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Irrigation over, power cut not yet

Although the extra need for power for Boro season irrigation is over, the level of load shedding remains unchanged due to the authorities' financial inability to operate many idle rental power plants.

Society banking faces restriction

The cabinet yesterday approved the final draft of the Cooperative Society (amendment) Act 2012 that prohibits cooperative societies from running any credit programme among their members.

Gone with greed

It was the lure of high profits that drove Mohiuddin Robin to deposit money with a cooperative society. But it wasn't long before the 31-year-old was overcome with a sense of despair.

Ctg opposition leaders sued

Six cases have been lodged over Sunday's violence in Chittagong, accusing 39 named and more than 2,000 unnamed opposition leaders and activists of the BNP-led 18-party alliance.

Turn in wealth report

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday asked two suspended top officials of the railway, their wives, and the sacked APS to former railway minister Suranjit Sengupta to submit wealth statements within seven working days.

Popularity? Ask Barua

It was none but technocrat Minister Dilip Barua who has urged Prof Muhammad Yunus and Sir Fazle Hasan Abed to join politics to test their popularity before speaking about the country's politics.

18-party goes for 3-day agitation

The BNP-led 18-party alliance last night declared three programmes, including countrywide hunger strike, to reiterate its demand of finding missing BNP leader M Ilias Ali and to protest filing of cases against opposition leaders.

JS body slams lawmen for failure

A parliamentary body yesterday blasted the law enforcement agencies for their failure to find out missing BNP leader Ilias Ali.

HC for action against errant 3-wheelers

The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the government to explain in three weeks why it should not be directed to take action against “private” CNG-run three-wheelers illegally operating on a commercial basis in and around the capital.

SQ Chy given last warning

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday cautioned accused BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for the last time about his behaviour in the courtroom during the cross-examination of the first prosecution witness.

Ashulia calm

The Ashulia industrial belt on the outskirts of the capital returned to normal yesterday after a two-day shutdown for violence over a rumour of a garment worker's death.

RMG worker killed in crash

Agitated garment workers yesterday torched a bus, vandalised several others and staged demonstrations for around three hours in Tongi BSCIC area after a fellow worker was run over and killed by a bus.

Journalist assaulted

Nephew of State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku yesterday beat in public a journalist at Bera upazila of Pabna for publishing a report on the alleged corruption by the relatives of Tuku.

Repair job goes to army

Failing to select a company over the last five months, the communications ministry has assigned the task of repairing the Meghna and Gumti bridges to Bangladesh Army.

HC asks Rajuk not to evict slum people

The High Court yesterday directed the Rajuk chairman to demarcate the Gulshan Lake area in the capital within 20 days and to submit a report in this regard before it by June 5.

Sudan parliament rejects talks with rebels

Sudan's parliament rejected yesterday a United Nations call for talks with rebels who have been fighting government troops for almost a year.

Strong 6.2 quake hits Chile-Peru border

A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook an area of southern Peru near the border with Chile early yesterday, seismologists said, prompting people to flee their homes but reportedly causing no casualties.

Obama to skip Apec summit

US President Barack Obama will not attend the Apec summit in Vladivostok in September, which comes soon after the Democratic presidential nominating convention, the White House said yesterday.


In our yesterday's story headlined “Ghulam Azam indicted”, we inadvertently stated that two million women were raped during the Liberation War. Actually, the number would be over two lakh. We regret the error.


Chittagong violence

Must all political activities and programmes of the opposition lead to violence, destruction, deaths and injury? The clashes in Chittagong between the BNP and its 18-party alliance supporters on one side and the police on the other that lasted for several hours resulted in nearly a hundred being hurt, including police personnel and several journalists too. The party activists also damaged three cars and vandalised a large number of vehicles which could not be condoned.

Procrastination in journo murder probe

Three months into the gruesome killing of the journalist couple Sagar and Runi, no visible progress has either been made or reported about identifying the killers, leave alone their trial. We are shocked to note that the investigation could not have been handled more abysmally. First came the naive rhetoric from none other than the home minister that law enforcers would find the real criminals in two days. But when that drive fizzled out, from the highest level frustration was expressed to the effect that evidences were lost through over-crowding newsmen at the crime scene. We wonder how an efficient police force could allow anyone to erase the evidences by any stretch of imagination.


