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News of: Monday, 8th of August, 2011

Front Page

Rajuk, DCC among grabbers

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) have been filling up portions of Baunia and Ramchandrapur canals to build roads in another instance of violation of environmental laws by government agencies.

Fresh water for Buriganga

The government has finally started dredging the Turag river in efforts to bring fresh water to the highly polluted Buriganga river.

Cops let mob beat a boy dead

Police let a mob beat a 16-year-old boy to death on suspicion of being a robber at Tekerhat in Noakhali on July 27, witnesses told a private TV channel yesterday.

AL joins EC talks, says nothing

Ruling Awami League yesterday joined the Election Commission's dialogue on electoral reforms but refrained from giving opinions on the reform proposals.

They ate bread, bathed only once

Ending their captivity for nearly eight months in Afghanistan, five Bangladeshi workers returned home yesterday.

Kadar leaves hospital

Dhaka University (DU) student Abdul Kadar, who was tortured brutally in police custody on "false" charges, left Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday.

Indigenous issue draws arguments

Against the backdrop of much debate over constitutional recognition of non-Bangalee indigenous communities, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said in light of the ILO convention no 169 they are "tribal" people, not "indigenous".

HC order on 12 lawyers' bail plea today

The High Court today will pass order on two bail petitions filed by 12 pro-BNP-Jamaat lawyers in two cases filed on charges of assaulting police personnel and preventing them from carrying out their duties on the Supreme Court premises.

Clear wages before Eid to avert unrest

Home Minister Shahara Khatun yesterday instructed the garment factory owners to pay salary and other allowances to their workers in time to avert any untoward incident before the Eid.

Armoured military assaults 'kill 57'

At least 57 Syrian civilians were killed in armoured military assaults by President Bashar al-Assad's forces yesterday to crush a five-month uprising against his rule, a grassroots activists' organisation said.

Death penalty upheld

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld death sentences of three outlaws for killing Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president Kazi Aref Ahmed and four other leaders in Kushtia 12 years ago.

15 hurt in student-cop clash

At least 15 people including eight policemen were injured yesterday in a clash between police and indigenous students over bringing out a protest procession in Khagrachhari district town.

Six-month maternity leave a must

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the private sector employers to implement six-month maternity leave for their staff.

Sagufta asked to compensate victim's family

The High Court yesterday directed Sagufta Group to pay Tk 15 lakh in compensation to the family of Habibur Rahman Munna who died after a brick falling from an under-construction building of the firm hit him on the head.

Three cops gunned down in Pakistan

Three policemen were gunned down in Pakistan's troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.

Editorial

Rising prices, vulnerable savings

These are crunch times for people in the middle and lower income groups. With their fixed incomes unable to cope with ever rising prices of essential food items, it is now their bare savings which are under threat. As a report in this newspaper makes it obvious, that dark moment when people must cough up their limited, even paltry savings in order to meet daily family expenses is finally here. With inflation going up to 8.80 per cent in the last fiscal year from 7.31 per cent in the one preceding it, one does not require much wisdom to grasp the nature of the predicament fixed income groups are caught in.

Short-cut to driving license

One cannot but be surprised at a news appearing in a leading Bangla daily on Sunday that the Communication Ministry is under pressure from the Shipping Minister to issue professional driver's license to as many 27,000 applicants bypassing the normal procedure of granting license to heavy duty vehicle drivers.

Sports

Mountain to climb

The Tigers have a long climb ahead after Brendan Taylor's century put Zimbabwe in control of the one-off Test match at the Harare Sports Club yesterday.

Price of neglect

When the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) agreed not to host Test matches against New Zealand late last year, they voluntarily signed up for a day like Sunday.

ZIMBABWE DIARY

While there was a fair turnout on Saturday afternoon, the crowds were few and far between on Sunday.

Abahani's joy of three

Goalkeeper Shahedul Alam Sohel, hero of Abahani's Super Cup triumph, spent a sleepless night on Saturday after putting up a heroic performance in the final to help Abahani end the season on a high.

Still Tamim confident

His dismissal on the fourth evening, even this early in the chase, could be the turning point in the Tigers' chances, but vice-captain Tamim Iqbal believes the Tigers can still pull off the big chase today, the final day of the one-off Test match against Zimbabwe.

