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News of: Friday, 11th of February, 2011

Front Page

Fresh case to add 5 more charges

* Probe conflicting post-mortem reports
* Punish 2 culprit cops
* Run already-filed murder case
* Change investigation officer
* Campaign against fatwa as a criminal offence
* Arrest perpetrators immediately
* Provide security to Hena's family


The High Court yesterday issued eight directives for the government, including filing of a fresh case in connection with teenaged girl Hena Akter's death by whipping following a fatwa in Shariatpur last month.

Everything in place

If there was any lingering sense of disbelief that a World Cup is actually going to be held on these shores, it must surely have been dispelled on Wednesday evening when the Canadian team became the first to arrive in Dhaka.

Mubarak to stay until September

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has said he will stay in office and transfer power after September's presidential election.

BNP MPs stage protests before Speaker's office

BNP-led opposition lawmakers yesterday held a sit-in outside the Speaker's office at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban against alleged torture of opposition MPs by law enforcers and ruling party men during Monday's hartal.

3 Hazaribagh factories sealed

The Department of Environment yesterday sealed three factories at the city's Hazaribagh and arrested its owners for using toxic tannery-waste in poultry and fish feeds.

HC summons Bogra DC, SP

The High Court yesterday summoned the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Bogra to appear before it on February 14 to explain why they have failed to protect and preserve the archaeological heritage of Mahasthangarh.

PM asks special JS body to work freely

The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendments should work with full freedom to put forward proposals to settle the crucial and controversial constitutional issues, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.

Nipah claims 2 more lives

Nipah encephalitis claimed two more lives in Dinajpur and Gaibandha yesterday, raising the death toll to 27.

Double blow for family

It is not only Hena's memory that haunts her family members. They are also deeply worried about repaying the loan taken for her treatment.

Courtroom shell-shocked

As the Shariatpur civil surgeon yesterday read out in the High Court the fresh autopsy report citing injury marks all over Hena's body, people in the courtroom seethed with rage, some even shouted expletives.

Liaquat Ali's murder made things worse for Bangla

Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated on October 1951 16 while addressing a public rally in Rawalpindi. His assassin was quickly pounced upon by a mob and lynched. The incident sent shock waves throughout Pakistan, especially since it was the first murder of a leading political figure in the country. The subcontinent had already been reeling from the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in January 1948. Liaquat Ali Khan's murder brought to the fore the fact that assassination as a political weapon was quickly making inroads into subcontinental culture.

Autistic child worker dies in 4-storey fall

An autistic teenager met tragic death while working at a construction site in Uttara yesterday.

Muhith slates Kamal's remark on stock index

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday criticised the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the finance ministry for his remarks on the stockmarket index.

Saarc gets first woman secy general

The 33rd Saarc Council of Ministers meeting has unanimously endorsed former Maldivian attorney general Aishath Dhiyana Saeed as the first ever female secretary general of the eight-nation regional body.

2 robbers beaten to death

Two robbers were beaten to death and another was injured by a mob at Rasullabad village in Nabinagar upazila of Brahmanbaria district early yesterday.

Little magazines still a craze for youths

The sparse crowd around the vicinity of 'Little Magazine Chattar' at the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela paints quite a different picture than the rest of the fair, which is thickly populated.

Mubarak 'may be stepping down'

A senior member of Egypt's governing party has told the BBC he "hopes" that President Hosni Mubarak will transfer power to Vice-President Omar Suleiman.

'Schoolboy' bomber kills 31 Pakistan army recruits

A teenage suicide bomber killed up to 31 Pakistani army recruits at a parade ground yesterday, an attack the Taliban said was revenge for US drone strikes and local military offensives.

Indian doctor, Binayak Sen, denied bail

An Indian court yesterday refused bail to a doctor sentenced to life in prison on charges of helping Maoist insurgents, in a case that has drawn international condemnation.

Editorial

Extra-judicial killings

The chairman of the National Human Rights Commission makes a valid point. If indeed the security forces have had to act to defend themselves in crossfires and in the process shoot alleged criminals dead, there must be ways of validating such claims. Professor Mizanur Rahman has suggested --- and one cannot but agree with him --- that only the judiciary can determine if the principle of self-defence is a cause for law enforcers to kill their would-be assailants in extra-judicial manner. No one argues that in a skirmish where the Rapid Action Battalion and the police must defend themselves from criminal elements, they will do all they can to save themselves.

