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Military takeover never again

The Supreme Court in its judgment on the fifth amendment to the constitution paved the way for preventing military takeover in future and restoring secular spirit of the original constitution except for a few changes.

No to 'extra-constitutional adventure' forever

The Appellate Division of Supreme Court in a landmark verdict strongly denounced martial law and suspension of the country's constitution, and recommended meting out suitable punishment to the perpetrators.

Stop advertisement, sale of plots: HC

The High Court has directed the government to take effective steps to stop earth filling and sale of plots in unauthorised private housing projects, and advertisements on those.

Pakistan plane crash kills 152

A plane has crashed in hills north of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, killing all 152 people on board yesterday.

Special body sits today to review constitution

The special committee of parliament for constitutional amendment holds its maiden meeting today to start reviewing the constitution and prepare proposals for amendments.

Same fate likely for 7th amendment

The seventh amendment to the constitution, which legitimises HM Ershad's takeover of power and the acts under his military rule, could have the same fate as the fifth amendment, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed.

Parties using religion face ban

Political parties and other organisations using religion as their guidelines now stand banned with cancellation of the fifth amendment to the constitution, says the law minister.

Ban to face strong opposition

The religion-based political parties in the country are chalking out strategies for their survival as the Supreme Court verdict on the fifth amendment to the constitution paves the way for the government to ban the parties.

Shab-e-Barat observed

Shab-e-Barat, the holy night of fortune and forgiveness, was observed across the country on Tuesday night with due religious fervour and solemnity.

Mannan Bhuiyan no more

Veteran politician Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan passed away Wednesday at 12:01 am at a city hospital. He was 67.

Jamaat trio denied bail

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected bail petitions of detained Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, its Secretary General Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojahid and its Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee in five criminal cases filed with different police stations.

2 HC judges' appointment valid: HC

The High Court (HC) on Tuesday summarily rejected a writ petition challenging the appointment of two HC judges to the International Crimes Tribunal, set up for trying the crimes against humanity and peace during the 1971 Liberation War.

Garment workers' minimum wage fixed at Tk 3,000

The wage board has recommended raising the minimum monthly pay for garment workers to Tk 3,000 from Tk 1662.50.

BB detects Tk 2cr in bank accounts of 13

Bangladesh Bank has so far found Tk 1.92 crore in the bank accounts of the 13 accused in the question paper scam with 75 percent of the amount in the accounts of one accused.

Jessore river leased out for fish farming

The land ministry has finally leased out a stretch of 103.66 acres of the Mukteshwari river for fish farming for the next six years.

BRTC gets nod to buy 290 CNG-run buses

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved four development projects involving Tk 272 crore that includes procurement of 290 single-decker CNG buses for state-run Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC).

DMP bans rallies as protests continue

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) authorities yesterday slapped a ban on student rallies and processions in the city against the newly imposed VAT on tuition and other fees of private university students.

807 charged with carrying firearms

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Tuesday, pressed charges against 807 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel and one civilian in connection with a case filed for possessing firearms, ammunition and explosives during the mutiny at BDR's Headquarters at Pilkhana on February 25-26 last year.

Joynul files petition challenging ACC notice

Justice Md Joynul Abedin, a former Appellate Division judge, has filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) challenging a notice issued by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) that asked him to submit his wealth statement to it.

Factory worker stabbed to death in city

A shoe factory worker was stabbed to death allegedly by two workers of another shoe factory at Ananda Bazar in the city's Shahbagh area early yesterday.

Boy killed for ransom

Kidnappers killed a six-year old boy for ransom in Khamar Pitgacha village under Gaibandha Sadar upazila of the district Tuesday.

UN 'concerned' over Tibetan repatriation

Nepal has forcibly repatriated three Tibetan refugees, the United Nations said yesterday, adding it was "extremely concerned" by the move.

Palestinians set to reject direct talks

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will tell the Arab League today that indirect talks with Israel have not progressed enough to justify face-to-face peace negotiations, a Palestinian official said yesterday.

VAT on tuition fees to go

The imposed Value Added Tax (VAT) on the tuition and other fees of the private university students will be withdrawn, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.

Mobin barred from going abroad

Immigration police at Shahjalal International Airport barred BNP Vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury from leaving for New York last night.

UK, India ink jet, nuclear deals

British Prime Minister David Cameron trumpeted a $1.1 billion defence deal with India on Wednesday, an early result of a big diplomatic push to court Indian business and tap new sources of economic growth.


