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Fatwa illegal

The High Court in a verdict yesterday declared illegal all kinds of extrajudicial punishment including those made in the name of fatwa in local arbitration.

Hasina backs free trade

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the Developing-8 member states to evolve their own mechanism for establishing a D-8 Free Trade Area to increase trade and businesses.

Home mum, HR commission vocal

The National Human Rights Commission yesterday decided that dealing with extrajudicial killings and custodial deaths will be its top priority.

Grill Paul, cry Germans

Some Germans are calling for a public roasting of the oracle octopus who correctly picked the winner of all six of their national soccer team's World Cup matches -- including a bitter defeat to Spain on Wednesday.

No VAT on health bill

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld a High Court (HC) verdict that declared illegal the realisation of Value Added Tax (VAT) from people for providing health services to them.

Terminal exam for madrasa students too

The students of class-V of ebtedai madrasa will sit for a terminal examination for the first time this year along with primary school students.

SAHR demands judicial probe

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) urged the government yesterday to open a judicial enquiry, not a police enquiry, into the recent cases of custodial deaths and disappearances.

Focus on traffic maintenance

The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday announced Tk 2,171.34 crore budget for 2010-2011 fiscal year increasing allocation for maintenance and development of traffic infrastructure by 24 percent.

It's time for another war

He fought the Liberation War valiantly. His machinegun spoke of his bravery. He also fought it out with his cricket bat at Dhaka Stadium for his first division club.

Pleas for stay on remand rejected

A Dhaka court yesterday summarily rejected three separate petitions for staying remand of Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, its Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid and Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee in three cases.

Elderly fan dies over WC squabble

An elderly fan died over a squabble surfacing from a World Cup football match at Mohela of Chatmohar upazila early yesterday.

BNP in talks over Bhuiyan's return

A BNP Standing Committee meeting last night discussed the withdrawal of former BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan's expulsion from the party.

ACC quizzes Mosharraf over Bhairabbridge contract

The cabinet committee on purchase did noting "illogical or illegal" by recommending compensation for construction of Bhairab bridge, former health minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain told the Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday.

Boy beaten to death in city

Criminals beat to death a teenaged boy in the city's Khilgaon area yesterday afternoon.

Tahrir adviser Prof Maola arrested

Detectives arrested Prof Syed Golam Maola, who introduced the banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir in the country, from the capital's Elephant Road area yesterday.

127 Jamaat, Shibir men remanded

The 127 Jamaat-shibir-men, arrested on charge of vandalism at the city's Halishahar area on Sunday, were placed on remand for different terms yesterday.

Defamation case against Moeen stayed till Oct 6

A Dhaka court yesterday stayed till October 6 the proceedings of a Tk 100 crore defamation case against former army chief General (Retd) Moeen U Ahmed filed by former state minister for energy Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Tuku.

Yunus Centre for Social Business opens in Glasgow

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in Scotland launched "Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health" in a ceremony attended by academics and the elite of Glasgow on July 5.

Extortionist injured in gunfight

An alleged extortionist was injured in a gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and arrested in the city's Malibagh area yesterday.

Europe to give US access to bank data

Europe agreed yesterday to let the United States tap into banking data for terrorism probes again, reviving a programme which officials said would save lives and protect the privacy of Europeans.

British police arrest 2 more suspects

British police said yesterday they had arrested another two men in their hunt for a fugitive suspected of shooting three people in northeast England, but the suspect himself remained on the run.

Mahmudur produced in court

The jail authorities produced Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of the recently closed newspaper the daily Amar Desh, before the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday in connection with contempt of a court petition against him, as per the court's directive.

Written test for school teachers postponed

The authorities of directorate of secondary and higher education (DSHE) yesterday postponed today's written test for selection of candidates for the post of assistant teachers of government high schools.


Policy on checking mobile phone crime

THE government plans to have in place a policy designed to check mobile phone-related crimes. No one can deny that of late threats, intimidation and extortion through use of mobile phones have risen to quite an alarming degree. These crimes vary in nature but in the end leave those affected in various degrees of distress. In the first place, it is generally young women who are the targets of unsolicited calls, to a point where these calls turn into harassment. In the second, sometimes families are the recipients of calls that leave them in a state of agitation. In the third place (and this is the worst), individuals are often threatened over mobile phones and generally asked to pay the caller and his associates a toll, failing which those at the receiving end might be in trouble. In such instances, the callers take care to hide the numbers of the phones they are calling from.

