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News of: Friday, 27th of August, 2010

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Ershad's takeover also illegal

The High Court yesterday declared illegal the constitutional amendment that had legitimised the military rule by Hussain Muhammad Ershad.

State power: He grabbed it all

The then chief of army staff, HM Ershad, seized state power overthrowing president Abdus Sattar in a military coup and imposed martial law on March 24, 1982.

Iqbal, Shaon set free

The government yesterday withdrew charges against 14 people including former Awami League lawmaker HBM Iqbal and AL MP Mohammad Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon in 2001 Malibagh killing case considering it “politically motivated and meant for harassment”.

Ershad looks for govt straw

Former military dictator HM Ershad has welcomed the High Court judgement that declared his military regime illegal.

Duke arrested

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) finally arrested Saiful Islam Duke, nephew of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, for his alleged involvement in the August 21 grenade attack.

HC strengthens democracy

The landmark High Court verdict on seventh amendment to the constitution would strengthen democratic practice in time to come, said eminent personalities of the country's political and social arena.

Political label keeps justice at bay

The dropping of charges against a ruling party lawmaker and an ex-lawmaker in connection with a 2001 killing case raised many eyebrows yesterday as people are well acquainted with the way law is enforced in favour of the party in power.

Pre-primary schooling from next January

The government for the first time is going to introduce pre-primary education formally in all government primary schools from next January.

No fingerprint on Shaon's gun

Criminal Investigation Department failed to detect any fingerprint on lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon's firearm to ascertain the shooter responsible for Awami League activist Ibrahim Ahmed's death.

HC scraps Noakhali-6 poll results

Md Fazlul Azim, independent member of parliament, lost his seat Noakhali-6 following a High Court election tribunal order yesterday declaring void the election result.

Fitra fixed at Tk 100

Fitra has been fixed at Tk 100 per head this year all over the country.

Cancellation order stayed for 40 days

The High Court yesterday stayed till October 4 the government order cancelling parole of Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, now in Bangkok for treatment.

Another dies at hospital

Another injured in Hasan Steel Mill furnace explosion incident at Kadamtoli succumbed to his injuries at City Hospital in Mohammadpur yesterday, raising the death toll to two.

Cars vandalised after DU prof hurt in crash

A group of Dhaka University students vandalised over a dozen vehicles on the streets of the campus as a professor of the university received injuries in a road crash yesterday.

Govt seeks further opinion of Prof Reza about cracks

Instead of awarding contract to a Chinese contractor, the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase yesterday decided to take further opinion of Prof Jamilur Reza Chowdhury regarding the repair of cracks in the Bangabandhu Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge.

Govt to appeal against HC verdict

The government will appeal against the High Court verdict that directed it to return the Tk 297 crore realised from two private companies during the immediate past caretaker government rule, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.

Nazrul's death anniversary today

The 34th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be observed across the country today with due respect.

23 students including JU BCL unit president, secy expelled

Jahangirnagar University yesterday expelled six BCL activists for life and 17 others for various terms for violence on the campus on July 5 that left about 100 students injured.

HIGHLIGHTS

* Ershad is a usurper

Editorial

High Court directives on Shaheed Minar welcome

The High Court has issued a set of eight directives as a measure toward upholding the dignity and sanctity of the Central Shaheed Minar. We believe that these directives will prove instrumental in reasserting the homage the memorial has always had from the nation. More importantly, the HC move will further strengthen the resolve of the nation in upholding the legacy of the martyrs of the language movement of 1952. Theirs is a legacy which was to lead, in time, to the growth of our nationalism and eventually to the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent state

The poor getting excluded from medicare

Exorbitantly high service charges in the private hospitals, especially at their intensive care units (ICU), have become a virtually insurmountable hurdle for patients from low and middle-income groups to get treatment there. The public hospitals, on the other hand, are almost inaccessible for such patients because too many patients are waiting in queues for too few ICUs. The result is that less privileged people have to either go without treatment or sell all their properties if they are to have treatment from a private hospital.

Sports

Preparations smooth

The local organising committee (LOC) of the 2011 World Cup is confident that everything will fall into place before the deadline.

Rain ruins Tigers' preps match

Rain played foul with the Tigers as the first preparation match was stopped only after nine overs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

England 39 for 1

Pakistan saw off Andrew Strauss but missed a glaring chance to dismiss the England captain's opening partner, Alastair Cook, on the first day of the fourth and final Test at Lord's here on Thursday.

