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Tarique promised attackers safe exit

BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman assured Huji chief Mufti Abdul Hannan and his associates that he would arrange a safe passage out of the scene once they carried out the grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004, a witness told a Dhaka court yesterday.

Smoke kills 10 Bangladeshis

Ten Bangladeshi workers died from smoke inhalation as a fire broke out at their rented house in Bahrain early yesterday.

Tender mishandling costs govt dearly

Due to mishandling of a tender and non-fulfilment of financial commitment by the World Bank (WB), the government is being forced to inject from its own funds $194 million into a 335 megawatt gas-fired combined cycle power project in Siddhirganj.

5 opposition MPs get bail

The High Court yesterday granted six-week ad-interim bail to five opposition lawmakers in an arson case, considering their “parliamentary privileges”.

Join JS, propose polls system

Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday urged the main opposition BNP to place proposals in parliament outlining the system under which the next parliamentary election should be held.

SC stays verdict for 6 weeks

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for eight weeks a High Court verdict that directed a fugitive convict with presidential clemency to surrender before the lower court in six weeks.

AC Shahidul suspended

The home ministry has suspended Shahidul Islam, assistant commissioner of police of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Tejgaon division), and attached him to Chittagong Range for assaulting three photojournalists on Saturday.

Outages, crime spiral upset AL, allies

Leaders of the ruling Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine yesterday expressed their resentment over the deterioration of law and order, fall in prices of jute and rice, and load shedding situation in the country.

15-16 Hindus murdered

The third prosecution witness against Salauddin Quader Chowdhury told International Crimes Tribunal-1 that he had heard from a freedom fighter that Salauddin and his men killed 15-16 Hindus at Unosatturpara of Chittagong during the Liberation War.

BPC finds some irregularities

The committee for sale of furnace oil of state-run Padma Oil Company Ltd has been flouting its parent company Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation's (BPC) instructions regarding approval for delivering the fuel to different companies, said a BPC official yesterday.

It's litchi time in Dinajpur

One may think the roads through the green, quiet northern district are adorned on purpose. Clusters of pink-red beauties sit on green leaves covering long patches of pitch-road.

Transport owners demand security

Rampant incidents of hijacking of goods-laden vehicles through killing drivers and helpers on highways have left vehicle owners, businessmen and transport leaders deeply worried.

Tragedy thrust upon them

While his classmates prepare for upcoming exams, critically injured Jibon Chakma lies on a hospital bed trying to come to terms with the fact that his right leg might be amputated from his knee to save his life.

KKR win maiden IPL title

Kolkata Knight Riders clinched their maiden Indian Premier League title as they beat defending champions Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in a nerve-racking final in Chennai yesterday.

30 injured as RMG workers clash with police

At least 30 people including 10 law enforcers were injured as garments workers clashed with police in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj yesterday.

UK minister arrives in capital today

Alistair Burt, UK's foreign office minister for South Asia, will arrive in Dhaka today on his first official visit to Bangladesh.

Fair polls possible

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday said free and fair parliamentary polls were possible under both partisan and non-partisan governments.

Al-Qaeda identifies Yemen troops bomber

Al-Qaeda in Yemen has identified the suicide bomber behind last week's deadly attack on troops that killed nearly 100 soldiers, according to a statement posted online.

Palestinian Airlines resumes flights

Palestinian Airlines is back in the skies after being grounded for seven years by the deepening enmities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Protesters march in Montreal for democracy

Some ten thousand protesters on foot, bicycle, skateboard or rollerblades, crossed Montreal late Saturday to the deafening din of pots, fog horns and whistles.


Police brutality again!

The picture carried in all the newspapers last Sunday, depicted policemen beating a journalist of a leading Bangla daily. In fact, there were two other journalists of the same newspaper that were subjected to the most brutal physical attack in the same manner.

Two amazing feats in a week

Bangladesh's women have been doing exceedingly well in different fields and pushing bars in areas hitherto not trodden by them. The sheer ambition of conquering the mount Everest is an exalted goal and the exhilaration of achieving it is exulting not only for the achiever but also those who hear the news.


