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News of: Wednesday, 28th of March, 2012

Front Page

Friends of freedom honoured

Expressing its deep debt of gratitude, the country yesterday honoured individuals and organisations from across the world for their wholehearted support to its liberation in 1971.

A restriction unexplained

A book launch that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was supposed to attend was suspended as the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel management cancelled the venue reservation “on the instructions of an intelligence agency”.

THE AWARDEES

1. Dr Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal

Two lakh vessels unauthorised

The count of illegal inland water vessels in the country is 24 times higher than that of the registered vessels, revealed director general of Department of Shipping (DoS) yesterday.

Bumpy ride to Sylhet via Tongi-Kaliganj

Anyone would require some nerves of steel if he or she travels to Sylhet by road and chooses the 34-km connecting road leading to the Sylhet highway from Tongi. Large potholes dot almost the entire stretch and a vehicle bumps and jolts like a wild horse. If it's an old car, it might break down during the journey, which may pose a nightmare to those riding it.

Many key witnesses 'untraceable or sick'

After repeatedly failing to produce witnesses in the case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee, the prosecution yesterday prayed to the International Crimes Tribunal-1 to accept witnesses' statements as testimonies.

Charges against Alim accepted

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday took into cognisance the war crimes charges brought against former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim.

DG sought PM's help instantly

As soon as the BDR mutiny broke out at Pilkhana on February 25, 2009, the then director general of the force Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed sought help from the prime minister.

A learning experience for children

An expedition to historical sites in Chittagong city came as a pleasant opportunity to Sabrina, a student.

Spelling Bee contest on TV tonight

The divisional round of The Daily Star Spelling Bee contest will be aired on Channel i at 7:50pm tonight.

Coconut con man caught

A “coconut vendor”, who drugged bus passengers unconscious and robbed them of their valuables, got a taste of his own medicine yesterday when a victim made him drink his doped coconut milk.

JU crisis deepens

The agitating teachers of Jahangirnagar University yesterday observed an all-out strike programme on the campus for the seventh consecutive day that apparently put all kinds of academic activities in suspension.

Rowdy protest after death of a student

Dhaka College students yesterday vandalised vehicles and blocked the road in front of the college protesting the death of a fellow student in a road accident.

Welcoming PM at the cost of beauty of city

The scenic roadside landscape of the port city has been marred for two weeks by numerous hoardings publicising the March 28 grand rally of city Awami League at Pologround.

CBI may ask Indian army chief for formal complaint

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to ask for a formal complaint from Army chief V K Singh in connection with his allegation that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore to clear to swing a 'sub-standard' defence deal.

DoE fines paper mill, brick fields

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined three paper mills in Chittagong and six brick kilns in Rangpur, Feni and Chittagong a total of Tk 2,625,000 for environmental pollution.

15 hurt as students, cops clash in city

At least 15 people were injured in a clash between students of Titumir College and police in the capital's Mohakhali late last night.

Editorial

Clashes at the National Memorial

We note with deep sense of anguish the clashes that occurred at the National Memorial on the national day. The morning of 26 March at the Memorial was denigrated by the three-way clashes within the BNP as to which group should be the first to receive begum Zia which was followed by clashes between the AL and BNP supporters, after the President and PM had left the Memorial as to who should be the first to lay wreath and, not to be left out of the news, the Jatiyo Party factions locked horns with each other as to who should be the first to receive General Ershad.

Cheery applause for top achievers in O and A level exams

The Daily Star on Sunday honoured the nation's top achievers in O and A Level exams for their outstanding scores in different subjects on an international scale. They are the sons and daughters of the soil who through their brilliant results on the world stage have done us proud as well as bolstering our sense of belonging to the world. We felicitate them for their excellent achievements. We also congratulate their parents, teachers and schools for their collective efforts to guide them to reach such heights.

Sports

Spin rules 2nd day

England bounced back after being spun out cheaply by Sri Lanka to leave the first cricket Test evenly poised at the Galle International Stadium on Tuesday.

Super League's key day today

Old DOHS and Victoria Sporting Club have to pick up wins in today's Premier Super League matches but are up against teams that have reasons to keep them at bay.

Willes Little Flower Dhaka champions

Willes Little Flower School & College became Dhaka Zone champions of the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket with a comfortable 63-run victory over Mirpur Bangla High School in the final at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Feni off the bottom

Feni Soccer Club tasted their first victory in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League when they handed a 2-0 defeat to Rahmatganj MFS in their away match at the Bangabandhu National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Star-studded MSC start against Usha

The start-studded Mohammedan Sporting Club will once again bank on striker Rasel Mahmud Jimmy when they face Usha Krira Chakra in the final of Dhaka Bank Independence Cup Hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium today.

