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News of: Friday, 6th of April, 2012

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Traffic thrown into a tailspin

Thousands of people suffered in huge tailbacks as Karail slum dwellers and Dhaka university students blocked roads in the capital's Mohakhali and Shahbagh areas from morning till afternoon yesterday.

Air Force investigator found dead in hotel

A squadron leader of Bangladesh Air Force, who was investigating alleged looting of a Chittagong shrine by Rab personnel, was found dead in a hotel room in the port city yesterday.

Recruiting system to be blamed

The overseas recruitment system in Bangladesh pushes low-skilled migrants into debt because of the high expenditure they have borne even before their departure, said the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Why Rab actions result in deaths?

Training of Rapid Action Battalion personnel is faulty since when they go to catch someone, it ends in deaths, said National Human Rights Commission Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday.

Big buys done with cooperative money

Destiny Group has been selling shares of its sister concerns to its cooperative arm, putting several lakh members' money at risk as some of these concerns exist on paper only.

Concern over cooperative money

A Bangladesh Bank board member yesterday said he would raise the issue of mobilisation of public money by companies like Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Society in their next meeting to see whether the act abides by the law.

Realtor staff robbed of Tk 20 lakh

Armed muggers on motorcycles looted Tk 20 lakh from a real estate official at gunpoint in the capital's Dhanmondi area yesterday afternoon.

Hasina seeks US assistance from MCA

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the US government to enrol Bangladesh in the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) so that the country could receive assistance from the fund.

Disclose motive

The visiting Saudi Arabian delegation yesterday called on Dhaka Metropolitan Police authorities to immediately reveal the motive behind the murder of its embassy official Khalaf Al Ali and arrest the killers.

Inflation eases

Inflation eased by 0.33 percentage point to 10.10 percent in March, mainly due to falling rice prices, says a statistical agency.

Reconstitute Biman board

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the civil aviation ministry to scrap the Board of Directors of Biman and form a new one with "aviation experts" to run the airliner "efficiently" and make it a profitable venture.

Bus operators tell of extortion

A section of bus owners yesterday threatened to suspend indefinitely bus services to 22 southern districts from April 8 protesting extortion at Daulatdia-Paturia Ferry Ghat.

9 killed in Sirajganj

Nine persons were killed and 20 others injured yesterday in a head-on collision between a bus and an auto-rickshaw on Sirajganj-Enayetpur road in the district's Belkuchi upazila.

Delhi win curtailed IPL match

Thanks to a late cameo from all-rounder Irfan Pathan and a fine spell from bowler Morne Morkel, Delhi Daredevils overcame the Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets in the teams' opening Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata yesterday.

Chittagong delicacies put on show

A three-day food festival showcasing the delicacies of Chittagong started at MA Aziz Stadium gymnasium in the port city yesterday, on the 7th day of Odommo Chattagram celebration.

Rocket hits Israeli tourist town Eilat

A rocket fired from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula slammed into the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat yesterday, police said, causing no injuries in the town packed with tourists ahead of a Jewish holiday.

BSF tortures Bangladeshi

A Bangladeshi national who went to India legally suffered brutal torture by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on April 4.

Japan passes $1.1 trillion budget

Japan passed a $1.1 trillion budget yesterday, with about half the spending expected to be financed by new bonds that will add to Japan's massive debt mountain.

Sampan Race, Science Expo

A sampan race will be held this afternoon on the Karnaphuli river. A day-long science expo titled - Chattagram O Biggan Charcha - will take place today in the auditorium of Fulki. The prize giving ceremony of the eight-day long photography exhibition - Chitromoy Chattala - will be held at Theatre Institute Chittagong this evening.

Editorial

Eviction drive must have a humanitarian dimension

Nearly 2,000 illegal shops and shanties at Korail near Gulshan were bulldozed in a drive conducted by Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) on Wednesday following a High Court order that had asked the concerned authorities to rid the Gulshan Lake and its adjacent areas of all illegal structures by the end of March. Although the drive falls well within the ambit of law, we cannot help express our worries at the miseries and uncertainties that the evicted people are going to face. In fact, there are two ways of looking at it. One is the legal aspect and the other human aspect.

