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News of: Tuesday, 14th of February, 2012

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Faridee no more

Humayun Faridee, the legendary actor and one of the brightest silver screen stars in the country, died at his Dhanmondi residence in the capital yesterday morning. He was 60.

An appeal to fellow journalists

We are obviously deeply agonised by the murder of our two colleagues Meherun Runi and Sagar Sarowar, and we want the earliest possible solution of this case and punishment of the killers.

Probe needs more time

Three days into the killing of journalist couple, police are yet to share their findings in the investigation, although they have claimed to make “significant progress”.


---- Faridee's younger sister

Concern for Megh

There was a smile in his face as he got the colour pencils and some kids' items somebody brought.

India yet to tackle Mamata factor

The prospects of an interim agreement on Teesta water sharing look grim though Bangladesh and India exchanged data on the river's water flow three days ago.

India agrees to double upkeep fee

India has agreed to nearly double the annual maintenance fees it pays to Bangladesh for using waterways facilities under a protocol between the two countries.

Pakistan PM charged with contempt

Pakistan's prime minister was charged with contempt by the country's highest court yesterday, pleading not guilty to charges that could see him jailed for six months and disqualified from office.

Major 'involved' with abduction

Police late Sunday caught a serving army major on charges of holding a businessman for ransom.

Sit-in to remove govt

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said here yesterday the government will be crippled and forced to quit power through a peaceful sit-in after her party's March 12 Dhaka rally if good sense does not prevail on the government.

HC rejects telecoms regulator's claim

Grameenphone yesterday won a legal battle against the telecom regulator over additional spectrum fees, clearing the way for the mobile operator's licence renewal.

Ban on rallies, editor held

In the early part of February 1952, especially after the strike of February 4, the language movement picked up momentum. Students organised what they called Flag Days on February 11 and 12. On these days, they sold flags and posters in order to raise funds for what looked like a developing movement over the language question. A panicky government swiftly went into action. Hamidul Haq Chowdhury, owner of the Pakistan Observer newspaper, and Abdus Salam, editor of the newspaper, were packed off to prison. Salam's arrest was explained away in bizarre manner: in an editorial critical of the government, the editor had committed 'blasphemy' through making a derogatory reference to Hazrat Osman, the third Caliph of Islam. For good measure, the government decreed a ban on the newspaper. Although the management of the newspaper offered an unconditional apology, the authorities refused to lift the ban.

Boy hurt at home as criminals open fire

A boy of seven was injured by bullets after local “extortionists” opened fire at his residence in the city's Mohakhali area yesterday morning.

4 killed in city road crashes

Four people were killed while 10 others injured in two road accidents in the city yesterday.

One river gone, 97 others near death

About one third of the country's rivers are almost dead, Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen said yesterday.

Staff killed, jewellery shop looted

Criminals killed an employee of a jewellery shop and looted 37 tolas of gold ornaments from there at Azimpur in the city's Dakkhin Khan early yesterday.

Indictment of SQ Chy, Nizami deferred

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday deferred the charge framing order against Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and the hearing on charge framing against Motiur Rahman Nizami following some petitions filed by them.

Robert Blake due today

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert O Blake arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day visit. He will participate in a series of diplomatic, trade and educational events intended to expand bilateral relations.

Bomb attacks on Israeli missions in India, Georgia

Bombers targeted staff at Israel's embassies in India and Georgia yesterday, wounding four people, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of involvement.

AL men sued over killings in tea garden

Three days after the killing of two people in an armed attack at a Moulvibazar tea garden, the garden authorities filed a case on Sunday night against 145 people including several local Awami League leaders.


Domestic violence flashing warning signal

A baseline survey conducted across the country has revealed that 49 percent of women are subjected to physical violence and 42 percent to sexual violence -- often during or following physical violence -- by their husbands. Many women found this violence to be normal, while others thought it might bring disrepute to the family, leading to very few women seeking social help or legal recourse.

Master syndrome of the police

This time the victim of police excesses is a young man who happens to be a grandson of the first prime minister of the country. Not for a moment are we suggesting that people connected to high ups should be above the law. By the same token no one can be below the law either.


Khulna halt Barisal march

Pacer Shafiul Islam initiated an early blow from which Barisal Burners failed to recover and consequently suffered their first defeat at the hands of Khulna Royal Bengals in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Mashrafe on thin ice?

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza could be in hot water since the primary investigation of his spot-fixing allegations almost entirely hinges on his statement.