Inter-dist cricket from today

The 32nd Inter District Cricket Championship will kick off today at different venues across the country.

Archery C'ship from tomorrow

The Uttara Bank 5th National Archery Championship gets underway from tomorrow at the Army Stadium with 175 archers including 70 women from 51 teams taking part.

Champs in, Federer out

Top seeds and defending champions Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka advanced Monday while third seed Roger Federer crashed out of the ATP-WTA Miami Masters tournament.

Great Kiwi escape

A heroic century by 21-year-old Kane Williamson trumped a hostile South Africa bowling attack and allowed New Zealand to hang on for a tenacious draw in the third Test Tuesday.

Ishant out of IPL

Fast bowler Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after undergoing an ankle surgery earlier this month, which is likely to keep him out of action for at least six months.

Rooney sinks Fulham

Wayne Rooney kept Manchester United on course for a record 20th title after hitting the winner in a 1-0 win over Fulham at Old Trafford on Monday.

Milan plan to attack

AC Milan have hinted they could shun their Italian roots when Barcelona visit the San Siro in the Champions League quarterfinal, first leg on Wednesday.

Student jailed for racism

A British university student was on Tuesday jailed for 56 days for inciting racial hatred, after posting offensive comments on Twitter about the collapse of Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba.

Marseille fear onslaught

Rarely can two sides have approached a Champions League knockout tie in such contrasting form as Marseille and Bayern Munich, who meet in the first leg of their quarterfinal at Stade Velodrome on Wednesday.

4-match ban on Cisse

Former French international striker Djibril Cisse was suspended for four matches on Monday dealing a huge blow to his Premier League side Queens Park Rangers hopes of retaining their elite status.

Chelsea lining up Blanc

Chelsea are willing to make Laurent Blanc the highest paid manager in English football after identifying the France coach as the frontrunner for the vacancy at Stamford Bridge, The Times reported Tuesday.

Local Snippets

Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Navy won their respective matches in the KFC Pizza Hut Independence Cup Kabaddi Tournament at the Kabaddi Court yesterday.

Inter sack Ranieri

Inter Milan sacked coach Claudio Ranieri on Monday after a string of poor results which has left the Serie A giants struggling to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Business

GMG to fold all flights

GMG Airlines Ltd will suspend its last remaining flights from March 30 for an indefinite period due to technical problems in aircraft, said an official of the private carrier yesterday.

IMF's $1b credit moves closer

Bangladesh gets closer to the $1 billion credit promised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the lender plans to place a proposal for the loan at its board meeting on April 11.

Ban on aromatic rice exports goes

Confident about the country's food stock and future outlook, the government yesterday decided to withdraw a three-year-old ban on exports of aromatic rice.

Korea widens preferential access for LDC exports

South Korea has widened its preferential market access for more exports from the least developed countries, including Bangladesh.

Telenor seeks payback in licence row

Norwegian mobile phone group Telenor will seek compensation from India if a dispute over the cancellation of its Indian unit's telecoms licences cannot be resolved.

Bangladesh urges India to help open business offices

Bangladesh yesterday asked India to facilitate opening of corporate offices of its businessmen in the next-door neighbouring country to enhance the flow of trade and investment between the two countries.

Stocks climb for third day

Stocks gained for a third day yesterday with the highest turnover in the last three months as investors gained confidence.

Thai food festival begins today

A seven-day Thai food festival and cultural show begins at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka today.

Apple CEO on China mission to clear up problems

Apple chief executive Tim Cook on Tuesday held talks with government officials in China, where development of the company's biggest potential market is clouded by issues ranging from a contested iPad trademark to treatment of local labour.

Kingfisher stops flying to many destinations

Ailing carrier Kingfisher Airlines said on Tuesday it has temporarily suspended operations to several destinations as per its revised flight schedule, and has asked most employees at those places to "stay at home."

Hitachi to chop annual costs by $5.43b

Japanese high-tech firm Hitachi on Tuesday said it plans to slash its annual costs 5.0 percent by 2015, or about $5.43 billion a year, to compete with rivals including General Electric.

Tackling income inequality

The substantial reduction in poverty in Bangladesh since independence is a cause for celebration. A major reason for this decline in poverty is the rising per capita income, growing from less than 2 percent a year in the 1970s to around 5 percent a year in the 2000s.

