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News of: Friday, 1st of April, 2011

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Escape mission

The minivan was going through a mountainous area of Libya. Crammed with eight Bangladeshi nationals who went to the north African country in the hope of a better life for their loved ones back home.

Nod for free MPs at JS

The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment seeks to free lawmakers from the restriction imposed through article 70 of the constitution, enabling them to play their due role in parliament independently.

Work goes on, may finish by 2012

Started in January, construction work of Mirpur-Airport Road flyover over the restricted zone of Dhaka cantonment and Banani Staff Road level-crossing is progressing in full swing to meet the target of completion by October 2012.

Criminals kill 2 in city

Unknown criminals shot dead two people at the capital's Jatrabari and Polashi last night, police said.

Dhaka's role vital in adaptation strategy

Knowledge, experience and practices of the locals should be given importance in combating climate change, experts told an international conference in the capital yesterday.

Alim gets bail on conditions

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday granted conditional bail to former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim in connection with war crimes charges.

BNP-backed panel takes lead in SCBA polls

The BNP-supported panel took lead in the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) elections.

Rab 'shootout' kills criminal

A listed criminal was killed during a 'shootout' between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the capital's Kafrul early yesterday while two alleged muggers were injured by Rab in Paltan.

Amini's arrest order revoked within hours

A Dhaka court yesterday withdrew an arrest warrant and a summons against Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini, president of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), hours after issuing those in two cases.

PM for local govt leaders' evaluation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government will evaluate activities and performances of all public representatives in the local government.

France rallies round Yunus

French Foreign Affairs Minister Alain Juppé has lent strong support to the Grameen Bank in retaining its independence and demanded fair trial of the lawsuit filed by Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus.

Syria says to probe deaths in protest cities

Syria is launching an immediate probe into the deaths of "civilians and troops" in Daraa and Latakia, two cities that have emerged as the focal points of protests, state media reported yesterday.

Editorial

Tax evasion culture

THE very low Tax-Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio at around 9 per cent coupled with the people's tendency to evade paying tax has been a major hurdle before the revenue administration's effort to fulfil the government's revenue collection target every year. As a result, the amount of revenue collected annually is too low compared to the population's actual potential to pay taxes. Small wonder the government has to meet the budgetary gap through borrowing from banks and foreign aid.

Inculcating sense of history

A sense of history is the foundation upon which a society finds a niche for itself in the global scheme of things. In Bangladesh, given the various distortions which have crept into our history, inculcating a sense of history in the young is of seminal significance. That is why the government move to provide a fifteen-volume work on War of Liberation free of cost to nearly 17,000 school and colleges is welcome. The initiative toward this laudable exercise was of course taken by the last caretaker government, for which it deserves credit. It is our expectation that the present elected government will eventually fulfill this onerous responsibility of bringing our young population level with the history of the country, particularly in relation to the War of Liberation and the events that preceded it.

Sports

SL ready for final

Sri Lanka's coach Trevor Bayliss says his team can defeat favourites India in Saturday's World Cup final despite injury worries to star bowler Muttiah Muralidaran.

India bathes in success

India on Thursday revelled in its sporting and diplomatic success after beating Pakistan in a cricket World Cup semifinal that also hosted leadership talks on better cross-border ties.

Press go Blue crazy

Indian newspapers splashed the country's triumph over bitter rival Pakistan in the World Cup semifinals across the front pages Thursday, applauding the game as an "epic showdown."

Will it be Sachin or Murali?

Legends Sachin Tendulkar and Muttiah Muralidaran face-off in a mouth-watering duel for the last time when India and Sri Lanka clash in the World Cup final on Saturday.

Fans accuse Misbah

Disappointed Pakistani cricket fans on Wednesday blamed a sluggish Misbahul Haq for defeat in the World Cup semifinal thriller with arch-rival India.

'Fielding undid Pakistan'

Former greats and fans Thursday singled out sloppy fielding as the main reason for Pakistan's 29-run loss against bitter rivals India in the high-profile World Cup semifinal in Mohali.

