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News of: Sunday, 8th of August, 2010

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$1b credit line to Dhaka

Bangladesh will receive a billion-dollar soft loan from India through a deal seen as a new era in the relations between the two neighbours.

4 out of 17 join Patuakhali duties

Against the backdrop of thousands of people suffering, only four out of 17 doctors posted in Patuakhali 250-bed general hospital have joined their duties.

New power link stays on hold

The government will not give new electricity connection to any industry or house in the next two months, said Abdul Kalam Azad, secretary to Power Division of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, yesterday.

BCL at it again

Ten people were injured, two of them bullet-hit, in a factional clash among Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists over establishing supremacy on Rajshahi University campus yesterday afternoon.

Rundown taxi relief soon

The revised policy for taxi service would create room for more taxis in the city, said officials of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).

Cops try in vain to justify HR violation

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Dhaka Metropolitan Police yesterday sharply differed on a range of crucial issues relating to the police force.

Mother sued for killing her 2 kids

Police yesterday filed a case against Bilashi Khatun under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act in connection with killing her children, Rajani and Raihan, during her suicide attempt.

10 hurt in attack on Ahmadiyyas

Ten Ahmadiyyas were injured yesterday when a group of enraged villagers attacked them at Chandtara village of Ghatail upazila yesterday afternoon.

40 injured in Ctg stampede

At least 40 people were injured in a stampede when garment workers panicked by a false fire alarm rushed to get out of a factory in the city's Kalurghat industrial area yesterday afternoon.

One hurt as train rams car

A reckless driver was injured as an intercity train rammed his private car at Khilgaon level crossing in the capital yesterday morning.

Facts in loans

While the BNP has alleged that 1.75 percent interest for the $1 billion loan from India is very high, facts about loans taken by different previous governments show that the rate is not high.

Indian FM, PM discuss bilateral issues

Indian Finance Minister and influential Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Gano Bhaban yesterday afternoon.

Expecting wife beaten to death

An expectant mother was beaten to death allegedly by her husband in the port city yesterday.

Govt won't ban, it's business of EC

The government will not ban religion-based political parties since only Election Commission (EC) has the authority to cancel registration of such parties, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.

China gold mine fire kills 16 workers

Sixteen workers died when a fire broke out in a gold mine in east China, state media reported yesterday, in the latest accident to hit the nation's notoriously dangerous mining sector this week.

Harakat-ul Jihad a terrorist group

The United States and the United Nations Friday designated Pakistan's Harakat-ul Jihad al-Islami as a foreign terror group and blacklisted its commander, the US Treasury Department said.

UN talks founder as climate impacts mount

UN climate talks tasked with curbing the threat of global warming are backsliding, delegates from both rich and developing nations said Friday at the close of a week-long session in Bonn.

Editorial

Prices during Ramadan

As a matter of fact, prices of certain essentials have been on the rise before the customary consumer concern centred on the month of Ramadan set in. The step that the government have taken in the meanwhile relates to fixing prices of edible oil at the factory gate and those of sugar and meats like beef and mutton. The price of bottled soyabean oil has been left unfixed. And, sellers have reportedly made it known that bottled edible oil will be pricey, because its supply to the market has been reduced, presumably by the dealers.

Tragedy of a deep social malady

The suicide attempt by a mother in Kamalapur area in the city and subsequent deaths of her son and daughter leave us marooned with the question: what psycho-social factors had worked in collusion to push a mother to the path of self-destruction in a manner that was most horrific? We know there is no straight answer to explain the complexity of the situation but social thinkers and researchers ought to find out why there is a sudden increase in the tendency to take one's own life, particularly by married women, that again after killing their own children. By no means it is a healthy sign for a nation that aspires to build a just and peaceful society for every citizen.

Sports

Laxman ton secures India dramatic win

Venkatsai Laxman overcame back spasms to hit an unbeaten 103 as India defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets in the final Test on Saturday to draw the three-match series 1-1.

Klusener next bowling coach?

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is likely to appoint former South African all-rounder Lance Klusener as the new bowling coach for the national team while Julien Fountain, a professional English cricket coach, as the fielding coach.

