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News of: Tuesday, 21st of June, 2011

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Babar finally charged

Police have formally charged 14 more people, including ex-state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) leader Mufti Abdul Hannan, with the killing of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria in a deadly grenade attack six years ago.

Cases against Babar

Former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar has been accused in at least six sensational cases including one for the murder of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria.

Real culprits left out

Asma Kibria, widow of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday outright rejected the supplementary charge sheet in the case filed for her husband's murder around six and a half years back.

Cabinet okays JS body proposals

The cabinet approved the draft of much-talked-about constitution amendment bill yesterday.

Govt share up to 80pc

If recoverable oil or gas is found in the deep sea blocks in the Bay of Bengal awarded to US company ConocoPhillips, the minimum share of Petrobangla will be 55 percent and maximum 80 percent, which is just the opposite of claims being made by a section of citizens, said a highly placed Petrobangla source.

Clampdown on Turag grabbers

An enforcement team of Department of Environment (DoE) seized eight illegal sand-laden vessels and three dredgers from the river Turag during a drive yesterday.

Govt nod to amendments

The government moves to amend the anti-money laundering law with a provision to make documents from foreign countries acceptable in the court to bring back laundered money.

Govt for dropping case against AL MP

The government has recommended withdrawal of a tax evasion case against Awami League lawmaker Habibur Rahman Mollah considering it ''politically motivated and meant for harassment.''

Rumana returns, sees nothing

“He has made my world dark. I can't see my daughter.”

Punish errant companies

It is frustrating that the government did not stop advertisement and sale of illegal housing projects at the just-concluded Rehab fair, leading environmentalist groups said yesterday.

3 ministers from UK, Germany, EU arrive in city

Three ministers from UK, Germany and European Union arrived here yesterday on separate visits during which they are expected to take stock of Bangladesh's progress in good governance, accountability and transparency.

AL MPs express resentment over budget discussion

Several Awami League lawmakers yesterday said it was useless for them to discuss the proposed budget for 2011-12 fiscal year as what they said it is the prime minister and the finance minister who decide on any possible change.

Indian army chief meets president, PM

Indian Army chief General Vijay Kumar Singh called on President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday, the second day of his five-day visit.

PM for women's active role in development

The government had been implementing various programmes to bring the country's women to mainstream development activities as the progress could not be attained keeping women behind, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday.

No strong proof against Pintu

A counsel of former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu claimed before a Dhaka court yesterday the witnesses of the BDR carnage case could not provide it with any strong evidence against Pintu.

HC for policy on dietary supplements

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within three weeks why it should not be directed to formulate a policy for manufacturing, importing, selling and distributing dietary supplements.

Mob beats burglar to death

An irate mob beat an alleged burglar to death after locals captured a gang of three burglars early yesterday in Keraniganj, the city's outskirts.

Police arrest 2 in city after gunfight

Police last night arrested two alleged criminals including one with bullet injury after a gunfight at a check post near Rajarbagh Police Lines area in the capital.

Maj Gen Sheikh Mamun new DGFI chief

The government has made a change in director general of the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) within a week through appointing Maj Gen Sheikh Mamun Khaled as DG, DGFI on Sunday.

13 BNP men get HC bail

The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for four weeks to 13 BNP leaders and activists including lawmaker Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anee in three criminal cases.

5 educationists made national professors

Five eminent educationists have been made national professors for five years, a government press release said yesterday.

13 firms in Ctg fined

A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) fined 13 commercial establishments Tk 71,000 for selling date-expired goods, serving adulterated food items and manipulating in weights in the port city yesterday.

PM annoyed at Kobori-Shamim face-off

Annoyed at the face-off between Awami League lawmaker Sarah Begum Kobori and leader Shamim Osman on Saturday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed party General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam to take organisational action against the person responsible.

TRANSPORT OR CONTRAPTION?

A shallow engine-run vehicle, which is in extremely bad shape and even without a functioning brake, is operating on an important thoroughfare, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, of the capital. The photo was taken recently.

