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Prosecution gets rolling for trial

The International Crimes Tribunal is likely to start proceedings today as the prosecution is set to file a petition with the court seeking direction to show some detained top Jamaat leaders arrested on charges of committing war crimes.

Govt to import 950 buses for city

The government is going to purchase 950 buses in the shortest possible time to ease city dwellers' sufferings due to the severe shortage of public transport.

JS body leaders still expect BNP's positive response

If the BNP nominates a lawmaker for the parliamentary special committee on constitution amendment, the committee will send an invitation to that legislator to join the body's proceedings.

Bangladesh ahead of India, Nepal

Bangladesh has scored better than India and Nepal in UNDP's Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) of five South Asian countries.

Dockers announce 10-day agitation

Dockers of Chittagong port yesterday announced a 10-day agitation programme starting from today demanding implementation of the decisions made regarding their earlier demands.

A family loses everything

She was the last resort of help for her ailing parents, as the family fully depended on her income. Now that she is gone, her family sees dark days ahead.

Shibir plans 'subversive activities'

Detectives questioning detained Islami Chhatra Shibir activists claim cadres of the group are gathering in the capital with explosives and firearms to carry out subversive activities in revenge for the recent arrests of Jamaat high-ups.

Govt firm on DAP to save Dhaka City

Government will not bow down to any force while implementing the detailed area plan (DAP) of Dhaka city, said Abdul Mannan Khan, state minister for housing and public works.

DC conference begins today

A three-day conference of deputy commissioners (DC) begins in the capital today.

Dr Kamal for national consensus

Public opinion should be taken to incorporate their wishes in the constitution and to reach a national consensus on amending the sacred document, said Dr Kamal Hossain, one of the principal authors of the Constitution of Bangladesh.

Gujarat state minister for home quits

Facing charges of murder and imminent arrest, Gujarat State Minister for Home Amit Shah, a key aide of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, resigned today from the state ministry.

24 Allahr Dal members arrested in Gaibandha

Police arrested 24 members including two leaders of Allahar Dal, an Islamist outfit, in Rother Bazar village under Sadar upazila of the district yesterday.

Factory fined Tk 66 lakh for pollution

The Department of Environment (DoE) has fined Chaity Composite Ltd in Tripurdi, Sonargaon, Tk 66.24 lakh for polluting local wetlands and agricultural lands for the last five years.

Tehran to have world's first nuke fusion reactor

A top Iranian official said yesterday that Tehran was conducting studies into building an experimental nuclear fusion reactor, which if successful would be the first such plant in the world.

Khaleda to perform Umrah in Ramadan

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will perform holy Umrah, possibly in the last week of Ramadan, as the royal guest of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

2 more held, hunting continues

Two more people were arrested yesterday in connection with killing of three policemen in Bera upazila of the district.

Rab men beat up pedestrian

Two members of Rapid Action Battalion beat up a pedestrian at Shankar area in the capital last night over a trifle matter.

BCL men sued over assault

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists of Mohammadpur thana unit yesterday assaulted some officials of Dhaka Shishu Hospital inside a meeting room and damaged chairs and tables.

Chavez says US, Colombia seek pretext for invasion

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday dismissed Colombian charges that he harboured leftist Colombian rebels as "a hoax" and pretext for a possible US-backed invasion of his oil-producing country.

Former UK premier calls for 'African century'

Gordon Brown has used his first major speech since leaving office to say the future growth of the world economy is reliant upon the development of Africa.

Mass grave uncovered in Mexico

Authorities in Mexico have uncovered the remains of at least 23 people on the outskirts of the country's third largest city in what authorities believe is a gangland body dump.


How hazardous is the protein we consume?

Extensive use of chemically treated tannery wastes to produce feed for fish and fowls containing chromium and lead in dangerous levels may have entered our food chain as far as our consuming protein, an otherwise a vital ingredient of human nourishment, goes. This evil practice dating back to a decade has been putting public health to serious carcinogenic hazards to liver and kidney causing incalculable damage to human organs.

