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News of: Friday, 29th of July, 2011

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HC orders probe

The High Court yesterday ordered the inspector general of police to suspend immediately three officers of Khilgaon Police Station including its officer-in-charge for torturing a Dhaka University student in their custody.

No trace of robbery, mob beating

No residents or security guards of houses and other establishments near the city's Segunbagicha intersection or Khilgaon old police camp saw or heard anything unusual in the early hours of July 16.

OC was lying

“You are lying,” Justice AHM Shamshuddin Chowdhury Manik told Helal Uddin, officer-in-charge (OC) of Khilgaon Police Station, when he was giving statement on the arrest of Abdul Quader.

Reckless driving claims 18 lives

Eighteen people were killed and 21 others injured as a truck collided with a passenger bus in Shahjahanpur upazila of the district early yesterday.

13,582 bullets, 13kg explosives found in forest

Law enforcers recovered 13,582 bullets and 13kg of explosives buried in Gozari forest in Kaliakoir upazila of Gazipur early yesterday.

Rajuk chief summoned

The High Court (HC) yesterday summoned Md Nurul Huda, chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) to explain the state of building safety and compliance of rules.

NHRC chief terms it an ominous sign

“The torture on Quader is an ominous sign for law and order in the country.... The state is responsible for incidents of torture of civilians by law enforcers.”

Russian compressors, drilling job get nod

The prime minister has approved a proposal of Petrobangla to award the contract for installation of two gas compressors on an unsolicited basis to Russian company Gazprom, which is directly in conflict with an ongoing bidding for the same.

Hard time ahead for admission seekers

Over half of the students who came out successful in this year's HSC and equivalent examinations will be denied enrolment at the public universities due to shortage of seats.

Bengal Tigers in danger

The number of recent recoveries of tiger skin and bones in and around the Sundarbans apparently dooms the government initiatives to save the Bengal Tigers and their habitat.

Home cell to monitor mob beating, killing case

The government yesterday ordered inclusion of the case for killing of six students at Aminbazar in the home ministry's list for sensational cases.

Indian home minister due today

Bangladesh and India are going to sign a border management agreement tomorrow with a view to bringing down incidents of killing and crime along the border.

Introduce school feeding scheme

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the deputy commissioners to start school feeding programme to check dropout from primary schools.

'Mugger' beaten to death

An alleged mugger was killed and another injured in a mob beating at Kachikata village under Chatmohar upazila of the district early yesterday.

3 Bangladeshis, other crewmen released

The three hijacked Bangladeshis along with 14 other crewmen of a UAE-flagged oil tanker were released yesterday.

US, N Korea hold nuke talks

The United States opened discussions yesterday with North Korea, in a move testing Pyongyang's willingness to negotiate giving up its nuclear arsenal.

Trojan asteroid seen in Earth's orbit

Astronomers have detected an asteroid not far from Earth, moving in the same orbit around the Sun.

Mubaraks to be tried in Cairo

Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak's murder trial on August 3 will take place in Cairo, the state news agency MENA said yesterday, a move likely to appease activists but create a logistical nightmare.

India's BJP asks Karnataka CM to resign

Cracking the whip, India's right wing Hindu nationalist party BJP yesterday asked its Chief Minister (CM) of the southern state of Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa to resign forthwith after an official anti-corruption watchdog indicted him in an illegal iron ore mining scam in the state.

Zambia sets elections for Sep 20

Zambian President Rupiah Banda yesterday set elections for September 20, hoping a humming economy will help him win his first full term in office against an opposition whose alliance has already cracked.

Editorial

HSC results are satisfying

With 75.08 per cent of students emerging successful at this year's HSC examinations, it appears that education at that level is on course in the country. The number of those who have achieved GPA-5 is higher than previously, which of course convinces many that the standard of education has gone up. Additionally, a remarkable degree of efficiency has come into the preparation, tabulation and announcement of the results. Where earlier it took the authorities ninety days to make the results known, this time that period has been slashed to fifty-seven. We therefore congratulate the authorities. And, of course, our heartiest congratulations go out to the successful candidates. They have earned their laurels.

