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Grassroots rivalries come to the fore

Divisions within Awami League (AL) and BNP seem to have resurfaced with the local leaders vying for nominations to contest the August 4 mayoral polls.

Voter lists of 200 upazilas by July

Voter lists in around 200 upazilas will be ready in July third week, facilitating the Election Commission (EC) plan to announce poll schedule for upazila parishads in the first phase.

Fresh MRP project drafted in ADP

The Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP) could start issuing machine-readable passports and visas from July next year as a Tk 560 crore fresh project for this purpose has been included in the Annual Development Programme of 2008-2009.

Born-again canal

Suvadda Khal (canal), lifeline of Keraniganj upazila in Dhaka, is now getting back its earlier look as the canal that dried up completely more than three years ago was partly re-excavated by the authorities recently.

BNP now revolves round Delwar

Despite the relaxation of restrictions on 'indoor politics' in the capital for more than nine months now, BNP could not hold a single meeting of its standing committee or the national executive committee during the period.

Arrest warrant issued against 8 Huji fugitives

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against eight absconding Harkatul Jihad (Huji) members including Maulana Tajuddin, brother of detained former BNP lawmaker Abdus Salam Pintu, in the August 21 grenade attack case.

CA gives ministries 2-month deadline

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has directed the ministries and departments concerned to implement the Bangladesh Better Business Forum's (BBBF) recommendations, which are under implementation process, in next two months to attain desired dynamism in trade and economy.

Govt to talk with parties to end mix-up over polls

The government will hold discussions with the political parties to resolve misunderstandings over holding of the elections to local government bodies prior to the parliamentary election.

CEC for change in political culture for democracy

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday observed that the country's political culture has to be changed to establish democracy in the true sense.

Hasina for JS polls first

Former prime minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, now in Washington, called for parliament election before other polls to restore democracy in the country.

Home clarification on EPR relaxation

The home ministry yesterday said easing of the Emergency Power Rules (EPR) would also apply to the other city corporation and municipalities if schedules are declared for polls there during the state of emergency.

Tk 500 notes won't be demonetised

Bangladesh Bank has no plan to withdraw 500-taka notes from circulation, said an official release yesterday.

Sylhet BNP chief Ariful Haque gets 10yrs

A court here yesterday sentenced Sylhet city BNP President Ariful Haque Chowdhury to 10 years imprisonment while his wife to three years in a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Yunus voted 2nd among world's top thought leaders

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus was voted second in the top 100 intellectuals of the world in a global poll hot on the heels of the University of Cambridge selecting him in its list of top 50 global thought leaders.

Wadud Bhuiyan granted bail in extortion case

A Khagrachhari court yesterday granted bail to detained former BNP lawmaker Wadud Bhuiyan in a case filed against him on charges of extortion and torture.

WB assures $3.9b in 3yrs to meet budget deficit

World Bank Vice President for Asia Pacific Praful C Patel yesterday assured Bangladesh of providing enhanced assistance of $ 3.9 billion equally in the next three years to meet the increased budget deficit.

Jamaat vows to resist local body polls

Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh yesterday demanded cancellation of the schedule for the local body polls and holding the national elections first.

Iajuddin taken to hospital

President Prof Iajuddin Ahmed was admitted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) yesterday night with viral fever.

Chevron,Cairn strike deal with Petrobangla

Chevron and Cairn yesterday signed an agreement, in addition to the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with Petrobangla for Block-7, for an extra seismic and drilling programme in south-western Bangladesh.

Bangladesh open campaign today

Bangladesh will get a chance to put an end to their seven-match losing streak when they take on United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their Asia Cup Group A opener at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore today.

Emergency landing of flight could not save her life

A flight of Cathay Pacific Airways made an emergency landing at the Zia International Airport (ZIA) to provide urgent medical treatment to a Filipino passenger who died at a city hospital early yesterday.

