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News of: Thursday, 19th of August, 2010

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Mugger shot dead by MP's gunman

The official gunman of former water resources minister and lawmaker Abdur Razzak yesterday shot dead an armed mugger in retaliation of fire at Gulshan in the capital.

Court allows case against MP Shaon

Ibrahim Ahmed's brother yesterday filed a murder case with a Dhaka court against ruling party lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon.

EC seeks power to scrap status

The Election Commission seeks to have the authority to scrap parliament membership for concealing facts or giving false information in affidavits submitted to the EC before parliamentary polls.

Passengers made to pay double fare

Commuters are now forced to pay more for hiring CNG-run autorickshaws in the capital as drivers charge almost double the fare.

Free ACC at stake

The World Bank has said Bangladesh government's move to amend the Anti-Corruption Commission Act will weaken the independent anti-graft watchdog and undermine its ability to investigate corruption.

Biman boss hits back at Quader

The chairman of board of directors and the managing director of Biman yesterday came down heavily on Civil Aviation Minister GM Quader for his recent allegation that the national flag carrier lacks accountability and transparency.

Rash driving at top gear

City buses claimed the lives of two people and injured two others at Farmgate and Pallabi yesterday.

Rickshaws catch cops napping

Unabated plying of slow-moving vehicles like rickshaw and rickshaw-van on different VIP and busy city streets restricted for non-motorised transport (NMT) slows down traffic movement, increasing traffic congestion and chances of accidents in the city.

Hunt for stalkers proves futile

Police arrested 32 people yesterday at the city's Nikunja in a hunt for the gang of stalkers who attacked a police team on Tuesday injuring four of them and snatched a firearm.

SC questions Mahmudur's journalistic credential

The Supreme Court yesterday termed Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of the daily Amar Desh, "an editor by chance " as he does not have academic qualification on journalism, nor did he ever work as a reporter or sub-editor.

Cheap rice for 10 lakh urban poor

The government starts distribution of rice from today to 10 lakh urban poor at a subsidised rate of Tk 24 a kg through fair price cards.

JP lawmaker Kashem obtains SC stay order

The Supreme Court yesterday allowed Jatiya Party (JP) lawmaker Abul Kashem to file an appeal with this court against a High Court judgement that had declared his parliamentary membership illegal and void.

BNP protests PM's remarks on party's role

BNP's Senior Joint Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday protested prime minister's allegation that BNP was involved in August 17 series bomb blasts.

Tony Blair, Cherie due tomorrow

Former British prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow on a 3-day visit.

Legal ambiguity blocks bringing siphoned-off money back

Loopholes in the existing law is blocking the way of bringing back the money laundered by a number of people including Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.

No conflict with secy

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader has denied having any conflict with the secretary of his ministry.

Dyeing units may face legal actions

Two dyeing units of Biswas Group are to face legal action for polluting the Bangshai river for the last 12 years ignoring the directives and instructions of Department of Environment (DoE).

South African workers go on indefinite strike over wages

More than a million South African public servants went on strike Wednesday, warning that their increasingly bitter standoff with the government will continue until their wage demands are met.

Israel media publish new FB soldier-prisoner shots

Israeli media carried new pictures yesterday of troops posing with handcuffed Palestinian prisoners, two days after a former soldier caused uproar for posting such images on Facebook.

Editorial

Drive against price manipulation

HIGH-LEVEL teams from the Commerce Ministry and the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection are engaged in monitoring the price of essentials and taking penal measures against those who failed to go by government fixed prices. But despite this high level inspection in which the errant kitchen market retailers were fined for illegally hiking up the prices of sugar, palm oil, soybean oil, etc, one could hardly notice any difference between the pre and post inspection price levels.

Stalkers overpowering policemen

The criminality topped off by a dash of dare- devilry of girl stalkers is edging out in a newer direction. This was witnessed in the city's Nikunja area on Tuesday, when they went to the extent of attacking and injuring four policemen, snatching away a pistol from an SI of police in the process.

