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Steps taken not to follow through

At least 10 steps taken by the government in the last two and a half years to improve the capital's traffic situation and road safety had fizzled out within a few days.

EC wary of politics

The country might face another political turmoil before the next parliamentary elections if the culture of confrontation politics does not stop, observed the Election Commission (EC).

Rajapaksa calls for strong political ties

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said his country wants “strong political relations” with Bangladesh.

Country rating stable

Moody's Investors Service, a US-based credit rating agency, has rated Bangladesh Ba3, the third non-investment grade rating, for the second consecutive year and termed the country's outlook stable.

BSF kills 1 in Satkhira

A cattle trader was killed and another injured when Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire on them early yesterday near Gazipur border in Satkhira.

Tk 50,000 for each

The government will provide around Tk 50,000 to each of the migrant workers who returned home from Libya amid political violence in the North African country.

Delhi offers talks

India has proposed talks with Bangladesh to fix a "reasonable" rate of transit fees for the proposed use of roads and railways, and the two sea ports of Bangladesh for transportation of goods, official sources in Dhaka said.

Help make probe report public

A rights organisation filed a writ petition with the High Court yesterday seeking its directive upon the government to publish the probe report on stockmarket debacle within two days.

Soft loan on offer

Expatriates' Welfare Bank is set to begin its journey tomorrow aiming to provide low interest loan to overseas job seekers and help them invest in businesses after returning home.

Victims wait for relief

The 40 families, whose houses were burnt during Sunday's clashes between indigenous people and Bangalee settlers, are passing days under the open sky as the local administration could not provide them shelter.

Fakhruddin, Moeen asked again to testify

The chief adviser of the last caretaker government and the then army chief have been asked again to testify before the parliamentary committee probing atrocities against Dhaka University students and teachers in August, 2007.

AL man killed over tender

An Awami League activist was killed in a fierce clash between two groups of AL men over submission of a tender in Shailkupa yesterday.

Chinese company cutting Ctg hills

A team of the Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday in a drive seized five trucks, a pump machine and an excavator of a Chinese company and arrested one person for cutting hills and destroying the ecosystem in Sonapahar area of Zorarganj under Mirsarai upazila of Chittagong.

Rezzaqul, Rahim on remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed two former directors general of National Security Intelligence (NSI) on remand for four days in connection with the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004.

Special body sits today

The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment sits for an emergency meeting today to finalise the mode of the national dialogue with political parties and legal experts on prospective changes to the country's charter.

Body formed to probe OMS rice hoarding

The government yesterday formed a two-member committee to investigate the hoarding of open market sales (OMS) rice that had been recovered from the city's Karwan Bazar.

Military helicopter crashes in Darfur

A Sudanese army helicopter crashed yesterday at El-Fasher airport in North Darfur, killing all five people on board, the army spokesman said, in the second accident of its kind in less than a week.

Gazans fire rocket at Israel

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit open ground in southern Israel yesterday, hours before the start of the Jewish Passover holiday, police said.

Most Japan voters want new PM

Most Japanese want a new prime minister to lead rebuilding after last month's earthquake and tsunami, newspaper polls showed yesterday, as the head of government was again scolded in parliament for his handling of the nuclear crisis that followed.


Celebrating Mujib Nagar Day

There are a few events, and a few days, in a nation's history that wield the utmost influence not only in shaping the course of current developments but sets the path for future course of events. 17th April is such a seminal event in the history of Bangladesh whose significance it appears the nation is gradually becoming oblivious of. It only demonstrates the collective lack of understanding of historical events, and sometimes it is perhaps intentional, and sometimes it stems from an indifference to the past. And on both counts the nation is the loser.

Tension in the CHT

In spite of the more than decade long existence of the CHT Peace Accord, one very pivotal area of discord remains festering to this day. This has to do with land disputes. These sometimes take on a violent form. It was evidenced on Sunday by a string of clashes between Bengalees and Adivashis in Ramgarh and Manikchhari in the CHT. The trouble originated in the ploughing of a disputed land by some settlers who claimed to have been using the plot for a long time. Then it spread out.


