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Quit power, go for polls under CG

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday demanded that the government quit power and prove its popularity by contesting the next general election under a caretaker administration.

JU student killed in BCL infighting

A fourth-year student of Jahangirnagar University (JU) succumbed to his injuries yesterday, 13 hours after he was brutally beaten up allegedly by activists of a rival faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the pro-Awami League student wing.

War crimes charges accepted

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday accepted formal charges against former Jamaat ameer Ghulam Azam and its present Chief Motiur Rahman Nizami for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

Bangabandhu's homecoming day today

The nation observes the historic homecoming day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today.

Stop charging additional fees

The High Court yesterday directed the government to take immediate steps to prevent private educational institutions across the country from charging additional admission fees from students.

Economy under stress

A parliamentary body yesterday suggested the government cut “unnecessary” spending, saying the economy is already under stress.

Stop housing project filling up city canal

The High Court yesterday ordered East West Property Development Ltd, a concern of Bashundhara Group, to stop filling Boalia Khal (canal) inside its Bashundhara residential project and any on-going construction on the canal for next three months.

Ctg commuters bear the brunt

Normality in Chittagong city was disrupted yesterday during the opposition's rally followed by a road march when commuters had to suffer due to lack of public transport.

Cops' late night drama over arrest

After around a seven-hour-long-drama, police finally showed Imtiaz Ahmed, son of former president Iajuddin Ahmed, arrested late Sunday night for allegedly assaulting the registrar of Atish Dipankar University.

Gas price may double in posh areas

The government may consider doubling household gas price in Dhaka's posh areas, that get uninterrupted supply, to prevent wastage, said the head of energy regulator yesterday.

Arrest orders against two VNS teachers

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against Husne Ara Begum, former principal of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College and the institution's Bashundhara branch-in-charge Lutfur Rahman in connection with violation of a female student last year.

Another witness testifies

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee along with other collaborators doused several houses of a businessman in Pirojpur with kerosene and set fire to them during the 1971 Liberation War, a witness told the International Crimes Tribunal yesterday.

4 suspects held, taken on remand

Around six months after the brutal killing of six students by a mob on Shab-e-Barat in Aminbazar, Dhaka, police arrested four suspects for their key role in the incident.

UN rights chief concerned at recent Fiji restrictions

The UN human rights head Navi Pillay yesterday expressed grave concern at recent developments in Fiji saying critics of the government have faced criminal charges, arbitrary detention and intimidation.

Messi's Ballon d'Or hattrick

Lionel Messi was on Monday awarded the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or at a star-studded ceremony in Zurich, the third consecutive year that he has won the prestigious award for the world's outstanding footballer.

15th Tibetan dies in act of self-immolation in China

A Tibetan monk died after self-immolating in China, state media said yesterday, taking to 15 the number of people who have set themselves on fire in Tibetan areas in protest in less than a year.

Team Anna meets without Anna

Amid “confusion” on how to take the movement forward, Team Anna's Core Committee met here yesterday sans ailing Anna Hazare to decide on their future strategy.

Myanmar snubs coal plant after opposition

Myanmar cancelled a proposed coal-fired power plant at a Thai-led industrial site yesterday citing "environmental problems", an energy official said, in the latest sign of burgeoning reform.


Emphatic no to gender violence

National statistics on violence against women, the most recent released by the Bangladesh Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA), have found 1,836 women and girls killed in 2011. Deaths were caused as a consequence of domestic violence, demands for dowry, and following rape and sexual abuse. A sharp increase from the previous year has also been noted.

A good initiative

The communications minister deserves compliments for giving his personal attention to many things in his ministry that are virtually in a state of decay. The other day he was at the BRTA office to see for himself the condition there. And we are not surprised to learn of his reaction at finding most of the things there in disorder.


Jamal, Russel through

Dhanmondi neighbours Sheikh Jamal DC and Sheikh Russel KC moved into the quarterfinals of the Grameenphone Federation Cup from Group C after registering their second successive victories at two separate venues yesterday.

