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News of: Monday, 5th of September, 2011

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No new deal on transit now

Dhaka and New Delhi will sign a document, during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Bangladesh tomorrow, covering the existing protocols on transit and future deals the two countries may make on regional connectivity, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said yesterday.

Power deal with India likely tomorrow

During Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's upcoming visit, Bangladesh expects to sign an agreement to import 250megawatt of electricity from India at the lowest possible commercial cost.

Protocol on port use by March

The protocol on using Chittagong and Mongla ports by India may be signed by March 31 next year, government sources say.

Indian HC invites Khaleda

Indian High Commissioner Rajeet Mitter last night made a courtesy call on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia ahead of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Bangladesh.

Mamata's no

Paschimbanga Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee last night opted out of her scheduled visit to Dhaka with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from tomorrow, apparently in protest against the agreement finalised by India and Bangladesh.

Dhaka greets Messi today

After a month plagued by controversy, misinformation and belated changes of schedule, the dream of a million Bangladeshis is set to come true as the Argentina national football team will arrive in the capital today at 10:50 am to play a friendly international against Nigeria tomorrow.

Businesses for easier Indian visa

Top business leaders of the country yesterday urged India to ease the visa processing system so economic relations between the two countries grow further.

3 held after complaining against docs' negligence

Police have arrested three persons after they complained to the health minister about negligence of doctors in treating their friend Ismail Hossain Sumon who succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Saturday.

New KSA rules to cut job for foreigners

Many of around 20 lakh Bangladeshis in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia fear job cuts with the introduction of new rules meant to create more employment for locals.

Highway turns into death trap

At least 1,600 people have died and 4,000 others injured in nearly 1,450 accidents on the highway from Mirzapur to Bangabandhu Multipurpose Bridge since the bridge was opened to traffic in 1998.

Army to handle driving licences

The communications ministry is planning to involve the army in the issuing of driving licences so nobody can obtain a licence bypassing due procedures.

Charges against Sayedee placed in tribunal

The prosecution yesterday mentioned to International Crimes Tribunal 31 incidents of crimes against humanity allegedly committed by Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee in Pirojpur during the Liberation War, 1971.

Fight on for Gaddafi's last stronghold

Fighters advanced on one of Muammar Gaddafi's last remaining bastions yesterday, as Libya's new leaders called for the ousted strongman to stand trial in his homeland when captured.

Abul refutes US remarks about him

Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain has refuted the US diplomatic cable sent by former American ambassador James F Moriarty branding him “less than honest.” The minister termed the allegation “totally not true”.

Ajit Roy no more

Ajit Roy, a dedicated artiste of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, died at Birdem Hospital in the capital yesterday at the age of 73.

2 robbers beaten to death

Two alleged robbers of a gang were beaten to death by a mob when they were fleeing after looting a house in Sonagazi of Feni early yesterday.

Australia ruling hits Pacific refugee plans

Australia said yesterday its plan to send asylum seekers for processing in the Pacific appeared untenable after a court ruled against a similar deal with Malaysia, deepening the prime minister's woes.

'We won't give up UN bid': Say Palestinians

The Palestinians will not be deterred from seeking United Nations membership, a senior official said here yesterday, after reports Washington was trying to head off their bid.

Iran hangs six convicts in prison

Iran yesterday hanged three people found guilty of "forbidden acts" as well as two convicted rapists and a drug trafficker in a prison of the southwestern city of Ahvaz, ISNA news agency reported.

Editorial

Indian premier's visit

WE look to the forthcoming visit of the Indian premier to Bangladesh as much more than just a visit by a leader of a big neighbour. It is a historic visit and has all the potentials of becoming a major turning point in the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India with wider implications for the region. For us there is every reason to look expectantly to the visit, and to what it might deliver for Bangladesh.

The battle for Libya

THE Gaddafi era is over. The bigger truth is that the National Transitional Council is yet to be in full control of the country. With battles still being fought, especially around places like Gaddafi's birthplace Sirte and the town of Bani Walid, one is not sure if there will be a peaceful end to the struggle for power soon. The deposed Libyan leader has not been making things any easier by urging his loyalists to keep up their struggle against people he derisively refers to as rats. And the latest decision by the NTC to hold back on moving its interim government to Tripoli for a week only confirms the continued volatility of the situation.

