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Tough law on way for errant telcos

The government has moved to amend the telecommunication law to punish telecom operators for wrongdoings without giving them scope for challenging the regulator's decision.

Vehicles of death on the street again

A reckless bus killed a youth and his five-month pregnant wife in the capital's Moghbazar yesterday morning.

Argentina score one, miss many

Lionel Messi conjured a spellbinding opening to the World Cup highlighting Argentina's 1-0 win over Nigeria in their Group B match at Ellis Park Stadium here on Saturday.

Kidney patients outage-struck

Suffering of around 250 patients at National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and National Institute of Kidney Diseases and Urology (NIKDU) took acute turn yesterday due to power outage for six hours at a stretch.

Rainwater can meet 15pc of Dhaka's need

Rainwater harvesting by city dwellers can meet 15 percent of the annual water demand in the capital, said experts yesterday.

Youths for development

A survey revealed that three-quarters of the youth in Bangladesh are not interested in politics but a whooping 79 percent are interested in development.

Excess ministry spending goes unchecked by JS

The House like previous years cannot examine the reasons behind excess expenditure by ministries in the current fiscal as no move was taken to allow the parliamentary body to do it as per the rules of procedure.

Financial help from PM soon

The list of people killed in Nimtoli blaze is nearly prepared and their families will get financial help from the prime minister within a few days.

7 fined

Seven councillor candidates of Chittagong City Corporation polls were fined Tk 16,000 in total in connection with violating electoral code of conduct over last two days.

Mahmudur remanded in Hizbut case

Detective Branch of police yesterday took Mahmudur Rahman on a four-day remand for his alleged involvement with leaders of banned Hizb ut-Tahrir.

8 accused in death of mother, 2 kids

Eight people have been accused in a case concerning the death of a mother and her two children whose bodies were recovered Friday morning from their house at Jurain in the capital.

Nepal's ruling parties recruit private armies

Fourteen years after Nepal's Maoist party formed its own army and waged a decade-long war on the government, the republic's ruling parties have now begun to recruit their own private armies, triggering a fresh controversy bound to impact the fragile peace process.

Obama faces rare defeat on health help for jobless

If Chuck Lacasse had gotten his pink slip four days earlier, Uncle Sam would have covered most of his family's health insurance while he looked for a new job.

Viqarunnisa gets new principal

The governing body of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College yesterday appointed Hosne Ara Begum as the principal of the institution, says a press release.

15 injured as AL, JP clash in Rangpur

At least 15 people were injured yesterday in a clash between Awami League and Jatiya Party activists at Badarganj upazila complex in the district over distribution of relief rice.

Another building being demolished

A demolition team of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday knocked down the partition walls of another four-storey building erected illegally in the capital's Begunbari area.


A retrograde step

WE are both surprised and baffled at the finance minister's, or shall we say, the government's change of heart by the turn of a single year! Only in the last year's budget the finance minister had announced that private universities would be exempted from VAT in keeping with the government's goal for stimulating higher education in private sector. But there was a compulsion, too: the public universities do not simply have the capacity to accommodate burgeoning surges in the number of higher education seekers.

Caring for human trafficking victims

HUMAN trafficking remains a major concern for Bangladesh, despite the increasing social awareness about it. There are of course reasons to believe that of late such trafficking has come down, but that is certainly no cause for anyone to sit back in complacency. With fairly regular reports of the many travails Bangladeshis, especially women and children, go through at the hands of traffickers, the significance of how much more needs to be done to neuter the problem can hardly be over-emphasised. That much is certain. But with this broad issue of putting a stop to or preventing human trafficking comes another, namely, the requirement of special care for victims of such trafficking.


Clint pegs English back

England's hopes of a winning start to their World Cup campaign were shattered by an extraordinary blunder by goalkeeper Robert Green that gifted the United States their equaliser in a 1-1 draw here on Saturday.

Because of Mandela

The man they call Madiba was missing in grievous circumstances, but the Bafana Bafana used that as inspiration to play out a high-octane tournament opener against Mexico. Elsewhere, karma (or the ghost of Rep. Ireland past) came back to bite Thierry Henry as the French, for the third tournament running, managed only a draw from their first match.

