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News of: Friday, 11th of March, 2011

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Dyeing factory fire kills 8

Eight people died early yesterday when a raging fire swept through five rooms of a roof-top shed of a garment-dyeing factory.

Ministers criticised over poor record

A number of ruling Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday expressed dissatisfaction at the performance of some ministers and observed it may not be possible to fulfil people's expectation with them at the helm of ministries.

Make or break for Tigers

With Bangladesh taking on England today, is it all set up for a breathtaking game of cricket at the ICC Cricket World Cup?

Came for job, went home with body of brother

Mohammad Ibrahim came to Dhaka from Mehendiganj of Barisal Wednesday looking for a job but he had to returned home yesterday with the body of his brother.

More support for Yunus from abroad

The world's best-known microfinance institutions and over a dozen Bangladeshi scholars living abroad condemned the government move to remove Prof Muhammad Yunus from Grameen Bank.

Tajuddin thanked people for support

With the movement proceeding smoothly, despite a series of provocative acts by the Pakistan army and also through its encouragement of Bihari resistance to Bangabandhu's political programme in such areas of Dhaka city as Mirpur and Mohammadpur, a pattern had set in. Of course, to much amazement and public outrage, the non-Bengali Bihari community in Mirpur and Mohammadpur refused to observe the general strike that was going on all over the province and even went around intimidating Bengali residents of the areas if they so much as expressed support for the Awami League programme.

Abed, Yunus among world's top 100

Two renowned Bangladeshis have been included in a list of 'Top 100 Individuals' who have committed themselves to improve the lives of girls and women around the world.

Grameen Bank on Joy's letter

Sajeeb Wajed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has riddled Grameen Bank with allegations of tax evasion, fraud and illegal activities under its founder Muhammad Yunus, prompting the microlender to issue a firm rebuttal.

19,000 to fly in within week

Repatriation of the remaining 19,000 Bangladeshis who fled trouble-torn Libya and are now stranded in Egyptian and Tunisian borders, is expected to be completed within a week through joint operations by IOM chartered flights and Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

'Fast track' gas scheme falters

The government on Wednesday shelved a so-called "fast-track gas field development scheme" that aimed to increase the country's gas supply on an urgent basis as Petrobangla failed to have any contractor carry out the task since September 2009.

Mother sues 9 'rapists'

Nine alleged rapists of Serafina Mardi, an ethnic minority girl who committed suicide failing to stand humiliation, were sued yesterday with the first court of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal here.

JS body okays bill with harsh punishment

A parliamentary body has recommended enactment of a bill with provisions of harsh punishment for torture and inhuman or degrading treatment by law enforcers or government officials.

SC seeks fatwa views

The Supreme Court seeks Islamic scholars' opinion on the status and application of fatwa in the country.

Ershad's U-turn

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad had lunch with the ruling Awami League-led grand alliance leaders at the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's official residence Gano Bhaban yesterday, the day after he lamented joining the alliance.

Cop jailed for neglect

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced former officer-in-charge (OC) of Shyampur Police Station to five years' imprisonment for his negligence in rescuing a 10-year-old boy from abductors in 2003.

Bees in peril

The UN yesterday expressed alarm at a huge decline in bee colonies under a multiple onslaught of pests and pollution, urging an international effort to save the pollinators that are vital for food crops.

10 accused of Babu murder freed on bail

Ten accused in Boraigram upazila chairman Sanaullah Noor Babu murder case were freed on bail from Natore jail yesterday.

12th Year of Saluting the Nation Builders of Tomorrow

Once again, The Daily Star is going to honour the Highest Achievers in the O & A Level examinations, to be held on Friday, 18th March, 2011, at 9.00am at the Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka.

Editorial

Under-staffed missions

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni states that as many as forty three Bangladesh missions abroad are faced with a shortage of manpower. Her assessment is simple, which is that such a shortage is impeding the provision of adequate services to non-resident Bangladeshis. The manpower structure under which the missions have been operating, the minister reminds us, was approved way back in 1982. Obviously, in today's circumstances there needs to be a change in the structure, as Dr. Moni appears to be suggesting. We do not disagree with her where revising the structure is concerned.

