Warning: strtotime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /var/www/archive/newDesign/archive.php on line 134
Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /var/www/archive/newDesign/archive.php on line 135
News of: Monday, 28th of May, 2012
Notice: Undefined variable: prev in /var/www/archive/newDesign/archive.php on line 163
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.
Ten Bangladeshi workers died from smoke inhalation as a fire broke out at their rented house in Bahrain early yesterday.
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.
The High Court yesterday granted six-week ad-interim bail to five opposition lawmakers in an arson case, considering their “parliamentary privileges”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At least 30 people including 10 law enforcers were injured as garments workers clashed with police in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj yesterday.
Alistair Burt, UK's foreign office minister for South Asia, will arrive in Dhaka today on his first official visit to Bangladesh.
Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday said free and fair parliamentary polls were possible under both partisan and non-partisan governments.
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 is back in the skies after being grounded for seven years by the deepening enmities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Some ten thousand protesters on foot, bicycle, skateboard or rollerblades, crossed Montreal late Saturday to the deafening din of pots, fog horns and whistles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Jubo Sangha beat Indira Road Krira Chakra by 37 runs in the 4th Women's Club Cricket League match at the BKSP-2 yesterday.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 28th National Junior (Age Group) Athletics competition will be held today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Germany and the Netherlands, two of the sides widely-tipped as potential Euro 2012 winners, suffered worrying friendly international defeats on Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the last several years, finance ministers tried to take the economy above 7 percent growth, but always missed it.
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 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.
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.
The government yesterday urged business leaders to keep the prices of basic commodities within the reach of ordinary consumers during the Ramadan.
Stocks declined for the fourth day as investors' confidence eroded as writ petitions were filed by directors of listed firms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The government yesterday asked the owners of commercial vehicles that ply the streets of the capital to repaint them within three months.
Wasfia Nazreen, who became the second Bangladeshi woman to scale Mount Everest, is scheduled to reach base camp today.
Three persons including two housewives allegedly committed suicides in the capital yesterday.
Law enforcers arrested 19 Bangladeshis on Friday on charge of submitting forged documents, apparently provided by brokers, while seeking UK visas for business purposes.
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.
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.
The education ministry apprehends that instigation by some vested quarters was behind the recent restiveness of polytechnic students at different places.
Speakers at a meeting yesterday urged the government to resolve the on-going power and water crises in the port city immediately.
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.
Environment department ordered closure of two steel re-rolling mills at Demra in the capital yesterday on charge of polluting air and other anomalies.
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.
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.
Bangladeshi nationals languishing in Paschimbanga jails are expected to be released soon as per an initiative of the state government to release foreign prisoners.
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.
Bangladesh has achieved membership of the United Nations 'Education Initiative' for its huge success in the education sector.
Miscreants mugged a businessman of Tk 4.76 lakh after shooting at him in Kalira Bazar area in the city yesterday noon.
Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Parishad (RRSP) yesterday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to press home its 19-point demand.
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.
A rickshaw-puller was killed when a truck rammed into his rickshaw in Shyampur in the capital yesterday.
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.
A minor girl drowned in a pond in the port city yesterday.
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.
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.
Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police recovered 120 sacks of Triple Super Phosphate (TSP) fertiliser from Charlakshya area in the port city yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Today is the 14th death anniversary of Mohammad Rafiq Ullah, former deputy managing director of Pubali Bank Ltd.
Abdul Quddus is on the road to a great future. He just needs a little boost for success.
The daylong hartal demanding upgradation of Rangpur municipality to a city corporation was largely peaceful in the district yesterday.
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.
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.
Journalists besieged the office of police superintendent in the district town yesterday demanding arrest of the culprits who stabbed their fellow colleague.
Twenty-four Bangladeshis returned home through Benapole check-post yesterday after serving eight years in Indian jail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “3 lens men assaulted”
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.
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.
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'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" 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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', 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.
A traditional kite festival was held at Jhitka-Poddarbari under Harirampur upazila in Manikganj on Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Palestine Liberation Organization is formed.