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Low bridges choke rivers

Establishment of full-fledged water transport systems along the rivers around the capital is unlikely before five/six years, as the government would need that time to reconstruct over a dozen low bridges over the Buriganga, Turag, Shitalakhya and Balu rivers.

Power tariff hiked

The government has increased prices of power at retail and bulk levels, effective from this month, dealing a blow to industries as well as end-users.

Cruel twist of fate

Six-year-old Maruf used to frolic and keep everyone busy around him all the time. But not anymore.

PM's share crash remark 'political'

The chief of a parliamentary body yesterday termed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's allegation of BNP behind the ongoing stock market crisis a political statement.

Buriganga freed of 6 grabbers

The authorities stopped earth-filling and demolished boundary walls built by six encroachers on the Buriganga in the capital's Mohammadpur area yesterday.

Wet gamchha used for whipping

The village arbitrators who lashed 15-year-old Hena Akhter before her death used a wet gamchha (cotton towel) spun like a rope with a knotted end, witnesses say.

UP elections schedule this month

The Election Commission at the end of this month will announce the union parishad polls schedule, said Election Commissioner Muhammed Sohul Hussein yesterday.

Grand goal lacks bucks

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday decried shortage of budgetary allocation for education sector and said it is impossible to achieve the goals of this sector with such allocation.

Urdu-favouring report came under fire

The report of the Basic Principles Committee, submitted to the constituent assembly on September 28, 1950 immediately came under attack in East Bengal. As a consequence of the report, demands first began to be aired in the province for Pakistan to be refashioned as a confederation. Indeed, a group openly espousing a confederation for the provinces of Pakistan published and distributed leaflets throughout East Bengal demanding an annulment of the BPC report and a restructuring of the Pakistan state as a confederal arrangement. The committee organised a public meeting, presided over by Ataur Rahman Khan, at Armanitola Maidan on October 13, 1950.

Proposals drafted to empower JS bodies

The law ministry has drafted proposals to enact a law for empowering parliamentary committees so that they can force witness attendance at hearings and production of documents before the committees.

Chandpur rapist held

Police yesterday arrested a madrasa teacher from Hajiganj Bazar in Chandpur on charges of raping an 11-year-old girl.

1,600 sued for hartal violence

Police in separate drives yesterday and Monday arrested two pro-BNP ward councillors of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) in connection with torching vehicles on the eve of and during the hartal.

UK trained Rab with full respect to human rights

The UK provided specific training to Rapid Action Battalion, fully respecting human rights, said Stephan Evans, the British high commissioner in Dhaka yesterday.

2 witnesses testify in Koko's case

Two more witnesses gave depositions against Arafat Rahman Koko, son of former premier Khaleda Zia, and Ismail Hossain Saimon, son of former shipping minister late Akbar Hossain, in a money-laundering case yesterday.

Rubber factory fined for air pollution

The Department of Environment (DoE) in an enforcement drive yesterday fined the authorities of a rubber factory Tk 7 lakh for polluting the environment in its surrounding areas in Tejgaon industrial area.

BCL men stab JCD activist at RU

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men stabbed an activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday evening.

Worker dies as iron bar falls on him

A worker died yesterday as an iron bar fell on him at a factory at city's Shyampur.

Inspiring readers to read books on '71

While most publishers at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela were busy promoting novels and poems by popular writers, freedom fighter Maj (retd) Qamrul Hassan Bhuiyan was fighting a different battle yesterday.

India to stop killing of innocent

India has pledged to stop killing innocent Bangladeshis at the borders.

City cops raid criminals' den

Police recovered explosives and bomb-making materials busting a den of criminals at Moghbazar in the capital last night.

Govt wheat for schoolchildren feeding seized

An executive magistrate seized on Tuesday night 493 sacks of wheat meant for the government's schoolchildren feeding programme.

Junk food diet linked to lower IQ

Toddlers who have a diet high in processed foods may have a slightly lower IQ in later life, according to a British study described as the biggest research of its kind.


