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News of: Wednesday, 14th of March, 2012

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At least 36 dead

At least 36 people died and more than 200 others went missing when a packed passenger launch capsized in the river Meghna after colliding with a cargo vessel at Gazaria in Munshiganj yesterday.

His last work

Shawkat Jamil rushed to snap shots of a drapery-shop fire that raged for nearly six hours on Elephant Road in the capital yesterday. As on every other day, the senior photojournalist of The Daily Star was busy trying to capture the prized one -- a shot that would make his news chief happy enough to give it a good display in the following day's paper.

Fire ravages drapery shop

A fire broke out in a curtain shop yesterday on the Elephant Road in the capital and left a firefighter injured.

Knot finally untied for tannery relocation

After being stuck in a legal tangle for years, the government has finally awarded a company the job of setting up a centralised effluent treatment plant in Savar so that the tanneries now in Hazaribagh can move there.

Bangladesh termed most vulnerable

Bangladesh is the world's most vulnerable country to climate change-related risk factors, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released yesterday.

BNP asks its MPs to stay in Dhaka

Inspired by Monday's successful grand rally, the BNP high command has asked party lawmakers to stay in the capital till Friday, prompting speculations that the major opposition party might return to parliament.

Power price to go up again

The Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday sent a proposal to the energy regulator to increase electricity price by Tk 0.41 per unit or 11 percent for bulk users, officials said.

2 to die, 4 get life term

A Dhaka court yesterday handed down death sentences to two persons and life term imprisonment to four others, including a cousin of the home minister, for murdering a private university student in 2008.

Wait and see

The opposition parties should "wait and see" in the matter of a restoration of the caretaker government system, as the next parliament election is far away, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.

Cops impose same 11 conditions

The Awami League-led 14-party alliance has been allowed to stage a rally in the capital today under the same 11 conditions that Dhaka Metropolitan Police imposed on the BNP's March 12 rally.

Lawmakers of 30 nations meet in city today

A three-day conference of parliamentarians from 30 countries most vulnerable to climate change begins in the city today, aiming to craft a collective voice on climate change mitigation strategy and disaster risk reduction.

8 more pvt universities get govt nod

The government approved eight new private universities yesterday.

Bhutto's new idea on power transfer

On this day in 1971, Pakistan People's Party chairman Zulfikar Ali Bhutto added a new twist to the situation. Addressing a public meeting in Karachi, he demanded that power be transferred to the Awami League in East Pakistan and to the PPP in West Pakistan. It was his misplaced view that since his party held the majority in the west, it was entitled to power in the western wing. In other words, he was advocating two governments for the two regions of Pakistan. On the demand that power at the centre be handed over to the Awami League, he stated that such a move could be made only if the AL decided to shelve its Six Point plan. It was clearly a position Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was not willing to adopt.

Man killed by younger brother

The eldest son of film actor ATM Shamsuzzaman was stabbed to death by his youngest brother in the capital's Sutrapur yesterday afternoon.

Stop construction of all structures

The High Court yesterday directed the government to take effective steps immediately to stop construction of all kinds of structures on the Cox's Bazar sea beach till further order.

Dhaka seeks EU support

Bangladesh yesterday sought the support of the European Union (EU) in resolving the long-standing issue of repatriation of Rohingya refugees.

6 petitions of SQ Chy rejected

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday rejected all six petitions submitted by BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

Yemen clashes kill 10

Five al-Qaeda militants were killed in an air strike on their car in Yemen's Bayda province yesterday after deadly unrest there, and with the air force blasting jihadist positions in nearby Abyan, security officials said.

Obama, Cameron united on Afghanistan

President Barack Obama and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron offered a united front yesterday on many global issues, including in Afghanistan, ahead of talks between the two leaders.

Myanmar Karen leader 'jailed for 20 years'

A court in Myanmar yesterday sentenced a leader of the Karen ethnic minority group to two decades in prison for treason, his legal adviser said, in a case that has soured peace efforts.

