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News of: Monday, 11th of April, 2011

Front Page

Flew higher on doctored figures

The probe report on the stockmarket scam found massive irregularities in the valuation of GMG Airlines shares, majority of which are owned by Salman F Rahman's Beximco Group.

Omnibus account used as umbrella

At least Tk 2,500 crore has been traded from hidden or omnibus accounts used as a major tool of stockmarket manipulation, says the government probe body on the recent market debacle.

The Daily Star's 20th founding anniversary

Our massive 500-page 9-part colourful textually rich 20th Anniversary Supplement series comes to a close today. The crowning 64-page instalment that we present to you is focused on Education, Culture and Art. The special series began on March 14 coursing through every Monday and Thursday up until today.

Amini versions skewed

Fazlul Huq Amini, chief of Islami Ain Bastabayan Committee, has given skewed arguments and misinterpreted the holy Quran to drive people against the women development policy for political gains, said Islamic scholars and academics.

No gas remedy in govt's sight

The government's goal of ensuring improved and smooth gas supply within its tenure is becoming uncertain as it is limping with a tender for the third time in the last two years to install two gas compressors to boost supply pressure and quantity.

Tigers eye better show in 2nd ODI

Bangladesh take on Australia in the second one-day international today, having gone 1-0 down on Saturday.

Limon's mother sues 6 Rab men

Mother of Limon Hossain, who lost his leg due to torture by Rapid Action Battalion, sued six members of Rab in a Jhalakathi court yesterday.

Retirement age raised to 65 yrs

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday announced that the retirement age of 65 will be applicable for teachers of all the 34 public universities of the country.

Change constitution thru nat'l consensus

A national consensus is needed before bringing any amendment to the constitution, said constitution experts and eminent citizens at a roundtable yesterday.

13 sued for disgracing devotees of Lalon

A devotee of mystic legend Lalon Fakir yesterday filed a case against 13 people on charge of forcibly shaving off the long hair and moustaches of 28 devotees at Char Ramnagar under Pangsha upazila.

Gaddafi forces enter strategic rebel town

Muammar Gaddafi's artillery heavily bombarded Ajdabiyah and his troops forced their way inside yesterday in their most determined assault on the strategic eastern town for at least a week.

His jail order sends court into chaos

A group of lawyers snatched a fellow lawyer and an accused in a fraud case from the dock of a Dhaka court yesterday as it rejected his bail petition and ordered sending him to jail.

Govt to ban mobile use by teachers at classroom

The government is going to stop teachers from using cellphones in classrooms and examination halls, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday.

Amini's son 'picked up'

Fazlul Haque Amini, chairman of an Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) faction, claimed that plain-clothes law enforcers picked up his son yesterday morning at Sutrapur in the capital.

Student's death sparks protest

Traffic movement on Dhaka-Sylhet and Dhaka-Chittagong highways came to a halt for an hour following the death of a university student in a road accident near Kanchpur Bridge in Narayanganj yesterday morning.

BSF kills 1 in Naogaon

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader and injured another at Nitpur frontier in Porsha upazila of Naogaon yesterday.

Two Shia activists die in Bahraini custody

Two Bahraini Shia activists detained in the wake of anti-regime protests have died in detention, the Gulf kingdom's interior ministry said yesterday.

Indian hunger striker doubted he would triumph

An Indian septuagenarian whose 98-hour hunger strike against corruption ended with big concessions from the government said yesterday he had no idea his campaign would win national support.

Bangladeshis continue to flee Libya

The migrant inflow from violence-stricken Libya continues as 36 more Bangladeshis have crossed into Tunisia where 565 others await repatriation.

Editorial

Poverty reduction

The most important aspect in fighting poverty is to ensure that once one emerges out of its vicious cycle one is helped to keep out of it on a permanent basis. And that what makes the issue of sustainability of the poverty reduction initiatives the prime concern to those that are seized with the issue of alleviating poverty in the country. And indeed this was the focus of a roundtable discussion at The Daily Star on Saturday on the impediments to ensuring poverty alleviation programmes are seen through in order to deliver.

Caning students, still!

The office assistant of a high school in Sharifpur union of Jamalpur Sadar upazilla has been beating up twelve students of the school. In effect, the individual in question caned the students because they were creating commotion in a classroom next to the one where he was taking a class. Now, of course it is troubling when young people in school create a noisy atmosphere and so disturb the proper working of the school. It is only to be expected that they will be disciplined. What is of grave concern here is that, firstly, the office assistant was in a class where he should not have been and, secondly, that he adopted corporal punishment to bring the recalcitrant students to heel.

