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News of: Monday, 7th of May, 2012

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Land deal too to take time

Exchange of adversely possessed lands and 162 enclaves, and demarcation of boundary with India will be delayed indefinitely, as the Congress-led Indian ruling coalition lacks the required majority in the Lok Sabha to ratify the land boundary protocol with Bangladesh.

Experts stay concerned

Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee yesterday reassured that India's river-linking project will not harm Bangladesh as it does not include any Himalayan river that flows down to Bangladesh.

Good ties with all parties

Expecting a “peaceful and democratic Bangladesh”, visiting Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee yesterday said his country wants to establish ties with all the political parties of Bangladesh, not with just a specific one.

US sides with Grameen Bank

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the USA does not endorse any action of the Bangladesh government to undermine the achievements of Grameen Bank.

All deals to be implemented

India yesterday said it would implement all the agreements signed earlier with Bangladesh in the greater interest of the two neighbouring countries.

BNP leaders sneak into HC

Avoiding strict police surveillance, some senior BNP leaders, accused in blast and arson cases, took shelter inside the High Court premises yesterday evening.

MLM bosses arrested

The managing director and the general manager of unipay2u, a multilevel marketing company, were taken on police remand yesterday, hours after their arrest over fraud.

BNP to stage demo on Wednesday

The BNP-led 18-party alliance yesterday declared demonstration programmes for Wednesday to press home its demands including return of its missing leader M Ilias Ali.

Safety net to include beggars

The government will be rehabilitating 2,000 beggars of the capital city in a pilot project to be implemented by June.

Businesses to seek views of others

Top business leaders will seek opinions from different professionals before launching formal dialogues with political leaders, demanding a ban on hartal that causes disruption to economic activities.

Truck ploughs into home, 4 of a family killed

A truck ploughed into a roadside home in Chandpur Sadar upazila early yesterday, killing four of the family in their sleep.

Ilias not held by lawmen

Five law enforcement agencies have submitted reports to the High Court as ordered by it, claiming BNP leader M Ilias Ali is not in their custody since they have not picked up or detained him.

Jessore Jubo League men assault 5 journalists

A group of Jubo League activists assaulted five television journalists and damaged four video cameras when the newsmen tried to cover a BNP-enforced hartal in Abhoynagar upazila of Jessore yesterday.

50 Indian double-decker buses arrive

Fifty Indian double-decker buses will hit the city roads Tuesday. This will be the first successful project under India's $1 billion credit agreement inked two years ago.

Supermoon graces the night sky

A "supermoon" yesterday graced the skies, appearing bigger and brighter than usual, as it comes closer to the earth.

Man in Afghan uniform kills Nato soldier

A soldier with Nato's US-led coalition in Afghanistan was killed by a man in Afghan army uniform yesterday, a spokesman for the mission said, in the latest so-called "green-on-blue" attack.

Armenia votes to tests fragile democracy

Armenians yesterday voted for a new parliament in the biggest test of the ex-Soviet state's fragile democratic credentials since disputed presidential elections in 2008 ended in fatal clashes.

Rejoinder

AKM Nurul Faiz Bakul has protested a report published in The Daily Star on April 26, headlined, "Odyssey of a mother ends in joy". The report was about a legal battle for custodianship of an eight-year-old boy.

Editorial

Secretary of State's visit

Although the ostensible purpose of the visit of the US Secretary of State to Dhaka was to formalise the issue of Bangladesh--US Partnership Dialogue, the visit has been significant in more ways than one. It has for one thing, moved the level of bilateral relationship to a higher degree and for another, formally brought Bangladesh in the strategic radar of the US. Ms. Clinton's comments covered both the internal political situation as well as the strategic compulsions.

Lack of financing of local bodies

This is an age-old quandary for elected local government officials in Bangladesh. The disappointment of the electorate at district and union levels runs deep, since despite having voted their candidate of choice to official capacity, desired changes in terms of development work hardly take place in respective constituencies. But then it is not the fault of public representatives, rather it is the system of allocation of development funds that is done centrally which is to blame.

