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News of: Tuesday, 28th of September, 2010

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$770m Chinese loan tied with conditions

The government is going to sign a $770 million tied loan deal with China, which will require selection of two Chinese firms to set up a fertiliser factory and lay out telecom network.

Media exaggerated it

Prime minister's adviser HT Imam yesterday criticised the media for "exaggerating" Thursday's view exchange between administration officers of Pabna and different professionals on September 17 attacks on government officials.

Mujibnagar govt's staff list missing

Yet another historic document, which contained names of employees of the Mujibnagar government in exile during the Liberation War, is missing from the government custody.

Hospital not fit for healthcare

The Dhaka Medical College Hospital now remains a neglected centre for the treatment of the lower middle-class and poor sections only, observed National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman.

BSF says only criminals killed

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Director General Raman Srivastava said yesterday people killed by BSF personnel in the bordering areas were 'criminals,' and almost half of them were Indian nationals.

EC ready to challenge HC stay order

The Election Commission is making preparations to begin legal battle against the High Court's order that stayed for six months its gazette notification, declaring Awami League leader Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir's seat in parliament vacant.

BNP questions PM's silence

Condemning the attack on district officials in Pabna, BNP yesterday accused Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of encouraging tender manipulation, attacks on administration and recruitment trade across the country.

Biman's NY flight resumes next year

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has assured the expatriate Bangladeshis of resuming operation of Dhaka-New York flight of Bangladesh Biman by 2011 as well as considering their voting rights.

Film actor Saifuddin passes away

Eminent film actor Saifuddin Ahmed passed away last night due to old age complications at the Combined Military Hospital in the capital.

Right to Know Day today

The Right To Information (RTI) Forum has called upon the government to make public all the signed national and international agreements, which are related to public interests.

Saudis freer but rights not institutionalised

Saudis have become freer in the five years of King Abdullah's reign but civil rights remain far from institutionalised and vulnerable to political change, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.

NATO air strikes in Pakistan violate UN mandate: official

Pakistan yesterday lodged a strong protest with NATO over air strikes by the alliance's helicopters on its territory near the Afghan border saying they violated a UN mandate, the foreign office said.

Afghan poll body orders vote recounts in 7 provinces

Afghanistan's election body has ordered a partial recount of votes from seven of the country's 34 provinces on suspicion of fraud, potentially delaying the results of a parliamentary poll further, an official said yesterday.

Pakistan trying hard to bring scientist home

Pakistan said yesterday it would leave "no stone unturned" in trying to bring home a woman scientist sentenced to 86 years in jail by a US court.

UN chief disappointed with Israel over settlements

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday expressed disappointment at Israel's refusal to extend a halt to new settlements in Palestinian territories, a spokesman said.

Editorial

Delivering energy on fast track

Does one have to throw the normal order of work or for that matter the established procedures of the government, out of the window to deliver something to the people in quick time? And should speedy work necessarily entail bending the rules for which the government functionaries need protection of the law through enactment of a 'Super Law'? That is exactly the impression we get from what the government is trying to do to give itself immunity from prosecution in respect of projects related to quick generation, distribution and marketing of power and gas for the next two years.

Right to Know Day

That the UN has dedicated a day to the people's Right to Know is a significant development. The right is considered sacrosanct in any civilised setting and is the cornerstone of democracy and good governance.

Sports

Tamim finally anxiety free

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal yesterday confessed that the anxiety over his injury had finally subsided and he was confident of making a timely return to playing.

Rajshahi: United for one last time

Rajshahi left-arm spinner Sanjamul Islam was talking to this reporter several months ago about his impending big-money move in the Premier League. It was a happy conversation but when it unavoidably shifted to the certainty of Rangpur's participating in the National Cricket League, the normally jovial Sanjamul's mood shifted to sadness.

Rubcic still crafting starting eleven

Bangladesh national football coach Robert Rubcic professed himself impressed by the calm environment at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan in Savar, but confessed that the players still had a long way to go to impress him at the end of a 12-day training camp at the country's lone sporting institute.

Is it Charles or Patil?

