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News of: Wednesday, 25th of January, 2012

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Rights commission of India concerned

India's National Human Rights Commission yesterday served notice on the country's home ministry, seeking a report on the Border Security Force jawans who had recently been taped assaulting a Bangladeshi youth near the Indo-Bangla border.

Faster internet beckons unions

A new project of the government seeks to connect the country's vast rural areas with high-speed Internet connection by December 2013.

Stop Gulshan Lake grabbing

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the Rajuk authorities to free Gulshan Lake from grabbing and encroachment in seven days.

BNP walks away from Sangsad

Opposition leader Khaleda Zia was present at only six out of 254 sittings of the current parliament in the last three years. Lawmakers of the BNP-led opposition seem to have performed much better than their leader by attending 51 sittings in the same period.

MPs unhappy at foreign ministry role

A number of lawmakers at a meeting yesterday criticised Foreign Minister Dipu Moni for her ministry's 'failure and delay' to properly address the killing of Bangladeshis by BSF along the border areas.

Suspected adviser held

A physician of a reputed hospital was arrested from the capital's Uttara in the early hours of yesterday on suspicion of being a policymaker of banned militant Islamist organisation Hizb-ut-Tahrir Bangladesh, said Rapid Action Battalion.

Army urges media to be watchful

The Inter Services Public Relations yesterday requested the media to play a responsible role like in the past while publishing news about the army.

Building code violated

Violation of building code, anomalies in the approval and implementation process and dubious role of Rajuk caused the collapse of the shore piling of 10-storey under-construction building on the capital's Circuit House Road.

CHT destabilised thru' wrong strategy

The strategy to push Bengali-speaking people from plain lands to the hilly areas was a 'wrong' and destabilised the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), H T Imam, adviser to the prime minister, said yesterday.

After war, Sayedee hid in Jessore

A prosecution witness yesterday told the International Crimes Tribunal that Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee went into hiding in Dohakhola village of Bagharpara [Jessore] after the Liberation War.

JS goes into New Year session today

The Jatiya Sangsad goes into New Year session today -- the day the ninth parliament steps into its fourth year-- amid boycott by lawmakers of the BNP-led opposition.

PCJSS man shot dead in Rangamati

Criminals shot dead a former member of Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) at his house in Dolubanya village of Baghaichhari upazila Monday night.

Ex-AC (port) testifies as trial resumes

The trial in the 10-truck arms haul cases restarted in a Chittagong court yesterday after about two months.

Miladunnabi on Feb 5

Eid-e-Miladunnabi, the day of birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM), will be observed on February 5.

Solar storm set to hit Earth today

Our planet is being bombarded by high-energy particles unleashed by the strongest solar storm since 2005, scientists say.

BNP denies link with Hizb-ut-Tahrir

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday asserted that his party does not believe in “army coup” and even do not know Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a banned Islamist outfit.

Shahara denies role of law enforcers

Home Minister Shahara Khatun yesterday outright rejected the Human Rights Watch's allegation of law enforcers' involvement in extrajudicial killings.

Toll from Nigeria attacks rises to 185

Attacks in Nigeria's northern city of Kano on Friday killed 185 people, including more than two dozen policemen, police said on Monday, adding that hundreds of bombs have been found.

Editorial

A step towards EC formation

With the formation of a search committee comprising an Appellate Division judge as its head, and a High Court judge, the comptroller and auditor general and the chairman of the Public Service Commission as its members, a process of reconstitution of the EC has got underway. This is for the first time that a search committee has been formed to recommend two names each for the post of Chief Election Commissioner as well as those of three commissioners one of whom will have to be a woman.

Incidence of crimes in the capital

The recent spate of carjackings, lootings, shootings and murder in the city, that too in broad daylight, has heightened the feeling of insecurity among its dwellers. It seems that one may not be safe, even in his or her own home. Only this week, the shooting and hijacking of a tax lawyer father and his son as they were going to deposit money at the

Sports

Classy Jamal clinch Cup

It was the clash of the new order during the final of the Federation Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday and if this single match was any evidence of what we can expect in the future, we are set for exciting times. In front of a 7000 strong crowd

Mashrafe back like he belongs

It was scheduled to be just four overs but with Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, you never know what might happen. In the end though, yesterday was a safe landing for a man notorious for his propensity to get injured and who last bowled against Australia in April last year.

