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82pc pass SSC

With 82.16 percent success rate and more students achieving the highest grade, this year's results of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations have broken all records.

CNG price up by 50pc

The price of compressed natural gas (CNG) has been raised by about 50 percent, a week after a hike in the prices of other fuel oil like diesel and octane.

Prof Yunus resigns

Prof Muhammad Yunus has stepped down as the managing director of Grameen Bank in order to prevent undue disruption in the activities of the microfinance institution, the Nobel laureate said yesterday.

Mega power deals signed with Summit

The government yesterday inked three mega power deals with local company Summit Power to generate 1,017 megawatt of power within next three years.

Verdict hailed

Members of civil society, rights activists, Islamic scholars and academicians yesterday lauded the Supreme Court judgment that declared fatwa legal prohibiting its use in punishing anyone.

Pass rate down in Dakhil

Though the Madrasa Education Board achieved 83.23 percent pass rate in this year's Dakhil examination, it is 3.47 percentage points lower than the previous year.

SSC results improve

Barisal Education Board has done better this year than the previous year's SSC examination results in terms of pass percentage and number of GPA-5 achievers.

CJ-hopeful Nayeem resigns

Justice Shah Abu Nayeem Mominur Rahman, a senior judge of the Supreme Court Appellate Division, resigned yesterday apparently in protest against his being passed over twice for promotion to chief justice.

Number of all-pass school falls

Despite the record growth in percentage of pass in this year's SSC and equivalent examinations, the number of institutions securing 100 percent pass rate under ten education boards came down to 2,017 this year from 2,927 last year.

Acid victims call for quick govt action

More than 3,000 acid victims yesterday asked for immediate disbursement of the funds allocated by the government for their proper rehabilitation.

Sayedee, name he took after war

Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee's original name was Abu Naim Delawar Hossain but he changed it soon after the independence just to hide his involvement in mass killings, forcible conversion of Hindus to Muslim and incidents of rape during the Liberation War, investigators said yesterday.

Creative system clicks

Expediting teachers' training on creative questions, special care on English and mathematics, and students' dependence more on textbooks largely contributed to the record-breaking results in this year's SSC examinations, academics observe.

Withdraw cases against Limon

The cases filed against Limon Hossain are 'false', said the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday demanding withdrawal of the cases.

Appointment of SEC boss soon: Muhith

A new chairman will soon be appointed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.

RHD engineer sues Jubo League men

An executive engineer of Roads and Highways Department in Sirajganj yesterday filed a case against a local Jubo League leader and his followers for harassing him and ransacking his office.

No visitors on Mondays

The secretariat will be closed to the visitors on Monday from now on to ensure security of the cabinet members, the government has decided. The cabinet sits in its weekly meeting on the day.

Khaleda leaves tomorrow for London

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia leaves Dhaka tomorrow for London en route to the USA on a two-week visit.

Fauzdarhat tops list

Pass rate in SSC examinations under Chittagong board rose by 5.96 percentage point to 78.27 percent this year from last year's 72.31 percent.

Pass rate falls in Rajshahi, boys do better

Pass rate in this year's SSC examinations under Rajshahi board stands at 80.32 percent, showing a fall from last year's pass rate of 85.61 percent.

Number of GPA-5 achievers increases

Barisal Education Board has done better this year than the previous year's SSC examination results in terms of pass percentage and number of GPA-5 achievers.

Pass rate falls in Rajshahi, boys do better

Pass rate in this year's SSC examinations under Rajshahi board stands at 80.32 percent, showing a fall from last year's pass rate of 85.61 percent.

Bin Laden sought to force US out of ME

The treasure trove of intel obtained in the raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden included a handwritten journal containing his "operational ideas," a US official said Wednesday.

Rahul released within 3 hours

Rahul Gandhi, a scion of India's Nehru-Gandhi family, was released in the wee hours of yesterday after being held for about three hours by Uttar Pradesh police.

Syria's use of strength 'a sign of weakness'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday blasted Syria's use of strength as "a sign of remarkable weakness" at a news conference in the Greenland capital.


