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Freed of stigma, nation mourns

For thirty-four years the nation observed the death anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with a demand for justice, but it is different this year, as justice has finally been done.

WB sees good in regional deal

While the main opposition BNP is resisting negotiations between Bangladesh and India on bilateral cooperation, the World Bank (WB) has welcomed the initiative offering an extended fund for projects in this regard.

Railway to link Cox's Bazar

The communications ministry has taken up seven priority projects to upgrade the internal railway links and signal system and connect Bangladesh with Trans-Asian Railway (TAR) network.

Govt plans to unfreeze 1,500 bank accounts

The government is soon to prepare a policy to allow for restoring activities on about 1,500 bank accounts seized during the last caretaker government's anti-corruption drives. However, the realised money, amounting to Tk 1,200 crore, will not be returned to individuals and businesses, officials say.

Water worry for N-power project

The declining water level of the Padma has become a cause of concern about availability of required water for the proposed Rooppur nuclear power plant.

No justice yet in 3 other Aug 15 cases

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members apart, a number of people were murdered in three separate incidents on August 15, 1975, but no effective move has yet been made to bring the guilty to justice.

Six killers still out of reach

About nine months into the announcement of Supreme Court verdict in Bangabandhu murder case, the government could do little about the extradition of six fugitive convicts and tracing their whereabouts.

Bullet from MP's gun struck him

Awami League leader Ibrahim Ahmed was killed when he was handling legislator Nurun Nabi Shaon's licensed gun and it went off, said Shaon's driver.

Workers clash with cops for 9-hour shift

At least 50 people including 20 law enforcers were injured in a clash between police and textile mill workers demanding nine-hour shift at Rupganj in Narayanganj yesterday.

DU rights historic wrong

Sixty-one years after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was expelled from Dhaka University for his role in a movement of class four employees, the university authorities yesterday withdrew the expulsion order terming it “undemocratic and unjust.”

Bloodbath on Road 32

Even after 35 years of the gruesome massacre on Road 32, the event needs to be retold for the nation to know the brutality with which the killers swung into accomplishing a mission -- annihilating Bangabandhu and his family.

Public health staff shot to death

Unknown criminals shot dead an employee of Institute of Public Health (IPH) in the capital's Mohakhali yesterday afternoon.

Tough law for stalkers

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid warned that steps would be taken for meting out severe punishment to those who instigated the suicide of Sinthia.

Traffic man succumbs to injuries

Traffic sergeant Wazed Mahmud, who made a suicide attempt Friday night, succumbed to his injuries at the city's Apollo Hospital early yesterday.

1 shot dead by robbers

A man was shot dead and another injured while chasing armed bandits at Bawalia village in Monohordi upazila of Narsingdi early yesterday.

Abuse behind her suicide attempt

Afrin Sultana, who suffered 90 percent burns as she doused herself with kerosene and set on fire on Friday, is now on her deathbed at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

20m hit by Pak floods

Pakistan's PM Yusuf Raza Gilani said 20 million people have been affected by the country's floods, a much higher estimate than the UN's 14 million.

Lanka strips ex-war hero of pension, prestige

Sri Lanka's president has formally stripped former army chief Sarath Fonseka of his rank, medals and pension after his conviction by a court martial, officials said yesterday.


Remembering that dark episode

As we observe the National Mourning Day we recall the burden of pain and the blot on conscience that we have collectively carried owing to the dastardly assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most members of his family 35 years ago to this day. The process of redemption, although taken forward, is yet to be completed and that's where we still have an unfinished duty on our hands.

Schools closed down to ease traffic chaos!

We are quite surprised to learn that in a desperate move to ease traffic congestion in the city the government has ordered all schools to close down with immediate effect. This can only be termed a knee-jerk approach to a colossal problem that required pragmatic planning to ensure solution rather than hopping from one ad-hoc or shortsighted measure to another.


City's Spurs stalemate

Manchester City had goalkeeper Joe Hart to thank for a point as their Premier League title bid started with a goalless draw away to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane here on Saturday.

Onus on Ashraf, Mahbubul

The last few years has seen a lot of talk about the proper running of the Bangladesh A team, but nothing has come to fruition so far.

