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News of: Friday, 12th of August, 2011

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Impossible rides stop

Transport owners yesterday suspended indefinitely the bus service on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, citing the road has become impassable.

No repair since 2005

The Dhaka-Mymensingh highway has become the worst highway that saw last repair or rehabilitation in 2005.

Errant lawyers to say sorry

Thirteen pro-BNP-Jamaat lawyers involved in creating chaos in the courtroom of a High Court bench with one of them throwing a plastic missile at the bench will apologise to the judges on Sunday.

Heart attack follows arrest

A pro-BNP lawyer suffered a massive heart attack in police custody and was rushed to a city hospital hours after police picked him up from Segunbagicha area early yesterday.

EC now stronger

The Election Commission has become strong enough in the last four and a half years to hold credible polls, its chief said yesterday.

Veg prices shoot up

Prices of a number of vegetables and green chilli shot up in the city markets yesterday because of a fall in supply as continuous downpour of the last few days hampered harvesting.

Hasina 7th among12 top women

The Time magazine has listed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as one of the 12 top women leaders of the world. She has been placed seventh on the list.

2 dailies to run ad for Tarique

A Dhaka court yesterday gave an order to its administration to publish an advertisement asking Tarique Rahman and 11 others to surrender before the court by August 25 in connection with the August 21 grenade attack case.

Thousands suffer in floods, waterlogging

A warmer weather may be on its way after days of incessant rainfall and flash floods disrupted communication across the country, forecasters say.

Kibria killing trial delayed

Prosecution took further time yesterday in former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria killing case as the trial court has been running without a regular judge.

Judicial probe body visits Aminbazar

The one member judicial committee, formed on Wednesday to probe the killing of six students at Aminbazar on the outskirts of the capital, visited the spot yesterday and talked to the locals.

A desperate escape act

She came to the UK in March to learn English and to join her older sister, who has lived in the UK for five years.

Two killed in Beirut blast

A blast ripped through a parking lot in a Christian suburb of Beirut yesterday, killing two people, a security official told AFP.

Japan parties agree on renewable energy bill

Japan's ruling Democratic Party reached an agreement with the main opposition parties on Thursday to pass a bill designed to promote renewable energy, an opposition lawmaker said, setting the stage for unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan to resign once the law is enacted.

26 injured in China quake

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake that struck China's far-western region of Xinjiang yesterday injured at least 26 people, three of them critically, state media said.

Editorial

The adulteration menace

Uncontrolled use of hazardous chemicals by traders to preserve, colour or make food items attractive now poses a deadly threat to public health.

The message from TIB

The message coming out of the human chain organised by Transparency International Bangladesh on Wednesday is clear: unless sexual harassment is stopped at educational institutions, it is the higher calling of learning that will be in jeopardy. Indeed, it is a theme we at this newspaper as well as whole bodies of citizens across the country have emphasised in these past many months. And since the scandal arising out of the unethical behaviour of a teacher at Viqarunnissa School some weeks ago, the issue has acquired greater urgency for all of us.

Sports

Hosts looking to set the tone

Zimbabwe awaits a Bangladeshi counterattack, quite similar to the recent ODI series the two teams have played of late.

Tigers focused on victory

Shakib Al Hasan said that winning today's first one-dayer of the five-match series is inspiration enough for himself and his team.

Cook puts India to sword

Alastair Cook's 182 not out led England into a commanding position against India on the second day of the third Test at Edgbaston here on Wednesday.

India flop: Fletcher

India's famous batting line-up has flopped for a fifth successive innings as they are struggling to handle the swinging and seaming conditions in England, India coach Duncan Fletcher said on Wednesday.

ZIMBABWE DIARY

A large hotel compound with a number of hall-rooms mean one event after another at the Rainbow Towers in Harare.

Alok piqued, Akram irked

Twenty-five cricketers have been selected to attend the Bangladesh A Team skill camp which will start from Sunday.

AWOL trio says sorry

National striking duo Zahid Hasan Emily, Mithun Chowdhury and winger Zahid Hossain yesterday answered the show-cause notices, served by the National Team Management Committee, apologising for their actions.

Rafa mauled at Montreal

Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Montreal Masters in his opening match on Wednesday in a shock defeat at the hands of Croatia's Ivan Dodig.

