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News of: Monday, 30th of January, 2012

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4 killed as cops fire on BNP men

Four persons died in Laxmipur and Chandpur towns yesterday when police fired on demonstrating BNP activists and supporters.

No ban imposed

There will be no ban on rallies and processions in the capital today, but the situation remains tense as the ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP are set to press ahead with their programmes today.

Govt used law enforcers in planned attack

The government used law enforcers to make planned attacks on opposition processions which resulted in the deaths of three opposition activists, claimed BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday.

PM evaluating report cards of party MPs

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been evaluating the performance of her party lawmakers on the basis of reports she has received from different agencies.

Mugger killed in shooting

An alleged snatcher was shot dead while his fleeing accomplices made their escape by firing shots and exploding bombs indiscriminately in the Old Dhaka locality of Moulvibazar yesterday.

AL sees an evil plot

General Secretary of the ruling Awami League Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said there is a plot to create political tension in the country, which the AL-led 14-party alliance will face with united efforts.

11 grenades found in Bandarban

The members of Bangladesh Border guard (BGB) raided different places here and recovered hand grenades and other materials from a place under Naikhyangchhari upazila of the district yesterday.

Parties given 2 more days to send names

The search committee, formed to recommend names for the posts of election commissioners, yesterday declared that political parties had another two days to give names for five posts in the Election Commission.

Stocks nosedive

Stocks suffered the steepest fall in 13 months yesterday in signs of another crisis looming over the share market that witnessed twin disasters in the past one year.

Major power deal inked

The Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday penned an agreement with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) of India to build a 1,320-megawatt coal-fired power plant at Rampal in Bagerhat.

Seize books with distorted history

The High Court yesterday directed the inspector general of police to seize within 15 days copies of a school textbook that says Ziaur Rahman had declared the country's independence.

Facebook 'to go public with $10bn share offering'

Facebook will begin the process of becoming a publicly-listed company this week, valuing the social networking site at between $75bn (£48bn) and $100bn, reports suggest.

Death sparks violence

At least 20 people, including two policemen, were injured in a clash between local residents and law enforcers after a woman was run over by a lorry at Chadmari in Narayanganj town last night.

Rangpur MP sued for chaos in hospital

A general diary and a case was filed against Jatiya Party lawmaker Hossain Mokbul Shahriar Asif yesterday in connection with the violence at Rangpur Medical College Hospital on Saturday.

'Code of life' read in hours!

It was the talk of Davos, grabbing the imagination of a forum otherwise shrouded in gloom: a miracle machine that cracks the code of life within hours and could revolutionise healthcare.

Libya adopts election law

The ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) on Saturday adopted a new electoral law for Libya to form its first constituent assembly in June, dropping a quota set aside for women.

Editorial

Audacious and anti-people

It is with great shock and disbelief that we must read reports of an announcement by a band of twelve 'Islamic' minded parties that they vehemently oppose the ongoing war crimes trial. They have even threatened to try 'Indian agents' if their demand for stopping the trial were not met.

Lawmaker breaking the law

If people are generally disgruntled with our polity they have every reason to be. Just look at what the Right Honourable Member of the Parliament for Rangpur-1, belonging to JP (E), did at the Rangpur Medical College Hospital the other day. It was neither right, nor, by any definition, honourable. People continue to be surprised by irrational acts of people in position of power.

Sports

Djoker's Last Laugh

Novak Djokovic wore down Rafael Nadal in the longest Grand Slam singles final in the history of professional tennis, winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 after 5 hours, 53 minutes to claim his third Australian Open title.

'New generation is here'

Newly crowned Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka believes women's tennis is in for a fascinating 12 months as a new generation challenges the supremacy of the established stars.

Solace for back-room staff

As far as sporting events in the country are concerned, there has been none like the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) when it comes to gaudiness and big money and whatever comes with the two.

BPL tickets go on sale from today

Tickets for the Bangladesh Premier League T20 will be on sale from today.

Khulna, Sylhet unveil logos

Logo unveiling ceremonies of Khulna Royal Bengals and Sylhet Royals were held at a city hotel yesterday.

Oldies face the music

Pressure is mounting on India's ageing Test batsmen to make way for fresh talent after the team sunk to the "lowest of lows" in Australia where they suffered a humiliating 4-0 series whitewash.

Andy praises Pakistan

England coach Andy Flower said Sunday Pakistan's series-clinching Test win would be a huge boost to the country, but called on his team to show their mettle on subsequent matches in the subcontinent.