Sordid tale of a lake

EVERY good action is rendered meaningless unless its effects are constantly monitored and guarantees are in place about follow-up measures needing to be taken. That, however, does not seem to be happening in a whole lot of areas in this country. One has only to go back to the three front-page pictures of the Suvadda lake in Keraniganj appearing in Thursday's issue of this newspaper. Like so many other water bodies and other public places that have gone clean out of public hands through encroachment of various sorts, this lake was a source of worry for citizens back in 2005. It was so because a dumping of waste and rubbish had as good as caused the death of the lake.

Highway safety concern

RISING toll of fatalities due to road mishaps has impelled the world Health Organisation (WHO) to launch a road safety programme- internationally. Admittedly, Bangladesh's highways are highly accident-prone with a casualty figure at 5, 000 annually according to the government estimate. But the figure provided by the WHO is three to four times higher. The gap in figures is attributable to the fact that many fatal road accidents often go unreported.


Rajshahi edge ahead on Naeem ton

Naeem Islam scored a laborious century to put Rajshahi on top against Dhaka on the third day of the National Cricket League final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Ex-captains wade in on game development

A number of former national cricket captains have given their opinions on a long-term strategic plan which the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has prepared to improve the standard of the game in the country.

DD shown the door

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hammered an unbeaten 63 as Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Daredevils by 18 runs on Thursday to virtually book a play-off berth in the Indian Premier League.

India still don't support UDRS

India's powerful cricket board on Thursday said it would continue to oppose the umpire decision review system (UDRS) despite a recommendation for its use in all international games.

No day-night Tests with red balls

International Cricket Council (ICC) chiefs believe floodlit, day-night Tests could take place in the next few years but insist more work needs to be done on the ball before they give the go-ahead.

BKSP trounce Gulshan Youth

BKSP rode on a fine unbeaten 46 from Farzana Haque to overcome Gulshan Youth Club by 96 runs in their Women's Club Cricket League encounter at BKSP-2 yesterday.

Narayanganj, Rajshahi win

Narayanganj and Rajshahi won their respective encounters against Brahmanbaria and Rajbari by convincing margins in the second round of the 31st District Cricket Championship yesterday.

Lorgat's 'sting' idea

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has considered the use of 'sting' operations to trap players prepared to fix matches.

Nadal in Rome qtrs

Rafael Nadal quickly put behind him what he described as his worst clay performance in memory to streak into the Rome Masters quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Feliciano Lopez on Thursday.

Thorpe not at his peak

Australia swimming great Ian Thorpe has tried to calm speculation he could challenge Michael Phelps's supremacy at next year's London Olympics, saying he is currently "not very close to where I was before".

Siddikur at 15th

Bangladesh golf sensation Siddikur Rahman finished the weather-curtailed first round of the ICTSI Philippine Open in joint 15th place, shooting a round of one-under-par 71 at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in Manila yesterday.

Liza holds on to lead

The status quo was maintained as leader IWM Shamima Akter Liza, second placed IWM Rani Hamid and third placed Nazrana Khan Eva all won their respective matches in the ninth round of the 32nd National Women's Chess Championship at the Chess Federation yesterday.

League glory Barca's

Barcelona were crowned Spanish champions for the third successive season with a 1-1 draw at Levante on Wednesday clinching a 21st domestic title with two games to spare.

Pep praises stars

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola praised his weary players after watching them win a third successive league title with a 1-1 draw at Levante on Wednesday and said it had been even harder on the back of the 2010 World Cup.

Legends laud chief

Legends of world football issued effusive praise Thursday for the strongman chief of war-torn Chechnya, a hate figure for rights activists, after playing a bizarre friendly in the region's capital.

Inter see off Roma

Inter Milan joined Palermo in the Italian Cup final after seeing off Roma 2-1 on aggregate following a 1-1 draw at the San Siro on Wednesday.

Magath donates his car

VfL Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath has donated a sports car worth 250,000 euros ($353,990) to charity as his side prepare for Saturday's crunch battle to stay in the Bundesliga.

Zanetti reaches milestone

Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti reached a milestone on Wednesday when he lined up for the club in the Italian Cup semifinals against Roma, playing his 1,000th match as a professional.

