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AL votes for Osman

Putting an end to the weeks-long drama and confusion, the Awami League has finally decided to stand behind Shamim Osman in his bid for the office of mayor in the Narayanganj City Corporation election late this month.

Everybody is extortionist

* Bus: Over 5 lakh

Padma Bridge project clean

Even before any investigation, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has brushed aside the World Bank's allegations of corruption in the bidding process for the Padma Bridge project .

Let Grameen Bank work productively

At her first meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni in two years, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has conveyed her country's concern over the Nobel Prize-winning Grameen Bank and the removal of its reputed managing director Prof Muhammad Yunus.

It's a big problem

Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the Awami League's pressing either of the two party-affiliated mayoral candidates in the upcoming Narayanganj City Corporation polls to quit the race.

Disrespect fails democracy

Political parties' tendency of not showing due respect to constitutional institutions -- parliament, Election Commission, and the judiciary -- is the key reason for dysfunction in Bangladesh's parliamentary democracy, said lawmakers and civil society members yesterday.

Railway to buy 11 locomotives

Bangladesh Railway yesterday struck a deal with Japan's Marubeni Corporation to procure 11 metre-gauge locomotives costing Tk 439 crore.

Birishiri tree felling goes on

Netrakona Zila Parishad and forest department have failed to stop the chopping down of century-old trees beside a road in Birishiri and to comply with the High Court's 10-day status quo order.

Bangladesh recognises Libya NTC

Bangladesh yesterday accorded its official recognition to the National Transitional Council as the interim authority of Libya.

Amnesty for arrest of Bush

Amnesty International called on Canadian authorities Wednesday to arrest and prosecute George W Bush, saying the former US president authorised "torture" when he directed the US-led war on terror.

Accused stalker admits killing

Primary school teachers of Agoiljhara upazila in Barisal yesterday announced weeklong programmes over the killing of a schoolteacher pregnant for four months by a local Jubo League leader for protesting harassment and assaults.

Rejoinder, our reply

General Manager (Admin and Corp.) of CLC Power Company Ltd Mohammad Anwar Hossain, on behalf of the company's Managing Director and member of parliament (MP) Aslamul Haq contested a news item published in this paper on October 5 under the headline “Lawmaker the 'Land-gobbler” and said the news item was based on unfounded information.

4 held for bid to smuggle snakes

Four persons have been arrested in Moulvibazar for keeping wildlife and obstructing the work of government officials.

BNP team meets EU envoys

The BNP leadership at a meeting with European Union envoys yesterday clarified its position on issues like reinstating the caretaker government system and reforming the Election Commission.

Ex-Jamaat MP Shahjahan Chy held

Police yesterday arrested former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Shahjahan Chowdhury on charges of September 19 vandalism and assaulting police personnel in Chittagong.

AL infighting kills 1 in Munshiganj

A person was killed and 20 others were injured in a clash between two rival groups of the ruling Awami League (AL) over previous enmity at Char Bolaki village under Gajaria upazila of Munshiganj yesterday.

Arrest order for Amini

A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Mufti Fazlul Haq Amini, chairman of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), in connection with a sedition case.

Wasa removes 50 illegal structures

Dhaka Wasa knocked down at least 50 illegal structures and portions of two concrete buildings to free the city's Kalyanpur Kha canal of encroachment yesterday.

India launches four satellites

An Indian rocket yesterday successfully launched an Indo-French tropical weather satellite and three other smaller satellites into orbit from the spaceport here.

Drone kills three militants in Pakistan

A US drone attack yesterday killed at least three suspected militants in north-west Pakistan, intelligence officials said.


A bill to protect wildlife

It is heartening to learn that a parliamentary subcommittee has been tasked to look into the loopholes of the proposed Wildlife (Conservation) Bill 2011.

Freedom for Palestinian prisoners

The willingness of the Israeli government to free more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners in return for the release of an Israeli soldier now in the hands of Hamas is reason for surprise. That is because of the intransigence the government of Binyamin Netanyahu has consistently demonstrated where dealing with the Palestinians is concerned. Even so, his readiness to free the prisoners in order to have soldier Gilad Shalit released by Palestinian extremist groups could be regarded as a sign of the Israeli authorities softening their belligerence somewhat. Perhaps that could lead to some new thinking about the Palestine issue as a whole.


