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Suranjit comes under fire

Railway Minister Suranjit Sengupta received heavy flak from various quarters over the seizure of Tk 70 lakh from his assistant personal secretary's car Monday night and his handling of the matter afterwards.

We were on way to minister's residence

Two top railway officials, Railway Minister Suranjit Sengupta's assistant personal secretary (APS) and his driver along with Tk 70 lakh were going to the minister's Jigatola residence on Monday night, intelligence sources told The Daily Star yesterday.

Tsunami watch lifted after hours of panic

A tsunami watch declared after two major earthquakes off the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province has been cancelled, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PWTC) said yesterday.

Relief after scare

Two major earthquakes and a series of strong aftershocks near Indonesia's Sumatra Island yesterday jolted various parts of the country, triggering widespread panic among people.

Boy killed in road crash

Vehicular movement on the Dhaka-Munshiganj road remained suspended for over seven hours yesterday after a schoolboy was crushed under the wheels of a speeding bus.

Hotels mushroom in Chittagong

New hotels and guesthouses are coming up in the country's premier port city Chittagong to tap the rising demands for comfortable accommodation and better hospitality services for businesses including foreign buyers.

Rights boss smells rat in Azad's fleeing

War crimes suspect Abul Kalam Azad, widely known as Bachchu Razakar, fled the country with the help of those who watched over him, alleged the chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) yesterday.

PM reaches Turkey

Bangladesh and Turkey will ink half a dozen deals today to promote bilateral trade and investment, establish direct air link, strengthen cooperation in the areas of banking, customs, agriculture, education and culture.

Fake DB police rob sales rep

Unidentified criminals posing as DB police picked up a sales representative in the capital's Khilgaon Tuesday night and robbed him of his belongings.

Law amended thru' ordinance

President Zillur Rahman yesterday issued an ordinance on the amendment to the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973, so that tribunals can transfer each other's cases for speedy disposal.

EC seeks Tk 40cr for DCC polls

The Election Commission has sought Tk 25 crore for the purpose of maintaining law and order during the upcoming Dhaka City Corporation elections and Tk 15 crore for polls management.

PM, Khaleda exchange greetings

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia exchanged Bangla New Year greetings yesterday. The Bangla New Year begins on Saturday.

2 drivers held for selling train fuel

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested two drivers of a train when they were selling the train's fuel to smugglers near Amnura station in the district.

Dental X-ray ups risk for brain tumour

A new study suggests people who had certain kinds of dental X-rays in the past may be at an increased risk for meningioma, the most commonly diagnosed brain tumour.

Declaration of Satkhira daily cancelled

The declaration of Dristipat, a local Bangla daily in Satkhira, was cancelled yesterday for publishing false news that instigated attacks on minority community members in two remote villages in the district.

Clashes kill 2 near Egypt-Libya border

Two people were killed during clashes between residents of an Egyptian town close to the Libyan border and security forces, security officials told AFP yesterday.

Putin calls for unity to build strong Russia

President-elect Vladimir Putin yesterday called on Russians to unite to build a strong Russia with a booming population and economy after overcoming economic crisis and a tense election period.

US sues Apple, others in e-book antitrust suit

The US Justice Department is filing an antitrust suit against Apple and publishers alleging they conspired to curb competition over e-book pricing, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.


The curious case of the money-laden car

The case of the railway ministry car filled with cash headed for the minister's residence in the middle of the night has shocked us, to say the least. The incident is alarming on many fronts. If the driver had not intentionally strayed into the Pilkhana BGB headquarters and announced that the car contained bribe money, it may never have come to public light.

Stimulus to marginal farmers

Following last year's instance, the government's decision to provide inputs to the marginal farmers free of cost in the Aus season is commendable.


