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News of: Friday, 26th of August, 2011

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Massive hunt for Gaddafi

Rebel commanders said yesterday they were readying a new advance against forces defending Gaddfi's hometown Sirte, seeking to flush out the elusive strongman, who has a $1.7 million price on his head.

Bangladeshis left in tension

Bangladeshis in the Libyan capital Tripoli are facing difficulty in leaving the North African country as they have become apparently confined to their houses amid battles between rebels and Gaddafi diehards.

Shajahan slated for interference

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the communications ministry not to allow Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan to meddle in its affairs.

Keep patience

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged people to be patient as her government is trying relentlessly to solve their problems.

Six Ibn Sina staff arrested

Hours after a High Court directive, police yesterday arrested six employees, including a doctor and two nurses, of Ibn Sina Hospital in the capital in connection with the death of a newborn because of their negligence.

Babar avoided Joj Miah in jail

Former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar used to avoid Joj Miah when both of them were in Kashimpur jail during the last caretaker government rule.

PM rules out cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ruled out a reshuffle of her cabinet, saying all the ministers are working hard to carry out their responsibilities.

Launch journey gets riskier

Rundown highways have increased safety risk for water transport passengers too, as the number of people using riverine routes for Eid travel may shoot up this year, increasing the chance of overloading of vessels.

Ensure safe waterways

The High Court yesterday issued a set of directives on the government to take steps to prevent accidents in waterways during the Eid vacation.

Extortion rampant on highways

A section of law enforcers and criminals are extorting money from drivers of goods trucks on highways ahead of Eid, contributing to the price spiral of essentials in the capital's kitchen markets.

Mad rush for home begins

With an unofficial weeklong Eid vacation beginning today, thousands of people started leaving the capital yesterday withstanding the difficulties on roads, and scarcity of train and launch tickets.

Dhaka presents its claim at UN

Bangladesh has presented its claim on the continental shelf in the Bay of Bengal at the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Bacteria to stop dengue spread

Australian scientists say they have discovered a cheap and effective method of preventing the transmission of dengue fever.

No driving licence without test

The High Court (HC) yesterday prohibited issuance of driving licences without tests till October 17, following a petition jointly filed by four rights organisations.

Bullets found at Sherpur border again

Some 1,219 bullets were recovered yesterday in a village close to Indian border in Jhenaigati upazila of Sherpur.

Acid thrown on 6 of a family

Six members of a family including two children were acid burnt Wednesday night at Balla Paschim Para village of the district in a family dispute over land.

HC stays tax on high-ups' income

The High Court yesterday stayed for six months the government decision imposing tax on the incomes of prime minister, ministers, lawmakers, speaker and deputy speakers of Jatiya Sangsad, Supreme Court judges and other constitutional post holders.

Khaleda greets PM on Eid

Opposition Leader and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr.

Jobs quits as Apple CEO

Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple Inc yesterday and passed the reins to his right-hand man Tim Cook, saying he could no longer fulfill the duties in a bombshell announcement that raised fears his health has deteriorated further.

Eight Syrian soldiers killed in attacks: SANA

Eight Syrian soldiers, including an army officer, have been killed in separate attacks in the country's central province of Homs, the official SANA news agency reported yesterday.

Seniors learn better from mistakes: Study

Canadian researchers have found the first evidence that older brains remember information better if it is learned through trial and error, rather than passively taking it in, a study said Wednesday.

African Union holds donor summit

The African Union was due to hold a much delayed summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa yesterday to pledge funds for the famine gripping the Horn of Africa.

Editorial

PM's salvo at criticism

To the nation's disappointment, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appears to have dismissed demands from her party and ruling alliance lawmakers that she sack some under-performing ministers. The lawmakers were only giving expression to widespread public feeling about some critical issues the nation has of late been facing. By her reaction, the prime minister has made it clear that while she relishes the good words about her government she is in little mood to accept and act on justified criticism. In this case, the criticism was not so much directed at her as it was at some ministers. By choosing to criticise the critics, she has effectively given a boost to those ministers who have performed miserably. Worse, she gives people reason to suspect that intolerance may be blinding the government to the realities on the ground.

