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News of: Friday, 13th of January, 2012

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Five killed in Ctg building fire

Four of a family and a domestic help suffocated to death early yesterday after a fire broke out in a building in Chittagong's Chandgaon area.

Universities in turmoil

The University Grants Commission (UGC) yesterday expressed deep concern over the continuing violence at different universities.

JU teachers to boycott classes

A faction of teachers of Jahangirnagar University, announcing a boycott of all academic activities, has demanded the removal of the university's proctor, who allegedly assaulted a colleague of his yesterday.

BCL men beat up protesters

Bangladesh Chhatra League activists at Jagannath University yesterday allegedly assaulted students campaigning for a class boycott called to protest additional fees charged by the authorities.

Jamaat men attack cops, vandalise vehicle

Jamaat-Shibir activists, who were holding procession in the city's Motijheel area yesterday to protest the arrest of Ghulam Azam, in separate attacks injured at least five policemen and torched a police jeep.

Academic activities suspended

Academic activities at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) were suspended yesterday following Wednesday's Chhatra League-Shibir clash that left 23 injured.

Hasina for joint venture power plant in Tripura

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday proposed that India set up joint venture power plants in its northeastern state of Tripura with Bangladesh in the interest of both Delhi and Dhaka.

PM receives D Litt from Tripura University

Tripura University yesterday conferred honorary D. Litt degree to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in recognition of her role in establishing multicultural democracy and peace in Bangladesh and in the region, and for her statesmanship and visionary leadership.

Zillur to take initiative on law making

President Zillur Rahman yesterday proposed to initiate enactment of a law in line with the constitution to form an election commission.

War crimes prosecution falters again

The registrar of the International Crimes Tribunal yesterday refused to receive the formal charges against Jamaat leader Kamaruzzaman when the prosecution showed up at the registrar's office with the charges an hour after working-hours ended.

Pakistan govt isolated against army, courts

Pakistan's government looks dangerously isolated in a fresh confrontation with the country's powerful military that analysts say could, at the very least, end in early elections.

HC summons school principal

The High Court yesterday summoned the principal of Monipur High School and College, Sheorapara branch, officer-in-charge of Kafrul Police Station and two others for allegedly torturing an autistic child in the school.

Biswa Ijtema begins today

The first phase of Biswa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation in the world, begins today on the bank of the Turag in Tongi with participation of over two million devotees from home and abroad.

Abducted boy rescued, 6 held

Four days after his abduction, a schoolboy was rescued early yesterday from Daulatpur upazila of the district.

Ghulam Azam still kept at prison cell

Ghulam Azam is unlikely to be moved any time soon to Dhaka Central Jail from the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

Ghulam Azam defends 1971 role

A day after Ghulam Azam was sent to jail on war crimes charges, he defended his role during the Liberation War in a statement purportedly written by him beforehand.

Rubbish treatment for tax evaders

Civic authorities in India's Bihar state on Tuesday, in an innovative and surprising move, dumped heaps of stinking garbage outside a shopping complex to penalise its owner for evading taxes.

4 petitions filed for SQ Chowdhury

The drama over Salauddin Quader Chowdhury's defence lawyers at the International Crimes Tribunal continued yesterday when three lawyers submitted four petitions to the court on Salauddin's behalf.

31st BCS exam results published

The results of the 31sh Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) written examinations were published yesterday.

Nigeria oil strike hits fourth day

A national strike that has paralysed Nigeria and brought tens of thousands into the streets entered its fourth day yesterday with oil workers threatening to halt production.

Editorial

Opposition takes dialogue path

We are heartened that the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has joined the dialogue with the president on Wednesday to ventilate its demand for restoration of caretaker system of government before the reconstitution of Election Commission.

Ban on corporal punishment

The High Court (HC) on this day last year declared corporal punishment illegal and unconstitutional in all educational institutions throughout the country. Defining caning, beating or subjecting students to any cruel and inhuman punishment as 'misconduct' under the Government Servants Discipline and Appeal Rules 1985, it directed the education ministry to ensure dissemination of the directives and regular inspection to ward off occurrences of corporal punishment. It also directed the ministry to take actions against those in breach of the law. We considered it a historic move to ensure a decent atmosphere in schools for every child, which is a prerequisite for creative learning as opposed to learning by flogging. But we also believe that a law is as good as its implementation.

