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News of: Friday, 29th of August, 2008

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Muslem to die; Farook, Shahriar, Huda, Mohiuddin acquitted

The High Court (HC) yesterday acquitted six former military men including Syed Farook Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda and AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed of charges in the Jail Killing Case.

Mega transport project for greater Dhaka kicks off

The government yesterday launched a long-term mega project to establish an integrated environment-friendly traffic management system in greater Dhaka to relieve people of the nagging traffic congestion.

Tarique secures bail in all 13 cases against him

Detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman has secured bail in all the 13 cases filed against him as the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday granted his bail prayer in the Tk 21 crore bribery case.

EC now invites Delwar to talks

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday back-pedalled on its previous decision, inviting BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain to talks beginning from September 6 with political parties on registration issue.

Delwar, Jamaat's Mojahid meet Khaleda in jail

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain and Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojahid yesterday met detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia for the first time at the sub-jail on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises.

Punishment of killers still a big question

The long wait for the High Court verdict in the Jail Killing Case finally ended yesterday, but the hope to see the perpetrators being punished is feared to remain unfulfilled.

Families of victims reject verdict

Family members of the four slain national leaders yesterday rejected the High Court (HC) verdict.

Major parties disappointed

Expressing disappointment over the High Court (HC) verdict in the jail killing case, major political parties yesterday said justice has not been meted out.

ACC okays charge sheet against Justice Fazlul Haque

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to press charges in the case against former law adviser to a caretaker government Justice Fazlul Haque for amassing illegal wealth and concealing information about it.

Govt asked to explain why Tac ordinance not illegal

The High Court (HC) issued a rule on the government yesterday to explain in two weeks why the Truth and Accountability Commission Ordinance 2008 should not be declared illegal and unconstitutional.

Militant kingpin Galib freed on bail

Asadullah Al Galib, chief of Islamist militant outfit Ahle Hadith Andolan Bangladesh (Ahab), was freed on bail yesterday from Bogra Jail.

Govt asked to explain 3 rules of RPO ordinance

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule on the government and the Election Commission (EC) to explain within two weeks why three sections of the Representation of the People Ordinance (RPO) 2008 --including rules restricting religion based political parties to register their names in the EC's list -- should not be declared illegal.

Change in pension rules on cards to reduce hassle

The Regulatory Reforms Commission (RRC) has drafted recommendations for massive changes to government pension rules and regulations to reduce procedural complexities and curb inherent corruption in the existing process.

'Govt holds back hearing of leave to appeal'

The government is deliberately refraining from appointing judges to the Appellate Division for hearing the leave to appeal in the Bangabandhu murder case to help the accused escape through legal loopholes, said the speakers at a discussion meeting yesterday.

All elected mayors quit party posts

All elected mayors and most councillors of four city corporations finally resigned from their party posts and submitted detailed wealth statement in compliance with the City Corporation Ordinance, 2008.

Offered power tariff nearly double the Haripur rate

Malaysian-Korean consortium Powertek has offered the Power Cell a tariff of 4.53 cents per kilowatt hour for the proposed Bibiyana 450 megawatt power project.

Traffic jam costs Tk 15,000cr a year

Traffic congestion causes over Tk 15,000 crore loss to the economy each year while road accidents result in more than 4,000 fatalities.

One shot dead in city

Two armed men gunned down a sweetmeat shop owner at Mayakanon under Sabujbagh thana in the capital in the early hours today.

NEC sends back draft 2nd PRSP for revision

The National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday sent back the draft of the second PRSP (Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper) for 2008-2011 for further revision of some issues, mainly concerning the present situation of gas supply and oil price.

AKM Mosharraf to be quizzed for graft

A Dhaka court yesterday allowed the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) to interrogate detained former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain at jail gate in connection with the Tk 68.56 lakh corruption case.

Three men go missing in Bay

Three people, including two university students, went missing after being swept away by a strong tide while swimming near Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Sadr suspends militia activity indefinitely

Iraqi Shia radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr said yesterday that he has suspended indefinitely the activity of his feared 60,000 strong militia, the Mahdi Army.

Lanka asks Tamils to flee to govt territory

Sri Lanka yesterday appealed to minority ethnic Tamil civilians living in the line of fire in rebel-held towns to move to areas under government control, saying it would guarantee them safe passage.

