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Two rental flops pay Tk 57cr fine

The Power Development Board has realised Tk 57 crore in penalty from two local rental power companies for grossly failing to launch within the deadlines three rental power plants having a total of 315 megawatt generation capacity.

Lonely hills, deadly hunters

In the gathering darkness of the fast-falling evening in the valley, a man appears with a monkey in one hand and a strange gun in the other.

Fear lurks on way to justice

Widowed housewife Aklima with her two children lives in a modest suburban house haunted by a strange fear, apparently alienating themselves from the rest of the world since her husband was brutally shot dead by police in 2004.

Bridge lasted 3 months

About 15 thousand people of ten villages of Mohanganj union under Rajibpur upazil are facing problems while going to the upazila headquarters as Kolkihara Bridge on Mohanganj-Rajibpur road collapsed, only three months after its construction.

Tripura beckons Bangladesh

Bangladesh can be economically benefited by exporting products to north-eastern region of India, taking advantage of proximity, said Chief Minister of Tripura state Manik Sarkar.

New-look India against Black Caps

With the Test series won and senior members including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni given some rest because of injury concerns, a new-look India under Gautam Gambhir will take on a never-say-die New Zealand in a five-ODI series starting here today.

493 BNP men held

At least 16 leaders and activists of BNP received injuries in clashes with law enforcers and around 493 were arrested across the country yesterday, the second day of the main opposition's protest programme.

50 hurt as RMG workers clash

At least 50 people, including 15 women workers, were injured yesterday in a clash between workers of a garment factory at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) and law enforcers over alleged extended working hours at the factory.

PM blasts Khaleda for hartal

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Khaleda Zia has “no right to cause sufferings to people by giving hartal just to save her illegally grabbed property.”

SC reopens today

The Supreme Court (SC) reopens today after a two-week vacation and will deal tomorrow with the issue regarding the much-disputed Dhaka Cantonment residence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

3 hurt in 'gunfight' with Rab

Three alleged extortionists were injured when they locked in a "gunfight" with Rapid Action Battalion forces near Motijheel Colony in the capital early yesterday.

Miners on indefinite strike

Miners of Maddhyapara Granite Mining Company Ltd (MGMCL) here went on indefinite strike yesterday protesting termination of five fellows and demanding withdrawal of case filed against them by the authorities.

It's sexual harassment

Rights activists yesterday called for using the term "sexual harassment" to describe bullying of young women saying the words "eve teasing" were too lenient a term to describe the nasty crime of the perpetrators.

More hartals, if necessary

BNP leaders have warned that the party will call a series of hartal after that on November 30, if necessary, to stop government repression on leaders and activists of the party.

Call off hartal

Knitwear makers yesterday urged the main opposition to call off its hartal on Tuesday to help them keep up the growth momentum in the apparel sector.

Student jailed for stalking

A mobile court yesterday noon convicted a college student for stalking two school-going girls and sentenced him to six months imprisonment at Godanarayan in the district town.

US alerts allies on Wikileaks release

The US has briefed a number of foreign governments, including the UK, about the possible release of diplomatic files by whistleblower site Wikileaks.

Obama plays Basketball, gets hurt

US President Barack Obama was accidentally elbowed in the face while playing basketball on Friday and received 12 stitches to his lip, the White House said.


The inexplicable disappearances

Incidents of citizens disappearing mysteriously are beginning to cause legitimate concern in the country. Tushar Islam Titu went missing in July 2008 after he was accosted by four men and bundled into a vehicle. In June this year, Dhaka City Corporation ward councillor and BNP politician Chowdhury Alam vanished into thin air after he was kidnapped by some men, quite possibly the same group which had on an earlier occasion tried to abduct him. These two disappearances very justifiably raise the question of who abducted them and where they happen to be at present, assuming of course that they are still alive. Our worries take a much more serious dimension, however, through Ain-o-Salish Kendra informing us that as many as 22 individuals have disappeared since January this year. ASK has reason to believe, though, that the figure could be much higher. Add to the matter of the disappearances the allegations which have lately been levelled at the security agencies, particularly the Rapid Action Battalion. For its part, RAB has vehemently denied its complicity or involvement in the disappearances.

