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Chaos mars WC cricket ticket sale

It was never ending wait for thousands, heartbreak for hundreds, brutal beating for many and triumphant faces for a few as the most sought after tickets for the cricket World Cup went on sale across the country yesterday.

Fine slapped on realtor

A real estate company has been fined about Tk 3 crore for wiping out hills and forests on an area of 100 acres to develop a housing project at Jhilongja in Cox's Bazar.

Mishandling costs 500 jobs

Around 500 Bangladeshi jobseekers will not get jobs in South Korea allegedly for inefficient handling of their applications by the government recruiting agency, BOESL.

SC spurs govt

The High Court yesterday expressed concern over an incident of maiming a child to force him into begging by a gang in the capital and issued a suo moto rule on the government to stop such incidents.

SC clears way for expressway

The Supreme Court for the time being cleared all legal barriers for the government to go ahead with the Dhaka Elevated Expressway project.

Nod to public-pvt venture

The government has decided to digitise the land record system through public-private partnership (PPP).

Mufti Izhar shown held

Detained Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury, president of an Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) faction, was shown arrested yesterday for his alleged involvement in the abduction of physician Azizur Rahman in the capital's Mirpur area in September 2003.

PM warns culprits

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued a strong warning against the evil cliques, who maim children and force them to beg as a means of earning money.

Net providers calls one-hr strike Tuesday

Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh yesterday called an hour's strike from 11:00am Tuesday to protest the removal of overhead cables on utility poles on Dhaka's thoroughfares.

Polls fixture cancelled over risk

The Election Commission (EC) has cancelled the polls schedule for Jhenidah and Ramgarh municipalities on grounds of violence and intimidation centring the upcoming elections.

Boyfriend leads gang rape

A teenage girl was allegedly raped and pushed from hilltop by a gang of youths in the port city late night Saturday.

Wife wants SQ Chy's treatment in Singapore

Detained BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury's wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury filed a writ petition with the High court yesterday praying for an order on the government to let her husband go to Singapore for treatment.

Waterfowl census on

Nature Conservation Committee (NCC) began a month-long Waterfowl Census yesterday at Dighirpar char in Tongibari upazila in the district. The month-long census will be conducted in 30 wetlands across the country.

Prosecutor calls for maximum sentence for 111

The prosecutor of a BDR mutiny case yesterday prayed before a special court to hand down maximum punishment to all the 111 accused members of the Record Wing under the BDR headquarters in Pilkhana.

Nigerian militants deny role in bombing

Nigeria's biggest militant group denied yesterday involvement in a New Year's Eve bombing that killed four people in Abuja, as police hunted for those responsible for the attack.


Withdrawal of "politically motivated" cases

We have been vigorously against the idea of sweepingly withdrawing cases instituted on so-called politically motivated grounds. We had reservations too about the "National Committee on Withdrawal of Politically Motivated Cases." We are convinced that it was a patently wrong idea primarily because the merit of a case can only be determined by a judge in the court of law and not by a committee set up for this purpose. And our apprehensions have been borne out by the manner in which the matter has been dealt with. Many cases have been withdrawn so far, on the recommendations of the district committees that display a high degree of political partisanship.

School textbooks on day one

The distribution of free textbooks for primary and secondary level students is happily underway. It is certainly commendable that in this particular sector, among some other sectors, the government has been demonstrating a degree of efficiency that could well be replicated in other areas. The textbook distribution programme is of particular significance because of fears lately expressed about some printers being unable to supply the books to schools in time for distribution. We are not suggesting that everything has turned out well with the inauguration of the distribution on Saturday. But we have reasons to think, now that Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has reassured us on this score, that students in the primary and secondary schools will have all their books in hand in the course of the next one week. The seriousness the minister and his department have consistently attached to the textbook issue convinces us that matters are under control. That is a far cry from the crises which earlier overwhelmed students and schools owing to uncertainty about the textbooks being available on schedule.


'I won't give up on a ticket'

World Cup ticket sales got off to a violent, chaotic and frustratingly slow start yesterday after most of the ticket outlets saw endlessly long lines due to the slow process.