Farashganj fell Jamal

Farashganj SC's giant-killing run in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League continued as the old Dhaka outfit handed a 2-0 defeat to holders Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

City new top dogs

England woke up to a new name on the Premier League trophy on Monday, while thousands of Manchester City fans rose with sore heads and smiles on their faces, after the most gripping title race for more than 20 years ended in almost surreal fashion.

Phelps won't disclose London programme

Michael Phelps is adamant that the London Olympics will be his last, but the US swimming icon is keeping the details of his grand finale to himself for now.

HC stay on BWSA ad-hoc body

A High Court bench has issued a stay order on the ad-hoc committee of Bangladesh Women's Sports Association (BSWA) for one month and served a show cause notice on the National Sports Council as to why the respondents should not be directed to allow the elected executive committee of the association to assume its office and continue functioning till the completion of tenure.

Azad crush Kalabagan

Azad Sporting Club crushed Kalabagan Krira Chakra by ten wickets in the 4th Women's Club Cricket League at the BKSP-2 ground in Savar yesterday.

Mendis back for Lanka

Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis and fast bowler Dilhara Fernando have been named in the 30-man provisional squad for the upcoming tours by Pakistan and India. The squad has no new faces.

Confident Masters eye Roland Garros glory

Roger Federer and Serena Williams took home trophies on Sunday from the Madrid Masters, with the pair of veteran champions hoping to channel their clay success into more glory at Roland Garros.

CSK win last ball thriller

Chennai Super Kings won another last-ball thriller in the Indian Premier League beating Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets here yesterday.

MI ride on Rayudu, Pollard

Mumbai Indians rode on Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard's swashbucklings knocks and their unbroken 122-run sixth-wicket partnership to stage a dramatic fightback and beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets in their Indian Premier League match on Monday.

'Better than Beijing'

Britain's Victoria Pendleton said Monday she was in even better shape heading into the London Olympics than when she won cycling gold on the track in Beijing four years ago.

WI suffer 10-wkt defeat

England Lions crushed West Indies by 10 wickets on Sunday, dealing a further blow to the brittle confidence of the tourists ahead of the first Test which starts at Lord's on Thursday.

Neymar guides Santos to title

Brazil striker Neymar scored a brace of goals to steer Santos to a 4-2 win over Guarani as they clinched the Paulista championship title on Sunday.

Pepsi's football remix festival

Football lovers around the country can brace themselves for a mouth-watering opportunity to fly to Madrid and enjoy a DJ party in the Spanish capital by enrolling on the Pepsi Football Remix Festival.

Easy win for Green Valley

Green Valley Club registered their second win in the Colonel Malek Smriti Premier Cricket League with a thumping 175-run victory over Victoria Club at the Shahid Miraz Tapan Stadium in Manikganj yesterday.

Bolt to run in Zurich

Double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will race in the Zurich leg of the Diamond League on August 30, organisers announced on Monday.

Dhaka Ekadash leave for Kolkata

A 22-member Dhaka Ekadash RC leave here for India today to play an exhibition football match in Kolkata on Wednesday.

Real hit 100

Champions Real Madrid beat Mallorca 4-1 on Sunday to break the 100-point barrier on the final day of La Liga season as Villarreal sensationally slipped through the relegation trapdoor.

Fergie congratulates City neighbours

In congratulating new Premier League champions Manchester City, Sir Alex Ferguson reminded them that they have a long way to go before they can be considered Manchester United's equals.

Barton says sorry

Joey Barton apologised for his red card at Manchester City but the controversial QPR midfielder insisted he was only reacting to provocation from Carlos Tevez.

Crazy last few minutes

Arguably the Premier League's greatest season came to a sensational conclusion on Sunday as Manchester City won the title thanks to two stoppage-time strikes in a 3-2 victory over QPR. Elsewhere, Arsenal and Tottenham secured places in the top four, while Bolton were relegated.

Italy name provisional Euro squad

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli on Sunday named a 32-man squad for Euro 2012 which starts in Poland and Ukraine next month.

Van Nistelrooy calls it quits

Malaga's Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy announced his retirement on Monday, saying at the age of 35 his body could take no more.


