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News of: Wednesday, 27th of July, 2011

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Interference in recruitment

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain and members of a parliamentary committee yesterday fought over lobbying and interference in recruitment of some 7,000 class-III and class-IV employees for the railway.

Khaleda invites Hasina

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to an Iftar party on August 4.

Ethnic minority, not indigenous people

The tribal people living in Chittagong Hill Tracts are “ethnic minorities” and they should not be called “indigenous” in the region, the government said yesterday in clearing what it said some recent misconceptions about their identity.

'Good-natured' DU student robber to police

A Dhaka University student, known as a modest youth to his classmates and teachers, is a robber in the eyes of law.

HC orders arrest of builders

The High Court yesterday ordered immediate arrest of builders Sagufta Group's managing director and director in connection with the death of a college student.

Free Suchitra Sen's house from grabbers

The High Court yesterday directed the government to take over the family house of Bangla film icon Suchitra Sen in Pabna within a week and ensure all necessary steps for its protection.

DCs want judicial clout back

The deputy commissioners yesterday demanded the authority to conduct summary trial, the power they had enjoyed before separation of the judiciary from the executive in November 2007.

PM asks DCs to check price hike in Ramadan

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the deputy commissioners (DCs) to step up vigilance to contain price hike of commodities and maintain law and order during Ramadan beginning next week.

Cops asked to report by Aug 11

The prosecution yesterday drew flak from the court for its failure to submit any progress report on arrest of Tarique Rahman and 11 others in August 21 grenade attack cases.

HSC results today

The results of this year's Higher Secondary Certificate and its equivalent examinations will be published simultaneously today.

Critics of microcredit chastised

Experts and politicians yesterday came down heavily on the critics of microcredit for being too ruthless about the economic concept.

A 'cold, paranoid killer'

The lawyer for the gunman behind last week's attacks in Norway laid out his feelings about the case and his client yesterday, painting a picture of a cold and paranoid "warrior" who appears to be insane.

HC acquits six

The High Court yesterday acquitted three condemned accused and commuted seven others' death sentence to life-term imprisonment in the sensational Dhaka City Corporation ward commissioner Saidur Rahman Newton murder case.

Fragmented sleep 'harms memory'

Broken sleep affects the ability to build memories, a study of mice suggests.

Military plane crash kills 80 in Morocco

A military transport plane slammed into a mountainside in bad weather in southern Morocco yesterday, killing all 80 people on board, hospital and military sources said.

Drama over arrest of Rajshahi militant

Police yesterday "discovered" that arrest warrant against the chief of a banned militant outfit was missing for the last three years and arrested him in the evening after obtaining a duplicate from the court.

Arrest sand trader, probe role of OC

Families of the six students killed in mob beating in Aminbazar on the outskirts of the city last week have demanded arrest of sand trader Abdul Malek and investigation into the role of the officer-in-charge of Savar Police Station.

Amini, Azharul have to face HC

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the High Court orders that summoned Fazlul Haque Amini and ATM Azharul Islam for their derogatory remarks about the constitution and the apex court.

HSC results today

The results of this year's Higher Secondary Certificate and its equivalent examinations will be published simultaneously today.

5 Hizb-ut Tawhid men held

At least five activists of the Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tawhid, including the district Ameer were arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Monday night in front of Northern University in Rajshahi city.

BNP, Jamaat demonstrations tomorrow

BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami will stage demonstrations across the country tomorrow protesting price hike of essentials, issuance of arrest warrants against Tarique Rahman and demanding release of detained leaders.

Fake cosmetics factories busted

A mobile court aided by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday busted four fake cosmetics factories in Keraniganj on the city's outskirts and fined them a total of Tk 8 lakh.

Three French UN troops wounded

Three French soldiers serving with the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon were wounded yesterday in a roadside bomb attack in the southern city of Sidon, a security official told AFP.

