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News of: Thursday, 17th of July, 2008

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Fresh step to shut convicts out of polls

The caretaker government is incorporating a new provision in the Representation of People Order (RPO) Ordinance 2008 to bar individuals convicted by a trial court of criminal offences involving moral turpitude from contesting elections.

Attorney General Fida Kamal quits

Attorney General (AG) Fida M Kamal yesterday resigned from his office in the wake of a series of disagreements with the government over a number of issues.

HC grants SQ Chy, Pintu, Hashem bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted ad-interim bail for one month to three detained former BNP lawmakers -- SQ Chowdhury, Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and MA Hashem -- in separate corruption cases filed by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC).

2 mayoral candidates warned for violating code of conduct

The Returning Officer (RO) for Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) poll yesterday issued warnings to two mayoral candidates and a councillor candidate for violating electoral code of conduct.

Bahrain may lift ban, toughen up rules

Bahrain is likely to lift the ban on hiring Bangladeshi workers soon with some stringent conditions for workers and the government.

Polls in 300 out of 482 upazilas in Oct

The Election Commission (EC) plans to hold upazila parishad elections in over 300 upazilas out of 482 on October 22 or 23 and it might announce the election schedule next month.

Charge-framing hearing deferred until July 21

Hearing on charge framing in the MiG-29 warplane purchase case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and six others has been adjourned till July 21.

Deadly dengue back in city

Six people were admitted to different hospitals in the capital yesterday with dengue infection.

Climate change to spoil poverty feat

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said poverty alleviation is a must for lasting peace and sustainable development, but climate change is a major factor in Bangladesh that casts adverse impacts on poverty.

Transit, trade gap to rule talks with India

The foreign-secretary level talks between Bangladesh and India begin in New Delhi today with both sides set to put forward their agenda of interests the two neighbours have been negotiating for years.

No talks with anyone in Jamaat's presence: AL

The Awami League (AL) has said it would not hold talks with anyone including diplomats if the leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami are present.

AL rejects RPO ordinance

Awami League yesterday rejected the proposed Representation of People Order (RPO) Ordinance 2008, saying that the amendments brought in the RPO 1972 did not accommodate the recommendations made by political parties.

No compromise on fighting graft

Commerce and Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said the government would not compromise on its ongoing fight against corruption.

Mirza Azam sent to jail on surrender

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of Jubo League General Secretary Mirza Azam and sent him to jail in a case filed against him by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for amassing wealth worth over Tk 53 lakh illegally and giving false information to the commission.

Barisal JCD leader killed in 'shootout’

Former vice-president of Barisal BM College students union Mashiul Alam Sentu was killed in a 'gunfight' between his accomplices and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-8) members early yesterday at Kashipur in Barisal.

Anwar Ibrahim arrested on sodomy charge

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was arrested yesterday over allegations that he sodomised a male aide, police said.

Life for killer of 11 in LA commuter rail disaster

A man who murdered 11 people by causing a commuter rail disaster was spared the death penalty yesterday by jurors who wept while listening to victims' relatives but decided he should get life in prison without parole.

Editorial

US envoy's tea party

US Ambassador James Moriarty held a tete-a-tete with a select group of political leaders from AL, BNP, Jamaat and JP and some lawyers on Tuesday. Dignitaries of foreign countries may have views that they can express to politicians on one-to-one basis, to government leaders and to the media whenever they deem fit. But to have closed-door meetings with politicians is stretching the matter too far. Given the nature of issues discussed -- prevailing political situation in the country, dialogue between the government and political parties, emergency, national and upazila elections -- interspersed as the discussions were with comments by the US envoy, we wonder whether standards of diplomatic norm and decorum were not transgressed.

Candidate-voter interface

THE dialogue between the mayoral candidates of Sylhet City Corporation and around 200 local people is the first of its kind, that brought the voters and the candidates face-to-face before an election and the latter had to answer some queries on important civic issues. We believe this is a good beginning -- the election seekers coming under public scrutiny from day one. A process has been initiated to bring the candidates to full public glare -- an essentially wholesome exercise. The Election Commission taking initiative, BBC Bangla Service organised the dialogue. They have done a commendable job.