Fear pervades Pakistan tour

The Bangladesh cricketers are concerned about the proposed tour of Pakistan due to security fears.

Franchises to get owners today

The Bangladesh Premier League will take some shape today when the franchise bidding programme takes place at a local hotel.

Latif's 'advice' for Tendulkar

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif on Monday suggested that Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar should take counselling from a sports psychologist to get over the "mental block" caused by the continuing wait for his elusive 100th international century.

Eng open with a win

Steve Davies and Stuart Broad shared a resolute seventh stand of 61 to help an unimpressive England to win the three-day tour opener against ICC Combined XI by three wickets here on Monday.

Illness scare for Marsh

Australian top-order batsman Shaun Marsh was unable to fulfil a media engagement ahead of the third Test against India in Perth because of illness on Monday.

Pacy WACA awaits India

If India are to make a comeback in the series, they will have to do it the hard way. The WACA curator feels the pitch is getting back its original -- famously quick and bouncy -- characteristics, and expects this track to behave similar to the one used in the Ashes last season, when Australia played four quicks and won the Test inside four days.

Faridpur run riot

Defending Champions Faridpur, star-studded Dhaka and BKSP emerged group champions to reach the super league stage of the Trust Bank-Viyellatex 28th National Hockey Championship after winning their respective matches at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

A teams sans training

Bangladesh A will be on a high as they take on England Lions in the second one-day match at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong today.

India to name limited-overs squad Jan 15

The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) selection committee will meet in Chennai on January 15 to pick the squad for the limited-overs leg of the Australia tour. India will play two Twenty20s against Australia from February 1, and then a tri-series that also involves Sri Lanka.

U-18 cricket underway

The Young Tigers U-18 National Competition got underway yesterday with four three-day matches commencing across various venues in the country.

Second phase from today

The second phase of Dhaka Metropolis zone of the National School Football Islami Bank Tournament gets underway today with six matches scheduled for the opening day.

Maradona blasts Leonardo

Argentinian football legend Maradona has unleashed an astonishing attack on Paris Saint Germain sporting director Leonardo, questioning the Brazilian's motives at the Qatari-backed French club.

Stosur sent packing

Francesca Schiavone upset US Open champion Samantha Stosur's preparations for next week's Australian Open with a straight sets opening round win at the Sydney International on Monday.

Bresnan out of Pak series

England will be without paceman Tim Bresnan for the forthcoming Pakistan series because of injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Monday.

Army beat Khulna

Bangladesh Army beat Khulna by 68-48 points to finish top of their group in the Citycell 25th National Basketball Championship at the Dhanmondi Indoor Basketball Gymnasium yesterday. The winning side led the first half 29-27.

Kallis plans well ahead

South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis will not play in all the five ODIs against visitors Sri Lanka as he plans in advance to participate in what could be his sixth and last World Cup for the country in 2015.

Setback for Barca

Barcelona suffered a major setback to their hopes of retaining their La Liga title when they were held to a 1-1 draw by city rivals Espanyol on Sunday, a result which left them five points behind Real Madrid.

Top three break free

AC Milan, Juventus and Udinese all won on Sunday to put daylight between themselves and the pack in the Serie A title race.

Cruyff a Messi fan

Dutch legend Johan Cruyff on Sunday backed Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi to win up to seven Ballon d'Or awards in his career.

Rooney slams Mancini

Wayne Rooney has slammed Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini's claim he got Vincent Kompany sent-off in Manchester United's 3-2 FA Cup derby win over the holders at Eastlands.

QPR sack Warnock

Neil Warnock was sacked as manager of Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, the club confirmed.

Size doesn't matter

Italian World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro on Monday reassured Cambodia's diminutive players that size was no barrier to success.


Muhith sees an end to gas crisis in 2013

Bangladesh could strike a balance between demand and supply of gas by 2013 as the government is moving ahead with a raft of measures to boost production, the finance minister said yesterday.

Foreign stock investors were in a buying mood last year

Foreign investors in Bangladesh's stockmarket were mostly in a buying mood last year.