Today's issue contains a 24-page full text of the Supreme Court judgment that declared the 5th amendment to the constitution illegal.


Restoring balance in civil administration

The way the deputy commissioners (DCs) and the police chiefs have fallen out with each other over some, we would like to believe, inadvertent remarks made at a conference of DCs last Sunday is very unfortunate. For these are two vital constituents of the civil administration and when it comes to running their day-to-day affairs, one cannot simply do without the other.

HC on toxic feed

We appreciate the prompt move by the High Court (HC) in directing the government to temporarily shut down factories and business enterprises at Hazaribagh area that are mixing harmful tannery wastes to produce poultry and fish feed. Besides, the HC also asked the government to take necessary and effective steps in this regard. The interesting fact is the HC rule came following writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), which was prompted by a report titled "Toxic poultry feed poses health risk", published in The Daily Star on last Saturday. It is noteworthy that the higher judiciary, a human rights organisation and this paper is on the same page.


Ton-up Sachin takes India to near safety

Sachin Tendulkar hit his 48th Test century to lead India's fightback in the second Test on Wednesday after Sri Lanka's new-look bowling attack ran through the top order.

BCB to discuss burning issues today

The board of directors of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will meet today to take decisions on some important issues like appointment of the support staff for the national team, domestic calendar and making the National Cricket Academy functional.

Mohammedan eye young blood

Mohammedan Sporting Club have at long last appeared in the players' transfer market and are seemingly set to form a youthful side having lost all of their players of last season to new-formed Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and a rejuvenated Muktijoddha Sangsad.

Maradona era ends

Diego Maradona's stormy spell as Argentina coach came to an end on Tuesday when the Argentine Football Association (AFA) voted unanimously not to renew his contract.

Murali gets back at Bedi

Muttiah Muralidaran has, in an extraordinary outburst, responded to longtime critic Bishan Singh Bedi, the former Indian captain, calling him an 'ordinary bowler'. Bedi, who took 266 wickets in 67 Tests and was known for his classical action, has repeatedly questioned the legality of Murali's action, even likening it to a javelin throw.

Bangladesh 2nd in Saarc carom

Bangladesh became runners-up in the men's team event of the 14th Saarc Carom Championship held in Colombo last week.

New Vision emerge champions

New Vision Badminton Academy of Malaysia became champions in Kawasaki Knit Concern-New Vision Badminton tournament as they won both the singles and doubles crown in all-Malaysian finals in Narayanganj yesterday.

Sharapova's revenge

Maria Sharapova would have preferred to forget about the last time she played China's Zheng Jie. At least she can move forward after settling a score.

'Pak attack not scary'

Paul Collingwood is adamant there is no reason why he or his fellow England batsmen should feel daunted by the challenge of facing Pakistan's bowlers here at Trent Bridge.

Mushie in favour of Butt-Younis combo

Mushtaq Ahmed has urged Pakistan to persist with the combination of captain Salman Butt and coach Waqar Younis.

Shahzad out for England

Ajmal Shahzad was ruled out on Wednesday of the England squad for the first Test against Pakistan, starting at Trent Bridge here on Thursday, with an ankle injury.

Contador parts with Astana

Alberto Contador will not renew his contract with the Astana team.

'Blind' Smyth makes history

Legally blind Irish sprinter Jason Smyth is used to being top dog at the Paralympics but now feels more than ready to mix with elite athletes on the world's biggest stages.

Bye bye El Diego

He claimed the Argentina national team was a Rolls Royce in need of a service. He told journalists to suck it and keep sucking it. He said that if Obama was allowed to choose his backroom staff then so should he. He called up 108 players. He lost 6-1 to Bolivia. He told Pele to go back to the museum. He said that Pele 'made his debut' with a boy.

Sheva fires Dynamo

Andriy Shevchenko was on target as Dynamo Kiev pulled off a convincing 3-0 win over Ghent in their Champions League qualifier on Tuesday.

Nadal slams UEFA

Tennis world number one and Real Mallorca shareholder Rafa Nadal has hit out at governing body UEFA for excluding the financially-troubled La Liga club from European competition this season.

Bolton snap up Real starlet

Bolton Wanderers have signed left back Marcos Alonso from Real Madrid on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Raul joins Schalke

Real Madrid's talismanic striker Raul, forced out of the Bernabeu after 16 record-breaking seasons, has signed for Schalke at the age of 33, the Bundesliga club said on Wednesday.

