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News of: Thursday, 13th of August, 2009

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City grinds to gridlock halt

Traffic situation across the capital keeps worsening every day much to the plight of city residents while the authorities sits on various projects to improve the city's infrastructure.

Govt firm on freeing rivers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the authorities concerned to continue demolition of illegal structures on riverbanks across the country and compel the owners of mills and factories to use effluent-treatment plant to save rivers and other water bodies from pollution by industrial waste.

2 confessed criminals given shocking bail

When the nation is keenly awaiting justice in cases for the grisly August 21 grenade attacks to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to two accused who even confessed to their roles in implementing the terror plan.

2 more end up with renal failure

Two more children are fighting for their lives with renal failure at Shishu Hospital as they were given Rid Pharma's Temset paracetamol syrup in late July.

Khaleda, Tarique asked to appear in court Aug 30

A Dhaka court yesterday asked former premier and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and four others to appear before it on August 30 in a case filed for embezzlement of Tk 2.10 crore by forming fraudulent Zia Orphanage Trust.

JS team claims 3 Tipai successes

The parliamentary delegation after its return from India yesterday said their visit to the Tipaimukh site had yielded three achievements.

Probe gets one more month

The home ministry has extended the deadline for submitting the report of a probe into the 'unnatural deaths' of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) soldiers in custody by a month again, as the investigation committee could not make any headway yet, even after three prior extensions.

Clinic, construction firm vandalised for toll refusal

Local Jubo League activists yesterday vandalised a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts and a construction firm office and looted cash and cellphones at Mohammadpur on refusal of toll for the National Mourning Day programme.

Moderate quake can bring Dhaka down

Earthquake poses a serious threat to living in Dhaka city where a tremor measuring seven on the Richter scale may destroy about 35 percent buildings and kill around 25,000 people, say experts.

DMP role called into question

Dhaka Metropolitan Police traffic department is failing to get unfit buses, buses without route permits and age-old buses off the streets. It is seizing them during the day and releasing them in the evening.

Police fail to arrest Faridpur rapists yet

Police failed to nab any of the culprits till last night in connection with the schoolgirl gang rape case filed on August 11 with the Women and Children Repression Prevention Court in Faridpur.

Special steps taken to ensure water supply during Ramadan

Authorities of six metropolitan cities have taken special steps to ensure uninterrupted water supply during the upcoming month of Ramadan.

Teenage wife 'murdered' by husband

A man murdered his wife, a schoolgirl, by beating her up and then forcing her to take poison at Char Bhawanipur in Mymensingh yesterday, the victim's family alleged.

Don't overplay reports on Bangabandhu

A parliamentary standing committee yesterday asked the state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Bangladesh Betar not to overplay Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in observance of the mourning month of August and the National Mourning Day on August 15.

Saydee sued for war crime

Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Saydee and four others were sued on charge of war crimes with Pirojpur chief judicial magistrate's court yesterday.

Govt set to seek SC directives

The government yesterday finalised a reference seeking the Supreme Court's opinion on whether those charged with February 25-26 BDR mutiny and carnage should be tried under the civil code or military law.

Tremor jolts northern districts

A mild tremor measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale was felt in the north and northeastern parts of the country early yesterday, a day after the Met Office had issued a tsunami alert prompted by a major earthquake near the Andaman Islands.

Janmastami today

Members of the Hindu community observe their religious festival Janmastami marking the birth anniversary of Lord Sri Krishna in the capital and elsewhere in the country today with due religious fervour and enthusiasm.

Court further extends time for probe

The Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Md Mahbubul Islam yesterday gave one month more time for submitting report on further investigation into the murder case of former finance minister SAMS Kibria and four others.

Fair election possible under political govt

A free and fair election is possible under a political government provided that security is ensured, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda said yesterday.

Mumbai schools shut amid swine flu panic

The toll in swine flu pandemic across India mounted to 17 with seven more persons succumbing to the disease yesterday.

Putin promises military backing for Abkhazia

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pledged Russia's military backing for Abkhazia in any new conflict with Georgia, as he visited the rebel Georgian region yesterday for the first time since Moscow recognised its independence.

Editorial

The earthquake concern

WITHIN 24 hours of an earthquake that in a way shook a vast region on the shores of the Indian and the Pacific oceans followed by a Tsunami alert, another quake of lesser intensity jolted Rajshahi, Rangpur, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Sylhet districts. The redeeming feature is that no damage to life or property occurred.

