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News of: Friday, 15th of July, 2011

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Golden fibre holds hopes for revival

The once flourishing jute industry is showing signs of a turnaround with production and export of jute and jute goods going up over the last two years.

Order issued to arrest Tarique

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and 11 others in the August 21 grenade attack case filed under the explosive substances act.

Muhith smells a rat

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday expressed concern over the continuous upswing of the share market index in the last few days and said he sees foul play behind it.

Intelligence caught napping

Indian intelligence received no warning before the Wednesday night's serial blasts in Mumbai, the biggest attack since militants rampaged through the financial hub in 2008.

Students skip class, protest

Principal of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College Husne Ara Begum went on a three-month leave yesterday while many students left their classrooms and held protests on the campuses demanding her dismissal for her handling of a sexual assault scandal that rocked the prestigious institution.

They mourn together

Abu Torab Bahumukhi High School organised its first condolence programme yesterday to remember the 27 children it alone lost in the Mirsarai truck crash tragedy on Monday.

Khaleda consoles families

“I am one of you and among you as grief-stricken mother. This is no time to utter words, this is the time to share the shock and sorrow you are bearing in the deepest point of your hearts and assist you in every possible way.”

EC never under govt pressure

The government neither interfered nor put any pressure on Election Commission in the last four and a half years of the commission's tenure, said Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday.

PM surprised at Khaleda's remark on constitution

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday that she is amazed at opposition leader Khaleda Zia's "indecent" remarks about the constitution.

Cop assaults journo for graft report

Police assaulted a journalist in Tanore upazila of the district yesterday for writing a report depicting corruption and irregularities in the local police administration.

Trial of Sayedee begins

The war crimes trial of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee formally began yesterday.

Joint census in enclaves underway

In a bid to permanently resolve all territorial anomalies, Bangladesh and India yesterday begun their first-ever joint census in 162 enclaves, joint survey in un-demarcated border and adversely possessed territories.

Blasts kill 3 children in Pakistan

Three Pakistani children and a man were killed yesterday when explosives stored in a house detonated in a town on the Afghan border, officials said.

Editorial

The tragedy in Mumbai

We strongly condemn the barbaric terror attacks which have once more claimed lives in Mumbai and left scores of others injured. Our prayers go out to the families of the dead and to those who have been wounded. In their hour of grief, we as well as the broad mass of Bangladesh's citizens stand with the people and government of India as they struggle to defeat the forces of terrorism.

Stabilising prices for Ramadan

Consultations have been taking place between the government and the trade and chamber bodies on one level, and between the wholesalers and the business leaders on another. The missing link, however, seems to be the retailers' associations. They need be brought in the loop because they are an important part of the market equations.

Sports

Ilievski rings the changes

In his first game in charge against Pakistan, Bangladesh national team coach Nikola Ilievski had no choice but to stick with the squad that was entrusted to him. But ahead of their second World Cup qualifier against Lebanon, the 56-year old Macedonian brought in a number of changes based on his viewings of the ongoing Grameenphone Super Cup.

'Technical committee creating pressure'

Former Bangladesh captain turned chief selector Akram Khan has voiced his concern over the so-called technical committee's involvement in the selection procedure following the drama with the announcement of the national team for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour.

Director's meeting at Sylhet today

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president AHM Mustafa Kamal's first meeting outside the capital will bring up some burning issues for discussion.

Siddikur gears up for Selangor Masters

An in-form Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh hopes his superb form will lead him to another victory at the RM1.2 million (approximately US$400,000) Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters next week.

ICC vows to protect its soul

As England and India get ready to contest what will be the 2,000th Test match ever played, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has promised to protect the "pinnacle form of the game".

Dhoni's simple mantra

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says that if his side stick to the basics, preserving their number one Test ranking will take care of itself.

Sachin has no weakness

Sachin Tendulkar has been in scintillating form for the past few seasons and even after 22 years on the road in international cricket, former England captains Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain, Mike Atherton and Graham Gooch feel the talismanic batsman will pose the biggest threat to the Englishmen in the much anticipated Test series that begins next week at Lord's.

