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News of: Sunday, 4th of September, 2011

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Last-minute move on to finalise deals

As two more days are left for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's arrival in Dhaka, bureaucrats of both countries are trying to finalise a long-term Comprehensive Framework Agreement on cooperation, and around a dozen of other deals that are expected to mark a turning point in the bilateral relations.

Joint efforts to save tigers

Bangladeshi and Indian border guards are likely to patrol the Sundarbans waterways to protect the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Consensus on equal share

Dhaka and Delhi yesterday by consensus agreed to have equal share of Teesta water during the dry season for an interim 15 years, until a final agreement is signed.

India okays disbursement of $750m

India has approved disbursement of $750 million loan for 13 projects under a $1 billion credit agreement, Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said yesterday.

Yunus wanted to resolve row

Prof Muhammad Yunus wanted to resolve any misunderstanding with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina regarding Grameen Bank and his efforts, but he did not receive any appointment even after an urgent request, according to a diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks.

Syed Abul 'less than honest'

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain last year told former US ambassador in Dhaka James F Moriarty that development of transport infrastructure in Bangladesh was critical to Awami League's re-election chances, according to diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks.

Justice Khairul took money as per rules

Former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque received Tk 10.37 lakh from the prime minister's relief fund for his wife's medical treatment abroad, reliable sources told The Daily Star.

Consultancy firm's 'graft' under scanner

Canadian authorities are investigating the SNC-Lavalin Group Inc upon a corruption allegation involving the $2.9 billion Padma Multipurpose Bridge project, Reuters reported yesterday referring to a World Bank spokesman.

Abul termed 'less than honest'

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain last year told former US ambassador in Dhaka James F Moriarty that development of transport infrastructure in Bangladesh was critical to Awami League's re-election chances, according to cables leaked by whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

Clampdown on cutting Ctg hills

Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined nine people around Tk 1.91 crore for cutting four hills to develop residential areas at Pahartali in the port city and in Sitakunda upazila without environmental clearance.

BNP slams govt for 'secrecy' in agreements

BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday criticised the government for maintaining secrecy about the agreements to be signed during the Indian prime minister's visit to Bangladesh.

People start returning to city as Eid holiday over

Hanging on to their lives on the roofs of a train or crammed inside its generator room, holidaymakers are flocking back to the capital after spending Eid with loved ones.

EPB pushes for quota hike

The Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) has urged the commerce ministry to take measures to double garment exports to India under duty-free facility or lift the cap on quota, said a top official of the government agency yesterday.

Indian govt signs deal with Ulfa

Aiming to end violence in the troubled north-eastern state of Assam, the Indian government yesterday signed an agreement with Ulfa to set the ball rolling for peace talks.

Indian business team arrives next month

A high-profile business delegation from India is likely to visit Dhaka early next month to look for investment opportunities, said a leader of India-Bangladesh Chamber yesterday.

5 killed as bus hits microbus

Five people including three of a family were killed and five others injured in a road accident at Kalihati upazila in the district yesterday afternoon.

Manmohan owns over Rs 5cr assets

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assets exceed Rs 5 crore including term deposits, two houses and a 1996-model Maruti 800 car as per his declaration made public yesterday.

Iajuddin's condition improves

The condition of former president Iajuddin Ahmed improved early today, sources at Apollo Hospital said.

Libya's new leaders set for Tripoli move

Libya's new leaders moved to restore order to Tripoli yesterday, instructing fighters from the provinces to go home as they prepared to transfer to the capital from their wartime base in Benghazi.

Notice

We do not bring out STAR BUSINESS today, as economic activities slowed down due to public holidays on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. However, the pages will come out regularly from tomorrow.

Editorial

Road crashes on holidays

No fewer than thirty-eight people have died and eighty others have been injured in road accidents during the Eid holidays. The argument could be made that accidents do happen. But beating that argument is another, which is that it is unusual for accidents to occur at a time when roads are relatively free of the usual congestion and frenzy which might cause tragedy and lead to unexpected deaths. On holidays, therefore, it is not expected that buses will turn over and cars crash into all sorts of objects.

