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News of: Monday, 26th of March, 2012

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Sand traders, not mob, killed them

The six students were already dead when the villagers found them.

Violent clash in Ishwardi EPZ

Over a hundred people were injured as police and garment workers fought for around five hours at Ishwardi Export Processing Zone in Pabna yesterday.

No fixed tariff

Bangladesh will follow a formula for adjusting tariff from time to time for power import from India, instead of fixing a permanent rate.

Cotton balling crisis

The recent ban on cotton export by India has sent a shockwave down the textile industry in Bangladesh, which mostly depends on Indian cotton to run its spinning factories. But more important, this has created the need to rethink a strategy to secure its supply from India, the major sourcing country for Bangladesh.

DoE sues 3 KEPZ officials

The Department of Environment (DoE) filed a case against three officials of Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) Saturday night for razing hills to develop industrial plots in Anwara upazila of the district.

Crimson dawn of freedom

A few minutes past midnight on March 26, 1971, Bangabandhu declared Bangladesh's independence. The message of freedom came even as Dhaka burned. Units of the Pakistan army had already fanned out in various directions, putting everything --- people, buildings, homes, monuments --- to the gun and the torch. A column of soldiers was on its way to arrest the Bangalee leader.

Knowing Ctg anew

Schoolchildren of Chittagong have passed through the Andarkilla area many times before. But they never realised that some if its dusty, old structures held in them a rich history.

Angry protests after road crash kills 1

Aggrieved students of BGC Trust University Bangladesh blocked the Oxygen-Bayezid road in the port city for four hours yesterday following the killing of a fellow student in a hit-and-run accident right outside the campus.

BNP calls off March 29 hartal

The BNP last night withdrew the hartal on March 29 it had called earlier, but will hold demonstrations across the country on the day.

Second war tribunal hears maiden petition

The second International Crimes Tribunal, formed last week to speed up the trials of war crimes, formally started operations yesterday with the hearing on a petition to arrest former Islami Chhatra Sangha leader Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

Govt to appoint 15 lawyers to defend fugitives

The government has decided to appoint 15 state lawyers to defend BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and 14 other fugitives in their absence in connection with the August 21 grenade attack cases.

BNP may defer March 29 hartal

BNP and its allies may defer the dawn-to-dusk hartal scheduled for March 29 due to a religious festival of the Hindu community, the party leaders said.

Their memories still burn bright

The foreign guests now in Dhaka to receive state honours for their or their family members' contributions to the cause of Bangladesh's liberation 41 years ago had a busy day yesterday. In the morning, they went on a river cruise on the Buriganga and visited Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi. They spent the latter half of the day at the Liberation War Museum at Segunbagicha and Shikha Chironton at Suhrawardy Udyan.

PM distributes Independence Award 2012

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the trial of the war criminals would be completed on the soil of Bangladesh to free the nation from disgrace.

Annan mission last chance for Syria

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday warned that Kofi Annan represented the last chance for avoiding a civil war in Syria and offered the UN-Arab League envoy Moscow's full support.

'KL okays investment proposal'

The Malaysian high commissioner in Dhaka yesterday officially said that their cabinet has approved the Padma bridge investment proposal.

Youth killed in 'shootout'

A 25-year-old unidentified youth was killed in police firing in the city's Mirpur Zoo area last night, locals alleged.

Our nuclear assets are well guarded: Pakistan

Pakistan yesterday sought to allay apprehensions over the security of its nuclear assets saying they had the "best facilities" which were "well guarded".

Blast kills ten in Afghanistan

Eight Afghan security personnel and a foreign soldier were among 10 people killed in a Taliban-style roadside bombing in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said yesterday.

Sudan's Bashir to attend Arab summit in Baghdad

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, will attend this week's Arab summit in Baghdad, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's office said.

'Qaeda' gunmen kill Yemeni officer

Suspected al-Qaeda gunmen have killed an army officer and wounded two soldiers in an ambush in southern Yemen, a military official said yesterday.

Editorial

March 26

March 26 was the commencement of a nine-month long arduous resistance against a rapacious military that wanted to suppress the rights of the Bengalis by force. Never before in the annals of human history perhaps has there been such a diabolical attempt to deny the political rights of the majority by the minority, and never before has the majority been forced to the fight to reclaim their rights. And that led to what we saw so proudly emerge as an independent country not only as the symbol but also an affirmation of the political rights of the people of Bangladesh.

