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Railway on the wane

The capacity of Bangladesh Railway (BR) has been dwindling since the independence of the country despite the fact that the demand for rail service is growing.

Police probe finds Kadar innocent

A departmental probe finds that Khilgaon police did torture Abdul Kadar, a Dhaka University student, falsely charging him with robbery and carjacking.

Repair work won't complete before Eid

Passengers bound for home will have to suffer for the battered condition of the Dhaka-Chittagong highway as the repair work at some damaged parts will remain incomplete before the Eid-ul-Fitr.

BNP threatens to oust govt

The main opposition BNP yesterday threatened to topple the government through movement over the death of Supreme Court lawyer Mamataj Uddin Ahmed.

BNP doing politics over lawyer's death

The main opposition BNP is trying to politicise the death of MU Ahmed by bringing up allegations of torture in police custody, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said at a press briefing yesterday.

Launches, trains too overcrowded

The three ran towards the train station as if their lives depended on reaching there. The father led the race with several bags in each hand, followed by his 17-year-old daughter who kept glancing back towards her mother. The mother was having a hard time keeping up with the pace.

Launch stuck in Meghna shoal, rescued after 14 hrs

A launch was salvaged yesterday afternoon about 14 hours after it got stuck in a shoal in the Meghna river in Chandpur causing immense sufferings to around 2,000 passengers on board.

Millions flee as hurricane slams US east coast

Hurricane Irene is pummelling the US east coast after making landfall in North Carolina, where it has caused flooding and damage.

Gaddafi urged govt to forgive Bangabandhu's killers: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader who had given shelter to the killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is witnessing his own fall.

No new deal on transit

No agreement will be signed for transit to India during Manmohan Singh's Dhaka visit early next month, prime minister's International Affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi said yesterday.

Hazare to break his 12-day fast today

Ending a 12-day tense standoff with the government, Indian anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare yesterday night agreed to call off his fast this morning after extracting concessions from parliamentarians on his three key demands.

Shab-e-Qadr observed

Muslims across the country observed the holy Shab-e-Qadr last night.

Gas meters by October

The Titas Gas company is set to introduce prepaid gas meters at houses in the city's Lalmatia and Mohammadpur from October to check gas wastage and ensure fair payment by the consumers.

Russian offer too costly

Petrobangla's bid for an unsolicited deal with Russian national company Gazprom to install two gas compressors and drill 10 gas wells faces a major blow as the Russians placed an astonishingly high price tag two weeks ago.

Tripoli faces grave humanitarian crisis

Living conditions in Tripoli are becoming increasingly desperate, with most of Libya's capital without water, electricity or proper sanitation.

Delhi to improve facilities for border trade

India will build an immigration building and a truck terminal at its Petrapole port bordering Benapole to facilitate immigration and trade with Bangladesh.

India's nat'l security adviser Menon due today

Indian National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon arrives here today to discuss with high government officials the agenda of the summit meeting to be held upon Manmohan Singh's arrival in Dhaka on September 6.

Highway robbers' gang held

Detective Branch (DB) in two separate drives, arrested five members of a highway robber's gang with looted trucks and soybean oil from Dhaka and Comilla, police said yesterday.


Lailatul Qadr

The munificence of the Creator is revealed in Sura Qadr in the Holy Qur'an when Allah enlightens us:

Death of a Supreme Court lawyer

We condole the unfortunate death of M U Ahmed, a Supreme Court lawyer and a former assistant attorney general. Our heart goes out to the bereaved family. We are outraged by the manner of his death because, in spite of the technical arguments proffered by the police, he was in police custody when he was struck by heart attack. And, whatever may have been the reason for his illness, he was in their custody when he passed away.


Preps gain pace

The BFF office at Motijheel is abuzz with former players and BFF officials who are all gearing up to welcome and host the Argenina and Nigeria teams for the FIFA friendly on September 6. The entrance of the office is undergoing a last-minute facelift. Inside, the officials are making elaborate plans to greet the teams, with a group of former and current national players to greet the teams at the airport. A national flag with national footballers printed on it was being prepared to represent the national team.

