The Daily Star

Your Right To Know
Tuesday, September 23, 2014


News of: Monday, 21st of February, 2011

Front Page

Toss dictates day's talks

New Zealand decimated Kenya in Chennai and Sri Lanka did a similar job on Canada in Hambantota as the ICC Cricket World Cup rolls into other two host nations yesterday.

Safety first, then import

The High Court yesterday said import of ships will not be allowed for dismantling unless public and workers' safety and environmental protection are ensured.

Bangla earned thru' blood

The Rubicon was crossed on February 21, 1952.

Robbers captured upon car chase

In a movie-like car chase, police yesterday arrested two criminals who commit robberies disguised as law enforcers.

CNG station sealed for high vibration

A CNG station at the city's West Kafrul was shut down by Department of Environment yesterday as vibration from its compressor was causing cracks on nearby buildings.

Yunus slates 'loan shark' microlenders

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has labelled profit-driven microfinance firms as 'loan sharks' who undermine the small-credit schemes that he pioneered to help tackle poverty.

Massacre feared in Libya

Libyan security forces shot dead dozens of protesters to try to crush a revolt in the second city Benghazi, and the wave of unrest sweeping the Middle East also pushed Bahrain's rulers into talks with the opposition.

Get Ekushey to youths

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all to spread the spirit of 'Amar Ekushey' (21st February) among the young generation to build a happy and prosperous technology-based Bangladesh.

Politics dictated by business people

Seasoned politician Abdul Jalil yesterday said country's political leadership is now in the hands of entrepreneurs who have turned the parliament apolitical.

3 power deals with Summit at final stage

The government looks to finalise within next month agreements for three large power projects with local company Summit and its US partner General Electric (GE) for generating more than 1,000 megawatt power by 2014.

11 BGB men jailed

Eleven jawans of 46 Patnitola Battalion of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were sentenced to jail terms ranging from six months to seven years yesterday for their involvement in the 2009 mutiny in Naogaon.

Saluting language heroes

President Zillur Rahman at 12:01am led the nation in paying tribute to the Language Movement martyrs who laid down their lives for the mother tongue this day 59 years ago.

Sayedee to be produced in tribunal on Mar 15

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday directed the jail authorities to produce Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee before it on March 15 in connection with the war crime charges.

A book on edn policy launched

A book containing the national education policy hit the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela yesterday.

Dhaka to get 175 new buses

One seventy-five buses from China will arrive at Chittagong Port tomorrow, and will hit the capital streets in the first week of next month.

Warrant to arrest ex-MP

A Dhaka court yesterday cancelled bail and issued an arrest warrant against former BNP lawmaker and Partex Group Chairman MA Hashem in connection with a tax evasion case.

Pintu cleared of attempted murder charge

A Dhaka court yesterday acquitted detained former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu of an attempt to murder case.

Iran anti-govt demos under way: opposition

Several Iran opposition websites said that anti-government demonstrations had started in parts of Tehran yesterday, as police said security forces were deployed in the capital.

Editorial

A reminder of our values

Ekushey is a perennial reminder to us of the values we live by as a nation. And these are values we reasserted in February 1952 through our spirited defence of our language when it came under threat from quarters not too happy about according it the place on the political and social pantheon it deserved. In 1952 and before it, the Bengali struggle was not so much against a foreign language as it was a movement against crude attempts to have Bangla take a back seat in our national life. The sadness comes in remembering that it took the lives of Bengali young men for their language to find its niche in the politico-cultural clime of the times.

Train-bus collision

It seems that the authorities are least concerned with the many unauthorised and unmanned railway crossings that continue to be the cause of train-bus collisions and deaths with disturbing regularity. The two accidents that occurred in Jessore and Comilla on the 19th of Feb is a stark reminder of the lackadaisical attitude towards public safety.

Sports

Ireland quietly confident

Whilst Bangladesh woke up to the grim reality of losing against India in the much-hyped opener of the World Cup, their next opponents, Ireland were in a relaxed mood the next morning.

Tamim looks on positives

The day after the opening match of the World Cup has been one full of sighs and yawns, the lack of interest and people around the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, the premise so much in vogue over the last week or so, could be interpreted in many ways but it would be too hasty to suggest that all is lost for the Tigers.

