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News of: Sunday, 12th of June, 2011

Front Page

Mangrove forest plundered

Within hours after a court judgement that clearly directed the authorities to abide by the forest and environment acts, groups of people have chopped down thousands of trees inside a mangrove forest and a designated wildlife sanctuary to build a road in the remote island of Char Kukrimukri.

Hassle for home-goers

Hundreds of city dwellers were left stranded on streets yesterday after pro-hartal pickets vandalised several buses forcing many of them to stay put in their garage.

Economy to get hurt

Leaders of the chambers and trade bodies yesterday urged the main opposition BNP to withdraw hartal and solve political problems in parliament saying strikes badly hurt the economy.

Hartal aims for anarchy

The leader of the opposition is creating sufferings for the people by calling hartals, though she used to talk against it while in power, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday.

It's our fight for existence

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has directed her party leaders to put in their best to make the party's anti-government agitation programme including hartal a success but asked them to avoid arrest tactfully.

Muhith slates CPD again

Finance Minister AMA Muhith again came down heavily yesterday on the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) for questioning the provisional estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) growth by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).

Same old sad story

Today is the World Day Against Child Labour. But meanwhile…

Compromise mulled

Facing resentment from government officials over scrapping of the income tax exemption privilege, the government is contemplating a measure to offer them a reasonable alternative.

Brac comes to aid of Libya returnees

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (Brac) has launched a Tk 70 lakh credit programme, funded by Brac Bank, for more than a hundred of those repatriated from strife-torn Libya.

Tortoises seized at Thai airport

Thai authorities have found nearly 400 protected tortoises in unclaimed bags at an airport in Bangkok, an official confirmed yesterday.

Speaker, info boss fight over priority

Speaker Abdul Hamid and Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday got into an altercation over equal coverage of the treasury and opposition benches on the Sangsad Television.

Husband beats up DU teacher

A teacher of Dhaka University was critically injured and lost an eye as her husband brutally beat her up a few days ago.

10 more anthrax infected

Ten people have reportedly been infected with anthrax in Faridpur upazila of Pabna, district health officials said yesterday.

Indian journo shot dead

A senior journalist with an English tabloid daily, who extensively covered crime and underworld in India's financial capital Mumbai for over two decades, was shot dead by four unidentified persons yesterday.

Two French soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two French soldiers were killed and a third was seriously injured in Afghanistan Friday in two separate accidents, Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said in a statement.

Chavez undergoes surgery in Cuba

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba on Friday to treat an abscess in his pelvic area and is recovering, Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said.

Editorial

Why this new hartal?

We are compelled to put the question to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its political allies: why a hartal again? The 36-hour general strike commencing this morning can only deepen political uncertainties and economic hardship for the people. What has happened since the June 5 hartal for the opposition to call for another hartal in less than a week, that too imposing an excruciating longer version on the people.

Indiscipline at govt. hospitals

Patients visiting government hospitals have been known to suffer various forms of harassments. From getting beds at the hospitals to availability of proper food and services they are made to pay for almost everything. They are lured to private hospitals. They are sometimes forced to purchase date-expired medicines and re-cycled materials for treatment.

Sports

A 'tainted' Jamal win

It is hardly the case that a team is booed off and gets a swearing ovation from the crowd just after they have won a crucial league match to tighten their grips on what promised to be their maiden league title. Ironically that was the case at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday, and the recipients were Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club, the cash-rich inclusion to the fourth edition of the Bangladesh League this year, who won 5-2 against Rahmatganj MFS yesterday.

Bitter past should bring better days

Nobody knows better than this new crop of national selectors the pain of unfair treatment by the team management, in particular from the foreign coach.

Tsonga shocks Nadal

World number one Rafael Nadal crashed out of Queen's on Friday when French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled off a shock 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-1 win in the quarterfinals.

Shakib stars with ball

Shakib Al Hasan picked up three wickets in Worcestershire's first win in the Friends Life t20 competition on Friday evening.