Sports

Messi & co touch down at 10:50am

The wait is over but the excitement prevails across the country as magical striker and two-time FIFA world-player-of-the-year Lionel Messi and his Argentina football team land at the Hazrat Shahjajal International Airport this morning for their Tuesday's international friendly against Nigeria.

A missed chance!

When Kolkata set up a unique instance by selecting under-privileged children as mascots for the Argentina and Venezuela international friendly last Friday, Bangladesh Football Federation is all set to ruin an opportunity that could have been an inspiration for the budding footballers.

Utmost security

Keeping the Argentina-Nigeria international friendly on Tuesday in mind, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is going to stage a dress-rehearsal through today's open practice session of Argentina at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).

Fest for the elite

Football, the beautiful game as is lovingly called around the global game is probably the game that most people can associate themselves with. It is the game enamoured by millions and attended by the masses where ever in the world it is played.

Welcome aboard BG 092

The Argentina football team will get their first taste of Bangladeshi hospitality when they board a special Bangladesh Biman flight (BG 092) this morning to arrive in Dhaka from Kolkata.

No hilsa for Messi

A visit to the city's oldest 5-star hotel, the newly named Ruposhi Bangla, will tell you what is about to happen today. A cardboard cut-out of the Argentina team graces the main entrance to the hotel and decorative lighting covers the whole complex, in honour of the monstrously popular Argentina football team, who will stay at the hotel prior to their FIFA friendly against Nigeria at the Bangabandhu National Stadium tomorrow.

Gaffer's lifetime opportunity

Mohammad Abdul Gaffer is over the moon with joy and expectation at being nominated as the liaison officer of the Argentine team. The former national footballer and a stalwart midfielder of Abahani in the 80s, Gaffer migrated to Florida in the United States eleven years ago and has been settled there since. He only came to Bangladesh a month ago and was excited at having been given this lifetime opportunity.

Last-ditch effort by BTV

There has been a last minute frantic effort from the Bangladesh Television to ensure that the much-hyped FIFA friendly between Argentina and Nigeria on September 6 is telecast to as many people in the country as possible.

Another Bolt record

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt brought the World Championships to a thrilling climax Sunday as his Jamaican team smashed the world 4x100m relay record on the last night of action in Daegu.

Djokovic keeps winning

Novak Djokovic racked up his 60th win of the year on Saturday to join former champions Serena Williams and Roger Federer in the US Open last 16 as Flushing Meadows claimed a record 18th injury victim.

Siddikur's final flourish at Omega

Siddikur Rahman, Bangladesh's vaunted golfer, closed with a final round of four-under-par 67 to finish as the top Asian at the Omega European Masters despite bogeying the last hole on Sunday.

Brazil hopes for Ronaldinho lift

Brazil coach Mano Menezes hopes Ronaldinho can revitalise his struggling side when the Selecao face Ghana in a friendly in London on Monday.

Taibu delays Pak victory march

Pakistan's attempt to wrap up their one-off test with Zimbabwe a day early was thwarted by a resolute innings from Tatenda

India sweat on Sachin

India are sweating on the fitness of superstar batsman Sachin Tendulkar ahead of the second one-day international against England in South-ampton on Tuesday.

Business

Business leaders urge India to remove trade barriers

Top business leaders yesterday demanded India withdraw all para-tariff and non-tariff barriers to deepen economic relations between the two countries.

Stocks down: thin trade marks opening day

Stocks closed marginally lower yesterday as the market was hit by a topsy-turvy trade on the opening day of trading after a week-long Eid vacation.

Foreigners not to exceed 50pc in telcos' top management

The government yesterday decided that the number of foreigners employed at the top two rungs at the mobile phone operators will not exceed 50 percent of the total recruits.

Govt to sign deal with Intercontinental in Oct

The government is likely to sign a deal with leading international hotel chain Intercontinental in October to manage and operate Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, previously known as Dhaka Sheraton.

SEC moves to lift curbs on two mutual funds

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday sat with the assent management firm of Grameen One Mutual Fund and Grameen One: Scheme Two to lift a suspension order on them.