A plea for Limon

An entire year has passed since Limon, a young HSC student from Jhalakathi, was left crippled after being shot by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel for being a cohort of a criminal. So far no evidence has been provided to prove such an allegation. Instead, two false cases have been filed against him, one under the Arms Act and another for 'preventing law enforcers from discharging their duties'. Meanwhile Limon has had to bear the agony of losing a leg just two weeks before his HSC examinations and then appearing in court for these cases against him. Not only has his family had to bear the burden of the costs associated with his defense in court, Limon, who would have been the bread earner of the family, has had all his dreams shattered.

Sports

Losses for top two

Mohammedan Sporting Club and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club kept the top two of the Dhaka Premier Super League honest by beating them yesterday.

An uncalled for protest

The joy derived from Bangladesh's epic encounter in the final of the Asia Cup was tempered somewhat by the announcement, yesterday, that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appealed to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) regarding taking necessary action in relation to the incident involving Pakistani fast bowler Aizaz Cheema and Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah Riyad.

Cricket before Liberation

Deep within the archives of cricket lies a season that has a lot of significance for Bangladesh. For any other country that has played the game, 1970-71 was nothing significant (except for the first-ever one-day international played in Australia), but it was a time that had the blood boiling for millions in this land, then known as East Pakistan.

MSC in final

Mohammedan SC roared into the final of the Independence Day Hockey Tournament by thrashing Bangladesh Air Force 7-2 in the first semifinal at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday. Skipper Russel Mahmud Jimmy and Jahid Bin Talib scored two goals apiece for Mohammedan. Ajit Kumar, Mamunur Rahman and Golam Mostafa scored the others. Saddam Hosain scored for Air Force.

PCB unhappy over BCB's intention

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday expressed disappointment with Bangladesh for considering appealing an incident in the last over of the Asia Cup final which they believe cost them the match.

Tamim for Pune?

Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal has been linked to the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Pune Warriors for the upcoming fifth season of the IPL beginning on April 4.

Retirement? No.

Sachin Tendulkar said Sunday he was focused on helping India fight their way back to the top of cricket rather than on personal records after recently achieving his 100th international century.

Alviro, JP hit tons

Centuries from Alviro Petersen and JP Duminy gave South Africa an iron grip on the weather-affected third Test against New Zealand on Sunday in Wellington.

Eng have a point to prove

England captain Andrew Strauss on Sunday urged his world number one Test side to bounce back against Sri Lanka after the morale-sapping loss to Pakistan.

BFF elections likely to be deferred

The election of the Bangladesh Football Federation is likely to be deferred by a few months as the executive committee yesterday failed to settle the issue regarding candidature of upcoming polls.

Dav finds Pakistan ok

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore Sunday expressed satisfaction over his team's performance during their winning Asia Cup campaign, saying it would have been the icing on the cake to beat arch-rivals India.

Squad named for AHF Cup

Bangladesh Hockey Federation picked 16 players for the upcoming AHF Cup Hockey Competition which gets underway in Bangkok on April 16. Mohammedan striker Russel Mahmud Jimmy was retained as captain while Mamunur Rahman Chayan was made his deputy. The travelling team includes six officials including the coach Mahbub Harun. Four palyers have been kept in the stand-by list.

Young Tigers Cricket

Rajshahi and Barisal won the two-day matches of the Young Tigers U-16 Cricket Tournament in Rangpur yesterday.

Malaysian GP Alonso's

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso claimed his first victory in eight months in thrilling style at the rain-interrupted Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Zlatan makes Rome bleed

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice to earn AC Milan a 2-1 win over Roma on Saturday and send the rossoneri seven points clear at the top of Serie A.

City's title hopes dented further

Manchester City's Premier League title hopes suffered a setback with a 1-1 draw at Stoke on Saturday as Bolton paid tribute to stricken star Fabrice Muamba with a morale-boosting win over Blackburn.

Madrid edge 6 pts ahead

Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 5-1 on Saturday to restore their six-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Bayern trim the lead

Bayern Munich trimmed Borussia Dortmund's lead at the top of the German league to two points on Saturday as the Bavarians enjoyed a 2-1 home win over Hanover.

Stunning Crouch

Stoke star Peter Crouch has not given up hope of winning an England recall for Euro 2012.

Local Snippets

Bangladesh Police defeated Bangladesh Prisons by 28-25 points in their match of the Independence and National Day Kabaddi Tournament at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday. There are two matches to be played tomorrow, as BGB will take on Bangladesh Police and Bangladesh Army to play against Bangladesh Prisons.