U-23 booters off to Kuwait

Bangladesh U23 football team left here yesterday for Kuwait to play their away match of the pre-Olympic qualifying round with a hope of putting up a good show despite the fact that Robert Rubcic got little time to prepare his charges due to the domestic league.

Another mismatch today?

Australia launch their World Cup bid against Zimbabwe without their usual favourites tag but banking on fearsome pace duo Brett Lee and Shaun Tait to fire them to a fourth successive title.

Tigers praised in India

Despite Bangladesh's 87-run defeat against India in the opening match of the World Cup 2011, the Tigers' run-chase came in for praise from Indian cricket writers who termed it as a "bold" attempt.

Soderling wins Marseille Open

Sweden's two-time French Open finalist Robin Soderling won his third tournament of the year here on Sunday, beating unseeded Croat Marin Cilic 6-7 (10/8), 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Marseille Open.

SL annihilate Canada

Veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene scored a sparkling century as Sri Lanka crushed Canada by 210 runs in their opening World Cup match at Mahinda Rajapakse Stadium on Sunday.

New Zealand toy with Kenya

New Zealand thrashed Kenya by 10 wickets in the World Cup on Sunday, making a mockery of the African nation's campaign to feature at the slimmed-down 2015 edition.

Sheer brilliance, little else besides

When we are all done with the prosaic and mundane, and by that I mean the ubiquitous statistics related to a cricket match, one element stands out; a brilliance so shining and glorious that it shrouded all and everything into pale insignificance. Virender Sehwag played one of the most sublime of innings in one day cricket. World Cup 2011 was set alight at Mirpur and its odds on that we may not see the likes of this innings anywhere, least of all in the World Cup, for a very very long time.

Kiwis keep feet on the ground

New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori said his team must not lower their guard against tougher opposition after cantering to an easy 10-wicket win over Kenya in the World Cup on Sunday.

Mahela might go after WC

Sri Lanka vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene said Sunday he may quit international cricket after the World Cup.

Kenya looking for an answer

Kenya captain Jimmy Kamande was left struggling for answers after a 10-wicket World Cup mauling at the hands of New Zealand nudged them closer to exile from cricket's most exclusive club.

'Bat if you win toss'

When Shakib Al Hasan won the toss, the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium erupted in cheer, but soon there was a short pause when the crowd heard that he chose to bowl first. The decision started to go pear-shaped from the very first delivery that Shafiul Islam bowled, which was hit for a boundary.

Cricket fells new frontier

Thousands welcomed the World Cup to Hambantota on Sunday, and in a land of ancient temples and leopards, even an elephant slowly ambled along to mark the occasion.

Between a rock and a hard place

Much of the debate surrounding the fall-out of Bangladesh's loss to India in the opening match of the World Cup on Saturday has centered on the decision of captain Shakib Al Hasan to field first after winning the toss.

Prior learnt it from Mushie

Matt Prior paid tribute Sunday to the influence of former Pakistan leg-break bowler Mushtaq Ahmed after being labelled England's best player of spin by teammate Stuart Broad.

Cheema's aspiration

Swashbuckling Canadian batsman Rizwan Cheema said Sunday he is a huge fan of Pakistan great Imran Khan, setting his sights on emulating the World Cup-winning skipper.

Referees awarded badges

As many as 13 match officials were handed over their FIFA badges at the Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday.

WI duo given green signal

West Indies duo Kirk Edwards and Devon Thomas have officially been cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to replace injured World Cup duo Adrian Barath and Carlton Baugh.

Jose keeps up home record

Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho celebrated nine years unbeaten in the league on home soil as his Real Madrid team defeated Levante 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday to close to within two points of league leaders Barcelona.

Van Gaal wants meaner Bayern

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal has said his side must stop giving away possession ahead of their last 16 match against holders Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.

United ward off Crawley upset

Manchester United breathed a huge sigh of relief as they defeated non-League Crawley 1-0 on Saturday to book a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals despite a lacklustre display at Old Trafford.

Lloris back, Lisandro out

Lyon's Argentinian star Lisandro Lopez will miss Tuesday's Champions League last 16 first leg match with Real Madrid, it was confirmed on Sunday.