Blanc could select troubled duo

Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema could be selected to play for France despite being under police investigation on suspicion of soliciting sex with an under-age prostitute, coach Laurent Blanc said on Tuesday.

Few surprises by Argentina

World Cup players Lionel Messi, Javier Macherano and Gonzalo Higuain have been included in Argentina's squad for next month's international friendly against Ireland, just hours after Diego Maradona was dropped as coach.

Mano runs the rule

New Brazil coach Mano Menezes made wholesale changes with only four survivors from the World Cup when he named his squad on Monday for next month's friendly against the United States.

Mano runs the rule

New Brazil coach Mano Menezes made wholesale changes with only four survivors from the World Cup when he named his squad on Monday for next month's friendly against the United States.

D&G to dress Blues

Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have entered a 3-year deal with English soccer club Chelsea to dress their players, muscling their way in the fashion-hungry soccer market.

Masche wants out

Javier Mascherano wants to leave Liverpool but Fernando Torres is likely to stay, the Premier League club's new manager Roy Hodgson said on Tuesday.

C'Ron back in training

Real Madrid's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo cut short his holidays by one day and started training on Tuesday under the club's new manager Jose Mourinho for the first time before the team heads to the United States.During Tuesday's training session the Portuguese coach divided the players into two teams to play two practice games.

Barca audit reveals big loss

An audit of Barcelona's accounts by new president Sandro Rosell has uncovered a post-tax loss of 77.1 million euros ($99.5 million) for the 2009-10 season compared with a net profit of 11 million reported in June by the previous board of directors.


Old ghost haunts Chittagong port

Growing unrest among some 5,000 workers in Chittagong Port has doubled turnaround time and fuelled surcharges, said users.

Insurers may get SEC waiver

Five insurance companies, which have applied for initial public offerings (IPO), may be exempted from having the minimum paid-up capital required by new laws.

Western Marine launches ice-class vessels

Marking a milestone in the shipbuilding industry, Western Marine Shipyard Ltd has rolled out two ice-class vessels.

GMG may fly to Jeddah and Riyadh next month

The country's biggest private carrier, GMG Airlines, may begin operations on two major money-spinning routes Jeddah and Riyadh of Saudi Arabia early next month.

Asia spurs air travel growth

International air travel grew faster than expected in June led by a sharp improvement in Asia, airline association IATA said on Wednesday.

Shrimp exports face new hurdle

Shrimp exports face a new challenge as European Union has recently imposed rules making it mandatory for at least 20 percent of consignments from Bangladesh to go through a check.

SEC approves 3 firms' rights offers

Three listed companies have received a go-ahead from the stockmarket regulator to raise capital through issuing rights shares.

Indian generator launched

Metal Plus Ltd Tuesday launched an Indian brand of diesel generator, Eicher Engines, in Dhaka.

Dabur buys Turkish personal care firm

Dabur India has announced its first overseas acquisition buying Turkey's prominent personal care products company Hobi Koznertik Group for $69 million (Rs 324 crore).

EBL mutual fund declares 20pc cash dividend

The first mutual fund of Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) has declared 20 percent cash dividend for 2009-10 with record date for entitlement on August 10.

City Bank opens airport lounge

City Bank launched the country's first airport lounge at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Chittagong chamber seeks govt steps to check Ramadan price

Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has urged the government to curb hoarding in an effort to control the prices of essentials during Ramadan.

New chairman for IFIC Bank

IFIC Bank Ltd has elected Salman F Rahman as its chairman, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

TV star has big heart

At 46, the actress, writer, painter and vocal artist known for voicing the role of Lisa Simpson in the 26-year-old hit American animated television series The Simpsons, is committed to working ever harder to help the poor of the world -- including Bangladeshis -- stand on their feet.

Cameron woos India for trade, jobs

British Prime Minister David Cameron tried to persuade India on Wednesday to do more business with Britain as he seeks new sources of economic growth to offset deep cuts in public spending at home.

Banking key to deeper Britain-India ties

Britain's finance minister yesterday pinpointed banking and financial services as key to improved relations with India, on his first visit to the country since taking up his post.

New HR boss for StanChart

Standard Chartered Bank in Bangladesh has assigned Shah Masud Imam to head the bank's human resources with effect from August 1, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Asia springs higher

Asian stocks surged yesterday as an energised Tokyo anticipated strong corporate earnings and investors gained confidence in banking shares.