Editorial

Water-logged capital

Hardly has the monsoon begun, city dwellers are already suffering the consequences. Rainwater leads to severe water-logging in most areas of the capital including Shantinagar, Mouchak, Maghbazar, Rampura, Badda, Jatrabari and even posh residential areas such as Gulshan. Following heavy or even not so heavy rains, water rises knee high, preventing many modes of transport from plying the roads, and clogging up in water and severe traffic, those that do. Water-logging damages infrastructure, destroys vegetation and aquatic habitats and gives rise to waterborne diseases from the overflow of sewerage polluting the water. And driven by sheer necessity, people wade through the contaminated water, but it is a hygienic nightmare.

Pavements under siege!

If pictures speak a thousand words, than the one carried in the Metropolitan page of this newspaper, last Monday, speaks many more than that. It was a picture of Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, a so-called VIP road, where the pavement has been commandeered by parked cars, and one can also see that it is also being used to repair cars, among other things.

Sports

Muktis' hopes alive

Muktijoddha Sangsad kept their title hopes alive beating hosts Chittagong Mohammedan SC 2-1 in their penultimate round match of the Grameenphone Bangladesh League at the Cox's Bazar Stadium yesterday.

BCB seeks fair FTP

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will appeal for fair distribution in the next Future Tours Programme (FTP).

Shakib now shines with the ball

Four-wicket hauls from Shakib Al Hasan and Alan Richardson in the first innings put Worcestershire in a strong position in their County Championship match against Hampshire yesterday.

S'kara bats to safety

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara's maiden Test hundred in England helped the tourists save the series finale at the Rose Bowl here on Monday.

Stamina may hinder Jamal's selection

Danish-born Bangladeshi booter Jamal Bhuiyan, who was called up for the preliminary squad for Bangladesh's FIFA World Cup pre-qualifiers against Pakistan in June and July, is likely to struggle to secure a place in the final 20-member squad.

School h'ball underway

BAF Shaheen School & College blanked Oxford International School 19-0 in the opening match of the Polar Ice Cream 19th School Handball Tournament at the Handball Stadium yesterday. Shahadat netted eight goals while Shamrul scored five for the winners. In the other matches, Scholastica beat DPSST School 8-0, St. Gregory's thrashed South Point 21-3, Play pen beat Motijheel Govt. Boys' School 15-3, Narinda Govt. High School beat Sunnydale School 15-11 and BIS defeated Willes Little Flower 11-3.

Super Cup from July 8

The Grameenphone Super Cup begins at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on July 8 with top six finishers from the Bangladesh League taking part in the tournament, it was decided at a tournament committee meeting of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday.

BFF appeals for Aminul's return

The Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday requested goalkeeper Aminul Haq to return to the national fold after he announced his retirement from the national side ahead of the FIFA World Cup pre-qualifiers against Pakistan.

Venus, Nadal get going

Rafael Nadal opened his Wimbledon title defence in convincing style Monday, shaking off an early service break and cruising to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Michael Russell.

BCCI, SLC clash over SLPL

The cricket boards of India and Sri Lanka clashed Monday over a new Twenty20 competition set to be held in Colombo next month after Indian players were barred from taking part.

Changing the world

“No other innings in Test history, to put the matter more simply, has done anything like so much good”
- Peter Oborne.

WICB parts with WIPA president

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has decided to snap contact with the president of the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) Dinanath Ramnarine due to what it claims was his "threatening action" against board CEO Ernest Hilaire and "unprofessional behaviour" during a meeting arranged to resolve the problem over Chris Gayle's non-selection. The board, however, said it will continue to engage WIPA over issues concerning players.

Sanath's tearful selection

Sri Lanka's troubled tour is set to take a new twist following the arrival of veteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya for a two-match farewell to the international game.

Panama ride on Tejada

Panama booked their CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal berth in dramatic style Sunday, beating El Salvador 5-3 on penalties after Luis Tejada equalized in the 90th minute.

FIFA vice-president resigns

FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has resigned from all his positions in international football, the world governing body confirmed on Monday.

