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News of: Wednesday, 15th of June, 2011

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Mangoes date with chemical

Nothing, not even the provision for capital punishment, can deter them.

30,000 toxic bananas destroyed

A mobile court yesterday destroyed around 30,000 toxic bananas and fined a trader Tk 5,000 for ripening the fruit artificially at a wholesale store in Radhanagar village of Pabna Sadar upazila.

Schoolboy killed by stray bullet

A schoolboy was killed when a stray bullet from a gunfight between Rapid Action Battalion and drug peddlers hit him at Boubazar of Fatullah in Narayanganj last night, police said.

Actions shrouded in questions

Mobile court operation during the 36-hour hartal from Sunday dawn has sparked controversy among different quarters as around 113 hartal pickets were convicted for the first time during the countrywide shutdown called by the opposition.

MPs to fix next terms

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said only the elected representatives of the people will decide under what mechanism and whose authority the next parliamentary election will be held.

SC for saving Bhola forest

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday prohibited felling of trees at a mangrove forest in Char Kukrimukri of Bhola for the construction of a road as it stayed the project for four weeks.

Govt staff to get protection

The government placed a bill in parliament yesterday seeking to enact a new law on contempt of court, with provisions for protection of government officials from the charge while on official duty.

Kamaruzzaman dodges charges

Investigators yesterday claimed that they have enough incriminating evidence to prove the war crimes charges against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman.

Envoy to Japan finally recalled

Bangladesh is recalling its ambassador to Japan AKM Majibur Rahman Bhuiyan, a senior foreign ministry official said yesterday amid media reports in Dhaka that he allegedly harassed a Japanese woman working at its Tokyo mission.

BNP announces its stance tomorrow

BNP last night reviewed its stance on the caretaker government system, and the latest political situation against the backdrop of repeated calls from the ruling Awami League leaders to sit for talks to resolve the caretaker issue.

No deal reached then

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took politicians by surprise yesterday by claiming that political parties had agreed upon holding of three parliamentary elections under the caretaker government system.

New chiefs for BGB, DGFI

The government yesterday appointed Maj Gen Anwar Hossain as the director general (DG) of Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB).

Launch fares increased up to 20pc

The government yesterday increased launch fare up to 20 percent, which will come to effect from June 21.

Minimum tax on sales proposed

To prevent companies showing on paper that they are incurring losses and dodging tax, the NBR has proposed to slap a minimum tax on their sales in 2011-2012 fiscal year.

Sonia due on July 25

Indian Congress party President Sonia Gandhi will arrive in Dhaka on July 25 on a two-day visit to attend an internal conference on physically-challenged and autistic children.

Gandhi's spectacles missing

A pair of round-framed spectacles belonging to India's independence icon Mahatma Gandhi have gone missing from a museum in western India, officials said.

2 more HC judges place wealth report

Two more judges of the High Court Division yesterday submitted their wealth statements to Chief Justice (CJ) Md Muzammel Hossain.

Over 100 hurt in cop action

Over 100 students of Bangladesh Marine Fisheries Academy were injured in an unexpected police attack in Chittagong last night.

5 lakh drivers don't have licence

Around five lakh drivers are illegally driving their vehicles across the country without any driving licence, Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain told the parliament yesterday.

Fresh BCL central body next month

The new central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League, a pro-Awami League student body, is set to be formed in July.

Canada recognises Libyan rebels

Canada recognises Libyan rebels as the "legitimate representative" of the people of Libya, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said yesterday.

Editorial

Abuse in the name of law

Independent lawmaker Fazlul Azim's questions in the Jatiyo Sangsad on the ramifications of mobile court operations during hartal hours reflect broad public concern over the issue. Despite Home Minister Sahara Khatun's belief that these courts foiled looting and prevented deaths during the 36-hour hartal called by the BNP and its allies, the glaring fact is that democratic practice does not condone the operation of such courts. It is our considered opinion, as we are sure it is of citizens across the spectrum, that setting up mobile courts to nab protestors and send them off to prison in the name of the law is truly an abuse of the law. A general strike, for all one's reservations about its timing and necessity, is an act of political protest which has not been declared illegal. As such, why curb it through dispensation of instant justice that falls far short of minimum requirements of a legal action such as right to defence and presentation of witness and evidence? However much the home minister may claim to be acting under law, for the public in general such arbitrary action is reprehensible. For the state now to weigh in by placing opposition activists under arrest and subjecting them to summary trial and eventually carting them off to jail is simply unacceptable. Political agitation must be met by political means. Indeed, we recall the ruling Awami League's earlier statement that the just-ended hartal would be tackled politically.

