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Tuesday, September 23, 2014


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Teesta, border deals finalised

Bangladesh and India yesterday expressed firm optimism about signing of an interim agreement on water sharing of the common rivers Teesta and Feni, and a framework deal on land border during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka on September 6-7.

Hopes soar as deals to protect investment

Analysts and businessmen hope more Indian investments will flow into Bangladesh with the ratification of the agreement on promotion and protection of investments.

Optimism about all issues

All outstanding issues between Dhaka and New Delhi are expected to be resolved before the upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Bangladesh.

AL ready to talk at any place

The government is ready to sit with the opposition at any place--in or outside parliament--for a consensus over how to ensure a free and fair general election, ruling Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam said yesterday.

Abdin's case not recorded

Law enforcers arrested dozens of opposition men, and mobile courts jailed several persons for disrupting public life across the country yesterday, the second day of the 48-hour countrywide hartal.

Sahara speaking

Home Minister Sahara Khatun in parliament yesterday held Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque and some other BNP lawmakers responsible for Wednesday's police assault on Farroque.

WB's green light to Padma Bridge

The World Bank has finally given the go ahead for the Padma bridge construction tender process with five pre-qualified firms, communications ministry officials said.

Capacity 50, carrying 200

Despite having the approval of carrying 50 passengers, MV Madinar Alo that capsized in Shitalakhhya on Wednesday evening was carrying around 200.

Posthumous award for Indira

The government will award former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi posthumously for her "tremendous support" to the Liberation War, 1971.

PM pledges stronger EC

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday in parliament said the government will further strengthen the Election Commission to hold free and fair parliamentary polls.

Mother dies 4 days after her 2 kids

Ending her grim battle for life, dowry victim Shazia Begum succumbed to her burn injuries yesterday, four days after both her children had met the same fate in a classic example of human brutalities.

Govt to restrict Malaysia trips

The government is going to tighten visits of Bangladeshis to Malaysia following allegations about some jobseekers leaving for Kuala Lumpur as students and tourists to take advantage of an amnesty to the undocumented expatriate workers.

Govt spurred to act fast

Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday urged the government to immediately implement the High Court directives on ensuring that no extra-judicial punishments are given in the name of fatwa (religious edict) and social arbitration.

Anti-terror law to widen in scope

A person or entity will be considered as a terrorist if the person or entity harms or helps harm another country while staying in Bangladesh, says a draft proposal aimed at bring changes to the Anti Terrorism Act, 2009.

Two pirates die, 5 more caught

Two pirates, whose eyes were gouged out by a mob on Wednesday at Char Kukrimukri in Bhola district, died overnight at the local upazila health complex while police nabbed five more pirates from the area yesterday.

Top accused arrested

A court here yesterday placed Khachu Marma, the prime accused in two cases for killing three people and setting houses afire in Ramgarh in April, on a three-day remand.

No News of the World after Sunday

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch dramatically ordered the closure of the News of the World tabloid yesterday as a spiralling scandal over illegal phone hacking threatened to taint the rest of his business empire.

'Unite or you will suffer'

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi yesterday said that Uttar Pradesh was being run by dalals (touts).

Editorial

Police excesses on lawmakers

The way police last Wednesday pounced on the opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque and beat him up mercilessly during hartal was most reprehensible.

Teacher's sexual assault on pupil

The furore arising over allegations of sexual assault on a female student by a teacher of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College is of deep concern to citizens. One of course heaves a sigh of relief now that the alleged perpetrator of the crime, Porimol Joydhor, has been taken into custody. But the damage the incident has done to his victim and her family as well as to the reputation of the school itself is incalculable. And yet all this ugly publicity of the incident and a consequent fraying of the school's reputation could have been averted had the school authorities taken action immediately after the student in question and her schoolmates had filed a complaint with the head of the institution's Bashundhara branch.

Sports

Jamal, Brothers kick-off marquee tourney

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will be looking to put their league's match-fixing allegation behind them and prove themselves out on the pitch when the Bangladesh League champions face Brothers Union in the opening match of the Grameenphone Super Cup today.

