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News of: Monday, 11th of July, 2011

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N'ganj turns battle zone

Thousands of Islamist activists, armed with stones and sticks, blocked roads with burning tyres, damaged vehicles and clashed with police yesterday, virtually turning Kanchpur, Panchabati and Fatullah in Narayanganj into battle zones on the first day of the 30-hour countrywide hartal.

PM warns bad boys

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday warned Bangladesh Chhatra League activists of stern action if anyone found involved in unlawful activities in the name of student politics and directed them to study hard and maintain ethics and principles to be future leaders.

Industries to get gas

The government has finally lifted restrictions on providing gas connections to industrial units after nearly two years.

A boom on the cards

It was almost dusk at Kanthalbagan roadside slum. Jaheda was preparing meals for her four children. This 35-year-old mother is expecting her fifth in a couple of months.

Why Allah, Bismillah skipped?

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the Islamic parties yesterday why they failed to find the word 'Allah' in the preamble of the amended constitution though 'Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim' was stated there.

Govt targets population database

The government plans to create a central digital database with basic information on all citizens so they don't have to provide the same information for receiving government services.

Set afire by husband, Monira dies

The female madrasa student, set ablaze by her husband in Faridpur last month, died in a city hospital last night.

Victim loses battle for life after 4 days

Mosharraf Hossain, the only breadwinner of a six-member family, succumbed yesterday to burns he suffered when miscreants torched a truck in Natore on Wednesday during hartal hours.

Court orders probe

A Dhaka court yesterday ordered the Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner to take legal action, upon investigation, against the policemen responsible for the assault on Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque.

Price race at kitchen markets

Prices of vegetables, fish and some other essentials rose steeply in the last few days in the capital, which traders said was caused by heavy rainfall and the spate of hartals.

35 killed, 100 hurt

A packed passenger train travelling at full speed derailed in northern India yesterday killing at least 35 people and leaving up to 100 injured after carriages were thrown off the tracks.

No new tax

The Dhaka city corporation is set to announce a Tk 2,715 crore budget tomorrow for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

News of the World thanks, says bye

Britain's News of the World was published for the last time yesterday after the tabloid was axed amid the phone-hacking scandal.

Tk 23 lakh mugged in city

Muggers took away around Tk 23 lakh from employees of two companies at Badda and Jatrabari in the city yesterday.

School to act finally

Viqarunnisa Noon School and College authorities yesterday decided to take legal and institutional actions against the teachers and staff accused in the case filed for sexually abusing a class-X student of its Bashundhara branch.

11 top govt officials face contempt charge

A rights organisation yesterday filed a petition with the High Court against 11 government officials including five secretaries for not fully implementing its directives on protecting the four rivers in and around the capital from encroachment and pollution.

Mild tremor jolts country

A mild tremor, measuring 4.8 on the Richter Scale, jolted some parts of the country yesterday morning.

Editorial

Making deals public

While talking to the visiting Indian foreign minister when he called on her recently, the Leader of the Opposition had said that all deals between the two countries should be mutually beneficial, and that people must be informed about the details of all the deals before agreements between the two countries are signed, through the parliament.

Mobile court and hartal

Concern has been expressed in recent days over the operation of mobile courts to tackle political unrest on the streets. Since the opposition launched its present agitation against the government in June, mobile courts have swung into action by rounding up citizens and delivering penalties. These penalties have largely meant sending them off to prison.

Sports

Siddikur triumphs in Malaysia

Bangladesh's golfing sensation Siddikur Rahman put on a superlative display on the final day to win the Negeri Sembilan Masters Invitational in Malaysia yesterday.

Abahani, Brothers face off today

Abahani will be looking to bury their disappointing Bangladesh League campaign when they take on Brothers Union in their opener of the Grameenphone Super Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Nasir stands out

Nasir Hossain and Elias Sunny gave an impression of their abilities during the final day of the practice game at the GP-BCB Academy ground yesterday.

