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News of: Monday, 15th of August, 2011

Front Page

2 key witnesses lost

The war crimes trial has lost two key witnesses in the deaths of Mishuk Munier and Tareque Masud.

Transport boss faces cabinet music

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain came under fire from his colleagues yesterday for the sorry state of roads and highways across the country.

Of anger, agony

Stunned at the tragic deaths of Tareque Masud and Ashfaque Munier Mishuk, eminent citizens reminded everyone that Saturday's car crash is one of thousands of accidents that turn the country's road network into virtual death traps.

Mourners bid bye in tears

The Central Shaheed Minar premises turned into a grieving ground yesterday with hundreds of mourners pouring in to pay their last respects to Tareque Masud and Ashfaque Munier Mishuk.

National Mourning Day today

The nation observes the National Mourning Day today.

Punishment to culprits demanded

Condolences continued to pour in yesterday on the sudden demise of eminent filmmaker Tareque Masud and Chief Executive Officer of ATN News Ashfaque Munier, popularly known as Mishuk Munier, and three others in a road accident on Saturday.

Govt may get Tk 7,560cr in spectrum fees

The government is likely to get a total of Tk 7,563 crore as spectrum assignment fees from four mobile operators -- Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi and Citycell, according to a proposal of the telecom ministry.

Pardon follows apology

A High Court bench yesterday pardoned and exonerated 13 pro-BNP-Jamaat lawyers from contempt of court charges after most of them apologised for staging noisy protests in the courtroom early this month.

Remembering a giant

The most significant memory I have of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is of course that of his March 7 speech. We as students of Dhaka University, as the rest of the students and the people of the country, were following his every directive during the non co-operation movement, triggered by Gen Yahya's decision to postpone the convening of the parliament on March 1, 1971, in which Sheikh Mujib had a clear majority which entitled him to become the prime minister of undivided Pakistan.

He was our Caesar

As he effusively welcomed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the United Arab Emirates in 1974, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahiyan remarked how wonderful it was for one sheikh to come in contact with another. Bangladesh's leader smiled mischievously as he replied, "But, brother, there is a difference. I am a very poor sheikh."

Zia was the key shadow man

Noted journalist Lawrence Lifschultz has said he believes former president Ziaur Rahman was the "key shadow man" behind the August 15, 1975 putsch.

Tragedies written on the wall

Reckless driving, blind curves, and little or no speed reducing measures on the Dhaka-Aricha single carriageway have led to many fatal accidents, said an expert, locals and traffic police of Manikganj.

HC orders probe into early road damage

The High Court has directed the government to immediately form a committee to find out why the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway has become so damaged so soon.

4,156km border strip-mapped

Bangladesh and India have for the first time prepared strip maps of their 4,156-kilometre international border that will be useful in settling border-related disputes, home ministry officials in Dhaka said yesterday.

Bombing, rocket attacks kill 18

Bomb, gun and rocket attacks killed 18 Pakistanis in flashpoints bordering Afghanistan yesterday as the country celebrated Independence Day, officials said.

Make all deals with India public

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said the government must make public the deals to be signed with India during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Bangladesh next month.

HC issues rule for action against cops

The High Court yesterday directed king the government to explain within a week why punitive action should not be taken against the police and people responsible for the killing of Shamsuddin Milon in Companyganj of Noakhali.

4 cops held for looting jewellery

Four policemen and their two accomplices were arrested Saturday for their involvement in the robbing of a jeweller of 221 tolas of gold in June this year.

Catherine, Jolly leave hospital

Injured filmmaker Catherine Masud and artist Dilara Zaman Jolly, who survived Saturday's road crash in Manikganj, were released from the city's Square Hospital yesterday morning.

Mamata showed haste on Singur

Singer turned Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman Saturday said the West Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee acted in haste in the Singur land return case and accused the chief minister of issuing diktats.

Twin blasts kill five Iraqi troops

Two roadside bombs killed at least five Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad yesterday in one of the most serious attacks on security forces in recent weeks, military and hospital officials said.