Exports fall further on EU debt crisis

Exports fell by 4.60 percent to $1.90 billion in April compared to a month ago due to the ongoing debt crisis in the EU and readjustment of prices of finished goods by international buyers.

The awards that add value to businesses

It was a great moment of joy for architect Tanya Tazeen Karim, who was one of the recipients of the Bangladesh Business Awards last year.

Cabinet panel okays two guidelines for PPP projects

The cabinet committee on economic affairs yesterday approved two guidelines to provide financial assistance to projects under public-private partnership.

Govt to set up textile village on lands of closed cotton mill

The government has decided to set up a "textile village" on 33 acres land of a state owned cotton mill, which has been closed for 15 years.

Realtors should work to earn consumers' trust: analysts

Real estate needs a facelift to stand by the consumers as a true service provider to drive growth of the sector, a Dhaka University teacher said yesterday.

Govt promises uninterrupted power to economic zones

The government will ensure uninterrupted in-built electricity to industrial units in the proposed special economic zones, the executive chairman of Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority said yesterday.

HC to hear shareholding appeals Wednesday

The High Court will hear all writ petitions on Wednesday, filed by directors of listed companies against the Securities and Exchange Commission's mandatory shareholding rules.

Ctg customs to set up e-payment system

Chittagong Customs House plans to install an e-payment system as part of its effort to curb irregularities in trade through automation.

More financial inclusion is needed

It is difficult to stop the so-called multilevel marketing companies from cheating people without further financial inclusion, said the chairman of the Association of Bankers Bangladesh.

JPMorgan's core problems

Jpmorgan Chase & Co lost at least $2 billion in its failed hedging strategy not only because it was sloppy, but because it grew too big in a rarified market of complex financial instruments that it had created.

JPMorgan executives to leave over trading loss

JPMorgan will move to limit the fallout from a shock trading loss that could reach $3 billion or more by parting company with three top executives involved in its costly failed hedging strategy, sources close to the matter said.


PM wants vibrant ties with Myanmar

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government was keen to build vibrant relations with neighbouring Myanmar in the backdrop of its changing political situation.

Remove names of Pakistani collaborators from structures

The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the government to explain in two weeks why the names of Pakistani collaborators should not be removed from the roads and structures across the country.

TB claims 43 lives per lakh a yr

At least 43 in every hundred thousand people die of tuberculosis in Bangladesh annually, while over six lakh have been suffering from this disease.

30 injured as BCL men try to occupy land

Some 30 people were injured, including three from gunshots, after some Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists clashed with Chhalia villagers in Sylhet sadar upazila yesterday over taking possession of a land.

Slum kids tell their ordeals

Deprived children yesterday told tales of their everyday ordeals of living in shanties and requested the government to provide them security and save them from child marriage.

Save Halda

Environmentalists here yesterday protested discharge of untreated liquid waste of Hathazari Power Plant and Asian Paper Mill into the Halda and a plan of dredging the river.

MoU on labour recruitment to Malaysia soon

Bangladesh and Malaysia will soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on labour recruitment from Bangladesh at low migration cost and protection of the migrants.

8 killed, 25 hurt in road crashes

Eight people were killed and 25 others, including two journalists, injured in separate road accidents in Magura, Pabna, Natore, Thakurgaon and Jessore on Sunday and yesterday.

Land broker shot dead in capital

Unidentified miscreants shot dead a land broker at his under-construction building at Chotbari Laltek in the capital yesterday.

Journos sit-in before home ministry today

Journalists will stage a sit-down in front of the home ministry today, demanding arrest of the murderers of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi and trial for the earlier killings of journalists.

BGB, BSF agree to maintain peace

A high level coordination meeting between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and India's Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday agreed to maintain peace along the border.

Study underway to find out best safety net actions

A research initiative is underway to find out which kinds of social safety net transfers work best for the rural poor in Bangladesh.

Jatrabari gas line restored

Gas supply to the capital's Jatrabari and its adjoining areas was resumed after the damaged distribution line of Titas gas in Jatrabari was restored yesterday.

Qauder Mollah counsels end argument

The defence counsels yesterday completed their arguments on the petition seeking discharge of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah from the charges of crimes against humanity he is facing at International Crimes Tribunal-2.

Fakhrul, 24 other leaders get bail

The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 24 other opposition leaders and activists in a bomb-blast case until the submission of the charge sheet.

