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News of: Wednesday, 13th of June, 2012

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No more refugees

Dhaka has decided not to allow any refugee from Myanmar and directed the administration and law enforcement agencies to beef up vigilance and resist intrusion.

Panic-stricken Rohingyas test border watch

Despite heightened vigilance along the Myanmar border, a Rohingya family too stubborn to give up managed to enter the Bangladesh territory early yesterday.

An honourable act by the Speaker

For our parliament to extend a collective apology to a citizen was unthinkable till Speaker Abdul Hamid showed the way. In what must be the very first act of its kind, he expressed regret on behalf of parliament for the unfounded and unkind remarks made by uninformed MPs about Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed, one of our most outstanding scholars, writers and original thinkers. He expunged the offending remarks and said such criticism was undesirable and urged members of the House to desist from doing so in the future.

Two wow-men toast of nation

Nishat Majumdar is your everyday Bangladeshi girl. Small, slight, petite and initially shy in conversation, it would almost be impossible to tell her apart in a crowd.

Shootout at roads office

At least five people were bullet-hit and one was stabbed when a group loyal to the ruling Awami League attacked another in a turf war at Sarak Bhaban in the city yesterday.

No one knows how to take care

The fate of the three tiger cubs rescued on Monday from a wildlife smuggler's house in the capital is in the hands of experts who will sit this afternoon to decide their destination.

BSF at it, again

Indian authorities should investigate allegations of human rights violations by its Border Security Force (BSF) along the Bangladesh border and prosecute those responsible, New York based Human Rights Watch said yesterday.

No billboard

The High Court yesterday directed the authorities not to install billboards in eight areas in Dhaka city including Gulshan, Banani, Kakoli, Baridhara, and Notun Bazar till further order.

Penalising the people

Despite what the prime minister says about the media not focusing on the good deeds of her government, despite all the encomiums the functionaries of the government might shower on themselves about all the positive things that have happened since the Awami League returned to power in the 2008 general elections, there are some overwhelming questions the powers that be need to answer -- in their interest and in the larger interest of the nation.

AL MPs have nothing but praise

Four ruling Awami League lawmakers yesterday highly lauded the proposed budget for 2012-13 fiscal and expressed wholehearted support to it saying it has nothing to be criticised for.

More violence in Ashulia RMG belt

Garment workers at Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital continued their violent demonstration for a second straight day yesterday demanding a pay rise.

3 more officials suspended

The railway ministry yesterday suspended three more officials and decided to take departmental action against seven others for their involvement in irregularities in recruitment process.

Witness Sirajul's testimony false

BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury's defence yesterday attempted to prove, during cross-examination of the third witness, that the witness gave a false testimony.

2 killed in city road crashes

A young bike rider and a minor boy were killed in separate road accidents in the capital yesterday.

Sikkim scraps 4 hydropower projects

The government of northeastern Indian state of Sikkim has decided to scrap four hydroelectric projects on tributaries of the Teesta river in North Sikkim in the wake of opposition from the locals.

2 brothers killed in landslide

Two brothers died when their mud house at the foot of a hill collapsed at Baildhara village in Jaintapur of the district yesterday.

Ex-home secy cross examined

Former home secretary Omar Faruk was cross-examined by defence lawyers yesterday in two cases in connection with the recovery of 10 truckloads of arms and explosive at the CUFL jetty in Chittagong in 2004.

AL loses confidence, says BNP

BNP standing committee member MK Anwar yesterday said the survey report prepared by the government agencies proves that the government has become isolated from its people.

Tehran summons Saudi envoy

Iran has summoned the Saudi charge d'affaires to "strongly protest" the execution of a number of Iranian citizens convicted in the Arab kingdom for drug trafficking, media here reported yesterday.

New holey material can absorb CO2

UK researchers have developed a porous material that can preferentially soak up CO2 from the atmosphere.

Assange asks to re-open extradition appeal

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange has asked Britain's Supreme Court to re-open his appeal against extradition to Sweden, a court spokesman said yesterday.

Moscow Meet EU, Iran agrees on nuke talks content

European Union officials said on Monday that Iran has agreed to discuss a proposal from six world powers to curb its production of high-grade uranium at a meeting in Moscow next week in an apparent de-escalation of tensions ahead of the talks.