Busting market syndicate

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has again warned of tough action against unscrupulous traders' syndicates and hoarders behind artificially hiking up essentials prices and creating food grain crisis in the market. Earlier too she on different occasions had issued similar warnings against dishonest traders. To all appearances, the prime minister's tough words have been lost on the coteries responsible for hoarding and various kinds of market distortion. Because so far the prices of daily essentials have hardlyshown any sign of coming down.

Sports

Cometh the hour

In a war, a general can never look back. All his movements have to be precise and forward or else he could be victim of a fateful ending. Shakib Al Hasan's predicament, though not as life-threatening, is similar, when he will lead out Bangladesh in today's game against England, which is as crucial for the team as it is for himself.

Enough of tight games!

England captain Andrew Strauss has had enough of tight encounters in this World Cup and is aiming to nail down a place in the quarterfinals in today's Group B game against Bangladesh at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.

Shakib's time is now

How difficult it would be for Shakib Al Hasan today is quite clear to everyone who has been following the developments over the last week or so. After the loss against West Indies came the sharp retort to the former players and then emerged the disreputable photograph, a dispiriting impression clouding over the man in charge of leading the country's cricket team in the World Cup.

Nothing is for granted

Grizzled veteran Ram-naresh Sarwan, who knows the difference between a new West Indies golden age and another false dawn, is refusing to ponder a World Cup quarterfinal spot just yet.

What about Kamran?

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said Thursday that blundering wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal will not be made a scapegoat and fans should expect a traditional World Cup rollercoaster ride.

Lankans first to last eight

Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed 144 before taking 4-4 to help Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 139 runs and reach the World Cup quarterfinals on Thursday.

Dutch toughen India: Dhoni

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his team had a good workout against the Netherlands and the pressure they faced would stand them in good stead for tougher World Cup challenges ahead.

Borren a proud captain

Proud skipper Peter Borren praised his "brave" team for their efforts against India, saying the Netherlands had put themselves in a winning position but lacked the firepower to shock the hosts.

Spurs see off Milan

Tottenham survived a barrage of pressure from AC Milan to reach the Champions League quarterfinals as Wednesday's 0-0 draw in the last 16 second leg at White Hart Lane secured a 1-0 aggregate victory.

Schalke reach last 8

Schalke 04 brushed off reports coach Felix Magath will be dismissed at the end of the season on Wednesday to beat Valencia 3-1 and book their place in the Champions League's quarterfinals.

Arteta limps out

Everton playmaker Mikel Arteta faces several weeks on the sidelines after limping out of the Toffees 1-1 draw with Birmingham at Goodison Park.

FIFA probes 6 officials

FIFA on Wednesday opened disciplinary proceedings against six referees and match officials amid an investigation into match-fixing in two international friendlies.

Brazil match to be Ballack's last

Ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack is set to win his 99th -- and final -- cap in August's international friendly against Brazil, according to reports here on Wednesday.

Nazmul injured, not seriously

Nazmul Hossain injured his right ankle during training at the Zohur Ahmed Chow-dhury Stadium here yesterday.

Sammy feels more united

West Indies captain Darren Sammy said Thursday the dramatic Dhaka stoning of their team bus, and the bitter war of words which followed, has strengthened the squad's World Cup bonds.

Johnston doubtful

Ireland were sweating over the fitness of in-form seamer Trent Johnston ahead of their crunch World Cup clash against the West Indies on Friday.

Klopp rules out Bayern job

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp on Wednesday ruled himself out of the soon-to-be vacant top job at Bayern Munich, where coach Louis van Gaal is set to leave at the end of the season.

Fabregas out of MU clash

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will miss Saturday's FA Cup quarterfinal against Manchester United after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring injury.

