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News of: Friday, 3rd of September, 2010

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Sand traders offer free dredging

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority is going to launch a Tk 6.6 crore project to dredge parts of the Buriganga river although some traders are offering to do it free of cost and would rather pay for the extracted sand.

Biman bows to staff demand

The Biman board of directors yesterday finally conceded to its employees' demand for revising a new pay scale, reinstating their pension scheme and giving pay raises in line with the government salary structure.

MP's driver 'admits' killing Ibrahim

Kamal Hossain Kala, driver of Awami League lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon, yesterday confessed to shooting AL activist Ibrahim Ahmed during a tussle.

Milk Vita manages suppliers' strike

Agitating dairy cooperatives yesterday resumed supply of milk to Baghabari unit of Milk Vita after getting assurance from the government authorities on meeting their demands in phases.

Population control gets govt priority

A six-point recommendation had been put forward from yesterday's meeting of the National Population Council to keep the country's population growth rate at a balanced level.

Let local govt tackle illiteracy

The local government bodies in cooperation with non-government organisations should deal with illiteracy while the government leads as the planning and executive authority, said speakers at a roundtable yesterday.

Confusion over death of 3 infants after vaccination

Three babies died within hours after they were vaccinated against measles under Expanded Programme of Immunisation (EPI) at Kalikapur Community Health Clinic of Guabaria union in the district's Hizla upazila early yesterday.

6th session of JS starts Sept 20

President Zillur Rahman has summoned the sixth session of the ninth parliament on September 20 at 4:00pm, a parliament secretariat press release said yesterday.

Help stop illegal power takeover

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought cooperation of the media so that none can take over power unconstitutionally in future.

Spl committee meetings after Eid

The special committee of the Jatiya Sangsad on constitutional amendment has deferred its series of meetings scheduled for September 4, 5 and 6, a press release from the Parliament Secretariat said last night.

AL vows to thwart BNP's agitation

Awami League (AL) will resist the anti-government movement called by the main opposition BNP after Eid-ul-Fitr, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, acting general secretary of AL, has said.

BCL activist assaults Star's RU reporter

The Rajshahi University correspondent of The Daily Star was assaulted by a Bangladesh Chhatra League activist Wednesday night for writing news reports on some offences committed by the organisation's RU unit members.

PM sends Eid greetings to Khaleda

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr.

JS body to probe graft in Rajuk

A parliamentary sub-committee will probe the alleged corruption of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk).

Date for probe report filing now Sept 9

A speedy trial tribunal of Sylhet yesterday again deferred the date for filing the report on "further investigation" in Kibria killing case to September 9.

Girl crushed under train wheels

A college girl was killed when Chittagong-bound Mahanagar Express train hit her as she was passing through a level crossing and talking over her cellphone at the same time at Pubail college gate area in Gazipur yesterday.

Iraqi army needs US help to sustain itself: Commanders

Iraq cannot yet sustain its army despite having managed to quell a violent insurgency, US and local commanders told AFP, raising the prospect that American troops will stay on beyond 2011.

Pakistani landlords 'diverted flood water'

A senior Pakistani diplomat has called for an inquiry into allegations that rich landowners diverted water into unprotected villages during the floods to save their own crops.

Editorial

Saving city's lifelines

The uncontrolled urban sprawl has already gobbled up the open spaces and the wetlands that once added to the beauty of the city and a breather for its inhabitants. It has also eaten up 47 canals that crisscrossed the length and breadth of city. As a consequence, we have now only 17 per cent of the metropolitan area as wetlands whereas in 1989 it was 29 per cent. And oddly enough, since 2000 when the Wetland Conservation Act was in place, the rate of decline in the wetlands has become even faster at 2000 hectares every year.