Unstable edible oil market

The skyrocketing cooking oil price has dealt another blow to the consumer public. Faced with losses as they are bound by the government-fixed price tag on the bottled cooking oil, refiners have slashed their supply substantially, thereby leaving the market at the mercy of the middlemen, who have taken full advantage of the situation to charge the customers unfairly. On this score, the refiners' point that the upward trend of oil price in the international market is behind their quandary cannot be dismissed out of hand. But what fails our understanding is why the government has been simply looking on while the crisis in the cooking oil market was going from bad to worse? And if the refiners' contention is grounded in fact, why hasn't it taken apt measures to offset the instability in the market or even revise the price of bottled oil in keeping with the international market as well as with the consumers' and the refiners' interests?

Sports

As if it starts tomorrow

It's in the air that this port city is going to be a part of history. Big banners promoting the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 have been hoisted all over the places of this metropolis and are bound to draw your attention. So much so that when you just step into the city you will feel the carnival is not far away from you.

By default?

If things had gone to plan since at least 2002, Mohammad Ashraful would have been the undisputed king of Bangladesh cricket. As the years have passed by, Ashraful has slowly taken the shape of a cautionary tale, a bad enough example for kids in every club across the country to be derided if they slack off after making a big one.

Canada can't forget

Ashish Bagai, the Canada captain, still remembers the night of February 11, 2003 vividly. When asked to reminisce, his eyes light up and it is pretty clear what makes him so happy even after eight years, exactly (and eerily).

BNS for cricket and football: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that both cricket and football should share the Bangabandhu National Stadium, said the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

Cricket's wicked arts

He's a trained lawyer, so Kumar Sangakkara should know when it's good to talk.

Tickets up for grabs

Cricket fans have a good news. Fifty per cent tickets for tomorrow's practice match between Bangladesh and Canada are still up for grabs and will be sold at the booth of the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

BFF appoints Babu as manager

The Bangladesh Football Federation has breached its three-year practice when the football's governing body appointed the non-technical Amirul Islam Babu as the manager of the national U23 team yesterday.

Goalless draw in table top clash

Sheikh Russel KC held Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club to a goalless draw in the Grameenphone Bangladesh League encounter at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

'We can handle the heat'

team is well-equipped to handle the pressure of playing in a World Cup in front of home crowds.

Ervine blow to Zim

Zimbabwe are banking on helpful subcontinent pitches for their spin bowlers and the expertise of West Indies great Brian Lara after a late change of heart from all-rounder Sean Ervine dented the country's World Cup hopes.

Shaheed Smriti hockey

Usha Krira Chakra blanked Bangladesh Police AC 3-0 in the Chowdhury Group Shaheed Smriti Hockey Tournament at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.

Club Cup cricket

Bir Bikram Yamin Krira Chakra of Sylhet and Rajshahi's Mukti Sangha reached the semifinals of the inter-district Club Cup cricket tournament yesterday.

Residential Model world champions!

Residential Model High School became Mini World Cup champions when they beat Willes Little Flower School by six wickets at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Tragic death of Bailey

Former England all-rounder Trevor Bailey has died in a house fire, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed Thursday.

Warm-ups shifted from Pallekele

Heavy monsoon rains have forced the International Cricket Council to move World Cup warm-up match-es from Sri Lanka's Pallekele Stadium, tournament organisers said Thursday.

Nat'l tennis

The final line-up of all events in the Sony National Tennis Tournament completed yesterday at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna.

Pepsi brings trophy to consumers

Countless Pepsi consumers were delighted to have a snap with the ICC World Cup trophy on Wednesday when the coveted trophy was taken to Bashundhara City by the soft-drink giant.

France edge Brazil

England overcame a stuttering start to edge out Denmark 2-1 in Copenhagen on Wednesday with Aston Villa pair Darren Bent and Ashley Young cancelling out an early effort from Liverpool's Daniel Agger.

Messi steals the show

Lionel Messi created one goal and scored another to give Argentina a 2-1 win over Portugal on Wednesday but a lively Cristiano Ronaldo also scored to steal some of the spotlight from the World Player of the Year.

Silva saves blushes

David Silva scored just four minutes from full time on Wednesday to earn Spain a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Colombia and end the world champions' embarrassing streak of winless friendlies.

Obi shines in win

New Nigeria coach Samson Siasia watched Inter Milan debutant Joel Obi shine in Wednesday's 2-1 friendly win over Sierra Leone.