Trio served show-cause notices

National striking duo Zahid Hasan Emily and Mithun Chowdhury have been served separate show-cause notices yesterday for breaching discipline just before their departure for Beirut to play the World Cup pre-qualifying match against Lebanon.

Gael's first US final

French top seed Gael Monfils saved a match point and edged John Isner 6-4, 3-6 7-5 (8/6) in a rain-disrupted match early Sunday to reach the final of the 1.4 million dollar ATP Washington Classic.

Long layoff for Zaheer

India fast bowler Zaheer Khan has been ruled out of the remainder of the series against England. He will return to India and will be replaced by left-arm seamer Rudra Pratap Singh. Zaheer picked up a hamstring injury during the first Test at Lord's, but the Indian cricket board has now said he not only has a recurring hamstring problem but also a right ankle impingement that will require surgery, followed by a 14-16 week period of rehabilitation. He had been withdrawn from the squad for India's recent Test series in the West Indies due to a right ankle injury.

Dil-scoop is back

A conversation with his new coach Rumesh Ratnayake prompted Tillakaratne Dilshan to re-employ his trademark scoop shot for the first time in more than a year, the Sri Lankan captain has said.

Wolves shake off jitters

Germany's Brazil-born striker Cacau warmed-up for Wednesday's friendly against the South Americans with a goal as 2007 German champions VfB Stuttgart beat Schalke 3-0 to open their season on Saturday.

Apon made promoting partner

The Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday introduced Apon Commun-ications as the promoting partner of the Argentina-Nigeria FIFA International friendly match, scheduled to be held on September 6 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Ohuruogu rues poor effort

Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu slammed her disappointing performance in the 400 metres at the London Grand Prix on Saturday as her nightmare preparation for the World Championships took a turn for the worse.

Nani at the death

Manchester United underlined their determination to hold off the challenge from title rivals Manchester City as Nani's last-gasp winner clinched a 3-2 victory in the Community Shield on Sunday.

Sabella aims to restore pride

New Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said Saturday he was determined to restore pride in the South American footballing giants as they prepare to open their 2014 World Cup campaign.

Lukaku set for Chelsea

Chelsea are set to sign Belgian wonderkid Romelu Lukaku from Anderlecht after agreeing a fee for the striker on Saturday.

Milan lift Supercup

AC Milan came from a goal down to defeat bitter city rivals Inter 2-1 thanks to a quick-fire second-half double to lift the Italian Supercup in Beijing on Saturday.

Bundesliga's Japanese bloom

Japan striker Shinji Okazaki warmed-up for Wednesday's friendly with South Korea by coming off the bench to score for VfB Stuttgart in a bumper weekend for Japanese footballers in the Bundesliga.

Smith weds Irish singer

South African skipper Graeme Smith married Irish singer and model Morgan Deane at a private ceremony in Cape Town, media reported on Sunday.

Business

Call drops irk mobile users

Mobile phone users have been facing bad voice services, like call drops, for quite some time. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) logged a number of complaints from subscribers of mobile operators, said an official of the commission.

Govt sets 2G spectrum fees tomorrow

The spectrum allocation fees for four mobile phone operators -- Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi and Citycell -- will be finalised tomorrow at a meeting between the finance and telecom ministries, government officials said yesterday.

Muhith raps market protesters

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday harshly criticised the investors who staged street protests against a share market plunge.

SEC sits with merchant banks today

In the face of volatility in the secondary share market, the regulator sits today with merchant bankers to discuss the current situation.

Stock fall triggers protests

Stocks declined yesterday for a second day amid a steep fall in prices.

BASIS releases catalogue on IT and software

Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) yesterday published its catalogue on software and IT services for the local market and international buyers.

Regency hosts iftar party for orphans

Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort hosted an iftar party for the children of Al-Madrasatun Nooria & Orphanage at the hotel premises in the capital yesterday.

StanChart launches special services for young professionals

Standard Chartered Bank yesterday unveiled a set of customised services for affluent young professionals to serve them with one-stop services more conveniently.

US fund Blackstone plans two big German wind farms

The US investment fund Blackstone plans to invest several billion euros in German wind farms, as the biggest economy in Europe will need the energy when it abandons nuclear power by 2022.

