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News of: Wednesday, 23rd of May, 2012

Front Page

Brutal hijack on highway

A truck helper was killed and his two colleagues were injured as carjackers threw them from a running truck in the capital's Agargaon area, after hijacking the rod-laden truck from Savar yesterday.

Plan long term for challenged people

The government should take up long-term planning to solve problems of the country's millions of physically challenged people instead of relying on relief-based approaches, development activists said yesterday.

Muzaffer Ahmad no more

Noted economist and leading civil society member Prof Muzaffer Ahmad breathed his last at around 10:30pm yesterday at the age of 76.

Muggers shoot businessmen, loot Tk 25 lakh

Unidentified muggers yesterday shot two businessmen and snatched away Tk 25.7 lakh from them in the old part of the capital.

I ducked death several times

"I was close to losing my life several times. One time I was swept around 30 metres away from my tracks and almost into a crevasse.”

GDP now 6.32pc

GDP growth fell by 0.39 percentage point to 6.32 percent in the current fiscal year, compared with the figures for last fiscal year, mainly due to sluggish growth in the agriculture sector, according to the provisional data of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

Railway whistleblower missing for 43 days

Forty-three days into the Tk 70 lakh railwaygate scandal, neither the Anti-Corruption Commission nor the rail's probe body tried to trace the whistleblower, who has been "missing" since the day after the incident.

Deaf ears to court orders

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday once again faced interruptions from the prosecution and some defence lawyers during cross-examination of the second witness in the war crimes case against BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

Limit kids' 'screen time'

Parents need to do more to stop children spending too much time watching television or playing computer games, according to a psychologist.

Youth joblessness nearly at its worst

Youth joblessness is almost back at its peak following the outbreak of the global economic crisis and is unlikely to ease until at least 2016, the International Labour Organisation warned yesterday.

Babar saved NSI official

Former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar had ordered CMP commissioner SM Sabbir Ali not to arrest an NSI official for trying to resist the seizure of a huge cache of guns and ammunition at the CUFL jetty in the wee hours of April 2 in 2004.

Pro-BNP lawyers boycott city courts

Members of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum boycotted all the judges' and magistrates' courts in the capital yesterday protesting a Dhaka court order on Monday sending BNP lawmaker Mahbub Uddin Khokon to jail in an arson attack case.

Arrestees sued for smuggling

A smuggling case was lodged with a Chittagong police station early yesterday against the 23 people who had been arrested Sunday night in connection with hauling of state-owned furnace oil for black market at Anu Majhir Ghat by the river Karnaphuli.

Probe finds Mridha responsible

A probe body investigating recruitment irregularities in the railway's east zone yesterday submitted its report to the railway DG accusing more than 20 people for their involvement in manipulating the recruitment process.

Indigenous girl raped, killed

A seven-year-old indigenous girl was raped and strangled at Mahmudpur village in Badalgachi upazila of Naogaon on Saturday night.

Tallest tower opens in Tokyo

The world's tallest tower, the Tokyo Skytree, opened to the public yesterday with tens of thousands of visitors flocking to the Japanese capital's newest attraction.

Rangamati blast victim dies in Ctg

A Pahari Chhattra Parishad (PCP) activist wounded in Sunday's blast succumbed to his injuries early yesterday at Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).

Ctg BCL men 'kidnap, free' 3 BNP leaders

Three leaders of Chittagong BNP and Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal were allegedly kidnapped and later released by Chhatra League activists in Raozan last night.

PNG court calls for Somare's reinstatement

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has again ruled that Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's rise to power was illegal and that veteran leader Sir Michael Somare should be reinstated, reports said yesterday.

Rebels kill 12 troops in Colombia ambush

Leftist guerrillas killed 12 Colombian army troops Monday and wounded four others in an ambush in a rural area in the northern tip of Colombia near the border with Venezuela, authorities said.

France warns against Greek euro exit

Greece's exit from the eurozone risks causing an "unpredictable" spread of the debt crisis, a scenario which France will work to avoid at all cost, French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said yesterday.

Editorial

Prospect of jute goods high in EU

As stress on artificial fibres as a packaging material in preference to natural ones is growing, the prospects for jute, popularly known as the Golden Fibre, are opening up further. The International Jute Study Group (IJSG) based in Dhaka recently also echoed this view.

