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News of: Friday, 18th of June, 2010

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Manjur sniffs victory

BNP-backed mayor candidate Mohammad Manjur Alam was leading ruling Awami League-backed ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury by 26,184 votes in 362 centres in the Chittagong City Corporation election.

Argentina too hot to handle

Diego Maradona's Argentina are on the verge of a last 16 place at the World Cup after Thursday's 4-1 victory over South Korea as Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain scored a hattrick.

E-voting just easy

Seventy-year-old Redu Mian had a confused look on his face as he lumbered slowly into a booth where balloting was in progress through Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). Within 30 seconds he appeared with a victorious smile as he had just cast his vote using a machine he had never seen before.

The Daily Star sees quiet voting in 50 centres

Polling in the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election ended in a peaceful and fair manner under a political government as no incident of violence or rigging was reported.

Growers to get benefit in 5 yrs

The farmers can expect to get benefits of the scientific breakthrough of decoding the jute plant genome in five years.

9 months gone, no JS scrutiny yet

Fate of the proposed private real estate development bill to protect buyer interests and save wetlands in and around the capital remains uncertain as a parliamentary body has held back its passage for over nine months in the name of scrutinising it.

600 Biman fliers left stranded

Nearly 600 passengers are stranded at hotels in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhaka after Biman was forced to use a smaller aircraft on two routes.

Electric trains to link Ctg with Dhaka

The government is to run electric trains between Dhaka and Chittagong, Communications Minister Syed Abdul Hossain told the House yesterday.

50 injured as BCL factions clash

At least 50 persons including journalists, politicians and police were injured yesterday in a clash between Bangladesh Chhatra League factions over student union election at Gopalganj Government Bangabandhu University College.

MP assaulted over fertiliser distribution

Leaders and activists of Krishak League assaulted the local lawmaker Meraj Uddin Mollah at Mohonpur upazila parishad here yesterday following an intra-party rivalry over recruitment of retailers and selection of farmers for fertiliser distribution.

Mother sent back to jail hour after son's death

Four-year-old Mohammad Mustafa who had spent the past three years of his life in prison with his convicted mother died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) early yesterday.

Sangu back on gas production

Gas production in the off-shore Sangu field resumed on Wednesday night following repair of one of the power generators installed on its off-shore platform, sources said.

PM presses for MP wealth card

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to submit income tax returns of ministers and lawmakers to finance ministry so that it could make their wealth statements public.

Elevated Expressway project on schedule

Communication Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday said the government aims to complete the first phase of Dhaka Elevated Expressway project within its tenure.

CEC happy with polls

Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Chittagong City Corporation election was held freely and peacefully thanks to fair conduct of contesting candidates.

Govt firm on saving wetlands

The government will not bow down to any intimidation by realtors over approval of the Detailed Area Plan (DAP) for a planned and healthy capital, said state minister for housing Abdul Mannan Khan yesterday.

Govt moves to make jute a must in packaging

Cabinet yesterday approved a draft bill seeking mandatory use of jute in packaging of various commodities.

Editorial

New vista opening on jute

THE secret of jute plant is now at the fingertip of a scientist, thanks to the work of Bangladesh-born Dr. Maqsudul Alam who has decoded the genome of this natural fibre. We congratulate him and his team on their potentially epoch-making success.

Stalking and harassing young women still unabated

Much as we would like to think a momentum has come into the business of resisting those who stalk and harass young women, we cannot but note that incidents of such stalking or harassment have been going on across the country. Only the other day, a schoolgirl was murdered over her refusal to accept an indecent proposal from a young man in Satkhira. In Noakhali, another young woman was subjected to acid throwing and consequential burns at the hands of a gang of local criminals. In Chapainawabganj, a schoolgirl has simply stopped going to classes because of the harassment and humiliation she has been subjected to day after day by wayward young men in her locality. In Kushtia, a young man brave enough to protest the harassment of a young woman was stabbed to death by her stalkers.

Sports

Les Miserables

France, the 1998 world champions and 2006 runners-up, were left teetering on the brink of World Cup first round elimination on Thursday when they slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Mexico.

