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News of: Monday, 25th of July, 2011

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Sugar available, price normal

Sugar prices began to drop in markets of the capital yesterday following increased supply from refiners, giving a relief to consumers who had to pay as high as Tk 80 a kilogram early this week due to a supply crunch and hoarding by traders.

Price hike for four reasons

Leading businessmen yesterday assured Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that they would help keep stable the prices of basic commodities such as sugar and edible oil during the Ramadan.

Dhaka rolls out red carpet for Sonia

Sonia Gandhi was given a red carpet welcome last night on her first-ever visit to Bangladesh to attend a conference on autism.

Transit thru' 2-3 routes for now

Bangladesh may sign protocols with India, Nepal and Bhutan to provide the countries with transit benefits through its two to three road routes, commerce ministry sources have said.

Population no less than 16cr: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the country's population would exceed 16 crore, nearly two crore more than the census data released by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) last week.

Withdraw robbery case

Local leaders and police have to bear the responsibility for the deaths of six students killed in mob-beating in Aminbazar, said a section of villagers of Baradeshi yesterday.

BNP upbeat

BNP yesterday said it hopes Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi's visit to Dhaka will strengthen the country's relations with India and also help resolve the long-standing disputes between the two sides.

Bangladeshi dies as BSF throws stones

A Bangladeshi cattle trader was killed after being hit by stones thrown by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Burimari frontier in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat early yesterday.

Water tariff to rise 5pc next month

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) has decided to increase the water tariff by five percent from August 1.

Butcher shops burnt to ashes

A fire swept through dozens of butcher shops in city's Nayabazar yesterday killing about 160 mostly cows and goats kept there for slaughtering. The blaze also left a grocery shop employee dead, fire brigade officials said.

Gunman acted alone

A Norwegian right-wing fanatic who killed at least 93 people believes his acts were atrocious but necessary, his lawyer said, as the nation mourned victims of its worst attacks since World War II.

Roads not repaired for fund dearth

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday claimed his ministry could not repair the roads and highways across the country for lack of money.

Minister accuses police

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan has brought allegations of extortion against highway police officials.

PM sees donors' interference in dev projects

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has preferred to implement the development projects with government funding to avert unnecessary interference from the donors.

HC summons OC, builders

The High Court yesterday summoned the officer-in-charge of Ramna Police Station and the chairman and the managing director of Builders for Future Limited in connection with the death of four workers in a lift collapse.

Amini sued for remarks on constitution

A Dhaka court yesterday asked the officer-in-charge of Lalbagh Police Station to take legal action against Fazlul Haque Amini, chief of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), hours after he was sued for sedition.

Third Thai army chopper crash kills three

Three military men were killed and a fourth injured yesterday in the third fatal Thai army helicopter crash in little over a week, a force spokesman said.

Aid reaches drought-ravaged Somalia

The International Red Cross said yesterday it had handed out 400 tonnes of food in drought-hit parts of rebel-held southern Somalia as the UN prepares to host emergency talks on the crisis in the region.

Pak troop dies in thwarted suicide attack

A Pakistani soldier was killed yesterday as troops foiled an attempt by a suicide bomber to attack a military checkpost near the Afghan border, officials said.

Editorial

Presidential prerogative

It would not be wrong to suggest, reading the statements emanating from both the AL and the BNP, related to the granting of Presidential pardon to a convicted murderer, that a good deal of them are misleading. There have been comments justifying as well as criticizing the act of pardon. However, what one finds quite reprehensible is quoting of precedents by the AL in justifying the act on the one hand, while the BNP, on the other hand, quite unwilling to draw any similarity with an oft-quoted pardon granted to a fugitive by it during the BNP's tenure in office in 2005, terming that as fully constitutional.

Rising rivers, vanishing homesteads

Erosion of homesteads and croplands, indeed of whole villages, by fast flowing and rising rivers continues to be a major problem in Bangladesh. It is inevitable, especially in the monsoon season, that rising rivers will threaten lives and land. But what cannot be a fait accompli is the idea that erosion by rivers will go on playing havoc with lives year after year. Measures for securing the rivers, especially through the construction of proper embankments and dykes, should have been in place long ago. That we still go for ad hoc steps to hold our rivers back from flowing further inland is a sad commentary on what governments have not done over the decades.