Abahani beat Ctg namesake

A first-half strike from Ntim Twum Frank gave holders Abahani their first win in the Bangladesh League when they handed a lone-goal defeat to their Chittagong namesakes in their second match at Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

A match with a difference

A friendly cricket match, among farmers of the remote Char Puliamari, took place at a paddy field after the harvest in the region was complete.

'I didn't have time for Wasim'

The man's half-century pulled Bangladesh out of a rut and into the 1999 World Cup. Akram Khan, the former national captain, spoke to The Daily Star about the ICC Trophy days and the two World Cups he subsequently took part in.

BAF bow out with win

Bangladesh Air Force finished their Dhaka Bank Victory Hockey Tournament on a winning note after thrashing Barnak Samaj 7-0 in their last group match at Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Cole keeps Liverpool afloat

Wayne Rooney scored his first goal in open play since March as leaders Manchester United won away in the Premier League for only the second time this season with a 2-1 victory against West Brom.

Becks on the verge of Spurs move

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says that David Beckham wants to move to White Hart Lane, as he prepares to step up his bid for the former Manchester United star.

Reina only dreams Red

Pepe Reina has hit out at the speculation he could leave Liverpool and insists he will honour his contract.

Chelsea, Villa fight to an enthralling tie

Chelsea's bid to retain the Premier League title suffered another blow as struggling Aston Villa snatched a dramatic 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

End is near for Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho is set to close the door on his AC Milan career after leaving their winter training camp in Dubai, coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed on Saturday.

Bowyer antics may lead to ban

Birmingham midfielder Lee Bowyer is facing the prospect of a possible Football Association ban over incidents during Saturday's home Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Rangnick, Hoffenheim part company

Bundesliga club Hoffenheim, having parted company with coach Ralf Rangnick, have appointed his deputy Marco Pezzaiuoli, who takes over with immediate effect the club said Sunday.

Macheda for EPL loan move

Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to see Federico Macheda remain in the Premier League when he goes on loan for the second half of the season.

Pride on the line

The fate of the Ashes was decided last week in Melbourne but with the series and a huge amount of pride still on the line, neither Australia or England are calling this week's fifth Test in Sydney a dead rubber.

Kallis fights SA back

A solid half-century by Jacques Kallis held South Africa together on the first day of the third and final Test against India at Newlands yesterday. Kallis (63 not out) and Ashwell Prince (19 not out) took the hosts to 202 for four when the report was last filed, after the visitors put on a spirited display with the ball.

Strauss warns his charges

Skipper Andrew Strauss on Sunday warned his England team against easing off in the final Ashes Test with Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.

Schools football

Masum slammed eight goals to power A Latif Charitable School to a massive 10-1 win over Shaheed Kazi Aref High School in the Ashiyan City Dhaka Metropolis School Football tournament at Sadek Hossain Khoka ground yesterday.

BTI Pro golf on

The first day of the BTI Professional Golf Cham-pionship ended yesterday at the Kurmitola Golf Club.

Lutfunnessa Haq passes away

Lutfunnessa Haq Bakul, a former hurdler and National Sports award winner, died of cardiac arrest on Saturday night at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical Hospital at the age of 70.

Nadal annexes Abu Dhabi title

World number one Rafael Nadal claimed his first title of the year when he battled past Swiss ace Roger Federer to win the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament here on Saturday.

Borren to lead Netherlands in ICC World Cup

Peter Borren has been named captain of the Netherlands' squad on Saturday for the 2011 World Cup. It will be his first World Cup as captain. The side includes an uncapped player - seamer Berend Westdijk - and

A 'high priced' possession indeed!

Oli Ahad alias Ador, a second year student of Dhaka College, was one of the lucky few yesterday to get hold of the World Cup tickets. He stood in queue from 2:00am the night before in front of the City Bank's Dhanmondi Road 2 branch.


Govt speeds up oil, sugar efforts

The government yesterday asked the importers of edible oil and sugar to appoint distributors across the country, in a bid to rein in the prices of the two items.

Energy crunch dims investment hope

Industrialists and entrepreneurs look to the New Year amid high hopes after searching for answers to power shortage and gas crisis and wobbly infrastructure in the immediate past year.