Misuse of water resources

There is little doubt in the public mind of the need to do something on the constant attack by unscrupulous business interests on constricting, redirecting and filling up of public water bodies, rivers and canals for profit. In an effort to halt such malpractices, the cabinet has approved a draft bill Bangladesh Water Act, 2012 that promises to put in place a series of checks and balances aimed at halting misuse of said resources. While it is commendable to see that the government has finally taken heed of decades of outcry by affected communities, environmentalists and water experts, it will be interesting to see whether the stringent provisions proposed in the Act, such as, five years' imprisonment or a fine of Tk. 5 million will actually be enforced with due diligence in reality. Reasons for disruption of natural flow of water and pollution are well known, but we often overlook the disastrous effects such wilful trespassing have on the natural state of affairs. Whether it is pollution or obstruction of natural flow of water, there is no denying that manmade interventions have helped bring about ecological disaster to entire communities of people who depend on these water resources for their livelihoods.

Sports

Kolkata's first final

Kolkata Knight Riders breezed into the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after scoring a thumping 18-run win over Delhi Daredevils in the first Qualifier here on Tuesday.

Abahani slip at MSC

Mohammedan Sporting Club brought down high-flying Abahani with a 2-0 defeat on their perennial rivals in their Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League champions at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Consensus effort fails

Despite a series of meetings the last three days, the two panels in the upcoming Bangladesh Chess Federation polls have failed to reach a consensus which means the two panels will fight it out as they are. A few of the candidates, who had earlier submitted two nominations each, have withdrawn one of their nominations on the last day of withdrawal yesterday.

PM announces special sports complex

The First South Asian Special Olympics 5-a-side Football Tournament was inaugurated yesterday at the Army Stadium with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declaring the five-team tournament open as chief guest.

Narrow wins for GYC, Orient

Gulshan Youth Club and Orient Sporting Club won their respective matches in the 4th Women's Club Cricket League at BKSP yesterday.

Women's hockey final today

Narail District team and Dinajpur Municipal School will face off in the final of the UCB First Women's Hockey Tournament after they beat their respective rivals in the semifinals at the Moulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

CAB U-15s take series

The visiting CAB Under-15 bagged the one-day series by defeating Bangladesh Under-15 by 43 runs in the second match at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna yesterday.

President keeps his promise

Montpellier beat Auxerre over the weekend to win its first-ever Ligue 1 title much to the chagrin of its oil-rich rivals at Paris Saint-Germain.

Bolt targets 9.7sec

Reigning double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt is targeting a 9.7sec time when he takes to the track to race the 100m here on Friday in his European season debut.

WI take Best for Gabriel

West Indies paceman Shannon Gabriel has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against England because of a back injury, with Tino Best recalled to the squad in his place.

Strauss looks to ton

England captain Andrew Strauss hopes his long-awaited 20th Test century will provide the spark for a successful season with the bat.

Future bright for WI?

The West Indies have long been the rest of the world's 'second favourite' cricket team.

Astro-turf to be opened on May 31

The newly-laid astro-turf at the Bhalur math adjacent to the Bangladesh Football Federation house will be opened for play through a friendly match between traditional foes Abahani and Mohammedan on May 31.

No change in Eng side

England announced an unchanged 13-man squad for the second Test against the West Indies at Trent Bridge starting Friday after a five-wicket win in the series opener at Lord's here on Monday.

ECB reveals India dates

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Tuesday revealed the itinerary for England's winter tour to India that will include four Tests, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20s.

Flame Boys win 49-43

Flame Boys managed an exciting 49-43 point victory over The Shaons in the Citycell First Division Basketball League at the Dhanmondi Basketball gymnasium yesterday.

Bandhu XI champions

Bandhu XI became champions in the Colonel Malek Smriti Premier Cricket

Broad reaches best ranking

Stuart Broad has achieved a career-best position in the latest ICC Player Rankings released on Tuesday following his maiden 10-wicket haul in England's first Test victory over the West Indies.

Paradise for training

It's the place to be for the world's best football players: every summer, top clubs and national teams converge on Austria to train, relax and face off with potential future opponents.

Ibra divides opinion

Few footballers divide opinion quite like the mercurially talented Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic and until the AC Milan star delivers on the international stage, that is unlikely to change.

