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News of: Tuesday, 5th of April, 2011

Front Page

Pickets on the rampage

The general strike enforced yesterday by Islamic activists ended through violence in the capital and other cities leaving over 250 people, including 16 policemen, injured and 200 detained.

Remittance hits $1.09b in March

The country's remittance inflow reached a record $1.09 billion in a single month amid the Middle East crisis, but overall remittance growth still remains low.

2 Bangladeshi peacekeepers among 26 dead

Two Bangladeshi peacekeepers along with 24 others were killed in a plane crash at Kinshasa airport in Congo yesterday. Six on-board survived the crash.

Probe goes nowhere

The government committee assigned to probe how detained BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury could send a letter to the British government from jail has yet to submit a report.

SC hearing on appeals today

The Supreme Court will hold today the hearing on the appeals filed against the High Court verdict that upheld a central bank order sacking Prof Muhammad Yunus from the post of Grameen Bank managing director.

Aila-hit people staring at sky

Sabitri, mother of three, fights the afternoon gusts as she prepares her dinner in an earthen oven on the embankment of Bangladesh Water Development Board in the open air.

AL allies critical of poor performance

Frustrations deepen within the ruling Awami League and its allies over the government's handling of crucial issues like soaring food prices, power and gas crises and sliding law and order.

CID warned yet again

A Dhaka court warned the investigation officer (IO) of an August 21 grenade attack case for the second time yesterday for delaying the probe, and asked him to submit the report by April 20.

Fresh assault to remove Gbagbo

Forces backing Ivory Coast presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara began a fresh assault to remove Laurent Gbagbo from his last stronghold in Abidjan yesterday.

Troops, cops open fire

Police and armed men in civilian clothes opened fire on demonstrators in the Yemeni cities of Taiz and Hudaida yesterday as a drive to oust veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh gathered pace, witnesses said.

Khaleda warns of chaotic situation

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said a chaotic situation might arise if the government takes any step hurting religious sentiment.

900 waiting at border for return

As the number of Libya-fled Bangladeshi increased at Ras Jdir border point of Tunisia, Biman Bangladesh Airlines has decided to operate three more flights to bring back 900 people now waiting for repatriation.

HSC exams begin today

Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations begin today with a total of 7,79,441 examinees sitting for the exams in 2,074 centres across the country amid tight security.

BNP, Jamaat used Aminee for hartal

Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam claimed the main opposition BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami sponsored yesterday's hartal and Fazlul Haque Aminee was used strategically to declare it.

One killed in 'shootout'

An alleged robber was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion in Araihazar upazila here early yesterday.

Karzai orders probe into deadly protest

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered his government to investigate deadly Quran-burning protests that killed up to two dozen people, including seven foreign UN staff, his spokesman said yesterday.

Aminee goes for 2-month fresh agitation

Fazlul Haque Aminee, chief of the Islamic Law Implementation Committee, yesterday came up with two-month long agitation programmes including organising a grand rally in the capital to protest the 'anti-Quran women development policy'.

10 killed as storm lashes 7 districts

At least 10 people were killed and more than 150 injured as tornado lashed scores of villages in Jamalpur, Thakurgaon, Sherpur, Mymensingh, Gaibandha, Joupurhat and Bogra districts yesterday late afternoon and evening.

Editorial

HC BGMEA verdict

The High Court verdict, that the transfer of land and construction of the15-storey BGMEA building on the Begunbari-Hatirjheel canal is an act of illegality, serves as an indictment of an organisation that is supposed to set examples in propriety The whole process of transfer of government land to a private body and the construction of a high-rise building thereon has been obtained by a process that is clearly reflective of lack of probity. It has, unfortunately, reconfirmed the criticism of our disregard for the rule of law where plutocracy rules the roost.

Student organisations

In our country, student parties are heir to a rich heritage they could justly be proud of. They have been at the vanguard of people's movements for establishing their rights to language, economic emancipation and political freedom. Against that glorious background, the student parties should organise and try to conduct themselves in ways that helps democracy and not harms it. That which meets the high expectations the people have of them as the most conscious segment of society.

Sports

Why is birthday blast on media?