Sports

Delving into the 'give-up'

At the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday, it was all about "yesterday" although a match was to be played "tomorrow". It was clear that answers were to be given, or found, on what exactly the team management thought of Saturday's abject performance with the bat.

Sylhet survive scare, go slow

Sylhet continued their go-slow approach even in the second round of the National Cricket League while Rajshahi tried the opposite yesterday.

Smith and Shuvo's all-round dreams

If fast bowlers were all the rage for 50-odd years and spinners the 'in thing' for two decades after a certain blonde leggie debuted in 1992, this seems to be the time for all-rounders who can spin the ball, bat aggressively and take breathtaking catches.

Cult of the Anti-Heroes

After the World Cup, where our own cup of woe had considerably runneth over, what with those scores of 58 and 78, it was time indeed to have moved on. And, did we not move on or what?

Big win for Mumbai

Lasith Malinga grabbed five wickets in a superb exhibition of fast bowling to set up Mumbai Indians' eight-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League match on Sunday.

Champions insipid

Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund needed a late equaliser to seal a 1-1 draw at ten-man Hamburg on Saturday to stay on course for their first league title since 2002 with five games remaining.

Gunners back on track

Arsenal got their challenge for the Premier League title back on track with a 3-1 win against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Sunday.

Barca ever closer

Barcelona took another step towards the title after coming from behind to beat Almeria 3-1 and keep their eight point lead at the top of the table on Saturday.

Scrappy Inter

Inter Milan beat Chievo 2-0 at the San Siro on Saturday to bounce back from their horror week with three points in Serie A.

Sheikh Jamal, Abahani make winning start

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Abahani made winning start in the opening day of the Independence Cup football tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. Sheikh Jamal came from behind to beat Farashganj SC 4-2 while Abahani edged Chittagong Mohammedan 2-1 to secure full points.

Malaysian GP Vettel's

World champion Sebastien Vettel dominated the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday with a brilliant drive which maintained his perfect start to the season.

Wozniacki in final

World number one Caroline Wozniacki reached the final of the WTA clay court tournament here Saturday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Jelena Jankovic.

Bayern sack van Gaal

German champions Bayern Munich on Sunday sacked coach Louis van Gaal with the Bavarian giants fourth in the Bundesliga and outside the Champions League places for next season.

If Sachin has to be given Bharat Ratna

The calls for bestowing Sachin Tendulkar with the 'Bharat Ratna' may have got louder after India's World Cup triumph but giving the country's highest civilian honour to the batting icon would require tweaking of the criteria that has been laid down for the coveted award.

Hard job for journos

The new press box at the Bangabandhu National Stadium has been turned into a VIP box leaving the sports journalists without proper arrangements to cover the Independence Cup football tournament that started at the Big Bowl yesterday.

Kochi's debut made sour

AB de Villiers smashed a quickfire 54 as the Royal Challengers Bangalore spoilt the Indian Premier League debut of Kochi Tuskers Kerala with a six-wicket win on Saturday.

I have more to give: Totti

Francesco Totti scored his third brace in four games as Roma beat Udinese 2-1 to fire their Champions League hopes and the veteran striker then turned on his detractors.

Robben sorry

Bayern Munich's Dutch star Arjen Robben has apologised to his team-mates and fans for receiving a red card after the final whistle following his side's 1-1 draw with Nuremberg.

Business

DataSoft goes global

Leading software maker DataSoft has formed a UAE-based joint venture company, DataSoft Arabia LLC, bringing good news to Bangladeshi IT firms, officials said yesterday.

BB warns bankers on stock involvement

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has asked the chief executives of all commercial banks not to get deeply involved in non-banking activities, including investment in the stockmarket.

Muhith to release stock probe report next week

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday reiterated his stance that his ministry would edit parts of the probe report on the recent stockmarket scam saying the report requires further investigation before making it public.

Fabrics makers feel pinch of EU's relaxed rules

Local fabrics makers should increase productivity, improve the quality of products and enhance efficiency in production to offset the bad impact of the European Union's relaxed rules of origin on the local textile sector, experts suggest.

