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News of: Friday, 9th of September, 2011

Front Page

Cops found 'guilty'

A judicial probe committee has found that the six students, killed in a mob beating in Aminbazar in July this year, were innocent and not robbers, while police on duty at the spot were negligent in saving their lives, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

Mamata duly consulted

The post-mortem of India's failure to sign the Teesta water sharing treaty with Bangladesh during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit has begun.

Tarique symbol of violent politics

Portraying Tarique Rahman as a symbol of “kleptocratic government and violent politics” in Bangladesh, the US embassy in Dhaka even recommended blocking his entry into the United States.

Not returning anytime soon

Many of Tarique Rahman's supporters in BNP lobbied for him to run in a parliamentary by-election in April 2009, but his mother Khaleda Zia felt it was too early for him to return home.

Tin Bigha now open for 24hrs

India has opened the Tin Bigha Corridor allowing 24-hour access of Bangladeshi nationals to Dahagram-Angorpota enclave in line with an agreement signed between the two neighbouring countries on Tuesday.

Successes dimmed by Mamata's drama

Paschimbanga Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's last moment drama over Teesta water-sharing deal has put a shadow on the success of Manmohan Singh's visit to Bangladesh, several Indian newspapers said.

Visit to bring benefits to both nations

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's two-day visit to Bangladesh will bring short and long term benefits for the two countries, Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes said yesterday.

It's total failure

The main opposition BNP has termed Manmohan Singh's Dhaka visit a complete failure and blamed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her advisers for this.

4 'pushed off' trains to death

Four people died and three others were injured in separate incidents as muggers pushed them off trains after looting their valuables on Wednesday, police and victims said.

Orion given largest project

The cabinet purchase committee yesterday approved setting up four private power projects including a large coal-fired one with their production capacity totalling up to 725 megawatt, enough to light up one third of the capital city.

Silver lining in clouds

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on Wednesday issued a 65-point statement following their summit which underscored taking forward the Framework Agreement and speeding up various initiatives for transit.

Docs in kidney trade

The illegal kidney trade is being run by a mafia with support from corrupt doctors of a few renowned hospitals in the country and it is aimed at harvesting organs from people in hardship. Some of the transplant surgeries were done in hospitals abroad.

Mahbub refutes

Former army chief Lt General (retd) Mahbubur Rahman has sent a rejoinder to a report published in The Daily Star on Wednesday headlined “2 generals sought US support for coup.”

Govt official fined for not giving info

For the first time since its inception in 2009, the Information Commission yesterday fined a government official Tk 1,000 under the Right to Information (RTI) Act for refusing to provide information.

Aug 21 cases shifted to speedy trial tribunal

The August 21 grenade attack cases against BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and 51 others were shifted to the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 of Dhaka yesterday for their quick disposal.

After Huji, Indian Mujahideen claims responsibility

Indian federal investigators examined yesterday two unverified claims by militant groups that they were behind a deadly bomb blast at New Delhi's High Court that left 12 people dead.

India to give Tk 320cr

India will provide a grant of about Tk 320 crore to Bangladesh to implement several projects and initiatives including construction of rail track between Akhaura and Agartala--part of a proposed transit route.

Bomb alerts force Pakistan jets to land

Bomb alerts forced two Pakistan International Airlines planes Wednesday to land at Istanbul's Ataturk airport and in Kuala Lumpur, but no bombs were found, officials and news agency reports said.

China will not 'politicise' ConocoPhillips oil spill

China pledged yesterday not to "politicise" a vast spill at an oil field operated by ConocoPhillips despite strong criticism of the US petrol giant in state-controlled media.

Editorial

Explosions in Delhi and Quetta

We are deeply distressed at the explosions which have once again claimed innocent lives in India and Pakistan. We find hardly any words strong enough to condemn these mindless acts, barbarity which reduces lives to chaos and disfigures the fabric of society. On Wednesday, even as Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh was on a visit to Bangladesh, a bomb explosion outside the High Court in New Delhi left 11 people dead and as many as 76 injured. The figures could go higher, as they usually do in such circumstances. On the same day, suicide attacks by the Taliban in Quetta left 24 people dead and no fewer than 86 others receiving injuries. In the case of the attack in Delhi, the notorious Huji outfit has reportedly claimed responsibility by e-mail. The explosions in Quetta were obviously a retaliatory step by the Taliban over the recent arrest of one of its operatives by the Frontier Corps paramilitary force and indeed occurred at the residence of the deputy chief of the force.

