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Markets shut as stocks collapse

Thousands of angry investors vandalised cars, blocked roads around the country's main bourse and fought a violent battle with police following the collapse of the stockmarket yesterday.

Dhaka, Delhi agree on 15-yr Teesta deal

Bangladesh and India yesterday agreed on a framework of a 15-year treaty for sharing the Teesta and the Feni rivers' water in dry season.

HC orders removal of all structures

The High Court yesterday ordered the government to immediately remove all permanent and temporary structures from Cox's Bazar sea beach to keep it intact and save its natural beauty.

Money offered to woo voters

Money has become the prime tool in the last-moment campaigns for Wednesday's municipality polls.

Black Monday tricks

When a balloon is leaking, you patch it up. When somebody is inflating it too fast and too much, you stop him. But if you yourself are blowing in the air knowing very well the balloon is becoming way too large, what would you call it? A hara-kiri?

SEC relaxes rules to restore confidence

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday relaxed or reversed some decisions in a desperate effort to bring back confidence among investors after the market collapsed within the first hour of trading.

Bhutan PM arrives on 4-day visit

Bhutanese Prime Minister and Saarc Chairman Jigmi Y Thinley arrived here yesterday on a four-day official visit with economic and political cooperation on top of his agenda.

Hasina seeks constructive criticism from Khaleda

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia to make constructive criticism so that the government can right its wrongs.

Expressway gets go-ahead

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs yesterday approved the Dhaka elevated expressway project paving the way for the government to sign a concession agreement with the project's private investor.

Polls charge up AL, BNP grassroots

Grassroots leaders and activists of both the ruling party and the main opposition are upbeat about the upcoming municipality polls.

Army men deployed in 15 towns

Army personnel were deployed yesterday in 15 municipality areas of Rajshahi division with sweeping power to help regular law enforcement agencies to maintain law and order, as 49 municipalities of the division go to the polls tomorrow.

HC asks for 6 politicians' statements

The High Court yesterday asked six politicians to place statements during the hearing on the petition challenging the trial and execution of Col Abu Taher in 1976.

Mercury dips further in N region

The cold wave in the country's northern districts yesterday hit the lowest temperature of the season, 5.3 degrees Celsius in Rajshahi.

Two more HC judges turn in wealth reports

Two judges of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday submitted their wealth statements to Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque.

Arrest warrant against Sanvir, 2 others

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against Shafiat Sobhan Sanvir, son of Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Shah Alam and two others in a case filed for killing Humayun Kabir Sabbir, a director of the group in July 2006.

Functioning of JPC's new body stayed

A Dhaka court yesterday stayed the functioning of the newly elected managing committee of the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) till the disposal of the case filed against 12 members of the new committee.

Iran plane crash kills 77

Iran yesterday launched a probe after an Iran Air passenger jet crashed and broke into pieces in heavy snow and fog killing 77 people and injuring dozens of others, state media said.

Japan, Iraq talk nuclear energy: minister

Japan's trade minister has expressed interest in cooperating with Iraq on nuclear energy, the Iraqi interim electricity minister said yesterday after talks in Baghdad.


Khaleda's speech

On Tuesday last we were given out the BNP's riposte to AL's end-of-two year performance report presented by the Prime Minister last week. The speech by the PM was largely self-congratulatory followed by a call for patience and the reply to it by Begum Zia was full of sweeping generalisations without substantive pronouncements on any particular issue. Overall, it gave no sense of direction nor any alternative vision for future.

Killings at the border

The recent killing of two cattle traders and a teenage girl in separate incidents in the border area in the past few days is most unfortunate. While border guards on both sides have the responsibility of preventing cross-border crimes such as smuggling of illegal goods and human trafficking, this trigger-happy attitude, especially on the part of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF), has often proven irresponsible and ended in tragedy. The story of 15-year-old Felani is a case in point.


Top three win easy

The top three continued to dominate as both Mohammedan Sporting Club and Abahani cruised past their Premier Cricket League opponents, but the day's flashpoint was the Bangladesh Biman-Kalabagan game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium which the national airliner won quite convincingly.