Century-old tea estate on the verge of ruin

Laxmi Charan Bagti, 45, was born in a tea garden and has been working for Pallathal Tea Estate in Moulvibazar. His father and grandfather did the same.

Economic woes could hit Indian festive spending

India's retailers look set for a tough annual religious festival season -- traditionally a time for exuberant spending -- as high inflation and interest rates force consumers to tighten their belts.

Hitachi aims to double its revenues from India

Japan's biggest industrial electronics firm Hitachi Ltd said on Sunday it aims to double its revenues in India from 54 billion rupees ($1.2 billion) and is keen to acquire firms to gain a bigger market share in a short span of time.

China's double-edged trade with Latin America

Soy from Argentina, copper from Chile, iron ore from Brazil: China's seemingly insatiable appetite for Latin America's raw materials is credited with fueling blistering economic growth for both.

Postal department brings mobile wallet

The country's archaic postal department is redefining itself by introducing the 'mobile wallet', a banking service that would enable people to transact money or buy anything across Bangladesh with a cell phone.

Banking on m-banking

Like in many other countries, people in Bangladesh started believing in mobile banking, which was introduced on May 15 by Dutch Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL).

Metropolitan

Offices still in Eid mood

Government, semi-government and private offices including banks and financial institutions opened yesterday with a very low turnout of staffs after the three-day Eid holiday and weekend.

Manmohan's Dhaka visit a test for Delhi's neighbourhood diplomacy

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flies to Dhaka on Tuesday on a visit that will put to test New Delhi's neighbourhood diplomacy, there is total unanimity among Indian area analysts that India should travel the extra mile to help Bangladesh in trade, river water sharing, and power sectors and that the upswing in ties should be sustained irrespective of which party is in power in that country.

Another arrested

Joypurhat police arrested another alleged intermediary of illegal kidney trade in Kalai upazila.

Ibn Sina doc, 2 nurses freed on bail

Six employees, including a doctor and two nurses, of Ibn Sina Hospital in the capital were released from jail yesterday, hours after they obtained bail in a case related to the death of a newborn because of their alleged negligence.

Sustainability of present momentum of Indo-Bangla relations stressed

Journalists and former ambassadors at a roundtable discussion yesterday emphasised an inclusive and participatory process with political parties and key stakeholders for the sustainability of the current momentum of Bangladesh-India relations.

Khaleda invited to meet Manmohan

The Indian government has formally invited Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to Dhaka on September 6-7.

Wikileaks reveals int'l recognition of graft

BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said the disclosure made by Wikileaks about the honesty of the communications minister is actually an international recognition of the government's corruption.

CU admission process begins today

The admission process at Chittagong University (CU) for the 2011-12 academic sessions in 36 departments and three institutes under six faculties will begin today.

3 killed in road accidents

At least three people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Manikganj and Netrakona yesterday.

Woman gang-raped

A woman was gang-raped on the hilltop of Jungle Silimpur under Sitakunda upazila in Chittagong early yesterday.

Newly elected UP chairman arrested for 'cheating trader'

Police yesterday arrested a newly elected union parishad chairman from the office of deputy commissioner (DC) of Chittagong, where he came to take oath, on charge of allegedly cheating money and a passport out of a fruit trader.

'Urge Messi to vote for the Sundarbans'

Bangladesh Wonders Promotion Foundation yesterday urged the government to take initiatives so that internationally renowned footballing icon Lionel Messi votes for the Sundarbans to help it win in the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Woman stabbed by stepson

A woman and her pregnant sister were stabbed by her teenage stepson at her city residence in Sher-e-Bangla road of Hazaribagh area yesterday.

Smuggled berthing rope seized

Coast guard members in a drive seized 1,900 metres of smuggled berthing rope worth Tk 35 lakh from Bangla Bazar Ghat area under Bandar Police Station here yesterday.

2 held with Indian pesticide

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)- 5 members arrested two people and seized 50 pots of smuggled Indian pesticide, worth around tk 20,000, and two bicycles from their possession at old bus stand area in Bagha upazila in Rajshahi yesterday.

CCC sacks teacher on alleged sexual assault charges

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) sacked a schoolteacher yesterday on charge of alleged sexual assault on a female student.

This govt to implement CHT peace accord

State Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Dipankar Talukder yesterday said the CHT Peace Accord will be implemented during the rest of the tenure of this government.