Resist mob lynching

In yet another incident of mob lynching, villagers at Companiganj in Noakhali have beaten six alleged robbers to death.

Sports

Too good, but too late

So the World Cup dream of Bangladesh is over. But not before the boys of Nikola Ilievski put up a show that was spectacularly daring. The only thing missing was perhaps the belief that they could overturn Lebanon's impressive 4-0 home leg advantage.

Censure motivated Emily & Mithun

At the pre-match conference on Wednesday, Bangladesh's Macedonian coach Nikola Ilievski saw little hope of winning against Lebanon but the players' fierce desire to win propelled them to a historic 2-0 win over the Western Asian nation in the second leg of the FIFA World Cup pre-qualifying round at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Zaheer blow to India

India fast bowler Zaheer Khan has been ruled out of the second Test against England at Trent Bridge with a hamstring injury, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Thursday.

Zurkhaneh underway

The 3rd Asian Zurkhaneh Sports and Koshti Pehlevani Championship began yesterday at the newly-built Wooden Floor Stadium with ten team event matches being decided on the opening day.

Bangladesh continue winning

Bangladesh maintained their unbeaten run in the Sheikh Kamal International Basketball Tournament when they beat the Maldives in their third game at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday afternoon.

2nd Test from today

England will look for more of the same against India in the second Test at Trent Bridge starting here on Friday.

Lochte breaks record, but at cost of Phelps

America's Ryan Lochte broke a 19-month record drought and deepened Michael Phelps's season of woe Thursday as he won a thrilling 200m individual medley at the World Championships in Shanghai.

Fingers crossed for Tremlett

England captain Andrew Strauss was optimistic Chris Tremlett would be fit to face India in the second Test here at Trent Bridge despite the fast bowler's "tight" hamstring.

London begins 2012 Olympics countdown

The one-year countdown to the 2012 Olympics got under way here Wednesday with officials bullishly predicting London was on course to deliver the best ever games with 12 months to go.

Viquarunnisa Group A champs

Holders Viquarunnissa Noon School & College became Group A champions to reach the semifinal of the 14th Delta Life Women's College/University Handball Tournament with a massive 27-1 goals victory over Dr. Malika University at the Handball Stadium yesterday.

Tigers' travel hassle

The Bangladesh cricket team ran into some complications on their journey to Zimbabwe for a Test and five-ODI tour in Doha yesterday. After their long stopover in Doha the Tigers and the accompanying journalists were denied passage to Johannesburg because they were without South African transit visas, the possession of which is a new regulation for passengers passing through South Africa. The BCB were apparently unaware of this new rule, and after communication with the authorities in South Africa, the situation was resolved and the team continued on their journey after a one-hour delay.

Four leave for S'pore

Four Bangladeshi cricketers left Dhaka yesterday to play in the IA T20 Super Challenge Cup in Singapore that begins today.

Benfica cruise

Benfica claimed a 2-0 win over Trabzonspor in the Champions League third qualifying round first leg on Wednesday, piling on more misery for the Turkish game which is embroiled in a corruption scandal.

Marseille win a thriller

Marseille picked up the first silverware of the French season after an incredible finale to their Champions Trophy game with Lille saw them prevail 5-4 through a 95th-minute penalty.

Chelsea lodge racism protest

Chelsea have lodged an official protest with the Malaysian Football Association over what they claim was racist abuse suffered by their Israeli player Yossi Benayoun in Kuala Lumpur last week.

MU outclass All-Stars

English Premier League champions Manchester United outclassed Major League Soccer's All-Stars for the second straight year on Wednesday, beating the hosts 4-0 in their friendly.

Goal-line tech at 2014 WC

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said goal-line technology could be in use for the 2014 World Cup finals if a system is proved to be reliable and affordable.

Senegal punish Diouf

Blackburn Rovers striker El-Hadji Diouf was handed a five-year international ban by the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) on Wednesday, following remarks he made in the media about corruption in African football.

