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JS body to open national dialogue

The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment will hold a dialogue with political parties and legal experts on prospective changes to the republic's charter.

Strong cartel behind scam

A strong cartel has used the primary market as a tool to fleece people by inflating share prices, says a probe committee report.

Down and out in Paris and Rome

Munir surely showed his grit, all over.

PM gives nod to several proposals

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has consented to some vital proposals of the parliamentary special committee, including the one for restoration of the House's authority to remove judges of the Supreme Court and other constitutional officers on grounds of misconduct and incapacity.

Turag set to lose foreshore land

The shipping minister formally inaugurated installation of boundary pillars of the river Turag yesterday as part of an ongoing move to save the rivers of Dhaka.

Beximco's rejoinder, our reply

Beximco, one of the largest business conglomerates of the country, yesterday rejected media comments and observations about its top management following submission of the stockmarket probe report.

Publish full report on stocks scam

A Supreme Court lawyer has served a legal notice on the government to publish the full probe report on stockmarket debacle within a week.

Saving a hill on their own

Indigenous people of Thanchi in Bandarban have declared a hill a nature reserve to bring back its biodiversity lost due to years of jhum cultivation.

Mutineers met secretly to take oath for killing

A group of border guard mutineers held a secret meeting at the rented house of a colleague and took an oath to kill the army officers in the force.

Fukushima as risky as Chernobyl

Japanese authorities have raised the severity rating of their nuclear crisis to the highest level, seven.

Property tax on cards

Citizens will have to pay taxes if their property prices go beyond Tk 50 lakh, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) said yesterday.

DU students on rampage

At least 10 people were injured in clashes between a group of students of Dhaka University and police over ignoring of a traffic signal at Russell Square in the capital yesterday.

Rab team starts investigation

A probe team from the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) headquarters yesterday visited the spot and recorded statements into the Rab “shootout” that disabled teenage Limon Hossain of Chhaturia in Jhalakathi district.

Tales of torture

A war crimes victim yesterday gave a horrific account of his torture in the hands of Pakistani army and its Bangalee collaborators at BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury's Good's Hill residence during the Liberation War.

Tigers search for a happy ending

Bangladesh will take on Australia in the third and final one-day international today, after having already lost the series on Monday courtesy of two thumping defeats in the first two games.

Use of meter mandatory from Apr 16

CNG-run auto-rickshaws in the port city will compulsorily have to follow metering system from April 16 while collecting fares from passengers.

WB to give $30m for returnees

The World Bank will provide an emergency loan assistance of $30 million for the payment of airfare of repatriating Bangladeshis from Libya and for their rehabilitation.

BNP's demo Saturday

The main opposition BNP yesterday declared a countrywide protest programme on Saturday over a recent remark of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina about Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko.

US blocks ME peace bid: diplomats

The United States blocked a European bid to break the deadlock in the Middle East peace process at an international meeting this week, diplomats said yesterday.

Drone 'friendly fire' kills two US troops

A drone missile strike killed a US Marine and a Navy corpsman last week by mistake, in what appeared to be the first instance US troops had been killed in a "friendly fire" incident involving an unmanned aircraft, defence officials said Monday.

Libya is 'out of control': Medvedev

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said yesterday that the situation in Libya had slipped out of control and indicated that its strongman leader Muammar Gaddafi needed to resign.

Carbon trading can bring $80m to Bangladesh

Bangladesh can earn US$ 80 million annually through selling carbon as carbon credit in the international market by using modern technology in brickfields surrounding Dhaka city, said a World Bank official.

Editorial

JS hearings on appointments

The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendments is considering making individuals' appointment to constitutional posts subject to confirmation by the Jatiyo Sangsad. We unequivocally endorse the idea. Such a process of filling important positions of the state will not only ensure a bipartisan approach to governance but also reassure the nation that those appointed to and confirmed in such positions have the competence to do the job. Given that for years positions of extreme significance in Bangladesh, such as those of the chief election commissioner, judges of the Supreme Court, chairman of the Public Service Commission, et cetera, have come under a cloud because of a blatant politicization of the appointments, this new step, if it truly comes to pass, will be a boon for democracy.

Dhaka rivers face shrinkage

Dhaka's rivers are getting thinner ever since the gate-keepers of rivers are turning out to be poachers.

Sports

Pride at stake in last game

The third match between Bangladesh and Australia today will mark the end of the season for both teams and how the match ends will determine which of the teams will head off to their breaks with smiles rather than frowns on their faces.