SK Russel rope in Maruful

Maruful Haq has been appointed as the new coach of Sheikh Russel KC yesterday as the recent powerhouse of local football inked a one-year deal with the ex- Mohammedan coach.

Chanchal ban stayed

A High Court bench yesterday has stayed Bangladesh Football Federation's decision of banning Daily Jugantar's sports journalist Mozammel Haque Chanchal from all football activities organised by the BFF.

Germans end 18-yr wait in style

Germany and Italy produced the standout performances in Wednesday's friendlies, giving both ideal boosts ahead of next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Press hail Goetze

Germany's press hailed wunderkind Mario Goetze on Thursday after the 19-year-old orchestrated the national side's impressive 3-2 defeat of South American giants Brazil.

European results

At Faro, Portugal

Japan crush S Korea

Japan overpowered fierce rivals South Korea 3-0 in an emotionally charged friendly on Wednesday less than a week after former international Naoki Matsuda died after collapsing in training.

Pedro wary of Real

Barcelona winger Pedro Rodriguez believes Real Madrid will be "even more dangerous" this season, ahead of Sunday's first 'clasico' between the bitter rivals.

Tottenham'smatch postponed

Tottenham's opening Premier League match against Everton has been postponed due to the violence in London, league chief executive Richard Scudamore confirmed Thursday.

CBF backs under-fire Menezes

Brazil coach Mano Menezes has the backing of CFB president Ricardo Teixeira even though the South American's 3-2 loss to Germany means back-to-back defeats after last month's Copa America exit.

Klinsmann era starts with draw

Jurgen Klinsmann praised an encouraging performance from his United States team after his first match in charge ended in a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Wednesday.

Liverpool agree Enrique deal

Liverpool have agreed a fee with Newcastle for the transfer of Spanish defender Jose Enrique, the club confirmed Thursday.

Drinking antics see Mutu life-banned

Troubled striker Adrian Mutu has been expelled from the Romanian national team for life after spending a night drinking with a teammate ahead of a friendly against San Marino, coach Victor Piturca said.

Business

BB releases new banknotes

Bangladesh Bank yesterday released new banknotes of five denominations with the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Exporters to benefit from US downgrade

'In every crisis lies an opportunity'.

Spinners at stake as demand drops

The capital-intensive spinning sub-sector is in a double whammy as sales of yarn dropped amid a price fall that stemmed from lower demand from weavers and knitters, industry people said.

Stress on payments eases

Bangladesh performed better than expected in its current account balance last fiscal year as the central bank's monetary measures seemed to be working, officials said yesterday.

ADB to lend Bangladesh $300m to help cut energy crunch

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday said it would extend a $300 million energy infrastructure loan to help Bangladesh address critical power shortages that are undermining the economy and slowing poverty reduction efforts.

Stakeholders demand further change to book building rules

Market stakeholders have urged the Securities and Exchange Commission to erase a proposed clause on valuation from the draft on an amended book building method.

Dhaka-Saidpur flight resumes Thursday

Flight operations on the Dhaka-Saidpur route resumes next Thursday, as authorities have completed all preparations, including repair at Saidpur airport.

ADB reelects president

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors yesterday unanimously reelected Haruhiko Kuroda as president of the organisation for the next five years beginning on November 24, 2011.

Rohto-Mentholatum launches two skincare products

Rohto-Mentholatum (Bangladesh) Ltd has launched two new skincare products -- Acnes, an anti acne/pimple care formula, and OXY range of face wash, exclusively for men -- at a programme in Dhaka recently.

India's Tata Motors profit lags forecast

India's top vehicle maker Tata Motors on Thursday posted a rise in quarterly sales but stagnant profits as rising raw material costs affected its bottom line.

Gold closes higher, but off record high

Gold prices closed at $1,782.50-$1,783.50 an ounce in Hong Kong on Thursday, down from its record high above $1,800 in the morning when dealers rushed into the safe haven asset.

Taking up CSR for a better world

There is no conflict between making money and being socially responsible. You can create jobs and be Santa Claus at the same time:Warren Buffett

Tax gateways to India

The equatorial island nations of Mauritius and Singapore are competing for the role of preferred gateway for foreign investments into India and other Asian countries.