Abahani get Lucky

Nigerian striker Lucky Paul struck four goals as Abahani extended their winning spree in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League with a 5-0 win over 10-man Feni Soccer Club at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Australia need 192

Australia were set 192 to win the first Test here after they dismissed West Indies for 148 before lunch on the final day. Ben Hilfenhaus finished with four wickets and Ryan Harris ended up with three as the hosts added 77 to their overnight total for the loss of their last five wickets.

Past inspires Siddikur

An in-form Siddikur Rahman looking for an elusive second Asian Tour title when he tees off today at 12.30pm local time in the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. The vaunted golfer from Bangladesh, who won his first tour title in the Brunei Open back in 2010, has come close a number of times to winning his second, but just could not manage it so far. His latest near miss was at the Panasonic Open in New Delhi last week when he finished joint second. Siddikur too knows that a second title is just round the corner as he exuded confidence at the practice at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

BFF receives complaints on voters' list

Ten affiliated bodies of the Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday lodged complaints about the draft voters' list for the BFF's upcoming polls which is to be held on April 30.

Hockey ropes in ATN Bangla

The Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) and private satellite channel ATN Bangla yesterday singed an agreement in a bid to find out budding hockey players through holding competitions at grass-root level.

Shakib the quiz whiz

Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss recently arranged a quiz night to lift team spirit in the ranks in the wake of two early defeats. Ryan ten Doeschate wrote of it in his Indian Premier League diary and singled out Shakib as a cricket buff:

Local snippets

East End club defeated BG Press Sports & Recreation Club 2-0 in the Super League stage of the Destiny Group Dhaka Metropolis 2nd Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

Yuvi will need time

India's World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh on Wednesday vowed to return to cricket after recovering from a cancerous tumour, but was unable to set a timeline for his comeback.

Kumar's Wisden double

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara has been chosen as both one of the Five Cricketers of the Year and the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2011 in the 2012 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, it was announced Wednesday.

Booth urges India to put record straight

Cricket officials in India have been urged by the new editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack to abandon the "self interest of the few" and concentrate instead upon improving their team's Test results.

Fewer draws are result of good pitches: Atkinson

A recent reduction in Test draws is due to wickets around the world offering a better balance between bat and ball, International Cricket Council (ICC) pitches consultant Andy Atkinson said on Tuesday.

Pollard plunders Rajasthan

Kieron Pollard struck a blazing 64 before taking a four-wicket haul as Mumbai Indians notched up a 27-run win over Rajasthan Royals in high-scoring Indian Premier League Twenty20 match at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday.

Rudisha eyes Olympic gold

Kenyan track star David Rudisha is aiming to add Olympic gold to his world 800m title from Daegu, with three Diamond League outings likely before the London Games, starting in Doha next month.

Broad out for three weeks

England bowler Stuart Broad has been ruled out of all cricket for three weeks as he attempts to recover from a calf strain, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Tuesday.

Kvitova to lead Czechs in semis

Reigning Wimbledon champion and world number three Petra Kvitova will lead holders Czech Republic in the Fed Cup semifinal tie against Italy in Ostrava on April 21-22, the Czech team said Wednesday.

Barca thump Getafe

Defending champions Barcelona upped the pressure on leaders Real Madrid on Tuesday as they moved to within a point of their bitter rivals after a 4-0 thumping of Getafe.

Milan back on top

AC Milan went back to the top of Serie A, for 24 hours at least, with a hard fought 1-0 victory at Chievo in rainy Verona on Tuesday.

Carroll lifts L'pool

Andy Carroll's ninth goal since joining Liverpool over a year ago gave 10-man Liverpool a 3-2 win at relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers in a game including a sending-off, two penalties and some comical goalkeeping.

Abidal goes under knife

Barcelona's French defender Eric Abidal was recovering in intensive care on Wednesday, after undergoing a lengthy liver transplant operation, the Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo said.

Mario escapes further ban

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli will not face further punishment following his wild tackle on Arsenal midfielder Alex Song last weekend, the Football Association confirmed on Tuesday.