Haider doubtful

Zulqarnain Haider, Pakistan's highest-scoring batsman in the England series so far, is in danger of missing the remainder of the series, due a finger injury. He is scheduled to meet a finger specialist when the team reaches London on Sunday and the team management will take a call -- whether to send him back or retain him -- based on the diagnosis.

Super fast Gay

America's Tyson Gay followed up his Stockholm win over Usain Bolt by clocking the fastest 100m time this season in a blistering triumph at a rain-soaked London Diamond League meeting on Friday.

Blackpool make dream return

A double by new signing Marlon Harewood gave Premier League newboys Blackpool a fairytale start to their first ever season with a 4-0 victory away at Wigan on Saturday.

Naved wants ban revoked

Pakistan fast bowler Navedul Hasan has said he is desperate to meet with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt so he can get his ban revoked, even going so far as to making several unsuccessful trips to the Gaddafi Stadium in the hope of arranging a meeting.

Kim, Maria advance

Reigning US Open champion Kim Clijsters, former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic and Russian beauty Maria Sharapova reached the WTA Cincinnati Open semifinals with straight-set triumphs Friday.

Roger, Rafael in semis

Roger Federer orchestrated a fightback from 2-5 down in the last set to rescue a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 victory over nemesis Tomas Berdych for a place in Saturday ATP Toronto Masters semifinals.

Tharanga sees off NZ

In a top-order studded with some of the finest batsmen of today, Upul Tharanga tends to get overlooked. Against New Zealand on Friday, however, he gave another demonstration of why he remains integral to Sri Lanka's World Cup plans.

Yousuf in the runs

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf boosted his chances of a Test recall with an impressive unbeaten 40 on a rain-hit opening day of the two-day tour match at Worcestershire on Friday.

Kyrgiakos quits int'l football

Defender Sotiris Kyrgiakos has quit international football after playing just one game under new Greece coach Fernando Santos.

'L'pool not contenders'

Roy Hodgson does not expect Liverpool to challenge for the Premier League title this season because he has not had enough time to work with his new squad.

Inter win TIM trophy

Serie A champions Inter Milan scored a psychological victory over rivals AC Milan and Juventus by winning the three-way TIM Trophy pre-season tournament in Bari on Friday.

City snap up Balotelli

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini completed the signing of Italian striker Mario Balotelli from Inter Milan on Friday.

Wolves reach agreement for Diego

Former German champions Wolfsburg have reached an agreement to sign Brazilian playmaker Diego from Juventus, the Bild newspaper claimed in its Saturday edition.

Arsene's heart belongs to Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has pledged his future to Arsenal, signing a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the north London Premier League club until the end of the 2013/14 season.

Beckenbauer Cup Real's

Real Madrid won the Franz Beckenbauer Cup on Friday, beating Bayern Munich 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out at the Allianz Arena in a testimonial for the German World Cup winning veteran.

Chelsea seal Ramires deal

English Premier League champions Chelsea on Friday completed the signing of Brazil midfielder Ramires from Benfica for a fee thought to be around 17 million pounds (20 million euros).

Mark hands in transfer request

Fulham's Australian international goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on Friday handed in a transfer request as he stepped up his bid to be allowed to join Arsenal.

FIFA ponders WC changes

Football's governing body FIFA is considering scrapping drawn games from the group stages of the World Cup finals, the organisation's chief Sepp Blatter has said.

Ozil offer rejected

Spanish giants Real Madrid on Friday failed in a bid to persuade Werder Bremen to part with German World Cup sensation Mesut Ozil, with their offer dismissed as "unacceptable".

Indian tycoon eyes Rovers

Indian businessman Ahsan Ali Syed stepped up his bid to buy Premier League club Blackburn Rovers after his Western Gulf Advisory (WGA) investment vehicle was given a four-week period of exclusivity to check the club's accounts.


Food exports to India hit a rough patch

Processed food exporters find it hard to access the northeastern states of India as the region's customs authorities have set a new rule asking its traders to store the imports in bonded warehouses.

Private banks better remittance manager

Private banks, by handling more than 69 percent remittances to Bangladesh, have emerged as major remittance managers overtaking the state-owned banks in the last few years.