Stalwarts urge for consensus

Former players of Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited yesterday urged all to bring the club back from the courtroom and establish a board of directors based on consensus to resolve the divisions amongst the club members and directors. Some thirty former players from football, cricket, hockey and other sports congregated at the club in Motijheel yesterday to discuss the issues and later briefed the press of the outcome.

Do not belittle our wins, argues Raina

A second-string India's dominance in the ODI series against the West Indies has raised questions about the quality of the host team, leaving visiting skipper Suresh Raina livid as he feels this amounts to belittling his young side's good show.

The embers still burn

The ultimate form of cricket Tests -- is also the most primitive. Since the 19th century, it has enthralled millions and on July 21 this year, the 2000th Test match will be held at its spiritual home Lord's. The Daily Star Sport pays tribute to Test cricket and over the next 39 days will take you on a journey spanning 134 years.

Real appeal suspension

Real Madrid on Friday launched an appeal against the three-match ban handed to coach Jose Mourinho for his comments after the first leg of Real's Champions League semifinal defeat by Barcelona.

No offers for Aguero

Atletico Madrid has received no offers for Argentine star Sergio 'Kun' Aguero, who announced last month he wants to leave the club, new coach Gregorio Manzano said Friday.

Mexicans fail dope test

Five Mexican footballers who were suspended from the Gold Cup for doping after testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol were flown to Los Angeles on Friday for more tests.

Lahiru stakes Test claim

Left-hander Lahiru Thiri-manne rode his luck to score a fine century and virtually assure a first Test cap when Sri Lanka take on England in Southampton next week.

Court okays burial of Wanjiru

A court has finally ruled that the burial of reigning Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru can go ahead, a month after his death and despite the protests of his mother, who says he was murdered.

Strauss made OBE

England skipper Andrew Strauss has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

FIFA probe demanded

Trinidad and Tobago opposition leader Keith Rowley gave police commissioner Dwayne Gibbs until Tuesday to launch a probe into suspended FIFA executives Mohammed Bin Hammam and compatriot Jack Warner.

Grafite set for exodus

Former Bundesliga top-scorer Grafite looks set to become the third star striker to leave the Bundesliga in recent weeks as reports in the German media on Saturday link him to Dubai side Al Ahli.

Spending spree on for L'pool

Liverpool's director of football Damien Comolli vowed on Saturday that the club's purchase of English midfielder Jordan Henderson was just the beginning of their summer transfer activity.

Socrates mulls Cuba job

Former Brazil star Socrates is mulling over an offer from the Cuban authorities to take on the post of national coach, the former Corinthians midfield stalwart said on Friday.

Business

State enterprises back in the red

The government suffered huge losses in state-owned-enterprises (SoEs) in the current fiscal year, after making profit in the previous two years.

Bourses urge govt to reverse tax plan for brokers

Stock exchanges yesterday urged the government to reconsider its proposal of doubling tax on brokerage commission, saying that the bourses will benefit from the existing rate in the long run.

Subsidy cut to upset agriculture: analysts

A budgetary plan to cut farm subsidies will frustrate farmers and the sector as a whole, as they still need special care for a few more years, analysts said yesterday.

Atiur suggests strong microcredit watch

Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman yesterday called for stronger monitoring of micro-credit activities to free the sector of corruption and irregularities.

Tax hike to harm RMG, jute exports: trade bodies

Increased tax at source may harm the readymade garment and jute product sectors and cause exports to fall, trade bodies warned yesterday.

Digital marketplace launched for SMEs

Akhoni.com, a digital marketing and e-commerce company, was launched in the city yesterday in order to help small and medium businesses market their products.

US trade seeks to help Africa's people: Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday the United States wants to expand trade with Africa by investing in the continent's people, drawing a line with China's no-strings trade policies.

Apple recalls some Verizon iPad 2 tablets

Apple Inc is recalling some of its iPad2 tablets that is designed to run on Verizon's network for connectivity issues.

Saudi Arabia and the Cartel of One

Opec's failure to reach a new agreement on production and the public sniping among ministers about who was responsible have prompted an outpouring of comment about whether the organisation is in crisis and can regain its relevance.