Hockey players off to Europe

Hockey players will leave here for Germany on Sunday to take part in the Germany second division hockey league for different clubs as a part of their preparation for the upcoming 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou in November.

Ricky targets Eng cracks

Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes his side can take advantage of the "cracks" in England's top-order during the upcoming Ashes series.

Crouch stands tall

Tottenham, inspired by a Peter Crouch hattrick, crushed unheralded Swiss outfit Young Boys and former European champions Ajax overcame Dynamo Kiev in Champions League play-off action on Wednesday.

Jose denies Fabio snub

Jose Mourinho has vehemently denied launching an astonishing attack on England manager Fabio Capello in a British tabloid.

Stars back for Spain

World and European champions Spain have recalled Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres for their Euro 2012 qualification opener against Liechtenstein on Sept. 3 and friendly against Argentina four days later.

Blanc recalls Malouda

Coach Laurent Blanc has recalled in-form Chelsea winger Florent Malouda in his squad announced on Thursday to open the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Belarus and Bosnia-Herzegovina on September 3 and 7.

Zlatan reveals Pep rift

Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed that his Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola hardly ever speaks to him as rumours linking him with a move to AC Milan gathered pace.

A different world for Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro has been there, done that, got the T-shirt, and the winner's medal to go with it.

Biggies progress

Top seed Marcos Baghdatis bounced back to beat Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Pilot Pen US Open hardcourt tune-up.

Pak-SA T20 in Dubai

South Africa and Pakistan will play an extra Twenty20 in Dubai to raise funds for victims of the floods that have devastated Pakistan over the last month.

Gay gunning for glory

South African Caster Semenya will make her debut on the Diamond League stage at the series-ending meet here on Friday which will see American sprinter Tyson Gay going for glory in the 100m.

Maria exudes confidence

Maria Sharapova, who has shot back up the rankings after a shoulder injury that almost ended her career, feels she is hitting her stride and has a chance to capture her second US Open title in four years.

Curtain falls on Youth Olympics

The inaugural Youth Olympics officially closed on Thursday amid glowing praise, bringing the curtain down on 12 days of sporting competition and cultural and educational activities for athletes.

Puma women's soccer sponsor

Leading sport conglomerate Puma is all set to sponsor the Bangladesh national women's football team in the upcoming SAFF Women's Championship in December.

Abahani rope in Iranian coach

Three-time Bangladesh League champions Abahani will sign Iranian coach Ali Akbar on a six-month contract with an option to extend further based on his performances in the upcoming season.

Benitez hits back at Mourinho

Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez has hit back at his predecessor Jose Mourinho's jibes in a video-chat with the club's fans.

Diego's Wolves transfer on

The on-off transfer of Brazilian midfielder Diego from Juventus to Wolfsburg is set to be finalised on Thursday after the player underwent a medical at the Bundesliga club.

Schalke after Van der Vaart

Real Madrid's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart is being chased by Bundesliga side Schalke 04, according to claims in German tabloid Bild on Thursday.

Loew set to drop Ballack?

Germany midfielder Michael Ballack is set to be dropped by national coach Joachim Loew for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers, according to reports in the German media on Thursday.

Gunners seal Squillaci deal

Arsene Wenger confirmed on Thursday that Arsenal have signed France defender Sebastien Squillaci from Sevilla.

ECB reveals SL & India fixtures

England will play seven Tests, 10 ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals next summer against Sri Lanka and India which will include the first Test staged at the Rose Bowl.

Dissent earns Kohli penalty

Virat Kohli, the Indian batsman, has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his team's ODI against New Zealand in Dambulla on Wednesday.

Adriano suffers thigh strain

AS Roma's Brazilian forward Adriano has suffered a thigh strain, his club said Thursday.

Business

Eid shoppers swarm pricey stores

Eid-ul-Fitr may still be 16 days away, but flocks of shoppers are already descending on the high-end malls in Gulshan, Uttara and Dhanmondi. And many of Dhaka's top retail chain outlets said they expect sales from their posh outlets to be twice their normal sales by the time the month of Ramadan ends.

Plastic industry faces dearth of machinists

The country's small and medium-sized plastic factories have only two experts to troubleshoot the problems of plastic goods machinery. But relief may be on the horizon.