Gold found in heritage site sold illegally

An employee of the Department of Archaeology reportedly misappropriated 15-16 pieces of gold found at an old structure on the Mahasthangarh site in Bogra during maintenance work.

US-led forces kill 55 Afghan militants

US-led troops killed 55 militants including three senior commanders after rebels ambushed a patrol with rockets near the eastern Afghan-Pakistani border, the coalition said yesterday.

Pakistan court disqualifies Sharif from by-election

A Pakistani court on Monday barred former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is one of the leaders of the ruling coalition, from contesting a by-election on June 26, a court order said.


Vacant posts in government sector

NO fewer than 8,000 cadre service posts in government have been vacant for a long time. As a report in yesterday's issue of this newspaper reveals, there has additionally been no new recruitment in the last three years. Against these vacancies, the Public Service Commission has, for the 28th BCS examinations, invited applications for a mere 1,720 posts in 14 general and 13 technical areas. Obviously, the situation is a difficult if not a complicated one, for it is somewhat a reflection on how the bureaucracy fulfills, or does not fulfill, its responsibilities to the public.

Tarique's ailment

TARIQUE Rahman's physical condition has been occupying the time and space of the media for sometime now. That he has suffered a severe injury to his spine while in the custody of the state is a matter that causes worry to anyone with the slightest concern for the rights of the common man - even those that are in custody on charges of alleged corruption. And Tarique Rahman cannot be an exception.

The "Mother of all Parties" to begin soon

BRING out your silver cape, chill your summer wine and put on your dancing shoes, for the time is coming to party with the VIP thieves and robbers. Ah! That motley band of men patent in their utter worthlessness! Aren't you excited beyond disbelief? Don't you look forward to brushing shoulders with people who should have been in the dungeon forever? But, no, nothing of the sort will happen. They are creeping out soon, like those "critters" in the Michael Jackson song Thriller. And then they will throw the biggest party the world has ever seen. Let's go and wait on the sidewalk and watch the cavalcade of world's most expensive limousines on the streets of one of the world's poorest countries. Bravo, brothers!

Why are rice prices rising now?

THE recent rise in rice prices at retail level seemingly goes to challenge the popular perceptions and theoretical underpinnings. The finance adviser apparently looks disturbed, and our "bare-headed" economists are taken aback by the unexpected outcome. After the much acclaimed bumper boro harvest, the perception was that the augmented supply would help ease the pressure in the market and thus lead to a decline in the price of the staple food.

In need of 'wins on the ground'

King Abdullah of Jordan sat down at Petra with NEWSWEEK's Lally Weymouth last week and reflected on the state of affairs in his part of the world. He emphasised the need for a settlement of the Palestinian issue and claimed that Iran was no longer such a big problem for his country. Indeed, he sounded a bit like Barack Obama in arguing for the need for dialogue with Iran -- a country he has in the past described as a major threat.


Asian war begins today

Pakistan and Bangladesh both face minnows as the ninth Asia Cup begins on Tuesday, with the hosts hoping the event passes smoothly to pave the way for more international cricket in future.

Stop the decline, please

After national team, disaster has struck our football in club level too.

Lighweights march on

England have never managed it, despite a world title, Italy haven't achieved it for 40 years and the Azzurri's wait continues, as does Spain's - for now.

ODI battle starts today

World champions Australia hope that some fresh faces, fresh legs, and a different format will help them dominate their five-match one-day international series against West Indies, starting on Tuesday at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex here.

Hail 'Saint' Casillas

The Spanish press were united in their relief on Monday that Spain had finally laid to rest their quarterfinal curse after they beat world champions Italy on penalties on Sunday.

Mahbubul spearheads Bangladesh A

Mahbubul Alam gave Bangladesh A team a bright start in their tour opener three-day match against Ireland A in Dublin yesterday.

Abahani play Regar today

After crashing 4-0 to Nepal Police Club on Sunday, Abahani will take on Tajikistan league champions Regar-TadAZ in their second match of the AFC President's Cup Group A match today in Kuala Lumpur.