Paris to become a "laboratory" for urban design

Paris, the city that has inspired legions of artists and creative thinkers over the centuries is looking to the future -- searching for urban design projects at the forefront of innovation and utility.

Build a brand, be global

Marketing guru Philip Kotler suggested Bangladesh and its corporate leaders should focus on developing global brands for sustainable development.

An ambassador of marketing

Philip Kotler, an American born renowned strategic marketer, is the world's leading author on marketing. He is the SC Johnson Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in USA.

India still seeking fab formula for chipmakers

With its vast workforce, thriving chip design sector and burgeoning demand of electronics, India should be an attractive base for semiconductor makers, but its efforts to establish an international manufacturing hub have so far been a flop.

Carstens, Lagarde battle over IMF job

The pullout of two dark-horse candidates left France's Christine Lagarde and Mexico's Agustin Carstens the only apparent competitors to head the IMF as nominations were to close at midnight Friday.

Helping euro states vital for Germany: Merkel

Helping indebted European countries get back on their feet is vital to Germany's economic health, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday in a message aimed at the general public.

Greek PM urges unity over new austerity measures

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called Friday on all parties to show unity over new austerity measures proposed by his government to send a message of "national consensus" to its European creditors.

Obama calls on private sector to create jobs

US President Barack Obama on Saturday called for the private sector to create more jobs, but underlined the government's role in promoting professional education.

Asian shares mixed, as China weighs

Asian markets were mixed on Friday after the Dow in New York rose for the first time in six sessions but a rate hike in South Korea and persistent fears over tightening in China kept dealers nervous.

Weekly Currency Roundup

June 5-9, 2011
International Markets
At the end of the week the euro rose broadly as investors geared up for hawkish signals from the European Central Bank that would boost the single currency's yield differentials. But there was a risk of a correction in the euro if the ECB appeared dovish by flagging a slower pace of interest rate hikes later in the year, given a possible global slowdown and the lingering Greek debt crisis. The single currency also rallied strongly against the Swiss franc, up 0.7 percent, to 1.2274 francs. Traders cited a Swiss bank and US investment bank as buyers. ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet is expected to use higher staff inflation forecasts at Thursday's post-policy meeting news conference to justify the case for monetary tightening in July. But the continued possibility of Greek debt restructuring, which was raised again on Wednesday in a letter from German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, meant the euro could come under pressure after the ECB news conference. The dollar recouped losses against the yen having slumped to a one-month. Against a basket of currencies the dollar was down 0.2 percent at 73.812. The Federal Reserve's Beige Book summary of economic conditions on Wednesday confirmed US growth slowed in May as a result of supply disruptions stemming from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Investors will look to the release of US initial jobless claims at 1230 GMT for further clues on the state of the world's largest economy, which has endured a recent slew of lacklustre data.

Metropolitan

Piling collapse makes two buildings risky

Piling of a construction site collapsed yesterday taking along a boundary wall of an adjacent building at the city's Gulshan-2. The collapse left two adjacent multi-storey buildings at risk.

Vow to end hazardous labour

The country will observe today the 10th World Day Against Child Labour with a vow to eliminate the worst forms of child labour within the next five years.

'Political consensus a must for development'

A long-term political consensus between the two main political parties is necessary for the country's overall development, organisers of Cambrian University Campus Parliament Debate said yesterday.

PM opens rental power plant

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated a 100-megawatt furnace oil-fired quick rental power plant at Meghnaghat yesterday.

Introduce e-voting if people say yes

Journalists and members of civil society yesterday supported Election Commission's (EC) bid to introduce electronic voting machines (EVM) in the next general polls on condition of people's affirmation.

Ensure rights of child domestic helps in new policy

Speakers at a discussion yesterday stressed incorporating the rights of child domestic workers in proposed “Domestic Help and Welfare Policy” to protect them from hazardous works.

Epilepsy common among 16-31 age group

Epilepsy, a common chronic neurological disorder characterised by seizures, is prevalent among people of all ages but common ages in Bangladesh are between 16 to 31 years, according to physicians.

