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News of: Monday, 4th of July, 2011

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Tarique among 30 new accused

Tarique Rahman, Lutfozzaman Babar, Harris Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed are among the 30 more people charge-sheeted yesterday in the August 21 grenade attack cases.

Hartals, weekend make 6-day 'vacation'

The BNP-led opposition and 12 other parties have called for 78-hour countrywide hartals in two phases, which will virtually put the country on a six-day “vacation” from July 6.

It's a plot against Zia family

BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has condemned and protested submission of supplementary charge sheets implicating party leaders Tarique Rahman and Lutfozzaman Babar in the August 21 grenade attack cases.

The attacks preceding Aug 21

In the months before the August 21 grenade blasts about seven years back, the political situation was growing increasingly volatile amid a breakdown of law and order.

Tarique faces 14 cases

Tarique Rahman, who has been accused in the August 21 grenade attack case, came into political limelight when he was promoted to BNP leadership as the senior joint secretary general during BNP-led four-party alliance regime in 2002.

Hearing on Tarique's case deferred

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred until July 25 the hearing on the charge framing against Tarique Rahman, senior vice chairman of BNP, and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun in a money laundering case.

Thaksin allies win Thai election

Allies of Thailand's fugitive ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra stormed to victory in elections yesterday, in a remarkable comeback after years of turmoil sparked by his ouster in a military coup.

Form taskforce to check marketing of spurious drugs

A parliamentary sub-committee yesterday recommended forming an inter-ministerial taskforce in a bid to check manufacturing and marketing of spurious medicines.

Shun hartal to avert confrontation

Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam has called on BNP to shun hartal and end the political tension over revoking of the caretaker system through discussions with the government.

The accused

A total of 30 people are on the supplementary charge sheets of the August 21 grenade attack cases while 22 were on the charge sheet submitted in 2008.

Dhaka won't make formal statement

Dhaka will not make any formal statement on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's observations about Bangladesh since it is convinced there is no "necessity" of doing so after the official clarifications given by the Indian government.

Bangladesh through

Bangladesh advanced into the next round with a 3-0 aggregate after playing out a goalless draw against Pakistan in their second-leg match of the 2014 World Cup Asian Zone Round-1 qualifiers at the Punjab Stadium in Lahore yesterday.

Call for peace, green economy

The two-day conference of South Asian Women's Network (SWAN) ended in the capital yesterday adopting a Dhaka Declaration with a call for establishing peace in the region and strengthening life-giving traditions.

Rules amended to protect witnesses

The International Crimes Tribunal has incorporated the provision of protecting witnesses and victims of the 1971 war crimes after bringing amendments to its rules of procedure.

100 picked up during relaxed hartal

The half-day hartal yesterday was observed partially with a significant number of vehicles seen plying the city streets. Activities at offices, shopping complexes, banks, etc went as usual.

Fraudsters swindle Tk 150cr, disappear

Five counterfeiters of a family have outsmarted 18 banks to take Tk 150 crore loans, and are suspected to have disappeared with most of the sum.

Judge recruitment stuck for a year

The recruitment of 101 assistant judges and judicial magistrates in lower courts has not been completed in more than one year due to delay in evaluating the examination papers.

Djokovic's maiden Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic outplayed Rafael Nadal to win the Wimbledon title with an emphatic 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 victory in the final on Sunday.

Caretaker system repeal jeopardises democracy

The main opposition BNP yesterday alleged that the government has put democracy in jeopardy by repealing the caretaker government system ignoring public opinion.

DoE fines dyeing unit

The Department of Environment (DoE) has fined Barnali Fabrics, a dyeing factory on the bank of Dhaleshwari river in Munshiganj, Tk 25 lakh yesterday on charge of polluting the river with toxic liquid industrial waste.

Zillur assents to charter amendment

President Zillur Rahman yesterday assented to the 15th constitutional amendment law passed on Thursday, bringing some major changes including abolishing the caretaker government system.