Gay topples Bolt

World record holder and Olympic champion Usain Bolt crashed to his first defeat in two years on Friday when America's Tyson Gay won their eagerly awaited 100m clash at the Diamond League meeting.

Lucky KP goes on

Kevin Pietersen rode his luck as he closed in on his first Test century since March last year here on Saturday.

Tito to train footballers

Saiful Bari Tito has been named coach of the Bangladesh team for the upcoming 16th Asian Games by the national team management committee of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday.

SL name team for tri-series

Sri Lanka have left out left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara and batsman Thilina Kandamby for the tri-series, which begins on August 10 in Dambulla. Chamara Silva, who last played in the tri-series also involving India and Zimbabwe in May and June, makes a return, as does fast bowler Dilhara Fernando. Sri Lanka have also picked allrounder Thisara Perera, who was the leading wickettaker in the one-day games on the A tour of Australia in June and July.

No titles means failure: Jose

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will consider his first season at the Santiago Bernabeu a failure unless the Spanish giants win the Primera Division title or the Champions League.

Kaka wasn't fit

Real Madrid star Kaka, who has been ruled out through injury for three to four months, said he had a problem with his left knee even before the World Cup.

L'pool in transition

Twelve months on from what was supposed to be the start of their most concerted Premier League title challenge in years, Liverpool are facing a season in transition under new manager Roy Hodgson.

Blues aim Shield glory

Carlo Ancelotti wants Chelsea to claim an early psychological advantage over Manchester United by defeating their title rivals in Sunday's Community Shield clash at Wembley.

Tigana raring to go

New Bordeaux coach Jean Tigana is relishing being back at the helm of a French side 11 years after leaving Monaco and having a spell in England with Fulham, the former France star said Friday.

'Hernandez could partner Rooney'

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Javier Hernandez could form part of a front two with Wayne Rooney this season.

Italy recall Cassano

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli called up newcomers Mario Balotelli and Brazilian-born Amauri on Friday for a friendly against Ivory Coast, the team's first match since their disastrous World Cup campaign.

Milner on verge of City move

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill admits James Milner could be on the verge of joining Manchester City after leaving the England midfielder out of his club's latest friendly.

Valencia hold Villa

Aston Villa were held to a drab 0-0 draw by Spanish side Valencia at home on Friday in their final pre-season friendly.

Mensah stays at Sunderland

French side Lyon on Friday agreed to allow Ghana international defender John Mensah to renew his loan period with English Premier League club Sunderland.

Mancini plans Robinho talks

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini plans a face-to-face showdown with rebel Brazilian star Robinho before the new Premier League season begins.

Milan win in shootout

Italian defender Daniele Bonera scored the deciding goal in a penalty-kick shootout for AC Milan after playing a goalless draw Friday with Greek side Panathinaikos in a football friendly.

Salman tells mates to clean up their mess

Pakistan captain Salman Butt said his side had to "clean up their own mess" after they were dismissed for just 72 on the first day of the second Test against England at Edgbaston here Friday.

I'm no puppet: Isaac

New Zealander Alan Isaac says he is not a puppet and does not feels like a third-rate choice after his nomination as vice-president of cricket's global governing body, reports said Saturday.

Nalbandian closer to ending drought

Former world number three David Nalbandian, who has missed the past six Grand Slam events with injuries, reached his first ATP semifinal in 18 months on Friday at the Washington Classic.

Flavia flays Samantha

French Open runner-up Samantha Stosur of Australia was ousted from the 700,000-dollar WTA San Diego Open on Friday, losing a quarterfinal 6-4, 6-3 to Italian fifth seed Flavia Pennetta.

Gladiators in semifinals

Bengal Gladiators reached the semifinals of the 41st Kuantan International Six-a-side tournament in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Rowdy Ryder apologises

Jesse Ryder has added another chapter to his troubled career after being fined for "intoxicated and rowdy" behaviour at a hotel during an indoor cricket tournament. Ryder, who is currently out of the New Zealand side with an elbow injury, admitted to a serious misconduct charge but is expected to be available for the tour of Bangladesh in September.

Business

India to let Nepal trucks use its territory for Bangladesh

India has said it will soon allow trucks from Nepal to enter Bangladesh through the Indian territory.

