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Tarique not returning

Tarique Rahman, senior vice-chairman of BNP and son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, will not return home to defend himself in August 21 grenade attack cases, his party colleagues and counsel say.

Legal revenge

Law enforcers charged truncheons and lobbed teargas to foil a BNP procession brought out in the capital yesterday to protest the indictment of party Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack cases.

PM to receive statements

The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal for annual submission of income and wealth statements of ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers, and other people with similar status to the prime minister from now on.

No personal vendetta

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko, sons of opposition leader Khaleda Zia, are not "targets" of the present government as it does not believe in "personal vendetta".

Singh sings praises of Bangladesh

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last night called his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina over the telephone and told her that New Delhi attaches the “highest importance” to relations with Dhaka.

Thai PM-elect announces coalition

A day after she led Pheu Thai party to a landslide victory in parliamentary elections in Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra has announced a new five-party coalition government.

Now Amini calls 48-hr hartal

Islami Ain Bastobayon Committee yesterday called a 48-hour countrywide hartal starting tomorrow to protest the removal of phrases "Absolute Faith and Trust in Allah” from the constitution.

Railway signs first contract

Bangladesh Railway yesterday inked a $16.45 million deal with Indian company Texmaco Ltd, the first-ever contract under India's $1 billion credit to Bangladesh.

AL lawmaker, wife sued for corruption

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed separate cases against ruling Awami League lawmaker Abdul Mannan and his wife Shahad Ara Mannan on charge of possessing wealth worth about Tk 72 lakh which is disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Fuel prices to push up spending on subsidies

The government spending on subsidy is likely to increase this fiscal year by 16 percent over FY 2010-11 due to a rise in global fuel price and import of additional petroleum products for quick rental power plants.

Withdraw hartal

Leaders of 73 business organisations yesterday urged the opposition parties to withdraw their hartal programme for smooth running of businesses.

Rumana off to Canada for surgery

Rumana Manzur, who lost her eyesight in a brutal attack by her husband, has left for Canada early today to have surgery in her eyes.

4 factories fined for Buriganga pollution

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined four textile and washing factories in Keraniganj Tk 31.60 lakh in total for releasing untreated liquid waste into the river Buriganga.

Rice export ban extended for a year

The government has extended ban on rice export for another year in an effort to curb the price hike of the staple food in the domestic market, said an official of the commerce ministry yesterday.

Indian SC orders special probe, slates govt role

India's Supreme Court yesterday ordered a special investigation into undeclared money stashed in foreign bank accounts, while accusing the government of "serious lapses" in handling the issue.

CG repeal a barrier to free polls

Noted jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the repeal of caretaker government system will be a major barrier to free and fair parliamentary elections.

BCL, JCD clash at IU

Activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday vandalised at least 25 buses of Islamic University in Kushtia following a clash with the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).

Notice

Star Business brings out today a four-page colour supplement on the Bangladesh Business Awards 2010, organised by The Daily Star and DHL Express. Pages of stock data have been trimmed down to one page instead of a regular three.

Editorial

Aug 21 grenade attack case

One can assume that with the submission of supplementary charge-sheets of the August 21 grenade attack case, the process of investigation has ended and the trial would commence soon. It has consumed nearly seven years for the investigation, into what was perhaps the most blatant act of violence in recent history of Bangladesh, to be completed. It has taken fourteen extensions, before the CID could submit the supplementary charge sheets accusing 30 new persons of involvement with the dastardly attack.

SWAN conference

The conference of South Asian Women's Network (SWAN) which ended recently with the Dhaka Declaration has called for peace and a green economy, highlighting the role of women in South Asia in establishing both. For this, however -- as was pointed out by the participants at the two-day conference -- women must have equal access to resources and a greater role in development policy-making.

Sports

Lawson's mantra

You may have a daunting 18-yard run-up, a pivot that needs tightening and a booming follow-through but as far as Geoff Lawson is concerned, only one thing matters.

He cannot keep winning: Nadal

Rafael Nadal insists Novak Djokovic cannot keep winning and he will be first in the queue ready to pounce when the Serb finally cracks.

