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Person under probe now an accused

The International Crimes Tribunal has amended its rules of procedure to stipulate that anyone being investigated for crimes against humanity in 1971 will be considered an accused.

Jaywalking as usual

Jaywalking went unabated in many parts of the capital yesterday even after the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority with the help of law enforcers launched a fresh drive against violators of the motor vehicle ordinance.

Girl takes her life on kidnap

Just six days after Chanpa Rani Bhowmik had been fatally run over by two bike riding stalkers of her daughters in Faridpur, a thirteen-year-old girl committed suicide yesterday after her male stalker kidnapped and confined her in a room in Sirajganj.

Fine slapped on air polluter

In its maiden instance of fining a factory for polluting air, the Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday penalised a steel and re-rolling mill in Shyampur area Tk 10.28 lakh for releasing toxic fumes and ignoring its instructions.

Japanese company to get contract

The Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCB) is set to award a contract to a Japanese company to build the Haripur 360 megawatt combined cycle power plant by disqualifying another Japanese bidder.

'Sick' Babar remanded

A Chittagong court yesterday placed former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar on a five-day remand in cases linked to the sensational 10-truck arms haul in Chittagong in 2004.

710 nurse posts go to grand kids

In a bid to fill up 710 vacant posts of senior staff nurses and staff nurses, the government yesterday decided to relax the quota options for the family members of freedom fighters.

Different drivers on roads

When breaking traffic rules has become the norm in Dhaka, most of the capital's motorcar drivers yesterday demonstrated that they can obey traffic rules even if there is almost no enforcement.

Foreign secys hold talks in Islamabad

Bangladesh and Pakistan have pledged to give fresh impetus to bilateral relations and start a comprehensive partnership.

Gharial released in Padma

The gharial, found early Sunday by a group of fishermen in Manikganj, was released in the river Padma at the district's Shivalaya upazila yesterday.

Dacoity case too politically motivated

The government has decided to withdraw a dacoity and murder case against nine persons considering it "'politically motivated" and meant for "harassment".

Five more BCL men out on bail

A Pabna court yesterday granted bail to five Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jubo League men in one of the two cases filed for the attack on government officials during a recruitment test under the deputy commissioner's (DC) office in September.

Mother jumps under train

A mother with her three-month old daughter allegedly committed suicide early yesterday by jumping under a running train at the city's Kamalapur Railway Station.

Iraq church siege leaves 52 dead

At least 52 people were killed as security forces stormed a Catholic church in Baghdad to free dozens of hostages, said Deputy Interior Minister Maj Gen Hussein Kamal.

Palestinian kids face increasing settler violence: Study

Palestinian children are coming under increasing attack by a handful of violent, extremist Jewish settlers, a rights group said yesterday in a report on the human cost of settlement expansion.

Final Kyrgyzstan polls results announced

Five political parties will be represented in Kyrgyzstan's new parliament, according to the official results of the 10 October election.

Arundhati Roy accuses TV over protests

Award-winning author and activist Arundhati Roy has accused Indian TV channels of whipping up protests against her after her house in New Delhi was attacked over comments she made about Kashmir.


MP oversteps jurisdiction

Moves to free canals of illegal occupants have stumbled once again. This time it was the local MP, an elected representative of the people, who personally prevented a team of WASA and the district administration from conducting its cleaning work that was planned to free the 2.5 km long Kalyanpur canal from illegal occupation.

Brutal treatment to domestic aid

It is again in the news -- that debased form of inhuman treatment meted out to a helpless child working as domestic help. It came to light only as neighbours who couldn't bear up with it anymore decided to report to law enforcers. What then was revealed through the statement of Shohagi Akhter was a disturbing tale of torture, brutalisation and laceration of her tender body. Just imagine the plight the child was forced into. She was a destitute with nowhere to turn to for food, shelter and little affection in exchange for a daily grind of chores other than the brutes of a couple into whose hands she had strayed.


Cricketers get deserved pay rise

The technical committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has recommended a fifteen percent salary increase for all contracted players.