Strike stalls Mongla port

The cargo handling remained suspended in the country's second biggest seaport from Saturday afternoon after winchmen went on strike demanding a pay hike.

Baira agrees to cut costs of migration

Leaders of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) have agreed to cut costs of labour migration, said a parliamentary body yesterday.

Citi backs central bank's monetary stance

A leading global financial services company has lauded Bangladesh Bank for its monetary intervention activities last year, terming the central bank's policy proactive.

Stocks open flat

Dhaka stocks started the New Year virtually flat, with the benchmark index of the prime bourse gaining only 14 points, or 0.17 percent.

Qubee laptop fair starts Wednesday

A three-day laptop fair will start on Wednesday at Dhaka Hotel Sheraton.

New president for BIAA

Shahab Uddin Khan was elected president of Bangladesh Indenting Agents' Association (BIAA),

Sluggish NBR irks Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith expressed dissatisfaction over the dillydallying attitude of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) in implementing government decisions.

National bank gets new additional MD

National Bank Ltd promoted Md Badiul Alam as the bank's additional managing director recently. Prior to his promotion, he was the deputy managing director of the bank, said a statement.

Growth hinges on energy

When policymakers forecast 6-7 percent GDP growth in the years to come, a top banker believes Bangladesh has the potential to grow at a much higher pace.

Dealing with debt in 2011

Continued from yesterday

An entrepreneur crowned

Tanuja Rahman Maya first started making fatuas and punjabis, in 1996 to attain some financial solvency. But in the last decade and a half, she has gone well beyond that. She now employs thousands to run operations.

Training for the first steps of life

Women entrepreneurs have great ideas and entrepreneurial skills to become an integral part of the economy, but many cannot succeed in taking the first few steps just because they lack required mentoring.

Obama's New Year's resolution? Fix the economy

US President Barack Obama has set his New Year's resolution high for 2011: repair the struggling economy.

Estonia rings in 2011 as Euro member

Estonia adopted the European single currency at midnight, ringing in 2011 as the 17th member of the eurozone, a bloc threatened by bailouts in Greece and Ireland and debt woes in Portugal and Spain.

Spanish downturn ends immigrants' dream

After losing her job as a maid several months ago, 26-year-old Magaly Baez is preparing to return to Paraguay with her husband, an unemployed waiter, and their nine-month-old baby.

India's current account gap widens

India's current account deficit in the September quarter widened to a record high of $15.8 billion as booming domestic consumer demand sucked in imports and service sector exports suffered from weak global demand.

Merkel must get Germans to back sound EU integration

The debt crisis has strengthened Germany's hand in Europe, but Chancellor Angela Merkel will have a tough time convincing voters that leadership might also mean digging deep for additional aid.

Iran says no gap in oil exports to India

A senior Iranian Oil Ministry official said on Sunday Iran's oil exports to long-time trading partner India had continued despite a dispute over the method of payment, student news agency ISNA reported.

Vietnam opens $150 million airport

Vietnam has opened a new international airport in the the southern Mekong Delta, state media said on Sunday.

Oil nears $100, but 2008-style surge not on cards

Nearly three years to the day after oil prices first pierced $100 a barrel, they are again threatening to break triple digits on a wave of fund-led optimism, but similarities between 2008 and 2011 end there.

Britain set for rocky economic ride in 2011

An austere tax increase, huge cuts in state spending and rising unemployment are all set to be unleashed on Britain in 2011, risking widespread strike action by disgruntled workers.


Reach consensus on nat'l issues

A political consensus between the ruling Awami League (AL) and the main opposition BNP on major national issues is a must to strengthen democracy and economic development of the country, observed speakers at a roundtable.

No contact with pirates

Somali pirates who hijacked Bangladeshi flagged vessel MV Jahan Moni again stopped contact for the last two days till yesterday afternoon.

Police still clueless

Mystery still shrouds the killing of Maulana Hafez Mohammad Ishaque, as police is yet to unearth clues regarding the people who abducted him on a CNG-run auto rickshaw on December 20.

Call to punish culprits

Activists of different human rights organisations yesterday demanded punishment to culprits who maimed and forced children into begging.