Splendid Simmons keeps Tigers at bay

Expectations got the better of the Tigers yesterday in the first one-dayer against the West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. A defeat of 40 runs was a justifiable result as Bangladesh was erratic with the ball, slack in the field while ultimately the batsmen too flattered to deceive.

Wicket's faulty: Mushfiq

Smart cricket was found nowhere in Bangladesh's approach as West Indies bounced back in the series with a comfortable 40-run victory in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

A long wait ends

The first ODI against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium was a special occasion for West Indies opener Lendl Simmons who notched up his maiden ODI century, ending a nearly five-year wait. The crucial partnerships he strung together at the top of the innings -- first with fellow opener Adrian Barath who retired hurt after pulling a hamstring with the score on 67, and then a 150-run stand with number three batsman Marlon Samuels -- were the main factors behind Bangladesh being all but shut out of the match at the halfway stage.

Series of revenge?

India will aim to bury the ghosts of their humiliating English summer when they take on a confident England side in the first of what is being touted as a revenge five-match ODI series starting on Friday.

Jamal take on MSC in final today

The star-studded Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will be having the upper hand against popular Mohammedan SC in today's final of the Walton First Women's Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

BD women lose again in Lanka

Bangladesh women's cricket team suffered their second successive defeat against Sri Lanka when the visitors conceded a two-wicket defeat in the second of three ODIs at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium yesterday.

Nadal again falls short of qtrs

Rafael Nadal was upset by Florian Mayer, 7-6 (5), 6-3 Thursday at the Shanghai Masters, the second consecutive year he's failed to reach the quarterfinals at the tournament.

Misbah fan of DRS

Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq has backed the enforcement of the umpires Decision Review System (DRS) in international cricket even as the ICC scrapped the mandatory rule for member boards.

Siddikur's slow start

Siddikur Rahman started the Hero Indian Open with a 2-under-par (70) score at the end of round one at the Delhi Golf Club yesterday. The first day score put him in joint 19th position along with 16 others, five shots adrift of leader Lin Wen-hong of Chinese Taipei. The Taipei recovered from last week's disappointing disqualification by putting in a flawless seven-under-par 65.

CA hires ex-Wallaby

Cricket Australia (CA) have named former rugby union international Patrick Howard as general manager of team performance in a newly created role, recommended by a review panel in August after the country's Ashes defeat to England.

Wari don't buy BFF's explanation

Wari Club were not convinced about the Bangladesh Football Federation's councillorship issue that left the start of the second-tier Bangladesh League in limbo.

Rajshahi, Jessore win big

Rajshahi moved into the Super League of the Southeast Bank 22nd National Youth Hockey Championship with a massive 12-0 win over Kushtia in the Group G match at Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Four share top spot

Four players shared the lead in the Prime Bank 14th International Open Rating Chess Championship at the close of the third round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

Marsh in for Lee

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh will replace fast bowler Brett Lee in the Australia squad for the one-day internationals in South Africa, the country's cricket board said on Thursday.

Turkey face Croatia in pick of draw

Turkey and Croatia will face each other for a place in the Euro 2012 tournament, with the play-off draw completed this afternoon in Krakow.

Tevez to be disciplined

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez will face disciplinary proceedings for alleged breaches of contract after manager Roberto Mancini had said he refused to come on as a substitute in a Champions League game, the club announced on Wednesday.

Duo feels the heat

The pressure is starting to tell on Serie A champions AC Milan, where forwards Antonio Cassano and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have both complained of tiredness and stress.

Terry backs stadium bid

Chelsea captain John Terry has called for fans to back the club's bid to repurchase the freehold of Stamford Bridge paving the way for the Blues to move to a new 60,000 seater stadium.

Platini lauds Poland

UEFA president Michel Platini on Wednesday lauded Poland's preparations for Euro 2012, and said concerns over fellow-host Ukraine's ability to get ready had largely subsided.

Ribery's fresh bid to ban book

French international footballer Franck Ribery on Wednesday launched a fresh bid to try and ban an unauthorised biography titled "The Hidden Face of Franck Ribery".