Mini Mart makes Chittagong debut

Mini Mart, a chain shop set up and run by women entrepreneurs, made a foray into the port city of Chittagong yesterday, following its success in Dhaka.

BB governor stresses massive infrastructure development for ICT

Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman yesterday called upon the authorities concerned to go for massive infrastructure development for the expansion of ICT facilities.

Robi selects Ericsson for network expansion

Mobile operator Robi has recently picked Ericsson to supply and install microwave MINI-LINK transmission system to its infrastructure in an effort to expand its network across the country.

Investments grow 127 pc in July

Investments in the country increased 127 percent to Tk 5726.12 crore in July from Tk 2521.06 crore a month ago.

Generali eyeing acquisitions in India, Vietnam

Italy's insurance giant Generali wants to expand in Asia, notably in India and Vietnam, its president said, financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore reported on Thursday.

India to decide on rubber import tax in a week

India will decide on the tyre industry's demand to reduce the tax on rubber imports in a week, a senior government official said on Thursday, with prices up nearly 70 percent in the past year.

BB tightens withdrawal rules

No interest or profit will be given if anybody withdraws money from a special notice deposit (SND) account without giving notice, Bangladesh Bank (BB) said.

Bextex to buy 50pc of power company

Beximco Textiles plans to purchase a 50 percent stake in a power generation company.

3 more firms face DSE trade-halt

The Dhaka Stock Exchange management yesterday suspended trade of three listed companies for unusual hike in their shares prices.

Move to launch uniform accounts for power companies

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) yesterday asked 15 generation, distribution and transmission companies in the power sector to place their opinions on introduction of Uniform System of Accounts (USAC).

Denmark-based services giant ISS considering IPO

International services group ISS, a leader in the catering, cleaning and security services sectors and the world's fourth largest private employer, is considering an initial public offering, it said Thursday.

Oil up

Oil was higher in Asian trade Thursday, as the weak dollar helped prices shrug off a massive increase in US crude reserves, analysts said.

Corporate Briefs

CONFIDENCE CEMENT
The company has decided to change the denomination of its shares from Tk 100 to Tk 10 each and to amend the relevant clauses of the organisation's memorandum of association for changing the denomination, subject to approval of the shareholders in the EGM and regulatory authorities. The EGM will be held on October 12. The record date for EGM is September 20. The venue and time of the meeting will be notified later.

Metropolitan

Take strict action against polluters, land grabbers

Editors and senior journalists from different print and electronic media suggested taking measures against polluters, loggers and land grabbers to save the country's environment even if the decisions go against the ruling party men.

300 litres of fomalin-mixed milk seized

A mobile court dumped around 300 litres of fomalin-mixed milk seized from the milk wholesale market on Rathkhola Road in the capital's Nababpur yesterday.

JS body on home ministry to monitor sectional cases

The parliamentary standing committee on the home ministry will monitor the sensational and other major crime cases from now and give directions to the investigation officers concerned if necessary.

City Jamaat chief on 3-day remand

A Dhaka court placed Dhaka city unit Jamaat-e-Islami chief Rafiqul Islam Khan on a three-day remand yesterday in a case filed for torching a private car on June 26 that killed one of its passengers.

Phensidyl, sarees seized in Ctg

Police and members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 700 bottles of phensidyl and Indian sharees worth around Tk 5.5 lakh from Ice Factory Road and Chittagong Railway Station yesterday.

Rajib confesses involvement

Rajib yesterday confessed to killing three and a-half-year-old Jennifer Islam Tanha, daughter of his paramour Halima Yasmin, on the last day of his police remand.

Reform Press Council, amend laws

The parliamentary standing committee on information ministry will recommend the government to reorganise the Bangladesh Press Council and amend the Press Council Act-1974 and Press Council Regulation-1980.

Steel mill fined Tk 9.11 lakh

The Department of Environment fined a steel mill Tk 9.11 lakh at Nasirabad industrial area yesterday as the factory is polluting air by emitting toxic smoke.

Ex-IGP Raquib Khandaker passes away

Former inspector-general (IG) of police Abdur Raquib Khandaker passed away at Bangkok General Hospital in Thailand on the August 25, 2010 at the age of 78, says a press release.