Djokovic not to stop

Novak Djokovic insists he won't rest on his laurels after the Serb completed a dream double by winning his first Wimbledon crown just days after his coronation as the world's top player.

Euphoric Serb press

Serbian papers were in ecstasy on Monday after Novak Djokovic defeated Raphael Nadal to win his first Wimbledon crown and reach the world number one spot for the first time in his career.

BLC seeks more time

The Bangladesh League Committee seeked more time to prepare the investigation report on the match-fixing allegation between Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Rahmatganj MFS.

'Expert help always welcome'

With specialist coaches flying in to the GP-BCB National Cricket Academy this month, the Tigers too could take advantage of the experts.

SCB brings the Reds to Asia

Liverpool Football Club embark on a pre-season tour of Asia with a game in China against Guangdong Sunray Cave on July 13. The Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou will host the match.

Novak now number 1

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic was confirmed as the new world number one when the ATP rankings were released on Monday.

Dilshan can think of series now

Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan believes a one-day series win against England is within his side's grasp after a six-wicket victory at Lord's put the tourists 2-1 up with two to play.

The magician prince

It was the last day of a riveting game of cricket at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. West Indies, who went toe-to-toe against a wounded Australian side, were 85 for three in their pursuit of 308. That they came this far in the game was a wonder in itself. After Australia had made 490, the hosts were down in the dumps before Curtly Ambrose, with a five-for in the second innings, put a big foot in the door before the Australians could shut up shop.

Sarwan given the sack for final Test

Struggling West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been dropped for the third and final Test against India in Dominica. Kieran Powell, a 21-year-old batsman from Leeward Islands, has been named as his replacement.

Akhtar treble powers N'ganj

A brilliant hattrick from Shurovi Akhter powered Narayanganj to a comprehensive 7-0 win over Thakurgaon in the National Women's Football Championship at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.

RTV in final

RTV moved into the final of the Kool-BSJA Media Cup football tournament with a single-goal win over Banglavision in the sem-final at the Handball Stadium adjacent to the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Wozniacki stays put

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki remains on top of the women's singles rankings, which were released on Monday, in spite of her failure once again to land a Grand Slam title.

Phelps's 2nd in two days

American swimming star Michael Phelps posted his second victory in two days, capturing the men's 100-metre butterfly at the Canada Cup swimming competition Sunday.

Europa on a roll

Euporpa Youth continued their winning spree in the Citycell Premier Division Basketball League as they recorded a massive 103-45 win over Bakshi Bazar in their sixth match at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.

Brazil fire blanks

Brazil made a tame entrance into the Copa America on Sunday, missing a host of chances in a goalless draw with ultra-minnows Venezuela at the Estadio Unico in La Plata, outside Buenos Aires.

Magic was missing

Now you see the jogo bonito; now you don't.

A dull stalemate

Ecuador were more or less satisfied but Paraguay felt irked after the pair fought out a goalless stalemate in Group B of the Copa America on Sunday.

Marseille seal Diara deal

French international midfielder Alou Diarra has completed his move from Bordeaux to Marseille, the first division runners-up announced on their website on Monday.

Grondona defends Messi

The head of Argentina's Football Association (AFA), Julio Grondona, on Sunday praised striker Lionel Messi, but criticised his squad mates in the wake of their disappointing opening Copa America draw with Bolivia.

Venezuela wish Chavez well

Venezuelan players issued a get well soon message to ailing President Hugo Chavez after their surprise goalless draw Sunday with holders Brazil at the Copa America.

Larissa makes nudity promise

Paraguayan fans will be keener than ever for their team to land the Copa America after model Larissa Riquelme on Sunday promised to pose nude should they triumph.

Business

Banks' deficit raises concerns

The overall deficit in seven state banks, which stands at Tk 3,930 crore, has raised concerns at the policy level. The situation was discussed at a high-level meeting of the finance ministry yesterday where the banks were asked to cut bad assets.