Let's not exaggerate the impacts

The present crisis in the European countries is a government debt crisis and it has not impacted people's purchasing power, says a Citi high official.

Exports slowest in nine months

Exports grew 2.29 percent in September -- the lowest in nine months this year -- due to a financial crisis in Europe and lean season in business.

Govt moves cheer up stocks

Stocks gained sharply with cheerful trading of the investors as the general index gained 3.89 percent following initiatives taken by the securities regulator to boost investors' confidence.

No crisis in economy, says BB governor

Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman said yesterday there is nothing to be worried about the overall economic condition of the country.

'Entertainment restaurant' in the offing

A new kind of entertainment restaurant -- Capricorn's -- is going to be launched in the capital's Bashundhara City shopping mall on October 27.

Minister calls for R&D in renewable energy

State Minister for Power Mohammad Enamul Haque yesterday urged solar energy product manufacturers of the country to invest in research and development to make the renewable items affordable for the general mass.

Good harvest profits not aplenty for India's farmers

Cotton farmer Ravindra Krishna Patil in Maharashtra should be feeling flush after strong monsoon rains and a good crop, but high costs have cast a pall over his preparations for the festive season.

Analysts discuss draft companies act

An amendment to several clauses and inclusion of new provisions in the new companies act are required to simplify business processes and make the act user-friendly for its stakeholders, said the chief of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) on Tuesday.

New CEO for BD Finance

Mafizuddin Sarker has recently joined Bangladesh Finance and Investment Company Ltd as chief executive officer, the company said in a statement yesterday.

PHP adopts enterprise resource planning of IBCS-PRIMAX

IBCS-PRIMAX Software (Bangladesh) Ltd has recently implemented Oracle enterprise resource planning (ERP) for PHP Group.

"Fight Back" phone app to protect women in India

Women in New Delhi will soon be able to fight off potential attackers with a push of a phone button that will alert not only friends, family and police but also sound an alarm on their social networking websites.


Hasina for poverty-free South Asia

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the South Asian nations to step up their concerted efforts to eliminate poverty from the region.

Unicef awards 29 media professionals

Unicef yesterday awarded the 7th Meena Media Award 2011 to 29 professionals from both print and electronic media for their excellence in promoting child rights through the media.

'Khaleda wants to establish kleptocracy'

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia wants to set her two "corrupt sons" in the state power in the name of younger generation, said Awami League (AL) acting general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif.

PM reiterates support to public varsities

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday assured the public university authorities of providing necessary government support for their smooth operation, but suggested that they try to raise their own funds.

Decentralise Dhaka city

Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for decentralisation of Dhaka city to save it from man-made disaster.

$300m WB support for primary edn

The government signed a $300 million financing agreement with the World Bank yesterday for the 'Third Primary Education Development Program (PEDP-III)', says a press release.

Concern over Khaleda's comment

Eminent citizens in a joint statement yesterday expressed grave concern over the recent comments of the leader of the opposition in parliament on the religious faith of the prime minister.

Call to consider environment

Before Teesta water can be shared between Bangladesh and India, consideration must be given to the environmental aspects and on leaving a certain portion of the water untouched for the river itself, said water resources experts yesterday.

'Ejlash' shifted over 'security' concerns

The counsel of former inspector general of police (IGP) Khoda Baksh Chowdhury yesterday appealed to a Dhaka court to discharge his client from the charges of August 21 grenade attack cases.

Eye care for drivers to cut accidents urged

In observance of the World Sight Day 2011, a billboard on Dhaka Urban Comprehensive Eye Care Project was unveiled yesterday to mobilise people towards eye care service.

Plan to procure Tk 115cr equipment

The government will procure more equipment costing Tk 115 crore this year for post-disaster rescue and evacuation drives with a view to minimising its loss.

'Vaccination a birthright'

Vaccination is a birthright and the government should ensure it for every citizen, a veteran physician who taught at Chittagong Medical College Hospital said here yesterday.

Road crashes kill 6, injure 17

Six people were killed and 17 others injured in separate road accidents in Manikganj, Kushtia and Chittagong yesterday.