Inquest 2003 is perfect model

The direction that cricket in Bangladesh will take hinges on the board meeting immediately after the Eid vacation. After the ill-fated Zimbabwe tour, will the Bangladesh Cricket Board thoroughly examine the failure and thus take some measures to lift Bangladesh's cricketing fortunes? Or will the same old cosmetic changes be taken to satisfy the call for change in the short-term?

Kenyans sweep all

Kenya's women distance runners dominated the opening day of the World Championships on Saturday, remarkably snapping up all six medals on offer in the 10,000m and marathon.

Kohli fires India to win over Kent

Virat Kohli smashed a 53-ball 78 as India defeated Kent by just five runs in a rain-hit tour match on Friday which was reduced from a 50-over clash to a 20-over game at Canterbury.

Blake tipped to outrun Bolt

Jamaica's Yohan Blake is the sprinter to outrun reigning world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt in the 100m, according to American sprint legend Maurice Greene.

Isner-Benneteau finale

Hometown hero John Isner will face French qualifier Julien Benneteau in Saturday's final of the ATP Winston-Salem Open after each captured dramatic semifinal triumphs on Friday.

Powell craves a title

A despondent Asafa Powell said Saturday he still harboured hopes of clinching an elusive global sprinting title after injury forced him out of the 100m at the World Championships.

Wozniacki on a roll

Three-time defending champion and world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki won her 16th match in a row over four years at the WTA New Haven Open on Friday to reach the final of the US Open tuneup.

Watto learning it from Dravid

Australia's opening batsman Shane Watson has revealed that he has been seeking Indian star batsman Rahul Dravid's advice to turn good starts into 'bigger scores'.

Clarke hits form ahead of Tests

Australia captain Michael Clarke geared up for the forthcoming three-Test series against Sri Lanka with an impressive century in a warm-up match, which ended in a draw on Saturday.

Dhoni & co in bomb scare

The Indian cricket team was caught up in a bomb scare after their practice match against Kent last evening.

Samaraweera stronger after terror attacks

Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera reckons that he is incredibly fortunate to have survived the terrorist attack on his team during the 2009 tour of Pakistan.

Super Cup Barca's

Lionel Messi scored one goal and created another as Champions League winners Barcelona lifted their fourth European Super Cup trophy on Friday with a 2-0 victory over Porto who finished with nine men.

Wolves hold Villa

Wolves maintained their impressive start to the Premier League season as Mick McCarthy's team ground out a 0-0 draw at local rivals Aston Villa on Saturday.

Ozil back for Germany

Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil has made an expected return to the Germany squad announced by Joachim Loew for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifier against Austria and the friendly against Poland.

Barca, Real fight to the death

It's all fun and games, until someone pokes an eye out, goes an old proverb.

Tevez set to stay

Carlos Tevez is poised to remain at Manchester City after his family returned to the north of England, manager Roberto Mancini said on Saturday.

Flamini out for 5 months

AC Milan's French midfielder Mathieu Flamini will be out of action for the next five months because of a knee injury, the Italian Serie A side announced on Friday.

Boyata loaned to Bolton

Manchester City have loaned their Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata to Bolton Wanderers until the end of the season.

Michael crashes on 20th anniversary

Michael Schumacher celebrated his 20th anniversary since making his Formula One debut in the worst possible way when crashing in qualifying for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.


Lure of quick profits drives banks

The commercial banks, especially the private ones, make a big amount of profit every year, creating interest among influential persons to get licence for setting up new banks.

25 banks face credit risk

Twenty-five of 48 banks operating in Bangladesh may slip into trouble in maintaining adequate capital if top three borrowers were defaulted, according to a recent stress test carried out by the central bank.

Denim makers in doldrums

Entrepreneurs cannot set up new denim mills and expand their existing capacities due to high bank interest rates, inadequate gas and power supply and volatile cotton market.

Indian exporters opt for cheaper production in Bangladesh

Faced with rising costs for labour, raw materials and real estate in India, garments exporters in the country are hiring cheaper production capacity in Bangladesh to beat cutthroat competition from countries like China and Vietnam in the global market.

