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News of: Tuesday, 15th of July, 2008

Front Page

Charges framed against Tarique, Babar

A special court yesterday framed charges against former prime minister Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman, former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and six others in a case filed for Tk 21 crore bribery over Sabbir murder.

EC to warn candidates against party office use

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday finally decided to warn mayoral candidates against use of political party offices in their campaigns for the August 4 polls to four city corporations.

Electioneering kicks off with festivities

Candidates running for mayor and ward councillor posts in the August 4 polls to four city corporations and nine municipalities formally started their door-to-door campaign yesterday after the Emergency Power Rules (EPR) was relaxed further.

Bijoy Sarani-Tejgaon link road stuck in court battle

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) is likely to miss the deadline of December 16 for completing the Bijoy Sarani-Tejgaon Link Road as it is now unable to demolish five buildings on the land of the road for legal tangles.

HC grants bail to Nizami, Redwan

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted ad-interim bail for two months to Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and former minister Motiur Rahman Nizami in Gatco corruption case.

Top leader admits getting Jamaat funds

A vice-president of Jatiya Muktijoddha Parishad (JMP) yesterday said they receive "donations" from Jamaat-e-Islami for the "welfare" of freedom fighters and to mobilise freedom fighters in different activities.

Donors to provide $340m for social safety measures

Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other development partners will provide $ 340 million to help Bangladesh implement the social protection measures, particularly on food security, under the 2008-09 budget.

Elect honest candidates

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday urged the people to apply their wisdom and judgment in electing the competent and honest candidates in the polls.

Proclamation of emergency challenged

A writ petition has been filed with the High Court (HC) challenging the legality of the president's proclamation of the state of emergency in the country on January 11 last year.

Rejoinder, our reply

Bangladesh Chashi Kalyan Samity (BCKS) in a rejoinder protested a report headlined "Five lakh depositors swindled by Jamaat's farmer wing" published in The Daily Star on July 7.

Nasim exempted from court appearance

A special court yesterday exempted detained former home minister Mohammad Nasim from appearing in person before the court during the trial of a corruption case.

Vote to power honest, competent candidates

Speakers at a citizens' dialogue in the city of Barisal yesterday called upon the people to come forward to make the country free of corruption and terrorism by voting honest and competent candidates to power.

Prof Rafiqul, family charged with amassing wealth illegally

The Anti-Corruption Corruption (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against detained former Awami League (AL) state minister for energy Prof Rafiqul Islam, his wife Nurunnahar Lily and their son Mostafa Ashish Islam in a case filed in connection with amassing wealth worth Tk 1 crore illegally and giving false wealth information to the commission.

ACC to press charge against Koko for ill-gotten wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to press charges against Arafat Rahman Koko for amassing wealth worth over Tk 2 crore illegally and hiding information about assets of Tk 11 lakh in a statement submitted to the commission.

Landslide kills 2 of a family in Cox's Bazar

Landslide, triggered by heavy rain, killed two members of a family at Himchhari here yesterday morning.

Zillur asks party men to resist upazila polls

Acting Awami League President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the party men to be united to resist the government move to hold upazila polls ahead of the national election.

Govt to relax rules for primary teacher recruitment in CHT

The government will relax the minimum educational requirement for recruitment of primary school teachers in three Chittagong hill districts to solve the shortage of teachers in the area.

2 criminals killed in 'shootout' with Rab

Two alleged gang members were killed early yesterday at Shyampur in the capital as they were caught in 'crossfire' between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and the gang named 'Rozen Bahini'.

65,631 MT rice arrives from India

Bangladesh has received 65,631 tonnes of rice from India in a latest consignment under the agreement signed with the Indian government after last year's floods and cyclone Sidr.

Nobel Committee chief due today

Norwegian Nobel Committee Chairman Prof Ole Danbolt Mjos and Nobel Peace Center Director Bente Erichsen arrive in Dhaka today on a six-day visit.

