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News of: Tuesday, 3rd of May, 2011

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Bin Laden Dead

Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism, has been killed by US forces in Pakistan, President Barack Obama has said.

Detective work on courier led to Laden

After years of dead ends and promising leads gone cold, the big break came last August.

Obama calls for vigilance

Euphoria over the killing of September 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden was tempered in the West yesterday by fears of retaliation, and world leaders and security experts urged renewed vigilance against attacks.

Some justice, finally

“I cannot express how this feels to my family, but relief is one word. We hope we can now focus on that the madman took, namely 3,000 plus innocent victims, and not on him.” -- Carrie Lemack who lost her mother on American Airlines Flight 11 when it crashed into the North Tower.

Zawahiri 'to fill in Laden shoes'

Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian surgeon considered the real mastermind of the global terror franchise, is now set to succeed Osama bin Laden as the world's most wanted man.

Operation wrapped in secrecy

Helicopters descended out of darkness on the most important counterterrorism mission in US history. It was an operation so secret, only a select few US officials knew what was about to happen.

Laden as I know

“I was the son of a rich father. I could have spent my life luxuriously in Europe and America, like many other wealthy Saudis. Instead I took up arms and headed for the mountains of Afghanistan. Was it personal interest that drove me to spend each moment of my life in the shadow of death? No! I was merely discharging a religious obligation by waging Jihad against those attacked Muslims. It does not matter if I die in the course of fulfilling this responsibility, my death and the death of others like me will one day awaken millions of the Muslims from their apathy.”

Six hours of abuse

Some 130 children of Vatapara Non-government Primary School at Durgapur union of Aditmari upazila were kept standing in the scorching sun on Sunday for as long as six hours to welcome the state minister for primary and mass education.

Verdict wrong, biased

The High Court verdict and its observations on Prof Muhammad Yunus' removal from Grameen Bank are "wrong" and "biased", the Nobel laureate's counsels told the Supreme Court yesterday.

AL plans rallies to counter BNP agitation

The ruling Awami League has decided to hold rallies across the country focusing on the government's development activities in a bid to politically face the opposition's anti-government movement and propaganda.

Lot of things need to be done

Bangladesh has made progress in fighting corruption but the success needs to continue, said chief of Transparency International (TI) Huguette Labelle on Sunday.

Nod to farming in Africa

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday gave a green signal to a proposal that Bangladesh leases land in some African countries and send farmers there to grow crops like rice and cotton for its consumption as well as export.

DU professor passes away

Dr Nasreen Khundakar, professor of economics at Dhaka University, passed away at the United Hospital in the capital at 6:18pm yesterday from complications arising out of acute renal failure.

Prof Nizami made SEC member

The government has appointed Prof Helaluddin Nizami of accounting and information system department at Chittagong University as a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for three years.

Present EC must go

Opposition leader Khaleda Zia has called for the formation of a neutral Election Commission to ensure fair election in the future, terming the incumbent commission a “puppet” of the party in power.

Spl body sits today with intellectuals

The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment sits today with eminent intellectuals seeking their opinion on the prospective changes to the country's charter.

3 factories fined for pollution

An enforcement team of Department of Environment (DoE) in separate drives in the port city yesterday fined three factories Tk 13 lakh and seized two trucks on charges of polluting environment and cutting hill illegally.

Babar involved, testify cops

Two police sergeants in separate statements in connection with the 10-truck arms haul case told a court yesterday that they had arrested five people from the spot but the arrestees were released as per the direction of Lutfozzaman Babar, then state minister for home.

IOM resumes repatriation Bangladeshis from Libya

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has resumed repatriation of around 900 Bangladeshis, who have been stranded on Egypt and Tunisia borders from Libya for about a week.

National HR meet Sep 15

The first-ever National Human Resource Conference will begin at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel (formerly Sheraton Hotel) from September 15 this year, said speakers at a press conference yesterday.

US was ready to take Laden alive

The United States would have taken Osama bin Laden alive if he had given himself up, an American official said yesterday after US special forces shot dead the Al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan.