Hundreds of athletes moved into the Commonwealth Games village in New Delhi on Monday, as a row loomed over the role of Prince Charles at the opening ceremony just six days away.

Kiwis arrive in capital tonight

The New Zealand cricket team will arrive in Dhaka tonight to play a five-match one-day series against the Tigers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Chennai the Super Kings

The Chennai Super Kings crushed the Eastern Cape Warriors by eight wickets in the final of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

Ashraful to lead BCB XI

National discard Mohammad Ashraful will lead the BCB XI for the first warm-up match against New Zealand to be held on October 1 at BKSP.

'Games not affected by pullouts’

Pullouts by top athletes will not dilute the track and field competition, the organising committee of the Delhi Commonwealth Games have said.

Sharapova's Date turns sour

Defending champion Maria Sharapova fell victim to local favourite Kimiko Date Krumm in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament on Monday.

Rahane shines in a draw

Uncapped batsman Ajinkya Rahane hit a sparkling century as a three-day practice match between the visiting Australians and an Indian side ended in a draw on Monday.

Asif seeks wedding luck

Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif, who is being investigated by British police in a major spot-fixing scandal, is to celebrate his wedding this week.

Open Badminton starts today

Advocate Abdur Rob Smrity Summer Open (Rating) Badminton tournament gets underway at the Suhrawardi Indoor Stadium in Mirpur today.

Women's Nat'l Cricket League

For the second consecutive day, rain played foul in the 4th Women's National Cricket League in Sylhet yesterday.

Hercules hero Trezegol

Veteran French striker David Trezeguet scored twice as promoted Hercules took another big league scalp defeating Sevilla 2-0 on Sunday.

Didier's Chelsea test

Didier Deschamps on Tuesday returns to Chelsea, the club where he spent one season, knowing his Marseille team face a stern Champions League challenge.

Lack of goals a worry

Manager Jose Mourinho promised attacking football and goals when he took over at Real Madrid in the summer but under his guidance Real have scored a meagre six goals in their first five league matches firing blanks again in Saturday's 0-0 draw at promoted Levante.

Zarate fires Lazio

Lazio joined reigning champions Inter Milan at the top of Serie A on Sunday after a second-half goal from Argentine striker Mauro Zarate brought a 1-0 win at fellow high-riders Chievo.

Lampard still not fit

Frank Lampard will miss Chelsea's Champions League clash with Marseille on Tuesday as he continues to recover from hernia surgery which could also sideline him for England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro.

Messi named in Barca squad

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been named to the squad to travel to Russia for the Champions League match at Rubin Kazan on Wednesday, more than a week after being sidelined with an ankle injury.

Sevilla sack Alvarez

Sevilla have sacked their coach Antonio Alvarez over the club's disappointing start to the season and replaced him with former Real Mallorca boss Gregorio Manzano, it announced Monday.

Good start for Houllier

New Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier's first league match in charge of the Birmingham club saw them move up into fifth place as they won 2-1 away to Midlands rivals Wolves.

Iran set Brazil date

Asian giants Iran will play five-time World Cup winners Brazil on October 7 in the United Arab Emirates, the ISNA news agency reported Monday.

Almunia out of Partizan clash

Arsenal will be without under-fire goalkeeper Manuel Almunia for their Champions League tie away to Partizan Belgrade on Tuesday after he was ruled out with an elbow injury.

DRU football

Bhorer Kagoj, Destiny, Channel I and Naya Diganta won their respective first matches in the second round of the DRU-Raid Securities Media Football tournament at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Metropolis table tennis

The Dhaka Metropolis Table Tennis League begins at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium today with the First Division.

Tennis loving cobra

Snake catchers in New Delhi said Monday they had removed an adult cobra from the newly built tennis centre that will be used next week for the Commonwealth Games.

Women's handball

The lineup of super four of United Oil Women's Handball League was completed after the matches of Abahani, Jatrabari, Madaripur HTC and Jatrabari KC were held at the Handball Stadium yesterday.