Gold bags more records, oil higher on Libya

Gold surpassed $1,900 an ounce for the first time this week as investors continued to snap up the safe-haven investment on growth concerns, while oil gained thanks to an unclear outlook for Libyan crude output.

Stocks snap losing streak before Eid vacation

Stocks gained with high turnover, breaking a three-week bearish trend, as investors went on a buying spree following the regulators' directive on share split.

US, Europe stocks shrug off Bernanke speech

US and European stock markets on Friday shrugged off a keenly awaited speech by US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke that dashed hopes for hints of new central bank stimulus measures.

New chairman for Prime Bank

Prime Bank has recently elected Md Shirajul Islam Mollah as the chairman of the bank for the next two years effective from Wednesday, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Rupali Insurance re-elects chairman

Mostafa Golam Quddus has recently been re-elected chairman of Rupali Insurance Company Ltd, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Banks brace for Monday's withdrawal pressure

Three holidays in a row -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- have increased pressure on businessmen and banks in the run-up to the Eid-ul-Fitr.

Micromax brings Van Gogh X450

Indian mobile phone maker Micromax launched a new cellphone, the Van Gogh X450, on Friday.

An entrepreneur who does more with less

Shamsun Nahar is a successful entrepreneur from Mirpur in Dhaka. Starting out her boutique from a drawing room at home, she has crossed many hurdles to come to where she stands today.

EBL and SME Foundation to stand by leather goods makers

Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) and The SME Foundation plan to sign a deal soon to jointly stand by a group of small leather goods makers to help develop a cluster in Mirpur in Dhaka, officials said.

Billions of dollars in losses feared from Irene

Hurricane Irene is threatening to deliver another blow to the already shaky US economy, with one forecasting firm predicting Friday that it could cause up to $10 billion in damages.

Apple's supporting cast steps into the limelight

As Steve Jobs leaves the stage at Apple Inc, four of his top understudies are coming into the limelight.

Oil prices flat ahead of US hurricane

Oil prices rose slightly Friday on little industry news and a noncommittal speech on the US economic outlook from central bank chief Ben Bernanke, as a huge hurricane barreled toward the US east coast.

Bernanke presses US leaders to boost economy

US central bank chief Ben Bernanke called on political leaders Friday to do more to boost jobs and the housing market, saying the Federal Reserve could do little at this time to enhance economic growth.

Eurozone scrambles to overcome Greek aid obstacle

Eurozone governments scrambled Friday to resolve a dispute over Finnish demands for Greece to provide collateral for rescue loans, a condition threatening to hold up a new Greek bailout.


Pro-BNP lawyers doing politics of falsehood

State Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Advocate Quamrul Islam yesterday said BNP-backed lawyers are doing politics of falsehood over the death of Supreme Court lawyer MU Ahmed.

Musa plans to conquer world's 6 tallest peaks

The country's first Everest conqueror Musa Ibrahim was yesterday honoured as the Tourism Ambassador of Bangladesh as he sets off to surmount six other tallest peaks around the world.

Hopes lost with death of Bangabandhu

About to step into the 41st year of the country's independence, “Birangonas” (war heroines) are yet to be properly recognised and paid the due honour and respect for their sacrifices, said speakers at a programme yesterday.

Myanmar to take back its nationals

Myanmar at a meeting reiterated its willingness to take back all refugees as well as undocumented nationals living in Bangladesh.

Encourage foreign investment in Bangladesh

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni requested Islamic Development Bank President Dr Ahmed Mohammed Ali to use his good office to encourage more foreign investment in Bangladesh.

NHRC boss for judicial probe

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday demanded judicial probe into allegation that MU Ahmed, a pro-BNP lawyer at the Supreme Court, died due to police torture.

Three killed in road crashes

Three people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Satkhira yesterday.

4-lane Dhaka-Ctg highway by 2013

The Dhaka-Chittagong highway will be developed into a four-lane one by June 2013 despite delay in procurement of soil from roadside lands, officials said.

