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Onus now on JS

The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment yesterday finalised its recommendations, leaving it to the parliament to decide whether the caretaker government system will continue or not.

Hartal ends quietly

Police scuffled with protesters and arrested over 100 people yesterday during a daylong hartal called by the main opposition BNP and its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami to protest what they said moves to scrap the constitutional provision of holding parliamentary elections under a non-partisan caretaker government.

Muhith trashes CPD doubt

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday came down hard on Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) for questioning the provisional estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) growth by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

Final push for Teesta treaty

Bangladesh and India will hold secretary-level talks in New Delhi today to finalise the framework of an interim treaty for sharing the Teesta water in dry season, prior to the water resources minister-level talks in Dhaka.

PM says door still open

Labelling the reason of BNP's Sunday hartal as “irrational issue”, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina again requested the opposition party to place their formula on caretaker government system in parliament, if they have any.

GURU No more

The pop guru of Bangladesh is no more. The man, who valiantly fought for the country in the 1971 Liberation War and later inspired millions with his unique music style, lost his long battle for life at 10:20am yesterday at Combined Military Hospital (CMH).

Hartal called not on CG issue

Ruling Awami League yesterday claimed that BNP called for the hartal to obstruct the trial of war criminals and create anarchy, not on the issue of the caretaker government system.

Sunken tanker spilling oil in Karnaphuli

A tanker, which sank into the Karnaphuli River on Saturday and was spilling oil, could not be salvaged till last night.

Industries must run ETPs

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the owners of mills and factories to use effluent treatment plant (ETP) and remain cautious so that waste of their factories does not fall into rivers.

Intelligence blamed

Former chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed and ex-army chief Moeen U Ahmed have blamed intelligence officials for atrocities on teachers and students of Dhaka and Rajshahi universities centring the DU campus violence in 2007.

$615m loan deal with ADB today

Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice President (Operations 1) Xiaoyu Zhao was scheduled to arrive here last night to attend the loan agreement signing ceremony for Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project between the ADB and the government today.

CID given 17 more days to complete probe

A Dhaka court yesterday granted the Criminal Investigation Department 17 more days to complete the further investigation into one of the August 21 grenade attack cases.

Govt slated for denying JS bodies more power

Some lawmakers of ruling Awami League and its allies in parliament yesterday strongly criticised the government for rejecting a proposal to increase the authority of parliamentary standing committees.

Greenhouse gas emission hits record

Despite 20 years of effort, greenhouse gas emissions are going up instead of down, hitting record highs as climate negotiators gather to debate a new global warming accord.

9 HC judges take oath today

Nine High Court judges, who were regularised recently, will be sworn in today.

Suicide blast kills six in Pakistan

A bomb ripped through a passenger vehicle parked at a bus terminal near the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar yesterday, killing six people and wounding 11 others, police said.

Secularisation threatens family

Pope Benedict XVI yesterday urged Catholics to "be courageous" and oppose secularisation which he said threatens the family as he celebrated mass before hundreds of thousands at a Zagreb hippodrome.

Two guards killed in Afghan bank attack

Two security guards were killed yesterday in a bomb blast targeting an Afghan bank where government employees were thought to be collecting their wages, police said.

Blast at bakery kills 14 in Pakistan

At least 14 people were killed and more than 20 injured yesterday when a bomb exploded in a bakery in northwest Pakistan, police and government officials said.

Thousands rally in Australia for carbon tax

Thousands of Australians rallied around the nation yesterday to support a tax on the carbon emissions blamed for global warming, as a new report outlined the risks of climate change for sea levels.


In our yesterday's report headlined “Radical reform day's order”, we inadvertently mentioned wildlife expert Dr Reza Khan as Dr Ali Reza Khan. The report said Wildlife Trust of Bang-ladesh honoured him this year with Bangabandhu Award, which is also not correct. In fact, the government awarded him the Bangabandhu Award in recognition of his work for wildlife conservation. We regret the errors.


Assuming extreme positions

Begum Zia has rejected the PM's offer of a dialogue saying that there is no scope for talks and that the government must resign while ensuring that the caretaker system stays. She is prepared to discuss on, what she calls, an acceptable caretaker government only after the present government resigns. The BNP chief has not however elaborated what according to her would be an "acceptable" caretaker government.