The perverse and the vile

THE report that a 14-year old school girl was not only physically violated by two men in a village in Faridpur district, but the whole savage act was recorded on mobile phone and the video footage uploaded on the Internet, is mind boggling, to say the least.

Withdrawal of the security forces from CHT

THE current army withdrawal is perhaps a tangible manifestation of implementation of certain aspects of the 1997 Accord, although the suddenness of the announcement has surprised many. As per the accord, the government is required to pull out such camps as were deployed during the security force's anti-insurgency campaign, after the surrender of the insurgents along with their arms and weapons.

Some reflections on adivasis

THERE are about 30 lakh indigenous people in Bangladesh distributed among 45 ethnic groups. The Tribal Welfare Association (TWA) has demanded constitutional recognition of the indigenous communities. This association also demanded "establishment of a separate adivasi ministry to protect the ethno-diversity and rights of the indigenous people."

Verdict of Aung San Suu Kyi trial

THE appalling but inevitable outcome of Aung San Suu Kyi's sham trial is final proof that the military regime in Burma is determined to continue defying the world.

Sports

Shakib not getting complacent

Stand-in skipper Shakib Al Hasan was on the lookout against complacency despite the Tigers tightening their grips on Zimbabwe by winning the first two games of the five-match series quite convincingly.

Marcus not in for a call

England's national selector, Geoff Miller, has ruled out the possibility of a shock comeback for Marcus Trescothick, but has admitted that Mark Ramprakash is being seriously considered in a one-off capacity for the crucial fifth Test at The Oval, as England attempt to bounce back from their Headingley humiliation, and reclaim the Ashes for only the second time in 20 years.

Ricky stokes Ashes fire

Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes England's focus on Andrew Flintoff's fitness and other selection issues will dent their hopes of regaining the Ashes.

Clark's place not certain

Stuart Clark's first innings burst may have been the pivotal moment in Australia's thunderous victory at Headingley, but Andrew Hilditch, Australia's chairman of selectors, insists the veteran paceman will not be guaranteed a starting berth for the fifth Test.

BAF president named

ASM Ali Kabir, secretary of Communications Ministry (Road and Railway Department) has been made president of the Bangladesh Athletic Federation yesterday.

Asian chess

GM Ziaur Rahman was in the second position of the Asian Zonal Chess Championship at the end of the sixth round held yesterday in Delhi, India. Zia earned 4.5 points from five matches, said a Bangladesh Chess Federation press release.

Women's handball

Viquarunnissa Noon School and College recorded a massive 16-0 win over Ispahani Girl's School and College in the 12th Delta Life Women's Handball Competition at the Women's Sports Complex ground yesterday.

Younus won't give in

Pakistan captain Younus Khan accepts responsibility for historic Test and one-day defeats in Sri Lanka but is rejecting calls to resign, lashing out at his critics instead.

Afridi lifts Pakistan

Pakistan's new Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi smashed 50 off 37 balls to steer the world champions to 172-5 in a T20 international against Sri Lanka here on Wednesday.

Rooney targets 25

Wayne Rooney is aiming to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo by scoring 25 goals for Manchester United this season.

'Masche not for sale'

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez insists Javier Mascherano is now fully focused on the Reds after having his head turned by Barcelona this summer.

Defence key to MU

Darren Fletcher has predicted a more rigid Manchester United will be on show this season.

Cruz won't be rushed

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes expects to be without Roque Santa Cruz until the end of August.

Promoted clubs braced for survival battle

Most of the pre-season attention is focused upon potential champions yet recent history suggests the most tense - and financially damaging - competition will be at the other end of the Premier League table.

Roma reject De Rossi bid

AS Roma have rejected a big-money offer from Chelsea for midfielder Daniele De Rossi, according to the Italian club.

Serb starlet poised for Chelsea

Premier League giants Chelsea are poised to sign talented Serbian youngster Nemanja Matic from Slovakian club Kosice within days, the player said in a report here Wednesday.

Spurs wait on Woodgate

Tottenham centre-back Jonathan Woodgate is back at the London club to start his recovery programme after groin surgery in Germany.

Safina rallies past Vinci

Dinara Safina got her game under control just in time. The top-ranked Safina scattered shots all over the court early in the match before rallying past unseeded Roberta Vinci 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 Tuesday to advance to the third round of the Cincinnati Open.

Federer progresses

World number one Roger Federer fought off a surprise showing from Canadian outsider Frederic Niemeyer to advance 7-6, 6-4 Tuesday at the ATP Montreal Masters.

