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29 opposition leaders charged

Detectives yesterday pressed charges against 29 opposition leaders, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, over the twin blasts incident at the secretariat during the April 29 shutdown.

Ice crime Factory Busted

A mobile court yesterday fined an ice cream factory in Chittagong city Tk 50,000 and sealed it for two months on charge of using textile dye and harmful chemicals.

Nishat reaches Kathmandu

After over 50 days of trekking during which they made history, Nishat Majumder and MA Mohit reached Kathmandu yesterday on a special helicopter.

Up to 10pc fine plus regular tax

Those seeking to whiten black money may have to pay a fine in addition to normal taxes in the next fiscal year, said a finance ministry official.

India must act fast

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged quick action from India to resolve some pending issues as she stressed the need for signing of Teesta water-sharing deal at an early date.

Police working more prudently

The home minister claimed in parliament yesterday that the police force was working "more efficiently and prudently" than ever before and that her ministry had been working for the last three years to make the force a "friend of the people".

HC summons 20 winners

The High Court yesterday summoned 20 people, who were allocated plots in Tejgaon Industrial area of the capital between 2002 and 2006 at "minimum price", before it on June 12 to explain their roles in this regard.

No bail for SQ Chy

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday rejected legislator Salauddin Quader Chowdhury's bail petition.

UK minister for protecting its integrity

Alistair Burt, UK Foreign Office Minister for South Asia, has emphasised protecting the integrity and efficiency of the Nobel-winning Grameen Bank.

Namira first to enter grand finale

A student of class VII, Namira Shameem, was the first of six spellers to enter the grand finale of The Daily Star Spelling Bee contest.

One suspended on dept probe

One senior official of Padma Oil Company Ltd in Chittagong was suspended and three others were attached to the managing director's office yesterday in connection with the May 20 haul of furnace oil to the black market.

Court defers order again

A Dhaka court yesterday once again deferred passing an order on whether to accept charges against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case on a defence petition for time citing that she was busy with the budget session of parliament.

JS was not on fixture

It came as a surprise yesterday when a court deferred passing an order on whether to accept charges against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case on the ground that she was busy with the budget session in parliament. It is public knowledge that her party has been boycotting the session.

Huda's new formula

BNP leader Nazmul Huda yesterday came up with a formula for holding the next general elections under a government formed by the representatives of the ruling and opposition parties.

Bedouins abduct 2 US tourists in Egypt

Two US tourists have been kidnapped in Egypt's Sinai peninsula by Bedouins protesting the arrest of one of their tribesmen on a drugs charge, a security official said yesterday.

Five killed in US shooting spree

A gunman killed five people in a shooting spree in Seattle on Wednesday before turning the weapon on himself as officers closed in, police said.

Pak militants vow death for 'CIA doctor'

The militants accused in a Pakistan court of conspiring with a doctor recruited by the CIA to find Osama bin Laden said yesterday they had nothing to do with him and threatened to kill him.


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Highway to hell

What ought to have been a joyous occasion for the extended family of thirteen travelling together to the ancestral home in Sariatpur turned fatal, thanks to the rash driving of a bus driver on the Keranigaj road. The latest incident merely goes to highlight what dreadful conditions exist on highways, where accidents like this happen ten a penny on any given month of the year. What is interesting to note is that in this particular incident, passengers aboard the killer bus had repeatedly asked the driver to slowdown but their protestations fell on deaf ears.

Home minister goes smug

Despite the glaring instances of police excesses on journalist, lawyers and members of the public in recent weeks, home minister Shahara Khatun claims that police are now performing far better than before.


Shakib steers Victoria

The Dhaka Premier Division Cricket Super League resumed yesterday after a two-month break with the Abahani-Victoria Sporting Club rematch at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium. And the result remained the same as Victoria secured the full two points with a five-wicket victory over the Dhanmondi-based club.

Ashraful, Junaed back for Zim tour

Mohammad Ashraful and Junaed Siddiqui find themselves back in the national fold after being named in the 15-member squad for the tour of Zimbabwe announced by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday.

Players checkmated in chess elections

The District and Divisional Organisers' Association-backed panel swept to victory in the Bangladesh Chess Federation polls crushing the opponent panel backed by the players, including five grandmasters.