Siddikur might face Tiger Woods

Bangladesh's new sensation Siddikur Rahman may have a chance to rub shoulders with golfing luminaries like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson when he leaves for Shanghai today to take part in the US dollar 7 million HSBC World Golf Championship to be held from November 4-7.

Tigers opt for training

It is a commonly held belief that there is nothing better for preparation than playing competitive games, but the Bangladesh think-tank was thinking outside the box when they opted for hard training instead of letting the national players participate in the latter rounds of the National Cricket League.

Razzmatazz of Razzaq

There are match-winning centuries and there are Match-winning Centuries. You will travel far and wide, maybe even go back in time, but you will struggle to find a more remarkable game-stealing hundred than the one Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi saw Sunday night. An outrageous 72-ball 109 from Abdul Razzaq dragged Pakistan to a series-levelling target of 287 against South Africa, one ball and one wicket left.

Rubcic's injury concern

After a five-week break for the Federation Cup, the national camp for the upcoming Asian Games resumed yesterday but coach Robert Rubcic was left sweating over injuries and fever to some of his players.

National b'ball qualifiers from today

The Citycell 24th National Basketball Championship gets underway at the Dhanmondi Wooden Floor Gymnasium today with 16 teams fighting it out in the qualifying round.

Division I cricket

Agrani Bank, Bangladesh Boys and Khelaghar Samaj Kalyan Samity won their respective matches of the First Division Cricket League yesterday.

Zia takes solo lead

Grand Master Ziaur Rahman took solo lead in the Berger Six Seasons Grandmasters Chess Tournament with maximum two points at close of the second round at the Tulip Lounge of Uttara Club yesterday.

Xavi wants football war

Barcelona playmaker Xavi said on Sunday that he was ready for a "football war" with Real Madrid, but not a war of words with their outspoken coach Jose Mourinho.

Kim clinches Doha title

Kim Clijsters followed her defence of the US Open title with a display of great resilience to recapture the WTA Championships title after an interval of seven years here on Sunday.

NZ look to bounce back

New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori wants to use the upcoming tour of India to motivate his team and bounce back from their recent shocking performance in Bangladesh.

Broad can't wait

England paceman Stuart Broad said Monday he was approaching this month's Ashes series with no fear and was ready for the challenge against Australia.

'Pakistan must remove players' insecurity’

Shortly after playing the "greatest innings" of his career, Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has urged the team management and administration to work towards removing the uncertainty players feel over their place in the team because such an atmosphere is counterproductive to Pakistan's success.

Mixed reactions on ICC verdict

Former Pakistan cricketers and officials voiced mixed reactions on Sunday after the ICC rejected the appeals of Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer against suspensions over spot-fixing claims.

Dhoni & co arrive in Ahmedabad

The Indian cricket team arrived here on Monday for their first match of the three-Test series against visitors New Zealand, starting November 4 at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera.

Black Caps GM quits

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) general manager Geoff Allott said Monday he will step down at the end of the month, making him the first casualty of the Black Caps' unprecedented series loss to Bangladesh.

Westwood new world No. 1

Lee Westwood was officially confirmed as the new world number one on Monday ending Tiger Woods's five-year long reign at the top.

Div swimming on in M'ganj

The Dhaka Divisional Swimming Championships started at the Munshiganj Swimming Pool amid festivity yesterday.

Army's annual athletics start

The annual athletics competition of Bangladesh Army, under the supervision of 46 Independent Infantry Brigade, began at the Army Stadium in Banani yesterday.

Inter, Barca eye last 16

Holders Inter Milan, 2009 champions Barcelona and last season's semifinalists Lyon can all reach the last 16 of this season's Champions League with victories in the group stage on Tuesday.

India auto giants hit records on festival buying

India's two leading carmakers posted record sales in October as a strong economy brought consumers flooding into showrooms to buy new models ahead of the religious festival season.

Rossi to the rescue

Villarreal needed a stoppage time penalty from Giuseppe Rossi to salvage a 1-1 draw at Sporting Gijon on Sunday as they lost ground on Spanish league leaders Real Madrid.

Last-gasp Torres

Liverpool climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone after a moment of magic from Fernando Torres helped set up a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Bolton.