Irfan causes a concern

India have a minor concern before their Asia Cup campaign takes off with reports that all-rounder Irfan Pathan has picked up a knee injury after the Kitply Cup last week.

India outlaws ICL players

The proposed 10-million-dollar Twenty20 Champions League was thrown into turmoil on Sunday after India rejected the participation of English counties that field 'rebel' players.

Pakistan on safety test

Pakistan's ability to host an international tournament without any security problems will be examined when the six-nation Asia Cup begins on Tuesday.

We were lucky, says Casillas

Spain hero Iker Casillas admitted his team had been lucky in progressing to the Euro 2008 semifinals following their penalty shoot-out victory over world champions Italy.

Ballack exudes confidence

Germany captain Michael Ballack says his side must use the confidence generated from their 3-2 quarterfinal win over Portugal to knock-out come-back kings Turkey on Wednesday to reach the Euro 2008 final.

A modest Aragones

Coach Luis Aragones, unlike the rest of his fellow countrymen, was keeping his feet firmly on the ground after watching Spain finally confront their demons and defeat Italy to clinch a semifinal spot at Euro 2008.

Press calls for his head

Roberto Donadoni's short reign as Italy coach will shortly be brought to an end paving the way for the return of 2006 World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi, was the opinion of the Italian press in the wake of Italy's disappointing exit from Euro 2008.

Lehmann ready for anything

Veteran German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann said on Monday he was prepared to put his life on the line in Wednesday's Euro 2008 semifinal against Turkey.

Psychiatrist to disconsolate Croat fans

Croatian football fans who are finding it hard to come to terms with their side's traumatic defeat in the Euro 2008 quarterfinal by Turkey have help at hand - a newspaper has enrolled the services of a psychiatrist.

Federer, Ivanovic cruise

Five-time champion Roger Federer put his growing army of doubters firmly in their place by storming into the Wimbledon second round on Monday.

Arshavin prefers Spain

Russia's star playmaker Andrei Arshavin said he would like to play in the Spanish league on Monday setting himself up nicely for the Euro 2008 semi-final with Spain on Thursday.

UAE, Qatar in final round

The cast for the 2010 FIFA World Cup fourth round draw for Asia was completed on Sunday night with Qatar and United Arab Emirates taking up the final two berths.

Kapil Devils party

India's cricket chiefs put aside their differences with 'rebel' players and staff on Sunday night to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the country's lone World Cup triumph.

Argentina post maiden win over Aussies

Argentina notched up their first-ever Champions Trophy win over Australia here on Sunday, beating the Antipodeans 2-1.

Pele mugged in Brazil

Brazilian former soccer star Pele was robbed by a gun- and knife-wielding gang of youths when his chauffeur-driven car got stuck in traffic near Sao Paulo, a report in the weekly Veja newsmagazine said.

Army win opener

Bangladesh Army secured a solitary goal victory against Bangladesh Navy in the opening match of the Inter-services football competition at the BAF Base Matiur Rahman ground on Sunday.

Big win for Matuail

Matuail Milon Sangsad thrashed Maniknagar Unnayan Samity 92-29 in the First Division Kabaddi League at the kabaddi stadium yesterday.

Jane was a cancer hero

Australia's cricketers, cancer campaigners and the prime minister paid tribute Monday to Jane McGrath, the wife of former bowler Glenn McGrath who lost her fight with the disease at the weekend.


Chinese firm keen to set up power tiller plant

A Chinese agri-machinery manufacturing firm is in talks to set up a joint venture to build a power tiller assembly plant in Bangladesh, due to rising labour costs in its home market and the steady appreciation of the yuan.

High price for new frequencies puts mobile operators in dilemma

The country's top three mobile operators are in a dilemma over whether to add new frequencies as the telecom regulator has set a price of Tk100crore per MHz per year, a massive increase on previously.