Bolt plans to strike again

It's hard to imagine bettering three Olympic gold medals and three world records but Jamaican Usain Bolt will be endeavouring to repeat the trick at the World Athletics Championships here.

Rugby knocking on Olympic door

Rugby Union International Rugby Board (IRB) supremo Bernard Lapasset can see a dream come true here on Thursday if his sport is chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board as one of the two sports to be included in the 2016 Olympics.

Qadir retreats on fixing comments

Former Pakistan chief selector, Abdul Qadir has retracted from his earlier statement where he had alleged that some Pakistani players had contacts with Indian bookies.

Gladiators emerge champs

Bengal Gladiators recently emerged joint-champions in the 40th International 6's tournament in Malaysia after rain ruined the final against Pakistan Awan Club.

Jimmy diffuses Justin jibes

England pace bowler James Anderson insists he isn't bothered by former Australia star Justin Langer's controversial comments.

National TT

Mostafa and Soma clinched the men's and women's singles titles respectively in the National Lub 2nd Open Table Tennis Tournament that concluded at Engineers Institute on Tuesday. Mostafa defeated Manos while Soma routed Rumi.

Murali returns against Kiwis

World bowling record holder Muttiah Muralidaran will reinforce Sri Lanka for next week's first Test against New Zealand after missing the Pakistan series due to injury.

Business

Budget to get half-year review

The government will go for a half-yearly review of the national budget in December to assess the implementation progress of development programmes for the current fiscal year, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.

Remittance drives banks to open exchange houses abroad

Private commercial banks (PCBs) are scrambling to open exchange houses abroad to cash in on increasing business driven by inward remittances, officials said.

Bogra banks bring jobs

Branch expansion of private and specialised banks in Bogra has created a good number of jobs and provided small and medium enterprise (SME) loans for the locals, according to Bangladesh Bank (BB) Bogra branch.

Ministry, FBCCI to mount market watch

The commerce ministry and Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) are set to start market monitoring today in a bid to stem the price spiral of basic commodities during Ramadan, ministry officials said.

Ensure women workers' rights

Women, a dominating labour force, are missing out on healthcare, sanitation, child day-care and maternity provisions in Special Economic Zones (SEZs), said leading women entrepreneurs and rights activists yesterday.

Govt keen on automation of its entities: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday the government is trying to computerise its entities first under a 'Digital Bangladesh' roadmap to ensure transparency and accountability in governance.

BB boss hints at changes in banking sector

Many things are yet to streamlined although some changes have already been brought about in the banking sector, the central bank boss told businesspeople here yesterday.

Govt mulls developing tourism sector thru' PPP

The government considers developing tourism sector through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects to boost the sector rapidly, said the civil aviation and tourism minister yesterday.

Singapore property booms

Recession? What recession?

UK jobless rate at 14-year high

The number of people unemployed in Britain has hit a 14-year high, official data showed on Wednesday, as the Bank of England forecast only a slow recovery for the recession-hit British economy.

Economic haze means bumpy ride for oil demand: IEA

Oil demand is firming feebly this year, and a rally in 2010 driven by Asian economies is blurred by uncertainty over global recovery from the economic crisis, the IEA said on Wednesday.

Asian trade show begins today

Second Asian International Trade Expo 2009 will begin today at city's Bangbandhu International Conference Centre.

Fed to wait to lift interest rates

The Federal Reserve is likely to wait to ensure a sustainable economic recovery is underway before lifting interest rates from the current level near zero, analysts say.

Asian markets head lower

Asian stocks fell Wednesday on profit-taking, with Shanghai and Hong Kong hardest hit, as a number of dealers stayed away ahead of a rate decision by the Federal Reserve later in the day.

Dollar mixed

The dollar was mixed in Asian trade Wednesday as investors waited for clues from the US Federal Reserve on whether it is eyeing an end to its emergency policy measures as the economy recovers.

Indian imports to sustain 30-year-high sugar prices

Global sugar prices are likely to stay high in the coming year, analysts say, as India, the world's largest consumer of the commodity, reels from poor monsoon rains that will force it to rely on imports.

GM seeks to outdo Toyota with eco-friendly Chevy Volt

Troubled US auto giant General Motors sought to trump Toyota by announcing that its Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid will save four times more fuel than the Japanese carmaker's Prius.

BHP Billiton profit falls 30pc

The world's biggest miner BHP Billiton on Wednesday said annual profits fell 30.2 percent as commodities demand slumped, ending a seven-year run of record results but still beating market forecasts.