Dollar getting costlier in informal market

A widening gap in greenback prices between informal and formal markets is causing fears of a decline in remittance flow through the informal channel.

Remittance touches record mark

The remittance inflow crossed the $11 billion mark in the last fiscal year, according to official data. Economists said the money sent by the expatriates played a major role in alleviating poverty.

Stocks fall on price correction

All the indices of Dhaka and Chittagong bourses fell yesterday amid some price corrections, as investors booked profit in most sectors.

26 state companies may offload shares in Sept

The government has assigned the Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) as a capital issue manager of all state enterprises to offload shares in the stockmarket, an official of the finance ministry said yesterday.

Transcom Beverages official wins PepsiCo top award

Khurshid Irfan Chowdhury, executive director of Transcom Beverages Ltd, the franchisee of PepsiCo International, has recently received the PepsiCo President Ring of Honor award.

City Bank brings MasterCard

City Bank has recently entered into MasterCard business through the launch of the card at a programme in Dhaka, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Ctg port posts record growth in container handling

Chittagong Port posted 21.13 percent annual growth in container handling in fiscal 2010-11, the highest in 16 years.

S&P warning adds default threat to Greece's bailout

Greece would likely be in default if it follows a debt rollover plan pushed by French banks, S&P warned on Monday, deepening the pain of a bailout that one European official said will cost Athens sovereignty and jobs.

Australia to unveil carbon price scheme on July 10

Australia's minority Labor government will unveil plans for the biggest national emissions trading scheme outside Europe on Sunday, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard staking her future on a carbon price already worrying voters and business.

Hybrid rice faces competition

Hybrid rice faces a test in winning the hearts of farmers. In the last two seasons, both sales and acreage of hybrid rice, dubbed as a means to boost production and ensure food sufficiency, have dropped.

Farmers lose out on food procurement delays

Farmers in the northern district of Bogra will count huge losses this season because of the government's delay in the food procurement programme.

Clarification

Marico Bangladesh said in a clarification of the caption published on The Daily Star on July 3 that the company declared 45 percent dividends -- 20 percent cash and 25 percent interim cash divi-dends -- for its shareholders.

Metropolitan

BEI draft at final stage to help govt

Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) in association with Defense Institutions Reform Initiative (DIRI), USA is going to finalise a draft “National Counter Terrorism Strategy” to assist the government.

Railway demolishes 300 illegal structures

Bangladesh Railway in a drive demolished around 300 tin-shed and semi-concrete structures in the capital's Gopibagh yesterday.

JS to function rightly with opposition parties

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Stephen Evans said the British government is committed to strengthening international borders through collaboration and cooperation with its global partners.

Delhi happy over Dhaka's gesture

New Delhi has heaved a sigh of relief at Dhaka's decision on Sunday not to make any formal statement on Manmohan Singh's remarks after the Indian external affairs ministry had issued a clarification that the remarks should not be seen as “judgemental”.

HC asks govt to protect hills in Chittagong

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon seven government officials to show cause within three weeks as to why their inaction to protect the hills of Chittagong would not be declared illegal and without lawful authority.

Design of metro rail through DU approved

Primary design of the portion of Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line-6 that passes through Dhaka University (DU) was approved at a meeting between DU administrators and the project's officials concerned at DU administrative building yesterday.

Shun negative attitude

President Zillur Rahman yesterday called upon the country's university students to shun any attitude devoid of humanity and negative mentality in order to build a beautiful and civilised society.

Eight killed, 48 injured in road accidents

Eight people were killed and 48 others injured in road accidents in Gaibandha, Sylhet, Narayanganj, Chuadanga, and Kishoreganj yesterday.

250 hoardings pulled down

A team of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday pulled down around 250 hoardings and signboards of seven illegal housing projects in Dumni, Isapura, and Patira and in a part of the river Balu under Khilkhet Police Station.

5 acres of Buriganga river recovered

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) recovered five acres of Buriganga river at Baktaboli of Fatullah under Narayanganj sadar upazila during a drive to evict illegal structures yesterday.

