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News of: Tuesday, 2nd of September, 2008

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Tarique's bail stands

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday declined to stay the High Court (HC) orders granting bail to former prime minister Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman in six cases.

No response yet from big parties

As many as 30 political parties, most of which only exist in names and have very little activities, collected application forms for registration with the Election Commission (EC) as of yesterday. The major political parties, with the exception of Jatiya Party, are yet to respond in this regard.

Ramadan begins with fresh spike in essentials prices

Prices of vegetables, fruits, meats and other essentials used for preparing iftar items shot up further in kitchen markets of the capital yesterday on the eve of Ramadan.

Rivers continue to swell, inundate more areas

The flood situation is continuing to deteriorate in northern and central parts of the country compelling thousands of people to take refuge in places like educational institutions and high roads.

City bus routes rearranged

The authorities yesterday introduced 40 bus routes in the capital and its outskirts after rearranging previous 138 routes to bring discipline in the traffic system and ease vehicular movement.

Amnesty to work little for lack of ID papers

The irregular Bangladeshis without proof of identification in Kuwait will not be able to take advantage of the 45-day amnesty announced Sunday for illegals there.

3 DEPZ factories shut over unrest fear

Apprehending violence among workers, three garments factories owned by foreign investors at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) in Savar have been closed for indefinite periods in the last 15 days.

All 4 accused acquitted in Manjurul Imam murder case

A Khulna court yesterday acquitted all four charge-sheeted accused in the Awami League (AL) leader Advocate Manjurul Imam murder case.

National HR Commission launched

The government yesterday set up the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) which would investigate human rights violations and advise the government on the enforcement of international human rights covenants.

Transfer order of graft court judge leaves many curious

Transfer order of the judge of a fast-track special graft court has stimulated curiosity among different quarters dealing with trial and investigation.

Citizens' charter vital for both private, public sectors: Zillur

Education and Commerce Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said a citizens' charter is imperative for both private and public sectors, for improving the overall quality of services to the people.

AL demands JS election in November

Awami League yesterday demanded the government hold the parliamentary polls in November.

Khaleda's release process in final stage

Commerce Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said the process of former prime minister Khaleda Zia's release is now in the concluding stage.

BNP to contest poll if Khaleda, Tarique freed

BNP-led four party alliance leaders yesterday said they will take part in the national elections if it is held in a free and impartial manner and if BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman are released.

Mobile court seizes seven substandard CNG cylinders

As the drive against substandard CNG-cylinders and improper conversion kits intensified yesterday, seven inferior cylinders were confiscated from four human hauliers at Gulistan in the city.

ACC's image tainted on bail spree

Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday admitted that the image of toughness of the commission is getting dented due to recent bail binge and stay orders on the cases filed against corruption in high places.

Karwan Bazar's midnight children

Silent tears were rolling down Popy's cheeks. In the darkness, you could only see the glistening lines. Her 12-year-old elder brother Shakil, tied to a bamboo pole, looked bewildered. Night egged on at Karwan Bazar vegetables depot. No-one even bothers to throw a glance at whatever was going on there.

Japan PM resigns

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda yesterday announced his resignation, calling for a fresh start after a troubled year in power that saw bitter fighting with the opposition.

Criminals murder 3 brothers

A gang of criminals yesterday killed three brothers at Radhagobindapur village in Meherpur.

Hasina's trial deferred until Sept 8

A special court yesterday deferred to September 8 trial proceedings in the Tk 2.99 crore extortion case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her cousin former health minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim.

Mohammedan Federation Cup champs

Mohammedan Sporting Club defeated archrivals Abahani 3-2 in a penalty shootout to lift a record ninth Federation Cup title yesterday.

JMB leader gets 34yrs in arms case

A court here yesterday sentenced a leader of the banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to 34 years rigorous imprisonment in arms and explosive cases.

Ex-ambassador Nazim charged with Tk 13 lakh embezzlement

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against former Bangladesh ambassador in Abu Dhabi Nazimullah Chowdhury in a case filed against him on charges of causing a loss of Tk 13.47 lakh to the state exchequer through misuse of power and deception.

68 killed in fresh Lankan fighting

At least 68 people, including two civilians, were killed over the weekend amid clashes between security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Five killed in Philippines bus bombing

Five people were killed and 32 others were wounded when a powerful bomb ripped through a packed passenger bus in the southern Philippines yesterday, police and disaster officials said.

