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News of: Tuesday, 8th of June, 2010

Front Page

Focus on gas exploration

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday proposed the government give top priority to gas exploration to increase power.

A hospital of hope

Whereas Dhaka Medical College Hospital earned a bad name for mismanagement and malpractice on its service delivery, the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of the hospital concentrated its effort on providing dependable medicare to people.

Risky buildings being detected

The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha on Sunday launched a survey to find out risky buildings in the old part of the city, officials say.

Coastal belt to get priority in budget

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said the government would put highest emphasis on southern areas including the coastal belt in the next fiscal year's budget to increase food production.

PM too finds MPO fakes

Controversy over the revised MPO list took a new turn as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself yesterday detected 'fake' educational institutions on the list prepared by her education adviser Alauddin Ahmed.

Old Dhaka at chemical risk

Thousands of Old Dhaka residents live close to grave danger as many warehouses store inflammable substances and industries use these in residential areas in violation of environmental rules.

Ratna's wedding at Gonobhaban tomorrow

Sakina Aktar Ratna's marriage will be held tomorrow at Gonobhaban while the marriage date of her younger sister Runa will be fixed after her groom's elder brother returns from abroad, said Prime Minister's Office sources.

Jamaat accepts JS power of lawmaking

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has finally agreed to accept the parliament's plenary power to make laws by omitting a phrase from its charter that said people must not accept anyone except Allah as the maker of laws.

1 more dies from burns

One more victim of Nimtali fire died yesterday at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) taking the death toll from the disaster to 119.

Rajuk starts demolition

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) started knocking down a seven-storey illegal building in the city's east Begunbari yesterday, three days after it tilted.

Come up in JS with budget proposals

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged opposition leader Khaleda Zia to place alternative budget proposal in parliament if she has any.

Creative set of questions from 2012

The government has decided to introduce creative question method in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations from 2012.

Locals join crackdown on chemical outlets

Hundreds of locals yesterday took to the street and chanted slogans as a mobile court raided warehouses and factories of flammable materials in Nimtoli after the deadly inferno on June 3.

5 Dhaka OCs summoned for failure

The High Court yesterday summoned officers-in-charge of five police stations in Dhaka for not complying with its order that asked them to deploy police forces along the bank of the Buriganga within a month.

Amar Desh shutdown challenged

A writ petition was filed yesterday with the High Court challenging the government decision that cancelled the declaration of publications of the daily Amar Desh.

Ban storage of chemicals in residential areas of city

Environmentalists and chemical experts yesterday urged the government to impose ban on producing, marketing and storing flammable chemicals in residential areas of the capital so that tragedies like Nimtoli are not repeated.

Brutal killing in Sutrapur

Three criminals allegedly slit the throat of another Sunday night in the city's Sutrapur and then planted the severed head inside a restaurant to blackmail the restaurant owner.

British PM warns of 'painful' cuts to tackle debt

New Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday the state of Britain's finances was "even worse than we thought" as he warned of "painful" and unavoidable cuts to tackle the record deficit.

Eurozone needs 'fundamental' reforms: IMF

Eurozone countries should cede more control over national budgets to Brussels, the IMF said yesterday, warning Europe's currency bloc must "complete the project of monetary union."

Editorial

Formation of taskforce welcome

IT is welcome news that the government has decided to form two task forces: the first one will deal with the problem of highly combustible chemicals being stored in residential buildings, particularly in old Dhaka, while the second taskforce will handle the issue of illegally built high-rises which pose a grave threat to city dwellers.

Power of information

A tale of power of knowledge and information has emerged from a village in Kutubdia where the people used their knowledge about the Right to Information Act to ensure accountability in the activities of local elected representatives, particularly in terms of pre-disaster risk reduction strategy. The encouraging facts motivated experts to call for formulation of policies focusing on pre-disaster risk reduction interventions instead of the current practice of post-disaster response and recovery method. Undoubtedly, advance preparations and sustainable planning can help reduce the impacts of natural and manmade hazards. One benchmark of good governance of the local government empowering the communities and ensuring participation of community members in disaster preparedness and management.

Sports

Argentina fully fit

Injury-free Argentina are in better shape than Nigeria ahead of the teams' World Cup Group B opener on Saturday, central defender Martin Demichelis said.

