chelsea star Michael Ballack, newspapers reported on Thursday.

Torres back in training

Striker Fernando Torres, who has been out injured since early April, trained for the first time on Thursday with his Spain team-mates ahead of the June 11-July 11 World Cup finals.

Okada ignores Troussier taunts

Japan's World Cup coach Takeshi Okada has said he has no plans to change his approach despite recent poor results, brushing off taunts from former team boss Philippe Troussier, a report said Thursday.

Argentines can have sex only if

On non-match days with regular partners and no champagne: the Argentina squad at the World Cup have received a conditional green light to have sex during the June 11-July 11 tournament.

USA name final squad

US coach Bob Bradley named his final 23-man World Cup squad on Wednesday with forwards Edson Budle and Herculez Gomez among the 15 players earning their first World Cup berths.

Cup glory comes first

Most Germans would prefer watching their team contesting the World Cup final than having sex with their partners, a survey here has revealed on Thursday.

Business

Per capita income crosses $700

The per capita income crossed the $700 mark in the current fiscal year, mainly because of a healthy GDP growth.

R&D needs a strong push

Both public and private sectors care a little about research and development (R&D), which can help increase competitiveness of a product, boost innovations and diversify exports, said experts.

Call for reform in marketing of farm products

The production and distribution systems of agriculture produce have changed a lot over the years, but the marketing remains the same, which is a barrier to pricing and stabilising the market, they said.

USAID boss links Dhaka's strategic plan to future food investments

Future investments in food and agriculture in Bangladesh are linked to the country's leadership, governance and its strategic plan, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah has said.

Bangladesh to explore LNG import from Qatar

A seven-member delegation of the energy ministry will leave Dhaka for the Qatari capital of Doha this week to gather information about the import potential of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the gulf country.

BB close to farm loan target: governor

Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman says the central bank has achieved 78 percent of its target for disbursing Tk 11,500 crore in agriculture loans in the 10 months to April.

Biogas Week begins today

Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL), a state-run non-bank financial institution, will observe the Biogas Week 2010 starting here today.

Asian stocks extend gains

Asian stocks climbed higher yesterday as bargain hunters moved in after recent losses, but fears lingered that the European debt crisis and weak euro could derail the global recovery.

Tourism industry optimistic despite world recovery

Global tourism faces a challenging year due to the downturn but the future is bright, with a growing middle class in emerging markets eager for travel, industry executives meeting in Beijing say.

SKorea to sign $1b property deal with China

South Korea will later Thursday sign a $1 billion deal with a China investment group to fund a housing project for foreigners near Incheon international airport, a trade promotion agency said.

India farm loans to cover 9.4m more

More Indian farmers are likely to take farm loans, encouraged by higher agri-commodity prices, hopes of a normal monsoon and a successful loan waiver scheme, a top official of state-run National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) said.

New MD for Islami Bank

Islami Bank Bangladesh has appointed Mohammad Abdul Mannan as its managing director with effect from May 19, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Yuan talk off the table, for now

Far from being an ultimatum to push China to resume yuan appreciation, talks with the United States that ended on Tuesday instead seem to have given Beijing a green light to maintain its currency peg.

Global hedge fund managers on edge

Some of the world's most successful hedge fund managers seem to wish they had followed the old adage "sell in May and go away."

Oil climbs above $73

World oil prices topped 73 dollars on Thursday as the euro rebounded against the dollar and global stock markets bounced higher, traders said.

Daimler, China's BYD in electric car joint venture

Chinese auto group BYD (Build Your Dreams) and German luxury car maker Daimler announced on Thursday a joint venture to mass produce an electric car in China.

Gold softens as investors pick up euro

Gold pared gains on Thursday, receding from a one-week high as rallies in the euro and equities capped the metal's safe-haven appeal, but losses were limited by fears of more euro zone debt problems ahead.

Tata Motors sees profit surge

Tata Motors, India's top vehicle maker, beat market estimates with a surge in March quarter earnings, fuelled by rising sales and improved profitability at its Jaguar and Land Rover unit.

SK Telecom plans $100m investment in Malaysia

South Korea's top mobile network operator SK Telecom said Thursday it would invest 100 million dollars to acquire a 25.8 percent stake in a Malaysian company.

Wal-Mart's Asda to buy UK rival Netto for $1.1b

US retailer Wal-Mart (WMT.N), is buying Netto UK from its Danish owner for 778 million pounds ($1.1 billion) and will convert the stores to its Asda brand, cementing its position as the UK’s number two grocer.