One more garment employee dies

The death of yet another woman garment worker raises once again all the old questions about the safety of women working in such a vital sector as the readymade garments sector. Through her mysterious death, the 19-year old Beauty Akhter makes us pause once more to ask if those engaged in the garments business are fully qualified or trained in the job of ensuring that those who work for them feel secure in their jobs and about their physical security. No one is yet sure how the young woman died, though there is the huge suspicion that dark play was involved in her death. She was allegedly pushed from the top of the building housing the factory she worked for, after an altercation with another worker followed by a visit to the production manager's office.


Abahani thump MSC

Mohammedan Sporting Club and Abahani were declared joint champions of the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League after the Sky Blues beat their archrivals 5-2 in the last match of the league at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday which meant the two sides finished with 36 points each from 13 matches.

A Pakistan win finally

Pakistan held their nerve to claim a first Test victory against Australia in 15 years during a tense fourth-day finish at Headingley here on Saturday.

No blood in book

Sachin Tendulkar has denied a report that his blood will be used in a special pictorial "celebration" book on the career of the Indian cricket legend.

Dhanmondi Club new inclusion

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club got approval from the Bangladesh League committee to play in the country's professional competition.

Dubai to open Ferrari World

A year after its first Formula One race, Abu Dhabi hopes to lure even more tourists with "Ferrari World" -- a grandiose theme park that is the first of its kind for the iconic Italian carmaker.

It's Menezes for Brazil

Five-times world champions Brazil offered Mano Menezes the coach's job on Friday shortly after original choice Muricy Ramalho's club Fluminense refused to release him.

New deal for Rooney?

Manchester United are set to begin negotiations with Wayne Rooney on a lucrative new contract, even though the England striker still has two years to run on his current agreement.

Yaya's Man Utd snub

Manchester City's new signing Yaya Toure claims he rejected an offer from Manchester United because he wanted to hold out for the chance to play alongside his brother Kolo.

Higuain talks up Cole deal

Gonzalo Higuain says Real Madrid are "very confident" about signing Ashley Cole and says the Chelsea left back will face less intrusion into his private life if he does move to Spain.

Chelsea fall to Ajax

Premier League champions Chelsea slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Martin Jol's Ajax in a pre-season friendly on Friday, but coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his side, eight of whom were under 21 years old.

Generous Bon Jovi

US rocker Jon Bon Jovi will donate seats to fans as part of his association with new Australian A-League football club Melbourne Heart this season, the club said on Saturday.

Drogba to miss season start

Didier Drogba is set to miss next month's Community Shield and Chelsea's Premier League opener after undergoing groin surgery which will rule him out for three weeks.

Carvalho wants Real move

Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho says he is desperate to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid this summer as he wants to play for the "best club in the world".

Raul, Guti to leave Real

Veteran Spanish internationals Raul and Guti will announce their departure from Real Madrid next week, Spanish media reported Saturday.

France suspend all 23

The 23 members of France's World Cup squad have been suspended for the country's next game following their first-round exit from the tournament in South Africa, the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Friday.

Give Fabregas time, says Wenger

Arsene Wenger says that Cesc Fabregas will be not be firing on all cylinders until the beginning of September but his prediction has nothing to do with the timing of the closure of the summer transfer window.

Andy roars into semis

Andy Roddick had to battle a slow start before bludgeoning his way into the semifinals of the Atlanta Tennis Championships Friday over the opponent he beat for the title in 2001.

Advantage Cavendish

Thor Hushovd's early abdication has given Mark Cavendish a boost as bids to close yet another impressive Tour de France campaign with the green jersey on Sunday.

Anderson not available

The search for a new head of world cricket took a step backwards Saturday when leading candidate and respected New Zealand administrator John Anderson said he was not available.

Malinga out of second Test

Sri Lanka suffered a major blow on Saturday when a knee injury ruled sling-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga out of the second Test against India.

Kabaddi Mela kicks off

Bhuapur beat Kalihati 33-14 points in the inaugural match of the Meizan Kabadi Mela that began in Tangail Stadium yesterday.

Army nat'l boxing champs

Bangladesh Army have become the champions of the SouthEast Bank 26th National Senior Boxing at the Mohammed Ali Boxing Stadium yesterday.