BNP blamed for prices and shares chaos

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has just blamed the opposition BNP for the rise in prices of essential commodities and the crisis in the shares market. Her remarks are not only shockingly surprising but are also a clear hint that the government is looking for scapegoats to pin blame on over the issues. At a time when volumes of reports have come up, from the media, experts and others, over the reasons behind these sordid conditions, the government's propensity to hold everyone and everything but itself responsible for the mess is deeply worrying. It thinks there are syndicates working to undermine it. Generally syndicates are the preserve of the ruling classes. Assuming, of course, that the opposition too has its syndicates, what prevents the authorities from going after those syndicates rather than trying to score points through mere rhetoric?

Landmark trees are an asset

Dhaka is fast acquiring a semi-barren condition due to senseless felling of trees, most of them with immense historical value in that they adorn the vicinity of olden architectures of Dhaka, for instance, Sir Salimullah Hall, for one. Disappearance of the greenery is a glaring instance of how fast we are destroying bounties of nature. No one bothers to plant trees in replacement.


'We're capable of qtrs'

There is hardly any cricketer in this country equivalent of Shakib Al Hasan on the field and there is not a single man who can be as effervescent as he gets in front of the microphone.

The secret behind the stumps

During every Tigers practice session it is a common scene that computer analyst Nasir Ahmed is seen working with wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim. The reason was simple; the former wicketkeeper has got the additional task of making sure that the young stumper improves his keeping skill.

Tensions flare at Mirpur

Coach Jamie Siddons and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was embroiled in a heated exchange of words during the Tigers training at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Sreesanth replaces Praveen

Praveen Kumar, the India fast bowler, has been ruled out of the World Cup due to an injured elbow and will be replaced by Sreesanth. The decision comes a day after Praveen underwent a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore to gauge whether he had recovered from the injury sustained before the start of the one-day series in South Africa last month.

'Potter' Tamim's favourite

Room to Read, an organisation which focuses on increasing literacy and gender equality in education will be partnered by the ICC in promoting the global literacy campaign during the 2011 World Cup.

AB Bank TT

Mahbub and Saleha lifted singles titles of the 31st AB Bank Table Tennis Championship in Chittagong yesterday.

Tigers' jerseys showcased

Green on the body, red collar and sleeves with pale yellow stripes that's what the Tigers will be wearing when they take on the might of the cricketing world in the World Cup that is less than ten days away. The trousers will be all green while the practice jerseys are coloured blue and black.

Sony nat'l tennis

Amol Roy, Laxman Lal, and Delwar Hossain filled the remaining quarterfinal berths in the Sony National Tennis Competition.

Motta switches identity

Inter Milan's Brazilian midfielder Thiago Motta was on Monday given permission by FIFA to play for Italy allowing him to make his debut for them against Germany in Wednesday's friendly.

Hauritz, Hussey out

Australia dropped injured duo Nathan Hauritz and Mike Hussey from their World Cup squad on Monday, calling up Callum Ferguson and Jason Krejza to replace them at this month's showpiece one-day tournament.

Weight of expectation on Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar, possessor of every one-day batting record worth holding, carries an unparalleled weight of expectation over the course of the next two months.

We're ready to roll: Afridi

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has said that every player of his side contributed in their series-win in New Zealand and it gives him confidence of doing well in the forthcoming World Cup.

Call for fresh start

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis and team manager Intikhab Alam called Tuesday for a fresh start for the national side after three key players were handed lengthy bans on corruption charges.

Eden likely to host three games

Kolkata is likely to host its remaining three World Cup matches after being stripped of the high-profile game between India and England due to unfinished renovation work, a top official said Tuesday.

SA Games audit still pending

One year since the 2010 South Asian Games and the Bangladesh Olympic Association is still seemingly in dark about its audit report on the Gmes.

Morgan misses WC

England batsman Eoin Morgan has been ruled out of the World Cup with a broken finger, coach Andy Flower told a news conference here on Tuesday.

Spaniards scoop Laureus

Spain had double reason to celebrate at the prestigious Laureus awards here on Monday as world tennis number one Rafael Nadal was voted sportsman of the year and the Spanish football team's World Cup win netted them the team of the year.