South Korea too pacy for Greece

South Korea registered the first win at the 2010 World Cup, a richly deserved 2-0 victory against Greece here Saturday to give them a live chance of achieving their ambition of a last 16 berth.

Simao wants to avoid Spain

Winger Simao said on Saturday Portugal could beat five-time champions Brazil if they had to in order to qualify from the "Group of Death" but admitted he wanted to avoid Spain in the next phase.

Robbers jailed

A South African court handed rapid punishment to two men who robbed World Cup journalists from Portugal and Spain, sentencing them to 15 years in jail, police said Saturday.

Suazo's race against time

Honduran striker David Suazo is struggling to be fit for his country's first match at the World Cup finals against Chile on Wednesday.

Elephant delays US training

The USA training session ahead of their World Cup opener with England was briefly delayed after an elephant blocked the route of the team bus. "Everybody had their cell phones out, pictures were being taken," coach Bob Bradley said. "It was cool," Captain Carlos Bocanegra added. "A big elephant, just eating on the path out of our hotel." A team spokesman said the squad had to wait around five minutes.

Proteas rally to 352

Half-centuries from Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, and Ashwell Prince trumped a penetrative, marathon spell of spin bowling from Sulieman Benn to put South Africa in a favourable position in the opening Test against West Indies on Friday.

'SA will get better'

South Africa's talisman Steven Pienaar believes the host nation will get better and better as the World Cup progresses after the host nation battled to a 1-1 draw with Mexico in the tournament opener.

India romp to 6-wkt win

India needed only 15 overs to inflict a crushing six wicket defeat on Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club here on Saturday in the first of two Twenty-20 matches over the weekend.

Afridi wants attention

Pakistan's cricket squad left for Sri Lanka Saturday to compete in the Asia Cup, optimistic that the event will not be upstaged by the football World Cup now under way in South Africa.

Pepe blasts Italy critics

Italy's Mr. Versatile Simone Pepe has taken a break from playing midfield, wing and attack to warn doubters the holders are up for the fight at this World Cup.

MSC smash ten past Wari

Mohammedan Sporting Club launched their Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League with a 10-0 win over Wari Club at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

34 million Chinese tune in

An estimated 34 million Chinese watched the opening match of the football World Cup, a fraction of the population in a country absent from the tournament, unofficial figures released Saturday said.

Local Snippets

Uttar Baridhara defeated Agrani Bank 3-1 in the Senior Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

Iniesta still uncertain

Spain's midfield maestro Andres Iniesta is still doubtful for his side's Group H opener with Switzerland after failing to train with the squad on Friday.

Germany start favourites

Germany open their World Cup campaign against Australia on Sunday with the Antipodeans eager to show they will not be a punching bag for weightier European opposition.

Gattuso goes after WC

Combative midfielder Gennaro Gattuso revealed on Saturday that he will quit the Italian national team following the World Cup here.

Robben arrives

Dutch winger Arjen Robben arrived in Johannesburg on Saturday in a bid to keep his hopes alive of playing in the World Cup for the 'Oranje' as struggles to recover from a hamstring injury.

Too much at stake

The World Cup Group D opener between Serbia and Ghana in Pretoria on Sunday is one that neither side can afford to lose, in a tough pool that also includes Germany and Australia.

Domenech not worried

France coach Raymond Domenech insists his team have nothing to worry about despite a drab 0-0 draw with Uruguay in their opening World Cup game.

In search of maiden win

Slovenia coach Matjaz Kek has said tension and anxiety are simmering in the team's camp ahead of their opening Group C match against Algeria in Polokwane on Sunday.

Media hail Bafana

South Africa's newspapers Saturday declared the World Cup opener "Fantastic", revelling in scoring the tournament's first goal and in finishing the first day without major incident.

World Cup One Twos

Serbia have allegedly come up with a novel solution by employing the services of a mysterious and controversial doctor, Marijana Kovacevic, to protect them.


New tax may rattle stocks

The proposed tax on the income of institutional investors may upset stockmarket, as a selling spree will continue throughout this month before the new measure becomes effective, stockbrokers and merchant bankers said yesterday.