PCB dubs ICC report 'scholarly exercise'

Pakistani cricket bosses on Wednesday hit back at the International Cricket Council's proposals for overhauling the sport in the troubled country, suggesting it was a pointless "scholarly exercise".

Deadliest No 7

If Shane Warne was a batsman's worst nightmare after they had tackled Glenn McGrath, spare a thought for the tired bowler who had to contend with Adam Gilchrist in a Test match.

An Irish appeal

Officials at Cricket Ireland are offering a shirt signed by their World Cup squad as a reward to anyone who can help them recover three stolen laptop computers and two hard drives.

Kool Cup final today

The Kool BSJA Media Cup football tournament final between Ekushey TV and R TV will be held at the Handball Stadium today.

DC Gold Cup

Manikganj district police team defeated Sonali Ateet Club by 3-0 goals in the Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup Football Tournament at the Shahid

Final line-up complete

The final line-up of JFA Cup U-15 football tournament was completed yesterday when seven more teams qualified for the eight-team final round after emerging as zonal champions at different venues.

Wenger pans Xavi

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised Barcelona midfielder Xavi for claiming Cesc Fabregas is “suffering” at the Premier League club.

Malinga mauls Scotland

Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga ensured the islanders tour of Britain ended on a winning note as he took five wickets in a 183-run one-day international rout of Scotland here on Wednesday.

Macomm London Six's event partner

Macomm, a marketing communication company, has recently been appointed as event partner of London Six's.

Brazil get their act together

After two cagey rounds of games at the Copa America, save for Argentina's swatting of Costa Rica, the championship burst into life Wednesday as Brazil hit four goals against Ecuador to reach the quarter-finals.

Venezuela gatecrash party

After two games at the 43rd Copa America left hosts Argentina, holders Brazil and 14-times winners Uruguay winless it seemed the old order of South American football could be facing a challenge to its long supremacy.

USA confident

Striker Abby Wambach has said her USA team are prepared to go the distance to beat Japan in Sunday's final of the women's World Cup as the Americans bid to win their third title.

New role for Vieira

France World Cup-winner Patrick Vieira has retired as a player to take up a new role of football development executive at current club Manchester City, the English Premier League side said Thursday.

Boateng joins Bayern

Germany defender Jerome Boateng will leave Manchester City to sign a four-year deal worth 13.5 million euros with German league giants Bayern Munich, reported SID, an AFP subsidiary, on Thursday.

Business

BB opens up online money transfer, partly

The central bank has partly freed up foreign exchange transactions by approving online transfer of funds for academic purposes by credit card.

Dividend payouts rise in first half

The number of dividend paying companies increased by more than 5 percent in the first half this year, as a total of 152 listed firms paid dividends during the period.

Stern warning on state share offloading

The banking division of the finance ministry yesterday issued a fresh directive to 23 state-owned enterprises to immediately offload shares on the bourses to increase the supply of shares.

Thai fair kicks off

A three-day Thai fair began in Dhaka yesterday with an aim to attract Bangladeshi travellers to the Southeast Asian country.

Govt borrowing from banks beats target

The amount of government's borrowing from the banking system for deficit financing surpassed the target set in the revised budget last fiscal year.

Japan keen to shift plants to Bangladesh

Japanese investors are interested in relocating their factories to Bangladesh to reduce their costs of production, said a senior official of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) yesterday.

Maldives eyes direct shipping link with Bangladesh

The Maldives is very keen to introduce direct shipping link between Chittagong and Male to enhance trade relations between the two countries.

Turnover hits multi-month high

Turnover on Dhaka Stock Exchange rose to its highest since December 30 after investors bought heavily into the market hoping that stocks will continue to gain.

Telco audit put back on hold

The Appellate Division yesterday instructed Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to follow the previous decision of the High Court that stayed a move to audit two telecom operators.

Reliance Steel to acquire Continental Alloys

Metals processor Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co said on Thursday it has agreed to acquire Continental Alloys & Services Inc.

