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Why MP-led dev work not illegal

The High Court yesterday asked the government to explain why granting Tk 15 crore for each constituency for rural infrastructure development prescribed by lawmakers should not be declared unconstitutional.

Constitution awaits another add-on

The special parliamentary committee will propose inclusion of a provision in the constitution declaring Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as Father of the Nation.

Cops block filing of murder case

Rina Islam, wife of Awami League activist Ibrahim Ahmed who died on Friday in a mysterious incident, has alleged that police are not recording a murder case in this connection.

Cops asked to sue traders

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the police to file criminal cases under the Special Powers Act-1974 against the traders responsible for food adulteration and price spirals.

JMB active despite arrest of top brass

Law enforcers fear a backlash from Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) despite detaining the top brass of the banned militant outfit in recent months.

Partial closure of CNG filling stations causes sufferings

The partial shutdown of CNG filling stations began yesterday as part of the government plan to ease the country's severe power shortage by diverting gas to power plants.

HC pulls for Bhola forest

The High Court yesterday issued a three-month injunction against felling of nearly 15,000 trees in the forest and wildlife reserve on Kukri Mukri char to construct a road to link the island with Bhola.

Assault of OC angers cops

Police personnel have expressed resentment at the assault on a police officer by a ruling party lawmaker on Sunday night in Jessore.

Provisions of law challenged

Two detained top Jamaat-e-Islami leaders yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) challenging the First Amendment to the Constitution and some sections of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973 under which the war crimes trial is being held.

Bus driver's licence found fake

The driver of the bus, which was involved in an accident claiming the lives of two government high officials on July 31, carries a fake licence, a Bangladesh Road Transport Authority official said yesterday.

Power supply improves

Country's power situation has slightly improved as the authorities have diverted more gas to the power stations from the first day of Ramadan.

Charge framing against Rid Pharma officials adjourned

A Dhaka court yesterday for the second time adjourned the hearing on charge framing against Rid Pharmaceuticals' managing director and four officials till September 6 in a case of manufacturing toxic paracetamol syrup.

DCC official 'commits suicide'

A Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) official allegedly shot himself and committed suicide early yesterday at his Banani residence in the city.

Two money changers shot

A mugging gang sprayed bullets, exploded bombs near a money exchange firm in city's DIT Extension Road at Fakirapool area and looted over Tk 18 lakh in local and foreign currencies last night.

Mahmudur may face another contempt of court charge

Detained Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of the daily Amar Desh, is going to face another contempt of court for writing and publishing a commentary involving Supreme Court (SC) in his daily.

Warrant to arrest two BNP leaders

A Dhaka court last night issued arrest warrants against BNP's standing committee member Rafiqul Islam Mia and Vice-Chairman Shah Moazzam Hossain for allegedly threatening to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

3.5m kids at health risk

Up to 3.5m children are at high risk from deadly water-borne diseases in Pakistan following the country's floods, a UN spokesman has said.

White House: politics no role in mosque remarks

A White House spokesman says politics wasn't a factor in President Barack Obama's remarks about building a mosque near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City.

Afghan couple 'stoned to death' for love affair

A man and woman have been stoned to death in northern Afghanistan after being accused by the Taliban of having a love affair, a witness and an official said yesterday.

WTO rules against EU on hi-tech duties

The World Trade Organization has backed the United States, Japan and Taiwan in their complaint against EU duties on high-technology products, according to a ruling published Monday.


Unregulated shipbreaking industry

No sooner than a report front paged recently in The Daily Star highlighted the lax safety measure in the ship-breaking yards than there was an incident of fire in one of these in Sitakund the very next day in which seven workers suffered burn injuries.

Constructing seaport at Kuakata

The government has reportedly prepared the groundwork for the construction of a seaport at Kuakata. In other words a third port is envisioned to offer India, Nepal and Bhutan the facility of shipment after transiting their goods through Bangladesh territory. On the face of it, it's a welcome piece of news promising to facilitate intra-regional connectivity.


Football goes primary

Football in the country is finally set to go grassroots with the introduction of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup Inter-Primary School Tournament that is expected to kick off in October this year.

