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News of: Sunday, 27th of March, 2011

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Civil surgeon at fault

An investigation report submitted to the High Court on Thursday termed the first autopsy report of Hena Akter “vague” while the second “proper”.

Fate of nurses in Libya uncertain

Hundreds of Bangladeshi nurses and other medical staff in Libya are being forced to stay in their jobs, said Bangladeshis stranded in Choucha camp.

Independence Day observed

The demands for a fair and expeditious trial of the war crimes rang loud and clear, as the nation yesterday celebrated the Independence Day paying tribute to the heroic freedom fighters of 1971.

SL openers dispatch Eng

What promised to be a real battle for the final semifinal spot was emphatically clinched by Sri Lanka as they banked on twin centuries and a world-class opening stand by Tillekaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga to race into the last four of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup through a thumping 10-wicket win over mercurial England at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday.

Sad old 'debate' culture taints JS

The just concluded marathon "debate" in parliament on the thanks giving motion on the president's address demonstrated lack of interest in both the treasury and opposition benches' leadership for improving the deliberation standard.

Govt to build flats for seven Birshreshtha families

The government would construct a building with seven flats of 2,000 square feet each at Mohammadpur in the city for the families of seven Birshreshtha gallantry award recipients.

Retirees rule admin

The ruling Awami League government has appointed a large number of retired civil and military officials as well as other professionals to key government positions, frustrating many serving officials.

Radiation rises in sea nearby

Levels of radioactive iodine in the sea near the tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are 1,250 times higher than the safety limit, officials say.

Shah Alam acquitted

A Dhaka court has acquitted Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Shah Alam and 16 others of murder charges following an appeal from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

20 hurt, 16 detained

Police yesterday detained 16 members of Jamaat backed student organisation, Islami Chhatra Shibir, following a clash between them which caused injuries to at least 20 people.

Use 'Earth Hour,' save planet

From Sydney to Seoul, London to Lima, and Dubai to Davis Station in frozen Antarctica, hundreds of millions of people were expected to switch off their lights yesterday to mark "Earth Hour".

Cleaning not allowed at Zia's grave

BNP Senior Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday accused the government of not allowing the cleaners to clean the grave of president Ziaur Rahman at Chandrima Udyan in the city and disconnecting electricity at the grave compound.

Mother, baby killed

A housewife and her six-month old baby were allegedly slain here at Saraipara yesterday.

Thousands crowd central London in budget protest

Tens of thousands of mostly peaceful demonstrators streamed into central London on Saturday to march against government budget cuts, with a small breakaway group smashing its way into a bank, breaking windows and spray painting logos on the walls.

Clash flares in Syria coastal city

Protesters and Syrian government forces clashed yesterday in the coastal city of Latakia, where demonstrators set fire to the offices of President Bashar Assad's ruling Baath party, an activist said.

Editorial

PM's welcome call to opposition

We welcome Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's call to the opposition to join the ruling party to register their contributions to the forthcoming session that will concern itself with amendments to prevent grabbing of state power through extra-constitutional means. Her statement in the Jatiyo Sangsad on Thursday to associate the opposition with the process should be reciprocated by the latter. We believe that in the larger interest of pluralism and with a view to securing a democratic future for the nation, the BNP should take up the government offer. That this nation has paid a high price because of past instances of coups and counter-coups has never been in doubt. The need, therefore, is now for both the ruling and opposition parties to forge a consensus on effectively putting a stop to such adventurism by ambitious elements.

Our part of WC ends

Finally the curtain has fallen on the ICC world cup extravaganza in Dhaka. With the third quarter final match between mighty Proteas and the Black Caps finishing on the wires, the World Cup itinerary in Bangladesh is well and truly over.

Sports

On the Trott

For England, Jonathan Trott is as invaluable to their batting stocks as Eoin Morgan, Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell.

Security up in Mohali

Around 3,000 police will patrol Wednesday's high-profile India-Pakistan World Cup semifinal, the first match between the two arch-rivals on Indian soil since the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Mashrafe returns against Aussies?

Pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is all set to make a return to the international cricket.

India move on, boozing goes up!

India's progress in the World Cup is proving intoxicating in more ways than one, with a survey claiming it has led directly to a rise in alcohol sales.