Quota for Dalit children in education demanded

The Dalit community leaders yesterday urged the government to introduce specific quotas in education for their children and ensure their job security to end discrimination.

TCB exempted from PPA for three years

Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) was exempted from the obligations of Public Procurement Act for three years so that the state agency can buy essential commodities quickly from local and global markets to keep their prices stable.

Why not panel-made DU VC?

The High Court yesterday asked the authorities concerned to explain in two weeks why the Dhaka University (DU) vice chancellor should not be directed to call a senate session immediately to select a panel for appointing a regular VC.

Journos for resignation of shipping minister

Protesting the death of Bibhas Chandra Saha, journalists staged a demonstration before Jatiya Press Club in the capital yesterday halting traffic movement on the road for more than one hour.

HR boss questions PM's ratings in Gallup poll

National Human Rights Commission Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman yesterday questioned the credibility of the Gallup poll which said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had an approval rating of 77 percent.

HC asks IGP to suspend Feni OC

The High Court yesterday directed the inspector general of police (IGP) to immediately suspend officer-in-charge of Feni Sadar Police Station Nazim Uddin on charge of assaulting an assistant commissioner (AC) (land) of Feni.

People block Dhaka-Ctg highway for power

An angry mob yesterday blocked the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Mirsarai upazila in Chittagong demanding uninterrupted power supply to the area.

Arrest warrant against RCC mayor stayed

Labour Appellate Tribunal yesterday stayed arrest warrants issued against Rajshahi City Corporation mayor and three other top officials for not complying with a lower court order to appear before it.

11 Shibir men sent to jail

Ahead of the opposition's mass procession yesterday, at least 11 Shibir activists were arrested from the capital's Mirpur and sent to jail hours later.

Seemab Hon consul of Fiji to Bangladesh

Fiji has appointed Seemab Rasheed Honourary Consul to Bangladesh. The two countries have recently completed formalities approving the appointment, said a press release.

Rice shop staff electrocuted

A rice shop employee was electrocuted in Pahartali area in the port city on Sunday night.

Sust students, teachers donate blood

Students, teachers and staff of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) donated 63 bags of blood on the campus in Sylhet yesterday.

New Dhaka-Sylhet train from today

Bangladesh Railway (BR) is set to launch the fourth intercity train service on Dhaka-Sylhet route today.

'Higher education lacks quality'

There are many problems in the country's higher education system and its quality, said Chittagong University (CU) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Anwarul Azim Arif.

BCS academy introduces MPPM

Masters in Public Policy and Management (MPPM) programme was introduced in BCS Administration Academy for the first time on May 2.


Language Movement hero Waliullah Oltu of Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga district died of a cardiac arrest at his residence here yesterday at the age of 74.

Rashida Rahman Ranu

Rashida Rahman Ranu, a school teacher and wife of Rajiur Rahman, staff reporter of the daily Manabzamin and ETV, passed away due to a brain injury at a hospital in the capital yesterday afternoon at the age of 38.


12 houses burnt down in Bagerhat arson attack

Twelve set-ups including eight dwelling houses were destroyed in an arson attack at Chinguri village in Kalatala union of Chitolmari upazila under the district early yesterday.

Clash over harvest of paddy leaves 24 hurt

At least 24 people were injured during a clash between two rival groups over harvest of paddy from a disputed land at Protap village in Sadullapur upazila yesterday.

Jessore polytec closed sine die as BCL goes on rampage

The authorities closed Jessore Polytechnic Institute for an indefinite period as activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) went on widespread rampage on the campus yesterday noon.

Angry people confine PDB engineers to office in Noakhali

Angry people yesterday confined two engineers of the Power Development Board (PDB) at their office rooms at maijdee Court protesting frequent load shedding in the area.

Four to die, one gets life for murder in Madaripur

The District and Sessions Judge's Court here yesterday awarded death sentence to four people and life term imprisonment to another on charge of killing a man in 2000.

4 commit 'suicide'

Four people allegedly committed suicide in Satkhira and Sylhet districts yesterday and the day before.

2 Hizb-ut men held

Police arrested two activists of Hizb-ut Towhid from Charjuble Union Parishad office in Subarnachar upazila yesterday.