Sports

Whistling Bolt

Double world record-holder Usain Bolt shook off two false starts to open his 2012 season with a world-leading 9.82 seconds to win the 100 metres at the Jamaica International Invitational on Saturday.

bti Int'l golf from today

The first international golf tournament organised by Bangladesh Professional Golfers' Association (BPGA) bti International Golf Championship starts at the Kurmitola Golf Club in the capital today. The four day event is the first international tournament organised by Bangladesh's premier golf association, the previous ones have all been hosted as part of the Professional Golfers' Tour of India (PGTI) season.

Messi gift for Pep

Lionel Messi scored four goals to take his La Liga tally to 50 this season as Barcelona hammered Espanyol 4-0 on Saturday in an emotional last game at the Nou Camp for outgoing coach Pep Guardiola.

MSC eye Gerhard

Mohammedan Sporting Club are keeping tabs on Indian hockey players for their bid to defend the title of the Premier Division Hockey League which is likely to start from the second week of June.

MSC's foreign trial

Having been boosted by the new foreign recruits, Mohammedan SC recorded a 2-0 win over Rahmatganj MFS yesterday in a friendly match at the BUET ground ahead of the resumption of Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League.

40 days disappear, how many more?

The only thing that has happened in the last forty days is bring out the irony of Bangladesh cricket in front of the world. As everyone sings praise of the Tigers after their Asia Cup performance, the Bangladesh Cricket Board has effectively benched the players through a level of ineptness that has not been seen for a long time.

'I have valid NOC to play'

Pakistan's former captain and senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf today asserted that he has a valid No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play in the Dhaka League, putting to rest the confusion that was created by some of his own statements.

U-22 football camp from tomorrow

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is going to hold a two-day trial for the U-22 team for the AFC U-22 Asian Cup from tomorrow at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Kulfa start with huge win

Kulfa Goshthi amassed a 252-run victory over Victoria Club on the opening day of the Colonel Malek Smriti Premier Cricket League at the Shahid Miraz-Tapan Stadium in Manikganj yesterday.

Door open for Pep

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has revealed that outgoing coach Pep Guardiola can return to Camp Nou any time he chooses, following Saturday's 4-0 win against Espanyol in La Liga.

AB thunder stuns Deccan Chargers

If the first game of Sunday's IPL was a thriller then the second between Royal Challenges Bangalore and Deccan Chargers at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium was breathtaking.

Smith steals a thriller

A mammoth 126-run stand for the second wicket between Sachin Tendulkar (74 off 44) and Rohit Sharma (60 off 46) almost went in vain before Dwayne Smith smashed two boundaries off the last two balls of the match to register a win against Chennai Super Kings by 2 wickets, here on Sunday.

Blue doesn't panic Fed

Blue clay courts at the Madrid Masters holds no fear for former champion Roger Federer, with the confident Swiss insisting on Sunday that he will be ready for any conditions when he begins play in the second round.

Donald not interested in BD job

Allan Donald, the South Africa bowling coach, has refuted claims linking him to the Bangladesh coaching job. Donald, along with Mick Newell and Dermot Reeve, was understood to be on the Bangladesh Cricket Board's wish list but said he will not consider the offer if he is approached.

Surendranath passes away

Surendranath, the former India fast bowler, has died aged 75 following prolonged illness. He played 11 Tests for India between 1959 and 1961, and also had a 15-year first-class career with Services that ended in 1969.

North Bengal champions

North Bengal Cricket Academy of Rajshahi emerged unbeaten champions in the Indo-Bangla Under-19 Twenty20 Cricket Tournament after beating Kolkata Sheuri Cricket Academy by 86 runs in the final held at Alipur Duar yesterday.

Manchester City put champagne on ice

Manchester City moved to within touching distance of a first English league title in 44 years after Yaya Toure scored twice in a 2-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday.

United stay close

Manchester United ensured the race for the Premier League title will go to the final game of the season as they beat Swansea City 2-0 at Old Trafford here on Sunday.

Roma don't make CL

Roma all but crashed out of European contention with a limp performance in a 2-2 draw at home to Catania on Saturday night.

Dortmund create record

Cologne tumbled into the German second division on Saturday as Hertha Berlin grabbed the lifeline of a relegation playoff and champions Borussia Dortmund thumped Freiburg 4-0 to set a Bundesliga season points record.

