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News of: Sunday, 7th of August, 2011

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Income fixed, expense wild

A newborn usually brings a sense of happiness to family members and relatives, but the joy of becoming the parents of a second child is tinged with worries for Rafeza Khanam and her husband.

US' top-notch credit rating downgraded

The United States lost its top-tier AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's on Friday in an unprecedented blow to the world's largest economy in the wake of a political battle that took the country to the brink of default.

Accused lawyer still inside SC

Mohammad Ali, a lawyer accused in two cases, was still holed up in Supreme Court Bar Association office yesterday to avert arrest. Police say they refrained from detaining him not for any legal barrier, but for their respect to the court.

Lawmakers of BNP ask for Papia's release

Those who had buried the 1972 constitution by bringing the fourth amendment in 1975 should be tried first, BNP leader Moudud Ahmed said yesterday.

Chitra river rots with jute

A portion of the Chitra river has become seriously pollute`d, as farmers are rotting jute plants in it.

Muhith sees dark shadow

In a stark warning, Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the country will lose $25 billion in the event of political instability in the next one and a half years.

It's an act of arson

Chemical experts have detected highly toxic Osmic compound in the ashes of the blaze that broke out on December 3, 2008 at Ganotantri Party president Nurul Islam's residence and killed him and his only son.

Making light of politics

Suddenly politics seems to be turning into a light-hearted, almost hollow affair.

Abahani bag Tk 1cr cup

Abahani hit the one crore taka jackpot when they beat bitter rivals Mohammedan 3-2 in the tiebreaker of the Grameenphone Super Cup final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Transport owners threaten strike

Dhaka goods transport agency owners' united council will enforce an indefinite strike from tomorrow to press home its five-point demand including steps to stop hijacking of goods-laden vehicles on highways.

31 US troops killed in Afghan crash

A US helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan has killed 31 US special forces and seven Afghan soldiers, President Hamid Karzai's office said yesterday.

Repression is for lands

A demographic engineering was done in the Chittagong Hill Tracts over three decades since 1978, through settlement of Bangalees and forced acquisition of indigenous people's land, economist Abul Barakat said yesterday.

Juno off to Jupiter

An unmanned Nasa space mission has launched from Florida on a journey to the planet Jupiter.

Biman won't hire aircraft from Kabo

The Biman Bangladesh Airlines authorities yesterday decided not to hire an aircraft from Nigeria-based Kabo Air to carry hajj pilgrims.

BNP hails Economist report

BNP top leaders yesterday hailed the much-talked-about news item on Bangladesh-India relations published in The Economist, a London-based news and international affairs publication.

5 Bangladeshis return today

Five Bangladesh workers, who were freed on Tuesday seven months into their abduction in Afghanistan, will return home today.

Rashid's daughter held with Yaba

A daughter of Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, an executed killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was arrested with 12 pieces of banned Yaba tablets from the capital's Dhanmondi early yesterday.

Fakhrul blasts govt for blocking foreign lawyers

BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir criticised the government yesterday for not allowing the war crime accused to appoint foreign lawyers to defend themselves in the International Crime Tribunal.

5.6-magnitude quake hits Indonesia

A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia yesterday, the local geophysics agency said, but there were no initial reports of damage or casualties.

Editorial

Extortionists having a field day

The practice of extortion goes on. They are not doing it on the quiet rather the crime is demonstrative and loud. The culprits call up the targeted individuals putting out all kinds of threats, including of death and causing harm to the family.

Thailand's new leader

Thailand enters a new and pretty uncertain era under Yingluck Shinawatra. It is not just that she is the country's first woman prime minister but also that she takes office with so many expectations of her from her supporters. A particular reason why Ms. Yingluck's rise to power is remarkable is that she does not have a history of active politics behind her and that she takes centre stage only five years after her populist sibling Thaksin Shinawatra was overthrown by the military. In a country where 18 coups and attempted coups have undermined democracy since 1932, the new prime minister cannot but tread carefully.

