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Let's now help build bridge fast

The Asian Development Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency will propose forming a task force for new procurement arrangements for speedy and clean implementation of the Padma Bridge project.

Hartal today

Twelve like-minded Islamist parties called a countrywide daylong hartal for today following clashes with police for around an hour near the Jatiya Press Club yesterday.

Science education on the wane

Science education in the country has suffered an alarming decline over the last two decades as it is no longer considered lucrative and the government remains indifferent to the situation, eminent scientists told a discussion yesterday.

Rampage in Rangamati

At least 20 people including a union parishad chairman and a sub-inspector were injured in a clash between indigenous people and Bangalee settlers in Rangamati town yesterday.

Aus through to Super Eights

Australia qualified for the Super Eights round of the World Twenty20 by defeating the West Indies in a rain-interrupted group B match in Colombo on Saturday.

Highly risky yet in high demand

The acrid stench of burnt metal still hangs heavy in the air on the spot where Mohammad Karim's house once stood. It ceased to exist last Thursday, reducing Karim and a thousand others to the role of helpless bystanders as it razed swiftly to the ground, swallowed whole by billowing flames that could well have been hellfire.

Sonali in a sticky stew

The cash-strapped Sonali Bank is not getting back its money from Hall-Mark Group so soon.

Indian PM heckled

Security men muscled away a protester who heckled Indian Premier Manmohan Singh yesterday as he was about to deliver a speech defending contentious reforms aimed at reviving a flagging economy.

400 Biman passengers stranded

Around 400 passengers of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, mostly bound for Middle-Eastern destinations, were stranded at Dhaka and Chittagong until yesterday as the national carrier's schedule disorder persists.

Disgraced girl kills herself

She could not take it anymore.

Car plunge kills 3 kids

At least three children of a family were killed and five others injured after their microbus plunged into a ditch near Chittagong-Kaptai road in Ziabazar area of the port city yesterday morning.

Khaleda leaves for Dinajpur

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday left the capital for Dinajpur to attend a rally there this afternoon.

Russia advances sweeping new spy bill

Russia's parliament has advanced sweeping spy legislation targeting civil groups that work with foreigners to upset domestic politics in what rights groups call another attack on freedoms.

US names 55 Guantanamo prisoners ready to be freed

The US government published for the first time on Friday a list of 55 Guantanamo detainees cleared for release but still held amid challenges identifying a willing host country or concerns about sending them home.

Taiwan PM survives no-confidence vote

Taiwanese Premier Sean Chen comfortably survived a no-confidence vote brought by opposition parties Saturday over what they see as his cabinet's failure to curb rising unemployment and inflation.


Modalities of the next election

The prime minister has seemingly had a change of heart. Where she had informed the nation earlier that the next general election would be held with the present Jatiyo Sangsad staying on, she has now told us that the election could be held after the dissolution of parliament as it exists now. This new position on the part of the prime minister is quite at variance with her earlier position. There appear to be quite a few gaps in the new position. On the one hand, Sheikh Hasina has stated that parliament will be dissolved before the election. On the other, she has said that while she will inform the president that the government wants a new election, the question of when parliament will be dissolved is a matter which rests with the head of state.

A moving story of victimisation

The atrocious tales of Bangladeshi youths being defrauded by fake recruiting agents have become part of our quotidian existence. But the latest incident wherein twenty Bangladeshis landed up in two Tanzanian prisons for 11 months is perhaps the most horrendous in recent times. Although all of them were brought back by the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET), a photograph of a wailing returnee at the Shahjalal International Airport in this newspaper vividly reflected the trauma that they had had to go through, not to mention the substantial monetary loss that, in all probability, will pauperise them.


Pak-Kiwi clash today

New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor hoped his batsmen counter Pakistan's spin threat in the Group D cracker at Pallekele Stadium on Sunday.

Question of strength

The Tigers are dejected but not completely shattered by the 59-run defeat against New Zealand on Friday. True, Bangladesh had focussed all their energy on this particular match before the start of the tournament but the team now realises that there is a huge difference in strength between them and the other top teams in the newest format of the game. Richard Pybus's charges might have taken the best possible preparation but the reality is that they are yet to attain the strength that will allow them to compete neck-and-neck with the top teams, though it's often said that there is no small or big team in the T20 format.

