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Repatriation at stake

Repatriation of thousands of stranded migrant workers, including Bangladeshis, may be suspended temporarily from Saturday for shortage of funds, high-ups of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Geneva and in Tunisia said yesterday.

Japan steps up efforts to avert meltdown

Japan says it is stepping up efforts to cool overheating fuel at the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant yesterday.

Bail forgery under scanner

The Supreme Court has moved to stop the lower courts being tricked into granting bail on forged High Court orders.

England win thriller

Off-spinners James Tredwell and Graeme Swann took seven wickets between them as England kept their World Cup quarterfinal hopes alive with an 18-run win over the West Indies yesterday.

Bangladeshi claimed dead is alive

Revising its earlier statement, Bangladesh embassy in Bahrain said only one Bangladeshi, not two, was killed when demonstrators drove a truck over them in Sitra area of Manama Tuesday.

Congress bribed MPs to buy vote

Indian parliament was rocked yesterday by allegations of payoffs by the Congress-led government to win a confidence vote in 2008 with the opposition demanding resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in the wake of a WikiLeaks disclosure of a cable sent by an American diplomat from India.

Mahmudur freed on bail

Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of daily Amar Desh, was released from prison yesterday, nine months after his arrest.

Delwar's body arrives

The body of BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain arrived in Dhaka yesterday afternoon from Singapore.

Operation Searchlight got Yahya's approval

It was later to transpire that following the meeting between Bangabandhu and Yahya Khan and then between their advisers on the previous day, orders had gone out from the regime to the army on the need for action against the Bangalee political leadership. General Yahya Khan instructed General Tikka Khan to prepare for action.

Freed Jahan Moni near Oman's port

Bangladesh-flagged ship MV Jahan Moni is likely to reach the Salalah port in Oman tonight, said officials of the ship's operating company here yesterday.

Khaleda's remarks on Santu Larma protested

Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikkya Parishad and Bangladesh Adivashi Forum yesterday strongly protested BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's 'derogatory' comment against indigenous leader Santu Larma.

Two crushed under trains

Two people were run over by trains and killed at Kuril Biswa Road level crossing area in the city Wednesday night and yesterday.

Narsingdi OC closed

Two days after the gruesome killing of JCD leader Billal Hossain Roni, the district police administration yesterday closed Officer-in-Charge Abdul Hanif of the Narsingdi Sadar Model Police Station.

3 more bodies recovered in Greek island

Three more bodies of Bangladeshi workers, who jumped in the sea while being evacuated from Libya, have been recovered from a Greek island, the foreign ministry said yesterday.

At least 84 wounded in new Yemen clashes

Yemeni security forces used live fire and tear gas yesterday on protesters demanding an end to the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, wounding at least 84, activists said.

S Korea rejects N Korea nuclear talks offer

South Korea yesterday rejected an offer from North Korea to discuss its new nuclear programme and return to six-party disarmament talks, saying its neighbour must first show peaceful intentions.

France sending anti-radiation chemical to Japan

France is to send a plane carrying some 100 tonnes of boric acid, an element that dampens radiation, to help Japan tackle the crisis at the Fukushima plant, the foreign ministry said yesterday.


Submission of wealth report

The Awami League government has at long last decided to fulfil the party's election pledge to submit wealth statement with sources of income indicated by cabinet ministers and lawmakers.

Preserve Parliament's sanctity

It seems that good words have taken leave of some of the members of the parliament. We do not expect the lawmakers to indulge in unspeakable utterances and vituperative statements which have little relevance to national issues. We are utterly stunned and indeed unhappy to note the manner in which the time of the parliament is being wasted on making insensate comments and personal attacks.


Tamim makes a promise

As Bangladesh prepare for Saturday's last group match against formidable South Africa, vice-captain Tamim Iqbal issued a warning that the Tigers are yet to play their best cricket in this ICC Cricket World Cup.

Tigers to tweak against Proteas

It will be 'horses for courses' for the Tigers in their last World Cup group B game as head coach Jamie Siddons has said that the South Africa team combination will play a role in the Bangladesh team selection.

SA at full strength

South Africa expect to be back to full strength for their final group match against Bangladesh on Saturday.