Big wins mark opening day

Holders Mohammedan SC and Sonali Bank began their campaigns of the Walton Club Cup hockey tournament with a bang after posting massive victories in their respective openers at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

ECB appoints corruption monitor

English cricket chiefs have set up a new anti-corruption watchdog to monitor domestic limited-overs competitions, it was announced on Thursday.

India hails Anand's feat

India on Thursday celebrated Viswanathan Anand's world title chess triumph, with Bollywood stars, the prime minister and newspaper front pages lining up to hail his success.

Pietersen calls time on limited-overs cricket

England star Kevin Pietersen retired from all forms of international limited-overs cricket on Thursday, a decision which took the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) by surprise.

Rafa cruises into Rd 3

Andy Murray and defending champion Rafael Nadal both reached the third round of the French Open on Thursday, but their manner of going through could not have been more different.

Roach to return home

Fast bowler Kemar Roach has been ruled out of the remainder of the West Indies' tour of the United Kingdom team West Indies Cricket Board sources said Wednesday.

A test of strengths

Sri Lanka and Pakistan will test each other's strengths ahead of the World Twenty20 tournament later this year when they clash in a two-match series starting on Friday.

Ryder's NZ career in doubt

Troubled New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder's international career is in doubt after cricket organisers said he would not receive a central contract for the coming season.

Indo-Pak series in Dec-Jan?

Pakistan expect an "imminent breakthrough" in the revival of cricket ties with India, four years after they were severed, a senior cricket official said on Wednesday.

Majeed's plea rejected

Mazhar Majeed, the agent behind the Pakistan cricket betting scam that rocked the sport, on Thursday lost a legal challenge against his conviction.

Eagles win again

Eagles registered a 62-40 win over Rangers in the Citycell Premier Division Basketball League at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.

Impressive Spain

Fernando Torres celebrated his return to the Spain team with a first half goal as the World and European Champions continued their preparation for Euro2012 with a 4-1 win over South Korea.

Hoping for a '92 repeat

Denmark are hoping to emulate their compatriots' shock win in the 1992 European Championships, despite having already had their chances of winning in Poland and Ukraine written off.

Neymar powers Brazil

Brazil playmaker Neymar scored one goal and set up two more to spark the five-time World Cup champions past the United States 4-1 on Wednesday in an international football friendly.

Netherlands cruise

The Netherlands, the 1988 champions, did the minimum on Wednesday as they warmed up for their Euro 2012 campaign with a 2-0 home friendly tune-up against Slovakia.

Sweden edge Iceland

Sweden beat Iceland 3-2 in an international friendly Wednesday, with Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic early on suggesting a promising Euro 2012 to come before the Swedes lost speed.

Schalke after Van der Vaart

Bundesliga side Schalke 04 are on the trail of Tottenham's attacking midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, according to reports Thursday.

Vonlanthen quits at 26!

Former Switzerland striker Johan Vonlanthen, the youngest player to score a goal at the European Championship, has retired at the age of 26, he told the Swiss daily Blick on Wednesday.

Casillas sets new record

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has set a new record in international football following Spain's 4-1 victory over South Korea in a friendly match.


Eight more border haats in the offing

Riding on initial success, at least eight more border haats will open soon to foster trade between India and Bangladesh, officials said yesterday.

Rating outlook stable: S&P

The Standard & Poor's (S&P) has kept Bangladesh's credit ratings unchanged with a stable outlook, but warned against low revenue, large subsidy and political unrest.

Broiler chicken prices shoot up

A supply shortage of day-old chicks against an increased demand has become a boon for hatchery operators but came as the bane of consumers.

Global carbon market value rises to $176b

The total value of the global carbon market grew by 11 percent to $176 billion in 2011, and transaction volumes reached a new high of 10.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), the World Bank said in a new report.

India's GDP growth slumps to 5.3pc

India's economic growth slumped to its lowest level in nine years in the first three months of 2012, marking a dramatic slide in the fortunes of a country whose economy was boasting nearly double-digit growth before the global recession.

Indo-Bangla trade fair begins

The third Indo-Bangla Trade Fair 2012 began at Sonargaon Hotel in the capital yesterday.