Gaddafi's son killed in air strikes

Crowds chanting support for Muammar Gaddafi gathered in Tripoli yesterday for the funeral of his son, killed in a Nato air strike that has raised questions about the West's role in the uprising against the Libyan leader.

Editorial

End of bin-laden

After nearly ten years of the destruction of the Twin Towers the alleged mastermind behind the attack and indeed behind many other terrorist attacks before and since, mostly against US interest, has been killed. Reportedly, he was taken out from his lair in the town of Abbotabad in Hazara, a border district in the erstwhile NWFP of Pakistan

World Press Freedom Day

Twenty years into the declaration of World Press Freedom Day, today, the media landscape has been greatly transformed, a change brought in largely by the internet and new media. This year's theme for the day is thus quite rightly, “21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers”. Yet, the objective of observing the day and of the spirit behind it, remain the same -- the freedom of expression and freedom of the press as a basic human right.

Sports

Moga mauls Oranges

Sudanese striker James Moga slammed a quadruple as Muktijodhha Sangsad brushed aside Brothers Union 4-1 in their Grameenphone Bangladesh League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. Moga's two goals in the first half gave Muktis a 2-0 lead into the break. Brothers showed some signs of a comeback early in the second half pulling one back, but the Sudanese set the match beyond Brothers' reach with two more goals late in the match.

Surgery beckons Mashrafe again

Pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will fly to Australia next Saturday for another surgery on his right knee.

Mumbai move on top

Sachin Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu hit impressive half-centuries to set up Mumbai Indians' 23-run win over Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match on Monday.

Title race down to the wire

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey blew the Premier League title race wide open as his second-half goal clinched a 1-0 win over leaders Manchester United on Sunday.

Siddikur's sorry final day

Bangladesh's ace golfer Siddikur Rahman endured a horrible round 4 to finish the Ballantine's Championship in joint 43rd place on the fourth and final day of the tournament in South Korea on Sunday. He shot a fourth round three-over-par 75 and fell twelve places lower than his round three position of 31.

MSCs' game rescheduled

Hosts Chittagong Mohammedan did not appear in yesterday's Bangladesh League fixture against their Dhaka namesakes at the Cox's Bazar Stadium, citing that they were not informed about the game following the reshuffle of the schedule.

Academy decider today

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced a 14-member GP-BCB National Cricket Academy squad for today's third and final one-day match as well as for the two T20 matches against the visiting South Africa Academy team.

Home comforts fire Dortmund

Newly-crowned Germans champions Borussia Dortmund are hoping to keep hold of their homegrown stars after their young guns dominated the season under the guidance of coach Jurgen Klopp.

Match-fixing probe ordered in Lanka

Sri Lanka's sports minister on Monday ordered a police inquiry into match-fixing allegations levelled by former international captain Hashan Tillakaratne.

Rajasthan's big win

Ross Taylor hit a crucial 47 not out to steer Rajasthan Royals to a thrilling six-wicket win over Pune Warriors in an Indian Premier League match on Sunday.

British boxing legend Cooper passes away

Former British and European heavyweight champion Sir Henry Cooper, who famously knocked down Muha-mmad Ali in a controversial world title fight, died on Sunday aged 76, the Press Association reported.

Let's finish them: Pep

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says his team's weekend defeat by Real Sociedad was a timely warning ahead of Tuesday's second leg of their Champions League semifinal with Real Madrid, who they lead 2-0.

Milan owe it to Silvio

As AC Milan all but mathematically wrapped up an 18th Serie A title with a 1-0 defeat of Bologna at the San Siro, the club president's publicity machine clicked quickly into gear.

Nat'l women's chess from today

The Arlin Developer 32nd National Women's Chess Championship gets underway today at the Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) chess room with 12 fighting it out in the round-robin tournament.

TT team leaves tomorrow

A six-member Bangladesh team will leave for the Netherlands in the early hours of Wednesday to take part in the World Table Tennis Championships.