Shoaib goes after WC

Pakistan's maverick paceman Shoaib Akhtar, whose colourful career has been a heady mix of on-field brilliance and off-field controversy, will quit international cricket after the World Cup.

Kiwis look for top finish

New Zealand will look to make most of their last World Cup league match against Sri Lanka on Friday after captain Daniel Vettori and key fast bowler Kyle Mills were ruled out over fitness issues.

A superstar who is a prima donna too

For his raw speed and popularity with the crowds, Shoaib Akhtar was a superstar; for his lack of discipline, the maverick paceman was also tagged as a prima donna.

Battle of big-hitters

Irish batsman Kevin O'Brien and Dutch counterpart Ryan ten Doeschate get their last chance to repeat their big-hitting shows when their teams clash in their final World Cup match Friday.

Irish command respect

Ireland have earned respect with their plucky performances at the World Cup despite failing to qualify for the quarterfinals, coach Phil Simmons said on Thursday.

Ricky awaits Pak challenge

Australia captain Ricky Ponting said he was looking forward to the champions being tested by Pakistan in their final group match of the World Cup.

Bagai wants exposure

Canada captain Ashish Bagai wants his side to be given more major fixtures after they ended their World Cup campaign with a battling display in defeat against champions Australia.

Akhtar told goodbye

Teammates and former greats Thursday welcomed paceman Shoaib Akhtar's decision to quit international cricket after the World Cup, saying he served the country well despite his controversies.

Shahzad's WC over

England fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with a recurrence of a left hamstring injury, a team spokesman said.

Real stroll into quarters

Real Madrid put their recent European woes behind them to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time since 2004 with a comfortable 3-0 win over Lyon on Wednesday.

Wasteful Chelsea thru'

Chelsea booked their place in the Champions League quarterfinals despite wasting a host of chances in Wednesday's 0-0 draw against Copenhagen in the last 16 second leg match at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho prefers to avoid old clubs

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said he would prefer not to face old clubs Chelsea and Inter Milan in the quarterfinals of the Champions League after watching his side qualify with a 3-0 home win over Lyon at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Trio's British trial May 20

Three Pakistan cricketers accused of spot-fixing in a Test match against England last year were on Thursday ordered to stand trial in a British court on May 20.

Ctg ride on Nazimuddin

Day Three of the National Cricket League did not have any surprise as Dhaka, Rajshahi and Chittagong kept dominating and took first innings leads yesterday against Sylhet, Barisal and Khulna respectively.

BD take on India in pre-qualifier today

Bangladesh are set to host Asia's pre-qualifying round for the women's football event of the 2012 Olympics, with the hosts taking on India in the opening match of Group B at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Fergie given 5-match ban

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been banned for five matches following his tirade against referee Martin Atkinson, the Football Association announced Wednesday.

Stekelenburg out for two months

Netherlands and Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is likely to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his thumb, the Dutch news agency ANP reported on Wednesday.

Claude regrets Jose problems

Paris Saint-Germain captain Claude Makelele said on Wednesday that he regretted criticising Jose Mourinho, his former coach at Chelsea, in his autobiography.


Biman still reels from passenger loss

Biman Bangladesh Airlines is still suffering from a loss of customers after hiking the fares on different international routes early this year, although the national flag carrier brought down the increased fares by 60 percent within a few weeks of the hike.

Footwear exports rise 48pc

Footwear exports marked a 48 percent rise in the first eight months of the current fiscal year, Export Promotion Bureau statistics show.

Food imports from Japan in focus

Bangladesh will discuss next week the ways to deal with food imports from Japan as many Asian countries have stepped up radiation monitoring of passengers and goods out of the tsunami-ravaged country, an official said yesterday.

DSE president re-elected

Shakil Rizvi has been re-elected as president of Dhaka Stock Exchange for the second time for one year.


The report titled “Bangladesh moves to update rating” published on Wednesday failed to name Standard Chartered Bank as one of the advisers for credit ratings for Bangladesh.

Automobile show kicks off in Dhaka

A four-day expo showcasing automobiles and auto components kicked off yesterday at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.