Losses pile up at state entities

Losses incurred by state-owned enterprises increased by 38 percent to Tk 4,130 crore in the outgoing fiscal year.

A new look for jute

The mannequin duo, one dressed in a sari and the other in a sherwani, stood at the entrance in a welcome gesture.

Indo-Bangla border trade soon

India and Bangladesh will soon introduce border haat, a traditional commodity market, in a bid to revive trade in the areas bordering the two countries.

Citi sticks to 6.1pc growth forecast

Citi Group projects Bangladesh's economic growth at 6.1 percent for the next fiscal year, versus the government's estimate of 6.7 percent.

Danish envoy upbeat on Bangladesh's potential in shipbuilding

Bangladesh can emerge as a quality shipbuilder, provided the nation cashes in on the growing demand in the post- recession time worldwide, Danish Ambassador in Dhaka Einar H Jensen has pointed out.

FBCCI polls: group introduced

At a projection meeting yesterday, the election board of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) introduced the candidates of the chamber group.

Call for quick execution of power projects

Terming the allocation for power and energy sector in the proposed budget as 'good enough' for short term, economists yesterday stressed quick implementation of the power projects.

Baggage rule tightens for high-end TV

Under a new baggage rule, a passenger will have to pay an extra tax of Tk 25,000 for importing Plasma, LCD or such types of television of more than 52 inches.

Reliance declares 30pc stock dividend

Reliance Insurance declared 30 percent stock dividend for 2009 at its annual general meeting yesterday, the company said in a statement.

Realtors demand new tax withdrawal

The Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh yesterday demanded withdrawal of the Tk 2,000 per square metre tax proposed for the apartments in the city's certain areas.

Chartered secretaries law passed

The government passed the long-awaited Chartered Secretaries Act 2010 on Monday, recognising the profession in Bangladesh. The bill had been pending since 1998.

Wall Street rally pushes Asian markets higher

A rally on Wall Street helped Asian markets higher on Friday as optimism in the global economy returned.

Oil slips

Oil prices retreated Friday after a plunge in US retail sales triggered fears about the pace of economic recovery in the world's largest energy consuming nation.

China rejects US accusations on yuan

China on Saturday again defended its foreign exchange policy, dismissing as "baseless" a call by US lawmakers for a probe into the impact of alleged Chinese currency manipulation on American industry.

Weekly Currency Roundup

June 6-June 10, 2010
International Markets


Call for strict enforcement of laws

Strict enforcement of laws related to urban plan and fire safety measures is a must to prevent loss of innocent lives in any further human tragedy, said experts at a roundtable in the city yesterday.

'Eliminate worst forms of child labour'

Elimination of the worst forms of child labour is the most urgent task Bangladesh should undertake in line with the new national child labour elimination policy, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Villagers to get compensation

The compensation issue has come to a resolution regarding Chevron's three-dimensional (3D) seismic survey in Moulvibazar district where some local houses were allegedly damaged by the survey.

Soccer fans go on rampage

Youths in different parts of the capital went on rampage as power outage interrupted watching on television the World Cup match between Argentina and Nigeria last night.

People pay last respects to Badal Rahman

People from all walks of life paid their last respects to Badal Rahman, an eminent film director, who passed away on Friday morning due to a cardiac arrest.

Moon sighting body meets today

A meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee for fixing the date of holy Shab-e-Miraj and taking decision in this regard will be held at the Islamic Foundation auditorium on Sunday evening.

3 journos, 12 others hurt in Rangamati

At least 15 people including three journalists were injured in an attack allegedly by Bangalee settlers in Rangamati yesterday.

Five students win Youth Parliament debate contest

Five students were adjudged best debaters in the BSB-Cambrian Youth Parliament Open Debate Competition held on Friday.

NRBs' social projects can cut dependency on foreign aid

Philanthropic endeavours by non-resident Bangladeshis (NRB) has a great potential to fund social projects in Bangladesh, which might one day curtail the dependency on foreign aid, speakers said at a book launching ceremony yesterday.