End of the Express

A shadow of the tearaway who once terrified batsmen, as well as cricket administrators worldwide, Shoaib Akhtar's career ended meekly, denied the headline farewell he cherished.

Future bright, says Afridi

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said the performance of his side's younger players had been among the positives of a World Cup campaign that ended with a 29-run semifinal loss to India.

Kirsten, Bayliss seek last hurrah

India coach Gary Kirsten and Sri Lankan counterpart Trevor Bayliss may have earned lavish praises for their invaluable inputs, but unfortunately only one will be smiling on Saturday night.

Mumbai ready for Tendulkar fairytale

A billion hearts will beat for Sachin Tendulkar as India bid for their second World Cup title in the all-Asian final against buoyant Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Dhoni staying cool

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni warned his team to ignore the hype and national hysteria that will dominate the frenetic build-up to Saturday's World Cup final against Sri Lanka.

Rain mars final day

Rains and bad light played key roles on the final day of the fourth round of the National Cricket League as all three matches were drawn at different venues yesterday.

Ribery fights back

He may have been roundly jeered by the home fans, but Franck Ribery's second-half cameo in France's 0-0 draw with Croatia has given coach Laurent Blanc plenty to think about.

'Inter have the edge'

Inter Milan midfielder Dejan Stankovic believes his side are in a better position coming into Saturday's derby than Serie A leaders AC Milan.

Karim in doubt for Spurs clash

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema could miss next week's Champions League quarterfinal first leg clash with Tottenham due to injury, Spanish newspapers said Thursday.

Tax-free WC

Indian government on Thursday decided to grant income tax exemption to International Cricket Council (ICC) for the World Cup cricket competition.

Robson slates Capello

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson criticised Fabio Capello's handling of the England captaincy saga on Wednesday but said he supported the decision to reinstate John Terry.

'Don't judge Dhoni on final'

Kapil Dev, the only man to captain an Indian World Cup winning side, said Thursday that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's reputation as skipper should not depend on the result of Saturday's final against Sri Lanka.

Sania wins domestic 'war'

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, who had jokingly tweeted she was at 'war' with husband -- and former Pakistan cricket captain -- Shoaib Malik, praised the defeated semifinalists on Thursday.

Taufel & Dar to umpire WC final

Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar have been named as the on-field umpires for the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka on Saturday. Ian Gould and Steve Davis will be third and fourth umpires, respectively, while Jeff Crowe will perform match referee duties for the game.

Rajapakse looks for Murali tribute

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has urged the national team to win the World Cup final as a fitting finale to the brilliant career of spin bowler Muttiah Muralidaran.

Sultana Kamal awards given

As many as 23 women organisers and former athletes including Deputy Leader of the Parliament, Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, have been awarded the Sultana Kamal Independence Day Award for their contributions to the country's women's sports.

Business

Shipbuilders to get separate zones

The government will set up separate zones for the shipbuilding sector and formulate policy to support the promising sector, Industries Minister Dilip Barua said yesterday.

Muhith woos French investors

In a bid to woo flagging French private sector investment, Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday met top executives of some important French companies in Paris and asked them to explore business opportunities in Bangladesh.

Poverty declines at faster rate

Poverty has declined at a faster 2 percent rate a year on average since 2005, according to the latest household expenditure survey by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). From 2000 to 2005, the poverty reduction rate was 1.78 percent.

Bank Asia chairman re-elected

A Rouf Chowdhury was re-elected as chairman of Bank Asia on Wednesday.

DBBL first to introduce mobile banking

Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) has for the first time introduced its mobile banking service expanding the banking service from cities to remote areas.

Govt mulls tourism-friendly steps

The government is set to take certain tourism friendly steps like introducing a telephone 'help line' and organising promotional activities in regional countries to boost the tourism sector, said the civil aviation and tourism minister yesterday.

Sheraton to stay until April 30

In response to a government request to help Bangladesh Services Ltd (BSL) take preparations to operate the hotel, Sheraton has extended its stay up to April 30, officials said yesterday.