Sports

Abahani hit jackpot

Young goalkeeper Shahedul Alam Sohel repeated his semifinal heroics to save two shots from the spot to guide Abahani to a 3-2 tie-break win and the crore taka Grameenphone Super Cup triumph at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. The regulation time of the marquee final against archrivals Mohammedan had ended with the score on 2-2, and thirty minutes of extra time failed to yield any result, leading to the shoot-out which was eventually won by the Sky Blues.

2nd time lucky

As soon as the final whistle was blown, a few thousand spectators from the western stands came sprawling over the barbed wires and stormed onto the pitch. It was a sweet reprieve for the Sky Blues faithful who had witnessed their bitter rivals Mohammedan seize an early grip on the final. The crore-taka title, which was the only domestic trophy to have eluded the vaunted Sky Blues' cabinet, was grabbed at the second attempt after the 2009 disappointment against Mohammedan. This time, however, it was Abahani's turn to pocket the 1-crore purse while Mohammedan were left licking their wounds with Tk 20 lakh.

Bowlers put Test in balance

Four late Zimbabwe wickets swung the game into balance after the Tigers' batsmen gave themselves little chance, playing poor shots on the third day of the Test match yesterday.

Shuvo going to Zimbabwe

Left-arm spinner Sohrawardi Shuvo will leave Dhaka tomorrow morning to join the national team in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe Diary

From the moment it was certain that Brian Vitori will make his Test debut, the curiousity was about his speed.

Law backs Ashraful

Stuart Law had a long talk with Mohammad Ashraful after the Tigers' highest scorer of the first innings got out to a poorly thought out shot.

Murali dreamt of 1,000

A fleeting ambition of taking a phenomenal 1,000 Test wickets led Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralidaran to think about postponing his retirement last year but injury concerns and an ageing body prompted him to drop the idea.

Rudisha, Robles rule

Asafa Powell, the fastest man in the world this year, withdrew from the London Diamond League meeting just hours before he was due to run in the 100 metres at Crystal Palace on Friday.

Fergie lights the fuse

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson lit the fuse ahead of an explosive Community Shield clash with Manchester City by warning his bitter rivals that even their financial muscle can't guarantee success in the Premier League.

Dortmund make solid start

Defending German champions Borussia Dortmund opened the new season with an impressive 3-1 win over Hamburg on Friday thanks to goals from two of Germany's rising stars.

Real thrash Tianjin

Real Madrid thrashed Tianjin Teda 6-0 in a pre-season friendly Saturday as Los Blancos wrapped up their China tour with a display of the skills they will be deploying against Barcelona next week.

Dravid back in ODI fold

Rahul Dravid on Saturday was recalled to the Indian squad for next month's one-day series against England, while injured Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh were left out.

Bopara in for Trott

Batsman Jonathan Trott has been left out of the England squad for the third Test against India after failing to recover from a shoulder injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Saturday.

Dilshan ton dispatches Australia

A captain's blitzkrieg from Tillakaratne Dilshan, who hit a maiden Twenty20 century, and a three-wicket spell from pacer Dilruwan Perera resigned Australia to a convincing 35-run defeat in the first Twenty20 against Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Stadium.yesterday.

Ronaldinho eyes Brazil return

Former Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldinho is hoping his recent purple patch with Flamengo adds impetus to his bid to resurrect his career with the five-time World Cup winners.

Scholes bids farewell

Paul Scholes was on the scoresheet as he marked his Manchester United farewell with a goal in a 6-0 win over New York Cosmos as the former England midfielder waved goodbye to a packed Old Trafford on Friday.

Business

Govt to form taskforce on economic risks

The government will constitute a taskforce to tackle three major risks to the economy: a price hike, stress on balance of payments and slow growth in foreign direct investment, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.

Analysts see no risks from US downgrade

Analysts see no major negative impacts on the Bangladesh economy, as Standard & Poor's has downgraded the United States' AAA rating for the first time ever.

Partial internet outages for 5 days

Internet users in Bangladesh may face difficulty communicating with the rest of the world until August 11, due to submarine cable repairs in Singapore, service providers in Dhaka said yesterday.