New UK visa rules to woo businessmen

The UK government has introduced new visa rules to fast-track settlement for high-value foreign investors and entrepreneurs, as part of its move to speed up economic recovery.

Grey Asia Pacific chief due in town

Nirvik Singh, chairman and chief executive officer of Grey Group Asia Pacific, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today for a two-day official visit, said a statement yesterday.

Japan injects $76b more to calm post-quake chaos

Japan pumped more funds into its shaky financial system Thursday after stocks fell and the yen surged to a record high, which Tokyo blamed on currency speculators following a huge earthquake.

Record food prices to spur planting, investment

Farmers will sow more acres and pour more funds into agriculture this year to boost yields across the top producer nations as record high food prices jolt markets and send buyers scurrying for supplies.

China urges Japan openness as panic buying hits

China urged Japan on Thursday to release "timely and precise" information on its unfolding nuclear crisis as uncertainty over the situation fuelled panic buying of salt by Chinese fearing radiation.

India hikes key interest rates 25 basis points

India on Thursday hiked interest rates for the eighth time in a year as concern about high domestic inflation overpowered fears that the global recovery could be increasingly fragile.

PetroChina profit surges 35pc in 2010

PetroChina, the listed unit of China's largest oil and gas producer, said Thursday that higher oil prices had helped boost its profit more than a third last year.


Indonesia Expo begins

A three-day long Indonesia Expo began at MA Aziz stadium gymnasium in Chittagong yesterday.

Alert against another August-like tragedy

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called upon the people to remain alert against the killers and conspirators who are active again to machinate another August tragedy.

'Eradicate child labour'

Speakers stressed the need for mass awareness to eradicate child labour from the country along with enforcing laws and policies.

Road crashes kill seven, injure 57

Seven people were killed and 57 others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Netrakona, Rajshahi, Kishoreganj, Patuakhali and Pabna districts yesterday.

Children must learn true history

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government will not let children learn distorted and fabricated history of the liberation war.

AL leader M Ullah killed over intra-party feud

The killings of Awami League leader Mohammad Ullah and his chauffer at the city's Jurain on February 23 were in consequence of an intra-party feud over gaining candidacy in the upcoming Dhaka City Corporation election.

Building tilts in Narayanganj, cracks in another

Cracks developed in a one-storey building after a seven-storey under-construction structure leaned to one side at Nitaiganj in Narayanganj town Wednesday night.

JP to stay with grand alliance in next polls: Ershad

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad here yesterday said he is still with the grand alliance and wants to participate with it in the next parliamentary elections, which could be his last.

SCBA continues construction on its office flouting court orders

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) continues to erect tin-shed rooms on the roof of its office building defying restrictions from Supreme Court (SC) and High Court (HC).

UK offers quick settlement for overseas big investors

The UK government has offered rich foreigners a fast-track settlement in Britain under a new immigration rules for high-value investors and entrepreneurs.

Abul Mansur's 32nd anniversary of death today

Today is the 32nd death anniversary of Abul Mansur Ahmad, a renowned litterateur, journalist and politician of the sub-continent, says a press release.

Entrust lower court judges to SC: SCBA

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) leaders yesterday demanded of the government to restore Article 116 of the constitution of 1972, which had empowered the Supreme Court to deal with posting, promotion, and grant of leave of lower court judges.

Facebook group also stands by Dr Yunus

A facebook group will form a human chain in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh in the city today to protect the honour of Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus.

Birthday of Bangabandhu observed with due respect

National Children's Day and 91st birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed in the city as elsewhere in the country yesterday with a call to try war criminals.

RMG worker kills herself

A female garment worker allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling at Namapara of Khilkhet in the city yesterday.

IOM repatriates so far 20,554 Bangladeshis

A total of 20,554 Bangladeshis have been repatriated home from the Libyan borders by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), according to latest statistics available yesterday.

'Use Islamic Foundation as real preacher of Islam'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday laid importance on keeping Bangladesh Islamic Foundation out of political influence, allowing it to preaching basic principles of Islam for its promotion in society.

