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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expanded her council of ministers by inducting seven new members -- most of them little known public figures except for Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and Hasanul Haque Inu -- with many wondering about the reasons behind the move.

Strong signal sent out

Tofail Ahmed and Rashed Khan Menon's negative response to the offer of berths in the cabinet is a clear hint of a lack of confidence in the Awami League's style of governance.

Govt using antibiotics to stay alive

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday termed the cabinet expansion "government's final effort to survive", saying it will not work as the government has lost its popularity and public trust.

Tk 40,000 a worker

Bangladeshi workers will have to spend a maximum of Tk 40, 000 each for jobs in Malaysia that resumes recruitment under state arrangements in a few months, ending a nearly four-year ban.

Scam-hit Sonali seeks time

The cash-strapped Sonali Bank at a meeting yesterday sought extra time to honour overdue bills worth about Tk 725 crore against local and foreign letters of credit (LC).

US missions attacked in Yemen, Egypt

Demonstrators attacked the US embassies in Yemen and Egypt yesterday in protest at an anti-Islam film and American warships headed to Libya after the death of the US ambassador there in related violence earlier in the week.

The 7 new ministers

Of the seven new faces in the council of ministers, five are lesser-known figures as they are either local level leaders or relatively new in politics.

Bail cancelled, bail reinstated

After a Dhaka Court judge Wednesday cancelled bail of five Destiny Group officials accused of money laundering, another judge of the court in a surprising move granted them bail yesterday.

Four hours of fire, chaos

Inside a safe room of the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, ambassador Chris Stevens took cover with two other foreign service officers.

Interns call off strike at CMCH

The interns of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) called off their indefinite strike yesterday after the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists who attacked two interns during their duty on Tuesday formally apologised.

Ghulam Azam was the mentor

The activities of Ghulam Azam during the Liberation War and of Adolf Hitler during the World War II had similarities, said eminent human rights activist Sultana Kamal before International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday.

Mojaheed addressed Al-Badr rallies

War crimes accused Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed as one of the top Al-Badr leaders addressed several rallies of the outfit during the Liberation War, eminent war crimes researcher Shahriar Kabir told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday.

ACC sues Mridha, 2 other railway officials

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday filed six cases against a suspended general manager of the railway's east zone and two other officials for alleged links with irregularities in the department's recruitment process.

NBR goes tough on 3 telcos to realise dues

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has asked banks to freeze accounts of Banglalink, Robi and Citycell to force the mobile operators to pay a combined amount of Tk 398.03 crore outstanding for six years.

Rented Boeing dodges Biman

The owner of an aircraft took back the plane from leaseholder Biman without notice stranding 220 passengers in Muscat since Wednesday.

Full verdict of SC in a few weeks

The Supreme Court might release the full text of its judgment on scrapping the caretaker government system within a few weeks, as former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque signed it yesterday.

Jubo League leader killed

A Jubo League leader was killed in a “shootout” between members of Rapid Action Battalion and “his gang” at Ashulia in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, on Wednesday night.

Worker killed in Ctg ship breaking yard

A ship-breaking worker was killed after falling from the ship at Bhatiary in Chittagong on Wednesday afternoon.

Meet the lesula

A new species of monkey has been identified in Africa, only the second time such a discovery has been made on the continent in 28 years.

Kandahar hijack suspect held in J&K

In a major breakthrough, Jammu and Kashmir Police has arrested a top militant who is suspected to have provided logistical support to hijackers of IC-814 in 1999 and was operating for the last 25 years in the state.

Israel PM warns of early election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may bring forward next year's general election if he fails to pass what is expected to be a punishing austerity budget, local media reported yesterday.

Mexico's wanted drug lord held

Mexican officials yesterday said marines captured a man believed to be one of the country's most wanted drug lords, Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez.


Expansion of the cabinet

We would like to ask whether the government is expanding the cabinet to ensure better governance or to assuage disgruntlement both within the ruling party and also in the grand alliance. If it is the first, we welcome the move. If however, it is the latter then the step leaves something more to be desired.

