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News of: Sunday, 27th of June, 2010

Front Page

Black law always boomerangs

A legal weapon introduced by the last BNP-led government in 2002 for use against Awami League is likely to be a boomerang for them when they take to the streets today to enforce hartal.

Suarez sinks South Korea

Uruguay became the first country to make it into the World Cup quarterfinals with a 2-1 win over South Korea at a sodden Nelson Mandela Bay stadium here on Saturday.

Jute export booms

The country's export earning from jute goods increased by 70 percent and that from raw jute went up by 44 percent during the first nine months of the current fiscal year.

Saarc police proposed

Formation of a regional police force patterned on Interpol to prevent trans-national crimes was proposed at the Saarc home ministers' conference in Islamabad yesterday.

Beware of land grabbers' ad

People should not be tricked by the flashy publicity of land grabbers who jeopardise the lives of 1.5 crore Dhaka dwellers, said the state minister for housing and public works yesterday at a conference in the capital.

Hartal today, after 3 ˝ yrs

BNP today enforces a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal, first in more than three and a half years.

PM opens Sultana Kamal Bridge

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the authorities concerned for strict monitoring of infrastructure development works of the government to ensure their completion in time.

Prime accused, 2nd wife held

Detective police yesterday arrested Rashedul Kabir and his second wife Razia Sultana Smriti from the capital's Gulshan area in connection with the deaths of Farzana and her two children.

Railway limps with low manpower

Bangladesh Railway is limping with an acute shortage of manpower without having about one third of the required staff for long forcing it to shut down 106 stations across the country.

29 plead guilty

Twenty-nine BDR jawans out of 667 yesterday confessed their involvement in the February 25-26 Pilkhana carnage before a BDR court but the prime accused of the mutiny case denied the charges brought against him.

Telecos asked not to worry

A parliamentary body yesterday assured cellphone operators and telecommunications and ICT-based entrepreneurs of taking necessary steps to remove growing anxiety over proposed amendments to the telecom laws.

7 vehicles torched

Miscreants last night torched seven vehicles at different places in the city injuring two people.

Matia blasts Muhith over tax proposal

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday bitterly criticised the finance minister for imposing tax on savings certificates in the proposed budget and urged him to scrap the proposal.

1 killed, 2 trawlers missing in Bay

A fisherman drowned and two fishing trawlers sank in the Bay of Bengal yesterday as the sea became turbulent with waves rising several feet high.

10 hurt as BCL clashes with Jubo League

Ten people were injured in a clash between Bangladesh Chhatra League and Juba League activists at Rajshashi University (RU) yesterday over sheltering an Islami Chhatra Shibir cadre.

Nirmul forms body to assist war tribunal

Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee has formed a 71-member new platform to support the International Crimes Tribunal formed for trying war criminals.

2 shot in city

Armed extortionists shot and injured a cable network employee at Mirpur on Friday while a businessman was shot by unknown criminals in old Dhaka yesterday.

2 indigenous men killed

Two indigenous young men were gunned down by their rivals at Bogapara village in Dighinala upazila of Khagrachhari at about 5:30am yesterday.

98 families get cheques from PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday handed over cheques of Tk 100,000 to each of the 98 families affected by the Begunbari building collapse and Nimtoli blaze in the city.

Tropical storm Alex forms in Caribbean

Tropical Storm Alex, the first named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, formed yesterday in the western Caribbean near Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

Editorial

The BNP's call for hartal

WE would like to remind our readers and everyone else that this newspaper has as a matter of principle opposed hartals as a means of achieving partisan political aims. We of course have never lost sight of the fact that at certain stages in our national history, particularly in the 1960s, early 1970s and in the movement against autocracy, hartals played a role in galvanizing public opinion against misrule and bad politics. Since the return of elected government in the early 1990s, however, we have held fast to the idea that hartals should be abandoned if the cause of democracy and of deepening its roots was to be served. It is from this perspective that we believe today's hartal called by the BNP is unacceptable.

Drug addiction and trafficking menace

THE problem with a socio-global menace that admits of no easy solution is that much as we would be voluble and even resolute to fight it, we might give in to a state of fatigue over its perceived intractability at some stage. Daunting as the odds maybe, insofar as its banishing goes, we can at least settle for reducing its scale towards a reasonable degree of containment. That is quite within the realm of possibility provided we proceed with a national plan, give it a resource boost and put in place a sustainable preventative and curative infrastructure.