Gold and silver in cricket

Our persistence with cricket at all levels is paying dividends. On the back of the national team's inspiring series victory over New Zealand, our second string side has won a gold medal in the Guangzhou Asian Games. And, of the three medals won by Bangladeshi participants in altogether 18 disciplines, two came from cricket itself. Apart from the gold in the men segment, our women cricketers came out runner-up bagging a silver among the women cricket teams.


Games end with a bang

The 16th Asian Games officially closed on Saturday in the southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou with a rousing and colourful outdoor spectacular.

'Zim should feel scared'

Given the recent record between the two sides, it was no surprise that someone from the Zimbabwe camp called themselves the 'underdogs' while their opponents would feel confident.

ICC Cricket World Cup History

Eight teams participated in the 1983 World Cup, the third consecutive cricket World Cup to be hosted in England, and the third overall.

Hs put Aussies on top

England were battling to avoid going one down in the Ashes series after centuries from Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin gave Australia a massive innings lead in the first Test on Saturday.

'Cos bosses are away

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 14-member BCB XI team yesterday for tomorrow's practice match against visiting Zimbabwe which will be held at BKSP in Savar.

School soccer from Dec 29

The Ashiyan City Dhaka Metropolis School Football Tournament kicks off on December 29 at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

Div I Cricket

Hossain's 68 took Bangladesh Boys to a facile five-wicket win over North Bengal Cricket Academy in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Ansar win all 3 gold

Ansar & VDP captured all three individual gold medals decided on the second day of the 34th NCC Bank National Cycling Championship yesterday.

Gunners crush Villa

Arsenal got back on track after a traumatic week as the Gunners romped to a 4-2 win at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Carlo denies pressure

Carlo Ancelotti insists he is under no pressure from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, despite the fact that his side have lost three of their last four Premier League games.

'Everything is fine'

At the end of a week when he was reprimanded by his club for taking a swipe at Frank Ribery in the media, Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal insisted that he still took pleasure from his job with the German champions.

Moyes wants Beckham

Everton coach David Moyes on Saturday offered David Beckham a route back into English football by saying that he would be prepared to offer the England superstar a loan move to Goodison Park.

Guangzhou quotes

"The referees were on the Chinese team."

Tevez tired of game

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has raised fresh doubts about his future in football after admitting he is "tired" of the game, while also criticising the attitudes of some young players.

Villarreal's faith in Garrido

Villarreal have agreed a three-year contract extension with coach Juan Carlos Garrido which ties him to the Spanish club until 2014.

MU snap up Danish keeper

Manchester United on Saturday confirmed the signing of Danish international goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard from Aalesunds FK on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

China dominate track

Liu Xiang was the focal point for the Asian Games athletics and the Chinese star lived up to the soaring expectations of a demanding nation by winning a third successive 110m hurdles crown.

Tame draw in Colombo

Sri Lanka's spinners, led by Rangana Herath, put in an impressive performance as the second Test against the West Indies ended in a draw on the fifth and final day on Saturday.

Brad passes tough test

Australia's Brad Haddin rated the England bowling as the toughest he had faced in Test cricket after he and Mike Hussey put their side into a strong position in the Ashes opener on Saturday.

Gautam sides with Yuvraj

Pleading with the media to be lenient on Yuvraj Singh, India captain Gautam Gambhir on Saturday strongly stood behind the stylish Punjab batsman who has been under constant scrutiny and immense pressure.

Greeks to honour King Otto

Former Greece national team coach Otto Rehhagel will be honoured during an international friendly between Greece and Canada on February 9, 2011, the Greek Football Federation announced Friday.