Sports

Tamim among ICC's top sixteen

A gleeful Tamim Iqbal said yesterday that he had always wanted to win an ICC Award after he was nominated among sixteen top international cricketers for the Test Player of the Year category in the top cricketing awards.

Players irked at two foreigners ruling

The decision by CCDM (Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis) to allow Premier League clubs to field two foreign players in this season's competition has not gone down well with the local cricketers.

MSC name new convener

As had been widely expected, Kutubuddin Ahmed has been named as convener of the ad-hoc committee of Mohammedan Sporting Club (MSC) for a period of three months during an emergency meeting yesterday.

Pakistan bite early, England fight late

Matt Prior and Stuart Broad shared an unbroken stand of 81 as England recovered to 175 for seven against Pakistan at tea on the first day of the third Test at The Oval here on Wednesday.

Randiv banned, Dilshan fined

Sri Lanka Cricket on Wednesday penalised Suraj Randiv and Tillakaratne Dilshan for indiscipline after Indian batsman Virender Sehwag was denied a century by an apparently deliberate no-ball.

Tamim to go Down Under for check-up

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to send opener Tamim Iqbal to Australia for checkup.

Milon on target

After frustrating performance from the swimmers, archer Emdadul Haque Milon brought something to cheer about when he moved into the quarterfinals of the junior men's individual ranking round of archery in the Youth Olympics Games in Singapore yesterday.

29-member hockey squad announced

Bangladesh Hockey Federation declared a 29-member preliminary squad for the upcoming Asian Games yesterday.

FIDE Rating chess

As many as 59 players won their respective first round matches in the Federation Open FIDE Rating Chess tournament at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

Amauri insults policeman

Juventus's Brazilian-born Italy striker Amauri has been charged with insulting a policeman following an incident near Turin, news agency Ansa reported on Wednesday.

Isinbayeva still hungry

Pole-vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva says she is hungry again after a self-imposed rest, with three more major championships in her sights before retiring.

Harris targets India ODIs

Ryan Harris, the injured fast bowler, is desperate to prove his fitness for the India one-day series in October so he can enhance his Ashes credentials. There were fears for Harris when he left England in July for knee surgery less than a year after a previous operation, but he has already started running and plans to be bowling in the next fortnight.

Gay wants a holiday

Tyson Gay is the pole sitter in the blue riband event of the 100m in the absence of the injured Usain Bolt, having trumped the Jamaican and set the season's fastest time.

Smith quits as T20 captain

Graeme Smith has stepped down as South Africa's Twenty20 captain with immediate effect and will give up the one-day leadership as well after the 2011 World Cup. He will stay on as Test captain and is available for selection in all three formats. Smith announced his decision at a press conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

FIFA venues too small for cricket

The stadia used for the FIFA World Cup are too small for major international cricket matches, Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola has said. Majola told parliament that the grounds were too small for cricket, a problem that could have been avoided had the board been consulted when the stadiums were being designed.

Fischer has no offspring

DNA tests on the body of chess legend Bobby Fischer show he is not the father of a nine-year-old Filipino girl at the centre of a row over his estate, a lawyer for a rival claimant said Tuesday.

Berdych, Baghdatis advance

Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych, the Wimbledon runner-up, and Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis advanced to a third-round matchup with Tuesday triumphs at the ATP Cincinnati Masters tournament.

Young Boys teach Spurs a lesson

Roman Pavlyuchenko's late goal allowed Tottenham to escape from a lacklustre performance with a narrow 3-2 defeat at Swiss side Young Boys in the first leg of their Champions League play-off on Tuesday.

Big guns eye progress

Liverpool, Juventus and big-spending Manchester City are three of the top-rank teams hoping to avoid an early curtailment to their European ambitions in the Europa League on Thursday.

'Ozil's reign can last a decade'

Jose Mourinho says Real Madrid's new signing Mesut Ozil has the talent to enjoy a decade of success at the Bernabeu.

