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VoIP operators grab over Tk 15,000cr calls a year

The government's newly adopted international telecom service policy bars already-licensed local and foreign private telephone companies and internet service providers (ISPs) from getting licences to operate any kind of system through which all overseas calls will be channelised in the near future.

Ban on indoor politics may be eased for a period

Instead of lifting the ban on indoor politics, the caretaker government might relax restrictions on political activities for certain period for each of the 15 political parties chosen for the talks with the Election Commission (EC).

Zillur, Amu differ on talks with EC

A dispute seems brewing within the Awami League (AL) over participation in any dialogue with the Election Commission (EC) on electoral reforms as the party's acting president Zillur Rahman and influential presidium member Amir Hossain Amu have taken opposite stances on the issue.

Barge with fertiliser sinks in Passur, 8 crew rescued

A barge loaded with 340 tonnes of urea fertiliser capsized in the river Passur on Thursday night.

Meagre allocation for agri rehab in 10 north dists

A paltry sum of Tk 672 has been allocated for each hectare under the government's post-flood agriculture rehabilitation programme in ten northern districts while official statistics show that Aman cultivation costs Tk 5,600 on an average.

Fresh flood grips new areas in Chandpur, Nilphamari

New areas of Chandpur, Matlab South and Matlab North, Haimchar, Hajiganj, Kochua, Faridganj and Shahrasti upazilas were inundated yesterday with fresh rise of water in Meghna river and its tributaries Dakatia and Dhonagoda, reports a correspondent from Chandpur.

BNP plans a plain founding day

The BNP observes its 29th founding anniversary today amid uncertainty whether its Chairperson Khaleda Zia will be allowed to visit the grave of late president Ziaur Rahman.

Sharp fall in jute prices in Rangpur, adjacent districts

Jute farmers in Rangpur and adjacent districts have been incurring heavy losses -- around Tk 100 to Tk 150 a maund, as demand for the fibre saw a sharp fall.

Ex-Biman men form body to float private airline

Initiative of retired employees of Biman Bangladesh Airlines to float a new private airline got a formal shape in the formation of a 25-member organising committee headed by former managing director of Biman Abdul Muyeed Chowdhury recently.

Saarc states to look for setting up rail corridor

The Saarc countries have agreed to explore the possibility of setting up a rail corridor between Bangladesh, Nepal and northeastern Indian states.

Hasina's wealth report may be submitted today

Detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina is likely to submit the wealth report to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) through jail authorities today, showing her wealth worth about Tk 3 crore.

UN expert for Sigma's 'right to fair trial'

A United Nations expert on the independence of judges and lawyers has voiced concern over the trial proceedings of Sigma Huda, a fellow Special Rapporteur, sentenced to three years in prison by a Bangladeshi court, according to a UN News Centre release of August 30 available on the website.

JCD president remanded for 4 more days

Azizul Bari Helal, detained president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), was taken on a four-day fresh remand yesterday.

Hundreds of vehicles stranded at ferry ghats

Traffic congestion at Daulatdia and Paturia ferry ghats continues as only one out of the three ghats at Daulatdia is functioning.

IDB to provide $ 9.2m for 3 sectors

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) will provide $ 9.2 million for the development of agriculture, rural infrastructure and the power sector in Bangladesh.

Nephew of MP Shahidul held in Bheramara

Police arrested a nephew of former BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam on Thursday night.

Teenage boy, girl commit suicide

A schoolboy and a domestic help allegedly committed suicide at two places in the capital yesterday.

Guard stabbed to death in Mirpur

Extortionists stabbed a security guard to death at West Kazipara in the city's Mirpur area yesterday.

Four of a bridal party killed in road mishap

Four members of a bridal party were killed and 30 others injured in a road accident on the Bogra-Rangpur highway yesterday.

US reminds Musharraf of his pledge to shed uniform

The United States on Thursday reminded Pakistan leader General Pervez Musharraf of his pledge to shed his army uniform as he resisted pressure to end his dual role as president and military chief.

Taliban set free all South Korean hostages

Nineteen South Korean Christians freed by the Taliban had a tearful reunion at a secret location early yesterday after six weeks in captivity but Seoul came under fire for negotiating with the rebels.

Militants to set free 120 Pak soldiers

More than 120 Pakistani soldiers seized by Islamic militants near the Afghan border soon will be released after the intervention of local tribal elders, an official said yesterday.