Saarc seed bank in the offing

Saarc states plan to set up a regional seed bank to help farmers get quality seeds from the reserve in case of a shortage due to natural calamities.

Experts call for ecolabelling and disposal protocol for jute goods

Jute product manufacturers should focus on ecolabelling and disposal protocol to promote their products in the global market as the buyers prefer eco-friendly and bio-degradable products, said jute experts in a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.

DCCI opposes sales of excess bandwidth

A leading chamber yesterday suggested the government should refrain from selling the excess bandwidth to any foreign company, distribute the same among the primary schools and thereby facilitate their students' e-learning.

Pakistan export boom won't repair economy

After a year of unemployment and wondering if his family would be better off if he died, Pakistani textile worker Murad Ali has got the spring back in his step.

Energy crisis leaves Nepal in the dark

By the light of a single candle Shankar Prasad Bhandari strains his eyes as he tries to count out the correct change for a customer in his blacked out shop on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

Furniture market taking shape

Three years back, Shafayet Ahmed ordered wooden furniture worth Tk 1.5 lakh to decorate his new office with sitting arrangement for nearly 25 people.

Hurdles to growth: high duties, poor supply

Wooden furniture makers and exporters are feeling the pinch of high duties on imports of raw materials that is holding them back to expand the industry further.

Japan's post-disaster economy faces electric shock

Japan's economy, the world's third-largest, has been in trouble for nearly a generation, but nothing prepared it for the brutal impact of power shortages following the March 11 disaster.

China runs a trade surplus of $140 million

China said Sunday it had returned a trade surplus in March after the world's number two economy posted its first trade deficit in nearly a year in February.

Australia flags tough budget due to floods

Massive floods that hit Australia this year helped slash US$4.75 billion from national revenues, Treasurer Wayne Swan said Sunday as the government promised a tough and potentially unpopular budget.

Britain's ailing economy wins royal boost

Britons will throng pubs, buy gifts and host parties thanks to the royal wedding, and the tourism sector is set to gain, but the extra spending is unlikely to reignite Britain's economy, analysts warn.

Most Germans in favour of Portugal bailout: poll

A narrow majority of Germans is in favour of the EU's multi-billion-euro bailout package for crisis-hit Portugal, a poll suggested Sunday, with 90 percent believing it would not be the last.

Tens of thousands against European austerity measures

European and local trade unions held a massive demonstration in the Hungarian capital Budapest Saturday to protest austerity measures, on the margins of a meeting of European finance ministers.

Obama to announce plan to reduce long-term deficit

President Barack Obama will lay out his approach for long-term deficit reduction later this week, his senior adviser David Plouffe said on Sunday.

Britain set to fight for Iceland cash in court

Britain is prepared to drag Iceland through the international courts to recoup its money used to bail out savers in collapsed Icelandic banks, the finance ministry said Sunday.

Metropolitan

No one knows fate of victims, families

Nure Alam still feels pain on his left hand, which had to be amputated due to the injury he suffered when the nine-storied building of Spectrum Sweater Factory Limited in Savar collapsed on April 11, 2005.

Concerted efforts a must for regional food security

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for concerted efforts to tackle the challenges in the agriculture field in South Asian region.

Vow to provide neurological services to all children

The two-day long 2nd national conference of Bangladesh Society for Child Neurology, Development and Disability (BSCNDD) ended at the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons in the city on Saturday.

Suranjit seeks BNP opinion

Co-chair of the parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment Suranjit Sengupta yesterday urged BNP leaders to come before the special committee to give their opinions in amending the constitution in consensus.

Road crashes kill 6, injure 50

Six people were killed and 50 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Gopalganj and Thakurgaon yesterday.

Human rights at alarming state, says Fakhrul

BNP's acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam yesterday said the country's human rights is at an alarming state and it is deteriorating day by day due to “undemocratic attitude” of the ruling Awami League government.

Non-communicable diseases spreading fast

Non-communicable diseases are spreading fast in the country, though the prevalence of communicable diseases is declining gradually.

Security tightened

Security measures have been tightened for Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year 1418 on April 14, 2010. Around 33,000 personnel from Rab, police and other intelligence agencies will wrap the country in a security blanket to ensure smooth celebrations.

Tinni murder trial begins after nine years

After nine years, trial of model Syeda Tania Mahbub Tinni murder case began with deposition of her father with a Dhaka court yesterday.