China to extend home purchase restrictions

China on Thursday pledged to extend limits on new home purchases to smaller cities as authorities step up efforts to cool the country's red-hot real estate market.

German bourse to merge with NYSE Euronext

Shareholders controlling more than 80 percent of German stock market operator Deutsche Boerse approved Thursday a merger with NYSE Euronext to create the world's biggest stock exchange.

Even on the defensive, Murdoch can steal thunder

Even as he scrambles to contain the phone hacking crisis that has rocked his British media empire, News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch has maintained the aura of a man in control.

The mystery of the Chinese consumer

Lily Li wears a lanyard with a little plastic card around her neck, even at weekends. It is a badge of honour: it shows that she has a white-collar job. (She is a secretary at Access Asia, a retail-research company in Shanghai.) She uses Apple earphones for the cheap Chinese mobile phone in her pocket, so it looks as if she owns an iPhone. And she drives to work, though it takes four times longer than public transport, just to show off her little car.

Eurozone makes fresh bid to tackle Greek crisis

Euro zone countries continued to grapple with the thorny issue of involving the private sector in tackling Greece's debt pile as they prepared for a meeting to decide support for the country next week.

Twitter gears up auto-ads for big clients

Twitter is courting bigtime advertisers and will soon allow them to tailor, automate and publish ads in bulk directly onto the Internet microblogging service, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

China almost doubles rare earth export quota

China on Thursday nearly doubled the export quota of rare earths for the second half of the year to 15,738 tonnes, amid tensions with trade partners over its grip on the shipments of raw materials.

Indian firms top world sales growth

Indian companies' sales growth has soared past the rest of the world in the past five years, posting annual average rises of 27 percent compared to just 5 percent for firms in developed countries, an Ernst and Young survey found.

Lafarge in talks with Etex to sell plaster assets

French cement maker Lafarge SA has entered exclusive talks to sell most of its plaster activities in Europe and South America to Belgium's Etex Group for 850 million euros ($1.2 billion).

Asian shares mixed

Asian markets were mixed while the dollar faced heavy selling Thursday after Moody's warned it could downgrade the United States' top-class debt rating, raising fears of a default by Washington.

Metropolitan

No room for terrorists

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday restated the government's strong stand against terrorism, saying an inch land of Bangladesh would not be allowed to be used for terror activities.

'Punish sacked teacher Porimol'

Different student and rights organisations yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to sacked schoolteacher Porimol Joydhor who is accused of sexually assaulting a female student recently.

'Bangladesh hopes for Nobel in math by 2030'

Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad, a national annual competition, aims to spread passion for Mathematics across the country so that a Bangladeshi gets to win Nobel Prize in Mathematics by 2030, said Eng Prof Jamilur Reza Chowdhury.

FM warns visa traders of punitive action

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni warned of punitive action against unscrupulous middlemen who are involved in visa trading which causes migrants' woes abroad.

SC asks for charge sheet of Aug 21 case

The Supreme Court yesterday asked for the charge sheet of August 21 grenade attack case to examine the allegations against Saiful Islam Duke, a nephew of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

10 killed, 25 injured in road accidents

Ten people were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents in Rajbari, Rangpur, Tangail and Narayanganj yesterday.

Four accused held in Dhaka

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four people, accused of murdering an engineer of a state-run gas company in Mazumderpara area of Sylhet on July 5, from a Naya Paltan hotel in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Road safety demanded

Poet and journalist Abul Momen here yesterday urged the government to take necessary steps for the prevention of road accidents.

Drive fails to remove all earth filled in Shitalakkhya

The joint team of water transport authority and Narayanganj district administration could remove around one-sixth of earth deposits from the filled-up section of the river Shitalakkhya during the three-day drive that concluded yesterday.

Govt asked to ensure petitioner's security

The High Court yesterday asked the government to ensure security of the writ petitioner who has moved against holding the office of parliamentary membership of Joypurhat-1 constituency.