DOHS stay ahead

Old DOHS and Mohammedan Sporting Club moved ahead of the chasing pack through wins in their seventh round Dhaka Premier League matches yesterday.

Eng U-19s win with Foakes ton

Ben Foakes slammed a hundred as the visiting England Under-19 side bounced back in the series with a three-wicket victory in the third one-day match against Bangladesh Under-19 at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.

Army regain nat'l hockey title

Bangladesh Army dethroned Faridpur to regain the title of the National Hockey Championship when they handed a 2-1 defeat to the holders in a keenly contested final at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

PCB already sure of Tigers' trip?

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said yesterday that the Pakistan-bound security team was still not finalised after reports from Pakistan claimed otherwise.

Final before the final

A dominating win by Roger Federer in his 1,000th career match and a more testing workout for Rafael Nadal have set up a rare Grand Slam marquee semifinal between the former No. 1-ranked players.

Punter, Pup make merry

Australia's Ricky Ponting became only the third player in history to pass 13,000 Test runs on Tuesday as he and captain Michael Clarke put India to the sword in the final Test in Adelaide.

Onus on the bowlers

Rival captains Misbahul Haq and Andrew Strauss expect tough work for bowlers on a batting-friendly pitch at Abu Dhabi Stadium where the second Test starts on Wednesday.

'What can losers lose?'

India have nothing to lose in their irretrievable series position and have a license to play their natural game against rampant Australia, spinner Ravi Ashwin said on Tuesday.

Halim enters Guinness

Abdul Halim wrote his name in the pages of the Guinness Book of World Records when the global authority on record-breaking achievements acknowledged his feat o9f balancing a football on his head for the farthest distance yesterday.

'Close the gap between DSAs and DFAs'

General secretaries of different District Sports Associations (DSA) yesterday sought the interference of Sports Minister Ahad Ali Sarker to bring about greater interaction between DSAs and the Districts Football Associations (DFA) in a bid to revive football at the district level.

Sania-Elena pair reaches final four

Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina showed nerves of steel under pressure as they shocked second seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond to breeze into the women's doubles semifinals of the Australian Open on Monday.

Devilish duo charms Dhaka

For a while, Dwight Yorke's infectious smile almost made you forget that this was a corporate event full of the usual suspects. The Trinidad and Tobago striker made all the right moves; opening his speech by reminding the gathered press that West Indies legend Brian Lara was his best friend. Later, he took to the field with a team full of underprivileged children and also managed to score much to the delight of the few hundred spectators who had gathered in the dustbowl of the Banani Society field which was swimming in the colours of the Red Devils.

Fan club adds lustre

With Manchester United legends Dwight Yorke and Bryan Robson grabbing all the possible attention around the Banani Society field, the booth of the “Manchester United Fans-Bangladesh” tucked around the edge hardly drew too much attention, but added much to the gala feel of the event.

Harry's secret account

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp concealed the existence of an offshore bank account from British authorities for six years until he was arrested as part of a tax probe, a court heard Tuesday.

No Wenger rift: Van Persie

Robin van Persie has dismissed talk of a rift with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger following the striker's reaction to the substitution of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Manchester United.

Balotelli faces 4-match ban

Manchester City look set to accept Mario Balotelli's four-match ban after the volatile striker was charged for stamping on Scott Parker during Sunday's defeat of Tottenham.

Mourinho wants to leave?

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is fed up with bad relations in the dressing room and repeated losses to Barcelona and wants to leave at the end of the season, the sporting press said Tuesday.

Pepe let off the hook

Spain's football authority cautioned Real Madrid defender Pepe on Monday after he stamped on the hand of Barcelona's striker Lionel Messi in a cup clash last week.

Lucas back at L'pool

Midfielder Lucas Leiva has returned to Liverpool from his native Brazil to continue his rehabilitation from a season-ending knee injury.

Joyner-Kersee on US Track & Field board

Three-time Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee was among three new members of the USA Track and Field board of directors announced on Monday by the national sport governing body.

Business

Stock dealers shy away from trade

Stock dealers as institutional investors are almost inactive in investment, a sign of eroding confidence that may further pull down share prices in future.

Japan Solartech shelves plan for solar panels

Japan Solartech (Bangladesh) Ltd has deferred its plan to assemble solar panels in the country for the next two years due to a drastic fall in prices on the global market.

