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News of: Monday, 12th of July, 2010

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Cup of Joy Spain's

Andres Iniesta secured the World Cup for Spain for the first time in their history by scoring the only goal of an enthralling final against the Netherlands four minutes from the end of extra-time on Sunday.

11 cops sent to jail for 'crossfire'

For the first time in the country's history, a court yesterday sent the officer-in-charge and 10 other policemen of Singra Police Station to jail on charge of killing a youth in "crossfire".

No power for UGC to fix tuition fees

The parliament yesterday passed the Private University Bill, snubbing the cabinet's move to empower the University Grant Commission (UGC) to fix tuition fees of private universities.

BB freezes bank accounts of six

Two more government employees were arrested in the capital yesterday in connection with the leak of questions for the now cancelled examinations for recruitment of assistant teachers at public high schools.

Another dies in custody

A man died in police custody in Nabinagar Police Station of Brahmanbaria yesterday morning, six days after the High Court asked the government to form a committee to investigate custodial deaths.

Latif Siddiqui's comments draw sharp reaction

Textiles and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui's Saturday's comments on war crimes trial, media and Chhatra League have drawn the ire of the government high-ups and ruling Awami League ranks.

Sayedee shown held in Prof Humayun Azad attack case

Detained Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee was shown arrested yesterday in connection with a case for attempt to kill late Prof Humayun Azad in February 2002.

Telcos can appeal only against fine

In a change of mind, a parliamentary committee yesterday recommended that telecom operators and ICT-based companies should be allowed to appeal against fines, but not against any other action by regulators.

Rice millers withdraw strike amid warning

Millers have reversed their move to stop rice supply to public warehouses after the government warned them of cancelling their licences.

Banker robbed of Tk 50 lakh

A gang of muggers snatched Tk 50 lakh from a private bank manager after intercepting him in the capital's Jatrabari yesterday.

Govt to send list of suspects to missions

Foreign minister Dipu Moni yesterday said the government may send a list of Bengali-speaking suspects of "crimes against humanity" in 1971 to foreign missions in Dhaka so that they could not flee the country as a process was underway to expose them to justice.

Jamaat declares fresh demo for leaders' release

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday announced fresh agitation programmes from tomorrow demanding release of its top three and other leaders and activists.

Tahrir adviser tells of Jamaat link

Detained adviser of banned Hizb-ut Tahrir Bangladesh Prof Syed Golam Maola yesterday told interrogators that their link with Jamaat-e-Islami was established when the immediate past caretaker government approved the National Women Development Policy in 2008.

Special court starts trying 735 accused

As a Bangladesh Rifles special court in its Pilkhana headqurters yesterday started trying a record number of 735 accused in a single mutiny, the prosecutor narrated how brutally some of them killed commanding officers, and tortured some other officers and their family members.

BCL sweeps Ctg Medical election

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday swept Chittagong Medical College Students' Union (CMCSU) polls winning all 20 posts.

Nato claims to squeeze Afghan insurgency

Insurgents in Afghanistan were not gaining the ascendancy against international troops after a violent weekend across the country, Nato said yesterday, and there was no need to postpone coming parliamentary elections.

Massive protests in Canada against police excesses during G-20

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in major Canadian cities to demand an inquiry into police excesses during the G-20 summit here June 26-27. In the largest mass arrest in Canadian history, more than 1,000 people were arrested in the city under secret emergency powers given to security forces.

Yemen arrests 8 al Qaeda suspects, including Saudi

Yemeni authorities have arrested eight suspected al-Qaeda militants, including a Saudi fugitive, accused of plotting attacks on security installations, the defence ministry said on yesterday.

War crimes suspects cannot go abroad

The government has recently sent a list and photographs of 40 war crimes suspects to immigration offices across the country to prevent them from leaving the country.

Dhaka-Ctg rail link snapped for 9 hrs

Train Communication on Dhaka-Chittagong route was restored at about 9:00pm, about nine hours after derailment of a train yesterday.