Business

Stress on clear info on transit benefits

Analysts and private sector leaders yesterday sought clear information on how Bangladesh would benefit from allowing transit to its neighbours: India, Nepal and Bhutan.

Regional connectivity needs cooperation: analysts

Amjad Khan Chowdhury, president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said economic integration and cooperation between the South Asian countries should be conceived within the framework of regional economic integration, where all natural and environmental resources, facilities and opportunities should be utilised for the benefit of all countries in the region.

New banks to join a saturated market

Though the number of banks in Bangladesh is more than those in its neighbouring countries, the government now considers giving permission for setting up new banks.

No to new banks

Entry of new banks will create an unhealthy competition in the industry, said former governor of the Bangladesh Bank.

Govt to reshape trade bodies

The government has taken a move to amend the rules of trade organisations to make their activities more vibrant and modern, said a statement yesterday.

BB raises target for farm credit

The central bank has set a target for local and foreign banks of disbursing Tk 13,800 crore in agriculture loans for this fiscal year. The target is 9.4 percent higher than in the previous fiscal year.

GSK to cut medicine prices

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is set to cut prices of a number of vaccine and pharmaceutical products marketed in Bangladesh by up to 61 percent, starting in August.

Western Marine delivers vessels today

Western Marine Shipyard will deliver three vessels and a ro-ro ferry to its German buyer and Bangladesh government today in Chittagong.

Diminishing returns

Like the alumni of a cash-strapped college, ethnic South Asians living abroad are constantly being pestered to fork out a bit for the dear old place. After all, South Asia remains poor, and they, collectively, are loaded. According to a 2009 estimate, Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans and Nepalis living abroad were worth $1 trillion, with another guess the following year suggesting that non-resident Indians own a further $500m-worth of gold, property and art. The hope has long been that the South Asian diaspora might do for the region back home what the overseas Chinese did for China and pour in investment to fuel rapid growth. A first-ever “South Asian Diaspora Convention” held this week in Singapore had an even more ambitious aim: to use overseas South Asians to foster regional economic integration.

Indian supercars slice through traffic in convoy

Get out of the way: boy racers in India are using escort vehicles to ensure their souped-up sports cars have a clear run along India's potholed and congested public roads.

Food prices to pinch Indians during festive season

Consumers are likely to feel the pinch of rising food prices in the upcoming festive season, as erratic rainfall in growing areas and thin stocks coupled with high demand could push up prices further.

Panasonic books post-quake $390m quarterly loss

Japan's Panasonic on Thursday reported a $390 million net loss for the April-June quarter, citing the impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami on production.

Obama to announce new fuel economy standards today

The Obama administration has reached a compromise with automakers on a new fuel economy target for cars and trucks, ending months of negotiations on this pivotal mandate for the auto industry.

ADB warns inflation still 'major risk' to Asia

Rapidly rising inflation remains a "major risk" in Asia and could trigger a potentially damaging wage-price spiral, the Asian Development Bank warned Thursday.

HSBC may cut more than 10,000 jobs

Banking group HSBC Holdings Plc may cut more than 10,000 jobs as part of its plan to slash costs by up to $3.5 billion a year, Sky News reported Thursday.

Goldman's new money machine: warehouses

In a rundown patch of Detroit, enclosed by a cyclone fence and barbed wire, stands an unremarkable warehouse that investment bank Goldman Sachs has transformed into a money-making machine.

Metropolitan

Slum dwellers clash with rly men: 10 hurt

At least 10 people were injured as slum dwellers and Bangladesh Railway (BR) security personnel clashed for around one hour in the city's North Shahjahanpur Railway Colony yesterday when the personnel went there on an eviction drive.

'One crore suffering from Hepatitis B, C in country'

Around one crore people have been suffering from Hepatitis B and C virus in the country, experts said at a seminar yesterday.

'Protect SC land'

Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld a High Court verdict directing authorities concerned to protect and maintain 55.5 acres of land on its (SC) premises in the city in accordance with the law.

PM should apologise to nation: Fakhrul

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has to apologise to the nation for curbing freedom of expression and snatching people's voting right by amending the constitution.