Khaleda's bizarre remark

Khaleda Zia has recently observed that the former chief justice Khairul Haque had invalidated the caretaker system of government incorporated in the 13th amendment to the constitution in exchange for money.

Sports

Law surprised

Stuart Law, much like anyone who would be associated to Bangladesh cricket for less than two months, was left surprised to see Shakib Al Hasan losing his job as Bangladesh captain.

Under-16 booters off to Iraq

The Bangladesh Under-16 football team leave here for Iraq tonight to take part in the AFC Under-16 Championship.

What good will Messi do?

As Lionel Messi and his Argentina team amble back into the daily drudgery of club football they leave behind in their wake an adoring crowd of Bangladeshi supporters hopeful for another visit of football's most famous star. If Messi had even had half an ear open during most of the game on Tuesday, he would definitely have been rewarded with screams of endearment that greeted his every touch. The Argentine's popularity is so at its peak here that it overwhelms the support for other superstars such as Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria.

Mamatha takes charge

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed Mamatha Maben as coach of the Bangladesh women's cricket team yesterday.

It's just the beginning?

After the successful completion of the Argentina-Nigeria match in Dhaka, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has now sets its sights on bringing English Premier League champions Manchester United and Diego Maradona's Al Wasl FC of UAE to the city next year.

SL bowled out cheaply

Australia took early charge of the second Test after bowling out Sri Lanka for a hugely disappointing 174 soon after tea on the opening day in Pallekele on Thursday.

Pakistan win a thriller

Pakistan scrambled a five-run victory over Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club in the first of three one-day internationals here on Thursday.

Oval ODI today

England batsman Ravi Bopara has set his sights on piling on the agony for India in a bid to cement his spot in Alastair Cook's one-day team.

More rain at US Open

Rafael Nadal claimed players' safety was being put at risk by cash-conscious US Open chiefs trying to rescue the rain-hit event which suffered a virtual washout for the second successive day on Wednesday.

Reshma brings back bronze

Jahura Akhter Reshma won a bronze medal in the 13th Asian Youth Weightlifting Championship in Thailand on Monday.

Novak wants roof at US Open

World number one Novak Djokovic demanded besieged US Open officials build a roof over one of their showcase courts as tempers boiled over at the rain-hit Grand Slam tournament on Wednesday.

Eng face clear-out

England manager Fabio Capello is preparing a clear-out of senior players after becoming convinced that too many of his squad have been "scarred" by previous failures, reports said Thursday.

Bayern set to rest Robben

Bayern Munich are set to leave Arjen Robben out of Saturday's German league match with Freiburg to give the Dutch winger more time to recover from a groin injury ahead of their Champions League campaign.

Milan host Lazio

Champions AC Milan will kick off the new Serie A season on Friday following the resolution of the player strike which caused the postponement of the first weekend of the new campaign.

Health comes first: Abidal

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal said Thursday he is stalling on a new contract offer from the Spanish giants because he is focusing fully on his health six months after undergoing surgery to remove a liver tumour.

Cole to learn French

Joe Cole on Thursday ruled out trying to commute between London and France as he prepares to relaunch his career with reigning Ligue 1 champions Lille.

Kenny backs Andy

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said he was satisfied with Andy Carroll's fitness on Thursday following criticism of the striker's lifestyle by England manager Fabio Capello.

Ceni plays his 1000th match

Sao Paulo's Rogerio Ceni -- the goalkeeper who has scored more than any other in the history of the game with more than 100 goals -- played his 1,000th match for the club on Wednesday, 18 years after making his first team debut. Sao Paulo marked the occasion by beating Atletico MG 2-1.

Business

Corruption emerges as major threat to Bangladesh

Corruption will pose a major threat to the government in the coming years, according to a global survey released yesterday.

Stockmarket reforms far from complete

Structural reforms have not been put in place to restore order in the Bangladesh stockmarket following a record collapse last year, although some regulatory measures were taken, a global survey found.

Govt to reset sugar, oil prices

The government will periodically reset the mill-gate, wholesale and retail prices of edible oil and sugar, said Commerce Secretary Ghulam Hussain yesterday.

CSE yet to start corporate finance wing

The Chittagong Stock Exchange is yet to launch its corporate finance department although the deadline for opening the new wing expired over a month ago.