Abahani stunned by Farashganj

Star-studded Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club eased past Brothers Union 2-0 to make it into the semifinals of the Independence Cup football tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Long day ahead for Rajshahi

Rajshahi fought back on the third day of their second phase National Cricket League match against Sylhet at the Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium yesterday.

D-day for Rafiqul

The Rafiqul Alam-led national selection committee will be on tenterhooks today as a meeting of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) directors will decide their future.

Academy four wickets away from defeat

The GP-BCB National Cricket Academy are lurching towards a massive innings defeat after yet another poor batting performance yesterday, the penultimate day of their four-day game against South Africa Cricket Academy at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium.

National athletics starts today

The 36th National Athletics Championship starts today at the Banagbandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. Some 325 male athletes and 125 female athletes from various services and sports organisation teams are taking part in the two-day meet.

Bangladesh to host AFC U-19 qualifiers

Bangladesh will be hosting the qualifiers of the AFC Under-19 Championship 2012 in October-November this year after Asian Football Confederation gave their consent to the Bangladesh Football Federation for hosting the event.

Penalty drama at the end

Arsene Wenger's hopes of guiding Arsenal to the Premier League title are in tatters after Dirk Kuyt's last-gasp penalty earned a dramatic 1-1 draw for Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Bale scoops PFA award

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale capped a memorable season on Sunday evening when he was named the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Player of the Year.

Bayern close in on Neuer

Bayern Munich executives on Monday gave the strongest hints yet that Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will soon be moving from Schalke O4 to the Bundesliga giants.

Stoke storm into final

Stoke City stormed into their first ever FA Cup final after a first-half goal spree inspired a 5-0 win against Bolton in Sunday's semifinal at Wembley.

Leaner, younger, fitter

Australian cricket great Shane Warne has denied claims he used Botox or had a facelift, saying his youthful look was to do with moisturisers, healthy eating and exercise.

Dilshan new SL skipper

Sri Lanka's cricket authorities on Monday named big-hitting all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan as captain for the upcoming tour of England.

Kolkata keep winning

Kolkata Knight Riders cantered to their third back-to-back win to shoot atop the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table with a clinical eight-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals here Sunday.

A team's 1st one-dayer today

Bangladesh A will take on their South African counterparts today at Buffalo Park in East London in the first game of the five-match one-day series.

Alexander no more

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Sunday paid tribute to former captain and wicketkeeper Franz Copeland Murray 'Gerry' Alexander, who died on Saturday at the age of 82.

Cash reward for Davis Cuppers

Bangladesh Tennis Federation (BTF) has awarded Tk 25,000 each for the successful players of the Bangladesh team who recently got promoted to Level 3 of the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group. Amol Roy, Ranjan Ram, and Shibu Lal are the members of the victorious team.

Intikhab's advice to youngsters

Pakistan's tour of West Indies is an opportunity for youngsters in the squad to establish their careers, team manager Intikhab Alam has said. While Pakistan have it in them to be successful on the tour, discipline, he said, will be key.

Jose to make Inter return?

Jose Mourinho's decision to register his two children at the schools they attended while he was coaching Inter Milan sparked frenzied media speculation that he is planning to return.


SEC approves Tk 5,000cr fund

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday approved a trust deed and investment management agreements on the Tk 5,000 crore Bangladesh Fund designed to prop up the volatile stockmarket.

Moody's hails microlenders

Moody's Investors Services, a US-based rating and research agency, has hailed microfinance institutions (MFIs) of Bangladesh for helping the country set up a sound social safety net.

Bangladesh garment going high-end

With an increased number of orders from international buyers, Bangladesh is graduating from basic garment production to high-end products. The manufacturers are taking orders from the renowned fashion brands worldwide, industry insiders said.

GP holds AGM today

The country's largest mobile phone operator Grameenphone (GP) holds its 14th annual general meeting today at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.

BB chief expects lending rate to come down by July

Lending rates by banks are expected to come down by June-July once the import of capital goods and food grains cools down, said Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman in New Delhi yesterday.