'No game is a dead game'

Luke Wright's match-winning 99 not out off 55 balls for England against Afghanistan in the World Twenty20 was warmly greeted by axed teammate Kevin Pietersen.

Confidence earned

The Bangladesh national football team arrived home yesterday from their tour of Nepal with some new-found confidence, having fought the hosts for a creditable 1-1 draw in the second International Friendly at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu on Thursday, after the first one was cancelled due to unplayable pitch conditions.

Fingers crossed for NZ

Hope never dies. The 59-run defeat against New Zealand might have faded the Tigers' chance of reaching the Super Eights stage of the ICC World Twenty20 but the Tigers, as well as 160 million people at home, will definitely be praying for a Kiwi victory against Pakistan in today's Group D match at the Pallekele International Stadium.

BD A shot out for 199

Bangladesh A were bowled out for 199 runs on the first day of the four-day game against the West Indies High Performance team yesterday, as the visitors took full advantage of the home side's inexperience against pace bowling. In reply, the West Indies side finished the day on 14 for no loss.

Rubel, Safina's double crown

Rubel Hossain and Shah Safina won double crowns in the Asian U-14 Series Tennis Competition which concluded at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.

Proteas pound on SL

A clinical performance from South Africa saw them beat Sri Lanka by 32 runs in a rain-curtailed Group C match of the Twenty20 World Cup at Hambantota on Saturday.

One of Brendon's best

Dashing New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum Saturday showed pleasure over his record-breaking knock against Bangladesh, saying contributions to team wins are significant.

Stuart greets 6-sixer Yuvi

The mere mention of 'six sixes' rankles England captain Stuart Broad, who was at the receiving end when Yuvraj Singh accomplished the feat in the 2007 World Twenty20, but the pacer was sporting enough to "welcome" the Indian batsman back after recovery from cancer.

Hsieh robs Robson

Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh beat Briton Laura Robson in the WTA Guangzhou Open final on Saturday, ending the teenager's attempt to become the first British woman to win a main tour title in 24 years.

Wanderers confirm super four

Dhaka Wanderers Club confirmed the super four berth in the Green Delta Insurance Metropolis First Division Hockey League beating Barnak Samaj 1-0 at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

De Villiers and Mahela hail Kallis

South Africa captain AB de Villiers along with Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene have paid glowing tributes to veteran Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis.

Bird doing better in hospital

Legendary Test umpire Dickie Bird was rushed to a hospital for an emergency surgery after a blood vessel burst in his nose when he was in the bathroom.

Local Snippets

Gazipur moved to the semifinals of the Divisional Commissioner Gold Cup Football after emerging champions of Group B. The hosts defeated Dhaka by a solitary goal at the Gazipur Stadium yesterday to book the semifinal berth, with Robin scoring the all-important goal. Meanwhile, Gopalganj will meet Shariatpur in the Group A match today to decide the semifinalist from that group.

Cole fuels title push

Ashley Cole's first goal since May 2010 saw European champions Chelsea go three points clear at the top of the Premier League after they left it late to beat Stoke 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

All eyes on Anfield

Sir Alex Ferguson has called for calm ahead of Manchester United's emotionally-charged clash against bitter rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

Mourinho a fan of Drogba

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho believes that his former club Chelsea could struggle this season without striker Didier Drogba.

Montpellier salvage a point

Defending champions Montpellier were held to a 1-1 draw by Saint Etienne on Friday, bringing an end to a frustrating week where they had suffered two successive defeats.

'No dressing room conflict'

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho insisted on Saturday that rumours of dressing room discord were untrue.

Guardiola coy about future

Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola insisted Friday that he is happy living the family life in New York for now as he kept the guessing game about his future in football wide open.

Lazio face racism probe

Italian side Lazio will face disciplinary proceedings after their fans were accused of racist behaviour during the Europa League clash at Tottenham, UEFA said on Friday.

Diego to become father again

Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona is set to become a father again for the fourth time, his partner Veronica Ojeda revealed on Friday.


Tax receipts double

The weeklong income tax fair ended yesterday, with calls for extending the fair's opening hours in future, as the show generated a handsome amount of revenue.

SEC sets new rules for issuing debt securities through private placement

The Securities and Exchange Commission has formulated a new rule on issuance of debt securities through private placement, aiming to bring the fund raising process under regulation.

