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Front Page

Biman row reveals two thorns

Civil Aviation Minister GM Quader denied that his relatives were involved in manipulating tenders for Biman's hajj flights, calling the accusation by a parliamentary panel member “totally false and baseless” in an interview with The Daily Star on Saturday. The feud has become increasingly hostile in recent weeks.

Nation mourns for Bangabandhu

Twins Himel Mahmud Arnab and Tamal Mahmud Apurba contemplate the photographs as their father explains those with historical references and depicts the role of a person still alive in the images.

Plan to build 3rd seaport at Kuakata

The government has started the groundwork for the country's third seaport at Kuakata aiming to improve the economic condition of the people in the region as well as to facilitate India, Nepal and Bhutan to transit goods.

7 ship breakers hurt in fire

Seven workers were injured when a fire broke out at a ship-breaking yard at Madambibir Hat under Sitakunda upazila in the district yesterday.

Move to recruit 101 judges with FF quota

The government has taken initiatives to appoint 101 assistant judges and judicial magistrates in lower courts across the country with a 30 percent quota for the children of freedom fighters for the first time.

BNP's review body divided

The BNP committee formed to review the court judgment on the fifth amendment apparently stand divided over the party's official statement on the verdict.

Cops not convinced yet of an accident

Police are not yet convinced that ruling Awami League activist Ibrahim Ahmed's death from a bullet wound in his face on Friday night was accidental, although a case filed on the same night by AL lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon's chauffeur Kamal Hossain Kala claims it to be so.

BCL men clash at RU over iftar: 1 hurt

An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League at Rajshahi University was injured critically as supporters of another BCL faction beat him up following a row over distribution of iftar token on the occasion of National Mourning Day yesterday.

Hasina for poverty-free Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the people to build a poverty-free Bangladesh as dreamt by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Bangabandhu remembered in India

The observance of the 35th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman here yesterday was as much an occasion for rich tributes to the architect of Bangladesh's independence as a stroll down memory lane for veteran diplomats and journalists.

Six boys from Dhaka found in Chittagong

Police rescued six adolescent boys from Sholoshahar in the port city yesterday afternoon.

DoE for removal of CCC-owned filling station within 30 days

Department of Environment (DoE) headquarters in Dhaka yesterday served Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) a notice to remove its CNG filling station from the Premier University Campus within next 30 working days.

RMG workers block road over Aug 15 holiday

Vehicular movement on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway was disrupted for half an hour yesterday as agitating garment workers put up blockades on the road at Mulaid MC bazar of Sripur upazila.

Israeli ex-gen says flotilla activists wanted violence

Activists on a Gaza-bound aid boat that was boarded by Israeli commandos were determined there would be violence, the head of an Israeli military probe into the deadly raid said yesterday.

Congo celebrates independence

Some 10,000 troops and civilians joined a parade Sunday to mark Congo-Brazzaville's 50 years of independence from France, but celebrations were muted by the oil-rich state's continued poverty.

Ukraine journos threaten strike

Ukraine journalists warned Sunday of strike action over work conditions, complaining of a deterioration in press freedom in the past six months under President Viktor Yanukovych.

Petraeus holds out prospect of reconciliation with Taliban

General David Petraeus, the US commander in Afghanistan, held out the prospect yesterday of eventual reconciliation with the Taliban, including negotiations with leaders with "blood on their hands."

Editorial

Cracks in Bangabandhu Bridge widening

We are greatly surprised at the degree of indifference shown to the cracks on the Bangabandhu Bridge that were detected five years ago. Remaining unattended to, for that long a time without any repair done to fill in the breach, the cracks have widened threatening the life-span of the bridge and its load carrying capacity.

Flooding in Pakistan

Pakistan has been hit by the worst floods in a century, and according to official sources the losses have been worse than that of the earthquake of 2005. The enormity of the disaster is quite incomprehensible as much as the suddenness of it.