Javed happy that Sachin's done it

Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad is relieved that his record of six World Cup appearances -- the most by any cricketer -- has been equalled by a legend like Sachin Tendulkar.

Business

Stocks spring back to life

Share prices clocked up massive gains yesterday after the finance minister spelt out his stance on 'forced sale' in a volatile stockmarket.

BB sets banks deadline to cut credit-deposit ratio

The central bank yesterday asked commercial banks to bring down their credit-deposit ratio by June 30.

Investment rebounds

After a prolonged slowdown in demand, import of capital machinery and industrial raw materials has bounced back strongly in the current fiscal year, reflecting a bright prospect for the country's manufacturing sector.

LDC leaders sound alarm over rising food prices

Least developed countries, including Bangladesh, have expressed deep concern over the precarious state of global food security, price volatility and inflation.

Intertek expands services

Intertek, a global provider of testing and inspections, has recently expanded its capacity in Bangladesh by rolling out a new laboratory testing service for agriculture.

Faruk blames price hike on businessmen

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday blamed a section of dishonest businessmen for increasing the prices of essential commodities illogically to cause sufferings to people and create problems for the government.

Minister seeks Canadian investment in power

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday asked Canadian businessmen to invest more in the power sector to help alleviate the nagging energy crunch crippling the country.

DCCI urges China to invest more

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) yesterday urged the Chinese business delegates to invest in Bangladesh as it has duty and quota free market access in the major global markets.

Stockmarket conundrum

After the Bangladesh stockmarket debacle in 1996, the market recovered gradually and had been growing steadily until 2008. In view lower rates of interest on bank deposits, tax-free income benefit, overseas remittance, fair rate of return on investments and lack of sufficient avenues for investment by individuals, investors were encouraged recently to invest more in the stockmarket. The market became reasonably stable until 2008. In 2010, the share price index started rising and it became abnormally high in late 2010 creating an alarming situation and a concern among the experts. From the first week of December, there was repeated falls in the stock prices and in the process, many investors incurred huge losses and market is yet to be stable. Ultimately, highest level of the government had to intervene to turn the situation to a tolerable level from the disaster. Among other issues, the government also formed an investigation committee to detect the market manipulation, if any.

Local saris make a comeback

The glory of local saris, the most extensively worn apparel of Bangalee women, is back after withstanding an invasion of Indian saris, say industry insiders.

Taking pride in a brand

A change in lifestyle is best displayed in women's clothes. Now the majority of women prefer salwar-kameez to traditional saris, pushing garment makers to shift their attention to the changing fashion trend.

Leaders warn pact could create two-speed Europe

Central European states have given a cool reception to a Franco-German proposal for a eurozone competitiveness pact, pointing to the risk of a two-speed Europe, even though few are in any rush to adopt the single currency.

Nepal's growing middle class takes to the malls

When the first indoor shopping complex opened in Nepal's ancient capital Kathmandu in the 1980s, it was such a novelty that visitors had to be shown how to use the escalator.

Gold rush means hard times in Portugal

Portugal's financial woes have triggered a gold rush of sorts, as the country's debt-strapped population sells off family valuables to pay their monthly bills.

US will out-hustle world: Obama

President Barack Obama vowed Friday to make America "the best place on Earth to do business," making his case for investments that have sparked a raging budget battle with Republicans.

China raises petrol, diesel prices

China raised wholesale petrol and diesel prices by 350 yuan ($53) per tonne Sunday, the second rise in two months in the world's second-largest fuel consuming nation, the government announced.

EADS stake decision could leave Berlin in bind

Torn between the need to save money and the desire to maintain German influence in the European aerospace group EADS, Berlin could be in a bind if automaker Daimler seeks to reduce its holding.

Corporate Briefs

EBL FIRST MUTUAL FUND
The fund reported net asset value of Tk 13.84 per unit at current market price and Tk 12.99 per unit at cost price against face value of Tk 10 on the close of operation on February 17. Total net assets stood at Tk 1,383,809,751.83 on market price and Tk 1,298,538,165.26 on cost price after considering all assets and liabilities.

Metropolitan

World Bank to donate Tk 250cr to Bangladesh

The World Bank would provide Tk 250 crore to Bangladesh as a grant for financing the strengthening of regional cooperation for wildlife conservation project.