Cole escapes charges

England and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole will not be prosecuted for accidentally shooting a work placement student with an air gun, police sources said Thursday.

Niall's bats located

Six bats belonging to Irish World Cup wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien, which went missing earlier this week, have been found among the Indian squad's luggage, a team spokesman said Thursday.

Business

BB revs up fight against inflation

Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday increased repo and reverse repo rates by 0.5 percentage points to slow credit growth in a bid to contain inflation.

Rice prices mark a fall

Rice prices mark a decline amid a lack of demand in the wake of expanded government operations to sell the staple at subsidised prices.

Stocks keep momentum

Stocks kept the upbeat momentum for the sixth day as the big fund and buy-back system inspired investors to inject fresh cash into the stockmarket.

Telecom renewal guidelines under fire

The government should go by locally or globally recognised benchmarks or auction to sell spectrum instead of sticking to the draft renewal guidelines, to maintain the explosive growth of the telecom sector, experts and operators said yesterday.

Huawei offers solutions to enterprises

Chinese telecom equipment vendor Huawei yesterday launched its enterprise business solutions for Bangladesh market to provide ICT solutions to the government, finance, education and energy sectors.

New chamber for women launched

A new trade body, Dhaka Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DWCCI), appeared on the scene yesterday to help women entrepreneurs explore business potential.

New member of Linde AG executive board

Sanjiv Lamba has been appointed as a new member of the Linde AG executive board. Lamba, who is based in Singapore, will be responsible for the gases business of the Group in greater China, South and East Asia and in the South Pacific re-gion, said a statement.

Inflation puts social stability at risk: Standard & Poor's

Inflation may put macroeconomic and social stability at risk in a number of Asia-Pacific countries, including Bangladesh, due to the challenges of strong capital inflows and rising inflationary pressures, said Standard & Poor's Ratings Services in a report recently.

Asia's hottest kitchens attract world's top chefs

Red-hot chefs make the world's most exclusive restaurants and some of the hottest names in the kitchen are wielding their magical knives in Asia.

Disappearing tradition: Najaf abaya makers in decline

Known across the region for its fine texture, the Najafi abaya is worn by all manner of VIPs from officials to oil-rich sheikhs. But the men who produce the hand-made cloth, inheritors of a generations-old trade, are increasingly going out of business.

China trade swings to largest deficit in 7 years

China swung to a surprise trade deficit in February of $7.3 billion, its largest in seven years, as the Lunar New Year holiday dealt an unexpectedly sharp blow to exports.

Slim ranks as world's richest person for 2nd year

At an age when most people enjoy retirement, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim grew his personal fortune by some $20 billion in one year through gains in his telecommunications and mining businesses.

Wall Street tycoon driven by greed

US prosecutors opened Wall Street's biggest insider trader trial in a generation Wednesday saying that "greed" drove former hedge fund boss Raj Rajaratnam to create a corrupt network of informants and rack up millions of dollars in fraudulent profits.

German exports, trade surplus higher

German exports in January rose 24.2 percent from a year earlier, pushing the country's trade surplus higher, official figures showed Thursday.

IMF analysts see lingering risk of financial crises

Economists from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) fear that many of the structural causes of the 2007-2009 financial crisis still exist, including banks too big to fail.

Asia markets recoil on mounting Mideast fears

Stock markets plunged in Asia on Thursday as oil prices rose following intensified fighting in Libya that left a string of oil facilities ablaze, and as China announced a trade deficit for February.

Metropolitan

FBCCI to raise fund for Libya returnees

The country's apex trade body, the FBCCI, yesterday announced that it will create a fund for the returnees affected most by the Libyan crisis, with the view to standing by the migrants who play crucial role in national economy.

Construction work starts by 2012

The construction work on the two nuclear power plants at Rooppur in Ishwardi, Pabna will begin by 2012.

Road crashes kill 8, injure 29

Eight people were killed and 29 others injured in road accidents in Chapainawabganj, Narail, Khagrachhari, Dinajpur, Joypurhat and Gaibandha on Wednesday and yesterday.