US combat role ends in Iraq

Ending combat operations by American soldiers in Iraq has long been a plank of Barack Obama's political programme. Understandably, for one who was opposed to the war as a senator and who in fact voted against it, it was particularly painful to have to inherit the very conflict he thought was unnecessary when it began in 2003. Mr. Obama reminded the electorate in his campaign for the White House that he would end American involvement in Iraq as president. Now that American forces have officially gone ahead with the draw-down, it is important to assess what the impact of the US decision will likely be.

Sports

Betting of a different kind

From a distance, you could just spot a huddle, with probably cards in front of them or, for an easier presumption of the vagabond, they are snorting the wrong stuff. As you go closer, or vice versa, they would seem like the regular hangers-on around the cricket fields of Dhaka, those who make silly enough comments on the play to make you walk away.

Trio pleads not guilty

Three Pakistan cricketers accused of involvement in an illegal betting scam maintained their innocence Thursday after withdrawing from their team's scandal-tainted tour of England.

Rubcic new coach

Robert Rubcic has been named as the new head coach of the national football team after the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday confirmed the appointment of the Croatian.

The threesome released

The three Pakistan cricketers at the centre of a betting scandal have been released from the squad for the remainder of the tour of England, team manager Yawar Saeed said Thursday.

Murray marches on

Britain's Andy Murray breezed into the second round of the US Open on Wednesday while ninth seed Andy Roddick and Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych made early exits from the year's last Grand Slam event.

Veena hands over proof to ICC

Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Asif's ex-girlfriend, actress-model Veena Malik, has handed over "proof" of his alleged links with Indian bookies to an official of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit.

ICC appoints Rabeed as media manager

Rabeed Imam has been appointed as the ICC media manager for the Bangladesh part of the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Open Chess

GM Niaz Murshed shared the lead in the Seventh IGB Dato Atherton Malaysia Open Chess Championship along with 20 players at the close of second round at CitiTel MidVally, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday.

MCC thrashes Dautia Bulbul

Manikganj City Club defeated Dautia Bulbul Club 3-1 in the Hafijul Islam Khan Uttu Smriti First Division Football League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium yesterday.

Sania crashes out of US Open

India's Sania Mirza saw her US Open hopes come crashing down on Tuesday when she lost a second-round tie 6-2, 6-4 to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.

Clijsters cruises

Sweltering conditions and gusting winds proved a handful at the US Open on Wednesday, but it was the consequences of a simple training stumble by Belarus starlet Victoria Azarenka that shocked fans.

Haddin kept out

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was not included in a 15-man squad named on Thursday for Australia's two Tests in India next month.

Ban 'em if guilty: Warne

Three Pakistan cricketers should face a life ban if they are found guilty of being involved in a betting scam, Australian leg-spin great Shane Warne said on Thursday.

Goals galore in WC

Low temperatures and high winds did nothing to stop the flow of 22 goals in three matches in Pool A of the women's field hockey World Cup here Wednesday.

Gay going great in Zagreb

American star sprinter Tyson Gay put Jamaican rival Nesta Carter in his place on Wednesday when he easily beat him in the 100 metres race at the Zagreb Grand Prix meeting.

Extra refs welcomed

Top European club coaches on Thursday welcomed the experiment with two extra assistant referees in the Champions League this season.

'Real lack firepower'

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho hit out at his club for not backing him in the transfer market and leaving him short up front.

A new-look Italy

It will be a new-look Italy that takes to the field in Tallinn on Friday for their opening Euro 2012 qualification match against Estonia.

Quest for redemption

Fabio Capello launches his quest for redemption on Friday knowing only a convincing victory by a makeshift England team over Bulgaria can hush a growing band of critics clamouring for his dismissal.

Ibra slams Guardiola

Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Wednesday took another swipe at Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, dismissing him as a "small time" coach.

'Robben's injury a mystery'

Holland coach Bert van Marwijk on Thursday reacted to criticism from Bayern Munich over Arjen Robben's injury, insisting that he had been "very careful" with the winger at the World Cup.

Buffon left out from Europa list

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been left out of Juventus's 25-man Europa League squad.

Timo joins Lisbon

Former Germany international goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand has signed a one year deal with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.