KKR clinch maiden title

At the halfway mark of the IPL final the balance certainly tilted towards Chennai Super Kings, who were playing for a hattrick of titles and had put on a massive total of 190-3 before their home crowd at the MA Chidambaram Stadium yesterday.

Bangoura tames Farashganj

Guinean striker Ismael Bangoura slammed a hattrick as Team BJMC ended a good run of form for Farashganj SC by inflicting a 3-1 defeat on them in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League yesterday.

Gerhard's MSC mission begins

Mohammedan yesterday started their hockey training camp at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium under German coach Gerhard Peter Rach ahead of season's curtain-raising tournament Club Cup which starts on May 31.

T20 summer promises much

It will be a Twenty20 summer for the Tigers this year as they build up to the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka this September.

Del Potro gets thru'

French Open dangerman Juan Martin Del Potro shrugged off a knee injury scare as well as sweltering 30-degree heat to reach the French Open second round on Sunday.

Joy threatened referee?

Team BJMC manager Arif Khan Joy, who is also a vice president of Bangladesh Football Federation, allegedly threatened referees during BJMC's Bangladesh Premier League match against Farashganj SC yesterday.

Dipali, Orient saunter to wins

Dipali Jubo Sangha beat Indira Road Krira Chakra by 37 runs in the 4th Women's Club Cricket League match at the BKSP-2 yesterday.

Div-II h'ball

Old Bandura Nabin Setu Sangha made a good start in the super-four of the Igloo Metropolis 2nd Division Men's Handball beating Quantum Foundation by 34-26 goals in the opening match at the Shaheed (Capt) M Mansoor Ali National Handball Stadium yesterday.

Europa's winning start

Europa Youth opened their Citycell Premier Division Basketball League on a high note as they defeated newly-promoted Flame Boys by 91-25 points in the opening match at Dhanmondi Basketball gymnasium yesterday.

Ennis sets new mark

Former world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis gave her hopes of winning Olympic gold in London a timely boost on Sunday by winning a combined events meeting here in a new British record points tally.

England eye series win

West Indies' latest top-order collapse left England on the brink of a series-clinching victory in the second Test at Trent Bridge here on Sunday.

'Uninterrupted Euro'

If you are a football fan and ready to spend sleepless nights for just over three weeks starting from June 8 when the Euro 2012 kicks off in Ukraine and Poland, Maasranga TV cordially invites you to an 'uninterrupted' roller-coaster ride in what is considered as the second-best football show in the world after the World Cup.

Afridi, Malik given central contracts

Pakistan on Saturday awarded former captains Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik central contracts, which saw players given a 25 per cent hike in their monthly salaries.

SL players gagged

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is set to tighten up on players' interaction with the media. From now on, Sri Lanka players will have to obtain prior permission from SLC CEO Ajith Jayasekera before speaking with any media personnel. A letter to this effect is to be drafted by Jayasekera, in consultation with SLC lawyer Harsha Amarasekera, and sent to all the contracted players.

Jnr athletics meet today

The 28th National Junior (Age Group) Athletics competition will be held today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Tough going for big guns

Germany and the Netherlands, two of the sides widely-tipped as potential Euro 2012 winners, suffered worrying friendly international defeats on Saturday.

Will lightning strike twice?

When Greece unexpectedly won the 2004 European Championships, they beat hosts Portugal in the opening group match and when the two sides met again in the final.

Webber delivers Red Bull treble

Australian Mark Webber made Formula One history on Sunday when he steered his Red Bull to victory and claimed his first win this year and his team Red Bull's third successive Monaco Grand Prix victory.

Spain cut Soldado

Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo edged Roberto Soldado for the final striker's spot in defending champions Spain's squad for Euro 2012 announced by coach Vicent del Bosque here on Sunday.

Dar Asia's most Test-ed umpire

Three time winner of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpire-of-the-Year award, Pakistan's Aleem Dar has achieved yet another landmark by becoming the Asian umpire to officiate in the most Test matches.


GDP growth stuck in narrow circle

In the last several years, finance ministers tried to take the economy above 7 percent growth, but always missed it.

BGMEA demands punishment to factory attackers

Expressing their grave concern over the recent incidents of unrest in the sector, the garment makers yesterday demanded immediate punitive actions against the persons responsible for such violence.

