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Speed breakers the accident makers

Roadside residents and shopkeepers are building unauthorised speed breakers in their attempts to curb reckless driving, but the practice is exposing motorists to danger and increasing travel time.

Riding on bumps

There are 61 speed breakers between Gabtoli Bridge in Dhaka and Paturia Ferry Terminal, 90km in the north. A gateway to south-western and northern districts, the road is a single lane extremely busy highway. The journey time on any normal day could take as long as four hours.

Milk magician

A Bangladeshi scientist has developed a fibre from milk protein as medical suture for repairing damaged tissues, cut vessels and surgical incisions in a biodegradable way.

Aussies hand 60-run defeat

Michael Clarke began his journey as Australia's full-time captain in the best possible way. He led from the front with a scintillating hundred to guide a new-look Australia to a 60-run victory over Bangladesh in the first match of the three-ODI series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

30 top share holders under scanner

Private placement of shares, a method of raising capital, has been a major source of irregularities in the stockmarket, found the government probe committee on the recent share debacle.

Poverty fight needs blended effort

Haphazard initiatives to reduce poverty will not yield desired results; a unified approach is needed to ensure poverty alleviation and its sustainability.

Fine slapped on 3 Sylhet realtors

The Department of Environment yesterday fined three housing companies for filling up water bodies and cutting hills at Dakshin Surma, Fenchuganj Road and Tamabil Bypass.

Govt trying to protect masterminds

BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday demanded that the probe report on share market anomalies be made public and blamed the government for trying to protect masterminds of the market manipulation.

PM seeks women's help

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought cooperation from the women community to implement the newly formulated National Women Development Policy.

Schoolgirl killed after gang rape

A school girl was strangulated to death reportedly after being violated by a gang of stalkers at Shimulia village in Charghat upazila of Rajshahi district yesterday.

One-man crusade

India's anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare ended his four-day hunger strike yesterday after the government accepted his demand to help enact a tougher anti-graft law.

Bomb hurled on female student in city

A female student was injured when unidentified criminals threw a hand-made bomb on her in the city's Sutrapur area last night.

Mobs kill 6 'robbers' in Gazipur, Habiganj

Six alleged robbers were beaten to death and five injured by mobs in Kapasia of Gazipur and Lakhai of Habiganj yesterday.

Strangely silent star system seen

The graceful dance between three stars seen by the Kepler telescope has drawn the attention of astronomers because it is not accompanied by a song.

6 killed, 11 wounded in Dutch mall shooting

A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon at a crowded shopping mall outside Amsterdam yesterday, leaving at least six people dead and wounding 11 others, Dutch officials said.

Satellite in space by 2013

Post and Telecommunications Minister Razi Uddin Ahmed Raju yesterday said Bangladesh will launch satellite into space by 2013 for development of the country's telecommunications sector.

Judiciary choking

The country's judicial system has almost reached a breaking point due to huge backlog of thousands of unsettled cases, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.


Resource-strapped returnees

A very large chunk of the 34,000 Bangladeshi migrant workers who have just returned from Libya by way of camps in Tunisia, Greece, Egypt and Algeria remain in dire financial straits because of the wages they have not received in Libya. That is worrying, for both the returnees as well as the Bangladesh government. With employment a perennial problem for this resource-strapped country, one can surely understand the hurdles before the government where rehabilitating these workers is concerned. It is a situation which gravely taxes the imagination and calls for a clear, well thought out approach to the issue.

IT education at schools ,colleges

WHEN the government envisages building a Digital Bangladesh, the news that computer studies at secondary and higher secondary levels are conducted without specialized teachers in the state-run educational institutions is indeed appalling. It is unbelievable that governments have not created any permanent post for teachers in this discipline at 570 schools and colleges since introducing the subject fifteen years ago. Classes are conducted by teachers of other subjects that too in makeshift arrangements.


Ghosts return for a day

Had this 210-5 come sometime during Bangladesh's disastrous 47-match losing streak between 1999 and 2003, the batsmen would have been lauded for showing the patience to bat out 50 overs.