Hearing on charge framing deferred

A special tribunal of Jhalakathi yesterday deferred the hearing on charge framing against Limon Hossain and seven others in an arms case to September 15.

China hit by two mining accidents

China suffered two mining accidents on Saturday that left three workers dead and 40 trapped underground, state media said, the latest incidents to hit the nation's dangerous collieries.

Indonesian volcano erupts

A volcano on Indonesia's Sulawesi island erupted yesterday, spewing ash and smoke 5,000 metres into the air.

Editorial

No ETP in two years?

The government has sought two more years from the High Court to set up an Effluents Treatment Plant (ETP) in Savar and relocate tanneries from the city's Hazaribagh area. The appeal is as inexplicable as it is worrying. It is inexplicable because two years have already elapsed since the High Court issued its directives on the ETP in June 2009 and in all this period the authorities have done nothing but seek an extension of time for the work to be completed. It is worrying because, as the authorities point out, there is no shortage of funds for the work and yet things have not been moving. One thus has a fine instance here of shoddy bureaucracy impeding a move aimed at ensuring public safety in the capital.

Airline staff's errant behaviour

It seems that sometimes airline staff forget that they are paid to serve the passengers. And sometimes their imperious attitude makes them forget that it is their responsibility to ensure that all those that have preferred to fly their airline have a hassle free and safe journey from the time they check in. It doesn't happen all the time. Recently, the unfortunate victims of the fault of a staff of Eithad Airlines in Abu Dhabi airport were a mother and daughter.

Sports

Delightfully Djokovic

Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon title Sunday, backing up his soon-to-be No. 1 ranking by beating defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.

Hopeless it was, but fruitful now: Kamal

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president AHM Mustafa Kamal said yesterday that a hopeless situation was turned into a fruitful outcome when the ICC presidency rotation system was deferred till October.

It all comes down to fines!

Bangladesh League champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society are likely to get off the hook by paying only fines for their alleged involvement in match-fixing.

Super Cup from Friday

Bangladesh Football Federation re-confirmed that the Grameenphone Super Cup will start from July 8, though the national football team is expected to play the round 2 of the World Cup pre-qualifiers against Lebanon this month.

Sachin back for India

Batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar, on the verge of an unprecedented 100th international century, returned Saturday to a strong Indian squad for the upcoming Test series in England.

Tamim sails, Shakib falls

The two Bangladeshi cricketers participating in the Friends Life t20 Championship in England had wildly contrasting days yesterday, as Tamim Iqbal's 37-ball 47 led Nottinghamshire to a 6-wicket win over Yorkshire at Leeds, while Shakib Al Hasan's poor showing with bat and ball contributed to Worcestershire losing to Durham by 28 runs at Chester-le-Street.

Exciting draw in Bridgetown

Another incisive spell from Ishant Sharma was upstaged by resilient West Indies batting led by Darren Bravo as India had to settle for a draw in the second Test on Saturday.

Promise fulfilled

There isn't a cricket follower alive today who cannot recite the greatest of Sachin Tendulkar's achievements: highest run-scorer in Tests and ODIs, most centuries in international cricket, a career spanning 22 years and still running strong.

Klitschko rules the roost

Wladimir Klitschko of the Ukraine became the undisputed world heavyweight champion by beating Great Britain's David Haye on a unanimous points decision here on Saturday night.

Ties that bind

Cristiano Ronaldo has pledged to stay at Real Madrid but revealed that if Jose Mourinho had left the club at the end of last season he would probably have followed his coach out of the exit door, with Manchester City the forward's most likely destination. Ronaldo, 26, has been nothing short of sensational for Real over the past two years, scoring 86 goals in 89 games for the club since arriving at the Bernanebu from Manchester United in the summer of 2009.

Colombia take charge

Colombia defeated 10-man Costa Rica 1-0 on Saturday in the second match of the Copa America.

Alves woos Neymar for Barca

Barcelona full-back Dani Alves said on Saturday he would sign his Brazil team-mate Neymar from Santos for the Catalan club if only he had the money.