Preparation hardly ideal

The lack of match practice can be an issue for the Tigers when they will make their return to Test cricket against Zimbabwe in August after more than a year's break.

Pistorius's one last chance

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, the famed "Blade Runner", has only 12 days left to get the all-important qualification time that would allow him to compete in the world championships later this month.

India rule in rain

Seasonal rain washed away a large chunk of play, after Ishant Sharma helped India make early inroads into the frail West Indies batting in the third Test on Wednesday at Test cricket's newest outpost, Windsor Park in Dominica.

Sharma now not copying Zaheer

Indian paceman Ishant Sharma on Thursday credited his return to form in the West Indies to him concentrating on bowling fast and not trying to copy the action of teammate Zaheer Khan.

Misbah all for DRS

Misbahul Haq, the Pakistan captain, has come out in support of the ICC's decision to make the Decision Review System (DRS) mandatory in Tests and ODIs, saying the technology eases the pressure on the umpires. Misbah said he found the system to be useful whenever Pakistan have used it, including during the World Cup.

Cricket's minimalist

Glenn McGrath's first two years in Test cricket were not much to write home about, averaging as he did in the 40s with the ball. It would have been far-fetched in the extreme to think that he would one day rival the one and only Dennis Lillee for the title of Australia's all-time greatest fast bowler.

JFA U-15 Cup makes return

After a three-year gap, the JFA (Japan Football Association) Cup U-15 football tournament gets underway from Saturday with matches in eight venues across the country.

Bahrain steal the show

Bahrain secured first and second places in the both men's and women's 10,000-metres on the opening day of the Asian Athletics Championships on Thursday.

Europa in pole position

Europa Youth took the solo lead in the Citycell Premier Division Basketball League with a 113-50 win over Dhumketu in their penultimate match at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium on Wednesday.

Corporate soccer from today

The Sixth Ascent Corporate five-a-side Soccer Cup gets underway from today at the Scholastica STM hall with a record number of corporate houses taking part.

A dream come true

South Korea savoured success Thursday in its eight-year campaign to host the Winter Olympics, a victory which brings the event to Asia for only the third time in its history.

Neymar's future undecided

The future of Brazil starlet Neymar is to be left on hold until after the Copa America opener amid rumours linking him with a move to Spain or England, media reports said Wednesday.

England level 2-2

England captain Alastair Cook's unbeaten 95 completed his side's crushing 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international at Trent Bridge here on Wednesday.

Argentina disappoint again

Argentina on Wednesday failed to make up for their disappointing opening draw against Bolivia when they could only manage another stalemate against Colombia, compromising their bid to reach the Copa America quarterfinals.

Uruguay face Chile test

Dark horses Uruguay, thwarted by Peru, say they must go for the jugular as they come up against Group C pacesetters Chile on Friday.

Black Cats grab O'Shea

Manchester United defender John O'Shea is set to join teammate Wes Brown at Premier League rivals Sunderland, press reports said on Thursday.

Robinho's place under threat

Brazil's Robinho appears to be fighting for a starting place as coach Mano Menezes ponders his options for Saturday's Copa America showdown with Paraguay.

N Korean pair banned

Football's governing body FIFA banned North Korean defenders Song Jong-Sun and Jong Pok-Sim on Thursday after they failed a doping test.

Revised Ind-Eng fixtures

The fifth and final one-day international between India and England in October has been brought forward by a day due to a local festival, the Indian cricket board said in a statement on Thursday.

Bolt to run in Paris

Usain Bolt will be seeking to further hone his technique ahead of the world championships in South Korea later this month when he races the 200m at the Diamond League meeting here on Friday.

Ricky signs for Hobart

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has signed with new Tasmanian franchise Hobart Hurricanes for the Twenty20 Big Bash League, Cricket Tasmania said on Thursday.

Business

Digitisation to cut graft

Digitisation is the fear factor for corrupt and unskilled government officials. When the process of digitisation will ensure free flow of information, corruption will go away and that would be possible by the blessings of information technology, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.

Duty waiver hope runs high on Manmohan visit

Bangladesh hopes to get duty-free access for long-awaited 61 products to Indian markets during the upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Bangladesh in early September, said Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday.