Villas-Boas all set for Chelsea role

Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas is set to succeed Carlo Ancelotti as coach of English Premier League side Chelsea, according to a report from Portuguese news agency Lusa on Monday.

Ballack furious

Michael Ballack, Germany's long-serving captain who was unceremoniously dumped last week by national trainer Joachim Loew, is angrily refusing to go away quietly.

Russia probes tasering

Russia probed its police on Monday after the national league's leading striker accused a crack security officer of zapping him with a stun gun at the end of a heated weekend match.

Wunderkind stays with Schalke

Schalke 04 said on Monday that 17-year-old Bundesliga wunderkind Julian Draxler has signed a four-year contract to stay at the German club until 2016.

Rooney suffers blackmail

Three people appeared in a British court on Monday accused of trying to blackmail Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen for £5,000 ($8,100, 5,700 euros).

Business

Budget lacks clear focus

The proposed budget for fiscal 2011-12 gives no clear-cut indication on how the government will address issues like employment, investment, price stability and exchange rate that pose a threat to macroeconomic stability, senior economists and businessmen said yesterday.

BB gets more powers to curb money laundering

The proposed anti-money laundering law empowers Bangladesh Bank to cancel licences of organisations that provide false information or conceal facts from the central bank about siphoning of funds.

Bank rates to come under sharp watch

Bangladesh Bank has moved to monitor banks' interest rates on deposits and loans strictly as many have been found charging abnormally high rates.

Stocks end slightly up

Dhaka stocks gained marginally yesterday to shake off a losing streak that carried over from last week, but low turnover influenced by a liquidity crisis lingers.

FBCCI woos Thai investors

Thailand is interested to invest in communication, rubber and plastic sectors in Bangladesh.

JSD for social assessment committee to boost revenue collection

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal yesterday demanded the government form an area-based social assessment committee to strengthen the revenue collection drive.

Wal-Mart wins Supreme Court sex-bias case ruling

The Supreme Court ruled for Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Monday in the largest sex-discrimination lawsuit in history, saying class-action status for female employees seeking billions of dollars had been improperly granted.

Gold gives up gains, eurozone crisis lingers

Gold gave up early gains on Monday but was still supported by eurozone debt woes after ministers delayed a decision on emergency loans to Greece, while bullion priced in sterling struck a lifetime high.

Oil down on eurozone, US fears

Oil fell sharply on Monday because of continuing fears over Greece's debt crisis and concerns over the US economy, analysts said.

Internet domains thrown open

Companies will soon be able to operate their own parts of the Web -- such as .apple, .coke or .marlboro -- if the shake-up in internet domains is approved. ICANN, the body that coordinates internet names, is expected to approve the move on Monday. Today, 22 generic top-level domains (gTLDs) exist -- .com, .org and .info are a few examples -- plus about 250 country-level domains like .uk or .cn. After the change, several hundred new gTLDs are expected to come into existence.

Budget proposals need further review

The budget for 2011-12 placed recently by the finance minister is now the main subject of discussion for all the stakeholders, especially the taxpayers all over the country. No doubt, certain proposals are realistic in the context of Bangladesh and these are: alternative dispute resolution, minimum tax, extension of tax holiday benefits (excluding tourist industry), expanding the avenues for withholding tax, rebate on investment allowance, withdrawal of conditions for investment in deposit pension scheme, increasing threshold for individual tax, imposition of wealth surcharge, compulsory tax filing for NGOs, expanding avenues for tax deduction at source, filing return of tax deducted at source and deposited, outlining and fixing limit for corporate social responsibility, payment of tax by Prime Minister, ministers, Supreme Court judges, government officials and few more positive steps. Although these steps were not enough but still encouraging for the simplification of tax systems, equity concept and business friendly environment.

Air India faces turbulent flight to survival

Air India, a relic of state ownership threatened by losses, bloated costs and more nimble rivals, needs to secure a massive debt and operational overhaul if it is to survive in a market growing at 20 percent a year.

