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Shady story of migration

Hundreds of Bangladeshis migrate to rich nations as “investors” every year, laundering millions of dollars out of the country.

Slum boy 'witnessed abduction of Ilias'

Around midnight April 17, four men dragged Ilias Ali out of his car and took him away in another vehicle from near a municipal park at the capital's Banani, according to a slum boy who claims to have seen the incident.

Dreams they can dream

Rumi Akhter Rina, 12, is in class six at Prime Cadet School and College in Chittagong. She dreams of becoming an electrical engineer.

Ameerah Haq made UN under secy general

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Ameerah Haq of Bangladesh as an Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support.

Gilani found guilty

Pakistan's prime minister was convicted yesterday for refusing to reopen a corruption investigation against the president, in a case that could see him thrown out of office.

Concern over threats on Samakal editor

Editors of 15 dailies yesterday condemned and expressed concern over death threats on Golam Sarwar, editor of Bangla newspaper Samakal, by unidentified callers.

Ministry asks for report by May 2

The commerce ministry yesterday asked the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSCF) to submit a complete report on Destiny-2000 Limited and its associate companies by May 2.

Bodies exhumed, reburied after 2nd autopsy

The remains of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi were exhumed for second autopsy yesterday, two and a half months after their murder.

11 freedom fighters lined up, then killed

On the instruction of Abdul Alim, the Pakistani army killed 11 freedom fighters near Government Degree College of Joypurhat during the Liberation War, the prosecution told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday.

Shake-up in police dept

The government yesterday made a major reshuffle in the higher-tier of police administration.

Gazprom to drill 10 gas wells

Three subsidiary companies of the state-owned Petrobangla yesterday signed a $193.5-million agreement with Russia's Gazprom Company for drilling 10 gas wells in Bangladesh.

Ashraf hopes to find Ilias alive

The government has to find out missing BNP leader Ilias Ali alive and the main opposition party should co-operate, said the ruling Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday.

Govt knows his whereabouts

The Awami League general secretary's statement has proved that the government knows the whereabouts of missing BNP leader Ilias Ali and his driver Ansar Ali, BNP leaders said yesterday.

Shahara, Tuku get JS body flak

A parliamentary body yesterday "criticised" Home Minister Shahara Khatun and her deputy Shamsul Hoque Tuku for the ministry's failure to trace missing BNP leader M Ilias Ali.

Hillary due on May 5

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will arrive in Bangladesh on May 5 between her trip to China and India.

JU teachers lay siege to VC's house

Agitating teachers of Jahangirnagar University laid siege to the vice-chancellor's residence from early hours yesterday in protest against the arrests of two fellow teachers.

BSF hurls grenades at border

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) attacked Bangladeshi cattle traders with grenades at village Baro Achra in Sharsha upazila in Jessore on Wednesday night, but nobody was injured in the incident.

Aminul's death being probed

The commerce ministry has replied to the queries of Bangladesh Embassy in Washington saying that an enquiry committee is investigating the death of Aminul Islam, a leader of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity (BCWS).

Soumen tells ACC of fund source

Soumen Sengupta, son of minister Suranjit Sengupta, yesterday disclosed that he has purchased an ICX licence with funds from several sources.

Russia concerned over Israeli outposts

Russia yesterday joined the United States and the European Union in expressing concern over Israel's decision to legalise three settler outposts in West Bank.

Unexploded mine kills two in Sri Lanka

Two Sri Lankan boys died when playing with an unexploded mine in the country's former war zone, the first such deaths since the end of 37 years of ethnic conflict, an official said yesterday.

Afghan Taliban attacks on police posts Kill 4

Dozens of Taliban rebels stormed police posts in the remote northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan overnight, killing four officers and capturing at least 16 others, an official said yesterday.

India launches radar imaging satellite

India yesterday successfully launched and put into orbit its first indigenous all-weather radar imaging satellite, RISAT-1, whose images will facilitate agriculture and disaster management.