Rising threat of diarrhoea

A RAPID rise in the incidence of severe diarrhoea and cholera in the city and its surrounding areas is alarming. Records of the International Cholera and Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh) ICDDR, B hospital show that the epidemic has taken a serious turn. Since March 24, the hospital has been witnessing a sudden rise in the number of admissions infected by these epidemics.

Sports

Eng on top after KP salvo

Kevin Pietersen shrugged off a switch-hit controversy to smash an explosive 151 off 165 balls as England took charge of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Thursday.

Complicating a simple matter

Another day has passed but still the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) could not officially fix a date for the resumption of the Dhaka Premier Cricket League which was suspended following controversy over the registration of Pakistan and Victoria Sporting Club batsman Mohammad Yousuf on March 28.

BU halt Feni spree

A late strike from substitute Towhidul Alam Siddique helped Brothers Union halt Feni Soccer Club's winning spree as they drew 1-1 in their Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Shirin wins chess qualifiers

Sharmin Sultana Shirin became unbeaten champion in the Arlin Developer 33rd National Women's Championship Qualifiers beating Farzana Hossain Annie in the seventh and final round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

Pietersen warned for switch-hit

Umpires warned England batsman Kevin Pietersen twice for changing his stance to attempt a switch-hit during the second Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Nervy Chelsea set up Barca clash

Chelsea nervously beat 10-man Benfica 2-1 in their Champions League quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to seal a 3-1 aggregate victory and set up a semi-final with holders Barcelona later this month.

Shooting star Shinji

Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund are confident sought after midfielder Shinji Kagawa will accept a new deal, club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said on Thursday.

Di Maria back for late run-in

Angel Di Maria's late goal for Real Madrid against APOEL Nicosia will have been the icing on the cake for coach Jose Mourinho, as it appeared to signal the return to fitness of one of his most potent forwards.

Madrid sail into semis

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid enjoyed one of their most comfortable passages into the Champions League semi-finals with a 5-2 victory over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday, progressing 8-2 on aggregate.

Venus on song

In a clash of former world number ones, Venus Williams toppled seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-0 on Wednesday to reach the third round of the WTA's green clay Charleston tournament.

Tube map ruffles Dutch feathers

Inspired by the 2012 Olympics, London transport chiefs created a special version of their underground railway map by replacing stations with the names of sporting greats but they left out one of the most famous of all.

Levi delivers Mumbai win

Richard Levi hit a 35-ball 50 to guide Mumbai Indians to an easy eight-wicket win over defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) opening match on Wednesday.

Aamer warns against fixing

Disgraced Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Aamer has appeared in an official video from the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC) warning players of the dangers of corruption.

'Complete vindication' for Cairns

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns feels "complete vindication" and is ready for a new role in cricket after winning a libel action against former Indian Premier League boss Lalit Modi.

Junaid to return to Lancashire

Pakistan international Junaid Khan will return to Lancashire in June, the English county champions revealed on Thursday.

Broken bones don't stop Terry

Chelsea captain John Terry revealed he played with two cracked ribs and could hardly breathe during his team's Champions League 2-1 triumph over Benfica on Wednesday.

Season over for Pato

AC Milan's Brazilian striker Pato will be out of action for the rest of the season, club doctor Jean-Pierre Meerssman revealed on Thursday.

Toure denies Balotelli bust-up

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure on Thursday dismissed reports of dressing-room bust-ups with team-mate Mario Balotelli.

Local Snippets

Uttar Baridhara Club moved to the top of the points table of the Premier Bank Bangladesh Championship League when they handed a 3-0 defeat to Chittagong Abahani at Cox's Bazar Stadium yesterday.

Kohli wants Bharat Ratna for Sachin

India's latest batting sensation Virat Kohli on Thursday said Sachin Tendulkar deserves country's highest civilian award -- the Bharat Ratna.