Licence of BD Sea Foods on hold

The government has again suspended the licence of BD Sea Foods Ltd on charges of exporting to Europe using forged certificates and seal of the Department of Fisheries (DoF), a senior official of the fisheries and livestock ministry said yesterday.

DSE turnover hits four-month high

Turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange hit a four-month high yesterday as investors went for fresh buying to offset their previous losses amid a 48-hour countrywide shutdown.

Manufacture of low-priced laptops takes off today

The manufacture of low-priced laptops kicks off today in Bangladesh, Telecoms Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju said in parliament.

BRAC Bank hosts SME Night

BRAC Bank has recently organised an 'SME Night' to express gratitude to its customers as the bank celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Interfab to make shirts for Germany's Olymp

Interfab Shirt Manufacturing Ltd, a concern of leading garment maker Viyellatex Group, has signed an agreement with German brand Olymp to supply two million pieces of shirts in one year, said a top official of the group yesterday.

140,000 Filipinos could lose jobs in Saudi Arabia

Up to 140,000 Philippine workers could lose their jobs in Saudi Arabia due to a domestic helper ban and a programme to compel firms to employ more locals, the Filipino labour minister said Thursday.

Microfinance regulation bill boosts India's SKS

Shares of India's only listed lender to the poor, SKS, soared on Thursday after the government proposed new legislation to tighten regulation of the embattled microfinance industry.

OECD joins criticism of rating agencies

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development accused ratings agencies on Thursday of aggravating the eurozone debt crisis by creating "self-realising prophesies."

Greek official inflation stable at 3.3pc

Greek inflation was flat at 3.3 percent in June on a 12-month basis, official data showed on Thursday.

Central bank gets fourth deputy governor

M Abul Kashem has been appointed as the fourth deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank, the central bank said in a statement yesterday.

Correction

Star Business yesterday printed on this page a picture of Saif Powertec at BIG Expo 2011 held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Wednesday. The picture was wrongly placed with a news item, headlined “Digital innovation on show”. The caption -- again wrongly -- carried information about "Digital Innovation Fair 2011" that took place at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre in the capital the same day. We regret the mistakes.

Notice

We bring out today four pages instead of our regular eight, as business slowed for the last two days due to a countrywide shutdown. Stock pages have been trimmed down to one.

Metropolitan

Border survey stopped amid agitation by local people

The new survey team could not start survey on Sylhet-Meghalaya border for the 2nd day yesterday in the face of agitation by local people who fear that their lands will be handed over to the Indians.

Govt firm to try war criminals, Tarique, Koko: Ashraf

The government is committed to hold trials of war criminals, Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko even if BNP enforces hartal or resorts to vandalism, said Awami League (AL) General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday.

AUW students protest expulsion of 12 fellows

Students of the Asian University for Women (AUW) yesterday demonstrated on the campus demanding immediate withdrawal of expulsion of their 12 fellows.

Porimol placed on five-day remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Porimol Joydhor, a sacked teacher of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, on a five-day remand to learn if anybody else were behind his violating a class X student on June 17.

Hartal begets hardship

With his luggage in four trolleys, migrant worker Mohammad Hanif was being stranded for two and a half hours at Shahjalal International Airport since he landed at 1:00pm there.

Dhaka-Delhi ties 'role model'

Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna yesterday said India attaches highest importance to the relationship with Bangladesh.

Foreign company keen on monorail

Scomi International, a joint venture company of Malaysia and India, has expressed interest to set up monorails in the capital Dhaka and in the port city of Chittagong under Public Private Partnership (PPP).

City AL leader killed in road crash

A ward level Awami League leader was killed after being hit by a bus yesterday in the capital's Pallabi.

Road crashes kill 3, injure 7

Three people were killed and seven others injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur, Brahmanbaria and Thakurgaon on Wednesday and yesterday.

Ten SPs transferred

The Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday posted four additional deputy inspectors general (Adl DIG's) of police and transferred 10 superintendents of police (SP) to new places.