Editorial

Enough of power-play

In the last few days this newspaper has been highly critical of the manner in which the BNP's 'Dhaka Cholo' programme was handled by the AL. Today we would like to focus on the substance of the speech of the leader of the opposition at the 12 March rally, particularly on her ultimatum to the government. Begum Zia has given three months to the government to announce the restoration of the caretaker system, otherwise she will launch a movement to dislodge it.

Poor healthcare service for children

A survey of Save the Children informs that children aged between 12 and 18 do not receive proper treatment from public hospitals and health complexes. The survey, conducted on 466 children of 64 districts, shows that about 69 per cent of those could barely access healthcare facilities. In addition, many doctors were allegedly found to have been busy with personal talks with colleagues or pharmaceutical representatives while many others were found absent from work. In addition to murky environment, the survey mentions many other minor problems which do not allow the children to get the necessary treatment.

Sports

Twin-ton up India's easy win

Indian batsmen in Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli got homelike conditions to put aside their dismal tour of Australia as they made an emphatic start in the Asia Cup with a 50run victory over Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Kohli the real deal

It was Virat Kohli's 19th century which eventually went on to become his fourth double-century in ODI cricket. Don't be surprised as more accurately it was his tenth ton yesterday though it was for the nineteenth time that the Delhi batsman had added a century-stand for India.

Muktis back on top

A 78th minute strike from Nigerian striker Sunday Chizoba gave 10-man Muktijoddha Sangsad a 1-0 victory over Sheikh Russel KC at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday, taking the Reds back to the top of the Grameenphone Bangladesh League. The early pace-setters were reduced to ten men in the 74th minute, but instead of retrenching, they came out all guns blazing and four minutes later sealed the victory, thanks to Sunday's fifth goal of the league, which took him to the solo lead in the goalscorer's chart.

Nasir upbeat about good show

The Bangladesh cricket team were fully focussed on their second game against India in the Asia Cup to be held on March 16 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Kiwis, Proteas to start anew

Both the Proteas and the Black Caps fancy their chances in the second Test to be played in Hamilton.

U-16 cricket from today

The Standard Chartered Young Tigers Under-16 cricket tournament will begin today in Dhaka.

DRS in SL-Eng Tests

The Decision Review System (DRS) will be used for the upcoming two-Test series between Sri Lanka and England but the Hot Spot technology will not be available, leaving the Snickometer as the only tool to decide decisions on catches.

Nupur suing Sunday Times

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has dismissed a Sunday Times report that it will investigate a 2011 World Cup semifinal for match-fixing while a Bollywood actress said she would sue the newspaper for using what she said was her picture with the story.

Novak beats Kevin again

World number one Novak Djokovic continued his domination over Kevin Anderson, rolling over the South African 6-2, 6-3 in the third round of the ATP-WTA Indian Wells tournament on Monday.

Butt's baby denied visa to Britain

Britain has denied the baby son of Pakistan's jailed former captain Salman Butt a visa, crushing the family's hopes of visiting him behind bars, his father said Tuesday.

Yuvi's chemo almost over

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who is undergoing chemotherapy in Boston for a rare germ cell cancer, is in the last leg of his treatment and is eagerly waiting for it to end in the next four days.

Real bank on C'Ron

Cristiano Ronaldo's red-hot run of form and La Liga leaders Real Madrid's almost perfect home record makes them favourites to see off CSKA Moscow in their Champions League last 16 second leg on Wednesday.

Do or die for Chelsea

Premier League honour will be at stake here Wednesday as Chelsea attempt to overturn a first-leg deficit against Napoli and prevent England's worst Champions League campaign for 16 years.

Arsenal leave it late

Thomas Vermaelen's dramatic added-time winner moved Arsenal to within one point of third-placed Tottenham Hotspur after a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium Monday.