Sports

Prior ton puts Eng on top

Rahul Dravid and Venkatsai Laxman held firm as India eyed a record-breaking chase in the first Test after Matt Prior's unbeaten century had swung the match back England's way at Lord's on Sunday.

Change of guard

Nafees Iqbal may well have played his last Test five years ago, but the most telling contribution of his 12-match career came on January 18, 2005.

Defeat expected, not the margin

Bangladesh's hopes of playing among the top 20 Asian teams for the World Cup Qualifying round has been all but shattered after their 4-0 defeat at the hands of Lebanon in the pre-qualifiers on Saturday. While it was a demoralising defeat for the players and the fans alike, according to local football pundits, the result was not an unexpected one even though the margin wasn't.

Ratna shoots to new record

Sharmin Akhter Ratna set a new national record in the women's 10m air rifle event when SA Games gold medalist shot 500.3 out of 509 in the 25th National Shooting Championship at the National Shooting Complex in Gulshan yesterday.

Sheikh Kamal b'ball from tomorrow

Sheikh Kamal International Basketball Championship begins tomorrow at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium with hosts Bangladesh among six teams participating in the tournament.

Evans brings Tour glory down under

Cadel Evans sealed an historic first Tour de France victory for his native Australia after the 21st and final stage of the epic race on Sunday.

Lewis wins in Germany

Lewis Hamilton secured his second win of the year and 16th of his career on Sunday when he confirmed McLaren's renaissance with a brilliant victory in the German Grand Prix.

Waugh, Lorgat differ

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has hit back at Steve Waugh's claim that 56 cricketers reported illegal approaches by bookmakers to the sport's governing body last year.

'Aussie rebuilding must begin in SL'

Captain Michael Clarke said Sunday Australia must begin their rebuilding to world number one status on next month's tour to Sri Lanka.

Lord's ton to elude Sachin

India great Sachin Tendulkar is unlikely to score his 100th international hundred in the first Test against England here at Lord's after spending Sunday's first two sessions off the field with a virus.

Naeem, Rasel also in S'pore meet

Naeem Islam and Syed Rasel have been added to the Bangladesh contingent in the IA T20 Super Challenge Cup in Singapore that begins on July 29.

Dhoni facing 1-Test ban

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is facing a one-match Test ban unless his team manages to increase their bowling over-rate in the ongoing Lord's Test against England.

Fish-Isner rematch

Defending champion Mardy Fish and John Isner lined up a re-run of last year's final at the ATP Atlanta Championships with decisive semifinal victories on Saturday.

Asia Cup '12 rescheduled

The 2012 Asia Cup has been rescheduled to avoid conflicting with the ODI tri-series in Australia that also includes Sri Lanka and India, the Asian Cricket Council has said. The tournament was originally supposed to be played from March 1 to March 11, but with the tri-series ending on March 8, the tournament will now be played from March 12 to March 22. The venue, Dhaka, remains unchanged.

3 for Guerrero, 3 for Peru

Striker Paolo Guerrero scored a hat-trick as Peru crushed 10-man Venezuela 4-1 to take third place at the Copa America on Saturday.

Bin Hammam gets life ban

Asian football chief Mohamed Bin Hammam has been banned for life on Saturday after being found guilty of trying to buy votes ahead of last month's FIFA presidential election.

Schalke land Supercup

Schalke needed penalties to defeat reigning Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund in their Supercup encounter.

I expected verdict, says Hammam

Mohamed Bin Hammam has alleged his life ban from all football-related activity was decided before FIFA's ethics committee heard his case.

Qatar lament loss

Qataris lamented Mohamed Bin Hammam's spectacular fall from grace on Saturday and said his reputation and legacy as president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) would remain intact.

Guardiola sings Fergie's praises

Manchester United's Alex Ferguson is the number one coach in the world, according to Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

Real stay unbeaten

Jose Maria Callejon and Mesut Ozil each scored first half goals as Real Madrid cruised to a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia Union in a friendly game on Saturday.