Hopes sparked as parents learn to handle autism

When Dooye was three years old and his mother found that he had problem speaking and communicating, the mother rushed to different doctors, but they took long two years to identify it as Autism.

Tarique not found in Bogra

Bogra police in a report said yesterday BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman does not own any movable property at his ancestral home and he was not found there.

95pc Libya returnees face debt: Survey

Some 95 percent migrant workers, who returned recently from Libya, are burdened with debt, and almost half the returnees remain jobless, according to a survey report.

Call to destroy mosquito habitats to avoid Dengue

People should become more aware about dengue and work collectively to destroy the breeding grounds of its germ carrier Aedes mosquito, speakers at a meeting said yesterday.

8 killed, 11 injured in road crashes

Eight people were killed and 11 others injured in separate road accidents in Gazipur, Jhenidah and Faridpur yesterday.

Sacrifice of 20,000 Indian soldiers helped achieve Indo-Bangla ties

Journalist Shahriar Kabir at a discussion here said Bangladesh-India relations were achieved by sacrificing the blood of 20,000 members of the Indian Army during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Withdraw cases against Quader

A group of Dhaka University (DU) students yesterday under the banner “Students Against Oppression” demanded withdrawal of cases against Abdul Quader, a biochemistry and molecular biology student.

36 billboards of housing companies demolished

Rajdhani Unnyan Kartripakhya (Rajuk) knocked down 36 billboards and signboards of nine illegal private housing projects near Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and in Khilkhet in the city yesterday.

Huge election expenses bad for safety net programme

Candidates in the recently held union parishad elections have spent huge amounts of money, which is not a good sign for safety net programmes and warrants investigation, the food and disaster minister said yesterday.

Al-Hikma chief remanded

Shahadat E al-Hikma chief Sayed Kawsar Hossain Siddiki Raja was placed yesterday on a two-day remand in a case newly filed against him for cheating people.

CU BCL man beaten up by rival faction

An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League at Chittagong University was wounded Wednesday night as the rival faction attacked him in front of Shah Amanat Hall.

Death threat to Sust JCD leader

Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) unit in Sylhet organised a rally near the university campus yesterday protesting the death threat to it's joint convener Al-Mamun.

Robbers stab four

Four people were stabbed by a gang of robbers in a house at Mahal Khan Bazar under Karnaphuli Police Station in the port city yesterday.

Two die being hit by trains

Two people including a sexagenarian, in seperate incidents, died after being hit by trains in Dinajpur yesterday, says sources of the district railway police.

Oli likely to meet Khaleda today

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Col (retd) Oli Ahmad may meet BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan residence today to discuss the latest political situation.

Hizb ut adviser on remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Mahmudul Bari, adviser of banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh, on a three-day remand in connection with a case filed under the anti-terrorism act.

Two arrested with firearms

Two people were arrested with three firearms and 12 bullets after a short exchange of gunfire at Sayedabad Koratitola area in the city yesterday.

Hearing in Koko's case deferred

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred till September 8, the hearing on charge framing against Arafat Rahman Koko, youngest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in connection with a tax evasion case.

Death anniversary

Today is the first death anniversary of Syeda Maksuma Aref, wife of Dr Margub Aref Jahangir and the eldest daughter of Syed Matinul Haq, says a press release.

Ruhul Amin

Today is the fifth death anniversary of Principal Md Ruhul Amin, a prominent educationist, says a press release.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of Hena Kabir, a veteran radio and TV personality, will be held today.

Masoodul Haque

Qulkhwani of Masoodul Haque, managing director of Karnaphuli Travel Agency, will be held at his daughter's residence at House No-43, Road No-23, Block-B, Banani tomorrow after Asr prayers.

Mujibur Rahman Khan

Qulkhwani of Dr Mujibur Rahman Khan, former chairman of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission, will be held at his Uttara residence after Asr prayers today (Friday).

A K M Fazlul Haque

Qulkhwani of A K M Fazlul Haque, former DESA official and father of Faiz-un-nesa Liza, sub-editor of the Dainik Ittefaq, will be held at his residence at Iqbal Road of Mohammadpur in the city after Asr prayers today, says a press release.