Chavez launches poll campaign

Thousands of supporters thronged the streets of Caracas late Monday to join cancer-stricken Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as he registered to seek reelection amid ongoing concerns about his health.

Editorial

Violence in garments belt

The garment workers again erupted into violence at the Ashulia flashpoint in Savar on Monday leading to pitched battles between police and workers and hours-long blockade on the Dhaka-Tangail highway.

Fallout from restive Rakhine

With sectarian tension spiralling out of control forcing the evacuation of UN personnel from the troubled Rakhine state, fears are brewing of a fresh exodus of refugees out of Myanmar and into Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB) intercepted a flotilla of boats carrying around 500 women and children on the Naf River that the two countries share. While we sympathise with the plight of the Rakhine people on humanitarian grounds, the forced eviction of these people from their ancestral homes by Myanmarese authorities is not acceptable, more so because we are at the receiving end.

Sports

Tigers off to Zimbabwe

The Tigers left for Harare last night to play the unofficial tri-nation T20 tournament.

Payment in two days

The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) governing council were assured by the franchises that they will pay the outstanding amount owed to the foreign players within the next two days.

Abahani upstage archrivals

Abahani booked their place in the final of the Walton Club Cup Hockey Tournament defeating archrivals Mohammedan SC 5-4 in tiebreakers at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Czechs stay alive

The Czech Republic kept alive their hopes of reaching the Euro 2012 quarterfinals as they beat Greece 2-1 in their Group A clash here on Tuesday.

Nadal driven by fear of failure

Rafael Nadal admitted on Monday that a deep-seated fear of failure drove him to a record seventh French Open title and will keep him playing until his love of the sport finally drains away.

Sharapova the flag-bearer

Newly-crowned French Open champion Maria Sharapova is a candidate to be Russia's flag-bearer at the opening of next month's London Olympics, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Tuesday.

Aminul asked to explain miss

Goalkeeper Aminul Haque was served a show-cause notice by his club Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club asking to clarify his role in conceding the first goal against Abahani during the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League encounter last Friday.

Sk Jamal, Sk Russel in dull draw

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Sheikh Russel KC shared points after playing out a goalless draw in an insipid game of the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Lanka rest Herath

Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has been rested for the remaining three ODIs against Pakistan following a knee operation after the home series against England in March. The national selectors have picked the uncapped left-arm spinner Sajeewa Weerakoon as his replacement.

Strauss asks to wait until Proteas series

England captain Andrew Strauss has predicted the team will see the benefits of their controversial rotation policy when they put their number one Test ranking on the line against South Africa.

BCA, PCCA coast to wins

Brothers Cricket Academy (BCA) and Port City Cricket Academy (PCCA) secured comfortable victories in their respective matches in the 'CJKS-Urban American Under-18 T-20 Cricket Tournament' at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.

Jessore crush Lalmonirhat

Jessore Municipal Preparatory School registered a massive 9-1 win over Lalmonirhat Govt High School in the finals of the National School Islami Bank Football Tournament at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Ramdin fined

West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee for celebrating his hundred in the third Test against England here at Edgbaston with a protest against Caribbean cricket great Vivian Richards.

Katich quits cricket in Australia

Australian batsman Simon Katich on Tuesday announced his retirement from first-class cricket in Australia, citing family reasons.

ICC questions Bollywood actress

A little-known Bollywood actress who was linked to cricket match-fixing allegations by Britain's Sunday Times has said she was quizzed for two-and-a-half hours by the sport's governing body.

Sheva rolls back the years

Ukraine's former European Player of the Year Andrei Shevchenko rolled back the years here on Monday as his second-half double inspired the Euro 2012 co-hosts to a come from behind 2-1 win over Sweden in their Group D encounter.

Racist chanting in Euros

UEFA is to investigate alleged racist chanting during the Euro 2012 matches between Spain and Italy and Russia v Czech Republic, the governing body said on Tuesday.

Do-or-die for Dutch

Clashes between Netherlands and neighbours Germany always have extra spice but Wednesday's Euro 2012 Group B encounter is about much more than regional rivalry after the Dutch began with a surprise defeat by Denmark.

Danes stay upbeat

Denmark are confident they can continue a good run of results against Portugal and shut down dangerman Cristiano Ronaldo when the sides meet on Wednesday in their second Euro 2012 game.