Editorial

As we remember Bangabandhu …

Remembering Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is fundamentally a recalling of some of the most glorious moments in the history of Bangladesh. For it was under his leadership and on his watch that we waged a long, tortuous struggle for democratic rights and national liberty. It was through his inspiration that this nation emerged into freedom and took its place on the global stage. In Bangabandhu was personified the most articulate spokesperson of Bengali aspirations, the most visible and vibrant face this nation could present to the world.

Tragic death of icons

Yet another tragic road accident! This time among the five dead in one accident on the Dhaka-Aricha highway were two iconic figures, Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier. Each in his own field, and in his own way, has etched a place in the heart of the nation. We grieve for everyone whose life was cut short by the tragic accident.

Sports

Tigers wilt in Vitori heat

A miserable Bangladesh were nowhere near repeating history but the sensational Brian Vitori created his own at a nearly-packed Harare Sports Club yesterday.

Mindset the problem: Shakib

Even an hour after Zimbabwe had taken the 2-0 lead through an afternoon cruise, music kept the crowd going at a radiant Harare Sports Club. The Maiden public house was brimming with more than just the weekend fare as Zimbabweans of all age and colour basked in the fading evening light.

Deficit of pride

It would be unfair to find a double-entendre in a statement made by the new man in charge on the opposition youngster's dedication.

Zimbabwe Diary

Zimbabwean names stand out.

NSC gives in to CCDM

The National Sports Council (NSC) has been forced to backtrack from its original up-gradation plan of dressing rooms at the Bangabandhu National Stadium ahead of Argentina-Nigeria international friendly in face of protest from the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM).

Aus take 2-0 lead

Ricky Ponting cracked an impressive 90 not out to steer Australia to an easy eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the second one-day international on Sunday.

MS won't blame schedule

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni refused to blame a packed schedule after his side were deposed as the world's number one Test side by a remorseless England at Edgbaston.

Eng No. 1, India zero

Indian newspapers on Sunday lambasted the national cricket team for giving up without a fight after they were dethroned as the world's best Test team by England.

Serena sets up final against Samantha

American Serena Williams easily beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets Saturday 6-3, 6-3 to set up a WTA hardcourt tournament final with Australia's Samantha Stosur.

Tsonga injured, Djokovic thru'

Top seed Novak Djokovic broke the spirit of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with a 6-4, 3-0 victory at the ATP Montreal Masters on Saturday night as the Frenchman quit after 59 minutes with a sore right arm.

Gervinho sees red on debut

Arsenal new boy Gervinho was sent off as the Gunners prepared for life without Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri with a lacklustre season-opening 0-0 draw at Newcastle on Saturday.

Late show from Bayern

Defending champions Borussia Dortmund crashed to a 1-0 defeat at Hoffenheim on Saturday while top coach Felix Magath demanded the introduction of video replays to correct referee blunders.

Magath livid at wrong call

VfL Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath has demanded the introduction of video officials in Germany after the referee admitted he was wrong to disallow a goal as Wolves were beaten 1-0 at home by Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Camacho takes over China

Former Real Madrid and Spain boss Jose Antonio Camacho will take over China's beleaguered national football team, state media said Sunday, as the Asian nation sets its sights on the 2014 World Cup.

McEnroe collapses in Legends match

John McEnroe had to be helped off the court with a hamstring injury during a Rogers Legends Cup match against Michael Chang.

Al Hasan fined for unsporting conduct

Mohammedan Sporting Club Ltd fined its Ghanaian goalkeeper Muhammad Al Hasan US 2,000 dollars for his unsporting behaviour towards Abahani hitman Twum Frank during the final of the Grameenphone Super Cup on August 6.

Saif and Siam share lead

Holder Abdullah Al Saif and last edition's junior runner-up Ikramul Haque Siam shared the lead in the 32nd National Junior Championship at the close of the fifth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

Same England for 4th Test

England named an unchanged squad on Sunday for the fourth and final Test at The Oval starting Thursday.

Academy close in on win

The GP-BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) moved into a strong position in the first of two four-day matches against their South African counterparts in Tuks, Pretoria yesterday.

Lin's fourth world title

China's Lin Dan beat top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 20-22, 21-14, 23-21 to win the men's badminton world title for the fourth time here on Sunday.

Slow start for Chelsea

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas was denied a victory in his first Premier League match as the Blues were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw against Stoke on Sunday.