Sanofi to enter Japan's generic drug market

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis will enter the Japanese generic drugs market through a tie-up with a Japanese partner, a report said Thursday.

Metropolitan

Maternal mortality rate in char areas still high

The maternal mortality rate in many char areas in the country still remains high due to absence of healthcare facilities and shortage of family planning workers.

Agri development to get priority

Use of surface water and agricultural development in critical zones such as the southwestern coastal belt will be the top priority in the Food Security Investment Plan, Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque said yesterday.

16 killed, 86 injured in road accidents

At least 16 people were killed and 86 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Brahmanbaria, Faridpur, Netrakona and Jhenidah yesterday.

Manjur keeps on mustering support

BNP-backed and Chattagram Unnayan Andolon mayoral candidate Mohammad Manjur Alam Manju yesterday attended several meetings to seek votes for the June 17 election to the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC).

'None to be victim of discrimination for religion'

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said that none will be victim of discrimination due to religious faith during the tenure of the present government.

Lawyer murdered in Gazipur

Police recovered the slaughtered body of a lawyer from behind a graveyard in Kathora area in Kaulatia union of Sadar upazila yesterday morning.

Form people's body to deal with climate fund

A democratic ownership comprising representation from the government, civil society, affected people and the media should be established to deal with the Climate Change Trust Fund created by the government, civil society members said at a seminar yesterday.

Waterbus service to be introduced in August

Waterbus service will be introduced in the circular waterway around the city in August with a view to easing traffic jam, Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan said yesterday.

Contribute to nation-building

Chief Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim yesterday urged the people of all faiths to contribute to nation-building activities from their own positions by rising above division.

Zainul Abedin's anniversary of death today

Today is the 34th death anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, a renowned artist and founder principal of Institute of Fine Arts (now Fine Arts faculty of Dhaka University), says a press release.

Orientation for heart patients on June 4

A daylong health orientation for heart block patients will be held free of cost at LGED auditorium at Agargaon in the city on June 4.

Schoolboy drowns in canal

A schoolboy yesterday drowned in a canal near Kamrangirchar while he was taking bath along with his friends.

Rejoinder, our reply

The home ministry has protested a portion of the report published in The Daily Star on May 17 under the headline 'Ban on nighttime movement on border to stop BSF killings'.

National

Callous act of officials gave way to the wrongdoing

Three employees backed by a few of their bosses at Secondary Teachers Training Institute in Rajshahi were allegedly responsible for inclusion of the names of 56 'headmasters' of non-existent schools in the six-day training programme starting on May 22.

8 missing as fishing trawler sinks, 350 houses damaged

Storms sank a fishing trawler and destroyed at least 350 houses in four districts on Wednesday.

Jamuna devours village, 12 shops in a day

The Jamuna devoured 12 shops at Kazirhat launch ghat under Bera upazila in the 24 hours until 9:00pm on Wednesday while a villages in the upazila has been eroded by the river during the period, leaving at least 300 people homeless.

Horrific tale of a 'child abuser'

Mobarak Ali Gazi, 45, of Bondokati village under Kaliganj upazila of Satkhira district confessed to killing five girl children after rape in the last 12 years.

Journos protest fellow's arrest on 'false' extortion charges

Journalists here have demanded release of a newsman arrested allegedly on false extortion charges.

Tk 1 cr for safe drinking water in Aila-hit areas

Government has allocated Tk one crore for implementation of Safe Water Supply Programme (SWSP) in the Aila affected areas of Khulna and Satkhira districts.

Two militants of Allar Dal held in Gaibandha

Sadullapur police in a drive early yesterday arrested two suspected militants of banned Islamist outfit Allar Dal from village Kismat Bagchi under Sadullapur upazila.

94 plots lying unused in Mongla EPZ for 9 years

Despite having much potential Mongla Export Processing Zone (EPZ) could not be developed properly in the last nine years.

Another Shibir cadre arrested from RU

Police arrested another alleged Shibir cadre from Rajshahi University (RU) campus yesterday in connection with February 9 violence on the campus.

13 sued on charge of killing FF in Khulna

Thirteen people have been sued for killing a freedom fighter (FF) during the liberation war in 1971.

FF hacked to death

A freedom fighter (FF) was hacked to death on Wednesday night near Lal Hospital at Khalishpur of Khulna city.

