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Green signal to unified education system

The government yesterday approved the National Education Policy, 2010 introducing several compulsory subjects to primary and secondary levels of general, madrasa and vocational education in order to establish a unified schooling system.

EU pledges Tk 73cr

Bangladesh has been pledged by European Union a grant of 8.5 million euros, which is around taka 73 crore, to implement the country's strategic action plan for tackling climate change.

550 in, 100 out

The government has listed 1,483 non-government schools and colleges as qualified for monthly payment order (MPO) facilities.

'Fast-ball' fear

Spain's football stars panned the World Cup's official match ball "Jabulani" as they trained in Austria Monday, arguing it was too quick and hard to grasp.

Hero's welcome awaits Musa

Musa Ibrahim returns home today.
He left for Kathmandu on April 8 to fulfil his dream of hoisting the red-green national flag at the top of the world's highest mountain.

Jamaat postpones Paltan rally

Jamaat-e-Islami postponed its rally at Paltan Maidan yesterday after Dhaka Metropolitan Police imposed a restriction on holding any meeting there.

Jamaat pulls out, supports Manjur

Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday decided to support BNP-backed candidate Mohammad Manjur Alam in the Chittagong City Corporation elections slated for June 17.

Six more rental deals okayed

The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved contracts with six local companies for setting up rental power plants to generate a total of 567-megawatt of power using furnace oil.

PM unhappy over slow pace of work

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed resentment over the slow pace in implementing government's different development projects.

Stalkers hack father over protest

Stalkers hacked a father in Bagerhat yesterday morning as he protested against teasing of his school-going daughter and niece.

Aleya's fight for life ends

Aleya Akhter died late last night at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital six days after she was torched by stalkers at the city's Pallabi.

Mother not receiving treatment

Wounded Shahnur Begum, who lost both her children in Sunday's road accident in Tongi but was not informed about it, was adamant that she would not receive treatment unless she saw her kids.

Bangladesh signs transhipment deal with India

Bangladesh yesterday signed an agreement to finalise a transhipment deal with India to allow Indian goods to be transported to its northeastern Tripura state through Bangladesh territory, officials said.

HC asks for all records

The High Court yesterday asked for all records related to the alleged sexual harassment of a Dhaka University female student by a psychology department teacher.

Nor'wester kills 5 in Noakhali

At least five people were killed and scores injured in separate incidents by collapsing houses as a storm lashed Subarnachar and Hatia upazilas of the district yesterday morning, villagers and local administrations said.

Govt waits for content removal

The government submitted an appeal to the Facebook authority using its automatic 'abuse reporting' tool to remove the offensive contents from its site.

Policy praised

Noted academicians applauded the approval of education policy emphasising its quick implementation along with ensuring a recreational and creative education.

Body found hanging from phone box

The body of an unidentified young girl wearing a veil was found hanging from a telephone exchange box in Motijheel in the capital in the early hours yesterday.

War trial to vanish into thin air

The government move to hold trial of war criminals is futile as it is based on lies, Jamaat Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammed Mojaheed has claimed.

Send text to know your CCC polling centre

Voters of Chittagong City Corporation elections would be able to text to a certain number and know which polling station they are supposed to cast their votes at.

German president resigns

Germany's president Horst Koehler said yesterday that he was stepping down with immediate effect, in a surprise move after criticism of recent comments he made about the country's mission in Afghanistan.

Shitalakkhya eviction drive resumes today

Narayanganj District Administration along with Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) will resume the eviction drive from today to rescue Shitalakkhya River from encroachers.

Nepali Maoists warn of 'crisis' unless PM steps down

Nepal's opposition Maoist party yesterday urged the prime minister to step down quickly, warning that failure to do so would result in "serious crisis" in the troubled country.

500 buildings in city don't have Fire Dept approval

At least five hundred high-rise buildings of the capital do not have any approval from the fire department, said officials of Fire Service and Civil Defence Directorate yesterday.


