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Toxic ships set off alarm

The Probo Koala, infamous for 2006 toxic wastes scandal in Abidjan, has been sold to an unspecified ship breaker in Chittagong, raising fear of discharge of hazardous substances.

JS special body looks into Pak model

The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment yesterday discussed if the Pakistani model of caretaker government can be chosen for Bangladesh to hold two more parliamentary elections.

PM to 'check' charge sheet

Police will submit the supplementary charge sheet on the killing of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's return from abroad, said Abdul Majid Khan, complainant of the case.

Death penalty for culprits

The High Court yesterday ordered authorities concerned to prosecute unscrupulous traders, who use harmful chemicals to ripen fruits, under the Special Powers Act, 1974. The act allows even death penalty as punishment.

Hijacker gangs target lorries on highway

Several organised crime syndicates are involved in hijacking goods-laden vans and trucks at different points on Dhaka-Chittagong highway.

80 buses hit city streets today

Eighty single-decker buses, 25 of them air-conditioned (AC), hit city roads this morning in a bid to ease the acute transport crisis.

BNP leader shot dead in city

Unknown criminals shot dead a ward-level BNP leader at East Tejturi Bazar in the capital last night.

Projects delayed for graft, faulty design

Implementation of foreign aided projects is delayed due to 14 reasons including corruption, faulty project design, fraudulent practices and allocation of excess funds.

Empower women

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for empowering women and making them economically independent so that they thrive in the global economy.

Unesco to set up Shaheed Minar at HQ

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) will set up a Shaheed Minar at its Paris headquarters as a sign of respect to the language martyrs of Bangladesh.

PM badly advised

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would not have criticised him and the Grameen Bank if she had enough information about them.

BNP to revamp Dhaka city unit

The BNP high-ups have decided to expand the newly formed convening committee of BNP's Dhaka city unit to accommodate more leaders and remove intra party conflict centring the new committee, said party insiders.

No more time extension

A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing on charge framing against Arafat Rahman Koko, son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in a tax evasion case for a month and warned that it would not extend the time anymore.

2 boys killed in shell explosion

Two minor boys were killed and six others injured in an explosion of an abandoned shell in Shaheed Salahuddin Cantonment area of Ghatail upazila in Tangail yesterday.

Rejoinder, our reply

Farhat Q Chowdhury, wife of BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, in a rejoinder to The Daily Star protested a report headlined “SQ Chy threatens war crimes investigators” published on May 11.

BNP goes gaga over US honour

The main opposition BNP yesterday brought out a triumphal procession to celebrate the special honour given by a state senate of the US to its Chairperson Khaleda Zia for her contribution to establish democracy.

2 Huji men held in Savar

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two leaders of banned Islamist militant outfit Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (Huji) and recovered explosives in Savar during the last two days.

Cop action on Jamaat human chain

Police yesterday foiled a human chain program organised by Jamaat-e-Islami in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital in protest at the price hike of CNG and other fuel.

Civil society favours caretaker govt system

The next general elections should be held under the caretaker government system considering the existing political culture in the country, said civil society representatives yesterday.

Examinees got chance to rewrite answer scripts

An examiner in connivance with some teachers and locals in Rangpur facilitated at least 50 Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinees of 2011 to rewrite their English 2nd paper answer scripts in lieu of money.

US lawmaker shooter ruled unfit to stand trial

A US judge ruled Wednesday that Jared Lee Loughner, the gunman accused of trying to assassinate a US congresswoman and killing six other people in Tucson, is mentally unfit to stand trial.

Belarus jails two presidential candidates

Belarus concluded a series of political trials yesterday by sentencing two former presidential candidates to up to six years in jail for leading post-election protests against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko.


Unutilised aid money

Slow pace of project implementation and return of the unutilised fund to its source is a very familiar feature of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) every year. The scenario is not different even in the case of foreign aid. And as a result, billions of dollar worth of scarce as well as precious foreign aid has created a pipeline bulge. This is not just a sad commentary on the project implementation agency's capacity to absorb foreign aid, it does also give a rather negative image of the government.

