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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


News of: Friday, 4th of May, 2012

Front Page

Japan keen to invest

Japan has no reservations about changes in Dhaka's metro rail plan; rather, it is very positive about funding the project.

BNP leaders stay underground

BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi landed in Dhaka Central Jail yesterday after a court denied him bail in two cases filed over the recent hartal violence in the capital.

Power import faces Mamata hurdle

Import of 250 megawatts of power from India at a competitive price by the middle of next year faces a hitch as the Power Grid Company of India (PGCI) is not getting clearance from the West Bengal state government to buy land for installing a related switching station.

Enact law to ban hartal

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday demanded a law to ban hartal, considering the loss it inflicts on the country's economy.

Dr Kamal taken aback by court

The High Court cannot keep a respondent to a writ petition standing before it because such a person is not a contemner, eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain told an HC bench yesterday.

PM steps in to end JU crisis

The teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) who had been demanding removal of the vice-chancellor yesterday postponed their demonstration on assurance from the prime minister that she would look into the matter.

Ex-Rab official held

Police early yesterday arrested Lt Col (sacked) Zulfiqar Ali Majumder, former commanding officer of Rab-7, for his alleged involvement in robbing Tk 2.07 crore from a shrine in Chittagong six months ago.

Fashion house owner shot

Muggers shot and injured the owner of a small fashion house in broad daylight yesterday and took away Tk 8.96 lakh from him at the capital's Mirpur.

3 more bank accounts frozen

The National Board of Revenue yesterday froze bank accounts of Destiny Group's three more directors.

Arms worth $2.2b sold in a decade

Countries under arms embargoes have imported more than $2.2 billion worth of weapons over the past decade, the Oxfam aid agency yesterday said in a report calling for tighter global rules.

Indo-Bangla ties to be on agenda

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking forward to meeting “dynamic” and “influential” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee next week during which she will discuss the progress made by West Bengal under her leadership and her take on India-Bangladesh ties.

Zakat fund plundered

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday charged former state minister for religious affairs Mosharref Hossain Shahjahan, Jamaat leaders Delwar Hossain Sayedee and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad with misappropriation of Tk 1.28 crore from the government Zakat Fund.

4 Hizb-ut protesters arrested

Police yesterday arrested four members of banned militant organisation Hizb-ut-Tahrir for bringing out a procession in the capital protesting the arrival of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Tajikistan bans new Islamist group

Tajikistan yesterday banned a fringe Islamist group whose existence it initially denied but later blamed for a series of bombings that killed more than 20 servicemen and police.

Frenchman dies after fight on Indian train

A Frenchman died yesterday four days after being beaten up on an Indian train for allegedly harassing a pregnant woman, police said.

Suu Kyi plans Japan trip later this year

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi plans to visit Japan later this year to discuss her country's political reform process, a report said yesterday.

Editorial

JU VC should step down

The recent developments in Jahangirnagar University are a shocking reminder of how politicisation in universities can bring about a menacing stalemate in academic activities, taking a heavy toll on the general students' learning process. After several days of demonstrations by both anti- and pro-VC teachers and students' groups, the situation took a turn for the worse with some students and two teachers launching into a fast-unto-death resolve. But a delegation of striking teachers in the meanwhile met the prime minister and called off their strike on her assurance, but the students have not relented. They demand the incumbent vice chancellor's resignation for his alleged involvement with various irregularities.

Corporal punishment taken to new heights

When we are greeted with horrific pictures of young girls taken to task by none other than their Principal who, in the name of meting out punishment for failing to complete the task of praying regularly during the holidays, gives them a 'taste of hell' by branding them with a hot poker; we are literally at a loss for words! The incident that occurred at an all girls madrassa at Namashyampur in the capital city's Kadamtali area is not the first of its kind to be reported, nor is it likely to be the last.

Sports

Real end Barca reign

Real Madrid claimed their first Spanish title in four years, ending the reign of bitter rivals Barcelona to boot, as they beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Wednesday for what is their 32nd league crown.