3,500 phones disconnected

About 3,500 telephone connections at Tejgaon, Niketon, East Nakhalpara and its adjacent area under the Ghulshan exchange have been disconnected on Friday due to disruption in underground cable, says a press release of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) here yesterday.

Poor budgetary funds for climate criticised

Leaders of several civil society bodies hailed the budget for making the highest allocations to education and chalking out a long-term plan to mitigate the power shortage.

Hatirjheel project likely to be completed by Dec next year

To protect the city from floods and storm waters, development work is going on in full swing for the integrated development of the Hatirjheel area that includes the Begunbari canal.

Khaleda violates electoral rules

With only four days left until Chittagong City Corporation elections, Nagorik Committee will focus more on door-to-door campaign in support of its mayoral candidate ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury to reach more voters in the last three days of electioneering from today.

One killed, 15 injured in Tangail road crash

One person was killed and 15 others were injured in a road accident on Tangail-Jamalpur road at Dhanbari upazila yesterday.

Budget traditional

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Biplabi Workers Party (BWP) and Ganatantrik Baam Morcha yesterday criticised the proposed budget terming it 'nothing new' while Bikalpadhara Bangladesh welcomed it saying that the proposed budget is a positive one.


Forest denuded for social forestation

The forest department has started work for its social forestation programme by removing trees at Lobonchhara reserve forest under Monchhara beat of Kulaura forest range in Moulvibazar district.

15 hurt as AL, JP men clash in Rangpur

At least 15 people were injured in a clash between the activists of Awami League and Jatiya Party at Baderganj upazila headquarters yesterday.

4 schoolchildren drown in ponds

Four schoolchildren drowned in ponds in Dinajpur and Noakhali on Friday.

No arrest yet as police fail to make headway

Police could not unearth clues to the murder of Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited CBA chief Abu Taher and arrest any of the killers as of yesterday.

65 injured in clashes in Narsingdi, B'baria

At least 50 people were injured in a fierce clash between the people of two villages in Raypura upazila yesterday morning.

Fire destroys 17 shops in Munshiganj

At least 17 business establishments were gutted in a devastating fire at Nimtoli under Sirajdikhan upazila of the district on Friday night.

Massive plan to cultivate palm oil in Gaibandha

A massive plan has been taken up to plant 10 lakh palm oil saplings in all the seven upazilas in the district to meet the demand of the edible oil and address 'monga' and maintain ecological balance.

JU official's house looted in Savar

Robbers looted valuables worth Tk 20 lakh from the house of former Assistant Controller of Jahangirnagar University (JU) at Islamnagar here early Friday.

Shut evening courses, students demand

Students of different departments under Social Science Faculty at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday laid a siege to the administrative building demanding cancellation of evening master's courses under the faculty.

2 electrocuted in Habiganj, Bagerhat

A young man died from electrocution and three others sustained injuries in Ajmiriganj upazila headquarters on Thursday.

Youth murdered

A young man has been murdered at Haldha village in Naldi union of Lohagara upazila. His body was found in a marshy land near the village yesterday morning. He was identified as Jahangir Sheikh, 27, son of Wahid Sheikh of the village. Locals said Jahangir was one of the prime accused in Khoir murder case of the area. He was called out of his home Friday morning by some locals but he did not return home. Police believe Jahangir was murdered by his accomplices.

Arms, phensidyl seized

The members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered foreign-made arms, ammunition and phensidyl here early yesterday. Acting on a tip off, a team of Rab-12 led by its commander Major Mahfuzul Haque ordered a Dhaka-bound truck from the North to stop at the Bangabandhu Bridge east end at around 2:00am but the truck tried to flee, Rab sources said. As the law enforcers chased it, the driver and passengers left the truck in Ibrahimabad area, two kilometer away from the bridge and fled the scene. The Rab members later recovered a USA-made 7.65mm pistol, its seven bullets with a magazine from under the driver's seat and 1220 bottles of phensidyl from the truck.