Shipping ministry takes up 6 projects

The shipping ministry has put forward six projects involving about Tk 7,900 crore, three of which would be implemented exclusively with Indian loans, the ministry officials said.

KL firm eyes Dhaka school furniture market

A Malaysian furniture maker plans to enter Bangladesh market to make a footprint in the untapped school furniture business of the country.

India okays 0.5m tonnes grain export to Bangladesh

India has allowed the export of 300,000 tonnes of non-basmati rice and 200,000 tonnes of wheat to Bangladesh, a government statement said on Friday, as good rainfall and higher planting have boosted crop prospects.

Fingers pointed at all as prices rise

The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) yesterday urged a gathering of wholesalers of top essential commodities to refrain from making extra profit during Ramadan, to give consumers a respite from the rising prices.

Business team off to India

A 14-member business delegation will leave Dhaka for Chennai, the capital of Indian state Tamil Nadu, today on a three-day visit.

Govt disburses Tk 100cr for sugar production

The government has distributed about

GMG connects Saudi Arabia

Private carrier GMG Airlines is set to land in Saudi Arabia by launching flights from Dhaka to Jeddah today.

Russia grain export ban threatens poor countries: FAO

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation Friday warned of food security problems in poor countries after Russia halted exports amid a heatwave, saying the global grain price situation was "serious".

Toyota to start Prius production in Thailand

Toyota Motor will start producing the Prius hybrid in Thailand this year, stepping up overseas output of the fuel-sipping vehicles amid swelling global demand, reports said Saturday.

Regency launches 'exclusive' club

Dhaka Regency Hotel yesterday launched its 'premium club', a membership programme, for frequent visitors and preferred guests.

Social media costs UK billions

Employees who fritter time away on Facebook, Twitter and other social media Web sites are costing British businesses billions, new research suggests.

SEC fails to tame market

The stockmarket is now in a record-braking mood, proving that the regulator's price curbing measures have failed to cool down the market, which hit a new high at 6,575 points on the last trading day -- Thursday.

Gulf BlackBerry row lifts veil on cyberspies

The arguments over whether several emerging nations can effectively hack BlackBerry devices give a rare glimpse of the shadowy world of state electronic surveillance already changing politics, espionage and business.

Western Union extends network

The Western Union money transfer service will now be available at all branches of Pubali Bank, Janata Bank and Rupali Bank, according to a press release released yesterday.

EU's 440b euro safety fund up and running

A European Union financial stability fund with the potential to raise up to 440 billion euros ($580.7 billion) to help countries weather debt problems is now fully operational, officials said on Friday.

China and Taiwan agree on extra flights

China and Taiwan agreed Friday to complete plans to add another 100 cross-strait flights after talks to resolve a dispute on the issue, Chinese state media said.

AIG reports $2.66b quarterly loss

Ailing US insurance giant AIG on Friday said it swung to a 2.66-billion-dollar loss in the second quarter, hurt mostly by the impending sale of a key foreign business unit.

Google buys Slide social media for $182m

Google Inc bought social networking company Slide as the Internet search and advertising company bolsters its social networking capabilities to compete with Facebook.

Wall Street to keep close eye on key Fed talks

Wall Street will keep a close eye on a key Federal Reserve policy meeting the coming week amid concerns the US economic recovery could stall following larger-than-expected job losses.

Oil mix

Oil prices were mixed in tepid Asian trade Friday as traders locked in profits ahead of the release of US data expected to show rising unemployment in the world's largest economy, analysts said.

China firm launches Frankfurt bourse

Chinese fashion designer Kinghero launched on Friday its first international listing of shares in Frankfurt, a European stock market that is actively courting companies from the far East.

Weekly Currency Roundup

August 1- 5, 2010

Metropolitan

US lauds Dhaka's role

The United States has lauded Bangladesh on its efforts to deny domestic and transnational terrorists safe haven and targeting opportunities in Bangladesh.

Woman brought dead to city hospital

Police on Friday night recovered a body of a woman from the emergency department of National Institute of Cardio-Vascular Diseases (NICVD). She was brought and left by three unidentified persons, police and NICVD officials said.

