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At home yet not at home

"You will never know the pain of being stateless," said Abdur Rashid of Dashiarchhara, one of the 111 Indian exclaves in Kurigram, as he drew out a piece of paper from his pocket.

Quiet hours on first day

The authorities jailed at least 113 people on charges of attacking vehicles and disrupting public life as the BNP-led opposition launched a 36-hour countrywide hartal yesterday to press for continuation of the constitutional provision of holding parliamentary elections under a caretaker government.

Sugar, cooking oil prices up

Sugar and soybean oil markets have become unstable due to supply shortages, traders say.

Plunderers to be prosecuted

The forest department has taken all measures to prosecute the plunderers of the mangrove forest at Char Kukrimukri, Chief Conservator of Forest Ishtiak Uddin Ahmed and Divisional Forest Officer in Bhola Sayed Ali confirmed.

Muhith shocked

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said he did not comment that the Centre for Policy Dialogue's predictions never come true.

Polybags rule despite ban

Polythene bags, banned with much fanfare over nine years ago, are making their way back to the market for lack of monitoring and suitable alternatives.

Bike-jackers turned pro

Well paid, well organised, well coordinated and highly skilled criminal organisations are stealing motorbikes in the capital.

3 killed in UP polls violence

Three people were killed in post-polls violence in Brahmanbaria and Noakhali Saturday night and yesterday.

Strange beautification

The Public Works Department (PWD) is uprooting and then planting the same grass on the 67-acre Suhrawardy Udyan (park) as a “decorative” work but construction of the proposed Independence Memorial Tower is yet to start.

No scrutiny, passage today

The parliament is set to pass the supplementary budget of the current fiscal year today, without proper examination of the reasons for over Tk 7,779 crore excess spending by 31 ministries and divisions.

Resist pickets

The ruling Awami League (AL) has directed its leaders and lawmakers in the capital to resist the BNP-Jamaat supporters in every street if they become unruly and resort to violence during hartal hours.

Justice Sinha made BJSC chairman

Justice SK Sinha, a senior judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, has been appointed chairman of Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission (BJSC).

Man dies in Rab custody

A middle-aged man died under Rapid Action Battalion custody yesterday.

Bill soon to enact civil service law

A bill will be placed in parliament as early as possible to enact the civil service act intended to establish an efficient and professional civil administration, said the LGRD and cooperatives minister yesterday.

Blasts kill 39 in Pak hotel, supermarket

Twin bomb blasts minutes apart ripped through a crowded supermarket-hotel complex killing 39 people and injuring over 80 in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar late Saturday.

UN chief calls for end to Sudan hostilities

UN chief Ban Ki-moon called yesterday for an end to fighting in central Sudan, where border clashes have intensified as the south prepares to break away and become formally independent on July 9.


Hartals punishing citizens

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has exhorted her party leaders and workers to be prepared for a longer movement against the government. The BNP's ire has to do with the prime minister's taking a stand recently against a continuation of the caretaker system following a Supreme Court judgement on the matter. Sheikh Hasina has since softened her stance by publicly asking the BNP to make its own position known in the Jatiyo Sangsad. Her unambiguous statement that nothing one-sided will be done should have been taken advantage of by the BNP. Unfortunately, by opting for yet another hartal and implying that there will be more, the opposition has only contributed to a muddying of the waters.

Decimation of mangroves

We find it hard to understand the senseless act of plundering of national wealth, and that too at the behest, reportedly, of a lawmaker. This is an atrociously insensitive act that merits immediate cognisance of the relevant authorities.


Fixing ghosts return

The ongoing Grameenphone Bangladesh League had been relatively free of match-fixing allegations initially, but since the 18th round it has been marred with the same accusations, tarnishing the league's image heavily.

Their first match also under scanner

The first leg match between Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Rahmatganj MFS in the Grameenphone Bangladesh League was brought under the microscope on June 9 due to allegations of match-fixing as the Bangladesh Football Federation recently formed a four-member committee to find out more of the claim.