Hearing adjourned till March 21

Supreme Court (SC) yesterday adjourned till March 21 the hearing on the appeal filed against a High Court (HC) verdict declaring valid the thirteenth amendment to the constitution that allowed the election under caretaker government.

Protect Supreme Court's land: HC

High Court (HC) yesterday directed authorities concerned to protect and maintain lands of Supreme Court (SC) amounting 55.5 acres, in accordance with law.

Saeed Eskander gets bail on surrender

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Major (retd) Saeed Eskander, younger brother of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in connection with a corruption case on his surrender to the court.

Religion not hurt by women dev policy

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said there is nothing in the women development policy, which can hurt the religious sentiment of people.

BNP MPs asked to stay in capital

The BNP high command has instructed the party lawmakers to be present in the capital by Sunday, indicating their possible return to parliament.

69 supporters of SQ Chy held at 'secret meet'

Police picked up 69 suspected supporters of detained BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury when they turned up at a local community centre yesterday afternoon.

Demolition of old Karnaphuli bridge starts

Roads and Highways Department (RHD) started demolishing the Second Karnaphuli Bridge, popularly known as Shah Amanat Shetu, in Chittagong Wednesday.

Notice served for appointing two ACC commissioners

In a legal notice to the cabinet secretary, Shusashoner Janno Nagorik (Shujan) President Prof Mozaffer Ahmad has demanded appointment of two commissioners to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Man beaten by son dies

The man, who was beaten up by his son Wednesday at Madhya Badda, succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.

Five fake cops held

Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested five men who were in disguise of law enforcers near Kamalapur Railway Station in the city on Wednesday night.

Seven get life for killing two freedom fighters

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced seven people to life term imprisonment for murdering two freedom fighters on February 25, 2004 in the city's Mirpur area.

Unidentified youth killed in city

An unidentified young man was stabbed to death by unknown criminals at Kajla in the city's Jatrabari last evening.

Foundation for trafficking survivors launched

To rehabilitate and reintegrate women and adolescent girl survivors of trafficking , a organisation, "Traffic Survivors Foundation,” was launched yesterday.

Awareness of kidney disease stressed

Some doctors and medical experts yesterday stressed the need for building mass awareness towards preventing kidney diseases.

AL-backed panel sweeps Ruta polls

Awami League-backed yellow panel swept to victory in all 15 posts of Rajshahi University Teachers' Association (Ruta) in yesterday's election against BNP's white panel.

Minor girl's body found in tank

Yet another body of a five-year-old girl was found in an underground reservoir water tank of a building at Elephant Road in the city yesterday.

Teenage maid found dead

A 15-yesr-old domestic help was found dead near her master's house at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday.

Unidentified youth killed in city

An unidentified young man was stabbed to death by unknown criminals at Kajla in the city's Jatrabari last evening.

National

Sunned rice discourages buyers at OMS outlets

Open market sale (OMS) of rice meant for the low-income people has apparently failed to attract the target group here as sunned rice, not generally liked by locals, has been supplied to OMS dealers in the district.

Second incident of fire in 3 days

Fire broke out again in Nangli Camp area of the Sundarbans Wednesday afternoon. This is the second incident of fire in the mangrove forest within a span of three days.

Mufti Hannan's nephew held with arms, drugs

Detective Branch of police early yesterday arrested a nephew of Huji chief Mufti Hannan and his five aides and recovered a pistol and drugs at Motbari village under Kotalipara upazila of the district.

JMB militant arrested; arms, bombs seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a member of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and recovered arms and ammunition from Bahadurpur village under Bheramara upazila of Kushtia early yesterday.

Team collects war crime evidence in two districts

An investigation team of International Crimes Tribunal visited Joypurhat and Pabna districts yesterday and the day before and collected evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed at different places of the districts in 1971.