Rajshahi slow off the mark

Rajshahi can be the most successful domestic team, but in the BPL T20 competition, they have not been up to the mark in the first week.

Gladiators powered by Pollard

Dhaka Gladiators registered their second consecutive victory in the Bangladesh Premier League T20 when they handed the high-flying Chittagong Kings a six-wicket defeat at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Eng 260-7

Skipper Alastair Cook hit a career-best hundred to lift England to 260-7 in the first day-night international against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi Stadium here on Monday.

BCCI's no to Woolf report

The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) working committee has rejected the key recommendations of the Woolf report concerning the restructuring of the ICC, Indian board president N Srinivasan has said.

Football rules discussed

Questions have been raised too often about the on-field performance of referees in the ongoing Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League and the club officials and coaches regularly point finger at referees and assistant referees for their defeats or draws.

Kumar plays mind games

Desperate to win their first match of the tournament, senior Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara put up a brave front ahead of his team's match against India in the ODI tri-series, here on Tuesday.

Storybook ending

Zambia returned to the scene of its worst sporting tragedy to make it a place of unrestrained joy after winning a nerve-racking African Cup of Nations final Sunday on penalties over tournament favourite Ivory Coast.

Real go 10 clear

Cristiano Ronaldo hit his sixth hat-trick of the season as Real Madrid took a huge step towards winning La Liga on Sunday, coming from behind to beat Levante 4-2 and open a 10-point lead over Barcelona.

City ride on Lescott

Manchester City moved back to the top of the Premier League as Joleon Lescott's goal clinched a hard-fought 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

Novara stun Inter

Inter Milan slumped to a fifth successive game without a win as rock-bottom Novara walked away from the San Siro on Sunday with a stunning 1-0 victory.

Apology will end Tevez exile

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has told Carlos Tevez that an apology over his touchline tantrum might be enough to end his exile.

Ballack out of Barca tie

Ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack is out of Tuesday's Champions League clash with holders Barcelona as the former Chelsea star suffered a calf injury on Sunday and sits out the Round of 16 tie.

RU, IU in Inter-Uni T20 final

Rajshahi University (RU) and Islamic University (IU) will face off in the final of the Inter University T20 competition titled 'Fourth Bangladesh University games-2012' at the Rajshahi Central Stadium today.

Bolt ill?

World 100-metre record holder Usain Bolt has sparked health worries by not running in a hometown meet where he had planned to race after being sighted in Germany instead.

Local Snippets

PWD Sporting Club and Bangladesh Police AC won their respective matches of the Destiny Group Dhaka Metropolis 2nd Division Football League yesterday.

Kaiser slates Robben

Bayern Munich great Franz Beckenbauer has criticised the club's out-of-form Dutch winger Arjen Robben, describing him selfish after he lost his starting spot in the past few games.


Regulator to probe another broker

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday opened a probe into “unusual trading” in shares by Rapid Securities Ltd, a stockbroker.

SEC to re-audit accounts of listed companies

The stockmarket regulator will re-audit the financial reports of listed companies, as suspicion has surfaced over dividends declared by some firms.

Efforts underway to cut Dhaka-Ctg travel time by train

The government will install a chord line between Narayanganj and Laksham to reduce railway distance between Dhaka and Chittagong by 80 kilometres, Railway Minister Suranjit Sengupta said yesterday.

Stocks rise for 3rd day

Stocks gained for the third day with high turnover following the finance ministry's decision to review the stimulus package for the stabilisation of the market.

Govt plans perks for agri-scientists

The cabinet has approved in principle a proposal for providing incentives to agricultural scientists who are engaged in research to develop new seeds and farm technologies to ensure food security, said Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday.

Greece debt vote gets guarded market welcome

Greece has finally passed the radical budget cuts needed to secure fresh aid but it is the best of a bad job and much depends on how the measures are implemented, financial analysts said Monday.

Huawei brings Mediapad with Android

Huawei yesterday announced the launch of Huawei MediaPad, a tablet with pre-loaded new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

Spanish government meets unions ahead of mass protest

Spain's government on Monday defended reforms making it easier to slash pay and lay off workers in the face of a furious reaction from unions, which have called a nationwide protest.

Microsoft India store down after hacking

Microsoft India's retail website was down on Monday after being hacked, with a purportedly Chinese group called Evil Shadow Team posting screenshots the hackers said were customers' obscured usernames and passwords found unencrypted on the site.