New Australia captain Michael Clarke expressed surprise Monday at the media attention on his 30th birthday celebrations over the weekend.

Afridi slams Indian media

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, whose team lost to India in the cricket World Cup, has delivered an astonishing tirade against Indian media for worsening political ties between the two great rivals.

Next two WCs to have 10 teams

The ICC has confirmed that the next two World Cups will be 10-team events. The 2015 edition of the premier 50-over tournament will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, and the 2019 World Cup will be played in England. Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief-executive, hinted that the 1992 format could be brought back, wherein all teams play each other in a round-robin league, and the top four make it to the semifinals.

Sachin not retiring

India batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar said Monday he had no plans to retire after his World Cup triumph, but said the team would miss outgoing coach Gary Kirsten.

Six weeks of world-class fun

If the 2007 World Cup was downright tragic, the 2011 showpiece was the best that this generation has seen. Apart from the drama provided by England, Ireland and Bangladesh as well as some great performances on the field, this was also a World Cup that was long enough to fit in some genuinely hilarious moments. Here's a look at some of those that stood out.

TALK TURKEY

"I could've stopped 'em better with my coat."
Kamran Akmal's wicketkeeping gaffes drew humour, ire and a possible beating in the dressing room. Here Geoffrey Boycott tells it like he sees it

WC stars climb rankings

Sri Lanka's Tillekeratne Dilshan has risen to his career best ranking to date in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsman.

MSC forms election body

An 11-member election committee has been formed to hold the much-awaited polls of Mohammedan Sporting Club, which has recently turned into a limited company.

Futsal turning Gold Cup

The Independence Day Futsal tournament was initially put on the Bangladesh Football Federation's (BFF) calendar this year, but it is all set to become the Independence Day Gold Cup as the Liberation War Affairs Ministry has come forward to hold the tournament on regular basis.

Aussie media hail India

The Australian media raised a toast to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "bold" leadership as it declared India the worthy world champions who defied history and intense pressure to come out triumphant in the summit showdown against Sri Lanka.

Rajshahi polish off Ctg

Rajshahi crushed Chittagong by nine wickets in the space of two days in the National Cricket League at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.

Novak takes Rafa again

Novak Djokovic did it again Sunday, defeating world number one Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to win the ATP Miami Masters crown and remain unbeaten in 2011.

Cavani slams hattrick

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani scored a hattrick as Napoli came back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to beat Lazio 4-3 and cling on to their Serie A title hopes.

Cavani slams hattrick

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani scored a hattrick as Napoli came back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to beat Lazio 4-3 and cling on to their Serie A title hopes.

City run riot

Manchester City moved above Chelsea into third place in the Premier League after a crushing 5-0 victory over Sunderland at Eastlands on Sunday.

Spurs face Real test

Real Madrid saw their flawless home record come to an end on the weekend and Tottenham Hotspur will hope they can become the latest side to win at the Santiago Bernabeu as they travel to Madrid on Tuesday for the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie.

Inter eye improvement

Inter Milan will be hoping to produce an improved defensive display when they host Schalke 04 in the Champions League quarterfinal, first leg at the San Siro on Tuesday.

Iran appoint Queiroz

Carlos Queiroz of Portugal has signed a contract to coach Iran through to the end of the 2014 World Cup, the ISNA news agency reported on Monday.

Yuvi calls Gary 'father figure'

For all the joy that the World Cup triumph has brought in, there is also a tinge of sadness in the Indian cricket team as it marks the end of inspirational coach Gary Kirsten's tenure and batsman Yuvraj Singh says the "father figure" would be missed.

BWSA asked to show cause

The Bangladesh Women's Sports Association (BWSA) has been served a show-cause notice, asking the organisation to clarify if it had taken permission from the Bangabandhu Trusty Board to use the name of a family member of Bangabandhu for a sports award.

Afridi takes back decision

Pakistan's limited-overs cricket captain Shahid Afridi has made himself available for the tour of West Indies after previously opting for a break.

ICC rubbishes media reports

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday rubbished some erroneous and mischievous media reports that the ICC had presented India with a duplicate World Cup trophy at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.