Editorial

Sonia Gandhi’s visit to Dhaka

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and India’s ruling Congress leader Sonia Gandhi believe --- and we agree with them --- that concerted efforts need to be expended in tackling terrorism and militancy in the interest of a stable and secure future for South Asia. Such unanimity of views must clearly be supported by concrete measures. For Bangladesh and India, indeed for all other member-nations of SAARC, it is of utmost importance that a well-defined strategy be shaped to combat the forces which have of late sought to destabilise the course of life in the region. There are two underlying principles that can underpin such a strategy. Firstly, all nations but especially India and Bangladesh must agree to share intelligence on a regular basis if militancy and terrorism are to be nipped in the bud. Secondly, each country must ensure that its territory is not used by militants to plan attacks anywhere in the region or elsewhere. Inter-state coordination of intelligence sharing is thus crucial.

Dhaka Declaration on autism

Bangladesh feels fortunate to have been the host to an international conference on autism on the last two days. The high-water mark of the meet was the presence of regional dignitaries including chairperson of the Indian Ruling Alliance, Sonia Gandhi, first lady of Sri Lanka Shiranthi Wickramasingha Rajapaksa, wife of Maldives Vice-President Ilham Hussain, health ministers from Indonesia and Bhutan and officials from various countries working in autism health sector.

Sports

Rustom focuses on ending well

Despite having one foot in the 20-team qualifying round courtesy of an emphatic 4-0 win over Bangladesh in the first leg of the World Cup pre-qualifier, visitors Lebanon are looking forward to taking the second leg match seriously in a bid to confirm their progress.

Illness laid Sachin low

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said illness played a key role in Sachin Tendulkar's poor returns during the first Test against England here at Lord's.

Tigers go to Zim today

The Tigers will depart for Zimbabwe this morning to play one Test and five one-day internationals.

'England near perfect'

England captain Andrew Strauss said his side had come close to producing the perfect bowling performance to take 20 India wickets during a crushing 196-run in the first Test here at Lord's.

Hosts comfortable in opener

Bangladesh made a flying start in the opening day of the Sheikh Kamal International Basketball Championship yesterday at the Dhanmondi Indoor Basketball Gymnasium.

BKSP shoots to top

BKSP Shooting Club stamped their dominance in the 25th National Shooting Championship with four gold, two silver and two bronze medals to finish ahead of Army Shooting Association which grabbed two gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Even though BKSP could only grab one silver from the three events on the last day, their haul over the previous three days was good enough to see them finish first.

SA-bound Academy team announced

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced a 15-member GP-BCB National Cricket Academy team for the tour of South Africa.

Lochte upsets Phelps

Michael Phelps's rocky season took another turn for the worse Tuesday when the 14-time Olympic gold medalist was stunned in the World Championships 200m freestyle by US teammate Ryan Lochte.

With or without Zaheer?

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was facing up to the prospect of being without strike fast bowler Zaheer Khan in Friday's second Test against England at Trent Bridge.

Aussies' rookie look

Australia on Tuesday included four uncapped players in their squad for the three-Test tour of Sri Lanka next month, while batsman Phil Hughes was anointed as Shane Watson's opening partner.

Same England for 2nd Test

England named an un-changed 12-man squad for the second Test against India starting at Trent Bridge on Friday just hours after winning the series opener by 196 runs.

Women's handball

Eden Women's College, Siddheswari Girls College, and Home Economics College finished comfortable winners on the opening day of the 14th Delta Life Women's College/University Handball Competition yesterday.

Trott and Anderson move up

England's Jonathan Trott and James Anderson have risen to second place in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings respectively after their side's 196-run win over India at Lord's.

Super Cup games deferred

The semifinals of Grameenphone Super Cup have been deferred by two days and will now be held on August 2 and 3 instead of July 31 and August 1 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Pardew warns Enrique

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has warned Jose Enrique over his conduct after the Spanish defender criticised the club's transfer policy on Twitter, it was reported Tuesday.

Batista booted out

Argentina's Copa America flop has cost coach Sergio Batista his job as the Argentine Football Association said Monday they were parting ways with the manager.

Torres vows to score

Chelsea's misfiring striker Fernando Torres on Tuesday swatted away fears over his form since his £50 million ($82 million) switch from Liverpool, vowing to end his goal drought in the new season.

No special plan

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas said Tuesday he has no "secret formula" for bringing the Premier League title back to the London club beyond relying on the talent of his squad.