'Gustav not as bad as Katrina'

Cartons of food, water, blankets and other supplies to sustain 1 million people for three days were ready to be distributed yesterday as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) anxiously eyed Louisiana levees to gauge how much damage Hurricane Gustav would wreak.

Editorial

The advent of Ramadan

THE advent of Ramadan symbolises for the Muslim community a time of soul-searching and a fresh new invocation of faith. With the month of fasting getting underway today, it becomes the responsibility of every Muslim to call forth within himself the spirit of the belief which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) inaugurated through Islam more than fourteen hundred years ago. At the core of that belief lies a readiness on the part of the Muslim to abjure pleasures of a worldly nature and instead focus on a reflection on the munificence of the Creator, the abundance of which can only serve to further buttress individual faith. In Ramadan, it is faith that is sorely tested, through Muslims sacrificing their temporal desires in favour of spiritual enlightenment.

CEC's apology

THE Chief Election Commissioner has admitted that the Election Commission's handling of the two factions of BNP on the issue of inviting the party to an electoral dialogue was flawed and regrettable, and it is the EC which has to bear the brunt of the criticism levelled against the decision to invite the BNP faction led by Major (retd) Hafiz in November last year.

Response to truth commission

THE Truth and Accountability Commission (TAC), the newest body for dealing with corruption charges in the country, started operating from August 3, to let the people voluntarily confess to their corruption and to seek clemency by depositing their ill-gotten wealth to the state exchequer.

'The Manmohan Agenda' in crisis

JUST as it seemed headed for completion, the India-United States nuclear deal has run into big trouble. Indian officials had thought the US-drafted motion to get a waiver for India from the Nuclear Suppliers' Group's nuclear trade rules would "sail through."

A son's measure of his father

On a flight from Orlando to Atlanta on a recent August day, John McCain spoke with Newsweek's Jon Meacham about the legacy of his father, Adm. John S. McCain Jr., of his grandfather, Adm. John S. McCain Sr., and of his vivacious and politically astute mother, Roberta. Edited excerpts:

Sports

Football's triumphant return

It is too early to say if country's football has got its soul back. But after an eventful week that culminated in a grand final between two soccer giants on Monday night, signs are evident that the soul-searching effort has started with all the subjects so important in bringing passion back to this great game making a spontaneous presence at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

A-Rod, R-Fed imperious

Former champions Roger Federer and Andy Roddick turned in impressive straight-set wins, throwing down a challenge to rivals as they powered through into the second week of the US Open on Sunday. Four-time winner Federer took a step closer to lifting his first major title of a subdued season as he turned in a near-flawless performance to crush Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

Arman does it for his mom

Arman Aziz had a wound during Mohammedan's 3-1 semifinal victory over Chittagong Mohammedan that needed 11 stitches to mend.

Undermined by mentality

The game development committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has identified a lack of mental toughness and fitness as the key problem afflicting the Bangladesh cricketers.

Flintoff makes it 4-0

Andrew Flintoff starred with bat and ball as England won the fourth one-day international against South Africa by seven wickets at Lord's on Sunday.

England stars given rest

England captain Kevin Pietersen and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff are among seven players who have been made unavailable to their counties for the rest of the English domestic season.

Promotion behind success

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes his promotion to number five has boosted his form with the bat.

Coach planning sans Symonds

Australian coach Tim Nielsen has admitted he is preparing to tour India without star all-rounder Andrew Symonds.

Powell sizzles in the rain

Recently-crowned women's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica was beaten at the IAAF Grand Prix here on Sunday by Lauryn Williams while compatriot Asafa Powell won the men's event in 9.87sec.

Barca, Real both flop

Title favourites Real Madrid and Barcelona both slipped to opening day defeats on Sunday as underdogs Deportivo La Coruna and Numancia took the headlines.

Bayern finally click

Bayern Munich gave coach Juergen Klins mann a first Bundesliga victory of the season with a 4-1 drubbing of Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

More misery for Milan

Inter Milan's disappointment at dropping two points in their Serie A opener on Saturday will have been tempered by draws for last season's nearest challengers Roma and Juventus and a shock home defeat for city rivals AC Milan on Sunday.

City sold to Arab group

Manchester City's new Arab owners have demonstrated their huge financial muscle by making an astonishing bid to hijack Manchester United's move for Dimitar Berbatov and smash the British transfer record.

Rokibul down and out

Bangladesh batsman Rokibul Hassan will miss the remaining two one-day internationals against Australia due to injury.

