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News of: Tuesday, 17th of June, 2008

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Per capita income leaps to $599

Per capita income in Bangladesh has shot up to $ 599 this fiscal year from the previous year's $523, demonstrating that the country's overall income has significantly gone up despite many odds.

Hold local govt polls before JS elections

Local government representatives urged the government to hold local government elections before the general elections in December to reduce political influence on them.

Fulbaria erupts into violent protests

Alleged killing of a salesman by his employer sparked violent protests and closure of at least 15 shopping centres yesterday in Fulbaria area in the capital.

I don't accept any condition: Khaleda

Detained former premier Khaleda Zia yesterday reiterated her resolve to seek treatment in the country instead of going abroad.

Magistracy power for EC men in city polls

The Election Commission (EC) is going to have the authority to provide magisterial power to officials on duty in city corporation and municipality elections to hold summary trial for electoral offences.

AL picks 9 for talks with govt

Awami League (AL) yesterday sent names of nine party leaders to the Chief Adviser's Office who will take part in the dialogue with the government.

3 criminals killed in city 'encounter'

Three alleged criminals were killed in a gunfight with members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Meradia in the city's Khilgaon area early yesterday.

ADB offers $130m to tackle food crisis

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is going to provide Bangladesh with food assistance of $130 million as budget support to meet the government's food requirement under its social safety net programmes in next fiscal year.

Ad hoc PAC finally dissolved

The caretaker government has finally dissolved the controversial ad hoc Public Accounts Committee (PAC) it set up in December last year to scrutinise audit reports on government accounts in absence of a parliament.

Dr Kamal terms Hasina's release lawful

Calling for an end to the controversy surrounding his recent remarks, Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the release of former prime minister Sheikh Hasina was not against the law.

29 officials promoted to jt secretary

Twenty-nine deputy secretaries (DSs) of different cadres were promoted to joint secretary yesterday, a notification of the establishment ministry said.

20 injured as patients clash with Ansars at BSMMU

At least 20 people, including Ansars, patients and relatives accompanying them, were injured when Ansars clashed with them at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital yesterday.

Niko graft case hearing adjourned

The prosecution of the Niko graft case yesterday appealed to the special court to frame charges against the nine accused including former premier and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina.

Japan telecoms giant to buy 30pc stake in AKTEL

NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest telecoms operator, yesterday said it will buy AK Khan and Company's 30 percent stake in AKTEL, Bangladesh's third largest mobile operator, for $350 million.

Koko quizzed over ill-gotten wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday questioned Khaleda Zia's detained son Arafat Rahman Koko in connection with the case filed against him for acquiring Tk 2.23 crore beyond his known sources of income and concealing information of assets worth Tk 11 lakh.

ACC charge sheet against Mahmudur likely today

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is likely to submit the charge sheet, today or tomorrow, of the Tk 118 crore embezzlement case against the former so-called managing director (MD) of Shine Pukur Holdings Ltd Mahmudur Rahman and six others.

4-party observes prisoner release day today

The BNP-led four-party alliance will observe “prisoner release day” today to put pressure on the caretaker administration for the release of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, Motiur Rahman Nizami and other political detainees.

Graft charges pressed against Taimur, Foysal Morshed

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday submitted the charge sheet against detained former Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) chairman Taimur Alam Khondaker in a corruption case.

Student kills himself after shooting aunt

A BBA student committed suicide on the terrace of his uncle's house after shooting his aunt in city's Mirpur area at noon yesterday.

Probe report on Barapukuria graft case placed to ACC

The investigation reports of the Barapukuria graft case against detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia and 15 others and the case against Dhaka Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and his family for amassing illegal wealth have been submitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Bush, Brown united on Iran, Afghanistan

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday announced new troops for Afghanistan and tougher sanctions on Iran, delighting visiting US President George W. Bush.

Suicide bomber kills 12 at Lankan police complex

A Tamil Tiger suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up outside a police compound in northern Sri Lanka yesterday, killing at least 12 police and wounding 40 other people, officials said.

New rule to be tried in SL series

An experimental rule allowing players to seek a second opinion on umpiring decisions will be put on trial during India's upcoming Test series in Sri Lanka, the Board of Control for Cricket in India officials said on Monday.