Dhoni's long locks back?

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will soon have his long locks back.

Business

Jute exports thrive on new markets

A recently-created demand for jute sacks in Thailand has come as a boon for the jute industry in Bangladesh, raising hopes for a recovery in exports that fell 13 percent during July-February of the current fiscal year.

Govt to lease out lands to private firms

The government will allow private entrepreneurs to build 257 industrial units on lands owned but unused by state companies.

Stocks curve up fast

Stocks gained yesterday with the highest turnover since January 4, as investors went for heavy buying of shares and mutual fund units.

ICB to waive interest for 10,000 investors

Around 10,000 retail investors will get an interest waiver on their margin loans that they took from the Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) during fiscal 2010-11 for share purchase.

Energy conservation law a must for an efficient sector: experts

Bangladesh must pass an energy conservation act to ensure energy efficiency to turnaround the country's bleak energy scenario, said an expert yesterday.

Reforms plant seeds of hope for Myanmar farmers

Recent reforms in Myanmar have planted a seed of hope that the country can turn back the clock on five decades of military rule and isolationism to once more become the rice bowl of Asia.

Bangladesh seeks greater Indian investment

Bangladesh seeks greater Indian investment in prospective areas, including power and infrastructure, to strengthen trade relations between the neighbours.

Nissan looks to profit on retro Datsun brand

Three decades after sidelining Datsun, Japan's Nissan is dusting off the brand to tap emerging markets, a move sure to stir up nostalgia among fans of the low-cost, fuel-efficient cars.

Money-mad Singapore aims to become non-profit hub

Singapore has long courted international banks and companies in its drive to become a financial hub. But it is also wooing a very different sector: non-profit groups including campaign charities.

IDLC's dreams of growth

IDLC Finance aspires to be the best financial brand in Bangladesh with innovations, talents, diversified products and services, says its managing director, Selim RF Hussain.

Businesses back Odommo Chattagram

Businesspeople in Chittagong have extended their full support to The Daily Star in organising the Odommo Chattagram (Indomitable Chittagong) festival between March 30 and April 10.

Losing its magic

India is a land of large numbers: a place of over a billion people, a million mutinies and a thousand different tongues. But it is not too much of a stretch to say that since independence in 1947 there have only been two kinds of Indian economy.

Metropolitan

Call to observe March 25 as Int'l Genocide Day

Lighting torches at Central Shaheed Minar at around 10:30pm last night, Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee demanded observing March 25 as “International Genocide Day”.

Shamsher's martyrdom yet to get recognition

Independence Day today remains as meaningless as it has been for the last 40 years for the family of martyred freedom fighter Shamsher Ali, who is yet to be recognised.

NSU refutes media allegations

The North South University (NSU) authorities yesterday refuted allegations brought against the university and its management by a section of print media.

Hearing on Ghulam Azam's discharge petition adjourned

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday adjourned the hearing of former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Ghulam Azam's discharge petition till tomorrow.

One to die for killing schoolboy

One person was sentenced to death yesterday for killing a schoolboy in January last year.

Cops assault 2 Sust students in Sylhet

Two police constables were temporarily suspended for assaulting two students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) over a trivial matter in Sylhet city yesterday.

Road crashes kill four

Four people were killed in separate road accidents in Natore, Dinajpur and Jessore early Saturday and yesterday.

Events on Independence Day

Different government, non-government, socio-cultural and political organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes in the capital as well as across the country marking the 41st Independence and National Day to be observed today.

Digitisation opens ways to improve livelihood

Communication experts have said the digitisation of public services, replacing the yesteryear systems, have opened up new opportunities to improve the livelihood of people.

PM's claim untrue

The prime minister's claim, made in a rally at Sylhet Government Alia Madrasa on Saturday, that major development projects carried out in Sylhet were the Awami League-led government's achievements was untrue, said Sylhet BNP leaders yesterday.

People got direction from Zia in 1971

BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said it's an obvious truth that late president Ziaur Rahman had declared the country's independence, and those who had failed to do that don't want to admit it.

RMG workers block road in Ctg

Angry readymade garment (RMG) workers vandalised vehicles and put up barricades on the road for around half-an-hour in C&B area in the port city yesterday morning following a brawl with some bus workers.