Gone are the days of weavers

A former handloom factory owner, Md Ikbal Hossain is now a full-time poultry businessman. He sold all his 10 handlooms and established a poultry firm at Kulunia village in Paba sadar upazila in Pabna. Mohammed Ali Jinnah of village Jalalpur Natunpara was also an established weaver a few years ago. He lost his 52 handlooms because of his failure to pay a loan. They are not the only two to experience such a fate; it is the case of many in Pabna, a district famous for the art of handloom.

A budget boost can heal the wounds

Handloom owners and marginal weavers in Pabna urged the government to allocate a 'smart fund' for them in the budget for the next fiscal year. They also demanded fixing yarn prices so that weavers can also determine the prices of their cloths. They also sought capital support for marginal weavers to save the country's handloom sector.

Japan posts second-biggest trade deficit in May

Japan in May posted its second-worst trade deficit since records began as exports tumbled on the impact of the March earthquake and tsunami, data showed Monday.

Europe presses Greece to live up to its word

The European Union piled pressure on Greece on Monday to deliver deep new austerity cuts, citing past failures for a refusal to extend fresh loans immediately despite mounting fears of contagion.

Buffett-backed carmaker lowers China IPO to $219m

Chinese carmaker BYD, backed by US billionaire Warren Buffett, has said it will seek to raise a smaller-than-expected 1.4 billion yuan ($219.4 million) in its initial public offering (IPO).

Paris airshow opens with promise of soaring sales

The world's planemakers set out their stalls along-side an airfield outside Paris on Monday hoping the biggest event in the aviation calendar will confirm their industry is again ready for takeoff.

Thailand trade returns to surplus

Thailand's trade balance returned to surplus in May after a deficit the previous month, despite a slowdown in exports in following Japan's March 11 quake-tsunami, government data showed on Monday.

Asian markets mixed

Asian stock markets were mixed on Monday as earlier gains were pared by concerns that Greece's debt crisis will not likely be resolved in the near future.

Kuwait Airways posts widening losses

Kuwait Airways posted a sharp rise in losses for the 2010/2011 fiscal year to March 31 due to an increase in maintenance and fuel costs, its chairman Hamad al-Falah said on Monday.

Metropolitan

Accelerate social progress to fulfil Sufia Kamal's dream

Poet Sufia Kamal fought against social injustice and repression and struggled to establish equal rights for all people, said Language Movement veteran Dr Ahmed Rafique yesterday.

Rita, Mita recovering in hospital

Dr Aninun Nahar Rita and Nurunnahar Mita, the two young sisters suffering from Schizophrenia, are back to hospital again. This time they have fallen seriously ill after refusing all foods but water for more than a month.

ACC recruits 69 ADs, DADs

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday appointed 69 assistant and deputy assistant directors against 80 vacant posts.

Delay unexpected

The government's failure to complete war crimes trial even after two and a half years into its term is quite unexpected, said Suranjit Sengupta, chairman of parliamentary standing committee on law ministry, yesterday.

UGC signs contract to connect varsities

The University Grants Commission (UGC) yesterday signed a contract with Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) in a bid to build an information network among the country's universities and research institutes.

Road crashes kill 4, injure 4

Four people were killed and four others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Thakurgaon yesterday.

Govt, NGOs' role to cut quake risks stressed

Speakers at an inception meeting yesterday emphasised that the government and non-government organisations involve in initiatives for effective earthquake risk reduction.

Petition to allow law practice

The government yesterday filed a petition with the Supreme Court, seeking its permission to restore the constitutional provisions allowing the retired High Court judges to practise law in the Appellate Division.

Stay on HC order sought

A petition was filed with the Appellate Division yesterday seeking stay on a High Court order that prohibited the district and sessions judge of Bogra to perform judicial functions for dismissing a sensational murder case on the basis of an out-of-court settlement.

Dhaka to reciprocate Delhi gesture

Dhaka is to reciprocate a 1998 New Delhi gesture by inviting Indian Army Chief and 1971 veteran General Vijay Kumar Singh to take salute at the passing out ceremony of army cadets at the military academy in Chittagong on June 22.