Duo to fight for FIFA presidency

World football's governing body FIFA on Monday confirmed the candidacies of incumbent Sepp Blatter and Qatari Mohammed Bin Hammam for the FIFA presidency.

Business

New firms step into pesticide business, despite health risks

More firms are lining up to grab their shares in pesticide business, lured by increased sales of pest-control chemicals.

Hasina to check up on liquidity, remittance flow

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the finance ministry and Bangladesh Bank (BB) to submit a report on the country's overall economic situation, incorporating the actual status of bank liquidity and inward remittance.

Analysts oppose MJL listing

Stockmarket experts say a cancellation of the initial public offering (IPO) by MJL Bangladesh Ltd is better than a conditional listing of the fuel company on the bourses.

Business leaders urge Malaysian investment

FBCCI leaders yesterday urged Malaysian businesspeople to invest in ICT, healthcare, education and tourism sectors in Bangladesh.

Vodafone tidies up with $11b SFR sale to Vivendi

Vodafone emerged on top after it finally sold its stake in France's SFR to Vivendi which, like other recent buyers, paid a full price to secure control in a major realignment of the telecoms sector.

Solar power fair begins in Dhaka tomorrow

A three-day exhibition of solar power products will start on the Dhaka University campus tomorrow to promote solar energy-based products.

Dhaka Bank re-elects chairman

Reshadur Rahman has recently been re-elected chairman of Dhaka Bank, said a statement yesterday.

Senior StanChart official due in town

Hemant Mishr, head of global markets of South Asia and co-head of Wholesale Bank, India for Standard Chartered Bank, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today for a two-day visit, says a statement yesterday.

Nokia sales VP in Dhaka

Neil Gordon, vice president of sales for South East Asia Pacific of Nokia, arrived in Dhaka on Sunday for a two-day visit, said a statement yesterday.

Real estate fair begins in Ctg tomorrow

A real estate show will begin tomorrow in Chittagong.

Diplomacy to break trade barriers

In recent years, commercial diplomacy has become a new growth point. It helps remove barriers to trade and investment, and find new export markets and foreign investment. Also, the diplomacy is required to resolve policy conflicts arising from the globalisation of the world economy.

In Sudan, one of Africa's longest railways ran out of steam

The freight train rumbles over the Blue Nile bridge and snakes through the capital. It could take weeks to reach its destination, in Darfur, for despite the potential to link up a divided nation, Sudan's railways are derelict, after years of sanctions and neglect.

The tricky business of sales management

Sales management is critical for a commercial organisation. It helps sales professionals achieve business objectives in an effective and efficient way. So, each organisation focuses on building dedicated and result-oriented sales teams.

How to guide sales teams

Ashraf Bin Taj, business director of ACI Consumer Brands, is working in the areas of marketing, advertising and media for the last 16 years. He joined ACI Ltd at the end of 2005 and is responsible for a large and diverse portfolio of well-known brands, such as ACI Aerosol, Savlon, ACI Mosquito Coil, ACI Pure Salt, Colgate, Nivea. He was responsible for culinary product marketing and headed the marketing communication and media functions for all the major brands for five years. In recent talks with The Daily Star, he shares his views on sales management.

Ratan Tata faces 2G scam probe

Iconic Indian tycoon Ratan Tata was to appear on Monday before a parliamentary panel probing a multi-billion dollar telecoms graft scandal that has badly dented the government's credibility and alarmed investors in Asia's third largest economy.

'Mr Yen' sees Japanese unit lower on nuclear fears

The yen will weaken in coming months possibly beyond 90 yen per dollar, Japan's former currency czar Eisuke Sakakibara said on Monday, underlining expectations a near four-year rally in the currency may be over.

China's Minmetals eyes bid for Australian miner

China's Minmetals Resources Monday said it would offer Can$6.3 billion ($6.5 billion) for copper miner Equinox Minerals, in what would be the biggest Chinese takeover of an Australian resources firm.

Quake sours Japan business mood

Japanese business confidence in the outlook for the next three months has plunged following the March 11 earthquake-tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis, the Bank of Japan said Monday.

Aussie dollar at record high, fuelling rate talk

The Australian dollar hit another record high against the greenback on Monday, fuelling speculation the central bank will keep interest rates on hold for another month.