'Create environment that suits autistic children'

Speakers at a discussion here yesterday urged the government and all concerned to create an environment, which suits the need of autistic children so that they can grow to be brilliant and bright individuals.

Unipay2u allegedly swindles investors

The small investors of Unipay2u at a rally here yesterday alleged that the multi level marketing (MLM) company has collected Tk 1,000 crore from them through various fraudulent measures.

Retrofit buildings to avoid quake risk

Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr Abdur Razzak yesterday said the government has taken various measures to increase earthquake preparedness for minimising damages of earthquake.

Hearing adjourned till Apr 19

A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing of the tax evasion case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Kashem Ali till April 19 following a time petition by the prosecution lawyer.

Air chief apprises president of airbase in Cox's Bazar

The Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Shah Mohammad Ziaur Rahman yesterday apprised President Zillur Rahman about the newly-built airbase in Cox's Bazar, recently inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Lucky new DG of Shilpakala

The government yesterday appointed cultural personality Liakat Ali Lucky as the new director general of Shilpakala Academy as his predecessor noted journalist and writer Kamal Lohani went on retirement on completion of his two years tenure.

Seized drugs destroyed in Ctg

The Coast Guard yesterday destroyed a huge quantity of seized drugs, including liquor and beer, at its Eastern Regional headquarters in Chittagong.

College student arrested in Rajshahi

Police arrested another person yesterday in connection with the rape and murder of a schoolgirl in Charghat upazila of the district the day before.

OMS rice dealer fined

A mobile court here on Saturday fined a dealer for selling one metric ton OMS rice on the black market.

Nursing course starts at BSMMU

A four-year B.Sc in nursing course was inaugurated at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the city yesterday.

Rickshaw-van puller murdered

A rickshaw-van puller was stabbed to death by his cousin yesterday in the city's Motijheel area.

Representative of sunken Korean ship arrives in Dhaka

A representative of North Korean ship MV Hyang Ro Bong, which sunk in the Bay, arrived in Dhaka yesterday to hold a meeting with Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) tomorrow.

Protest against 'harassment' of two female journos

Shamajik Protirodh Committee, an alliance of 64 NGOs, condemned the incident of “harassing” two female journalists by the Islami Ain Bastabayan Committee on April 8.

National

Fortune smiles on wheat growers in 8 districts

Bumper yield and good price have brought smile to the wheat farmers in eight northern districts of Rangpur, Dinajpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh this year.

Housewife set afire, three others killed for dowry

A housewife was set afire while three others murdered allegedly by their husbands for dowry in four districts yesterday, on Friday and the day before.

Passengers suffer just for a pontoon

Launch passengers are suffering a lot as the pontoon of Galachipa launch terminal set up over 10 years ago has become dysfunctional due to lack of renovation.

'Assault on bauls threat to country's culture'

Teachers, students and socio-cultural activists of Rajshahi University (RU) formed a human chain and held a rally yesterday demanding immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to the culprits who assaulted bauls (mystic singer) at Char Ramnagar village in Pangsha upazila of Rajbari district on April 6.

8 commit 'suicide' in two districts

Eight people allegedly committed suicide in Satkhira and Khagrachhari districts yesterday, the day before and on Friday.

Rangpur sportsmen demand action against DSA secy

Sportsmen and a number of Rangpur Divisional Sports Association members demonstrated yesterday demanding withdrawal of the deputy commissioner and suspension of the District Sports Association (DSA) secretary Abdul Gafur for their alleged corruption.

Imam sued for fatwa

An imam of a mosque has been sued on charge of giving a questionable fatwa (religious edict) that triggered a clash, leaving seven people injured on the premises of Sardar Bari Jame Masjid in Gournadi upazila under Barisal district on Friday.

Barapukuria power plant workers on indefinite strike

At least 250 outsourced workers of Barapukuria coal-fired power plant began an indefinite strike yesterday morning as the authorities concerned decided to keep a worker off work for seven days for his alleged misconduct.

RU Bangla students 'boycott' exam

Only eight out of total 83 students of Bangla department at Rajshahi University (RU) took part in their third year final examination under 2007-08 academic session on Saturday allegedly as the departmental chairman did not entertain the students' request.

Killers' men threaten victim's family

Family members of a slain barber have alleged that the relatives of five accused are putting pressure on them to withdraw the case of face serious consequences.