Nasri vents anger at L'Equipe

France midfielder Samir Nasri revealed his angry reaction to scoring the equaliser in his side's come from behind 1-1 draw with England in their Euro 2012 Group D opener was aimed at a journalist from L'Equipe.

Paraguay sack coach Arce

Paraguay have sacked coach Francisco Arce after the World Cup quarterfinalists from two years ago made a poor start to the qualifiers for the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Reds galore in Brazilian brawl

Votuporanguense beat Fernandopolis 2-1 in a Campeonato Paulista second division match that ended with a brawl and 12 red cards. The unrest began when the winning side's striker was taken down by Fernandopolis' goalkeeper on a one on one. The keeper was shown the first red, then everyone got angry.

Eng didn't impress Desailly

England will not win Euro 2012 based on their performance in the opening 1-1 draw with France said World Cup and Euro winning defender Marcel Desailly on Tuesday.

Wiltord hangs up his boots

Former France and Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord announced his retirement from football on Monday, according to his current club Nantes.

Business

Govt moves to tackle fund crisis in power sector

The government has formed a high-powered committee to tackle a fund crisis in the power sector.

No end to Biman's woes

Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag carrier, continues to be a curious organisation, thanks to mismanagement and lack of planning.

Budget lacks ways to deal with risks: DCCI

The proposed budget for the next fiscal year lacks direction to raise investment and tackle risks to export growth arising out of the ongoing global economic slowdown, said Dhaka Chamber yesterday.

India's industry stalls

India's industrial output grew just 0.1 percent in April year-on-year, official data showed Tuesday, adding to concerns about the economy and raising the chances of an interest rate cut next week.

DSE, investors protest Muhith's stockmarket remark

The Dhaka Stock Exchange and small investors yesterday protested the finance minister's comment that the stockmarket is an 'evil market'.

Call for tax exemption for private universities

Speakers at a roundtable discussion on the 2012-2013 budget yesterday urged the government to consider the withdrawal of tax and VAT measures on private universities.

Realtors seek to build township

Realtors yesterday demanded the government provide them the same opportunities as the Indian conglomerate Sahara to build a satellite township around Dhaka.

Yunus spurs students on social business

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday called upon the young generation to pursue his social business model to address the social problems in Bangladesh.

South Asian integration comes to the limelight

South Asian countries should step up efforts to remove barriers to improve the frustratingly low-level of trade between them in the world's least integrated region, said analysts at a workshop in Kathmandu yesterday.

Are mobile-only taxes justified?

Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks. He is said to have replied: “That's where the money is.” Why do politicians tax mobile use? That's where the money is.

Top StanChart audit official in town

Rino Donosepoetro, head of audit for South and South East Asia of Standard Chartered Bank, is now in Dhaka for a three-day visit when he is expected to meet key stakeholders of the bank.

NCC Bank re-elects top brass

NCC Bank has recently re-elected Md Nurun Newaz Salim as its chairman and Mostafizur Rahman Dulal as vice chairman, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Premier Leasing & Finance re-elects chair

AZM Akramul Haq has recently been re-elected as chairman of Premier Leasing & Finance, the company said in a statement recently. The company also elected Barrister Mehnaz Mannan as its vice-chairman.

Metropolitan

World Day against Child Labour observed

Eliminating child labour in Bangladesh remains a challenge for the fact that families in dire poverty mostly rely on their children for livelihood, said speakers at a programme marking the World Day Against Child Labour yesterday.

VCs to curb spread

The government will ask vice chancellors of public and private universities to check proliferation of militancy in universities as banned militant outfit Hizb-ut-Tahrir is trying to recruit university students and teachers.

Rehab project okayed

Cabinet Committee on Purchase yesterday approved the rehabilitation of Ghorashal 210 megawatt power plant at a cost of Tk 187.5 crore.

9 killed, 39 hurt in road accidents

Nine people were killed and at least 39 others injured in separate road accidents in Noakhali, Brahmanbaria, Chittagong and Rajbari yesterday.

Major overhaul in family migration

The UK government has announced a major overhaul of family migration policy, under which foreign criminals will no longer be able to stay in Britain by arguing their "right to family life".

JU students march for congenial atmosphere

Jahangirnagar University (JU) students teamed as 'Santrasher Biruddhe Jahangirnagar' yesterday brought out a protest procession on campus to press for their four-point demand including immediate polls to the JU Central Students' Union.

