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Tigers go down fighting

The euphoria about the World Cup opener is gone, and all that Bangladesh are left with is the disappointment of an 87-run loss against the might of India. One aspect of yesterday's game that will haunt the home team and its supporters for some time to come is the lapse in judgement in sending India in to bat after winning the toss. Except some flashes with the bat, nothing went right for Shakib Al Hasan's men in the highly anticipated opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup against favourites India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Education steps put brake on dropouts

The government's policy of distributing free textbooks, widening the stipend coverage for students and training teachers seems to be paying off: the dropout rate at the SSC level has come down sharply in last two years.

Dhaka, Delhi move to swap enclaves

Bangladesh may soon gain over 10,000 acres of land from India, as Dhaka and New Delhi prepare to exchange 162 enclaves.

Demand for Bangla got louder after the killing

Following the shootings of February 21, 1952, it became clear that the whole of East Bengal and indeed the entirety of Pakistan were numbed by the tragedy. But the most important lesson emerging from the incidents of the day was that the movement for Bangla as the language of the state had assumed a much bigger dimension than could earlier be conceived of by politicians in the corridors of power. After February 21, events moved with remarkable speed. On April 26, 1952, as Abul Maal Abdul Muhith reports in his State Language Movement in East Bengal 1947-1956, a non-communal organisation going by the name of East Pakistan Students' Union was established. Alongside the emergence of the organisation came the fact of leading progressive Bangali thinkers getting together sometime in the middle of the year to form the Pakistan Shahitya Parishad.

13 killed in 2 train crashes

Thirteen people were killed and 45 others injured in two train-bus collisions in Comilla and Jessore yesterday.

Gaddafi faces fight of his life

Two of the Middle East's most entrenched rulers were battling to stay in power yesterday amid reports of dozens of protesters killed in Libya and an offer of talks by Bahrain's king being rebuffed.

Dreams shattered by recession

Dreaming of a better future, Momin Bakkar flew to Singapore in June 2008, being completely unaware that the recession-hit economy there had nothing to offer him.

CJ discusses proposals for changes

The chief justice in a full court meeting with High Court judges yesterday discussed proposed amendments to HC rules including provisions for its judges and lawyers over dealing with cases.

Project work goes on in good pace

Implementation of the Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover project in the capital is making headway ahead of schedule after despite procedural and physical adversities, say project officials.

Tropical forests 're-shaping'

Future climate change could change the profile of tropical forests, with possible consequences for carbon storage and biodiversity, a study says.

Boy succumbs to injuries by WC revelers

A schoolboy, who was stampeded by a crowd celebrating Cricket World Cup Friday night near the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in the capital's Mirpur, succumbed to his injuries yesterday.

4 robbers hurt in 'gunfight' with Rab

Four suspected robbers were injured during a “gunfight” between them and Rapid Action Battalion at Chhotodhali of Companiganj in Noakhali early yesterday.

Body found stuffed in carton

Police yesterday recovered decomposed body of a watch-factory employee stuffed inside a carton at Chawkbazar in the capital.

S Asia needs common approach for rights

Coordinated and collaborative efforts are needed to address the common issues of protecting human rights of the South Asian countries, said Dr Mizanur Rahman, chairman of the National Human Rights Commission yesterday.

Manmohan upbeat

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said peace talks with insurgent's group Ulfa has a "good future" and those who are issuing threat against the dialogue were not aware of "ground realities".

Little magazines in big demand

Huge variety of magazines in the “Little Magazine Chattar” at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela was witnessing a good sale after succeeding to grab attention of readers of all ages.

18 killed in Afghan bank attack

Gunmen and suicide bombers dressed as border police killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 70 in an attack on a bank in the main city in Afghanistan's east yesterday, government officials said.

Rahat Fateh Ali charged in India

India charged a well-known Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan currency violations yesterday after he and his entourage were allegedly caught with $124,000 in undeclared cash at New Delhi's airport, reports said.

Make Bangla an official language

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid urged the United Nations to include Bangla as one of its official languages.

Ulfa faction threatens Congress of armed strike

The anti-dialogue faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) led by its fugitive commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah has threatened to launch an armed strike against the ruling Congress in the state for splitting the outfit.