Letters

Wasa affairs

Wasa water supply during March' 2010 around Rashed Khan Menon Sarak area was very critical as the deep tube-well pump in this locality remained idle due to electricity failure, while the emergency diesel generator was not in operation. The Wasa generator was dead due to diesel shortage or mechanical breakdown as informed by pump officials of Wasa. The LGRD minister declared deployment of armed forces form the first week of April 2010 and miraculously the diesel generator went into operation and our water crisis was solved instantaneously. Thus presence of armed forces is essential for our daily day-to-day life, I believe.

Saving electricity

Our country is now facing a serious crisis of "electricity shortage". Various measures are being taken to save electricity. However, if we take the following measures we can save a considerable amount of power:

Peak of glory

Mount Everest is always fascinating like a heavenly body, that enchants the maverick souls. The people of Bangladesh are stunned by the outstanding success of Musa Ibrahim. For the first time, he has climbed Mount Everest as a Bangladeshi.

Appeal for help

Gonesh Kishore Das, S/O Ganendra Kishore Das, Barhatta Bazar, P.O + Upazilla- Barhatta, Dist.- Netrakona (mobile no. 01731-210051) is suffering from liver cancer. He is the vice-president of Netrakona District Krishak League, member of upazila government land distribution committee and member of Barhatta Press Club. In order to save his life, my appeal to the Honourable Prime Minister-- please extend your sympathetic hand to this disciple of Bangabandhu.

BNP's policy

The BNP (the opposition party with previous record of governing twice), with only about one tenth of the JS seats, is making loud noises on bringing down the present regime. The party's jargon is familiar, without any new points. The criticism is entirely negative (as always). A minority of the voters also try to analyse the national problems and they find no solace in BNP's line of criticism.

Volatile share market

To the utter dismay of small investors, the Security and Exchange Commission's frequent interference in the name of protecting interest of small investors has made the share market volatile. The imposition of many restrictions such as restrictions on right shares, use of cash payment on certain shares etc. has damaged the normal flow of the share market. When the GrameenPhone entered the share market, new investors in large numbers, even at upazila level, came forward to open BO account and invested in the GP with the hope to get a return on their investment.

BNP's call

The BNP recently called hartal throughout the country for June 27, demanding fresh national polls.

“ Black Gold”

Save the valuable minerals 'Black-Gold' worth billions of dollars.

Bangladeshi brand

At present, the number of middleclass consumers is increasing gradually in the world, including Bangladesh. With the rising income & change in taste, the consumers also try to catch a better brand. So, there is no alternative to branding to survive in the competitive market.

Sweet water prawn

A report on the subject was published in the pages of a local English daily on May 5. It was interesting and encouraging news that we rarely come across! Mr. Khan of Bismilla Hatchery deserves our congratulations for his innovative idea. His aim is to bring down the costs of production of fresh water fries to below 50paisa per kg. by 2011. It is really commendable!

Thierry Henry

Current FC Barcelona player and once a living legend of Arsenal is thinking about his future in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the USA after the 2010 World Cup. He was a god to Arsenal fans where he started to make his fortune. It was at Arsenal that Henry made his name as a world-class footballer. Despite initially struggling in the Premier League, he emerged as Arsenal's top goal-scorer for almost every season of his tenure there. Under long-time mentor and coach Arsène Wenger, Henry became a prolific striker and Arsenal's all-time leading scorer with 226 goals in all competitions. The Frenchman won two league titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners; he was twice nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year, was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year twice, and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year three times. Henry spent his final two seasons with Arsenal as club captain, leading them to the UEFA Champions League final in 2006. In June 2007, after eight years with Arsenal, he transferred to Barcelona for a fee of €24 million. In Barcelona he did manage to win trophies but his striking skills began to lose its sharpness and in 2010 he spent most of his time sitting in the reserved players bench. It is speculated that now he is planning to join one of the lower rated leagues of the world (MLS) where he will probably spend rest of his career and leave football. Had he not opted for money, he would have been still one of the greatest players of Barclays Premier League, But Alas! His endless urge for money and fame is finally pulling the curtain down on his successful career. Arsenal will never forget Henry, though.

Wal-Mart

The other day, I saw in your daily that Wal-Mart has opened a store in India and a few more are on the pipeline. Bangladesh is just next door to India. It has 150 million people or so. Though most of them live below poverty line, yet I believe Wal-Mart would be overwhelmed to see the sale proceeds. Besides Wal-Mart would be able to cater to the needs of the overseas Americans stationed in Bangladesh.

Khaleda's Paltan rally

The much vaunted rally at historic Paltan Maidan was held on May 19. Begum Khaleda Zia has said what she had to say to the people. The charges she brought against the government are not new and people knew what she had in store to say about.