Statue recovered

Police on Friday night recovered a precious statue from a house at Atahir village under Sadar upazila. According to police, a group of workers were digging earth near a mosque at Atahir village. They found a touchstone idol weighing 26 kg. Later, one Torikul Islam of the village took the idol to his house. On information, police rushed the spot and recovered the idol at around 9:30 pm.

RU syndicate member

Prof M Shah Nowaz Ali was elected a syndicate member Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday. He was elected unopposed as the other deans of nine faculties of the university did not submit their nomination papers on the last day yesterday, said RU acting registrar Prof MA Bari, the returning officer of the election. Dr Shah Nowaz was elected a dean of Business Studies Faculty on April 12, 2010 for second term and he is vice president of RU Teachers Association (Ruta).



Getting a proper environment is the life-blood to modern civilization. The world we live in is the most attractive place with striking landscapes and features, wild and domesticated animals, and a variety of odoriferous flowers, evergreen trees and the most wonderful creation of the Almighty-- the human beings. The world has been created for the human beings so that they would applaud the Lord for his power and preserves these natural beauties with undiminished care. But man has been doing the opposite thing bit by bit. Trees have been cut down to make way for construction of modern buildings. Waste is discarded on land and water, which breed mosquitoes. Our environment is being polluted due to air and water pollution. Air is mainly being polluted by smokes. When bricks are burnt, smokes are created. The compositions of such smoke particles are nicotine, thiophin, phosgene, sulphur dioxide and pyridine. These particles pollute the air tremendously. The smokes are also created when different vehicles ply along the streets. For these reasons, all the streets are filled with the smokes that adversely affect the human health conditions. Burning poisonous gases like sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxides, nitric acids and sulphuric acids, again create the smokes. These particles make the air heavy and polluted. Besides, the problems of greenhouse effects are felt throughout the world.

Limping railways

Railways are important for communication. The transportation costs of railways are lower than any other transport system.

University education

What our universities need most today is second-generation reforms after pursuing the policy of establishment and consolidation for over forty years. The reforms should include updating of syllabi, full autonomy, political non-interference and, above all, accountability of both the teachers and the taught. State funding of higher education should become more liberal and a sound mechanism of quality control should be put in place. University education cannot be divested from the socio-economic uplift of the masses. Therefore, the government should come forward with well meaning employment/placement programs. Privatisation is a fatal short cut to the problems afflicting higher education in Bangladesh. At best, it is an escape from a strategic area of national life. The crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career. Laws for the liberal education of youth, especially for the lower classes of people, are so extremely wise and useful that to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.

Mid-term polls

Why does BNP, "Boro Natokio Party" now want a mid-term poll, as reported on May 29 by most dailies? Should they not rather re-organise the party, recently beaten in the polls; without wasting time on strikes and all sorts of violence? But who are the public to question them? They 'care a fig' for the public, or public opinion, for that matter! Only the opinion of the apex of their clue-less "high command" matters!

BNP's stunt

According to the top leader and other leaders, the BNP is the only political party and its members are the true patriots in Bangladesh. There are no other patriots in Bangladesh. According to them all other people who support other parties and follow other political ideologies, are traitors and are continuously trying to sell out the country to outside powers. They sincerely believe that the present mohajote government was installed by foreign powers and working for foreign interests. The BNP leaders have voiced demand for an interim election to test the present government's popularity because this government has failed everywhere, people are already fed up with this government and eagerly waiting for change of power.

Generation of nuclear power

Bangladesh is on the verge of graduation from a least developed country to a developing one with many positive criteria including over $ 750 per capita income. The pace of development is also fairly high and the demand for power is increasing by about 500 MW per year. On the other hand, we do not have any vast deposit of natural gas, let alone oil. The possibility of generating hydro-power is also bleak, as our land is mostly plain and deltaic. The future of green energy is rather limited and reportedly not viable in the long run. In such a situation, our only option is to go nuclear with courage and conviction. Let the timorous politicians and scientists no more stand in the way. I must say that due to the negative attitude of the previous governments and a section of our so-called civil society, our Ruppur Nuclear Plant remained inactive for decades. Let the ghosts of Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979 or that of Chernobyl in the former USSR in 1986 no more deter us. We never stop building high rise buildings for fear of calamities like earthquake which can demolish everything in the twinkle of an eye. May we not forget that while many developing countries including India and Pakistan resorted to nuclear power generation, we have no reason to lag behind.