Credit ratings love-hate has simple answer

It's a love-hate relationship. The White House doesn't like the fact that Standard & Poor's downgraded America's debt on Friday -- it even picked holes in the firm's numbers. European officials don't welcome critiques of sovereign credit, either. Yet governments seem broadly inclined to regulate rating firms tightly. The better answer is to cut them loose.

China remodels Silk Road city but scars run deep

The call to prayer echoes across the old Silk Road city of Kashgar, drawing believers into the main mosque under the watchful eye of armed police, as building cranes loom in the distance.

Crops with deeper roots capture more carbon, fight drought: study

Creating crops with deeper roots could soak up much more carbon dioxide from the air, help mankind fight global warming and lead to more drought-tolerant varieties, a British scientist says in a study.

Iftar items hot, restaurants not

An elderly MA Quader makes a small packet of diced carrots and places it on tables. He hurries to dice a few more carrots as the iftar time is fast approaching.

Hotel occupancy dips

Hotels and guest houses are facing a slowdown in occupancy rates due to a decline in the mobility and travels of the business community and tourists during the month of Ramadan, say hotel and guest house operators.

US calls for end to bickering after credit rating loss

The White House has called for an end to the political gridlock blamed for the first-ever US credit rating downgrade as allies voiced confidence in the world's largest economy.

G7 leaders race to beat off new week of market drama

Leaders of the powerful G7 nations Sunday raced for a joint response to spiralling tension over the eurozone debt crisis and downgrade of the US credit rating ahead of the opening of markets Monday.

LinkedIn follows up IPO with strong 2011 outlook

LinkedIn Corp projected faster-than-expected 2011 revenue growth after chalking up a surprise second-quarter profit, as the professional networking site sets off to prove it can fulfill the promise of its monster IPO and rich valuation.

US downgrade to hit commodity prices

Commodities, except gold, will likely fall when markets open on Monday due to a US ratings downgrade and a worsening debt crisis in Europe but panic shall be avoided.

AirAsia share deal to help Malaysia Airlines

Southeast Asia's largest budget airline AirAsia looks set for a major share swap with Malaysian Airlines in a deal to help save the struggling national

Dollar to drop on S&P move

The dollar may fall and Treasury yields rise on Monday in response to the United States losing its top-tier credit rating from Standard & Poor's but any selling is likely to be tempered by the euro zone's escalating debt crisis.

Metropolitan

Police failure delays disposal of case

Court could not dispose of the 76kg bomb recovery case due to failure of police to produce any prosecution witness before it in 45 consecutive dates during the last one year.

Conserve lakes, wetlands for Dhaka's survival

Lakes and wetlands in Dhaka must be demarcated immediately on the ground as they have been earmarked in the urban plan to save them, said the leading urban planners and researchers at a workshop in the city yesterday.

116 native birds seized at Kaptan Bazar

Wildlife Crime Control Unit of Forest Department in a drive recovered 116 native birds of different species, a rhesus monkey and a mongoose from Kaptan Bazar in the city yesterday.

BNP yet to win people's confidence: Goyeshwar

BNP standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy yesterday said BNP could not win the people's confidence as the opposition party till now though the countrymen are fed up with the government for its torture and repression.

4 killed, 21 injured in road accidents

Four people were killed and 21 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Natore and Brahmanbaria on Saturday night and yesterday.

Stolen car, car-parts recovered, 3 arrested

Detective Branch (DB) of police in separate drives recovered a stolen car and car parts worth around Tk 70 lakh and arrested three alleged thieves in the capital and on its outskirts Gazipur on Saturday.

Workshop begins today

Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed, secretary general of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), will launch a three-day training workshop in the city today on sustainable use of water resources to promote food security in South Asia.

HC orders arrest of 4 more

The High Court yesterday directed the police to arrest four more people who were allegedly involved in torture on two women at an arbitration in Rangpur.

Three cops suspended

Three policemen including a sub-inspector were suspended on Saturday night in connection with the death of a 16-year-old boy at Char Kakra village under Companyganj upazila of the district.

Plan to set up cooperative markets

State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Jahangir Kabir Nanak yesterday said the government has a plan to set up chain cooperative markets across the country to check price hike of essentials and ensure fair price of agri-inputs.

e-library in all upazilas soon: Azad

Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday said the government has decided to set up Shilpakala Academy auditorium and e-library in all upazilas of the country.

