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SQ Chy indicted

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday framed 23 specific charges against detained BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury in connection with genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War of 1971.

THE 23 CHARGES

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday brought 23 charges against BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury in connection with crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. Chairman of the tribunal Justice Nizamul Huq yesterday read out the charges in an open court. The charges brought under the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973 are published as it is in brief:

3 NRB banks get approval

The central bank yesterday approved three new banks sponsored by non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) on condition that they will double their earlier proposed capital.

Same old antics

BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury's court theatrics turned out to be the highlight for the audience at the International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday although his indictment was the feature of the day.

Grabbers occupy 90pc public land

Influential land grabbers occupy nearly ninety percent of the country's khas (public) land as identified so far, said Abul Barkat, a Dhaka University professor, at a workshop in the capital yesterday.

Killers must be arrested

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has assured the visiting Saudi delegation that the killers of the Saudi embassy official must be tracked down after proper investigation.

Mugged businessman remains a mystery

Law enforcers remain clueless about the whereabouts of the businessman who tipped off Rab about the six alleged muggers who were killed in a “shootout” with the elite force in Narsingdi on April 2.

False declaration alert at Ctg port

Customs authorities have detected an alarming number of false declarations about import consignments at Chittagong Seaport recently.

WB decision proves Padma bridge graft

The World Bank's temporary ban on a Canadian company, which participated in the bidding of Padma bridge project, proved that corruption had plunged the project to uncertainty, BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday.

Mayor hopefuls warned by EC

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday urged DCC mayoral and councillor hopefuls to immediately remove their posters, billboards and banners from the city streets.

Reckless driving kills boy in Ctg

A class VIII student of Nasirabad Government Boys' High School in the port city was killed as a recklessly driven auto-tempo ran over him in the city's Hamzarbag area yesterday morning.

ACC starts investigation

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday started investigating the irregularities of Destiny-2000 Ltd, a controversial multilevel marketing company, said an ACC official.

Man sent to jail for bail forgery

A Dhaka court yesterday sent a man to jail after cancelling his bail that he had obtained through a forged High Court order.

Three-day film festival begins

The three-day film festival of The Daily Star's Odommo Chattagram initiative began yesterday at the Fulki auditorium in the port city.

Dipu Moni's advice for media people

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday asked the media to be more positive and supportive.

BSF kills 1 in C'nawabganj

The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) allegedly gunned down a Bangladeshi cattle trader at Shingnagar frontier in Shibganj upazila under Chapainawabganj early yesterday morning.

Rumi's cross examination concludes

Cross-examination of former director general of the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) Maj Gen (retd) Sadik Hasan Rumi, the sixth prosecution witness in the 10 truckloads of arms haul cases, concluded yesterday.

UN Council calls for end to north Mali fighting

The UN Security Council yesterday called for an end to hostilities in northern Mali and a return to constitutional rule two weeks after a coup, French diplomats said.

Libyan airlines banned from flying to EU

All Libyan airlines and Venezuelan carrier Conviasa were banned from flying into the 27-nation European Union on Tuesday due to safety concerns.

Hillary wants concrete commitments from Iran

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Tuesday for Iran to make concrete commitments on its nuclear program at upcoming talks with major powers -- the first in more than a year.

Malaysia poll critics call for nationwide rally

Critics of Malaysia's electoral system yesterday called for a nationwide protest this month to press for thorough reform before upcoming polls that they warned could be "the dirtiest yet".

Sheikh Jamal won't send football team to Pakistan

Bangladesh professional football league champion Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club has refused to send its team to Pakistan for the AFC President's Cup citing security concern.

Protest over minority repression

Students of Dhaka University Jagannath Hall last night staged a demonstration in Shahbagh area protesting recent attack on minorities in Satkhira district over staging a play at a school in Chakdah village.

Editorial

Lethal Narsingdi shootout

The special anti-crime force Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)'s statement that six muggers were killed in a shootout in Narsingdi on Monday has raised some serious questions.

Dhaka's deepening water crisis

Along with electricity, now the capital's residents are also facing acute water crisis, that too, even before summer is here in full swing. In fact, some residents of the capital, such as those living in posh areas of the city even, have been going virtually without water for over a month. They are having to buy water for drinking, cooking and washing, resulting in a hike in their regular expenses. Their sufferings are endless, living in an unhygienic environment with unclean toilets, etc.