Pre-Eid city traffic

The pre-Eid traffic clogs in the city are a rather familiar scene to the city dwellers. Although a breather is around the corner, now it is being too difficult to negotiate tailbacks.

Sports

Concerns over accommodation

The accommodation arrangement for the Argentina national team is yet to be decided till yesterday after the authority of the Pan Pacific Sonargaon verbally expressed their inability to accommodate the former world champions due to the visit at the same time of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Another pearl in Messi's crown

Barcelona's Lionel Messi has won yet another individual accolade after netting the inaugural Uefa Best Player in Europe award on Thursday.

'Tired, under-prepared'

Former captain Ajit Wadekar feels the Indian cricket team's humiliating 0-4 loss to England in the recently-concluded Test series was a result of fatigue and lack of preparation.

Milan pitted against Barca

Titleholders Barcelona were pitted against seven-time winners AC Milan in the draw for the 2011/2012 Champions League group stages held here on Thursday.

Ajmal enriches armoury

Saeed Ajmal, the Pakistan off-spinner, has said that he has been working on a new type of delivery, which he will bowl in the series against England early next year. Ajmal told PakPassion that he didn't get a chance to experiment with the delivery during the World Cup 2011 and was now saving it for the England series in the UAE.

SL include 2 rookies

Sri Lanka on Thursday named two uncapped bowlers, Seekkuge Prasanna and Shaminda Eranga, in a 16-man squad for the three-Test series against Australia starting next week.

Geoff calls on PCB to take foreign coach

Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson has suggested that the Pakistan Cricket Board should replace the outgoing coach Waqar Younis with a foreigner, free from the influence of Pakistan's domestic politics.

Bradshaw to quit MCC

Keith Bradshaw, the first Australian to serve as secretary of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the owners of London's Lord's Cricket Ground, is to step down from the post in October for family reasons.

Bolt to begin at Daegu

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt Thursday played down soaring expectations at the World Championships in his "comeback season", insisting he still has work to do to become a legend.

No Powell in 100m!

Asafa Powell, the fastest man in the world this season over 100m and defending champion Usain Bolt's biggest rival, will miss the event at the World Championships, his agent confirmed on Thursday.

Pistorius set for history

South African Oscar Pistorius will make history in Daegu when he becomes the first amputee athlete to compete at the World Athletics Championships, one step towards running at the 2012 London Olympics.

Roddick, Isner in qtrs

Americans Andy Roddick and John Isner scored a winning home double into the quarterfinals of the ATP Winston-Salem Open, advancing in straight sets on Wednesday.

England seal win

England avenged their World Cup defeat against Ireland with an 11-run victory over the hosts in Thursday's rain-affected one-day international at Clontarf.

Pakistan want to beat Zim for Waqar

Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq Thursday said he hoped his team would put on a winning performance against Zimbabwe to give outgoing coach Waqar Younis a befitting farewell.

Zia off to World Chess Cup

Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman left the country yesterday for Russia to take part in the FIDE World Chess Cup to be held in Kanty-Mansiysk from August 26 to September 21.

England 201/8

Ireland were eyeing another famous win over England after restricting Eoin Morgan's team to 201-8 in a rain-affected one-day international at Clontarf on Thursday.

Gunners thru'

Under-pressure Arsenal made the Champions League for the 14th consecutive season on Wednesday with a battling win over Udinese in Italy, while former champions Benfica also reached the group stage.

Jose has full support

Real Madrid fans and players have showered down messages of support for coach Jose Mourinho as he faces an inquiry for jabbing his finger into a rival's eye.

Aquilani joins Milan

Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani has agreed to join defending Serie A champions AC Milan from Liverpool, Italian sport websites reported on Wednesday.

