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News of: Friday, 9th of March, 2012

Front Page

Central bank gives in to political pressure

In the face of pressure from the government high-ups, the Bangladesh Bank is going to approve about a dozen new private banks against its will.

Bird flu in 6 city markets

Bird flu has hit six poultry markets in the capital.

Mindset of men must change

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said participation of women in all sectors has to be ensured to make Bangladesh a hunger-free and peaceful middle-income country by 2021.

MPs blast state minister, adviser

A number of ruling alliance lawmakers yesterday blasted the state minister for power and the prime minister's adviser in the sector for failure to resolve power crisis as people across the country are suffering from power outage.

Criminals eject top cop, hijack car

Criminals posing as law enforcers stopped a car in the capital's Mohammadpur early yesterday and robbed its passengers, including a top police official. They also took away the vehicle.

KSA wants to send probe team

Dhaka has welcomed Riyadh's proposal to send a probe team for proper investigation into Tuesday's killing of Saudi Arabian embassy official Khalaf Al-Ali.

Declaration of new alliance finalised

The BNP policymakers last night approved expansion of the four-party alliance it currently leads.

Press Council serves notices on 2 dailies

Bangladesh Press Council has asked the editors and publishers of the Kaler Kantha and Bangladesh Protidin to appear before its judicial committee on March 29 in connection with two cases filed against them.

Body flown back home

The body of a Saudi embassy official, who was shot dead near his house at Gulshan in the capital on March 6, was sent to Saudi Arabia last night.

Bhasani's call to divide Pakistan into two states

Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani told a public meeting at Paltan Maidan in Dhaka on this day that East Pakistan/East Bengal would become an independent country soon. He demanded that President Yahya Khan divide the state of Pakistan officially into two independent states.

6 of a family die in Natore

Six members of a family were killed and another person was injured as a train rammed a pickup van on Bangram railway crossing in Natore sadar upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.

EC expects to enroll 70 lakh new voters

Around 70 lakh new voters across the country are expected to be added to the voter list, estimates the Election Commission (EC) as it begins tomorrow updating the electoral roll.

Zardari graft case must reopen

Pakistan's Supreme Court yesterday ordered the government to request the Swiss authorities to reopen a corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Quader finds all four drivers fake!

The communications minister got a dose of reality yesterday when he stopped four buses on a highway only to discover that three drivers had fake licences while the fourth was not authorised to drive heavy vehicles.

14-party forms human chains in dists today

The ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance will form human chains at the district headquarters today, demanding quick completion of the war crimes trial and that the main opposition be resisted in their efforts to foil the trial.

Strong solar storm hits Earth

A strong geomagnetic storm hit Earth early yesterday, but the planet's magnetic field appeared to be absorbing the shock and it was unlikely to reach severe levels, US experts said.

Workers go berserk over death rumour

Hundreds of garment factory workers of Beximco Industrial Park at Chakraborty area of Kashimpur flew into a fury early yesterday following rumour about “deaths” of three co-workers in an accident.

8 arrested in Chittagong

The Detective Branch of police arrested eight people at GEC intersection in Chittagong last night.

Upgrading MPs' air tickets illegal

The High Court yesterday declared illegal a Biman decision to upgrade the air tickets of the members of parliament and their family members flouting the Warrant of Precedence.

DoE fines illegal brickfield

Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined an illegal brickfield Tk 10 lakh in Palash upazila of Narsingdi for destroying the environment.

World powers want 'serious dialogue' with Iran

World powers yesterday said that mooted talks with Iran must be "serious" and urged Tehran to allow UN inspectors access to a military base thought to be central to its suspected nuclear weapons drive.

Editorial

Rally or people's woes

People are deeply respectful of important national days and would want to observe those with due fervour, respect and solemnity. And indeed 7th March is one such day in our history. However, what we saw being done in the name of rally on the historic day was totally bereft of any consideration for public convenience. It is the right of every political party to hold political programmes but should the common person be made to suffer for that?

Humanitarian situation worsens in Syria

There seems to be no end to the violence in Syria resulting in an unprecedented humanitarian crisis there. So far, the Syrian regime has even been denying the entry of humanitarian assistance from International Red Cross and other humanitarian agencies into that country.