Raise voice against militancy

Education Minister Nurul Islam Naheed yesterday called upon teachers and students to unite and play an active role in rooting out all sorts of vices like terrorism and militancy from the country.

Traffic sergeant among 12 killed in road accidents

At least 12 people, including a traffic sergeant, were killed and 35 others injured in separate road crashes in Gazipur, Narsingdi, Rangpur, Rajshahi and Satkhira yesterday and on Friday.

Stand against conspirators

Home Minister Advocate Sahara Khatun said war crimes trial would be hampered if conspirators against the initiative are not defeated.

Protect human rights of Rohingyas

Former chief adviser to a caretaker government Justice Muhammad Habubur Rahman yesterday said human rights of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have to be protected in a sympathetic manner until problems with this (Rohingya) issue are resolved.

JU debate begins today

A two-day debate festival organised by Public Administration Debating Club (PADC) will begin at the Jahangirnagar University (JU) here today.

Jamaat leader Taher sued in Satkhira, Khulna

Separate general diaries were lodged against Jamaat leader and former lawmaker Dr Abdullah Mohammad Taher in Khulna and Satkhira yesterday and Friday night for his provocative speech at a discussion in Dhaka.

'Ban Jamaat, Shibir politics'

Leaders of Amra Muktijoddhar Santan, an organisation of freedom fighters' children, demanded that the government ban Jamaat-e-Islami and Chhatra Shibir from politics forever.

Dhaka, Delhi to ensure equitable benefits

Bangladesh and India have agreed to follow up on the decisions made during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India in January to ensure equitable benefits of the two countries.

Fajilatunnesa Mujib's 80th anniversary of birth today

Today is the 80th birth anniversary of Bangamata Begum Fajilatunnesa Mujib, the spouse of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Call to demolish illegal structures

Members of different civil society organisations staged a demonstration in the city yesterday demanding demolition of all illegal structures and implementation of detailed area plan (DAP) for the Dhaka city.

'Keep Tk 100cr in DU budget for research'

A separate fund of Tk 100 crore should be allocated in the Dhaka University budget for research programmes, said speakers at a launching programme to support young researchers yesterday.

Speedy war crimes trial demanded

Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded fast trial of the identified war criminals and called for national unity to foil any attempts against the ongoing trial process.

National

Victims blame construction of groynes in India, WDB 'unaware'

Erosion by Teesta River has taken a serious turn in Dimla upazila, rendering over 400 families homeless and washing away large areas of cultivable lands, trees, and structures during the last ten days.

2 more outlaws held in cop killing case

Two more operatives of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP- red flag) were arrested at Ashulia in Dhaka on Friday night in connection with the killing of three policemen in Bera upazila of Pabna on July 20.

4 girls rescued, one held

Police rescued four girls and arrested an alleged trafficker from Sitkibari village under Rajoir upazila of the district early Wednesday.

Production at Ashuganj fertiliser comes to halt

Production at Ashuganj Fertiliser and Chemical Company Limited (AFCCL) came to a halt due to a mechanical fault in cooling tower yesterday afternoon.

Bogra dealers stop taking delivery of fertiliser

The fertiliser dealers in Bogra have stopped taking delivery of fine granule urea fertiliser alongside Chinese urea imported about 10 years ago.

Two women killed, another commits 'suicide': Man to die for killing wife

Two women have been murdered while another allegedly committed suicide in Satkhira, Kusthia and Sylhet.

DAE official arrested for making fake fertiliser

Detective Branch (DB) police on Wednesday arrested Bagmara upazila agriculture officer Sheikh Muhammad Alamgir on charges of adulterating fertiliser and cheating.

BCL men assault principal

BCL cadres at Mirjaganj Degree College physically assaulted the principal and three other teachers on the campus yesterday.

Shibir leader at CU stabbed

Criminals stabbed an Islami Chhatra Shibir leader of Chittagong University on the campus on Friday night leaving him critically injured.

Letters

Tuition fees

Recently, the private university students and Chittagong University students protested against the increased tuition fees. From the very beginning the tuition fees of the private universities were high, but it has become a routine to increase the tuition fees every year. Most of the private universities don't even have their own campuses. But the tuition fees are raised regularly.