T20 luck not on Tamim's side

In his short international career, Tamim Iqbal has already passed one test. In the span of five seasons, he has shed the 'one-hit wonder' tag to build himself as a Test opener and last year, he blossomed against two top bowling attacks.

Anderson back for 3rd Test

James Anderson is set for an England return after being named Sunday in a 12-man squad for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl starting on Thursday, June 16.

Rohit secures series

Rohit Sharma's resolute 86 not out topped Andre Russell's brutal, unbeaten 92 to lead India to a series-clinching, three-wicket victory over West Indies in the third one-day international on Saturday.

Rain spoils another Royals' tie

Rain ruined Worcestershire Royals' Friends Life T20 game against Lancashire Lightning at the New Road ground yesterday.

Rueful Russell

It was the biggest knock of his nascent international career but far from celebrating, young West Indies pacer Andre Russell was a disappointed man as his hurricane 92 failed to fetch his side a win in the third one-dayer against India on Saturday.

Pitches in Caribbean slowed down: Curtly

West Indies cricket is in shambles and its fast bowlers have forgotten how to intimidate batsmen, feels legendary pacer Curtly Ambrose who does not foresee a return to past glory for the team anytime soon.

Ian bats for selectors

Simon Katich's axing from Cricket Australia's list of contracted players might have outraged several former players, but Ian Chappell feels it was a "pragmatic decision".

Full of Grace

Imagine a man with the prowess of Tiger Woods, multiply his hunger with that of Muttiah Muralidaran and Sachin Tendulkar's by a few times, add the popularity of a 19th century David Beckham (minus the tattoos and the bling) and you can get some idea what WG Grace stood for at the end of the 19th century.

Mullings edges Gay

Jamaica's Steve Mullings edged American Tyson Gay in a photo-finish in the men's 100 meters at the New York Diamond League meeting on Saturday.

Loew to experiment

Germany coach Joachim Loew said Sunday he will experiment with his first-choice team to build on his side's World Cup performance as the Germans look to win the European crown for the fourth time.

Usmanov blasts Arsenal board

Uzbek billionaire Alisher Usmanov has slammed the Arsenal board for the Premier League club's failure to win a major trophy in any of the past six seasons.

Panama shock USA

Panama ended the United States' 26-game unbeaten run in group play at the Gold Cup on Saturday, downing the US 2-1 to book a quarterfinal berth in the regional football championship.

Kolschreiber wins Halle title

Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber won the Halle grasscourt tournament after countryman Philipp Petzschner retired with a back problem.

City ponder move for Sanchez

Manchester City are set to make an offer for Udinese's Chile forward Alexis Sanchez that could be worth 34 million pounds (55 million dollars), according to a report in Britain's Sunday Times.


Stocks skid to three-month low

Dhaka stocks yesterday plunged more than 5 percent or 313 points in reaction to the next fiscal year's budget that offered no incentives to the stockmarket.

Private firms to scout for foreign funds

The central bank is encouraging private firms to seek low-cost capital from foreign sources to reduce the growing pressure on balance of payments (BOP) and liquidity.

Hartal slows port activities

Loading, unloading and transportation of goods to and from Chittagong Port was hampered yesterday, on the first day of 36-hour shutdown enforced by two opposition parties.

CSE recommends changes to book building method

The Chittagong Stock Exchange has made a series of recommendations about the book building method to make the price discovery system of a company's shares effective.

BKMEA asks govt to cut furnace oil prices

Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association yesterday urged the government to reduce the prices of furnace oil to be used as an alternative to high-cost fossil fuel.

Beximco invited to set up Bangladesh Zone in Malaysia

The Malaysian government has invited Beximco Group, one of the top conglomerates in Bangladesh, to set up a “Bangladesh Zone” in the south-east Asia's vibrant economy.

BWIT praises govt for budget plans on women, tech

The Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT) yesterday hailed the government for announcing a number of initiatives for the development of women and technology in its budget for the next fiscal year.

