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Army Act sought to try 19 offences

Bangladesh Rifles has formally suggested applying the Army Act 1952 to try the BDR personnel and civilians who committed 19 offences in and outside the Pilkhana headquarters during February 25-26 bloody mutiny.

Yunus changed the world

"Muhammad Yunus was just trying to help a village, but he somehow managed to change the world," said President Barack Obama as he conferred America's highest civilian honour upon Prof Yunus Wednesday.

Govt moves to stabilise essentials market

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday said the government would reduce duty on the import of some basic commodities within two or three days to stabilise the market during the month of Ramadan.

Hell on wheels

When Ashish got a black taxi cab at the busy corner of Karwan Bazar, he could not afford the luxury of noticing its appearance. He was rather grateful that during the rush hour the young cab driver at least did not behave as if he was the king of the world like his colleagues.

Hunger, threat, shame torment victim's family

Family members of the recently gang raped schoolgirl in Faridpur are now facing serious economic hardship as the rickshaw-puller father of the family cannot work following threats to his life.

BD Thai goes to court

The High Court has set October 15 for further hearing of Bangladesh Thai Aluminium Ltd's (BD Thai) writ petition challenging the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) imposition of a lock-in on sales of new convertible shares or shares against warrants issued by listed companies.

Inflation down, but prices start to rise

About two percent drop in the inflation rate in June this year, the lowest in the last seven years, should not leave any room for complacency as it might experience a further rise, cautioned economists.

Bangladeshi descent found terror guilty

A US court in Atlanta yesterday convicted Bangladeshi origin US national Ehsanul Islam Sadequee on terrorism related charges.

Bangabandhu murder trial to complete by November

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said he expects the trial proceedings of Bangabandhu murder case to be completed by November.

4 Bangladeshis die in Saudi market fire

Six people including four Bangladeshi expatriates died and five others were injured as a furniture market caught fire in Saudi Arabia Wednesday.

BNP prepares to hold council by year-end

Main opposition BNP is making preparations for holding its long overdue national council at the end of this year after reorganising the party's grassroots level.

Mugger killed in cop firing

A mugger was shot dead by police in the city's Sutrapur yesterday.

3 suspects arrested

Police yesterday arrested three suspects for their involvement in the gang rape of a 14-year-old schoolgirl in Faridpur but the FIR named accused are still at large.

Little house help tortured for years

Police rescued a 12-year old domestic help from the house of a physician of the Central Police Hospital on Monday this week after it was learnt that she was regularly being assaulted in the house.

Govt to slash import duty on some items

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday said the government would reduce duty on the import of some basic commodities within two or three days to stabilise the market during the month of Ramadan.

Drive stalled in cop excesses

A group of angry people confined a mobile court to an area of Jagdal Bazar in Sadar upazila of Panchagarh for two hours protesting police action during an anti-adulteration drive Wednesday evening.

Madrasa shut over militancy

Al Markajul Islami As-Salafi Madrasa at Nawdapara in the city was closed sine die by its authorities yesterday due to attempts of implanting extremism in students by Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab), a militant outfit led by Asadullah Al Galib.

2 more swine flu cases detected

Two more cases of swine flu were confirmed yesterday, raising the number of infected to 36 in the country in last two months.

BDR camp withdrawal protested

Bangalee settlers yesterday halted a government move to pull out a BDR camp at Chhoto Panchhari under Panchhari upazila in Khagrachhari putting up barricades on the Fatemanagar-Panchhari road.

Rab unearths gun-making factory

An arms factory was unearthed with eight rifles and huge gun-making materials at Sukuriakata village in Maheshkhali upazila yesterday.

Tigers eye series win

The sturdy Tigers will go for the kill to seal the five-match series when they meet Zimbabwe in the third one-dayer at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo today.

54 killed as Philippine troops clash with rebels

Philippine troops overran two southern jungle camps of al-Qaida-linked militants in fighting that killed 23 soldiers and 31 guerrillas. It was the deadliest clash in years and a top commander described it Thursday as a "slugfest."


