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News of: Thursday, 25th of August, 2011

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CID taught Joj Miah grenade lessons

A top official of the CID taught Joj Miah how to handle a grenade during his detention.

It's law that must rule

If this is not anarchy what else is?

Why magnifying a few failures?

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the lawmakers from her alliance should not only highlight what she thought only a few failures of her government.

JRC meet on Sept 5

Indian Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal will arrive in Dhaka on September 5 to attend the 38th meeting of India-Bangladesh Joint Rivers Commission (JRC).

Gaddafi abandons Tripoli compound

A beleaguered Muammar Gaddafi vowed yesterday to fight on to death or victory after jubilant rebels forced him to abandon his Tripoli stronghold in an apparently decisive blow against the Libyan leader's 42-year rule.

PM to help complete Tareque's last film

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that she will extend her all-out cooperation in completing the Kagojer Phool, an unfinished movie of Tareque Masud.

Journey by bus not preferred this time

Many home goers, who travel by bus ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr every year, are taking trains and launches this time, fearing dangers on the battered highways.

Horror, brutality revisited

The much-awaited trial of the BDR carnage case began yesterday with the deposition of the complainant at the makeshift court in Bakshibazar of the capital.

Jhenidah cop killed after abduction

Unidentified criminals abducted and strangled a police official and took away his pistol, bullets and walkie-talkie at Holidhani Bazar under Sadar upazila on Tuesday.

3 killed in cylinder, boiler explosions

Three people including an adolescent boy were killed as a cylinder exploded in Cox's Bazar and a boiler went off in Bogra yesterday.

Roads not right for transit now

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday prioritised improvement in infrastructure to benefit from transit to regional countries.

'Robber' beaten to death

A suspected robber was beaten to death by a mob after his gang shot and injured three villagers in Chokoria upazila of Cox's Bazar early on Wednesday.

Japan protests over China ships in disputed waters

Japan lodged a formal protest yesterday after two Chinese ships briefly entered what it regards as its territorial waters near disputed East China Sea islets, the latest flare-up in a long-running dispute.

Amar Singh chargesheeted

Politician Amar Singh has been formally charge sheeted under the Prevention of Corruption Act for offering bribes to three BJP MPs in 2008.

S African school bus crash kills 15

A school bus veered off a road and plunged into a river yesterday in South Africa, killing 14 children and the bus driver, rescue officials said.

Editorial

Brutality against children

Recent reports on two ghastly murders of minor boys in Dinajpur and Sylhet by youths are shocking reminder of how brutalised our society has become.

Concerns for Chittagonians

We have been writing profusely on civic problems plaguing the capital city. We now take the opportunity to write on the pitiable road conditions of Chittagong, the port city and defacto commercial capital of Bangladesh. Chittagong, which is picturesque with its hill-side and seaboard beauty, is unfortunately contrasted by horrific conditions of its roads. This is a shame for a city inhabited by wealthy people and with a full-fledged mayoral office.

Sports

Wounded Tigers back home

The Bangladesh cricket team returned home yesterday after a disastrous tour of Zimbabwe where they lost both the one-off Test and the three-match one-day series.

Who's responsible? BCCI.

England steamrolled India with a consistent and ruthless display in the recently concluded 4-0 series whitewash but the tourists' meek surrender of the number one Test ranking was primarily their own doing.

'India were very good'

England coach Andy Flower has defended his side's achievement in whitewashing India 4-0 in their recent Test series.

England will win ODIs too: Ian

Legendary all-rounder Ian Botham predicts that after outplaying India 4-0 in the just-concluded Tests, England will also go on to win the limited-overs series starting with a one-off Twenty20 match on August 31.

Bhajji's action suspect: Hair

Former Australian umpire Darrell Hair, who triggered a storm by accusing Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralidaran of chucking 16 years ago, says Indian tweaker Harbhajan Singh is also among the bowlers with "highly suspicious action".