Holding credible polls difficult under state of emergency

US Ambassador James F Moriarty yesterday reiterated that holding of free, fair and credible elections in Bangladesh would be difficult under the state of emergency.

Robbers loot valuables worth Tk 8 lakh from city house

Robbers looted valuables including gold and diamond ornaments worth Tk 7.80 lakh at gunpoint from a house in Pallabi in city's Mirpur area early yesterday.

Arms, ammo seized in CHT

After trading fire, security personnel busted a temporary den of the anti-peace treaty activists in a remote area under Bilaichhari upazila of the district early yesterday and recovered arms and ammunition.

'Breakthrough' in combating malaria

Australian scientists have identified a potential treatment to combat malaria by pinpointing the process that helps the disease hijack red blood cells.

9 US troops, dozens of Taliban killed

Hundreds of militants stormed a remote military outpost in Afghanistan and briefly entered the base in a ferocious attack that left nine US soldiers dead, officials said yesterday.

ICC seeks arrest of Sudan president for Darfur war crimes

The International Criminal Court's top prosecutor called yesterday for the arrest of Sudan's President Omar al-Beshir for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.

India to hold peace talks with Pakistan

India will hold a round of peace talks with Pakistan this week despite a bomb attack on its Kabul embassy which officials have blamed on the Pakistani spy service, an Indian official said yesterday.

Editorial

Framework for elections at long last

DEVELOPING a framework for the upcoming elections is a crucial milestone on the path back to democracy and thus the anticipated promulgation of the RPO 2008 is to be welcomed. However, while we think that the new ordinance is in large part well conceived, there are also provisions that we think should be revisited before the ordinance is finalised.

UPA government in trouble

LEFT political parties in India plan to launch a concerted campaign all over the country to explain the reasons behind their withdrawal of support from the UPA government in Delhi. There is hardly any denying that the rift between the Left, comprising CPI-M, CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc, and the government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has centred around the core issue of the nuclear deal the government has been negotiating with the United States. Obviously, as the growing agitation over the deal, and not just on the part of the Left, has shown till now, it is the overall question of how Delhi-Washington relations shape up in light of the deal and how those relations affect the nature of Indian politics that is now at the centre of every political consideration in India.

Runaway train, runaway population ... and more

THERE is a Hollywood movie named "Runaway Train" which starts accidentally, picks up speed and moves forward with no one to apply the brakes. Amidst all the drama that goes on inside and outside, the machine monster rumbles on and on through heavy snow towards an abyss and plunges to its doom. I recommend this movie to the valued readers.

The Amarnath crisis takes its toll

CONFRONTED with a crisis following the withdrawal of the People's Democratic Party from the Congress-led coalition, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad resigned without facing the confidence vote. The Congress-PDP coalition's fall is a setback to the cause of moderation and political reconciliation. This is only one casualty from the crisis over the transfer of forest land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), and the violent protests over the transfer and its reversal by Governor N.N. Vohra.

Africans want G8 to talk more about economy

WHEN the leaders of a group of leading African nations met on Monday with their counterparts from the most powerful block in the present day world at the G8 Summit at Lake Toya in Japan, the two sides definitely had different ideas of what was to be expected and a different understanding of what should be considered as pressing issues.

Sports

Partnership in progress

The partnership between Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and Citycell that is expected to give the dying game in the country a lifeline was made official yesterday after the two parties signed an MoU for the development of football.

Rajin rescues Bangladesh A

Rajin Saleh kept his cool to salvage Bangladesh A from a second-innings batting debacle to force a draw against Warwickshire on the last day of their three-day match at Edgbaston yesterday.

Lord's awaits a draw

South Africa opener Neil McKenzie's marathon century finally came to an end but the first Test against England at Lord's was still heading towards a draw here on Monday.

Asif IPL's drug cheat

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif tested positive for a banned substance during random testing at the Indian Premier League, the IPL said Monday, but the paceman quickly proclaimed his innocence.

'India can handle Mendis'

India captain Anil Kumble said Monday he was confident his experienced batsmen will see off the threat posed by spinner Ajantha Mendis in the Test series in Sri Lanka.