4 killed in Pakistan mosque blast

At least four people were killed and two others injured yesterday after a bomb ripped through a mosque in northwest Pakistan, police said.

Editorial

The pollution in our rivers

Our rivers are in a bad state, have been for a long time. That is not surprising, seeing that we have been concerned about the situation for years. What now appears to give it a new twist is the result of a survey carried out on some of the rivers, 25 in total. Predictably, the quality of the water in the rivers has dwindled to a precarious state. Worse is the knowledge that some of these rivers may actually have reached a point where they are no longer capable of nurturing or supporting aquatic life forms in them. The pollution in the Buriganga, Turag and Norai -- and these flow by the nation's capital -- has grown to an extent where no life forms can survive in their waters. That is the stark finding by a group of researchers after a three-year survey of the 25 rivers in question. Obviously, the oxygen levels in the Buriganga and in parts of the Turag and Norai have declined to a dangerous level. Where 4 to 6 levels of oxygen are required for local fish species to survive, the oxygen level in these rivers has now declined precipitously to less than one per microgram.

Pak-Afghan tension

Evidently it is President Karzai's frustration that has prompted him to threaten retaliatory operation across the border into Pakistan. And one cannot but sympathise with him. His government's writ runs in a very small part of Afghanistan. Efforts of International Security Assistance Force and Afghan forces to rein in the insurgents are being constantly frustrated by the Taliban whose capacity to keep the US forces and its allies in Afghanistan on the defensive have not been dented the least bit.

For the leaders, by the leaders, of the leaders

Today, let us deliberate on "democracy," the mysterious word, being used by all sorts of "minority" people in the world to perpetuate their rule over the "majority" with … mere promises. But before getting involved in the fracas let us make some changes in the definition of democracy that was articulated by Abraham Lincoln. Democracy is no more "for the people, of the people or by the people." Today, "people" are mere pawns in chess and I am sure you will not differ with me. So, let us say: "Democracy -- for the leaders, by the leaders, of the leaders."

Food market: Fire and farsightedness

It's now a well-established fact that most of the countries of the world are grappling with the crisis of three Fs: food, fuel and farming. In fact, after decades of a modicum of calm in the international market for food, the sudden volatility and its ferocity has seemingly changed the whole course. Real prices of food are still below their mid-1970s peak, but reached their highest points since then. For example, food price index calculated by FAO rose nearly 40% compared to 9% the year before, and prices in the first months of 2008 again increased drastically.

Transition is messy, reversible, but real

Pakistan stands at a crossroad. It could either shift to wholesome democratisation, or lapse back into military-dominated half-civilian government. Long-term social trends favour democratisation. But the actual outcome will depend upon how the main actors -- President Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chair Asif Ali Zardari, and Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) chief Nawaz Sharif -- play their cards.

Sports

Ash turns another stone

Mohammad Ashraful will leave no stone unturned to become a consistent performer in international cricket.

Ballack leads Germany

Co-hosts Austria toiled and probed but Germany's class told in a 1-0 Euro 2008 Group B victory here on Monday that put the European powerhouses into the quarterfinals.

Full marks for Croatia

Croatian striker Ivan Klasnic became the first kidney transplant patient to score at a World Cup or European Championships when he got the only goal in Croatia's 1-0 win over Poland in their Euro 2008 Group B match here on Monday.

Discord in French camp

The Dutch are past masters at self destructing at major finals despite always having squads loaded with talent, but this time round at Euro 2008 they appear to be the happiest they have been for a long time whilst it is the French who look the most ill at ease.

Aussies break Windies

Australia were made to fight all the way to the end, but they completed an 87-run victory in the third and final Test against West Indies on Monday.

BFF seeks govt help

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has urged the government to take initiative to start football countrywide after the rainy season.

Ctg Abahani want to surprise

Chittagong Abahani look forward to bury their wretched performance in the inaugural B. League and make an impression in the second edition which is scheduled to start after the monsoon.

Mashud, Javed out

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) excluded Khaled Mashud and Javed Omar along with four other players from its six-month players' contract.

Umpires' review in Indo-Lankan Tests

An experimental rule allowing players to seek a second opinion on umpiring decisions will be put on trial during India's upcoming Test series in Sri Lanka, officials said on Monday.