A hazy tale of murder

We condemn the brutal killing of Aminul Islam, a labour rights activist of Bangladesh Centre for Workers Solidarity in Ashulia. His dead body was found near Ghatail Police station as early as April 5 with telltale marks of barbarous torture. But three weeks into the sinister murder, we are shocked to see the laxity in investigation of the case. What worries us all the more is the allegation by the departed leader's wife and co-workers that he was picked up by members of law enforcing agencies.

Assault on physician

The public is fed up with reports of the ruling party's cadres and its affiliated wings riding roughshod, not only over their political opponents but over other functionaries of the government and in certain cases, the general public as well. In the recent case a doctor had to bear the wrath of an activist of the AL's student wing of Charvadrasan, Faridpur.


Rajshahi on top

Sensible batting from Junaed Siddiqui and Forhad Hossain ensured that Rajshahi ended the first day on top against Khulna in the five-day final of the National Cricket League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Disappointed with India: Mushfiqur

Bangladesh cricket captain Mushfiqur Rahim sat for a wide-ranging interview with's Rajarshi Gupta, in which he talks about the Tigers' recent Asia Cup performance, the importance of Test cricket, captaincy, team spirit and why he feels India has let Bangladesh down. The Daily Star is publishing excerpts from the interview for its readers:

Tendulkar, MP

The Indian president has approved Sachin Tendulkar's nomination to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament. Tendulkar met the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday and was offered a seat in the upper house's nominated category. He accepted the offer and his name went from the prime minister's office to the home ministry, and then the office of the President, who formally approved the candidature.

MSC held to dull draw

Mohammedan Sporting Club were forced to drop points against Farashganj SC as the bottom-placed team played out a goalless draw against the Black and Whites in their Grameenphone Bangladesh League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Barisal win a low-scorer

Barisal defeated Naogaon by 16 runs in a low-scoring match of the 32nd Inter District Championship at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna yesterday.

As the Games draw closer …

Londoners are these days in a state of feverish excitement, now that the Olympics come closer. A tour of the Olympics venue at Stratford in east London informs you of the massive renovation which has gone on since the British capital was given the go-ahead for the 2012 Olympics some years ago. You only have to observe the transformation which has come to Stratford tube and railway station. It has been upgraded to the level of an international meeting point for people from around the world, and especially from Europe. Nearby, within the Olympic grounds, Europe's largest supermarket, Westfield, was opened last September. Tens of thousands of people, yours truly has duly been informed, visit the supermarket every day. And the numbers, you can be pretty sure, will keep going up as the Games draw nearer.

C'paul reaches 10,000 runs

Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul on Thursday became only the 10th player in history to make 10,000 Test runs as West Indies battled to save the third and final Test against Australia.

Champs return with a warning

The Bangladesh national hockey team returned home in the early hours yesterday from Thailand after clinching the title of the 4th AHF (Asian Hockey Federation) Cup.

KKR stand best chance this year, says Shakib

For Shakib Al Hasan, team always comes first.

Missile hits Neymar

Bolivar were lucky an act of violence by fans against Santos ace Neymar did not get their Libertadores Cup last-16 first leg in La Paz suspended on Wednesday as they went on to a record a 2-1 victory.

Siddikur's sorry start

Bangladesh golf star Siddikur Rahman made a horrible start in the Ballantine's Championship when he finished the first day at 58th along with 15 others under gusty conditions at the Blackstone Resort in Seoul, Korea yesterday.

BFF submits statement to court

The Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday submitted the written statement against a show-cause notice served by a Dhaka Court on Wednesday following a petition jointly filed by two members of different district football associations.

BSJC poll results

The annual convention and election of the Bangladesh Sports Journalists Community (BSJC) took place at the Bangabandhu National Stadium Conference room yesterday. Re-elected to his position as BSJC president was NTV sports editor Nasimul Hossain Dodul, while Noya Diganta's senior sports reporter Masudur Rahman was elected vice president.

Murray moves into last eight

Andy Murray crushed Colombia's Santiago Giraldo in a powerful 6-1, 6-2 display on Thursday to set up a quarterfinal showdown with Milos Raonic at the Barcelona Open.