Digital services to stimulate growth

Speakers at a workshop yesterday observed that the digitisation of both public and private services would lead the country to achieve double-figure growth in the next few years.

'Use army to prevent public harassment'

Citizens Rights Movement yesterday demanded deployment of army personnel to stop harassments in city bus services and implementation of a bus fare policy based on the distances travelled, says a press release.

Relocate tanneries from Hazaribagh

Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded the tanneries be immediately relocated from the city's Hazaribagh area to avert serious environmental and health hazards.

RMG workers block road for pay hike

Several hundred workers of a ready-made garments factory blocked Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway yesterday for about an hour demanding salary raise.

BNP provokes evil forces to grab power

State Minister for Home Affairs Shamusul Huq Tuku yesterday alleged that BNP, by calling hartal, is provoking evil forces to grab power.

Higher tax on tobacco demanded

Some NGO activists yesterday demanded imposition of more supplementary duty on tobacco and tobacco products to discourage its widespread use.

Workshop on disciplinary proceedings concludes

A four-day training workshop on "How to handle disciplinary proceedings" concluded in the city Thursday, said a press release yesterday.

Sadat Salim made Social Clubs chair

Sadat Hossain Salim, president of Dhaka Club Ltd, has unanimously been elected the first chairman of the Foundation of Social Clubs in Bangladesh.

Dead identified as security officer

The body, which was found on Friday on a road in the city's Shah Ali, was identified yesterday.

Signal No 3 at maritime ports

Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's bazar and Mongla have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal number three as deep convection is taking place over North Bay and adjoining coastal area of Bangladesh.

Robbery at jewellery

Robbers looted jewelry goods worth about Tk 15 lakh from a jewellery at Abdullahpur in South Keraniganj on Friday midnight.

12 Ctg BNP activists held

Police arrested at least 12 BNP leaders and activists from Batali Road at Enayet Bazar in the port city yesterday.

Marine cadets boycott exam

Cadets of Marine Fisheries Academy in Chittagong yesterday called upon fellow cadets to abstain from examinations from today to press home their demand to distribute Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC), which is a requirement for joining foreign vessels.

Two women commit suicide

Two women allegedly committed suicide by hanging in seperate incidents yesterday in the city's Hazaribagh and Adabor.

Govt breaks polls pledge

The government broke its election pledge of bringing change into politics, said speakers at a meeting in the city yesterday.

Judge hands over two men to cops

A High Court judge yesterday handed over two persons to police on charge of trying to influence his personal officer in connection with a case of fatwa in Bogra by entering his guarded room at the court.

Obituary

Jahurunnesa, wife of late Hasanuzzaman and mother of Prof Md Fakhruzzaman, died of old age complications at Haveli Gopalpur area in Faridpur district yesterday.

National

Greed to cost the lone sweet water source

A group of ruling Awami League men are building a shopping complex after filling up part of the lone sweet water pond at Sharankhola upazila headquarters in Bagerhat district allegedly in collusion with a section of corrupt officials of Bagerhat Zila Parishad.

11 people jailed, 19 others fined for violating poll code

Mobile courts sentenced 11 people to jail and fined 19 others for violating election code of conduct in different unions of Pabna, Krigram, Gaibandha and Narail districts in the last three days.

30 injured in roof collapse

About 30 workers were injured as a roof of an under-construction building of Vendabari food depot in Pirganj upazila collapsed yesterday afternoon.

Two municipalities in Dinajpur, Pabna go to polls today

Election to Ghoraghat municipality in Dinajpur and Atghoria municipality in Pabna will be held today, election official sources said.

Clashes mark UP polls in Noakhali

Ten people including three policemen and two Ansar members were injured in clashes between law enforcers and locals while ballot box looting, attempt to seize polling centres, suspension of polls at two centres marked elections in several centers during election to nine union parishads (UP) of Chatkhil upazila yesterday.

8o injured in districts

Pre- and post-UP poll violence in Habiganj, Brahmanbaria, Lalmonirhat and Takurgaon districts left over 80 people injured yesterday and the day before.