Morning after night before

The car horns and vuvuzelas were silent on Thursday as broken-hearted South Africans digested their team's disappointing World Cup performance.

Maradona's dig at Pele, Platini

Argentina coach Diego Maradona took a swipe at fellow greats Pele and Michel Platini and also criticised the World Cup match ball at a press conference in South Africa.

Greece's day of firsts

Greece beat ten-man Nigeria 2-1 in a thrilling encounter on Thursday to record their first ever victory at a World Cup finals.

Serbia face German machine

Serbia are hurting after their opening defeat to Ghana and must show no fear if they are to stop 'machine-like' Germany here on Friday, striker Milan Jovanovic says.

Khedira's cause for concern

Sami Khedira, who has successfully replaced the injured Michael Ballack in Germany's midfield, said on Wednesday he is wary of a backlash from Serbia in Friday's World Cup clash.

Pay dispute hits WC

Several hundred World Cup workers have gathered in Durban to protest against low pay and working conditions in a dispute that has now spread to half the tournament's stadiums.

Rain ruins training

Germany and Serbia have had to cancel training sessions at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium here Thursday to protect the pitch after heavy rain.

Blame it on his girlfriend

Reeling from their shock 1-0 loss to Switzerland on Wednesday, irate Spanish fans claimed journalist Sara Carbonera, who's dating Iker Casillas, was standing behind the goalkeeper and distracted him from making the save as Swiss player Eron Deryiok burst through and created the only goal of the match.

Shakib wants more teamwork

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has asked his teammates to perform as a unit instead of playing as individuals following his team's six-wicket defeat to India in Dambulla.

Chile shows the beauty

What the Argentineans started, the Germans showcased and the Spanish promised, the Chileans delivered. Beautiful football arrived at the World Cup on Wednesday, but from an unlikely source.

Party put on hold

South Africa's World Cup celebration took a sombre turn Thursday as Nelson Mandela attended the funeral of his great-granddaughter, who was killed in a car crash on the eve of the tournament.

Ghana's training put on ice

Frozen pitches at Ghana's World Cup training base north of Rustenburg caused their practice session on Thursday to be delayed for two hours.

Foes at it again

Twenty-four years after they last clashed on the pitch at Mexico 1986, South Korean coach Huh Jung-Moo and Diego Maradona were at it again on the sidelines during Argentina's 4-1 win in their World Cup Group B match.

Cahill handed 1-match ban

FIFA on Thursday confirmed that Australian midfielder Tim Cahill will be suspended for one match after being given a straight red card in the World Cup match against Germany last weekend.

Giants score 20 in total

Giants Mohammedan and Abahani continued to dazzle in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League as they won their respective matches convincingly at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Ireland eye an upset

Ireland burst off to 44 for no loss in 5 overs after Tim Paine steered Australia through a difficult opening to their tour as his 81 pushed them to 231 for 9 against Ireland in Dublin yesterday.

Fine win for Wari

Wari Club came from one goal down to thrash Agrani Bank 3-1 in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

4 share lead

Four players shared the lead in the preliminary phase of the 36th National Chess Championship at the close of the fifth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room yesterday.

England seek swift respite

England are in a combative mood ahead of their must-win World Cup encounter with Algeria on Friday, with the return of Gareth Barry a boost to their confidence.

Rooney in bullish mood

Wayne Rooney has insisted he would relish the prospect of coming up against Germany in the first knockout round at the World Cup.

Battle in prospect

Group C tabletoppers Slovenia are going to have to battle to the last minute if they are to overcome the United States in Friday's World Cup clash and progress to the second round said US goalkeeper Tim Howard.

World Cup One Twos

VUVU-ANTHEM
It's official: vuvuzelas can be put to more creative use. A young man used his, along with a whistle, to deliver an impressive performance of the South African national anthem, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika (God Bless Africa) outside Durban stadium. He played the song on his whistle, which was attached to the mouth of the vuvuzela and used this as an amplifier. Surprisingly enough, the otherwise monotonous sound of the vuvuzela delivered an impressive performance of the anthem, at least until the high notes at the end

Business

Savers in for less

The interest rates on almost all types of savings certificates will see a cut by more than one percentage point -- a move that will reduce interest burden on the government.