Bayern KO Real

Manuel Neuer was the hero for Bayern Munich on Wednesday as his side went through to the Champions League final after beating Real Madrid 3-1 on penalties in the Santiago Bernabeu.

Jose blames fatigue

Jose Mourinho blamed fatigue from their 'Clasico' win and sheer bad luck for Real Madrid's failure to reach the Champions League final on Wednesday.

Ronaldo flops from the spot

In an incredible turn of events few could ever have predicted, the world's two best players fluffed their lines at crucial moments this week to help send Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona crashing out of the Champions League.

Bayern fans go tickets crazy

Bayern Munich have been flooded with more than a million requests for tickets for the Champions League final at their Allianz Arena stadium after their dramatic penalty shoot-out win in Madrid.

Juventus keep lead

Juventus and AC Milan's thrilling tussle for the Serie A title continued on Wednesday as they both scraped 1-0 wins against struggling sides.

Adam ruled out for rest of season

Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam has been ruled out of the remainder of the season after failing to recover from a knee injury, it was confirmed on Thursday.

One game from glory

Bayern Munich have had one thing on their mind all year - winning the Champions League in front of their home fans.


Youth: a boon for economy

The majority of youth population in Bangladesh could be a boon for the country as young people have emerged as a major force behind economic development in many Asian countries, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.

Food bag exports fuel high hopes

Growing demand for food packaging products in the developed countries offers an opportunity for Bangladeshi entrepreneurs to earn millions of dollars from exports.

Fix power crisis fast

The heads of different parliamentary standing committees yesterday urged Finance Minister AMA Muhith to fast-track efforts to solve the power crisis.

Furniture exports shine

Furniture exports grew 30.29 percent to Tk 154 crore in the nine months through March due to an increase in demand for wooden and crafted furniture in the United States, Japan and European countries, industry insiders said.

Muhith miffed by hartal

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday made a fervent call to all concerned to seriously think about an alternative to the general strike for the sake of the country's economy.

Stocks slump amid political fears

Stocks declined for a second day as investors sold shares amid fears of political instability. The DGEN, the general index of the premier bourse, fell 85.19 points or 1.63 percent to 5,163.43 points.

Indian envoy promises businessmen easy visa

Indian High Commissioner Pankaj Saran yesterday assured Bangladeshi businesspeople of simplifying multiple visas.

SEC clarifies approval for two companies

Information Services Network Ltd and Tallu Spinning Mills Ltd must comply with minimum-shareholding rules first, before it can raise capital from shareholders through a rights offer, the stockmarket regulator said yesterday.

GCM Resources gets new executive director

Gary Lye has recently been appointed as executive director of GCM Resources Plc, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Pubali Bank re-elects top brass

Hafiz Ahmed Mazumder and Habibur Rahman have recently been re-elected as chairman and vice-chairman of Pubali Bank, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Increase share supply to market: top bankers

Top leaders of the Association of Bankers Bangladesh (ABB) yesterday said the supply of new shares to the market needs to be increased to meet demand for good stocks.


Work for people

A three-day youth leadership summit began yesterday with a view to spurring young generation to become competent and compassionate leaders to take the country forward.

ICT-1 jails Sangram editor for few minutes

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday sentenced the daily Sangram editor and publisher and its Feni correspondent to “simple imprisonment till the rising of the court” for publishing a “contemptuous” report over its proceedings.

Wasa work intensifies woes of city people

The last working day of the week saw crippling traffic jam breaking across the city thanks to the increased movement by many city dwellers ahead of a week that promises more political turmoil and possible shutdowns.

Pro-AL panel blames VC for losing 5 posts

A faction of pro-Awami League (AL) and progressive teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday claimed that they (yellow panel) lost five important posts in Wednesday's elections of the university syndicate and deans due to "conspiracy" of the university vice chancellor.

Bangladesh key player in Bay: US

US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Andrew J Shapiro, has said Bangladesh is a key player in maintaining security in the Bay of Bengal and active partner in regional counterterrorism efforts.

Dr Alamgir acquitted of graft charges

Former state minister for civil aviation and tourism Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and four others were acquitted of a corruption case as charges brought against them could not be proved.