India's auto, bike makers' sales jump

India's top car and motorbike makers reported strong sales in March and for the fiscal year, data showed Friday, driven by a burgeoning, affluent middle class who bought new models.

US jobs data boost Asian stocks

Asian stocks mostly rose on Monday after the United States said unemployment hit a two-year low last month, while Japanese traders were lifted by a weaker yen.

Metropolitan

Transfer clean tech to LDCs

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday requested developed economies to take positive actions in transferring clean technology to developing nations particularly the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) like Bangladesh.

'Make autistic children's life meaningful'

A seminar titled ''Role of physicians in management of autism '' was held on Sunday to mark the World Autism Awareness Day.

Natore road crash kills 5

At least six people, including a university student, were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Natore, Satkhira and Dinajpur yesterday.

Indigenous women in CHT still deprived

Rights of indigenous women in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) area are not established as the CHT peace accord was not properly implemented, speakers observed at a discussion yesterday.

CG system illegal

Senior lawyer Barrister Ajmalul Hossain QC yesterday told the Supreme Court (SC) that the caretaker government (CG) system is illegal and against the spirit of the constitution, as, in function, it is an unelected government running the country.

More support to Yunus

Leading economist Esther Duflo and Khan Academy founder Salman Khan have joined an international effort to stand by Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus.

MoU with Saudi agency tomorrow

Saudi Arabia is looking for workers from Bangladesh and a Saudi delegation already arrived here in Dhaka to discuss the recruitment process.

Ensure uninterrupted supply of diesel, power

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday asked ministries of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources and Communications to ensure uninterrupted supply of diesel and electricity to meet the need of running irrigation pumps during the peak boro season.

Dhaka team goes to Delhi today

A five-member official delegation from Bangladesh arrives here today to finalise joint celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary.

Verma pays tribute to war heroes

Indian navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma placed wreath at Shikha Anirvan in Dhaka Cantonment yesterday paying tribute to the members of the armed forces who braced martyrdom in the liberation war of 1971.

Rockefeller Foundation president due in city today

President of Rockefeller Foundation, Dr Judith Rodin, arrives in the city today to see a number of health promotion activities in Bangladesh, funded by the US charity.

Take action against bigots

Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) has urged the government to take action against those who are creating unrest and anarchy in the society opposing the National Women Development Policy 2011.

Anti-women fanatics terrifying people

Former adviser to a caretaker government, Sultana Kamal, yesterday said fundamentalists are terrifying people to impose their opinion against the women development policy.

Land trader murdered in the city

A land trader was stabbed dead at the capital's Gulshan yesterday morning.

Domestic help, employer hurt in rooftop fall

A female domestic help and her employer suffered injuries after the help allegedly jumped from the rooftop of a four-storied building while the employer fell trying to stop her yesterday at city's Siddiqbazar of Bongshal.

Newborn stolen from hospital

A three-day-old newborn boy was stolen from Midford Hospital in the city yesterday.

S Arabia to recruit more Bangladeshi workers

After a decline in the last three years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now looking to boost recruitment of manpower from Bangladesh.

Zahidur new DG of Ansar, VDP

Major General Md Zahidur Rahman was appointed director general of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP), says a press release of Ansar and VDP Headquarters yesterday.

HC directive to demolish BGMEA Bhaban hailed

Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (Bapa) yesterday expressed contentment that the High Court has ordered demolition of the BGMEA building at Hatirjheel in the city.

Nine awarded CR Das gold medal

Deshbandhu CR Das Research Council has announced the name of nine personalities who are awarded "Deshbandhu CR Das Gold Medal" for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields over the last three years.

Charges against Tuku framed

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal President Sultan Salauddin Tuku and 10 others for assaulting police and ransacking vehicles during a dawn-to-dusk hartal on November 14, 2010.

Industrial waste pollutes water

The surface water of the district including that of rivers and other water bodies has been contaminated by the industrial wastes, which is also a threat to public health.

National

Just out of curiosity they mixed pesticide with water, drank

Ten children in Ishwardi upzila under Pabna district landed in hospital as they fell sick by drinking water mixed with insecticide out of curiosity yesterday.