Business

Analysts suggest microfinance policy

The government should make a visionary public policy on microfinance to clear its position as a financial tool and help remove confusion over it, an analyst said yesterday.

Egg imports on, bypassing ban

Traders continue to import eggs from India, bypassing a government restriction that prohibits such imports from a bird flu-infected country.

Bangabandhu conference centre to get new operator

State-owned Bangladesh Services Ltd (BSL) is likely to become the management operator of Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital.

Stocks end the week on a high note

Stocks returned to the black yesterday, as investors went on a buying spree. The benchmark index of Dhaka Stock Exchange finished the week at 5,098.91 points, after gaining 78.04 points.

Innovations galore at light engineering fair

A total of 86 exhibitors, including 35 foreign companies from India and China, yesterday showcased innovative products in engineering, manufacturing and solar energy at a fair.

Lankan airline chief upbeat on Dhaka flights

Mihin Lanka, a budget airline of Sri Lanka, increased its flights on Dhaka-Colombo route recently as it witnessed a steady growth of passengers on the route, said its chief executive officer yesterday.

Govt asks refiners to import more sugar

The government yesterday asked refiners to import more sugar and edible oil to keep the prices and supply of the two basic items stable during the upcoming month of Ramadan in July.

Investors urge SEC to be strict on share purchase deadline

Investors yesterday urged the Securities and Exchange Commission to stick to the May 22 deadline for directors to raise share ownership to a certain level to comply with regulations.

New DMD for Prime Bank

Kanti Kumar has recently joined Prime Bank as deputy managing director, said a statement.

Metropolitan

PM spends quality time with underprivileged children

Hundreds of underprivileged children and mothers spent some hours full of enjoyment and merrymaking with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence, Gono Bhaban, yesterday.

No more pvt medical colleges: Dr Ruhal

The government would not give permission to open any new private medical college in the country, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Huq.

Law to ensure safe water stressed

Experts at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for formulating safe drinking water and sanitation law and mitigating arsenic problem to ensure safe water and its adequacy in the country.

It's last chance to try war criminals

The tenure of the present government is probably the last chance to hold the trial of the war criminals, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam said yesterday.

8,310 absent on third day

The number of expelled students exceeded those of the previous two examinations with 80 candidates being expelled for resorting to unfair means on the third day of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations yesterday.

UK to continue to allow best migrants

The British government will continue to allow the brightest and best migrants to UK and the annual limit on skilled workers from outside the European Union (EU) will remain at 20,700 for the next two years.

Monaf gets bail

Satkania upazila Chairman Abdul Monaf, accused in the murder of the Nulua Union Parishad chairman, was granted bail by the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court in Chittagong city yesterday.

Ctg scientists show off today

A day-long programme, “Chattagram O Bigyan Charcha” (Practice of Science in Chittagong), starts with the participation of Chittagong scientists today.

'Chirayato Chattagram Prodarshani' ends

The seven-day “Chirayato Chattagram Prodarshani' (Eternal Chittagong Exhibition), held as part of The Daily Star's “Odommo Chattagram” (Indomitable Chittagong) festival, concluded at Chittagong MA Aziz Gymnasium yesterday.

No plan yet to deploy army in DCC polls

The Election Commission has no plans yet to deploy the army in the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) polls, said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad at a meeting in the port city, yesterday.

Muggers stab guard dead

Unidentified miscreants stabbed to death a security guard of the under-construction Kuril flyover in the capital early hours today.

Arrest warrant against six QUBEE officials

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against six officials of Broadband Internet Service Company QUBEE in connection with two cases filed against them for allegedly providing false information to the Joint Stock Company.

Six arrested

Police, in separate drives, arrested six people and recovered firearms and phensidyl from their possessions in the capital on Wednesday.

Palli Bidyut DGM caught while taking bribe

The deputy general manager of Raozan Palli Bidyut Samity, Md Salim Uddin, was caught red handed while taking Tk 10,000 as bribe from a private telecom company on Wednesday.