'Our best performance'

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli described Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Germany as the Azzurri's best performance since he took charge last August.

Customs destroy WC shirt

A football memorabilia collector was left fuming and out of pocket after customs officials destroyed a package containing his prize possession - French star David Trezeguet's shirt from the 1998 World Cup final win over Brazil.

Materazzi's dig at Zizou

World Cup winner Marco Materazzi claimed on Wednesday that France legend Zinedine Zidane needs to ask himself for forgiveness before he could apologise to the Italian, whom he famously head-butted during the 2006 World Cup final.

Adriano's driving licence seized

AS Roma's Brazilian striker Adriano, has had his driving licence confiscated by police after refusing to take a drink driving test, media reports said Wednesday.

Business

Stock jitters cap the week

Stocks finished the week in jittery trade, as relentless panic pulled the index and turnover down yesterday.

Govt shares to see light

The wait for government shares is likely to end soon, as a breakthrough in offloading shares of state-owned enterprises finally came yesterday. The government set deadlines for 21 SoEs.

Minister slams cooking oil 'hoarders'

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday ruled out any shortage of cooking oil and blamed a section of businessmen for hoarding the essential ingredient to cash in on the rising prices of edible oil on the world market.

Muhith looks to $20b exports

Bangladesh is on course to exceed its export target for the current fiscal year as the country's progress in trade opened scope for optimism, said the finance minister yesterday.

Microlenders asked to use IT to cut costs

Microfinance institutions should absorb ICT to cut their operating costs as well as train borrowers to ensure the best use of loans, experts said yesterday.

Adfest focuses on changing consumers

While talking about advertising, one must not forget that the changing behaviour patterns and lifestyles of today are the key to making a brand successful, speakers said yesterday.

BGMEA Bhaban opens in Ctg

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday inaugurated the Chittagong BGMEA Bhaban in the port city and branded the building as a milestone in the history of the garment industry.

Western Marine to make ferry for Danish buyer

Western Marine Shipyards yesterday held a keel-laying ceremony of constructing a passenger vessel for a Danish company, the shipbuilder said in a statement.

Barua praises role of ship-breakers

The industrial development of Bangladesh depends much on the ship-breaking industry, Industries Minister Dilip Barua said yesterday.

New CPA chief takes over Sunday

New chairman of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Commodore M Anwarul Islam will take his charge formally on Sunday.

Squeezing in profit through supply chain

Demand forecast leads to procurement planning. An efficient and effective procurement function within a supply chain ensures that goods are bought at most competitive prices. This is the first step in bringing profits into the company

Belgium's beloved chip stall fights to survive

The warm smell of fries attracted a steady stream of customers to a box-shaped chip stand on a chilly winter afternoon near the famous Atomium monument in Brussels.

Resetting Egypt's economy

While Egyptians are yet to specify the final destination for their revolution and only they can, and should do so, there is little doubt in my mind that the country is now on a new, bold and uncertain road toward greater democracy and individual freedoms. The next few days and weeks will be critical in determining the journey for a country that is central to the stability of the Middle East.

Oil demand and cost burden to keep on rising: IEA

The global economic recovery will fuel ever greater demand for oil this year, with higher fuel prices expected to add a 15 percent burden on advanced economies, the IEA warned on Thursday.

SingTel net profit up

Asian phone giant Singapore Telecom (SingTel) said Thursday its third quarter net profit climbed marginally from a year ago, boosted by robust revenue growth in Australia and the home market.

IMF ignored crisis warnings

The IMF ignored warnings about the financial crisis from its own top economist and acted like cheerleader for the US economy rather than monitoring it, according to a scathing watchdog report published Wednesday.

Food inflation eases in India

India's food inflation eased in end January on moderating prices of fruits and vegetables but annual headline inflation in January is still expected to remain high.

Asia markets mixed

Asian stock markets were mixed on Thursday as Shanghai revived after China's rate hike put the region on edge, while oil prices again rose due to worries about Egypt.

Metropolitan

Dhaka seeks int'l help to ensure food security

Bangladesh yesterday sought help from the international community to face the challenges of food security amid price hike of essentials, population growth and climate change impact on agriculture.

153 faced acid attack last year

Some 153 people fell victim to acid attacks in 2010 across the country, according to a report by Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF).

Dipu Moni meets Nepalese PM

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday met newly elected Nepalese Prime Minster Jhala Nath Khanal at later's residence in Kathmandu.