Burn care experts meet to better treatment

A four-day-long South East Asia Burn Care Training Retreat started at Tea Resort in Srimongal upazila of Moulvibazar district on Sunday.

One killed, 66 hurt in post-poll clashes in 3 districts

One person was killed and 66 others were injured in post-election clashes in Patuakhali, Satkhira and Noakhali districts yesterday and on Sunday night.

Storm lashes 5 villages in Thakurgaon

Storm lashed at least five villages in Auliapur union in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila yesterday afternoon, damaging about 300 houses and uprooting a number of trees.

RU VC seeks two days to resolve problems

Rajshahi University (RU) vice chancellor Prof Abdus Sobhan yesterday sought two days to resolve the music and drama department problem.

HSC examinees set fire to college office room

Agitated HSC examinees of Shaghata BM Technical College yesterday set fire to the office room of the college as they did not get their admit cards to appear at the examination scheduled to begin today.

Hearing on charge framing against 57 mutineers starts

Hearing on charge framing against 57 mutineers of 2 Battalion of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) began at the special court-13 in Dinajpur yesterday.

Man jailed for rape of schoolgirl

A court here on Monday sentenced a man to rigorous imprisonment (RI) for three and a half years and fined Tk 5 thousand, in default, to suffer one month more in jail for violating a schoolgirl.

Another fishing cat's life in danger

Panic gripped the people of Rajnagar, Titua, Nawapara, Roailbari, Amtola, Kailati, Roypur, Balati and Rajnagar villagers in Kendua upazila under Netrakona district as a fishing cat killed three cows and four goats during the last three days.

No clue yet to bomb attack on Meherpur councillors

Police are yet to find any clue to the bomb attack on two municipal councillors in Meherpur on Friday night.

10 hurt as villagers clash in B'baria

At least 10 people were injured in a clash between two groups of people over a piece of disputed land at Narui village in Nabinagar upazila Saturday.

Fratricide in Bogra

A youth was hacked to death allegedly by his elder brother at Sarotia village under Gabtoli upazila of the district early yesterday.

Call to change project site

Locals blocked the Dhaka-Khulna highway for one hour on Saturday protesting acquiring of agricultural land for a commercial town project at Haridaspur.

Prisoner dies in Pabna

A prisoner at Pabna district jail died of cardiac arrest on Sunday afternoon. The dead was identified as Mansur Ali Akand, 65, of village Pati in Manirampur upazila in Jessore district. He had landed in jail on April 6, 2010 in a robbery case. Ishwardi police arrested him and sent him to jail. According to jail superintendent, Pabna, Mansur was feeling bad on Sunday noon. The jail authorities sent him to Pabna Medical College Hospital immediately but he died in the afternoon. Officer-in-charge of Pabna Sadar police station Md. Enayet Uddin said the body was sent to Pabna Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy yesterday morning.

Goods train derails

Train communications between Mymensingh and Dewanganj route were disrupted for two hours due to derailment of three compartments of a goods train yesterday morning. Railway sources said, three compartments of a goods train bound for Dewanganj in Jamalpur derailed near Nuton Bazar level crossing in the town at around 11:30am. On information, a relief train rushed to the spot and rescued the derailed compartments in two hours. The rail communication resumed at around 1:30pm, sources said.

4 jailed for drinking liquor

A mobile court on Sunday sentenced four people to six months imprisonment at Bompur village under Nandipur union of Gomostapur upazila for drinking liquor. The convicted persons were identified as Nazrul Islam, 36, son of Nur Mohammad, Oliul Islam, 34, son of Naimuddin, Rafiqul Islam, 32, son of Hazrat Ali of Laxmipur village and Sudhir Singh, 40, son of Hori Narayan Singh of Bompur village under the upazila. According to SI Abdul Bari of Gomostapur police station, a team of police raided Sudhir's house at Bompur village at around 8:00pm and arrested the four red-handed.

Tomtom driver found dead

A 'tomtom' (three wheeler) driver was found dead in Pakundia yesterday. The deceased was identified as Abul Kalam, 25, son of Feroz Mia of Talshi village. Police and locals said, Abul Kalam's body was found in a paddy field in Charpara area in the upazila yesterday noon. Family members claimed that Abul Kalam went out of home on Saturday but he did not return. He was killed probably as a sequel to previous enmity, they said.