Two women murdered

Two women were killed in separate incidents in the city yesterday.

OC Rafiq, criminal Taj charged

A Dhaka court yesterday brought charges of conspiracy against the then officer-in-charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station AKM Rafiqul Islam and top listed criminal Habibur Rahman Taj for killing college student Kamrul Islam Momin in September 2005.

Woman shot in city

A woman was hit by a stray bullet during a gunfight between two local gangs at Mohammadbagh in the capital's Kadamtali yesterday.

Threat to AG's family

Attorney General (AG) Mahbubey Alam received a phone call yesterday afternoon on which miscreants threatened to harm his family if he did not quit office in five days.

University in each dist on cards: PM

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina yesterday announced her government's plan to set up university in each district across the country to reach higher education facilities up to the doorstep of the people.

People with Hepatitis B denied dental treatment

Nazmin, 18, from Khulna visited the city's Sapporo Dental College and Hospital last year to pluck one of her teeth. When she disclosed that she is a Hepatitis B positive, the on-duty doctor referred her to the Birdem Hospital.

Shawkat's writings focused on Bangalee nationalism

Shawkat Osman was a politically conscious writer who presented the ideology of Bangalee nationalism and national identity in his writings, said speakers at his 95th birthday anniversary programme yesterday.

Fund for state owned power plants on the card

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is to form a separate fund for maintenance of the state owned power plants as Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) failed to do so due to huge power demand and financial constraint.

7 die in road crashes

At least seven people were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents in Natore, Pabna, Benapole and Narayanganj districts on Saturday and yesterday.

Atiur, Jamilur Reza selected for Sheltech Award-2010

Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman and noted engineer and former adviser to a caretaker government Prof Dr Jamilur Reza Chowdhury have been selected for Sheltech Award-2010.

Salim elected Uttara club president

Salim Ghaffar was elected president of Uttara Club Limited on December 25, says a press release.

Rival killed Khalil for misuse of fund

Police suspect that Secretary General of Jatiya Andha Sangstha Khalilur Rahman, also a visually impaired person, might have been killed on Saturday by the rival group in the organisation as a sequel to long conflict over misappropriation of money.

Govt firm to implement education policy

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Saturday said the government will surely implement the new education policy despite huge challenges.

NU teachers, staff threaten tougher movement

Teachers and employees of National University yesterday threatened to go for tougher movement if the authority proceeds with its plan to terminate employees appointed after 2003.

45 shops gutted in Ctg

At least 45 shops were gutted in seperate fire incidents in Lohagara and Fatikchhari upazilas yesterday.

Gas link of 3 Ctg CNG stations snapped

Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited (KGDCL) disconnected illegal gas connection of three CNG-filling stations in the port city in last two days.

IMO secy general due Jan 12

Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Efthimios Mitropoulos, will arrive here on January 12 on a three-day visit to discuss how the shipping industry can reduce sea pollutions.

BSMMU, US varsity sign MoU

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday between Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and University of Chicago, USA for co-operation in teaching, training, research, exchange of students and teachers, and other related fields.

Tk 25 lakh govt support to Shamsur Rahman's family

Government has donated Tk 25 lakh to the family of late poet Shamsur Rahman.

432 made executive magistrate

The establishment ministry yesterday placed 432 senior assistance secretaries to the offices of divisional commissioners for their appointment as executive magistrate during the forthcoming municipal elections.

Book stall gutted in city

A book stall was gutted in a fire on RK Mission Road at Tikatuli in the city early today.


Vow to choose 'right persons'

Contestants for the mayoral and councillor posts have started door-to-door campaign ahead of the election in Tangail municipality while the town dwellers are concerned about electing the 'right persons' who would solve their problems and ensure basic civic facilities.

Coal mine area wears a deserted look

At least 150 people of different villages around Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) were sued on Saturday night following the factional fight between two groups over compensation issue.

Charges against 44 BDR men framed

The special court-17 yesterday framed charges against 44 members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) for their involvement in the 2009 mutiny at 37 Rifles Battalion in Rajshahi.