Let's stand by Sadi

Dear Donor, you may deposit your contribution at account number: 0031-121-00081352, Southeast Bank Ltd, Corporate Branch, Dhaka. This notice appears as follow-up on yesterday's article under the above headline.


Margin loans become costlier

Stockmarket investors who do business on margin loans now have to pay more interest, following a rate hike by merchant banks.

Bangladesh gets poor health card in telecoms regulation

Bangladesh has ranked sixth among seven South and Southeast Asian countries in a survey on regulatory and policy environment in the telecoms sector, due to uncertainties over polices and laws and other recent developments.

Market still waits for a breather

The stockmarket is going through a crisis period with investors having almost zero confidence, no regulatory activities in sight ahead of the much-talked restructuring of the regulator, and the government's negligence in taking a right decision.

Stocks return from losses

Stocks took a break from the losing spell yesterday amid speculations over change in the leadership of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Businessmen stress export-friendly budget

The upcoming national budget should help solve the key problems of local export-oriented industries to boost the country's overseas sales, exporters said yesterday.

WB launches Bangladesh Enterprise Survey

The World Bank has launched the Bangladesh Enterprise Survey 2011 to assess business environment for the country's private sector and investment.

Khulna customs cancels licences of 4 C&F agents

Khulna customs yesterday cancelled the licences of four clearing and forwar-ding agents at Bhomra land port allegedly for releasing under-invoiced consignments of fruits imported from India.

How long market should wait for a breather?

The stockmarket is going through a crisis period with investors having almost zero confidence, no regulatory activities in sight ahead of the much-talked restructuring of the regulator, and the government's negligence in taking a right decision.

China's web spin doctors spread Beijing's message

China, which employs an army of censors to police the Internet, has also deployed legions of "web commentators" to get the government's message out -- in a crafty but effective way.

Europe's Greek tragedy

Valentine's Day is supposed to be a celebration of love between partners, but that was in short supply when ministers from Europe's single currency zone met on the fifth floor of the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels on February 14.

Singapore Airlines rebounds sharply

Singapore Airlines (SIA) rebounded strongly from the global recession in 2008-2009, reporting Thursday its full-year net profit soared as travel demand recovered.

Visa to launch digital wallet for US banks

Visa Inc, the world's largest credit and debit card processing network, is building a digital wallet that people can use to pay for things online or with their phones instead of with traditional cards.

Value of pirated software nearly $59b: study

The commercial value of pirated software increased 14 percent last year to nearly $59 billion, with emerging economies accounting for over half the total, according to a study published Thursday.

India and Australia to double trade in five years

India and Australia committed on Thursday to doubling bilateral trade within five years and trade ministers from the two nations signed an agreement to start free trade negotiations.

Asian stocks tumble

Asian stock markets tumbled Thursday after a sell-off on Wall Street caused by heavy falls in commodities and as lingering concerns over European debt boosted the dollar.

HSBC shares fall in Hong Kong after cost-cut plans

Shares in HSBC fell in Hong Kong Thursday, a day after the banking giant announced plans to slash costs by up to $3.5 billion by 2013 and said it was considering selling its US branch network.


MJF to research anomalies in land management

Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) will conduct a research on the irregularities in land management and harassment faced by general people in land related issues.

More US-Bangla efforts to fight disasters stressed

Bangladesh and the US yesterday commemorated the joint contributions by the armed forces of the two countries in dealing with cyclones of Bangladesh in 1991 and 2007, expecting to boost such partnership to protect humanity.

Malaysia keen to invest in dev sectors

Malaysia is keen to invest in various development sectors in Bangladesh especially in road communication and house building sectors.

Campaign for saving Dhaka rivers starts today

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) starts public awareness campaign in and around the city today to save four rivers spending Tk 50 lakh.

Stolen child rescued from Fatullah

A two year-old child, stolen from Demra on April 29, was rescued by police from a house in Fatullah of Narayanganj yesterday.

Pay to stimulate renewable energy

Prime Minister's Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury yesterday said the developed countries, which are responsible for environmental pollution, should pay the poor countries to stimulate renewable energy.