Qatar keen to fund Padma bridge

Qatar is keen to invest in Bangladesh's major projects, including Padma bridge construction, a power project, airport upgrade, river dredging and a manpower training institute.

Prices of liquid milk shoot up

Leading liquid milk processors have hiked prices by 5.45 percent per litre on the ground of increased processing, transportation and packaging costs, they said yesterday.

Keep Ramadan prices stable: govt to businesses

The government yesterday urged business leaders to keep the prices of basic commodities within the reach of ordinary consumers during the Ramadan.

Stocks slip for fourth day

Stocks declined for the fourth day as investors' confidence eroded as writ petitions were filed by directors of listed firms.

ICAB urges govt to avoid excessive bank borrowing

The government should not borrow excessively from banks to meet budget deficit and implement the annual development programme (ADP) in the next budget, analysts said on Saturday.

Criteria for 30 best performers on DSE

Bank loan or tax defaulters or companies fined for anti-environment activities will be excluded from consideration in the list for 30 best-performing listed firms, the Dhaka bourse's jury board said yesterday.

Airtel to roll out 3G in Rwanda

Bharti Airtel said on Sunday it would roll out 3G services in Rwanda in the next quarter and reiterated plans to invest $100 million in the central African country.

Budget thoughts, from Chittagong

Business leaders of Chittagong recently spoke to The Daily Star where they expressed their recommendations and expectations from the forthcoming budget. One overwhelming appeal from the business leaders to the government has been the upgrade of infrastructure in Chittagong and amnesty for black money.

Mark Zuckerberg's unpleasant new life

Every time there's a high-profile IPO, a few clever journalists will wheel out their contrarian take. LinkedIn had a huge pop? Then it's a failed IPO, and Morgan Stanley “screwed the company and its shareholders to the tune of an astounding $175 million”. Facebook fell off a cliff? Then it's a great success for the company, because it means it got the best price it possibly could. Matt Yglesias has a typical such post up, saying that “Mark Zuckerberg Made out Nicely in the Facebook IPO”. He explains that “for people making the initial sales an anti-pop is ideal. It means no money was left on the table. Or, rather, it means that negative money was left on the table”.

IMF chief riles Greeks as crisis election looms

Greece's Socialist party leader accused IMF chief Christine Lagarde of trying to "humiliate" the crisis-hit country by saying Greeks dodge taxes as he campaigned Sunday for crucial June elections.


Journos protest police action on 3 lens men

Journalists of different media houses staged a two-hour sit-in before the capital's Jatiya Press Club yesterday protesting Saturday's police assault on three photojournalists.

Registered primary schools to be nationalised: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday announced that the government had agreed in principle to nationalise all registered primary schools of the country in three phases.

JSD questions govt role

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) yesterday said that the failure to identify the killers of Sagar and Runi and the disappearance of Ilias Ali has raised questions about the role and administration of the present government.

Owners have 3 months for dilapidated vehicles' facelift

The government yesterday asked the owners of commercial vehicles that ply the streets of the capital to repaint them within three months.

Wasfia may reach base camp today, says spokesperson

Wasfia Nazreen, who became the second Bangladeshi woman to scale Mount Everest, is scheduled to reach base camp today.

3 'commit suicide' in capital

Three persons including two housewives allegedly committed suicides in the capital yesterday.

19 held for forging documents

Law enforcers arrested 19 Bangladeshis on Friday on charge of submitting forged documents, apparently provided by brokers, while seeking UK visas for business purposes.

Celebration of Swiss-Bangla ties in October

October will witness the celebration of the 40 years of Swiss-Bangla friendship, jointly organised by Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCCI) and Embassy of Switzerland.

NICVD docs successfully control drug-resistant hypertension

For the first time in Bangladesh, a team of doctors of National Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases yesterday successfully operated on a patient to control drug-resistant hypertension.

Ministry smells a rat

The education ministry apprehends that instigation by some vested quarters was behind the recent restiveness of polytechnic students at different places.

Resolve gas, power, water crises

Speakers at a meeting yesterday urged the government to resolve the on-going power and water crises in the port city immediately.