CCDM approves two foreigners

The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) has decided in principle to allow clubs to field two foreign players in a match in the upcoming Premier Division Cricket League.

Weightlifters thrown out in the open

Commonwealth Games-bound weightlifters were forced to practice on the corridor of the National Sports Council yesterday after they were thrown out of the conference room with their practice equipments.

Sehwag sees India home

Opener Virender Sehwag made an uncharacteristically composed 99 not out as India handed hosts Sri Lanka a six-wicket defeat in their Micromax Cup tri-nation series match at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium yesterday.

Andy conquers Roger

Scotsman Andy Murray showed steely nerve to shatter a career finals jinx against Roger Federer, defeating the stylish Swiss 7-5, 7-5 Sunday to defend his title at the ATP Toronto Masters.

Reina gifts Gunners

A late Pepe Reina own goal helped Arsenal salvage a point in a 1-1 draw at Anfield after David Ngog had put Liverpool in front in a match that saw both sides finish with 10 men on Sunday.

Kim stuns Maria

Belgian fourth seed Kim Clijsters saved three match points just before a 74-minute rain break and rallied to beat Russia's Maria Sharapova 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in the WTA Cincinnati Open final.

Fallen giants look to rise

They have emerged champions twice in the now defunct Premier Division football league but have little to show for in their first three season's in the professional league. This season however, this traditional giant of the game are gearing up for a shot at the Bangladesh League title well before the start of the fourth edition of league and even before the start of the players transfer.

Gay resurgence does not bother Bolt

Double sprint world record-holder Usain Bolt says his loss to American rival Tyson Gay will not play on his mind.

Rossi-Ducati deal

Seven-time world MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi on Sunday signed a two-year deal to race with Ducati, the team announced.

Isinbayeva to be back

Olympic pole vault champion and world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva will end her "boring" break from the sport in February.

Japan claims first gold

Japan's Yuka Sato wrote her name in the history books on Sunday by becoming the first gold medal winner of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games when she won the triathlon.

Roy stands by duo

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has backed Joe Cole and Jose Reina after the pair's red card and goalkeeping blunder conspired to allow Arsenal to snatch a point from their season opener at Anfield on Sunday.

Real pushing for Ozil

Spanish giants Real Madrid plan to make a new offer to Werder Bremen for German World Cup sensation Mesut Ozil after an earlier bid was rejected, Spanish sports newspapers said Monday.

Toulouse fell Bordeaux

Bordeaux replaced fellow strugglers Marseille at the bottom of the French league table Sunday after suffering a 2-1 home defeat to a spirited Toulouse, their second defeat in as many games.

FIFA to inspect Russia

A delegation of FIFA inspectors arrived on Monday in Saint Petersburg to evaluate the viability of Russia's bid to host the 2018 or the 2022 World Cup.

Veteran duo in Batista's plans

Argentina coach Sergio Batista has revealed that World Cup absentees Javier Zanetti and Esteban Cambiasso will likely be part of his future plans for the national team.

L'pool won't appeal Cole's red card

Liverpool star Joe Cole will serve a three-match suspension after his club decided not to appeal against the England midfielder's red card against Arsenal.

Harry counts City out

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Manchester City will struggle to challenge for the Premier League title despite their massive spending spree.

Tamim still ill at ease

After a long break Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal returned to batting at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. But the bad news was that the dashing left-hander had been having lingering pain in the old injury.

Booters' reporting deferred

The reporting date of the national football team for the Asian Games has been deferred by four days. The players have now been asked to report to coach Saiful Bari Tutu at BKSP on August 19.

Landis's bike sold for $5!

The bicycle had two flat tires, but Greg Estes figured the 5-dollar asking price still made it a bargain. Little did he know just how much.


Poor, yes but smart business talkers

Md Asraful Islam, a farmer of Gohangachhi village of Dinajpur Sadar upazila, recalls life before cell phones with no fondness. He had to travel for his seeds, to the market and for meetings with local officials on policies and pesticide use.

Cement makers eye 20pc growth

Cement manufacturers eye around 20 percent growth this year, riding on the rising demand from the housing sector.