Sports

Ghana send USA packing

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan scored three minutes into extra time to send Africa's last World Cup contender into the quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory over the United States on Saturday.

FIFA finds Africa perfect

FIFA lavished praise on South Africa for its hosting of the World Cup as the second round kicked off Saturday, saying the country was on track for a "perfect" tournament.

Durban's splendour in Pretoria

What was promised in the Brazil-Portugal encounter was ultimately delivered 600km away, two hours later in Pretoria.

Mash back at helm?

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza could be named Bangladesh captain for the forthcoming one-day series against England and matches against Scotland and Ireland.

Yuvraj back for SL Tests

India's cricket selectors on Saturday recalled middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh in a 16-man squad for next month's Test series in Sri Lanka.

Serena cruises, Robin bulldozes

A display of violent hitting from Robin Soderling on Saturday showed why it is always unwise to ignore a Swede at the business end of Wimbledon as Serena Williams gave herself a 'must do better' report as she eased into round four.

MSC thump Azad

Mamunur Rahman Chayan converted four penalty corners to give Mohammedan Sporting Club a tumping 9-1 win over Azad Sporting Club in the lone match of the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Easy on paper, tough on field

Fabio Capello claims England's win over Slovenia has liberated his squad from the demons of self-doubt that haunted their faltering first steps at this World Cup.

Punters go crazy

Old rivals England and Germany's second-round match will set World Cup betting records spurred by a wave of 'patriotic gambles' on the game, bookmakers said on Saturday.

Cacau out

German forward Cacau will miss Sunday's second-round World Cup clash against England in Bloemfontein with an abdominal muscle strain, the Germany football federation said on Saturday.

Red-happy referee to officiate

The England and Germany players who face each other in Bloemfontein on Sunday will have to tread with some caution after it was announced today that the referee in charge of the last-16 tie is known for his high red-card rate.

Match may bring 'em together

The leaders of Britain and Germany may put aside historic rivalries and watch the crunch World Cup football match between England and Germany together, they said Friday.

Future no issue for Loew

Joachim Loew, the Germany coach, insists uncertainty over his future will not affect his team's pursuit of the World Cup.

A Diego declaration

South America will never be a greater soccer power than Europe, Diego Maradona said on Saturday after the region's five teams all qualified for the second round. But South America, level with Europe at 9-9 in world titles, can continue to provide great players to clubs around the world, he told a news conference. "We'll never be more of a power than Europe," the former Argentina captain said. "The best prize South America has is to know that we give all the clubs in the world great players," he said.

Mexicans seeking revenge

Mexico will be looking to avenge their defeat at the 2006 World Cup finals when they take on two-time winners Argentina on Sunday for a place in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Group stage a slow burner

It was something of a slow burn but when the group stage of the World Cup eventually caught fire it blazed with dazzling and memorable intensity.

It's only hair

Bleached beards, "city boy" crops and headbands at the World Cup in South Africa have replaced the shaggy manes and bushy moustaches of soccer days past.

World Cup One Twos

BLACKOUT
A five-hour power failure struck Bloemfontein's tourist information centre on Thursday, disrupting the computer booking service, local newspaper Volksblad reported, This meant hundreds of requests from Germany and England fans seeking accommodation were left unattended, the daily said. Around 30,000 fans are expected to stream into the city for Sunday's Round of 16 showdown between the two teams.

Samuel rested

Argentina coach Diego Maradona on Saturday revealed that Inter Milan centre-back Walter Samuel is almost certain to miss Sunday's second round clash against Mexico.

Top Scorer

Higuain (ARG) 3

Business

Shrimp exporters fail to cash in on US oil spill

Prices of shrimp have soared on the US market after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but local exporters said they have failed to cash in on the rise because of a low supply of large shrimps.

Cox's Bazar green hotel takes off in 2012

The country's first eco-friendly five-star hotel will start operations in Cox's Bazar in early 2012.

Muhith signals VAT cuts

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday hinted that some sectors might see cuts in VAT proposed in the new budget.

Capital market institute in sight

An educational institute meant for capital market may start its journey in August this year, aiming to provide all sorts of training to develop skilled human resources for the country's growing stockmarket.