Uruguay reach new height

Germany moved up to second in the latest FIFA world rankings published on Wednesday, with world champions Spain still in top spot and Uruguay moving up to third and their highest-ever position.


Economy to take hit from global headwinds: ADB

Bangladesh's economic growth may slow in two back-to-back years due to falling exports and a hike in interest rates, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said yesterday.

Matia slams statistics bureau for sluggish work

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday came down heavily on the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics for taking so long in conducting the population census and releasing data in three phases.

SEC asked to monitor big players in stocks

The finance ministry has advised the stockmarket regulator to monitor trading patterns and trading positions of big investors, who allegedly manipulate the market with huge investments.

Bourses plan to discuss HC's shareholding rule

Dhaka and Chittagong bourses will separately sit on Monday to discuss a High Court rule that asked regulators to explain why a directive on minimum shareholding by directors of listed companies would not be declared illegal.

Stocks rise for second day

Stocks gained for the second day as investors placed fresh buying orders amid high confidence.

StanChart to disburse Tk 957cr SME loans

Standard Chartered Bank plans to disburse Tk 957 crore in 2012 for the fast growing small and medium enterprises in Bangladesh, said a top official of the bank yesterday.

Bangladesh will get more ship orders: minister

The international recognition that Bangladesh has earned so far through building high-quality ocean-going vessels will help bring in more global orders boosting export earnings, Commerce Minister GM Quader said yesterday.

StanChart to widen SME reach

Standard Chartered Bank has decided to focus more on small and medium enterprises in Bangladesh amid growing demand for funds from its clients, said a senior official of the global banking giant.

Bangladesh expects India's ban on cotton export may go soon

Bangladesh expects India may lift a ban on cotton export soon as the neighbour's textiles minister will visit Bangladesh early next month to discuss the issue, said a government official yesterday.

Asia to maintain growth despite global crisis: ADB

Emerging Asian economies will experience flat growth this year before recovering in 2013, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a regional report released Wednesday.


In a news item headlined “SEC opens probe into Trendset Securities” published on B3 yesterday, it was mistakenly mentioned that “10,000 shares were missing from a client's beneficiary owner's account” at Trendset Securities Ltd, a member of Chittagong Stock Exchange.


Last witness turns in war crimes reports

The last prosecution witness in Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee's case yesterday gave the International Crimes Tribunal-1 several copies of newspaper reports on Sayedee's alleged crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

Azad's friend on 2-day remand

Abul Kashem Azad, a friend of fugitive war crimes suspect Abul Kalam Azad, was placed on a two-day remand yesterday over a case filed for allegedly assisting the latter flee the country.

'Shot, stabbed with bayonets'

An army officer yesterday narrated the condition of the body of his younger brother, Major Syed Md Idris Iqbal, as it was found after the mutiny in the Pilkhana Headquarters of the then Bangladesh Rifles (BDR).

State must end discrimination

The state itself should be responsible in ending all forms of discrimination against the Dalits and excluded communities, said National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday.

Railways minister should quit: BNP

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said the railways minister should resign as he could not deny the responsibility of the recovery of huge money from his assistant personal secretary (APS).

Student talent hunt from next year

The government will launch next year a nationwide talent hunt to pick out creative students from class VI to class XII through an annual competition on four subjects.

2 boys crushed under truck wheels

Two teenage boys on a bicycle were crushed under the wheels of a rice-laden truck at the turning near Inland Container Depot of Kamalapur Railway Station in the capital's Motijheel yesterday at around 11:00pm.

3-month Gagarin Science Fest begins today

Speakers at a press conference yesterday said the country cannot move forward without more knowledge and development in the sphere of science.

520 win Jheelmil plots

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) allotted 520 Jheelmil plots in the capital's outskirts Keraniganj to candidates who won the lottery yesterday.

100 injured in clash over UP poll results

More than 100 people were injured in a clash between the supporters of two chairman candidates over the results of Durgapur Union Parishad polls in Mithapukur upazila last evening.