Salahuddin says, no comment

BFF president Kazi Salahuddin has refrained from commenting on the report on the much-talked match-fixing allegation between Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Rahmatganj MFS but said he sees it as a positive sign in country's football.

Shakib stars in Royals' victory

Shakib Al Hasan's man-of-the-match performance helped Worcestershire move into the third place in the North Group of Friends Life t20 tournament at New Road on Saturday.

Eight teams in zonal semis

Eight teams advanced to the zonal semfinals of the JFA Cup U-15 football tournament while three teams failed to appear on the second day of the tournament yesterday.

Swift named new fielding coach

Jason Swift has been named as the fielding coach of the Tigers, Bangladesh Cricket Board made the announcement last night.

Boring Brazil

Brazil failed once again to live up their favourites label at the Copa America on Saturday, securing a 2-2 draw with Paraguay after they stood 90 seconds from defeat.

India on top despite Edwards's century

Test debutant Kirk Edwards and veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul led a West Indies fightback before India claimed three late wickets to edge closer to victory in the third Test on Saturday.

Afridi disappointed

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi said Saturday he was disappointed by criticism of his captaincy from the country's cricket chief Ijaz Butt, who accused him of causing the team to lose matches against West Indies in May.

Then there were two

West Indies' fast bowling juggernaut was in the rudest of health during the 1980s, with stalwarts such as Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Michael Holding and Colin Croft terrorising all comers. As the decade drew to a close, so did the careers of these gentle giants with arguably the greatest of them all, Malcolm Marshall passing on the baton to the new generation.

Waqar wants a young captain

Waqar Younis, the Pakistan coach, has praised captain Misbahul Haq for stabilising the national team, in his report to the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) on Pakistan's tour of the West Indies. However, Waqar wrote that since Misbah was already 37 years old, Pakistan needed to start grooming a young captain for the 2015 World Cup.

Liu sets new Asian mark

Chinese star hurdler Liu Xiang set a new Asian Athletics Championships record in the 110-metre hurdles on Sunday in Kobe to successfully defend his title with something to spare.

Cook answers to critics

England's new one-day captain Alastair Cook had the ideal riposte to his detractors after being named man-of-the-series in a 3-2 win over Sri Lanka.

Alonso reigns in Silverstone

Fernando Alonso delivered Ferrari's long-awaited first win of the 2011 season on Sunday when he made the most of unpredictable and challenging wet-dry conditions to triumph at the British Grand Prix.

Modric upset with Spurs

Luka Modric claims Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has gone back on his word by failing to allow the Croatian midfielder to join Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Maradona comes to Messi defence

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has defended under-fire forward Lionel Messi after criticism of the Barcelona star for his below-par performances at the Copa America.

Agassi in Tennis Hall of Fame

Andre Agassi was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday, almost five years after he retired from the game.

Business

BB eases interest pains for troubled garment factories

The central bank has moved to pursue banks to cut the interest rate for 270 sick garment companies to 8 percent from as high as 15 percent, an official said yesterday.

Govt sets spectrum fees next week

A high-profile meeting yesterday decided to finalise the licence renewal fees for four mobile operators next week.

VAT Day observed

The National Board of Revenue yesterday observed VAT Day for the first time in its attempt to boost tax collections by creating awareness among people and businesses.

Stock turnover hits six-month high

Stocks gained for a fourth day with a high turnover as investors went for fresh buying of shares hopping that the market will gain gradually despite a 30-hour countrywide shutdown.

Telco audit hearing Thursday

The Appellate Division yesterday reset a date for a full-bench hearing on a disputed audit of telecom operators after Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission sought more time to prepare for the hearing.

Book building in final makeover

It took almost three years to formulate a new and modern IPO pricing mechanism. Mirza Azizul Islam, a former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), first moved to develop the 'book building method' in 2006. After the book building regulations were put in place on March 19, 2009, it was believed the new system would be one of the best and most transparent rules, as opinions were taken from policymakers to retail investors before finalising the rules.

How to prevent misuse of the pricing mechanism

The Securities and Exchange Commission is now working on modifying the suspended book building method. The regulator expects work to finish by the end of this month.

