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Cops slammed for custodial deaths

The High Court yesterday slammed the police for custodial deaths, and said such incidents must not recur.

BCL infighting at JU leaves 33 hurt

At least 33 students were injured, two by bullets, during a factional feud of Bangladesh Chhatra League at Jahangirnagar University yesterday over control of a male dormitory.

Thieves at the museum

"Insiders" stole nine gold medals and 17 antique silver coins from four showcases of gallery 21 of the National Museum and replaced those with bronze and steel replicas.

Jamaat out to foil war trial

The three detained Jamaat-e-Islami stalwarts yesterday disclosed during interrogation that they took up a three-month-long campaign across the country to foil the move of trying the war criminals of 1971.

EU worried as RMG unrest continues

The European Union has expressed concern over the frequent unrest in Bangladesh's apparel industry as garment workers continued their agitation yesterday vandalising several factories and vehicles in Ashulia and Narayanganj.

Govt seeks to fix details on MRP

The government has sought opinions from the labour receiving countries to bring necessary amendments to passport rules to secure visas for Bangladeshi workers and jobseekers following problems regarding manual and machine-readable passports.

Telcos must have right to appeal

A parliamentary body yesterday recommended setting up a "telecom appeal board" allowing telecom operators and ICT based organisations to appeal against actions of the government and BTRC.

DMP pledges action as HR Commission asks for info

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday assured the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of taking punitive action immediately if the ongoing investigations by it find involvement of any DMP personnel in alleged custodial deaths of three persons recently.

Latin lives on Uruguay

South America's sole survivor Uruguay stole the limelight on Sunday in their quest to surpass Europe's three World Cup semifinalists and lift the trophy for the first time since 1950.

20 hurt in factory fire

At least 20 people were injured and 10 warehouses burnt as a fire broke out in a particleboard factory at Madanpur-Haripur of Bandar upazila in Narayanganj yesterday.

PM flies to Nigeria early tomorrow

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave for Nigerian capital Abuja early tomorrow to attend the 7th Developing-8 Summit on Thursday.

Cops look for bombs at Razzaq's chamber

Two plainclothes policemen searched the Naya Paltan chamber of Abdur Razzaq, principal counsel for the detained Jamaat leaders, without showing any search warrant, the lawyer alleged yesterday.

ACC approves charge against Tarique, Mamun

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved the submission of charge sheet against BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman and his business partner and associate Giasuddin Al Mamun on charge of laundering Tk 20.41 crore to Singapore.

Rescuers yet to recover any body

The rescue team is yet to recover any body of the missing passengers and the engine boat, which capsized in Shitalakkhya river Sunday night, even after 10 hours of its operation yesterday.

Strike in India halts trade thru' border

Bilateral trade through land ports, including Hili and Benapole, came to a halt yesterday due to an opposition-led strike in India over fuel price rise.

Indo-Bangla border limit talks in Aug

The Bangladesh-India Joint Boundary Working Group (JBWG) will sit at the end of August after four years to address the longstanding border disputes between the two neighbouring countries.


PM's 'no' to duty-free cars for ministers

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina has been forthright in her rejection of the cabinet colleagues' demand that they be given the privilege of importing duty-free cars. It is patently unreasonable when they get official transports befitting their positions and functions.

Tension along Jaintiapur border

NEWS of Bangladeshi civilians falling victims of firing by some Indian civilians is distressing. Ten Bangladeshis have sustained injuries from fire resorted to by a group of Indian tribesmen at Jaintiapur in Sylhet on 4th July. It is alarming that the Indian nationals trespassed into Bangladesh territory and carried out the firing. Reportedly, these people were supported by the BSF. The locals inside Bangladesh eventually chased the intruders out of our territory, and they must have felt agitated enough to have expressed their resentment at the apparent 'inaction' of the BDR by barricading the Sylhet - Tamabil highway. The BDR 'inaction' is perhaps due to exercise of extreme restraint on their part, since retaliatory fire may have resulted in Indian civilian casualties.


The weight of shadows

The World Cup's history men face the competition's nearly men when inaugural hosts and twice winners Uruguay take on double runners-up Netherlands in Cape Town on Tuesday fighting it out for a place in the final.