End of the Emperor

Adriano will leave Corinthians by mutual consent, the Brazilian championship club said on Monday, a move that could signal the end of the troubled striker's career.

Teixeira steps down

Ricardo Teixeira, who has been mired in corruption allegations, has resigned both as president of the Brazilian Football Confederation and as head of the country's organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup, the body said Monday.

Kuwait needs urgent cash

The head of the Kuwait Football Federation has warned it may have to suspend the national team due to a lack of funds if it doesn't get a cash infusion from the government.

Pizarro in hot water

Peru striker Claudio Pizarro is being investigated by the German Football Federation (DFB) after television replays showed the Werder Bremen star slap Hanover's Emanuel Pogatetz in the face.

Local Snippets

Beanibazar SC posted their second victory in the Premier Bank Bangladesh Championship League with a single-goal win over Cox's City FC at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Ballack bitter at Loew, Lahm

Ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack has revealed his unresolved grudge towards national coach Joachim Loew and current skipper Philipp Lahm for his treatment at the 2010 World Cup.

Business

87 businesspeople get CIP status

The government yesterday awarded the status of commercially important person to 87 businessmen in recognition of their outstanding performance in export and trade.

DSE suspends broker for swindling Tk 6.5cr

The Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday suspended a stockbroker indefinitely on charges of swindling its clients out of nearly Tk 6.5 crore in shares and cash.

DSE rises as investors park fresh money in stocks

Stocks rose 3.98 percent yesterday, the highest in the last two weeks, as investors used low prices as an opportunity to buy shares.

Cooking oil prices heat up

Millers increased the prices of cooking oil yesterday on a rise in the prices of palm and soybean oils on the international market.

SEC okays rights offer of Central Insurance

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday approved the rights offer of Central Insurance Ltd and the prospectus of an open-end mutual fund -- MTB Unit Fund.

Govt to buy sugar from Brazil to build stock for Ramadan

The government will buy 1 lakh tonnes of sugar from Brazil to meet demand during the holy month of Ramadan, Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said.

ADB vice president due today

Xiaoyu Zhao, vice president (operations 1) of Asian Development Bank, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today for a two-day official visit, according to a statement yesterday.

The debate on new banks revisited

In a recent article published in The Daily Star (Safeguarding citizen's money, published on August 18, 2011), I provided a fairly detailed review of the pros and cons for the licensing of new banks.

A bright spot for investment

Bangladesh has a huge potential for the foreign fund managers as the country's economic growth and performance by listed companies is very good, said Roberto Pusterla, a Swiss fund manager.

Metropolitan

Last respects to journalist Shawkat Jamil

Journalists, politicians and socio-cultural activists yesterday paid their last respects to senior photojournalist of The Daily Star Shawkat Jamil.

Students confine proctor, provost

Female resident students of Rokeya Hall at Rajshahi University held the proctor and the provost in confinement Monday night after some 30 students fell sick, taking unhygienic foods at the dinning hall.

Marathon swimming in Bangla Channel Mar 17

An international marathon swimming, first of its kind in Bangladesh, will be held in 16.1km-long Bangla Channel on March 17, organisers said at a press conference yesterday.

'Implement laws on women's welfare'

Implement the formulated laws regarding women's welfare to establish their rights, said Bangladesh Mahila Parishad General Secretary Maleka Banu urging the government yesterday.

6 exempted from appearing at HC

The High Court yesterday exempted six academics from personal appearance before it in connection with the allegation of distorting the history of the War of Liberation in two Bangladesh Open University (BOU) textbooks.

Charge hearing adjourned

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday adjourned the charge hearing against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah till today as the prosecutor dealing with the case appeared to be unprepared to place his arguments.

11 foreigners on remand

Eleven foreign nationals were placed on a two-day remand yesterday in a case filed against them for possessing fake currencies.

Worker electrocuted

A youth was electrocuted and his co-worker sustained injuries in the city's Mirpur area yesterday.