Prof Azizur Rahman passes away

Prof Azizur Rahman Chowdhury, supernumerary teacher of Department of Law of Dhaka University, breathed his last due to a cardiac arrest at Islamia Hospital in the city on Sunday night at the age of 69, says a press release.

Md Zayedul Islam

Lt Col Md Zayedul Islam, principal of Mymensingh Girls' Cadet Collage, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at Mymensingh Combined Military Hospital on Saturday at the age of 50, says an ISPR press release.

Abdul Malek Bir Pratik

Senior warrant officer (retd) Abdul Malek Bir Pratik, also a freedom fighter, passed away at Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka on Saturday, says an ISPR press release.

Nur Jahan Begum

Nur Jahan Begum, elder sister of Gono Forum presidium member Altaf Hossain, passed away at a city hospital at the age of 68, says a press release.

Death anniversary

Today is the third death anniversary of Alhaj Ahmed Younus, a social worker, retired joint secretary to Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation and former president of Rajshahi Zila Samity, says a press release.

Help save college student Lebu Miah

Md Lebu Miah, a student of mathematics in his fourth year at Ananda Mohan College in Mymensingh, is suffering from chronic kidney disease.

National

Work equal, wage half for women labourers

Women labourers in the district are facing wage discrimination despite daylong hard toil, even sometimes the wage is only one-third than their male fellow workers.

'Declare flood-hit areas in Satkhira disaster zone'

Several hundred flood-affected people in the district held a rally, brought out procession and put up barricade on Satkhira-Jessore highway yesterday.

One killed, 15 hurt as rival AL men clash over pond capture

One person was killed and at least 15 others were injured in a clash between two rival groups of Awami League over capture of a pond at Khan Mahmudpur village in Santhia upazila of the district yesterday.

Gruesome killing of youth by outlaws triggers protest

Gruesome killing of a youth allegedly by outlawed Sarbahara Party's local leader Awal and his accomplices in broad daylight at village Piarpur in Sreepur upazila on Saturday has not only sent a wave of panic among the people in the area but also triggered violent protest.

A much-used Sylhet road remains in pitiable state

The Tk 198-crore project of the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) for repairing and upgrading badly damaged Sylhet-Companiganj-Bholaganj road into a regional highway has been waiting approval from the planning ministry for the last nine months.

Chumki kills herself failing to stop torture on husband

Failing to rescue husband from the brutality of some local influential people, a young woman allegedly committed suicide at Borashula village in Narail municipality on Friday night.

Two housewives murdered

Two housewives were murdered in Pabna and Rangpur districts yesterday and on Friday.

3 youths held on charge of rape of two sisters

Three young men arrested on charge of abduction and rape of two sisters at Prodhanpara village in Atowari upazila were sent to prison when produced before the court today.

Talks today to end deadlock at Barapukuria

The ministry concerned will hold a meeting in the capital today to end the indefinite strike at Barapukura coal mine.

Woman dies, 4 of family fall sick

A housewife died of food poisoning while four others of her family fell sick at village Shobhnali in Assassuni upazila on Eid day.

Letters

Nurturing good neighbourliness

Bangladeshis are looking forward to the august visit of Dr. Manmohan Singh. We have so much to learn, receive, exchange and share with India. This visit can usher in a big change in our economic and neighbourly relations, and pragmatic steps can follow, if we are sincere on both sides. Let this be a visit of developing more meaningful economic relations. If economy is in the right footing, all other areas will follow suit automatically, including trust. As a huge economy, and a strong country in many ways, and since we have good relations, we can really benefit in a massive manner. Areas we can take into account could include the following:

Police commit robbery and extortion!

The recent arrest of eight police personnel in Rajshahi paints the worst possible picture of the police. Not that all are bad, but this glaring event has put police corruption and misdeeds in the limelight. Let them be aware, and take strong corrective actions, so that they may become 'protectors,' not 'patrons of crime'. That would be a nightmare. But given the rising trend of lawlessness, this seems to be 'what is going on', in most places!

