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52 MILLS sawing reserve forests

As many as 52 illegal sawmills have been set up inside the reserve forests in Sakhipur upazila in the last two and a half years thanks to alleged corruption by foresters and intervention by ruling party men.

Forests dip to 10pc

The country's forest cover has shrunk to less than 10 percent of land mass with only 0.02 hectares of per capita forest land, one of the lowest in the world.

Estimate raises eyebrows

Centre for Policy Dialogue yesterday questioned the provisional gross domestic product (GDP) growth estimate, which could misguide the policy makers, affect the credibility of the government and make people dub it as a political score.

Radical reform day's order

“You won't find mother trees in our forests. How would you?”

Commuters caught in chaos

Hundreds of commuters remained stranded for hours in parts of the capital yesterday, as pickets attacked buses driving them out of streets on the eve of the opposition-called hartal.

Caretaker must stay, no scope for talks

Asking the government to step down immediately, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said yesterday the caretaker government system must be kept in the constitution as it is, and there is no scope for discussion in this regard with the government or in parliament.

Indian foreign secy due tomorrow

The foreign secretary of India will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow for high-level consultations to prepare the ground for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's maiden visit to Bangladesh.

Proposals almost ready

The parliamentary special committee is set to meet today at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban to finalise its proposal and recommendations on the amendment of the constitution.

Wildlife in jeopardy

The number of phone calls we receive every day is amazing. People call to say fishing cats have been killed or captured. Jungle cat kittens found. Vultures lying sick. And of course, tigers have been killed.

Fuel, electricity to get pricier

The government will increase fuel and electricity prices in phases to ease its subsidy burden in the next fiscal year.

Nine 'rapists', 13 others charged

Police on Thursday submitted a charge sheet against 22 people including nine rapists to a court in the suicide provocation case of Catholic indigenous girl Serafina Mardi of Godagari.

No tolerance for terrorism

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday voiced her strong stance to eradicating terrorist and militant activities from Bangladesh whatever it costs to establish peace in the region.

7,000 a day catch AIDS: UN

About 7,000 people are being infected with AIDS each day and about half of the 34 million people with HIV do not know they have it, according to a UN report released to mark the disease's 30th anniversary.

Body of boy found hanging

Police yesterday recovered hanging body of an 11-year-old boy from a house in Buddhist Temple area in the capital's Sabujbagh.

ADB agrees to fund

Asian Development Bank has agreed to provide financial support to Bangladesh for implementing a solar system project for generation of 500 MW power.

Blast kills four Nato soldiers in Afghanistan

A bomb attack killed four foreign soldiers from Nato's US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, the military said.


PM's call to opposition

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's statement that her party does not hold a rigid position on the caretaker issue is a welcome attitude on the part of the ruling party to a matter of urgent national concern. Following her recent expression of view that future elections cannot be held under a caretaker system in light of a recent Supreme Court decision on it, she has now invited the opposition BNP to come forward with its formula on a resolution of the problem. As for the BNP, which has called a hartal today over the issue, its position is clear: it wants the caretaker system to stay and considers any move to scrap it as a 'conspiracy' on the part of the ruling Awami League.

Random parking menace

Mindless parking of vehicles on city roads has become a civic menace to say the least. The problem has come to such a pass that even pedestrian movement along commercial buildings or shopping complexes has become extremely difficult, at times even risky. We watch with trepidation the vehicle owners pulling up into an empty space readily available and keeping the vehicle parked for hours together. Hundreds of cars and other private and commercial vehicles are illegally parked all over the city, occupying at least two-thirds of the road space, creating unbearable traffic blockage.


Li makes history

Li Na made sporting history at the French Open on Saturday when she became the first player from Asia to win a women's Grand Slam singles title.