Sanity in student politics

Student politics is not bad as such if the aim of the politics is to learn how to develop the country and how to do good for the people. But it seems it is getting convoluted nowadays. Students should concentrate on the study first because the knowledge they gather can be utilised when they will be at the helm of the country. But, unfortunately, the present student political activists, except a few microscopic exceptions, are now engaged in possessing illegal lethal arms, extortion, tender snatching, sometimes kidnapping and killing, as if they have been there to learn how they will continue those bad practices in their greater lives.

Barking dogs…

In the early years of our lives, we learnt in school that barking dogs do not bite. Probably it was an adage. I was confused about its appropriateness, though. The confusion is still ingrained in my mind.

Hartal call

The main opposition party namely the BNP is resorting to destructive political programmes like HARTAL, but we know that politicians engage in politics for the welfare of general people. But we do not know how HARTAL can help the general people. So, we hope the BNP will withdraw its HARTAL call.

Flags

Just prior to the "Greatest Show on Earth", FIFA World Cup 2010, people have started hoisting national flag of the team that they support. From previous experience we know that flag is hoisted in each and every house, residential areas, university halls, roads, shopping complexes, clubs and even in public transports. The presence of our beloved national flag, which symbolizes our nation, is not that much noticeable, though.

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International

Air India workers call off strike

Striking Air India ground crew and engineers returned to work yesterday, the company said, as flights resumed following industrial action that led to more than 100 cancellations after a fatal crash.

Nepali president urges parties to avert political chaos

Nepal's president urged the leaders of the country's three main parties yesterday to resolve a deadlock that threatens to plunge the nation into political chaos without a functioning government.

AI's report blames 'politicisation of justice'

Amnesty International has criticised the "politicisation of international justice" in its annual report, which documents torture in 111 countries.

Obama's security strategy dumps Bush doctrine

President Barack Obama yesterday rejected George W Bush's doctrine that made a "war on terror" the driving force of US power, framing a pragmatic foreign policy for a world bristling with threats.

Russia on alert after blast kills 7

Russian authorities yesterday vowed to strike back after a bomb blast killed seven people and wounded dozens in the southern city of Stavropol minutes before a Chechen dance concert.

Moscow wants '100pc proof' on Korea ship shinking

Russia will not support efforts to punish North Korea for sinking a South Korean warship until it is fully convinced Pyongyang was behind the incident, a foreign ministry spokesman said yesterday.

Bashir sworn in as Sudan's president

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been sworn into office again, following his controversial win in last month's elections.

Spanish politicians approve 15b-euro austerity plan

The Spanish parliament has backed a 15bn-euro ($18.4bn; £13bn) austerity package by one vote as the country strives to cut its budget deficit.

'First' Kashmir poll produces startling results

A survey which a British academic says is the first systematic attempt to establish the opinions of Kashmiris has produced "striking results".

Pakistan eases curbs on YouTube

Pakistan has partially unblocked the YouTube video sharing website, but hundreds of its links to "blasphemous content" remain barred, officials say.

Indian govt to start talks with Ulfa without big guns

The government of northeastern Indian state of Assam has decided to initiate the process of dialogue with insurgent group United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) even without its top leader Paresh Barua.

US to offer Iran, N Korea choices:engagement or isolation

The United States will yesterday offer Iran and North Korea a "clear choice" in its new national security strategy, accept US offers of engagement, or face deep isolation over their nuclear programs.

UK's coalition partners in last polls race

Britain's ruling coalition partners went head-to-head again yesterday in a last poll race left over from May 6 ballots, which produced their historic power-sharing government.

12 dead after ferry sinks in Peru

At least 12 people have drowned after a ferry sank in the Amazon River near Peru's border with Colombia, but officials warned the toll would likely rise when recovery efforts restart at dawn yesterday.

Arroyo calls off sale of Marcos jewels

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo yesterday called off her administration's efforts to sell the seized jewels of former first lady Imelda Marcos, saying this decision should be left to her successor.

2 Israeli-Arabs charged with spying for Hizbullah

Israeli prosecutors have charged two Israeli Arab activists with spying for Hizbullah, it has been revealed.

BP's'top kill' attempt to plug leaking well still inconclusive

BP's "top kill" attempt to plug its leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico remained inconclusive yesterday, 15 hours into what a company official described as a "titanic arm wrestling match."

US police chiefs pan Arizona law

A group of US police chiefs has told US Attorney General Eric Holder that Arizona's controversial immigration law could increase crime.