'BNS should not host cricket'

Newly re-elected Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin said yesterday that the Bangabandhu National Stadium should not be considered as one of the possible venues for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Dhaka driven by Shamsur

Shamsur Rahman continued his good form as Dhaka posted a comfortable five-wicket victory over Barisal in the 32nd Inter District Cricket Championship at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna yesterday.

Gayle set for WI return

Flamboyant opener Chris Gayle has scrapped his deal with English county Somerset to make himself available for West Indies after ending his year-long dispute with the cricket board.

Yoga Sachin's secret

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has turned to yoga to keep his body in top shape. The world's most decorated cricketer has had a spate of injuries in his illustrious 20- year international career, and in his effort to keep going he has approached legendary yoga expert BKS Iyengar.

Rajshahi win big

Rajshahi outplayed Jamalpur by 125 runs to reach the semifinal of the Standard Chartered Young Tigers Under-16 National Cricket Championship at the Shahid Miraz Tapan Stadium yesterday.

Substance over style

Shivnarine Chanderpaul the batsman is as effective as he is ugly. 10,000 runs at an average of 50 concretely speak to the former and the yawns of non-partisan cricket fans as he comes into bat subjectively illustrate the latter. The important thing about Chanderpaul is that this depressing effect he has on many fans is nothing compared to how he probably affects the opposition. When Shiv comes to the crease, bowlers and fielders know that they have an arduous, almost hopeless task of sending him back from whence he came -- droopy shoulders, oversized helmet and all.

'End of the pain'

The father of disgraced Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Asif said his son's release from prison Thursday had brought an end to six months of pain for his family and backed the paceman to return to the game.

ICC readies to pick CEO

The ICC's nomination committee, headed by its president Sharad Pawar, will meet in Mumbai on May 6 to conduct interviews with the four short-listed candidates to determine the successor to Haroon Lorgat, the outgoing chief executive officer. Though the identity of the four has been kept a closely guarded secret, it is understood that David Collier, the current ECB CEO along with Dave Richardson, who is ICC's general manager of cricket, were two names on the shortlist, picked by the global executive head-hunting company Egon Zehnder.

Ryder misses WI ticket

Troubled batsman Jesse Ryder was omitted Thursday from New Zealand's 15-man Test squad to tour the West Indies, with South Africa-born paceman Neil Wagner one of two new faces in the line-up.

Mumbai keep Pune in check

Harbhajan Singh led Mumbai Indians from the front to snatch a thrilling one-run victory over Pune Warriors in an Indian Premier League match at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium here on Thursday.

Sreesanth to miss five months

Sreesanth, the India fast bowler, will be out of action for five months as he needs two surgeries on his toes. He hasn't turned out for India since the Tests against England last August, and has only played one first-class match since, before picking up a toe injury.

Basketball course ends

A seven-day long basketball training course ended on Wednesday in the port city.

Injury scare for Anderson

England duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad had an awkward day for different reasons when they returned to county action in Wednesday's County Championship clash between Lancashire and Nottinghamshire at Old Trafford.

Azerbaijan, Japan in battle

Japan and Azerbaijan will battle it out for a berth at the London Games after emerging as the two top teams in the final women's Olympic hockey qualifying tournament in Japan on Thursday.

Lord's upgrade on hold

Lord's owners Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) said Wednesday they would create a new redevelopment plan for the 'home of cricket' after a row which led former British Prime Minister John Major to resign from the MCC committee.

King of goals

A Lionel Messi hat-trick that saw him break Gerd Mueller's record for goals in a single European season inspired Barcelona to a 4-1 win over Malaga on Wednesday.

Lecce hold Juve

Ten-man Lecce threw a spanner in the Serie A title works as they held Juventus to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday, allowing AC Milan to close the gap at the top to just one point.

Cisse sinks Chelsea

Chelsea were left contemplating the prospect of having to win this season's Champions League in order to qualify for next term's edition after a 2-0 defeat by Newcastle on Wednesday.

'Newcastle harder than United'

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has warned his Premier League title-chasers to beware the threat of in-form Newcastle when they travel to the north-east side on Sunday.