Senior Div football

League leaders Fakirerpool Youngmen's Club played out a goalless draw with Motijheel T&T Club in the opening Super League match of the Senior Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamlapur yesterday.


A new lease of life for jute

A new era for the Bangladesh jute industry will begin as the government is finalising a packaging law that will boost local consumption of the green fibre and cushion growers and millers from falls in global demand.

NBR ratchets up campaign to get more taxpayers

The income tax department of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has launched a campaign to raise public awareness for paying taxes. Fiction writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed will script a television drama for the purpose.

Bangladesh ranks fourth in global apparel exports

Bangladesh has ranked fourth in the global apparel exports and grabbed 3 percent market share, according to a recent World Trade Organisation (WTO) report.

Breeders upbeat on poultry industry

The poultry industry will shape up into a leading sector in Bangladesh in a decade, predicted sector leaders at a roundtable yesterday.

Stocks return to black

Dhaka stocks returned to the black last week, as the market shook off the jitters stemming from regulatory intervention, which pulled down the indices in the week before.

Policy for private placement of shares stressed

A policy should be framed immediately to make private placement of shares transparent, a former president of Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) said yesterday.

DCCI wraps up supply chain management course

The supply chain management system can help acquire competitiveness and face the challenges of globalisation, said Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday.

Europe relieved by stress tests

Europe sighed with relief Saturday after most of the continent's banks passed financial stress tests, but analysts warned that the exams might not be tough enough to restore confidence in the sector.

Unique coral reef spurs Mexico battle

A 20,000 year-old coral reef, the only one in the Gulf of California, is at the centre of a dispute over a huge tourist development, which could draw thousands to a remote part of Mexico.

Hanoi eyes trade deal with Dhaka

Vietnam is eager to sign a trade agreement with Bangladesh to enhance bilateral trade and investment between the countries.

UK firms to enjoy cash boost from pension changes

Britain's plans to change the rate at which private-sector pensions are indexed for inflation could erase company pension deficits and free up cash for growth or higher returns to shareholders.

Banglalion reaches Khulna

WiMAX broadband service provider Banglalion rolled out its operations in Khulna yesterday.

New boss for Emirates in Bangladesh

Emirates airline has appointed Satish Sethi as the area manager for Bangladesh, said a statement.

India, EU in new bid to clinch free-trade deal

India and the European Union are to hold a fresh series of free-trade talks next month in Brussels in a bid to clinch a deal by the end of the year, an official said.

Magna shareholders OK $1b Stronach deal

Magna International said on Friday that about three-quarters of its subordinate shareholders approved a deal that would pay founder Frank Stronach upwards of $1 billion to effectively give up control of the auto parts maker.

Disney in talks to buy game startup Playdom

Walt Disney Co is in talks to acquire social gaming start-up Playdom, according to a pair of media reports.

Ratings agencies threaten Hungary with downgrade

Two top ratings agencies said on Friday they might downgrade Hungary's sovereign debt after its prime minister snubbed the IMF and rejected austerity measures in favour of a pro-growth policy to woo voters.

GE and profits boost Wall Street

General Electric delivered a shot of confidence to U.S. investors when it raised its dividend on Friday, pushing the S&P 500 through the key 1,100 level.

GM plans to file for IPO during week of August 16

General Motors Co GM.UL plans to file its registration for an initial public offering during the week of August 16, just after the expected date for its second quarter results, according to two people with direct knowledge of the preparations.

Oil slips

US crude oil prices hit an 11-week high above $79 per barrel on Friday then retreated to close lower, as markets digested the European bank stress test results while taking support from the temporary loss of some Gulf of Mexico oil production ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie.

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Help states vulnerable to sea level rise

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni yesterday laid emphasis on regional and global efforts to assist countries vulnerable to sea level rise because of climate change.

Good governance in public procurement to be ensured

Planning Minister Air Vice Marshal (Retd) A K Khandker yesterday said the government would make necessary steps for accelerating development programmes to ensure transparency, accountability in implementation of development activities.

'Govt to modernise constitution'

The government would modernise the constitution according to the High Court verdict on the Fifth Amendment of it, Awami League presidium member Obaidul Quader said yesterday.