Gold glitters

Soaring prices have made gold purchasers shy away without a compelling occasion, like a wedding, as prices rose early this month for the 10th time in a year.

Khaleda raises voice for garment sector

Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the government to ensure an adequate supply of energy to the garment industry and called for a sound law and order situation to maintain a healthy growth of the sector.

Ctg chamber urges withdrawal of hartal

The Chittagong Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CMCCI) yesterday urged the opposition party to withdraw its November 30 hartal to maintain smooth business environment.

Ambani shows off priciest home

Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani has hosted a lavish housewarming party to show off his new residence, believed to be the world's most expensive private home.

50,000 Irish take to streets over cutbacks

About 50,000 Irish people took to the streets Saturday to oppose savage cutbacks needed to secure an international bailout.

A tale of two Irelands

Country A is drowning. A catastrophic recession has thrown a tenth of its workforce out of jobs in just two years. Firms are shutting, banks are barely solvent and the IMF has been called in to bail out the government from crushing debt. The standard of living is eroding, taxes are being hiked, state spending is being slashed, and the deeply unpopular government is being forced into an election it is certain to lose.

DITF to showcase Bangabandhu's financial plan

The next Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) will display Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's economic strategy and long term financial plan for inclusive growth.

Skilled workforce needed to boost economy

The economy, expanding at around 6 percent a year, needs a large, trained workforce to sustain the growth momentum, analysts said yesterday.

Dec burial of Net wires on track

A leading optical fibre network service yesterday urged the government not to extend its November 30 deadline for removing risky overhead cables from electric poles across the capital.

Business team off to Japan

In an entourage of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a 35-member business delegation left Dhaka for Japan yesterday.

Things to do, for the LDCs

An international dialogue of trade experts, economists, bureaucrats, academicians and civil society members from the least developed countries that concluded on Friday has come up with 133 recommendations.

Caught in a currency war

Of late the discourses on foreign exchange rates have become quite contentious. Countries across the globe have taken various drastic measures, in pursuit of economic recovery. On failing to create domestic demand for their goods and services at home, countries are grappling to get bigger market share in foreign or export markets. Apart from cheap labour and availability of raw materials, power and energy, and competitive exchange rates also play a critical role in attaining comparative advantage in the global export market.

Commodities mixed

Commodity markets enjoyed mixed fortunes this week as positive US economic data was offset by the impact of the strengthening dollar amid the burgeoning eurozone debt crisis.

Petronas Chemicals raises $4.1b in IPO

The chemicals arm of Malaysian state energy firm Petronas raised 4.1 billion dollars on its stock market debut Friday, in Southeast Asia's biggest ever initial public offering.

Munni best chef

Hazera Alam Munni from Chittagong won the best chef of the year award for 2010 in the 'Monitor-Malaysian Palm Oil Chef of the Year' competition.

New body for PET flake makers assoc

A new body has taken over charges of the Bang-ladesh PET Flakes Ma-nufacturers and Expor-ters Association recently, says a statement.

HSBC appoints new chief of private banking division

Global banking giant HSBC said Friday it had appointed Paul Thurston, head of UK operations, as the new boss of its private banking division.

Palm oil giant Sime Darby sees quarterly profits drop

Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby Berhad, under pressure from a cost overruns probe, said Friday its first quarter profits slid due to weakness in its plantations and energy divisions.

Fate of $6b Indian steel plant in jeopardy

The future of a proposed six-billion dollar steel plant in eastern India was in doubt Saturday after the government raised questions about environmental clearance given for the project.

Piraeus Bank reports profit slump

Piraeus Bank, the fifth-biggest Greek bank, reported a 94-percent drop in net profit to 14 million euros (18.5 million dollars) for the first nine months of the year on Friday.

Sony abandons Japan LCD plan

Sony has scrapped a plan to raise its stake in a joint venture with Sharp manufacturing liquid crystal display (LCD) panels because of a tough business environment, a Japanese newspaper said Saturday.