Rainsford seals thrilling win

Ed Rainsford smashed the last ball of the match for six to give Zimbabwe a two-wicket win over Ireland in a one-day international at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

Open Tennis

Top seeded players in both men's and women's group of the Shahjalal Islami Bank Open Tennis had easy wins to move to the next round of games.

Business

Exporters to get more cheap money

Bangladesh Bank will put another $100 million into the Export Development Fund (EDF) amid rising demand from exporters who use it to finance purchases of foreign input once an export contract is signed.

Arvind to set up denim plant in Bangladesh

Indian textile maker Arvind will set up a denim manufacturing plant in Bangladesh with an investment of $66 million over three years, officials in Bangladesh said yesterday.

Court stays SEC's directive on share credit

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the stockmarket regulator's directive on share credit and 'trigger sale' for three months.

Jewellers fear sales drop

Jewellers in Bangladesh are bracing for a slump in sales as gold prices rose to a new high on the international market.

Committee formed to control yarn prices

Three trade bodies yesterday formed a nine-member committee to control yarn prices.

Realtors urge govt to revise punitive measures

Real estate leaders yesterday demanded the government revise and soften the punitive measures for disciplining the defaulting real estate developers for wrongdoings.

Two units of engineering corporation will go public: Minister

The government has planned to offload shares of at least two companies under Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation into capital market within the next six months in a bid to boost the industrial sector.

CPA to upgrade port

The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) will take steps to immediately improve the port's capacity and efficiency.

Extend time for tax return: BCI

The Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) yesterday demanded that the government extend the deadline for submitting tax returns, to ease the process for the payers.

Nestle launches drive for health nutrition business

Nestle laid out on Monday a strategy of health focused subsidiaries to exploit growing business opportunities for foods which help with ageing and conditions such as heart trouble.

OMEGA eggs hit market

PURNAVA Limited, a manufacturer of non-medicated healthcare products, has introduced OMEGA-3 or O3 eggs this month to add value to the country's nutrition deficiency.

Grow with all around you

Back in 2003, Kofi Annan called out to the financial services community stating, “Together, we can and must build inclusive financial sectors that help people improve their lives.”

Reliance dials up further funding option

Will Anil Ambani's Reliance Communications now turn to plan E? India's No. 2 cellular carrier, which has tried at least four different and so far fruitless ways to raise capital over the past year or so, will on Tuesday seek permission from shareholders for the right to sell fresh equity.

Corporate Briefs

GREEN DELTA INSURANCE
The Securities and Exchange Commission has accorded its consent to the proposed change in the denomination of share value (face value) of the insurer from Tk 100 to Tk 10 each as well as market lot from 10 to 100 shares.

Oil inches up

Oil prices inched up in afternoon Asian trade as a weaker dollar outweighed a bleak US economic outlook, analysts said Monday.

Wal-Mart in talks to buy SAfrican wholesaler Massmart

Wal-Mart has entered talks to buy South African wholesaler Massmart for 4.2 billion dollars (3.1 billion euros), as the world's largest retailer seeks to enter Africa's biggest economy.

Japan's Sharp to start e-books business in Dec

Japan's Sharp Corp. said Monday it will launch an e-bookstore service in December with two new "Galapagos" tablet readers, with the service set to expand to movies, games and music early next year.

SKorea's Hyundai Motor seeks to buy construction firm

South Korea's top carmaker Hyundai Motor confirmed Monday it would bid for a troubled construction firm, setting the stage for a bidding war with its former parent Hyundai Group.

British plumber relocates to Switzerland to cut tax

Wolseley, the world's biggest distributor of plumbing and heating products, said on Monday that it planned to create a holding company in Switzerland to slash its tax bill.

Metropolitan

Ship-breakers to face 10 years jail for pollution

A person involved in ship-breaking business would face punishment of up to 10 years' imprisonment and a fine of maximum Tk10 lakh for polluting environment or causing health hazard, said a new provision included in the environment protection law.

Citizen charter can better govt service: Secy

The establishment ministry secretary yesterday said citizen charter could be a device to build bridge between government service providers and consumers.