Shakib back home to be with mother

Bangladesh cricket captain Shakib Al Hasan returned home from India on Sunday morning to be with his ailing mother.

Rajshahi kabaddi champs

Rajshahi DSA emerged champions in the Walton Inter-District Women's Kabaddi Championship with a 38-34 win over Jamalpur DSA at the Sultana Kamal Women's Sports Complex yesterday.

KKR crush Punjab

Putting up an all-round impressive show, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) cruised to an eight-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab to briefly move atop the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table here Saturday.

Real, Barca both lose

Italian striker Giuseppe Rossi scored his 18th league goal of the season as Villarreal put their midweek Europa League disappointment behind them with a 2-1 comeback win over Getafe at El Madrigal on Sunday.

Totti moves past Baggio

Roma captain Francesco Totti moved up to fifth on the all-time Serie A scoring chart with two goals in Sunday's dramatic 3-2 win at Bari.

Business

Poverty pockets fight back fast

North and southwest parts of Bangladesh have seen much faster rate in poverty reduction than other parts of the country, mainly because of the government's targeted programmes, said analysts.

Bangladesh Fund wants to be lucrative

The Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) has sent a letter to the government, seeking some facilities for the Bangladesh Fund to make it lucrative for investment.

GP revenue up 21pc in Q1

Grameenphone Ltd reported a rise in its revenue by 21.3 percent in the first quarter of 2011 from the same time last year.

Cigarette market thrives on 'liberal' tax

The number of cigarette smokers is on the rise at an alarming rate due to the government's 'liberal tax policies'.

Economy upbeat: ICCB

The Bangladesh economy is on a rebound as the first five months of the current fiscal year were upbeat, which seems to be taking cue from emerging Asia, an editorial of International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICCB) said yesterday.

Europe wants strong ACC

The government should not take any steps that would weaken the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), said William Hanna, ambassador and head of delegation of the European Commission to Bangladesh yesterday.

PM for ban on imports of easy-bikes

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the authorities concerned to impose a ban on imports of battery-run easy-bike and bring the existing ones under a licensing system.

BRAC Bank opts for Oracle Fusion Middleware

BRAC Bank has recently chosen two services from Oracle to help modernise its banking operations, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Stocks down amid SEC reform speculations

Stocks dropped yesterday yet again as the investors lost confidence following the uncertainty over the government plan of restructuring the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Govt asked to impose TIN on luxury purchase

Tax lawyers asked the government to make TIN (tax identification number) mandatory for buyers of air-conditions and furniture worth over Tk 50,000.

Group buying sites boost e-commerce in Asia

Innovative "group buying" sites offering bargains on everything from meals to travel packages are catching on in Asia as companies harness the power of social media to influence consumer behaviour.

Filthy toilets a blight on Asian prosperity

Fast-growing Asian economies may be flush with money but filthy toilets remain a blight across the region despite rising standards of living, with dire effects on poverty reduction and public health.

HR outsourcing for a competitive edge

The Bangladesh economy is increasingly being integrated with the global economy because of trade liberalisation. Hence, the country's corporate sector is facing cut-throat competition. They need to be more cost-effective and efficient to survive in a highly competitive world.

Outsiders to help in non-core tasks

Noor Mohammad, country human resource (HR) manager of Nokia Siemens Networks Bangladesh and vice president of Bangladesh Society for Human Resources Management, boasts a fast-track career in HR, possessing both national and international experience. He has worked for Fonterra, previously known as New Zealand Dairy, as head of HR in Saudi Arabia.Trained in 'HAY job evaluation' and compensation methodology, he has accreditation for "Lominger interview architect and Harrison assessments"(a psychometric selection tool). He holds an MBA in marketing from North South University, Dhaka, and a BBA from Madras, India. He also has a postgraduate diploma in personnel management (BIM). He recently shared his views with The Daily Star on HR outsourcing.

Indian, European factories heat up as China cools

Eurozone factories ramped up output and prices last month while manufacturers in India also powered ahead, business surveys showed on Monday, keeping two cycles of likely further interest rate hikes on track.