114 DU students get Duke of Edinburgh's Award

A total of 118 students of different departments of Dhaka University (DU) were recognised with Duke of Edinburgh's Award yesterday for their achievements in self-development skills and community services.

Shop staff killed in Keraniganj

A gang of miscreants stabbed to death a shop employee at the city's suburb Keraniganj early yesterday.

Shehnaz Rashid on remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Shehnaz Rashid Khan, daughter of an executed killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on remand for a day in connection with a case filed for possessing banned Yaba tablets.

Punishment to pro-BNP lawyers demanded

Bangladeshi expatriates in Austria at a rally yesterday demanded punishment of the pro-BNP-Jamaat lawyers who created chaos in High Court on Tuesday.

President hosts Iftar

President Zillur Rahman yesterday hosted an Iftar party in honour of the injured freedom fighters, family members of Bir Shreshthas, Alem-Olema, orphans, officials and employees of his office at Bangabhaban here.

Two killed in road crash

At least two people were killed and 20 others injured when a bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Kamarpara under Turag Police Station in Ashulia yesterday.

Goods transport owners' strike postponed

Dhaka Goods Transport Agency Owners' United Council yesterday postponed its indefinite strike programme scheduled to be started from today, following assurance from the authorities concerned of taking initiatives to stop hijacking of goods-laden vehicles on highways.

Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib's 81st birth anniversary today

Today is the 81st birth anniversary of Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, the woman behind the successes of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

400 bottles of Phensidyl seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 400 bottles of contraband Indian drug Phensidyl from an isolated area near Bishwa Colony under Khulsi Police Station in Chittagong yesterday.

CU proctor joins office temporarily

The proctor of Chittagong University (CU) Dr Mohammad Akter Hossain joined his office yesterday after five days of his resignation on August 2.

Appeal for help

Muhammod Sohel Rana, a fourth year student of Department of English, Dhaka University, is suffering from acute renal failure and needs immediate kidney transplantation.

Death anniversary

Today is the second death anniversary of Alhaj Quazi Abdul Mannan, says a press release.

National

Bera power plant to start production in mid-Sept

A 70-megawatt (MW) power plant is expected to go into production and add power to the national grid within mid-September.

Price fall, high labour cost frustrate jute growers

Jute growers in the district are becoming frustrated due to fall in jute price and high labour cost.

The moments of joy

The family members, relatives and neighbours expressed their heartfelt joy and gratitude as three Bangladeshi workers, freed on Tuesday after seven months of their abduction in Afghanistan, returned to their houses in Tangail yesterday afternoon.

Infant dies at pvt clinic: 3 arrested

An infant died allegedly for wrong treatment at a private clinic in Sadar upazila of the district on Saturday night.

Three schoolboys rescued: 4 held

Police rescued three schoolboys from Dhaka and Chittagong on Tuesday and Monday night and brought them to Pathorghata on Friday evening.

Strike at two Opsonin units called off

Workers at two units of Opsonin Group of Industries called off their strike following tripartite negotiations between the workers, management and labour directorate yesterday.

2 girls freed, 3 arrested

Police yesterday rescued two teenage girls in Chalitabaria bazaar area under Sharsha upazila of Jessore while being trafficked to India.

Boy killed in wall collapse

A 6-year-old boy was killed as a wall collapsed on him at Dakkhin Ramshala village in Akkelpur upazila Saturday. The deceased was identified as Mehedi, son of Emdadul Haque and a Class I student of local Brac school. Sources said due to heavy downpour, the rain-soaked wall of the house fell on Mehedi when he was playing near it, leaving him critically injured. When he was rushed to upazila health complex doctors declared him dead.

Wife burned to death

A housewife was burned to death allegedly by her husband at Sheikhhati Para in Jessore town on Saturday night. The victim was identified as Akhi Begum, 26, the second wife of Abu Taleb of the area. Taleb used to torture his wife Akhi, daughter of Yakub Ali Biswas, resident of Jhumtala village in Maheshpur upazila of Jhenidah district, for dowry since his marriage barely a year ago. On Saturday, he beat his wife, poured kerosene over her body and set her on fire, following a family feud at about 11:00pm. She died on the spot, according to police and locals.

Letters

Adulteration in food during Ramadan!