Sports

Chelsea steamroll to top

Didier Drogba scored a hattrick as Chelsea began the defence of the English Premier League title with a crushing 6-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Rach to be officially appointed, at last

Bangladesh Hockey Federation has agreed in principle to appoint Germany coach Gerhard Peter Rach for four months up to Asian Games in November.

MSC picking up the pieces

Mohammedan's officials and its ex-footballers sat yesterday in a bid to make a good side for the upcoming season, but it was too late for them as their rivals have already confirmed the services of the country's top players well before the start of the transfers that will begin on September 1.

Kim-Maria showdown

Reigning US Open champion Kim Clijsters and Russian beauty Maria Sharapova advanced to the WTA Cincinnati Open final in very different fashion on Saturday.

BFF observes Nat'l Mourning Day

The Bangladesh Football Federation observed the National Mourning Day commemorating the 35th martyrdom anniversary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman yesterday.

Yuvraj hit by dengue

Indian middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh will miss Monday's tri-series ODI against Sri Lanka after being diagnosed with dengue fever in Dambulla. The development is a setback for Yuvraj, who has been battling poor form and fitness issues in recent months and was making a comeback to the limited-overs side after being dropped for the Asia Cup.

Dhoni unhappy with practice wickets

The Indian team had a less than ideal training session in Dambulla ahead of their tri-series match against Sri Lanka: opening batsman Dinesh Karthik was hit painfully on the hand and MS Dhoni was displeased with what he felt were substandard practice pitches.

Sacked for not fasting

Popular Iranian footballer Ali Karimi has been fired by his club for not fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Fergie's focus Europe

Manchester United will open their Premier League season against Newcastle United with manager Sir Alex Ferguson claiming the Champions League will be his priority this season.

Tangerine dreamland

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway was so stunned by his team's storming start to life in the Premier League that he wants photographic proof that he is isn't dreaming.

Ribery inching back

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal on Sunday expressed his delight at the level of fitness shown by France playmaker Franck Ribery in comparison to the same stage last year as the German champions prepare for the opening of their title defence against VfL Wolfsburg next Friday.

Mancini wants time

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admits it may take a month of the Premier League season before his team are playing as he would like.

Kanoute downs Barca

Luis Fabiano netted the equaliser and Frederic Kanoute struck twice to earn Sevilla a 3-1 comeback victory at home to a second-string Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Saturday.

Ballack back in action

German international midfield star Michael Ballack played his first match on Sunday after a three month absence through injury which cost him captaining Germany at the World Cup finals.

Ben Arfa threatens boycott

Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has sworn he will leave Marseille for Newcastle even if it means not playing for a season.

Another month out for Rio

Defender Rio Ferdinand is still a month away from returning to action, according to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Englishman to follow Capello

Fabio Capello's eventual successor as England manager looks set to be a home-born coach following comments Sunday from a top Football Association (FA) official.

Giggs wants to manage Man Utd

Ryan Giggs has set his sights on managing Manchester United or Wales when he calls time on his illustrious playing career.

RBS set for L'pool takeover?

The Royal Bank of Scotland is preparing to take over Liverpool Football Club as the search for a buyer looks increasingly likely to end in failure, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Murray ousts Nadal, Federer Djokovic

Roger Federer will return to world number two after reaching the ATP Toronto Masters final by dodging a bullet for the second night in a row, beating Novak Djokovic 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 on Saturday.

England unchanged

England named the same XI on Sunday that had put them 2-0 up in their four-match series against Pakistan for the third Test starting at The Oval on Wednesday.

Yousuf not match-fit

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has admitted he is far from being match-fit for next week's third Test against England at The Oval.

Lorenzo's lucky 7th

Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo recorded his seventh MotoGp victory of the season here on Sunday riding his Yamaha to glory in the Czech Grand Prix.

Afghanistan crush Scots

Afghanistan went to the top of the ICC Intercontinental Cup table with a resounding 229-run victory over Scotland on Saturday.

Hants take T20 crown

Hampshire were crowned English county cricket's Twenty20 champions on their Rose Bowl home ground after a last ball win over Somerset on Saturday.