Second successful liver transplantation at Birdem

Surgeons at Birdem Hospital performed successful liver transplantation for the second time on August 6, sixteen months after the first one.

$ 300m WB support for primary edn

The World Bank (WB) yesterday approved a $300 million credit for the Third Primary Education Development Programme (PEDP III) to support primary education in Bangladesh.

4 of a family burnt

Four members of a family suffered burn injuries as a fire erupted in a gas-filled bedroom of their house in the city's Sabujhbagh early hours yesterday.

Nation pays homage to Nazrul

The 35th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was observed yesterday across the country in a befitting manner.

JCD assault on journos condemned

Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) yesterday condemned the assault on journalists who were discharging their professional duties at a demonstration programme of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in city's Naya Paltan area.

Singer showroom looted in city

A manager was beaten and Tk 2.50 lakh was looted from a showroom of Singer Bangladesh at Pilkhana road in the city's Azimpur area allegedly by a gang of robbers immediate after Iftar yesterday.

Dhaka slates attack on UN office

Bangladesh has strongly condemned the attack on the United Nations office in Nigerian capital Abuja and said Bangladesh always stand against any sort of terrorist activities.

5 students held with heroin

Police arrested five students including two leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra Moitree (BCM) here early hours yesterday on charge of their involvement in trading drugs.

Death anniversary

Today is the 12th death anniversary of Asiruddin Ahmed, a former co-operative inspector of Rangpur, says a press release.

Death anniversary

Today is the 28th death anniversary of MA Wadud, a language movement veteran and father of Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni and renowned surgeon Dr Jawadur Rahim Wadud, says a press release.

Anis made consul general of South Africa

Anis Ahmed, a noted businessman and managing director of MGH Group, has been appointed honourary consul general of South Africa in Bangladesh.

Iftar for injured FFs

Chief of Army Staff General Mohammad Abdul Mubeen yesterday hosted an Iftar in honour of war-injured freedom fighters at Senakunja in the city.


Dangerous molasses

A section of unscrupulous traders are preparing spurious molasses, locally known as gur, with harmful ingredients in four villages of Dhaperhat union in Sadullapur upazila, posing serious health hazard for consumers.

11 Pathorghata pirates with gang leader held, arms recovered

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-8) yesterday arrested 11 pirates including their ring leader and recovered arms from their possession at Pathorghata under Barguna district.

10 BCL men held, sued in Ghatail

Police on Friday night arrested 10 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in Ghatail upazila on charge of assaulting law enforcers.

'Reconstruct Noyakandi concrete bridge'

Hundreds of people brought out a procession and held rally at Noyakandi Bazar on Wednesday afternoon demanding re-construction of the concrete bridge that collapsed 15 years ago.

Lalmonirhat docs protest assault on colleague

Doctors at Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital yesterday observed a three-hour strike from 10:00am protesting assault on one of their colleagues by the relatives of a patient.

Pirates in guise of trawler owners loot homebound Eid passengers

Pirates looted cash and valuables from homebound passengers ahead of Eid in the guise of trawler owner on the river Jamuna near Aricha ghat under Shivalaya upazila on Friday night.

Mob assaults two cops as they try to save 'kidnappers'

Two police officials were assaulted as they tried to save alleged kidnappers from angry mob in Sadar upazila on Friday.

Road barricades by motor, factory workers in 2 dists

Aggrieved motor workers in the town blocked three major roads yesterday demanding action against Chapainawabganj mayor for allegedly beating up a driver and helper.

Ramsagor Express stops again ahead of Eid

Railway authorities have again suspended the service of Ramsagor Express train on Gaibandha-Dinajpur route, causing immense sufferings to the passengers ahead of Eid.

5 bomb blasts in Gangni in four days

Villagers in Gangni upazila under Meherpur district are worried as at least five bombs were blasted in the areas in four days from Tuesday to Friday. Three other bombs were recovered.

