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4 die in lift collapse

Four workers died as a makeshift lift carrying them plunged to the ground in a terrifying free-fall at an under-construction building in the city's Kakrail yesterday evening.

Honour they never got

Raju Bala Dey and Surjo Begum -- two Birangonas raped by Pakistani soldiers during the Liberation War -- yesterday narrated their horrifying experience and the humiliation thereafter.

Police to probe now police case

Police high-ups have no confidence in the case filed by Savar police regarding the killing of six students in Aminbazar on Monday, in which the victims are labelled as robbers.

Mirsarai tragedy trucker caught

Police yesterday arrested the unlicensed driver, responsible for the July 11 truck plunge that killed 40 people, mostly school children, in Mirsarai of Chittagong.

President's pardon citizens' concern

President Zillur Rahman has once more exercised his powers under article 49 of the constitution to pardon an individual convicted in a murder case. We understand that the president exercised similar authority when in September last year he pardoned as many as 20 convicted individuals and thereby allowed them to return to life as usual.

Protector of criminals

BNP has condemned the presidential clemency granted to convicted killer AHM Biplob, son of Laxmipur Awami League leader Abu Taher, and termed it an "immature decision".

Hate has to stop

In the nine years Mark Stroman has been on death row in Texas, he says he has watched 208 people walk past him on the way to be executed.

Probe disappearances, unresolved killings

The government should survey the disappearances during mass executions in Bangladesh military in 1977 and '78, said renowned US journalist Lawrence Lifschultz yesterday.

Stop coaching business

Heads of top city schools and colleges yesterday demanded the government take action to stop private tuition and coaching, holding these responsible for various unethical practices in educational institutions.

6-hr shutdown at gas stations

The CNG filling stations across the country will remain closed between 3:00pm and 9:00pm for nearly a month starting from the first day of Ramadan as part of a government initiative to improve gas supply to power stations and tackle power crisis.

HC extends again time for import

The High Court yesterday once again extended till October 12 its order allowing conditional import and dismantling of toxic ships, mentioning the importers and ship-breakers must ensure workers' and environmental safety.

National film award 2009 announced

The government yesterday announced names of the recipients of the National Film Award-2009.

OMS of rice extended to 7 cities

The Ministry of Food and Disaster Management has decided to launch open market sale (OMS) of rice ahead of Ramadan in seven divisional headquarters and in some industrial districts from Sunday.

Govt asked to stop use of toxic waste

The High Court yesterday directed the government to stop use of tannery waste in poultry and fish feed production in the capital within 30 days.

Businessman shot dead

A businessman was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Sutrapur in the capital last night.

EC not partisan

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday rejected the main opposition BNP's labelling the Election Commission (EC) as partisan and biased.

Indo-Bangla JRC to finalise deal

In the run up to Indian prime minister's visit to Bangladesh in September, the Indo-Bangladesh Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) will meet in Dhaka to finalise a framework agreement of a 15-year treaty for sharing the waters of Teesta and Feni rivers.


Clemency for a convict

We are deeply concerned at the grant of presidential pardon to an individual sentenced to death on charges of murder. Exercising his authority under Article 49 of the constitution, President Zillur Rahman has granted clemency to A.H.M. Biplob, son of Laxmipur Awami League leader and pourashava chairman Abu Taher. It is chillingly shocking that the convict, who had been a fugitive from justice for a decade and only surrendered to the law in April this year, is now about to return to normal life thanks to presidential clemency. We feel that the power of pardon given to the President of the Republic is a prerogative that should be exercised so judiciously as not to lower the dignity of the office or the reputation of the individual occupying it.

Reforming police

In Bangladesh the problem of combating the older and emerging types of crime is getting tougher. That is due to multiple reasons, which include the fewer police men and women compared to population size, inadequate logistic supports available to them, anachronistic laws that governing them and so on.


Eng consolidate after Zak strikes

India spearhead Zaheer Khan left the field injured as England fought back on the first day of the first Test at Lord's on Thursday.

Absent Shakib risks BCB ire

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan went AWOL for a second successive day in an event that evoked a strong reaction in the cricket community and has apparently forced his employer Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to think of disciplinary measures.

Up-gradation work behind schedule

The up-gradation works of the dressing rooms of the Bangabandhu National Stadium, ahead of the Argentina-Nigeria match in September, may not be finished within a one-month time frame, said a National Sports Council official yesterday.