Sports

Openers give England edge

Under-pressure skipper Andrew Strauss and fellow opener Alastair Cook hit gutsy half-centuries as England made a confident reply to Sri Lanka's 275 in the second Test in Colombo on Wednesday.

Abahani join Muktis on top

With a little more than half of the season left, the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League has virtually turned into a two-horse race after three-time champions Abahani joined Muktijoddha at the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Farashganj SC at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Hosts take command

Home side Rajshahi dominated the first day against BKSP in the first semifinal of the Standard Chartered Bank Young Tigers National U-16 Cricket competition at the Shaheed Kamruz-zaman Stadium yesterday.

Shirin maintains solo lead

Sharmin Sultana Shirin went one step closer to winning the Arlin Developer National Women's Chess Championship Qualifiers as she maintained her solo lead after the end of the sixth round yesterday.

Ctg, Faridpur, Pabna sail

Chittagong, Faridpur and Pabna registered big wins in the 32nd inter-district cricket championship yesterday.

Deonarine, Rampaul back for Windies

West Indies have recalled batsman Narsingh Deonarine for the first Test against Australia in Barbados, starting April 7. The 13-member squad also includes fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, who missed the one-dayers and Twenty20 due to injury and illness.

The other star

Andres Iniesta underlined his importance to Barcelona with the goal that ended AC Milan's resistance on Tuesday and ushered his side into a record-equalling fifth consecutive Champions League semifinal.

Eyes on elbows

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has decided to crack down on chucking and has asked the umpires to apply the relevant laws strictly to deal with bowlers with illegal actions.

Mumbai bowl Kings out for 112

Pragyan Ojha made a seamless transition from Deccan Chargers to Mumbai Indians, taking two wickets in his first two overs for his new side to pull back defending champions Chennai Super Kings just when they were threatening to break free.

Cricket in Lahore once more

Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium opened its gates to a foreign team on Wednesday for the first time since a terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus forced a halt to international cricket in Pakistan.

Messi sparks for Barca

Barcelona became the first team to reach five consecutive Champions League semifinals, potentially setting up another meeting with Chelsea. A 52nd-minute goal from Andres Iniesta and the two earlier penalties that gave Leo Messi 14 Champions League goals for the season, equalling Jose Altafini's 50-year-old European Cup record, took them to a 3-1 victory over Milan. As a bonus Barcelona took up their now familiar slot without suspensions and without the returning Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring against them. Instead the Swede departed raging against the referee.

Forgotten Olic sends Bayern through

Bayern Munich's Ivica Olic struck twice give his team a 2-0 win over Olympique Marseille on Tuesday and send them into the Champions League semifinals with a 4-0 aggregate victory.

Spaniards dominant

Three Spanish clubs will seek on Thursday to reach the Europa League semifinals and build on the impression that whilst their country is in a financial crisis their football fortunes are in rude health.

Rooney bullish about City clash

Wayne Rooney insists Manchester United are capable of clinching the Premier League title with a victory at Manchester City later this month.

Gomez signs on till 2016

Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez has extended his contract by three years to 2016 the day after his club booked a place in the Champions League semifinals, the forward said on Wednesday.

Local Snippets

A brace from Zakir helped leaders Wari Club avert a defeat against Victoria SC after playing out a 2-2 draw in the Premier Bank Bangladesh Championship League at Cox's Bazar Stadium yesterday.

Bailey's IPL mission

Following the end of Australia's Twenty20 series against the West Indies, George Bailey flew all the way from Barbados to the South American nation of Suriname in search of his travel documents to travel to the IPL -- having been given some odd advice that it could not be obtained in Trinidad as expected. Visa obtained, Bailey and his driver set off to fly back to Barbados for Australia's tour match but realised that there was no chance of making the flight in time. The driver knew the pilot and asked to delay the flight. When Bailey reached the plane the pilot insisted on having his photo taken with Bailey before departing.

Business

Renewable energy platform launched

A platform for renewable energy products businesses, Bangladesh Solar and Renewable Energy Association (BSREA), was launched in Dhaka yesterday.

