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Minor clashes mark hartal

Yesterday's nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal was by and large peaceful all over the country, except some sporadic clashes between police and pickets, and damage of few vehicles in the capital and some other places.

Argentina cruise into last 8

Argentina will meet Germany in the World Cup's quarterfinals after striker Carlos Tevez struck twice - once controversially - to seal a 3-1 win over Mexico in Sunday's round of 16 match.

India, China plot Bangladesh woe

Bangladesh is going to face water shortage and its cumulative impacts in next two decades as China and India will build over 200 big and small dams on the Himalayan rivers Yangtze, Brahmaputra and Gages to meet their growing water needs.

Social business: A solution to ills

Build business on the selfless nature of mankind. It is business with a difference, social business -- that is. It has a social goal -- to find a solution to a local problem. It may be the seed of a solution to a global problem. Someday, perhaps.

Raid inside house of Mirza Abbas

Rapid Action Battalion men yesterday stormed Mirza Abbas's Shahjahanpur residence in the capital and charged baton injuring some 20 persons including family members of the BNP standing committee member.

MRP blow for jobseekers

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is refusing to issue visas to Bangladeshi jobseekers who do not have machine-readable passports (MRPs), officials at Bangladesh embassy in the UAE said.

Savings certificates' proposed tax may go

The government may withdraw the proposal for increase of tax on savings certificates, advance income tax at import level and on lower cylinder capacity cars in the face of criticism from different quarters including ministers.

No hasty decision on coal policy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that her government will not take any hasty decision regarding the coal policy.

Top criminal Bikash acquitted

All the six accused, including top listed criminal Bikash, were acquitted yesterday in a case filed for killing a student of Tejgaon Polytechnic Institute in 1991.

Tk 3,000 lowest salary fixed

The government through a gazette notification yesterday announced new pay scales for the water transport workers in three categories.

BNP to hold rallies today

BNP will hold countrywide rallies and demonstrations today to protest attack on its leaders and workers and their arrest during yesterday's daylong hartal.

Come out of hartal politics

The ruling Awami League yesterday claimed that people rejected BNP's hartal by joining their work.

Return to JS, speak for people

A few ruling party lawmakers yesterday in parliament launched a blistering attack on the main opposition BNP for enforcing hartal and boycotting the House.

Govt targets 5 lakh new tax payers

The government has decided to bring five lakh new taxpayers under the tax net in the next fiscal year and set up tax offices at upazila level, Finance Minister AMA Muhith told the House yesterday.

Helal panel sweeps polls

Major Gen (Retd) Helal Morshed Khan led 41-member panel made a clean sweep in the Muktijoddha Sangsad Central Command Council elections held yesterday across the country after 10 years.

Member Prof Gias replaced

The government has cancelled the appointment of Prof Giasuddin Mollah as a member of the recently constituted National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

No AL link with attacks on pickets

LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said his party would not take responsibility for any activities of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) as it is not an affiliate of the party.

Cops suspect role of prime suspect's wife

Police suspect the wife of Shamsuzzaman Arif, prime accused in the murder of six-year-old Samiul Azim in the capital's Adabar, as she is absconding since the incident.

Govt's eviction plan in Tongi, Gazipur slated

AKM Mozammel Huq, an Awami League lawmaker, yesterday bitterly criticised the government move for evicting dwellers from three unions of Gazipur and Tongi municipality areas in a bid to set up satellite city there.

Indian Kashmir orders probe into latest killings

Authorities in restive Indian Kashmir ordered a judicial probe yesterday into the killing of two young men by security forces in a bid to stem protests over their deaths.

Vuvuzela on way out

At the stalls on Cape Town's Green Market Square the eye-catching masks from Cameroon, Zulu figurines and Masai necklaces have reclaimed their former places from the usurping vuvuzela.

Editorial

A tense hartal passes off

The dawn-dusk countrywide hartal called by the BNP yesterday has passed off, but not without generating heat and tension. Several opposition activists were arrested including some top ranking BNP leaders in the capital city. There were sporadic clashes between the police and the pickets, but no major incident of violence was reported till the time of writing. The presence of the law enforcers in the Dhaka streets was huge and overwhelming and they used batons to prevent hartal supporters from taking control of the situation at different points. It was almost a repetition of that familiar police versus pickets skirmishes that we witnessed many times during hartals in the past.