Lazio open healthy lead

Lazio earned a hard-fought 1-0 win at Palermo on Sunday to open up a four-point lead at the top of Serie A ahead of next weekend's Rome derby.

Dortmund go top

Borussia Dortmund returned to the top of the Bundesliga on Sunday after a hard-earned 2-0 win at title-rivals Mainz with the winning goals coming from teenager Mario Goetze and striker Lucas Barrios.

Cassano begs forgiveness

Bad boy Antonio Cassano has begged his employers Sampdoria to let him stay at the club following a spat with club president Riccardo Garrone.

Olic out for six months

Bayern Munich striker Ivica Olic is set to undergo knee surgery that will sideline the Croatian international for six months, the club said on Monday.


Jute mills up for overhaul

The government is set to take steps to turn 27 state jute mills into profitable businesses in one year. Public-private partnership is part of the overhaul plan, officials said yesterday.

DSE says sorry for index calculation

The premier bourse has formally apologised to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for launching a different index calculation method without disclosing its details.

Bangladesh must get ready for competition

Bangladesh's government, business community and civil society should brace themselves for competition in bringing in more foreign direct investment to the country, said a top South Korean businessman yesterday.

Biman ticketing goes online

Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday introduced an online reservation and ticketing system to allow travellers to book flights and seats on the internet.

BB asks banks to follow stock credit rules

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has asked commercial banks to strictly follow rules in giving loans to the stockmarket.

SEC body to ease IPO process

The consultative committee of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday formed a four-member committee to ease the process of initial public offering (IPO).

Stock revenue fuels bank profit

Banks' profit soared as high as 400 percent in the third quarter, riding on a steep rise in revenue from their retail banking and stockmarket business.

India's microfinance draws scrutiny

India's microfinance industry, which surged to prominence when George Soros-backed SKS Microfinance raised $358 million in an IPO, faces a regulatory clampdown that could erode profits and hurt growth.

Cotton import from India resumes after six months

Cotton imports from India through Benapole Port resumed yesterday after six months of suspension. Indian traders started shipping cotton after receiving the court's order to export duty-free cotton to Bangladesh.

Dhaka seeks free trade with Islamabad

Bangladesh is seeking free trade, tariff waiver and cultural accords with Pakistan, said Foreign Secretary Mohammed Mijarul Quayes in Pakistan on Sunday.

US Ambac may go bankrupt

Ambac Financial Group Inc, which was the second-largest U.S. bond insurer before suffering huge losses on risky mortgages, said it may file for bankruptcy protection this year after missing an interest payment on some debt.

India lowers export price for onion at $375

India has reduced the minimum export price (MEP) for onions by $50 to $375 per tonne for November to encourage shipments amid arrival of new crops.

Computer glitch halts Mumbai bourse

Trading on the Bombay Stock Exchange was temporarily suspended on Monday as computer glitches hit the high-performing bourse, officials said.

Tax campaign opens in Ctg

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday launched a four-day progra-mme to attract new taxpayers in Chittagong.

S Korea's Woori Bank seeks consortium for stake in parent

South Korea's largest banking group Woori Finance Holdings needs a consortium of investors to establish a stable and independent governance structure, the head of its bank unit said Monday.

India auto giants hit records on festival buying

India's two leading carmakers posted record sales in October as a strong economy brought consumers flooding into showrooms to buy new models ahead of the religious festival season.

Emirates H1 profits surge 351pc

Emirates airlines on Monday posted a 351 percent increase in net profits in six months, reaching 3.4 billion dirhams (925 million dollars), on the back of growing customer demand, a statement said.

Intel to make chips for a startup firm

US computer chipmaker Intel Corp has agreed to make chips for startup firm Achronix Semiconductor Corp, an Intel spokesman told Reuters.

ICBC takes over Fortis broker unit in US

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the world's largest by market value, is branching into the broker-dealer business in the United States as it moves to expand overseas, a report said Monday.

Corporate Briefs

The Board of Directors of the company has recommended 30 percent interim cash dividend (Tk 3 per share of Tk 10 each), as of December 31, 2010. The record date is November 9. The company has also reported net profit of Tk 116.42 million, earnings per share of Tk 12.04, net asset value per share of Tk 41 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 0.91 for nine months period to September 30. The board also said its registered office will be relocated in South Pantenga, Chittagong. There was no price limit on the trading of shares yesterday following its corporate declaration.