'La Liga win toughest'

Jose Mourinho believes winning La Liga was the toughest of the seven league titles he has sealed in coaching stints in his native Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, the Real Madrid manager said on Wednesday.

Diego to see out contract

Diego Maradona has retracted his threat of walking away from his job as coach of Al Wasl if the UAE side did not recruit new players.

Robben stays at Bayern

Arjen Robben has ended speculation about his Bayern Munich future by signing a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until June 2015, the Champions League finalists announced on Thursday.

Coach punches own player

Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi was sacked on Wednesday after punching his own player Adem Ljajic during Wednesday's Serie A clash against Novara, taking exception to the midfielder's sarcasm.

Business

Okada upbeat on Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a country of potential and will go a long way if its potential can be properly utilised, Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada said

Remittance inflow slows a bit

Inward remittances fell 2.43 percent to $1.08 billion in March compared to a month ago, but the overall growth in the first ten months of the current fiscal year reached near 11 percent.

Freight forwarders pick up steam

The freight forwarding business is booming in Bangladesh, riding on a significant increase in international trade.

Mobile operators rearranging frequencies

Four mobile operators last night started rearranging their frequencies in 1,800 band, which will improve their services, reducing call drops and making their networks more efficient.

Ministry mulls Kafco's plan for second plant

The industries ministry may approve a plan by Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company (Kafco) to invest $1 billion to set up its second plant to produce 12 lakh tonnes of urea a year.

India telecom bosses warn of auction 'disaster'

Indian phone company chiefs Thursday slammed proposals for a sharp hike in the price of mobile spectrum, saying it would raise calling tariffs and potentially destroy the fast-growing sector.

Rice to control blood sugar hits market

Renata Agro Industries Ltd and Purnava Ltd have recently launched a special kind of rice -- Purno Low GI (glycemic index) rice -- to help people control blood sugar level.

Barua stresses deeper trade links with Indonesia

Industries Minister Dilip Barua reiterated the need for enhancing bilateral cooperation between Bangladesh and Indonesia in the fields of economy and industry.

East Asia boosts crisis fund amid Europe threat

East Asian nations announced Thursday they have doubled the money in a regional currency swap pact to $240 billion in an effort to shield themselves from the European debt crisis.

India lifts curbs on onion export price

India has scrapped the minimum export prices on onions and decided to remove the quantitative restrictions on sugar exports.

Korean company to invest in steel, power

LG International Corporation of Korea plans to invest in steel and power sectors in Chittagong, company officials said yesterday.

Metropolitan

Form national unity to tackle 'sick politics'

Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called upon the country's conscious citizens and civic, professional and women organisations to form a “national unity”.

Joint document likely, says FM

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said Dhaka and Washington are expected to sign a joint document during US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's two-day visit here tomorrow.

BNP leader Alim gets fresh conditional bail

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday granted fresh conditional bail to former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim in connection with crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War.

Submit report to me: Quader

Communications and Railways Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday directed officials of Bangladesh Railway (BR) East Zone to prepare an updated report regarding grabbed railway land in the zone immediately and send it to him.

Abducted trader rescued

Police rescued an abducted businessman and arrested an alleged kidnapper in the port city early hours of yesterday.

Flat buyers conned out of Tk 15cr

A real estate developer has swindled buyers out of about Tk 15 crore by selling one flat to several clients, a group of victims alleged at a press conference yesterday.

Nizami indictment decision May 28

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 will decide on May 28 if it would indict Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of 1971.

PM urges Russia to expand trade

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday underscored the need for strengthening cooperation between the trade bodies of Bangladesh and Russia for boosting bilateral trade and commerce.

Madrasa teacher absconding

Police yesterday raided different areas in the capital but failed to arrest a female madrasa teacher who burnt legs of 14 students as punishment on Tuesday.

Youth stabs one-yr-old boy to death

A youth hacked a one-year-old boy to death and injured three others in Boktaboli area of the sadar upazila on Wednesday night.

'Jamaat starts politics of disappearance in '71'

Two lawmakers of the ruling alliance yesterday said Jamaat-e-Islami started politics of killing and disappearance during the Liberation War which later got institutionalised by law enforcers under different governments.