Minister visits the injured

State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Mujibur Rahman Fakir yesterday visited injured schoolboy Habib Ullah at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).

American Center announces grant competition

The American Center of the US embassy in Dhaka yesterday announced a grant competition to support public service and the arts in Bangladesh.

HC summons Etihad Airways country boss

The High Court yesterday summoned Country Manager of Etihad Airways Ashraful Kabir for explaining the recent incident of harassing and torturing two Bangladesh born women at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Firefighters for hire

A firefighter and three volunteers with necessary firefighting equipment can be available as a precautionary measure at weddings, religious functions or social gatherings for anyone spending Tk 1,000 per day.

Reception for Everest conqueror

Metropolis Walkers Welfare Association (MWWA) will accord a reception to MA Muhit, who recently conquered Mount Everest, at Star Kabab Restaurant at Dhanmondi at 8:00am today. Anwarul Hakim Farukh of MWWA will chair the programme, says a press release.

ALCWC meets on July 20

Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC), the highest decision-making body of the ruling party, will sit on July 20 to discuss the country's latest political situation and organisational matters.

Port city bus ticketing likely from July 25

Ticketing system in Chittagong city bus services may begin from July 25 after efforts to introduce the system was delayed for the fifth time due to non-cooperation from the transport owners.

Neighbour kills youth

A youth was killed by a neighbour in the city's Badda yesterday.

Veterinary education stressed

Speakers at a workshop here in the port city yesterday termed climate impacts a challenge for veterinary education and stressed the need for time befitting veterinary education policy to fight new diseases of livestock.

Two brothers killed in clash

Two brothers were killed and four others of a family were seriously injured in a clash over property at Lohagara upazila in the port city yesterday.

Obituary

Hamidur Rahman, a freedom fighter, passed away at Dinajpur Zia Hearth Foundation in the district yesterday due to cardiac arrest at the age of 70.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of Dr Mahbub Morshed Munna, a harmonica player of the band Renaissance, will be held at his residence at Jayakunja, House No-85, Road No-8A of Dhanmondi in the city after Maghrib prayers today.

Advocate Suruj Ali

Qulkhwani of Advocate Suruj Ali, a former president of Narayanganj District Bar Association, will be held today.

Azam Khan's chehlum today

Chehlum of pop guru and freedom fighter Azam Khan will be held in the city today.

Death anniversary

Today is the 11th death anniversary of Kader Sarker, a student leader, says a press release.

National

Jt border survey resumes amid tight security

The Indo-Bangla joint survey of the adversely possessed lands (APL) along Meghalaya-Sylhet frontier resumed yesterday amid tight security at Sonarhat border point in Gowainghat upazila.

Trial of Patradut editor murder case begins after 15 years

Trial of daily Patradut editor SM Ala Uddin murder case began yesterday, 15 years into the killing.

Criminals destroy 2,000 banana plants in Dinajpur

Criminals destroyed more than 2,000 banana plants of an orchard in Nawabganj upazila on Tuesday night.

Gaibandha people form human chain for Brahmaputra bridge

Cross sections of people including students and businessmen yesterday formed a five-kilometerlong human chain across Gaibandha town to realise three-point demand including setting up of Brahmaputra multipurpose bridge.

Police arrest 4 thieves on charge of murder

Investigation into the case for murder of indigenous woman Moriam Murmu has taken a new turn as police arrested four more killer-suspects from Shimla Dighipara village in Godagari upazila of Rajshahi district yesterday.

BCL man held for assaulting teachers

An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Ishwardi Government College unit was arrested early yesterday in a case for assaulting the teachers of the college on July 4.

Teacher suspended

A teacher of D M High School in Beani Bazar border town was suspended on Tuesday on charge of sexually harassing a student of class IX.

Assault on two TV reporters protested

Journalists formed a human chain in front of Dinajpur Press Club yesterday protesting assault on two reporters of a private TV channel in Baderganj upazila of Rangpur district on July 4.