Villa agree N'Zogbia fee

New Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish on Tuesday said French midfielder Charles N'Zogbia will join the club for £9.5 million ($15.5 million) pending a medical.

Brazil name team

Brazil coach Mano Menezes on Monday named a 23-man squad for the friendly with Germany in Stuttgart on August 10, as he looks to turn the page on his side's Copa America quarterfinal exit.

Henry rules out Europe return

Former France international Thierry Henry has ruled out a return to Europe and plans to finish his football career in the United States, it was reported here Tuesday.

Business

Meghna Petroleum, Jamuna Oil to offload shares

In an ice-breaking move two state-owned companies announced offloading their shares in the stockmarket, which declined yesterday as a reaction to the mid-day news.

SEC forms committee to examine proposed prices for IPO

The Securities and Exchange Commission has formed a committee to review price proposals of companies seeking to list on the stockmarket using the fixed price method.

Three life insurers to face grilling on shoddy accounts

Three life insurers will face a grilling on charges of giving dividends without actuarial valuation, which the regulator found as gross violations of law and an attempt to spike prices of its shares in the stockmarket.

Samsung launches new Galaxy gadgets

Samsung yesterday launched two new products of its Galaxy series -- Galaxy SII and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Bangladesh notches up in FDI ranking

Bangladesh advanced to the 114th position last year from 120th in the previous year in the World Investment Report (WIR) 2011 of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad).

Saarc to look beyond, for gas

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) will explore gas from outside the bloc and develop a grid connecting all members under plans to ensure energy security of the region.

Tourism fair to start with a bang in Oct

The government should take up tourism as a national issue to develop Bangladesh as an attractive destination in South Asia, said the civil aviation and tourism minister yesterday.

Lawmakers head for showdown in US debt crisis

President Barack Obama's Democrats and their Republican rivals on Tuesday headed for a showdown over competing debt plans one week before a deadline for averting a potentially disastrous U.S. default.

Indian company to set up thermal power plant in Khulna

India's largest power producer National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) might start work on its 1,320MW thermal project in Khulna in next six months, a top company official said yesterday.

Nissan to invest $320m in Indonesia plant

Japanese Nissan Motor said Tuesday it plans to invest $320 million in Indonesia to more than treble production capacity at its West Java factory and set up a new engine assembly plant nearby.

Top GSK official in town

Duncan Learmouth, senior vice-president of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) UK, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a three-day official visit, the company said in a statement.

Crystal Insurance chairman re-elected

Abdullah Al-Mahmud has been re-elected as the chairman of Crystal Insurance Company recently, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Ford Q2 profit falls

Ford Motor Co. says its second-quarter profit dropped slightly as its costs rose and it continued to pay off debt.

Soros closing hedge fund to outside investors

George Soros, the legendary US speculator turned billionaire philanthropist, will close his hedge fund to outsiders and use it solely for managing family money, media reports said Tuesday.

In US debt row, hints of emerging-economy crises

Debt default. A ratings downgrade. Political deadlock. Such terms, once associated primarily with the developing world, now abound in the mighty United States.

Greek rescue bizarrely increases its debts

Listen to the politicians and one might think that Greece's debts will fall as a result of last week's provisional rescue by euro zone leaders and private-sector creditors. In fact, they go up. Athens' borrowings will increase by 31 billion euros under the rescue scheme, according to an analysis by Reuters Breakingviews. This increase, equivalent to 14 percent of GDP, will push the country's estimated peak debt/GDP ratio next year to 179 percent.

Goodbye mid-career crisis

Thirty six year old Abir Hossain is unhappy with his career. As a senior bank executive, he now finds his work uninteresting and monotonous.

What's at the heart of the crisis?

A mid-career crisis is also known as 'career fatigue'. This usually appears at a time in one's career when performing on the job is longer a self-driven act. The job does not remain exciting and there is nothing to look forward to in terms of advancements or compensation.

India surprises with repo rate hike

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) stunned investors by raising interest rates by 50 basis points on Tuesday, showing unexpected resolve in fighting persistently high inflation despite slowing growth in Asia's third-largest economy and uncertainty about global demand.

Sticking with nuclear could be costlier Japan option

Can Japan afford to go nuclear-power-free? The country's atomic power industry and many big business clients say "No," arguing the step would boost electricity bills and pollution and hasten the hollowing out of Japanese manufacturing.

