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GLOBAL FINANCIAL ORDER CRUMBLING

Is Bangladesh losing the currency war?

M. Shahidul Islam

The NATO-centric Western nations are busy with wars and aggrandizements; the Arab world is braced for a prolonged instability; India seems at a loss due to its strategic alliance with the USA proving more a predicament. Bangladesh, on the other hand, is being haemorrhaged by an infectious debilitation that hamstrings independent policy pursuance...[ FULL STORY ]


STOCK MARKET SCAM

It could be AL’s Achilles’ heel in next polls

Shariar Noori

The government is yet to decide on taking action against the share market manipulators in apprehension of possible combined reprisal by the wrong-doers within the political establishment.
   The extent of share market scam is so widespread that the question of singling out either the chief architect or any of his major accomplices is being ruled out, sources close to the government informed, adding that it also involves the ruling party’s image...[ FULL STORY ]


RAJAPAKSA’S DHAKA VISIT

Bilateral ties expected to flourish

Ataus Samad

The visit of Sri Lankan Mahinda Rajapaksa to Bangladesh, we can believe, has been useful to both the South Asian countries which need to put more substance than there is now in their relationship. It may have even helped Bangladesh in starting to create a positive sense of direction in its policies and action towards its next door neighbours...[ FULL STORY ]


THE LIBYAN IMBROGLIO IV

Credibility gap hits humanitarian
war roadmap

Sadeq Khan

US military roadmap for ‘Europe’s Libya intervention’, with its carefully planned timeline of military and intelligence events, is now widely perceived to be foot-dragging. Events were not going as planned. President Obama, after handing over US command to NATO for Operation Odyssey Dawn to enforce ‘no-fly zone’ over Libya, had to come forward again from behind the screen to issue a joint statement along with the overtly leading actors on the stage, Britain’s Cameron and France’s Sarkozy...[ FULL STORY ]


4 BENGALI SETTLERS KILLED

Fresh violence flares up in the hills

Abdur Rahman Khan

In a fresh violence in the hills, four settlers were killed in a violent clash between Bengali settlers and indigenous people over land possession at Shankhola Para and neighbouring villages in Ramgarh upazila of the Khagrachari hill district last week.
   The ill-fated victims are Ayub Ali, 30, Nawab Ali, 70, Sunil Sarkar, 35, and Badiuzzaman of Shankola Para of Manikchhari...[ FULL STORY ]


INDIA’S TRANSIT/CORRIDOR

Delhi for extending agreement
to seven years

Faisal Rahim

New investment proposals have been tabled to the tune of $7 billion to put into effect appropriate transit infrastructures facilities through Bangladesh for the benefits of India.
   The new investment requirement has been flashed through expert reports at a time when India has advanced a proposal for a seven-year agreement with Bangladesh to formally put the transit through...[ FULL STORY ]


DR. BINAYAK SEN GETS BAIL

Indian SC orders probe into Azad killing

Shamsuddin Ahmed

It is the Supreme Court of India in its significant judgment set free Dr Binayak Sen on bail, a human right activist, who was awarded life imprisonment by a session’s court of Chhattisgarh on sedition charge. It has brought the Andhra Pradesh government to its knees in ordering probe by the central CBI into the killing of Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad along with Delhi based freelance journalist Pandey in July last year...[ FULL STORY ]


How appointment to constitutional posts be carried out?

M. Abdul Latif Mondal

Newspapers reported last week that the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Amendments (PCCA) was considering a proposition for introducing a system of parliamentary confirmation for appointment to constitutional posts. According to the proposal, a parliamentary committee composed of senior lawmakers of political parties will hold a public confirmation hearing after the government makes any appointment to any constitutional post...[ FULL STORY ]


Delhi’s ties with neighbours are fraught with conflict

Pallavi Roy in London

India’s relationships with its neighbours are fraught with conflict, save Bhutan and Maldives. Of late, the popular perception is that its relationship with Bangladesh is on an upswing. Last year, India signed the much-awaited agreement for transit of goods through Bangladesh to access its north-eastern states. Indian media reports hailed it as a momentous step in cementing India-Bangladesh relations...[ FULL STORY ]


Sonia admits Maoists are ‘grave threat’
to Indian security

Shamsuddin Ahmed

The Indian Maoists have extended its sphere of influence is reflected in fierce battle with joint forces in Maharashtra on April 19. According to official report, at least one paramilitary trooper was killed and five others wounded in the encounter. In Bihar, a senior police officer was killed. Stray incidents of Maoist campaign were reported from other states. The red rebels’ expanding activities in fresh areas have perturbed Congress president Sonia Gandhi...[ FULL STORY ]

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Khaleda cautions against whimsical amendment to constitution

Govt. plans multimedia classrooms in two years

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka sign five deals of cooperation

GP and DCC clean up Dhaka University area

Abdul Jabbar Khan’s death anniversary

Local bodies urged to raise tax collection


EDITORIAL

Temple and cremation ground grabbed

Is Tony Blair a war criminal or a war advocate?

Foreign interference in internal affairs

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State-sponsored civil war situation in Chhattisgarh: Arundhati Roy


INTERNATIONAL

NATO air strikes and military stalemate in Libya

Singapore style of leadership change


BUSINESS & FINANCE

Azim Premji: The bare-bones billionaire

Govt. to set up special zone for ship-breaking industry

Govt. promoting agricultural research through NATP

MTB Capital Limited launched

Central bank announces ‘Green Banking Policy’

Acute liquidity crisis seriously afflicts national economy


INFOTECH

Apple versus Microsoft competition

Konka India’s joint venture with China

Apple sues Samsung for copying iPhone, iPad design

Technology product innovation in India

China set to surpass US in PC purchases


ART & CULTURE

Nature highlights on paintings

Int’l French Drama Fest begins tomorrow

Documentary on Altaf Mahmud premieres

Workshop on sculptures ends at Charukala

Weeklong street theatre festival begins

Shilpakala celebrates Pahela Baishakh

National Security Bangladesh


AVIATOUR

UN creates steering body to develop tourism

Bahrain Air appoints JetAge as PPSA in Bangladesh

China is slowing down its bullet trains

Cheats giving Rajasthan’s tourism a bad name

Regency wins World Tourism Award

Spain sees tourism jump due to Arab uprisings


MISCELLANY

Peace, security and development remain interwoven

The Yunus affair: a post-mortem

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