PBCP leader murdered`

Law enforcers recovered the body of a regional leader of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Lal Pataka) faction from Chatmohor upazila yesterday morning.The body of Ajmat Ali alias Blind Ajmat, 35, was found at Dublapara village in the upazila at around 9:00am. Ajmat was an accused in 11 cases, including seven for murder, said Habibul Islam, officer-in-charge of Chatmohor Police Station. Police suspected that the members of Janajudhha, another faction of the outlawed organisation, might have killed Ajmat. The body was sent to Pabna Medical College and Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Two cargo vessels capsize

Two cargo vessels capsized after collision in Kalabadar River at Katakhali in Mehendiganj upazila of the district yesterday morning. Police said the fishermen with the help of local people rescued all 18 crews of the two vessels. Police and locals said the incident occurred when coal-laden MV Sagar Bodhu from Sunamganj hit another vessel, MV Nur, at around 10:15am. Both the vessels were on the way to Satkhira, said Dev Das Bhattacharyya, district police superintendent.

Clash over VGF card, 15 hurt

At least 15 people were injured as two groups of people clashed over making a list of VGF (Vulnerable Group Feeding) card holders at Tala upazila chairman`s office yesterday morning. Locals said the supporters of Tala Union Parishad (UP) Chairman SM Nazrul Islam locked in a clash with local Awami League activists led by upazila unit Jubo League Organizing Secretary Zakir Hossain and upazila BCL Convener Sardar Mashiar Rahman over preparing a list of VGF card holders at around 11:00am, leaving 15 people from both sides injured. Seriously injured Zakir Hossain, 32, Sardar Mashiar Rahman, 25, UP member Nazrul Islam, 55, Mizanur Rahman, 27, Shahidul Islam, 40, Saiful Islam, 30, and Amal Sen, 40, were admitted to Tala Upazila Health Complex while the rest given first aid at the hospital.

Two schoolboys drown

Two school boys drowned in a pond at Daharshaoil village in Ishwardi upazila on Friday. The dead are Md Siam Hossain, 9, a class three student of a local kindergarten, and Md Shafi, 8, a class two student of Patkiabari Primary School. Locals said Siam, son of Jahangir Hossain, and Shafi, son of Md Abdul Hye, drowned as they went to take bath at a pond at noon. After a hectic search, locals found the bodies floating on the pond in the afternoon and recovered them.

Robbers loot houses

Robbers looted valuables from a house at Bondiram Char village in Sathia upazila early Friday. Police quoting locals as saying that a gang of armed robbers stormed into the house of Osman Muhuri at the village and looted gold ornaments, money and mobile phone sets, keeping the family members hostage at gunpoint at around 1:00am. Later, the robbers fled the scene with the booty. Police could not arrest any of the gang. Another report from Magura adds: Robbers in the the guise of police stormed into the house of one Mukul Mondol at Bamon Para village in Mohammadpur upazila and looted Tk 75,000 and 15 tolas of gold ornaments early Friday. Hearing screams, locals rushed to the spot, chased the robbers and caught one of the gang members named Monirul Islam, 30. They beat up the robber and later handed him over to the police. Following his confessional statement, police arrested gang members Tizam, 25, Bhiku, 22, Horip, 40, and Sabur, 40, at Dholhara Chandpur village in Sadar upazila.


Dreams dashed on highways

I will forever remember that tragic June morning 16 years ago when I had to inform my wife that her brother, the youngest in her family, died in a road accident on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway. All untimely deaths are tragic, but what made this death unbearably tragic is the fact that he went to Bangladesh on his summer break from the university he attended in Minnesota to surprise everybody at home and take part in his elder brother's wedding. There's no doubt that he did surprise everybody, but by not how he came but by how he left all of us forever while on his way to Dhaka to attend his brother's wedding.

Heroes of our time!

I met Tareque Masud first at the launching ceremony of 'Muktir Gaan' at the Public Library in 1995. I was a student of Dhaka University at that time. Prior to release of the film, I came to know about this remarkable personality and his 'Muktir Gaan' through the then 'Weekly Bichitra' that was run by late Shahdat Chowdhury, our beloved Shahdat Bhai. I still can remember the day of Muktir Gaan's launching! After the last scene of the film, the audience stood up to show respect to Tareque and Catherine. My friend and I cried like many others! It was first of the kind that took me so close to our war of independence and freedom fighters! Later, I met him on many occasions. With his usual smile, he always used to say 'hello' to me.