Europe's carmakers rev up global ambitions as profits surge

Two years after a world economic downturn all but wiped them out, European carmakers have bounced back to the spotlight with Volkswagen aiming to be the industry leader and Fiat carving out a global brand for itself.

Abu Dhabi, hedge funds to back Glencore IPO

An Abu Dhabi vehicle, big hedge fund managers and Swiss private banks are set to serve as "cornerstone" investors backing commodity trader Glencore's $12 billion flotation, a person familiar with the matter said.

India clears $12b S Korean steel plant

India yesterday gave the final clearance to South Korean steel giant POSCO's proposed $12 billion plant in eastern Indian state of Orissa, ending months of uncertainty over the country's biggest foreign investment in a single project.

Greek debt restructuring not part of EU strategy

EU economic affairs chief Olli Rehn warned on Monday that debt restructuring for Greece is not part of Europe's strategy and would have "devastating" consequences, one year to the day after a rescue enabled Greece to avoid default.

Asian stocks up on bin Laden news

Asian stocks were mostly positive on Monday with Japan climbing steadily and Sydney shaking off concerns over the rise of the Australian dollar after news of the death of Osama bin Laden.

Metropolitan

Indigenous people not recognised for communal mindset

Indigenous people are not recognised in the constitution of Bangladesh due to the communal mind-set of the successive governments, said Chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Regional Council Jyotirindro Bodhipriya Larma yesterday.

BCL factional clashes prompt CU closure: 8 injured

Chittagong University (CU) closed on Sunday for 11 days following a series of clashes between rival factions of CU's Bangladesh Chhatra League unit on Friday and Saturday, leaving at least eight severely injured.

War crimes trial to be fair

US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Stephen J Rapp, yesterday expressed satisfaction at the progress of the war crimes trial process in Bangladesh.

'NSI threatens CHT Commission'

The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Commission yesterday called upon the government to protect the commission from recent ‘intimidation and harassment’ by the officials of National Security Intelligence (NSI).

Limon gets bail

A Jhalakathi court yesterday granted bail to Limon, the college student maimed by Rab shooting, in a case filed for obstructing law-enforcers from discharging their duties and using arms against them.

Vow to establish workers' rights

Historic May Day was observed on Sunday in the country as elsewhere in the world with a vow to institutionalise socio-economic rights of workers.

Make workers' welfare body functional

Labour rights activists and trade union leaders yesterday demanded the government to immediately make Workers' Welfare Foundation functional, formed five years back.

Five killed in road accidents

Five people were killed and five others injured in road accidents in Chittagong, Lalmonirhat, Mymensingh, and Tangail yesterday.

Workshop on child mental health begins

An eight-day workshop on mental health, autism, and neurodisability began in the city on April 29, says a press release.

UGC okays 11 more private universities

The University Grants Commission emphasised the need for forming and activating 'Accreditation Council', incorporated in the Private University Act to ensure quality of higher education.

95 Islami Andolan men freed

Police yesterday freed 95 Islami Andolan Bangladesh (IAB) leaders and activists, who were detained on Sunday evening from the city's Paltan during violent clashes between IAB men and cops that left over 50 people injured.

40 hurt as bigots clash with workers in Sylhet

At least 40 persons were injured, including five policemen, as activists of Islami Shashontantra Andolan (ISA) clashed with labourers and madrasa students with transport workers in Sylhet on Sunday following May Day programmes.

Jahanara Imam's birthday today

Today is the 82nd birth anniversary of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam, an eminent litterateur and the crusader against war criminals and fundamentalism.

Missing

Sani Miah, 23, son of Golap Rahman of Purangaon village under Bajitpur Police Station of Kishorganj district, went missing on September 21 last year.

Snatched cloths recovered, 2 held

Police recovered 76 rolls of snatched garment cloths and arrested two persons in the port city on Sunday.

Scholarship for workers' children

Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (BGMEA) awarded scholarships to two hundred meritorious children of garment workers on May Day (Sunday) in the port city.

