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SQ Chy 'involved' in 32 war crimes

Investigators have found BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury's involvement in at least 32 incidents of crimes against humanity including genocide, murder, torture, rape and abduction during the 1971 Liberation War.

Rights worry over 'disappearances'

Disappearance of people has become a phenomenon so widespread that it worries the rights activists and the chief of the National Human Rights Commission.

Ex-jail super found guilty

A probe body has found that a senior official of Dhaka Central Jail on several occasions let a BNP leader and three top Jamaat leaders accused of war crimes use his mobile phone in violation of the jail code.

Politicians confident, not the people

There is a perceptible surfeit of self-confidence in the nation's political classes these days.

Tax return deadline extended by 2 weeks

The National Board of Revenue once again extended the deadline for submitting the income tax returns, this time by two weeks, following requests from different quarters, said NBR Member Aminul Karim.

8 in N'ganj mayoral race

Eight mayoral aspirants, including Shamim Osman, Selina Hayat Ivy and Taimur Alam Khandoker, yesterday filed nomination papers for the October 30 Narayanganj City Corporation polls.

BNP's Ctg road march deferred

The main opposition BNP is going to hold the Chittagong road-march after Eid-ul-Azha which was earlier set for October 25 and 26, said Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowhdury, Chittagong city BNP president.

Jagannath students to continue agitation

Jagannath University students have vowed to carry on demonstrations until the government meets all their demands including continuation of government funding for the university.

Transparency a must

The government must ensure transparency in spending the climate change fund for the affected people, speakers said at a consultation workshop in the city yesterday.

Reshuffle in top admin

The government yesterday appointed two new secretaries to the top level of the civil service following the expiry of contractual jobs of the cabinet secretary and the prime minister's principal secretary last Thursday.

Durga Puja begins

Hindu devotees across the country celebrated Shashthi Puja yesterday on the first day of Durga Puja blowing conches, ringing bells and cymbals, and booming drums (dhak) amidst ululation by women.

Govt to free 10 city canals by June

The government is set to recover 10 canals of the capital from encroachers by June next year to ease the water-logging, said Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday.

Charge hearing deferred again

A Dhaka court yesterday for the fifth time adjourned until October 9 the hearing on charge framing against BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and 29 others accused in the supplementary charge sheets in the August 21 grenade attack cases.

Roadside blast kills 9 Afghan troops

A roadside bomb has ripped through an Afghan army vehicle in southeast Afghanistan, killing nine soldiers and wounding four others, an official said yesterday.

Twin blasts north of Baghdad kill six

Two roadside bombs in a former al-Qaeda stronghold north of Baghdad yesterday killed six people, including four anti-Qaeda militiamen, a police officer and a doctor said.


Politics of "No, No and Yes, Yes"

Opposition leader Khaleda Zia's definite "No, No" to an election without a caretaker government has been countered last Saturday by a categorical "Yes, Yes" by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Caught in this "Yes-No" politics we the public are now totally perturbed at the prospect of the inevitable political showdown that is ominously looming over us. Can the country, whose economy is under severe strain due to global economic crisis, survive such a political crisis, which looks likely to spread over years? In answering this question factually and objectively, and NOT rhetorically, lies the future of our country.

Police reform in limbo

It appears that the issue of police reform has been all but swept under the carpet. The recent remarks of the state minister for home only aggravates our apprehensions that it will never be implemented.


Chumki, Khalil take honours

Shamsunnahar Chumki dethroned holder Nasmunnahar Beauty to regain the 200m sprint after eight years on the first day of the two-day Walton 11th National Summer Athletics Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Shakib back from CLT20

Shakib Al Hasan brushed aside any anxieties about his performance upon return to Dhaka yesterday.

MSC to bank on foreign players

Powerhouse Mohammedan Sporting Club will be banking on a legion of foreign recruits to deliver them the elusive Professional League title as they completed registering their local players on the second day of players' transfer yesterday.

T20 after 17 months

Today's Twenty20 match between BCB Red and BCB Green at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium would be the first in the country since April 21, 2010.

Shane appeals, Liz agrees

Shane Warne and Liz Hurley are to marry after the former Australia cricketer proposed to the British actress and model during a trip to Scotland, it was confirmed Sunday.

Murray wins Thai Open

Britain's Andy Murray hammered Donald Young of America 6-2, 6-0 in an awesome show of power on Sunday to win the ATP Thailand open, his third title of the season.