Govt asks SEC to move on state-share offloading

The government has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to take steps to offload shares of listed state enterprises in a couple of weeks in a bid to increase supply to the stockmarket.

Stocks: a week in red ink

Dhaka stocks declined 4.98 percent last week, triggered by panic sell-offs. Fears of a further market fall ran deep among investors.

BB moves to better monitor non-banks

The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has started strict monitoring of non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) as their involvement in the financial market is on the rise.

Garment workers demand early wages

Leaders of Jago Bangladesh Garment Sramik Federation, a platform of garment workers, yesterday urged factory owners to pay their monthly salaries, overtimes and Eid bonuses before the 25th Ramadan.

Bhutan team visits e-procurement centre

A four-member Bhutanese study team on electronic government procurement visited Bangladesh on Wednesday to take stock of reforms being implemented in public procurement.

Chittagong chamber opens fair price shop

The Chittagong Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry starts selling parboiled rice, sugar and soybean oil at the chamber's premises in the port city today in its initiative to keep the prices of the commodities stable.

Market panic whips euro-leaders into action

Barely two weeks after a special summit held to offer a definitive fix to Europe's rumbling debt crisis, the market panic biting the single currency is whipping eurozone leaders back into action.

Citigroup data theft hits 90,000 in Japan

Private data for more than 90,000 customers of Citigroup's Japanese credit-cards subsidiary has been stolen and unlawfully resold, the company said on Friday.

Philippines calls for 'more stable' reserve currencies

The Philippine finance secretary Saturday called for the US to address "fundamental issues" after its debt downgrade and said the world needed other "more stable" reserve currencies beyond the dollar.

Time for a double dip?

This ought to have been a good week for the American economy. The country's leaders at last ended a ludicrously irresponsible bout of fiscal brinkmanship, removing the threat of global financial Armageddon by agreeing to raise the federal debt ceiling. Yet far from heaving a sigh of relief, investors are nervous. Stockmarkets around the world have tumbled. On August 2nd, the day the debt deal was signed, the S&P 500 index saw its biggest one-day fall in over a year, and yields on ten-year Treasury bonds dropped to 2.6 percent, their lowest level in nine months, as investors sought safety.

What happens when citizens lose faith in government?

Tolstoy thought unhappy families were unique in their unhappiness.

Carve out a name, with Karigar

Her parents were totally against her decision to go into business, but Tania Wahab's plan to do something on her own and set up a leather product making factory did not dampen.

BB, JICA team up for small businesses

Bangladesh Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have signed an agreement to provide financing facilities to the country's small and medium enterprises.

Impact of US downgrade uncertain: analysts

Given the size of the US economy and the preeminent role of the dollar worldwide, the cut to Washington's credit rating ought to spill over throughout the global economy.

Italy speeds up austerity to calm financial nerves

Italy will speed up austerity measures approved last month to achieve budget balance by 2013, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Friday, warning that the world had entered a new financial crisis.

India calls US downgrade 'grave'

The loss by the United States of its top-rank triple-A credit rating from Standard & Poor's has created a "grave" situation, India's finance minister said on Saturday

S&P's Beers: It was our duty to downgrade US

The top official behind Standard & Poor's historic decision on Friday to downgrade the United States' prized triple-A credit rating said it was his company's duty to make such a hard and controversial call.

China hits out at US debt 'addiction'

China hit out at the United States on Saturday after its unprecedented ratings downgrade, with state media saying that the world's largest economy needed to cure its "addiction" to debt.

Markets facing fresh chaos on US downgrade

World equities, fresh from their worst week since the 2008 global financial crisis on eurozone debt fears, face more turmoil after Washington lost its AAA rating, analysts said Saturday.

India's Ranbaxy's Q2 profit down 25pc

Top Indian generic drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories on Friday reported a 25 percent drop in its second-quarter net profit, buffeted by US regulatory problems, but it still beat market forecasts.

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae seeks $5.1b from US

The semi-public mortgage financing giant Fannie Mae said Friday it would seek an additional $5.1 billion from the US government, following a steep quarterly loss.