Shakib's perfect approach surprises Clarke

Michael Clarke swung from his hips at a Mashrafe Bin Mortaza half-tracker in the final over of the Australian innings to reach his century. It was not his first as a captain but certainly his first after getting the job full-time, and his cry of delight and punching of the air said as much about its significance.

Independence Cup from today

The hastily arranged Independence Cup football tournament has been sandwiched between two legs of the Bangladesh League, which will likely lead to table-topping teams of the league to use the tournament more as practice and testing ground to gauge new recruits and finalise an ideal playing eleven for the second leg.

Bangladesh A crumble to huge defeat

Bangladesh A suffered a heavy 272run defeat to South Africa A in the tour-opening four-day match at Senwes Park in Potchef-stroom yesterday.

Royal start by Rajasthan

Johan Botha showed rare skill with the bat to guide Rajasthan Royals to an emphatic eight-wicket victory over a listless Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League on Saturday.

Champs' winning start

Chennai Super Kings pulled off a thrilling two-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in Friday's opening Indian Premier League Twenty20 match, watched by a capacity crowd and millions on television.

'Tendulkar getting better each day'

Iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been "unbelievable" in the last two years and keeps getting better with age, feels 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev.

BD & Zim to blame?

Bangladesh and Zimbabwe played an influential role in keeping the Associate teams out of the next 2015 World Cup, sources have claimed.

Clash of big guns today

It will be a 'clash of titans' at the Feroz Shah Kotla when Sachin Tendulkar's Mumbai Indians take on a new-look Delhi Daredevils led by Virender Sehwag in their opening match of the Indian Premier League here on Sunday.

Independence Day Handball

Border Guard of Bangladesh recorded a 35-21 win over Bangladesh Police in the opening match of the Konka Independence Day Handball tournament at the Handball Stadium yesterday.

Nat'l Badminton

Five players advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the men's singles event in the Ruchi 31st National Badminton Championship after beating respective rivals in the second round in Pabna yesterday.

Pune to make IPL debut

After a stunning all-round show for triumphant Team India in the World Cup, Yuvraj Singh is all set to lead debutantes Pune Warriors in the fourth Indian Premier League against Kings XI Punjab at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Sunday.

Only 17 turn up at rally for S'kara

A campaign by fans of Sri Lanka's World Cup-losing skipper Kumar Sangakkara to demand his reinstatement ended in a flop Saturday, with only a handful of supporters turning up.

Kahlin clinches title

Indian golfer Kahlin Joshi clinched the title of Runner Group 26th Bangladesh Amateur Golf Championship after playing seven under par with a four-day score of 281 at Kurmitola Golf Course in Cantonment yesterday.

MU march 10 clear

Manchester United shrugged off the absence of Wayne Rooney to defeat Fulham 2-0 at Old Trafford and open up a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Saturday.

Wenger remains hopeful

Arsene Wenger launched a stout defence of his Arsenal team's achievements and his managerial policy ahead of their Premier League game against Blackpool on Sunday.

Carlo relaxed about future

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti insisted Friday that his future at the club did not hinge on the outcome of his team's Champions League quarterfinal with Manchester United.

FIFA may bend rules

FIFA is considering bending the rules to help Japan take part in the Copa America after a quake-tsunami disaster forced them to withdraw from the event, the country's football chief says.

More misery for Wolves

Wolves' battle against relegation suffered a setback on Saturday as Everton scored their biggest Premier League win of the season in a 3-0 victory at Molineux.

Pastore agent bins Roma link

Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore's agent Marcelo Simonian has denied his client is set to move to Roma, following Italian press reports to that effect.


Arbitration centre takes off amid high hopes

The Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) yesterday began journey with a promise to help settle commercial disputes in a quick, transparent and cost-effective manner.

BB moves to probe banks with links to stock scam

The central bank has launched an in-depth investigation into the financial institutions named in a probe report on the recent stockmarket crash, top officials of Bangladesh Bank (BB) said yesterday.

Body to select demutualisation model Tuesday

Dhaka bourse authorities and a committee on demutualisation will sit on Tuesday to select a model of the much-talked-about demutualisation. The issue of demutualisation of stock exchanges was also a major recommendation in the stockmarket probe report submitted to the government on Thursday.