BNP leaders term it 'unusual'

Two BNP leaders yesterday termed "unusual" the invitation to Indian Army Chief General Vijay Kumar Singh to take salute at the passing out ceremony of Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) as the chief guest.

Ex-Shibir president sent to jail

Former president of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) central committee Rezaul Karim was sent to Chittagong central jail yesterday in a sedition case filed for making "derogatory remarks" about the prime minister and the home minister.

Businessman sent to jail

A businessman and another person were sent to jail on Sunday on charge of misappropriating Tk 36.51 lakh from a textile mill.

BBC World Service Trust head in city

The Executive Director of the BBC World Service Trust, Caroline Nursey, arrived here yesterday on a three-day visit to Bangladesh, says a press release.

Hasan Mahmud's remarks protested

Some left leaning political parties yesterday protested remarks made by State Minister for Environment and Forest Hasan Mahmud on leaders of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports.

Training on PR ends

The two-week training course on "Modern technique of public relations and communication", organised by Bangladesh Institute of Journalism and Electronic Media (BIJEM), concluded in the city on Sunday, says a press release.

BSMMU's 1st convocation today

The first-ever convocation of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) will be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city today.

Journalist Repression Day today

Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalist (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) will observe "Journalist Repression Day" today.

BCL 4 DU female hall executives

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday announced a partial committee of four female dormitories of Dhaka University (DU) unit for one-year tenure.

Rename Eden College after Pritilata Waddader

Eden College Unit Samajtantrik Chhatra Front, a left leaning student organisation, yesterday demanded renaming the college “Pritilata Waddader University”.

Contempt charge against govt

BNP leader Barrister Nasir Uddin Asim yesterday filed a petition with High Court (HC) bringing contempt of court charge against the government for barring him and his family members at Shahjalal International Airport from going abroad.

Obituary

Dr Abdul Khalek, a former director of Institute of Food Science and Technology of BCSIR, passed away at a hospital in the city on Friday at the age of 72, says a press release.

Obituary

Jebun Nahar, mother of Jatiya Press Club President and News Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Kamal Uddin Shabuj, passed away due to prolonged illness at the United Hospital in the city at about 3:00pm yesterday at the age of 70.

Schoolboy electrocuted

A school student was electrocuted in the city's Badda area last evening when he was trying to catch his pet pigeon on his neighbour's four-storied building's roof.

Mozammel Hossain

AFM Mozammel Hossain, a former chief engineer of Bangladesh Power Development Board, passed away at his residence at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday due to cardiac arrest at the age of 64, says a press release.

National

Thousands suffer for want of a bridge

Thousands of villagers in ten unions under Saduallapur and Pirganj upazilas of two districts have been suffering for long for want of a bridge over Noleya canal. The bridge is needed to link the unions with the Rangpur-Bogra highway.

Death sparks protest while 65 hurt in poll-related violence

Death of a man following Saturday's post-UP poll violence in Shahpara Union of Gaibandha Sadar upazila sparked protest yesterday while poll-related clashes left at least 65 people in Narail, Netrakona and Dinajpur districts the same day and on Sunday night.

Medicine dept struggles to cope with patients

The medicine department of Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) is struggling to give medical service to a large number of treatment seekers due to lack of accommodation and other facilities.

Journo assaulted for refusing to work for candidate

Supporters of the chairman-elect of Mogholhat Union Parishad in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila yesterday assaulted a journalist on the premise of Kodalkhata High School for what the victim said his refusal to work in favour of him (chairman-elect) before the election.

Fishermen giving up their ancestral profession

Fishes have almost depleted from Jamuna river threatening the livelihood of local fishermen community.

MNC students end agitation

Trainee nurses at Mymensingh Nursing College (MNC) yesterday called off their week-long agitation and decided to attend classes from today.

Transport workers, police clash in Thakurgaon

Agitating transport workers and police locked in an hour-long clash at Thakurgaon old bus stand yesterday afternoon.

Five fishermen rescued from Bay in 2 days

At least five fishermen were rescued from the Bay in the last two days. They were drifting in the sea after losing their trawlers during tidal surge and inclement weather.