Siddikur in joint sixth

Ace Bangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman continued his solid form in the second round of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters, moving up one spot to joint sixth position after hitting a two-under-par 70 at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club in Malaysia yesterday. The day, however, belonged to Thai teenager Panuphol Pittayarat, who snatched a surprise one-shot lead after an impressive seven-under-par 65.

Kapali, Shuvo to play in S'pore meet

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has selected all-rounders Alok Kapali and Sohrawardi Shuvo for the IA T20 Super Challenge Cup in Singapore.

Booters reach Beirut safely

The Bangladesh national football team reached Beirut yesterday afternoon safely to take part in their away match of the World Cup pre-qualifier against Lebanon after an arduous 16-hour journey.

Robiul suffers head injury

Persistent rain ruined the Tigers' practice match yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

A forgotten Test venue

As England and India battle for supremacy on cricket's most hallowed ground at Lord's in the 2000th Test starting Thursday, Pakistan's Niaz Stadium has only faded memories to cherish.

FICA against lie detector tests

The world cricketers' association said Thursday it "outright rejects" the MCC's proposals to encourage players to take lie detector tests in an effort to fight corruption within the game.

Sri Lanka axe vice-captain

Sri Lanka selectors left out batsman Thilina Kandamby, the vice-captain in the one-day international series against England, from the pool of 20 players for next month's ODI and Twenty20 home series against Australia.

Shastri in IPL probe

Former Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri has been summoned by a law enforcement agency probing alleged financial irregularities in the Indian Premier League (IPL), reports said Thursday.

Serena uses a lifeline

Serena Williams has elected to use an injury-protected ranking to gain entry to the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the season, the US Tennis Association said Wednesday.

Lord's awarded 2012 WI Test

Lord's have been awarded the 2012 Test against West Indies, which was put back out to tender after Glamorgan revealed they wouldn't be able to make their payments for this year's Sri Lanka Test.

Murdoch's Team 2012 deal at stake

Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers are set to lose exclusive access to British athletes ahead of the 2012 London Olympics after the phone hacking scandal that led to the News of the World's closure.

Paraguay fight into final

Ten-man Paraguay beat Venezuela 5-3 on penalties to reach the Copa America final on Wednesday after regulation and extra-time produced a goalless draw.

Uruguay mean business

Uruguay will not rest on their laurels as they prepare to go up against Paraguay in Sunday's Copa America final, says Luis Suarez, semifinal hero against Peru.

Tevez unfazed

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is unfazed by the collapse of his transfer to Brazilian side Corinthians and is expecting fresh bids from further clubs, his representative said Thursday.

C'Ron blasts Guadalajara

Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals in a devastating nine minute second-half spell on Wednesday to propel Spanish giants Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory over Mexico's Chivas Guadalajara.

'I'm not the Zen Master'

The "Special One" is well aware of the "Zen Master."

More bad luck for Ben Arfa

Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa has been ruled out of the remainder of the club's North American tour after sustaining an ankle injury, a statement said Thursday.


BRAC Bank launches mobile banking service

BRAC Bank introduced a complete mobile financial service yesterday with assistance from its subsidiary company bKash Ltd. Now mobile phones will be used as bank accounts and they will also serve as wallet for transaction of money.

Sugar prices remain unchanged

Prices of sugar continued to remain over Tk 70 each kilogram yesterday as retailers defied a government decision on keeping the price at maximum Tk 65.

Imports grow 35pc, pressure on BoP

Bangladesh's imports stood at nearly $32 billion in fiscal 2010-11, up 35 percent year-on-year.

Stocks cheery over investor activity

Turnover on the twin bourses rose to its the highest since the December 8 market crash, buoyed by cheerful investor activities.

Social business concept gets immense support in Japan

The social business concept has received immense support in Japan as its inventor Professor Muhammad Yunus discussed the economic theory with Japanese business and political leaders and youth population in Tokyo.

BB warns Islamic banks

The central bank yesterday warned that Islamic banks must not be involved in terror financing, money laundering or any other illegal activities that damage their image.

Transit committee to recommend fees on cost-recovery basis

The core committee on transit and transhipment will recommend fees on transportation of goods on a cost-recovery basis, said a member of the committee who attended the meeting yesterday.