19 workers freed on 15-day confinement

A brickfield owner yesterday released 19 workers after keeping them in confinement for 15 days in a small dark house at Paindong in Fatikchhari upazila, Chittagong.

'71 war heroes want justice before death

Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday called upon the government to finish off the war crimes trial without any delay and said people do not want to see any more death of war hero before the trial ends.

Dinajpur SSC results improve

Secondary School Certificate (SSC) result of newly established Dinajpur Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board is better this year in comparison to previous two years while number of Grade Point Average (GPA)-5 achievers dropped.

Govt needs to clarify objectives

Removal of Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus from the post of managing director of Grameen Bank is worrisome and the government needs to clarify its objectives on this, said William B Milam, a former US ambassador to Bangladesh, yesterday.

Australian aid increased by $A 22m

Australia will provide an estimated $A92 million (Tk 710 crore) in official development assistance (ODA) to Bangladesh in 2011-12, an increase of $A22 million from the previous year.

Five killed in road crashes

Five people were killed and four others injured in road accidents in Dinajpur, Manikganj, Natore yesterday and Wednesday.

CU classes resume tomorrow

Classes and examinations of Chittagong University (CU) will resume tomorrow after a closure of 11 days.

81.23pc pass in Sylhet

Pass rate in SSC examinations this year under Sylhet board stands at 81.23 percent, with 2,148 students achieving the top score of GPA-5.

Woman held

A woman who is one of the accused in the murder of a Rajshahi businessman was arrested from Sutrapur in Dhaka yesterday.

Youth commits suicide

A youth committed suicide by hanging himself from ceiling at his residence at Love Lane of Sadar upazila in the port city yesterday.

CRP observes International Nurses Day

Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) Nursing Institute and Medical Care Unit jointly celebrated International Nurses Day yesterday themed “Closing the Gap: Increasing Access and Equity”.

Bullet-hit student dies at hospital

A college student who was shot by police at Dakkhin Khan in the city on April 28 succumbed to his injuries at Apollo Hospital yesterday.

Boy found dead

Police yesterday recovered a body of a teenage boy from an abandoned plot at Hazaribagh in the capital.

BCS info assoc executives

A K M Shamim Chowdhury and A M Motaher Hossain have been elected president and secretary general respectively of BCS Information Association yesterday.


BCL, AL front men clash in Kushtia

The activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) besieged Kushtia Sadar police station on Wednesday night demanding arrest of the Swechchasebok League workers who stabbed two BCL men in the town.

57 project heads sued on misappropriation charge

Authorities have sued 57 project chairmen on charge of misappropriating rice and wheat allocated for government test relief programme meant for maintenance of rural infrastructure in Sadullapur upazila of the district.

3 alleged killers of Tangail woman, daughter held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) early yesterday arrested three suspected killers of a woman and her daughter in Delduar upazila.

Masked gang enters house, attacks new UP chairman

A newly elected UP chairman was seriously injured as an unidentified gang attacked him on Wednesday midnight.

41 murders, 80 unnatural deaths in last 4 months

At least 41 murders and over 80 unnatural deaths were recorded in the last four months in eight upazilas much to the concern of the people of the district.

Headmaster besieged for assault on colleague

Teachers and students of Gopalpur High School in Kaliganj upazila yesterday confined the headmaster of the school to his office room for two hours from 8:30am protesting alleged physical assault on a female teacher by him.

One jailed for murder

A court here sent a man to 10 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) on Wednesday for killing his father-in-law. The court also fined him Tk 10,000, in default, to suffer more six years RI. The convict was identified as Nazrul Islam Sumon, son of Faizun Nur of village Bhanda in Jamalganj upazila of Sunamganj district. According to the prosecution, Sumon used to torture his wife Rozina Akter most often. Sumon stabbed Rozina's father Shamur Mia when he came and protested the torture on his daughter on April 19, 2009. The injured was admitted to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital where the attending doctor declared him dead.