Migrant workers' rights come to limelight

A regional forum yesterday blamed the governments of migrant worker sending countries for their failure to respond quickly to ensuring safety of their citizens at times of crisis at host countries.

Stocks continue losing streak

Stocks declined after a morning rise yesterday. The downslide continued for a second day as investors feared that the government might eventually fail to take action against market manipulators.

US trade representative due today

Assistant US Trade Representative for South Asia Michael J Delaney arrives in Dhaka today for a two-day visit to meet government officials, business leaders, and labor organisations, a US embassy announcement said.

New chairman for Premier Leasing

ASM Feroz Alam has recently been elected chairman of Premier Leasing Securities Ltd.

Ericsson vows to bring changes in life

Tech giant Ericsson aims to deliver solutions that can bring an incremental and transformative change to people's daily life, the company said in its annual CSR report released yesterday.

China's traders cash in on royal wedding

Chinese jewellery factory owner Zhou Mingwang sums up the global appeal of this month's British royal wedding with one line: "It's a love story."

US vs China: whose century is it?

Continued from yesterday

Small capital, big dreams

Starting a business with just Tk 2,000 might sound absurd to many. But Nasrin Hossain has proved that small capital is no problem in making one's dream come true and be self-dependent.

Bed, cushion linings find a niche in market

Nasima Haque had the entrepreneurial spirit in her right from the start. She was always on the lookout for new and innovative ways of starting something new.

China growth sizzles, inflation bubbles

China's turbo-charged growth eased just a touch in the first quarter, while its inflation jumped to a 32-month high, putting pressure on the government to do more to rein in prices and keep the economy on an even keel.

Emerging market inflows seen strong after IMF meet

Yield-hungry investors pouring money into emerging markets and shunning the dollar will not be deterred by a warning from finance leaders at the weekend about the danger of inflation in the developing world.

Japan's auto parts makers struggle after disaster

In the days after Japan's earthquake and tsunami, Masahiko Horio knew he had to get his factory back online quickly.

Opec worried by patchy global recovery

High oil prices represent a potentially major burden for importers with global economic recovery still fragile, leading Opec ministers said on Monday.

Tata to invest up to $27b over 5 years

India's giant Tata Group has said it will invest almost $30 billion mainly in the domestic market over the next five years as it seeks to double revenues to $150 billion.

Asian shares mixed

Asian stocks were mixed in choppy trade Monday but Tokyo fell amid caution ahead of the corporate reporting season and after news that Japan's nuclear crisis could drag on for up to nine months.

Synthes confirms takeover talks with J & J

Swiss medical technology group Synthes said Monday it is in takeover talks with US healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson, after media reports of a possible deal worth around $20 billion (14 billion euros).

Citi earnings drop 32pc in Q1

US banking giant Citigroup reported Monday first-quarter earnings plunged 32 percent from a year earlier, but stressed its fundamental capital strength had improved over the year.


Rapist killer Taleb arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Abu Taleb who raped and allegedly killed a student of class eight setting her on fire after she became pregnant for seven months from the capital's Rampura yesterday.

Fish traders murdered

Two people were arrested yesterday in connection with the murder of two fish traders in Hamidchar under Chandgaon Police Station in Chittagong.

Challenged people deprived of jobs despite quota

Speakers at a discussion yesterday expressed concern that people with disabilities are being deprived of jobs as 10 percent reserved quota for them in government jobs is not utilised accordingly.

Rajapaksa's visit to strengthen ties

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa would infuse new dynamism into the bilateral process and lead to further deepening and strengthening of ties between the two countries.

Dipu Moni for financial security of migrants

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday underscored the need for an evacuation framework with institutionalised response for migrants during any emergency situation.

Warm reception to Sri Lankan president

President Zillur Rahman warmly received Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here yesterday afternoon as he began a three-day state visit to Bangladesh amid red carpet welcome.

PM's intervention sought in saving Prabartak Sangha, Hill

Speakers at a press conference sought the prime minister's intervention in saving one of the country's oldest philanthropic institution Prabartak Sangha and Prabartak Hill, already recognised as the country's heritage, from land grabbers.