Loew's lucky sweater

German coach Joachim Loew will be obliged to wear his cashmere sweater in the semifinal against Spain on Wednesday. The 50-year-old's backroom staff have demanded he do so as every time he has donned the garment at the finals Germany have scored four goals. Loew has worn it in the opening 4-0 humbling of Australia, the 4-1 destruction of old foes England and then the impressive 4-0 dismantling of Argentina on Saturday.

Netherlands Tactics

Heitinga's partnership with Joris Mathijsen was a concern before the tournament started but has turned out to be one of the Dutch team's strong points. They have conceded only one goal from open play and two penalties so far.

Uruguay Tactics

Uruguay's defence has given away only two goals in four games. But, already likely to be short of Lugano, the suspension of Jorge Fucile, excellent at left back, is another blow.

Neither genius nor clown

The World Cup proved that Diego Maradona is no coaching genius. Nor was he the clown that some expected.

Van Marwijk being humble

Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk has warned his players to keep their feet on the ground and ignore the hype as they prepare for Tuesday's World Cup semifinal against Uruguay as firm favourites.

Beckenbauer impressed by Germany

Franz Beckenbauer on Sunday described Germany as the "perfect team" and said they will be favourites to defeat Spain in Wednesday's World Cup semifinal.

Nadal may head for S Africa

Spanish Wimbledon winner Rafael Nadal said Sunday he would love to go to the football World Cup and watch Spain lift the trophy.

Fabregas to play through pain

Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas is prepared to have a pain-killing injection in his sore shoulder to be available for the European champions' World Cup semifinal against Germany on Wednesday.

Dunga axed, Maradona praised

Favourites Netherlands were warned not to underestimate Uruguay ahead of a World Cup semifinal on Tuesday while Brazil axed coach Dunga and fans of fellow flops Argentina want Diego Maradona to stay.

A World Cup recipe

If Spain's soccer team were a wine they would be a classy red, a blend of mourvedre, cabernet franc and tempranillo grapes with a dash of cabernet sauvignon reflecting their elegance and pace.

Five up for Brazil post

The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) have drawn up a list of five candidates to replace the sacked Dunga as Brazil coach it was reported by local media.

Spain to keep attacking

Spain must remain faithful to their fast-flowing, attacking style against Germany in Wednesday's World Cup semifinal, according to coach Vicente del Bosque.

Nigeria FA apologises

Nigeria's football federation (NFF) on Sunday overhauled its leadership and apologised for the poor state of its national team in a last-minute bid to reverse a directive suspending it from international matches.

Back to square one

Diego Maradona's Argentina, having promised so much at the World Cup, find themselves back at square one with the same problems which plagued them in the South American qualifiers.

Del Bosque salutes new Germany

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque on Sunday saluted what he saw as a sea-change in Germany's style of play ahead of the two countries' World Cup semifinal on Wednesday.

Klose backing kids

The German kids are doing all right.

Either Trochowski or Kroos may replace Mueller

After pulverising Argentina 4-0 in their World Cup quarterfinal, Germany will be forced into at least one change for Wednesday's semifinal due to Thomas Mueller's suspension.

Magic snake seized in SA

A python used by a South African fortune teller to control the progress of teams in the World Cup has been seized by animal welfare inspectors, a spokeswoman said Monday.

World Cup One Twos

Germany's success has not only boosted record sales of beer but threatens to make couch potatoes of the people. Almost nine out of 10 Germans sat down to watch the 4-0 humiliation of Argentina on Saturday. German TV station ZDF announced that viewing figures had reached 89.2 percent of the population or 25.95 million people had watched the match.

Dhoni ties the knot

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni married his girlfriend of two years at a resort hotel in the north of the country, newspapers reported on Monday.

Argentine fan released

An Argentine fan was released yesterday after 48 hours of his abduction from Jajira-Kunjanagar under Sadar upazila of the district.


Remittance growth slows

Inward remittance growth in the outgoing fiscal year was the lowest in the last five years mainly due to a drastic fall in the migrant outflow.

Exports rise on apparel rebound

Overall exports grew 2.48 percent to $14.49 billion in the first 11 months of the immediate past fiscal year compared to the same period a year earlier, Export Promotion Bureau data showed yesterday.

Partex Group splits

Partex Group, one of the largest family-owned manufacturing and service-based companies in Bangladesh, has split its business into two groups to improve management procedures.