HC injunction on 2 housing projects

The High Court yesterday issued an injunction for six months on implementation of two separate housing projects to protect the environment and heritage of Bayezid Bostami shrine and Madarsha Sreebil areas in Chittagong.

Japan's special role in our dev to continue

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night expressed hope that Japan would continue its special role for economic development of Bangladesh.

Concern over acid throwing incidents

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday expressed its concern over the increasing number of acid throwing incidents in recent times.

Journos' sit-in now on May 15

The journalists shifted their sit-in, scheduled for Sunday in front of the home ministry, to May 15 as Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, falls on that day.

Minister for severer penalty

Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan yesterday laid emphasis on amendment of the related law to increase penalty for river accidents.

DU proctor, cops 'give in to BCL pressure'

Allegedly giving in to political pressure from Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Shahbagh Police Station yesterday freed two youths, who had earlier confessed to snatching a motorcycle, after taking a bond.

World Press Freedom Day observed

The World Press Freedom Day was observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe yesterday with the theme “Media Freedom has the Power to Transform Societies”.

Inform people on Rio+20 summit

Speakers yesterday underscored the need for policymakers and the masses to be more sensitised on sustainable development, green growth and the upcoming Rio+20 summit to achieve a better deal while protecting national interest in global negotiations.

HSC examinees barricade road in Rajshahi

Some 50 HSC examinees barricaded the road before Rajshahi Government Women's College Center in Rajshahi city for two hours protesting the “abusive attitude” of invigilators.

JnU expels 8 students indefinitely

The Jagannath University (JnU) authorities yesterday expelled eight students from the university for an indefinite period for their alleged involvement in beating up three teachers and locking them in a room over two hours.

Cuet students celebrate Rag Day

A three-day long Rag Day celebration programme of the students of 38th batch of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) began yesterday.

Factory owner, manager held

A garment factory owner and manager was arrested by police in Chittagong city yesterday after being caught red-handed while allegedly trying to bribe the deputy director of Department of Environment (DoE) into withdrawing a complaint.

Dr Yusuf remanded

Dr Mohammad Abu Yusuf was placed on a five-day remand yesterday in connection with a case filed against him for assisting war crimes suspect Abul Kalam Azad to flee the country.

Canadian visa from Singapore

As Canada has shut down its visa services in Bangladesh, people now will have to get visas from Canadian High Commission in Singapore.

3 Bangladeshi Lunabots prepare for Nasa's competition

Three Bangladeshi universities prepared robots to compete in Nasa's Third Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition from May 21 to 26 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, says Nasa's website.

Youth beaten to death

A youth was beaten to death by a gang of unidentified criminals in the capital's Jatrabari early hours of yesterday.

'Speed up war crimes trial'

The speakers at a meeting urged the government to expedite the war crimes trial to make country free from fundamentalism.

Drugs of Tk 82.40 lakh destroyed

Bangladesh Coast Guard destroyed Tk 82.40 lakh worth of contraband beer and liquor, seized in different drives between January and March this year, in the port city yesterday.

Two killed in road accidents

Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Kishoreganj and Jessore yesterday.

Four Ctg eateries fined Tk 45,000

A mobile court yesterday fined four eateries a total of Tk 45,000 for preparing and serving food in dirty and unhygienic environment in the port city.

British HC closed on May 6

The British High Commission and DFID Bangladesh will remain closed on May 6.

Death anniversary

Today is the first death anniversary of Alhaj Mozaffor Ali Talukder, a social worker and ardent supporter of education and officer of food department of the then British government.

Mohammad Hanif

Today is the second death anniversary of advocate Mohamm-ad Hanif, father-in-law of Anwarul Kabir Babul, court correspondent of the daily Jugantor.

Rev Samuel S Bose

Today is the sixth death anniversary of Rev Samuel S Bose, a freedom fighter of Magura district under Sector-8 and founder president of Bangladesh Christian Mission, Narail.

Obituary

Md Mahfuzur Rahman, secretary general of Bangladesh Public Relations Association and national public information consultant of World Health Organisation (WHO), passed away at his Uttara resident in the capital yesterday at the age of 47.