3 projects approved

The governing council of Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF) approved three projects involving Tk 566.62 crore to face the bad impacts of climate change in the country.

36 opposition leaders sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent 36 leaders and activists of the BNP-led 18-party alliance to jail on surrender in connection with two separate cases filed on charge of torching vehicles in the capital's Uttara area during hartal hours on April 21 and 22.

PM to greet Everest conquerors

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will accord a reception to the four Bangladeshi Mount Everest conquerors on June 20.

PM asks for engineers' cooperation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought cooperation of the engineers to implement the huge budget of the next fiscal, as, she said, her government did not believe in the development of any specific person but all.

SC lawyer in contempt of court

The High Court yesterday issued a contempt of court rule against a Supreme Court lawyer for damaging the dignity and authority of the apex court by making derogatory remarks against a judge.

Removal of Buet VC, Pro-VC demanded

Agitating Buet teachers yesterday demanded the resignation of what they termed politically-inclined vice chancellor (VC) and pro-vice chancellor of the university.

Workshop against child marriage

Speakers at a workshop yesterday emphasised the need for raising awareness on the dangers of early marriage and pregnancy as it increases mortality risk of both mother and child.

New air chief takes over

Newly appointed Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari took the command of Bangladesh Air Force through an induction ceremony yesterday afternoon.

HC grants bail to Aminul

The High Court yesterday granted one month anticipatory bail to former BNP posts and telecommunications minister Aminul Haque in connection with a corruption case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Hearing on Khaleda's birthday tomorrow

The High Court will hear tomorrow a rule issued around 13 years ago regarding celebration of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's birthday on August 15.

Bangladesh to buy 50 buses from India

Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will buy 50 vestibule buses from Ashok Leyland in India to help ease peoples' transportation in the country.

Garment worker 'commits suicide'

A female garment worker allegedly committed suicide by poisoning herself at her residence in Baluchhara area of Chittagong yesterday.

Body recovered from railway track

Jamalpur Railway Police recovered the body of an unidentified youth from the railway track in Joyrampur area of the sadar upazila yesterday morning.

Human chain for saving church land

The Christian mission Juba Samity of Sylhet yesterday formed a human chain in front of Sylhet Central Shaheed Minar demanding that the land of Sylhet Presbyterian Church be saved from land grabbers.

Abductor sent to jail

A man, who allegedly abducted his nephew on Sunday in Chittagong, was sent to jail yesterday.

Int'l conf on S Asia water resources next January

A two-day international conference on South Asia's water resources will be held in Dhaka on January 4-5, 2013, says a press release.

Obituary

Syed Sajjad Ali, father of Surgery Department chairman at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Prof Dr Syed Sirajul Karim, died of old age complications on Monday night. He was 88.

Sarfun Nessa

Sarfun Nessa, mother of Manzur Milkey, national cricket umpire, renowned sports journalist and former general secretary of Bangladesh Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association, passed away at her Uttara residence in the capital on Monday.

Death anniversary

Today is the 16th death anniversary of Shamsul Alam (Nana Bhai), a veteran politician and close associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

LA Chowdhury

Today is the 36th death anniversary of LA Chowdhury, a social worker and politician.

National

Land grabbers ignore PWD objection, police keep mum

A group of people allegedly led by a local leader of ruling Awami League (AL) have continued their occupation of valuable lands of Public Works Department (PWD) in Bhatar Khal area of the city years after expiry of lease contract for the land.

400 sued in Khagrachhari for 'attack on policemen'

About 400 activists of Democratic Youth Forum (DYF), a front organisation of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF), have been sued on charge of attack on police during the road blockade programme enforced by the forum in Khagrachhari town on Sunday.

'Crimes in hill districts go up as perpetrators go unpunished'

The leaders of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Mohila Samilty and Hill Women's Federation (HWF) yesterday reiterated their demand for proper implementation of the CHT peace accord for greater interest of jumma people.

One killed, 74 hurt as rival villagers clash in 2 dists

One person was killed and at least 74 others were injured as rival groups of villagers clashed in Sirajganj and Habiganj yesterday and the day before.

Ansar man, two youths jailed for stalking

Mobile courts in Lalmonirhat and Netrakona yesterday jailed an Ansar member and two youths for stalking schoolgirls.