Profit from pre-IPO share sales taxed

The government has imposed a 5 percent tax on profits from sales of shares or mutual fund units that an investor receives through pre-IPO placement.

BP eyes stake sale

Shareholders in British oil company BP balked at reports it would seek urgent investment from a wealthy Middle Eastern or Asian country as clean-up costs for its US oil spill topped $3 billion.

India rocked by strike

An opposition-led strike over fuel price rises disrupted life across India yesterday, triggering transport mayhem and sporadic violence in major cities where schools and businesses closed down.

China's new migrant workers pushing the line

After a morning of confrontation with his bosses at an auto parts factory in southern China, Wei took a different route home to avoid the plain-clothes police tailing him.

Bangladesh outshines India in RMG exports

Bangladesh and Vietnam proved stronger resilience in textile exports than India in the face of slowing demand, a study shows.

Stock rally continues

Stocks jumped more than 2 percent yesterday, as enthusiasm created by banks' robust half-yearly operating profit rippled other sectors.

Dhaka Bank celebrates 15 years

Dhaka Bank Ltd celebrated its 15th anniversary yesterday, said a press statement.

Greece on target to tackle deficit

Debt-stricken Greece claimed dramatic progress Monday in its quest to tackle overspending, with the budget deficit slashed 42 percent and the finance minister raising hopes the economy will do better.

Minister promises to cut turnaround time for ships

Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan said yesterday necessary steps would be taken soon to cut the turnaround time for ships at Chittagong port.

Sylhet tourism fair starts Thursday

A three-day international tourism fair will begin in Sylhet on Thursday.

Euro states must raise retirement age: EC

European governments must consider raising the retirement age in their countries to ease pressure on public finances and prevent the explosion of their pension systems, the European Commission said.

Decision on bandwidth sell-out tomorrow

The government is set to export unutilised bandwidth of Bangladesh's lone submarine cable, as the evaluation committee concerned sits tomorrow to reach a decision on it.

Corporate Briefs

The company's 15th AGM will be held on July 21 instead of July 23 (at 4pm) at Hotel Purbani International in Dhaka. The book closure period will now be from June 25 to July 21 instead of June 25 to July 23. Other information of the meeting will remain the same as announced earlier.

Oil higher

Oil was up in Asian trade on Monday as traders bought up cheap crude following a slump in prices last week, analysts said.

Buckingham Palace accounts reveal cost of royal family

The royal family cost Britain's taxpayers 38.2 million pounds (46.1 million euros, 57.8 million dollars) in the last financial year, according to accounts released by Buckingham Palace Monday.

Hitachi, Mitsubishi firms discuss hydropower merger

Japanese high-tech giant Hitachi and two Mitsubishi companies are to discuss merging their hydroelectric power operations, the three firms said in a statement Monday.

S Korean firms buy stake in Australian mines

Two South Korean firms have agreed to buy mining assets from Australia's Anglo American in a bid to secure a stable coal supply, officials said Monday.

Vietnam breaks ground on $1.2b coal power plant

Vietnam has broken ground on a 1.2 billion dollar coal-fired power plant, state media reported Monday, as the fast-growing economy seeks to stem power shortages.


PM renews commitment to modernise army

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday renewed her government's commitment to ensure higher training for members of the armed forces and procure modern weapons and equipment for their modernisation.

Date for further probe deferred for 35th time

Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge of Sylhet yesterday deferred the date for submitting report of the "further investigation" in Kibria killing case to July 12.

1 in 2 sexually abused: Study

One in every two children with disability in the country is sexually abused with a shocking 91 percent of them by family members or close relatives, said a study.

Plan to develop Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara Lake

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) will hold its first meeting today for fiscal 2010-11 to consider eight development projects, including one to develop and reclaim Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara Lake in the city.

Hearing on charge framing against Babar adjourned

A Dhaka court yesterday for the third time adjourned the hearing on charge framing in a tax evasion case against former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar till August 17.

Privatisation of power may lead to more debts

Speakers at a meeting yesterday said privatisation in power sector might lead Bangladesh to more public debts and poverty.

102 more Shibir activists arrested in Chittagong

Police yesterday picked up 102 more activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir in overnight raids in the city in connection with the Sunday's violence by Jamaat.