Load-shedding on Eid vacation

We were surprised when we suffered load-shedding the day after Eid. We faced load shedding six times that day. The next day we could not sleep from midnight because of frequent load-shedding. And in the morning it was the worst. The electricity was gone for five hours, from 6 am to 11am. We never had such experience during Eid vacation before. This means we can never get relief from load-shedding for a single day. We hope the authorities would look into the matter.

Let peace be established in Libya

On September 2, I read a news item in the daily Arab News entitled “Qaddafi wants Libya engulfed in flames.” It appears from above news heading that he has no feeling for his own country and countrymen. In fact, he ruled his country for long 42 years as a stranger! If it was not true then how could he expect his own country to be engulfed in flames? We have witnessed enough of his charisma. Now he should quit. Thousands of innocent Libyans have been killed due to Qaddafi's whimsical decisions and autocratic attitude. Let the common Libyans design their own democratic institution for forming a fresh government of the people, for the people and by the people. Let peace and good governance be established in Libya.

Health in jeopardy

We all know 'health is wealth,' but in our country the proverb gets more accurate when I say “wealth is health.” Well, that is the motto of most of the shopkeepers. According to a report by The Daily Star, 90% food items contain adulterants. As a citizen I have the right to have fresh food but who cares? Chocolate, kids' favourite, is also not free from textile dyes. We don't even get fresh vegetables to eat which is very important for our health. We, the kids, the future leaders of Bangladesh, are hugely affected by food adulteration and so I think the government should take strong initiatives if they don't want the next generation to be a burden on the country! I urge all my fellow brothers and sisters, please plant vegetables on your rooftop because this is the best way to avoid adulterants.

The PM defended them!

When people were feeling a bit consoled by the Awami League lawmakers' coming down heavily on the ministers who were responsible for the immense sufferings of the people, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ruined all those by asking them not to play into the hands of the enemies by pointing out a few failures of the government and concealing the success. We were deeply shocked at what she said. When the government portrays the opposition as enemy, the country is in real trouble.

BNP's denial

A few days earlier BNP leader Moudud Ahmed, in a talk show, compared Bangabandhu with Ziaur Rahman giving Bangabandhu's position before Zia. And the acting Secretary General of the BNP expressed his party position saying that Joj Miah was the mastermind behind 21st August grenade attack. The final probe report, based on confessional statements, has revealed the truth. But the BNP could not even maintain silence.

Road accidents

Every day we get news of horrific road accidents from the print and electronic media. Many valuable lives are being lost in these road accidents. Actually, the highways have become the death traps in our country. Reckless driving, overtaking tendency, overloading, defective vehicles and dilapidated roads are mainly responsible for this. We all should raise our voice against this. The government should take pragmatic and effective measures to curb road accidents. Traffic police as well as highway police can play a pivotal role here. People should not travel on the roof of the vehicles and they should not encourage the drivers to overtake other vehicles on the highway.

We need to return to the basics

In education, both the teacher and the taught feel that imparting of too much information and doing a lot of things determine the quality of education. Most students in Bangladesh write pages and pages of answers, containing just a mere reproduction of class notes or notes from guides without any kind of analysis, synthesis, knowledge integration and application to practical situations. Our governance is ridden with heaps and heaps of paperwork, endless meetings and unimaginable formalities seldom found in progressive countries.

Don't kill the goose

Like the farmer in the Aesop's fable, the government has become very greedy and so has decided to kill the goose, the country, to obtain all the eggs at a time. The decision to give India tax free transit facilities, the white elephant of $1billion high interest loan to facilitate transit facility for India, keeping mum about India's continuous withdrawal of water from rivers flowing into Bangladesh and her atrocities across the border and maritime boundaries, and law enforcer's law of jungles, country's body covered with sores in the form of broken roads and highways- are squeezing the last breath from our beloved country. But I think the conscious and brave people of this country who fought so valiantly against the Pakistani atrocities in 1971 will hold the killer hand before it slits the country dead. I urge the government to learn from history that if one kills the principles, principles will ultimately kill him. Will you still kill the goose, our production capacity? Will you not come to sense?

Justice delayed, justice denied

The August 21 grenade attack shocked the whole nation. Seven years have passed since then. But the progress, to establish justice, is going on at a snail's pace. The then government tried to stage a puppet show using Joj Miah who hardly had any involvement in that gruesome attack. The persons responsible for the crime had been behind the scene for a long time. Just days ago fresh charges have been filed to ensure arresting the conspirators. 24 people were dead and hundreds were maimed in that attack. The traumatised people may get a little consolation and the departed souls may rest in peace if the culprits get the punishment they deserve.