Rising tide of popular demands

Voices of change continue to be heard in diverse regions of the Middle East. After a truly remarkable bout of change in Tunisia and Egypt, it is by now absolutely clear that Arabs across the region have spontaneously risen in defence of a democracy they have never had over the last many decades. In Bahrain, in Libya, in Jordan, in Yemen, a tidal wave of popular revolt aimed at a liberalization of society through an overthrow of their entrenched ruling classes surges on, cheering votaries of democracy across the world.

The expected has happened

We would like to dwell a little on country Bangladesh and team Bangladesh to make our first point. The country Bangladesh came through with éclat and flying colours for the magnificent opening of the World Cup. Then followed the preparations for the opening encounter between India and Bangladesh which impeccably marked the beginning of the World Cup Cricket, 2011. On the match day, traffic and entry into the stadium were managed well with due diligence as inside of the stadium wore a colourful, impressive look.


Calling right, deciding wrong

There are many theories about the toss but cricket teams usually have two sets of plans to counter its aura. The captain of the weaker side would ideally like to attack with his strength and use that momentum to bring home the win. Through cricket history, the enigma of the toss has on very few occasions been redundant. Some captains even want to lose the damn thing just to avoid the responsibility.

Sehwag the plunderer

Virender Sehwag's bat laughed off the big occasion, expectations, threat of an upset and history. The right-hander's 140-ball 175 was testament to his fondness to prove everyone wrong and play according to his own formbook. He made sure he took his revenge on the Tigers after the Port-of-Spain defeat haunted him for the last four years.

Hold up, it's World Cup

"Today has been declared public holiday, so it's better to stay home than to go to work," were the words from a policeman who was directing traffic movements at Shishu Mela crossing of Shyamoli area in the city yesterday morning.

Shakib sticks by decision

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan stuck by his decision to bowl first despite his side's 87-run defeat against favourites India in the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Times (of India) out of tune

The opening ceremonies that precede major sporting events, by their very nature, are usually quite drab affairs. Sport is an arena for thrill underpinned by suspense, the ebb and flow of emotions you are no longer in control of. Au contraire, these lavish opening ceremonies only provide an opportunity for some pomp and pageantry, at best a coming-out party, at worst unnecessary.

Lanka await the unknown

Kumar Sangakkara admitted his knowledge of Canada is confined to ace batsman John Davison, who once scored the fastest World Cup hundred, but that does not bother the Sri Lankan captain.

Sylhet chamber election set for June

Elections to the Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) will be held on June 2, the chamber's administrator Md Abul Hasan said.

Past inspires Kenya

Kenya will go into their opening World Cup game against New Zealand drawing confidence from stellar past performances at cricket's showpiece event, captain Jimmy Kamande said Saturday.

Kiwis want form reversal

Struggling New Zealand will be keen to resurrect their fortunes and start their World Cup campaign with a victory against underdogs Kenya on Sunday.

Festive crowd greets World Cup

The biggest advantage of watching a game from the stands alongside the faithful and not encased in an air-conditioned press box is that you miss nothing of the buzz, the collective heartbeat of the thousands who are inside the stadium egging on their own to do better and bigger things.

Watto knows his job

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson said Saturday he had "big shoes to fill" but vowed to do his best to get his team off to flying starts in their quest for a fourth successive World Cup.

Vettori looks to start afresh

New Zealand will look to make a fresh start at the World Cup after a harrowing run in recent one-day internationals, skipper Daniel Vettori said Saturday.

Smaller WC a backward step: Grant

The International Cricket Council's proposal to trim the next World Cup to 10 teams is a step "backward", Zimbabwe batting coach Grant Flower said on Saturday.

Zim bank on spinners

Zimbabwe batting coach Grant Flower said Saturday he is looking forward to a disciplined performance from his spinners in their opening World Cup match against Australia.

Lyon thrash Nancy

Lyon gave themselves the perfect morale boost for next Tuesday's Champions League home clash with Real Madrid on Friday as they eased to a 4-0 victory over Nancy.

Chelsea crash out

Holders Chelsea were sent crashing out of the FA Cup here on Saturday after losing a dramatic fourth round replay against Everton 4-3 on penalties.