Beckham heads Rich List

Former England soccer captain David Beckham's success on the field and appeal to sponsors have made him an estimated fortune of 160 million pounds ($259 million) to put him top of the Sunday Times Sport Rich List published this weekend.

Historic Drogba

Didier Drogba admits his historic strike in Chelsea's 2-1 FA Cup final win over Liverpool was exactly the kind of memorable moment that makes life with the Blues so special.

Man with the Midas touch

Roberto Di Matteo once again proved he is the man with the Midas touch at Wembley when Chelsea's interim manager guided his side to a 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Higuain staying

Spanish champions Real Madrid have no intention of letting striker Gonzalo Higuain leave but may need to buy a back-up goalkeeper if Antonio Adan cannot be persuaded to stay, coach Jose Mourinho said.

Business

Yunus, Abed talk garment exports with Hillary, seek free access to US

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus and BRAC Chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed yesterday urged US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to allow Bangladeshi garments duty-free access to the US market to help create local jobs, especially for women.

Govt to honour top taxpayers with privilege cards

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) for the first time is going to honour 20 highest taxpayers with 'tax cards' to recognise their compliance and consistency in paying taxes.

Regulator okays use of IPO proceeds in subsidiaries

Companies that will raise capital through initial public offerings (IPO) will be able to invest the proceeds in their subsidiaries and associated firms, in a move that the stockmarket regulator opposed before.

Ericsson study finds 94pc own mobile handsets

A study shows that a majority of the mobile users in Bangladesh own their own handsets, which increased because of a fall in the prices of basic handsets.

Myanmar wants to share Bangladesh's submarine cable

Post and Telecoms Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju yesterday said Myanmar wants to share Bangladesh's submarine cable.

BB governor leaving for Kolkata to receive Indira Gandhi Gold Plaque

Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman leaves Dhaka for Kolkata today to receive the prestigious Indira Gandhi Gold Plaque 2011, said a statement yesterday.

Senior StanChart official due in town

Ananth Narayan, the regional head of global markets of Standard Chartered Bank, will arrive in Dhaka today for a three-day official visit, the bank said in a statement.

Australia set for 'modest' budget surplus

Australia is on track for a modest budget surplus next financial year, Treasurer Wayne Swan said Sunday ahead of this week's unveiling of his fifth budget for the mining-powered economy.

Nokia's woes might call for Microsoft aid

Addressing Nokia Oyj employees in January 2011, Chief Executive Stephen Elop - at that point only four months into the job - dramatised the company's predicament by comparing it to standing on a burning platform.

Climate change ahead for seasonal investment flows

Just this once, might it be wiser to 'buy in May'? Followers of the slightly tired but remarkably prescient old stock market adage "Sell in May and stay away" are justifiably confident that history is on their side.

Growth is the question, reforms are the key: EU analysts

The contours of recession and recovery inside the EU will be drawn with forecasts this week and a quarterly snapshot next week, setting the landscape for an informal summit on growth likely by the end of May.

EBay, Wal-Mart search for revved-up search engines

EBay Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc are developing new Web search engines to better compete agai-nst Amazon.com Inc in the fast-growing e-commerce market.

Germany says ready to fight for eurozone growth

Germany said on Saturday it was prepared to promote growth in the eurozone, a wish dear to Francois Hollande, the front-running candidate in this weekend's French presidential election.

Sudan's economy has not failed: Bashir

Sudan's economy has not failed, President Omar al-Bashir said on Sunday despite losing billions of dollars in oil revenue, and the unknown costs of a border war with South Sudan.

A modern approach to farm budget

Bangladesh's neglected agriculture sector needs a major push to take it to the next level and modernise the centuries old farming practices, a top agriculture activist said.

Shykh Seraj's budget recipe

Farmers have urged the government to bring prices of the agriculture inputs under their purchasing capacity to reduce costs of production and ensure fair sales prices.

Barefoot lawyers bring food security to India's tribes

It was a deal struck almost 40 years ago by a poor, illiterate Indian farmer, driven by desperation after a drought wiped out his crops and left his family close to starvation.

Metropolitan

Bangladesh to work for prosperous South Asia, says Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangladesh would work for the economic welfare of the people of the South Asian countries to turn the region into a prosperous and developed one.