Idea of SAARC police mooted

The home ministers' meeting of SAARC, held recently in Islamabad, has agreed to set up a regional police force modeled on the INTERPOL, to tackle transnational crimes in the region. It is a good idea that has not emerged a day too soon.

Sports

Germany bury England

Germany inflicted England's record World Cup finals defeat on Sunday after a 4-1 victory in their Last 16 match that was overshadowed by one of the worst refereeing mistakes in the tournament's history.

Ghana, Uruguay make history

Uruguay reached the quarterfinal stage for the first time since 1970 after their hard-fought win over South Korea, but it was Ghana's win (by the same 2-1 margin) over USA that was the highlight of the first day of the World Cup's round of 16.

South Africa on top

South Africa were 46-2 at stumps on the first day of the final Test against West Indies on Saturday after their attack, led by Johan Botha and Dale Steyn, had helped restrict the home team to 231 all out.

End of American dream

The American dream ran out of steam on Saturday as Bob Bradley's team exited the World Cup with a 2-1 extra-time defeat to Ghana.

Clark takes blame for USA

Ricardo Clark admitted responsibility after his side's 2-1 defeat to Ghana in the last 16 of the World Cup on Saturday.

Pawar takes over as ICC chief July 1

Former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar will take over as International Cricket Council president on July 1, becoming the second Indian, after Jagmohan Dalmiya, to occupy the top post.

'I hate EPL'

Juan Veron blasted English football claiming his time in the Premier League nearly made him quit football.

Chile think the impossible

Chile will be out to derail Brazil's drive towards a sixth World Cup title here on Monday when the South American teams meet in their Round of 16 showdown.

Beware of Chilean ambush

Brazilian veteran midfielder Gilberto Silva on Sunday warned the five-time champions they needed to be ready for a Chilean ambush as the World Cup goes into the knockout stage.

Weiss feels no pressure

When your national press labels your progression from group stage to knock-out phase of the World Cup as a "miracle", it sums up the notion of a being a rank outsider in world football.

Dutch wary of Slovak spirit

The Netherlands play surprise package Slovakia in a round of 16 match here on Monday, wary of a team spirit that saw the unheralded side beat defending World Cup champions Italy in the group stage.

Hosts rejoice Ghana

South Africa rejoiced Sunday in Ghana's win over the United States, making them only the third African team to reach a World Cup quarterfinal and the continent's only flag left in the tournament.

World Cup One Twos

OBAMA TO SWAP SHIRT WITH ATTA
US President Barack Obama will exchange soccer team shirts with Ghanaian President John Atta Mills next time they meet, the White House said Saturday as the teams squared off in the World Cup's second round.

'No favours from dad'

Slovakia midfielder Vladimir Weiss does not expect any favours from his uncompromising father for what could be the biggest game of his career in Monday's World Cup last 16 tie with Netherlands.

Top Scorer

Higuain (ARG) 3

Business

Farm sector sees exit of workers

Agriculture, often called the employer of last resort, sees a less turnout of workers, as other productive sectors absorb the new entrants to the labour market.

A plight: Account maintenance fee

A bank manager gave a hawker a pay order of Tk 350 against newspaper bills. When the hawker went to the bank to withdraw the cash he found Tk 115 less. Shocked, the hawker came to know that the bank deducted the money in account maintenance fee.

Dhaka-Colombo direct flights in August

Sri Lanka's state-owned budget carrier Mihin Lanka Airlines is expected to launch direct flights between Dhaka and Colombo in August to cut travel time.

Northern SMEs miss out on loans

A complex loan policy, a lack of campaigns and a high rate of interest have set back loan disbursement for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in five northern districts, officials said.

Neo-liberal bias revealed

It is widely articulated that Awami League believes in a state-focused economic philosophy, where people's welfare gets priority over profit maximisation of market functions. Considering the reality in Bangladesh as well as the global economy, the party tried to strike a balance between the state and the market when it assumed power during 1996-2001.

Stocks up despite hartal

Dhaka stocks returned to the black yesterday, although the number of investors who could take part in trading in person was low, as the main opposition enforced a dawn-to-dusk hartal countrywide.