RU journo stabbed

Muggers stabbed Rajshahi University (RU) correspondent of The Daily Sun on Sunday night at Talaimari near the university.

Youth jailed for sexually harassing schoolgirl

A mobile court here on Sunday convicted a youth and sentenced him to six month imprisonment for sexually harassing a female student in Baliakandi upazila.

6 'robbers' arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-11) in a drive arrested six alleged robbers with firearms and bullets from Toll Plaza in Daudkandi upazila on Dhaka-Chittagong highway early yesterday.

International

Syria's Assad blames unrest on saboteurs, vows reforms

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said yesterday "saboteurs" were behind unrest against his rule and that political accommodation could not be reached with gunmen.

Trial of deposed Tunisian president begins

The trial in absentia of ousted Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has begun, a day after the former leader denied all charges against him.

Medvedev wants new term

President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday added to the uncertainty surrounding Russia's 2012 presidential polls, saying he wanted a second term but would not stand against powerful predecessor Vladimir Putin.

ISI's terror links to figure in Indo-Pak talks

India will raise the issue of terror links of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), as has been revealed by Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley during the Chicago trial, when the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries will meet later this week in Islamabad.

UN debunks 'worrying misperceptions' on refugees

The United Nations sought yesterday to debunk what it called "worrying misperceptions" about movements of displaced people saying that developing countries hosted 80 percent of the world's refugees.

Nato admits Libya air strike led to civilian deaths

Nato has admitted it destroyed a house in Tripoli in which Libyan officials said nine civilians were killed, an incident likely to sow new doubts inside the alliance about its mission in Libya.

UN nuke chief urges plant risk checks

The chief of the United Nations nuclear agency called yesterday on countries with nuclear power plants to carry out a "thorough and transparent risk assessment" of all their reactors within 18 months.

US confirms Taliban peace talks

Outgoing US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has confirmed that the US is holding "outreach" talks with members of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Pak police detain girl in suicide vest

Pakistani police said yesterday they detained a nine-year-old school girl allegedly strapped with a bomb and told to blow up a police checkpoint in the country's troubled northwest.

India's foreign minister visits Myanmar

Indian's foreign minister arrived in Myanmar yesterday for Delhi's first high-level contact with the new government in a country where it is keen to counter China's growing influence.

Six Yemeni troops killed

Six Yemeni soldiers, including two officers, were killed in clashes with al-Qaeda-linked militants near the gunmen-held southern city of Zinjibar overnight, an officer said yesterday.

New security breach hits Russia's busiest airport

Security at Russia's busiest airport, hit by a deadly suicide bombing this year, came under renewed scrutiny yesterday after a woman managed to board a flight without a ticket, documents or any luggage.

Mubarak has cancer

Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak, whose trial on charges of ordering the killing of anti-regime protesters is due to start in August, has stomach cancer, his lawyer Farid al-Dib said yesterday.

War not the solution

Ahead of India-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks, Pakistan has said that it wants to resolve all outstanding issues with India, including Kashmir, through dialogue as war is not the solution to any problem.

Arts & Entertainment

Architectural visions to save Dhaka's heritage sites

Old Dhaka is usually looked at as a part of the city that is nothing but an intricately woven labyrinth of dingy streets, massive piles of junk, dead-end alleys and cramped, dilapidated buildings. What is often missed by most is that the “old town”, as it is commonly known, has immense historical value and it bears the legacy from the Mughal and colonial period. Considering all that, one may wonder what might have caused these areas that evolved over centuries to be reduced to a kind of inner city ghettos with chocking problems at every turn. A sheer disregard for the preservation of our cultural heritage on the successive governments' part is responsible for the situation, asserts a voluntary organisation of architects called Urban Study Group (USG).

Rich tributes to National Poet

The 112th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was celebrated on June 15 in a befitting manner.

British Library makes Google search deal

One of the world's biggest collections of historic books, pamphlets and periodicals is to be made available on the internet for the first time.