Test cricket returning to Brabourne

The vintage Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai will host its first Test match in 35 years when England tour India later this year, an official said on Monday.

Akhtar to appeal his ban again

Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar will appeal again for a further reduction to his ban for indiscipline, his lawyer said on Monday.

Survival at stake

Heavyweights Italy and France, used to battling it out with a trophy at stake, will face each other on Tuesday with the prize of merely surviving the group stage at Euro 2008 to fight for.

Mind games do the trick

France and Italy's attempts to goad Holland into taking their match against Romania seriously appear to have done the trick.

Scolari waits for Germany

Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari is steeling himself for a Euro 2008 quarterfinal showdown with Germany here on Thursday.

'We can go all the way'

Turkey coach Fatih Terim said he wants his side to beat Croatia in Friday's Euro 2008 quarterfinal in Vienna and then go all the way to the final in the Austrian capital on June 29.

Czechs shell-shocked

Czech Republic leave Euro 2008 feeling shell-shocked and bemused at how they let a quarterfinal place slip through their fingers in a final few minutes of madness.

'Zlatan has matured'

Fiery Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has matured both as a player and as a person claimed national coach Lars Lagerback on Monday.

Qualification possibilities

Different possibilities of who can finish runner-up to Holland in Group C ahead of Tuesday's final group matches:

Basel pitch will be ready on time

Euro 2008 organisers said on Monday they were confident a new pitch being laid at Basel's St Jakob Park, after heavy rain had damaged the previous turf, would be ready in time to stage Thursday's quarterfinal.

Brazil lose, Argentina held

Ten-man Paraguay stunned Brazil 2-0 on Sunday to stay top of South American 2010 World Cup qualifying while Argentina needed a last-minute goal to avoid a humiliating defeat at home to Ecuador.

Nadal gunning Federer crown

Rafael Nadal has warned Roger Federer that he is ready to end the world number one's reign as Wimbledon champion.

Broad KP's McGrath

England quick Stuart Broad was hailed as a "Glenn McGrath in the making" by Kevin Pietersen after starring against New Zealand in the opening one-day international here at the Riverside.

India Arjuna's Asia Cup favourites

India might have lost the recently concluded ODI tri-series to Pakistan but former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga says Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men are the favourites to lift the Asia Cup later this month.

Manikganj cricket

Sayedul Sajal claimed five wickets including a hattrick as Manikganj Cricket Academy (MCA) secured a 55-run victory against Dashara Chalachal Club (DCC) in a low-scoring match of the Sunlife Insurance Second Division Cricket League at the Shahid Miraj-Tapan Stadium yesterday.

Ratan to start job in UK

Cricket coach Shahidul Alam Ratan left Dhaka on Sunday for England to join the Capital Kids Cricket as its development head coach and development officer.

Pioneer League

Noakhali Football Academy drubbed Nandi Para Kamal Kali Sangsad 5-0 in a Central Zone match of the Pioneer Football League at the Basabo Tarun Sangha Club ground yesterday.

Business

NTT DoCoMo to buy 30pc stake in AKTEL for $350m

NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest telecom operator, yesterday said it will buy AK Khan and Company's 30 percent stake in AKTEL, Bangladesh's third largest mobile operator, for $350 million.

Investors protest trade halt on DSE

Investors took to the streets yesterday to protest the suspension of trading in certain shares on Sunday, a move they claimed was unnecessary interference in the market by regulators.

Oil hits historic high at $139.89

Crude oil rocketed to a record high of almost 140 dollars a barrel on Monday despite news that Saudi Arabia is ready to raise output to help cool soaring energy costs for consumers.

Telecoms witness growth despite cuts in connections

The country's mobile phone operators added 1.7 million customers in the month of May 2008, despite about a million connections being cut off, in same month, for not completing the re-registration process.

Govt may fix minimum price of cotton waste

The government is likely to fix the minimum price of cotton waste, a by-product from spinning mills, to make it available for local manufacturers, discouraging any export of the item.

Proposed budget to fuel further price hike

The proposed budget for the next fiscal year contains some provisions that will fuel further price hike of essential commodities, said economists and politicians at a post-budget citizen dialogue yesterday.

