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News of: Wednesday, 9th of May, 2012

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WB may cancel funding soon

The World Bank may soon cancel its funding for the Padma bridge project, as the government took no effective steps in response to the donor agency's reports on corruption allegations involving the project.

Responsibility expands

Bangladesh's businesses must maintain globally-accepted standards and ethics no matter whether they operate in the USA or Norway, said country's top entrepreneur Latifur Rahman.

Hillary remarks unwarranted

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday termed unwarranted the comment of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the US does not endorse any action of the Bangladesh government that undermines the achievements of Grameen Bank.

Most of it goes rail's way

Dhaka and New Delhi have engaged 80 percent of Indian $1 billion loan into railways in a bid to increase capacity of the neglected sector by adding new passenger coaches, locomotives, goods-carrying wagons and constructing some important tracks.

India to fulfil its pledges

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday stressed his government's commitment to the initiatives he and his Bangladesh counterpart had agreed on for mutual benefits as well as the entire region's socio-economic development.

Urban students outshine rural ones

The results of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations this year show the gap between the standard of education in urban and rural areas with the urban institutions dominating the list of top ones under each education board.

They beg but don't like to be called beggars

Beggars in the capital who are being rehabilitated by the government under a social safety net programme will not be identified as beggars.

Madrasa teacher held for torture

Police yesterday arrested a female madrasa teacher who eight days earlier seared legs of 14 minor girls with a hot spatula to demonstrate 'pain from fire in hell' for not performing prayers regularly.

US foils new terror plot

US and other intelligence agencies recently broke up a plot to bomb an airliner and seized an explosive device that is similar to ones previously used by al-Qaeda, officials said Monday.

BNP pushes for dialogue

Reiterating party's stance on holding a dialogue to resolve the country's political crisis, BNP leader Moudud Ahmed yesterday urged the government to create consensus by leaving the path of confrontation.

DC-led bodies to check river pillars

The government will form four committees to take steps for installing boundary pillars on the banks of four rivers around Dhaka, aiming to put an end to river encroachment.

DU teacher goes 'missing'

A Dhaka University teacher has been missing since Monday night.

ICT hears charges

The prosecution for the second time read out the formal charges against Jamaat leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman before an International Crimes Tribunal.

'Bionic' woman completes Marathon

A paralysed British woman yesterday became the first person to complete a marathon in a "bionic" suit.

One hurt as BSF hurls cocktails

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) injured a Bangladeshi man when they hurled cocktails at a group of Bangladeshi cattle traders at Ghasuria border under Hakimpur upazila of Dinajpur yesterday morning, BGB sources said.

Senior Pak cop shot dead

A senior Pakistani police officer was killed in a drive-by shooting in the troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan yesterday, police said.

Nato admits Afghan family killed in airstrike

Nato forces in Afghanistan yesterday admitted responsibility for the deaths of a civilian family of six in an airstrike in the southern province of Helmand last week.

Editorial

Impressive SSC success rates

It is heartening to note that more than 86 percent candidates have passed this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations held under the 10 education boards. The credit for this achievement goes to the students, teachers and guardians alike. We congratulate them.

Forking up undisclosed income

The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has reacted to a reported government intention to allow whitening of undisclosed money in the next budget at a 10 percent flat tax rate. The think-tank is in principle opposed to such a move.

Sports

Steady Siddikur takes the lead

Jamal Hossain Mollah carded a flawless five-under-par but Siddikur Rahman played steadily to grab a three-stroke lead at the end of the second round of the bti International Golf Championship yesterday.

Traditional games get a boost

In a bid to revive the old, traditional games with which this country once shared a strong bond like bouchi, gollachut, dariabandha, kanamachi, danguli, skipping, cockfight, the government has introduced a three-year scheme titled “Traditional Sports Competition”, to be held in all 64 districts over the next three years.

Tickets to go on new sale Friday

Seats for the men's 100 metres sprint final at the London Olympics will be among a batch of one million tickets going on sale this week, though most will go to people already unsuccessful in the ballot, organisers said on Tuesday.