Australia bank slashes growth forecasts

Australia's central bank slashed its 2011 growth forecast Friday from 4.25 percent to 3.25 percent, warning the coal industry's recovery from floods was slower than hoped and consumer spending was cooling.

Weekly Currency Roundup

Jul 31-Aug 4
US dollar recovered massively due to the interest cut by the Swiss central bank and intervention from the Japanese government to change the yen. Japan intervened to curb the yen's strength to support its export-led economy leading to a 3 percent slid against the dollar. Swiss National Bank cuts interest rate on the rising Swiss franc.

Metropolitan

This is not forum to discuss politics

Leaders of different political parties attended an iftar party hosted by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the lawn of her official residence yesterday.

Pro-AL lawyers reject SCBA offer

A group of pro-Awami League lawyers yesterday refused to attend a meeting, called by the president of Supreme Court Bar Association to overcome the ongoing tension among lawyers, created by the August 2 courtroom chaos.

AL meets EC to talk electoral reforms today

Ruling Awami League (AL) is scheduled to join the ongoing dialogue with Election Commission (EC) today to discuss crucial electoral reforms.

Nazrul unique gift of Bangla literature

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said Kazi Nazrul Islam was a unique gift in Bangla literature and he was a poet of humanist.

Women's empowerment, dev in agri sector lauded

Rajmata Bibhu Kumari Devi of Indian State of Tripura called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Gono Bhaban yesterday.

Cops refuse to record case

Police refused to register a case against a flat owner of the city's Gulshan area who allegedly beat a female domestic help of a neighbouring flat on the same building five days ago.

World Breastfeeding Week begins today

The World Breastfeeding Week will begin in the country today as elsewhere in the world through different programmes.

Admission process begins at DU Aug 16

The admission process for the first year honours in the 2011-12 academic year of the Dhaka University will begin on August 16.

Visually impaired youths urged to tap potentials

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman yesterday urged the visually impaired youths to utilise their tremendous potentials and contribute to building a beautiful Bangladesh.

E-waste emerging as threat to health

Electronic waste, better known as e-waste, might represent a serious health and environmental threat to Bangladesh as the country witnesses fast-growing use of electronic products.

Over 100 fall sick after taking iftar in Khulna

Over 100 people fell sick after taking iftar at Barakpur village in Digholia upazila on Friday.

Tarique sold electric poles at higher prices

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Kahn said opposition leader Khaleda Zia's eldest son Tarique Rahman had deposited thousands of crores of taka to foreign banks by selling electric poles at higher prices during the previous BNP-Jamaat regime.

Accused lawyers must apologise

State Minister for Law Advocate Qamrul Islam yesterday said the accused lawyers must apologise in public for creating chaos in a High Court room on August 2.

Two held on charge of killing Meherpur schoolboy

Police yesterday arrested two persons allegedly involved in slaughtering a nine-year-old schoolboy in Gangni upazila of Meherpur.

600 yaba tablets seized in Ctg: One arrested

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a drug peddlar and seized 600 pieces of yaba tablets at Masterhat Bazar under Karnaphuli Police Station on Friday night, says a press release.

Hiroshima Day observed at RU

Bangladesh Chhatra Union and Bangladesh Gono Shilpi Sangstha observed the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day at Rajshahi University yesterday.

Indian held with $50,000 at airport

Customs officials at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport yesterday detained an Indian national for illegally possessing $50,000.

11 shops fined

A mobile court yesterday fined 11 groceries shops Tk 76,000 for selling packed consumer items without showing the retail price, date of manufacture and expiry date.

Khaleda takes Iftar with Jamaat leaders

Leaders of different political parties, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, attended an Iftar party organised by Jamaat-e-Islami at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the city yesterday.

Four alleged pirates detained

Four men were detained by members of Bangladesh Coast Guard (East Zone) along with a boat from the outer anchorage area of Chittagong port yesterday for alleged piracy.

Death anniversary

Today is the fifteenth death anniversary of Alhaz Nasir Hossain, founder of Azad Muslim Welfare Complex - Bangladesh, says a press release.