How to handle rallies of political parties?

The Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islam postponed their planned rally at the Paltan Maidan yesterday, much to the relief of the worried citizens tensed up over a potentially confrontational situation -- thanks to Jubo League scheduling a rally at the same place and time. It has transpired that the Jamaat had applied for and obtained the necessary permission to organise the meeting at the Maidan well before Jubo League announced its rally programme on May 29. So, the Jubo League's counter-move was an act aimed clearly at disrupting Jamaat's rally.

New varsity admission procedure

Reportedly, the government has decided on principle to introduce a new system of admission to public universities, to start with it will be tried out on about 23. From whatever details available so far about the proposed system of intake, it would, we are certain, reduce time and expenditure, and all the other hassles associated with university admission.


Finn finishes Tigers' fight

Steven Finn took five wickets on his home debut as England beat Bangladesh by a convincing eight-wicket margin in the first Test at Lord's here on Monday to go 1-0 up in this two-match series.

Tamim's ton for Boycott

Tamim Iqbal was delighted to prove England great Geoffrey Boycott wrong by scoring a blistering century in the first Test at Lord's here on Sunday.

Henry's new joker role

Thierry Henry may be France's all-time top scorer and leader of his country's attack for over a decade yet he is set to fill an unaccustomed role as 'super sub' at the World Cup in South Africa.

Serena romps into qtrs

Top seed Serena Williams marched into the French Open quarterfinals on Monday with a dominating 6-2, 6-2 win over Israel's Shahar Peer.

Local Snippets

Jessore and Jhalakathi emerged zonal champions to qualify for the eight-team finals of the Grameen-Danone Nations Cup football tournament yesterday.

Liton lifts Shuktara

A brace from Rezaul Karim Liton helped Shuktara Jubo Sangsad of Narayanganj record a crucial 2-0 win over Arambagh KS in their penultimate game in the Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Penalties order of the day

University Laboratory School and College, Trust College and St. Joseph School and College won their respective matches in the inter-college Clear Men Confidence Cup football tournament at the Army Stadium in Banani yesterday.

Federer tips Swiss for Round 2

Roger Federer plans a triple summer celebration of French Open and Wimbledon glory topped off by seeing Switzerland make the knockout rounds of the World Cup.

Brazil conquer New World

The hosts put up a brave showing against Brazil but lost to a late strike from Bebeto, Brazil's other striker. Germany struggled to get past the Belgians while Italy needed a late equaliser from Roberto Baggio against Nigeria. Baggio, rumoured to be at odds with coach Arrigo Sacchi, was the hero on the field as he converted an extra-time penalty winner.

Real unveil Jose

"I don't know if I was born to coach Real Madrid but I was born to be a football coach." Jose Mourinho

Nigeria drop Anichebe

Nigeria have dropped Everton striker Victor Anichebe, but included Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi in their final 23-man squad for the World Cup released on Monday.

Nervous wait for Cole

Joe Cole may well have done enough to earn himself a place in England's World Cup squad following an influential display as a substitute in his team's 2-1 friendly victory over Japan on Sunday.

No surprises from Ghana

Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac on Sunday unveiled his 23-man World Cup squad with all his key players included with one notable exception, Michael Essien.

Ivory Coast, France draw

Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson was denied a winning start with his Ivory Coast team when Paraguay scored twice in the last 15 minutes to draw 2-2 in France.

Lippi's faith in Marchisio

Italy coach Marcello Lippi dropped a clear hint as to who he will be banking on in South Africa as he praised the qualities of Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio.

Cameroon unveil WC squad

Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen on Sunday unveiled his 23-man World Cup squad, state Cameroon Radio-Television (CRTV) reported.


Sun sets on Westermann
Germany international defender Heiko Westermann has been ruled out of the World Cup because of a broken foot, the German football federation announced on Sunday.

Amla propels Proteas

Hashim Amla continued in his rich vein of form, and struck his third one-day international hundred to help South Africa shake off 'dead-rubber syndrome', and win the fourth ODI against West Indies by seven wickets on Sunday.