'Enact privacy act to protect personal information'

Speakers at a roundtable discussion yesterday called upon the government to enact a privacy act to protect privacy, personal information, correspondence and means of communication of people.

CID to collect Saydee's comments on Prof Azad

The criminal investigation department (CID) has moved to collect Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Saydee's hostile remark on late Prof Humayun Azad in parliament in 2004.

Stop cheating in manpower business:Prime Minister

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed a section of the manpower recruiting agencies for the miserable condition of the expatriate workers abroad.

213 killed in seven months

Some 213 workers died in 160 workplace incidents across the country in the last seven months from January to July this year, says a rights body's report prepared based on the reports published in the newspapers.

'Stop tobacco cultivation in farmlands'

Environmentalists and development workers yesterday demanded stopping tobacco cultivation in the farmlands for increasing agricultural production.

Banning unfit vessels in waterways demanded

Speakers at a press conference yesterday urged the government to take strict measures to stop plying unfit vessels in the country's inland waterways ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr for ensuring passengers' safety.

Bangladesh to get US $7m

Australia is providing 7.7 million Australian dollars (about US$7 million) in the water and sanitation sector of Bangladesh.

Govt plans to destroy Zia family

BNP leaders alleged yesterday that government is conspiring against Zia family to divert people's attention from its failure to run the country properly.

Admission test Dec 17

The admission test for honours courses of National University (NU) under the academic session 2010-11 will be held on December 17 this year, says a press release.

Legalise Bangladeshi workers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the Iranian government to take proper steps to legalise undocumented Bangladeshi workers living there.

Govt to import 1.30 lakh tonnes of rice

The government yesterday approved a proposal for importing 1.3 lakh tonnes of rice for Tk 374 crore to increase food stock.

Road crash kills 2, injures 25

Two people were killed and 25 others injured as a bus plunged into a roadside pond at Duari in Poba upazila yesterday morning.

Night guard wounded in bomb attack

A night guard was injured in bomb attacks at the city's Polashnagar early yesterday.

National

OMS faces setback for dislike of sunned rice

Rice dealers under open market sale (OMS) programme in Moulvibazar Sadar upazila are facing problem as local people, habituated to eating siddha chaul (boiled rice), do not want to purchase atop chaul (sunned rice) supplied for the purpose.

CMP collecting finger prints of drivers

Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) on Wednesday started taking finger prints of CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers in a bid to reduce crimes linked to auto-rickshaws in the city.

Kurigram dyke collapse hits over 100 families

At least 100 families have become homeless in Kurigram as a major portion of the embankment on the River Dharla collapsed in the last 72 hours.

Sajeda stops going college as stalkers give death threat

A female student of Chandiapur village in Sadullapur upazila under Gaibandha district has stopped attending classes as local stalkers gave death threat following their failed attempt to kidnap her.

Foresters say dead, villagers doubt

Thirty-six large trees including teak, epil-epil, eucalyptus, akashmoni, minjiri and koroi under Pabna Forest Range are being felled as forest department has sold them out as dead trees.

KCC wakes up to thwart anthrax

Khulna City Corporation (KCC) has banned slaughtering of cows at any place other than its two slaughterhouses at Gallamari and Khalishpur.

Indian cattle trader killed in BSF firing

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday night shot dead an Indian cattle trader on Jalalpur border under Basirhat police station in India opposite to Shakhra border in Debhata upazila.

Bombs found while digging earth in Meherpur

Construction workers found 34 bombs, probably of 1971 Liberation War period, while digging soil in Meherpur town on Wednesday.

Councils of sylhet JCD units today

The councils of JCD Sylhet district and city units will be held at BNP central office in the capital today.

61 live sea turtles recovered, one held

Police recovered 61 live sea turtles from the possession of a businessman on Wednesday afternoon in Nirala residential area in Khulna.

3 held with VGD rice

Kendua police yesterday arrested three people with 33 bags of VGD rice from Santinagar area. The arrestees are Fazlul Haque of village Nalua, Mamum Mia of village Monatia and Ratan Mia of village Chandragathi under Kendua upazila. They were carrying the VGD rice by three engine-driven trolleys from house of Mojibur Rahman Bhuian, chairman of Muzzafforpur union parishad under Kendua upazila for selling those in black markets, police said.

