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Front Page

Crisis turns acute

With the summer approaching, the water crisis in some neighbourhoods of the capital has taken a turn for the worse.

Canadian firm out of race

The World Bank has temporarily suspended a unit of the Canadian company SNC-Lavalin from participating in tenders of WB-funded projects. The suspension follows the findings that have come out so far from an ongoing probe into allegations of bidding anomalies in the Padma bridge project.

Questions over sister concerns

The controversial multilevel marketing (MLM) company Destiny hoodwinks people by adding to its group portfolio some companies that exist only on paper.

MLM: is it a scam?

Multilevel marketing or MLM has become a serious source of debate.

Azad escapes arrest

War crimes suspect Abul Kalam Azad went on the run around seven hours before the International Crimes Tribunal-2 had issued arrest warrant against him.

Investigators lie low

An expert team from Riyadh came to Dhaka yesterday to assist local officials in the probe into the March 6 shooting of Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali.

8 new banks may get nod

In the face of pressure from the government high-ups, the Bangladesh Bank (BB) may allow five new private banks to come on the scene against its will.

Rab's claims questioned

Family members of the six alleged muggers killed during a shootout with a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) team in Narsingdi on Monday claimed yesterday that the men shot dead were not muggers.

Dhaka spells success in Spelling Bee

Dhaka finally showcased its spelling prowess in The Daily Star Spelling Bee competition held at the National Museum in Shahbagh on Sunday and Monday.

Army not required

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday said all necessary measures would be taken to ensure the safety of voters in the upcoming polls to the Dhaka city corporations.

Green abroad,polluter at home

He is a Bangladesh born Spaniard. His family members campaign to protect and conserve the environment abroad. But back in his own country, his garment factory in Gazipur pollutes the river Turag. His name is Giasuddin Murad.

Controversial Saudi system to go

Saudi Arabia is going to scrap the sponsorship system for foreign workers -- often criticised by rights groups for abusing the rights of the expatriates.

Ex-DGFI chief Rumi cross examined

Former DGFI chief Sadik Hasan Rumi told a Chittagong court yesterday he had never met Ulfa leader Paresh Barua. He was being cross-examined in the 10 truckloads of arms haul cases.

3 siblings die in fire

Three siblings died in a house fire in Narsingdi town Monday night.

Biman staff threaten 48-hr strike

Biman Bangladesh Airlines may face a crisis this month as officials and staff, demonstrating for immediate resignation of its chairman and board members, threatened yesterday to go on a 48-hour strike from April 16.

Odommo Chattagram CORNER

The 12-day Odommo Chattagram initiative by The Daily Star is now half-way through with people in Chittagong enjoying various events taking place at different venues.


Obama urges restraint as Sudan fears grow

US President Barack Obama on Monday urged South Sudan to show restraint after heavy border fighting with Sudan as officials voiced alarm over growing hunger, refugees and fears of all-out war.

Combative Obama warns SC on health law

US President Barack Obama on Monday challenged the "unelected" Supreme Court (SC) not to take the "extraordinary" and "unprecedented" step of overturning his landmark health reform law.

Clashes in west Libya kill four

Heavy fighting between gunmen in western Libya yesterday killed four people and left several more wounded, a local official told AFP.

Moscow market fire kills 15 migrant workers

Fifteen people died yesterday when a nighttime fire tore through a two-storey Moscow market warehouse in which migrant workers from a former soviet republic were camping out.

Editorial

We congratulate Suu Kyi on her historic victory

Like the rest of the world, perhaps a little more so as her next-door neighbour, we take heart in Myanmar's first landmark step on what looks like still a long road to democracy.

Politics hinders education at CU

It is with deep shock that we read the news item highlighting the ordeals of general students at the Chittagong University. In the past two years university authorities suspended classes for no less than 151 days due to violent clashes between politically backed students organizations. In the last instance in February this year, two students were killed following a clash between Bangladesh Chhatra League and Islami Chhatra Shibir and the authorities put off all classes and examinations for 37 days. A university which should have been an ideal place for learning through free exchange of thoughts has thus been subjected to a tug of war between different students' organizations, leaving the general students at their mercy.