Govt explains tax on earnings from savings instruments

Tax will not be deducted at source on the profit on Family Savings Instrument and Pensioner Savings Instrument purchased before June 30, the Internal Resource Division (IRD) said in a statement yesterday.

Ananda rolls out oceangoing ship for German buyer

Ananda Shipyard and Slipways Ltd laun-ched Enzian, an oceangoing multi-purpose vessel, at Meghnaghat in Narayanganj.

Singapore Airlines appoints new GM in Bangladesh

Singapore Airlines has announced the appointment of Lionel Siau as general manager for its Bangladesh operations, effective from July.

Karmasangsthan Bank recovers 94pc of loans

Karmasangsthan Bank realised 94 percent of its loans against its target in the last fiscal year.

Weak economy, housing weigh on US banks

The big US banks showed signs of resilience in their second-quarter earnings, but the sluggish economy and fallout from the subprime mortgage debacle weighed on profits.

British watchdog hits Willis with record anti-bribery fine

Britain's financial watchdog on Thursday said it had fined British insurance broker Willis Limited nearly £7.0 million for failing to ensure payments to overseas third parties were not used for corrupt purposes.

The falling Bangladeshi currency

There is a lot of talk these days about the falling value of the Bangladesh taka in terms of the US dollar. The dollar itself has been depreciating against other major global currencies. For example, between June 2010 and mid-July 2011, the dollar depreciated by 14 percent against the euro and 10 percent against the yen. So, the fall in the value of the Bangladeshi currency at a time when the dollar is weakening against the major global currencies and many other Asian currencies are appreciating against the dollar is viewed with a great deal of concern.

After the ash, Iceland volcano rakes in tourism cash

Iceland's volcanoes gained notoriety last year for their ash-spewing ability to ground airlines and make a mess. But they also pay their dues, drawing tourists eager to see the source of the chaos.

Federalism or retreat? Eurozone is divided over its future

The eurozone, having failed to contain a raging debt crisis for the past year, now faces stark choices for its future: a radical leap towards federalism or a step backwards in the European project.

Obama holds new crisis debt talks

US lawmakers were scrambling Thursday to avert a disastrous early August debt default, after President Barack Obama met separately with his top Democratic allies and Republican foes to hammer out a compromise. But the negotiations wrapped up Wednesday without news of a breakthrough.

Morgan Stanley beats second-quarter expectations

Morgan Stanley reported better-than-expected second-quarter results on Thursday as the US investment bank outperformed rivals in tough trading conditions.

Nokia reports heavy switch to loss in the second quarter

The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia reported a sharp quarterly switch into loss on Thursday, only the second quarterly loss since the company become world leader in 1998.

Taiwan to hike minimum wage by 5.03pc

Taiwan said Thursday it plans to raise the minimum wage by 5.03 percent despite calls by labour groups for hikes in excess of 30 percent.

PepsiCo quarterly profit up

PepsiCo Inc reported higher quarterly earnings on Thursday, helped by its acquisition of a Russian beverage company, but tempered its full-year outlook.

European stocks drop before eurozone summit

European stock markets fell on Thursday, as investors awaited the outcome of an emergency eurozone summit set to discuss a new bailout deal for Greece amid a spreading eurozone debt crisis.

Oil prices drop

Crude prices slid on Thursday, mirroring other financial markets, amid investor unease over the fast-moving eurozone debt crisis.


In a news item titled “Book building in final makeover” published on B8 on July 11, it was mentioned that Alliance Holdings issued placement shares. However, the company in a statement said it did not give any placement shares.


JCD boys vandalise BNP central office

A section of leaders and workers of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), a pro-BNP student body, yesterday vandalised BNP central office at Naya Paltan in the capital demanding formation of a new central committee of the organisation.

Strong democracy underscored

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government is working hard to put the current democratic process in a strong footing.

Alim's bail extended till Oct 16

International Crimes Tribunal yesterday extended bail to former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim till October 16 in connection with crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971. It also directed Alim to appear before it on that day.

10,000 fishermen dead in two decades: Study

Over 10,000 fishermen are believed to have died after their fishing vessels capsized in different points in the coastal areas and in the Bay during last 20 years, says a study.

AL starts greater unity talks

The Awami League has begun inviting small parties that are not part of its grand alliance to talks with its chief Sheikh Hasina for forging a greater unity “against militancy and poverty”.