Photo exhibition in Mymensingh

A photo exhibition on the life and achievements of the Father of the Nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was held at the auditorium of Momenshahi Cantonment Public School and College on June 19. The exhibition was organised by Bangabandhu Smriti Jadughar (memorial museum).

Runa Laila's take on reality shows

Internationally renowned Bangladeshi diva Runa Laila recently noted that while reality shows have become very popular and developed tremendously in India, it is not the same in Bangladesh because the market might be limited.

Abdur Rahman Boyati undergoes surgery

Baul Abdur Rahman Boyati has been critically ill. He has been admitted to Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital in Dhaka, says a press release. Specialists of the department of urology at the hospital have so far done various tests, and on June 19 a surgery team led by Dr. Towhid Mohammad Saiful Hossein Dipu carried out necessary surgeries on Boyati. Abdur Rahman Boyati has sought prayers from everyone. Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital is bearing the overall treatment cost.

Theatre for awareness

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) held a street play in front of Uttara Ganabhaban at Dighapatia in Natore last Saturday afternoon. The play, titled “Manbona Auniom”, centred on the issues of health, education and local government and aimed to raise social awareness on these fronts. Prokash, Liton, Subrato, Sohan, Beauty, Mostofa, Nayon, Ripon and Shahin of YES Gono Natok Dal were the performers in the play, directed by Paritosh Adhikari.

OP-ED

Turkey as a model

Turkey has been undergoing a quiet transformation over the past decade which is even more significant than the Arab uprisings.

Not a wasteland yet

There was no choice for the US but to engage itself in conversation with the Taliban. It is a good move but a delayed one. Nevertheless, it could be a catalyst for some sort of peace in the region. Afghans should have been spared the suffering brought about by the egoistic muscle flexing of the Soviets and later by the US. In the post-modern era they have been pushed back to stone-age living.

Investigating Qur'anic inheritance laws

One of the common perceptions about Islam is that it dictates a traditional system of Islamic Law ("sharia") which discriminates against women by allowing them to inherit only half as much as men. In fact, the Qur'anic position on these traditional laws is quite debatable; examination of the Qur'anic verses in question will allow us to decide whether or not the inferior position of women's inheritance in traditional Islamic law is justified.

Indigenous issues: Need PM's intervention

Identity crisis and only partial implementation of the 1997 CHT Accord are the most important issues for the indigenous peoples of Bangladesh at the moment. They want to be identified as "indigenous" and not as a "small ethnic minority" because the term "small ethnic minority" is an imposed identity and a violation of the "right to self-identity." On the other hand, that the CHT Accord has not been fully implemented is an issue parallel with the identity crisis. Thus, the issues have become very controversial in the local, national and international arena and are a matter of great concern.

Science & Life

When black hole gobbles up star..

A powerful beam of energy has been spotted blasting out from the center of a massive black hole as it rips apart and devours a star in a rare sight that astronomers say likely happens only once every 100 million years, a new study finds.

Dawn of agriculture took its toll

When populations around the globe started turning to agriculture around 10,000 years ago, regardless of their locations and type of crops, a similar trend occurred: The height and health of the people declined.

LHC hits data milestone

We'll have to take physicists' word for it that "one inverse femtobarn" is a lot. That's the milestone recently reached by the world's largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider.

Earthquake-proof homes

A project to design earthquake-proof homes in the developing world has won a US$100,000 award for life-enhancing innovations.

Messages from Mercury

MERCURY'S composition makes it unique among the solar system's rocky planets, new images and data from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft reveal. The spacecraft's first three months in Mercury orbit also show that some craters on the sunbaked innermost planet are chilly enough to hold frozen water. Researchers announced these and other findings at a June 16 press briefing.

How Tall Can Trees Grow?

The tallest tree in the world, a California redwood, stands 379 feet (116 m) tall, or slightly taller than a football field is long. Redwoods of the past that have since been cut down probably stood even taller, and may even have reached the theoretical maximum height for trees.

What is emission trading?

Emissions trading (also known as cap and trade) is an administrative approach used to control pollution by providing economic incentives for achieving reductions in the emissions of pollutants.



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