BRAC Bank, Marico sign derivative deal

BRAC Bank has introduced a local currency 'range-forward contract', the first in Bangladesh, to safeguard companies against fluctuation risks of the dollar-taka exchange rate.

Obama faces new obstacles in high-stakes debt talks

President Barack Obama will seek to salvage high-stakes debt talks on Sunday after Republicans pulled back from a joint effort to craft a broad $4 trillion deficit-reduction deal as part of a plan to avoid a government default.

Australia unveils sweeping carbon plan in climate fight

Australia unveiled its most sweeping economic reform in decades on Sunday with a plan to tax carbon emissions from the nation's worst polluters, reviving hopes of stronger global climate action with the largest emissions trade scheme outside Europe.

Bears circle India's slowing economy

Not long ago it was the toast of investors, but India's appeal has taken a hit, with bearish sentiment building thanks to worries over stubbornly high inflation and widespread political corruption.

Stark Lagarde warning on US debt default

New IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned Sunday that a US debt default would jeopardize global economic stability and urged warring American politicians to forge a compromise budget deal.

Metropolitan

Five bombs seized in Ctg, three arrested

Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) recovered five improvised explosive devices, 300 grammes of sulphur (used in making bombs), a handwritten letter and a walkie-talkie from a building at Bandartila area here yesterday.

Road crashes kill 6, injure 31

Six people, including two sisters, were killed and 31 others injured in separate road accidents in Pabna, Bogra and Chapainawabganj yesterday.

'80pc contraceptive use rate by 2021 a big challenge'

Achieving goal to increase contraceptive use rate to 80 percent by 2021 from current 61.7 percent among eligible couple is a big challenge for controlling population, said Health Minister Prof AFM Ruhal Haque.

Salinity hits 62pc coastal land

About 10.56 lakh out of 16.89 lakh hectares of coastal land are affected by soil salinity of various degrees, said a survey of the Soil Resources Development Institute (SRDI) of the Ministry of Agriculture.

Stray dog culling drive launched in city

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) culled 17 stray dogs in a drive it launched yesterday in the city's Gulistan area after 27 people were bitten in different parts of the city on July 8.

Formal charge against Sayedee likely today

Prosecutors may place formal charges before the International Crimes Tribunal today against detained Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee in connection with crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War, 1971.

Dyeing factory fined for polluting Turag

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a dyeing factory in Kashimpur under Gazipur Tk 13.44 lakh for releasing untreated chemical effluents into the Turag river.

2,000 Yaba tablets seized

Around 2000 Yaba tablets were seized from a house at Maddhyapara of Kajla in the city early yesterday.

Fair probe into sexual harassments demanded

Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association yesterday demanded fair, transparent and neutral investigation into recent incidents of sexual harassment and issuance of fatwa.

Dipu Moni off to Saudi Arabia

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni left Dhaka last night for a week-long official visit to Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.

India goes ahead with Tipaimukh project

Indian government is going ahead with its proposed 1,500 megawatt (MW) Tipaimukh hydro power project in Manipur despite objections from non-government organisations (NGO) in India and opposition parties in Bangladesh.

Restaurant employees beat up 4 BCL men

At least four activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University unit including its general secretary were injured after being beaten by a restaurant's employees over paying the bill in the city's Mohammadpur yesterday.

Diplomats of US, UK visit Farroque

The US and UK diplomats in Dhaka visited injured Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque at a hospital in the city yesterday.

Accused to be handed over to UK today

The government today is likely to hand over to the UK a British citizen of Bangladesh origin who has been accused in a murder case in London.

DU student held for proxy exam

Police arrested a Dhaka University student on Saturday night on charges of giving proxy to his friend in MBA admission test held on June 17.

Four bodies found in Buriganga

Police recovered four bodies from Buriganga river between late Saturday and yesterday noon.

Hearing on recruitment July 14

The Supreme Court yesterday extended for a week its chamber judge's order upholding the actions of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) for appointing two chartered account firms for auditing functions of mobile phone operators--Grameenphone and Banglalink.