Man killed by elder brother

A man was killed by his elder brother following a family feud at Kalanjura village in Jagannathpur upazila Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Mansur Ahmad Lebu Mia, 28, son of Aftab Ali of the village. Local people said there was a longstanding dispute between Dulu Mia and his younger brother Lebu Mia over family affairs. They said a quarrel ensued between the two brothers in the evening over a trifling matter and at one stage Dulu Mia hit Lebu with a sharp weapon leaving him critically injured. Later, the injured was rushed to Sylhet Osmani Medical College where he succumbed to his injuries.

Youth punished for teasing girl

A mobile court here on Tuesday convicted a youth and sentenced him to six months imprisonment for teasing a college girl. The convict was identified as Shaheb Ali, 24, son of Golam Rabbani of Bhutbari village in Dhunat upazila. Police said Shaheb Ali sexually harassed the girl, a student of Kazipur Mansur Ali Government College, and daughter of Imdadul Haque of the village when she was going to help her father at their maize field Monday morning. Hearing hue and cry of the victim, local people caught Shaheb Ali and handed him over to police.

Fake lawyer arrested

Police arrested a fake lawyer near Sadar model police station on Wednesday on charge of blackmailing people in the district. Police said Moklesur Rahman, 58, who identified himself as a lawyer of High Court, was trying to establish relations with local people, including police officials, using his fake identity. He used to visit different areas, including court in the district town. Recently he took a huge amount and demanded more Tk 30,000 from Hossain Ali, resident of Sujail village in Mahadevpur upazila, in the name of settling his stamp forgery case. But due to dilly-dally by Mokles in resolving the case, Hossain became suspicious and informed the matter to police. Later, as per the instruction of police Hossain asked Mokles to take the money from him from near the police station. When Mokles came to the area for the money police arrested him.


Arab leaders should stand up

The wealth and geo-political importance of Arab world can not be over emphasized. The USA and NATO always follow a 'divide and rule' policy in the Arab world and take military actions against any Arab country for one excuse or another in the name of human rights and democracy.

Civic sense

Through the foresight of a previous generation the present owners of property in the posh areas of Dhaka have become multi-crorepatis without lifting a finger. Lavish living, shady business, club crawling and flashy cars are their stock-in-trade. But just take a look in front of their palaces dirty, unkempt, garbage strewn, in disrepair resembling paddy fields instead of roads.

Only for US interest

Before 1990s, Osama was an average student studying Civil Engineering in Saudi Arabia. It was a critical period when the cold war rivalry grew between the USA and USSR with Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The USA started to propagate global Islamic jihadism against socialist block-the common enemy of both. At that time, the innocent young Osama left the luxurious life and took part in Afghan war. Thus, Osama became a successful leader of about 20,000 Taliban warriors. He fought the battle with bravery and secured the US' interest.After the collapse of Soviet Union, to protect his own interest, accelerated by the US propaganda, Osama declared Jihad against his previous ally USA. Consequently, he has appeared as a threat to US national interest. Now it has been proved that the rise of Bin Laden as a global hero and the death of him as the world's most wanted terrorist were only for the preservation of US interest.

Just ban coaching centres

This is on the news item “Student left in critical state” published on May 6 in the last page of The Daily Star. Mother, a small word with a very broad meaning, is a woman who helps and puts all her efforts to show us the light of this wonderful world. On May 8 the whole world celebrated Mother's Day. With respect to this day, on behalf of all other mothers in Bangladesh, I, Amy Rahman a proud mother of two daughters, ask the Bangladesh Government of the measures taken on the incident and what is done to stop this kind of institutions who suck the hard earned money of the parents in the name of education.

Beatification of the late Pope John Paul II

I have learnt from the BBC news that the late Pope John Paul II has been officially beatified at the Vatican in front of mammoth gathering of Catholic faithful. French nun Marie Simon-Pierre got miraculous cure of Parkinson's disease. The miraculous cure is part of the case for the beatification. This is the last stage before sainthood. And another miraculous case will be required for sainthood.

Protecting bin-Laden?

Mr. Jafar Ullah's write up in your 3rd May issue, raises interesting possibilities that need clarification and answers! The secret 'doings' and the 'unbelievable ignorance' of the Pakistani ISI need to be uncovered!