'Someone took my keeping gloves'

Khaled Mashud, the former national captain, had a major hand in Bangladesh qualifying to the 1999 World Cup. He was part of that and the 2003 campaign and though the latter didn't go according to plans, the World Cup sparked the wicketkeeper's memory and he shared them with The Daily Star.

BCB decision evokes mixed reaction

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)'s decision not to allow the national players for the Super League stage of the Premier Division Cricket League evoked a mixed reaction from the clubs.

Win and draw for giants

Title contenders Muktijoddha Sangsad returned to winning ways but star-studded Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club stumbled in the Bangladesh League at different venues yesterday.

School football

Nichintapur Primary School of Sylhet moved into the final of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup Primary School Football tournament beating Kaila Govt. Primary School of Satkhira in the semifinal at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

National gymnastics

Bangladesh Ansar and Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishan (BKSP) emerged champions in the men's and women's section respectively in the 31st National Gymnastic Championship at the NSC Gymnasium yesterday.

Eng breeze past PM's XI

Ian Bell's sparkling tour Down Under continued on Monday as he scored an unbeaten century to guide England to a seven-wicket win over the Australian Prime Minister's XI in a one-day match.

Ponting welcomes Ashes review

Ricky Ponting on Monday welcomed an upcoming review of Australian cricket following his side's Ashes drubbing, saying the whole structure of the game needed to be examined.

Wright urges patience

John Wright, the New Zealand coach, has called his team's performance in the Hamilton Test as 'unacceptable' but has urged 'patience' from fans following the crushing three-day defeat. New Zealand lost all ten second-innings wickets in a session to be shut out of the game that, until tea on the third day, had been closely fought. The Test was Wright's first major assignment in his new role as coach, after he replaced Mark Greatbatch following New Zealand's forgettable one-day campaigns in the subcontinent.

Masakadza left out

While there is yet to be any official word from Zimbabwe Cricket, it would appear that there might be a few surprises in Zimbabwe's squad for the World Cup. Opening batsman Hamilton Masakadza has paid a heavy price for his poor form in 2010 and is apparently not included in a preliminary 20-man squad, while Sean Ervine may well be in line for an international comeback after his name was included in press reports about the potential team.

Tahir in SA WC squad

Imran Tahir's hopes of playing for South Africa at the cricket World Cup were boosted on Monday when the Pakistan-born leg-spinner was added to a provisional squad for next month's tournament.

'KKR to find a role for Ganguly'

Kolkata Knight Riders' owner and Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan said on Monday he would try and find a role for Sourav Ganguly in his IPL team after the former India skipper remained unsold.

Lee to quit if not in WC squad

The Australian pace veteran Brett Lee hinted on Monday that an end to his cricketing future could be anytime near if he was overlooked by the selectors for the upcoming cricket World Cup in the sub-continent.

Joey Carew no more

Former West Indies batsman and chairman of selectors Joey Carew died on Saturday at the age of 73, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced in a statement.

C'Ron treble leads Real fightback

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sensational hattrick as Real Madrid twice came from behind to defeat Villarreal 4-2 on Sunday to maintain their perfect home record and close to within two points of leaders Barcelona.

Thriller at San Siro

AC Milan and Udinese drew 4-4 at the San Siro on Sunday in a thrilling game that will give hope to Milan's title rivals.

MU KO Liverpool

Kenny Dalglish's first match back as Liverpool manager ended in a 1-0 FA Cup third round defeat by Manchester United on Sunday and, to make matters worse, captain Steven Gerrard was sent-off.

Syrians stun Saudis

Saudi Arabian football chiefs sacked coach Jose Peseiro on Sunday immediately after his demoralised side slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of unfancied Asian Cup outsiders Syria.

Maradona to fly to London

Diego Maradona said on Sunday he will fly to London next month to study an offer from an English Premier League club, Argentine media reported.