Misbah wants respect

Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq on Sunday said he hoped his team's series win over Test cricket's number one side England will earn them respect from the cricketing world after a turbulent period which tarnished their image.

Mohammedan raise spending bar

Mohammedan SC's remarkable spending to form a formidable hockey team has seemingly prompted other clubs to increase their budgets ahead of the upcoming inter-club players' transfers, scheduled for February 26-28.

Brutality takes over sanity

A petty incident took the life of a teenage cricketer on Saturday in Kishoreganj. The boy identified as Nazrul Islam (15), son of Abdur Rahman of Batrish Bilpara area, was hit with a bat by the match umpire Rafiqul Islam (16) during an altercation regarding a decision and succumbed to an internal haemorrhage the following day.

Security team visit mid-Feb

Shafiq Anwar, the National Sports Council secretary, will be among the eight-member security team that is set to leave for Pakistan in mid-February.

Boycott's bad prophecy

Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott had joked in his match commentary on the third day of the Abu Dhabi Test that he would sell his three houses if England lost.

Pakistan spin duo moves up

The Pakistani spin duo of Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman were rewarded for their match-winning efforts against the world's number one-ranked Test outfit England by moving up in the world bowling rankings released on Sunday.

Local Snippets

Bangladesh Police AC and Friends Social Welfare Association won their respective matches of the Destiny Dhaka Metropolis 2nd Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Madrid now 7 clear

Barcelona dropped precious points in a 0-0 draw at Villarreal on Saturday night to slip seven points behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Crowded at the top

Bayern Munich stayed top of the German league on Saturday as Mario Gomez claimed his 17th goal of the season in a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg, but Borussia Dortmund and Schalke are both hard on their heels.

Unbeaten Juve march on

A brace from Alessandro Matri saw Juventus do their hopes of winning the Italian title the power of good on Saturday, seeing off fellow high-riders Udinese 2-1 in Turin.

Lazio receive Honda boost

Japan and CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda, the 2011 Asian Cup's most valuable player, is to join Serie A side Lazio in a 14-million-euro transfer, a Japanese sports daily reported Sunday.

Jose set to leave Real?

José Mourinho is to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season in order to take up a new job in the Premier League, it has been reported.

Racist L'pool fan arrested

Liverpool knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup but were put on the defensive when the question of racism again raised its head at Anfield. An image of a Liverpool fan appearing to make an offensive monkey gesture was circulated on Twitter, prompting Merseyside police to make an arrest.

City's no to Tevez-Carroll swap

Manchester City refused an offer from Liverpool that would have seen unsettled Argentinian forward Carlos Tevez move to Anfield in a straight swap for misfiring Reds striker Andy Carroll, reports said Sunday.

Fergie backs De Gea

Under fire Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea received the support of both manager Sir Alex Ferguson and veteran striker Michael Owen on Sunday.

Business

New law to simplify VAT system

The government will enact a new law on value-added tax, which will impose a single VAT rate of 15 percent at all levels.

Stocks becoming cheaper

The market PE (price-earnings) ratio has come down to 11.05, a five-and-a-half-year low, in step with continuous erosion in prices of stocks.

Revenue earnings beat target

Revenue collection grew 17 percent in the first six months of the current fiscal year buoyed by a rise in income tax receipts, according to the National Board of Revenue.

Knitters plan big on exports to Japan

Knitters have aimed to export knitwear products worth $20 billion by 2020 with shipments to new destinations, maintaining an upward trend, exporters said.

Qatar Airways opens 'premium' lounge at Heathrow

Qatar Airways has opened its new 'premium' lounge at Heathrow Airport in London, reinforcing the importance of one of the airline's busiest routes, the airline said in a statement yesterday.

British envoy brands Ctg as economic powerhouse

Chittagong has truly become an economic powerhouse of the country, British High Commissioner Robert Gibson said yesterday.

Merchant banks won't go for forced sales

Merchant banks will not go for 'forced sales' for the sake of investors' interest, the president of Bangladesh Merchant Bankers Association (BMBA) said yesterday.

Senior Citibank official due today

A senior official of Citibank arrives today in the country for a two-day official visit, the bank said in a statement.

India still a foreign investment hot spot

Foreign direct investment in India is set to swell in coming years as investors stomach a lack of transparency, poor infrastructure and policy paralysis in their search for growth, professional services firm Ernst & Young (E&Y) said in a report.