Rajshahi BNP stages demo for CG system

Rajshahi city unit BNP yesterday staged demonstration in the city demanding restoration of caretaker government system.

Preparation on to welcome Pahela Baishakh in Ctg

The people of the port city are set to celebrate Pahela Baishakh (first day of the Bangla new year 1419). Preparation for the celebration started at the beginning of April.

Young minds test knowledge on Ctg heritage

Around 700 students of three educational institutions of Chittagong city yesterday tested their depths of knowledge on Chittagong's history, tradition and heritage.

3 more arrested

Police yesterday arrested three more people on charge of their alleged involvement in the killing of school boy Md Naimul Islam Naim.

Appointment of 15 judges regularised

President Zillur Rahman yesterday regularised the appointment of 15 additional judges to the High Court Division of the Supreme Court.

Order on Destiny's writ on Apr 17

The High Court yesterday fixed April 17 for passing order on a writ petition filed by Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd challenging the Bangladesh Bank report that raised allegations against the company of doing illegal banking.

87 tolas of gold seized, 2 arrested

Police recovered 87 tolas of gold and Tk 10 lakh, which were stolen from an apartment in Chittagong city, and arrested two alleged burglars in Barguna district town on Monday and Tuesday.

Youth killed only for Tk 500 by fellow RMG worker in Ctg

A youth met a tragic end as his fellow worker stabbed him to death for only Tk 500 in the port city on Tuesday.

DoE fines dyeing factory Tk 21 lakh

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a dyeing factory Tk 21 lakh for running the factory by violating DoE orders.

2 die in road accidents

Two persons were killed and another was injured in two road crashes in Satkhira and Netrakona yesterday.

Warehouse gutted in Ctg

Fire gutted a chemical warehouse at Kalurghat in the port city early yesterday.

30 medical students get Rotary Club scholarship

Rotary Club of Metropolitan Dhaka (RCMD) offered scholarships to 30 students of Dhaka Medical College (DMC).

Teenaged boy commits suicide for cricket bat

A teenaged boy committed suicide as his maternal aunt refused to buy him a cricket bat at Uttar Goran of Khilgaon in the capital on Tuesday night.

Buet teachers urged to join academic activities

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) authorities have urged the teachers to withdraw their work abstention programme led by the Buet Teachers' Association and resume academic activities.

Pak NDU team meets army chief

A 17-member delegation of Pakistan National Defence University (NDU) led by Brigadier Waseem Ishaque called on Bangladeshi Chief of Army Staff General Md Abdul Mubeen, ndc, psc at the Army Headquarters in Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.

Death anniversary

Today is the 11th death anniversary of freedom fighter Goyes Ali, says a press release.

Tanzir Fahim Jumma

Today is the second death anniversary of Tanzir Fahim Jumma (Ovi), eldest son of Sajjatuz Jumma, founding chairman of Shahjalal Islami Bank Limited.


Sabitri Rani Chakraborty, mother of Kaliganj Reporters' Club general secretary Narayan Chandra Chakraborty Rajib, passed away due to old-age complications at her residence at Chachai village in Kaliganj upazila yesterday.

Ejahar Ali Munshi

Eminent social worker Md Ejahar Ali Munshi, father of Prof S M Mashiur Rahman, passed away due to old-age complications at his house at Danga Nalta village in Tala upazila on Tuesday at the age of 93.

Rokeya Begum

Rokeya Begum, member of Kholahati union parishad of Gaibandha Sadar upazila, passed away at Rangpur Medical College Hospital following a prolonged illness yesterday.


Panchagarh garden adorned with exotic passion fruits

Passion fruit, a vine species fruit of South American origin, now sees successful cultivation at Baniapara village under Debiganj upazila in the district.

Festivity in air as Boisabi begins today

The three-day 'Boisabi Utsab', the biggest social festival of indigenous people of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) begins today with various programmes in three hill districts.