Dance performance by humanoid robot

Honda Motor's humanoid robot Asimo, performs with dancer Papaya Suzuki during a promotional event marking the robots tenth anniversary at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on Sunday. Asimo, which officially stands for "Advanced Step in Innovative MObility", was the culmination of two decades of humanoid robotics research by Honda engineers, who began research on the project in the 1980s and unveiled Asimo in 2000.


DCC announces highest bids

Dhaka City Corporation yesterday announced the highest bids placed for 12 makeshift cattle markets to be set up in the city this year.

Fingers crossed for Tuhin

Tuhin is 12, but looks 60.

Proposal for enacting law on poll funding drafted

The Election Commission (EC) has drafted proposals for enacting a law for state funding to political parties to ensure financial transparency of their expenditure patterns.

Magistrate to check OMS rice pilferage at Rajshahi

District administration assigned a magistrate on Sunday to investigate the allegation that Open Market Sale (OMS) rice was being sold on the black market by its dealers and food officials in Rajshahi.

2 add'l judges appointed in SC

Two new additional judges were appointed to the High Court Division of the Supreme Court for two years yesterday.

Charges against 200 BDR jawans read out

The mutiny at the BDR Pilkhana headquarters broke out with sepoy Kajol Ali firing three shots in the air signalling at the mutineers, the prosecutor of a mutiny case told the Special Court- 11 yesterday.

Workshop on overseas volunteering held

Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) held a workshop at Lake Shore Hotel in the city on Thursday to upgrade Korea Overseas Volunteers Programme in Bangladesh.

Jail term of Sheikh Helal scrapped

The High Court yesterday scrapped seven years' imprisonment of former Awami League lawmaker Sheikh Helaluddin in an extortion case filed during the last caretaker government.

Varsity girl commits 'suicide'

A student of a private university allegedly committed suicide by hanging with a scarf from the ceiling fan at Maddhya Pirerbagh in city's Mirpur yesterday.

Bullet-hit body found in city

Police recovered the bullet-hit body of an unidentified man at a graveyard in the city's Mirpur yesterday morning.

Uphold communal harmony: President

President Zillur Rahman yesterday called upon all to remain united and resist the individual and quarters who are trying to destroy country's strong foundation of communal harmony and coexistence in the name of Islam.

Ensure indigenous communities' identity in constitution

Culture and identities of over 46 indigenous communities in Bangladesh should be recognised through amending the constitution, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.

Sweden ready to help fight climate change

King of Sweden Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus said his country is ready to support Bangladesh in its battle against climate change.

Smaller NGOs changing Meherpur over years

Just before the War of Liberation in the year 1970, some young boys of Gangni Upazilla under Meherpur district stepped forward to enhance the living standard of the area's people.

Nab killers, looters of '71: Sajeda

Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury yesterday urged the country's people to trace out and nab those involved in killing, looting and crimes against humanity.

HC asks for govt steps to bring them back

The High Court yesterday directed the government to inform within 30 days of the steps it has taken to bring back 567 Bangladeshi nationals languishing in different prisons in India even after completing their jail terms.

Concerts for raising cancer funds

Dhaka Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital and Markcom Ltd, an event management and PR firm, has signed an agreement yesterday to arrange six concerts in six divisional headquarters to raise funds and awareness on deadly cancer.


Awami League lawmaker Tanjim Ahmad Sohel Taj has given a clarification on a news item titled “Correct me if I am wrong: Sohel Taj” published in The Daily Star on Sunday.


Moral education needed to stop stalking

Alongside making the law more effective to stop stalking in the society, the government is considering a modern education system through inclusion of moral teaching in the syllabus, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid in Rajshahi yesterday.

Sidr-ravaged eco park still awaits repair

Kuakata Eco Park that was badly damaged by super cyclone Sidr three years ago still shows all signs of destruction, making the once attractive scenic spot repulsive to tourists from home and abroad.