Power-sugar plant likely in the north

The second phase of a feasibility study has been completed to establish a plant to produce power and white sugar under a co-generation method at Lalpur North Bengal Sugar Mills (NBSM).

Two salinity-tolerant rice variants to be released soon

Two high salinity-tolerant rice variants, developed by Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA), now await approval for cultivation at farmers level in the next Boro season.

G20 leaders to strike balance between debt and growth

With a global recession behind them, world leaders meeting yesterday will seek to show they can bolster a fragile economic recovery while also cutting massive government debt levels.

Corporate Briefs

NATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE
In line with DSE listing regulations, the insurer's board meeting will be held tomorrow at 3:30pm to consider, among others, its audited financial statements, as of December 31, 2009.

Tourism bill passed

The Bangladesh Protected Tourism Area and Special Tourism Zone Bill 2010 was passed in parliament yesterday.

Dubai opens new airport with first cargo flights

Dubai opened what is planned to become the world's largest airport on Sunday, starting with cargo operators, making the emirate a two-airport city, as it aspires to build itself into a global logistics hub.

BRIC calls off meeting at G20 as Lula stays home

The leaders of Russia, India and China called off a meeting of so-called BRIC countries on the sidelines of the G20 summit on Saturday after Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva stayed home to deal with severe flooding.

France tightens screw on tax breaks again

A crackdown on tax breaks will have to be intensified to enable the French government to meet its 2011 deficit target, Budget Minister Francois Baroin said on Sunday, underscoring the struggle it faces in shoring up its finances.

India's Reliance and GTL Combine tower operations

Reliance Communications, India's No. 2 mobile carrier, agreed to sell its telecoms tower business to GTL Infrastructure Ltd to create what it said would be the world's largest telecom infrastructure firm not controlled by a telecom operator.

Zain in stake talks with Etisalat

Kuwaiti telecoms firm Zain is in talks with Abu Dhabi's Emirates Telecommunications Corp (Etisalat) about selling a majority stake in the group, a Kuwaiti newspaper report said on Sunday.

Metropolitan

Institute of Public Health limps along

Shortage of manpower and equipment and the indifferent attitude of the government have left the Institute of Public Health (IPH) limping along in recent years.

Concluding ceremony in Ctg today

The concluding ceremony of 'Enriching Schools with New Resources' initiated under the English in Schools (EIS) programme will be held at Chittagong Collegiate School in the port city today.

Contest begins in Ctg today

The Daily Star-Mutual Trust Bank Debate Competition and Festival 2010 kicks off in Chittagong today.

Invest more at home

President Zillur Rahman has urged the expatriates, residing different parts of the United Kingdom, to invest more at home for upgrading Bangladesh to a middle income country by 2021.

Indian Khasias intrude for third day

Tension prevailed on Jaintapur borders in Sylhet as the Indian Khasia tribesmen intruded and tilled farmlands for the third consecutive day yesterday over 60 yards inside the zero line.

Police maintain law and order during hartal: DMP

The police arrested a total of 167 people from different areas in the city during dawn-to-dusk hartal on charges of obstructing the police, blocking the roads, vandalising shops and vehicles and issuing threats.

News misleading

The Army Headquarters termed misleading the news item headlined “Foreign ship detained in India after offloading arms in Chittagong,” published in a section of dailies here yesterday.

4 of a family narrowly escapes death

A family of four heading out for some early morning workouts narrowly escaped death when a speeding bus rammed into their motorbike and dragged it along for 50feet at College Gate intersection on Mirpur Road in the capital early yesterday.

Mechanic hacked to death

Miscreants hacked a motor mechanic to death in capital's Turag area yesterday.

Ex-customs man sent to jail for graft

A Dhaka court yesterday sent a former customs inspector to jail in a case filed against him for not submitting his wealth statement to the now defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAC).

Driver burnt to death

A truck driver was burnt alive when his vehicle caught fire on Mymensingh highway at Rajendrapur in Gazipur early morning yesterday.

Hartal Disrupts Life

Arrest, arson and attacks on pickets mark the yesterday's dawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal called by opposition BNP. Pickets set fire to a bus in Motijheel area while some city roads wear deserted look during hartal hours. Several pro-hartal activists were also injured during attacks by anti-hartal activists. Policemen also keep a close watch at different points in the city.