These days, we're all disgruntled workers

The average Goldman Sachs employee earns in excess of $350,000 per year, and we're assured Greg Smith, who most visibly quit his job there last week, was paid substantially more.

Metropolitan

Barind region at groundwater drought risk, says research paper

Two districts--Chapainawabganj and Naogaon--are at very high groundwater drought risk while Rajshahi and Joypurhat at moderate risk, said a research paper at a two-day conference.

BSF should be more careful about stopping border killings: Tripura CM

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar yesterday said Indian Border Security Force (BSF) should be more careful about stopping border killings which Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh pledged to stop earlier.

Dhaka highest contributor of policewomen to UN

Bangladesh is the highest contributor of female police to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations with a total of 211 female officers deployed in it.

PM's help sought

For mitigation of the traffic jam in the port city, Abdus Salam, chairman of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA), has urged the prime minister to help build Dewanhat-CEPZ flyover to be financed by Chittagong Port Authority.

Rab did nothing wrong: Sahara

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) did not do anything which could be treated as a violation of human rights during the last three years of the Awami League regime.

AL refutes BNP chief obstruction allegation

The ruling Awami League yesterday refuted the allegation that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was obstructed on her way to the National Memorial in Savar Monday.

Mahmudur Rahman, three others indicted

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against the acting editor, publisher, chief reporter and a reporter of the daily Amar Desh in a defamation case.

Indigenous people seek security of life

Hundreds of indigenous people demonstrated before Godagari UNO office yesterday to press home their six-point demand, including security of their lives and properties in the northern districts.

Road crashes kill 3

Three people were killed and eight others, including four policemen, injured in separate road accidents in Bogra and Dinajpur yesterday.

President, PM offer gratitude to foreign friends

President Zillur Rahman yesterday said Bangladesh is happy to recognise the contributions of the country's foreign friends and well-wishers for their wholehearted support to the 1971 Liberation War and invaluable services from respective position.

Recognition of four other Indians sought

Swadhin Bangla Football Team (SBFT) has expressed resentment over the non-inclusion of four persons in the list of foreign nationals who were awarded for their outstanding contributions to the country's War of Liberation in 1971.

Journalists’ rally today

Journalists will observe a three-hour token strike and hold a rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club today demanding formation of the 8th wage board.

The Lancet honours Dr Azad Khan

UK-based world's leading medical journal, The Lancet, has honoured Bangladeshi physician Prof Dr AK Azad Khan by publishing his profile in its February 25 issue.

UN official Wahlstrom due today

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlstrom, comes to Bangladesh on a four-day visit today.

RU Arabic students boycott classes

Students of Arabic Department of Rajshahi University yesterday boycotted classes and staged a sit-in before the department protesting session jam in the department.

Two stabbed to death in city

Two people were killed in separate incidents at Jatrabari and Demra in the city yesterday.

Housewife held for torturing child

Police yesterday arrested a housewife on charge of torturing a 10-year-old girl, who had been working as a domestic help at her house in the city's Gulshan for the last several days.

Ambulance catches fire in city

An ambulance caught fire when it was refuelling at a CNG filling station in the city's Moghbazar yesterday.

One dies in train rooftop accident

A man was killed after being hit by an iron bar of a railway bridge in Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur on Monday evening.

Online registration for BAF aspirants

Aspirants willing to join the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) can now submit their applications through the internet as an online recruitment registration system for the force was launched yesterday.

World Theatre Day celebrated at RU

Teachers and students of music and drama department at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday observed the `World Theatre Day' which is globally known as “Fete de la Musique”.

Death of Ctg hawker protested

Leaders of Chittagong Newspaper Hawker League condoled the bereaved family of its member Md Shamsujjaman Mia who died in a road accident in the port city on Monday.

Judges' shortage prolongs trial processes in Ctg court

The speakers at a view-exchange meeting in the port city yesterday said the trial processes were lingered due to shortage of judges in the district court.

Death anniversary

Today is the 47th death anniversary of former range inspector of school and educationist Khorshed Alam Khan, father of renowned political analyst Sirajul Alam Khan, says a press release.

National

Local experts repair a unit, save forex worth Tk 10 cr

Engineers and technicians of Ashuganj Power Station Company Limited (APSCL) have successfully renovated its 150 MW power unit-3 in four months.