National

Hungry crocs turn violent as khadems eat up their food

Crocodiles in the 600-year-old dighi (a lake-like tank) beside Khan Jahan Ali shrine in Shatgambuj union under Bagerhat Sadar upazila killed a visitor and injured two others in a span of three weeks.

Violent Jamuna erosion worries riverside villagers in Bhuapur

The riverside villagers in Bhuapur upazila are living amid worries, as erosion by the Jamuna has taken a serious turn due to monsoon.

Charges pressed against Huji chief, five others

Six and a half years into the incident, the CID yesterday afternoon filed charge sheet in the case for grenade attack on the house of Sylhet district Mohila AL president Syeda Zebunnesa Haque, also lawmaker from Sylhet-Sunamganj district.

6 get life in Sherpur bank robbery case

A court here on Wednesday sentenced six people life term imprisonment in Sadar upazila Surjadi Bazaar Sonali Bank branch robbery case.

Extortionists stab PP

Extortionists stabbed a public prosecutor (PP) in the town yesterday as he refused to accede to their demand.

Prisoner dies

A district jail prisoner died at Adhunik Sadar Hospital yesterday morning.

Ex-outlaw killed, 3 others arrested

A former outlaw was killed in Meherpur yesterday while three others were arrested in Jhenidah and Khulna yesterday and the day before.

College teachers on strike

Teachers of Khalishpur Haji Mohsin College went on work stoppage for indefinite period yesterday in protest against stalking of a female teacher by a student of the same college.

10 hurt as rival AL men clash

At least 10 people were injured as two factions of local Awami League clashed in the city ahead of a public rally jointly organised by AL district and city units yesterday.

HSC examinee commits suicide

Failed in the HSC examinations, a girl allegedly committed suicide by taking poison at Majhiara village in Tala upazila on Wednesday evening. Sathi Dutta, 18, Daughter of Deddas Dutta, took poison after she came to know her results at around 6:0030pm. She died on way to Tala Upazila Health Complex at around 7:30pm. Sathi sat for the HSC examinations this year from humanities group from Tala Mohila College under Jessore education board.

AL man held with gun

An Awami League (AL) leader was arrested with a gun and three bullets in Jaliapara area under Ramgarh upazila of Khagrachhari district yesterday. Acting on a tip-off, an army team of Guimara zone arrested Abul Kasham, president of Halfchhari Union AL, at his house at Jaliapara at around 11:00am and recovered a gun and three bullets from his possession. After interrogation, the army team handed him over to Guimara police.

Robbers kill 1, loot house, shop

Robbers looted 45 tolas of gold ornaments and cash from a jewellery shop and a house, killing one person in two incident yesterday. They looted cash and gold ornaments, leaving a trader dead in Atghar village in Saltha upazila. OC Afsar Uddin of Saltha PS said a gang of 10-12 entered the house of trader Prodip Ghosh at 2:00 am and looted three tolas gold jewelleries and cash Tk 18,000 from the house. The gang stabbed Pradip's younger brother Probir, 40, to death. In another incident, 20-30 armed robbers swooped on Monosha Jewellers at Kanaipur bazar in Sadar upazila at around 2 am. They took away 42 tolas of gold ornaments and cash Tk 60,000 from the jewelry shop.

Rocket launcher recovered

A rocket launcher was recovered in Dhakaipatti area of the town yesterday. Witnesses said some labourers were setting up pole in Dhakaipatti area at about 2.00 pm. At one stage they found the rocket lancer in the earth. Being informed a police team led by sub-inspector Anwar Hossain rushed to the spot and recovered it. Later police took it to Jamalpur Sadar police station. According to police the length of the rocket launcher is one and half feet and weighs 15 kg.