Sports

Muktis fell Jamal and go top

Muktijoddha Sangsad moved to the top of the table in the Grameen-phone Bangladesh Premier League after handing a 2-0 defeat to defending champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Cloud removed over league?

The four-member committee formed to resolve the Dhaka Premier Cricket League crisis has reached a conclusion by appeasing the three clubs, it was learned.

Mahela salvages Lanka

Skipper Mahela Jayawardene cracked his second century in consecutive matches to pull Sri Lanka out of trouble in the second and final Test against England in Colombo on Tuesday.

2 million complete?

When Sri Lanka moved to 38, with a square cut by Mahela Jayawardene, it brought up the two millionth run in Test cricket ever since the journey began in 1877. Not everyone, though, will agree.

Sachin quits IPL captaincy

Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday stepped down as Mumbai Indians skipper on the eve of the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying he needed a "break from the responsibility of captaincy".

Inter-district cricket

Moulavibazar sunk Sunamganj by a whopping 200 runs while the Chapainawabganj-Natore match ended in a tie in two of the nine games played in the 32nd Inter-District Cricket Championship yesterday.

Cricket goes IPL from today

Sights firmly set on a hattrick of titles, defending champions Chennai Super Kings will open their campaign against last year's Champions League Twenty20 winner Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match of the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.

Ricky likes Kiwi formula

Ricky Ponting has suggested that cricket boards across the world take a leaf out of New Zealand's book and avoid scheduling international fixtures around the time the Indian Premier League (IPL) is on.

British side in Pakistan

A British Universities cricket team arrived in Pakistan on Monday for two one-day games, with their captain stressing the troubled country badly needs international matches to return.

BOA polls in November

The current executive committee of Bangladesh Olympic Association is all set to overstay as an emergency executive committee meeting approved the recommendation of International Olympic Committee to hold its polls after the completion of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Saber new Baridhara chairman

Saber Hossain Chowdhury, the former Bangladesh Cricket Board president, has been nominated the chairman of Baridhara Dazzlers Cricket Club.

Ron Gaunt no more

The fast bowler Ron Gaunt, who played three Tests for Australia in the 1950s and 1960s and was later a valuable bowling coach for a young Merv Hughes, has died at the age of 78. Gaunt took seven wickets in his three Test appearances and was a formidable presence in domestic cricket for Western Australia and Victoria, collecting 266 first-class victims at an average of 26.85.

Madrid threaten massacre

Real Madrid's prolific trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain are likely to sweep aside APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League on Wednesday, needing one goal to reach the 100 mark between them this season.

Chelsea seek a tonic

A revitalised Fernando Torres is expected to lead Chelsea's attack on Wednesday when they try to sweep Benfica aside to claim their sixth Champions League semi-final appearance in nine years.

Patient United build on lead

Manchester United took a big step to retaining their Premier League title after in-form Antonio Valencia struck nine minutes from time to set up a typically patient 2-0 win at relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers on Monday.

Alex hits out at Chelsea

Former Chelsea defender Alex has aimed a thinly-veiled dig at his old team-mates, claiming big egos disrupted team morale at Stamford Bridge.

Cassano given all-clear

Antonio Cassano, the Italy and AC Milan forward who underwent heart surgery last year, has been given the go-ahead to start playing again following a scientific legal evaluation.

Chamakh insistent he will stay

Marouane Chamakh has stressed he sees his future at Arsenal despite increasing speculation that he will be sold in the summer.

Local Snippets

Agrani Bank dropped points in the Premier Bank Bangladesh Championship League when they were held to a goalless draw by Beanibazar at the Cox's Bazar Stadium yesterday.

Only ladder can stop Zlatan

Pep Guardiola is wary of the aerial threat of Zlatan Ibrahimovic when Barcelona play out their Champions League quarterfinal second leg at Camp Nou on Tuesday night.

Business

Grameen Bank directors want Yunus in MD-search panel

The chairman of Grameen Bank has continued to ignore calls of the majority of the board that Prof Muhammad Yunus should be made the head of the selection committee for choosing a new managing director for the micro-lender.

SEC okays modified rules for merchant banks

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday gave its nod to an amendment to the merchant banker and portfolio manager rules.