9 pro-BNP lawyers get anticipatory bail

High Court yesterday granted a four-month anticipatory bail to nine pro-BNP lawyers in an attempt to murder case filed by an apprentice pro-BNP lawyer.

Bangladeshi worker injured in Malaysian mall collapse

A Bangladeshi worker was injured when the concrete floor of an under-construction multi-storied mall collapsed in Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia on Wednesday, reports a Kuala Lumpur based online newspaper The Star Online.

ACC to sue 41

The Anti-Corruption Commission last month decided to file 22 cases against 41 people including public representatives, government officials, and businessmen.

2 excavators seized for hill cutting

Department of Environment (DoE) seized two excavators on charge of illegal hill cutting from North Nalbila Hill of Maheshkhali upazila in Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Pro-BNP lawyer sue 5 colleagues

A pro-BNP lawyer yesterday filed a case against five pro-BNP lawyers including two BNP lawmakers for allegedly beating him and snatching valuables.

Court asks cops to publish ad in two dailies

A Dhaka court yesterday ordered police to publish an advertisement in two Bangla national dailies asking fugitive Jamaat-e-Islami acting Ameer Maqbul Ahmad and five Jamaat and Shibir men to appear before it by October 30 in a case filed over the party's recent violence in the city.

Prothom Alo signs MoU with DU

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Dhaka University (DU) Bangla daily Prothom Alo was signed at DU vice-chancellor (VC) office on Wednesday to launch Professor Sitara Parvin memorial speech and research fellowship from next year.

Iranian embassy delegation meets RU VC

A six-member delegation of Iranian embassy in Bangladesh called on Rajshahi University (RU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Abdus Sobhan at the latter's office on the campus yesterday.

Nine held with drugs

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested nine drug peddlers with contraband drugs worth around Tk 2.20 lakh in separate drives from different places in the port city on Wednesday night.

Chhatra Union holds 27th conference at RU

The two-day 27th conference of Bangladesh Chhatra Union of Rajshahi University unit began on the campus yesterday.

Youth held with 3 pistols

Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested a youth and recovered three revolvers with four bullets from his possession at Merul Badda in the city on Wednesday night.

Container ship runs aground in Ctg port

A container ship ran aground while leaving Chittagong Port adjoining No 1 Green Buoy near Karnaphuli estuary here yesterday afternoon.

2 construction workers die in city

A construction worker died after falling from the fifth floor of an eight-storey building under construction in the city's Pallabi yesterday.

Tullow, CRP sign agreement

Tullow Bangladesh and Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) signed an agreement on Tuesday for an integrated programme on treatment, rehabilitation, training and follow-up services for people with disabilities.

Hamid joins FDC

M Hamid, an eminent cultural personality, took charge of the post of managing director of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation on October 11, says a press release.


Alhaj Khandakar Md Abu Bakar, former additional secretary of Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, passed away at a hospital in the city on Wednesday at the age of 70.

Death anniversary

Today is the second death anniversary of Alhaj Khandaker Awal Kabir, one of the organisers of the War of Liberation in Pabna and a prominent politician, says a press release.

Doa mahfil

A doa mahfil for Engr Laskar Khairul Basar, a freedom fighter, will be held at his Mirpur residence after Asr prayers today, says a press release.


Chehlum of Sayem-ur-Rahman Sayem, son of State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Jahangir Kabir Nanak, will be held today.


Tk 262 cr project starts this month to rid 3 dists of waterlogging

Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) is expected to begin work for implementation of a Tk 261.53 crore project on the Kobadak River by this month for resolving the persistent waterlogging problem in large areas of Khulna, Jessore and Satkhira districts.

Jute growers frustrated as prices dip in Gaibandha

Jute growers of Gaibandha district are frustrated as prices of the cash crop see continued decline in the area.

More hilsa, current net seized

A coast guard team in a drive seized 50 maunds of hilsa from the Andharmanik River, near the Bay of Bengal yesterday.

Move to drive away hill people still on: Larma

Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Regional Council, has said the government, like its predecessors, is trying to drive away the hill people from CHT by acquiring their land in the name of what he said expansion of security camps and development of tourism industry.

Six Huji men jailed

A special tribunal here yesterday sentenced six activists of banned Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad (Huji) to prison in four separate cases.