Sri Lanka launches mobile network in former warzone

A Malaysian telecom group said on Wednesday it had launched a mobile phone network in Sri Lanka's former warzone, becoming the first international company to operate in the area.

Metropolitan

Govt willing to make it compulsory if all agree

The government is willing to make Hindu marriage registration compulsory if there is no resistance from any quarter, said Law and Parliament Affairs Minister Shafique Ahmed at a seminar yesterday.

Int'l Commission to brief PM next week

Members of the International Commission for Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) will meet Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina next week after completing their visit to CHT region, said Advocate Sultana Kamal, a former adviser to caretaker government and team leader of the commission, in Bandarban.

£18.5m DFID support for Brac education programme

The UK Department of International Development (DFID) will provide Brac with a grant of £18.5 million (Tk 2,049 million) in support of its education programme for the fiscal year

Duta divided over National Mourning Day issue

The issue of observing the National Mourning Day on August 15 under the banner of Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) has divided its members.

Road crashes kill three

At least three people were killed and 21 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Tangail and Sirajganj yesterday.

Four held in Ctg, Tk 2.7 lakh recovered

Police in a drive yesterday detained four people in connection with the killing of the manager of a flour mill in Chittagong and recovered a portion of the money looted from the victim.

Pinak's effigy burnt

Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, a left-leaning student organisation, yesterday burnt an effigy of Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty on the Dhaka University campus for his “recent comments” about local water experts on Tipaimukh dam.

Design competition to be held for its new building

The Liberation War Museum in association with the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) is going to arrange an open architectural design competition to select an appropriate and world-class design for its new building.

Wasa can drain out only 20mm rainwater a day

Speakers at a discussion yesterday said the drainage system of Dhaka Wasa has the capacity to drain out highest 20 millimetre rainwater a day, an amount insufficient to cope with the heavy rainfall due to climate change impacts.

Utilise communal harmony in nat'l dev

President Zillur Rahman yesterday said the existing communal harmony of the country could be utilised to expedite the national development process.

Two robbers arrested

Detective police arrested two suspected robbers and seized a firearm and bullets in a special drive in the district yesterday.

Malaysia to lift ban on workers

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni hoped the Malaysian government would soon lift the temporary freeze on the recruitment of workers from Bangladesh as per their earlier assurances.

HC verdict in favour of Saydee stayed

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed until August 18 the High Court (HC) verdict declaring illegal the government's action restricting former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Delwar Hossain Saydee from going abroad.

Bullet-hit jewellery shop employee dies

An employee of a jewellery shop died from bullet wounds in a hospital in the city yesterday, two days after he was shot by a gang of robbers in his shop.

Dutch support for river dredging sought

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the Netherlands to give technical assistance with their high-tech water management expertise for reviving the country's navigability through river dredging.

Vow to root out graft

Thousands of youths vowed to root out corruption from the country at daylong programmes in the city yesterday to mark the International Youth Day.

KSA to help implement plans in coastal dists

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) yesterday assured the government of providing assistance for implementing the medium and long-term plans to mitigate the natural disasters in the southern coastal districts.

Journos playing unique role in country's dev

Journalists are playing a unique role through detecting social ills and prescribing remedies to ensure good health of society the way pathologists at diagnostic laboratories diagnose diseases for healing human body, said Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader at a press meet yesterday.

Punishment to perpetrators demanded

Karmojibi Nari (KN) yesterday demanded proper punishment to perpetrators who are committing crimes of violence against women across the country.

Woman found dead in Ctg hotel

Police recovered the slaughtered body of a woman from a residential hotel in the port city early yesterday.

HC issues rule on govt

The High Court on Tuesday issued a rule upon the government to show cause within two weeks as to why it should not be directed to allow Upazila Parishads to function in line with the government circular empowering the Upazila chairmen.

Railway worker crushed under wheels of train

A railway worker was crushed to death under the wheels of a train in Jhenidah yesterday.

'Sirajganj town embankment needs regular maintenance'

Lack of regular maintenance and monitoring system might have led to massive breaches in the Sirajganj town protection embankment recently, experts at a roundtable said yesterday.

Shykh Siraj wins Rotary SEED Award

Rotary Club of Metro-politan Dhaka has announced the 14th SEED (Science, Education and Economic Development) Award for 2009, says a press release.

National

SUST paralysed as BCL enforces strike

Classes and examinations at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) could not be held yesterday as a faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) enforced strike on the campus to press home its five-point demand.