Internet service at grassroots

On top of the extension of Internet facilities to 4,501 union parishads (UPs), optical fibre networks are being provided to 1,000 UPs in the first phase. Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Limited (BTCL) is installing the optical fibre connections. This is towards reaching efficient ICT access to the grassroots level. Broadband Internet service through the optical fibre is crucial to ensuring quality and speedy ICT service.

Sports

Bolt back with a bang

Sprint star Usain Bolt rebounded from his 100m disqualification to scorch to 200m gold on Saturday, while Asbel Kiprop won a first-ever men's 1500m title for Kenya.

Messi for sure, what about the masses?

After much deliberation and wavering, it has been finally confirmed that Messi and his Albiceleste mates will be coming to town on September 5 and will definitely play the much-hyped FIFA friendly against Nigeria the following day. But the confirmation came so late that it might have taken a heavy toll on the chief purpose of arranging the game by the BFF -- showcasing the country's image as an attractive sports venue and generating a flow of enthusiasm amongst the youth.

Sharapova ousted, Murray survives

Maria Sharapova's US Open dream was shattered by Flavia Pennetta on Friday, while men's number four Andy Murray avoided an early exit with a wild five-set victory over Robin Haase.

BFF wary of Kolkata gaffes

The Bangladesh Football Federation will strive to avoid the administrative gaffes that had happened before and after Friday's Argentina-Venezuela friendly in Kolkata when they host the Argentina-Nigeria friendly in Dhaka at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.

Crisis of common sense

Argentina's arrival on September 5, two days after the initially scheduled date, makes little difference to anyone in Bangladesh football or the team in question, but the delay begs an uncomfortable question.

First ODI abandoned

England were 27-2 when an extended rain break led to the abandonment of the first one-day international against India at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

Harris hastens victory

Fast bowler Ryan Harris claimed five wickets as Australia beat a valiant Sri Lanka by 125 runs in the first Test on Saturday to take the lead in the three-match series.

Hosts let it slip away

Pakistan reached 357-5 in reply to the hosts' 412 all out at the close of the third day of the one-off Test at Queens Sports Club here Saturday.

Skippers slam pitch

Rival captains Michael Clarke and Tillakaratne Dilshan blasted the dry wicket in Galle after Australia beat Sri Lanka by 125 runs in the first Test on Saturday.

Ponting's ton of wins

Ricky Ponting became the first cricketer to play in 100 Test wins after Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 125 runs in the first Test in Galle on Saturday.

Germany lead charge

Former champions Germany were given an early chance for celebration on Friday after becoming the first team to qualify for the 2012 European Championship finals.

Win delights Sabella

New Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella was counting the positives after his team pulled off a 1-0 friendly victory over an improving Venezuela in his debut match on Friday.

Matthaus apologises

Bulgaria coach Lothar Matthaus apologised after England players were racially abused during their Euro 2012 qualifying match here Friday, branding the chants "pitiful."

VDV out for 6 weeks

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart will be sidelined for six weeks after suffering a torn hamstring.

MU's No 2 writes off Chelsea

Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen has written off title rivals Chelsea as too old to provide a sustained challenge for the Premier League this season.

Fabregas leads fightback

Second-half substitute Cesc Fabregas scored twice as reigning European and world champions Spain fought back from two goals down to beat Chile 3-2 in a friendly here on Friday.

Singna boat race held

Walton-Cute Singna Boat Race was held at Kumri Beel in Kalihati Thana of Tangail district yesterday.

German stars in the money

German stars like Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm each stand to make up to 180,000 euros (255,000 US dollars) after the Germans became the first team to qualify for Euro 2012.

Metropolitan

Former diplomats see some issues in shadow

Former diplomats of Bangladesh have expressed guarded optimism about the outcome of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka on September 6-7.