Becks arrives at Spurs

David Beckham arrived at Tottenham's training ground on Monday, with the Premier League club still hoping they can take the former England captain on loan.

Ribery eyes fresh start

Bayern Munich's French star midfielder Franck Ribery vowed Monday to bounce back after a disastrous 2010, which saw him embroiled in scandal off the pitch and underperforming on it.

'World is watching'

Iran coach Afshin Ghotbi on Monday pleaded with people in Qatar to fill stadiums at the Asian Cup, saying the "world is watching" after the tiny country won the right to host the World Cup in 2022.

Socceroos crush India

An impressive Australia crushed India 4-0 to get their Asian Cup campaign off to a decisive start Monday with red-hot Everton star Tim Cahill collecting two goals.

Babel faces FA rap

Liverpool forward Ryan Babel is set to face disciplinary action by the Football Association (FA) after posting a mocked-up photo of referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt.


Stock investors in shock and fury

Aminul Haque, a government employee, came to the booming share market only two months ago and invested Tk 2 lakh in bank shares expecting quick returns before quitting the scene.

BB steps in to calm investor nerves

The central bank has relaxed some restrictions on commercial banks for investing in the capital market in response to yesterday's stock slump.

Price correction was necessary, say analysts

The regulator should have gone for price correction before stocks turn over-heated, a former finance adviser to a caretaker government has observed.

Minister blames price hike on world market

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday blamed the unstable international market for soaring prices of basic commodities in the local market.

Book building: a recipe for disaster

The book-building method has turned out to be a tool for manipulating market prices in Bangladesh, although it is a widely practised price fixing mechanism for initial public offering.

The regulator's efforts…

It was a hectic year for the Securities and Exchange Commission, as the regulator was busy changing the regulations and introducing some new ones to calm the volatile stockmarket.

Seminar stresses social stock exchange

Social enterprises need financing from 'impact investors' that include a heterogeneous group like foundations, family offices, banks, pension funds and social investment to scale up their efforts, a discussion in Dhaka was told yesterday.

Be friendly to farmers, BB chief urges bankers

Atiur Rahman, Bangladesh Bank governor, urged all bank executives to change their attitude towards farmers for the sake of developing the agriculture sector.

New country manager for Nokia

Nokia Emerging Asia appointed Abu Daud Khan as country manager to lead Nokia operations in Bangladesh and Nepal, said a statement.

Garmentech starts tomorrow

The 10th edition of Garmentech starts tomorrow at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka to exhibit the latest technologies and machinery of the garment sector.

EU debt crisis, out of control?

Ireland and Greece have a couple of things in common .The word bailout is synonymous with them and their respective governments ignored market risks, falling into a debt trap by continuously financing their debt with even more debt. All this was possible largely due to their Eurozone membership.

Rising food prices bring host of political risks around the world

Record food prices will hit the world's poorest hardest, raising the risk of riots, export bans, foreign-owned farmland expropriation and further price spikes fuelled by short-term investors. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said food prices hit a record high in December and could rise further on erratic global weather patterns. For the first time they outstripped levels reached in early 2008, when spiralling prices prompted riots in countries including Haiti, Egypt and Cameroon and brought demands for tighter commodity market regulation.

Economics of wedding

Shamima Nasreen, a 27-year-old-cabin crewmember at a foreign airline, had to shift her wedding date. Twice. Her family failed to book a date at a party centre of choice that could accommodate close relatives and friends who would come to bless the newly weds.

Cards popularity rides high

Jewellery accounts for a large portion of the money spent on weddings. More than 60 percent of the annual sales of local goldsmiths are made during this wedding season. In recent times however, with gold prices shooting up, demand for alternatives, such as diamond and gold-plated jewellery, has gone up.

Ford sees pickups as harbinger for 2011 sales

A top Ford Motor Co executive said on Monday that the strength of pickup truck sales in the first quarter will be a key early signal for the overall 2011 US auto market.

Indian onion traders boycott market

About 250 traders on Monday began a two-day boycott of one of India's largest onion markets in protest at raids on warehouses to prevent stockpiling, as prices of the cooking staple soar.