Traffic division on cards to ease gridlock

The government plans for setting up a separate traffic division to build a trained traffic force to ease traffic congestion in metropolitan cities including the capital, Home Minister Sahara Khatun told parliament yesterday.

Hasina's birthday today

Different organisations have taken up various programmes to celebrate the 64th birthday of Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina today.

'Cancel system of appointing last retired CJ as chief adviser'

Pro-BNP leaders of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday demanded the government cancel the system of appointing the last retired chief justice as the chief adviser to caretaker government.

Submit report on steps, HC asks govt

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to submit a report to it within two weeks on what steps it has taken regarding the incidents of corporal punishment against students in schools across the country between March and July this year.

4 Tahrir men held with 'jihadi' books

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-1) members arrested four members of banned Hizb ut-Tahrir from the capital's Dakkhinkhan area on Sunday and seized leaflets, 'jihadi' books and other publications of the organisation from their possession.

5 injured as BCL, Shibir clash at IU

At least five activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) were injured in a fierce clash at Islamic University (IU) yesterday.

HC rule on govt

The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within two weeks why Saiful Islam Duke, nephew of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, should not be granted bail in August 21 grenade attack case.

Bank officer sent to jail on surrender

A bank officer was sent to jail hajat yesterday after he surrendered before a court in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for allegedly embezzling Tk 57.69 lakh of savings instruments.

Rich nations must compensate Bangladesh for climate change

The industrialised and rich nations must compensate Bangladesh adequately to help the country cope with the adverse impact of climate change, speakers at a daylong discussion in Rajshahi city said yesterday.

Boutique staff beaten to death

An employee of a renowned boutique was allegedly beaten to death by his employer at an apartment in city's Dhanmondi Sunday night.

Child drowns as launch hits boat in Buriganga

A child drowned, a college girl and a youth went missing, and five others were injured after a launch rammed a boat in the Buriganga river near Sutrapur area last evening.

Two burglars arrested

Detective Branch (DB) personnel early yesterday seized 70 tolas of stolen gold and Tk 17.20 lakh from the city's Kamrangirchar and arrested two alleged burglars in this connection.

PSC plans to evaluate 88 questions out of 100

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is planning to evaluate 88 questions instead of 100 in the question papers of the 30th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary test as some errors and inconsistencies have been found in the question papers, said Attorney General's office sources.

Two cos fined for selling bottled water without licence

A mobile court yesterday fined two companies in the city Tk 40,000 for selling bottled drinking water without licence from the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI).

Allow Reaz Rahman to go abroad

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to allow former BNP state minister for foreign affairs Reaz Rahman to go abroad for three months for treatment.

UN secretary general hailed

An independent child's charity organisation working worldwide, Save the Children, yesterday hailed United Nation's secretary-general for putting child and maternal mortality at the top of the global agenda.

Road accidents kill five

At least five people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Bogra, Khulna and Barisal yesterday and on Sunday night.

Khulna patients to get telemedicine from Oct 2

A breast cancer service centre in Khulna will provide telemedicine to the breast cancer patients in the city through videoconference from October 2.

RCC eviction drive begins

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) launched its month-long eviction drive in the city yesterday and demolished some makeshift shops and sheds of small businesses while ignoring the concrete structures on the way.

NHK to broadcast Bangla programmes

Japanese broadcaster NHK is soon to broadcast its bangla programmes through the various zonal centres of Bangladesh Betar in the country.

Varun Gandhi to wed Bengali girl

Wedding bells are all set to ring for young Indian politician Varun Gandhi who is set to tie the knot with a Bengali girl Yamini.

Child development emphasised

Speakers at a consultation meeting have emphasised overall development and safety of children and juveniles in the National Children's Policy 2010.

Prisoner dies at hospital

An inmate of Chittagong jail died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital in the port city on Sunday.

3 arrested with fake notes

Three forgers were arrested along with fake currency notes from Fatula Dharmaganj area in sadar upazila yesterday noon.

NU 1st year honours exams begin Oct 1

The first year honours examination-2009 under National University (NU) will begin October 1, says an official handout.