Business

Online tax return on trial

About 40,000 individual taxpayers of Dhaka will be able to submit their tax returns online from Sunday.

BB softens international fee clamps

Software and information technology (IT) companies are now allowed to remit up to Tk 69,000 ($1,000) in foreign exchange at a time without prior approval of the central bank.

30 firms yet to convert paper shares into electronic ones

Thirty listed companies are yet to convert their paper shares to electronic ones, as desired by the stockmarket regulator.

3G Capital to buy Burger King for $3.26b

Burger King Holdings Inc, the No. 2 US fast-food chain, agreed to be bought by investment firm 3G Capital for $24 per share, or about $3.26 billion.

Prices to remain stable: official

The prices of essentials will remain stable even after Eid, said a government official yesterday.

CPD recommends job guarantee law

The government should consider making an employment guarantee law to help eradicate poverty, said the chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) yesterday.

Joint body working on paying RMG workers before Eid

A joint committee, with representations from workers and owners, is now working on ensuring the payment of garment workers' dues, monthly salary, festival bonus and overtime bill before Eid-ul-Fitr.

China mobile makers upbeat on Bangladesh

Chinese mobile makers are upbeat on Bangladesh as a large segment of the low-income group is increasingly using the communication gadget.

Stocks end on happy note

Dhaka stocks ended the week with a big jump yesterday, as the shares of nearly all sectors rose.

Bernanke cites 'sadness' in letting Lehman fail

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Thursday he could not have legally saved Lehman Brothers from bankruptcy and the firm's catastrophic failure in 2008 was a source of sadness.

Strike halts Sonamasjid trade

Export-import activities through Sonamasjid land port resumed after a five-hour halt yesterday following a protest against the assault on an official of Sonamasjid-Panama port link Ltd in Chapainawabganj.

Corporate Briefs

MIDAS FINANCING
As per DSE listing regulations, the company's board meeting will be held on Sunday (at 4pm) to consider, among others, audited financial statements as of June 30, 2010.

Oil slips

Oil prices edged slightly down in Asian trade Thursday after soaring in New York the previous day on strong US manufacturing data, analysts said.

Metropolitan

Dhaka keen to send Ansar, BDR to UN missions

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be requested by home ministry to raise the issue of sending members of Ansar and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) to United Nation's (UN) peacekeeping missions when she attends the UN's 65th general assembly next month.

Tk 1000cr scheme to create job for ultra poor

A programme involving Tk 1,000 crore is set for generating employment opportunities for thousands of ultra poor all over the country.

Rail link with Tungipara planned

Bangladesh Railway (BR) has undertaken a project to construct new railway lines from Kashiani to the grave of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara via Gopalganj.

Geneva talks to create climate fund begin

A two-day long Geneva Dialogue on Climate Finance began here yesterday to form a new financial fund to face the adverse effects of the climate change.

Check population boom: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the ministries and departments concerned, city corporations and municipalities to beef up family planning programmes to control population boom in the country.

Travellers on deck to enjoy discount fares by10pc

Bangladesh Inland Waterways (passenger carrier's) Association has decided to reduce launch fares by 10 per cent for passengers to travel on the deck ahead of the Eid.

'44 women, children become victim of rape in August'

At least 77 women were killed in various incidents and 44 women and children became victims of rape in August this year, says a report of Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR).

Take steps to expand trade ties with Maldives

President Zillur Rahman yesterday emphasised the need for further boosting bilateral and commercial ties with the Maldives through exporting more Bangladeshi skilled and semi-skilled manpower there to help its public and private sectors.

Cancel WB, ADB loans in agri, education sectors

Twelve civil society organisations at a press conference yesterday demanded that the government should cancel all World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) loans in agriculture and education ministry projects, said a press release.

Scavenging to ruin

One day a dog bit his leg and took away a bit of his flesh while both were fighting for the same scrap of food from a dumpsite at one stage of collecting recyclable materials by the latter.