Business

Top bidder smells foul play in LNG plan

The unsuccessful top bidder who contested for winning a work order to advise Bangladesh to import liquefied natural gas has accused Petrobangla of breaching rules and awarding the task to another party.

Beximco to 'acquire' four sister concerns

Beximco yesterday said it plans to 'acquire' four non-listed subsidiaries of Beximco Group, and buy lands and buildings of another.

Transit docs must be made public: analysts

The government should make transit-related documents public before signing any deal as it will ensure transparency and accountability, said economists in Dhaka yesterday.

Stocks start a slow week

Stocks started the week in a sluggish mood yesterday as investors did not seem to have confidence in indices due to low participation of institutional investors.

BB to release 395 crore new banknotes

Bangladesh Bank (BB) will gradually circulate 395 crore new notes of different denominations with the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

NGOs can use CSR funds for development: analysts

Development organisations can play a key role in using corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds in social development properly, and this can be attained through an effective linkage between the non-governmental organisations and the corporate sector, said analysts.

Italian austerity plan 'crucial' for eurozone: EU chief

European Union President Herman Van Rompuy has welcomed new Italian austerity measures as "crucially important" for the entire 17-nation eurozone.

Economic leadership at crux of turmoil: World Bank

World Bank chief Robert Zoellick said Sunday that investors had lost confidence in the economic leadership of several key countries, warning global markets were in a "new danger zone" as a result.

Singapore tightens controls on foreign workers

Foreign professionals will face tougher rules on working in Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Sunday as part of moves to allay public anger that saw his party suffer in May elections.

Hit me baby one more time

Addicts always crave one more hit. With stockmarkets slumping over the past two weeks investors hoped that the Federal Reserve would unveil a third round of “quantitative easing” (QE), the creation of money to bolster asset prices, on August 9th. The second round, announced in August last year, had triggered an equity rally in late 2010.

Are capitalists happier?

As many of the world economies seem to be collapsing simultaneously, it is a good time to step back, take a deep breath and look at the bigger picture. Which kind of economy ultimately works better in the long run -- capitalism or socialism?

Spinners in a spin over cotton prices

The local primary textiles sector is under threat for an unusual rise in the import of both yarn and fabric as the country is dependant on foreign raw cotton.

Key points of arbitration

Some Bangladeshi cotton importers might face arbitration over forward-booking trade cancellations with international traders as they signed deals to procure cotton at higher prices.
The importers will have to face arbitration for dispute in contracts, as they booked at higher prices earlier, but recently prices began to drop significantly. The Daily Star publishes some major points on arbitration, based on a statement of the International Cotton Association (ICA).

Tough economic times hit Indian property firms

India's real estate sector, which soared as the country's economy took off and higher incomes led to increased demand, is facing turbulent times as interest rates push up the cost of home loans.

Asian ministers say debt crisis threatens growth

Asian economic ministers on Saturday predicted a slowdown in regional economic growth this year amid the European debt crises and planned spending cuts in the United States.

Recession risk unless oil prices fall further: analysts

If history is any guide, another oil-induced recession may be just around the corner, at least for the United States and some of the other developed economies.

As gold prices soar, US dreamers grab picks and pans

There's still gold in them thar hills. Or so some hopeful souls are betting.

Sex scandal forces Cathay to review ad campaign

A sex scandal has forced Cathay Pacific to review a marketing campaign that bills the airline as "the team who go the extra mile to make you feel special," a company spokeswoman said Sunday.

German government no longer rules out euro bonds

The German government no longer rules out agreeing to the issuance of euro zone bonds as a measure of last resort to save the single currency, conservative newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday.

BMW extends contracts in US union dispute

Luxury automaker BMW said Saturday it had agreed to a contract extension for employees at a California warehouse following a union dispute that had threatened to go national.

Metropolitan

Two killed in Ctg hill slide

Two people were killed in a landslide at Pahartali in the port city yesterday.

15 Hizb ut men sent to jail

Of the 15 activists of banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir arrested from a procession in the city on Saturday, at least 10 are the students of different educational institutions.

Programmes to mark Mourning Day

The government and different socio- political and cultural organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the National Mourning Day with a befitting manner today.