MSC turns Limited

According to the decision taken in their Annual General Meeting in 2009, Mohammedan Sporting Club completed its registration in the form of Limited Company on Thursday the 24th March, 2011.

Independence Day Cricket

Bangladesh Under-19 comfortably defeated BKSP XI in the Independence Day Exhibition cricket match at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Attack & win, says Latif

Former captain Rashid Latif Saturday tagged India "favourites" for World Cup semifinal against arch-rivals Pakistan but said an attacking team stood more chance of victory at Mohali.

Vettori looks beyond semi

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori dismissed suggestions on Saturday that reaching the World Cup semifinals should be the limit of his team's ambitions.

The Yuvraj touch

A joke is doing the rounds at the World Cup that if India's Yuvraj Singh bats even with a stump, he will return to the dressing-room with at least a half-century under his belt.

Smith wishes SA well

Outgoing one-day captain Graeme Smith, devastated by South Africa's sudden World Cup exit, has predicted the national team will quickly overcome their latest debacle.

Oram wins back critics

New Zealand awoke Saturday in stunned disbelief to news the Black Caps had knocked South Africa out of the World Cup with the much-criticised Jacob Oram the match hero.

Ricky leaves it to selectors

Captain Ricky Ponting said Saturday his fate was in the hands of the selectors after Australia's shattering early exit from the World Cup.

Colombo Curry

Romanian sensation Edward Maya rocked Colombo on Friday night, but it was at the wrong place as far as the England team were concerned.

Bowling gives Hafeez the confidence

Mohammad Hafeez is confident Pakistan can overcome India when the arch-rivals meet in the World Cup semifinals on Wednesday thanks to the "strongest bowling attack in the world".

Ireland to host Pakistan

Irish cricket has received another boost with the announcement Ireland will host World Cup semifinalists Pakistan in a two-match one-day international series in May.

Mills out, McKay in

New Zealand seamer Kyle Mills was ruled out of the World Cup through injury on Saturday, just hours after being heavily fined for an angry bust-up in the quarterfinal win over South Africa.

Vettori, Mills & du Plessis fined

New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori and paceman Kyle Mills along with South Africa's Faf du Plessis were Saturday slapped with heavy fines for their ugly bust-up during the World Cup quarterfinals.

Spain, Dutch stay perfect

France, World Cup finalists Holland and Italy all picked up away wins in Friday qualifying matches for the 2012 European Championships - while David Villa's predatory qualities rescued world champions Spain as they beat the Czech Republic.

Lucas warns Scotland

Brazil midfielder Lucas Leiva has warned Scotland that his country won't be taking it easy in Sunday's friendly international at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

Zac feels Japanese

Japan's national football coach Alberto Zaccheroni believes his adopted country will bounce back from its quake-tsunami disaster, and says his native Italy is ready to help.

Motta answers to critics

Thiago Motta's goal in Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifying win in Slovenia will temporarily silence critics of Italy's policy of recruiting foreign-born players but the fact they are needed still speaks volumes.

Korea trounce Honduras

South Korea trounced Honduras 4-0 on Friday to win its first home football friendly this year.

Moggi's jail term cut

Luciano Moggi, the man at the centre of the 2006 Italian Calciopoli match-fixing scandal, had his prison sentence reduced from a year and a half to one year by the Rome Court of Appeal on Friday.

Villa surpasses Raul's record

David Villa's double saw him become Spain's all-time top marksman and sent the Czech Republic packing to preserve the world champions' flawless record in Euro 2012 qualifiers on Friday.

Business

Five more global connectivity cables

The government will provide licences for five more international connectivity cables -- two submarine and three terrestrial -- in the private sector.

Next budget to go big

The government may set a higher target for expenditure and income in the next budget to ensure food security and ease the power crisis which will swell the deficit.

Govt shuts Jamuna Fertiliser to divert gas

In an effort to divert more gas to power plants, the government yesterday shut down Jamuna Fertiliser Company, the third company that faced closure after Chittagong Urea Fertiliser and Karnaphuli Fertiliser.

Kuwait Airways winds up Ctg flights

Kuwait Airways ends its operations from Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong today, only 17 months after a start, as the airliner has incurred losses.

Stocks down for second week

Stocks fell for a second straight week, influenced by sell-offs. The benchmark index of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DGEN) lost 247 points, or 3.85 percent, to close at 6,114 points last week.