Letters

Save the country, join the fight

We are sadly observing that some people of the government are cutting trees, forcefully buying the land of poor farmers to build apartments, erasing hills and grabbing rivers. Both print and electronic media are trying to draw the attention of the government to take immediate action against such harmful activities going on in broad daylight. But none of the ministries concerned is taking any effective measure to stop this (except some eyewash). Reports have so far revealed that in most of the cases people of the government parties (both previous and present) are involved with such heinous activities. That is why after the independence we had ministers of AL, BNP and JP, but we did not have a minister of Bangladesh. They helped the corrupt and so-called powerful people but not the common people.

How will commoners survive?

People of our country are suffering a chronic price rise of the essential commodities. The price of rice has gone up and also we will have shortage of sugar, oil, and other commodities in the coming Ramadan days. The same will happen in the case of vegetables. The government is trying to achieve a name in the global scenario, but in fact it is forgetting its role in the country. They could not control the price hike in the last one year. The government says it will monitor the market during Ramadan, but people's speculation is that this move will fail badly as happened in the past years. At the same time, the bus fare, rickshaw fare- all are increasing very rapidly. How will common people survive?

Mirsarai tragedy

Road accidents occur almost every day. The strange thing is that most of the accidents occur due to the carelessness of the drivers. They try to drive the vehicles at their sweet will violating the traffic rules. In most of the cases, the drivers manage to jump out of the vehicles sensing the imminent danger and flee away without thinking of the passengers.

15th amendment

It was to our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that Allah said,

Failed intelligence and another blast

Three bomb blasts went off within 11 minutes at Zaveri Bazar, Kabutarkhana, and Opera House of Mumbai on 13th July. Mumbai faced another bloody day that killed 21 persons and injured 141 others. It is completely a failure of the intelligence and a huge success of the terrorists. The relation between Mumbai police and the underworld is an open secret now. If the terrorists and criminals work in joint venture, then how could the public live safely? This will affect the relation between India and Pakistan and South Asian political stability will be hampered.

OSD

Nowadays, the most pathetic situation the BCS cadres face is becoming an OSD, which happens with the change of the political regime, as still now neutral civil administration system could not be established due to political interference. Consequently, career of many brilliant officers are being hampered and we noticed that some OSD officers even committed suicide being insulted with this status, though they served the nation for a long time. In fact, political affiliation is the prime cause for this situation because the political govt. always wants to politicize the total administration. According to the experts, impartial and neutral civil administration is indispensable for the continuous development of a country while the label of OSD on the BCS cadres bar the propagation of development. Considering the bright prospect and future of the country, political govt. should stop this harsh step with a view to punishing the civil servants. We, the people of all walks of life, want to see a better Bangladesh through the active participation of all BCS cadres.

Media and hartal

Sir Frank Peters' very frank opinion on the matter published in the pages of some local English dailies on July 16th gave an interesting suggestion, which has escaped most of us. We are forced to bear the uncalled for misery at the whims of political parties unnecessarily!

PM defends President's clemency

After the controversial presidential clemency of ABM Biplob, son of an AL leader, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina openly defended the move saying that the convict was a political victim of BNP-Jamaat coalition.

Wait, we are coming

It is very saddening that we are still long way off establishing the supremacy of rule of law which is the panacea for our ills. Most students opt for administrative positions in the BCS examination not because they want to serve the country but because those positions will give them all that we wish for as respectable citizens-security, honor and immunity from punishment for corruption and crime. Our society has fetish for pomp and power. The cold war between DCs and SPs is the result of that sentiment created by unbridled undue wielding of power. During the UP election presiding officers had to sit for the double training program -- one led by Dcs and other by SPs. As a presiding officer I had to suffer the heavy-handedness on the part of the policemen that was allotted for me. Policemen's interference in my conduction of election got on my nerve but I bore it patiently thinking that my protest would aggravate the situation; my honor and position would then grovel under the boot. I know a long standing humiliation has taken away my capacity to boldly straddle the world like a horse but I feel emboldened seeing the weak and unconscious raise their heads all around me. Wait, we are coming to correct the wrong!