Wenger stay focused

Arsene Wenger has demanded his Arsenal side maintain the standards they set in beating Barcelona when they face League One Leyton Orient in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.

Roma fans arrested

Four fans were arrested by police on Saturday as Roma 'Ultras' protested against their team's poor recent form.

Detractors upset Leonardo

Inter Milan coach Leonardo took a swipe Friday at those who questioned the standard of Serie A after defeats for Italian clubs in the Champions League this week.

'Good man' Gattuso

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti defended Gennaro Gattuso on Friday following the AC Milan stalwart's headbutt on Tottenham coach Joe Jordan during the Champions League this week.


Price plunge alarms potato farmers

Potato prices have plunged to a four-year low both at retail and grower levels due to an increased supply.

Garment exports to go big

Garment exports will rise further in coming months, as manufacturers have already bagged bigger orders than before.

New committee opposes external recruits for bank reforms

A new government committee has ruled out any need for external experts or consultants for reforms to state-run banks.

Sundarbans families get green ovens

MIDAS Financing Ltd and Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI) have distributed eco-friendly ovens among families in Bon Laudob village in the Sundarbans in a bid to help save the ecosystem of the forest.

BB to fund agro-processing industry in CHT

Bangladesh Bank is ready to help develop agro-processing industry in the Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT) area for the benefit of the farmers who produce large amount of fruit, vegetables and other perishable goods every year, said Governor Atiur Rahman.

India signs deal with Malaysia to liberalise trade

Hot on the heels of inking a comprehensive economic cooperation agreement with Japan, India on Friday signed a similar accord with Malaysia that envisages liberal trade in goods and services and seeks to provide a stable investment regime between the two countries.

Ctg trade fair kicks off today

The 19th Chittagong International Trade Fair 2011(CITF) begins today at the Railway Pologround to promote local products in the international market.

BGMEA election deferred

The board of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) postponed its elections for undisclosed reasons, said the board chief yesterday.

Bangladesh brands

Consumer perception of the word "brand" is usually associated with quality. In the western world, with the variety and options available, it is the concept of brands that help consumers decipher and match their needs to that of the products available in the market.

G20 can't control commodities, but rates would

Nicolas Sarkozy thinks he has radical ideas for the G20 to address volatile commodity prices, stopping just short of guillotining traders. A world burdened by inflation in oil, other commodities and food may share his frustration. The president hopes the French and other Europeans will, too. But dividing the world's commodity trades between the “commercial” and the “speculative” ones isn't easy. This means G20 finance ministers may realise little in their discussion on the matter -- even though Sarkozy is right that speculation in commodities is part of the price problem.

India's ambush marketing defeats cricket chiefs

Cricket's popularity in India and the huge revenue it generates is hampering the governing body's efforts to crack down on ambush marketing there, said experts before the World Cup started.

Pool talents, pull up growth

Corporate Bangladesh is likely to face an acute shortage of mid- and senior-level professionals by 2021 unless immediate steps are taken to nurture and develop its own pool of talent, say management experts.

How to pass the interview hurdle

Most jobseekers stay uncomfortable while finding out the best way to face an interview board intelligently. They always strive to discover the secret to impress the board. A communication expert says confidence, right attitude and preparation are the keys to be successful in such a case.

G20 seeks elusive deal on economic indicators

G20 nations struggled Saturday to overcome Chinese opposition on how best to measure and tackle massive global economic imbalances, key to their flagship initiative to avoid another financial crisis.

Watch over requisitioned Ivory Coast banks

Security forces loyal to Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo were posted Friday outside the shut headquarters of subsidiaries of French banks, a day after they were requisitioned by the regime.

US House defies Obama, passes spending-cut bill

The US House of Representatives on Saturday approved legislation to cut federal spending deeply through September, a plan that is sure to be stopped by President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats in the Senate.

Singapore budget targets widening income gap

Singapore unveiled a budget on Friday brimming with handouts for poorer citizens, with an eye on elections that are widely expected in the second quarter and the social im-pact of rapidly rising prices.

Nokia sees Windows phone prices dropping fast

Prices of smartphones using Microsoft's Windows Phone software platform will fall fast, Nokia's chief executive Stephen Elop said on Friday.

