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News of: Tuesday, 22nd of June, 2010

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Dhaka readies for long legal battle

Bangladesh is preparing for a lengthy legal battle at an international tribunal to establish its claim over territorial waters in the Bay of Bengal, as talks for an amicable settlement of maritime boundary disputes with India and Myanmar do not seem promising.

Spain ride on Villa double

Goals either side of half-time by Barcelona's new signing David Villa saw Spain beat Honduras 2-0 in their Group H clash at Ellis Park on Monday to put their World Cup back on track.

His dream comes true

In two successive years, expatriate Bangladeshi scientist Dr Maqsudul Alam achieved two milestones in genomics -- sequencing the genomes of papaya and rubber plants.

Labour unrest shuts all garment units in Ashulia

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) decided to close all apparel units in Ashulia for an indefinite period in the wake of yesterday's labour unrest that injured at least 200 people.

Rise in tax, VAT to make life tougher

The proposed tax increase in the budget for fiscal year 2010-11 will make life harder for lower income group people, and swell the population below the poverty line, said the main opposition in parliament BNP.

25 hurt in BCL attack at DU

At least 25 activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured in a violent attack by a group of members of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.

DAP gets nod

The cabinet yesterday directed the authorities concerned to quickly implement the Detailed Area Plan (DAP) for Dhaka Metropolitan City that aims at sustainable environment, and provides a guideline for urban development.

Challenges from within

The government faces challenges from inside in implementing the Detail Area Plan of the capital as some bureaucrats, lawmakers and even an adviser to the premier try to incorporate flood flow zone as residential areas in the draft.

In-laws arrested

Law enforcers yesterday arrested five people in the capital in connection with the deaths of Farzana Kabir Rita and her two children.

Anti-hartal bill placed

A bill was recently submitted to the Parliament Secretariat seeking to enact a law that would enable authorities concerned to punish individuals who force people to observe hartals.

Wife, 5 others to die

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced six people including a model to death for killing her husband Jahangir Alam, a trader in the city's Shyampur area in November 2008.

NGO activities under review

The NGO Affairs Bureau has moved to evaluate overall activities of non-government organisations (NGO) through which the past BNP-led government spent Tk 10,366 crore in different projects.

Worker burnt to death

A worker died in a fire when he was dismantling a vessel at a ship-breaking yard in Bara Awlia of Sitakunda upazila yesterday.

Charges pile against Law enforcers

The Human Rights Commission has received complaints of violating rights mostly against the law-enforcers.

Anomalies found in army accounts

A parliamentary committee yesterday suggested that Bangladesh Army should deposit Tk 2.26 crore, kept in its private fund, with the state exchequer in 15 days.

'BNP leaders plotted Sylhet grenade attack'

Huji leader Mufti Abdul Hannan yesterday in a Sylhet courtroom placed the blame on a few BNP men including an ex-state minister for the grenade attack on an Awami League meeting in the city.

Adamji Jute Mills to reopen soon

The government will reopen Adamji Jute Mills soon installing 500 looms initially at a cost of Tk 306 crore.

BNP plotting to protect war criminals

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accused the BNP-led opposition of plotting to protect the 1971 war criminals.

Mohiuddin hails Manjur at last

Former Chittagong mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday hailed Chittagong City Corporation mayor-elect Mohammad Manjur Alam.

Two Huji men held

The Rapid Action Battalion in the last two days arrested two Huji (Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami) members, who had been sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment for possessing illegal firearms and explosives.

Portugal ride on high

Portugal fans were in seventh heaven Monday after witnessing their team's World Cup demolition job over North Korea, hailing Cristiano Ronaldo as a legend and laying down the gauntlet to Brazil.

Editorial

Growing global support for war crimes trial

DELEGATES from 11 countries and the local organisers of the seminar on trial of 1971 war crimes, held in Dhaka on Sunday, were unequivocal in their observation that the genocide in Bangladesh was among the worst since the Second World War. This eggs us on powerfully to successfully conduct the trial of the collaborators of the Pakistan army who actively participated in the mass killing which saw three million Bengalees being liquidated in nine months.

Now teachers and students blockading rail traffic

A front page story on Monday in this newspaper reported that rail link between Dhaka and Chittagong had remained suspended for the greater part of three hours as teachers and students of Bayek Shah Alam College of Kasbah put up barricades on the railway track in Brahmanbaria because their institution was not included in the MPO list.