City traffic in chaos

THERE is absolutely no question that the city's traffic system is today on the verge of collapse. If one goes through the mess of the last few days on the roads, one will have a fairly vivid idea of the travails citizens are being put through. Dhaka now has a population of no fewer than 14 million people. In contrast, the road network that should have been available for the daily movements of such a vast population is simply not there. Where a modern city should have 25 per cent of its area marked off for roads, Bangladesh's capital has only seven per cent. That is indeed a shame. Where the road network is severely limited in nature, the number of vehicles on the roads is not. Altogether 200,000 vehicles (and among them are buses, trucks and cars) hit the road every day. If now you add the 20,000 vehicles which are introduced on the roads every year, you get a clearer picture of the confusion.

Corruption in education departments

BY announcing that he would wage a campaign against corruption and graft in his ministry, the education minister has brought to the fore a problem that has bedevilled the government education sector for long.

The face behind the mask

THE title of this column derives from a 1941 Hollywood movie in which Peter Lorre plays a kind, happy man whose face has been disfigured in a fire. Rejected by his girlfriend and despaired by his condition, he turns to a life of crime. But further agonies await him after he wears a mask to hide his disfigured features and falls in love with a beautiful blind girl. He tries to go straight for her, but can't escape his life of crime or his hatred of his own scarred face.

Tense Sylhet border

IT has been reported in some dailies (August 8) that Indian BSF illegally intruded into Bangladesh territory at 3 points in Jaintapur and Goainghat upazilla of Sylhet district. In Tamabil area about 150 members of BSF in full battle readiness entered nearly 400 meters inside Bangladesh territory and encircled a local BDR camp. The BSF members left the place after about 30 minutes when the local people came forward to rescue the encircled BDR members. The local people praised the patience of BDR personnel in not allowing the situation to deteriorate.

The Israeli Kurd

A new magazine in Iraq's Kurdistan region has caused furore among conservative Muslims with a rousing call for Jews to leave Israel -- and come back to Iraq. The magazine, "Israel-Kurd," is the brainchild of Dawood Baghestani, the 62-year-old former chief of the autonomous northern region's human rights commission.


Tigers go for the kill

Bangladesh will be looking to follow up their comprehensive rout of Zimbabwe in the first two ODIs at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo by sealing the five-match series today.

MSC want longer pre-season

Mohammedan Sporting Club demanded at least four weeks preparation before playing the season's curtain-raising tournament Federation Cup, scheduled to start from September 10.

Aguero leads revival

Two-time world champions Argentina battled from a goal down to clinch a 3-2 friendly win over hosts Russia here on Wednesday as the two countries met for the first time in the post-Soviet era.

Afridi shines on debut

Shahid Afridi shone with bat and ball on his debut as Pakistan's Twenty20 captain to steer the world champions to an emphatic 52-run win over Sri Lanka here on Wednesday.

Pakistan won't fight

Pakistan has decided to end its legal battle against cricket's governing body over being stripped of its share of World Cup 2011 matches, an official said Thursday.

Cricket bankrolls football

India's cricket chiefs on Thursday agreed to donate five million dollars over the next two years to improve the nation's under-performing football team.

Anwar Pak batting coach!

Former opener Saeed Anwar is expected to be hired by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as a batting coach for the national team. A statement released by the PCB said Anwar had been approached by chairman Ijaz Butt and that he had emerged as a prime candidate.

Nat'l camp ends today

The residential camp of the national footballers ends today after an unprecedented incident marred the training halfway through the camp at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP).

Farhat to quit ICL

Imran Farhat, the Pakistan batsman, has become the latest international cricketer to quit the unofficial ICL. Farhat has said he would apply for a No-Objection Certificate from the ICL and then concentrate on making a comeback to the national team.

Women's handball

Siddeshwari Girl's College and Viquarunnissa Noon School and College moved into the final of the 12th Delta Life Women's College Handball Competition beating respective rivals in the semis at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex ground.

Trio stage fightbacks

Powerhouses England, Spain and Argentina were shocked out of their summer slumbers on Wednesday with all three sides impressively coming from behind to save face as a bumper night of friendly internationals kicked off World Cup season.

Germany get nearer

Germany took a step closer to next year's World Cup finals on Wednesday with a 2-0 win in Azerbaijan to cement their status at the head of European zone Group Four while France kept up the pressure on Group Seven rivals Serbia by snatching a win by the only goal in the Faroe Islands.

Becks eyes Milan return

David Beckham has all but ruled out a return to the English Premier League after insisting AC Milan are very much his first choice when he leaves LA Galaxy at the end of the MLS season.

Romario fighting debts

Troubled Brazilian footballer Romario, once considered one of the world's top strikers, has been forced to sell his luxury penthouse apartment here in a bid to fight crippling debts.