Siddons, Tigers part company

As expected, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided that they will not extend the tenure of head coach Jamie Siddons.

Mendis plans afresh

Sri Lanka's new cricket chief selector Duleep Mendis on Monday said he has to inject new blood into the national team after the recent World Cup defeat to India.

Rajshahi nearing big victory

Rajshahi are seven wickets away from victory over Barisal in their second phase National Cricket League game after completely dominating proceedings yesterday.

KKR wait for Lee, Shakib

Australian speed merchant Brett Lee will return to bolster Kolkata Knight Riders' attack ahead of their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Rajasthan Royals on Friday.

Sachin's own WC trophy

A city-based jewellery firm presented a gold-plated silver World Cup trophy replica to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar here Tuesday.

Lankan IPL-ers asked to get home

Sri Lanka's sports authorities on Tuesday ordered its cricketers playing in the ongoing Indian Premier League to return home for training ahead of next month's tour of England.

Big win for Brothers

Brothers Union spurned a host of opportunities before grinding out a 3-0 win over Chittagong Mohammedan while Farashganj Sporting Club came out with a 2-2 draw against their old town neighbours Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society in the Independence Cup football tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Rajasthan's 2nd in a row

Shane Warne's Rajasthan Royals thrashed Delhi Daredevils by six wickets to pocket their second successive victory in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday.

Kolkata's first win

Jacques Kallis hit his second half-century in a row to set up a nine-run win for Kolkata Knight Riders against Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League on Monday.

IAAF's landmark ruling on gender issue

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Tuesday announced the introduction of new eligibility rules for female athletes triggered by the controversy surrounding South Africa's 800-metre runner Caster Semenya.

Javed rejects PCB offer

Pakistan confirmed Tuesday that former captain Javed Miandad had turned down an offer to become the side's batting coach for personal reasons.

Lanka's WC shortfall

Sri Lanka Cricket said Monday it is saddled with a 23-million-dollar debt after cost overruns and hefty bills incurred building stadiums for the recent World Cup.

Spurs' mission impossible

Harry Redknapp insists Tottenham will go down fighting even though they face a mission impossible against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg on Wednesday.

Raul wary of Inter

Veteran striker Raul says his Schalke 04 side need to be wary of wounded Inter Milan as they look to finish off the Champions League holders at home in Wednesday's quarterfinal, second-leg.

Carroll sinks City

Record signing Andy Carroll delivered a blow to Manchester City's Champions League ambitions as Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 victory over Roberto Mancini's side at Anfield on Monday.

Zlatan gets 3-match ban

AC Milan's Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was handed a three-match ban on Monday after a foul-mouthed tirade at a linesman during his side's 2-1 win at Fiorentina over the weekend.

Silvio dreams of C'Ron

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi said he would not rule out trying to lure Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to the San Siro in the next transfer window -- if his club win the league title.

Lewis to run political race

Olympic track hero Carl Lewis announced Monday he's limbering up for a new kind of race -- a state senator's seat in New Jersey.

Business

Property tax plan fuels debate

The government's plan to impose tax on property prices has fuelled a debate and evoked mixed reactions from economists as they say such a tax will help cut income disparity, but will increase the costs of doing business.

Stocks spring back from losses

Stocks bounced back yesterday after investors went for heavy buying of shares to cash in on lower prices.

Govt to revise telco licence renewal guideline

The government yesterday agreed to revise the draft 2G mobile phone renewal guideline and keep spectrum fees at rational level.

Rejoinder

In a rejoinder to a report headlined “Probe digs up Mobil Jamuna dodges” published in Star Business yesterday, MJL Bangladesh Limited said the report was not based on facts.

DCCI proposes to widen tax ceiling

The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) yesterday urged the government to widen the income tax threshold and upgrade the tax collection system further.

Businessmen oppose further lending rate hike

Businessmen yesterday urged the central bank governor again to keep the lending rate of commercial banks at existing 13 percent to maintain growth of the industrial sector.

Inequality is growing

Planning Minister AK Khandker yesterday said inequality is growing in the country though poverty is on the wane.

CARE hosts workshop on 'inclusive business'

CARE Bangladesh hosted an international event on inclusive business and its benefits and developing win-win partnership that creates mutual value for all yesterday.

EBL launches two new SME products

Eastern Bank Ltd has launched two products 'EBL Unnoti' and 'SME Equity Builder' for small and medium entrepreneurs.