Sports

Akmal dazzles Fatullah

Old DOHS topped the table after the fourth round of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League when they outclassed Cricket Coaching School (CCS) by 125 runs at BKSP yesterday, but it was Pakistanis Kamran Akmal and Khaled Latif who hogged the spotlight on the day.

Feni bring down Sky Blues

Holders Abahani were stunned in the Grameen-phone Federation Cup when they suffered a 2-1 defeat to minnows Feni Soccer Club in their last group match at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

BPL players' list revealed

The preliminary lists of local and foreign players, who will be available for the players' auction of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), has been released yesterday.

Generous BCB

Liquidity crisis might be an issue widely discussed in the business community of the country nowadays, but it is not a problem for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) at least.

Dhoni to quit Tests?

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has hinted he will quit Test cricket if he decides to lead India in their World Cup defence in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

A team keeps changing

The selectors were once again forced to make wholesale changes to the Bangladesh A team for the third one-dayer against the visiting England Lions to be held at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong today.

More bad news for Muktis

Muktijoddha Sangsad suffered another blow before their Federation Cup's quarterfinal tie as their key defender Ariful Islam has been handed a one-match ban yesterday following his indecent behaviour with the referee.

Local snippets

Dhaka Residential Model College emerged zonal champions in the Islami Bank National School Football Tournament when they defeated Dolairpar High School 1-0 in the Dhaka Metropolis zonal final at the Teachers' Training College ground in Dhaka yesterday.

India mulling all-pace attack

India are considering an unusual four-pronged pace attack for the third Test against Australia but won't settle on their final line-up until just before the match, said captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Essex player pleads guilty to spot-fixing

An English county cricketer pleaded guilty on Thursday to a corruption charge linked to his bowling in a 40-over one-day game.

Sri Lanka hit new low

Hashim Amla hit a century before South Africa's opening bowlers sent Sri Lanka crashing as the host nation swept to a huge 258-run win in the first one-day international at Boland Park here on Wednesday.

England U-19 arrive today

The England Under-19 team will arrive in Dhaka today to play seven limited-over matches against their Bangladesh counterparts.

Bolt to run at Bislett

Jamaica's triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt revealed on Wednesday he would compete in the Bislett Games in Oslo on June 7 as he cranks up his preparations for defending his titles in the London Olympics in August.

Mancini angry at Johnson tackle

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was left asking why Liverpool's Glen Johnson stayed on the field after a tackle on Joleon Lescott in the League Cup semifinal, first leg here Wednesday.

Gerrard zaps City

Steven Gerrard's penalty handed Liverpool an important advantage in their League Cup semifinal with Manchester City as the visitors came away from Eastlands with a 1-0 first leg lead.

Keane joins Villa

Irish striker Robbie Keane, who joined Los Angeles Galaxy from Tottenham last summer, is to spend two months on loan at Aston Villa, the club announced on Thursday.

Levante reach last 8

Levante's extraordinary season continued when they thrashed second-division Alcorcon 4-0 on Wednesday to secure a 5-2 aggregate victory and advance to the King's Cup quarter-finals for the first time in more than 70 years.

Spurs stay hot on the heels of leaders

Tottenham's surprise challenge for the Premier League title gathered pace as a 2-0 win over Everton moved the north Londoners within three points of leaders Manchester City on Wednesday.

Pato close to PSG move

Paris Saint Germain moved closer to signing AC Milan striker Pato on Thursday after agreeing personal terms with the Brazilian striker, sources at the French club have confirmed.

'Brazil won't be 100% ready'

Brazil won't be "100 per cent ready" to host the 2014 World Cup, as work on two of the stadiums won't be completed in time, former World Cup winner Romario said in an interview published Wednesday.