10 robbed by augyan party

At least 10 people, including a hospital director, were robbed by "augyan party", a mugger gang, which drugs people to cause unconsciousness, in the capital yesterday.

Call to bring communal forces to book

Bangladesh Hindu Buddha Christian Oikya Parishad, a platform of religious minority people, yesterday urged the government to bring to justice the vested quarters who are trying to destroy the country's communal harmony through propaganda against and torture on minorities.

ALCWC meets today

Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC), the highest decision making body of the ruling party, sits today to discuss its organisational matters and the country's latest socio-political situation.

Prof Bari, Prof Ansaruzzaman summoned

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to six academics in a case filed against them on charge of distorting history of the War of Liberation in a textbook of Bangladesh Open University (BOU).

Two killed, 10 hurt as train hits tempo

Two people were killed and ten others sustained severe injuries when a Lalmoni Intercity Express train hit a passenger tempo at Alidaha level crossing in Shaghata upazila yesterday afternoon.

3 die in road crashes

Three people were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Jhenidah yesterday.

Separate books on cards: Nahid

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has said the government is contemplating separate books for people with disabilities with a view to ensuring their rights to education. Their teachers would also be given specialised training, he added.

One to die for killing brother-in-law

A man was sentenced to death by the Speedy Trial Tribunal of Rajshahi yesterday for strangling his 11-year-old brother-in-law over property in 2009.

Polytech student commits suicide

A final year student of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute allegedly hanged himself to death in the capital’s Khilgaon yesterday.

215 yaba tablets seized, one held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a person with 215 pieces of yaba tablets in his possession from a local hotel in Kapashgola area of Chawk Bazar in the port city yesterday.

PM receives salary thru' e-service

The electronic fund transfer (EFT), introduced by the Bangladesh Bank, is getting popular with around Tk 100 crore transactions per day through 12,000 entries.

Wasa offices open on Saturday

With a view to keeping water supply smooth during summer, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) has decided to keep its all offices open on every Saturday.

Dhaka welcomes Myanmar's by-polls

Bangladesh has welcomed the results of Myanmar's by-elections and hoped that it will consolidate the democratisation of Myanmar.

Death anniversary

Today is the fourth death anniversary of Gulshan Akhtar, former assistant editor of the Daily Jugantor and vice president of Bangladesh Mohila Sangbadik Forum.

Nilufar Kaiser

Today is the third death anniversary of Nilufar Kaiser, former president of Bangladesh Mahila Awami League, Chittagong unit.

Doa mahfil

Doa and milad mahfil of journalist Shila Afroza will be held at her Pallabi residence after Asr prayers today.

Alimunnesa

Doa mahfil of Alimunnesa, wife of late Moqbul Hossen, a government employee, will be held at her Pakhimara village residence at Bakshiganj in Jamalpur today.

Chehlum

Chehlum of Lion Mir Ramzan Ali, a freedom fighter, will be held today.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of Khandaker Ahmed Jaman, a social activist and senior lawyer of the Supreme Court, will be held today at his Mohammadpur residence at Noorjahan Road in the city after Asr prayers.

National

Ruling party men wolf down profits of melon farmers

Random extortion by the ruling party men has appeared as a matter of concern for watermelon farmers in Rangabali upazila under the district during the plucking period of the popular summer fruit.

Students learn amid an air of festivity

English language fairs under English in Schools programme, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi, were held at two schools in Chapainawabganj and Khulna districts yesterday.

Villagers confine 4 policemen, block road to protest their 'wrongdoing'

Aggrieved villagers confined four policemen to Pashchim Baluadanga village in Dinajpur municipality for three hours yesterday as the law enforcers allegedly assaulted female members of a house following their protest against attempt to arrest a man without showing any warrant.

Woman killed as tree falls on house during storm

A woman was killed while her husband was seriously injured as a storm hit Balidapara village under Kaliganj upazila on Wednesday night.