Hasina reopens jute mill in Sirajganj

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reopened Qaumi Jute Mills in Sirajganj, the largest state-owned mill in the north.

The transit test for government

It is unfortunate that the economic affairs adviser to the prime minister has been persistently pleading for allowing free transit facility to India for transporting goods from its western and southern parts to its Eastern and North-Eastern states. The adviser has cited WTO rules to justify his plea.

Boutiques gear up for Baishakhi sales

Fashion boutiques, both in the capital and outside, spend busy time as the Bangalees all around are preparing to celebrate their biggest festival of the year.

Plush hotels ready to tickle the taste buds

Plush and deluxe hotels and restaurants are planning to welcome Bangla New Year 1418 with Baul music, traditional dance, and mouth watering indigenous dishes for customers.

Late budget deal avoids costly US govt shutdown

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders struck a last-minute budget deal on Friday to narrowly avert a government shutdown that would have hit the economy and idled hundreds of thousands of workers.

EU offers Portugal 80-billion-euro bailout

Europe offered Portugal Friday an 80-billion-euro ($115 billion) bailout, but set tough conditions as it bid to draw a line under a destabilising debt crisis.

Philippine leader shocked by rising poverty

Philippine President Benigno Aquino expressed disbelief on Friday after a survey found that a growing number of people were experiencing hunger and poverty under his administration.

Google's $700m ITA buy cleared with conditions

Google's entry into the online travel sector was cleared for takeoff Friday as the US Justice Department gave the green light to its $700 million purchase of flight data company ITA Software.

India U-turn on Japan food import ban

India has lifted a recent ban imposed on food imports from Japan but will demand "radiation free" certificates with Japanese shipments of produce, a government official said Friday.

US budget impasse clouds markets

A looming US government shutdown pushed down US markets late Friday, after a week in which investors mostly shrugged off politics, skyrocketing oil prices, a eurozone rate hike and another earthquake in Japan to bid prices upward.

Tokyo Disneyland to reopen on April 15

Tokyo Disneyland will reopen on April 15, a report said Saturday, more than a month after a massive quake-tsunami hit Japan, causing widespread damage and knocking out power supplies.

Lobby group urges tax breaks for Japan quake zone

Japan should set up a special economic zone in areas worst hit by the March 11 disaster, a leading business group said, as new research indicated more than 80,000 jobs would be lost over the next six years.

Singapore starts probe into casinos

Singapore said Friday it has kicked off a probe into alleged "illegal activities" in two casinos, including claims about unlicensed "junket" operators.


82 BNP activists sued by police

Police on Friday night filed a case against 82 named and around five thousand unnamed BNP activists over Friday's clash in Shakta union, Keraniganj.

Tk 1,201 crore projects for development of Ctg

Chittagong Development Authority will build 10-metre high new dam to cope with rising sea level to protect the port city

All to stand 'in court of history' for Prof Yunus, says Dr Akbar

Former adviser to a caretaker government Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said Dr Muhammad Yunus lost in the battle in court but one day would come when all would have to stand "in the court of history" for this incident.

Hasina opens power plant in Sirajganj

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday laid foundation stone of 150 megawatt peaking power plant at Saidabad in the district.

Eight killed, 11 injured in road crashes

Eight people were killed and 11 others injured in road accidents in Habiganj, Gazipur, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, and Patuakhali yesterday.

'Muggers' hospitalised after Rab 'tortures'

Two youths arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) allegedly as muggers some days ago at Chankharpul in the city were hospitalised with severe injuries last night.

Help implement edn, women dev policies

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the national education and women development policies deserve cooperation from everybody for the implementation.

Nestle nutrition edn programme launched

Nestle Bangladesh Limited and nutrition expert Prof Dr Md Nazrul Islam Khan of Institute of Nutrition and Food Science of Dhaka University jointly launched a Nutrition Education Programme on Thursday for school going adolescent girls.

Govt trying to check price hike

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan here yesterday said the government is trying to contain price hike of essentials with better management.

Sitakunda to be green industrial zone: Barua

Industries Minister Dilip Barua said Sitakunda will be declared as ship-breaking green industrial zone soon.