Balotelli on probation

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said on Monday he wanted to see headlines only about what volatile Italian striker Mario Balotelli did on the pitch and not off it during next month's European Championship.

Drogba leaving Chelsea

Ivory Coast great Didier Drogba has told his Chelsea team-mates he is leaving the newly-crowned Champions League winners because he doesn't fancy spending time on the substitutes bench, France Football said Monday.

Jose extends Real stay

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has extended his contract for four more years, after taking the Spanish giants to victory in La Liga, the team said Tuesday.

Shenhua plan Batista swoop

Former Argentina coach Sergio Batista is close to signing a contract with big-spending Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, who are on the lookout to replace sacked manager Jean Tigana.

FIFA appoints first woman executive

FIFA has appointed the first woman to its executive committee on Tuesday, as world football's governing body bids to restore its image after a series of corruption scandals.

Doctors give Abidal green light

Barcelona's French defender Eric Abidal was on Monday given the green light by doctors to leave hospital following his liver transplant last month, the Catalan team said Monday.

Business

Subsidy worries to rise further

When the economy has been reeling under mounting strains of subsidy, the government will substantially increase the outlay further in the next fiscal year.

Court moves on director's plea for more time in shareholding battle

The High Court yesterday asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to reply within one month to a bank director who sought more time to comply with the rules of holding at least 2 percent stakes in his company.

Minister asks garment makers to form bodies to fight labour unrest

The labour and employment minister yesterday asked the garment makers to form "participation committees" at the factory-level to curb labour unrest.

US envoy concerned over labour situation

The existing labour situation in Bangladesh may discourage US buyers from coming to the country, the US ambassador said yesterday.

Stocks fall on new court move

Stocks fell sharply yesterday, as investors lost confidence due to the filing of another writ petition for time extension on minimum shareholding.

Japanese entrepreneurs plan to invest $400m in energy

Japanese entrepreneurs will invest $400 million in Bangladesh to enhance capacity in the energy sector, said the visiting chief representative of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) yesterday.

HC freezes BTCL's bidding

The High Court issued a status quo on the bidding for the job of building BTCL's fibre optical cable line.

Expo Malaysia begins in Dhaka tomorrow

A three-day Expo Malaysia begins at Sonargaon Hotel in the capital tomorrow.

CAAB faces cash crunch as local airlines default on dues

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) is facing a severe fund crisis as four local airlines have defaulted on their dues with the civil aviation regulator.

Greeks embrace some new myths about life with the euro

In a land of ancient myths, modern Greeks have created some of their own about their near-bankrupt country's future as an integral part of a Europe that will never kick them out.

India plans tight leash on microcredit

The Indian government yesterday introduced a bill in parliament to empower the Reserve Bank of India to regulate the microfinance industry and fix an interest rate ceiling on loans provided by them.

Supply bottlenecks: In India, they're no small potatoes

Buried in recent monthly data for wholesale prices in India, the wild gyrations of a humble vegetable tell the tale of an economy trapped in inflation by its own

Metropolitan

Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 taken

The government has embarked on preparing a fifty to hundred years' long "Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100" to deal with issues like climate change, water resources management, river dredging and construction of embankment in a coordinated manner.

PDB takes possession of 246.99 acres of land

The Power Development Board (PDB) in Chittagong yesterday took possession of 246.99 acres of government land in Anwara upazila that was under the custody of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA), who had leased it out to two private companies.

Proshika body formed after Faruque's removal still valid

The governing body of Proshika, formed following the removal of the then chairman Qazi Faruque Ahmed, at a press conference claimed itself as the present legitimate authority of the NGO as per the judgment of the highest court.

Unite against 'sick politics': Dr Kamal

Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday urged all to forge unity against the prevailing “sick politics”, as, he said, the country had fallen into a deep crisis due to ineffective parliament, hartal, forced disappearances and murders.

Prayer not to take statements of 15 witnesses as evidence

The defence of Delawar Hossain Sayedee yesterday prayed to the International Crimes Tribunal-1 to review its decision of taking the statements of 15 witnesses given to the investigation officer as evidence against the Jamaat leader.

More time needed for finding Ilias: Shahara

Over a month into his disappearance, Home Minister Shahara Khatun yesterday sought more time to trace missing BNP leader M Ilias Ali.