Two dyeing factories fined for polluting Karnaphuli

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined Tk 10.2 lakh to two dyeing factories under anti-environment pollution drive in Kalurghat and Nasirabad Industrial areas in the port city for polluting river Karnaphuli.

20 committees to probe CCC corruption, says mayor

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor M Manjur Alam yesterday said 20 standing committees of the CCC would look into irregularities or corruption took place in the past.

Pay RMG workers' dues before Eid

Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) yesterday demanded that workers of ready-made garments and other industries be paid all their dues and overtime bills before the Eid-ul-Fitr, said a press release.

US embassy closed Sept 5, 7

The United States Embassy will remain closed on September 5 and September 7 in observance of the US Labour Day and Shab-e-Quadr.

Padma bridge construction starts in January

Construction of the bridge over the river Padma would start in January next year and is expected to be completed by 2013.

New Rab DG takes over

Deputy Inspector General of police Md Mukhlesur Rahman yesterday officially took over as the director general of Rapid Action Battalion at its headquarters in Kurmitola.

Hizb ut chairman, three members chargesheeted

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against four members of banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir including its Chairman Mohiuddin Ahmed in connection with a case filed for plotting subversive and terrorist activities across the country.

Flood warning on mobile phones introduced

The government yesterday, in association with two mobile phone operators launched early warning signal for flood on mobile phones, using cell broadcasts for the first time in the country.

Help build graft-free Bangladesh

Teachers have to work to help build a corruption-free, educated and developed Bangladesh, said National University Vice Chancellor Prof Kazi Shahidullah yesterday.

Six held with fake notes in Ctg

Police arrested six people, five of them women, with fake notes worth Tk 48,500 at Kunjachhaya Ananda Bazar in the port city on Monday.

One killed in road accident

An elderly woman was killed in a road accident on Wednesday night on Thakurgaon-Baliadangi road at Kalmegh village of Baliadangi upazila in Thakurgaon.

Abul Mansur Ahmad's 112th anniversary of birth today

Today is the 112th birth anniversary of Abul Mansur Ahmad, a renowned litterateur, journalist and statesman of the sub-continent.

Court asks DB to quiz city Jamaat chief at jail gate

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a five-day remand prayer for Rafiqul Islam Khan, Dhaka city unit chief of Jamaat-e-Islami and directed Detective Branch (DB) of police to interrogate him for two additional days at the prison gate in the case filed for torching a bus.

Child hawker killed in road crash

A 10-year-old boy, who used to hawk newspapers, died of injuries sustained after a bus hit him at Moghbazar level crossing in the capital yesterday.

National

BCL cadre that drove nails through RU student's leg held

Police on Wednesday night arrested a Chhatra League activist of Rajshahi University unit in connection with campus violence.

4 DB men, 2 others sued

Wife of Nurul Islam, who was killed allegedly in firing by the Detective Branch (DB) of police at remote Alinagar village in Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj district on Sunday night, yesterday filed a case against four DB men and two alleged drug peddlers in connection with the killing.

9 BCL men, 7 Shibir cadres punished

Sylhet Agriculture University (SAU) yesterday punished nine Chhatra League (BCL) and seven Shibir men for unruly activities on the campus.

Khulna jail sends names of 9 war crime convicts to tribunal

Khulna district Jail authorities have sent a list of nine war criminals, who were convicted under Collaborators Act and sentenced to the jail, to Internal War Crime Tribunal.

Green fodder crisis hits flood-hit farmers

Acute crisis of green fodder in Teesta and Dharla river basin areas in Lalmonirhat district adds to the worry of flood-affected farmers, especially those who mainly depend on rearing domestic animals for livelihood.

Bodies of youths found in train, sugarcane field

Bodies of two young men were recovered from train and sugarcane field yesterday and the day before.

FWP rice allocated to fill up a pond

A committee led by Dimla sadar Union Parishad (UP) Chairman has allegedly misused 'food for work' resources to fill up a local pond without environment department's approval.