Govt to pick operator for Akhaura port

The government has moved to appoint a private operator to run a land port on the eastern frontier of Akhaura.

Monga-prone women to get jobs in garment industry

Around ten thousand women, vulnerable to the cycle of poverty in the country's Monga- prone areas, would now find work in the garment industry.

Ctg chambers step in to calm Ramadan market

Chittagong Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CMCCI) on Friday started sales of essential commodities, including rice, sugar and edible oil, at fair prices for the month of Ramadan.

Fresh export targets for Bangladesh missions

The Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) has proposed fresh targets for major Bangladesh missions abroad for fiscal 2010-11, aiming to cross $18 billion in earnings.

No longer all in the family: Indian businesses step out

When it comes to Indian businesses, The Tata Group is the oldest and best-known: the conglomerate owns the luxury Jaguar car brand, it's made the world's cheapest car, and its chairman, 72-year-old Ratan Tata, oversees an empire that ranges from salt to software.

Gas demand outstrips production

Demand for gas increased by 10-12 percent over the last year, but production has limped to cope with the growth.

Japan's PM to watch closely strength of yen

Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Saturday he would monitor closely the strength of the yen and hinted at holding talks with the central bank chief amid the recent rise of the unit, Jiji Press reported.

The lost generation

Monoara Akhter, 27, was the daughter of a policeman and had a safe, lower-middle class upbringing. She completed a master's degree in management four years ago, but is still looking for a good permanent job -- and her anxiety is growing.

China 'gold' brings Egyptians taste of luxury

A Cartier ring for just eight dollars? In Egypt, "Chinese gold"-- an affordable imitation of the precious metal-- has swamped the jewellery market, granting the poor a little taste of luxury.

India outsourcers angered by US job visa hike

India's flagship outsourcing industry reacted angrily Saturday to a new US law tightening security at the Mexico border with measures paid for by steep hikes in American work visa fees.

IMF asks Malaysia to take decisive action on reforms

The IMF asked Malaysia Friday to take "decisive" action on reforms under a model program aimed at revamping a controversial four-decade-old affirmative action policy.

Goldman CEO, others get millions from options

Goldman Sachs Group Inc on Friday said several top company officials, including Chairman and Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein, exercised stock options this week and obtained millions of dollars of profits by selling the resulting shares, regulatory filings show.

VW sales up 2.9pc in July

Germany's Volkswagen, Europe's biggest automaker, said Friday its July sales rose 2.9 percent to 572,200 vehicles worldwide.

Wall Street ends week with sharp drops and gloom

Wall Street ended its weekly trade with sharp losses as fears of a second-dip recession struck traders' hearts after negative data suggested a bleak outlook for the world's biggest economy.

Oil drips under $76

World oil prices fell for the fourth consecutive day on Friday, holding under 76 dollars amid stubborn concerns over the global economic recovery despite upbeat growth data in Europe.

Weekly Currency Roundup

August 8-12, 2010


Join struggle to build Sonar Bangla

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the countrymen to march forward with bold steps in the struggle to build a Sonar Bangla (golden Bengal) as dreamt by Bangabandhu by turning the grief of the eternal loss of the Father of the Nation into strength.

Nation now stigma-free

President Zillur Rahman yesterday said the nation has become stigma-free after the trial of the killers of Bangabandhu has been held in the soil of Bengal after 35 years of assassination.

Frequent loadshedding is to instigate people against govt

Industries Minister Dilip Barua has smelt a rat in frequent loadshedding during Iftar, Tarabi prayers and Sehri, indicating involvement of a section of Power Division employees.

A citation that DU could not render on Bangabandhu

Dhaka University yesterday corrected a “historic mistake” it made 62 years ago by expelling one of its best-known students Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, but the premier university could not pay its ceremonial tributes it had planned for the leader on August 15, 1975.

Bangabandhu faced more problems than contemporary leaders

Celebrated BBC journalist Sir William Mark Tully, reputed particularly for his extensive coverage of the Liberation War, believes Bangabandhu had to steer a new born nation facing more problems than any other leader of that time.

4 injured in BCL factional clash at Titumir College

At least four students were injured when two groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) clashed at Government Titumir College in the city early hours yesterday.