German firms expect exports growth this year

Germany, the world's number two exporter, expects healthy growth in foreign demand for its goods thanks to booming emerging markets and a nascent US recovery, according to a report Sunday.

Western Marine hands passenger ship to Ctg Boat Club

Shipbuilder Western Marine Group yesterday delivered its first passenger ship to Chittagong Boat Club.

Top Clean to offer online laundry service

Customers of Top Clean, a mechanised laundry service provider in the city, will now get online updates on whether the delivery of their clothes could be delayed, through a web-based tracking system the cleaner plans to launch next month.

Pundits fear 'perfect storm' despite official optimism

Despite attempts by political and business leaders to suggest the eurozone has turned a corner, the prevailing view of pundits is things can only get worse and a "perfect storm" is brewing.

Davos elite see euro surviving, for now

At a discreet farewell dinner in Davos for Swiss National Bank chief Philipp Hildebrand, a handful of guests including central bankers past and present were handed blank sheets of paper.

Metropolitan

Enhance skills before survey on Tipai dam

Speakers yesterday emphasised enhancing technical knowledge and intellectual capability of government officials and experts before conducting the Bangladesh-India joint survey on Tipaimukh dam.

ICT to replace 'documents' with 'manuscripts' in rules

The International Crimes Tribunal will amend Section 54 of its rules of procedure, replacing the word 'documents' with 'manuscripts' in respect of accepting some forms of printed materials relating to the trial of crimes against humanity committed during 1971.

Bangla Academy gears up for Ekushey Boi Mela

Publishers and hundreds of workers were seen busy giving the final touches to book stalls at Bangla Academy in the city yesterday to meet the February 1 inauguration of Amar Ekushey Boi Mela.

SSC exams from Feb 1

Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations will begin on Wednesday with 14,20,057 examinees taking part from 26,855 educational institutions across the country.

HC asks govt to investigate

The High Court yesterday ordered the government to investigate within 15 days into allegations of foreign alcoholic drinks worth crores of taka being imported and sold without the tax being paid to the country.

Ensure world class education

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the teachers of Dhaka University to make its standard of education world class to keep pace with the globe as well as regain the past glory of the university.

Road crashes kill 9, injure 62

Nine people were killed and 62 others injured in separate road accidents in Pabna, Noakhali, Bagerhat, Habiganj, Jessore, Tangail and Narail early Saturday and yesterday.

Ctg BNP procession today, ban withdrawn

The BNP's earlier declared mass-procession programme in the port city yesterday was foiled following an indefinite ban imposed by Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) on all sorts of processions and rallies.

EDU, Ctg Ideal School champion

East Delta University and Chittagong Ideal School clinched the respective university and school level championship titles of “The Daily Star-Dristy Brainstorming Business Case-Solving Competition 2012”.

Man sentenced to death for killing niece

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his niece Sadia Nawshin Prianka, a first year student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, in July 2007.

Fifth accused held

The fifth accused in Narsingdi municipality mayor Lokman Hossain murder case was arrested at Shahjalal International Airport in the city yesterday after he arrived from Malaysia.

Runa Laila's mother passes away

Amina Laila, mother of celebrated singer Runa Laila, passed away at a city hospital yesterday at the age of 87.

Ctg fire guts 110 shanties

At least 110 shanties and six shops were gutted in a fire in city's Agrabad area on Saturday.

Bana Vante's treatment fund created

A “Bana Vante Treatment Fund” was opened at Sonali Bank, Banarupa branch of Banarupa in Rangamati town yesterday to ensure better treatment of Sadhana Nanda Mohasthabir, also known as Bana Vante.

JU probe report today

The probe committee, formed to investigate the killing of Jahangirnagar University (JU) student Zubair Ahmed, will submit report before its syndicate today.

Killing of opposition men protested

Expressing deep concern over the killing of opposition activists during clashes with law enforcers, two left-leaning organisations yesterday condemned such incidents and demanded punishment of the responsible persons.

Trial of killers demanded

A daughter at a press conference yesterday demanded trial of the killers of her father and elder brother last year in separate incidents over a land dispute at Akhaura in Brammanbaria.

15 RMG workers hurt in stampede during fire

At least 15 garment workers were injured in a stampede when they came out of a garment factory in Keoa Baherachala village of Sreepur upazila during a fire yesterday.