Amini's comments tantamount to treason

Leading members of civil society blasted controversial leader of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) Fazlul Haque Amini yesterday for his “audacious” comments about the Women Development Policy.

Road crashes kill 2 in Munshiganj

Locals blocked the Dhaka-Mawa Highway for over four hours yesterday following a road accident at Srinagar that killed two people and injured four.

Local firm appointed to salvage sunken Korean ship

A local firm has been appointed yesterday to salvage the North Korean ship MV Hyang Ro Bong that sank in the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port on April 6 after colliding with another ship.

Swami Akkharananda passes away

Principal of Dhaka Ramkrishna Mission Swami Akkharananda died of old age complications in a city hospital yesterday. He was 83.

Concern over clashes in Khagrachhari

Different organisations yesterday expressed concern over Sunday's clash between Bangalees and indigenous community people in Ramgarh upazilla of Khagrachhari district.

Implement Women Dev Policy

Karmojibi Nari, an organisation of women workers, demanded immediate implementation of National Women Development Policy 2011 to enable women to realise their rights.

Resolve power, gas crises or quit power: BNP

BNP central leaders yesterday urged the government to immediately resolve the acute crisis of electricity and gas or else quit power for mid-term elections.

Six killed, 22 injured in road accidents

Six people were killed and 22 others injured in road accidents in Munsiganj, Mymensingh, Chittagong and Joypurhat on Sunday night and yesterday.

2 commit suicide

A female NGO activist allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in the city's Kathalbagan yesterday.

Rangpur court summons Inu

A Rangpur court yesterday summoned Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Haque Inu to appear before it by July 24 in a case filed against his derogatory remarks about late president Ziaur Rahman.

Trial in graft case resumes

The trial in the MiG-29 purchase graft case resumed yesterday at a Dhaka court with the deposition of complainant, Abdullah Al Zahid, deputy director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Company employee found dead in Uttara office

Police recovered the body of an employee of a real estate development company from the company's office at Sector-4 of Uttara yesterday.

Question papers served late in HSC exams

The guardians here yesterday demanded compensation against the time loss caused by late distribution of HSC exam question papers to the students at Hazi Mohammad Mohsin College centre in the port city on Sunday.

Syed Bazle Hossain

Syed Bazle Hossain, former managing director of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) passed away yesterday at the age of 77.

BCS Info Assoc team meets Azad

A delegation of BCS Information Association called on Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad at his office in the city yesterday.

Punishment to culprits demanded

Udichi Shilpi Gosthi of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to culprits who assaulted bauls (mystic devotees) at Char Ramnagar village in Pangsha upazila of Rajbari district on April 6.

NU Masters exam May 3

Masters Final Year Examination-2008 under the National University will be held on May 3 instead of April 27.

14 Korean volunteers in city to train local people

A fourteen-member team of Korea Overseas Volunteers (KOVs) arrived here on Sunday to provide training to local people on architecture, machinery, welding, electricity, computing and Korean language education for two years.

CPB condemns anarchy by bigots

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) strongly condemned the “disarray” created by communal and fundamentalist quarters in the country over National Women Development Policy 2011.

Maleka gets Ananya Purashkar

Noted essay writer and researcher Maleka Begum has won Ananya Sahitya Purashkar-1418.

Five held for saving molester

Police arrested five people from Basupara in the city's Darussalam area last night for holding an arbitration to protect a man who allegedly molested a minor girl.

Japan assures $400m loan for Padma Bridge

Japan will keep the promise to provide a loan of US $400 million for Padma River Bridge in Bangladesh, said a senior Japanese official yesterday.

BNP vows to block change

Leaders of the main opposition BNP yesterday said they would not let the government legitimise its move to amend the country's constitution.


Barisal University gets VC, starts classes this year

Classes of Barisal University (BU), the only general public university to be set up in Barisal division, will start from the next academic session after admission of students following publication of results of the ongoing HSC examinations.

Punish law enforcers who maimed Limon

People of Noikathi and Saturia unions under Rajapur upazila of Jhalakathi district organised a human chain and rally yesterday demanding arrest and punishment of the culprits who shot and maimed HSC examinee Limon Hossain on March 23.