Govt urged to take steps to stop private coaching

A forum of guardians of students yesterday urged the government to take steps to prohibit teachers from running private coaching as a lucrative business, says a press release.

Programmes to observe National Mourning Day

Different organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the National Mourning Day today.

Tk 2cr US medical equipment for DMCH department

A supply of medical equipment worth Tk 2 crore was donated yesterday to Pediatric Surgery department of the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) by a charitable organisation-- Children of Abraham-- of the United States of America.

Listed criminal shot dead in Bogra

A listed criminal was hacked and shot dead at Maltinagar in the town yesterday evening.

Khaleda's 'birthday' today

BNP, its front and associate bodies will observe today the 66th birthday of party chairperson Khaleda Zia, also leader of the opposition in parliament.

PM to place wreaths at Bangabandhu's grave

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will go to Tungipara in Gopalganj today to place wreath at the grave of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

One killed, two injured in road accident

One woman was killed and two other were injured as a truck lost control at Moddhopara area under Katiadi upazila in the district yesterday.

Installation ceremony of Inner Wheel Club held

The 20th installation ceremony of Inner Wheel Club of Metropolitan Dhaka was held at Hotel Lake Shore in the city recently, says a press release.

IUB freshers' reception

Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) organised an orientation programme on campus at Bashundhara yesterday for the newly admitted students of the Autumn 2010 semester, says a press release.

Foreign currency worth Tk 1 crore seized

A team of customs surveillance last night recovered foreign currencies worth around Tk one crore at Shahjalal International Airport.

Three DU students expelled

Dhaka University (DU) proctor's office yesterday expelled three students temporarily for their involvement with the incident of harassing three teachers during a clash between students of two departments at the university central playground on Tuesday.


Barapukuria resumes coal production today

Coal production at Barapukuria in Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur is going to restart today after a suspension of 95 days following an underground accident on May 11 this year.

Criminals kill drivers, take away auto-rickshaws

Criminals killed two CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers in Sirajganj district and Teknaf of Cox's Bazar district yesterday and the day before and took away their three-wheelers.

15 hurt as BCL rivals lock in bloody clash

At least 15 people were injured as rival factions of BCL locked in a bloody clash at Kendua Degree College yesterday.

'Take unruly BCL cadres to task for destroying RU atmosphere'

Leaders and activists of left-leaning student organisations of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday staged demonstration demanding punishment to Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) cadres for what they said destroying the congenial atmosphere on campus.

Killing of indigenous man sparks protest

Indigenous people of Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat yesterday formed a human chain demanding arrest and punishment to the killers of an indigenous van puller on July 28.

Tidal water floods Patuakhali town

Patuakhali town and the low-lying areas in the district have been flooded due to tidal surge and heavy rain for the last three days since Thursday.

3 more commit suicide in Khagrachhari

Three people including a housewife have allegedly committed suicide at three separate places under Manikchhari upazila in the districts in a day.

Students demand arrest of stalkers

Students of Bichhat Model High School in Assassuni upazila continued boycott of examinations for the second day yesterday demanding arrest of the stalkers who assaulted a teacher and two students of the school at Gorali Bazar in the upazila on Wednesday.

Jubo League leader held

Panchhari police yesterday arrested a Jubo League leader from a meeting venue at Bangabandhu Square following an order by local lawmaker Jatindra Lal Tripura.

Two Hizbut Tahrir men arrested

Sylhet Kotwali police arrested two alleged members of Islamist outfit Hizbut Tahrir yesterday while pasting posters of the outlawed orginasation in the city's Taltola and Court area.


Dodgy doctors

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, while inaugurating the World Breastfeeding Week-2010, issued a warning that the government would take stern action against the doctors who would not attend duties at the rural hospitals regularly. In this regard she also said, “All government servants get salaries from the taxes paid by the general mass and hence cannot ignore the common people's rights”.

No job for newcomers

According to CNN, the number of unemployed in July was 130,000, yet the USA is inviting and accepting immigrants from all over the world. What does this mean? Whereas it is unable to absorb its unemployed people, yet it is inviting immigrants from abroad.

An incredible player

Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, the planet's leading wicket taker and one of the finest exponents of spin bowling, lately announced his retirement from Test cricket, bringing an end to a dazzling career spanning 18 years.