Ruling party men capture shop of JCD leader

A shop belonging to a local leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of main opposition BNP, was captured allegedly by ruling party men on Wednesday.

14 sued on charge of killing, looting, arson in 1971

Fourteen alleged collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces have been sued for killing, looting and setting fire to a house in Mongla upazila of Bagerhat district in 1971.

21 more in Kushtia feared infected

At least 21 more people are feared to be infected with anthrax at Bilgathua village in Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia yesterday.

Outlaw arrested

Police arrested an underground operative at Shalonda village under Santhia upazila of Pabna district early yesterday. The arrestee Md Abdul Majid alias Driver Majid, 40, is a regional leader of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-red flag), police said. Acting on a tip-off, police raided Shalonda village at around 3:00am and arrested Majid at a house. The officer-in-charge of santhia Police Station said the outlaw was wanted in 12 cases including one for murder. Police produced him in a court that sent him to jail.

Tiger kills fisherman

A fisherman was killed by Royal Bengal Tiger near Bhimrulkhali in the Sundarbans on Wednesday. The dead is Nawsher Ali, 60, son of Abdul Jabbar of Jayakhali village in Shyamnagar upazila. Sources in Kaikhali forest office said Nawsher and two other went to the Sundarbans in the morning, taking pass from the forest office. When Nawsher was fishing in Dhanghora canal at around 11:30am, a tiger swooped on him and dragged him into the deep forest. Forest guards and local people recovered the body at around 2:00pm.

Prisoner dies at hospital

A prisoner died at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital Tuesday afternoon. The prisoner, Julhas Miah, 40, of the city's Kadomtali area, was arrested on charge of drug peddling. He fell sick Tuesday noon and was immediately sent to the hospital where he died soon after admission. Jail officials quoted hospital sources as saying that Julhas died of cardiac arrest. Julash's body was handed over to his family

Venison seized, 2 held

Forest guards arrested two poachers and recovered 38 kg venison from their possession at Sonatola village under Sharankhola upazila of Bagerhat district on Wednesday night. The arrestees are Nasir Hawlader, 32, son of Nehal Uddin Hawlader and Esharat Malik, 30, son of Amir Malik of the village.The arrestees were yesterday produced before a court that sent them to jail. Acting on a tip-off, forest guards conducted a drive at Sonatola village and arrested the two with 38 kg venison.

BSF hands over three to BDR

Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) handed over three Bangladeshis, who were in Indian jail for the last 29 months, to BDR on Wednesday.

Letters

Let's plant trees

Bangladesh is fast acquiring desert conditions due to destruction of our trees. When we travel on the highways of Chittagong-Cox's Bazar the heaps of logs piled near timber depots remind us of how fast we are destroying the work of nature by cutting down trees. No one bothers to plant trees in replacement.

BRTA's drive

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority launched a massive drive against 20 years old buses and 25 years old minibuses, trucks, vans etc. on 13 July. For unfit vehicles the deadline was 15 July. Everybody in Dhaka city hailed the drive. Nearly 1446 buses, 8125 trucks and 2365 minibuses were found totally unfit for plying on city roods.

Vision 2021

Rural people, especially the unemployed youth and women, should be considered assets in national development. The present government could decide as a policy priority to outsource functions such as digitisation of land records, data entry operations, collation of local data, and local resource mapping to the information kiosks run by self-help and community interest groups with the support of civil society organisations. Upazila and Union Parishad institutions could use connectivity to provide accountable and transparent local governance.

Traffic jam

Last week there was a spate of articles on Traffic Jams in The Daily Star. These articles contained many useful and practical solutions for managing traffic but unfortunately did not take the present situation of traffic, roads, controllers, commuters, flows, frequency and time into consideration. Without exception, they totally ignored and/or negated the role played by rickshaws and vans on Dhaka's roads today. This requires to be repeated once again.