President for correct history

President Zillur Rahman has called for projecting the correct history of the great liberation war before the young generation so they could build the nation imbued with the spirit of patriotism.

Ctg Awami League factions hold events separately

The two rival factions of Chittagong city Awami League (AL) yesterday observed separately the 91st birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Children's Day.

Bangabandhu's birthday observed in Doha

The Bangladesh High Commission in Doha observed the 91st birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Children's Day 2011 in a befitting manner yesterday.

Youth killed, another wounded in city road accident

A man was killed and another one injured after a bus hit them at Pragati Sarani in Merul Badda of the city last night.


Most level crossings in West Zone unmanned

Most of the level crossings under the West Zone of Bangladesh Railway remain vulnerable to accidents as 143 of the 233 crossings, including 63 unauthorised ones, are without any gatemen.

Students ransack hospital, 30 hurt in police action

Death of an injured teacher in Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital sparked angry protest by students on Wednesday afternoon.

Bus owners stage sit-in, traders observe strike

Khulna Bus Owners Association staged a sit-in on Khulna-Jessore highway near Phultala Bazar from 10:00am to 12:00 noon yesterday protesting murder of businessman Jinnah Bhuiyan, also a member of the association.

Jatka catching on defying ban

A group of fishermen have continued catching jatka (young hilsa) ignoring a ban during March-April on 320 kilometre-long rivers and water bodies in Patuakhali and Bhola districts.

20 shops, pry school building gutted

At least 20 shops and 24 houses were gutted in three districts on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Outlaws threaten to bomb police station in Pabna

Outlaws yesterday threatened to bomb Ataikula Police Station after law enforcers arrest of one of their accomplices earlier on the day.

7 mayor candidates lose security deposit in B'baria

Seven out of ten mayoral candidates have lost their security deposit for failing to get one-eighth of the total votes cast in the election to Brahmanbaria municipality on March 13.


The news headline 'Bhasani university shut again' published on Page 9 yesterday wrongly mentioned closure of the institution. Actually the authorities on Tuesday night indefinitely closed activities of the Department of Food Technology and Nutritional Science only, not that of the whole university. We regret the mistake.

Abducted girl rescued

A 13-year-old schoolgirl, who was abducted from Kashipur village in Tala upazila on March 1, was rescued by police from Khulna on Wednesday. Police also arrested alleged abductor Mahiuddin Talukdar, 22, son of Asad Ali Talukdar of Arjunpur village in Sadar upazila of Bagerhat district. Mahiuddin was the imam of a mosque at Kashipur village. The victim is a daughter of Biswas Kabir Hossain of the village. Quoting the relatives of the girl police said, the class eight student of Kashipur High School was abducted by Mahiuddin and his accomplices while she was going to school at about 10:30am on March 1. They took her to Khulna and confined her to a room in Rupsa ghat area. Acting on a tip-off, police arrested the abductor from Baitul Sharaf Jam-e Mosque in Rupsa ghat area and upon his confession rescued the girl.

Teenage girl 'murdered'

Body of a 13-year-old girl was recovered by police from the River Kalindi at Bhetkhali point in Shyamnagar upazila yesterday morning. Victim Bilkis Begum was daughter of Monowara Khatun of Baishkhali village in the same upazila. Quoting local people police said Bilkis was missing since March 14 afternoon. Locals found the body floating in the river and informed the police in the morning. Police recovered the body with marks of torture on her person and sent it to Satkhira morgue for post mortem.

Youth held with pistol

Police arrested a youth with a foreign-made pistol and six bullets in Mirzapur upazila on Wednesday. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Mirzapur police raided a Dhaka bound passenger bus from north on Dhaka-Tangail Road in Kadim Dhalla area in the morning and arrested the youth with the arms and ammunition. The arrestee was identified as Ramzan Ali, 30, son of Joynal Abedin of Bhabaniganj village under Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj district. Habibullah Sarkar, officer-in-charge (OC) of Mirzapur police station, said arrestee Ramzan is an arms peddler and he was going to Dhaka for selling the arms and ammunition.