Editorial

Minister's irresponsible remarks!

TO say that we are shocked at the remarks made by the Minister for Textiles and Jute as the chief guest during a discussion meeting organised by Awami League Sangskritik Forum to discuss the issue of trial of war criminals, will be an understatement.

Dealing with population matters

THE observance of World Population Day yesterday ought to have been a good occasion for serious reflection on how Bangladesh has been dealing with the issue. In an important way, that was indeed what was done across the country. Aside from the usual rituals and mouthing of platitudes, certain factors related to the population issue were brought to light. And it is these factors, or realities as we know them, that we must now handle. Fundamental to any discussion of population matters, however, is the question of whether or not the overall national approach to it has lately taken a back seat to other, perhaps more 'pressing' issues.

Sports

Living the dream

A veteran of hundreds of matches, Giovanni van Bronckhorst wants to live the boyhood dream of tens of millions of kids.

German media exult

German newspapers on Sunday praised the national team for recovering to beat Uruguay 3-2 in the third-place playoff game and for giving the country a shot of patriotic pride that recalled the 2006 World Cup at home.

Joachim lauds spirit

Joachim Loew hailed Germany's spirit after they came from behind to defeat Uruguay 3-2 in a thrilling game on Saturday and secure third place at the World Cup.

German élan rewarded with medal

They call it the 'little final.'

Tabarez wants to continue

Oscar Tabarez would like to continue as Uruguay coach after guiding them to fourth place at the World Cup -- their best finish in 40 years.

Mannschaft to be honoured

Both coach Joachim Loew and his squad are to receive Germany's top honours after winning 'the hearts and minds' of fans by finishing third at the World Cup, it was revealed on Sunday.

Loew feels sorry for Klose

German coach Joachim Loew deprived striker Miroslav Klose the chance of setting a World Cup scoring record but said he had no option but to leave the flu-stricken player out of the third-place playoff.

Forlan masters Jabulani

The greatest football tournament on earth comes to an end on July 11, 2010. Full of controversies, this Fifa World Cup in South Africa was full of entertainment with things happening on and off the pitch; from Shakira's 'Waka Waka' to K'Naan's 'Wavin Flag', from Kaka's red card to Suarez's handball.

Ronaldo hails Klose

Ronaldo has praised Miroslav Klose's scoring achievements after the German striker fell just short of the Brazilian World Cup winner's 15-goal all-time tournament record.

Germany look to young guns

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger said on Sunday Germany's rising stars have the potential to become future World Cup winners after finishing third at the World Cup finals.

Resilient Shafiul shines

By this country's standard, Shafiul Islam is an outsider. He has never been part of the cream of the crop Under-19 setup and neither has he been termed as the 'next big thing' in Bangladesh cricket. The lad from Bogra made his way into Dhaka cricket through a countrywide talent hunt and immediately played Premier League for Brothers Union.

Time to realise: Siddons

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons said he hoped his players realised "they can beat anyone" after their sensational five-run one-day international victory over England here on Saturday.

Mash hails teammates

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza hailed his players' perseverance after they won for the first time in 2010 with a maiden victory over England here on Saturday.

First, always the sweetest

After Saturday's five-run win over England in their 13th attempt, Bangladesh have completed a cycle of defeating all Test-playing nations in one-day cricket. Here's a quick look at the Tigers' maiden victories over every team, starting from May 31, 1999.

Poms on their knees

Britain's newspapers were scathing Sunday about England's shock defeat to Bangladesh, saying they had been dealt a "full custard pie in the face".

'No shame in defeat'

Andrew Strauss insisted he felt no shame at being the first England captain to lose to Bangladesh after the Tigers at last won a match in 2010.

Bopara boost for England

England have added Ravi Bopara to their squad as a replacement for injured batsman Ian Bell ahead of the third and final one-day international against Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Monday.