Conference begins tomorrow

Scientists, health experts, policy makers and development partners will meet in a two-day conference in Dhaka, starting from tomorrow, to discuss the issues of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and climatic change challenges in the country.

Show cause notice served on 230 NU teachers, staff

Some 230 National University teachers, officials and staff appointed during the BNP regime in 2004 have been served with show cause notice as to why action against them would not be taken, including dismissal from service.

National

Brutal attack on college principal by AL men

Victim of brutality by local Awami League (AL) activists on September 20, Principal of Tabalchhari Green Hill College Prof Md Abu Taher is groaning in pain in Khagrachhari Sadar Adhunik Hospital.

Jubo Dal activists held on rape charge

A schoolgirl was abducted and raped by a gang of six at Namuri village under Aditmari upazila of Lalmonirhat district on Sunday night.

JCD man stabbed at Sust

An activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was stabbed allegedly by a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League men on the campus of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) yesterday.

Extortionists stab 3 students

Extortionists stabbed three students of Barisal Polytechnic Institute at Nabogram Road in the city early yesterday.

Seven charge-sheeted in Satkhira Palash abduction, murder case

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday pressed charges against seven people in the sensational case for abduction and murder of Palash of Shibnagar village in Satkhira Sadar upazila.

Storm injures 15, destroys 50 houses

At least 15 people were injured and 50 houses destroyed as a storm lashed Kuthurikona village under Madan upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.

Rejoinder and our reply

In a rejoinder to a Daily Star report 'Kuet students go berserk demanding exam shifting' published on September 19, the university authorities contradicted a paragraph of the report regarding students' demanding removal of the vice chancellor.

Sedition case against Sayedee's lawyer

A sedition case was filed against Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee's lawyer Barrister Fakhrul Islam here yesterday for his remarks about the country's Liberation War.

53 shops gutted in 3 dists damaging Tk 2.6cr property

At least 53 shops were gutted in Narsingdi, Bhola and Comilla districts damaging property worth 2.60 crore yesterday and the day before.

Rivals kill outlaw in Jhenidah

A suspected outlaw was killed allegedly by his rivals in Jhenidah yesterday while police arrested four alleged cadres of an outlawed party in Kushtia and Meherpur on Sunday night.

'Arrest culprits or face non-stop agitation'

Newsmen of different national and local dailies and electronic media brought out a silent procession in the town yesterday protesting attack on Rangpur correspondent of The Daily Jugantar Mahbub Rahman on Saturday.

Youths held for teasing

Two youths were arrested on charge of teasing girls in Lalmonirhat and Comilla yesterday and the day before.

Rohingyas pushed back

Thirty-two Rohingyas, who entered Bangladesh from Myanmar through different border points in Lama upazila of Bandarban district early yesterday and on Sunday, were pushed back.

International

Indian SC hears Ayodhya verdict deferment plea today

Ruling out reconciliation, Sunni Central Waqf Board and Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha yesterday said the Ayodhya title suit verdict by the Allahabad High Court should not be delayed further, as the Supreme Court prepared to hear tomorrow the plea to defer the judgement.

Maoist chief meets PM

Unified CPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal called on Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal at the latter's official residence in Baluwatar yesterday morning.

Painless laser device to replace X-rays

Portable devices with painless laser beams could soon replace X-rays as a non-invasive way to diagnose disease.

N Korea's political elite meet over succession

Isolated North Korea has summoned its political elite to a rare ruling party meeting on Tuesday in a move analysts expect will herald the start of the succession process of ailing leader Kim Jong-il's youngest son.

Pakistan takes over as chair of UN nuke watchdog

Pakistan, which refuses to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and was home to a notorious nuclear smuggling ring, was named head of the UN nuclear watchdog's governing board here yesterday.

Palestinian leader Abbas delays decision on peace talks

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says there will be no quick decision on whether to continue talks with Israel.

Maoists 'threaten' to kill policemen

Maoist rebels in India have threatened to kill four policemen they took hostage last week unless Maoist prisoners are freed, officials say.