Obituary

Md Riad Anwar, son of Nurul Anwar Chowdhury Logic, former employee of Osmani Glass Sheet Factory, passed away due to blood cancer at Apollo Hospitals of Chennai in India on Saturday at the age of 27, says press release.

Mannan, Azam get bail,11 others sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to BNP leader and former state minister Prof MA Mannan, Advocate Ahmed Azam Khan and four others in a case filed for preventing police from discharging their duties and vandalising the vehicles at Tejgaon in the city during hartal hours.

Two Barisal JP leaders expelled

Jatiya Party Chairman H M Ershad yesterday expelled two leaders of Barisal from the party for tarnishing image of the party in a 'planned way' and breaking party discipline, says a press release.

Physiotherapy students' memo to PM today

Bangladesh Physiotherapy Students' Union (BPSU) will march towards the Prime Minister's Office at 12:00 noon today to submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as part of their agitation programmes, says a press release.

Ex-joint secy missing

Abu Ahmmed Kadir, former joint secretary at the industries ministry, 69, has been missing since Saturday, says a press release.

National

Farmers all smiles in SW dists as jute regains glory

Jute farmers in 10 south-western districts are cultivating the cash crop in larger areas of land as it is earning them good profit for the last three years.

Charges to be pressed against 14 today

Charges will be framed against 14 alleged BDR mutineers of 8 Rifle Battalion, Sunamganj at the special court-3 of Bangladesh Rifles here today.

Two housewives murdered, acid attack on another

Two women have been killed allegedly by their husbands while another was attacked with acid in three districts.

Two youths held on charge of stalking

Two youths were held on charge of stalking school and college girls in Satkhira and Lalmonirhat yesterday.

50 hurt, 20 shops vandalised in fierce B'baria clash

At least 50 people were injured and 20 shops vandalised in a fierce clash between the supporters of a sitting and a former UP chairmen at Isapur union in Bijoynagar upazila on Friday afternoon.

3 RU BCL men beaten up

An unidentified gang yesterday beat up three activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Rajshahi University (RU) unit near Binodpur bazar area of the university.

Student killed in Bogra

Criminals yesterday morning killed Sanwar Hossain Russell, a student of Islami Bank Institute of Technology. Police recovered his slaughtered body from a banana orchard in Seujgari area in the town. Locals and police said Russell, who hailed from Pukrapur village in Gobindaganj upazila of Gaibandha district, used to stay at a mess in Seujgari area. Police believe Russel was killed sometimes on Friday. However none was arrested in this connection till yesterday noon.

Hospitals fined in B'baria

A mobile court fined three private hospitals and a diagnostic centre Tk 1.15 lakh for various irregularities in the district town on Friday. Sources said the mobile court led by executive magistrate Helal Uddin raided Moulavipara area in the morning. They realised the fine from New Modern Hospital, Samarita Hospital, Titas General Hospital and Model Diagnostic Centre for lack of necessary doctors, nurses, technicians and medical equipment and for absence of waste-disposal arrangement.

Youth murdered

Criminals killed a youth and injured a woman at Haripur in the town early Saturday. The victim was identified as Muntasir Mamun Sohel, 28, son of Asraf Ali of Haripur Moholla under Chapainawabganj municipal area. Dipak Kumar, Sub Inspector (SI) of Sadar police station and victim's relatives said, Sohel along with neighbour Nasrin were going to Haripur by a rickshaw from the town at 11:00pm. When their rickshaw reached Haripur area, Nasrin's husband Iqbal and his men attacked them with sticks and iron rod. Later, the criminals dragged them to a mango orchard and beat them up indiscriminately. Being informed, police rushed to the spot, rescued them and sent them to Adhunik Sadar Hospital, where Sohel succumbed to his injury at around 1:35am. Seriously injured Nasrin is undergoing treatment at Sadar hospital. Police said, earlier Nasrin filed a case against her husband Iqbal following a family feud. At that time Nasrin's neighbour Sohel helped her which angered Iqbal.