Govt plans 20-bed burn units in 13 medical colleges

Against the backdrop of increasing fire incidents and serious causalities, the government has planned introduction of burn units in the country's 13 medical colleges and at upazila level.

Hajee Danesh tech varsity closed sine die

Hajee Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) was ultimately closed indefinitely yesterday--five days into the incident of violent protests by the students for closing the university on June 29.

Paban, others face arrest warrant

A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Khandaker Abdul Hamid Paban, son of BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain, and former Jatiyatabadi Chhatradal (JCD) president of Chatkhil thana unit in connection with a cracker explosion case.

Two die in Gazipur boat capsize

Three people, including a schoolgirl, died in two incidents in Kaliganj upazila of Gazipur district on Sunday and yesterday.

Two die in Gazipur boat capsize

Three people, including a schoolgirl, died in two incidents in Kaliganj upazila of Gazipur district on Sunday and yesterday.

JS body discusses DAP

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Public Assurance at a meeting yesterday discussed the much-talked about Detailed Area Plan (DAP) and decided to place the clarification of the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) chairman on his alleged indecent remarks about parliament members in the next meeting.

$72m WB help for skills enhancement

Bangladesh will receive 72 million US dollar from the World Bank (WB) under the 'Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP).

Motijheel Ideal School grabs title

Motijheel Ideal School and College of Dhaka has become the champion in the '4th EBL Saint Gregory National School Debate Competition-2010', said a press release. The runner up is Saint Francis Xavier's Girls High School.

Khoka, 12 others get bail in graft case

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted anticipatory bail for four months to Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and 12 other officials in a corruption case.

Night guard on 3-day remand

Night guard Milan Ahmed Chowdhury, arrested in connection with Khagrachhari Janata Bank robbery, was yesterday placed on a three-day remand by Senior Judicial Magistrate Abdullah Al Mamun.

President asks PGR to be loyal to leadership

President Zillur Rahman yesterday asked the President Guard Regiment (PGR) to perform their duties being fully loyal to the leadership with supreme professional competence and firm determination.

Enacting law on hartal autocratic move: BNP

Enacting a law on hartal is nothing but the government's autocratic move, said BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday.

Forum to launch research

A group of professionals including some real estate businessmen launched a new forum yesterday with the aim of conducting research and making recommendations about unplanned urbanisation, industrialisation, traffic congestion and other social problems.

Teacher shot by robbers in city

Masked robbers shot a teacher and looted his house keeping the family members at gunpoint in the capital's Uttara early yesterday.

4 Amar Desh journos asked to appear before SC today

The Appellate Division of Supreme Court (SC) yesterday directed four journalists of recently closed the Bengali daily Amar Desh to appear before it today in a contempt of court petition against them.

Khulna city Jamaat chief, nine others sent to jail

City Ameer of Jamaat Mian Golam Parwar and nine others of the party were sent to Khulna district Jail yesterday.

World Cup Fest held

Robi, a mobile phone operator, and Hotel Agrabad of Chittagong jointly organised the World Cup Fest 2010 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city on Saturday evening.

DU student hurt in dorm ceiling collapse

A student of Dhaka University was injured as part of the ceiling of its Sergeant Jahurul Haque Hall collapsed and fell on him early yesterday.


TR rice returns for tug of war over project proposals

About 310 tonne of rice sanctioned for rural infrastructure development in Rangpur Sadar upazila under the government's Test Relief (TR) programme for the fiscal year 2009-2010 has returned back due to tug of war between the upazila parishad chairman and union parishad chairmen.

Teachers move door to door to collect students for colleges

Amid serious shortage of admission seekers, teachers of non-government colleges in the district are moving door to door to persuade students to get admission to their colleges.

Only one accused out of 160 held

Only one out of 160 FIR-named accused in 18 war crime cases under Khulna district has so far been arrested.

33-foot-long bridge over 3-foot dead canal!

Jhenidah Sadar upazila project implementation office has constricted a 33-foot-long bridge across a three-foot-wide dead canal at Pantapara village in the upazila, much to the surprise of locals.

Rivals kill notorious criminal

A notorious criminal was killed by his rivals at Shiordaha Bazaar in Jhikargachha upazila on Sunday night.