GP pays Tk 239cr VAT to tax regulator for licence renewal

Grameenphone yesterday submitted Tk 239.73 crore in VAT to the tax regulator yesterday in response to a warning letter as part of its payment for 2G renewal and spectrum fees, a spokesman for the mobile operator said.

Poultry sector on the brink of collapse: farmers

Nearly half of 115,000 poultry farms have faced closure over the past one and a half years, said a platform of poultry farmers yesterday.

C&F agents call off strike in Chittagong

Clearing and forwarding (C&F) agents called off their strike yesterday, following negotiations with customs officials that ended a 30-hour stalemate.

Three-day tourism fair starts Friday

A three-day international tourism fair, Dhaka Travel Mart 2012, is set to begin in Dhaka on Friday, organizers said yesterday.

Stocks slip back into the red

Stocks returned to the red yesterday, breaking a two-day rally, as investors sold shares and mutual fund units to pocket profits.

Lighting lives of 7,500 people every day

When Islam Sharif spends his last day in office as the chief executive of the Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL) today, he leaves behind a company which has made important strides in implementing a successful solar energy project in the world.

Into the heart of MLM

Multi-level marketing or MLM is a constant source of debate. MLM companies have their fanatical devotees and often appear to behave in an aggressive manner. Some of them reach dizzying heights, often to fall.

Need for NRBs in stockmarket

An interesting observation about the Dhaka stockmarket is that, overall, the market has been remarkably consistent for more than eight years. There is only one thing that jumps out at when you look at the index (without trend) and that is in the beginning of 2011 when the market went into a freefall. The financial markets and the markets in Bangladesh got extraordinarily volatile for a while. It was described as a crisis period.

Metropolitan

PM for good movies

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the filmmakers to portray the rich history, tradition and culture of the Bangalee nation in their films to contribute in building a good society.

Indefinite strike if wage board not formed

Journalists and newspaper employees yesterday demanded the declaration of the eighth wage board by April 21. Otherwise they would stage a mass hunger strike the next day.

3-day film festival begins today

As part of ongoing Odommo Chattagram programme, a three-day film festival will begin at the auditorium of Fulki, a reputed educational institution in the port city, at 3:00pm today.

Saarc needs to involve China, Myanmar

The eight-nation Saarc needs to involve China and Myanmar, either as new “full members” or in “other ways”, to make the 27-year-old regional organisation vibrant and effective, foreign affairs analysts said at a conference yesterday.

Ticket scalping still on outside Ctg rail station

The ticket scalping in Chittagong Railway Station is gradually reducing due to setting up of closed-circuit (CC) cameras and regular monitoring in the station.

Separate service body for teachers on cards

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reminded the public servants that they have to be sincere in performing their duties as their salaries and other allowances come from the tax money people pay.

Rab frightens people: Fakhrul

Expressing deep concern over the killings in Narisingdi on Monday, BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said extra-judicial killing by Rab has made people frightened.

Seven killed in road accidents

Seven people were killed and one was injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Dinajpur, Rangpur, Satkhira, Chittagong, Brahmanbaria and Benapole yesterday and on Monday.

Antarctica ice melts may hit Bangladesh hardest: Minister

Bangladesh will be the world's worst victim if the ice-sheets of Antarctica start melting due to global warming, Environment Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said at a seminar yesterday.

Tight security on Pahela Baishakh

About 50,000 law enforcers will be deployed at different points in and outside the capital to ensure security during Bangla New Year celebration, Pahela Baishakh, on April 14.

Beginning of real crisis

A leading Saudi newspaper has said there is anxiety about a crisis centering Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia if Bangladesh fails to identify the culprits connected with the Saudi official's killing in Dhaka immediately.

8,086 absent on 2nd day

The number of students expelled for resorting to unfair means during the examination rose to 50 on the second day of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations yesterday.

Bela notice to save Bostami turtles

Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (Bela) yesterday served a legal notice on the authorities concerned to stop any construction work threatening the habitat and movement of critically endangered Bostami turtles at the shrine of Hazrat Baizid Bostami (R) in Chittagong.

City Swechchhasebak League leader shot

Armed extortionists shot and injured a local Awami Swechchhasebak League leader at Sutrapur in the capital yesterday morning after he refused to pay the money they have been demanding for the last three months.