IDB to provide $200m in grants, says Muhith

The Islamic Development Bank will provide Bangladesh grants of over US$ 200 million, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said.

WB approves $327m loan for Bangladesh

The World Bank approved $327 million in loans to Bangladesh for three infrastructure projects, the bank said yesterday.

Who killed change?

On my way back from New York few weeks back, I was reading an interesting book: Who Killed Change by Ken Blanchard and et al.

World leaders play down austerity split

The world's richest economies, saddled with huge debts after spending their way out of the credit crisis, papered over differences on Friday on how to clean up their finances with minimal damage to growth.

Former adviser slams govt for 'budget tricks'

Former caretaker government adviser Akbar Ali Khan said yesterday the government had played tricks in the budget for fiscal 2010-11.

Benapole trade remains suspended

The import and export trade between Bangladesh and India through Benapole port remained suspended from the last morning.

1,090 people get equipment under FBCCI scheme

As many 1,090 people were awarded different equipment like computers, sewing machines, rickshaw vans and water pumps under the apex trade body FBCCI's 'one business one family' programme yesterday.

Workshop stresses educating investors to help market grow

The growth of a capital market is strongly linked to the growth of the national economy, and for that a combined effort to create awareness among investors is essential, said the chief executive officer of IDLC Finance Ltd yesterday.

KFC unwraps new delights

KFC, an international chain restaurant franchised by Transcom Foods in Bangladesh, has added two new items to its menu to delight food lovers.

Recovery fragile: G8

The leaders of the world's richest nations warned Saturday the global recovery is still fragile and the economic crisis has compromised development goals set by the United Nations.

New DMD for Social Islami Bank

Social Islami Bank Ltd appointed Nurul Alam as deputy managing director on June 21, said the bank in a statement.

Bank Asia's new vice-chairmen

Bank Asia has elected Safwan Choudhury and Mohammed Lakiotullah as its vice-chairmen, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Euro is a 'credible, solid' currency: Lagarde

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde Friday called the euro "a credible, solid" currency and expressed confidence that troubled eurozone member Greece will be able to cut its public debt.

Iraq seeks $20b for four new oil refineries

Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani said yesterday that Iraq is seeking around 20 billion dollars to build four new refineries as it seeks to become a net exporter of petroleum products.

Oil falls

Oil dipped in afternoon Asian trade Friday, surrendering earlier gains as investor mood turned pessimistic, analysts said.

Europe drags global takeovers to six-year slump

Global merger and acquisition activity in 2010 is off to its worst start in six years, and with economic uncertainty and a sovereign debt crisis in Europe, the second half could be just as disappointing.

Greek government agrees radical pension overhaul

The Greek government agreed on Friday the most radical shake-up of its pension system in decades to avert bankruptcy and satisfy foreign lenders despite fierce opposition at home.

Mahindra to invest $54m in aerospace

Mahindra & Mahindra, India's top utility vehicle and tractor maker, plans to invest 2.5 billion rupees ($54 million) into aerospace business, its Managing Director Anand Mahindra said yesterday.

Goldman Sachs reclaims top spot in global M&A

Goldman Sachs reclaimed the top spot for mergers and acquisitions advice in the first half of 2010, underlining the Wall Street giant's resilience even as it battles U.S. civil fraud charges.

Weekly Currency Roundup

June 20-June 24, 2010
International Markets

This week saw a relatively more stable week in currencies, with the majors more or less range bound. The dollar pared losses and the yen rose on Thursday, as a less optimistic outlook on growth from the US Federal Reserve dented investors' appetite for risk, while the euro was hampered by Greek debt markets.

Metropolitan

Char dwellers hardly get healthcare

Sixty-year-old Mansur Fakir got extremely surprised when he was asked whether any health worker comes to his village at Fazlul Sarkarer Kandi in Shibchar, Madaripur, to provide health service.

Pakistan-bound ship with military supplies detained in W Bengal

A Pakistan-bound vessel from Chittagong port with heavy military supplies, including explosives, was detained by West Bengal police at Diamond Harbour in the Indian state yesterday.

Saarc police proposed

Formation of a regional police force patterned on Interpol to prevent trans-national crimes was proposed at the Saarc home ministers' conference in Islamabad yesterday.