Drogba joins mates

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba rejoined his teammates at their training camp in the Swiss Alps on Monday following surgery on his broken forearm, a team spokesman said.

Tigers may name team tomorrow

The national cricket selectors are likely to announce the 15-member team tomorrow for the coming Asia Cup that will start from June 15 in Sri Lanka.

WC on BTV

The planet's biggest sporting extravaganza, the FIFA World Cup 2010 is around the corner. The month-long tourney starts with the game between hosts South Africa and Mexico at the Soccer City Stadium of Johannesburg on June 11 while the final will be held on July 11 at the same venue.

Siddons hopeful

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons insists his side can one day develop into a unit capable of challenging the world's top sides despite their dispiriting defeat against England in the second Test at Old Trafford.

Beware of vuvuzela!

South Africa's vuvuzela, the trumpet that will be a fixture at World Cup matches, is the loudest of all fan instruments and can cause permanent hearing loss, a global hearing foundation said on Monday.

Tangail, Khulna book South Africa ticket

Tangail emerged the Bangladesh champions to qualify for the finals of the Danone Nations Cup in South Africa as they along with last year's champions Khulna will represent the country in the finals to be held in Johannes-burg in September-October this year.

Local Snippets

Nine players advanced in the men's singles of the Citycell 30th National Badminton Championship beating respective rivals at the newly-built Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.

The sky is Azzurri

WORLD CUP 2006 PART II
English hopes were at their usual fever pitch ahead of the tournament but the build-up had been ruined by Wayne Rooney's broken foot and the saga that surrounded it. Sven-Goran Eriksson's laissez-faire attitude had seen him welcome wives and girlfriends to England's HQ in Baden-Baden, giving the world the now over-used acronym 'WAGs', a catch-all phrase for a set of cosseted hangers-on whose drunken antics and power-shopping took headlines away from the players, which, considering performances, may have been for the best. England stumbled past Paraguay and Trinidad and Tobago before a 2-2 draw with Sweden saw Michael Owen lost to a cruciate ligament injury.

Germany land in SA

Germany were the latest World Cup giants to touch down in South Africa for the first World Cup staged on the continent.

Robben's race against time

Winger Arjen Robben said Monday he is doing everything he possibly can to be fit for Holland's opening World Cup match as he battles to shake off a thigh injury.

Economists tip Spain

Spain are favourites to be crowned World Cup champions, narrowly ahead of Brazil, according to a global field of 74 soccer fan economists polled by Reuters.

Cesc focused on Spain

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is totally focused on helping Spain to World Cup glory rather than the saga of a potential move to boyhood club Barcelona, international teammate Pedro Rodriguez said on Sunday.

Chile sweat on Suazo

Chile arrived in South Africa on Sunday for the World Cup with Argentine-born coach Marcelo Bielsa sweating on the fitness of striker Humberto Suazo, who is likely to miss the opening two group games through injury.

Who is responsible?

World Cup organisers sought to distance themselves Monday from a stampede outside a warm-up friendly that injured 16 people and raised new security fears in the final countdown to the tournament.

'Work to do for France'

France midfielder Yoann Gourcuff accepts his side have work to do before their World Cup opener against Uruguay on June 11, but insists they are ready for the tournament.

Tendulkar rested

India's cricket chiefs on Monday allowed veteran Sachin Tendulkar to skip the upcoming Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, while Yuvraj Singh was dropped from the 15-man squad.

Spanish media hail king

The Spanish press on Monday hailed the return of Rafael Nadal, who regained the French Open crown to secure his fifth title on the Paris clay and reclaim his spot atop the men's world rankings.

Jamie warns Eng bowlers

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons warned England's bowlers "it doesn't swing, it doesn't seam in Australia" ahead of their Ashes defence 'Down Under' later this year.

Kaneria free to play

Danish Kaneria, who was arrested last month on suspicion of involvement in spot-fixing, is free to play for Essex and Pakistan this summer after the ECB confirmed his registration would not be suspended unless he is proven guilty.

Strauss keen to lead ODI side

Test captain Andrew Strauss has insisted he'll have no qualms about leading out England's one-day team in their upcoming five-match series at home to world champions Australia.

Nadal back on top

Spaniard Rafael Nadal overtook Swiss Roger Federer to move into the top spot in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday.