Appeal for help

Kazi Muhammad Shaifuddin (Shahin), 35, working and living at Saitama, Japan, is a cancer patient and is seriously ill. Doctors at Tokyo University Hospital declared his life expectancy to be six to 12 months, if not operated on immediately. His family property has already been sold and all his belongings together will not be enough to pay for his treatment.

JU test postponed

The written test for recruitment of administrative officer in the Registrar Office of Jahangirnagar University (JU) has been postponed due to unavoidable reasons.

Ashraful Alam

Ashraful Alam, a former upazila parishad chairman of Gangni under Meherpur district, is suffering from blood cancer and appeals to generous people for financial assistance for his treatment.

Obituary

Mohammad Idris Ali, a freedom fighter and deputy general manager of Janata Bank Limited and also the president of Bangabandhu Parishad of the bank, passed away on Saturday due to cardiac arrest, says a press release.

Nurul Islam

Journalist Nurul Islam passed away due to old age complications at his Monipur residence in Gazipur yesterday at the age of 75.

Prof Dabiruddin

Prof A H Dabiruddin Ahamed, former head of the Political Science department of Thakurgaon Govt College, passed away at his residence at Sathkhamer village of Atwary upazila in Panchagarh on Saturday due to cancer at the age of 70.

Shahadat Hossain

Shahadat Hossain, a Baufal upazila correspondent of the Dainik Inqilab and also professor of Baufal Degree College, passed away at Apollo Hospital in the city on Saturday at the age of 56.

Death anniversary

Today is the sixth death anniversary of Begum Khurshid Chowdhury, wife of former president late Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury and youngest daughter of late Abu Nasiruddin, a senior official of Bengal Civil Service, says a press release.

Mashier Rahman

Mohammad Mashier Rahman, director of Power Development Board, passed away at a city hospital on Saturday at the age of 56, says a press release.

National

Barbaric punishment to madrasa boy

A teacher of Darul Ulm Madrasa and Orphanage in Digholia upazila under Khulna district has been sacked for inflicting barbaric punishment to a ten-year-old boy, keeping him chained in a classroom for three days.

Human chain for poll to Biral UP in Dinajpur

A human chain was formed at Biral upazila headquarters yesterday demanding election to Biral Sadr Union Parishad.

Main accused Ali Hossain shot dead

The bullet-riddled body of drug peddler Ali Hossain, prime accused in schoolboy Shuvo killing case, was found floating on the Buriganga River in South Keraniganj Saturday evening.

Road to Kuakata in awfully bad shape for years

The 14-kilometre-long road from Pakhimara to Kuakata on Patuakhali-Kuakata highway has remained in an awfully dilapidated condition due to lack of renovation for years.

Tangail municipal councillors assault 2 PDB engineers

Two senior engineers of Power Development Board (PDB) were allegedly assaulted by a few some councillors of Tangail municipality at local PDB office yesterday.

Acid thrown on housewife

Criminals threw acid on a housewife at Palashpole in the town on Saturday night inflicting serious burn injuries on the woman.

Houses, jewellery shop looted

Robbers looted four houses and a jewellery shop in Magura, Comilla and Laxmipur districts on Saturday and the day before.

Santal woman murdered

A woman of indigenous Santal community was tortured to death at Shimla Dighipara village of Godagari upzila in Rajshahi district yesterday, allegedly as a sequel to land dispute with her late husband's relatives.

Abducted girl rescued

Police rescued an eight-year-old girl from Amtala area of Manikchhari upazila on Saturday night within 15 hours of her abduction from Comilla.

600 sacks TR wheat seized

Around 600 sacks of government wheat meant for test relief (TR) programme were recovered from a launch at Majhirghat on the Bhoirab River in Sadar upazila yesterday morning. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Coast Guard conducted a drive and seized the wheat worth Tk 7.2 lakh from the launch, MV Rana Reza, at around 7:30am. Later, the team arrested the launch master, M Syed Hawladar, 38, of Jhalakati. Coast Guard sources said a gang brought the wheat here from Jhalakati for selling it on the black market. The wheat was sanctioned for 16 projects under test relief (TR) programme in Kanthalia upazila of Jhalakathi, they said. The seized wheat was later handed over to Sadar police. A case was filed.