Clash for control of mosque body

At least 10 people were injured and eight houses vandalised during clashes between two groups of villagers over taking leadership of a mosque committee at Jagannathpur village in Ishwardi upazila yesterday and on Monday night.

Six coastguard men sued on charge of killing fisherman

A case was lodged with Barisal Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court against six coastguard men yesterday on charge of killing a fisherman and injuring two others following the fishermen's refusal to give illegal toll.

Criminals kill woman, hurt husband, son

Local criminals yesterday killed a woman and injured her husband and son at Sastarkhalkul village in Terokhada upazila.

Sad death of teacher protested

Classes at different high schools in the district town remained suspended till noon on Sunday as the teachers and students protested sad death of a teacher on Monday last.

Youth shot dead in Moheshkhali

A youth was shot dead by a gang of criminals at Mohammadshah Ghona village in Moheshkhali upazila of the district on Monday night.

ASI gets 14 years' RI for abduction

A Panchagarh court on Monday sentenced a policeman to 14 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) in an abduction case.

Schoolboy murdered

A schoolboy was killed allegedly by neighbours at Kharia village in Sribardi upazila on Monday night. The dead is Ilias Ali, 13, class V student of Kharia Government Primary School and son of Ismail Hossain, a Saudi expatriate of the village. Police and locals said, there was a long-standing dispute between Ismail and his neighbour Masud and his family members over a piece of land. Masud along with his three aides called Ilias out and took him to a lonely place at the village on Monday night. He did not return home and his body was found in the morning near Jhenia High School, one kilometer away from Kharia village. Being informed, police recovered the body from behind Jhenia High School and sent it to hospital for autopsy. OC of Sribardi PS suspected that Ilias was strangled and later his body was dumped behind the school. Police arrested four people including Masud suspecting their involvement with the killing.

Fish trader fined

A fish trader was fined by a mobile court for selling harmful Piranha at Choudhurany Bazaar in Pirgachha upazila on Monday afternoon. According to the upazila administration, on secret information, a team led by Kaniz Fatema, Assistant Commissioner (Land) of Pirgachha upazila, raided the bazaar with help of local police and fined Shah Alom Tk 500 for selling band Piranha. The team also seized 56 kg Piranha fish from him. Later the mobile court dumped the fish under the ground.

Injured Jubo League man dies

A Jubo League activist succumbed to his bullet wounds at Dhaka Medical College Hospital early Monday. The deceased was Tariqul Islam, 26, of Talikhola area in the district town. Police said Tariqul suffered bullet injuries during a clash between two factions of local Jubo League in Talikhola police line area on June 6. OC Abdul Jalil of Kotwali PS said eight people, including Tariqul were injured during the clash that ensued over establishing dominance in the area. Tariqul was first taken to Jessore Medical College Hospital and later shifted to DMCH where he died.

Schoolboy drowns

A schoolboy drowned in a ditch at Charugaon village in Sadar upazila yesterday. The victim was identified as Reaz Uddin, 9, a class III student and son of Ansar Ali of the village. Quoting family members, officer in-charge of Jalalabad police station Gausul Alam said Reaz fell into the ditch adjacent to their house while playing near it in the morning. Later, the family members spotted the floating body at about 1pm. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Man commits 'suicide'

A man allegedly committed suicide at Khoyerbari village of Madankhaly union under Pirganj upazila on Monday night. The deceased was identified as Monwar Hossain, 50, son of Taslim Uddin of the same area. According to Pirganj police, following a family feud Monwar Hossain committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his room. Hasan Shamim Iqbal, officer-in-charge of Pirganj police station said, the body was handed over to his family members without autopsy on request from family members. A UD case was filed with this connection, the OC added.

Youth hacked to death

A young man was hacked to death at Phulbari Dakkhinpara in the town yesterday. The dead is Sohel, 25, son of Aftab Muhuri of Phulbari Shashanghat area. Bogra Sadar PS Sub-Inspector (SI) Saiful Islam, quoting locals, said a gang of local criminals, equipped with sharp weapons, called Sohel out and dragged him to Dakkhinpara, half a kilometer away from his house at 11am. The criminals hacked him there leaving him severely injured. Duty doctor at Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital declared Sohel dead on arrival.