DSE turnover dips to five-month low

Turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday dipped to five-month low at Tk 169 crore as investors shied away following measures to cool down the market.

Govt to pay for Ctg container scanners as ADB withdraws

The government will now finance the installation of six container scanners at Chittagong Seaport after the Asian Development Bank refused to provide funds on the ground of a re-tendering plan.

Bangladeshis' visa-free travel to ROK halted

South Korea will halt visa-free visits by Bangladeshis because almost all of them fail to return home on time, the justice ministry said Monday.

DoCoMo eyes acquisitions

Japan's top mobile telephone operator NTT DoCoMo Inc. is on the prowl for overseas acquisitions to drive its future growth, its new president said Monday.

Shrimp exporters yet to reach latent heights

The country's second largest export earner, the shrimp industry, is unable to tap the full potentials of this sector due to a number of problems including a lack of knowledge on global standards, according to a study released yesterday.

Advertisers find outsourcing success in Bangladesh

Each month Dell, the world's largest computer seller, pushes around 4.5 million catalogues promoting its products through the letterboxes of homes, businesses and institutions across Europe.

Profit…it’s not a bad word

A TV news show recently reported that some business people were allegedly disappointed that they could not use this budget as a reason to immediately raise the prices of everything.

Absence of govt-donors coordination blamed for mismanagement

Finance and Planning Adviser Dr A B Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday blamed the absence of policy coordination between government and development agencies for mismanagement in public procurement process.

Titas Gas trading debuts Sunday

Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company, with the largest-ever public issue in the history of country's stock market, will make its debut on bourses next Sunday, officials said.

Grameenphone reaches 20m subscribers

Grameenphone, the country's leading mobile phone operator, crossed the 20 million subscribers' mark yesterday.

Jamil flies to US to finalise deal on purchase of 10 Boeing planes

A three-member high-powered delegation yesterday flew to USA to finalise the deal signed earlier to purchase 10 new aircraft for Biman from US plane maker Boeing.

Biswa Shahitto Kendro, djuice launch 'Know Bangladesh' programme

Biswa Shahitto Kendro (BSK) and mobile phone operator Grameenphone's youth brand djuice are organising a programme styled 'Know Bangladesh'.

Acer India MD due today

WS Mukund, managing director of Acer India Pvt Ltd, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today on a three-day tour by the invitation of Acer's business and service partner Executive Technologies Ltd (ETL).

Eurozone business activity contracts

Business activity in the 15 countries sharing the euro contracted in June for the first time for almost five years, according to a widely watched survey on Monday.

ACI declares 85pc dividend

Advanced Chemical Industries (ACI) Ltd has declared an 85 percent dividend for its shareholders.

No plan to withdraw 500-taka denomination

Bangladesh Bank has no plan to withdraw 500-taka denomination from circulation, said an official release on Monday.

Japanese business sentiment hits four-year low

Sentiment among top Japanese executives has slumped to the worst level in at least four years, a government survey showed Monday, adding to concerns about the outlook for Asia's largest economy.

High oil prices slash German business confidence

Germany's key business climate index fell to an 18-month low point in June, with high oil prices pulling the rug from under the feet of Europe's biggest economy.

Oil prices rally after Jeddah meet, Nigeria attack

Oil prices rose towards 137 dollars on Monday after major energy producers ruled out further output despite consumers' fears that the world faces a tight supply situation, traders said.

China vows new action to stabilise markets

China's securities regulator has said it will do whatever is necessary to ensure the country's stock market stability and healthy development after recent jitters.

Vietnam trade gap widens, investment pledges rise

Vietnam's trade deficit has more than tripled year-on-year to an estimated 16.9 billion dollars for the first half of 2008, state media reported Monday, quoting data from the communist government.

Malaysia Airlines announces new round of cost-cutting

Malaysia Airlines said Monday it would reduce flight frequencies and impose a hiring freeze as it resorts to a new round of cost-cuts and a fuel surcharge hike to battle soaring energy prices.