Post-Aila conditions

The good news, up to a point, is that the south-western districts of the country have been recovering gradually from the effects of the Aila devastation of two years ago. The bad news is that despite such recovery, a clear environmental threat now hovers over the region, especially Satkhira, Khulna and Bagerhat. As an exhaustive report in yesterday's issue of this newspaper notes, decades of shrimp cultivation have left the land in parlous conditions. It is now quite impossible for any agricultural crops to be grown on it. Aila destroyed all the shrimp enclosures in the region, of course. But now that a large segment of farmers previously engaged in shrimp cultivation are planning to return to their original occupation as growers of rice, the salinity of the ground, caused by intensive shrimp farming, has come in the way.


China, Thailand champions

China and Thailand won the boy's and girl' doubles titles after thrashing their respective rivals in the finals of the Bangabandhu Invitational International Youth Table Tennis Championship at the Wooden Floor Stadium yesterday.

Title race stays close after goalless day

Title aspirants Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club missed a good opportunity to take a lead in the Grameenphone Bangladesh League when the star-studded outfit were held to a goalless draw by Feni Soccer Club at the Shaheed Salam Stadium in Feni yesterday.

'IPL stint was interesting'

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan will return home today after an enjoyable trip in the money-spinning Indian Premier League (IPL).

Mumbai look beyond today's RCB clash

Their campaign back on track with consecutive victories over Kolkata Knight Riders, a charged up Mumbai Indians would be eying an encore of last year's final with a win over Royals Challengers Bangalore in the Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday.

Murshedy throws his name in the pot

Former booter Abdul Salam Murshedy has appeared in the scene and bought a nomination paper to declare himself as a presidential candidate in the much talked about Mohammedan SC Limited poll which is changing colour everyday.

Argentina's India game under cloud

Indian media yesterday carried a story on the uncertainty of the Argentina-Venezuela friendly match in Kolkata after the state government said that it is not possible to upgrade the pitch before the September 2 match.

SL hold firm till tea

After rain washed out the entire first session and a good part of the second session of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka in Cardiff yesterday, the Lankan openers Tharanga Paranavitana (16 not out) and captain Tillakaratne Dilshan (18 not out) started off on the right foot by going to tea on 35 for no loss.

Easy win for Sk Jamal

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club posted a 36-run win over Abahani in the final round of the 3rd Women's Club Cricket League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Kim ousted in Rd 2

After wasting two match points in the second set and feeling her confidence fading, Kim Clijsters let the match slip away Thursday at the French Open.

Sourav lands in trouble

In a setback to Sourav Ganguly, the Supreme Court of India on Thursday quashed the allotment of a 63-katha land to the former India cricket captain in Kolkata.

Gambhir out for 6 weeks?

Gautam Gambhir could miss the limited-overs leg of India's tour of the West Indies next month following the aggravation of a shoulder injury that was sustained during the World Cup final. Gambhir, named India's captain for that part of the tour, has been advised four to six weeks' rest by Andrew Leipus, the Kolkata Knight Riders trainer,

Sania falls to a Pole

Sania Mirza failed to break the second round jinx at the French Open as she crashed out of the tournament with a straight-set defeat against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in the women's singles event here on Thursday.

Hauche leads Argentina

Striker Gabriel Hauche scored two first-half goals as Argentina beat Paraguay 4-2 in a friendly international played in Resistencia on Wednesday.

Frog juice secret behind Park's energy

Park Ji-Sung has revealed that frog juice is the bizarre secret behind the lung-bursting energy that makes the South Korean a key part of Manchester United's bid to beat Barcelona in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Hammam denies FIFA charge

Asian football chief Mohamed bin Hammam vowed to clear his name Thursday after sensational corruption claims he says are aimed at derailing his bid to oust long-time FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

MU seek revenge

Manchester United are seeking to banish the memory of their 2009 humbling by Barcelona as they prepare for Saturday's Champions League final at Wembley.

Fulham earn Europa berth

Fulham will play in the Europa League next season after being awarded a place on Thursday under the Premier League's Fair Play League.

Zidane Real's new sports director

Real Madrid will appoint French great Zinedine Zidane, who currently works as an advisor the club's president on first-team affairs, as its new sports director, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Groenkjaer calls time

Former Danish international striker Jesper Groenkjaer announced Thursday he will retire from football at the end of this season.


High growth, low inflation on target

The government is going to target a high growth and low inflation for the next fiscal year though different fronts of macroeconomy are already under pressure.