Japan eases rules on knitwear shipments from LDCs

The Japanese government has relaxed the rules of origin for knitwear items from the least developed countries under the generalised system of preferences.

Swiss tech leader firms up foothold in Bangladesh

Leading power and automation company ABB is being incorporated in Bangladesh as the Swiss company sees tremendous growth in the power and industries sector where it could play a major role.

Investors: Meet social media

In the beginning, naysayers and curmudgeons dismissed social media as a place for gossip, celebrity self-promotion and teenagers to waste time. How wrong they were. Social media is reshaping the political world, how we talk to friends, and the way we simply get information.

M-banking on the rollout

Riding on fast-growing technologies, banks are working to identify new business niches; to develop customised services, to implement innovative strategies and to tap new market opportunities. Mobile phone banking is one of those technologies that have been changing the scenario across the globe -- from South Africa to Latin America and Asia.

Economy to get a boost from m-banking: Atiur

Bangladesh Bank (BB) believes the newly launched mobile phone banking will have a tremendous impact on the society in terms of delivering fastest and reliable services and bringing millions of unbanked people into the banking network.

Japan quake's economic impact worse than first feared

The economic damage from Japan's massive earthquake and tsunami last month is likely to be worse than first thought as power shortages curtail factory output and disrupt supply chains, the country's economics minister warned on Tuesday.

IEA warns oil price rally may lead to global slowdown

Sky-high oil prices are beginning to dent oil demand growth, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday, adding prices could ultimately moderate through a global economic slowdown.

Indian IT firms set for robust outlook as tech spending rises

India's top three technology firms are likely to post strong quarterly profit and indicate robust revenue growth for the year ending March 2012 as overseas clients boost technology spending in an improving global economy.

Microsoft launches new assault on business apps

Microsoft Corp is making its strongest push yet into the steadily growing business software market in the hope that it can create another multibillion-dollar business.

World's major emerging powers to meet in China

The world's major emerging powers -- Brazil, Russia, India and China -- welcome South Africa into their fold this week at a summit in China that will seek to give developing nations greater global clout.

Asian shares off as Japan aftershocks renew fears

Asian shares fell Tuesday after strong aftershocks in Japan following last month's devastating quake-tsunami stoked fresh concerns over the nuclear crisis, while the yen also surged.

Metropolitan

Food minister defends rice import at high prices

Food Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday defended import of rice at high prices, saying ensuring food availability is the government's top priority, especially when rice prices are high in the domestic market.

'Protesters' activities anti-Islamic'

Leaders of Gausul Azam Maizbhandari Parishad yesterday blasted Islami Ain Bastabayan Committee (IABC) for creating anarchic situation in the country on April 4 in the name of protesting the women development policy.

PM okays amendment to constitution, says Suranjit

A day after the meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Suranjit Sengupta, co-chair of the parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment, yesterday said the PM has given the go-ahead in amending the constitution.

276 wait at Tunisia

No Bangladesh nationals from Libya afresh entered Tunisia or Egypt on Monday, but many families contacted the foreign ministry seeking advice to return back home.

Security tightened in Ctg on Pahela Baishakh

Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) has taken additional security measures on the eve of Pahela Baishakh, the first day Bangla New Year and the national festival of Bangalees, to be celebrated across the country tomorrow.

Six killed in Road accidents

At least six people were killed and one was injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Chittagong, Jhenidah and Natore yesterday.

Directive to college teachers

The education ministry yesterday issued an official directive asking the teachers of government and non-government colleges to remain present at the institutions regularly.

Girl electrocuted

A minor girl was electrocuted as a high voltage electric wire tore down on her during a fire that burned down a crab-processing factory in the city's Uttara last night.

Share best practices to root out crimes

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday called for sharing of best practices and mutual cooperation amongst developing and developed countries to root out corruption and related trans-boundary crimes.

Bodies of Bangladeshi peacekeepers arrive today

Bodies of the two Bangladeshis, who died along with 24 other fellow UN peacekeepers in a plane crash on April 4 in Congo, arrive home today.

Religious bigotry barrier to dev

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged new graduates to fight against social superstitions and religious bigotry terming these major barriers to the country's development.

Water festival celebrated

The people of Rakhain community here yesterday for the first time observed their “Jalkeli Utshab” (Water Festival) in the port city with much enthusiasm on the occasion of “Chaitra Sankranti.”