Where will Messi stay?

The Bangladesh Football Federation has come up against another small hurdle for hosting the Argentina-Nigeria friendly as the authority of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, where the Argentine team were scheduled to stay, expressed their inability to accommodate the team due to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit at that time.

Bayern cruise

Bayern Munich and Villarreal avoided embarrassing exits from the Champions League on Tuesday as they cruised into Thursday's group stage draw after winning their respective play-off clashes.

Eto'o joins Anzhi

Cameroon star Samuel Eto'o will undergo a medical here on Wednesday before signing his three-year contract with big-spending new Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

Scottish clubs in trouble

Scottish giants Celtic made history in 1967 when they became the first British club to win the European Cup but fast forward 44 years and on Thursday they could be party to a piece of unwanted football history.

Reds' foray into India

English Premier League giants Liverpool on Wednesday announced their maiden foray into India through a coaching academy aimed at building football culture in the cricket-mad country.

Watch out for Serena

Serena Williams returns to the scene of her first Grand Slam triumph seeking to seal her comeback from a frightening year by lifting a fourth US Open trophy.

Bangladesh up 8 places

Bangladesh national football team grabbed their highest position in FIFA ranking in the last 10 years as they climbed eight places to 139th when August's ranking was released yesterday.

SA Games' audit report finalised

The Bangladesh Olympic Association finally completed the audit report of the 2010 South Asian Games, 18 months after the completion of the games. The report was approved by BOA yesterday.

Bhutia quits int'l football

Baichung Bhutia, the poster boy of Indian football, announced his international retirement on Wednesday following months of injury problems.

Diack again IAAF boss

Senegal's Lamine Diack was overwhelmingly re-elected president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Wednesday, but vice-president Sergei Bubka needed a second vote to retain his position.

New-look Windies

West Indies have been forced to name a new-look squad for the two Twenty20 games in England next month due to a schedule clash with the Champions League Twenty20. At least seven players that would have made a full-strength West Indies squad have been left out, and four newcomers have been included.

Dutch topple Spanish

The Netherlands took top spot at the expense of world and European champions Spain in the latest FIFA rankings released on Wednesday.

Pique out for 3 weeks

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique tore a calf muscle in training and will be off for three weeks, missing the European Super Cup match with FC Porto in Monaco this week, the club said.

Business

New banks: BB opts for further review

The Bangladesh Bank will review the performance and governance of the existing private banks before giving permission to set up new ones, according to a decision of its board yesterday.

Govt sets up company for infrastructure fund

The government has established the largest ever finance company with a Tk 1,600 crore ($217 million) paid-up capital to fund infrastructure projects.

Microcredit helped cut rural poverty

Rural poverty in Bangladesh would have been 4 percent higher than what it is today, if microcredit had not existed, a noted economist said yesterday.

IFC and FBCCI tie up to strengthen trade in S Asia

International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development are supporting the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) to improve trade in South Asia and help spur economic growth and development.

Share-split move brings stocks back to black

Stocks returned to the black yesterday with cheerful trading of investors that drove the key index to a two-week high. The regulator's directive to set uniform face value for equity shares also helped the market end the day in the positive territory.

US Gulf spill fund pays out $5b in first year

Victims of BP's disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have received more than $5 billion in compensation since a fund was set up a year ago, officials said.

New CEO for GMG Airlines

Sanjiv Kapoor has recently been appointed chief executive officer of GMG Airlines Ltd, the airliner said in a statement yesterday.

China waives $94.92m loans

China has exempted Bangladesh of $94.92 million interest-free debt, a finance ministry statement said yesterday.

Oil prices stable as market tracks Libya, US

World oil prices were steady on Wednesday as traders monitored the latest unrest in Libya and awaited fresh energy data and economy developments in the United States.

Denmark sees soaring deficit in 2012 budget

The Danish government said Wednesday it expected the public deficit to widen sharply next year, reflecting recent global economic turmoil, with 2011 growth to be slower than expected.