No quick let-up in rising inflation

Consumers are unlikely to see any immediate respite from the rising inflation mainly due to soaring global inflation and increased import costs.

Stocks jump as BB steps in

Stocks returned to the black fuelled by a Bangladesh Bank directive that acted like a catalyst to boost the markets.

Govt to provide 55pc of ADP

The government will provide 55 percent from its own fund if it fails to utilise foreign aid in the annual development programme (ADP) of the next fiscal year.

ADB to offer $4.7b in four years

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has offered Bangladesh $4.7 billion loans in four years under its new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) with the main focus on regional connectivity, energy, education and urban development.

Mobile financial services to reach remote areas

Bkash Ltd, a subsidiary of BRAC Bank, yesterday joined hands with Access to Information Programme (A2I) and Local Government Division (LGD) to make financial services accessible to rural people through mobile.

SEC: stable market soon

The stockmarket regulator yesterday said the current market trend is suitable for long-term investment, and stability will be restored soon.

Coal India in talks to buy Indonesia mine

Coal India, the world's largest coal miner, is in advanced talks to buy up to 40 percent of Indonesian low-grade coal producer Golden Energy Mines for up to $1 billion, three sources with direct knowledge of the deal said on Thursday.

Stock fall sparks protest in Ctg

Small investors staged demonstrations in Chittagong yesterday demanding resignation of the finance minister and Bangladesh Bank governor for their failure

Govt appoints lawyer to defend Ibrahim Khaled

The government has appointed a lawyer to defend seven persons, including stockmarket probe committee chairman Ibrahim Khaled, in the case filed against them with the Fourth Joint District Judge's Court of Dhaka recently.

Japan's Honda to boost India production

Japan's Honda Motor Company on Thursday said it plans to more than double production capacity in India, announcing fresh investments for the country on the back of increased demand for motorbikes.

Lenovo Q4 net more than triples

Lenovo Group Ltd, the world's No.4 PC brand, more than tripled its fourth-quarter net profit, beating forecasts on robust demand from commercial customers and making up for a slowdown in the consumer sector.

SKorea refiners face $442m fine over cartel

South Korea's anti-monopoly watchdog said Thursday it would fine four major oil refiners a total of 434.8 billion ($442.7 million) for operating a cartel to protect their market positions.

Why is Bangladesh Bank so timid?

On May 3, the Reserve Bank of India raised interest rates by half a percentage point. This represents its ninth hike in just over a year. At the time of raising the interest rate, inflation was cited as the primary concern for the economy. Similarly, a closer look at the monetary policy stance of China would reveal that the central bank has intervened four times over the past year to cool down the economy. This naturally poses a question as to why Bangladesh Bank (BB) and our policy makers in general are so hesitant when it comes to adopting a tighter monetary policy stance, which is so important for maintaining macroeconomic stability.

Sony forecasts return to profit in year to March 2012

Japanese electronics and entertainment giant Sony Thursday reported its third annual loss in a row but forecast a return to the black this year despite a huge attack from hackers.

G8 leaders gather in France, eyes on Arabs, IMF

Leaders of the Group of Eight began gathering in France on Thursday to endorse aid to new Arab democracies, but wrangling among Western and developing economies over who runs the IMF may take up much of their time.

LinkedIn eyes business opportunities in China

LinkedIn Corp will seek out opportunities in China to capitalize on its massive user base even though it sees the market as complicated, a company executive said on Thursday.

Oil demand destruction? Not in Asia

The debate over at what point rising oil prices lead to demand destruction tends to ignore the fact that Asia's consumption seems to be considerably less affected by higher crude costs.

Google's Street View starts mapping India

Internet giant Google on Thursday launched its ambitious "Street View" project in India to provide detailed panoramic images of life in a country of 1.2 billion people.

Tata Steel swings into full-year net profit

India's Tata Steel, the world's seventh largest steelmaker, on Wednesday swung into a full-year net profit from a loss a year earlier, as industrial demand improved and steel prices rose.

Asian shares up

Asian markets rebounded on Thursday as dealers picked up undervalued stocks following a recent sell-off while the first gain for the Dow in three days also provided some support.


Installation of new Ctg bishop today

The installation ceremony of Bishop Moses M Costa, the newly appointed bishop of Chittagong Roman Catholic Diocese, will be held in Chittagong city today.