Arunachal Pradesh seeks investment from Bangladesh

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki yesterday invited Bangladeshi entrepreneurs to invest in hydropower generation and tourism sectors in the prospective areas of northeast India.

Bangladesh keen on business with Myanmar: GM Quader

Bangladesh is keen to do business with Myanmar in a win-win situation for the both next-door neighbours, Commerce Minister GM Quader said yesterday.


Inclusion of addl charge against Mojaheed argued

The prosecution in the crimes against humanity case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed yesterday placed arguments supporting two petitions -- one for an additional charge and the other for an additional witness -- before the International Crimes Tribunal-2.

18 Shibir men sued

Police have filed four separate cases accusing 18 activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir in connection with their alleged involvement in Wednesday's hartal violence in Chittagong city.

Keraniganj crash survivor recovering

The lone survivor of Wednesday's Keraniganj road accident, which claimed the lives of 12 people, is recovering at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

SI suspended over Mamun murder

A sub-inspector of Kaliganj police in Gazipur was suspended yesterday for negligence of duty as a gang killed an arrestee at Ramchandrapur of the upazila after "snatching" him from police custody on Tuesday night.

2 more suspects arrested

Two more youths suspected of attacking journalists were arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Savar early yesterday.

Cut duty on jute, its products

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday requested Iran to reduce duty on import of Bangladesh jute and jute products for the Iranian market.

Stay order extended

The Supreme Court yesterday extended its order that stayed the swearing-in of Maj Gen (retd) Mahmudul Hasan as lawmaker for Tangail-5 constituency till disposal of a review petition.

11 Bangladeshis languishing in Tanzanian jail

At least eleven Bangladeshis have been languishing in a Tanzanian jail for around seven months, as unauthorised brokers abandoned them in the East African country without travel documents.

ACC grills 4 more Destiny directors

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday quizzed four more directors of Destiny Group, including the wife of Chairman Rafiqul Amin, over various irregularities by the multilevel company.

2 administrators for DCC

The government yesterday appointed two new administrators for the bifurcated Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) following the expiry of the tenure of their predecessors.

Forum for Saarc news agencies suggested

A South Asian regional seminar yesterday agreed to put forward a 9-point recommendation to Saarc Secretariat for establishing a forum of news agencies of the region for better coordination of news and information flow.

DSCC recovers 23 kathas of land

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) yesterday recovered 23 kathas of land from encroachers by demolishing a two-storey building and around 50 kancha structures at Nazimuddin Road in Chankharpool.

Participation of masses needed to save forests

Participation of the masses is essential in saving forests as it is not possible for forest guards alone to carry out the duty, said Environment and Forest Minister Hasan Mahmud yesterday.

8 killed in road accidents

Eight people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Noakhali, Sirajganj, Chittagong and Feni on Wednesday and yesterday.

No Tobacco Day observed

World No Tobacco Day was observed across the country as elsewhere across the world in a befitting manner yesterday.

Shop employee stabbed to death

A shop employee was stabbed to death by some miscreants at the city's Khadimpara Bypass Point early yesterday.

Stop attack on journos

The pro- BNP-Jamaat teachers of Dhaka University yesterday formed a human chain urging the authorities concerned to stop repression on journalists to reinforce democracy in the country.

Tk 177cr budget approved

The Parliament Secretariat Commission yesterday approved a budget of Tk 177 crore for the Secretariat for the next fiscal year.

33rd BCS preliminary test today

The preliminary test of the 33rd Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations will be held across the country today.

1,200 Yaba tablets seized

Two alleged drug peddlers were arrested with 1,200 Yaba tablets in separate drives of the law enforcers in Chittagong city yesterday and Wednesday night.

CCC to feed Vitamin A capsules tomorrow

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) will feed vitamin A capsules to 6 lakh children, aged between six months to five years, in the port city tomorrow.

Man's body found in capital

An unidentified body was found floating in an aqua farm in the capital's Pallabi yesterday.

2 BCL men arrested at RU

Two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Rajshahi University (RU) unit were arrested for allegedly attempting of snatching in Rajshahi city on Wednesday night.