Call to start trial of war criminals without delay

Various socio-cultural organisations observed the 16th death anniversary of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam yesterday with a call to start the trial of war criminals immediately.

'Launch social movement against drug abuse'

The nation observed the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking yesterday as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of a society free of drug abuse.

Police harass BNP leaders to foil today's hartal

Chittagong City BNP President Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday alleged that police are arresting and harassing their leaders and activists in the port city to foil today's strike.

Strengthen Info Commission for enforcement of RTI law

A parliamentary body yesterday suggested that the Information Commission should be strengthened further to ensure proper enforcement of the Right to Information (RTI) law.

Physiotherapy students continue strike

On the seventh consecutive day of the hunger strike under the banner of Bangladesh Physiotherapy Students' Union (BPSU), the law enforcers prevented the protesters from burning an effigy of the health minister yesterday.

Rules were followed during BNP govt

All recruitments in the police force during the previous BNP-Jamaat alliance government were made on the basis of rules and regulations, Home Minister Sahara Khatun told parliament yesterday.

Mother not helping police

Ayesha Humayra, mother of six-year-old Samiul Azim who was found dead in a sack left in Adabar on Thursday, is giving confusing information in remand interrogation.

Review amendments to ACC Act: TIB

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday strongly demanded that the government review the proposed amendments to the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2004.

Smokeless tobacco consumption on rise

Speaker at a roundtable in the city yesterday said smokeless tobacco consumption poses massive health risk to women in Bangladesh with its use on the rise.

Tk 76.80 crore Buet budget approved

The Syndicate of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) approved Tk 76.80 crore budget for the fiscal year 2010-11 on June 23, says a press release.

Cairn allowed to sell gas to 3rd party

The law ministry has endorsed the energy ministry's proposal to allow Cairn, the operator of Sangu Gas field, to sell its gas to any third party within the country.

A few benches damaged democracy in the past

Ruling Awami League Advisory Council member Suranjit Sengupta yesterday said a few benches in the higher court had damaged the country's democracy in the past.

Bangladeshi shot by Indian Khasias on Sylhet border

A Bangladeshi was shot by the Indian Khasia tribesmen on Jaintapur borders yesterday.

'Raise awareness to end violence against women'

Leaders of Soroptimist International Club emphasised the need for raising political and social awareness to end violence against women.

DU exams postponed

All examinations of Dhaka University (DU) under course system scheduled to be held today have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, said Controller of Examination Bahalul Haque Chowdhury.

Sitakunda AL leader shot dead

A local leader of ruling Awami League (AL) was shot dead by a gang of miscreants at Sitakunda upazila headquarters last night.

100 children awarded

A total of 100 children were awarded at a prize giving ceremony of painting competition titled 'Mercantile Bank Baishakh-e-Chhabi Ako, Jyasthe Pradarshani' at the Teachers-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University yesterday, says a press release.

Sajib elected Rotaract representative

Ilmul Haque Sajib has been elected the Bangladesh Rotaract representative of the Rotary International 3280 for the year 2010-11, says a press release.

National

Production suspension for 47 days costs Tk 127cr

Coal production of Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) in Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur has remained suspended for 47 days since the May 11 accident that claimed life of a miner and injured 18 others.

Low-lying areas in Netrakona flooded, diarrhoea in Sylhet

Diarrhoea has broken out in the flood-affected areas in the district with the recession of water.

3 more new varieties of juicy mangoes

Regional Horticulture Research Station (RHRS) at Chapainawabganj has evolved three more new varieties of mangoes.

3 UPDF men held in Rangamati

Three members of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) were arrested by forces from two areas of the district yesterday and on Thursday.

Another leader of interns arrested

Police yesterday arrested another leader of the Rajshahi Medical College interns doctors in connection with the case filed for assaulting a teacher and damaging office of the principal on June 21.

3 BCL men held while collecting illegal toll

Three Chhatra League (BCL) activists were arrested while collecting illegal toll at Babuchhara Bazar under Dighinala upazila yesterday noon.

Bomb explodes inside police station, 1 hurt

A day-labourer was injured as a bomb exploded inside the Sadar police station in Chuadanga yesterday.

Poultry owners at mercy of hatchery, feed farms

Poultry farm owners in the district are facing setback as they have become hostage to the whims of a syndicate of hatchery owners and poultry feed producers.