Cholera death toll in India jumps to 166

The death toll from an outbreak of cholera in eastern India has jumped by over 50 percent in two days to 166 with many more people being treated for the disease, officials said yesterday.

Bush urges allies to keep troops in Iraq

President Bush said in an interview broadcast yesterday that he would be concerned about China's military if the country ever turned hostile, and he urged allied countries to keep their troops in Iraq.

Russian police hunt for fugitive oil billionaire

Russia issued an international arrest warrant on Friday for a fugitive oil billionaire who has denounced a campaign of "unprecedented persecution" against him by the Kremlin.

‘Delhi must not miss nuclear energy bus’

Locked in a showdown with his Left allies on a landmark nuclear deal with the United States, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said India's cooperation with the world in atomic energy field would not be dependent on any one country and strongly advocated the need to push ahead with the deal for energy security of the country.


Teachers on remand again

The news that the two senior teachers of Dhaka University, Prof. Anwar Hossain and Prof. Harun-or-Rashid, both of whom are already in custody, have been shown arrested in yet another case and placed on remand for four more days is disconcerting. We are further concerned to learn that the teachers have told before the Metropolitan Magistrate Court that they have been subjected to mental torture during interrogation following their arrest.

Garments export stuttering

After successfully weathering the storm of the post-MFA era and recording a 35 percent export growth in apparel market in 2004-05, the garments sector is showing signs of taking a tumble. Just to understand the magnitude of the decline in the 12-month period ending June this year, the sector registered a modest growth of 16.5 percent compared with 23.12 percent in 2005-06. Translated in monetary terms, we have lost potential earning to the tune of US$ 1.5 billion on account of orders being diverted to countries like Cambodia, Vietnam and China.

Discretion in law-enforcement

The unusually violent happenings of August 20th to 22nd last reminds us of a highly charged scenario in which abnormal postures and actions were painfully prominent. Discreet response by the concerned parties was perhaps not expected in our predominantly reactive culture. Discerning observers say that the establishment's behaviour was not helpful while the actions of the agitators bordered on madness.

Strategic rift among the 'coalition' in Iraq

Iraq, as well as the entire neighbouring region in the Middle East, today, is facing a serious and unstable situation. Disappointment and despair stalk the streets of Baghdad, Kirkuk, Basra, Gaza and several other cities. The efforts of the 'Coalition of the willing' to jump-start democracy and initiate democratic traditions do not appear to have taken root despite the enormous expenditure of more than one hundred billion US dollars. Inclusiveness and tolerance have crucially failed to surface, and this has led to impatience in the manner the war is being conducted in Iraq.

Who vandalise? Why vandalise?

The mind-less vandalism that we witnessed recently is definitely unwanted. But vandalism and arson have become forms of protest in Bangladesh over the years. Aggrieved people in a democracy stage protests for redressing of their grievances; it is not unexpected, but it should have been made in a peaceful manner. If we analyse the street protests in recent years, we notice that most of them turned violent and ended up in damaging of vehicles and establishments, and arson attacks.


Jimmy runs riot

Bangladesh recorded their biggest ever victory in international hockey when they trounced Thailand 13-0 on the opening day of the 7th Asia Cup Hockey in Chennai yesterday.

BCB runs rule over Harmer

The mission of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to appoint the national team's head coach before the tour to New Zealand got underway with the presentation of Australian Academy coach John Harmer yesterday.

Rafiq for stronger domestic front

After his appointment as chief selector, Rafiqul Alam underlined his preliminary policies for the first time yesterday.

Shakib misses first game

Cricket rarely makes the headlines in the Kenyan media unless something out of the ordinary happens and with the world championship of athletics taking place in Osaka the Twenty20 tournament involving Bangladesh, Pakistan, Uganda and the hosts that get underway today is at best a low-key affair. For Bangladesh there is already a problem with key all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan ruled out with a finger injury.

NCA back on track

The visiting BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) returned to winning ways in the tour of Australia when they handed a 77-run defeat to Australian Capital Territory at the Marrara Oval yesterday.

BFF finds lands for academies

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has ensured land for football academies in Barisal and Cox's Bazar.

Seeds safely through

Maria Sharapova produced another display of fearsome big hitting to roll into the US Open third round on Thursday, while top American hopes Andy Roddick and James Blake struggled to stay on course.