Eto'o in Moscow

Cameroon star Samuel Eto'o arrived in Moscow on Thursday after signing a three-year deal with Russia's new big spenders Anzhi Makhachkala that will reportedly be the most valuable contract in football.

Mata moves to Chelsea

Chelsea signed Spain winger Juan Mata from Valencia for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday.

Strike called off in Spain

Spanish footballers Thursday called off a strike that has delayed the start of the Spanish season after reaching agreement with clubs on unpaid wages, the players' association AFE said.

Pep eyes history

Josep Guardiola can become the most decorated coach in Barcelona's history when the reigning European champions take on FC Porto in Friday's UEFA Super Cup showpiece in Monaco.

Nasri completes City switch

Manchester City confirmed the signing of France midfielder Samir Nasri from Arsenal on a four-year contract on Wednesday in a deal understood to be worth £24 million.

Business

Include all in anti-poverty efforts: Kumaratunga

Former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga yesterday stressed the need for South Asian nations to promote inclusiveness and equitable distribution of wealth to address poverty and make democracy sustainable.

ADP gathers steam

The implementation of annual development programme (ADP) doubled in the first month of the current fiscal year compared to the same month last year due to the power ministry's spending a bigger fund.

Vegetable prices rise as supply falls

Vegetables prices remain high in the face of a fall in supply due to crop losses for monsoon, retailers said.

PDB signs deals for three power plants

The Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday signed contracts with two private consortiums to set up three independent power plants with combined capacity of 302 megawatts.

Retirement of Yunus won't hurt Grameen Bank: Atiur

Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman yesterday said the retirement of Grameen Bank founder Prof Muhammad Yunus will not hold back the microcredit lender from growing further.

Call to diversify microcredit products

Bangladesh needs to diversify its microcredit products and act fast to adapt innovation to serve clients more effectively and achieve the expected poverty reduction goals, said a report on the country's microcredit sector.

Heavy buying pulls up stocks

Dhaka stocks' General Index ended up 1.3 percent, helped by the regulator's step to boost investors' confidence.

18 factories might fail to pay salaries, Eid perks

The country's 18 garment factories could fail to pay salaries and other allowances to their workers before the Eid-ul-Fitr as their financial condition is weak, apparel leaders said yesterday.

New director for Banglalink

Shamsuddin Ahmed has recently been promoted as accounting director of Banglalink, the mobile operator said in a statement yesterday.

City Bank Capital Resources gets new chief

Ershad Hossain has recently joined City Bank Capital Resources Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of the City Bank, as managing director.

China has 'essential role' in G20 talks: Sarkozy

China has an "essential role" to play in efforts to boost the global economy at the next G20 meeting in November, French President Nicolas Sarkozy told his Chinese counterpart in Beijing on Thursday.

Lao airline buys Libya-bound Airbus jets

Laos's state-owned airline is buying two Airbus jets originally built for a sanctions-hit Libyan carrier -- but says the green seats will go.

Thai exports hit record high in July

Thailand's trade surplus more than doubled in July from the previous month and export values hit a new record, official data showed Thursday, rebounding from a slowdown caused by Japan's earthquake.

Steve Jobs has a different operating system

Hard to understand, difficult to work with and deemed irreplaceable by many Apple fans and investors, Steve Jobs has made a life defying conventions and expectations.

Rails, not pipes, may tame twisted oil market

US crude oil shipments by railroad could help to end gaping price distortions in world oil markets faster than most traders have been expecting.

Thanks, Steve

It's a sad day: only this morning I was reminiscing about my days exploring the Apple Macintosh in Palo Alto in 1984. Like much of the world right now, I'm reliving Steve Jobs's greatest hits on YouTube, I've got a bit of a tear in my eye, and yet I can't imagine how Jobs could possibly go out on a higher note than this.

Contours of Obama jobs package coming into focus

President Barack Obama is finalising a jobs package that could include a program to refurbish school buildings nationwide and tax breaks to encourage firms to hire workers.