Black-money news cheers up stocks

Stocks ended higher yesterday, influenced by the news of regulators allowing people to invest black or untaxed money in the Bangladesh Fund, which has been designed to prop up the troubled capital market.

Start-up delay hurts development projects

A joint review of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) project implementation status has found that first disbursement takes place after 15 months on average after the loan approval.

Trade with Tripura doubles

Trade between Tripura and Bangladesh almost doubled to Rs 300 crore in the current fiscal year from Rs 163 crore in the previous fiscal year, while export of eight Bangladeshi items registered a fivefold rise this year.

The best report ever on media piracy

I'm way late to the massive and wonderful report on Media Piracy in Emerging Economies by Joe Karaganis and a big team of international researchers. I blame the fact that Karaganis sent me the report a week before it was formally released, on the sensible grounds that it might take a bit of time for me to digest its 440 pages of detailed new information on one of the defining issues of the information age. Of course, like any good procrastinator, I did no such thing. But I've read a good chunk of the report at this point, and I highly advise you do likewise -- or else sit back with Karaganis's presentation of its main points.

Bali profits from business of soul-searching

Being a Hindu yogi once meant renouncing worldly pleasures for a life of solitary meditation, wandering the jungle in search of union with god.

France, US call for flexible exchange rates at G20

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Thursday called for more flexible exchange rate regimes as G20 nations met on global monetary reform in China.

US energy future hazy on Japan, environment fears

The United States faces tough questions as it tries to plot its energy future in the wake of the Japan nuclear disaster and long-running environmental and security concerns, analysts say.

German unemployment falls further in March

German unemployment reached a post-reunification low in March, official data showed Thursday, but inflation is nonetheless dampening consumption and sentiment in Europe's biggest economy.

Chinese investment soars in Brazil

China is rapidly expanding its presence in Brazil, surpassing the United States as the South American giant's biggest investor and trade partner, a report released Wednesday said.

Microsoft attacks Google with EU anti-trust complaint

Microsoft announced Thursday it has filed a "formal" anti-trust complaint against Google with the European Union, amid accusations the Internet king has rigged the search market for consumers.

Nissan, Renault eye joint holding company

Japan's Nissan Motor and France's Renault SA are considering a holding company that would put the two firms and several of their other interests under a single umbrella, a business daily said Thursday.

Asian shares mixed

Asian stocks ended mostly higher Thursday as a strong set of jobs figures from the United States boosted regional optimism, despite lingering caution over Japan's ongoing nuclear crisis.

Metropolitan

22 Bangladeshis in Libyan jail freed

Twenty-two Bangladeshi nationals, detained in Twaisha Jail, a Libyan detention centre, entered a Tunisian camp after their release yesterday, said a foreign ministry press release.

Don't make ACC paper tiger

Speakers at a rally yesterday protested the proposed amendment to the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) Act 2009, saying it would leave the institution without power.

Building code to be enforced strictly

The government will bring all the new buildings across the country under Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC) to minimise the fatalities of earthquake.

1,432 Bangladeshi peacekeepers honoured

The United Nations has honoured 1,432 Bangladeshi peacekeepers for their dedicated service to peace in Liberia.

30 killed in crossfire over last three months: ASK

A total of 30 people were killed in "crossfire" with law enforcers and 25 others died in police custody over the last three months, revealed a report of rights group Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).

29 defence witnesses give depositions

Eleven defence witnesses gave depositions in favour of six suspected accused of Sector Headquarters of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) while 18 defence witnesses gave depositions for 11 suspected accused of 24 Rifle Battalion yesterday.

Horrors still haunt him

Even twenty days after returning home, Humayun is still being chased by the horrific experiences he underwent in troubled Libya.

PM returns favour

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday handed over a house and the land to the poor wife of Hasmat Ali, a late rickshaw-puller, who showed a rare respect to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with his little hard-earned capital before his death in 2004.