Sports

Captain focused only on cricket

With so much of off the field controversies rocking cricket in the country of late, the onus is now on little Mushfiqur Rahim to shift the focus back on the field as the Asia Cup gets underway at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur in a time of two days.

Whatmore feels good to be back

The Pakistan cricket team arrived in Dhaka yesterday morning to take part in the Asia Cup starting on March 11 when they take on hosts Bangladesh in the opener.

Kamal's somersault

Bangladesh Cricket Board president AHM Mustafa Kamal loves to enjoy late night dramas. And on Thursday night the BCB boss added another to this long list in his strange profile by agreeing to include Tamim Iqbal in Bangladesh's Asia Cup squad.

'We will fight till the last ball is bowled'

The country's cricketers were roused into action and came under one umbrella yesterday, vowing to fight 'till the last ball is bowled' to win their rightful place as councillors of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

Akram meets the premier

The Akram Khan saga received a new twist last night as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited the former chief selector to her residence to learn about the problems that led to his resignation.

Local snippets

Victoria Sporting Club posted their second victory in the Premier Bank Bangladesh Championship League when they defeated Beanibazar SC 2-1 in their fifth game at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

BU continue giant slaying

Brothers Union continued to display their improved performance in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League after they came from behind to hand a 2-1 defeat to leaders Muktijoddha Sangsad in their home match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Dravid quitting today?

Indian batting superstar Rahul Dravid, the second-highest run scorer of all time in Tests, is set to announce his retirement from international cricket on Friday, reports say.

Kiwis squeeze ahead

New Zealand ground out a narrow lead over South Africa on the second day of the first Test in Dunedin Thursday, despite a four-wicket haul for Proteas paceman Vernon Philander.

McKay's all-round show fetches Aussies series

Paceman Clint McKay bowled Australia to a 16-run victory over Sri Lanka to capture the one-day international tri-series in the third final at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

ICC increases T20 numbers

International cricket chiefs backed an expansion of the Twenty20 format on Wednesday, agreeing three extra matches per major country should be played in years when a world championship is staged.

5-star Messi

Lionel Messi's record five-goal haul in the 7-1 Champions League rout of Bayer Leverkusen prompted Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola to hail the Argentine master as the game's greatest talent.

Leo slays Bayer

Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League tie as Barcelona routed Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 to reach the quarterfinals with a crushing 10-2 aggregate win on Wednesday.

APOEL in dreamland

APOEL Nicosia again ripped the Champions League record books to shreds and kicked off an island party by becoming the first Cypriot team to make the last eight of any European competition on Wednesday.

Defoe fires Spurs

Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to book an FA Cup quarterfinal spot with a 3-1 fifth round replay win at home to third tier Stevenage at White Hart Lane here on Wednesday.

Juventus lose ground

Juventus maintained their unbeaten run this season but fell behind AC Milan in the Serie A title race following a 1-1 draw at Bologna on Wednesday.

City eyeing Van Persie

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed his interest in Arsenal's Robin Van Persie but believes the prolific Dutch striker will ultimately extend his contract with the Gunners.

Mario fined week's wages

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has fined Mario Balotelli one week's wages after the Italian striker was pictured outside a strip club less than two days before a league game.

Arsenal agree Podolski fee

Germany forward Lukas Podolski is to quit Cologne at the end of the season to join Arsenal for 13 million euros, the daily tabloid Bild said on Thursday.

UEFA charges Wenger

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger was charged with improper conduct by UEFA on Wednesday following his criticism of the match officials after his team's Champions League exit.

Business

Eurozone crisis cuts into exports

Exports fell 8 percent to $1.98 billion in February from the previous month, as demand for apparel, the main export item, dropped in the Eurozone due to an economic crisis.

DBL to take foreign loans for expansion

DBL Group, a local apparel giant, is set to get a $20 million low-cost loan from DEG, a leading German investment and development company, to expand its business.

Stocks return from losses

Stocks returned to the black yesterday as institutional investors used low prices as a buying opportunity.

Sri Lanka seeks investment in pharmaceuticals

The Sri Lankan minister for industries and commerce yesterday invited Bangladeshi entrepreneurs to invest in the pharmaceuticals sector as the latter is performing well in medicinal products.