Time to rebuild

Half a season on from a World Cup where their respective teams largely failed to impress, England, Germany, Italy and France will use midweek friendlies to chart a course for happier times which they hope can materialise at Euro 2012.

Silver coin marks WC

To make the ICC Cricket World Cup a memorable affair, the Bangladesh Bank yesterday released a commemorative Tk 10 silver coin through a brief programme at the National Sports Council.

Wolves sack McClaren

Ex-England coach Steve McClaren was on Monday sacked by Bundesliga side Wolfsburg after just seven months in charge with his side just one point off from the relegation zone.

Reina defends Torres

Pepe Reina has defended the decision taken by his Liverpool and Spain team mate Fernando Torres to join Chelsea and urged fans of the Anfield club to remember the good times he brought them.

Cech best in Czech again

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech became the Czech footballer of the year 2010 at a ceremony in Prague on Monday, winning the trophy for the third consecutive time and for the fourth time overall.

Milito out for 6 weeks

Inter Milan's Argentinian striker Diego Milito will be out of action for six weeks after straining a hamstring the Italian club announced.


Investors clash with police amid jagged ride of stocks

Up, down and then turn around. That was the tale of yesterday's stockmarket, which was also marked by sporadic clashes between police and investors for the third straight day on the Motijheel Street.

Mobile operators: Strict rules to bar stock listing

Mobile operators yesterday said unfriendly telecom regulations will restrict them to go public.

Telcos demand equal licence fees

Four major mobile operators yesterday urged the government to rationalise their licence renewal fees to help the sector grow.

Anger simmers on Motijheel Street

Fearing a steep slump in stock prices, retail investors started gathering in front of the premier bourse in Motijheel around 12:00pm yesterday to start a demonstration.

India to cut 'sensitive lists'

India yesterday said it was taking steps to reduce the 'lists of sensitive items' for free trade, as it pitched for early ratification of a Saarc pact in trade in services to give a fillip to intra-regional commerce.

Roundtable puts telecoms in focus

Speakers at a roundtable have urged the government to reconsider the amount of license renewal fee for the telecom operators under new guidelines so that they can invest in building high-speed cellular data network infrastructure.

Adfest kicks off tomorrow

A daylong advertising festival titled Third Dhaka Advertising Festival-2011 is set to start in Dhaka tomorrow to promote local advertising industry at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.

Anglo Irish Bank expects annual loss of 17.6b euros

State-rescued Anglo Irish Bank said on Tuesday that it expects to report a loss of 17.6 billion euros ($24 billion) for 2010.

Senior StanChart official in town

Jaspal Bindra, chief executive officer for Asia of Standard Chartered Bank, is in Dhaka now for a two-day official visit, StanChart said in a statement yesterday.

City Bank gets new AMDs

City Bank has appointed Sohail RK Hussain and Ehsan Khasru as the additional managing directors of the bank recently, said a statement.

Asian shares mixed

Asian shares were mixed Tuesday with Tokyo surging ahead on the back of a rally by the Dow, while reduced tensions in Egypt cooled oil prices.

The organisational machine

What is an organisation? As you reach for Wikipedia in today's digital world, you have access to a whole repertory of knowledge for free. An organisation is a social arrangement that pursues collective goals, controls its own performance, and has a boundary separating it from its environment.

Currencies: war, tragedy or farce?

Call it what you like -- war, tragedy or farce -- but the disagreement over global currency exchange rates shows no sign of coming to a peaceful negotiated agreement.

Transform the poor from agents to principals

Challenging the Injustice of Poverty:
Agendas for Inclusive Development in South Asia

Marching on their stomachs

The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food

I get it, Obama tells business

President Barack Obama warmly courted top US executives Monday, pledging to scrap regulation and lay the groundwork for innovation in a bid to "make America the best place on Earth to do business."

ArcelorMittal sees global steel rebound

ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, forecast a faster than expected recovery in demand and prices at the start of 2011 after a margin squeeze in the fourth quarter.

Toyota nine-month profits quadruple

Japan's Toyota said Tuesday its net profit for the nine months to December nearly quadrupled and upped its outlook, saying the "wounds" from a massive recall crisis and spate of lawsuits had partly healed.