We condemn massacre of US consulate in Libya

We unequivocally condemn the rocket attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Tuesday that left the US envoy to Libya J Christopher Stevens, three other Americans and several Libyan security personnel dead. We are indeed aggrieved to note that the attack, which is said to have been triggered by the release of a trailer of an American film mocking Prophet Mohammad (SM), has claimed several innocent lives having nothing to do with the making of the film or the release of its trailer on YouTube. We are also apprehensive that it will set the fledgling democracy of Libya on a path of increasing internal strife and political volatility.


'Anything is possible'

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was optimistic about his side's chances in the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka from September 18. The wicketkeeper batsman emphasised two factors -- his team's good showing in this year's Asia Cup in Dhaka and the right build-up to the mega tournament -- while speaking at the pre-event media conference in Colombo on Thursday.

History beckons women

The Bangladesh women's cricket captain Salma Khatun believes that her side has a good chance of winning the T20 series against the visiting South Africa team if they can capitalise on the chances in today's series-deciding third and final match.

Rare exhibition for booters

Bangladesh will set off for Nepal tomorrow to play two exhibition matches, and while the games will be low-key affairs, the tour will mark a landmark as a significant departure from usual practice for the national football team. Traditionally, overseas tours for the football team have always concentrated on either tournaments or preparatory matches ahead of tournaments. This is the first time, that the team will be going to play exhibition games without the impending pressure of a tournament.

Lanka deliver warning

Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan hit half-centuries as hosts Sri Lanka prepared for the World Twenty20 with a nine-wicket win over the West Indies on Thursday.

Torrid start for Siddikur

Bangladesh's ace golfer Siddikur Rahman endured an indifferent round of golf in the first round of the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taipei yesterday, finishing with a one-over-par 73 which saw him wallowing in joint 63rd position. It was quite a different tale for Philippines' Angelo Que, who carded a flawless seven-under-par 65 to finish in top position, leading Gaganjeet Bhullar of India and Jason Knutzon of the USA by 1 stroke.

Hockey back after 3 years

After a long three-year gap, the First Division Hockey League gets underway from tomorrow at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium with ten clubs taking part in the tournament format league.

Nat'l B chess

The Access Holding 38th National Chess B Championship gets underway from today at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room with players having over 2100 ratings eligible to take part in the qualifiers of the main event of the National Chess Championship.

Gayle can't wait to play in SL

Explosive West Indies opener Chris Gayle says his Test triple-century in Sri Lanka two years ago will spur him on in the World Twenty20.

AB banks on brief ties

South Africa captain AB de Villiers hopes his side's experience of playing in rain-reduced matches in England will prove useful during the upcoming World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

See what's coming up

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan will get an early chance to size up each other ahead of the World Twenty20 when they clash in a high-profile practice match in Colombo next Monday.

All's well that ends well

Stuart Broad will fly to Sri Lanka on Thursday for England's defence of their World Twenty20 title buoyed by a season-ending win over South Africa.

Cadet colleges' team to play in Subroto Cup

A combined football team of Bangladesh's cadet colleges will participate in the 53rd Subrato Cup football tournament in New Delhi.

School Hockey League

Municipal Model High School emerged champions in the School Hockey League with a 2-1 win over Chittagong University School and College in a tiebreaker at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.

Jimmy stays with Lancs

England pace bowler James Anderson signed a new two-year contract with Lancashire on Thursday despite his English county's relegation to the Second Division.

England square series

Jos Buttler's quickfire 32 not out provided the platform for England to beat South Africa by 28 runs in the third and final Twenty20 international at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Focused on winning

Cristiano Ronaldo says he is focused on winning for Real Madrid and not on his contract, beating down speculation that he is unhappy with his reported 10-million-euro ($13 million) salary.

Wenger to get new deal

Arsene Wenger is set to be offered a new contract with Arsenal despite the club's seven-year trophy drought, Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis hinted on Thursday.

Real's Sevilla test

Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido has been the most vocal critic of the stranglehold the big clubs exert over TV rights income and his side can also make a point on the pitch when they host Real Madrid on Saturday.

Robben not fully fit

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben could miss Saturday's clash against Mainz with a minor groin injury as the Bavarians seek to maintain their early season advantage over champions Borussia Dortmund.