Sports

Portugal poach North Korea

A merciless Portugal tore North Korea to shreds in a 7-0 rout on Monday, putting them within reach of the knockout rounds and eliminating the Asian nation from the World Cup.

Chile's dream run goes on

Chile continued their dream World Cup run with a 1-0 defeat of 10-man Switzerland here on Monday to move within touching distance of the last 16.

Jabulani: myth and fact

As the second round of games in South Africa 2010 draws to a close, the one thing that has dominated headlines more than any team performance or player has been the Jabulani ball. Players, coaches, experts and viwers have raised questions about the ball. Adidas have claimed that this is the best ball they have produced. With so much contrasting opinion, the Sports Aerodynamic Research Centre led by Dr Firoz Alam at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia has undertaken a series of experimental testing in RMIT Industrial Wind Tunnel using six component force sensor. The tests have revealed some interesting findings:

Zi Zou not interfering

Former French football star Zinedine Zidane denied media reports claiming he had been interfering with France's tactics at the World Cup.

Afridi toys with Tigers

Skipper Shahid Afridi smashed a glorious 124 off 60 balls as Pakistan ended their Asia Cup campaign with a 139-run rout of Bangladesh on Monday.

Wimbledon underway

The Wimble- don tennis championships got underway Monday with defending champion Roger Federer going in search of his seventh title, while comeback girl Kim Clijsters got off to a flying start.

Vintage Brazil, biteless Italy

South America's World Cup kept getting better, Africa's miseries were compounded, and another shock result established upsets as the norm in the first round of this World Cup. On Sunday, six-times world champions Brazil turned in a vintage performance to brush aside Ivory Coast 3-1 in their group H encounter, while in group F Paraguay made easy work of meek Slovakia in a 2-0 victory, but the biggest result came when the reigning champions Italy failed to break the wall of New Zealand in their entertaining 1-1 draw.

Red card unjustified

Brazil coach Dunga insisted the controversial dismissal of star midfielder Kaka was 'totally unjustified' as the five-time world champions beat the Ivory Coast 3-1 to reach the World Cup last 16 on Sunday.

Ajax a la Portugal

Two goals each from Rahat Sarwar and Shahidullah Khokon powered Ajax SC to a massive 7-0 win over Police AC in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

2 feds have new bosses

Manjur Kader Koraishi MP and Mushfiqur Rahman Mohan have been appointed presidents of two different national sports federations yesterday.

Hosts on a par with Proteas

South Africa's grip on the second Test against West Indies was weakened on Sunday after Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash hit hundreds.

Nat'l chess

FM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar took solo lead in the preliminary phase of the 36th National Chess Championship at the end of the ninth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation Hall Room yesterday.

Drawing contest

A drawing competition for children was held yesterday at the Bangladesh Olympic Association Bhaban on the eve of today's Olympic Day Run in the capital.

Badda pull through

A last gasp strike from Pranob Kumar helped Badda Jagarani Sangsad beat Victoria SC 1-0 in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

It augurs well for Argentina

Coach Diego Maradona and his Argentina superstars are in Polokwane to face Greece Tuesday with the promise of more World Cup goals and a perfect record going into the second round.

'God would score once'

Argentina coach Diego Maradona says that Brazilian star Luis Fabiano can score all the goals he wants off unwhistled handballs, but there is only one "Hand of God" goal.

Elano injury not serious

Brazil expect to have midfielder Elano back for their final World Cup Group G match against Portugal although he was stretchered off in the 3-1 win over Ivory Coast.

Messi may captain

Diego Maradona plans on making seven substitutions to his starting lineup for Argentina's match with Greece, but star Lionel Messi will play Tuesday because benching him would be sinful.

Gloom etched in Italian papers

Italian newspapers reacted with gloomy resignation rather than shock Monday after a 1-1 draw with New Zealand left their World Cup hopes in peril.

Bafana face embattled Les Bleus

South Africa face a French side in disarray on Tuesday as they battle to avoid the indignity of being the only host nation in history to crash out in the first round of a World Cup.

S Korea smell a win

South Korea play winless Nigeria in their final Group B match here on Tuesday in the knowledge that a win would seal their berth in the last 16 stage of the World Cup.