MPO-listing as it stands now

THE task of Monthly Pay Order (MPO)-listing, that is, putting schools on the government's payroll under the present education minister Nurul Islam Nahid has proved to be a roller-coaster ride this year. And the delay caused has been due mainly to the complaints made by the MPs to the prime minister, under whose instruction her political and education adviser prepared another list incorporating the demands of the MPs. But that list, too, was found to be controversial for what they said it accommodated instances of alleged fraudulence, inclusion of institutions chosen by opposition BNP, and, even Jamaat MPs. The education minister was again asked by the prime minister to prepare another MPO list, which was submitted on June 16 last.


England in command

England were in firm control of the first one-day international against visitors Bangladesh at Trent Bridge here on Thursday.

Loew hails La Roja

Germany coach Joachim Loew hailed Spain as masters of the football universe and expressed confidence that they would beat the Netherlands in Sunday's World Cup final.

End of a dream

German newspapers have lamented the country's 1-0 World Cup semifinal defeat by Spain and wondered what happened to the scintillating performances that had dispatched England and Argentina with such counterattacking flourish.

A Spanish masterclass

Spain have confirmed they are no longer underachievers at world stage when they reached the final of the World cup for the first time by masterfully orchestrating the fall of the Mannschaft at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Wednesday night.

Beautiful game

Holland captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst has said that his last competitive match, at the World Cup final, will be the most "beautiful game" of his life.

One Twos

Booking early has its advantages, but booking too early can backfire. This would have happened to football fans who took advantage of a special offer by a German travel agent just one hour before Germany's semifinal against Spain on Wednesday. "Book now, fly Saturday, watch the final Germany vs Holland at Soccer City on Sunday," read the offer. The chance to see "the match of year" for a total of 5,450 euros (6,860 dollars) including flights and hotel was worthless three hours later. Germany lost the game.

Del Bosque keeps calm

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque insisted his side would take nothing for granted ahead of a World Cup final meeting with the Netherlands they will start as clear favourites.

Spain coping with tag

Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso said the European champions are coping with the pressure of being favourites after reaching the World Cup final.

Catalan salute Puyol

Carles Puyol was feted after his towering header settled the World Cup semifinal against Germany and sent Spain into their first ever final.

Dutch want glory

Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk insists Holland are ready to end their 32-year wait for a World Cup title in Sunday's final and write their own chapter in Netherlands' football history.

Orange flags sell like hot cakes

Flags prematurely declaring Holland the 2010 football World Cup champions are flying off the shelves with other orange paraphernalia as the Dutch kit themselves out for Sunday's final against Spain.

Kuyt terms it unreal

Dirk Kuyt hailed Holland's achievement in reaching the World Cup final after 32 years as "unreal" but urged his teammates not to squander the opportunity to claim the trophy for the first time in the country's history.

WC eases xenophobia

As South Africans savoured the final days of the World Cup, their government on Thursday sought to reassure immigrants that they would remain welcome after the foreign fans leave.

MSC lesson for Ajax

Title contenders Moham-medan kept their goal fest going in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League as they handed a massive 8-0 defeat to Ajax Sporting Club at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Fakirerpool keep lead

Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool consolidated their lead in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League with a 2-1 win over Victoria Sporting Club at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

'Africa can be proud'

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Thursday that "Africa can be proud of having organised the World Cup" as the four-week tournament entered its final few days.

Lula loses interest

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has lost interest in the World Cup and has little desire to watch the final with his country having gone out to Holland in the quarters, media reports on Thursday.

Paraguay captain's complaint

Paraguay captain Justo Villar has lashed out at FIFA for giving the World Cup to South Africa, claiming the country was not prepared to host the tournament.

Webb given final job

England's Howard Webb will be the referee for the World Cup final. The 38-year-old from Rotherham has been chosen for the final by Fifa's referees committee.


Tk 1,000cr whitened

More than Tk 1,000 crore in black money was legalised in four categories last fiscal year, with stockmarket and apartment and land purchases taking up the most.