NCL's latest hitch

The National Cricket League has hit another snag, making uncertain the start date of October 18.

KKR win via D/L

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were declared winners against Warriors of South Africa late Saturday, as the group A match was called off due to heavy rain in the ICC Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here.

Afridi clears the air

Just a day after claiming that he saw Sachin Tendulkar's legs trembling while facing Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan's former captain Shahid Afridi has now stated that he did not intend to question the Indian batting icon's greatness and was only talking about one incident. (Also read: I saw Sachin shiver against Shoaib)

4 foreigners allowed

The Bangladesh League Committee once again bowed down to pressure from the big clubs as they permitted four foreign players in a game for the upcoming professional football league.

Jerin Karim heads MSC's women's team

Zerin Karim, daughter of MSC Ltd president Obaidul Karim, has been named the chairman of Mohammedan's women's football committee.

Private varsity football from October 8

Inter-private university football tournament Global Neway University Premier League starts on October 8 at the Army Museum Ground. A total of 13 universities from Dhaka city will take part in the tournament that will run over three weeks, speakers said at a press conference at the BFF House yesterday.

Beauty from the Beast

A stunning overhead kick from Brazilian international Julio Baptista earned Malaga a last-gasp 3-2 victory over Getafe that put them top of La Liga on Saturday.

Chelsea give Bolton the blues

Frank Lampard gave the perfect response to critics who claim he is past his best as the Chelsea midfielder hit a hat-trick in his side's 5-1 victory over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday.

Beer flows in Oktoberfest

After claiming their 11th straight clean-sheet in all competitions, record-breakers Bayern Munich kicked back on Sunday by taking part in the Bavarian capital's Oktoberfest beer festival.

Napoli soar to helm

Napoli shot to the top of Serie A with a controversial 3-0 win at 10-man Inter Milan on Saturday as Claudio Ranieri suffered his first defeat in charge and was sent off at halftime.

Fergie still has 4 more years

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he expects to remain in charge at Old Trafford for another three or four years.

Cole fancies Lille stay

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has not ruled out signing for Lille on a permanent basis.

Mancini's son also snubs sub role

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini could be embarrassed by the news that his own son refused to come off the bench in a game between the club's development squad and Liverpool reserves.


Rush to set up LPG plants

Surging demand for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from the fast-expanding housing sector is forcing entrepreneurs to quickly install plants and grab a share of the growing market.

Rush to set up LPG plants

Surging demand for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from the fast-expanding housing sector is forcing entrepreneurs to quickly install plants and grab a share of the growing market.

Analysts fear slowdown in exports to EU

Garment exports to European countries may witness a sluggish trend in the coming months as a financial meltdown, stemming from a debt crisis, looms large over Eurozone, said analysts.

SEC plans to rewrite rights issue rules

The stockmarket regulator plans to amend the rights issue rules to ensure more transparency in the mechanism of raising funds by listed firms.

Arirang launches flying school

Arirang Aviation Ltd, a sister concern of Youngone Group, started its chartered operations and international standard flying school on Saturday.

Rangpur jute growers on edge

Jute prices dropped sharply -- by more than 40 percent -- in the last one month, keeping the growers in the district on edge.

Bangladesh must speed up productivity to cut poverty

Bangladesh must boost productivity to free itself of hunger and poverty by 2021 and achieve true development, an economist said yesterday.

3G in Thailand, still a far cry

While BlackBerrys and iPhones are fast becoming must-have accessories for many urban Thais, mobile Internet in the kingdom is still struggling to get out of the slow lane.

SEC rolls out guideline on private placement of shares

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday announced a guideline on placement of shares with private investors.

Project launched in Dhaka to create waste awareness

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Tetra Pak South Asia Markets launched a project in Dhaka yesterday in an effort to create awareness among students about waste management and recycling.

Porsche sells German castle

German luxury sportscar maker Porsche is putting up for sale a Bavarian castle snapped up for six million euros ($8 million) in 2006, a spokesman for the manufacturer of the iconic 911 car said on Sunday.

Paper boxes for a living

An entrepreneur from Nischintapur village in Kaliganj upazila has taken up an uncommon business to make a living. He has not only found work for himself, but also engages his family and neighbours to make paper boxes and cartons.