Work sincerely to curb road crashes

State Minister for Home Affairs Shamsul Hoque Tuku yesterday called upon the traffic police personnel to be more sincere in monitoring overtaking and overloading of vehicles to stem the number of road accidents at a training.

More focus on climate migration stressed

Migration should be one of the main focuses for Bangladesh in the future climate negotiations to address the human displacement consequences due to climate change.

Call to develop nursing for better healthcare

Speakers at a function yesterday said nursing profession should be developed with quality education to ensure better healthcare facilities in the country.

ICT facilities to all UPs by December

To fulfil the dream of 'Digital Bangladesh' by 2021, ICT facilities will be expanded to all unions in the country by this year to reach such facilities to the doorsteps of the rural people.

Remove chemical factories from city

Environmentalists yesterday demanded immediate eviction of chemical factories and storehouses from old Dhaka to avoid any incident of fire and explosion in future, said a press release.

War crimes trial to be completed within govt's tenure

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed yesterday sought cooperation of Islamic scholars for smooth holding of trials of crimes against humanity committed during the War of Liberation.

'Fix minimum wage for RMG workers by July 28'

Leaders of All Party Garment Worker Oikya yesterday demanded fixation of Tk 5,000 as minimum wage for garment workers by July 28 said a press release.

Call to speed up war crimes trial

A section of public university teachers yesterday demanded the government to speed up the trial of war criminals and finish it within this year.

Ctg sweater factory gutted

A fire injured 15 people and damaged goods worth around Tk 1 crore in a sweater factory at city's Bayezid Bostami area on Friday.

Buet classes resume

Classes at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) resumed yesterday after an unscheduled closure of 34 days following a student clash over suspension of classes for watching the Football World Cup.

CPB road march from August 1

The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) has announced a weeklong road march programme from August 1 on three issues.

Brother, sister drown in Raozan

Two siblings drowned in a pond at Satbaria of Raozan in Chittagong yeasterday.

Renewable energy can meet 80pc of demand for power

Around 80 percent of the country's demand of electricity could be addressed by using renewable energy including solar and wind power systems, says an expert.

Farmer kills wife, daughter in Chandpur

A farmer killed his wife and two-year-old daughter, being angered at the alleged extra marital affairs of his wife with a man at Matlab South upazila here.

2 fake students' certificates recalled by DU authority

The Dhaka University Syndicate, the highest decision making body of the university, recalled the honours and master's degree certificates of two fake students at an emergency meeting recently.

No interference in media

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday said there is no government interference in the media.

Lankan envoy calls on DU VC

Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Dhaka Sarath K Weragoda called on Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique at latter's office yesterday, says a press release.

Agri-friendly programmes to boost food production taken: Hira

The government has taken various agriculture friendly-programmes to increase food production in the country, said Land Minister Rezaul Karim Hira yesterday.

Ershad leaves for UK

Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday left the country for the United Kingdom in a 10-day personal visit, said a press release.

Ashari Purnima today

Today is Ashari Purnima, one of the most sacred and significant days for the Buddhist community, says a press release.


Thousands more marooned in Gaibandha shoals

Flood situation worsened in Gaibandha while it remained static in Lalmonirhat yesterday.

A town that has no town service bus

Commuters in Rangamati hill town have to count exorbitant amounts as they depend solely on CNG-run auto-rickshaws in absence of any town service bus.

Another PCJSS man abducted in Khagrachhari

Another leader of Parbatya Chattagrame Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) wad abducted from Boalkhali area under Dighinala upazila in Khagrachhari district yesterday morning

30 injured as BCL attacks IU bus

At least 30 students of Islamic University (IU) were injured as Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists attacked a university bus carrying the students to the campus from the district town on Friday night.

BM College probe points at BCL

A three-member probe committee on Wednesday afternoon submitted a six-point report blaming BCL cadres for assault on teachers and students at Government Brojo Mohon (BM) College on Sunday.

Missing Bogra college student found dead

Body of a college student was recovered from nearby Joypurhat district railway station on Friday.

Jubo League man killed

Police recovered the body of a local Jubo League leader from the T&T pond at Singra bazar, about 300 meter away from Singra police station, yesterday afternoon.