Piranha, hilsa fry seized

A mobile court seized 640 kg of contraband Piranhas and around one tonne of hilsha fry worth around Tk 1.98 lakh in the port city yesterday.

Technical glitch delays flight for 4 hrs

A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight by a newly purchased Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, was delayed for around four hours last night due to technical problems.

Boy drowns in water reservoir

A four-year-old boy drowned in the water reservoir of a six-storey building at Solmait in Vatara area of the capital yesterday.

Death anniversary

Today is the second death anniversary of Hasina Banu Younus, wife of late Alhaj Ahmed Younus, former joint secretary of Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation.


Encroachers turn Bamondanga River into a narrow canal

Once mighty 'Bamon-danga' river flowing by Nilphamari town now appears like a narrow canal as encroachers filled up most of its bed to construct buildings for business and residential purposes.

Nine bridges in bad shape for lack of repair for long

Nine small and big bridges on Tangail-Tarakandi Road are in dilapidated state due to lack of renovation for long.

UNO could stop it for a few hours only

Parents of a 14-year-old girl at Narikelpara village of Chatmohar upazila under the district married her off on Wednesday night although the upazila administration had stopped the child marriage earlier on the day.

Stale food still being served at RU halls

Resident students of Rajshahi University are being served 'unhygienic and substandard' foods in the dining halls allegedly due to indifference of the authorities.

Locals guard their areas at night as robbery on rise

Amid alarming rise of robbery and theft in Galachipa upazila, locals have arranged guarding their areas by turns at night.

Hilsa fishing resumes today as 7-month ban ends

Ban on hilsa fishing to protect uninterrupted development of jatka (young hilsa less than 9 inches long) ended yesterday.

Tortoises seized from night coach, one fined

Police seized 16 tortoises from a Dhaka-bound coach in Kurigram town on Wednesday night.

50 injured as villagers clash in Habiganj

At least 50 people, including women, were injured in a fierce clash between two rival groups of people over previous enmity at Noagaon village in Ajmiriganj upazila of Habiganj district on Wednesday.

Acid attack on housewife

A housewife received serious burn injuries as criminals threw acid on her at Pirojpur village in Kaliganj upazila on Wednesday night.

Transfer of teacher sparks protest

Transfer of a Bangla teacher at Zilla School in the district has triggered protest by students and guardians.

5 rescued from traffickers

Police in a drive rescued five young women from Sadipur border here while they were being trafficked to India yesterday morning.

2 get life term for rape

A tribunal here on Wednesday convicted two men and awarded them life imprisonment in a rape case. The tribunal also fined them Tk 1 lakh each, in default, to suffer two years rigorous imprisonment more. The convicts are Faruk Ahmed, 35, son of late Abdul Ahad of Mati village and Selim Mia, 35, son of Abdur Rauf of Darpanagar village in Kanaighat upazila. According to the prosecution, Faruk and Selim entered the house of their friend Abdul Mannan at 11pm on September 1, 2009 and in his absence violated his wife.

Shrimp enclosure worker killed

A worker of a shrimp enclosure was stabbed to death on Wednesday night at Char Bestin in Char Montaz union under Rangabali upazila. Locals caught two persons and handed then over to police in this connection. The victim was identified as Olil Pada, 28 of Char Bestin village under the upazila. The arrestees were identified as Mahib Talukder, 25 of same area and Md. Bashir Uddin, 28 of Dakua village under Galachipa upazila. Alauddin Howlader, uncle of the victim said, an unidentified gang attacked Olil at night when he was watching the enclosure.

Section 144 in Satkhira

Local administration imposed Section 144 in and around the Parulia auditorium in Debhata upazila as two groups of Awami Legue and BNP called meetings at the same venue today yesterday. The restriction remained in force from 6am to 6pm. Debhata UNO Shakhawat Hossain said BNP called a meeting at Parulia auditorium yesterday to mark the 31st death anniversary of Shaheed President Ziaur Rahman. Meanwhile, Awami League also called a meeting at the same venue same time.