Prime Bank's exec body gets new chairman

Md Shirajul Islam Mollah has recently been elected chairman of the executive committee of Prime Bank.

Saudi slaps quotas to boost local jobs

Saudi Arabia has imposed new quotas on companies in the kingdom to employ local staff, with cuts in permits for foreign workers if they fail to comply.

China to allow individual travel to Taiwan

China will relax a decades-old ban on travel to Taiwan by individuals under a pilot scheme starting June 28, the government said Sunday, responding to growing demand amid a thaw between the two sides.

African leaders launch talks on 'Cape to Cairo' trade bloc

African leaders launched talks Sunday to create the continent's biggest free-trade bloc, a $875 billion (597 billion euros) market that would boost the region's economic profile.

Digital promise unmade

On Thursday, the third budget of the Awami League-led government was placed at parliament. In continuation of the upswing in budgetary outlays of recent years, the latest budget marks an increase of Tk 33,578 crore which is 26 percent more than the revised budget for 2010-11.

Foreign workers in Singapore 'bear the brunt'

After shattering his left heel bone when he fell off a ladder, Chinese national Ah Ping's already difficult life as a labourer in Singapore took a sharp turn for the worse.

Rajshahi Silk Losing Shine

Rajshahi silk is a famous name in the domain of clothing, especially in saris. Silk is a delicate and soft fibre produced from the cocoons of silkworms and is covered with a protein called sericin.

Private silk makers cry for stimulus

Private sector silk producers in the northern districts demanded special allocation in the proposed budget for the overall development of the sector and employment generation for women.

IMF becomes latest known target of major cyber attack

The International Monetary Fund, the intergovernmental group that oversees the global financial system and brings together 187 member nations, has become the latest known target of a significant cyber attack.

Indonesia's Yudhoyono hails Asia's future

Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Sunday Asia could be "the continent of the future" but must first confront the challenges of rising demand for food, energy and water.

Greek anti-crisis protesters call to new mobilisation

Protesters who have occupied Greece's main square for over two weeks, drawing thousands to their fight against austerity, called for a new mobilisation on Sunday ahead of new planned cuts.

Israel's Fischer in race for top IMF job

Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer announced on Saturday he was in the race to become the next head of the International Monetary Fund.

Women, children join anti-POSCO action in India

Women and children have formed a human barricade to prevent police and officials from entering villages earmarked for a $12 billion steel plant in India, protesters said Sunday.

European stocks drop

Europe's stock markets dropped sharply on Friday after the European Union said it was studying a possible Greek debt 'rescheduling.'

Investors drop China broadly; shun big names, IPOs

For US investors wanting direct exposure to Chinese stocks, there appear to be fewer and fewer safe places to enter.

Pandora raises IPO price

Internet radio star Pandora is turning up the volume on its initial public offering.


EU move to continue for eliminating worst forms of child labour

European Union (EU) will continue promoting improved protection of children and eliminating worst forms of child labour in its initiatives in multilateral bodies including UN General Assembly, Human Rights Council and International Labour Organisation (ILO).

2,480 students get fresh results

A total of 2,480 students who applied for re-checking their answer sheets of SSC and its equivalent examinations got fresh result yesterday.

Developers see profit, not bldg code

State Minister for Housing and Public Works Abdul Mannan Khan yesterday said most buildings in Dhaka are built by profit seeking people not following proper building code.

BSTI logo on weights mandatory

Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) yesterday made its logo mandatory on weighting machines and scales to ensure consumers rights.

Re-fix tax-free income up to Tk 2.5 lakh

Leaders of Chittagong Income Tax Lawyers Association (CITA) urged the government to re-fix tax-free income limit up to Tk 2.5 lakh instead of Tk 1.8 lakh proposed in the budget.

Housewife beaten to death in city

A housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her husband following a row in the city's Motijheel on Saturday night.