International

Typhoon kills 20 in Japan, 50 missing

A typhoon that pummelled western Japan left at least 20 people dead and more than 50 missing, reports said yesterday, after swollen rivers swept away buildings and landslides crushed houses.

US tries to stall movement at UN

Washington has launched an effort to avoid a clash stemming from plans by Palestinians to seek recognition as a state at the United Nations, The New York Times reported on Saturday, citing senior US officials and foreign diplomats.

Undetectable blood vessel damage linked to signs of age

Tiny clots in the brain may be the cause of some signs of old age such as stooped posture and restricted movement, say US scientists.

Japan's new PM wins polls backing

Japan's new prime minister Yoshihiko Noda and his cabinet yesterday won solid backing in opinion polls, with respondents expressing confidence in his ability to lead the post-quake recovery.

Turkey to take Israel to UN court

Turkey said yesterday that it will challenge Israel's blockade of Gaza at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Israelis step up economic protest

Hundreds of thousands marched Saturday for lower living costs in the largest such rally in Israel's history, bolstering a social change movement and mounting pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take on economic reform.

Life with 'Daddy'

In the Ukraine house where she grew up, Oksana Balinskaya's hazel eyes transfixed on television images of Muammar Gaddafi.

1,000 rally for Taiwan sovereignty

About 1,000 chanting pro-independence activists took to the streets of Taipei yesterday, accusing Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou of surrendering the island's sovereignty to China.

20 killed as ICRC chief starts Syria mission

At least 20 people died in violence across Syria yesterday, activists and state media said, as the visiting Red Cross chief sought access to those detained in five months of anti-regime protests.

Sudan shut down all SPLM-North offices

Sudan on Satuday shut down all the offices of the country's largest opposition party, the SPLM-North, charging that it was not a legally represented political party, two of its members said.

Strauss-Kahn back in Paris

Dominique Strauss-Kahn returned to Paris yesterday for the first time since a New York hotel maid accused him of attempted rape in a sensational sex scandal that scuppered his hopes for the French presidency.

Police clash with UK far-right activists

Police clashed with English Defence League (EDL) members and arrested sixty of its in east London yesterday.

Iran kills 30 Kurd rebels

Iran said its troops killed or wounded 30 Kurdish rebels in a fresh assault on the mountainous border with Iraq where witnesses reported fierce fighting and shelling on Saturday.

Storm makes landfall in Louisiana

Tropical Storm Lee made landfall in the southern US state of Louisiana yesterday, bringing with it torrential rains threatening floods in parts of the country, US government forecasters said.

All 21 aboard dead in Chile plane crash

All 21 people aboard the Chilean air force plane that crashed into the Pacific on its way to a remote archipelago died instantaneously, the defence minister said Saturday.

Nepal's PM swears in cabinet

Nepal's new Maoist prime minister yesterday swore in 13 ministers, including seven from outside his party, as he tried to form a stable coalition government after years of political crisis.

Suicide blast kills 3 Yemen troops in Aden

A suicide car bomber killed three Yemeni soldiers in an attack on an army post at the gates of the southern city of Aden on Saturday, a military official told AFP.

Support for India's scandal-hit govt collapses

The popularity of India's embattled Congress-led government, buffeted by corruption, high inflation and slowing economic growth, has fallen sharply among voters, a new poll said Saturday.

Ex-Blackwater guards kept working in Iraq: US cable

A leaked US diplomatic cable says that "hundreds" of former employees of Blackwater, which was barred from Iraq over a deadly 2007 shooting, later worked with other firms guarding US diplomats here.

Indian state mulls ban on black magic

Chanting to cure snakebites, claiming to be a reincarnated spouse to obtain sex, and charging for miracles could soon be banned by an Indian state seeking to stop charlatans preying on the vulnerable.

Taliban free four Turkish engineers

Four Turkish engineers kidnapped by Afghanistan's Taliban more than eight months ago were freed overnight after intervention by tribal elders.