Zimbabwe beat SL

Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the last tri-nations match of a series also involving India at Harare Sports Club here on Monday.

Vacuum within

As the Lesotho Stars and Naughty Boys FC warm up for their match in a dirt lot on the outskirts of Lesotho's capital Maseru, the players bounce to the beats streaming from a cell phone on the sideline.

Shakira ushers in music festival

The World Cup's opening celebrations roll over two days this week, in a musical double feature that boasts top stars like Shakira on Thursday, with a still-secret performance ahead of the match Friday.

'Brazil have depth'

Brazilian defender Luisao may only be on the fringes of Dunga's World Cup starting eleven. No matter, as the Benfica man maintained on Sunday the five-time world champions have plenty in reserve as they seek renewed glory in South Africa.

Argentine hooligans deported

South African police deported 10 suspected Argentine soccer hooligans on Monday after detaining them at Johannes-burg airport less than a week before the start of the World Cup, the Argentine embassy said.

Bendtner, Kjaer train seperately

Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner trained separately from the rest of their World Cup squad on Monday as he struggles to get over a groin problem.

World Cup One Twos

FRENCH WANT STARS TO SLUM IT
France's junior minister for sport, Rama Yade, has criticised the squad's South Africa base for being too luxurious. Instead of the five-star Pezula resort in the Western Cape, she said, Raymond Domenech's beleaguered Bleus should be slumming it. "Personally I would not have chosen that hotel. I had asked them to show decency. In times of crisis you need to think about it. If the team's results do not meet our expectations, the [French Football] Federation will have to account for this."

Business

Investment edges down

Investment slipped by 0.02 percentage points worth of GDP, affected by decreasing public investment this fiscal year, according to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) provisional estimates.

Stocks dive on tax news

Dhaka stocks suffered a big jolt yesterday after the news of the government imposing tax on capital gains in the next budget had spooked investors.

ICT to get duty waiver

The upcoming budget will waive duty and value-added taxes on many ICT components, in line with the government's vision for a 'Digital Bangladesh'.

Tobacco tax may rise

The government will increase taxes on tobacco products in the upcoming budget to control consumption, said the chief of the parliamentary standing committee on the finance ministry.

15 firms in DEPZ get automated

In a bid to reduce difficulties in a new venture, the Dhaka Export Processing Zone partially automated yesterday the process for export and import and sub-contract permits.

Leasing firms demand depreciation allowance, corporate tax cuts

Leasing and finance companies have asked the government to reintroduce depreciation allowance on lease assets and reduce the corporate income tax rate to help the industry sustain business.

Two projects to get WB extra funding

The government inked yesterday two credit agreements worth $292 million with International Development Association, the World Bank's concessional arm, said a press statement.

Global acclaim for BRAC Bank

BRAC Bank has clinched the 'Sustainable Bank of the Year 2010' award at the FT Sustainable Banking Awards, said a statement.

Unido chief stresses adoption of green technology

Bangladesh should adopt more green technology for 'greening industrialisation' to ensure fewer emissions of carbon dioxide and waste, said Kandeh K Yumkella, director general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido).

Hope for an industrial hub

Bangladesh can become an industrial hub of Asia as the country has a proven capacity in textile, food and pharmaceutical industries, says the chief of a United Nations body.

Uttara Bank vice chairman re-elected

Iftekharul Islam has been re-elected as vice-chairman of Uttara Bank Ltd, the bank said in a statement.

Troubled Hungary eyes budget cuts

Hungary's government vowed to cut spending on Monday as it strove to repair damage from comments last week about a possible Greece-style debt crisis, but a renewed pledge of tax cuts kept markets on edge.

RCC rolls out budget

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) yesterday announced its budget for fiscal 2010-11. RCC Mayor AHM Khairuz-zaman Liton rolled out the Tk 261.06 crore budget at Rajshahi Nagar Bhaban.

Demand for cuts in car import duty

Car importers have urged the government to restructure the duty slab in the upcoming budget to ensure the availability of more quality cars at affordable prices in the market.

Corporate Briefs

RENATA
The company has credited the stock dividend for 2009 to shareholders' BO accounts on Sunday.