Big loss for Bangladesh

Bangladesh gave up a stunning first-half lead to finish their group campaign with a humiliating 8-2 defeat at the hands of mighty Pakistan in the 6th Men's Junior Asia Cup hockey tournament in Hyderabad, India yesterday.

China remain guarded

China has spent the last two years downplaying its chances of leapfrogging the Americans at the top of the Olympic medals table in Beijing, but the race for global sporting supremacy still looks like being a close one.

Hundreds queue for banknotes

Hundreds of people began queueing outside Hong Kong branches of the Bank of China on Monday, desperate to get their hands on special banknotes released to commemorate the upcoming Olympics.

Manna retains top slot

Abhropratim Manna of Kolkata maintained his winning run in the class VI to X group event of the 10th Standard Chartered Chess tournament after winning the seventh round board against Ikramul Haque Siam yesterday.

Bolt turns up the heat

Usain Bolt, the 100-meter world record holder, ran the fastest time in the 200 this year, winning in 19.67 seconds Sunday at the Tsiklitiria Athens Grand Prix.

City to rain Milan parade?

Barcelona has received a 32 million euros (51 million dollar) offer for two-time world player of the year Ronaldinho from English Premiership side Manchester City, the Spanish club's president Joan Laporta said on Monday. The 28-year-old Brazilian - who is also subject to a 15million euros offer from AC Milan - will leave the club "with full honours", he told Catalunya Radio, adding the club had taken into account "the interests of the player as well as those of Barcelona" when deciding on whether he should go or not.

UEFA's teen crackdown

Europe's top football clubs will be barred from snapping up the game's most talented teenagers if plans outlined in a leaked UEFA document go ahead, it was reported on Sunday.

Adriano to be Lampard bait?

Frank Lampard's future remains uncertain after sources in Italy claimed Internazionale are preparing to offer Chelsea a part-exchange deal of £15m plus the Brazil striker Adriano.

Balotelli can't wait for call-up

Italian champions Inter Milan's teenage sensation Mario Balotelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday that his first call up to Italy colours cannot come soon enough.

Sampdoria in for Shevchenko

Chelsea misfit Andriy Shevchenko will join Sampdoria on loan as soon as the Genoa side sort out his wage demands, Italian media reported on Sunday.

Marseille's 'amusing' bid

Marseille president Pape Diouf claims to be "amused" by an appeal launched by his club's fans.

Trezeguet keeps options open

Juventus striker David Trezeguet said on Monday that he could still be persuaded to return to action for France in the future, but only 'if things change.'

Proteas skipper pleased

South Africa captain Graeme Smith was proud of the character he and old school friend Neil McKenzie demonstrated after their hundreds batted the Proteas towards an unlikely first Test draw against England.

Daily grind begins

Barely two weeks after the final whistle of Euro 2008, teams from around the continent are heading back to Austria, this time to prepare for their upcoming seasons.

Scheduling upsets ECB

English cricket chiefs reacted with "disappointment" on Monday after receiving the proposed itinerary for England's tour of India later this year, warning they'd yet to accept it fully.

Daddy Strauss leaves Lord's

England batsman Andrew Strauss left Lord's on the final day of the first Test against South Africa here on Monday to be with his wife Ruth, who was due to give birth to the couple's second child.

Pakistan again delay naming Trophy side

Pakistan have again delayed announcing their 30-man preliminary squad for the Champions Trophy. The selection committee and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management met in Lahore on Monday, but didn't name the squad.

Pioneer League draw held

The Metropolis Football League Committee (MFLC) yesterday completed the draw of the second phase of the Dhaka City Corporation Pioneer Football League.

Sohail calls for action against PCB chairman

Unhappy with the functioning of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf, Aamer Sohail, former Pakistan opener and captain, has demanded that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, the board's patron, remove the incumbent.

Tharanga gets his chance

Sri Lankan batsman Upul Tharanga was on Monday given a chance to stake his claim for the upcoming home Test series against India after being named in the 12-man squad for a warm-up match against the tourists.