Labour unrest

The news that has captured the headlines of all national dailies is labour unrest in the garment sector. No doubt, that is a big threat for our garment industry. From the very beginning of this industry, we have been experiencing the virulent crisis that is getting worse with the passage of time. Though the government with the help of the employers tries to get to a proper solution to this so called labour unrest, it still remains a long way to go.

School fees

Thanks to our government, especially our education minister Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid for taking the initiative to cut down VAT from private university students. This is indeed a great relief for their parents who find it quite difficult to defray their educational fees in most of the cases. I would now request our government to monitor the fees in English medium schools as they are charging fees at high rate with additional VAT. There is no policy amongst those English Medium Schools and as a result everybody is charging fees as per their wishes. Adding to this headache another additional cost is bus fare. Many schools have moved to Uttara, Ashulia and other distant places which have allowed the school authorities to charge a handsome amount as bus fares. Schools are charging full bus fare even when the school is open for 5/6 days in some months. I, as a parent, am finding it quite amazing to see that nobody is monitoring this increased fees and fares. Education should not be a business. I hope somebody will pay heed to this problem.

Parliament and politics

From the beginning, the activities of ninth parliament have been paralysed on one ground or the other. Initially, the opposition stalled the proceedings over the issue of controversial attitude of the ruling party or the speaker. The hallmark of an effective parliamentarian now seems to be the ability to shout and disrupt proceedings. The practice is to completely paralyse any discussion in parliament if the opposition is agitated about any particular subject. The practice of repeatedly obstructing the proceedings in parliament is most regrettable and defeats the very purpose for which the legislature exists.

'Digital' Bangladesh

It has been a tradition of leaking question papers, delay in response from govt. employers, errors in questions papers, taking more than a year to set question papers and hold recruitment exams, publishing results etc. But the concerned ministries and the ministers pay very little heed in this regard so far. The recently postponed Secondary School Teacher recruitment is an example. How long does it take the experts to set a question paper? I think the more time they take the more chance of leaking and corruption increases. Some public banks advertised in 2009 i.e. Sonali Bank, Ansar VDP Unnayan Bank and we applied as usual still we see no sign of taking exams. It has been more than two months that Rupali Bank exams were held for Officer and Senior Officer Recruitment. Though their process was much easier than other public banks but the result is yet to be published.

Thanks to BTRC

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has finally decided to reduce the charge for the SMS services of the mobile service companies (Star Business: 6.8.10). We would like to thank the BTRC and the government for this step in the interest of the 58 millions users of the cell phones. The cell users generally prefer to use SMS mainly for privacy and facilities of sending the same message to myriad receivers. I know some people who use SMS for documentation for future references. The decision of reducing the cost to as little as Tk. 50 is a timely step, indeed.

Private car

This is in regard to a letter on the issue written by Mr. Md. Mahabubur Rahman. He reasoned his article with a simple solution that dwellers of Dhaka city should opt for private cars instead of travelling like a chimpanzee on the bus and risk their precious lives. I do agree with the writer but I would also like to remind him that he may have forgotten the per capita income of the people of this country and also the living pattern, financial ability and spaces that are needed to keep these private cars. I would therefore request our road transport authorities to introduce more private buses on the roads in order to alleviate the sufferings of the general public and improve the traffic problems of the city. It is also important to mention that the government must adopt a policy such as "one car one family" instead of having 3/4 car per family and if this policy is properly maintained the influx of private cars will minimize substantially on the roads, or, otherwise, very soon the country will be running out of the much needed gas.


Everyone knows very well what this word means. None of us like this, we all detest it. Yet, we are no exceptions. We say we love animals and then we take away their home and build a big mansion where we probably will never live. When we do we may be branded as hypocrites. The word doesn't sound very nice, but it's true.

Strengthen local government

To consolidate democracy, it's very much necessary to exercise it from the grassroots level like Union Parishad and in this regard the government should strengthen the local government through democratic activities like election which should be guided and governed in the name of the political parties. So, in all walks of life people can participate in the political process in order to practise democracy.

Three -lane traffic system

Re-launching of three-lane traffic system by Dhaka Metropolitan Police has again bogged down with more traffic jams.