Teacher stabbed to death

A school teacher was stabbed to death by his younger brother at village Goira in Kalaroa upazila Friday night. Victim Shah Alam, 38, was son of Azizar Rahman of the village and an assistant teacher at Hijaldi High School in the same upazila. Quoting locals police said Nazmul Alam who was abroad, came to his village home recently. He locked in an altercation with his father over the money he sent from abroad Friday evening. Elder brother Shah Alam protested this and rebuked Nazmul. Angry Nazmul stabbed his elder brother leaving him seriously injured. Alam succumbed to his injuries on way to Kalaroa hospital at about 11:15pm.

Body recovered

Police recovered the body of an unidentified young man from Kurshabadagoir area of Nakla upazila on Friday morning. Locals found the body of the youth, aged about 30, beside Sherpur-Mymensingh road in the morning and informed the police. Later, police rushed to the spot and sent the body to Sadar hospital morgue for autopsy. Police suspected that the criminals murdered the youth elsewhere and left the body beside the road late at night.

50 injured in districts in clashes, police action

Over 50 people were injured in clashes between pro and anti-hartal activists and police action in different districts during yesterday's countrywide hartal enforced by main opposition BNP.

Letters

Chittagong election

The city election of Chittagong was held by and large peacefully. I find the efforts of the EC to deliver a free and fair poll have been appreciated. There was also the contrary view and criticism that the EC has robbed this democratic exercise of franchise with the citizens' committee, stripping the festival of democracy of its vibrancy, Does the Commission deserve this reprobation? I am afraid not. So a stringent law is enacted perhaps with full knowledge that like others this would fall by the wayside at the time of implementation. This syndrome is aptly called the 'culture of impunity.' No wonder, there is consternation, a cry of anguish, and an accusation of throttling of democracy, as the stringency of the law hits home only when the EC asks for and monitors its implementation without exception!

Breakthrough in jute research

June 17th will be a significant day for the jute industry in Bangladesh.

DAP and some questions

I have followed the articles in your paper regarding the protection of wetlands which I find a very responsible thing to do, but my concern is that by closing these private developments we will further the gap between the rich and poor in our country, if DAP is implemented the prices of available land/houses will go up three times. And those people who already have one or to houses in Dhaka city will become richer, (including those who are adamant to close down these private companies). Then who will listen to the plight of masses of middle class?

To my father…

You told me how to live and let me watch how you live. I always try to follow your footsteps and so that I can be like you. And I believe I will neither be disappointed nor be discouraged, rather I will acquire a great deal.

Death of a newspaper

The country's oldest English newspaper - “The Bangladesh Observer” died after prolonged legal and financial illness on June 08, 2010 following shutting down of its operation by the owners. It was 60. Starting its publication as “The Pakistan Observer” in 1949, the prestigious daily broadsheet encountered so many problems including ban on publication. The Bangladesh Observer left behind numerous reputed journalists (whom it brought up), ardent readers and subscribers, writers and admirers to mourn its death. They expressed profound shock and sympathy at the sad demise of the well-circulated newspaper. They prayed for the re-birth of the newspaper.

Former PM and money whitening

The finance minister quite rightly refused to disclose details about the possible whitening of money by the former prime minister and her two sons, under the Income Tax Ordinance of 1984, preventing the disclosure of such information about Taxpayers' whitening of undisclosed money. (The BNP insisted she whitened white money. Why would she want to do that? Does she also send her fresh laundry out for further laundering?)

The 'Average' American

In my experience, the general consensus amongst people I have encountered and the countries I have visited, the 'Americans are fat and not that intelligent'.

Education and teachers

How many times do you need to change the education policy of a nation to get it right? I simply can't understand why every ruling party thinks that changing something is the solution to all sorts of problems. You are changing the syllabus, the curriculum, the question patterns of the board exams, but what about the teachers? Are they comfortable with the new system? I don't believe. And who are being affected by that? The students, the feet on which the future Bangladesh will stand.

“A” level exams

The "O" and "A" level exams are patently very important for the students who have a dream to go abroad for higher studies and intend to build a bright future. The British Council bears the responsibility to conduct those exams by itself and nominating some other institutions and centres in Dhaka and other cities in our country. Achieving a good result in those exams is a mandatory requirement for admissions in foreign colleges and universities. Seemingly the standard and authenticity of the exams taken by the British Council are highly praised and accepted worldwide.

The great Prophet (SM)

According to our Rasul (Pbuh), there is no hermitage in Islam.