Sunday's Saturday slam

Mohammedan Sporting Club's Nigerian striker Sunday Chizoba slammed a hattrick as ten-man Mohammedan came from behind to beat visiting Feni Soccer Club 3-2 in a see-saw battle of the Grameenphone Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

New selectors, new tasks

Akram Khan is quite aware that a selection committee made up of three former national captains would face a different set of challenges.

Shakib plays for Royals today

Shakib Al Hasan returns to the Worcestershire fold today in a Friends Life t20 game against Durham Dynamos at New Road.

Record-breaking day at C'ships

Four new records were set at the National Swimming Complex yesterday as Bangladesh Ansar held on to the lead in the medals table of the Ashiyan City 27th National Age-Group Swimming Championships at the end of the second day.

No headway on coach issue

As expected no decision was made regarding the appointment of the new head coach in yesterday's much-talked about Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) executive committee meeting.

Solid start for SL

Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan helped deny England a breakthrough as the tourists tried to put their series-opening batting collapse behind them at Lord's.

Tiger still the richest

Tiger Woods, who has fallen to 13th in the world golf rankings without a title since November of 2009, remains atop the list of the world's highest-paid athletes according to Forbes magazine.

It's Nadal v Federer

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, with a staggering 25 Grand Slam titles between them, meet in their fourth French Open final in six years on Sunday with both men anticipating another epic Roland Garros clash.

So close, yet so far

Novak Djokovic said he knew his 43-match winning run would have to end, but insisted that his heartbreaking French Open semifinal defeat to a rejuvenated Roger Federer will make him stronger.

BD finish runners-up

Bangladesh became runners-up in the team event of the 4th Asian Carom Championship that concluded in Male, Maldives yesterday. Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka, Maldives, Malaysia, Singaore, Korea, and Pakistan but lost to eventual champions India. The 3-member Bangladesh team were comprised of Humayun Kabir, Moniruzzaman, and Mohammad Ali.

Knit Concern & Biman to square off

Knit Concern, who won the women's title yesterday, will face off with Biman Bangladesh Airlines in a virtual men's title-decider of the Auto Museum First Division Badminton Championship at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium today. Defending champions Biman and Knit both won all their six matches so far as Biman blanked Abohan Club 5-0 while Knit thrashed Dewan Textile 4-1 yesterday.

CA to test twilight ties

Cricket Australia (CA) will consider organising a few Sheffield Shield games at twilight next summer with the traditional red ball instead of the pink one being trialled by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

1-match ban on Sk Russel coach

The coach of Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Mahmudul Haque Liton has been slapped with a one-match 'stadium ban' for his unruly behaviour during their last Bangladesh League match against Feni Soccer Club.

India make 159-6

India made 159 for six from their allocation of 20 overs, after they were sent in to bat in their Twenty20 International against West Indies at Queen's Park Oval yesterday.

Hashan points at Sanath, Aravinda

Ex-Sri Lanka captain Hashan Tillakaratne has reportedly alleged that two former senior Lankan cricketers -- Aravinda de Silva

Italy stroll, Germany leave it late, France stumble

Germany and Italy continued their leisurely stroll towards the Euro 2012 finals with wins which underlined their domination of their groups but France dropped unexpected points by drawing in Belarus.

Loew thanks luck

Germany admitted that luck had played a big part in their 2-1 win against Austria on Friday, sealed at the last minute with a second goal by Mario Gomez.

Guus may return to Chelsea

Guus Hiddink Guus Hiddink left the possibility of a return to Chelsea open on Friday and his future with Turkey uncertain.

FIFA is run by dinosaurs: Maradona

Diego Maradona says corruption and match-fixing scandals that have hit FIFA will continue as long as the sport's governing body is run by “dinosaurs.”

FIFA probes Argentina's defeat against Nigeria

FIFA are investigating reports of unusual betting patterns following Nigeria's defeat of Argentina in an international friendly Wednesday, it was reported Saturday.

Rooney has hair transplant

England striker Wayne Rooney has had a hair transplant.