SEC squeezes share loans

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday squeezed scope for merchant banks and brokers to lend against stocks, a measure designed to calm the sometimes-overheating market.

Tax ombudsman's office no more

The government is set to abolish the post of tax ombudsman, as it did not play an effective role in the tax system, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.

Two private firms plan IPO next year

Two private companies plan to raise funds from the capital market for business expansion.

IFC pledges support for power sector

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) yesterday expressed its interest to support Bangladesh in power, health and education sectors.

Forex reserve crosses $11b mark

The foreign currency reserve has crossed $11 billion, shattering two records in a year.

New RMG wage nears consensus

The stakeholders are now very close to consensus on the announcement of the minimum wage for readymade garment workers, said the president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Muhith explains rates on savings instruments

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday the new tax rate introduced this fiscal year would not apply to the savings certificates that mature before July 1, 2010.

Govt signs $79m deal with World Bank

The government yesterday signed a $79 million credit agreement with the International Development Association (IDA) in developing human capital resources.

German luxury carmakers post strong first-half sales

German premium auto manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes are on a roll and expect sales to remain on track for the rest of the year, they said on Thursday, but the outlook in some key markets is cloudy.

Tourism fair kicks off in Sylhet

The Sylhet city mayor yesterday called upon tour operators and travel agents to come up with packages highlighting historical and religious sites in Sylhet to attract tourists.

Hyundai Engineering wins $1.2b order in Kuwait

South Korea's top builder Hyundai Engineering and Construction said Thursday that it had signed a 1.4 trillion won (1.2 billion dollar) deal to build a container port in northeastern Kuwait.

British manufacturing output powers to 16-year high

British manufacturers broke through the gloom in May, raising output by 4.3 percent over 12 months, the biggest rise for nearly 16 years as Britain recovers from a record recession, official data showed on Thursday.

New MD for Pubali Bank Securities

Pubali Bank Securities Ltd, a subsidiary company of Pubali Bank Ltd, appointed M Rafiqul Islam as its managing director, said a statement released yesterday.

Oil up

Oil briefly topped 75 dollars a barrel in Asian trade Thursday, lifted by rising stock markets, but failed to get support at that level due to global economic concerns, analysts said.

Corporate Briefs

The company credited the stock dividend for 2009 to the respective shareholders' BO accounts yesterday.


Local Market FX
The local market was active yesterday. USD/BDT was stable yesterday, although there was ample demand for the greenback.


D-8 for market access to developed economies for poverty alleviation

The Seventh D-8 Summit ended yesterday adopting a 24-point Abuja Declaration with emphasis on market access to major world economies for poverty alleviation and economic uplift.

Kuwait to recruit more Bangladeshi manpower

Kuwait will recruit more Bangladeshi manpower including army officers, engineers and doctors to help develop its infrastructures.

$79m skills development deal signed with IDA

The government yesterday signed a credit agreement worth US $79 million with the International Development Association (IDA) for Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP).

Last remnant of Tagore's literary visits brought down

At a time when India is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, a key testimony to the poet's last visit to Shillong, where he had penned some of his important works, has been razed to the ground.

Friends kill boy in city

A boy died when his senior friends punched and kicked him in the city's Purba Goran Khilgaon area yesterday afternoon.

Family not happy over police probe

The members of Samiul's paternal family are not satisfied with the police investigation alleging that the law enforcers are trying to save some culprits involved in the killing.

US consular service fees increased

The US Department of State will increase passport and citizenship services and Diversity Visa (DV) application fees from July 13.

Girl killed in road accident

A girl was killed in a road accident in Gopalganj yesterday.

Vessel accidents kill 6,000 in 25 years, says study

At least 6,000 people lost their lives in 535 vessel accidents during the last 25 years in the country, said a study of Safe Water Way Implementation Movement.

Bangladesh top contributor to UN peacekeeping

Bangladesh tops all other countries in terms of sending troops to UN's peacekeeping missions.

CCC mayor injured in road crash

Chittagong City Corporation Mayor Mohammad Manjur Alam and his chauffeur suffered minor injuries in a road accident in Comilla en route to Dhaka yesterday morning.

Govt to stop environmental degradation, says minister

The government would stop all sorts of environmental degradation following hill cutting, forest plundering or poor management of industrial waste, said Primary and Mass Education Minister Afsarul Amin.