Patients' relatives allege negligence of doctors

Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday experienced firsthand the allegations of negligence in duty by doctors during a surprise visit to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the afternoon.

Demand for Abul's resignation iterated

Columnist and writer Syed Abul Maksud yesterday reiterated the demand for resignation of Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain for his involvement in corruption.

4 killed in road accidents

Four people were killed and 16 others injured in separate road accidents in Satkhira, Jessore and Khulna yesterday.

One dies as concrete block falls on him

A pedestrian, who was injured as a block of concrete fell on him from Green Super Market on Thursday in the city's Green Road area, succumbed to his injuries last night at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

15,000 law enforcers to ensure Manmohan's security

Around 15,000 members of the government forces will fan out to ensure foolproof security during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his five chief ministers.

Global study begins

The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) has been collaborating in a global study on childhood pneumonia that is expected to provide new data on the causes of the disease and ultimately guide the next generation about pneumonia prevention and treatment.

Khaleda's remarks about ex-CJ ill-motivated: Matia

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday termed the recent remarks of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia about immediate-past chief justice ABM Khairul Haque highly “unfair and ill-motivated”.

Four injured in Savar blast

Four people were injured in a bomb explosion on the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) premises here yesterday morning.

Changing lives in disaster-prone villages

Once a distressed housewife, Kulsum has now overcome poverty by adapting with climate change impacts in the remote Dhushmara Char village surrounded by the river Teesta under Kawnia upazila in Rangpur.

Highways' condition being improved everyday: Abul

Communication Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday said condition of all the dilapidated highways and roads are being improved everyday for vehicular movement due to the on-going repair work.

Father slaps 3-month-old boy dead

A three-month-old baby boy died after his father allegedly slapped him in Tejgaon industrial area in the city yesterday afternoon.

Hearing on Sayedee's war crimes resumes today

International Crimes Tribunal resumes today the hearing on the charge framing against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee in connection with crimes against humanity in 1971.

5 members of 'malam party' held

Police arrested five members of a “malam party” gang just as they were about to flee on a bus after snatching two mobile sets and cash from a police constable by rubbing a toxic substance in his eyes at city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area early yesterday.

50 hurt as villagers clash

At least 50 people were injured, many of them seriously, in a clash between two rival groups at an arbitration at Aruail Bazar in Sarail upazila yesterday.

Liton promises planned city

Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton said the corporation is committed to implement its uplift programmes in a transparent manner.

Housewife 'commits suicide'

A housewife allegedly committed suicide by taking poison here on Friday night.

AUW VC resigns

Asian University for Women (AUW) Vice Chancellor Mary Sansolone resigned from her post, said Omar Sarif, director operation of the university, yesterday.

Old woman dies in city road crash

An old woman was crushed under the wheels of a speedy jeep in city's Khilgaon area yesterday.

Schoolboy drowns in river Kirtankhola

Body of a schoolboy, who drowned in the river Kirtankhola, was recovered in Bhatarkhal area in Sadar upazila yesterday afternoon.

JMB activist arrested

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an activist of banned Islamist outfit Jam`atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Sharai village in Nalchhiti upazila in Jhalakathi district early yesterday.

Death anniversary

Today is the 42nd death anniversary of Abdul Hamid Chowdhury,former speaker of the erstwhile provincial assembly and a close associate of Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq and Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, says a press release.

Nizam Uddin Bhuiyan

Today is the 40th death anniversary of Khwaja Nizam Uddin Bhuiyan Bir Uttam, says a press release.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of Begum Rabeya Alam, mother of Dhaka Ahsania Mission President Kazi Rafiqul Alam, will be held at her Dhanmondi residence after Asr prayers on September 6, says a press release.

National

PA to a state minister allegedly occupies 11 acres of 4 people

A personal assistant (PA) to a state minister has allegedly occupied 10.96 acres of land in Kuakata area under Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali district.

Sylhet 150 MW power plant may be delayed

The 150 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant in Sylhet, scheduled to complete by October this year, is likely to be deferred due to delay in import of machinery and setting of gas metering system in the plant.