Kamaruzzaman, Quader Molla to be quizzed at safe home

Detained Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla will be interrogated at Dhanmondi "safe home" tomorrow and day after tomorrow in connection with crimes against humanity in 1971.

Set up computer labs at educational instts

The parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Planning at a meeting yesterday recommended the Science and ICT Ministry to establish computer labs in all educational institutions of the country and monitor the given guidelines.

2 killed, 17 injured in road accidents

Our Gopalganj correspondent reports: A motorcyclist was killed and at least 17 people including 15 bus passengers and another motorcyclist were injured as the bus hit the motorcycle on Bhatapara-Baspur road at Khaerhat of Kashiani yesterday.

Prof Golam Rahman AMIC country rep

Dr M Golam Rahman, professor and former chairman of mass communication and journalism department of Dhaka University, has been appointed Country Representative for Bangladesh of Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Singapore.

Hearing on charge framing against 850 on June 20

A Dhaka Court yesterday deferred the hearing on charge framing against 850 accused in the BDR carnage case till June 20 following a time petition submitted by the prosecution.

SMS system sought for 7 wonders voting

State Minister for Environment and Forest Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday requested the New Seven Wonders Foundation to allow SMS voting for Sunderbans.

Spot trials to victimise general people: ASK

Human rights watchdog Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) expressed deep concern over spot trials by mobile courts following arrest of pickets on the first day of 36-hour countrywide hartal beginning yesterday morning.

Warehouse gutted in fire

A fire gutted a warehouse at Strand Road of Majhir Ghat of Double Mooring in the port city yesterday.

DU VC for action against husband

Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday urged law enforcement agencies to take action against the man who critically assaulted his wife, a DU teacher.

Iraqi envoy meets PM

Iraqi Ambassador to Bangladesh Shakir Qasem Mahdi Al Kaffaf paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office yesterday and discussed issues of bilateral interests.

Army launches tree plantation programme

Bangladesh Army launched tree plantation drive for making the countrywide tree plantation campaign a success and inspiring members of the army in this regard.

Babylon group celebrates silver jubilee

Babylon group, a business organisation, celebrated its 25-year at the city's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre yesterday, says a press release.

Build bridges saving environment: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked engineers of Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) to keep in mind the environmental aspects while constructing bridges on rivers.

3 judges leave for Cambodia

Three judges of International Crimes Tribunal dealing with cases relating to crimes against humanity in 1971 left Dhaka yesterday for a three-day visit to Cambodia.

Internet connection in district courts soon

The government has taken steps to make internet connection available in all district courts so orders of the High Court can be sent to those in 24 hours, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed told parliament yesterday.

Hearing on charge framing against Hashem on July 5

The hearing on charge framing against Partex Group Chairman MA Hashem and seven others will be held on July 5 in a tax evasion case.

Death anniversary

Today is the 35th death anniversary of LA Chowdhury, a social worker and politician, says a press release.


Sporadic clashes mark first day of 36-hr hartal in dists

Sporadic clashes marked the first day of 36-hour hartal in districts enforced by the main opposition BNP and its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami demanding continuation of caretaker government system.

300 families homeless in a week in Gaibandha

With the rise of water level in Jamuna River, erosion has intensified at different places of three unions under Fulchhari upazila in Gaibandha district, rendering 300 families homeless within a week.

Rangamati townspeople suffer as decrepit roads without repair for years

Most of the roads of Rangamati municipality have remained in awfully dilapidated conditions for years, much to the sufferings of over two lakh residents.

60 people injured, 400 sued

Pre-and post-UP poll violence in Jamalpur, Lalmonirhat, Natore, Gaibandha and Jhenidah districts left over 60 people injured yesterday and on Saturday night.

Babu murder accused elected Bonpara municipality mayor

The ruling party backed candidate KM Zakir Hossain has been elected mayor of Bonpara municipality in Natore yesterday.

Solar power gives them better light in less cost

Fishermen in the char areas are now enjoying solar power in three upazilas -- Phulbari, Nageswri and Chilmari.