Recruitment test deferred

The written test for appointment to different vacant posts in the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education has been postponed due to unavoidable reasons, says a press release.

Schoolboy shot in city

A schoolboy was wounded as a stray bullet hit him while crossing two feuding youths on his way home in the city's Demra yesterday.

Ctg BNP protests fresh charge sheets

Chittagong city unit BNP yesterday protested inclusion of the names of Tarique Rahman and other BNP leaders in the supplementary charge sheets in the August 21 grenade attack cases.

Faruque, Kanak Smriti Ekattor president, secy

The executive committee of Smriti Ekattor, a pro-liberation social organisation, has been reformed through a meeting held at the public library auditorium in the city recently.

Two children burnt alive for dowry

Two children were burnt to death in Sunamganj early hours of yesterday while their mother is fighting for life at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after her in-laws allegedly set them on fire for dowry in Jaggannathpur in Sunamganj on Sunday.

Banff Mountain Film Festival begins today

The Banff Mountain Film Festival, a three-day international film festival and competition, begins today at Goethe-Institut Dhaka (German Cultural Centre) in Dhanmondi in the city.

Prof Nasser passes away

Abu Nasser Mohammad Saleh, a psychology teacher of Rajshahi University, passed away at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital due to a cardiac arrest yesterday at the age of 59.

Ashraful Islam

Bangladesh Air Force Group Captain (retd) TAM Ashraful Islam, a valiant freedom fighter, passed away at Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka yesterday. He was 71.

Sarmin Reshmin

Sarmin Reshmin, principal of Ramu Degree College of Cox's Bazar, passed away on Saturday (July 2) at Birdem Hospital in Dhaka at the age of 48, says a press release.

Justice Ansar's anniversary of death today

Today is the 16th death anniversary of renowned lawyer and Justice of Supreme Court Muhammad Ansar Ali.

Death anniversary

Today is the 11th death anniversary of Dr AKM Shamsul Huda, a language movement veteran and former VP of Sir Salimullah Medical College.

National

2 Bogra hospitals limp for want of docs, medicines

Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital (SZMCH) and Mohammed Ali Hospital in Bogra are struggling to provide treatment to a large number of patients due to shortage of doctors and other staff, lack of accommodation and equipment and inadequate allocation for medicines.

Will probe body at all place report?

The probe body formed after the attack on the trainee nurses at Mymensingh Nursing College (MNC) by the fourth class employees of Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) on June 13, missed the third deadline as it could not submit its report on Sunday.

People suffer as road to pontoon washed away

Road communications between Netrakona town and eight upazilas of the district have snapped on Sunday as onrush of water from hills across the border damaged a portion of the road linking pontoon bridge on the Kongsha River at Thakurakona under Sadar upazila.

21 fishermen abducted by pirates rescued

Twenty one fishermen, who were abducted by pirates from Dublarchar area of the Sundarbans in Shoronkhola upazila on June 25 for ransom, were rescued from Harbaria area of the Sundarbans yesterday.

Mukta's return to Khulna AL evokes resentment

Khulna City Corporation (KCC) ward councillor Mohammad Hossain Mukta, who had a long criminal background, rejoined the Awami League along with a large number of his men on Friday night.

Sust English deptt students lock office, teachers' rooms

The fourth year first semester students of English department of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) in Sylhet yesterday locked the office and rooms of the departmental teachers in protest against alleged under marking at a course examination.

Bangladeshi held by BSF dies in India

A Bangladeshi detained by BSF in India near Darmagarh border under Ranishankoil upazila died on Saturday.

Housewife commits 'suicide'

A housewife allegedly committed suicide on Monday by hanging herself from the ceiling of her house.

Housewife killed for dowry

A housewife was killed allegedly by her husband for dowry at Bazar Char Chartola village in Ashuganj upazila Saturday night. The victim was identified as Lovely Akter, 18, daughter of Habibur Rahman of Char Lalpur village in the upazila. Sources said Kamrul Islam, son of Delwar Hossain, of Chartola village married Lovely two years ago and since then he often tortured her for dowry. They said, on the fateful night, Kamrul picked up a quarrel with her over the issue and at one stage beat her dead.