DSE chief executive steps down

The chief executive officer of the country's prime bourse has resigned from his post, ahead of his tenure's expiry.

Salman joins DSE board as director

Salman F Rahman, president of Bangladesh Association of Publicly Listed Companies, has been appointed as a director of the Dhaka Stock Exchange board, an official said yesterday.

Investment a must for a Digital Bangladesh

A book estimates that the country needs an investment of over $6 billion in digital technologies over the next thirteen years to realise the dream of creating a Digital Bangladesh.

GSK hosts seminar on flu virus

GlaxoSmithKline Bangladesh Ltd yesterday organised a scientific symposium to discuss 'Flu Virus and Vaccinations' at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.

Turnover slumps on DSE

Turnover hit the lowest in seven and a half months yesterday as stalemate continued on the bourse.

Rich list shows China wealth unhurt by global turmoil

The financial turmoil gripping the world has had little effect on wealth in China, where an ongoing economic boom keeps creating new US dollar billionaires, Forbes magazine said Thursday.

Shilchar ideal for Bangladeshi business

Leaders of Indo-Bangla Maitri, an Assam-based nongovernmental organisation, yesterday urged the business community in Bangladesh to set up trade in Shilchar to enjoy the benefits of its location.

SEC okays rights offer of Lafarge

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday approved a rights offer of Lafarge Surma Cement.

Record exports shrink US trade gap

The US trade deficit narrowed sharply in July on a surge in exports, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

NTV receives ISO certificate

NTV (International Television Channel Ltd), a private satellite television channel, has achieved an ISO 9001-2008 certificate for its “outstanding contribution” to the broadcast management system.

Prime Bank elected new chairmen

Prime Bank has recently elected Mafiz Ahmed Bhuiyan as the chairman of its executive committee, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Metropolitan

3 of a family die in mud wall collapse

Three members of a family were killed and two others injured when a wall of their mud house collapsed on them at Dwipkalar Morol village under Patiya upazila of Chittagong early yesterday.

New species of layer chicken developed

Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) has developed a local variety of chicken ushering in a new hope in the country to reduce dependence on import of layer chicken to meet the demand of protein.

Introduce scholarships for Harijan students

Leaders of Harijan community, who are underprivileged socially and economically, yesterday called upon the education ministry to introduce scholarships for the community's students from class VI to VIII to prevent drop-outs after primary level.

Another Mirsarai tragedy survivor dies

Raihan Uddin Shuvo, one of the three survivors of the Mirsarai tragedy, passed away early yesterday, raising the death toll to 42.

BNP standing body meets tomorrow

National Standing Committee, the highest policymaking forum of BNP, will sit tomorrow to discuss about the anti-government agitation programme to be announced soon.

Graft, irregularities grip Biman

Besides having 'serious' corruption and irregularities, there is no accountability in Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd which might lead the national airliner to nosedive, observed a parliamentary body.

Manmohan's visit made concrete advance, says India

India yesterday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka “has achieved concrete progress in our efforts to develop and strengthen close and friendly relations with Bangladesh.

Housemaid found dead in city

Police recovered the body of a female domestic help from in front of her employer's residence in the city's Dhanmondi yesterday morning.

12 promoted to secretary

The Superior Selection Board (SSB) at a meeting yesterday promoted 12 additional secretaries to the rank of secretary. They were serving as acting secretary in different ministries and divisions for over a year.

Dhaka starts submission in int'l court

Bangladesh yesterday began submission of its case concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary with Myanmar at International Tribunal for Law of the Sea (ITLOS), arguing for equitable solution of the long running dispute.

Student killed in N'ganj road crash

A college student was killed on the spot yesterday when a stone-laden truck hit him while he was talking with his other college friends standing beside Narayanganj-Adamjee road in Siddhirpool area of Sadar upazila.

'Over 2.5 lakh die of flu a year globally'

Influenza (flu) that infects 30 to 50 lakh people every year and causes death to around 2.5 to 3 lakh people every year globally can be prevented easily, said experts at a seminar yesterday.

Ctg mayor, three sons sued

A case was filed against Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor Md Manjur Alam and nine others including his three sons for alleged corruption charges with Metropolitan Session Judge's court yesterday.

Increase budget window for education

Campaign for Good Governance (Supro) demanded the government to increase the budgetary allocation for primary and mass education.