Fake sanitary inspectors held

Three fake sanitary inspectors were arrested at Baroicha village in Belabo upazila on Wednesday. The arrestees were identified as Mujibur Rahman and Khorshed Alam of Munshiganj district and Moklesur Rahman of Comilla district. Local people and police said five people coming in a private car entered Ekota Bakery at noon where they identified themselves as mobile sanitary inspectors. They demanded Tk 50,000 as fine from bakery owner Rafiqul Islam for what they said making bread and cakes in unhygienic condition. At this, Rafiqul, being suspicious of the five men, contacted with the upazila sanitary officer over mobile phone, who termed them as fake. The bakery owner aided by the local people later handed over the three men to police along with the car while the two others managed to escape.

Body recovered

Police yesterday recovered the body of a woman from Golbari pump house under Sadar Municipality area of the district. The deceased was identified as Marzina Bagum, 35, wife of late Dulal Matubbor and also a pump operator. Locals said, they informed the police after they saw Marzina hanging from the ceiling inside the pump house. Later, police rushed to the spot and recovered her body breaking open the door of the pump house. Zinnatun Begum, elder sister of the deceased said her son Mizanur Rahman sent fifty thousand taka from Malaysia. On Wednesday Marzina withdrew the money from bank and kept it at her house to give it to her. I think someone killed her for the money and later hanged her, she added.

Two get life for murder

A court here on Wednesday sentenced twp people to life time imprisonment in a murder case. The convicts are Abdul Mannan, 40, son of Jalal Uddin Pramanik of village Khiar Murail and Shahinur Begum, 37, wife of Abdul Malek of village Kalai Kornipara in Kahalu upazila. The court also fined the convicts Tk 20,000 each, in default, to suffer one year imprisonment more. According to the prosecution, Abdul Mannan developed an extra marital affair with his wife's elder sister Shahinur Begum. When the matter came to light Mannan's wife Jahanara Begum started protesting it. On the night of November 24, 2006 following a quarrel over the issue Mannan and Shahinur Begum beat Jahanara to death and later hanged the body from the beam of house to prove that she had committed suicide.

Letters

The miserable city

Every big city in the world has its own problem but there are none like Dhaka which has multiple problems and needs a miracle to overcome the shortcomings in the near future. Like everything else in Dhaka, the quality of life is fast deteriorating. At present looking around us one will notice Dhaka doesn't have any decent/modern facilities which the Dhaka dwellers can enjoy. The traffic, gas, electricity, drinking water sewerage and other utilities which are being provided by the government is fast deteriorating mainly due to mismanagement and non availability of modern equipments and corruption in these departments.

Corporal punishment

It has taken quite a long time to dawn on us. They should have stopped it long time ago. Most of the teachers using punishment at schools are sending an indirect signal to their students in case they go to their private tuition table they will be shown mercy. This pecuniary interest of teachers that go unchecked corrupts them.

Billionaires and donations

In the PCP article Abdul Matin's (Aug 19) wish that Bangladesh billionaires should follow the likes of Bill Gates to give most of their money in charity is a no-no proposition in Asian countries including Bangladesh. This will only come about when there is a hefty inheritance tax (like western countries) for the rich ( over a certain value of his/her estate at death), so that greed and ambition for dynastic accumulation of wealth is curbed by legislation to enable wealth to trickle down to the poor in society.

Obama's stand

Recently US President Barack Obama forcefully endorsed the plan to build a mosque near ground zero saying the country's founding principles demanded no less. The President made this comment at an annual dinner in the White House State Dining Room celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The president said, “As a citizen, and as a president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country”. This assertion of President Obama reflects his government's goodwill to establishing peace based on trust and understanding.

A road map for Biman

A group of young engineers and fresh MBAs from DU were picked-up in 1978-79 to be trained as true airline professionals. But within years the whole group had to leave Biman because of frustration due to influx of non-professionals from outside who were introduced as fill in the gaps measure and also by and large due to internal politics of the existing employee group. As a result the national airline lost a highly potential group of employees who could have taken care of the business and run the organisation professionally today. It is a lost opportunity.

Indian visa

It seems almost impossible to get an Indian visa without going through a myriad of hassles and harassments! Hardest hit seems to be those of us who are either tourists or those who want to visit India for medical purposes.