BBC buys final stake in Lonely Planet for £42.1m

The BBC's commercial arm said Friday it had bought the remaining 25-percent stake in travel publisher Lonely Planet that it did not already own for 42.1 million pounds (67.2 million Australian dollars).

Citigroup sets exec bonuses, tied to profits

Citigroup Inc, recovering after a series of government bailouts, will pay some top executives millions of dollars of cash bonuses if its core operations earn at least $12 billion before taxes over the next two years.

Asian markets mixed

Oil prices remained high in Asia on Thursday as a Japanese minister fretted about the effects of Middle East unrest, while stock markets were mixed, some edging higher on increased global confidence.

Intel to invest $5b in new Arizona plant

US computer chip giant Intel announced plans on Friday to invest more than $5 billion to build a new state-of-the-art chip manufacturing facility in Arizona.

Ford replaces Fiat in Russia tie-up

US auto giant Ford stepped in Friday to replace Italy's Fiat in a joint venture with a Russian automobile assembly group that enjoys a strategic foothold in the booming post-Soviet car market.

US exchange BATS to buy Chi-X Europe

BATS Global Markets, a leading US stock exchange operator, has agreed to buy Chi-X Europe, creating a major pan-European trading center, the companies said in a statement Friday.

Crude stays high

Oil was down but well supported in Asian trade Friday as persistent tensions in the Middle East and north Africa continued to push prices higher, analysts said.

Anglo American 2010 net profit nearly triples

Global miner Anglo American said Friday that net profits almost tripled to $6.54 billion (4.82 billion euros) last year, as the sector was boosted by soaring commodity prices and emerging markets demand.


3,500-tonne jute seed to be imported from India

Bangladesh will import about 3,500 tonnes of high yielding jute seeds from India for the coming season as growers show more enthusiasm to cultivate the “golden fibre” this year.

Knowledge Corner

Birth of a Test Playing Nation: Bangladesh
A new era began for Bangladesh cricket on 10 November 2000 when the national team played their first test match against India at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka. Bangladesh became the 10th member of the elite family of test playing nations in the world. Being a test playing nation was not as easy as it was thought to be. Bangladesh's cricketers had to face many obstacles on their way to achieving test status. Bangladesh's first official foray into international cricket came at the 1979 ICC Trophy in England, leaving the tournament with 2 wins and 2 defeats. Seven years later, on 31 March 1986, Bangladesh played in its first ODI match against Pakistan in the 1986 Asia Cup. Although football was the most popular game here for a long time, cricket gained momentum and soon surpassed football, especially after Bangladesh won the ICC Trophy in Malaysia in 1997. The year 1999 was a historic year for Bangladesh as it played its first World Cup in England. Bangladesh created an enormous upset by beating Pakistan by 62 runs during the 1999 Cricket World Cup in the group match at Northampton. Bangladesh managed 223/9 from 50 overs; in reply Pakistan could only manage 161 due to a few run-outs by wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud and some tight bowling by Khaled Mahmud, who took 3/31 from 10 overs. He was later judged man of the match. Bangladesh also beat Scotland in that tournament, although they did not qualify for the Super Six round due to defeats in three of their five matches. However, the win over Pakistan, who went on to become eventual runners-up to Australia in that World Cup, gave Bangladesh a head start in their quest to become a test playing country.

7 killed, 2 injured in road crashes

Seven people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Pabna, Sylhet, Dinajpur, Benapole, Brahmanbaria and Bogra yesterday.

Family finally files case against her employer

Nine-year-old housemaid Sonia's father Nobab Ali filed a case with Boalia Police Station in the city yesterday, accusing wife of an army officer for barbarously torturing his daughter.

A real greenery

The historic Bahadur Shah Park, well known as Victoria Park as its earlier name, is green with some 500 trees and the lone place that offers amusement for cross-section of people in Old Dhaka.

Vessel with 2,200-tonne clinker sinks in Hatia

A lighter vessel with over 2,200 tonnes of cement clinker sank in Ramgati point of Hatia channel here yesterday.

Reshuffle in police dept

In a reshuffle in the police department, a total of 24 senior officials with the ranks from deputy inspector general to superintendent of police were transferred yesterday.