Debate begins

The seven-day The Daily Star-BSRM English Debate Competition 2012 began in Chittagong city yesterday with the participation of 24 teams from ten local schools and 12 universities from Chittagong and Dhaka.

SSC results today

The results of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and its equivalent examinations held under 10 educational boards will be published simultaneously today across the country.

Schoolgirl shot in Tongi

Local goons shot a schoolgirl following a feud with her brother at their residence in Tongi, the capital's outskirts, on Saturday night.

Rajuk now under ACC watch

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) formally initiated a process to detect organisational corruption in Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakhya (Rajuk to make the service sector free from graft and more service-oriented.

Indo-Bangla joint body meets today

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni went to New Delhi yesterday to take part in the first Bangladesh-India Joint Commission meeting and discuss bilateral issues including the Teesta water-sharing deal with India.

Equal rights for people of all faiths ensured, says PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina last night said her government wants everyone, irrespective of religion, caste and creed, to live with equal rights and follow their religion freely and with festivity.

Buddha Purnima celebrated

Buddhist community here celebrated their biggest religious festival Buddha Purnima at different temples of the port city yesterday.

Quader urges opposition not to complain to foreigners

Communications and Railways Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday urged the opposition party not to tarnish the country's image by complaining to “foreigners” against the government.

9 killed in road crashes

Nine people, including four of a family, were killed and 11 others injured in separate road accidents in Chandpur, Jessore, Panchagarh, Brahmanbaria and Chittagong on Saturday and yesterday.

Domestic help 'raped' by employer

A 13-year-old domestic help, now undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital's (DMCH) One Stop Crisis Centre (OCC), filed a case on Saturday accusing her employer of raping her.

Building tilts, damages tin-shed house

A two-storied building at Kunipara of the capital's Tejgaon Industrial area tilted, damaging eight rooms of an adjacent two-storied makeshift tin-shed house yesterday night. However, no casualties were reported.

Cop presses for murder case withdrawal: Complainant

The complainant of a murder case alleged that a police official has been pressing him to withdraw an under trial case which he filed for "killing" his sister.

Rajshahi power office besieged

Rajshahi city dwellers yesterday demanded uninterrupted electricity supply and uninstalling "faulty" digital meters that are producing "ghostly" power bills.

Woman dies as Ctg fishermen clash

A woman, who was critically injured in a clash at Sitakunda upazila in Chittagong on Saturday, died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday morning

Govt plans fertiliser price cut: Razzak

Food Minister Dr Abdur Razzak yesterday said the government was planning to reduce the prices of fertilisers considering the troubles faced by the farmers.

Govt influences court: Moudud

Accusing the government of influencing court as police has kept the Supreme Court cordoned, the BNP-led opposition lawmakers yesterday said that political confrontation would increase if the path of justice was closed.

'Bangladesh symbol of communal harmony'

President Zillur Rahman yesterday said Bangladesh is a unique symbol of communal harmony as the people of different communities live here together peacefully.

Political will stressed to cut maternal, newborn deaths

Global maternal and child health specialists yesterday emphasised 'strong and sustainable' political commitment to reducing maternal and newborn deaths.

Abduction day of RP Shaha today

Today is the 41st abduction day of eminent philanthropist Ranadaprasad Shaha, popularly known as Raibahadur RP Shaha, and his son Bhabaniprasad Shaha, says a press release.

Help save Khondkar Habibur

Noted intellectuals have appealed for financial assistance for the treatment of Khondkar Habibur Rahman, a pioneer of public relations and former director of Power Development Board, who is suffering from lung cancer.

Cuet opening classes today

The orientation programme and inaugural classes at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) will be held today, says a press release.

Ahsanullah Master's anniversary of death today

Today is the eighth death anniversary of Ahsanullah Master, former lawmaker of Awami League.

Man 'commits suicide' in Ctg

A man allegedly hanged himself in the port city on Saturday evening.

Reunion of former DU Surya Sen Hall residents in Jan

The first reunion of former students of Masterda Surya Sen Hall of Dhaka University will be held in January 2013.

Phensidyl seized, two held

Police in separate drives arrested two persons and seized phensidyl from Hazi Camp area and Pahartali area in the port city yesterday.

Worker dies in iron pipe fall

A construction worker died as an iron pipe fell on his head at an under-construction building at Mirsarai upazila in Chittagong yesterday noon.