82 Jamaat, Shibir men charge-sheeted

Charges have been pressed against 82 leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir in a case for assaulting police in Khulna city on June 30 this year.

Singair villagers protest satellite town plan

Farmers of Gobindal village in Singair upazila of the district brought out a procession at the upazila headquarters yesterday protesting government's alleged move to acquire land at the village to develop a satellite town.

Bombs, explosives seized from pirates' boat

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered grenades, bombs, explosives including gun-powder, ammunitions and bomb making materials from a mechanised boat used allegedly by Indian pirates at Talbaria point of Dakatir canal in the Sundarbans Sunday night.

Students boycott exam as questions 'out of syllabus'

Honours students of the government colleges in Barisal and Kushtia yesterday boycotted first year final examination alleging that the questions were out of syllabus.

5 arrested in Laxmipur

Five Shibir leaders and activists were arrested early yesterday while pasting posters on the walls in the municipal area.

Former BCL leader killed in Narsingdi

Rivals murdered a former leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at West Dattapara of the town on Sunday.

One killed, 50 injured as villagers clash

One person was killed and 50 others were injured as two rival groups clashed at village Shibpasha in Ajmiriganj upazila of Habiganj district yesterday morning.

Coal production resumes

Coal production at Barapukuria coal mine resumed yesterday morning after a suspension of 58 hours due to technical glitches at its elevator. Sources said coal production halted on Friday evening after the mine authorities detected glitches in elevator which used to ferry miners between underground and surface of the mine. The engineers repaired the glitches and restored production in the morning, a mine official said.

AL man's body exhumed

Body of an Awami League (AL) activist in Daulatpur upazila in the district was exhumed Sunday after three months of his suspected murder. Police exhumed the body of Ikhtiar Uddin Khan from grave at of Pipulbaria in the upazila in presence of first class magistrate Lutfun Nahar Nazim. According to police, Ikhtiar, 30 of Pipulbaria area went missing on July 28 and his dead body was found at a nearby field on July 30. Bokhtiar Khan, elder brother of Ikhtiar field a murder case with Daulatpur police station accusing four people including a woman of the area. Police arrested the accused. But after five days of the incident, postmortem report showed that Ikhtiar's died from snake bite. After that all the accused got bail from the court showing the postmortem report. Later, officer-in-charge (OC) of Daulatpur police station appealed to court on August 12 praying for fresh probe into the incident. The court granted the prayer and ordered to exhume the body.

3 lawmakers get bail

A court here yesterday granted bail to opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque, Sahid Uddin Chowdhury Annee MP and Ashraf Uddin Nizam MP in a defamation case. Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Ikhtiarul Islam Mallik granted the bail when they sought bail appearing before the court in the morning. A large number of Awami League activists thronged the court premises and brought out a procession. Mongsheu Pru Chowdhury Apu, former Chhatra League president of Khagracchari Unit, filed the defamation case demanding compensation of Tk 50 crore on March 25, accusing the three of making derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's son Sajeeb Wazed Joy.

15 injured in clash

At least 15 people were injured in a fierce clash between two groups over land dispute at Gopalnagar village in Sadar upazila on Sunday. Police and locals said there had been a longstanding dispute over a piece of land between Nasiruddin and Sabur Mia of the village. The clash ensued as people of Nasiruddin attacked Sabur Mia and his supporters in the morning. Both the group equipped with lethal weapons chased each other for about one hour that left at least 15 people injured from both sides. Three tin-shed houses of Sabur Mia were also vandalised and looted during the clash. The injured were admitted to different local hospitals and clinics. Earlier, people of Sobur Mia allegedly vandalised house of Nasiruddin on Friday.


Myanmar will keep power if voters abstain

Myanmar's military rulers threatened yesterday to cling to power if the public abstained from voting in Sunday's long-awaited election and blamed foreign media for trying to derail the poll.

Taliban hold secret talks with Afghan president

Three Taliban figures met secretly with Afghanistan's president two weeks ago in an effort by the Afghan government to weaken the US-led coalition's most vicious enemy, a powerful al-Qaeda linked network that straddles the border region with Pakistan.