Change marine dept's rules to stop job cut

Some Bangladeshi seamen here yesterday demanded Mercantile Marine Department to change two contradictory rules in the department's no objection certificate (NOC), which is leaving them jobless.

Porimol's bail prayer rejected

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected bail petition of Porimol Joydhor, a sacked teacher of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College who was arrested for violating a Class-X student.

Stop blame game

Speakers at a discussion here yesterday urged political parties to be lenient and stop blaming each other to end the current political standoff.

Three Shibir suspects assaulted at RU

A faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League of Rajshahi University unit on Wednesday night beat up three students, including two outsiders, suspecting them of Shibir activists.

Removal of hostel super demanded

Students from Chittagong Mahila Polytechnic Institute (CMPI) yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to Jahirul Islam, hostel super and chief instructor of the institute, for his alleged stalking his students.

Govt to strengthen EC: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said those who want to throw away the constitution do not believe in the very existence of independent and sovereign Bangladesh.

3-day DCs' confce begins July 26

A three-day conference of divisional and deputy commissioners will begin in the capital on July 26 to discuss a number of crucial issues like land management, prices of essentials, law and order situation and strengthening local government bodies.

Etihad Airways boss asked to appear before HC on Aug 17

The High Court yesterday again directed Country Manager of Etihad Airways Ashraful Kabir to appear before it on August 17 in connection with the incident of harassing and torturing two Bangladesh born women at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Singer-Channel i new award launched

Aiming to encourage bravery among the country's people and recognise people for their heroic deeds, a new initiative -- Singer-Channel i Physical Bravery Award was launched yesterday.

AL meet with EC Aug 7

Ruling Awami League (AL) will sit for a dialogue with the Election Commission (EC) on August 7 to discuss electoral reforms.

Bail prayers of JCD, Shibir chiefs rejected

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petitions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) President Sultan Saluddin Tuku and former Shibir President Rezaul Karim in a case filed for obstructing policemen from discharging their duties in March this year.

Bail to Duke stayed

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed a High Court order that granted bail to Saiful Islam Duke, nephew of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in the August 21 grenade attack case.

$195m WB loan for ID cards

The government yesterday signed a 195 million US dollar financing agreement with the World Bank for the “Identification System for Enhanced Access to Services (IDEA) Project' to develop a secure, accurate and reliable national identification (ID) system. The IDEA project will enhance the functionality of the existing national ID system through improved infrastructure, expanded data collection, and the provision of reliable, quick identity verification services to public and private entities.

Dipu Moni leaves for Bali

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni leaves here for Bali, Indonesia early today to attend the two-day 18th Asean Regional Forum (ARF) ministerial meeting.

RU MCJ dept celebration begins tomorrow

Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) department of Rajshahi University (RU) will celebrate its 20th founding anniversary with a two-day gala event begins on the campus tomorrow.

UP chairman arrested

A union parishad chairman of Bagerhat who was allegedly involved in torturing a housewife during village arbitration was arrested from the Supreme Court premises yesterday as per a High Court order.

Road crashes kill seven

Seven people, including four women, were killed and eight others injured in separate road accidents in Narsingdi and Chittagong yesterday and Wednesday night.

President's clemency protested

Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF), a pro-BNP lawyers' platform, yesterday demanded cancellation of the 15th amendment to the constitution and withdrawal of the "false cases" against BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman.

7 ship-breaking yards fined

The Department of Environment (DoE) in Sitakunda upazila fined yesterday seven ship-breaking yards Tk 36.50 lakh for polluting the environment.

Buddhist hostel opens tomorrow

A hostel for Buddhist students of Chittagong University, Gobinda-Gunalankar Bouddha Chhatrabash, will reopen tomorrow (Saturday) after a weeklong closure triggered by a clash among the resident students, which left three of them injured on July 12.

Building owner fined Tk 1 crore

A mobile court of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakhya (Rajuk) yesterday fined a building owner Tk 1 crore for deviating from the approved plan of the building in the city's Naya Paltan area.

Fishing net seized, burnt

Bangladesh Coast Guard yesterday seized illegal fishing net (current jal) worth Tk 29 lakh in the Bay near Adinath Jetty under Moheshkhali Police Station.