Astle against dual role

Former New Zealand batsman Nathan Astle feels captain Daniel Vettori should step down as a national selector because that responsibility could create a sense of insecurity among his teammates. Astle fears the team spirit may be affected if the captain has a major say in selection, and added that if Vettori gave up that role, it would allow him to focus on his job as the team's leading strike bowler, and captain.

Novak crawls to last 4

Third-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic reached the French Open quarterfinals on Monday with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over America's Robby Ginepri, reeling off 12 of the last 15 games.


Energy fund on track

A government committee has recommended creation of Bangladesh Energy and Power Investment Fund in an effort to fix the shortage of finance in the power and energy sector.

Lower lending rate likely for SMEs

The banks' lending rate for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is likely to come down to a single digit soon, as the central bank is ready to hand over a fund to the SME Foundation for financing such enterprises.

Costly rebranding cuts into Robi's net profit

High costs of rebranding and subscriber acquisition have cut deeply into the net profits of Robi, a new name for AKTEL.

Shift of tanneries: BSCIC directed to complete CETP construction

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday directed the officials of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) to complete construction of the Central Effluent Treatment Plant so that the tanneries in Hajaribagh are shifted to Savar.

World trade growth slows

Global trade volumes in the first three months of this year were 5.3 percent higher than in the previous quarter, representing slightly slower growth than in recent months but still a healthy rebound from the crisis, data from the Dutch CPB institute showed on Monday.

Fast industrialisation advocated

A seminar has advocated accelerated industrialisation, not agriculture, for Bangladesh's economic development.

Seminar points to scope for more trade with Australia

A seminar in Dhaka yesterday pointed out that the potential for trade between Bangladesh and Australia remains largely untapped mainly because of the lack of awareness of businesspeople of the two countries.

G'FIVE handsets hit market

Easy World Bangladesh Ltd yesterday launched eight handsets of G'FIVE Mobile, a subsidiary of Zerone Group of China.

Hitachi outlines $11b spend on key businesses

Hitachi Ltd, Japan's largest electronics maker, will focus investments on infrastructure-related businesses such as power plants as it seeks to more than double its profit over the next three years.

Ice cream festival starts tomorrow

An ice cream festival starts in Dhaka tomorrow. IGLOO Ice Cream will come up with seven new flavours at the four-day event at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.

BB's smart move

Demand for the dollar has marked a fall in the last two years mainly because of the impact of global recession on the country's external trade.

Luxury market returning from global recession, slowly

The luxury goods market is rebounding from the slump caused by the global recession, but analysts say upscale sellers will be facing a hard slog due to changing demographics and lingering consumer caution.

Auto-rickshaws seen as driver of ad in India

They are synonymous with India and are the country's most common form of transport, used by everyone from schoolchildren and housewives to office workers and tourists.

Oil edges up

Oil prices edged higher in Asian trade Monday as the dollar weakened against the euro, spurring investor demand for crude futures, analysts said.

Sharp unveils 3D televisions in Japan

Japanese electronics giant Sharp unveiled a line of 3D televisions Monday, joining rivals Samsung Electronics and Sony Corp. in an increasingly competitive sector the industry hopes will drive profits.

Bernanke calls for G20 to coordinate reforms

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke called Monday for the Group of 20 world powers to coordinate financial reforms more closely in order to strengthen the global economy.

Indian growth higher than expected

India's economy grew 7.4 percent in the year ended March, official data showed Monday, but analysts said uncertainty in the global outlook meant the government was in no rush to raise interest rates.

Honda says production 'partially resumes' at China plant

Japan's second-largest automaker Honda Motor said Monday production had "partially resumed" at a parts factory in China where an unprecedented strike has forced the company to close other plants.

New director for FBCCI

Th Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry has elected Nizam Uddin Ahmed as its director for 2010-12, according to a statement released yesterday.