Brazil elects first female president

Dilma Rousseff celebrated victory yesterday after she was elected Brazil's first female president and vowed to uphold the legacy of her predecessor and mentor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

India reviews security in Kashmir

India's home minister reviewed the security situation in Kashmir Sunday in the face of months of deadly protests against Indian rule that have left over 100 people dead.

US bombs tip-off 'came from former Qaeda men'

The crucial tip-off that led to the discovery of parcel bombs on two cargo planes came from a repentant al-Qaeda member, UK officials say.

Nepal fails to elect PM for 15th time

Nepali Congress parliamentary party leader Ram Chandra Poudel has failed to get elected as the prime minister in the 15th round of election conducted in the legislature parliament yesterday.

Key races to watch in election

All 435 House of Representatives seats, 37 of the Senate's 100 slots, and 37 governorships up for grabs.

US midterm polls start today

US voters head to the polls today for key elections that will decide whether President Barack Obama's Democratic allies or his Republican foes will control the Congress until 2012.

Police intercept parcel bomb addressed to Sarkozy

Greek police said it had intercepted yesterday a booby-trapped parcel addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, after another package exploded at a courier company in Athens.

China embarks on first national census

The Chinese authorities are about to begin the country's first national census in 10 years.

Alcohol 'more harmful than heroin'

Alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack, according to a study published in medical journal the Lancet.

Video shows China ship to blame for collisions

Japanese lawmakers yesterday said a coast guard video shows a Chinese trawler intentionally ramming Japanese vessels in an incident that sparked the worst row in years between the Asian powers.

14 Qaeda suspects surrender

Fourteen suspected al-Qaeda members, including senior figures, have surrendered in the restive southern province of Abyan, Yemen's defence ministry and a source close to the governor said yesterday.

Pakistan launches anti-graft campaign

Pakistan, ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in the world, says it will turn itself around with results of an anti-graft drive seen within a couple of months.

Taliban briefly overrun Afghan district

The Taliban briefly overran a district seat in eastern Afghanistan, torching government buildings and capturing police officers after an intense gunfight, officials said yesterday.

US drone attack kills 5 in Pakistan

A US drone attack killed five people in northwest Pakistan yesterday, local intelligence officials said, the latest in a barrage of such strikes against al-Qaeda and Taliban militants that have long sought sanctuary in the region.

Arts & Entertainment

Tagore's 150th birth anniversary celebration

Marking Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary, to be celebrated next year, Department of Music, Dhaka University kicked off a yearlong programme through a seminar and a cultural event featuring Rabindra Sangeet written in this part of Bengal.

Hues of darkness and light

November 1 marked the 35th death anniversary of renowned Bangladeshi painter Mubinul Azim. Azim is considered a pioneer in the Bangladeshi art scene. He and his contemporaries made a great contribution in the sphere of experimental paintings. Some of them combined local motifs and various western forms.

Discovering the extraordinary within the ordinary

Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay is arguably one of the greatest novelists and storywriters that Bengal has produced. His most well known book is the autobiographical novel, “Pather Panchali” (The Song of the Road), incorporated (along with “Aparajito”, the sequel) into the memorable Apu Trilogy films by Satyajit Ray.

A day in the life

Acclaimed actor Humayun Faridee continues to impress viewers with his directorial finesse. His latest coup is the hour-long Eid play, “Kalbihongo”. Written by Shafiqur Rahman Shantanu, the play is being shot at Uttara's Anandabari Shooting House. The cast includes familiar faces like Sadia Islam Mou, Litu Anam, Jitu Ahsan, with a special cameo by Faridee himself.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Today on Zee Studio at 11 am

Jibanananda death anniversary observed

The 56th death anniversary of poet of Ruposhi Bangla Jibanananda Das was observed in Barisal on October 30 with due respect. A reception to poets by Barisal unit, Jatiya Kobita Parishad at Kobi Jibanananda auditorium and a discussion and cultural show was also organised on the occasion.

Tangail Udichi anniversary celebrations

Tangail district unit of Udichi Shilpi Ghosthi observed its 42nd anniversary on Saturday with the theme 'Droher Binai Uthuk Beje Asur Nashee Gaan'.


Why a law for appointing superior judges?