SUST student among three beaten

Three youths including a student of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) were severely beaten allegedly by some locals of Chandantula area in Ward Number 17 in Sylhet on Wednesday.

e-governance to help build democratic institution

Bangladesh Ambassador to the US Akramul Qader has said e-governance can serve as a strategic tool in attaining goals of democratic-institution building.

PM receives annual audit report

Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Ahmed Ataul Hakeem yesterday handed over annual audit report on spending from the state coffers to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office.

SCBA president blames law minister for unrest

Supreme Court Bar Association president (SCBA) Khandker Mahbub Hossain yesterday blamed Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed for the current restive political situation in the country.

Missing govt staff yet to be rescued

The missing assistant inspector of Department of Explosives, Chittagong who slipped and fell into the Bay while boarding a scrap ship on Wednesday morning is still to be found till filing of this report yesterday afternoon.

Three tortured for dowry

A housewife, her mother and her sister were tortured allegedly by her husband over dowry at Nagarkonda village of Savar on the outskirts of the city yesterday.

Janaza of Ayesha Rouf today

Namaz-e-janaza of Sultana Ayesha Rouf, wife of former chief election commissioner Justice Mohammad Abdur Rouf, will be held at Gausul Azam Jame Mosque at Mohakhali in the city after Juma prayers today.

Cop action on Farroque condemned

A number of organisations and 1001 teachers of different private and public universities yesterday condemned the police assault on Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque Wednesday, the first day of BNP-led alliance's 48-hour hartal.

Directive to 12 hill owners

The divisional committee on hill management here yesterday directed owners of 12 hills of Chittagong city posing a risk of landslide to make a list of people living on the hill slopes in 15 days.

Krishna visits Museum

Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna yesterday visited Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.

Obituary

Golam Mahbub, senior officer of local office of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, passed away at Labaid Hospital in the city on July 4 due to cancer at the age of 34, says a press release.

Md Mosleh Uddin

Md Mosleh Uddin, assistant officer of Lakshmipur branch of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, passed away at Delta Cancer Hospital in the city on July 3 due to cancer at the age of 28, says a press release.

Death anniversary

Today is the fifth death anniversary of Farid Uddin Ahmed, a former additional secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, says a press release.

National

Teesta devours homesteads, croplands in 6 villages

Erosion by river Teesta took a serious turn devouring homesteads and croplands in six villages of three unions under Sadar and Hatibandha upazilas in the last 4-5 days.

Post-UP poll clashes leave 90 injured in 3 districts

At least 90 people were injured in post-UP poll violence in Brahmanbaria, Jessore and Gopalganj districts yesterday and on Wednesday night.

Hartal brings woe to cross-border travellers at Burimari port

The countrywide hartal enforced by BNP during the last two days meant untold sufferings for around 200 people who reached the customs check post at Burimari land port in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat district to enter Bangladesh from India.

Mother, girl drown in Shailkupa trawler capsize, 5 missing

A woman and her daughter drowned as a trawler capsized in Garai River in Shailkupa upazila of Jhenidah district yesterday afternoon.

Pro-hartal men burn mango-laden truck

Pro-hartal BNP activists set fire to a mango-laden truck and injured two mango traders and the truck driver at Tebaria on Natore-Dhaka highway in Natore Sadar upazila Wednesday midnight.

Man to die for killing wife

A court here yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife in 2007. The convict, Jamil Sheikh, 25, is son of Nijamuddin Sheikh of Belkalua village in Kumarkhali upazila. According to prosecution story, Jamil used to torture his wife Fulmoti for dowry since their marriage. He strangled her on May 24, 2007. Victim's father filed a murder case against Jamil under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act. After examining the records and witnesses, Judge of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Md Akbar Hossain Mridha pronounced the verdict.

50 hurt as villagers clash

At least 50 people were injured, 10 of them seriously, in a clash between two groups of people over establishing supremacy at Mathpara village under Rajoir upazila on Wednesday. Following a scuffle between two villagers named Rezaul Karim and Alamgir Sheikh, their supporters equipped with lethal weapons attacked each others, leaving 50 people from both sides injured. On information, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. The injured were admitted to Rajoir Upazila Health Complex.