Stock index erodes fast

A relentless fall in share prices pulled the key index of the Dhaka bourse down to a 25-month low due to inactiveness of investors amid low confidence.

Steel millers demand lending-rate cuts

Steel and re-rolling millers yesterday urged the government to reduce bank interest rates and put a cap on the dollar exchange rate to rein in an unusual rise in prices of construction materials.

India to sign 1,320MW power deal with PDB this month

India's state-run National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) said it expects to sign a joint venture agreement with Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) for the 1,320MW power project in Khulna by the end of January.

India looks to raise lending

India's central bank moved to pump billions of dollars into the banking system on Tuesday amid concerns about slowing growth in Asia's third-biggest economy but said it was too soon to cut interest rates.

Rural areas take more consumer goods

Rural people have outpaced their urban peers in using advanced consumer goods as a surge in income level and agricultural output and steady remittance flow brought changes to lifestyle in the countryside.

Indian minister suggests credit plan for South Asian businesses

India's Commerce Minister Anand Sharma has suggested new credit mechanisms and incentives to support regional business initiatives in South Asia region.

Supermarkets to grow manifold by 2021: analysts

The chain supermarket sector will grow to Tk 20,000 crore by 2021, with the income growth of the population, analysts said yesterday.

Regency celebrates pitha making

Dhaka Regency celebrates the tradition of pitha making by holding a three-day promotion at its rooftop garden restaurant Grill On The Skyline, the hotel said in a statement yesterday.

Dhaka Bank gets additional MD

Niaz Habib has joined Dhaka Bank as additional managing director, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

India for more steps to ease visa rules for businessmen within Saarc

India said it, along with other member-countries of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), can take more steps to ensure easy movement of businessmen within the region.

Robi moves to build up social bonding

Private mobile operator Robi Axiata has launched a new campaign to enable community participation of its subscribers in contributing to socio economic development.

Poultry litter can ease energy crisis

The government could have saved foreign currency if it had gone for generating electricity from poultry waste instead of costly diesel and furnace oil based rental plants. It would also avoid a free-fall of the local currency that is fuelling inflation.

Davos needs to address uncertainty

The year has begun well in markets. Stock markets in 2012 are generally up, and European sovereigns have experienced less difficulty borrowing than many expected. And economic data, particularly in the United States, has come in ahead of expectations. So as President Obama prepares to give his State of the Union address, and as a large group of policymakers and corporate chiefs come together in Davos this week, there is if not a sense of relief at least some diminution in the sense of high alarm that has gripped the global community for much of the last few years. Yet anxiety about the future remains a major driver of economic performance.

Eastern Bank embarks on carbon trading

After reducing the use of electricity and paper at its office, Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) is now gearing up for carbon trading to show its commitment to environment-friendly funding.

Metropolitan

BCL factions clash at JnU: Six injured

Violent clashes between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League yesterday left at least six activists hurt at Jagannath University and vehicular movement suspended on adjacent North-South Road for more than one hour.

30 injured as RMG workers attack police in Savar

At least 30 people, including an assistant commissioner and two constables of police, were injured yesterday when workers of a readymade garment factory attacked a police team in Savar.

Remove illegal structures from 2 Madaripur temples

The High Court yesterday directed the government to remove illegal structures from the temple premises in a village of Madaripur immediately to protect the religious place.

'Plot in army is to foil trial'

The communal and anti-liberation force hatched the recent plot in army to topple the government for foiling war crimes trial and hindering the country's democratic progress, said Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday.

Declining farmland, rising population major concerns, not climate: Dr Hasan

Declining farmland and rising population are the two areas of major concern for Bangladesh, not climate change impact, said Environment and Forest Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud at a workshop yesterday.

PM for joint tourism packages with Nepal

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday proposed joint tourism packages by Bangladesh and Nepal for the promotion of tourism sector in the two countries as well as in the region.

BNP protests Ananda Bazar report

The BNP has protested and condemned recent reports published in the Ananda Bazar Patrika of India against party's senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman blaming his involvement in the recent plot by a small section of army in Bangladesh.

HC summons OC of Araihazar

The High Court yesterday summoned the officer-in-charge (OC) of Araihazar Police Station of Narayanganj to explain his role against the incident of the violation of a 14-year-old girl.