Two UP members arrested

Police yesterday arrested newly-elected two UP members from Bandar upazila auditorium premises in a case filed against them on charge of torturing a youth of the minority community on July 16.

CU engineering students' memo to VC

Students of Applied Physics, Electronics and Communication Engineering department of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Anwarul Azim Arif demanding engineering degree instead of BSc (Hon's).

Four Ctg shops fined for adulteration

Mobile courts of Chittagong district administration yesterday fined Tk 60,000 to a bakery and three sweetmeat shops for adulteration and making foods in unhygienic environment.

'Punish JU teacher'

Students and teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) formed a human chain yesterday demanding expulsion of the teacher allegedly responsible for the suicide of Majria Jannat Sumi, a master's student of history department.

Domestic help found dead

Police recovered the hanging body of female domestic help from her employer's house at Mohammadpur of the city yesterday morning.

4 cops snatch money

Hours after allegedly snatching Tk 8,700 from a poultry trader in Bogra town last night, four policemen returned the amount to its owner after senior police officials got to know about the matter.

Call to learn from life of Bangabandhu

Rajshahi University Vice Chancellor Prof Abdus Sobhan yesterday urged the students to learn from the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Stop earth filling in Meghna

The High Court yesterday directed the government to immediately stop earth filling, encroachment and constructing structures in the river Meghna at Sonargaon in Narayanganj.

Writ filed with HC on road safety

The Chairman of the Bangladesh Bar Council's Legal Aid and Human Rights Committee yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the continued government inaction and failure of government bodies to enforce laws and rules on road safety.

2,000 Yaba tablets seized

A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday recovered 2,000 Yaba tablets worth Tk 8 lakh from Pahartali area in the port city.

Booklet on Bangabandhu launched

Rajshahi Metropolitan Press Club yesterday launched a 64-page booklet titled “Mrittunjoy” on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to mark the National Mourning Day.

Man killed by wife

A woman allegedly killed her husband with the help of her boyfriend on Saturday as he protested her extramarital affair, said police.

Road crash kills 1 in city

One person was killed and two others were injured in two road accidents in the city last night.

Poet Abul Hossain's birthday today

Today is the 89th birth anniversary of Poet Abul Hossain, one of the pioneers of modern Bangla poetry.

Dutch-CCCI MoU in September

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed between the Dutch embassy and Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) in September.

Housewife commits suicide

A housewife allegedly committed suicide at Banskhali upazila of Chittagong at midnight on Saturday after an altercation with her husband.

Non-govt teachers' registration exam Aug 25

The Non-government Teachers' Registration and Certification Authority (NTRCA) has extended the date of submitting application of seventh Non-government teachers' registration examination 2011 through online by nine days.

CU Eid vacation begins tomorrow

The month-long vacation at Chittagong University (CU) will begin tomorrow on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the two biggest religious festivals of the Muslims and Jonmastomi, the birthday of Hindu God Sri Krishna.

CCI&E holds mourning day discussion

Office of the Chief Controller of Imports & Exports (CCI&E) organised a discussion at its office in the city yesterday marking National Mourning Day.

Man killed in road accident

One man was killed and three others were injured when a CNG-run auto-rickshaw was rammed by a bus on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Alekharchar in Sadar upazila yesterday.

4 robbers held with Indian cloths

Four alleged robbers along with looted Indian cloths were arrested from Ashulia, the city's outskirts, yesterday morning.

Death anniversary

Today is the first death anniversary of Journalist Hasan Iqbal, a language movement veteran and former assistant editor of the Dainik Ittefaq, says a press release.

Obituary

Nurjahan Begum, wife of late lawyer Shamsuddin Ahmed and mother of Sylhet city JSD President Zakir Ahmed, passed away at a private hospital in the district on Saturday due to old age complications at the age of 81, says a press release.

Abdul Kader

Alhaj Abdul Kader, a former block supervisor of Department of Agriculture and father of Taherul Islam Ranju, joint secretary of district BNP, passed away at Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital in Bogra on Saturday night due to old age complications at the age of 45.

Abdur Rahim

Abdur Rahim, a freedom fighter, passed away due to brain hemorrhage at Bogra Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital on Saturday at the age of 62.