Broad stands tall

Stuart Broad returned career best figures with both bat and ball as England beat India by three wickets in the fourth one-day international at Old Trafford here Thursday.

Stars to play football tomorrow

The exhibition football match between Abahani and Mohammedan and the much-awaited clash between sports personalities and film stars to raise fund for flood victims will be held tomorrow at the Bangabandhu National Stadium after the first two attempts were postponed due to inclement weather and student unrest.

Easy draw for champions

Two-time winners Man-chester United will face a stormy Cham-pions League return to Roma, where fans were stabbed and baton-charged by police last season, in this year's competition.

Tragedy looms heavy

The death of Sevilla's Spa-nish international defender Antonio Puerta has cast a shadow over this weekend's La Liga action.

Materazzi admits mistake

Italy's World Cup winning defender Marco Materazzi said Thursday he had made a mistake in sledging French icon Zinedine Zidane during last year's final.

All eyes on Milan giants

Italy's new Serie A season is barely two weeks old but the heat is already on Inter Milan ahead of a potential banana skin fixture against Empoli.

Loew welcomes back stars

Germany's head coach Joachim Loew said Friday he is delighted to welcome back several key players including hot-shot striker Miroslav Klose for the Euro 2008 qualifier against Wales in Cardiff.

MU brace for Keane

Roy Keane will be given a hero's welcome when he returns to Manchester United on Saturday, but the Sunderland manager knows he will get no favours from his former teammates.

Becks missing, Bentley in

England manager Steve McClaren on Friday named his 26-man squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel on September 8 and Russia on September 12.

Feyenoord snap up Lee Chun-soo

South Korean striker Lee Chun-Soo has agreed to join Dutch club Feyenoord and will likely sign a four-year deal, his team Ulsan Tigers said Friday.

Six week layoff for Beckham

David Beckham suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee and will be sidelined for six weeks, meaning he will miss England's two September Euro 2008 qualifying matches.

Recoba loaned to Torino

Uruguayan international striker Alvaro Recoba has been loaned by Inter Milan to Torino for the season, Inter announced Friday.

Spain name squad

Spanish coach Luis Aragones on Friday named a 20-strong squad for Euro 2008 qualifiers away to Iceland on September 8 and home to Latvia four days later.

'Bopara, Broad special'

England captain Paul Collingwood praised the calmness under pressure of youngsters Ravi Bopara and Stuart Broad after they saw his side to a three-wicket win in the fourth one-day international against India here at Old Trafford.

A bitter loss

India captain Rahul Dravid said the bitterness of losing a match they could so easily have won would fuel his side's bid to narrow the gap in their one-day series with England at Headingley on Sunday.

Wariner, Liu hit jackpot

Jeremy Wariner and Liu Xiang lived up to their reputations Friday by winning world championship gold medals as Allyson Felix successfully defended her 200m title, but records remained intact.

Bayern wait on injuries

Bayern Munich face a race against time to have star striker Miroslav Klose and midfielder Franck Ribery fit to face Hamburg in Sunday's Bundeliga clash as they look to protect their 100 percent record.

Sylhet Div 1 football

After being suspended for nine days, the Sylhet First Division Football League resumed at the local stadium on Thursday.

School Football League from today

The Dhaka School Football League (Under-11 and U-13) will begin today at six venues in the city.

Warne faces suspension

Shane Warne could be banned if found guilty for alleged verbal abuse of a fan during a Pro40 game against Sussex.

DC Cup football

Manikchhari Upazila defeated Mohalchhari Upazila by a 5-2 score line in the second match of Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup Football Tournament held at the Khagrachhari Stadium yesterday.

Div 3 soccer

Afsar slotted two second-half goals to inspire Euro Famous down Jirabo SC 3-0 in yesterday's Metropolis 3rd Division Football League at the Outer Stadium.

Memorial TT

The 2nd Shaheed Shongku Memorial Table Tennis tournament began on Thursday in Rangpur.

Ganguly claims WC Chess spot

Surya Shekhar Ganguly booked a spot in the World Cup Chess when the Indian Grandmaster lifted the title of the Asian Zonal Chess Championship yesterday.


Shrimp export up 13pc in FY07 on hygiene compliance

Bangladesh's shrimp export increased 13 percent in 2006-07 fiscal year after a decline in 2005-06 as the country's exporters ensured hygiene.