Recognise women's contributions

Experts yesterday stressed the need for giving credit to the women of our country for their contributions in the field of disaster management.

HC asks ACC to probe allotment process

The High Court yesterday directed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to immediately launch a thorough investigation to find out whether there was any corruption in the process of allotting plots in the capital's Begunbari-Hatirjheel area.

Make registration mandatory

A number of rights and development activists have expressed concern and discontent over the draft Hindu Marriage Registration Act 2012, which makes marriage registration for Hindus “optional”.

Road block, vandalism after death in road crash

Agitated garment workers yesterday torched and vandalised at least five buses and barricaded the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway for over an hour after a coworker was killed by a speeding bus.

Govt to be ousted thru' mass upsurge

Accusing the government of influencing the court, BNP leaders yesterday said the government will be defeated through mass upsurge and its policy to weaken the opposition through arresting their leaders will be boomerang soon.

Woman allegedly strangled

A man allegedly strangled his wife in the capital's Dakkhin Khan yesterday but her husband claimed that she committed suicide after a quarrel with him.

Six killed, 17 hurt in road crashes

Six people were killed and 17 others injured in separate road accidents in Magura, Chittagong, Chapainawabganj, Satkhira and Joypurhat on Monday and yesterday.

ACC to charge 15 CDA engineers, 17 contractors soon

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has finalised 15 charge sheets against 15 officials of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) and 17 contractors in corruption cases on Sunday.

Power plant fined for polluting Halda

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a power plant in Chittagong Tk 10 lakh for polluting and hampering the biodiversity of Halda river through discharging furnace oil into the river.

Formulate guideline to save children

National Professor MR Khan yesterday urged the government to formulate a national guideline to bring children under tetanus vaccination coverage as many people, including children, die from tetanus infection every year.

Indian law minister due tomorrow

Indian Law Minister Salman Khurshid will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow (Thursday) on a four-day visit to join the joint celebrations by Bangladesh and India of the 113th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and to mark the 90th anniversary of the publication of “Bidrohi”.

Probe to start over Sylhet Central Jail incident

The three-member probe committee, formed to investigate the Sylhet Central Jail incident on Monday, will start their investigation soon, said Sylhet Deputy Commissioner (DC) Khan Mohammad Belal yesterday.

Two female domestic help commit suicide

Two teenage female domestic help allegedly committed suicide at Azampur and Moghbazar in the capital on Monday night.

BCL factional clash injures 2

Two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in a factional clash at Omar Gani MES College in the port city yesterday.

Bangladeshi girl becomes semi-finalist

Bangladeshi youth Sarah Iqbal appeared as a semi-finalist in an International Public Speaking Competition hosted by US-based English Speaking Union (ESU) in London, an ESU statement said.

Pedestrian dies in road crash

A pedestrian was crushed under the wheels of a bus at Bangshal in the capital yesterday.

One crushed under train

A man was crushed under the wheels of a train in Langaljura area of the sadar upazila yesterday morning.

Fruit shop fined, mangoes seized

A mobile court fined a fruit shop Tk 5,000 for selling formalin injected mangoes and seized around 400 kgs of mangoes from the shop in the port city yesterday.

CCCI holds meeting with DIG

Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and its stakeholders held a meeting with the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police, Md Nowsher Ali, of Chittagong range yesterday morning at the range office conference room.

400 Yaba tablets seized, 2 held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two drug peddlers and seized 400 pieces of Yaba tablets from their possession in the port city on Monday night.

Three shops fined

Three shops, found selling adulterated fruits, were fined Tk 1.55 lakh by mobile courts in separate drives in the capital yesterday.

Obituary

Razia Begum popularly known as Razia Latif passed away on May 20 at the age of 77, says a press release.

Death anniversary

Today is the 13th death anniversary of Begum Amirunnessa, mother of journalist Anwarul Haque of Pabna, says a press release.

National

Cropland fertility in peril as brick kilns use topsoil

Several hundred acres of cultivable land in the district loses fertility every year as brick kilns are collecting huge quantities of earth from the topsoil of agricultural lands for making bricks.

250 more students of Jessore take part

English language fair under English in Schools programme, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi, was held at a school in Chougachha upazila of Jessore district yesterday.