Banega not bothered by draw

Argentina's opening Copa America draw with Bolivia was not a terrible result at all, midfielder Ever Banega said Saturday.

BD Ansar continue dominance

Bangladesh Ansar and VDP continued their goal fest in the National Women's Football Championship when they thrashed Kishoreganj 12-0 at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.

Shuttlers finish 3rd in group

The Bangladesh U-19 Badminton team finished third in group stage of the BAC Junior Badmintion Championship in Lucknow after beating Syria yesterday.

Dhumketu shoot to lead

Dhumketu moved to the top of the 12-team table of the Citycell Premier Division Basketball League after registering a hard-fought 64-56 win over The Gregs at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium on Saturday.

Sub-committees formed for Arg-Nig match

State minister for youth and sports Ahad Ali Sarker has been nominated the patron of the Local Organising Committee for the International friendly match between Argentina and Nigeria to be held on September 6 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Bryans on a par with Woodies

American twins Bob and Mike Bryan equalled Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge's record of 11 Grand Slam men's doubles titles on Saturday when they captured their second Wimbledon crown.

Business

Car conversion business hits rough patch

The once booming business of converting cars into CNG-run vehicles is on the brink of ruin due to a gas-price hike that discourages car owners to turn to clean energy.

Conditions for black money in stocks

Investors of black money will not be allowed to withdraw the invested funds from the stockmarket in two years, according to the National Board of Revenue (NBR).

Iran says won't cut India oil over payment dispute

Iran will not cut oil supplies to India despite warning refiners it could do so if months of unpaid bills are not settled soon, the Iranian Oil Ministry's website SHANA said. "A warning has been sent to those refineries that are debtors, but sending such a letter does not mean Iran's oil exports have been cut, and we have no intention to cut our exports to the Indian market," SHANA quoted Mohsen Ghamsari, head of international affairs at the National Iranian Oil Co, as saying.

Turnover soars to 3-month high

Turnover on Dhaka Stock Exchange hit a three-month high yesterday riding on the government's last-minute budgetary decision to allow undisclosed money into the stockmarket.

Govt moves to better regulate MLM companies

The commerce ministry has taken initiatives to increase accountability of business operations of multi-level marketing (MLM) companies.

India hints tough measures against new nuclear trade rules

Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao on Sunday hinted New Delhi could ban nuclear reactor purchases from countries refusing to sell sensitive nuclear technology to it after suppliers decided to tighten such trade against countries like India.

New chairman for Pioneer Insurance

Tapan Chowdhury has recently been elected chairman of Pioneer Insurance Company Ltd at the insurer's 158th board meeting on Thursday.

Jamuna Bank reappoints MD

Md Motior Rahman has recently been re-appointed as managing director of Jamuna Bank Ltd.

BRAC Bank aims to be a flag-bearer

BRAC Bank aims to adopt all global standards in terms of services and product delivery. At the same time the bank wants to be a flag bearer of the country.

Energy crisis leaves Pakistan textiles in tatters

Spinning yarn into cloth used to be a path to fortune in Pakistan, but a story of decline encapsulates how far a crippling energy crisis and rocketing inflation are suffocating the economy.

Good practices to bolster exports

The private sector is considered the driving force behind the growth of industries. That is why the government of Bangladesh should help the sector flourish to achieve greater economic development.

Unlocking further potential in German market

Trade between Bangladesh and Germany is on the rise. The high growth of exports, especially of readymade garment products, turned Germany into the single largest export destination for Bangladesh.

Europe clears urgent aid to save Greece

Eurozone finance ministers cleared the way Saturday for Greece to receive urgent funds to avoid imminent bankruptcy, but warned it would take weeks to conclude a new bailout for the debt-hit nation.

Europe and US in legal clash over airline emissions

US airlines will step up their campaign against European Union climate policy next week, with a legal challenge at Europe's highest court to their inclusion in the EU carbon market.

Vodafone takes full control of Indian mobile group

British mobile phone giant Vodafone is taking full control of its Indian joint venture by buying out its local partner Essar Group, a statement said Saturday, ending a troubled relationship.