Essien returns as Ghana triumph

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien ended his international football exile this weekend to help Ghana defeat Congo 3-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Vaughan to trek the Great Wall

In May, Adam Parore conquered Mount Everest. Now, another cricketer is set to take on a different colossus. Michael Vaughan will trek some part of the Great Wall of China in September, with wife Nicola -- who came up with the idea, according to the BBC website -- and about 20 buddies for company.


CPD unveils recipe to calm economic nerves

The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) yesterday came up with a series of lessons learnt from the outgoing fiscal year to help tame the macroeconomic tensions arising from soaring inflation and borrowing costs and a falling exchange rate.

CPD: market needs 'painful' overhaul

The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) yesterday called for "corrective, painful and unpopular" overhauling measures to give a boost to the stockmarket.

Bangladesh looks to better trade with Myanmar

Bangladesh will ask Myanmar to allow small goods vessels to enter the neighbouring country, in an effort to boost bilateral border trade, said a senior commerce ministry official.

E-payment cuts business costs

A modern payment system is a necessity for the economic growth and development of the country as electronic payment reduces payment cost down to a one-tenth of conventional one, said the central bank governor yesterday.

Textile millers ask for more subsidy

Textile mill operators yesterday demanded a hike in cash subsidy to 15 percent from the existing 5 percent, as the stockpiling of unsold fabrics and yarn is increasing on the back of the latest move by the EU on Rules of Origin (RoO).

Cigarette makers want fair tax on all brands

Tax should be levied proportionately on all brands of cigarettes, not only on the low-end items consumed by the poor, manufacturers said.

UK firms look to Bangladesh to make green products

A number of firms from the United Kingdom are looking for forming ties with Bangladeshi companies to develop environmentally-sustainable goods and services, a seminar was told yesterday.

Citi launches fourth financial quiz

Citi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup, has launched the 'Fourth Citi Financial Quiz Competition' programme recently.

Minister urges Singapore to import more from Bangladesh

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has urged Singapore to import more Bangladeshi products to reduce the trade gap between the two countries.

iPads replacing note pads as Asian schools go high-tech

Apple's iPad and other tablet computers are replacing traditional note pads in some Asian schools and making the lives of thousands of students a whole lot easier.

Bogra switches to vegetable farming

Vegetables and spice cultivation in the 12 upazilas of Bogra district appears to be more profitable than growing paddy and other crops for farmers. It is not only less time consuming, but also promises greater yield at low costs.

An upazila that spins off vegetables

Cultivable lands in Shibganj upazila are yielding good vegetables for a long time now.

Cyber attacks run risk of wider instability

From the satellite pictures on Google Earth, Jinan looks like any other Chinese city -- sprawling construction sites, massive factory blocks, apartment buildings, a university, dozens of railway lines and wide-open plazas.

Obama: Japan, Europe and fuel pose economic risks

President Barack Obama is pointing to problems in Japan and Europe as challenges for the US economy, placing some blame on events abroad for a domestic recovery that is showing signs of slowing down.

World should double renewable energy by 2030: UN

The world should more than double reliance on renewable energy by 2030 as part of goals to slow climate change in a drive that will need strong backing from the private sector, a senior UN official said on Thursday.

China to become global banking king by 2023

China could leapfrog the United States to become the world's largest banking economy by 2023, 20 years earlier than expected, raising pressure on western banks to brush off the effects of the credit crisis and head east.

IMF frees up $225m for Iceland

The International Monetary Fund said Friday it had okayed a sixth tranche of $225 million in financing for Iceland, citing Reykjavik's "impressive progress" in post-crisis restructuring.

Asian shares down

Asian shares were mostly lower in edgy trade Friday as dealers nervously awaited a key US jobs report amid concerns over the world's biggest economy.

Nokia shares continue slide after outlook downgrade

The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia saw its share price slump again Friday, three days after it dramatically downgraded its second quarter outlook and said it could no longer provide a full-year forecast.