Minimum wages

Recently, the government fixed the minimum wage of a garment worker at BDT 3,000 per month. It is an increase of BDT 1500 per month. It looks like very high increment on paper. But would any economic expert give a breakdown of BDT 3000 to prepare a monthly household expenditure for a worker within this fixed amount? I am interested to know how much would be spent on housing, on food, on clothes and other incidental expenses including medical expenses for a single person. I have not included any recreation expenses because those are not for the workers, as they are not considered humans by the owners but parts of machine.

Poor patients

Some people come to Dhaka only to get treatment in Dhaka Medical College Hospital. The number of doctors and nurses is very few compared to the number of patients. Hence, the patients are deprived of proper treatment. The beds are always booked and the new patients have to lie on the floor. According to a news channel, the cleaners and other staff replace the doctors at night and carry out operations even. The condition is same in every government hospital. This is the reason why rich people don't go to government hospitals for treatment. Many TV channels and many newspapers have tried to show the problems of these hospitals, but still no change has occurred. Thus, the poor patients suffer a lot and often die due to lack of care.

Violent protests

It is not the right way in which the garment workers are protesting against the declared minimum wages. It is extremely shocking for the whole nation that they vandalised a number of shops and lots of vehicles as part of their protest. Protest should never be violent and destructive causing a huge damage to public property. All demonstrators could have gathered in front of the relevant ministry to express their demands.

Our identity

In Muslim countries like Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Malaysia, the first name of a citizen is Arabic and the last name is based on their own cultural background. For example, the Iranian govt took an initiative in 1960s and successfully re-established Persian culture in naming. Only in Bangladesh our names, both first and last, are Arabic.

Constitution amendment

A staff reporter's front page comments on the subject was published in a local English daily on July 25th, quoting the views of Mr. Moudud Ahmed, which was apparently sensible, logical and fair. However, his proposal about 'equal representation' from the opposition was in that context illogical!

Use of nicknames

The letter from one of your readers on July 31 is spot on and quite relevant in our global village. In Bangladesh nicknames are fashionably added at the end of a person's name quite regularly. This would not matter if such persons were confined to their native places, as local customs would clarify what is the real name and what is the nickname. But with prosperity most people travel abroad nowadays for business, for jobs, for education, etc and there the problem of family name or last name arises. In all European countries and other places where European civilisation prevails by descent, last name of a person is his/her family name, for example- Smith, Blair, Brown, Sarkozy, Merkel, Putin, etc., showing a family connection by which name his/ her ancestry and their movements can be traced over hundreds of years.

Metro rail

Dhaka has a population of 13 million. Not only that, it is one of the densely populated cities in the world. The traffic congestion of the city is increasing day by day as millions of people are living here, without any proper plan made by the DCC authorities. Already the city authorities have taken many initiatives to solve the problem but all the measures have failed. The govt is thinking about introducing elevated expressway, metro rail and many modern facilities. Statistics show that the most populated cities in the world have such kinds of advanced modes of communication. But Dhaka has no such modern communication system.

Changing the constitution

All the recent hue and cry from various people about our constitution, following a landmark verdict from the country's highest court, apparently indicates that they are ignoring a major factor concerning the issue while trying to guess the future outcome, and it is the NAME of our country. The name of our country itself clearly bears the suggestion on how to solve an issue pertaining to the Constitution which is the basis of governance. It is good news that a parliamentary committee of experts has been formed after the court verdict to sort out ways on how to proceed with its suggestion, and at the same time it is unfortunate as the opposition has refused to co-operate with it thinking that the committee itself is going to finalise the changes. It is bemusing why and what makes the opposition think like that. As far as my knowledge is concerned, the constitution of a state dictates the basic fundamental principles by which it is to be governed; and therefore, it is understood that no government can direct its 'Director' on how to direct (changes /amendments) simply because it is having a majority in parliament. People of the republic have selected and elected their representatives to form a parliament for planning, organising and running the day to day business affairs of the state, but not to manipulate or reshape the State's basic pillars.