Ratna, Tripti to stay

Bangladesh Olympic Association director general Colonel (retired) Wali Ullah yesterday said that the shooters receiving training in London ahead of the Olympic Games are improving despite not having a foreign coach at the Bisley Shooting Range.

Shakib home for a break

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan arrived in Dhaka yesterday from India to take advantage of the two-day break from the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

Watto wallops Pune

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson hit a blistering unbeaten 90 as Rajasthan Royals thrashed Pune Warriors by seven wickets in a thoroughly one-sided Indian Premier League contest to keep their hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stage alive.

Easy win for Punjab

Kings XI Punjab rode on a smashing half-century by Mandeep Singh and a superlative performance by their bowers to notch up a comfortable 25-run victory over Deccan Chargers in a lop-sided Indian Premier League match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Sarker denies BNS remarks

State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarker yesterday denied that he made any comments regarding Bangabandhu National Stadium's (BNS) possibility to host the ICC Twenty20 World Cup matches in 2014.

Khulna set to return as int'l venue

The Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna could become the country's seventh Test venue next season.

National Volleyball from today

The Walton National Volleyball Championship (26th Men and 21st Women) gets underway from today at the National Volleyball Stadium.

Toure refuses champagne

Yaya Toure was presented with a ceremonial magnum of champagne for his man-of-the-match performance in the 2-0 triumph that left City just one win away from clinching their first English Premier League title.

Trott slams the media

England batsman Jonathan Trott has backed skipper Andrew Strauss to rediscover his form this summer.

Victoria, Maria move on

The two leading women both reached the third round of the Madrid Masters on Tuesday, with top seed Victoria Azarenka made to struggle by Czech Andrea Hlavackova before emerging 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) winner.

Samuels to join team in England

Batsman Marlon Samuels was expected to finally link up with the West Indies touring party Tuesday.

Rain ruins WI preps

West Indies' attempts to get in some meaningful practice ahead of the first Test against England in a fortnight were again dashed by rain as their tour opener against Sussex ended in a draw.

$20,000 fine on Gambhir

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has been fined after the team maintained a slow-over rate during Monday night's Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla.

New ICC CEO may be named next week

The replacement for Haroon Lorgat, the outgoing International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive, is likely to be finalised next week. David Collier (ECB CEO), Dave Richardson (ICC's current general manager, cricket), Tarun Kunzru and an Australian name whose identity could not be ascertained, underwent an elaborate interview process in Mumbai on Sunday, in front of the ICC nomination committee, headed by Sharad Pawar, the governing body's president.

Blackburn relegated

Blackburn Rovers were relegated from the Premier League on Monday after a 1-0 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic ended their 11-year stay in the top flight.

Simeone wary of Bilbao

Diego Simeone has warned his Atletico Madrid players to be wary of an intense and fearless Athletic Bilbao when the Spanish sides line up in Bucharest aiming for Europa League final glory on Wednesday.

Ibra's rare failure

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has spoken of his disappointment after missing out on the feeling of winning a league title for the first time since 2003.

Spain hot favourites

Spain will begin as hot favourites to complete an unprecedented treble next month when the European Championship ventures into new territory in Poland and Ukraine.

Puyol out of Euros

Barcelona's Carles Puyol will have knee surgery and be sidelined for about six weeks, the club said Tuesday, ruling him out of the King's Cup final and almost certainly Spain's Euro 2012 campaign.

Milan threw it away

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi complained on Monday that his side threw away the Serie A title after their derby defeat on Sunday handed Juventus the scudetto crown.

Espanyol to sue radio station

Spanish club Espanyol said Tuesday it would take a commercial radio station to court over a report which alleged it was involved in match-fixing.

Babel in hot water

Hoffenheim's former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel has again landed himself in hot water with football officials after another outburst on his Twitter account in Germany.

Business

GP's net income up 81pc

Grameenphone's net profit rose 81 percent to Tk 520 crore in the first quarter from the same period a year earlier, due to revenue growth, cost cuts and reduced depreciation expenses, the country's largest mobile operator said yesterday.

Lift VAT on rents of commercial buildings

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday urged the tax administrator to lift value-added tax on rents of houses that are used for commercial purposes.

e-payment of taxes begins this month

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is likely to launch an e-payment system by the end of the month to ease hassles of taxpayers by gradually replacing the manual tax payment system.