Iniesta out for 2 weeks

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta will be out for between 10 days and two weeks after suffering an adductor injury while playing for Spain in mid-week, the Catalan club have announced.

PSG leave out Lavezzi

Argentina forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has been left out of Paris Saint-Germain's squad for their home game with Toulouse on Friday after playing for his country in mid-week.

Kagawa learns good lesson

Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa has vowed to take better care of himself after being sidelined by a back injury that he said may have been caused by "travel and fatigue".

Totti doubtful for Bologna clash

Francesco Totti could be a doubt for Roma's home fixture against Bologna at the Olympic Stadium this Sunday after suffering an ankle knock in training.

'More of fight than football'

Argentina skipper Lionel Messi feels that the World Cup qualifier versus Peru was more of a physical fight than a football game, but was satisfied with the eventual outcome of the match.


Hasina urges economists to create development awareness

It is not possible for the government to complete all development programmes in its tenure, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday.

ICCB elects new vice president

Rokia Afzal Rahman has been elected vice president of International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh at the 52nd meeting of the chamber executive board, ICCB said in a statement yesterday.

Banks' dues against accepted bills rise to Tk 2,976cr

A number of banks on several occasions had accepted foreign and local bills against letters of credit, but did not pay the dues of other banks in time. The amount of such unpaid bills stood at $363 million or Tk 2,976 crore as of June 30.

Samsung handsets record steady sales growth

Sales of Samsung handsets in Bangladesh went up by 25 percent to 1.50 lakh pieces in the second quarter of 2012.

Saudi operator owes BTCL Tk 250cr

Saudi Arabian telecom operator Saudi Telecom has not been paying Tk 250 crore in dues to Bangladesh's state-run operator BTCL due to a dispute over bills.

Post Office set to roll out e-payment service

Bangladesh Post Office (BPO) will launch its long-awaited mobile banking service in the next three months.

Govt lifts ban on exports of four commodities

The government yesterday lifted a ban on exports of green chilli, brinjal, garlic and onion as demand for those commodities declined after the fasting month of Ramadan.

Save farm lands by using better policy

The government should save farm lands by adopting a better policy for using lands, said Akbar Ali Khan, an economist and a former adviser to the caretaker government.

Stocks gain for second day

Stocks gained for the second day yesterday as institutional investors took a fresh position in the market, while retailers reallocated their portfolios to take profit.

Culinary talent hunt kicks off

A countrywide culinary talent hunt competition -- Monitor-Malaysian Palm Oil Chef of the Year 2012 -- was formally launched at a press conference at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on Wednesday.

LANCO of India to set up Bhola power plant

Power Development Board (PDB) and LANCO Infratech Ltd, an Indian firm, yesterday signed a contract for setting up a 217.9-megawatt gas-fired combined cycle power project in Bhola.

DCCI publishes tax guide for 2012-13

The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) yesterday published "Tax Guide 2012-13" to create awareness among businesses and entrepreneurs about paying tax.


Persecution continuing in Rakhine: US team

A US team, which has recently visited violence-torn Rakhine state of Myanmar, yesterday said serious insecurity, tension, persecution and displacement of people continued in Rakhine and stressed access of international aid agencies to supply humanitarian assistance.

Media should play stronger role in HIV/AIDS awareness

The media should play a stronger role in creating awareness of HIV/AIDS among mass people, as it is the easiest and most powerful way to reach people from all walks of life, speakers said at a discussion in Chittagong yesterday.

Next polls must be held under caretaker govt

The next general election should be held under a non-partisan caretaker government, whatever the format might be, to make it fair and credible, some eminent citizens said at a roundtable yesterday.

Punish grabbers of water bodies

Eleven rights bodies yesterday demanded punishment for the authorities of private housing companies who are filling up water bodies violating detailed area plan (DAP) in the capital.

Four buses set on fire after road crashes

Mobs set four buses ablaze after a garment worker was killed and a minor girl injured in separate road accidents in Gazipur and Chittagong yesterday.