Unauthorised sawmills

The observance of World Environment Day in Bangladesh yesterday could not have been a cheering exercise. With the country now home to only 10 per cent of forests where the global required standard is 25 per cent, it is time to ask why we have consistently failed to roll back the damage systematically being done to our environment. Part of the answer comes from reports of a blatant, illegal felling of trees in what is officially known as the Sakhipur reserve forests in the Madhupur region. Over the last two and a half years, no fewer than 52 sawmills have been set up illegally, and with the full knowledge of the authorities, in the area. That is a shame. The bigger shame, though, is that the Department of Forests seems powerless to do anything about it since ruling party people are allegedly involved in the illegal business.


King of clay

Rafael Nadal won a 10th Grand Slam crown and equalled Bjorn Borg's record of six French Open titles when he defeated Roger Federer

BCB moves firmly towards Law

Though good judgment has finally dawned on the Bangladesh Cricket Board high-ups regarding discretion during negotiations with coaches, it has been learned that they are zeroing in on one particular name.

Biman retain title as Knit walk out

Holders Bangladesh Biman were declared the champions in the men's section of Auto Museum First Division Badminton League after Knit Concern Badminton Club refused to play in the virtual final match following a revised decision by the umpire at the Wooden Floor Stadium yesterday.

Dilshan makes England toil

England finally saw the back of Tillakaratne Dilshan at Lord's but not before the Sri Lanka captain had made 193 in the second Test here on Sunday.

Shakib kept waiting

The Worcestershire-Durham Friends Life t20 game at the New Road ground has been called off due to incessant rain.

Donald's no to Kiwis

Former South African paceman Allan Donald rejected an offer to become New Zealand's bowling coach Sunday to pursue a job in his homeland, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said.

Ansar rule the pool

Bangladesh Ansar established their dominance in the Ashiyan City 27th National Age-Group Swimming Championships edging the defending champions by 10 gold as the curtains were drawn at the at the National Swimming Complex yesterday. Ansar finished with 55 gold, 32 silver and 24 bronze to dethrone who bagged Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP) 45 gold, 55 silver and 32 bronze to grab the second place.

Floodlights defer Jamal, Russel clash

Bangladesh Football Federation shifted yesterday's scheduled Bangladesh League fixture between Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Sheikh Russel KC to today due to failure of the floodlight at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

China awaits new dawn

China rejoiced Sunday after Li Na's French Open triumph brought Asia its first Grand Slam singles win, sparking confident predictions of a new dawn for tennis in the world's most populous nation.

First ODI today

Off to a perfect start by winning the lone Twenty20 game of the tour, a second-string India will have to shift gears quickly and now brace up for an ODI battle against the depleted West Indies in a five-match series, starting on Monday.

India stifle Windies

India withstood a late charge from rookie Christopher Barnwell to collect their maiden Twenty20 International victory over West Indies by 16 runs at Queen's Park Oval here on Saturday.

Smith eyes top spot

South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith said Sunday the priority this season is to challenge India for first position in the world rankings.

Gary set to coach SA

Just over two months after guiding India to the World Cup, Gary Kirsten could become coach of his native South Africa.

'Plot against Afridi'

Former first class cricketer Tahir Shah has appealed the Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to look into the issue of Shahid Afridi's retirement, which is a planned conspiracy against him.

No home comfort for Brazil

Brazil, hosts of the next World Cup, were held to a 0-0 draw by the Netherlands in a rare home friendly on Saturday, with both goalkeepers responsible for the deadlock.

Neymar expected better

Brazil striker Neymar says he is disappointed that the Selecao were unable to beat the Netherlands in Saturday's friendly.

Spain outclass USA

Villarreal striker Santi Cazorla scored two first-half goals and reigning World Cup champion Spain routed the United States 4-0 on Saturday in an international football friendly.

England battle to a draw

England were held by Switzerland at Wembley and veteran Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane rewrote the record books in Euro 2012 qualifying action on Saturday.

Eto'o puts Lions on the spot

Inter Milan star Samuel Eto'o fluffed a late penalty as Cameroon were held 0-0 at home by Senegal and are in danger of missing the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Kissinger mulls FIFA role

Henry Kissinger is mulling over an offer from FIFA president Sepp Blatter to help clean up world football's governing body but said he needed more details before committing himself.