Missy Franklin: New Van Dyken is born

Missy Franklin, 16-year-old high school honours student from Centennial, Colorado, is said to be the next big thing in American swimming. Based strictly on results, it's hard to argue otherwise. Although she does not have the five Olympic rings tattooed on her skin -- a number of her peers openly exhibit theirs -- she has legitimate 2012 Olympic aspirations and is already drawing comparisons to two-time Olympian and six-time gold medalist Amy Van Dyken.

Business

Muhith backs move to allow new banks

The finance minister yesterday backed the government's decision to give licences to new private banks, saying more banks will intensify competition in the industry which is yet to reach all the unbanked.

BB suggests issue of bonds

The central bank has recommended the government issue bonds on the international market against major public-sector infrastructure projects, including the new Padma Bridge, to reduce pressure on balance of payments (BoP).

Govt bags Tk 326cr tax from stock brokers

The government received Tk 326 crore as revenue from tax on brokerage commission last fiscal year, a 154 percent rise in tax collection over the previous fiscal.

Minister defends rice prices

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday defended the current prices of rice saying that a price fall would discourage people from farming.

Stocks rise on heavy buying

Stocks gained for a fourth day, driven by institutional investors' heavy buying amid a flow of fresh funds into the markets.

Arbitration court suggests fresh election to Dinajpur chamber

An arbitration court yesterday urged the commerce ministry to hold a fresh election to Dinajpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry with a new voter list as the court found flaws in the voter roll.

BARVIDA spells concern over car-import plan

Vehicle buyers may have to pay more for reconditioned Japanese cars as the National Board of Revenue has sent a proposal to the commerce ministry to cut the maximum age of used cars for import from five years to three, said sector leaders yesterday.

Google "Places" drops outside customer reviews

Google Inc has removed excerpts of customer reviews from sites such as Yelp and TripAdvisor from Google Places, its competing online service aimed at helping consumers search for local businesses.

Will Obama force a haircut on bondholders?

What happens if the US government fails to raise the debt ceiling, which is already set at an imposing figure of $14.2 trillion by August 2 this year? Haircuts apart from an impending global economic disaster would be inevitable. Incase you are about to fix an appointment with your barber the coming month, just hold on. Haircuts here basically mean the losses incurred by US bond holders in case the Fed defaults on its debt.

Still lonely at the top

In François Ozon's latest film, “Potiche”, Catherine Deneuve (pictured) plays a trophy wife, a potiche, who spends her days jogging in a scarlet jumpsuit, making breakfast for her cantankerous husband and writing poetry perched on a sofa. But then her husband, the boss of an umbrella factory, is taken hostage by striking workers. Ms Deneuve takes over the factory and charms the workers into returning to work. She jazzes up the products and generally proves that anything a man can do, a woman can do better.

From street child to development activist

At the age of seven, he boarded a train at Pahartali Station in Chittagong in 1989. Detached from his family and alone, he didn't know where he was headed. In the next few years, Shafiqul Islam Khan worked as an urchin and was raised as a street child.

Little steps to development

Self reliance can bring dignity and solvency to one's life. It needs only sincerity and untiring labour for which one can reach the pinnacle of success.

India marks watershed economic reforms anniversary

Two decades ago, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh unleashed radical free-market reforms that were a watershed moment in the transformation and rise of the South Asian giant.

Historic Polish shipyard set to 'go green'

The Gdansk Shipyard, where the Solidarity movement that ended the communist era in Poland was born, is now trying to lead another Polish revolution ... in offshore wind power.

Indian Jet Airways slips to first quarter loss

India's largest private sector airline, Jet Airways, has swung to a quarterly net loss from a profit a year earlier, it reported Friday, as rising fuel costs offset a rise in passenger air traffic.

Pacific's Niue looks to tourism to growpopulation

In a once-thriving village on the Pacific island of Niue, homes lie abandoned, their stucco-clad walls mildewed and crumbling as the jungle slowly reclaims them.