Reduce constituency numbers of Dhaka

Some civil society personalities and non-government organisation representatives yesterday proposed to reduce the capital's parliamentary constituency numbers to protect the interests of rural areas.

Verdict yet to be implemented

Although more than one year has passed, verdict in the Kamrul Islam Momin murder case is yet to be implemented as two convicts with death penalty and four others with life term imprisonment in the case are still on the run.

Four fake doctors jailed

A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested four fake doctors and sentenced each of them to two years' imprisonment and shut down two fake herbal medicine centres in the capital's Moghbazar.

Lease of govt land to tea garden protested

Residents of Jaintiapur upazila in Sylhet yesterday demanded that the government refrains from leasing out 4,000 acres of government land in the hills of the upazila's Charikata and Nijpat unions for the establishment of tea gardens.

4 killed, 55 hurt in road crashes

Four people were killed and 55 others injured in separate road accidents in Brahmanbaria and Dinajpur on Wednesday and yesterday.

Bill placed seeking relevant law

A private member's bill was placed in parliament yesterday proposing enactment of a law for specifying qualifications and disqualifications of candidates for appointment as judges to the Supreme Court.

DU forms probe body

The Dhaka University authorities yesterday formed an eight-member committee to investigate Monday's attack on Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men on the university campus.

One Billion Rising campaign launched

One Billion Rising, a global campaign to end violence against women, was launched in the country yesterday.

Charge framing hearing Oct 11

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed October 11 for charge-framing hearing against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and six others in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

Youth held for trying to rob bank

Police arrested a youth with a fake pistol and a fake bomb on charge of threatening a bank manager to kill him in Dhanmondi area of the capital yesterday.

Tailbacks clog Dhaka roads

Commuters in the capital were stuck in traffic congestion for hours yesterday due to frequent VVIPs' movement and a political programme.

Two killed by trains in capital

Two unidentified men were crushed to death by trains in Karwan Bazar and Gendaria of the capital yesterday morning.

Five commit suicide in capital

Two female students, two female domestic helps and a man allegedly committed suicide in the capital's Razabazar, Mirpur, East Badda and Baridhara-DOHS Cantonment area on Wednesday and yesterday.

Man's tongue cut, eyes gouged out in capital

A man was viciously attacked in Bagan Bari area of the capital yesterday.

3 held with firearm in capital

Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested three people with a small firearm from Bosila in the capital's Mohammadpur area on Wednesday night.

Dhaka condoles victims of fire in Pakistan

Dhaka expressed deep sorrow and shock at the twin tragic incidents of fire at a garment factory in Karachi and a shoe factory in Lahore on Tuesday, which resulted in loss of lives and property.

Man dies as train runs him over

An unidentified man was killed as a train ran him over in Chalkamhati area in Natore sadar upazila yesterday morning.

Education seminar begins at ULAB today

A two-day international seminar on "Innovations in Education and ELT" will begin today at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) in the capital.


Dr Kamrunnesa, a language movement veteran of Boro Mosque road in Patuakhali town, died of cancer at her residence in the capital's Uttara area around 8:00am yesterday. She was 76.

Sofia Zaman Mozumdar

Sofia Zaman Mozumdar, wife of former secretary Abu Moh-ammad Anisuzzaman, died in the Phili-ppines on Wednes-day. She was 74.


Qulkhwani of Muslehuddin Ahmad, former ambassador and founder vice chancellor of North South University, will be held today after Asr prayers at his House-84, Road-14 in Banani of the capital. He died on Monday night at Square Hospital at the age of 84.


Fumes of charcoal factory pose threat to kids of two schools

An unauthorised charcoal factory, operating for years within ten metres of two schools at Nayatola of Saidpur municipality, poses health hazard for students and teachers, in addition to hampering academic atmosphere.

Reconstruction of 11 bridges awaits start for two years

Reconstruction of eleven bridges on Sylhet-Sunamganj regional highway has not started even after a year into completion of the tender process allegedly due to bureaucratic tangles.

Boy abducted from Gazipur rescued in Gaibandha

The law enforcers rescued an abducted child from Dakkhin Santola village in Sadullapur upazila yesterday morning and arrested five people in this connection.