Eurozone moves on new rules as markets reel

Eurozone governments prepared on Monday to fix terms on bumper emergency loans and new cross-border budget sanctions, just as fresh anxiety about debt in eastern European hit stocks and the euro.

Oil lower

Oil prices were directionless on Monday with the market still worried about poorer-than-expected US employment figures and the dollar strong, analysts said.

Cut cross-border red tape to promote Asean trade

Southeast Asian nations must coordinate efforts to cut cross-border red tape and promote regional road transport as they move towards a common market, industry players said Monday.

Finmeccanica, Boeing to bid for White House copters

Italian aerospace group Finmeccanica is to link up with US aerospace company Boeing to mount a joint bid to replace the US presidential helicopter fleet, the newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore reported on Monday.

Malaysia calls for measures to halt oil price fixing

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Monday called for a mechanism to prevent oil price manipulation, saying high prices could derail the global economic recovery.

Indian airline Kingfisher to join oneworld alliance: BA

India's leading airline, Kingfisher, will join the oneworld airline alliance and launch a partnership with British Airways, alliance executives said here on Monday.

Metropolitan

EC warns against violation of electoral rules

Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) Sakhawat Hossain yesterday warned that none will be spared if found violating the electoral code of conduct during the campaign for the Chittagong City Corporation elections.

HC directive to sue 3 police constables

The High Court yesterday directed the police authorities to file a criminal case against three police constables on charges of assaulting a cabbie over requisitioning his taxi in the city's Farmgate area on May 13.

South Asian University starts journey in August

The South Asian University (SAU) will begin its first academic session from a temporary campus in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in August with 50 students in two masters courses.

Islamic varsity closed following BCL clash

Islamic University was declared closed till June 14 following a factional clash of Bangladesh Chhatra League(BCL), student wing of ruling Awami League.

Bill to drop provision of past experience

The government again placed a bill in parliament yesterday seeking amendment to the Public Procurement Act (PPA) to drop the provision of past experience as a condition for getting public works worth up to Tk 2 crore.

'President's decision cannot be cancelled'

The High Court (HC) yesterday continued hearing on the writ petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging the legality of a government notice concerning the cantonment house.

IOM dy director general arrives today

Ambassador Laura Thompson, the Deputy Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) worldwide, arrives here today on a 3-day visit.

Tale of woe

1. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina consoles Runa and Ratna, the two sisters who lost their mother and close relatives in the Nimtoli fire, when they called on her at Gonobhaban in the city yesterday.

Dhaka needs long-term environmental plan

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said Dhaka city requires a long-term environmental master plan and political will for its implementation.

Implementation a big challenge for govt

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said implementation of the National Education Policy is a big task as well as a challenge for the government.

100 workers' jobs uncertain

Water vessels owners did not allow nearly 100 workers, who were on the front line during last month's river transport strike, to return to their work despite government directions.

SC stays HC verdict for 8 more weeks

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for another eight weeks a High Court (HC) verdict that restricted holding elections to district and upazila units of Muktijoddha Sangsad Command Council (MSCC) on June 26.

1,699 more held, 7 bombs recovered

Police arrested 1,699 people on various charges in separate drives across the country in 24 hours till 6:00am yesterday.

Mizanur made envoy to Egypt

The government appointed Mizanur Rahman, currently Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands, as ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt.

6 killd in Road accidents

At least six people were killed and nine others injured in separate road accidents in Gazipur, Bogra, Meherpur and Brahmanbaria yesterday.

Turkish Hope School award ceremony held

The 'Year End Award Ceremony' of International Turkish Hope School was held at Shilpakala Academy Auditorium in the city on Saturday, says a press release.

Fair probe demanded

Hundreds of people from all strata yesterday formed a human chain in the city demanding a fair investigation into the Nimtoli fire and immediate punishment to the persons responsible for the fire.

450 students awarded

The award giving ceremony of a quiz competition on climate change, renewable energy and 3R (reduce, reuse & recycle) issues was held at Mirpur Indoor Stadium in the city on Saturday.

KCC ward by-polls June 29

The by-election to the post of councillor at ward No. 24 of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) will be held on June 29.

Miscreants kill truck driver

A gang of miscreants killed the driver after hijacking a wheat-laden truck from Hatikumrul area under Sirajganj district on Sunday night.