China lacks options on US debt

China has launched a barrage of criticism at the United States over the debt crisis, but analysts say the world's largest foreign holder of US debt has no choice but to maintain its Treasury holdings.

India's food inflation hits 4-month high

India's food inflation accelerated to 9.9 percent in end-July, the highest since mid-March, suggesting the RBI would continue monetary tightening despite uncertainty over the global slowdown.

S America looks for shield from economic crisis

Finance ministers from 12 South American countries meet Friday in Buenos Aires to work on coordinating actions to confront the burgeoning economic crisis in Europe and the United States.

Most Americans say US on wrong track

Economic fears are weighing heavily on Americans, with a large majority saying the United States is on the wrong track and nearly half believing the worst is yet to come, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said Wednesday.

Scarred London opens for business after riots

After a relatively quiet night on London's streets, life started to return to normal Thursday following four nights of rioting that have left homes and shops in ruins and four people dead.

Asian stocks mostly lower

Asian stock markets mostly fell on Thursday but closed off their earlier lows as traders went bargain-hunting despite huge falls in Europe and on Wall Street.

Vodafone sells stake in India

Vodafone announced on Wednesday a deal in which Piramal Healthcare will buy 5.5 percent of its mobile business in India for $640 million, to keep the British company within the foreign ownership rules.

Metropolitan

Early detection of autism to help lead better life

With a minimal cost, Bangladesh can train community healthcare providers to screen autism among children giving them the chance to lead a quality life, said school psychologist Saima Hossain.

Iajuddin on artificial life support

Former president Iajuddin Ahmed was put on artificial life support at a city hospital on Wednesday noon after he suffered from cardiac complications, said family sources.

Amend constitution to recognise indigenous people, speakers urge govt

Leaders of some indigenous and left-leaning political parties demanded amendment to the constitution to recognise indigenous people.

Shutting coaching centres overnight not possible

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said it is not possible to stop private coaching centres overnight without ensuring quality standard of education at the institutions.

Deal likely during Manmohan's visit

Bangladeshis will get unfettered 24-hour access to Dahagram and Angarpota enclaves in India through the Tin Bigha Corridor under a landmark boundary agreement expected to be signed during the Indian premier's Dhaka visit next month, an Indian newspaper reports.

Textile mill fined Tk 71.50 lakh

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a textile mill Tk 71.50 lakh at Hotapara in Gazipur for polluting the Turag river and an adjacent water body with untreated liquid waste.

DB assigned to probe Milon killing

The Detective Branch of police will investigate the Milon killing case.

Man kills himself 'over debt burden'

A businessman allegedly hanged himself at his residence in the city's Adabar yesterday, as, police suspect, "he was suffering depression over a huge debt burden".

'Take steps to ease sufferings'

Different socio-political organisations urged the government to take necessary measures to ease sufferings of the homebound people before the Eid-ul-Fitr.

Girl commits suicide

An 11-year-old girl killed herself by hanging from the roof at her residence in Ponagram village of Gowainghat yesterday.

HC asks Jalil to appear Aug 16

The High Court yesterday summoned Abdul Jalil, chairman of Mercantile Bank Foundation, and its executive committee members to explain the alleged occupation of a temple's land in Naogaon after destroying it by the foundation.

Convict held with fake notes

An absconding convict was arrested along with fake notes worth around Tk 30,000 from the port city early yesterday.

Case against Qazi Faruque to move now

The High Court yesterday cleared the way for running a money laundering case filed against Qazi Faruque Ahmed, former chairman of Proshika, and his son Qazi Rubayat Ahmed.

Appeal for help

Md Shafiquer Rahman, 45, an employee of a garment factory, is suffering from kidney disease, says a press release.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of Jamila Khatun, mother of Aminul Haque, managing director of Banglavision, a private satellite television channel, will be held at Tikatuli Jame Masjid after Asr prayers today, says a press release.

7 food shops fined in Ctg

Seven food shops in Chittagong city were fined a total Tk 3.86 lakh by two mobile courts yesterday for producing adulterated food in unhygienic environment and selling those past their expiry dates without maximum retail price.