300 birds rescued, released

A mobile court released at least 300 local birds of different species after rescuing those from four bird shops in the city's Sagorpara area on Monday night.

Maintain status quo: HC

The High Court yesterday directed the government to maintain status quo on construction works within the area of Bhitorgarh fort, a place with historic importance in Panchagarh.

Importers to face loss of Tk 20 crore daily

Ghat workers in the port city launched work abstention programme for an indefinite period from yesterday morning, demanding increase of their wages.

Seven more Shibir suspects arrested

Police arrested seven suspected activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir in Madina Market and Dakshin Surma areas early yesterday in connection with the recent violence on the Shahjalal University Science and Technology (Sust) campus.

3 killed, 5 injured in road accidents

Three people were killed and five others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Jhenidah and Satkhira yesterday.

2 lawyers to meet Quader Molla at jail

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday allowed two lawyers to meet Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla at Kashimpur Central Jail in Gazipur next month.

Alleged robber killed in Habiganj shootout

An alleged robber was killed in a "shootout" between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion in Habiganj sadar upazila early yesterday.

Alliance Française shifts Baridhara unit to Gulshan-1

Alliance Française (AF) de Dhaka, one of the links of a vast network across the world promoting French culture, has shifted its Baridhara branch to the capital's Gulshan-1.

JU teachers demand punishment of former proctor

Draped in 'funeral clothes', the agitating teachers opposing the vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday brought out a procession and a protest rally on the campus to realise their demands.

'Train people to fight disaster'

Non-Institutional measures should be taken to train the people at grass root level to fight natural and man made disaster and attach them to disaster risk reduction procedures in the country, said Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday.

Two get bail

A Dhaka court yesterday granted ad-interim bail to two accused on their surrender in connection with the Zia Charitable Trust graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Ferry service in Meghna for heavy vehicles from Feb 1

Concerned with the vulnerable condition of Meghna Bridge on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, the government decided to introduce ferry service on the Meghna river for passing the heavy vehicles from February 1, Communications Minister Obaidul Quader said yesterday.

70 Koica computers for IIT of DU

Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) has donated 70 desktop computers, one server, two multimedia projectors, one multi-functioning printer, licensed Microsoft Project and visual studio software to two renewed computer labs of Institute of Information Technology (IIT) of Dhaka University (DU).

Abducted trader rescued: 2 held

Chawkbazar police rescued an abducted businessman from Padmar Char in Manikganj on Monday night after six days of his abduction and arrested two abductors.

Girl found dead in city pond

Hazaribagh police recovered the body of an unidentified girl floating in a pond in the city's Baddanagar yesterday.

Hearing in Tarique's case Feb 16

A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned till February 16 the hearing of a money laundering case against BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun.

Bangladesh ready to help Gambia

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said Bangladesh stands ready to help Gambia develop its health and food sector.

Fire at Ctg RMG factory, 11 hurt

At least 11, including nine female garment workers, were injured in stampede after a fire broke out in a five-storey garment factory at Dhanialapara in the port city yesterday afternoon.

Agri varsity bans student politics

Sylhet Agriculture University (Sau) authorities have banned activities of all student organisations in the university till further notification.

Obituary

Syed Sadat Abul Moudud, son of late Sir Syed Nasim Ali and brother of Syed Manzur Elahi, passed away at his Dhanmondi residence in the city yesterday afternoon, says a press release.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of Moha-mmad Abdur Rob, a BNP leader and founder principal of Gournadi Women's College, will be held at his Gournadi residence in Barisal after Asr prayers today.

Obituary

Mojida Khatun, wife of late Hemayet Hossain Khan, former Zaminder of Pagla Haripur in Sunderganj upazila, passed away yesterday due to old age complications at the age of 95.

Karimannessa

Karimannessa, mother of Md Abdul Kashem, Dinajpur correspondent of Desh Television, and Focusbangla, passed away at her residence yesterday at the age of 70.

National

Electric wire theft threatens Barind boro irrigation

Boro farming on 90 acres of land in Barind multipurpose irrigation project under Sadullapur upazila came to a halt early Sunday as criminals took away 1200 metres electric wire, connecting the power pump machines.

BSPI closed sine die

Bangladesh-Sweden Polytechnic Institute (BSPI) in Kaptai was declared closed for an indefinite period yesterday following a clash between students and law enforcers on Monday that left a student of the institute dead.