National

60pc work done in 10 yrs

The much talked flood control and irrigation scheme titled “Upper Surma-Kushiyara Project” in Sylhet sees only about 60 per cent of work done in 10 years, although it was scheduled to complete by 2005-2006 fiscal year (FY).

Market on railway land

An alleged land grabber belonging to the ruling party has continued illegal construction of a market on a disputed railway land in front of Chatmohar rail station in the district although there is a legal battle concerning the lease of the land.

Teacher gets life for rape of college girl

A Chapainawabganj court yesterday sentenced a college teacher to life imprisonment for raping a girl of the college and recording the scene on his mobile phone.

'Turn Banglabadha into a full-fledged port'

Normal life in Panchagarh town came to a virtual standstill for an hour yesterday as locals stopped work, demanding Banglabandha Land Port as a full-fledged port.

Outlaw killed in Pabna

A leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was murdered in Chatmohar upazila early yesterday.

Warrant for arrest of Khulna MP

A court here yesterday issued an order to arrest Khulna-1 MP Nani Gopal Mandal and five other local Awami League leaders on charge of sexual harassment of a woman and attempt to kill her in Dakope upazila last month.

Criminals throw acid, this time on elder sister

Students of Noakhali Government Mohila College formed a human chain in front of the local press club yesterday demanding immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the culprits who threw acid on Selina Akhtar, a student of the college, early Tuesday.

Pay salaries, refund security money

Employees of Combine Development Sangstha (CDS), a local non-government organisation, yesterday formed a human chain, demanding payment of salaries and refund of their security money.

Khulna city BNP jt secy, 11 activists sued

A case was filed against the city unit BNP joint secretary Prof Tariqul Islam and 11 other activists yesterday on charge of vandalising vehicles during hartal hours on Sunday and Monday.

Madrasa girl tortured by teacher dies

A madrasa student has been tortured to death allegedly by her teacher in the district.

3 Shibir men arrested

Police arrested three leaders of Islami Chhatra Shibir from their office at Munshipara in the district town on Wednesday.

AL man beaten to death

A local Awami League leader was beaten to death allegedly by his neighbour in Modhukhali upazila yesterday morning. The victim is Sheikh Abdur Rashid, 52, secretary of Gazna union AL unit, said police. There was a longstanding conflict between Rashid and his neighbour Mokter Hossain over a piece of disputed land at Ashapur village. Mozharul Islam, sub inspector of Modhukhali police station, said the rivals locked in a clash over the issue at around 6:00am. At one stage, Mokter beat the victim with a stick mercilessly, leaving him injured seriously. He was rushed to Faridpur Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him dead at around 9:00am, the SI added.

Housewife murdered

A woman was killed allegedly by her husband at Dopadi village in Abhoynagar upazila yesterday morning. The victim is Aklima Begum, 26, wife of Halim Mollah, of the village. Police said Halim locked in a quarrel with his wife over a trivial matter. At one stage, he hit her with a brick, leaving her dead on the spot. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. Halim went into hiding after the incident.

Newsman assaulted

A gang of drug peddlers assaulted a journalist in Mission Crossing area of the district town on Wednesday night. Jahangir Alam Shaheen, a district correspondent of the daily Janakantho, is now undergoing treatment at Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital. Shaheen said the gang attacked him in the area at about 10:30pm as he was collecting information about drug peddling in the town. Journalist leaders of Lalmonirhat press club condemned the attack and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. Gokul Roy, president of the local press club, said they would go for tougher programme if the attackers were not arrested by today. Jamir Uddin, officer in-charge of Lalmonirhat Sadar police station, said they would take necessary steps against those responsible for the offence if any case filed by the victim.

4 brick kilns fined

A mobile court fined four brick kiln owners Tk 5000 each at Moutala village in Kaliganj upazila yesterday for polluting environment. The convicts are Mir Gousul Azam, Mostafizur Rahman, Abu Taleb and Syed Amir Hamza of the village, said locals. On secret information, executive magistrate Mashruba Ferdousi raided the area and punished the four for burning firewoods at the kilns.