Allocations in health, education down

Allocations in the health and education sectors have declined in the proposed budget compared to the previous year. The observation was made at a discussion yesterday.

Philippines keen to import medicine, apparels

The Philippines is willing to import pharmaceuticals and readymade garments from Bangladesh in a bigger volume as the products are cheaper.

Regulators must appreciate banks' business models

A bank's business depends on the nature of its business. It seems obvious, but according to Muhammad A. Rumee Ali, chairman of BRAC Bank, it's a truism that banking regulators in Bangladesh seem to have missed.

Tiny science tests Russia's hi-tech ambitions

In the world's largest country, tiny objects measured in billionths of a metre are the future of the economy -- or so the government claims.

Asian stock markets gain ground

Asian stocks gained ground on Monday as the markets welcomed a cooldown in oil prices as well as last week's bounceback on Wall Street, with bargain-hunters driving many of the rallies.

Little change in budget expected

Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said that major changes in the budget were unlikely but ideas submitted by the public would be looked at.

Trade fairs begin in Rajshahi, Jessore

A month-long international trade fair started in Rajshahi city on Sunday in a bid to promote local products and establish a link between the local and foreign entrepreneurs.

GP partners with TSC, DU

Grameenphone Ltd has signed a partnership agreement with the TSC (Teachers Students Center) of Dhaka University for the beautification, modernization and maintenance of the TSC Cafeteria and the surrounding areas, says a press release.

New chairman of Pragati Insurance

Abdul Awal Mintoo, a sponsor director of Pragati Insurance Ltd, has taken over as the chairman of the company, says a press release.

New DMD of Shahjalal Islami Bank

Md Mukhter Hossain has joined Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd as its deputy managing director with effect from June 10.

Economists trim Singapore growth forecast

Singapore's economy is forecast to expand by 5.5 percent this year, slightly off the previous survey in March, the city-state's de facto central bank said Monday.

Square Textiles declares 25pc cash, 20pc stock dividends

Square Textiles Ltd has declared a 25 percent cash dividend and a 20 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year that ended on December 31, 2007.

IRRI seeks ties with China to help boost rice output

The Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said recently that it seeks to deepen collaboration with China to help developing nations boost rice production.

Suez, GDF say regulator approves creation of world energy giant

French energy groups Suez and GDF said on Monday they had cleared a hurdle in a tortuous state-guided scheme to create a top global energy giant, also spinning off a world-class utilities group.

Honda starts producing next-generation fuel cell car

Honda Motor Co. on Monday began producing a next-generation fuel cell vehicle that it hopes will propel zero-emission cars running on hydrogen closer to the mainstream.

Lanka's trade gap doubles on oil imports

Sri Lanka's trade deficit widened to more than two billion dollars in the first four months of the year as imports of oil erased export gains, central bank figures showed Monday.

Metropolitan

Establish alternative political force for good governance

A strong alternative political force represented by true patriots has to be established in the country to ensure good governance, consolidate democracy and combat corruption, said academics and civil society members at a discussion yesterday.

Proposed nat'l budget fails to meet its expectations

Speakers at a press conference yesterday said the proposed national budget for 2008-09 fiscal has failed to meet the expectations of the water supply and sanitation sector.

Child mortality rate reduced by half

The under-five child mortality rate has declined to 69 per thousand live births from 149 in 1990, showing a positive state of child's survival in the country, according to the annual Unicef report released yesterday.

Saarc ministerial meeting on climate change on July 3

The Saarc ministerial meeting on climate change will be held in the city on July 3.

Probe report on corruption submitted to ACC

The investigation report on allegations of corruption in Zia Orphanage Trust has been submitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

DPDC starts journey July 1

Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC), a newly created entity in the power sector, will start its journey on July 1 taking over the entire operation of the existing Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) on June 30.

Call to introduce nursing courses at private varsities

The Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) of Dhaka University in collaboration with DRC on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty organised a national consultation on Institutional and Regulatory Reforms for Training of Nurses for Overseas Employment at the Spectra Convention Centre in the city yesterday, says a press release.

Ershad welcomes approval of upazila ordinance

Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday congratulated the advisory council of the caretaker government for approving the upazila council ordinance.