Death anniversary

Today is the 31st death anniversary of Makbul Hasan Moni, FCA (England & Wales).

National

Boro on 10,000 hectares goes under water in Kishoreganj

Boro paddy on around 10,000 hectares of land in the low-lying and haor (large marshy land) areas of Itna and Mithamoin upazilas has gone under water due to recent downpour and collapse of embankments.

Odhikar places 17-pt demand

Activists of human rights organisation Odhikar have urged the government to take steps to put an end to the atrocities by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in different border areas.

CID official sued on charge of demanding bribe

An officer of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Kushtia has been sued on charge of demanding bribe as condition for continuing investigation in a murder case.

Storm-hit people block road demanding relief

Hundreds of nor'wester hit people blocked road on Pirganj-Boirchuna-Dinajpur road at Boirchuna village under Pirganj upazila for three hours on Saturday, demanding adequate relief.

Two 'drug peddlers' killed

Two people were beaten to death by their rivals following a dispute over drug peddling in Kaliganj and Zianagar areas here early yesterday.

Seasonal unemployment hits char labourers

Most of the day labourers in 90 char (landmass emerged from riverbed) villages of Teesta and Dharla river basin areas in the district are passing hard days due to seasonal unemployment and consequent monga, a near famine situation affecting the region almost every year during this time.

PCJSS demands removal of justice Khadem

Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) on Saturday accused the chairman of CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission (CHTLDRC) of ignoring the demands of hill people.

'Most enclave people want to be with country they live in'

Bangladesh unit of Indo-Bangla Enclave Exchange Coordination Committee yesterday made the report on its survey on the opinion of the enclaves' people public.

A 'risky' LGED godown

A dilapidated godown building at Kutukchhai Bazar in Kutukchhari union under Rangamati Sadar upazila poses serious risk for users.

Buddha Purnima celebrated at Rajban Bihar

Buddha Purnima, one of the biggest religious festivals of Buddhist community, was celebrated yesterday at Rajban Bihar here with religious fervour and solemnity.

Brac official Mohiuddin laid to rest

Mohammad Mohiuddin, a Brac official, who was killed during a deadly gun attack on the NGO's office in Ghor of Afghanistan Thursday morning, was laid to rest at his family graveyard in Fulbaria upazila yesterday.

Shops gutted in Gaibandha

Fire gutted at least 14 shops at Dharmapur bazaar in Gobindaganj upazila early yesterday. The fire originated from a tea stall at the bazaar and soon spread to the adjacent shops. The fire gutted goods and valuables at grocery, cosmetics, sweetmeat, fruit, medicine, saloon and other shops. The firefighters from Gaibandha and Sonatola reached the spot after an hour. Victims claimed that they incurred a loss of around Tk 25 lakh.

Expatriate murdered

A Dubai expatriate was killed by a thief at Nutan Nolbunia village in Bhandaria upazila early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Abdul Matin Hawlader, 35. He was scheduled to return to Dubai one week later. Police said when a gang of thieves were stealing chickens from Matin's house late at night, the members of the house woke up and raised a hue and cry. Hearing their shouts, neighbours rushed in and chased the thieves. Jamal Hawlader, one of the gang members, hit Abdul Matin with a sharp weapon while fleeing, leaving him dead on the spot. Local people caught Jamal and handed him over to police after giving him a good beating.

10 hurt in Sylhet clash

At least 10 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups over land dispute at Kahaigarh in Jointapur upazila on Saturday morning. Local people said there was a longstanding enmity between Golam Kibria of Kahaigarh and Marzanul Haque of Terratan area over a piece of 25 decimal land in Kahaigarh area. Police said an altercation ensued at about 11am when the men of Marzanul went to Kahaigarh to take possession of the land. Later, both the groups equipped with lethal weapons and sticks attacked each other, leaving 10 people injured from both sides.

Student commits 'suicide'

A Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinee allegedly committed suicide at village Dakkhin Dargapur in Assassuni upazila early yesterday. The victim was identified as China Khatun, 17, daughter of Ayen Uddin Gazi of the village. She was appearing at the ongoing HSC examination from Dargapur Collegiate School under Jessore Education Board. Quoting local people police said, China took her life by taking poison at their house at about 5:00am. She died on the way to hospital. The girl committed suicide due to family feud, police said.