Robi takes VAT on licence to court

The High Court on Sunday asked the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to explain why the provision for VAT on telecom licensing fees, revenue sharing and spectrum assignment fees would not be declared illegal.

BB asks govt to buy fuel oil on credit

The central bank suggested the government should take special credit from oil exporting countries to buy fuel to reduce mounting pressure on the country's foreign exchange, a top official said yesterday.

11 Social Islami Bank directors face HC bar

The High Court yesterday restricted functions of 11 directors of Social Islami Bank Ltd (SIBL) for allegedly holding the offices for 16 years defying the law.

Tripura traders to demand more border haats

Indian traders in Tripura will demand for opening of four border haats (markets) and transhipment through Ashuganj port in Bangladesh, said the president of Tripura Chamber of Commerce.

Stocks lose 3pc in choppy trade

Stocks declined 3.03 percent yesterday amid investors' apprehensions that the economy may face fresh troubles and speculations over a fresh move to tighten monetary tools to control inflation.

Think small: US firms bid to retake luxury car market

US luxury cars manufacturers like Cadillac and Lincoln, respectively run by GM and Ford, are struggling to win back a share of the expanding luxury car market, largely controlled

PDB pens power deals with Sinha Energy

The Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday signed agreements with Sinha Energy to set up two power plants.

Huawei showcases broadband tech

Chinese telecom vendor Huawei Technologies yesterday started a four-day roadshow to demonstrate the latest mobile and fixed broadband technologies.

Airtel launches mBazaar

Airtel launched an ad related service -- mBazaar -- yesterday which will enable Airtel users to receive buy or sell classifieds through messages.

Rolls-Royce posts record car sales

German-owned British luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce announced Monday that sales rocketed to an all-time high last year, smashing its 33-year-old record, driven by demand from China and the United States.

Acer unveils world's thinnest laptop

Acer on Sunday unveiled the world's thinnest laptop computer as an array of "ultrabook" rivals prepared to debut this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Concerted effort a must to double RMG exports

Aconcentrated effort is needed to achieve McKinsey and Company's projection of doubling RMG exports of Bangladesh by 2015, experts said yesterday.

Chittagong: the next spot for investment

The targeted economic growth of the country is not achievable ignoring the infrastructural development of Chittagong, said M Nasir Uddin, chairman and managing director of Pacific Jeans Ltd, a leader in the readymade garment (RMG) sector.

For eurozone, the heat is on again

The eurozone crisis seemed to vanish from the headlines for a brief moment as 2011 ticked over into 2012, but it is about to return with a vengeance.

Developments in the eurozone debt crisis

BERLIN: French President Nicolas Sarkozy called for a new European pact enforcing tighter budgetary discipline to be signed by member states before March 1.


Patients suffer for govt's slow response

The government's slow response in checking illegal organ trade is hampering organ transplants in the country and increasing the suffering of patients, observed doctors at a discussion yesterday.

Dr Kamal for caretaker restoration

Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday suggested restoring the caretaker government system, which was cancelled following a Supreme Court verdict last year, for the sake of a free and fair general election.

Enforce traffic rules to cut accidents

A five-member team of Bangladeshi expatriates of South Africa stressed the need for implementing traffic rules, proper infrastructure development, vehicle fitness and skilled driving to curb road accidents.

PM seeks Unicef's support

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought assistance from the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) for introducing midday meal and school feeding programme to check the dropout of students as well as meet their nutritional demand.

Unicef aid to continue: ED

Visiting Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake has assured that the aid flow for the development of mothers' and children's health and reducing their mortality rate will continue.

Funeral held in Naogaon

The funeral of journalist Dinesh Das, who was run over by a bus in the capital's Kakrail on Sunday, was held at his village home at Baniapara of Raninagar upazila in Naogaon yesterday.

US congresswoman assures full support

US Congresswoman Betty McCollum yesterday praised the energy and enthusiasm of the people of Bangladesh, particularly the women, in advancing the socio-economic condition of the country.