Letters

Honouring Bangladesh's foreign friends

A friend in need is a friend indeed. Some foreign friends contributed a lot for the emancipation of Bangladesh from the clutches of Pakistani occupation forces during 1971. Some days ago Bangladesh honoured those foreign friends who strongly deserved to be honoured. Our heartfelt gratitude to the friends who came to Bangladesh to be honoured. It is a good initiative by the government to honour our foreign friends who made invaluable contribution during our war of independence. They (our foreign friends) drummed up support from world leaders and mobilised financial support from different organisations, countries and individuals and provided training to Mukti Bahini. On the other hand, some countries went against the birth of Bangladesh disregarding the just struggle of Bangalee people. Sadly, a section of Bangalee people helped the Pakistani army and committed all types of war crimes. They actually did not want the independence of Bangladesh. We are waiting to see due punishment to the Pakistani collaborators in this land. Without the help of our foreign friends, it would be difficult for the independent Bangladesh to claim its position on the world map. Finally, I would like to thank our government for taking such a noble initiative to honour the true friends of Bangladesh.

Mind the education sector

Only a few years back, countries like Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam were much like us. But now they are much ahead of us only because they gave the first priority to education and developed a huge skilled and enterprising population. On the other hand, the scene here in Bangladesh has been quite opposite.

Formulate law to save forests

According to a fact sheet of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), USA, each day 32,000 hectares of tropical forests are lost -- and illegal logging contributes to that -- causing an increase in heat-trapping emissions and the loss of biodiversity and habitat for endangered and threatened species.

Giving excess marks on answer scripts

The result of Secondary School Certificate Examination 2012 will be published very soon. Thanks to the initiatives taken by the successive two governments that quality of education has improved. Introducing creative method is a very praiseworthy initiative. Now the students have the opportunity to exhibit their potential talents. It compels the students to go through the entire textbooks.

Justice delayed, justice denied

There is a saying, 'Justice delayed is justice denied.' People already know that the no light would ever be shed over the journalist couple, Sagar-Runi murder. But the present move by the law enforcing agencies to exhume their dead bodies for viscera report surprises us. One does not need to be a criminologist to understand the necessity of viscera report. It was necessary at the beginning of the investigation. But we are optimistic and still keeping our hopes alive that the killers will be identified and punished soon.

Choose your career thoughtfully

A recent conference urged young people to choose careers that corresponded with the calling of their hearts and not go for 'the well-trodden paths'. This is surely only half-right and not kind.

Missing Ilias Ali and some questions

The disappearance of Ilias Ali from near his house in Banani after midnight on April 18 along with his driver has raised many questions which are still unanswered! Why should members of the law-enforcing agencies abduct Ilias, a mid-level BNP leader from Sunamganj?

Nabbing killers of Sagar-Runi: Will it ever happen?

After two and a half months of their violent deaths, Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi's mortal remains were taken out of their graves for further investigation by RAB as police failed to shed any light on the crime. We are feeling very sad and thinking about the families of Sagar-Runi -- how painful and heart-breaking it must have been for them.

Remove session jam in national university

We are the students of national university. Our session was 2005-2006. Our Honour's final exams were scheduled to be held in 2009, according to our academic calendar. But it was held in September 2011 because of session jam. Now seven months have passed, but the results of our Honour's final exams have not been published as yet. In the meantime, we can not apply for jobs as our results have not been published. Even we can't take admission in Master's programme. So, we are losing invaluable time from our life.. It should be mentioned here that the private and public universities of Bangladesh are publishing their results in due time. Only the students of the national university are the sufferers. So we urge the authorities concerned to address the problem of session jams in the nation al university and ensure publishing of the Honours finasl exam results without further delay.

Online Voices

Arrests, raids; leaders hiding

International

Pranab emerges as front runner

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is the front runner for President, as the formal and informal consultations among the constituents of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) on the election, scheduled for July, gained momentum.

China urges US to respect each others concerns

Chinese President Hu Jintao yesterday called for the United States and China to respect each other's concerns, amid a row over a dissident who fled to the US embassy.