Son handed over to mobile court

Failing to bear torture any more, a man handed over his drug adduct son to a mobile court, which sentenced him to two years imprisonment on Wednesday.

Indigenous man killed

Criminals shot dead an indigenous man at remote Doyalpara in Logang union under Panchhari upazila of Khagrachhari district early yesterday.

Youth murdered

Criminals killed a youth in Raipura upazila of the district on Wednesday night.

Woman killed by her sons

A middle-aged woman was brutally murdered allegedly by her two sons at Dhaldope village in Sadar upazila on Thursday.

BGB man held

An accused in the case for mutiny at BGB headquarters at Pilkhana in the capital on February 25 and 26 in 2009 was arrested at Pachhara village under Kendua upazila of Netrakona district on Wednesday.

Truck load of rubber seized

A truck load of smuggled rubber was recovered in Rabna bypass area of the district town on Wednesday morning. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-12 raided the area early in the morning and seized the truck along with three tons of rubber worth over Tk 3 lakh. Sensing the presence of the elite force the smugglers, truck driver and helper managed to flee the scene.

Man held for rape attempt

A man was arrested on charge of attempting to rape a woman of Paschim Velabari village in Aditmari upazila Tuesday night. The arrestee was identified as Abdus Sobhan, son of Nasar Ali of the village. Police said Sobhan tried to rape Rabin Chandra's wife of the same village while she was asleep alone in her house. Sobhan was caught red-handed by locals and handed over to police.

Three held with arms

Three alleged criminals were arrested along with a pistol by a joint team of Rab and police from Chandpur village in Gangni upazila Wednesday morning. The arrestees were identified as Ripon, 19, son of Yusuf Ali, Rubel, 20, son of Khokon and Alamgir, 21, son of Abed Ali of the village. Acting on secret information, the joint team in a drive arrested Ripon and Rubel from the village at about 11:00am and on their confessional statement arrested Alamgir from local degree college area. Later, they recovered one foreign made pistol from their possession.

Letters

They are killing our tigers

I was watching a programme named “Jole Jongole” on ATN recently. The programme showed the evil activities of Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB). I was shocked to know that this organization is killing our tigers in the name of saving or preserving them. They are doing the same evil experiments again and again by injecting them the wrong tranquilizer named "TENAZOL" which is dangerous for tigers. They knew very well that the tigers could be killed because of that injection, but they still applied it on them. They also put radio collar around their neck. Two tigers died because of wearing this radio collar. It turned out that this organisation and the man Adam who runs it are doing harmful experiments with our tigers. I urge the government to do something about it. We don't want foreigners to come here and kill our tigers.

Amendments and expectations

In 1975- 4th amendment, in 1979 -5th amendment and in 1982- 7th amendment, all those amendments were the blazing indications for us that the government should not pass any sort of amendment which is not recommended by the main opposition party as well as the majority people of the country.

Why should we pay tax?

It is a matter of great concern that even after paying tax, levies and tariffs on individual income, food items and other imported goods, there is no gratifying facilities even in the urban areas. It is true that a financially healthy government exchequer is essential in this regard, which can be made through proper collection of taxes, levies and tariffs. From a news report it has been known that the government's revenue generation through the collection of taxes, levies and tariffs has substantially increased in recent years, and despite the fact we don't see enough initiatives to repair the city roads. Even in dry season we see damaged and potholed roads in some areas, let alone the condition of roads during rainy season. For instance, the roads of Nikunja-2 Residential Area under Khilkhet police station are damaged severely because no repair work has been done for many days. Almost all the roads are in bad shape and causing daily sufferings to the residents. We drew the attention of the authorities to this issue many times but they turned a blind eye towards the problem. Our appeal to the government-- either stop imposing tax on us or ensure public amenities.

Is it a healthy campus?

If someone comes out in the morning for a walk in fresh air in the Dhaka University campus, s/he will be disheartened because of the bad odour from garbage and human fasces. There prevails no hygienic atmosphere. Vagabonds, lunatics, and street urchins are living here and there.