Spotting the pirates

At least two music shops were looted during the riots that swept Britain earlier this month. In north London, a warehouse containing CDs and DVDs was set on fire. This was devastating for shopkeepers and local residents. But the British media industry may note, cheerily, that its products are still seen as valuable enough to risk a prison sentence. In many countries it is hard to conceive of looters stealing music or films from a store. In a few, it is difficult to imagine that a warehouse filled with recorded music would even exist.

Growing energy demand adds stress to water supply

A Google search for "world water shortage" will produce more than four million results in 0.17 seconds. It will also use a tenth of a teaspoon of water, experts say.

Eid shopping: a night out

Times are changing, so are habits and tastes. Well-to-do people and busy executives do not find time to gather at the shopping malls during the day time. But they have found a way to still meet their shopping needs; they shop at night.

Benarashi weavers cheery before Eid

Weavers of Ishwardi Benarashi Palli, one of the largest Benarashi producing areas, are passing busy days as the Eid-ul-Fitr is round the corner. They are working all day long to meet the growing demand for saris during the peak season.

Syria economy hit by demos but not collapsed: experts

The Syrian economy, hit hard by five months of anti-government protests, could survive unrest and sanctions into next year but experts and officials warn of a sharp deterioration afterwards.

Japan unveils new measures to deal with strong yen

Japan's finance minister unveiled steps on Wednesday to combat the yen's rise, which threatens to undermine the recovery of companies following the March earthquake and tsunami.

Gold hits record above $1,900 on global recession fears

Gold topped $1,900 per ounce for a new record Tuesday but pulled back sharply in later trade as bulls returned to Wall Street and the euro made an upward jump.

Hong Kong to rule on maids' residency

A Hong Kong court will rule next month whether foreign maids are allowed to settle permanently in the city, it said Wednesday as the hearing into a landmark and controversial case wrapped up.

China tops US as world's biggest PC market: IDC

China eclipsed the United States as the world's largest personal-computer market in the second quarter, and is set to capture the full-year title in 2012, International Data Corporation said Tuesday.

Asia shares fall on economic growth fears

Asian markets fell Wednesday as dealers ignored a surge on Wall Street, with worries about the global economy continuing to weigh on sentiment while Japan's credit rating was cut.

Metropolitan

Remove Abul, Shajahan or face protest on Eid Day, demand eminent citizens

Citizens of different strata at a rally in the city yesterday demanded the removal of Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain for his failure to maintain the country's shattered communications system, which contributes to thousands of deaths every year on roads and highways.

Murder case against criminal withdrawn

The government has withdrawn a murder case against an infamous criminal considering it “politically motivated and harassment” even though another accused in the case disclosed the latter's involvement with the killing.

3,000 copies recovered

Police recovered about 3,000 copies of snatched newspapers, including 200 issues of The Daily Star, raiding Fulbari area, outskirts of Bogra town, Tuesday night.

Waterways get priority

The government is concentrating more on the waterways to get Eid-holiday makers in and out of Dhaka rather than the road network which is in appalling state.

CHT body protests Dhaka's allegation

Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) yesterday objected to the allegations Ambassador and Permanent Representatives of Bangladesh to United Nations (UN) Abul Kalam Abdul Momen made in the Economic and Social Council's (Ecosoc) tenth session.

Refrain Sherpur dist magistrate from duty

The High Court yesterday asked the government not to give any magisterial duty to Sherpur district magistrate Ismat Ullah till October 25 for beating a union parishad membership candidate at a polling centre in the district.

EC plans electronic voting in next polls

The Election Commission is preparing to introduce electronic voting machine (EVM) in the next parliamentary elections to hold the polls easily and fairly.

Zillur pays tributes to wife Ivy

President Zillur Rahman yesterday paid rich tribute with tears to his beloved late wife Ivy Rahman by placing wreaths and offering fateha at her grave at Banani Graveyard in the city marking her seventh death anniversary.