Protect rights of the elderly

Noted academician Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed yesterday urged all, especially the young generation, to launch a social movement to protect the rights of the country's senior citizens (elderly people).

Six killed in road accidents

Six people, including a student, were killed and six others injured in separate road accidents in Narayanganj, Gaibandha, Narsingdi, Pabna and Savar on Wednesday and yesterday.

Dwellers around Shikalbaha canal lurk in risk

Some 10,000 dwellers of Dwipkalar Morol village in the port city's Patiya upazila are living in high risk from Shikalbaha, a stream-turned-canal.

67.6pc women literate in Bangladesh

The literacy rate of women in Bangladesh is 67.6 percent, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday.

Photos a must for deeds

Photos of both donor and receiver have to be attached along with the deeds during the signing of power of attorney for selling and buying, development or mortgage of unmoveable properties.

British national on remand

A Sylhet court yesterday granted police to remand a British national for three days, who was arrested Tuesday on charge of abusing a child.

BCL factions clash in Ctg

At least three activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Chittagong Commerce College unit were injured in a factional clash on the college premises in the port city yesterday.

Hearing Oct 11

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred a hearing on charge framing of a tax evasion case against Arafat Rahman Koko, the youngest son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia until October 11.

Dipu Moni greets new Nepalese FM

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni congratulated the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal Narayan Kaji Shrestha on his assumption of office.

Domestic help dies in hospital

Police yesterday recovered the body of teenaged housemaid from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) who was brought there in a critical state.

Actor Kanchan meets Nanak

Nirapad Sarak Chai Chairman Elias Kanchan met State Minister for LGRD Jahangir Kabir Nanak at his residence last night to express his deep shock at the untimely death of Nanak's son.

Arrest of Shahara demanded

Pro-BNP lawyers yesterday demanded arrest of Home Minister Shahara Khatun and five government officials in connection with the death of Supreme Court lawyer MU Ahmed.

Woman's decomposed body found

Police recovered the decomposed slaughtered body of a woman from her house at Badda in the city yesterday.

Obituary

Ahsanul Haque Alom, former president of Faridpur Bus Owners' Association, passed away due to a cardiac arrest on the way to Faridpur Diabetic Hospital yesterday. He was 61.

Chehlum

Chehlum of AKM Fazlul Huque, a former official of Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa), will be held at his residence on Iqbal Road in the city after Asr prayers today, a press release said.

National

Education of five lakh children hampered

Education of over 4.5 lakh students in flood-hit seven upazials of Satkhira district is being hampered as most of the institutions, inundated on August 2, are still waterlogged.

Frustrated enclave people on fast-unto-death

Frustrated enclave people began a fast-unto-death in Panchagarh while people of 12 Indian enclaves in Kurigram observed a token half-day hunger strike yesterday.

Demonstration by Indians disrupts trade at Hili port

Trade at Hili land port in Dinajpur district remained suspended for over an hour yesterday as hundreds of Indians staged demonstration in the zero line area there demanding release of an Indian national arrested by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Wednesday noon.

Torture for failing to repay loan

The accused of a criminal case and their relatives are threatening to kill the complainant if she does not withdraw the case.

Owner of Pabna clinic arrested

Police have arrested the owner of Seba Clinic in Chatmohar upazila following death of a pregnant woman at the clinic on Wednesday morning due to alleged wrong treatment by the doctors.

4 get life for throwing acid in Habiganj

A court in Habiganj yesterday sentenced four people to life term imprisonment for throwing acid on a young girl at village Kaitgaon of Bahubal upazila in 2006.

Pabna PP suspended on graft charges

Public Prosecutor (PP) of Pabna advocate Belayet Ali Billu has been suspended on charge of corruption, court sources said.

Girl's body recovered from septic tank

Sundarganj police yesterday recovered the decomposed body of an eight-year-old girl from a septic tank of Dharmapur Abdul Jobber Degree College.

Sit-in for road repair

Students of a school under Nagarkanda upazila held a sit-in at local Shaheed Minar premises yesterday demanding immediate repair of a road to their school at Ziakoli village. They also submitted a memorandum to Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) S.M Abdul Kader. Source said, around 50 students of Poradia SA Khan High School held the sit-in programme from 10am-12 noon. Md. Samsuddoha Talukder , a member of the managing committee said, around 200 students of Ziakoli village suffer as they wade through waist deep water in rainy season. The allocated money and TR to repair the road were gobbled up several times, he alleged.