Popular Life mutual fund gets nod

The stockmarket regulator has approved a Tk 200 crore closed-end mutual fund sponsored by Popular Life Insurance Company.

Mobile operators rope in 2m more customers

Bangladesh's six mobile phone operators added two million new customers in May.

Real estate fair begins in Dhaka

A five-day real estate show kicked off in Dhaka yesterday.

BIA chief upbeat on insurance

Bangladesh Insurance Association (BIA) Chairman AKM Rafiqul Islam says there is 'vast scope' for the development of the insurance industry.

Grameen Bank records 42pc rise in membership

Grameen Bank, known for its innovative microcredit schemes, signed up more than three lakh new members in 2009.

Exporters oppose tax hike

The demand for continuation of the existing 0.25 percent tax at source for the export sector was raised again at a press briefing in Dhaka yesterday.

Fresh economic worries trigger rush into gold

Gold was set for its largest daily rise in a week on Thursday, as a combination of concern over the impact of the euro zone debt crisis and downbeat US data encouraged a fresh sweep into safe-haven assets.

Corporate Briefs

NCC BANK
One of the sponsors/directors of the bank, ASM Main Uddin Monem, said that he had completed selling his one lakh shares at prevailing market price through stock exchange as announced earlier.

StanChart to buy into AgBank IPO

Standard Chartered will buy a chunk of Agricultural Bank of China's upcoming shares in what could be the world's largest initial public offering.

India, China companies most optimistic on growth

Asia's top companies are at their most optimistic in five quarters as robust economic growth in the region outweighs concerns about debt problems in Europe and renewed market volatility, a new Reuters index shows.

Oil below $78

Oil prices eased in Asian trade yesterday as stock markets weakened and investors booked profits following a surge above 78 dollars a barrel, analysts said.

Metropolitan

Cabinet okays bill for mandatory use of jute in packaging

The cabinet yesterday approved a draft bill seeking to make mandatory the use of jute in packaging various commodities.

'Integrate physically challenged women into mainstream'

Violence against women with disabilities should be addressed from the perspective of citizens' rights along with steps to enhance their mobility and security, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.

Observers say CCC polls peaceful

Election observers yesterday expressed satisfaction over the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls held yesterday.

PM supervises MPO list: Nahid

Against the backdrop of resentment among the lawmakers over the list of non-government educational institutions that qualified for government subsidy, the prime minister directly supervised the latest list of institutions, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said yesterday.

Invest in power, energy, shipbuilding

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Swedish businessmen to invest in the power, energy and shipbuilding sectors in Bangladesh.

Middlemen eat up lion's share of profit from raw jute

Jute and Textile Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui said in Parliament yesterday that the middlemen eat up the lion's share of profit from jute produced with toil by the farmers.

7 killed in road crashes

At least seven people were killed and 23 others injured in separate road accidents in Narsingdi, Bagerhat and Kishoreganj yesterday.

New salary structure, service age for researchers on cards

Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury yesterday said the government will consider a new salary structure and service age for the researchers aiming at encouraging them to pursue research work.

Vocational Education Week begins June 20

The government, for the first time, is going to observe Technical and Vocational Education Week 2010 beginning June 20 as part of its one of the key strategies to develop technical education.

Court asks CID to submit probe report by Aug 8

A Dhaka court yesterday asked the Criminal Investigation Department to submit by August 8 the probe report of a bribery case filed against Bashundhara Group chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam, former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and two others.

Call to raise awareness to combat AIDS

Speakers at a seminar called for raising awareness among the youths and vulnerable groups about HIV/AIDS risk factors to prevent epidemic of the deadly disease in the country.