Young woman murdered

Police recovered the body of an unidentified young woman, aged about 25, from a ditch at Boddanathpur village in Matlab Uttar upazila Friday. Local people found the body floating in the ditch near a paddy field in the afternoon and informed the police. Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Chandpur General Hospital morgue for autopsy. Police suspected that criminals killed the young woman after gang rape elsewhere and dumped the body in the ditch.

Robbers loot house in Natore

A gang committed robbery at the house of a doctor at Naldanga on Saturday night and took away cash and gold ornaments. Police said, a gang of 10/12 robbers entered the house of Mizanur Rahman Halim, a doctor at Natore Diabetic Hospital and looted Tk 90 thousand and around 9.5 tolas of gold keeping the house members hostage at gunpoint. Obidul Haq, officer-in-charge in Naldanga police station said, a case was filed in this connection. "Police are trying to arrest the culprits," he added.

Youth electrocuted

A young day-labourer came in contact of an electric wire while cutting a branch of a tree and died at village Mukundapur in Kaliganj upazila on Sunday. The victim was identified as Rafiqul Islam, 27, son of Kala Chand of village Ratneswarpur in the same upazila. Quoting local people police said, Rafiqul was, cutting a branch of a tree owned by Mahbubur Rahman of village Mukundapur. At one stage the victim came in contact with a live wire of an electric electrocuted, he fell down the tree. The incident took place at about 3:00pm.

Seminar held in Chittagong

A seminar on “Hazrat Gausul Azam Shah Sufi Maulana Syed Golamur Rahman Babavandari -- the symbol of non-communal tradition" was held on Sunday at the auditorium of Chittagong District Council. The seminar was organised by Gilani Complex, Bangladesh. Allama A. N. M. Delwar Hossain Al-Quaderi presented the keynote paper at the seminar. Alhaj Mizanur Rahman Majumder, managing director of Portland Cement, delivered the welcome speech. Director of R.M. International Alhaj Majharul Hoque, general manager of Ispahani Group, Alhaj Minhazuddin Ahmed, Alhaj Sufi A.F. Muhammudur Rahman Al Quaderi and Yusuf Reza discussed the keynote paper. The seminar was presided over by Gausul Azam Shah Sufi Maulana Syed Saifuddin Ahmmad Al-Hasani.

International

US now seeks removal of Yemeni president

The United States has concluded Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh will not likely enact reforms demanded by opposition protesters and must be eased out of office, The New York Times reported Sunday, citing US and Yemeni officials.

Obama announces 2012 re-election bid

US President Barack Obama has announced his intention to stand for a second term in office in 2012.

US pressured Gulf states over Iran: Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday the United States and its allies pressured Gulf Arab states to accuse Tehran of interfering in the region and demanded Saudi forces leave Bahrain.

UN climate chief warns of deadline

Commitments by most developed countries to cut carbon emissions are likely to expire at the end of next year without a new round of legally binding pledges, the UN's climate chief warned yesterday.

UN rights envoy in Abidjan to probe killing

The United Nations assistant secretary general for human rights was in Ivory Coast yesterday to evaluate the human rights situation after the alleged massacre of hundreds of civilians, a UN statement said.

Rebels resume Brega attack amid diplomatic efforts

Libyan rebels are advancing towards the oil town of Brega, reports say, in renewed fighting in eastern Libya.

Japan dumps low-level radioactive water into sea

Japan yesterday started to dump more than 10,000 tons of low-level radioactive water into the Pacific as part of emergency operations to stabilise its crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Than Shwe retires as Myanmar military chief

Than Shwe, the general who ruled Myanmar with an iron fist for 19 years, has retired as head of the military after handing power to a nominally civilian government, officials said yesterday.

UN rights envoy in Abidjan to probe killing

The United Nations assistant secretary general for human rights was in Ivory Coast yesterday to evaluate the human rights situation after the alleged massacre of hundreds of civilians, a UN statement said.

British PM to visit Pakistan

Pakistan has announced that British Prime Minister David Cameron would today make his first visit to the nuclear-armed South Asian country since taking office nearly a year ago.