HC stays proceedings

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the proceedings of a corruption case filed against former BNP law minister Moudud Ahmed for six months.

Qulkhwani of Jahanara Begum Feb 3

Qulkhwani of Jahanara Begum (Ruby), wife of eminent industrialist late Moqbular Rahman of Jalpaiguri, will be held at Concorde Honeydew, House-18, Road-101, Gulshan-2 in the city after Asr prayers on February 3.

Obituary

Mohammad Kubad Ali, former deputy general manager of Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation, passed away on Friday.

Death anniversary

Today is the 40th death anniversary of freedom fighter Bir Protik Lt Selim Md Qamrul Hasan, says a press release.

Proposed Russian nuke power plants can boost ties: Dipu Moni

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said operationalisation of the country's nuclear power plants with Russian assistance could form an important element in defining bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Russia in the coming years.

ASK concerned over RMCH clash

Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights watchdog, yesterday expressed grave concern over the clash between Jatiya Party activists and employees of Rangpur Medical College Hospital on quota allocation in employee recruitment at the hospital.

Youth kills himself under train

A youth committed suicide by jumping on the railway tracks at Agmundia village in Kaliganj upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.

DU TV and film studies dept starts functioning

The newly created Department of Television and Film Studies at Dhaka University (DU) has begun functioning with the appointment of Dr AJM Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan, a Canadian commonwealth scholar, as the chairperson.

National

300 from two Tangail schools take part

Young learners took part in amusing interactions at English language fair held at Nawab Institute in Dhanbari upazila of Tangail district yesterday.

Sharp fall in onion price discourages growers

Prices of onion have fallen to below Tk 100 per maund (40 kg) in the district against last years' price of around Tk 2,000.

Three fishermen killed, nine still missing

Three fishermen were killed while nine others went missing in a fierce gun battle between a group of Indian fishermen and a notorious gang of Sundarbans early Saturday, according to trawler workers in Bagerhat.

No trace of college girl ten days into abduction

Police are yet to rescue a newly married college girl ten days into her abduction.

Colleagues protest attack on doctor at hospital

Doctors, nurses and employees of Chapainawabganj Adhunik Sadar Hospital yesterday formed human chain and held a rally in front of the hospital demanding punishment to a culprit who beat up an on-duty doctor of emergency department on Saturday.

8 arrested in Kurigram produced in court

Eight people, arrested on charge of leaking question papers of recruitment tests for the posts of assistant sub-food inspector and office assistant-cum-computer operator at the food department on Friday, were produced in a court here yesterday.

Show cause on 7 teachers of Dinajpur medical college

Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital authorities have served show cause notices on seven teachers for remaining absent from offices for long without any valid leave procedure.

Five firearms seized, four arrested

Law enforces in separate drives have arrested four people in three districts and recovered five arms from their possession.

BNP leader held in Lokman murder case

Detective Branch (DB) of Police yesterday arrested Md Nurul Islam, general secretary of BNP Narsingdi Sadar Thana unit for his alleged involvement in the murder of municipality mayor Lokman Hossain.

2 siblings hacked to death

Two siblings were hacked to death at Batkila village in Monirampur upazila of district yesterday afternoon.

UP member murdered

Police recovered the bloodstained body of a union parishad (UP) member from a beel (a large water body) beside Nolua Tea Garden in Chunarughat upazila of Habiganj district yesterday. The victim, Sonai Miah, 40, is a member of Gazipur union parishad. He had a business at a local market. Quoting family members, Sayed Mahbubur Rahman, officer in-charge of Chunarughat police station, said Sonai went missing since he left the market for his residence on Saturday at about 10:00pm. Later, locals found the body floating on the water body at around 1:00pm and informed the police. The law enforcers then recovered the body and sent it to Habiganj Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. Rivals might have killed the UP member over previous enmity, the OC added.

Schoolboy electrocuted

A schoolboy was electrocuted at Borobil Uttarchar in Ullapara upazila yesterday. The deceased was identified as Anish Sheikh, 14, son of Momtaz Sheikh of Sonatala village in the upazila. Victim's father said Anish went to their crop field in the morning and came in contact with a live electric wire of a power pump. He was rushed to upazila health complex where doctor declared him dead.

Girl commits 'suicide'

A teenage girl allegedly committed suicide over a family feud at Kharibila village in Sadar upazila on Saturday night. The dead was identified as Hasina Khatun, 17, daughter of Sayed Ali Sardar of the village. Aslam Khan, officer in-charge of Sadar police station, said Hasina quarreled with her stepmother at about 11:30pm and killed herself by hanging from the beam of her room. On information, police recovered the body from the spot and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy, the OC added.