Re-fixation of launch fares

Every instance of fuel price hike becomes an occasion for the launch owners and operators to demand upward revision of fares. Whether it is proportionate to the increase in cost of operation gets lost in the owners trying to exact maximum advantage from the situation. They reel off a whole series of cost increases like; increased salaries of workers and repairing costs of vessels as justification for their inflated demand.

Sports

Bittersweet BKSP

For years, BKSP has been deeply associated with hard work in the country's cricket circle, a deep-seated connection that is something of a grim reminder of even its products.

Jovanovski new football coach

Macedonian Gjorgji Jovanovski has been named the new football coach of the Bangladesh national football team, formally closing the door on the incumbent Croatian Robert Rubcic, in a press conference at the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday.

MSC in disarray

If you are Mohammedan at heart you must feel riled by the unhealthy battle for power of the most prestigious club of the country.

Brothers, Ctg MSC share spoils

Brothers Union and Chittagong Mohammedan Sporting Club shared the spoils of a 1-1 draw in their Grameenphone Bangladesh League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.

R'ganj seek more time

Rahmatganj yesterday sought more time to appear before the Bangladesh League Committee to explain their alleged involvement in match-fixing against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in the ongoing competition.

Windies pull one back

West Indies, inspired by a career-best spell from leg-spinner Anthony Martin, completed a 103-run victory to secure a consolation victory in the fourth one-day international against world champions India on Monday.

From Denmark to Dhaka

Jamal Bhuiyan is confident of securing a place in the final squad of Bangladesh's World Cup pre-qualifier squad as the Denmark-born Bangladeshi booter will start his training with local clubs from today.

Pakistan ready to host Bangladesh

Pakistani football said Tuesday it was confident next month's home World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh will go ahead, promising tight security for the match.

Tri-series back down under

Cricket Australia (CA) has reinstated the tri-series ODI concept and extended their regular Test dates to host India in a four-match series, which breaks with recent convention.

BCB waits for green signal

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is awaiting confirmation from the impending head coach of the national cricket team.

Citycell b'ball league starts

Rangers Club outplayed Old DOHS 77-40 in the opening match of the Citycell Basketball League 2011 at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday. Amanat Ali of Rangers scored highest 25 points while Alamgir Kabir of the same team scored 22. Ashik and Nobin of Old DOHS scored 11 and 10 points respectively. The winning side led the first half 33-17.

PCB, Afridi peace deal?

A compromise between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and former captain Shahid Afridi is on the cards following a meeting between the board chairman Ijaz Butt and the player in Islamabad.

The Don of cricket

What do Tiger Woods, Pele, Roger Federer and Babe Ruth have in common? In their respective fields, in their prime, they left the competition far behind. They also have another common thread: none can hold a candle to Sir Don Bradman when it comes to dominating their field of play.

Jamaica, Guatemala advance

Jamaica finished the first round of the Gold Cup on top of Group B after a 1-0 victory over Honduras on Monday, with both teams advancing to the quarter-finals along with Guatemala.

Villa seek clarity

Aston Villa have reportedly approached city rivals Birmingham to ask about the precise status of Alex McLeish.

Beckham’s new role

David Beckham insisted Monday he was content to be a spectator at next year's London Olympics if there was no role for him in the controversial Great Britain football team at the Games.

Busy time for Gunners

Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis has promised a busy few months in the transfer market with the club keen to bolster their squad after what he said had been a profoundly disappointing season.

Ash threatens Copa America

The governing body of South American soccer says the arrival of teams playing in the Copa America could be delayed because of the ash spewing from Chile's erupting volcano that's disrupting flights across the southern hemisphere.

C'Ron pledges to stay at Real

Cristiano Ronaldo says he will not leave Real Madrid amid rumours of Manchester City trying to lure the Portugal forward back to England with a huge contract.

Business

BB builds up fight against inflation

The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday again increased repo and reverse repo rates by 50 basis points -- the third attempt in about one and a half months -- to rein in credit growth and inflation.

Stocks swing down

Dhaka stocks finished lower yesterday, despite a bullish start.

Two firms may get IPO nod

The securities regulator sits today for giving approval to the initial public offerings of a number of companies, including Rangpur Dairy and Food Products Ltd and Shurwid Industries Ltd.

Mobile users cross 75m

Mobile phone subscription has crossed 75 million, according to the country's telecoms regulator.