Ruling party cadres out to grab business, demand toll

Jubo League cadres clashed with rivals for possession of a fish trading centre in Barisal yesterday while Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men snatched tenders from contractors in Manikganj the day before.

200 injured, houses damaged as BNP factions clash

At least 200 people were injured in a clash between two factions of BNP Sarail upazila unit yesterday.

Subscribers beat up meter reader

Angry locals yesterday beat up an employee of Power Development Board (PDB) and his 'assistant' for their alleged harassment to people and malpractice in electric-meter reading at Bakolia in the city.

Azizul Haque College principal under fire

A group of students of Bogra Azizul Haque Collage under the banner of “Amra Muktijoddhar Santan” formed a human chain at Shatmatha in the town yesterday demanding removal of the college principal for his alleged involvement in admission and financial irregularities.

Housewife sues 16

A case was filed with Assassuni police station Tuesday night against 16 people including Assassuni upazila BNP joint convener and Anulia union parishad (UP) chairman Ruhul Quddus under the Women and Children Repression Preventive Act alleging torture on a pregnant housewife.

Assault on teacher protested

Students of Kittania Para High School under Sadar upazila yesterday formed a human chain on Nilphamari-Deviganj Road protesting assault on their teacher by goons allegedly led by a former student who was expelled from the school for misconduct. The students stood by the roadside for about an hour carrying banners and festoons. Headmaster of the school Nazrul Islam told newsmen that assistant teacher Bhupoti Bhushon came under attack when he was returning home after school hours on Saturday afternoon. Seriously injured Bhupoti was taken to the union health centre for treatment. The students staged a two-hour road blockade at the same spot earlier on Monday demanding arrest and punishment to the culprits.

Housewife found dead

Police recovered body of a housewife from Golora Badrunnesa Madrasa area under Saturia police station yesterday. Victim Majeda Begum was daughter of Shahjahan Mia of Khudrakhola Guchhagram. Police and Majeda's family sources said Majeda was married to Rafiqul, son of Kala Chan of Charkhanda village over a year ago. Lately, Majeda lived at her father's house at Khudrakhola Guchhagram as she had a feud with her husband. On Tuesday Rafiqul went to see Majeda and came out of the house along with Majeda "for a stroll," but they never returned. Officer-in-charge (OC) of Saturia police station said police recovered the body from the spot and sent it to Manikganj Sadar Hospital Morgue for autopsy. The body bore no mark of torture, he added. Victim's father Shahjahan Mia filed a murder case.

Felling of trees prevented

Police yesterday morning prevented Illegal felling of valuable trees in the office compound of the Water Development Board (WDB) executive engineer. WDB section officer (SO) Shashanko Kumar Biswas said men of Osman Ali of Kazirpara village under Shailkupa upazila were felling mahogony, teak and other valuable trees from the office premises as WDB executive engineer (EE) Zahurul Islam soled those without tender. Contacted, the EE said that he had sold the trees for cleaning the office complex. Shafiqul Islam Apu, ruling Awami League (AL) lawmaker elected from Jhenidah-2 constituency said he had already asked the administration to take stern action against rules violators. Jhenidah superintendent of police (SP) Rezaul Karim also confirmed the incident.

International

Suu Kyi to challenge verdict as global anger pours out

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and her US co-defendant are to appeal against their convictions, lawyers said yesterday as the ruling junta faced a global wave of anger over her extended detention.

FBI sees Pak hand in Mumbai attacks

Agents from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) yesterday gave evidence at the trial of the sole surviving gunman of the deadly Mumbai attacks.

Indonesian slain militant not Noordin Top

Indonesia's most wanted Islamist militant, accused in a string of deadly terror attacks including a bombing in Bali, was not killed in a shootout last week as initial media reports suggested and remains at large, police said yesterday.

US troops storm Taliban town

Helicopter-borne US Marines backed by Harrier jets stormed into a strategic Taliban-held town in southern Afghanistan before dawn Wednesday, battling to gain control of the area ahead of next week's presidential elections.

Myanmar protected by its powerful neighbours

The international community has limited leverage over Myanmar because of the ruling junta's close links with its powerful neighbours China, India and Thailand, analysts say.

One killed in Kashmir grenade blast

One person was killed and nine others injured Wednesday when suspected Muslim militants threw a grenade at a busy bus terminal in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, police said.