Ruling party activists attack police station in Rangpur

Jubo League and Awami League (AL) leaders and activists of Kounia upazila attacked and damaged Kounia police station on Friday night after police arrested a Jubo League leader in connection with a rape case.

10 injured as AL, Jamaat men clash

At least 10 people were injured in a clash between the activists of Awami League (AL) and Jamaat-e-Islami during pro and anti-hartal campaigns at Palashbari yesterday evening.

Install 300 MW power plant as planned

Leaders of Khulna Development Forum (KDF) have demanded installation of a 300 MW power plant to mitigate severe power outage in the south-western region.

Dinajpur interns call off strike

Interns at Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital (DJMCH) withdrew their indefinite strike nine hours after they enforced it yesterday demanding withdrawal of a case filed against 10 of their colleagues on June 21.

Letters

The city we live in

Dhaka is passing through many crises. Power shortage, inadequate gas supply and overcrowded streets already have made lives of city dwellers precarious. Thus additional pressure such as collapse of buildings, fire and unfortunate accidents really point to the uncertainty of life in the city.

Acid violence

Acid which is an essential raw material of various consumer products has now become a threat to life.

World Cup

I know what it would be like to see the matches of this year's FIFA World Cup. I could easily assume that I can hardly watch any matches because of frequent load-shedding. I missed the first two matches of the opening day of the tournament and I knew how it would be like throughout the tournament. The moment I was about to watch the matches, electricity went off. This is so ridiculous. Is there anything our so-called government is doing for eliminating this problem? I was so angry and depressed. I would kindly request our government to stop supplying electricity the whole day, i.e. from morning to evening and give electricity after the evening so that we could watch all the matches. If they really cannot solve this problem then this is the only solution I can give to them just for the World Cup.

Price of rice

I was watching the famous talk show Tritiyo Matra on 19 or 20 May 2010.The two Honourable Lawmakers were invited, Nilufer Moni and Israfil Hossain. Both the MPs discussed logically their points of view but when the price issue was raised in connection with the foods and the necessary commodities, MP Nilufer Moni gave reference to Sheikh Hasina, Honourable Prime Minister, that she promised to provide rice at Tk. 5/- or Tk. 10/- per kg and now she has failed to do so.

Power crisis

The recent decision of approving 360 MW power project by ECNEC is a wise decision as the country is facing intolerable load shedding over the last few months. It is expected that the untold sufferings would be minimised as in future more power is going to be added to the national greed. In fact, the present govt has given greater priority to the power sector.

Raise tobacco tax

The 'Star Business' report on the matter published on 8 June is welcome news, particularly for non-smokers. The tax should be raised sufficiently, so as to discourage people from smoking, as well curtailing the amount of their indulgence. Additionally, since all public places are non-smoking areas, this must be rigidly enforced, with exemplary punishment for those caught smoking there. A severe punishment for this civic offence, can be passed as a law by parliament and a minimum, on the spot, fine of say Tk.1000 (one thousand) at least, should be imposed for this offence.

Rajuk and public money

Rajuk, once again, is planning to play with the public money, forgetting the sufferings of the people. Everybody understands that the role Rajuk was supposed to play is patently a failure or a wilful shift towards land purchasing, acquiring, selling and extracting public money in as many ways as it can. It has two umpteen benefits for Rajuk and its employees. First: It can collect a huge amount of public money for an uncertain period, even paying no compensation or any wee share of profit or interests out of that accumulated money; two: it can earn a handsome amount of money selling the forms of applications to the public; third, and the most important, is the benefit of Rajuk employees, right from the top brass down to the liftman alike(according to power echelon and responsibility).

Political climate

The forecast of the political weather of Bangladesh is not very good. The way the ruling regime Awami League is treating the opposition parties and stifling dissent reminds people of the BAKSAL (Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League) of 1975 when all opposition political parties and newspapers were banned.

Old Dhaka

There are many unsafe buildings in Dhaka city. Most of them are situated in densely populated old town. Once upon a time, the old town was the centre of Dhaka city. Many inhabitants of Dhaka are continuing to stay in the same place.