India grows 9.3pc beating forecasts

India's economy accelerated by a strong 9.3 percent in the first quarter, beating forecasts, driven by robust manufacturing and services performance, data on Friday showed.

India to further liberalise telecoms sector

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Thursday made a wide range of recommendations in telecom licensing policy, including no cap on the number of access provider in any circle.

Asia Pacific region reaps benefits from freer trade

The Asia Pacific region's total economic output has risen three-fold to about 37 trillion US dollars since the formation of Apec in 1989, Australian Trade Minister Warren Truss said Friday.

Three-day tourism fair kicks off

A three-day tourism show kicked off yesterday in the capital to promote domestic tourism.

Japan's jobless rate falls

Japan's unemployment fell to its lowest level in more than nine years in July but sluggish spending and inflation lowered chances the central bank will soon hike interest rates, economists said Friday.

Oil prices climb on weather worries

Oil prices rose Friday on persistent weather worries after settling lower in the previous session on slower-than-expected economic growth figures and profit-taking.

China passes landmark anti-monopoly law

Foreign acquisitions of Chinese companies will be subject to stringent new checks intended to protect national economic security under a new law passed on Thursday.

Islami Bank okays 15pc cash, 10pc stock dividends

Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd has declared a 15 percent cash dividend and a 10 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006.

Vietnam gains bigger RMG revenue in 8 months

Vietnam exported textiles and garments worth nearly 5.1 billion US dollars in the first eight months of this year, up 29.6 percent over the same period of last year, according to a local industry association yesterday.

Beximco Pharma starts export to Philippines

Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd has started exporting its medicines to the Philippines, says a press release.

HSBC gets AA+ rating

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh has received AA+(Double A Plus) in the long-term and ST-1 in the short term rating by Credit Rating Information and Services Limited (CRISL) of Bangladesh.

Delhi ready to negotiate farm subsidy at WTO

India is sending a strong team to Geneva where talks on the latest proposals on agriculture subsidy and market access will resume September 3, although New Delhi has rejected the World Trade Organisation (WTO) text on the industrial goods.

WB unhappy with Nepal's foreign-aid projects

World Bank has stated that projects run under foreign assistance in Nepal have shown weaker performances among similar projects run in other countries of South Asia, the National News Agency, RSS reported yesterday.

US company invests $150m in Indian construction firm

US-based leading private equity firm Blackstone Group has picked up a 12.5 stake in India's third biggest construction firm Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) for 150 million dollars.

Philippines posts highest Q2 growth in 20 yrs

The Philippine economy grew at its fastest pace in 20 years in the second quarter as government spending and private consumption expanded.

India close to free trade deal with Thailand

India is close to concluding a free trade agreement (FTA) with Thailand, Trade Minister Kamal Nath said Friday after talks with the Thai deputy prime minister.

Pubali Bank sanctions Tk5cr for National Housing

Pubali Bank Ltd has sanctioned Tk 5 crore for National Housing Finance & Investments Ltd for a 4-year term, says a press release.

Toyota aims to be first to sell 10m vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp said Friday it planned in 2009 to be the first company in the world to sell more than 10 million vehicles, predicting growth both in emerging economies and North America.

Japanese firm to set up sweater making plant in Dhaka EPZ

Japanese company M/s IP Jaq Knitting Ltd will set up a sweater manufacturing plant in Dhaka Export Processing Zone with an investment of US$2.93 million.

AirAsia to launch new budget carrier in Vietnam

Southeast Asia's largest low cost carrier AirAsia will launch a new budget airline in Vietnam, officials said Friday, and hinted at more joint ventures in the region.


Ensure proper river management to reduce flood damage

Mismanagement of rivers has added to the suffering and damage caused by floods and waterlogging, environmentalists said at a discussion yesterday.

Ban on indoor politics won’t hamper dialogue with parties

Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) M Shakhawat Hossain yesterday said the dialogue between the Election Commission (EC) and the political parties would not be hampered, even if the ban on indoor politics is not lifted.

Mobile court warns against carrying food, chemical items in same vessels

A mobile court launched a drive against indiscriminate transportation of chemical substances, industrial raw materials and food commodities in the same lighter vessels on Wednesday.

Tamaddun Majlish to help groom new generation as worthy citizens

Speakers at a discussion yesterday said that Tamaddun Majlish, an age-old socio-cultural organisation of the country, will contribute to grooming the new generation as worthy citizens.