Tiger kills woman

Tiger killed a woman at Golabaria under Koira upazila of the district on Tuesday afternoon.

'Arrest war criminals, hold speedy trial'

Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF) yesterday formed human chains and held rallies in several districts across the country to press home its demand for speedy trial of the war criminals.

Jubo League, BCL men held with arms in 2 dists

Rab on Friday seized firearms from Jubo League and BCL men in Natore and Habiganj districts and arrested them.

Top outlaw arrested in Meherpur

Police arrested a top cadre of Janajuddha, a faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) from a village in Gangni upazila in Meherpur yesterday.

BSF kills Bangladeshi

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Haldia border in Gosaba police station in India opposite to Kalinchi border in Shyamnagar upazila, said a source across the border yesterday. The victim was identified as Amjad Hossain, 35, son of Mandar Gazi of the village. The BSF men of Haldia camp opened fire on the cattle traders while they were crossing the river Bidyasagar with cattleheads by a trawler. Amjad Hossain died on the spot at about 9:30pm. Other cattle traders -- Israfil, Mikail and Nimai Chandra of the same village however escaped unhurt as they jumped into the river and reached Haldia village by swimming.

Trafficker held, 3 rescued

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in a drive rescued three people while being trafficked to India and arrested one person at Sadipur border here on Friday. The rescued victims were identified as Rita Das, 32, wife of Subod Das, Sraboni Das, 14, of Khulna Khalishpur area and Boloy Bala, son of Sushil Kumar Bala of Gopalganj district. The arrested trafficker was identified as Bikash Pal, son of Mintu Pal, resident of Bahadurpur Road in Benapole. Acting on a tip-off, a team of BDR led by Subeder Humayun Kabir raided the area and arrested Bikash Pal while he was trying to cross the border along with three others, alluring them to give better job in India. Later, the border guards handed them over to Benapole port police. A case was also filed in this connection.

BRAC official shot, looted

Muggers shot and wounded a BRAC official and took away Tk 14,000 from him at Chamtia on Gouripur road in Lalpur upazila yesterday noon. Witnesses and police said Abdul Majid, collecting the money from Mahishakhola area, was returning on his by-cycle to Gopalpur BRAC office at Lalpur. On way at Chamtia, the muggers intercepted him at about 2:30pm. As he cried for help, the gang fired gunshots leaving him badly wounded and then decamped with the money. Locals rescued him and rushed to the Rajshahi Medical College Hospital in a serious condition.

14 statues recovered

A team of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized 14 statues and Indian clothes worth around Tk 5 lakh from Sadipur border in Benapole, Jessore on Wednesday. Tipped off, a BDR team led by check post commander Humayun Kabir raided Sadipur village and recovered 14 silver statues and Indian saris, three pieces and T-shirts in abandoned condition. The recovered items were handed over to the Benapole Customs House. None was arrested in this connection, said the check post commander.

Thakurgaon Press Club body

The executive body of Thakurgaon Press Club was elected on Tuesday. District Correspondent of Daily Shangbad, BTV and Radio Today Akhter Hossain Raza and District Correspondent of NTV and Daily Dinkal Lutfar Rahman Mithu were elected as president and secretary respectively. The other office bearers are vice president Shaheen Ferdous, assistant secretary ATM Samsuzzoha, treasurer Abdullah Haque Dulal, office secretary Anisul Haque Babu. Other three members of the committee are Merazul Hossain, Abdul Latif and Rafiqul Islam. Earlier a day-long general meeting was held at the press club with former president of Thakurgaon Press Club Abu Torab Manik in the chair.

Housewife electrocuted

A housewife was electrocuted at Chaitannapur village in Shibganj upazila on Friday noon. The deceased was identified as Shulekha Begum, 60, wife of Rezaul Haque of the village. Police quoting family sources said, Shulekha while taking bath in a pond suddenly came in contact with a snapped electric wire and died instantly. Police sent the body to hospital morgue for autopsy.