Low jute price frustrates growers in Kurigram

Low prices of jute in the local market have frustrated growers of the district this year.

Townspeople suffer badly for awfully slow pace of work

The townspeople are badly suffering as vehicular movement is badly hampered due to awfully slow pace in the ongoing work for roadside drain construction on North Circular Road in the heart of the town.

Cop jailed in Dinajpur for contempt of court

A court here yesterday sentenced a police official of Ghoraghat upazila to seven days jail for contempt to court.

CID takes up journalist Jamal murder case

The case for murder of journalist Jamal Uddin has been transferred to Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Criminals ransack rooms of TSCC, torch 2 vehicles

Unidentified criminals torched two vehicles and ransacked several rooms of the Teacher-student Cultural Centre (TSCC) on Islamic University (IU) campus on Wednesday night.

Greater Khulna committee plans 15-day agitation

Leaders of Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee have announced a 15-day movement programme, including a rail line siege on September 29, to press home their 12-point demand.

Fishes of a pond poisoned to death due to enmity

Fishes worth Tk 2 lakh of a pond were poisoned to death at Paschim Gilabari Derhalia village in Rajendrapur area of the city on Wednesday night.

Two youths get life for murder in Chandpur

A court here on Wednesday convicted two youths and sentenced them to life imprisonment in a murder case.

'Robber' beaten to death

A suspected robber was killed in a mob beating at Shayamnagar village in Porsha upazila of Naogaon district on Wednesday evening. The dead was identified as Torab Ali, 40, son of Mohammad Gazi of Matindar village in Potnitola upazila. ABM Rezaul Islam, officer in-charge at Porsha police station, said a gang of robbers stormed into a house of Shayamnagar village and looted valuables in March, this year. Later, the house owner filed a case against the robbers, including Torab Ali. Locals caught Torab and gave him a good beating, leaving him critically injured when he went to the village at around 11:30am. He was rushed to Naogaon Sadar Hospital where the doctors declared him dead, said the OC.

Lightning kills two

A man and a woman were killed by lightning in Sarishabari upazila yesterday morning. The deceased were identified as housewife Nasima Begum, 28, of Kamrabad Beparipara area under Sarishabari municipality and Karim Mandol, 65, son of late Joyen Uddin of Sengua village under Mahadan union of the upazila. Police and locals said Nasima was struck by lighting when she went to collect vegetables from a nearby orchard. Karim Mandol was killed when he went out of his house to call his son Khurshed Alam from Khalishakuri water body near his house.

Two boys drown in pond

Two children drowned in a pond at village Paitkapara in Sunderganj upazila Wednesday evening. Locals said Tamim, 4, son of Hyder Ali and Rakibul, 6, son of Zakaria Hossain were playing on the bank of the pond. Suddenly both of them fell in the water and drowned. The members of the house could trace the missing boys. Later, the neighbours recovered the bodies of the boys from the pond at night. Both the victims are cousin brothers.

Hotel workers' ultimatum

Hotel and restaurant workers gave the government a 72-hour ultimatum to meet their seven-point demand. Leaders of Natore District Hotel Workers Union on Wednesday announced the ultimatum at a demonstration in the town following their daylong work abstention. Their demands include implementation of the government-declared minimum wages and maternity leave for female workers. The workers also brought out a procession in the town and staged a demonstration at Nichabazar during their work abstention programme on Wednesday. Union president Abdus Sattar and general secretary Samar Chandra Sarker spoke on the occasion, and threatened to launch a tougher movement if their demands were not met within the deadline.


Thirty lakh children out of school!

It is said that still approximately 30 lakh children remain out of school even after taking up different government and non-government schemes to enrol all primary age children in school. Even so, the government claims some success in reducing child dropout rate saying it stood at 29.70 percent in 2011 down from 45.10 percent in 2008.