Walt Disney proposes to take UTV Software private

Walt Disney Co, the largest shareholder in UTV Software Communications Ltd, has proposed to buy most of the shares it does not already own in the company, which has a market value of $826 million, and delist them from all bourses.

Asians feel excluded from US power centres

Despite being well educated, ambitious and driven, Asian-Americans often feel excluded from corporate America and hit a bamboo ceiling that prevents them from reaching top jobs, a new study showed.

BP Q2 earnings below forecast

BP PLC on Tuesday reported lower than expected earnings for the second quarter as it struggled to lift production in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Asian stocks higher

Asian stocks rose on Tuesday although trade was cautious as investors focused on Washington where lawmakers are struggling to hammer out a deal to avert a catastrophic US default.

German consumer sentiment hit by Greek crisis

German consumer sentiment has been hit by the Greek debt crisis, and a widely-watched index fell to a forecast 5.4 points for August from 5.5 points in July, the GfK research institute said Tuesday.

Deutsche Bank seals succession as trading wilts

Deutsche Bank warned of weakness to come in its core investment banking division, laying bare the challenge facing its two new CEOs named only hours earlier.

Metropolitan

Charter to be amended if necessary: FM

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni said yesterday the government would further amend the constitution, if required, for the reality and circumstances in future.

French student faces ordeal

French student Sara never imagined she could be mugged like this until July 19, her third day in Bangladesh. The ordeal was too much to handle and she decided to cut her one-and-a-half-months trip short and leave Bangladesh this Friday.

Stand by autistic children, parents urge govt

Parents living with autistic children have urged the government to stand by them with sustainable programmes for healthy growth of the victims as the ongoing international conference on autism came as a beacon light to the families concerned.

15th amendment creates crisis

Speakers at a discussion yesterday said the 15th amendment to the constitution has created a "political crisis" in the country repealing the caretaker government system.

4 fake cosmetics factories busted

A mobile court aided by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday busted four fake cosmetics factories in Keraniganj on the city's outskirts and fined them a total of Tk 8 lakh.

3 RU teachers fired

Three lecturers of Rajshahi University, who were appointed temporarily, lost jobs yesterday as the authorities did not extend their job period on allegations of "taking law in hands" and provoking students into anti-administration protest.

Teachers scuffle at RU

Two factions of Pro-BNP teachers of Rajshahi University yesterday locked in a scuffle over calling meetings at the same place and at the same time on the campus.

Autism conference ends with high hopes

The landmark autism conference ended in the city yesterday as its chief architect, Saima Wazed Hossain, hoped that the two-day meet would generate new hopes among the families with autistic children in and outside the country.

Help Lina live

Nahid Jahan Lina, a reference coordinator of private television channel NTV, has been suffering from cancer for last two years.

Two BCL activists clobbered at Ruet

Two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League were beaten severely at Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) as they tried to snatch mobile phones from a resident student early yesterday.

Resignation of CDA chairman demanded

The activists of Jatiya Sramik League laid siege to the Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) building for one hour demanding resignation of its chairman.

JP ready to join next JS polls

Jatiya Party Chief HM Ershad said his party is ready to join next parliamentary elections and hopes that the party will achieve a huge victory in the polls.

'Women being empowered but slowly'

Women are being empowered through education and economic activities, yet the pace at which it is happening remains slow, says a study.

Environment ministry not playing due role

Ignoring main business of protecting the country's environment, officials of the environment and forests ministry are mainly engaged in implementation of development projects, traveling abroad and devouring forest resources, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Teacher held on charge of violating student

A coaching centre teacher of Bagerhat was arrested from the Supreme Court premises yesterday on charge of violating a student.

Man beaten for violating minor girl

Locals caught a man and beaten him up for violating a nine-year-old girl in the city's Ibrahimpur yesterday.

Chicken trader killed in city road crash

A man was killed as a speeding sand-laden truck ran over him near Khilgaon over bridge early morning yesterday.

US cautions its citizens worldwide

The Department of State has cautioned on continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against US citizens and interests throughout the world and reminded its citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.