166 parrots seized, bird trader jailed

A bird trader held with wild birds was sentenced to jail for six months in Sadar upazila on Sunday night.

Show cause notices served on 11 Ruet students

The authorities of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) yesterday issued show cause notices to 11 students of the university on charges of vandalising and setting fire to Agrani School and College (ASC) during a clash between the students of Ruet and ASC on February 23.

Engr sued for corruption

A corruption case was filed against Executive Engineer of Rangpur Water Development Board (WDB) Shahidul Islam on Sunday.

395 sacks of OMS rice seized from 3 districts

Law enforcers seized 395 sacks of rice meant for Open Market Sale (OMS) from Bagerhat, Brahmanbaria and Laxmipur yesterday and the day before.

One killed, 8 hurt in clash over land

A boy was killed and eight others were injured in a clash between two families over a disputed land at Niz-Hogla village under Purbadhala upazila yesterday.

BNP factions clash in Bogra, 6 hurt

At least six BNP activists were injured in a factional clash over forming ward committees at Mazira Bandar in Shajahanpur upazila Sunday noon.

Female schoolteacher abducted in Tangail

A gang of criminals on Sunday abducted a female teacher of a primary school at Ghatail upazila.

Rapist jailed for 14 years

A court here yesterday sentenced a man to 14 years' imprisonment for raping a schoolgirl after abducting her in Biral upazila about six years ago, court sources said.

Drug peddler arrested

Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday arrested a drug peddler with 10 yaba tablets at a mess in Dhulerchar area in the district town.

Storm lashes Sherpur, one killed, 3 hurt

A woman was killed during a storm that lashed Haldibata village under Jhinaigati upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.

Two commit suicide

A girl and a housewife committed suicide here yesterday and the day after. The victims were identified as Kakoli Bala Mondal, 11, daughter of Meghnath Mondal of Khajra village in Assassuni upazila and Rehana Begum, 36, wife of Abdur Rashid Sheikh of Ziala village in Tala upazila. Quoting locals police said, following a family feud, Kakoli took poison at her house at about 6:00 am yesterday. Locals took her to a local clinic where the doctor on duty declared her dead. In the other incident, Rehana, mother of three children, took poison at her house at about 10:00 am on the day after following a family feud. She died on way to Tala upazila health complex. Police recovered the bodies and sent those to Satkhira morgue for autopsy.

Stalker jailed for 6 months

A mobile court here yesterday sentenced a young man to six months' imprisonment for stalking a schoolgirl. The convict, Sohan Hossain, 28, is son of Sahabuddin Ali of Kumarkhali upazila. Court and victim's family sources said, Sohan had been stalking Jhumi Khatun, a student of class six of Kumarkhali Girls' High school for a long time. Sohan was stalking the girl on her way home from a Boisakhali fair at Kumarkhali bazaar at about 4:30 pm on Saturday. Her mother filed a case with Kumarkhali police station on the same night. Accordingly, police arrested Sohan and produced him before a court yesterday. After examining records, the upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Kumarkhali, Manikhar Rahman pronounced the verdict in the afternoon.

Four brick kilns fined

A mobile court, in a drive conducted here on Sunday, fined four brick kiln owners Tk 1.50 lakh for violating official rules of burning bricks. Brick kiln owners Tipu Molla, Aiyub Biswas and Ahsan Molla were fined Tk 40,000 each while Shaheb Ali was fined Tk 30,000 for manufacturing bricks without license and using firewood in the kiln. If they fail to pay the fine then they will have to suffer six months' imprisonment. The court also ordered to shut down the brick kilns. The mobile court led by executive magistrate and upazila nirbahi officer M Mokhlesur Rahman conducted the drive in Paturia area of Sadar upazila.