Gay 2011's fastest

American sprinter Tyson Gay notched the world's best 100m of 2011 on Saturday as he posted 9.79sec at a low-key meeting in Clermont, Florida.


Demand for wheat rises as lifestyle changes

Flour consumption goes up in Bangladesh in the face of a rise in health consciousness and industrial use to make biscuits, bread and other snacks, industry people say.

Hefty imports to cut Ramadan prices: BB

The upcoming Ramadan will see two to four times more imports of rice, sugar and cooking oil, compared to last year, which will help contain the price spirals of essentials during the fasting month, according to a Bangladesh Bank (BB) statement issued yesterday.

Stocks finish flat

The countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by main opposition BNP could not hamper yesterday's stock trading. The market closed nearly flat on the first day of the week.

UAE keen to invest more in Bangladesh: minister

Many companies from the United Arab Emirates are interested to invest in Bangladesh's agriculture, food processing, hospitality and tourism, said the UAE minister for foreign trade yesterday.

Midas Financing re-elects chairman

Rokia A Rahman has recently been re-elected chairman of Midas Financing Ltd for the next two years, the financial institution said in a statement yesterday.

Watch out for early signs of peaking inflation and slowing growth

Indian equities, after recovering smartly during much of 2009 and 2010, have again started exhibiting high volatility over the last six months. At a global level, this time it is emerging markets which are leading the downside in equities. Even among emerging markets, Indian stocks have looked weaker.

Stalled economy, less stimulus ahead

Nearly half way through the year, 2011 is looking remarkably like 2010 -- markets in the doldrums and the stability of the global economy in the balance.

SME ratings come to fore

Small and medium businesses have the growth potential and can create jobs for skilled manpower and reduce poverty to a satisfactory level, an expert said.

She sets her own course in beauty care

She got married when she was only 15, but early marriage could not stop Gazi Laily Akter Swapna from pursuing further studies and emerging as a successful entrepreneur later.

In China, soaring food prices mean leaner diets

Li Ping and her husband, both retirees, pick over the offerings at a Beijing market to prepare traditional dumplings for the Dragon Boat festival. Rocketing food prices are limiting their options.

India health costs a crisis impoverishing millions

When Nasir Khan cried out at night from the searing pain of kidney sto-nes, the entire slum could hear him.

Fears over Myanmar deep-sea port plan

Mechanical diggers on the pristine beaches near the sleepy fishing town of Dawei are a sign that change is coming to the remote corner of Myanmar -- but not necessarily for the better.

Greece likely to get aid tranche, extra funding

Greece is likely to get a vital slice of aid in July to avoid default, international lenders said on Friday, while the European Union raised the prospect of expanding the bailout of the euro zone state.

Iraq inks gas deals with foreign firms

Iraq on Sunday signed deals with Turkish, Kuwaiti and South Korean energy firms to develop two gas fields in the centre and south of the country, after they were awarded in October.

Weak US jobs data jolts global stocks

Wall Street capped off a fifth straight week of losses on Friday and Treasuries rose as much slower-than-expected US job growth stoked fear that the world's largest economy was in a protracted slowdown.

Prime Bank elects top brass

Mohammad Aminul Haque has recently been elected chairman of Prime Bank at the bank's 363rd meeting in Dhaka.


Over 100 hurt, 40 picked up

Nationwide hartal, enforced by BNP and Jamaat yesterday, was observed in most of the districts peacefully with a few stray incidents of scuffle with police.

Enforcement of building code essential

Enforcement of building code, appropriate design and soil testing are vital for construction of buildings to reduce damage from earthquakes in the country, said experts at a discussion yesterday.

UNDP assures help to fight climate change

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Representative Robert Juhkam yesterday said the UN's development network is with Bangladesh in its efforts to combat climate change and environmental issues.

Demise of Azam Khan condoled

President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia and other socio-political organisations in separate messages expressed their deep shock and sorrow at the death of Pop Guru Azam Khan.

Union info services changing lives

After obtaining diploma in agriculture, Mohammad Alauddin was wondering about his future as his late father left him no source of a livelihood.