Young man set afire allegedly by father-in-law

Set afire allegedly by his father-in-law at Sarkarpara village in Gorgram union under Nilphamari Sadar upazila, a young man is fighting for life.

Abducted youth rescued

Police rescued a kidnapped young man from Kabirajhat area under Birganj upazila on Tuesday evening and arrested two people in this connection.

2 youths remanded in Jamalpur

District Judicial Magistrate's Court yesterday granted five days' remand to the two youths who were arrested on charge of rape and murder of 11-year-old schoolgirl Jannatul Ferdous in Dhaka.

Courtrooms vandalised while chasing bike rider

A group of Pabna BNP men vandalised two courtrooms of the chief Judicial Magistrate's Court in the town yesterday morning as a motorbike rider whom they chased took shelter there.

Illegal lottery in Sylhet

A group of people have been selling tickets of an 'unauthorised' lottery at suburban markets in the city for the last three days as the law enforcers and administration turn a blind eye to it.

Bridge collapses after storm, 8 injured

At least eight people, including three schoolgirls, were injured as a bridge collapsed after storm in Galachipa upazila on Tuesday.

RMC teachers' 24-hr ultimatum

Teachers at Rangpur Medical College yesterday threatened to go for an indefinite strike if a decision for punitive steps against a senior teacher was not withdrawn within 24 hours.

Man sentenced to death for infanticide

A court here on Tuesday sentenced a man to death for killing a baby boy in 2010.


No 'new Cold War' in Asia

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday the United States was not seeking conflict with a rising China but urged emerging powers to act more "constructively" in the world.

Newly elected Suu Kyi meets Myanmar president

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday held talks with President Thein Sein for the first time since her landmark election to parliament earlier this month.

India taking tough line against China: Analyst

India is an example of countries which take an aggressive line vis-a-vis China thanks to encouragement from the West, a Chinese commentary said yesterday.

Syria vows to meet ceasefire deadline

Syria yesterday announced that it will cease military operations against rebel fighters from today, the day set by peace envoy Kofi Annan as the deadline for a halt to 13 months of bloodshed.

Santorum clears way for Romney vs Obama battle

Rick Santorum's exit from the White House race Tuesday marked a symbolic starter shot for the general election campaign, allowing all-but-certain Republican nominee Mitt Romney to turn his full attention to President Barack Obama.

Clashes ignite war fears

Sudan and South Sudan on Wednesday ordered mass civilian mobilisations for defence as their armies battled along their contested border, raising the spectre of a return to all-out war.

N Korea fuels rocket defying World

Defying worldwide calls to back down, North Korea yesterday said it is fuelling a rocket for launch during a landmark anniversary as it gave its young leader a new title to bolster his authority.

Yemen battles Qaeda for key town

At least 32 people were killed in a third day of clashes Wednesday between Yemeni soldiers backed by tribesmen and al-Qaeda militants trying to take over a strategic town in Yemen's south, local sources said.

Teamwork made man brainier

Learning to work in teams may explain why humans evolved a bigger brain, according to a new study published yesterday.

Nepal army takes charge of Maoist camps

Nepal's army has taken over camps where Maoist fighters have been stationed since the end of the civil war, an official said yesterday, in a major step towards completing a troubled peace process.

India slams short ammo report

India is well prepared to defend itself in the face of a war, Defence Minister AK Antony said yesterday, dismissing as "rumours" reports about shortage of ammunition for the armed forces.

Beijing-Manila standoff intensifies

Beijing yesterday said it had protested to Manila over a tense standoff between the Philippines' biggest warship and two Chinese ships in a disputed part of the South China Sea.

Nobel prizes to be announced October 8-15

The 2012 Nobel prizes will be announced between October 8 and 15, the Nobel Foundation said yesterday, with Helmut Kohl, Bill Clinton, the EU and WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning in the running for the Peace Prize.