American Express 29th on Fortune list

Fortune, a global business magazine, has ranked American Express 29th in its most admired companies list, City Bank said in a statement yesterday.

Corporate Briefs

The company's share trading will be allowed only on the spot market and block/odd lot transactions will also be settled as per spot settlement cycle from today to Thursday. Trading will remain suspended on May 6, the record date for EGM.


Local Market FX
The local market was active yesterday. USD/BDT rates maintained the same range as the previous working day.


25,000 women, children trafficked a year

About 25,000 women and children are being trafficked to other countries from Bangladesh every year, Prof Delwar Hossain of Dhaka University said this at a seminar in the city yesterday.

Pro-AL docs' rooms ransacked by the aggrieved at BSMMU

A group of aggrieved doctors, who did not qualify in the adhoc basis recruitment examination at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), yesterday vandalised rooms of pro-Awami League doctors of the institution.

Bring Samrat killers to book: Nahid

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said his ministry would make a request to the home ministry to bring to book the people responsible for the death of Buet student Khandaker Khanjahan Samrat in a road accident on May 27.

Executive magistrates to try some poll offences

The home ministry has empowered executive magistrates to hold trial of some polls offences during elections to local government bodies.

AL meets alliance partners today

The ruling Awami League this evening holds a crucial meeting with leaders of all of its components in the 14-party combine, grand alliance and members of the AL Central Working Committee and Advisory Council and lawmakers to discuss the overall socio-economic and political situation of the country.

Two killed in road accidents

Two persons were killed and 77 others injured in separate road accidents in Jhenidah and Chapainawabganj yesterday.

Hearing adjourned till July 4

The High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned till July 4 the hearing of a petition challenging the withdrawal of a murder case in Rajshahi against nine persons including Ruhul Quddus Babu, who was recently appointed as an HC judge.

Trial begins in new court Sept 19

Trial of one of the Ramna Batamul carnage cases will begin in a new court in the city on September 19.

Armed police to be deployed at airport from today

Armed Police Battalion (APBn) is supposed to be deployed from today at Shahjalal International Airport in the capital in addition to two other security agencies performing duties there.

HC asks govt to maintain status quo for 3 months

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to maintain status quo for three months on the employment of 312 fourth class employees serving under different projects at the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRD).

UGC limits DU budget for next fiscal to Tk 204cr

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has limited the budget for the Dhaka University for fiscal 2010-11 to Tk 203.79 crore, which is the largest in the history of the institution.

Vow to resist fanaticism

Left-leaning political parties observed the 22nd death anniversary of student leader Shaheed Jamil Aktar Ratan yesterday, with a renewed vow to unitedly resist fanaticism.

Dhaka committed to holding war crimes trial

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the government is determined to conduct the trial of the 1971 crimes against humanity in accordance with international legal and human rights standards.

HC bail to BNP ward councillor Arif stayed

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for six weeks a High Court (HC) verdict that granted bail to BNP ward councillor Ariful Islam Arif in the August 21 grenade attack case.

World No Tobacco Day observed

The World No Tobacco Day was observed across the country yesterday as elsewhere across the world in a befitting manner.

JS budget session begins tomorrow

The budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad will begin tomorrow, but the prospect of BNP joining the session appears to be slim as its demands are yet to be fulfilled.

Schoolboy killed in road crash

A bus rear-ended a motorbike killing a class-X student and injuring his cousin near Kamalapur Inland Container Depot late last night.


65 hurt as storms lash 2 districts

Storms injured at least 65 people and caused extensive damage to houses and crops in Jhenidah and Jessore yesterday.

Allar Dal threatens to blow up houses

Militants of Allar Dal have threatened to blow up the houses at Kishmat Bagchi and Hially villages under Sadullapur upazila as the villagers helped police arrest two activists of the banned Islamist outfit on the night of May 26.

7 JMB men jailed in Khulna

A court yesterday sentenced seven members of militant Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to seven years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for their involvement in the serial bomb blasts on August 17, 2005.