Nasir Group changes strategy for energy-saving bulbs

Intense competition from dozens of importers and assemblers has forced Nasir Group to revise its strategy for its locally-produced energy saving light bulbs.

Asian Tourism Fair ends today

Four large vivid festoons welcome visitors at the colourful entry decorated with balloons and flowers to the second Asian Tourism Fair at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.

Stocks pass a buoyant week

Stocks gained 5.58 percent last week, the highest single week gain this year, continuing the ride on investor optimism following the possibility of the World Bank loan revival for the Padma Bridge.

Business team flies with Hasina to attend UN meeting

A delegation of 23 Bangladeshi businessmen is going to the US with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to attend the 67th general meeting of the United Nations to be held in New York tomorrow.

WTO cuts 2012 global trade growth outlook

The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Friday slashed its 2012 global trade outlook, citing the eurozone debt crisis and weak growth in the US and China as key factors.

GM recalls 474,000 sedans

General Motors is recalling nearly 474,000 Saturn, Chevrolet and Pontiac sedans in the United States, Canada and elsewhere to fix a transmission problem that could allow the cars to move when in "park," the company said Friday.

StanChart wins best retail bank award

Standard Chartered Bank Bangladesh has won the "Best Retail Bank in Bangladesh" award for 2011, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Selima to attend Clinton Global Initiative meeting

A three-day Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting begins today in New York.

Use tourism for economic development

Bangladesh needs to present its tourist offerings more attractively to make the most of the growing number of tourists visiting the least developed countries, a top expert said.

India won't quit small stores

India's kiranas, or small general stores, fear that the country's decision to allow Wal-Mart and other foreign companies to invest in grocery stores and other kinds of retailers will hurt their businesses.

iPhone 5 rollout draws big crowds worldwide

Apple fans queued in Asia, Europe and North America on Friday for the new iPhone 5, which appeared set to break sales records despite lukewarm reviews and complaints about its mapping system.


In a rejoinder to a report, "Ctg customs seizes falsely declared cars," published in The Daily Star on September 19, Etacol Bangladesh Ltd said it had never imported such items.


Haor snails face extinction in indiscriminate hunting

Indiscriminate harvesting of snails and other shells for fish feed from the country's haors (very large wetland), baors (wetland created by former rivers), and bils (small wetland) is posing a serious threat to the biodiversity.

Still occupied 11yrs into HC order for clearing

Over 11 years into being issued, a High Court directive to keep clear the capital's footpaths for easy and obstruction-free movement of people remains unimplemented due to a “lack of political commitment of the successive governments”.

Govt plans to bring Bangladesh into top 10 in Asia

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister M Faruk Khan yesterday said the government has taken a holistic approach to make Bangladesh one of the top 10 Asian tourist destinations.

Jewellery shop looted in capital

Unidentified criminals yesterday looted eight tolas of gold ornaments and Tk 22,000 in cash from a jewellery shop in the capital's Hazaribagh and injured one of its employees.

Bangladesh can meet world's 60pc jute demand

A group of economists, social workers and trade union leaders yesterday urged the government to pay special attention to the jute industry to restore the golden fibre's lost glory amid its growing demand in the world market.

Teesta water-sharing deal 'soon'

Bangladesh's LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said the Teesta river water-sharing agreement would be signed “fairly soon” now that the “weather has improved”.

Int'l community lacks interest, response

The international community is not as interested to protect the rights of Rohingyas as they are in the case of people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Arabian Peninsula and African crescent, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Judges' power shrinks during military rule

The powers of judges become restricted during the martial law regimes since the constitution remains either suspended or abrogated during these periods, Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain said yesterday.

Huge quantity of yaba seized, 5 held

Detective Branch (DB) of police recovered 12,600 pieces of yaba tablets from the capital's Mohammadpur Dam area yesterday and arrested five persons along with a truck and a motorbike in this connection.

BNP hatching conspiracy again against Padma bridge

Awami League Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak yesterday alleged that the main opposition BNP has indulged in conspiracy again against the Padma bridge project following the World Bank's return to the deal.

Seized oil tanker handed over to customs in Ctg

Bangladesh Coast Guard yesterday handed over the oil tanker, which was seized on Friday with more than six lakh litres of furnace oil and 700 litres of diesel worth around Tk 4 crore, to Chittagong customs authorities.