More relief, donations pour in for flood victims

Different government and non-government bodies, political parties and social organisations continue to distribute relief materials among the flood victims as well as making donations to the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund yesterday.

Gen Osmani inseparable part of War of Liberation

Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said General Osmani was an inseparable part of the War of Liberation and a true patriot.

IDB president visits IUT

President of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali visited the Islamic University of Technology (IUT), a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), yesterday.

Menon calls for rehabilitation of erosion-hit people

Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon has called for immediate rehabilitation of erosion-affected people.

'159 killed in social violence in August'

A total of 159 people were killed in social violence across the country during the month of August, said a report of The Bangladesh Society For The Enforcement Of Human Rights (BSEHR) yesterday.

Another Lalbagh fire victim dies

One more factory worker who sustained severe burn injuries in a fire at Lalbagh on Sunday succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday, raising the death toll to two.

Housewife killed over dowry

A housewife was allegedly killed for dowry at Sitakunda in Chittagong yesterday.

9 arrested for stealing laptops from cars

Police yesterday arrested nine members of a gang which was involved in stealing laptops from different private cars in the city.

Inter-Service Qirat, Azan contest prize distributed

The prize distribution ceremony of the Inter-Service Qirat and Azan Competition-2007 was held at the Army Central Mosque at Dhaka Cantonment after Juma prayers yesterday.

Sonargaon Hotel to donate revenues for flood victims

Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka is celebrating its 26th founding anniversary this year in a different way by donating 26 percent of its revenues to be earned throughout the celebration period from September 2 to 12 to flood victims.

Banbeis clarifies its mistake

The Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and statistics (Banbeis) in a clarification yesterday said the private degree colleges affiliated with the National University (NU) have the capacity of enrolling two lakh students every year.

Train crash kills 1

An unidentified person was killed in a train accident in the port city yesterday morning.

Nakla Poura chairman held

Joint forces yesterday arrested Nakla Pourasava chairman form his office on charge of embezzling rice allocated for the poor people under VGF programme.

Seminar on Saarc economic cooperation begins today

A two-day national seminar on 'Saarc: Accelerating cooperation through connectivity' will begin in Kolkata today to discuss regional economic cooperation and strengthen physical connectivity and people-to-people contact in the South Asian region.

President, CA greet Uzbek president

President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday felicitated Uzbek President Islam Abduganievich Karimov on the occasion of the Independence Day of Uzbekistan.

Two killed in road accident

One person was killed in a road accident at Sonagazi in Feni on Thursday while another succumbed to his injuries yesterday.


62 NGO branch offices stop operation in Khagrachhari

At least 62 branch offices (Kendra) of three major NGOs have stopped operation in different areas of Khagrachhari district following threat by extortionists.

Hard task, poor logistics

Kalikaprashad highway police outpost is assigned to patrol about 100 km highway from Kishoreganj to Kanchpur bride in Narayonganj to keep it safe from robbers and miscreants. But the outpost can hardly be called a police station and logistics are too inadequate to the job.

Open House Day observed in 3 dists

Open House Day was observed in Pabna, Kushtia and Bandarban districts yesterday with a call for cooperation of police and public for improvement of the standard of police service.

Another extortion case against Kalaroa Jubo Dal president

An extortion case was filed yesterday against nine BNP men including detained Jobo Dal leader Ashraf Hossain.

Ensure rights of Harijans Seminar in Kushtia told

Speakers at a seminar here yesterday stressed on ensuring the Constitutional rights of Harijans, a neglected community in society.

Anniversary of Prof Nadira's death today

The sixth anniversary of death of Prof Nadira Sultana, a renowned educationist, will be observed here today.


Musharraf consults aides in Pak power struggle

Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf held talks with top aides yesterday to weigh up his shrinking options after ex-premier Nawaz Sharif vowed to return from exile to block his re-election plans.

Benazir gambles on Musharraf

Exiled former leader Benazir Bhutto is gambling her future on a power-sharing deal with President Gen Pervez Musharraf, hoping to revive a political dynasty.

10 killed in attack on Afghan base

At least 10 civilians were killed yesterday when rockets fired by the Taliban at a US-led military base in eastern Afghanistan fell short and landed on their homes, officials said.

Iraq govt asks militias to halt attacks

The Iraqi government called on armed groups to follow the lead of the biggest Shia militia and freeze their operations, while the US military yesterday reported the deaths of two more American service members in fighting against Sunni insurgents.