US Army hearing on death of 4 Iraqis ends

Defense lawyers for two US soldiers told a military court yesterday that their clients did not participate in the killings of four Iraqis last year and had little, if any, knowledge of them.

Editorial

Adopting the RPO

THE Representation of People's Order 1972 has been amended and made into a law. We had earlier commented on this, bringing out its positive aspects and suggesting exactly where it could still be perfected.

Pedestrian rights and obligations

THE pavements along the city streets are in a most chaotic state, unkempt, craggy, and worst of all, occupied by squatting vendors, shop-fronts, ticket counters, welding gears, bits and pieces of construction materials, fallen rubbish from house-tops, and sometimes, sewer spillage from manholes. Add to this, the diminishing ledges or shoulders of thoroughfares, the pedestrians have nowhere to go. Thousands of walking people are an integral part of city traffic but that being congested all around, the pedestrians look for elbow room on the pavements. But the pavements meant exclusively as walk-ways have lost their character, so the pedestrians get thrown back on to the streets.

Jakarta diary

THE drive from the airport to the Santika Hotel takes about 45 minutes, and, as with all other drives to the heart of a capital city, is a decent introduction to a new country. Jakarta, I could not help but note, certainly seems closer to Dhaka in terms of development and third world chaos than, say, a city like Bangkok.

Slaves of freedom

WHAT has happened to the dissenting voices, people who disagree to agree and speak their minds in the face of mortal challenge? The whole world believed that the sun revolved around the earth until one Nicolaus Copernicus proposed his contrary hypothesis. People of ancient Arabia indulged in idolatry and the Prophet of Islam proclaimed that Allah was the one and only God. When one Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the church door, the Catholic Church proved critically flawed.

The first principle is the primacy of learning

FIRST Principles" (August 18) touches on scores of issues but I'll focus on curriculum and what Prof. Anwarul Huque describes as" adherence to universal child-friendly pedagogic treatments" and "real school working days." These, I felt, graduated beyond the realm of the rhetoric.

Sports

A Mohammedan affair

Chittagong Mohammedan made history when they reached the semifinals of the Citycell Federation Cup for the first time yesterday.

This is how BTV goes!

Bangladesh cricket team will take on Australia in the first of three one-day internationals at Darwin on Saturday. The match is scheduled to start at 6 o'clock in the morning.

Aussies not complacent

Australia appear to hold all the aces, but they won't be underestimating Bangladesh in their three-match one-day series starting on Saturday.

Dhoni unites India

India don't like being favourites, and being written off by many even before their young ODI side assembled in Colombo ultimately worked just fine. Defeat in the final Test at the P Sara Stadium was so comprehensive that it was difficult to see where the one-day recruits would turn for solace as they landed for five matches against Ajantha Mendis and Co. Now, after beating the hosts by 46 runs, India have sealed their first series win in Sri Lanka. And central to their success has been their captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Djokovic hobbles on

Serbian stars Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic hobbled to victory on centre court while the Russian assault continued on day four of the 20.6 million dollar US Open.

Mahela blames batters

Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lankan captain, blamed inconsistent batting for his side's defeat in the ODI series against India. Sri Lanka needed to avoid a loss in the fourth ODI to stay alive in the series, but went down by 46 runs, handing India the trophy with one more match left in the contest.

A tough wicket to bat on: Ashraful

The Bangladesh team had a rest day on Thursday and some of the players and the coaching staff took this opportunity to watch Australia's warm up match against the AIS at the TIO Stadium.

MU take on Zenit

Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves wants to use Friday's European Super Cup clash against Zenit St Petersburg to kick-start his season.

Vaas most consistent

If there were an award for the "most consistent fast bowler" in the history of Sri Lankan cricket, it would definitely go to Chaminda Vaas.

Liverpool leave it late

Five-times champions Liverpool, who were staring at Champions League elimination, scored the sole goal of the tie late on to oust Standard Liege and qualify for the lucrative group stages on Wednesday.

Bayern welcome Oddo

Germany defender Marcell Jansen has joined Hamburg for a reported fee of eight million euros (11.8 million US dollars) and been replaced at Bayern Munich by Italian World Cup winner Massimo Oddo.