Mexico edge USA

Miguel Sabah's 81st-minute goal lifted Mexico to a 2-1 victory over the United States in a 2010 World Cup qualifier in the North and Central America and Caribbean region on Wednesday.

Anelka set for Chelsea talks

France striker Nicolas Anelka is set to open talks with Chelsea over a new contract with the FA Cup holders, according to his agent.

Hull sign Hunt

Hull City signed Republic of Ireland winger Stephen Hunt from Reading for an undisclosed fee on Thursday.

'VDV can leave for nothing'

Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart should be allowed to leave Real Madrid for nothing having fallen out of favour there, a lawyer for the players' union FIFPro said Wednesday, quoted by Dutch news agency ANP.

Romario keeps father's dream

Brazil legend Romario has confirmed he is coming out of retirement to fulfill his late father's wishes and play for America Football Club.

Nadal back with a win

Rafael Nadal spent just 36 minutes in his comeback from a two and a half month injury absence as David Ferrer retired hurt while trailing 4-3 in their second round match at the Montreal Masters Wednesday.

BCCI seeks legal help on WADA issue

The Indian board has sought the opinion of two top legal authorities in the country to firm up its stand against the contentious 'whereabouts' clause in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code. The BCCI confirmed it has requested Goolam Vahanvati, India's attorney general, and AS Anand, a former chief justice, to clarify whether the clause infringed on players' rights and had the potential to be legally challenged.

Watson enjoying new role

Australia's Shane Watson believes taking a more relaxed approach is the secret to his success in the unaccustomed role of Ashes opener.

Serena, Kim cruise

Second-seeded Serena Williams cruised into the third round of the two million-dollar WTA Tour event here Wednesday as Belgian Kim Clijsters kept her comeback on track with a straight sets victory.

Wanderers gets back Eng game

Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg has been restored as a venue for three matches when England tour South Africa this year, Cricket South Africa announced Wednesday.

Ajmal fined

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal has been fined for gesturing at Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara during a Twenty20 match, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday.

KKR start it early

The Kolkata Knight Riders' Bengal players and four of their other Indian players had a training session at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday. Sourav Ganguly, their icon player in the first two seasons, was also present and passed on tips to the practising youngsters.


Farmers' database in the making

The government is developing a full-fledged database to use it in extending subsidised inputs and services to farmers and designing agri-related plans in future, officials said.

Gold jewellery loses shine

Gold jewellery sales have slumped more than 50 percent in the past three years as demand for ornaments declined in line with soaring prices of the precious metal on the local market, said industry people.

Dragon to expand with new yarn unit

Dragon Group, a leading local sweater maker, now moves to expand business to meet the increasing domestic demand for acrylic yarn, a raw material of sweater.

India now focuses on technical textile

After the traditional textiles, India is now focusing on a new and highly lucrative area of business -- technical textile.

Barua warns RMG troublemakers

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday warned of stern action against vested quarters who would try to create 'destabilised situation' in readymade garment (RMG) sector in the name of garments' scrap business.

Jobless workers threaten to besiege Mongla Port

More than 1,000 employees from different stevedoring agencies of Mongla Port, who lost their jobs in 2008, have threatened to lay siege to the port from August 17, until their five-point demands are met.

Int’l trade fair kicks off

The second Asian International Trade Expo 2009 began at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka yesterday.

Airlines cutting fares as crisis bites

Shrinking wallets are forcing airlines to slash fares, with premium travellers enjoying the best discounts.

India's tax system overhaul proposed

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has unveiled a slew of proposals to overhaul India's direct tax system, which reduce tax liability of most individuals, widens the tax net but does away with several tax exemption schemes.

Germany, France exit recession

Two of Europe's biggest economies, Germany and France, emerged from recession on Thursday as both recorded unexpected growth in a further sign that a recovery is beginning to take shape.

Powering investments needs power

In a recent CPD discussion on FY10 budget implementation, the finance minister rightly nailed investment as the key challenge facing the Bangladesh economy today. At 24.2 percent of GDP in FY09, investment rate in Bangladesh is low relative to emerging economies like India and China where it hovers around 40 percent of GDP. It has also been declining since FY06, reflecting primarily decline in the rate of public investment.

Asian markets boosted by US Fed's upbeat outlook

Asian markets rebounded Thursday as the US Federal Reserve gave a positive outlook for the world's biggest economy, spurring investors to pounce on stocks that had tumbled the previous day.