Anti-corruption procession

A colourful procession was brought out in the district town to mark the anti-corruption week yesterday. Beginning from the freedom fighters' memorial premises, the procession ended at the district shilpakala academy auditorium premises. Later a discussion was held there. Thakurgaon deputy commissioner Banamali Bhoumik attended as chief guest. This was followed by a debate, art and cultural competitions. Among others, district education officer SM Moslemuddin, district primary education officer Syeda Mahfuza Begum and director of Parashpar, a local NGO, took part the discussion. Later prizes were distributed among the winners of art, cultural and debate competitions.

India mulls over opening haats

With the increase in trade between Tripura and Bangladesh, the Indian government is considering a Tripura state's proposal for opening border markets and introducing flights on Agartala-Dhaka-Chittagong routes.

All 10 accused acquitted

Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal here yesterday acquitted all ten accused including an Islami Chhatra Shibir cadre in a case filed for murdering Awami League (AL) leader Liakat Ali Khan.

Three martyrs' death anniversary today

Today is the 39th death anniversary of liberation war martyrs engineer Fazlur Rahman, his younger brother Rafiqul Islam and his nephew Anwar Hossain, says a press release.

Distribution of book on liberation war documents begins

The government yesterday started free distribution of a 15-volume book on Bangladesh Liberation War documents to nearly 17,000 schools, colleges and madrasas as part of its move to help students learn the true history.

Road crashes kill 7

Seven people were killed and 26 others injured in road accidents in Dinajpur, Sirajganj, Madaripur, Brahmanbaria, and Munshiganj yesterday and Wednesday night.

DU celebrates award achievement

Dhaka University authorities yesterday celebrated its achievement of Independence Award 2011 through colourful programmes on the campus.

VOA Bangla senior editor Ziaur retires

Syed Ziaur Rahman, a veteran journalist and renowned broadcaster, retired from Voice of America (VOA) after serving its Bangla Service for 35 years as senior editor.

Dyeing factory fined

The Department of Environment in a drive fined a factory Tk 24.92 lakh yesterday for discharging untreated liquid waste in the Bongshai river of Kaliakoir in Gazipur.

Documentary on Yunus to be screened in US

A special theatrical event screening the documentary “To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America” was scheduled to be held in US yesterday to disseminate the messages on the birth of Grameen America.

Bangladesh relief reaches Japan

A special aircraft (C-130) carrying relief materials supplied by Bangladesh government arrived at Narita Airport in Japan yesterday in response to the Pacific Ocean earthquake at Tohoku district.

Two killed in city

A bus crushed to death an eight-year old boy in the city's Maniknagar yesterday while another boy was found dead on the roof of a train at Kamalapur Wednesday.

Bahrain FM calls on PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina discussed the issues of human resources export and employment of Bangladeshis in Bahrain with Bahrain's Foreign Minister Shaikh Khaled Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa at her office yesterday.

'History vital for nation's development'

History can play a vital role in the development of any nation, said speakers in a seminar at Chittagong University (CU) yesterday.

Khaleda performs Umrah

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who is now in Saudi Arabia, performed holy Umrah in Makkah yesterday.

Art exhibition opens today

The Australian High Commission in association with Gallery Cosmos will launch an indigenous art exhibition at Gallery Cosmos in Malibagh in the city today.

One gets 32 years' RI

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to 32 years' rigorous imprisonment for killing his wife in January 2009 in the city's Shah Ali area.

ECO-friendly brick kilns to come

The government, under a five-year project, aims to introduce a new technology in the country's brick making industry to reduce environmental pollution and make energy consumption efficient.

National

Khagrachhari-Rangamati road turns nuisance for commuters

People continue to suffer as the 'worst' eight kilometers of Khagrachhari-Rangamati road remain unrepaired for lack of necessary funds.

Polls in 126 unions largely peaceful on third day

Union Parishad elections were held in 126 unions of eight districts yesterday, the third day of ongoing polls in the lowest tier of local government structure, largely peacefully except a few stray incidents.

Teacher arrested on charge of sexual harassment

A police sub-inspector (SI) and a student were injured in a clash between law enforcers and students when the latter tried to have a teacher accused of sexual harassment released from Sadar Model Police Station yesterday.