40 injured in DU-Dhaka College students clash

Around 40 people were injured in a clash between the students of Dhaka University (DU) and Dhaka College last night.

JS body slates ministry over outage

The parliamentary standing committee on the power ministry yesterday sharply criticised the ministry for frequent power outage across the country.

Brickfield fined

The Directorate of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a brickfield Tk 10 lakh for illegally carrying out its activities at Oshtogram village in Kishoreganj on the bank of the river Meghna with a forged environmental clearance certificate.

JMB leader to die

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a leader of banned outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to death for detonating a bomb at Gazipur police superintendent's office in February 2009.

International court's judgment today

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) will deliver its judgment today on the dispute over delimitation of the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal.

Rajuk asked to stop pollution

The Directorate of Environment (DoE) yesterday asked the chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) to send the identities of those responsible for encroachment and pollution of Uttara Lake.

SSKOP expresses resentment

Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP), an organisation of journalists, employees and workers of newspaper industry, expressed resentment and condemnation as circular of the gazette notification of formation of the Eighth Wage Board was yet to be published.

India gets names of six Bangabandhu killers

India has received a list of six killers of Bangladesh's independence architect

Policy on exam results demanded

Students of fine arts faculty of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday barricaded the faculty gate to press home a set of demands including publishing the final examination results without delay and formation of a policy in this regard.

Speaker rejects 76 notices of BNP lawmakers

Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday rejected all 76 notices submitted by several BNP lawmakers demanding discussion in parliament on various issues including deterioration in law and order, share market crash, price hike of essentials and border killings.

2 die in road crashes

Two people were killed and five others injured in two road accidents in Rangpur and Gaibandha on Monday and yesterday.

Businessman shot dead in Khulna

An unidentified man shot dead a well known businessman in Khulna city Monday night.

Superstores, shop fined, stolen diesel seized in Ctg

Two superstores and a diesel shop were fined and 90 liters of stolen diesel was seized in separate drives in the port city on Monday.

4 expelled from WPB

Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) yesterday expelled its four leaders for violation of the party's disciplines.

17 shops gutted in Ctg

Seventeen shops and six residential houses were gutted in a fire at Steel Mill Bazar in the port city yesterday.

Bangladeshi duo win UNEP award

A Bangladeshi climate scientist and a journalist have won top honours at an UN-sponsored international competition for their work in highlighting the impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities.

Mugger lynched in Keraniganj

An angry mob beat an alleged mugger to death and left four others injured when they were trying to flee after snatching Tk 20 lakh from a man and his mother yesterday in Keraniganj on the outskirts of the city.

Man 'kills himself' in city

A retired official of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) allegedly took his life by hanging himself at his residence in the city's Moghbazar yesterday.

Worker dies in rooftop fall

A construction worker died after falling from a three-storey under-construction building at Tikapara in the city.

Newspaper for practice launched

Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) department of Rajshahi University has launched its first monthly newspaper, 'Anudhayan' to give practical lessons to its students.

Cuetta three-day programme

Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology Teachers' Association (Cuetta) yesterday announced action programmes spreading over three days demanding appointment of a vice chancellor (VC).

SI suspended for abusing female cop

A Detective Branch (DB) sub-inspector (SI) of the district police was suspended on Monday night on charge of abusing a female constable.

275 Yaba tablets seized in Ctg

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 275 pieces of Yaba tablet from Dalo village in Satkania upazila of Chittagong on Monday and arrested two persons in this connection.

Foreign liquor, cannabis seized

Police seized huge contraband foreign liquor, cannabis and arrested two people in separate drives in the port city early Monday and yesterday.

National

Imported fertiliser at mercy of C&F men

Around 50,000 tonnes of fertiliser imported by Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) and Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) have been lying in open space as clearing and forwarding (C & F) agents have stopped its transportation due to unusual rise in carrying costs.