Owner blamed for undermining JS body authority

Tofail Ahmed, chief of the parliamentary standing committee on industries ministry, yesterday accused owner of Deshbandhu Sugar Mill of undermining the committee's authority to investigate the company's corruption in exporting sugar.

Mufti Izharul on two-day fresh remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury, president of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), on two days' fresh remand in a case filed for abducting homeopathic physician Azizur Rahman in September 2003.

DoE, Shipping dept served notices

Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) yesterday served a legal notice on top officials of the environment department of (DoE) and shipping department for issuing clearance certificates to various ship breakers violating court directions.

Road crashes kill 13, hurt 22

Thirteen people were killed and 22 others injured in road accidents in Dhaka, Narsingdi, Chapainawabganj, Dinajpur, Khulna, Narayanganj, Satkhira and Jhenidah yesterday.

2 stores in BMA building gutted

A fire gutted two stores of surgical instruments in Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) building in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the city yesterday afternoon.

61pc die of non -communicable diseases: WB

Some 61 percent people of Bangladesh die of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the largest health burden in the country, says a new report of the World Bank.

Identity of girl on CMH bed yet to be known

The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a press release yesterday requested the relatives of the unidentified girl aged around 20, who is under treatment at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the city, to contact. She was admitted to the hospital as she was injured in a road accident on Kuril Bishaw Road in the city on Sept 21 last year.

Paban's bail term extended

A Dhaka court yesterday extended the bail term of Khandaker Akhter Hamid Paban, son of BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain, till March 1 in a case filed for cracker explosion in front of Khaleda Zia's Gulshan Office last year.

Prime minister smells anti-govt conspiracy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said a vested quarter is intriguing against her government with the final goal to plunge the people into sufferings.

Shamim Osman gets ad interim bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted ad interim bail to former Awami League lawmaker AKM Shamim Osman in two graft cases in which he was earlier jailed for 11 years.

JSD blames AL for disunity

Jatiya Samajtrantik Dal (JSD) president Hasanul Haque Inu yesterday blamed Awami League (AL) for making the grand alliance inactive and urged AL policymakers to strengthen the alliance rule in the country properly next three years.

Hearing deferred till Feb 17

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the hearing on taking into cognisance the charges against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun till February 17 in a money laundering case.

Death anniversary of Tawfiq Aziz Khan today

Today is the 10th death anniversary of Tawfiq Aziz Khan, former executive editor of The Daily Star, sports writer and commentator.

Readers respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Thursday's The Daily Star report headlined “'Heavy wounds' all over body”.

Senior US official arrives in Dhaka

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Geoffrey R Pyatt, arrived here yesterday on a three-day visit to Bangladesh.

War crimes trial necessary for justice: Morten

Morten Bergsmo, co-ordinator of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Legal Tools Project and director of Case Matrix Network (CMN), yesterday said it is necessary to hold trials of war crimes taken place in the country 40 years back for ensuring justice in the society.

Sabbir murder: hearing deferred till Feb 20

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the hearing of the Humayun Kbair Sabbir murder case till February 20 against Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Shah Alam's son Shafiat Sobhan Sanvir, and four others.

City trader shot

Muggers shot a trader and snatched his motorbike near the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital last night.

National

Brick kilns becoming new threat to Hakaluki Haor

A section of influential people have continued setting up brick kilns in and around Hakaluki Haor area, posing environmental threat to one of the largest water bodies in the country.

Diesel price shoots up in Sylhet region

Shortage of diesel in the region for the last one week has shot up the price of the fuel to Tk. 60 from Tk. 44 a litre.

Tug-of-war for 'political gain' from Felani issue

Local units of both ruling Awami League (AL) and main opposition BNP seem to be in the race for 'political gain' from the gruesome killing of Bangladeshi girl Felani, 15, by Indian Border Security Force on January 7.

One of two traders arrested

One of the two traders, who tried to sell 493 sacks of wheat meant for the government's schoolchildren feeding programme on black market on Tuesday night, was arrested in the city yesterday.

Verdict in case against 105 Satkhira mutineers Mar 2

The special court-1 will deliver judgement in the mutiny case against 105 jawans of 41 Battalion under Satkhira sector of Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) on March 2.

Expat girl kidnapped in Sylhet yet to be rescued

An expatriate girl, allegedly kidnapped from Baluchar area of Sylhet city on January 13, could not be rescued till last night, nearly one month into the incident.