Indonesia investigating on smoking toddler's case

The parents of a two-year-old boy seen smoking a cigarette in a clip that was posted on YouTube are to be investigated, Indonesian officials said yesterday, after the video drew worldwide attention.

Arts & Entertainment

A demonstration of Nazrul’s versatility

Marking the 111th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a three daylong celebration, starting from May 25, at National Theatre Hall.

Back against the wall

Department of Theatre, Dhaka University has brought Nobel prize-winning German playwright Gerhart Hauptmann's (1862-1946) “The Weavers” to the stage. As part of their curriculum, the final year students of the department produced the play. The premiere was held on May 25 and everyday -- until tomorrow (May 29) -- the play is being staged in the evening. Ismail Mohammad translated the play into Bangla. Ahmedul Kabir (teacher of the Theatre Department) has directed the play.

Strengthening family ties with Gambhira

Chapainawabganj's popular folk performing art form Gambhira is being employed in a campaign to improve family ties and thus strengthening of social bond in Rajshahi and its three neighbouring districts.

An evening of poetry with Syed Shamsul Haq

Kali O Kalom, a monthly literary journal, organised a recitation programme, titled “Kobita-e Pronito Jibon” on May 26. The programme, featuring noted poet and writer Syed Shamsul Haq, was held at Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi in Dhaka.

Creating exquisite reality through the lens

Hundred pictures from a pool of 6500, the search for the 10 finalists and finally a winner -- a fairy tale through images. The first reality show on photography of the sub-continent “LUMIX Click to Fame” is in full swing.

Nagorik’s new play “Ekhon Dushshomoy”

Nagorik Natto Shopmroday's latest production “Ekhon Dushshomoy” will be staged on May 29 at 7 pm at Mohila Samity Auditorium, says a press release.

Rabindra-Nazrul birth anniversary observed

Rabindra-Nazrul birth anniversary was observed on Wednesday at Panchagarh Shishu Academy in Panchagarh.

OP-ED

World Cup fever, Bangladesh-style

Don't get me wrong. I am second to none in my obsession with the World Cup, and have been since I tuned in to my first one in 1978. Go ahead, ask me anything.

Minister of wild imagination

THE Aristotelian definition of truth has it that to say of something which is that it is not, or to say of something which is not that it is, is false. The state minister for law has got us in a fix since he said last Friday that late president Ziaur Rahman had spied for Pakistan during the Liberation War in 1971. We don't know if he said of something which has happened, or happened to say of something, which is wild imagination.

Has Bangladesh gained from its LDC status?

HOW far is it a benefit to be classified as a least developed country (LDC)? After nearly four decades of existence of the LDC category, and after three decade-long Programs of Action adopted by the United Nations since the 1980s to support the development and eventual graduation of the LDCs, there is no clear answer to the above question. The Fourth United Nations Conference on the LDCs planned for mid 2011 is expected to approve a fourth Plan of Action.

An evaluation in the light of civilisation

THOUSANDS of isms and doctrines have been evolved over the centuries. The belief system has been different from country to country, and it has changed and altered pretty much regularly. A system of thought that was appreciated and respected once received severe excoriation for banality later on, and lost its charm to a new one that embraced trends and outlooks of the existing time. That is how societies have shaped up over the centuries. Change has always been there, and will be too, probably!

UK election: The real winners

I flick through newspaper after newspaper in deep shock. In all the coverage of the UK election, the international media has totally missed the real story.

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Mobiles reign in households

The mobile phone has become a major communication device at family levels, covering around half of all families in Bangladesh, says a study.

Facebook boosts privacy controls amid criticism

Facebook is beefing up privacy protections on the world's most popular online social network, addressing mounting pressure to better secure personal data exchanged among its nearly 500 million members.

Apple overtakes Microsoft as biggest tech company

Apple Inc shot past Microsoft Corp as the world's biggest tech company based on market value on Wednesday, the latest milestone in the resurgence of the maker of the iPhone, which nearly went out of business in the 1990s.

Dell's Streak readies for battle with iPad

Dell Inc said its Streak tablet computer can double as a mobile phone and will have a front-facing camera for videoconferencing -- features it hopes will help the new gadget compete against Apple Inc's iPad.

Banglalink Digital World website launched

Latest news articles on information technology from around the world, tech stories, and most useful tech-tips are now just a click away.

Roll-up screen

This hand-out picture released by Sony Corporation on May 26 shows a flexible Organic Light Emitting Display (OLED) recently developed by Japan's electronics giant Sony. The 80-micrometer-thick full color OLED display can be rolled-up around a cylinder with a radius of 4mm.



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