National

Ten hurt as BCL men clash with Rab, police

At least 10 people including a policeman sustained injuries as Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police charged baton on Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists who locked in a clash with the law enforcers' trying to clear barricade on busy Sylhet-Tamabil Highway yesterday.

Floods wreak havoc on fish farming in Satkhira

The ongoing floods have caused extensive damage to cultivation of fishes, especially shrimp, in Satkhira district that contributes greatly to foreign exchange earning from fish export.

Bailey bridge with stone laden truck collapses

A bailey bridge collapsed in the Kumar River here due to heavy pressure of a stone laden truck early yesterday.

Arms, ammo seized in Khagrachhari

Army personnel seized firearms and ammunition, raiding a house in Dighinala upazila of Khagrachhari district yesterday afternoon.

BAU teachers call off class boycott programme

Teachers of Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU) yesterday called off their class and examination boycott programme as the authorities concerned agreed to take punitive measures against the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists who attacked a silent procession of teachers on Monday last.

Buses go off two battered roads in Faridpur

Bus operators yesterday suspended their service indefinitely on Faridpur-Boalmari- Alfadanga roads protesting battered condition of the roads.

Stalker stabs college girl in Lalmonirhat

A rejected stalker stabbed a college girl at her Goddimari village home in Hatibandha upazila under Lalmonirhat on Saturday night.

JP leader held with phensidyl

BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) men arrested a Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) leader with 41 bottles of phensidyl at bordering Baniyatari village under Aditmari upazila on Saturday night.

Clash over land, 20 injured

At least 20 people were injured in a clash over land dispute between two groups of villagers at Aganshasan village in Biswanath upazila on Saturday.

Boy killed in wall collapse

A boy was killed and his mother sustained serious injuries when a wall of their mud house collapsed on them at Tiorkhali village in Shalikha upazila on Saturday.

Hotelier electrocuted

A hotel owner was electrocuted at his hotel at Begumganj intersection early yesterday.

Child drowns

A two-year-old child drowned in a canal in Thana Para area of Tarash upazila yesterday afternoon.

Letters

The irreversible loss

On August 13, 2011 we lost Tareq Masud and Mishuk Munier, two great talents of our country along with three other persons. I can't imagine that the maker of Antorjatra, Matir Moyna and many other good films had to embrace such a tragic death. After Mirsarai tragedy this is the most shocking one. Actually, the word security is not in the dictionary of our country. Here the drivers control our lifespan. We just cannot deny this reality. The Dhaka-Aricha highway has now become a deathtrap. We, the helpless commuters, know this but cannot do anything against it.

Jute growers' demand

Same old cry - purchase all types of jute in fair price! It is learnt that the BJMC's jute mill agencies are purchasing only the best quality jute fibers from the farmers which have been grown in limited quantity. It may be mentioned here that the production of jute has increased significantly and with the effective extension activities of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) farmers are again getting interested to grow jute, our “Golden Fibre”. As reported in the press quoting jute growers, last year all types of jute fibre were purchased by BJMC's purchasing agencies and prices for different types of jute fibre were fixed by the authorities. Under the present situation, jute farmers are urging the agencies to purchase all qualities of jute fibre so that they may not have to sustain a total financial loss.

The hardworking souls!

Whenever the word 'traffic police' comes in our mind we encounter words like 'bribe' and 'corruption', totally neglecting the fact that if the traffic polices had not been there, our traffic system would've gone haywire much earlier! We see them very often standing with only an umbrella, fully devoted to their job, but who cares? Although they work all day standing, not even bothering if it's raining or if it's too much hot, to free vehicles from jams and accidents, yet they are paid a meagre amount of salary with which running life in this world is very hard!

Eviction of hawkers

“No eviction of hawkers from Dhaka city during the holy month of Ramadan”, said our communications minister. From his speech we may assume that after Ramadan there will be no hawker in Dhaka City.

Bangabandhu- a recollection

During formative years of our independence in one fine morning I drove down to Bangabandhu-house to meet my wife's childhood favourite Naser "Dolabhai'' on the eve of his journey abroad for medical re-check.

Satirizing our Prophet (pbuh)!