Unnecessary speed breakers being removed: Quader

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday informed parliament that the ministry has taken various measures, including removal of unnecessary speed breakers from highways, to lessen road accidents, a major concern in the country's road communications.

DoE orders closure of re-rolling mills, fines Tk 40 lakh

Environment department ordered closure of two steel re-rolling mills at Demra in the capital yesterday on charge of polluting air and other anomalies.

'Ensure good governance in health sector'

Speakers yesterday stressed the need to eliminate corruption and ensure good governance in the country's medical sector to uphold people's trust in doctors.

5 fruit shops fined for adulteration

A mobile court yesterday fined five fruit shops at Shantinagar in the capital Tk 50,000 for selling adulterated fruits and destroyed 150 kg adulterated mangoes.

Bangladeshis to be freed 'soon'

Bangladeshi nationals languishing in Paschimbanga jails are expected to be released soon as per an initiative of the state government to release foreign prisoners.

PM trying to introduce one-party rule

BNP leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday said the prime minister was trying to reintroduce a one-party government “similar to what was in the post-Liberation War period” while running the country in a non-democratic way.

Dhaka becomes UN 'Education Initiative' member

Bangladesh has achieved membership of the United Nations 'Education Initiative' for its huge success in the education sector.

Trader shot, robbed of Tk 4.76 lakh

Miscreants mugged a businessman of Tk 4.76 lakh after shooting at him in Kalira Bazar area in the city yesterday noon.

Memo to PM for dev of Rajshahi

Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Parishad (RRSP) yesterday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to press home its 19-point demand.

Quality higher education stressed

Vice Chancellor of Chittagong University (CU) Prof Anwarul Azim Arif yesterday said quality of higher education in the country should be enhanced to cope with the challenges of new century.

One killed in road crash

A rickshaw-puller was killed when a truck rammed into his rickshaw in Shyampur in the capital yesterday.

Jail officials found at fault

A departmental probe, commissioned to investigate the May 21 Sylhet Central Jail incident, found irregularities and mismanagement of the jail officials in running the affairs of the jail, leading to the untoward incident.

Minor girl drowns in Chittagong

A minor girl drowned in a pond in the port city yesterday.

Safe Motherhood Day today

Safe Motherhood Day will be observed in the country today with a call to ensure safe delivery in hospitals to save the lives of mothers and children.

Probe body recommends Dhanmondi OC's transfer

A probe body recommended the transfer of the officer-in-charge of Dhanmondi Police Station, Moniruzzaman, for misbehaving with journalists centring the death of journalist Bibhas Chandra Saha in a road accident on May 11.

Tk 1.92 worth TSP fertiliser seized

Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police recovered 120 sacks of Triple Super Phosphate (TSP) fertiliser from Charlakshya area in the port city yesterday.

HC asks govt to take action against Chancery Academy

The High Court yesterday directed the government to take action against Chancery Academy of English Law of the capital's Dhanmondi in two months for giving law degree certificates to students without approval from any appropriate authority.

7 shops, eateries, pharmacy fined

A mobile court fined three stationary shops, three eateries and a pharmacy in the port city yesterday on charge of preserving date expired food items, serving foods in an unhygienic environment and selling the food items at a higher price.

Mymensingh road crash kills 1

A man was killed and 14 others were injured as a tempo plunged into a ditch beside Gouripur-Shymganj road at Suryakona in Gouripur upazila of the district yesterday.

8 BRRI staff to be trained in Korea

Eight researchers and technical personnel of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) were sent to Korea yesterday to attend a 15-day long agriculture-related training programme.


Mohammad Liakat Ali, headmaster of Bhatiary Haji Tobarak Ali Chowdhury High School in Sitakunda, passed away due to cardiac arrest yesterday at the age of 57.

Mohammad Ali

Mohammad Ali, a freedom fighter of Bhadeshwary village in Ranishankoil upazila of the district, passed away due to old age complications at a clinic in the capital on Saturday at the age of 65.

Death anniversary

Today is the 14th death anniversary of Mohammad Rafiq Ullah, former deputy managing director of Pubali Bank Ltd.