Spain to reduce bond issue amounts

Spain will issue less debt than originally planned at its remaining bond issues this year because it has covered its financing needs for 2010, Finance Minister Elena Salgado said Friday.


Ban heavy vehicles on DU campus

A section of Dhaka University (DU) students yesterday demanded imposing of a ban on the movement of heavy vehicles on the streets of the campus and setting up of security posts at its entry points.

'Let all be aware about road accidents'

Awami League lawmaker Advocate Tarana Halim yesterday said every citizen needs to step forward to build awareness regarding road accidents.

Six killed, 11 injured in road accidents

Six people were killed and 11 others injured in separate road accidents in the capital, Sitakunda and Gaibandha yesterday.

Build healthy culture free from govt influence

The overall development of a healthy culture requires that it keep away from government influence, Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman has said.

Mayor Hanif's death anniversary today

Today is the fourth death anniversary of Mohammad Hanif, the first elected mayor of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and an Awami League leader.

Bangladesh to buy 2,000MW electricity from Nepal, Bhutan

Nepal and Bhutan have pledged to export hydroelectricity to Bangladesh.

Cancel housing project on 'Chhoto-Dighi-Jalashoy'

Environmental activists yesterday demanded the government to cancel illegal housing project on 'Chhoto-Dighi-Jalashoy', a small wetland at Demra in the city, and on its adjoining playground and graveyard as per Detailed Area Plan (DAP) of Dhaka.

Speedy war crimes trial demanded

Speakers at a memorial meeting to mark the death anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal yesterday demanded accelerating the war crimes trial process.

Specific date for UP polls demanded

Leaders of Bangladesh Union Parishad Forum yesterday demanded announcement of a specific date to hold the union parishad elections to strengthen the democratic process and also reduce all sorts of dispute about the election date.

Faridpur Assoc AGM held

The annual general meeting of the Greater Faridpur Service Holders Welfare Association was held at Kendria Kachi Kachar Mela auditorium yesterday.

First frozen embryo transplant twins born

Twin test tube babies (one male and another female) from the first successful frozen embryo transfer technique were born yesterday to a childless couple at Apollo Hospital Dhaka.

57,000 die from smoking related diseases a year

Smoking related diseases account for death almost five times more than people killed in road accidents every year, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Nahid blames some political parties for militancy

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said militancy has risen in Bangladesh as it got patronisation from some political parties but there is no place of militancy as peace loving people of Bangladesh always stand against all kinds of religious fundamentalism.

Home ministry to meet with Dhaka MPs today

The home ministry has convened a meeting of the lawmakers of Dhaka at the ministry this morning to discuss and maintain law and order situation during the hartal on next Tuesday.

'Call off hartal, settle dispute by discussion'

Thirty leading cultural personalities yesterday urged BNP to lift their scheduled hartal programme, reconsider its "justification" and settle their disputes with the government through discussions.

'Protect Lalbagh Kella'

Save the Environment Movement yesterday called upon the government to take immediate steps to protect and preserve the Lalbagh Kella (fort) in old Dhaka as per the High Court order.

Appeal for help

Md Nazrul Islam, an employee of a private organisation of Faridpur upazila in Pabna, has been suffering from lung cancer since 2006 and needs around Tk 10 lakh for treatment.


27 sued in Patuakhali on war crime charges

Twenty-seven people of Galachipa upazila in Patuakhali district have been sued on war crime charges.

150 hurt as AL rivals lock in fierce clash

At least 150 people were wounded by gunshots and spears in a fierce clash yesterday between the supporters of local leaders of ruling Awami League (AL) at remote Mirzar Char of Raipura upazila.

One killed, 80 injured in B'baria

One person was killed and at least 80 others were injured in a oficrce clash over possession of a shop at Ananda Bazar in the town yesterday.

Dyke to be complete by Mar 6

State Minister for Water Resources Md Mahabubur Rahman has warned of stern legal action in case of any allegation of corruption in construction of embankments in the Aila affected areas of the south-western region.