Samsonite to raise $1.5b in Hong Kong

Samsonite said Thursday it may raise as much as $1.5 billion from a share sale in Hong Kong, as the luggage maker and other global retailers tap the region's capital markets -- and surging customer base.

Kingfisher posts rising quarterly sales

Kingfisher, Europe's biggest home-improvements retailer, on Thursday posted rising first-quarter sales as warm spring weather in Europe lifted demand for gardening and outdoor products.

Weekly Currency Roundup

May 29 -June 2, 2011
International Markets:
The euro rose to a one-month high against the weak dollar, boosted by expectations of a quick-fix solution to the Green debt crisis, although gains could be checked by investors selling into the bounce. The euro clawed back ground even after Moody's cut its credit rating for Greece deep into junk territory. Traders said a major Asian sovereign account was a seller around the highs with further stops highlighted on a break of $1.4500, while option barriers rolling off this month are layered up to $1.4700. The US dollar was under pressure against the safe-haven Swiss franc hitting record low of 0.8383 on Wednesday. The dollar fell after data on Wednesday showed US companies hired far fewer workers than expected in May and that output in the manufacturing sector slowed to its lowest since 2009. Analysts said a poor US non-farm payrolls number on Friday could trigger more dollar losses and fuel speculation about the need for more monetary stimulus measures after a second round of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve ends this month.


Call for collaborative global efforts

World Environment Day 2011 will be observed in the country today as elsewhere across the world highlighting crucial environmental, economic and social roles played by forests.

Road crashes kill 4, injure 15

Four people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Comilla yesterday.

Anarchy to surface if SC verdict not accepted

Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said anarchy and disorder would ensue if the Supreme Court (SC) verdict that declared caretaker government system unconstitutional is not accepted.

DU team tops programming competition

The two-day National Collegiate Programming Contest (NCPC)-2011, a computer programming competition, ended at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.

'Enact house rent control act'

Jatiya Nagarik Samaj, a citizens' platform, yesterday demanded enactment of a time befitting house rent control act and its strict implementation to halt uncontrolled increase of house rent in the city.

Hold govt docs accountable

National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday urged the government to ensure accountability of doctors in state-run hospitals to reduce public suffering.

Neglect raises adolescent health risk

Lack of attention to adolescents' healthcare in general and their reproductive health in particular increases the vulnerability of around 33 million adolescents (aged between 10 and 19) in the country, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.

30 hurt in pre-hartal violence

At least 30 people including a police man were injured yesterday evening in a clash between law enforcers and BNP activists in Rajshahi city.

BNP has no respect for law: Sajeda

Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury here yesterday said BNP's hartal is anti-people and against the Supreme Court verdict that declared caretaker government system illegal and unconstitutional.

Threat to withdraw case

Family members of Shanchita Khatun, who killed herself following "foul play" by her schoolteacher, yesterday revealed at a human chain in Tanore that they are under threat for withdrawing the suicide provocation case.

RU workshop on carbon emission held

Zoology department of Rajshahi University (RU) organised a daylong workshop on carbon emission at the department yesterday under its “Natural Resources Preservation at RU” project.

RU teacher humiliated by girlfriend

A teacher of Rajshahi University (RU) was assaulted yesterday on the campus by his girlfriend as he ditched her to marry another woman.

Man falls from 5th floor of hotel, dies

A man died after falling from the fifth floor of a hotel in the city's Banani early yesterday while allegedly trying to escape a police raid.

Birdem marks first yr of liver transplantation

Birdem Hospital yesterday celebrated the first anniversary of successful liver transplantation in the country.

Body recovered in city

Police recovered the body of an unidentified man from the city's Karwan Bazar area yesterday.

Valuables stolen from two flats

Around 36 tolas of gold ornaments and Tk 4 lakh in cash were stolen from two locked flats of a five-storey building in front of Sheikh Baharullah Mosque at Panchlaish in the port city yesterday.