Fourth petition with HC on minimum shareholding

The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the stockmarket regulator to explain within one week why a directive on minimum shareholding by listed companies' directors should not be declared illegal.

BB forces four banks to pay Sonali as Beximco defaults

Bangladesh Bank has forced four banks to pay

NBR freezes three more bank accounts of Destiny

The National Board of Revenue yesterday directed banks to freeze three more accounts related to controversial multilevel marketing (MLM) company Destiny Group.

Minister vows to strengthen TCB

The government is trying to arm Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) with monetary and legal facilities to put a tab on the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, said the commerce minister yesterday.

Ctg bourse wants cuts in brokerage commission

The Chittagong Stock Exchange will propose the government cut tax on brokerage commission by 70 percent.

Unipay2u investors threaten to launch massive protests

Some investors of Unipay2u Bangladesh, a multi-level marketing (MLM) company, yesterday threatened to go for tougher agitation if the government failed to arrest fraudsters within 24 hours.

A recipe for wider tax net

Bangladesh has already stepped into fifties of its age as an independent country and is currently being considered as one of the emerging economies in Asia with a prospect to be ranked as one of the middle income group members. But very surprisingly, the tax-GDP ratio in Bangladesh is quite low registering less than 10 percent. In spite of various measures taken by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) from time to time in the recent past, the tax net has not widened as expected. There are about 28.5 lakh TIN (taxpayer's identification number) holders out of which only 9.73 lakh file tax returns covering all categories.

Teatulia that transforms a community

To transform the parched, arid Bangladeshi soil into a lush organic tea garden took dung. Tons of it. How to acquire the massive amounts needed was the sticky problem facing Kazi Anis Ahmed, the 41-year-old cofounder and president of Teatulia. After all, it was not exactly part of the doctoral thesis in comparative literature that he had completed at New York University.

CCCI to join Taipei show

Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry will take part in Taipei International Industry Show in June, the chamber said in a statement yesterday.

Bangladesh, Maldives to start direct flights

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh signed an air-service agreement with Maldives on Sunday to operate direct fights between the two South Asian countries, CAAB said in a statement.

Stocks hit by court move

Stocks declined yesterday as investors lost confidence in the market because of a writ petition against the Securities and Exchange Commission's directive that mandates minimum shareholding.

Metropolitan

Ctg best tech school gets 'nothing' from media

AK KhanUCEP Kalurghat Technical School topped the list of this year's SSC results published under Bangladesh Technical Education Board but got no media attention.

Transport to be made available for low income people: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said a major aim of her government was to make the transport available for the low income group using the facilities of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC).

Last PW cross-examined for fourth day

The defence cross-examined the last prosecution witness in a case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee at the International Crimes Tribunal-1 for the fourth day yesterday.

Jatrabari flyover to be completed by Dec: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said the work of Jatrabari flyover will be completed by December.

4 'commit' suicide

Four people, including a female university student, a newly-married girl, a small trader and an elderly man, allegedly took their lives in separate incidents in the capital yesterday.

Govt's food security success momentous, claims minister

Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque yesterday said the present government had made momentous progress in food security over the last three years in the country's history, but recognised that a large number of people were still suffering from malnutrition.

SSC success brings worry

The big success in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations has rather appeared as a concern for many, as a large number of successful students have to compete harder to enrol in reputed colleges.

Stop encroachment on river Turag : HC

The High Court yesterday directed the authorities concerned to stop encroachment on the river Turag at Gabtoli point in the capital, and remove illegal structures from the point within 24 hours.

Red Crescent services to the vulnerable must not be interfered

Former chief adviser to a caretaker government Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman yesterday said Bangladesh Red Crescent Society's (BDRCS) humanitarian services to the vulnerable people must not face any bureaucratic interference.

HC summons chief cop

The High Court yesterday summoned the inspector general of police to appear before it on May 16 in connection with the incident of missing of two Islami Chhatra Shibir leaders at Savar.

NAM bureau meet begins today

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni will join other representatives of member nations of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Sharm-el-Sheik, Egypt at a NAM Coordinating Bureau meeting, which begins today.