Onion growers hope to recoup loss incurred last year

Farmers in the district have started onion cultivation in their lands despite incurring huge losses last season.

Kids from more schools join a joyous day

Students of five schools in Khulna, Rajshahi and Jamalpur districts yesterday took part in the English language fairs held under English in Schools programme, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi.

Protesters attack PS after abductors kill boy

Police recovered the body of a primary school student, who was abducted two days ago, from an under construction house in front of Rangpur Cadet College yesterday afternoon.

C&F men call off strike

Benapole port's C&F agent employees union has called off indefinite strike scheduled to begin today.

Patients suffer as lone health centre remains shut for haat

Dhaperhat health centre in Sadullapur upazila remain closed twice a week due to make-shift village market, locally known as haat, on its compound.

Woman, daughter burnt to death in Rajshahi fire

A woman and her daughter were burnt to death in a fire at Helenabad Colony in the city on Monday.

Outlaw killed in Rajbari

An outlaw and prime accused in AL leader Salam Mridha killing case was murdered by rivals at a village in Goalunda upazila of Rajbari district on Monday night.

Allegation of corporal punishment

A college student was 'severely' punished by the principal on charge of stalking and other offences in Sadar upazila yesterday.

Bogra Jubo League leader killed

A local Jubo League leader was stabbed to death at Central High School playground at Sutrapur in the town on Monday night.

Tiger kills crab catcher

A tiger killed a crab catcher in the Rasuner canal in the Sundarbans on Monday. The victim is Ayub Ali Gazi, 45, son of Abul Hossain Gazi of Kalinchi village in Shyamnagar upazila. Victim's aides Zobed Ali and Mahrram Ali said Ayub was attacked and dragged away by a tiger at around 4:00pm when they went to the canal to catch crabs. On information, forest guards recovered the body from the spot, said Kaikhali forest station officer Monayem Hossain.

Youth jailed for stalking

A mobile court sentenced a young man to three months' imprisonment for sexually harassing a woman at Bujruk Pakuria village in Sadullapur upazila yesterday. The court sources said, Ammulya Chandra Sarker, 25, of the village, used to tease the victim for long on her way to home. The stalker chased the woman in the area yesterday. In fear, she cried for help. Locals caught Ammulya and handed him over to police. He was produced before the court led by executive magistrate Golam Mowla, said Sadullapur police.

Ex-firefighter murdered

A former firefighter was stabbed to death allegedly by his neighbours at Kolabaria village in Kalia upazila early yesterday. The deceased is Abu Jafor Sheikh, 65, son of Jalal Sheikh of the village. Police recovered the body and sent it to Narail Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. Locals found Jafor's body lying on Kolabaria Bazar Road and informed police. Sarwar Hossain, officer in-charge of Naragati police station, said there was a longstanding clash between Jafor and his neighbours over a disputed land. He might have been killed by them, the OC added.

Two siblings drown

Two siblings drowned in Netai River in Dhubaura upazila yesterday afternoon. The victims are Shariful Haque, 6 and Ariful Haque, 8, sons of Azizul Haque, a day labourer of frontier village Kalsindur. Mir Alimuzzaman, officer in-charge of Dhubaura police station, said Shariful accidentally fell into the river while he was playing on a boat at around 3.30 pm. In the mean time, Ariful, who was on the bank of the river, jumped into the river to save his brother. Both of them did not know how to swim.

Letters

Waking up with the Spirit of Liberation

Once again it is confirmed that if we wish we can defeat the strongest opponent. Bangladesh is getting stronger in every department of the game--fielding, bowling and batting. Actually, this happens when a nation forges ahead with a vision and dream. It seems we are once again waking up with our sprit of the Liberation War. Very confident after securing maritime areas, the government is dealing with India like our present cricket team who are measuring up to people's expectation. Consecutive comprehensive win is no fluke; rather playing their hearts out has become our team's habit. What we have to do now is apply this spirit in eradicating corruption from every sector of our country. Only then nation will prosper and the people of the world will look at us with respect.

Shakib the great

The little master hit his 100th century and Bangladesh is playing mind-blowing cricket which is exactly what we were waiting to watch for so long. We are amazed at the performance of our brave boys. Shakib is a great player. People used to say that Sachin has done the impossible possible and no one will be able to break his record. But this is not true anymore. Shakib is only 22. He will go a long way. I hope he will hit his 200th century in his long career. Shakib has regained his position of number one all-rounder in the ODI cricket. All-rounder means great at bowling, batting and fielding. On the other hand, Sachin is only good at batting and he is called the Batting Master. We all pray for Shakib.