US keen to work with Bangladesh

Congressman Peter King has said that the United States is keen to work with the government of Bangladesh and praised various development activities undertaken by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Dr Sansalone made AUW provost

American engineering professor Dr Mary J Sansalone was appointed provost and chief academic officer of the Asian University for Women (AUW) with effective from July 1, says a press release.

Dr Reyan Anis awarded FRCP

Dr Reyan Anis, MBBS (Dhaka) and MRCP (London), has been made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), says a press release.

Majeda appointed ambassador to Philippines

The government has appointed Majeda Ra-fiqun Nessa, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Philippines, according to an official announcement yesterday.

Muggers stab one to death

A van driver was stabbed to death by muggers in the capital's airport area early yesterday.

Govt to reopen five jute mills

The government has taken steps to reopen five jute mills under Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC).

National

5 found guilty, suspended

Two officials and three employees of Secondary Teachers' Training Institute here were suspended yesterday for selecting 56 fake headmasters for a government training programme held between May 22 and 27, official sources said.

Lethal weapons, jihadi books seized from Shibir rooms

The authorities of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) with the help of law enforcers raided Ziaur Rahman Hall of the university early yesterday and seized lethal weapons, leaflets and books on Jihad (pro-Islamic uprising) from four Shibir-controlled rooms.

Lightning kills 8, injures 28

Lightning killed at least eight people and injured 28 others in five districts yesterday and the day before.

Soccer fans block highway for smooth power supply

Thousands of people, most of them soccer fans, of Birganj upazila yesterday blocked Panchagarh-Dhaka highway yesterday for over five hours demanding smooth power supply.

'Brutal killing' of a domestic help

A teenage domestic help, allegedly set on fire by younger brother of her employer Wednesday morning, succumbed to burn injuries at 11:55 at night at Khulna Medical College and Hospital.

Hunger strike at KU called off

Seventy students of Khulna University (KU) called off their fast-unto- death programme at 1:30 pm yesterday following an assurance given by City Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque that their demand would be considered sympathetically.

Houses of 5 stalkers set on fire

Agitated people yesterday set fire to the houses of five stalkers at Kalupara village in Tarash upazila of Sirajganj district immediately after the death of a villager who was injured by the gang the day before.

School-cum-cyclone shelter

A multipurpose cyclone shelter was inaugurated at Mirzaganj upazila headquarters yesterday.

Cattle trader killed as BSF opens fire in Naogaon

Border Security Force (BSF) of India shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Chakelam border under Dhamurhut upazila of Naogaon district early yesterday.

International

Pakistan 'funds' UN blacklisted group

Pakistan's Punjab province government gave about $1m (£674,000) last year to institutions linked to a charity on a UN terror blacklist, it has emerged.

40 Pak troops captured by Taliban

The Afghan Taliban says it has captured dozens of Pakistani soldiers after attacking their checkpoint in a cross-border raid.

India campaign group lobbies for end to Andamans tours

Aboriginal tribes people in India's Andamans archipelago are being threatened by tourist safaris run by local tour operators, an indigenous rights organisation has said.

Act against West’s ‘islamophobia’

Muslim states said on Wednesday that what they call "islamophobia" is sweeping the West and its media and demanded that the United Nations take tougher action against it.

Karzai set for Japan talks

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai is beginning a visit to Japan, one of his country's biggest donors.

US expands sanctions against Iran

The United States is expanding its sanctions against Iran because of concerns about its nuclear ambitions.

US envoy calls for strong message to N Korea on ship

The world must send a strong message to North Korea that its provocative actions are unacceptable, a senior US diplomat said on Thursday after talks on how to respond to the sinking of a South Korean warship.

Israeli cabinet votes to ease Gaza blockade

Israel has announced it will ease the land blockade of the Gaza Strip and allow more civilian goods to enter the Palestinian territory.

US Congress to grill BP chief

BP boss Tony Hayward is set to face a grilling in the US Congress, a day after the oil firm agreed a $20bn (£13.5bn) compensation fund for victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Close battle for 18 seats in 5 states

Polling for 18 Rajya Sabha seats in five states began yesterday to decide the fate of Union minister Anand Sharma, LJP supremo Ram Vilas Paswan, legal luminary Ram Jethmalani, former BJP chief M Venkaiah Naidu and liquor baron Vijay Mallya among others.