Batting is a battle for Hussey

He may rank among the world's best batsmen, but Australian cricketer Mike Hussey Monday described staying at the crease as a "real battle."

Benzema keeps Lyon ticking

Lyon joined Marseille at the top of the French first division on Sunday after a Karim Benzema special earned the champions a 1-0 win in the derby tie at Saint Etienne.

Berlusconi ended war in Georgia!

AC Milan's Georgia defender Kakha Kaladze on Monday publicly thanked his club president Silvio Berlusconi, also Italy's Prime Minister, for ending the August war in his homeland.

No striker on the bench

Real Madrid's German coach Bernd Schuster admitted Monday that his side had lacked strike power after losing their season opener 2-1 to Deportivo La Coruna at the weekend.

Inter agree Quaresma transfer

FC Porto and Inter Milan have agreed terms on a transfer of Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma to the Italian club, the Portuguese champions confirmed late Sunday.

Liverpool sign young Brazilian

Liverpool signed teenage Brazilian striker Vitor Flora on a free transfer on Monday.

Business

Subsidised essentials for RMG workers

The trade bodies for woven and knitwear, two sub-sectors of the readymade garments (RMG) sector, announced yesterday the launch of its rationing programmes to reach out some essential commodities to workers countrywide at a subsidised rate from today.

Fake banknotes change hands unchecked

Business in counterfeit currencies goes unchecked despite the government's steps and tough legal measures such as death sentence and speedy trial against the crime, central bank officials said.

Eskayef finds road to EU market

Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, one of the leading manufacturers and exporters of pharmaceutical products, has won accreditation from the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for its new plant in Tongi.

Importers demand 50pc depreciation for reconditioned cars

Reconditioned vehicle importers and dealers yesterday urged the government to allow a 50 percent depreciation rate for imported six-year-old reconditioned cars.

Dhaka targets $1b exports to Turkey in few years

Commerce Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman has expected Bangladesh's export to Turkey to reach one billion US dollars in a few years.

E-registry of business laws on cards

The Regulatory Reforms Commission (RRC) will propose setting up of an electronic registry of business laws and regulations to stop harassment of businesspeople and prospective investors in knowing about those.

3i Infotech scopes out financial firms

Indian software giant 3i Infotech opened its office in Dhaka on Sunday to work with financial and insurance companies in Bangladesh.

Editors stress need for NBR to widen reach

Editors of the print and electronic media yesterday suggested that the National Board of Revenue reach out to more people by developing its infrastructure so that it can increase revenue earnings.

Small-scale tea farming wins firm foothold in Panchagarh

Small-scale tea farming changes the economic conditions of ordinary people: marginal farmers and working women. It speeds up growth of the tea sector in Panchagarh.

Hold the coffee …

It's a sign of the times when the largest and one of the most profitable private companies in India announces an austerity drive that includes limiting tea and coffee consumption in the workplace and encouraging use of pen refills for ballpoint pens. This move was by a company that earned profits of approximately $ 4.5 billion in FY 08 and has investment plans of $ 4.5 billion in its new retail business in India.

Stocks close up on merchant-bank loan

Stocks ended upbeat for an eighth straight day as investors continued buying, buoyed by the previous loan extension by merchant banks, market operators said.

Bata eyes 30pc rise in sales

Bata, the country's leading shoemaker and retailer, plans to increase its sales by 30 percent in 2008, said the chief financial officer (CFO) of the company yesterday.

Asian stocks tumble

Asian shares suffered heavy falls Monday, including a slide of over four percent in the South Korean stock market as the global economic slowdown rattled investors again.

British pound hits record euro low

The pound on Monday struck an all-time low against the euro after Britain's finance minister gave a bleak assessment of the economy ahead of a Bank of England interest rate decision due this week.

Oil prices fall after rising on hurricane

Oil prices fell on Monday as traders banked profits won on news that Hurricane Gustav had forced the suspension of almost all US energy production in the Gulf of Mexico.

G20 examines slowing world economy

Officials from the G20 group of industrialized and developing nations wrapped up a weekend meeting here Sunday that examined the effects of slowing world economic growth and climbing inflation, participants told reporters.

Indonesian inflation nears 12pc

Indonesia's annual inflation rate rose to 11.85 percent in August after month-on-month growth of 0.51 percent, Central Statistics Agency chief Rusman Heriawan said Monday.

Russia to suspend WTO agreements

Russia will suspend some of its agreements made during its bid to become a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Interfax quoted Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as saying Sunday.