Two lead in nat'l chess

FIDE Masters Abu Sufian Shakil and Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar shared the lead in the Mercantile Bank 36th National Chess Champion-ship at the end of the ninth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

Loew pleads for time

Germany coach Joachim Loew insisted on Saturday that there have been no talks over a new contract which would keep him at the helm of the team he led to third place at the World Cup.

Sonali Bank thump Azad

Sonali Bank registered a 5-1 win over Azad Sporting Club in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Sr Div soccer

Badda Jagarani held Uttar Baridhara to a goalless draw in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Business

Quick spike in rice price

The retail prices of rice have soared since early this month as the government's cash incentive for new suppliers has raised expectations among millers and traders for further gains.

FBCCI to watch Ramadan market

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday formed a market monitoring committee to rein in the prices and maintain the standards of basic commodities during the upcoming month of Ramadan.

AB Bank unveils index fund

AB Bank will launch an index fund, first of its kind in Bangladesh capital market.

Govt to reformat tariff commission

The government is going to restructure Bangladesh Tariff Commission (BTC) and rename it Trade Commission to accelerate its capacity.

Sleeping bags retain GSP

Bangladesh retained its place for exporting sleeping bags on the generalised system of preferences (GSP) list for the US market.

Osman-led panel wins BKMEA polls

AKM Selim Osman-led Sammilito Knit Forum panel won the biennial election of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) yesterday.

SEC move rattles stocks

Stocks suffered a big jolt yesterday after the regulator tightened credit facilities for investors.

Weeklong Thai food festival kicks off at Radisson

Radisson Water Garden Hotel starts a weeklong Thai food and cultural festival today, in association with the Thai embassy in Dhaka and Thai Airways.

Govt keen to remove trade barriers

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan has said the government is business-friendly and will do its best to deepen trade ties between Bangladesh and India.

Entries open for Holcim awards

The organiser of the third International Holcim Awards has invited entries for projects in sustainable construction, according to a press statement released yesterday.

Banks overexposed

It appears that banks are overexposed to the capital market although the central bank has recently capped the exposure at 10 percent of their total liabilities. Earlier there was no ceiling.

Mergers key to survival in India's mobile market

Mergers are the only way forward in India's crowded mobile phone market, where 14 operators are slugging it out for subscribers by offering the cheapest rates in the world, analysts say.

Abu Dhabi reluctant to invest in BP

Abu Dhabi is reluctant to invest in BP, a report said, only days after the British company's chief was thought to have sought investment from sovereign wealth funds on a visit to the Gulf state.

ECB launches offensive on eurozone economic fears

The European Central Bank insists the eurozone will not fall back into recession, saying the worst of the debt crisis is past and other economies should now be fixing their public finances.

UAE high-flying airlines to create 60,000 new jobs

Emirates and Etihad, the two major carriers of the United Arab Emirates, plan to create almost 60,000 new jobs over the next decade to meet their rapid growth, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

S Korean finance minister upbeat on global economy

The global economy will likely avoid sliding back into crisis despite Europe's debt problems and uncertainty over the US and Chinese economies, South Korea's finance minister said Sunday.

New MD for Agrani Bank

Syed Abdul Hamid has been appointed managing director and chief executive officer of Agrani Bank Ltd recently, the bank said in a statement.

Dubai's two bourses unite

Dubai's two stock markets on Sunday started to trade on a single platform in a bid to consolidate the markets.

Corporate Briefs

ICB MUTUAL FUNDS
On the close of operations on Tuesday, the mutual funds have reported net asset value (NAV) for First ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 10,245.22, Second ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 3,197.20, Third ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,400.01, Fourth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,670.35, Fifth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 2,261.57, Sixth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 825.71, Seventh ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 1,333.39 and Eighth ICB Mutual Fund of Tk 978.19 per unit on current market price against face value of Tk 100 each. On cost price, NAV per unit of the said eight mutual funds were Tk 998.98, Tk 855.13, Tk 545.87, Tk 604.51, Tk 435.66, Tk 235.31, Tk 360.70 and Tk 275.61 respectively against face value of Tk 100.