In response to an article

Barrister Harun ur Rashid in his article entitled 'Manmohan's incredible remarks', published in The Daily Star on July 6th, 2011, failed to accept the fact that the threat of unscrupulous development of fundamentalism globally has a very negative impact in Bangladesh, that the Madrasa system and different terrorist movements in the name of religion must be checked sooner than later.

A good decision

From a daily newspaper I came to know that Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, is going to introduce an extraordinary system for the people of Kolkata as well as West Bengal. Traffic jam is grabbing the city which has increased people's sufferings. To mitigate people's sufferings, Mamata Banerjee decided to air the national anthem of India in every traffic signal point whenever the red light is on. This is really a good move. On the other hand, Bangladesh has also been facing the same problem for long. Why is our government not thinking like that?

Scrapping CTG: A fatal mistake

Majority in parliament is essential for smooth functioning of a government but absolute majority blinds the govt. absolutely. By doing away with the caretaker government (CTG) system the AL government has proved this truth again. They have scrapped the CTG with the excuse of implementing the apex court's verdict. But they did not follow the advice of the apex court which said the next two elections could be held under CTG, for the sake of peace and public interests.

Manmohan's anxieties over Bangladesh

The anxieties expressed by the Indian PM Dr. Manmohan Singh are more than unusual. His suspicion may be based on intelligence report but the premises on which the prediction is deduced are not totally reliable. The arrow of suspicion thrown toward Jamaat-e- Islami is reasonably targeted. All the top leaders of Jamaat are in custody facing war crime trials.

Punish the rapist

While watching an episode of Mina cartoon on TV the other day, I was reading some reports in various Bengali dailies including Prothom Alo about the rape of a schoolgirl of Viqarunnissa Noon School & College by Porimol Joydhor, a teacher of the same school. The subject matter of Mina cartoon was that we must give school education to female children right in their childhood. But the rape of a student of the most reputed school in Bangladesh by a tainted person in disguise of a teacher is a satire to the Mina cartoon. As a conscious citizen, I demand exemplary punishment of the rapist.

Whose fault?

The sufferings of two female passengers in Abu Dhabi while flying Etihad Airways was well covered in Bangladesh media. I am not trying to shift blame from those who are responsible, but in the matter of stamping of documents, the airline staff has no involvement and no power. Such stamping are done by airport security staff who are non commercial government agencies (normally police), so it would be simplistic to argue that as it was the duty of the airline staff to stamp the boarding card which they had failed to do, they should take the card back and get it stamped to eliminate the queuing problem. The airline is a commercial firm and its staff tends to commercialize matters such as issuing of tickets and boarding passes but they cannot influence or carry out any security procedure. Most of these checks and stamps are anti-terrorist measures and flying through Indian airports I have felt that the number of checks and stampings (of all baggage tags and boarding passes) are most disconcerting.

No hartal please

Hartal is considered as a democratic way for achieving any right putting a government in pressure, and there was considerable success in the past. Nowadays the environment is totally different; open negotiation is possible to settle an issue and because of the strong stand of media there is no reason to fear any unfair play. Every party in opposition always calls hartal. Did they ever take into account the sentiment of masses about hartal? Did any party count the losses caused by hartals? We request our leaders to go to the parliament and solve the issues through dialogue.

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International

Indian cities on alert

Indian cities were on a state of high alert yesterday after three blasts shook the financial capital Mumbai (Bombay), killing 18 people and injuring dozens.

British Law makers summon Murdochs

British lawmakers yesterday formally summoned Rupert Murdoch and his son James after they refused to testify next week, while News International boss Rebekah Brooks has agreed to appear, a statement said.

From gutter to sewer

The unanimity of opinion between Britain's governing coalition and the Labour opposition on the urgent requirement of probing the activities of Rupert Murdoch's News International illustrates the ruffled sensitivities that unprincipled journalism can cause.

Gaddafi has plan to blow up capital: Russian envoy

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has a "suicidal plan" to blow up the capital Tripoli if it is taken by rebels, the Kremlin's special envoy to Libya told a Russian newspaper yesterday.