Matlub Anam laid to rest

Language movement veteran and columnist Matlub Anam was laid to rest at Banani graveyard in the city yesterday.

Writ dismissed as Mainul decides not to proceed

The High Court (HC) yesterday dismissed a writ petition that challenged a government order declaring Anwar Hossain Manju printer and publisher of The Daily Ittefaq.

Book on women's empowerment launched

University Press Limited (UPL) yesterday launched a book on the current condition of women empowerment in South Asia.

JPC seasonal fruits festival held

A festival of local seasonal fruits was held at the Jatiya Press Club yesterday.


BCL men ransack IU bldg

Twenty people including five police personnel were injured in a clash between law enforcers and villagers as people of Modhupur village adjacent to the campus of Islami University (IU) in Kushtia put barricade on Kushtia-Jhenidah highway yesterday evening.

They wade thru' waist-deep water to attend school

Nearly half of over 400 students of Goarha High School in Ghatbhog union under Rupsha upazila of Khulna district have to wade through waist-deep muddy water of Atharobeki River to attend their classes.

BDR-BSF accord to check border crimes

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday agreed to contain cross border crimes and other related issues through talks.

Police foil human chain programme of rice traders

Police on Wednesday foiled a human chain programme formed by rice traders and truck workers in Dupchachia upazila town demanding their security as well as rice-laden trucks.

500 vehicles get stuck at Paturia, Daulatdia

Shortage of ferry has been hampering ferry service on Paturia and Daulatdia ferry route.

160 arrested in Rangpur

Kotwali police yesterday arrested 160 people from Gangachara upazila in connection with leakage of question meant for today's interview for selection of candidates for the posts of assistant teachers of government high schools.

Arms, bombs recovered in 2 dists: 14 held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered arms and ammunition including bombs in separate drives conducted in Chuadanga and Kushtia yesterday morning and Wednesday.

2 boys drown in pond

Two boys drowned in a pond of Kazitula area in the city on Tuesday.

Transports go off roads in Meherpur again

Transport owners and workers associations in Meherpur again went on an indefinite strike yesterday to press home their four-point demand.

Charge framing against 153 Satkania BDR mutineers next yr

A special court-4 of Bangladesh Rifles trying BDR mutiny cases yesterday fixed March 6, 2011 for charge framing against 153 jawans of Rifles Training Centre and School (RTC&S) at Satkania in the district.

RU celebrates 57th founding anniversary

The 57th founding anniversary of Rajshahi University (RU) was celebrated on the campus yesterday with much enthusiasm and due festivity.

Under-trial prisoner dies

An under-trial prisoner of Chuadanga jail died at Sadar Hospital on Wednesday evening.The dead was identified as Abur Hossain, 28, son of late Fakir Mohammad of Andulbaria village under Jibonnagar upazila of the district. According to jail authorities, Abur Hossain fell sick at about 10.00am on Wednesday morning and was rushed to the hospital where he died at around 6:30pm. Officer-In-Charge (OC) of Jibonnagar Police Station said they arrested Abur on April 28 in connection with a case filed against him under Narcotics Control Act. A Chuadanga court sent him to jail after police produced him in court on April 29. The case against Abur is under investigation, OC said.

Tiger kills one in Sundarbans

A fisherman was killed by a tiger in the river Malancha near Telakata area of Sundarbans yesterday. The victim was identified as Iman Ali Sardar, 32, son of Shuk Chand Sardar of Kultali village under Shyamnagar upazila. Police quoting local people as saying that six fishermen, including Iman went to the Sundarbans for fishing, taking permission from Kadamtala Forest Station on July 5. When they were catching fish in the Telakata area at around 11:30am yesterday, a tiger swooped on Iman Ali and dragged him into the deep forest. Contacted, Kadamtala Forest Officer Masud Alam confirmed the incident. Locals recovered the body from the deep forest at about 3:00pm.

Cargo vessel sinks

A limestone-laden cargo vessel capsized in Banstali channel of the Kumarkhali River after it collided with an oil tanker near Rampal yesterday morning. All the nine crew of the cargo vessel, MV Haji Akbar Ali-1, swam ashore. Police said the vessel, carrying 17,300cft limestone, was heading for Mongla from Sylhet. It sank when a Chittagong-bound oil tanker MT Energy-2 collided head on with it at 8:00am.