Saudi student's heroic act in US

Recently, a Saudi student Mashari Abdul Mohsen Al-Siraihi who was studying Electronic Engineering in the University of Akron sacrificed his own life by rescuing an American child drowned in a lake in Ohio.

Change the work culture

Announcing new development projects at regular intervals is no real sign of development. The bugs are in the daily routine processing, monitoring, evaluation, and corrective actions. This depends on the feedback networks.

India as a world power

India has been striving hard to gain international support with a view to becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council. If the SC is actually expanded and India is made its full member with veto power, political stability and peace in South Asia will never be established. For more than sixty years, India has been flagrantly defying UN resolutions for holding a plebiscite in Kashmir.

A collective guilt

It is our collective guilt that we are failing to keep Prof. Mohammad Yunus, a Nobel Laureate, in the Grameen Bank he created, he toiled for and flourished. He is the first Bangladeshi and perhaps the first Muslim from this part of the world to receive the Nobel Prize.

Dr. Yunus and law

Dr. Yunus episode has entered a new phase. All legal formalities are gone. His friends from home and abroad used all their weapons to keep this champion of small loan holding the post of MD of Grameen Bank. I fully understand the feelings of our lone Nobel laureate to quit his dream project. He has earned glory for this poor country.

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Indian PM offers $500m in Afghan aid

India's prime minister yesterday offered $500 million to Kabul in fresh aid in a move likely to raise Pakistani fears about Indian influence in Afghanistan in the wake of Osama bin Laden's killing.

Nato strikes on Gaddafi compound kill six

Nato-led air strikes hit Muammar Gaddafi's compound yesterday, killing six people, the Libyan regime said as rebels celebrated the capture of Misrata airport and a British invitation to open their first foreign office.

Russian sect sees Putin as St Paul

A new Russian religious sect worships Vladimir Putin as the reincarnation of Paul the Apostle whose career follows in the footsteps of the early Christian missionary, a news report said Wednesday.

'Pakistan wasn't bin Laden's only hideout'

Osama bin Laden may have been found and killed in Pakistan, but that country's leaders believe it wasn't the only place where the al-Qaeda leader had travelled after fleeing Afghanistan in late 2001. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, in an exclusive interview with TIME on Wednesday one of the first he has given since the raid on Abbottabad thinks bin Laden may have visited his ancestral homeland, Yemen, in search of a new bride.

Barack Obama's grandmother threatened by al-Qaeda

Security has been increased around the home of President Barack Obama's step-grandmother in Kenya after an African al-Qaeda branch issued a personal threat against her, police said yesterday.

Iran conservatives in bitter row over ministries

A blazing row has erupted between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and parliament speaker Ali Larijani over the restructuring of ministries, reports said yesterday, in a fresh sign of tension in Iran's ruling conservative camp.

Uganda's Museveni sworn in for fourth term

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was sworn in for a fourth term yesterday after a comfortable win in February elections that opposition groups said was fraudulent.

Regime gunmen kill 3 protesters in Yemen

Gunmen loyal to Yemen's embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh shot dead three demonstrators in the southern town of Al-Bayda on Thursday, witnesses and protest organisers said.

German court convicts then frees Nazi guard

A German court convicted John Demjanjuk yesterday for his role in the killing of 27,900 Jews in the Sobibor Nazi death camp during the Holocaust, then set the 91-year-old free because of his age.

Killing al-Qaeda chief 'not an assassination': US attorney general

The US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden was "not an assassination", US Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday after the al-Qaeda leader's sons denounced the operation.

Pakistan will not share US helicopter wreckage with China

Pakistan said Wednesday it would not share the wreckage of a US helicopter used in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden with China, after speculation that the aircraft contained secret technology.

Bulgaria refused to arrest Zawahiri

Bulgaria twice refused to arrest and extradite Ayman al-Zawahiri, the deputy of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and now the world's most wanted man, former high-ranking security officials said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Celebrating Home, Away from Home

Grim foggy London was finally waking up to spring. From my living room at Canary Wharf, the Thames sparkled like jewels. The seagulls perched lazily by the waterfront, thawing out after a cold winter. Young couples took to boating, cycling or jogging beside the river. Trees discarded their dead branches for lush green foliage, resembling huge roadside chandeliers.