Four jute warehouses gutted

Four jute warehouses were gutted in a fire in Tamakpotti area of the district town yesterday.

One killed under train's wheels

A visitor of Lawachhara national park was crushed under the wheels of a train near the level crossing into the park on Saturday.

'Help establish citizens' rights to information'

Citizens of all walks of life should come forward alongside Information Commission to establish right to information of the country's people, said Information Commissioner Prof Sadeka Halim.

National

Barapukuria locals protest plan for open pit mining

Local people under the banner of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Minerals Resources, Power and Port besieged Barapukuria Coal Mine yesterday protesting government's plan to go for open pit mining and demanding compensation for aman crops and postponement of the ongoing land survey.

Python lays eggs at mini zoo

A python has laid around 30 eggs at the mini zoo run by wildlife conservator Sitesh Ranjan Deb in Srimongal upazila of Moulvibazar district.

Poll dates for more UPs

Schedules for elections to 157 union parishads in Jamalpur, Rangamati and Lalmonirhat districts have been announced, report our correspondents.

Fire at seven jute godowns in 2 dists

Fire gutted four jute godowns in Narayanganj on Sunday and damaged goods in three others in Khulna yesterday.

May Day makes no difference to them

The May Day meant no respite from toiling for them as they had to remain busy in operating machines for making soil paste, shaping it to make bricks, putting them for burning or loading the prepared bricks onto trucks under the scorching heat of the sun.

Woman 'kills' her baby, 'commits' suicide

A housewife allegedly committed suicide after poisoning her 3-year old baby girl to death in Modhyo Raghunathpur area of the city yesterday morning.

Schoolboy murdered in Pabna

Criminals hacked to death a class IX student of Bera High School in Bera upazila under Pabna district on Saturday night.

BCL at HSTU locks academic, admin bldgs

BCL unit at Hajee Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) yesterday locked the academic and administrative buildings confining VC, teachers, officials and staffs for several hours.

KMCH interns continue work stoppage

Interns at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) continued their work stoppage yesterday to press home their four-point demand.

International

Justice is done

"Justice has been done," President Barack Obama declared in a dramatic televised address late Sunday, after Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead deep inside Pakistan in a night-time helicopter raid by US covert forces.

Laden's death will not mute Jihad call

Members of militant Islamist forums said yesterday they prayed the news of Laden's death was not true and hinted at retaliation if it was.

Laden killing prompts Arab anger, relief

Some Arabs mourned him as a holy warrior and martyr, while others saw him as a "pillar of evil" whose deadly attacks on the United States unleashed a backlash against Muslims across the world.

Twitter user reports live on Laden raid

A Pakistani provided live Twitter updates on the raid that killed Usama bin Laden, without realizing it.

DNA tests confirm Laden's death

DNA tests have confirmed that Osama bin Laden is dead, a senior US official said yesterday, a day after a daring raid by US special forces on the Al-Qaeda leader's compound in Pakistan.

FBI slaps 'Deceased' on Laden

The FBI updated its "most wanted terrorists" list within hours of the killing of Osama bin Laden, slapping a red banner under his picture with the word "Deceased."

Arts & Entertainment

Satyajit Ray: Taking Bengali Cinema to the World

“The quiet but deep observation, understanding and love of the human race, which are characteristic of all his films, have impressed me greatly. ...I feel that he is a 'giant' of the movie industry. Not to have seen his cinema means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon."

Disco Ditties Inspired by Bangla Folk Tunes

Bollywood singer-music director Bappi Lahiri aka the 'Disco King' doesn't need an introduction. He has been entertaining audiences all over the subcontinent with his tunes for over four decades. He created waves in the music industry by singing in Hindi, Bengali and many other regional languages. Lahiri was recently in Dhaka. Nazmus Saquib caught up with him.

Guerrilla Traversing the Country

“Guerrilla”, a film depicting the Liberation War, directed by noted cultural personality and freedom fighter Nasiruddin Yousuff, was recently screened at Theatre Institute Chittagong (TIC).