Mired in corruption

We, the common people of Bangladesh are dismayed to see our motherland getting immersed in a sea of corruption! Our politicians have made politics a 'synonym' for corruption. 'Buying' positions in the party hierarchy is considered to be the 'safest' and most 'lucrative' investment! While in power, party leaders along with their sycophants get, as it were, an OGL (open general license) to commit all sorts of corruption ranging from extortion to land-grabbing! Profiteering by hiking up prices is the be-all and end-all of our businessmen! In the government. offices, flattery or greasing the plam is a must for smooth movement of files from one table to another! For making 'quick money' our law-enforcers can anytime change from their role of 'protectors' to 'predators'! In our banks, share markets and financial houses, 'looters' are lying in wait for the 'booty'! Our highest seats of learning have become the 'hunting ground' for corrupt educationists! Transcending our national boundary, our corruption spree is now scaling 'international heights', thanks to some of our 'pious' high-ups!

Reduce cost of Internet service

In recent years, the number of Internet users has increased tremendously. People are enjoying widespread internet access provided by many Internet service providers. A large number of users depend on online-related work but the high cost of internet service is discouraging them, which literally has hindered the progress of achieving the dream of a Digital Bangladesh.

Sycophancy not expected from good leaders

People of this country like BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for his honesty, decent way of talking and constructive criticism. But recently he tried to say that Tareq Zia is a patriot and so he is suffering (which is a joke). Such comments make people very angry. What Tareq Zia and his cadres did from Hawa Bhaban resulted in the terrible defeat of BNP in the last election. If BNP brings him back, there is every possibility of BNP's defeat in the next election.

Unemployment and crime

Money really can't bring happiness in one's life but it surely is a necessity. Today unemployment has become a serious issue in Bangladesh. Unemployment can lure the youths into crime and violence.

Advance tax collection

In Bangladesh many people possess luxurious cars, apartments in posh areas, and lands as well as cottage (bagan bari) on the outskirts of the city. But how many of them pay taxes? Unfortu-nately, only 2.2-2.3 million people have TIN. Among them 0.45 million (4.5lac) submitted Tax return last year.

Hilsa export should stop

Hilsa, our national fish, has been getting out of reach of common people. Once in this country there was plenty of this tasty fish. Mass people could easily buy this fish cheap. But now they can not think of buying it because of its scarcity and high price.

PM's remarks unacceptable

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina severely condemned a section of BUET teachers and students for pouring blood of their bodies on the staircases of the administrative building demanding the removal of VC and Pro-VC. She called it a 'perverted protest.' Instead of becoming sympathetic, she became cynical!

Testimonial for Obama

It is commonly said that when a wife sincerely praises her husband as a good man, the latter is indeed a good man.

Online Voices

PM flays Buet agitators


The agents of outrage

The violence in Cairo and Benghazi looked spontaneous; it was anything but. Instead it was the product of a sequence of provocations, some mysterious, some obvious. It seemed to start in the US, then became magnified in Egypt and was brought to a deadly and sorrowful climax in Libya -- all on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. The cast of characters in this tragedy included a shadowy filmmaker, a sinister pastor in Florida, an Egyptian-American Islamophobe, an Egyptian TV host, politically powerful Islamist extremist groups and, just possibly, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya. The instigators and executors didn't work in concert; they probably didn't even know they were in cahoots. Indeed, some of them would sooner die than knowingly help the others' causes.

Hunt for killers

The United States is deploying warships and surveillance drones in its hunt for those who killed four US diplomatic staffers in Libya -- an attack that has outraged Americans and Libyans alike.

Egypt ex-PM jailed for corruption

An Egyptian court yesterday sentenced former prime minister Ahmed Nazif to three years in prison and to pay a fine of nine million Egyptian pounds ($1.5 million) for illegal enrichment.

9/11hijack video posted

Al-Qaeda yesterday posted an online video of two plane hijackers of the September 11, 2001 suicide attacks, which they said were part of a war to drive US forces out of the Arabian Peninsula.

Arts & Entertainment

Apurba @ DS Café

One of the most popular faces on TV at this moment is Apurba -- an able actor who keeps on outshining his own popularity. His schedule is always packed with acting projects; a trend he wants to continue for the rest of his life. Apurba is also keen on working on the silver screen, and is set to make his debut as a director.