10 hurt as BNP rivals clash

At least 10 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups of BNP at Bandhal bazar at Gopalpur village in Kochua upazila on Wednesday night. Of the injured, Masum Billah, 30, Limon Sheikh, 26, Anam Sheikh, 20, and Delwar Sheikh, 40, were admitted to a local clinic. Locals said there was a longstanding dispute between BNP activists Shahiduzzaman Milton and Humayun Kabir over establishing supremacy at the village. They said an altercation ensued between them over a trifling matter at the bazar at about 8pm. Later, both the groups equipped with lethal weapons, sticks and brickbats attacked each other leaving 10 people injured from both sides.

11 shops, one house gutted

At least 11 shops and one dwelling house were gutted in a fierce fire in Ramgati upazila headquarters Tuesday night. Local people said the fire originated from the petrol shop of Jahangir Alam at about 11:30pm and soon engulfed the adjacent shops and house. Three people were also injured while extinguishing the blaze. Of them, critically injured Firoz Alam Babul was admitted to the upazila health complex.

Letters

Our Anna Hazare will not succeed

A letter entitled "Where is our Anna Hazare?" written by Badal Hasib was published in The Daily Star on August 28. He wrote about the respected social activist who was on a hunger strike vowing not to end it until the government would eliminate corruption. He wished that there was one Anna Hazare in our country where corruption was devouring every public sector. But it seems he has forgotten that this is Bangladesh, and not India. Here patriots like Anna Hazare may go on a hunger strike, but it will not have any effect.

Construction noise

During construction of a building, especially in a densely populated residential area like Dhanmondi or Uttara, developers are hardly respecting the ethics of living. I do not know if there is a guideline or law about how and when to start and close the work every day or what should be the highest permissible decibel level of noise at a construction site but this matter must be brought to the attention of the authorities.

Using jute bags

Use of polythene bags was banned by the government a few years back, but environment friendly jute bags are not being used largely all over Bangladesh. People usually go to kitchen market with these jute bags, but we always need to use it while carrying any goods. Telecommunication companies, jewellery shops, fashion houses, and super stores should come forward to introduce fashionable jute bags for saving our environment as well as protecting jute industries.

Libyan rebels will soon understand

I have never been to Libya and have not studied about this country very much. However, I had the opportunity to talk with many people who stayed in Libya for a few years. I found that everybody was highly impressed with the leadership of Gaddafi. Libyan people, who supported the rebels, will soon understand what blunder they have made by removing Gaddafi. Libya had nothing before Gaddafi took charge. Gaddafi may not have been elected by the people but he has ensured food, housing, education and medical facilities to all the citizens which most of the governments (even the so-called democratic, but corrupt governments) failed to give. Western world needs both Libyan blood and oil. They got the first one and will get the oil soon. The world is for mighty people and not for the good people at this moment.

Death of an advocate

Was that at all necessary to arrest a lawyer from his house in front of his beloved family members at dead of night? The deceased M U Ahmed was a lawyer of the Supreme Court, who was not a fugitive. While some of his colleagues were hiding from the law, he was sincere enough to be staying at home. So, what prompted the police to pick him up to the intelligence office in the dark? The allegation against him was of insulting the police at the court premises. facts proves that reprisal and torture were the clear intentions of the police that caused his death.

Solution to our biggest problem

Your article “Imagine PM had said the opposite” on August 30 was unjust to the PM. It questions her loyalty to non-performing ministers and is non-appreciative of her overall vision. Please note: one minister, who also is also a trade union president, recommends issuance of 25,000 driving licenses to anyone who can differentiate between a cow and a goat. Human beings don't count. Another one advocates that the malnourished people of Bangladesh (except the Fat Cats) should “eat less”; on the lines of Somalia?

Eyes and eggs

Eyes are the most precious organs of our body and eyesight is the greatest gift from the Almighty. So, it is extremely essential to take proper care of our eyes so that our eyesight remains active when we become old. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are two powerful antioxidants which greatly help in protecting our eyesight. These antioxidants perform two roles: (i) absorb excess photon energy (blue light) and (ii) quench free radicals before they damage the lipid membranes.

Think like China

For China low value of currency is an advantage as China emphasizes maximum export and minimum import. Our currency value is also low. We have to think like China how we can make the right use of it. Producing goods at minimum expense and increasing export will help us survive in the competition with emerging countries in the world market.

