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Food spend shoots up

The government expenditure for procuring food is set to shoot up by 42 percent or Tk 3,078 crore in the current fiscal year, as it moves to buy grains from the heated world market that saw a historic peak in food prices.

Taher's fate fixed before trial

US journalist and writer Lawrence Lifschultz in a statement to the High Court yesterday said

A wise step back

We congratulate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her wisdom of bowing to public demand in removing the new airport site from Arial Beel area. Given our political culture, leaders often fall prey to their misplaced ego, and consider any criticism of their decision and change of course of any action taken by them to be insulting and a sign of weakness. In fact sycophants are known to feed on such ego-traps and advise their leaders NOT to bow to legitimate criticisms, saying that such a change of course will be interpreted as loss of power leading to all sorts of political repercussions. We had seen that happen too many times in the past and, frankly, we were afraid that the present PM would also fall into such a trap.

Airport on other side of Padma

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government is looking for a new site for the proposed Bangabandhu International Airport and possibly it will be on the other side of the Padma.

Munshiganj still tense

Tension was running high among the villagers in Arial Beel area in Munshiganj yesterday despite the prime minister's announcement of not constructing an airport there.

Our reply to rejoinder

On February 1 we published the Ministry of Environment and Forests' rejoinder in its entirety. Normally we only reproduce relevant parts of a rejoinder. However, we made an exception due to the seriousness of the issue at hand. This was to communicate to our readers how the ministry failed to respond to issues we had raised in our report.

River grabbers to be tried on the spot

The grabbers who reoccupy rivers and canals even after being evicted will be summarily tried and punished under mobile court from now on.

Khaleda seeks support from 4-party allies

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia sought support from the four-party alliance partners and like-minded parties to make Monday's hartal successful.

False promise before Jinnah arrived

The East Bengal Legislative Assembly was expected to meet for the first time since the creation of Pakistan on March 15, 1948 in Dhaka. On the eve of the session, a large number of students organised a demonstration before Burdwan House (today's Bangla Academy), the official residence of the chief minister of the province, to protest the police action three days earlier. The Students' Action Committee decided to call a general strike on the day the assembly would meet. It was such a move on the part of the students which compelled the government to soften its stance on the language issue. Moreover, Pakistan's founder and Governor General Mohammad Ali Jinnah, popularly known as Quaid-e-Azam, was scheduled to visit the province beginning March 19. The provincial government was, therefore, not willing to leave anything to chance lest the visit be disrupted.

It's encephalitis

The disease that claimed at least 16 lives in Lalmonirhat and Rangpur in the last three days has been identified as encephalitis, a brain infection caused by bacteria, fungi or virus.

Further probe ordered

A trial court yesterday ordered further investigation into the carnage at Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) headquarters in February 2009 as names of around 100 more suspects surfaced alongside 824 already charge-sheeted accused.

Govt mulls restriction on car use

Restrictions will be imposed on cars on city streets to reduce congestion, Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain said yesterday in parliament.

2 shot dead by muggers

Two people were shot dead in separate incidents in the city yesterday, police said.

Kids' presence adorns fair

Six-year-old Arnob, accompanied by his father, was browsing books at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela on the premises of Bangla Academy yesterday afternoon searching for his favourite read.

Egypt opposition rejects talks offer

Egypt has started a dialogue with "political parties and national forces," state television said yesterday, but the main opposition coalition rejected any talks before President Hosni Mubarak goes.

Pirates' ransom to be settled in a week

Officials of the owning and operating companies of the hijacked Bangladeshi ship MV Jahan Moni yesterday hoped to settle ransom negotiations with Somali pirates within a week.

Outlaw killed in 'shootout'

A regional commander of Purba Banglar Communist Party (Lal-Pataka) was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and law enforcers at Ataikula in Pabna early yesterday.

4 robbers beaten to death

A mob beat four robbers to death and another to injury in Bagerhat sadar last night.