Bomb attack on JL leader

Criminals hurled bombs at a Jubo League leader in Ganna Union under Jhenidah Sadar upazila on Wednesday night, leaving him seriously injured. The victim, Shanti, 35, son of Shahar Ali of Kashimnagar village is undergoing treatment at Jhenidah Sadar Hospital. Police and locals said Shanti, general secretary of Jubo Legue Ganna Union unit, came under attack while he was returning home from a cattle market at around 9:30pm. A gang of criminals threw bombs on Shanti when he reached near Kashimnagar and fled the scene, locals said. Contacted, officer-in-charge (OC) of Jhenidah Sadar Police Station said police are looking for the criminals.

Mother, son electrocuted

A woman and her son were electrocuted at Chotabandha village under Shibpur upazila of the district on Wednesday night. They are Shayesta Begum, 45, and her son Rubel, 23. Police quoted the family members as saying that Rubel came in contact with a live electric wire at their house at around 8:00pm. Shayesta Begum was also electrocuted as he tried to save his son. Locals took them to the upazila health complex where the doctors declared them dead.

Man hacked to death

Criminals hacked a man to death at Mirzapur village under Singra upazila of the district on Wednesday night. The deceased was identified as Abu Bakkar, 45, son of Lal Pramanik of Kashiabari village under the upazila. Police said Abu Bakkar went to his son-in-law Osman Gani's house at Mirzapur village on Wednesday. A gang of criminals called him out of the house at night, hacked him with sharp weapons and left the scene. Bakkar died on the spot. On information, police rushed to the spot and sent the body to hospital morgue for autopsy. Police said Abu Bakkar was wanted in several cases including for murder and extortion.

Phensidyl found at graveyard

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered 100 bottles of Phensidyl from a graveyard in Koilarmukh area under Ramgarh upazila of Khagrachhari district yesterday. Acting on a tip-off, a team of 11 Rifles Battalion raided koilarmukh area in the morning and recovered the sedative drugs from the graveyard. Commanding Officer (CO) of 11 Rifles Battalion Lt Colonel Md Abdul Gaffar told this correspondent that BDR personnel also recovered 897 bottles of phensidyl, raiding different areas of Ramgarh in the last two weeks.

15 hurt, 4 shops gutted

At least 15 people were injured and four shops gutted in a fire at Notun Bazar under Sadar upazila of the district early yesterday. Locals and fire service sources said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at shop at the bazaar and soon engulfed the 15 adjacent shops. Fire fighters with the help of locals extinguished the blaze after an hour.

16 robbers held with firearms

Sixteen robbers were arrested with firearms near Hemayetpur bus stand early yesterday. Acting on a tip-off, Rab members raided the area at around 2:00am and arrested the robbers while they were making preparation to commit robbery on Dhaka-Aricha Highway. Two guns bullets, some iron rods and three machetes were also recovered from their possession.



A news report was published in a local English daily on June 29. It indicated that according to the survey carried out by Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP); 78,000 out of 326,000 buildings in greater Dhaka is at risk of earthquake damage. Unfortunately, there was no indication, that at what level of intensity (in the Richter Scale of 1 to10)), this devastation is most likely to occur. Not that it will effect the immediate "first aid' level of safety and precaution from being taken; as that is necessary for everyone to ensure safety of his or her own life!

Equitable power distribution

Bashabo is a large residential area in Dhaka metropolis. Hundreds of thousands of people live here. Most of them are from middle income strata. For the last couple of months, the inhabitants of Bashabo have been experiencing load shedding 5 to 7 times a day. Every time stoppage of power usually continues for an hour.

Eve teasing

Whenever the issue of 'eve-teasing' comes up, men usually comment that modern women 'crave' for it. Then they boldly add that the kind of clothes women wear these days in public places invite harassment. The question generally arises what do women wear in public places? Other than few exceptions in the posh zones, what do women wear in public places? Fourteen female students committed suicides in Bangladesh in the last few months. They were teased, harassed verbally and physically while they were going to their educational institutions. If indecent clothing is the reason, then can someone answer how these unfortunate girls wearing school uniform provoke men ?