Mexico aim for a draw

Cuauhtemoc Blanco has insisted Mexico will not be worried if they can do no better than draw with Uruguay in Tuesday's World Cup clash, a result which would send France home.

World Cup One Twos

PIRLO BACK TO FULL TRAINING
Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo managed a full training session on Monday for the first time at the World Cup, raising the prospect he could play in Thursday's final Group F game against Slovakia.

Business

Private sector loans fuel inflation: BB

An increase in loan flow to the private and unproductive sectors has led to a rise in inflation, according to a report by Bangladesh Bank (BB).

Stocks sink as market jitters linger

Stocks dived for a second day as investors continued to speculate a massive correction in the market.

Robi CEO upset over new telecom law

Robi Managing Director Michael Kuehnar says the existing law is enough to deal with any wrongdoing in the telecom sector.

StanChart on growth path

Standard Chartered Bank Bangladesh plans to recruit up to 400 employees over the next six months, as part of its plan to double business in three years, said a top official.

China unshackles yuan ahead of G20

China's yuan surged on Monday by the most of any day since its landmark revaluation in 2005, sending a clear signal ahead of this weekend's G20 summit that Beijing is keeping to its word and allowing greater currency flexibility.

Govt to frame policy on crop insurance

The government will frame a policy on crop insurance to hedge growers against the risk of losses from crop failure in the wake of natural disasters, said the chief of a parliamentary body yesterday.

Vocational training stressed for skills development

The government should emphasise technical and vocational training to develop skills of the country's huge population, said a leading entrepreneur yesterday.

Chamber leaders meet on Dhaka-Delhi trade

A delegation of Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI) met the high officials of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in Dhaka yesterday, said a statement of DCCI.

Bangladesh, India to set up 10 border haats

Bangladesh and India yesterday decided to set up 10 border 'haats' along its international border in the north-east to facilitate sales of locally produced items among people living in remote and inaccessible areas on both sides, officials said.

BRAC Bank launches offshore banking

BRAC Bank opened its offshore banking unit at its Gulshan branch recently, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

BRAC Bank launches offshore banking

BRAC Bank opened its offshore banking unit at its Gulshan branch recently, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Muhith leaves for Azerbaijan

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday left Dhaka to attend the 35th annual meeting of Islamic Development Bank in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

New president for FBCCI

AK Azad, managing director of Ha-Meem Group, a major apparel maker, has been elected the president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) for 2010-12.

Corporate Briefs

MAKSONS SPINNING MILLS
The subscription period for the rights issue will be from October 3-31. The record date for an entitlement of rights share is July 14. The purpose of rights Issue is to diversify its product by setting up a 100 percent export oriented composite home textile unit with modern machinery and technology as an expansion unit of the company and to pay off high cost bank loan and lease liability to increase turnover and profitability.

Oil rallies

Oil prices rallied towards $80 yesterday on expectations that demand in China will rise after the nation's central bank said it would allow the yuan more freedom of movement.

Global steel output surges 29pc

Global steel production surged 29 percent in May from the level in May 2009, as output exceeded levels before the economic crisis depressed demand, the World Steel Association said on Monday.

Summit Power okays change in share face value

Summit Power Ltd approved change in the denomination of the ordinary shares from Tk 100 to Tk 10 each, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Banks, BSRM Steel donate Tk 11.5m to PM's fund

Four private banks and BSRM Steel recently donated Tk 11.5 million to the Prime Minister's Relief and Welfare Fund for the victims of Nimtali and Begunbari tragedies in the city.

Banglalion, Citycell team up

Banglalion Communications Ltd and Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Ltd (Citycell) yesterday signed a deal to share Banglalion Wimax modems.

RBS India, Chile units seen next for sale

Royal Bank of Scotland is close to selling its Indian business to HSBC and may shortly sell its investment bank arm in Chile as an overseas retreat accelerates, a person familiar with the matter said.

Outlook cloudy as advertisers meet in Cannes

Advertisers are likely to strike a cautious note at this week's Cannes festival, after making a strong start to the year, on concern sovereign debt-fuelled European austerity measures could hamper the rebound.

Europe's wealth gap laid bare

Europe's wealth gap was laid bare on Monday in new data showing that Luxemburgers have on average seven times greater purchasing power than fellow EU members Bulgaria.