Amini sued for sedition

Police yesterday filed a sedition case with a Dhaka court against Mufti Fazlul Haq Amini, chairman of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), for making derogatory remarks about the country's constitution.

Fair probe demanded

Students of history department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday demanded a fair investigation into the suicide of Majria Jannat Sumi.

Khaleda takes Iftar with journos

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia attended an Iftar party jointly hosted by BFUJ and DUJ at the National Press Club yesterday.

Youth commits suicide

A youth allegedly hanged himself from a fan at his residence in the city's Mirpur yesterday.

National

Rain takes heavy toll on aman, fish enclosures

Heavy rain in the last few days hit aman plants, seedbeds and fish enclosures in low lying areas of the district.

Karomjal faces fund crisis with new mouths to feed

Surprisingly though, the government-run crocodile breeding centre at Karomjal in Chandpai Range under the East Wing of Sundarbans Forest Division (SFD) has not received any fund for feeding the carnivorous reptiles during the last three months.

Polythene choking drains, water bodies for lack of monitoring

Widespread use of polythene and plastic bags has become a matter of concern in Dinajpur town and other areas of the district as it is disrupting the drainage system and choking the water bodies.

Death of worker triggers work abstention at Hili

Export-import through Hili Land Port came to a halt yesterday afternoon as workers went on the rampage following death of a fellow worker under the wheels of a truck inside the port.

Vet students call for steps to ensure employment

The students of veterinary science department of Rajshahi University (RU) formed a human chain on the campus yesterday demanding steps for their adequate employment at government and autonomous vet related organisations.

One arrested with fake Indian currency

A Bangladeshi was arrested with 17 lakh fake Indian rupees in the district yesterday.

Cast vote for Sundarbans

Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque has called upon the people to gear up vote campaign for Sundarbans as the deadline is fast nearing.

Gecko freed, poacher punished

A mobile court fined a man for trading gecko, locally known as takkhak, in Dighinala upazila of Khagrchhari district on Wednesday evening.

Teenage girl murdered

Body of a teenage schoolgirl was recovered from a drain at Gagon Goli of Datarkhana area in the city yesterday morning.

Suicide

A housewife allegedly committed suicide yesterday afternoon by jumping under a running train in Sodanandapur station area near the Bangabandhu Bridge in Sadar upazila of the district.

Former UP chairman murdered

Police recovered the body of Mozaffar Ahmed,55, freedom fighter and former chairman of Naldanga union in Sadullapur upazila from a high school pond yesterday. Police said youngest son of Mozaffar who was defeated in the last union parishad election, saw the floating body. Hearing his cry, local people rushed to the spot and identified the body. Later police sent it to morgue for autopsy.

Eight held for video piracy

Eight people were arrested in the city on Wednesday on charge of their involvement in video piracy. The arrestees were identified as Ahmed Hossain, 39, Jhantu Dewan, 28, M Rumel, 22, Partho, 19, Ashikur Rahman, 26, Milon, 27, Masum, 30, and Rubel, 21. Sources said, a Rab team raided Jahanara Telecom, Swarna Telecom, Electro Mobile Centre, SR Telecom, Kashem Telecom, Mobile Trust and New Banshari CD Centre at noon. The elite force held eight people and also seized a huge quantity of pirated CDs, computers and CPU during the drive.

2 Shibir leaders arrested

Police arrested two leaders of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, from a procession at Power House crossing in the city yesterday afternoon. The arrested Shibir leaders are Abul Bashar and Helal Hossain. Khulna PS officer-in-charge SM Kamruzzaman said the Shibir leaders were arrested on charge of bringing out procession without permission and creating chaos in the city. Chhatra Shibir district unit and metropolitan city unit condemned the arrest and demanded their immediate release.

Building collapse in Dinajpur

Floor of a two-storey old building in the town collapsed Wednesday morning. However, none was injured. The incident rendered at least 11 families homeless in Rayshaheb Bari area. The district administration later shut the fearing that that the entire structure may collapsed anytime. Witnesses said a portion of the first floor of the two-storey building caved in with a big bang in the morning creating panic among the locals. Nobody was hurt as the residents of the building were out to earn their bread, police said. Hasan Shamim Iqbal, OC of Dinajpur police station said that all the family members of the building were evacuated safely. At least 11 families had been living in the dilapidated building for last 25 years, said Robin Singh, a local. The building was declared abandoned a few years ago, he said.