Sufferings of pedestrians

A few months back, all of a sudden in a fine morning, DMP prevented all rickshaws plying from Malibag intersection to Segun Bagicha area saying that this was a VIP road. In protest of that order, people instantly brought out a violent procession and vandalized many vehicles. Then DMP authority said, "Actually, police was rehearsing how to ease the traffic congestion." But then again, on July 20, 2011 DMP police repeated the same thing ignoring the sufferings of women, children, aged and ailing people. As a regular office goer I witnessed these sufferings and altercations with traffic police. Moreover, Ramadan is coming; even for a healthy fasting person it is tiresome to return home on foot in summer afternoons. I urge upon the DMP authorities to find out an alternative to mitigate the sufferings of the people of these areas.

ONLINE VOICES

Best friend honoured
Bangladesh finally confers award on Indira Gandhi posthumously for her huge contribution to its independence; emotion-choked Sonia receives the recognition (July 26, 2011)

International

Inquiry begins into hacking scandal

A British judge formally opened an inquiry yesterday into the phone-hacking scandal that has rocked the country, saying the first public hearings will be in September and will focus on media ethics.

Murdoch to face BSkyB board

The board of British satellite broadcaster BSkyB met yesterday with the status of chairman James Murdoch on the agenda amid questions over his role in the phone-hacking scandal at his father's empire.

Libyan rebels seize Gaddafi frontier base

Libyan rebels seized the town of Al-Ghazaya near the Tunisian border yesterday as part of a pre-Ramadan offensive aimed at unseating strongman Moamer Gaddafi, an AFP correspondent said.

No trial before next year: prosecutor

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik will not be brought to trial before next year, the country's top prosecutor said yesterday, ruling out the laying of formal charges until at least January.

Pak FM prays at Delhi dargah

Visiting Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar yesterday paid obeisance at the dargah of famous Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya here and prayed for peace between the two countries.

I 'cry every day'

Nafissatou Diallo, who accuses French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her when she went to clean his hotel room, said yesterday she is traumatised.

Suu Kyi calls for Myanmar ceasefire

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday called on the army and ethnic insurgents to end a decades-long civil conflict in her first direct letter to the country's new president.

Suicide attack kills 12 in Iraq

A suicide bomber yesterday struck an Iraqi bank in Saddam Hussein's hometown where policemen were picking up their paychecks, killing 12 and wounding 30 people, officials said.

Fighting breaks out in Somali capital

Heavy fighting broke out yesterday in the Somali capital Mogadishu as government forces backed by African Union troops launched an assault on an insurgent stronghold, officials and witnesses said.

Signal design flaw blamed

Serious flaws in a signalling system caused a fatal collision on China's high-speed rail network, officials say.

Libyan rebel council nominates envoy to London

Libya's rebel National Transitional Council has nominated Mahmud Nacua as its ambassador to London, a council official said yesterday after Britain recognised the group as the country's sole government.

BBC reporter among 21 killed in Afghan attacks

Taliban bomb and gun attacks on an official's compound and a militia base in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan killed 21 people yesterday, including a local BBC reporter.

South Sudan joins African Union as 54th member

South Sudan became the 54th member of the African Union (AU) after it received a majority vote from member states, including one from Sudan, the Pan-African bloc said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

‘Concert for Bangladesh' goes digital

August 1 marks the 40th anniversary of a pair of historic benefit concerts that the late George Harrison staged with a little help from some very famous friends.

Locals jostle for a view

Hanif Sanket's popular show “Ityadi” is reputed for being shot at sites of immense cultural, traditional, mythical and historical significance. The next episode of “Ityadi” will be no different: it has been filmed at the Nawab Manzil of Dhanbari, under Tangail, a place of considerable historical interest.

“Pubal Batash”: Album of Bhawaiya songs released

A mixed album featuring Bhawaiya songs, titled “Pubal Batash” was released on July 27 at the Seminar Hall of Central Public Library, Shahbagh, Dhaka. The album features 10 popular songs of the genre.

“Ebong Bidyasagar” and “Nishimon Bishorjon” staged

Two plays were staged at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on July 27. Aranyak Natyadal staged its acclaimed play “Ebong Bidyasagar” at the National Theatre Hall, while Mahakal Natyasampraday staged its new production “Nishimon Bishorjon” at the Experimental Theatre Hall.