Britain to defend its interests in eurozone crisis

Britain will defend its interests as the eurozone rallies to fight rising debt tensions, finance minister George Osborne said Sunday.

Mixed earnings hold back US stocks

Mixed earnings reports -- with General Electric and McDonald's beating expectations, while Caterpillar fell short -- held back US markets Friday, though Microsoft gave Nasdaq a solid boost.

Metropolitan

Slum kid Maruf frolics again

Six-year-old bubbly Maruf, who became paralysed after bricks falling from an under-construction building damaged his skull, finally came round and can frolic again with his playmates.

Orthopaedic hospital limps on with shortage of staff

The poor patients are not getting artificial limbs at the cheapest rate from Pongu Hospital, the country's lone specialised public orthopaedic hospital, as its artificial limb centre is almost closed down due to severe manpower crisis.

'Introduce quota for Urdu-speaking people'

Speakers at a national convention yesterday urged the government to introduce quota system for the urdu-speaking people like other minorities of the country.

Call to introduce journalism education in colleges

Vice-chancellor (VC) of Dhaka University (DU) Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique urged the government to introduce journalism education in college level after its inclusion in the education policy.

15 hurt in BCL attack at Bogra college

At least 15 Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) activists of Govt Azizul Haque College unit were injured in an attack yesterday by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) as the latter swooped on a demonstration by SCF demanding cancellation of the deep sea gas exploration contract with Conoco-Phillips.

Govt should resign for 'failure'

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night said the Awami League-led government has no right to continue in power as it showed "absolute failure" to run the country.

AL talks to oil, gas committee for unity

A delegation of ruling Awami League (AL) yesterday held talks with leaders of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports as part of AL's initiative to form a greater political unity with like-minded parties.

Trader killed in city

Criminals stabbed a trader to death at Kotowali in the city last night.

Import of hydropower, gas from 4 neighbouring states on cards

Bangladesh is discussing joint development of hydropower with Nepal, Bhutan and India on one hand and import of gas and power from Myanmar on the other to address the country's mid-term energy needs, said Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury at a seminar yesterday.

AL leaders start dist tours tomorrow

Aiming to strengthen party activities at grassroots level and to prepare the activists for new councils, scheduled to begin after Ramadan, ruling Awami League (AL) starts its tour programmes in 20 districts tomorrow.

Biplob awarded death sentence at Moudud's interference

State Minister for Environment and Forests Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday alleged that President Zillaur Rahman shown mercy to AHM Biplob as he was given death sentence by a lower court at the interference of Barrister Moudud Ahmed when he was in charge of the law ministry.

HC summons 3 cops, eight others

The High Court yesterday summoned three police officials including the superintendent of police of Narayanganj, and eight persons in connection with separate incidents of torture against a man and two women in Narayanganj and Rangpur.

Two police informers beaten up on rape charge

A mob beat two police informants as they allegedly violated a minor girl at a slum in the city's Karwan Bazar yesterday.

Plots on water bodies pose threat to bio-diversity

Speakers at a seminar yesterday observed that making commercial plots on croplands and water bodies poses threat to food security and bio diversity.

EVM in next local elections: CEC

Election Commission (EC) will introduce electronic voting machine (EVM) in the next local government elections to secure people's faith in the system before using it in the parliamentary polls.

Gen Hafiz made force commander

Major General Abdul Hafiz, NDC, PSC, of Bangladesh Army has been appointed as force commander in United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Mission in Western Sahara.

Current nets worth Tk 40 lakh seized in Bay

Bangladesh Coast Guard seized current nets worth about Tk 40 lakh in the Bay near Sonadia under Moheshkhali Police Station in Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Two killed, 18 injured in road crash

Two people were killed and 18 others injured in a head-on collision between a Jafflong-bound speeding truck and a Leguna, locally made human hauler, on the Sylhet-Tamabil highway at Dharmi bridge in the district yesterday.

CU sociology students demand more teachers

Students of Department of Sociology of Chittagong University yesterday submitted a memorandum to Vice Chancellor Prof Md Anwarul Azim Arif demanding immediate measures to resolve the lack of teachers in the department.