Bimstec ministerial meet on July 9

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) ministerial meeting on poverty alleviation will be held here on July 9.

Criminal killed in gunfight with Rab in Sundarbans

A notorious leader of a gang of robbers was killed in a gunfight with the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the Sundarbans last night.

ACC to lay 'traps' to catch bribe takers

Intensifying its drive against corrupt officials, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to lay traps to catch bribe-takers red-handed in places where bribing is rampant.

Cadet missing after falling from ship

A cadet went missing in the sea after he fell off a ship at the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port yesterday morning.

Rab seizes G-3 rifle, ammo in Chittagong

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered one G-3 rifle with 80 bullets and sten guns from Hathazari and Rangunia upazilas in separate raids early yesterday.

Pvt varsity officials sued for violating UGC rules

An official of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh yesterday filed a case with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court against chairman of the West Coast Panama University Bangladesh Centre in Khulna city and thirteen others.

Low over north Bay intensifies

The low over north Bay and adjoining area intensified into a well marked low over north Bay and adjoining Bangladesh coast and is likely to intensify further.

DCC to give land for water pump

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday announced that a plot of land would be allocated for setting up a water-pump at Ward No 48 (Hazaribagh area) in the city for supplying of pure drinking water.

OIC FMs meet in Kampala tomorrow

The three-day Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) will begin in Kampala, Uganda on June 18.

JCD demands release of Khaleda, her sons

Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and activists yesterday formed a human chain in front of the Aparajeya Bangla of Dhaka University demanding unconditional release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her sons Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko and their better treatment abroad, says a press release.

Annual reunion of street children

Assistance For Slum Dwellers (ASD) and Plan Bangladesh jointly organised an annual reunion of street children at Social Service Department auditorium in the city yesterday.

Appeal for help

Dr AKM Shaheen Akber, a medical officer at dental department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), is suffering from rectal cancer.

Woman, 4 others held for running Yaba business in Sylhet

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a woman and four others including a former ward commissioner of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) for running Yaba business.

US chapter of BNP demands release of Khaleda, sons

The USA chapter of BNP staged demonstrations in Jackson Heights and in front of the United Nations headquarter in New York on Sunday demanding immediate release of the party chairperson Khaleda Zia and her two sons.

Private car, 3 motorcycles seized in Benapole

Police and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in separate drives seized a private car, three motorcycles, 12000 CDs and 80 pieces of high power magnets and arrested a union parishad member with firearm in Benapole yesterday.

Emergency obstetric care services at Narsingdi heath complex

Safe Motherhood Promotion Project (SMPP) on Saturday launched its 'Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care (C-EmOC)' services at Raipura Upazila Health Complex (UHC) in Narsingdi, says a press release.

RU Motihar Hall reconstruction begins

Rajshahi University (RU) authorities formally began the reconstruction works of the Motihar Hall yesterday.

EC workshop on SCC polls tomorrow

Election Commission will organise a workshop at the DC office tomorrow for the candidates interested to contest the upcoming Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) election for the posts of mayor and ward commissioners.

Law adviser leaves for Mexico to attend workshop

Law Adviser AF Hassan Ariff left for Mexico yesterday to attend a workshop on 'Non-conviction Based Asset Recovery' beginning at Cancun today.

National

Lives, environment, ecology at risk as illegal hill cutting still rampant in Khagrachhari

Unabated hill cutting in eight upazilas under Khagrachhari district is posing serious threat to lives, natural environment and biodiversity of the hill district.

Khulna street children turning into criminals' accomplice

A large number of street boys in Khulna city and nine upazilas of the district have got involved in different types of crime as criminals use them as convenient accomplices.

Bumper yield fails to cheer up farmers in Thakurgaon, Panchagarh as price too low

Despite bumper production of maize in Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts, farmers are frustrated due to its drastic fall of prices in the local markets.

428 sacks of fertiliser seized, 2 agri officials held in Chuadanga

Joint forces seized 428 sacks of fertiliser and arrested five people including two government officials for their alleged involvement in hoarding fertiliser in separate drives conducted in various places in Chuadanga district Saturday and Sunday.

Jamaat leader Zia on 2-day remand

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court in Sirajganj yesterday approved two days remand for arrested Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ziaul Huq Zia in a four-murder case.