Youth held with revolver

Police arrested a youth with a revolver and five bullets from Kathalbaria area in the town on Wednesday night. The arrestee, Sultan Mahmud, 24, is son of Taiyub Ali of Ulipur village under Junaidanga upazila of Kurigram. Locals caught Sultan with the revolver when he was moving suspiciously in the area. Being informed, police rushed to the spot and arrested him.

Robbers arrested with arms

Police arrested two robbers and recovered two firearms and ammunition from their possession in Gangni upazila of Meherpur district early yesterday. Acting on a tip-off, police raided Jhorpara Primary School where a gang of robbers were holding a meeting at around 1:30am. They arrested two of the gang named Abdul Kalam, 32, and Abdul Momin, 28, while the rest managed to flee. Contacted, Officer-in-Charge of Gangni Police Station M Motiar said Kalam and Momin are accused in two cases, one for robbery and the other for extortion. The robbers were yesterday produced in a judicial magistrate's court that sent them to jail.

BNP leader hurt by party rivals

A former union parishad (UP) chairman, also a BNP leader, was injured as party rivals attacked him in Masumdia Sluice Gate area of Bera upazila yesterday, police said Shamsur Rahman, immediate past chairman of Masumdia UP, came under attack while he was coming to the area in the afternoon. He was admitted to Pabna Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition.

Letters

New Wimbledon ladies' champion

Petra Kvitova is a difficult name to pronounce and if you are a critic, your criticism of the new Wimbledon Ladies' Champion will struggle to go beyond that. The 21-year-old athlete from Czech Republic has the most amazing tennis skills. Her unusually accurate forehands and the ability to hit the widest angels of the court remind us another Great of the bygone era, John McEnroe. Her opponent of the day, Maria Sharapova was completely confused by the long and accurate returns that the new winner inflicted on the Russian's usual long serves. Apart from a brief period at the early phase of the 2nd set, Sharapova had no answer to the relentless accuracy of the

Dhaka University turns 90

Dhaka University celebrated its 90th anniversary recently, which is good news. But I think Dhaka University authorities and teachers should be more concerned about publishing results in time, preventing session jam and political chaos in the campus. They should emphasize more on quality of education. As the university is an asset of the country, the government and all political parties should be concerned about its well-being.

Fight domestic violence

Domestic violence is a matter of grave concern that needs to be handled with strict law. Every day we are alarmed to hear the gruesome deeds of torture and physical abuse by the husbands on their wives. The recent story is that of Rumana. The assaulters remain frivolous about their inhuman behaviour just to satiate their perverse frustrations on thousands of unaccountable reasons or simply to show that they are IN CONTROL. Most importantly, they feel some form of satisfaction that they can get away with anything as the law enforcers can never touch them. It is indeed extremely shameful for the government and for us as well that we let these criminals go unpunished.

Palestine scene

Following the intense pressure from the United States and Israel, Greece has announced that they will prevent the sailing of Freedom Flotilla II. To date Israel has breached more than 69 resolutions of UN. It has more than 20,000 political prisoners, has killed more innocent civilians than any other country, has rendered more civilians handicapped. On top of that, it has continued building the Apartheid Wall, destroyed 350 mosques and churches and has got 468,831 new settlers on an occupied land. Do our media substantially accentuate all this info enough? It's time we woke up and raised our voices for Palestine.

Jaywalking

There are many people who cross the road when the signal is green and the vehicles are moving. This increases the risk of accident and for the bike riders the incident may turn out to be a nightmare. Accident occurs mostly during haphazard passing of the roads by the pedestrians. The footpaths are occupied, and so people are forced to walk through the road creating obstacles to the vehicles. This compels the vehicles to slow down their speed wasting the valuable time of the commuters.

Prime Minister's foreign trips

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina travelled to Switzerland and Canada to attend two conferences recently. Whereas other nations never send their heads of state to such visits, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina personally attended those conferences costing Bangladeshi taxpayers a huge amount of money. Our Environment Minister and Health Minister could have represented our country in those events successfully.