Prospects of Dinajpur litchi brighten

The delicious fruit litchi now belongs to a seasonal booming sector in Dinajpur. It has not only transformed lives of a sizeable population in the district but has also boosted the economy as well.

Rupali Bank gets new GMs

Md Wahiduzzaman Khandaker and Debasish Chakrabarty have recently been appointed general managers of Rupali Bank.

Need for independent directors

The importance of financing any business requires no elaboration. In addition to owners' equity, raising money from the capital market and borrowing from banks seem to be the commonly used avenues, especially for large business entities. The money raised from the market is public money and financing from banks is made out of depositors' money. If any business is run by the owners' capital only, involvement of public interest is at a minimum, unless it is a public utility entity. Even in some countries, businesses absolutely funded by owners do not warrant an audit, except for verification by the revenue department for tax collection purposes.

Accessories Growth tied to RMG

Even for a local outfitter, making a dress is not just about taking measurements or cutting and stitching fabric. There are a lot of nitty-gritty elements that are needed to deliver a finished garment.

From basic to upscale

Bangladesh should shift focus to heavy-duty or high-end garment items from basic products, to be more globally competitive in apparels, said a leading Japanese garment accessory maker.

India, China's rivalry and a tale of two ports

India and China's quest for clout and resources extends across the globe, but perhaps the best manifestation of this fierce competition, and possible sign of who will ultimately win, lies in a tale of two ports.

Political crisis pushes Portugal to brink of bailout

Portugal faced intense market pressure Friday over its debt following the resignation of prime minister Jose Socrates and has been pushed to the brink of asking for a financial bailout, analysts said.

Japanese crisis, oil prices hit German business sentiment

High oil prices, Middle East unrest and the Japanese earthquake and nuclear crisis have weakened German business confidence for the first time since May, the Ifo institute and analysts said Friday.

Philippine carrier to cut units

National flag-carrier Philippine Airlines has won government approval to hive off some units to cut costs, but the staff must get higher severance pay, President Benigno Aquino's chief aide said Saturday.

Wall St Week Ahead: Stock investors to focus on hot sectors

US stock investors could scramble to pick up some of the market's best recent performers next week as the quarter comes to an end, putting the spotlight on energy and industrial companies.

Weekly Currency Roundup

March 20-24, 2011
International Markets:
This week attention turned to the euro zone with the sovereign debt issues again coming to the forefront. The euro rebounded from an early fall on Thursday on Middle East and sovereign buying, with worries over Portugal's political crisis and the health of the Spanish banking system increasingly factored in to the currency. Still, traders say rallies are likely to be shallow and the euro will struggle to rise past option barriers around $1.4250, the level it hit on Tuesday for the first time since early November. The euro was up about 0.3 percent on the day at $1.4125 after slipping to a low of $1.4049 in early European dealing following Moody's announcement that it had downgraded 30 Spanish banks by one or more notches, though notably not the biggest players, Santander and BBVA. Adding to the euro's woes, Portugal's prime minister quit on Wednesday after parliament rejected his government's latest austerity measures, increasing the chances that the country will need a bailout. Market participants said the currency was growing resilient in the face of a string of bad news, though this may not be a positive development. The dollar index, which measures the dollar's value against a basket of currencies, was steady at 75.826, clinging to the gains it made on Wednesday. Against the yen, the dollar held steady from late US trade at 81.00 yen. Market players are wary that Japan may intervene further to sell the yen if the dollar drops below 80 yen, and especially if such a move occurs in volatile trade as was the case last week, when the yen hit a post-war record high of 76.25 to the dollar in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami and a nuclear crisis.

Metropolitan

Grow up as worthy citizens

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the young generation to grow up as worthy citizens to establish Bangladesh as a modern, non-communal, prosperous and prejudice-free open country.

AL factions clash in Nawabganj

Two groups of Awami League (AL) clashed during the celebration of an Independence Day programme in presence of a minister, leaving five people injured in Nawabganj upazila of Dhaka yesterday.

Money claims life of 9-year-old Sonia

A nine-year-old girl lost her battle for life Friday night at a city hospital, as her wretched father failed to continue affording the high medical expenses.

War crimes trial to start soon

LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said the government's aim is to free the nation from stigma by holding trial of war criminals and all killings.