Police, Josephites in semifinals

Bangladesh Police and Josephites Club moved to the semifinals of the Federation Cup Basketball tournament at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.

Business

Local biscuit makers feel pinch of price hike of essentials

Local biscuit industry passes through a crisis as sales dropped by about 30 percent in the last fiscal year following a decline in purchasing capacity of consumers in the wake of price hike of essential commodities, industry insiders said.

Bangladesh has one of highest trade barriers in S Asia: WB

Bangladesh still maintains a very restrictive trade policy and has one of the highest trade barriers in South Asia, said a World Bank (WB) report published yesterday.

Beximco’s 3 units to merge

Three industrial units of the country's business conglomerate Beximco Group will be merged into one as part of its new business strategy.

No restrictions on hiring workers from Bangladesh

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not have any restrictions on hiring Bangladeshi workers and its mission in Dhaka issues around 1000 work visas everyday, said the Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dr Abdullah Bin Naser Al-Busairi at a press conference yesterday.

Experts call for export diversification

The country needs to strengthen export diversification to ensure increased foreign currency earnings to keep the economy stable, experts said at a conference yesterday.

Chinese stock market in doldrums

The Chinese stock market is in the doldrums. Having tumbled 56 per cent in 9 months since October, it's fast losing its primary function as a source of funds to finance the growth of the corporate sector. At a time of credit tightening to combat inflation, this impotence of the stock market has become all the more unpalatable.

Rebranding Bangladesh

My friend and teacher, Professor Ferhat Anwar, may be angry with me, for it is premature to 're-brand' Bangladesh, when we are only at the primary stages of 'branding Bangladesh'. But my humble arguments for him would be-- take it or leave it.

Bangladesh likely to send 10 lakh workers abroad this year: Official

Bangladesh is expected to achieve the target of sending 10 lakh workers abroad this year, as in first six months some 5.10 lakh workers already got clearance from the authorities concerned.

Indian stocks worst BRIC performers in '08

With the bears strengthening their hold on the domestic stock market, Indian equities have given the worst returns to investors compared to their peers in the three other BRIC nations -- Brazil, Russia and China -- so far this year.

Warid introduces PDA handsets with free internet

Warid Telecom has introduced three attractive postpaid packages offering Zahi Royal connection with a variety of HTC PDA handsets to meet special needs of customers, according to a press release.

Singer's new campaign

Singer launches a month-long monsoon campaign titled “Singer Plus Offer Bristi”, at Singer Plus Shops across the country from today.

ROK's income gap marks 3rd largest among OECD countries

South Korea had the third-largest income gap among members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2005, data by the South Korean Finance Ministry and the OECD showed Monday.

ADB rejoinder

In a rejoinder to a news item headlined "ADB urges government to formulate food policy" published on this page yesterday, ADB Country Director Hua Du said she was misquoted in the report.

FlyDubai kicks-off airshow with Boeing deal

FlyDubai kicked-off the Farnborough Airshow on Monday by announcing a 4.0 billion-dollar deal for 54 single-aisle Boeing 737 passenger jets, as Gulf states reap the benefits of soaring oil prices.

Apollo Hospitals Dhaka accredited by Joint Commission International

Apollo Hospitals Dhaka has earned accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI), a US-based accreditation body dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare through voluntary accreditation, says a press release.

Japanese fishermen to strike over high fuel costs

Japan's fishing industry, one of the largest in the world, will stage a mass strike Tuesday in protest at soaring fuel costs, part of a global backlash against surging oil prices.

French bank BNP Paribas wants to buy German Dresdner Bank

French banking giant BNP Paribas is one of several interested in buying Dresdner Bank, a press report said Monday amid growing speculation over consolidation in the German banking sector.

Emirates chief slams British, EU aviation policies

The president of Emirates airline on Monday criticised the policies being imposed by Britain and the European Union on airlines that he said were stifling moves towards greater efficiency.