Businessman mugged

Criminals stabbed a businessman and took away Tk 92, 000 cash from him in broad day-light at Dashchira under Shivalaya upazila yesterday. Victim Babul Saha, 50, a grocers shop owner at Nali Bazar, was taken to Uthuly health complex first and later referred to Dhaka Square Hospital as his condition worsened. Witnesses and the victim said a gang around 4 swooped on Babul at Daschira at around 11:30am and stabbed him with sharp weapons. He was going to Sonali Bank at Tepra Branch to deposit the amount on his motorbike

Criminal held with arms

Police arrested an alleged criminal along with a 9mm pistol, one magazine and four rounds of bullet from Kharki Kalabagan area of the district town on Wednesday. The arrestee was identified as Arafat, son of Mizanur Rahman of Kharki Circuit House area of the town. Police said on secret information they conducted a drive in the area and arrested Arafat along with the firearm and bullets in the afternoon.


Hats off to Latifur Rahman

It is a matter of great joy that one of the leading businessmen of our country has been given the “Oslo Business for Peace Award, 2012" (Also known as the Nobel in business) for contributing to society by doing ethical business. The present business environment has become highly competitive. And the business organisations do not bother about society nowadays. Mr. Latifur Rahman has showed us that even in these days of decaying ethics and morals, a business organisation can be profitably established through honesty and hard work. The societal marketing concept suggests that business must be operated by way of keeping three factors in mind -- profit, customers' needs and of course society. Until and unless a company is fully guided by these principles, it would not be able to add value to society and to itself in the long run. Hats off to Latifur Rahman!

Independence of judiciary

Supreme Court Bar Association president Jainul Abedin last week claimed that they are not capable of working independently due to the interference of the ruling party. It could be really a disappointing news for the people of Bangladesh if it is true. People will lose their trust in law if justice is not ensured. Independence of judiciary is a must for ensuring peace and justice in the society. Independence of judiciary is also a precondition for the smooth functioning of democracy. This claim may not be true, as the claim was made by a pro-BNP lawmaker. Maybe he has declared it in order to discredit the government which is a very common scene in our country. However, on 1st November 2007 the judiciary was separated from the executive so that it could function independently. Independence of judiciary means a fair and neutral judicial system which can afford to take its decisions without any interference of the executive branch of the government. Anyway, we hope that the statement made by the SCBA president would prove false and the judicial organ of the state will work independently. We hope justice for all in our country.

Ensure minimum wage for tea workers

It is surprising that a tea worker in Bangladesh gets Tk 45 for a day's work. How can the tea garden owners pay such extremely low wage to their workers in a democratic country? On the other hand, it is not understood how the government of Bangladesh could approve this wage? In Bangladesh a day labourer gets Tk 200 to Tk 400 in the agriculture sector along with one meal for one day's work. The wage varies from season to season. But none can imagine a day labourer getting less than Tk 200 a day. The tea companies have been making millions of taka profit every year but have been depriving the workers of minimum reasonable wage. Most of our industrialists have one thing in common -- they deprive their workers of proper wage. Till today they are not ready to recognise the contributions of the labourers at their ventures. We saw that government had to intervene to increase the minimum wage of the garment workers. But even today they are not getting reasonable wage.

Israel USA's Middle Eastern outpost

Md. Belal's essay about Iran and Israel published in your daily on May 26th does not call a spade a spade! Between the two countries, in my opinion, only Israel bites at the behest of USA, while Iran barks at USA's provocations and threats. The factual reality is much more related to the subjectivity of US interests!

Remove your glasses, home minister

Home Minister Sahara Khatun seems to be an exceptional person, she never loses her composure. When the country has become a haven for criminals, people are cowering with fear not knowing how to remain safe, she placidly announces that everything is under control, that law and order is better than ever before.

Criminal attack on foreigners

There is reliable evidence of a sharp increase in the numbers of foreigners being attacked by Bangladeshi men cruising in cars around Gulshan and Baridhara, looking for those walking or in rickshaws. The attacks can be vicious and cause physical injuries and trauma.

Curse of Indian serials

It is a shame that even after 41 years of independence, we do not care about our identity and indulge in watching foreign culture. However, many foreign channels like BBC, CNN and National Geographic Channel help us enrich our knowledge. But I don't understand how Indian serials help us. Isn't it a pure waste of time to watch these useless programmes? The time could be utilised with some more constructive works. These serials teach one to be vile and meddlesome about one's private matters. They also portray a negative image of women and vilify them for every disaster. But Bangladeshi women seem to enjoy it. Such is the unfortunate state of affairs. I ask everybody, especially women who are fond of Indian serials, to refrain from watching such programmes.