News entitled “Special drives in Ramadan against food adulteration” in The Daily Star of 1st August drew my attention. This drive will continue during the whole month of Ramadan. That news indicates that our unethical and corrupt activities increase more during the holy month of Ramadan than the rest of the months of the year. In our country it is difficult to find out any food item or fruit which is free from chemical or other harmful elements. But as a Muslim nation such attitude is disgraceful for us. Islam teaches us to live in an honest way. In my opinion, social awareness is very urgent for peaceful living. No drive will eliminate adulteration in food and corruption in the society until and unless we follow the teachings of Islam and change our corrupt mindset. How many places will the law enforcing agencies or BSTI go to find out the dishonest businessmen? Only moral lesson can change our corrupt mindset.

Mannan Bhuiyan's death anniversary

Poor media coverage on Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan's 1st death anniversary surprised us. Only a few words from Dr. Akbar Ali Khan's speech, given in the memorial meeting held in Jatiya Press Club on 30th July 2011, were published in some dailies. But Mannan Bhuiyan was a veteran politician of this country who served as secretary general of BNP for 11 years. We know that BNP expelled him in September 2007, and is this the reason why our media did not cover this news?

What our police should do

Crime is increasing in Bangladesh day by day, particularly in the capital. In Dhaka the most common types of crimes are hijacking and robbery. In the daily newspapers, every day we get several news of hijacking in the capital. It is very common news that the muggers snatch away money after stabbing the victim.

Stop beating about the bush

I laugh at the Food and Disaster Management Minister's suggestion that the Election Commission should impose more restrictions on spending money by union council polls candidates on electioneering to curb misappropriation of money because it shrewdly bypasses their offenders. It is like admonishing the guardian for his son's offense. Actually what we have to do is to plug the loopholes of law and stem the corruption so that bad people cannot misappropriate government money. This year government gave two lac taka to our college but to draw that money we had to bribe the upazila officials and fight the student cadres at the college. So please do not beat about the bush, keep your golden children at bay and remove corruption from government offices which is one of the promises you made in the election manifesto. If that can be done, it will do wonder.

Price hike

At present the main problem of Bangladesh is obviously price hike. It is increasing day by day. As a result, middle class and lower class people are suffering most. During this holy Ramadan some greedy and selfish businessmen are increasing the price of the necessary commodities. I would like to draw the kind attention of the authorities for taking effective measures to control price hike so that general people can buy necessary commodities at a bearable rate.

We cannot trust strangers anymore

In the past, life was not burdened with so many problems. People used to go out, travel from one place to another in a care-free manner, feeling safe and secure. During journeys they used to make new friends, exchanged addresses and shared food and drinks. Nowadays we have to be always on guard, unable to trust unknown people because so many untoward incidents are happening. We have to warn our children to remain distanced from strangers and after the incident at Amin Bazar, we have to tell them not to go in groups anywhere. In former days, many school children, even some in class VI or VII used to go to school riding bicycles but now it is unthinkable because miscreants will hijack the cycle, killing or seriously injuring the child. The condition of our society is deteriorating fast. If nothing is done to improve it, the outcome will be disastrous.

Illegal police boxes

Thank you Daily Star for publishing a courageous and timely report, on illegal police boxes erected around the corners of our city, which bears the names of some business houses of the country, made to serve their business publicity in disguise (DS: 1.8.11). We, the city dwellers, are used to see that the traffic police even use the umbrellas with the names of some known infamous business houses, realtors or even manpower export agencies which bestow them some sort of legality or reliability.

The new international airport

The government has decided, finally, to build a new international airport and the Prime Minister has directed the authorities concerned to report about the prospective sites to her within a week (DS: 2.8.11). It appears from the report that Sirajdikhan is about 18 km. away from the zero point while other places are very far except Arial Beel, where the government failed to convince people earlier and the PM personally negated to build the dream airport there in the end. Considering the physical location and proximity with the capital city, cost, time for commuting, passengers' convenience including the VVIPs (local and international) etc., we think the proposed new international airport should be established at Sirajdikhan. We would like to request the PM not to be happy with the sycophancy of some timeservers; rather she should be meticulous and take the public with her before investing thousands of crores of taka of our poor people.