Mayoral candidates face the voters

Mayoral candidates in Natore and Singra municipalities yesterday responded to voters' queries in 'face-to-face programmes' organised by Shushashoner Jonney Nagarik (Shujan), a citizens' rights organisation.

Indian space research kit falls in Jhenidah

A box containing some electronic devices in a parachute balloon landed with a big sound on the premises of Charpara Primary School, about 10 kilometres from Shailkupa upazila headquarters in Jhenidah on Saturday evening, causing panic among locals.

Children being used illegally to woo votes

Children are allegedly being used in election campaign in Kalapara municipality of Patuakhali district.

Sundarbans pirates kill two fishermen

Two fishermen were killed and 15 others injured in armed attack by pirates of the Sundarbans at about 3:00am on Saturday.

Cold spell paralyses life in northern districts

The first cold spell of this season has began adding to the misery of the poor and disadvantaged people in the northern districts.

Election Fever

Chandpur: AL selects its seven mayor candidates
The ruling Awami League (AL) has finalised its mayor candidates for seven municipalities of the district, reports a correspondent.

Outlaw murdered

A hardened operative of outlawed PBCP Janajudhha faction was murdered at Balughata village early yesterday. The deceased, identified as Abdul Aziz,30, was son of Kaium Uddin of village Balughata in Faridpur upazila under the district, police said. Officer-in- charge of Faridpur police station Md Abu Jafar said that party rivals caught him from his village on Saturday night and chopped and shot him to death at a field of the village yesterday morning. The deceased is accused in several cases including two for murder and a listed criminal, the OC said.

UP chairman arrested

Police yesterday arrested a union parishad chairman, the main accused in former UP chairman Zillur Rahman murder case, from Bhairabnagar Bazaar in Nabinagar upazila.

Garment worker raped

A garment worker was gangraped in Kandail area of the district Saturday night. The victim, aged 17, lives in Ashowat village of Araihazar upazila. Syed Nazrul Islam, OC of Araihazar PS said, four people forced the garment worker to get down from a Rupganj bound bus while she was going to her work at N Z Garment Factory at about 9:00pm Friday. They took the girl to Kandail area and raped her. As the girl started cried out for help, people from the neighbourhood rushed to the scene and rescued the victim. Araihazar police arrested three 'rapists' while they were fleeing.

Human chain in Thakurgaon

About 200 villagers formed a human chain yesterday at Dholarhat Bazar under Sadar upazila protesting 'illegal recruitment' of headmaster and office assistant at Dholarhat High School. During the human chain the participants alleged that the management committee of the school has already decided who will be appointed for the posts. Now the committee is just trying to legalise the recruitment, they said. They urged the authorities concern to intervene and take steps to recruit people neutrally.


Helping the poor

To view an Indian film actor from a distance, a lot of people spent money recently, totaling a tidy cash! How much of it was paid to the rich actor, I do not know. However, the sad fact is that while we spend money to see someone in three dimensions from far, we do not collectively donate money to help out a needy person, or enable a poor family to buy a rickshaw for earning or put a roof over their head!

Quality of higher education

This refers to an international conference held at Dhaka University last week where the participants stressed the need for improving the contents and teaching methods. They emphasized the need for promoting the research works through collaboration between the professionals in the international arena. The world around us has changed dramatically. But our higher education continues to operate in the old policy frame.

USAID's achievement in 2010

Recently the Science Magazine named USAID-funded HIV Research as one of the top 10 breakthroughs of 2010. The USAID-funded research on HIV has produced the first-ever proof of the concept that a microbicide can effectively and safely reduce HIV transmission in women.

Restrictions on private cars

The finance minister's recent statement disturbed me much. He claimed that he knew who were behind the recent stock market turmoil. Why didn't he take action against those so-called perpetrators? In another statement, while referring to his strategy for tackling the prevailing traffic jam, he opined that the government would restrict private cars to ply unless four or five persons ride on it. How utterly disappointing! Suppose, I along with my colleagues or friends or family members have to go somewhere and my driver has to return home driving alone, would the traffic police stop my driver, as the seats are empty?