10 injured as AL, BNP rivals clash in Satkhira

At least 10 people were injured in a clash between rival groups belonging to Awami League (AL) and BNP on Alipur union parishad (UP) office premises at Alipur village in Sadar upazila yesterday.

4 held with 50 snakes in Moulvibazar

Forest Department officials, in a drive on Wednesday night, held a Bangladesh-born British citizen and three snake charmers along with 50 various species of snakes in the town.

Outbreak of kala-azar in Pabna

The outbreak of kala-azar is taking an epidemic form as a good number of people have been attacked by the deadly disease in Chatmohor upazila of the district.

25 fishermen abducted by pirates rescued

Coastguards rescued 25 fishermen from pirates in Narikelbaria and Dumuria canal area under Sharankhola range of the Sundarbans forest division yesterday.

50 injured as rival villagers lock in clash

At least 50 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups at Hasnabad bazaar in Chhatak upazila of Sunamganj district on Wednesday.

6 Bagerhat policemen sued

Six policemen of Bagerhat Sadar model police station have been sued on charge of extortion and physically torturing a man of Khardar area in Bagerhat town.

Woman murdered

A housewife was murdered at Bolorampur village in Pabna Sadar upazila yesterday morning. She was identified as Halima Khatun, 35 wife of Jinnah of Raghabpur village. Officer-in-Charge of the police station Md Enayet Uddin said locals found the body of Halima on a land adjacent to their house at around 8:00am and informed the police who recovered the body and sent it to Sadar Hospital for autopsy.The body bore injury marks, the OC said, adding that they are trying to unearth clues to the murder.

Sec 144 in Benapole

Local administration imposed Section 144 at Benapole Bazar and its adjoining areas for 30 hours until Thursday midnight as Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and BNP called separate meetings at the same venue and time. Benapole upazila unit of BNP convened a meeting at Benapole High School field at 3:00pm yesterday and local BCL unit also called a meeting at the same venue and time. Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Kamrul Arif said he banned public meetings in the areas for 30 hours until midnight on Thursday to avert any possible clash between the two rival parties.

Two die in boat capsize

A woman and her granddaughter died and two others went missing as a boat capsized in Kangsha River at Holash Khali in Dharmapasha upazila yesterday. The dead are Jaher Banu, 70, and her granddaughter Ima Akhter, 6, of Umedpur village in the upazila. Witnesses said the overloaded boat with 30 to 40 passengers aboard sank in the river when it was going to Mohanganj from Dharmapasha upazila at around 8:00am. Other passengers of the boat managed to swim ashore and a rescue operation was going on to trace the missing people as of filing of this report at 4:00pm yesterday.

Auto-rickshaw driver killed

The body of an auto-rickshaw driver was found under a railway bridge at Banashua in Sadar upazila yesterday. The victim was identified as Sadek Hossain of Kaliganj upazila in Lalmonirhat district. A patrol team of Chotrokhil police camp in sadar upazila found the body under the railway bridge in the morning. They recovered the body and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. The motive behind the murder could not be known as of 4:00pm yesterday. A case was filed with Kotwali Model Police Station in this connection.

Boy drowns in pond

A one and a half years old boy drowned in a pond at Gambujpara village in Gomostapur upazila of the district on Wednesday. Locals said Nasir, son of shopkeeper Abdul of the village, slipped into a nearby pond while he was on its bank at noon. The boy was rescued and rushed to the upazila health complex where the doctors declared him dead.


Reaching govt's service to the poor

The government has selected Jessore as the first digital district as part of the first step towards making all districts digital under Access to Information Programme. Good governance and its associated services simply do not reach many people, and where they do, the services offered are so corrupted, inefficient and disorganised that they fail to make any positive impact. There exists a vicious loop: the impact of poor governance is felt disproportionately by those who are poor, unorganised and do not have the means to access services from alternative channels, such as the private sector and the middlemen. In turn, this further diminishes the opportunities available to them to break the cycle of poverty, exploitation and marginalisation. Governance services such as maintaining the rule of law, primary education, primary health care, preserving equality and human rights, targeted government programmes and subsidies, can enhance welfare of people in any country. Yet large sections of people, especially in developing countries, remain poor, exploited and marginalised, and are not able to improve their lives as they are deprived of even the most fundamental benefits of good governance.