Australia, China sign major deals, push free trade pact

Australia and China signed new deals worth 10 billion dollars (8.8 billion US) yesterday and vowed to push for an early free trade agreement as they ignored diplomatic concerns to focus on economic ties.

Correction

Peter Huntsman, CEO of Huntsman Corporation, visited Beximco Industrial Park and an agreement was signed by Huntsman and Syed Naved Husain, group director and chief executive officer of Bextex Ltd. A photograph published in Star Business (B3) on June 15 showed Huntsman shaking hands with Husain. But the caption had erroneously said Paul Hulme, president of Huntsman Textiles Effects Division, shook hands with Husain. We regret the mistake.

Metropolitan

City circular elevated expressway gets nod

Two more project proposals were sent to the private infrastructure committee secretariat for implementation under public private partnership (PPP) scheme, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury told the House yesterday.

'Ensure rights of indigenous people'

Leaders of Bangladesh Adivasi Odhikar Andolan yesterday reiterated their demand for constitutional recognition of indigenous people to ensure their rights.

Govt mulls policy for recruitment

The government plans to enact a law or a policy for recruitment of election commissioners, Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad told the House yesterday.

2 Bangladeshis killed by BSF

Border Security Force (BSF) of India shot dead two Bangladeshi cattle traders and injured another in the border areas of Jhenidah and Chapainawabganj early yesterday.

Physiotherapy students on hunger strike

The Bangladesh Physiotherapy Students Union began fast unto death at the Central Shaheed Minar yesterday morning demanding immediate establishment of Bangladesh College of Physiotherapy.

Dredge rivers, raise embankment height in haor areas

Initiatives must be taken to dredge rivers and raise the height of embankments in haor areas to prevent floods, which damage a huge amount of crops every year, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.

System loss of Dhaka Wasa 38.78 percent

The Chittagong Wasa has been supplying only 40 percent water out of the total demand, while the system loss of Dhaka Wasa is now 38.78 percent, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam informed the House yesterday.

Call to resettle slum dwellers

Visiting UN Under-Secretary General Dr Anna Tibaijuka yesterday said slum dwellers must be resettled, not evicted from the slum, if the authorities want to use that particular site for other purposes.

Say no to hartal

State Minister for Environment and Forest Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday said, “We want to establish a new culture of politics in the country and that is why all should say no to hartal”

NU digitises exam system

The National University (NU) has digitised its examination system to make exam-related activities such as filling in of forms and publication of results easier and faster.

Special court reads out charges against 143 more accused

The Special Court-5 trying BDR mutiny at the Pilkhana headquarters read out yesterday charges against 143 more accused personnel from 24 Rifles Battalion.

Trial to end culture of impunity

The government will hold the trial of perpetrators of 1971 crimes against humanity to put an end to the culture of impunity and heal the wound of the nation, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.

Menon blasts govt for failing to fulfil electoral pledges

Rashed Khan Menon, president of the Workers Party, a component of the AL-led grand alliance, strongly criticised the government yesterday for its failure to implement electoral pledges in the last 16 months.

2 new posts in police stations soon

Bangladesh Police is going to introduce two posts of inspectors in each police station except those in metropolitan areas in order to reduce workload and ensure quality investigations into cases.

Road crashes kill 2

At least two people were killed and 42 others injured in separate road accidents in Jhenidah, Madaripur and Lalmonirhat yesterday.

Teenage domestic help kills self

A teenage domestic help allegedly committed suicide at Pallabi in the city yesterday.

National

Toxic paper mill effluent badly pollutes Bogra river

The water of the Nagor River flowing through Dupchanchia and Kahaloo upazilas of Bogra district has become badly polluted by untreated effluent from Azad Pulp and Paper Mill situated at Birgram in Kahaloo upazila.

Boro procurement drive in northern dists faces setback

Boro procurement drive faces serious setback in northern districts due to higher prices of paddy and rice in local markets compared to the official procurement rates.

Vicious acts of Allar Dal trigger protest

People of four unions under Gaibandha Sadar and Sadullapur upazilas are deeply concerned at the activities of banned Islamist outfit Allar Dal in their areas.

Another RU Shibir man handed over to police

Chhatra League (BCL) activists yesterday severely beat up another Shibir man at Rajshahi University (RU) and handed him over to police.