'Declare Mar 25 as Int'l Genocide Day'

Foreign branches of Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee (forum for secular Bangladesh and trial of war criminals of 1971) called upon United Nations and international communities to declare March 25 as International Genocide Day.

Road crashes kill 6

Six people were killed and five injured in separate road accidents in Lalmonirhat, Pabna, Natore, Madaripur and Manikganj yesterday.

Armed forces observe Independence Day

Bangladesh Armed Forces joined the nation in observing the Independence and National Day in a befitting manner yesterday.

Prices of essentials to decrease: Faruk

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday linked escalation of prices in the local market to the international market trend and said the prices started coming down with the end of the global financial recession.

Govt working tirelessly for prosperity

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Mohammad Enamul Haq yesterday said the government is working relentlessly to establish a happy and prosperous Bangladesh, which would be free from hunger and poverty.

Blood donation

A blood donation programme was held on the premises of Ramna Model police station in the city yesterday.

President hosts Independence Day reception

President Zillur Rahman hosted a grand reception at Bangabhaban in the city yesterday afternoon marking the 40th Independence and National Day.

Boy injured upon sexual harassment by youth

A four-and-half-year-old boy sustained serious injuries after he was sexually harassed by a youth at Sabujbagh in the city yesterday.

Mother, son killed in Ctg

A woman and her five-month old baby were found dead at her rented house at the city's Pahartoli Police Station yesterday.

Homage to martyrs of war at Kathmandu

The Bangladesh Embassy in Katmandu yesterday observed the 41st Independence and National Day of Bangladesh in a befitting manner.

Commemorative postage stamps released

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday released a set of five commemorative postage stamps and a first day cover marking the 40th anniversary of the country's independence.

CU holds nat'l day events

Chittagong University (CU) observed the 40th Independence and National Day yesterday amid much enthusiasm as elsewhere in the country.

Cocktails found

Police recovered 15 cocktails from a garden at Aynabaj village in Baufal upazila yesterday. Acting on a tip-off, police went to the spot and found the cocktails in two bags. We informed bombs experts of Rab to make those, SI Moloy Saha told.

PM's gift for injured FFs

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sent foods, fruits and other gifts to the injured freedom fighters (FFs) and their families on the occasion of Independence and National Day.

Teen housemaid hurt in fall

A teenage housemaid suffered serious injuries in the neck after falling from the14th floor to the 11th floor of an apartment house in Purana Paltan of the city yesterday.

Labourer dies after fall

A labourer died when he fell off a truck while unloading goods at Majhir Ghat under Double Mooring Police Station in Chittagong yesterday.

National

Contract potato growers protest breach of accord

Over a hundred 'contract growers' of Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts blocked Debiganj-Nilphamari road at Debiganj upazila headquarters for two hours on Thursday as food processing company Bombay Agro Limited has declined to buy potato from them as per previous agreement.

485 out of 656 centres identified as risky

Khulna district police have identified 485 out of 656 polling centres in 68 unions of nine upazilas as vulnerable as they are all located in outlaw-infestedareas.

Boro farmers agitate for smooth power supply

Farmers brought out a procession at Aghoria upazila headquarters on Friday demanding uninterrupted power supply for irrigation of their boro fields.

UP candidates pledge to fulfil commitments

Chairman and member candidates in the upcoming election to Joynagar Union Parishad (UP) under Kalaroa upazila in Satkhira district have pledged to remain corruption free and stand by the people to meet all their demands.

35 injured in pre-election clashes in 2 districts

At least 35 people were injured in clashes between the supporters of rival candidates in the upcoming elections to union parishad in Patuakhali and Barguna districts on Friday.

47 hurt as AL factions clash at Cox's Bazat

At least 47 people were injured as two faction of Awami League Cox's Bazar municipality unit clashed after laying wreaths at Central Shaheed Minar in the town on the occasion of the Independence Day after midnight on Friday.

Hired goons of 'land grabbers' vandalise temple

Hired goons of alleged land grabbers on Wednesday night vandalised a temple at a village in Birganj upazila.

One killed over land dispute

A man was stabbed to death over land dispute at Muradpur village in Baniachang upazila of Habiganj district yesterday. The dead is Dewan Khan, 55. Police arrested 13 for their alleged involvement in the killing.