CU dept kept locked for 3 hours

Students studying Sanskrit at Chittagong University (CU) yesterday demanded two separate examination committees for Pali and Sanskrit languages.

Salvaging of Korean ship uncertain

No decision was reached at a meeting here yesterday between Chittagong Port Authority (CPA), Department of Environment (DoE), coast guard and shipping agents on the fate of a North Korean ship, which sank in the Bay.

Ershad asks govt to punish culprits

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday urged the government to give exemplary punishment to the culprits who are responsible for share market debacle.

Swapan, Badiuzzaman LRF president, general secy

Swapan Dasgupta of daily Jugantor and M Badiuzzaman of daily Kaler Kantho have been re-elected president and general secretary of the Law Reporters' Forum (LRF) for 2011-12.

Trader shot in city

A retail trader suffered critical wounds after being shot in the chest by unknown criminals at Sayedabad in the city yesterday.

Saarc seed fair begins today

A two-day Saarc seed congress and fair begins in the city's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre today.


Fire destroys betel on 200 acres in 5 Kushtia villages

Fire incidents destroyed betel on around 200 acres (nearly 600 bighas in local measure) of land in several remote villages of Daulatpur and Bheramara upazilas under Kushtia district on Thursday and Friday.

Office assistant beats up students at school!

Twelve students of Gudashimla High School at Sharifpur union under Sadar upazila were canned allegedly by an office assistant of the school on Wednesday.

Bomb injured Meherpur councillor dies

Councillor of Meherpur municipality Mizanur Rahman Ripon who was severely injured in a bomb attack a week ago, died at a hospital in Dhaka on Friday night.

Over 400 sacks OMS rice seized in 5 dists

Police in separate drives seized over 400 sacks of rice meant for open market sale (OMS) in Gopalganj, Satkhira, Sirajganj, Khulna and Barisal districts on Friday and the day before.

Theft of govt drugs sparks protest in Lalmonirhat

Police on Thursday arrested a woman with government allocated medicines for Hatibandha upazila health complex from Dowani in Hatibandha upazila.

Three kids drown

Three kids drowned in ponds in Satkhira and Barisal on Friday and the day before.

For banning mobile in class

Students vandalised class room and headmaster's office at North Bengal Sugar Mill High School at Gopalpur under Lalpur upazila yesterday morning for banning cell phone in classroom. Police and local sources said, students of class-X went on rampage as the school management asked them not to carry or use mobile phone at the school. Gausul Alam, headmaster of the school said, "We did it for their better education. We also seized three mobile phones, a sharp knife and cigarettes from the students." As the school managing committee decided to hand over the mobiles and knife to the guardians, the students became very angry, he added.

Robbers loot textile mill

Robbers stormed into a textile mill at Asmandir Char village in Sadar upazila and looted valuables worth Tk50 lakh early yesterday. Hazi Kadam Ali, chairman of the Akand Textile Mill said, a gang of armed robbers numbering 30-40 swooped on the mill at about 2:00am. They took the night guards, supervisor and manager of the mill hostage at gunpoint and looted valuables including cloths and cotton worth Tk 50 lakh. Later, the robbers loaded the looted valuables on their two covered vans and fled away.

3 punished for stalking

A mobile court in Joypurhat yesterday sentenced a youth to six months' jail and fined two others Tk3,000 each for stalking schoolgirls. Reza Ahmed, son of Younus Ali of Biswaspara village was jailed for six months. The court also fined him Tk2,000, in default, to suffer more two months in jail. The court fined Natu Mia, son of Ebadul Islam of Biswaspara village and Aminul Islam, son of Shukur Ali of Amtoli village of Joypurhat town Tk 3,000 each for the same offence. Sources said, locals of Joypurhat town caught the three youths yesterday afternoon while they were stalking schoolgirls and later handed them over to law enforcers.


Reveal the names of the culprits

The four member probe committee for investigating share market debacle submitted 320 page report to finance minister AMA Muhit. The report showed involved institutes, individuals, SEC & government official's names. General investors expected that the report would be publicly declared. But finance minister said individual names which have been mentioned will be deleted before making it public within 15days. With due respect to FM I have two observations to add. Firstly, why did you make a committee whose report is not acceptable to you. Secondly, as FM you have the supremacy to re-investigate the report. To the general investors please think before investing. At least try to have some knowledge about price earnings ratio, earning per Share, authorized capital, paid up capital etc. These are very fundamental key words of share market.