Facebook, LinkedIn threaten to slay Monster.com

Monster Worldwide isn't looking so monstrous lately.

Greek austerity woes to feature in creditor talks: minister

Greece's troubles in enforcing a tight austerity plan in return for EU-IMF bailout loans will be discussed in talks with the country's creditors next week, the Greek finance minister said Thursday.

Gold falls $200 from Tuesday's record high

Gold extended losses on Thursday to fall as much as $200 from Tuesday's record high, as investors favoured assets seen as higher risk and after the CME Group hiked trading margins for the precious metal for a second time this month.

Samsung not interested in HP's PC business

Samsung Electronics Co reiterated on Thursday it is not interested in buying Hewlett-Packard Co's PC business, shooting down persistent market talk the South Korean firm may snap up the unit to become the world's top PC maker.

Asian markets jump after Wall Street rally

Asian markets surged on Thursday, following another rally on Wall Street and ahead of a speech by Fed chief Ben Bernanke that many hope will outline plans to kickstart the ailing US economy.

Metropolitan

Concerted efforts to cut poverty stressed

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and visiting former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday emphasised concerted efforts among the South Asian nations to alleviate poverty and eradicate terrorism from the region.

Appoint drivers on regular basis

Nirapad Sarak Chai, a road safety advocacy group, blamed contractual employment of bus drivers for road accidents.

Father of rape victim says no to charge sheet

The father of the rape victim of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College yesterday challenged the dropping of names of two accused from the charge sheet.

Hazare sets conditions to call off hunger strike

Anti-graft activist Anna Hazare in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday reiterated three conditions to end his hunger strike.

Pvt bill to make country no-nuclear zone

A private member bill was placed in the parliament yesterday proposing enacting a law to make Bangladesh a nuclear weapons non-proliferation zone.

Road crashes kill 9, injure 45

Nine people were killed and 45 others injured in separate road accidents in Narsingdi, Jhenidah, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Dinajpur on Wednesday and yesterday.

Aug 21 case hearing begins Sept 11

Hearing on charge framing against BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and 29 others in connection with the August 21 grenade attack cases will begin on September 11.

Tk 144.45cr deal signed to improve local governance

The government yesterday signed a grant assistance deal with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) for $ 19.31 million or Tk 144.45 crore to strengthen the upazila parishads.

Split orders on Amini's bail petition

Two judges of a High Court bench yesterday delivered dissenting orders on a bail petition filed by Fazlul Haque Amini, chairman of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), in connection with a sedition case.

Formulate policy to protect children

Members of a non-government organisation (NGO) yesterday demanded formulation of a policy to protect children from sexual harassment at schools, orphanages and shelter homes.

Bishwa Sahitya Kendra reading contest begins

Bishwa Sahitya Kendra, a non-profit institution promoting reading habits among students and general people, launched the third Citi Agamer Alo Competition yesterday.

Worker dies falling from roof

A worker died and two others were injured after falling from the rooftop of a three-storey under-construction building in Chittagong Wednesday night.

Bangladeshi, Indian cattle traders shot by BSF

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot and injured a Bangladeshi and an Indian man at Hijaldi village in Kolaroa upazila yesterday morning.

3 fishermen drown in Karnaphuli

Three fishermen were drowned as a small fishing motorboat capsized after colliding with a fishing vessel in the estuary of the river Karnaphuli here early yesterday.

Readers Respond

The Daily Star received a huge response to Wednesday's commentary headlined “Ashraf's great revelation”. Here are some of those comments.

HC summons Milon

A High Court bench yesterday summoned former BNP State Minister ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon charging him with contempt of court because he moved a writ petition before another bench concealing an order of this bench.

Libyan embassy switches to rebel side

The Libyan embassy in Dhaka switched to the rebel side and has pledged allegiance to the National Transitional Council.

Nazrul's 35th anniversary of death tomorrow

The 35th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be observed tomorrow with due honour, dignity, and solemnity.