Four cyclone shelters open in Bagerhat

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SCD) recently handed over four multipurpose community based cyclone shelters to the local communities for use in Morelganj upazila of Bagerhat district.

Six alleged pirates held in Bhola

Police arrested six alleged pirates from Meghnar Char in Daulotkhan upazila on Friday.

29 intruders arrested at Benapole

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested 29 people, including nine children, while entering Bangladesh illegally from India through Bara Achra border early yesterday.

Letters

Access to Inani Beach

On 1st. March a local daily published a full page photograph which depicted the pristine beach at Inani, 15 kilometres from Cox's Bazar, which is overcrowded during holiday season. The advice to visit this beach, free from any crowd was indeed welcome news! However, walking up and down covering 30 kilometres to go and return along the beach from Cox's Bazar will be very tiresome for most, especially for those over 50. It would have been most useful and very informative, if there was information for readers giving the direction and access to the location from a motor able road, and the nearest place where reasonably good board and lodging could be available; so that tourists can enjoy the beauty of this delightful beach.

Keep the city clean

Now Dhaka city is decorated with colourful lights and it has attracted many city dwellers. People are travelling to Dhaka from different places only to see the beauty. But to add to the beauty we should also keep it clean. It is a common sight that people throw plastic bottles and rubbish on the road which can cause severe accidents any time. The government should place dustbins alongside the roads, in parks and every public place. This rubbish can be recycled. This is the proper time for the city people to show their responsibility towards the country. We have to start the process ourselves and show the path to others, rather than waiting for others to start, because it is our own country.

Our team was over rated

It is not clear to me our team's problems while facing an accurate decent bowling line. It looked like they have not faced anything like this before and didn't know what to do other than give away the wickets. Shakib gave an indication of loosing ahead of time (how great!) but the manner in which they lost broke people's heart.

What a contrasting game!

Bangladesh Cricket Team's precarious defeat at the hands of the West Indies team still haunts many. Our faces dipped in shame at the performance of our team. We all saw in awe the performance of West Indies and felt that they are just invincible. But the Pakistan Cricket Team proved us wrong. In the first quarter-final match, Pakistan not only bowled West Indies out in 43.3 overs for only 112 runs but also defeated them by 10 wickets in just 20.5 overs and set a record in the history of the world cup cricket. Pakistan still retains many veterans in the team. But we find veterans' absent in our team. Our cricket authorities should consider this point with due importance.

Ungrateful Pakistan team

Pakistan played their quarter-final match against West Indies and came out with flying colours. Bangladeshi cricket fans went to watch the match and most of them cheered for Pakistan team all through the match .What hurt us most came at the end, when Pakistani cricketers were being interviewed by Ramiz Raza, where none of them thanked Bangladeshi crowd, instead they thanked people coming from Pakistan. They should learn the basic manner of thanking the local crowd who were cheering for them. Earlier, when Wasim Akram was the captain, he never forgot to thank the local crowd, and even when they lost to Bangladesh in the 1999 World Cup, he said in an interview that Pakistan had lost to their brothers. Shahid Afridi and his team should learn some manners from the great cricketers.

Indian Rupee and Bangladeshi Taka

Almost daily we come to know the exchange rates of Bangladeshi Taka with many foreign currencies through our TV, radio and national newspapers.

What a foreign ministry!

The Awami League government is virtually failing in every aspect of governance. While all other countries are showing deep concern for their nationals, what is our foreign ministry doing? The relatives of the stranded Bangladeshis were bound to form a human chain to force the government to act! Foreign Minister Dipu Moni while discussing with the reporters only referred to 'their' source of information, whereas the relatives of the stranded Bangladeshis were referring to the direct telephone talks with their near and dear ones. If the foreign ministry cannot do anything for their nationals, at least they can give right information regarding what is happening to them!

Ban this nonsense

One should travel in buses to understand the torture the passengers undergo when cassettes are played loudly. When music turns into cacophony, it is unbearable. A similar ban should be imposed on hi-fi music systems in all city buses. Blaring music causes irritation not only to the passengers but also to other road users. The disturbance caused by noise pollution is more pronounced in places where hospitals and clinics are situated in the vicinity of marriage halls, student hostels. It is also time to ban loud talk by people on cell phones on balconies of residential complexes without any consideration for the neighbours. What about those who take out processions on the streets and chant slogans? That no one presented this aspect of noise pollution to the court is an opportunity lost.