Prof Tahmina Alom, a teacher of History Department of Rajshahi University (RU), passed away at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital on Friday at the age of 49, says a press release.

Death anniversary

Today is the 23rd death anniversary of Atiqur Rahman, an organiser of the Liberation War and founder president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) city unit, says a press release.

Md Turab Ali

Today is the 32nd death anniversary of Alhaj Maulvi Md Turab Ali, father of martyred

Lutfunnessa Ibrahim

The 11th death anniversary of Begum Lutfunnessa Ibrahim, wife of Justice Mohammed Ibrahim, will be held today.


One killed, 17 hurt in Narail pre-poll clash

One person was killed and 17 others were injured in a pre-poll clash between the supporters of two union parishad chairman candidates in Narail Sadar upazila yesterday.

Criminals loot ballot boxes in Narsingdi, Lalmonirhat

Barring incidents of ballot box snatching in Shibpur upazila of Narsingdi and Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat, polling in 12 districts on the fourth day of the second phase of union parishad election was largely peaceful yesterday.

Commits 'suicide' after losing poll

A former member of Golapganj union parishad (UP) under Nawabganj upazila allegedly committed suicide yesterday morning after losing the June 2 election.

Lawmaker accused of violating poll code

Two chairman aspirants on Wednesday lodged complaints with the deputy commissioner of Panchagarh against the lawmaker from Panchagarh-2 constituency for his alleged involvement in campaigning for AL backed candidates in Boda and Shakoya unions of Boda upazila.

Interns on indefinite strike at MMCH

Interns at Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) went on an indefinite strike yesterday morning protesting alleged attack on their colleagues by the relatives of a patient on Friday.

Lightning kills 10 in 4 districts

Lightning killed at least 10 people in four districts yesterday and the day before.

'No' to brick kiln on cropland

Hundreds of farmers of Solondi village in Manikganj Sadar upazila formed a human chain on their cropland on Friday in protest against the plan to set up a brickfield there.

Traders hacked to death

Two traders were hacked to death by criminals in separate places in Ulapara upazila yesterday morning. One of the deceased was identified as Abdur Razzaq, 35, son of Neju Sheikh of Bhaturia village in Natore while identity of another person could not be known immediately. Being informed by local people police recovered a body from Shymolipara and another from near Boalia graveyard in the morning.

4 houses gutted in fire

Four houses were gutted in a fire which broke out at Bilpuli village in Saturia upazila Friday afternoon. Locals said the fire originated from the kitchen of Abul Kashem of the village at about 3pm and soon engulfed the four adjacent houses. Local people doused the fire after an hour of frantic efforts. The affected house owners claimed that the extent of loss caused by the fire could go up to Tk 4 lakh.

SCF leaders in Sylhet

Central leaders of the Sector Commanders Forum (SCF) at a discussion in Sylhet yesterday afternoon said trial of the war criminals should take place on the soil of Bangladesh as soon as possible. Otherwise, the nation would not forgive us. It was organized in connection with the installation of the forum's Sylhet divisional chapter at the Mohammad Ali Gymnasium at the city's Rikabibazar area.

Two commit suicide

A Youngman and a housewife, allegedly committed suicide in Kolaroa upazila on Thursday and Friday. Police said housewife Jahanara Begum, 48, wife of Badal Gazi Of Brojobaksha village following a family feud took poison in a bid to commit suicide Friday morning. She was rushed to the upazila health complex where she died at around 11am. In another incident, failing to bear the abdominal pains, Tarikul Islam, 25, son of Abdus Samad Gazi of Langolpara village in the upazila took poison in a bid to commit suicide Thursday afternoon. He was first admitted to the upazila health complex and later succumbed on the way to Sadar hospital at about 5pm.