In a caption published on this page yesterday, the name of IDLC Finance Ltd was mistakenly mentioned as 'Industrial Development Leasing Company of Bangladesh Ltd (IDLC)'. We sincerely regret the mistake.


Sanitation in tea gardens very poor

Safe water supply and sanitation in the tea gardens of the country is very poor, said the speakers at a consultation yesterday.

Malaysian agency refuses to receive stranded job seekers

Malaysian recruiting agency Sawas Link finally refused to receive the 32 Bangladeshi workers stranded at a depot of Kuala Lumpur airport on the allegation that the Bangladeshi recruiting agency, Shikha Trade International, did not pay them more than 70,000 Ringgit under the deal.

WHO launches initiative to reduce maternal mortality

The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday launched an initiative to strengthen the Menstrual Regulation (MR) programme to reduce maternal mortality in Bangladesh.

Wanted criminal dies in Rab 'shootout'

A wanted criminal was killed early today in a shootout between Rapid Action Battalion members and his accomplices in city's Jigatola area.

Unite to elect honest candidates: GF

Gono Forum (GF) leaders yesterday called on the people to unite to elect the honest and competent candidates in local government and national elections to be held as per the electoral roadmap announced by the Election Commission.

6 killed in road accidents

Six people were killed and 12 others injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.

DU announces Tk164cr budget tomorrow

Dhaka University (DU) will announce tomorrow a Tk 164 crore budget for 2008-09 fiscal with a deficit of Tk 12 crore.

Saudi BNP men, ex-JCD leaders emand release of Khaleda, sons

The Saudi Arabia-based BNP activists from Chandpur district yesterday demanded release of the detained ex-premiere Khaleda Zia and her ailing sons.

President suffers from viral fever

President Iajuddin Ahmed fell sick and put off his scheduled programmes at Bangabhaban yesterday.

Inclusion of biographies of controversial leaders condemned

The Forum for Secular Bangladesh and Trial of War Criminals of 1971 yesterday strongly condemned the inclusion of biographies of controversial religious leaders, including founder of Jamaat-e-Islami Abul Ala Maududi, in the syllabus of a subject at Chittagong University.

2 security guards held for helping smugglers at ZIA

The customs officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) arrested two security guards of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on charge of helping smugglers in smuggling out various electronics goods through the green channel on Sunday night.

Village doctor held for killing wife, 2 children

A middle-aged man slaughtered his wife and two children at village Patakata in Mathbaria on Sunday night.

21 frauds held

Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested 21 frauds of four gangs at Badda in the city on Sunday night.

New British HC Evans arrives

Newly appointed British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Stephen Evans arrived here yesterday evening to take up his new assignment.

Bakery shop owner found dead in his room

Police recovered the body of a bakery shop owner with his hands and legs tied from his residence at East Goran at Khilgaon in the city yesterday.

BSF returns 33 more Bangladeshis

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) handed over 33 Bangladeshi citizens, who were detained in Indian jails after being trafficked across the border, to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) through Benapole check post yesterday.

Cargo train derails in Feni

Train communications to and from Chittagong were snapped for several hours as eight compartments of a cargo train derailed at Muhuriganj section near Feni in the early hours of yesterday.

Tk 7.5cr Aussie grant for vulnerable communities

The Australian government will provide Tk 7.5 crore in additional humanitarian assistance to meet the emergency needs of vulnerable communities, says a press release.

Kalyan Party's dialogue with CG on June 25

The caretaker government's dialogue with Bangladesh Kalyan Party, scheduled to be held yesterday, will now be held to June 25.

Condolence meet on Khaleda Edib today

A condolence meeting commemorating the death of noted writer Khaleda Edib Chowdhury will be held at 5:00pm at the Central Public Library seminar room in the city today, says a press release.

GB cultural programme ends

A two-day inter-departmental cultural programme of Gono Bishwabidyalaya (GB) concluded at the PHA building of Gonoshasthya Kendra yesterday, says a press release.