Storm kills 3, damages 2,000 houses in Lalmonirhat

Three people were killed and 20 others injured as storm lashed 10 villages in two upazilas of Lalmonirhat district yesterday morning.

Pabna journos submit memo to home minister

Local journalists yesterday staged a demonstration demanding immediate arrest and punishment of the criminals who injured the daily Samakal reporter ABM Fazlur Rahman on the Edward College campus on Saturday.

KMCH docs on strike to realise demands

Doctors of Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) yesterday went on an indefinite strike to press home their three-point demand including arrest of those who vandalised the hospital and assaulted some doctors following death of a patient on Sunday.

7 Hizb-ut Tawhid activists arrested in two districts

The law enforcers arrested seven activists of Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Towhid from Rangpur and Barisal districts yesterday and the day before.

Kidnapped boy rescued in Tangail, one held

Police rescued a five-year-old boy from Sakhipur upazila early yesterday, 15 hours after his abduction.

'False case' against Gafargaon journo protested

Journalists of all 12 upazilas under the district submitted memorandum to the home minister through the respective upazila nirbahi officers yesterday protesting 'false implication' of Abdullah Al Mamun Biplob, Gafargaon upazila correspondent of the daily Samakal, in a case filed with Gafargaon police station.

36-hr road-waterway blockade in CHT from today

Democratic Youth Forum will enforce a 36-hour roads and waterways blockade in Khagrachhari and Rangamati districts today demanding stoppage of the hearing of CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission.

Jubo League activist murdered

Criminals hacked a local Jubo League activist dead in Puratan Kasba area of Jessore district town yesterday.

Letters

Create biodiversity conservation fund

The government has taken an exemplary initiative by creating the "Climate Change Trust Fund" to address and combat the impacts of climate change on our environment and livelihood. However, the CCTF falls short of the activities related to biodiversity conservation at the ground level. Biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of biological resources is in the forefront of most of the government documents produced and in the negotiations with the donors. But we who are working for biodiversity conservation for several decades now see little of the financial resources being directed to enforcement and implementation of biodiversity conservation initiatives at the ground level, most of the initiatives are just paper works and to attract the donors.

Make SAARC food bank healthy

No doubt, forming the SAARC Food Bank Board is a good initiative because no South Asian nation is capable of ensuring food security on its own. Every member country randomly faces volatility of food prices every now and then. Naturally, people of this region expect that the SAARC Food Bank would help significantly to stabilise the South Asian region's food market. So cooperation among the nations is a must to cope with food crisis, whenever it occurs.

Lionel Messi, a philanthropist footballer

Messi has won the heart of millions by his football magic. He has been nominated best footballer of the year by the FIFA three times at a stretch and has pocketed a lot of other international records. My respect and support for Messi increased when he extended his helping hands for saving the life of Walid Kasas, a young footballer of Morocco. Kasas, a twelve-year-old boy, is suffering from a kind of hormonal problem which requires a long term and expensive treatment. A relative of Kasas then made an appeal to Messi for financial help to save the helpless boy. Messi readily agreed and declared that he would bear the expenditure of his treatment for the next six years so that Kasas can bounce back. It is interesting to note that this great footballer Messi was also suffering from the same disease in his boyhood. It is fabulous that overcoming this physical hurdle he has become the world's best footballer. May be Kasas would also be a great footballer like Messi in the future. However, the philanthropic response of Messi has drawn our attention. Other celebrities and rich people can also learn this great virtue from him and extend their helping hands for humanity. My heartfelt wishes for him. I also pray for Kasas' quick recovery.

Abolish corporal punishment from schools

When I read newspaper reports describing the wickedness and evil that still exist in the Bangladeshi school system, I feel great shame to be a Bangladeshi and a member of the same profession.

Biosafety rules

Indeed it is too late to formulate biosafety rules in our country. But we hope the government would show its utmost sincerity to protect the consumers' rights. Considering the country's demand and socioeconomic condition, we must formulate the rules. Government must ensure the conservation of our local variety and indigenous genetic resources, so that our farmers become self-sufficient and also can produce environment friendly food for sustainable agriculture.

Hold next national polls under CG

The system of conducting the parliamentary election under a caretaker government (CG) had to be reintroduced because of the demand and subsequent political pressure from Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League in the past. And now it is Sheikh Hasina who is branding this system as undemocratic.