India on track to grow 8.6pc in FY11

India's economy, Asia's third-largest and a driver of the world recovery, is expected to grow 8.6 percent in the year ending in March, but at the risk of high commodity prices widening the trade gap and exacerbating inflation.


Grassroots leaders want Mohiuddin no longer

Grassroots leaders of Chittagong city Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded the unit be freed from its President ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and General Secretary Kazi Inamul Hoque Danu.

Three students among six die in road crashes

Six people, including three students, were killed and 19 others injured in road accidents in Comilla, Chapainawabganj, Jhenaidah, Khulna and Rajshahi districts yesterday.

Check trade on Islam

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the imams (religious leaders) to keep conscious so nobody can mislead people through misinterpretation of the religion.

Zillur for int'l standard edn

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the private universities to ensure all infrastructural facilities to provide international standard higher education to students.

'Arrest rapist madrasa teacher'

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad condemned the incident of raping an 11-year-old girl by her teacher at Haziganj upazila in Chandpur who was found pregnant later.

Tk 2,246cr projects approved

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved 11 development schemes worth Tk 2,246 crore on Tuesday, including one to supply water for the Chittagong city dwellers.

Youth 'kills' self jumping from Dhaka court roof

A youth allegedly committed suicide jumping from the rooftop of the eight-storey building of Dhaka district court in the capital yesterday.


The Academy Awards
The academy awards, widely known as 'The Oscar', are the most prestigious annual awards given away by the “American Academy of Motion Pictures & Sciences”. The foundation of this academy was laid by the world famous producer Louis B Mayer.

Call for 'climate ready' dev

Ambassadors, development and climate experts yesterday called for immediate launching of climate-ready development and implement actions on the ground to redress woes of climate victims as well as raise coping capacities of the people and community.

Form decentralisation commission

Governance Advocacy Forum (GAF) yesterday urged the government to form a decentralisation commission soon as is said in the ruling party's election manifesto.

Saarc charter of democracy adopted

The Saarc council of ministers yesterday adopted the charter of democracy in Thimphu, according to an official announcement.

One pleads guilty

One mutineer of 44 Rifles Battalion of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) pleaded guilty at a special court at Darbar Hall in Pilkhana yesterday.

Ahmadiyyas demand probe

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Bangladesh yesterday called for an investigation into the reasons that prevented the religious community from holding its annual convention in Gazipur.

School buses to ply on SSC exam days

The bus services for school students will continue on the Mirpur Section-12 to Azimpur route in the city on the days of the ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations.

2 more witnesses testify

Two more witnesses gave depositions against Arafat Rahman Koko, son of former premier Khaleda Zia, and Ismail Hossain Saimon, son of former shipping minister late Akbar Hossain, in a money-laundering case yesterday.

Two found dead in city

Police recovered two bodies from Uttarkhan and Ramna in the city last evening.

Two workers die in city

A mason, Mohammad Hamidullah, 25, of Kurigram, was killed after falling from a scaffold of an under construction building at the city's East Kazipara yesterday.

One held over trader murder

A joint team of Rab and police arrested the mastermind of Tantibazar jewelry trader Kalam murder at city's Kotwali yesterday.

Pitha festival held

A three-day Pitha festival was held at Dhaka Regency Hotel recently, said a press release.

Swaraswati Puja celebrated

The Hindu community celebrated the Swaraswati Puja, one of the main religious festivals of them amid festivity in the temples, educational institutions and homes across the country yesterday.

14-day Ekushey festival begins

Sammilito Sanskritik Jote yesterday began a 14-day Amar Ekushey Festival at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city commemorating the language movement martyrs.

7th camporee begins today

The weeklong seventh national cub camporee, the biggest gathering for cub scouts, begins today at Jatiya Scout Proshikkhon Kendra in Mouchak, Gazipur.

MoU to conduct researches signed

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between CRP-Bangladesh and Safety and Rights Society at CRP Headquarters in Savar yesterday.

Ctg Bar poll tomorrow

Chittagong District Bar Association election will be held tomorrow.