A sign of maturity

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's acknowledgement of popular sentiments regarding a new airport at Arial Beel is to be appreciated. Coming as it does after an eruption of violence that left a policeman dead and scores of others injured, her statement should now help reduce the tension gripping the area. Moreover, her view that there will be a feasibility study before a new site for the proposed airport is selected is proof that the government has taken cognizance of the realities. Such a study should have been undertaken before the decision to build a new airport at Arial Beel was taken. The manner in which the Arial Beel issue was approached was flawed because of two basic reasons. In the first place, the airport-related decision took little note of the adverse impact a new airport would have on the environment of the area. In the second, no effort was made at all to ascertain the wishes of the local people.

Hena tragedy outrageous

The way a rape victim in a remote village of Shariatpur, far from being redressed for the abuse she was subjected to, was whipped leading to her death has left us reeling from utter shock and outrage. We have no word to condemn the crime committed by the so-called village arbitration body that gave the order to lash the girl based on a fatwa issued by a village imam. In the same breath, we cannot but express our dismay over how such a barbaric medieval drama could be enacted under the very nose of the local administration. How could they be unaware of the High Court rule that declares fatwa illegal and unconstitutional?


Fountain tweaking Tigers' fielding

It has often been said that a good fielding team adds runs to the total. This means that, for instance, when defending a score of 220 a fielding side, by being alert to every run-saving opportunity, can actually make the batting side feel that the total they are pursuing is, say, 20 runs higher.

'Trophy' completes city tour

The cricket lovers thronged locations across the city to be a part of history as the ICC World Cup trophy was put on display for public viewing at different city spots yesterday. But the question on everyone's lips was whether it is a genuine one or a replica.

Hopes rest on his shoulders

Shakib Al Hasan today is the face of Bangladesh cricket. More than his talent with bat and ball it is his solid temperament and alert cricket brain that has taken him to the top of the rankings of ODI allrounders, ahead of such names as South Africa's Jacques Kallis, Pakistan's Shahid Afridi and Australia's Shane Watson.

Tamim hungry for century

When Tamim Iqbal is on song, the Bangladeshi fans hardly have any chance to be disappointed. Expectations run very high whenever the Chittagong lad gets going but the irony is that despite his master blaster reputation Tamim has never scored a century in his own ground.

Only shiny cars are allowed

It's time for Dhaka to get dolled up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. No ugly scar will be allowed to spoil the view of the city adorned in the finest attires during the sporting fiesta.

Siddikur leads the pack

Bangladesh golfing sensation Siddikur Rahman as expected led the home side after playing 6-under-par on the opening round of the Grameenphone Bangladesh Masters at Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday.

Shakib, a Saddam boy

If Saddam Hossain had not intervened, Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh's World Cup captain and leading all-rounder, may have been lost to football.

Muktis, Abahani share points

Leaders Muktijoddha Sangsad and holders Abahani shared honours in their first meeting of the season when they played out a goalless draw in the Grameenphone Bangladesh League match at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Series Pakistan's

A maiden century by teenage opener Ahmed Shehzad inspired Pakistan to a 41-run win over New Zealand Thursday to wrap up the six-match one-day series with a game to spare.

Upul lifts Lanka

Upul Tharanga cracked an unbeaten 101 to steer Sri Lanka to an emphatic eight-wicket victory over the West Indies in the second one-day international on Thursday.

Footballers disciplined

Three footballers have been suspended for different terms as well as fined monetarily following their involvements in the scuffles during the Bangladesh League match between Sheikh Russel KC and Arambagh KS.

Nat'l tennis Start today

Amol Roy and Sarda Alam are top seeded in the men's and women's singles events when Sony National Tennis competition gets underway at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna today.

City lose ground

Manchester City lost ground to local rivals Manchester United in the Premier League title race after twice giving up the lead in a 2-2 draw away to Birmingham on Tuesday.

Juventus lose again

Mid-table Chievo put a huge dent in second-placed Napoli's Serie A title hopes as they completed the double over their opponents this season with a 2-0 win in Verona on Wednesday.

It's Real v Barca final

Real Madrid will face arch rivals Barcelona in a mouth-watering Kings Cup final after Jose Mourinho's Madrid side defeated holders Sevilla 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday to reach their first final since 2004.