Negative politics

In Bangladesh there are more than one hundred political parties, out of which two major political parties namely the BNP & the Awami League (AL) come to power alternatively since 1991 after restoration of the democratic process . All other parties rally behind these two just to get a small share from their leading parties. The AL is the oldest one and led the liberation war in 1971. The BNP was born after assassination of the father of the nation in 1975. Anyway, this party founder was a freedom fighter who took control of the country during a turmoil which was going on after the assassination of the country's founding leader.

Vocational training

Our country's educational systems are not well-planned like the other developing or developed countries. We have systems such as Bangla medium, English medium, madrasa education, vocational education etc.

Burden of unemployment

An unemployed person knows best how much burdensome life can be. This stage of life begins at the end of one's institutional education. Guardians tend to expect these boys or girls to stand on their own. They seem to be reluctant to bear his expenses any more. The unemployed person starts running after a job which hardly comes within his reach. He offers his toil, sweat even blood in pursuit of this. He finds himself in more difficulty when he has to pay Tk 200--300 or even 500 or more as pay order/bank draft/invoice/postal order per application, especially for the govt. jobs along with other hard-to-manage documents. Sometimes it is felt that he has to be involved in another job to collect this money. Because of these shortcomings, the helpless job aspirants miss some good offers and thus fail to appear at the interview though he might have qualified for the post.

Selfish genes!

Though there are divergent views about the budget, its emphasis on the power sector is welcomed by all. On the other hand, if anybody expected even a few innovations in budgeting this year, they must have been rather disappointed. The budget has proposed to impose Value Added Tax/VAT on all services. This reminds one of the remarks made by Sir Winston Churchill.

Why coaching centre?

Nowadays coaching centres are growing like mushrooms around the famous schools in Dhaka city. Most of the teachers who teach Math, English and Science have individual coaching centres or batches. Guardians and students are not actually interested in going to coaching centres but the teachers persuade them to go there by providing notes, sheets and short suggestions before exams. Finally, the teacher gives them more marks. As a result, students and teachers cannot concentrate fully during class time.

International

Police arrest more than 500 at Toronto summit

Police made more than 500 arrests after black-clad demonstrators broke off from a crowd of peaceful protesters at the global economic summit and went on a rampage in downtown Toronto that lasted into the early morning hours, authorities said yesterday.

Surrendering rebels killed in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's former peacebroker Norway arranged the surrender of leading Tamil Tiger rebels who were later found shot dead, according to international development minister Erik Solheim.

CIA chief warns Iran could have nukes ready by 2012

Iran has enough low-enriched uranium to make two weapons, which it could have prepared and ready for delivery as early as 2012, CIA director Leon Panetta warned yesterday.

Three-party meet fails to make headway in Nepal

The meeting between the three major parties UCPN (Maoist), NC and CPN-UML to find a way out of the protracted political deadlock that has created obstruction in the constitution drafting process including normal business at the legislature parliament has ended inconclusively.

Chidambaram very intelligent, Pakistani minister tweets

Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram is known as one of the most erudite minds of the Indian cabinet, something his Pakistani counterpart wholeheartedly endorses.

Kyrgyzstan leaders take risky bet on referendum

The people of violence-wracked Kyrgyzstan voted yesterday on a new constitution just weeks after deadly ethnic purges -- a risky gamble that the interim government hopes will legitimise its power until new elections in October.

Guinea takes road to democracy, holds first free election

Guinea yesterday held its first free election since independence more than half a century ago, a vote many hope will finally end decades of harsh military rule and launch a new democratic era.

Georgian authorities pull down Stalin monument

Authorities in Georgia yesterday tore down another monument to Soviet dictator and native son Josef Stalin.

The two faces of Lebanon

Thousands of Lebanese and Palestinian activists were marching in Beirut yesterday in support of social and economic rights for the more than 400,000 Palestinians living in the country's 12 refugee camps.

US drone attack kills six militants in Pakistan

At least six militants were killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal region yesterday, a security official said.

Nothing to gain from damaging BP

US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron agreed on Saturday there was nothing to be gained from damaging BP, a British official said after a meeting between the two leaders.