Roadblock demanding action against stalkers in Chandpur

Residents of Ghoramara Ashrayan (shelter) Project yesterday barricaded the road in front of deputy commissioner's office in Sologhar area demanding stern action against the delinquent youths who used to stalk schoolgirls in the town.

Rival faction rejects new Pabna dist BNP body

A faction of Pabna district unit of BNP led by Kamrul Hassan Mintu has rejected the newly formed 172-member district BNP committee.

Fresh arrest warrant as Munshi Atiq skips court

A Gopalganj court yesterday issued fresh arrest warrant against retired senior assistant police superintendent of CID (Criminal Investigation Department) Munshi Atiqur Rahman.

Jubo League man jailed in arms case

A court here on Monday sentenced a Jubo League activist to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment in an arms case.

SSC student murdered in Jessore

A schoolboy was murdered by unknown assailants at Roghunathpur village in Sarsha upazila early yesterday.

3 held for 'cheating' job seeker

Detective Branch (DB) of police here on Monday night arrested three members of a fraud team on charge of taking Tk 3 lakh from a person assuring him the job of a police constable.

100 hurt in clashes in B'baria, Sunamganj

At least 100 people were injured in three clashes in Brahmanbaria and Sunamganj districts on Monday.

5 get life in Namita Rani killing case in Satkhira

Five people were sentenced to life term rigorous imprisonment yesterday in the sensational Namita Rani Sarkar murder case in Tala upazila.

11 shops gutted in B'baria

At least 11 shops, one godown and a house were gutted in a devastating fire at Murga Bazar in Akhaura upazila early yesterday. Fire service and local sources said, the fire originating from an electric short circuit at Laboni Traders in the bazar at around 3:00am and soon engulfed the adjoining shops, one warehouse and a house. The affected owners claimed that the loss caused by the fire could go up to Tk 3 crore.

Polls to 8 Tangail UPs Feb 28

The election schedule for eight union parishads (UP) in Mirzapur and Sakhipur upazilas has been announced. District election officer M Alimuzzaman announced it at a press conference at his office on Sunday evening. The polls to Bhaura, Bahuria, Aggana Latifpur, Tarafkur, Fatehpur, Gazaria and Dariapur UPs will be held on February 28. As per the new schedule, the last date for submitting nomination papers is Feb 7, scrutinising those Feb 9 and the deadline for withdrawing nomination is Feb 13.

Sad death of a boy

A schoolboy died at a hospital at Bhobanipur village in Sadar upazila early Monday, hours after he took rat poison mistakenly. The victim, Ripon, 13, son of Monir Hossain of the village, is a class seven student of Bhobanipur High School. Rafiqul Islam, sub-inspector of Joydevpur police station, said Ripon fell unconscious after taking the poison mistakenly on Sunday night. He was rushed to Sadar hospital in a critical condition where he died.

Letters

Bangladesh sets a good example

The Bangladesh High Court ruling by Justices Md. Imman Ali and Sheikh Hasan Arif on January 13, 2011 that outlaws corporal punishment in schools greatly serves Bangladesh and is a significant lesson to all. Sir Frank Peters also deserves a special round of applause for his spirited and incessant effort to warn Bangladesh of the consequences of corporal punishment, and for helping to bring about a historic change.

Roadside parking continues

Despite the communications minister's directives and widespread protests from the citizens, the practice of parking vehicles, mainly private cars, has been lingering the people's woes in the overburdened city.

Reintroduce CAP on lending rates

Bangladesh Bank recently liberalised the deposit and lending rates by removing the CAP (restriction). Generally the central banks of most of the developed and developing countries prudently control the deposit rates and lending rates of the commercial and other financial organisations. Many commercial and loan giving agencies have started to enhance the lending rates and issued memos to the borrowers in the respect. As a result of enhancement of lending rates, the industrialists and business communities, especially the export-oriented industries facing tough and stiff competition in the international market, are having serious problems to market their products with high financial costs.

Atrocities carried out by BSF

We are outraged and vehemently protest the killings of Bangladeshi citizens by Border Security Force (BSF) of India. According to Ain O Shalish Kendra, 39 Bangladeshis were killed by BSF in 2011, while Odhikar puts the number at 3.