Rajuk demolishes wall illegally

The Wonderland amusement park authorities yesterday claimed that Rajuk demolished the park without legal basis on Monday.

'Save Karnaphuli from pollution'

Around 150 Sampans (boat) joined a procession on the Karnaphuli River in the port city yesterday demanding the river be saved from pollution.

Road crash buries dream of SSC student

The boy was on the way to his maternal uncle's home to share the good news of his passing the SSC examination but a truck put out the light of his life in Nitaiganj area of the town early yesterday.

Railway, waterways to get priority, says Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said development of railway and waterways would get priority in utilising the money that was waived by the Indian government under the one billion US dollar credit line.

Issue circulars to follow protocols

The High Court yesterday ordered for issuing a circular directing the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police to follow the warrant of precedence of the republic while giving protocol and guard of honour to the very important persons (VIPs).

Hearing on Rizvi's bail plea May 17

BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi yesterday sought bail to the sessions judge's court in connection with two cases--one filed for exploding bombs near the secretariat and another for torching a vehicle near the Prime Minister's Office during hartal hours.

Wazed Miah's anniversary of death today

Today is the third death anniversary of Dr MA Wazed Miah, eminent nuclear scientist and husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Assoc for Aged executives

Engineer Nazrul Islam and Prof Dr ASM Atiqur Rahman were elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Association for the Aged and Institute of Geriatric Medicine (BAAIGM).

Six injured in BCL attack at RU

Six students of Crop Science and Technology Department of Rajshahi University (RU) were injured as Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of the university unit allegedly attacked them yesterday.

Three die as truck hits rickshaw

Three people, including a mother and a daughter, were killed and two others injured when a truck hit their rickshaw-van on Dhaka-Tangail road at Narasinghapur in Ashulia of Savar early yesterday.

Youth beaten to death

A youth was beaten to death by some unknown criminals and his body was dumped into a bush at Baraipara in Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital city yesterday.

'Friends' stab schoolboy dead

Friends and local miscreants stabbed a schoolboy to death in the capital's Khilgaon last night.

Man crushed under train

A man was killed while a train ran over him in AK Khan Gate area under Khulshi Police Station in the port city early yesterday.

Trader mugged Tk 2.5 lakh

A gang of muggers in the guise of detectives snatched Tk 2.5 lakh from a book trader at Elephant Road in the capital yesterday.

Minor girl drowns in Ctg

A four-year-old girl drowned in a pond at Dalilabad village of Raozan upazila in Chittagong yesterday.

Man hacked to death

Middlemen of diagnostic centres hacked an assistant to a physician to death in Sylhet city yesterday.

2 held in slum eviction incident

Hathazari police yesterday arrested two youths in a case filed on charges of obstructing the government's staff in discharging their duties during a slum eviction drive at Swandip Colony of South Pahartali in Hathazari upazila on Monday.

Woman killed in Manikganj road crash

An elderly woman was killed in a road accident on Dhaka-Aricha highway at Dhulandi in Ghior upazila in yesterday afternoon.

National

Jatka catching goes on as culprits slip thru' dragnet

Law enforcers seized 1,005 maunds of jatka ((young hilsa bellow nine inches long) from passenger launches in the Dhaleswari River in the district during February to April but none has been arrested or punished for the callous act that poses threat to hilsa stock.

Villagers marooned, boro flooded as dyke collapses

Boro paddy on over 200 bighas of land has went under water as the dyke of a canal at Atraishuka village in Santhia upazila collapsed on Sunday.

Human chain, rally on first day of agitation

Officials and employees of Habiganj municipality yesterday launched an agitation programme demanding withdrawal of a “false” case filed by a ruling party man against the mayor, a councillor and some staff members on May 6.

19 more fall sick in Khagrachhari

At least 32 people of Guimarapara area under Matiranga upazila in the district fell sick during the last couple of days as a mass psychogenic illness spread in the area.

Crack in dyke threatens 30 Satkhira villages

A crack has developed in a flood control embankment on river Kholpetua at Banyatala trawler ghat point, threatening over 30 villages and 250 shrimp enclosures in Shyamnagar and Assassuni upazilas.