Six food shops fined Tk 2 lakh

A Chittagong City Corporation mobile court realised Tk 2.05 lakh yesterday as fines from six different restaurants and sweet stores in the port city.


Chehlum of poet Meherun Nahar Chowdhury will be held at Kadamtala School and College near her residence in Basabo in the city after Juma prayers today.


Survey of 700 acres occupied by Indians to start tomorrow

Indian officials yesterday said they would start survey tomorrow of 700 acres of land, which had been lying under Indian occupation for decades.

Most houses in low-lying areas of Satkhira town inundated

Several areas of the have became badly waterlogged due to continuous rain over the last two days.

Bad omen for jute growers

Farmers in Jessore and Narail districts started early jute harvest hoping to get higher prices and cultivate this season's Ropa-Aman paddy in the same field.

Rescued from hospital after six weeks of captivity

Police on Wednesday evening arrested two directors and two staff of Bangabandhu Memorial Hospital at Mahiganj in Rangpur town on charge of confining a woman to a hospital room for one and a half months for failure to make full payment of her treatment bill.

Mother, daughter murdered

A mother and her three-year-old daughter were murdered allegedly by a buyer of scrap items in Kishoreganj town yesterday.

Tangail KSJL sues 57 AL men

Tangail district unit of Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) yesterday sued 57 Awami League men of Kalihati upazila for their alleged remarks against KSJL chief Abdul Kader Siddiqui Bir Uttam, branding him as a razakar.

13 rescued, 'trafficker' arrested

Police yesterday rescued 13 people and arrested an alleged human trafficker from a residential hotel at Burimari land port in Patgram upazila.

Case against 9 policemen

Nine policemen were sued yesterday on charge of attacking and severely injuring eleven lawyers 'without any provocation' on July 6 in front of Khulna District Bar Association.

Sedition cases against 63 BGB men dropped

Sedition cases against 63 jawans of BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) Satkhira and Shyamnagar battalions have been withdrawn as per decision of the home ministry.

4 commit 'suicide' in Satkhira

Two housewives, an old man and an adolescent girl allegedly committed suicide in the district in the last 4-5 days.

Two siblings drown

Two siblings drowned in a ditch at Nagpara Sadardi villlage under Bhanga upazila yesterday. Nazmul Munshi ,6, and Kamrul Munshi,4, sons of Layek Munshi of the village were playing by a roadside ditch while their mother was separating jute from stalks at around 10:30 in the morning. When Nazmul fell in the ditch, Kamrul tried to save Nazmul and both drowned as they did not know how to swim. They were brought to Bhanga health complex where attending doctors declared them dead.

Man to die for murder

A court here on Wednesday convicted a man and sentenced him to death in a murder case. The convict was identified as Muslim, 50, son of Hasan Ali in Porshi area of Rupganj police station. According to the prosecution, Muslim hacked Kafiluddin with a sharp weapon leaving him critically wounded over land dispute in front of his house at Yusufganj under the police station on July 5 in 2000. Kafiluddin was admitted to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries later. Victim's son Helal Uddin filed a case with the police in this connection.

Boy murdered

Police recovered the body of an 11-year-old boy from a bamboo cluster at village Chalk Bhagabanpur in Sadullapur upazila yesterday morning. Police said Shahabul Islam Mollah, son of Chaku Mollah and a class five student went 'missing' after returning from school on Wednesday afternoon. Family members could not trace him despite frantic search. Later his body was recovered from a bamboo cluster. Chaku Mollah filed a case with Sadullapur police station.

50 kg piranha fish seized

A mobile court yesterday seized 50 kilograms of banned piranha fish in Barduaree Haat area in Sherpur upazila yesterday. Abdur Rauf, senior fisheries officer of the upazila, said acting on secret information, the court conducted a drive in the area and seized 27 piranha fish each weighing about 1.5 kg, worth Tk 4,500 when the unscrupulous fish traders were selling the catch openly. However, the illegal fish traders managed to escape, he added.


Not everyone can be teachers

I am greatly shocked at the appalling incident that happened in the institution where I enjoyed working till my retirement in 2007.