Truckload of urea seized, five held in Faridpur

A truckload of fertiliser was seized and five people, including the fertiliser dealer, were arrested yesterday from Ujirpur for alleged smuggling.

Schoolboy missing in city

A class nine student of Ideal School and College has been missing since June 14.

Appeal for help

Aklima Khatun, a student of class eight in a school at Sirajganj, has been suffering from brain tumour, says a press release.

Appeal for help

Fahima Begum, wife of a construction worker, has been suffering from a chronic disease called 'myasthenia gravis', a condition that causes muscles to become weak, says a press release.


Lively campaign starts for Rajshahi city polls

With announcement of the schedule for Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) polls on Friday, all probable candidates for the post of mayor and councillors have beefed up electioneering.

BCL starts indefinite strike at Ruet today

Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has called an indefinite students strike on the Ruet campus from today demanding 'proper action' against the people responsible for Thursday attack on BCL men by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD).

'Give constitutional rights to indigenous people'

Indigenous people at a press conference held at Rajshahi Public Library auditorium yesterday demanded constitutional recognition to the indigenous people.

Dada Tapan's brother on 8-day remand

Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court in Kushtia yesterday granted eight-day remand for Golam Hossain Akash, younger brother outlawed Janajuddho chief Abdur Rashid Malitha Tapan alias Dada Tapan.

Drug addict kills brother

A drug addict youth stabbed his elder brother to death at Bhatikashar in the district town yesterday afternoon.

2 held for drug trading

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) have arrested two staff of a courier office here on charge of drug trade.

Palli Kabi's Rupai passes away

Ahmed Ali alias Rupa Miah, the star of Palli Kabi Jasimuddin's Nakshi Kanthar Math, a masterpiece of the poet, died at his residence at village Shilashi in Gafargoan upazila of the district on Sunday night. He was 104.

Ex-MP Shahidul's movabale property attached

Moheshpur police yesterday attached movable property of former lawmaker and district BNP general secretary Shahidul Islam master from his house.

2 skeletons of minor boys found

Day labourers yesterday found two skeletons of minor boys while re-excavating a derelict pond at Satghar village of Southkhali union in Sharonkhola upazila, Bagerhat.

Jebrik MD on 2-day remand

Managing director of a travel agent who was arrested on June 3 for cheating 23 Hajj pilgrims was placed on two-day remand yesterday, court sources said.


33 Tigers, 6 soldiers killed in fresh Lankan fighting

Government forces captured six Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers on the front lines in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka and infantry killed 33 rebels and six soldiers in clashes, the military said yesterday.

EU nations approve sanction against Iran

European Union nations have approved new sanctions against Iran, including an assets freeze of the country's biggest bank.

Sarkozy presses Israel for settlement freeze

French President Nicolas Sarkozy called yesterday for a halt to Jewish settlement activity in the occupied West Bank while proclaiming his staunch support of Israel in an address to its parliament.

Maoists walk away from talks with Nepali parties

Charging that Nepali Congress (NC) has 'intentionally' delayed formation of the next government, CPN (Maoist) has decided to launch 'people's struggle' for change of guard.

PPP man from Sindh will be president soon

Asif Ali Zardari has said the day is not far off when a People's Party man from Sindh will be in the President's House.

Talk of cross-border action by Afghanistan 'not wise': Rice

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in an interview aired Sunday that threats by Afghanistan to pursue Taliban insurgents across the border into Pakistan were "not wise."

Philippines rescuers may bore hole in ferry

Rescuers in the Philippines may bore a hole in a ferry capsized by a deadly typhoon in a desperate attempt to find survivors among more than 800 missing passengers and crew, an official said Monday.

World leaders challenge Mugabe's legitimacy

World leaders challenged Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's legitimacy yesterday and threatened sanctions after the opposition withdrew from this week's presidential run-off, citing pre-poll violence.