Save rivers

In the front page of The Daily Star, published on 1st April 2011, titled 'Killing of a river' tells us how Shitalakkhya, is polluted. In fact dumping of wastage from the nearby factories and mills to the river is the routine work. Without treating waste properly, these are exposed to the river bed that results in the contamination of water bodies at higher rates. Considering the projected future generation of Dhaka city, the Govt. should undertake a long-term plan to save our surrounding rivers. Above all, we all want to live in our capital city where pollution free environment should be ensured by the authority concerned.

A city of crime

Needless to mention, it has become very common practice of city people adopting offence by flouting common etiquettes. However, what changes I merely notice in the city nowadays are-- increased number of vehicles creating unbearable traffic congestion, increased intensity of stench produced from rubbish carelessly littered all over road sides, increased odour of human urine as people urinate here and there and massive decrease in void lands owing to the briskness of real estate companies. Apart from all these a group of unscrupulous people are illegally occupying national assets. Women and girls are the common victims of eve-teasers even in the city, let alone in village areas. Other high degree crimes likeextortion, racketeering, molestation, ravishment, slaying and bribery are seen very often even in broad day light. It seems like a city of misdemeanour, going to aggravate more, signalling a bleak future in the coming days.

A quiet change in Rangpur

In the Business Page of The Daily Star Rafique Sarker's article “A quiet change in Rangpur”(30.03.11) offers a new dimension to the young entrepreneurs of Bangladesh. The writer tells the story of a NRB who returned home for providing the poor of Rangpur an opportunity to earn a livelihood through non-traditional farming activity. He described how power shortage and interest rate hampered the production. Despite the problems Shanta Islam did not loose her hope. We congratulate the lady who dared to defy the problems generally faced by many young businessmen. She is an inspiration to us all. We hope that she will have more success in the coming days.

Burning the Holy Quran!

The 'stupid and uncivilized' pastor Terry Jones; an illiterate and medieval bigot, needs harshest punishment, for unnecessarily provoking violence in many countries. That 'ignorant pastor' should be sent to life long 'pasture' in a prison; for expressing his private belief through a public nuisance act; beyond the norms of civilized behaviour. Is this person sane? This is an uncivil and wild man whose behaviour exceeds all bounds of decorum and respect for other religious sentiments! This brainless person is responsible for events resulting to violence and death and injury of many persons. The madman needs to be sent to a lunatic asylum permanently by US authorities; before he causes more harm to other people in other countries.

Healthy pay to curb corruption

From the very beginning of the birth of our country, the compensation system for the government employees is extremely poor. We see that government employees get very low salary although at the time of retirement a healthy amount they get. However, we all think about the present at first and then secondly the future. So, when the government employees see that they are surviving with their low salary, they immediately get involved in corruption. Therefore, I think, the government and other concerned parties should be aware about this problem. A healthy salary scale and proper motivation can reduce the corruption from government sector.

Dailies need supervision

A colored photograph was published by local English daily on 3rd April which was titled 'Dangerous Crossing'. It described the 'truck' in the photograph as 'A pick up van'; when actually it is a truck!

Caretaker government must prevail

The trends of changing colours by the politicians have been prominent in the two major parties in Bangladesh. When they are in power, they leave no stone unturned to make the best use of their supremacy. As a result, the long term development of our country remains a far cry. The last tide of change has been seen in the system of the caretaker government. We have observed that the national election was successfully held several times under this system. So the question of abolishing this system does not bear the sign of sagacity. Finally, we appreciate the decision taken by the government to bring several changes in the process. In this regards, they can consult with the professional lawyers to reach a solution to the issue. Otherwise, absence of this system will pave the way for another military supremacy.

No job, no future

I am a graduate from a private university looking for a decent job for a long time. Everyday I start searching for jobs through online recruitment companies like, and, and get phone calls from a few companies but all ends up with no result.