Democratic norms

In the last three decades, we have observed the two major political parties making below-the-belt remarks about each other's leader. A political party is defined by others, and defines itself, as much by its ideology as by the leadership it decides to have. It is rather self-serving for any party to insist that its rivals and detractors should not discuss about its leader. A debate about leaders, their flaws and their merits is at the heart of democratic give and take. Leaders do bring value addition to their parties. In fact, most of our political parties are increasingly becoming leader-centric.

A pertinent question

The seventh amendment to the constitution, which legitimises HM Ershad's takeover of power and the acts under his military rule, could have the same fate as the fifth amendment, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed. The seventh amendment ratified the proclamation of martial law and other regulations, orders and instructions by Ershad between March 24, 1982, and November 10, 1986. A writ petition, filed on January 24 this year, challenging the legality of the amendment is pending with the High Court. We are yet to know the fate of this writ petition.

Palli bike and public sufferings

Palli bikes have eased communication.

New sewerage line needed

The sewerage line of Wari residential area is more than half a century old. It has damaged, collapsed, blocked and become inoperative in many places. Dirty and stinking water and human excreta overflow the manholes and float on roads, streets, lanes and by-lanes and nearby municipal drains polluting the different localities.

House rent

It appears from the media reports that some people have sought the help of higher courts relating to tenants' grievances against landlords. As a small flat owner, I was earning Tk. 5,000/- per month in July 1989 when the highest pay was Tk. 6,000/- per month as per the Pay Commission. Today I am getting Tk. 18,000/- per month while the highest pay as per govt. scale is around Tk. 60,000/- per month. In the above context, what should have been the rent of my flat? On the other hand, the flat can be sold at Tk. 50,00,000/- (fifty lakh) and thus I can earn Tk. 5,00,000/- (five lakh) comfortably as interest by keeping the money in banks. What should be my choice when I come to look for a good tenant, pay bribe to officials of income tax, Wasa, land revenue, DCC etc. etc.

ACC

Reformulating the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) is a need of the hour. It is indeed one of the pledges of the government made before the last elections. It is really good thinking by the govt that it must protect its civil servants before they are put into trouble. So, before filing any case against the govt servants, the ACC should obtain permission from the govt. Otherwise, the ACC could file cases against innocent officials resulting in their harassment both socially and financially.

Sanchay Patra

At a time the rate of interest on Sanchay Patra was 16-22%, the monthly expenditure of a moderate family was Tk.15,000/-. Now the rate is 10.35-11.25%, when the monthly expenditures of an old individual is over Tk.20,000/-. If the sale of Sanchay Patra is limited only to old ones ( 58 years and above), females, disabled, orphans, the rush of purchase will come down. Then the idle and the ill earned money shall go to share market and private enterprises.

Activities of BCL

The Honourable Prime Minister declared that she would cut off all relations with this student organisation. But we have not seen any decrease in BCL's activities, rather their involvement in violent activities is certainly on the increase.

International

Six Americans among 10 killed in Afghanistan

Eight foreigners and two Afghans have been found shot dead next to abandoned vehicles in the north-eastern Afghan province of Badakhshan, officials say.

Mutilated Afghan girl in US for new nose

The Afghan girl featured on a controversial Time magazine cover is in the US to have her nose rebuilt.

Sindh province on red alert; 15m affected

Pakistan raced to evacuate families threatened with fresh floods yesterday as heavy rains worsened the disaster in its second week, with up to 15 million people already affected.

Geelani rejects talks offer

The offer of 'quiet dialogue' by union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has not gone down too well with separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir with hardline leader Syed Ali Geelani rejecting it saying it was an attempt to 'discredit him' as he had not softened his stand.

Son defends Zardari Europe trip

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari yesterday vehemently defended his father President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to Europe despite the flooding disaster affecting up to 15 million people at home in Pakistan.

Hillary raises graft probes with Karzai

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "put down a marker" this week to Afghan President Hamid Karzai about the importance of Western-backed anti-corruption bodies, a senior US official said Friday.

Kashmir flood toll rises to 132

Rescuers struggled to find survivors yesterday after devastating floods caused by freak rains killed at least 132 people in a remote part of Indian Kashmir popular for adventure sports.