Install fire extinguishers

For want of fire extinguishers, a terrible havoc may occur any time anywhere. Dhaka's Japan Garden City is its glaring example. After this high rise building caught fire and a number of lives were lost, our fire department personnel said if there were fire extinguishers in the right places and the residents were trained to use them, loss of life and damage of property could be avoided.

Amar Desh

There was countrywide buzz on sudden closure of a Bangla daily, the Amar Desh and arrest of the paper's acting editor Mr. Mahmudur Rahman. This humming noise was mostly against the government's sudden closure of the daily.

Judges and politicians

It is very difficult to make any comment on the behaviour of the politicians about the highest court of the republic. This is neither civil nor conducive to dispensation of justice.

What can we do?

What can we do when life becomes more mortifying than death? Yes, I'm referring to the tragic fire of old Dhaka. This tragedy has left 118 people dead and many more injured. Though it was fierce and ruthless, it wasn't unusual. It's an outcome of unplanned urbanization. We know Dhaka is now a risky place to live in. But people are not aware of this increasing risk. Both the government and city dwellers are responsible for the tragedy.

Not fair!

It is very curious how keen the authorities are to claim that they are about to destroy a row of little homes on stilts that have been built by the poor to jut out over the Gulshan-Banani lake when they never mention demolishing some huge great apartment blocks that have been built on 'land' created from the lake by the rich!

Demise of Bangladesh Observer

While I was a student of a school in a semi-urban township far from Dhaka city, knowing English was considered extra qualification apart from our class study. So, we had a prime target to learn and practice English in those days. I was advised by my school teacher to read the English newspaper 'Observer' regularly. At that time Observer was the only English newspaper within our acquaintance. I still remember that every morning I used to go to the downtown newsstand quite afar from our home. I used to walk down for a few minutes and collect a copy of the Observer, occasionally, if not daily. That habit of mine lasted for quite a long while.

Eve teasing

Though there are a lot of campaigns and preventive measures but the condition is not improving to the desired level. We have to think deeply about the remedy of this problem.

Maintain sanctity of mosques

The behaviours of people in mosques are at times not decent. It is not surprising in Bangladesh to see people sitting closely together under ceiling fans although there are plenty of rooms in the preceding rows. Again it is intolerable when you see people sweeping away dust just to make his place cleaner. They hardly care about guys sitting next to them who may get covered in dust. Sometimes devotees in the mosques place their foot-wares in an improper way which can and does make mosques dirty. There are yet others who are oblivious of their stinky socks. Sometimes you overhear people mispronouncing verses and they do it aloud when it is forbidden to do so. Sometimes you see people voluntarily fasten up their lungis every time they start a new portion of salat. What is more astounding is that some of the elderly people take front row sits especially those beside the Imam, most desirable and prestigious ones, unseating others mostly youngsters.

Nimtoli tragedy

At least 119 people have died and hundreds were critically injured. It's really hard to hold back one's tears to see such a horrible tragedy. The deaths were caused by carelessness and unplanned urbanization.

International

G8 chiefs boost pressure on N Korea, Iran

The Group of Eight rich nations yesterday deplored what it said was North Korea's sinking of a South Korean warship and urged Pyongyang and Tehran to halt atomic sabre-rattling, which has set the world on edge.

North Korea to elect leaders in a succession bid

North Korea said yesterday it will elect new party leaders at a rare meeting in September in what analysts say could be a move to strengthen a campaign to hand over power from supreme leader Kim Jong Il to his youngest son.

Fear ahead of Kyrgyz vote in wake of violence

Officials in Kyrgyzstan made final preparations yesterday for a constitutional referendum in a climate of fear after the worst ethnic violence in the country's modern history.

Cameron wants troops back home by 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he wants UK troops out of Afghanistan within five years.

British PM fears BP's ‘destruction’

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron were expected to discuss London-based BP Plc and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill yesterday as stormy weather raised fears that clean-up operations could be disrupted.

Australian advertisers see light side to PM rout

Australians wasted no time cashing in on the shock ouster of Kevin Rudd as prime minister, businesses launching a series of cheeky adverts to run alongside stories about the party coup.

Put more people on Mumbai attack trial

India urged Pakistan yesterday to put more people on trial for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed 166 people in India's financial capital.

Fuel price hike sparks protest in India

Demonstrators protested across India yesterday against a government move to reduce popular fuel subsidies, which is expected to spur double-digit inflation.