ICC's wrong decision

According to media reports, the International Cricket Council has decided to cut down the number of teams from 14 to 10 for the next ICC ODI World Cup. This will not help promote cricket in other countries. Compared to other sports, only very few countries are playing cricket. Despite lack of experience and fewer opportunities, junior teams performed very well in recent World Cup and they need more experience and opportunities to play and enhance their experience with big teams.

Grip of two parties

Being a student of Jagannath University I realized once again that how the whole nation is suffering under the grip of two political parties. All of you know that the JnU halls are illegally occupied by some influential people. Two of these halls are- Tibbat Hall in Ahsan Monzil area and another one in Bongshal. The sad thing is that these two halls are now estate of two influential personalities from both giant parties of the country. In one place, Hazi Selim sets up a big market after the name of his wife Gulshan Ara while Sadek Hossen Khoka sets up a school named 'Shahid Ziaur Rahman School' in another place. My question is- how much love do they really have for the students? And I really don't know- why are the students in the universities run after these persons under the name of politics?

Women development policy

The recent protests against the 'National Women Development Policy' apparently put emphasis on the sick and distorted value system that characterizes some members of our society. These people are endeavouring to exploit our religious sentiment and their explanation of the so-called anti-religious elements of the NWDP is absolutely illogical, baseless and misleading. By calling for equal rights of men and women NWDP doesn't anyhow contradict the commandments of Islam because as a modern religion Islam itself is based upon the enlightening principle of parity among all human beings irrespective of gender, race and class. These people must understand that the world has moved forward and it will terribly hinder our socioeconomic development if we still remain engrossed in the bleak beliefs of The Middle Ages.

Zee Bangla Li'l Champs

Currently Zee Bangla is airing a song competition program of little Children under the program head “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs 2011” in which some children singers from Bangladesh are also participating. But the performance of Bangladesh artistes appears not up to the mark. I don't know how these participants were selected but I am sorry to say that they are not the replicas of our huge talented children singers at least those produced by different Bangladeshi TV channels during their yearly child artistes competitions.

Yunus could be SG of UN

"Prof. Muhammad Yunus is not in peace because he had won the Nobel Peace Prize and made Bangladesh proud. His Grameen Bank is also similarly blessed. I propose that a viable and effective campaign be mulled nationally and internationally, to put forward the name of our illustrious Prof. Muhammed Yunus, for the next Secretary Generalship of the United Nations. It is likely that he might even be elected unopposed, because of his credentials and known universal appeal. I hope and pray Dr. Yunus reads this letter and visualizes his global role in the offing that would be of even wider scale. I invite opinions to my view and support from those who care. Let us all start thinking and working for same.

Ban Indian TV serials

Who we are? What is our identity? What is our language and what is our culture? We are going to forget all of these. One of the reasons hidden behind it is the Indian TV Serials. These serials are full of impractical family conflicts. We are the only nation in the world who fought for its language. But many of today's children prefer to speak in Hindi more than Bangla. Not only that, if one is used to watch these serials regularly there must be a malicious attitude in her/his mind and it will surely affect her/his family life also. To save our language, culture, nationality and morality these harmful and damaging Indian serials should be banned immediately.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Saturday's The Daily Star report headlined “Finger pointed at 60 individuals.”


New fighting erupts in Libya

A buoyant Muammar Gaddafi made his first television appearance for five days on Saturday and his troops engaged rebels in new fighting on the eastern front in Libya's civil war.

Deadly clashes hit Syria

Syrian security forces used live ammunition in the early hours of Saturday to disperse a pro-democracy protest by hundreds of people in a Sunni district of Latakia, causing scores of injuries and possible deaths, residents said.

New York set to be big loser as sea level rises

New York is a major loser and Reykjavik a winner from new forecasts of sea level rise in different regions.

Brazil buries schoolchildren

Grief-stricken relatives threw themselves upon caskets and wept to exhaustion as Rio buried most of the 12 children killed in a school shooting. The massacre shocked Brazilians -- and stoked new calls for stricter guns laws.

Portrait of a Rebel

As a young man, he took part in two wars as a member of the Indian army but his battle against corruption in the twilight of his life made him an icon.