The economics and politics of transit

THE issue of transit to India has propped up again, this time with a renewed and very firm demand from India for allowing Indian goods and passenger transport ingress into, and egress out of Bangladesh, from and into Indian territory. The request has been lying with the Bangladesh government since mid-2007.

The Iranian missile tests

THE trading of threats and counter-threats between suspected nuclear ambitious Iran and already nuclear armed Israel -- whether one calls it "saber rattling" or "psychological warfare" -- is threatening the global economy to retreat to "who knows what" -- recession in advanced economies and inevitable depression in energy starved developing nations.

Legacy I: Iraq

AS every government prepares to leave office, we ask what has been accomplished and what has failed. This is the first then of a series of articles on the legacy left by George W Bush. Although he has a few months of his term remaining the main actions are complete. The first covers the most notorious action undertaken by President Bush, the attack on Iraq. The legacy question should focus on the end position not the beginning.

Sports

Focus on FIFA projects

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) high-ups yesterday briefed Sri Lankan football official Crysantha Perera about the ongoing projects under FIFA funds.

'A tough challenge'

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said on Wednesday his team was keen to renew the rivalry with India in a three-Test series starting here next week.

Air will be cleaner

New Beijing driving restrictions starting this weekend will help provide clean air for Olympic athletes competing at next month's Games, the organising committee said Wednesday.

BCB polls in October?

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) election looks a reality after the National Sports Council (NSC) asked the cricket's governing body to send councillors' list.

Manna takes chess crown

Kolkata's Abhropratim Manna became the unbeaten champions of the Class VI to X group of the Standard Chartered 10th School Chess Tournament at the NSC Tower yesterday.

Bangladesh play Malaysia for fifth place

Bangladesh stayed alive for a high fifth place finish in the 6th Asia Cup Youth Hockey Championship when they defeated Singapore 3-1 in the tiebreakers in their first play-off match in Hyderabad, India yesterday.

Tyson getting ready

Sprinter Tyson Gay is in Germany, resting, relaxing and getting ready for his next racealmost exactly like he planned before getting injured at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Leicester in command

A four-man Bangladesh A pace attack failed to break down Leicestershire's batting lineup on the first day of their three-dayer at the county's Grace Road ground yesterday.

Razzaq has no regrets

Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has said he has no regrets over joining the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) and risking his future with Pakistan. Razzaq said he was optimistic the Pakistan Cricket Board would eventually lift the ban on ICL players, much like their English counterparts have softened their stance on its ICL players.

'Hype cut into pace'

South Africa's highly-rated pace attack flopped in the first Test against England because they allowed pre-match hype to make them complacent, according to their assistant coach Vinnie Barnes.

Welcome back Freddie: Lee

Australia pace bowler Brett Lee has saluted England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff's long-awaited return to Test action.

'Please keep it here'

Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik on Wednesday urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) not to move the Champions Trophy out of his country in September, saying it was perfectly safe for international teams.

Hughes undeterred

Mark Hughes insisted on Wednesday Manchester City's failed attempt to sign Ronaldinho won't stop him targeting the world's best players.

Under-19 camp begins Friday

The Under-19 preparation camp will start at the BKSP from Friday.

'Batsmen will blunt Mendis'

India Test captain Anil Kumble was confident his experienced top order would cope with new Sri Lanka spin bowler Ajantha Mendis.

Return of the Shield

Australia's 116-year interstate cricket competition will revert to being called the Sheffield Shield, ending a nine-year period named after a commercial sponsor, Cricket Australia said Wednesday.

ICC meets to talk security

Concerned about the security situation in Pakistan for the upcoming Champions Trophy there, the International Cricket Council has convened a meeting in Dubai this weekend to discuss the matter.

Elite EPL finds no friends

Although no official statement has been made to the media, it is reported that the England and Wales Cricket Board executive has rejected proposals for a nine-team elite Twenty20 competition. It had been thought the real debate would be between the counties, who had already expressed very differing opinions, but it appears that the scheme has already been scuppered by the ECB.