Four killed in road accidents

Four people were killed and four others injured in separate road accidents in Natore, Jhenidah and Satkhira yesterday

'Reform law to protect rights of forest people'

Speakers yesterday called upon authorities concerned to reform “Forest Act 2010” and “Wildlife Conservation Act 2010” to preserve rights of people living in forests regions.

Court records statement of GP official in Koko's case

A Dhaka court yesterday recorded statement of one more prosecution witness (PW) in a money laundering case against Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

9 AL men charged

Nine Awami League men were charged yesterday for an attack on the mayor of Sarishabari municipality of the district on Friday.

BNP leader Milon freed from Comilla jail

Former state minister for education ANM Ehsanul Haq Milon was released from Comilla jail yesterday after serving 470 days in 24 cases, confirmed his wife Nazmun Nahar Baby.

6 car lifters held in Ctg

Six members of a car lifting gang were arrested along with a stolen micro bus from Chittagong on Saturday.

Bus burnt as its cylinder explodes

A night couch was burnt completely as its CNG-run cylinder exploded at Bijul in Birampur upazila yesterday morning.

Help build peaceful world

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the developed nations to come forward with supportive attitudes to build a peaceful, cooperative and prosperous world.

Hearing on charge framing against Saeed Eskander July 6

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the hearing on charge framing against Major (Retd) Saeed Eskander till July 6 in connection with a corruption case.

One electrocuted

A young man was electrocuted and his two brothers sustained injuries at Deluabari village in Sariakandi upazila headquarters on Saturday.

BCSIR awarded 'Center of Excellence for South Asia'

Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) achieved recognition as Center of Excellence for South Asia from USA-based Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT).

Man killed falling down in cargo hold

A staff of a ship died after falling down in a ship's cargo hold at the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port in the port city yesterday.


Md Habibur Rahman Habi, a former lawmaker of Jatiya Party, passed away at Square Hospital in the city on Saturday at the age of 60, says a press release.


Qulkhwani of Selina Akter, wife of late Haider Ali, former senior principal officer of Janata Bank, will be held at her residence at 475/4/1, South Paik Para in the city after Asr prayers today.


Post-poll violence in several dists, 50 including 8 policemen hurt

At least 50 people, including eight members of law enforcement agencies, were injured in post-UP poll violence in Moulvibazar, Jamalpur, Kishoreganj and Natore districts yesterday and on Saturday night.

50 food poisoned in Lalmonirhat

At least 50 people were food poisoned after having breakfast at a local restaurant at Khuniyagachh village in Sadar upazila yesterday.

Pirates abduct 8 fishermen, loot 10 trawlers

A gang of pirates abducted eight fishermen and looted nets, hilsa fish, fuel and cash worth about Tk over 50 lakh from 10 trawlers in coastal areas of the district on Friday night.

Hectic campaign as Lohagara poll nears

Election campaign is gaining momentum in Lohagara with mayor and councilor candidates going door to door to woo voters for the June 12 municipal election.

Polls in most unions largely peaceful

Barring an incident of ballot box snatching from a centre in Niphamari Sadar upazila, election to the union parishads in Nilphamari, Sirajganj, Chandpur, Naogaon, Pabna, Jhenidah and Thakurgaon districts was largely peaceful yesterday.

Patients suffer as MMCH interns continue strike

Suffering s of patients mounted on the second day of the indefinite strike by the interns at Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) yesterday.

Most Sylhet colleges to face dearth of students

Although 82 percent students passed this year's SSC examinations under Sylhet Education Board, most of the colleges will face student shortage as the number of successful candidates is around 28,000 less than the institutions' total accommodation capacity in the HSC first year.

3 sued on charge of hoarding fertiliser

Three people were sued on Friday night on charge of hoarding at least 20,310 sacks of fertiliser illegally.

20 female madrasa students fall sick

At least 20 female students of a Qawmi madrasa fell sick due to 'excessive' heat at Maria in Sadar upazila yesterday.