Taking Apple to new heights

It was January 24, 2012. Investors, business analysts, in fact, the whole business community were eagerly waiting as Apple was expected to announce its first quarter financial results for fiscal 2012 at 5pm from Cupertino, California. This particular event drew special attention of the business world as this was the first full quarter led by Tim Cook after the legendary Steve Jobs had stepped down as Apple's CEO on August 24, 2011, because of his unfortunate health issue.

Rise of the machines

If you want to get a finger-tip feel for one of the most important transformations in our world today, read The Fear Index, Robert Harris's new thriller.


Boi Mela bustles with spring lovers

On the occasion of Pahela Falgun, the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela yesterday took on a colourful look, as hundreds of young girls and boys in colourful traditional dresses thronged the fair premises.

Police asked to monitor khutbah

Police across the country have been directed to monitor whether the khatib (who leads the Jumma prayers) of the mosques deliver khutbah (the speech before the prayers) in favour of militancy or against it.

Analysts fear long term impacts

The trauma created after the gruesome murders of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi will have long-term impacts on the people, observe social analysts.

Punishment to killers demanded

Teachers, students and journalists yesterday formed a human chain at Aparajeya Bangla in Dhaka University demanding immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to the murderers of journalists Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi.

Construction work remains suspended

Construction work of a building in the capital's Bhashantek area remained suspended at the threat of local extortionists who attacked workers at the site a week ago at the denial of extortion money.

Develop Indo-Bangla ties

The second meeting of Bangladesh-Bharat Parliamentary Moitree Group was held at Sangsad Bhaban on Sunday.

Indian survey soon

India will soon start the final survey to lay the rail link between Akhaura in Bangladesh and Agartala, a project New Delhi plans to implement within two years.

HC summons cultural affairs secretary

The High Court yesterday summoned the cultural affairs secretary to appear before it on February 16 for not complying with most of its directives to protect the sanctity and dignity of the Central Shaheed Minar.

Subedar Yousuf ordered BDR rebels to dig mass grave: PW

Mutineers were ordered to dig a mass grave to bury the bodies of slain army officers who were brutally killed in a carnage at erstwhile Bangladesh Rifles' (BDR) headquarters at Pilkhana on February 25-26, 2009.

PM assures early arrest of killers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that her government would do everything possible to arrest the killers of Maasranga TV news editor Sagar Sarowar and ATN Bangla senior reporter Meherun Runi and put them on trial soon.

Hindu community protests Ctg violence

Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, Chittagong city unit organised a human chain in the port city yesterday protesting the recent violence that took place in Hathazari upazila.

Faridee's death condoled

Different political, social and cultural organisations and individuals yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of renowned actor Humayun Faridee.

Road blocked as 2 die in accident

Aggrieved at the death of a fellow student in a road accident on Sunday, female college students yesterday blocked Dhaka-Tangail highway at Bangabandhu Bridge approach road for three and a half hours and vandalised at least 15 vehicles.

Gonoshasthaya trust to honour 40 eminent citizens

Gonoshasthaya Public Charitable Trust will confer reception to 40 eminent citizens of the country for their contribution to the War of Liberation in 1971 through a programme on February 18.

Delwar president, Ashok gen secretary

Advocate Delwar Hossain Chowdhury has been elected president while Advocate Ashok Kumar Das general secretary (GS) in Chittagong District Bar Association (CDBA)-2012 election held on Sunday.

Road crashes kill 3

Three people were killed in separate road accidents in the district yesterday.

TIB slams minister's proposal

Transparency International Bangladesh yesterday decried shipping minister's proposal for legalising extortion in the country's transport sector.

Teachers to work till 65

The teachers of all the 34 public universities will retire at 65 as the government has approved a proposal to increase the age limit. Currently, only the teachers of four universities enjoy the facility.

AL nominates Razzak's son

Ruling Awami League Parliamentary Board (ALPB) has nominated late veteran party leader Abdur Razzak's son, Nahim Razzaq, as the AL candidate in the Shariatpur-3 constituency by-elections scheduled on March 15.

Pink City residents panicked by firing

A group of miscreants yesterday fired blank gunshots for half an hour at Xenovalley Pink City, a housing complex on the capital's eastern outskirts, to create panic among the residents.

First ever Bio-Olympiad held at SUST

The country's first ever Biology Olympiad was held on the campus of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sylhet yesterday.