"Khaleda Zia's self-contradictory comments"

This is in reference to the letter written by Abu Shahjalal Azad under the above heading published on 16th January where the writer seems to have misinterpreted the comments of Khaleda Zia. The tirade of Begum Zia about Fakhruddin-Moinuddin's unconstitutional regime was not a new one.

Bangladesh a killers' haven?

It seems in Bangladesh if one wants to kill a person, he can do it easily. The only condition for the killer is that he must be associated with the ruling party. After the killing, the killer will not be arrested as long as the party he belongs to is in power. Then when the opposition party will come to power, the killer will have to hide for five years. And, again, when the killer's party returns to power, if he surrenders and asks for clemency, he will be pardoned, as it happened in many cases. Thus the fortunate killer can remain free forever and become a hero.

A friend or a foe?

The hanging image of Felani, shot dead by BSF, is still fresh in our memory. And now we see another instance of their brutality on a Bangladesh citizen. The continuous killing and torturing of Bangladeshis by BSF show clearly how India treats us. India has violated all international norms and human rights while dealing with Bangladesh.

Creation of new job avenues

Unemployment is one of the major problems in most countries of the world including Bangladesh. In this regard I would like to recall a saying of Bill Owens - "Job creation in the 21st century economy can't be business as usual. Competition is global, and it's fierce......tourism and agriculture are superb economic generators and we are all proud of these key industries."

Shocking indeed!

Just like every other morning I was reading newspaper on January 4 and a heading "small mistake great loss" caught my attention. I felt very sorry for the irresponsible mother as well as the ill-fated child who was found dead on the staircase of DMCH. On 5th January, it was found that the child was murdered. The victim child died due to suffocation. Several other injuries were found on her body. On 9th January, we came to know that the mother of the child was also involved in the crime. I was shocked for a moment. Only God knows how a mother could do this to her child.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “No room for bigots”

International

Gulf Arabs quit Syria mission

Saudi Arabia's Gulf allies joined Riyadh yesterday in pulling out of an Arab League monitoring team to Syria, risking the collapse of a mission whose presence has not halted violence in a 10-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

Gaddafi loyalists take back Bani Walid

Diehard supporters of Muammar Gaddafi seized control on Monday of Bani Walid, a one-time bastion of the slain dictator, Libyan officials told AFP, claims denied by the interior minister.

Zardari in Myanmar to meet Suu Kyi

Pakistan's under-fire President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Myanmar yesterday for two days of talks and a meeting with veteran democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi.

'Hugo', 'The Artist' get most nods

Martin Scorsese's lavish 3D adventure "Hugo" won 11 Oscar nominations yesterday, just ahead of hotly-tipped silent movie "The Artist" with 10 nods for Hollywood's top awards.

Rushdie scraps India lit-fest video address

A planned video address by British author Salman Rushdie to an Indian literary festival was scrapped yesterday because of security fears, organisers said.

Pak army, intel chiefs meet PM

Pakistan's powerful army and intelligence chiefs met with the prime minister yesterday, state television reported, during the worst political crisis since a 1999 coup.

Pak minister ordered before probe

Pakistani judges investigating a major scandal threatening President Asif Ali Zardari summoned the country's interior minister yesterday after a key witness refused to appear in person.

UK could boost military presence in the Gulf

An escalation of a dispute with Iran could see Britain sending military reinforcements to the Gulf, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said yesterday.

Saleh seeks exile in Oman

Yemen's outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh is seeking exile in neighbouring Oman, but the sultanate is reluctant to host him for fear of hurting its relations with any future Yemeni government, diplomats said yesterday.

Asia faces 'dragon baby' boom

Monday marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, and Chinese communities around the world will celebrate with extravagant festivities, vibrant parades and an influx in consumer spending. But forecasters and health officials are anticipating another boost: a wave of births.

Turkey slams France, vows sanctions

Turkey yesterday slammed as discriminatory and racist a bill passed by the French Senate making denial of the Armenian genocide a crime and vowed to impose unspecified sanctions against Paris on a "step-by-step" basis.

Trailing in US race, Romney releases taxes

Stung by a series of setbacks, Mitt Romney yesterday heeded calls to release tax documents detailing his vast fortune and fired back at surging Republican White House rival Newt Gingrich.

Blasts targeting Shias kill 12 in Iraq

A spate of bomb attacks in and around Baghdad, the deadliest of which targeted Shia areas in the capital, killed at least 12 people yesterday, officials said.