Prisoner dies in Panchagarh

A prisoner died at Panchagarh Sadar Hospital yesterday morning. Fazar Ali,30, son of late Abdul Hamid of Ramerdanga village in Panchagarh municipality area was undergoing three months non-rigorous imprisonment. Jail sources said, Fazar Ali felt illness when he awoke up for Fazr prayers at about 5:00am. He was brought to Panchagarh Sadar Hospital where he died at about 6:00am. Executive magistrate and acting superintendent of Panchagarh jail Shahed Pervez said a UD case was filed with Panchagarh police station. On completion of autopsy his body was handed over to his relatives in the afternoon.

Youth jailed for stalking

A mobile court sentenced a youth to six months jail for sexually harassing a college girl in Gomostapur upazila Saturday. Sources said Mokhlesur Rahman, 20, of Hausnagar village in Shibganj upazila, used to disturb a second year girl student of Barendra College over mobile phone. On Saturday morning, Mokhlesur while harassing the girl on the campus, college authorities caught him and handed over to police. Later, a mobile court, led by executive magistrate and Gomostapur upazila nirbahi officer Sajjadul Hasan handed down the verdict.

Fugitive convict arrested

Bogra Dhupchachia police in a drive arrested a fugitive convict at Sheikhpura village in Naogaon Sadar early Saturday. The arrestee was identified as Sekandar Ali alias Seken, 48, son of late Asiruddin of Zianagar Balukapara village in Dupchachia upazila. Police said Seken was sentenced to 32 years imprisonment in murder and robbery cases in absentia 12 years ago. To avoid arrest Seken constructed a house in Sheikhpura village and started living there since long. Acting on secret information, Dhupchachia police raided his house late at night and arrested him.

Trader murdered in Jessore

A trader was murdered by criminals on his way back home from a market at Sadipur Pantapara village in Sadar upazila Friday night. The deceased was identified as Akkas Ali of the village. Sources said, a gang intercepted Akkas while he was returning home from local Khajura market by a bicycle at about midnight. Later, they took him to a nearby garden and slit his throat.


Health Policy 2011 and role of media

I am happy to see the present government's ambitious health policy. The headline news (The Daily Star; 31-05-2011) indicated that the government's emphasis is to serve our poor; satisfactorily! This is ambitious because several new agenda have been included. These are: i) Stopping private practice of GOB employed doctors, ii) Inclusion of Homeopathy, Ayurbedi & Unani medicines among GOB health service providers, & iii) Inclusion of health insurance in both public & private sectors. As it has been approved without the consensus of major service providers, meaning MBBS doctors' organizations as well as the corporate committees who will have to spend money for their employees, in the form of insurance; government should be aware of possible hindrance.

Resolve the Limon crisis

The prime minister's defense adviser Tarique Ahmed Siddique recently told that he was 100% sure that RAB shot Limon as he attempted to run away at the time of operation to arrest Jamadder, a local accused. He also said Limon and his father are members of a criminal gang and a conspiracy was being hatched to disband RAB. Then Sahara Khatun, the state minister, confirmed that he (Tarique Siddique) expressed the government's position. It is worthwhile to note that the state minister a few days ago said that she had nothing to do with Limon. Finally, RAB's Director General opined, “Limon is a young boy, not a notorious criminal. He just became a victim of the incident.” According to the newspapers, two cases were filed against Limon. He was accused of illegally possessing arms and of obstructing law enforcement agencies in discharging their duties. He was also recorded as being 25-year-old, but actually he was 16. The probe committee had not been able to find any evidence that indicates Limon as a criminal.We hope that the PM will personally handle the issue and give directives to the concerned to resolve the crisis.

Anniversary of Nimtoli tragedy

One year has just passed on June 3, 2011 since the devastating inferno that caused colossal damages to property and loss of innumerable human lives. It was detected that the warehouses that stored inflammable chemicals were solely responsible for this tragedy, and the govt. assured that those storage facilities will be shifted immediately to elsewhere so that these kinds of gruesome incidents never occur again. But it is sad to notice that despite the Prime Minister's interventions, promises of the concerned minister and other authorities, the chemical stores still remain in the same place. I wonder why nothing materializes in our country despite instructions, promises made by the superior authorities.