Tiger kills young man

A tiger killed a man in Tota Kalabogi area adjacent to the Sundarbans under Dakope upazila of Khulna district yesterday. He was identified as Zahidul Sana,25, son of Akbar Ali Sana of Kalabogi village under the same upazila. The tiger attacked him at the time of felling trees in the forest. Forest guards later recovered his body from inside the forest at 8:00 am. With this one, the total number of people killed by tigers in last two months in Dakope upazila alone stands at six, said Mihir Kumar, DFO in-charge of the east wing of Sundarbans forest division.


Shrimp farming and salinity

Hossain's important front page report published in your daily on May 26th is a subject, which I believe a very few know about; more so the ignorant farmers, who made their farmland into saline ponds for shrimp breeding and farming. The recent storm and heavy waves destroyed the fish farms, and all the shrimps were lost to the tidal wave. As an option, the farmers went back to growing paddy and other food crops; little knowing that their soil is now saturated in saline, and no green crops can be grown! In this case not only have they lost the shrimps; which were financially rewarding; but now no cash crops can be grown, which before farming of shrimps in saline water, used to provide cash crop! Not only they, but possibly the agricultural officials were unaware of this. Otherwise they would have stopped the farmers in wasting money, scarce resources and their labor in trying to plant farm food crops in the saline contaminated soil! Agriculture Department should now take necessary steps, so that all farmers become aware of this problem of soil salinity; so that the farmers know the pros and cons; before opting for fish farming in their farmland.

Fake notes in ATM booths

ATM (Automated Teller Machine) is a great invention of modern technology, as we know that majority banks of our country are doing trading on-line basis. Banks are providing debit and credit cards to the customers. With the help of those cards, customers can easily withdraw money from booths at any time. ATM booths are playing a vital role in our modern e-banking system. They provide 24 hours service throughout the week. Recently, there was widespread allegation from the customers that they got fake notes from ATM booths. If anyone gets fake notes from ATM, s/he can not produce any evidence of that. So, banks should be more cautious regarding this issue. They should ensure that there will be no more fake notes in ATM. Otherwise customers will reject this popular service.

Separate tickets for students

Now-a-days, the main problem for the people in Dhaka is bus fare. Huge numbers of students are studying in this city and they have to travel to different places regularly. Some educational institutions have their own transports but they are not sufficient. So, the students have to travel by public buses. Because of increased fuel price, the bus fare has been raised. Quarrels between bus staff and passengers are very common. Sometimes, the helpers behave roughly with the students. In this circumstance, I hope that our Ministry of Communications, BRTA and the owners of the buses arrange separate tickets for students.

Drone attack

The United States has carried out a series of attacks in northwest Pakistan since 2004 using drones or unmanned aerial vehicles. These strikes by UAV are operated remotely from Creech Air Force Base located in Nevada, USA. The attacks are part of the US “War on Terrorism” campaign, seeking to defeat Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan.

Is Purbachal a model town?

The over 6000 acre 'model town' under development in Rupganj (Narayanganj), that RAJUK now calls Purbachal New Town (PNT), started with “Yusufganj Satellite Town” project about two decades ago. Although people know this as a model town, it still bears the smell of the first conceived 'satellite' character. Although RAJUK's plan shows over 25% road area inside the town is over 100 feet wide, Dhaka Eastern By-pass road running along its east side obliquely, and a planned 300 feet road link from Kuril in Dhaka, PNT doesn't have any north-south links that could do justice to the local people of two adjacent upazilas: Rupganj and Kaliganj, each of which has contributed land to it.

We don't want any confrontation over CTG

It is the government's duty to see to it that people live in peace and there is stability in the country, but from the activities of Awami League led government, people are getting the impression that the government does not care, and it will stubbornly go ahead with its plan no matter what the outcome is.

Queen opens a new chapter

Queen Elizabeth's recent visit to the Republic of Ireland opened a new chapter in the Anglo-Irish relations. It was the first visit by a British Monarch in 100 years to Ireland which marked the anniversary of the end of the British colonial rule in the Republic.

Who should be our role model?