Gaibandha dealers stop taking low-quality urea

Fertiliser dealers at a meeting here on Wednesday decided not to take urea for the month of March, as the buffer stock authorities still continued to supply 'solidified, discoloured and sand contaminated fertiliser for sale among the farmers.

AL leader beats up RCC engr

The superintending engineer (SE) of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) was assaulted allegedly by a local Awami League (AL) leader and his aide on Wednesday for refusing to sign a bill.

'They threatened me to burn with acid, and they did it'

Victim of acid attack by divorced husband and his two accomplices, a young woman is groaning in pain at the surgery ward of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH).

Housewife raped in Thakurgaon

A housewife was raped at Paikpara village under Sadar upazila on Wednesday evening.

Shops gutted

At least 10 shops were gutted in a fierce fire which broke out at a market at Dokanghar Chowrasta in Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.

New mayor lands in jail

Sujanagar municipality mayor, also Sujanagar upazila unit Jubo League secretary Tofazzal Hossain Tofa was sent to jail yesterday in a murder case as the court cancelled his bail. Tofa is an accused in Jubo League leader Bokkar murder case. He was elected in the recent municipality election while on bail. Earlier, he surrendered to court and took bail before the election. But he landed in jail yesterday as the court rejected his fresh bail prayer. Advocate Ahasan Habib Hassan, the counsel of the accused, said district judge Begum Nurunnahar Osmani sent him to jail rejecting the bail prayer.

Removal of OC demanded

Journalists of Lalmonirhat Sadar, Aditmari, Kaliganj, Hatibandha and Patgram upazilas took part in a human chain formed in front Lalmonirhat superintendent of police (SP) office yesterday demanding departmental punishment and removal of the Kaliganj OC. Journalists told the SP that if their demand is not met in three days they will call a tougher programme. Journalists alleged that OC Projit Kumar Roy took to custody two Kaliganj upazila journalists Titas Alam and Parvez Alam Liton in a false case on Monday. They were freed from police custody after 24 hours after signatures on blank papers. The next day the OC also threatened Ashequr Rahman, Lalmonirhat district correspondent of the Daily Ajkaler Khabar of taking same action against him. It all happened after corruption reports against the OC were printed in different national and local dailies, sources said.

Illegal structures demolished

The district administration demolished 85 unauthorised structures at Kushaldangi bazaar in Baliadangi upazila on Wednesday. Official sources said, a team led by executive magistrate Shafiqul Islam at noon demolished different shops, makeshift houses and other structures, built illegally by locals at the bazaar. Riot police members and local land officials were also present during the drive. The owners were issued with notices by the authorities concerned to remove their illegally constructed structures but they did not pay heed to the notices, sources said.

Letters

All women are 'worth it'!

As a woman, I am obviously concerned to raise the status of all women and, as a teacher it is natural for me to want also to raise their level of education and their contribution to the economy. However, there seems to be an assumption floating around that one depends on the other and so it is alright to behave badly towards a woman who is uneducated or not contributing to the family's income!

History of hounding

Two articles that appeared in the editorial page of your esteemed daily on March 2 definitely drew the attention of many. Syed Badrul Ahsan, a staunch supporter of Awami League, wrote the history of hounding the leaders and intellectuals by rulers since pre-independence era. He has elaborately drawn a picture how Ayub-Monaem clique tried to hound the personality like Bangabandhu. He writes how the present government is chasing man of letters like Dr. Serajul Islam Chowdhury and the nation's pride Nobel Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus. He, like thousands, expected Dr. Yunus as a guest of honour with Dr. Amartya Sen at the opening ceremony of Ekushey Boi Mela. Like the writer, we all are frustrated and disappointed at the narrowness of the organisers.

Facebook mania

Facebook is one of the largest social networks throughout the world. It is very effective and really helps us to be updated with all the old friends and share the best moments of our lives and also provides many more entertainments. It has attracted the people of all age, class and gender. But when kids of junior classes get attracted to it, they get distracted from many works which they are supposed to do. So, parents should be aware about this matter as this is becoming a serious problem.