Women scientists

There are many women scientists in the world who are credited with discoveries and advances in a wide variety of areas of science. Women scientists have made a difference in fields of biology, medicine, chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, and research.

Modest dress

Two letters appeared on 30 June on this very important and sensitive subject. Not for any religious edict or guidance, but just as a survival technique it is true that simple modesty like covering the hair while going out on daily work or attending an educational establishment will identify a young woman as modest and she is very unlikely to be a victim of eve teasing.

Government's policy

I am very keen to know whether the government is seeking loopholes of law for using them against those who differ with its opinion, because

War crimes trial

The government is always defending this war crimes trial issue to condemn any act of the opposition. If that is so, why not make it more transparent and visible to justify the defence? The news reports coming from various quarters are very uncoordinated and disconnected to find out exactly what is the status of the trial process.

Dhaka, then and now

“ Expedients, are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.”


My workplace is very close to the airport from where I hear the roaring of both civil and military aircrafts all day long. Along with that, we the North and South sides are chosen for take off and landing respectively. May be the growing skyscrapers on the south side of the airport, i.e. Banani, Gulshan and Motijheel C/A, are the reason that made the former ZIA such a handicapped airport. Such a functional diminution of an international airport in no way adds to the safe movement of aero-vehicles in and out of it. In addition to that, a new trouble has been added to the system --the ear blasting noise of the jet fighters.

Jamaat leaders

I was wondering why the government had been so lenient to the Jamaat till its top leaders were arrested that too on the flimsy ground of hurting the religious sentiment of the public. The Jamaat justifies their Islamic authenticity by the amount of suffering they undergo at the hands of the incumbent. But they should keep in mind that people all over the world were and are being persecuted not necessarily for their belief. As far as I have studied Islam, the Jamaat-e-Islami is not on the right track because they deliberately hide some key facts of Islam. One of them is the special significance of the Ahle Bayet we Sufi Muslims so strongly believe in. Besides, in violation of the Islamic tenets, the Jamaat believes in their dubious version of democracy. As they vacillate in theology, they are seen veering to this party or that party for their support. So people cannot have confidence on them. This is the very submissive nature of Jamaat that prevented them from supporting Bangladesh's freedom movement. I think it is the Jamaat's cardinal crime.

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Indian Maoists kill 7 during strike

Maoist rebels have carried out a wave of attacks in India, killing seven people including five policemen.

Afghan corruption on rise

Corruption in Afghanistan has doubled in three years since 2006, despite pledges by the government to clean up graft in one of the world's poorest countries, according to a survey released yesterday.

US to give $3b worth equipment to counter Afghan bombs

The United States is set to deliver three billion dollars worth of equipment aimed at countering Taliban-made crude bombs used in the Afghan war, a US official said yesterday.

Lankan minister on 'hunger strike'

A Sri Lankan cabinet minister yesterday said he was on a hunger strike outside the UN office in Colombo to protest against a panel set up to probe alleged rights abuses during the island's civil war.

Govt warns Kashmir youths over protests

The Indian government yesterday appealed for parents in Kashmir to keep their teenage sons indoors after the deaths of several young men in violent protests over the last month.

Attacks on Shia pilgrims kill 68 in 3 days in Iraq

A string of attacks against Shia pilgrims in the past three days killed 68 people in Baghdad, security officials said yesterday, exposing the continued ability of insurgents to inflict bloodshed.

Ahmadinejad brands US as world's dictator

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday called the United States a global dictator and lashed out at Israel after arriving in Nigeria to meet fellow Muslim leaders at a summit.

US to get access to EU bank data

Europe agreed yesterday to allow the United States to tap into banking data for terrorism investigations after securing safeguards to protect the privacy of European citizens.

French police summon accountant

Police will again question an ex-accountant of France's richest woman to verify her allegations of secret donations to Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential campaign in 2007, judicial sources said yesterday.

World's first full face transplant successful

French doctors have carried out a successful full-face transplant -- eyelids, tear ducts and all -- on a 35-year-old man, the hospital where the operation took place confirmed yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Assorted mediums, common link

A weeklong group art exhibition, titled 'Tone-One One Six' opened yesterday at Zainul Gallery-1, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), Dhaka University.