Now Recodex for phensidyl addicts

Indian cough syrup Recodex, having properties similar to contraband phensidyl, are entering Chapainawabagnj through the border as the new drug has gained popularity among a section of drug addicts in short time.

44 Dinajpur mutineers arrested on court order

Forty-four of the 61 mutineers of Dinajpur-2 Rifles Battalion were yesterday arrested as per order of the special court-13 while charges against 42 rebels of Mymensingh Sector headquarters and 45 Rifles Battalion under the sector will be framed on January 15 next year.

4 housewives murdered

Four housewives were murdered in Natore, Sylhet, Thakurgaon and Naogaon districts on Friday and Thursday.

Ruling party men beat up journo, student

Ruling party cadres seriously injured a journalist in Manikganj while BCL activists beat up a student at Rajshahi University on Friday night.

Sugarcane crushing starts in two mills

Two mills in Panchagarh and Jamalpur started crushing sugarcane on Friday.

Robber-police gunfight in Narsingdi, 8 injured

A fierce gunfight between a gang of robbers and police at Sristighar village in Shibpur upazila left three robbers and five policemen injured early yesterday.

3 outlaws arrested in Pabna, Meherpur

Three outlaws were arrested in Pabna and Meherpur districts on Friday.


Parenting skills

I believe it may be a problem with both poor parenting and schooling. So many people, not everyone, but a lot seem to let their kids get away with anything they want to do, just so they can be friends and there is no respect in the household.

Footpath or death trap?

Just opposite the Ramna Model Police Station, adjacent to the Ramna Shopping Complex, there is a death trap on the footpath. Half of the footpath was dug up in order to build one or two shops two months ago. A local said that a disagreement between DCC and Dhaka WASA caused this situation. However, he added that the matter was solved and the construction works would begin soon.

Treatment of severe malaria

Control of malaria in recent years has got renewed momentum due to availability of effective interventions and increased financial support by Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Some malaria endemic countries are now considering even elimination of malaria. An expert group for guiding malaria elimination has been formed and their views are published in the Lancet in 6 November, 2010. Examples of such interventions are: vector control by effective insecticide, insecticide impregnated long lasting nets (LLN), rapid diagnostic tests (RDT), combination antimalarial treatments (ACT), pre referral treatment by rectal artesunate in the community and artesunate injection for the treatment of severe malaria.

Lungs of our city

As a tree lover, I greatly appreciate your concern on the dying of trees in Dhaka (Nov. 12). While the experts and academia are welcome to find out the reasons, I would like to point out one aspect. In Gulshan area, pavements for pedestrians' use have been constructed of late. The trees that happened to be in the pavement area were literally killed.

Dhaka University's bus

The other day, I was going through the Satmasjid road and suddenly a Dhaka University students' bus caught my attention. Dhaka University is the highest educational institution in Bangladesh. The main purpose of the university is to create new areas of knowledge and disseminate this knowledge to the society through its students. I'm proud to have studied here in the early 90s. Millions of students like me, who came from village, had their horizon widened, because of studying here, for sure.

Saving vultures

The vulture is a large bird of prey. Once upon a time, it was a well-known bird in our country. But nowadays, it is not visible usually, except for in our national zoo and some parts of the country. And people don't have any idea about this bird, especially about the benefits we get from it.

Complaints must be investigated

We believe, the government and the law enforcing agencies are aware of the various specific complaints, lodged by the individuals or organizations, which were published or reported in the print or electronic media. People have the right to know what action the govt. or the relevant agencies have taken on those particular issues. Otherwise, what's the use of publishing the complaints against various irregularities and corruption at different levels? Sometimes, specific complaints are published against different persons'/organizations' irregularities and corruption, drawing the kind attention of the head of the government, which should be investigated on priority basis by the law enforcing agencies, and the steps taken by the authorities should be made public.