Obama urged to step up yuan pressure in Hu meeting

When President Barack Obama meets China's Hu Jintao this month, he might remind his guest of an old US proverb: owe $10,000 and you have a problem; owe $10 million and the lender has a problem.

Nissan taking drastic steps due to strong yen

Nissan Motor Co will take drastic steps to shield itself against the profit-eroding effects of the strong yen, including shifting production of the next Rogue crossover to Tennessee from Japan, a top executive said.

iGate, Apax to buy $862m stake in India

US software firm iGate backed by private equity firm Apax Partners, has agreed to buy a majority stake in India's Patni Computer for $862 million, two sources with knowledge of the matter said, marking one of the largest deals in India's technology sector.

Nippon Steel, Tata sign $480m deal

Nippon Steel Corp, the world's No.4 steelmaker, and Tata Steel Ltd said on Friday their $480 million cold-rolled sheet steel joint venture will begin production in India by late 2013.

Asian shares mixed

Asian share markets were mixed on Monday as investors digested disappointing US jobs data and European debt woes resurfaced amid concerns Portugal might need a bailout.


Stop trade on water: Environmentalists

Environmental activists yesterday demanded government to stop commercialisation of water and ensure the right use of pure water.

Additional Tk 10,346cr likely to get Ecnec nod today

The government is going to approve Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project with additional 101 percent costs in the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) meeting today.

City Jubo Dal leader shot dead

Two persons including a ward leader of Jubo Dal were killed at the capital's Motijheel and Kalyanpur yesterday.

EC to deploy army in Habiganj, B'baria

Election Commission has decided to deploy army in the by-elections in the constituencies of Habiganj-1 and Brahmanbaria-3 slated for January 27.

Chandpur municipal elections stayed

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a High Court (HC) order that stayed the process of holding Chandpur municipality election scheduled for January 27.

ICDDRB chief to find Haiti cholera source

Dr Alejandro Cravioto, executive director of ICDDR,B, was appointed by the United Nations to head a panel investigating the source of the recent cholera outbreak in Haiti which has claimed over 3,400 people so far.

Old airport tunnel sees green light

The construction of the first-ever tunnel beneath the Old Airport finally gets moving as the communications ministry has moved to conduct feasibility study of the proposed tunnel linking Jahangir Gate and Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.

PM for meaningful ties with Bhutan

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the relation between Bangladesh and Bhutan now needs to be turned into truly meaningful ties for mutual benefits.

43 accused cross-examine two prosecution witnesses

Forty-three accused of a BDR mutiny case yesterday cross-examined two prosecution witnesses while one of the witnesses gave depositions against 42 accused at a special court set up in Darbar Hall at BDR Headquarters in the city.

Bhutanese PM pays tributes to martyred war heroes

Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonchen JigmeYoser Thinley paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the War of Liberation by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar yesterday.

Hearing deferred until Jan 24

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the hearing until January 24 of a tax evasion case filed against Arafat Rahman Koko, the youngest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Cop sent to jail on charge of raping stepdaughter

A police official was sent to jail yesterday on charge of raping his stepdaughter in the city's Demra in December, 2009.

'Indira road double murder pre-planned'

The murder of a mother and her son at city's Indira Road on Sunday was pre-planned and committed by persons known to the victims, suspect law enforcers.

Increase capacity to send migrant workers

Malaysia thinks Bangladesh should increase its capacity in recruitment of overseas jobseekers in the Southeast Asian country.

JMB man jailed

A court here yesterday sentenced a member of banned militant outfit JMB to 10 years' imprisonment for August 17, 2005 series bomb blast in the district.

Show no pity for war criminals

President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Col (retd) Oli Ahmad Bir Bikram yesterday said the nation should not show any mercy for the war criminals.

Unite for active city unit

Primary and Mass Education Minister Afsarul Ameen at a rally here yesterday called upon leaders and activists of Awami League (AL) to unite in forming an active unit of the party in Chittagong.