Caretaker government demand of the people

As days are passing, the hope for a dialogue over caretaker government is vanishing as the government has taken a rigid stance against it. The other day Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina dismissed the idea outright calling the system a 'danob' meaning a 'monster' and declared that people do not want to see it again.

Cockroach-infested train!

Last month I was travelling to Rajshahi to conduct a training programme and thought of travelling by train as I didn't have a train journey for a long time. Besides, I came across this piece of news that train journey is getting better and more comfortable day by day which, in fact, got me interested. It was Rajshahi bound Silk City Express leaving Kamalapur at 2.40 pm. My wife and I took the window side seats in the AC compartment with a desire to enjoy the scenic beauty of the countryside. But, poor us, the window pane was cracked and filled with water in between. That really upset us at the outset. And then, to worsen the situation, small size cockroaches jumped on our lap getting out from different holes. And during the whole journey we were busy sweeping them away using a newspaper. Couple of months back, I hired one pest control team to get rid of cockroaches at our Dhaka residence and at that time I came to know that these small sized cockroaches are called German cockroaches which are more or less one cm in size.

Grabbing foreshore land!

The back page photograph published on 4th May in a local English daily depicted the grabbing of the foreshore land of the Turag river in Tongi.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “State oil for stealing”

International

Afghan exit leaves Nato with identity crisis

Nato put on a brave face at its Chicago summit but the reality is that the alliance has been weakened by the euro zone crisis and faces an identity crisis about what its role will be once it ends its intervention in Afghanistan in 2014.

Iran nuclear deal soon

The International Atomic Energy Agency will soon sign an accord with Iran aimed at trying to resolve disputes over its nuclear drive, the UN watchdog's chief Yukiya Amano said yesterday.

Blast hits Damascus as Ban warns of all-out civil war

Syrian security forces carried out a spate of raids in Damascus early yesterday after a deadly bombing hit the capital and UN chief Ban Ki-Moon warned the search for peace was at a "pivotal moment."

New era in space begins

Opening a new era in private space flight, the US company SpaceX yesterday became the first commercial outfit to launch its own craft toward the International Space Station.

Sri Lanka must face war probe: Ex army chief

Sri Lanka must co-operate with any international investigation into alleged war crimes, ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka told the BBC yesterday, a day after his release from jail.

Pakistan, US signal cautious optimism

US and Pakistani leaders Monday signaled optimism that a deal on reopening vital supply routes to Nato convoys was within reach as Islamabad ordered negotiators to seal an agreement.

Sangma seeks support of political parties

NCP leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, who is being backed by BJD and AIADMK for the President's post, yesterday sought to reach out to political parties, saying he hoped they will respond "to the call of conscience of the tribal people of the nation."

Tunisia to extradite Gaddafi's ex-PM

Tunisia will extradite former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's prime minister to Libya and the handover could take place in "days or weeks", Justice Minister Noureddine Bouheiri yesterday said.

UPA govt may fall anytime

As UPA completes three years in office in India, BJP yesterday claimed the government may fall anytime as coalition partners were unhappy and were not even ready to break bread together.

US envoy to Kabul to quit post early

The US ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, is to leave his post early, the embassy confirmed yesterday, a day after Nato leaders charted a path out of the Afghan war at a summit in Chicago.

Egypt to vote for president today

A buzz of excitement swept through Cairo yesterday, a day before its first presidential election since an uprising overthrew Hosni Mubarak, ushering in a tumultuous military-led transition.

Violence kills 11 in Karachi

At least eleven people were killed and more than 30 people wounded as violence erupted in Karachi after unidentified armed assailants opened fire at a political rally in the provincial capital yesterday, DawnNews reported.

US nuke chief resigns after spat

The head of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced his resignation Monday, just months after a public spat with colleagues over the need for proof of safety in the wake of Japan's disaster.

Major child porn ring busted

A global network that used social networking sites such as Facebook to distribute child pornography has been smashed after a tip-off from New Zealand authorities, officials yesterday said.

Suu Kyi to address ILO in Geneva

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will address an International Labour Organisation conference in Geneva next month during her first trip outside Myanmar in 24 years, the ILO yesterday said.