Metropolitan

Dhaka to be benefited if trades with NE India

Former Indian union cabinet minister Mani Sankar Aiyar yesterday said Bangladesh will be highly benefited if it trades with Northeast India.

Committee formed to recover water bodies in city

A high-powered coordination committee was formed yesterday to speed up efforts to reduce waterlogging, improve supply of drinking water and recover grabbed water bodies considered as sources of water in the capital.

Fenchuganj to double gas production from Dec

Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (Bapex) plans new drilling at its Fenchuganj gas field at the end of August targeting a production increase of 25 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd).

Cancellation of 27th BCS 1st viva voce exams valid

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the HC verdict that had declared valid cancellation of results of the disputed first viva voce of the 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations, 2005.

People to give politicians good lessons: Quader

Awami League presidium member Obaidul Quader yesterday said people might give the politicians a good lesson through "silent ballot revolution" if they continuously talk about teach lessons to each other forgetting their responsibility to serve the nation.

HC asks govt to explain

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain why it should not be directed to implement the 30 percent quota for the children of freedom fighters while appointing the police sub-inspectors (SI).

Sorcar made envoy to Netherlands

The government has decided to appoint Muhammad Ali Sorcar, director general of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the next Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Denmark assures support to shipbuilding

Denmark yesterday assured Bangladesh of its technical support to the shipbuilding industry considering its high potentials in the international market.

Road crashes kill six

At least 6 people were killed in separate road accidents in Sirajganj and Dinajpur yesterday.

Check increasing growth of population: President

President Zillur Rahman yesterday called for reaching birth control materials to every capable couple, particularly to the poor and illiterate, to check the increasing growth of population in the country.

'Grand alliance should respect opinions of small parties'

Lawmaker Fazle Hossain Badsha yesterday said the ruling grand alliance should respect opinions of the small political parties and hear the people's opinions before taking any important decision in the parliament.

$16m Norwegian support for disaster risk cut, climate change

Norway will provide 100 million Kroner ($16m) to Bangladesh for Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (2010-14) to further reach community-level disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change.

Ailing Azam Khan to be taken to Singapore

Pop guru and freedom fighter Azam Khan will be taken to Singapore tomorrow (Tuesday) for better treatment as he is suffering from cancer of oral cavity.

Call to publish dictionary of 'Bangla Dialect'

Some eminent litterateurs yesterday urged the Bangla Academy authorities to publish dictionary of 'Bangla dialect' to complete the unfinished work of the country's noted educationist Dr Muhammad Shahidullah.

Dhaka to open missions in 6 countries this year

Bangladesh is contemplating open a number of several full-fledged missions or consulates in Latin America and Africa to expand economic and trade activities as well as providing services to Bangladeshis living in those parts of the world.

Amend act to preserve rights of indigenous communities

Bangladesh Adivasi Chhatra Sangram Parishad, a student's body from indigenous communities, yesterday demanded amendments to the Ethnic Groups' Cultural Institutions Act, 2009.

'Plant trees to protect ecology'

Speakers at an inaugural ceremony of a tree plantation programme yesterday called upon people to plant trees to help maintain ecological balance and avoid environmental disasters.

British Minister Duncan arrives today

UK Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan MP arrives here today for a two-day official visit to Bangladesh.

JU new system to evaluate teachers by students

The Business Studies Faculty of Jahangirnagar University (JU) has introduced a system of evaluating class performance of teachers by the students, says a press release.

Dist livestock offices brought under digital system

The Logistics Management System of Department of Livestock Services (DLS) has been brought under digital system to ensure its faster and effective activities.

National

None of 77 kidnapped fishermen rescued yet

None of the 77 fishermen, kidnapped for ransom by pirates from coastal areas off Patuakhali and Barguna districts on July 5 and 6, are yet to be rescued.

Over 3200 listed farmers denied diesel subsidy

Seventy-three lakh forty thousand taka out of the Tk 36.39 crore sanctioned as diesel subsidy meant for farmers in four districts of Sylhet region had to be surrendered to the government exchequer as it remained undisbursed till the June 24 deadline.