Six killed in Khulna road accident

At least six people were killed and 30 others injured as a bus collided head-on with a truck at Dumuria upazila in Khulna yesterday.

Obama, Hillary greet Bangalees

US President Barak Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have greeted the Bengali speaking people around the world on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh.

US embassy closed tomorrow

The American Embassy, including consular section and the American Center with the Archer K Blood American Center Library and the student advising center will remain closed on Thursday on the occasion of Bengali New Year's Day, a Bangladesh national holiday, says a press release.

Exhibition on CU wildlife held

A daylong photo exhibition of wild animals and birds was held at Buddhijibi Chattar (intellectuals' premises) of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday.

Indian citizen killed in BSF firing

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed an Indian national inside Bangladeshi territory at Char Sonaikandi frontier under Poba upazila in Rajshahi yesterday.

Protest against women policy

Islami Andolon Bangladesh (IAB) held a rally at Muktangon yesterday demanding cancellation of the Women Policy terming it as “anti-Quran” policy and in protest of "attempts to ban fatwa."

Moulana Azmee remembered

Gano Forum presidium member Pankaj Bhattacharjee said Bangladesh needs more dedicated leaders like Maulana Azmee.

Nat'l body on coal policy soon

The government will form a national committee to reach consensus on coal extraction method to expedite the process of using the country's coal resources commercially.

CU Baishakh programmes

Chittagong University (CU) authority has outlined different cultural programmes to celebrate Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year1418, tomorrow.

National

3-day colourful Boisabi festival starts in CHT

The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region is pulsating with life as the indigenous people of Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari hill districts started their three-day-long 'Boisabi' festival yesterday.

Sindurmoti Mela held in Lalmonirhat

Traditional Sindurmoti Mela (fair) was held at Panchogram under Sadar upazila yesterday.

20 mutineers sentenced to jail in C'nawabganj

Twenty jawans of 39 Battalion of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were yesterday sentenced to prison terms ranging from six months to six years for their involvement in the February 2009 mutiny at the battalion headquarters in Chapainawabganj.

Mazar committee men besiege law enforcers

A police team was surrounded by the supporters of Shariful Islam Jinnah, a member of Mahasthangarh Mazar Development Committee, when the law enforcers went there on Monday to stop construction of structures at the reserved archaeological site in violation of a recent High Court order.

Kushtia teacher held on charge of torturing domestic help

Police arrested a lecturer of Physics at Kushtia Government Girls' College on charge of torturing a 6-year-old domestic help on Monday night.

Swindlers decamp with Tk 1cr of fortune seekers

Officials of a fake firm have gone into hiding after embezzling about Tk one crore from 27 young men in the name of sending them to the UK with work permit.

Charak Puja begins today in Pabna

The three-day-long traditional Charak Puja of the Hindu community will start with enthusiasm and festivity at 'Bothor' village in Chatmohar upazila today.

3 commit 'suicide' in Satkhira

Three people including a newly married youth and a teenage boy allegedly committed suicide in the district yesterday morning and the previous night.

Cocktail, bomb making materials found at Ruet

Police recovered a cocktail and cocktail making materials from a lonely corner of Shaheed Selim Hall of Rajshahi University of Engineering Technology (Ruet)yesterday.

International

Ouattara urges peace, vows justice, security

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara yesterday faced the challenge of healing a divided nation, vowing justice, reconciliation and security after his forces captured rival Laurent Gbagbo.

Britain, France urge Nato to boost up Libya effort

Nato came under pressure to drop more bombs on the strongman's forces while an African Union peace plan for Libya was in tatters yesterday after rebels stuck to their demand that of Muammar Gaddafi's departure step.

Pakistan asks US 'to restrict CIA activities'

Pakistan has asked the US to reduce the number of CIA agents in the country and to limit drone strikes along the Afghan border, US media reports say.

'Unusual' memorial stamps that part Wills and Kate

"Unusual" royal wedding stamps which raised eyebrows around the world by splitting Prince William from his bride-to-be Kate Middleton is only a collection item and there is nothing evil implicated in it, said The Pacific nation of Niue yesterday.

Winklevoss twins lose Facebook appeal

A US appeals court ruled on Monday that Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss can't back out of the settlement deal they made in a lawsuit charging that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook.

Palestinian Authority ready to govern: UN

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is now largely ready to govern a state, the office of the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process said in a report yesterday.