Garment industry in disarray

While shopping in the malls of England, I have often sorted through ranges of flawlessly designed clothes that flaunt on hangers with the tags 'Made in Bangladesh' sown onto them. Whenever I wear these nicely fitted clothes it gives me a sense of great pride as I appreciate and respect the hard work that Bangladeshi labourers put into making these high quality products which are not only popular in England but also several other Western countries. However, at the same time I cannot help but feel a growing sense of dismay due to the unfair treatment that Bangladeshi labourers have to live with.


Hartal a hitherto democratic right like freedom of speech has already lost its appeal as it transcended beyond what democracy permits -- the spontaneous response to hartal call by keeping away from works and joining in protests against the grave wrongdoings/ failures, if any, of the government without taking resort to violence. But now the hartal callers give their activists the free rein to indulge in destructive activities to cower the public and this time in the evening before the hartal day the activists spread fear into the public mind by torching a number of vehicles and by terrorizing through coercive processions. During the last decade we have witnessed such enforcement of hartal to meet one party's end at the cost of human lives and properties. The present Opposition Leader Begum Zia and her GS were prompt to congratulate the countrymen for success of the hartal that took life of a promising young man and many others were injured and that damaged many private and public vehicles. What consolation do they have for the family of the deceased engineer of what gain did their hartal that took life of a promising engineer including many others injured and that damaged many private and public vehicles. What consolation do they have for the family of the deceased man or what gain did their hartal yield to them? She is awfully concerned about the well being and release of her sons (purpose of hartal had relation), but what about the mother whose son fell victim to the hartal? It only stirred and spurred the BNP activists and cadres and their leaders on to get the political atmosphere hot.

Don't waste gas

I know some people who keep their gas burners on even after cooking is over.

Delayed decision!

The UNB report on the matter published in all dailies on 19 July, about urgent import of pulses, edible oil, sugar and chick-pea is a delayed decision taken by the Hon. Prime Minister. Realistically, even with all urgency and speed, the minimum time needed from ordering to availability of these important Ramadan food materials will be at least over two months, if not more! How can it reach buyers with Ramadan in mid-August?

Police excesses

“Suffocating” seems to me the right word to explain how we are here in Bangladesh now. Bangladesh an “Independent”, “Sovereign”, “Democratic” nation where everyone is supposed to have the free will to express their opinions, views and thoughts. However, the ground reality in the country now tells a totally different story. Mainly due to the fact that major international news agencies are maintaining a 'strategic' silence about the current Bangladeshi regime's human rights violations, people from outside of the country may not get the full picture of what is going on. We the insiders feel threatened to speak up! So the conscientious people of the world have few avenues to know about how we are in Bangladesh.

Smoking campaigners!

It was 15 July evening. I was moving from Mirpur towards Agargaon along Rokeya Sarani in my car. When I reached Shewrapara, I saw 7-8 young men (age approx. ranging 20-30 years) gathering in front of 'Shukria Food', a food shop. All of these men were wearing green jersey marked with the word 'Ovijaan'. I understood that they were campaigners of 'Ovijaan', a Nokia-Banglalink (Ovi internet) joint campaign. I noticed with extreme annoyance that every one of them was smoking, exhaling smoke rings in the air in different directions. It seemed to me that the motive of the campaign was to teach people how to smoke publicly!

Top-heavy governance

Successive elected political regimes introduce new styles of governing the country. Now we have too many Advisors and Deputy Ministers. One reason is to provide a helping hand to raw heads at the top levels.

End or beginning of real science?

Jute is one of the most important fibre crops after cotton . Jute has a significant commercial potential for the generation of diversified value-added industrial products, in addition to its tremendous potential for industrial production of packaging material. Plant breeders have indicated that each of the two jute species contain very limited genetic variability with respect to adaptability to different agronomic environments, fibre quality, fibre yield, and susceptibility to diseases and pests. Jute genome sequencing and the subsequent gene discovery works from the refined jute genome sequence would greatly accelerate jute genetic improvement works.

Helping the disabled

Cheshire Foundation Homes, an international philanthropic organisation, founded by Lord Leonard Cheshire VC, OM, DSO, DFC, recently has given a warm reception to renowned social worker Ali Nyeamat for his outstanding contribution to the anti-smoking and anti- tobacco movement at home and abroad and also for helping the disabled.