BB warns banks' chairmen

Bangladesh Bank asked the chairmen of commercial banks to refrain from interfering in the day-to-day operations of the banks.

Urban poverty deserves more attention: economist

The government needs to pay attention to urban poverty alleviation and policymakers need to take long-term and sustainable measures to combat the problem, a leading economist said yesterday.

Aamra organises corporate awareness programme

Information technology solution provider Aamra technologies yesterday organised a corporate awareness programme for the members of Dhaka Stock Exchange at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the capital.

32-point recipe for farm budget

Unnayan Shamannay, a nongovernmental organisation, yesterday made a 32-point set of recommendations on agriculture budget, which will be subsequently conveyed to the budget makers for inclusion in the next national budget.

Investment slowdown may hurt economy

Years of sluggish investments may slow economy growth, an economist said yesterday.

Sustainable banks outperform world's largest banks: report

Sustainable values-based banks, which prioritise people and environment than profit, are outperforming traditional mainstream banks in key financial indicators, a global report suggested.

Square Group gets new chairman

The Board of Directors of Square Group yesterday chose Samuel S Chowdhury as the chairman of the group, according to a statement.

Irish Banks to axe 2,500 jobs

State-owned Allied Irish Banks is seeking to axe 2,500 jobs in order to slash its annual payroll bill by 170 million euros ($224 million), it said on Thursday.

Metropolitan

Women break barriers by cycling

White Swan, Pink Fuchsia, Cinderella, Bahon Dahon, Laali - such were the names of some of the cycles which were pedalled by a group of females on the city streets yesterday morning.

Fund constraints obstacle

Due to fund shortages and lack of modern technology and coordination among government bodies, the government was still lagging behind in retrofitting important structures to withstand heavy earthquakes, said food and disaster management minister yesterday.

4 burn victims fight for life in hospital

Four persons critically burnt in a fire, which broke out at a city oil storehouse yesterday, are fighting for life in Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Special BCS preliminary test today

The preliminary test for 32nd (special) Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) under Public Service Commission (PSC) will be held today.

Dissolve Biman board

The CBA leaders of Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday demanded immediate resignation of the chairman and all members of the Biman board saying that the national flag carrier has incurred a loss of around Tk 1,000 crore due to the board's inefficiency.

‘Enforce laws to end violence against women’

Eminent personalities and rights activists yesterday stressed the need for mass awareness and strict implementation of existing laws to end violence and discrimination against women.

Women cops vow to end discrimination

A total 109 policewomen yesterday pledged to strengthen their unity and work harder to free women's lives from discrimination and treat them with respect and dignity.

Roads repair before monsoon

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader here yesterday said all damages on Dhaka-Chittagong highway and other roads elsewhere in the country would be repaired before the rainy season.

BNP iterates demand for polls under non-party govt

BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said his party is demanding a non-party neutral government system to ensure a level-playing field for all in the next general elections.

Produce new witnesses

A Dhaka court yesterday asked the ACC lawyer to produce new witnesses before it on March 29 in a money laundering case filed against BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun.

2cr suffering from kidney diseases

Around two crore people in Bangladesh are suffering from kidney diseases while millions more are at risk, kidney consultants said at a health talk yesterday.

JU teachers confine registrar to office

A group of Jahangirnagar University teachers yesterday kept the registrar confined to his office for around two hours, demanding an immediate stop to “improper recruitment of teachers”.

13,000MT Japanese wheat for the poor

Japan yesterday handed over more than 13,000 tonnes of wheat to Bangladesh to help around 3.25 lakh poor people while facing natural disaster and adversities of climate change.

Four killed in road crashes

Four persons were killed and another was injured in separate road crashes in Tangail, Chittagong, Rangpur and Satkhira yesterday and on Wednesday.

End discrimination against women

Women's rights activists at a discussion yesterday demanded an end to all forms of violence and discrimination against women.

Nominations invited

D.Net, country partner of mBillionth Award South Asia, invites entrepreneurs and organisations to submit nominations of projects or programmes for the award of the year 2012 by March 30.

Art exhibition on Women's Day

Galleri Kaya has organised an art exhibition in the city to mark International Women's Day.