A better future through welfare schemes

Only two years ago Shikha Begum, a widow, had nothing in her possession and could barely feed herself and her only daughter, but today she brims with confidence as she can financially support herself thanks to a safety net project.

Minister stresses a facelift in tourism

Bangladesh needs to tap the potential to grab a share of the $1 trillion global tourism market, and the government is ready to bring the sector out of its problems, said civil aviation and tourism minister yesterday.

Commercial farming comes to limelight

Speakers at a seminar yesterday expressed urgency to lift the country's subsistence agriculture to commercial agriculture for ensuring future food security.

Muhith defends 7pc growth target

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the projected growth rate of 7 percent for the next fiscal year is “absolutely normal”.

Asia 2050 and Bangladesh

Asian Development Bank has recently identified seven Asian countries as heart of the region's re-emergence by 2050. Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman presented a paper on the international organisation's 44th annual meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam. Following is the first part of his paper

Good governance to boost microfinance

continued from yesterday
They are the regulated MFIs under the ASFI. In addition, development finance institutions (DFIs) are either non-profit entities or financial NGOs providing microcredit services. These DFIs may start operation with operating licences under the ASFI.

SMEs get a boost from budget

There have been a very few changes in the rates of customs duty, supplementary duty and value added tax in the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. But out of the small number of adjustments, the SME sector came out as the one of the main beneficiaries.

Bilkis sets her own path to success

Bilkis Begum Lily was recognised as the best women entrepreneur from Barisal division by the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BWCCI) in recognition of her success. She now plans to create more entrepreneurs like her particularly from the underprivileged segment of the society.

Nokia wins rare victory as Apple settles legal row

Nokia notched up a rare victory against arch-rival Apple as the iPhone maker agreed to settle a long-running row over patents.

BoJ holds rates, expands growth-sector lending

The Bank of Japan on Tuesday said it would expand a programme of lending to companies in growth areas with a new $6 billion credit line to support the post-quake economy.

Eurozone ministers meet to tackle Greek bailout row

Eurozone ministers meet in Brussels on Tuesday in a bid to resolve a damaging row over the extent to which banks and other private investors may be forced to contribute to a second Greece bailout.

Fischer regrets IMF disqualification on age

Israeli central bank governor Stanley Fischer expressed "regret" on Tuesday that age limits disqualified him for a run at the IMF's top job, saying the restrictions were "not relevant today."

China restricts lending as inflation hits 5.5pc

China said Tuesday its politically sensitive inflation rate hit its highest level in nearly three years in May, prompting Beijing to further restrict bank lending to stem a flood of capital.

India's inflation above 9pc in May

India's annual inflation accelerated above market forecasts to 9.06 percent in May, official data showed on Tuesday, increasing pressure on the central bank to raise interest rates further.

Asian shares mostly up

Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday on relief that Chinese inflation met forecasts, while Tokyo was also boosted by a central bank plan to extend a credit line to help Japan's post-quake economy.

Qatar Airways' IPO could be this year: CEO

The national carrier of energy-rich Qatar could launch its initial public offering as early as this year, its chief executive officer Akbar al-Baker said Tuesday.

Metropolitan

Rumana flies to India with hope to get eyesight back

After nine days of anguish and trauma, the barbarously assaulted Dhaka University teacher Rumana Manjur was flown to India yesterday for better treatment.

No room for militancy: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated her government's firm stand against terrorism saying that Bangladesh would not allow its land to be used in carrying out terrorist activities.

Door still open for BNP's CG formula

Awami League (AL) General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said the main opposition BNP can still suggest their formula on the caretaker government system in a bid to hold the next election in free and fair manner.

Fertiliser-laden vessel breaks into two parts

A fertiliser-laden cargo vessel, which remained partially grounded near Patenga Sea Beach here for last eight months after a crack developed at its bottom, finally broke into two parts in the early hours of Monday.

Restore four principles of '72 constitution

Leaders of 116 socio-cultural organisations at a human chain yesterday urged the government to restore the four basic principles of 1972 constitution to build a secular and non-communal Bangladesh.

ACC act challenged

The High Court yesterday issued a rule on the legality of Anti-Corruption Commission law that empowered the commission to charge people with amassing wealth beyond known sources and concealing information about it.

One in four children faces mental disorder: Study

Around one-fourth of children in Bangladesh is suffering from some forms of mental health problem, says a study of National Institute of Mental Health.

Small parties being sandwiched between two major parties: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday asserted that the smaller political parties should institutionally strengthen themselves to flourish proper democracy.