Nurses food poisoned

Twelve student nurses at the government-run Sylhet Nurses Training Institute were admitted to the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital yesterday.

Railway barricaded demanding stoppage of inter-city train

People of Vangura upazila put up a barricade on the rail tracks at Boral Railway Station on Sunday demanding a stoppage of Dhaka-bound intercity Padma Express at the station.

Housewives killed allegedly by husbands, in-laws

Two housewives have been murdered by their husbands and in-laws in Sirajganj and Rajshahi.

Tender papers looted from Bogra hospital

Criminals yesterday stormed into Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital and looted tender documents.

Robbers loot 7 houses in three districts

Robbers have looted at least seven houses in three districts.

Four arrested while being bribed in Dinajpur

Dinajpur Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday arrested red-handed a sub-registrar of Birganj upazila and three other employees while being bribed.

Two electrocuted

Two people were electrocuted at village Payari Ditiya Khandha in Phulpur upazila yesterday morning. The victims were identified as Motiur Rahman Moti, 30, son of Fazlul Haque and Miraj Ali, 55, son of late Yakub Ali of the village. Police said, the two went to catch fish at a water body in the village at around 6:30 am. As they were placing their fishing rods in the water, they became electrocuted as snapped electric wire had fallen in the water during heavy rainfall and wind the previous night.

One to die for murder

One person was sentenced to death here yesterday for killing a schoolboy. The convict was Abul Kalam,22, son of Samsuddin of Charlakkia village in Pakundia. He killed Sohel Mia, a student of class ten in Pakundia Pilot High School and son of Jamshed Uddin over a trivial matter on September 13, 2001. Jamshed Uddin, father of deceased filed a case with Pakundia police station on the same day. Second Additional District Judge Tabassum Islam pronounced the verdict in a crowded courtroom yesterday.

Press club body

A new executive body of Patuakhali press club was elected last week. The members of the new committee elected for one year are Swapan Banarjee, president, Md Zafor Khan, vice president, Alamgir Hossain, general secretary, Sohrab Hossain, joint secretary, Kazal Baran Das, treasurer, Mufti Salah Uddin, office and library secretary, Khandaker Delwar Jalali, publication and social secretary while executive members are Golam Kibria, Md Zakir Hossain, Sankar Das and Md Faizur Rahman.

Body recovered

Police yesterday recovered a body from Udhunia area under Ullahpara upazila of the district. The deceased was identified as Labu, 35, son of late Jabed Ali of Khaduli village of the upazila. Police said, Labu was missing since Sunday evening. Criminals might have slit his throat and dumped the body at the spot, they said. Later, police sent the body to Sirajganj General Hospital morgue for autopsy. A case was lodged with Ullahpara police station.

International

Indian govt to seek extradition of US Bhopal boss

India will push the US to extradite the former boss of the company blamed for the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster as the government reviews the handling of the catastrophe, a minister said yesterday.

Will abide by US sanctions on Iran

Pakistan will abide by any US sanctions on Iran, which Washington has warned could hit Pakistani companies involved in a $7.6 billion Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline deal, the prime minister said yesterday.

Nepal's Maoists threaten to block budget

Nepal's opposition Maoist party threatened yesterday to block the annual budget until the prime minister fulfils a pledge to stand down and make way for a new power-sharing government.

West Bengal left front begins 34th year in power

Routed in a series of elections that have raised questions about its future, West Bengal's Communist-led Left Front government yesterday stepped into the 34th year of its uninterrupted reign.

Indo-Pak ministers likely to meet in Islamabad

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik is likely to hold a separate meeting with his Indian counterpart P Chidambaram on the sidelines of the third Saarc interior ministers' meeting scheduled to be held in Islamabad on June 26.

Kashmir strike over man's death

A strike is being observed in Indian-administered Kashmir to protest against the death of a young man.

Radiation sensed near border

Abnormally high radiation levels were detected near the border between the two Koreas days after North Korea claimed to have mastered a complex technology key to manufacturing a hydrogen bomb, Seoul said yesterday.

Thai govt to grill suspected protest funders

The Thai authorities said yesterday they wanted to question dozens of people, including former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, his family and allies, on suspicion of funding recent bloody anti-government protests.