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International

Fugitive Libyan leader denies fleeing to Niger

Fugitive former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi denied as lies yesterday reports he has fled to Niger, while the remnants of his battered forces were pinned down by fighters of the regime that ousted him.

Missiles looted from arms warehouse

A potent stash of Russian-made surface-to-air missiles is missing from a huge Tripoli weapons warehouse amid reports of weapons looting across war-torn Libya.

Pacific summit sounds alarm

Pacific leaders identified climate change as the greatest threat to the region yesterday, ordering officials to start work on plans to help people forced to relocate by rising sea levels.

Gaddafi 'sold 20% of reserve gold' in final days

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sold more than 20 percent of Libya's gold reserves, worth more than $1 billion, in the final days of his regime, the country's central bank governor said yesterday.

Syrian forces storm village, kill 3 defectors

Syria, accused by France of "crimes against humanity," yesterday sent its security forces storming into a northwestern village where they killed three military defectors, rights activists said.

G7 meet aims to revive global growth

The world's top financial leaders meet yesterday in France to work on a plan to solve the European debt crisis that is rattling markets and to avoid another recession by boosting growth.

Sonia Gandhi returns to India

Sonia Gandhi, leader of India's ruling Congress party, returned home yesterday after more than a month of medical treatment in the United States which had left the government rudderless to deal with the biggest protests in decades.

Sudan planned for normalising Israel ties

Sudan told US officials of its desire to normalise ties with Israel, a leaked diplomatic cable said, in a potentially embarrassing revelation for one of the Jewish state's more outspoken critics.

China weighed deal on Taiwan missiles

Taiwan's president said China could "offer to eliminate" missiles targeting the island in exchange for a US pledge to stop selling weapons to his government.

Sudan planned for normalising Israel ties

Sudan told US officials of its desire to normalise ties with Israel in a potentially embarrassing revelation for one of the Jewish state's more outspoken critics.

Palestinians launch UN campaign

The Palestinians Yesterday began a campaign in support of their UN membership bid, as their senior leaders met to fine-tune the plan to become the UN's 194th member state.

Second West Bank mosque vandalised

Vandals graffitied a West Bank mosque, torched two Palestinian cars and uprooted olive trees overnight in attacks which locals yesterday blamed on Jewish settlers.

Berlin police foil bomb plot

Berlin authorities said they arrested two men yesterday on suspicion of acquiring chemicals for a possible bombing, ahead of the September 11, 2001 attacks' anniversary and a papal visit this month.

Terrorism fear fading among Americans

Fears among Americans of a fresh terrorist attack are receding, a public opinion poll released yesterday suggests, although a majority of New Yorkers feel their city remains a prime target.

Japan's new PM visits crisis-hit Fukushima

Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda yesterday visited Fukushima for the first time since he took office a week ago, paying tribute to hundreds of workers battling to contain the nuclear crisis.

Global tourism hits new record: UN agency

International tourism grew by almost five percent in the first half of the year, recording a record 440 million arrivals, the World Tourism Organisation said yesterday.

Suicide rate highest in China

A person tries to kill themselves in China every two minutes, the government and state media said yesterday, giving the country one of the highest suicide rates in the world.

Arts & Entertainment

Interpreting rain and autumn leaves through dance

Marking the landmark visit of Indian premier Dr. Manmohan Singh to Bangladesh, Indira Gandhi Culture Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka, arranged a two-day (September 6-7) programme at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka.

Nabila: Firmly anchored

Masuma Rahman Nabila is widely recognised as a TV anchor. She is currently hosting two live TV programmes: a musical programme on Banglavision and a quiz show on ntv. She has also made her debut as a model in a TVC for a cellular phone company this year.

Harold Pinter has London theatre named after him

London's Comedy Theatre is to be renamed next month after Harold Pinter, the playwright, director and actor who died in 2008.

Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond Honoured by Kennedy Centre

Actress Meryl Streep will add another honour to her illustrious career as one of the five artists recognized by the Kennedy Centre for their contribution to culture.