Four food factories fined in city, Gazipur

A mobile court fined four food factories Tk 95,000 in the city and Gazipur yesterday.

Keep open customs on Aug 28, 30

Business leaders in Chittagong have urged the government to keep open Chittagong Custom House and banks associated with customs activities on August 28 and August 30 to save them from losses.

New meat law passed

The House yesterday passed a bill aimed to control the spread of contagious diseases including anthrax through ensuring animal fitness before slaughtering and controlling meat quality.

CU admission tests begin Nov 26

Chittagong University's (CU) first year admission test for the academic session 2011-2012 will be held from November 26 to December 1.

Criminals dope 5, rob Tk 2.30 lakh in city

Criminals doped five people and robbed them of Tk 2.30 lakh in total and their valuables at different points of the capital yesterday.

Tribunal rebukes prosecutors for delay

International Crimes Tribunal yesterday rebuked the prosecutors for not timely providing the defence lawyers with necessary papers and documents over charges against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee in connection with crimes against humanity.

UP chairman held from SC premises

Police yesterday arrested a union parishad chairman of Lakshmipur from the Supreme Court premises as per a High Court order in a case filed on charge of torturing a man.

'Stand united against corruption'

Speakers at a seminar in Chittagong city yesterday urged students to stand united against corruption for the sake of the country's development.

Two killed in road crash

At least two people were killed and 30 others injured in a triangle road accident on the Dhaka-Khulna highway near Bhulbari village of Kashiani upazila yesterday.

Koica trains 15 Bangladeshis

Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) will train 15 Bangladeshi officials and village leaders on rural development strategies in Korea for two weeks beginning today.

Berthing rope seized

Coast Guard seized berthing rope worth Tk 6.62 lakh from Bhangar Matha area of Anwara upazila on Tuesday.

Bahaddarhat bus terminal to be shifted tomorrow

Bahaddarhat Bus Terminal will be shifted temporarily to the north portion of the Shah Amanat Bridge tomorrow due to an under-construction flyover in the area of the port city.

Covered van driver killed, cotton looted

Miscreants killed a covered van driver and looted 45 bale of cotton on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in the district yesterday.

CRAB boycotts DMP Iftar

Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) yesterday rejected an invitation for Iftar organised by Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) authorities today alleging that the present DMP commissioner is not cooperating with them.

HC asks not to arrest 3 JCD leaders

The High Court yesterday directed the government not to arrest three leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) including its President Sultan Salauddin Tuku without any warrant of arrest after they are released from jail.

Rape victim dies

A teenage girl who was violated twice died at Namar-char in Dhamrai yesterday after fighting for life in Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for two months.

National

Aid for war widows, finally

After 40 years of independence, the government has taken initiative to give financial assistance to around 500 women who lost their husbands in the hand of Pakistan occupation army and their local collaborators at Jhatibhanga village under Thakurgaon Sadar upazila during the Liberation War.

Flood, erosion victims of four districts agitate

Flood-hit people of three districts brought out procession while erosion victims of another formed human chain yesterday demanding redress of their woes.

Pirates loot 85 trawlers, abduct 75 fishermen

Pirates looted over 85 fishing trawlers and abducted at least 75 fishermen along with 10 trawlers for ransom in the Bay off Barguna and Bagerhat coasts yesterday and the day before.

One of 3 accused in Dinajpur boy killing case held

Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested a professor of Dinajpur Medical College at his village home in Badalgachhi upazila of Naogaon district early yesterday in a case for killing a six-year-old boy at Kashipur in Dinajpur on Monday night.

Barapukuria strike on

Production at Barapukuria coal mine remained suspended for the second consecutive day as the indefinite strike launched by the miners and staff continued yesterday.

Two housewives murdered

Two housewives were murdered allegedly by husbands in Sirajganj and Sunamganj districts for dowry on Monday.