Boy found dead in city ditch

A six-year-old boy was found dead in a ditch at Paschim Agargaon in the city early hours of yesterday.

Sri Lankan first lady meets PM

Sri Lankan first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and Maldives vice president's wife Ilham Hussain yesterday met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Gono Bhaban residence separately yesterday.

Road crashes kill 2, injure 15

Staff correspondent from Chittagong reports: A motorcyclist was killed as a recklessly driven truck rammed the motorcycle in Laldighi Par area under Kotwali Police Station in the port city yesterday.

New timetable for museums during Ramadan

Museum offices and galleries will remain opened to public from 9:00am to 3:00pm from Saturday to Wednesday during Ramadan, says a press release.

Norwegian envoy calls on Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday reiterated her party's stand against terrorism saying they are against any form of terrorism anywhere in the globe.

Three food factories fined

A mobile court fined three food production and processing factories Tk 1.50 at Chaktai in the port city yesterday.

Alim's birth anniversary today

Today is the 80th birth anniversary of Abdul Alim, a legendary folk artiste and mystic singer of the country.

Novera's 5th anniversary of death today

Today is the fifth death anniversary of Novera Deepita, a gold medalist from the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) of Dhaka University and former journalist of The Daily Star, says a press release.

Salahuddin Faroque

Today is the 19th death anniversary of Md Salahuddin Faroque, former managing director of Modhumati Group and son of late Md Sirajuddin, the founder of the group, says a press release.

Cuet BCL boycotts classes

Bangladesh Chhatra League at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) boycotted classes and halted all academic activities yesterday as eight BCL activists were served show-cause notices for hampering educational atmosphere.

National

700 families rendered homeless in a week

Erosion by Padma, Jamuna and Dhaleswari has taken a serious turn along 25 villages of eight unions in Harirampur, Daulatpur, Shivalaya and Ghior upazilas in the district rendering around 700 families homeless in the last one week.

Shopping goes on amid life risk

About a kilometre area of the rail line at Daulatpur in Khulna city has been serving as a makeshift kitchen market for years, thanks to the callousness of a section of people and indifference of the authorities concerned.

Osmani's family rejects 'flawed' charge sheet

Family of slain journalist Foteh Osmani has rejected the charge sheet filed in the case.

Jt survey of Padua-Protappur borders finally complete

Indo-Bangla joint survey of the much-talked Padua-Protappur borders was finally completed yesterday.

Teesta devours 300 ft of Gangachhara dyke

Erosion by the river Teesta took a serious turn at Dhamur point, devouring around 300 feet of Gangachhara embankment in the last four days.

43 BDR men relieved of sedition charges

Sedition cases against 43 jawans of BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) Jessore sector have been withdrawn as per directive of the home ministry.

Names of accused dropped while recording case

Trickery of policemen stands in the way of justice in a case for burning to death a woman in Chirirbandar upazila under Dinajpur, alleged the victim's father and son at a press conference in the district town yesterday.

Police arrest main accused Sumon

Police yesterday arrested Sumon, the main accused in housewife Nadira killing case, from Nazarpur village in Sadar upazila.

International

Pak foreign minister in India for peace talks

Pakistan's first woman foreign minister urged India and Pakistan to shed the "burden" of history as she arrived in New Delhi yesterday for peace talks between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Obama attacks Republicans

President Barack Obama warned of a "deep economic crisis" if the United States fails to raise its debt limit and urged Americans to pressure Republican lawmakers to compromise to avert a default.

Karzai draws terms for future US ties

Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday outlined conditions governing negotiations for a future strategic partnership with the United States as he met defence chiefs at his palace.

Libya accuses Nato of bombing clinic, killing 7

Libya accused Nato of a deadly raid on a medical clinic as Britain joined France in saying strongman Moamer Gaddafi may be allowed to remain in his oil-rich country if he gives up power.

More deaths, arrests in Syrian crackdown

Security forces have killed another three people and arrested so many that Syria has become a "huge prison," activists said yesterday, as the crackdown on dissent shows no signs of easing.

No published stories based on hacking

UK newspaper group Daily Mail and General Trust has not published any stories based on hacked messages, its chief executive said, as rival News Corp battles a phone-hacking crisis at its now defunct News of the World tabloid.