New course at JU

The department of Public Administration of Jahangirnagar University (JU) has introduced Masters of Public Administration course.

Students demand removal of instructor for stalking

Students of Chittagong Mahila Polytechnic Institute yesterday locked the academic building and halt academic activities on the campus demanding removal of Jahirul Islam, a hostel super and chief physical instructor, from his service who allegedly was involved in stalking.

State minister wants job of visually challenged in health ministry

State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Captain (retd) Dr Majibur Rahman Fakir expressed his desire to appoint visually challenged people at the ministry when circulars regarding vacant posts are released.

2 electrocuted in Gazipur

Two construction workers were electrocuted at Masjidia village at Khoiyachhara union in Mirsarai upazila yesterday.

Support for Mirsarai victim families

State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarker provided Tk 30,000 to each family of the deceased students killed in Mirsarai road accident.

2 Mirsarai survivors admitted to BSMMU

The two survivors of Mirsarai tragedy were admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Saturday.

Obituary

AKM Fazlul Haque, a former official of Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (DESA), passed away at a hospital in the city on Saturday due to kidney related complexities at the age of 70.

16th death anniversary of Anisul Islam

Today is the 16th death anniversary of Anisul Islam, former general secretary of Bangladesh Association of Consulting Engineers and former president of Rotary Club of Dhaka.

National

One killed, 40 hurt as AL, BNP men lock in fierce clash

A man was killed and 40 others were injured in a fierce clash between the activists of Awami League (AL) and BNP in Sadar upazila yesterday over a trffling issue centring the recently held union parishad (UP) election.

Farmers count loss for want of govt purchase rate

Jute markets in eight northern districts see very low price of the cash crop as the mills under Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), the major buyer of raw jute, have not yet started purchase the item at field level.

Headmistress sues sons of managing body chief

The headmistress of Udoypur Registered Primary School in Sujanagar upazila under Pabna district yesterday filed a case with Sujanagar police station against the three men on charge of assaulting her on Saturday.

Flood adds to their sufferings

Erosion by River Jamuna took a serious turn in eight villages of two unions in Shaghata upazila of Gaibandha rendering at least 300 families homeless in the last 5-6 days.

Probe starts, AD and 3 other staff held

The probe committee of the Department of Information and Passport yesterday started investigating the matters related to the seizure of 350 fake passports and 344 fake forms from Patuakhali passport office.

Same old tale of reception to 'VIP'

The teachers and students of six high schools and five Dakhil (secondary level) madrasas in newly formed Rangabali upazila under the district joined the reception of a state minister on Saturday, suspending the scheduled examinations at the institutions.

6 suspected militants arrested in Pabna

Police arrested six people on Saturday night from Raipur village in Manikhat union under Sujanagar upzila suspecting their links with Islamist militants.

8 injured in gunfire

Three masked motorbike riders opened fire leaving at least eight people injured in Chatkhil upazila of Noakhali Saturday night. According to locals, the gang went to Haji Bari Market at Bodolcourt union and opened fire indiscriminately around 10:00pm. The victims -- Amir Hossain, 30, Tajul Islam, 25, Khorshed Alam, 32, Amir Hossain, 35, Babul, 28, Nurul Amin Babu, 25, Masud, 25, and Ripon, 27, -- were admitted to Noakhali Medical College and Hospital, Chatkhil Upazila Health Complex and a local clinic. Of the injured, Babu is a BBC student of Bangladesh University of Technology in Dhaka and Khorshed Alam is a local union parishad member. The reason behind the incident still remains unclear.

Prisoner dies in Faridpur

A prisoner at district jail died at a local hospital early yesterday. Deceased Nur e- Alam, 25, was son of Monakka Biswas of Paschim Khabaspur under Sadar upazila. Jailor Abdul Quddus said, Nur e-Alam landed in jail on 5 July , 2011 on different charges including addiction. On Saturday night he fell sick and taken to jail hospital. As his condition deteriorated he was shifted to Faridpur General Hospital where he died of cardiac arrest at 2:00 pm, the jailor added.