Voronin gets top award

Ukraine striker Andriy Voronin, who is currently playing with Russian Premier League side Dynamo Moscow, was on Thursday named player of the year in the former Soviet Union region.

Business

USAID pledges to spend $922m by 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide $922 million to Bangladesh over the next five years to help the country address food security, health and global climate change.

Garment tech fair kicks off

Three concurrent expositions on garment accessories and machinery started at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka yesterday.

BB moves to bring transparency to banks' interest rates

Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday for the first time released data on interest-rate spread to increase competition among banks and help consumers get services at a lower cost.

Car sales on slow lane as import costs spike

Car sales slumped due to spiralling prices that resulted mainly from higher import costs amid depreciation of the taka against the dollar, sellers said yesterday.

AirAsia X pulls out of Europe, India

Malaysian long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X announced plans to scrap unprofitable routes to Europe and India as it prepares for a planned flotation, citing weak demand and a row over European Union emissions charges.

Britain to host the biggest business conference

On the eve of the Olympics, the British government will be hosting the biggest ever investment conference this summer.

Stocks fall in thin trade

Stocks declined 2.06 percent yesterday as the participation of institutional investors in the market was low.

Russia 2011 capital flight soars to $84b

Russia in 2011 suffered net capital outflows of over $84 billion, statistics showed Thursday, as domestic political turbulence and the global economic slowdown rattled investors.

ADB's country head retires

Thevakumar Kandiah, country director of the Asian Development Bank, retired from ADB services yesterday.

Cloud computing cuts business costs: seminar

A seminar arranged by Bankers' CTO Forum Bangladesh and Shark Ltd has focused on the importance of efficient data-centre solutions for enterprises.

Metropolitan

Service possible from 2014

Experts have primarily estimated costs at $183 million for the introduction of faster and seamless bus service, otherwise called Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), between Uttara and Sadarghat in the city.

Convention begins

A 3-day convention, “Indigenous Community and Sylhet's Environment”, began at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) yesterday calling upon the new generation to remain vocal in enforcing the rights of every citizen of the country.

SC asks HC to examine shipbreaking rules

The Supreme Court yesterday sent two rules framed by the government regarding shipbreaking to the High Court so that the latter can examine whether they were prepared as per previous HC directives.

Etihad freighter hit by Biman car

Parts of a freight aircraft of Etihad Airways were damaged after being hit by a cargo loading car of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Wednesday night.

Draft handed over to minister

Nagorik Uddyog, an alliance of 50 NGOs, yesterday handed over a copy of "Hindu Marriage Draft Law 2011" to Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed and demanded its enactment to protect the human rights of the Hindu women.

Strong ties in science, tech with US stressed

A United States science envoy to Bangladesh yesterday put emphasis on strengthening mutual collaboration and cooperation in the field of science and technology to address different challenges, including climate change vulnerability, food security and public health.

Court decision on charge sheet Feb 6

A Dhaka court gives its decision on February 6 whether the charges brought against six accused in connection with the killing of Jubo League leader Ibrahim Ahmed in August 2010 will be taken into cognizance.

Woman found dead in her city flat

Police recovered the hanging body of a housewife from her residence at west Shewrapara of Mirpur in the city yesterday.

3 staff sued for embezzling Tk 2.40 lakh

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sued two officials and an employee of Rajshahi Higher Secondary Teachers Training Institute (HSTTI) for allegedly embezzling Tk 2.40 lakh by enrolling fake people in a government training programme.

HC summons Barisal medical college doctor

The High Court yesterday summoned a doctor of Barisal Sher-e Bangla Medical College (BSBMC) for mentioning a 13-year-old violated girl as a mother aged 25 of three children in the forensic report.

Road crashes kill 4

Four people, including a minor boy and a schoolboy, were killed in separate road accidents in Chapainawabganj, Manikganj and Brahmanbaria yesterday.

Laskar RHD chief engr

Additional chief engineer Aminur Rahman Laskar has been appointed chief engineer of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) under the communications ministry.