Boy murdered in Chuadanga

A boy was killed at Aliatnagar village in Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga district following previous enmity with his relatives Sunday night.

2 pirates held after gunfight with police

Police arrested two pirates after trading gunfire with their gang in Shibsha Canal area under Koira upazila in Khulna district on Sunday evening.

2 pirates held after gunfight with police

Police arrested two pirates after trading gunfire with their gang in Shibsha Canal area under Koira upazila in Khulna district on Sunday evening.

4 outlaws held

Police yesterday arrested four members of banned outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) from remote Boroichora village in Chalon Beel area in Tarash upazila of Sirajganj district.

5 robbers get 39-yr RI in arms case

A Chuadanga court yesterday sentenced five robbers to 39 years' imprisonment in an arms case.

Natore BNP leader held for extortion

Police yesterday arrested Shahidul Islam Bachchu, general secretary of Natore district BNP from his Foujdaripara residence in the town on charge of extortion.

Drug peddler gets life

Chapainawabganj District and Sessions Judge's Court yesterday sentenced a drug peddler to life-term rigorous imprisonment under Narcotics Control Act.

Fake doctor arrested in Narail

Narail police yesterday arrested a fake doctor from Daar-ush Shefa Clinic in Narail town.

Fake NGO official held in Natore

Police yesterday arrested an official of a fake NGO at Baddybelghoria village in Sadar upazila.

International

Pak ruling parties yet to decide on Musharraf impeachment

Pakistan's ruling coalition is yet to take a collective decision on the possible impeachment of beleaguered President Pervez Musharraf and his successor in the event of his removal as the head of state.

Pakistan hits back over Karzai's attack threat

Pakistan stoked tensions with Afghanistan on Monday, summoning the Afghan envoy and vowing to defend its sovereignty after President Hamid Karzai threatened cross-border attacks on militants.

Pakistan frees Benazir attack suspect

Pakistani authorities have released an alleged al-Qaeda-linked militant who had been held over a bombing at Benazir Bhutto's homecoming parade here, which killed 139 people, police said yesterday.

Runoff election won't end Zimbabwe's crisis

Andrew Makoni wants change in Zimbabwe, his homeland. But he won't be there to vote for it. Instead, the human rights lawyer will be in neighbouring South Africa, hiding from government-hired killers he says have targeted him. The big question is whether the scare tactics President Robert Mugabe has undertaken will enable him to crush opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the June 27 runoff election.

Republican tea party at Nepali ex-king's palace

There have been countless tea parties on the immaculate lawns of Kathmandu's royal palace but none like the latest one, when the edifice, now stripped of its monarch, officially became a museum.

Cheers in China, Taiwan over talks

It was all warm and fuzzy as Taiwan and China celebrated their new-found rapprochement with last week's resumption of formal talks after a nine-year hiatus.

Abbas expects Gaza truce within days

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas expects Israel and Hamas to reach a truce in and around the Gaza Strip within days, his spokesman said yesterday.

EU seeks swift Iranian response to nuke offer

The quicker Iran responds to an offer from world powers aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff the better, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said yesterday.

Talks for US-Iraqi pact 'not dead'

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Sunday that US-Iraqi negotiations for a long-term security pact were not dead and that despite difficulties, a deal would be signed "by the end of July."

Bush calls for Pak-Afghan talks on militants

US President George W Bush said yesterday he understood Afghanistan's anger at attacks by Islamist militants based on the border with Pakistan but urged talks to resolve the "testy situation."

Thousands evacuated as rain lashes China

Tens of thousands of victims of China's Sichuan earthquake were evacuated Monday as torrential rain lashed the region, triggering flood warnings on major rivers including the Yangtze and the Pearl.

Israel, Syria resume indirect talks

Israel and Syria resumed over the weekend indirect peace talks under Turkish mediation, Israeli military radio reported on Monday.

Modi dares Cong to file sedition case against him

A week after daring the Centre to remove Gujarat from the list of centrally-assisted states, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has hit out at the Congress again.

Floods, mudslides kill 25 in India

Flash floods and mudslides unleashed by heavy monsoon rains have claimed 25 lives and displaced 200,000 people in northeastern India, officials said Monday.