Shiite clashes in Iraq ominous

Rivalries and violence between Shiite factions are threatening to overshadow progress US forces have made against al-Qaida in Iraq and other extremists just weeks before the top American commander and diplomat in Iraq report to Congress.

Diana's death observed

Princess Diana's family gathered yesterday to solemnly mark the 10th anniversary of her death, while admirers tied scores of bouquets, poems and pictures to the gates of her former home.

Prince Harry hails Diana as 'best mother in the world'

Prince Harry described princess Diana as "the best mother in the world" during a highly personal address yesterday at the London memorial service marking the 10th anniversary of her death.

Merkel most powerful woman: Forbes

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel tops Forbes magazine's list of the world's 100 most powerful women for the second year in a row, while Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice slipped to fourth from second last year.

All fires in Greece dying down

Forest fires, which devastated southern Greece, killing at least 63 people, were losing their intensity on Friday, the fire service said.

Trains collide in Brazil: 8 die

A speeding train carrying hundreds of commuters slammed into an empty train near Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, killing eight people and injuring more than 80, officials said.

Bollywood star Salman Khan gets bail

An Indian court yesterday granted bail to top Bollywood actor Salman Khan pending his appeal against a conviction for poaching protected wildlife, paving the way for his release from prison.

Russia plans manned Moon mission by 2025

Russia plans to send a manned mission to the Moon by 2025 and wants to build a permanent base there shortly after, the head of Russian space agency Roskosmos said yesterday.

Lebanese troops close in on militants at camp

Lebanese troops edged closer toward the last positions held by Islamists besieged in a Palestinian refugee camp with the battles concentrated near a key underground shelter.

Myanmar completes charter talks: Delegates

Myanmar's National Convention, a military-appointed group tasked with drafting guidelines for a new constitution, completed its work yesterday, delegates to the talks said.

Arts & Entertainment

Feminine visions

Iffat Ara Dewan's works were recently exhibited at the residence of Enam Ul Haque. According to Iffat, a renowned singer, she always had the inclination to draw and paint but never really got started. One day, in 1990, she got hold of her child's crayons and pad and drew. She felt excited with the results and continued. She was asked to make the record cover of her LP and this gave her a further incentive to draw. After the selection for the cover, several drawings were left over which were enough to make an exhibition in 1992.

An evening of poetry and stories at Bengal Shilpalaya

Bengal Foundation arranged a programme featuring expatriate poet Shamim Azad's poetry and stories at the Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhanmondi on August 30.

Murtaja Baseer's prints become limited editions

Eminent artist Murtaja Baseer has formally scratched the plates of his prints yesterday at Galleri Kaya. The exhibition titled “Selected Graphics and Drawings” that ended yesterday became the last exhibition of prints by the artist.

Theatre festival in aid of flood victims

On the second day of the ongoing theatre festival organised jointly by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Meraj Fakirer Maa, a Theatre production, was staged yesterday at the National Theatre Stage. The festival has been arranged in aid of the flood victims.

Bollywood goes to China

Bollywood in Dragon-land? A Hindi movie Made in China featuring Bollywood action hero Akshay Kumar and heroine Deepika Padukone is to be entirely shot in China.


Post flood action plan: Some thoughts in retrospect

Ihad previously expressed my experience of facing floods and how best it could be handled. Now I will discuss something on the issues when flood waters start receding. Hopefully, by the grace of Allah, very soon the flood washed land would again rise to normal. People will then start building their homes, and carry out programmes for harvesting their lands. In my experience, handling the post-flood situation is far more difficult than facing the flood when it starts engulfing areas one after another. I have experienced that myself in 1988 -- let the people recapitulate how it was done. I will now discuss how it can be done, not only during flood but also during other natural calamites when they come.

Prices, politics and progress

The present perception of the people of Bangladesh is that the prices of essentials are going through the roofs. Interviews of consumers by private TV channels tend to bear this out. Food (especially rice) price is the point to ponder as it has historic relationship with poverty, political stability, and overall economic progress -- a topic we shall take up very shortly. Before that, a comparative picture is worth mentioning. In 2000, a wage labourer could buy 6-7 kg of rice with his daily income (say Tk.60/day). Now, less than half of that can be bought, even though the income has risen over time.