Embattled Malaysia Airlines in $8b fightback

Under siege at both the budget and high end of the air travel market, Malaysia Airlines is fighting back with a multi-billion-dollar fleet renewal plan in an effort to secure its future.

Go Daddy in deal to be bought for $2.25b

Web hosting company The Go Daddy Group Inc agreed to be bought by a private equity consortium led by KKR and Silver Lake for $2.25 billion, including debt, people close to the situation said on Friday.

Samsung drops lawsuit against Apple

Samsung Electronics Co has dropped a lawsuit against Apple Inc that claimed Apple copied many of Samsung's innovations, according to a report from Bloomberg on Saturday.

Australia cigarette plan facing new legal threat

A second global tobacco giant has flagged legal action over Australia's plain packaging plan for cigarettes, warning of violations of its intellectual property rights, a report said Saturday.

Germany expects smaller public deficit for 2012

Germany expects its public deficit for 2012 to be lower than earlier forecast, but aid to fellow euro countries will have an impact in the coming years, according to an official document released Sunday.

Best Wall St week in 2yrs stalls US bears

Wall Street polished off its best week in two years with a strong performance Friday, shrugging off the specter of a slow economy, high oil prices and the Greek crisis.

Metropolitan

Call for regional adaptation strategy

Broader regional collaboration on adaptation and joint meteorological data management and knowledge sharing to plan on water and food security must be achieved for water management in the face of climate change.

Japanese scholarship deal signed

Bangladesh and Japan yesterday signed official documents for Japanese grant aid for human resource development scholarship for higher studies of the government officials in Japan.

Proposed forest act to serve land grabbers

Rejecting draft amendments of the forest act and wildlife conservation act, a rights organisation, Greater Sylhet Indigenous People's Forum (GSIPF), yesterday called upon the government not to enact the laws without taking opinion from mass people.

Birth registration for future planning stressed

LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said birth registration is important for the country's future planning.

Two committees begin probe

The two committees yesterday started investigation into the wall collapse at Batali Hill which left 17 people dead on Friday.

Appeal for help

Sohel Rana, a fourth-year student of the Department of English at Dhaka University, is suffering from kidney disease, says a press release.

448 flats to be built for JS staff

The government took a Tk 168.22 crore project to build 448 flats for officers and employees of Jatiya Sangsad secretariat.

Fake doctor arrested for treating patients at DMCH

He used to treat the patients of gynecology ward at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) over the last one month. He used to look after the patients of the ward in the evening shifts, gave various advise to them and even scrutinised the patients' treatment files.

'Community clinics reopen to ensure health services'

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday said the present government is reopening the union-based community clinics to ensure health services to the people.

Jubo League factions clash in Ctg

An Awami Jubo League activist was injured when two of its factions clashed at a club on Batali Hill yesterday afternoon.

Hurling cracker at DU VC protested

Khulna University (KU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Saifuddin Shah and Dhaka University Biswabidyalaya Muktijoddha Pratisthanik Command (DBMPC) demanded exemplary punishment to the miscreants who hurled cracker at Dhaka University VC Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique.

Police action on Oil, Gas body protested

Some eminent personalities yesterday strongly condemned police attack on leaders and activists of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports during their half-day strike.

Court rejects cop report, orders fresh investigation

A Sylhet court yesterday ordered Detective Branch of Police to conduct fresh investigation into a case filed against a police sergeant by his wife.

Headmaster indicted

Police yesterday pressed charges against schoolteacher Mokhlesur Rahman who allegedly raped a class IX student forcing her to commit suicide in Tanore a month ago.

'Repeal 15th amendment to constitution'

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) yesterday demanded the government to repeal fifteenth amendment to the constitution to restore non-communal spirit of 1972 constitution.

TV news presentation course ends

A month-long training course on 'Television News Presentation' organised by Bangladesh Institute of Journalism and Electronic Media (BIJEM) concluded at the institute in the city on Saturday.