UN vote for Palestine to 'destroy everything'

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman yesterday warned that United Nations' recognition of a unilaterally-declared Palestinian state would "destroy everything" the sides had achieved so far.

Nato soldiers killed by Afghan 'policeman'

Two American soldiers from the Nato alliance were yesterday shot dead by an Afghan border policeman in the north of the country, military officials said.

Italy recognises Libyan opposition

Italy yesterday recognised Libya's opposition interim national council as its sole interlocutor and promised sweeping economic reconstruction measures for rebel-held eastern Libya.

Magnitude-6.7 earthquake strikes Indonesia

Hundreds of residents fled an Indonesian port town for higher ground yesterday when an earthquake struck south of Java with a magnitude estimated by US seismologists at 6.7.

Suicide bomber kills 7 at Pakistan bus terminal

A teenaged suicide bomber struck a bus terminal in northwest Pakistan yesterday, killing seven people in the sixth bomb attack in as many days to strike the nuclear-armed country, police said.

Arts & Entertainment

Shakila Zafar Ventures into New Territory with Labonye Purno Pran

Shakila Zafar has been an audience favourite for her melodious 'adhunik' (contemporary) Bangla songs for almost three decades. In 1979, after winning a classical music competition [by Bangladesh Betar], she stepped into the Bangladeshi music scene, and since then there has been no turning back.

Tagore's Footsteps in Bangladesh

A comprehensive documentary, highlighting Rabindranath Tagore's intermittent stay in Bangladesh, will be released on April 9 at the main auditorium, National Museum in Dhaka, according to a press release. Titled, “Bangladesh-e Rabindranath: Poth Chawatei Anando”, the documentary has been planned and directed by Dr. Chanchal Khan, better known as a Tagore singer and exponent.

Final instalment of Rooted Creativity begins today

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts has arranged a series of art exhibitions, titled “Rooted Creativity” that started last year. The 10th and final instalment of the series, “Rooted Creativity-10”, begins today at the gallery, located in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. This phase features 10 celebrated artists, including veteran painter Aminul Islam. Some of Islam's rare artworks will be displayed at the exhibition.

Children put their best foot forward

A colourful cultural programme, titled 'Dwoiroth', was held at the Sylhet Zila Parishad Hall recently. Sa Re Ga Ma and Sur O Bani -- two local cultural organisations -- jointly arranged the event featuring their young students.

Liberation War as witnessed by Dinajpur

A book on Liberation War, titled "Dinajpur-er Muktijuddho" was unveiled here recently.

Drama serial Jimmi on Desh TV

TV serial "Jimmi" will be aired tonight on Desh TV at 9:45pm. Written and directed by Redwan Roni, the cast of the serial includes Mosharraf Karim, Faruk Ahmed, Saju Khadem, Mishu Sabbir and others.

The art of graft

A daylong cultural programme was held at the Pabna Town Hall premises on April 1 evening to generate awareness against corruption. Earlier, an essay competition, titled, 'The role of students in fighting corruption' was held marking Anti-graft Week. The Anti-graft Body, Pabna was the organiser of the event.

Call to Uphold Manipuri Language and Culture

The Manipuri community in Sylhet celebrated 'Manipuri Bhasha Utshab' [Manipuri Language Festival] last Friday with a call to uphold the language and to conduct much-needed research on its development. People from Moulvibazar, Habiganj and Sylhet districts attended the daylong event, organised for the fourth time.

Bangla Vision's anniversary celebration in Dinajpur

Satellite television channel Bangla Vision recently celebrated its 5th founding anniversary here in Dinajpur with various events including a festival procession, cultural programme and discussion.

OP-ED

We sponsor the illegal

We have one million illegal rickshaws and more than fifty percent of buses, minibuses and human haulers with fake papers plying on the streets of Dhaka. We also have many private cars running with expired papers. They all manage the concerned in the streets to go on with their business.

No genius plays only for himself

The difference between the Indian team that won the World Cup in 1983 and the one in 2011 is an uncomplicated one: the economy. The 1983 victory was a consequence of talent, extraordinary self-belief and some luck. In 2011 the Indian cricket team is by far the richest eleven in the game, sucking the oxygen out of other sports, a template for ambition in homes across the small cities that will become the Delhis and Mumbais of tomorrow, a magnet for middle class and rural India which understands that the distance from obscurity to superstardom is a game that bypasses the educational demands of conventional professional upward mobility, and fetches rewards quite outside the zone of merit and salary.