Housewife killed for dowry

A newly married housewife was murdered allegedly by her husband for dowry at Laxmiganj village in Sadar upazila on Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Khadija Akhter, 19, wife of Ahadat Kazi of the village. Family sources said Ahadat, son of Moslem Kazi, married Khadija, daughter of Babul Bepari of the same village two months ago. Police said Ahadat used to torture Khadija to bring Tk 20,000 as dowry from her parents. But her poor father failed to meet the dowry demand. On Saturday night, Ahadat picked up a quarrel with Khadija over the issue and at one stage he strangled her. Ahadat and his family members went into hiding soon after the incident.

Timber seized in Khagrachhari

Security forces recovered illegal timber worth over Tk 3 lakh from Thalibari area of Ramgarh upazila on Saturday night. Commanding Officer of Sindukchhari Army Zone Ashrafuzzaman Siddique said, acting on a tip-off, a patrol team raided Thalibari area and recovered the timber at about 08:00pm. The recovered timber was later handed over to Zaliapara forest ranger office. Sensing presence of army, the smugglers fled away, he added.

13 injured in clash

At least 13 people, including two women, were injured as two rival groups clashed over satellite dish business at Tengrakhali village in Kachua upazila on Friday. Police and locals said there was a longstanding conflict between two satellite dish traders -Mahfuz Sheikh and Shohag Sikder over establishing supremacy in the area. They said Mahfuz and Shohag locked in an altercation over a trifling matter in the evening. At one stage both the groups equipped with sharp weapons and sticks attacked each other, leaving at least 13 people injured from both sides.

Letters

Combating climate change

Global climatic changes are not events from a science-fiction movie. Ultimately, the sea level will rise. In fact, in Bangladesh, there could be more frequent floods and it is predicted that a part of the country will go under water if the sea level rises by 1 metre. Evaporation rates will also increase. The amount of rain may be affected as a result. The changes in temperature and rainfall patterns may in turn cause extreme weather changes which will abruptly affect vegetation. The world is already experiencing these changes. Unfortunately, we cannot stop these but we can try to slow down or prevent further changes. Action has to be taken now before it's too late. Our government can take steps to prepare for a warmer earth. This involves limiting construction along low-lying coastal areas, building dykes to protect the coastal areas from flooding, developing new crop varieties which can grow in drier conditions, protecting wildlife and improving water storage to continue farming in drought condition. With joint efforts, we will surely make progress and efficiently combat climate change.

Justice for Rumana

The cruelty on Rumana Manzur occurred when I was struggling to educate my contacts (especially males) that women are being mistreated everywhere. Most of the males turn a blind eye to this, and ask for evidence. Even in universities, I come across young men who either feel threatened by accomplished women, or underestimate the potential of women. The most shocking part is that the perpetrator is a student of BUET. What are educational institutions doing to prevent students from becoming cold-blooded murderers? The criminal should be given capital punishment to deter others, and educational institutions should make it obligatory for students to take a Moral Science course. Every woman should speak up against domestic violence to discourage bearing abuse in silence. We must join hands with Mr. Ban Ki Moon, who has embarked on a “Ring the Bell” campaign, which urges everyone to intervene during domestic disputes.

We need some open space

There's not enough open space in the city to run and play. There are not enough parks and playgrounds. Where will the kids play? One would feel choked in this city. It's like the soul is not getting enough of the freedom. You can't see the horizon here as the concrete buildings block your sight. Lately I went to my village. I ran through the open field. I heard voices calling me from behind but they were receding as I ran faster. I ran as far as I could until I felt tired. And I felt free, finally.

Dwindling gas supplies

Dwindling gas supplies in many areas of the city have rendered many households in a bad condition. Most areas do not get gas on a regular basis and apparently there is no official indication from the authorities that regular supply will be restored in near future.