Talks on egg imports today

The commerce ministry sits today with breeders, poultry farmers, importers and officials of some other ministries to come to a decision on egg imports while the prices of the item soared in the local market.

RMG exports to pick up as orders pour in

Major garment makers expect a boost in exports as the US economy is rebounding and orders are shifting from China to Bangladesh.

DSE reminds directors of share purchase deadline

The Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday reminded sponsors and directors of listed firms of the May 22 deadline for raising their stake in their firms to a certain level in line with a regulatory requirement.

Stocks slip for second day

Stocks declined for a second day as profit-booking by investors pushed the key index down to its lowest since March 7.

Govt should move fast on renewable energy

The government should make functional the proposed Sustainable Renewable Energy Development Agency (SREDA) immediately to tap the country's huge potential in clean energy, an analyst said yesterday.

Include salt cultivation in agriculture sector

Farmers of Chakoria and adjacent areas in Cox's Bazar district have demanded the government include salt cultivation in the agriculture sector.

AB Bank celebrates30 years of operations

AB Bank yesterday celebrated its 30 years of commercial operation at a programme at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the capital.

Augere signs up 200,000 customers in Bangladesh, Pakistan

The customer base of Augere, a mobile broadband service provider, has recently reached the 200,000 mark across its key markets in Bangladesh and Pakistan, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Development hinges on fast reforms

Dr S Hafeez Rahman is the director general of Asian Development Bank's South Asia Department (SARD), a post that has never been held by a South Asian. SARD that covers Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka is ADB's largest department. Dr Rahman, who retires today from ADB after serving the organisation for nearly 20 years, was involved in a number of landmark ADB operations, including resumption of the bank's operations in Vietnam in 1994 and Afghanistan in 20022003. He initiated ADB's assistance to Kazakhstan in 1995 in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union. He also played a big role in ADB's stabilisation and recovery assistance to the countries hardest hit by the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis. Dr Rahman also served as ADB's country director in Nepal during the turbulent times of civil conflict.

Regulatory lunacy to set ourselves up for the next market crash

There is such a thing as regulatory lunacy and one should look no further than directive of Bangladesh regulators requiring sponsor directors of all listed companies to hold minimum of 2 percent total share to maintain their directorship.

Correction

The Daily Star in a report, "Air operators may face safety audit", published on B4 on March 29 mistakenly mentioned that Easy Fly Express Ltd does not have the permission of global aviation regulator International Civil Aviation Organisation to start international operations.

Metropolitan

CU wins hearts at 'Tarunya Utsab’

Chittagong University was adjudged the winner at the end of the two-day “Tarunya Utsab” (youth cultural festival) of the 12-day Odommo Chattagram festival, an initiative of The Daily Star, yesterday.

Door to immense possibilities opens

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the maritime boundary verdict against Myanmar opened the door to immense possibilities for the present and future generations.

Saarc Charter requires revisions

An international conference yesterday opined that the Saarc Charter, which was formulated 26 years ago in a different climate, should be revised to address the present aspirations of the member states.

A glance into Ctg history

The endless quipping of 50 or so inquisitive minds reverberated though the Chittagong MA Aziz Gymnasium yesterday where “Chirayato Chattagram Prodarshani” (Eternal Chittagong Exhibition) was being held.

Matia for Saarc seed bank

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday called for expediting the formation of Saarc seed bank, which could ensure vital seed supplies to the member countries in crisis periods following natural disasters.

Soldiers were forced to take up arms

Some armed mutineers forced the soldiers of now defunct Bangladesh Rifles to take up arms and join the carnage on February 25, 2009, said three prosecution witnesses yesterday in their deposition before the Metropolitan Sessions Judges' Court.

DoE removes two brick kilns

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined the owners of five brickfields Tk 5.5 lakh in Munshiganj and removed two brickfields in Narial for violating the environmental laws and using drum chimneys.

Sakku back in BNP

Following BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's direction, the party withdrew its expulsion order on Comilla City Corporation Mayor Monirul Hoque Sakku.

US under- secretary Sherman due today

US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman will arrive here today on a two-day official visit.