Human chain demanding direct train link

Nagorik Committee of Rangpur yesterday formed a human chain in the town demanding direct train link with the capital Dhaka.

Two bodies recovered

Police yesterday recovered two bodies from Gabtoli and Shibganj upazilas of the district. One of the victims was Aminul Islam Ranju, 38, of Atbaria village under Gabtoli upazila of the district while the other could not be identified immediately. Police said Ranju's body was recovered from a paddy field near his residence. His younger brother Tarajul Islam, former vice-president of district Chhatra League filed a case with Gabtoli police station in this connection. Police recovered the body of the other person from Mahasthan Mazar area under Shibganj upazila.

Mongla mayor removed

Mongla mayor Molla Abdul Jalil has been removed on charge of corruption. He received an official letter in this regard from Ministry of LGRD on July 3. Ward councilor Shafiqur Rahman has been asked to take over as acting mayor. Molla Jalil was elected mayor of Mongla pourasava on May 5 in 2004 on BNP ticket. He is still senior vice president of Mongla muncipality unit of BNP. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed four separate cases against him in November and December of 2008 with Mongla police station accusing him of misappropriation of fund and other malpractices.

Tiger kills fisherman

A tiger killed a fisherman at Dhanghara in the Sundarbans yesterday. Victim Azibar Rahman Sana, 35, hailed from Datnekhali under Shyamnagar upazila. Police said he and four others went to Terokati canal for fishing on Sunday after taking permit from the Burigoalini forest station. At around 9:30am, a big cat swooped on Azibar and dragged him into deep forest. Locals recovered the body from the forest at 3:00pm.

Anti-stalking campaign

Police have launched a campaign to build anti-stalking awareness among the students in Bera upazila of the district. As part of the programme, police officials will regularly go to schools and colleges in the upazila and talk to the students. Sheikh Zillur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Bera Police Station, opened the campaign at Bera Monzur Quader Women College on Sunday. Giving his mobile phone number to the students, the OC said police need their help for making the special drive a success.


Pakistan backs counter-terror conference

Top-level government talks in Pakistan yesterday backed growing calls for a national conference on ways to tackle Islamist militant attacks in the nuclear-armed nation.

EU to cut Lanka's trade benefits over human rights

The European Union decided yesterday to withdraw trade concessions in August granted to Sri Lanka after the government failed to make a written commitment to improve its human rights record.

Biden urges Iraqi politicians to form coalition

US Vice-President Joe Biden has urged Iraqi politicians to form a coalition and end a political deadlock that has left Iraq without a government.

Energy giants fund Myanmar nuke drive: Rights group

Myanmar's military rulers are using gas revenue from US and French energy giants Chevron and Total to fund an illegal bid to build nuclear weapons, human rights monitors said in a report yesterday.

Israel’s Barak holds talks with Palestinian PM

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak was holding a face-to-face meeting with Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad at a hotel in Jerusalem, officials on both sides said yesterday.

Israel to publish new Gaza blacklist

Israel was to publish its revamped blacklist of items which are barred from entry into the Gaza Strip under the terms of its blockade on the Hamas-run Palestinian territory.

Turkey threatens diplomatic break with Israel over raid

Turkey has for the first time threatened to break diplomatic ties with Israel over its raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May.

UK, Germany, UAE airports refuse fuel to Iran jets

Airports in Britain, Germany and the United Arab Emirates have refused to refuel Iranian passenger planes since Washington imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran last week, ISNA news agency said yesterday.

Sarkozy sacrifices ministers to save key ally

By sacrificing two ministers mired in expenses scandals, French President Nicolas Sarkozy hoped to protect a bigger target, Labour Minister Eric Woerth, observers said yesterday.

Medvedev assures Obama on ties after spy scandal

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has assured his US counterpart Barack Obama that attempts to weaken relations are doomed to failure, despite discovery of an alleged Russian spy ring, media said yesterday.

Obama risks party face-off on South Korea deal

US President Barack Obama is risking a revolt within his own party as he presses ahead on a free trade agreement with South Korea, setting the stage for a showdown after November legislative elections.

Wanted Pak Taliban leader killed

Pakistan said yesterday that a Taliban commander with a 234,000-dollar price on his head had been killed in a shootout with soldiers in the country's notorious North Waziristan region.