Construction workers killed

Falling from an under-construction building, two workers were killed and two others injured in Baushia area of Gozaria upazila Sunday. The deceased were identified as Tanus and Alam. The injured were Rubel and Alamgir. All of them hailed from Chapainawabganj district. Police and witnesses said the four workers were working at the under-construction building of Engineering Staff College on western side of Gumti bridge on Dhaka-Chittagong highway. Suddenly they fell from the third floor of the building, which left Tanus and Alam dead on the spot.

9 get life for murder

A court here on Sunday convicted nine people and sentenced them to life term imprisonment in a murder case. The convicts were identified as Joinal Bepari, Lokman Bepari, Razzak Bepari, Siraj Bepari, Mannan Bepari, Syed Ali Bepari, Shamsul Bepari, Mokhlesur Rahman Bepari and Osman Ali Bepari of East Rajargaon village in Hajiganj upazila. The court also fined them Tk 30,000 each, in default, to suffer one year more RI. According to the prosecution, the aforesaid people killed co-villager Mohammad Ali Bepari over previous enmity in front of a shop of one Taher of the village on February 29, 2000.

Teenage girl gang-raped

A 15-year-old girl was gang-raped in Zero Mile area under Sadar upazila on Sunday. Daughter of late Abdul Khaleq, she hailed from Bogachhari area of Naniarchar upazila in Rangamati district. According to the victim, she went to Zero Mile from Bogachhari by a bus at about 1:20am Sunday. There she was waiting for her brother Sagar to take her to Matiranga upazila of Khagrachhari district. Meanwhile, a gang posing as Sagar's friends asked her to go with them. But they took her to a lonely house in Zero Mile area and raped her. She was rescued by local police yesterday morning. Officer-in-charge (OC) of Khagrachhari Sadar police station Abul Kalam Azad said, they arrested one Md Jalil, 28, son of Ruhul Amin of Gangapara area in this connection.

International

No scope for Gaddafi to remain in Libya

The head of Libya's rebel council said yesterday that there is now no possibility of Moamer Gaddafi being granted internal exile in Libya, following an International Criminal Court warrant for his arrest.

Mladic refuses to plea before UN court

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic yesterday refused to enter a plea before a UN war crimes court and the judge ordered his removal from the courtroom for disruptive behaviour.

India PM hails success in battle against HIV

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday hailed the country's success in slashing new HIV/AIDS infections by half in the past decade, but warned against complacency.

India to introduce anti-graft bill in parliament

India's government will introduce a comprehensive new anti-graft bill in the next session of parliament beginning August 1, the country's home minister said yesterday.

Pak military supports radical groups

The Pakistani military continues to support a variety of militant groups as part of a strategy of using proxies against its neighbours and US forces in Afghanistan, The New York Times reported yesterday.

Suu Kyi tests freedom with rare trip

Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi visited an ancient temple city in central Myanmar with her son yesterday, in a tentative first test of her freedom to travel following her release by the junta.

Fox News hacker tweets 'Obama dead'

Hackers have taken over a Twitter account belonging to US broadcaster Fox News and declared President Obama dead.

Afghan-based militants launch raid into Pakistan

At least 300 militants crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and attacked a Pakistani checkpost, government and intelligence officials said yesterday, the sixth cross-border attack in a month that has raised tensions between the neighbors.

Ben Ali sentenced to jail again over drugs, weapons charges

A Tunis court yesterday sentenced ousted Tunisian president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in his absence to 15 years in jail for possession of arms, drugs, and archaeological artefacts.

Belarus protesters jailed after crackdown

Belarus yesterday jailed several among the almost 400 protesters arrested in a brutal police crackdown on Independence Day protests against strongman President Alexander Lukashenko's regime.

EU to provide urgent food aid to N Korea

The European Union said yesterday it will deliver 10 million euros in emergency food aid to North Korea to help 650,000 people at risk of dying amid growing fears of a worsening hunger crisis.