'Racism burnt me'

Young Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli has spoken out about the pain of suffering racial abuse from fans in his homeland, following his big money move to the English Premier League.

Anelka calls it a joke

France international striker Nicolas Anelka has poured scorn on the 18-match ban he received for swearing at coach Raymond Domenech during the World Cup, saying it made him laugh.

Monaco still can't score

Monaco are the only club in France's top division yet to score this season after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Montpellier in a delayed match on Tuesday.

Bebe eager to succeed

Bebe admits even he was surprised about his move to Manchester United but the striker is determined to take his chance at Old Trafford.

Nasri out for month

Arsenal's France international midfielder Samir Nasri will be out of action for a month following an operation on his knee, the club announced on Wednesday.

Business

Boutiques cheery on Eid

Fashion boutiques are upbeat on the sales prospect during Ramadan, as consumers are set for a shopping spree.

Westin owner sets IPO road show for Sep 1

Unique Hotel and Resorts Limited, which owns The Westin Dhaka, will hold a road show on September 1 for institutional investors, as the five-star hotel plans to go public, using the book building method.

River container terminal for Munshiganj

Cemcor, a subsidiary of Summit Group, will set up the first private sector river container terminal in Munshiganj. The Tk 236 crore terminal with a capacity of 120,000 TEUs will come on stream by mid-2011, a statement said. Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd is the lead arranger of the Tk 165 crore syndicated loan for the terminal.

Hasina attaches top priority to energy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday her government underscored the smooth supply of power and energy to ensure economic development.

United Airways unveils in-flight magazine

United Airways (BD) Ltd yesterday unveiled "Welcome Bangladesh," the private carrier's first in-flight magazine.

Fund crunch shuts Dada Match Factory

Dada Match factory, a privately owned industry in Khulna, shut down yesterday, hit by a serious financial crisis, said a top official.

18 Ctg kitchen markets monitored

Five monitoring teams from the district administration warned traders against any lapses in following the instruction to display price charts at both wholesale and kitchen markets here.

China costs to surprise investors

Investors in the retail and manufacturing sectors may be underestimating the risk posed by the rising cost of manufacturing in China and transporting goods to the United States, a Credit Suisse report concludes.

Anil Ambani eyes stake in commodity bourse

Indian billionaire Anil Ambani's group plans to buy 26 percent of a local commodities exchange, signalling growing corporate interest in bourses where Goldman Sachs and IntercontinentalExchange have bought small stakes.

Was an early hike possible?

Labour rights activists argue that nothing prevented an immediate wage hike. There are many instances where pay hikes for government employees were retroactive, they note.

Bridging the divide

It was hot and humid with an overcast sky. As we stopped to talk to farmers about progress of rice transplantation near Soling More Bazar, at Mowna, Gazipur, the water flowing through the wayside ditch was not the usual mud colour. It was bluish-black, with a disagreeable smell.

Public procurement discussion today

The Public-Private Stakeholders Committee (PPSC), a platform on public procurement, sits for its second meeting today.

AirAsia reports 42.8pc rise in Q2 profit

Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia said Wednesday its net profit had risen 42.8 percent for the second quarter of 2010, following an increase in passenger traffic and load factors.

PepsiCo to invest $250m to tap Vietnam growth

Food and drinks giant PepsiCo plans to invest 250 million dollars in Vietnam to tap growth in the fast-developing country, the company said in a statement obtained Wednesday.

Reliance-CBS announce new TV channels for India, S Asia

Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd and CBS Studios International are to launch three new television channels in India and South Asia, the companies announced on Wednesday.

Dubai ports giant posts 10pc profit rise in H1

DP World of Dubai, the world's fourth largest ports operator, said Wednesday its net profits rose 10 percent in the first half compared with a year ago thanks to strong container turnover.

Oil dips

Oil dipped in Asian trade Wednesday as investors locked in profits from a price rally overnight and on continued concerns over the global economic rebound.