Begunbari market

The Begunbari area in Tejgaon, with a huge catchment population of few lakhs, surprisingly does not have a market of its own. The encroachment of the road by a hundred or so makeshift shops have virtually narrowed the road and is the source of unbearable sufferings to vehicles and pedestrians. The footpaths are all occupied and the shops occupy most of the roads. Piles of garbage and rubbish thrown are hardly removed causing further nuisance. The road could be an important link road between Shatrasta and Gulshan. There are several vacant plots in the area. It would not be difficult to identify a specific area for a kitchen market as well as a supermarket. I would request the authorities concerned to immediately evict all unauthorized makeshift shops from the area and make the road useable.

BUET student's death

A road accident took away the valuable life of a BUET student. He was run over by a bus, on the way to hospital he succumbed to his injuries. It is no new incident in the Dhaka city that reckless driving sometimes snatches away valuable lives and the agitated people vandalise the buses and cars on the road. The drivers don't understand that life is more valuable than time. The authorities concerned should impose strict rules and regulations to control reckless driving. Besides these, the drivers have to be trained to drive the cars following the traffic law to avoid such kind of occurrences. Only enacting law is not enough. I call upon the people from all walks of life to come forward to raise awareness amongst us. Socio-cultural organisations should chalk out colourful programmes highlighting the value of life and avoiding risk while walking on the road.

Everest and youngsters

The first ever Bangladeshi Mt. Everest conqueror, Musa Ibrahim, didn't merely carry our flag to the apex, but also gave a lesson to our youngsters. This is the lesson to boost our spirits.

Ruling party's policy

I am shocked to see that ruling party stalwarts are always trying to find faults with their opponents, while they seemed not at all concerned with the failures of the govt. By withdrawing all cases against AL people including the PM and not doing justice to the opposition party members, what are they trying to establish?

Israel's aggression

Israel claimed that a flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists seeking to bust the Gaza blockade was a provocation and that the aid it was carrying was “unnecessary.” “I don't see the need for any ship with these materials. We allow these materials into Gaza,” Colonel Moshe Levy told reporters at the Kerem Shalom crossing in reference to the 10,000 tonnes of building materials and other supplies the activists say were aboard a flotilla heading toward Gaza.


The country has been experiencing acute unemployment. The government has to resolve this problem because it is mainly the responsibility of the government to mitigate unemployment to a minimal level. However, instead of solving the problem, the government's activities are making the unemployment situation worse. From the electronic media it is learnt that most of govt. departments can not run their daily activities due to huge vacancies of govt posts.

Modern life

People are presently giving priority to earning money, not gathering knowledge. Moreover, they want to have their own way all the time. They hardly think of others. Regrettably, the more people are getting used to the modern way of life, the more rude they are being to others.

JMB regrouping

It is horrible news for us, the peaceful general people of Bangladesh, that Jama'atul Mujahidden Bangladesh, the banned extremist outfit, believed to have weakened in recent years, still has around 400 full-time cadres across the country and a military wing capable of launching spectacular attacks.

Nimtoli & Begunbari

The whole country must be crying now. Even a heartless man might also be crying at the tragedy of Nimtoli and Begunbari. But the tears have no value if we silently wait for another new tragedy.

Things going wrong

As a sensible citizen of this country I'm absolutely cynical about our overall socio-political scenario. I really don't know what I must be proud of when everyday countless dismal reports of atrocious violence torment our conscience. The irresistible crime rate of the country is breaking all records as every day the sinister monster of carnage reigns over the innocents. Murderers, muggers, and extortionists dauntlessly rule over the common people.


Kyrgyzstan asks Russia to help quell ethnic clashes

Kyrgyzstan's interim leader yesterday asked Russia to send troops to help quell ethnic violence in the south of her country, which she warned had spiralled "out of control".

Tight security in Iran ahead of polls anniversary

There is a huge security presence in Tehran and other Iranian cities, as the country marks the first anniversary of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election, witnesses say.