Third seaport planned for Patuakhali

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday that the government is planning to build the country's third seaport in Patuakhali to facilitate economic activities.

Indian microlender makes strong market debut

A strong market debut for Indian lender SKS Microfinance, which counts US billionaire George Soros as one of its investors, has boosted prospects of more such offers in the world's largest market for small loans.

$40m ADB support to boost incomes of poor farmers

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide Bangladesh with US$40 million to grow high-value crops, including vegetables, spices and fruits, which will help boost incomes of poor farmers.

China outperforms Japan

Growth in Japan's economy slowed to a crawl in the second quarter and analysts see more weakness ahead, adding to policymakers' headaches as they grapple with deflation and a rise in the yen that threatens an export-reliant recovery.

Dwindling gas exports lower Norway's trade surplus

Norway's trade surplus slipped five percent in July compared to the same month a year ago, largely pushed down by lower exports from the country's important oil and gas sector, Statistics Norway said Monday.

Need for new listings

The average price-earnings (PE) ratio on the Dhaka bourse is the highest among the major regional stockmarkets.

Sub-standards and testing

On August 5, the commerce minister and the prime minister's economic adviser shared views with members of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the impediments in the path of bolstering exports to India, our largest neighbour with whom we happen to have a very hefty trade deficit.

Vedanta buys Cairn India stake for up to $9.6b

London-listed Vedanta Resources said Monday it had agreed to acquire a majority stake in energy explorer Cairn India for up to 9.6 billion dollars in cash, building on its core mining business.

Malaysia Airlines posts second-quarter loss

National carrier Malaysia Airlines said Monday it sank into the red in the second quarter, due to losses on fuel hedging and higher fuel prices.

Novartis inches towards closure of Alcon deal

Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG moved another step closer to securing its buyout of Alcon after shareholders of the U.S. eyecare group voted Novartis-nominated directors onto the Alcon board.

India inflation slows to single digits

India's inflation rate has fallen below 10 percent, its lowest level since February, data showed Monday, giving the central bank room to slow down its aggressive monetary tightening policy.

Corporate Briefs

Unaudited quarterly accounts for the first quarter to June 30 (April 10 to June 10) show that the company made profit after tax of Tk 73.78 million with basic EPS of Tk 2.03 as against Tk 84.94 million and Tk 2.34 respectively for the same period of the previous year.


Build poverty-free Bangladesh: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government is moving ahead with two major tasks -- implementation of the Supreme Court verdict on the fifth amendment of the Constitution and build a country free from hunger and poverty.

Jail sentences of Sahjahan, Aman, 2 others scrapped

The High Court (HC) yesterday scrapped the jail sentences of former BNP state ministers Sahjahan Omar and Aman Ullah Aman and two others in separate corruption cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) adjudging the convictions against them illegal.

Bangabandhu most charismatic personality

In the eyes of a former governor of India, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the most charismatic personality among the many leaders he had met.

JS committee for action against culprits

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industries Ministry yesterday recommended action against those employees of Deshbandhu Sugar Mill who were involved in supplying sugar, meant for export, in the open market illegally.

UN office assures support to fight HIV

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will continue to support Bangladesh in undertaking programmes to counter narcotics enforcement, prevention of HIV, and prevention and treatment of drug use in the country.

CPB protest Aug 20

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will stage demonstrations across the country on August 20 to press home its three-point demand, including release of its leader Mantu Ghosh, says a press release.

Procurement of six dredgers may get Ecnec nod today

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) will meet today to consider seven projects including procurement of six dredgers -- one of the 14 projects under the one billion US dollar Indian line of credit signed earlier this month.

Road crashes kill 3

At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Dinajpur, Bagerhat and Sylhet yesterday.

Call to strictly follow fire protection design

Speakers at a meeting yesterday stressed for strictly following fire protection designs while constructing high-rise buildings to reduce fire accidents and save lives and properties.

Rajshahi div commissioner made OSD for torturing wife

Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner M Nurul Islam was made officer on special duty (OSD) yesterday following his wife's allegations against him of torturing her for dowry and marrying her giving false information.