Letters

Deplorable condition of Gulshan-Baridhara lake

I am talking about a septic tank that lies between Gulshan and Baridhara. It used to be a lake some years back, but no more. There is no water in this stagnant pool now but only thick dark stinking fluid.

Preparing for Ramadan

The pious Muslims are eagerly waiting for the holy month of Ramadan because of its immense significance in Islam.

Our drivers' mindset

Bangladesh traffic is something to see. On the roads the drivers always drive like they are in extreme hurry to reach their destination. They don't give other cars a chance to go past them, even if other cars blast the drivers' ears blowing horns. They don't even let the ambulances go which carry critical patients. It's like all the drivers are living in their own world; they don't care about anyone else. In London if an ambulance carrying a patient or even not carrying a patient comes to the road, the cars move to other sides or give it a pass anyhow. This shows their care for another human being. That is definitely not the mindset of our drivers. I hope the government can change the situation by enacting new laws to stop this.

Spirit of Bangladesh reborn

As a Bangalee, I'm bursting with pride. I feel like really celebrating. I think we all should thank Nishat Majumder, Wasfia Nazreen, Musa Ibrahim, M A Mlith and Niaz Patwary.

Shame on our MPs!

For the first time in my life I am writing to any newspaper out of anger, depression and sadness. I feel like crying. I just do not know how I will express in words what I am feeling. How can I protest the insult to Prof. Sayeed Sir? Not only me but also my friends grew up with Bishwa Shahitya Kendro. So we do have soft corner for Sayeed Sir. This government. insulted Dr. Yunus before. Now they have insulted him. This government should understand that these people are icons to the youth of this nation. What have we learnt from the government? Is there any boy or girl who will say that their icons are their MPs? I guess we won't say anything like this.

We want an apology

First Mr. Mahfujur Rahman hurt the journalists by giving an awful statement regarding the murder of the journalist couple Sagor-Runi, which he should not have done. Secondly, he made a despicable remark about the people of Sylhet, calling them illiterate who are beginning to get educated. Does he have any idea what Sylhet has produced for this country? Has he forgotten that Saifur Rahman, Shah A.M.S. Kibria, Abul Mal Abdul Muhit, Nurul Islam Nahid, Rasheda Aktar, His Excellency Mr Anwar Chowdhury, Roshnara Begum and other countless names belong to this holy land? So, how dare he calls the people of Sylhet illiterate?

The largest industry

If you were to ask anybody, “What industry generates the largest volume of sales in the world”? 9 out of 10 will answer “The armaments industry”. Nothing costs less than thousands of dollars in this industry, while sophisticated airplanes, battleships, missiles etc, cost multi-millions. A dozen rich countries monopolize the manufacture and sale of armaments. The remaining poor, foolish countries (including our own) purchase.

Little candle in darkness

Congratulations on your little magazine - Star Insight! Its excellent stories are of a kind that rarely penetrate the pages of the main newspaper. Of course, bad things happen and we need to know about them but when I open Star Insight I feel, “This is the real Bangladesh!”

Readers respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Face it after Eid”

International

Calls grow for end to Myanmar unrest

Dozens of people have been killed in a surge in sectarian violence in Myanmar, an official said yesterday, as international pressure grew for an end to the bloodshed.

Syria violence escalates

Syrian regime forces shelled the northwestern town of Al-Haffe for an eighth day yesterday, sparking fears of an impending massacre and UN demands that its observers be granted access to the flashpoint.

'They want to kill me' in prison: Mubarak

Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak, now serving a life sentence over protester killings, said the authorities "want to kill" him in jail as his health deteriorated, his lawyer told AFP on Monday.

No breakthrough in Indo-Pak talks

India and Pakistan's latest talks seeking to end decades of military stand-off on the Siachen Glacier broke up with nothing more than an agreement to meet againyesterday, both sides said.

French first lady tweets jibe at president's ex

With a single tweet, France's first lady yesterday managed to take a swipe at her man's ex, put herself publicly at odds with the president, and throw a spanner in the works of his Socialist party.

US exempts India from Iran sanctions

The United States said Monday it would exempt seven emerging economies including India from tough new sanctions after they cut back on oil from Iran, but the punishment still loomed for China.