BKSP, Josephites clash in today's Fed Cup final

BKSP snatched a thrilling 58-57 victory against Bangladesh Police yesterday to set a final clash against Josephites Club in the Federation Cup basketball tournament.

Arjuna's words of wisdom

Sri Lanka's legendary former captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Wednesday urged players to preserve Test cricket in the face of the challenge posed by the lucrative Twenty20 format.

Kumble plays down Dhoni absence

Indian Test captain Anil Kumble is in no mood to lament cricket-weary Mahendra Singh Dhoni's absence from the squad and believes it is a gilt-edged opportunity for stumpers Dinesh Karthick and Parthiv Patel to prove their mettle.

Lukewarm adios

Spain bid a half-hearted farewell to Ronaldinho following news of his transfer from Barcelona to AC Milan, with the press noting that despite his talents he had become "tired of winning."

Milan capture Ronaldinho

Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho agreed on Tuesday to leave Barcelona, where he was deemed surplus to requirements, and sign for AC Milan in a deal reported to be worth 30 million dollars.

Hoping for a renaissance

When Barcelona beat Manchester United in the 28-million-euro race to sign Ronaldinho from Paris Saint Germain in 2003, they received an instant return on their investment.

Spain appoint del Bosque

Former Real Madrid boss Vicente del Bosque was on Tuesday named as the new coach of the Spanish national team to replace Luis Aragones who masterminded the successful Euro 2008 campaign last month.

Mourinho nabs Mancini

AS Roma's Brazilian winger Mancini has become Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho's first major signing, the two clubs said on Tuesday.

Toni slams critics

Italy striker Luca Toni on Wednesday hit back at criticism over his performances for Italy at Euro 2008.

Hleb ready for Barca

Barcelona said Belarussian midfielder Alexander Hleb is expected at the club for a medical Wednesday prior to his transfer from Arsenal.

Business

Russian firm keen to enter Bangladesh mobile market

AFK Sistema, the owning company of Russia's largest mobile phone operator OAO Mobile TeleSystems, has said it is in talks to buy a cellphone firm in Bangladesh.

Economists reject IMF advice

Economists yesterday rejected the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) advice to follow a contractionary monetary policy instead of an expansionary one, saying that the move would limit business and fuel inflation.

WTO mini ministerial in Geneva Monday

Dhaka will formally request Washington for duty- and quota-free (DFQF) access of Bangladeshi products to US market at the upcoming mini ministerial to be held from July 21 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Government advised to sell rice from current stock

The government should begin selling rice from its stock right at this moment to keep the local market stable and maintain the quality of the staple, economist Dr Wahiduddin Mahmud said yesterday at a seminar.

RMG exports to India sees rapid increase

Duty free export of readymade garments (RMG) to India is rising rapidly with export volume reaching 0.3 million pieces over the period from early June to the middle of this month.

US inflation soars at 26-year high on energy prices

Soaring energy costs drove US consumer prices up 1.1 percent in June to an annual pace of 5.0 percent, data showed Wednesday, prompting a central bank warning and rising stagflation concerns.

Taiwan shoe firm to invest $19.83m in Karnaphuli EPZ

The Taiwanese La Luna Shoes (BD) Limited will set up a shoe manufacturing plant in the extension area (CSD) of Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone.

Concerns over downtrend in stock market

Concerns over the current stock market situation were expressed at a meeting in Dhaka yesterday in the backdrop of continuous downtrend except some occasional rising in price indices.

Vandals don't spoil party as Paris bike scheme turns one

A flagship bike rental scheme in Paris marked its first birthday on Tuesday, hailed by city dwellers as a welcome new fixture despite teething problems with vandalism and road safety.