People block road for electricity in Gazipur

People of Gazipur Sadar upazila blocked the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway at Bagher Bazar for an hour yesterday demanding uninterrupted supply of electricity.

Rinto's death anniversary observed

The death anniversary of Abdur Nayeem Khan Rinto, a victim of August 15 of 1975, was observed in the city yesterday with due solemnity.

Six bandits among 9 held with booties

Police arrested nine persons, including six robbers, and recovered some looted gold and money from different parts of the city on Sunday and yesterday.

President condoles death

President Zillur Rahman yesterday condoled at the death of Kiron Prava Datta, mother of Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Prof Pran Gopal Datta.

10 students get 'Prof Sitara Parvin Award'

Ten students of Mass Communication and Journalism Department of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday won the 'Professor Sitara Parvin Award' for their outstanding academic performance in honours final examination, 2008.

Schoolboy electrocuted in Jurain

A boy was electrocuted in city's Jurain area yesterday evening.

Japan keen to help in disaster management

Japan has expressed keenness to assist Bangladesh in disaster management programmes particularly in earthquake and fire incidents.

HC asks JP lawmaker Golam Reza to explain

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon Jatiya Party (JP) lawmaker of Satkhira-4 constituency HM Golam Reza to explain within four weeks why he should not be directed to produce his Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificates (HSC) to this court for proving his academic qualification.

Amend article 12 of RPO

Peshajibi Samannoy Parishad, a platform of 14 professional bodies, yesterday reiterated their demand to amend the article 12 of Representatives of People's Order (RPO) to create rooms in politics for the professionals, a meritorious section of the society.


UP chairman shot dead in Khulna

Criminals shot dead a union parishad chairman in Phultala upazila of Khulna district yesterday morning.

Four JMB militants jailed in Nilphamari in arms case

A Nilphamari court yesterday sentenced four militants of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to seven years rigorous imprisonment in an Arms case.

Try killers of housewife Biplobi

Hundreds of people from all walks of life yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally in Chapainawabganj town demanding trial of the murder of housewife Afsana Akhtar Biplobi.

Fellows demand punishment to BCL perpetrators

Students of history department of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday formed a human chain and held a rally demanding immediate punishment to Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) cadres who seriously injured Nasirullah Nasim, a student of the department.

Mawa-Kawrakandi ferry service suspended for 14 hours

Ferry service on the Mawa-Kawrakandi route remained suspended for 14 hours since Sunday night due to poor navigability in the Padma.

Navigability threatened in Shibbaria River near Kuakata

Silting up of riverbed coupled with unabated encroachment and land grabbing threatens navigability of Shibbaria River in the coastal area near Kuakata sea beach, much to the concern to local fishermen and trawler owners.

Pneumonia claims 16 lives in Habiganj in two weeks

Sixteen children died of pneumonia and more than 1,000 were attacked with the disease in Habiganj in last two weeks, Sadar hospital sources said.

Verdict in Pabna serial blast case Aug 25

A court here fixed August 25 as date of verdict in August 17 serial blast case, court sources said.

PBCP leader killed

An outlawed party leader, accused in a number of cases including five for murder, was killed at Baniapukur village in Gangni upazila early yesterday. The deceased, Atiar Rahman alias Ati, 40, was the Meherpur district chief of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) faction Lal Pataka. A gang picked up Atiar at gunpoint from the house of one Rabiul Islam, took him to Pirtola field and shot him point blank at around 3:30am. He died instantly. Atiar, son of Hafiz Uddin of Baniapukur upazila, was arrested last year in a case and released on bail from jail just six months ago, police said. Police recovered the body and sent it to Meherpur Sadar General Hospital for autopsy.

Bomb attack on AL leader

Criminals hurled bombs at former chairman and AL president of Kumrabaria union Shamsul Haq, 57, at Shailmari village under Sadar upazila on Sunday night, leaving him seriously injured. Sub-Inspector (SI) Rezaul Karim of Jhenidah Sadar Police Station said an unidentified gang threw two bombs on Shamsul Haq while he was returning home at Dhupabila village from Shailmari Bazar at around 9:45pm. Locals took him to Jhenidah Sadar Hospital.