India to add 110m to global work force

India will likely provide the biggest increase to the global labour force over the next decade, adding an additional 110 million workers by 2020, a study said Wednesday.

Eurozone debt crisis weighed on bank lending: ECB

The eurozone debt crisis weighed on bank lending in the second quarter of the year, the European Central Bank said on Wednesday, although the number of mortgages surged in June.

Can video games boost your career?

Videogames have long been thought of as distractions to work and education, rather than aids. But there is a growing school of thought that says game-play, in moderation and in your free time, can make you more successful in your career.

India plans stress test of banks

India plans to stage "stress tests" twice a year on its banks following the lead of US and European financial regulators, a report said Wednesday.

Nissan to offer breathable Vitamin C in new cars

In a riposte to those who think a reliance on cars is unhealthy, new Nissan models will feature air conditioners that pump breathable vitamin C and stress-reducing seats, the firm said Wednesday.

China moves to calm local govt debt fears

China's banking regulator has moved to ease concerns after reports said nearly a quarter of loans to local governments were at serious risk of default.

Soros to buy 4pc stake in Bombay bourse

Billionaire investor George Soros is close to sealing a 40-million-dollar deal to buy Dubai Holding's 4.0 percent stake in the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the Financial Times reported Wednesday.


Mannan Bhuiyan a war hero, democrat

Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan is mostly admired for his galant participation in the liberation movement and his passion for democracy.

6 die in road crashes

At least six people were killed and three injured in separate road accidents in Kushtia, Mymensingh and Naogaon yesterday and on Tuesday.

Beauty's death remains a mystery

Six days into her death, police are yet to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of the nineteen-year-old garment worker, Beauty Akhter.

BNP procession August 9

The main opposition party BNP will bring mass procession on August 9 in the capital as part of its current anti-government movement.

Try war criminals to protect country from communalism

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said trial of the war criminals must be held and the non-communal spirit of the 1972 constitution will have to be upheld to protect the country from terrorism and communalism.

Plan to run vessel service with Malaysia

The government plans to introduce water vessel between Bangladesh and Malaysia to ease communication between the two countries.

Help needy people, rebuild nation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday stressed increasing the number of scouts to 15 lakh by 2013 from the existing 10 lakh.

Saarc Food Bank meet begins Oct 27

Saarc Food Bank's fourth meeting will be held on October 27-28 in Dhaka, which is likely to clear the way for making the bank operational to address any food crisis in South Asia.

Find out reasons behind child crimes: Shafique

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed yesterday stressed finding out and removing the causes behind the children's involvement in crimes.

Square to prepare insulin

Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd organised an orientation programme on its recently launched insulin preparation brand Ansulin at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on July 26, says a press release.

Ataul Karim passes away

Former foreign secretary AHS Ataul Karim passed away due to lung cancer at the Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital in the city early hours of Wednesday at the age of 78.


Farmers worried as urea dealers on strike

Fertiliser dealers in Nilphamari district refrained from receiving delivery of urea from Parbotipur buffer stock for the second day yesterday, much to the worry of farmers.

When will the five kids return to mothers' lap?

The families of five children, abducted by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) from Haripur border of Thakurgaon district five days ago, observed the holy Sab-e-Barat amid tears.

Fishermen, traders count loss for want of ice

Fishermen and fish traders in the coastal areas of Patuakhali and Barguna districts are facing losses due to storage problem as ice production has greatly reduced following frequent power cuts and low voltages.

Fishermen, traders count loss for want of ice

Fishermen and fish traders in the coastal areas of Patuakhali and Barguna districts are facing losses due to storage problem as ice production has greatly reduced following frequent power cuts and low voltages.

Thousands watch as sun wears red-and-blue ring

Thousands of people of Dinajpur and adjacent districts witnessed the rare sight of a red-and-blue ring around the sun yesterday morning.

Lalmonirhat hearing on Nov 7

The hearing on charge-framing against 24 mutineers of 31 Rifles Battalion under Rangpur sector will be held at the battalion headquarters in Lalmonirhat on November 7.

Kidnapped businessman rescued

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) rescued a kidnapped businessman and captured two of the alleged kidnappers from the city's Bandar area on Tuesday.

4 children drown in 3 districts

Three schoolboys and a schoolgirl drowned in Thakurgaon, Gopalganj and Bagerhat districts on Tuesday.

Indian khasias again cross border, try to lift cows

An Indian khasia, who along with nine others intruded into Bangladesh territory through Jaintapur border yesterday afternoon and tried to take away about 40 cows, was caught by locals and later handed over to BDR.