Causes and consequences of the Fannie/Freddie bailout

The collapse and hurried rescue of the US mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the past week has been a shock of epic proportions to the US financial system. The speed at which the crisis unfolded has been truly breathtaking. The two pillars of the housing market saw their stock prices lose more than 50 percent of their value forcing a bailout on July 13 by the US government and the Federal Reserve. Some questions worth answering are: What do these institutions do? What caused the crisis and why were they bailed out? What does it mean for the US capital markets and the global economy? and finally, what are the implications for Bangladesh?

US loses WTO appeal in Thai shrimp case

The World Trade Organisation appeals body on Wednesday upheld earlier rulings against the United States in a case brought by Thailand over shrimp imports, the WTO said.

Lafarge Surma's sanitation campaign

Lafarge Surma Cement Limited launched a sanitation programme in the remote villages of Chhatak upazila under Sunamganj district in Sylhet recently.

Emirates increases Brazil service to daily

Emirates, one of the world's fastest-growing international airlines, has made its non-stop Dubai-Sao Paulo operation daily, effective from July 1, 2008.

AB Bank okays 200pc stock dividend

AB Bank Ltd has declared a 200 percent stock dividend for its shareholders.

India, Pakistan, Iran to meet soon on gas pipeline project

Iran, Pakistan and India are expected to hold a meeting in Tehran later this month to push the USD 7.4 billion IPI gas pipeline project that had been delayed after being caught in wrangling over transit fee.

US private equity firm to fund India's Spicejet

American private equity fund WL Ross promoted by billionaire Wilbur Ross has announced it will pump in 80 million dollars in struggling budget Indian airline Spicejet hit by soaring fuel prices and cut-throat competition in cutting fares.

Oil prices continue lower after sharpest fall in 17 years

Oil prices continued lower in Asia on Wednesday after fears for economic growth sent them tumbling to their steepest fall in 17 years during New York trading, analysts said.

Air China to buy 45 Boeing aircraft

Flagship carrier Air China said its board has approved an agreement to buy 15 Boeing 777 and 30 Boeing 737 aircraft in a deal that would be worth several billion dollars.

Toyota to open second factory in Brazil

Toyota is to open a second factory in Brazil in three years' time to make a small car suited to the booming domestic market, and for export, Brazilian officials said Tuesday.

GM warns of losses

US auto giant General Motors on Tuesday warned of "significant" losses in the second quarter and unveiled a fresh cost-cutting program to battle slumping sales amid soaring fuel prices.

Correction

In a report with headline "Foreign investment in EPZs grows 100pc in FY08" published on Star Business-1 yesterday, it was mistakenly mentioned that the EPZs were able to employ over 1700 new workers during 2007-08 fiscal year. Actually, the EPZs employed 17,130 new workers.

Metropolitan

Credible polls needed for strong democracy

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday sought all-out cooperation from all quarters for holding credible elections to local bodies and national parliament to have a strong base of democracy.

Gen Moeen for attaining food autarky

Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday urged farmers to boost their farm produce to help the country attain food autarky.

'Take steps to control price hike of essentials'

Left Democratic Alliance formed a human chain and held a rally yesterday demanding withdrawal of price hike of fuel oil, steps to control price hike of essentials and lifting of the state of emergency.

DU losing environment-friendly campus

Dhaka University (DU) campus is losing its environment-friendly atmosphere day by day as the authorities are constructing a number of new buildings cutting a large number of trees on the campus.

Nobel committee chief calls for global efforts to cut poverty

Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Ole Danbolt Mjøs yesterday called for a concerted global effort to eradicate poverty as a step to ensure peace for all.

Set up regional platform to tackle problems in labour migration

Speakers at an international symposium yesterday called for stoppage of trading on work visas and discouraging outsourcing practices associated with abuses of migrant labourers and high cost of finding overseas jobs.

Rehabilitation of Sidr-affected Sundarbans must be a priority

The world's largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans, which was damaged extensively by cyclone Sidr on November 15 last year must be a priority of rehabilitation and conservation with a programme carefully designed not to disrupt the unique ecosystem.

Two killed in road crashes

Two people, including an army member, were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla and Kurigram yesterday.