UP member shot dead

A gang of criminals shot dead a union parishad (UP) member in Khan Jahan Ali area of the city on Sunday night. The deceased is Manzur Shikdar, 40, a member of Giratola Union Parishad in Sadar upazila. Son of Haris Shikdar of Matamdanga village in the union, Manzur came under attack near Srinath School while he was returning home in the area at around 10:30pm. He was rushed to Khulna Medical College and Hospital where the doctors declared him dead.

Man gets life for killing wife

A court here yesterday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing his wife. The convict is Zafar Ullah, 40, son of Abu Taher of Dubba village in Sonagazi upazila. The court also fined him Tk 50,000, in default he is to suffer another three months in prison. According to the prosecution, Zafar strangled Jaheda Akhtar, mother of two children, for dowry on May 11, 2008. Later, victim's brother filed a case accusing Zafar. After examining the witnesses and records, Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Harunur Rashid pronounced the verdict.

Boy drowns

A boy drowned in a pond in Dharmotola area under in Jessore town yesterday. The victim was identified as Aminur Rahman, 13, son of Saidur Rahman. Saidur said his son drowned while bathing in the pond near their house in the morning. Later, locals found body the floating and recovered it from the pond.

Fake revenue stamps seized

Detective Branch (DB) of police seized 54,400 fake revenue stamps worth Tk 2.72 lakh from Mohammadpur area in Batiaghata upazila on Sunday morning and arrested a man in this connection. The arrestee, Habibur Rahman Habi, 42, son of Insan Ali of Shovona village in Dumuria upazila, is a former Ansar member. Acting on a tip-off, detectives raided the area at around 10:00am and arrested Habi along with the fake stamps.

7 rescued from traffickers

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) yesterday rescued seven people, including a woman and three children, while they were being trafficked to India through Putkhali Border. BGB-26 Camp Commander Samsur Rahman said on secret information, they raided the area in the morning and rescued the victims. Sensing the presence of the BGB men, the traffickers fled the scene. Later, the seven were handed over to Benapole police.

Fazil (hons) exams from May 17

Fazil honours examinations under Islamic University will begin on May 17. Around 86,319 students will take part in the examinations to be held at 265 centres across the country. The university authorities have taken all necessary steps to hold the examinations peacefully. The exams will continue until July 8.

One held for vandalising temple

Police arrested a man on charge of vandalising a Kali Temple of Paulpara village under Sadar upazila early yesterday. The arrestee was identified as Montaj Howlader, 45, of the village. Kailash, a community leader, said they came to the temple in the morning and found it ransacked. Monirul Islam, officer in-charge of Patuakhali Police Station, said a gang of criminals ransacked the temple at midnight. Following the incident, police arrested Montaj, the OC added.

Elderly man found dead

Police recovered the body of an elderly man from a maize field at Kapsail village in Daulatpur upazila on Sunday. The victim is Chan Mia, 60, son of Bonde Ali Mia of the village. Family members said Chan went out of the house on Saturday afternoon and did not return home. Being informed by locals, police recovered his body from the field at around 1:00pm and sent it to Manikganj Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy, said Shahidul Islam, sub-inspector of Daulatpur Police Station. His legs were tied while several injury marks found in his head, the SI added. Victim's son alleged that his uncle killed him to capture a disputed land.


Myung-bak visits Myanmar

Myanmar tightened security for a visit by President Lee Myung-bak yesterday, the first by a South Korean leader since an assassination attempt by North Korean commandos nearly 30 years ago.

Syrian clashes kill 33

At least 33 people were killed in violence across Syria yesterday, among them 23 soldiers who died in fierce clashes between regime forces and rebels in the central city of Rastan, a watchdog said.

Greece's moderate left says no govt possible

The moderate Democratic Left party in Greece yesterday said it will not join pro-bailout parties in a coalition without the more radical far left Syriza.

Palestinian hunger strikers ink deal to end fast

Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike have agreed a deal with Israel to end their fast in exchange for an easing of their conditions, Palestinian and Israeli officials said yesterday.

Nepal plane crash kills 15

A plane crashed into a mountain in the Himalayas while trying to land at an airport in northern Nepal yesterday, killing 15 people and injuring six, some critically.