'Democracy of, by and for the party'!

This refers to the recent political trends and dreams of major political parties in Bangladesh. The ruling party and sycophancy will forever remain inseparable. Sadly, the grand old party of Bangladesh seems to be stripped of ideas, ideals and ideology and all that it can offer to the nation is just another member of the Sheikh dynasty, who appears to be a product of excessive hype and grand publicity. This party is like an elephant that does not know its strength. Now that it has realised its strength, it can be confident of winning the general elections on its own. This party's leader waxes eloquent on meritocracy without realising that it cannot be brought about by an individual anywhere, however powerful and influential s/he is.

Let Mashrafe offer his best

On 14th March, Mr. Aminur Rahim wrote about how Mashrafe had let his team down by bowling poorly. I respect his feelings and to be honest, I also felt dejected and disappointed when Bangladesh squandered away a chance to defeat a giant in world cricket. However, blaming only Mashrafe for the debacle is not right. First of all, Mashrafe was not the only one who bowled poorly. Shafiul Islam was more expensive and did not also get a wicket. Not only that, Mashrafe has said it again and again that he does not want to bowl in the slog overs. In the matches, Mr. Aminur Rahim mentioned, Mashrafe bowled well upfront with the new ball but was taken apart in the slog overs. Was it not the captain's duty to let Mashrafe bowl in the initial overs and someone else in the final overs? In addition, Mashrafe came back after a one-year layoff due to injury. And a bit nervousness is not unexpected from a player coming back after such a long-time injury. Mashrafe is a strong player and he has proved it time and again. He still has got a lot to offer.

Fast deteriorating law and order

Our home minister had pledged to arrest the killers of journalist couple Sagar and Runi within 48 hours. This time limit is now steadily approaching 48 days, but the police failed miserably to trace out the criminals! It appears that heinous crimes like burglary, mugging, robbery, murder etc are suddenly on the rise. Situation is so grave that even a foreign diplomat has been killed in the capital's diplomatic zone recently!

Shahadat the weak link

Why did Mushfiq choose Shahadat to bowl the last over? Everybody knows what an expensive bowler he is. Even if Mahmudullah had bowled the last over, it would not have yielded 19 runs in the Asia Cup final. What a waste! I believe the Asia Cup was lost due to Shahadat's poor bowling. He must improve his bowling if he wants to remain in the team!

An open letter to Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia

A few years ago, I wrote two open letters to Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia that were published in The Daily Star. Now I again feel the urge to write a common letter to these two leaders who have been dictating the destiny of 16 million people of this country. My questions to the two most powerful ladies are:

Fuel from refuse and waste

The article by Ali and Rahman related to this subject and published by you on March 17 is informative and interesting for the readers. The presentation of the Clean Development Mechanism's (CDM) scope and its present status in Bangladesh was appreciated.

A day of Sangsad session with opposition

It is a regular event for us to enjoy all unparliamentarily activities by our MPs in the Sangsad. The recurring actions of our MPs on whom we bestow our trust fail us. After a series of rallies on the street, which brought forth a wave of tension all over the country, we welcome the Opposition's decision of joining the parliament. But instead of fulfilling our expectation of a fruitful JS session they wallow in trivial scuffle. So it becomes predictable for us what is coming next. The frustration rises high when we find they (MPs) don't bother that we are watching.

Hurling abuse in parliament

Parliament is not a place for abusing and dishonouring the members of other parties. As a concerned citizen, I think actions should be taken against those MPs for their inappropriate acts, from the highest authorities. Lack of actions may only add fuel to such hostility in the future.

Pakistan should beg apology

I am deeply shocked to see a picture in The Daily Star of March 23, 2012 with the following caption: “Premises of this mosque at Gobinda village in Pabna town witnessed the most unimaginable barbarity on March 26 in 1971 when the Pakistan occupation army opened fire at the people taking part in janaza prayers as part of a deceased villager's funeral.”

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “30 hurt as AL, BNP activists clash at National Memorial”

International

Syria accepts Annan peace plan

Syria has accepted a proposal crafted by Kofi Annan that aims to end bloodshed in the strife-hit country, but the United Nations-Arab League envoy has cautioned implementation is key to peace.

Obama, Gilani vow to rescue alliance

US President Barack Obama and Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani vowed yesterday to rescue a troubled anti-terror alliance, which almost ruptured over 10 months of mistrust and recriminations.