Children celebrate road show

Hundreds of students of different schools in the city yesterday gathered at Mirpur Bangla College to celebrate the ongoing road show titled 'Esho Bangladesh Gori' (Let us build Bangladesh).

'Ties with China can be further strengthened thru'cultural exchanges'

Relationship between Bangladesh and China can be further strengthened through cultural exchanges, said speakers at a book launching ceremony yesterday.

'Introduce food rationing system'

Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, a left-leaning student organisation, yesterday staged a demonstration on the Dhaka University (DU) campus to protest the price hike of essentials and an increase in fuel oil prices in the country.

Six muggers held for killing worker in city

Detective Branch (DB) of police have arrested six alleged muggers who stabbed a casual worker at Dhaka Cantonment to death near Staff Road bus stop on Airport Road in the city on July 7.

Hearing of appeals continues

The hearing of appeals and death references in connection with the verdict in the 1975 Jail Killing Case continued in the High Court (HC) for the fourth consecutive day yesterday.

16 get Nazrul Awards

Jatiya Nazrul Samaj has handed over Nazrul Awards to 16 personalities of the country for their outstanding contribution to their respective fields.

Prof Mofakkharul made NU VC

The government has appointed Prof M Mofakkharul Islam as the vice chancellor (VC) of National University.

3 youths held with forged cheque in Satkhira

Police arrested three young men from Sonali Bank, Bhomra branch, in the district town, on Tuesday while they were trying to withdraw Tk 15 lakh with a forged cheque.

One gets life for rape

A Kishoreganj court yesterday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for violating a seven-year-old girl seven years ago.

One kg heroin seized in train in Dinajpur

BDR personnel recovered one kilogram of heroin worth about Tk 1 crore from a train at Phulbari station on Tuesday.

Govt files petition seeking stay on HC verdict

The government filed a petition with the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday seeking a stay on a High Court judgment declaring illegal and void the Muslim Marriage and Divorce (Registration) Amendment Ordinance, 2008.

Waliur made consul general of Finland

Waliur Rahman Bhuiyan, president of Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has been appointed honorary consul general of Finland in Bangladesh.

Man found dead in Ctg hotel

The police recovered the body of a man at a hotel at Nazirpool area in Chittagong city yesterday afternoon.

Youth Journalism, Human Rights Camp ends

A three-day Youth Journalism and Human Rights Camp ended at TARC at Savar yesterday with an aim to developing journalistic and technological aptness of rural youth, mostly secondary school students from the country's marginalised community.

Japanese postman fights for moustache

In Japan, sporting a moustache while delivering the mail can put you in hairy territory.

Eight robbers held in city

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Tuesday arrested eight members of a robbers' gang from Mirpur in the city who were committing crime identifying themselves as detective branch (DB) personnel.

National

Jamaat's so-called body tarnishes image of freedom fighters

Protests against assault of a freedom fighter by Jamaat-Shibir activists continued with freedom fighters joined by people and different political and socio-cultural staging demonstrations in Kushtia, Rajshahi, Magura, Dinajpur and Rangpur yesterday.

Unique step for transparency

Following a rare initiative to ensure government officials' accountability and transparency about their service to the people, all the 60 departmental chiefs of government offices in Khagrachhari hill district yesterday faced the reporters from print and electronic media.

26 schoolgirls collapse in two days

Twenty-six girls of Bashara High School in Faridganj upazila in the district suddenly became unconscious in the classrooms yesterday and Tuesday.

BSF kills one in Satkhira

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Tarali border in 24 Parganas district ) early morning yesterday.

UGC probes corruption charge against ex-VC of KU

The three-member team of University Grants Commission (UGC) yesterday began probe into allegations of corruption against former Vice Chancellor of Khulna University Prof Dr. Mahabubur Rahman.

OC sued for taking 'bribe'

Union Parishad member Md. Fool Bahar filed a case against Nasirnagar Tahana Officer-in-Charge (OC) Samsul Islam with Brahmanbaria Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on Tuseday alleging that the OC took Tk 30,000 as bribe in a case for that took place in Gukarna union under Nasirnagar upazila.