What we can learn from Thai politics

Though Thailand's prime minister elect Yingluck Shinawatra tries to form a five party coalition controlling 299 seats but still Thailand remains bitterly divided between pro- and anti-Thaksin camps. We know that a few days back Shinawatra's party Puea Thai won 265 seats in the 500-seat parliament, yet Yingluck, who will be Thailand's first female prime minister, wants to form the coalition fearing re-ignition of political crisis. We have also learnt from the news reports that the women's organisations and Thai feminists are already publicizing Yingluck's victory as her famous brother's political proxy that can not be seen as a milestone for women's right. The political analysts guess that the political novice Yingluck, who has never held political office, is going to face the challenge to dispel the climate of mutual suspicion among differing political strips.

Vat on internet usage

This is quite contradictory for the government to have imposed a VAT of 15% on internet usage against its avowed stand for a 'Digital Bangladesh' vision. The AL led government is well known for its eagerness towards digitalization and ICT. Ironically, same rate of 15% VAT is imposed on Fast Food sales.

Never seen a Doyel!

I feel very sorry that I have never seen a Doyel(oriental magpie robin), even when it is our national bird. And not only me, most of the teenagers of the urban society have never seen this beautiful local bird. It is because of our inhuman behaviour towards Mother Nature. Some cruel people cut trees and destroy nature.

Why should the investors suffer?

Unipay2u, a multilevel marketing (MLM) company, allowed thousands of ordinary people to invest their money to make some quick bucks. The arrangement was fine. It was going on smoothly.

English newspaper circulation

Circulation of a newspaper means the total number of copies of that newspaper distributed to the subscribers and vendors in a day while readership of a newspaper is the number of readers read a particular newspaper either by buying or sharing it with someone or reading it in newspaper stand, library, etc. Usually the number of readers of a newspaper is greater than its circulation.

Electric power from ocean waves!

Your Chittagong staff correspondent's report published in your pages on July 7th. is indeed a great news for us in Bangladesh! Not only will we be having a wave driven power plant, but as reported, the Malaysian company also plans to set up a manufacturing plant in Chittagong for making such power plants to be supplied to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, and may be India also! However, the capacity of the plant was stated in KwH.

Leaving home

I loved the article titled “Leaving Home” by Mr. Ihtisham Kabir, published in The Daily Star on 2nd July, 2011. It was full of practical advice for students and very inspiring as well. I am quite certain that many young readers found it beneficial.

Our police force

Last week I almost had a fight with my colleague over the topic of police's corruption. My colleague's argument is that only police takes bribe and others don't. I know many teachers who are interested to work in different committees of their college only for financial benefits. They don't take classes regularly just to force the students to go to them for coaching.

Readers Respond

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International

Gaddafi forces fight back Tripoli assault

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi launched a counterattack yesterday against rebel advance positions 50 kilometres southwest of Tripoli, an AFP correspondent reported.

Syria opens dialogue without opposition

Syria opened a "national dialogue" yesterday that it hailed as a step towards multi-party democracy after five decades of Baath party rule, but its credibility was undermined by an opposition boycott.

A standard practice for tabloids

The News of the World has printed its last edition yesterday amid a major scandal over phone hacking and alleged payments to police officers, but once upon a time journalists went even further to get the ultimate story.

Boat sinks on Russia's Volga

A passenger boat with over 180 people onboard sank on the Volga River in central Russia yesterday, killing at least one person, injuring two and leaving 15 missing, officials said.

US to cut military aid to Pakistan

The United States is suspending or cancelling hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Pakistani military amid deteriorating ties, The New York Times reported late yesterday.

Malaysia defends protest crackdown

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday defended the government's handling of street protests amid intense criticism heightened by the death of a demonstrator.

Egypt PM promises series of concessions

After nearly two weeks of mounting tension marked by clashes with police, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf yesterday pledged to meet the demands of the protesters with a series of measures.

Potato genome decoded

An international team of scientists based in Scotland has decoded the full DNA sequence of the potato for the first time, a report said.