We need airport

There has been a huge outcry and protests regarding the building of a new airport, but I suppose this is in many ways justified. Here I mention some of the problems at HS International Airport:

Controlling emotions

Shame on the people who attacked the West Indies team bus! (If they meant it for our own team, shame on them for that, too!) Things like that give Bangladesh a bad name. Cheers to the ones who apologized (for the shameful act that they'd never have done, themselves)!! Thanks to The Daily Star for publishing that! If people could only learn to control their emotions, the world would have been a better place.

We should act reasonably

Too much of anything is not good; we overtly react on many occasions. When in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Bangladesh defeated Ireland, people acted as though we have won the World Cup. In the celebration which followed, many people were injured, and a few were even killed.

Misuse of law

The senseless killing of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's federal minister for minorities is unacceptable and disgraceful. There must be more tolerance of views, especially for minority communities. There is nothing wrong with the blasphemy law as it stands, what is wrong is the implementation and misuse of the law by people and this needs to be looked at.

Yunus and government

It has been quite a long time that we are witnessing something is going wrong between Prof. Yunus and the government. I, like many others, do not really know the reason(s) behind this episode. The whole nation is proud of Dr. Yunus, the man who has earned a Nobel Prize for Bangladesh.

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International

Gaddafi, rebels battle on military, diplomatic fronts

Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi and rebels seeking his downfall were battling each other on the military and diplomatic fronts yesterday, as government forces recaptured key towns in country's east and west.

Yemen announces 'parliamentary system'

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has announced plans to change the constitution to move to a parliamentary system.

Extra EU sanctions agreed against Libya

The EU yesterday formally agreed added sanctions on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime, notably targeting the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) -- the overseas investment vehicle for Tripoli's oil revenues.

Dalai Lama to resign as Tibetan political leader

The Dalai Lama announced yesterday he would step down as political head of Tibet's exiled government, but continue to push the Tibetan cause in his key role as its spiritual figurehead.

Morocco king vows sweeping reforms

Morocco's King Mohammed VI promised a sweeping constitutional reform, including real powers for a popularly elected prime minister instead of a royal appointee, as well as a free judiciary.

Putin offers visa-free US-Russia travel

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin yesterday proposed to visiting US Vice President Joe Biden that Russia and the United States abolish visas in a "historic" step to seal a revival in ties.

24 dead, 207 injured in China quake

At least 24 people were killed and 207 others injured in an earthquake that struck a remote area of southwest China near the border with Myanmar yesterday, a local official said.

Portugal sends message to Gaddafi- 'regime is over'

Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado yesterday said he had sent a message to Muammar Gaddafi through a Tripoli envoy saying: "The Gaddafi regime is over".

Tamil Tiger rebels training in India: Sri Lanka PM

Remnants of Sri Lanka's defeated Tamil rebels are undergoing military training in India in a bid to revive their separatist campaign at home, the island's prime minister said yesterday.

Zimbabwe police detain energy minister

Zimbabwean police yesterday detained energy minister Elton Mangoma for questioning on undisclosed charges, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said.

Karzai relative killed by coalition forces

A relative of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been killed by international forces, Karzai's brother and officials said yesterday.

Putin offers visa-free US-Russia travel

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin yesterday proposed to visiting US Vice President Joe Biden that Russia and the United States abolish visas in a "historic" step to seal a revival in ties.

Clashes kill 17 in Sudan's Darfur: army

Darfur rebels attacked a Sudanese army supply convoy in the insurgents' mountainous Jabel Marra stronghold, leaving at least 17 people dead, the military said yesterday.

Gbagbo rejects AU mediation's proposal

Ivory Coast's incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo rejected yesterday a proposal from an African Union panel to solve the country's months-old leadership crisis, his delegation said.

Hillary to travel to Cairo, Tunis

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday she would travel to Cairo and Tunis next week, her first trip to those countries since their presidents were deposed after mass protests.