Pak citizen held with drugs of Tk 40 lakh

Armed Police Battalion (APBn) arrested a Pakistani citizen with imported banned drugs worth around Tk 40 lakh from Shahjalal International Airport in the city yesterday morning, said police.

Two killed, 40 hurt in road accident

At least two people were killed and 40 others injured as two buses collided head-on and fell into a roadside ditch at Raipur in Daudkandi upazila yesterday.

Obituary

Sekandar Hossain, former social welfare secretary of Chittagong Press Club (CPC), passed away at his city residence at Masuajhorna yesterday at the age of 56, says a press release.

Train hits human hauler: Another dies

Another person succumbed to injuries at Rajshahi Medical Collage Hospital yesterday in train-human hauler collision in Natore.

JCD strike ends at DU

The two-day strike called by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on Dhaka University (DU) campus ended yesterday.

NU exam routine changed

Examination routine of third year honours of 2009 under National University (NU) has been changed due to unavoidable reasons, says a NU press release.

Fake notes, Yaba seized in Ctg

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a man along with fake notes of Tk 1.34 lakh and 100 Yaba tablets from a hotel at AK Khan intersection under Pahartali Police Station of the port city yesterday.

Death anniversary

Today is the third death anniversary of Syed Haroon Osmany, former additional secretary to the Ministry of Law, says a press release.

National

Dredging of river route to Mongla port stalled again

Dredging on 31-kilometre-long river route between Mongla and Ghoshiakhali, a channel that shortens distance to Mongla port, has remained suspended since early June, only one and a half months after start of the second phase of work.

Salma traceless for over 3 months

Class nine schoolgirl Umme Salma Pipasha is yet to be rescued about four months into her abduction.

Two killed, 86 injured in post-UP poll violence

Post-union parishad (UP) election violence in Tangail, Gaibandha, Kishoreganj and Khagrachhari left two people dead and at least 86 others, including 10 policemen, injured on Saturday night.

Robbers hijack another goods laden truck

Highway robbers killed the helper of a fertiliser-laden truck badly wounded driver and took away the truck at Majheera in Bogra district early yesterday.

Killers of Sylhet expat Tahir still at large

Police could not arrest any killer of expatriate Sheikh Tahir Ali, seven days into the murder as they are playing the role of silent spectators, family members alleged yesterday.

UPDF stages procession, rally

Leaders of anti-peace accord United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) yesterday brought out a procession in the town and held a protest rally at Kutukchhari Bazar.

Pabna shop owners protest attack by criminal gang

Shop owners of AR Plaza Shopping Complex in the town yesterday staged a demonstration protesting attack on two shops and their owners at the market by a gang of criminals in the morning.

Robbers kill teenage boy

A teenage boy was shot dead and his uncle injured by robbers at North Hamchadi village in Sadar upazila early yesterday.

50 hurt as rival villagers clash

At least 50 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups at Bitghor village in Sharail upazila yesterday.

3 Shibir activists held

Police yesterday arrested three activists of Chhatra Shibir on charge of attempting to create chaos at Chapainawabganj Government College. Sources said, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday morning brought out a procession on the campus welcoming the freshers. Meanwhile, the three activists went to the campus and tried to disrupt BCL programme. On information, police rushed in and brought the situation under control. Police arrested former general secretary of district unit Shibir Zubair Rahman,32, and two Shibir workers--Kamal Uddin,22, and Selim Reza,22,--from the spot.

Grocer kidnapped

A grocer was kidnapped by criminals at Sorojganj Bazar in Sadar upazila of Chuadanga Saturday night. Victim Faruk Hossain, 25, a resident of Shambhunagar village, is son of Kalob Ali of Sorojganj. Police said Faruk was abducted while returning home after closing their shop at the bazaar at 10:00pm. The abductors demanded Tk 2 lakh from Faruk's family, they said. The victim could not be rescued till yesterday afternoon.