Inmate dies in Ctg jail

A prisoner died after falling from the staircase of the fourth floor at Chittagong Central Jail yesterday.

CU convocation postponed

A special convocation of Chittagong University (CU), which was scheduled for April 3, has been postponed for the time being.

Memorial meet on Khokon today

A memorial meeting on the life of former general secretary of Dhaka University unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Abdul Khokon, who passed away after suffering a stroke on October 2, 2011, will be held at Kazi Azhar Ali College grounds at Fakirhat of Bagerhat district today.

Korea to train 5 officials on renewable energy

Korea will train five officials of Jatiya Sangsad on renewable energy under the programme of “Solar Power System in Bangladesh Parliament”, supported by Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica).

Cuet class boycott continues to fourth day

Students at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology boycotted classes for the fourth consecutive day yesterday, demanding immediate appointment of a vice chancellor.

Schoolboy crushed under wheels of bus

A schoolboy was crushed under the wheels of a speeding bus near Dhaka Zoo at Mirpur in the city yesterday.

Elderly man found dead

Police recovered the body of an elderly man who was found with a noose around his neck tied to a tree near his house at East Bakkhali village in Sitakunda upazila yesterday.

Theft in city flat

A theft was committed in a flat of a six-story building near the Indian High Commission in the city's Gulshan early yesterday.

Zillur Rahman's 84th birth anniversary today

Today is the 84th birth anniversary of President Mohammad Zillur Rahman, also a key organiser of the country's liberation war in 1971.

Firearm seized in Cox's Bazar

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized a locally made gun and four bullets raiding a house in Pekua, Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Two held for storing liquor

The Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested two persons and seized seven litres of locally made liquor from a house in Rahattar Pool area of Chittagong city early yesterday.

Man held with fake gold bars

The Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested a person and seized two fake gold bars from him in Old Chandgaon Thana area of the port city Wednesday afternoon.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of physician Dr NAM Shajahan will be held today at the city's Babar Road in Mohammadpur after Asr prayers.

Chehlam

Chehlam of Mosammat Lutfunnesa Begum, a renowned philanthropist and founder of Lutfunnesa Girls High School, will be held today on the school premises at Gaforgaon in Mymensingh.

National

40,000 tonnes of urea rotting under open sky

Around 40 thousand tonnes of urea fertiliser, kept under the open sky on the premises of four warehouses in Dinajpur and Joypurhat districts, is gradually losing quality due to long time exposure to the sun.

Accused in Lokman murder case attacked at court

Supporters of slain Narsingdi municipality mayor Lokman Hossain yesterday attacked the accused in the murder case on the local court premises.

Fire kills woman, her 6-yr-old grandson

A woman and her six-year-old grandson were burnt to death as a fire broke out at their residence in Sujanagar upazila on Wednesday night.

Girl fights for life as stalker throws her into river

A schoolgirl of Gomostapur upazila town is fighting for life at a private clinic in the capital as an alleged stalker threw her into a river last month.

BSF picks up one from border

Members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) picked up a young man from Jhalongi frontier in the district yesterday morning.

Journo flees home for 'fear of life'

A journalist in Hatibandha upazila received death threat allegedly from a local Awami League leader following publication of a report on misuse of fund for road repairing work in a newspaper on Saturday.

Sramik Dal leader murdered

President of Moylakanda union unit Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal was killed by criminals in Shyamganj Railway Station area in Gouripur upazila on Wednesday night.

Landslide kills one

A man was killed and three were injured in a landslide in Moheshkhali upazila of Cox's Bazar yesterday morning. On information, police recovered the body of Md Idris, 35, and sent it to Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. Injured Abdus Sabur, 45, Abu Shamad, 45, and Mohammad Ali, 38, were admitted to the local upazila health complex. Police said a large chunk of earth fell on the workers at a betel-leaf garden at the foot of a hillock at Adharghona village around 8:30am. Md Idris, son of Siraj Miah of the village, died on the spot, said Ranjit Kumar, officer in-charge of Moheshkhali police station.