Arts & Entertainment

History in Flashes

Starting from March 7, a three-daylong light and sound show, titled "Bangladesh-er Hridoy Hotey", was held at Suhrawardy Udyan. The show was held to celebrate the 'month of independence'.

Qayyum Chowdhury's 79th birthday celebration

Qayyum Chowdhury is one of the most celebrated contemporary Bangladeshi artists. His immense contribution to Bangladeshi art, over the last six decades, has earned him international acclaim as well.

Contenders Representing Rahimafrooz Win “Busy-der Easy Show”

At the grand finale held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Farzana Afroze and Tahasina Rafa of the Rahimafrooz team were declared the champions of the reality programme "Busy-der Easy Show". Sumaiya Jannat and Tanjeri Hoque from Eastern Bank Limited were runners-up. All the 24 contending teams including the four finalists -- The City Bank, Rahimafrooz, Eastern Bank Limited and Brac Bank -- were present at the finale. Top level executives of various corporate houses were also there.

"Ashchorjo Shundor Ei Bechey Thaka" and "Durghotona" staged

The ongoing fortnight-long theatre festival by the Department of Theatre, Dhaka University featured two plays on March 9. The plays -- "Ashchorjo Shundor Ei Bechey Thaka" and "Durghotona" -- were staged at Natmandal Auditorium of DU.

Sharmin Lucky

Bangladesh winning the match against Ireland was a remarkable feat, no doubt. I was at the stadium and at one point, I realised that I was on my feet, jumping and screaming. I went on like that till the end. Celebrity chef and nutritionist Siddiqua Kabir called me up and said, “As long as you're cheering on the field, we're likely to win.” It was one of the most exciting experiences of my life.

OP-ED

Fighting over fig leaves

Some men always tend to forget, or they don't bother to remember, that behind each of them breathing, there is a woman who gave birth to him. It is said there is also a woman behind every successful man. Smart alecks often joke there is more than one woman behind every miserable man. The purpose of saying all these is neither to glorify nor demonise women. It is simply to recognise that they surround men. In all fairness, men also surround them.

Clannish contagion

The Middle East is in turmoil. Muammar's mayhem continues. His 42-year old regime is under siege but he will hold on as long he can and at any cost. Libya is his fiefdom and he flaunted his invulnerability by promoting his clan of a loyal army, his obsequious supporters and his sons Saif-al-Islam and Mutassim.

Pleasure Is All Mine

Nero was playing his flute as Rome lay burning -- a classics imagery that finds a distended application in today's world. It is in the make-believe existence that political figures nowadays stray and takes flights into.

'The essence of human rights is human dignity'

Birth of Bangladesh is based on the very fundamentals of Human Rights -- right to self determination. If you look at the proclamation of independence, there it is mentioned in unqualified terms, "... we wage the war of liberation... to ensure the people of Bangladesh equality, human dignity and social justice. Therefore, to me, equality, social justice and human dignity put together is Human Rights for us," says Dr. Mizanur Rahman, Chairman, the National Human Rights Commission while talking to Mohammad Ali Sattar, Assistant Editor, The Daily Star.

This Day In History

March 11

1917
World War I: Baghdad falls to Anglo-Indian forces commanded by General Stanley Maude.

StarTech

21st century knowledge rockers

Sajeed, a student of class IV of The Aga Khan School, has just arrived home from school. On his way home, he animatedly kept telling his mother how surprised he was to know that his class friend Maha had not heard about Machu Picchu, Pratik borrowed three books from the library on the topic of medieval age and Ridwan had already memorised the birthdates of 2010 Academy Award Winners.

Review: With iPad 2, Apple one-ups itself

With the original iPad, Apple brought an attractive, easy-to-use tablet computer to the masses at a reasonable price a feat numerous companies are trying to top.

New Chrome ready for the world

Google on Tuesday released a finished version of its speedy new Chrome Web browsing software for desktop or laptop computers.

Google purges tainted apps from Android phones

Google has remotely purged Android smartphones of applications tainted with a malicious code that could take control of the handsets and steal information.


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