The flower cultivator

A 'kashphool' cultivator in Jhenidah, Shakhawat Hossain has chosen a different form of agriculture. He figured that he would earn far more cultivating the flower than any other traditional crop.


Hasina declares productivity move

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday declared 'productivity' as the national movement and called upon all to involve with it to reach the desired goal.

Moeen's allegation refuted

The parliamentary sub-committee probing the August 2007 violence at Dhaka University has refuted former army chief Moeen U Ahmed's allegation of altering his testimony on the event.

Stop illegal drug trade

Some businessmen yesterday demanded the government to take steps in stopping illegal drug trade and its use, saying drugs like yaba and phensidyl are threatening the future of thousands of the country's youths.

Cuet teacher dies in road crash

A university teacher and a college student were killed in separate road accidents in the city and Gazipur yesterday.

Hawker dies in bamboo fall

A betel leaf vendor was killed and another person injured after a piece of bamboo fell on them from a multi-storey under-construction building in the city's Segunbagicha.

US to give $180m dev assistance

The US government will provide over US $180 million to Bangladesh as development assistance this year, an increase of over US $20 million from last year.

Dalits demand housing

The Dalit people yesterday urged the government to ensure accommodation facilities for them throughout the city by formulating a housing policy.

Release of JU teacher demanded

Over 100 pro-Awami League (AL) teachers, officers, staff and some students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) formed a human chain in the campus yesterday demanding immediate release of a JU lecturer arrested on Friday.

Warrant against acting Jamaat boss

Two separate courts of Dhaka issued arrest warrants yesterday against Jamaat-e-Islami Acting Ameer Maqbul Ahmad, its Dhaka City chief Rafiqul Islam Khan and nine others in cases filed for assaulting police, blocking traffic movement, and creating anarchy during the party's recent demonstration in the city.

120 lynched in 9 months

Around 120 people were allegedly lynched during January to September this year, said a report of Odhikar, a human rights body, yesterday.

Smugglers control major spice market

Smugglers are controlling 70 percent of spice market in the country, said local spices importers.

Probe misuse in TR, FFW

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the authorities concerned to investigate widespread allegations of irregularities in food distribution programmes under the food and disaster management ministry.

Betar staff protest imposing tax

Temporary artistes and employees at Bangladesh Betar confined the regional director of Rajshahi Betar for one-and-half hours in his office room yesterday, protesting a 10-percent tax at source imposed on their monthly honorariums.

Man buries wife in room after killing

Drug addict husband concealed his wife's body under the earth in their room after killing her over a family feud at South Chhinnomul of Jalalabad in the port city yesterday.

No caretaker, no polls: BNP

BNP standing committee member Tariqul Islam yesterday said the opposition parties will not let Awami League fulfill its dream of holding parliamentary elections under the present administration.

Girl student 'commits suicide'

A minor girl allegedly committed suicide at her residence at West Rajabazar in the city on Saturday.

Youth stabbed to death

A mugger stabbed a youth to death at Barogram of Kamrangirchar area in the city yesterday.

Man kills wife

A man beat his second wife to death at their house at Sarat Gupta Road of Narinda area in the city yesterday.

Save IU teacher

Mohammad Mahboob Hossain Khan, an assistant professor of Kushtia Islamic University, has been suffering from acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

Death Anniversary

Today is the 12th death anniversary of Mirza Samsul Islam, former president of Pabna Press Club. He passed away in a cardiac arrest in 1999.

Free breast cancer screening at NICHR begins

A month-long breast cancer screening programme has begun at National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital (NICRH), said a press release yesterday.

JU admission tests from Oct 8

The first year honours admission tests for the academic session 2011-2012 of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will start on October 8.

Dr Shafee new EWU VC

Dr Ahmed Shafee has been appointed vice-chancellor of East West University, says a press release yesterday.

Chevron gives one year's salaries to teachers

Chevron Bangladesh donated a year's salaries for three teachers of three Bibiyana high-schools at a ceremony at its Dhaka office yesterday, says a press release.

Call for women's right to land

The government must take necessary steps to ensure equal rights of women to land and inherited property, said leaders of National Committee to Celebrate International Day of Rural Women yesterday.

Three youths held for crimes

Police arrested three youths for their alleged involvement in Phensidyl smuggling and an abduction at Poba upazila in Rajshahi yesterday.


Abdul Wadud Khokon, a former vice-president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), passed away at his Fakirhat residence in Bagerhat yesterday due to cardiac arrest.