Egyptians turn anger on army

Thousands of protesters turned their anger on the army yesterday demanding that Egypt's ruling military council hand power to civilians and pressing for former President Hosni Mubarak to be put on trial.

Gbagbo forces regain ground in Abidjan

Forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, besieged in Ivory Coast's main city, have retaken ground and are edging closer to where rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara is holed up, the United Nations said.

Arts & Entertainment

Padatik Theatre Fest at Shilpakala

Theatre Workshop (from Kolkata, India) staged Rabindranath Tagore's “Bashikaron” and Michael Madhusudan Dutta's “Buro Shaliker Gharey Ro” on the third day (April 8) of the ongoing theatre festival at Shilpakala Academy. The plays were staged at the National Theatre Hall. Local troupe Subachan Natya Sangsad staged “Mahajoner Nao” at the Experimental Theatre Hall on the same day.

Waheedul Haque

With the theme “Abhoy Bajey, Hridoy Majhey”, Waheedul Haque Jatiyo Shishu Abriti Utshab 2011 (National Recitation Festival for Children in Memory of Waheedul Haque) ended yesterday at National Art Gallery Plaza of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). Bangladesh Abriti Shamannoy Parisad (BASP) in collaboration with BSA arranged the three daylong festival.

Bangladeshi Artists Shine in Seoul

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts and Bangladesh Embassy, Seoul (South Korea) have jointly organised a group art exhibition, titled “Contemporary Paintings of Bangladesh”, featuring the works of Quayyum Chowdhury, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Hashem Khan, Rafiqun Nabi, Monirul Islam, Mahmudul Haque, Shahid Kabir, Farida Zaman, Rokeya Sultana, Dilara Begum Jolly, Kanak Chanpa Chakma and Mohammad Iqbal. The exhibition opened on April 7 at Korea Cultural Centre in Seoul and will continue till April 15.

Between a Thief and a Crooked Wholesaler

Viewers can expect to have their conscience shaken by the single-episode TV play, titled “Amra Ekti Bhorer Opekkhae Achi”. Written and directed by Zahirul Haq Bappy and Abdullah Rana respectively, the play is going to be aired on Pahela Boishakh on Desh TV.

Dance competition for children by Shilparath

Shilparath, a local cultural organisation, arranged a dance competition at the district sports association auditorium in Manikganj last Friday. A total of 40 children of the district took part in the competition. Payel won the first prize, while Rahamoni and Bibhor won the second and third prizes respectively.

Kirtan Festival

Devotional music has been wafting around Chawkbazaar Temple under Dinajpur town during the Kirtan Festival and Padabali Kirtan Recitation.


Crossing the isthmus of corruption

WE have been following some startling corruption scandals faced by India's ruling Congress party in the recent past.

A fast unto life

GANDHI flagellated himself with 17 fasts. They were not all fasts unto the death; they could be time-specific. This did not reduce the risk to his life, for 21 days without any nourishment or medical intervention could drag a frail man with an average weight of some 110 pounds to death's door.

Making the CG fool-proof

THE reprinted (draft) Constitution of Bangladesh is being scrutinised by a Parliamentary committee. It is largely expected that this document of the supreme laws of the land will undergo the formal 15th Amendment sooner or later during the tenure of the present parliament.

The gluttony of power

LAURENT Gbagbo refuses to let go of power. So does Muammar Gaddafi. So does Ali Abdallah Saleh. So does the ruler of Bahrain. There is always something about power which convinces those clinging to it that they can defy public opinion, can ignore the ridicule of their people and hang on. Right till the end, Hosni Mubarak thought he could trick Egyptians into staying on and making the future safe for his son. His indignant nation proved to be a step ahead of him.

Timeless traveler's dream

NINE-eleven (9/11) changed the world in more ways than one. Perhaps the most significant impact is felt in the sphere of air travel. Excruciating security standards have transformed pre-departure arrangements into a nerve-wracking experience. Once on board, one feels an absence of bonhomie since most co-travelers tend to be aloof, edgy and suspicious at the slightest deviant behaviour! Finally, on reaching the destination passengers are subjected to a virtual inquisition by over-cautious customs and immigration staff.


The Titanic leaves port in Southampton, England for her first and only voyage

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