Landslides in Chittagong metropolis

The landslide in Batali hill early in the morning on 1st July killed 17 people who could not arrange shelters in other places except for the bottom of the hill. Last year we also observed such mass killing by landslides in Chittagong. It is a common phenomenon in the hills but we have not done anything so far. The hills of Bangladesh are composed of soft earth, so when it rains for several hours landslide occurs. A TV channel has reported on 2nd July that at the bottom of 15 hills in Chittagong metropolis thousands of poor people are living with high risk of devastating landslides. Bangladesh is basically a country of plain land other than a part of Chittagong division and some areas of Sylhet division. But the weather, crop and culture are similar throughout the country. So, the government can consider erasing at least the 15 hills at Chittagong metropolis on urgent basis to save the valuable lives of poor Bangladeshis living at the bottom of those hills.

Road rage

Dhanmondi has become an area infested with educational institutions and private universities, which has not only created nuisance in the area, but also filled the hearts of the residents with terror as road rage has become a common phenomenon in the area. More and more youths are losing their lives as they indulge in this dangerous pastime. The police are at the receiving end for the failure in strict enforcement of laws to curb the menace. When you walk out of your home you will see the youths riding their bikes at least at 100- 120 km whizzing past you. You will also find some learners riding the bikes at highest speed. The police are tired of constantly devising new plans to deal with the issue as their every attempt to impart awareness among the bikers has fallen flat. Road no 4/A is a real threat to pedestrians during evening.

Shab-e-Barat

Laylatul Bara'ah or Shab-e-Baraat is a very majestic night for the Muslims. Both the Arabic word 'Laylatul' and the Persian word 'Shab' mean night. And 'Barat' means freedom, relief etc. The preceding night of the 15th day of the month Shaban (a month of Islamic lunar calendar) is known as Laylatul Bara'ah or Shab-e-Barat. The almighty Allah accepts the prayers of this night. All sins are pardoned by Him this night. The month Shaban comes to us with the message of the arrival of the upcoming glorious month Ramadan. The great prophet Muhammad (pbuh) gave priority on the prayers of this night. The Muslims offer the prayers of Shab-e-Barat to be free from all sins and be graced by the Almighty. May Allah give us the opportunity to lead a pleasant life on earth and in the hereafter!

Caretaker govt. should remain

We can just sit back and watch the mayhem going on which has erupted from the political unrest centering the caretaker government issue. People were suffering from acute shortage of electricity, gas and water; spiralling prices of essentials and criminal activities. The government, instead of solving the existing problems, added another one, which is so unjust and objectionable that the country has been jolted by the impact. People have become stupefied by the government's decision to abolish the caretaker government system. Why has the government done it, knowing very well the consequences of this wrong decision? The move is despicable; the government has disclosed how afraid it has become of losing the next general election. We urge the government to change its decision of scraping the caretaker government system and save the people from further distress.

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International

Nato accused of aiding rebels' Tripoli push

A senior Libyan official yesterday accused Nato of intensifying its bombing campaign and backing foreign mercenaries to lay the groundwork for an advance by rebels trying to topple Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

South Sudan ratifies new constitution

South Sudan's legislative assembly has ratified the nation-in-waiting's new constitution, the information minister said yesterday, denying that it put too much power in the president's hands.

Indian government suffers new blow

A second Indian cabinet member resigned yesterday over allegations of corruption within government, dealing another blow to embattled Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Pak Taliban kills 38 Afghans

Up to 33 police and five civilians were killed in fighting after Taliban crossed over from Pakistan and attacked a remote region in eastern Afghanistan, an official said Wednesday.

Thai activist seeks to thwart PM elect Yingluck

Days after Thailand voted for a new government led by the country's first woman prime minister, a determined doctor with a knack for rallying crowds is pursuing legal action to bring her down.

N Korea bribed Pakistan for nuke secrets: Report

The architect of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program claims North Korea paid bribes to senior Pakistani military officials in return for nuclear secrets in the 1990s, the Washington Post said Wednesday.

World set to miss UN hunger reduction goal: Report

The world is on course to miss United Nations hunger reduction targets set in 2000, despite successes in curbing extreme poverty, a UN report said yesterday.