Youth kills brother

A youth allegedly stabbed his younger brother to death at their residence at Pallabi in the city yesterday morning.

ETV chairman, MD get bail

The chairman and managing director of Ekushey Television (ETV) were granted bail in a case filed against them for not submitting their tax returns within a stipulated time.

Tauqir, Bipasha file compensation suit

Actor Tauqir Ahmed and his wife Sharmin Hayat Bipasha yesterday filed a Tk 50 crore compensation suit against his sister Tanzin Haider, an expatriate living in Sweden, and her husband Syed Ali Haider.

New Jica team arrives

An eleven-member team of volunteers of Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) arrived here for a period of two years of assignment to work in various development programmes in Bangladesh.

Popularity of Jamaat on rise for ICT role

Leaders of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, the party which opposed Bangladesh's independence struggle in 1971, yesterday claimed that the party's popularity is increasing due to the role of the war crimes tribunal.

DU teacher dismisses marriage claim of doctor

Dhaka University teacher Dr Nuruddin Alo yesterday dismissed the allegations Dr Nur Nahar made on Saturday that they were married and he was torturing her for Tk 5 lakh as dowry.

Case of SQ Chy's son dismissed

A Dhaka court yesterday dismissed a case accusing a jailer and a deputy jailer of Kashimpur Central Jail-2 of demanding Tk 3 lakh from the family of detained BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

3 eateries, one pharmacy fined

A mobile court fined owners of three Chittagong eateries and a pharmacy around Tk 1 lakh yesterday for serving food in unhygienic environments and selling date-expired medicine.

Barkat memorial museum at DU

Dhaka University authorities yesterday opened Language Movement Hero Abul Barkat memorial museum and archive for visitors.

‘Appoint Cuet VC’

Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology Teachers' Association (Cuetta) has again demanded immediate appointment of a vice-chancellor (VC) for the university.

Token war crimes tribunal held

Eight law department students of Dhaka University acted out a token tribunal, on the trial of people who committed crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War, in the city's Liberation War Museum yesterday.

NU degree admission begins Apr 10

Admission in the three-year degree pass course of 2011-2012 session in National University (NU) will begin from April 10, says a press release.

Teachers lay siege to JU VC's office

A group of agitating teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday laid siege to vice-chancellor's (VC) office demanding his resignation, as he did not meet their demands.

DU MBA admission test March 29

Admission test for the evening MBA programme under the Faculty of Business Studies of Dhaka University will be held on April 6, says a press release.

US mission closed today

The American Embassy, including the Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K Blood American Center Library and the Student Advising Center, will remain closed today on the occasion of Independence Day, a Bangladeshi national holiday, says a press release.

Obituary

Md Abdul Malek, principal officer of Bangladesh Krishi Bank Netrakona regional office, passed away on 20 March at the age of 54.

Rawshan Jahan Hossain

Rawshan Jahan Hossain, wife of former deputy inspector general of police M Afzal Hossain, passed away at a city hospital yesterday at the age of 76, says a press release.

Rabeya Begum

Rabeya Begum, founding director of Asian Group, died of cancer at a city hospital yesterday at the age of 80, says a press release.

Death anniversary

Today is the sixth death anniversary of Khondker Abdus Sami, a former joint secretary.

Mozaffar Hossain Khan

Today is the second death anniversary of Mozaffar Hossain Khan, former chief engineer of public works department, says a press release.

Afsar Uddin Sheikh

Today is the ninth death anniversary of Afsar Uddin Sheikh, says a press release.

National

Woes of an FF in Lalmonirhat

Sultan Mia, who joined war to free his motherland from Pakistan occupation army in 1971, is now struggling to manage a morsel of food for his family.

Poor Patuakhali FFs finally to get agri land allotment

The district administration has taken initiative to allocate agricultural land to 13 insolvent freedom fighters, who along with six others (now deceased) earlier got virtually useless allotment papers of khas land at Char Samad in Dashmina upazila under the district 11 years ago.

A different day for 600 kids of two schools

English language fairs under English in Schools, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi, were held at four schools in Jamalpur and Pabna districts yesterday.

Lalmonirhat killing grounds about to be obliterated

At least 12 killing grounds (bodhyabhumi), where hundreds of Bangalees were massacred by the Pakistan occupation forces during the War of Liberation in 1971, are about to be obliterated due to neglect by the authorities.

BNP leader murdered

A BNP leader was brutally murdered in Shariatpur district early yesterday while two Jubo Dal men were stabbed in Jhenidah district on the previous day.