Karzai cautions about mineral windfall

Afghanistan's stunning untapped mineral wealth could prove to be a curse rather than a blessing for the war-ravaged country if it is not managed properly, the nation's president said yesterday.

Nuke meet ends amid divisions over Pakistan

A meeting of countries exporting civil nuclear technology has ended with uncertainty about Chinese plans to sell two nuclear reactors to Pakistan.

Protesters storm Taipei against China trade pact

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Taipei yesterday as Taiwan prepares to seal a major trade deal with Beijing that opponents fear is a step towards Chinese control.

Key Afghan cabinet positions nominated

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has nominated seven people to fill posts in his cabinet including a replacement for the powerful position of interior minister, the parliament said yesterday.

Senior Afghan Taliban in lady's cloth Killed

A senior Taliban commander disguised in woman's clothes was killed by Afghan and international forces when he fired on troops trying to catch him south of Kabul, the military said yesterday.

Moon enters 'magnified' eclipse in N America

A partial lunar eclipse now under way should appear magnified to viewers in North America by an effect known as the "moon illusion".

UK to introduce cap on non-EU migrants

Britain will begin capping the number of non-European Union migrants coming into the country to live and work for the first time next month, a Home Office source said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Framing birds

A weeklong solo photography exhibition of amateur photographer Dr. Niaz Rahman on birds began at Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi, on June 25. Titled “ Rhythmic Wing Beats” (Pakhaye Pakhaye Chhando), the exhibition features over 70 photographs on different species of birds.

Drama serial “Jamai Mela” on Banglavision

New drama serial “Jamai Mela” will be aired tonight on Banglavision at 8:15pm. Written by Brindaban Das, the serial has been directed by Azharul Karim.

Shishu Ananda Mela concludes

A two- day Shishu Ananda Mela ended at Shaheed Satu Hall in Chapainawabganj town on Friday. Hundreds of excited children took part in the event.

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Celebrities on World Cup 2010

Unbelievable though it may sound, I am not supporting any particular team. I have no favourite team in the World Cup. I try to remain neutral and have always been a supporter of good teams and good players. Football has however been, one of my favourite games from my childhood. Whenever I get the chance, I like to watch the game. The game gets popular due to media hype. Back in the old days, the number of media was few but even then, the game have its share of mass popularity.

“FDC” on Rtv tonight

TV serial "FDC" will be aired on Rtv tonight at 9:45pm. The serial has been written and directed by Kochi Khondakar.

Benuka Institute of Fine Arts turns 30

Benuka Institute of Fine Arts celebrated its 30 year innings with a two-day programme (June 24-25) at National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Culture is artistic expression against injustice

The annual council of Sammilito Sangskritik Jote, Pabna, was held on Friday, conveying the theme 'Culture is an artistic expression of protest against injustice'. Secretary of Sammilito Sangshkritik Jote(SSJ), central committee Hassan Arif inaugurated the council organised at Pabna Town Hall premises.

Traditional Ganga Snan held

The historic 'Ganga Snan' a religious ritual of the Hindu community, ended amidst festivity on Monday at Kansat of Shibgonj upazila in Chapainawabganj.

OP-ED

Absent voice of the 'residual'

AGAINST the backdrop of uneven and faltering global recovery -- underpinned by debates on fiscal consolidation and coupled with the threat of sovereign debt crisis -- the fourth summit of the G20 is taking place in Toronto.

A yesterday party

CLENCHED fists in a rightist party are like outworn clothes. They neither give it a new look, nor a different entity. I imagine this is what some BJP leaders were trying to do when they stood in a row with their clenched fists to show defiance after staging a demonstration against the Congress government at Delhi.

The needle and the damage done

DRUG abuse touches millions of people worldwide each year. The UN has reported that around 185 million globally over the age of 15 were consuming drugs by the end of 20thcentury.

Why should Rajuk build lower-income housing?

WHILE Rajuk lacks the capacity to carry out statutory functions of preparing development plans and local plans, and control haphazard and unauthorised building construction and land use, it now plans to get burdened with yet another function that should not be under its purview. Rajuk's housing project of 52,500 units for the lower and lower middle income people in three areas -- Uttara and Purbachal Model Town and Jhillmil New town -- raises questions.



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