Golden jubilee spree

Last week, we all observed that a number of educational institutions celebrated their golden jubilee programmes in a row, where in some cases our Prime Minister attended as chief guest. Residential Model School & College, Adamjee Cantonment School & College and BAF Shaheen School & College are to name a few. These celebrations reminded us of our glorious past and reunited our long bonds of mutual friendship. These programmes have tremendous effects on our cultural heritage, where the new accepts the old and embraces the warmth of love.

OMS of rice

A news has been published in the local dailies that the government has started OMS of rice from 25th December 2010 at 37 points in the capital and will begin operation in Narayanganj, Savar and Gazipur soon. This programme has started at a time when the lower income group cannot afford to buy even coarse rice due to price hike. Rice is being sold at Tk. 24 per kilogram under this programme.

Local software

With reference to the article entitled "Local banking software lags behind"

Migratory birds

Migratory birds flying in the open sky and swimming in the lakes of Jahangirnagar University is a common scene in winter. But this winter the guest birds did not arrive in time. They arrived at the campus in mid-December, five to six weeks later than their normal time of arrival. Normally, they arrive at the campus in November and stay till March.

Safe work environment

The RMG sector of Bangladesh has become a prominent player in the economy within a short period of time. The industry has contributed to export earnings, foreign exchange earnings, employment creation, poverty alleviation and the empowerment of women. During the last fiscal year, this sector's total export was worth $9.2 billion. In the context of Bangladesh's total export, RMG sector's contribution is approximately 76%.


Qatar, US sign security pact

US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and her Qatari counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani yesterday signed a bilateral security accord to boost bilateral cooperation.

Pak should discard posture of 'compulsive hostility': Krishna

In a forthright message to Pakistan, India yesterday said its posture of "compulsive hostility" will not help a "serious and sustained" dialogue between the two countries.

India's dirty old writer releases "last" book

This book, he insists, will be his last.

2010 through the eyes of hairdressers

Hair salons the world over are often seen as barometers of the mood of a particular time and place. The BBC World Service has been looking back at 2010 through the eyes of hairdressers across the globe, from cash-strapped Athens to Miami, where a haircut can cost $700.

'Biblical flood' claims first victim in Queensland

A woman swept from the road in her car has become the first victim of widespread flooding in the Australian state of Queensland yesterday.

Russia-China oil pipeline opens

The first oil pipeline linking the world's biggest oil producer, Russia, and the world's biggest consumer of energy, China, has begun operating.

Beijing launches car quota to counter gridlock

For thousands of hopeful commuters in China's capital, 2011 started with a click, not a bang.

Two 'Western spy' drones grounded

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have shot down two "Western spy" drones in the Gulf, the Fars news agency quoted a top commander of the elite military force as saying yesterday.

Egypt fears sectarian violence

Christians prayed yesterday at a church targeted by an apparent suicide bomber who killed 21 people as Egypt pointed the finger of blame at international "terrorism" and fears of sectarian violence mounted.

Quake hits Indonesia: US seismologists

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island yesterday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning.

Pakistan coalition party to leave govt: officials

The Pakistan government's main coalition partner said yesterday that it would join the opposition following the resignation of two of its ministers last month.

Stoning of Iran woman could be quashed

The sentence of death by stoning handed down by an Iranian court against a mother of two could be quashed, a senior judiciary official said yesterday, adding that some ambiguities remained in her case.

Iraq gun and bomb attacks kill four, wound 18

Bomb and gun attacks across Iraq claimed the lives of four people, including a soldier and a policeman, and wounded 18 others yesterday.

'Black boxes' of exploded Russian plane found

Investigators in Russia say they have found the "black box" recorders from a passenger jet that caught fire and exploded as it taxied for takeoff in Siberia, killing three people.

Pressure mounts on Gbagbo

Pressure ratcheted up yesterday on Ivory Coast's defiant leader Laurent Gbagbo to quit even as his rival faced the threat of a mob attack on his internationally recognised government's headquarters.

Israel preparing for 'large scale war' in Middle East: cable

Israel's army chief told a US Congress delegation in late 2009 he was preparing for a large war in the Middle East, probably against Hamas or Hezbollah, leaked US diplomatic cables showed yesterday.