Youth commits 'suicide'

An HSC examinee allegedly committed suicide by taking poison at village Khalishkhali in Tala upazila on Wednesday night. The victim was identified as Bappi Das, 20, son of Ganesh Das of village Kola in Kaliganj upazila under Jhenidah district. He was residing at his grand father Niranjon Das's house at Khalishkhali. Quoting locals police said Bappi fell in love with a girl about six months ago. As the parents of the girl, a student of class nine, refused to give marriage with him, he took poison Wednesday evening. He was taken to a clinic at Satkhira town where he died at about 10 pm.

Fugitive convict arrested

Police arrested a fugitive convict in an arms case from his house at Amadi Bazar in Koira upazila early Wednesday. The arrestee was identified as Sanjib alias Sanjit, 30, son of Santosh Das of Jaigir Mahol village of the upazila. A team of police, led by SI Sheikh Shahjahan, raided his house late at night and arrested him. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in an arms case in absentia by a court recently.

Criminal held in Jessore

Police arrested a notorious gang leader at Tejrol village under Bagherpara upazila of the district last night. The arrestee was identified as Askar Ali Joarder, son of Nurul Joarder of Krishnanagar village in Bagharpara upazila. Rafiqul Islam, officer in-charge of Bagharpara police station said, on secret information, they raided Askar's father-in-law's house in the Tejrol village and arrested him. Police said Askar was wanted in a number of murder, robbery, extortion and other criminal cases.

Sad death of a woman

A housewife, who was an epileptic patient, died after falling into a pond while doing ablution at Sonatola village in Sadar upazila on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Dilara Begum, 25, wife of Abdul Karim of the village. Police quoting family sources said, Dilara went to a nearby pond of her house in the early hours for ablution to say Fazr prayers. Suddenly she fell into the water body and drowned. Police on information recovered the body and sent it to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Letters

Footpaths not for motorcycles

The report headlined “No bike riding on footpaths” published in The Daily Star on 6th March is obviously a timely news. Hopefully, the illegal use of footpaths by motorcyclists will at last stop. Better late than never! It is very sad that the Metropolitan Police did nothing about it; until it was brought to the notice of the High Court.

Fuel price hike and people's suffering

The living costs of common people are crossing its tolerable limit. The adverse impact has already started to impact the commodity market in the wake of repeated increase in fuel price. The transport cost has increased as a result of this unexpected price hike. Taking undue advantage of this situation, the transport owners are hiking fares whimsically defying the rate fixed by the government. As a result, the businessmen are increasing the price of essentials showing this excuse of increase in transport fares.

Facing the challenge of climate

Climate change is the most burning issue at the moment. Climate is changing fast but are we taking the most necessary steps to control it? We are just talking at the seminars or symposiums or planting some trees on the world environment day every year. We need funding to control climate change but more important is how we may properly use those funds. Is there appropriate programme in the country? Some politicians who create all the furore over climate change always blame others.

Energy security

Most of the under-developed and undeveloped countries have the power shortage problem. According to the World Bank, Bangladesh loses around $1 billion per year in terms of its productivity and revenue due to power shortage!

Misinterpretation of my letters

This is in response to the letter of Ahmed Niaz from Dhaka published in The Daily Star on March 5, 2012. I am glad to know that he reads my letters and at the same time very disappointed noticing that he misinterpreted those.

A disappointment

Being an avid cricket fan, I was very excited about the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). I was proud to see my country arranging such a high-profile T-20 tournament like the IPL. But as the tournament progressed, my hopes were turned into disappointment as the stark reality was exposed. The tournament was to help our local players, but that was not to be the case. Instead, the teams were busy catering to the foreign players, and many of our local stars like Shakib and Tamim had to give way to players like Nasir Jamshed and Jason Roy, who are unknown even in their own country. Youngsters like Anamul, Arafat Sunny, Saqlain Shajib and others proved their talent, but they got far too less chances. The spot fixing and semi-final fiasco did their bit to tarnish Bangladesh's image. But the worst part of it was that many people with no proper knowledge of cricket came to the stadium not to watch the game, but to watch Bollywood stars and cheerleaders. However, it was the first time, even IPL is not beyond controversy. So, I hope the authorities concerned will give us a much better BPL next year.