Executions surged worldwide in 2011

The number of executions carried out worldwide surged in 2011, mainly centred in the Middle East, Amnesty International's said yesterday in it's annual report on the death penalty.

Strauss-Kahn charged in sex probe

Former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been charged over alleged involvement in a prostitution ring.

World urges action

World leaders yesterday called for strong action to combat the threat of nuclear terrorism, including minimising civilian use of highly enriched uranium (HEU), which can be turned into bombs.

Fierce clashes break out at Sudan borders

Clashes have broken out in oil-rich border areas between Sudan and South Sudan in what has been called the biggest confrontation since the countries split last July.

Chocolate may help keep people slim

People who eat chocolate regularly tend to be thinner, a new research published in Archives of Internal Medicine suggests.

Maoists kill 11 troops in India

At least 11 Indian paramilitary personnel were killed and 29 others injured in a landmine blast yesterday set off by Maoists in Gadchiroli district of western state of Maharashtra.

N Korea to go with rocket launch

North Korea insisted yesterday it would go ahead with its satellite launch, snubbing a call from US President Barack Obama to drop the plan and accusing him of a "confrontational mindset".

US seeks Asia, ME missile shields

The United States is seeking to build regional shields against ballistic missiles in both Asia and the Middle East akin to a controversial defence system in Europe, a senior Pentagon official disclosed on Monday.

Tunisia edges away from Sharia

Officials from the largest party in Tunisia's governing coalition said they will not support moves to enshrine Islamic law in the new constitution.

Arts & Entertainment

The art of recreating the past

Historians and fiction (in particular historical fiction) writers are strange bedfellows. Where does one draw the line? According to author Selina Hossain, "When you want hardcore facts, you should go for history or news reports. The purpose of historical fiction is to provide the reader with a feel of being present at a particular event through the perspective of characters. This is essentially an art of recreating the past, entirely dependent on the literary prowess of a writer."

March 1971…in nostalgia

On the occasion of Independence Day, in cooperation with Gallery Chitrak, Channel i and Liberation War Museum jointly organised a daylong painting event titled “Rong Tulite Muktijuddha”. The event was held on March 26 at the Liberation War Museum premises, Segunbagicha. Renowned painters of the country took part in the art camp. The themes of paintings were Liberation War, Joy of Victory, Cruelty of War, Concentration Camp and different aspects of independence.

Agony of women

A three-day monodrama festival featuring as many plays was held at the Natmandal auditorium of Dhaka University, from March 24-26.Theatre-based journal, “Manchakatha” arranged the festival that featured “Kokilara”, “Ami Birangana Bolchhi” and “Lal Jamin”.

Winning streak

Shakib Khan won the Best Actor National Film Award- 2010, for his performance in the movie “Bhalobashlei Ghor Badha Jae Na”. The most popular and sought-after movie star of the time, Shakib Khan has the ability to make an instant hit of any film he stars in. The prominent actor has also been elected as the president of the Cholochitro Shilpi Shamitee. Shakib Khan recently talked to The Daily Star about his winning streak.

OP-ED

Old images from a long-ago war

March is a good month to remember history.

The past is more than memory

Dr. Henry Kissinger had just become America's Secretary of State when Egypt's President Anwar Sadat surprised the world and stunned his Arab world by launching a successful war against Israel on October 6, 1973, the day of Yom Kippur. Within 24 hours Egyptian troops had crossed the Red Sea and raced across the Sinai desert to recover territory lost in 1967. At the end of that fateful day, Kissinger sent a simple but powerful private message to Sadat through a non-official channel: "You have begun the war with Soviet weapons, but you will need the power of American diplomacy to establish a peace."

Maritime boundary with India: Arbitration or bilateral negotiations

Now that the maritime boundary has been settled amicably with Myanmar through International Tribunal for Law of the Sea (ITLOS), Bangladesh has to resolve the maritime boundary with India. The process started in the Arbitral Tribunal in 2009.

Safety of life and ship

When two running ships collide head to head, there is no doubt that severe structural damage will occur. Even after such collision the vessel should not have sunk and so many passengers should not have died if it had been designed to the required standard and appropriate safety rules were followed. I do not know how many life-jackets the vessel was carrying, when every passenger must have one.

Does Asian humour exist?

Asians have no sense of humour. Their idea of comedy is slapstick. Irony doesn't exist in Asian discourse. There are no comedians in Asia.

This Day In History

March 28

1854
Crimean War: France and Britain declare war on Russia.



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