Current nets, crude oil of Tk 27.12 lakh seized

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard in separate drives in Lakshmipur and Chittagong seized 40 thousand metres of current net and 2,200 litres of crude palm oil on Sunday and early yesterday.

Outlaw killed in 'shootout'

A person was killed last night in a fight between a team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and a banned outfit Ganobahini at Kadamdi village in Kushtia.

Two snatchers arrested

Police arrested two snatchers in oxygen area under Bayezid Police Station in the port city yesterday.

2 ex- customs officials sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent two former customs officials to jail after they surrendered before it in connection with a graft case filed against them for allegedly evading more than Tk 1.26 crore in revenue.

DSCSC graduation dinner held

The graduation dinner of the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) course 'DSCSC 2011 - 2012' was held at officers mess of the college at Mirpur Cantonment on Sunday.

Two new deans at AUW

Dr Kathleen Hewett-Smith and Dr Jinnie M Garrett have been appointed Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Dean of Life Sciences respectively at Asian University for Women (AUW) in Bangladesh.

Bard dissemination seminar held

A dissemination seminar on an integrated community development project in Burichang upazila of Comilla was held in the city yesterday.


Nurjahan Begum, mother of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Secretary General Mir Sahabuddin Mohammad, passed away at a city hospital on February 12 at the age of 88, says a press release.


'Runaway' transformers chained

Amid rising incidents of transformer theft, authorities of Palli Bidyutayan Board (Rural Electrification Board) have made it obligatory for its customers in the district to set iron chains and locks with electric transformers.

Dilapidated office building haunts staff, visitors

The staff of and visitors to Kalia upazila settlement office in Narail district pass their time amid fear of accident any time as the 73-year-old building has turned risky due to lack of repair.

Faces in the front line

The 1952 Language Movement attained a new dimension in the then sub-divisional town of Nilphamari as a good number of female students organised processions and meetings and inspired people through patriotic songs and poems.

Over 200 homeless as fire in Pabna damages 63 houses

Fire damaged at least 63 houses at Ulat village in Sujanagar upazila on Sunday, leaving over 200 people homeless.

Banned guidebooks flood markets in Lalmonirhat

Despite ban, illegal guidebooks for school students have flooded the markets in the district town.

Doc sent to jail for giving fake certificate

A Sirajganj court on Sunday sent a doctor to jail for giving fake medical certificate to a man who used it to implicate his opponents in a case.

4 kidnapped in Rangamati

Criminals kidnapped four hill people including a union parishad (UP) member from two villages in Baghaichari upazila on Sunday night. The victims are Khedamara union parishad member Samiran Chakma, Pramad Kanti Chakma, Dhan Bikas Chakma and Jogesh Chakma of Uluchhari and West Lailla Ghona villages. Suhrawardy, sub-inspector of Baghaichhari police station, said a gang of 20/22 picked up UP member Samiran Chakma and Pramad Kanti Chakma from their houses at Uluchhari village at about 10:00pm. Meanwhile, another group of criminals abducted Dhon Bikas Cakma and Jogesh Chakma from West Lailla Ghona village at gun point on the same night.

Huji leader arrested

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an alleged operative of banned outfit Harkat-ul Jihad (Huji) from Pabahati village in Sadar upazila early yesterday. The arrestee, Shaheen Mahmud, 46, son of Abdul Kuddus of Pabahati village, is a Khulna regional leader of the outfit. Hamidul Haque, squadron leader of Rab-6, said on secret information, a team of Rab led by Major Ashraf raided the house of Shaheen at about 3:30am and arrested him. They also seized 20 books on jihad, 13 leaflets, a foreign ID card and a passport from his possession. The arrestee was involved in serial bomb explosions on 21 August, added Haque.

Robber killed in gunfight

The law enforcers recovered the body of an alleged robber from a deep forest adjacent to Ruposhi and Boddar canals near Jongra Camp in the Sundarbans yesterday. The deceased, Mukul was killed in a gunfight with his rival group Abhijit Bahini on Saturday. Two other robbers were also killed in the gun battle, said police. Pankaj Roy, acting superintendent of police, said on information, a joint team of police and coastguards recovered Mukul's body from the spot in the afternoon. They also recovered 15 bullets and Tk 12,500 from his possession.