A friend of Bangladesh dies

Govind Narain, one of the last surviving Indian civil service officers who played a key role in formulating India's role in Bangladesh's Liberation War and aiding the formation of the Mukti Bahini, passed away on Tuesday, said his family.

Reserve forests on rise: Minister

Environment and Forests Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday said the number of reserve forests in the country had increased from eight to 34 in the last three years.

Man beats wife to death in Ctg

A housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her husband at her in-laws house in West Suabil Alamer Ghona area of Chittagong yesterday.

Housewife burnt to death

A housewife yesterday succumbed to her burn injuries at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) hours after she was set ablaze allegedly by her husband and in-law relatives at Raninagar in Rajshahi city.

9 killed in road crashes

Nine people were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Brahmanbaria, Benapole, Netrakona, Rangpur and Dinajpur on Tuesday and yesterday.

Food festival begins in Ctg today

In order to showcase the traditional foods of Chittagong and of the country as well, a three-day food festival starts at Chittagong MA Aziz Stadium Gymnasium premises today.

Nahid to get WEC award

The World Education Congress (WEC) has decided to honour Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid for his outstanding contribution to the education sector of Bangladesh.

Normalcy returning to CU

A significant number of students turned out to the campus yesterday as Islami Chhatra Shibir has temporarily postponed its indefinite strike at Chittagong University.

Torture on Kadar: Charges against OC Helal accepted

A Dhaka court yesterday took into cognisance the charges brought against Md Helal Uddin, former OC of Khilgaon Police Station, in a case filed by Dhaka University student Abdul Kadar.

Students to get training on outsourcing

The government has taken initiatives to impart subject-wise training to students of high school, college and university levels in freelancing outsourcing to facilitate both learning and earning at home.

Four get life term for rape

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced four people to life term rigorous imprisonment for gang raping of a 16-year-old girl in Nawabganj in October 2001.

Poba will file case if pillars in Shitalakhya not removed

Paribesh Bachao Andolan (Poba) will file a contempt of court case against the authorities concerned if the illegal demarcation pillars in the Shitalakhya river are not removed immediately.

Rabindranath Tagore's birth celebration at RU today

Bangla department of Rajshahi University have chalked out a colourful programme to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore on the campus today.

Three held for cheating patients

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested three persons in the city yesterday over their alleged involvement in persuading patients to go to private clinics and diagnostic centres leaving the government hospital.

Jamil's passing leaves vacuum in photojournalism

Shawkat Jamil Khan, a former photojournalist of The Daily Star, has left a vacuum in the arena of photography, as a few people having such talents, education, and modesty choose to have this career, friends and colleagues said at a memorial meeting yesterday.

National

Bumper mango if all go well

Growers and agriculture officials expect bumper production of mango in the district this season as favourable weather conditions have helped about 70 percent flowering of the trees and smooth growth of the delicious summer fruit.

Kids from six more schools learn amid fun and games

Students of six schools in Chapainawabganj and Khulna districts yesterday took part in the English language fairs held under English in Schools (EIS) programme, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi.

2 policemen injured in attack by outlaws

Two police officers sustained bullet injuries as a gang of alleged outlaws attacked them in Phultala upazila town on Tuesday night.

Farmers' dream to cultivate Bhutiar Beel comes true

Around 60,000 farmers in Terokhada upazila of the district are now beaming with joy as the authorities concerned have started removing water logging from over 13,000 hectares of land in Bhutiar Beel (water body) to make it fit for farming again.

600 massacred on this day in Lalmonirhat

Today is Lalmonirhat mass killing day.

AL leader killed in Shariatpur

A local leader of Awami League was killed by his rivals at Kodalpur village in Goshairhat upazila yesterday morning.

EU envoy visits Moulvibazar

European Union ambassador to Bangladesh William Hanna visited two primary schools run under EU funded project at Muroichhara of Kulaura upazila on Monday and Tuesday.

10 hurt in Sirajganj clash

At least 10 people were injured in a clash at Binnabari Char under Belkuchi upazila on Tuesday night. The injured were admitted to the Sirajganj and Belkuchi hospitals where three of them were in critical condition. Kamrul Islam, SI of Belkuchi PS said, a cow of Abdul Mojid damaged the paddy field of Abdul Malek Talukder on Tuesday afternoon. At this, Malek took the cow to his house. When Mojid went to bring back the cow, Malek refused. On Tuesday night, they along with their men locked in a fierce clash injuring 10 from both sides.