Britain warns of high attack risk in UAE

Britain has warned of a high risk of a terror attack in the United Arab Emirates, the booming oil-rich Gulf state that is home to several million foreigners.

Israel kills 3 Palestinian fighters at Gaza border

Israeli troops killed three Palestinian militants who were trying to plant explosives at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday, according to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Climate change threatens reef fish

Climate change threatens to devastate coral reef fish populations and increase the likelihood of fishery collapses, Australian researchers warned yesterday.

US envoy says no 'G8 solution' to climate change

The US ambassador to Japan voiced doubt yesterday on whether the upcoming Group of Eight summit would take action on climate change, saying that any solution must also involve developing nations.

Kashmir militants oppose land to Hindu shrine trust

Indian Kashmir's decision to transfer nearly 40 hectares of forest land to a Hindu shrine trust has met with protests from Muslim separatists opposed to New Delhi's rule in the region.

Arts & Entertainment

Images of childhood innocence and bliss

“Beyond the Dream” is a current exhibition of photography by Srabon Reza at the Alliance Francaise that has been praised by experts like Dr. Noazesh Ahmed and Hashem Khan.

Sincerity in TV plays and talk shows

Actress Tazin Ahmed is a familiar face to TV viewers. She brings to all her works a singular dedication and sincerity, which is reflected in her performances. Tazin In a recent chat with The Daily Star, Tazin talked about her original profession, journalism, and her latest talk show, "O Bondhu Amar".

Monsoon melodies at Shilpakala

To celebrate the first day of monsoon, Cultural organisation 'Nibedan' and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) jointly arranged a musical programme titled "Shotoborsher Bangla Gaan" at the Music and Dance Centre auditorium, BSA on June 15. At the programme, artistes of Nibedan performed Bangla songs about rain, composed in the last 100 years.

Concert on climate change

Dance, music and poetry came together in an enchanting fusion at a recent musical ballet, "Vasundhara". It was a show with a difference -- to generate awareness about climate change, one of the greatest environmental challenges of our times. Setting the tone for the evening, Nitin Desai, president of the organisation LEAD India, pointed out, "This is a function for children, by children. It is a reminder that we are here on planet earth as its guests. Therefore we have a responsibility to leave the planet in the state we found it…It is our children who will fully feel the consequences of climate change."

Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti programme at Rajshahi

Rajshahi Shilpakala Academy celebrated Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti with a two-day programme that began last Saturday.

First National Theatre Camp for Youth '08 begins

People's Theatre Association (PTA) in collaboration with Rakhal arranged the fortnight-long “9th National and 1st International Theatre Camp for Children and Youth '08”, which began at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Central Public Library from June 6. As part of the programme, a three-day long camp for young theatre activists started from June 15. Nineteen theatre troupes from all over the county will stage their productions at the camp.

Students of Dhaka University welcome the rain

Dhaka University Teachers-Students Centre (TSC) organised a musical soiree titled "Aji jhoro jhoro mukhoro badoro diney" to welcome the monsoon on June 15 at TSC premises.

Kevin Spacey to become Oxford professor

Double Oscar winning actor Kevin Spacey said it is an "honour" to be named as a University of Oxford professor.

OP-ED

Wading through waste water

FORMAL city planning in this part of the world began with Sir Patrick Geddess producing a Master Plan for Dhaka in 1917. The plan was never implemented. With the establishment of a planning department in erstwhile East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, in the year 1948, planning activities got an institutional beginning.

Reforming Bosnia emerges as a model

ALMOST 13 years after the United States forced peace upon the war-torn Balkan country of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this once-failed state has taken its first official step towards becoming a modern European nation.

Everywhere and beyond

BARACK Obama's supporters talk about how they've given sweat and tears to the cause. Paul Tewes can do better than that: he gave his eyebrows. Last Fourth of July weekend, Tewes, who led Obama's winning campaign in Iowa, pushed his staff of field organisers and volunteers to sign up thousands of new supporters around the state. He set an unreasonably tough goal and didn't really expect them to meet it.

Ice, fire and other hazards of modern office life

LIKE many readers, I work in an office complex. This cluster of buildings is designed to serve 12,000 people. But I'm writing this all alone.


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