BSF yet to return three

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) is yet to hand over three Bangladeshi cattle traders to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). They were picked up by BSF men from Khalisha in India opposite to Baikari border in Sadar upazila on February 4 early morning. The cattle traders are Abdul Khaleque, son of Abdul Wazed of Kaliganj Sadar, Azibar Rahman, son of Abdul Mazed Gazi and Shahinur Rahman, son of Shah Jahan Ali of village Nalta in Kaliganj upazila. Sources said, the BSF fired seven gunshots targeting the Indian and Bangladeshi traders while they were trying to cross the border with cattle, leaving an Indian national injured on the day. BSF men then arrested three Bangladeshi cattle traders from the spot.


Syrian forces bombard Homs after Arab peace proposal

Syrian forces bombarded districts of Homs and attacked other cities yesterday after Arab states pledged support for the opposition battling President Bashar al-Assad and called for international peacekeepers to be sent to the country.

Maldives welcomes C'wealth 'coup' probe

New Maldives President Mohamed Waheed yesterday welcomed a Commonwealth mission to investigate the ousting of his predecessor after overnight clashes during protests in the restive capital Male.

China VP warns against US military focus

China's likely next leader Xi Jinping warned the United States against plans to boost its military strength in Asia as he prepared for a closely watched visit to Washington starting yesterday.

Indians have $500 bn stashed in tax havens

Rich Indians have stashed away almost $500 billion of illicit money abroad, parking the funds in countries considered the "least corrupt", the country's top police agency said yesterday.

US used NGOs to create chaos in Egypt: minister

An Egyptian minister seen as the driving force behind impending trials of democracy activists, including 19 Americans, had told investigators that Washington funded their groups to create a state of prolonged chaos in Egypt, official media reported yesterday.

Myanmar promises EU to hold fair vote

Myanmar's military-backed government assured visiting top EU officials yesterday that upcoming by-elections heralding the opposition's return to mainstream politics will be democratic.

Nato admits killing Afghan children

Nato-led forces in Afghanistan said yesterday they had mistakenly killed a group of children in an air strike that has enraged the government, and said their deaths may have been linked to an anti-insurgent operation in the area.

ISI forced to show detainees in court

Seven men allegedly held by Pakistan's ISI appeared in court yesterday, an unprecedented development following orders from the country's highest court.

Iran prepares suicide bomb boats in Gulf

Iran has built up its naval forces in the Gulf and prepared boats that could be used in suicide attacks, but the US Navy can prevent it from blocking the Strait of Hormuz, the commander of US naval forces in the region said on Sunday.

Iranians get back Internet email access

Many Iranian web users say their access to foreign email services such as Gmail, Yahoo mail and Hotmail appears to have been restored after a four day outage.

Suspected Bali bomber on trial in Indonesia

A Muslim militant arrested in the same Pakistani town where US commandos later killed Osama bin Laden stood trial in Indonesia yesterday on charges including murder for the 2002 Bali bombings.

Young governor to battle Chavez in Venezuela poll

Youthful state governor Henrique Capriles celebrated yesterday after a decisive victory in Venezuela's first opposition primary enabled him to challenge President Hugo Chavez in an October election.

Turkmen president re-elected

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov won a new five-year term by capturing 97 percent of the vote, election officials said yesterday, but a Western expert called the vote a democratic sham.

Arts & Entertainment

End Of An Era

Three old friends were supposed to meet yesterday morning. The plan was to kick back and reminisce on the good old days. One of them was to wear a black T-shirt -- a gift from the others. But the inevitable happened, the brightest and the most famed among them -- Humayun Faridee -- left this world forever.

Music in its purest form

The two-day Bengal ITC SRA Classical Music Festival began on February 12 at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum. Accomplished artistes from Kolkata ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA), including Padma Bhushan Vidushi Girija Devi, performed both classical vocal and instrumental music on the inaugural day of the festival.

Welcoming Bashanta in Dhaka

Bashanta Utshab is one of the largest seasonal events of the country. According to the Bangla calendar, it is the first day of spring, and it is celebrated by thousands of young people, both male and female -- welcoming the advent of spring.


The 54th Grammy Awards will be remembered as a story of two women with towering, timeless voices -- Adele and Whitney Houston -- one representing youthful triumph and boundless possibility, the other a reminder of fresh tragedy and a life unravelled.

VALENTINE'S DAY: The heart of the matter

Valentine's Day to me means my best friend Rowshan's birthday. She and her family usually go out for dinner on this occasion. We vie with each other in giving her gorgeous gifts to tell her how much we treasure her and how much we honour and need her to keep us in the momentum and graph of life. She means laughter and fun. It is something like Valentine's Day, when cakes, teddy bears, dolls and toys tell one that one is loved and wanted. Flowers, gateaux, chocolates and cards tell that special someone that he/she is the best thing in the world. Yes, it is a big deal. It is a day to celebrate, a night to remember with candles and roses -- no matter how hackneyed all this maybe to be for the cynic.