We thank the writer for the letter published in the DS on August 8. We do not want this type of incident to be repeated anymore in the country. We also demand exemplary punishment of the heinous element. We should keep in mind that to love our dearest Rasul (SM) is not only 'iman' (faith) but it is also Allah's order. So, everybody must love him more than his or her soul.

Windows in buses

As a gesture of love for the general people, the bus owners of Dhaka city have now decided to raise their 'bus experience' to a whole new level. Amid the rainy season, some buses have windows that don't move an inch even if five mighty arms are pulling on it.

Uniform rate of tariffs

This is to bring to your kind notice that the government is considering to revise the rate of tariff on electric power consumption to cover cost of production and thereby meet growing demand for energy.

A laudable photograph!

Mollah's front page report, and the poignant photograph taken by Shumon, published in the front page of 5th August, is a humanitarian achievement of your daily. Heartfelt congratulations for what you have done for a poor, helpless and needy child! The photograph resulted in her getting proper treatment.

'Eat less'

Honesty is the best policy. Adulteration of food does not ultimately pay. Panicked by the recent reports of formalined fish, food and fruits and skyrocketing price of essentials, I, like others, have already cut on consumption of food well ahead of the commerce minister's 'directive' about eating less.

In the hands of unskilled drivers

According to different reports and surveys, in most of the cases the inefficient or fake drivers are responsible for road accidents. I came to know a different thing while talking to a driver in Dhaka. The driver said, “I am a skilled driver but I failed to obtain the driving license after my third attempt because I didn't give bribe to the BRTA (Bangladesh Road and Transport Authority) people, whereas unskilled drivers are buying driving licenses.” He also added that we have shortage of skilled drivers and unskilled drivers are driving throughout the city. If this is the real picture, then how come our roads will be safe from accidents, as the ghost is in the mustard? The government should take a hard line to curb corruption in all sectors like transport, electricity etc.

Road Accidents

We are actually tired talking about road accidents. Each day when we go out of the house or traveling somewhere we are not sure if we can really make it. We know death is in the hands of Almighty, still we can be careful and our drivers should be sympathetic to the people on the streets and other vehicles on the highways.

A smile to your brother is a charity

The greatest prophet of all times Muhammad (SM) has said, "A smile to your brother is a charity". Majority of the Bangladeshis pride themselves on being devout Muslims, many of whom perform holy hajj and umrah every other year.

International

British PM in row over 'zero tolerance' strategy

British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a "zero tolerance" crackdown on gangs after recent riots, despite a deepening row with police chiefs over plans for a US "supercop" to advise the government.

Mother India

The sudden announcement that Sonia Gandhi, the president of India's ruling Congress party and head of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, had left for America to undergo an operation has highlighted the extraordinary powers she enjoys and brought to the fore the question of her successor.

Indian PM bares iron fist

In the first sign that the UPA is prepared to discard the velvet glove and meet civil society activism on corruption with a wave of the iron hand, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh summarily rebuffed the Anna Hazare-led challenge to his government, asking him to negotiate the nitty-gritty of the protest with Delhi police rather than with an elected political establishment.

19 killed in Afghan compound attack

A gun and suicide attack on an Afghan governor's compound killed 19 people and wounded nearly 40 others yesterday in the latest Taliban assault raising fears about security just outside the capital Kabul.

Gunships, tanks blast Syrian port city

Syrian military vessels joined an assault that killed more than 20 people Sunday in the city of Latakia, activists said, the fist attack from the sea since an anti-regime revolt erupted in March.

Libya rebels enter key town near Tripoli

Libyan rebels hoisted their flag in the centre of this town near the capital yesterday after the most dramatic advance in months cut off Muammar Gaddafi's capital from its main link to the outside world.

Al-Qaeda tries to produce lethal poison

US officials believe that a regional arm of al-Qaeda is trying to produce the lethal poison ricin in order to use it in future attacks against the United States, The New York Times reported late Friday.

Obama congratulates new Thai PM

US President Barack Obama congratulated Thailand's first female premier Saturday on her historic election, hailing it as a sign of the "success of the democratic process," the White House said.

Six killed in Russia's volatile south

Six people have been killed in a night of violence in Russia's restive southern republic of Dagestan, four of them found dead with execution-style shots to the head, news reports said yesterday.