College teacher fighting for life

A college teacher, who sustained serious injuries in a road accident in Laxmipur Tuesday night, is now fighting for life in a city hospital.

Sust admission process begins on Sept 15

The application process for the first year honours admission to Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) under the session 2011-12 will begin on September 15 and continue till October 15.

HC verdict stayed

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for six weeks a High Court verdict that declared illegal the appointment of firms by the telecom regulator for two mobile phone operators -- Grameenphone and Banglalink.

US Embassy closed Aug 28, 31, Sept 1

The US Embassy in Dhaka will remain closed on August 28 in observance of Shab-e-Quadr, and on August 31 and September 1 for the Eid-ul-Fitr, says a press release.

HC orders probe

The High Court yesterday ordered an investigation into the death of Mridul Kanti Chakrabarty, a Dhaka University teacher, who allegedly died due to doctors' negligence at LabAid Cardiac Hospital in the capital.

Driver found dead in a van

Police recovered the mutilated body of a driver from a covered van parked at DIT market in Narayanganj town yesterday.

6 caught, arms seized

Police arrested six alleged robbers at Mirpur in the city yesterday.

2 muggers held, bomb recovered

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two muggers with ten petrol bombs and eight crackers at Mohakhali in the city yesterday.

3 youths repatriated from India

Three Bangladeshi youths were repatriated yesterday on completion of their jail terms for illegal intrusion into India.

Mysterious death of housemaid

A female domestic help working at the house of a retired government high official in the city's Paribagh died mysteriously yesterday morning.

SC vacation begins today

The Supreme Court will go into 42-day long annual vacation today on the occasion of autumn and Eid-ul Fitr.

'Scrap vagabond act'

Expressing grave concern over the recently passed “Vagabond and Shelterless Persons (Rehabilitation) Bill- 2011”, different rights organisations yesterday requested the government to scrap it immediately and formulate another in sync with human rights.

Death anniversary

Today is the 23rd death anniversary of Advocate Chittaranjan Das.

National

A ghostly fishery office

Infrastructure as well as activities at the government-run district fishery at Bazar Mouja on the outskirts of Nilphamari town has remained in a deplorable condition for years.

Pirates abduct 60 more fishermen for ransom

Pirates abducted 60 more fishermen with 15 trawlers from Bengal coasts in Bagerhat early yesterday, hours after they kidnapped 75 fishermen along with 10 trawlers for ransom in Barguna and Bagerhat on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Repair work of 232 km will start this October

Repair work of 232 kilometres dilapidated roads and highways in ten districts of Khulna division will begin in October this year.

Another PW gives deposition in Patradut editor murder case

Statement of another prosecution witness (PW) in the daily Patradut editor SM Ala Uddin murder case was recorded yesterday.

Farmers suffer because of a dam in Patuakhali

Farmers cannot cultivate aman paddy on over 250 acres of land at Dalima village under Baufal upazila in Patuakhali district due to water stagnation as an influential person built a dam on a canal two years ago.

Barapukuria miners reject offer of salary hike, continue strike

Barapukuria miners rejected a move by the authorities to increase their salaries and benefits and continued their indefinite strike on the third day yesterday.

Missing college student found murdered

A college student, missing since Tuesday afternoon, was found dead at Boktarpur village in Ishwardi upazila of the district yesterday.

Bail prayer of teacher held on rape charge turned down

Headmaster of a non-government school, held on charge of kidnapping and raping a college girl, was sent to jail on Tuesday.

No trade thru' Benapole till tomorrow

Indo-Bangladesh trade trough Benapole land port will remain suspended for three days till Saturday as Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Benarjee and Indian Central Home Minister P. Chidambaram will visit the Petrapole land port.

10 houses, 10 shops gutted in 2 districts

Fire incidents in Rajbari and Kurigram district yesterday gutted at least 10 houses and 10 shops.