Dinesh's family to get Tk 10 lakh

The government yesterday decided to provide Tk 10 lakh to the family of journalist Dinesh Das.

Bikalpadhara for CG

Bikalpadhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday asked President Zillur Rahman to restore the caretaker government system prior to the formation of a new Election Commission.

6 killed in road crashes

Six people were killed and another six injured in road accidents in Sirajganj, Dinajpur, Natore, Sylhet, Jessore, and Rangpur yesterday and Sunday night.

Man stabs teenage 'friend' over picnic

A 45-year-old man hacked his teenage “friend” with a kitchen knife in the city yesterday as the latter decided to go to a college picnic without him.

Pay attention to primary edn: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged teachers and all others concerned to pay special attention to children so that they get a strong foundation of their education at primary level.

3 injured in police-criminal gun battle

A gun battle between police and criminals left a police constable and two alleged criminals with bullet injuries in the city's Gulshan last night.

8 made senior secretaries

The government yesterday promoted eight secretaries to the rank of senior secretaries, according to a gazette notification of the public administration ministry.

Charges against six pressed

The Detective Branch of police (DB) yesterday pressed charges against six people in a case filed for submitting forged documents to the High Court in order to obtain bail for killers of the couple slain in Gulshan.

Recording of deposition deferred

A Chittagong court yesterday deferred the recording of prosecution witnesses' (PWs) deposition in connection with 10-truck arms haul case as seven accused could not be produced before the court.

2 teachers resign

Two teachers of Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet) resigned yesterday following violence on the campus on January 2.

Information Commission rebukes Saidpur OC

Information Commission yesterday rebuked Saidpur Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mohammad Jamal Uddin for appearing in a hearing at the commission's courtroom without uniform and ordered him to follow the police code.

Missing girl's body found in tank

The decomposed body of a girl child, who was missing since two months, was recovered from the sewer tank of her neighbour's house in Puthia upazila of the district yesterday.

Two BCL men hurt in attack

Two Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Chittagong University (CU) unit were injured in an attack allegedly launched by a rival group of the party on the campus yesterday.

Youth chopped to death

A youth was chopped to death and another sustained injuries at Rasulpur village in Bahubal upazila of Habiganj yesterday.

Help save Ashish

Ashish Kanti Muhuri, a small trader of Chittagong Port Colony, has been suffering from Hepatitis C virus for long.

New 10,000 doctors, health workers soon: Minister

A move is underway to hold a special BCS examination to recruit 10,000 doctors and health workers in the vacant posts to expand the healthcare services across the country.

Another trust fund at DU

Ambassador of Bangladesh to USA Akramul Qader donated Tk 5.25 lakh to set up 'Shaheed Captain Aftabul Qader Bir Uttam Memorial Trust Fund' at Dhaka University in memory of his brother Shaheed captain Aftabul Qader.

Expatriate youth stabbed to death

Unidentified miscreants stabbed a Saudi expatriate to death at Noapara village in Sadar upazila early yesterday.

HC summons Gaibandha DC

The High Court yesterday summoned the deputy commissioner (DC) of Gaibandha and two others in connection with a reported incident that a Union Parishad chairman has recently conducted a "court" at his village in the district with himself being the judge.

JS body asks for probe into FP dept recruitment

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the public administration ministry to investigate alleged irregularities in the recruitment of 144 employees in the family planning department.

Service of Lt Gen Masud extended

The government has decided to extend the service of Bangladesh High Commissioner in Canberra, Australia Lt Gen Masud Uddin Chowdhury for one more year, official sources said.

Minister sees 8 buses with no papers

Of around 15 buses stopped by Communications Minister Obaidul Quader in the city yesterday to check their papers, three drivers had no driving license, two had fake ones and three buses had no fitness certificate or tax token.

Tiny Tots School donates uniforms

Setting an example for other well-off private schools to extend a helping hand to the under privileged students, Tiny Tots School donated school bags and uniforms to the students of government backed Bosilla Primary School.

Death anniversary

Today is the second death anniversary of Md Nurul Hassan, a versatile accountant and former president of Institute of Cost and Management Accountants (ICMA) and South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA).