Man stabbed to death

A man was stabbed to death by his rivals over land dispute at Darai village in Kahalu upazila on Saturday afternoon. The deceased was identified as Mahfuzur Rahman, 50, son of late Mobarak Ali of the village. Police said there was a long running dispute between Mahfuzur Rahman and some of his co-villagers over the ownership of a piece of land. As a sequel to the enmity, the rival group called Mahfuzur and took him to their house at about 2pm. Later, they stabbed him indiscriminately, leaving him dead on the spot.

10 hurt in BCL infighting

At least 10 BCL activists were injured in a clash between two rival groups over a programme at Oskhali under Hatiya upazila yesterday. The injured are Saiful Islam, Kashem Uddin, Mamun Uddin, Sahadat Hossain, Iraq Uddin, Azmir Hossain, Miron, Russel Ahmed, Alamgir Hossain and Mortuza Bahar. Among them, 7 injured activists were admitted to Hatiya upazila health complex. Eyewitnesses said, at about 4pm, Hatiya upazila BCL organised a workers' meeting to mark the victory over Myanmar on ocean sharing at Oskhali bazaar where Shahrukh Miraj, publicity secretary of central BCL, attended as chief guest and Ibna Wazed Emon was special guest. When a BCL activist sought to address the meeting, his rivals opposed it, triggering a fierce clash.

Letters

Harmful effects of mobile towers

Nowadays mobile towers of different phone companies are seen in every nook and crannies of our country. Almost all use mobile phones. But how many of us know about the adverse impact of mobiles and mobile towers on our body and environment? Scientists are saying that every mobile tower emits a lot of electromagnetic radiation which causes different types of diseases such as heart disease, leukaemia, hypertension, brain tumour, brain cancer etc. It affects those badly who are living within one kilometre from the tower. Children are the worst victims of this harmful electromagnetic radiation. Even the birds, insects and trees will also be affected.

Battered roads

The road network of the capital has suffered severely in the last ten years. Many of the busy roads and highways are in urgent need for repair, because they cannot stand heavy pressure of heavy traffic.

“Conquest” of the Bay!

I always read Brig Gen Shahedul Anam Khan's articles, as in today's DS. I have been nauseated by the new benchmarks of adulation that the sycophants have reached and in recent days wasting huge sums of money (whose?). I wonder what pleasure was derived by the recipient(s), when the real facts and the balance sheet of the 'victory' remain obscure. Does anyone know what our nation will gain in practical terms?

Lack of awareness behind noise pollution

Noise pollution has already become a concern for the city dwellers in Dhaka. Daytime commuters especially patients and children suffer a lot. But the persons who are responsible for making these noises defy the sufferings of others and also the rules regarding this. Buses, trucks, mikes and construction sites (mainly brick crushing machines) are the major sources of unbearable noises. But the law enforcers turn a deaf ear to this public nuisance.

End corporal punishment

I'm among the majority of the people who hoped and prayed that corporal punishment would end in schools when the High Court gave its landmark verdict over a year ago, but the reality is that this evil practice is still rampant in classrooms. Some teachers still practice their "right" to beat the students whenever they like, and often for reasons best known to them. The sooner the teachers realise that corporal punishment is a curse to the nation, the better.

Escaping from pains

Almost all intellectuals of the country say that the government staged the Ilias Ali incident to cover up the Suronjit saga. We do not know what follows next to divert our attention to a new one. But recently it seemed to me that the Satan is busy there continuously diverting our attention from the most important thing. So to defy the Satan, I have turned to music and art to forget those grisly scenes that I see on TV these days. It may sound like "Nero playing flute while the Rome was burning" but it is actually like the Titanic musician who valiantly played on to soothe the pangs of departing.

May Day and workers' rights

Every year May Day is observed all over the world to reaffirm the rights of the workers. The factory/industry owners must offer better wages and humane treatment to their workers. The contribution of the workers should not be ignored, if the owners want to run businesses successfully.

This is not cricket!