Winning Reunites

Winning, a band that has given contemporary music aficionados several hits, was formed in 1983 by five young men -- Ranjan, Shelly, Haider, Mitul and Famid. Over the years, musicians Babu, Chandan, Biplob, Tipu and Mobin joined in.

Avant-garde Art in Old Dhaka

A recent exhibition of installations, titled 'Longitude Latitude 4', showcased at Beauty Boarding, on Sirish Das Lane, in Old Dhaka featured the works of contemporary artists. The choice of the venue, by a dingy lane, may seem a little unusual to many. But the group of artistes who put together the event wanted "an art happening at Beauty Boarding." The term "happenings" was coined by American painter Allan Kaprow in the late 1950s and his counter cultural, interactive works shaped much of the course of late 20th century art. In his views, the distinction or hierarchy between artists and viewers are superfluous and viewers' reaction determines the art piece, making each "happening" a unique experience. Blurring the lines among different genres, the installations usually involve different mediums of art at a single event.

Female Perspectives

Zahir Raihan Film Society is celebrating its 25th anniversary on May 16. On the occasion, the film society is holding a festival, titled “A Tribute to Women Filmmakers of the World” -- screening 38 films by 34 female filmmakers from as many countries.


Osama the man, Osama the myth

OSAMA bin Laden is dead. No, this is no more a breaking news, but a stupefying enunciation that the most wanted man in the world is wanted no more. He has been laid to rest many leagues under the North Sea, bundled in burial shroud and plopped hurriedly and hissingly into water like burning charcoal. The peace-loving world is relieved that the most notorious terrorist is dead.

Rabindric celebrations: The inner meaning

IT was blissful for New Delhi -- the inaugural of the simultaneous Indo-Bangla celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. We arrived to the welcoming arms of Indian cultural ministry on the night of last Friday (May 6) to revisit Rabindranath Tagore's legacy through a celebratory event in the Indian capital. Interestingly, it was prophetically remindful of poet's famous line Aji hote shata barsha pore in a poem titled 1400 Sal that he had penned in 1300 BS.

Bangladesh's defence: A debatable dialectic

THE armed services of democratic states leave politics to politicians, concentrating instead on professional concerns e.g., national strategy, defence doctrine, threat perceptions, and military preparations for their constitutionally-ordained responsibilities, i.e., defending territorial integrity from external aggression, and safeguarding sovereign control over internal affairs.

10 signs bin Laden's next door

ANALYSTS are trying to guess where Osama Bin Laden lived before he got to Abbottabad six years ago. I'm sure he lived next to me. My neighbours were so noisy they either had 50 children or were terrorists making homemade nuclear bombs (a uranium-235 centrifuge makes a racket). I'm not sure which is scarier. Probably the 50 children.

This Day In History

Construction of the Red Fort at Delhi is completed.


Branding without wires

The scramble for mobile phones and smart phones are giving consumers wider options for browsing, communicating, online shopping, and a plethora of other tasks. As such, more and more companies are in turn scrambling to make their presence felt in all spheres of their consumers' experiences. No matter what, every company feels the need to be where their customers are -- so if they are on the web, the company is there, if they're on Facebook, they're there too. The same goes with email, SMS, mobile Apps and mobile websites.

Flexible phone to debut

A prototype flexible smartphone made of electronic paper has been created by Canadian researchers.

Google launches Chrome PCs, takes on Microsoft

Laptop computers using Google's Chrome operating system will go on sale in June, as the world's No. 1 Internet search engine challenges Microsoft Corp and Apple on their home turf.

PayPal is top brand for mobile payments: survey

PayPal, the eBay-owned online payment system, could be set for a major boost as mobile payment systems start to take off over the next year, a survey by market research firm GfK suggests.

Facebook apps leaked data, no evidence of misuse

Security firm Symantec has discovered a security flaw in Facebook that inadvertently gives advertisers and other outside parties access to people's accounts. But Facebook said it has fixed the problem and found no evidence that any private information was shared with any outside party.

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