Govt mills cannot pay farmers' dues as sugar unsold

Around 8,873 tonnes of sugar worth about Tk 48.80 crore produced by government-run Thakurgaon and Panchagarh sugar mills has remained unsold as their selling price is higher than that of private sugar factories and refineries.

Coastguards open fire at fishermen as they try to take away seized nets

Coastguards shot at fishermen as they tried to resist seizure of current nets in Ludhua canal in Kamalnagar upazila on Monday, leaving 12 people bullet injured.

Farming crops along river banks gaining popularity

Cultivation of boro paddy, maize, nut and summer vegetables along river banks is gaining popularity among the farmers of three upazilas in the district.

Lawmaker sues three journalists

A court on Monday summoned three journalists following filing of two defamation cases.

Two boys killed in Pabna, Dinajpur

Two boys were murdered by criminals in Pabna and Dinajpur districts on Monday.

Extortionists kill brick kiln owner for toll

Criminals murdered an Awami League (AL) leader at Dehati village in Jibonnagar upazila in Chuadanga district on Monday night.

Kuet recalls Katka tragedy

Students, teachers, officials and employees of Khulna University yesterday observed eighth 'Katka tragedy day' through different programmes.

Tragic death or murder?

A teenage girl met tragic death as her 'boyfriend' allegedly pushed her down from the top of a hill at Madhabkunda tourist spot in Baralekha upazila under the district on Monday evening.

Forest fire

Fire burnt about four acres of the Lawachhara reserve forest at Bagmara on Monday evening.

Gecko poachers jailed

A mobile court here on Monday sentenced two poachers to six months' imprisonment for smuggling gecko, a kind of reptile locally known as 'takkhok'. The court also fined each convict Tk 1000. They are Abul Kalam, 30, son of Abdul Aziz of Lakkhipur area in Chauddagram upazila of Comilla and Mohammad Balal Uddin, 25, son of late Nurul Haque of the district. Mostafizur Rahman, officer in-charge of Khagrachhari Sadar Police Station said, on secret information, they raided Arambagh area in the district town and arrested the poachers along with a caged gecko.

Statue recovered

Police recovered a precious statue of Hindu god Visnu from Hossain Fakirer Bari at Jahapur village in Babuganj upazila yesterday afternoon and arrested two people in this connection. On secret information, an eight-member team of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, led by assistant commissioner Abu Saleh Ahmed, raided the area and arrested Humayan Fakir and his accomplice Nanna Howladar along with the statue weighing 122 kilogram.

Three shops gutted

Three shops were gutted in a fire at Patkelghata Bazar in Tala upazila on Monday night. Locals said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at a grocery shop at the bazar at around 11:00pm and soon spread to one medicine shop and a stationery shop. On information, a fire fighting unit from Satkhira rushed in and doused the blaze after one hour of frantic efforts. One of the affected shop owners, Dilip Ghosh, claimed that the loss caused by the fire could go up to Tk 50 lakh.

Roadblock in Khagrachhari

The blockade programme on Khagrachhari-Panchhari road enforced by Panchhari upazila unit of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) yesterday passed off peacefully. The day-long road blockade was announced protesting 'falsely implicating' the name of Supan Chakma Sagor, general secretary of the upazila unit of PCJSS, in the case filed for burning a rice laden truck on Friday. All kinds of vehicular movement on Khagrachhari-Panchhari road remained suspended during the blockade, much to the sufferings of the passengers. Demanding the withdrawal of Sagor's name from the case within seven days, Vice-president of Panchhari upazila unit of PCJSS Ayotan Chakma said they will opt for greater movement if the demand is not met.