Cuban defence chief, top aide to Raul Castro, dies

Cuban Defence Minister General Julio Casas Regueiro, the right-hand man of President Raul Castro, died of a heart attack in Havana on Saturday, state media reported. He was 75.

S Sudan to move capital to Lakes state

The government of newly-independent South Sudan has decided to relocate its capital from Juba to a more central location in Lakes state, a senior official said yesterday.

Iran nuclear plant linked to grid

Iran's first nuclear power plant has been hooked up to the national grid supplying 60 megawatts of its 1,000 megawatt capacity, the country's Atomic Energy Organisation announced yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Veteran composer Ajit Roy passes away

Veteran music director, artiste and composer Ajit Roy, passed away on September 4 at Birdem Hospital at 1:00pm. He had been suffering from cancer and recently developed pneumonia. He was 73.

Zia Hyder remembered in Pabna

The third death anniversary of noted dramatist Professor Zia Hyder, was observed on September 2. Family members and cultural activists laid floral wreaths on his grave at Arifpur as a mark of respect.

Tanvir Mokammel lectures in Kolkata: Responsive audience

Director Tanvir Mokammel's lecture on "Social Realism in Recent Bangladesh Cinema" punctuated by screening of excerpts from his feature and documentary films were "house full" events at some of Kolkata's iconic intellectual centres.

Eid fanfare at Lalmonirhat border

A day long boat competition was held on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr at historical Dalailama bil at Durgapur border area under Aditmari upazila in Lalmonirhat on Friday. Thousands of viewers from different villages of Lalmonirhat district and neighboring Cooch Behar district in India came to Dalailama bil to enjoy the boat race. Fourteen teams from different areas in Lalmonirhat district took part in the event.

D.O.T launches its debut album “Shesh”

On August 26, band D.O.T staged a gig to mark the launch of their first album “Shesh”, a tribute and token of remembrance of their 13-year long musical journey.

Miles back with a bang

After a hiatus of five years, popular band Miles is back to make their fans swing and groove to their melodies with their new album, titled “Proticchobi”. Five songs from the album were launched in association with mobile phone operator Grameenphone this Eid, says a press release.

Boat race on river Garai

A boat race was held Saturday on the river Garai at village Matikata in Sreepur upazila of Maguradistrict on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Sarika: A busy run up to Eid

Sarika was one of the busiest actors prior to the Eid, as nearly 30 plays and tele-films featuring her were scheduled to air on different TV channels throughout the festival.

OP-ED

Graduating diplomacy and politics into the 21st century

IT is quite remarkable, almost unbelievable, that the forthcoming Indo-Bangladesh summit on September 6-7, 2011, is the first such bilateral summit since the historic visit by Indira Gandhi for the Dhaka for the first summit with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in March 1972. Other Indian Prime Ministers have since visited Dhaka but not for a bilateral summit. Over these years, Indo-Bangladesh relations have been caught in a time warp set sometime in the 1970s if not further back. This relationship needs to finally come of age by moving its discourse into the 21st century. Diplomacy embedded in the past means we are solving problems which were put on the table 40 years ago. Hopefully, the imminent summit between Prime Ministers Sheikh Hasina and Manmohan Singh promises to move this relationship forward and in the process, resolve a number of outstanding problems which have constrained Indo-Bangladesh relations over these many years.

Indo-Bangladesh bilateral trade deficit: Seize the opportunities to reduce it

THE growing bilateral trade deficit with India has risen from $774 million in FY 2000, to $1,933 million in FY 2005, and $2,910 million in FY 2010. Bilateral trade also takes place through informal trade between the two countries. As a consequence, the actual deficit (formal plus informal) would be significantly higher, notwithstanding the fact that, with tariffs coming down, informal bilateral trade has perhaps been on the decline in recent years.

Indo-Bangladesh relations: Now and in future

AN entente between India and Bangladesh on transit will encourage further cooperation on trade and transport, energy, environmental protection, development of infrastructure, and regional security and strategic issues. Sub-regional integration of the economies of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India will contribute to poverty alleviation, economic development, and improvement in transport and communications of the region.

This Day In History

1960
The boxer Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) is awarded the gold medal for his first place in the light heavyweight boxing competition at the Olympic Games in Rome.


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