FFs besiege CS office in Nilphamari

Freedom fighters here yesterday besieged the office of the civil surgeon (CS) demanding fair selection of candidates from freedom fighters' quota for the posts of class three and class four employees under heath department in the district.

Stone worker murdered in Sylhet

Police recovered the decomposed body of a stone worker from Dholai River at Bholaganj in Companyganj upazila on Wednesday.

Letters

Let's all live in harmony

The indigenous communities are demanding to implement the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord in full, signed in the previous tenure of Awami League government in 1997. It is palpable that the government's failure is the main reason behind the misunderstanding among factions of indigenous people. Why is the government now creating a debate unnecessarily over “tribal or indigenous”? We have heard that according to the ILO convention 169, there are no major differences between them in terms of providing facilities.

Greenhouse effect

Greenhouse gases are the components of the atmosphere that contribute to the greenhouse effect. The major greenhouse gases are- carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, nitrous oxide, chlorofluorocarbons etc. It is clear that the greenhouse effect is a great threat to the world.

Painful road accidents

One more accident took away the lives of renowned filmmaker Tareque Masud and a media personality Ashfaque Munier Mishuk. Road accident happens very often in Bangladesh most of which go unpublished and thus none knows about them. How long shall we endure such pathetic happenings? Today we are feeling sorry as we have lost culturally important personalities. Otherwise, we pay very little attention to road accidents. People are dying every day on roads. A few days ago people of Bangladesh witnessed Mirsarai tragedy in Chittagong. After the deaths of Tareque Masud and Ashfaque Munier Mishuk, several other accidents occurred in the country. The government cannot sit idle. A comprehensive traffic control system with its full utilization is the demand of people. I think reckless driving, faulty designs and poor maintenance of roads and weak enforcement of traffic rules are the major causes of frequent accidents on highways that claim scores of lives every year. Experts said number of traffic accidents could be reduced considerably if speed limits were strictly enforced. It is high time we took steps and joined the campaign against road accident.

Alternative to physical punishment

While I was a student of Notre Dame College, I got acquainted with a philosophy of the Notre Dame family. It was, they did not believe in physical punishment which creates unwanted distance and malice between the teacher and the students. What then the Notre Dame College teachers did to punish the guilty? If any student was found absent-minded or undisciplined, teachers gave him more assignments than the other students. Doing all the problems of math exercise, writing all the principles of a physics chapter ten times or drawing a number of graphs was among the punishments. If anyone neglected his assignments, he was given twice more assignments. On further negligence his results would be withheld and his guardians took his responsibility. This not only made us disciplined but also increased our efficiency. We became more sincere considering the burden of a large number of assignments. I request the education ministry to take this into consideration instead of physical punishment.

The chariot of civilization

A particular civilization has its own life span. When I see London burning and its youth looting, I hear the death knell of western civilization. The chariot of civilization seems to be leaving west for another location that may be middle East where the youth brought down two autocratic governments with little arson and bloodbath. When a civilization lapse into sectarian and seek one-eyed interest of the powerful, it ceases to be a civilization. When the civilization degenerates into merely material gain rather than the mental illumination, the hydra head of darkness rise to engulf that civilization. When a civilization wage unjust war and kill millions of innocent people just for establishing the hegemony of hubris, the horse of civilization looses its patience and start for new destination. We strongly believe that the camel of civilization will stop at our door step if we welcome it with bouquets of universal and non-sectarian flowers and music. Great minds have no religion and great civilization is as general as nature which equally nurtures all people all over the world.

Road accidents and traffic laws

I would say these are not anymore accidents, these are murders. Before anything the traffic law needs to be very strong like those are being implemented in the first world countries. In our neighbouring country India,we have noticed that Mr. Anna Hazari is on hunger strike against corruption. Is there anyone or any group in our country who is conscious about traffic law? Can they not go to Shaheed Minar and do some decent protest/hunger strike against these unexpected deaths in our country. Can't they force the government to make and implement strong traffic laws?

Mindset of our leaders!