Session jam at NU

We cannot understand why session jam is prevailing in National University. National University is not the place of academic activities directly. Students do not study on its campus. There is no student politics like other public universities. Different public universities are often closed sine die due to unexpected clashes between rival student organisations. So exams and other academic activities are postponed for an indefinite period and session jam is created there.

Local products

The quality jam & jelly produced in our country is very poor. Hence people are compelled to consume the foreign variety which are very expensive. This also drains our precious foreign exchange every year.

A neglected FF

A few days back while I was staying at Comilla Circuit House, a news report published in a local paper named "Comillar Alo" drew my attention. It was news of the family members of freedom fighter Kafil Uddin. He was a UP member of Debiddar Thana in 1971. He actively participated in the liberation war and was brutally killed by Pakistan army along with his brother. His wife and two children were forced to leave Debiddar, just after the independence, by his relatives just to occupy his property. Kafiluddin's family neither got the recognition of a "Shaheed Paribar", nor got any support from any corner. For the last thirty-nine years they are leaving a miserable life. I met with the family out of curiosity.

Stop patronising Israel

We are of the opinion that Israel is the only country in the world which practices dictatorship in the guise of democracy. The Israeli dictatorship is worse than that of dictator Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany.

Public-private partnership

The parliamentary committee chief did express great dissatisfaction on meter readers of Dhaka electricity distribution co. because of their unholy practices relating to meter reading, electricity bill making etc etc. Similar is the situation with Dhaka WASA meter readers cum revenue personnel. When the govt is preaching public-private partnership (PPP), the job of meter reading, bill making, bill serving and bill money collection may be given to large NGOs, so that consumers are not harassed by electricity or Wasa people. Since those authorities do possess records of individual holdings of the past, the performances can be judged on digitally prepared records. In the context of accountability and transparency, let the present government do something in the name of corruption control as depicted in the JS election pledge.

Income tax

This is in reference to your Star Business Report dated 9 July, 2010, regarding Hon Finance Minister's explanation for the deduction of income tax on Jatio Sanchay Patra. In his explanation he clarified the position that Sanchay Patra that matured before 1 July this year will not be applicable for income tax deduction. In this respect I would now like to draw the kind attention of the Hon. Finance Minister through your column that the relevant quarters in practice are not abiding by what has been explained in the said star report in the absence of any directive issued to them. As a result, our sufferings know no bound.


North declares 'sacred war' on US and South Korea

North Korea said yesterday it would begin a "sacred war" against the United States and South Korea at "any time necessary" based on its nuclear deterrent, in response to “reckless” military exercises by the allies.

Vietnam's forgotten war victims

When Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, visited Vietnam on Thursday she extolled the country's "unlimited potential" and strong trade relations with the US. But the words must have rung hollow for Ngyuen Ngoc Phuong, who has seen his potential destroyed by American chemical poisoning.

British PM asked to discuss Koh-i-Noor return to India

Keith Vaz, the Indian-origin British MP, wants the Koh-i-noor diamond to be returned to India and asks Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the issue of its return during his visit to India next week.

Taliban seize two Americans

Two US nationals have been captured by Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan, reports say.

Indian premier for holistic dev to fight Maoism

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday called for “holistic development” in backward areas to fight Left-wing extremism and admitted that government-sponsored schemes “have not worked well” in bridging the alienation of the tribals who are being lured by Maoist rebels.

Uganda on high alert ahead of AU summit

Ugandan forces imposed tight security in the capital yesterday as more than 30 heads of state began converging on Kampala for an African Union summit barely two weeks after deadly suicide attacks.

Mullen holds talks with Pak military

The US military's top officer arrived in Islamabad yesterday amid US concerns over the presence in Pakistan of Islamist militants blamed for attacks on Nato-led troops in Afghanistan.

BP oil spill work on hold as Bonnie enters Gulf of Mexico

The approach of a storm forced BP Plc to halt efforts to permanently plug its blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, but the storm appeared yesterday to be losing its punch.

Peru declares emergency over cold weather

The Peruvian government has declared a state of emergency in more than half the country due to cold weather.