Historic June 7 observed

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday placed wreaths at the portrait of founder of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the city in observance of the historic 'Six-Point' Day.

3 confectioneries fined

A mobile court led by a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) executive magistrate yesterday fined three confectioneries Tk 1,65,000 in city's Khilgaon and Bashabo area during a drive for producing substandard foods, says a press release.

National

8 Shibir cadres caught from RU exam hall

Police arrested eight Shibir cadres at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday in connection with February 9 violence on the campus.

One killed, 32 hurt as storms lash Gaibandha, Joypurhat

Storms killed one person and injured at least 32 others in Gaibandha and Joypurhat yesterday and the day before.

Businessman killed, two rescued

Two kidnapped businessmen were rescued in Patuakhali while a rally was held in Chapainawabganj demanding release of a businessman yesterday.

Move finally to save Jessore Laldighi from encroachers

Eighteen illegal structures on the bank of Laldighi, an ancient water body located in the heart of Jessore town, were demolished yesterday.

Robber killed in mob beating in Magura

A robber was killed and another injured seriously in a mob beating at Nohata village in Mohammadpur upazila on Saturday night.

Lalmonirhat BNP leader expelled

The central BNP has expelled Lalmonirhat district BNP publicity secretary ABM Faruque Siddiki from the party following his scandalous act concerning a girl.

Outlaw held, sent to jail in Mongla

Mongla police arrested a notorious outlaw on Friday midnight from Mirpur in the capital city.

60,000 yaba tablets seized

Members of Bangladesh Rifles seized 60,000 yaba tablets and other spurious drugs at Lakshmipur border in Sadar South upazila on Sunday night. Acting on secret information, a team of 33 Rifles Battalion led by Lt Col Fakhruddin Ahmed conducted a drive in the area and recovered 60,000 yaba tablets, 100 bottles of whisky and 250 bottles of phensidyl in an andoned condition. The border guards estimated the value of the seized drugs at Tk 3.04 crore. The seized drugs were handed over to the district Narcotics Control Department.

Three killed in Bhola

Two fishermen were killed and two others injured as thunderbolts struck them and a minor girl was electrocuted in separate incidents here on Sunday. Police said fisherman Mahidul, 19, was killed and two others were injured as a thunderbolt struck them while catching fish in Tetulia river at Gangapur area under Borhanuddin upazila at noon. The two injured fishermen Maidul, 18, and Ilias, 25, were admitted to the upazila health complex. They hailed from Mehendiganj upazila of Barisal district. Locals said another fisherman Ripon, 21, of Baliakandi village in Tajumuddin upazila died in lightning strike. They said the incident occurred when Ripon was returning home after catching fish from Meghna river. In yet another incident, a minor girl named Trisha, 3, of Dhania Giringi bazaar area in Sadar upazila died instantly when she came in contract with a live electric wire.

Muggers kill truck driver

Muggers took away a wheat laden truck after killing its driver and injuring the helper in Jamadarpukur area on Bogra-Natore highway in Shahjahanpur upazila early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Mokhlesuddin, 45, of village Shekherhat in Kahalu upazila. Police said a gang of six in the guise of passengers boarded the Bogra bound truck from Chittagong when it stopped at Hatikomrul in Sirajganj district at about 2pm. At one stage the bandits took control of the truck tying up the driver and the helper. Later, they killed the driver and threw him and the injured helper on the road and fled away with the truck. Later, patrol police team recovered the body of the driver at about 4:15am and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. They also sent the injured helper Anwar Hossain, 24, to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital in critical condition.

International

Indian court convicts eight in Bhopal gas disaster

A court in the Indian city of Bhopal has sentenced eight people to two years each in jail over a gas plant leak that killed thousands of people in 1984.

Afghan resignations threaten US-led security drive

The shock departure of two of Afghanistan's most respected security chiefs at a critical juncture in the US-led fight against the Taliban threatened to leave a void yesterday and raised questions about unity.

Lanka says could hang ex-army chief

Sri Lanka's top defence official has threatened to hang the country's former army chief if he cooperates with any investigation into war crimes during the civil war that ended one year ago.

New Delhi to discuss Lankan reconciliation

India, heavily involved in the reconstruction of Sri Lanka's northeast, will discuss the process of political reconciliation in the country when President Mahinda Rajapakse arrives here today on a state visit.