13 get Ekushey Padak

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over Ekushey Padak to recipients at a function at Osmani Memorial Hall today, a day ahead of International Mother Language Day.

West Bengal seeks WB fund for Sundarbans

The West Bengal government has sought funds from the World Bank for the development and restructure of the world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans.

Govt needs trusted bureaucracy: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the country needs a dedicated bureaucratic system to bring dynamism in the government to implement the Vision 2021.

Ex-leaders for elections to student bodies

Some former student leaders yesterday stressed the need for elections to student bodies at different universities and colleges across the country to revive healthy student politics and protect the rights of students.

4 robbers held in city

A team of Detective Branch of Police arrested four alleged highway robbers and seized their trucks and sharp weapons at Doyagonj in the city's Jatrabari yesterday.

Minister assures modernisation of the port city

State Minister for Environment and Forests Hasan Mahmud here yesterday said the port city would turn into a clean and good-looking modern city through a modern waste and garbage management.

Bangla to be used in digitalisation

State Minister for Science and Information and Communication Technology Yeafesh Osman yesterday said Bangla would be the language used in digitalisation process of Bangladesh.

Permanent Shaheed Minar set up in Rome

A permanent Shaheed Minar, a memorial to the historic Language Movement of 1952 was inaugurated in Rome, the Italian capital, on Friday by Foreign Minister Dipu Moni.

Mount social movement to eliminate illiteracy

Some noted citizens yesterday said a countrywide social movement should be launched on voluntarily to eliminate illiteracy.

DU set to observe Amar Ekushey

Dhaka University (DU) completed all preparations to pay tribute to language martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the mother tongue, Bangla, 59 years ago on February 21.

3 Bangladesh cricketers to join spcl festival

Three players of Bangladesh National Cricket Team will take part in a 'Read-Play Festival' at Kisholoy Girls' School and College at Mohammadpur on 21st February on the occasion of International Mother Language Day.

CU BCL ransacks provost room

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League members Chittagong University unit yesterday ransacked the room of the provost of Alaul Hall and damaged valuables.

2 rapists of Adivasi girl sent to jail

A Chittagong court yesterday sent the owner of Diamond Hotel and its manager to jail, who allegedly raped an indigenous teenage girl Wednesday night at the hotel in Bahaddarhat area under Chandgaon police station in the port city.

Newspaper holiday on Feb 21

The members of Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) will observe Monday (February 21) as a holiday on the occasion of Amar Ekushey (Shaheed Dibash-International Mother Language Day).

CU postpones teachers' recruitment after 'HC order'

Chittagong University (CU) authority yesterday postponed teacher recruitment process of Zoology Department after receiving a fax from a High Court (HC) lawyer saying that the HC gave a stay order on the issue on Thursday.

JS body chief urges LDCs to focus on dev governance

Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Foreign Affairs A H Mahmood Ali, MP has called upon the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to attach greater focus on developmental governance by subsuming good governance and the rule of law, and by resorting to decentralisation and devolution.

Russian team due tomorrow, to discuss energy issues

A high-powered Russian delegation will arrive in Dhaka on February 21 to discuss energy issues with Bangladesh, especially accelerating the ongoing drilling activity of Petrobangla, said a top official of Petrobangla yesterday.


Stringent law needed to stop poaching

Tigers in the Sundarbans are decreasing fast as poachers with the connivance of a section of corrupt officials of forest department and pirates have continued killing the splendid creatures in the world's largest mangrove forest.

Raffle draw ticket seller murdered in Dinajpur

A ticket seller of an illegal raffle draw was murdered at Cheradangi Mela (fair) under Dinajpur Sadar upazila early yesterday.

Verdict in case against 11 mutineers today

The special court-12 will deliver judgement in the mutiny case against 11 jawans of 46 Patnitola Battalion of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Naogaon today.

Locals, settlers both keep indoors fearing reprisals

Yesterday's half-day hartal in Rangamati district, enforced by three indigenous organisations in protest against Thursday's arson attacks by Bangalee settlers in Longudu upazila under Rangamati district and injuring their activists allegedly by members of village defence party and law enforcers on Friday, passed off peacefully.