4 killed, 44 injured in road accident

Four people were killed and 44 others injured in road accidents in Gopalganj and Dinajpur on Saturday and yesterday.

Form human rights commission in S Asia

Speakers at a press conference yesterday said a regional human rights commission should be formed to watch over human rights violations in South Asian countries.

Knowledge Corner

Astronomy: Discovering the Universe
Astronomy is an age old science and involves the exquisite study of celestial objects.The detailed study of the stars, planets, galaxies and comets are applied in the understanding of the cosmic background radiation that takes place consistently beyond the atmosphere of the Earth. The revelations have largely affected and influenced man's understanding of evolution, meteorology and the laws of physics. The movements observed have enabled scientists to gain a deeper understanding of the celestial objects as part of and the origin of the development of the universe.

Hearing deferred till Feb 27

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the hearing of the Humayun Kabir Sabbir murder case till February 27 against Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Shah Alam's son Shafiat Sobhan Sanvir, and four others.

Adulterated food-making factory busted

A mobile court supported by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday busted an adulterated food-producing factory in the city's Jatrabari area and fined the owner of the factory.

Employer on the run Say police

Koli, wife of an officer of Rajshahi Cantonment, who allegedly tortured her 9-year-old housemaid Sonia, went into hiding, said police after raiding several places, including Koli's residence in the cantonment, yesterday.

Proper diagnosis still unsatisfactory

Proper diagnosis of vascular anomalies that is defects in blood vessels, the most common congenital anomaly, still remain unsatisfactory in the country, resulting in immense suffering of many children, said experts yesterday.

4 give deposition against 46

Slain army officers were piled on two vans by mutineers, carried to the backyard of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) hospital and dumped into mass graves on the night of February 25, 2009, a sepoy told a special court yesterday.

'Make accurate census'

Planning Minister AK Khandker yesterday urged the officials concerned to give full efforts for making accurate the population and housing census-2011, which is beginning on March 15.

Assam for internet gateway from Cox's Bazar to Guwahati

The government of Assam on Friday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to extend the Internet connectivity from Cox's Bazar to Guwahati by setting up a gateway in Guwahati.

Programmes set to pay tributes

Different political, social and cultural organisations have taken various plans to pay glowing tribute to language movement martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the mother tongue 58 years back.

Cases against Yunus tarnish images of Bangladesh

Filing of cases against Nobel laureate Prof Dr Muhammad Yunus is harming the image of the country, Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad said yesterday.

Housewife dies mysteriously

A young housewife died mysteriously at Mohammadpur in the city early yesterday.

Include Dalits in census

Speakers yesterday said exclusion of any citizen during the population census is violation of human rights. They urged the government to give special attention to the Dalit and other backward communities.

Dr Shirin Sharmin reelected chairman of CGPAMG

Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, state minister for women and children affairs, has been elected chairperson of the Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Monitoring Group (CGPAMG) for the second consecutive year.

Punishment to rapists of adivasi girl demanded

Different human rights organisations including Women Resource Network (WRN), Hill Women's Federation, Marma Students Council and Sachetan Juba Samaj (Conscious Youth Society) formed human chains yesterday in the three hill-districts demanding immediate punishment of the criminals who allegedly raped an indigenous teen age girl on Wednesday night at Diamond Hotel in Bahaddarhat area under Chandgaon police station in the port city.

Call for mass awareness on cancer

Cancer experts at a seminar called upon the government to launch a mass awareness programme to save people from the 'silent killer' disease.

Daughter of ruling MP 'abducted'

A teenage daughter of a ruling party lawmaker was allegedly abducted from the city's Segun Bagicha Saturday night.

MoU signed between DU, West Bengal University

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Dhaka University and West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT), India was signed yesterday.

Shirin Sharmin reelected chairman of CGPAMG

Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, state minister for women and children affairs, has been elected chairperson of the Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Monitoring Group (CGPAMG) for the second consecutive year.

Man hacked to death in city

A man was hacked to death by his brother at Chonpara in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj yesterday.

Cancer diagnosis machine set up at Mitford hospital

An ultra-modern SPEC-CT machine has been set up at the Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound Centre of Mitford Hospital.