Fabianksi out for season

Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will miss the rest of the season following shoulder surgery, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said Thursday.

Gary Neville calls it quits

Manchester United defender Gary Neville has retired from football with immediate effect, the player announced Wednesday.


Food inflation soars

Food inflation has reached its highest in three years on a point-to-point basis in December 2010 due to rising food prices on both local and international markets.

MCCI links stock fall to abrupt policy shift

Frequent changes of policies and non-professional handlings by the regulators have created the recent 'havoc' on the stockmarket, said a leading chamber yesterday.

Stockmarket investigator seeks cooperation

People can now notify the share market investigation committee if they find or know anything suspicious behind the recent stockmarket swings.

Panic brings down stocks

Dhaka stocks fell heavily yesterday as panic-driven investors went for sell-offs fearing another collapse amid fresh liquidity crisis and two regulatory directives, said market operators.

Build Bangladesh into an outsourcing hub: analysts

Bangladesh must make time-bound policies, build infrastructure and a skilled workforce to foster ICT development and strengthen its position as a lucrative outsourcing destination, analysts said yesterday.

Food costs at records, no let-up in prices: FAO

World food prices hit a record in January and recent catastrophic weather around the globe could put yet more pressure on the cost of food, an issue that has already helped spark protests across the Middle East.

Commodity prices in step with world market: minister

Prices of commodities in Bangladesh are on par with the international market, said Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday.

Billion dollar outsourcing beckons Bangladesh: experts

Bangladesh can build a billion dollar outsourcing business by 2015 if the regulator ensures a business friendly environment, said experts at a seminar.

Filipino furniture designer a Hollywood hit

His designs may be in Hollywood but his heart is at home: renowned Filipino furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue says he still gets his inspiration from the sun-baked shores of Cebu.

Goldman shows a little leg

When Goldman Sachs released the findings of its Business Standards Committee and some new numbers on Jan. 11, investors focused on the bank's heightened disclosure of its proprietary trading activity and profit. But regulators entrusted with a bigger responsibility the safety of the financial system are more excited about what Goldman has yet to reveal.

Black beauties fire up India's railway tourism

The pounding of pistons, the rhythmic chuff of a locomotive and storybook names such as "Fairy Queen" are all part of the allure of India's old-fashioned steam railways, which once tied together this vast nation.

Murdoch launches iPad newspaper The Daily

News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday launched "The Daily," a digital newspaper created for Apple's iPad, in the latest move in his drive to get consumers to pay for news online.

Unilever 4th quarter profit rises 15pc

Unilever NV, maker of consumer products such as Dove soaps, Lipton teas and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, said Thursday its fourth quarter earnings rose 15 percent on strong sales growth in emerging markets -- though margins suffered slightly from rising commodity costs.

Google plays catch-up with Apple in tablets

Google Inc has fixed some shortcomings in its tablet computer strategy, as the Internet search giant steps up efforts to break into a nascent market dominated by Apple.

Welcome to BURK

You may not have heard of it and the acronym may sound a touch odd, but analysts at Russia's largest bank are convinced a new economic power is rising in Europe -- BURK.

Asia shares mixed

Renewed concerns at unrest in Egypt hit Tokyo shares and sent oil prices higher Thursday, while insurance companies lifted Sydney stocks after a huge cyclone caused less damage than expected.


Communications minister faces volley of queries in JS

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain faced a tough time yesterday to justify the delay to begin conversion works of Dhaka-Chittagong Highway into four lanes, construction of Padma Bridge and poor condition of roads in different parts of the country.

260 per 1 lakh cancer patients die a year

Some 260 in every one-lakh cancer patients die annually in Bangladesh while about 21-lakh people are suffering from the disease at present, experts said yesterday.

No rule of law in country

Barrister Rafiqul Haque yesterday said there is no rule of law in the country.

French MPs attend luncheon

A four-member delegation of France-Bangladesh Parliamentary Friendship Group attended a luncheon hosted by Foreign Minister Dipu Moni in their honour yesterday.