Theft at Kallol Group in city

An incident of theft occurred at Kallol Group of Companies in the city's Tejgaon Industrial area somewhen between Thursday evening and Saturday morning.

National

Khulna hospital with latest devices still remains a 'showpiece'

Sheikh Abu Nasser Specialised Hospital fails to provide proper medical services to the patients about one and a half years into its start.

Elderly Sylhet lawyer 'missing' for 20 days

As police could not trace out the 'missing' senior lawyer in 20 days, advocate Shamsul Islam Chowdhury's son filed a case with the Sylhet Kotwali PS Thursday night.

Mindless sand lifting triggers serious erosion in Habiganj

Erosion by Jadukata River along 50 villages in Tahirpur upazila has taken a serious turn with the onset of rainy season.

Mockery of justice forces her to commit suicide

A rape victim teenage Santal girl in Ghoraghat upazila of Dinajpur district committed suicide as a village arbitration court made a mockery of justice after forcing her to narrate the incident in presence of hundreds of people.

4 Hizb-ut Towhid men held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested four activists of Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Towhid in Rajshahi city early yesterday.

Ramadan comes to keep muri makers too busy

A good number of villages in Malanchi union in Sadar upazila are now busy preparing muri (puffed rice) as they supply a huge quantity of this common and popular iftar item to several districts during Ramadan every year.

25 injured as people of past, present UP chairmen clash

At least 25 people were injured and 21 shops looted during a clash between the supporters of the incumbent and immediate past chairmen of Panchgaon Union Parishad (UP) at Modhur Bazaar under Rajnagar upazila on Friday night.

AL rivals clash ahead of Aug 15 mourning day in Patuakhali

At least 10 people were injured in Dashmina upazila on Friday as a group of Awami League (AL) men tore intra-party rivals' banners set ahead of the August 15 National Mourning Day marking martyrdom of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Two traders murdered

Two traders have been murdered in Mymensingh and Magura.

Unrest at factory

Workers at two units of Opsonin Group of Industries here yesterday staged demonstrations to press home their 15-point demand including timely payment of their wages.

2 oulaws held in Pabna, Barisal

Two outlaws were arrested in Pabna and Barisal districts yesterday and the day before.

Two women murdered allegedly by husbands

Two housewives were murdered allegedly by husbands in Jamalpur and Khulna yesterday and on Thursday.

Student's death sparks protest in Nilphamari

Local people blocked Nilphamari-Domar road for two and half hours and torched a truck following the death of college girl in a road crash in Sadar upazila yesterday.

Letters

TCB in soup

The Trading Corporation of Bangladesh, the sole government trading body that secures imports for the country from the private importers, is having a tough time with the importers. They struck deals with TCB that they would supply essentials during the month of Ramadan and made a back track with their promised deal with the alibi that the prices they had quoted in their bids were much lower than the existing price currently in effect in the market. Eleven importers have signed agreement with the TCB to supply one lakh twelve thousand tons of sugar from which six companies have expressed their inability to supply the sugar. In addition to that, four companies, signed contracts with TCB to supply nineteen thousand six hundred tons of soybean oil, has also conveyed their inability of supplying the oil. They even have told the TCB that it can forfeit their performance guarantee money due to breach in contract. It is learnt from the reliable sources that the importers can yield hefty profits even after the deduction of guarantee money. This shows how prices of essentials are increasing in an unabated manner. Our ministry of commerce seems totally handicapped to either contain or control the prices or these influential importers' syndicate. This is just the two examples of how these importers monopolize the market defying government directives. Though it may sound ludicrous but the bare fact is that “who will bell the cat”?

Hate has to stop

The story carried in The Daily Star not only rekindles the divine spirit in humankind it also inspires the decadent world.

Restriction on rickshaws

Government is constructing flyovers at different points of Dhaka city and has restricted movement of rickshaws in some areas for improving the traffic jam. I am doubtful whether this will reduce the traffic jam. Main reasons of traffic jam are: grabbing of footpaths by hawkers, road side parking and evading of traffic rules.