300 turtles, tortoises recovered in Jessore

The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) recovered about 300 turtles and tortoises and 24 kilograms of unknown white powder from a courier service office in Jessore yesterday.

4 Bangladeshis die in Oman road crash

Four Bangladeshi workers were killed in a road accident in Oman on Tuesday.

Law finalised to offer more govt services

The government has finalised the proposed Public Service Reform Act to provide people with easy access to services at government offices, an advisor to the prime minister said yesterday.

Civic reception for PM tomorrow

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be accorded a civic reception tomorrow for the verdict Bangladesh won against Myanmar on the maritime boundary.

100 DU teachers want Ilias back soon

Around 100 pro-opposition teachers of Dhaka University at a programme yesterday demanded that the government locate BNP leader M Ilias Ali and his driver without further delay to uphold democracy in the country.

Free country from poverty

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged her party men to work hard to establish Bangladesh as a country free from poverty and ensure people's economic freedom.

Govt concerned over 'missing' of Ilias Ali

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday said the government is concerned over the “disappearance” of BNP leader Ilias Ali and is trying to trace him out.

Institute of Health Technology closed over chaos

The Institute of Health Technology (IHT) Chittagong was closed for indefinite period as some students of the institute were in turmoil in the port city yesterday.

4 killed in road crashes

Four people were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents in Magura and Thakurgaon early Wednesday and yesterday.

Bar Council election stayed

The High Court yesterday stayed the Bangladesh Bar Council election for four weeks.

Govt's men behind missing of Ilias Ali

BNP joint secretary general Mizanur Rahman Minu yesterday said investigations into the incidents like missing of Ilias Ali and murder of journalist couple Sagor Sarowar and Meherun Runi are progressing slowly as the government's men are behind these incidents.

Pry teachers test results published

The results of written test for the post of assistant teacher in government primary schools were published yesterday showing a total of 44,609 successful candidates out of 9.07 lakh against 10,650 vacant posts.

Couple beaten up over land dispute

Neighbours beat up an agriculture officer and his wife over land dispute in Seroil area of the city yesterday.

Man dies as train hits him

A passenger was killed while getting off a running train at Tejgaon Railway Station in the capital yesterday.

Sher-e-Bangla's death anniversary today

Today is the 50th death anniversary of Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq, a national leader of the undivided Bengal.

Death anniversary of Abdus Samad Azad today

Today is the seventh death anniversary of former foreign minister and Awami League presidium member Abdus Samad Azad.


Sabera Parveen Harun, principal of Playpen, an English medium school, passed away in the capital on Wednesday at the age of 62, says a press release.

Abul Kalam Azad

Abul Kalam Azad, founder principal of Sadullapur Degree College, died at his son's residence in New York on Wednesday night due to old age complications.

Umme Salema Khatun

Today is the fourth death anniversary of Umme Salema Khatun, mother of city Awami League leader and cultural activist Salauddin Badal and eminent lyricist Shafat Khyam, says a press release.


Ferry service at Lebukhali terminal threatened

Ferry service at Labukhali terminal on Patuakhali-Barisal road is under threat due to river erosion at the onset of the rains as a portion of the protection embankment near the terminal collapsed on Monday.

Kids of two schools join joyful interactions

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

Growers demand compensation from Dinajpur cold storage

Potato growers in the district yesterday formed a human chain, demanding compensation for rotting of 57,000 sacks of potatoes at a local cold storage two years ago.

Recording of deposition of PWs deferred again

A Habiganj court yesterday deferred for the third time the recoding of witnesses' deposition in five cases for serial blasts in the district town on August 17 in 2005 as police failed to produce one of the accused before the court.

4 Jamaat activists held in Pirojpur

Police yesterday arrested four activists of Jamaat-e-Islami at Sreeramkathi Bazar under Nazirpur police station for their suspected involvement in anti-state activities.

Rival BNP faction in Pabna declares 151-member body

With formation of a new committee by the rival faction, internal feud in Pabna BNP has further deepened.