Drug peddler jailed

A drug peddler of Debhata upazila was sentenced to three months imprisonment yesterday. The convict is Mithun, 30, son of Md Amir Ali of Sakhipur village in the upazila. Acting on a tip-off, a police arrested Mithun and recovered two grams heroin from his possession in Kulia Bridge area at around 8:00 am. They took him to Kaliganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer's office where the trial held. After hearing, Debhata UNO Kala Chand Singh, also an executive magistrate, sentenced Mithun to three imprisonment in presence of local people.

Storm damages houses

Over a hundred thatched houses were damaged and several hundred trees uprooted as a severe hailstorm lashed different areas of Subornachar upazila early Wednesday. The affected areas are Char Zia, Char Bagga, Char Noman, Char Mojid, Idris Bazar, Selim Bazar and Sultannagar. Subornachar Upazila Parishad Chairman Khairul Anam Selim said over 100 kutcha houses were extensively damaged as the hailstorm swept over the areas. A makeshift police camp at Char Zia Bazar was also damaged by the storm while some eight dwelling houses at Idris Bazar and five houses in Sultannagar area were gutted in fire which broke out from the kitchen of a house due to blowing of strong wind.


Beware wrong doers!

Natural disasters remind us how transient our lives are. Hundreds of lives were snapped up, houses washed away, properties destroyed in Japan. We were helpless, in spite of having the latest technology. This shows how vulnerable our lives are. What is most surprising is that we hardly think about life itself such as who created us, where do we come from and why. According to the Holy Quran, Allah created us to test whether we do good or bad. We have done injustice to both people and the earth. The Mother Earth has been over-exploited to feed the greed of the rich people depriving the overwhelming millions. So, it is natural the Mother Nature retaliate in the form of natural disasters. The Tsunami of people's anger is raging in the Middle East which is engulfing regime after regime there. I think the Mother Nature has started to correct the wrongs the godless, unjust and cruel people have done on earth. So, beware! Wrong doers!

Tigers blank Lions

In a breathtaking thriller Tigers snatched the do or die game from the formidable Lions, three times World Cup finalist, England. It was an incredible performance of our cricketers and all the kudos goes to our bowlers Nayeem and Muhammadullah, the tail-enders whose coherent understanding and display of great batting accomplished the most improbable feat. We all are proud of our boys for their wonderful victory and hope they will make it to the quarter finals.

The Bangalee tradition!

This refers to Dr. Yunus related news. Historically, (a large number of) Bangalees always like to enjoy by humiliating their great sons. One of the 20th century's greatest poet-philosophers and 1913 Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was bitterly opposed by the contemporary Bangalee writers and pundits of old school. On the contrary, Rabindranath was admired and adored by the educated British in the British India, much before his international recognition. Bangladesh national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam in his time was humiliated by the two Bangalee (orthodox) communities and was abused physically. Now, the inventor of microfinance, the social business concept and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus is facing the same Bangalee tradition.

Save our future generation

I am rather encouraged to write the following a column under the caption "Smoking festival at Dhanmondi." Not to speak of a ban on smoking in public, the young kids smoke ganja in broad daylight in front of the law enforcers rather appearing to be their accomplices. This alarming situation is perhaps prevailing all over the town. The indifference of the law enforcers rather encourages these kids to indulge in addiction more.

Judiciary ought to be non-controversial

According to the media reports, our Nobel laureate's counsels expressed no confidence in a High Court bench during a hearing of his writ petition challenging the legality of the Bangladesh Bank order that removed him from the post of managing director. The expression of no confidence was prompted by the court's delay to issue a rule upon the government and Bangladesh Bank to explain why their decision to remove the Nobel laureate should not be declared illegal. His learned counsels apprehend that their client will not get justice from the court, since the court were holding hearing on his petition for so long without issuing any rule. Moreover, they have apprehended that the petition will be rejected.

Spitting nation, are we?