Manmohan begins Kashmir visit amid shutdown

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh began a two-day trip to Jammu and Kashmir yesterday even as a general shutdown called by separatists to protest the visit-affected life in this summer capital.

Turkey calls on Israel to accept probe into raid

Turkey's foreign minister yesterday called on Israel to accept an international probe into the raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine Turks.

N Korea sacks PM; Kim Jong-il consolidates power

North Korea named a brother-in-law of leader Kim Jong-il to a powerful military post yesterday and sacked its premier in moves seen as consolidating Kim's grip on power and paving the way for his youngest son to succeed him.

Arab League chief to visit Gaza

Arab League chief Amr Mussa will make a groundbreaking "solidarity" visit to the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip next week, top aide Hisham Yussef told AFP yesterday.

Japan’s ruling party names new leaders

Japan's ruling party selected a fresh leadership line-up yesterday, clearing the way for Prime Minister-elect Naoto Kan to name a new Cabinet and begin tackling a host of delicate issues left over after the abrupt resignation of his predecessor.

Australian PM could lose looming polls: Survey

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd could lose elections later this year after a dramatic fall in support, two new opinion polls found yesterday, putting pressure on the government to reach a deal on its new mining tax.

Russian police looted Kaczynski’s plane

Poland has accused three Russian police officers of looting the Polish presidential plane after it crashed in Russian territory in April, but Russia has strongly denied the accusation.

Arts & Entertainment

Homage to Tagore and Nazrul in Tangail

The birth anniversaries of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam were celebrated together in Tangail last Sunday.

Mega celebration of Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary

Cultural organisations from Bangladesh and India have taken initiatives to jointly celebrate the 150th (in 2011) birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. As part of the initiatives, a daylong cultural programme will be held at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on June 11, 2010, says a press release. BSA along with the cultural organisations Shurolok (Bangladesh) and Nabopratisruti (Kolkata, India) are arranging the event.

Folk art in focus

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in Dhaka is going to hold a solo art exhibition of Nikhil Chandra Das at its gallery. The exhibition, titled “The Story of Lost Painting” will begin on June 12 and continue till June 26.

An insight into motivational Bangladeshi songs

A book, titled “Bangladesh-er Ganosangeet: Bishoy O Shurboi-chitro,” was launched at the National Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on June 6. The book is an outcome of Saim Rana's PhD dissertation, under the supervision of Professor Mridul Kanti Chakraborti (department of Music, Dhaka University).

Kabi Gaan and Krishnaleela organised

Kalibari Loknath Seba Sangha organised an 11-day programme at Anandamoyee Kalibari in the district town to celebrate the 150th death anniversary of Lokath Brahmachari. The programmes included, discussion, Kabi Gaan, Ashtakaleen Leela Kirtan and Krishnaleela Gaan. The programme concluded on Monday.

All about birds: “Bihanga Katha” on ATN Bangla

“Bihanga Katha,” an info-entertainment based documentary programme featuring different birds of Bangladesh and beyond, went on air on ATN Bangla on May 1. Planned and directed by Kaisar Kader Selim, the two-and-half minute long programme is aired everyday at 10:45pm. The programme will have 1000 episodes.

‘Dosti’ art competition by Pakistan High Commission

Pakistan High Commission, Dhaka, in collaboration with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Jaago Foundation, Gendaria Kisholoy Kochi-Kachar Mela, Zainul Shishukala Niketan, Faculty of Fine Arts (Dhaka University), Bangladesh Shishu Academy and a number of schools from across Bangladesh arranged the Second Inter School Dosti Art competition in Dhaka on June 5, according to a press release.

A milestone for “Amar Chhobi”

“Amar Chobi” is a weekly show on Channel i that focuses on the Bangladeshi film industry. The show will air its 500th episode on June 9. The programme features discussions on the lives, works and careers of noted film personalities of the country. The show began its journey in 2002.

OP-ED

Tale of Rajuk and DCC men

IF you go to any DCC office to apply for a trade license the grim and grave looking men there will give you a long list of "rules and regulations." The list would say you cannot set up a trading office in a residential area; you cannot set up a manufacturing factory in a residential area; you cannot use any room in a residential area to store chemicals of any description, and so forth.