InBev swallows Anheuser-Busch in $52b takeover

Belgian-Brazilian brewer InBev is to swallow US rival Anheuser-Busch in a 52 billion dollar (33 billion euro) takeover creating the world's biggest brewer, the companies said Monday.

Asian stocks mostly down

Asian stocks closed mostly down Monday despite moves in the US to shore up the country's huge but troubled mortgage sector, with investors also jittery ahead of key economic data.

US mortgage giant in $3b debt sell-off to calm investor fears

Troubled US mortgage giant Freddie Mac planned Monday to sell off three billion dollars in securities in a test of investor reaction to a bold rescue plan by the US Treasury.

Metropolitan

Encroachment on water bodies responsible for waterlogging

Encroachment on water bodies and canals is responsible for waterlogging in the city, Agriculture Adviser CS Karim said yesterday.

Try war criminals, punish Shibir cadres

Dhaka University students, teachers and freedom fighters at a rally yesterday threatened to take to the streets to realise their demand for the trial of war criminals and Razakars (local collaborators of the Pakistani army in the liberation war), saying that the anti-liberation forces are still harassing the war heroes.

Delay in return of ornaments, valuables worries victims

The victims of Brac Bank heist yesterday expressed their frustration over the delay in getting back their ornaments and valuables looted from the bank vault seven months ago.

Bela legal notice to stop encroachment on Turag river

Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (Bela) yesterday served a legal notice on secretaries of several ministries and some government officials with a call to take immediate initiatives to prevent illegal earth filling and encroachment on Turag river and Tongi khal (canal), says a press release.

Arrest only criminals to curb crimes

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Naim Ahmed yesterday said it is impossible to curb crimes by increasing the number of arrestees.

Calculate economic values of household activities by women

Household activities by women should be recognised and its economic values should be calculated to acknowledge their contribution to the national economy, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.

Over 1.5m South Asian workers migrate a year: ILO

More than 1.5 million South Asian workers are estimated to migrate every year, may of them destined for the Gulf region to perform construction, maintenance and other service jobs.

President, CA greet Sultan of Brunei

President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday greeted Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei on his 62nd birthday.

Dhaka supports capacity building in Palestine

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said Bangladesh would support capacity building in the State of Palestine in every possible way.

Cancel Labour Act '06

Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SKOP), a platform of workers and employees, yesterday demanded rights of trade union activities and cancellation of the Labour Act 2006 and the amended Labour Ordinance 2008.

Ties with Benin to grow further in days to come

Sedozan Jean-Claude Apithy, newly appointed non-resident Ambassador of Benin to Bangladesh, presented his credentials to President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban in the city yesterday.

Krishak Dal hunger strike on July 22

Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal, a front organisation of BNP, will hold a token hunger strike on July 22 in the city to realise its four-point demand including release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and curbing prices of essentials.

Vow to build better Bangladesh

A daylong programme was held at the Birsreshtha Sipahi Mostafa Kamal Stadium at Kamalapur in the city yesterday to mark the ongoing road show titled 'Esho Bangladesh Gori' (Let us build a Bangladesh).

Secretarial Science and Office Management dropped from curricula

'Secretarial Science and Office Management' has been omitted from the higher secondary-level curricula in general and madrasa education with effect from 2009-10 academic session, an official announcement said yesterday.

Recruiting agency's licence cancelled

The government yesterday cancelled the licence and confiscated security money of recruiting agency 'Basis Overseas' (recruiting licence-972) for violating Emigration Ordinance 1982 and Recruiting Agents' Conduct and Licence Rules.

2-day job fair begins at DU

A two-day job fair began on the premises of the Faculty of Business Studies at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.

SQ Chowdhury expresses doubt about nat'l election

Detained BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury yesterday expressed doubt whether the national election would be held as per the electoral roadmap.

Hearing of appeal begins

Over three years after the trial court's delivery of judgment, hearing of appeal against the verdict in the sensational Jayanti Reza murder case began in the High Court (HC) yesterday.