AL men along with angry locals lock power office

Leaders and activists of Gopalpur upazila unit Awami League, Jubo League and Chhatra League along with local people yesterday locked Gopalpur zonal office of the Mymensingh Palli Bidyut Samity-1 indefinitely demanding smooth electricity supply in the upazila.

Grass cultivation can be a moneyspinner

Commercially viable grass cultivation has begun in Pachgachi union under Sadar upazila of Kurigram district.

13 more Jamaat, Shibir men remanded in Chittagong

Thirteen more Jammat-Shibir-men, arrested on charge of vandalism in the city's Halishahar area on July 04, were placed on remand yesterday.

BSF returns bodies of 2 Bangladeshis

Bodies of two people, one shot dead by BSF in Dinajpur and the other killed by Indian Khasias at Jaintapur in Sylhet, were handed over yesterday to Bangladesh authorities.

JMB man arrested in Naogaon

Police arrested a member of banned Islamist outfit Jma'atul Mujaheedin Bangladesh (JMB) at Shimulia village under Atrai upazila in Naogaon yesterday afternoon.

BCL men force all IU transports out of road

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists at Islamic University (IU) yesterday stopped the plying of all university transports protesting the arrest of four BCL leaders and demanding their release.

Transport strike called off in Meherpur as Nosiman banned

Transport owners and workers yesterday finally called off their indefinite strike in Meherpur after the district administration imposed a ban on plying of Nosiman, a locally made carrier, on four significant routes.

17 BNP, Jamaat men sued in Satkhira

Seventeen local leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat were sued last night on charge of blasting bombs at the house of a local Awami League (AL) leader at village Machhat in Shyamnagar.

Injured Jhenidah Jubo League leader dies

An injured Jubo League leader of Jhenidah died while an activist of the party received serious injury in Pabna yesterday.

BCL men, bus staff clash in Bagerhat

Traffic movement on Bagerhat-Khulna highway stopped for two and a half hours as activists of Chhatra League (BCL) and bus staffs engaged in a clash yesterday morning.

2 killed by lightning

Two people were killed and five others injured as thunderbolts struck them at different times in Moheshkhali upazila on Friday. Mohim Alam, 20, was killed and three others were injured when a thunderbolt struck them during work at a crop field in the morning. In another incident, an old woman, Halima Khatun, 55, of Fakiraghona village in the upazila died instantly when a thunderbolt struck her while she was working at her house.

Old man murdered

A sexagenarian was killed by his rivals over land dispute at Chharigram village in Bahubal upazila yesterday morning. The dead was Katu Mia, 60, of the village. Locals said, there had been a longstanding dispute between Katu Mia and Rahimullh of the village over a piece of land. As a sequel to the dispute an altercation ensued between them and later both the groups equipped with lethal weapons attacked each other leaving Katu Mia dead on the spot and injuring five others. Of the injured, Ali Mia, 30, was son of Katu Mia and he was rushed to Sylhet Osmani Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition while others were admitted to Bahubal upazila health complex.

20 hurt as train derails

At least 20 people were injured as a train derailed near Lalmai railway station on Dhaka-Chittagong route in Sadar south upazila yesterday. Locals said, three compartments of Chittagong-bound Mahanagar Provati Express train went off the tracks, leaving 20 people injured at about 12:20pm. Train communication on the route remained suspended following the incident. Railway sources said, train link on the route would resume after rescue of the derailed train.

Letters

Jahangirnagar scene

The Bangladesh Chhatra League has again come up with its ugly face. This time it was in Jahangirnagar University. It appears they went on their 'cruelty show' to facilitate land grabbing by their paymasters. A few weeks back their fellow compatriots of Barisal Polytechnique even played a more harrowing drama perhaps for similar pecuniary gains. The government has shown profound anger and annoyance, but to no avail. Can we suggest the ruling party to disband the Chhatra League for the next two years ? Even forever? I would like to remind here that in Awami League's 7 years struggle against BNP-Jamaat and the army backed caretaker government, the BCL had little contribution. Even in the last election BCL workers were hardly active. The Awami League has got such a vast number of workers in the field level that they have no need for such unruly student activists. What they need to do is to organise genuine workers in ward, union and thana level.