Letters

Norway tragedy

Recent tragic events in Norway illustrate how dangerous it is when neither the state, nor society in general, recognises or confronts those religious extremists (Christian or Muslim) who argue they are not under a country's law because it is "man's law and not God's law" and so consider themselves free to break the law. This can encourage unstable or brain-washed individuals to think they have the right to persecute and even murder those who disagree with them, even members of their own faith community.

It's more than just your grades!

Two of the few occasions when Dhaka city actually runs out of sweets and the sweet manufacturers get nastily busy to refill their stocks are when the nationwide SSC and HSC exam results are published. Parents display varying degrees of anxiety to be followed by glee or disappointment but it's again the students who stand the test of the day.

Awareness about autism

There are potentials in every child. The autistic children need special care. The mass people did not have very clear idea of autism previously. In most cases parents were indifferent about autism which led the autistic children to frustration and there remained no one to help them. But now the situation is changing. The effort to create awareness about autism among the common people is very appreciable.

Taking advantage of my situation?

I have been using a cell phone for the last 13 years and till today I am stick to one number. In all these years this number have become a part of my life; in fact, I treat this number as an identity of me. But recently I received an SMS from my operator which surprised me. My operator told me to dial a special number to get connected to RAB, police, fire service or blood bank during any crisis period or in emergency.

The holy month

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Muslims fast for the sake of Allah and to offer more prayers than usual. Muslims believe Ramadan to be an auspicious month for the revelations of Allah to humankind, being the month in which the first verses of the holy Qur'an were revealed, on Lailatul Qadr, to the prophet Muhammad. In the Qur'an, Allah proclaims that "fasting has been written down (as obligatory) upon you, as it was upon those before you."

Corporal punishment

Let me applaud and endorse the views expressed by Sir Frank Peters about corporal punishment. It is sad that most teachers do not know about the UN Convention on the Rights of Children. The teachers require a thorough orientation to increase their awareness levels. The authorities can think of introducing a feedback system through which the outgoing students of a class can give an assessment of the teachers who taught them during the year under review. A dispassionate assessment of the feedback will help in improving the system.

Create a culture of constructive criticism

It's unfortunate that in our country constructive criticism is almost non-existent. When we criticize something we generally use a range of disgraceful words that often create unhealthy conflicts and confusions in our society. As a consequence, criticism often becomes synonymous to harassment. We fail to understand that every individual or institution has its own flaws and limitations.

An appeal to Khaleda Zia

There is considerable debate about the date of birth of Khaleda Zia. I do not want to participate in that debate. Even if her birthday is on 15th of August, she should not celebrate it publicly. Those who show their eagerness to celebrate it publicly can not be her well-wishers.

'Business behind police boxes'

It is very much disgusting to read in the newspaper that a group of advertising agencies in connivance with the traffic police is making unauthorised police boxes and are using them for advertising without having prior permissions from the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC). The DCC does not know about these police boxes that are being built without their knowledge.

Unscrupulous traders

Every year during the month of Ramadan the prices of essentials like sugar, cooking oil, brinjal, cucumber, mint, cumin leaves, tomato, carrot, rice, chicken, beef, mutton and fish go up. Extortion by traders and business people reach intolerable heights. Even the rates of bribes increase in this holy month! Lives of the common people become very difficult. We wonder whether Ramadan is a month of sacrifice or a month of extortion by greedy traders. We think a consumers' rights movement should be waged to combat these anti-people greedy practices.

Curb road accidents

Road accidents are being occurred so frequently that we take it as a common phenomenon of our life, and we do not take enough action to minimise the incidents of accident. Every day some of us lose our relatives and friends in road accidents. How to curb this? Firstly, I think we need to emphasize on raising awareness; we have to make drivers understand that they should care not only for their own lives but for the passengers' lives also. Media can play a vital role in this.

ONLINE VOICES

Eat less
Commerce minister gives solution to price hike of essentials (August 5, 2011)

International

British PM unveils anti-riot measures

British Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled yesterday new measures to end the worst riots in decades, and admitted he had considered ordering the army to quell the violence.