Trapped Chilean miners

I am deeply shocked by the news of 33 miners being trapped underground in northern Chile. Twenty-one days have passed and it is feared that it may take three to four months to free them.

Jamat protocol?

I fully endorse the writer's views on the subject published in the columns of a daily on 26th August. There can be no protocol when we stand in any jamat to pray to Allah! For Allah all men and women are equal, and their ranking, if any, is only based on their piety, faith and character in life, and nothing else. Only the righteous among us, in words and deeds, rank high in His esteem for His creation!

Killing continues unabated

Almost every alternate day a poor Bangladeshi is killed by the BSF (Border Security Force) of India. Despite flag meetings, inter-ministerial meetings, the killing continues unabated. As reported by the media most of these unfortunate people are either cattle traders or poor farmers, living far below poverty line. Bangladesh is all surrounded by India except for in the south. There is all probability that a Bangladeshi living in the border area may venture into India knowingly or unknowingly. In the event of such an incident the BSF can easily scare them off by firing blank shots into the air. Life is dear to everybody, I am sure no one would like to get killed in this manner.

Banani & Gulshan lakes

It is unfortunate that for many years the nation's policy and decision makers were sitting idle and let Banani and Gulshan lakes to be slowly encroached and now the lakes' water has become dirty and polluted with garbage, water hyacinths and sewages.

High price

The price of iftar items is so high all over the country which is very unethical. Where are the concerned authorities? They did not take any legal steps against the businessmen and the people involved in this. We hope that appropriate steps would be taken so that people can get rid of this situation.

Passports at wrong hands

Alarmingly enough, Myanmar nationals are obtaining Bangladeshi passports by concealing their real identity as well as address and going abroad. These people are endangering our labour market abroad and besmirching our national image indulging themselves in illegal activities over there. Proper investigation should be done to track down the culprits responsible for giving Bangladeshi passports to wrong hands. To the best of my knowledge passport authorities across the country issue passports on getting positive police report conducted by SB branch of police and No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the authorities concerned in case of government employees. May be bribe tampers the process of police investigation or NOC issuance. But by no way passport authorities can issue passports without such apposite investigation report or authentication reports. Anything contrary to the rules, if ever happens, should be meted with due punishment.

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International

Abbas, Netanyahu to continue peace talks

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have launched a new round of peace negotiations, holding their first direct talks in nearly two years at a US-sponsored summit in Washington DC.

Stalled funding hits Pak flood aid effort: UN

Relief efforts in flood-ravaged Pakistan are being stretched by the "unprecedented scale" of the disaster, with the flow of international aid almost at a standstill, the UN said yesterday.

Nato air strike kills 10 Afghan polls campaigners

An apparent air strike by foreign forces killed 10 election campaign workers in Afghanistan's north yesterday, a government spokesman said, and Nato-led forces said they were investigating the incident.

Australian PM wins support in power bid

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard won the support of a key independent MP yesterday, leaving her close to breaking the worst political deadlock in decades after elections failed to produce a winner.

US defence chief Gates on surprise Afghan visit

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Kabul yesterday on a surprise visit following a trip to Iraq, where he attended ceremonies to mark the formal end of the American combat mission there.

Hamas vows more attacks to protest peace talks

The Islamist Hamas movement vowed yesterday to press a campaign of attacks against Israelis, hours ahead of the relaunch of direct peace talks in Washington.

'Over 100 workers killed' during Delhi metro construction

Over 100 workers have died during the construction of the metro railway in the Indian capital, Delhi, according to a submission by the metro authorities.

Pakistan mourns triple blasts as toll rises to 31

The death toll from suicide attacks that targeted a busy procession in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore rose to 31 yesterday as six people succumbed to their injuries, officials said.

Nato general criticises Afghan president

German General Egon Ramms, chief of operations of Nato-led forces in Afghanistan, criticised yesterday Afghan President Hamid Karzai for failing to support Nato forces in the war against the Taliban.