Musclemen of UP chairman tyrannise villagers

People of Kotakol village under Lohagara upazila in the district have remained hostage to atrocities by Dulu Bahini, allegedly a hired gang of UP charman, for over three months amid inaction by local police.

Dharla devours aman plants on 45 acres in three days

The Dharla River devoured at least 45 acres of land with standing aman plants in Mogholhat union of Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila in the last three days.

Enclave people vow to start fresh agitation to realise demand

People of Indian enclaves inside Panchagarh district yesterday afternoon brought out processions on the last day of their 10-day agitation demanding early implementation of the enclave exchange deal between Bangladesh and India.

5 BCL, Jubo League men expelled

District Awami League (AL) and its associate bodies at a meeting yesterday expelled five leaders and activists of district Chhatra League (BCL) and Jubo League on charge of extortion.

1 killed, 50 injured in clash

A man was killed and over 50 others were injured in clashes over bullfight at Shajiura Bazaar in Kendua upazila yesterday. The deceased was identified as Sadek, 50, of Saguli village in the upazila. Witnesses said local people arranged a bullfight competition between the bulls of Hasu Mia of Sajiura Purba Para and Hobi Mia of Saguli village on Sajiura High School premises in the morning. Supporters of Hasu and Hobi locked into an altercation at one stage and clashed, leaving Sadek severely injured. Sadek later died at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital. As the news spread, both groups equipped with lethal weapons again engaged in a clash for the second time, leaving over 50 injured from both the sides. At least 25 shops at Shajiura Bazaar were damaged and looted during the clash.

Under trial prisoner dies

An under trial prisoner of local jail died while undergoing treatment at Sadar Hospital yesterday. The deceased was identified as Khokon Mia, 42, son of late Hossain Ali of Hajipur village in the district town. Jail sources said locals caught suspected robber Khokon and handed him over to police after giving him a good beating as a man was killed by robbers at Raipur village on September 10. Badly injured, he was taken to local jail and later admitted to jail hospital the next day. As his condition deteriorated, Khokon was shifted to Sadar Hospital yesterday evening where he died after sometime.

Hill woman found dead

Body of a woman was found in a ditch in Kamalchhari area under Sadar upaizla on Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Protiva Chakma, 35, wife of farmer Pritibikash Chakma of the same area. Police and family sources said, Protiva went out of house along with the mid-day meal for her husband at noon on Saturday and since then she was missing. Around 09:00pm locals found her body in a ditch and informed police. Victim's husband filed a case with Sadar police station yesterday.


A sign of negative politics

Time and again, when the government promises strong action against war criminals and acts against humanity, the main opposition comes up with knee-jerk responses that inevitably undermine civil liberties. The main opposition seems to be no exception, despite the plausible assurances by the prime minister that her new anti-terrorism measures are directed at extremism, and extremism only. If anything, the main opposition has shown a readiness to compromise on human rights and the much cherished Bangladeshi tradition of freedom of expression and liberal values. The attention of the political observers in Bangladesh has been focused since the last week of September. The ruling party came down heavily on the opposition leader's remarks that the government had deliberately orchestrated many issues against opposition leaders and activists.

Earthquake and the HC order

The High Court ordered the government on 29th July 2009 to collect the required equipment for the rescue operation if any deadly earthquake hit the country. We have learnt from the newspaper reports that the rule has given a guideline to form a committee in this regard, and the eligibility and assignment of its members were also mentioned there. However, we heard that according to the High Court order the committee made a list of the available equipment and the requirement, and already submitted it to the government.

Road safety

These days the issue of road safety is a much talked about one. The media--both the electronic and the print--has relentlessly drawn our attention to the topic. As we open the daily newspapers we are bombarded with the news of road accidents which are often fatal. It seems, we are no longer shocked by the news of death on the highways. In some cases, it is reckless driving that causes accidents. Of late, the communications minister commented that education is not necessary to qualify as drivers. He also said that anyone who can identify a cow or a goat is eligible to drive a motor vehicle! He is ready to give driving licence to anyone. It is time the authorities did something concrete to ensure road safety. The ministers at the helm can not get away with silly comments.

Lax law encouraging smokers!

Smoking in public places is not unusual in our country. We all know the demerits of smoking, and not only the smokers but also the people around them get affected by the smoke. The government has banned smoking in public places, but who cares? At present, the law enforcers themselves smoke in public and nobody dares to complain. The government should take the initiative of totally banning smoking, as it affects a large number of people. By banning smoking we can set an example for other countries to follow.