Teacher arrested on charge of illegally increasing number

Members of the detective branch (DB) of police arrested a teacher and four others on charge of increasing number in the answer scripts of two HSC examinees in exchange for money at Sheujgari under Bogra district yesterday.

25 trees felled to make school's furniture!

A school's managing committee has cut down at least 25 big trees in the school compound without any permission from district administration.

AL leader murdered

A union level leader of the ruling Awami League (AL) was murdered in Delduar upazila on Sunday night.

Patuakhali Jamaat office ransacked, ameer beaten up

Patuakhali office of Jamaat-e-Islami was ransacked and district unit ameer beaten up yesterday.

Identifying problem and finding the way out

Over 500 people from Rajshahi and neighbouring districts joined a conference at Dr Kaiser Memorial auditorium of Rajshahi Medical College yesterday, sharing their success stories in ensuring human rights through self-research.

Classes held at Sust despite strike call

Classes were held as usual at Shahjalalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) yesterday despite the JCD's call for an indefinite strike on the campus.

Sec 144 at Godagari

The upazila administration of Godagari yesterday imposed Section 144 around Dayingpara intersection as Jamaat-e Islami and its rival Jubo League called a meeting at the same venue. Official sources said, the ban order bars holding of any meeting or gathering between 3:30pm to 10:00pm. Zakirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Godagari police station said both groups called the meeting almost at same time on Sunday night. Upazila Jubo League general secretary Shamim Reza Raju said, they informed police on Sunday morning about their meeting aimed at demanding trial against war criminals. Contacted, Jamaat's Godagari municipal unit general secretary Matiur Rahman said they informed police about their meeting on Sunday evening.

Two commit 'suicide'

Two housewives allegedly committed suicide in Dhunat upazila here in last two days. Sources said Sonavan Bibi, 65, wife of Akimuddin Akhand of Pakurihata village in the upazila took her life by hanging from the ceiling of her house on Sunday morning. The reason behind the suicide could not be known immediately. In another incident, Shohagi Begum, 22, wife of Anwarul Islam, of Mathpara village in the same upazila allegedly committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling of her bed room following a quarrel with her mother-in-law on Saturday evening. The bodies were sent to Sadar hospital morgue for autopsy.

Bus supervisor killed

Police recovered the body of a bus counter supervisor of Bhaberchar bus stand in Gazaria upazila on Dhaka-Chittagong highway Sunday. The deceased was identified as Habib, 28, supervisor of Gazaria Paribahan, hailed from Meghna upazila of Comilla district. Police said Habib went missing since Saturday night. Later, his co-worker Alamgir found his body at the counter Sunday morning and informed the police. On information, police rushed to the spot and recovered the body. The body was sent to Sadar hospital morgue for autopsy.

WiMAX Plaza in Ctg

Banglalion Communications Limited, a high speed WiMAX internet service provider, opened their customer care, sales and service centre at city's Agrabad area yesterday. Banglalion WiMAX Director (Communication) and Chief Brand Officer Shafiul Haque Chowdhury inaugurated the centre “Banglalion WiMAX Plaza” at 1768, Sheikh Mujib Road through a ceremony. Shafiul said sales, service, customer care, billing and other necessary services will be provided from the centre for customers of WiMAX internet. The company already expanded their services to different places of the port city including Agrabad, Nasirabad, Khulshi, Sugondha, Panchlaish, GEC, Lalkhan Bazar and Anderkilla after launching the service two months ago, Shafiqul said adding that some other areas including Chandgaon, Halishahar and Chawk Bazar will be brought under the coverage by June.