Fugitive killer held

Police here yesterday arrested a fugitive convict who was awarded death sentence for abducting and killing a child in 2003. Acting on a tip-off, Mirzapur police arrested Mohammad Bakul from Jirani in Savar area. Contacted, the officer-in-charge (OC) of the respective police station, Habibullah Sarkar said Bakul, son of Mofiz Uddin of Trimohini village, Mirzapur, abducted seven-year-old Mamun from the same village on December 12, 2003. Later, he strangled him after failing to realise ransom money from the victim's parents. Police recovered Mamun's body from Bakul's bedroom. Victim's uncle Anwar Hossain filed a case with Mirzapur police station in this regard. Later, a Speedy Trial Tribunal in Dhaka delivered the death sentence to Bakul in absentia.


High levels of radiation detected at Japan reactors

Remote-controlled robots are being used at the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant to measure radiation levels.

Libyan forces shell Misrata

Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi bombarded Misrata with rockets and artillery yesterday and pounded the insurgents' eastern frontline outpost of Ajdabiyah, rebels said.

Yemen tense as calls on Saleh to quit grow

Tension simmered in Yemen yesterday after a fruitless meeting with Gulf mediators and late night demonstrations turned violent in Sanaa.

Marxists face vote for survival in W Bengal

The Indian state of West Bengal went to the polls yesterday in a vote that looked set to end three decades of uninterrupted rule by the world's oldest democratically elected communist government.

Fresh protests rattle Syria as death toll mounts

Fresh protests shook Syria yesterday as thousands took to the streets a day after 11 people were killed by security forces as the clamour for an end to martial law billowed, activists said.

US secretly backed Syrian opposition

The State Department has secretly funded Syrian opposition groups, according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, The Washington Post reported yesterday.

UN chief calls for ceasefire in Libya

UN chief Ban Ki-moon yesterday called for an immediate ceasefire and a political solution to the conflict in Libya and said the United Nations would open a humanitarian mission in Tripoli.

Car bombs kill 9 in Baghdad

Suicide bombers detonated two explosives-packed cars yesterday outside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, killing at least nine people and wounding 23, officials said.

Kabul attack on defence ministry kills two

Suspected Taliban militants shot dead two soldiers and injured seven others yesterday in an audacious attack inside the Afghan defence ministry which the militia said was aimed at France's defence minister.

Russia's president calls for drug testing in schools

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday called for drug testing in schools, warning that narcotics abuse was now such a major problem that it was weighing down the economy.

Protests in Nigeria over Jonathan's poll win

Security forces deployed on the streets of Nigeria's northern cities yesterday to try to contain protests by youths angered at results showing President Goodluck Jonathan won the presidential election.

Sri Lankan Tamil party hails UN war crimes report

Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party yesterday hailed a leaked UN report which called for an international war crimes probe into the island's political and military leadership.

Dubai hosts anti-piracy conference

A conference to tackle maritime piracy has opened in Dubai as attacks hit record numbers despite international naval efforts to stem the activity.

Arts & Entertainment

Promoting Rural Craftsmanship

On the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BCSIC) arranges a fair every year. The fair has no particular assigned venue; this year it is being held at the Bangla Academy premises in Dhaka.

Nobo Gaane
Nobo Praane

As a part of the 'Rediscovering Tagore' Festival, celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, a talent hunt, titled "Nobo Gaane Nobo Praane" is now being aired on Channel i. This music show, conceptualised and created by British Council (with Grameenphone as the principle partner), is a step towards introducing Tagore and his compositions in a new light to the younger generation. Apart from this TV show, the ‘Rediscovering Tagore’ festival also includes a creative writing workshop showcase, a poetry competition (in association with The Daily Star), a dance drama and a fashion show. The Daily Star is the communication partner of the festival.

Parvathy Baul: Meditation in Motion

At a recent concert in New Delhi, Parvathy Baul sang and danced with the minimal folk instruments -- ektara, duggi (a clay drum) and nupur (anklets). Though Bangladesh and West Bengal are well acquainted with Bauls like Parvathy, her performance in New Delhi left the audience somewhat mystified. While droves of people were seen leaving the auditorium, Parvathy managed to keep the rest in thrall despite the language barrier.