Octogenarian found dead

Mystery shrouded the death of an octogenarian man who was found dead at his courtyard in Tahirpur upazila early Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Rahis Ali, 80. Police said, locals saw the body of Rahis at the courtyard of his house at Barochhara Customs Station at about 4:00 am and informed them. Later, the law enforcers recovered the body and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. There were marks of injury in his throat. Locals said Rahis had not been in a good terms with his wife and sons for long.

Schoolboy commits 'suicide'

A schoolboy allegedly committed suicide at Bhoktipur Chowdhurypara village of Ranipukur union in Mithapukur upazila on Tuesday noon. The deceased was identified as Bulbul Mian, 11, student of class six at a local school and son of Aynal Hossain. According to Mithapukur police and family sources, Bulbul Mian took pesticide on Tuesday noon following a family feud and died after a few minutes. A UD case was filed.

Lightning kills mosque khadem

A khadem (caretaker) of a mosque was killed by lightning at Udhonpara village in Lalpur upazila on Tuesday night. The deceased was identified as Muktar Hossain, 35, khadem of Udhonpara Mosque. Local sources said Muktar was struck by lightning at about 11:00 pm while returning home from a waz mahfil in the area. He was rushed to the upazila health complex where attending doctors declared him dead.

International

9/11 planners set for US trial

The US yesterday formally sent to trial five suspected al-Qaeda militants believed to have planned the 9/11 terror attacks.

Newspaper reveals 'coup plot' in India

Two Indian army units that moved towards New Delhi on a January night without notifying the government raised alarm in the capital, the Indian Express newspaper reported yesterday, but the Defense Ministry and army quickly denied the report.

Israel plotting to 'wipe out' Iran

Controversy-courting German Nobel literature laureate Gunter Grass published a poem yesterday in which he accused Israel of plotting Iran's annihilation and threatening global security.

Israel plans 1,121 new settler homes

Israel's construction and housing ministry yesterday published tenders for 1,121 new settler homes, most of them them in annexed east Jerusalem, with others in the West Bank and the Golan Heights.

LeT founder goads US over $10m bounty

The founder of the Pakistani militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks goaded the United States yesterday in a defiant public appearance mocking his $10 million US bounty.

Syria rebels will never defeat Assad's army

Russia stepped up its backing of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad yesterday by warning the West that the rebels would never be able to defeat his army even if "armed to the teeth."

US, Afghans nearing deal on night raids

The United States and Afghanistan are close to clinching an agreement that will give Kabul more authority over night-time raids, resolving an issue that threatened to derail negotiations on a long-term US military presence, US officials said Tuesday.

Asean to 'intensify efforts'

Southeast Asian leaders on Wednesday pledged to step up efforts to resolve overlapping maritime disputes with China, at the end of a two-day summit which also focused on Myanmar and North Korea.

US seeks to repair ties with Pakistan

A top US diplomat on a fence-mending visit yesterday said that Pakistan had to address US concerns about security, calling for a "balanced" relationship that works through the countries' differences.

Suicide blast kills 12 in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber attacked foreign military forces in northern Afghanistan yesterday, killing up to 12 people, officials said.

Talk to Dalai Lama

Twelve Nobel laureates including South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu have written to China's president urging him to open talks with the Dalai Lama after a series of self-immolations by Tibetans.

Powerful tornadoes strike Texas

At least two tornadoes ripped across northern Texas Tuesday, flipping huge trucks like toys, tearing off roofs and grounding flights but apparently causing only minor casualties.

Thailand bans Macbeth adaptation

Thai censors have banned a film based on William Shakespeare's "Macbeth", saying the tale could sow "disunity" in the politically divided kingdom.

Romney wins triple

Mitt Romney yesterday taken a stride closer to the Republican presidential nomination by winning primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington.

Violent storm kills four in Japan

A huge storm killed at least four people in Japan, police said yesterday, as violent wind and rain battered the nation and disrupted transport for a second day.