Metropolitan

Trade, power, ICT to top agenda

First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of South Korea Shin Kak-soo will pay a two-day official visit to Bangladesh on August 22-23.

Six killed, 38 injured in road accidents

Six people including a college student were killed and 38 others injured in separate road accidents in the districts of Narayanganj, Brahmanbaria, Gazipur, Satkhira and Gopalganj yesterday.

Call to execute death sentences against fugitive killers of Bangabandhu

Different political, socio-cultural and educational institutions yesterday held programmes in the capital to observe the National Mourning Day.

Vehicles face 4.6 lakh cases in 8 months

Traffic department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) so far filed 4,63,776 cases against vehicles on various charges and realised fine of nearly Tk 20 crore during its special drives in the city from December 8 last to July 25 this year.

Expats urged to uphold image of Bangladesh

Bangladesh missions abroad observed the National Mourning Day marking the 35th anniversary of martyrdom of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with due solemnity.

FM seeks foreign support for extraditing killers

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni yesterday said her office sent formal letters to certain foreign countries seeking their cooperation for extradition of remaining Bangabandhu killers as they were located or believed to be hiding there.

Bangabandhu's contributions unparalleled

State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman yesterday said the founder and architect of independent Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's contribution to the history of the Bangalee nation is unparalleled.

2 crushed to death under train's wheels

Two unidentified young men were crushed to death under the wheels of a train on Dhaka-Chittagong route near Shoshidol rail station in Brahmanpara upazila on Friday night.

'Use effective PR strategy'

Dulal Chandra Biswas, director general of Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB), stressed the need for using effective public relations strategy and planning to improve organisational image and solve management crisis.

Homage to Father of The Nation

President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her sister Sheikh Rehana, cabinet ministers, leaders and workers of Awami League and its associate bodies, journalists, lawyers, cultural activists and people from all walks of life pay tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait at Bangabandhu Bhaban in the city's Dhanmondi and his grave in Tungipara of Gopalganj yesterday.

Khaleda celebrates 66th birthday

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia celebrated her 66th birthday by cutting cakes and exchanging greetings with her party colleagues at her Gulshan office in the early hours of yesterday.

Bangabandhu first dreamt of freedom

Industries Minister Dilip Barua said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman first envisaged country's independence and the leader shaped his dreams through a lifelong struggle.

National

'Bring back condemned killers hiding abroad'

The National Mourning Day on the 35th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed in districts across the country yesterday with a demand to bring back the six other condemned killers absconding abroad to complete implementation of the court verdict.

A small initivative bringsbig change to their lot

They no longer stand in queues for relief. They are standing on their own feet as well as getting honour as decision-maker in the family.

Mongla port to be upgraded to international standard

Country's second largest seaport Mongla will be upgraded to international standard soon.

When fortune smiles

A villager in Nageswari upazila of the district has changed his luck through innovative use of shallow pump machine.

Thieves are thieves, they never belong to party

Men allegedly belonging to the ruling party stole 14 matured trees from beside Singhasholepur-Mirzapur road in Singhasholpur union under Narail Sadar upazila on August 11 night.

No RU Senate sessionheld in last 9 years

No Senate session was held at Rajshahi University (RU) in the last nine years although it is mandatory for the Senate members to assemble at least once a year. The Senate election was also not held in the last five years.

Teachers allegedly forced to sign resignation letters

Thirty-three teachers of Sharsha Upazila College and Dakhil Madrasa alleged that Sharsha upazila parishad vice chairman forced them to sign resignation letters.

Robbers loot houses in Sylhet, Narsingdi

Robbers looted goods worth about Tk 3 lakh from the house of an expatriate at Sundaura village in Companyganj upazila early yesterday.

Shibir leader arrested in Bagerhat

Detective Branch of Police arrested Bagerhat district unit president of Islami Chhatra Shibir from the house of district assistant secretary of Jamaat at Nikaripara of Sadar upazila early yesterday.