Metropolitan

Withdraw reservations to CEDAW

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday called on the government to withdraw its reservations to the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in order to ensure development of women.

Foil move to depoliticise students: Menon

The 14th national council of Bangladesh Chhatra Maitree, a left-leaning student organisation, began in the city yesterday.

Two Sylhet polytech hostels closed

Two hostels of Sylhet Polytechnic College were closed sine die yesterday following the ransacking of over 50 rooms by Islami Chhatra Shibir cadres in overnight violence that also left nine people injured.

Hold upazila elections before parliamentary polls

Prof M Tamim, special assistant to the chief adviser, yesterday said the caretaker government is determined to hold upazila election before parliamentary election in December.

'Incorporate mentally retarded athletes into mainstream'

Congratulating Bangladesh Bocce team of mentally retarded athletes who became champion in the 2nd Asia Pacific Bocce Competition 2008 in Brunei, speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded incorporating them into the mainstream.

Solve housing problem of urban poor

Although the urban poor contribute significantly to urban economy, their problems, specially the housing problem, is never considered seriously by any government, said the speakers at a workshop in the city on Sunday.

Campaign to save children's lives

Save the Children UK and Eminence, a non-government research-based orgaisation, jointly launched a campaign titled 'Get on Track to Save Children's Lives' in the city yesterday.

'Be aware of frauds using name of army'

Bangladesh Army has called upon all to be aware of frauds using its name.

BSS journos, staff stage hunger strike

Journalists and employees of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) yesterday went on hunger strike and sit-in programme for payment of salary as per the seventh Wage Board Award.

President, CA greet countrymen on Ramadan

President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday greeted the countrymen on the occasion of Ramadan.

Muggers stab 2, make away with valuables, Tk 10000

Muggers stabbed two rickshaw passengers and made away with two cellphones, a gold chain and Tk 10000 in cash in front of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban when they were returning to their Indira Road residence from Gabtali in the early hours of yesterday.

Price hike of essentials protested

Bangladesh Chhatra Federation demonstrated on the Dhaka University campus yesterday protesting price hike of essentials, says a press release.

'Lift emergency, hold nat'l polls immediately'

Bangladesh Awami Jubo Ainjibi Parishad, a forum of lawyers, yesterday demanded immediate steps to hold the national elections after lifting the state of emergency.

'Govt makes exit route by releasing corrupt suspects'

Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh yesterday said the caretaker government is making an exit route by releasing detained corrupt suspects, criminals and black money holders.

BAU BCL demands review of decision

Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) unit of Chhatra League (BCL), at a press conference held at the Sangbadik Samity office yesterday, demanded of the authorities to review a decision of expulsion of its two leaders for assaulting a teacher.

Contractual appointment of public works chief engr

Abdullah-Al-Shafi, chief engineer of directorate of public works, who is now on leave preparatory to retirement (LPR), was given a one-year contractual appointment in the same post, says a PID handout.

30,500 contraband stimulating tablets seized, 2 held

The members of Detective Branch (DB) of police on Sunday night seized 30,500 contraband stimulating tablets from a shop in the city's Lalbagh area and arrested two people in this connection.

British Council project to strengthen partnership

The British Council yesterday launched a project titled 'INSPIRE' to strengthen strategic partnership in higher education between the UK and countries in Central and South Asia.

Prof Najma Chowdhury honoured

The Department of Women and Gender Studies of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday conferred a 'special honorary award' on Prof Dr Najma Chowdhury for her contribution to institutionalisation of gender and women education in the country.

898 industries, business establishments get licences

The Office of the Chief Inspector of Factories and Establishments under the Ministry of Labour and Employment has given license to 898 industries and business establishments and renewed licences of some 5127 organisations in the fiscal year 2007-2008.

BUBT, Commerce College students continue protest

Several hundred students of Bangladesh University of Business and Technology (BUBT) and Commerce College continued their angry protest at Mirpur in the city yesterday and demanded arrest of a local businessman who and his hired cadres allegedly beat up three students.

'Refrain from using horns unnecessarily'

Save the Environment Movement and Bangladesh Environment Lawyers' Association (Bela) formed a human chain at Dhanmondi in the city and distributed leaflets yesterday to raise awareness about noise pollution.

Engr Qamrul Islam Siddiqui passes away

Engineer Qamrul Islam Siddiqui, a former secretary and freedom fighter, passed away due to cardiac failure in New Jersey, USA yesterday at the age of 63.