Lightning kills 7 in two dists

Seven people, including three schoolboys, were killed by lightning in Gomostapur upazila of Chapainawabganj district and in Modhukhali, Boalmari and Bhanga upazilas of Faridpur district yesterday.

Untreated and uncared, Indrani dies finally

Hapless Indrani Mandol finally succumbed to her burn injuries at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) at about 11:00am on Friday, after spending a woeful period without necessary medical treatment during her 22 days stay there.

Clash over land: 3 hurt, 2 houses torched

Three people including an elderly woman were injured in a clash over a disputed land at Balia village in Sadar upazila yesterday.

Two bombs found

Rab members recovered two bombs from the courtyard of a house at Chougachha village in Gangni municipalty area yesterday morning.

Current nets seized

Coastguards in a drive seized about 15,000 metres current net worth of Tk 9 lakh yesterday. Lieutenant Commander Jasimuzzaman said they seized the nets from Bandar Ghat in Cox's Bazar. Sensing the presence of the coastguards, the fishermen who were illegally fishing in the Bay escaped from the scene, he added.

Drug peddler jailed

A mobile court sentenced a drug peddler to one and a half years imprisonment in Sadar upazila yesterday. A team of narcotics department led by Inspector Milon Mukherjee arrested the convict, Md Obaidullah Morol, 45, of Taluigachha village in Thanaghata area of the upazila and recovered drugs from his possession at around 10:00am. The drug peddler was produced in the court of Executive Magistrate Mushruba Ferdous. After hearing, the court sent him to jail.

Day labourer commits suicide

A day labourer committed suicide by taking poison over family feud at Kasba Bazarpara village in Gangni upazila on Friday. The deceased was identified as Iman Ali, 29, of the village. Police said Iman took poison following a quarrel with his family members in the afternoon. He was rushed to the upazila health complex and died on the way to Meherpur General Hospital.

Girl's body recovered

The body of an unidentified girl was recovered from a tea garden at Kamaichara in Bahubal upazila Friday afternoon. Workers of the Kamaichara Dargagaon Tea Garden found the body and informed police who rushed to the spot, recovered the body and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. Police suspected that criminals slit the throat of the teenage girl after rape and left the body in the garden.

Paddy laden truck looted

A gang of robbers hijacked a paddy laden truck from Jolarbata area on Natore-Bogra highway in Singra upazila on Friday night. Police said, the truck was going to Faridpur town from Joypurhat. When the truck reached Jolarbata area, an armed gang put up road barricade with felled trees. Later they hijacked the truck at gun point. Locals found the driver, helper and businessman tied with roadside trees and informed police. Police rushed to the spot and rescued them in unconscious state.

Letters

Make the doctors accountable

Though it may sound ludicrous but it is a fact that becoming sick and going to a doctor or a hospital these days has become a frightening phenomenon for the common people, because the high charges levied by them is simply beyond the means of the common public to bear with. Most of these so-called posh hospitals have facilitated doctors with arrays of degrees advertised beside their names; some degrees are beyond anybody's apprehensions. These doctors are provided with plush chambers and their names are prominently exposed to different places so that they cannot escape the eyes of the patients. One of my cousins recently went to one of such posh hospitals with chest pain. He was taken to the ICU right away and kept there all night and interestingly the duty doctor told his wife that the patient needed to be put with rings as they suspected that his heart had got blockages. However, going to another hospital for a second opinion, he was told that he didn't need anything; they also told him that it all started from the formation of gas in the stomach. As for the bill, my cousin paid Taka 17, 000 /-, for spending a night in the ICU. What a way of fleecing money from the unsuspecting patient! I wonder when our concerned authorities will correct all these malpractices and make the doctors accountable for their wrong doing!

Sparrow in a concrete jungle

Your front page picture of a sparrow with its nest in the concrete jungle of Dhaka, that appeared on June 7, 2011, inspired me to put some bird homes all around our apartment building.

Miserable life

The opposition and the government must come to an understanding.