Hartal is avoidable if…

There is a Bangla adage "apna sheyan por boiragi" meaning to be well aware of one's own interest and indifferent to others' well-being. Our political parties prove this saying repeatedly by their actions.

Weather forecasting: Bangladesh style

The day before Pohela Boishakh the met office on a private TV channel warned of heavy shower on Pohela Boishakh especially in Dhaka city and also all over Bangladesh. But the sun shone with all its might on Pohela Boishakh and I had a revelation.

Unfortunate Buriganga

Buriganga has already been made the waste disposal site of Dhaka. All the waste materials of the nearby areas are thrown into the river. The width of the river is decreasing day by day and the river has turned into a small canal. The land grabbers have taken possession of the river. A number of bamboo huts are being made every day on the river.

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Russia pushing Syria into civil war

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday criticised Russia's resistance to UN action on Syria, warning that its policy of propping up the Assad regime could contribute to a civil war.

Enrichment 'not step towards bomb'

Iran's president has insisted enriching uranium to 20 percent "is our right" and not a step towards a bomb, as a US envoy warned the window for dialogue over Tehran's nuclear programme was closing.

Are Americans ready for a Mormon president?

Mitt Romney's faith emerged as little more than a subordinate issue on the US campaign trail, but with the Republican nomination securely in his grip, are American voters now ready for a Mormon president?

Shortage of teachers hampers education

Academic activities at government primary schools in the district are being seriously hampered due to shortage of teachers.

Spate of blasts kill 16 in Iraq

A spate of bombings in Baghdad yesterday killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens more, shattering a relative calm with the capital's deadliest violence in weeks.

World ammunition trade tops $4b a yr

The world trade in ammunition now tops $4 billion a year and is growing at a faster rate than the global trade in firearms, the Oxfam aid agency said Wednesday.

SC judge shot dead in Nepal

Gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed a Nepalese Supreme Court judge yesterday in the capital Kathmandu, sparking fears of lawlessness amid a political vacuum in the Himalayan country.

China detains hundreds of Tibet protesters

Hundreds of people have been detained in Lhasa after two men set themselves on fire in the Tibetan regional capital, a US-based broadcaster said, as a young mother became the latest Tibetan to self-immolate.

N Korea constitution proclaims nuke status

North Korea's new constitution proclaims its status as a nuclear-armed nation, complicating international efforts to persuade Pyongyang to abandon atomic weapons, analysts said yesterday.

Pakistan tests fourth missile in a month

Pakistan yesterday tested a fourth nuclear-capable cruise missile since India launched a new long-range weapon capable of hitting China last month.

India gets new army chief

Gen Bikram Singh, an infantry officer, yesterday took over as the 25th Chief of the Indian Army succeeding Gen V K Singh whose 26-month tenure was mired by controversies.

Somalia aid meet opens in Istanbul

Representatives from 54 countries gathered in Istanbul yesterday to find a path towards a better future for Somalia, ravaged by civil war and the lack of a stable government for the last two decades.

5 killed as train derails in India

A passenger train travelling from eastern India to the Himalayan foothills derailed yesterday, killing at least five people as several carriages were thrown off the tracks, police said.

Arts & Entertainment

Monalisa @DS Café

Monalisa -- one of the most glamorous faces on TV -- first drew attention through her appearance in a Fair and Lovely commercial. Becoming the top model of the country was an easy passage for her, while she also opened her account as a TV actress. Although her initial wish was to become a dancer -- having travelled to Turkey at a very early age as part of a dance tour -- Monalisa became more involved with modelling and acting, but never left her love for dance. The star recently came to the DS Café and chatted without a break as her fans and well-wishers called non stop.

Arakkhita : Desh Natok's adaptation of an episode from Mahabharat

The story highlights issues related to sovereignty. It also zooms in on an arrogant and alcoholic priest, who blindly loves his only daughter, and finally pays a heavy price. Borrowing elements from the epic, “Mahabharat”, Desh Natok's play, “Arakkhita”, touches upon relevant, contemporary issues.