BNP's Hartal

The BNP leaders have said that Sunday's hartal was not against the Supreme Court verdict but against Prime Minister's speech on the Caretaker Government issue. What a big reason for calling hartal, a destructive and damaging mechanism to cripple the country's economy and creating anarchy! If they were correct, they should have waited until the final day of implementation of the Prime Minister's "NO" to the Caretaker Government. The impatient BNP could not wait that long. We must appreciate BNP for their love for people, democracy and national prosperity! I believe the people of Bangladesh will surely bring this party to power if the voting is held under a caretaker administration with power to hold an engineered election without e-voting and voter list. We wish BNP all the success.

Who is right, FBCCI or BB?

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has claimed that the apex trade body, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) lobbied with it to extend the deadline for bringing down the bank's exposure to the stock market. But the FBCCI said neither it nor any business organization made such lobby. The FBCCI also added that in the early 2010, the index was 4,200 and crossed 6,000 by June. The central bank gave only warning but did not fix CRR (Cash Reserve Requirement). As a result, banks made huge investment that took index unusually to 8,900.

Toxic tanneries

Roy's important report on pollution by tanneries and the photo alongside it both show the red color! Meanwhile, the plans for shifting tanneries has gone to the "red" zone of inaction as usual; being stuck up in bureaucratic 'Red Tape' for how long, no one knows! While with the background is becoming 'redder' as shown in Khan's photograph; alongside the report. May be it will become useful raw material for dying in red color! Interesting re-cycling indeed; with cost reduction in the bargain!

Congrats, Mustafa Zaman Abbasi

Recently Mustafa Zaman Abbasi has obtained a life-time achievement award in a program celebrating the birth anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, organized by Channel i. I read his novel “Kalzanir Dheu”.

Laden and terrorism

After ten years of history's most strenuous manhunt, US Navy's elite Commandos recently killed Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind behind the nine-eleven holocaust of the Twin Towers.

SEC pending issues

After months of down slides, the market swung up this week but down it went again today (Wednesday, 1 June). The small investors can only hope and wait as we, the hostages to the big players and controllers pray for relief. Following issues have now been pending for months without any sign of action.

Memorizing lessons

There are many students in our country who memorize their lessons without understanding them. Without studying textbooks, they read guidebooks which are available in the market. They often get good marks in the exams. But we can see that due to memorizing lessons, they do not get good jobs. To get a job, they have to pay bribe and involve in corruption and nepotism. But if students study hard and try to understand what they are reading, avoiding the bad practice of memorizing lessons, it would yield good results in future. It is of great delight that GOB has already introduced creative system in SSC and HSC level which discourages memorizing lessons.

A royal love story

Directed by Linda Yellen a movie titled - “William & Kate: A Royal Love Story” depicting the budding romance of Prince William and Kate Middleton and their subsequent fairy-tale wedding is under production and is expected to be released by August next on the Hallmark Channel.Yellen who also wrote the story of “William & Kate: A Royal Love Story” called the movie “a very personal story. In a way, it's my tribute to late Princess Diana as well as to the young couple”. Yellen, whose father died on the first day of shooting the film, said that her loss made her better understand some of the scenes where William communicates with his mother in a spiritual way.

Fast unto death against Islam

I wonder with curiosity, are the students taught history at schools these days? It was late A.K. Fazlul Haque who presented the idea for a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent at the historic Lahore Resolution in 1940. With this policy in mind, Pakistan came into being with East and West Pakistan.

Readers respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star report headlined “52 MILLS sawing reserve forests.”


Thousands rejoice as Saleh leaves Yemen for S Arabia

Tens of thousands of people took Sanaa's streets yesterday, hailing what they said was the end of Yemen's regime after President Ali Abdullah Saleh, wounded in a blast, left for treatment in Saudi Arabia.

N Sudan rejects UN call for Abyei pullout

Sudan's Foreign Minister Ali Ahmad Karti has rejected a request by the UN Security Council to withdraw its troops from Abyei, the first response to those demands by a senior government official.

20 killed as Israel opens fire on Golan

Israeli troops opened fire yesterday as protesters from Syria stormed a ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights, with Damascus saying twenty demonstrators were killed.

Nato blasts shake Tripoli as Hague meets rebels

Nato pounded Tripoli yesterday hours after Britain's top diplomat met rebel chiefs in Libya and Russia voiced concerns the alliance's military operation is sliding towards a land campaign.