21 stolen auto-rickshaws recovered

Detective Branch (DB) of police in two separate drives recovered 21 stolen CNG-driven auto-rickshaws from different areas of Naogaon district and arrested a youth with home-made bombs from the city's Malibagh on Monday and early yesterday.

Meghna Group fined for filling up riverbank

The environment court under the Ministry of Environment and Forests yesterday rejected the appeal filed by Meghna Group of Industries and stood by the DoE's decision to fine the company Tk 30 lakh for illegally filling up the Meghna riverbank in Narayanganj.

NU admission now till Jan 18

The deadline for admission to the Honours and Degree courses at the respective colleges under the National University of 2011-2012 academic session has been extended up to January 18.

Hearing on petition of Imtiaz Jan 15

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed January 15 for hearing on a bail petition filed for Imtiaz Ahmed, son of former president Iajuddin Ahmed, in connection with a case for allegedly assaulting the registrar of Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology.

Police refuse to record case against BCL men

Police on January 9 refused to register a case against some Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Rajshahi University (RU) unit who allegedly stabbed another activist on January 2.

e-management training begins

The first training course on effective use of e-file management system in the Ministry of Public Administration (MoPA) began yesterday, says a press release.

Parimal Mutsuddi passes away

Parimal Mutsuddi, a leading leader of the Buddhist community, passed away at a health facility in the city due to a massive brain hemorrhage yesterday at the age of 77.

Arrest warrant against Ctg college teacher

A Chittagong court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against a lecturer of Chittagong College over a rape case filed by a woman.

2 new trains on Joydevpur route

Bangladesh Railway will launch two additional 'Turag Express' train services on Dhaka-Joydevpur-Dhaka route tomorrow to ease traffic jam in the city and fulfill the demand of the commuters.

NDC Capstone Course ends

The two-week long Capstone Course-2012 of National Defence College (NDC) concluded at Mirpur Cantonment in the city yesterday.

New trust fund set up at DU

A new trust fund has been set up at Dhaka University to finance a memorial lecture based on women development research at the university every year, says a press release.

US mission closed on Jan 15

The US mission in Bangladesh will remain closed January 15 on the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday, an American holiday, says a press release.

Death for Ghulam Azam demanded

Teachers, students, officials and staffers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) demanded the death penalty for war criminals, including the detained former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Ghulam Azam.

JU advice to waiting candidates

Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities yesterday asked candidates from the waiting list to apply for admission to the vacant seats in different departments and institutions of the university under 2011-2012 academic session.

Death anniversary

Today is the ninth death anniversary of former minister M Mansur Ali.

Md Ziaur Rahman

Today is the third death anniversary of Md Ziaur Rahman Rubu, a renowned cricketer of Bogra in 1960s.

Rajendranath Das

Rajendranath Das, former teacher of Rajshahi Government Laboratory High School, passed away at his Rajbaki residence in Dinajpur town due to old age complications on Tuesday at the age of 78.

Qulkhwani

Communist Union co-ordinator Ayub Reza Chowdhury's qulkhwani will be held at Ali Ahmad School ground in the city today, says a press release.

National

Dyke-cum-road across Titas being removed

The work for removal of 450-metre-long embankment-cum-road across Titas River at Akhaura has started finally.

Two IU students, said to be outlaws, held with arms

Police arrested two students of Islamic University (IU) and recovered firearms and ammunition from their possession early yesterday.

Two women brutally tortured for dowry

Two women have been brutally tortured allegedly by their husbands and in-laws for dowry in Panchagarh and Thakurgaon districts.

Four more get bail

A court here yesterday granted bail to another four, including three charge-sheeted and one exempted accused, in Narsingdi municipality mayor Lokman Hossain murder case.

'Smuggler' shot dead

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) yesterday shot dead an alleged smuggler at Datbhanga, a bordering beel (water body) area in Sadar upazila.

Youth commits 'suicide'

A college student allegedly committed suicide over a family feud at Hajipara in Thakurgoan municipality area on Wednesday afternoon.

AL-backed man wins Akhaura by-polls

Awami League-backed candidate Takjil Khalifa Kajol was declared unofficially elected mayor of Akhaura municipality in the by-election yesterday.