Watercolours and Sculptures

Hamiduzzaman Khan is a well-known sculptor. He is recognised for his metal-based works, where he mainly focused on forms and geometrical shapes. He is also adept in watercolour and painting. His latest solo exhibition, titled “Watercolours and Sculptures”, is now on at Galleri Kaya in Uttara.

Kimbra Vows to conquer U.S. with debut album

U.S. music fans may know Kimbra as the female vocalist with heartfelt lyrics on Gotye's smash hit single "Somebody That I Used To Know," but sultry singer is stepping into her own spotlight with debut album "Vows."

The Naveed Mahbub Show on ntv

“Grameenphone Presents -- The Naveed Mahbub Show” goes on air tonight at 9pm on ntv. The weekly show will be hosted by comedian Naveed Mahbub.

Anne Hathaway's vocal prowess on display in Les Miserables

“I Dreamed a Dream” is one of the most famous songs of musical theatre, and in a recently released trailer of “Les Miserables”, Anne Hathaway, as Fantine, shows off her vocals in her rendition.


Caging of the opposition

The current state of Bangladesh politics seems like an adaptation of these snatches of a Bob Dylan song: "Sometimes I think this whole world is one big prison yard/Some of us are prisoners, some of us are guards." The government has put many opposition leaders and activists in prison, but the question is what's going to happen next? Is it going to be a solution unto itself, or is it going to create more problems for us?

Is India's story over?

When a chief minister leads a demonstration in her own state to protest against the hiked petrol price, it shows the intense feelings over the raise. But it is all too comical to see the chief minister doing so when the government is the authority where the buck stops.

The Economist goes out of its depth ...

The Economist has done it again. Its India-centric perception about Bangladesh has become an obsession with it. This tenor comes through articles in its May last week issue -- "Bangladesh's toxic politics -- Hello, Delhi" appearing under its high profile 'Leaders' column and "Politics in Bangladesh -- Banged about" in its 'Asia' section.

Uninterrupted supply of electricity

Professor Dr. Mohammad Tamim, Dept. of Petroleum & Mineral Resources Engineering (PMRE), BUET and Professor M.M. Akash, Dept. of Economics, University of Dhaka, give their reaction to The Daily Star on the proposed

Tobacco: An epithet for death

Thousands of people worldwide stop smoking everyday -- by dying." Keeping in mind this mind-boggling reality, World Health Organisation has been observing May 31 every year since 1987 as "No Tobacco Day" with diverse campaigns to raise global awareness against smoking. Only two causes of death are large and growing worldwide -- HIV and tobacco. While most countries have begun, at least, to respond to HIV, the response to the global tobacco epidemic has so far been limited and patchy.


Zhongdu (now Beijing), then under the control of the Jurchen ruler Emperor Xuanzong of Jin, is captured by the Mongols under Genghis Khan, ending the Battle of Zhongdu.


Datacard discusses its card issuance solutions

Datacard Group, the world leader in secure ID and card personalisation solution, and LEADS Corporation Bangladesh Limited, jointly arranged a seminar on “Card Issuance System” at a hotel in the capital.

Mobile VAS guideline under fire

The proposed value added service (VAS) guideline is unprecedented and detrimental to Digital Bangladesh, Colombo-based regional regulatory and policy think-tank LIRNEasia said in a statement.

Dell introduces 12G server series

Dell has announced a portfolio of blade, rack and tower Power Edge servers optimised for use in demanding enterprise environments.

Samsung rolls out new handset

Samsung has launched its latest entry-level smartphone Samsung Star 3 Duos in the market, says a press release.

Citycell brings pocket router

Citycell, the CDMA mobile operator in the country has launched its My-Fi pocket router in the market.

Apple chief vows innovation in TV and more

Apple chief Tim Cook on Tuesday vowed that creativity would remain in the company's "DNA" and hinted that products on the horizon could come in the area of television.

ETL to distribute Acer's laptop with AMD processor

Executive Technologies Ltd (ETL), only business and service partner of Acer in Bangladedsh, has announced that they will exclusively distribute Acer Laptop with AMD processor, says a joint press release from ETL and AMD.

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