Boy abducted for ransom from Gazipur rescued

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Monday rescued a 5-year-old boy from a village in Paikgachha upazila seven days after his abduction for ransom from Gazipur district.

18 shops, 13 houses gutted in fire in four districts

At least 18 shops and 13 houses have been gutted in four fire incidents in Lalmonirhat, Jessore, Moulvibazar and Dinajpur districts.

20 AL men sued on extortion charge

A case has been filed against 20 activists of Awami League on charge of realising illegal toll from four people in Rangchati union of Kalmakanda upazila.

2 held from border village with arms, bullets and explosives

Police arrested two people, including an Indian national, along with three pistols, 55 bullets and one kg explosives from bordering Khamarpara village in Sharsha upazila of the district yesterday noon.

Processionists assaulted by AL men, police

At least 20 BNP leaders and activists were assaulted by police and ruling AL men when they brought out a procession at Hatibandha upazila town on Sunday night.

14 Jamaat-Shibir men arrested

Police in separate drives arrested 14 activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir on various charges in the city`s Sonadanga, Khalishpur, Daulatpur and Sadar thana areas from Sunday night to Monday afternoon.

Outlaw held, firearms seized

A number of a faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was held with firearms of Boroibaria village in Ataikula on Monday afternoon.

Youth jailed for stalking

A mobile court on Monday sentenced a youth to one-month imprisonment for sexually harassing a schoolgirl. Police said, Sujon Mia, son of Haider Ali of village Purbo Belka in Sundarganj upazila used to tease a student of class six at Belka MC High School on her way to school and home. On Monday, when the girl went to a tailoring shop at Belka Bazar for taking delivery of her clothes, Sujon entered the shop and embraced her with an ill motive. As the girl raised a hue and cry, people rushed to the spot and rescued her. On information, police arrested Sujon and produced him before a mobile court.

Boy hacked to death

A 7-year-old boy was hacked to death for plucking mango at an orchard at Balapukur village at Saptibari union in Aditmari upazila on Sunday night. The boy, Dulal Hossain, was son of Abdul Gani Mia of the village. Police and locals said, Zahir Uddin, 15, son of Farid Uddin picked up a quarrel with his neighbour Dulal over plucking mango on Sunday evening. Later Zahir along with his friends caught Dulal and took him to a maize field on the bank of a canal. There they killed Dulal with sharp weapons and dumped the body on the spot. Police arrested Zahir on Monday.

Kid burnt alive

A 3-year-old girl was burnt alive in a devastating fire in Bhabanipur village under Malanchi union in Sadar upazila on Monday evening. The deceased, Molina Begum, was daughter of Mohir Uddin of the village. Assistant Director (AD) of Pabna fire station Md Lokman Hossain said that the fire originated from a stove at the residence of Mohir Uddin at about 6pm. During the fire, little Molina could not come out of the house and was burnt alive.

Woman commits 'suicide'

An elderly woman allegedly committed suicide by taking poison at village Tengrakhali in Shyamnagar yesterday. The victim was identified as Sabura Khatun, 55, wife of Anowar Ali of the village. Quoting local people police said, Sabura took her life by taking liquid pesticide at her house at about 8:00am. She committed suicide following a family feud, police said.

Letters

JU campus losing its biodiversity

Jahangirnagar University, the only residential university in the country, is endowed with rich biodiversity. Many animals and plants species are found here in the campus. But the commercial mentality of the JU administration is destroying this biodiversity.

Politics on wrong track

Our politics is not on the right track. Money and muscle power have taken control of our politics. The political parties give more attention to money and muscle power to maintain their grip over the country. These are the reasons behind corruption and violence. Politicians need to understand that politics is not a wrestling or boxing competition, it is meant for the welfare of the people. We have seen that prominent political leaders are also compromising their values. Our political parties give nominations to the leaders who have criminal background and we also vote for them to make them our representatives. Can the Election Commission make a rule declaring the candidates with criminal background unfit for contesting elections?