N Korea warns South over loudspeakers

North Korea repeated its threat yesterday to shoot down loudspeakers the South has set up at the border to broadcast anti-Pyongyang propaganda messages, keeping tensions on the peninsula bubbling at their highest in years.

Iraqi Shia groups merge to form new bloc

Iraq’s two main Shia groups, which performed strongly in recent elections, have merged to form the biggest alliance in the new parliament.

Iran to unveil nuke fuel advance

Iran will unveil a new advance in its nuclear program in the coming months, the head of its Atomic Energy Organization was quoted as saying yesterday, in comments that showed defiance in the face of new UN sanctions.

Cameron, Obama to discuss BP oil spill

David Cameron will discuss the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster with President Barack Obama later.

1.3m flee as China flooding kills 155

Unusually heavy seasonal flooding in China has killed at least 155 people and forced more than 1 million to flee as water levels in some areas reached at their highest in more than a decade, the government reported yesterday.

US teenage sailor rescued

A 16-year-old US girl who ran into problems trying to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world has been rescued in the Indian Ocean.

16 dead in US flood

A wall of water, triggered by heavy rains that swelled the Little Missouri River to 20 feet, caught victims asleep in their tents at the Albert Pike campground in the Ouachita Mountains west of Little Rock, authorities said.

Myanmar denies nuke weapons programme

The Burmese government has denied recent reports that it is developing a nuclear weapons programme.

UN team to evaluate Afghan terror blacklist

A United Nations committee will visit Afghanistan this month to consider the removal of militants from its terrorism blacklist, the UN's special representative to the country said yesterday.

Thousands protest youth's killing in Kashmir

Thousands of Muslims yesterday defied strict security restrictions and marched to chants of "we want freedom" in Indian Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar to protest the death of a teenager.

China signs trade deals with Lanka

Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang held talks with Sri Lanka's president yesterday after signing six trade and economic deals, the president's office said in a statement.

US to consider fresh plea for Anderson's extradition

Days after ruling out any ''new inquiries'' against Union Carbide in the wake of the Bhopal court verdict, the US today said it is prepared to give "fair consideration" to any fresh request from India for extradition of the company's former chief Warren Anderson over the 1984 gas disaster.

Delhi Traffic Police Facebook profile a big success

With over 5,000 fans on Facebook, the Delhi Traffic Police Friday described its outreach initiative as a big success.

Arts & Entertainment

Countdown to Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary

Marking Tagore's 150th birth anniversary on May 8, cultural organisations Shurolok (Bangladesh) and Nabopratisruti (Kolkata, India), along with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a day-long cultural programme, titled 'Bishwe Bangali,' at the National Theatre Hall of BSA on June 11.

Inspiring shapes and forms

After a hiatus of two years, Iftikhar Uddin Ahmed, a noted Bangladeshi painter, has returned to Dhaka from Canada. Semi-human figures and visages are noticeable in his present works. Previously his works were purely abstract-based where architectural and geometrical forms and lines were brought together.

Nazrul birth anniversary celebrations held

A three-day national celebration, organised by Jatiya Kobi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) in Trishal to mark the 111th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, concluded recently.

‘Conqueror Corporate Identity Design Contest 2010’ in Bangladesh

Paper Studio along with Earth Identity Projects, Japan jointly organised a contest titled 'Conqueror Corporate Identity Design Contest 2010', which was held on June 7 at Radius Centre in Gulshan, says a press release. Creative professionals from leading advertising agencies of Bangladesh and graphic design students from different universities of Dhaka attended the session. The seminar was co-hosted and conducted by Hiromi Inayoshi, a world-renowned artist in mark (logo) design. Inayoshi shared his thoughts and expertise in developing corporate identity.

‘1 Goal: Education for all’ campaign

Eco Social Development Organisation (ESDO), in association with Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and Gana Sakkharata Obhijan, organised the screening of the inaugural match of World Cup Football'2010. The event was held on Friday evening at ESDO ground at Gabindanagar village under sadar upazila in Thakurgaon with the theme '1 Goal : Education for all'.