Khaleda talks on HR issue with US congressmen

US Congressmen expressed deep concern over the human rights situation in Bangladesh as well as that of the judiciary when they met visiting BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at the Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday.

25pc adults suffer from hypertension

The Hypertension Committee of the National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh held a rally and a seminar in the city yesterday marking the World Hypertension Day.

College admission begins tomorrow

Admission process in the colleges will begin from tomorrow across the country through distribution of admission forms till June 9.

'Reinstate secularism'

Sector Commanders Forum (SCF), a platform of commanders who led the country's liberation war, yesterday placed a three-point demand including insertion of a provision in the constitution banning religion-based party.

Firm, hospital blamed

The construction firm and authorities of proposed 14-storey Impulse Medical College and Hospital in the city's Nakhalpara are equally responsible for the collapse of the soil retention walls, said chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakhya (Rajuk) yesterday.

Vitamin A campaign May 29

National Vitamin A Plus Campaign on May 29 will cover two lakh children aged between six and 11 months, for the first time, to help them prevent Nyctalopia (night blindness).

Road crashes kill 5

Five people were killed and 45 others injured in road accidents in Narayanganj, Mymensingh, and Dinajpur yesterday.

Workshop on autistic children held

A joint initiative to help child therapists take better care of autistic children was taken by Centre for Neurodevelopment and Autism in Children and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

Fake money making factory busted

Police busted a fake money making factory and seized a huge quantity of forged notes in South Keraniganj, outskirts of the city, yesterday.

'Ensure equal rights of women'

Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA) yesterday recommended insertion of a provision in the constitution declaring equal rights of women in all spheres.

Unesco to erect Shaheed Minar in Paris

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) will erect a Shaheed Minar at its Paris headquarters, as a sign of respect to the language martyrs of Bangladesh.

Koica to assist BOU edn through web

Korea International Coope-ration Agency (Koica) will provide US $2.7 million for implementing a web-based learning system in Bangladesh Open University (BOU).

Alamgir, Kamal new BFUNPW president, secy

Md Alamgir Hossain Khan of The Daily Ittefaq and Md Kamal Uddin of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) were elected president and secretary general of Bangladesh Federal Union of Newspaper Press Workers (BFUNPW) yesterday.

US embassy closed May 29

The American Embassy, including the consular section and the American centre with Archer K Blood American Centre Library and the student advising centre, will keep closed on May 29, on the occasion of Memorial Day, an American national holiday.

Sabbir tried to kill Hasina

Acting chief of Harkatul Jihad (Huji) Abdul Hannan Sabbir and his accomplices attempted to kill Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and her party leaders before the 21 August grenade attacks in 2004.

Dhaka University Day on July 1

Dhaka University (DU) authorities will celebrate Dhaka University Day with due festivity on the campus on July 1.

Boro farmers incurring loss: KN

Karmojibi Nari (KN), a rights body for women, yesterday said farmers are already incurring losses by selling boro rice at prices lower than the production cost, as the government delays in procurement.

Three bodies recovered

Three bodies were recovered from different spots in Chittagong yesterday and Wednesday.

Child dies falling from train

A 13-year-old child died as he fell from a running train in Bhatiary Station here around 8:00am yesterday.

CU students meet VC

Chittagong University (CU) authority yesterday assured students of including the actual score of improvement and supplementary examinations and excluding the word “improvement” from transcripts and certificates.

'Reduce prices of essentials'

Leaders of Gano Forum yesterday demanded of the government to reduce the price of electricity, fuel and essential commodities.

Qulkhwani of Pilu Momtaz today

Qulkhwani of noted pop singer Pilu Momtaz, daughter of Ustad Momtaz Ali Khan, would be held at Baridhara DOHS mosque in the city after Maghrib prayers today.


Dr Hafezur Rahman, a professor emeritus at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) and former unit commander of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad (BMS), passed away on Tuesday at the age of 67.

Motahar Uddin Ahmed

Motahar Uddin Ahmed, former company secretary of Bengal Foods ltd, passed away due to cancer at a private hospital in the city on May 22.

Idris Ali

Idris Ali, an eminent businessman of Purbo Kamornai of Gaibandha sadar upazila, passed away at his residence at the age of 60 after a cardiac arrest yesterday morning.