Kuakata sees few tourists this Eid for 'bad road condition'

Picturesque Kuakata sea beach sees very few tourists during the Eid vacation this time, much to the frustration of a large number of businessmen in the tourist spot.

Human chain demanding bridge over Modhumoti

A human chain was formed at Narail town intersection on Friday demanding construction of a bridge over the river Modhumoti at Kalna point.

One killed in Sherpur, 15 injured in Bagerhat

A man was killed in Sherpur yesterday while 15 others were injured in Bagerhat on Friday as rival groups clashed over disputed land in the two districts.

Arms recovered, top BCL leader of Kushtia held

Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate drives yesterday recovered four firearms and arrested a top local Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader.

Robbers loot 10 shops in Kushtia, Barisal

Robbers looted nine shops in Kushtia yesterday and took away over 150 tolas of gold from a jewellery shop in Barisal on Wednesday.

University student found dead

Police recovered the body of a university student at Tawadi Mahalla in the district town yesterday morning.

Ploy to grab playground

Management of a city school in Siddheswari, in an attempt to generate funds, rented out a portion of its playground, causing apprehension among the locals that the entire playground might be slowly occupied.

15 years over, will Borodaha Bridge at all be finished?

Borodaha Bridge over Katakahali River in Gobindagnaj upazila has remained incomplete for long 15 years, despite original plan to complete it within two years from start of the project in 1994-95 fiscal year.

4 commit 'suicide'

Three women and a boy committed 'suicide' in Brahmanbaria and Satkhira yesterday and the day before.

Two siblings drown

Two kids drowned in a pond adjacent to their house at Jagatpur village in Burichong upazila in Comilla yesterday. The deceased were identified as Jahid, 7, and Nahid, 8, sons of Jashim Uddin of the village. Local sources said, the two brothers fell in the pond while playing on its bank. They drowned as they did not know how to swim. The bodies of the two children were recovered later.

Stalkers stab two

Stalkers stabbed Atukur Rahman Apu, former general secretary (GS) of Brahmanbaria Government College and another person at Collegepara in the town on Friday night. According to locals and hospital sources, a group of youths led by Rony and Sagar of Collegepara were teasing a girl in the same area. Apu and his relative Mamun protested it, they stabbed both of them. Apu was sent to DMCH while Mamun was admitted to Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital.

Barapukuria strike on

Around 1200 contractual miners and staff of the coal mine continued their indefinite strike at Barapukuria for the 12th day yesterday to press the authorities to regularise their jobs. The miners yesterday gathered in front of the gate of Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Limited (BCMCL) since morning and continued their protest confining the officials and staffs inside the BCMCL since morning. The strike is affecting the production seriously, said an official of the coal mine.

BNP leader murdered

A local leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was 'murdered' in Ghatail upazila. His body was recovered from a waterbody yesterday morning. Victim Janab Ali, 45, of Kuripara village was president of No. 5 Ward BNP in Sandhyanpur union. Quoting family members, Mizanur Rahman, sub-inspector (SI) of Ghatail police station, said Janab was 'missing' since Friday night. Being informed by locals, police recovered his body from a waterbody near his house. There were several marks of injuries on different parts of his body, the SI said. Victim's wife Firoza Begum filed a case in this regard.

Fake army captain held

A fake army captain was arrested from a hotel at Islam Plaza in the district town on Friday. The arrestee was identified as Arif Hossain of Hamidpur village in Gobindaganj upazila of Gaibandha district. Police said identifying himself as Dr Iqbal Kabir Nahid and a captain of Bangladesh Army, Arif took Tk 1.06 lakh as bribe from one Nurul Islam of Milonpur village in Sadar upazila with a promise to give a job to his son in the army on August 29. On Friday he again went to the place to take bribe from another person giving same assurance. But due to his suspicious behaviour, Nurul Islam informed the police who rushed to the spot and arrested him. Police recovered a fake identity card, visiting cards and some army recruitment question papers from his possession.