Jubo League leader ransacks edn office, beats up employee

A Jubo League leader on Wednesday ransacked primary education office in Gobindaganj upazila headquarters and manhandled one of its employees for not transferring his wife, who is a teacher, to a place of their choice.

Arrest warrants against 5 PWs for skipping court

A Sylhet court on Wednesday issued arrest warrants against five prosecution witnesses (PWs) in the case for attempt to kill Sheikh Hasina during her electioneering in Sylhet city in 2001.

17 get life for killing two

A court here yesterday awarded life imprisonment to 17, including six of a family, in a double murder case.

Outlaw held with gun

A regional leader of Janajudhho faction of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was arrested yesterday after a gunfight with police for about 25 minutes at a remote village in Chatmohar upazila.

Schoolboy electrocuted

A school student was electrocuted and three others including his mother were injured in Shah Makhdum area of the city yesterday. The deceased, Tareq Rahman, 13, was son of Ayub Ali of the area and a student of class VII at Baya School and College. Three others including Tareq's mother Rubina Begum, 30, were given first aid treatment at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital. Police and locals said, Tareq came in contact with live electric wire while doing repair work at their house at around 4:00pm. When his mother, neighbor Hira Khatun, 28, and her son Riazul Islam, 7, proceeded to save Tareq, they sustained injuries. An unnatural death case was filed in this connection, Shah Makhdum police station officer-in-charge Fazlul Haque said.

Girl drowns

A little girl drowned in a pond near her father's house at Sakoya village under Kaliganj upazila yesterday. Victim Yasmin Akhter,7, was daughter of Monjurul Islam of the same village and a student of class two at Sakoya Government Primary School. She remained missing for one hour. At one stage, neighbours found her body floating in the pond.

6,000 poultry birds culled

A total of 6,000 poultry birds were culled and 29,000 eggs damaged following outbreak of bird flue at a hatchery at Kashada village under Shivalaya upazila on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Some poultry birds of Pioneer Breeders Limited died in last three days. The hatchery owner took samples of dead birds to local disease examination centre of the livestock department. There it was detected that the fowls were attacked with bird flue, deputy director of livestock department Hossain Mohammad said. Shivalaya upazila nirbahi officer Kaikobad Hossain and concerned officials were present during culling of the birds, he said. Contacted, the hatchery owner said, he had started his business taking Tk1.43 crore loan from Bangladesh Krishi Bank in 2002. He has estimated the loss at Tk3.36 cr.

Section 144 at Rangpur

Rangpur district administration yesterday imposed Section 144 at Payera Square in the town as two rival factions of BNP called a meeting at the same venue yesterday. A faction led by BNP district convener Mozaffar Hossain called a meeting at Payera Square to observe the independence day while another group led by Shirin Varosha called another meeting at the same venue at the same time. Apprehending untoward incidence, the district magistrate banned any meeting at Payera Square and imposed section 144 from 2:30 pm to 10:00 at the same spot, Kotwali police said. A large number of police have been deployed at Payera Square.

2 drug peddlers held

Two drug peddlers were arrested from the local bus terminal here on Wednesday, police said. The arrestees were identified as Jahangir Alam,32, of Nowdabash village in Hatibandha upazila and Nur Islam,35, of Boraipara village in the same upazila. Police said, a total of 27 bottles of phensydil were recovered from the possession of Jahangir Alam while 2 kg hemp recovered from the possession of Nur Islam. Two separate cases were lodged against the two with Lalmonirhat Sadar police station.

Two stalkers jailed

Two youths were sentenced to jail for stalking schoolgirls in Sylhet and Jhenidah yesterday.

Letters

Forget the idea of nuclear power plant

The letter of Mr. Wali-ur Rahman published in The Daily Star on March 21, 2011 is noteworthy. His suggestion to Bangladesh government to abandon the decision of setting up a nuclear power plant and the reasons put forward are true to the point. The three reasons are-- Bangladesh is in high risk of earthquakes, we are not as technologically developed as Japan, and Bangladesh is a small country, so in case of radiation, people will not be able to move to safer places.