Jamaat leader's son held on charge of arms peddling

Police arrested a son of a Jamaat central leader and former lawmaker with a pistol on Friday night from near Mannujan High School under Sonadanga police station of Khulna city.

2 held with 70 bullets

A joint team of Rab and police arrested a woman and her son along with 70 bullets at College Para in Alamdanga upazila yesterday morning. The arrestees were identified as Mukuli Begum, 45, wife of police constable Abdur Rahman and their son Imram, 18. Acting on a secret information, members of Rapid Action Battalion and police conducted a drive at Abdur Rahman`s house in the upazila Sadar and held the duo at 11:30am. During a search, the law enforcers recovered 70 bullets from the drawer of their wardrobe.

Youth murdered in Gazipur

A young man was murdered by unidentified criminals in Earshadnagar area in Sadar upazila Friday night. The deceased was identified as Ashiqur Rahman, 30, of the area. Police and locals said an unidentified gang equipped with sharp weapons chopped Ashiq indiscriminately at one Arju's rickshaw garage in the area at about 7:00pm, leaving him critically injured. Hearing hue and cry, locals rescued him and took him to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where the attending doctor declared him dead. Police arrested one Parvez in this connection.

3 held on criminal charges

Police arrested an acting Union Parishad (UP) chairman, a local ruling party leader and a JSD leader on charge of crimes from Jhoudia village yesterday. A Kushtia court sent them to jail after police produced them before court in the afternoon in three separate cases. The arrestees are acting chairman of Jhoudia UP Mizanur Rahman, general secretary of Jhoudia union unit Awami League Keramat Ali and Jatyia Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) leader, also a village head, Moniar Rahman. According to police, they raided their houses in the morning and arrested them. “The arrestees are accused in different cases including that of murder and other crimes," Chokdar Abdul Halim, Assistant Police Super (Asp-circle) told this correspondent.

Girl drowns in Monu

A 10-year-old girl drowned in River Monu at Sharifpur under Kulaura upazila on Friday noon. Her body could not be found till filing of this report yesterday afternoon. Locals said two daughters and a son of Abdul Bari of village Lalarchak under Sharifpur union parishad-- Sultana Begum, 14, Resmin Begum, 10, and Belal Miah, 5,-- went to collect fuel wood from the riverbed. After collecting wood, Sultana Begum and Belal Miah came up but their sister Resmin Begum went missing in the river. Relatives and villagers launched a search operation but the girl remained untraced till filling of this report.

Farmer found dead

Criminals have strangled a marginal farmer at Radhanagar village in Sadar upazila of the district. Police recovered the body of the farmer on Friday afternoon. The victim was identified as Shomsher Ali, 45 of the village. According to police, Shomsher, also a part- time fisherman, went for fishing in Kali River with one Masud of the village on Thursday night. But he did not return home in the morning. Family members on Friday morning asked Masud about Shomsher but he could not give any satisfactory reply. In the afternoon, locals found Shomsher's body on a char of Kali River. Police arrested Masud for interrogation.

Brickfield worker killed

A brickfield worker died and five others were injured as a chunk of mud fell on them yesterday morning in Khata Hara area near the town. The deceased was identified as Shadat Hossain alias Lal Mia, 30, while the injured are Alek Chan, Nur Mia, Ismail Mia, Khalil Mia and Rahim Uddin. Witnesses said the six workers were seriously injured as a chunk of mud fell on them while at work at RKS Brickfield at about 10:00am. The injured were admitted to Narsingdi General Hospital where Shadat died later.

Expatriate's house looted

Robbers looted gold jewellery and cash worth Tk 20 lakh from an expatriate's house at Tilagarh in the city early Thursday. Sources said a gang of armed robbers swooped on the house of UK expatriate Masud Ahmed Chowdhury at dead of night and looted Tk 1.25 lakh, 30 tolas of gold jewellery, two mobile phone sets and a DVD taking the members of the house hostage at gunpoint. The gang managed to escape with the booty.