BP was told of oil safety fault 'weeks before blast’

A Deepwater Horizon rig worker has told the BBC that he identified a leak in the oil rig's safety equipment weeks before the explosion.

Iran bars two UN nuke inspectors

Iran has barred two UN nuclear inspectors from entering the Islamic Republic, a senior official was quoted as saying, in a further escalation of an international dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

Kyrgyz leader backs referendum as trouble flares

Kyrgyz leader Roza Otunbayeva pledged yesterday to press ahead with a referendum in six days' time for the sake of stability, as violence flared again in the Central Asian state.

Obama and Netanyahu to meet July 6

The United States on Sunday hailed Israel's easing of its land blockade of Gaza and said President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would discuss further steps when they meet in Washington on July 6.

6 Nato soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Bomb attacks and a helicopter crash killed six Nato soldiers yesterday in southern Afghanistan, where thousands of US-led troops are sharpening an ambitious campaign to flush out Taliban militants.

China flood toll crosses 175

Heavy rain across a swathe of southern China over the last week has killed at least 175 people and left 107 missing, as rivers broke their banks and landslides cut off road and rail links, state media said yesterday.

China mine blast kills 47

At least 47 miners were killed when an explosion ripped through a coal mine in central China, the government said yesterday.

Israel sets out changes to Gaza blockade curbs

Israel has given details of its plan to ease the blockade of Gaza, with all civilian goods now expected to be let into the territory.

Komorowski leads in Polish polls race

Poland's centrist presidential candidate Bronislaw Komorowski faces a tight run-off vote against his right-wing rival Jaroslaw Kaczynski on July 4 after beating him by only a few percentage points in a Sunday vote.

Arts & Entertainment

Immersed in colour and texture

Bangladeshi painter-printmaker Mohammad Fakruzzaman currently lives in London. The artist regularly visits Dhaka and is well informed about the progress of and changing trends in the local art scene.

Music all the way

Currently a teacher of classical music at Chhayanaut, Priyanka Gope's initiation to the Bangladeshi cultural arena happened with music and dance when she was in class five. Her classical taalim (training) formally began under Ustad Ananda Chakraborti of Tangail. She was a member of Udichi's Tangail unit. Before going to Rabindra Bharati University to study Classical Music, on a scholarship, Priyanka took further lessons from Dr. Asit Roy of Rajshahi University in 2002.

It’s a wonderful afterlife for Michael Jackson

On March 5, 2009, when Michael Jackson announced that he would perform a run of 50 concerts at London's O2 Arena in a comeback tour called “This Is It,” the British media largely greeted the news with derision.

Hidden harmony

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

Sea creatures flee oil spill

DOLPHINS and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water off Florida beaches, like forest animals fleeing a fire. Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to be seen again.

Seminar on Augusto Boal

A daylong seminar on Brazilian theatre activist, director and writer Augusto Boal was held at the Seminar Room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on June 19, according to a press release.

New drama serial “Madhobi Villa” on ATN Bangla

ATN Bangla will air the first episode of the drama serial “Madhobi Villa” tonight at 8 pm. Directed by Proshun Biswas, the serial is an adaptation of a novel by Dr Nihar Ranjan Gupta.

John Lennon’s “A Day in the Life” lyrics sell for $1.2 million

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to Beatles song “A Day In The Life” have sold for $1.2m (£810,000) at auction, well above the price expected.

Mohila Parishad observes Sufia Kamal’s birth anniversary in Pabna

Mohila Parishad Pabna has observed the birth anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal. A discussion and cultural programme were held at the organisation's office at Shadhupara in Pabna on Sunday evening. At the discussion, speakers talked about the contribution of Sufia Kamal in Bangla literature and her life.

Annual exhibition by BUET Photographic Society

The three-day long 8th Annual Photography Exhibition by BUET Photographic Society begins today at the Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi, in Dhaka, says a press release. The inauguration will be held at 4:30 pm.

“Bishwacup Protidin” on Banglavision

With the FIFA World Cup 2010 in full swing, Banglavision is airing “CBC Tiles Bishwacup Protidin” everyday at 11:25 pm. Hosted by Kazi Sabbir, the programme is jointly hosted by Mahmud Rajon and Mahfuzur Rahman.

OP-ED

Who cares for the condemnations, really?