Clinical pharmacy

In general, the responsibility of a doctor is to identify the exact cause of disease and prescribing drug to treat the disease. After that, the responsibility of clinical pharmacist is to check drug interaction, any prior hypersensitivity to prescribed multiple drugs, giving instructions on when & how to use drugs and advising on safe & rational use of drug. Although, in our country doctors do their task properly but the patient cannot get proper instructions of above mentioned from a graduate (registered) clinical pharmacist. So, inappropriate use of drug causes the treatment failure in our country while the same prescription of drugs in other countries results in cure of disease. In my practical experience, a physician prescribed flucloxacillin 500mg tablet (Generic name) 4 times a day without mentioning the time of taking drug (because he is busy identifying disease). As usual, patient took this drug after meal & there was no benefit from this drug because the absorption of flucloxacillin is almost zero if taken after meal (it must be taken at least 30 minutes before meal).These types of situations including drug interactions & hypersensitivity occur in silence due to no job facilities of graduate pharmacist in hospital or clinic.

Video piracy

Video piracy has become a common issue that frequently affect the film as well as music industries. While we walk along the road we see some people busy selling a large number of CDs, DVDs to the passers-by. Naturally the question arises in our mind whether products are pirated. Historically, we the Bangladeshis are fond of film and music since the inception of 1971 when these contributed to a lot of to inspire the people to lay down their lives to snatch away the red sun of freedom. But today it is a matter of great regret that piracy has grabbed the whole film and music industries to such a extent that these industries are passing through a critical time to survive. There are many film producers who are making outstanding works with their talents and skills. But when piracy obstructs the way to commercialising the films, they lose all hopes and aspirations. Similarly music industries are being victimized by some unethical groups who are running their business countrywide destroying the growing future of music industry. It is acknowledged that some people freely download the audio or video file on the Internet. Afterwards, they produce many copies without authorization. As a result, genuine consumers don't feel encouraged to go for the genuine products. Meanwhile the ministry of information and technology has taken up some steps to stop this practice. But there is no fruitful result that has yet come. I want to draw the attention of the respective authorities to take stern action against the culprits.


A young woman-- captured during protest against tuition fee hike-- hemmed in by some police, being roughed up by truncheon mercilessly, while some other policemen are watching and grinning from afar! What a disturbing and abominable picture we had to see (The Daily Star: 3.8.10) in a country we love to call civilised!

Rickshaw issue

My old friend, Mr Rahat of Malibagh has once again resurrected himself (DS 2/8/2010) after a long time, but as in numerous other letters before, he has nothing new to say except repeating his old bias BAN RICKSHAWS.


Lankan war panel hears Tamils' complains

A Sri Lankan government war commission has heard testimonies from Tamils alleging their loved ones were abducted or detained by the army.

Afghan, Nato troops pursue Haqqani fighters

More than 20 insurgents including Arab, Chechen and Pakistani fighters have been killed by Nato and Afghan forces who are ramping up operations in the east against a Taliban faction linked to al-Qaeda, the international coalition said yesterday.

Aid for 2005 Pakistan quake spent elsewhere

More than 300 million pounds of aid to help rebuild parts of Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake was diverted to other projects, a British report said yesterday.

India imposes strict curfew in Kashmir

Security forces imposed a strict curfew in Indian Kashmir yesterday where anti-India protests have claimed 55 lives in two months as the region geared up for a major national holiday.

Obama, Karzai pledge unity on Taliban

US President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai have held an hour-long video conference talk in which they vowed to continue working together to combat the Taliban.

Myanmar polls cannot be 'credible': US

The United States said Friday that Myanmar's planned November 7 elections cannot be "inclusive or credible" under the political circumstances there.

Gunmen kill 16 in Pak attacks

Gunmen shot dead 16 people in two separate incidents in insurgency-hit southwest Pakistan, officials said yesterday.

Obama backs NY 'Ground Zero mosque'

US President Barack Obama has staunchly defended controversial plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York.

China to mourn victims of floods, mudslides

China is to hold a national day of mourning today for those who have died in mudslides in the northwest, as the death toll rose to 1,239 people.

Australian PM takes lead in vote

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said next Saturday's vote would be one of the "closest, tightest races" in the country's history as she took the lead in neck-and-neck polls.