Security heightened in Mizoram

Security forces in Mizoram have stepped up vigil after an intelligence report indicated possible violence by the separatist outfit Hmar People's Convention-Democrats (HPC-D) in the northeastern state, police said here yesterday.

UN nuke agency presses Iran

The UN nuclear agency pressed Iran for greater cooperation yesterday in their first meeting since a "failed" visit in February, with world powers watching closely ahead of their Baghdad talks next week.

Pakistan to 'move on' over Nato supply lines

Pakistan said yesterday it was time to "move on" and repair relations with the United States and Nato, in a further sign it could reopen supply routes into Afghanistan closed for nearly six months.

Police clear agitators from Madrid square

Police cleared scores of "indignant" protestors from a Madrid square yesterday, arresting two, after a weekend of mass rallies marking one year since the birth of the popular movement.

Nato underplayed civilian deaths in Libya: HRW

Nato air strikes killed 72 civilians in Libya last year, Human Rights Watch said yesterday, accusing the western alliance of failing to acknowledge the scope of collateral damage it caused during the campaign that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi.

Egypt vote won't push the generals aside

Near the rock-strewn scene of a bloody anti-army protest, Islamist, liberal and other politicians sat with ruling generals this month to haggle over Egypt's future after its first presidential vote since Hosni Mubarak's fall.

Dalai Lama gives £1.1m Templeton Prize money to charity

The Dalai Lama said yesterday he will give away to charity £1.1m in prize money being awarded to him.

Arts & Entertainment

Catching up with Dipa Khondokar

Dipa Khondokar, with 13 years of experience behind her, grabbed public attention with her appearance in a commercial even before her debut in the TV play “Kaktarua”. A product of a golden age of media newcomers, Dipa Khondokar has refined her resume with acting performances opposite many big stars on the scene.

Mrinal Sen: The real on reel, without sugarcoating

It was a balmy summer evening in mid-1970s when I first got to see director Mrinal Sen at a get-together in a club set up by my friends in my locality in a south Kolkata suburb. It was at the height of Naxalite movement and the subjects of discussion with 'Mrinal-da', as he was popularly called then, were films and politics.

Dr. Sanjida Khatun felicitated by Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre

Dr. Sanjida Khatun, president of Chhayanat and eminent cultural personality, was felicitated by the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre of the High Commission of India in Dhaka, on May 12, to celebrate her receiving 'Deshikottam', the highest honour conferred by Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan.

Thirty-eight shows of Shunnon's Lal Jamin in a year

Shunnon Theatre's debut production “Lal Jamin” will complete one year through a special show on May 17 at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka. It will be the 38th show of the play, which can be considered a noteworthy feat. Momena Chowdhury, protagonist of the monodrama, informed that over the last year the play had been staged in and outside Dhaka as well as in India and the UK.

Disability is no barrier

Twenty-four-year old Bimol Marandi, a differently-abled painter of Mymensingh's Protibondhi Community Centre (PCC), attended a workshop in Singapore, arranged for “Mouth and Foot Artists” from various parts of the globe.

Celebration at Shelaidaha Kuthibari

A five-day programme marking the 151st birth anniversary of poet

Kevin Spacey debuts South African short film

U.S. actor and director Kevin Spacey said he sees opportunity for expanding film making in Africa, Asia and Europe.


Elevating US-Bangladesh partnership: Secretary Clinton's visit

Despite American ambivalence during our war of liberation, Bangladesh and the United States have over the last four decades forged an exceptionally close partnership based on shared values and outlook. Like all good friends we have not surprisingly had our differences of opinion -- each side has its own national interests to advance -- but the bonds that tie us are enduring and deep; and the relationship is based on deep mutual respect and a community of purposes. The two countries are committed to plural democracy, diversity, secularism and tolerance; a robust civil society as a seedbed of democracy; and an uncompromising attachment to the values of inalienable rights and freedom. Based on these values the two partners have worked shoulder to shoulder in many international fora and have fought together, along with other countries of the United Nations, for preserving international peace and to prevent oppression, discrimination, and violation of human rights.

Inaction over Syria

Public outburst and indignation continue the world over on the senseless killing of civilians as Syria slowly turns into, what many fear, another Libya, or if we turn back the pages of history a few decades, another Lebanon. Yet, why is the West dithering on Syria whilst it moved at lightning speed over Libya? At first look the situation in both these nations seem startlingly similar in that both being embroiled in a quasi-civil war with murderous regimes hell-bent on crushing the largely civilian opposition.