3 killed in Manikganj

Three people, including a housewife, were killed in separate incidents in Saturia and Sadar upazila yesterday.

Jubo Dal leader murdered

Criminals killed a Jubo Dal leader and injured another person at Khamarpara Bazar in Sharsha upazila on Saturday night.

Indefinite transport strike

An indefinite transport strike, called by District Road Transport Workers Union, began on all local routes yesterday protesting assault on transport workers. Transport leaders, who enforced the strike, said the strike will continue until those responsible for attack on transport workers are brought to justice. Meanwhile, students of Shariatpur Government College yesterday staged demonstration protesting attack on them and ransacking of college valuables by transport workers. Sixty people, including six policemen, were injured in a clash between the transport workers and students of the college in the town on Saturday noon following an altercation between some students and a bus conductor over bus fare. Traffic movement on all local routes came to a halt following the clash on Saturday.

13 hurt in Naogaon clash

At least 13 people were injured in a clash between the people of two villages over land dispute at Chaknarayan village in Porsha upazila on Saturday. Of the injured, four were rushed to Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital in critical condition. Locals said there was a longstanding dispute between Yasin Ali of Chaknarayan village and mosque committee of nearby Saharand village over two bighas land near Doyahar Eidgah of Tentulia union of the upazila. Locals said when Yasin Ali along with his men went to cultivate the disputed land, mosque committee member Anisur Rahman along with his supporters tried to resist them. Later, both the groups equipped with lethal weapons and sticks attacked each other leaving 13 people injured, four critically.

Biscuit factory gutted

Valuables of a biscuit factory were gutted in a fire at Purba Mirabazaar in the city early yesterday. Local sources said the fire originated from an oven of the Sunbest Biscuit Factory at about 1:30am and soon engulfed the whole factory. On information, fire service personnel rushed to the spot and extinguished the blaze after an hour of frantic efforts. Factory authorities claimed that valuables worth about Tk 10 lakh were gutted in the blaze.

Abducted trader rescued

Police rescued a trader 12 hours into his abduction. Criminals abducted him early Saturday at gun point from Andulia village under Harinkundo upazila. Trader Saidul Islam, 35, is son of Munsur Ali of the village. Family sources said, at around 1.30am on Saturday a group of 7/8 criminals called him out of his house. They said Saidul's two brothers are expatriates in America. They abducted Saidul in a bid to realise a handsome ransom. Later, the criminals demanded Tk 3 lakh over cell phone. On information, police raided the house of Aulad Hossain of Fatepur village of the upazila and rescued him. The criminals, however, managed to flee.

Two 'muggers' arrested

Police arrested two people yesterday on charge of killing a driver and taking away his auto-rickshaw at Belkuchi in Sirajganj. The arrestees are Al-Amin alias Alai, 25, son of Habibur Rahman of Bera upazila in Pabna district and Amirul Islam, 25, son of Golam Mostafa of Kuragaca village at Enayetpur in Sirajganj district. Kamrul Hasan, sub-inspector (SI) of Belkuchi police station, said four muggers in the guise of passengers hijacked an auto-rickshaw killing its driver Rabiul, 18, on Sirajganj-Enayetpur road in Belkuchi upazila in the district early Friday. A case was filed with Belkuchi police station in this connection on Saturday, he added. The SI said on a tip-off, police arrested Amirul at Kuragaca village and recovered the auto-rickshaw from Ganguhati area on Bogra-Nagarbari highway.

Letters

Power generation scene

As per report in the DS on 09-08-10 total 871 MW of power has been added to the national grid since the present govt came to power. But this increase in power generation could not make any visible change in power supply as load shedding remains as before. This is due to the fact that in the mean time some running power stations were shut down. It is difficult to construct new power stations, but it is even more difficult to maintain a power station and keep it running in full capacity. Some examples of such power stations are:

Suicide along with children!

Of late, the print and electronic media have been chock-full with suicide news committed by the dejected women, that's too along with their children.