Aguero powers Atletico

Argentina's Olympic gold medallist Sergio Aguero powered a revitalized Atletico Madrid into the Cham-pions League group stage with a 4-0 thrashing of Schalke 04 in the Spanish capital.

Abahani meet Farashganj in 1st semi today

Farashganj will take inspiration from their all-win run in the Citycell Federation Cup to challenge mighty Abahani for a berth in Monday's final when they meet in the last four.

Local Snippets

Narinda Pragati Boys Club play Old Ideals in a title-deciding match of the Cute Premier Division Handball today afternoon at the Outer Stadium handball ground.

Senderos joins Milan

Defender Philippe Senderos has left Arsenal for AC Milan on a one-year loan deal, the Premiership club said on Wednesday.

Villa staying at Valencia

Real Madrid target David Villa, the top scorer at Euro 2008, has ended speculation about his future by extending his contract with Valencia until 2014, the Spanish first division club said Wednesday.

Gerrard out for a fortnight

Liverpool's England international Steven Gerrard will have a groin operation on Thursday and will be out of action for between 10 and 15 days, manager Rafael Benitez revealed.

Sheva not a failure

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has responded to accusations that Andriy Shevchenko is the biggest transfer flop in Premier League history by insisting the Ukraine striker was a worthwhile investment.

Smith out of 3rd ODI

South Africa's problems continued with news that skipper Graeme Smith will miss the third one-day international on Friday with a tennis elbow problem.

Bari back to BHF

Ex-general secretary Shamsul Bari drew the highest votes in yesterday's Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) election, which lost all interest after all the office bearers had been elected unopposed.

Tara propels Shatadal

Shatadal Club defeated Agrabad Naojoan Club 1-0 in an ANZ Properties Premier Division Football League match here yesterday at the MA Aziz Stadium.

Army clinch b'ball title

Bangladesh Army clinched the Premier Bank 23rd National Basketball title beating Bangladesh Navy 71-65 in the final at the Rajshahi Divisional Women's Sports Complex yesterday.

Div II football

Little Friends Club came back from a goal down to beat Prantik Krira Chakra 2-1 in the Second Division Football League at the Kamalapur Stadium.

Bandarban in final

Bandarban XI moved into the final of the Bandarban Hilly District Council unde-16 football tournament at the local stadium here yesterday.

Business

PSI firms to go after 2009

Pre-shipment inspection companies (PSI) will be in existence until the end of next year, as four companies have been reappointed for a period of one year and four months, according to a government decision.

Wise up to stock market: SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday urged merchant bankers and brokerage houses to organise regular awareness programmes for investors to help them make rational investment decisions.

Asean concludes free trade deal with India

Southeast Asian nations have concluded a deal for free trade in goods with India, ministers said Thursday, in a development hailed as a key regional milestone after hard negotiations.

Deeper coordination to curb money laundering

A team from the Asia Pacific Group (APG) on Money Laundering that wrapped up its assessment of Bangladesh said yesterday that the central bank and related ministries must have better coordination in controlling money laundering.

ADB sets new poverty line for Asia

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has offered new ways to measure poverty in Asia and Pacific and fixed US$1.35 a day as a new poverty line for the region.

Zillur invites Turkish investment in revival of jute industry

Commerce Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman, now on a visit to Turkey, has invited Turkish investment in the revival of Bangladesh's jute industry currently underway.

AmCham stresses youths' capacity building for private sector uplift

The youths' capacity building is an imperative to develop the private sector, the driving force of Bangladesh economy, the AmCham meet in Dhaka was told yesterday.

Etihad cuts Ramadan air fares by 50pc

Etihad Airways has slashed its air fares by up to 50 percent on various routes for the holy month of Ramadan and the autumn.

Euro prolongs recovery against dollar

The euro gained further against the dollar Thursday on market speculation that eurozone interest rate cuts are unlikely in the near future, dealers said.

Qatari investment urged

President Dr Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon the Qatari entrepreneurs investors to invest in Bangladesh, saying that a very congenial atmosphere is prevailing in the country.

Budget deficit to reach 5.2pc of GDP in FY 09 Economist Intelligence Unit says

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) forecasts Bangladesh's budget deficit for fiscal year 2008-09 at 5.2 percent of GDP instead of the official target of 5 percent.