Jailed twice for stalking same girl

A mobile court sentenced a man to jail for three months on Saturday evening for stalking a schoolgirl.

GP employee shot, robbed of Tk 3 lakh

A Grameenphone employee was shot and robbed of Tk 3 lakh in Jessore town on Saturday night.

People agitate as health complex unfinished

People of Basail uapzila agitated in the upazila town yesterday demanding immediate completion of the development work of the upazila health complex.

Four bullet-hit as Galachipa mayor opens fire on farmers

At least four female farmers were bullet injured during a clash over a fish enclosure in Char Bestin under newly formed Rangabali upazila as Abdul Ohab Khalifa, owner of the enclosure, opened fire on the agitated local people at about 6.30pm yesterday.

Order to file case against cops stayed

The District and Sessions Judge's Court yesterday stayed the lower court order to file a case against two police officers who provided 'baseless' information to the court.

Removal of UNO demanded

Several hundred people in Sundarganj upazila brought out a procession and formed a human chain yesterday demanding removal of UNO for his alleged irregularities carried out in the name of mobile court. Organisd by an Awami League led alliance, the protesters threatened to call tougher programmes like hartal if the demand was not met within seven days. The speakers said upazila nirbahi officer Delwer Hossain often harassed local traders in the name of mobile court and demanded toll from them. Regarding the issue, Delwar said they brought the charges against him after a case was filed against upazila AL unit president on charge of assaulting Abdur Rashid, peon of the UNO office on Thursday.

Fire at Northern University

Three people received serious burn injuries in a fire that broke out at Northern University yesterday noon. The injured are Raju, security guards Khokon, and Habib. The fire followed explosion of a generator at the ground floor of the nine-storied building of the university at about 12:40pm and soon flared up to first, second and third floors. On information, six fire fighting units rushed in and doused the flame at about 1:10pm, said Khulna city fire station officer Md Masud Sarder. The incident occurred when the classes were going on, said Prof Anowarul Karim, coordinator of the campus.

3 fishermen die in Meghna

Three fishermen died while five others were injured as a fishing trawler capsized in the Meghna river at Charktoria in Kamalnagar upazila yesterday. The deceased were identified as Arif, Sumon and Harun, residents of Charfalkan village of the upazila. Sources said the trawler sank in the river after being hit by a cargo, leaving the trio dead and five others injured early in the morning. The injured fishermen were admitted to Kamalnagar Hospital.

Letters

Volatile political environment

This response was to an article in the pages of a local English daily on March18th, on the subject. Our two major political parties are usually very adept in organising and carrying out disruptive activities. Doing things constructively is unfortunately beyond their ken.

Tigers have won our heart

Though our team has failed to win the match, yet I salute them for what they have achieved in this tournament. It seems the Tigers have united and played their role properly. At least, I can say now that Bangladesh is not a team of 'one man army,' they are now a team of commandos! How Tamim Iqbal played was really exceptional. He has managed to score four 50s consecutively. Shakib Al Hasan is the 'heart' of Bangladesh cricket team. Undoubtedly, he has won our heart once again by his extraordinary performance throughout the tournament.

Permit import of one-day chick to protect consumers

Believe it or not, in the retail market of Dhaka, one egg is selling for Tk.10. It is unprecedented in the country. Only less than a dozen one-day chick breeders are mainly responsible for such sky-high price. The poultry farm owners, poultry feed producers and the government decision makers are partially responsible for this. The prices of poultry birds have become double. As the eggs and the poultry birds were relatively less costly, general people used to go for these options for meeting their protein need which are out of their reach now.

Rehabilitation plan for beggars

We are happy to know that work is underway to rehabilitate 10,000 beggars of Dhaka. Primarily 2,000 beggars would be rehabilitated at their own hometowns, as Social Welfare Minister Enamul Hoque Mostofa Shaheed told parliament recently. It is really encouraging that Beggar Rehabilitation Cell of this ministry is planning to provide mobile shops, rickshaws, rickshaw-trolleys, sewing machines and money to start small business to the beggars capable of working. In addition, the Cell will arrange motivational orientation classes for the beggars to infuse into them the inspiration to be self-dependent.

Is it patriotism?