Ship breaking sector's future

As reported in your front page on 30th. January, Hon. State Minister for Environment & Forest has logically stated that steel importers will be most benefited by harming the ship breaking sector. Interested parties are therefore inciting the environment groups to get after this sector which supplies most of the raw materials for steel rolling industry and steel melting. Ship breaking also employs a sizable number of people, providing them a livelihood.

Railway needs a push

In spite of giving repeated commitments, the AL-led government did not take any effective measures for the development of railway sector in its last two years in office. Our policy makers are sitting idly while the neighbouring countries including India are taking various development programmes for improving their railway service, as it is the main dependable means of communication.

A brilliant suggestion!

The suggestion of readers of your newspaper in recognising people like Sir Frank Peters for his noble and worthwhile contribution to Bangladesh and bestowing upon him and other foreigners the honorary title of 'Goodwill Ambassador' and 'Friend of Bangladesh' is brilliant! In almost 40 years of successive governments, we have not said 'thanks' to anyone for their good deeds or kind contributions. Hopefully, this will break the cycle, but I doubt it. If we cannot honour and demonstrate our gratitude to the likes of Musa Ibrahim who risked his life and limb scaling Mount Everest and escalated Bangladesh into world news in the most positive way imaginable, I would not be holding my breath awaiting any form of thanks if I were a foreigner.

Honouring our language

Every year 21st February is celebrated in Bangladesh remembering the supreme sacrifices of the language heroes of this country. Today our state language is Bangla. But could we establish Bangla as a mode of communication in all spheres of life? Why can't we use Bangla in all govt. ministries? Bangla is spoken by around 30 million people in the globe. 21st February has been recognised as the International Mother Language Day. But as Bangalee, we don't show due respect to our mother language.

We are in trouble

Awami League has come to power with a landslide victory but so far it could do very little according to its election pledges. Prices of essentials are sky rocketing day by day. Unemployment is a big issue. Electricity and gas crises have become acute. Our government should solve electricity crisis immediately for industrial and agricultural development. Breaking the syndicate is essential to halt the spiralling prices of the essentials.

Violence against women

Harassing girls or women has become a common matter nowadays which can be regarded as one of the worst social diseases of the country. This leads many girls to take a very hard decision of not going outside their home and ultimately force them to drop out from schools and colleges and sometimes to migrate to other places along with their families. Another big concern is that the girls harassed outside even tend to kill themselves. Though many educational and non-governmental organisations stood by those victim families expressing their concern, protested by forming human chains to make some differences, but these do not seem to be enough to wipe out this social disease.

Hena's death

Living abroad we dearly love our country and people. But I feel that people back there have lost their hearts. Hena, the 14-year-old girl, who according to the news report was raped by her cousin and was punished to death next day for being raped!! I am sure the fatwabaj definitely had some interest in the matter, as they also lessened the punishment of the rapist who should only be punished for the heinous act. I do not know what is happening in my country. I am frustrated and saddened.

Our MPs

Our parliament sessions are short and the debates far shorter. Our elected representatives are not passionate men and women, driven to politics by a determination to leave their mark on the world, or at least on those who oppose them.

The usual channels

I wonder if, on her recent visit to the UK, the Honourable Prime Minister enquired about an odd expression, used in the Mother of Parliaments. As a student of constitutional history, it used to puzzle me - 'the usual channels'. The explanation was given to me eventually, and, coming across it recently, I was struck by its continuing relevance.

Let's get it right!

With the onset of the Cricket World Cup season 2011, the sports channels are all abuzz with talk shows and flashbacks to encapsulate the spirit of the occasion. So, yesterday I was watching the semi-final of ICC World Cup 2003 between Australia and Sri Lanka on Neo Cricket. Australia was batting first. Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden were hitting all over the park until a ball went up and was caught in the slips. The bowler went up with a “Howzzat” and so did the other fielders. However, the umpire remained unfazed and signalled a 'Not Out' for Gilchrist. And then to the utter amazement of the commentators, the opposition team, his own teammates and the whole audience present in the stadium, Adam Gilchrist walked out of the crease and started his way back to the pavilion. The case was such that even technology could not have detected that Gilchrist was out and he would have easily got a 'Benefit of Doubt.” But Gilchrist showed the courage to stick to what is right in the face of all kinds of temptations. We all might as well take a note of this on the backdrop of the nation striding through rampant corruption prevailing literally everywhere possible.