9 sued in Bogra, Chandpur on charge of war crimes

Two cases were filed against nine people in Bogra and Chandpur on Tuesday and the day before on charge of killing and arson during liberation war in 1971.

Hartal, rally at Shulla UZ to protest attack on chairman

Shopkeepers at Shulla upazila headquarters in Sunamganj district kept their shutters down during half-day hartal yesterday to protest against Tuesday's attack on the upazila chairman.

Four fake Rab men held on mugging, abduction charges

Members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested four people on Tuesday night from Rajabari BDR check post area in Rajshahi district on charge of taking away Tk1,70,000 from a mango dealer and kidnapping him in the guise of Rab men.

All because she wanted a probe into 'graft'

Woman Vice-Chairman of Dashmina Upazila Parishad Shamsunnahar Dolly on Tuesday alleged that she was beaten up by upazila AL Organising Secretary Iqbal Mahmud Liton in a meeting of the upazila coordination committee on July 26.

Another held in Pabna cop killing case

Police on Tuesday arrested another person for his alleged involvement in the killing of three policemen at Daspara in Bera upazila on July 20.

110 injured in two Habiganj clashes

At least 110 people were injured in two separate clashes in Madhabpur upazila on Monday.

Class boycott at Comilla Medical College

Academic activities of Comilla Medical College at Kuchaitoli in Sadar upazila were disrupted on Tuesday due to boycott by students.


India, Myanmar ink security, dev assistance deals

India and Myanmar inked five pacts on Tuesday night, including one on enhancing security cooperation that will help New Delhi to apprehend insurgents who take shelter along the border between the two countries.

Pakistan must cut militant ties, says Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday that Pakistan must not become a base for militants and "promote the export of terror" across the globe, saying their bilateral ties depended on that.

30,000 trapped by floods in China

More than 30,000 people are thought to be trapped by floodwaters in a town in northeast China, state media said yesterday, as torrential rain that has killed over 300 in two weeks continues.

30,000 trapped by floods in China

More than 30,000 people are thought to be trapped by floodwaters in a town in northeast China, state media said yesterday, as torrential rain that has killed over 300 in two weeks continues.

Deadly blast hits Afghan bus, kills 25

A roadside bomb ripped through a crowded Afghan bus yesterday, killing up to 25 civilians in a southwestern province on the Iranian border in one of the deadliest such attacks in months.

Pentagon probe into Afghan leaks

The US defence department has launched a criminal investigation into the leaking of more than 90,000 documents on the war in Afghanistan, amid US government efforts to limit damage from what military officials have described as "dangerous" disclosures.

Moscow wheezes as smog cloud blankets city

Muscovites yesterday coughed their way through the hottest days of weather on record in the Russian capital as a smog cloud created by peat fires blanketed the city for a third day in a row.

Japan wants US Marines to move to Guam

Japan's government said yesterday it had no plan to delay transferring some 8,000 US marines based on the southern island of Okinawa to the US Pacific territory of Guam by 2014.

Quraishi new CEC of India

Veteran bureaucrat S Y Quraishi was on Tuesday appointed the new Chief Election Commissioner of India, the first Muslim to occupy the post.

Kim Jong-Il transfers fund to son

North Korea's ailing leader Kim Jong-Il is transferring his secret personal wealth to his youngest son and likely successor, a Seoul-based radio station said yesterday.

Catalonia bans bullfighting

Spain's northeastern Catalonia region has become the country's first mainland region to ban bullfighting after a heated parliamentary debate.

12 killed, 300 hurt in China pipeline blast

At least 12 people died and more than 300 were injured by a powerful explosion triggered when a chemical pipeline ignited in eastern China yesterday, state media said.

South Korea's Lee gets boost from by-poll results

South Korea's conservative ruling party swept to victory yesterday in parliamentary by-elections, giving President Lee Myung-Bak a major political boost midway through his five-year term.

Blast hits Japan oil tanker near Iran

An explosion from a suspected attack hit a Japanese tanker early yesterday in the Strait of Hormuz near Iran, officials said, spotlighting a potential threat in a chokepoint for global oil supplies.

Jewish collector's heirs sue Hungary for return of art works

The heirs of a Jewish banker whose vast art collection was allegedly confiscated during World War II have sued the Hungarian government demanding its return, a report said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Intrigued by the symbolic

Uttam Kumar Roy's solo painting exhibition, titled “Agony,” ended yesterday at Impressions Gallery of Standard Chartered Bank in Gulshan, Dhaka.