Saka Mia, a businessman in Gaibandha municipality, passed away at Rangpur Medical College Hospital yesterday at the age of 65.

Uzzal Kumar

Uzzal Kumar Chowdhury, a teacher of Idrakpur High School and organising secretary of Sadullapur upazila unit BNP, died of cardiac arrest at his residence in the upazila yesterday. He was 35.


The qul-khwani of Kazi Khairul Bashar (Babul), art director and one of the founder members of Adcomm Ltd, will be held at his own residence after Maghrib prayers today.


Aiub Reza Chowdhury, coordinator of Communist Union, passed away due to cardiac arrest at a city hospital yesterday morning.


Rafiq's school for challenged kids assured of more help

The deputy commissioner (DC) of Tangail has assured extending all kinds of help for smooth running of Welfare Centre for the Challenged Ones, an institution meant for free schooling and vocational training for children with different disabilities, in Ghatail upazila under the district.

11 launch terminals damaged by Sidr, Aila still not repaired

Eleven of the 30 launch terminals that got damaged during the onslaught of super cyclones Sidr and Alia in 2007 and 2009 at different places in the district have remained unusable for long, much to the sufferings of thousands of passengers in the coastal region.

Coastguards arrest two robbers after gunfight

Two bandits of infamous 'Gama Bahini' were arrested after a gunfight between law enforcers and gang members in Bhaijod Canal under Chandpai range area of the Sundarbans yesterday afternoon.

Schoolteacher murdered after rape in Rangpur

Criminals killed a schoolteacher after rape in Badarganj upazila of the district on Saturday night.

Sultan Mela begins at Narail

A seven-day Sultan Mela (fair) began at Government Victoria College in Narail yesterday marking the 87th birth anniversary of renowned artist SM Sultan.

Akhaura land port closed for 5 days

Export-import through Akhaura Land Port came to a halt for five days from yesterday.

Rly sleepers seized from Tarun League leader's house

Detective branch (DB) of police early yesterday seized 42 pieces of stolen railway sleepers from the house of a leader of Tarun League in Sadar upazila.

One held with pistol

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an alleged criminal along with a pistol and 1000 bottles of phensidyl from a truck on Dhaka-Khulna highway at Rajbari road crossing in the district town Sunday morning.

Two more accused surrender to court

A Narsingdi court remanded two more accused in Narsingdi municipality mayor Lokman Hossain murder case after they surrendered to the court yesterday.

Students attend classes under open sky

Students of Gausul Huq Government Primary School in Morrelganj upazila of Bagerhat district have been attending their classes under open sky for the last two years as the dilapidated school building has become risky for them.

NGO official found dead

Police recovered the body of an official of Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) from Jonail village in Baraigram upazila yesterday morning.

Robbers loot bus

Robbers looted cash and other valuables worth about Tk 2 lakh from passengers of a bus on Dhaka-Kishoreganj highway in Bottola area of Pakundia upazila on Sunday night.


Fuel protests halt Nigeria

Six people were shot dead yesterday as tens of thousands demonstrated nationwide clashed with police over fuel price hikes and a general strike shut down the country.

Trinamool holds rally against Congress

Taking the spat with ally Congress into the open for the first time by holding a public rally, the Trinamool Congress on Monday bluntly asked it to choose its manner of exit from the alliance in West Bengal.

Pawar causes new headache for Congress

After Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee's angry outbursts, more headaches from allies seem to be in store for the Congress with Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar's ultimatum to finalise by Tuesday seat-sharing for the upcoming Mumbai civic polls.

Kashmir CM orders power cut for VIPs

The chief minister of Indian Kashmir has ordered power to be cut to VIPs in the region after blackouts left locals shivering amid snow storms and sub-zero temperatures, officials said.

Iran looks to LatAm as sanctions tighten

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, facing new sanctions over his nation's suspect nuclear program, arrived in Venezuela on Sunday to start a five-day tour aimed at shoring up ties in Latin America.