Education for all

Every child has a right to get proper education, yet most of the children do not have access to it in Bangladesh. The govt. and the NGOs are working in this sector. But we should also involve ourselves in these programmes. If each of us teaches one child at least, it won't take a long time to get an educated nation. It is one of the Millennium Development Goals, which needs to be accomplished.

Unusual dropouts

Our country is lucky to have two consecutive pro-active education ministers: the first one eradicated copying in the examination in the SSC and HSC levels, the present one presented us an education policy, however disputed it may be, and introduced for the first time the public exams for class five and eight. But now the unusual dropouts in the first ever JSC and JDC examinations speak volume of a major fault in the novel system.

Medical tourism

Medical tourism or medical travel is a term primarily coined by travel agencies and the mass media to express the rapidly growing practice of travelling across international borders to obtain health care. Services naturally sought by travellers include elective procedures as well as intricate specialized surgeries, such as joint replacement (knee/hip), cardiac surgery, dental surgery, and cosmetic surgeries, etc.

Bangladesh should have an Athens Council

In the never-ending quarrel between the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the leader of the opposition Begum Khaleda Zia, it is becoming increasingly clear that this dispute stems from the fact that there is no check on whoever becomes the prime minister. Without an Upper House, there is no check on the ruling party and its leaders.

Good traffic management!

On 20th November, my wife and I were returning from Satkhira to Dhaka by road across the Daulatdia - Aricha Ferry Service. Friends and relatives advised us to avoid travelling by this route, on the last day of Eid holiday. They felt that there would be terrible traffic rush, confusion and mismanagement at the ferry ghat and we would invariably be stuck up for a long time at the ghat for boarding the ferry!


Iraq's new govt by mid-Dec

Iraq's new government should be in place by mid-December, putting an end to a months-long political impasse, Prime Minister-designate Nuri al-Maliki said yesterday.

Suicide attack at Afghan police HQ kills 12

Two suicide bombers wearing police uniforms blew themselves up at an Afghan police headquarters yesterday, killing at least 12 officers and wounding 16, officials said.

South Korea vows 'thousand- fold' revenge

South Korea's Marine commander yesterday vowed "thousand-fold" revenge for a North Korean attack that killed two servicemen as protesters demanded tougher action by the government against its reclusive neighbour.

US teenager held over Christmas 'bomb plot'

A teenager has been arrested in the US state of Oregon after allegedly plotting to carry out a car bomb attack at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Families say goodbye at site of NZ mine disaster

About 500 friends and family of the 29 men killed in a New Zealand mine explosion were taken to "say goodbye" at the remote colliery where they lie entombed.

UN envoy meets Suu Kyi

A top United Nations envoy held talks with Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday but there was no indication the country's reclusive military rulers were willing to meet him.

India shrugs off Chinese influence in Sri Lanka

India has no worries about rival China's expanding ties with Sri Lanka, India's foreign minister said on Friday, a week after Colombo unveiled a 1.5-billion-dollar Chinese-funded port.

Arundhati Roy may be prosecuted

An Indian court ruled yesterday that award-winning author Arundhati Roy could face prosecution for allegedly speaking out on the disputed region of Kashmir, according to a report.

Sarah Palin criticises media after slip-up

US conservative standard bearer Sarah Palin has accused critics of unfairly singling her out, after a slip of the tongue rekindled questions about her credibility.

Now the Sun has an owner

After billions of years the Sun finally has an owner -- a woman from Spain's soggy region of Galicia said Friday she had registered the star at a local notary public as being her property.

Iran's first nuclear plant begins operating

Iran said yesterday its first atomic power plant built by Russia in Bushehr has begun operations, ahead of a new round of talks with Western powers over the country's controversial nuclear drive.

India seeks to resolve disputes

India is making two proposals for the UN climate summit in Cancun in hopes of redefining its global image as a constructive negotiator by helping to resolve disputes that have stymied agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Israeli fire wounds Gaza child: Officials

A 12-year-old boy gathering gravel near the Gaza-Israel border was wounded by Israeli army fire, officials and witnesses said.