Anowera Khanam

Anowera Khanam, a prominent social worker of Khapara in Gaibandha municipality, passed away at the age of 85 due to old age complications at Gaibandha sadar hospital yesterday.


Chehlum of Alhaj Abdul Aziz Bagmar, an organiser of the War of Liberation and a veteran politician, will be held at his Banani residence in the city today.

'Stop forced disappearance'

Odhikar, a human rights body, yesterday expressed concern over "forced disappearance" in the country.


Unsafe water transports ply 'danger zone' defying ban

Unsafe water transports including passenger launches, trawlers and speedboats have continued plying the 'danger zone' of river estuaries in the southern region and coastal areas during the stormy season, defying seven months' ban from March 15 to October 15.

3 DB men suspended, probe ordered

Three Detective Branch (DB) personnel were yesterday suspended as they locked in a scuffle with two lawyers at the entrance to the district court complex on Wednesday.

Nor'wester adds to sufferings of Aila-hit people

Nor'wester lashed entire Dakope upazila on Wednesday night killing one person, damaging over 500 houses and uprooting a large number of trees.

Ishwardi orchards full of mouth-watering litchis

Growers are expecting a bumper production of litchi, a juicy summer fruit, in Ishwardi upazila of the district, because of good weather condition this year.

Procession, rally demanding UP election on schedule

People of Alatuli Union in Chapainawabganj Sadar upazila yesterday submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner demanding election to Alatuli union parishad as per schedule.

Criminals ransack LGED office in Patuakhali

Criminals attacked the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) officials and ransacked the office room of its executive engineer here on Wednesday.

Rival BNP factions lock in fierce clash in Nilphamari

At least 15 people including three policemen were injured as two rival factions of opposition BNP clashed in the district town on Wednesday night.

Robbery at UP chairman candidate's house : 7 hurt

Seven people were injured during a robbery at the house of a union parishad (UP) chairman candidate in Companyganj upazila early yesterday.

2 more held on charge of killing Feni cloth trader

Two security guards of Islami Bank Ltd, Feni branch were arrested on Wednesday evening on charge of beating a cloth trader dead on Sunday.

Wild elephant found dead

A wild elephant was found dead at Batirchhara under Fashiakhali forest area of Chakoria upazila of the district.


Decentralization is a must

Traffic congestion has become a common issue in the city life especially in Dhaka. Government is planning to construct more flyovers throughout the city but I just wonder why decentralization remains out of discussion? From all parts of the country people are coming to Dhaka for survival, as most of the important offices, institutes, universities, and garment industries are still getting built here. Dhaka city suffers from pervading water pollution, air pollution, accommodation crisis, electricity crisis and what not, but who cares about decentralizing people or institutions? Without the eradication of the source of all these problems, how long can you protect this city?

Industrial pollution-why should I care?

Industries and factories have been polluting the water bodies in and around Dhaka city for the longest time. It is clear that protecting the environment is not one of the top priorities. I am not even surprised. We, even me, pollute our cities with trashes. So how will the owners of these factories, with hardly any education be conscious about the environment, feel the need to protect the environment? The long term benefits are invisible, but short term gain in cash is not. It is up to us, maybe the government, to make sure that people with money and power realize the need for a cleaner Bangladesh. After the Digital Bangladesh plan, we should initiate a Clean Bangladesh plan.

Largest women university

It is heartening to learn that the world's largest university exclusively for women has been opened in Riyadh, KSA. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah inaugurated the SR-20-billion Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) on May 15, 2011. With a capacity to enroll about 50,000 students, the PNU is the biggest women-only university which is indeed a symbol of women education and participation in the nation building process. Equipped with all the modern and digital facilities, the PNU is expected to impart higher education to the Saudi women and women from other Muslim countries. While sincerely appreciating King Abdullah's vision, I wish PNU's great success towards accomplishing its noble mission.

Houses for the poor

Every year due to cyclone, heavy rain, tornado and flood millions of huts, bamboo/tin shed houses get damaged, blown off, and destroyed; thus the poor become poorer. Our land and housing developers are constructing hundreds of flats/buildings one after another for the rich people. The present cost of a house/flat in Dhaka ranges from taka 75 lakh to 1 crore and above. Do the middle class and poor people afford to purchase a house/flat in Dhaka? Why don't our public and private sectors come forward to build low cost houses/flats for the middle class and lower class people? Why doesn't our government seek financial help/loan from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, ADP and World Bank to mitigate the sufferings of our poor people?