Four youths commit 'suicide' in Chuadanga, Kushtia

Three young women and a man allegedly committed suicide in Kushtia and Chuadanga on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Stalker jailed, 2 others sued

A stalker was jailed in Sirajganj while two others were sued in Satkhira on Wednesday.

Two kids raped

A schoolgirl and a madrasa student were raped in two places of Galachipa upazila on Monday and on February 3.

Letters

Control environment pollution

This refers to your correspondent's report, published on January 26th. example. We hope such actions are taken by the Department of Environment on a regular basis. The fine imposed on Ehsan Steel Mills at Charpatherghata, in Chittagong is a good example! However the time frame of only 25 days, given for installing proper pollution prevention equipment is too little and unrealistic.

It's a great sight!

The 5 column photograph of cattle egrets (A dash of white in a concrete city) published in the front page of The Daily Star were quite interesting. I live by the side of Gulshan-Banani lake on its southern side in south Gulshan. I have been watching with lot of interests that a big flock of the white birds flying up and down the length of the longish lake for the last couple of weeks. Sometimes they descend on the thick carpet of green hyacinths for food. The lake is terribly polluted, particularly during winter when the water-table falls. Good that the birds don't mind the pollution and search for food in the water hyacinths! It is a beautiful sight when the flock of white cattle egrets flies along the lake. Even in this bustling and overpopulated city with its myriads of problems it is a wonder and we are lucky to get a glimpse of nature! One good thing- when the birds descend children don't throw stones but quietly watch.

My votes for Musa and Sir Frank

The concept I read about recently of enlisting qualifying foreigners as 'Goodwill Ambassadors' and 'Friends of Bangladesh' is an excellent idea.

Pay Salam properly, please!

In the Islamic culture when two Muslims, either known or total strangers to each other meet, they offer greetings by saying “Assalamu alaikum” which in English means “Peace be with you”. The one who pay Salam first is said to be in a better position. Answering the Salam by the one who receive it is obligatory. The answer is “Wa alaikum assalam” (And upon you be peace). I have noticed with regrets that some of us while paying or answering one's Salam do not maintain the proper norm, simply say “Wa alaikum”. But this should not be done. Salam should be offered and answered in the way as has been asked by the Almighty. Allah orders in the holy Qur'an: “When a greeting is offered to you, answer it with an even better greeting, or (at least) with its like. Allah keeps count of all things.” [Surah an-Nur: 4:86]

Press is powerful in Bangladesh

People are the ultimate judge to give verdict about success or failures of a government. Although a third world country, Bangladesh is far better than many developing countries in case of free access of information. Here the newspapers, private TV, periodicals, weeklies are abundant. The writers of those print media are freely writing their views in those papers without any fear. This situation is good for establishing democracy. As a citizen I am proud of my country. In fact print media in Bangladesh is very powerful. I believe the first pre-requisite of democracy is "free press”. The free press has more responsibilities to deliver correct information to the people. Confusing news from media create unnecessary rifts among the friends living abroad and to people at home. So they should play major role in bringing democracy in the country.

Meherjaan - we need to think

When a female member of a family is raped, she may need solace and some counseling in the beginning. But making her remember the incident now and then will hurt her sentiment again and again; and not let her forget the nightmare, which she is trying hard to do.

More computers for DU Cyber Centre

Dhaka University is traditionally known as 'The Oxford of East'. There is a Cyber Centre at TSC in the campus. But it has only 40 computers. The computers are not enough for 30,000 students. Moreover, about 10-15 computers always remain out of order. While the world is aiming to provide Internet connectivity to all, we are still deprived of basic technologies. I would like to draw the attention of Dhaka University Cyber Centre authority to take proper steps for installing huge number of computers for better service.

Glory of SUST

It is nice to see that, the first science and technology university is getting back its golden era flavor. Now there is no session jam in this university from 2006-07 batches and another semester's session jam is going to be minimized. This university has taken the first step toward digital Bangladesh by introducing digital admission system. If all the department of the university work properly it will be number one university of Bangladesh.