Road crashes on the rise

In recent times, the number of road crashes in our country has increased alarmingly. Every day the electronic and print media are covering horrifying news of tragic road mishaps occurring on different roads and highways across the country, resulting in the loss of many invaluable lives and causing disability to a large number of people. The tragic accident at Mirsarai, Chittagong and the road crash in Manikganj in August this year that claimed the invaluable lives of Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier, are but a few examples of the innumerable road accidents taking place every now and then.

Why give people false hope?

The economists predicted and suggested how to prevent the downward journey of the county's economy! It seems like it is becoming a national pastime: people coming on talk shows talking about how to improve the country's lot; people sitting at round-tables and talking about how to improve our economy. Of course, none of this will ever be implemented. I am just wondering if the people involved know this. And I couldn't believe that it would become the headline.

Metro and air force

I am writing this letter in response to Syed Badrul Ahsan's article titled “Metro rail and the public interest." I am hoping that it will reach the editor and the writer. Though Mr. Badrul Ahsan wrote a big article on the issue, it looked as if he is not actually aware of what the air force's opinion is on this issue.

Immoral business

Recently, the personnel of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) nabbed the culprits who were involved in medical question papers leakage. It has been reported in the newspapers that a good number of people from different professional backgrounds are involved in this immoral business. The arrestees include university teachers, doctors, bankers and students.

Congrats! You win a Nobel!

Normally, the secretary of the Nobel Prize Committee dials the one who wins the prestigious Nobel Prize. It is amusing to know from a recent Arab News report entitled “Call of a lifetime: 'Congrats! You win a Nobel!'” that sometimes the recipient thinks that someone is cracking a joke with him!

Blaming the drivers only!

Most of the time when road accidents take place, we only blame the drivers. It is not right to blame them alone. The BRTA authorities and the commuters are also responsible for this. Thousands of drivers, who hardly have any knowledge about driving and traffic rules, get licenses by bribing the officials of BRTA. And it has become a common practice that the commuters shout at the drivers to overtake other vehicles. It is our responsibility to curb road accidents.

This is barbaric!

I am very shocked to know that Saudi Arabia beheaded eight Bangladeshi workers in public for murdering an Egyptian security guard in Riyadh in 2007 despite Bangladesh's repeated pleas for clemency.

The Populist movement

The Populist movement started at the end of the first Gilded Age in the 1890s. The movement developed from farmers' alliances, formed in the 1880s, in reaction to falling crop prices and poor credit facilities. The leaders formed the People's Party (1892), also known as the Populist Party, which advocated a variety of measures to help farmers. Mass protests were staged by the unemployed workers, especially in the 1930s during the Great Depression. It took roughly four years to organise this. The first uprising started around 1933, and continued in 1934, '35, and '36.

DV lottery

The Bangladeshi nationals will not be able to apply for America's Diversity Visa (DV) lottery programme for the year 2013, according to an announcement made by Washington. The news shocked all the Bangladeshis who were eagerly waiting to apply for the DV lottery. Bangladeshis used to be at the top in winning the lottery throughout Asia. Why did the US government take this sudden decision? Our government should find out the probable reasons behind this.

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New Libya 'stained' by detainee abuse

Libya's new authorities must stamp out arbitrary detention and widespread abuse of detainees, particularly those who fought for Muammar Gaddafi, to avoid a "stained" rights record, Amnesty International said yesterday.

Palestinians aim to join UN bodies

The Palestinians will apply for full membership of as many United Nations agencies as possible as part of push to advance their national interests, an official said.

Norway killer says 80 militant cells in Europe

Anders Behring Breivik, who has confessed to the bomb and shooting attacks that killed 77 people in Norway in July, says there are up to 80 cells in Europe with militant anti-Islamic ideals like his own, Norwegian investigators said yesterday.

Obama calls Saudi King to mull actions

President Barack Obama Wednesday called Saudi King Abdullah to discuss what US authorities said was a thwarted plot by Iranian government elements to assassinate the Saudi envoy to Washington.