The role of the Chief Justice (CJ) in appointing judges in the superior judiciary is being marginalised in South Asia and in the world as well. Great Britain, from whom South Asia inherited the concept of "consultation with the CJ," formed a fifteen member-Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) in 2006 as an independent Commission for selecting candidates for judicial office. The JAC took over the role of the Lord Chancellor in appointing judges.

Between scam India and slum India

It is entirely appropriate that a nation whose motto is Satyameva Jayate should discover a metaphor for ravenous loot in a Mumbai building society called Adarsh. Greed is the new religion and all are welcome to feed at her trough. Nothing else is sacrosanct; not the highest offices in public service: Chief minister, army chief, navy admiral, or top bureaucrat through whom the file must pass.

Bangladesh's case for tariff break in US

Poverty wages in Bangladesh's $15 billion garment industry have long led to worker protests and factory shutdowns. So it was no different in July when the South Asian country's labour ministry announced that the minimum wage would increase from Tk.1,662 ($25) to Tk.3,000 ($43) a month. As welcome as was the first wage hike in four years, the amount fell well short of the Tk.5,000 monthly minimum called for by labour unions. Meanwhile, factory owners resisted a dramatic wage surge, fearing they would lose ground to such low-cost clothing manufacturers as China and Vietnam.

National Press Club turns 57: My reminiscences

The fifty-sixth founding anniversary celebration of the National Press Club has just been rounded off with a fortnight-long programme amidst jubilation. Over the period, the club embraced changes in its perspective and personality and remained responsible to its social obligations. As a witness to its evolution, here are some of my nostalgic snapshots of the earlier days of the Press Club.

Science & Life

Fresh Amazon wonders

Despite rapid deterioration of the rainforests across the globe, it is a relief to learn that the Amazon Rainforest, defying all the odds, is still thriving. According to a recent study finding by the global conservation organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF), at least 1,200 new species have been discovered in the Amazon ecosystem at an average rate of 1 in every 3 days during a decade-long study between the year 1999 and 2009. This is in fact a greater number of species than the combined total of new species found over a decade in other biologically diverse areas such as the Congo Basin, Borneo and the Eastern Himalayas.

The camouflage gene

Researchers led by Vanderbilt's Roger Cone, Ph.D., have discovered a new member of a gene family that has powerful influences on pigmentation and the regulation of body weight.

Dark side of Milky Way

For years, most claims that scientists had found evidence of dark matter, the ghostly material believed to account for more than 80 percent of the universe's mass, have seemed to dissolve into thin air. But a new claim of dark matter detection may have more than a dollop of cosmic credibility, scientists say.

Giant pumpkin

Linus was right after all. Not only does the Great Pumpkin exist, but scientists have figured out how he manages to get so big.

What was Sphinx's riddle that Oedipus solved?

What animal walks on four legs in the morning, on two at noon, and on three at night?

Ghosts of White House

The Washington, D.C., home of America's presidents has surely seen untold tragedy through the centuries, from being burned down in 1814 by British troops to several attempted (and accomplished) assassinations. Among the White House's spooky stories include the appearance of Abraham Lincoln's ghost. Lincoln's widow, Mary Todd, dabbled in the occult and held séances in the White House. Other reputed ghosts include Andrew Jackson, Dolley Madison, and Abigail Adams, though they are rarely seen today.

Tracking smallest particles

Small, smaller, smallest. Fast, faster, fastest. These appear to be the watchwords for today's technology. Moreover, they guide research for tomorrow's technology and University of California, Berkeley, chemist and physicist Stephen Leone helps lead the way. He works with the smallest and fastest particles ever observed. For the first time, he and an international team of scientists used ultrashort flashes of laser light to directly observe an atom's outer electrons. Through a process called attosecond absorption spectroscopy, his team was able to time, with great precision, the repetitive variations between electrons that simultaneously produce quantum states. The outermost electrons of an atom are crucial for deciding how an atom will react chemically with other atoms. Attosecond transient absorption will, in Leone's words, "allow us to unravel processes within and among atoms, molecules and crystals on the electronic timescale" processes that previously could only be hinted at with studies.

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