China pledges to keep peace

Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged "unremitting efforts" to maintain peace on the Korean peninsula during talks Monday with his South Korean counterpart after the death of Kim Jong-Il.

Malaysia clears Anwar from sodomy charge

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted yesterday in a two-year sodomy trial and quickly set his sights on ousting the long-ruling coalition in upcoming polls.

Arabs press on with tainted Syria mission

The Arab League yesterday pressed on with its mission to halt 10 months of bloodshed in Syria despite charges it was only serving to cover up the regime's deadly crackdown on protests.

South Sudan clashes kill 24

Renewed tribal clashes in South Sudan's troubled Jonglei state have killed at least 24 people, days after a cattle vendetta rattled the stability of the world's newest state, officials said yesterday.

Palestine in acute budget crunch

The Palestinians face a budget deficit of more than a billion dollars and are considering forcing bureaucrats to take early retirement, according to Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad.

Picasso stolen from Athens' Nat'l Gallery

A painting personally gifted by Spanish-born master Pablo Picasso to Greece was stolen from Athens' National Gallery early yesterday along with two other important artworks, officials said.

Romney leads by 12 points in Florida

Mitt Romney has opened up a 12-point lead over the rest of the Republican presidential field in the US battleground state of Florida, pollsters said yesterday, a day before he was tipped to cruise to a win in New Hampshire.

British govt mulls Scottish autonomy vote

The British government discussed proposals yesterday to give the Scottish government the legal powers to hold a referendum on independence, which could happen within the next 18 months.

Liberal family values threaten humanity: pope

Pope Benedict XVI yesterday warned that liberal family values were threatening the future of humanity, in a veiled reference to homosexual marriage and adoptions by gay couples.

Iran sentences US spy to death

Iranian judge sentenced a US-Iranian man to death for spying for the CIA, officials and media said yesterday, exacerbating Tehran-Washington tensions already high in the face of Western sanctions on the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.

Arts & Entertainment

Shabdabali, Barisal holds theatre festival on 40th anniversary of Independence

Popular theatre troupe from Barisal, Shabdabali, has arranged a five-day festival at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), starting from January 8. The festival marks the 40th anniversary of Independence as well as the 20th anniversary of the troupe's journey into 'studio theatre movement'. Shabdabali initiated a studio theatre in Barisal two decades ago.

Rapid Fire: Farah Ruma

How do you plan your weekends?

“We should try to reach a wider section of the masses”

Theatre activities should reach the masses, thinks Ramiz Razu, young actor-director of Prangane Mor. He feels that failing to communicate with the masses remains one of the biggest problems faced by theatre in Bangladesh. According to him, the theatre audience mainly consists of cultural activists, organisers and people from the media.

Russia Calls

Russian Centre of Science and Culture has organised a three-day photography exhibition, titled “Russia Calls”, featuring the images by Bijan Saha at the centre's gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The photographer lives and works in Russia. His images convey his eagerness to capture the charming views of Russia. He has wandered through Dubna (a small Russian City), taking pictures of its vivacious natural beauty.

David Cameron: Thatcher film "made too soon"

David Cameron has said he wishes the film “The Iron Lady” -- about Baroness Thatcher -- had been made “another day”.

Folk Festival in port city

Featuring various folk, indigenous songs and dances, a two-day long Folk Festival ended -- amid much enthusiasm -- in the port city on Saturday.

World Poetry Festival in Kolkata begins

The International Bangla Poetry Festival Committee and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) have jointly organised a three-day poetry festival at Shishir Moncho, Kolkata, India.


When Bangabandhu came home . . .

In these forty years which have gone by, I have remembered where I was, where millions of others were, on the day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman came home to the country he had led to freedom. January 10, besides being a significant point of light in Bangladesh's national history, has been for me a tale of my journey into the making of history, into witnessing history as it happened first hand. I was there at Tejgaon airport minutes after daybreak on this day in 1972, in the company of my friend Billal. A huge crowd had already gathered there, despite the fact that the Father of the Nation was not expected to arrive before early afternoon. It was thrilling to hear people greeting each other with a full-throated declamation of Joi Bangla. Liberty was in the air. It would take roundness once Bangabandhu stepped on to the soil of this free country.