12 Maoists killed in Jharkhand

Around 12 Maoists have been killed in the massive anti-Naxal operation launched jointly by security forces of Jharkhand and Orissa since Saturday in Saranda forest, a top police official said yesterday.

Nato launches airstrikes in Pakistan

Nato helicopters in eastern Afghanistan launched rare airstrikes into Pakistan, reportedly killing more than 50 militants after an outpost near the border came under attack from insurgents, officials said Monday.

Australian troops to be charged over Afghan deaths

Three Australian soldiers will face charges including manslaughter over a raid in Afghanistan that left five children dead, Australia's chief military prosecutor said on Monday.

UK guidance on torture challenged by watchdog

New guidance for UK intelligence staff on how to deal with suspects facing torture overseas may breach human rights law, a watchdog has warned.

David Miliband's rallying call: Ed's a great leader

David Miliband has issued a rallying call to the Labour conference, saying the party now had a "great leader" in his younger brother Ed.

Chavez allies win congressional majority in vote

President Hugo Chavez's opponents blocked him from capturing an overwhelming majority in Venezuela's congressional election, making gains that could challenge the firebrand leader's tight grip on power.

US not in a jobless recovery

President Barack Obama said yesterday the United States must accelerate job growth, but he said the country was not experiencing a "jobless recovery" as it pulled out of a recession.

Colombian President hails Farc leader's death

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has hailed the death of a top rebel leader as a "turning point" in the five-decade anti-guerrilla battle.

Japan asks China to cover damage to patrol boats

Japan asked China to pay for damage to Japanese patrol boats hit by a Chinese fishing vessel near disputed islands, as simmering tensions between the two Asian neighbors showed no signs of easing yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Panoramic impact

Murtaja Baseer is considered one of the foremost painters of Bangladesh who has established his individual style. The artist is the son of noted linguist and educationist Dr. Mohammad Shahidullah. Like his father, Baseer is a powerhouse of talent.

A celebration of young talents

The gala round of the 'Marks All-rounder Competition 2010' was held at Hall of Fame, Bangaban-dhu International Convention Centre on September 26. The yearlong competition chose 9 finalists out of 120000 contestants. Out of the 9, popular voting and judges' decisions produced the top three contestants for this year. The final event was aired live on ntv.

Disabled young Americans, Syrians work together on the first Muslim superhero

Comic book fans will soon be getting their first glimpse at an unlikely new superhero -- a Muslim boy in a wheelchair with superpowers.

Artisans gearing up for Durga Puja

Idol-makers in Mymensingh are all set for Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bengali Hindus. Artisans have completed making the figures out of clay; all left now is to paint them.

Theatre troupe Bongorongo celebrates eighth anniversary

Theatre troupe Bongorongo celebrated its eighth anniversary on September 17. On the occasion, Bongorongo staged its production “Gurunirmata” on September 23 at the Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

“The Social Network”: Film takes a dramatic approach to Facebook’s origin

As we sit at our computers day in and day out, clicking through the digital realm of social interaction that has supplanted phone calls, text messages and even e-mail, most of us rarely stop to think about how it all began. But the same social networking site that serves most students as the ultimate tool for procrastination transformed one college student from a brainy misfit into a billionaire.

Traditional boat race at Meghna Ghat

A colourful, traditional boat race was held at the Meghna Ghat, near the UK Bangladesh Moitri Bridge in Koshoreganj district, on September 25, according to a press release. The Gaang Shamiti Bhoirob in association with Bangladesh Rowing Federation organised the competition.

“Poush Phaguner Pala” on ATN Bangla tonight

TV serial “Poush Phaguner Pala” will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 9:20 pm. The serial is an adaptation of Gajendra Kumar Mitra's novel trilogy -- “Kolkata-r Kachhei,” “Upokanthey” and “Poush Phaguner Pala.” Depicting the socio-cultural aspects of Dhaka in the 1960s and '70s and its adjacent areas, the serial is directed by actress-director Afsana Mimi.

OP-ED

Do farmers benefit from farm subsidy?