Crossing threshold of diplomatic norms

The United States has come up with a categorical statement telling the Bangladesh government what it should do and to whose satisfaction on the Yunus issue. The US assistant secretary of state has said that if a compromise was not reached on the Yunus issue, US-Bangladesh relationship would get "impacted." "We in the United States have been deeply troubled by the difficulties he is currently facing," he told the media. This is probably the most apocalyptic public statement we have ever heard involving two sovereign "partners in development." The intimidation came at time when Bangladesh was all prepared to celebrate her 40th year of independence.

Strategy for more electricity

The reader may question the need for a new and updated strategy for development and the necessity of a suitable electricity system in this country. Although there are numerous discussions and papers on shortage of electricity, load shedding and associated matters, by and large we have failed to involve public representatives, members of parliament, intelligentsia and the major electricity consumers.

On Justice Syed Mahbub Murshed

Syed Mahbub Murshed was born a hundred years ago on January 11, 1911. He passed away on April 3 1979. He is best remembered as a jurist, and later on as a public figure in the movement for the restoration of democracy in 1969. Yet he was a man of many parts, among which were his outstanding oratorial skills. Apart from his years on the bench (early 1955-to late '67), he never held any public office nor formed any political party.

Science & Life

Bioplastics from chicken waste

In a scientific advance literally plucked from the waste heap, scientists have described a key step toward using the billions of pounds of waste chicken feathers produced each year to make one of the more important kinds of plastic. They described the new method at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, being held in Anaheim, California the week of March 28.

Neanderthals could control fire

It is believed that the Neanderthals, our ancient of ancestors, were somewhat brainless dummies and in accordance with that notion, this extinct member of Homo-genus have been portrayed as brutes. But a new research has shown that our ancient human ancestors were able to control fire even on continuous basis which many experts believe as one of the most important milestones on the path ofcivilization some 400,000 years ago. This new research by the University of Colorado (UoC) and Leiden University, Netherlands (LUN), the details of which have been published in the March 14 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, concluded this finding after inspecting 141 ancient Neanderthal excavation sites (dating from 1.2 million years to 35,000 years B.C) in Europe. Neanderthals, stockier than contemporary humans who still carry a small amount of Neanderthal DNA, once roamed Europe and Central Asia. And also thought to have evolved in Europe around 400,000 to 500,000 years ago and became extinct about 30,000 years ago. It is considered in the archeological community that the emergence of stone tool manufacturing and the control of fire are the two key hallmark events in the technological evolution of the early man. However, even though it is agreed that the origins of stone tools date back to some 2.5 million years ago the emergence of habitual fire control remains a highly debatable issue. But Paolo Villa, curator at the UoC's Museum of Natural History and Prof. Wil Roebroeks of LUN, both authors of the paper were on a mission to shed some light on the issue.

Nanowires boost fuel cell

Fuel cells have been touted as a cleaner solution to tomorrow's energy needs, with potential applications in everything from cars to computers

Vulnerable gorilla

A now critically endangered group of gorillas had split off into its own subspecies about 17,800 years ago, say researchers, who concluded that the evolution of the animal, the Cross River gorilla, was shaped by ancient climate change and, more recently, humans.

Hidden dalliance revealed

Experimenting with a vivacious blonde, only to settle instead on a somber brunette, is an old, clichéd storyline in fact, it's at least 200 years old. A new analysis of a 19th century painting reveals that the artist first depicted a blonde with purple ribbons in her hair, before painting the canvas over with a sedate, unadorned brunette.

Science and Rabindranath

In this column Dr. Ali Asgar's article titled "Scientific thoughts of Rabindranath Tagore" will be published in instalments, each having a separate heading- Editor, Science & Live

What is half-life?

Half-life is the period of time it takes for a substance undergoing decay to decrease by half. The name originally was used to describe a characteristic of unstable atoms (radioactive decay), but may apply to any quantity which follows a set-rate decay.



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