During the Bangladesh-India Asia Cup match, suddenly we experienced load shedding. As Bangladesh team was playing well and had a chance of winning, I listened to Bangladesh Betar to get the live commentary of the match. However, some patriotic songs were played at the same time with the commentary. It created a very chaotic situation. My point is, does Bangladesh Betar have to show so much patriotism denying its listeners the chance to hear the live commentary of a crucial cricket match? Isn't watching our country play and supporting them from the core of the heart patriotism as well?

Free the footpath in front of Eden College

The footpath in front of Eden Mohila College is one of the busiest footpaths in the area. The footpath is used by all types of people. But now some hawkers have taken possession of the footpath creating trouble for the passers-by. They have already set up at least fifty small shops of cosmetics and clothes. At first there was only one shop but the number increased with the passage of time. Female students of nearby educational institutions and housewives from Azimpur colony gather there for shopping, as things are sold at a cheaper price here. It is very worrying to see that finding no other way the pedestrians walk on the main road (Mirpur road). If any accident happens, who will take the responsibility? All the shops from this footpath should be evicted and it should be made free for pedestrians' use only.

Wake up to reality

A person's real worth depends on his health, education and morality. Similarly, a country's image depends on how strong its education, health and moral standards are. That day I took my mother to our local public hospital. Doctors at the emergency prescribed medicine among which only saline was given free from the hospital. What is most troubling was that my emaciated old mother had to be taken to a distant diagnostic centre for the several necessary or unnecessary tests that the doctors usually give these days with a view to earning extra money.

Reach a settlement over CTG issue

We have had enough unrest over the issue of the caretaker government; we do not want to suffer anymore; the government and the opposition political parties must come to an understanding as soon as possible. We think it is the duty of the government to see that the issue is settled in a way which is acceptable to the opposition because the CTG was formed to fulfil the demand of the Awami League and was subsequently dissolved by them without any consultation with the opposition.

Students' responsibility

Parents send their children to universities for higher education hoping that one day they would be able to lead the country. Most parents go through many difficulties to send money to their university-going children. Regrettably, a good number of the students seem to become oblivious of their parents' hopes and expectations the moment they walk into the campus. They get involved in various destructive and virulent activities, even over trivial matters. Clashes among students infuse tension not only in the parents but the nation as well.

Shahadat's poor performance

After two consecutive victories over India and Sri Lanka, I had firm belief that Bangladesh would do well in the final also. They played well undoubtedly, but came short by just 2 runs, disappointing millions. I feel that the person mainly responsible for this loss was Shahadat who gave19 runs in the last over. He always puts pressure on other bowlers to check the runs. He had taken a hat-trick in One Day International cricket previously, but his current form suggests that he has lost his control over his bowling. Our selectors are so generous to Shahadat but when it comes to Nazmul, they are not considerate, although he plays much better than Shahadat. I hope our selectors would be judicious in selecting the players in the future.

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International

Obama warns North Korea

US President Barack Obama yesterday warned North Korea that it would "achieve nothing by threats or by provocations".

Israel weighs UN rights council boycott

Israel should boycott the United Nations Human Rights Council after it voted to authorise a probe of Israeli settlements, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told public radio on Sunday.

US trying to use India to isolate Iran: Arundhati Roy

Well-known author Arundhati Roy said that the Indo-US relations were a “theatrical drama” enacted to induce India to support the US with a view to isolate Iran on one hand and help build a cold war situation in China.

No US soldiers to face charges

The US military is not planning to discipline any of its forces over a cross-border skirmish last year that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead and plunged Washington-Islamabad ties to their lowest point in years, a US military official said on Saturday.

Ahmadinejad urges unity against aggression

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on regional powers yesterday to unite against aggression as he gathered for security talks with his counterparts from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Maoists free one Italian hostage

Maoist rebels in India yesterday released one of two Italian men who were kidnapped 11 days ago in the eastern state of Orissa.

India tries to rebuild ties with Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday sought to mollify Sri Lanka's hurt over India's joining US and other nations to censure the island republic for human rights violations, by stressing that Indian diplomats had actually helped temper down the criticism at UN's Human Rights Council.

Afghan shooting victims receive compensation

Relatives of 17 people shot dead in a rampage by a US soldier in southern Afghanistan have been paid tens of thousands of dollars in compensation, a tribal chief and government officials said yesterday.

Top Tory leader quits

Conservative Party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas yesterday resigned after secretly filmed footage showed him apparently offering access to the prime minister for a donation of £250,000 a year.

Santorum wins in Louisiana

Rick Santorum yesterday scored a convincing victory in the Republican presidential primary in Louisiana.