“Bhanga Gora Natyatshab 2011”

Organiser: Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation
Venue: Neelima Ibrahim Auditorium, Bangladesh Mahila Shamiti, Bailey Road
Date: September 8-12
Time: 5pm onwards
Forty eight theatre troupes from all over the country will stage memorable sequences from their popular plays at the festival.
Today's plays:
“Bichchhu” (Natyakendra)
“Tin Purusher Mathae” (Drishtipat Natyadal)
“Lalon Nama” (Barnochora, Chandpur)
“Shat Ghater Kanakori” (Theatre, Arambagh)
“Bhimroti” (Abayab Natyadal)
“Kotha Pundra Bardhan” (Bogra Theatre)
“Rother Roshi” (Onushilan, Rajshahi)
“Bhangon” (Ananya Natyagoshthi, Chandpur)
“Bou Bashanti” (Udichi)
“Prem Baro Kabiraj” (Bahubachan Theatre)

“Moner Manush” receives Indian National Film Award

Gautam Ghosh's feature film on Fakir Lalon Shai, “Moner Manush”, has won two awards including the Best Film, according to a press release.

Amitabh Bachchan makes his Hollywood debut

Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan is set to make his Hollywood debut in director Baz Luhrmann's “The Great Gatsby” in which Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio will play the lead role.

South Korean Romance to Kick Off Top Asian Film Event

A South Korean romance about a former boxer and a woman slowly going blind will open this year's edition of Asia's top film festival.

OP-ED

The embarrassment of a visit

Many people I know are upset because the Indian prime minister's visit has been a big let down for them. It was high on promise but low on delivery or something else that's hard to explain. Or, may be they are making too much fuss about it. May be it was meant to be like this. A humble host got carried away because a prominent guest was coming.

Be a sport, let go of sports

Praful Patel had a good point to make. "If such a Bill is passed," the former Union minister for civil aviation and present Union minister for some portfolio which escapes my memory, said "bureaucrats like a joint secretary will be running the sports federation. What is their competence in sports administration?"

Our loss is not India's gain

It is refreshing on no-loss-no-gain basis, instructive and can be good for the future, if a little too dramatic for anyone's comfort, far less that of Dr. Manmohan Singh and Sheikh Hasina. The failure hasn't been exactly an "orphan," nor has the degree of success had any "fathers." If crisis is an opportunity, then this certainly promises to be one. The failed negotiation with the moral thrown up has a guiding implication we need to press into service to cut corners of sensitive deals.

Manmohan's visit: Lessons for Bangladesh

The recent visit of the Indian prime minister was more important than any other previous meeting as it was hoped that many things would be discussed and many problems resolved. But just before his arrival, the outcome of the meeting was almost clear to the people of Bangladesh through the refusal of Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of Paschimbanga, to be a part of the Indian team; and later on through the press briefing of the foreign secretary of India that the two countries were not going to take any decision regarding the Teesta river.

Shykh Seraj: Pioneer of a new trend of rural TV journalism

Shykh Seraj, who turned 55 in June, is an innovative and intuitive genius in the mainstream media of Bangladesh. He is best known as an agricultural and environmental journalist, whose versatile works have taken media coverage on agriculture beyond the borders. His outstanding work for more than three decades contributed to agricultural development, sustainable food security, farmers' empowerment and agricultural transformation. This has set a sustained impact on the livelihood of the rural poor. Through the power of the media Shykh Seraj's works also influenced the policy makers in taking proactive interventions for pro-farmer development.

StarTech

A world without Steve Jobs

In a way, Steve Jobs might have saved the best “One Last Thing” for last: The legendary and now former Apple CEO has left his company in fine hands and on a path of prospects as great as his final years at the helm have provided.

Samsung, Microsoft tie up for new tablet

South Korea's Samsung Electronics has teamed up with Microsoft to make a new tablet computer powered by the US software giant's latest operating system, according to a report.

Facebook doubles first-half revenue

Facebook's revenue doubled to $1.6 billion in 2011's first half, a source with knowledge of its financials told Reuters, underscoring its appeal to advertisers while it grapples with intensifying competition from the likes of Google Inc.

Nokia launches 3 smartphones

Nokia unveiled three feature-packed, mass market smartphones - Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 600 at an event in Hong Kong, said a press release.

Android's Ice Cream Sandwich coming in Oct or Nov

Ever since Google announced Ice Cream Sandwich in May there have been rumors floating around the blogosphere about when Google will release its new operating system. We have finally heard a release time frame from Eric Schmidt, and he is saying that we should expect to see it released in October or November. To be exact he said, “We have a new operating system, internally known as Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason, which is being released in October/November, which everyone's really excited about.”


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