Body to probe assault on DMCH Intern

The Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) authorities yesterday formed a five-member committee to investigate the issue of assault on an intern doctor by an assistant registrar of neurosurgery ward.

'Promulgating RPO not within remit of CG'

Gonotantrik Bam Morcha in a statement said promulgating Representation of the People's Order (RPO) is not within the remit of the caretaker government.

Saudi King to inaugurate int'l conference on religion tomorrow

Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud will inaugurate a three-day international conference for dialogue among the followers of divine religions in Madrid tomorrow.

US team lauds Rab

A six-member delegation from USA called on Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Director General Hassan Mahmood Khandkar at Rab head office in the city yesterday.

Mugger injured in mob beating

A suspected mugger sustained serious injuries in a mob beating in the city yesterday.

One killed in road accident

A sexagenarian person was killed in a road accident on Narail-Jessore road on Sunday night.

2 electrocuted

A father and his son were electrocuted at Madhabpasha union under Babuganj upazila in Barisal yesterday.

National

5 Sylhet upazilas face flood as project completion uncertain

People of five upazilas in Sylhet brace for flood and loss of crops as completion of the Upper Surma-Kushiyara Irrigation and Flood Control Project is yet uncertain.

Punish culprits by July 21

Rajshahi University (RU) teachers and students under banner of Muktijoddhar Santan in a memorandum to chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday demanded punishment of Jamaat-Shibir cadres who assaulted freedom fighter Sheikh Mohammad Ali for seeking trial of war criminals.

Leased Khulna jute mill re-opens today

Preparations are complete for starting operation of leased Peoples Jute Mills today as a private firm has taken over its management for five years with plan to increase its production by introducing three shifts a day.

20 MT fertiliser seized in Kurigram

Joint forces seized 20 metric tonnes (MT) of fertiliser from near the eastern gate of Teesta Bridge Sunday night.

Students boycott class as outlaws threaten to kill teacher

Students of Ranjitpur High School in Sadar upazila of the district have started boycotting classes for an indefinite period in protest against outlaws' death threat to one of their teachers.

Hospital for the poor opens in Thakurgaon

A 30-bed hospital for the poor named Thakurgaon Shasthaseba Hospital opened in Thakurgaon yesterday.

Two to die for kidnapping, killing minor girl

Sirajganj Woman and Child Repression Prevention Special Tribunal in a verdict pronounced here yesterday sentenced two persons to death for kidnapping and killing an eight-year-old child for Tk 20 lac ransom.

66 get polls symbols in Phulbaria

Election symbols were distributed in a festive atmosphere yesterday among 66 contestants in Phulbaria municipality.

Correction

The caption of a photograph published on the National Page of The Daily Star on July 14 wrongly mentioned that Awami League Leader Babrul Hossain Bablu withdrew his nomination for the mayoral race in Sylhet City Corporation election. Actually he did not withdraw the nomination. We regret the inadvertent mistake.

International

Left launches campaign against Indian nuke pact

After snapping ties with India's Congress-led coalition government, the Left parties yesterday embarked on a nationwide campaign to explain to people the reasons that prompted them to withdraw support for the ruling alliance accusing it of undermining the country's independent foreign policy by pursuing a nuclear deal with the United States.

US must not opt for hot pursuit: Zardari

The United States should avoid talks of "hot pursuit" of militants into Pakistan's Tribal Areas and give the newly formed government time to enact its own policies without undue pressure, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said on Sunday.

India voices opposition to any military action against Iran

With the US reportedly asking Israel to prepare for an attack on Iran, India today voiced its opposition to any military action against the Persian country, saying it would constitute "unacceptable international behaviour" and have "disastrous consequences" for the region.

Karzai directly blames Pakistan for attacks

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday directly accused Pakistan's intelligence agency of being behind a recent wave of deadly attacks in Afghanistan, including the Indian embassy bombing.

Sweeping changes in UK immigration system

In sweeping changes in its 37-year-old immigration system, Britain today announced that foreign nationals committing serious offences in the country will face automatic deportation.