Five Maoists killed in encounter in Orissa

Five Maoists, including four women, were killed in a fierce gunbattle with security forces in a forest in Orissa's Jajpur district yesterday.

Hotmail e-mails 'missing' from accounts

A number of people with Hotmail accounts have posted complaints on Microsoft forums complaining that their e-mails have been deleted.

Under fire Hungary media watchdog raises concerns

Hungary's new media authority has begun investigating a radio station for playing a song by rapper Ice-T which it said "could influence the development of minors in a negative way".

Tehran 'must free German reporters'

More than 100 prominent Germans have signed an open letter to the Iranian government, calling for the release of two German journalists.

Palestinian shot by Israelis at West Bank checkpoint

A Palestinian man has been shot dead after trying to attack Israeli troops at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian officials say.

Japan population shrinks by record in 2010

Japan's population fell by a record amount last year as the number of deaths climbed to an all-time high in the quickly aging country, the government said Saturday.

Pak government in crisis as coalition partner quits

Pakistan's second largest coalition partner yesterday quit the government to join the opposition, destabilising the key US ally in the war on Al-Qaeda and threatening to paralyse business of state.

African leaders struggle to end dead lock

Pressure ratcheted up yesterday on Ivory Coast's defiant leader Laurent Gbagbo to quit, as regional mediators launched a fresh round of diplomacy in search of a peaceful solution to the deadly crisis.

Pak should discard posture of 'compulsive hostility': Krishna

In a forthright message to Pakistan, India yesterday said its posture of "compulsive hostility" will not help a "serious and sustained" dialogue between the two countries.

Deadlock in peace efforts testing Israeli coalition

The deadlock in Middle East peace efforts is placing strain on the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with ministers of the doveish Labour party threatening to jump ship.

Arts & Entertainment

When Your Body is the Canvas…First the noise, then the shock of my skin getting punctured. To be honest, the buzzing sound was more intimidating that the discomfort of needles going in. I was looking away. For as long as I can remember, I've had acute belonephobia (fear of needles). This was my way of confronting that fear. I'd thought long and hard. I wanted a tattoo, and I was finally getting one.

Shamogeet's Council and Gig

With the slogan 'Jagi Milito Praney, Apon Shangskriti Shongramey', cultural organisation Shamogeet Shangskriti Prangon held its first council at Shoparjito Shadhinota Chattar, Dhaka University campus, on January 1.

Musical Bliss, from Dusk till Dawn

Scarcely had the sunlight mingled into the lap of dusk on December 30, the second Lakkhyapar Classical Music Conference started at the convention centre of Narayanganj Club Limited. Eminent classical artiste Pandit Ram Kanai Das inaugurated the nightlong programme. The event featured classical Khayal and Thumri performances (both vocal and instrumental) by renowned and promising singers of the country and beyond.

Letters Sealed with Tears

Manipuri Theatre recently brought its new production “Kohe Birangana” to the stage. The premiere of the play was held at Studio Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on December 30. Two more shows of the play were held the following day at the same venue. Young playwright-director Shuvashis Sinha, also chief of Manipuri Theatre, has written and directed the play based on Michael Madhusudan Dutt's “Birangana Kabya”.

DS Café

Noted actor-director Salauddin Lavlu was voted in as the celebrity of the month at DS Café. He will be on the hot seat and take your calls at The Daily Star office on Wednesday, January 5, between 4 and 5pm. Readers will have the opportunity to converse with him.

Dhaka Art Centre celebrates its first anniversary

Dhaka Art Centre (DAC) celebrated its first anniversary on January 1 at the centre premises in Dhanmondi.


When victims have no defence

To bring offenders against law to justice and protect the law-abiding citizens are undeniably the primary functions of the state and the government. And the kind of punishment a criminal deserves depends on the seriousness of the crime committed by the offender in question as well as what the law of the land provides as regards the crime. But whatever the punishment is, it has to be decided in a court of law through the standard procedure of prosecution. And the law also provides that the defender should be allowed to have a counsel during the prosecution of justice.

No year is an island

What has happened to the society is that it has erased the thin line dividing right from wrong and moral from immoral. There is no desire to act according to what is right. Nor is there any realisation of what is wrong.

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