Everbright Bank debuts in Shanghai

China Everbright Bank soared on its Shanghai stock market debut Wednesday in the mainland's second-largest initial public offering of the year after AgBank's record-breaking effort.

Corporate Briefs

TAKAFUL ISLAMI INSURANCE
The insurer will be placed in "A" category from existing "Z" with effect from today as it reported disbursement of 15 percent stock dividend for 2009.

Metropolitan

e-governance to strengthen development process

Planning Minister Air Vice Marshal (Retd) AK Khandaker yesterday underscored the need for implementing e-governance in strengthening planning, monitoring and evaluation of government's development activities by empowering field level administration in policy decisions.

'Come forward to stop violence against women'

Oppression against women in society will stop once everyone comes forward to prevent it, said State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury yesterday.

Hearing fixed on Sept 15

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed September 15 for hearing on the petition filed by Bangladesh Bank to bring back the money allegedly siphoned off to Singapore by Arafat Rahman Koko, youngest son of Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia.

5 Shibir leaders held near RU

Five Shibir leaders, all students of Rajshahi University, were arrested Tuesday night in a case filed against them for assaulting police during the February 9 campus violence.

9 shanties gutted in Chittagong

Nine shanties and valuables worth around Tk 30 lakh were gutted in a fire at the city's East Nasirabad yesterday.

Expand activities in Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged Chevron, US-based international oil company, to expand its activities in Bangladesh.

Publish objective news

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday urged the journalists to present "objective and factual" news to accelerate the country's democratic progress and protect human rights.

Dhaka's help for Pak flood-hit people

The government has decided to send a medical team and relief materials worth US$ 2 million for one million flood victims of Pakistan.

Huda's jail sentence scrapped

The High Court (HC) yesterday scrapped 12 years' jail sentence of former BNP communications minister Nazmul Huda in a corruption case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Chinese team due tomorrow

An 18-member Chinese delegation is due in Dhaka tomorrow on a weeklong visit to witness different development, micro-credit, and poverty alleviation programmes, Bangladesh foreign ministry officials said yesterday.

Khaleda takes Iftar with diplomats

Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia took Iftar with diplomats from different countries at the city's Radisson Hotel yesterday.

'Build graft-free Bangladesh'

Industries Minister Dilip Barua has called upon the new generation to avenge the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by building a country free from hunger, poverty, corruption, and industrially enriched under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Three killed in road accidents

Three people were killed in separate road accidents in Nilphamari and Thakurgaon on Tuesday and yesterday.

Three PDB officials suspended in CTG

Three security officials of Chittagong Power Development Board (PDB) were suspended yesterday on charge of stealing circuit-breakers from its store.

20 shops gutted, 10 hurt in N'ganj market fire

At least 20 wholesale cloths shops were gutted and 10 people injured in a devastating fire at Sher-e-Bangla Katakapor market at Deobhog in the town yesterday evening.

PM hosts Iftar for professionals

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday hosted Iftar in honor of different professional groups at Gono Bhaban.

RMG worker crushed to death

Garment workers blocked the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway for half an hour following the death of a fellow worker in a road accident near Targachha in Sadar upazila Wednesday.

Training for teachers

A three-day training for teachers concluded at Sheikh Hasina Youth Training Centre in Savar recently, says a press release.

Appeal for help

He joined a job only a week after completing graduation in mechanical engineering from Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (Duet) in last December to help run his middle-class family.

Shahid confesses involvement

Banned outfit JMB's Acting Chief Anwar Alam, also known as Bhagne Shahid, yesterday confessed to his involvement in an attempt to kill professor Humayun Azad in February 2004.

Criminal found dead in city

Police yesterday recovered the body of a man from a manhole at Razar Deuri area in the city's Katwali.

No new department without own campus, says education ministry

Private universities, which failed to shift to their own campus will no longer be allowed to open further departments.