Death anniversary of former air chief Bashar observed

Bangladesh Air Force yesterday observed the 32nd death anniversary of the former chief of air staff Air Vice Marshal (retd) Muhammad Khademul Bashar, Biruttam, with due solemnity, says an ISPR press release.

25 injured in road accident

At least 25 people were injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Kanhor under Trishal upazila yesterday.

Nine muggers held in Ctg

A team of the detective branch of police arrested nine muggers during raids on Kadamtali, Halishahar and Agrabad Sheikh Mujib Road areas in Chittagong city yesterday.

Appeal for help

Faisal Khan, a 14-year-old boy, has lost his both eyesight following a severe injury in his head two years ago, says a press release.

National

One third done in 8 years despite time extension

The Tk 64 crore Upgrading and Rehabilitation of Rural Infrastructure (URRI) project in Rangamati is unlikely to be completed within the time limit of current financial year despite extension of the project period by two years.

Fully implement CEDAW to remove gender inequality

Speakers at discussions in Satkhira and Gaibandha yesterday urged full implementation of the Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) for overall development of women in the society.

Body to probe 'graft' by ex-chairman of Barisal education board

Following instruction from the Directorate of Education, a one-member probe committee has been formed to investigate the corruption charges against Prof Dr Hasanuzaman Khan, former chairman of Board of Secondary and Intermediate Education, Barisal.

Storm lashes part of Kurigram again

At least 20 people were injure and 400 houses tore down as a storm battered three unions in Kurigram district Sunday night. The 15-minute foray by nature uprooted many trees in the areas covering parts of Ulipur and Chilmari upazilas and also snapped power supply lines, not to be restored till yesterday.

Trader buys freedom in Kushtia

A businessman bought freedom on payment of Tk.55, 000 as ransom to criminals after two days of his abduction at Hridoypur village in Daulatpur upazila.

Beaten for not joining Shibir

A group of Islamic Chhatra Shibir cadres of Rajshahi Islami Bank

Rangpur chamber opens 9 fair price shops for Ramadan

Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) opened nine shops in the town to sell essentials at fair prices during the Ramadan.

3 JCD cadres get life for killing BCL leader

A court here yesterday sentenced three cadres of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) to life term imprisonment in the sensational Chhatra League (BCL) leader Shahed Hajari murder case.

Ruet, Kuet observe 5th founding day

The fifth funding anniversary of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) and Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet) was observed yesterday through colourful programmes.

Memo to CA to fulfil pledge

Rangpur University Implementation Council submitted a memorandum to the Chief Advisor through the Deputy Commissioner yesterday urging him to take steps to appoint a Project Director and a Vice Chancellor of planned Rangpur University.

International

Britain leads calls to punish Russia

European leaders met yesterday seeking a way to condemn Russia's conflict against Georgia as hundreds of thousands of people staged an anti-Russian rally in the Georgian capital.

Hurricane Gustav hits US coast

Torrential rain and intense winds blasted Louisiana as Hurricane Gustav neared New Orleans and the Gulf Coast yesterday after forcing nearly two million people to flee.

Pak military halts offensive for Ramadan

Pakistan suspended fighting in the volatile northwest Monday for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and some of the 300,000 people displaced by air strikes and gunbattles started packing up belongings to return to their shattered homes.

US-led forces kill 220 Taliban

Afghan and international forces killed more than 220 militants over the past week in the country's insurgency-wracked south, the US-led coalition said in a statement.

3m people suffer as half of Bihar goes under water

The Bihar government has admitted that half the state is under water and some 30 lakh people have been affected in all.

Manmohan demands end to anti-Christian riots

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked eastern Orissa state to stamp out anti-Christian rioting and punish those responsible for murder and arson, officials said yesterday.

Palestinians reject partial ME peace accord

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected Israel's idea of an interim peace agreement at a Sunday summit, a Palestinian negotiator said, insisting on an all-or-nothing approach that virtually ruled out an accord by a January target date.

Tamils live in fear

People in the poor, mainly Tamil neighbourhood in Colombo described it as a harrowing day.

Iraq takes over Anbar from US forces

Iraqi forces yesterday took over control of Anbar, once the most explosive battlefield in Iraq, from the US military, symbolising the growing security gains in the war-torn country.

Fate of New Orleans mutes Republican convention

The Republican Party severely curtailed the start yesterday of its convention to nominate John McCain for president as Hurricane Gustav bore down on the United States.