Assange to launch TV chat show

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said yesterday he was launching his own television chat show and promised interviews with "key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries".

'Indian PM makes Twitter debut

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday started a Twitter account in an effort to inform people about the work done by his office, aides say.

'Anthrax' threat for Israeli missions

Envelopes containing white powder initially feared to be anthrax arrived at six Israeli diplomatic missions in Europe and the US, Israeli media reported yesterday.

'Lankan jail riot injures 28

At least 28 people have been injured in clashes between guards and rioting inmates at a prison in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, police say.

Arts & Entertainment

Inner conflict articulated

Anukul Chandra Majumdar's paintings depict motherhood, the six seasons with their impact on nature, childhood and rustic ambiance. As an experimental painter, Anukul portrays figures and articulates inner conflict through his uncanny paintings. Facial expressions and different parts of the human body often get the focus.

Friends and colleagues mourn Amol Bose's death

Popular character actor-comedian Amol Bose died of a heart attack at a city hospital on January 23. He was 75. He left behind his wife, a daughter, two grandchildren and a host of relatives, friends and well wishers. Amol Bose was born at Boalmari in Faridpur in 1943.

6th Dhaka University Theatre Festival

Two plays -- “A Slight Ache” and “Genius and Culture” -- were staged on the second day (January 23) of the ongoing 6th Dhaka University Central Theatre Festival. The Department of Theatre, DU has organised the festival that features plays produced by the department as well as invited troupes from Rajshahi University and Jahangirnagar University. The festival is being held at TSC Auditorium and at Natmandal.

Oscar nominations due to be announced

The nominations for this year's Oscars are to be announced soon, with George Clooney and Meryl Streep likely to lead the charge in the best actor and best actress categories.

Arresting images

A three-day solo exhibition featuring works of photographer Abu Sayeed Ilias was held at Ambika auditorium in Faridpur recently.

OP-ED

So, the Awami League killed Bangabandhu?

The acting secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party has of late been giving us much food for thought. A few days ago, when he and his party should have come forth with a clear, outright condemnation of the recent attempt to remove the Awami League-led government through one more murderous coup d' etat, he remained charmingly vague about what position the BNP had on the issue. Now, that would be all right for a lot of people. But then, do not forget that there are all those cynics spread all over the place. And they will not soon forget the demand made by the BNP some weeks ago for a disbanding of the International Crimes Tribunal now busy trying to bring the war criminals of 1971 to justice. That was a wrong, almost suicidal move for the party. Here you have a party which says nothing about the three million who died in the War of Liberation, of the intellectuals led away to a gory end by the death squads of the Jamaat-e-Islami on the eve of victory, but which comes out strongly in defence of the very men who were part of that murder machine along with the Pakistan army forty years ago.

The art of the jostle

Which of the two is more difficult to deal with in the political style of South Asia: affection or anger? In physical terms, the first. The principal motif of any display of popular support is the jostle. Whether it is Yousaf Gilani on his way to the Supreme Court in Islamabad, or Mulayam Singh Yadav scrambling towards the legislature in Lucknow, supporters feel entitled to test the body warmth of their leader by getting as close to him as possible.

Forty years of friendship

Australia recognised Bangladesh on January 31, 1972 and the 40th anniversary of Bangladesh-Australia diplomatic relations will be observed on that date.

China-Bangladesh relations: Contemporary convergence

The relationship between Bangladesh and China dates back centuries. Historical records show that there were three Silk Roads that connected primeval China with the Indian aubcontinent. The Southern Silk Route was a bridge between the eastern part of Bengal (today's Bangladesh) and the Middle Kingdom. War and other conflicts in the region, particularly during and after World War II, disrupted the Sino-Bengal historical ties and connectivity.

Samson Chowdhury: Icon of a non-Marxian capitalist

Samson Chowdhury lived an enviable life. He died an enviable death: a glorious one indeed, at the mature age of 86. He left behind his wife, children and grand-children besides thousands of friends and well-wishers to mourn his death. He was a venerable man, a half-legend in his lifetime, morphed into a full legend after his death. A favourite icon of his time he carried all before him by his presence, drive and elegance. It seems death has imparted additional lustre to his living self. Paying homage to him is a pleasure, we all enjoy it.

This Day In History

January 25

1919
The League of Nations is founded.



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