S Korea, India sign nuke deal

South Korea's ambitions to enter the Indian energy market have received a big boost as the two countries signed a civil nuclear deal.

17 killed in Mexico

At least 17 persons were killed in a shootout in a Mexican prison in the border city of Ciudad Juarez during a breakout attempt, officials said yesterday.

Storm batters Philippines, 10 people dead, 5 missing

Ten people died and five fishermen were missing in the central Philippines as storm Nock-Ten battered the main island of Luzon, suspending schools and grounding domestic flights and ferries, local officials said yesterday.

Yemen Qaeda chief pledges support for Zawahiri

The chief of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula reaffirmed yesterday his group's backing for Ayman al-Zawahiri as Al-Qaeda's new leader, the SITE Intelligence Group said.

Blair says he's not a victim of 'despicable' phone hacking

Former British prime minister Tony Blair yesterday described phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. as "despicable", but said he did not believe it happened to him.

Arts & Entertainment

Tapestry exhibition

Tapestry is a hand woven textile, which is used mainly as wall hanging. The late artist Rashid Chowdhury was the pioneer of this art form in this country. Chowdhury successfully introduced tapestry in various forms and shapes. His works are unparalleled in their subjects and unique quality.

A pioneer of rural journalism

A daylong programme was chalked out on July 21 to observe bard Kangal Harinath's 178th birth anniversary. The programme, held at his homestead in Kumarkhali, Kushtia, included a rally, discussion and cultural events. Kangal Harinath Memorial Trust organised the programme.

Veteran actress Sultana Zaman on “Amar Chhobi”

Channel i will air the 550th episode of the cine-magazine show “Amar Chhobi” today at 4:05pm.

Resurrecting the hero

Three decades after his death, a film award will be instituted in the name of Mahanayak Uttam Kumar from next year.

The 'bookworm' in full form

In addition to the rendition of songs by young members of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra's study circle, Abdullah Abu Sayeed's refreshingly witty and at times sarcastic remarks made the hot and humid evening of July 25 rather enjoyable. The event held at the new building of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra in Dhaka marked the 72nd birthday of the eminent educationist, known appropriately as the “bookworm”.

A voice against graft

A cultural programme was held on July 21 to promote the anti- graft movement in Pabna. Hundreds of students of Pabna Edward College vowed to fight against corruption in an anti- graft awareness generating programme held at Pabna Edward College Bangla department premises on Thursday. The event was organised by Shatshangha Polli Kollyan Shangshtha, a non government organisation in Pabna.

“We have lost a beautiful, talented woman”

When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they've had enough, that they're ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it's too late, she's gone.

OP-ED

All those Bangabhaban men . . .

With all the firestorm raging around President Zillur Rahman's grant of clemency to an individual convicted of murder -- and for all the right reasons -- it is perhaps time for a brief observation of the many pitfalls the nation's presidency has been up against in these past four decades.

Dream come true, or perhaps not

The little patch of London I encounter is watching cricket and talking Rupert Murdoch. The colour of language matches the English sky; grey, rather than black and white. Media is not devil-black, and cricket is not virgin-white.

Every mother counts

It is very late at night in early 2001. Fifteen year old Mitali [Note:*] lies writhing in pain in the corner of a dingy room deep within one of Dhaka's overcrowded slums. She is several hours into labour. Her adolescent body, emaciated from chronic malnourishment, is not the optimal environment to sufficiently host or deliver a baby.

Public sector reform

It is easy to be critical and, even, sanctimonious or cynical. This may be the case with much-touted, and also much-maligned, public sector reforms. The entire world over, industrialised as well as developing, public sector reforms of one kind or another were and are being launched.

This Day In History

July 27

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Battle of Bapheus: decisive Ottoman victory over the Byzantines opening up Bithynia for Turkish conquest.

'London 2012: One year to go'

Today, Britain's young champion Tom Daley will dive into the waters of our stunning new Aquatics Centre and the ripples will be felt across the world. From Trafalgar Square in the heart of London, President Rogge of the International Olympic Committee will address nations around the globe. He will invite the world's top athletes to form teams to compete at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our countdown will begin.


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