Portable gen-set as dowry!

This interesting news item from Patna in India was published in the pages of a local English daily on May 18th. It adds a new twist to the saga of dowry demands; common in India! Usually these demands are for cash, land, furniture and often bi-cycle, motor-cycles or may be even a car depending on the wealth of the prospective bride's household! Portable Gen-Sets are a new item in the menu of dower demands claimed by the groom's parents, in power starved state of Bihar in India!

Who can go to the court?

I am really surprised to read the news in The Daily Star dated May 6, under the heading "Yunus removal upheld by SC" that "Dr Kamal said they still don't know on which grounds Yunus' petition was rejected." He also said, “Any citizen has the right to move to the independent judiciary for remedy, if his basic rights are violated. But the High Court in its judgment said Prof Muhammad Yunus has no right to come to the court,” I would like to ask our honourable judges what are the qualifications needed to enter the court?What are the disqualifications of Prof. Yunus? Is it because he is not a sycophant of Hasina or he has not looted money from the share market or is it because he is a Nobel laureate who has lifted the image of Bangladesh? Please note that these are my questions and do not put me in jail (considering these queries as contempt of court), because as a citizen of the country I need to know whether I have the sufficient qualifications to go to the court.

Using the riches of Sylhet

The limited natural resources that Bangladesh is endowed with, lies mostly in the Sylhet region. Such as natural gas, tea garden, woods of rain forests, and abundant sweet water in beels and haors that we hardly get together in any part of Bangladesh. Also a large number of people who have migrated to the U .K. and the U.S.A are contributing greatly to our economy by sending remittances. Even the newly elected Bangladeshi origin British MP Rosnara Ali and US congressman Hashem Clarke are from Sylhet. But the rate of illiteracy, the growth rate of population is very high here. The gap between poor and rich is extremely wide. The madrassas are more in numbers which produce youths incapable of doing anything except religious rituals. The expatriates built houses which remain empty all the year. The govt. with the help of expatriates should take massive development plans for overall development of the region.

Ignoring facts for beauty!

I remember that about a month ago in Star Lifestyle, an article stated five reasons why people shouldn't use BOTOX. I read that article and the reasons seemed very appropriate and convincing. But to my surprise, despite the facts of the article I noticed all sorts of media doing eye-catching and influencing advertisements on the same beauty cream, giving reasons why it should be used. Now my question is that why this cream is not discontinued even after the solid proof that it is not suitable for use? And why is the media helping this product to increase sales, risking the results on the customers after using this cream?

Diplomatic immunity

The arrest of the erstwhile IMF chief in New York for criminal charges shows that there is no diplomatic immunity in western countries for institutions like WB, IMF or UN bodies. This brings to mind various demands (a few years back) by such bodies for diplomatic immunity in developing countries including Bangladesh. No matter how much carrot is dangled before us in the name of development aid, we should give no diplomatic immunity to such organisations unless it is accepted worldwide as under the Geneva Convention.

Fact check

Misinformation has been a primary tool to mislead people by many. When it is used for political gains, I believe it is the duty of the media to point it out in the form of 'Fact Check'. It is routinely done in the media of western countries. I urge the media in Bangladesh both print and electronic to do the same.

The right expression

''I love you more than my soul''-- the line is presently used at random. Instead, we may use ''I love you more than I can say'' for our beloved ones. But the sentence 'I love you more than my soul' can be used only for Allah, the creator, as well as His dearest Rasul (SM).Once Hazrat Omar Faruk (R), the second caliph of Islam, said to our dearest Rasul (SM), ''Ya Rasulallah! I love you very much, but not more than my soul.'' Then our dearest Rasul (SM) said, ''Omar, you are yet to be a perfect 'mumin' (faithful).'' Then Hazrat Omar (R) said, ''Ya Rasulallah! Now I love you more than my soul.''And our dearest Rasul (SM) declared, ''O Omar! You are now a perfect 'mumin'." All of us should realise this.

A Saudi mother's protest

A news item was published in a newspaper that a Saudi mother defied ban on women drivers in her country to set an example for her daughter and her friends. The woman, a housewife in her mid 30s, drove non-stop for four days on the streets of the Red Sea city of Jeddah to defend her belief that Saudi women should be allowed to drive. Even not fearing the arrest she was offering driving lessons for other women.