Healthcare delivery

An important and investigative report was published in the front page of a local English daily on June 29. It was about a very sad truth. However, I wonder if any eyebrows will be raised by the officials at the ministry of health. Through this letter, may I as a citizen draw the kind attention of the Hon. Minister of Health to this matter, and the suggestions given for serious consideration.

Unrest in garment sector

For resolving the industrial unrest immediate action is needed on all fronts. In a short while, the minimum wage for the garment workers is due to be announced. It is desirable that the 'minimum wages' take into account the very basic needs of the workers. The workers need food, consistent with the arduous hours of work that she or he has to undergo. She also needs a place to sleep (at least a tin shed).

Politics in Pakistan

After the recent bombing of a Sufi shrine in Lahore by the Taliban and their acolytes, Yasser Latif Hamdani, a columnist for Lahore's Daily Times, wrote on July 4: "The purpose was not to create fear. The purpose was to target the soft traditions of Sufism traditions that have influenced Punjab's social milieu for centuries. This popular Islam is the reason why there is a Muslim majority in Pakistan." It is the Sufi tradition of non-violence and toleration in the sub-continent that attracted many low-cast Hindus to convert to Islam. Moreover, Sufism allowed Sunnis and Shias in the subcontinent to live in relative harmony.

Obesity

I was reading a write-up duly published in the Medical News Today and learned that Obesity is not just a problem for the USA, it is not just limited to other developed countries either - it is a problem that has spread throughout the globe, and is now recognized as an insidious killer and the major contributing cause of preventable diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease - according to Professor Paul Zimmet, chairman of the 10th International Congress on Obesity, Sydney, Australia.

The biggest upset!

After the Netherlands won against the mighty Brazil, some people said that it was an upset. In this sense, it must be the biggest upset when you saw how Spain ousted the Germany from World Cup semi-final. Germany is three times World Cup winner and also thrashed the mighty England & Argentina in a row whereas there is nothing in the history of Spain except 2008 Euro Championship. So, beating Germany should be the biggest upset. Credit must go to the Netherlands not Spain as they beat Brazil from behind (0-1 to 2-1). Some small teams score first than defend during the whole match or score more in counter attacks but they do not win from behind. If they do so, they are not the small team.

Cruelty

The gruesome murder of the minor boy Samiul, a student of nursery class, reportedly at the hands of his mother and her paramour has surpassed all known tragic incidents in the world. The cursed mother allegedly committed this barbarous crime to continue her illicit love with another criminal without any hindrance, as the news goes. This is simply beyond any normal human being's capacity of thinking. Words fail to express our disturbed and shocked mind when we read the news of the murder of the innocent boy. We strongly abhor and resent such kind of inhuman and brutal acts.

The economic volcano

The volcanic eruption in Iceland has resulted in dark clouds all over the European continent; as hundreds of air flights stood cancelled day after day.

Unmitigated violence

The Daily Star carried an editorial on 5 July under the headlines "Rumours Leading to Unmitigated Violence". Violence on rumours, small incidents or street accidents, demand for shifting of exam dates in schools and colleges, dismissal of an employee for indiscipline, transfer of a teacher from one place to another, a small quarrel between the bus conductor with a passenger, there is no word if the passenger is a student, even a feud in an office may lead to such violence in Bangladesh. I heard that in the night Brazil was defeated by the Netherlands violence occurred in some places in Bangladesh. Today, I noticed a small news item in a Bangla daily that a person had committed suicide after the defeat of his favourite football team, Argentina. A few years back there was a street procession against a dramatist who in his drama punished a villain in his drama story.