18 shops fined Tk 2.50 lakh

Eighteen shop owners were fined Tk 2.50 lakh in a drive for selling essential commodities at higher prices than the government rate yesterday.

JP MP Kashem obtains SC stay order

The Supreme Court yesterday allowed Jatiya Party (JP) lawmaker Abul Kashem to file an appeal with this court against a High Court judgement that had declared his parliamentary membership illegal and void.

Robbers loot Tk 1.10 lakh, 15 tolas of gold in city

A gang of robbers in guise of electricians entered the house of an assistant land officer at Birbirbaghicha in the city's Jatrabari and looted cash and gold ornaments.

National

Post office faces crunch as depositors withdraw cash

Many savings account clients are failing to get their money upon demand due to serious cash flow problem in Barisal Head Post Office.

3 hurt as Rab, arms pedlars trade fire

Three people, including a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) member, sustained injuries in a gunfight between the Rab and arms pedlers at Pirijpur of South Surma upazila late on Tuesday.

BSF returns bodies of two

Bodies of two Bangladeshi cattle traders shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Shingnagar border of Shibganj upazila on Monday night were handed over to BDR on Tuesday night.

Two rare civets land in Rangamati 'zoo'

Two rare species civets, caught by an indigenous man a few days ago, are now kept in the 'mini zoo' maintained by Rangamati Hill District Council.

16 sued on war crime charges in 2 districts

Two cases were filed on Monday and Thursday last in Jessore and Netrakona accusing 16 people of commiting war crimes in 1971.

RU VC, two others summoned

A Rajshahi court yesterday summoned Rajshahi University Vice Chancellor Prof M Abdus Sobhan, Registrar M Abdul Bari and Agronomy Department Chairman Dr M Hasan Tarek for not complying with its order for granting a senior teacher of his due leave and ignoring its order not to execute an illegal promotion.

Afghan war returnee remanded

An Afghan war returnee who was arrested on August 3 by Detective Brach (DB) of police on charge of planning to carry out subversive activities was placed on a three-day remand yesterday.

Punishment to stalkers demanded

Villagers including guardians of the students of Bichhat New Model High School in Assassuni upazila brought out a procession and held a rally at Assassuni upazila headquarters yesterday demanding arrest and punishment to the culprits who used to stalk the girl students of the school.

Case against six, no arrest yet

A case was lodged with Phultala Police Station on Tuesday night in connection with the murder of Damodar Union Parishad chairman Sarder Abu Saeed Badal.

More research in agri sector needed for food autarky

Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury yesterday said the scientists and researchers should develop more salinity tolerant varieties of rice and fruits for cultivation in the country's southern region.

'Try killers of Soren'

The indigenous people living in northern districts yesterday observed the tenth death anniversary of their leader Alfred Soren with a demand to complete the trial of his killers.

One killed, six hurt in clash

One person was killed and another six were injured in a bloody clash over a disputed land at Dahkula village in Sadar upazila Monday night.

Worker beaten to death

A construction worker of Satgari area of Sadar pourashava, who was critically injured by miscreants on Friday night, died on Tuesday noon at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). The deceased was identified as Nur Islam, 23, son of Samir Uddin of the village. Police quoting family sources said Nur Islam went out of his house with Tk 10 from his mother Friday evening but did not return home at night. Locals found him in critical condition on the rail line near Alamdanga railway station early Saturday morning and informed the police. Police rushed him to Sadar hospital in critical condition. Later, he was shifted to DMCH where he succumbed to his injuries on Monday noon. Police suspected that criminals beat him mercilessly due to a previous enmity and the left him on the rail line presuming him dead.