Hillary prods Netanyahu on ME peace talks

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about issues blocking direct peace talks with the Palestinians as the Obama administration boosted pressure for talks to begin, the State Department said on Friday.

Myanmar's uncertain post-election future

Army-ruled Myanmar will hold its first democratic election in two decades on November 7, polls that critics say will be a sham resulting in no substantial transfer of power to a civilian government.

US Muslims concerned over Eid; Sept/11 anniversary overlap

US Muslim groups have urged law enforcement agencies to be on guard during Eid al-Fitr, the end-of-Ramadan holiday, which this year coincides with the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, officials said Friday.

China widens hormone-tainted milk powder checks

China is expanding an investigation into reports of hormone-tainted milk powder by testing a range of infant milk powders and breast milk, state media said yesterday, the latest food scare to hit the country.

Fidel Castro turns 84

A reinvigorated Fidel Castro marked his 84th birthday Friday after a recent return to the Cuban spotlight, insisting he remained true to the ideals of the revolution that brought him to power half a century ago.

5 cops, one anti-Qaeda fighter killed in Baghdad

Two policemen were shot dead and their bodies set ablaze at a Baghdad checkpoint while three of their colleagues and an anti-Qaeda fighter were also killed, security officials said yesterday.

Gunmen kill 16 in Pakistan attacks

Gunmen shot dead 16 people in two separate incidents in insurgency-hit southwest Pakistan, officials said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Those were the days

I was born on May 8, 1947, in my maternal village of Belur Chok in Murshidabad. I have a few memories of Rajshahi PN Girls High School, as it was my first school and I did my matriculation from there.

Ramadan reflections

A solo photography exhibition of German photographer Christel Becker-Rau ,titled “Ramadan Reflections” , is on at Goethe Institute, Dhanmondi. Rau was born in 1948 in Germany. She studied photography and visual communication in Cologne and Essen in Germany. At the exhibition, 58 images depict the cultural diversity of Ramadan in different countries of the Middle East such as Egypt , Jordan and Palestine. She is particularly adept in utilising natural light to create pleasing photographs of her subjects. Her images are very vivid and simple, but thought provoking.

“Dui Bihga Jomi” staged in Panchagarh

To mark the 69th death anniversary of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore a lyrical drama, “Dui Bihga Jomi” was staged on Tuesday evening at Panchagarh Government Auditorium in the town.

Netting in gains

Style is the name of the game in almost everything Bollywood super star Aamir Khan does. And it wasn't different when he organised a special screening of “Peepli Live”, the latest film produced by him, in Mumbai a few days ago.

“Krapp’s Last Tape” and “Victoria Station” staged on the third day

Samuel Beckett's “Krapp's Last Tape” and Harold Pinter's “Victoria Station”, were staged on the third day (August 13) of the ongoing theatre festival by the Department of Theatre, Dhaka University. The weeklong festival, titled “Creative Youths' Theatre Expressions”, is being held at the Natmandal of DU. The festival features 15 plays directed by as many students of the final year.

Musical competition for children to begin

The first round of a musical competition for children (age 6 to 13 years), titled “Chhotoder Serakantha Pratijogita-2010” will begin at Ramgor Shilpakala Academy in Khagrachhari district from August 25.


The founder of Bangladesh

Father of the Nation' is an honorific bestowed on individuals who are considered the most important in the process of the establishment of a country or a nation. They are instrumental in the birth of their nations by way of liberating them from colonial or other occupation. George Washington is the father of the United States, Peter I of Russia, Sun Yat-sen of China, Sir Henry Parkes of Australia, Miguel Hidalgo of Mexico, Sam Nujoma of Namibia, William the Silent of the Netherlands, Einar Gerhardsm of Norway, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Carlos Mannel of Cuba, Mustafa Kemal of Turkey, Sukarno of Indonesia, Tunku Abdul Rahman of Malaysia, Mahatma Gandhi of India, Don Stephen Senanayake of Sri Lanka and Mohammad Ali Jinnah of Pakistan. So is Bangabandhu, the Father of the Bangladesh nation.

The speech that steeled the nation

On 15 August 1975 Bangabandhu told the traitors, “The people put me here and the only way I will leave this country will be as a dead person.”