Setting sights on Eid sales

Mohammad Sabbir lazes out on a hot summer afternoon at his cosmetics and fashion accessories store at New Market. A sight to behold as he thrones in front of colourful commodities, stacked to the ceiling.

Thai protests shake fragile investor confidence

Protests that have brought chaos to Bangkok's government district will shake investors already wary of a global slowdown and prolonged political uncertainty in Thailand, industry experts say.

Stocks finish flat

Indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange closed nearly flat yesterday as the benchmark index rose marginally.

Asian stocks close mostly up

Asian shares closed mostly up Thursday but Toyota took the spotlight after slashing its sales forecast, underlining concerns about waning company profits as the global economic slowdown bites.

Robust GDP report bolsters Wall Street

Wall Street shares sprinted higher at the open Thursday after a stronger-than-expected revision to US second-quarter growth helped ease fears of a prolonged economic malaise.

NTT Docomo to lower fee for internet-access services

Japan's NTT Docomo Inc will lower fixed monthly fees for packet communication Internet-access services on its cell phones in October in an attempt to counter rivals such as KDDI Corp and SoftBank Mobile Corp.

NE Asian nations embrace bank privatisation

In the wake of extensive financial sector reforms and financial globalisation, bank privatisation has become the norm in Northeast Asian economies.

Toyota shelves goal of selling 10m vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday slashed its 2009 sales forecast due to slowing demand, putting off its goal of becoming the world's first automaker to sell more than 10 million vehicles in a year.

Dubai port operator profits more than double in H1

Dubai-based port operator DP World posted on Thursday a 123 percent increase in net profits in the first half of 2008, which hit 287 million dollars, despite a global economic slowdown.

Metropolitan

Support for ban on front bodies, foreign wings of political parties

Political leaders and civil society members yesterday extended their support for the caretaker government's move to ban front organisations and foreign chapters of political parties.

Help stamp out corruption

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday called on all, especially the young generation, to come forward to stamp out corruption.

EU sees polls difficult under emergency: Stefan Frowein

European Union (EU) delegation chief Ambassador Stefan Frowein yesterday said European Commission (EC) sees difficulties in holding the general election under the state of emergency in Bangladesh.

Country critically vulnerable to narcotics-induced hazards

Home Adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin yesterday said Bangladesh is critically vulnerable to narcotics-induced hazards and the number of drug users is increasing in the country leading to a great concern to the government.

Bargain for provision of int'l migration of climate refugees

Speakers at a dialogue yesterday said the term 'Climate change adaptation' should not only mean coping with the changed situation but upgradation of living standards despite the adverse impact of global warming.

Road crashes kill 7, injure 64

Seven people were killed and 64 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Netrakona, Gaibandha and Brahmanbaria in the last two days.

Reform laws, raise awareness to prevent child marriage

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for legal reform and increased social awareness to prevent child marriage.

Law officials demand permanent jobs

Law officials at a view exchange meeting yesterday called on the government to make their jobs permanent under the Attorney Service Ordinance 2008 and raise their remuneration.

Release Tk 31cr allocated for people with disabilities

National Forum of Organisations Working with the Disabled (NFOWD) in a view exchange meeting yesterday demanded that the government release Tk 31 crore, allocated for the people with disabilities in the national budget for the fiscal year 2008-'09 by this month.

Asian Higher Edn Summit begins Oct 6

A three-day Asian Higher Education Summit will begin in the city on October 6 where around 200 eminent education personalities will come up with new ideas to share their views.

Rab member killed in road accident

A member of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) was killed when a private car hit him on the highway near Zia International Airport (ZIA) at Uttara in the city yesterday morning.

Gono Forum 15th founding anniversary today

Today is the 15th founding anniversary of Gono Forum which was floated to end the politics of confrontation, corruption and making false promises, says a press release.

BCL protests attack on leader

Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of Awami League, staged a demonstration on the Dhaka University campus yesterday demanding proper investigation into the armed attack on Sagar Ahmed Shaheen, president of Lalbagh Thana BCL.

Diganta TV launched

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called on the media to play both creative and responsible role.

Construction worker dies in rooftop fall in Ctg

A construction worker died as he fell down from the rooftop of the two-storied court building in the port city yesterday.