Doctors in rural areas

The prime minister recently warned the doctors against their absence in rural and upazilla hospitals where they are posted. In Bangladesh, various NGOs have appointed a good number of doctors in rural areas also and they are working there regularly. But in case of government service the scenario is different. The doctors are taking salary and other benefits from the tax payers' money but the people are deprived of getting proper service. Moreover, they reside in the towns or capital city for private practices and for other benefits.

Decentralisation

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is beset with many problems and the problems continue to multiply. Apparently all incumbent governments try to sort out the problems, but the problems continue to remain. As for example, in an effort to reduce traffic jam, the authorities concerned tried to implement the lane concept resulting in severe traffic jam. This means the concept itself was wrong. In my understanding the authorities are not sincere or serious about solving the problems the country faces.

Utilising natural resources

Natural resources are the raw materials supplied by the earth. These resources include soil, air, water, sunshine, forests, wildlife, fish, fossil fuels, metals and minerals. Using natural resources to meet human needs has an impact on global environment. Each time raw materials are used to produce goods, there are ecological, social, and economic impacts. Sustainable management of these natural resources and utilisation of conservation techniques are necessary to meet present and future needs. Bangladesh is very rich in natural resources, specifically in coal, limestone, natural gas, peat coal, white clay, mineral sand, oil, etc. But yet we are not a developed country…why?

First day at school

For some of us school has already started and for others it will start after Ramadan. But all of us will have to go back to school sometime soon. Today was my first. Even if you aren't new at a school you still feel new on the first day. New teachers, new classrooms, new classmates, etc. But some of us dread this day and others wait all the year for this day. For troublemakers it's a new shot at buttering up the new teachers. For the goody goodies, it's also about buttering up the teachers for a whole new year. But if we go back to the same school with our buds then we feel good. This is the time of year we can make an impression and we all use it.

Billion dollar loan

The billion dollar loan provided by India's Exim Bank is a façade of a loan, and under the present terms and conditions of the loan, it will not be substantially beneficial for Bangladesh.

Premature death

Premature death in road accident is a commonplace event in Bangladesh. There is no improvement at all in the situation. Why? Why doesn't the government take any initiative? Where is the problem?

Miserable traffic

I don't know whether “miserable” is the correct word for Dhaka traffic. Every day the situation is getting worse. The sign of improvement is not there at all. I tried to change my schedule and thought of moving around the city after 10:30 pm, tried it for a week, but eventually gave up, as Dhaka during the night is a different city. Though the traffic is less but it is dangerous as no one cares if the signal is red or green. The fast moving trucks are all over the city making driving even more dangerous. The daytime traffic is no longer a topic to discuss, as it simply doesn't move. The number of new cars, rotten old buses with new paints, unusable footpaths and the rickshaws in each entry point of the lanes have made life horrible in Dhaka. The drivers and the traffic police in action have no understanding of the traffic rules. Who will take the responsibility of educating these people? Jay walking is another factor which contributes to the traffic mess. The situation is out of control already. Relocating English medium schools and private universities has become a must. The BDR and the cantonment need either to be shifted somewhere outside Dhaka or should be opened for public use . We have to find a new place for shifting the airport.

Foreign managers

I think Mr. Mamun (letter published on Aug 10th) understood differently from what I understood after reading the original post by Mr. Imtiaz (letter published on Aug 1st) on this topic. If I understand correctly the proposition of Mr. Imtiaz, it is not the question whether our educational institutes are producing capable managers, but rather whether we have done enough to groom our local people before allowing the recruitment of otherwise costly and partially grooming-inhibitive foreign experts. We need to understand that expertise does not come overnight. This is true for a foreign business-school graduate and this is equally a harsh truth for us too. Further, we do not have the dearth of resources.

Floods in Pakistan

Recently Pakistan is facing the worst floods in the last 80 years, which have killed over 1600 people, left two million people homeless and washed away crops and firm animals. The flood situation is getting worse day by day.

Combating load shedding

The news was about the government's desperate bid to end load-shedding from early next year through awarding contracts to about 2 dozen fast-track oil-based power projects which the government hopes will significantly cut power crisis but feared that it would impose huge petroleum import and cost on national exchequer.