Contempt of court

Freedom of press, freedom of speech and freedom of expression are important rights of citizens in any democracy. So, we believe, everyone has right to exercise these rights as his inherent right. I also I believe in the right to information and making it public is the press freedom. The press has the right to mould the information to a certain extent and put it before the public. The press has also right to publish verdicts of courts, criticise and question rulings.

An unresolved issue

I hope Mr. Tony Blair and his wife enjoyed their brief stay in Bangladesh (20-21 August '10). I would like to take this opportunity to remind Mr. Blair of his letter to me dated 06 June 2006, in response to my article styled “ 100-Dollar Laptop: UN Secretary General's Office shouldn't be used for exploiting the poor”. Let me quote an extremely pertinent portion of a sentence from my article regarding my invention 'Radio without battery', which states “my invention was hijacked first by a British and then by an American”. While in office as PM, Mr. Blair found my article interesting and he referred it to the Commonwealth and his foreign office. But till today, I haven't received any response from any corner. My article was published in almost all the national dailies in the country in addition to 6094 websites including Wikipedia. Some foreign enthusiastic people brought out CDs on the article too. Publication in the Wikipedia was done on the initiative of a native American. Actually, most of the people who wrote to me on the article, were quite sympathetic towards me on my invention being hijacked. My suggestion with due explanation to limit the expense of an international patent to a minimum, for the third world country inventors in addressing what I called “rich people's property(whim) effectively, instead of intellectual property”, was hailed as the greatest invention. Earlier, on the initiative of our present PM's office (previous term), our High Commissioner in UK wrote to the alleged inventor, but I am not aware of any response.

BTV

Honestly, in the last few years did any of you watch Bangladesh Television for a minute even? The obvious answer is a big NO. There's no denying the fact that with time, many private television channels sprang up and viewing the so called national television channel turned to a part of an old fairy tale. When only BTV aired shows and all, people of Bangladesh jumped onto it and it changed the entertainment world's geography, but if we take it as it is today, watching this channel is now part of history.

Online Voices

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International

Manmohan orders to change Kashmir strategy

Security forces in Kashmir need to find non-lethal means of controlling violent mobs to prevent more deaths in the unrest roiling the Indian-ruled region, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday in rare remarks directly questioning government tactics.

UN reviews security after Pak Taliban threat

The UN says it is reviewing security measures for its aid workers in Pakistan, after a warning of new threats from the Pakistani Taliban.

Scientists create liver cells rom human skin

British scientists have grown liver cells out of stem cells from human skin, boosting hopes that healthy cells can be transplanted into organs to repair damage from diseases like cirrhosis and cancer, according to new findings.

Pak Taliban's kill 8 police in Afghan north

Taliban rebels killed eight Afghan police officers Thursday in northern Kunduz, an official said, stepping up strikes in what was once a relatively secure part of Afghanistan.

Land protests bring Delhi to standstill

Thousands of farmers protested in New Delhi yesterday over forced land acquisitions for a new road in a demonstration that highlights the difficulties of building infrastructure in India.

Francis Ford Coppola to receive lifetime Oscar

Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola is to receive a lifetime achievement Oscar later this year.

Mother Teresa remembered, 100 years on from birth

Nuns, priests and slum-dwellers held a solemn mass in Kolkata on Thursday to mark the birth centenary of Mother Teresa, known as the "Saint of the Gutters" for her work with the city's sick and dying.

India, Afghanistan vow to fight terrorism

India and Afghanistan on Wednesday wound up two days of talks during a visit to New Delhi by Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, saying they would work together to combat terrorism in the region.

Australian PM receives boost in bid to form government

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's hopes of forming a minority government received a boost yesterday with "kingmaker" independents criticizing her conservative rival for refusing to meet a key demand.

Ozawa to challenge Japan's PM for party leadership

One of the grandees of the governing Democratic Party of Japan, Ichiro Ozawa, has announced he will stand again for the party leadership.

Iran offers to produce nuke fuel with Russia

Iran has submitted a proposal to Russia to jointly assemble the nuclear fuel for the country's new power reactor and any future facilities, state media reported yesterday.

Wyclef Jean can't run for Haiti presidency

A ruling barring Wyclef Jean from running for Haiti's presidency is final and cannot be appealed, an electoral council lawyer says.

Benigno Aquino vows punishment

The Philippine president vowed yesterday "someone will pay" for the bus hostage crisis that killed Hong Kong tourists as senators began grilling senior police officers over the deadly fiasco.