Honour the hero

I read with great interest the recommendations of Sir Frank Peters of honouring Bangladesh's newest hero Musa Ibrahim with a postage stamp (Daily Star 5/7/10). I entirely agree.

Video game

Video game shops have been established everywhere which is very harmful for our school going children.

Driving experience

I began driving at a tender age of 12 and I got my first driving licence in the year 1976. Since then I have been driving on the streets of Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Rajshahi and many other places without one single incident of accident.

Load shedding

Name the country, where load shedding takes place almost every alternative hour! Yes, that is Bangladesh, where failure of the government has already put the entire nation into severe sufferings due to increased power shortage thus causing regular load shedding in every alternative hour in the capital city. Most of the urban parts of the country remain dark for an average of 10-15 hours a day. Power distribution lines have been expanded over the years to cover more consumers but the production of electricity did not increase.

My friends' outlook

When I ask many of my friends, “friend, what are you going to do after your graduation?” Most of them say, “Oh that's very easy. I will go to USA/CANADA/AUSTRALIA/ENGLAND/SPAIN etc. There I will complete my post graduation and then I will take a very good job” Then I tell them that BANGLADESH is going to lose you. But tell me why don't you want to come back? They say Bangladesh is a place of poverty, natural disaster, terrorism .Who will give me a good job, a handsome salary to run my family wonderfully? Who will give me a secure life? Moreover, there are no enough palaces to use my brain and my education. Even there is no place for experiment. That's why I am going to say good-bye to Bangladesh.

International

Nepal crisis deepens, parties fail to name new premier

The crisis gripping Nepal since the fall of its first Maoist government in 2009 deepened yesterday with the parties continuing to trade charges and failing to name a new prime minister.

Thousands evacuated in China as dam threatens to burst

Flooding, landslides and torrents of mud have killed 50 people in southern China and the government has evacuated thousands of people from homes near an overfilled, leaking reservoir, officials and state media said.

Al-Qaeda claims south Yemen security HQ attack

Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility yesterday for a gun and mortar attack on the southern headquarters of a Yemeni intelligence agency, saying it was revenge for a government assault on an al-Qaeda stronghold.

Curfew lifted but strike hits in Indian Kashmir

A curfew was lifted from most of Indian-administered Kashmir yesterday, but a strike called by separatists to protest against recent civilian killings kept shops and offices closed.

Hizbullah says it has list of targets in Israel

A senior official with the militant Hizbullah group said they have a list of military targets inside Israel to hit in any future war.

Obama sets campaign mode to attack

President Barack Obama has decided that fiery self defense and withering mockery of Republicans are the best modes of attack, as he tries to save Democrats from a drubbing in November's elections.

Taiwan president for closer China ties

Taiwan's president urged his Chinese counterpart to work toward improving historically testy ties following the signing of a landmark trade deal.

Korea bloodbath probe ends; US escapes much blame

In a political about-face, a South Korean commission investigating a century of human rights abuses has ruled that the US military's large-scale killing of refugees during the Korean War, in case after case, arose out of military necessity.

No decision yet where to try 9/11 plotters

The Obama administration is still mulling where to hold the trials of the alleged co-plotters behind the September 11 attacks, US attorney general Eric Holder said yesterday.

32 militants killed in Pakistan

Pakistani forces have killed 32 militants in separate gun battles in South Waziristan region, while six security personnel also died in the fighting, officials said.

Palestinian president finds no point in direct talks with Israel now

The Palestinian president, who is under US pressure to resume direct talks with Israel, said that doing so under current circumstances would be pointless.

Libyan ship 'will continue to Gaza’

Organisers of a Libya-sponsored aid ship have said they will continue their attempt to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, despite Israeli claims that the vessel would instead sail to Egypt.

Japan PM losing upper house control, exit polls suggest

The ruling DPJ party of PM Naoto Kan will lose control of the upper house of parliament after yesterday's election, exit polls suggested.

BP begins to fit new cap on Gulf of Mexico oil leak

Underwater robots have successfully removed a leaking cap on BP's blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well, the first stage in fitting a tighter cap.