Mob beat suspected child lifter dead in Thakurgaon

A mob beat an elderly man dead at Haldibari village in Pirganj upazila on Wednesday, suspecting him as a child lifter.

Landless people besiege Pirganj UNO office

Members of about 50 landless families, living on the bank of Tungipukur at Hazipur village under Pirganj upazila, besieged the UNO office yesterday afternoon, demanding allocation of khas land.

Tiger kills honey collector

A honey collector was killed by tiger in the Subdi-Gubdi canal area in the Sundarbans yesterday.

Student held for 'answer script forgery'

Police arrested a college student in Sadar upazila yesterday on charge of answer script forgery.

Youth killed in Noakhali

A youth was found dead at Fatehpur village under Sadar upazila early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Md. Dalil Uddin Sajal, 22, son of Md. Nasir Ahmed of Joykrishnapur under Begumganj upazila. Amirul Alam, officer in-charge of Begumganj Model police station quoting victim's father said, Sajal and his elder brother Sujan had a quarrel with their neighbour Alamgir over a mango tree on Wednesday morning. At night, Sajal received a mobile call and went out of house and did not return home till his body was found by neighbours at a ditch near his house.

Smuggled goods seized

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Rab in a joint drive seized a huge quantity of sari, three-piece and other goods worth about Tk 12 crore on Benapole-Bahadurpur Road early yesterday. Being tipped-off, a team of BGB raided the area and seized 4000 pieces Indian saris, 1000 three pieces, motorbike parts, medicine and spices at about 2:30am. However, none was arrested as the smugglers managed to flee the scene.

Robbers kill man

Robbers killed an indigenous man and injured four others in Biral upazila early yesterday. The victim was identified as Lambo Murmu, 55, a night watchman of the area. Police said a group of robbers entered the house of Wrisikesh Roy, son of Dhanya Narayan Roy of Maguraban village at around 1:00am. The robbers killed Lambo as he tried to inform the locals about the robbery. They also wounded at least four others who tried to besiege the house.

Housewife electrocuted

A housewife was electrocuted at village Parulia in Debhata upazila on Wednesday night. The victim was identified as Shahanara Banu Moni, 35, wife of Habibullah of the village. Quoting local people police said, Shahanara came in contact with a live wire which snapped during the storm in their courtyard and died on the spot at about 10:00pm.

Lightning kills two

Two people were killed and another was injured as lightning struck them in Karimganj upazila of the district yesterday. The deceased were identified as farmer Abdul Gani, 25, son of Islam Uddin of Mazirkona village and Md. Sohel Mia, 17, son of Sukkur Ali of Chowganga village. The injured is Dulena Akter, 22, wife of Babul Mia of Islampara village in the upazila. According to locals, Abdul Gani was killed by lightning when he went to harvest paddy at Saguli haor on Wednesday night. In another incident, Sohel Mia died when he went to take bath in Narsunda River. Dulena Akter was critically injured by lightning while she was cooking at her kitchen.


DC's win finally comes

Cameron White scored a quickfire half-century to help Deccan Chargers register their first win in the tournament, beating Pune Warriors by 18 runs in an Indian Premier League match here on Thursday.


BNP must not call hartal anymore

People are passing their days in great agony as they are unable to cope with so many problems. Acute shortage of electricity, gas, water; sky-rocketing prices of essentials; and crimes of all sorts including disappearances of people have made our lives miserable. It has been reported that in the last 27 months, 100 people have disappeared which is very alarming and unacceptable.

Reopen Khilgaon flyover to all vehicles

Khilgaon flyover has still been kept off limits for heavy vehicles causing severe traffic congestion under the flyover at Khilgaon rail crossing. This situation has been continuing for the last one year. With increasing number of vehicles joining the vehicular fleet o every day, the traffic situation under the flyover is fast deteriorating .

Stop power and water wastage

Bangladesh is suffering from power shortage not only because less power is being produced but also because we are running short of responsibility and patriotism. I found that almost in every house and office people keep the switch of fan, air cooler and electric bulb on even if there is nobody in the room. In summer, men wear suit and tie and use AC and they use it even in winter.