Build wider footbridges

With the number of accidents increasing in the country as well as within Dhaka city, will our City Corporation think of building wider footbridges considering the population and the number of pedestrians crossing these roads every day from morning till night in the following intersections:

Microcredit - a life saving idea

It is such a shame that the Bangladesh Bank is discrediting a man who has worked for decades to prove that the poorest people are credit worthy. The concept of providing tiny loans for very poor people was taken up by other countries around the world. It is seen as literally a life saving idea - people lift themselves out of malnourishment and inadequate housing and use the loans to create income generating small businesses. They can then send their children to school, save money, become healthier and the women especially can become role models for their daughters.

In response to "Mirpur Stadium in Pakistan"

This is in response to the letter sent to you by Shaheen Anam on 29th March 2011 regarding the lack of reciprocation by the Pakistani cricket captain Shahid Afridi to the adoring crowds of Dhaka that supported them in the quarter final match against the West Indies in the World Cup 2011 Quarter Finals.

Saudi Minister's assurance

As reported in the daily “Arab News” recently, Saudi Minister of Labour Adel Fakieh has assured support for Bangladeshi workers within the laws of the Kingdom that guarantee protection for foreign workers. The newspaper informed that Saudi Minister of Labour has accepted an invitation to visit Dhaka in the near future.

If laws and rules bring despair…

The essence of democracy is to have laws, rules and procedures etc that bring happiness to the majority of people. Our rulers, however, think otherwise. While explaining the Yunus issue to our foreign friends, one senior minister resorted to falsity. Another, while embarking on her mission of mercy to bring solace to our brethren ejected out of Libya, said with a straight face that no matter how many people lose their joy and happiness, the law must prevail. The question therefore is: If a law or a rule brings despair, grief, sorrow (opposite of joy/happiness) to the vast majority of the people (80% ++ if the opinion polls are to be believed), then, if we profess to be a democratic state, should not that particular law, go, be dumped and scrapped instead of the person affected by it?

Be proud of Bangladesh

I am cent percent satisfied with the performance of Bangladesh cricket team in the World Cup 2011. Just take a look; we have won three matches out of six. We have beaten England, Ireland and Netherlands. Some people talk about the shameful defeats against South Africa and the West Indies. In 1992 World Cup, Pakistan team scored only 76 runs (against England). But afterwards they took the trophy! To me, the only point Bangladesh should think about is sensible batting. My request to BCB, please make sporting wicket, not slow wicket. Bangladeshi pace bowlers are also good and our Batsmen are good in fast and sporting wicket.

We are grateful

I am writing from Pakistan. I thank all Bangladeshi cricket fans for supporting Pakistan cricket team during the quarter-final match. I wish one day Bangladesh would play a match in Pakistan, and we would wave Bangladeshi flags in support of our guest team in a future cricket world cup. We would like to convey our message of love and peace to our brothers and sisters in Bangladesh.

What is our Sonar Bangla?

Bangladesh celebrates her forrty years of independence. During these forty years what did we achieve? We could not achieve economic freedom. Rather, we have become champion in corruption. Our father of the nation had dreamt of a Sonar Bangla. What is the govt. doing to make his dream come true?

In defence of Col Gaddafi

Libyan revolutionary leader Col Gaddafi is presently facing a highly difficult situation. The allied forces including USA are attacking Libya by violating the sovereignty of the country resulting in deaths of hundreds of innocent people. If USA and other countries were so worried about international peace and humanity in real sense, they would have launched joint army action against Israel which is continuously refusing to vacate the occupied Arab areas despite the resolution passed by the UN.

We stand by you, Japan

Our sincere condolences go to the people and government of Japan. In particular to the bereaved families who lost their near and dear ones during the natural calamity of unprecedented magnitude. This is a very difficult time for the people of Japan. To add to the misery, nuclear plant blasts sent another wave of profound shock to the Japanese people. Some of the areas where earthquake and tsunami hit are known to me personally. Japanese are resilient, diligent and extremely positive-minded people who will overcome these appalling catastrophes. And Japan is a tested friend of ours and always stands by us through thick and thin. At this time of great disaster, we would like to assure our Japanese friends that our continuous prayers and heartfelt sympathies are with them.