Shrimp farmer strangled

A shrimp farmer was strangled by unidentified criminals at his shrimp enclosure at Binerpota beel (water body) in Sadar upazila on Saturday night.

Two minor girls raped in Lalmonirhat, Jessore

Two minor girls, raped in Lalmonirhat and Jessore yesterday, are groaning in pain in the hospital bed.

Road show for development

A road show organised by Patuakhali Nagorik Committee, a local rights organisation, ended here on Saturday after crossing Satkhira, Bagerhat, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi and Barisal districts. Nagorik Committee organised the road show to press home their 13-point demand for ensuring development in nine coastal districts. The road show started in Khulna early Saturday and ended here at night. A street corner meeting was also held in front of Patuakhali Press Club at 8:30pm. Among others, local elite, political leaders, development workers, cultural activists and journalists addressed. Speakers urged the authorities concerned for fulfillment of the demands. The demands include construction of Padma bridge, gas supply to Khulna and Barisal divisions, declaring coastal districts as 'economic zone', better utilisation of resources of the Sundarbans and setting up a tourist spot in the Sundarbans to attract tourists from home and abroad.

Drug peddler jailed

A mobile court here on Saturday evening sentenced a drug peddler to one year imprisonment. The convict is Mukul Hossain,26, son of Abdul Gafur of Matha Bhanga area under Jaldhaka municipality. Acting on secret information, police arrested him from Jaldhaka bazaar on Saturday afternoon and recovered hemp from his possession. Later, he was produced before the mobile court headed by Jaldhaka upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Sarwar Hossain. After the verdict, the mobile court sent him to Nilphamari jail.

Valuables looted from house

Robbers looted cash, gold ornaments and other valuables from a house in Khasha Ponditpara area of Bianibazar Pourasabha early Saturday injuring two people. Police quoting locals said, a gang of armed robbers numbering 5-6 entered the house of Abdul Matin at about 2:00am by breaking open the door. They took members of the house hostage at gunpoint. At one stage, the criminalss stabbed Matin, 38, and Momtaz Begum, 40, indiscriminately as they tried to resist them. Later, they looted cash, gold ornaments, cell phone sets and other valuables. The injured were admitted to the Bianibazar Upazila Health Complex.

Rice-laden truck hijacked

A truck loaded with 280 sacks of rice worth Tk 5.04 lakh was hijacked at Chandra-Gazipur bypass road in Gazipur Friday midnight. Police said when the truck was going to Gouripur bazaar in Daudkandi upazila of Comilla district from a rice mill in Mohadebpur upazila of Naogaon district, a gang of hijackers intercepted the truck and made the driver and helper unconscious. Later, they fled away with the rice-laden truck. Locals found truck driver Ershad and helper Salam in an unconscious state in Babu bazaar area early Saturday.

Father kills son

A youth, who was stabbed by his father grievously following a family feud in Barandipara area of the district town on June 5, died at Jessore 250-bed General Hospital on Saturday. The deceased was identified as Yusuf, 22, son of Yunus Ali of the area. Police quoting locals said Yunus stabbed his son Yusuf indiscriminately with a sharp weapon following a quarrel with him, leaving him critically injured. Later, the victim was admitted to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries Saturday evening. Although a case was filed but none was arrested in this connection.


Economic terrorism?

After watching the headlines of the TV channels I came to know that BNP and Jamaat-e- Islami again called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal on 12th and 13th June with a view to protesting the cancellation of the caretaker government system. I think hartal is not the legal way to stop the amendment on the caretaker government provision.

Publish results in time

The government and the Education Ministry always neglect us who are studying in the National University. Even in the recent budget 2011-12, our Finance Minister gave emphasis only on primary and secondary education. We are the students of session 2008-2009. After our admission three years have passed, but yet we have not got our first year results. How many days do the authorities need to publish the results? They must remember that most of the students are from the middle class background that needs jobs urgently to support their families. We would draw the kind attention of our Honorable Prime Minister, Education Minister and the NU authorities to free us from this session jam and publish the results in time so that we can have a hassle free, smooth educational life.