Govt must find out disappeared persons

From January 2010 till now, around one hundred people disappeared after they were picked up by allegedly by members of the law enforcement agencies. According to the report published in The Daily Star(on 23rd April), 51 people went missing last year and 22 people have so in the last four months. The most frightening aspect of these disappearances is that no one could be found dead or alive!

Trial of drought-tolerant African rice

The news item by Mr. Sohel published in your daily on 24 April 2012 about the field trial of 'Nerica', a WARDA-developed African rice variety, says it is a commendable step for boosting rice production in the Aus season of Bangladesh. Among the rice growing seasons, Aus is the most vulnerable one and offers low yield per unit of land. The Aus crop faces drought problem at the beginning but may face flash flood at the flowering time. Most of our traditional Aus varieties possess quite a good grade of resistance to both the problems. But their yield is not satisfactory. That is why farmers are switching over to grow Boro crop in some Aus fields wherever irrigation facilities are available. Another problem is the attack of pests and diseases at the ripening stage, when the field is very humid.

Maintain quality of medicine

The other day, I was watching a TV report on quality drugs and their and prices in our country. It has been revealed that bad quality drugs are being produced and high prices are being charged for them. In some cases, the prices of some drugs are much higher than its cost of production. When asked by the TV reporter, one of the top bosses of the drug administration could not give a fair answer as to why licenses are being given to such drug companies that produce inferior quality drugs.

Disgusting TV serials

It is not understandable why the Zee Bangla serials are becoming so popular in our country. We can not watch any other programmes because other members of our families keep glued to the TV set for hours to watch these serials. The stories simply do not advance. And there are commercials come after very short intervals. But the directors deserve praise because they know how to keep attention of the viewers.

TIN no., wealth statement for all

It is very unfortunate that from time to time we hear outcries that the country has been in grip of corruption for the last forty-one years of our independence. It would be wrong to blame a particular segment of our society for all wrongdoings. In my observation, it should be made mandatory for all the adult citizens to have their income tax identification numbers (TIN) and wealth statements besides the voter ID card, driving licence and passport.

Online Voices

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Taylor guilty of war crimes in Sierra Leone

Liberian ex-leader Charles Taylor was convicted yesterday of arming rebels during Sierra Leone's civil war in return for blood diamonds, in an historic verdict for international justice.

Massive blast kills 70 in Syria protest hub

Up to 70 people were killed in an attack on a house in Hama yesterday , according to Syrian activists as Russia blamed the opposition for escalation of violence.

Global food prices up, poor at risk: WB

Global food prices again rose in the first quarter on the back of higher oil prices, putting millions of people at risk of not having enough to eat, the World Bank said Wednesday.

US rules out quick end to Myanmar sanctions

The United States on Wednesday ruled out an immediate end to its main sanctions on Myanmar, saying it wanted to preserve leverage to push the regime on ending ethnic violence and other key issues.

Arts & Entertainment

Of Men, Music and Movies

A delivery slightly over pitched, barely outside the off stump; it was struck more with timing than power. The ball raced to the ropes bisecting cover and extra cover. The next was a flick past deep fine leg; a hapless fielder just watched it go along the carpet. Pataudi, the Indian cricket captain aka Pat, the Tiger of cricket was at his best, who unarguably would have been one of the greatest post World War II cricketers, had he not lost his left eye in a car accident in 1961.

The world of Momo

Momo began her career in the media after winning the Lux Channel i Superstar competition. That success opened the door for her to numerous TV plays and modelling offers. She has also acted in movies and picked up a National Film Award for her performance in “Daruchini Dwip”.

Hearty humour

A group of people from Shokhipur, Tangail articulated their lifestyle humorously as the five-day Folk Theatre Fest ended on April 25 with the staging of the traditional 'Shong Pala' at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The rain-soaked evening at the Experimental Theatre Hall of the academy may have seen a small turnout, however inside auditorium was a smart and vibrant demonstration of how people from a rural area called Shokhipur live in fun and frolic.