$3.40m for Dhaka climate fund soon

Swiss Ambassador to Bangladesh Dr Urs Harren met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office yesterday and discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest.

President for environment friendly technology

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the Buet engineers to make more contributions by inventing environment-friendly technology for building a technology-based society for the welfare of the people and the country.

Ordeal to meet dear ones 801 accused face court

Distance, journey hassles and long hours of waiting could not deter relatives of BDR jawans, accused of BDR carnage case, to come see their dear ones.

Nuruchchhafa laid to rest

Advocate Nuruchchhafa Talukder was buried at his family graveyard with full state honour at Sukbilash village at Rangunia upazila in the port city yesterday.

RMG worker dies in road crash in city

A 13-year-old garment worker, Rani, was killed and five others injured in an accident when a Rampura-bound bus hit her in the city's Badda early yesterday.

Readers respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Thursday's The Daily Star news story headlined 'No airport against people's will'.

Legal notice to save Patharia Beel

Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) yesterday served a legal notice to the secretary of environment and forest, fisheries and livestock, water resource and LGRD and cooperative ministries to save the Patharia Beel from pollution at Patharia in Savar.

Three sand traders penalised

A mobile court of Dhaka district administration in a drive penalised three sand traders for earth filling of the river Turag in the city yesterday.

CJ attends SCBA lunch

Annual lunch of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), which is now dominated by pro-BNP lawyers, was held on its premises yesterday.

Private member's bill placed in parliament

A private member's bill was placed in parliament yesterday proposing to enact a law to ensure maintenance of parents by their sons and daughters.

Punishment demanded for Hena's death

ActionAid Bangladesh yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits, for whom 14-year-old Hena fell victim to fatwa in Shariatpur and was whipped to death.


Crows dying, poultry culled

Barisal city and adjoining areas saw sudden death of a large number of crows in last two or three days while authorities destroyed at least seven thousand bird flu infected hens in Kishoreganj Sadar upazila yesterday.

24 houses gutted in Pabna

A devastating fire gutted at least 24 huts belonging to poor people including day labourers at Bonkola village of Sujanagar upazila under the district yesterday morning.

Charges framed against Ulfa leader, his aide

A court framed charges against Ulfa leader Major Ranjan Chowdhury and his Bangladeshi aide Pradip Marak in three separate cases yesterday.

44 mutineers jailed in Rajshahi

A special court of Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) here yesterday sentenced 44 jawans of 37 Rifle Battalion of BGB to different jail terms ranging from four months to seven years for their involvement in a mutiny in 2009.

30 injured as BCL, JCD clash in Sirajganj

Clash between activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Sirajganj Government College left at least 30 people injured yesterday morning.

BCL beats up another with iron rods at RU

Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Rajshahi University (RU) unit yesterday beat up a student of the university on the campus, branding him as an activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS).

Nine JCD activists held in Kushtia

Police arrested eight Jatiyatabatadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists as they besieged Kushtia Sadar police station Tuesday night to protest arrest of a fellow activist.

Two youths jailed for stalking

Mobile courts in Jhenidah and Khulna jailed two youths for stalking yesterday and the day before.

JMB militant arrested in Bagmara

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-5) men arrested an Ehsar (full-time) member of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Kamarbari village in Bagmara upazila yesterday.

Outlaw held in Goalanda

Police in a drive arrested an activist of an outlawed party from Goalanda upazila bus stand area Tuesday night.

Three 'suicides' in Satkhira

Two women and a teenage girl allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday and the day before. The victims were identified as Reshma Khatun, 14, daughter of Atiar Rahman of village Laxminathpur in Kaliganj upazila, Swapna Begum, 24, wife of Sirajul Islam of village Kamta in Debhata upazila and Sakhina Khatun, 30, wife of Jamat Ali of village Jhhapa in Kalaroa upazila. Quoting local people police said, following family feud Reshma Khatun took poison and died at home at village Laxminathpur on Wednesday. Swapna Begum committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her house at village Kamta. In the other incident, Sakhina Khatun took poison and died on February 1.