The Lord Almighty sent messengers into this world whenever people had gone astray. This process continued for some time, and then the Lord Almighty put a stop to sending any more messengers. The process culminated in sending the last and final messenger Prophet Muhammad SM, the best of the best.

Constitutional amendment, why?

Tucked away on Page 5 of DS 27 May 2011 is a news item that has disturbed me immensely. Sector Commanders Forum (SCF) and some political parties have demanded from the Special Committee on Constitutional Amendment that 1) Islam as state religion is scrapped, 2) Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim dropped as 3) the two-nation theory had been rejected. My questions were not the first two inserted more than 30 years ago, to fulfill the original deficiencies and make our constitution consistent with the aspirations of 85% of Bangladeshis?

No more confrontation

A few days earlier a presidium member of AL declared that Justice Khairul Haque will be the next Chief of CTG. But the Prime Minister has bid farewell to the Caretaker System saying that the country's highest court has declared CTG system illegal.

River erosion

Bangladesh is a country of rivers. But it is a matter of regret that we are victims of river erosion. Many families lost their home and land. But our authorities remain silent. Now the magnitude of erosion has increased in the rainy season. So authorities should do something urgently to save the poor people's land.

Readers respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Saturday's The Daily Star report headlined “Random parking goes unabated.”


Clashes spread as Saleh vows to hit back

Fresh fighting gripped the Yemeni capital yesterday as embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed to hit back after he was wounded in shelling of his compound.

Friday's death toll rises to 63 in Syria

Security forces yesterday killed three demonstrators in northwestern Syria, after more than 100,000 mourners turned out in Hama for the funerals of protesters, rights groups said.

US drone strike 'kills' key Pakistani militant

One of Pakistan's most senior militants has been killed in a US drone strike in South Waziristan, reports said yesterday.

Combat helicopters enter Libya fray

Attack helicopters struck Muammar Gaddafi's forces Nato said yesterday marking a new chapter in the Libya conflict.

'Back our right to drive'

Saudi activists have written an open letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a champion of women's rights around the world, urging her to publicly press Saudi Arabia to let women drive.

Indian yoga guru begins fast to death

India's most famous yoga guru began a mass fast to the death yesterday to demand reforms including the death penalty for corrupt officials in an anti-graft campaign that has undermined an embattled and scandal-tainted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

US pledges wider Asian military ties

The US said yesterday that it will expand its military presence across the Pacific Rim despite budget worries and the ongoing commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Withdraw troops from Abyei UN calls on Sudan

The UN Security Council demanded Friday that Sudan withdraw troops from Abyei and stop looting and attacks in the region disputed with rival southern Sudan.

Egypt temporarily shuts Gaza crossing

Egyptian officials at the Rafah border with the Gaza Strip closed the crossing yesterday, Palestinian police told AFP.

US confirms boycott

The United States will not participate in the Durban III UN summit on racism in September this year, which commemorates ten years since the controversial 2001 Durban Declaration conference, officials confirmed Friday.

Egypt ex-finance minister gets 30 years in absentia

Former Egyptian finance minister Yussef Boutros Ghali was yesterday sentenced to 30 years in prison in absentia on corruption charges, an AFP correspondent said.

Abbas nods at French bid to revive peace talks

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday cautiously welcomed a French proposal to convene Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Paris to try to renew collapsed peace talks.

48 to face trial for Egypt sectarian violence

Egypt's public prosecutor yesterday referred 48 people to trial for their involvement in deadly Muslim-Christian clashes earlier this month.

US, Britain urge cooperation on cyber threats

The United States and Britain called yesterday for international cooperation against threats to cyber security following a fresh spate of attacks on government and corporate targets.

New al-Qaeda video urges individual jihad

Al-Qaeda has released a two-part 100-minute video apparently produced after the death of Laden that calls for individual acts of jihad on "enemy soil," a US-based monitoring service said Friday.