China rejects Jiang Zemin's death reports

China's official media yesterday strongly denied the reports claiming former president Jiang Zemin had died after days of intense speculation about his health.

Yemen VP presents new transition plan

Yemen's acting leader has put forward a new plan to end the country's political stalemate, which would keep President Ali Abdullah Saleh in power longer than outlined in earlier initiatives, an opposition source said yesterday.

Gunmen kill 10 more in Karachi

At least 10 passengers were killed and 20 injured when armed men opened fire on two buses in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, officials said.

Man arrested with firearms from Rahul's 'padayatra'

A young man carrying a revolver was detained yesterday while trying to move close to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during his padayatra to Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh.

Train, wedding bus collision kills 38 in India

Thirty-eight people were killed and more than 30 were injured yesterday when a train slammed into a packed bus carrying a marriage party in northern India, local government officials said.

Nato air strike kills 13 Afghan civilians

Up to 13 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in a Nato air strike yesterday in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, provincial police chief Mohamad Zazai said.

Killings in Syria 'must stop'

UN chief Ban Ki-moon called yesterday on the Syrian regime to stop the killings in its crackdown on anti-government protests, stressing that "we cannot go on like this."

Canada ends Afghanistan mission

Canada ended its combat mission in Afghanistan yesterday, closing the curtain after nine years and the death of 157 men, saying it was "extremely proud" of gains made against the Taliban.

Accidents in China coal mines kill 8

Nearly 70 miners were trapped underground and at least eight have died in a spate of mining accidents that have jolted China's dangerous mine industry in recent days, state media reported yesterday.

Russia bans opposition from travel

Two prominent Kremlin critics said yesterday they had been barred from leaving Russia over a pamphlet attacking a billionaire gas trader and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Former minister Boris Nemtsov and his political ally Vladimir Milov said they had learned of the decision by telephone Wednesday while attending a human rights panel in Brussels.

Lebanon govt survives

Lebanon's government won a vote of confidence in parliament yesterday, as the prime minister vowed his cabinet would cooperate with a UN-backed court charging Hezbollah members in the 2005 murder of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri.

400 arrested in Belarus protest

Belarussian authorities arrested about 400 people in the latest country-wide opposition protests against President Alexander Lukashenko's regime, rights group Vyasna said yesterday.

Police frees children killing hostage-taker

Malaysian police yesterday shot in the head a man who took 30 pre-school children and four teachers hostage at a kindergarten, ending a dramatic seven-hour standoff.

One dead, 14 injured in Dutch stadium roof collapse

Part of the roof of the FC Twente football stadium in the eastern Netherlands collapsed yesterday during building alterations, killing one person and injuring 14 others, a city official said.

Spanish king 'murder bid' suspect arrested in Britain

Armed officers arrested a suspected Basque separatist in Britain yesterday in connection with an attempt to assassinate Spain's King Juan Carlos in 1997, police said.

Lebanon government wins confidence vote

Lebanon's government won a vote of confidence in parliament yesterday, as the prime minister vowed his cabinet would cooperate with a UN-backed court charging Hezbollah members in the 2005 murder of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri.

Arts & Entertainment

Sumaiya Shimu at DS Café

The phone at Star Arts & Entertainment started ringing off the hook before 3pm (the scheduled time). During the course of an hour, we received calls from almost all divisions. Majority of the callers were young men and the query from many of them: is the glamorous actress Sumaiya Shimu single? However, Shimu's popularity can't be justified by her looks alone; over the years the petite actress has demonstrated her acting chops in several plays and serials. Excerpts from Shimu's conversations with her fans:

An attempt to see contemporary art as artefact

A solo Raku exhibition, titled “Contemporary Artefacts”, is on at the Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka. The exhibition features works of artist Ashim Halder Sagor. This is Sagor's 2nd solo Raku exhibition.

Farooki signs deal with German producer for “Television”

Filmmaker Mostafa Sarwar Farooki recently signed a deal with German producer Christoph Thoke for his upcoming feature film “Television”. Christoph -- who is most notable for producing Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's (Dardenne brothers) art-house feature “Lorna's Silence” in 2008 -- will join a list of local producers including the director himself and Star Cineplex for the film.