How degradingly low could be the mindset of our political leaders? It was indeed really shocking and embarrassing to see the picture of our opposition leader alongside party loyal in the DS, cutting happily a 67 lb cake, in the early hours of 15th Aug, just next to the images of the thousand mourners paying last respect to Tareque Masud and Mishuk Muneir. Not only for the sake of respect for the father of the nation's death anniversary, but also for the tragic accident, couldn't she postpone or rather cancel her birthday celebration? Why is it so important for her and her party to celebrate Aug 15 in this manner? What message does it send to the mass people, other than that our leader is indifferent to other people's sentiments?

Road safety

In recent times we have witnessed some of the most tragic road accidents. These accidents have taken away the lives of students, intellectuals, government officials and of many men, women and children. According to the government, from the year 1999 to 2010, nearly fifty thousand road accidents have taken place in Bangladesh. The sheer bulk of the number is frightening.

The two issues

This refers to the two issues which deserve attention of the media the election manifestoes of the political parties and the information regarding the candidates, their assets and antecedents, notably the criminal past, if any made available in the affidavits, filed by them. The two issues, which get a low priority, are clearly seen as falling in the substantive category.

ONLINE VOICES

COMMENTARY
Media is the real culprit
Ashraf's great revelation (August 24, 2011)

International

Rebels to take Libya's seat at Arab League

The Arab League gave its full backing to Libya's rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people yesterday and said it was time for Libya to return to its permanent seat on the League's council.

Libya's tragedy is just beginning: Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said yesterday that Libya's crisis is just beginning with the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's government.

Adopt a 'more rational approach'

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday asked fasting anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare to adopt a "more rational approach" with regard to his demand for a strong Lokpal (anti-corruption ombudsman) Bill and vowed to clean up the system , a day after talks between the civil society led by the Gandhian and the government broke down.

China military 'closing key gaps'

China is on course to build a modern military by 2020, a move that could threaten stability in the Asia-Pacific region, the Pentagon said yesterday.

Sri Lanka scraps emergency laws

Sri Lanka's president announced yesterday that he was scrapping draconian emergency laws imposed nearly 30 years ago to deal with the armed Tamil separatist movement.

Irene batters Bahamas, heads to US coast

Hurricane Irene ripped off roofs, downed power lines and demolished homes in the Bahamas and killed at least two people in Haiti as the US East Coast yesterday braced for its brute force.

Israeli air strikes kill five in Gaza

Israeli air strikes have killed five people in Gaza, while a barrage of rockets fired by Palestinian militants into Israel has wounded a baby.

War crimes court should probe Nato's role: S Africa

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague should probe Nato's actions in Libya, according to South Africa's deputy president who said the alliance had "clear links" to the rebel assault on Tripoli.

French don't want Strauss-Kahn in politics

Most French voters want former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to stay out of politics, according to a poll published yesterday after an attempted rape case against him collapsed in New York.

Human Rights Watch calls for inquiry

Rights group Human Rights Watch urged India to hold an independent inquiry into the unmarked graves found in Indian-administered Kashmir yesterday.

Four metro stations near Indian PM's house closed

Four metro stations near the Prime Minister's official residence here were closed yesterday as a precautionary measure following a call by Team Anna Hazare to people to hold a protest there.

Four Thai 'red-shirt' given 34 yrs

Four protesters in Thailand have been jailed for 34 years each yesterday for their part in anti-government unrest last year.

Arts & Entertainment

Spicy Bites

On 'Spicy Bites', cultural personalities face questions on issues from all angles, i.e. 'what would he/she do if he/she were in charge of solving social issues?' or 'how can we minimise waste of resources?'

Deshi item, Bideshi take

Apart from regular skits, this year's Eid-special “Ityadi” will have a segment featuring 50 foreigners.