Man kills wife, aunt

A man killed his wife for dowry, aunt for trying to save his wife and injured another at Badura village in Sadar upazila Wednesday morning. The deceased were identified as Sima Roy, 35, wife of Goutam Roy, his aunt Shefali Roy, 50, and injured Sheuli Roy, 40, wife of Goutam's cousin. Police said Goutam used to torture his wife for dowry since long and on Tuesday evening they locked into an altercation over the issue. On Wednesday morning, a brawl ensued between them again over the issue and at one stage Goutam hit Sima with a sharp weapon, leaving her dead on the spot at around 9am. Shefali Roy also came under the attack of Goutam and died on the spot when she came to save Sima. Injured Sheuli Roy was rushed to Khulna-250 bed hospital in a critical condition. Later, Goutam surrendered to the police at around 11.30am.

5 hospital 'brokers' held

Rab in a drive yesterday arrested four brokers at the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital compound on charge of harassing patients. The arrestees are Md. Khokan Miah and Shahidul Islam of old medical colony, Ripon Kumar Dey of Zindabazar, Nizam Uddin of Kanishail and Mahmud Ali of Munshipara areas of the city. They were handed over to the police later. For long, they had been engaged in harassing patients and their attendants while alluring many others to different private clinics in the name of better treatment, Rab said.

Khulna criminal held

Police arrested a listed criminal from near the General Hospital in the city. He was identified as Rezaul Karim Bablu alias Kala Bablu. According to OC Munirul Gias of Khulna Sadar police station, the arrestee is accused in several criminal cases in the last three years. On Wednesday noon, he and his accomplices stormed into the house of general secretary of Khulna Deed Writers' Association Md Mosharef Hossain and looted over Tk 20,000 at gunpoint, he said.

Hotels, restaurants fined

A mobile court on Tuesday fined 32 hotels and restaurants in Kuakata for absence of registration and unhygienic environment. Md. Saiful Islam, executive magistrate in Patuakhali conducted the mobile court from 10am to 10pm while Rab and police teams assisted him. Sources said, the court realised Tk 31,600 fine from 25 hotels and seven restaurants. The court also filed separate cases against all the 32 hotels and restaurants, executive magistrate of the court said.


Agriculture sans border

Climate change has now become an influencing factor on the process of maintaining the balance between crop production and food consumption. As an induction of wide-scale industrialisation, land available for agriculture is shrinking day by day. Pressure of population is also posing a threat to sustaining agricultural productivity. There are many other factors hindering the growth of agricultural production. In this critical situation, what is to do to raise agricultural productivity?

No more punishment, please

We offer our sincere congratulations to the High Court for declaring corporal punishment illegal in all its inhuman forms such as caning, beating, chaining, forced haircut and confinement, in all schools primary, secondary and madrassas.

A noble decision

The government has extended maternity leave to six months from the previous duration of three months. We welcome the decision. According to the child specialists, infants' vulnerability to various diseases will decrease drastically if exclusive breast feeding is continued for six months. Nowadays women in our society are participating in income generating activities. Extended maternity leave will allow the working women to take care of their babies properly. Breast feeding for six months will develop their immune system and infant mortality rate will be reduced. I urge the government to monitor whether this law is being implemented in all organizations.

Our participation at Assam Trade Fair

Our local financial daily reported on January 18th about our participation at the International Trade Fair at Guwahati, Assam; where Bangladesh is a partner country. In the report it was stated that we will be having 50 stalls in the fair and that only our art and culture will be displayed! It was disappointing to note, that according to the report, nothing was mentioned about inclusion of the food, medicines, cosmetics and other consumer goods manufactured in Bangladesh being exhibited and sold in the fair! This was an excellent opportunity to exhibit our range of products that can find ready market in Assam, and help to expand our export trade to our neighbours. Priority wise, in my opinion, this is more important than displaying only our art and culture.

Time to retrospect

“Blood will have blood.” said William Shakespeare. And the holy Bible says “The nations have fallen into the pit they dug for others. Their own feet have been caught in the trap they set.”