Condemnations are pouring in from all saner quarters on the issue of effusive misdemeanour of the president of Bangladesh Land Developers' Association (BLDA) at a high level meeting with the state minister for public works the other day. The histrionics of the BLDA president, that bordered on audacity, had been in full public view thanks to the electronic media present at the time.

Is peace on sale in Bhopal?

Here are answers to the questions you no longer have to ask. First: How long would the deputy chairman of the planning commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, protégé of the prime minister, ranking leader of the World Bank Alumni Association and senior advocate of multinational corporate interests, have taken to send Rs.983 crores to Union Carbide or Dow Chemicals if Bhopal's workers had killed the plant, rather than the other way around? My guess is 983 seconds. Ahluwalia would have probably sent the funds by wire.

Rejuvenation of jute

IT is a matter of national pride that Bangladeshi scientists have successfully decoded the crucial genome sequence of the jute plant, opening up a new vista in its development. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the announcement in the parliament on June 16 amid cheers and desk thumping by lawmakers.

Let us put a full stop to eve teasing

BEING A girl in the early twenties, I feel that no girl has been spared from being a victim of eve teasing. Eve teasing is an unforgivable act that injects shame, fear, disgust and helplessness in the victim. Being subjected to many instances of eve teasing is an inseparable part of every girl's life, causing much avoidable mental agony to her. This in turn adversely affects her family and her friends.

Return to 1972 constitution

WHY returning to the constitution of 1972 is bothering some people is not clear to me. They argue that it is not worth heading back now after we have walked a long way ahead. They are unwilling to fall back upon their basic constitution, the constitution of 1972. Not only that, they have recently mounted a challenge to the government to go for that. And the government seems to have taken it up.

Science & Life

Berries fight cancer?

GARDEN-VARIETY berries provide about the same cancer-fighting punch as more exotic ones, a study of rats with esophageal cancer shows. A separate study finds a potentially protective effect against breast cancer as well.

Martian ocean that was

NAMED after the Roman God of war, Mars is still a mystery in the human quest of the Heavens. Even though lately the talk of water on moon has resurfaced, it has always been Mars, which captivated people's imagination as far as extra-terrestrial liquid and life-forms are concerned. Before getting into details it is sensible to point out that the current atmospheric condition of Mars is not hospitable enough to sustain liquid water on its surface. But numerous researches suggest that Mars was once a wet planet with plenty of liquid water flowing down the surface, much like Earth's oceans. And according to a recent study conducted by the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder, it is likely that a vast ocean covered one-third of the surface of Mars some 3.5 billion years ago. Published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Geoscience, planetary geologists from the United States, after studying a ring of ancient Martian delta deposits and valley networks from the databases of NASA and European Space Agency, strongly imply that up to a third of Mars was under about 30 million cubic miles of liquid water. The study further maintains that the ancient red planet probably had an Earth-like global hydrological cycle, including precipitation, runoff, cloud formation, ice and groundwater accumulation which strongly supports the commonly held idea that the planet may have once harboured a rich array of extra-terrestrial life forms. The river deltas on Mars are of high interest to planetary scientists, mostly because deltas on Earth rapidly bury organic carbon and other biomarkers of life and scientists believe same is the situation in the Martian deltas. According to CU-Boulder researcher and lead author of the study, Gaetano Di Achille, “On Earth, deltas and lakes are excellent collectors and preservers of sign of past life. If life ever arose on Mars, deltas may be the key to unlocking Mars”. It is important to mention here that the CU-Boulder study is the first to combine the analysis of water-related features including scores of delta deposits and thousands of river valleys to test the existence of an ocean sustained by a global hydrosphere on early Mars.

Theory of Everything shelved

SCIENTISTS dropped an experiment nearly five stories down an elevator shaft of sorts to test a possible way to meld the physical theory of the very small - quantum mechanics - with the very large - general relativity, to create a theory of everything.

Invasive species in Antarctica

Scientists with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have discovered that a species of fly originally from South Georgia, the chironomid midge, has flourished since its accidental introduction to Signy Island in the Antarctic in the 1960s. It has expanded to more than 650 feet (200 meters) away from its original site, and in some areas is more numerous than any of the native insects.

SCIENCE QUIZ

Quiz
If you could travel in a space-ship at the speed of light away from the solar system, how long could you see the sun?


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