New Swiss chocolates, this one really won't melt in your hand

Chocolates that melt into a gooey mess at the bottom of a bag on a sweltering day are one inconvenience that people living in the warmer parts of the world know all too well.

European stocks climb, London hits 10-month high

Europe's main stock markets advanced on Thursday, with London reaching a 10-month high, after a positive outlook for the US economy and data showing an end to recession in Germany and France.

Ahead of the Bell: Retail sales

Retail sales likely rose again in July, boosted by the government's popular Cash for Clunkers program.

Prices fall in Spain for fifth straight month

Spanish consumer prices fell 1.4 percent in July from 12 months earlier in the fifth consecutive monthly decline, official data said Wednesday.

Businessmen excited by Asean single market plan

Asean becoming a single market will make Southeast Asia the world's most interesting region for foreign businessmen, says the new president of the US-Asean Business Council.

US new jobless claims show surprise increase

New US jobless claims rose by 4,000 in the past week to 558,000, the Labour Department reported Thursday in a weaker-than-expected snapshot of current labour conditions.

India inflation falls for ninth week in a row

India's inflation rate fell for an ninth straight week, official data showed Thursday, despite rising food prices as monsoon rains continued to be patchy.

Eurozone growth may return soon: ECB economist

Economic growth may return sooner than expected to the 16 nations using the euro, European Central Bank chief economist Juergen Stark said in an interview published on Thursday.

Aegon reports loss, will issue shares

Dutch insurer Aegon reported a second-quarter loss of 161 million euros (229 million dollars) on Thursday and said it would issue up to one billion euros in shares to repay part of a state investment.

Australia's Felix recommends $2.8b Chinese offer

Australian miner Felix Resources Thursday urged investors to accept a record 3.3 billion dollar (2.8 billion US) takeover by China's Yanzhou Coal.


1/11 a lesson to all

Speaker Advocate Abdul Hamid has said there are some bad aspects of the 1/11 political changeover but it has left two lessons, including one that none can escape committing corruption, according to a report received here yesterday.

Execution of court verdict demanded

Different social and cultural organisations yesterday demanded immediate execution of the verdict in the Bangabandhu murder case.

Ctg jail guards protest investigation

Over 300 warders of Chittagong Central Jail yesterday submitted a memorandum to deputy inspector general of police (prison) protesting 'false allegation' against the jailer.

Take effective steps to stop violence against women

Speakers at an international seminar yesterday called for taking effective steps to stop repression and violence against women.

Dhaka Club marks 98th founding anniversary

Dhaka Club began weeklong programmes on Wednesday to celebrate its 98th founding anniversary amid much enthusiasm and festivity, says a press release.

CNG filling station strike postponed

Owners of CNG filling stations have postponed their strike, which was scheduled to begin on August 17, for one month following the assurance from the government that it will address their demands.

Oil prices jump amid signs of economic recovery

Oil prices rallied on Thursday amid increased signs of economic recovery which could eventually boost weak energy demand.

3,000 more cops to be deployed

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) will deploy additional 3,000 personnel across the city as part of beefed-up security for National Mourning Day programmes on August 15.

Drive to recover rivers after Aug 15

The high-profile committee formed to recover rivers from grabbers will begin its work in full swing after August 15, said Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan at a discussion meeting yesterday.

Another BDR man dies

Another member of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) died of cardiac arrest at 32 Battalion under Kushtia Sector Headquarters yesterday, raising the death toll to 39.

'Standing Orders on Disaster to become law'

The Standing Orders on Disaster would be turned into a law specifying the duties and responsibilities of the ministries and government agencies during disasters, Minister for Food and Disaster Management Abdur Razzaque said yesterday.

Janmastami celebrated

Hindu devotees celebrated Janmastami, a religious festival marking the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, across the country yesterday amid festivity and religious fervour.

BFUJ, DUJ to observe Nat'l Mourning Day

Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) will observe the National Mourning Day and the 34th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15 through various programmes.

Beach clean-up campaign held

International Coastal Clean-up 2009, a daylong beach clean-up campaign sponsored by AB Bank, was held at Cox's Bazar beach yesterday, says a press release.

President hosts Janmastami reception

President Zillur Rahman yesterday hosted a reception for the members of the Hindu community at Bangabhaban on the occasion of Janmastami, the birthday of Lord Krishna.