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

We know that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is going to be hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This is the first time that Bangladesh has gained the opportunity to host such a show piece event, we are also very proud and honoured. Another positive thing is that the Bangladesh National Cricket Team has made its way to the 14 nation tournament out of 104 Cricket playing entrants.

Best wishes to The Daily Star

I am a regular reader of The Daily Star. My best wishes to The Daily Star for its successful completion of twenty years. The newspaper has achieved a unique place in the arena of news media. It has initiated many new and innovative programmes such as English in Schools. It has drawn our attention to prevent environmental pollution. Science & Life page also attracts me a lot. I hope The Daily Star will carry on such educative programmes for the benefit of the students.

DSE ban on telecasting

It is very unfortunate to learn that the managing committee of Dhaka Stock Exchange has put a ban on telecasting of share trading by ETV. The act of closing the ETV office on the DSE premises is tantamount to defying the law established by the present government.

How to destroy your enemy!!

A wise old saying “If you want to totally destroy your enemy, make him your friend” is very apt when it comes to dealing with all forms of oppression. Enemies oppress, friends do not! The prejudices we are born with, soon degenerate into oppression as we grow up in our so-called modern but so very materialistic society. Both the West and the East practice oppression based on sex, colour, language, ethnicity, illiteracy, disability, corruption, envy, greed, jealousy, power, stigmas, superstition and above all poverty.

BSF cowardice

A fifteen-year-old girl named Felani died a pathetic death on the border. This death shocked the whole country. A fifteen-year-old teenaged girl can be anything but a criminal. It's really very shocking. We all should stand beside her father.

British crown and Prince Charles

Prince Charles now believes that he may not be able to wear the British Crown during his lifetime which could allow him to sit on the English Throne. Most people of Great Britain and its colonies which are the most civilised and sensible part of the world are of impression that Prince Charles should not become King after his mother which he does not deserve to be. Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II maintained the aristocracy of the royal crown and did nothing that could insult the sanctity of the crown and for that she is loved and respected by the British people till today.

Online Voices

Mayhem in Munshiganj
Cop killed, 100 others injured as over 30,000 people stage violent protest against airport in Arial Beel (February 1, 2011)


World leaders slate attacks on journalists in Egypt

The United States yesterday condemned a "concerted campaign" of intimidation against international journalists covering the unrest in Egypt, as news media reported a string of assaults and arrests.

Tens of thousands rally in Yemen

Tens of thousands of protesters massed yesterday at Sanaa University for a "day of rage" calling for the fall of Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime, while a similar number of government loyalists flooded a central square.

UN flying staff out of Egypt to Cyprus

Around 600 United Nations staff and their families are to be airlifted to Cyprus yesterday as the security situation in Egypt worsens, a UN spokesman said.

Nepal elects new PM after seven months

Nepal's lawmakers yesterday elected Jhalanath Khanal as the country's new prime minister, ending a damaging seven-month leadership vacuum in the troubled country.

Indian ex-minister remanded

An Indian court granted police the right to detain arrested ex-telecom minister A Raja for five days yesterday as they probe one of the country's biggest ever corruption cases.

Egypt govt forced Telco's to send pro-regime SMS

Egyptian authorities have forced mobile phone operators to broadcast pro-government messages amid protests engulfing the country, British-based operator Vodafone said yesterday.

Court convicts attacker of Danish cartoonist

A court yesterday convicted a 29-year-old Somali man of attempted terrorism and attempted murder for attacking a Danish cartoonist who caricatured the Prophet Mohammed.

Execution rate in Iran alarms UN human rights chief

The head of human rights for the United Nations has expressed alarm at the number of executions carried out by Iran in the new year.

Russia cautions against 'foreign ultimatums' for Egypt

Russia yesterday cautioned against foreign interference in Egypt's affairs, saying its politicians should themselves find a way to end violent unrest and the world should not make ultimatums.

Blast kills Afghan father and son

A father and his young son were killed yesterday when a bomb blew up their car in Afghanistan, police said.