Mubarak, Olmert to talk Gaza truce

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert travels to Egypt today for talks with President Hosni Mubarak focused on the Gaza truce and Cairo's efforts to mediate a prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas.

Syria keeps silent over UN nuclear inspectors

Syria kept silent on Monday about a visit by UN nuclear officials to inspect a mysterious site bombed by Israel last year, with no official announcements a day after the team's arrival.

Thai PM Samak defiant as pressure mounts

Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej insists he will not yield to the pressure of protesters demanding his resignation and will face a censure debate in Parliament to quell a threat to topple his government.

Govt should not be sacrificed for nuke deal : CPI

Asking the Congress-led UPA to set its priority on fighting soaring inflation instead of focusing on Indo-US nuclear deal, CPI today said the central government should not be sacrificed in the name of such an agreement, as nobody wants early polls.

India, Australia vow to strengthen anti-terror cooperation

India and Australia today pledged to jointly fight terrorism, cooperating in intelligence gathering and taking steps to counter money-laundering and terrorist financing.

8 shot dead in sectarian violence in Pakistan

Gunmen shot dead eight members of a Shia Muslim tribe in northwest Pakistan, the latest attack in a wave of sectarian violence in the region, officials and residents said yesterday.

Afghans protest civilian casualties by US forces

Hundreds of protesters took to streets in eastern Afghanistan yesterday after a father and son were allegedly killed by gunfire from US-led soldiers, a governor and witnesses said.

Arts & Entertainment

Delightful notes from Ecole de Musique

Like the last eight years, Ecole de Musique celebrated Fête de la Musique on June 22 at the Alliance Francaise auditorium. The live performances were lapped up by the audience going by the resounding applause every time the musicians performed.

Mohibul Islam: An expatriate artist with a soul rooted in home

It is natural for an artist to have an affinity to his country and its history. Mohammad Mohibul Islam, an artist now living in Canada, is no exception. Though he is far from home, he is firmly rooted to Bangladesh.

Street show to generate awareness in Khagrachhari

Dighinala Tripura Kalyan Sangsad recently organised a street show to generate awareness among the people living in the remote villages under Dighinala upazila in Khagrachhari district.

"Mouchakey Dhil" on ATN Bangla tonight

The 56th episode of TV serial Mouchakey Dhil will be aired tonight at 8:00 pm on ATN Bangla. The cast includes A.T.M. Shamsuzzaman, Salahuddin Lavlu, Enamul Haque, Dolly Zahur, Azizul Hakim, Dipa Khandaker, Faruque Ahmed, Saleh Ahmed, Putul, Shabnam Parvin, Sohel, Ferdausi Lina, Hridee Haque and Sajjad Reza.

Rarely-seen Monet goes on display

A Claude Monet painting which has been seen in public only once in the past 80 years has gone on show in London.


Sigma Huda's case

ADVOCATE Sigma Huda, a lawyer of international repute and a renowned human rights activist, appointed the UN Special Rapporteur for Trafficking in Persons in 2004, has been accused by the Anti-Corruption Commission of abetting her husband in five extortion cases and a sixth case where the couple was accused of illegally acquiring wealth disproportionate to their income.

A time to change and a time to create

THE recent court ruling to provide citizenship to the Biharis provides an interesting twist to the stagnation that marred policy making regarding the "stranded Pakistanis." The decision not only has political ramifications but also highlights the need for a consistent and coherent refugee policy.

Time for a global town-hall meeting?

RECENTLY the Pew Global Attitudes Project released another survey in its series on foreign attitudes about the US. Despite slight improvement in its image, the United States is still seen by people in most countries in a highly unfavourable light.

Kindly prove to the court you are alive, your Honour

A dramatic controversy is raging in the corridors of international justice. We all know judge and jury have to be present at trials. But do they have to be paying attention? Do they have to be awake? And -- here's the cruncher -- do they have to be alive?

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