Photo exhibition “Seeing and discovering” at Port City

A photo presentation, titled “Seeing and discovering”, a digital display of images taken by internationally reputed Singaporean photographer Yeow-Kwang Yeo, was held at Photobank Gallery in the Port City recently.

Film festival begins in Chittagong

A two-day long film festival will start at Theatre Institute Chittagong (TIC) in the port city on April 27.

Ewan McGregor joins Cannes jury

Ewan McGregor, The Descendants director Alexander Payne and Wuthering Height's Andrea Arnold are among the jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival.


Vanishing makes it visible

Pardon me for mixing apple with orange, the political controversy surrounding the disappearance of BNP leader Ilyas Ali reminded me of what French philosopher Jean Baudrillard said many years ago: “At the heart of pornography is sexuality haunted by its own disappearance,” he observed, which has an uncanny resonance to what we saw last week. At the heart of our politics was wisdom haunted by its own disappearance. It was not just that a politician was missing from us. Politics itself was missing as well.

Playing the violence card

Ever since the culture wars of the 1980s, Americans have been familiar with "the race card" -- an epithet used to discredit real and imagined cries of racism. Less familiar, however, is an equally cynical rhetorical tactic that I call "the violence card."

Thirsting for trouble

The way Ilias Ali has "disappeared" could make Houdini turn in his grave. The vanishing tricks that made the Hungarian-born US magician larger than life had to do with his sleight of hands. What couldn't have been in Houdini's bag of tricks is the calculated, coldhearted cloak-and-dagger vanishing act performed by his Bangladeshi disciples on BNP organising secretary Ilias Ali and his driver.

The Tiger of Bengal

Bangladesh remembers today a great hero, a giant among men, who passed away on this day in 1962. The whole nation honours and respects and admires this brave son of Bengal because he loved peace and did everything in his power to avert calamities; because he merited the high and exalted position; because he promoted the prosperity of his country; because he was regardless of personal gains and cheerfully endured all toil and hardship so that he could elevate the masses of mankind; because he had a high sense of honour, respected the rights of conscience, and nobly advocated equality of privileges and the universal brotherhood of man; because he had an unshakable faith in Islam but never spoke ill of any other religion; because he was a man of the people. And Bangladeshis believe that he was one of us and that he was for us. Yes, Sher-e-Bangla A.K. Fazlul Huq, whose death anniversary we observe today, really gave enormously of himself to people, and he really loved people.

Personal social responsibility

To be quite honest about it, Bangladeshi people as a nation show up poorly in regard to philanthropy. When faced with this statement many apparently knowledgeable persons take to the plea that they lack enough resources with which to engage themselves in such activities.

This Day In History

April 27



Google joins 'cloud' data storage trend

Google on Tuesday launched a long-anticipated "Drive" service that lets people store photos, videos, and other digital files in the Internet "cloud."

SAP expands in Bangladesh

SAP, a leading provider of enterprise business solutions in the world, renewed its commitment to Bangladesh by announcing its new alliances and strategic plans for the country in 2012.

Samsung says new Galaxy phone to use its quad-core processor

Samsung Electronics Co said on Thursday it would mass-produce its faster, energy-saving quad-core mobile microprocessor to power the third generation of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone, due to be unveiled next week.

Skype debuts on PlayStation Vita game handsets

Skype made its debut Tuesday on PlayStation Vita, making its leading Internet video or voice calling service available on Sony's sophisticated videogame handset.

Logitech wireless mini mouse

Computer Source has introduced a pocket-size wireless mini mouse of Logitech, M187, with 3 years' replacement warranty. The pocket-sized M187 has a receiver that is small enough to tuck inside the mouse when it's not in use and offering more accuracy than a typical laptop's touchpad. The mouse features reliable wireless connectivity (2.4 GHz), and fits easily in user's purse, handbag or pocket. The Logitech M187 is available at Tk. 1,250.

Microsoft Office apps for Nokia Symbian devices

Microsoft has made available its office applications to Nokia's Symbian Belle devices to enrich the comprehensive communication, collaboration, and manageability features of these devices.

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