A chronicle of Lalon disciple Duddu Shah

Rural bard Duddu Shah was one of the disciples closest to Lalon. It is believed that Duddu Shah became Lalon's disciple after the latter defeated him at a debate on philosophy at Cheuria, in Kushtia.

Movement of the human figure in focus

A few weeks ago, Dhaka Art Centre (DAC) organised a workshop on drawing, which was attended by sixty painters. The workshop was conducted by veteran painters of the country. Currently, the gallery is holding an exhibition featuring selected drawings from the workshop.

Office politics and crush on colleagues

Tele-film “Call Centre will be aired on Channel i at 2:30 pm today. Written by Lincoln De Costa, the tele-film has been directed by Partha Sarkar.

Humayun Faridee’s, “Anubhumi,” on Desh TV

Humayun Ahmed directs the serial “Anubhumi,” written by Ejaz Munna. The serial will be aired on Desh TV tonight at 8:15 pm.

Lady Gaga’s Grammy snub prompts rule change

Lady Gaga's wildly successful entry into the music scene actually hampered her chances of scoring a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist this year because of the Recording Academy's previous eligibility guidelines. Although Gaga had a major 2009, following the chart-topping success of her debut album “The Fame,” her earlier nod for Best Dance Recording for “Just Dance” barred the star from being considered for Best New Artist at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.

Aranyak Natyadal stages “Raarang”

Aranyak Natyadal staged its much-acclaimed production “Raarang” at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on July 7. Raarang -- a Santal word meaning battle cry -- depicts the strife of the impoverished Santals against aggression imposed by the dominating Bengalis. Based on the true story of Alfred Shoren, the play portrays an attempt at a revolution against discrimination. Mamunur Rashid is the writer and director of the play. Faiz Zahir is the set and light designer.


The beautiful game

THERE is nothing on this Earth more conservative than a sports authority, and there is no sports authority that is more conservative than Fifa.

The Monetary Man

NO matter who wins the football World Cup next week, Fabio Capello, the manager of England national football team, is my favourite. He has pointed out something that in a nutshell explains what is wrong with the world. Money is spoiling the game, he said. That hits many nails on the head.

Keeping an eye on RMG

THE garment sector now needs serious attention for the sake of the workers and the owners or the situation is bound to deteriorate, causing permanent damage to the industry and the country as well. It seems like everyone -- the government, BGMEA and BKMEA -- is being very casual. Vat on rent paid, taxes, wages are all being imposed/increased together. Will the companies be able to pay them, or go bust?

Regulating the civil service

THE Daily Star (DS) of June 29 carried a report which said that the government was planning a thorough reform of the civil service in a bid to rout out political partisanship, and cut down administrative cost. The move would be made under the Civil Service Act-2010, a draft of which was getting the final touches from a high-powered committee headed by the cabinet secretary.

The dangers of new technology ... such as books

SOMETIMES I hit a raw nerve. Several readers complained about my criticism of Grand Theft Auto IV. This is a youth-oriented computer game in which players get points by committing extremely anti-social acts such as armed robbery, substance abuse and making poor clothing choices.


Leap ahead or catch up

Recently I attended a CIO Conference in Indian Wells, California, where the key topic was how to take advantage of Cloud Computing in this economic condition, globally. The FOBANA is a convention for Bangladeshi expatriates in the US, and in July 2009, a common theme resonated that we have significant potential in this perfect storm, to leap ahead in the global market of information technology.

Gamers leave for WCG

An eight member team with seven participants left Dhaka yesterday to take part in the World Cyber Games (WCG) 2010 Asian Championship in Singapore to be held on July 9-11.

Multitasking with Nokia N900

One of the most disturbing features of a smartphone is that most of them do not support multitasking, which means, if you need to browse for something while texting, you have to close the SMS option and then open the browser. But Nokia's N900 allows users not only have multiple programmes running, but have them on multiple windows, just like a computer.

Dell Studio XPS hits the market

Dell's signature notebook, Dell Studio XPS 1340 is now available in the local market, says a press release from Computer Source.

Rush for netbooks, notebooks @ Laptop Expo 2010

Masud Hossain, an executive of a renowned trans-national organisation, was planning to buy a notebook computer for work purpose since the beginning of the year. A friend suggested him to wait till this year's annual laptop fair as different retailers offer good deals-discounts and price cut during the event.

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