Riding bikes with your kid

We are deeply moved at every road mishap. But nothing appears to be as horrifying as knowing that: a kid has been run over by a killer vehicle. We castigate the traffic system; hold uneducated and reckless drivers liable and blame authorities at the end for not punishing these killers. But have we ever blamed or questioned ourselves how much we are conscious about our kids? We often see mothers with their kids crossing a road dangerously despite having an over bridge nearby. The Daily Star made this a headline couple of weeks ago which is appreciable. Yet one thing I think should have been pointed out and that is, we see a mother holding her kid in her lap with one hand and grip her husband's shoulder with other hand on a bike. They didn't even use helmet. How dangerous it is to ride! In abroad one cannot hold a kid on one's lap even inside a car on the road. How this could be allowed for a bike which itself is a very risky ride!

India crash out?

During the 2011 world cup cricket, Navjos Singh Sidhu, made a remark --"Birds Fly...Cockroaches Fly...But it is birds that stay up in the air!!!" He was actually referring to the Bangladesh Cricket Team as cockroaches in his comment. Well, at present, the Indian Cricket Team is proving to be just that. After winning the World Cup, they seem to have lost all their firepower and are looking like anything but "World Champions!" It really doesn't surprise me. What does Sidhu think about this? I would like to advise Sidhu to talk about cricket in a more technical way. He should learn how to remain neutral and give positive remarks which could help improve the game.

About the suffering of Mohammadpur residents

First I would like to congratulate The Daily Star on its 21st anniversary and thanks for being with us all these years. I would like to inform you that, we are the permanent residents of Mohammadi Housing Ltd. in Mohammadpur Thana. For a couple of months in this area, Dhaka WASA is constructing a pipeline as well as sewerage and culvert. We are happy for the ongoing development work and like to give thanks to the WASA.

Online Voices

Saudi embassy official shot dead

International

Syrian minister defects, joins rebels

Syria's deputy oil minister resigned yesterday, becoming the most senior official to join the rebel ranks, as Washington revealed it is considering non-lethal aid to the insurgency.

Russia says Libya training Syrian rebels

Russia's UN envoy on Wednesday accused Libya of helping to train Syrian rebels to carry out attacks on Damascus government targets.

Pakistan charges Laden's widows

Osama Bin Laden's three widows have been charged by Pakistan with illegally entering the country.

US urges more China role in world issues

Observing that China has a seat at virtually every table and a role in virtually every institution of importance in the world, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that no problem in the world today can be resolved without the United States and China.

Israel asks US for arms to aid Iran strike

Israel has asked the United States for advanced "bunker-buster" bombs and refueling planes that could improve its ability to attack Iran's underground nuclear sites, an Israeli official said yesterday.

Storm Irina kills 72 in Madagascar

At least 72 people were killed when the tropical storm Irina hit northern Madagascar in late February, causing floods and landslides, authorities said yesterday.

S Korea holds firing drill near tense border

South Korean troops mounted a live-fire exercise near the tense border with the North yesterday amid high tensions and in the face of Pyongyang threatening retaliatory strikes.

India coalition govt rules out mid-term polls

Ruling out a mid-term poll in the wake of Congress' setback in the recent Assembly polls, Union Minister Jayanthi Natarajan yesterday said the Manmohan Singh-led government will complete its term and asked opposition parties not to nurture hopes of destabilising it.

Carlos Slim tops Forbes rich list

Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim has once again come top of Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's richest billionaires.

Gayoom's son in Waheed cabinet

Maldives president Mohammed Waheed on Wednesday inducted seven new ministers of state into his cabinet including Ghassan Maumoon, the youngest son of former dictator Maumoon Gayoom.

1,000 a day die in childbirth

About 1000 women die each day in childbirth or from preventable complications related to pregnancy, humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

31st National Rabindra Sangeet Conference begins

The three-day 31st Jatiyo Rabindra Sangeet Sammelan (National Rabindra Sangeet Conference) began at Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Auditorium of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) on March 8. Jatiyo Rabindra Sangeet Sammelan Parishad's (JRSSP) central unit is the organiser of the event.

A legend arrives in town

Legendary singer of the subcontinent, Asha Bhosle, is now in Dhaka to perform at a concert at the Army Stadium, later this evening. The singer arrived on Wednesday and is currently staying at the Westin Hotel in the capital. Talking to reporters at the airport, Asha Bhosle said that she has come to entertain her countless fans and admirers in Bangladesh.