Corruption and government

It refers to the editorial of The Daily Star that there is little question that corruption in government is a sad reality we have lived with for years. Even so, there is in us that certain feeling that as governance improves and public sensibilities get to be more sharpened, such wrongdoing will be rolled back and the country can move on toward its desired goals. That being the sentiment, it comes as a shock for all us that some government staff have been involved in the crime of leaking question papers in return for dishonest financial gains. Candidates are in for a shock when they come to know about the cancellation of the exam after reaching their test centres. Question paper leak of entrance or skill tests and competitive examinations has almost become a routine affair in the country. Such leakages have taken place in the past. Every time it happens, an inquiry is ordered . Police catch smaller fishes. But after initial action, hardly anything is done to reach the mastermind. As a result, thousands of students suffer almost every alternate year due to various admission or employment scandals. The education mafia, which runs the seat-fixing racket and is involved in leakages, however, continues to operate with impunity.

Why not nickname?

In response to the article, "Why nicknames", I have some more points to add. At the very beginning I would like to thank to the writer M. Rukanuddin for selecting such an interesting topic.

In the name of Allah…

'Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim” (English translation: “In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful”) is neither a mere collection of words nor a sentence but it is the first thing a Muslim child learns and in everyday affairs “Bismillah” is the first word a Muslim utters. Except one, 'Bismillah…Rahim' heads every Surah (chapter) in the Holy Quran and these words which contain two attributes of Allah, Rahman and Rahim, give expression to divine love and mercy.

International

Warnings exchanged ahead of S Korean war games

South Korea's president urged North Korea yesterday to end its military provocations but Pyongyang threatened the "severest punishment" over Seoul's massive joint war games with the United States.

'No evidence' China milk powder caused infant breasts

China's health ministry has said an inquiry has found no evidence milk powder produced by a Chinese company caused three infant girls to grow breasts, state media have reported.

Obama, daughter swim in Gulf in act of reassurance

US President Barack Obama and his daughter have taken a dip in the Gulf of Mexico in an attempt to reassure Americans that, despite a massive oil spill, its waters remain safe for tourists.

UN urges world to step up aid efforts

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the world to speed up aid to Pakistan after devastating floods which the government says have affected 20 million people.

End Kashmir violence

India's prime minister appealed yesterday to the people of Indian-controlled Kashmir to end violent protests and said his government is ready to hold talks to resolve their long-standing problems.

Myanmar's military dons civilian mask before vote

Two decades after the Myanmar opposition's stolen poll victory, the junta is again gearing up for elections, but experts say years of planning mean the cards this time are stacked in its favour.

Fonseka's party to appeal conviction

Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka will appeal against a court martial conviction that stripped him of his rank, pension and prestige, his political party announced yesterday.

Policeman hurls shoe at Kashmir's CM

A policeman flung a shoe at Indian Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah at an Independence Day event yesterday, which saw thousands of Kashmiris in the streets protesting against Indian rule.

US intensifies strikes at Qaeda targets

The US military conducted in May a secret air strike against a suspected al-Qaeda target in Yemen and killed a deputy provincial governor in the process, The New York Times reported late Saturday.

Japan cabinet shuns WWII shrine

Ministers in Japan's new centre-left government have stayed away from a controversial shrine on the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Relatives re-trace Titanic route to mark 100 years

Relatives of passengers on the Titanic will re-trace the ocean liner's fateful journey across the Atlantic on a memorial cruise to mark 100 years since it sank in 1912.

Drive-by shooting, blasts kill 9 in Iraq

A drive-by shooting outside a mosque and a series of bombings yesterday killed nine Iraqis and injured 30 more in and around Baghdad, police and health officials said.

Indigenous group calls strike in Nepal

A group representing Nepal's indigenous communities brought much of the country to a standstill yesterday to protest against the parliament's failure to draft a new national constitution.