British Council's Tagore inspired fashion show today

In an era of reinterpreting, rereading and rediscovering what is regarded as classic, it is likely that enthusiasts will delve deeply into the works of the brightest star in the realm of our culture and bring about something that has not been focused on before.

Val Kilmer's dramatic decline

There was a time when Val Kilmer could do anything. He could dance with dead Indians, and try to set Meg Ryan on fire while Oliver Stone could only look on in awe from the director's chair. During those days of the early 1990s, Kilmer could spout dialogue laced with nearly incomprehensible poetry in "The Doors" and "Tombstone," and still land the lead in a Joel Schumacher "Batman" movie where he gets to romance Nicole Kidman while wearing a caped crusader outfit.

OP-ED

US wins a battle

Osama bin Laden has been killed by US forces inside Pakistan on Sunday. His death shook the world in more ways than one. Osama had made a niche in all homes, either as a qualified terrorist bombing the innocents or as an Islamic hero fighting the American devil. His "end" was so important that it was pronounced by the US president himself.

The power behind the throne

Power changed hands in the third living generation of Britain's House of Windsor through the touch of a finger. It happened during the most dramatic part of a wedding ceremony, when Prince William began to place the ring on the finger of Kate Middleton, a beautiful young lady of common rather than aristocratic birth.

Who protected Laden?

We just learned at 11:30 pm EDT on Sunday (May 1) in America via Internet and TV that a special American team had gone to Abbottabad, which is located in the Hazara district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as Northwest Frontier Province) in Pakistan, to execute a daring mission. The city of Abbottabad is located about 90 miles to the north from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.

Comments of world leaders on Bin Laden's death

US President Barack Obama
Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama Bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

Science & Life

Chemical picture of a bacteria

For the first time, scientists have been able to paint a detailed chemical picture of how a particular strain of bacteria has evolved to become resistant to antibiotics. The research is a key step toward designing compounds to prevent infections by recently evolved, drug-resistant "superbugs" that often are found in hospitals, as well as in the general population.

Testing blood type made easier

It would be, rather, a rare instance to find people not knowing their height or weight; but not knowing the blood type is a common phenomenon. Be it for the health insurance card or the driver's license, many a times we fail to provide our blood type either because we forgot the type or we never knew it. Blood typing is one of the most vital medical tests, yet many of us are unaware of our blood type and ignorant of the dire consequences this could lead to. Conventional blood typing methods are time-consuming, not on-the-spot and require the use of sophisticated instruments that are unavailable in many less developed countries. In scenarios, like a blood transfusion or an organ transplant, where knowing the blood becomes extremely crucial, an instantaneous test is certainly a remedy. At Monash University, Australia, Dr. Mohidus Khan*, a young Bangladeshi researcher, and his team developed the first ever paper diagnostics to determine blood type, that costs only a few cents and is as simple as placing a droplet of blood onto the paper strip, revealing the blood type in a minute or two.

Nanotech boosts solar cell

With the creation of a 3-D nanocone-based solar cell platform, a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jun Xu has boosted the light-to-power conversion efficiency of photovoltaics by nearly 80 percent.

Antarctica threatened?

It's unforgivingly cold and isolated, but stowaways are arriving in Antarctica in a steady stream. Seeds, fungi and insects go where people -- in this case researchers and tourists -- take them. These arrivals all create the potential for invasive species to establish themselves in the world's most pristine continent and its islands.

'Exotic Super-Earth:'

An international team of astronomers have revealed details of a "super-exotic" exoplanet that would make the planet Pandora in the movie Avatar pale in comparison.

Zap! More fish

Better brains make one fish, two fish, into lots and lots of fish.

Graham Bell hated telephone!

Even Alexander Graham Bell, who was awarded the patent for the invention of the telephone, disliked telephones so much that he refused to have one in his office. But that should not come as a surprise because both his mother and wife was deaf and perhaps Bell who also was a speech teacher to the deaf was only considering them.


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