British PM visits Afghanistan

British Prime Minister David Cameron made a surprise visit to Afghanistan yesterday but had to scrap part of the trip as forces hunted for a missing British soldier, an AFP reporter said.

Saboteurs bomb Egypt gas pipeline

Saboteurs bombed an Egyptian gas pipeline in the Sinai peninsula yesterday, sending flames shooting into the sky and cutting supplies to Israel and Jordan, a security official said.

China road accident kills 23

Twenty-three people were killed and nearly 30 others injured in central China yesterday when a long-distance bus flipped over and caught fire after being shunted by a truck, state media reported.

Syrian forces kill 2, aim to retake Hama

Syrian security forces killed two anti-regime protesters near Damascus and deployed tanks in a town near Turkey's border, activists said yesterday, as the authorities eyed the recapture of Hama.

Chavez arrives in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived yesterday at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas where he was greeted by government ministers upon his return from receiving cancer treatment in Havana, Venezuelan state television video showed.

Thai Red Shirts urge govt to probe deadly unrest

Thailand's "Red Shirt" opposition protest movement yesterday urged their triumphant political allies to "find the truth" behind last year's bloody military crackdown on their mass rally.

S Korean Marine kills four in shooting spree

A South Korean marine went on a shooting spree yesterday at a base near the tense maritime border with North Korea, killing four fellow soldiers before trying to blow himself up with a hand grenade, the military said.

Arts & Entertainment

“Poets are wordsmiths” -- Rupa Chakraborty

Renowned elocutionist Rupa Chakraborty has been away from limelight in the Bangladesh media. When I at last caught up with her, she was in Heidelberg, Germany. On her return to London we met at trendy restaurant, Kalapata, in White Chapel, London and had an interesting chat on Rupa's recent involvement in the cultural front as well as her profession.

Watercolour Exhibition at Shilpakala Academy

A group watercolour exhibition featuring works of 16 painters is now on at National Art Gallery Plaza, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).

Indonesian Film Fest in the city

Rainbow Film Society has organised a three-day contemporary Indonesian film festival at Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum, in the city. Dr Gowher Rizvi, adviser to the Prime Minister, inaugurated the film festival on July 3. Former secretary Syed Margub Morshed; renowned filmmaker and TV personality Syed Salahuddin Zaki; Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Zet Mirzal Zainuddin, were present as special guests on the occasion.

Udichi and Sangskritik Union perform at BCU conference

Artistes of Udichi Shilpi Goshthi and Sangskritik Union performed at a cultural programme recently at a community centre in the town.

Nrityanchal to perform in Canada

Bangladeshi dance troupe Nrityanchal is going to perform at 'Bangla Utshab', to be held on July 15 and 16 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A 12-member troupe led by celebrated dancers Shibly Mohammad and Shamim Ara Nipa will stage the Tagore dance-drama “Chitrangada” on the opening day (July 15) of the Festival. The dancer duo choreographed the dance-drama.

Baul songs sway the audience

Baul songs are recognised as one of the oldest existing forms of traditional music in Bengal. However, the word 'baul' denotes more than just a genre. It's a philosophy that shapes the lifestyle of the singers and musicians. They are heterogeneous -- majority of them are Hindu ascetics and Muslim mystics. And their music and lyrics have retained old rhythmic idiosyncrasies and beats. Naturally, one can't always expect to hear something revolutionarily new at a Baul festival.

Tom Hanks:
“Hollywood is like high school”

Tom Hanks takes on the roles of writer, director, producer and star for his new film “Larry Crowne”. After more than 30 years in the business, what does he really think of Hollywood?

OP-ED

Taking a principled stand on hartal and CTG

On the heels of a day long hartal on June 5 across the country, BNP-Jamat alliance clamped down a 36-hour hartal on June 12-13 just after a breather of 6 days. On June 12 BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir threatened the government, nay, the nation, that a 72-hour hartal could be clamped down any time soon if needed.

The real reboot greece needs

Greece's prime minister, George A. Papandreou, comfortably survived a confidence vote on Tuesday, momentarily stabilising his fragile Socialist government and clearing the way for a fresh infusion of financial assistance from the European Union.