CA's support for treatment of JU student

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has donated Tk 1 lakh from his fund for the treatment of Jahangirnagar University (JU) student Anika Sultana who is suffering from kidney disease.

Letters

Overhaul the education system

Amid the poverty, political turmoil and violence, there is no more volatile place than the universities in major cities of Bangladesh. As the leading educational institutions in the country prepare students for jobs that do not exist, the university has become a breeding ground for hopelessness and frustration. Its walls and corridors are scrawled with giant, multicoloured political graffiti. Its teachers, fearing violence, lock the doors of their campus homes.

Formalin in food

I bought some fish from Karwan Bazar wholesale market and found that formalin had been applied to it. I bought fish several times in the past and the same thing happened every time. Who is responsible for this? I think traders are taking the chance as there is nobody to check the matter.

The new Maradona!

Lionel Messi, Argentina's modern Maradona, once again has showed his sublime skills in the Beijing Olympic. But his appearance in the greatest show on earth was in uncertainty, and the fans could have missed the chance to enjoy the performance of this brilliant playmaker.

Neglected tourism industry

When I heard that Cox's Bazar and Sundarbans were nominated to be among the new seven natural wonders of the world, I felt great! I have already voted for the two spots. Last year many people, including Bangladeshi celebrities, walked more than 100 kilometers along the seashore from Teknaf to Cox's Bazar. If I had been there at the time, I would have liked to join them. Travel is my number one hobby. On many occasions I had the chance to travel to many countries, which I did in Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Tourism is a huge industry, many countries earn billions of dollars though this business and thousands of jobs are created. First of all, we have to understand the key ingredients of this business. Nowadays nobody travels like Ibne Botuta, everybody is busy working. Here in Toronto, I have been working for a corporation for quite a few years. In my office every 7 or 8 weeks, people take a week off to reenergize and break free from their daily routine that they are tired of. Although we work for 40 hours Monday to Friday and it's not hard manual work but I still get bored. Sometimes I take my annual leave for the whole year, 6 weeks all together and go to Bangladesh, they never think about doing it that way. In the summertime they go north to their cottage, down to a resort in the Caribbean, or on a cruise for a week. They always make plans for their next vacation a month ahead. This is the western lifestyle, in Europe, America, Australia and Japan, the lifestyle is very similar. Travel agents provide us with brochures, so people will know which country costs how much and can choose their own affordable vacation.

Traffic jam

I wish to share my thoughts with you on the problems of traffic jam in Dhaka city. To be honest, the road network in Dhaka is not scientifically designed. Most of the junctions are responsible for heavy traffic jam. It will take a long time and a lot of money to take care of that problem. Meanwhile, we have to make the best use of the roads we have by bringing some small changes and enforcing discipline on the road.

Violent politics, again

Tarique Rahman got hurt in police custody, and some BNP-linked students on DU campus demonstrated for his immediate release. They put taxicabs on fire, and an innocent man was killed at Nilkhet. The same type of violence was seen near Dhaka College also. What will happen to the families of the person who was 'killed'? And what about those who lost their earning capability by losing their taxicabs?

An economist's comments

An economist recently observed that Bangladesh was galloping forward on the economic front. Iraq is galloping away at 7% GDP growth rate (faster than Bangladesh ever did).

SUST students

We, the students of SUST, are facing serious shortage of seats in the halls. Will the university authorities look into the matter?

Hoodlums at work

I read with a great deal of interest Dr. Ahmad Islam's article entitled "Hoodlums reign", published in The Daily Star on Friday, August 22, 2008. This article has spoken the minds of millions of concerned citizens residing in Dhaka as most of them have directly ort indirectly experienced horrific situations in the hands of criminals, similar to those narrated by Dr. Islam. This is a subject of great national concern for all peace-loving people. We hope that, as Dr. Islam urged, the government will address this situation on a priority basis. The development and progress of a nation cannot be measured just by the economic index or the technological advancement - - there has to be a certain level of peace, security and social stability for a nation to be considered progressive and to earn the trust and respect of the world community, especially the foreign governments and investors whom we need so badly as our development partners.

Uphold spirit of Ramadan

The group of companies and the business houses controlling the prices in the country should come forward and declare voluntarily prior to the month of Ramadan that they would do business in this special month with minimum profit.