Two fishermen buy freedom

Two fishermen, who were abducted by the pirates from Badhalata area of Mathabhanga canal in the Sundarbans on Thursday, bought freedom with a ransom of Tk 20,000 on Saturday evening.

Youth stabbed to death

A youth was stabbed to death by criminals at Joleshwaritola in the district town early Saturday. The deceased was identified as Abdur Rahim, 18, son of Babu Pramanik of Malatinagar area of the town. Police said, Abdur Rahim was returning home after shutting down his shop at about 12:30am. When he reached Joleshwaritola, a gang stabbed him indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured. Locals rushed him to Bogra Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Hospital where the attending doctors declared him dead.

Jewellery trader killed

Owner of a jewellery shop at Shankhola Bazaar of Chunarughat upazila in Habiganj district was killed by an armed gang early yesterday. They also looted 8 tolas of gold ornament and Tk one lakh from the shop. Officer-in-charge of Chunarughat PS inspector Syed Mahbubur Rahman said, Bijon Das, 25, went to bed at his shop named 'Bijon Das Jewellery'at around midnight. The criminals broke into the shop in the early hours, stabbed him to death and took away the gold and cash money.

Freedom fighter murdered

A freedom fighter was hacked to death by his rivals over previous enmity at Senda village in Sadar upazila yesterday morning. The deceased was identified as Dhon Miah, 70, of the village. Police said the assailants hacked Dhon Miah indiscriminately at about 7:00am when he was going to his crop field for irrigation. He died instantly.

Two outlaws arrested

Police arrested two outlaws belonging to PBCP Sharbahara faction from Nuruddinpur area of Sujanagar upazila on Saturday. The arrestees are Eusuf Ali, 28, son of Ramjan Ali and Ershad Ali, 25, son of Abdur Rashid of Indrajitpur village in Sujanagar upazila. The two were hardened operatives of outlawed PBCP Sharbahara faction and accused in several cases including that of murder, police said. Officer-in-charge of Sujanagar police station Md Ahasanul Haque said the two went into hiding after a murder case long ago, he said.

25 injured in clash

At least 25 people were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers on Saturday over occupation of khas land at Dobila village in Moheshpur upazila. Police and local people said, there was a longstanding dispute over occupation of a khas land between the people of bordering villages of Moheshpur upazila in Jhenidah and Chougachha upazila in Jessore. When the villagers of Kadbila and Ogoldanga in Chougachha upazila came to occupy the khas land in the morning, villagers of Sayedpur and Narayanpur tried to resist them. At one stage hundreds of villagers equipped with lethal weapons locked in a fierce clash that lasted for one and a half hours.

Letters

Unchecked house rent

House rent in the capital is on the continuous rise as it is beyond control of the authorities. Although there is a law relating to the house rent, it is not being enforced strictly. As a result the house owners are raising the house rents according to their will. According to Dhaka City Corporation sources, there are 3,580 holdings in the capital which are owned by only 17 per cent of city dwellers while the rest are tenants. Reporting on the unbridled rise in house rent, a national daily said recently that house rent in the capital city has increased three times over the last 15 years. The law on house rent is there in papers only and it is not being executed.

BGMEA Bhaban's future

The High Court has issued judgment to demolish this grand but unfortunately an illegal structure; built on unauthorized public land!

No light in sight

Like it or not, neither the government nor the opposition has any other agenda besides making the lives of the people more miserable. They simply can not conceive of doing any good to them, they have altogether lost their capability of doing so.

Share debacle report

Finally, the probe report on much talked about share debacle is out. It is praiseworthy on the part of Mohammed Khaled Ibrahim and his team. Here are a few suggestions , book building method should be totally scrapped to stop over valuation of shares. SEC should be completely re-organized and transparency and accountability should be restored. A counter vigilance team comprised professionals may be appointed who will be responsible for auditing the activity of SEC on a monthly basis and if any wrong doing is found, it should be immediately notified to the proper authorities and immediate actions must be taken against the responsible persons. Demutualization is a must to give SEC an independent entity free from outside influence. Recommendations made by the probe body if initiated properly will definitely boost the capital market gradually and bring back confidence of the investors.

Horoscopes, no good!

Horoscopes are now widely published in the columns of newspapers every day. People who predict how lucky one will be, based on whatever methodology, and doesn't make sense. And the prophet (pbuh) said, "Whoever went to a fortune-teller and asked him about some matter (i.e. of the unseen) and believed him, would have his prayer rejected for forty days." (In Sahih Muslim). I sincerely advise the newspapers not to publish these things.