3 to die for murder in Kushtia

A Chuadanga court yesterday sentenced three people to death and seven others to life-term imprisonment in the case for killing farmer Aktaruzzaman at Kamarpara village in Damurhuda upazila in the district in 2001.

Pabna voters fall by 2.7 lakh

The fresh voter list in the district shows 2 lakh 70 thousand 127 voters less than the list prepared in 2006.

International

Cong-led UPA govt accused of offering bribes to MPs

India's embattled coalition government has been hit by allegations it is offering bribes and lucrative jobs as it tries to muster the support needed to survive a parliamentary confidence vote next week.

Top US envoy to meet Iran's nuclear negotiator

The United States is to send a top ranking diplomat to attend international nuclear talks with Iran on Saturday, marking a major shift in Washington's policy on negotiations with Tehran.

Nato forces abandon Afghan outpost after deadly attack

Nato said yesterday it had abandoned an Afghan outpost days after it was stormed by militants who killed nine US soldiers.

Lanka troops capture key rebel base

Sri Lankan soldiers captured a key naval base used by the Tamil Tiger rebels in the northern part of the country yesterday, the government said, a day after fighting in the region reportedly killed 51 rebels and a soldier.

Robert Gates cites 'militarisation' of US foreign policy

Defence Secretary Robert Gates called Tuesday for greater funding for US diplomacy and foreign development aid, acknowledging concerns about a "creeping militarisation" of US foreign policy.

Obama viewed differently by whites and blacks: Poll

American voters remain divided by race before a presidential election that will have the first black nominee from a major party on the ballot, a new poll showed yesterday.

Pak nuke scientist tells court media misquoted him

Detained nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan yesterday told a Pakistani high court that the media often misquoted him on proliferation issues and denied that he was harming the country's interests.

Obama viewed differently by whites and blacks: Poll

American voters remain divided by race before a presidential election that will have the first black nominee from a major party on the ballot, a new poll showed yesterday.

Saudi king calls for 'constructive dialogue' to end disputes between major religions

Saudi King Abdullah appealed for "constructive dialogue" to end disputes between the world's major religions as he opened an inter-faith conference in Madrid yesterday.

3 killed, 4 hurt in Kashmir violence

A policeman and two suspected Islamic militants were killed in clashes in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir that lasted almost 20 hours, police said yesterday.

9 civilians killed in Afghan air strikes

Afghan authorities said yesterday air strikes against extremist rebels in southwestern Afghanistan had killed four women and five children as well as several insurgents.

French minister says burqa is a prison

Women who wear burqas live in a prison, a French minister said in an interview yesterday, after a Moroccan woman who wears the head-to-toe Islamic veil was denied French citizenship.

Pak PM slams Afghan terror allegations

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani yesterday condemned Afghanistan's president for alleging that Islamabad's intelligence services were involved in a string of recent attacks.

Turkish troops kill 11 Kurds

Turkish troops killed 11 Kurdish rebels in clashes near the border with Iraq, the military said yesterday.

UN continues staff pullout from Darfur

The United Nations was airlifting staff out of Darfur for a second day yesterday with peacekeepers on alert following a deadly attack and moves to charge Sudan's president with war crimes.

UN appeals for China quake relief

The United Nations yesterday launched a 33.5 million dollar appeal to aid relief efforts in southwest China where a magnitude-8.0 earthquake on May 12 left nearly 70,000 people dead.

Australia unveils online code of conduct

Australia yesterday unveiled a new code of conduct to regulate online and mobile phone content which will call for classifications similar to those for films, a government spokesman said.

Arts & Entertainment

Story of Stitches

Jasimuddin's classic poem Nakshi Kanthar Maath (1929) depicts a rural Bangladesh where women illustrate their lives, passions and dreams through their needlework. Today in the hustle-bustle of city life one cannot help but wonder at the endurance, craftsmanship and creativity of the artisans who make Nakshi Kantha (embroidered quilts).