Five killed, eight injured in road crashes

Five people were killed and eight others injured in separate road accidents in Natore, Manikganj and Chittagong on Friday and yesterday.

Cable service worker killed in capital

A lineman of a cable operator agency was killed as some unidentified criminals slit this throat at North Jatrabari in the capital early yesterday.

Preserve Liberation War photos Says AK Khandker

Planning Minister A K Khandker yesterday urged the country's young generation to preserve photographs captured during the War of Liberation in 1971 to present the real history before the nation.

2 Indian scientists arrive in Dhaka to boost agricultural cooperation

Two Indian agricultural scientists arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a four-day visit for further cooperation in the field of agriculture and food security between India and Bangladesh.

Two commit suicide in capital

Two people including the wife of a policeman committed suicide in the capital's Sabujbagh and Rampura areas yesterday.

Youth dies as train hits him

A youth was killed after being struck by a train in Karwan Bazar area of the capital yesterday.

Notre Dame College Alumni Association gathering Nov 17

The first gathering of the Notre Dame College Alumni Association will be held on November 17.

Teenager dies falling from tree

A teenage boy died after falling from a tree at Boalkhali upazila in Chittagong yesterday morning.

Death anniversary

Today is the 15th death anniversary of veteran politician and social worker Firozer Rahman (Firoz Master).


Khaleda to kick off tour of dists from Dinajpur

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is scheduled to address a rally here today to elicit public opinion in favour of the caretaker government system.

36 held ahead of Narsingdi hartal

Police arrested at least 36 people in Narshingdi ahead of 48-hour hartal, beginning in the district at 6:00am today.

Roadside trees looted in Nilphamari

Criminals felled and plundered 62 trees, planted under the government's social forestation five years ago, from one-kilometre area on both sides of Nilphamari-Saidpur road between Darwani pillar and Kachari points in Nilphamari Sadar upazila on Thursday noon.

36 more Jamaat, Shibir men held

Police detained 36 more Jamaat and Shibir activists from Shalgaria and Traffic More intersection of the district town yesterday afternoon while they were preparing to bring out a procession in support of today's half day hartal.

Erosion takes serious turn in Rangpur, Lalmonirhat

Rain-fed Teesta and Dharla rivers in Rangpur and Lalmonirhat districts took an alarming turn in the last one week, devouring a vast tract of lands and leaving thousands of people marooned.

People of 2 Rangpur city areas suffer

People of east and west Khasbagh areas in Rangpur city were without electricity for over 72 hours till yesterday as a transformer went out of order on Wednesday.

Fire kills two children

Two children were burnt death in a fire in Jaldhaka upazila on Friday night.

Storm lashes Rangpur village

At least 20 people were injured and over 100 thatched and tin-roofed houses damaged as a storm lashed Islampur Belbari village under Payrabandh union in Mithapukur upazila early yesterday. Police and locals said, more than 500 trees were also uprooted and crops on 50 acres of land were destroyed. Electricity supply remained snapped as the uprooted trees fell on power lines. Harun-Ar-Rashid, UNO of Mithapukur, told this correspondent that a 5-minute storm wrecked havoc in the village. Victims Rasheda Begum, Rafiqul Islam, Nazrul Islam and Jahangir Mian of the area told this correspondent that they were living under the open sky. We need help to rebuild our houses, they said.

Jubo Dal factions clash

Two rival factions of BNP backed Jubo Dal locked in a clash yesterday afternoon at Noymail Bazar in Shahjahanpur upazila. Locals and police said that district BNP president VP Saiful backed upazila vice president Bashar group swooped on former MP Helaluzzaman Lalu backed Atol group as they (Atol group) brought down three banners from the area which were hung there demanding new district committee in Bogra. The incident took place on the eve of BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia's visit to the district.