Addressing school safety

In the budget for fiscal year 2011-12, the government has proposed Tk.19,873 crore for the education sector with Tk.10,850 crore for the education ministry and Tk.8,957 crore for primary and mass education ministry. The proposed volume is Tk.1725 crore more than that of the existing allocation of Tk.18,148 crore. This is good as investment in human capital in a proper manner is a must here.

Measuring gender sensitivity

The national budget for the financial year 2011-12 has been passed in the National Parliament on June 30, 2011. During pre-budget campaign and advocacy, a number of women's and human rights organisations demanded allocations in the national budget for implementing the National Women's Advancement Policy (NWAP) 2011.

Social security concern

The constitution of Bangladesh in its Article 15(d) clearly declares to introduce the Social Security Programme. The constitution spells "the right to social security that is to say, to public assistance in cases of undeserved want arising from unemployment, illness or disablement, or suffered by widows or orphans or in old age or in other such cases."

Science & Life

Magic of protein architecture

Proteins are, simply, the product of genes. Genes, the basic unit of information for the living systems, are the guide to create thousands of different types of proteins in a particular cell type to enable the cell to carry out its assigned function. It is the protein molecule that makes the different cell types different by having been created in certain combinations in a cell type specialized to perform a particular task. Hence, we get our arms, legs, eyes different from one another. Scientists, for long, have believed that the proteins need to have a rigid structure to play their roles inside the cell. In fact, the biochemistry text books will tell you that the genes encode proteins, which are simply the chain of different amino acids linked together by peptide bonds and after the formation of the polypeptide chains, they need to get a definite three dimensional shape which will react with the target molecules by lock-and-key system. However, recent research is revealing a new architectural design of the proteins. A host of proteins carry out their biological tasks without ever completely folding; others fold only as needed. Perhaps one third of all human proteins are intrinsically disordered carrying some unfolded or disordered regions.

Earth's ecological haven

After the spectacular discoveries in Madagascar, it is now the turn of New Guinea to display some of the magnificent arrays of new species of floras and faunas that the world has ever known. According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), from the years between 1998 and 2008, at the rate of twice a week, more than 1000 new species were discovered by the researchers of the reputed nature conservation organization. Published, very recently, in a report titled, “Final Frontier: Newly Discovered Species of New Guinea”, WWF, as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, proudly stated that New Guinea's forests and rivers are among the richest and most bio-diverse in the whole world. In this decade long study, a total of 1060 species of new life-forms were discovered and amongst them include 218 new plants (one of them is a flesh-like a orchid), 43 reptiles, 12 mammals, 580 invertebrates, 134 amphibians, 2 birds and 71 species of fish.

How did birds originate?

A developmental biologist at New York Medical College is proposing a new theory of the origin of birds, which traditionally has been thought to be driven by the evolution of flight. Instead, Stuart A. Newman, Ph.D., credits the emergence of enlarged skeletal muscles as the basis for their upright two-leggedness, which led to the opportunity for other adaptive changes like flying or swimming. And it is all based on the loss of a gene that is critical to the ability of other warm-blooded animals to generate heat for survival

Managing glacial lake

A team of Nepali and international researchers has developed a risk assessment method to manage the threat of devastating floods that can be triggered by a glacial lake outburst (GLOF).

Devil in danger

Two new complete sets of Tasmanian devil genetic blueprints hold some good news and bad news for the species. The bad news is that the marsupial's genetic diversity is among the lowest known for any species. The good news is that the devil's low diversity has a long history and may not be reason for as much concern as once thought.

Mammals from hot magma!

The rise of modern mammals, which came with a dramatic warming of the Earth, may be traced to hot magma, new research suggests.

Which is the tallest mountain?

The highest mountain on Earth is not Mount Everest, but Mauna Kea in the Pacific Ocean. This volcano rises to 10,203 m (33,476ft) from the sea floor to form one of the Hawaiian islands. Mount Everest is the highest mountain on land, at 8,848 m (29.029ft).



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