Probe into RU student Faruk murder stalled for a year

The probe into the brutal murder of Rajshahi University student Faruk Hossain has remained stuck for a year as hearing on petition for remand of three arrested bigwigs of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami was deferred several times.

Sundarbans tigers turn crazy for food, kill 4 people in 3 days

Royal Bengal Tigers killed four people in Dakope and Koira upazilas of Khulna district in three days since Saturday, much to the worry of bawalis (goalpata collectors) and fishermen in the Sundarbans.

Six people commit suicide in Satkhira, Thakurgaon

Six people committed suicide in Satkhira and Thakurgaon districts yesterday and the day before.

Charge framed against 53 mutineers in Netrakona

The special court-17 yesterday framed mutiny charge against 53 jawans of BGB 16 Battalion in Netrakona under the Mymensingh sector.

36 schools asked to show cause

The authorities of 36 schools here have been served show-cause notice for their poor performance in junior school certificate (JSC) examinations last year.

Stalker jailed in Habiganj

A mobile court in Habiganj yesterday sentenced a teen to six months' rigorous imprisonment (RI) with a fine of Tk 500 for stalking a schoolgirl.

Afflicted, they urge police to detain addicted sons

Parents of drug addicts in Barisal city lodged at least six cases in last six weeks with the plea to put their addicted children behind bars to rid them of their tortures.

Attack on Jubo League activist

A Jubo league leader was injured in an attack by BNP men at Madonhat Buridaha area under Sadar upazila on Monday evening. The victim, Khairul Islam, 40, general secretary of Dighapatia Union Jubo league, came under attack while he was returning home from town.

BSF returns body of Bangladeshi

Body of a Bangladeshi cattle trader who was gunned down by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on December 13 night, was returned to Border Guard (BGB) Bangladesh, yesterday evening. BSF men at Hakimpur camp gunned down cattle trader Kabirul Islam, 32, son of Ismail Hossain of Boalia village in Kalaroa upazila, while returning home with cattlehead from India. Later, BSF took away the body to Indian territory. Immediately after the killing, BGB sent a protest letter to BSF authorities asking the Indian counterpart to return the body. This was followed by a company level flag meeting between BGB and BSF at zero point of Madra border in the upazila yesterday afternoon. Contacted, BGB company commander Abdul Motaleb told this correspondent that after a fruitful discussion, BSF handed over Kabirul's body to them.

Mother killed by son

An ill-fated mother was killed by her son at Gayeshpur village in Sadar upazila yesterday. Victim Sarbanu Begum, 55, was wife of Anisur Rahman Sardar of the village. Quoting locals police said, Sarbanu's son Salah Uddin was cutting bamboo from their bamboo cluster in the morning. When Sarbanu tried to prevent her son from cutting bamboo from the cluster, he struck on her head with a cleaver leaving her seriously injured. Later, she succumbed to her injuries on way to Satkhira Sadar Hospital.

4-day housing fair from Mar 16

A four-day housing fair will be held at Mohammad Ali gymnasium in Rikabi bazar here from March 16. A total of 70 stalls of real estate firms and housing companies will be set up at Sylhet Abashon Mela to be organized by Sylhet Apartment and Real Estate Group (SAREG). The fair will remain open from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm everyday. The organizers announced special discount for the participants.

Human chain

Amar Adhikar Campaign, a social organisation and NGO Rupantar jointly organised a human chain programme yesterday demanding early implementation of National Education Policy-2010. The human chain programme began at 11:00am in front of Khuna Press Club which continued till 12:00noon. Later, the participants went to Khulna Collectorate building where they submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner. Apart from implementation of national education policy, the participants demanded a primary school at state level in every village of the country. Among others, noted educationist Prof Jafar Imam, executive director of Sundarban Academy Prof Anowarul Kadir, president, Khulna district unit of Primary Teachers' Association Shamsun Nahar, social activist Shamima Sultana Shilu and chairperson of Khulna Nagorik Forum and freedom fighter Sheikh Abdul Kayyum addressed a rally after the human chain.