Bangladesh -- a part of the 'Next 11'

Bangladesh received a number of foreign dignitaries from India, Japan and the United States last week. The positive attention it received in the international media could be summed up by an article in The Wall Street Journal which, referring to the Bangladesh trip by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, concluded that "this weekend, a country once dismissed by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as a basket case, gets to show one of his successors how wrong it has proven him."

Growth, employment and governments

Here are some recent news items on the global economic front:

'This impasse can be broken only through practising democratic norms and abiding by the rule of law'

A.S.M. Shahjahan, former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and ex-adviser of the caretaker government in 2001, talks to Zaheen Zaema Khan and A.B.M. Shamsud Doza of The Daily Star on the present political situation and deteriorating law and order situation.

This Day In History

May 15

Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, stands trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest. She is condemned to death by a specially-selected jury.


In the article "Leave the man alone, please," printed on May 14, Sir Abed's name was inadvertently printed as Sir Fazle Hasdan Abed. It should be Sir Fazle Hassan Abed. We regret the error.

Science & Life

Evolution of the Universe: From big bang to present day

According to the Big Bang theory, the universe came into being with a violent explosion from which all matter and energy originated. At the zero hour, the entire known universe was a mathematical point of infinite density, called the singularity, from which matter and energy burst out and the universe began to expand. This cataclysmic event occurred, as estimated by Hubble, approximately 14 billion years ago

A brief history of the house of wisdom

The legendary Bayt al-Hikma meaning “House of Wisdom” was a library and a translation institute established somewhere later in the 8th century by Caliph Harun al-Rashid which later flourished under the rule of his son Caliph Al-Mamun and his immediate successors. This ancient grand institution was modeled after the Sassanid Imperial Library (the pre-Islamic Persian Empire, 224-651 AD), given the strong bond that Abbasid Caliphate had with the Persians, a great association which many experts believe spawned the very birth of Islamic Golden Period in the first place. It is in this House of Wisdom, for the next 4 to 5 hundred years alchemists, scientists, scholars, writers, men of letters, copyists painstakingly learned, read, wrote and translated manuscripts that were originally Farsi, Aramaic, Syriac, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Sankrit, Devnagari and other languages and linguistically converted them into Arabic and circulated the Arabic translated texts throughout the then Arabic speaking world. In this process many works by ancient Persian, Greek and Indian scholars like Aryabhata and Brahmagupta were translated and further researched which was also one of the tasks of the historic library. There were a couple of technical reasons why House of Wisdom was in Baghdad. For starter, it was the then capital of Islamic empire and secondly it was in Baghdad where, during this era, world's very first recorded paper mill was established which made it possible for widespread literacy in that region and by 10th century paper replaced the usage of parchment and papyrus in the Arab world. And that era was glory times for Baghdad, which was known as the world's richest city housing over a million people, not by the might of oil by the way, and a true centre for the intellectual development of that time, a great accomplishment that many modern day Arab states failed to achieve even at this day and age regardless of their immense monetary wealth and easy access to global scholarship.

Earliest proof of biblical cult

For the first time, archaeologists have uncovered shrines from the time of the early Biblical kings in the Holy Land, providing the earliest evidence of a cult, they say.

Satellite tracks manta rays

Using the latest satellite tracking technology, conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Exeter (UK), and the Government of Mexico have completed a ground-breaking study on a mysterious ocean giant: the manta ray

All the world's water

If all the world's water were to form a single drop, this is how big it would be: A sphere stretching from Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas. Though this mega-droplet looks small compared to Earth's bulk, the two dimensionality of this image is somewhat deceiving. In fact, the water sphere would have a diameter of about 860 miles (1,385 kilometers) and a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles (1,386,000,000 cubic km).

Who invented first computing machime?

In 1822, Charles Babbage purposed and began developing the Difference Engine, considered to be the first automatic computing engine that was capable of computing several sets of numbers and making a hard copies of the results. Unfortunately, because of funding he was never able to complete a full-scale functional version of this machine. In June of 1991, the London Science Museum completed the Difference Engine No 2 for the bicentennial year of Babbage's birth and later completed the printing mechanism in 2000.

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