What Bangladesh expects from Rio+20

Rio+20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 20-22 June 2012. World leaders and thousands of participants from governments, private sectors, NGOs and other groups will meet. Reduction of poverty, advancing the cause of social equity and protection of environment will be on the agenda. There are two main themes of this conference: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development, which also focuses on seven critical issues of the world such as green jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness. Given the recent world climate situation, this conference is very much effective for the third world countries, especially Bangladesh. But the question is what will be the expectation of Bangladesh from this kind of large conference, as Bangladesh is a victim climate change. The focus will be on sustainable development which is the main issue of this conference, and which consists of three pillars: economic development, social development and environmental protection.

Changing mindset to reintegrate abused women

You reported the shocking case (why did it take two years to come to court?) of a woman student raped by her college teacher who recorded the scene on his mobile phone to blackmail her into consenting to a repeat offence. She then refused to see him again, married - presumably for protection - but the obscene footage circulated, via a mobile service centre who were given the phone to mend, and reached her new husband. He sent her back to her parents. The rapist has now been given a life sentence but you did not say whether the girl's husband took her back or whether he rejected her as 'damaged goods'.

Pickpocketing at shopping centres

It has become a common scene these days that people, especially women are becoming victims of pickpocketing at the shopping centres. I think some organised gangs are behind this. But unfortunately, there is no one to look after the problem. Recently, my wife was pickpocketed at Arong at Asad Gate. When she informed the authorities about this, they told her to forget it as this happens frequently during busy hours. If they can't control this crime, then what is the reason for having close circuit cameras at the shops? Do these close circuit cameras really work?

Tell the truth

In the last budget the government made a forecast that growth rate in the current fiscal year will be seven percent. But despite favourable weather, good harvest, and huge collection by NBR, this is not going to be achieved. As per the latest estimate by ADB, our growth rate is about 6.2%. ADB estimate is free from political bias. So this is considered to be more reliable than Bangladesh government's estimate.

Power supply at a premium rate!

The government has planned to introduce separate electricity line from where the subscribers will get uninterrupted power supply at a premium rate. Some people considered this to be a good initiative though a representative from CAB stated that this will create division among the citizens.

Shipping minister's double standard

On April 27, 2012 Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan's vehicle was hit by a speeding bus, when he was going to Madaripur from Dhaka. Reckless driving was the cause of the accident. It has been reported that highway police immediately arrested Shahidul Islam, driver of the bus and were preparing to file a case against him.

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International

Race against time to stop all-out war in Syria

World powers are racing against time to prevent all-out civil war in Syria, UN leader Ban Ki-moon warned, as a watchdog yesterday reported more killings of civilians by Syrian security forces.

Hillary wraps up Asia tour in India

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday closed a tour of rising powers India and China during which she turned to quiet diplomacy to make small but clear advances over key rifts.

Israel PM in surprise coalition deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struck a surprise deal with the opposition Kadima party yesterday, agreeing to form a national unity government and dropping plans for a snap election.

Al-Jazeera closes bureau after China bars reporter

Al-Jazeera yesterday said it has shut its English-language bureau in China after its correspondent became the first foreign journalist to be expelled from the country since 1998.

Former rebels attack Libyan govt HQ

Former Libyan rebels attacked the interim government's headquarters in Tripoli yesterday , killing at least two people and wounding several others, an interior ministry official said.

US envoy to Pakistan to step down

The US ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, is to step down this summer after serving less than two years in the job, a US official said yesterday.

Suu Kyi given Myanmar passport

Myanmar has issued opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with a passport, her party said yesterday, as the former political prisoner prepares to travel abroad for the first time in 24 years.

Santorum endorses ex-rival Romney

Conservative Republican Rick Santorum endorsed Republican presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney in an email to supporters, US media reported late Monday.

Russia confirms Medvedev as PM

Russia's new President Vladimir Putin yesterday won parliamentary approval for his predecessor Dmitry Medvedev to become prime minister, as protesters tried new tactics to keep up pressure on the Kremlin.

Ukraine scraps Europe summit

Ukraine yesterday shelved a European summit it was to host this week ahead of the Euro football after most participants pulled out in protest over the treatment of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

Red Notice for Iraqi VP

Interpol yesterday said it had issued an international Red Notice for the arrest of Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi on suspicion of "guiding and financing terrorist attacks".