Golden boy Quddus needs a boost

Abdul Quddus is on the road to a great future. He just needs a little boost for success.

Hartal observed in Rangpur demanding city corporation

The daylong hartal demanding upgradation of Rangpur municipality to a city corporation was largely peaceful in the district yesterday.

'Nationalise jobs, start rationing of food'

Village police working in different unions of Lalmonirhat district yesterday formed a human chain in the district town demanding nationalisation of their jobs as class four employees and introduction of food rationing system for them.

BCL vandalises meeting venue of left parties

Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student front of the ruling Awami League, vandalised the meeting venue of Gonotantrik Bam Morcha in the town yesterday.

SP office besieged

Journalists besieged the office of police superintendent in the district town yesterday demanding arrest of the culprits who stabbed their fellow colleague.

24 held in India back home after 8 years

Twenty-four Bangladeshis returned home through Benapole check-post yesterday after serving eight years in Indian jail.

Power office vandalised

Locals blocked Sonaimuri-Dhaka highway and vandalised the power office in Sonaimuri upazila yesterday. Hundreds blocked the road for two and half hours from 11:00am. A group of agitated people vandalised the DGM's chamber at Sonaimuri Palli Biddyut office. On information, police went to the spot to control the situation. All the vehicles on the highway remained stranded during the blockade. Locals said, Sonaimuri upazila Palli Biddyut Samity (PBS) supplies electricity for less than 3 hours a day. DGM Sahid Ullah said, they do not get the required power from the national grid meet the local demand.

Indian held with gold

Customs officials arrested an Indian national along with gold and silver ornaments and some precious stones worth around Tk 21 lakh from International Customs check post here on Friday night. Arrestee Kamalesh Kumar Barman, 43, is a resident of Rabindrapalli Krishnapur in Rajarhat in Kolkata. Customs sources said Kamalesh was arrested on suspicion along with his passport at night. Later, customs official Abdul Majid seized 46 tolas of gold, two tolas of silver ornaments and 1.5 kg white stones from his bag.

Smuggled goods seized

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) seized a huge quantity of sari and other clothes worth about Tk 1 crore and 80 lakh from the frontier village of Balunda here early yesterday. BGB sources said, being tipped-off, a team of the border guard raided the area and seized 400 pieces Indian saris, 2300 meters fabrics for shirts and 2200 meters for punjabi. However, none was arrested as the smugglers managed to flee the scene, they said.

Robbery in Narayanganj

Robbers looted gold ornaments, cash and other valuables worth 20 lakh from a businessman's house at Joyrampur village in Sonargaon upazila early Saturday. Locals said a gang of masked robbers numbering 7/8 stormed into the house of Azharul Islam Mithu breaking open the door at about 2am and took the house members hostage at gunpoint. At one stage the gang beat up and stabbed the Mithu and his wife Shaila Parvin leaving them critically injured. They also beat up Mithu's mother Jahanara Begum, 55, and housemaid Jamila Khatun, 32, indiscriminately when they tried to resist them. Later, the robbers decamped with Tk 10.20 lakh in cash, 14 tolas of gold ornaments and other valuables worth Tk 20 lakh.

Houses, shops gutted

Fourteen houses and two shops were gutted in a fire at Maddyapara in old Rajbari area of the district town on Saturday. The fire originated from a kitchen of a house in the morning and engulfed the adjacent houses. On information, several units from Bandarban Fire Station rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire in two hours of hectic efforts. During the fire, four people received burn injuries. Fire-affected people claimed that the extent of damage would be about Tk. 50 lakh.

Poultry owner killed

A poultry farm owner was stabbed to death by criminals at Bakra Mathsia village under Jhikorgachha upazila Saturday morning. The deceased was identified as Anwarul Ali, 47, son of late Hazrat Ali of the village. The wife of the victim alleged that they were sleeping at their house keeping the door open because of hot weather. Suddenly two criminals attacked Anwarul, stabbed him indiscriminately and fled the scene. Sub Inspector Abdul Al Mamun, incharge of Bakara police camp said, on information police rushed to the spot and sent Anwarul to Jessore Medical College and Hospital where the doctors declared him dead.