Two forest robbers held after gunfight

Police and forest robbers locked in an hour-long gunfight on Chhera River in the Sundarbans under Koira upazila on Wednesday afternoon.

Boy picked up by BSF back home after five months

A Bangladeshi boy has returned home after languishing in an Indian jail for five months.

Students lock gates of PSTU, confine VC to office

Agitated students at Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) yesterday noon locked all seven gates of the academic building and confined the vice-chancellor to his office for an hour.

Deposition dates deferred

Three trial courts here deferred the dates for recording deposition in the cases for grenade and bomb blasts due to the absence of prosecution witnesses.

Two die after taking spurious liquor

Two people died while three others fell sick after drinking spurious liquor in Charpanchakola village yesterday.

Letters

Plant 20 million trees a year to arrest desertification

Destruction of forests has taken place due to industrialisation and population boom and was not compensated by reforestation. Its adverse impact on climate has been noticed. The humidity of air has been drastically reduced which affects the rainfalls in the country. If reforestation programmes are not taken by the government immediately, there is every possibility that Bangladesh will turn into a desert within a short span of time.

End traffic jam

Is there anybody who can tell us when the traffic jam of Dhaka city will be over? Is there any planning -- short term or long term by RAJUK or by DCC or by any other authority? We the helpless dwellers of Dhaka city have been experiencing unbearable and excruciating pains, losing our valuable time and energy sitting idle inside the cars, buses, rickshaws for hours together. Serious patients are suffering in the ambulance for many hours to reach the hospitals. Traffic jams slow down our lifestyle and also impede the trade and commercial activities to a great extent.

Make dialysis affordable for all kidney patients

There are 20 million patients who are suffering from kidney diseases in Bangladesh, which is about 14 per cent of the country's total population. More than 35,000 people are afflicted with kidney diseases every year and about 40,000 are dying due to kidney related diseases as told by experts in a seminar.

Forge broader national unity

I am really shocked to notice our government's as well as our opposition party's activities. They admit that democracy is for the people but when they are in power they forget what they say. Hardly had they taken any step for the people when they got to power. Last week I heard a vendor saying with dissatisfaction that when the Awami League runs the country they become busy with Sheikh Mujib and when BNP runs the country they become busy with Ziaur Rahman. So how will our country develop?

A teacher's shameless act

Many times in my life I felt embarrassed to be a Bangladeshi, but never more than now. The incide4nt of severe beating and breaking of one hand of a seven-year-old girl named Rexona in Tiakhali Government Primary School is horrific.

War crimes trial and some questions

The incumbent government came to power with its promise to try the war criminals and the government is still screaming about completing the trial process within its tenure. But we the general public, who voted for the AL have been overwhelmed with its promises. But at the end of the day, what they see is nothing but a kind of hide and seek game with the nation.

Plight of ordinary travellers on VIP roads

Road number 18 in North Banani has been made off limit for rickshaws for the last few months because of traffic jam. But does it mean that people who own cars are the owners of that road and who do not have cars should remain away? Is it democracy? Is it the decision of the traffic police? If it is, then Road number 11 of South Banani is also overcrowded most of the days of the week but there is no solution. May be it is the decision of an adviser in the prime minister's office whose house lies on road number 18.

Fight for the rule of law

It is a good sign that people have started to assert themselves in the face of medieval mentality of a few ruling party cadres. Imran Hossain, an employee of Nur Optics of Patuatuli, who resisted the ruling party cadres who took away sunglasses without paying, represents the spirit of Liberation . It is the spirit that guided the people to fought British and Pakistani rulers in the past. Let us not downplay this incident that involved both looting and stabbing of innocent traders. Let us not let go the criminals only because they are part of the power structure. Pardoning them has already pampered them so much that they no behave like lords. Let us fight a final battle against obscurantism, religious extremism only for establishing the rule of law. Can't we be united for this great cause?

Online Voices

'Cheating' Thru' MLM

International

US to relax sanctions

The United States said Wednesday it will ease restrictions on investment to Myanmar and quickly appoint an ambassador as it seeks to boost reformers who allowed landmark elections in the long-closed nation.