Arts & Entertainment

Indian cultural festival at Shilpakala Academy

Indira Gandhi Culture Centre (IGCC), High Commission of India, Dhaka, in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) inaugurated “Ananda Jagya,” an Indian cultural festival, at National Theatre Hall of BSA on November 26.

Group Theatre Federation anniversary programme begins

A four-day celebration programme to mark the 30th anniversary of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) began at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on November 26. The programme features diverse programmes such as staging of plays, seminars, rally, memorial lecture and felicitation. On the first day, noted troupe Aranyak Natyadal staged its acclaimed production “Raarang” at the Experimental Theatre Hall.

Creativity runs in the family

Rarely are all members of a family involved in artistic endeavours. Khalid Mahmood Mithu and Kanak Chanpa Chakma along with their children Arjo Shrestho and Shiropa Purnais are a notable exception as familiar names in our cultural arena and their creative expressions are almost a genre of art.

Social messages through social dramas

An eight-day street theatre festival kickstarted in Faridpur

International Protest Day against Repression of Women

A programme of Baul songs to convey messages to the common people about the necessity to stop violence, oppression, repression and sexual harassment of women, was held at Kalibari area in the town on November 25. Marking the International Protest Day against Repression of Women, Alokito Manush Prokalpa organised the programme.

Leonardo DiCaprio is ‘a real man’

Russian PM Vladimir Putin has praised Leonardo DiCaprio as "a real man" for his persistence in getting to a St Petersburg summit on saving tigers.

Ramayan Gaan and Lila Kirton in Manikganj

Shib Shiddheswaree Mandir Committee organised a 40- day programme including 'Ashtakaleen leela kirton', 'Harinam sangkirton', 'Nagor kirton', 'Ramayan gaan' and discussion at the Mandir premises under Manikganj Municipality area here in Manikganj. The programme ended on Friday.

“Walton Amar Ponno Amar Desh” on Rtv

Phone in and live studio concert “Walton Amar Ponno Amar Desh” will go on air on Rtv on November 29 at 11:30pm. A press conference to this effect was held at Rtv office recently.


Repackaging Bangladesh

Lonely Planet, one of the world's leading travel guidebooks, owned by BBC worldwide, has ranked Bangladesh as the Best Value Destination in the world for 2011. It names nine other countries/cities to complete the list of top ten. Behind Bangladesh stand Nicaragua, Washington D.C., Paris, Philippines, Argentina, Naples, Ukraine and Syria.

The great escape

The poorest 10% of the population lack the human and social assets to escape poverty. The drivers of growth have by-passed such groups over an extended period of time and households that remain in poverty today, suffered from poverty 20 years ago. A multitude of multilateral, bilateral, GOs and NGOs will praise the successes of Bangladesh, to reduce income poverty from its zenith of 74% in 1973-74 to less than 40% in 2005. This is, to all intents and purposes, a significant achievement and one which should be lauded. Not for the efforts of any one institution, or the placebo of policy prescription by global institutions, but as an evolving understanding on what will lift people from poverty.

Keeping hope alive

Any new democracy must clear two main barriers. It must experience a peaceful transition of power from one party to another after a free and fair election. We have crossed the first hurdle, albeit with the help of a caretaker government, but the second one still largely remains a forlorn hope.

'Seen from a trade and financial angle, Bangladesh has a bright scope'

The Chief Minister of Tripura, Manik Sarker, who has long-standing ties with Bangladesh since the War of Liberation in 1971, talked to The Daily Star Special Correspondent Rezaul Karim on bilateral issues such as trade and investment, transit, connectivity and relationship at his Secretariat Office in Agartala recently.

Steal this column

Flame War! A wave of outrage is sweeping the internet. Again. I was so excited I nearly fell asleep. I usually ignore these things (unless I've caused them), but since the latest one involved Journalistic Principles, I thought I'd better check it out.

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