CU train services resume

The shuttle train services to Chittagong University (CU) from the port city have resumed after a meeting between the authorities of the university and Bangladesh Railway yesterday.

Pashchimbanga will exchange prisoners

The Paschimbanga government has appointed a nodal officer to collect information to help repatriate Bangladeshis, who have been convicted and are in various jails in the state, to their country to serve the remaining part of their prison term, sources said here yesterday.

20,500 multimedia classrooms by 2013: Nahid

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government would introduce 20,500 multimedia classrooms in secondary schools across the country by 2013.

Stop 'irregularities' in CU teachers' recruitment

The Chittagong University teachers backed by opposition BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday demanded a stop to all "irregularities" in the teachers' recruitment process immediately.

Journalist Shila passes away

Journalist Shila Afroza passed away at her Pallabi residence in the city yesterday at the age of 37. She had been suffering from brain cancer for the last seven years.

Literary periodical launched

Mashik Chakrabak, a monthly magazine, was launched on Monday to focus on the works of rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

RU BCL men stab Shibir leader

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Rajshahi University (RU) unit yesterday allegedly stabbed an Islami Chhatra Shibir leader of the unit.

RU student barred from entering her hall

A female student of Rajshahi University, who was expelled from its Rokeya Hall at very short notice on March 19, was not allowed to enter the hall to bring her necessary things yesterday.

Timber trader murdered

A timber trader was killed early yesterday when a truck driver hit him in the head with an iron rod during a fight over fare in the capital's Merul Badda.

Dr Fahima Aziz made AUW VC

Dr Fahima Aziz has been appointed the vice-chancellor (VC) of Asian University for Women (AUW).

‘War crimes trial necessary to establish justice’

The trial of war criminals should be held for the sake of establishing justice in the country, not for taking revenge, noted historians said at a discussion yesterday.

8 shops gutted in Ctg

Two houses and eight shops were gutted in a fire at Barmapara in the port city yesterday.

SP in Rajshahi stand released

Superintendent of Police (SP) in Rajshahi SM Rokon Uddin was stand released yesterday following his alleged attempts to protect a subordinate from charges of abusing a female police member.

Death anniversary

Today is the 16th death anniversary of Salahuddin Ahmad, the first managing director of Hotels International Limited, owner of Sonargaon Hotel.

Dr Ashikul Alam

Today is the 15th death anniversary of central leader of Jatiya Ganotantrik Front, Dr Ashikul Alam.

Dr Captain Abul Kashem

Today is the 13th death anniversary of former lawmaker and freedom fighter Dr Captain Abul Kashem.

National

Huge number of surplus textbooks at a school raises question

A large number of textbooks meant for free distribution among students are kept at Nilphamari Government Girls' High School although three months of the current academic year have already passed.

Students of four more schools fare well

Students of four schools in Chapainawabganj and Khulna districts engaged in joyful interactions yesterday as they took part in English language fairs held under English in Schools programme, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi.

UGC seeks clarification of admission test expenses

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has sought clarification of expenses for the first year honours admission tests of Hajee Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) in Dinajpur under this session.

Jamaat leader Subhan, 30 others sued in Pabna after 9 years

A case has been filed against Jamaat leader and former lawmaker Maulana Abdus Subhan and 30 other BNP-Jamaat men on charge of looting, torching and vandalising houses at four villages in Chartarapur union under Sadar upazila in 2003.

2 of 35 accused held in Gangni

Police yesterday arrested two of the 35 accused in the case for killing two Awami League (AL) activists in Gangni upazila of Meherpur on Monday.

Armed BCL men take away SAU tender papers

A group of BCL men took away tender documents from the tender box at the Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU) on Monday.

VGD rice recovered

Fifty-six sacks of Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) rice were recovered from a godown in Duoshuo union of Baliadangi upazila on Monday afternoon.

Tiger kills crab catcher

Tiger killed a man in Baintala Canal area in the Sundarbans yesterday. The dead was identified as Amir Hossain, 35 son of Ajibar Rahman Gazi of Kalinchi village under Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira. Police quoted locals as saying that Amir Hossain came under attack while he was catching crabs in the canal. A tiger swooped on him and dragged him into the deep forest, they added.