Police raid houses across London

Police began raiding houses across London yesterday to make arrests over the riots that rocked the British capital, with more than 100 warrants issued already, a senior Scotland Yard officer said.

London Sikhs lead riots fightback

The fires which have raged in London's worst rioting for decades have forged a sense of community rarely seen in the British capital, with Sikhs in the western borough of Southall leading the way.

Govt mulls to restrict social media

Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday the government was looking at banning potential troublemakers from using social media, after it was used to organise riots across Britain this week.

Syria forces storm new towns, kill 14

Syrian forces killed at least 14 people yesterday while the army stormed another two towns in pursuit of anti-regime protesters, defying Western calls for action after a "chilling" UN Security Council briefing.

Political crisis looms large for Nepal

Nepal edged closer to political crisis yesterday with the prime minister confirming a threat to resign at the weekend ahead of a deadline to revive the country's stalled peace process.

Suu Kyi to meet Burma minister again

Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is to hold a second round of talks with the country's nominally-civilian government, her spokesman said yesterday, amid tentative signs of a thaw in relations.

Arabs to urge yes vote on Palestinian UN bid

A delegation of Arab foreign ministers will urge permanent members of the Security Council next week to vote for Palestinian UN membership, a top Palestinian official said yesterday.

Details emerge of Weiwei's detention

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei believed he was "close to death" during the more than 80 days he was held in a secret police detention centre, a source close to the artist told the BBC.

US lawmaker wants probe Bin Laden film project

A Republican lawmaker accused the Obama administration Wednesday of jeopardizing national security by cooperating with a Hollywood director planning a film on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

News Corp board backs Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch won boardroom backing Wednesday to remain at the helm of News Corp as he worked to shift attention from the phone-hacking scandal to his media behemoth's healthy bottom line.

Ban urges food aid for N Korea

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said in Seoul yesterday that North Korea should be given humanitarian aid regardless of "political considerations or any other calculations".

Killers of Rajiv Gandhi lose clemency bid

Indian President Pratibha Patil yesterday rejected mercy pleas from three Tamils convicted of the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Afghan blast kills five Nato troops

Five Nato soldiers were killed by a bomb in southern Afghanistan yesterday, as the Taliban rejected a US claim to have killed the fighters who shot down an American helicopter killing 38 troops.

Israel okays 1,600 more settler homes

Israel's interior minister has given final approval for the construction of 1,600 new settler homes in east Jerusalem, his spokesman said yesterday, prompting a furious reaction from Palestinian officials.

Suicide blast kills 7 in Pakistan

A female suicide attacker and a handcart bomb targeted Pakistani police yesterday, killing seven people in the first deadly attacks to hit the northwest during Ramadan, officials said.

Bali bomb suspect sent to Indonesia

An alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings was extradited from Pakistan to Indonesia yesterday, after his arrest in the town where Osama bin Laden was killed, a security official said.

Karzai not to seek third term

President Hamid Karzai, who has led Afghanistan for nearly a decade, said yesterday he would not seek a third term in office at an election due to coincide with the end of Nato combat operations in 2014.

Hackers vow to 'kill' FB on November 5

A splinter group of notorious hacker collective Anonymous was fomenting support Wednesday for a plan to "kill" online social networking star Facebook.

Arts & Entertainment

Embracing Lalon's message

Seasoned Lalon singer and teacher Shofi Mandal was born on December 13, 1953 at Daulatpur, Kushtia. His father, the late Maolana Ahad Ali Mandal, was a fourth generation (according to the 'guru-shishya' tradition) disciple of Fakir Lalon Shai. Shofi Mandal's initiation in music happened at the age of eight. At 25, he went to Krishnanagar, West Bengal (India) where he learnt classical music under Sadhon Mukherjee for four years.

Shashi Becoming a household name

Model-actress Shashi is busy shooting a heap of TV plays. She is also a familiar face on the silver screen. During a recent chat with The Daily Star, the talented actress gave a glimpse into her world:

Photo, painting exhibition at RU marking World Indigenous Day

Students of Rajshahi University (RU), representing the ethnic communities, organised a day-long photo and painting exhibition on the campus to mark World Indigenous Day on August 9.