“Acting always draws me”

Actress Bonna Mirza has been busy lately with several TV serials. The Daily Star recently caught up with the actress. Excerpts from the interview:

Toronto Film Festival line-up loaded with Oscar hopefuls

The 35th annual edition of the Toronto Film Festival is scheduled to include the world and North American premieres of a slew of awards contenders. This year's festival is to kick off on September 9 and run for 11 days.

Vocalist Girija Devi: Music that tugs at the heartstrings

I first heard Girija Devi in a live performance way back in 2006 at New Delhi's Nehru Park. It was organised by Spic Macay (also known as the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) New Delhi. It was an amazing experience since I had only heard her recorded performances before that.

Justin Timberlake, Elton John to judge on “American Idol”?

As they gear up for American Idol's tenth season next year, producers are prepping big changes to boost declining ratings and the loss of longtime judge Simon Cowell. The show is reportedly close to a deal to bring back producer Nigel Lythgoe (who left in 2008) in an executive producer role while targeting new candidates including Justin Timberlake and Elton John as potential replacements for Cowell, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Three noted personalities receive ‘Geetanjali Padak’

National Professor Kabir Chowdhury along with educationist Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui and former director general of Bangladesh Television Enamul Haque were recently awarded with 'Geetanjali Padak 2010,' according to a press release.

Shipra Khan performs at Shadhona Studio Theatre

Shipra Khan, wife of late sarangi maestro and guru of classical vocals Ustad Mohammad Sagiruddin Khan, recently performed at Shadhona's Studio Theatre in

Impact of fishing on rural culture

Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) and District Fishery Office (DFO) jointly organised a cultural programme at Shilpakala Academy, under Sadar upazila in the hill district to generate awareness among farmers in fish farming.

Drama serial “Sheyal Pandit” on Rtv tonight

Drama serial “Sheyal Pandit” will be aired on Rtv on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:20 pm. Al Hazen is the director of the serial, which is scripted by Shahin Zaman.

Single-episode play “Mukh” on Desh TV

Single-episode play “Mukh” will be aired today on Desh TV at 11:55 pm. Written and directed by Pantha Shahriar and Shahiduzzaman Selim respectively, the cast includes Selim, Tarin, Naznin Chumki and others.


In defence of the 1972 Constitution

There are some very significant reasons why we should be going back to the Constitution as it was drafted, deliberated upon and adopted in 1972. It matters little what its detractors happen to be saying about it. There are some who think that Bangladesh will never go back to 1972. You tend to wonder why they should be saying that.

Revitalising the Constitution

Following the August 29, 2005 High Court verdict that declared the fifth constitutional amendment illegal, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on February 2 of this year upheld the HC verdict with "modifications" and "observations" and the judgment of the highest court of the land is reportedly to be released soon.

Beating up on private universities

I was watching the NTV 8 o'clock morning news on July 28 when I suddenly saw a shot of a policeman beating a student. The student was already inside a police cordon, but this particular policeman made room for himself and dealt a couple of heavy blows on the face of the already wilting student. Again his colleagues made room for him, and again the policeman dealt another series of hard-hitting punches on the face of the student.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Biman again

Statistics are good tools but, at times, they can be grossly misleading. Years ago, I read an item in the Reader's Digest. It went somewhat like this: The unemployment rate in Switzerland had gone up by 100%! That surely raised a lot of eyebrows. In reality, the number of unemployed might have risen, say, from 1000 to 2000 people! While such statistical statements are arithmetically true, they are intellectually corrupt.

A chef with no hands

There is an American expression that accurately describes the stagnation of Bangladeshi government: too many cooks in the kitchen. Not only are there too many, but our cooks are pretty lousy and we are stuck with them.

Star Chittagong

Unfit vehicles reign over Ctg roads

Over 19,500 unfit vehicles have been plying the roads in the city and district increasing the risk of accidents and causing frequent gridlocks.

Process on to construct Kadamtali flyover

Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has started process to construct a flyover on Kadamtali intersection to ease gridlock in the port city of Chittagong as well as to reduce pressure on the 40-year-old Dewanhat flyover.

The week that was

CCC body to end waterlogging, traffic jam
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) at its first general meeting of its newly elected mayor and councillors on Monday formed 20 standing committees, including two bodies, to rid the city of waterlogging and traffic congestion.

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