Artiste duo to perform Radha Raman songs

As part of the regular fortnightly musical soiree arranged by Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parisad, two artistes -- Chandrabati Roy Burman (81) and Bishwajit Roy (48) -- of Radha Raman Shangskriti Chorcha Kendra will perform songs of the mystique bard Radha Raman Dutta at the National Music and Dance Centre auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at 6:30 pm tomorrow. The artiste duo representing two generations will perform 10 songs each at the programme.

First Ganga-Jamuna theatre fest begins today

Featuring nine plays by eight troupes from Bangladesh and India, an eight-day theatre festival, titled “Ganga-Jamuna Natyatshab”, begins today at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Seven Bangladeshi troupes will stage their popular and latest plays on different issues, while the Indian troupe Anik Natyadal will stage two plays on a same day.

Udichi observes Shah Abdul Karim's 3rd death anniversary

Marking the third death anniversary of Baul Samrat Shah Abdul Karim, DU (Dhaka University) wing of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshthi organised a cultural programme and discussion at Shoparjito Shadhinota on DU campus, on September 12. The programme featured promising singers rendering songs of Shah Abdul Karim.

Talent hunt for amateur singers

On Tuesday night a vibrant musical programme was held at Jhenidah Press Club auditorium. Ankur Natya Academy, a cultural organisation of Jhenidah, arranged the event. Seventeen aspiring performers took part in the programme. Of them 10 will be selected and finally, one will be chosen as the winner of the “Meghe Dhaka Tara” title.

An assortment of diverse media

Youth Society of Art has joined hands with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) to organise a 10-day group art exhibition, titled “5th Friendship Art Exhibition”, at National Art Gallery of BSA.

Did You Know?

Guernica by Pablo Picasso


The conscience of our government

John Maynard Keynes had predicted that by 2030, the workers would reach a high level of productivity to earn more and work less. That prediction may have a long way to go, but some people are using workers' interest as an excuse to squander public money. Every time we discuss loan defaulters or swindlers in this country, someone wants to give them reprieve because breadcrumbs falling off their tables justify voracious eating.

Some welcome progress

The latest round of India-Pakistan ministerial-level parleys reminds one of the element of niggardliness in the subcontinent's culture that has given currency to quite a few sayings about the reluctant offerings of goat milk.

Long handle of prejudice

The outrage is absolute in its origin, manifestation and backlash. The cause and effect relationship has already proven dire. With perhaps more to come, the reservoir of sanity has to overpower the sleazy video of insanity.

Having a disaster management law!

Globally, Bangladesh is equally acknow-ledged as a country with high poverty and disaster vulnerability and as a good performer in disaster management. Bangladesh started its disaster management policy and institutional reform in mid-nineties but unfortunately did not gain much success in the policy front except the Standing Orders on Disaster (SOD) first issued in 1997. By 2010, SOD -- the only government approved policy document the country had -- did not carry much legal value in absence of an Act.

An obituary for Moslehuddin Ahmed

It is occasionally a peculiar coincidence that a very close friend of mine leaves this mortal world while my wife and I are away from the country.

This Day In History

September 14

The Ottoman Empire signs the Treaty of Adrianople with Russia, thus ending the Russo-Turkish War.


The new iPhone is a people's evolution

Revolutions can be exciting, but sometimes evolution can be even more powerful. With the curtain drawn back today on what exactly the new iPhone will do (and will be called), Apple is entering a period of consolidating its lead. Its next trick is to outflank smartphone competitors as deftly as it has in the tablet wars.

Apple goes big screen with iPhone 5

Apple on Wednesday introduced the iPhone 5, with a bigger screen and slimmer body that analysts quickly branded a sure hit for the culture-changing tech giant.

Oracle discusses new enterprise security

Oracle at an event recently discussed about its new enterprise security, Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2.

Kaspersky now available online

Kaspersky AV products can now be bought online in Bangladesh.

Roots Communication starts operation with ZTE

Roots Communication Ltd, a leading International Gateway provider of Bangladesh, is the first among the new licensees to deploy the IGW network, including overseas sites within a very short time. Roots chose ZTE Corporation as their sole equipment and solution provider, and the future strategic partner from since the inception.


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