Extortionist arrested

Police arrested an alleged extortionist at Char Kushunda village in Ghior upazila on Friday. Police quoting local people said, Saidur Rahman Tuku, 40, son of late Safi Uddin of the village used to extort money forcibly and torturing local people. On Friday morning, Tuku beat up Khushi, a local UP member over a trifling matter. Hearing his cry for help, local people rushed in, caught him and handed him over to police.

Man held on rape charge

An physically challenged woman was raped allegedly by a man at Dema village in Sadar upazila on Friday afternoon. Police said Hossain Sardar, 32, violated the young woman of Rupsha upazila of Khulna district, when she was sleeping near a pond at the village. Hearing the hue and cry of the victim, locals rushed to the spot, caught the rapist and handed him over to police.

Letters

Eid and plight of Muslims

Eid-ul-Fitr came again with its boons. There was a brisk business across the country because people were generous to spend on daily essentials and clothing. The wealthy eyed not only on flaunting their spending spree but also on honing their popularity by giving the meager Zakaat. Muslims across the country renewed the relation by mending fence and making amends for past offences.

Tarana Halim's campaign

For a long time, I had been a blind fan of Tarana Halim, especially for her acting. Now my respect towards her has doubled due to her strong position against road accident.

Education for all

I am glad it is proposed to admit to school those children with special needs because of certain levels of autism etc but why are some schools allowed to reject children with the 'disability' of poverty?

Public transport in Dhaka

It is a matter of great regret that most of the middle class people of Dhaka city have been suffering from acute transportation shortage.

Prescription for well-being

We are given to understand that the Almighty is above all kinds of needs, then why did He order His subjects to practice religious rituals? Has any one ever thought like me? Well if I were still in Bangladesh, possibly this thought would not come to my mind as one has to come across untold sufferings from sunrise to sunset.

Flimsy international laws

A spectacular revolution has overthrown Gaddafi's government in Libya. A very well-equipped civilian population engaged in armed battles against the army for 6 months. It's evident, conceded in many cases, that France, UK and the USA armed civilians and parachuted weapons to rebel groups (The Guardian, UK, June 30, 2011) though Mr. Obama recently started denying it. NATO even provided naval support for the flank attack on Tripoli. I draw your attention to the 'legality' (or the lack thereof) of arming civilian populations - regardless the end. The actions violated the UN arms embargo on Libya, not to mention - the country's sovereignty. In this era of ends justifying means, international courts, laws and conventions will bend over backwards for the rich or well-represented nations.

Placebo methods of treatment

Confusions and concerns are increasingly growing over the use of various types of synthetic pharmaceutical drugs, not only because of their serious side effects but also, as experts say, often these drugs do not do any good to settle the symptom. For instance, statin drugs are being used to lower blood cholesterol (LDL) which reduces the risk of heart attack among patients with high LDL or bad cholesterol level. People are getting more interested to go for herbal drugs. Perhaps all the diseases can be kept under control if the patient could be assured by some way that s/he has the capability to resist certain disease.

Bridges for Dhanmondi

With the growing population and importance of Dhanmondi for schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and offices, it has become essential to construct two bridges at road number 3 and 4 for smooth flow of traffic. Moving around the so-called residential area nowadays is very difficult. The gridlock turns into nightmare during the school breaks as well as in the evening, almost every day. Educational institutions, hospitals and shopping malls have made moving on roads very difficult as vehicles of all sorts are parked on the pavements. The proposed two bridges will make life much easier. The city corporation became totally inactive after the present government took charge of the country. DCC should consider this proposal.

Help the needy

The other day I was enjoying the buffet offer at Pizza Hut. The feast was delicious as always. It was a treat from a junior student of my school. The buffet offered unlimited pizzas. Well, we had as much as we can!

Mobile hospital on highway

The government, transport authorities and the persons behind the wheels must act responsibly to curb road accidents. The condition of the roads, fake licensing, depleted vehicles and the mentality of our drivers need to be changed for a safe road.