Farmer hacked to death

A farmer was hacked to death by his rivals over a disputed land at Bonga Tari village in Gorol union under Kaliganj upazila yesterday morning. The victim is Gunodhar Chandra Roy, 35, son of Raj Narayan of the village. Victim's father filed a case with Kaliganj police station accusing 15 people including Mahmudul Islam alias Maidul, chairman of Gorol union. Raj Narayan owns a 10 decimal land at the village. As the father and the son were working at their land, Kanok Chandra Roy, a supporter of the UP chairman, along with some village policemen swooped on Raj Narayan and Gunodhar and hacked the victim on Saturday. He was rushed to Rangpur Medical College Hospital in critical condition where he died, said locals.

Two held with arms

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two young men along with a 9mm pistol and three bullets at Ramchandrapur village in Sadar upazila early yesterday. The arrestees are Shimul Hossain, 32, son of Shahadat Mondal of the village and Toukir Ahmed Jony, 30, son of Moznu Pramanik of Shibrampur village. Tanvir Anwar, commander of Rab-12, said acting on a tip-off, they raided the residence of one Abdul Mannan at about 3:00am and arrested the duo along with the arms and ammunition.

Letters

Plight of job seekers from pvt. varsities

A number of graduates from both public and private universities are being produced every year. Their ultimate hope is to secure a reliable job. But it is a predicament for most of the private university graduates that they have to face a bleak and discriminated recruitment circular by the department of Human Resource Management (HRM) of many private companies, banks and academic institutions. Whether a candidate is qualified or not can be determined after her/his going through a competitive written test and viva-voce. But it is very illogical and unlawful to deter the private university graduates from appearing in the recruitment tests by mentioning only a few universities eligible in the circular recruitment we are observing in the daily newspapers and websites. Such kind of open discriminatory circulars discourage and frustrate the university graduates from achieving academic excellence. To ensure the quality of education is the collaborative duty of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the university authorities. It will be an injustice to make most of the private university graduates victims of Private University Act 1992. So the UGC and the respective university authority concerned should come forward to resist the HRM policy of many companies who are openly discriminating, rejecting and consistently barring the private university graduates from appearing in the recruitment tests.

Appalling disparity

That day I went to Dhaka by train. The living condition of the people living in the slums set up all along the rail lines stretching from airport to Kamalapur station appalled me when I compared it with that of those living in those flats, condos and luxury dwellings quarters mushrooming in the city. Some rich people have got bathroom fittings worth taka one lakh, while the slum dwellers hardly have space to lie on let alone lavatory. Who is there to mitigate this discrimination? We must all sacrifice some of our luxury for the welfare of those ill-fated people otherwise we will remain mean in the eye of the civilized people of the world and Allah will definitely punish us for our sin of miserliness and selfishness.

Undisciplined transport operators

We are passing very hard time now-a-days. People are busy about their own interest rather than the interest of their neighbours. Sometimes, we do not even think of the other members of our family. Such practice is common among the helpers of town service buses and other vehicles as they drop passengers in the middle of the busy streets violating rules and regulations. It is a serious matter causing accidents which can be seen from the newspapers' headlines. Local services are always in competition resorting to pushing and pulling to win the race to get more passengers. The government should take stern steps to check the undisciplined transport sector to save the lives of people.

President must not involve himself in controversy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and many other ministers seem to have become blind with power and are failing to distinguish right from wrong and making comments which are totally unacceptable to the people. Border tension, share market, Padma bridge, Sagar-Runi murder and on many other issues, their response is most unusual.

Burden of tests and costly drugs on poor patients

Bangladesh is a densely populated country. Majority people belong to the low income group. More than 30 percent of the population are ultra-poor, while more than 60 percent of them live on the poverty line. Access to modern medical facilities is merely a dream for them. But most of the doctors advise a lot of tests and of prescribe costly medicines.

Nakhalpara, a neglected area needs DCC's urgent attention

Nakhalpara is situated at the heart of Dhaka City's Tejgaon area near the office of the Prime Minister. But the area remained ignored and neglected by Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) for long. Many real estate companies have built hundreds of apartments in this area. The roads and lanes of this area are very narrow and both sides of the roads are occupied by the grabbers.