Iran, Brazil, Turkey to discuss nuke fuel swap

The foreign ministers of Iran, Brazil and Turkey will meet in Istanbul today to discuss a nuclear fuel swap proposal they brokered in May, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman said.

Evacuated 1,00,000 as rains

China has evacuated more than 100,000 people as a river burst its banks and heavy rains continued in flood-hit regions along the perilously swollen Yangtze River, state media said yesterday.

US missiles kill 16 militants in Pakistan

US missiles hit a suspected militant hideout, killing 16 insurgents in a troubled Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border before dawn yesterday, intelligence officials said.

AU nations to boost Somalia force

Guinea and Djibouti are planning to send troops to bolster an African Union (AU) peacekeeping force charged with protecting the transitional government in Somalia, the AU has said.

Arts & Entertainment

Depicting translucent beauty

A group watercolour exhibition, titled “Joler Dhara”, is on at Shilpangan Contemporary Art Gallery in Dhanmondi. The exhibition is the outcome of a one- and -a half -month watercolour workshop organised a few weeks ago by the Shipanu School of fine Arts at Lalmatia in Dhaka. The workshop was conducted by veteran watercolourists Alokesh Ghosh and Biren Shome. The maestros briefly described watercolour techniques, process and style of application.

The very best of Naseeruddin Shah

There are some actors who can do absolutely anything.

Fusing passion with profession

Abul Kalam Azad Shetu is a talented and recognised actor in the theatre circuit. He has been a regular face in Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT) since 1997, three years after the troupe was formed. To his credit, he has played a number of key characters in CAT productions. Besides acting, Shetu has a fervent interest in mask making and choreography.

Vibrant cultural programme

GPA-5 achievers in the SSC examination in Thakurgaon district were accorded a reception on Thursday at Thakurgaon District Shilpakala Academy Auditorium.

Best foot forward

Cultural organisation Brittanto ‘71 arranged a daylong programme titled “Muktir Utshab” on the Liberation War at the Central Shaheed Minar premises on July 23. The programme featured a discussion, cultural programme, photography exhibition, storytelling, quiz contest and poster display. The programme also marked the organisation’s debut. Minister of State for Liberation War Affairs, Captain (retd) AB Tajul Islam, attended the programme as chief guest. Professor Abdul Mannan Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor, World University presided over the programme. Internationally renowned artist Shahabuddin Ahmed inaugurated the programme.

Programme marking Rath Jatra concludes

A nine- day programme marking the Hindu festival of Rath Jatra, concluded on July 21.

Folk art in focus

Samira Abbasi, daughter of renowned singer Mustafa Zaman Abbasi was accorded a reception in Pabna on Friday. The reception was sponsored by a literary magazine published from the district. A discussion and cultural programme was also held.


The unemployment bomb

IT is said that if all the people of the world were accommodated into the US, the population density there would not be as high as it is now in Bangladesh. Population density at roughly 900 per tells us that Bangladesh is one of the hugely populated countries in the world. It seems that there is a jonoshova (public meeting) everywhere -- in front of a household, at a tea stall, on a footpath or in a bus stand.

The regime in Iran isn't about to fall

AS Barack Obama goes through one of his most difficult periods as president, you might wonder what it would have been like if the other guy had won. We will never know, of course, but in one area, John McCain provides us with some clues. He would have tried to overthrow the government of Iran.

Industrial pollution plays havoc

FOR the last two decades the slow but certain devastation caused by industrial pollution has been going on unabated while very few, either in the administration or politics, have kept track of the toll it has been exacting on the national life. Concerned citizens and the media have raised alarms, but they seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

Preserving the culture of indigenous peoples

THE United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 61/295 on September 13, 2007, recognising, among other rights, the respect for indigenous knowledge, cultures and traditional practices. Article 11 of this resolution unambiguously states that indigenous peoples have the rights to practice and strengthen their cultural traditions and customs.

Trial of war criminals

BETTER late than never. Thirty-nine years after its independence, Bangladesh is going to bring to justice the anti-freedom groups and people that committed atrocities on the people of Bangladesh in collaboration with the then Pakistan army.

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