JMB suspect arrested

Headmaster of a government primary school Abdul Munnaf, 37, was arrested on Saturday from a house in Wapda area of Faridganj on suspicion of his link with banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). Officer-in-charge (OC) of Faridganj police station Md Jabedul Islam said that the arrestee was threatening government officials over cell phone claiming himself a member of JMB.

Housewife killed for dowry

A housewife was killed allegedly by her husband for dowry at Jaduarchar village in Shibchar upazila on Thursday. The victim was identified as Happy Akter, 20, daughter of Mohan Miah of Sanyasirchar village in the upazila. Police said Happy got married with Almas Miah, 26, of Jaduarchar village three months ago and since then he used to torture Happy for dowry. Alams beat her up mercilessly on the fateful day following an altercation over the issue. Seriously injured, she was admitted to Shibchar health complex where she succumbed to her injuries. Police arrested Almas in this connection.

Letters

Liberation war in textbooks

We have a glorious history of liberation war. Yet, our schools do not teach this chapter with much importance. The Bangla medium schools follow “Amar Boi” as the textbook up to class-7. Each part of this book includes a chapter on one of the seven Bir sreshthos. A few schools teach a little of 21st February, 26th March and 16th December as part of general knowledge. The English medium schools follow only the book given from the board, that is, “Amar Boi”. Our students grow up not knowing much on liberation war. It is sad that after 40 years of our great liberation war, we hear from a student of class-1 that a “clash” occurred between Bangladesh and Pakistan in 1971. But how can we blame that kid when we watched a video on Facebook after Pakistan won the match at ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, held at Mirpur stadium, where a young man said with delight, “That is past, we forgot it!” If this is the situation today, what will happen after ten or twenty years?

Trapped between schools and coaching centres?

A growing frustration is brewing in the minds of the guardians as well as the students concerning the credibility of the schools and their teachers who are entrusted with the noble task of building the future of the nation. The guardians think that there is no point in spending a huge amount of money every month on the school fees besides spending almost double the amount in a forced manner in coaching centres for the same purpose. The guardians fail to understand why extra coaching is needed when the schools are paying their teachers for doing the same job. It may sound ridiculous, but the bare fact is that it is the teachers who insist the students to take extra lessons at their coaching centres, which are mostly situated at their homes, in order to excel and get better results in the examinations. It is reckoned that a school teacher, besides getting his usual salaries in the school, earns Tk. 1.5 lakh on an average per month by coaching students privately. In older days, teachers vehemently discouraged students about having private coaching saying that if they didn't understand lessons, they should ask them. What a difference between now and then! Now everything is evaluated in terms of money! Now teachers create such a situation that students are compelled to go for coaching or he/she will surely fail in the exam. I am certain that this practice would seriously impede students' ability in acquiring desired education. Can our authorities concerned ban private coaching for good? I would also urge the authorities to check if these teachers pay taxes properly.

Why not USA/NATO forces take over Israel?

In the name of human rights, democracy, protection of human lives and property, the US and NATO forces are bombing on Libya killing hundreds of innocent people- men, women and children. Why do the USA/ NATO poke their nose into the internal affairs of an independent and sovereign country, and use UNO as and when necessary according to their sweet will, political and economic benefit?

High prices of essentials

The parliamentary standing committee of commerce ministry visited three kitchen markets of the city on June 15 this year. It also prepared a report that said it was satisfied that prices of daily essentials were “stable” and “did not increase” after the budget proposal on June 9. “The committee hopes it will remain stable during the month of Ramadan (in August),” a report said. In a stark contrast, however, a number of the ruling alliance lawmakers including Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal MP Hasanul Haq Inu and Jatiya Party MP Fazle Rabbi Chowdhury expressed concern over the price hike of essentials in parliament on June 26.

Patriot

Recently the Prime Minister declared she is the biggest patriot. A patriot is “one who loves, defends and does not harm his country”. The PM has challenged but without response. She has invited all 'patriotic' Bangladeshis to contest her claim by:

Islamic inheritance laws

The PCP article by Zeeshan Hasan (21 June) is a correct summarisation of the position on Islamic inheritance laws as stated in the Quran. The making of a will with two male witnesses was the customary practice and whatever was in the will, the estate of the deceased was distributed accordingly.