Rising prices

The commerce Minister's statement from time to time will have little bearing on the minds of common people, comprising 90% of the population of the country. The fact is that the prices of essential consumer products have increased at a geometrical proportion - 60 to 100% and still continue to rise. The common people are groaning under the heels of tremendous price hike.

Failure of teachers

Teachers all over the world have the same aim, to encourage their students to learn and become independent adults. I do not disagree that many teachers have personally impacted me and have inspired me to achieve heights. However, I cannot deny the negative influence few have made on not only me, but all of my peers. On a national level, the role that is undertaken by teachers nowadays is particularly worrying. With corporal punishment on the rise, I have begun to question if teachers really remember their main purpose of taking up the teaching profession. Additionally, teachers have been harming students by exhibiting their personal frustration on them, not teaching effectively but limiting knowledge to books and not concentrating on the well-being of students, forcing them to join private tuitions etc. On the other hand, many students do not show proper attitude and respect towards their teachers.

In response to ….

Some days ago, the world has seen a grand marriage ceremony of the majestic couple Prince William and Kate Middleton. Undoubtedly, it was a magnificent ceremony the world has ever seen. I have seen some writers are so enthusiastic in highlighting the ceremony recurrently, giving different titles like 'A royal love story', 'Hats off to William and Kate' etc. Wishing is fine, but exaggeration is boring. Bangladesh is beset with numerous problems e.g. pollution, road accident, traffic jam and so on! Highlighting these things will be more helpful for the nation.

End the enclaves!

An informative, front page report and photographs alongside the subject was published in local English daily on 6th. June. It was something about which most of us are not usually aware of! However, those who live in the enclaves are neither Bangladeshis nor Indians; literally and factually!

World Oceans Day

Human activities are taking a terrible toll on the world's oceans and seas. Vulnerable marine ecosystems, such as corals, and important fisheries are being damaged by over-exploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing practices, invasive alien species and marine pollution, especially from land-based sources. Increased sea temperatures, sea level rise and ocean acidification caused by climate change pose a further threat to marine life, coastal and island communities and national economies. The World Oceans Day allows us to highlight the many ways in which oceans contribute to society.

Rahimafrooz solar

Congratulations Rahimafrooz, for bringing the solar energy accumulation product in market! I predict many other international companies would come into market gradually. Works on Solar Energy have been going on in our country, with good number of publications mentioning all aspects of the energy. Globally 341 companies have emerged. In Asia Hong Kong, China and Taiwan are using the energy to a significant extent. I urge Rahimafrooz to provide concise information about its practical use by opening a customer friendly website. As our government is moving to advocate Solar Energy Utilization by consumers, consumer friendly information would definitely be useful!

Save the breeding ground

Halda is one of the major rivers in the south-eastern region of Bangladesh. It is one of the world's major natural sweet water fish breeding ground from where carp fish (Ruhi, Katol, Mrigel and Kalibaush) eggs are collected by the fishermen. The eggs are collected during April to June almost every year. Eggs are hatched to produce fries, and these fries are supplied to different regions of the country. But in recent years the availability of eggs and fries has fallen abruptly. There are several reasons behind it:

Utter disrespect to the dead

The current Awami League government has committed a few mistakes during the tenure of their governance. It is yet again committing a serious and costly mistake by completely demolishing a shrine by constructing cemented benches, as if there is no other space available at the 1000 acre Ramna Park, Dhaka.

Gandhi on judging person

Mahatma Gandhi suggested observing an unknown person by how he behaves with people lower to his status, to instantly judge whether he is a good or a bad person. If he behaves well and sympathetically then it is to be concluded that the person is good and if he behaves harshly, the person isn't good enough, should be bad.

Can't we implement Kotler's idea?

Philip Kotler is known as marketing-guru especially among business students, academicians and marketing executives worldwide. The 80-year-old professor of International Marketing became an icon in the academic arena and developed new concepts in marketing. From a complex phenomenon, he simplified the definition of marketing as “Marketing is the set of human activities directed at facilitating and consummating exchanges”. However, perhaps he is the first person who feels the necessity for Bangladesh, a country of 170 million people, to be a member of BRICS group. BRICS refers to member countries Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The total population of these five countries is nearly 3 billion. We know that on April 13, 2011 the "S" was formally added to BRIC to form BRICS after the admission of South Africa into the union. So, we hope our efficient diplomacy will turn BRICS into BBRICS someday.