Three houses gutted

At least three houses were gutted in a fire at Kalagachhila village under Sadar upazila of the district on Sunday night. Locals said the fire originated from a kitchen at around 9:00pm and soon engulfed the adjacent two houses. On information, fire fighters from Madaripur district headquarters rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire.

Clash over land dispute, 1 dies

One person was killed and seven others were injured in a clash over capture of a disputed land in Kalai upazila of Joypurhat district on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Md Afzal Hossain, 23, son of Md Abdul Kasem of Parbatipur village under the upazila. Police quoted witnesses as saying that two brothers--Md Abdul Hossain and Abdul Kashem--had an altercation claiming ownership of a disputed land near their houses in the afternoon. Later, family members of the two attacked each other with wooden sticks and sharp weapons, leaving eight people from both sides injured. The injured were admitted to Kalai Upazila Health Complex and Joypurhat Modern Hospital. Of them, Md Afzal Hossain shifted to Bogra Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Hospital where he died soon after admission. A case was filed with Kalai Police Station the same day.

Elephant kills two siblings

Two siblings were killed and five other people injured by a wild elephant attack at Bakkhali village in Naikhangchhari upazila early yesterday. The deceased were identified as Shahin Aslam, 9, and his 8-month-old brother Mojahidul Islam, son of Abu Salam. Locals said a wild elephant entered their village at around 11:00pm and attacked the house of Abu Salam, leaving his two sons dead and his wife Ismat Ara injured. The elephant later attacked two other houses at the village, injuring four villagers. They injured are Joynal Abedin, Rasheda Begum, Rukhsana Akhter and Mohammad Yunus.

10 injured as villagers clash

At least 10 people were injured as villagers clashed at Nalbuniakandi village under Munshiganj Sadar upazila on Sunday. Police quoting locals said Khorshed Bepari of the village brought his daughter Shilpi Begum to his house as her husband Kamrul Bepari of the same village tortured her following a quarrel over a trifling matter in the morning. Following an altercation between Kamrul Bepari and his father-in-law Khorshed at around 10:00am, two groups of villagers equipped with lethal weapons attacked each other, leaving 10 people from both sides injured. Of the injured, Khorshed Alam Bepari, 55, and Nazrul Islam Bepari, 36, were admitted to Munshiganj General Hospital while the rest given first aid at the hospital.

Drug peddler arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel arrested a female drug peddler along with heroin in old rail station area of the city on Sunday. The arrestee is Sheuli Begum Bulu, 28, daughter of Late Hannan Mia, of Rasulabad village in Nabinagar upazila of Brahmanbaria district. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-9 raided the area at noon and arrested Sheuli along with six packets of heroin. Later, she was handed over to Sylhet Railway police.


Pakistanis block highways to protest slow flood aid

Pakistani flood victims, burning straw and waving sticks, blocked a highway yesterday to demand government help as aid agencies warned relief was too slow to arrive for millions without clean water, food and homes.

Qaeda 'group leader' killed in Afghanistan: Nato

The Nato force in Afghanistan said yesterday it had killed an al-Qaeda cell leader after he was pinpointed by alliance aircraft while carrying out an attack on a police post.

Gates, Petraeus differ on Afghan exit

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates insisted yesterday the July 2011 date to start withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan was set in stone, putting him at odds with his top Afghan war commander.

Omar now in elite company, says Farooq Abdullah

Union Minister Farooq Abdullah yesterday said his son, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, has joined "an elite club" after a police constable hurled a shoe at him during the Independence Day function in Srinagar. "He has joined an elite club of former US president George W Bush, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zadari, Home Minister P Chidambaram and a few others with the shoe (throwing incident). It is a wonderful thing," the senior Abdullah told reporters outside Parliament House.

'Image deficit' hurting Pak aid funds flow: UN

Relief agencies are having trouble obtaining funds to help millions of Pakistan flood victims as the country suffers from an "image deficit", a UN spokeswoman said yesterday.

Donkeys come to the rescue

Millions of dollars may have been donated for Pakistan's flood victims, but on the ground authorities are having to use donkeys to slowly transport supplies to cut off mountain villages.