Actors become crooners

An audio album featuring actors Fazlur Rahman Babu, Chanchal Chowdhury, Shamim Zaman and AKM Hasan will be launched soon. Audio house CD Choice is producing the album, titled “Patri Ekta Chai”.

MLTR to rock Bangladesh in October

Michael Learns To Rock, commonly known as MLTR, will play at a couple of concerts in Bangladesh this October, according to the band's official website. The Danish pop-soft rock band that performs songs in English, uploaded details about its upcoming autumn tours across the globe where it shares a link regarding the Bangladesh concerts.

“Kushum Kushum Prem” on Channel i

The world premiere of “Kushum Kushum Prem” will be telecast on Channel i this Eid. Produced by Impress Tele-film Limited, the film has been written and directed by Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar. Moushumi, Ferdous, and Riaz will star in the film. The plot centres on the life of a hapless girl named Kushum.

Dipali Saha's exhibition begins today

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts will organise a week long painting exhibition featuring the works of Indian artist Dipali Saha. The exhibition begins today (August 12) at Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

Book of poetry launched in Magura

“Rudra Biplab and Hybrid Parba”, a book of poetry, was launched in Magura on August 5. The highlights of the programme were a discussion on the book and a cultural programme that included recitation of selected verses from the book.

J-Lo will return to American Idol

Jennifer Lopez will return for another season of American Idol, an executive producer of the hit TV show has said.

OP-ED

A report and its rebuttal

The cry-ptically titled 887-word article Embraceable You appeared in the July 30 issue of The Economist, which drew a 1,362-word response from the Bangladesh government on August 5 signed by the Director General of External Publicity, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Anybody who cares to read might still find both the report and the rebuttal on the online edition of the magazine. Foreign readers may or may not, Bangladeshis will be disappointed. The dilemma that has been haunting them for last forty years will get once again reinforced. They won't know which is what or, for that matter, which side is telling the truth.

Cameron's broken windows

Our son lives next to a Turkish mosque on Kingsland Road in Hackney, where some of London's worst mob violence has occurred. When looters rampaged through Hackney last weekend, there were few police officers to stop them and residents had to chase them off with butcher knives, truncheons and baseball bats. Vigilante action succeeded where normal policing failed.

Women in power: From ranks or with silver spoon

Patriarchy in high political callings seems to be waning in direct proportion to pedigree, dynastic lineage or sibling connection waxing.

The American war in Afghanistan

The US appears to be sinking into a quagmire in Afghanistan. The number of US troops on the ground keeps rising, and the number of troops killed and wounded keeps rising as well. The much-trumpeted operation in the Helmand River valley didn't succeed in permanently removing resistance fighters. Since that was its sole purpose, it was a failure. The planned attack on Kandahar has been delayed, and many outlying operating bases have been abandoned by US forces as too costly to hold. Isn't the United States losing the war on the ground in Afghanistan?

Hindutva ideology: Democratic challenge or civilisational threat?

India's stature as the world's largest democracy is redoubtable, except for perturbations -- attacks against minorities -- that often threaten the very foundation of democracy. Time and again the polarised mentality of certain sections of the politicians coupled with the embittered communal history of the land seems to shake the edifice of Indian democracy. Repeated attacks on the "freedom and existence" of minorities in India, unless effectively checked, pose not only a democratic challenge but also civilisational threats to India's millions of religious and ethnic minorities.

StarTech

3G the way forward

Perhaps Bangladesh government's most significant decision in realising the Digital Bangladesh dream is to provide 3G (third generation) technology licences which will be issued through auction.

Apple copycat 'hiPhone 5' comes calling in China

The newest version of Apple Inc's popular iPhone has already hit the Chinese market -- the fake market that is.

Asus brings new Notebook

Asus, a leading computer manufacturer in the world, has brought its latest notebook A53E in the local market, says a press release.

Apple crowned most valuable company

Culture-changing technology outshined crude oil with iPhone and iPad maker Apple eclipsing ExxonMobil as the most valuable company in the world based on the value of its stock.

Can a smartphone camera do it all?

If you're anything like me, your cellphone and its built-in camera is always on you, while your digital camera gathers dust at home.



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