One remanded

A court here yesterday granted a three-day remand for one accused in the case filed in connection with the killing of flourmill manager Towhidul Alam and mugging of Tk 10 lakh on Tuesday.

Amar Probash Jibon o Rajniti launched

A book titled 'Amar Probash Jibon o Rajniti' (My life in aboard and politics) written by UK expatriate Mushtak Qureshi was launched at the National Press Club in the city yesterday.

Work together for welfare of country

Minister for Information and Cultural Affairs Abul Kalam Azad yesterday said all have to work together for ensuring the welfare of the country in a coordinated way imbued with the spirit of the War of Liberation.

Certificate giving ceremony of Rab Course held

The certificate distribution ceremony of Rab Basic Course and Basic Computer Course was held at Rab Forces Training School at Shimultali in Gazipur on Wednesday.

Tremors jolt Nilphamari, adjoining areas

A series of mild earthquakes jolted Nilphamari district and some nearby areas early yesterday as a moderate tremor struck in the Indian Ocean off Andaman Islands for a third consecutive day.


SUST for action against 32 for campus unrest

The authorities of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) last night decided to take action against at least 32 students, including Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists, for their complicity in a number of incidents creating unrest on the campus on several occasions during the last one year.

Poet Sukanta still unknown to many at ancestral village

Today is poet Sukanta Bhattacharya's 83rd birth anniversary but there is no arrangement under government or private initiative to observe the day in his ancestral home at Unshia village under Kotalipara upazila of Gopalganj.

Aggrieved Pabna BNP leaders form new committees

Internal feud in Pabna BNP surfaced anew as aggrieved leaders yesterday formed Sadar upazila and pourasava units rejecting the existing ones formed by the district convening committee.

Robbers remove railway lines

A train engine derailed yesterday dawn as a gang, planning robbery at a passenger train, removed about four feet railway line at Khochabari near Lalmonirhat station.

Trader abducted for ransom rescued, three arested

Police on Wednesday night rescued kidnapped businessman Bimal Halder from Alokdia Char in the middle of Jamuna River in Shivalaya upazila under Manikganj, and arrested three suspected abductors.

Hartal called in Rangamati

The leaders of Samo Odhikar Andolan (SOA), a platform of Bangalee settlers fighting for establishing equal rights in CHT, and its student front Parbatya Bangalee Chhatra Parishad (PBCP), have jointly called for a half-day hartal in Rangamati town on Sunday protesting the ongoing troops withdrawal from the three hill districts.

2 RU BCL activists stabbed

A group of young men allegedly belonging to Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) stabbed two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Rajshahi University unit on the campus on Wednesday night.

Strike by bus workers

Bus workers observed a day-long strike in Lalmonirhat yesterday protesting assault on three of their colleagues on Wednesday by BCL men in Barokhata area of Hatibandha upazila.

Outlaw held, arms recovered

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Wednesday arrested five listed criminals including a regional leader of outlawed 'Bahini' from Dhanuaghata village under Faridpur upazila and recovered firearms and other weapons from the spot. The arrestees are outlaw Selim Reza alias Salim,50, and Nayeb Ali,38, Amin Uddin,25, Saheb Ali,19, and Sumon Ali,18, all hailing from Faridpur and Chatmohar upazilas. Rab sources said a team of the elite force raided Dhanuaghata village where the criminals were assembling for an 'operation.' Rab arrested them from the spot and recovered a shutter gun, four bullets and four sharp weapons. Rab said Selim is facing several criminal cases including five murders.

Fugitive held in Manikganj

Rab on Wednesday night arrested Monir Hossain, a fugitive convict in the sensational Kabul murder case, from a tea stall of Garpara Bangladesh Hat under Sadar police station. Acting on a tip-off, a Rab-4 team went to the spot, caught Monir and later handed him over to police early yesterday. He was sent to the court in the morning. According to the case, local armed cadres killed Kabul Khan, a Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader on July 20, 1999. Later, a murder case was filed with Manikganj Sadar police station accusing 14 persons. Nine of them were chargesheeted. The Speedy Trial Tribunal Court Judge sentenced seven persons including Monir Hossain to death and one to life.