Police reforms must involve the people

As Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hands out bravery awards and medals to police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel during the ongoing police-week, two young men prepare for their slow recovery in the southern district of Barisal. The duo, one of whom is a member of the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) youth wing, were abducted by law enforcement agencies and tortured in custody. They are reported to be among 27 such people who have either been picked up, allegedly by law enforcement agencies, or gone missing in the past month.

Impact of Tipai Dam on the haor regions

The debate over potential impacts of Tipaimukh Dam has intensified following Adviser Gawher Rizvi's article in The Daily Star on December 13, 2011 in which he called for a science-based analysis of the proposed project. The following arguments about potential negative impacts of the proposed Tipaimukh Dam on downstream region in Bangladesh have been formulated based on the conventional knowledge of hydrology, environmental science and published information in the electronic and press media.

Is Egypt drifting towards Islamist rule?

Egypt's revolution that began in Tahrir Square on January 25, 2011 has yet to come to a democratic conclusion.

Goodbye Chacha

It was nearly midnight. The Catholic Church in Kakrail was bursting at the seams with people assembling to pay their last respects to a wonderful soul. In the backdrop of poignant hymns and solemn prayers, eulogies and emotions flowed straight from the heart. It was an ambiance characterised by remarkable genuineness --- the principal trait in the life of Samson H Chowdhury.

This Day In History

January 10

Stephen III of Moldavia defeats the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Vaslui.

Science & Life

Scientists steal a moment in time

Think Harry Potter movie magic: Cornell researchers have demonstrated a "temporal cloak" -- albeit on a very small scale -- in the transport of information by a beam of light.

Galilean way of discourse

The life of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) has a certain dramatic - one might almost say operatic - character, and this element of theatrical showmanship is evident even in the form of his scientific writings. His most famous works were dialogues, i.e., they are presented as plays, representing discussions between advocates of two opposing points of view. For example, in 1632 he published Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems, in which fictional proponents of the ancient Ptolemaic/Aristotelian theory and the modern Copernican theory present their cases, each trying to win over a third character who represented an unbiased observer. The "modernist" is called Salviati, presumably named after Filipo Salviati, who until his death in 1614 had been a close friend of Galileo's in Florence. The clear-thinking representative of the educated public is called Sagredo, after Galileo's former student Giovanfrancesco Sagredo of Venice, who had died in 1620. The pedantic Aristotelian of the trio is called Simplicio, apparently named after Simplicius, a Greek philosopher of the 6th century AD known for his commentaries on Aristotle.

Virtues of traditional farming

Traditional farming methods are crucial for protecting a number of threatened bird species in the developing world, including bustards, cranes, ibises and vultures, a study has found.

Evolution exploits editing

The frigid waters of the Southern Ocean don't slow Antarctic octopuses down, even though their nervous systems are governed by the same genetic instructions as their tropical counterparts. Now scientists know why: Edits to the creatures' genetic instructions tweak the octopuses' nerve cells for smooth operating in the numbing polar waters.

Personality: Men vs women

Men and Women Have Major Personality Differences: New Report Suggests Previous Measurements Have Underestimated Variation Between the Sexes

Colourful night sky over Norway

The night sky puts on a colourful show like no other in this compressed wide-angle view of the aurora over Norway in late 2011. The gyrating colors are caused by charged particles hitting atoms in the high atmosphere.

Who is called 'Father of History'?

Greek thinker Herodotus (484 BC-425 BC) is known as Father of history. In his nine scrolls known as The Histories, Herodotus described the conflict between his own people, the Greeks, and the Persian Empire. While telling the story of their own civilization in conflict with another, many people would be inclined to take sides, but Herodotus strove to show each side's perspective in the struggle. In this, he was like the great poet Homer, but Herodotus innovated even further. Homer wrote his epic as if narrated by a goddess; Herodotus spoke with his own voice, and relayed his own experiences and research.

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