81 fruit trees felled

Criminals felled 81 fruit trees at Puthrijana village under Razapur upazila of Jhalakathi district early yesterday. Owner Azim Sharif said he planted 83 'amra' trees on his land last year and unidentified criminals felled 81 of them for 'unknown reasons.' Officer in-charge of Razapur police station said they will take action against the culprits after investigating the allegation.

7 shops gutted in fire

A devastating fire gutted seven shops at Jolli bazaar in Nabinagar upazila Friday night. Police and local people said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at the shop of Jahangir Alam of the bazaar at around 10:00pm and soon engulfed the adjacent six shops. Local people extinguished the fire after two hours of frantic efforts. The affected shop owners claimed that cash and valuables worth Tk 50 lakh were gutted in the blaze.

Letters

Respecting our parents

Last Saturday I was waiting for my car in front of my coaching centre. Another student of that class was also waiting for his car. He told his mother to bring the fees of our teacher when she would come to pick him up. Due to poor condition of the road she couldn't arrive at the right time and as our teacher also left, he failed to give the fees. When his mother arrived he aggressively approached towards his car and threw some disgusting words at his mother. I was shocked. I couldn't understand how a young boy like him could humiliate his mother in such a disgraceful way in front of other people on the road and even in front of the driver. Most of the children of our country, especially the teenagers are losing their respect for the elders day by day. Therefore, I would like to suggest all the parents of the country to look after their children and take necessary steps to teach them manners and make them more polite towards their parents and other people as well.

Discourage smoking

The government decision to enhance customs duty on cigarettes and other tobacco products has been hailed by the conscious people of the country. The step has been taken in an apparent bid to bring about a curtailment in the consumption of cigarettes which takes a heavy toll of lives in our country as well as in other parts of the world every year. Smoking is injurious to health and its (smoking) dreadful consequences have prompted the strengthening of the anti-smoking drive around the globe. Bill Gates, the world-known computer software exponent, has recently gone on a tour to China to involve himself in the anti-smoking campaign in the country (China) where smoking has, in the meantime, surfaced as a colossal problem claiming innumerable lives each year.

Gas resources

Nature has bestowed bountiful gifts and immense wealth on Bangladesh. However, it is unfortunate that we are not able to utilize them properly. As a result, there is apparently no economic development. Gas resources, for instance, is one of the most important natural resources of Bangladesh as they play a very active role in the development of the infrastructure and superstructure of our country. In thirteen districts, there have been seventeen gas fields discovered up until now. At present only Titas of Brahman Baria, Bakhrabad of Comilla, Haripur and Kailashtila of Sylhet, Chhatak of Sunamganj and Hobiganj gas fields are in use to standardize gas for our utility. This is not adequate for us, and the demand for gas resources is increasing relatively with the immense rise in our population. Nevertheless, if Bangladesh puts particular emphasis on the proper preservation and extraction of natural gas, surely one day we will reach the highest pinnacle of success.

Carbon Funds coming our way?

This imaginative but pragmatic idea was front page main news, in only one local English daily on July 16th! One wonders why other local English dailies missed out on it. Reportedly, the idea has come from the UK Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change, Mr. John Aston!

Amini's comments

Amini's assertion that AL leaders should be hanged for "wanting to change the Quran" is shocking, bigoted, and unacceptable and deserves all round condemnation. It is the desperate attempt of a narrow-minded person to attract attention. It is worth pointing out that his statement is factually incorrect and a prime example of religious hypocrisy.

Population boom

The present population of our country is approximately fourteen crore and seventy nine lakh. Yet most of the rural people are not aware of this increasing population. So, at this moment the government should take all necessary steps to inform the general people about the negative sides of over population. Also the ministry of family planning should be sincere in doing their duty.

Unfair mobile operators

Mobile phone operator Robi has sponsored a popular reality show 'Ke Hote Chay Kotipoti'. In the process, they have showed how harshly a customer can be charged if he/she participates in it.