Arts & Entertainment

National Theatre Festival by BGTF begins

The 15-day National Theatre Festival, organised by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF), started on June 3 at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). Titled “Jatiya Natya Utshab O Dui Banglar Natya Mela”, the festival features 30 plays by as many troupes, including three from India. The plays are being staged at National Theatre Hall and Experimental Theatre Hall.

In Search Of…

Dhaka-based documentary photographer Naymuzzaman Prince's keen observation on socio-cultural issues has once again posed many questions through his lens. Unlike his previous exhibition “In Search”, which featured photos shot in the rural areas of Bangladesh, the current exhibition -- a sequel to that -- titled “In Search 2” showcases 77 photos taken in Cuba, India, Rwanda and Bangladesh. Organised by Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, the photos will be on display till June 14.

Painting, mask and pottery exhibition in Barisal

Barisal City Corporation Mayor Shawkat Hossain Hiron has said that fine arts like painting should reflect patriotism, nature, environment and native culture.

Theatre Festival for Children in Bogra

A five-day theatre festival for children, titled “Faridur Reza Sagor Shishu Kishor Natyotshob 2011”, kicked off at Woodburn Public Library auditorium, Bogra on June 3. Noted filmmaker Morshedul Islam inaugurated the festival. Author of children's literature and media personality Faridur Reza Sagor was the chief guest on the first day of the festival.


Is this the Asian century?

Last month, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released a report in its annual meeting held in Vietnam entitled "Asia 2050 -- realising the Asian century." In a breath-taking sweep of economic trends and visions it describes two possible scenarios -- first an "Asian century," which is expected, and the other a "Middle income trap."

'Arab Spring' at Deauville Summit

The "rich men's club" met under the Presidency of Nicholas Sarkozy at the tourist resort of Deauville, France (May 26-27) in the backdrop of some tumultuous developments around the world. It was the 37th Summit of G8.

Water salinity and maternal health

Bangladesh stands at the forefront of climate change, with its coastal region witnessing dramatic sea-level rise over the last three decades. The resultant sea-water intrusion is increasing salinity in coastal drinking water with severe health consequences to surrounding populations. Our research team at Imperial College London and Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies (BCAS) has found expecting mothers in particular, becoming acutely susceptible to the diseases of hypertension and (pre)eclampsia from this salinity exposure. This suggests that climate change is not only breaching our coasts, but is approaching the very shores of motherhood in the womb.

Refresh our air

Today, June 5, is "World Environment Day." This day is very important for us to express our anxiety about the environment due to climate change. Our air, water, earth -- everything is polluted, and we are increasing the pollution everyday in new ways.

Let's not 'sweat the small stuff'

It was one of those days when problems cascade and nothing seems to go right. I was jolted out of my sleep at 6:30 in the morning by the shrill ring of the phone. Living far away from family and friends, I am perpetually terrified that a call at any unearthly hour might herald bad news. Thankfully, in this case it was our neighbour Joan calling to alert me that our car's parking lights had been left on all night.

This Day In History

June 5

World War II: United States declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.


Greening Bangladesh

This year's World Environment Day titled "Forests: Nature at Your Service" is not just a call for one day of awareness, but can usher the beginning of an determined move towards the conservation of Bangladesh's remaining forest cover. It underscores the intrinsic link between quality of life and the health of forests and forest ecosystems, and supports this year's UN International Year of Forests. This is therefore a call to strengthen our resolve towards afforestation and other necessary measures for a truly “green” Bangladesh.

Forest: The one and only address of inhabitable world

Forest ecosystem provides benefits that support the livelihoods of countless human beings. Forests provide a number of components to the broad range of ecological services such as, regulation of rainfall and hydrological system; maintenance of soil quality, control of soil erosion, modulating climate; and being the habitat of biodiversity. Forests form the basis of different industries e.g. timber, wood processing, paper, rubber, paints, resin, gum, honey, food, medicines, building material, fodder, game, tourism, etc. Forests are home to millions of people all around the world and they are dependent on the forests for their survival.

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