Musharraf: Hunter or hound?

This time the Buleshah's 250th birth anniversary took me to Pakistan. He was a sufi poet whose body could not be buried for seven days because Kasur, the city he lived all his life, was dominated by fanatics. They had not liked his poetry which challenged them as custodian of Islam. One of his couplets said that you could not come near to God by merely going to Mecca or by having dips in the holy Ganges. You should shed prejudice and hatred from your heart if you wanted to be near the Almighty.


Harnessing solar energy more efficiently

There is an immense shortage of electricity in our country and the world over as conventional power plants -- power turbines, wind turbines, hydroelectric plants and solar panels -- cannot meet the demand for it.

Teen 'unlocks' iPhone

Armed with a soldering iron and a large supply of energy drinks, a slight, curly haired teenager has developed a way to make the iPhone, arguably the gadget of the year, available to a much wider audience. turns seven, the pioneer of online-based career services in Bangladesh, has celebrated its seven years in operation. To mark this occasion, the company organised a press conference at Hotel Sonargaon on August 21 to talk about its successes down these years and future plan.

Tech Jargon V

Today, let's have some entertainment. We'll take a look at certain aspects of multimedia, you know, audio, video, etc.


Tear Gas

It is late December 1968. In Karachi. I'm walking home mentally re-winding the sickle scene in the Czech movie I've just seen. I'm in class nine, and it's the first 'art' movie I've seen. Curious about the East European film festival being held in the city, I'd snagged my father's invitation card. The afternoon light along Elphinstone Street is clear and bright, like the one that had lit up the stunning Swat-like hills and valleys in the movie. I've almost forgotten that Karachi is burning with the anti-Ayub movement -- demos, protest marches and police action are almost daily events since the student shooting in Pindi in November.

This Summer in London: Damien Hirst, WH Auden and Tahmima Anam

July in London was freezing cold. My instinct was to stay indoors and vegetate, but of course London has far too many interesting events. First I headed off to the Damien Hirst's exhibition 'Beyond Belief': its highlight was a spectacular diamond skull. Cast in platinum from a real skull, it was embedded with 8,601 flawless diamonds but retained the original (terribly white) teeth. On the forehead sat a diamond of some 56 carats. The skull glimmered and shimmered, mounted in a spotlit glass case, the solitary exhibit in a small dark room. Hirst's aim was to explore themes of human existence, particularly life and death. A row of paintings portrayed the birth of Hirst's child while another, dramatic series was developed from biopsy images of fearful cancers: they had an extraordinary beauty and were scattered with crushed glass and scalpel blades. And yes, I saw saw Hirst's dissected animals - a cow divided vertically and shark longitudinally, each half contained in glasses cases filled with formaldehyde. They were not gory or shocking but a celebration of nature, as was Hirst's array of fish skeletons of astonishing diversity, shape and curve.

Ode on the Lungi

Grandpa Walt, allow me to share my thoughts

Strategic Issues

We need a national government

With a rock solid determination for reforms, besides running the affairs of the government in a political vacuum by a council of advisers, it was feared that a spark anywhere might turn into a political firestorm. In Dhaka University, the highly politicized student wing came forward to give that a jump start. I commented in my last article published in The Daily Star on September 18 that the students never really came back from the streets. I wish I were wrong. From a trifling squabble between a few students and young soldiers a different ballgame unfolded. Instead of negotiating for peace, when some teachers fueled the fire with political demands like withdrawal of national emergency, resignation of the IG police, home secretary and unconditional apology from the Army Chief, they certainly lost the moral high-ground. The nation is deeply disappointed with the behavior of the university teachers at a critical time. The unbecoming behavior robbed us- the army of former students, the right to demand their release, but still pray for leniency on humanitarian grounds.

Importance of sea floor nautical charts in delimiting maritime zones and boundaries

The sea floor chart is a valuable tool in order to display the limits of maritime zones under national jurisdiction as per UNCLOS 1982. However it must be borne in mind that the nautical chart was specifically designed for the safe passage of vessels over the oceans and seas and these days it shows the coastline and the seaward area over which the delimitation is to be made.

Iran's nationalism vs US strategy

Iran has a great past. Its civilization is as ancient as that of Greece. When our Prophet was born in the 6th century, two great empires held sway to the north of Arabia. Roman and Persian empires shared borders with each other and the border line was more or less through the middle of present Syria.

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