Autonomy of BB and BTV

Ahead of each general election, the major political parties give us the assurance through their manifestos that if voted to power, they will ensure the autonomy of Bangladesh Betar (BB) and Bangladesh Television (BTV). But it is regrettable that all major political parties seem to be oblivious of the issue after they are voted to power.

Poor state of politics

Bangladesh political culture could not get out of the bottomless basket even after four decades. Political leaders do not pay much attention to the long-term development of politics remaining busy in subjective politics. The role for the society leaders is to debate the plus and minus points of dynasty politics because the two dynastic parties are not interested in raising this topic. This tendency to live in the past is having a negative and harmful effect on the new emerging young leadership which is not getting all the right inputs for future thinking. The future of this young nation looks bleak. Examples of self-sacrifice are not evident in the mass media.

Depleted cyclone shelter

The 'Focus Bangla' picture of a cyclone shelter in Kalapara upazila in Patuakhali, published in the pages of a local English daily on 8th July, is on the point of collapse, as it was built with cheap and poor materials.

Break the circuit of corruption

The rate in which the public is taking law into their hands gives rise to this fear that time will come when they will lift the cudgel to beat the corrupt officials and politicians. However, public justice is prone to be excess as it is seen in the recent Aminbazar incident. The proverb goes, while the cat's away, the mice will play. In the absence of law and order, criminals rule the roost in every sphere of life. Once unknown uneducated 'Zhantu' becomes unopposed leader and run roughshod over the area with immunity, thanks to party affiliation and police inaction. A chain of corruption and camaraderie complete the circuit and continue to electrocute the public. Incapacitated, thus the public is waiting for brave ones to break the circuit of corruption. Who will be that brave one to usher in a brave new world?

LP gas price

When gas supply is not available, people solely depend on LP gas (Liquefied Petroleum) for household use. But regardless of the concession in import duty, the price of LP gas is very high. The international market of the raw material of LP gas is quite stable. So what might be the cause for such kind of illogical price hike? The govt. must solve the matter urgently.

Why was Khaleda Zia absent?

We have heard that Khaleda Zia, the leader of the opposition, was not present in the highest state honour conferring ceremony. President Zillur Rahman handed over the "Bangladesh Freedom Honour" award to Sonia Gandhi on behalf of her late mother-in-law Indira Gandhi. It may be mentioned that Indira Gandhi has been honoured by Bangladesh after long 40 years of its independence for her outstanding contribution to the country's Liberation War in 1971. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, cabinet members, MPs, foreign diplomats, delegation members of Sonia Gandhi and distinguished personalities attended the function. But the leader of the opposition of Bangladesh did not attend the programme. Analysis may unearth many unknown reasons behind Khaleda's absence. But the image of the country has been damaged already. It also did not boost the ruling party's image. In fact, nobody was benefited by this. How can this nation get rid of these unhealthy gestures of the politicians? We do not know, to what destination our politicians will lead us.

Holidays for students

The government has announced the leave schedule for students to enjoy holidays during Ramadan. As per the announcement, secondary schools remained close from August 4 and madrasas from August 2 while colleges and technical institutions will remain close from August 14, and primary schools from August 17. Because of the different leave schedules the parents are suffering the most and the city dwellers cannot get rid of the terrible traffic jam. A mother will have to wait till August 17 to go to her village home because her one kid got vacation from August 4 and another will get it from August 17. I earnestly request the govt. to reconsider this fact and declare a common leave schedule.

Land grabbing goes on

A photo of illegal land and footpath grabbing in Karwan Bazar area was published in your daily a few days ago. This type of illegal shops, eateries, seasonal fruit shops, and league offices can be seen in Dhaka's many areas including Khilkhet, Nikunja, Mogbazar, Khilgaon etc. They build tin shed structures in public places and on footpaths and do business using the party's name and the leaders' photos. Nowadays you may find mobile fish markets too on foot bridges!