Bodies recovered

Two bodies were recovered from separate places in the district on Sunday. Police said they recovered the body of Biplob Borai, 15, son of Rabindranath Borai of Ramchandrapur village in Kaliganj upazila from a field in nearby Dulalmundia village in the morning. The deceased was identified as Biplob Borai, 15, son of Rabindranath Borai of village Ramchandrapur in Kotchandpur upazila. Biplob was working at his father's tea stall at Baluhar bus stand in Kotchandpur upazila town. He was also running a rent-a-motorbike business. Police suspected that criminals strangled him following a previous enmity. The body was sent to Sadar hospital morgue for autopsy. Besides, another unidentified body of a young man was recovered by police in the morning from a road at village Nrishinghapur in Sadar upazila. The body was also sent to the same hospital morgue for postmortem.


Israel kills 19 activists on Gaza aid flotilla

Israeli forces have attacked a flotilla of aid-carrying ships aiming to break the country's siege on Gaza.

Turkey recalls envoy, calls UN meeting

Turkey recalled its envoy from Tel Aviv yesterday and urged an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council after a deadly Israeli raid on aid ships, including Turkish vessels, bound for Gaza.

Netanyahu gives 'full backing' in raid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his "full backing" yesterday to Israel's military forces after a raid on a flotilla carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, which left up to 19 people dead.

Children behind Israeli bars

With a timid smile, 16 year-old N twiddles his thumbs as he tells me his frightening story. Israeli soldiers came to his house a year ago at dawn. He was blindfolded, handcuffed, and taken away without any explanation.

Israel in eye of storm

Israel's regional allies froze military ties as angry protests erupted over the storming yesterday of aid ships bound for Gaza.

Japan PM may stay until polls

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, his coalition fractured and his ratings sinking, brushed aside calls to quit yesterday ahead of an upper house election despite fading chances of the decisive win needed to smooth policy-making.

Indian Maoist vows to 'punish' rogue rebels

A Maoist leader in India has said that they will "punish" any rogue rebels if they are found responsible for Friday's train crash, which left 148 people dead.

Thai PM faces no-confidence motion

Thailand's parliamentary opposition has accused Abhisit Vejjajiva, the prime minister, of human rights abuses in a no-confidence motion centred on the use of violence during a crackdown on anti-government protests.

How Bush's grandpa helped Hitler's rise to power!

George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.

Pak court removes Facebook ban

A court in Pakistan has ordered the authorities to restore the Facebook social networking site.

Agatha storm toll rises to 99 in Central America

A powerful tropical storm in Central America has left at least 99 people dead in floods and mudslides.

Jets attack kills 42 Pak militants

Pakistani jet fighters struck militant hideouts in the Orakzai region yesterday, killing 42 insurgents, government and security officials said, the latest in a series of assaults on militants in the country's northwest.

Ex-defence chief wins Colombia vote

Colombia is set for a run-off vote after former defence minister Juan Manuel Santos fell just short of victory in Sunday's presidential poll.

Ex-defence chief wins Colombia vote

Colombia is set for a run-off vote after former defence minister Juan Manuel Santos fell just short of victory in Sunday's presidential poll.

Hundreds die in Indian heat wave in a week

Death toll expected to rise as India faces record temperatures of up to 122F in hottest summer on record

Hopes for breast cancer vaccine

American scientists say they have developed a vaccine, which has prevented breast cancer from developing in mice.

Arts & Entertainment

Yet more Tagore memorabilia lie neglected

More Tagore memorabilia, including a bank ledger, are lying neglected in Naogaoan, Sirajgonj, Kushtia and Khulna districts because of the lackadaisical attitude of the Department of Archeology.

Indian Panorama Film Festival

The otherwise culturally sleepy hill station of Shimla in North India came alive with the Indian Panorama Film Festival. Two films “Haat: The Weekly Bazaar” (directed by Seema Kapoor) and “Ijjodu” (directed by the well-known M.S. Sathyu) though separated in terms of language and locale had much in common. Both dealt with the exploitation of women, fallen victim to regressive custom and superstition.

How the young minds grasp the National Poet

Every year during his birth anniversary, National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam is honoured through seminars, discussions, special programmes on TV channels and more.