5 Reasons To Be Sceptical Of Alleged Plot

US officials say they are certain the bizarre plot against Ambassador Adel Jubeir was real. But some analysts find it unlikely that the Iranian government, or legitimate factions within, would be involved in such a tangled plot.

US opposes Israeli settlement move

The United States said Wednesday it opposes "any effort to legalize" settlement outposts on Palestinian land, after Israel set up a panel tasked with exploring ways to do so.

French inquiry dropped

A French inquiry into attempted rape claims against ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been dropped, reports said yesterday.

Ai Weiwei world's most powerful artist

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who hit the headlines during his 81-day detention by Chinese authorities, was yesterday named as the world's most powerful art figure by influential magazine Art Review.

Eight killed in US hair salon shooting

Eight people were killed and one remained in critical condition Wednesday after a gunman opened fire in a packed hair salon in a small California town, police said.

Plane crashes in Papua New Guinea

A plane carrying 32 people yesterday crashed in Papua New Guinea, causing a number of deaths.

Thousands rally for Syrian president

Thousands of people rallied in the Syrian capital Wednesday in support of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, which has been shaken by mass protests for nearly seven months, as a court freed a top dissident.

Four Occupy Wall St protestors arrested

New York police arrested four people Wednesday during an Occupy Wall Street rally outside a skyscraper housing JP Morgan Chase bank.

14 killed in Syrian violence

Fourteen people were killed in gunfire in two Syrian towns yesterday, an activist group said, most of them in clashes between troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and gunmen believed to be army defectors.

US expelled 397,000 illegal migrants in year

US authorities deported 397,000 undocumented immigrants, of which 210,000 had criminal records in the fiscal year just concluded, the top immigration enforcer told lawmakers Wednesday.

New stem cell method makes liver cells

British scientists have developed a new stem cell technique for growing working liver cells which could eventually avoid the need for costly and risky liver transplants. A team of researchers led by the Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge used cutting-edge methods to correct a genetic mutation in stem cells derived from a patient's skin biopsy, and then grew them into fresh liver cells.

Scientists crack Black Death's genetic code

Scientists have mapped out the entire genetic map of the Black Death, a 14th century bubonic plague that killed 50 million Europeans in one of the most devastating epidemics in history. The work, which involved extracting and purifying DNA from the remains of Black death victims buried in London's "plague pits," is the first time scientists have been able to draft a reconstructed genome of any ancient pathogen.

T rex bigger than thought

Tyrannosaurus rex grew faster and weighed more than previously thought, suggesting the fearsome predator would have been a ravenous teen-ager, researchers said Wednesday. Using three-dimensional laser scans and computer modelling, British and US scientists "weighed" five T rex specimens, including the Chicago Field Museum's "Sue," the largest and most complete T rex skeleton known.

Burma political prisoner releases 'not enough'

Burma's main opposition group yesterday called on the government to free all political prisoners, a day after it released about 200.

Dalit woman paraded naked in UP

A middle-aged Dalit woman was brazenly paraded naked in Chandwapur village of Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri district on Saturday.

US not sincere about Afghan peace

The United States was not sincere about peace in Afghanistan when it signalled it would remain open to exploring a settlement that includes the Haqqani network, one of the group's senior commanders said yesterday.

Australia to drop asylum plan

Australia is dropping a controversial asylum plan and will now process asylum seekers onshore after the government failed to secure support for key legal changes.

Bus plunges into river in Nepal

At least 43 people were killed yesterday when a bus veered off a mountain road into a river in eastern Nepal, police said.

Arts & Entertainment

When Runa met Lata

“Hearing 'I'm a fan' from a living legend is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I was on top of the world,” said Runa Laila.

In the Name of God

Can movies truly deliver a powerful message and make an impact on society? In most cases people would disagree, as stories projected on the celluloid have been known to be gimmicky and larger than life. However, often these stories are inspired by real life.

“Joldash”, “Mohajoner Nao” to celebrate golden and silver jubilee

Padatik Natya Sangshad will stage the 50th show of the play “Joldash” today at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Subachan Natya Sangshad will hold the 25th show of its play “Mohajoner Nao” at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Shilpakala Academy tomorrow.