Arts & Entertainment

Exclusive with Dr. M Zahir

We know them as doctors, engineers, lawyers, entrepreneurs but behind closed doors some of them are aesthetes. They include brilliant singers, musicians and artists. Through 'Different Take', Star Arts & Entertainment has decided to put the cultural avatars of these renowned professionals in focus.

Still Going Strong

Daughter of the late noted actor-recitor Golam Mostafa, Subarna Mostafa has all the makings of an ideal actress. Having launched her career with the TV play “Borof Gola Nodi” she has seen nothing but success on TV, stage and the silver screen. The talented artiste has also shown her versatility behind the camera. Subarna recently managed to squeeze time off from her busy schedule to chat with The Daily Star (TDS).

Limelight on Epic Heroines

Featuring Manipuri Theatre's latest production "Kohe Birangana", a two -day festival titled "Birangana Utshab" will be held at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy today and tomorrow. On both days, two shows will be held at 6pm and 7:30pm.

For the People

As part of the countrywide Street Theatre Festival-2011 organised by Bangladesh Pathanatak Parishad and The Daily Star, plays were staged at the local Shaheed Minar premises on January 29. Two prominent theatre groups of the town performed at the festival, drawing hundreds of people to the venue.

Sumaiya Shimu to Cheer Tigers on the Field

When the ICC Cricket World Cup comes knocking at your doorstep, it's hard to resist the urge to go to the stadium. But the challenge of getting hands on a ticket means that only few will have smiles across their faces when the matches begin. One of those lucky few is popular TV actress Sumaiya Shimu. She expressed unbound joy at getting hold of a ticket for the opening game of the tournament. She adds that she will not miss the chance to be at the stadium, when the Tigers roar against India, for anything in the world. Till then, the acclaimed actress will remain busy shooting for her new TV serials "Nishorgo" and "Chhokka" -- along with "Lolita", "Projapoti" etc which are currently being aired.


When people get perturbed

LAST week Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in London: "I am doing politics for the welfare of people, not for my personal gain." Her statement had the reverse twist of a Chinese proverb that says those who seek power for personal ends eventually run afoul of popular opinion. The uncanny sense of history sublimated in the prime minister's voice. It couldn't have been said better or sooner when popular opinion is seeking a resounding resurgence worldwide.

The many battles for Deoband

One of the great follies of the contemporary world is the conversion of the priest, of any faith, into a cartoon character. And so the imam is caricatured with an elongated beard and twisted eye; the pandit has an exaggerated tuft, obese stomach and gloats; the Christian father wears a sanctimonious air barely disguising a leer.

Education in the Sixth Plan

The political pledge of the government outlined in Vision 2021 to combat poverty, build Digital Bangladesh and move into the ranks of the middle income countries makes strategies and action in education the fulcrum of change. A new education policy adopted in 2010 is intended to set the course for envisioned change.

Professor A. R. Mallick

Today is the 14th death anniversary of Professor Azizur Rahman Mallick. He was one of the very first post-1947 students to take his doctorate at the School of Oriental and African Studies and to have Professor C.H. Philips, then head of the History Department, as his tutor. He arrived when Britain, shorn of empire and with a shattered economy, was seeking to fashion a new society better than the old and when SOAS was itself being transformed. But he also arrived when, after both famine and the violence and disruption of partition, a similar reshaping of state and society was under way at home, in East Pakistan.


SoftExpo running strong

I knew I was in big 'trouble' when I was assigned to cover 2011 edition of BASIS SoftExpo, the flagship software exposition in Bangladesh!

Google rolls out Android Market for Web browsers

Users of phones running Google Inc.'s Android operating system are getting more ways to browse and buy apps for playing games, reading the news and other tasks.

Macworld shines without superstar Apple

From star-gazing iPad applications to crystal-encrusted iPhone cases, a universe of products spun off of Apple gadgets flourished at Macworld Expo despite the absence of the sun around which they revolve.

Samsung to unveil Ch@t 322

Samsung Electronics is going to release its new mobile phone set Samsung Ch@t 322 any time this week in the local market, says a press release.

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