Protesters retake Bahrain square

Thousands of anti-government protesters have reoccupied their former stronghold in the capital, Manama, after troops and riot police retreated from the Pearl roundabout in the centre of the city.

Libya protest deaths 'rise to 84'

The number of people killed in three days of protests in Libya has risen to 84, according to the New York-based group Human Rights Watch.

Student killed in Yemen clashes

One protester was shot dead and five wounded in clashes with Yemeni government supporters near the capital Sanaa's university campus on Saturday, an AFP correspondent reported.

Recap of Middle East, North Africa crises

Developments in the unrest sweeping some other countries:

US vetoes UNSC resolution

The US has vetoed an Arab resolution at the UN Security Council condemning Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories as an obstacle to peace.

New warzone envoy may mean new tact for US

In appointing Marc Grossman as the new special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the United States is turning to a consummate diplomat who may change tact in two deeply complex relationships.

Pak court reissues Musharraf arrest warrant

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has reissued an arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf over the assassination of ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto, according to a prosecutor.

Afghans need political solution: Hillary

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that only a political solution will end the war in Afghanistan as she voiced hope for splitting off rank-and-file Taliban from Al-Qaeda extremists.

'Aeroecology' uses radar to track flying animals

The study of birds, bats and flying insects could be transformed by the use of technology designed for tracking storms, researchers say.

Somali pirates hijack US yacht

Somali pirates on Friday hijacked a yacht with four Americans on board in the Indian Ocean, a non-governmental organisation monitoring regional maritime activity said.

Fewer big fish in the sea

Fewer big, predatory fish are swimming in the world's oceans because of overfishing by humans, leaving smaller fish to thrive and double in force over the past 100 years, scientists said Friday.

Being bilingual a good brain work-out

Speaking more than one language protects the brain against cognitive decline and makes a person better at multi-tasking, researchers said Friday at a major US science conference.

Long lost silent movies return to US

In a cold underground bunker once packed with enough dollars to replenish the cash supply in the eastern United States in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack, "Gigi" lies silently near "An American in Paris".

Fergie not invited to royal wedding

Sarah Ferguson, the former wife of Britain's Prince Andrew, will not be invited to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April, her spokesman told a newspaper yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Ode to beautiful Bangladesh

The enchanting beauty and traditional culture of Bangladesh was the common thread of cultural performances by students from eight English medium schools of Chittagong. The event left the enormous audience spellbound on February 16 evening at Foy's Lake Amusement Park in the port city.

Casting coup

For the first time, veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and her daughter Soha Ali Khan will be seen in a film and the credit for achieving the casting coup of sorts goes to Sangeeta Duta whose debut film “Life Goes On” will have both in lead roles.


India's seat in the world stage

Last week a funny thing happened in the United Nations Security Council. The Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna in his first appearance before the Council since his country began a two-year stint in January, read the wrong speech.

"Credibility" of the nuke posture

Credible Minimum Deterrence is a highly loaded term, often used to suggest a state's intentions with regard to its nuclear posture. Combined, the three words, 'Credible,' 'Minimum' and 'Deterrence' present a complex paradox. Credibility, for instance, is an essential prerequisite for deterrence. Why then use the word 'credible' as a prefix to Deterrence or Minimum Deterrence?

Bureaucracy and the Upazila Parishad

BANGLADESH has previously experienced the unrealistic futile exercise of a top-down planning as well as administrative approaches that reinforced the elite and in turn failed to bring about any qualitative changes in the lifestyle of the majority, particularly in the rural areas.

Challenges of Census 2021

BANGLADESH is going to use the first ever-digital enumeration map and a unique computerised geo-coding system in processing data in this fifth population and housing census 2011 that might make statistics more scientific and analytical.

Ancient mummy was a blonde!

SHH! This is top secret. A cute blonde tourist is causing problems in Beijing's halls of power. No, she's not had an affair with any of China's top leaders. There are many adjectives one can use to describe those guys, but "sexy" is not among them, trust me.


Under the "Pleasure is all Mine" column which appeared on Friday, February 18, the Final of the World Cup will take place on April 2, not April 4 as mentioned.

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