Interest rates of saving certificates

Officials, pensioners, small businessmen and others purchase govt. saving certificates as a safe saving instrument, because they do not have the ability to bear big risk. Until a few years back the interest rates of saving certificates were quite attractive for this group of people. But in recent years, persistent pressure from the Dhaka Stock Exchange and Chittagong Stock Exchange led the govt. to reduce the interest rates of saving certificates substantially in the name of boosting capital market. As a result, small savers rushed to the Capital Market but recent bubble there made them paupers. So, the govt. should give priority to the interest of small savers rather than the interest of the members of DSE and CSE.

Our identity crisis

I supported Lankan team in ICC World Cup final and wished they had won to see the Indians wince. The unmitigated Indian hegemony over Bangladesh in the form of lopsided trade balance and treaties and her wanton killings of Bangladeshis at the border and her merciless strangulation of international rivers that flows into Bangladesh turned me against India.

Demeaning ourselves

We are very saddened by the news of the removal of Prof Yunus by the present government. What are we showing to the world by this action? We are telling the world that we have not yet overcome our petty party politics, where even the Supreme Court is highly biased and always acts in favour of the Prime Minister. Please do not let this happen. We, the Bangladeshi Americans feel that we have been betrayed by the politicians and so-called educated people of Bangladesh. Some of our colleagues at work asked me why Dr. Yunus was removed from the Bank which he established to help the poor people of Bangladesh. I could not answer them clearly.

Displaying Qur'an

I loved the article by Mr. Mahfuz Anam, published on 6th of April, 2011. I feel it would have been better if the Prime Minister spoke out about the issues highlighted in that article. Islam condemns violence, and Qur'an is not something to display during protests. I think this has happened for the first time that the Qur'an has been used during protests. Furthermore, there are many people who have not even read Qur'an, but when it comes to protesting and condemning others, they will do it gladly. Recently, there was one youth who was protesting the injustice to Muslims, and he was using slangs. I wish I could ask him if using slang was allowed in Islam. I hope Muslims set their priorities straight practice what you preach!

The last tiger

It is heartening that a Tiger Rescue Service (Star Magazine, 18 Mar 11) has been initiated. TRS needs all the encouragement and funds to protect the 400+ tigers remaining. The report incorrectly stated that the last wild tiger, Sundarbans apart, was killed in Bhawal Madhupur in the 40s. In the winter of 1961-62, while proceeding up a steep slope in dense jungle at about 8 am to my timber extraction site from my camp about 8 miles upstream of Chema Jhiri in Bandarbans, I suddenly became aware of a strange silence prevailing all around. I stood still at one end of the narrow path. Suddenly a large tiger silently emerged from the undergrowth on to the path at the other end (maybe 20 yards away), stopped and for an eternity, we looked at each other. Then it disappeared.

We are proud to be Bangladeshis

Bangladeshis are finding more reasons to feel proud almost daily.

Stop extra-judicial killings

It is needless to say that the number of extra-judicial killings is on the rise. Though this ruling government promised in their election manifesto before the national election that they would put an end to such killings, the issue seems to be in limbo. It is obvious that such killings keep undermining the rule of law and damaging the image of the country abroad.

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International

Ivoy Coast's Ouattara headquarter attacked

Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo's forces attacked the headquarters of his rival, UN-recognised president Alassane Ouattara, on Saturday in a major escalation of the battle for control of the country.

Japan fails to stop flow

Japanese nuclear power plant operator TEPCO expects to stop pumping radioactive water into the ocean today, days later than planned, a step that would help ease international concern about the spread of radiation from a smashed nuclear plant.

United States averts govt shutdown

A last-gasp deal slashing spending prevented a US government shutdown set for Saturday, ending -- at least for now -- a rancorous budget row between President Barack Obama and his newly empowered Republican foes.

Israel ruled out Iran strike in 2005

Israeli defence officials ruled out a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities as early as 2005, US diplomatic cables leaked to whistleblower site WikiLeaks show, an Israeli newspaper said yesterday.

Blast kills Afghan tribal elders

A Taliban-style bomb attack blew up a vehicle, killing three Afghan tribal elders in the west of the country yesterday, police said.