IPL is a very popular cricket tournament throughout the cricketing world. Shakib and Tamim are playing in the IPL and that is why there are lots of Kolkata and Pune fans in Bangladesh. However, IPL matches focus too much on cheerleaders and glamour, rather than the game itself. Not only cheerleaders, there are female hosts whose main job is not to discuss cricket, but probably to entertain the audience with their indecent gestures. Nowadays it is quite embarrassing to watch IPL matches with our family members.

Disappearances and mysterious killings

According to the statistics of the rights organisation Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a total of 100 people have become victims of enforced disappearance from January 2010 till 20 April, 2012. Of them, 21 have been found dead later, 3 have been released and the remaining 76 are still missing. Following the disappearance of former lawmaker and BNP's Organising Secretary (Sylhet division) Ilias Ali along with his driver, the state minister for home said that the disappearance of Ilias Ali had embarrassed the government. Expressing his deep concern over such incidents, chairman of National Human Rights Commission Dr. Mizanur Rahman said that the state will be accountable to international organisations for disappearances. Earlier, the country's highest court had also expressed their concern over disappearances and extra-judicial killings on several occasions.

About Sohel Taj's resignation

This is a silent yet strong protest against the unhealthy politics in Bangladesh. No good and conscientious person would be okay with the current politics in our country. It would take a millennium or perhaps more than that to improve the scenario of politics in our country. Gone are the days of good politics in BD.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Hold talks for credible polls”

International

Hollande wins French presidency

Socialist Francois Hollande swept to victory in France's presidential election yesterday in a swing to the left at the heart of Europe that could start a pushback against German-led austerity.

Sarkozy accepts poll defeat

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy conceded defeat to his Socialist rival Francois Hollande yesterday and signalled that he intends to step back from frontline politics.

Angry Greeks vote in cliffhanger election

Greeks enraged by economic hardship voted yesterday in a deeply uncertain election that could reignite Europe's debt crisis and throw into doubt the country's future in the euro zone.

9/11 defendants charged in Guantanamo court

Five men accused of plotting the deadly September 11, 2001 attacks have been formally charged with crimes including murder and terrorism in a chaotic marathon hearing.

Clashes fuels suspicion aheed of Syria vote

Syria's authorities and the opposition yesterday traded accusations over who was behind blasts that rocked Damascus and Aleppo, on the eve of parliamentary polls designed to boost the regime's legitimacy.

Obama tears into Romney as campaign opens

President Barack Obama said Saturday the United States had climbed too far out of an economic abyss to take a chance on Republican Mitt Romney, firing up his reelection bid at his debut rallies.

Conservatives tighten grip on Iran parliament

Iran's new legislature will be dominated by rival conservatives but the extent of support for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remains unclear, according to the results of a run-off vote released yesterday by media.

Egypt MPs, military in crisis talks

A delegation of MPs yesterday met Egypt's military rulers in an attempt to resolve a government crisis that has seen parliamentary sessions suspended for more than a week, officials from both sides said.

N Korea vows to pursue nuke programme

North Korea yesterday vowed to push ahead with what it says are peaceful nuclear and space programmes, rubbishing calls from the five permanent UN Security Council members.

China activist seeks official help to go US

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng yesterday said he remained in a Beijing hospital but had asked government officials to help him apply to go abroad, after a deal between China and the United States.

Fire kills 9 at S Korea bar

A fierce blaze swept through a karaoke lounge in a busy commercial district of the South Korean city of Busan, killing nine people including three Sri Lankans, police said yesterday.

Blaze at Thai chemical factory kills 12

A large blaze at a chemical factory in eastern Thailand killed 12 people, injured more than 100 and spewed toxic smoke into the air, the health ministry said yesterday.

Hope fades for victims

Rescuers scouring Nepal's central Annapurna region after severe flash flooding said yesterday that there was almost no hope of finding survivors and that the final toll could be as high as 60 dead.

Nepal forms unity govt to avert crisis

Nepal's prime minister formed a coalition government yesterday that includes members of the main opposition party with the hope of introducing a constitution and ending political turmoil in the impoverished Himalayan country.

Iran deplores US-Afghan strategic pact

Iran's foreign ministry yesterday denounced a new strategic pact signed between Afghanistan and the United States, saying it would give rise to instability in the neighbouring country.

I am in the dark

With Congress playing its cards close to its chest, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, widely regarded as a front-runner for the Presidential candidate, yesterday said he was “in the dark” over the issue while the Left parties said they would back a candidate with “wider acceptance.”