Missing boy found killed

Police recovered the body of a schoolboy from Shalikuna haor (a large water body) in Sadar upazila yesterday noon, a day after he went missing.

BSF hands over 11 girls

Eleven Bangladeshi girls returned home yesterday on expiry of their jail terms in India. Indian Border Security Force (BSF) handed them over to its Bangladesh counterpart at Benapole check post at around 5:00pm. Joynal Abedin, commander of BGB Benapole check post camp, said they were trafficked to India through Benapole border in January 2011. Bombay police arrested them and sent them to jail. Traffickers brought the 11 to Benapole border from different areas, promising better jobs in India, the BGB commander added.

122 opposition men get bail

A court here on Tuesday granted bail to 122 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its front organisations. Judge Joardar Amirul Islam passed the order after they appeared before the court. Ohidul Islam, sub-inspector of Kamarkhand police station, filed a case against 79 leaders and activists of the party on charge of torching a bus near Jhaoil over bridge on December 18 last year. Later, police submitted a charge sheet against the people. Mujibur Rahman Lebu, vice president of district unit BNP and its joint secretaries Munshi Kamal Uddin and Saidur Rahman Bachchu and Abu Sayed Sweet, president of Jubo Dal, are among the accused.

Physics Olympiad today

The second “Bangladesh Physics Olympiad 2012” competition in Rangpur region will begin here today, says a press release. Scholars International School has organised the event at the institution premises. M Abdur Rahim, a former lawmaker of Dinajpur, is likely to inaugurate the programme as chief guest. Bangladesh Physics Olympiad Committee, for the second time, has organised the competition for the students of secondary, higher secondary and pre-university level institutions at seven divisions in the country. Students of eight districts in the region will participate at the programme under three categories.

Letters

Government's three years in retrospect

Three years have passed since the AL government had taken the helm, with their pledge to bring about the change the people of the country were expecting since independence. But all these promises now seem to be hollow. The utopia of building a Digital Bangladesh is now nothing but a surreal one, with the IT sector of the country still languishing and the dream of cheap and fast internet seems to be a distant one.

PM's speech lacked self-criticism

It is a tradition that at the beginning of a new year the head of the government of a nation delivers speech to his/her fellow countrymen recalling the previous activities and informing them of the next pledges. On January 5 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressed the nation presenting the successes of her government. Of course, there are some commendable performances, for example, ensuring the punishment to the killers of the Father of the Nation, beginning of the trial of war criminals, attaining self-sufficiency in food production, formulating a time-befitting National Education Policy, distributing free textbooks to the students at secondary level, etc.

Frustrated youths taking drugs

For a city plagued with traffic gridlocks and lack of entertainment facilities, it is not surprising that youths today turn towards drugs for pleasure. What should they do in their spare time? Watch a movie at Cineplex when the same movie is being shown on HBO? Play in a field occupied by political parties which they use for their side business of parking cars? Stay out on the roads with their friends only to be mugged when alone? Parents tell their children not to use drugs, but cannot suggest them any other alternative.

Honesty can be business capital

Samson H Chowdhury taught us how business can be executed with honesty. In 1952, he started a small pharmacy in Ataikula village, about 160km off the capital, in the north-western part of Bangladesh and today his Square Pharmaceuticals gives employment to 33000 workers! Especially, we the students of commerce are amazed. Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has been leading the pharmaceutical industry of Bangladesh since 1985 and it has been continuously securing the 1st position among all national and multinational companies since 1985. This visionary was also involved in many social welfare projects but never showed off. The current yearly group turnover of Square is 616 million USD. His patriotism, self-effacing attitude, loyalty, truthfulness are very rare and his path to success is a great inspiration for all of us. May his soul rest in peace.

Shun policy of confrontation

In the recent city corporation elections, the candidates of Awami League failed to win where EVM was used. And the government is continuously saying that the elections held under this government was free and fair and that EVM was hundred percent reliable.

Fight corruption

It's about time that we took a strong stand against corruption. One of our New Year's resolutions should be to prevent corruption from the very beginning of the year 2012. Let us fight corruption together to build a prosperous Bangladesh.