UN admits Syria truce not holding

The UN admitted a shaky three-week-old truce in Syria is not holding but said the number of observers would be doubled within days, as violence erupted yesterday near Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo.

Myanmar army poised to attack

Myanmar's army is poised for a major assault on Kachin minority rebels, the guerilla group said yesterday, despite calls for an end to the violence which has cast a shadow over the new regime's reforms.

Egypt military vows fair polls after clashes

Egypt's military rulers yesterday vowed that this month's presidential election will be fair and moved to assure the public it would hand over power, a day after a deadly attack on an anti-military protest.

Hillary seeks to meet 'dynamic' Mamata

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking forward to meeting “dynamic” and “influential” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee next week during which she will discuss the progress made by West Bengal under her leadership and her take on India-Bangladesh ties.

US releases Laden documents

Newly released papers from Osama Bin Laden's hideout reveal a frustrated al-Qaeda leader struggling to control an unruly network, the US military says.

Ex-girlfriend's diaries show Obama in love

Secret diaries of an Australian woman who was one of young Barack Obama's girlfriends, show the warmth and trust of the future president in love, but also hint at his reserve and "coolness."

Russia warns of 'dead end' in talks

Russia yesterday said its dispute with the United States over missile defence was near a "dead end" and warned it might have to deploy new rockets in Europe to take out elements of the controversial shield.

Libya grants immunity to former rebels

Libyan authorities granted immunity to former rebels who fought to oust Muammar Gaddafi's regime and has criminalised any glorification of the former leader, in laws passed yesterday.

Nepal to form national unity government

Nepal's Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai will disband his cabinet and form a new national unity government in a bid to end the country's political deadlock, an aide said yesterday.

France polls too close to call

French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a last-ditch appeal to far-right voters yesterday after failing to land a knockout blow in a heated televised debate with Socialist rival Francois Hollande before tomorrow's presidential runoff.

Maoists release kidnapped Indian official

Maoist rebels in central India released a government official yesterday after holding him hostage for nearly two weeks in the latest of a series of kidnappings by the guerrillas, police said.

India ferry death toll hits 113

The toll from one of India's worst ferry disasters rose to 113 yesterday as rescuers fished out the bodies of more passengers who drowned when the boat sank in a river in Assam state.

Sudan says it seeks peace with South

Khartoum yesterday said it seeks peace with South Sudan and hopes the small country responds favourably to African Union and UN resolutions for ending hostilities.

UN sanctions N Korea firms

The UN Security Council on Wednesday ordered sanctions against three "very significant" North Korean state firms over the country's failed rocket launch, US ambassador Susan Rice said.

Attack on market kills 34 in Nigeria

Gunmen armed with explosives killed at least 34 people in northeastern Nigeria when they attacked a cattle market and burned it to the ground, residents and officials said yesterday.

Gingrich quits White House race

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich dropped his erratic campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination Wednesday, but pledged to remain in the public eye as an "active citizen."

Netanyahu set for easy poll win

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks set to sail to an easy victory in early general elections likely to take place in September, a series of polls showed yesterday.

Yemen kills 8 Qaeda militants

Yemeni soldiers killed eight al-Qaeda militants as they tried to attack an army post in the southern province of Abyan yesterday, the defence ministry said.

Palestinian unity meet fails

A Cairo meeting between Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal and an official of the rival Fatah movement made no headway on the formation of a Palestinian national unity government, an official said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Tribute to Shaheed Janani

Yesterday marked the 83rd birth anniversary of writer and social activist Jahanara Imam. She is most widely remembered for her efforts to bring those accused of committing crimes during the Liberation War to trial. She was known as “Shaheed Janani”.

Sajal @ DS Café

Beginning his career with modeling, Sajal had to struggle hard at the start, but eventually he used his skills and talents to carve a niche in the media. He has now become one of the most sought-after actors. Apart from countless one-hour TV plays and tele-films, Sajal has also worked for the silver screen. His latest performance is in a movie based on Rabindranath Tagore's “Charulata”.