Why should we read newspapers?

There was a time when we used to memorise essays like “the importance of reading newspaper every day”. It was a very important topic for essay and even for letter writing. However, I am doubtful about how much important it is now to read newspaper.

International

Forces kill 24 across Syria in 48 hrs

Security forces killed three people in northwest Syria yesterday as a punitive EU oil embargo came into effect, a day after anti-regime protests which activists said cost 21 lives.

Strong western intel ties found in Libya

Documents found in Tripoli detail close ties between the CIA and Libya's intelligence service and suggest the United States sent terrorism suspects for questioning in Libya despite that country's reputation for torture, the New York Times reported yesterday.

News Corp reshuffles board of directors

News Corp., which is embroiled in a phone-hacking scandal in Britain, announced a reshuffle of its board of directors on Friday.

Fighting erupts in Sudan border state

Sudan on Friday declared a state of emergency in a flashpoint border state and appointed a military ruler, after fighting between the army and forces loyal to the elected governor, official media said.

Hazare urges more 'shocks' for govt

Indian anti-graft campaigner Anna Hazare has urged people to give the scandal-hit government in Delhi "repeated shocks" to rid the country of the scourge of corruption.

Italian town declares independence

A small town in central Italy declared its independence yesterday protesting the tough austerity measures taken by the government.

Back Myanmar crimes inquiry

Europe's "wait and see" approach to army-dominated Myanmar is "irresponsible", Amnesty International has said, urging the EU to back an inquiry into crimes against humanity in the country.

Foul-mouthed Italian PM under fire

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has stirred controversy in Italy after investigators said they recorded him describing Italy as a "sh--ty" country that "sickened" him.

UN hopes for better Israel-Turkey ties

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon yesterday said he sincerely hoped that Israel and Turkey could improve ties, saying both states were critical to improving stability in the Middle East.

Famine to spread in southern Somalia

Famine-hit areas of southern Somalia will likely spread in coming days, with the situation continuing to worsen despite massive international aid efforts, the United Nations has warned.

Assange may face arrest in Australia

Julian Assange could face prosecution in Australia after publishing sensitive information about government officials amongst the 251,000 unredacted cables released this week.

Russia invites new Libya leaders

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday said Russia had invited members of Libya's transitional government to Moscow for energy talks, the Interfax news agency reported.

US readies flood aid to N Korea

The $900,000 in US aid for flood-hit North Korea that Washington announced last month will be delivered in the coming days, the US State Department said Friday.

No apology for flotilla raid: Israel

Israel said Friday it would not apologise for its deadly 2010 raid on a Turkish-led flotilla of Gaza aid ships after a UN report accused the Jewish state of using excessive force.

Mugabe calls for elections in 2012

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said elections will be held in early 2012 and accused his rivals of stalling the process to write a new constitution to prolong the life of a fragile unity government, local media reported yesterday.

Fighting in Somalia kills 27

At least 27 people have been killed in heavy fighting near the border of two semi-autonomous regions of Somalia, witnesses said on the eve of a political conference to hammer out a road map toward elections in the chaotic country.

Taliban claim kidnap of 30 Pakistanis

Pakistani Taliban yesterday claimed responsibility for the kidnap of more than 30 young people who had mistakenly crossed the border from the country's lawless northwest into Afghanistan.

Typhoon Talas slams into western Japan

Typhoon Talas slammed into western Japan from the Pacific yesterday bringing heavy rain and fierce winds and leaving at least one person dead and three missing, officials said.

Disqualified Afghan MPs barred from parliament

Nine Afghan lawmakers kicked out of the country's lower house as part of efforts to end a long-running vote-rigging row were refused access to parliament yesterday.

Jacques Chirac not fit to attend trial

Former French president Jacques Chirac will not attend his corruption trial opening in Paris on Monday on medical grounds, his lawyers said yesterday.