Bangladesh's own communications satellite

Bangladesh Cricket Control Board on September 20, 2011 has decided to set up a satellite TV channel to telecast their cricket matches and they have also allocated Tk. 30 crore for this project. Currently, all the satellite TV channels of our country are airing programmes via foreign satellite. A few years back, some Bangladeshis completed their training abroad at the government's expense to set up Bangladesh's own satellite . Also, a few months ago, the telecommunications minister said that Bangladesh would soon have its own satellite.


I live in Nikunja. Here the situation is perhaps the worst in the city. The workers from the grassroots level use the name of the ruling

Tolerance is needed

People did not know in advance what might happen on September 27, the day on which the BNP-led four party alliance held a grand rally. They heaved a sigh of relief when it ended peacefully. We thank the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for not announcing any hartal programme. The common people do not like hartals, they have had enough of it when the Awami League was in opposition. The opposition leader opted for road marches and we think it is a very wise decision. We also like to thank the government for allowing the opposition to hold the rally without any major hindrance though there are reports of Awami League activists and supporters obstructing the opposition activists in many places who were going to join the rally. These are uncalled-for and should be avoided. We hope the government would not obstruct the road marches or take any steps which can create a confrontational situation. People are already very annoyed with the government. So, for its own good, the government should act rationally this time.

Police brutality

I was against hartal till I saw the newspaper picture of brutal police boots smashing the face of a protester during the last week's hartal. While condemning the vandalism by Jamaat protesters, we cannot deny the fact that every political party has the right to press home their demands through peaceful demonstration. But unfortunately, police, instead of escorting the procession, pounce on it without the slightest provocation. Admittedly, the police do as they are instructed to do, but I still don't think they should necessarily be so mean as to push a human being to the ground and smash him under their boots. I think it is time we put a stop to such inhuman treatment by the police.

Monkeys in old town!

The residents of old Dhaka have been living with a serious problem. Monkeys frequently visit their houses taking away foods, damaging utensils, water-pipelines, etc. Often these monkeys, in a group of 40-50, attack and even bite the children.

Battery-operated rickshaws

The battery-run rickshaws are now visible on some Dhaka roads. The other day, I had my first ride on one. I found it more comfortable and faster, and as maneuverable and cheap as traditional rickshaws. If their centre of gravity could be shifted to a lower position, arm rests installed and powered with solar cells, they would be more stable, safe and economical - the ideal non-polluting vehicle to phase out the rickshaws and to cut the arrogant, pricey and noisy CNGs down to size. Those behind pressing these Battery-operated rickshaws into service should be commended and rewarded. I suppose, with the usual sagacity of our 'public masters' (previously servants), they will soon realise that here is a startling development to solve transportation for the masses, where they have not got their 'cut'. Also, they would not look good on their multi-billion dollar rickshaw-free illusory freeways. So, they should be banned.

We need a change

In the recent past, the government while evicting the leader of the opposition from her Shaheed Moinul Road residence made a display of the house wherein she lived for long. The nation, nay the world at large has come to know about the lavish life of a leader of a third world country where more than 80% of the population lives below the poverty line. Honestly speaking, the nation has become sick and tired of both the parties. If a free and fair election is held without any intervention from any quarter, none of the parties will come out victorious with the necessary seats to form a government.

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NY protest against 'corporate greed'

More than 700 anti-Wall Street activists were arrested Saturday in New York amid chaotic scenes on Brooklyn Bridge after the protest movement's march against "corporate greed" was broken up by police.

'Palestinians must be willing to negotiate'

The Palestinians need to show flexibility and get back to the negotiating table, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said in an interview with Egypt's Al-Hayat TV released Saturday.

Israel nods to Quartet plan

Israel yesterday accepted a call by international mediators to resume peace talks with the Palestinians and urged President Mahmoud Abbas to do the same rather than pursue a UN bid for statehood recognition.

Rabbani's killer a 'Pakistani'

The Afghan government says its investigations show that the killer of Burhanuddin Rabbani, its negotiator with the Taliban, was a Pakistani.

US issues world- wide travel alert

United States issued a worldwide travel alert Saturday warning its nationals of the "potential for retaliation" after two key al-Qaeda figures were killed in an air raid in Yemen.