Double hazard during Eid

Perhaps media's strong coverage compelled the premier to instruct the minister concerned to repair the bumpy and cracked roads and highways before the imminent Eid. But is it possible to finish the work throughout the country by the set time? You don't need to be a specialist to understand that it is an impossible task to even fill up the potholes by that stipulated time. Rather we are afraid that the repair works would create additional traffic jam by blocking parts of the roads in the peak periods of travelling for Eid.

Behave well with them

In the daily newspapers, more or less every day, we read news about torture on domestic helps. Most of the families in the cities keep young children to do all types of household chores. It is really pathetic that these children, who should have gone to school to acquire knowledge, work as domestic helps due to extreme poverty. Moreover, they are not treated properly by their employers. They are frequently tortured and abused. In many houses the house mistresses force the young children to work much which is inappropriate for the children's age. If they fail to do the assigned works properly, they are beaten inhumanly. Sometimes the torture costs their life. Likewise, many other working children are deprived of their basic rights.

Where is our Anna Hazare?

Anna Hazare, the respected social activist and the latest household name in Indian media as well as outside world, is showing the whole world how to fight corruption by beginning a hunger strike that will not end until the government eliminates corruption.

Electronic media's role

A good number of television channels have emerged in our country. It should be admitted that apart from entertainment, TV channels also play significant role in developing social values among public. Our country with a large number of illiterate people can utilize the electronic media to educate the people about many important things.

With great power comes great responsibilities

It's been thirty six years since the dreadful night when Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with his family members was brutally assassinated. It's time his daughter Sheikh Hasina rebuilt and reformed the party and worked to lead the country toward amelioration and betterment from the current downward situation. When Sheikh Hasina is in power, there will be people who will take advantage of her position by endless praising and sympathizing.

Do not burden the people with your responsibility

From the issues of August 11, 2011 of different newspapers we learned that the government has made installation of Global Positioning System (GPS) mandatory for all motor vehicles as part of an initiative to prevent carjacking and ensure road safety. The GPS device is a modern technology which is used in advanced countries as a navigational device and tracking the location of vehicles. It is a consumer product; nowhere in the world it is termed as mandatory.

Lailatul Qadr-the glorified night

Qadr means honour and dignity. One can be honoured and dignified by doing ibadat (prayer) in this night. The holy Quran was revealed in this night. Jibrail (AS) descends to the world accompanied by a group of angels and they pray to Allah for the salvation of those Muslims who prays to Allah in this night.

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Rebels take border post as Nato bombards Sirte

Libyan rebels captured the Ras Jdir border post on the frontier with Tunisia, which it was feared Muammar Gaddafi might use to escape, as the hunt for the fugitive strongman continued yesterday.

Gaddafi fled Libya!

A convoy of six armoured cars that could be carrying high Libyan officials, even fugitive leader Muammar Gaddafi, crossed from Libya into Algeria, Egypt's official news agency reported yesterday.

All sides must avoid reprisals

The United Nations, the African Union, the Arab League and the European Union urge all sides in Libya to avoid reprisals, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said late Friday after talks of the so-called Cairo Group.

Gaddafi must be tried by ICC: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should be tried by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

'Historic' hurricane hits US east coast

Hurricane Irene blasted ashore at Cape Lookout, North Carolina yesterday, a weakened but still massive category one storm that has sent tens of thousands of Americans fleeing for safety.

Al Qaeda number two 'killed in Pakistan'

Al Qaeda's new second-in-command, Atiyah abd al-Rahman, was killed earlier this week in Pakistan, dealing a "major blow" to the group still reeling from the death of Osama bin Laden, US officials said Saturday.

Cross-border Taliban attack kills 25 Pak troops

Taliban fighters killed 25 Pakistani troops in a cross-border raid yesterday, the military said, blaming alleged inaction by Afghanistan and Nato in the latest flaring of tensions between the neighbours.