Beware of Limon case

May I refer to the letter published in The Daily Star on 6th June titled "Resolve the Limon Crisis" written by Md. Shafiuddin Sabuj, where the writer has claimed that he (Limon) has been recorded "as being 25-year-old, but actually he was 16". My question is how come he is 16 years old being a HSC examinee at the time of the incident! Does it mean he had passed the SSC examination when he was 14? Does it comply with our existing act or is it possible at all? I would request the concerned authorities/departments to publish the real age of Limon to remove the contradiction in this regard, and I am also requesting not to publish any misappropriate data which can create misunderstanding amongst the readers/concerned. Since the top level personnel of the government has already opined about the matter and it's still under investigation with the high level public servant like Additional Divisional Commissioner of Barisal, so none should try to influence the directives of the competent authorities/government giving wrong information at this stage.

Azam Khan and our shame

The death of Pop Guru Azam Khan has hogged the headlines of all the electronic as well as print media. Thousands of people showed their emotion on the demise of this icon. Ironically, lack of money had forced him to return from Singapore without completing his full treatment!

International

Pakistan, US discuss future intel sharing framework

CIA chief Leon Panetta held talks with top Pakistani military and intelligence officials and discussed ways to strengthen future intelligence sharing, the Pakistani military said.

Turkey offers Gaddafi way out amid deadly clashes

Heavy fighting between pro-Gaddafi troops and rebels broke out in a Libyan city just 160 kilometres east of Tripoli, potentially opening the coastal road to the capital, and in besieged Misrata as Turkey said it has offered Gaddafi guarantees to leave Libya.

Palin received death threats after 2008 nomination

Sarah Palin received death threats after she was nominated as Republican John McCain's running mate in 2008 presidential elections, according to emails released Friday, reflecting her meteoric rise.

Hillary warns Africa of 'new colonialism'

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday warned Africa of a creeping "new colonialism" from foreign investors and governments interested only in extracting the continent's natural resources to enrich themselves and not the African people.

Thousands of Syrians flood into Turkey

Around 4,300 Syrians have fled a brutal crackdown against pro-democracy protesters and are staying in camps in southern Turkey, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday.

Blasts kill 20 in Afghan towns

A series of bombs and explosions killed 20 people in Afghanistan's southern and eastern flashpoints yesterday, among them at least eight children and four women, government officials said.

Say goodbye to cool summers: Study

By 2050, the coolest summers in the tropics and parts of the northern hemisphere will still be hotter than the most scorching summers since the mid-20th century if global warming continues apace, according to a new study.

Sudan leaders to meet on border conflict

The presidents of north and south Sudan are to meet in Addis Ababa today to discuss the crises in the border regions of Abyei and South Kordofan, China's envoy for African affairs said yesterday.

Violence kills nine in Iraqi capital

Violence north of Baghdad yesterday killed nine people, including five members of a Sunni Arab family slain early in the morning, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

India pushes Sri Lanka on Tamil rights

India yesterday asked Sri Lanka to address the grievances of the island's Tamil minority two years after the Tamil Tiger separatist rebels were finally defeated, reports said.

Karzai calls on Pakistan to eradicate militants

Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on Pakistan to eradicate militant sanctuaries at "detailed" talks yesterday about a peace process with the Taliban that inaugurated a joint peace commission.

21 al-Qaeda suspects, 10 troops killed

Ten Yemeni soldiers and 21 suspected al-Qaeda militants were killed in clashes in south Yemen yesterday, the defence ministry said on its news website.

Thailand finds E coli in European cabbage

Thailand said yesterday that it had detected E coli in cabbage imported from Europe and was checking whether it was the lethal strain involved in a killer outbreak in northern Germany.

Somali pirates free Kuwaiti oil tanker

Somali pirates say they freed a UAE-flagged, Kuwaiti-owned oil tanker after a $12-million ransom was paid.