Clinic sealed after two patients die in a day

District health administration yesterday sealed the private clinic at Ishwardi upazila headquarters where two patients died on Saturday night allegedly due to wrong treatment.

Ruling party men attack BNP-led human chain

Eleven people belonging to BNP, Sramik Dal and Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured as ruling party activists attacked a human chain in front of hardboard mill yesterday morning.

Robbers loot houses of two expats

Robbers looted houses of two expatriates in Sylhet city and Fenchuganj upazila on Tuesday and the day before.

International

India's parties unite to urge Hazare to end fast

India's bickering political parties united yesterday to urge ailing anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare to end his 9-day fast that has rallied millions of middle class Indians tired of rampant corruption in Asia's third largest economy.

Gaddafi to be tried in Libya

Libya will hold free elections in eight-month time and Muammar Gaddafi will be put on trial in the country and not handed over to an international court, rebel leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said yesterday.

Talks in deadlock over Lokpal bill

A breakthrough in the deadlock over an anti-corruption law continued to elude despite several rounds of hard negotiations as Indian anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare, defying his failing health, yesterday upped the ante on three key points of differences with the government.

Concerns rising over 'dirty bomb' material

A research centre near Tripoli has stocks of nuclear material that could be used to make a "dirty bomb," a former senior UN inspector said yesterday, warning of possible looting during turmoil in Libya.

China asks UN to lead post-war efforts

China has asked the United Nations to lead post-war reconstruction in Libya, urging a smooth political transition in the North African state after rebels overran Muammar Gaddafi's Tripoli compound.

Nuke experts warn of Libya 'dirty bomb' material

A research centre near Tripoli has stocks of nuclear material that could be used to make a "dirty bomb," a former senior UN inspector said yesterday, warning of possible looting during turmoil in Libya.

400 dead, 2,000 hurt

Four hundred people were killed and 2,000 wounded in three days of fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi in the Libyan capital Tripoli, the head of the rebel council said yesterday.

Russia urges talks to end standoff

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said there were still two powers in Libya despite the success of rebels against the forces of Muammar Gaddafi, and called for talks to resolve the situation.

Trapped journalists freed

Some 30 mostly foreign journalists who had been held against their will in Tripoli's Rixos Hotel by guards loyal to Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi were freed yesterday.

West targets Assad with UN sanctions

European nations and the United States pressed yesterday for UN sanctions against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his entourage for their deadly crackdown on opposition protests.

Israeli breaks Gaza ceasefire, 1 killed

Israeli air strikes yesterday killed a Palestinian militant, prompting mortar fire into southern Israel just days after armed groups agreed to a temporary truce.

Kim Jong-Il agrees to stop nuke testing

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Il yesterday promised President Dmitry Medvedev in rare talks that his reclusive state was prepared to renounce nuclear testing and allow transit of a gas pipeline.

Raja wants to call PM as witness

A Raja, who is in jail for allegedly designing and executing the country's largest-ever swindle, said in court yesterday that he will have the Prime Minister summoned as a witness in his trial over what's referred to as the 2G scam.

Eleven killed in Australia blaze

Police in Australia launched an investigation yesterday into the cause of a house fire near Brisbane in which 11 people died.

5 killed in central Iraq

At least five people, including a woman and a child, were killed and nine wounded in a series of attacks in Iraq's restive central province of Diyala yesterday, security and hospital officials said.

Arts & Entertainment

Swagata: A bona fide all-rounder

It is a tough balancing act for Swagata to juggle her varied roles -- as model, TV show host, singer and actress on TV and the silver screen. More so, with the festival season round the corner which calls for increased commitment to her roles in upcoming Eid-special plays.

Raj Kumar and his rhythm of dhol

Forty four-year-old Raj Kumar Das is a familiar name in Mymensingh and beyond for his remarkable dhol-playing.