Police seize 17 tonnes of explosive material

Afghan police have seized nearly 17 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a key component in roadside bombs that are one of the main weapons used by insurgents against Afghan and foreign troops, a government official said yesterday.

Four die in two-day gun battle in Kashmir

An Indian soldier and three suspected Muslim militants have been killed in a two-day gun battle in Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday.

Russia to host Pak-Afghan leaders this week: Kremlin

Russia is to host Pakistan's embattled President Asif Ali Zardari and the Afghan leader Hamid Karzai for a summit on regional security this week, the Kremlin said yesterday.

Iraqis file case to break political deadlock

A dozen civic groups launched an audacious court action yesterday in a bid to break Iraq's deadlock over the formation of a new government, five months after a general election.

US-S Korea drills anger North, worry China

The US and South Korean militaries will stage their second joint exercise in less than a month from yesterday, fuelling tensions with the prickly North and angering regional power China.

Kyrgyz army involved in mob violence: HRW

A prominent human rights group said yesterday that Kyrgyzstan's armed forces abetted and may even have actively taken part in violence by ethnic Kyrgyz mobs against the minority Uzbek community that left at least 370 people dead in June.

Israel rejects 'preconditions' for ME peace talks

Israeli officials on Monday rejected any "preconditions" ahead of an expected international invitation to direct peace talks with the Palestinians that would call for a complete settlement freeze.

Russia says fires abating close to nuclear site

Russia said yesterday wildfires raging close to a secret nuclear site had been controlled, amid accusations it sought to cover up the risks from fires in forests contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Iran to begin work on new nuke site in 2011

Iran is to start building its third uranium enrichment plant in early 2011, a top official said, defying world powers, which have slapped new sanctions on Tehran for pursuing the sensitive nuclear work.

Thai govt ends emergency rule in areas

Thailand lifted a controversial state of emergency in three more provinces yesterday, but not Bangkok, almost three months after the end of deadly street protests that left the nation deeply divided.

Bacteria can 'smell' environment, research shows

Research has shown that bacteria - among the simplest life forms on Earth - have a sense of smell.

Arts & Entertainment

National Mourning Day observed

On the occasion of National Mourning Day, Bangla Academy held a discussion at its seminar hall on August 15. Noted scholar and essayist Dr. Feroz Mahmud read out an essay, titled “Bangladesh-er Shadhinota Ghoshona”.

Anika: A young dancer on the rise

Kathak, one of the eight forms of Indian classical dance, originated in North India. The term “kathak” is derived from the Sanskrit word “katha,” meaning story and “kathaka” means she who tells a story.

Creating Chittagong in Maharashtra

Ashutosh Gowariker has made period films before, including the Oscar-nominated “Lagaan” and the Mughal extravaganza “Jodhaa Akbar”. But “Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey” is his first historical, in the true sense of the word.

Fans fill Graceland for vigil marking Elvis’ death

Shadows danced on the faces of Elvis Presley fans as they carried candles and walked silently by his grave during a Sunday night vigil at Graceland, marking the 33rd anniversary of the music icon's death.


Mass transit now!

Traffic and transportation are the topics of the day. Not a single day goes by without commuters lamenting about Dhaka's traffic conundrum. And not a single day passes without new news of flyovers, elevated expressways, subways, metros and other transport schemes; the only thing missing in the list are flying carpets. Many a method and system are being applied, but nothing seems to be making a difference in Dhaka's stubborn traffic.

A mosque has no door

Can there be any rational reason for such subliminal fear of a house without a door? A mosque has no door; it is always open to anyone. Submission is the guiding force of its spirit and simplicity is its objective. There is equality in the lines of prayer. Servant stands beside master to bow, at the same moment, before the Lord. Divisions and pretensions dissipate.

Low wage trap: RMG sector

The carnage and acts of vandalism in the garment industry, which is the backbone of the Bangladesh economy, has puzzled everyone, and is a serious blow to the industry and the economy of the country.

As Ramadan arrives

The country, particularly the capital, seems to have become chaotic with the arrival of Ramadan, the holy month of austerity, self-restraint and piety. The holy Ramadan comes to Bangladesh this year with severe scarcity of power, water and gas, and horrible gridlocks.