In Bangladesh, modern rice varieties (MVs) were introduced for the boro and aus seasons during the mid '60s and for the transplant aman season in the '70s. Rice is grown in three seasons. Out of 10.84 million hectares under rice production in Bangladesh, modern boro rice alone covers about 4.70 million hectares, of which nearly 98% area is under irrigation facilities of various kinds.

A walk close to the precipice

It is never easy to walk close to the precipice. The Supreme Court must be feeling very sure-footed to test its vertigo level on Ayodhya. It has put six decades of anguish, turmoil and a legal endurance test on the edge of a calendar.

Ethnic minorities facing diverse challenges

Extreme poverty is common in Bangladesh, but the experiences of the different groups of people who live with it are not all the same. We must not forget that while there are common characteristics of life in extreme poverty, some groups of people face very specific challenges to their ability to live with security and dignity.

Tugboat diplomacy going wrong for Japan

It happened just before the ruling Democratic Party of Japan was about make the choice of its leadership. The time was crucial for the party in power and hence there was a need to show some kind of a decisive stand on part of those who were in charge of running the show.

Breaking the administrative impasse

Ever since the assumption of power by the AL-led government we have heard complaints about unacceptable slowness in implementation of its decisions by the administration. It is difficult to say how far politicisation is responsible for it. There are other reasons, which need to be closely attended to.

Science & Life

Facial beauty: Genes hold secret

Evolution, selection, adaptation- these nearly similar terms may lead someone into confusion. But the thing, what can be extracted, common from all these terms is the genetic sequence change or mutations over time. These alterations do matter a lot and these account for many of our interactions. MHC genes (Major Histocompatibility Complex), a cluster of genes that plays a major role in the immune system, are a very good target for accounting the genetic diversity. Genetic diversity has been linked to fitness and reproductive success in general, and genetic diversity within the MHCs has been linked to immunocompetence and mate preferences. Hanne C. Lie et al; has performed a study published online in October 2008 issue of Evolution. They have photographed and genotyped 160 participants using microsatellite markers, one class of repeating sequences in DNA, situated within and outside the MHC, and calculated genetic diversity and found MHC heterozygosity, different gene sequences responsible for the same trait, is associated with male attractiveness and specifically facial averageness, with averageness mediating the MHC-attractiveness relationship. In fact, females and males both show tendency to be attracted by facial cues written in their MHCs and some non-MHC sites.

Strange pairing in LHC

Physicists have uncovered what looks like a quantum conspiracy in one of the first results from the Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful atom smasher.

Martial artists’ forte

Until you've seen it done, you might think the whole concept of a martial artist breaking through concrete blocks with their bare hands is some kind of magical trick. But as John Rennie, former editor of Scientific American ("Martial arts are my hobby and explaining science is my job") explains, it's all about physics.

Fiery sea slug

Pictured "knitting" a doily-like egg mass in a lab in 2008, a new species of fiery-colored nudibranch, or sea slug, has been found in shallow tide pools near a southern California campground, a new study says.

'Artificial leaf' produces power

A team led by a North Carolina State University researcher has shown that water-gel-based solar devices -- "artificial leaves" -- can act like solar cells to produce electricity. The findings prove the concept for making solar cells that more closely mimic nature. They also have the potential to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than the current standard-bearer: silicon-based solar cells

Body-mind connection

Medical science is only beginning to understand the ways in which the mind influences the body. The placebo effect, for example, demonstrates that people can at times cause a relief in medical symptoms or suffering by believing the cures to be effective - whether they actually are or not. Using processes only poorly understood, the body's ability to heal itself is far more amazing than anything modern medicine could create.

What is brain roughage?

Brain roughage is information fed to the brain to chew on and digest, in digestible chunks. It is a term lifted from gastronomic language to liken the brain to the stomach, and is of very recent origin. Roughage is ingested to help in food digestion, and is considered good for the system, similarly brain roughage. Other such terms are information snacking and junk, as parallels for the brain. Roughage may be a little tough and needs some exercising to digest, but the grey cells need to work and think before absorbing the information.


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