Corporal punishment, a shame

It is appalling and disgraceful that children in school still suffer the inhumane horrors of corporal punishment. I carry a physical scar on the back of my left leg as a constant reminder of how brutal and cruel teachers and corporal punishment can be. In those days corporal punishment was accepted as 'normal', something that we all experienced and lived through. My 'crime' was that I had a slightly longer hair than most of the students, not as a protest or fashion but simply because my family could not spend for the barber at that time. No one paid much attention to the horrors of corporal punishment until Sir Frank Peters spoke out in a loud voice, brought the subject with all its ugliness to the surface. But rogue 'teachers' continue this repulsive practice. Corporal punishment needs to be recognised for what it is: a scourge on society and a violation of human rights; and it must not be tolerated even in the mildest form. My heart bleeds every time I read a news report about any child being beaten by a teacher.

We want absolute road safety

Last year in the month of October, we witnessed the Turag tragedy. This year, we have witnessed the Mirsarai tragedy that claimed more than forty lives. Some of them might have wanted to be doctors, some engineers. Now all the brains went down the drain! Only Almighty knows what we are going to see next! Beside most of the roads we find ditches, why? Can't these ditches be filled up? If not, why don't we make iron walls beside the roads? Moreover, there was no divider on the road where the accident occurred.

Save the lake

The pictures show how the Banani-Karial lake is being unlawfully occupied by slums. These are gradually grabbing the whole lake inch by inch. Please report in your newspaper about it to protect the lake. We have been living next to the lake for the last 4 decades and never has the lake been occupied like this before.

Wealth statement of ministers

It is a waste of time and effort if wealth statements of ministers are not made public for transparency and accountability. The procedure of submitting such statements to the PM, says nothing about PM's own wealth statement (or for that matter that of the President). Do the PM and President remain exempt from such statements? Who will guard the guardians? If wealth statements are not made public how would the citizens be assured that the incumbent in high posts are good persons to vote for in subsequent elections. Failure of such evaluation is not democracy at all, unless there is some other clear mechanism for assessment of their honesty.

Where is the country heading to?

Very recently six innocent students were beaten to death in Aminbazar area of Dhaka in the holy night of Shab-e- Barat, 44 students died in a horrible road accident in Mirsarai, Chittagong; a teacher of a renowned school in Dhaka raped his student; and a husband pushed his fingers into his wife's eyes, making her completely blind. The list of such incidents will be long. Our experience tells us that none of the accused will be punished for their crimes. We know very well that no crime is punished in this country. The law enforcing agencies are being used by the people in power, whoever they are. And the common people are getting no justice. We do not know every day how many girls are being harassed and raped in this country, how many people are dying in road crashes, how many women are beaten, tortured, and burned to death, and how many persons die by mob beating. As the perpetrators get away with impunity, others are encouraged to commit the same crimes again. The Aminbazar incident is an indicator how frustrated people are with the law enforcing agencies that they are now taking the law in their own hands. The overall situation of the country is getting from bad to worse. We go to sleep every day fearing what would happen the next day.

Three challenges before BNSS

It is great news that Bangladesh Nazrul Sangeet Sangstha (BNSS) was formed through the initiatives of some acclaimed exponents of Nazrul Sangeet like Sudhin Das, Khaled Hossain and Khairul Anam Shakil. As a fan of Nazrul Sangeet I think that the main challenges before BNSS are three: 1) to give attention that nobody can distort Nazrul's original compositions and lyrics, 2) to groom the young artistes so that they get exposure and can take the lead and break the old coterie who has monopolized the arena of Nazrul Sangeet for so long and 3) to resist any attempt to modernize those songs to make them popular which are already popular among the people.

'No' to hartal

Our main opposition BNP will probably gain nothing by imposing frequent hartals on the people. Actually, the general people of the country abhor hartal as it brings immense sufferings to their daily existence. It causes serious harm to our fragile economy by disrupting the communications and dislocating day-to-day transactions in trade and commerce. A poor country like Bangladesh can not, therefore, afford such an anarchic and costly method of demonstrating public protest against political decisions. Opposition parties should now seek effective alternatives to hartal for pressurizing the govt. to fulfill their demands.

Important remark

Paramount leader Hussein Shahid Suhrawardy once remarked that the army and the police are the two arms of the bureaucracy and the political party and alliances should face the bureaucracy with a whip which is the people's mandate. So, the opposition bench in the Jatiya Sangsad should never remain vacant.