Football Fever

I'm an avid supporter of the Brazilian team. Right now I've only two things on mind -- football and acting. I intend to watch all of the matches. If that's not possible, I'll at least try not to miss any match featuring Brazil. The excitement and rush football induces are unique. I don't feel this way about any other sport. Of course this passion for the sport is amplified every four years during the World Cup. I've already made plans to watch the games with my family; have even bought a Brazil jersey. I'd be delighted if the final is between Brazil and Spain; if not any team against Brazil will do, as long as Brazil is in the final.

Film on Robert Schumann’s compositions

A film on Robert Schumann's unforgettable music was screened recently to coincide with the bicentenary birth anniversary of the famous German composer (June 8, 1810- July 29, 1857). The event was organised by Dr. R.P. Jain, retired academic and music connoisseur.

Shadinota Charu Shilpi Sangsad organises a workshop in Savar

Shadinota Charu Shilpi Sangsad organised a day-long art workshop titled “Sabujer Abahon” at Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission's premises, Savar, says a press release. Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University, Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique; local lawmaker Talukdar Mohammad Towhid Jung Murad; managing director of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission; noted art critic Moinuddin Khaled and a number of senior painters were present at the inaugural session of the workshop.

Certificate giving ceremony for Theatre School students

Abdullah Al-Mamun Theatre School, the academic wing of the popular troupe Theatre, will arrange a certificate awarding ceremony for the 20th batch students, who successfully completed a year-long certificate course. The event will be held at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy today at 6:30pm, according to a press release.

Fulki exchanges views with journalists

Fulki, a cultural organisation of Faridpur, held a meeting to exchange views with Faridpur journalists at Adarsha Balika Uchcha Bidyalaya on Friday morning.


Changing the bus and shifting gear

FINANCE Minister AMA Muhith presented the national budget last Thursday. It is the second of his government, the fourth of his own making and the 39th budget placed so far in Bangladesh. For the first time, the parliament members witnessed a digital submission of the budget proceedings.

Can sanctions deter Iran?

THE Obama administration is mighty happy after the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1929 (2010) on June 9, slapping sanctions on Iran.

Getting the ADP debate right

THE 2010-11 (FY11) budget envisages an Annual Development Program (ADP) of Tk.38,500 crore. Some media commentaries have focussed on its record size, without recognising the fact that both our economy and population are larger than ever before. To note the record size of ADP in isolation is like saying I am older today than at any time in my life!

Vuvuzelas and an insidious master-plan

WE as a species are doomed. And I am not basing my dire prognostication on the Nimtoli disaster, or the BP oil spill, or the seven-year old Afghan boy who was executed by the Taliban for the crime of spying.

Recovery or reining in deficits?

A two-day summit meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors from the word's twenty leading economies recently came to an end. It was held in Busan, the second largest city and the main port of South Korea. The principal item on the agenda was global economic recovery. In view of the growing European debt crisis, discussions centred on finding a balance between two conflicting strategies: continuing to stimulate recovery as many American economists recommend and taking drastic measures to reduce deep fiscal deficits, the primary concern in Europe.


Govt mum on tax on SIM, mobile sets

Even before the budget for fiscal 2010-11 was placed in parliament, industry players and some government officials felt it was necessary the SIM taxes be abolished or slashed to propel the sector forward. However, Finance Minister AMA Muhith chose to be hush on the matter.

Ways of going green

As a part of a latest green initiative, every new device of Nokia, the world's supreme mobile handset manufacturer, will have an Eco profile that includes information on the device's energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Apple unveils iPhone with video chat

Apple has unveiled a next-generation iPhone that features video chat, can shoot and edit high-definition quality video and has a crisper resolution screen.

World Cup coverage expands on the Web, cell phones

With games airing live on cell phones and computers, the World Cup will get more online coverage than any major sporting event yet. Watching highlights the next day on TV or YouTube will suddenly seem a downright ancient way to keep up with the action.

Dell appoints local partner

Dell, one of the world's leading technology corporations, on Tuesday announced its partnership with Computer Services Limited under its Dell Partnership Program, to cater to the demands of IT industries.

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