Ocean garbage killing sea life

Millions of tonnes of plastic debris dumped each year in the world's oceans could pose a lethal threat to whales, according to a scientific assessment to be presented at a key international whaling forum this week.

Pakistan asks US to share Zawahiri intel

Pakistan asked the United States yesterday to share "actionable intelligence" about al-Qaeda's new chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and other high value targets.

US asks China to help on North Korea

America's top military officer yesterday urged Beijing to use its relationship with Pyongyang to ensure regional stability, while warning North Korea against further dangerous provocations.

Mideast Quartet to meet today

Envoys from the Middle East diplomatic Quartet meet Monday in Washington in one of the final attempts to avoid a major confrontation at the United Nations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Five killed in clash in south Yemen

Four militants and one soldier were killed in a clash in southern Yemen yesterday.

Mexico drug war kills 41

Mexican authorities sent in an extra 1,800 police Saturday to fight the country's gruesome and deadly drug war, with at least 41 people slain over the weekend including 10 who were decapitated.

Israel to seek UN opinion on maritime border spat

Israel's cabinet approved yesterday a map of the Jewish state's proposed maritime borders with Lebanon that it will present for a UN opinion, as the neighbours clash over offshore gas fields.

Atlantis approaches space station for final docking

The shuttle Atlantis, on its final mission to space before the US program ends after 30 years, yesterday approached the International Space Station for one last hitch-up with the orbiting lab.

Al-Jazeera says its journalists threatened

Al-Jazeera satellite news channel yesterday condemned what it called a campaign of threats against its journalists because of its coverage of uprisings in the Arab world.

Arts & Entertainment

Riding the Fashion Wave

On a bright sunny afternoon recently, I met up with fashion designer Khadija Rahman to enjoy a cup of coffee by the Serpentine Lake in London. In the relaxed atmosphere we spoke about a range of issues close to her heart. I was curious to find out how she came into the world of fashion.

Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah: Exploring the roots of Language

Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah was an internationally renowned educationist, writer and philologist. He was born in the village Peyara, Chobbish Pargana, West Bengal (now in India).

Robi Jatra Competition 2011

Four Jatra troupes moved into the second round of the yearlong Robi Jatra Competition, being held in Manikganj. The four qualifying troupes are Sonar Bangla Natya Goshthi of Kalta village under Ghior upazila; Kalampur Star Jatra Dol of Kalampur village under Dhamria upazila; Ruma Multi Media Production of Savar upazila (Dhaka) and New Star Jatra Unit of Gangdubi village under Ghior upazila, according to actress and chairman of Jatra Vision Limited, Aruna Biswas.

Jhenidah sways to the rhythm

On Friday evening a cultural programme, titled 'Borsha Baran', to celebrate the monsoon, was held at Jhenidah Shilpakala Academy.

Lavlu again teams up with Brindaban

Direction of TV plays, rather than acting in them, keeps Salahuddin Lavlu on a tight schedule these days. He is filming his new drama serial “Harkeeptey” at Pubail. Written by Brindaban Das, the serial will be aired on Banglavision.

Ishana: A pretty picture

Mounita Khan Ishana, better known as Ishana in the media, has never looked back since she emerged as the runner up in the Lux-Channel i Superstar 2009.

Hollywood's role in South Sudan's independence

The Republic of South Sudan is the world's newest nation.

OP-ED

New Thai woman PM: Puppet or political star?

Thailand has voted for change: electing its first woman prime minister and putting its faith in the democratic process to bring an end to the political turmoil that has ravaged the country for the past five years. The country needs wise and strong leadership -- what are the chances that it will get it?

Congress adrift

In a curious surge of counterintuitive energy, the Congress has in the last two years managed to revive the BJP and either destroy or alienate everyone who helped it come to power in 2004 and 2009. The principal party pillars holding up UPA 1 were DMK and Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD, who between them gave the alliance nearly 60 seats.

This Day In History

July 11

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Martin Frobisher sights Greenland.


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