Gen Petraeus formally takes over Afghanistan campaign

US Gen David Petraeus has formally taken command of the 130,000-strong international force battling insurgents in Afghanistan.

Scores killed in Afghan anti-drugs operation

More than 60 militants and drug traffickers have been killed in Helmand province during a three-day raid, the Afghan government says.

Kyrgyz president warns of new unrest

Kyrgyzstan's newly inaugurated President Roza Otunbayeva yesterday warned her country still risked being hit by new unrest as she won the clearest Russian backing yet for her government.

Europe's 'Big Bang' probe sends back first image of cosmos

A space telescope designed to peer into the enigma of the "Big Bang" has served up its first overall image of the cosmos, the European Space Agency said yesterday.

Hillary vows support for Georgia, slams Russian 'occupation'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reassured Georgia yesterday with a pledge of continued support and criticised Russia's "occupation" of two breakaway Georgian regions.

Bronislaw Komorowski leads Polish polls

Bronislaw Komorowski, Poland's acting president, appears to be heading for victory in a close presidential election after hours of uncertainty.

Thailand urged to lift emergency

Thailand's government has been urged to lift a state of emergency and drop terrorism charges against leaders of recent anti-government protests.

Somalian president appeals for help

Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed pleaded for help yesterday at a regional summit, as an al-Qaeda-inspired insurgency closed in on his Mogadishu palace.

China jails US geologist for stealing state secrets

A Chinese-born American geologist has been sentenced to eight years in jail in China for stealing state secrets.

BP oil spill costs pass $3b mark

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has so far cost BP a total of $3.12bn (£2bn), the company has said.

Ponytail for men gets the chop in Iran

Iran's culture ministry has given its blessing to a number of "Islamic" haircuts for men, with ponytails failing to make the list, the ILNA news agency reported yesterday.

Cambodia preparing 'freedom parks'for rallies

Cambodia is making way for "freedom parks" across the country for people to hold demonstrations, a move local activists fear could limit rights of expression, the government said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

“Titas Ekti Nadir Naam” at Cannes Classic

Ritwik Ghatak's cinematic opus “Titas Ekti Nadir Naam” was screened at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival (earlier this year), as part of its Classic section, according to a press release. This is the first Bangladeshi film that has had this honour.

Eternal solitude in Samuel Beckett’s “End Game”

Every human being is alone. Throughout our lives we make a lot of arrangements to avoid solitude but at times all these efforts fall short. It is our instinct to be free, to explore new dimensions of life. But how many people can succeed in the end?

Shooting of Humayun Ahmed’s new film delayed

Shooting of Humayun Ahmed's latest film “Ghetu Putro Komola” was scheduled to start from July 7 at Nuhash Polli. It has now been rescheduled for October, 2010.

Shyamalan: “My movies are doomed”

M Night Shyamalan was 29 when his third film “The Sixth Sense” (1999) opened to a tremendous response. The box office success of the film -- it earned $662 million worldwide -- propelled the young filmmaker (he turns 40 next month) to an A-list director in Hollywood. Newsweek declared him to be the “next Spielberg.”

Nurturing the art of mime

Grameenphone joined hands with world-renowned performer Partha Pratim Majumder to revive the art of mime in Bangladesh. The announcement was made recently at a Mime Carnival arranged by Grameenphone at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.

Between subconscious and unconscious

Dhaka Art Centre has organised a two-week painting exhibition of Niamul Bari at its gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The exhibition was inaugurated on July 2. Bangladeshi expatriate painter Monirul Islam, and eminent architect and art critic Shamsul Wares were present as guests at the opening of the exhibition. Noted art critic Moinuddin Khaled presided over the programme.

Tazin on Rtv’s “Tarokalap”

Tazin Ahmed is the guest on today's episode of Rtv's daily celebrity talk show "Tarokalap". The programme will be aired live at 10:45am.

World Cup with Mila

Album featuring music videos of 10 songs by Mila and Upol, on the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2010, is now out in the market. Produced by G-Series, the album titled “World Cup with Mila,” also features music videos of “Tumi Ki Shara Dibey” (Fuad featuring Mila), “Shurjosnaney Chol” (Bappa Majumder), “Meye” (Topu), “Bhalobashi” (Raj and Mila), “Cholo Bhuley Jai” (Black).