Kurdish rebels kill 13 Turkish soldiers

Separatist Kurdish rebels killed 13 Turkish soldiers and wounded seven others yesterday in a rare dayside ambush in southeastern Turkey, the deadliest attack on troops in more than three years.

Long-term solution needed

A widespread drought in East Africa has left millions of facing starvation, but experts argue that while dry spells are cyclical the humanitarian catastrophes they are causing are avoidable.

Fresh clashes kill 15 in Karachi

Pakistan ordered hundreds of extra paramilitary policemen onto the streets of the country's biggest city yesterday after a fresh night of political and ethnic violence killed 15 people.

Poor intelligence keeps India vulnerable

India will remain a soft target for militant attacks until it enforces a radical shift in counter-terror policy that prioritises effective intelligence-gathering, analysts said yesterday.

Afghan civilian war deaths hit record level

The first half of this year was the deadliest six months for civilians in Afghanistan since the decade-old war began, the country's UN mission said yesterday.

North Korea poses 'very real' threat

North Korea poses a "very real" threat to peace and is likely to mount fresh attacks on South Korea unless a strong deterrent is in place, the top US military officer said yesterday.

Indo-Pak talks to go on

Talks between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan will take place as planned at the end of July despite the triple blasts in Mumbai, the Indian foreign ministry said yesterday.

Indian PM vows to hunt down culprits

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said the perpetrators of Wednesday's blasts in Mumbai must be pursued relentlessly to bring them to justice soon and promised his government will do everything in its power to prevent such attacks in future.

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket attack

Israeli jets bombed three sites in Gaza overnight after rockets were fired from the coastal strip, Palestinian officials and the Israeli military said yesterday.

Father-son differed on BSkyB deal

Media titan Rupert Murdoch overruled his son and likely heir in the decision to back out of the BSkyB deal as a family drama unfolded behind the scenes, the New York Times reported yesterday.

Mass graves found in Sudan

New satellite images support eyewitness accounts that mass graves were dug in the capital of Sudan's South Kordofan state to bury 100 or more people killed last month, US monitors said yesterday.

Pirate attacks on the rise

Attacks on the world's seas are soaring as armed and dangerous pirates become increasingly emboldened, seizing more ships than before and taking even bigger risks, an international body said yesterday.

South Sudan admitted to UN as 193rd member

The General Assembly admitted South Sudan yesterday as the 193rd member of the United Nations, sealing the new African country's independence after decades of conflict.

More than 40 injured in Spain bull-run festival

Fighting bulls wounded three thrill-seekers in the final bull-run of Spain's San Fermin festival yesterday, bringing the overall tally to more than 40 injured.

Kidnapped Estonian cyclists freed in Lebanon

Seven kidnapped Estonians were freed in Lebanon yesterday, almost four months since being abducted by armed men as they entered the country on a bicycle tour from neighbouring Syria.

Arts & Entertainment

Theatre icon remembered

On his 69th birth anniversary, late theatre icon Abdullah Al Mamun was remembered by his troupe Theatre with a three-day celebration programme held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The programme was inaugurated on July 13 at the Studio Theatre Hall of the academy. The first day's programme featured a memorial lecture named after Mamun, staging of the play “Meraj Fakir-er Ma” and opening of a photo exhibition.

Lucky Nasreen's simplistic art with potent emotions

Lucky Nasreen's second solo art exhibition at National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, wrapped up on July 12. The six-day exhibition featured over 50 artworks by the self-taught artist. A teacher by profession, the only formal training in art that Nasreen has had was a diploma from an art school in Delhi in 1974. Nasreen is the former chairperson of the Department of Philosophy at Tejgaon College, and she currently teaches at Darul Ihsan University. It is evident from her works that much of her interest leans towards oil painting.

Promoting traditional continuity

Bhawaiya songs form an inextricable part of the cultural heritage of the people of Rangpur division who have a deep link with this genre of folk songs composed with heart rending tunes in their dialect.