“Ke Hote Chay Kotipoti”: Star-studded Eid-special episodes

“I'm always busy with acting. I wanted to do something different this time. In fact, I never thought that I'd participate in 'Ke Hote Chay Kotipoti'. It's quite an experience for me,” said Chanchal Chowdhury who has been on the hot seat of the popular reality show with Tisha.

A not-so-simple love story

Based on a story by Akhteruzzaman Elias, single-episode play “Premer Go ppo” will be aired on the Eid day at 8pm on Maasranga Television. Animesh Aich has dramatised and directed the play.

Book launch in Lalmonirhat

A book of poetry, titled “Nilabh Roudrer Mohona-e”, written by Ferdousi Rahman Beauty, was launched in Lalmonirhat. Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader launched the book at a function held at Zila Parishad Auditorium on Tuesday.Litterateurs Abdul Majid Mandol and Golam Rahman were present at the event.

Channel 24 goes for test transmission

Channel 24 started its test transmission on August 22. Managing director of the channel and FBCCI President AK Azad, along with one of the directors of Channel 24 Sheikh Kabir Hossain, initiated the test transmission, says a press release.

Raza's solo Bhawaiya album released

An album of Bhawaiya songs, “Kobor Dekhiya Jaan”, featuring twelve original compositions recorded by Shafiul Alam Raza, was launched at the VIP Lounge of Dhaka Reporters' Unity on August 23. Violin Media has produced the album.

Tonatuni's Eid offerings

Tonatuni, a cultural organisation working mainly for children, will launch four audio albums on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, including two Rabindra Sangeet albums featuring Kaderi Kibria and renowned Indian singer Hoimanti Shukla. The other two are a mixed album of Rabindra Sangeet and a solo album of songs from yesteryears.

“I've been lucky in my career”

Harrison Ford may have had some of the most iconic roles on the big screen, but he much prefers surprising people with his choices.

Ben Stiller to receive comedy award

Ben Stiller is being honoured for his comedic contributions by Bafta.

OP-ED

Choosing between regime and country

In countries ruled by dictators the regime is given preference over the state. Since dictators do not assume power through people's mandate they do not depend on the people's support to survive. But dictators perpetuate their existence primarily because they promise to bring good to the people and always tend to project themselves better than the regimes they have overthrown. And in some cases their appearance on the scene might have a patina of popular support, and people, being forced to choose between the deep sea and the devil, prefer the latter, hoping that the devil they know would be better than the angel they don't.

Hazare's demands hard to swallow

This must be the French Revolution with Indian characteristics.

Much-awaited visit

The foreign policy of Bangladesh is very much characterised by its focus on the biggest neighbour India not only due to geographic location but also because of history, economic compulsions and security imperatives. But during the last four decades Bangladesh-India relations have progressed along a zigzag line. Bangladesh has sometimes come closer to India or maintained a distance, depending on the political preferences of the governing regimes.

Taking precautions against earthquake

Bangladesh, located close to the plate margins of Indian and Eurasian plates, is susceptible to earthquakes. The collision of the Indian plate moving northward with the Eurasian plate is the cause of frequent earthquakes in the region comprising Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Myanmar.

Three letters!

Things could have been different! Totally different! If only we had the right three letters, at the right place, at the right time. We wouldn't face the "whys" along with countless and endless discussions on "why not!"

This Day In History

August 25

1609
Galileo Galilei demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.

Star Chittagong

Adulterated foods flood Ctg markets

To get pure and safe food has become a dream nowadays as adulterated foods have flooded the markets in the port city of Chittagong during this Ramadan.

CU students remain hungry for want of cafeteria

There is no cafeteria for the students of Science and Biological Science Faculties of Chittagong University (CU) while a canteen limps at Faculty of Arts and Humanities, which remains under knee-deep water during the rainy season.

The week that was

Contribution of Shamsur Rahman recalled
Poet Shamsur Rahman's 5th death anniversary was observed in the port city on Thursday.



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