3 youths held with arms

Police in a drive arrested three young men along with arms and bullet at frontier Baluarchar village in Sadar South upazila on Tuesday night. The arrestees were identified as Saddam, 22, son of Ibrahim of Shaharasti upazila of Chandpur district, Moin Uddin Khan, 22, son of Mohiuddin Khan of Lauhajang upazila of Munshiganj district and Shuvo, 22, son of Mustafa Kamal of Talpukurpar area of Comilla district town. Acting on a tip-off, a team of police stopped them while they were going somewhere riding a motorbike at around 10:45 pm. After searching their bodies, police recovered one foreign made pistol and one bullet from the possession of Saddam. A case was filed in this connection.

BCL men hurt in clash

At least three activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in a factional clash over internal feud at Kazir Mor area of the city yesterday. The injured were identified as Rakib, 25, Kanon, 22 and Sobuj, 21. Of the injured, Rakib was admitted to Madaripur Sadar Hospital in a critical condition. Sources said rivals attacked each other at around 12:00pm yesterday as a sequel to August 11 clash at Government Nazim Uddin College. Both the factions have been fighting for long for establishing supremacy in the area, locals said.

Attack protested

Leaders of Shaghata upazila Awami League at a press briefing at their office yesterday demanded arrest and punishment to culprits who allegedly involved in terrorist attacked Upazila AL publicity secretary and damaged his motorcycle. Victim Saiful Islam is now in Dhaka for better treatment. The leaders said on August 14, when Saiful was gong to Fulchari market from Shaghata by motorcycle for jute marketing, a group of criminal attacked him with sharp weapons and stabbed him seriously. They also vandalised his motorcycle and fled away with cash and valuables.

International

Pak floods appeal raises $227m; EU boosts aid to 70m euros

Funding for the UN aid appeal to help victims of Pakistan's devastating floods has reached 227.8 million dollars or 50 percent of the total target sum, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Pakistan, Russia back Afghanistan at rare summit

The presidents of Pakistan and Russia, two states with a history of difficult relations with Kabul, yesterday backed the Afghan government's fight against rebels at a rare summit meeting.

Nepal's fifth round of PM polls halted till Aug 23

The fifth round of prime ministerial voting, which was to take place, had been postponed to August 23.

Indian cabinet to consider tougher nuke liability bill

A parliamentary panel yesterday recommended changes to a bill aimed at opening up India's $150 billion nuclear power market, including trebling accident compensation and extending liability to private firms.

Afghanistan recruits Iraq-style militia force

The Afghan government said yesterday it had begun recruiting thousands of militiamen to strengthen security forces against a resurgent Taliban in remote villages of the war-torn country.

18 kids killed as Indian school collapses

At least 18 children died yesterday when a school collapsed after heavy rains in northern India as the region's monsoon wreaked more havoc.

Indian Maoists set new terms for talks

A senior leader of India's Maoist rebels has said that the government will have to declare a "simultaneous" ceasefire in order to enable talks between the two sides.

Kashmiri CM pardons shoe-throwing cop

The chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir has pardoned the policeman who threw a shoe at him on Sunday.

China lashes out at Pentagon's military report

China hit out yesterday at a Pentagon report on its expanding military capabilities as other Asian nations said they would be keeping a wary eye on their giant neighbour's growing might.

New China landslide leaves 67 missing

Fresh landslides rocked another area of China yesterday, sweeping through a mountain town in the southwest of the country after days of heavy rains and leaving at least 67 people missing and cutting off access to the area.

Hezbollah hands over ex-PM murder 'evidence'

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah says it has handed over evidence which it claims implicates Israel in the assassination of the former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri in 2005.

UK coalition govt marks first 100 days

Britain's coalition government marked its first 100 days yesterday with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg claiming it had surprised many with action not paralysis, though sweeping cuts are to come.

Hostage drama ends at Turkey's embassy in Israel

A man who broke into the Turkish embassy in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv has been arrested and taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.

US to support UN inquiry into war crimes of Myanmar

US President Barack Obama's administration has decided to support the creation of a UN inquiry into alleged war crimes by Myanmar's military rulers, the Washington Post reported yesterday.