The write up of Mohammad Ali Sattar titled ' A spitting Nation are we?' in the post-editorial of The Daily Star, has exposed the bad practice that we have as a nation. Seldom had we thought that this practice not only vilifies the environment but also denigrates our image as a nation. It is not only disparaging but also mind boggling how the railway station, launch terminal, the pavements ,the stairs of institutions or banks are spitted by the pan chewers. And add with this, the throwing of cigarette butts. In places, there are boxes with USE ME written on it, but who cares? First, laws have to be enacted that people spitting openly on the public places would be rebuked and fined. Second, a nation wide campaign “stop spitting everywhere" like washing hands on the particular day of the year may be launched, highlighting the significance and usefulness of not spitting everywhere. For this, the media can play a role. People have to be made conscious whether there is any usefulness of chewing the betel leaves all the times.

Fatwa scourge

Syed Maqsud Jamil's article published in The Daily Star on February 18th was great, but he could not do justice to this issue. He highlighted the status of fatwa in secular states. Being a Bangladeshi and Muslim, we should benefit the entire humanity. Therefore, I must point out that such heinous crimes are not acceptable even in Islamic states. Honouring killings and arbitrary local judges are not part of Islam. According to Islam, punishments are to be carried out by the ruler or by someone appointed by the ruler. There will be a thorough investigation even if four witnesses are available. Unlike the Bush era when Muslims were “guilty until proven,” no one can be punished until proven guilty under the Islamic law.

Shifting installations from DCC Zone

Overcrowded Dhaka city is expanding exponentially through the decades. Hence it is necessary to shift some of the old installations from the DCC zone. The old BDR camp was located outside the municipal area during the British period; as also the old Tejgaon airport. Now that the international airport is located outside the city; the old runway could be dismantled; lessening the huge traffic jams; instead of boring a tunnel beneath the old airship. The Peelkhana site could be relocated to some greater Dhaka area, outside the DCC zone. Also, the PMO's office could be relocated in the Sher-e-Bangla area (long-term plan). The Suhrawardy Park (old racecourse site) could be letter utilized, as the new expanded city now extends up to Mirpur. Hundreds of RMG and other factories have to be shifted from the municipal zones in the big cities. What are the purposes of the specialised economic zones? But the main hurdle is the political centralisation in Dhaka metropolis. People have to come to Dhaka to get their work done. The divisional and district headquarters should be given more administrative freedom. Digital conveniences are not enough. The political mindset has to change.

Shidhu should be banned

Shidhu is a critic in the field of cricket. His analysis, evaluation and criticism have proved his passion for this game. But recently, he has been consistently discriminating Bangladesh Cricket Team. He has gone to the extent of making rude and insulting comments about our team after BAN VS WI match. He said, "What they have played for last ten years, their performance makes me laugh.” Even after the prestigious victory against England, he said it would be very bad if Bangladesh qualified for quarter-finals. He remarked that Bangladesh could not chase if England made a score of 250-260.

The cat- like animal

The front page coverage of Fossa predatory cat-like animal which appeared in your newspaper dated 5th February, caught our attention. The description of Fossa that The Daily Star reported is almost the same like the one our aunt in Kolkata had seen recently. Your coverage on Fossa made it easier for us, as we were working through internet to know about the animal. The neighbourhood of Elliot road, Kolkata was terrified by a cat-like animal with round face and big tail which used to eat up chicken, pigeons and other pets. A few people of the area even saw the animal climbing trees, walls and houses. According to the neighbourhood of Elliot road, the Fossa or Iguana might have lived inside a big dark tunnel behind the ancient old mosque built by our maternal ancestors. The point is if the animal seen in Elliot road, Kolkata is really a Fossa or an Iguana, it needs attention to prove its existence in India apart from Madagaskar alone.

Please stand by Japan

PM Sheikh Hasina has said that Bangladesh has already prepared a rescue team along with a medical wing to send to Japan. Madam PM, please send it immediately. Please don't delay. The whole world must stand by the people of Japan as they stand by other people in their dire need. Certainly, they will soon get through the present situation caused by the natural disasters. But in the wake of the disasters of such a great magnitude, a small help will be a great help to them.

An extraordinary win!

Our heartiest congratulations to the Bangladesh Cricket Team for their victory over England, it was unbelievable and full of surprises. When people lost all hope of winning the game, the miracle happened.Our best wishes are with Bangladesh Cricket Team and hope that in the future they will also make us happy with their performance.