Governments' double standards

Are we ready for a major earthquake mentally and logistically? I'm sure most of the people will die a sinner, if earthquake strike them off guard. The moment a man visits an erotic site, give full play of his libido and become all engrossed in the rat race of materialism, he negates the omnipresence of God. Today's earthquake that I felt while sitting with my friends in the drawing room will remain the reminder of the Almighty Allah from whom comes everything. I was wondering what will happen to those who wants to destroy a huge bread basket to make room for a huge unnecessary high cost airport at a time when the black clouds of price hike is looming in the horizon. What will happen to those who feel no compunction about indicting a person like Sirajuzul Islam Chowdhury for the unrest on Arial beel. When it is the government that should be indicted for a stupid airport plan on Arial beel and the resultant unrest and deaths, now it is the government itself that is playing the role of a double villain by victimizing the victims.

Moscow bombing, not the first time

Moscow's Domodedovo airport had been rocked by a bomb explosion that killed 35 people on January 24. More than 100 people were injured by a suicide bomber. Such Bomb attacks are not new for Russia rather it is a continuing process because there were 6 massive bomb attack in past 7 years which killed more than 500 people. The question is when the world will be safe for us?

Raise the BSF issue at UN

We are nonplus and horrified to see a photograph and news of our innocent child Felani. Earlier Indian BSF has killed hundreds of Bangladeshis on trifle matter. Later they promised and assured us that such inhuman acts would never be repeated but all in vain. We wonder how and where from Indian Border Guards get such power and courage to shoot Bangladeshis like shooting of birds? We request our Ministry of Foreign Affairs to raise the issue in UNO on humanitarian ground.

Elevated railway tracks

One of the reasons for severe traffic congestion in Dhaka is railway gates. It seems that trains leave and arrive Dhaka station almost every few minutes. Once a railway gate is closed, traffic backs up quite a bit, before a backlog is cleared, it is time for another train to pass.

Stop the dowry

Through the columns of your esteemed daily I venture to voice my views about dowry system. During marriage ceremony a type of greedy people claim much wealth or money from the guardians of the brides. If the guardians fail to fulfill the demand of their bridegrooms, they misbehave with their wives and torture them. As a result many of them get divorced or commit suicide.

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International

Egypt military steps in as Mubarak regime totters

Egypt's military said yesterday it would respond to the "legitimate" demands of the people as President Hosni Mubarak's regime tottered in the face of massive nationwide protests demanding his overthrow.

S Asia rivals agree to resume peace moves

India and Pakistan say they have agreed to resume peace talks "on all issues".

Iraq car blast kills six Shiite pilgrims

A car bomb ripped through a Shiite Muslim procession just north of Baghdad yesterday killing at least six worshippers, a police officer said. Forty others were wounded in the attack, which struck on the outskirts of the mostly Shiite town of Dujail at 1:30pm, a police major said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

No need for more meetings with South

North Korea said yesterday there was no need for further dialogue with "traitors" in South Korea, a day after the collapse of military talks aimed at easing months of high tensions.

Philippines and Muslim rebels revive peace talks

The Philippine government and the nation's main Islamic separatist group agreed yesterday to push ahead with a faltering peace process after meeting for the first time in two years.

US Republicans target deep cuts

US President Barack Obama's Republican foes Wednesday unveiled a spending plan that calls for slashing funds for overseas food aid, scientific research, "green" energy, and environmental protection.

South Sudan rebels break ceasefire

At least 16 people died when rebels attacked south Sudanese troops in troubled Jonglei state, breaking a ceasefire signed last month, a southern army spokesman said yesterday.

WikiLeaks insider dishes dirt on Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was on the sharp end of some unwelcome exposures himself yesterday as a former ally spilled the beans on the controversial Australian and his whistle-blowing organisation.

DR Congo mass rape trial begins

An army officer in the Democratic Republic of Congo and 10 other soldiers have gone on trial at a military court yesterday over an alleged mass rape of civilians.

Ireland plane crash kills six

A commuter plane crashed and burst into flames as it tried to land at Cork airport in southern Ireland yesterday, killing six people and injuring another six, officials said.

US lawmakers revive China currency bill

US lawmakers announced Wednesday they would introduce legislation a day later to punish China for allegedly keeping its currency -- and therefore its exports -- artificially cheap.

Saudi embassy dismisses rumours about king's health

The Saudi embassy in Morocco, where King Abdullah has been convalescing after surgery in the United States, yesterday strongly denied rumours that the octogenarian monarch had died.

Suicide blast kills Afghan district governor

A suicide bomber in northern Afghanistan killed a district governor and two others yesterday after walking into the administrator's office to hand over a letter, police said.

Ulfa begins 'unconditional peace' talks

Top leaders of Assam's insurgents' outfit Ulfa yesterday met Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram as they began the first face-to-face unconditional talks with the government in an attempt to end the over three decades of a violent movement.