ITF in Khulna from Apr 9

The month long 11th International Trade Fair (ITF) will start at Circuit House Maidan in Khulna city from April 9. Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and Messrs Dhrubo Enterprise are jointly organising the fair. Countries like Pakistan, Iran, China, Taiwan and South Korea have already confirmed their participation, booking stalls and pavilions. The fair will be most impressive and free from any sort of obscenity, said Shafiqur Rahman Palash, proprietor of Dhrubo Enterprise. Faizul Islam Tito, a member of the fair organising committee, said there would be 150 stalls and 10 pavilions at the fair.

190 bullets found

One hundred and ninety bullets of light machine gun (LMG) were found in Birampur upazila of Dinajpur district Monday afternoon. Police said locals found the bullets while they were fishing in a water body in Shimultoli area of the upazila at around 2:30pm. Being informed, police went to the spot and took the bullets to Birampur Police Station.

Abducted girl rescued

A teenage girl, abducted by a gang from Narail municipality area on March 26, was rescued from a house at South Fotepur village under South Matlab Police station of Chadpur district on Monday. Victim's father filed a case with Narail Sadar Police Station the same day, accusing two youths--Sajol Biswas, 25, son of Shohid Biswas of Voakhali area under Narail Municipality, and Md Sumit Hasan Sohag, 24, son of Delowar Hossain Munshi of Brahmandanga village under Lohagara upazila of the district. Acting on a tip-off, a police team led by SI Amir Hossain of Narail Police Station raided the house of Late Abdul Malek at the village and rescued the girl. The kidnappers fled the scene, sensing the presence of the law enforcers. Sub-Inspector (SI) Amir Hossain, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, said the two picked up the girl from Bir Shrestha Nur Mohammad Stadium premises while she was going to the stadium to witness a programme on the Independence Day.

Boy drowns in pond

A seven-year-old boy drowned in a pond at Mahmudpur village in Shyamnagar upazila on Sunday. He was identified as Sanjoy Saha, 7 son of Ratan Saha. Police quoted locals as saying that Sanjoy slipped into the pond while he was walking along its bank in the afternoon. Locals found the body floating yesterday and recovered it.

Letters

Observing March 25 in a befitting manner

March 25 is a red-letter day in the history of Bangladesh. On the night of March 25 in 1971, the Pak occupation army let loose a reign of terror on the people of Dhaka. On that day and the days that followed millions of people were mercilessly killed all over the country. The way March 25 is celebrated in Bangladesh is perhaps not correct.

No to Tipaimukh Dam

“We would not allow India to construct the Tipaimukh Dam, if it adversely impacts on Bangladesh,” the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told a rally organised by the Awami League-led 14-party grand alliance at the Government Madrasa ground in Sylhet city on March 24, 2012. In the rally she also mentioned that her government has already told India to include Bangladeshi representatives in a feasibility study group to look whether it would adversely affect Bangladesh and about the assurance of India that they would not do anything harmful for Bangladesh. It is difficult to understand why the prime minister is in doubt about the adverse impact of the said Tipaimukh dam. She should realise the simple fact that all rivers, canals, mountains and hills, mangrove forests or even the deserts were created by the Creator for the benefits and survival of all living creatures on earth and any alteration in this arrangement of the Creator is bound to impact the environment in any form or other.

Iraq: A civilisation destroyed

March 20 marks the 9th year of invasion of a land on false excuses to remove a dictator no longer required by the imperial invaders. People of Iraq suffered for years under dictatorship, and were then forced to live under an exported democracy, which has been enforced through bombings, killings and plundering of its natural resources.

Neutrality of speaker in JS

The speech of Abdul Hamid, the speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) at the concluding day of the twelfth session of the Ninth Parliament Sangsad on March 29, 2012 has surprised us. The way he delivered his speech accusing the leader of the opposition (especially his body language) gave the impression that he was speaking as the leader of the House and that he was not at all neutral.