Arts & Entertainment

The mystery and magic of Tagore's paintings and sketches

About the unique features of Tagore's paintings and sketches and how one can distinguish them from the rest, well-known painter and professor of fine arts, Rokeya Sultana, said, “I believe that I require courage to comment on the works of an artist as great and as unique as Tagore. The Nobel laureate poet took up painting and sketching towards the end of his life. I feel, as do many others, that he expressed in his paintings what was beyond the reach of words of his poetry, plays, novels and other forms of written work. This was a time characterised by the flourishing of the Bengal School, the paintings of Amrita Shergill and Rabi Barma.”

A journey to ‘Shilaidah Kuthibari’

Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore's idyllic 'Shilaidah Kuthibari' (mansion) inspired some of the bard's most famous literary works, including poetry, prose, novels and music.

Documentary and website on Dr. Ashraf Siddiqui

A website (www.ashrafsiddqui.com) on the life and works of the acclaimed poet, researcher, folklorist and essayist Dr. Ashraf Siddiqui -- with a view to preserving his precious contribution to literature for the next generation -- has been launched. Ashraf Siddiqui Foundation organised a programme at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University on May 5 to announce the launch.

Runaway tale

“Runaway” (Udhao), a debut film by young Bangladeshi-American Amit Ashraf, which premiered at the Gotebor International Film Festival in Sweden earlier this year, received the Best Feature Narrative Award at the Logan Film Festival in Utah and the Best in Fest Award at the Buttered Corn Film Festival in Illinois, both in the US, says a press release. The film also received the Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival held in Vancouver in March. Received well by audience and critics, the film has been selected for screening in over 10 festivals across the US, Hong Kong, Ireland, UK, Norway and Portugal.

Cultural Diversity Ministerial Forum of the Asia-Pacific Region '12

Cultural Ministers from 16 countries and high-level delegates from around 32 are expected to come to Dhaka to attend the Cultural Diversity Ministerial Forum of the Asia-Pacific Region '12, scheduled to begin on May 9. The government of Bangladesh has invited 43 countries of the Asia-Pacific region to participate in the event, which is being organised jointly by the Cultural Ministry of Bangladesh Government and UNESCO, according to a press release.

Homage to Shah Abdul Karim

'Baul Samrat' Shah Abdul Karim always spoke of the common man's concerns, the struggle for freedom from oppression, and love for the motherland. The play “Bangla Ma-er Chheley” is based on such a theme, set in rural Bangladesh.

Film festival on Liberation War in Tangail

A film festival based on the Liberation War was held in Tangail town from May 1 to 3.

Dance festival held in Faridpur

A dance festival to mark World Dance Day was held at Kobi Jasimuddin Hall of the town in Faridpur recently.

Special TV programmes on Tagore Birth Anniversary

“Nirupoma” on ATN Bangla
“Nirupoma”, a tele-film based on Rabindranath Tagore’s short story “Dena Paona”, is set to be aired at 3:10pm, May 8 on ATN Bangla. Miron Mohiuddin made the adaptatio, while the tele-film has been directed by Sadek Siddiqui.

OP-ED

Bangladesh at crossroads

Winn-ing agai-nst odds perhaps best expresses the essence of the Bangladesh story. But it has never been a foregone conclusion. Indeed, every crisis since independence whether natural or man-made had at the time seemed like the end of the road. Only the concerted efforts of a myriad range of actors helped to turn the corners. While leaders repeatedly showed feet of clay, the man and woman on the ground quietly soldiered on with determination and ingenuity. And produced outcomes that have rightly earned the marvel of the world be it in economic resilience or social progress. But a new danger is afoot that of premature and ill-served complacency.

Breathing fresh life into the Congress

Eight weeks after the Congress lost legislature elections in four out of five Indian states, it's finally acknowledging its crisis. It has serious difficulties in managing its allies. It's demoralised. And the United Progressive Alliance government is losing ground as drifts further Rightwards.

This Day In History

May 7

1861
Birth of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Ctg Edition

'Missing' Ctg BNP leader returns home

BNP leader Md Ziaur Rahman Zia who has been missing since last Friday in the port city, finally returned home, yesterday.



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