86 indicted on coup plot in Turkey

Prosecutors indicted 86 hardline secular Turks Monday on terrorism charges for their alleged involvement in plots to topple the Islamic-rooted government, a chief prosecutor said.

Mediterranean union wants to rid ME of WMD

The leaders of 43 nations from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa have launched a Union for the Mediterranean, a brainchild of French President Nicolas Sarkozy that aims to improve cooperation in the region with practical projects that parallel efforts toward Mideast peace.

Obama vows not to seek permanent Iraq bases

US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama vowed Monday not to seek permanent US military bases in Iraq and reiterated his pledge to pull out the bulk of US forces by mid-2010.

US pleased, worried, by newfound Iraqi confidence

Wajih Hameed is an Iraqi general with an attitude. With a satisfied look, he listened as a subordinate officer explained to the deputy commander of US forces in Baghdad how he plans to reposition his troops in the coming weeks.

Anwar faces arrest after defying order

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim could face arrest, police said Monday, after refusing to be questioned over allegations of sodomy, the same charge that saw him jailed a decade ago.

Britain to seek tougher EU sanctions on Zimbabwe: FM

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Monday he would seek wider European sanctions against President Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe at an EU ministers' meeting next week.

Nepal riot police release their hostages

About 500 Nepalese riot police who revolted and took their senior officers hostage to protest poor working conditions released their captives and surrendered after a two-day standoff, officials said yesterday.

5 men plead guilty in trans-Atlantic airline plot

Five men accused of plotting to detonate liquid explosives on board trans-Atlantic passenger jets have pleaded guilty to lesser offences, a jury was told Monday, although they maintain they never intended to cause midair carnage.

'Breakthrough' in malaria fight

Australian scientists have identified a potential treatment to combat malaria by pinpointing the process that helps the disease hijack red blood cells.

Olmert threatened by widening corruption probe

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert faced mounting calls to resign and increased pressure from within his own party on Monday as the latest corruption probe into the embattled premier widened.

Arts & Entertainment

Actor-turned-director Mahfuz Ahmed on his current projects

Popular actor Mahfuz Ahmed will be seen in the TV play Neel Molat tonight at 12 am. During a brief conversation, the actor talked to The Daily Star (TDS) about the play, his recent activities, plans and more.

Eleventh anniversary of ATN Bangla

ATN Bangla, the first satellite TV channel in Bangladesh, turns twelve on July 15. Starting its journey in 1997, the channel keeps on contributing to the media through its various activities such as telecasting programmes in Europe, converting into digital from analogue, introducing the concept of "mega serials" in the country and even achieving A prestigious Emmy award.

French honour for Yash Chopra

From a boy who would go about barefeet in Jalandhar, Punjab (India) to recipient of France's highest civilian honour is definitely a defining moment for Bollywood's undisputed "King of Romance" Yash Chopra.

Revival of Khadi

In the early '20s of the last century in India, a frail, bare-chested man sat behind a spinning wheel and initiated a revolution. He urged his countrymen to force the colonial rulers out with two weapons -- non-violence and hand-spun cloth. The man was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi aka Mahatma Gandhi and the fabric that brought about the revolution was Khadi.

Eminent social worker Dr. K. Zaman accorded reception

Dr K. Zaman, an eminent social worker, termed as a 'Shada Moner Manush', was accorded a reception at the local Muslim Institute on July 12.

Cultural programme highlighting community health service

Special Assistant to the Chief Adviser, Barrister Debashish Roy said that many areas in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) remain untouched by development and people of these areas are deprived from all kinds of government facilities, including healthcare, water supply and sanitation.

Shakespeare recovered

A 17th-century Shakespeare volume valued at $30 million, stolen from a university a decade ago, has been recovered, The Associated Press reported. On Tuesday police officers in England arrested a man in connection with the theft. The arrest followed an incident two weeks ago when a man brought the book, a First Folio from 1623, the first collection of Shakespeare's plays, to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington to have it authenticated. Members of the library staff alerted the F.B.I. The volume had been taken in 1998 from the Durham University library, along with six other works. It remains at the Folger, but plans are being made to return it.