Sit-in for Khulna dev

Leaders of Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee (GKDACC) observed a two-hour sit-in from 10am yesterday at Picture Palace intersection to press home their 13-point demand. The demands include construction of a modern railway station and double train line from Khulna to Dhaka, gas supply through pipeline in the region, establishment of Padma Bridge at Mawa, Shilpakala Academy, deep sea port at Akram point, modernisation of Mongla Port, completion of the on-going airport project at Foyla, reopening of the closed Daulatpur jute mill and newsprint mill, reconstruction of Khulna district stadium and turning Bhomra land port into an international port. Chaired by its president advocate SM Daud Ali, KCC Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque addressed it as chief guest while Nazrul Islam Monju, lawmaker of Khulna-2 constituency spoke as special guest.

Robbers held from Meghna

Police arrested seven robbers from the Meghna river near Ekhlaspur in North Matlab upazila on Friday afternoon. Police said a gang of robbers, coming in a trawler, swooped on a rice-laden cargo in the river and looted the rice at gunpoint in the afternoon while the cargo was coming to Chandpur from Narayanganj. When the gang was fleeing with the looted rice, their trawler capsized due to strong current in the river. Later local fishermen caught them with the help of river police.

Man murdered in Bogra

President of a school managing committee was brutally murdered at Nisindhara village in Nandigram upazila on Friday night. The deceased was identified as Jamal Uddin, 40, son of late Abdur Razzak of the village and president of Boro Changoir High School's managing committee. Locals said that Jamal might have been killed due a feud over his parental property. Witness said that the body of the victim was cut into pieces and thrown at different places.


Israel will launch war: Iran

Israel will eventually go beyond threats and will attack Iran, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying yesterday.

Rebels move base into Syria

Rebels have moved their command base from Turkey to "liberated areas" inside Syria, they announced yesterday as regime troops and rebels battled for control of a corridor near the border.

Protesters rout Benghazi militia, 4 killed

Libyans angry over the enduring power of paramilitary groups in Benghazi stormed the bases of an Islamist militia and an ex-rebel unit sparking clashes that left at least four people dead, according to early yesterday figures.

Congress pulls out from WB govt

As a counter to the withdrawal of support to the India's ruling UPA government by the Trinamool Congress on Thursday, the Congress yesterday pulled out its six ministers from the Mamata Banerjee ministry.

Pak-US ties improving

Pakistan and the US are repairing ties which had plunged to an all-time low, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said Friday, despite violent anti-American protests rocking her country.

UK, Sweden silent over Ecuador's proposal

Britain's Foreign Office was tightlipped yesterday over a proposal from Ecuador that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be transferred from London to Sweden but stay under Quito's protection.

Manmohan meets Pranab amid talk of cabinet reshuffle

Amid intense speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday met President Pranab Mukherjee and the two discussed the political situation in the country.

Afghans ban Pak newspapers

Afghanistan yesterday moved to block the entry of all newspapers from Pakistan, saying they serve Taliban militants.

SP blames Indian PM for economic crisis

India's Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav who, until now, used to divert queries related to national politics and his father Samajwadi Party (SP) president Mulayam Singh Yadav's support to the UPA, yesterday attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, holding him responsible for the economic crisis of India.

Mob rout Benghazi militia; 4 killed

Libyans angry over the enduring power of paramilitary groups in Benghazi stormed the bases of an Islamist militia and an ex-rebel unit sparking clashes that left at least four people dead, according to early yesterday figures.

No evidence of girl's blasphemy

A Pakistani police official says no incriminating evidence has been found that a young Christian girl desecrated Islam's holy book.

Bounty for anti-Islam film-maker

A Pakistani government minister yesterday offered a $100,000 bounty for the death of the maker of the anti-Islam film produced in the US that sparked violent protests across the Muslim world.

Fishermen block port in India

Indian fishermen and anti-nuclear activists yesterday mounted a sea protest against an atomic power plant following violent demonstrations earlier this month, police said.

Romney releases tax return

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has released his much-anticipated 2011 tax return, which shows he paid a rate of 14.1 percent.

US drone kills 3 in Pakistan

A US drone strike yesterdaykilled at least three Islamic militants in Pakistan's restive tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials said.

Distrust in media hits US

As many as 60 percent Americans distrust the mass media than ever before, US polling agency Gallup reported.

2 killed in S Korea bridge collapse

Two South Korean workers were killed and 12 others injured yesterday when the bridge they were building in the northern city of Paju collapsed, according to media reports.