Clash over land

Ten people were injured in a clash over land dispute at Harijan Palli here on Monday morning. Police quoting locals said, there was a longstanding dispute between Abdul Malek, an alleged land grabber and the people of Harijan Palli. Malek along with his men went to build a house at the Palli at about 10:00 am on the day. Being informed, police settled the matter and asked Malek not to build any building there without permission. This has angered Malek. Later, over 200 people loyal to Malek attacked the people of the Palli leaving 10 injured. They also vandalised several houses and damaged Saraswati idol. On information, police rushed to the spot and quelled the situation.

9 houses gutted

Nine houses were gutted in a big fire at Gazirkhamar in Sadar upazila on Sunday night. Fire Brigade sources said the fire originated from a cow-shed of Dilaruddin at about 10:30 am and soon it engulfed the adjoining eight houses. Local people doused the flame after two hours of frantic efforts. The extent of loss caused by the fire might go upto Tk8 lakh, affected house owners apprehended.

Drug peddlers jailed

A mobile court sentenced three drug-peddlers to different jail terms for selling hemp in various parts of the district town on Saturday night. Police said a mobile court led by executive magistrate Rashedul Islam conducted a drive in various parts of the town and arrested three people for selling hemp. After a hearing, the mobile court instantly sentenced Nur Alam,35, of Telipara to one year imprisonment, Rofiza,40, of Jamindarpara to eight months' imprisonment and Rezaul,25, of Thakurgaon railway station area to six months' imprisonment. Later, they were sent to Thakurgaon jail.

Two injured by robbers

Robbers chopped a rice trader and his son while trying to prevent them from committing robbery at their house at Dhanaidah village under Baraigram upazila on Monday night. The injured rice trader is Ruhul Amin, 55, and his son Kazol. Of the injured, Ruhul Amin was admitted to a local clinic while Kazol was rushed to Suhrawardy hospital in Dhaka for treatment. Police and family sources said, a gang numbering 15 took position in front of Sarna Rice Mill at Dhanaidah in a bid to commit robbery at about 2:00am. When Kazol came out of their house, the gang surrounded him and chopped with sharp weapon. Hearing his hue and cry, locals rushed to the spot but the robbers managed to flee. Anowar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Baraigram police station said, the criminals could not loot anything from the house.


Gas crisis in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, gas is being used in different purposes. But the whole country is now suffering from gas shortage. Condition in urban areas is worse due to the huge deficit of gas. It is nothing but the nemesis of unscrupulous usage of the resource.

ACC man caught red-handed!

With a view to “relentlessly combat, control, suppress and prevent corruption” the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) was formed in 2004 through an act. Alas! Assistant director of the ACC has been caught red-handed while taking bribe from a garment factory owner! We are accustomed to such cases, but when a high-ranked official of an institution assigned for alleviating corruption engages him in corruption it sounds terrible. The govt. must ensure exemplary punishment so that the ACC and country's positive image are not tainted.

Hats off to the Daily Star!

Thanks to The Daily Star for inviting us all to the Folk Music Festival titled "Matir Pinjira" that was held on January 28. I enjoyed much as audience and also participated as an artiste in that programme. I am amazed "The Daily Star" takes the responsibility of representing our opulent folk cultures that reminds of our own roots. It is definitely a sincere effort of the newspaper that showed a great love for our culture.

How long should we wait?

We have been listening the news of Padma Bridge construction from our communications minister for last one and half year .Thanks to the government that World Bank, ADB, Japan and Islamic Development Bank has confirmed their commitments of funding the mega project.Some donors have already released funds to expedite the construction of this mega project.

A lesson from South Korea

I congratulate South Korean administration and specially its Navy who rescued their citizens from Somali Pirates by killing/capturing them from Indian Ocean last week from where only a few weeks back our sailors and the ship have been forcibly taken hostage without any resistance from our navy or our friendly neighbor's navy. We should be ashamed of ourselves. Even a properly channeled request from us to Indian Navy could have helped us. We must learn a lesson from South Korea. Shouldn't we!

Leasing land abroad for farming!