The debt situation

A downgrade of Irish government debt to “junk” status by a credit ratings agency did little to boost confidence, especially as Moody's said debt-laden Ireland would probably need a second bailout. A week ago the ratings firm slashed Portugal's rating to junk with a similar warning and a collapse in Italy or Spain would stretch its resources beyond breaking point.

Who are responsible for Aminbazar incident?

We have learnt from the media that six college and university students were beaten to death at Aminbazar in Savar and another was injured by locals suspecting them to be robbers. A friend of the victims said he was also supposed to go with the group. He also added, “We go to Savar and Aminbazar area for a walk after the prayers during the Shab-e-Barat every year. But I failed to make it this time.”

A lesson to learn

The resignation of London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal engulfing the UK should be seen as a shining example for our leaders who cling onto their posts despite being implicated in scandals.

Will Viqarunnisa Noon School get justice?

A TV channel is trying to prove that Porimol Joydhor is innocent. They are repeatedly showing in their news programmes that the whole thing including the protests of the students is a set up to harass the school committee and principal Husne Ara herself. They are claiming that a third party is adding fuel to the fire. How do they know? The education minister is also claiming that the students are being agitated, and he pointed at the opposition. Are they trying to take people's attention to elsewhere by finding a scapegoat? What will people understand from this? The students themselves made it clear to the media that this protest was not politically influenced.

Criminal activities are rising

Everyday news of macabre incidents is reaching us, these are so horrifying that we are unable to take it anymore; it seems that criminal activities have reached a new height.

Readers Respond

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International

Norway mourns

Norway mourned yesterday 93 people killed in a shooting spree and car bombing by a Norwegian who saw his attacks as "atrocious, but necessary" to defeat liberal immigration policies and the spread of Islam.

US says dispute a global problem

The United States yesterday condemned acts of "intimidation" in the South China Sea and called for greater international attention to resolve maritime disputes that threaten trade.

Why India still reluctant to lead Asia

A US challenge to India to take a more assertive role on the global stage runs counter to a decades-old foreign policy that has nearly always valued diplomatic caution over strategic ambition.

A new member in Club 27

The death of singer Amy Winehouse, after her long battle with drink and drugs, means the Londoner joins a significant number of troubled musicians to die at the age of 27.

Focus on Islamists let other extremists go beyond radar

Security services in Norway and elsewhere in the region had recently shifted their focus to Islamist extremism, letting other forms of terror slip under the radar, experts said.

Gaddafi lashes at west 'colonial plot'

Nato warplanes blitzed a string of military targets in Tripoli yeterday, an official said, as embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi blamed a "colonial plot" for the conflict engulfing his country.

British police face new allegations

British police faced new allegations yesterday that officers leaked details about terror attack victims and a murdered schoolgirl to journalists at Rupert Murdoch's felled News of the World tabloid.

Tamil party wins in ex-war zone

Sri Lanka's biggest Tamil party has won local elections in the island's former war zone in the north and east.

Drought in Numbers

Drought in the Horn of Africa is affecting some 12 million people, the most severe food security crisis in Africa since the 1991-1992 Somalia famine.

Time travel impossible

Hong Kong physicists say they have proved that a single photon obeys Einstein's theory that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light -- demonstrating that outside science fiction, time travel is impossible.

Syrian president sacks Homs governor

The Syrian army consolidated its grip on the hotbed city of Homs yesterday, activists said, as embattled President Bashar al-Assad sacked the governor of a flashpoint province 48 hours after massive anti-regime protests.

N Korea envoy to visit US for nuke talks

The United States said yesterday it has invited a top North Korean envoy to New York for "exploratory talks" on the possible resumption of the six-party negotiations on denuclearisation.

India, Pakistan meet in Bhutan

India's Home Minister P. Chidambaram met on Saturday for talks with his Pakistani counterpart, Rehman Malik, warning terrorism posed the most significant "challenge" to security in South Asia.

Gunman kills 5, self in Texas shooting

A gunman has killed five people during a birthday party at a roller skating rink in a Texas town before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Iran accuses US, Israel of killing scientist

Iran yesterday accused arch-foes the United States and Israel of masterminding the assassination of a scientist in Tehran, Dariush Rezaei-Nejad, who was reportedly associated with the defence ministry.