BCB should complain

I believe BCB is completely right in complaining about the incident that took place during the final match of the Asia Cup. Mahmudullah's complaint was genuine and the umpire even warned the Pakistani player about the obstruction. If this was intentionally done, then this was not the first time Pakistani players did this against Bangladesh. During a previous tour when Bangladesh was playing in Pakistan, Rashid Latif had to cheat to win against Bangladesh and only after BCB had lodged a complaint, he was stripped of his captaincy and removed from the team. If the BCB does not put this incident on record now, I believe this will happen again and again.

Democratic principles trampled

We have never seen in our life a political party in power uses so openly and daringly all the power at its disposal to thwart simply a political rally called by the opposition! The government actions centering round BNP rally of the March 12 have left such a negative impression on the public mind that many of them now consider the ruling Awami League as a fascist party in a democratic garb. In a democratic set-up, can a government trample basic democratic principles under foot in this way?

Regulate the drug market

The prices of medicines have suddenly gone up to 25 to 30% and it seems there is no regulatory body to control it. How can the drug manufacturers raise the price to such an extent, disregarding the plight of the consumers?

Plight of Economics final year students

We got admitted in Economics Dept. of Dhaka University in 2007/08 session. Our first year class started on 1st April 2008. Our 4-year long graduation degree was scheduled to be completed this April. But still now we don't know when our final year exam will start.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Judge sets an example”

International

Asean summit starts

Southeast Asian leaders yesterday met for an annual summit dominated by Myanmar's historic reforms, North Korea's planned rocket launch and strategic maritime disputes with China.

India hails Myanmar poll results

India yesterday congratulated Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on her landslide election victory, and hailed the polls as a "major milestone" towards full-fledged democracy.

US offers $10m bounty for LeT founder

The United States has offered a $10 million reward for the capture of the founder of the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group blamed for the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.

World Bank chief backs BRICS bank idea

Outgoing World Bank president Robert Zoellick yesterday gave his backing to a new development bank proposed by the leaders of the BRICS emerging countries.

Malaysia endorses electoral overhaul

Malaysia's parliament yesterday endorsed a raft of electoral reforms demanded in a mass rally last year, but protest leaders said the measures were not enough to stamp out fraud at the polls.

Clashes raise questions over Syria peace deal

Fierce clashes broke out between Syrian troops and rebels yesterday as the regime sent reinforcements into a number of hotspots despite President Bashar al-Assad's pledge to implement a peace plan.

Flying car cleared for takeoff

Drivers hoping to slip the surly and traffic congested bonds of Earth, moved a step closer to realising their dream Monday, as a US firm said it had successfully tested a street-legal plane.

W Africa hits Mali with sanctions

West African leaders slapped crippling sanctions on Mali's junta Monday on the eve of UN talks about the country, where half the territory has fallen to rebels and Islamist fighters.

Romney eyes triple win to dash rival's chances

Mitt Romney was set to take a big step toward the Republican US presidential nomination yesterday with victories in Wisconsin and two other contests that would increase the pressure on rival Rick Santorum to drop out of the race.

Maoists set deadline for Odisha govt

Maoists holding ruling Biju Janata Dal lawmaker Jhina Hikaka for the past 10 days in Odisha yesterday gave an April 5 deadline to the state government to fulfill their demands.

India to hand over documents to Pakistan

India will soon provide documents about Mumbai attacks to Pakistan, which will contain ajmal Kasab's testimony, DawnNews reported.

France expels five Islamist radicals

France has expelled two Islamic radicals and plans to deport three more as part of its crackdown following last month's attacks by an Islamist who shot dead seven people, officials said Monday.

Yemeni forces kill 38 Qaeda suspects

Yemen's armed forces killed 38 suspected members of al-Qaeda in two days of air raids and shelling of their hideouts in the country's south, a government official said yesterday.

Seven killed in shooting at US college

Seven people were killed and three injured Monday when a gunman went on a shooting rampage at a private California religious college near San Francisco, police said.

Murdoch Jr quits as BSkyB chairman

James Murdoch resigned as chairman of British pay-TV giant BSkyB yesterday, saying he did not want it to become a "lightning rod" for the hacking scandal at his father Rupert's media empire.

Last heir of the Ottoman dynasty dies

Neslisah Sultan, last in line to the dynasty that once ruled the Ottoman empire, has died at the age of 91.