Seven dead as ferry sinks in Indonesia

Seven people were killed and several others were believed to be missing after a ferry sank in Indonesia yesterday, an official said.

Execution date set for Rajib Gandhi's killers

Three men convicted of the 1991 assassination of then Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi will be hanged early next month, a senior jail official has said.

Probe launched into attack at UN in Nigeria

Investigators on Saturday probed a suicide attack at UN headquarters in Nigeria after the bomber managed to penetrate tight security and ram his car into the building, killing at least 19 people.

Super-typhoon lashes Philippines

Super-typhoon Nanmadol battered the northern tip of the Philippines yesterday, bringing heavy rain and causing landslides that left at least six people dead or missing, civil defence officials said.

Court orders seizure of Musharraf's property

A Pakistani court yesterday ordered the confiscation of former president Pervez Musharraf's property and the freezing of his bank accounts in the country, a prosecutor said.

NoW private eye delivers hacking names

A private detective jailed for illegally intercepting voicemail messages on behalf of a journalist at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid on Friday gave lawyers the names of the people he says ordered him to carry out the phone hacking.

Honduras recognises Palestine

Honduras on Friday recognized Palestine as a "free, sovereign and independent state," following the lead of its Central American neighbors, the country's foreign ministry said.

Seven dead as ferry sinks in Indonesia

Seven people were killed and several others were believed to be missing after a ferry sank in Indonesia yesterday, an official said.

Al-Qaeda kills 7 Yemeni troops

Seven Yemeni soldiers were killed and six others wounded yesterday in clashes with suspected al-Qaeda forces in the southern province of Abyan, a military officer said.

Goethe greatest German: Poll

German poet, playwright and scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has been voted the greatest German of all time in a new poll, beating runners-up Konrad Adenauer, West Germany's first chancellor, and physicist Albert Einstein.

Singapore votes for new president

Singaporeans voted yesterday in the city-state's first contested presidential election in 18 years following a heated campaign marked by calls for stronger checks on the ruling party.

Mexico offers reward for casino killers

Mexico offered a reward Friday of $2.4 million for information leading to the arrest of armed men who torched a casino, leaving 52 people to burn and choke to death in a blazing inferno.

Arts & Entertainment

“Tareque taught me never to stay confined in a box”

After nearly two weeks of filmmaker Tareque Masud's shocking departure, his widow and co-worker Catherine Masud went public on August 26 to recall his achievements. Speaking on their first meeting, filmmaking journey together, his joy in his recent fatherhood and many more aspects from their lives, Catherine termed her better-half as a visionary, “a man who knew how to struggle and continue” and “a person who shared the same kind of passion” with her. Sharing their lives' philosophy, Catherine said, “Tareque taught me never to stay confined in a box.”

When Jazz meets Blues

The Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Live Square Concerts presented an evening of jazz and blues on August 25. The combination of these two unique forms of music proved to be a refreshing change to the generic music shows around town. There were two bands that performed, one representing each of the two musical forms; 'The Rusty Ramblers' did blues and 'The Jazzy Chopsticks' obviously performed jazz. Both the bands have very experienced musicians; hence the quality of music was phenomenal.

Ushering in Eid

Shahana Khatun, 15, a schoolgirl from Nazimuddin road in Ishwardi upazila under the district, is busy embroidering exquisite saris. The scene is quite common in village Fateh Mohammedpur in Ishwardi upazila where women and children can be seen engaged in hand embroidery or 'Karchupi Shilpo' on saris.

Promoting cultural exchange

The Prize giving ceremony of the “6th International Children-Art Biennale Bangladesh 2011” was held in the Embassy of Bangladesh in Seoul with much fervor and festivity on August 23, says a press release. Ambassador Shahidul Islam handed over the awards to the winners of various schools of Korea. These Korean youngsters participated at the Biennale organised by Bangladesh Shishu Academy, the National Academy established by the Government for cultural development and mental efflorescence of the children in Bangladesh. The first International Children-Art Biennale was held in 1998, and since then this event is being organised every two years. This year more than 16,000 art works were received from 17 countries of the world including Bangladesh. Among the Korean participants, 13 young artists won prizes in various categories. The themes of the art works varied from cherry blossom to rural landscape, from ferry to fisher boat, from yellow spring to lotus leaves, and even abstract ideas like someone's earnest wish.