UN emergency talks on crisis today

The UN food agency FAO will host emergency talks on the Horn of Africa drought crisis in Rome today as aid groups scramble to raise money for an estimated 12 million people on the brink of starvation.

Suicide blast kills 9 Yemeni troops

A suicide bomber yesterday detonated a truck packed with explosives at an army camp in Aden, killing nine soldiers, a military source said, amid raging battles between troops and Islamist militants.

Sudan launches new currency

Sudan launched a new currency yesterday, six days after the newly independent south did so amid fears of a currency war, but the central bank said it was ready to negotiate with Juba on the old money.

N Korea holds local polls with '99.97 percent' turnout

Almost all North Korean voters cast ballots yesterday to elect representatives for local assemblies, state media said, with the polls expected to unanimously favour the ruling communist party.

Chavez says he is free of cancer after treatment in Cuba

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was back in his country yesterday after undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Cuba, declaring himself free of "malignant cells" and ready to continue his work.

Pirates seize Italian tanker

Pirates seized an Italian tanker with a crew of 23 in the Gulf of Guinea yesterday, the ANSA news agency said.

Arts & Entertainment

How singers of this generation evaluate Azam Khan

“My father was shaken by Azam Khan's demise. They were good friends. I was shocked as well. The history of Bangladeshi pop began with Azam Khan. His songs were very popular in the post-independence Bangladesh, and they haven't lost their appeal at all. Musicians of my generation, including me, feel that he had made immense contribution to Bangladeshi music. He'll remain an inspiration for me,” says singer-musician-composer Habib Wahid, expressing his feelings about the passing of the “Pop Guru” last month.

Rabindra Sangeet concert to raise funds for a cancer patient

Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) in association with BUET Alumni Association, BUET 87 Foundation and Association of Pabna Ex-Cadets arranged a Rabindra Sangeet programme on July 23 to raise funds for Yeadul Islam, an engineer ailing from cancer. The programme featured noted singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bonnya along with promising artistes Azizul Islam Tuhin and Pijush Barua, and was held at the auditorium of IEB in Dhaka.

Life Was Messier Than Music

She was just getting started. Amy Winehouse, dead at 27, was only two albums into a career, and a life, that would be derailed by alcohol, drugs and bad choices.

Gypsy blues

Bangla Theatre staged its 13th production “Beder Bohor” at Kobi Jasimuddin Hall, Faridpur on Friday evening.

The learning curve

Recently a seven-day woodcut art camp was held at Bornika Home Studio in Mohammadpur, Dhaka. The participating artists were Anukul Chandra Majumdar, Zahid Iqbal, Jamil Akbar Shameem, Tarikat Islam, Shohel Pranon, Farhana Ahmed Urmi, Shantona Shareen Nini and Shajal Das.

“Ganga Jatra” and “Monpura” shine

The government announced the National Film Awards for 2009 on July 21.

Veet-Channel i Top Model 2011

The 18th episode of “Veet-Channel i Top Model 2011” will be aired on Channel i today at 9:35pm.

Robi Jatra Competition in Tangail ends

A four-day Jatra Competition in Tangail ended on July 21.

DS Café

DS Cafe will buzz as TV show host and model Sharmin Lucky drops in to take your calls. Call 8126155 on Wednesday, July 27, between 3:30 and 4:30 pm to speak to Sharmin Lucky!!! The countdown has begun!!

OP-ED

Social resistance growing against lawlessness

About a week after the tragic killing of six students by a mob in Aminbazar of Savar, the police seem to have swung into action. But why have the police been so slow to act? Why have they, like the local people, been calling the lynching victims robbers?

Lessons for our media

What began as a limited crisis in the Rupert Murdoch-owned and now-closed News of the World (NOTW) tabloid in Britain has grown into a tempest which threatens media behemoth News Corporation.

This Day In History

July 25

1261
The city of Constantinople is recaptured by Nicaean forces under the command of Alexios


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