China appeals for tents after China quake

Rescuers appealed for temporary housing and tents Monday after a weekend earthquake in southwest China killed at least 36 people, injured hundreds and left tens of thousands of homes in ruins.

Nepali PM finalises cabinet

Nepal's new Maoist prime minister Sunday finalised the Himalayan nation's first post-royal government by appointing 15 new ministers, ending weeks of political deadlock, officials said.

Kashmir rebels charged under tough law

Three politicians who participated in huge anti-India rallies in Kashmir have been charged under a tough law as police maintained a curfew for the ninth straight day Monday, police said.

Lawyer says Suu Kyi is thin but well

Myanmar's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has lost some weight but is feeling well, her lawyer said yesterday after a 30-minute meeting with her.

US concerned over Zardari's 'mental health'

Several US officials including a senior Republican senator have expressed concern over reports that Pakistan People's Party chief Asif Ali Zardari, a strong contender for presidency, was diagnosed with mental problems as late as last year, a media report said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

A slice of life in the region

Two films shot in Bangladesh were the centrepieces of the recently concluded "Travelling Film South Asia 2008" in New Delhi. The four-day festival began with one such film, Every Good Marriage Begins with Tears, directed and produced by UK filmmaker Simon Chambers. The film had a common enough theme-- two Bangladeshi sisters from London being forced into arranged marriages with complete strangers from their parents' homeland. Chambers, however, gave the film a “personal and intimate insight.” As a neighbour of the family in Brick Lane, London he knew girls since they were three years old. There were, therefore, no barriers and Chambers was able to give a moving and gripping account of their lovers, joys, sorrows, hopes and aspirations.

The Brahmaputra beckons Dulal Gain

The scenic beauty of Old Brahmaputra river has attracted many an artist. Great master Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin was one such painter. Then there is Dulal Gain, assistant keeper of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala in Mymensingh, who has to his credit the 'Brahmaputra Series.' So far the series comprises 40 paintings and more will are underway.

Enamul Karim Nirjhar: Winner of National Film Award 2007

Architect turned filmmaker Enamul Karim Nirjhar has won the National Award for his debut movie Aha in 2007. The movie, released in 2007, has earned appreciation through participating at foreign film festivals.

Rajonikanta’s contributions recalled

Speakers at a discussion here urged the government to observe the birth and death anniversaries of renowned poet Rajonikanta Sen at the national level. They also stressed the need to collect and preserve the memorabilia related to Sen.

In remembrance of Abdullah Al Mamun

A condolence meeting was held at the auditorium of Mukul Fouj in the town commemorating the death of Abdullah Al Mamun, a leading theatre personality of the country.

Gonoshilpi celebrates Rabindra-Nazrul-Sukanto anniversary in Pabna

Gonoshilpi Sangshtha, one of the leading cultural organisations of the district, observed Rabindra-Nazrul-Sukanto Joyanti (anniversary) in Pabna recently. A colourful cultural programme was organised at the Pabna Press Club auditorium and local artistes performed the songs and poetry of the three poets.

Children cultural show 'Amra Sobai Raja' held in Tangail

A beautiful cultural show 'Amra Sobai Raja' performed by schoolchildren was held here on Saturday evening.

Abbas Kiarostami receives Venice prize

World-renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has received the Glory to the Filmmaker award at the 65th Venice Film Festival.

Jennifer Aniston in TV sitcom

The 39-year-old rose to fame playing Rachel Green in Friends, which was also shown on the NBC TV network.

OP-ED

The month of abstinence and meditation

THE holy month of Ramadan is the only month which has been explicitly described and analysed in the Holy Quran. The very fact that the revelation of the Holy Quran commenced in the month of Ramadan testifies to the sanctity, graciousness, and divine excellence of this sacred month.

A reality check

BANGLADESH has been dependent on foreign aid since its independence. Along with this dependence, there is a continuing debate about conditionality imposed by donors. Whenever structural reforms are associated with pain, as they often do, the blame goes to donors and the policy measures labeled as "conditionality." Critics also observe that conditions tagged by donors and directives in setting policy agenda limit the country's ownership and undermine democratic principles. This debate needs to be cast objectively.

WTO and after

THE World Trade Organisation (WTO) came into existence on January 1, 1995, after successful completion of prolonged negotiations from 1986 to 1994, as a sequel to Uruguay Round of negotiations and as a successor to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). The current membership strength of WTO is 153 as on July 23.

Once upon a time there was a Master Race

AS night fell, I read a beautifully illustrated picture book called "The Swan Princess" to my youngest daughter.


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