All are not equal in the eyes of law

There is a proverb in Bangla, "Ain er chokhe shobai shoman" meaning "all are equal in the eyes of law". May be many years ago this proverb was true, may be in those days rich and poor, weak and strong used to get equal treatment in the courts and the above proverb was created at that time. The situation has now changed with the change of time. Also the gap between the rich and poor has widened a lot. In 21st century, the theory of justice is changed and “law is for powerful and rich and not equal for all".

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Death, missing toll nears 15,000

The official number of dead and missing after a devastating earthquake and tsunami that flattened Japan's northeast coast is approaching 15,000, police said yesterday.

Bitter cold deepens Japan quake misery

Thick snow covered the wreckage littering quake-hit Japan yesterday, all but extinguishing hopes of finding anyone alive in the debris and deepening danger and misery for survivors.

Taiwan finds radiation on 26 travellers from Japan

Taiwan authorities have detected radioactive particles on 26 passengers arriving on planes from Japan as the quake-hit country battles an escalating nuclear crisis, officials said yesterday.

Bahrain crackdown on protesters

Bahrain arrested at least six opposition leaders yesterday, a day after its crackdown on protests among the Shi'ite Muslim majority drew rare US criticism and raised fears of a regional conflict.

US mulls air strikes as battle for Benghazi looms

Libyan government soldiers battled rebels on the road to the insurgent stronghold of Benghazi yesterday as the United States raised the possibility of air strikes to stop Muammar Gaddafi's forces.

US to close Pak embassy, consulates amid protests

The US embassy in Islamabad will close its doors and shut its consulates in Pakistan today (Friday) because of ongoing protests after the release of a CIA contractor accused of double murder.

IAEA warned Japan over nuke risk

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned Japan two years ago that a strong earthquake could pose a "serious problem" for its nuclear power stations, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported.

S Sudan army clash with heavily armed militia

South Sudan's army said it fought heavy battles with militia in the oil-producing Unity state yesterday, the latest clashes in an upsurge of violence in the region soon to become the world's newest nation.

Dalai Lama rejects pleas to reconsider retirement

The Dalai Lama rejected yesterday calls from the Tibetan parliament in exile urging him to reconsider his decision to retire as political head of the movement.

Civilians 'among 35 dead' in US strike in Pakistan

Civilians and police were among 35 people killed when US missiles ploughed into a militant training compound in Pakistan's Taliban and Al Qaeda-hit northwest yesterday, officials said.

$2m deal heals US- Pakistan spy row but scars ties

A blood money deal to secure the release of a CIA contractor accused of murder in Pakistan has ended a damaging spy row but eroded a thin veneer of trust between the suspicious allies, analysts say.

Clinton calls for reform in post-Ben Ali Tunisia

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Tunisia yesterday to carry out economic and political reform as it emerges from authoritarian rule and praised the country for aiding refugees from fighting in Libya.

Nepal jails minister for corruption

Nepal has jailed a former government minister for corruption while in office, a court spokesman said yesterday,

Hillary Clinton wants to exit after Obama term ends

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview Wednesday she would not seek another term as the top US diplomat if President Barack Obama is re-elected in 2012.

Two Yemen police, three Qaeda men killed

Two Yemeni policemen and three members of Al-Qaeda were killed in clashes yesterday in the eastern province of Marib, one of the network's strongholds in the country, a security official told AFP.

Sri Lanka holds first local polls since war

Sri Lanka held its first local elections yesterday since the end of its long ethnic war two years ago, in a test for the all-powerful government of President Mahinda Rajapakse.

I Coast death toll rises to 410

Eighteen people were killed in post-election violence in the Ivory Coast in the past week, bringing to 410 the death toll since the end of 2010, the UN mission (UNOCI) in Abidjan said yesterday.

Up to 50 Somali pirates seize Indonesian ship

An unusually large group of 30 to 50 Somali pirates seized an Indonesian vessel and used it in a failed bid to hijack a second ship yesterday, the EU naval mission said.