Give us the latest, please

I've been a regular subscriber of The Daily Star for about eight years. In your sports page, most of the news about major football leagues around the world is more than a day old. There are many football fans all over our country (especially in Dhaka and Chittagong) who are the subscribers of The Daily Star as well. Thus you may already have guessed that they like to have the latest news on football. Since everyone cannot stay up late at night and watch the games, they expect to find the results in your paper the next morning. Please advise the sports editor to have someone to update this specific part of the news earlier than they are doing now. I'm sure it would make your subscribers feel a little better. I hope you will consider my request and do the needful.

Wrath of the government

It has become clear why our Prime Minister and her government stood against Prof Yunus and Grameen Bank. After the rejection of Yunus' writ petition in the court against Bangladesh Bank's order to remove Yunus from his office, Attorney General Mahbub-e Alam made it clear that if anyone was supposed to get a Nobel Peace Prize in Bangladesh it should have been either Sheikh Hasina or Shantu Larma. The government though failed to give attention to the country's serious problems such as power crisis, gas crisis, water crisis, population explosion, traffic jam, price hike of daily commodities and many other issues; it was able to remove Prof Yunus from Grameen Bank not considering its long-term effect not only in the country but throughout the world.

Govt. and opposition should work together

This is the 40th year of our independence. We want to be more optimistic and confident that our country will go ahead towards economic development, peace, prosperity, and self-sufficiency. We want the commitment of change to turn into reality. Our last year's list of achievements is considerable.

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International

West started something it cannot control: Gaddafi

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi warned yesterday that the West has started something in Libya which it cannot control, the state news agency JANA reported.

Pressure to widen Fukushima evacuation zone

UN nuclear monitors have advised Japan to consider expanding the evacuation zone around the stricken reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Libyan FM defects, flies to UK

Muammar Gaddafi's regime suffered a major blow with the defection of his foreign minister Mussa Kussa, the most senior figure to jump ship since the uprising against the Libyan strongman's 41-year rule erupted more than six weeks ago.

7,000 get HIV every day

Each day, more than 7,000 people are newly infected with the virus, including 1,000 children, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a report issued in Nairobi yesterday.

US policy towards Cuba is 'a mistake'

Former US president Jimmy Carter - on a visit to Cuba - has criticised US policy towards the island.

China concerned over US military 'competition'

China says the United States is increasing its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region, which is becoming more "volatile".

US trusted Libyan foreign minister

Libya's defected foreign minister Mussa Kussa was a man the United States could rely on and engage with despite his spy background, according to US cables released by WikiLeaks yesterday.

Kuwaiti cabinet resigns in new political crisis

Kuwait's government submitted its resignation yesterday, a minister announced, sparking a fresh political crisis in a Gulf emirate prone to such volatility over the past five years.

Ouattara calls rival forces to join his camp

Ivory Coast's internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara yesterday called on soldiers loyal to his rival strongman Laurent Gbagbo to "join" his army, in a televised address.

Population goes up to 1.21bn

India's population has grown by 181 million people over the past decade to 1.21bn, according to the 2011 census.

Nato probes report of Libyan civilian deaths

Nato has launched a probe to determine whether the alliance was involved in any air raid that may have killed civilians, the general in charge of the operations said yesterday.

Merkel calls on Myanmar to free political prisoners

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday urged the new civilian government in Myanmar to release political prisoners as she spoke by phone with pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, Berlin said.

Southern African leaders meet on Zimbabwe stand-off

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai lobbied regional leaders at a security summit yesterday to stop what he says is a crackdown by President Robert Mugabe ahead of expected polls.

13 killed in new attack on a Pak Islamic party

A suicide bomb blast targeting an Islamic party chief killed at least 13 people in Pakistan yesterday, officials said -- the second attack against him and his supporters in two days.