Arts & Entertainment

Discussion on Tagore at Bangla Academy

On the occasion of the closing of the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Rabindranath Tagore and the inaugural of his 151st birth anniversary celebration, Bangla Academy organised a two-day discussion and cultural programme. The event was inaugurated on May 7.

Flurry of programmes in Mymensingh

Marking the 151st birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Rabindra Sangeet Sammilon Parishad's Mymensingh unit organised a programme yesterday at Baishakhi Mancha of Shaheed Quarter Park of the town.

Shelaidah Kuthibari commemorates the poet

A three-day programme marking the 151st birth anniversary of poet Rabindranath Tagore began yesterday at Shelaidah Kuthibari in Kushtia.

London Chronicles and memories of Dickens

The celebratory mood is palpable here in the United Kingdom these days. If you leave out the local polls, which have gone badly wrong for the ruling Tory-LibDem coalition and so happily right for the Labour opposition, you have all the enthusiasm about the upcoming Olympics you run into nearly everywhere you go. A warship which only months ago was busy helping anti-Gaddafi rebels in Libya was on Friday towed into London, through the Thames of course, as part of the stringent security measures now being put in place for the Olympics.

Meril- Prothom Alo award on Maasranga Television

The finale of Meril-Prothom Alo Purashkar 2011 was held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on April 26. As in previous years, this year's event also featured a Red Carpet segment, where stars from different sectors received accolades. This Red Carpet segment of the main programme will be aired on Maasranga Television tonight at 9pm.

Indra Mohan Rajbongshi's tribute to Tagore

As tribute to Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore, noted folk singer Indra Mohan Rajbongshi has launched two audio albums. The albums were launched at Music and Dance Centre Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on May 6. Cultural organisation, Geetiangan, organised the event.

Channel i honours Sadi Mohammad

On the occasion of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore's 151st birth anniversary, Channel i hosted 'Rabindra Mela' yesterday at the TV station premises in Tejgaon, Dhaka. The mela was in continuation of Channel i's annual endeavours to celebrate the life and works of the most iconic Bengali poets.

Nishimon Bisharjan staged at Shilpakala Academy

As part of the Bangladesh-India joint celebration on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Mahakal Natyasampraday staged “Nishimon Bisharjan” at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on May 7.

Special events in Dinajpur

The 151st birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore was celebrated here in Dinajpur with a vibrant cultural programme yesterday morning.

Oscar-winning silent film returns to cinemas

The first film to take home the best picture Oscar at the Academy Awards has been re-released on the big screen.

OP-ED

Francois Hollande and the Fifth Republic

The election of Francois Hollande as president of France is a pointer to a couple of facts about his country. The first is that the Fifth Republic remains alive and well, indeed hearty, in its objective of promoting constructive democratic politics in France. The second is that after all the chaos made of life in the West and elsewhere by capitalism and its cronies, it is time for a return to socialism.

Guantanamo trials should be open

Recently, I stood before a military judge at Guantanamo Bay to argue that the press and public had a constitutional right to observe the proceedings of military commissions. It is an argument I've made scores of times on behalf of news organisations objecting to closed proceedings in criminal and civil trials, but this was the first time that a military commission -- part of a system of tribunals created in 2006 to try terrorism suspects -- agreed to hear such arguments from the press.

Bangladesh-South Korea friendship

May 12 of this year marks the 40th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

'Hilary Clinton's visit has remarkable opportunities but challenges too'

Professor Dilara Chowdhury of the Department of Governance and Politics, Jahangirnagar University, talks to A.B.M Shamsud Doza of The Daily Star on the recent three high-profile visits.

The disappeared ones, when will they reappear?

There has been a growing concern over people disappearing in Bangladesh in recent months. Such incidents of mysterious disappearances, gradually in higher frequencies, have cast a chill over the general citizenry.

This Day In History

May 9

1950
Robert Schuman presents his proposal on the creation of an organized Europe, which according to him was indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the "Schuman declaration", is considered by some people to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union.

Ctg Edition

Cop tells of NSI link

A former deputy commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (port zone) yesterday implicated the already accused NSI high-ups and two top officials of CUFL in the smuggling of 10 truck-loads of arms and ammunition in 2004.



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