Qayyum Chowdhury exhibition opens today

Under the title “Quest for Self”, a two-week exhibition featuring the works of veteran painter Qayyum Chowdhury is being held at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhaka.

8th Citycell-Channel i Music Awards on the cards

Like previous years, this year too Citycell-Channel i Music Awards will honour artistes and musicians of the country. With a view to promoting local music and artistes, the journey of Citycell-Channel i Music Awards started in 2004.

Vow to remove darkness from society

Amrai Pari Jote (APJ), a non-government organisation of Pabna, held “Andhar Bhangar Shopoth” (Vow to break through darkness) marking International Women's Day. The programme was held at the Shaheed Minar premises in Pabna in the early hours of Thursday.

6th Human Rights Theatre Festival begins today

The three-day 6th Human Rights Theatre Festival begins today at the Rabindra Sarobar, Dhanmondi. Bangladesh Manabadhikar Natya Parishad (BMNP) is the organiser of the festival, which will feature plays staged by nearly 25 theatre troupes from across the country. The participating troupes are members of either BMNP or Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation.

“Udayan”: In remembrance of Uday Shankar

Under the title “Udayan”, World Dance Alliance-Bangladesh (WDA-BD) organised a five-day dance workshop on the creative dance form popularised by legendary dancer Uday Shankar.

Vidya Balan wins Indian National Film Award, says she can't believe it

Vidya Balan, who has bagged all the popular Indian film awards this year for her performance as Silk Smitha in “The Dirty Picture”, has also won the prestigious National Award for Best Actress.

OP-ED

A mosh pit of madness

Certain expressions get more gravitas when said in French. C'est la vie is a French phrase that means "such is life." Anyone says it with a jerk of the shoulder means he couldn't care less about almost anything in life. Fin de siècle is another French term that encompasses both the closing and onset of an era. The "spirit" of fin de siècle often refers to the boredom, cynicism, pessimism and the widespread belief that civilisation leads to decadence. The French have an amazing way of capturing more meaning for their words.

Israel's best friend

The only question I have when it comes to President Obama and Israel is whether he is the most pro-Israel president in history or just one of the most. Why? Because the question of whether Israel has the need and the right to pre-emptively attack Iran as it develops a nuclear potential is one of the most hotly contested issues on the world stage today. It is also an issue fraught with danger for Israel and American Jews, neither of whom want to be accused of dragging America into a war, especially one that could weaken an already frail world economy.

Sleeping giant, wake up

Two facts stand out signifying a growing interest among our young people to know more about our Liberation War: Books on our freedom struggle topped the selling chart of the recently concluded Boi Mela. Earlier on, Guerrilla, a movie that had received best Asian film award in Kolkata, drew a record number of young viewers in Dhaka.

Harnessing the past, enriching the future

The year 2012 marks forty years of Brac's existence. In these four decades since its inception in February 1972 as a small relief and rehabilitation project in a remote corner of Bangladesh, Brac has grown to become the largest and one of the most successful development organisations in the world. This watershed moment, therefore, provides an opportunity for us to reflect on these last 40 years and look ahead to the challenges that will confront us in the years ahead.

This Day In History

March 9

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The Last Sermon (Khutbah, Khutbatul Wada') of Prophet Muhammad.

StarTech

Apple unveils 4G iPad

Apple Inc's latest iPad sports a crisper display and an array of technology advances that, while less than revolutionary, may prove enough for now to keep rivals like Amazon.com Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd at bay.

Citizen initiative against repression of women

Although we celebrated International Women's Day yesterday, we cannot ignore the fact that violence against women is still quite high in this country.

Google recasts Android Market with new name

Google Inc is renaming its online storefront for music, books and digital goods, its latest move to raise its profile in the market for electronic content sales and to better compete with Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

Google boss lays out future vision at world's top tech fair

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt cast a science-fiction vision of the future as the world's top tech fair opened Monday, with the German IT sector predicting record sales in 2012.

Telenor to make Wikipedia available to 135 million customers

Telenor Group and the Wikimedia Foundation announced a new partnership to offer Wikipedia free of data charges on mobile devices by making versions of Wikipedia available to 135 million mobile customers of Telenor Group in Asia and Europe.



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