Arts & Entertainment

Dialogue of Nature

Under the title “Dialogue of Nature”, Shilpangan Art Gallery in Dhanmondi has organised the 18th solo sculpture exhibition of Ferdousy Priyabhashini. The exhibition was inaugurated on September 21. Noted educationist Professor Anisuzzaman inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest. Rokeya Kader, chairperson of Shilpangan Trust was present as guest on the occasion. Sculptor Ferdousy Priyabhashini and Rumi Noman, member-secretary of Shilpangan Trust, spoke on the occasion.

Humayun Ahmed's ‘1971‘ staged in Ctg

As a tribute to noted litterateur Humayun Ahmed, Onadikilpo, an emerging drama troupe in the port city, staged his drama “1971” in the packed Shilpakala Academy auditorium on Friday evening.

Nasima Shaheen performs Nazrul Sangeet at IGCC

Noted Nazrul Sangeet artiste Nasima Shaheen Fancy performed in a solo musical soiree held on September 22 at the auditorium of Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre(IGCC), High Commission of India in Dhaka.

Disney film to show how Mary Poppins flew from book to screen

The tale of how the world's most beloved nanny, Mary Poppins, flew from the pages of a popular book onto the big screen is the subject of a new film starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, Disney said on Wednesday.

Glitter and glamour

Diamond World --Channel i Best Award 2011 will be held today at Farrer Park in Singapore, says a press release. Celebrated singers and actors will perform at the programme. In their ranks are actors Razzak, Faruk Ahmed, Babita and Ferdous. So are singers Sabina Yasmin, Momtaz, Syed Abdul Hadi, Bari Siddiqui, James, Monir Khan, Rizia Parvin and Mehrin. Also in the limelight are models Nobel and Imon, TV actors Mahfuz Ahmed, Chanchal Chowdhury, Arefin Shuvo, Joya Ahsan and others.

Premiere of Sonali Alo held

The premiere of "Sonali Alo", the 26- episode TV serial based on the health of pregnant women, infants and children was held at Winter Garden, Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, Dhaka on September 19.

Lalon evening in Panchagarh

Sahitya Adda (an open literary session) on Lalon Shah titled Lalon Sandha was held at Nazrul Pathagar in Panchagarh on Wednesday evening. The event included songs, discussion and recitation.

Citi pays tribute to Subir Nandi

Citibank, N.A., Bangladesh organised its annual “Gaan e Gaan e Gunijon Shongbordhona” programme in Dhaka, hosted annually to honour the musical and cultural legends of Bangladesh. This year, Citi honoured Subir Nandi for his dedication, talent and outstanding service in preserving the cultural heritage of Bangladesh and for the music industry as a whole.

Int'l World Food Day poster contest

The first-ever international World Food Day (WFD) poster contest for young people was organised in Barisal on Friday.


Not quite a Midas touch by World Bank

It is good news, maybe even auspicious to an incurable optimist. But clearly it's not of a kind you can greet with any unalloyed sense of achievement, or unreserved hilarity, let alone contentment. You do not have a town crier beating drums to announce such a piece of news enthusiastically. Come as it does the hardest way possible that largely of our own making, to say nothing of inviting some new conditions from the World Bank.

Power of passion

Another week, another headline-grabbing attempt to offend and rile millions of Muslims. In fact, a very successful attempt, since violent protests in Libya, Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia and elsewhere against an amateur "film" produced in the US have resulted in the deaths of some 30 people (including the US ambassador to Libya), while buildings have been burnt down and shops looted.

Food security through GO-NGO partnership

The greatest challenge that Bangladesh had to face after independence was the supply of food for its growing population, and it is still one of the major challenges today. Being a disaster-prone economy Bangladesh faces food availability problem frequently.

Remembering Neil Armstrong

It has been about a month since the passing of Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon. He was 82. A public memorial service for him was held on September 13 at the Washington National Cathedral in the American capital. Armstrong, who was a navy pilot in his youth, was buried at sea.

Open letter to Hilary Clinton

We would like to draw your attention to the plight of Rohingyas, an ethnic group in Southeast Asia that has been declared stateless, and severely persecuted, by the Myanmar Government since 1972. Fresh violence began in June of this year and although there are talks and promises of democracy and political change, we see little interest in resolving the "Rohingya crisis."

This Day In History

September 23

Second Anglo-Maratha War: Battle of Assaye between the British East India Company and the Maratha Empire in India.

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