Where East meets West

I read with interest the article written by Ms. Milia Ali titled "Where east meets west" published in The Daily Star on 26th June, 2011. The writer tried to compare the eastern and western life styles and their values in social living. It is pleasing to know that she and her friend are contended to find the caring nature of the western friends in the neighbourhood. I did not live in the west as long as she lived but have a little exposure to their way of life and I go through a lot on these in social literature and wide discourse with friends and family.

Congrats Ban Ki-moon!

It is heartening to know that the present UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon has been given a second term to head the World Body. Heartiest congratulations to Mr. Ban Ki-moon. Indeed, Mr. Ban Ki-moon during his first term as the UN Chief has contributed enormously towards strengthening the role and visibility of the United Nations in difficult circumstances.

When you're rich

California Democrats closed the remainder of what had been a gaping budget deficit by relying on a combination of deep spending cuts, optimistic revenue projections and new fees that are sure to be challenged in court. The cuts will be triggered during the middle of the year if tax revenue falls short of assumptions.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star report headlined “Govt should have talked with BNP”

International

Rebels offer Gaddafi safe exit if he quits

Muammar Gaddafi is welcome to live out his retirement inside Libya as long as he gives up all power, Libya's rebel chief told Reuters yesterday in the clearest concession the rebels have so far offered.

Mladic to boycott war crimes court

Former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic will boycott the UN war crimes court, where he is scheduled today to enter a plea against charges of genocide during the Bosnian war, his lawyer said.

Air strikes kill two in South Yemen

Yemeni air strikes targeting suspected al-Qaeda militants near Jaar killed two civilians and wounded three, an official from the militant-held southern town said yesterday.

Pakistan's attitude towards terror 'altered'

Pakistan's attitude towards tackling terrorism has "altered", a "concrete" development that India should take note of, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has said.

China's monopoly on rare earth metals faces challenge

China's monopoly over rare-earth metals could be challenged by the discovery of massive deposits of these hi-tech minerals in mud on the Pacific floor, a study on yesterday suggests.

Indian PM convenes all-party meeting

Affirming government's commitment to enact Lokpal Act that will provide for a strong and effective way to tackle corruption in high places, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said such an institution will have to work within the framework of Constitution.

Forces arrest residents in protest city

Syrian forces yesterday carried out arrests in the western city of Hama, an opposition stronghold, amid the sound of heavy gunfire, an anti-government activist said.

Afghan troops pullout an unnecessary risk

Top US lawmakers yesterday slammed President Barack Obama's military drawdown plans for Afghanistan as "risky", unsupported by his military commanders and a threat to progress made in the last year.

Hezbollah rejects Hariri warrant

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday ruled out the arrest of four members of his militant group indicted by a UN court for the 2005 assassination of Lebanese former premier Rafiq Hariri.

Britain to review family immigration rules

Britain is to review the application of EU human rights rules that allow immigrants to bring their families into the country, the Home Office said yesterday.

Air strikes kill two in South Yemen

Yemeni air strikes targeting suspected al-Qaeda militants near Jaar killed two civilians and wounded three, an official from the militant-held southern town said yesterday.

Mideast peace quartet to meet July 11

Envoys from the Middle East diplomatic Quartet will meet in Washington on July 11, a senior US official said Saturday, ahead of a Palestinian bid to seek UN recognition of their state in September.

Palestinian Authority faces budget crisis

The Palestinian Authority had to cut salaries paid to its civil servants by half as it faces a major budget shortfall, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said yesterday

Maid worked as hooker

The Guinean maid, who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, was also working as a prostitute, a media report has claimed.

Taiwan city declares 'Lady Gaga Day'

A city in Taiwan declared Sunday (yesterday) "Lady Gaga Day" as the pop diva's first visit to the island sparked a frenzy among dedicated fans and local media.

Tropical Storm Arlene kills 16 in Mexico

At least 16 people were confirmed dead in Mexico after Tropical Storm Arlene drenched much of the country with heavy rains and left hundreds of thousands homeless, officials said Saturday.