High cost of furnace oil taking its toll on economy

Now it is evident that reserve of our foreign currency is under pressure and one of the reasons behind it is that the import cost of furnace oil for power plants has become double within three years. It is estimated that expenditures in this sector in the current fiscal year would be about 48 thousand crore taka and the subsidy would be about more than 7 thousand crore taka. So the government fails to cope with the prevailing financial instability due to its impact, even though it has increased the price of power several times. But the situation would not be like this if the government took decisions wisely. This government set up many power plants in a hurry for solving the power crisis urgently and it could show results to the people. But these plants were gas or oil-based, not coal-based. But we have heard that there are huge stocks of coals in our coal mines. We fear that this unwise decision of generating more power by using gas or oil will have a long term effect on the economy.

Govt. should act prudently

There is a local radio station run by the Indians known as Sangeet Radio here in Houston, Texas. Whenever I am driving, I listen to that particular station which gives a feeling of being at home. The other day, while driving our daughter to school at 7 in the morning, I came to know about the infamous posting on the Facebook by a Bangladeshi resident in Australia about the prime minister of Bangladesh.

Online Voices

Ghulam Azam lands in jail

International

US sends 2nd aircraft carrier near Gulf

A second US aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, has arrived in the Gulf region, the Pentagon said Wednesday, calling the move "routine" and denying any link to mounting tensions with Iran.

Iran wants action over scientist's killing

The assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist sparked deep fury in Tehran yesterday against prime suspect Israel and against the United States, which said it had nothing to do with the murder.

US marines 'urinating' video causes outrage

The Afghan government and the Taliban condemned yesterday a video purporting to show US Marines urinating on the corpses of insurgents, but the Islamists backed negotiations to end their 10-year war.

Myanmar signs ceasefire deal with ethnic rebels

Myanmar's government signed a ceasefire with ethnic Karen rebels yesterday to try to end one of the world's longest-running insurgencies, part of its efforts to resolve all conflicts with separatist groups.

Nuke stockpiles are not secure

The world's nuclear stockpiles are far from safe and could fall into the hands of terrorists, the American non-governmental organization Nuclear Threat Initiative said Wednesday in a new study.

Zardari flies to Dubai amid crisis

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari was in Dubai yesterday for a brief visit to attend a wedding and possibly have a health check, a close aide told AFP.

US further reduces staff in Syria

The United States said Wednesday it would reduce the number of staff at its embassy in Damascus amid fears for their safety over the Syrian government's deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

Obama slams Republicans on tax

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Republicans would fight to their "last breath" to protect the rich, as he stepped up the pace of his 2012 reelection bid in his hometown of Chicago.

Clues in DNA reveal how long we'll live

Scientists have found a way to predict how long someone will live by measuring their genes as a baby.

Putin vows to end police repression

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin yesterday vowed to end police repression in Russia and make government accountable, as he kicked off his campaign for presidential elections after mass protests.

Egypt's Brotherhood hails US ties

The head of the political arm of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday hailed US-Egyptian ties during talks with the US State Department's number two, but also said they must be "balanced."

N Korea displays Kim's body

North Korea said yesterday the preserved body of Kim Jong-Il would go on permanent display in a Pyongyang palace also housing his father, and memorial towers would be built nationwide to honour the late leader.

US drone strike kills 4 militants

A US missile strike targeting a militant vehicle killed four rebels yesterday in the second drone strike in 48 hours to hit Pakistan's tribal region, local security officials said.

Arts & Entertainment

Exhibition of MF Hussain's works

Gallery Basilio is hosting a two-week long exhibition of prints, titled “Artist of the Century”, featuring iconic artist MF Hussain at New DOHS, Mohakhali, Dhaka. The exhibition features some of the artist's significant series of works such as “Mahabharat”, “Madhuri”, “Gaja Gamini”, “Ganga Jamuna”, “Horse”, “Theroma” and “Ganpati”.