Poultry feed sellers agitate

Members of poultry feed shop owners association of Jhenidah, Chuadanga and Meherpur districts formed a human chain in front of press club yesterday protesting raising of price of chicks by the hatchery owners. At a press conference, the poultry feed shop owners said that some hatchery owners have formed a syndicate and are selling chicks at high rate. As a result, they are incurring huge loss. They demanded immediate action against the culprits and threatened to go for tougher programme if the fisheries and livestock ministry did not resolve the problem without delay.


Rural youth and unemployment

Among the population, 80% are youth. Roughly 50% rural youths belong to less-landed families and live in hardship. Most begin life as child labour. About 80% rural youth in Bangladesh are engaged in the agriculture sector as labour. Often utilized by vested groups, they unwillingly get involved in anti-social and illegal activities. Because of institutional and situational barriers, efforts of the enthusiastic rural youths for entrepreneurship often go in vein. Most of the rural youths hardly have any opportunity to have employment and developing saleable skills. They have no access to educational facilities. Majority of the rural youth are burdened with ”double poverty”-their own poverty because of unemployment and poverty of their family. Hidden unemployment is highest among rural youths, especially among the female youths.

Only rickshaws responsible?

Recently I saw a very thought-provoking cartoon depicting the usual scene of flashy, stretched-out, Gas Guzzling Monstrosities (GGMs) stuck bumper-to-bumper on the city road. No other mode of public transport was visible - no buses, minibuses, haulers, CNGs, rickshaws etc. What was revealing were the thoughts of every driver and occupant of the cars. Each was saying the same thing “If all these idiots had taken the bus, I would be home by now.”

Cars for ministers

No one could answer how much land a man requires. But our government agencies know how many cars a minister needs. Some for himself, others for PS and spouse. We, the poor taxpayers, are only helpless spectators. Is it the clean government for which people of Bangladesh voted so overwhelmingly and rejected 4-party alliance with so much disgrace? What about other ministers and their PS/spouses. Are Matia Choudhury, Nurul Islam Nahid, Mannujan Sufian examples or exceptions?

Intelligence agencies

Almost every country in the world possesses intelligence agencies, the agencies responsible for taking proactive initiatives against anything threatening national security from both internal and external sources. We, too, have a number of agencies--namely DGFI, NSI, SSF and so forth--that work for finding out such cases.

“Stabbing spree”

"Stabbing spree" headlined in your newspaper dated 09 Aug 2009 in which an innocent child of 4 years was killed and many others were injured must have saddened everyone. It is also reported that the killer was a drug addict. His urine test will of course show what drug or drugs he has been abusing. It is most likely that the offending drug could be cannabis or ganja as is commonly known to us.

HSC results

This year the pass percentage of the HSC examination is remarkably less than what it was one year ago. The news analysts have put the blame on the new method of English teaching --namely, the introduction of grammar in the second paper. The distribution of marks of the said paper is as follows --forty marks for exercises related to grammar and sixty marks allotted to composition---short essays, letters and so on.

Look into it

I would like to draw the kind attention of the DMP authorities which are managing transport to and fro from Shamoli crossing to Adabar. Every morning around 8:00am, I used to face a serious jam at Shamoli crossing while coming out from Adabar area by car due to huge influx of cars, microbuses, mini buses, large buses plus rickshaws. This is pick hour. So, all the people in and around Shamoli crossing need to go to offices, schools and to their respective destinations. It is very surprising that there is a useless road connecting Adabar ring road to Mirpur road near the bus counter of Hanif, Super Bus and other bus counters, the road is blocked by some pillars at the end approaching Mirpur road. So, no vehicle could go through it. Why is this road not usable? If this road is opened to public transport, then all the transports taking left turn coming from Adabar ring road do not have to come to Shamoli crossing. All the transports going towards Gabtoli/Technical can use that connecting road from Adabar ring road to Mirpur road.

AL at 60

The best years for the party were surely the period between 1966 and 1971. Its seminal six point plan for regional autonomy in Pakistan and its triumph at the general elections of 1970 were subverted by Pakistan's ruling military junta.

Train accidents!

Of late, accidents of Bangladesh Railway (BR) trains have increased alarmingly. One of the points of accident is the level crossing. These are not closed well ahead of the train's passing. I would suggest the BR authorities install vehicular traffic blocking bars at a distance from the railway tracks and at least three gatemen should be deployed to work in each level crossing.

Fasting during Ramadan

Fasting, the third pillar of Islam, means abstaining from food and drink as well as sex from dawn till sunset.