Indo-American relationship

What I perceived having seen the current trends and development in the international political arena, there is no absolute code for relationship between nations and there is no postulate for keeping diplomatic communication. It's good, if it is really meant for greater good, international peace and security if the United States wishes to come closer to India and strengthen Indo-American relationship. Unfortunately Pakistan which was very closer to US's heart lost its position and became an alien to its best friend, America!

Kitchen markets -the source of all Eid happiness!

I love the kitchen market. The rocketing prices have ensured I don't have to worry anymore about what I have to buy. Life is so much easier now. Besides, the increase has also given me something to think about when I am utterly bored. No matter how hard I try, I just cannot figure out the amazing percentage increase in the prices. It defies logic. I wonder how it can happen, but I don't have a clue. I feel proud to see some of my fellow countrymen trying their best to increase their profit from the kitchen market sale! At least someone will be happy this Eid!

Satirizing our beloved Prophet (pbuh)!

Recently I read a news in the daily Inqilab that a teacher of Dhanmondi Boys' School made some unpleasant comments about our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Not only him, there are many people who satirize our beloved prophet (pbuh). The above mentioned daily is not subscribed by many, hence the news did not get due attention. Our prophet said a Muslim is not a Muslim until he/she loves Allah and His Messenger (pbuh) more than anything else, even more than his/her parents. Allah also says in Surah Tawba that if a person loves his family and friends more than Allah and His Messenger (pbuh), Allah tells him to wait for his destruction. From this we learn that if we do not love our prophet we are not Muslims. I request The Daily Star to report such incidents and I also urge the government to take strong initiatives against these unpleasant elements of the society.

Hartal and media's role

The question posed by Sir Frank Peters made us ponder. He said, “What would happen if a hartal were announced in Bangladesh, but the media (television, radio and press) totally ignored it and would not give the announcement even a mention?” That's a challenging and stimulating question that deserves serious consideration. The opposition usually holds a press conference before calling a hartal. If the media collectively refused to convey the message, it's doubtful if the hartal would even get off the ground. Hartal is most damaging to our economy and it is ruining our image abroad. What contribution is the media making towards mitigating the untold sufferings of innocent families who live from hand to mouth? Maybe the media should reconsider its role.

Is India a friend?

Needless to say, Sonia Gandhi's recent visit to Bangladesh played a very significant role in terms of improvement of relationship between the two countries and regarding their mutual concerns. And when it comes to establishing peace in border areas of Bangladesh and India, this visit had a very important role to play. India is a friend of Bangladesh, so security of Bangladeshis should be their concern too. But what BSF is doing nowadays in border areas is not what a friend does.

Readers Respond.

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star report headlined “Income fixed, expense wild”

International

London district protest turns violent

Emergency services yesterday restored order to a London district where rioters torched homes and looted shops as a protest at the fatal shooting of a local man by police turned violent, leading to 42 arrests.

Israel PM promises change after massive protests

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday promised change as he tried to ease growing anger over the cost of living after an unprecedented number of Israelis took part in nationwide protests.

Suu Kyi defies Burma govt warning

Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is to make her first overtly political trip outside her home city since she was freed from house arrest, her spokesman said yesterday, defying authorities' warnings.

Tough road ahead for Thailand's new PM

Thailand's first female premier has already clinched a place in the history books, but she could struggle to survive a full term in office and end her country's cycle of instability, analysts say.

Nato probes Afghan chopper crash

Nato in Afghanistan said yesterday it was probing the Taliban's claim that they shot down a helicopter, killing 30 American troops, including special forces, who were targeting militants.

Yemen president leaves Saudi hospital

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh left hospital in Saudi Arabia yesterday, government and medical sources said, two months after suffering severe injuries in an assassination attempt at his palace compound in Sanaa.

Hamas, Fatah meet in Cairo

Rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas opened talks yesterday in Egypt aimed at implementing a reconciliation agreement struck in May, state news agency MENA reported.

Hacker group declares war on US police

A hacker group on Saturday claimed it has "defaced and destroyed" websites at scores of US police agencies in retaliation for the arrest of suspected peers accused of hacking into the CIA, British crime agency SOCA, and Sony.

Philippine leader gave new hope

Philippine President Benigno Aquino's secret meeting with the head of the country's main Muslim rebel group revived hopes for peace in the troubled south, an insurgent official said yesterday.