Elderly woman burnt alive

An elderly woman was burnt to death as a fire broke out at a house at Shibnathpukur village in Ranishangkoil upazila on Saturday evening. The deceased was identified as Afula Begum, 75, wife of late Asgar Ali of the village. She had been suffering from paralysis for long. Fire service sources said the fire originated from an oil lamp at the house of Shahid Ali, son of the victim, at about 6:15pm and soon engulfed the adjoining houses. Afula was brunt alive as she could not come out of the house due to her illness. On information, firefighters from Baliadangi upazila headquarters rushed in and extinguished the blaze. They also recovered the charred body of Afula.

Anti-drug rally held

District administration, police, Sadar upazila parishad and NGO Samannoy Parishad jointly organised an anti-drug procession and a rally yesterday. They brought out the procession from the upazila parishad premises at around 11:00am and paraded Dhaka-Aricha highway, Shahid Swarani Road, Shahid Rafique Road and Girls' School Road of the district town. People from all walks of life including teachers, students, lawyers, journalists, engineers and doctors joined the procession with festoons ' Say No to Drug'. Later, they held a rally at Manikganj Government Boys' High School playground. Deputy Commissioner Munshi Shahabuddin Ahmed addressed the rally as chief guest.

Letters

Nurturing a Frankenstein

No student wing of any political party in Bangladesh has ever got involved in internecine factional clashes with so much obduracy and tenacity as the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL). It is widely alleged that BCL leaders are now engaged in rampant extortions in and around campuses. They are shamelessly involved in seat trading in student dormitories, unlawful admissions and recruitments in collusion with the administration! Their lust for money and power is the reason behind the creation of factions, groupings and counter-groupings. Their factional infightings have often resulted in loss of lives. In the latest such bloody infighting a student at the JU was mercilessly beat up and killed.

No rules for motorcyclists

The traffic management system in Dhaka city must be one of the worst in the world right now. The people behind the wheels don't really want to follow traffic rules and the men wearing the uniforms don't really want to bring the wrongdoers to book when they can make easy money by letting them go. But the prize for breaking rules most outrageously should go to the motorcycle drivers. These bikers don't stop at red lights, don't care about the safety of themselves or others, and the speed limit is none of their concern. They park wherever they want and they ride on footpaths showing utter disrespect to traffic rules. I am not saying there aren't any good and law abiding drivers, but the general picture is really horrible.

Make the meritorious ones join teaching

Like other sectors, education is controlled by mediocre people. We have employed those people in the universities, colleges and schools who gave highest amount of donation or are affiliated with the ruling party. This system has systematically excluded the good ones from the educational institutions. Most of the teachers in primary and secondary levels follow certain cheap notebooks and do not give marks to the student whose answers do not match with the answers given in those notebooks. Cramming answers from the notebooks have been causing to erode the creativity of the students. Small wonder now we find a few students who can write an essay on their own.

Is Libya sliding down into a bottomless pit?

After a fresh protest against the new government, the deputy head of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) resigned recently. We know NTC has been formed with the influential leaders who led the movement against Gaddafi's 42-year rule. Recently many people took to the streets demanding the government's resignation. They even smashed windows and forced their way into the NTC's headquarters, especially in Benghazi. It is learnt from the media report that in Benghazi the protesters are expressing their anger so vehemently that anything like it could be seen since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted.

Ashraf should explain

We are astonished by the remarks of Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Awami League general secretary and LGRD minister Syed Ashraful Islam concerning the torture of a Bangladeshi by Indian border guards. Pranab Mukherjee told the media in Kolkata not to blow it "out of proportion" and Ashraful Islam in Dhaka said his government is not "much worried" about such incidents along the Indo-Bangla border area.

Will India apologise to Bangladesh?

It took many years for the Australian government to apologise "for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' children from their families, their communities and their country." We do not know when the Indian government will stop killing poor Bangladeshis, let alone apologise to us for its continuous disregard to our right to life. It seems that the Western powers will continue to turn a blind eye to India's injustice to Bangladeshis, as the country is their strategic partner in world politics.