A hands-on actor

Talented actor Sajal is one of the busiest faces in the media, and despite choosing his offers carefully in recent days, he has made the most appearances on TV last Eid. Recently, the actor shared thoughts about his dreams, career and beyond with The Daily Star:

Haren Das exhibition begins today at Bengal Gallery

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts is hosting a nine-day exhibition featuring the works of noted Indian printmaker Haren Das (1921-93) and his son Chandan Das.

DS Café

Mir Shabbir is the star of the month at DS Café. He will be on the hot seat and take your calls at The Daily Star office. Readers, fire away your question at him! The best question will be highlighted in the transcription.

A little girl with a big dream

Five-year-old Shraboki Akhter Sayma's dance performances are always a hit in Lalmonirhat.

Art camp on national anthem

British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) and Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts jointly organised a three-day art camp titled “BATB-Bengal Art Camp '11”. The camp was held recently at BATB's Guest House Complex in Kushtia.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” docks in Dhaka

Star Cineplex has brought the fourth instalment of the hugely popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” to Dhaka. Dhaka film enthusiasts will get a chance to see the adventurous journey of Captain Jack Sparrow once again as “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” releases today at Star Cineplex.


The bridge over river Padma

An attentive listener himself, late Saudi king Faisal liked to say: "God gave man two ears and one tongue so we could listen twice as much as we talk." That useful wisdom is painfully reversed in our country, where politicians talk immensely more than they would like to listen. We the people make up for the equation. We listen all the time, not having even half as much time to talk.

India and Afghanistan: Getting ready beyond 2014

The signing of the strategic partnership agreement between India and Afghanistan not only underlines India's engagement at multiple levels in Afghanistan but also India's future strategy in the region. To allay any misgiving regarding inking of this agreement, the text refers to the January 4, 1950, treaty of friendship to underline the historical nature of such a partnership.

Can Obama buck the trend?

The news for Obama is bad but that of the trend is not. The US Senate has scrapped Obama's jobs bill. Two of his own Democrats joined Republicans to vote against it. There are 53 Democrat Senators to 49 Republican. It was skating through the thin ice anyway. The 60-vote supermajority mark required for the bill to advance in the chamber was a steep call.

Disaster risks loom large

It is impossible to preclude nature's fury when it strikes in the form of cyclone, hurricane, tidal surge, flood and earthquake. In recent years, imminence of deadly disasters has been aggravated either by natural factors such as geological, hydrometeorological and biological changes or by social factors such as unplanned urbanisation and indiscriminate manipulation of natural resources, not to mention the excesses of the industrial revolution in the West precipitating climate change.

Water vs flood

We know that excess of anything is dangerous. Let us take the example of water. Water is life and excess water is flood. Because we live in a climatically vulnerable country like Bangladesh, we do not need to be told about the ferocity of floods. People of Bangladesh know very well how disastrous the consequences of monsoons, flash floods, torrential downpours, and weeks of downpour can be. We have been suffering badly due to floods for many years and the future looks overcast.


Our own laptop

Telephone Shilpa Sangstha (TSS), Bangladesh, where analogue phone sets were manufactured long before the digital dominance, will now be the hub for assembling Doel netbooks and laptops.

"iGenius" to debut on Discovery

Discovery Channel has announced a quickly-produced new documentary that will look back at the many ways Apple visionary Steve Jobs influenced modern life.

BlackBerry says services have improved

BlackBerry services buzzed back to life Thursday across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India, after a three-day outage that interrupted email messages and Internet services for millions of customers.

'NGO Connection Day' held

D.Net (Development Research Network) yesterday organised a seminar on 'NGO Connection Day' at a hotel in the capital, says a press release.

Nokia N9 offer for Icons

Icon, the premium telecom brand of the country from the house of Orascom Telecom Bangladesh Ltd, has joined hands with Nokia Bangladesh in an exclusive promotion of Nokia's flagship smartphone N9 only for Icon subscribers, says a press release.

Laptop bazaar opens

A marketplace for laptops and other similar mobile devices only has been opened yesterday on the 5th floor of Eastern Plus Shopping Complex at Shantinagar in the capital, says a press release.

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