Iran suspends Reuters 'indefinitely'

The Tehran bureau of international news agency Reuters has been "suspended indefinitely" because of a report it did mischaracterising Iranian female ninjas as "terrorists," authorities said on Monday.

FARC rebels free 10 hostages

Colombia's leftist FARC rebels on Monday released the last 10 police officers and soldiers they were holding hostage, but the country's president said the move was "insufficient."

Arts & Entertainment

“Paap Punya” at TIC

On the second day of the theatre festival, people of the port city enjoyed the play “Paap Punya”, at Theatre Institute, Chittagong (TIC) on Sunday evening.

“Mrittu Pakhi” at District Shilpakala Academy

The Shilpakala Academy in Chittagong was abuzz with the footsteps of the theatre enthusiasts on Monday as Uttaradhikar, a theatre group of the port city, staged the play “Mrittu Pakhi” at the auditorium on the second day of the five-day theatre festival organised by The Daily Star as part of its “Odommo Chattagram” celebration.

“Ekti Obastob Galpo” staged at TIC

As part of the ongoing 12-daylong “Odommo Chattagram” celebration, a five-day theatre festival concludes today at the auditorium of Theatre Institute Chittagong (TIC). Two troupes -- Tirjak Natyadal and Nandikar -- staged their popular productions “Madhumala” (by Kazi Nazrul Islam) and “Paap Punya” (by Leo Tolstoy) on the opening and second day of the festival respectively.

Theatre festival by Padatik (TSC) begins today

A six-day theatre festival arranged by Padatik Natya Sangsad (TSC) begins today at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The festival, titled “Syed Badruddin Hossain Smriti Natyotshab O Smarak Shammanana '12”, will simultaneously be held at the National Theatre Hall and Experimental Theatre Hall of the academy.

Art exhibition for tiny tots in Dinajpur

A weeklong art exhibition featuring artworks of tiny tots of Dinajpur kicked off on March 31 amid much festivity, drawing a huge crowd, especially the children.

Laila Sharmeen represents Bangladesh in Effetto Biennale

Artist Laila Sharmeen represented Bangladesh at the recently concluded Effectto Biennale in Mexico. A total of 54 artists from 25 countries showcased their works at the internationally renowned Museum of Merida.

Attuned to Culture

Artistes of Suratirhta Sangeet Bidyalaya at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) campus observed its annual cultural programme at Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Auditorium of BAU on Friday evening. It was the 22nd annual programme of the cultural organisation.

OP-ED

Of the ugly and the indecent

The prime minister is not the only one who is worried about the use of indecent language in parliament. We all are. When not so long ago two women lawmakers from the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party went for an indecent assault on the person and reputation of Sheikh Hasina, it was a whole nation that was left reeling from the shock thus engendered. Here we were, at home with our children and grandchildren, watching the proceedings on television. Those two women left us with red faces before our families. It was the eyes of the children that said it all. Is this politics? That was the question they seemed to ask. And we had no answer but a load of shame to offer them in response.

N-bomb and terrorists

We have just had the second Nuclear Security Summit, in Seoul. It got surprisingly little attention from the international media although 53 countries attended it. For the media, nuclear weapons are yesterday's issue because nobody expects a nuclear war. But a nuclear weapon in terrorist hands is the defining nightmare of the post-9/11 decade, and that's what the summit was actually about.

Prime Minister's Turkey visit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled fly to Turkey on April 9 on a four-day official visit at the invitation of her counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The visit is very important and will open up opportunities of cooperation with Turkey, which is now the sixth largest economy in Europe and sixteenth in the world.

Corruption: Who to blame?

Corruption has become a way of life for the citizens of Bangladesh, irrespective of their socio-economic background. Bangladesh, being one of the LDCs in the world, has been plagued with corruption since we gained independence. It is ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in the world by Transparency International. This should not come as a surprise to us, but the fact that corruption is multi-dimensional and should be resolved with a unified and national effort needs to be a priori comprehended.

Fame and shame in politics

Out of the last four decades since independence, two female leaders elected through popular votes ruled for almost half the period. Let us talk today about women in politics. Nowhere in the world, except Bangladesh, have a female prime minister and a female opposition leader ruled successively for two decades.



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