Salute to Akram Khan

First of all, I would like to salute Akram Khan, former captain and chief selector of Bangladesh Cricket Team for his bold decision to resign from his duty of the chief selector. He once again proved his personality by protesting against the misconduct of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). We need to remember that Akram Khan is a former national captain and understands better cricket than the Honourable (!) BCB Chairman and the Technical Committee.

Mashrafee does it again!

It is regrettable that Bangladesh lost the opening match of the Asia Cup against Pakistan from a winning position entirely due to the poor performance of Mashrafee. This is not the first time he has done this. He did the same thing against Zimbabwe where due to his mistakes Bangladesh lost the entire series and not just that particular match.

Price of gas and its wastage

The Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr. Tawfiq e Elahi Chowdhury announced the other day that the domestic users are wasting gas as they get it cheap. He also declared that the price of gas is going to be increased to stop wastages. Reportedly, the price is going to be fixed at taka 1000 per month for a double-burner cooker in place of taka 450 per month.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's commentary titled “Awami League's moral defeat” by the editor, The Daily Star.

International

Assad calls Syria polls on May 7

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad yesterday announced parliamentary elections for May 7, even as monitors said violence raged in flashpoint provinces and rebel fighters killed 22 regime troops in ambushes.

Taliban vows retaliation

Attack on Afghan officials killed at least one yesterday while Taliban wowed revenge over the killing of 16 villagers by a rogue US soldier underlining anger at the massacre.

India seeks to avoid mistrust with Lanka

With Tamil Nadu MPs insisting that India make its stand clear on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka in UNHRC, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said efforts are on to achieve a “forward-looking” outcome which would avoid “deepening confrontation and mistrust.”

Israel, Gaza militants agree on 'fragile' truce

Israel and militants in Gaza began observing an Egyptian-brokered truce yesterday after four days of violence, which officials on both sides warned could flare up again.

US, allies bring China at WTO

The US, Japan and the European Union have filed a case against China at the World Trade Organization, challenging its restrictions on rare earth exports.

Tight race in Mississippi, Alabama

Voters in Alabama and Mississippi were casting ballots yesterday in tight three-way race Republican hopefuls seeking the nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in November.

Jolie calls for warlord's arrest

Angelina Jolie has joined those calling for the arrest of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, following a controversial viral web video that has now been viewed by more than 70 million people.

Sarkozy had Gaddafi's funding

Nicolas Sarkozy received up to £42million from Colonel Gaddafi to fund his election as French president, a report on Monday revealed.

Rebekah Brooks re-arrested

British police investigating tabloid phone hacking have re-arrested Rebekah Brooks, ex-editor of the News of the World and one-time top aide to media mogul Rupert Murdoch, it was reported yesterday.

Mosque arson attack triggers outrage in Belgium

Belgium's Muslim community was in shock yesterday after a man set fire to a Shia mosque in Brussels, leaving the imam dead in an act some linked to tensions between Shia and Sunnis.

Half of Brits think Everest is in UK!

British geography teachers may wish to look away now. Half of the British adults think that Everest - in the Himalayas is the UK's tallest mountain, according to new research.

US drone strikes kill 15 in Pakistan

US drone aircraft struck twice in Pakistan's unruly tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan yesterday, killing 15 suspected militants, including two senior commanders of the Pakistani Taliban, security and intelligence officials said.

The secret of controlling your anger

People who find themselves on the verge of yelling at queue-jumpers or crafty colleagues could be helped by a simple - if slightly odd - exercise.

Le Pen to run in French polls

French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has secured the backing of enough local government officials to run in the two-round presidential election, party sources said on Monday.

UN troops jailed in Haiti for rape

Two United Nations peacekeepers from Pakistan have been sentenced to a year in prison and sacked from the army for raping a 14-year-old boy in Haiti.