Teachings of Ramadan

Allah forgives us in this month of Ramadan. Hajrat Jibrail(as) came to prophet Hazrat Muhammad (sm) with the holy Quran in this month. There is a special night in this month when Allah shows unlimited kindness towards mankind. This night is called 'Lailatul Qadr'. Our prophet Muhammad (sm) devoted himself to prayer in this month. So, we should honour this month and involve ourselves in prayers. We should be sincere in acquiring knowledge from the holy Quran and try our best to establish the rules of the holy Quran in the society. A man should fast to get the kindness of Allah. If one fasts sincerely and follow the teachings of Ramadan, a special door to the heaven named 'Raihan ' will be opened for him/her forever.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Saturday's The Daily Star news analysis headlined “Economist shock”.

International

Typhoon Muifa nears China

China said yesterday that it had evacuated nearly 500,000 people as Typhoon Muifa approached but the storm was likely to miss the commercial capital Shanghai.

World fails Afghanistan despite spending billions

The global community has failed to create a politically stable and economically viable Afghanistan despite pouring billions of dollars into the South Asian nation during a decade-long war against the Taliban, says the International Crisis Group.

West hardens stance after crackdown

The US, French and German leaders pledged to consider new steps to punish Syria after security forces shot dead at least 22 people as tens of thousands staged anti-regime protests on the first Friday of Ramadan.

Somalia's al-Shabab rebels leave capital

Somalia's al-Shabab Islamist rebels left all positions in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, government and rebel spokesmen said yesterday.

Libyan rebel chief urges unity

Libyan rebel leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil issued a plea for rebel unity yesterday, as the cohesion of a five-month-long revolution wobbled under the weight of a high profile assassination.

Japan PM vows nuke-free future

A ceremony yesterday to mark the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing was dominated by national soul-searching on atomic power as Japan's prime minister pledged a nuclear-free future.

Blast destroys Nato tankers in Pakistan

A bomb destroyed at least 16 tankers on Saturday carrying fuel for Nato troops in neighbouring Afghanistan, Pakistan police said, the latest in a string of attempts to disrupt supplies.

Are mobile phones safe for children to use?

While many experts say there is no link between mobile phone use and cancer in adults there is still widespread uncertainty about the risks children face.

Sonia Gandhi out of ICU

The leader of India's ruling Congress party, Sonia Gandhi, was out of intensive care yesterday after undergoing successful surgery for an undisclosed ailment in the United States, a spokesman said.

Indo-Pak trade talks on Sept

The Commerce Ministers of Pakistan and India will reportedly meet in New Delhi next month, after a gap of over three years, to discuss issues related to trade expansion and proposals to remove non-tariff barriers that hinder smooth trade between the two countries.

Berlusconi rules out early polls

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi yesterday ruled out calling early elections to stem market panic that has pounded Italian assets and forced his government to bring forward austerity measures.

Syria to hold elections by end of 2011

Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said yesterday that elections to a new parliament will be held by year's end, as Syria's regime faces international pressure over its deadly crackdown on protests.

US-Bahrain defence pact renewed

US officials and their counterparts in Bahrain, which crushed month-long protests in mid-March, have renewed a defense pact, officials said Friday.

South Sudan MPs sworn in

Newly independent South Sudan swore in its MPs yesterday, two days ahead of parliament's opening session, with the speaker calling for cooperation regardless of background or political affiliation.

Eight Afghans killed in Nato air strike

Afghan civilians may have been caught up in a NATO air strike against suspected Taliban insurgents, a foreign military spokesman said yesterday, amid claims up to eight civilians died.

'Saleh to leave hospital soon'

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will soon leave the Saudi hospital where he has been recuperating from wounds suffered in an attack on his palace, but will remain in Riyadh for the time being, a Yemeni government source said on Saturday.

Murdoch daughter will not join board: News Corp

Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth will not join the board of directors at her father's scandal-hit media empire as planned, News Corporation has said.

Iran's minister hopes court will free American hikers

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi hopes that the trial of two US citizens detained in the Islamic republic on espionage charges will lead to their freedom, local media reported yesterday.

Chinese, Indians top Australia security blacklist

Chinese and Indian citizens dominated Australia's border control blacklist, secret documents showed yesterday, with the majority of people singled out for national security reasons.