Breivik taken back to crime island

Anders Behring Breivik, who last month carried out the most murderous attacks on Norwegian soil since World War II, has returned to the site of his island massacre to describe the killing, police said yesterday.

Opposition eyes freeze on Saleh's assets

A leading member of Yemen's opposition called on Western countries to freeze the assets of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is clinging to power despite months of protest against his 33-year rule.

Suu Kyi urges unity on historic trip

Aung San Suu Kyi called for unity in Myanmar as she was feted by thousands of supporters yesterday during her first political trip outside her home city since being released from house arrest.

China army chief on visit to Israel

China's army chief was due to arrive in Israel yesterday for talks with top defence officials, the Israeli military said.

Tim Pawlenty drops out of US presidential race

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty announced yesterday he is dropping out of the Republican presidential contest, after a distant third place finish in a key test vote.

Pakistan bus plunge kills 15 pilgrims

At least 15 people were killed and 20 more injured yesterday when a passenger bus plunged into a deep ravine in southwestern Pakistan, officials said.

Egypt ex-minister back in court

The murder trial of Egypt's former interior minister Habib Al-Adly, accused of ordering police to fire on protesters, and six of his deputies resumed under tight security in Cairo yesterday.

Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll

Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll Saturday, setting the stage for what some say could set her well on the road to challenge US President Obama in 2012.

At least 4 killed, 40 injured at Indiana state fair in USA

At least four people were killed and 40 injured when a stage structure collapsed at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, local officials said early yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Syed Waliullah: Ushering a new horizon in Bangla literature

Pioneering novelist, short story writer and playwright, Syed Waliullah, was born in 1922 at Sholashahar in Chittagong. Today marks his 89th birth anniversary.

Humayun Azad recalled through recitation

To pay homage to Humayun Azad, one of the most intrepid writers of the country, a programme featuring recitation was held in the port city last Friday.

A brush with life

A brush with death can sometimes be a brush with life. I was holding the hands of Lily Choudhury, a brave theatre activist in her younger days, the able partner of Professor Munier Choudhury, and mother of Mishuk Munier. Clad in a blue saree, her gaze was far away. Poised as a dove, she spoke in a soft voice, the turmoil in her mind deeply submerged in her grace and boldness to face life.

Shammi Kapoor no more

Veteran Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor, hailed as the “Elvis Presley of India”, died yesterday in a hospital in Mumbai after prolonged illness.

Int'l Day for World's Indigenous People celebrated

Marking the International Day for World's Indigenous People, different cultural groups and organizations representing the indigenous communities held a cultural show at Mymensingh Shilpakala Academy auditorium on August 9.

DS Café

This month DS Café will have TV and film actor Chanchal Chowdhury taking your calls. Readers will have the opportunity to converse with him on different issues regarding his acting, singing and vision as a theatre activist. Call 8126155 on August 16, between 12 and 1 pm, to speak to Chanchal Chowdhury!!!

OP-ED

Bangabandhu: Our epic, tragic hero

He was a man, take him for all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again. (Hamlet, 1.2.187)

History revisited

I was watching on BTV the formal ceremony organized to bestow on Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Bangladesh Freedom Honor (Posthumous), for her contribution towards the freedom of Bangladesh. My mind went back 40 years, when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her speech referred to Mrs. Indira Gandhi as the only leader in history who withdrew within 3 months the Indian troops from a country she helped to liberate.

Reminiscing about Bangabandhu

15 August, 1975 is the most remorseful day in our nation’s calendar. On this day, the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed along with his family members save two by military adventurers abetted by self-seeking, unconscionable politicians. This tragic event was patently the precursor to usurpation of power through backdoor, overthrowing constitutional government. Subsequently, we had to weather a spell of extra constitutional ambition in the space of the last 40 years of our independence. It was a distortion in the evolution of constitutional norms and practices for a nascent democratic polity like ours. The gory event enacted on that fateful morning at 32 Dhanmondi traumatized the entire nation beyond measure. It left a deep scar in its psyche that will never be blotted out from memory.

Sheikh Mujib and the Six Points

"O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me."
--- (Mark Antony in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Act 3. Scene II)

This Day In History

August 15

1947
India gains Independence from the British Indian Empire and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.


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