1.8b barrel oilfield found in Afghanistan

Afghanistan said yesterday it had discovered an oilfield with an estimated 1.8 billion barrels in the north of the war-ravaged country, where US and other foreign forces are trying to tame a Taliban-led insurgency.

Foreign troops deaths in Afghanistan pass 2,000

Total foreign military deaths in Afghanistan have passed 2,000 since the war began in late 2001, unofficial tallies showed yesterday, more than 60 percent of them Americans but still far behind ever-growing civilian casualties.

Arts & Entertainment

Versatility personified: Azizul Hakim

If versatility could be personified, it would surely take the form of Azizul Hakim, who has left his imprint in all media -- starting from theatre, radio and moving on to television and eventually the silver screen.

Exhibition on Bangabandhu and National Poet at National Museum

On the occasion of the 35th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, National Museum and Nazrul Institute have jointly organised an art and photography exhibition at its Nalini Kanta Bhattashali Gallery.

A full calendar for actress Prova

Popular actress and TVC model Prova and her beau Rajib were engaged on April 16 this year. After the engagement, both the families are readying for a grand wedding, to be held later this year.

The Irons’ “Final Frontier” unleashes today

If you're a rock and heavy-metal fan, you know by now what this is about. It's hard to find any metal fan of this decade who hasn't headbanged to, admired, or at the least heard of Iron Maiden. Yes, the true giants of heavy metal are back, with “The Final Frontier”, set to take the world by a hurricane of galloping basslines, sabre-like guitar solos, and ridiculously high-pitched screaming. The album, due today, has already induced huge anticipation among millions of Maiden-frantics across the globe, and for good reasons too. At 76 minutes and 34 seconds in duration, Maiden's fifteenth studio album is the longest they have ever released. Also, this is the longest fans have had to wait for a Maiden album, with their last studio album “Dance of Death” released in 2006.

Art workshop on Bangabandhu at Dhaka Art Centre

On the occasion of National Mourning Day, Dhaka Art Centre (DAC) has organised a three-day art workshop, titled “Chirodiner Bangabandhu,” at its gallery.

Shabana Azmi’s weight fluctuation for film lands her in hospital

After four days in hospital, Shabana Azmi is back, finally without pain. It was a membrane under her ear that caused acute pain and landed her in hospital.

OP-ED

Impromptu measures make matters worse

The government's sudden decision declaring month-long holiday for schools ostensibly to give some relief to the city's beleaguered traffic raised many eyebrows. The city's traffic undoubtedly took a vicious turn in recent times. The daily journey to workplace and home of the commuters as well as other road users had already crossed the limit of tolerance. Once stuck in long tailback, they curse the entire traffic system out of sheer desperation.

Brutalising a city, unleashing sleaze

THE Commonwealth Games to be held in October in Delhi have turned into a gigantic multi-billion rupee racket. Public funds are being looted, wasteful projects recklessly implemented and poor people's human rights violated -- all to enhance India's global "image" and "prestige."

Exclusive rail bridge for goods transportation

The Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge (Bangabandhu Bridge) has already proved its worth in the transport sector as well as economic development of Bangladesh. It connects the network of the eastern and western parts of Bangladesh Railway (BR). During FY 2009-10, Bangladesh Railway operated 7,250 passenger trains and carried over 56 lakh passengers, while 270 goods trains transported about 2,50,000 metric tons of cargo.

A Japanese apology for Korea

IT was 100 years ago that the invading Japanese forces landed in Korea and forced the local authorities to sign a treaty under which the Korean peninsula became subject to Japanese occupation. The occupation lasted for 35 years, much less in duration compared to the occupation of territories by Western colonial empires of the time.

Student politics haunts us

The ongoing vandalism perpetrated by the student wings of political parties is shaking the very foundation of our national ethos. The grimmest doom falling upon us is that a section of the student community is ready to respond to the urging of political parties. But the question is "why"? The most rational answer would be that political posts are like the velveteen rabbit, which beckons those students and drives them crazy to take part in battle for supremacy in institutions.


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