Indian new wave filmmaker Mani Kaul passes away

Mani Kaul, one of the pioneers of art house Indian cinema, died of cancer on Wednesday in Delhi. He was 66.

Pablo Picasso work stolen from gallery

A Pablo Picasso drawing, thought to be worth £100,000 has been stolen from an art gallery in San Francisco.

7th Int'l Inter University Photo Exhibition begins today

7th International Inter University Photography Exhibition (IIUPE) by the North South University Photographic Society (NSUPC) begins today at Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi, says a press release.

Banff Mountain Film Festival at Gothe-Institut

Banff Mountain Film Festival at the Goethe-Institut in Dhanmondi, Dhaka has been rescheduled, according to the organisers.

Punish the culprit

The recent behaviours of some teachers in our society are ruining the reputation of this noble profession. A couple of days back, another incident took place where a student of class X of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College was sexually assaulted by a teacher named Porimol Joydhor. We should take proper steps to stop this crime; otherwise it will spread like an epidemic in our society. I earnestly request the Honourable PM and the Home Minister to look into the matter and instruct the law enforcing agencies to investigate the matter immediately and give the scoundrel capital punishment.

OP-ED

Blocking black money

Our finance minister said during a post-budget press briefing that black money accounts for as much as 48 to 82 percent of the country's economy. His estimate is on a wide range because it is apparently based on the lower and upper limits of three separate studies. If we take the average then black money roughly controls 65 percent of the economy. That much of our economic activities are in the hands of people with dubious means.

To sign or not to sign the deal

A number of dignitaries from our big neighbour are visiting Bangladesh, probably to sign a few deals, transit through Bangladesh being the prominent one. Indeed it is necessary to cultivate 'live and let live' relationship with the neighbours, it is also imperative that people's mood is assessed before concluding any deal that can fuel resentment and agitation. The nation is aware of economic advantages that we could reap when deals are signed. At the same time we are not too sure that we will not have to bear the same kind of frustration of witnessing gross violations of the agreements signed with our mighty neighbour since 1974.

Tact, the missed link in politics

THE prime minister has unwound herself through a recent article published in some Bangla national dailies under the title "Bhalor Poshra." This approximately translates as "merchandising for the better." What she basically conveys by the title of the write-up is the perceived insatiable thirst of columnists, TV talk show participants, civil society members, intellectuals in general, for still better performance on the part of Awami League government.

Enough is enough

Here's an unsolvable quandary -- why do most politicians view the world through the eyes of others when in power, but begin to see with their own wonderful eyes as soon as they are driven out of it?

A few ideas to boost the capital market

Withdrawing the existing 10% tax rebate facilities against investment in the share market, the NBR has proposed a 10% tax rebate on Deposit pension Scheme (DPS) up to Tk. 60,000/- per year in all scheduled and commercial banks. NBR has also brought income of mutual fund issuing companies under tax net from the upcoming fiscal year.

StarTech

Innovation show: quietly brilliant

It was a fair unlike any other.

Facebook launches video chat with Skype

Facebook will add Skype video chat to its pages, aiming to spice up the appeal of the world's No. 1 Internet social networking service while fending off increased competition from Google.

TV delivered on multiscreen

Forget everything you know about television, as the viewing experience is about to change and will not be limited to the box or the slim and slender LCD and LED TVs only. Ericsson, world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators, demonstrated how television experience could be delivered across multiple platforms to multiple devices.

Android 3.2 tablet coming soon

Huawei, a leading telecom solutions provider, introduced its MediaPad, a 7-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet in the CommunicAsia 2011 in Singapore, which will be available in Bangladesh shortly, says a press release.

How to set up video calling on Facebook

To make video calls on Facebook users will require a webcam-equipped computer and then select a friend they want to video chat with. In the chat window that pops up, clicking on a small blue video icon brings up the video chat feature (or when a friend tries to make a video call to the user) and the first time the user will be prompted to download and run a 482KB .exe file. Once the setup downloads and downloads and installs the necessary files, the user is ready for a face-to-face chat.



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