Floods: Rude reminder of false promises

FLOODS are here once again. Every election time, those sly and devious vote seekers give promises to the credulous villagers of taking effective flood control measures so that waters would not inundate their villages anymore. Those peddlers of pledges tell the villagers that they would raise the embankments or build new dykes to protect their villages.

A long ride on a wagon of words

NEWS is the subtlest form of advertising. Perhaps we should be generous to journalism and qualify that; news can become the most subtle form of advertising, particularly when it comes dressed in quotation marks. The subtlety becomes more oblique when the quotation is used for collateral advantage, through a coy positioning adjacent to the Big Story.

World Cup: The craze is over

THE craze is over, so is the fever. Brazil has crashed out. So has Argentina. Needless to say, World Cup, 2010 is over for the Bangladeshis. With Brazil and Argentina back home, the final is now poised to be an all-European affair. Admittedly, though good teams have advanced to the semi-finals, the World Cup must have become rather lacklustre and heavy- going for many in the subcontinent, especially in Bangladesh.

Heading in the right direction

THE education system we follow is a legacy of the British colonial system. The British Raj introduced its education system in the subcontinent for its own interest -- not for the interest of the native Indians. For the British regime, the major driving force for introducing a newly formulated education system in India was to establish its hegemony and extend its rule.

Science with Rabindranath

WHY should Biswa Parichay (our universe) by Rabindanath Tagore, written so long ago in 1937, be a matter of discussion today? This is because the scientific-minded Tagore comes up less in our discussion than the God-loving poet. This type of discussions has given rise to many interpretations and misinterpretations about the great mind of the poet.

Science & Life

Music from the Sun

WHO knew that the Sun was so musical? For the very first time, harmonious sounds that were created by longitudinal vibrations within the Sun's atmosphere have been recorded and studied by the experts at the University of Sheffield (U of S). With the aid of the mathematical theory, combined with steadfast satellite observations, a team of distinguished solar physicists from the U of S has captured this distinct solar music on tape which many are hoping would shed some light on the Sun's magnetic atmosphere as well as into the physics of solar corona. It is believed that the harmonious sounds in the Sun are caused by the movement of giant magnetic loops in the solar corona, the outermost, mysterious and least understood layer of the Sun's atmosphere. But what is the process of this mysterious yet melodic solar auditory composition? It's been found, after studying high-resolution satellite images of the sun, that the solar corona is filled with large banana-shaped magnetic structures which are known as coronal loops. And it is believed that these giant magnetic loops (some of which are over a few 100,000 km long), play a crucial role in governing the physics of the corona and are also responsible for huge atmospheric explosions that occur in the solar atmosphere, which are traditionally known as solar flares. And it is these giant coronal loops that have been observed to undergo periodic (oscillatory) motion, which can be thought of as someone plucking a guitar string (transversal oscillations) or blowing the wind-pipe instrument (longitudinal oscillations). And in these ways, the solar atmosphere is constantly encompassed by the music of the coronal loops.

Living past 100

REACHING immortality is still in the realm of science fiction. But using clues from our genes, scientists are one step closer to understanding why some of us live to be centenarians while others don't.

The creative flash

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

Life’s older than thought

Researchers have found what may be the earliest evidence of multicellular life on Earth. Large fossils uncovered in 2.1 billion-year-old rock from Gabon, in western Africa, appear to be incipient examples of macroscopic life in what was then a sea of single-celled microbes.

Driving blind

THE National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology that helps a blind person drive a car independently.

Saber-toothed cats

A saber-toothed cat's pounce may have been as bad as its bite. These extinct animals had exceptionally strong forelimbs that probably held a victim still while razorlike teeth ripped out its throat, a new study shows.

What is gas flaring and why is it done?

In chemical factories, oil refineries, oil wells, rigs and landfills, gaseous waste products and sometimes even non-waste gases produced are routed to an elevated vertical chimney called a gas flare and burnt off at its tip. This is called gas flaring. Waste gases are subjected to such a process either because the gases are waste or it is difficult to store and transport them. Non-waste gases are burnt off to protect the processing equipment when unexpected high pressure develops within them. Gas flaring in oil rigs and wells contribute significantly to greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.

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