Gunmen kill 5 Pak preachers in Somalia

Gunmen shot dead five Pakistani preachers yesterday outside a mosque in the central Somalia, local religious and police officials said.

Myanmar exiles' meet stopped in Indonesia

Indonesia said yesterday it had shut down a meeting of exiled Myanmar opposition groups in a move that the activists blamed on pressure from the military junta in Yangon.

1000 missing found alive in the island

Rescuers have found nearly 1,000 people alive in the area around three remote villages devastated by Typhoon Morakot, which pummeled the island over the weekend, Taiwan's military said yesterday.

Minister shot dead in Russia's Caucasus

A minister in Russia's turbulent Ingushetia region was shot dead yesterday by armed men wearing masks who burst into his office in a brazen early morning attack, officials said.

Fatah wraps up congress

The Palestinian Fatah party yesterday wrapped up a landmark congress after electing a new generation of leaders including a jailed militant whose fate is dividing Israeli leaders.

Car bombs kill eight in Baghdad

At least eight people have been killed in two car bomb attacks in east Baghdad, Iraqi police say.

News In Brief

China urges respect for Myanmar

AFP, BEIJING: China yesterday urged the international community to respect Myanmar's judicial sovereignty, reacting to the regime's decision to prolong pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest.

Arts & Entertainment

Tracing the path of inter-religious harmony

A three-day film screening and seminar titled "Inter-religious Film Session and Seminary" ended at the auditorium of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh yesterday. The Embassy of Italy in Dhaka and Rainbow Film Society, in association with Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, arranged the festival. The festival featured films and documentaries on different aspects of religious harmony. Throughout the session, 12 films from different countries including Bangladesh, UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria were screened.

Japanese subtlety and aesthetics

Japanese prints are known for their soft colours, minimal expressions and meticulous lines and forms. Japan's tranquil weather has enormously influenced its printmakers' works over the ages. Their works are frequently done in subtle tones and scrupulous textures. Woodcut print is very popular in Japan, as printmakers can show various delicate lines and tones in this medium. The medium is very time consuming and arduous though. Artists, however, prefer it because the output looks remarkable. Bangladeshi painters, who received their higher education in fine arts from Japan, are engrossed with quiet colours and detailed lines, forms.

Sultan Festival ‘09 ends

The three-day "Sultan Utshab" (in honour of the late legendary artist SM Sultan) ended in Norail on August 11, says a press release. On the last day of the event prizes were handed amongst the 15 winners of the Children's Art Competition held at the venue. Noted artist Quayyum Chowdhury was the chief guest at the event. Renowned Nazrul artiste Fatema-Tuz-Zohra; director of Bengal Foundation, Luva Nahid Chowdhury; Professor Munshi Md Hafizur Rahman; dramatist Kachi Khondoker and Banglalink's Regional Commercial Head, Babul Haq, among others, were also present at the closing ceremony.

Inspiring the indomitable Bengali spirit

Rabindranath was a versatile genius and his thoughts covered all realms of expression -- literature, art, poetry, painting, music and theatre. But above everything else, a revolutionary music composer emerged, who created his own style of music -- 'Rabindra Sangeet.' Alongside his other creations, Rabindranath's patriotic songs hold a unique position in the history of Bangladesh, especially during the Liberation War.

Three-day art exhibition at Rajshahi University

A three-day art exhibition at Rajshahi University (RU) campus, titled "Art and Artist Live Together" was inaugurated on August 10.

Talk show Eki Brintey starts tonight on Desh TV

A new celebrity talk show "Eki Brintey" goes on air on Desh TV tonight at 8:30.

Cultural exchange programme in Khagrachhari

The people of three indigenous communities recently attended a cultural exchange programme at Mohajonpara Chandonpati Club in the hill town of Khagrachhari as part of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People celebration. Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), which brings together indigenous people across the globe, organised the event.

More on World Indigenous Day

A discussion, rally and cultural programme were held at the Upazila Parishad premises of Nachole in Chapainawabganj last Sunday to observe Int'l Day of the World's Indigenous People.

Homage to Tagore in Fairdpur

Rabindra Sangeet Sammilan Parishad, Faridpur unit observed the death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore at Faridpur Sahittya O Sangskriti Unnayan Sangstha Auditorium last Sunday evening.

OP-ED

Will MPs lead the challenge for change?

IF Bangladesh politics is indeed to move away from business as usual mode and usher in and embrace qualitative changes for the better, parliament will need to be the focal point for all debates, discourses and discussions on all matters of national importance.


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