Dr. Muhammad Samad's childhood Eid memories

Dr. Muhammad Samad is a noted poet and columnist. He has also been teaching for about 28 years. Currently he is a Professor at the Institute of Social Welfare and Research, Dhaka University. Between 1997 and 2001, Samad was the general secretary of National Poetry Council, Bangladesh.

Backfiring scams

Single-episode TV play “Ultodhanuk” will be aired on ntv at 10pm on the first day of Eid. Written and directed by Shafiqur Rahman Shantanu and Shamima Akhter respectively, the play recounts the story of Kajol, a crooked caretaker, who is in charge of a mansion. The owner of the large house, Abid, live abroad and no one from his family has visited the country in the recent past. Assuming that Abid would not return to Bangladesh, Kajol finds tenants for the house. But he has to evict the tenants when he learns that Abid will visit the country shortly.

On a city bus

Rtv will telecast a special mini series, titled “City Bus”, from the first till the sixth day of Eid. The six episodes will be aired at 11:25pm everyday. The serial has been written and directed by Noman Robin. The cast includes Hassan Masud, Sohel Khan, Faruk Ahmed, Rashed Mamun Apu, Nafisa and others.

Dealing with tall tales

Tele-film “Ochol will be aired on ATN Bangla on Eid day at 4:30pm. The tele-film has been written by Brindaban Das and directed by Salahuddin Lavlu. The cast includes Amirul Haq Chowdhury, Dolly Zohur, SM Mohsin, Salahuddin Lavlu, Jyotika Jyoti and AKM Hassan.

Eternal loner Lady Gaga to appear on “The Simpsons”

Pop star Lady Gaga believes she is married to loneliness, and says she will always be wallowing in solitude.

OP-ED

Public pains and private gains

WHEN one man Anna Hazare vows to go on fast, the Indian government gets nervous. But think of the irony when it comes to us. Millions have been fasting for an entire month, yet not a stir in our political bones. That is the difference between religion and politics. What works for the soil doesn't always work for the soul.

Gaddafi has lost; but who has won?

THE civil war in Libya went on longer than expected, but the fall of Tripoli came faster than was forecast. As in Kabul in 2001 and Baghdad in 2003, there was no last-ditch stand by the defeated regime, whose supporters appear to have melted away once they saw that defeat was inevitable.

Just another pawn on the chessboard

South Africa has thrown a fit at the Western initiative to unfreeze a first tranche of $ 1.5 billion in blocked Libyan assets. SA objects to any cash going to the Transitional National Council (TNC) which was cobbled as an interim body of disparate, alternatively, representative groups.

The poverty of journalism: Two reports in The Economist

IN less than two weeks, two reports on Bangladeshi politics -- focused on India-Bangladesh relations, and the mutual animosity between the ruling Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) -- appeared in The Economist.

The murderous Fourth Estate!

THE jocular commentary of The Daily Star Editor Mr. Mahfuz Anam on AL secretary-general's revelation that the media are creating a ground for PM's assassination requires further discussions in a series of follow-up stories.

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Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Army at Manzikert.

StarTech

Is this the end for PCs?

The term “post-PC (personal computer) era” has been in the centre stage for quite a few days with the apparently oversized success of iPads, tablets and smartphones and other new handheld devices.

Tech execs recall Jobs' monumental reign at Apple

Steve Jobs' resignation as Apple Inc's chief executive sent shock waves through technology and media circles on Wednesday as executives, engineers and investors spoke of becoming "orphans" without their Michelangelo.

Apple fans pay tribute to "industry icon" Jobs

From San Francisco to Seoul to Sydney, fans of Apple paid tribute to Steve Jobs after he resigned as CEO, calling him an icon for the entire technology industry, not just the company he co-founded.

Nokia makes Anna available

Nokia Symbian Anna, the latest software update for Symbian smartphones has been made available for download using the latest Ovi Suite (version 3.1.1) on a PC, or over-the-air directly to smartphones, says a press release.

Facebook to pre-approve photo tags

Facebook is introducing a feature that will now let you decide whether your friends can attach your name to a photo before it is circulated.



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