ATN Studio Concert

ATN Bangla will air the musical programme ATN Studio Concert on the third day of the Eid at 10:40 pm. The programme will feature popular band Miles. The programme has been directed by Bilash Khan and will be anchored by popular singer Shakila Zafar.

Diganta Television turns four

Satellite channel Diganta turns four today. On the occasion, media personalities, politicians, poets, writers, athletes, actors, journalists, entrepreneurs and other professionals will visit the office today. Several special programmes are to be aired on the channel throughout the day.

Run up to Eid

Eid-Ul- Fitr will be brighter for over 200 ultra poor people in Bhatibari village of Lalmonirhat sadar upazila. Dedicated theatre activists of Amra K'jon Nattyo Goshthi distributed half kg of vermicelli and half kg of sugar to impoverished families in the village on Friday. The theatre activists of Amra K'jon Nattyo Goshthi pitched in to raise the required funds.

Singing sensation Alka Yagnik turns to Rabindra Sangeet

Well-known singer Alka Yagnik has come out with her first Rabindra Sangeet album, fulfilling her childhood dream.


When does a minister resign?

SO the Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his resignation last week as promised. He has a 10% approval rating and has been criticised for his poor handling of foreign and economic policies. The Japanese also disapprove of his handling of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident.

Goodbye, Sir!

Every childhood hero takes away a little bit of one's life along with him when he dies. Shammi Kapoor filled those wondrously difficult years when laughter and optimism were the only pathfinders from an unknown jute mill settlement in Bengal to an unwelcome Calcutta teeming with every variety of revolution. Even hope seems too ambitious in the second half of your teens. Shammi Kapoor was our torch, for he combined three essentials of teenage: he was mad; he got his girl on his own terms; and there was always a happy ending. He joined the dots between changing the world and dreaming of love.

Strengthening the ties

The upcoming visit of Dr. Manmohan Singh is surely going to be an attempt to reach out to the people of Bangladesh, therefore it should not be seen as just an effort to strengthen the relationship with one party or the other. It appears there is a realisation in Delhi that India has to build bridges with all shades of public opinion in Bangladesh. At the same time, India has a particular affinity for the genuinely democratic, non-communal and pro-liberation section of Bangladesh society. So, it is but natural that India will make a special effort to reach out to them.

Embraceable and embarrassing you

THE Economist published an article on July 30, entitled "Embraceable you," on the relationship between India and Bangladesh. It has been embraceable to some and embarrassing to others inside and outside the country. It has, on the one hand, angered the government of Bangladesh and many friends of the present government. On the other hand, The Daily Star reported on August 7, "BNP hails Economist report," just after the London-based magazine published the government rejoinder. Therefore, it is understood that the Awami League leaders do not agree with The Economist report and the BNP leaders do not agree with the government rejoinder.

Is truth an illusion?

The epic Mahabharata recounts an interesting story about the Pandava brother,Yudhishthira, who was known for his unwavering adherence to truth. During the Kurukshetra War, between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, the Kaurava commander Drona mercilessly killed thousands of Pandava warriors. Krishna (avatar of Lord Vishnu and a trusted advisor of the Pandavas), thought of a clever plan to deter Drona. He asked Yudhishthira to announce that Drona's son, Ashwathama, was killed, even though this was untrue. Krishna knew that Yudhishthira would never lie, so he constructed a ruse. He had an elephant named Ashwathama killed and asked Yudhishthira to declare: "Ashwathama is dead, but I am unsure whether it was an elephant or the man." Krishna ensured that the words were uttered while the Pandavas beat their drums and cymbals in a way that drowned Yudhishthira's critical trailing words. Given Yudhishthira's reputation as a righteous man, Drona believed him. He laid down his arms in distress and was slain. The Pandavas were victorious -- Krishna justified Yudhishthira's deception as a moral act toward humanity for ensuring justice and peace on earth, through a just war.

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