Gbagbo aide accuses France of 'coup'

A spokesman for ousted Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo yesterday accused French special forces of carrying out a coup in its former colony on behalf of his rival Alassane Ouattara.

Two Koreas hold talks on volcanic threat

South and North Korea held more talks yesterday about a potential volcanic threat from the peninsula's highest mountain, in a rare example of cooperation after months of confrontation.

Emergency rule to stay in Thai-south

Thailand yesterday extended emergency rule in most of its violence-plagued deep south for three more months, a government spokesman said.

'Dozens injured' in Syrian city

Dozens of people have been injured in clashes with security forces in the Syrian port of Baniyas, where 13 people were killed on Saturday, residents say.

Idea of Gaddafi's ouster for peace 'ridiculous'

Libyan rebels rejected an African Union initiative for a truce accepted by Muammar Gaddafi, and said the only solution was the strongman's ouster, an idea his son called "ridiculous."

Egypt's Mubarak hospitalised

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was hospitalised in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh yesterday, two days after he was summoned for questioning by prosecutors, security sources told AFP.

More Mexico mass graves found

The number of bodies found in mass graves in north-eastern Mexico over the past week has risen to 88, after 16 more corpses were discovered.

France issues first fine for woman in Islamic veil

French police say they have issued their first penalty to a woman for covering her face with an Islamic veil.

Arts & Entertainment

Bengali Heritage & Pahela Baishakh

Following the Bengali calendar when the Pahela Baisakh comes and we step into a New Year, we try to search our souls with a view to rediscovering our cultural heritage originating from this deltaic land mingled with the Bengali ethnicity. On this day, most Bengalis, especially those from the middle class, are engrossed in nostalgia, appreciating the glorious past of our nationhood.

Ringing in the New Year

The denizens of Barisal city are gearing up to enjoy colourful programmes for 'Chaitra Sangkranti' and 'Pahela Baishakh' to bid farewell to 1417 and welcome the Bangla New Year 1418 on April 13 and 14.

Astami Mela in Mymensingh

Marking the ritual of 'astami snan' (holy dip), a mela (fair) was held at Durgabari and Swadeshi Bazar area in the town on April 11. Fairs were also held at different parts of the district, including Sadar uapzila.

Call for National Recognition of Poet Sheikh Fazlul Karim

Everyone knows the lines "Kothaye Shorgo, Kothaye Norok, Ke Boley Ta Bohudur/ Manusher Majhey Shorgo Norok, Manusetey Shurashur", but many don't know the poet who penned them. Poet Sheikh Fazlul Karim wrote the verses.

Special play by Humayun Ahmed

"Shopno Ebong Shopno Bhongo", a single-episode play written by Humayun Ahmed and directed by his wife Meher Afroze Shaon will be aired on Pahela Baishakh on Channel i at 7:50pm.

Food for Thought

A 15-day book fair to celebrate the 40th Independence Day of the country ended recently with a cultural programme and discussion, among other events.

OP-ED

Of bauls, of things Mephistophelean

Dread-ful things are happening in the country. And if they keep happening, it will be our heritage, our cultural traditions that will eventually mingle with the dust. It is no laughing matter when twenty eight bauls, followers of the venerable Lalon, are put to public humiliation on the orders of a half-baked cleric in Pangsha of Rajbari. Their beards and hair and moustaches were clipped or shaved off on the orders of a fanatic on the wild charge that these worshippers of divinity were apostates, were indeed Hindus and therefore needed to be brought back to the 'right path.' You wonder where all this audacity in these zealots springs from. More seriously, it is this audacity that sends tremors going all across and over your sensibilities, this black courage that not even the government appears to be able to put down with a firm hand.

Training public servants: Malaysian model

The profile of today's public service is significantly different from what it was only a decade back. The governments of developing countries are therefore crafting training approaches matched with the market demand. Demand for good governance, need for coping with ever-changing technology, irresistible impact of globalisation and persistent pressure of the market economy necessitate an overhaul of the public service training system.

Civilian rule in Myanmar: Prospects for us

Myanmar state television made an unscheduled announcement, on March 30, signed by Senior General Than Shwe, approving a new president and 30 ministers for five-year terms.

Removing illiteracy by 2014

It has been constantly repeated by the government that the country will be freed from illiteracy by 2014. Authorities forget that there are 10 crore illiterates in the country, and the number is increasing every year because of poor population control programmes. Unless it is "Kun Faya Kun" it may take 100 years to educate 10 crore illiterates.



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