Al-Qaeda's E Africa chief killed in Mogadishu

The United States believes the presumed head of al-Qaeda in east Africa, Fazul Abdullah Muhammad, is very likely dead, a US official said yesterday.

Yemen's Saleh health 'bad' a week after blast

Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh is in poor condition and suffering breathing problems in a Saudi hospital, an informed source said yesterday, a week after a bomb blast wounded the embattled president.

Maoists kill 3 Indian troopers

Suspected Maoist guerrillas shot dead three troopers yesterday in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, the third deadly attack on security forces in recent days.

Arts & Entertainment

A Musical Offering to Rabindranath Tagore

Marking 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore this year, Jatiyo Rabindra Sangeet Sammilan Parishad (Dhaka metro branch) arranged a programme featuring the Nobel laureate's songs and poetry at the main auditorium of Chhayanaut Sangskriti Bhaban on June 10. The event also marked 100th anniversary of “Geetanjali”, the Nobel Prize winning book by Tagore.

“A Man for All Seasons”: When Silence Doesn't Mean Consent

The phrase “silence means agreement” doesn't always hold true. We find a different meaning of it in Robert Bolt's much acclaimed play “A Man for All Seasons”. In the play, Sir Thomas More, a man of principles, is executed for remaining silent. His silence reflects his objection to King Henry VIII's wish to divorce his wife.

Azam Khan recalled in Rajshahi

Pop legend Azam Khan was recalled at a citizens' condolence meeting in Rajshahi city on Friday evening.

An evening of Rabinra Sangeet, featuring an emerging artiste

Cultural organisation Pancham arranged an evening of Rabindra Sangeet, featuring up and coming singer Mizanur Rahman Taslim, at the Music and Dance Centre auditorium, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on June 10.

Three-day regional poetry recitation festival in Barisal

A three-day regional poetry recitation festival, titled 'Anchalik Abriti Utshab', in Barisal city opened last Friday evening.

Portrait of a Maestro: Ravi Shankar

I saw some music videos by Lady Gaga for the first time recently. I do admire her theatricality. She is a very intelligent performer.

OP-ED

World Bank, know thyself!

Last Tuesday, a curious article entitled "How Padma Bridge will be built," written by Ms. Ellen Goldstein, Country Director, World Bank, Bangladesh appeared in this

Beware the Ides of June

There is something about June that does not quite agree with Congress fortunes. On June 25, 1946, the Congress accepted the Wavell plan to protect a notional form of Indian unity, only to walk away from its decision in a fortnight and open the party to accusations that may have become archaic, but never quite disappear from history books. On June 4, 1947, the Congress accepted the partition of India. Mahatma Gandhi, sitting in Delhi's Dalit colony, mourned: "Today, I find myself alone… (even Sardar Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru) wonder if I have not deteriorated with age."

When 'yes' means 'no?'

Have you ever been in a situation where people ask for help and, despite the multiple and overlapping demands on your time, you have trouble saying "no?" Even when you know that conceding to the request might entail juggling your own competing priorities or losing a few hours of badly needed sleep? If the answer is "yes," you are not alone. I happen to be one of those individuals who find it hard to refuse people when they ask for a favour. This is not to claim that I am more compassionate than others. It's just that I have failed to master the art of saying "no" and feel guilty and lousy after rejecting a request for help!

Holy Spirit in the life of the Church

Today, Christians all over the world commemorate the "birthday" of the Church. The Pentecost Sunday is the fiftieth day after the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday. The Holy Spirit came upon the earliest band of Christ's followers, giving them a unique spiritual experience. Originally "Pentecost" was the Old Testament Harvest festival, which started seven weeks before and culminated on the fiftieth day.

GAVI -- Saving children's lives

There is something about a child under five -- those baby years, when you witness their first smile, their first step, their first word. There is a magic to that which never fades, even when replaced by the development of an extraordinary teen and then the adult they become.

This Day In History

June12
1964
Anti-apartheid activist and ANC leader Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison for sabotage in South Africa.


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