Australia to hold boatpeople talks with East Timor

Australia will send officials to Dili this week for talks on creating a processing centre for boatpeople in East Timor, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said yesterday.

Bosnia marks Srebrenica massacre

Bosnians yesterday marked 15 years since the massacre at Srebrenica, when Bosnian Serbs slaughtered almost 8,000 Muslims in Europe's worst mass killings since the Second World War.

Iraq seeks arrest of Iranian exiles

An Iraqi court ordered the arrest of 39 members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, accusing them of crimes against humanity in helping Saddam Hussein to crush a revolt almost two decades ago, a judge said yesterday.

Israel says won't let aid ship reach Gaza

Israel will not allow an aid ship sent by a Libyan group to reach Gaza, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said yesterday, just over a month after Israeli commandos killed nine activists in a raid at sea.

Netanyahu plans to meet Egypt's Mubarak

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, back in Israel from talks in Washington on restarting direct peace negotiations with the Palestinians, said yesterday he would meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak this week.

Top Lashker militant killed in Kashmir

A top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant was killed in a gun battle between security forces and ultras in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district, police said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Cultural oppression in post-Liberation Bangladesh

Theatre troupe Prachyanat staged one of its older productions, “Circus Circus,” on the second day (July 10) of the ongoing 'Shomoyer Proyojoney Muktijuddher Natyatshab 2010.' Written and directed by Azad Abul Kalam, the play was staged at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Recreating rural Bengal

Syed Jahangir earned prominence as a painter in the '50s. Among his contemporaries are Murtaja Baseer, Abdur Razzaque, Devdas Chakraborty, Abdul Baset, Aminul Islam, Mubinul Azim and Abdus Shobur.

Poetry sets the tone

Bangladesh Kabita Sangshad, Pabna district unit committee recently observed the birth anniversaries of internationally renowned educationist, writer and philologist Dr. Mohammed Shahidullah and noted poet Ahsan Habib. A discussion and poetry recitation programme were held to mark the day at the organisation's premise on Saturday.

Sohana Saba: Three in one

Sohana Saba will be performing three roles in a play. Three in one to be exact. The shooting of the play, titled." Restaurant twenty One", is now on in full swing. Saba will don the role of the middle class Benu, the affluent Jhora and a speech impaired girl from the slums named Nadia. "It's difficult to play three different characters all at once," says the elegant actress.

A rainbow of emotions

Different channels have chalked out elaborate programmes for the upcoming Eid. Based on seven themes, such as love, delight, unity, youth, war, mystery and emotion, Desh TV plans to feature special programmes for the entire week of Eid.

Dhaka Padatik stages “Kotha 71”

As part of the ongoing 'Shomoyer Proyojoney Muktijuddher Natyatshab 2010,' Dhaka Padatik staged its production “Kotha 71” at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on July 10. Written by Kumar Pritish Bal, the play is directed by Debashish Ghosh. “Kotha 71” is a story of contemporary times. It reveals several incidents during the Liberation War through a freedom fighter's individual effort to bring the war criminals to justice.

Gaaner Dol, Praner Dol: A group of music lovers

Gaaner Dol, Praner Dol is an up-and-coming group dedicated to music. The group was formed around a year ago but they officially they went public on July 10, 2010.

Emmy nominations smile on “Glee”

“Glee” really has something to cheer about now.

OP-ED

Would-be teachers or cheaters?

TEACHERS are for imparting knowledge to students. And to judge if the students have been able to acquire the intended knowledge, they are to go through the exercise of test. It is teachers who assess their performance through examinations. And to ensure that students do not adopt unfair means in the test, teachers keep close watch on them and punish those who are found guilty of cribbing or abetting such malpractice.

Is the middle smoother than a muddle?

IS there middle space in Indian politics? This was the great dilemma before the Socialists in the 1950s and 1960s. The nationalist movement, which kneaded the contours of ideology, did not offer much clarity.


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