Indian police crush yoga guru's graft protest

In a dramatic action, police yesterday evicted leading Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev from the site of his anti-corruption hunger strike here shortly after midnight and flew him out of Delhi after firing tear gas shells and resorting to baton charge on his supporters.

Virtual gym 'helps weight loss'

Regular visits to a health club in the online virtual world Second Life appear to help shed the pounds in real life, say exercise scientists.

Japan PM ready to step down in Aug

Japan's embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan will be ready to step down in August, his coalition partner said yesterday.

Volcano erupts in Chile

A volcano in the Caulle Cordon of southern Chile has erupted violently, billowing smoke and ash high into the sky and prompting more than 3,500 people living nearby to evacuate and forcing cancellation of flights. Ash and gas continued to billow from the earth yesterday.

38 killed in Syrian protest town

Thirty-eight people, including six members of the Syrian security forces, were killed in 24 hours during clashes in the northwest town of Jisrash Shughur, a Syrian rights activist said yesterday.

Militants bring down chopper in Afghanistan

Three foreign troops were killed in Afghanistan yesterday, including two who died when their helicopter crashed in the east, the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

Israel studying offer

Israel is studying a French proposal to hold a peace conference in Paris by the end of July, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday.

E coli death toll rises to 22

The death toll from the killer E coli outbreak has risen to 22, all but one of them in Germany, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said yesterday.

Strauss-Kahn to plead not guilty today

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will plead not guilty today to charges he tried to rape a New York hotel maid, an accusation that has wrecked his chance of becoming France's next president.

Ban Ki-moon reelection campaign gathers pace

Ban Ki-moon's campaign for a second term as United Nations leader gathers pace today when he is to formally announce that he wants to stay on as secretary general, diplomats said.

Seven killed in south Tunisia tribal clashes

Seven people have been killed and more than 100 injured in fierce tribal clashes in the southern Tunisian mining town of Metlaoui, authorities said yesterday.

Polarised Peru votes for president

Peruvians headed to the polls yesterday in a presidential election run-off between a leftist ex-army colonel and the daughter of jailed former strongman Alberto Fujimori.

China urges 'democracy in international relations'

Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie called yesterday for "democracy in international relations" and warned against security alliances directed at particular countries.

Arts & Entertainment

Azam Khan no more

Azam Khan, a freedom fighter, singer, composer and guitarist, known as the “Pop Guru” whose popularity transcended generations of music lovers, passed away yesterday (June 5) morning at Combined Military Hospital (CMH). He was 62.

Bangladeshi Art's Proud Presence in the City of Canals

Venice city has taken on a festive mood on the occasion of the 54th Venice Biennale. Each corner of the town reflects individual architectural magnificence; the city as a whole seems to be a fantastic theatrical stage set. You won't see any car or bike in the city. People either walk or use boats or some other vessel to move around. The streets are like alleyways but the lanes are full of people.

Mohammad Iqbal's solo exhibition in Japan

Gallery Chayamachi, Osaka, Japan recently organised a solo painting exhibition, titled “Unknown Faces”, featuring works of Bangladeshi painter Mohammad Iqbal. The exhibition opened on May 19 and continued till May 31.

Rihanna Says “Man Down” Video Empowers Women

R&B singer Rihanna has defended a controversial music video that shows her gunning down a man, saying it is a message of empowerment for girls.

Khelaghar Ashor celebrates 60th anniversary

The 60th anniversary of Khelaghar Ashor, an organisation for children, was celebrated with a cultural programme here last Saturday afternoon. On the occasion, a procession was brought out that paraded the main streets of the town.


Consensus, not confrontation, is the key

The political atmosphere of the country is heating up fast over whether the system of caretaker government will continue or not. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has already called a country-wide hartal on Sunday, while Awami League (AL)-led ruling combine is against keeping the caretaker government system alive to hold the next parliamentary elections.

Party Singh vs Government Singh

Has the time come for the Congress high command to issue notices to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his virtual deputy Pranab Mukherjee and his principal interlocutor for officially unofficial dialogue Kapil Sibal, for gross violation of discipline? If it cannot muster up the courage to censure its own PM, it could always expel General Secretary Digvijay Singh. The party Singh wants to send Baba Ramdev to prison or perdition, whichever is nearer.

This Day In History

June 6

Shivaji, founder of the Maratha empire is coronated.

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