A very interesting front page lead report on the innovative government idea of leasing land in Cambodia was published in a local daily on January 23; since the idea of farming rice overseas is a novel proposition. The viability of this process of getting rice will be based upon the total cost of production as well as the landed cost at Bangladesh, for rice harvested in Cambodia! In this case Bangladesh will be the absentee landlord for the rice that will be farmed in Cambodia!

Lack of opportunities for disabled students

I read exclusive news titled 'students with disabilities face manifold problems at RU' on January 4, 2011 in a national English daily of Bangladesh. I came to know of problems at Rajshahi University faced by the disabled students. There is no residential seat for them. Many Universities have quota system and scholarships for disabled students. Accesses for visually impaired students are inadequate. There's scarcity of Braille book in the library. There is no ramp and lift in RU for physically disabled student that they can move easily. There is also lack of accessible toilet for them. Not only RU, almost all public and private universities should take necessary steps for the disabled students who are facing those problems.

What the Pak soldier told me

When the area bombardment began probably in late November or early December in 1971, our late father, took us to our village home only 30 miles from the capital for security concerns.

BCS Cadre

31st BCS cadre recruitment examination schedule has been published few days ago. I am a candidate for this examination. For general cadre there are 600 seats available. I am waiting for this exam eagerly but 55% cadre will be selected according to quota. I am not included in this quota. Only 45% is remaining for us. In this era of unemployment, isn't this absurd? At least the authority should lower this percentage. Otherwise, government sector will be short of meritorious hands.

Finance Minister should answer

Since last few weeks stock market has been an unavoidable topic of discussion in everywhere all over the country. The disaster created acute panic among investors whereas few months ago stock market was considered by the govt. as a fertile one to invest. We experienced the same problem in 1996 too. Who can assure there won't be a third one in future as govt. has failed to assign a probe committee as quickly as it should have?

Frequent tragedies at Ship Breaking Yard

Frequent loss of lives at ship breaking yards has raised our concern over inadequate safety gears and the risk the workers are enduring. Recently four workers died in a massive explosion while thirty others died in last twenty-one months in similar accidents at ship breaking yard. Despite the rise of the death toll, financial compensation is not properly made to the family members of the deceased workers.

Dishonouring the Nobel Laureate

With reference to your article “The New York Times Exclusive - Microcredit pioneer faces Inquiry" by Lydia Polgreen printed on 1 February 2011, it is shocking that Mr. Mozammel Huq could say such a thing about Prof. Yunus. He was only able to get to where he is in the organization due to the founder. I do not think it is fit for him to comment on this issue. Everyone knows the circumstances in which he left the organization. He should be careful what he says so that history does not become public.


Mubarak forms reform committees

President Hosni Mubarak set up a committee yesterday to recommend constitutional amendments to relax presidential eligibility rules and impose term limits seeking to meet longtime popular demands as a standoff with protesters seeking his ouster enters its third week.

Chechen militant claims Russia airport attack

The leader of Islamist militants in Russia's North Caucasus yesterday claimed the attack at Moscow's main airport that killed 36 people and issued a chilling warning of more suicide strikes to come.

At least 297 killed in Egypt protests

At least 297 people have been killed in protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak since January 28, Human Rights Watch said, adding that the real death toll is likely to be significantly higher.

Rival Koreas meet for talks to ease tension

North and South Korea struggled to settle differences yesterday in their first talks since the North's deadly shelling of a South Korean island last November, but agreed to keep talking for a second day.

MPs weep for disaster victims

Australian lawmakers wept yesterday as they paid tribute to the tens of thousands of citizens whose lives have been rocked by floods, fires and cyclones, as authorities reined in a major blaze which gutted 68 homes.

Mob burns churches in Indonesia

Indonesian Muslims burned churches and battled police yesterday as the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation struggled with a wave of religious violence.

Palestinians to hold local polls on July 9

The Palestinian cabinet decided yesterday to hold local elections on July 9, in what will be the first time the people have gone to the polls since 2006, officials said.

Nato soldier, policeman killed

A Nato soldier and an Afghan policeman were killed in two separate blasts in Afghanistan yesterday, officials said.