Aussie ruling party crushed in state polls

Australia's ruling Labor Party has suffered a crushing defeat in an election in the state of Queensland, handing the conservative Liberal National coalition the biggest majority in the state's history.

Indian govt resumes talks with Ulfa

After a gap of six months, the Indian government will hold dialogue with Ulfa on April 9 as part of efforts to bring a lasting solution to the decades-old insurgency problem in the northeastern state of Assam.

Sick Suu Kyi suspends poll campaign

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday suspended her campaign because of ill-health a week before she is due to stand for a seat in parliament.

Dick Cheney has heart transplant

Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney has had a heart transplant and is now recovering in hospital, his office has said.

Hong Kong elects new leader

Self-made millionaire property consultant Leung Chun-ying won Hong Kong's leadership election yesterday, after the most divisive vote since the city reverted to Chinese rule in 1997.

11.5m illegal immigrants in US

Some 11.5 million foreigners are living in the United States without proper immigration documents, according to estimates released Friday by the US Department of Homeland Security.

Senegal votes in presidential polls

Senegalese voted yesterday in a run-off election in which the 85-year-old incumbent Abdoulaye Wade is fighting off a mass opposition effort to foil his controversial bid to stay in power for a third term.

Arts & Entertainment

A view from the frontlines

Saeeda Kamal speaks with passion about the most important event in her life-- the War of Liberation. “During the Liberation War, I was a third year student of Dacca Art College (now the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka). From the beginning of the war, my family was greatly inclined to help the freedom fighters in different ways. I was completely inspired by my mother, the late poet Sufia Kamal.

Dreams ahead...

Dinaat Jahan Munni: Singer

Ami Juddhe Jabo on Maasranga Television

Maasranga Television will air single-episode TV play drama “Ami Juddhe Jabo” tonight at 8:30pm. Written by Mannan Hira, the play is directed by renowned thespian Nayakraj Razzak. The play highlights the spirit of the War of Liberation. The play also features the growing secular outlook of the people during pre-independence Bangladesh.

Ekjon Razakar Mara Gechhe on Banglavision

On the occasion of Independence Day, Banglavision will air the special TV play “Ekjon Razakar Mara Gechhe” tonight at 9:05pm. Written by Dewan Shamsul Kabir and the TV play has been directed by Kawnain Shourav.

Shadhinota Utshab held in Chittagong

“Swadhinota Utshab “, a festival celebrating the 41st anniversary of Independence was held at DC Hill premises in the port city on Friday amidst festivity.

The future belongs to our children

I had witnessed the mass upsurge of 1969. Humiliated by the razakar, al badr, al shams of Pakistani army, we crossed 80 miles on foot to reach India where I joined "Mukti Sangrami Shilpi Sangstha" at 144, Lenin Sarani, Calcutta (now Kolkata). I along with a number of artistes helped raise the morale of Bangladeshi Freedom Fighters by taking part in different training camps and people's struggle during the Liberation War of 1971.

OP-ED

March 26 in retrospect

On this 41st Independence Day, it is time we had a fresh stocktaking of the past. The very remoteness of those tumultuous days of March 1971 has placed us at this vantage point to consider those from a dispassionate outlook.

The Anniversary that brings joy and pain

The nation observes today the 41st Anniversary of independence with usual zeal and gaiety, in spite of the deep frustration because of unfulfilled expectations. Independence, gained at the cost of a sea of blood and sacrifices of millions, stays a symbol of hope and an eternal source of inspiration. It is a day of great joy and high spirits because the nation came into existence on this day.

Six-Points Programme or Independence?

It is widely believed by a large number of people of all political persuasions that the Six-Points Programme was a demand for autonomy of East Pakistan in a conventional sense within a federation of two regions of East and West Pakistan.

First-hand account of Operation Searchlight

My heart bleeds when I vividly remember the tragic scenario of the fatal night of March 25, 1971. Destiny goaded me into a stormy orbit of the country's journalism. After Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was released from jail interned on the charge of the Agartala Conspiracy Case, One day he suddenly stated, "I need an English Language newspaper." Looking at me he said, "Abidur Rahman, you were a journalist in early life, now God has given you enough recourses. You have to start an English Language newspaper for me."

This Day In History

March 26

1971
The commencement of a bloody nine-month long Liberation War against the Pakistan Army that followed millions of deaths leading to the Independence of Bangladesh.



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