Latest attacks kill 12 Indian Maoists

Indian security forces killed 12 Maoists, including three women, in the latest of a series of raids against rebel strongholds in the east of country, officials said yesterday.

Pak nuke plants for peaceful use

China said yesterday its civilian nuclear cooperation with Pakistan was for peaceful purposes, after the United States said it was seeking clarification from China on a deal to build two new reactors.

Arts & Entertainment

Nazrul melody in its diversity

Production Department of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a musical soiree along with dance performances at National Music and Dance Centre auditorium of BSA on June 16.

Documentaries in conflict resolution

Documentary films can play a key role in conflict resolution. Recognising such a possibility, the University of Sydney, Australia, has invited eminent Bangladeshi director Tanvir Mokammel to a conference on peace research to be held there from July 5-10.

My heroes

Seasoned actress Rozina is a name associated with the country's filmdom in the '80s. Rozina has won much acclaim for her memorable performances.

Competitions on the Bards

Competitions on songs and poetry recital of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam were held in Tangail town on Wednesday last.

Catching up with Hasan Masud

Hasan Masud is a familiar face to the TV viewers in Bangladesh. Many of his serials and TV plays are being aired on ATN Bangla, Banglavision, ntv and Rtv. The actor is also busy with new TV serials and single-episode plays.

Danny Boyle to direct 2012 Olympics opening ceremony

Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle will be artistic director for the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, organisers have announced. The Slumdog Millionaire director said he was "honoured" by his appointment.

OP-ED

Performing in the clutch

THE mantra of the government is that they have everything under control. There is nothing to worry about. There is method to their madness.

Fearful of the written word

AS if it was not already bad enough to arrest the editor of a newspaper, we are told that he is also being roughed up. Perhaps roughing up are not the right words for what is being done to him. He was reportedly taken to secret places where unidentified men inflicted torture on him. If that is true then in the 21st century, we are living in medieval times.

Time for a strategic decision

THE role of students, particularly of Dhaka University, in Bangladesh's political history is unique and inspiring. They led the Language Movement that laid the foundation for an independent Bangladesh. They led the 1969 popular uprising against Ayub Khan's military dictatorship that weakened Pakistan, paving the way for the emergence of Bangladesh. In 1971, they stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the political and military leaderships in the fight against the Pakistani military. Perhaps only here have students played such a role.

Surrounded by nuclear weapon states

IT started with India, our nearest neighbour, which tested its first nuclear weapon on May 18, 1974, described by the Indian government as a "peaceful nuclear explosion." After a pause of twenty-four years, India carried out five more nuclear tests, between May 11 and May 13, 1998. One of the five explosions is believed to have used a thermonuclear device.

Farcical justice in Bhopal

Cynicism is never irrational. The irrational, often wrong, sometimes right, are impelled by instinct, heart or even conscience. Cynics are morality-proof. They prefer data to truth.

StarTech

Peek into Nokia's new squad

You can term it a carnival, if you like. Loud music, alluring lights and colourful small tents were ready to cater to the needs and queries of the young and enthused gadgets lovers from the Southeast Asia Pacific region.

Mobile video calls the next frontier, says Skype head

Making video calls from a mobile phone to TV sets or computers will be the next frontier for information technology, the head of Internet telephony pioneer Skype said Tuesday.

Game on: Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft wage war

Electronics hardware makers on Tuesday showed off snazzy new devices enabling motion-sensing play and 3D effects, intensifying a battle to introduce video-gaming to a new generation of casual users.

Medical phone, vibrating earphone shine at trade show

Are you having chest pains and wondering if you should rush to hospital? The EPI Life, one of the gadgets on show at a Singapore trade fair, could be what you need.

ICT roadshow held

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, a professional association of broadcasting organisations, along with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation co-organised a two-day ICT roadshow in the city on June 11.



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