Israel, Palestinians float Gaza ceasefire

Israeli and Palestinian officials floated a ceasefire yesterday to end an upsurge of violence in Gaza, as Israel warned of a still stronger response if rocket fire from the coastal strip continues.

Mubarak to be quizzed over corruption

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been summoned by the state prosecutor for questioning over alleged corruption and killings of protesters.

Energy crisis leaves Nepal in the dark

By the light of a single candle Shankar Prasad Bhandari strains his eyes as he tries to count out the correct change for a customer in his blacked out shop on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

China criticises US preaching

China has told the US to stop preaching on human rights, after the state department's annual report on the issue criticised China.

Two killed in Philippines plane crash

A small chartered plane crashed into a northern Philippine mountain park and burst into flames yesterday, killing two people on board, police said.

Nigerian ruling party loses ground in poll

Nigeria's ruling party looked set to see its parliamentary majority weaken as results trickled in yesterday from an election Africa's most populous nation hopes will be its first credible vote in almost two decades.

Peruvians to elect new president

Peru is voting for a new president yesterday after one of the most unpredictable and tightly-contested campaigns in recent history.

Unemployed Saudis protest to demand jobs

Dozens of unemployed university graduates and teachers staged rare protests in two Saudi cities yesterday to demand jobs and better wages in the biggest Arab economy, which is struggling to reduce joblessness.

Arab League demands no-fly zone over Gaza

Arab League chief Amr Mussa said yesterday the organisation will ask the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Gaza, which Israel has pounded with air strikes in response to rocket fire.

Dozens shot in Yemen

At least one anti-regime protester was killed and dozens shot in the cities of Taez and Sanaa.

Deadly clashes erupt in Syria's coastal city

Syrian security forces opened fire in the coastal town of Banias yesterday, killing some people and wounding others, witnesses told AFP.

Iran expels 'several' Kuwait diplomats

Iran has expelled "several" Kuwaiti diplomats in a tit-for-tat retaliation for the expulsion of its diplomats accused of spying in the emirate, in a fresh blow to already tense relations across the Gulf.

Pakistan says seven militants killed in Swat

Pakistani officials said troops yesterday shot dead at least seven militants who infiltrated the northwestern district of Swat to escape an offensive in the neighbouring tribal belt.

Moderate earthquake in southwest China

A moderate 5.2-magnitude earthquake shook a remote region of southwest China Sunday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Obama dispatches top aide to visit Saudi, UAE

US President Barack Obama is sending a key foreign policy aide to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates amid concern over the wave of popular protests sweeping the Middle East.

Arts & Entertainment

A Man with a Mission

With dawn approaching, the eastern horizon gradually brightened up. A dreamy eyed Mahmudur Rahman Benu sat idly atop a rundown bus, vocally articulating morning ragas Bhairavi and Raamkeli.

Tracing the Footsteps of Tagore

The packed National Museum auditorium eagerly watched the 75-minute documentary “Bangladesh-e Rabindranath: Poth Chawatei Anondo” that highlights Rabindra-nath's stay in East Bengal between 1890 and 1937. He came to administer the family estates but found himself turned into “Baul Rabi” and undertook huge reforms in the agriculture and small credit sector, much to the relief of the destitute farmers.

A Poet of Silence

A biographical documentary, titled "Poet of Silence", on the internationally famed Bangladeshi mime maestro Partha Pratim Majumder was launched at the auditorium of Alliance Française de Dhaka on April 9. Alliance Française de Dhaka, together with Raktakarabi, organised the screening.

Homage to an Icon

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad was chief guest at the inaugural function of the two-day divisional 'Nazrul Sammelon' (Nazrul Convention) at the Sylhet auditorium in the city on April 9. Addressing the gathering, he said that the government has launched special programme to present an authentic picture of the National Poet to the youngsters. Towards this end, he added, district level events will be organised so that school and college going young ones and others can get to know the icon who made an immense contribution to our culture and literature.

OP-ED

Robbers of the capital market

What the four-member probe committee has found to be the factors that led to the recent capital market crash has not really raised many eyebrows, because fingers were already pointed at some big business operators who also have huge stakes in the capital market.

The Left's fate in balance

The legislature election process is about to begin in four Indian states: West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam. The elections could prove a turning point for the Congress, the Tamil Nadu-based Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK), its rival AIADMK, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and above all, the Left.



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