Facebook furore

HAPPILY, Facebook is back after a brief blockade that evoked criticism both at home and abroad. In an indiscreet decision the government blocked access to Facebook, a popular social networking site, because of posting of some anti-religious and porn links by users across the world. But the decision came after the arrest of a youth for uploading satiric images of the prime minister and the leader of the opposition.

Resilience, but is it enough?

BUDGET discussions are reaching a crescendo as the finance minister prepares to present the national budget for 2010-11. It may be worthwhile to take a step back and cast a longer gaze on the nation's economic journey. The brackets I have in mind are the onset of global recession in 2007-08 and the middle-income aspirations projected for the coming decade. PPRC has just completed a study on the Bangladesh economy in the aftermath of the global recession looking at macro, meso and micro realities. I will draw on this and other sources to make my case.

Enslaved in our homes

THE Constitution of Bangladesh guarantees equal rights to all citizens of the country irrespective of gender, age, class and religion. In reality, however, a large number of our citizens remain entrapped as modern-day slaves in the homes of the more fortunate people. Domestic help, particularly under-aged females, have no rights whatsoever as they slave away in our homes with little hope for the future.

Science & Life

Outreach activities for science education

Where do we stand in science and technology in Bangladesh? There are many aspects that we can begin with, but let me start with a very basic ingredient science education. Day-by-day our students enrolling to science in schools are dwindling. Parents want their children to go for business studies to make good managers and accountants, but not scientists and engineers. Moreover, the best among the few students that do enroll for science go for engineering studies and medical sciences, not for basic sciences. This highly imbalanced situation is quite unhealthy for balanced growth of the country. We shall need a lot of scientists to lead our way in this century. How to come around with such a condition?

Who was Ardi?

It seems man's oldest known ancestor is in a severe identity crisis. “Ardi,” or Ardipithecus ramidus, a supposed ancestor of man. who was considered to be a scientific breakthrough of the Year 2009 by both Science as well as Time magazine is now subject to a new scientific scrutiny. Researchers are genuinely expressing doubts about where the creature exactly came from, along with questioning whether Ardi truly belonged to the human branch of the evolutionary tree at all. Previously it was believed that the 4.4 million-year-old fossil found in Ethiopia in 1992, used to roam as a creature in the dense woodlands of Africa. But in a new article titled “Comment on the Paleo-biology and Classification of Artipithecus ramidus”, authored by Dr. Esteban Sarmiento, a primatologist at the Human Evolution Foundation, that was published in the latest edition of journal Science, two critical issues have been raised. The first one is, based on isotopic data from soils, plants and animals; it is now suspected that the species habitat was likely to be a more open savannah with trees rather than woods. And the second concern is more startling which states that A. ramidus is more ape-like than human. It must be mentioned here that Ardi, standing 4 feet (120 cm) tall and weighing 110 pounds (50 kg), was discovered by anthropologist Dr. Tim D. White and remains the oldest known hominid fossil. In fact “Ardi” is more primitive than the well-known Australopithecine skeleton, “Lucy”, which was also discovered in Ethiopia back in 1974.

Creative minds at work

The following makes the second instilment of Dr. M Ali Asgar’s original article titled “Establishment of an Interactive science discovery centre in Asia-Pacific region.”

Floating germ Islands

When plants and animals near the surface of the ocean die, they decay and gradually fall to the seafloor. This dead matter can clump together with sand, soot, fecal matter and other material to form what is called "marine snow," so named because it looks like tiny bits of white fluff. Marine snow continuously rains down on the deep ocean, feeding many of the creatures that dwell there.

Origin of alien dust

IN the search for other planetary systems like Earth that are capable of hosting extraterrestrial life, scientists have come across some very alien systems indeed. But the latest ones have researchers truly perplexed.

How honeybee dies

A one-two punch by a gut parasite and viruses may help explain the mysterious decline in U.S. honeybees seen over the last four years.

SCIENCE QUIZ

1. What two great American cities are destined to merge?
Answer
The San Andreas fault, which runs north-south, is slipping at a rate of about 2 inches (5 centimeters) per year, causing Los Angeles to move towards San Francisco. Scientists forecast LA will be a suburb of the City by the Bay in about 15 million years.


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