HC directive to reinstate 28 SIs

High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to reinstate 28 sub-inspectors, who were sent to forced retirement during the BNP-led alliance government.

'Help develop emergency healthcare'

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday urged the World Health Organisation (WHO) to extend its cooperation to develop the emergency medical services.

NU admission test result published

After a delay of 23 days caused by errors in answer scripts and work abstention of a section of employees, the National University (NU) authorities published result of honours first year admission test yesterday.

Bodies of driver, helper recovered, rice-laden truck still missing

The decomposed bodies of two youths recovered from Banani on Sunday were identified yesterday as Nurul Islam, 32, a truck driver, and Mithu, 30, the helper.

BSF killings condemned

Ganatantrik Baam Morcha yesterday strongly condemned and protested killing of Bangladeshis in the border areas by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) including the latest murder of Felani in Kurigram.

'Punish Sunny's killers'

Bangladesh Chhatra Moitri (BCM) yesterday demanded government for immediate arrest of Sunny's killers and ensure exemplary punishment of the culprits.

Justice Murshed's birthday today

The 100th birth anniversary of late Chief Justice Syed Mahabub Murshed, an eminent jurist, an independent thinker cum judge and one of the greatest constitutional lawyers of the sub-continent, will be observed today.

Woman with 'spiritual power' held

A woman was arrested from Barobagh in the city's Mirpur Sunday on allegation of cheating people by claiming to possess spiritual powers.

Book on Bangabandhu's memoirs soon

An unfinished memoir written by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is soon going to be published in the form of a book.

Seminar on forensic accounting

A seminar on forensic accounting was held at a city hotel focusing the subject as a tool for resolving financial disputes and financial investigations.

Anisul Haque Chowdhury passes away

Anisul Haque Chowdhury, former state minister and Awami League (AL) leader, passed away due to old age complications at Rangpur Medical College Hospital yesterday at the age of 85, says a press release.

Aminul Haque no more

Aminul Haque, president of Bangladesh Sangbad Pathak Samity (news presenters' association), passed away due to a cardiac arrest at a hospital in the city on Sunday at the age of 62, says a press release.


Big two parties face 'rebels' in most Sylhet divn towns

Voters of 16 municipalities in four districts of Sylhet division will elect their representatives in the local body polls scheduled for January 18.

Mayoral candidates allege violation of poll code

Mayoral candidates in different municipalities in Rangpur division have brought allegation of violation of electoral code of conduct.

Majority polling centres 'risky'

A staggering 107 of the 194 polling centres in four districts of Sylhet division have been listed as vulnerable to violence ahead of the January 18 elections in 16 municipalities under the division.

BNP, AL expel 'rebel' mayor candidates

Ruling Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have expelled five 'rebel' mayor candidates in Rangpur division and Jhenidah.

Meherpur, Satkhira mayor aspirants make pledges

Mayoral candidates in Meherpur and Satkhira have vowed to reduce holding tax, build hospitals, roads, shishu parks and houses for the poor in their respective municipalities, if elected.

Election Fever

Khulna: BNP demands army in Chalna, Paikgachha
BNP Khulna district unit yesterday demanded deployment of army in Chalna and Paikgachha for holding free, fair and peaceful elections to the municipalities scheduled for January 13, reports our staff correspondent.


Indian SC issues notice to scrap 2G licenses

The Supreme Court yesterday issued notice to the Centre on the plea seeking cancellation of 2G spectrum licenses allocated during the tenure of former Telecom Minister A. Raja.

New parliament to meet January 31

Myanmar's new parliament is to convene for the first time on January 31, state media announced yesterday, two months after the military-ruled country held a rare but widely criticised election.

UN urges Nepal's leaders to agree on ex-fighters

The head of a departing UN peace mission in Nepal yesterday urged political leaders to agree on new arrangements for monitoring thousands of former Maoist fighters in camps across the country.

US, China play down military rivalry

The defence chiefs of the United States and China yesterday sought to play down a growing military rivalry between the two countries, saying both sides wanted to bolster security ties to ease tensions.