Biman in acute crisis

Biman, the national carrier of Bangladesh is as usually reeling in acute financial crisis. Compounded by lack of proper planning, incompetence, mismanagement, rampant corruption in all levels, excessive manpower and a dearth of transparency in all kinds of purchasing, maintenance costs followed by the lack of viable commercial route planning etc. Biman initially was salvaged by the government before going to bankruptcy when it was turned to a public company. And a ray of hope was glistening when Biman made profit during the first and second year of its becoming a company. We all became happy that finally Biman would get rid of the stigma of a loss making concern. But unfortunately, after two years of operation, Biman again went back to its same old fold as a loss making company. It seems that Biman and loss have become synonymous. A comparison has been highlighted by some leading newspapers which show a colossal difference between debit and credit of Biman. We feel that it is about time that government should appoint a qualified foreign audit company who will audit Biman thoroughly and impartially and submit the report to the concerned ministry in order to alleviate Biman from the brink of disaster.

We want justice

It is shocking that the controversial headmistress of Viquarunnisa Noon School is back in her old position. What more, police force has been deployed at the school premises to 'pacify' the outraged students. What is happening? No word is left to condemn. If people like Porimol Joydhor the controversial headmistress are not punished, then those perverts, child abusers, and sex offenders will do this same crime again. Incidents like this show clearly how vulnerable women are in our country.


6 beaten to death
Villagers in Aminbazar, police claim them to be robbers; they found to be fun-loving students; families barricade roads
(July 19, 2011)


Climate change threatens world security: UN chief

Climate change is generating an "unholy brew" of extreme weather events that threaten global security, the UN chief said Wednesday as the Security Council recognised the issue's potential effect on world peace.

Atlantis touches down

--Atlantis is the last of Nasa's three space shuttles to be retired. After its mission, it will go on display at the Kennedy Space Centre's Visitors Complex in Florida.

British police expand probe

Police have expanded their hacking inquiry beyond Rupert Murdoch's empire, asking for files from an earlier probe into the use of investigators by other British papers, regulators said yesterday.

US panel rejects bid to end all Pakistan aid

A US Congress panel yesterday rejected a proposal to cut off all aid to Pakistan due to concerns over the country's relationship with Islamic militants after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Hillary arrives in Bali

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived on the Indonesian resort island of Bali yesterday to attend Asian security talks and prepare a visit by President Barack Obama in November.

Mau Mau activists allowed to sue UK

Four elderly Kenyans won court approval yesterday to sue the British government over the brutality they claim they suffered at the hands of the British army during the 1950s Mau Mau uprising.

UN calls emergency meeting

The United Nations has called an emergency meeting on July 25 to discuss mobilising aid for drought-stricken east Africa.

'Al-Qaeda jihadist animation targets children'

An animated children's film aimed at inspiring them to take up armed struggle with the militant group is on the making, said a group of al-Qaeda supporters yesterday.

Egypt's new cabinet sworn in

New ministers in a sweeping reshuffle of Egypt's cabinet took their oaths in front of the country's military ruler yesterday, the official MENA news agency reported.

China tries to ease tensions

China yesterday sought to reassure Southeast Asian countries that it was a friendly neighbour, as all sides worked to ease tensions that spiked over a maritime territorial dispute.

Hadzic's could be in The Hague today

War crimes suspect Goran Hadzic, the former Croatian Serb rebel leader, could be on his way to the UN war crimes court in The Hague as early as today, his lawyer said yesterday.

Seven killed in Malawi protests

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika refused to step down yesterday amid deadly riots in which a local rights group said twelve anti-government protesters had been shot dead by police.

Remains of Hitler's deputy exhumed

The remains of Adolf Hitler's one-time deputy Rudolf Hess have been exhumed with permission of his remaining family members in Germany and his grave destroyed after it became a shrine for neo-Nazis, authorities said yesterday.

Israel rules out flotilla apology to Turkey

Israel will not "take responsibility" for the deaths of nine Turkish nationals by apologising to Ankara over its botched 2010 raid on a ferry heading for Gaza, a senior cabinet minister said yesterday.

Egypt court says Mubarak name can stay on buildings

A Cairo appeals court overturned yesterday a ruling removing ex-president Hosni Mubarak's name from government buildings, leading to scuffles outside the court house, judicial sources said.