N Korea proposes summit talks with S Korea

North Korea offered to hold a summit with South Korea in an apparent bid to secure economic aid, but Seoul rejected the idea citing increased tensions, a news report said yesterday.

Australian PM faces voters in pre-polls forum

Australia's first woman prime minister faced questions on her sudden rise to power yesterday as she and her conservative challenger met voters at a town hall forum ahead of weekend polls.

Whisky fuel could power cars

How about a whisky to go?

Most US students think Beethoven is a dog

Most young Americans entering university this year can't write in cursive, think email is too slow, that Beethoven's a dog and Michelangelo a computer virus, according to an annual list compiled by two academics at a US college.

Arts & Entertainment

Hridi Haq in a new avatar

Audiences in Bangladesh are familiar with Hridi Haq's acting skills on TV and stage. They have also seen her as a TV show host, and enjoyed the serial “Amader Anandobari” written by her. However, in “Nineteen Twenty”, a serial aired on ntv, she displays her latest feat as a director. She has also been hosting a show called “Media Bhubon” on Banglavision.

Handicraft fair in Mymensingh

A handicraft fair was organised by World Vision Bangladesh, Mymensingh at its premises in the district town on August 16.

Mother's day revisited

Clothing brand Rang is holding a four-day exhibition at Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, which wraps up today. The exhibition displays t-shirts featuring designs by children in the age group of five to pre-teens.

Painting and essay contest for children

National Mourning Day was observed in Dinajpur with different programmes, including a discussion and art competition for children from the district.

“Delhi Commonwealth Games theme song would go beyond Waka Waka”

Oscar-winning composer Allah Rakha Rahman gave a big relief to the embattled organisers of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games to be held here next month, given the slew of allegations of corruption and delay surrounding the Games projects.

Three popular Kolkata singers on Banglavision Eid-special show

One of the highlights of Banglavision's range of special programmes for this coming Eid is a musical programme featuring three popular artistes of Kolkata. The programme, titled “Ek Mutho Roddur”, will be aired in two instalments and will include performances by Lopamudra Mitra, Rupankar and Shilajit.

Most US students think Beethoven is a dog

Most young Americans entering university this year can't write in cursive, think email is too slow, that Beethoven's a dog and Michelangelo a computer virus, according to an annual list compiled by two academics at a US college.

OP-ED

Reciprocity must be quick and tangible

The Indian finance minister has been to Bangladesh and back, perhaps the shortest trip to a country. Many would argue that it is not the time spent but the range of issues covered that should be the point at issue. However, the substance and issues covered have a direct correlation between the times spent in discussing those.

Failed drive against unfit vehicles, why?

ALL available evidence suggests that the much-talked-about current drive against the unfit vehicles plying on Dhaka city roads is not going to succeed. Sixteen mobile courts that launched the drive on July 15 have so far been able to seize only 26 or so unfit buses and minibuses and one truck against more than 13,000 such unfit vehicles in the capital city.

Securing lifelines in a disaster

The frequency and intensity of natural disasters have been on the rise in recent decades. Just in 2010, a catastrophic earthquake devastated Haiti, a far stronger seismic event battered Chile, and yet another earthquake brought destruction to the Chinese province of Qinghai.

Will our billionaires also make a 'giving pledge'?

Newspapers have been flooded with bad news in the recent past; labour unrest, load- shedding, train accident in India, floods in Pakistan, bomb blasts here and there are only a few examples. Among them, there was at least one very good news.

Star Chittagong

Fire stations limp for lack of modern equipment

The fire stations in Chittagong district are struggling with inadequate modern equipment, causing additional damage to human lives and property during the incident of fire or any other disaster.

Prices of essentials go up in Chittagong

Like previous years consumers in Chittagong have again had the bitter experience of price hike of essentials with the beginning of Ramadan.

The week that was

Admission to Fine Arts Institute from this year
The first meeting of Institute of Fine Arts, Chittagong was held on Wednesday marking official functioning of the institute under Chittagong University.


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