Teacher or butcher!

I was appalled to hear the news on Channel-i just a couple of days back regarding the physical torture by a teacher of Dhaka Ideal School & College, Banasree Branch, Dhaka. The victim, a student of class four, told the TV reporter about this beast. The butcher teacher beat her with a bunch of scales and broke her hand; she is now under treatment in a city hospital.

Our sick Dhaka

From the famous peaceful city of mosques Dhaka is fast growing into a city foot overbridges, flyovers and expressway.We are doubtful if the growing population of Dhaka which has already exceeded over one crore and fifty lakh people would ever be able to live in peace with electricity, water and gas supply and the road traffic jam would ever be solved? Would our town planners, engineers and Rajuk kindly enlighten us on the matter?

Investment of undisclosed income in shares

We thank the government for taking the decision of not increasing or imposing new taxes and not making TIN mandatory for the BO Account holders. This will have positive impact on the capital market. The capital market needs more investment, mainly from the financial institutions and business communities. We should encourage them to invest in shares. The government can play a leading role in this area. This will definitely improve the status of the capital market. We strongly urge the Ministry of Finance to allow investment of undisclosed income in purchase of shares of listed companies by adding section 19D of Income Ordinance 1984 in budget FY 2011-12.

Fake doctors!

A few days ago, a fake doctor named A. Wahab Khan has been caught red handed without having any professional medical certificate! It is not an isolated occurrence. There are still many “doctors” across our country “serving” the nation not actually being a doctor!

Multipolar world and Bangladesh

The multipolar world has become a global reality. Nearly twenty years have passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of US-USSR bipolar world order. The leaders of the four fast growing economies grouped under BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) want their own respective roles in the world economy. Brazil and India also want their economic presence reflected in permanent membership of the UN where China and Russia already have permanent seats. Other major emerging economies, such as South Korea and South Africa also want to play a role in global politics. The global economy is going through a rapid change and the centre of the world both economically and strategically is shifting to the East, mainly Asia.

BNP should act wisely

We have become very frustrated by the attitude of our politicians. It is surprising that what common people can easily predict, they fail to see. We all know that BNP's demand for a mid term election will never be realized. Awami League-led government will not step down, the sun may rise in the west but stepping down by the present government will never happen. So, our question to the BNP is why they are wasting breath on an issue that is futile. BNP should concentrate on other issues which are making life difficult for the people and compel the government to solve the problems.

Stock and share

In the present day culture we become used to Share Market intelligence. Almost regularly we find news in both print and electronic media regarding fall or even crash in Stock prices. Recently one young reader of my articles in the newspaper requested me to write something drawing the distinctions between 'Stock' and 'Share'.

I am better…

There is a problem in our local politics, it's like a disease. No, I'm not talking abut 'blame game'. Obviously 'blame game' has always been there. I'm talking about the 'superiority complex'. Each one thinks he is better than the other. It's like claiming, "shob paji khali ami valo"; when in reality not one of the major two groups can prove itself better than the other. Both prefer 'hartal' as a way to voice their opinion against government's activities while going to the parliament is a way better option. None thinks constructively, both like destruction.

No scope for dialogue!

BNP Chief Begum Khaleda Zia in a recent press conference said, "Caretaker government will stay; there is no need or scope for dialogue". She extended her order and asked the present government to resign, as if she is the supreme authority of Bangladesh and everything should move as she dictates and all others are to follow orders. But she did not specify to whom this government should submit the resignation and handover power.