Romania may toughen its laws about witches

Legislation being debated in Romania would require witches to get a permit and make it possible to fine or even imprison one whose prediction turns out to be false.

Suspected US spy drone crashes in Yemen

A suspected US spy drone crashed near the south Yemen town of Loder yesterday before Al-Qaeda gunmen made off with the wreckage, a police official and witnesses said.

Russia to stop setting clocks back in winter: Medvedev

Russia will from next autumn stop putting its clocks back in winter, President Dmitry Medvedev said yesterday, meaning that Moscow will be four hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) all year round.

US 'deplores' religious killings in Indonesia

The United States yesterday condemned an outbreak of bloody religious violence in Indonesia which has left three people dead and several churches badly damaged.

US, Kyrgyzstan sign air base fuel supply deal

Kyrgyzstan and the United States signed an agreement yesterday on jet fuel supplies to a US air base in the Central Asian state, replacing previous deals with a more transparent system.

Arts & Entertainment

Bangladesh Documentary Festival 2011 Begins Today

For the fourth time, Bangladesh Documentary Council (BDC) is arranging Bangladesh Documentary Festival. Finance Minister AMA Muhith will inaugurate the four-day long festival today at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Central Public Library, Shahbagh in Dhaka. The festival, biennial in nature, was first held in 2005. Marking 40 year of independence of Bangladesh, this year's festival title is "Documenting Bangladesh 4".

National Professor Kabir Chowdhury Turns 89

Today marks the 89th birth anniversary of National Professor Kabir Chowdhury, a renowned educationist, author and a pioneer in the movement against fundamentalism.

Kothakoli brings Sophocles' Oedipus to Stage

About a thousand keen audiences packed the Sylhet Auditorium as Kothakoli, Sylhet staged Sophocles' Oedipus on February 5 evening. Khandakar Ashraf Hossain translated the play.

Waheeda Rahman Honoured with Padma Bhushan

The last time one saw veteran actress Waheeda Rehman on the big screen was in 2009 in “Delhi 6” and it was a great tribute to the 74-year-old screen legend that she was chosen for Indian government's second highest civilian award -- Padma Bhushan -- this year on the occasion of the Republic Day.

Srijon Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The 100th instalment of Srijon's "Phele Asha Bangla Gaan" began with the brilliant vocals of Anima Roy singing the Rabindra Sangeet "Jogot Jurey Tomar Shurey". Sohel Rashid followed with another Tagore song "Ogo Nodi Apon Begey Pagolpara" -- enthralling the audience present at last Friday's programme at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Public Library in Dhaka.

Win an Oscar Lose a Marriage!

A new study has revealed that Oscar winners in the Best Actress category are at a higher risk of divorce than nominees who do not win.

Stroll Down Memory Lane with Golden Oldies

To celebrate its 20th anniversary and include the nation in the jubilation, The Daily Star has planned a yearlong programme featuring various cultural events. "Sur Sagar" -- a programme on classical music and dance featuring around 100 dancers on the stage -- was held at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka on January 15.

Bryan Adams to Perform at ICC World Cup Opening in Dhaka

"Summer of 69" hitmaker Bryan Adams will be performing at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup opening ceremony in Dhaka on February 17.

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This Day In History

After no presidential candidate receives a majority of electoral votes in the election of 1824, the United States House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams President of the United States.


Bangabandhu . . . under posthumous pressure

In death, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has been under immense pressure from those who have lived after him. First there was the unconcealed glee with which his murderers informed the country that he had been dispatched and that his government no longer existed.

Pakistan's nuclear stockpile worries US

India and Pakistan, both neighbours with nuclear arms, have different perceptions of security, which complicates the security situation in South Asia. While India defines its security position in light of China's military strength, Pakistan assesses its security concerns against India's position. This has resulted in nuclear arms and missiles race in South Asia.

Davos 2011: A reality check

The World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting of 2011 recently ended at Davos in Switzerland.

From slavery to fame and fortune

This is a story about slaves, slave-kings, generals and poets, and it straddles several continents and cultures. It also shows how luck can play an extraordinary role in shaping the lives of talented people.

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