Tanvir Mokammel lectures and film screenings in India

Bangladeshi director Tanvir Mokammel is set to have a busy schedule in the Indian state of West Bengal this month with a series of his feature films lined up for screening when he is expected to talk on non-mainstream cinema in his country and the Liberation War.

Filmmaker par excellence

Rich tributes were paid to legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray on what would have been his 92nd birthday on Wednesday in his hometown Kolkata.

Panorama of Bengal's Art Heritage

A three-day event “Panorama of Bengal's Art Heritage” was held in Delhi the other day. The festival was a mix of drama, dance, recitation, audio visual footage, songs and readings to bring the curtains down on the celebrations of Tagore's 150th birth anniversary.

Lalon songs reverberate in Pabna

Lalon songs reverberated at the Lalon Festival held at Pabna Town Hall premises on Wednesday night. The event was organised by Lalon Smriti Parishad, Pabna.

Duran Duran to play Olympics gig

Duran Duran are to play a concert in London's Hyde Park to mark the start of the Olympic Games.

OP-ED

How happy is Bangladesh?

Pakistan has ranked higher than Bangladesh in the World Happiness Report 2012, holding the 85th position against our 104th. Even India lagged behind in the 94th position despite Pakistan's reputation as a country rife with terrorism, religious extremism, political violence, and corruption. Which leads us to this rightful question. What is happiness if contentious politicians, suicide bombers and trigger happy gunmen can make a happier country?

Big statues don't cry, unless…

The thought has occurred to me before, but seems more relevant now. If you are lucky in life, you become a statue in death. If you are super lucky, you turn into a giant statue, majestically distinct from the torso-sized apparitions where it is impossible to determine whether our hero had a sparse moustache or merely the misfortune of a diarrheic bird dropping by for a rest and a chat on his head. The great icons of a nation get disfigured on a mammoth scale, whether it is Gandhi dominating India's Parliament or Lincoln staring grimly from America's Mount Rushmore. It needs distance to get sufficient perspective on such majesty. No man is a hero to his valet, possibly because the valet stands too close to nose hair.

What's new in US' strategic shift?

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's visit to Dhaka unveils tomorrow. Her sojourn in Dhaka comes on the heels of her Beijing trip along with US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. They talked trade with Chinese premier Hu Jintao and other top functionaries in Beijing, a pressing bilateral issue that. This went undeterred in the shadows of Communist Party's discredited top brass Bo Xin Lai's exit and the embarrassment of the Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng's leaving the US embassy following a reported deal with Beijing on his safety.

Firewalls and firepower?

At a press conference during the recent IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings, the managing director of IMF was heard using two words that are often not heard in economics classrooms or seen in textbooks, firewalls and firepower. I am sure most of her audience and the rest of the world were very impressed by her forceful advocacy of action and her urgent appeal for funds to combat the looming global economic crisis.

Protecting freedom of expression online

Media freedom has the power to transform societies and to change the course of history. Over the past year, across the Middle East and North Africa, ordinary citizens found their voices using social media and blogs. But freedom of expression continues to be repressed in many countries and some have seen a significant decline in media freedoms. Around the world, journalists, bloggers and others have been obstructed from doing their work by being harassed, monitored, detained, or subjected to violence.

This Day In History

May 4

1799
Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ends when the city is invaded and Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.

StarTech

Innovation battle begins

Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology competition which has been running for almost a decade. Since its inception in 2003, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real world problems.

Samsung and GP to bring Galaxy Pocket

Samsung mobile is going to launch its new smartphone Samsung Galaxy Pocket exclusively with Grameenphone this month.

Nokia promises new products to exasperated investors

Nokia's outgoing Chairman Jorma Ollila promised a range of new products ahead of a meeting on Thursday with shareholders who are increasingly losing patience with the company's recovery efforts.

Election Commission uses Oracle's database service

Election Commission (EC) has upgraded its biometric identification and voter registration system by consolidating over hundreds of different databases into a single database running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 and realised a 3x boost in system performance, said a press release.

Ctg Edition

DC Hill turns criminals' den

DC Hill Park, which is a symbol of green nature in Chittagong city, has turned into a haven for criminal activities after dusk due to a lack of adequate lighting and security measures.


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