AL, BNP fail to fulfill peoples' expectations

Language veteran Abdul Matin yesterday said people are tired of the mud-slinging culture by the two main political parties-- Awami League and BNP.

National

Tiny tots learn thru' fun

Around 25 children, aged between four and six years, got themselves engaged in joyful interactions and games in a corrugated iron sheet made room at Mollapara village in Dakkhin Rajason area under Savar municipality in Dhaka district.

12-yr-old boy punished for teasing girl

A mobile court here on Friday fined a 12-year-old boy Tk 2000 on charge of teasing a girl student in the town.

40 hurt in clash over disputed water body

At least 40 people were injured as two rival villagers clashed at Borantar village under Mohonganj upazila over a disputed water body.

Tiger caught alive, set free in forest

Forest staff yesterday caught alive and released to the Sundarbans the tiger that had entered Munshiganj union in Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira district in search of food on Saturday evening.

Fresh unrest at coalmine

Bangladeshi miners in Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) yesterday staged a demonstration demanding profit bonus as pledged by the authorities concerned last year.

Indigenous kids yet to have textbooks in mother tongue

Absence of textbooks in mother languages and lack of teachers from own communities hamper schooling of indigenous children in Chapainawabganj district.

Troublesome sawmill triggers protest

Students and teachers of Mothurapur High School in Daulatpur upazila of the district have demanded that the local administration remove the sawmill set up beside the school by an influential person recently, hampering academic atmosphere.

Good price inspires onion farmers

The farmers of the district have brought more lands under onion cultivation this year because of good market price of the vegetable.

Outlaw killed in Pabna

A top leader of an outlawed party was killed by rivals and his body was recovered at Madhupur village under Ataikula PS in Sadar upazila yesterday morning.

Cracks in dyke create panic

People of Shyamnagar upazila are worried as an embankment of Water Development Board near Harinagar bazar here has developed cracks.

Three IU teachers resign

Three teachers holding important administrative posts at Islamic University (IU) resigned on Saturday.

Kuta starts agitation

Khunla University Teachers' Association (Kuta) has started agitation yesterday to press home their two-point demand.

Letters

Give importance on writing skills

Being an engineer is not easy. Only young minds with a passion for numbers, logic and physics can pursue this career. Just for comparison, over the time, medical programmes have extended their time almost twice as much as they used to have back in those days. Engineering programmes, on the other hand, have still restricted themselves into a span of mere four years. However, with the great advancement of technology, the course load has significantly increased with more and more up-to-date science and its corresponding applications that students need to gorge.

Look at America!

It is indeed a tough task which the international leaders are carrying out right now regarding Egypt by being silent. The cry for democracy in the streets of Cairo is intentionally not being heard by all the pro-democratic leaders of the world. It is quite evident that the leaders of the West, especially of US do not seem to have any problem with the dictatorship as long as it cooperates with their policies.

Website for our airport

Hazrat Shahjalal (R) International Airport, Dhaka needs an official website. New comers and travellers from around the world look for information about the airport and the services it offers. It has been many years since Hazrat Shahjalal (R) International Airport (formerly Zia International Airport) is recognised as an international airport. Unfortunately, a search on the internet through search engines (e.g. Google, Yahoo) does not show any official website on the airport. The world has advanced technologically; in this context creating an interactive website for an international airport is easy and we have that capability in Bangladesh.

Mistake by a doctor

As a doctor I was extremely shocked and surprised to watch the TV coverage of Modern Diagnostic Center, one of the well reputed diagnostic centers in the city some days ago. In this regard I have some points to make:

A right decision

Many thanks to our Prime Minister for taking the right decision on the proposed airport at Arial Beel in Munshiganj. My request to the PM--please take strong action against those who proposed the airport site at Arial Beel. I think some ministers are not performing their duties properly.

A shame for WC opening

It has been a great show -- the grand opening ceremony of the ICC World Cup Cricket 2011, but I, along with many others alike, simply want to point to a particular item that was presented before the world audience which in no way should have been placed in the gala package. I am talking about the cheap performance by the folk singer Momtaj. Her song 'Nantu ghotok-er kotha shuinya...' was a disgrace to the entire show.

Look outside Dhaka

By hosting the opening ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Bangladesh has proved that it can stage any global event on its soil.