New clashes as UN team arrives in Syria

Syrian troops yesterday launched fresh assaults on rebels, activists said, as an envoy of UN mediator Kofi Annan arrived in Damascus to discuss implementing a ceasefire plan.

China calls for lifting of all sanctions

China yesterday reiterated its call for all international sanctions on Myanmar to be lifted, after landmark elections in the long-closed nation gave Aung San Suu Kyi her first seat in parliament.

Pakistan, US still far from deal

Pakistan yesterday indicated it was still far from reaching an agreement with the United States on how to patch up turbulent relations after a series of major crises.

Mali slips into chaos despite rebel ceasefire

Fears mounted yesterday that al-Qaeda-linked Islamists were turning Mali into a rogue state despite the announcement by Tuareg rebels that their 10-week military offensive was complete.

Libya warns violence could delay elections

Libyan authorities warned on Wednesday that insecurity could cause a delay of elections for a constituent assembly and demanded an immediate halt to violence in the west of the country.

India army chief slams 'stupid' coup plot report

India's army chief Gen VK Singh yesterday dismissed as "absolutely stupid" a report that two key army units were moved towards Delhi in January without the government being informed.

Fight for WB job hots up

A group of former World Bank officials on Wednesday endorsed Africa's candidate to lead the Bank, Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

China urges peace in Asia-Pacific

China yesterday called for "peace and stability" in the strategically vital Asia-Pacific, after the first batch of US Marines to be deployed in Australia began work.

India agrees to Maoist's prisoner swap deal

Indian authorities have agreed to release 27 prisoners in exchange for an Italian tour guide and a local lawmaker held hostage by armed Maoist rebels in the eastern state of Orissa.

Attacks on Afghan police kill 10

A suicide bomber killed two policemen in Afghanistan yesterday, hours after a Taliban attack on a police post on the other side of the insurgency-hit nation left eight dead, officials said.

SC rejects telecoms appeal

India's Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected appeals by telecommunications companies to reconsider a landmark judgement cancelling 122 licences that were awarded in 2008.

FAO says world food prices stable in March

World food prices, after rising for two months, levelled out in March but stayed high, the UN's food agency said today.

Kuwait-Iraq flights to resume

Iraq has approved a request from Kuwait's Jazeera Airways to operate services to Baghdad and Najaf, more than 20 years after direct flights between the neighbours were halted, officials said yesterday.

Cuba arrests 43 in crackdown

At least 43 Cuban dissidents have been arrested in areas near where Pope Benedict XVI visited last week, dissidents said Tuesday, as the United States urged their immediate release.

Brazil seeks $10.9 b from Chevron for second spill

A Brazilian prosecutor is demanding that Chevron and the oil drilling contractor Transocean pay $10.9 billion for a second offshore spill last month, the US oil giant said Wednesday.

Arts & Entertainment

Nandanpurer Mela-e Ekjon Kamala Sundari O Ekti Bagh Ashe

Theatre enthusiasts were moved by the performance of the artistes of Tirjok Natya Goshthi on Monday as the troupe staged the play “Nandanpurer Mela-e Ekjon Kamala Sundari O Ekti Bagh Ashe” at District Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong. The show was part of the theatre festival organised by The Daily Star as part of its “Odommo Chattagram” celebration.

Padatik Theatre Fest opens with two Tagore plays

Two recently produced Tagore plays -- “Kaler Jatra” and “Shesher Kobita” -- were staged on the opening day of the six-day theatre festival arranged by Padatik Natya Sangsad (TSC). The festival began at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on April 4. Padatik has been arranging the festival, 'Syed Badruddin Hossain Smriti Natyotshab O Smarak Shammanana 2012', to commemorate the birthday of its former president and noted educationist, the late Syed Badruddin Hossain.