UK lifts Lanka travel advice restrictions

A security assessment carried out by the British High Commission in Sri Lanka has concluded that the whole country is now safe for travellers.

US suspends new adoptions from Nepal

The United States said Friday it has suspended new US adoptions of Nepalese children, citing flaws in the system used to determine that the children had been abandoned.

Australian PM meets ousted rival; poll predicts loss

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard met ousted predecessor Kevin Rudd yesterday to bolster a flagging campaign as a new poll predicted she would lose a general election in two weeks' time.

Qaeda's new 'head' plotting against US

The son of a Saudi Arabian imam, Adnan Shukrijumah, al-Qaeda's new head of "global operational planning", is using his unprecedented knowledge of American society to plot attacks against the United States and other Western countries, according to the FBI.

Huge ice sheet breaks from Greenland glacier

A giant sheet of ice measuring 260 sq km (100 sq miles) has broken off a glacier in Greenland, according to researchers at a US university.

Six police among 7 killed in Iraqi violence

Six policemen were among seven people killed in and around Baghdad, including four who died in a fierce gunbattle in a Sunni neighbourhood of the Iraqi capital, officials said yesterday.

Russia accuses US of loose weapon control

The Russian foreign ministry yesterday complained that the United States has been violating its obligations over a number of weapons non-proliferation and arms control agreements.

Arts & Entertainment

Remembering the great bard

After a break of nearly twenty-eight years, Chhayanaut the foremost cultural organisation in Bangladesh, staged a dance-drama by the Nobel Laureate on the occasion of the Poet's 69th death anniversary on 6th August. With the 150th birth anniversary of the Poet coming up in 2011, world-over Tagoreans are preparing to pay a befitting tribute to the far-sighted poet who, amongst other things, was the first to promote the practice of dance within the educated gentry of Bengal. The staging of 'Tasher Desh' with the support of Shadhona--A Center for Advancement of Southasian Dance and Music, is part of these preparations.

Kumar Bishwajit on DS Café

Kumar Bishwajit was the celebrity guest at last week's DS Café. The popular artiste just had time to take his seat in the nick of time before the calls started to come in from his fans. Excerpts:

A celebration of Tagore

Marking the 69th death anniversary of Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, Rabindra Parshad Mymensingh unit organised a programme at Rabindra Batamuul Mancha on the campus of Mymensingh Teachers Training College on August 6.

Cultural programme at Alliance Francaise

While different cultural organisations in Dhaka observed the 69th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore with programmes on August 6, Alliance Francaise de Dhaka along with Shimul Music Circle, Kolkata arranged a programme on the day to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the Nobel Laureate poet.

Salvador Dali rarities go on display in Atlanta

An exhibition of late works by artist Salvador Dali opens this weekend in Atlanta, including several pieces not seen in the US for half a century.

Musical homage by BRSSS at Public Library

Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Shongstha (BRSSS) observed the 69th death anniversary of Bishwa Kobi Rabindranath Tagore at Shawkat Osman auditorium of Central Public Library on August 6.

Observing Tagore death anniversary

Rabindra Sangeet Sammilon Parishad(RSSP), Pabna, observed the 69th death anniversary of the Rabindranath Tagore. A discussion and musical programme were held at Shaheed Shadhan Music College on Friday to mark the solemn occasion.

OP-ED

Intellectual property issues: Fact and myth

The well-publicised visit of the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to Bangladesh from July 19-21 has revived a myth that intellectual property protection is good for Bangladesh's development prospects. Having been, for many years, at the forefront of Bangladesh's efforts at the international level to protect our interests on intellectual property matters, I find it important that the facts be placed before the public.

On political party reform

Reform, especially political party reform, was a buzzword that baffled our country's people during the previous caretaker regime. Some of that government's advisers, along with some members of different political parties and civil society, emphasised the urgency of political party reform. Ironically, that advocacy distorted the very connotation of the term "reform."

Women in media

Women have been doing noteworthy work as journalists in our country as well as elsewhere during the last decade. But their number in both print and electronic media in our country is less than expected. We need to recognise the challenges and explore the opportunities for women to encourage them.



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