Arts & Entertainment

Nazrul: The ever-shining beacon

It is difficult to imagine a time when Kazi Nazrul Islam could have been locked away in a world of anonymity. Yet it is true that when he became involved in the anti-British movement, our National Poet who had given his heart and soul to a nation, came very close to such a situation.

Retrieving national treasure from trash

“Nazrul was the music director of the film adaptation of Tagore's 'Gora'. Visva Bharati, however, objected to the release of the film; the charge was that music arrangement of one of the Rabindra Sangeet used in the film was improper. The film's release got stalled and producer of the film begged Nazrul to intervene. Nazrul went straight to Visva Bharati, met Tagore and presented the predicament. Tagore apparently was surprised by the allegation that Nazrul did 'injustice' to his song and right away gave written consent, which enabled the film's release. The producers wanted Nazrul to include one of his original compositions and the poet-music composer wrote the song, 'Usha Elo Chupichupi'. One of Nazrul's students, Bhaktimoy Dasgupta recorded the song and a scene was created in the movie for the number…”

Life and times of a rebel

Kazi Nazrul Islam was born on May 25, 1898 at Churulia in the district of Burdwan, West Bengal, undivided India. Nazrul said, “Even though I was born in this country (Bengal), in this society, I don't belong to just this country, or society. I belong to the world.” He was by nature and conviction a people's poet. He excelled both as a writer and musician, a rare genius who cannot be matched, except of course, Rabindranath Tagore.

Special TV programmes on Nazrul death anniversary

To mark the 34th death anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam, different TV channels will air special programmes today. Highlights of some programmes:

Jean-Philippe’s photography exhibition begins today

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts is holding an exhibition, titled “Apparitions and Cinegraphies”, featuring images by French photographer Jean-Philippe Pernot. The exhibition begins today and will continue till September 2.

Four Bangladeshi films to be screened at South Asian Film Fest

Four feature films from Bangladesh, including those directed by Humayun Ahmed and Morshedul Islam, will be screened at the South Asian Film Festival to be held in Goa from September 17 to 20.

OP-ED

The burden of money

The sun still rises in the east. The earth still goes around the sun. The continents haven't drifted, mountains haven't shifted and churning oceans haven't inundated plains. The world must be very much the same, except for thirty billionaires who have pledged to give away at least 50% of their wealth. Did I wake up in the right world? Pinch me.

Knowledge-based society

Learning from cradle to grave" is an age-old maxim. Human beings continue to learn throughout their lives from surrounding environments and experiences, and acquire necessary knowledge and life-skills for survival through informal and non-formal education. So, the concept of lifelong education is not a new discovery. But the conceptual framework of lifelong education/learning has undergone a tremendous change since 1970s.

Australian election: Balancing act

General election 2010 in Australia was held on August 21, and neither the incumbent PM Ms. Julia Gillard nor the opposition leader Mr Tony Abbott could gather an absolute majority in the lower house. In other words, the outcome was a hung parliament.

How to go round the bend

A British friend was booking a holiday that would take her to several Asian cities. "Shall I bring my driving license?" she asked on the phone. I replied: "Sure. And I'll organise the funeral."

StarTech

SMS for a train ticket this Eid

The coming of Eid means new clothes, good food, celebrations and a time to be close to friends and family. For a very huge number of people in Bangladesh, this would mean travelling back to their home districts. But that's when you remember that you have to purchase the railway ticket and you squirm at the thought of standing for hours at the railway station behind a humongous queue, just to find at the end that tickets are all sold out. And then you think, “Oh why not just skip it this year?”

Bangladeshi striker for WCG FIFA-10

The final round of World Cyber Games (WCG) National Championship Bangladesh, the country-wide gateway to the global competition, was held recently at Scholastica School campus on Uttara in Dhaka.

Nokia's dual SIM handset hits market

Nokia, the leading mobile phone manufacturer, has announced the launch of Nokia C1-00, the first Nokia device that can be used by the subscribers for two SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards at the same time, in the local market to add up to the Eid celebrations, says a press release.

Daisy makes disabilities not so challenging

This week, we focus on the winner of the e-Inclusion & Participation category.

Gmail gets Voice with online phone calls

Google on Wednesday began adding Internet telephone capabilities to its free Web-based email service in the United States.


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