Valentine's Day offer at Fantasy Kingdom

Concord Entertainment Co. Ltd; one of the country's largest entertainment service provider in Dhaka. Fantasy Kingdom is one of the amusement parks of Concord Entertainment Co. Ltd and it was the first theme park in Bangladesh. The entire park is themed as a mysterious Lost Kingdom comprising of varied architectural landmarks. To celebrate Valentine's Day Fantasy Kingdom authority will arrange a live concert on 14th Februaryand DJ show at Water Kingdom. Renowned artistes Balam, Hridoy Khan, Arifen Rumi and Kona will perform on the concert.

Airtel's gift on Valentine's Day

Airtel Bangladesh Ltd, one of the leading telecom operators in the country, has a line up of activities to celebrate this year's Valentine's Day. The day will be celebrated through live concerts, radio shows and a number of location- based activities.


Centuries-old ties

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Japan. The past forty years have witnessed the steady growth of close cooperation between the two countries. Although bilateral diplomatic interactions began relatively recent, the historical and cultural connections between the two nations are centuries old.

Interest in Pakistan

Believe it or not, the world is fascinated by Pakistan. This may come as a surprise to many in the country who believe that Pakistan is the victim of an evil western/Indian/Jewish conspiracy to destroy the state and undermine its values.

Tackling inflation

The Daily Star reported last week that fuel import, energy price hike and taka's devaluation against the US dollar have combined to increase Bangladesh's non-food inflation to around 13% in January 2012 -- which is the highest in the last fifteen years. Food inflation also went up to about 11% in January from the previous month's 10%. The country's general inflation has also been in double digits for the last eleven months. The last time it happened was in the early 1980s.

Valentine's Day: All about love

Though Saint Valentine's Day (February 14) is a Christian and ancient Roman tradition its history and attraction make it an annual commemoration which celebrates love and affection between intimate companions. Basically, it is colourful day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, sending greeting cards with heart-shaped outlines, doves and the figure of the winged Cupid or Amour.

Love at a time of violence

British historians Eric Hobsbawm and Terrence Ranger famously invented the term “invention of a tradition,” by which they meant certain traditions in British society, especially British monarchy, that were not there in the pas t -- hence, not traditions in the real sense but were invented only in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This means that traditions can often be created by modern minds.

This Day In History

February 14

Karadjordje leads the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire.

Science & Life

Engineers build no-waste laser

A team of University of California, San Diego researchers has built the smallest room-temperature nanolaser to date, as well as an even more startling device: a highly efficient, "thresholdless" laser that funnels all its photons into lasing, without any waste.

Third-generation nuclear reactor designed

The United States has approved construction of new nuclear reactors for the first time in three decades. The two new reactors approved today (Feb. 9) for Georgia would represent the first U.S. versions of next-generation reactor designs that have begun appearing in China.

Homesick frog

When wooing females, a type of frog in China describes its home through songconveying the depth and entrance size of the muddy burrow with some accuracy, a study suggests.

How cold is space?

Have you ever wondered how cold space or rather the vacuum is? The actual answer to that is further nuanced than you think. If you wonder about how cold is space you need to understand certain parameters about what is space. We now define space as outer space the region beyond the atmospheres of most celestial bodies. The region is considered to be the closest thing to a natural vacuum. However it is not completely empty. It does have some gases such as hydrogen and cosmic dust. This is called the interstellar medium.

Sooty-moth tale stands test

A recently criticized textbook example of evolutionary forces in action, the dark forms of peppered moths that spread with industrialization in Britain, may be on its way back.

Earth's magnet dances to the Sun

This image, released this week, shows a computer simulation of the complex and crazy magnetic fields that make up Earth's magnetosphere. The magnetosphere is the result of the interaction of charged particles from the sun and the magnetic field that surrounds the planet. When solar storms send particles flowing toward Earth, the result can be stunning space weather the kind that creates beautiful auroras but also can disrupt satellites, telecommunications and electrical power grids. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee are trying to understand how these storms work in order to better predict how storms on the sun will influence life on our planet.

How fast can a hippo run?

A hippopotamus may seem huge but it can still run faster than a man.

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