“I want to become a director, but not before learning all the tricks of the trade,”

Homayra Himu earned her place in the limelight by continuously delivering memorable performance and her commitment to her craft. Famed for her stunning takes on characters from the Noakhali region, Himu is also consistent in her quality works. The actress, who has worked both on the stage and movies, recently had a chit chat with The Daily Star.

Suchitra Sen Film Festival kicks off in Pabna

The 3rd Suchitra Sen Film Festival kicked off in Pabna last Tuesday night. Noted actor Faruque inaugurated the weeklong film festival at the Pabna Town Hall premises.

Lakshyapar's 3rd Annual Classical Music Conference held

Narayanganj-based classical music group Lakshyapar hosted a nightlong classical music conference, for the third consecutive time. The event began on January 5 in the evening and continued till January 6 morning at the Convention Centre of Narayanganj Club Limited. Veteran Taal Guru (tabla artiste) Modon Gopal Das inaugurated the conference by lighting candles. The organisers also honoured Das with a lifetime achievement award.

Muktodhara celebrates 22nd anniversary

To mark its 22nd anniversary, Muktodhara Abriti Charcha Kendra (an organisation of elocutionists) arranged a discussion and recitation programme at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library, Dhaka on January 9.

Dhobi Ghat in BAFTA list for Best Foreign Film

Kiran Rao's directorial debut “Dhobi Ghat”, that released last January, has been included in the British Academy of Films and Television Awards for the Films not in the English Language category.

OP-ED

Democracy has shouted back

Third time in a row, after Chittagong, after Narayangonj, Comilla has proven it all over again. All these three municipal elections have proven for as many times that when people don't like something, they can push back. In all three constituencies, notoriety of high profile candidates, all of them having the same bad reputation in common other than their party affiliation, led their voters to rebuff them. A hat-trick of good news, it has been tested three times lately that democracy in this country isn't dead.

The forgotten wages of war

The end of the Iraq war occasioned few reflections on the scale of destruction we have wrought there. As is our habit, the discussion focused on the costs to America in blood and treasure, the false premises of the war and the continuing challenges of instability in the region. What happened to Iraqis was largely ignored. And in Libya, the recent investigation of civilian casualties during Nato's bombing campaign was the first such accounting of what many believed was a largely victimless war.

Keep the bull off the glasshouse

Awami League appears to be caught up in a delusion of grandeur. Call it a lingering spell cast over the party by the three-fourths parliamentary mandate it had ascended to power with. Three years on, much of the ground has slipped from under its feet.

Making citizen's charter effective

As a tool of the new public management, Citizen's Charter (CC) has become popular around the world as a means of improving public service delivery. According to an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report, the idea behind the introduction of CC, conceived in 1990s, aims at improving the quality of administrative performance, particularly at the point of contact where the public administration and the public meet.

Playing to the gallery of which side?

All the discussions about the Tipaimukh dam are about the advantages and disadvanntages in building this dam across the Barak river. All the write-ups, except one, in the newspapers in Bangladesh argue against building of this dam by India. During his visit, Dr. Manmohan Singh assured the people of Bangladesh that India was not going to do anything that would harm the interests of this country. The present government had projected this as an assurance that India will not build the dam without the consent of the government of Bangladesh.

This Day In History

January 13

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Nika riots in Constantinople.

StarTech

Gadgets, techs everywhere!

Of stylish gadgets, promising technologies and scintillating stars the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 runs from January 10-13, drawing 149,000 attendees to more than 2,700 exhibitors.

Three-day laptop fair begins

With the slogan 'Light the Lamp of Technology', the three-day 'Qubee Laptop Fair 2012' kicked off yesterday at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel in the capital.

Android-powered watches get internet savvy

The internet was strapped to wrists at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday in the form of Android-powered "smart watches" that serve up online content along with telling time.

Cyberbullying a problem around the globe: poll

More than 10 percent of parents around the world say their child has been cyberbullied and nearly one-fourth know a youngster who has been a victim, according to a new Ipsos/Reuters poll.

Oracle Big Data Appliance now available

Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Big Data Appliance to help customers in the country get maximum business value from big data, says a press release.



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