US envoy to Kabul to quit post

The US ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, is to leave his post early, the embassy confirmed yesterday, a day after Nato leaders charted a path out of the Afghan war at a summit in Chicago.

Arts & Entertainment

Sites bearing Nazrul's memories need attention

As every year, there has been a rush of visitors to the two Nazrul Smriti Kendra (memorial centres) at Kazir Shimla village and Darirampur in Trishal just ahead of the birth anniversary of the National Poet.

An endeavour to generate further interest in Nazrul

International Centre for Nazrul (ICNAZRUL) held its soft launch on May 19 at Radius Centre, Bay's Galleria in Gulshan 1, Dhaka, according to a press release. Commemorating the historic 90th anniversary of Nazrul's poem “Bidrohi”, the event announced the formation of ICNAZRUL, an initiative of AKK Foundation, which is dedicated to generating interest in the life and works of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam among the general public and international community. The soft launch brought together a select group of guests and representatives from USA, Turkey, Japan and the local community, who will forge a collaborative network to formally launch ICNAZRUL and the 1st ICNAZRUL International Symposium in Dhaka in February 2013.

Annual general meeting of BSSSP

The 29th annual general meeting of Barisal Sangskritik Sangothan Samannaya Parishad (BSSSP) the alliance of 26 cultural organisations of the city was held recently.

Hamiduzzaman Khan's solo exhibition to open at Galleri Kaya

Galleri Kaya will organise a solo art exhibition titled “Watercolours & Sculptures”, featuring the works of noted sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan. The exhibition will begin on May 24. Around seventy watercolours, ten sculptures (bronze) as well as ten paintings (acrylic on canvas) will be on display at the exhibition. The exhibition will continue till June 6.

Onoitihashik: Fiction, inspired by reality

What are the internal policies of a militant group, or what exactly is the way to achieve power -- theatre troupe Tirandaj's debut production “Onoitihashik” tries to explore these ideas. Based on bold writings of Humayun Azad -- “Pak Sar Zamin Shad Baad” and “Amar Obishshash”, the play is an experimental production directed by Deepak Suman [of Aranyak Natyadal].

Radio Chocolate on Desh TV

TV serial “Radio Chocolate” is aired regularly -- from Tuesday to Thursday at 8:15 -- on Desh TV. Based on an Anisul Haque story, Redwan Rony has adapted and directed the TV serial. The presentation of the complex equations of life on a humorous note is at the heart of the story.

Buena Vista Anti-Social Club: Inside Cuba's hidden metal scene

As the world gets smaller and more connected every day, Cuba remains isolated and repressed, mired in poverty and outdated technology. It's no wonder that the country is responsible for some of the angriest, most extreme metal on Earth.

OP-ED

Clinton's adda . . . the questions not asked

I have in recent times watched Hillary Clinton respond to young people's questions on Barkha Dutt's programme in Kolkata. I was impressed with the quality of the questions that were placed before the US secretary of state, for they were tough and relevant and were a demonstration of the level of knowledge India's young have about America and its policies in the geo-political context. It took Clinton quite some time and quite some thinking before she could respond to those questions. On a question related to American pressure on Iran regarding Tehran's alleged nuclear programme, a young woman asked the secretary why Washington was not applying similar pressure on Israel. Clinton fumbled, before going on and on about why Iran needed to be given the harsh treatment. She remained evasive about Israel.

Nato's eastward expansion

The biggest-ever Nato summit opened in Chicago on Sunday and brought representatives of around 60 countries and international organisations together to discuss Afghanistan, future capabilities and strengthening of its cooperation with non-members.

Bangladesh-US dialogue: Why now?

On May 5, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni and the US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signed a Joint Declaration on "Bangladesh-US Partnership Dialogue," which was witnessed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Why nations fail?

Why have some countries in Asia remained poor, while countries such as South Korea, which had once been poor, has successfully increased the incomes of the general population? Or why is an average European seven times as prosperous as the average Mexican, or twenty times as prosperous as the average inhabitant of sub-Saharan Africa? Why do some counties prosper while others fall behind?

Egypt in search of a president

Cairo is abuzz with political activity. Fifty two million Egyptians will for the first time go to multi-candidate polls today to elect a new president.

This Day In History

May 23

1945
World War II: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, commits suicide while in Allied custody.



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