Million dollar babies for Angelina

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has given birth to twins, a boy and a girl, her doctor at a hospital in southern France said on Sunday.

Inaugural programme of 20 Miles-The Studio

Asaduzzaman Noor speaking at the inaugural programme of the newly built 20 Miles-The Studio. Located at Ashulia, the facility is said to be equipped with state of art infrastructure, including online editing, offline editing and more with 24-hour electricity support, according to a press release. A sister concern of Asiatic Marketing Communications Limited, the studio was inaugurated recently. Currently the shooting of Sisimpur is on at the studio. The ceremony was attended by celebrities and media personalities. Aly Zaker, Sara Zaker, Jayanto Chattyopa-dhyay, among others, spoke on the occasion.

OP-ED

Cleaning up politics

CAMPAIGNING for local government elections have started. As anticipated, all major parties are participating, overtly or covertly. So far, party supported candidates have received no report of the use of party banners. Not only the major parties, but also alliance candidates are contesting. This is certainly a welcome decision by our political parties. This the opportunity for central leaders to repair their relationship with the grass-root level political leaders if they were hurt by the central leaders' negligence or indifference in the past. It may be considered as preparation for a successful national election scheduled to be held in December 2008. We may accept the observation of our army chief that the country is heading toward national election.

Bimstec to overcome challenges

ALTHOUGH the Bay of Bengal Initiatives for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) has been in force for 11 years it has not yet made an impact on the economic fields of member countries. It could not come forward during natural disasters or during the price hike of food experienced by member countries. Bimstec, thus, is unknown as a regional body among the people by and large.

Proxy attack?

Afghan authorities wasted little time in assigning blame. With blood and debris still littering the streets of Kabul after a suicide bomb at the Indian embassy killed 41 and injured 150 on Monday, an Afghan defense spokesman promptly pointed an accusatory figure at Pakistan. "The sophistication of this attack, and the kind of material that was used and the specific targeting, everything has the hallmark of a particular intelligence agency that has conducted similar attacks inside Afghanistan in the past. Newsweek's Katie Paul spoke with Paul Burton, the director of policy at the Senlis Council, about how the embassy attack could affect this volatile area.

The Spirit of Adventure is heading this way without a map

WATCH out. On Saturday, July 19, a large number of crazed Europeans are going to set off on a London to Asia trip. They are aiming for Mongolia, but no one knows where they'll end up, as they don't have maps, air tickets, hotel bookings, or even proper transport.

Strategic Issues

Challenges of the Twenty-first Century: Bangladesh economy

Any paper written on the theme “Challenges Of The Twenty-first Century: Bangladesh Economy” would naturally highlight all the challenges----social, political, environmental, scientific and technological etc.---------that could be faced by the growing economy of Bangladesh. I have, however, chosen to highlight scientific and technological challenges not without reason. Planners, Managers and Economists of Bangladesh usually deal with all aspects of the challenges but the S & T challenges are usually overlooked. This is rather unfortunate in view of the fact the Nobel Laureate economist Robert Solow pointed out quite sometime ago that the real engine of economic growth is science & technology. Economists should note that it is science & technology that has acted as an instrument of change for all countries. Yet when our economists plan our economy, they tend to follow a stereo type methodology using all the economic jargons of the day and all the present day systems of loans and grants from the financial institutions of the world. The ideas of resource generation using science & technology have never been their strong point. It is with this view in mind that I have concentrated on the S&T challenges of the twenty first century which have already brought about economic revolutions in many countries.

Failure of Bush Doctrine in ME and the new US challenges

Regionally, as we approach the end of the Bush term, U.S. foreign policy is suffering from a zero achievement syndrome without even mentioning the Iraqi fiasco!

Are the Talibans making a comeback?

A well-planned jailbreak and quick takeover of dozens of villages show Taliban fighters are again gaining strength.



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