Science & Life

Changing gene’s expression

Suppose, you are a poet writing or thinking of a poem sitting on a boat in a river and your genes are helping you to do so. But is this everything? The answer is no. Some experience may have been imprinted into some of your genes helping to boost your imagination, creating a simulation of an experience that might have been experienced by your great grandfather. Your great grandfather might have had an experience of similar type, in a similar river, on a similar boat, and had probably created similar imagination. This is nothing but epigenetics. Epigenetics is the study of the interaction of genes, experience, and environment in the expression of a trait.

Jurassic crocodile

In an interesting turn of event in the field of paleontology, scientists very recently discovered the fossils of, what they are referring to as, an ancient crocodile with mammal-like teeth! Discovered in the Rukwa Rift Basin, South-Western Tanzania, which's details have been published in the August 5 issue of the journal Nature, paleontologists believe that this newly discovered species, named Pakasuchus Kapilimai, lived between 65 and 144 millions years ago during the Cretaceous period and in the region what is now known as Sub-Saharan Africa. Traditionally what is understood about crocodiles is that, all species of such kind surviving today look, as well as behave in similar fashion. That is, they live mostly in water, ambush their preys of various kinds and eventually swallow it either whole or in sizable chunks. But the discovery of the fossil of this relatively lanky, cat-sized animal with skinny legs, dog-like nose along and mammal-like teeth features only supports a growing consent that crocodiles, as species, were once far more diverse than they are today. It must be mentioned here that the fossilized remains clearly indicate that Pakasuchus (even though at only 50 centimeters or 20 inches in length) has many trademark features that clearly categorizes it as a crocodilian. But its land-based lifestyle on the African floodplains far removed from its aquatic descendants and preying on dragon flies, lizards as well as other animals only point out its distinct mammal-like characteristics which make it a stand-out one in the history of crocodile community. According to Patrick O' Connor, lead author and associate professor of anatomy, Ohio College of Osteopathic Medicine, “If you only looked at the teeth, you wouldn't think this was a crocodile. You would wonder what kind of strange mammal or mammal-like reptile it is”. It is him who named the species after Kiswahili word for “cat”, the Greek word for “crocodile” and in honor of the late Prof. Saidi Kapilima, who was an important member of the expedition which was funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

Ancient climate rebuilt

An international team of scientists including Mark Williams and Jan Zalasiewicz of the Geology Department of the University of Leicester, and led by Dr. Thijs Vandenbroucke, formerly of Leicester and now at the University of Lille 1 (France), has reconstructed the Earth's climate belts of the late Ordovician Period, between 460 and 445 million years ago.

Growing perfect icicle

A team of Canadian iciclologists has put to rest the notion that one frozen cone of drips is exactly the same as the next. By growing lots of icicles in controlled laboratory conditions, the scientists have uncovered evidence that runs counter to an earlier theory saying that all icicles should, by and large, assume the same uniform, platonic icicle shape. They posted their observations online August 11 at, with a supplementary series of videos on YouTube.

Perpetuating your beauty

Human body is used to grow and change since the time of its birth. In adolescence, the body starts to grow fast but after twenty the rate of growth falls. But the process continues even after the body becomes fully grown up. Human body is composed of different kinds of cells. Some of these cells are always being replaced by newer cells. New cells slowly take the place of the older cells in the body. Through aging, the body loses its capability to produce newer cells. So after a certain age people get old.

Corals in cancer cure

The vividly fluorescent cluster was found in waters off Lord Howe Island, 600 kilometres (400 miles) east of the Australian mainland, with some displaying rich reds that were difficult to find and in high demand for studies of cancer cells, researcher Anya Salih said.

What is a banana problem?

The term comes from the story of the little girl who said, “I know how to spell 'banana', I just don't know when to stop”. The banana problem basically means not knowing where or when to stop. It is usually used in computer programming when an algorithm with improper termination commands leads to repetition. It also applies to a web design, which is subjected to feature creep or the rapid expansion of features which complicate the simple design.

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