Terrible conditions of washrooms!

In our country the condition of public toilets are terrible. One cannot imagine using those in shopping malls or any other public places. The government hospitals are glaring examples and many private clinics are no better in that respect. The international airports of Dhaka and Chittagong are quite spick and span but one is disappointed when s/he visits the washrooms-- leaking taps, amenities not working properly, soaps and tissue papers are absent, if by chance there is soap, these are soap bars, not liquid ones, using these are unhygienic. We hope authorities will give proper attention to this important issue and take necessary steps. It is surprising that no one bothers about the harmful effects of their negligence.

All pomp and power will go…

Dictators like Kings, want to rule with the unspoken wish to reign "till death sets them apart"! Kings get away with it, as the tradition is anchored on prehistoric realities. Even today, the kings and queens of England are surviving, because they consciously choose the 'Scepter and Crown', over the authority and power to rule. England is ruled by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers, holding full executive authority.

Overhaul Biman now

As per the news appeared in The Daily Star that the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism in a recent letter sent to the management of Biman stated that it was not happy with the explanation towards justifying the loss they incurred which is about over Taka 80 crores despite an increase in the passenger ratio from the previous year.

Smoking festival at Dhanmondi

Ganja, a highly potent form of cannabis, is most commonly used in all the areas of Dhanmondi. Ganja has effect on the mental state and this is the main reason why most people smoke ganja. Ganja can change one's mood. Students are mainly falling prey to this.

Readers respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star report headlined “Tigers go down fighting.”

International

Bahrain opposition plots strategy before talks

Bahrain's opposition wants the nation's rulers to guarantee they will back up their conciliatory words with actions, a Shiite leader said yesterday as he and other activists weighed the regime's offer for talks after nearly a week of protests and deadly clashes that have divided the Gulf nation.

Are plant hydraulics a path to adaptive dream machines?

Airplanes might soon have flexible wings like birds and robots could change shape as they please thanks to research under way on mimosa plants, researchers said.

Thousands rally again in Tunisia

Thousands of demonstrators rallied on the streets of Tunis yesterday calling for the resignation of Mohamed Ghannouchi's transitional government.

Palestinians protest Obama UN veto

Around 3,000 Palestinians gathered in the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday to protest the US veto that nixed a Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements.

Uganda president wins new term

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni cruised to a new five-year term yesterday, taking more than two thirds of the vote in elections the opposition said were marred by fraud.

Indian govt to allow graft probe: MPs

The Indian government is to concede to opposition demands for a cross-party probe into an alleged telecoms fraud that cost the nation up to $40 billion in lost revenue, lawmakers said yesterday.

Protesters demand change in Morocco

Several thousand people rallied in Moroccan cities yesterday demanding political reform and limits on the powers of the king, the latest protests demanding change to have rocked the region.

1,900 invited to royal wedding

Prince William and Kate Middleton have invited 1,900 guests to their April wedding, officials said yesterday, filling Westminster Abbey with foreign royals, family, friends and reportedly David Beckham.

Israel eyes with 'gravity' Iran 'routine' navy move

Israel views the dispatch of two Iranian warships to the Mediterranean with "gravity," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday, as the vessels were expected to pass though the Suez Canal.

Taliban attack kills 38

The death toll from a Taliban attack on a bank in eastern Afghanistan rose to 38 yesterday with more than 70 others wounded, officials said, in the deadliest attack since June last year.

Ulfa anti-talk faction not to support ongoing talks

The anti-talk faction of the ULFA, led by its 'Commander-in-Chief' Paresh Barua, yesterday said it would not support the ongoing talk process initiated by a section of the outfit with the government.

Pakistan troops kill 15 militants

Pakistani troops killed 15 militants in a pre-dawn gunbattle in the tribal district of Mohmand near the Afghan border, local officials said yesterday.

Students protest against regime in Sanaa

Hundreds of Yemeni students demonstrated yesterday outside the Sanaa university campus on the eighth straight day of anti-regime protests in the capital, an AFP correspondent reported.

Merkel braces for battering in German state poll

Chancellor Angela Merkel braced for a heavy defeat in polls yesterday in Germany's second city Hamburg at the start of a super election year, with surveys showing her conservatives set for a drubbing.