US charges 9/11 mastermind

The United States charged the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, along with four alleged plotters yesterday, vowing to seek the death penalty in a much-awaited military trial.

US Marines arrive in Australia

The first batch of 2,500 US Marines to be deployed in Australia began work yesterday as Washington bolsters its presence in the strategically vital Asia-Pacific, to the irritation of China.

France arrests 10 more Islamists

French police swooped on suspected radical Islamists in pre-dawn raids for the second time in less than a week yesterday, arresting 10 people, a source close to the investigation said.

Fuel in Gaza under new deal

Fuel began arriving in Gaza yesterday as per a new deal between the territory's Hamas government and the Palestinian authority in the West Bank, an official said.

India inducts new nuke sub

India returned to the elite club of countries with a nuclear-powered submarine yesterday when it inducted a new vessel leased from Russia.

Arts & Entertainment

Manchamukut stages Biye at TIC

On the third day of the theatre festival, as part of The Daily Star's “Odommo Chattagram” celebration, a full-house enjoyed the play “Biye” at Theatre Institute, Chittagong (TIC) on Tuesday evening.

“The Bengali East End”

A new exhibition, titled “The Bengali East End”, was launched last month at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives in London.

Chaitro Sankranti book festival in Dhaka

Adorn Publication has organised a twelve-day book fair, titled “Chaitro Sankranti Boi Utshab”, at the Central Public Library premises. The fair was inaugurated on March 31.

Mohammad Iqbal's solo exhibition to open at Bengal Gallery

After a hiatus of two years, artist Mohammad Iqbal is holding a solo painting exhibition. The exhibition, titled “Peace in the Times of Disquiet”, will open at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on April 6, and will continue till April 17. His last solo exhibition was held at Gallery Chitrak in 2010.

Urge to go back to stage

Shahnaj Khushi is a popular face on the television, especially when it comes to plays with rural settings. The versatile actress, however, is more than capable of portraying any role that comes her way. Beginning her acting journey with 'Mukto Natok', the seasoned actress survived the test of time by consistent performances on both the stage and TV. The Daily Star (TDS) recently had the chance to interview the actress.

Ashton Kutcher to star in Steve Jobs biopic

Actor Ashton Kutcher is to play Steve Jobs in a biopic about the late Apple co-founder, according to Variety.

Kamaluddin Nilu re-elected as jury member of Int'l Ibsen Award committee

Bangladeshi theatre director Kamaluddin Nilu has been re-elected as a jury member of the International Ibsen Award Committee, according to Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT) sources. Nilu, who formed the theatre troupe CAT in Bangladesh, was one of the key members of the first Ibsen Award Committee. The committee was formed by the Norwegian government in 2007.

OP-ED

What is the value of an Afghan life?

Human beings, at least the good ones, are brought up to believe that human life is invaluable, and to put a price tag on it would be a callous disregard for an intrinsically priceless gift of God. However, to quote a Time magazine report on health, insurance companies in the US calculate that to make a treatment worth its cost, it must guarantee one year of "quality life" for $50,000 or less. And one wonders whether it is not this calculation that has determined the valuation of the life of civilians killed in Afghanistan in military operations.

Will Annan save Assad?

Earlier this week, the Syrian government accepted a peace plan proposed by Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general. Annan's six-point initiative to resolve the crisis in Syria calls for a "political process" to address the Syrian people's aspirations, a cessation of fighting and troop movements, quicker release of political prisoners, and allowing humanitarian aid, access for journalists and greater freedom of assembly.

Fighting corruption: Effective measures

Corruption is a pervasive social vice. It is deeply rooted in the society as a "convention," or "tradition," or "psychological need" or "necessity," and is practiced not only in the public sector but also in the corporate sector and private life.

Autistic children: Gifts of God

The fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day was observed on April 2, 2012. Every year, autism organisations around the world celebrate the day with awareness-raising events. Autism is a life-long developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high and it has a tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies.

War crimes trial

March 25, 2010, was a dawn of hope when the government formed the International Crimes Tribunal, an investigation agency and prosecution panel to try and punish those who committed crimes against humanity during the country's liberation war in 1971.

This Day In History

April 5

1930
Mahatma Gandhi ends a 241 mile march to Dandi in the Salt Satyagraha.



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