Farmers - the real heroes

Bangladesh is a land of villages. Most people of these villages are farmers. They are the real patriots who contribute a lot to our economy. Without their tremendous labour it would be impossible for us to exist in this planet. But do the nation and the govt. do anything for their future? We should not forget these heroes, because they are the people who make the barren fields green and keep us alive.

Stop bikes on footpaths

I would like to express my gratitude to Rizwanuzzaman Laskar for his reporting on reckless riding of motorcycles even on footpaths in Dhaka on 28th February. It is also true that the reckless drivers do not even bother about the reports in newspapers. When someone runs a motor bike, he is seen considering himself the only important person. These bikers cause a lot of sufferings to the pedestrians. This insensitive practice is prevailing in all cities of Bangladesh including Chittagong. I myself once fell victim, when the biker defied the traffic signal, injured me and fled the scene. Will the government do anything about this?

Make abortion safe

Experts say, in Bangladesh one third of the pregnancies are either unwanted or unplanned. But attempt to get free from unwanted pregnancies carry potential threats for infection and long-term problems, if done in an unhygienic and unsafe way.

Is media taking a turn?

There was a time when the media acted as a watchdog of democracy. Today, true journalism has become a rarity. The media have a significant role in formulating public opinion. But they ignore people's issues such as poverty, corruption, and raging communalism. From the television news channels and other media, we come to know more about Hollywood stars and their luxurious spending than about the decline in agriculture, migration of labour and growing poverty among the rural masses. If the fourth estate has lost its exalted position, it is because of a paradigm shift in the priorities of reporting, driven by corporate interests. Both the print and the visual media are giving a go-by to journalistic ethics and all that matters is sensationalism.

Cease smoking by laser!

A Saudi anti-smoking charity organisation 'Purity' has launched a campaign inspiring smokers to quit their habit within 30 minutes. How is this possible? Yes, this is possible through application of cold laser beam. A laser device is used to generate a 'feel-good' like chemical called endorphins in smoker which is generally produced by nicotine in cigarettes. Endorphins calm and relax the body to reduce nicotine craving towards cessation of smoking habit. The laser treatment is a little expensive but I am sure if introduced by charity/philanthropic organisations or hospitals (in lower rate), many smokers in Bangladesh will be interested to avail of the facility to get rid of their smoking habit.

We are in need of wise men

Winston Churchill once called Gandhi 'a naked fakir'; it did not diminish Gandhi's greatness a bit. Those people who are calling Dr. Yunus 'blood sucker' only have showed their own ignorance. In the 'Puranas' there is a famous story. When a benevolent king died, God appeared before him to give him a boon. But God had one condition; if the king decides to go to the heaven he will be given 100 idiots to accompany him; on the other hand, if he chooses to go to the hell, he will be given 10 wise men to accompany him. The king thought for a moment and then replied, 'Almighty, if I take 100 idiots with me to the heaven, the heaven will turn into a hell for me; but if I take 10 wise men with me to the hell, they will make the hell a heaven for me'. This simple story tells us why we are unable to make our country a 'Sonar Bangla'.

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International

Yemen 'close to transition of power deal'

A deal on a peaceful transition of power in Yemen could come as early yesterday and would be based on an offer by President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down by year-end, Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qirbi said.

Libyan rebels recapture strategic eastern town

Libyan rebels backed by allied air strikes recaptured the strategic eastern town of Ajdabiyah yesterday, pushing out Muammar Gaddafi's forces.

Japan quake may impact its time

Japan's cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami, which shattered towns and altered its coastline, may also have an impact on time in the country.

Rescuers struggle to reach Myanmar quake areas

Rescuers battled yesterday to reach thousands of survivors in remote areas of Myanmar after an earthquake tore up roads and reduced hundreds of homes to rubble, leaving 75 people dead.

BBC Caribbean Service closed

The BBC Caribbean Service has made its final broadcast, ending seven decades of programming for the region.

Canada dissolves parliament

Canada's governor general dissolved parliament yesterday after a vote of no-confidence in Tory Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government, setting up a fourth election in seven years.

India's tiger population 'on the rise'

India's tiger population has increased for the first time in decades, a newspaper said yesterday, citing a national tiger census report slated to be released next week.