Man sentenced 6,060 years in jail

A court in Guatemala yesterday sentenced a former soldier to 6,060 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 201 people during the civil war.

Arts & Entertainment

Death anniversary of poet Jasimuddin today

Today marks the 36th death anniversary of poet Jasimuddin.

The myth that lives on

A few miles off Jhenidah, at Barobazar, lies the shrine of legendary Gazi, Kalu and Champaboti, who according to popular myth, lived in the region about 700 years ago.

Spelling Bee on Channel i tonight

You can now be a TV star just by spelling words, because the country's first TV reality show on English spelling, “The Daily Star Spelling Bee Powered by Horlicks” has kicked off. “Spelling Bee” is an internationally followed format for spelling English words. Students from different classes and mediums took part in the competition. To boost students' confidence, the country's first educational web portal champs21.com has organised “Spelling Bee Bangladesh”.

The struggle of women

Nakshikantha, a local NGO, organised a discussion and unveiled a book titled “Shato Narir jibon Sangram”, edited by journalist Ranajit Barmon, on Friday last in observance of International Women's Day. The venue was the office premises of Nakshikantha at Shyamnagar.

Painters with promise

Bengal Art Lounge in Gulshan organised a duet art exhibition titled “Title Untitled”, featuring the works of promising painters Mustafa Jamil Akbar Shamim and M.M. Maizuddin.

Evergreen songs of the 60s

An audio CD titled “Evergreen 60s” was launched at Astras Building of Square Hospital in the capital on March 11. Professor M. Khalil Ur Rahman recorded 11 popular tracks (six in Bengali and five in Hindi) of the '60s (an eventful period in the subcontinent's music history) in the album. Dr. Jagodananda Roy, an anesthesiologist who works with Professor Khalil Ur Rahman in the Cardiology Department of Square Hospital, directed music for the album.

Art experts find 'possible' Leonardo Da Vinci fresco

Researchers in Italy say they may have found traces of a Leonardo Da Vinci work hidden under a Florentine fresco.

Chandalika grips port city

Music lovers in the port city thoroughly enjoyed Tagore's dance drama “Chandalika”, which was staged by Kalamandalam, a renowned cultural institution from India, on Sunday evening at Muslim Hall.

OP-ED

Has the AL lost its way?

The much 'dreaded' March 12 has passed rather peacefully. The inhabitants of the besieged capital city have heaved a sigh of relief, since the continuous propaganda campaign that the ruling Awami League (AL) leaders had been carrying out over the previous weeks, that something terrible might happen on that day, did not take place after all.

Clothe your women with kindness

Hurrah! For Pakistan has finally criminalised domestic violence against women and children. Offenders will face a minimum of six months behind bars and Rs.100,000 ($1,100) in fines.

Macroeconomic stability for economic growth and employment

In recent weeks and months, the issue of macroeconomic stability has received a good deal of attention in Bangladesh. The concern appears to have arisen from a number of relatively recent developments in the economy that include: (i) persistence of high inflation, (ii) excessive government borrowing from the banking system, (iii) depreciation of the domestic currency, (iv) decline in foreign exchange reserve, and the (v) continued ill health of the country's stock market.

Democracy brutalised

One does not have to be a political analyst to understand that the AL-led ruling alliance did everything that could possibly be done to strangle the opposition's fundamental political rights to hold the March 12 rally. But one surely has to go deeper to comprehend first the undemocratic manner in which all these were done and secondly the goals that the ruling alliance sought to realize through these means.

Never mind leap day, in Asia we have a leap month

Happy Friday," I said to a reader on (you guessed it) Friday last week. Normally, I would consider this one of my less controversial statements. But he thought otherwise, narrowing his eyes. "Yes," he said. "Only it's really Saturday, right?"

This Day In History

March 14

44 BC
Casca, Cicero and Cassius decided, in the night before the Assassination of Julius Caesar, that Mark Antony should stay alive.


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