Dancer Sohel Rahman to perform in Spain

Dancer Sohel Rahman and his troupe will be performing at an international dance festival to be held in Madrid, Spain. Currently Sohel is very busy with the rehearsals.

Kaniz Almas on “Raat Biratey” tonight

The popular show “Raat Biratey” will be aired on Banglavision at 11:25 pm tonight. Tonight's featured guest is renowned beautician Kaniz Almas Khan.

GMB Akash’s solo photo exhibition at Bengal Gallery

Internationally renowned Bangladeshi photographer GMB Akash's solo exhibition “Soulscapes” begins today at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi in Dhaka.


Pit of despair, peak of hope

WHEN we were slowly drowning in the pit of despair, Musa Ibrahim took us to the peak of hope. We travelled to the top of the world with him where the air is thin but pure, heavenly pure. I hope Musa will bring some of that pure air to drive away the contamination that blackens our souls. We want to breathe the fresh air to our lungs' content. Musa proved the hardest way that reaching the goal is not impossible if only one can remain steadfast in one's determination. It is the tough who do not stop but get going.


I first heard the news from a friend on Facebook a couple of hours ago. A quick Google search turned up a couple of blogs and a Wikinews post that corroborated it. The final confirmation came from a journalist friend at the BBC (again via Facebook): Facebook, the world's most popular social-networking site, has been temporarily blocked in Bangladesh. My friend wasn't sure about the exact reasons, but there were rumours about a youngster being arrested for posting 'not so flattering' doodles of political leaders on his social profile. When I asked him about the media community's reaction to this incident, he told me that it is still a "non-issue." After all, the Facebook user base in Bangladesh is still quite small and a little delay in posting status messages or playing Farmville is not going to do any serious damage. (I must admit that for a moment, the idea of not having to see stupid notification messages seemed quite appealing.) However, the fact is, in this day and age, blocking a social media is just as unfortunate as shutting down a mainstream newspaper or TV channel and just as alarming.

Budget in rear-view mirror

THE announcement of the budget is an important event in a country's political and economic calendar. In Bangladesh, public focus on the budget is still confined to a few weeks in June. The incumbent politicians and allied pundits hail the document as visionary and pro-people, the opposition denounces it as anti-poor and anti-people, and then, after a few weeks, nothing more is heard of it.

The quarry quandary

ALL aspects of coal in Bangladesh are proving to be as dark as the coal. Debates about the contribution that coal can make in solving the ever-increasing power crisis, the role it can and should play in overall energy security of the country for the next several decades, the steps needed to finalise the proposed national coal policy, and the best mining method have been taking new turns at every phase during the last several years (DS, June 21, 2009).

A woman-friendly budget

"Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness." ~Erica Jong.

Science & Life

Microbes that live on us

How independent am I or are you? Even grown as adults and educated as 'learned', can you decide your lifestyle by yourself (including spouse, of course!)? Most likely your answer is yes. That mindset may need some adjustment in the near future even for the strongest dictator on earth! Some indications at least appear to be leading us into that direction.

Manmade DNA powers cell

Scientists announced a bold step in the enduring quest to create artificial life. They've produced a living cell powered by manmade DNA.

Victim of climate change

Monitor lizards are giant, colorful creatures that would seem to stick out like sore thumbs, but scientists are still identifying new species.

Mind the vital instrument

The following makes the first instilment of Dr. M Ali Asgar’s original article titled “Establishment of an Interactive science discovery centre in Asia-Pacific region.”

Survival secret of highlanders

Scientists have long wondered how the Tibetans are able to survive in the oxygen-thin high altitudes of the Tibetan highlands. The great Tibetan Plateau stands more than 13,000 feet (4000) meters above the sea level and usually at such heights most people are susceptible to hypoxia. That is when little or no oxygen reaches the body tissues which eventually lead to fatal lung or brain inflammation.

What if we're holograms?

Brian Greene works in a world where scientific reasoning rules all and imagination leads to the most unlikely truths.

Science Quiz

Pure distilled water has a pH of:

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