South rejects N Korea's proposal for talks

North Korea yesterday officially proposed dialogue with South Korea, less than two months after launching a deadly bombardment of a border island, but a sceptical Seoul quickly rejected the offer.

US charges Arizona shooting suspect

The man suspected of killing six people and seriously wounding a US congresswoman in the state of Arizona has been charged with murder and attempted murder a day after a shooting rampage.

WikiLeaks losing half million euros a week

Whistleblower website WikiLeaks has been losing some half a million euros a week since it began publishing confidential US cables, the founder of the site Julian Assange said in an interview appearing yesterday.

Discard blasphemy law

Pope Benedict XVI yesterday called on Pakistan to scrap a blasphemy law after the murder of the governor of Punjab, saying the legislation was a pretext for "acts of injustice and violence".

Flash floods kill two in Queensland

Flash floods have hit Queensland, killing two people with several more missing, as heavy rains continue to pound the Australian state.

Bodyguard admits killing Pak governor

The bodyguard accused of shooting Pakistani governor Salman Taseer has confessed in court to the killing.

S Korea, Japan explore deeper defence ties

South Korea and Japan agreed yesterday to push for talks on forging their first military accord since Tokyo's brutal colonial rule over the Korean peninsula ended in 1945, officials said.

India alleges incursion by Chinese troops

India yesterday said Chinese troops had threatened Indian workers in an area of the Himalayas claimed by both countries, in the latest sign of long-standing cross-border friction.

Saudis hunt 47 'al-Qaeda suspects'

Saudi Arabia interior ministry officials say they have issued international arrest warrants for 47 suspected al-Qaeda fighters who are thought to have been trying to build "terrorist cells" in the kingdom.

3 Afghan police killed by Taliban car bomb

Three policemen were killed yesterday in a car bombing claimed by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan's troubled Kandahar province, near the border with Pakistan, police said.

Israel official threatened over anti-Arab probe

Israel police were investigating yesterday a video circulated on the Internet which called for the death of a top legal official who urged a probe into anti-Arab incitement on Facebook.

Hillary praises Sudan for south polls, urges aid

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised yesterday the Sudanese government for allowing the secession referendum in the south, and called on Arab states to aid both sides.

Iran held Israel-linked 'spies, terrorists'

The Iranian authorities have arrested a "network of spies" which they say was behind the assassination of a nuclear scientist in January last year, state television reports.

Spain's Basque rebels call 'permanent truce'

The Basque separatist group Eta has announced a permanent ceasefire in its fight for independence from Spain.

Arts & Entertainment

Cultural Extravaganza

The Daily Star turns 20 on January 14. We set out on our journey with a sense of challenge and a feeling of humility to serve this nation as a truly independent newspaper. Over these last two decades you, the readers, have encouraged and supported our endeavours along this track. To mark our 20th anniversary, we have chalked out a range of special programmes. We believe the celebration will not be complete without you.

The Rocking Young Ones

The year 2010 was not a remarkable one for Bangladeshi bands in terms of quantity, new albums from popular bands were few and far between, leaving rock enthusiasts hungry for more. However many young bands stood up to the challenge, giving music enthusiasts a glimpse of what the future has to offer.

Suman's Rustic Landscape Wins Big

The Syed Shamsul Huda Painting Award 2011 giving ceremony and painting exhibition were held on January 8 and 9 at Gulshan Club in the city. Suman Kumar Sarkar won the top spot at the exhibition. A student of Drawing and Painting Department, Rajshahi University, his landscape focuses on the magnificence of autumn. In his work, the surrounding vista is flamboyant with green, yellow and purple.

Return to Roots

A 10-day exhibition of terracotta ornaments and handicrafts was inaugurated in Pabna on January 1. Over 200 designs of terracotta works by artist Shahidul Hassan are on display at the Mojahid club Library premises of the district headquarters.

Schwarzenegger May Return to Acting

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has now completed a seven-year term as the Governor of California, has hinted that he may return to acting.