Iran to offer 'new initiatives'

Iran is to present "new initiatives" at nuclear talks with world powers in Istanbul on the weekend, the official leading the country's negotiating team, Saeed Jalili, said yesterday without elaborating.

28 killed in Mexico

At least 28 people were reported killed in Mexico in the past 24 hours, including seven whose bodies were found in a vehicle in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, authorities said Tuesday.

Mugabe deathbed reports dismissed

Officials in Zimbabwe yesterday dismissed as "hogwash" reports that President Robert Mugabe is close to death in a Singapore hospital.

S Korea votes in tight polls

Rival parties were neck-and-neck yesterday in South Korea's closely contested legislative election, a key test of sentiment before December's presidential vote, according to exit polls conducted by three major television stations.

Netanyahu, Fayyad to meet next week

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet his Palestinian counterpart Salam Fayyad in Jerusalem next week, a spokesman from the Israeli leader's office told AFP.

Arts & Entertainment

The port city reveals its indomitable spirit

The 12-daylong “Odommo Chattagram” celebration, by The Daily Star, ended on a high note. With new hope in their hearts, the people of Chittagong pledged to turn the rich potential of the port city into reality for the betterment of the entire country.

Of Men, Music And Movies

In arts and entertainment, 1962 is notable for several events. The Rolling Stones made their debut at Marquee Club, London; Marilyn Monroe never got up after an overdose of sleeping pills; the Beatles released their first solo for EMI, “Love Me Do”; “Lawrence of Arabia” became the biggest film hit; and the James Bond era began with “Dr. No”.

Theatre Festival by Padatik (TSC) ends

The six-day theatre festival by Padatik Natya Sangsad (TSC) ended on April 9 at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. On the concluding day, the organisers felicitated theatre personalities Ramendu Majumdar and Nasiruddin Yousuff with the 'Syed Badruddin Hossain Smarak Shammanana' (memorial award). Two plays -- “Prakrito Purangana” and “Pussy Biral Ebong Ekjon Prokrito Manush” -- wrapped up the festival.

Airtel presents Amader Golpo

Five close friends are reunited after seven long years when they come together to rediscover the true meaning of life and friendship after confronting the harsh realities of life.

Rare photographs of Liberation War

Braving the rough weather, hundreds of visitors gathered at the venue of a two-day exhibition of rare photographs of Liberation War held at the Town Hall premises.


A new partnership for development

In October last year a new government came to power in Denmark, and on January 1 Denmark took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union. Both in Denmark and in Europe we have strong international ambitions. In times of crisis, every country has a tendency to look inwards and shield its citizens from the rest of world. However, it is vital that we in Europe, despite the severe economic crisis, stay openly and internationally committed and engaged. If we use the crisis to build an even stronger partnership with the rest of the world, we will emerge stronger together.

Promise of peace?

By a tragic coincidence, Pakistan President Zardari left for New Delhi just as a wave of grief over the horrific loss of life caused by a mighty avalanche in the army's encampment in the dizzying heights of Siachen swept across Pakistan.

World Bank: Nominating the next president

The next president of the World Bank is likely to be announced in a couple of weeks during its spring meetings. It is a development finance institution that is critically important for developing economies that rely on foreign assistance. Although poor countries are the users of this institution, they do not have much say in its governance.

Nuclear renaissance may continue

In his grossly one-sided article ("The end of nuclear illusion," The Daily Star, March 20) Mr. Praful Bidwai fervently hopes that post Fukushima, the world has a historic chance to put an end to nuclear technology! Fukushima impacted adversely on the nuclear industry in Italy, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. Other countries shall slowly but surely continue with the nuclear renaissance. Happiest are the French and the Czechs; they found a market for their nuclear electricity in Germany.

Post MFA scenario of Bangladesh apparel sector

Apparel is a labour-intensive sector that provides an access for labour abundant developing countries to global market. Though forty years ago, industrialised countries dominated worldwide exports, today developing countries produce more than half of the global exported RMG.

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