Brazil wants deals with Bangladesh

Brazil has proposed signing an umbrella agreement with Bangladesh for cooperation in various potential sectors, including agriculture, health, education and sports.

Nahid wants govt to double edn budget

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has demanded in parliament that the government double the allocation in education sector. "Countries around the world allocate at least six percent of their Gross Domestic Product for education sector, but in our country it is only 2.3 percent," Nahid said.

Five killed in Ctg road accident

Nine people were killed and another one injured in road accidents in Chittagong, Sylhet, and Jhenidah yesterday.

Kabul keen on deals

Bangladesh and Afghanistan will strike several deals on bilateral cooperation in various fields, including trade and economic sector, cultural affairs, employment and welfare of migrant workers from Bangladesh, and mutual visa exemption for the officials and diplomats.

Khaleda's adviser Zahurul sent to jail

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's adviser former home secretary AKM Zahurul Islam was sent to jail yesterday in connection with two cases filed against him on charge of setting fire to vehicles in November last year and June this year.

HC orders to stop construction

The High Court yesterday asked two private companies to stop construction of structures in and around Bhitorgarh fort in Panchagarh for next six months.

20 sued for damaging Saber's car

Twenty people, including several BNP activists, have been sued for ransacking the jeep of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury in the city's Khilgaon on Monday night.

Three commit suicide

Two female domestic helps and a housewife allegedly committed suicide in the city's Mohammadpur, Kamrangir Char and Hazaribagh yesterday.

'Make public report on her abduction'

Speakers at a programme yesterday demanded immediate disclosure of the enquiry report on the kidnapping of Kalpana Chakma and punishment of the abductors.

PM's help sought

Parents of Janala Nandi Palin, 16, who went missing a week ago, yesterday urged for prime minister's intervention to seek out their son and ensure security for the family.

Boy dies in wall collapse

A 6-year-old boy died after a boundary wall collapsed on him while he was walking beside it at Asker Dighi Par under Kotwali Police Station in Chittagong yesterday.

Marine cadets start sit-in

Cadets of Bangladesh Marine Fisheries Academy (BMAF) in the port city began a sit-in on its parade ground to press home their two point-demand, including issuing of Continuous Discharge Certificates (CDC) which are necessary for joining the seagoing ships.

Man kills wife in city

A man allegedly strangled his wife at Adabor in the city early yesterday.

School lecture aired on BTV

The education ministry yesterday started broadcasting class lectures of some reputed schools of Dhaka city on Bangladesh Television (BTV) to facilitate the rural students with modern classroom teaching.

Dipu Moni starts China visit today

Seeking assistance for construction for deep-sea port, trade deficit as well as trade and economic cooperation will dominate talks during Foreign Minister Dipu Moni's eight-day visit to China beginning today.

Prof Anwarul made CU VC

Prof Anwarul Azim Arif has been appointed the vice-chancellor (VC) of Chittagong University for next four years.

Obituary

Poet and novelist Meherun Nahar Chowdhury, mother of Zakaria Kajol, city editor of the daily Inqilab, passed away due to diabetes and kidney diseases at a hospital in Kolkata on Monday at the age of 70, says a press release.

Death anniversary

Today is the 14th death anniversary of Shamsul Alam (Nana Bhai), a veteran politician and former general secretary of Bangladesh Jewellers Samity, says a press release.

National

Digging their own graves

Artificially created hillocks, meant for use as shelter by coastal people and their livestock during natural disasters, are getting flattened as unscrupulous people often take earth from there for personal use in Dashmina upazila of Patuakhali district.

11 HWF activists 'abducted', freed

Eleven activists of Hill Women's Federation (HWF) were freed early yesterday five hours after they were abducted allegedly by the members of pro-peace treaty Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) from Somotaghat in the town.

30 injured in Rangpur post-UP poll violence

At least 30 people were injured in post-UP poll violence in Mithapukur upazila of Rangpur district yesterday.

13 jailed for violence, looting ballots during B'baria poll

A mobile court on Monday sentenced 13 people to jail for clashing and looting during vote in Ashuganj upazila.

KJRI official being taken to task

Senior scientific officer of Kishoreganj Jute Research Institute (KJRI) Enayetur Rahman Chowdhury has been withdrawn from the office and sent to Dhaka.

Two jailed for stalking

A former BDR man and a teenage boy were sentenced to jail for one year each in separate incidents of stalking on Monday.