Pakistan to seek Interpol help

Pakistan will ask Interpol to circulate a global arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf over the murder of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, a prosecutor said yesterday.

US rushes freshwater for Fukushima nuke plant

US naval barges loaded with freshwater sped toward Japan's overheated nuclear plant yesterday to help workers struggling to stem a worrying rise in radioactivity and remove dangerously contaminated water from the facility.

Arts & Entertainment

Light & Sound Show at Suhrawardy Udyan

A light and sound show featuring the Liberation War and other major movements that led to Bangladesh's independence was held at Suhrawardy Udyan on March 25. The show, titled "Bangladesh-er Hridoy Hotey", was held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Independence. Planned and directed by Nasirul Haque Khokon, the show was scripted by Sohel Anwar. Khokon and Junaed Yusuf jointly designed the lights; Ahsan Reza Tushar designed the sound. Members of different theatre troupes took part in choreography that made the presentation exciting.

Shilpakala Academy holds three-day programme

Bangladesh Shilpakla Academy (BSA) arranged a three-day-long programme to celebrate the Independence Day. The programme, held at National Theatre Hall, started on March 24 and ended yesterday. On the second day (March 25), discussion and a cultural programme were held.

Swadhinata Utshab at Central Shaheed Minar

With the theme “Muktijuddho Onihshesh Chollishey Bangladesh”, a three daylong Swadhinata Utshab (Independence Day festival) by Shammilito Shangskritik Jote (SSJ) ended yesterday at Central Shaheed Minar premises and Rabindra Sarobar in Dhaka.

Liberation War Museum Mourns the Martyrs

Liberation War Museum has arranged a weeklong programme at its premises in Shegunbagicha, Dhaka to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Independence. The weeklong programme began on March 22 and will continue till tomorrow. On March 25, the programme featured a discussion, recitation and rendition of songs.

Muktir Utshab in Mymensingh

Marking 40 years of the country's Independence, a six-day programme, titled 'Muktir Utshab' (celebration of independence) began at Town Hall Shaheed Minar premises from March 26.

Honouring a Hero through Art

National hero Bir Sreshtha Matiur Rahman is being honoured through a weeklong programme here.

Photo exhibition and film festival in Barisal

A three-day photography exhibition and film festival began on March 26 at Ashwini Kumar Hall in Barisal city. This was the first such event by Barisal Photography and Film Society (BPFS).

OP-ED

Between protecting and pulverising Libya: What next?

Now that the coalition of the willing led by the USA has imposed a no-fly zone in Libya and degraded its air defenses and air power, the big question is what next?

Tsunami in Japan

A tsunami is a wave of water that spreads through the sea, usually after a sub-sea floor quake. The tsunami that hits northern Japan created an enormous whirlpool in the east coast of the country. It was triggered by an 8.9 richter scale earthquake.

The other side of microfinance

To give macro-credit to micro-credit for the role in reducing poverty in Bangladesh or anywhere in the world (the Grameen model is now duplicated in more than 100 countries) is to discredit labour-intensive industries like garments and earnings by migrant workers. Garment workers bring in Tk.65 thousand crore and overseas workers send home Tk.70 thousand crore every year. ("Dollarer mojuder niche chapa para manush," Anu Muhammad, Prothom Alo, December 21, 2010).

Pouncing tiger or pliant lamb?

A recently published book, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has triggered a raging controversy in the US over "ideal" parenting methods. The author, Amy Chua, is a Chinese-American Yale professor. She claims that her book is a personal memoir, which recounts a series of interactions with her parents and her two teenage daughters. The overarching message of the book is that a disciplined upbringing prepares one to excel in life and face the tough challenges of a highly competitive world.

Bombing states into submission

The western powers have been pounding Libya over the past one week, the aim being to prevent Muammar Gaddafi from taking back control of territory he has lost to the opposition. Read here such places as Benghazi, still in rebel hands. The more important reason for the air strikes on Libya is of course Gaddafi himself. He has not only pledged to fight on but has also threatened the rebels with extinction because they have risen in revolt against him. Now, the dilemma here is that Gaddafi needs to be stopped and at the same time Libya must avert a collapse.

This Day In History

March 27
1854
Crimean War: The United Kingdom declares war on Russia.



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