Ban the use of brick crushing machine

Almost about 4 years ago, when the apartment building where we live in was being built by a developer, I as one of the owners of the land insisted not to use the brick crushing machine, as it not only creates sound pollution but environmental pollution as well, to which the developer obliged even after bearing additional expenses for the job.

Kahns departure - a loss

The arrest of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on attempted rape and assault charges in New York on Saturday had the effect of a bombshell in France. Kahn was widely expected to resign from his post at the IMF and run for the French presidential poll in 2012. His arrest put an end to a brilliant career as an economist and a politician. Mr. Strauss-Kahn's downfall comes at an opportune time for the French right and extreme right. Never has President Sarkozy been so low in the polls. Kahn was the politician who would have been acceptable to France's centre-right.

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Ratko Mladic arrested

Ratko Mladic, wanted by UN prosecutors for war crimes during the Bosnian civil war, has been arrested in Serbia yesterday after a decade in hiding.

Relief, delight after arrest

World leaders called for Ratko Mladic to be swiftly sent for trial yesterday after the arrest of the long-wanted Bosnian Serb warcrimes suspect as survivors expressed their relief at his capture.

Civil war looms as dozens killed in Yemen capital

Dozens of Yemenis were killed in overnight gun battles in the capital, government officials said yesterday, as fighting aimed at ending President Ali Abdullah Saleh's three-decade-long rule threatened to ignite civil war.

The charges

1. Two counts of genocide of Bosnian Muslims.
*Establishment of camps and detention centres
*Killing of 8,000 men and boys, popularly known as Srebrenica massacre.

Gen Ratko Mladic held in Serbia

Ratko Mladic, wanted by UN prosecutors for war crimes during the Bosnian civil war, has been arrested in Serbia yesterday after a decade in hiding.

Gaddafi makes new ceasefire offer

The government of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has contacted foreign states offering an immediate ceasefire, but there was skepticism that the proposal could end the three-month-old conflict.

It's time for US and West to lead

In his Speech, Obama Also
*Acknowledged differences in the US and UK approach to deficit reduction
* Insisted the allies' conviction to stop Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorists
* Warned North Korea and Iran on nuclear weapons
* Supported "a secure Israel and a sovereign Palestine"
* Defended action in Libya

Pakistan was misusing war funds

The United States Embassy in Islamabad was extremely concerned about the misappropriation of money given to Pakistan as reimbursement of costs of fighting terrorist outfits such as al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Suicide attack at Pakistan police station kills 32

A Taliban suicide car bomb struck Pakistani police yesterday for a second day, killing 32 people as the militia vowed no reprieve in their quest to avenge the US killing of Osama bin Laden.

'No return to war' over Abyei

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir called on north Sudan yesterday to withdraw its forces from the disputed Abyei region but said there would be no war over the incursion and it would not derail independence.

'No return to war' over Abyei

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir called on north Sudan yesterday to withdraw its forces from the disputed Abyei region but said there would be no war over the incursion and it would not derail independence.

Pakistan trims US military mission as mistrust grows

Pakistan's government has told the United States to halve the number of military trainers it has stationed in the country, the latest sign of spiraling distrust between the two allies since the killing of Osama bin Laden.

US wants 'long-term' Pakistan ties

The United States wants "long-term" security ties with Pakistan, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday, moving to soothe tensions raised by the killing of Osama bin Laden near Islamabad.

Egypt to lift restrictions on Gaza border

Egypt will open the Rafah border crossing on a daily basis starting this weekend in a bid to ease the blockade on the Gaza Strip, the official MENA news agency reported on Wednesday.

Plane crash kills 10 in India

Ten people were killed when a small plane carrying a patient to hospital crashed into a house near the Indian capital New Delhi, police said yesterday.

France and Russia agree unprecedented warship deal

France and Russia have finalised an unprecedented deal for Paris to sell four powerful modern warships to Moscow, President Nicolas Sarkozy and his counterpart Dmitry Medvedev said yesterday.

Egypt ex-minister gets 5 years for fraud

A Cairo criminal court yesterday sentenced Egypt's former housing minister Ahmed al-Maghrabi to five years in prison on corruption charges, a judicial source told AFP.