Manoj Murali and Santanu Bandopadhyay to perform at IGCC

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC), High Commission of India, Dhaka is holding a musical soiree featuring Rabindra Sangeet by Manoj Murali Nair and Hindustani classical vocal music by Santanu Bandopadhyay today at 6:30pm. The programme will be held at IGCC in Gulshan.

A Tradition Losing Popularity

A bull-fight held by the Brahmaputra river near Mymensingh town on April 16 created much excitement among the huge audience. Barsho Boron Udjapon Parshad organised the programme.


The enlightened editors

Editors from twelve dailies of India, Pakistan and Nepal were in Dhaka last week to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of The Daily Star. As a part of the Editorial team of this daily, I had the opportunity to attend a discussion meeting with the guests at the Daily Star office. I actually looked forward to this deliberation.

Proposed civil service law

The government has asked for opinions and suggestions of the stakeholders and the people on the draft civil service law posted on the websites of the establishment ministry, cabinet division and deputy commissioners on March 31. This will enable the people to participate in the decision-making process on issues of national importance.

Veil ban: The unveiling of France's bigotry

Monday, April 11, 2011, will be marked as a black day for the land of the so-called free. Two veiled Muslim ladies were arrested based on a draconian law banning such veils in public places in France.

Fooling all the people all the time

American president Abraham Lincoln said the immortal words: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time."

Remembering the Chernobyl nuclear accident

The accident could have served as a wake-up call to the whole of humanity. On April 26, 1986, disaster struck at the fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear complex in Ukraine in the former Soviet Union.

Science & Life

Homing in on dark matter

Dark matter, the mysterious substance that may account for nearly 25 percent of the universe, has so far evaded direct observation. But researchers from UCLA, Columbia University and other institutions participating in the international XENON collaboration say they are now closer than ever before.

Tale of another Jurassic monster

Paleontologists, have very recently unearthed a new species of gigantic therapod dinosaur in China. Based on the fossilized remains of the skull and jaw bones, it is presumed to be one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs ever to be found. It might be the long lost relative of the legendary predator, the mighty T-Rex. Details of the research, which have been published online in the 1st April edition of the scientific journal Cretaceous Research, testimonies that the ancient creature has been named "Zhuchengtyrannus magnus", meaning the “Great Tyrant from Zhucheng”, chiefly because the bones were found in the city of Zhucheng, in eastern China's Shandong province. It is this very site that holds one of the largest concentrations of dinosaur bones in the whole world. According to Paleontologists, this is because this very area was a large flood plain where many dinosaur bodies were washed together during floods which eventually started the process of fossilization of their remains. Given the fact that only portions of the skull and jaw bones (so far) have been recovered, the team of researchers was successful in estimating the size of the ancient beast. Measuring about 11 meters long (36 feet), 4 meters tall (13 feet) and weighing about 6 tones (13,000 pounds, equivalent to that of a school bus), Zhuchengtyrannus magnus (Z. Mag from now on) belongs to the group of gigantic theropods called tyrannosaurines, the Jurassic creature which roamed N. America and Eastern Asia during the late Cretaceous period that lasted from 99 to 65 million years ago. They were especially known for their small arms, two-fingered hands and large powerful jaws that could deliver brutally powerful and bone-crushing bites.

Cuckoos mimic hawks!

A study has shown that reed warblers - a cuckoo host species - are less likely to attack more "hawk-like" cuckoos.

The coming of a genius

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

Eerie Antarctic lake

In the eerie bluish-purple depths of an Antarctic lake, scientists have discovered otherworldly mounds that tell tales of the planet's early days.

Rock-eyed sea creature

A tiny sea mollusk uses eyes made of a calcium carbonate crystal to spot predators lurking above, researchers say of the first such rocky lenses found in the animal kingdom.

What is a time capsule?

A time capsule is a cache of goods / information created to serve as a mode of communication with people in the future. These may include archaeologists, anthropologists or historians. The capsules are sometimes buried at sites where events are held. The term has been used since about 1939. There are two types of capsules: intentional and unintentional. Intentional time capsules are placed somewhere deliberately, to be accessed at a particular future date. Unintentional capsules are usually archaeological in nature.

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