Recitation Workshop

A five- day recitation workshop ended recently at Moheshpur Poura Public Library in Jhenidah. The workshop was arranged by Banalata recitation Charsha Kendra in Moheshpur.


Sustainable energy mix

At the outset, I would like to convey my deepest gratitude to The Daily Star for bringing up a timely proposition like renewable energy technologies into the forefront of discussion by organising such a stimulating colloquium on January 7. I would also like to give my heartiest thanks and regards to the pioneer energy scientists of our country who are working in internationally acclaimed academic and professional organisations.

Impact of population on national economy

The population growth (about 1.47%) is one of the most serious problems we are facing at the moment. The present 162.2 million people, crammed in about 56,977 sq. miles (1,47,570 sq. km), and high fertility rate are a challenge to our economic and ecological viability. All our economic efforts for national development are

The time of Justice Murshed

Justice Murshed was born on 11 January 1911 in Calcutta in a distinguished Muslim family of Bengal. He passed the matriculation examination in 1926 securing first position. He passed BA with Honours in Economics from the Presidency College in Calcutta in 1930, and MA in 1932. He obtained LLB degree from Calcutta University in 1933 securing first class. He enrolled himself as an advocate of the High Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal in 1934, and soon after went to England to study for the bar. He was the lone student from British India to secure honours in the Bar at final BAW examination in that year.

Comments on

Kudos to The Daily Star for hosting a Colloquium on the quest for energy fix in Bangladesh, probably the very first of its kind, at this critical juncture of our time! Congruent with other developed and developing countries in the world, measuring up to the increasing energy needs are central not only to our future economic growth but also to the socio-political stability. Within the framing narrative of depleting resources, including coal and natural gas, sustainable development in Bangladesh is contingent upon our ability to tap into alternative and renewable resources ranging from wind and solar power to biomass, fuel cell technologies and nuclear power before the rhetoric of action fizzles out and turns out to be too little too late. Although any quick fix for this holy grail is nowhere in the offing, Cost-Benefit (CB) as well as Political, Economic, Socio-Cultural and Technological (PEST) analyses should be our effective tools to set the short and long term strategies in order to achieve the target of 14,000 megawatt by 2020. What struck me most about the colloquium is the absence of government functionaries, legislators and policymakers, although I have no doubt that they are resorting to active listening and taking notes. I am sure there is a consensus across the political spectrum and party lines that meeting our energy needs brooks no delay, simply put.
Faridul Alam, PhD

Science & Life

Superhot solar puzzle

Fountainlike jets of hot gas that shoot into the sun's outer atmosphere may explain why this outlying region is millions of degrees hotter than the sun's roiling surface a puzzle that researchers have struggled to explain since they first took the solar corona's temperature seven decades ago.

End of humanity in 100 years!

Eminent Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner, who helped to wipe out smallpox, predicts humans will probably be extinct within 100 years, because of overpopulation, environmental destruction and climate change.

Brighter side of green tea

Regularly drinking green tea could protect the brain against developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, according to latest research by scientists at Newcastle University.

Lonely teardrops

Crying women may literally turn men off. Odorless chemical signals in a woman's waterworks lessen any stirrings of sexual interest in a guy who whiffs her tear-stained cheeks, a new study suggests.

Dead crab mystery

Piles of crabs have been washing up on England beaches along the rocky Thanet Coast in recent days, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists for the past few years.

Stunning lunar eclipse

A blood-red moon hung in the black sky on the darkest night of the year last night (Dec. 20).

Why is a 10-watt bulb called zero bulb?

Technically, it is not possible to light an electric bulb without drawing input greater than zero watts. Zero watts is actually not zero, but refers to the minimum wattage. The inaccurate electric meters of the early days could not measure such a negligible amount of consumption as during those days, the watt hour meter had a rotating disc and when all the other lights were switched off, the disc would have only minimum rotation, which would not record even a 10W consumption. This led to the origin of the term 'zero-watt', though it is incorrect. Nowadays, electric meters can record even electricity used as indicators in switches.

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