Storm Lee strengthens as it inches toward Louisiana

Tropical Storm Lee strengthened yesterday as it inched toward Louisiana, threatening to dump heavy rains and trigger dangerous flash floods along the Gulf of Mexico coast of the United States.

Chile air force plane disappears with 21 aboard

A Chilean air force plane carrying 21 people disappeared over the Pacific Ocean Friday on its way to the remote Juan Fernandez archipelago, officials said in a statement, as authorities said debris from the plane had been found.

Arts & Entertainment

Sound of Music

Eid is an opportune occasion for album releases and every Eid several audio albums -- largely featuring young singers -- hit the market. Of these, Arfin Rumey's album “Bhalobashi Tomaye” boasts the highest production cost. “Bhalobashi Tomaye” is Rumey's third album, featuring 10 songs including “Priyotoma”, “Rangin Hawa”, “Bhalobashi”, “Achena Maya” and “Shono Meye”. Nancy, Porshi and Kheya along with Indian singer Shubhomita have lent their voices to several duets. Shafiq Tuhin, Sohel Arman, Anurup Aich, Rabiul Islam Jibon, Mashfik and Zahid Akbar wrote lyrics for the album.

Strident demand for road safety

The district unit of Udichi formed an hour-long human chain last Sunday at Thakurgaon intersection in the town demanding safe roads and raising their voices against the untimely deaths of noted movie maker Tareque Masud and eminent journalist Mishuk Munier in a road accident.

Veteran singer Ajit Roy critically ill

Renowned Tagore singer Ajit Roy is critically ill. At present, the artiste is being treated at ICU, Birdem Hospital and is under life support. Roy, who has cancer, has developed pneumonia. He is 75.

Abdul Alim's death anniversary tomorrow

Legendary folk singer Abdul Alim's 37th death anniversary will be observed tomorrow (September 5). Cultural organisations of the country have chalked out various programmes in memory of Abdul Alim, says a press release.

Eid Specials

“Shamsu Baburchi-r Ijjot” to air on BTV
Single-episode TV play “Shamsu Baburchi-r Ijjot” will be aired tonight on BTV at 10:30pm. Written and directed by Tariqul Islam Shanto, the play is set in Old Dhaka. The comedy comes with the message that God safeguards the image of a decent person in society.

Bollywood's 40-something sirens

They could give their successors a run for their money when it comes to looks or histrionics. These Bollywood divas have well established the new age mantra: 40 is the new 25.

Madonna's “W.E.” gets a big NO in Venice

Well, maybe this won't be the movie to turn around Madonna's faltering movie career.

OP-ED

Hazare's fast: Are there lessons?

Anna Hazare, a frail 74-year old man from a village called Ralegan Siddhi in Maharastra has recently rattled India and democracies around the world.

India remains a soft state

In the fifties and the sixties, India was known to be a soft state. The allegation was that it could not take hard decisions because of "unfavourable environment in attitudes, cultures and institutions." The entire Anna Hazare phenomenon shows that we continue to be a soft state.

Snapshots of some transit agreements

In my opinion, it would be very unwise for Bangladesh to complete the binding covenants and undertakings with regards to the transit agreement with India, specifically through Noakhali, Bangladesh to Agartala, Tripura.

It's all in the mind!

Lights went off and murmurs ceased. Suddenly, I was surrounded by long-nosed goblins, spell-casting wizards and cackling witches. In the midst of this surreal world, emerged the lovable magical characters -- Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasly -- exercising their supernatural powers to stop the evil Lord Voldemort from steering the world toward a path of devastation. As Harry, with the help of his wizard friends, hunted and destroyed Voldemort's holcruxes (objects where Voldemort stored parts of his tattered soul), the evil lord's face appeared unexpectedly -- angry and intimidating with two slits for a nose and a deadly snake trailing behind -- so close and so real that I almost darted out of the theater!

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

476
Romulus Augustulus, last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed when Odoacer proclaims himself King of Italy, thus ending the Western Roman Empire.


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