Arts & Entertainment

Chronicling the architectural heritage of Asia

Eager architecture students are thronging the exhibition, titled 'ARCASIA Heritage', at the Nalini Kanta Bhattasalli Gallery, National Museum in Dhaka. The presence of academics of the department of architecture from various universities is also noticeable. The six-day exhibition, featuring photographs of and introductions to the major architectural sites of 17 Asian countries, including Bangladesh, was inaugurated with a book launch on July 17. The exhibition has been organised by Bangladesh Architect Institute (BAI), in association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The exhibition wraps up today.

Habib’s Ahban

Habib Wahid's rise started with his 2003 début album “Krishno”, which proved to be a success in Britain and Bangladesh. In the next few years, Habib released five albums -- “Maya” (2004), “Moina Go...” (2005), “Shono” (2006), “Panjabiwala” (2007), “Bolchi Tomake” (2008) and “Aboseshe” (2008). His latest work, “Ahban” did not go unrewarded, as it turned out to be a commercial hit. The artiste had a natter with The Daily Star (TDS) on his new album and other subjects:

Harmony of Nature

A solo painting exhibition featuring artworks by talented artist Abu Kalam Shamsuddin was inaugurated at Gallery Impressions, Gulshan, in the capital on July 17.

Guerrilla continues its victory run

Nasiruddin Yousuff's film “Guerrilla” celebrates its 100th day today. Since its release on April 14, the film has been uninterruptedly screened at two theatres in Dhaka -- Star Cineplex and Balaka Cine World.

Mehreen's new humanitarian mission

Celebrities around the world are often involved in social work. The latest to join the bandwagon is popular singer Mehreen.

ATN Radio24 goes on air

To disseminate “info-tainment” across the world, the internet based ATN Radio24 recently started its journey. Chairman of ATN Bangla and ATN News and ATN Radio, Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman, formally launched the radio on July 19, says a press release.

Take That break highest grossing concert series record

Take That have broken the record for the highest grossing concert series.


A census without consensus

Thank God they were handling numbers not real people, it could have been one of the worst genocides in the history of mankind. Last Saturday, the planning minister announced the findings of the 5th population census, claiming that Bangladesh has a population of 142.3 million. In October 2010, the United Nations Population Fund had arrived at a figure of 164.4 million. More than 22 million people evaporated in the gas chambers of conflicting figures in roughly six months.

Standing by South Sudan

On July 9, the Republic of South Sudan joined the community of nations. Foreign dignitaries converged on its capital, Juba, to watch the new country raise its flag and inaugurate its first president, Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Realignment flurry

After Begum Zia's announcement of a lull in hartal for whatever reasons, activism on BNP's part for realigning with political forces, large or small, takes on a feverish pitch. It is breathing some fresh air into politics gone surreal. One wouldn't be too wrong either to even look at it as a quieter prelude to an impending storm given; for, the seeds of discord have been sown deeper into the very heart of national polity which is the Constitution of the country.

Planned development for transport sector

Bangladesh has developed a transport network that includes roads, railways, inland waterways, two maritime ports and civil airports catering to both domestic and international traffic. Road transport has traditionally been the centre of the government's attention in this sector.

The fallacy of DFI

The government has been requesting foreign investors for Direct Foreign Investment (DFI) for quite some time, but has failed to win them over mainly because there is lack of suitable infrastructure as well as acceptable law and order situation prevailing in the country.


Buet trio's maiden attempt

We all know the ancient history of the Battle of Marathon where Pheidippides, the messenger who ran from the battle field of Marathon to Athens to announce the defeat of the Persians in the battle. In today's world of Wi-Fi and cell phones, where communication needs no running feet, this historic anecdote surely sounds like a fib.

Smarter, powerful & bold

Just another Galaxy model from Samsung, that's what we honestly thought when we first heard about the Galaxy S II. But in reality when we had the chance to experience it for a few days, it blew our minds away.

Nokia brings dual SIM phones

Nokia has recently introduced two new Dual SIM handsets- Nokia X1-01 and Nokia C2-00 in Bangladesh, says a press release.

Exploring the treasure trove

Except for a chosen few, most of the students are known to dread facing the exams and longer hours of study. As nowadays students are more interested in chatting on social networking sites or playing online games rather than going through the agonies of memorising a number of tedious textbooks, the internet has often been accused of distracting students from their studies.

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