Israel questions Jew spiritual leaders over 'racist' book

Israeli police briefly detained a rabbi yesterday over his endorsement of a controversial book that justifies the killing of non-Jews in certain circumstances, a police spokesman said.

Belarus blocks social media sites to check protests

The authoritarian government of Belarus blocked access to popular social networking sites yesterday in an attempt to prevent opposition protests on a national holiday.

Key senator slams Obama over Afghan troops pullout

A top US lawmaker yesterday slammed President Barack Obama's military drawdown plans for Afghanistan as "risky," unsupported by his military commanders, and a threat to progress made so far.

193 rhinos killed this year in South Africa

Nearly 200 rhinos were killed in South Africa in the first half of 2011, with most slaughtered in the world-famous Kruger National Park, environmental group WWF said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

A Lesson in Evolution of Bangladeshi Rock

Bangladeshi music lovers might often be unaware of the background, early struggles, key moments and initial line-ups of their favourite bands. They may not able to judge the musical evolution, such as transition from mellow rock to progressive or alternative. Qubee Junction -- a musical endeavour by the broadband internet provider Qubee -- provided an opportunity to get acquainted with the evolution of Bangladeshi rock music. The concert took place at the National Indoor Stadium, Mirpur, in Dhaka on July 2. It featured 13 selected bands -- from 1970s to late 1990s.

Fête de la Musique in Dhaka

The music festival known as Fête de la Musique began in France but has spread its wings in various cities across the globe. Launched in 1982 by the French Ministry for Culture, the event is also known as World Music Day (observed on June 21).

Shafiur Rahman: A dedicated classical music connoisseur

Classical music connoisseur and founding general secretary of Shuddha Sangeet Proshar Gosthi, Shafiur Rahman, breathed his last on June 27. He was 79. He had been suffering from various ailments including heart disease for a while. He was on life support for several days at Square Hospital, Dhaka.

A children's delight

Singer Zeenat Rahana's albums "Sa Re Ga Ma" and "Hashi Khushi" for children and an adhunik song album "Kanthey Nilem Gaan" were launched recently.

Cultural fiesta at Dhaka University

To mark its 90th anniversary, Dhaka University held a two-day cultural festival on campus on July 1 and 2. Celebrations were on at TSC auditorium, Natmandal and Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Building. Programmes featured improvisational acting, staging of the play “Shiddhanto” and a seminar.

Exhibition in Toronto featuring Bangladeshi artists

The Papermill Art Gallery in Toronto has organised a group exhibition featuring works of Bangladeshi-Canadian artists. The exhibition opened on June 15 and will continue till July 5. Featured artists are Shahid Kabir, AKM Alamgir Huque, Tajuddin Ahmed, Syed Iqbal, Nur M Zalal, Shahadat Hossain, Shameemara, Dewan Faruk, Farhana Rahman, Afzal Subhani and Mohammad Fakruzzaman, says a press release.

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Student politics: Then and now

The politics in Bangladesh is again at a crossroads. Has the student community any role to play at this yet another crisis created by the major political parties themselves. In fact, during the last two decades that the nation is professedly practicing democracy, a new form of crisis syndrome has become endemic in Bangladesh politics. It is characterised by an irreconcilable deadlock between the major parties--Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP)--over the question of who would run the interim government that would hold parliamentary elections. And unlike the historic roles they played in the pro-democracy movements against military regimes of the past, the student bodies of today look rather docile and are, as it were, tied to the apron strings of their mother parties.

A spring in Arab history

Ibn Khaldun, the classical Arab historian, ascribed the great revival of the Arab spirit to "asabiya," a term that can be loosely equated to "group solidarity," a consciousness that rose above traditional loyalties like tribal identity and released the inspirational energy that made oasis dwellers and nomads into world conquerors.

This Day In History

July 4

1187
The Crusades: Battle of Hattin Saladin defeats Guy of Lusignan, King of Jerusalem.



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