Assaulting teachers

Being the son of a teacher, it is quite impossible for me to turn a blind eye to the humiliation that primary schoolteachers had to go through last week. Teaching is a noble profession and primary schoolteachers lay the foundation of our education. Primary schoolteachers are highly paid in other countries. But sadly, in our country teachers are not given enough salary to live a decent life. Our government had given assurance to the registered non-govt. primary school teachers to regularise their jobs before the last election. But after coming to power, they forgot the matter.

Stop sick politics!

No need to explain why people consider present politics as 'sick politics.' People are frustrated over the politics of confrontation. Every sector like education, health, police, judiciary and civil administration are on the verge of ruin because of partisan appointments. Presently, forced disappearances have become a grave concern among people. It has also become an issue of political confrontation between the ruling party and the opposition. The opposition blames the government for the disappearances of their leaders. On the other hand, the ruling alliances blame the opposition for intentionally making it a political issue. Recently Rashed Khan Menon and Hasanul Haque Inu, two lawmakers of the ruling alliance, made a valuable comment that Jamaat-e-Islami had started the politics of killing and disappearance during the Liberation War, which later got institutionalised by the law enforcers under different governments. No doubt, people want to get rid of this sick politics, but how?

An open letter to Tamim Iqbal

Heartiest congratulations on your consecutive 4 half centuries during the Asia Cup. Despite being under tremendous pressure, you achieved this feat. You played with a mature head on your shoulders and displayed patience as you built your innings.

Deplorable condition of private universities

Recently we came to know the news that most of the private universities are run by 80% of the necessary number of lecturers. The have a very few assistant professors, associate professors and professors. It was learnt from the report that renowned private universities have also been running their courses by only a few professors and associate professors and assistant professors.

Recruitment in Bangladesh Railway

Bangladesh Railway is recruiting around 12000 people in different categories of job. This recruitment should not be like the previous one where millions of taka were taken as bribes from dishonest job seekers. I hope this time only the qualified and honest people will be selected for the job. I would request the railway ministry to conduct the whole process of recruitment online so that everything remains transparent. All the high officials of the railway department including the general manager should be vigilant so that no one can take a single taka from the job seekers. It is known to all that railway is the most corrupt sector in Bangladesh. If this corruption cannot be curbed, then the day is not far when railway communication will not exist in Bangladesh.

Directors sans shares!

The Hon. High Court's decision published in all dailies on 22nd. May endorsed the notification of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that sponsor directors must have minimum specified shareholding in the company they endorse. This is quite logical and justified and in my personal opinion the minimum shareholding should be more than what SEC has laid down.

Intellectuals' reaction to police attack on teachers

Fifteen highly respected intellectuals of the country in a statement have expressed their reaction to the atrocious attack by the members of the law enforcing agency on the primary schoolteachers who tried to bring out a rally in Dhaka recently. They expressed their grief and shock terming the police action as 'violent' and demanded trial of the members of the police force responsible for the heinous act. They added that the law enforcers of the country needed proper training on human rights in order to deter them from acting violently and inhumanly. They further suggested that the teachers' demands be considered for the well-being of the nation's education sector.

Kids' gallery in parliament!

I was alarmed to learn that a separate gallery will be constructed in the parliament exclusively for children so that they can watch parliament session live and learn its rules and regulations.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “3 lens men assaulted”


Syria opposition calls 'battle of liberation' if UN fails

Syrian opposition head Burhan Ghalioun called yesterday for a "battle of liberation" against the regime until the United Nations takes action under Chapter Seven which allows military intervention.

Manmohan arrives in Myanmar

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday arrived at Nay Pyi Taw on a three-day visit during which the two countries are expected to take a series of initiatives to bolster bilateral relations in several key areas, including energy, trade and connectivity sector.

No need for US boots in Yemen

The United States can deal with al-Qaeda's spreading presence in Yemen without US forces on the ground, relying instead on targeted operations, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said yesterday.

Nepal premier calls for fresh elections

Nepal's premier has called a November 22 election after the nation's political leaders failed to agree on a post-war constitution before midnight, forcing the dissolution of parliament.

Star Wars maker in 'evil empire' row with neighbours

"Star Wars" director George Lucas has dismissed claims he is waging "class warfare" by selling some of his land for low-income housing, after rich neighbours nixed plans for new studio space.