Kuwait to expel Iran diplomats for 'spying'

Kuwait is to expel a number of Iranian diplomats for alleged links to a spying ring, Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Sabah announced yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Guerrilla to Hit the Big Screen on Pahela Baishakh

"Guerrilla", a film on the Liberation War, will be released on Pahela Baishakh (April 14, 2011). As part of the first phase of the film's campaign, director of the film and freedom fighter Nasiruddin Yusuf, along with the cast and crew of the film and a number of noted cultural personalities, launched the soundtrack of the film at Channel i's Tejgaon Office yesterday.

Saju's Grand Group Art Exhibition 2011 Opens Today

A month-long Grand Group Art Exhibition at Saju Art Gallery (Gulshan-2, Dhaka) opens today. The exhibition will continue till April 30. The exhibition features 150 artworks by 105 artists. Both seasoned and emerging artists are showcasing their works at the exhibition.

Martyrs Remembered

Marking the 40th anniversary of Independence, a two-day exhibition of Liberation War documents opened on March 29 at the historic Ambika Maidan in Faridpur.

Elizabeth Taylor Beyond the Violet Eyes

She was so much more than those intense violet eyes. And she hated being called Liz.

A Poor Prisoner of Love

A love letter written by poet John Keats to his neighbour in London before his death from TB at the age of 25 has been auctioned for £96,000.

Day out for children

On the occasion of Independence Day, Sishu Kishore Council of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) recently organised a painting competition for children on the university campus.

Rice Cakes Galore

A Pitha Utsab (traditional here in Phulbari upazila of Dinajpur district last Friday afternoon to promote a tradition that is gradually losing ground due to rapid urbanisation.

OP-ED

When American help hurts

IT must be a sheer coincidence that George Bush bombed Iraq on March 19, 2003, and Barrack Obama bombed Libya on March 19, 2011. It also must be a sheer coincidence that how the United States had started to minify Saddam Hussein in Iraq is also how it appears to plan to pare down Muammer Gaddafi in Libya. But one thing is apparent from how US dealt with one dictator in the past and is dealing with another in the present. The superpower has its own rules in the game.

Japan: A friend in need

FOR Japan, March this year turned out to be "the cruelest month." An earthquake of unprecedented scale, subsequent tsunami followed by nuclear plant disaster, wrought unimaginable havoc in the devastated island-nation. The depredations caused by the fury of enraged nature began from March 10 when the disastrous earthquake (8.9 on the Richter scale) hit the country, particularly the North Eastern part.

Need to read from the same script

IT is not comforting to imagine Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia ship-wrecked in mid-river desperately swimming to reach ashore safely.

Causes of political turmoil in MENA

ALMOST every few hours, the media reports on the unfolding saga in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region. In some cases, the political movements are relatively peaceful, such as in Tunisia and Egypt. In the case of Libya, we see pitched battles being fought between the supporters of the regime and its opponents; now, the international community is also involved. We are gripped by developments, and frequently do not sit back to think of the causes behind the turmoil, and of the consequences that may follow.

This Day In History

1924
Adolf Hitler is sentenced to five years in jail for his participation in the "Beer Hall Putsch".

StarTech

IBM poised for a leap

In June this year IBM, the world's largest provider of enterprise business software, celebrates 100 years as a company. That is pretty amazing for a company, which is even older than many countries such as Singapore and Bangladesh.

Apple to unveil new operating systems for iPhone, Mac

Apple said that it will unveil the next generation operating systems for the iPhone and the Macintosh computer at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June.

Nintendo ready to take 3-D gaming to mass market

With the Nintendo 3DS, the Japanese video game company is betting that it can once again nudge mass entertainment in a new direction, just as it did nearly five years ago when it launched the Wii with its innovative motion-based controller.

Internet pioneer dies in California

Paul Baran, the US engineer who helped create the Arpanet, the government-built precursor to the Internet, has died at the age of 84 in California, The New York Times reported.


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