China raps Burma over dam project

Beijing has urged Myanmar to protect the rights of Chinese companies after the government halted construction of a $3.6 billion China-backed mega dam following public opposition to the project.

Police forced protesting MPs to leave assembly

Police forcibly removed four legislators from the chamber of the deputy speaker at the Andhra Pradesh assembly building late Saturday, ending a nearly nine-hour-long episode.

Israeli writer wins religious freedom

An Israeli writer has won a historic court victory granting his request to be officially registered as "without religion" rather than "Jewish," Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported yesterday.

Police remove protesting MPs from assembly

Police forcibly removed four legislators from the chamber of the deputy speaker at the Andhra Pradesh assembly building late Saturday, ending a nearly nine-hour-long episode.

Hundreds freed after NY protests

Police in New York City freed most of the more than 700 people arrested on Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday during a protest against corporate greed.

Last will of Alfred Nobel

Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), who made a vast fortune from his invention of dynamite in 1866, created the Nobel Prizes in his will.

Egypt offers poll law concessions

Egypt's military rulers agreed on Saturday to amend a controversial electoral law following threats of a poll boycott by dozens of political parties and a rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square for reforms.

Clashes with Qaeda kill 25 Yemen troops

At least 25 soldiers have been killed in a friendly fire incident and clashes with militants linked to al-Qaeda in south Yemen, security officials said yesterday.

US-Saudi ties strong Says White House

The United States and Saudi Arabia are satisfied with the "strength" of their ties, the White House said Saturday, despite recent disagreements over Arab Spring revolutions and the Mideast peace process.

3 wounded in Israeli raid on Gaza

Israeli fighter jets Saturday fired a missile on Gaza, injuring three people, one of whom was in serious condition, Palestinian medics said.

Thai PM's Twitter account hacked

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra came under fire from her own Twitter account yesterday when it was taken over for 20 minutes by anonymous hacker who accused her of incompetence.

Arts & Entertainment

Neha Dhupia at Gitanjali Wedding Fest, Dhaka

The evening of October 1 could have been much like any other for many in Dhaka, but for a select 400, it was slightly more memorable. Former Miss India and Bollywood star Neha Dhupia was in town to attend the gala fashion show of the Gitanjali Wedding Festival and we caught up with the glamorous showstopper for an exclusive interview at the Radisson. Below is what transpired between the star and Subhi Shama from The Daily Star.

An elocutionist's tribute to Tagore and his Nobel Prize-winning work

Muktok Padabali, a recitation academy, arranged a solo recitation performance, titled “Ami Noile Mittha Hoto Shondha Tara Otha”, featuring elocutionist Laila Afroz on October 1 at Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library, Dhaka.


Redesign the system of exams

We have seen in the past how the question papers for recruiting teachers for public high schools, medical college final examinations, Civil Service tests, Secondary and Higher Secondary School Certificate exams and so on are leaked and sold to candidates and their guardians. In most cases, the police nabbed the culprits and brought them to justice.

India's nuclear programme

The struggle did not gain the same national prominence as the hunger strike waged by Anna Hazare. Yet a landmark it surely was -- in the history of India's nuclear programme. On August 17, a group of activists started a hunger strike near Koodankulam in Tamil Nadu. It was directed against plans of the Indian government to commission a 1,000 MW nuclear plant.

This Day In History

October 3

The Treaty of Nissa is signed by the Ottoman Empire and Russia at the finish of the Russian-Turkish War, 17361739.

Flying Blind: Waiting for a Real Reckoning on 1971

Forty years after 1971, the Bangladesh liberation war remains a frozen object, not yet fully open to heterodox narratives. Historians need to unpack the complex and contradictory matrix that gave rise to Bengali nationalism, and the mixture of racism and hysteria that spurred the Pakistan Army on to a path of atrocities. This is essential for Bangladesh to decipher its post-liberation trajectory, and for Pakistan to excavate the roots of its current crises. Among several new books on the war is Sarmila Bose’s Dead Reckoning, carrying a bizarre and shrill agenda of absolving Pakistan of allegations of a genocide. What we are left waiting for is a deep investigation into 1971– about the nature of violence, crisis bargaining, unintended consequences, and history’s orphans. People’s actions during war are always a combination of contradiction, heroism and failure of nerve; they are a fundamental aspect of being human. Bangladesh is still waiting for that human history of 1971.

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