Black professor & white policemen

July 16 saw the stupid armed White policeman being rude and crude with a Black professor at Cambridge, Massachusetts. The incident graphically demonstrated the crude attitude of the Whites towards the Blacks in USA. The Whites still in their subconscious minds consider the Blacks to be their slaves and servants! An article outlined this in detail in the pages of a local English daily on 3rd August, along with the graphic picture of the White House party of 30th. June.

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Bombs kill 14 civilians in Afghanistan

Bomb blasts in southern Afghanistan killed 14 Afghan civilians, including 11 members of one family, and a US soldier, officials said yesterday, in new attacks threatening elections next week.

Pak troops clash with Mehsud men: 15 die

Fighting between pro-Pakistan government forces and militants affiliated to Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud has killed at least 15 people, officials said yesterday.

Myanmar exile groups launch new 'movement'

Myanmar's government-in-exile and other opposition groups formed a new movement for democracy Thursday during a meeting in Indonesia, despite efforts by the junta to silence them.

Delhi tightens security for Independence Day

Snipers, X-ray machines and choppers are part of tight security measures taken across Delhi ahead of Independence Day Aug 15. The historic Red Fort, where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will unfurl the tricolour, has virtually turned into a security citadel.

Taiwan appeals for foreign help

Taiwan has appealed for international technical assistance to help rescue more than 2,000 people stranded after Typhoon Morakot caused major mudslides.

Jackson not buried yet, claims father

The Michael Jackson circus has not yet left town. After reports that the ''King of Pop has finally been laid to rest, his father Joe Jackson has come out claiming that his son has not yet been buried and any report claiming otherwise is false.

India's water use 'unsustainable'

Parts of India are on track for severe water shortages, according to results from Nasa's gravity satellites.

Israel killed Gaza civilians waving white flags: HRW

Israeli soldiers shot and killed 11 Palestinian civilians who were waving white flags, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday in a report on the Gaza war whose credibility Israel immediately questioned.

Climate cuts mountains down to size

Climate, and not the upward thrust of Earth's clashing tectonic plates, is the main factor limiting the height of mountains across the globe, according to a study published yesterday.

Govt may review Pak blasphemy law

The Pakistan Government may review the blasphemy law to prevent its abuse following the recent violence against the Christian community in Gojra.

No decision on freeing Lockerbie bomber

Two British broadcasters reported yesterday that Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi would likely be freed from prison on compassionate grounds, but Scotland's government denied any such decision had been made.

US senator set for historic meet with Myanmar junta

A US senator plans this week to become the first top American official to meet Myanmar's junta chief, his office said yesterday, days after the regime extended the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi.

British diplomat fails to garner Sharif's support for Musharraf

Talks between senior British diplomat Mark Lyall Grant, who is trying to garner the support of Pakistani leaders to prevent former President General Pervez Musharraf from being tried for high treason, and Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif have failed to yield the desired results.

US may arm Afghan air corps with drones

The US military is looking at eventually equipping Afghanistan's air corps with unmanned aircraft for surveillance missions, a general said on Wednesday.

Arts & Entertainment

Jaya Ahsan becomes a “Princess”

The vivacious actress who lights up the small screen, Jaya Ahsan, is donning an unconventional role in a forthcoming play, titled "Tarporo Angurlata Nando Ke Bhalobashey."

Arnob & Friends Live: Spirit of indie wrapped in commercial sheen

Last year, Drishtipat (a non-profit expatriate Bangladeshi organisation that works on human rights) partnered with Arnob for a worldwide concert to raise funds for its humanitarian projects. 'The Unheard Voices World Tour' featured Arnob and his compadres -- Andrew Morris (saxophonist), Nazia Ahmed (vocalist), Resalat Rasheed ‘Dhrubo’ (bassist), Tarek bin Taher Akhanji ‘Jibon’ (drummer) and Nazrul Islam (dhol player) -- playing to full houses in the UK, US and Canada.

Monpura screened in Australia

Giasuddin Selim's much-talked about feature film "Monpura" became the first Bangladeshi film to be screened at an Australian theatre. The film was recently screened at Hoyts Bankstown in Sydney from August 7 to 10, says a press release. Tempestra Entertainment was the organiser of the event, which was also graced by the filmmaker.

Kingbodontir Dhaka on Banglavision

Today at 5:55pm, Banglavision will air "Kingbodontir Dhaka," an information-based programme on the capital city.