AL's submissiveness to India

This is certainly a good sign that an Indian newspaper has criticised its government for its wrongdoing. We are also grateful to the TV channel which aired the incident and brought BSF's inhumane activities to our notice. They really deserve appreciation for their protest against violation of human rights. Their friendly attitude also proves that Indian civilians' attitude towards us is not the same as that of BSF or the Indian government.

We want punishment of the BSF men

Every year hundreds of thousands of illegal asylum seekers, potential migrants and refugees enter Australia, Italy and many EU countries. But no one has ever been killed by the coast guards. Recently, the Australian opposition leader has called on their naval forces to turn about the boat that comes with illegal asylum seekers from Indonesia. But Australian naval forces denied his proposal saying that safety of human beings comes first. What great country Australia is!

Use green transports to ease traffic jams

Why is the new minister so concerned about traffic jams, just like his predecessors, when the solution is simple and staring him in the face? All that is required is strict implementation of existing traffic laws. This is my 90th letter on the subject in the last four years containing the full blue print. Unfortunately, neither the government nor the authorities have the will to implement their own laws which are normal in most metropolitan cities.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Govt slaps ban, BNP shifts date”

International

Suu Kyi calls for changes to constitution

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday called for changes to the military-drafted constitution in her first political trip since ending a boycott of the country's political system last year and announcing plans to run for parliament.

Forces battle to retake Damascus suburbs

At least 66 people were killed in fighting between Syrian soldiers and rebels over control of Damascus suburbs and other parts of the country yesterday, activists said, a day after the Arab League suspended its monitoring mission in Syria because of mounting violence.

US meets Taliban for talks in Qatar

Taliban negotiators have begun holding preliminary talks with US officials in Qatar on plans for peace negotiations aimed at ending the decade-long war in Afghanistan, a former Taliban official said yesterday.

There will never be a coup

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Saturday there was no chance of a military coup because the army favoured democracy and stability in the country.

A journey to the heart of Islam

It is a rite that all followers of Islam are supposed to perform at least once in a lifetime, yet for the rest of the globe the hajj is veiled in mystery.

India takes tough stand

Ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the subject, the Ministry of Defence has written to the Adjutant General's (AG) branch of the Army to correct its record to show the year of birth of Army Chief General VK Singh as 1950 contrary to his stand that he was born one year later.

Iran hosts UN nuke watchdog

Officials from the UN atomic watchdog began a visit to Iran yesterday to discuss Tehran's suspect nuclear drive, amid a backlash by furious Iranian lawmakers at a looming EU oil embargo.

Arts & Entertainment

Sagordari celebrates Michael Madhusudan Dutta birth anniversary

The weeklong Madhu Mela-2012, marking the 188th birth anniversary of the pioneer of Bengali sonnets, Michael Madhusudan Dutta, concluded in Sagordari last Friday night.

Prachyanat School of Acting and Design stages Rakta Kalyan

As part of its graduation ceremony, the 21st batch of Prachyanat School of Acting and Design staged “Rakta Kalyan” at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on January 26.

Social awareness coated in humour

Alliance Française de Dhaka has organised artist Md. Abu Salim's solo cartoon exhibition titled “My Beloved Motherland 2” at Galerie Zoom. The exhibition opened on January 25.

Fair on rural lifestyle addresses climate change

'Grameen Jibonjatra Mela', a fair on the rural lifestyle was organised here in Dinajpur recently to create awareness about climate change and its impact on the environment.

In memory of Bengali melody makers

Bengali composers of yesteryears RC Boral, Pankaj Mullick and Kamal Dasgupta were widely regarded as the founding fathers of Indian film music. To pay homage to these brilliant Calcutta-based composers, the KL Saigal Memorial Circle recently organised a programme, “In memory of Melody Makers of Bengal: Homage to eminent music composers of Bengal”.

DS Café

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OP-ED

Allow democracy some space

Ostensibly, to avert any kind of law and order situation and for the sake of public security, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is learnt to have clamped Section 144 on any public gathering within the city on January 29 (Sunday). What was the threat to law and order?

Remembering the Mahatma

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is the full name of the great Indian lawyer-politician whom the world knows as Mahatma Gandhi. He was born in Porbandar (otherwise called Sudamapuri) Gujarat, India in 1869 to Karamchand -- alias Kaba Gandhi -- and Putlibai. The family was a Vaishnava one, having very conservative attitude towards many things.

This Day In History

January 30

1948
Indian pacifist and leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi known for his non-violent freedom struggle is assassinated by Pandit Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist.



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