Discovery HQ hostage drama ends with gunman dead

Discovery Channel HQ hostages freed as gunman was shot dead.

Pak Taliban added to US terror list

The United States has designated the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Pakistani Taliban, linked to the botched Times Square bombing attempt by a Pakistani American, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

God did not create universe

There is no place for God in theories on the creation of the Universe, Professor Stephen Hawking has said.

Arts & Entertainment

Playing with movement, light and shadow

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts is holding an exhibition, titled “Apparitions and Cinegraphies”, featuring images by French photographer Jean-Philippe Pernot.

Janmashtami celebrations across the country

On the occasion of Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Sri Krishna, a colourful procession was brought out in the district town on September 1. The procession, joined by hundreds of devotees, attired as deities in the ancient Hindu pantheon, attracted many enthusiastic onlookers.

Drik turns 21

Drik Picture Library is celebrating its 21st anniversary on September 4 with a special programme, according to a press release. The celebration features lectures, photography and poster exhibition.

The theatre scenario in Chittagong: An insight

There was a time when Chittagong's theatre scene was vibrant and was admired for its distinguishing characteristics and unique style throughout the country. Although it has lost some of its glory, theatre in Chittagong is still up and running. Group Theatre Federation has been in action in Chittagong since 1973. A total of 29 groups are currently registered with the federation, of which some 10/12 are more active than others.

Tannishtha, post “Brick Lane”

Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, who earned plaudits playing the role of a Bangladeshi woman in “Brick Lane”, has become synonymous with arthouse cinema, but she is game for mainstream Bollywood films and wants more and more female directors to call the shots.

OP-ED

The Teflon man

If a cat has nine lives, Hussein Muhammad Ershad has many more, because the former military dictator-cum-born-again-populist is back in the news. He has an enviable way of making it happen, perhaps the only living politician in this country who is comparable to Harry Houdini, the legendary magician, who specialised in tricks and escapes.

Cash-strapped US faces diminished political clout

This month marks the second anniversary of September 15, 2008, a date that will be remembered as one of the worst moments in the history of the global economy. On that day US investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering a major financial crisis and dramatically worsening a worldwide recession whose effects are still being felt.

Gender governance and women's rights

IF we look at today's world scenario, surely women and children's condition is one of the measurement indices of good governance. The World Bank defines governance as the exercise of political authority and the use of institutional resources to manage society's problems and affairs. Peace and security, rule of law, human rights and participation, sustainable development, and human development are also considered by the new World Governance Index (WGI) to be pertinent indicators of good governance.

Spain, king of the world of sports

I have just finished watching a football match on the television, in which Atletico de Madrid (Real Madrid's rival in Madrid) smashed the long-cherished hopes of Italy's most important soccer team, Inter, to add the title of the champion of the European Super-cup to its string of recent successes in Italian soccer. It also confirmed my belief that Spain has, for now, become the king of the world of sports.

30 funniest mispelt movies

I recently visited an old cinema I hadn't been to for years. The scene reminded me of a true story. An announcement about a movie called Conan the Barbarian landed on the desk of the local newspaper's sub-editor.

StarTech

Dual-SIM sets the pick of the season

Dual-SIM mobile handsets are gaining a strong hold in the local cell phone market ahead of Eid -- thanks to its growing availability and relatively lower prices.

IT job placement fair held

Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) jointly organised a 'Job Placement Fair for BCC Interns (9th Batch) 2010' on August 28.

Play, share at bdplay.com

Spotlight on special prize winner in 'e-game category'
With the aim of building a better gaming community in Bangladesh, bdplay.com, is one of the newest gaming site out there with many different options such as games, information, forum, downloads and many more.

Apple unveils social network, new iPod and TV tool

Apple has launched a music-centered social network at iTunes and unveiled slick new iPod and Apple TV gadgets that promised to win the iconic company more devotees.

Dell to launch CoE

Dell on Wednesday announced launching of its first state of art showroom -Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Bangladesh in collaboration with Express Systems Ltd (ESL).



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