Replace the word 'shood'

The word 'shood' is grossly misunderstood, misinterpreted and is being used as a religio-political weapon by vested interested parties with ulterior motives. 'Shood' literally means profit or dividend. But an age-old stigma is attached to the word 'shood' because of money lending business. What has been prohibited in Islam is the practice of 'Usury' which is comparable with 'Dadon' or 'Mohajani' business in our country. In Dadon or Mohajani business, the borrower is forced to pay around ten percent interest per month which amounts to 120 percent per year. As an alternative, the borrower is forced to surrender a fixed part of his crop yield or fish yield to the Mahajan. Islam has categorically prohibited this practice. Nowadays, because of accounting, administrative complications, etc., banks and other financial institutions fix up a rate of return for a certain period, and that return is commonly called 'shood'. This practice and the very word 'shood' is misinterpreted by so-called Islamic banks and cunningly used as a tool. They also fan up religious sentiments among the Muslims on this issue. (I found the interest rates of Islamic banks are the highest. They only use catchy Arabic words to attract the depositors) In the above context, I call upon the government, banks, financial institutions etc. to discontinue using the word 'shood” and replace it by dividend or 'Labbhangsha'.

For a peaceful Bangladesh

As a Bangladeshi I feel proud for my country and also for Awami League government. This party is known as a secular party. Often anti-liberation groups raise their angry voices against secularism. So, it is the duty of Awami League to make Bangladesh a better place for all castes and creeds.

It's better late than never

A news item published in a national daily of June 8 that the Shoura Council of Saudi Arabia recommended to government to take necessary measures to allow Saudi women to vote in municipal elections. Of course it is encouraging news for the Saudi women as well as the women who are deprived of their voting rights in many societies of the world in the name of Islam. It may be noted that if the Islamic codes are interpreted partially, it may create misconceptions among people about Islam.

Wasting money on cell phones

In North America, getting a mobile phone number is as difficult as getting a Visa or Master card. Before allowing a mobile phone number, the serving company does a complete credit check of the applicant and after being fully satisfied, the applicant gets a connection, unlike Pakistan, where you just walk into an outlet, grocery store or a paan-cabin and buy a SIM.


Violent clashes as troops storm flashpoint town

Syrian troops yesterday fought violent battles with "armed gangs" in flashpoint Jisr Al-Shughur town, state television said, as international outrage mounted at the regime's harsh crackdown on protesters.

Death toll now 94

Flooding caused by torrential downpours in central and southern China has killed 94 people and left 78 others missing, the government said yesterday, warning of further heavy downpours ahead.

US hails death of top al-Qaeda militant

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the death of top African al-Qaeda militant Fazul Abdullah Mohammed is a "significant blow" to the group.

Crisis talks fail In Yemen

Talks to resolve Yemen's political crisis have failed after the deputy to wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to speak with groups demanding he cede power immediately, opposition figures said.

Two Sudan army planes shot down

Embattled fighters in Sudan's flashpoint northern state of Southern Kordofan said yesterday that they had shot down two northern army planes, claims denied by Khartoum.

Battles raging in western Libya flashpoints

Fighting between Muammar Gaddafi's forces and Libyan insurgents raged yesterday across swaths of western Libya, with casualties reported in Zawiyah where rebels launched an offensive after a two-month lull.

Mamata faces embarrassment over polls pledge

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee faced the first hiccup since assuming power when her government was forced to withdraw an ordinance aimed at returning 400 acres of land last weekend which the previous Left Front administration had acquired from farmers to build the world's cheapest car plant.

Bahraini Shias hold first mass rally

Thousands of Shia Bahrainis rallied Saturday answering a call from their largest opposition group, Al-Wefaq, in the first demonstration since a mid-march crackdown on Shia-led pro-democracy protests.

First photos of shot congresswoman

US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released the first pictures of herself yesterday since she was shot in the head in January.

Indian yoga guru calls off anti-graft fast

An Indian yoga guru on hunger strike for the last eight days in protest at government corruption said yesterday he has called off his fast.

4 al-Qaeda suspects, 3 troops killed

A Yemeni colonel, two soldiers and four suspected al-Qaeda militants were killed in clashes in the flashpoint southern city of Zinjibar yesterday, a military official and medics said.