Shadhona's Fireflies wins over Indian audience

While the entire nation was praying that a very young team of Bangladeshi cricketers could win the Asia Cup 2012, in Delhi another youthful team of Bangladeshis won their way into the hearts of art connoisseurs of the Indian capital. Under the aegis of cultural organisation Shadhona, “Fireflies”, a production based on Tagore's book of poems with the same titled, was staged on March 22, 2012 at the Nrityakatha Dance Festival, held at the Kamani Auditorium, organised by the Lokchhanda Cultural Unit. The three-day festival hosted six experimental productions by six well-known dance groups, according to a press release.

Reflection of life in theatre

Ahmad Iqbal Haider is popular name in Bangladeshi theatre. His 37 years of illustrious career has furnished the Chittagong theatre scene with many achievements and accolades. He is the team leader of Tirjok Natyadol, one of the leading theatre troupes of Chittagong. At present he is the Artistic Director of Theatre Institute Chittagong (TIC).

Houston drowned in very hot water, cocaine in system

Whitney Houston drowned in a hot bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel room with cocaine in her system and white powder nearby, a final coroner's report revealed on Wednesday.

ABC concert today

With the success of the first ABC Concert last year, LiveSquare will hold another such show today at the auditorium of Engineers' Institute in Dhaka. Featuring three popular bands -- Artcell, Black and Cryptic Fate, the concert will start at 5pm, according to a press release.

OP-ED

The land of Destiny

Six years after Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nations in 1777, Whig leader Charles James Fox was the first to mention it in the British Parliament. He mentioned it because he was impressed by a maxim laid down in that book, which stated that the only way to become rich was when income exceeded expenses. More than two centuries later the Destiny Group in Bangladesh added a twist to that game. Another way to get rich is to steal from others. All income and no expenses in this Disneyland of deceit!

Al-Qaeda's tactical creed

Ideology may have been the forte of al-Qaeda ideologues promoting global jihad, but it has also combined with a military tactical doctrine to make it look more pragmatic to millions of "jihobbyists" around the world.

Suu Kyi's power of powerlessness

This is the second coming of Aung San Suu Kyi to democracy, the first one having been ruthlessly denied her in 1990 when her landslide victory in polls was rejected out of hand by an usurping inveterate army junta.

Autism and mental health

Mental health issues such as anxiety, depression in children are under-diagnosed all over the world. What if the child has autism, but can't express himself properly? The chance of diagnosing this co-morbidity is very slim.

What the cross of Christ means

Today is Good Friday. Christians all over the world observe this day when Jesus Christ made his supreme sacrifice on the cross by giving his sinless life for the salvation of mankind from the curse of sin. The God-ordained sacrificial death of Christ lies at the centre of Christian faith. Why should the Son of God have to die for human salvation?

This Day In History

April 6

1453
Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (Istanbul), which falls on May 29.

StarTech

When stealing isn't stealing

The Justice Department is building its case against Megaupload, the hugely popular file-sharing site that was indicted earlier this year on multiple counts of copyright infringement and related crimes. The company's servers have been shut down, its assets seized and top employees arrested. And, as is usual in such cases, prosecutors and their allies in the music and movie industries have sought to invoke the language of “theft” and “stealing” to frame the prosecutions and, presumably, obtain the moral high ground.

Self-sculpting sand robots in the making

Tiny robots that can join together to form

Microsoft Technology Day 2012

Microsoft Bangladesh on Tuesday organised 'Microsoft Technology Day 2012' to demonstrate its new service- virtualisation and its benefits to the IT professionals and IT administrators at a hotel in the capital.

Acer partners' meet

Acer India, along with Executive Technologies Limited (ETL), Bangladesh organised a 2-day 'Mystic Dubai' scheme last month for its partners on achieving their targets set for the 4th quarter in 2011. Acer had a team of 22 participants from different dealers of Bangladesh for the conference-cum city tour in Dubai.

Knowledge sharing session for BASIS members

A day long knowledge sharing session on 'Project Management & CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration)' was held on Saturday at BASIS office in Dhaka, says a press release.



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