North Korea in dire food crisis: UN

Millions of North Koreans suffer chronic food shortages and dire health care, leaving one in three young children stunted, but there are no signs of reform to spur economic growth, the United Nations warns.

Tokyo world's most expensive city

Tokyo has regained the unenviable title of the world's most expensive city for expatriates, while the eurozone crisis has made many European cities cheaper according to a survey published yesterday.

India by-polls voting begins

Voting has begun in by-elections to 26 assembly seats in eight Indian states and one seat in the national parliament.

Yemen gains big in fight against Qaeda

Yemen's army seized the al-Qaeda strongholds of Jaar and Zinjibar yesterday, officials said, more than a year after the jihadists captured most of Abyan province.

UK to impose family curbs on immigrants

In what is being described as the most far-reaching and controversial changes surrounding immigrants' rights, British home secretary Theresa May was set to announce on Monday curbs that include the end of the right to avoid deportation on the basis of maintaining "family life".

Indian to vote for president on July 19

India's presidential poll will be held on July 19, the election commission announced yesterday, with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee the leading candidate for the largely ceremonial role.

Arts & Entertainment

The right direction

Leading actor Zahid Hasan has been hugely successful in TV plays. He has won the most Meril Prothom Alo awards for his performances in TV drama. He received a National Film Award for his stellar performance on the silver screen as well. Not just that, Zahid Hasan is now a regular in TV play direction -- currently working on a serial called “Toto Company”
The thespian turned director recently spoke to The Daily Star.

Litterateurs from India and Bangladesh converge

Poets, authors and researchers of Bangladesh and India converged at a remote village, under Chirirbandar upazila, of Dinajpur district to celebrate the birth anniversaries of Tagore and Nazrul.

Faruk to go to Bangkok for treatment

Veteran film star Faruk is critically ill. He is all set to go to Bangkok, Thailand on June 14 for medical treatment. Faruk's wife Farhana Pathan has confirmed the news. He will undergo treatment at the Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok.

London 2012

Danny Boyle has revealed that Shakespeare will go to the Olympic Games -- with ceremonies heavily inspired by the playwright's work “The Tempest”.

Nazrul birth anniversary celebrated in Kishoreganj

In observance of Rebel Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's 113th birth anniversary, a special programme was held at Kishoreganj Shilpakala Academy amidst festivity.

Flying high

A two-day traditional kite festival concluded in Pabna on Sunday. The festival, organised by villagers, was held at Golahat field of Varara union in Pabna Sadar upazila.

Lipi's installation auctioned at Christie's

Bangladeshi artist Tayeba Begum Lipi's installation “Bizarre and Beautiful II” was auctioned on June 11 at Christie's, in London. Her work was auctioned for US$ 10,615. The highlight of the auction, however, was Indian master Tyeb Mehta's artwork (acrylic on canvas) -- sold for US $ 2,154,064, according to Samdani Art Foundation sources.

Making a name for himself

Forty-four year old Lalon devotee and Pala Gaan artiste Nazrul Islam Boyati has made a name for himself in Jhenidah and neighboring districts by dint of his commitment.

Shohag Parvez's solo exhibition at Galleri Kaya

Galleri Kaya in Uttara, Dhaka will host a solo art exhibition, titled “Beautiful Bangladesh”, featuring the works of painter Shohag Parvez. The exhibition will be inaugurated on June 15, and will continue till June 26.

OP-ED

The case that changed history

Thirty five Bengalis, accused of conspiracy to break up Pakistan through declaring its eastern province as an independent state, were produced before a special tribunal on June 19, 1968. The Agartala Conspiracy Case instituted by the government of Pakistan against Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and thirty-four other Bengalis remains a point of reference for students of Bangladesh's history. Much debate has ensued about the way the case changed the course of Bengali history and transformed the nature of politics and geography in South Asia, especially in the context of Pakistan and Bangladesh. There remains the opinion of those who have believed that the case effectively hastened the fall of the military regime of Field Marshal Ayub Khan. There are yet others who have held fast to the idea that when the Pakistan government decided to go ahead with the case and in fact gave formal shape to it, the state of Pakistan, by nature fragile, took an inexorable step toward decline in its eastern province.

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This Day In History

June 13

1917
World War I: the deadliest German air raid on London during World War I is carried out by Gotha G bombers and results in 162 deaths, including 46 children, and 432 injuries.



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