Thousands protest against Morocco govt

Tens of thousands of Moroccans took to the streets of Casablanca yesterday in the largest opposition protest since an Islamist-led government took office, reflecting mounting tensions over unemployment and other social woes.

Nato airstrike kills 8 people in Afghanistan

A Nato air strike killed a family of eight, including six children, in their home in Afghanistan's eastern province of Paktia, Afghan officials said yesterday.

Mali rebels agree on Sharia state

Two rebel groups that seized northern Mali two months ago have agreed to merge and turn their territory into an Islamist state, both sides say.

Bahrain court sentences 8 in coup plot trial

A Bahrain sentenced eight people to prison terms of up to 15 years yesterday after they were accused of plotting with suspected Iranian agents to topple the Gulf kingdom's ruling system, a defence lawyer said.

Vatican in chaos after butler arrested for leaks

The Vatican's inquisition into the source of leaked documents has yielded its first target with the arrest of the pope's butler, but the investigation is continuing into a scandal that has embarrassed the Holy See by revealing evidence of internal power struggles, intrigue and corruption in the highest levels of the Catholic Church governance.

Election committee to start Gaza work this week

Palestinian election officials will begin work on updating the electoral register in the Gaza Strip today in a key step to pave the way for elections, an official told AFP yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Singer Imran has what it takes

Imran came into the spotlight by claiming the first runner-up podium in the first ever 'Channel i Shera Konthho' in 2008. In the ranks of 80,000 contestants, Imran climbed the ladder with his singing talents and won Taka 7 lakh and the love of thousands as the first runner-up. His success in the competition ensured smooth passage into a well-established career in singing. Imran is now living out his childhood dream of becoming a singer and is turning a new page everyday.

Nazrul's creativity under spotlight

As part of the two daylong celebrations marking the birth anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam, artistes of Chhayanaut paid their homage to the National poet on the concluding day (May 26) of the programme at the main auditorium of Chhayanaut.

‘Gamcha' carries the day for Anurag Kashyap's team

'Gamcha', the common folks' towel, was the cynosure of all eyes at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival recently when Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap's latest work was premiered there.

Kite festival in Manikganj

A traditional kite festival was held at Jhitka-Poddarbari under Harirampur upazila in Manikganj on Friday.

Gemcon Literary Award '12

Zakir Talukder won this year's Gemcon Literary Award 2012and Anif Rubed was awarded the Gemcon Tarun Katha-Sahitya Puroshkar 2012. The award giving ceremony was held at the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the city on May26.


Readiness to accept criticism

State minister for home Shamsul Haque Tuku has dismissed the Washington-based global rights watchdog US Human Rights Watch's report and its call on the government to carry out probe on the alleged "extrajudicial killings" by security forces as "baseless and motivated." So it has also trashed its other contents, including allegations of "killing and torture by security forces and their abuses responsible for disappearances and custodial deaths." Earlier, terming the report prepared by Amnesty International on extrajudicial killings committed in Bangladesh throughout 2011 as "gross and untrue," he also rejected it outright.

UPA-2 under Big Business spell

India's ruling United Progressive Alliance has no cause to celebrate its third anniversary in power. It observed it with self-destructive tactlessness, by raising petrol prices by 12%. UPA-2 shows no sense of public purpose. As the contradictory signals on a presidential nominee from its constituent parties suggest, they're pulling in different directions.

Tribute to a departed comrade

I have just said farewell to Muzaffer Ahmad, my friend and comrade for 55 years. At our age such farewells are becoming more frequent. Muzaffer had been seriously unwell for nearly a decade. But he managed to lead a full and committed life which even those of lesser age and more robust health would have found hard to maintain. His last ten years were a triumph of the spirit over the physical deterioration of the body. Upto the last hours of his life his opinion was being sought by the media on some issue of public significance. Muzaffer never sought such publicity. But his integrity, non-partisan standing, along with his wisdom and commonsense made him an iconic figure whose opinions were sought on a variety of subjects of public importance.

This Day In History

May 28

The Palestine Liberation Organization is formed.

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