The ramifications of August 15, 1975

The murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has had grave ramifications for Bangladesh. It was, in the immediate sense, an overthrow of constitutional government in the country, which was again a reinforcement of the idea that the long struggle Mujib and the Awami League had waged against military rule in Pakistan had in a way come to nought. The coup d' etat of August 1975 was to be a precursor to other, newer means of removing governments in Bangladesh. The majors and colonels who had organised the large-scale slaughter of the president's family quickly made it clear that they intended to run the show. They ensconced themselves at Bangabhavan, the presidential palace, and served as Khondokar Moshtaq's advisors. That was quite in the fitness of things, for he clearly owed his job to them. The biggest irony arising out of the coup was the continuation of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's ministers, save a few, in office. Syed Nazrul Islam, Mansoor Ali and A.H.M. Quamruzzaman were under arrest, along with Tajuddin Ahmed. Foreign Minister Kamal Hossain, abroad at the time of the coup, refused to return and be part of the new administration. But Moshtaq could and did take satisfaction from the fact that all others among his ministerial colleagues were now serving in his regime as his ministers. The first cabinet meeting Moshtaq presided over was on the day after the coup, even as Mujib's body and the bodies of his family remained to be buried. One of the first bits of information Moshtaq handed out to the ministers, many of whom were plainly terrified, with some others not knowing what position to adopt given the murders that had already taken place, was that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would be buried in his village. There was no regret in his voice, no tribute and not many ministers were willing to raise any questions.

Our greatest hero

Friday, 15 August, 1975, is one of the saddest days of our history. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, our greatest patriot, was killed on that day. His dear wife, three sons and only brother were also killed along with him. It reminded us of the dark night of March 25, 1971. The Father of the Nation, loved and respected in Bangladesh and the world over as a great hero, a great leader of independence, lay dead on the stairs of his famous residence at Road Number 32, Dhanmandi Residential Area. He was only fifty five.

This Day I Haven't Come to Shed Blood

Like all of you present here I love roses a lot
While crossing the Race Course field yesterday
One of the roses blooming there
Said to me: “Make your verse sing of Sheikh Mujib”
I'm here to sing of him.

August 15 and the transformation of Bangladesh

Bangabandhu's assassination on 15 August 1975 prematurely deprived Bangladesh of its founding father at a time when the process of nation building was still incomplete. This event both destabilized and created a fissure within the nation which has not yet been bridged. This division and destabilization of the polity deflected Bangladesh from the course set by its liberation struggle which had provided the basis for the foundational principles of the Bangladesh constitution: democracy, nationalism, secularism and socialism. Since that fateful day in August, each of these foundational principles has been exposed to contestation or even outright repudiation. This assault on the very principles of our nationhood has destabilised the nation, compromised the working of our democratic institutions and thereby weakened the process of governance. It could, thus, be argued that the bullets which killed Bangabandhu were also intended to destroy the very idea of Bangladesh for which the liberation war was waged. Let us briefly explore these long-term consequences which emanated from the events of 15 August 1975.

The atonement still goes on

When Bangabandhu was gunned down in the early hours on 15 August 1975, the Bengali nation to which he gave independence began a process of atonement for having committed patricide that continues even now. What can be crueler than killing the nation's father that gave identity to a people who remained colonized for twenty-five years after the British had pulled out of the subcontinent in 1947?

Portrait of a patriot

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born on March 17, 1920 at Tungipara in the then Faridpur district. Despite the fact that he was an extraordinary political leader who had spent more than twelve years in jail for articulating the legitimate grievances of his people against the then Pakistani ruling elite, he became a victim of a brutal massacre on August 15, 1975. The bullet-ridden dead body of the Father of the Nation was most dishonourably buried by the murderers at Tungipara.

Remembering August 15, 1975

Darkness settled in seemingly with a promise to facilitate a peaceful slumber for the city dwellers after a hot day's tiring work. There was nothing uncanny in the bearing of the night, except that it was completely oblivious of what Cassius and a few villains were conspiring to execute under cover of the night's darkness. These villains committed the gravest ever crime that people will always remember with hatred and acute ache in their hearts. An indelible smear desecrated the otherwise laudable history of Bangladesh.

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