Single-episode play Shunyo on ntv

Single-episode TV play "Shunyo" will be aired on ntv at 9 pm tonight. Directed by Mujahidul Islam, the play has been jointly written by Sumon Bhaduri and Rohitashya Mukherjee.

Saif Ali Khan’s current affairs

The recent release of “Love Aaj Kal” is not Saif Ali Khan's only claim to fame. According to a report by The Times of India, Saif has attracted the ire of the Punjabi Cultural and Heritage Board for sporting a trimmed beard,which the Board had alleged was offensive to the religion of Sikhism. To pacify his detractors, Saif gave a written apology to the Board. His explanation for the trimmed beard was that he had grown the beard for the past six months to play the character of a Sikh. The Board president said that Saif had conveyed in the letter that the beard looked trimmed because of “less facial growth.”

Cultural activists demand Pabna Shilpakala Academy reforms

Cultural activists have demanded the revamping of the government organisation, Pabna Shilpakala Academy as they have serious doubts about the future of the Academy. They say that this is necessary if the organisation is to produce real artistes.


Antivirus software dilemma

It was January 2006. A system analyst joined one of Bangladesh's first ever web-based organisation. He noticed the whole computer network of the office was running under licensed antivirus software. But it came as a shock for the authority when he identified viruses on several personal computers (PC) within a week. He diagnosed the PCs and found at least 30 different viruses. The PC's then had to have their antivirus software changed.

Consumer retail experience with Nokia

I had been wondering for a while; what Nokia, world's leading mobile phone manufacturer, meant by 'Ovi'. Lucky me that I had found out the answer soon enough, thanks to Nokia, before I made a fool of myself in front of the smart-ones for my sheer ignorance!

Toshiba unveils new Satellite notebook

Toshiba recently introduced Satellite L510-S401 notebook PC in the local market as a part of unveiling of new series of notebooks, says a press release.

Second Cisco national skills competition held

Cisco, world leader in networking, and American International University Bangladesh (AIUB) recently organised the 2nd National Cisco Skills Competition in the capital.


A day on the beach

CIGARETTE butts, poly bags don't fall from sky, they fall from our hands. The elements that pollute our beaches are the things that we dump in the shorelines; these elements are the things we use regularly. Each year, Ocean Conservancy -- in partnership with a network of volunteer organizations and individuals -- provides a compelling global snapshot of marine and inland waterway debris all over the world. In this year's Ocean Conservancy's 23rd annual International Coastal Cleanup, nearly 400,000 volunteers will participate in 104 countries and locations. Locally represented by Kewkradong Bangladesh, this year's initiative in our country will include over 400 volunteers from prominent universities, colleges and different organizations from Dhaka, Chittagong and Cox's Bazaar.

Marine litter

-Marine Litter (ML) is found in all oceans and seas

Lifecycle model for marine litter

A key challenge in developing guidelines for the assessment of marine litter is to identify the major processes that control the entry and / or removal of litter from the oceans and also the transformations that occur during the lifecycle of any given litter item (e.g. when floating litter sinks to become benthic litter or is cast onto a beach to become beach cast litter). In developing any sampling strategy it is necessary to establish a model of the system being investigated which makes explicit the various assumptions about how the system works. Here following we provide a systems model that describes the dynamics of marine litter from source to sink. This model can be used to visualise the “lifecycle” of marine litter by tracking the various pathways that litter can take from the point of discard and through the system until it is eventually removed or decomposed. The model, represented schematically in Figure 1, provides a simplified view of the key parameters and processes that can be measured or inferred from an appropriately configured marine litter sampling strategy. In summary, the model identifies a set of key state variables (rectangular boxes) that represent “pools” of material that are in dynamic flux within the system. These pools include Floating litter, Benthic litter and Beach cast litter. The size of the litter pools are defined in terms of quantities of material (e.g. tonnes of floating litter or the numbers of particular items) and thereby represent the sum total of material within the system under consideration. Dynamical processes (indicated in Figure 1 by arrows) illustrate the flux rates or movement of litter from one pool to another. These values are measured and reported as rate functions (e.g. tonnes of litter discarded per year or tonnes of litter being cast onto beaches per year). In general terms these flux rates can be measured either directly, by observation of amounts of material being transported, or indirectly through inferences based on changes in the amounts of litter in each pool over time. The model can be used to illustrate some simple truths about the longterm options for the management of marine litter including:

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