Pope deplores 'sex abuse' raids by Belgian police

Pope Benedict has joined mounting Vatican criticism of raids by Belgian police investigating alleged child sex abuse, calling them "deplorable".

N Korea rejects UN truce talks

North Korea said yesterday it was ready for direct military talk with South Korea to discuss the sinking of one of Seoul's warships, but only if the armistice commission overseeing the Korean War truce does not get involved.

Afghan ops not slowed despite command change

A Nato spokesman stressed yesterday that military operations to secure vast areas of Afghanistan would not be delayed by the ouster of the top commander in the war and mounting casualties.

Palestinian refugees seek basic rights in Lebanon

Palestinian refugees gathered yesterday outside UN headquarters in Beirut to demand basic civil rights in Lebanon, such as a choice of jobs and ownership of property.

Czech Civic Dem leader Necas to be new PM

Czech President Vaclav Klaus will name Civic Democrat leader Petr Necas as the next prime minister tomorrow, ushering in what should be the strongest government in a decade to tackle economic reforms.

Carbon storage faces leak dilemma, says study

Dreams of braking global warming by storing carbon emissions from power plants could be undermined by the risk of leakage, according to a study published yesterday.

Gillard rejects 'big Australia'

New Prime Minister Julia Gillard signalled a change in the government's approach to population growth yesterday, saying she did not believe in a "big Australia".

Gillard rejects 'big Australia'

New Prime Minister Julia Gillard signalled a change in the government's approach to population growth yesterday, saying she did not believe in a "big Australia".

US has driven back al-Qaeda

The US has driven al-Qaeda into hiding and undermined its leadership, but is struggling to oust its primary sympathizer, the Taliban, from Afghanistan, the nation's spymaster said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Fostering a love of the Bengali language

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay is considered one of the greatest novelists of the sub-continent. The Bengali novel genre practically began with him. He is widely regarded as a key figure in literary renaissance of Bengal as well as undivided India. Some of his writings, including novels, essays and commentaries, were a breakaway from the traditional verse-oriented writings, and provided an inspiration for authors.

Tagore through the eyes of folk artistes

A cultural evening to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. So what's new? In clear contrast to the all too familiar fare of Rabindra Sangeet or a Tagore dance-drama, this time a mesmerised Delhi audience was treated to a performance of 'Tagore through the eyes of folk artists.'

Celebrities on World Cup 2010

“When it comes to football, the people of our country are true lovers of the game, and I'm no different,” said rock star James, as he shared his interest in the World Cup with The Daily Star.

“South of the Border”: Oliver Stone, tour guide

Political documentaries shadowed by paranoia and apocalyptic foreboding are so commonplace nowadays that “South of the Border,” Oliver Stone's celebration of the leftward tilt of South American politics, comes as a cheerful surprise. As anyone who remembers “JFK,” his 1991 film about the Kennedy assassination, can attest, Stone has his own paranoid tendencies, but they are muted in this provocative, if shallow, exaltation of Latin American socialism.

Theatre festival in Bogra begins today

The five-day 'Theatre Festival-2010' begins at Shilpakala Academy Auditorium in Bogra town today. Bogra District Shilpakala Academy is the organiser of the festival.

It’s all about eating healthy

“Maggi Taste n Balance,” a new cooking show is currently aired on ntv every Monday at 9 pm. The programme emphasises on healthy living through balanced diet.

Pierce Brosnan, son team up for big screen

For the first time, former 007 star Pierce Brosnan will team up with his actor son Sean for the big screen.

Celebration at Kantanagar Temple

Thousands of pilgrims from different parts of the country and abroad thronged Kantanagar Temple of Dinajpur to pay obeisance to Lord Krishna during a daylong bath festival in honour of the deity.

OP-ED

Bangladesh goes to court

SINCE Bangladesh's birth in 1971, the importance of the sea and its resources has been recognised. In 1974, Bangladesh was the only country in South Asia to enact a maritime law -- the Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act.

Making the twain meet

THE pessimistic definition of India-Pakistan relations is succinct. The two nations are walking on different pavements on either side of a street that has caved in and become an abyss. The two are always in each other's sights, but there is no meeting point; neither has the psychological or emotional resources to mark out a zebra crossing since the traffic lights cannot be trusted. Nor does the distant horizon bend towards a common focal point.



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