Wife murdered for dowry

A housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her husband at Munijitpur in the town for dowry early Monday.

Human chain for cultural centre at RU

Leaders and activists of cultural and left leaning political organisations at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday formed a human chain demanding fresh construction of the Teachers Students Cultural Centre (TSCC) on the campus.

Boomerang!

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a woman for attempt to trapping a relative by putting arms and ammunition the latter's kitchen at Badalpara village under Bakerganj upazila.

15 injured as villagers clash

At least 15 people were injured on Sunday night in a clash between two groups of villagers at Harinarayanpur Bazaar under Sadar police station over a trifling issue. Of the injured, Ala Uddin, Palash, Kala Mia and Rasel were treated at local clinics. Fifteen shops were vandalised during the two and a half-hour-long sporadic clashes. Police fired six bullets to bring the situation under control. The clash ensued at about 10:30pm following an altercation over repayment of borrowed money at a barber shop. Later the clash spread involving the people of two villages --Harinarayanpur and Rajarampur.

Shiva icon vandalised

Criminals on Monday night vandalised an image of Hindu god Shiva at the two-hundred year-old Hasjratola Kali Temple at Tangrakhali village under Shingasholpur union in Sadar upazila. Locals said, a gang entered the temple breaking open its lock and ransacked the room. They separated the idol's head from its body. Ashwini Kumar Mollick, president of the temple committee said that they are yet to identify the culprits. However, he demanded proper investigation and punishment to those involved.

Rape of schoolgirl: 3 sued

A case was filed with Assassuni PS yesterday against three people in connection with alleged attempt to rape a school student at Jaduardanga village in Assassuni upazila. The accused are Prashanta Kumar Sarkar, 16, his father Mahananda Sarkar, 42, and mother Chapala Rani Sarkar, 37, of Jaduardanga. But police failed to arrest the accused as they went into hiding soon after the incident, police said. Victim's mother filed the case alleging that Prashanta used to stalk her daughter, a class seven student of Kadakati High School. Yesterday he entered into the kitchen and tried to violate her daughter in absence of her parents.

DCC man killed in Patuakhali

An employee of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) was killed by the members of his family at Mominpur village under Baufal upazila yesterday morning. The victim was identified as Siddiq Munshi, 35. Police said there was a long standing dispute over a piece of land among brothers and sisters of Siddiq. When Siddiq came home from Dhaka at about 9:30 am yesterday, his brother Faysal Munshi, 28, and sisters Nahida, 26, Sumi Begum, 24, and Alotaz Begum, 18, jointly attacked him with sharp weapons leaving Siddiq dead on the spot.

International

Syrian troops 'widening' crackdown

Syrian security forces are reportedly widening an operation in the north of the country aimed at cracking down on anti-government protests.

Republicans pound Barack Obama

Republican presidential candidates led by frontrunner Mitt Romney used their first big televised debate to lash out at President Barack Obama -- but not each other.

India not alarmed by China dam

India yesterday said an ongoing Chinese project to dam the Brahmaputra river in Tibet would not affect downstream supplies in the country's northeastern regions.

Nato airstrike hits near Gaddafi complex

An apparent Nato airstrike hit an area near Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's compound in the capital again yesterday, as military leaders voiced concerns about sustaining the operations if the alliance mission drags on.

UN urges end to Asian preference for male heirs

UN agencies yesterday urged an end to Asia's preference for sons, saying it perpetuates discrimination and violation of women's rights.

Iran backing 'vicious' Syria crackdown

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday accused Iran of backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's "vicious assaults" on pro-democracy protesters after crushing its own 2009 uprising.

Forest Europe summit 'to shape' policy

Forestry ministers from across Europe are attending a summit to shape future policy on how woodlands are managed.

Indian foreign secretary due in Pakistan this month

India's Foreign Secretary is due to visit Pakistan this month to discuss Kashmir, a Pakistani official said yesterday, the first formal talks between the two rivals on their core dispute since the Mumbai attacks in 2008 froze their peace process.

Tunisia's Ben Ali to face trial in absentia

Former Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia in January, will be tried in absentia on June 20, Tunisia's interim prime minister said Monday.

Japan to compensate nuclear victims

Japan's cabinet has approved a bill to help embattled Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) compensate tens of thousands of people affected by the crisis at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, sending its shares soaring in Tokyo trading.

UN chief to name Myanmar envoy

UN leader Ban Ki-moon will soon name a full time special envoy to Myanmar to encourage the government on the reform path, a UN spokesman said yesterday.