Ex-president of Israel appeals rape conviction

Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav went before the Israeli Supreme Court yesterday to appeal his conviction and sentence for rape and sexual harassment, a justice ministry official said.

Eight killed in Iraq violence

Insurgents killed at least six people in a bomb attack on the home of a Shia family in a mainly Sunni town south of Baghdad yesterday, part of nationwide violence that left a total of eight dead.

Eastern China braces for Typhoon

Eastern China yesterday braced for the arrival of Typhoon Muifa, with thousands of boats ordered to stay in ports after the storm left one person missing further down the coast.

Lanka to protest over US fighter jets 'intrusion'

Sri Lanka's foreign ministry plans to protest to the United States after fighter jets intruded into the island's airspace last week, the local Sunday Times newspaper said.

Nepal bans smoking in public

Nepal has banned smoking in public and threatens to punish repeat offenders with steep fines.

Arts & Entertainment

Spicy Bites

Shahiduzzaman Selim is the embodiment of a gifted actor. His fans are also familiar with his talents behind the camera, since he turned director. But in 'Spicy Bites', cultural personalities face questions on issues from all angles, i.e. 'what would he/she do if he/she becomes the mayor of the city for a day?' or 'how should we deal with waste of resources?'

Bangla Academy observes Tagore death anniversary

On the occasion of the 70th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Bangla Academy organised a discussion and cultural programme on August 7 at Seminar Room of Bangla Academy. At the programme, Karunamaya Goswami read out the keynote paper on “Reality in allegorical plays of Tagore”.

Eid-special directed by Suborna

Only a year back Suborna directed a special TV play for Eid, “Shunya”. Now she is directing a one-hour TV play “Badol Din-er Prothom Kodom Phool” with Bodrul Anam Soud as the playwright.

Ibrar Tipu directs Baby Naznin's next album

Ibrar Tipu composed some of the popular songs on Baby Naznin's album “Shankha Nadir Majhi”, which was released four years back. Now Tipu is working on Naznin's next solo album. The album will feature a total of 10 adhunik and folk songs.

International Indigenous Day 2011

A regional painting competition for primary level students from the ethnic communities was held at the hall room of CARITAS Regional office in the town on July 31.

“Lucy” look-alikes honour Lucille Ball's 100th birthday

More than 900 red-lipsticked, redheaded women -- and men -- gathered near a “Vitameatavegamin” sign in the hometown of “I Love Lucy” star Lucille Ball to mark her 100th birthday on Saturday with a world record for most Lucy look-alikes.

OP-ED

Transit in exchange for rivers?

River water sharing and transit are two major issues for the upcoming Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh's visit to Bangladesh. So far, these two issues have been kept separate, and Bangladesh is focusing on duty, fees, etc. while considering the transit issue. This is a wrong approach. Transit is a strategic issue. Bangladesh should aim at some strategic gain in exchange for transit. Bangladesh should offer a historic compromise of giving transit facilities to India in exchange for full flow of all shared rivers.

Israel's lost chance

Seven months into the Arab Spring, Israel's leaders are getting over their initial alarm and confusion about how to react, and have begun to embrace the region's new uncertainty. Increasingly, they see it as a diplomatic opportunity to affirm Israel's importance to its traditional friends.

Translating growth into poverty reduction

Many countries experienced unprecedented economic growth and a significant reduction of poverty over the past decades. With an average yearly growth rate of 10%, China was able to cut poverty by nearly three quarters since 1990. In Latin America and the Caribbean poverty fell by a quarter between 1995 and 2005. Globally, a one percentage point growth in income has been associated with a decline in poverty of about 2.4 percentage points.

Continuing people's struggles in Egypt: Replay or new phase?

Replay of the January/February events, or exciting new phase? In the first part of July, Egypt saw mass mobilisations which, at first sight, might seem a replay of what happened in the beginning of this year. Half a year after the successful overthrow of Mubarak, the country witnessed another peak of protests.

The law gets sillier worldwide

A man in the US is suing a nail salon for US$200,000 after he was charged US$1 more for his manicure than female customers. "I was humiliated," Norris Sydnor III of Maryland told reporters.

This Day In History

August 8

1509
The Emperor Krishnadeva Raya is crowned, marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire.



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