REHAB and apartment owners

This is in reference to the letter published in The Daily Star on August 10, 2008 from an apartment owner who described his predicament after buying an apartment from one of the very well known builders. As another sufferer, I would like to express my bitter experience on my way to becoming an apartment owner that is being built by a low-profile builder.

RPO

Much debate has recently been going on regarding the recently promulgated RPO (Amended) 1972 Ordinance. Some provisions in the RPO may face legal challenges and some are difficult to be implemented by the political parties due to time constraint. For instance, the new electoral rules had given an opportunity for the loan defaulting contestants to participate in the upcoming polls through rescheduling of their loans six months prior to the submission of application for candidacy.

Niketon roads in bad shape

Niketon residential area has been developed fast with many high-rise buildings near Gulshan. Its population is more than 150 thousand. A well-known real state company has developed the area near Gulshan residential area with an aspiration that the inhabitants will get the opportunity of sharing the facilities of its neighbourhood. They, however, did not provide facilities like playground, roads and drainage system etc. After a little rain, the entire area is inundated and the condition has worsened during the rainy season.

Russian aggression

It is quite clear that the Russian authorities were displaying their capacity to commit brutal acts against humanity through their invasion of Georgia. Their aggression not only questions diplomatic norms, but such behaviour is in essence against world peace and it reminds us of the German occupation of Poland which resulted in World War II. As a member of the global community,we must denounce such military aggression and as a human being I send my helpless condolences to the families of those who have lost their loved ones. We hope Russia will withdraw its troops from the occupied Georgian territory and respect the recent diplomatic negotiations. Moreover, the world community must act so that such military aggression is prevented in future. If they fail to do so, then the sovereignty of many small democratic nations will be at stake and this will undermine the values nurturing freedom, democracy and humanity.

Obama's choice

Joe Biden was announced as the running mate of presidential candidate Barack Obama on August 23, 2008. It is a good and a bold decision by Obama in a sense that Biden is not only Delaware's longest-serving Senator but he is also the chairman of the foreign relations committee in the 110th Congress.

International

EU considers sanctions against Russia: France

Some EU states are considering imposing sanctions on Russia when they hold an emergency summit next week on the Georgian crisis, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said yesterday.

Democrats make Obama the nominee

Barack Obama was unveiling a delicate balancing act yesterday, trying to get personal with 75,000 supporters in a massive stadium and millions more at home while explaining how as president he would make a difference in their lives.

Violence spreads along Pak-Afghan border

Suspected militants bombed a bus carrying prisoners in northwest Pakistan yesterday, killing at least 10 people, as fighting between security forces and extremists flared across the country's tribal belt.

Indian troops kill 3 Kashmir militants

Indian troops have shot dead three Muslim militants in Kashmir and freed seven hostages they seized after going on a killing spree, the army said yesterday.

More churches, homes burnt in Orissa

Communal violence spread in Orissa on Thursday with fresh incidents of mobs burning churches and homes, adding to the tensions in the state that has seen at least 11 people being killed in revenge for the murder of a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader last week.

100 militants killed in Afghanistan

The US-led coalition says its forces have killed more than 100 militants in four days of fighting in southern Afghanistan.

Sadr suspends militia activity indefinitely

Iraqi Shia radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr said yesterday that he has suspended indefinitely the activity of his feared 60,000 strong militia, the Mahdi Army.

Pak lawyers stage protests over judges' reinstatement

Hundreds of Pakistani lawyers protested yesterday to demand the reinstatement of judges sacked by former president Pervez Musharraf, an issue at the heart of political instability here.

Thai protesters defy court order to leave compound

Thousands of demonstrators, some armed with golf clubs, batons and bamboo sticks, defied a court order to end their occupation of the prime minister's office compound yesterday, vowing to remain until the country's leaders resign.

Campaigning gathers pace ahead of Sept 6 polls

Political campaigning has picked up pace in the NWFP ahead of the September 6 presidential election, and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) have stepped up efforts to muster support for their presidential candidates.

Rescue workers rush to flood-hit India

Indian officials rushed soldiers and air force helicopters to flood-ravaged parts of northern India to provide aid to the more than 1 million people stranded by a surging river, officials said Wednesday.