19 killed in Venezuela prison clashes

At least 19 inmates have been killed since Sunday in armed clashes among prisoners in Venezuela's El Rodeo prison, an official said yesterday.

Abbas, Hamas chief to finalise govt on June 21

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will meet Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal in Cairo on June 21 to finalise a new government put together by the two factions, a top official of his Fatah movement said yesterday.

Seven killed in Iraq raid

Gunmen blasted their way into government offices in central Iraq yesterday with two car bombs and suicide blasts that killed seven people and mirrored a similar March raid claimed by al-qaeda.

Indonesia arrests 16

Indonesia has arrested 16 people suspected of plotting to kill police with cyanide and pen guns, a gun fashioned to look like a pen, authorities said.

Gaza unemployment levels 'among worst in world': UN

Gaza's unemployment rate was among the world's highest, at 45.2% in late 2010, the UN has found, as Israel's blockade of the territory enters its fifth year.

Nepal clears its last minefield

Nepal yesterday cleared the country's last remaining minefield, nearly five years after the end of the decade-long civil war with Maoist insurgents.

Erdogan urges Assad to end unrest

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan telephoned Syria's Bashar al-Assad yesterday and urged him to stop a bloody crackdown on protesters and launch reforms, Anatolia news agency reported.

Sri Lanka rejects new 'war crimes' documentary

Sri Lanka has dismissed as fake a new documentary to be shown on British television yesterday, alleging atrocities were committed in the final weeks of the island's war with Tamil rebels.

Jordan MPs deny king's motorcade attacked

Jordanian MPs yesterday denied the king's motorcade was attacked with stones during a visit to a southern city, saying residents were jostling as they tried to greet the monarch.

Arts & Entertainment

Bangla Theatre celebrates Che's 83rd birth anniversary

Yesterday was the 83rd birth anniversary of the Argentine Marxist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara. To celebrate the anniversary, Bangla Theatre arranged a programme at the Studio Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on June 13. The programme featured discussion, songs, poetry recitation and staging of the Bangla Theatre production “Che'r Cycle”.

Exhibition featuring rare photographs of Tagore

On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (AFD), Alliacne Francaise de Chittagong (AFC) and Embassy of France in Bangladesh is arranging a photo exhibition. Titled, “Tagore, the Universal Message”, the exhibition will open on June 18 at the La Galerie of AFD at Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

Bengal Foundation to commemorate Nazrul

Marking 112th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengal Foundation has arranged a three-day commemorative event, titled “Amar Akash Mayer Koley” at Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

Three decades of Pabna Drama Circle

A four-day programme, marking the 30th anniversary of Pabna Drama Circle, concluded Monday night. The programme featured discussion, live performances and a prize-giving ceremony. A rally was brought out from the Pabna Town Hall premise on Monday morning.

Encouraging creativity in children

Patua Quamrul Hasan Art School recently held its 3rd National Children's Art Competition, titled “Boishakh-e Chhobi Aanko Joisthey Prodorshoni”. Starting from June 9, a weeklong group exhibition featuring artworks by children is on at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. The exhibition has been dedicated to the recently deceased iconic artists Mohammad Kibria (Bangladesh) and M.F. Husain (India).

Nazmuddin Hashem's Days in Russia

Several intellectuals, particularly left leaning ones, turned up at the launch of “Russia'r Dinlipi” at the Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum on June 13. The book features unpublished travelogue by the late diplomat, minister and author Syed Nazmuddin Hashem. Editors of newspapers, journalists, authors, poets and translators met each other and reminisced on the years that altered the course of international politics in the last century.

OP-ED

An argument against hartals

A general strike, a hartal, became a necessity in June 1966. The Ayub Khan regime needed to be informed that the state of Pakistan could not take Bengalis for granted. Hartals turned into inevitability in 1969 because of the overpowering collective desire of the nation to send a condescending, illegitimate regime packing.

Any positive move on our concerns?

Indian Foreign Secretary Ms. Nirupama Rao's two day visit from June 6 to Dhaka was perceived as important as some outstanding issues needed to be resolved before the proposed visit of India's prime minister to Bangladesh "well before" the end of the year as stated by Ms. Rao.

Water Act 2010: Whose interest will it serve?

Land, air, water and sun are the most essential elements for life. In absence of one of these elements, life will be impossible on earth. All other living entities gratefully enjoy these gifts of nature. But, we human beings want to grab them for personal interest. This often deprives others.

Digital Bangladesh: Ready for "cloud services?"

Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, they are about to come!!


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