Humayun Faridee at his creative best

Humayun Faridee is busier than ever before both as actor and director. After enjoying a considerable popularity with “Bharabari Barabari” and “Chhayabithi”, he is directing a new drama-serial titled “Takhan Hemantakal”. The play is written by Shafikur Rahman Shantonu. Besides directing, Faridee will be portraying the role of a business tycoon. The star cast includes Syed Hasan Imam, Mamunur Rashid, Zahid Hasan and Mou.

Children's Theatre festival kicks off in Dinajpur

A three- day 'Children's Theatre Festival' kicked off amidst festivity on Wednesday evening at Dinajpur Shisu Academy.

French award ceremony on hold as Mumbai reels from terror

With Mumbai reeling under another terrorist strike, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on Wednesday requested the French government to postpone an award ceremony scheduled in the capital later in the evening. The 37-year-old Bollywood actress was to receive the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) from the French government.

Photos of Bijoyer Sand Sculpture on display

The photos of the Bijoyer Sand Sculpture Festival 2010 are being exhibited at the Zainul Art Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka. Organised by Green World, the three-day exhibition was inaugurated on July 13. The photos on display are images of the sculpture festival at Cox's Bazar which featured sand sculptures of the heroes of the Liberation War.

OP-ED

Tourism: Untapped potential

From the experience of countries which has seen considerable growth in tourism, it is found that tourism development is not the job of a single ministry alone. It is a coordinated effort of all the ministries.

The absurdity of a rape

This civilization needs major repairs because it has been showing cracks in critical places. A lewd schoolteacher forced himself on his student and then used his mobile phone to take her pictures. He raped her again a few days later, warning her not to tell anyone because the smutty images were still in his possession. Didn't I say something is wrong with this civilization? A man of learning was disposed to behave like the monster of the monsters.

Fatal attraction and press ethics

Drunk in the heady wine of success, blindfolded to absolute power corrupting absolutely, Rupert Murdoch's media empire is at last getting its comeuppance. Not that its methods passed off as white lilies in the past, but the present avalanche of revelations is sending shock waves down the media landscape.

A Greek tragedy

The Greek parliament had passed two austerity measures to clear the way for its saviors -- the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the IMF -- to roll out a bailout package that will prevent a default, at least for now.

Dhaka's vulnerability to climate change

Take one of the most unplanned urban centres in the world, wedge it between four flood-prone rivers in the most densely packed nation in Asia, then squeeze it between the Himalaya mountain range and a body of water that not only generates violent cyclones and the occasional tsunami, but also creeps further inland every year, washing away farmland, tainting drinking water, submerging fertile deltas, and displacing villagers as it approaches -- and there you have it: Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh and one of the world's largest mega cities.

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Farmers find their voices on Krishibazaar

Bangladesh is a rich country. Even if not monetarily, the nation is rich in its soil. We as a nation are fortunate to have soil that facilitates the production of such a wide variety of agricultural products. With agriculture being the most promising asset of Bangladesh as well as considering the ever-increasing price of food, one would expect the farmers of Bangladesh to be anything but poor.

Acer rolls out Iconia Series

Acer, one of the largest technology companies in the world, at a hotel in the capital officially launched its Iconia Series in the Bangladeshi market.

Rapture wins Microsoft's People's Choice Award

Rapture, a 3-member team from Bangladesh's American International University of Bangladesh, won the Microsoft Imagine Cup People's Choice Award in New York on July 13.

HP's TouchPad tablet: the reviews

Hewlett-Packard's decision to enlist funnyman Russell Brand to promote its new TouchPad tablet in a series of online videos seems to have been the right one. People love the ads. Whether consumers will warm to the device itself remains to be seen, though.

Samsung brings new music phone

Samsung Electronics, a technology giant, is going to launch Samsung Champ Duos (E2652) with a larger display and DUAL SIM support, in the local market, says a press release.

Qubee's Pre-pay personalised package

Qubee, a leading WiMax internet service provider in the country has launched a new internet data and speed package for its pre-pay users, says a press release.


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