US to transfer Anbar security control to Iraqis Monday

The US military will transfer security control of Anbar province, scene of some of its bloodiest battles since the 2003 invasion, to Iraqi forces on September 1, the provincial police chief told AFP on Thursday.

McCain to name his VP pick today

Republican John McCain has settled on a running mate and will unveil his choice on Friday as he seeks to limit the expected poll surge from Democrat Barack Obama's nomination, reports said.

Anwar stages parliament walkout

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim Thursday staged a dramatic parliament walkout with his 81 lawmakers just hours after being sworn in, in protest over controversial DNA sampling legislation.

Arts & Entertainment

Homage to Nazrul

On the occasion of 32nd death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) organised a discussion and a cultural programme on August 27 at the Dance and Music Auditorium, BSA.

A preview of Aarong’s Eid lines

Continuing with their elaborate 30th anniversary celebrations, Aarong bumped up the temperature another notch with a special showcase of their upcoming clothing lines for Eid this year. Titled “Preview Eid 2008,” the fashion show was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Radisson Water Garden Hotel on August 27.

My Mobile Weighs a Ton

Justifying his approach to art in a society riddled with political turmoil, Naeem Mohaiemen's installations and photographs initially appear as depictions of damage and panic. A viewer, who overlooks Mohaiemen's captions/remarks on display, may misinterpret the artworks as a representation of 'mobile culture'.

After 43 years, Israel is ready for Beatlemania

In 1965, when Israel had no television, and public entertainment consisted largely of kibbutz songfests celebrating the wheat harvest, the Beatles, already international celebrities, were booked for a concert here. To young Israeli fans, it seemed an impossible dream.

Rage Records makes its debut

A new audio production company called RAGE Records has made its debut. On September 24, RAGE arranged a launching programme at Radisson Water Garden Hotel, says a press release. Three new albums -- Babna's Shantir Barnan, Roj Roj by the band Dhun and artiste Ishtiaq's debut venture Ebong Paharer Gaan -- were launched at the programme. The albums were unveiled by popular musician Nakib Khan, Shahed Mujahid of the band Miles and Sharjeel Karim, co-chairman of Interspeed Group.

OP-ED

Democratise yourselves

IN a democratic society, political parties (PPs) are formed for the purpose of representing the people's views and fulfilling their hopes and aspirations. Accountability of the PPs is to the people, and on the basis of the said purpose. Ownership of the PPs has to lie with the masses to ensure that.

A tribute to Ted Kennedy

I am writing today to pay respect to Senator Edward Kennedy, popularly known as Ted Kennedy, not because he fired up Democrats at the opening session of the National convention of the Democratic Party on August 25 in Denver, but because for his dedication to just causes and justice to the people of the United States in particular and the world at large.

China's winning ways

BEFORE the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, I wrote about economic models that aimed to pre-empt thousands of hours of television coverage, sappy features, and tape-delayed tension. John Hawksworth of PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Andrew Bernard of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business both aimed to predict national medal hauls based on factors like home-field advantage, the size and growth of national economies, and past political affiliations.

A healthier drink than water

TAP water is not only better than bottled water -- but it's healthier than filtered water, too. Yet beer is the best of all, reports reader Alex Goh, a Malaysian hydro-engineer.

StarTech

Hunting for that perfect job in Bangladesh

Who doesn't want that perfect job that suits them just right? Everyone looks forward to a bright career. The question is, how do we go about starting our search for that dream job? Today, with all the numerous job sites available in Bangladesh, you no longer need to depend on references from relatives, or hunt through several newspapers. All you need is the qualification and the determination to go get it.

Nokia launches icons of convergence

The Nokia N96 was launched in Bangladesh in a unique event heralding a new dawn in convergence.

How cool is Cuil.com?

When I first heard about cuil.com (pronounced 'cool-dot-com'), I did two things. The first is quite obvious visit the search engine and the second was to 'google' the word 'cuil'. Shockingly enough, google.com, always proud of being the world's largest search engine gave, as its second search result, 'Cuil - The World's Biggest Search Engine'!

Key to overcome net dilemma

The internet, which has become almost a necessity has also brought with it problems like the risk of viruses, spyware, malware, and even unwanted pop ups have become quite a bother. Business and educational organizations in Bangladesh are the most affected by this new breed.


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