Arts & Entertainment

A Medley of Folk Melodies at Charukala

As a tribute to eminent cultural activist and Tagore exponent Waheedul Haque, a driving force behind the nationalist cultural movement for decades, Chhayanat arranged a nightlong musical programme titled "Desh Ghar-er Gaan 1417" on March 16. Featuring the opulent heritage of Bengali folk music, the programme was held at Bakultala, Faculty of Fine Arts (also known as Charukala), Dhaka University. Veteran singer Sushoma Das inaugurated the programme.

The Speech

"The Speech", a documentary on the historic March 7, 1971 event was premiered on March 15 at the TSC auditorium, Dhaka University. Fakhrul Arefin Khan, who previously made "Al Badar" [a documentary on war crimes], is the director of the film.

Dol Utshab at Chheuria Begins Today

The five-day long Lalon Smaran Utsab (memorial festival) will start from today (March 18) at the Lalon Akhra, in Chheuria, under Kushtia district.

Bauls Take Over the Ramp

Are Baul singers of Bengal and the glamorous world of fashion poles apart?

Rangpur Divisional Children's Theatre Fest Kicks Off

The Rangpur Divisional Children's Theatre Festival 2011 kicks off today with much festivity at Dinajpur Shilpakala Academy.

Famed Artists Lend a Hand

Young artist Debobroto Das recently died in a road accident on the Jessore-Satkhira highway. A student of Graphic Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka, he was born in Jessore.

Bonna Mirza

It is hard to predict who will emerge victors from the tournament as the competition is tense. My foremost wishes go to Bangladesh, who I think will be able to reach the semis. I think the Bangladesh team is capable of reaching greater heights when they are confident and composed. Australia and India might be the two sides playing the final, from which Australia could take the trophy. Sachin should be the man of the tournament.


For whom the bell tolls

Khondoker Delwar Hossain has passed away. He died in a faraway country where he was undergoing treatment. From there he moved further away to another world where he may not have memories of contentious politics of which he was a leading force. Many people would disagree and argue that he was rather a spent force, his grip on the party slipping away with growing signs of aging and diminished influence.

Awake now or perish!

Spontaneous revolutions in the Middle East (ME) and North Africa have once again brought to the fore the fact that when nations are pushed to the wall by repression and poor governance, they bounce back fearlessly for a face-off. Many countries across the globe are in a pot-boiling situation and are waiting for a spark. One wonders how a man can handle intricate state affairs for years in a row. Dictators and monarchs start their regimes with high sounding pledges of redemption and reform and in most instances end up vilified and vulnerable,

Perhaps time for a people's charter

The AL held a conference of Mohajote inter-parliamentary bodies last week, its first ever in two years. That by itself was news, but there was infinitely more -- sycophantic, spiced, bitter-sweet and strident flavour of it all. It began on a minimalist note of expectation as a ruling party office-bearer observed that "it was a big thing" having face-to-face talks with the prime minister.

Living through an earthquake and tsunami

Iam an engineer at Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation. I was in my office when the tsunami hit. After being rescued, I thought I should share with my friends what I saw and felt then.

Libya crisis

After the fall of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mobarak it was anticipated that there might be mass uprising in some other Middle Eastern countries. Now mass upsurge has started in Libya, which has been ruled by a military dictator, Col. Gaddafi, for the last 42 years.

This Day In History

March 18

Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor declares himself King of Jerusalem during the Sixth Crusade.


Maiden R&D set up to nurture local talents

Samsung Bangladesh Research Centre (SBRC), the first research and development (R&D) setup by Samsung Electronics in the country, will not only cater to local demands but also Middle Eastern and African countries, its managing director said.

Made-for-Internet movie debuts on YouTube

YouTube on March 11 began showing what it said was the first feature-length Hollywood movie created specifically for the Internet.

Angry Birds creator Rovio raises $42m

Rovio, the Finnish developer behind the Angry Birds smartphone game, raised $42 million from investors and named Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstroem to its board.

Roundtable focuses on national ICT policy

Speakers at a roundtable urged the government to exempt tax on digital products until 2021 and to make a list of products that should be considered as digital products. At the roundtable styled 'Reflections of the National ICT Policy on National Budgets' speakers also observed that the vision of 'Digital Bangladesh' will not be achieved if all products for communications are not made zero duty for that certain period.

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