Gang battle in Mexico kills 28

At least 28 people have been killed in a vicious shoot-out between rival Mexican gangs in one of the deadliest single events in four years of spiralling drug violence across the country.

Obama to attend Asia summit

US President Barack Obama will attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 19, a local official said yesterday.

Obama to attend Asia summit

US President Barack Obama will attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 19, a local official said yesterday.

Seven Nato troops killed in Afghan blast

Seven soldiers from the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan yesterday, the military said.

Arts & Entertainment

Chhayanaut Presents Songs from Nazrul's Plays and Films

As homage to the National Poet's 112th birth anniversary, Chhayanaut arranged a musical soiree at its main auditorium on May 25. Songs from Nazrul's plays and films were the highlight of the event.

Shilpakala Academy's Homage to the National Poet

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) celebrated the 112th birth anniversary of Nazrul through a two-day programme at its Music and Dance Centre auditorium. The programme was held on May 25 and 26. Enlisted artistes of the academy and invited organisations performed songs, dances and recitations.

Islamuddin Palakar steals the show

Theatre troupe Prangane Mor staged an adaptation of Kazi Nazrul Islam's lyrical drama “Aleya”. The show coincided with the National Poet's birth anniversary, but it was folk artiste Islamuddin Palakar, who was in the spotlight on the fifth day (May 25) of the ongoing 1st Dhaka International Theatre Festival. The other production staged that day was Shubachan's “Mahajoner Nao”, an insight into the life and songs of 'Baul Samrat' Shah Abdul Karim.


The doomsday dilemma

Another end-of-the-world day was last Saturday. This time it was an American preacher named Harold Camping, who had calculated that the biblical apocalypse was going to begin at 6:00 pm on that day. He advertised it through 6,000 billboards and 55 radio stations. The preacher made sure the doomsday was not doomed for lack of an adequate campaign.

A mission impossible?

It feels like the legendary Scottish King Robert Bruce (1306-1329), who secured independence of Scotland from the English hands and became the hero of his country. Once fleeing a battle and demoralised, he spotted a cave where a spider was spinning a web to connect one corner of the roof to another. Every time the wafer-thin creature would slip down the slope of the inner wall it would glide up again to start spinning from where it had left off. Its perseverance eventually paid.

Potential of urban agriculture

The leading development challenges of Bangladesh today include alleviation of poverty and environmental management in the context of rapidly growing population. Dhaka is the 8th largest city in the world, with a population of over 15 million. Population influx to Dhaka is very high. Frequent natural disasters -- flood, drought, cyclones, river-bank erosion -- destroy agricultural crops every year and force farmers go to the cities. People are pushed to the cities because of the absence of job opportunities in rural areas.

Rising like the Phoenix

I have visited the ashy remnants of the fire that destroyed their homes. Where the flames burnt everything they had, that was all that they could claim as their own. 14 houses in Ershadnagar slum on March 23, and 39 houses in Sattola slum on March 24 were burned down


Nurture the genius within

When you find your child making his first call, fiddling with your mobile phone, or tapping illegibly on your computer keyboard for the first time, all grown-ups around start to swoon and giggle and talk about him becoming a great computer expert or a prodigy. But jokes apart, there have been quite many children who actually grew out from mobile and computer fiddlers to real geniuses who work for or run big companies at ages such as 13 or 14.

Budget should reflect Digital Bangladesh vision

Speakers at a roundtable observed that the national budget for fiscal 2011-12 should focus on the vision of a Digital Bangladesh or it will remain just a slogan.

Microsoft Government Solution Day held

Microsoft Bangladesh organised 'Microsoft Government Solutions Day' at a hotel in the capital on Wednesday. Over hundred key government stakeholders and Microsoft partners attended the event.

Yahoo ready to deliver on promise to upgrade email

Yahoo Inc. is giving its popular email service a long-promised facelift in an attempt to make it more appealing to people who are increasingly using Facebook, Twitter, Google and other online alternatives to communicate.

ETL introduces Gateway's NV Series

Executive Technologies Ltd (ETL) recently introduced Gateway's new NV Series notebook in the local market, says a press release.

German scientists beat data transfer record

Computer users who despair over slow Internet connections should take heart -- German scientists have broken a speed record, sending data contained on 700 DVDs over a single laser beam, in one second.

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