Sudan detains opposition leader

Sudanese security services yesterday arrested prominent government critic Mariam al-Mahdi, daughter of the prime minister whom veteran President Omar al-Bashir ousted in a 1989 coup, a member of her Umma party said.

Arts & Entertainment

Bangladesh through Audio-visual Medium

With 33 films made on different issues regarding Bangladesh, the 4th Bangladesh Documentary Festival has begun at the Central Public Library, Shahbagh, Dhaka from February 9. Titled "Documenting Bangladesh", the festival has been held every alternate year since 2004. Bangladesh Documentary Council, a platform organisation for docu-filmmakers, is the organiser of the festival.

Samia Zaman Calls the Shots

Following the success of “Rani Kuthir Baki Itihash”, media personality and filmmaker Samia Zaman is currently busy with her latest venture, “Chheleti”. Shah Alam Shazu had the opportunity for a one on one with Samia, who agreed to provide a rundown on the progress of her new film, which is being shot at FDC.

Theatre Festival to celebrate Rabindranath's 150th birth anniversary

To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, theatre troupe Prangane Mor is holding a weeklong theatre festival this month. The festival will feature theatre adaptations of Tagore's works by reputed troupes from Bangladesh and India.

British Council's festival begins with a writing workshop

“Tagore's life is an excellent example of the qualities required of any aspiring writer -- a love of literature, an interest in all aspects of human life and a tolerance which comes with constant growth and self-renewal.”
-- Julia Bell

Farooki's First Book in Rough Cut

Celebrated filmmaker Mostafa Sarwar Farooki's debut book “Rough Cut” is going to be launched at the ongoing Ekushey Boi Mela (book fair).

Michael Moore sues Weinstein Brothers

Filmmaker Michael Moore has taken legal action against producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, claiming he is owed millions in profits for his 2004 documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11".

Alor Pithey A(n)dhar

Krishnakali's long awaited second album will be launched today at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel. Syed Mahbubur Rahman, managing director, BRAC Bank is expected to be present as the chief guest at the programme.

Partho Borua's Playback Debut

Singer-musician Partho Borua will give vocals for a film "Shopnil Bhubon" directed by GM Faruk. Arman Khan is the music director of the film. The song "Sudurtoma" was written by Kabir Bakul and is being recorded by Partho. Recording is underway at Promix Studio.

OP-ED

History will be their judge

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia have been twice prime minister and twice opposition leader over the last two decades. They have some more years of power politics left to them. Already, they have exceeded the staying power of Srimati Indira Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto with the exception of Sirimavo Bandaranaike and her daughter Chandrika Kumaratunga ruling slightly longer, as destiny played out differently among the South Asian pantheon of women leaders.

An investigation foretold

The chairman of the probe committee on stock market manipulation has foretold his investigation. In an interview last week he said he might not be able to punish the culprits, but he would at least reveal their identities. In his subconscious mind, the man charged with a critical task appeared to be hamstrung by his own labyrinth.

Commitments at Kunming

The recently held 9th Conference of the BCIM (Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar) Forum, which focused on fostering closer economic cooperation among themselves, should be seen as a major initiative towards sub-regional cooperation in this region.

Bangladesh, a country that contradicts the cliché

The community centre, its corrugated iron walls set into a dirt floor, is jam-packed. It's collection day in Atalora, a village about 50 kilometres from Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital. The "banker" is here, one hand on her accounts book and the other on her calculator, as she sits opposite about 30 women cloaked in their shawls. One after another, they get up and come to give a small wad of notes to the employee of the Grameen Bank, the "bank for the poor" devised by professor Mohammad Yunus, microcredit pioneer and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.

StarTech

Test-yourself-tool for schoolchildren

Today's students will lead the 21st Century. But, they need to be empowered with stronger tools that will enable them to face global competition by the time they grow. Traditional methods of chalk and talk, although effective, are not enough anymore.

Dell prepping Windows tablet, refreshing PCs

Dell Inc showed off a tablet device for business users that runs Microsoft's Windows software, as the personal computer company continues to push aggressively into the mobile market.

Cyber crooks targeting smartphones: McAfee

Smartphones have become prime targets for hackers and spammers, computer security firm McAfee said in a report released Tuesday.

Google translation 'app' hits iPhone

Google software that turns iPhones into interpreters became available at Apple's online App Store on Tuesday.


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