Sultan Festival 2011 to begin in Narail

SM Sultan Utshab (festival) 2011, an event sponsored and supported by Banglalink, is to kick off today in Narail. It is one of the largest cultural festivals in the region.

Shreya Guhathakurta performs at IGCC

The Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre at Gulshan, Dhaka held a musical soiree featuring Rabindra Sangeet by Indian artiste Shreya Guhathakurta, at its auditorium on July 27, according to a press release.

Tisha swamped

Having winged her way back from the FOBANA COnvention in the US, Tisha is neck deep in work. With Eid around the corner and her many ongoing serials she can't take a breather.

Amazing feats

The amazing acrobats and rib-tickling clowns of The Kanchan Circus at the Cottage Industries and Trade Fair at Kajali village in Sreepur upazila of Magura district attracted a huge crowd.

Uttarayan's ode to monsoon

Marking 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore and 1st anniversary of music school Uttarayan, a programme featuring music, recitation and dance will be held today at 6:45pm at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

OP-ED

The pardoning president

The president has pardoned again. A forgiving man has forgiven now because he has also forgiven before. A lot of people may be upset with him, but I think I understand the man. He has seen too much death in his life. The normal wears and tears. The genocide in 1971. The flames of violent politics consumed his wife. Then, of course, ageing has its daily dalliance with death.

A step toward trust with China

The military relationship between the United States and China is one of the world's most important. And yet, clouded by some misunderstanding and suspicion, it remains among the most challenging. There are issues on which we disagree and are tempted to confront each other. But there are crucial areas where our interests coincide, on which we must work together.

Performing politics, now and then

The greatest denial that citizens are having to suffer is that of purposeful, pro-people, intelligent and farsighted political leadership. The elderly and the middle-aged are frustrated and the youth feel exploited losing interest in the present and future of the country. The disenchantment with political leadership is complete, the forward-looking social indicators, the handmaiden of hardworking enterprising people regardless.

Abu Taher and the Supreme Court of Bangladesh (PART 1)

Thirty-five years ago a man who many of us knew, respected and admired was executed at Dhaka Central Jail. As in years past we have gathered -- some for the first time and others who have previously attended memorials -- so that we can remember Abu Taher, his principles and how the rule of law was turned into a set of arbitrary and ad hoc procedures by a regime determined to rule by illegal methods.

Notice

While it is not the policy of The Daily Star to serialise articles, given the degree of public interest regarding matters revolving around the execution of Col Taher, the topicality of the matter, as well as the importance and the quality of the article, we are making an exception and publishing Lawrence Lifschultz's, “Injustice Anywhere Is a Thereat to Justice Everywhere” in six installments starting today.

StarTech

Akhoni launches digital marketing

Few weeks ago a friend of mine was almost dying to get a membership of a gym. He wasn't ready to spend a lot for it though. Few days later he phoned me excitedly. He found a gym with a discounted deal through a website. It offers different deals too.

Mozilla starts coding for mobiles and tablets

The creators of the Firefox web browser have started developing an operating system for mobiles and tablets.

ViewPad 10 features Windows and Android

Viewsonic's new tablet has a unique solution for consumers who are still clinging to Microsoft's Windows, even as Google's Android operating system gains traction: It offers both.

Zuckerberg tops media power list

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has topped the Guardian's annual listing of the 100 most influential people in UK media.

SAP 'run better' road show held

SAP, a global market leader in enterprise application software, recently announced the launch of its 'Run Better Solutions' road show in the capital, says a press release.

Mouse that works on most surfaces

A4Tech, one of the world's leading computer accessories makers, through its authorised distributor Global Brand Pvt Ltd, has introduced V-track technology optical mouse in the local market that works on most surfaces, says a press release.

Bangladesh bags 3 mBillion awards

Local endeavours were awarded at the mBillionth Award South Asia 2011, that recognises and felicitates the mobile and telecom technology based initiatives and innovations from 8 South Asian countries.



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