Man dies in Senegal torching protest

A man who torched himself in front of Senegal's presidential palace in a protest over his army pension died yesterday, a hospital doctor and a security source said.

Iran frees German reporters in woman stoning case

Iran has freed two German reporters held for interviewing the son and lawyer of a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, after commuting their jail terms to 50,000-dollar fines, state media announced on Saturday.

Five African presidents to meet on I Coast crisis

Five African heads of state, UN and African Union leaders were to meet here yesterday to seek a solution to Ivory Coast's political impasse, as doubt rises over the success of mediation efforts.

'Islamists' hold hostages in unrest-hit city: Libya

A group of "Islamist extremists" have taken hostage members of the security forces and civilians in unrest-swept eastern Libya, a senior Libyan official told AFP yesterday.

French soldier killed in Afghanistan

A French soldier serving with the Nato-led international coalition in Afghanistan was killed in an insurgent attack at the weekend, the president's office announced yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Observing 1952 in a New Ambiance

Serajul Islam Choudhury, Professor Emeritus of Dhaka University, is among the most powerful and perhaps the most widely heard voice of dissent in the country. Author of nearly eighty books, the extent of his knowledge on history and politics of the sub-continent is exhaustive. His views have swept over the fields of literature (both Bengali and English), history, social science and arts. Akram Hosen Mamun of The Daily Star (TDS) recently spoke to Professor Choudhury. During the conversation, Choudhury shared his views on the Language Movement, Liberation War and the prospects for a better society. The following are excerpts from the conversation. The full text of the interview will be published in the February 26 issue of Star Literature:

Ode to In'l Mother Language Day

As her homage to Ekushey February (International Mother Language Day), singer Anamika Tripura rendered the song "Amar Bhai-er Roktey Ranganao Ekushey February", written by Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury, into Kokborok, mother tongue of the Tripura community.

Bryan Adams Romances Dhaka

It is a rare occasion when a world renowned musician pays a visit to Bangladesh. Usually we have to be content with performers from neighbouring countries dropping by. The hype that surrounds those events provides only a small glimpse of the excitement over the recent concert by Bryan Adams as part of his Bare Bones Tour.

Creativity Honoured

Mymensingh Press Club honoured 12 journalists and litterateurs of greater Mymensingh region with the Press Club Award for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields. The award ceremony was recently held at the hall room of the Press Club.

Articulating National Movements on Canvas

The Liberation War and Language Movement are the main themes of the current exhibition, titled “Peace” featuring Proshanta Karmakar Buddha's works. The exhibition is on at Nordic Club, Gulshan-2, Dhaka.

OP-ED

Is February 21 a mere ritual?

The day the Language Martyrs made the greatest sacrifices to hold aloft the dignity of their mother tongue marks the beginning of a new history in the lives of the Bengali people. The cause for which the courageous students laid down their lives on that day had a universal appeal. It is not surprising that the day has now won worldwide recognition as the International Mother Language Day.

Amar Ekushey Precursor of birth of Bangladesh

February 21 has been a day of national mourning, pride, reflection and action. It is also Language Martyr's Day. It was fifty-nine years ago on this day that Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar, Shafiur and Salam sacrificed their precious young lives for the honour and preservation of our mother language, Bangla.

Tribute to Martyrs' Day

It was indeed a glorious day for all Bangladeshis when the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (Unesco) proclaimed February 21 as International Mother Language Day. This proclamation was no doubt a significant event because it not only honoured our mother language but also all mother languages round the globe.

International Mother Language Day

The new millennium opened with international recognition of our language martyrs' sacrifice and our movement for linguistic, cultural and national identity. With the designation of Ekushey February as International Mother Language Day, global recognition was given to our role in vindicating the importance of the mother tongue in the national context and in our private lives. The meaning of the term "mother tongue" is that all children learn their language on their mother's laps.

Dictatorship in democracy

One definition of dictatorship, according to Webster's Dictionary, is "absolute power or authority" vested in one individual. So, if there is a government which gives -- officially or unofficially -- absolute power and control of all organs of government in the hands of one individual, it is by definition a dictatorship, even if the government is an elected one.



The Daily Star

© thedailystar.net, 1991-2014. All Rights Reserved