Scientists find genes linked to migraines

Scientists have uncovered a trio of genes tied to migraine headaches, including one in which the link is exclusive to women, according to a study published yesterday.

Volcanic ash grounds flights in Chile

Ash from Chile's volcanic eruptions prompted Australian airline Qantas to ground some domestic services and some flights to New Zealand yesterday, after plumes drifted across the Pacific.

Ruling party set for landslide win

Turkey's ruling Islamist-rooted party is set for a record landslide win in yesterday's parliamentary polls and a third straight term in power, according to a projection and partial results.

IMF hit by sophisticated cyberattack

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was the target of a sophisticated cyberattack earlier this year, the New York Times reported Saturday, quoting senior officials at the world lender.

Chavez recovers after surgery in Cuba

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was recovering satisfactorily yesterday after undergoing surgery in Cuba and was expected to return home "in the coming days," officials from the presidential entourage said.

Filipino declared world's shortest man

A Filipino blacksmith's son who stopped growing when he was a toddler was declared the world's shortest man yesterday as he celebrated his 18th birthday.

Russia protests arrival of US Navy cruiser in Black Sea

Russia yesterday protested the arrival of a US Navy cruiser equipped with a ballistic missile defence system in the Black Sea to take part in naval exercises with neighbouring Ukraine, saying it was a threat to its national security.

'Oil mafia' kills Journalist in India

Authorities in the Indian city of Mumbai have promised a full investigation after a prominent newspaper crime reporter was killed in a drive-by shooting near his home.

Bahraini Shias hold mass rally after crackdown

Thousands of Shia Bahrainis rallied Saturday answering a call from their largest opposition group, Al-Wefaq, in the first demonstration since a mid-march crackdown on Shia-led pro-democracy protests.

Hamas rejects Fatah nominee for PM

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas rejected yesterday its rival Fatah's nomination of Salam Fayyad as prime minister in a transitional government.

Italians vote in key referendums

Italians began voting yesterday in referendums on nuclear power, water privatisation and a law granting Silvio Berlusconi immunity in what is seen as a vital test for the embattled premier.

Arts & Entertainment

Diversity, Reality and Interconnectivity

The 54th International Art Exhibition, titled “Illuminations”, directed by Bice Curiger and organised by la Biennale di Venezia (under the presidency of Paolo Baratta), is generating much interest among artists, art collectors and enthusiasts from all over the world. The biennale is being held at the two main locations of Giardini and the Arsenale, as well as other venues around the city. This year's Biennale is particularly significant to us as Bangladesh is participating in it for the first time.

Three-day cultural fest wraps up in Satkhira

A three-day District Cultural Fair ended at Satkhira Shilpakala Academy premises on June 8. The festival was organised by Satkhira District Administration.

Raising Hope

Greg Garcia knew he had the formula right when “My Name is Earl” began garnering wide acclaim. But four seasons later it was cancelled and Garcia found himself back at the drawing board. And a while later, he gave the world “Raising Hope”, a show that treads a fine line between being something new and a rehashed version of “My Name is Earl”. But, there are considerable differences and the clincher is the fact that “Raising Hope” is much removed from most of the other family shows on TV.

New film questions Shakespeare authorship

German film director Roland Emmerich has admitted courting controversy with his film that questions the authorship of Shakespeare's plays.

Homage to Nazrul through music and dance

Moulvibazar unit of the Nazrul Academy held a discussion and cultural programme last Friday to mark the 112th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. The event was held at the Saifur Rahman auditorium.


Right to information: Making state work for the poor

Two years after Bangladesh adopted the Right to Information (RTI) Act it is time to ask whether and how well the law is working.

Hartal that came out of the blue

The proposed budget for the fiscal year 2011-12 could hardly initiate a long debate among different cross-sections of society, when the unanticipated 36-hour hartal was called by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies. Though the nationwide shutdown programme was enforced immediately after the day that Finance Minister A.M.A. Muhith placed the budget in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS), it had no connection whatsoever with the budget.

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