Shashi Lodge: In need of a face-lift

Shashi Lodge, an architectural symbol of Mymensingh region, is in poor shape as neither the Ministry of Cultural Affairs nor the Education Ministry is taking necessary steps to preserve its past glory. Only three rooms of the structure are being used for official purposes, other 21 rooms remain closed and in a state of neglect.

Month-long workshop on Manipuri dance

The High Commission of India, Dhaka in association with Indian Council for Cultural Relations is going to organise a month-long workshop on Manipuri dance, from July 22 to August 21, says a press release. The course will be conducted by Bimbavati Devi, one of the leading Manipuri dancers of India. Manipuri dance is one of the six major classical dance forms of India.

Kanan Devi: The first star of Bengali cinema

A real life Cinderella story, Kanan Devi was among the early singing stars in undivided India. Her singing style, usually in rapid tempo, was behind some of the biggest hits of New Theatres.

Drama Serial “Houseful” on ntv tonight

Tonight ntv will telecast drama serial Houseful at 8:15 pm. Written by Ridwan Rony and directed by Iftekhar Ahmed Fahmi, the play revolves around the lives of two neighbours, both named Ikramul Haq. Barring the name, the duo share nothing in common. One is an architect and another one is a developer. The architect Ikramul Haq is an environmentalist, while the builder Ikramul Haq has no qualms about cutting down trees if they impinge on his work. The other characters in the play are architect Enamul Haq's elder daughter who is a student of chemistry. His younger daughter is a student of physics while the youngest son is an urbane man who studies in a private university. On the other hand , the builder Ikramul Haq never married as he holding on to the memories of a woman he loved and lost.

"Alo" to participate at the Moscow Int'l Children's Theatre Festival

Peoples Theatre Association's (PTA) sister concern Peoples Little Theatre's production Alo will represent Bangladesh at the Moscow International Children's Theatre Festival. Secretary general of PTA Liaquat Ali Lucky will lead the 12-member troupe.

"A Throw of Dice"
Blast from the silent past

There's hardly a frame in the 1929 film “A Throw of Dice” that doesn't provide a surge of visual pleasure. Produced by the German director Franz Osten and the Bengali lawyer and crusading nationalist Himansu Rai, the movie itself seems poised between two cultures, balancing the highly developed technique of German silent filmmaking and the rich iconography of Indian tradition. Jungles and palaces, elephants and tigers, princes in silk and servants in rags were photographed on location in Rajasthan and presented with the meticulous lighting, enveloping depth effects and rhythmic editing patterns of the Weimar cinema at its height.

OP-ED

What do D-8 and G-8 promise?

THE first week of July this year witnessed two significant summits organised by both developed and developing countries, known as D-8 and G-8 groups, which were held in Malaysia and Japan respectively. The first one was a significant gathering of government leaders of some of the largest Islamic countries -- Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt and Nigeria.

Indigenous people of Bangladesh

THE terms "indigenous people," "indigenous ethnic minorities," and "tribal groups" are used to describe social groups that share similar characteristics, namely a social and cultural identity that is distinct from dominant groups in society.

A tool of revolution

ON April 6 in El Mahalla, Egypt, thousands of people showed up for a demonstration in solidarity with striking textile workers to protest skyrocketing food prices. It gave many participants a nostalgic whiff of the bread riots of 1977, but what enabled that unexpected return to the past was a phenomenon of the future: a Facebook group for the event numbering more than 75,000 members. The precedent emboldened activists to start another Facebook group to stage a second protest to coincide with Hosni Mubarak's 80th birthday on May 4.

You don't own this city: We do

THIS is an open letter to Cheung Kong, Swire Properties, CapitaLand, DLF, Excellence Group, Wharf Holdings and all the other major property developers in Asia.

Star Chittagong

CCC move fails to prevent waterlogging

The dredging and widening of canals have failed to bring about any positive change in the city life as the rain-induced inundation continues to cause suffering to the city dwellers from the very beginning of the rainy season.

Ctg BTV centre in disarray

Mismanagement leaves the Chittagong centre of Bangladesh Television (BTV) in disarray, with the dream of its viewers in the region remaining unfulfilled even after a decade.



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