Ivorian bus plunges into lagoon, 37 killed

A bus plunged into the lagoon in Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan Friday morning, killing 37 of its 47 passengers, a government spokeswoman said.

Arts & Entertainment

Musical Homage to the Bard

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) paid homage to Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore by arranging a musical- cum- recitation programme at its Music and Dance Centre auditorium yesterday.

Metaphors of the moon

A weeklong solo exhibition featuring the works of Japanese artist Junko Okamoto is on at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA),University of Dhaka. The exhibition was inaugurated on August 1.

Glitz and glamour

Glamorous Shaina Amin caught the public eye with her very first TV ad. The ad was for Sunsilk Shampoo, known for its catchy jingle “Teen Duguney Panch”. “I was studying in class ten when I was offered the assignment and from that time several other ads came my way,” she reminisces.

Veteran poet felicitated

Mahadev Saha is one of the most noted contemporary Bangladeshi poets. His immense contribution to Bangladeshi poetry, over the last four decades, has earned him international acclaim as well.

Bengal Gallery and Korean Embassy join hands

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts and Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Bangladesh have jointly organised a week long solo photography exhibition titled “Sundarbans Forest”, featuring the images of noted Korean photographer Professor. Jongsung Paul Choe. The exhibition was inaugurated on August 5 at Bengal Gallery, Dhanmondi.

Darpan Sangskritik Goshthi celebrates 15th anniversary

Darpan Sangskritik Goshthi, Pabna, a leading theatre organisation of the district, celebrated its 15th anniversary recently. The weeklong programme concluded recently with a discussion and cultural programme at Pabna Town Hall premises.

Marilyn Monroe film to open New York film festival

A film about Marilyn Monroe's time in England in 1956 is to premiere at the New York Film Festival.

Priyanka Chopra hits a high note

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra is all set to turn a crooner.

A first for a trio

On the occasion of Friendship Day, Banglavision will air a special single-episode TV play titled “Kemon Acho Bondhu” today at 9:05pm. Produced by Banglavision, the cast includes Mir Sabbir, Sharmeen Zoha Shashi, Arman Parvez Murad and others. Sabbir and Shashi will the play the roles of a husband and wife while Murad and Sabbir will appear as friends.

OP-ED

A diplomatic setback or what?

Last week, there was a flurry in our foreign office. The foreign minister held a back-to- back meeting with the heads of foreign missions here, followed by a meeting with the editors of the print and electronic media. The issue that seems to trouble the ministry was the matter of implementation of the CHT Peace Accord that was discussed in two UN bodies.

Why we need the tabloids

AS long as we have had tabloids, we have had tabloid scandals.

The Lion, the Ant and 'Lady Justice'

In mid-May, the world was rocked by the arrest of the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss Kahn (DSK). He was accused of raping a 32-year-old Guinean maid in his Sofitel Hotel room in Manhattan, New York. The reverberations of the case still continue. Last week, the accuser, Nafissatou Diallo, abandoned her anonymity and stepped forward in full pubic glare, with interviews and a press conference, to plead to the New York Prosecutor's Office not to drop the charges against DSK.

Sheer might steamrolled right

Awami League (AL), with its brute majority in the Jatiya Sangshad (JS), passed the crucial 15th Amendment to our Constitution in haste, brushing aside the opposition of the Bangladesh National Party (BNP). It might set into motion trains of errors wrapped in JS's seal of legality, which may let loose terror, arson and hatred that will jeopardise the possibility of any understanding and cooperation between the government and the opposition.

Major General M.R. Choudhury: A visionary leader

An eminent medical scientist and physician of Bangladesh, Major General Mahmudur Rahman Choudhury was born on June 1, 1928 in Sylhet. He had a brilliant academic and professional career. He passed Matric in 1944 in first division with letters and stood first in ISc among Muslims of Assam under Kolkata University and received the full scholarship for studying in Calcutta Medical College. He received scholarship from the then Pakistan government and obtained D. Bact. with highest distinction from the University of London.

This Day In History

August 7

1461
The Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor.



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