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News of: Friday, 30th of September, 2011

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Ashuganj used for first time for transhipment

Bangladesh has allowed India to use Ashuganj river port for the first time to tranship goods from Kolkata to Agartala under the 2010 inland water transit protocol.

Padma Bridge WB-strung

Although as the lead financier the World Bank has stalled the whole tender process of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge project last month alleging corruption of a Canadian company, the bank has not yet informed the government about the exact nature of the irregularity.

Ministers, MPs have to pay tax

Ministers and lawmakers will have to pay tax on their salaries and honoraria in line with provisions of the finance act 2011.

HR boss barred from visiting jail

The chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was not allowed to visit Sylhet Central Jail yesterday.

First Hajj flight reaches Jeddah

Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday operated its first Hajj flight of the year carrying 505 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

Azhar, 239 Jamaat men charged

Police yesterday pressed charges against Jamaat-e-Islami acting secretary general ATM Azharul Islam and 239 other party men for assaulting police, blocking traffic and creating anarchy in the capital early this month.

Dhaka, Delhi to assess waters

Bangladesh and India are going to exchange data on the availability of water in the Teesta to sort out the Teesta water-sharing deal.

Tasnim survived, did not send out alert call

Lt Col Mohammad Abu Tasnim, the third prosecution witness in the BDR carnage trial, had failed to perform his duty as the commanding officer of signal sector at the border force headquarters since he had not inform the high-ups about the mutiny.

'Final game' against govt after road marches

Terming the ruling Awami League an “anti-liberation force”, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the people to make the earlier announced road march programmes a success, and said a "final game" against the government will follow that.

4 pirates killed in Rab 'gunfight'

Four pirates were killed in a “gunfight” with Rapid Action Battalion in the Sundarbans under Sharankhola upazila of Bagerhat yesterday.

Torturer cop Hazzaz closed

Authorities yesterday closed the police officer who stamped on a man in the capital's Motijheel during hartal hours on September 22.

Now comes toy plane attack plot

A US follower of al-Qaeda was arrested Wednesday on charges of planning to fly explosive-packed, remote controlled airplanes into the Pentagon and the US Capitol, authorities said.

Pakistan PM leads talks on US pressure

Pakistan holds rare cross-party talks yesterday designed to build unity in the face of mounting American pressure to act against the al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network or face the consequences.

India, Pakistan look to trade to reinforce peace

Indian and Pakistani business leaders said yesterday there were big opportunities to boost direct trade between them after the rival nations agreed to work harder at opening up their markets.

Death toll hits 79 in Indian floods

The death toll from severe flooding in the eastern Indian state of Orissa has risen to 79 with an estimated five million people affected, local officials said on Wednesday.

ANNOUNCEMENT

In the next issue of FORUM, to be published on Monday, we carry a special article by Naeem Mohaiemen on Sarmila Bose's revisionist interpretation of history in her recent work, Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War, shooting down her 'arguments' with logic at once precise, dispassionate and mindful of the thousand and one tribulations the Bangalee nation was put through in the nine-month War of Liberation. More than a settling of accounts, it is a restoration of the truth Mohaiemen goes for. It is a MUST read for all those involved in the argument about the genocide of the Bangalees by the Pakistani Army.

Editorial

RTI under the microscope

The round table organized by the Right to Information Forum on Wednesday threw up some glaring facts about the RTI one cannot be comfortable with; and that despite the information minister's claim that the government will establish a digital Bangladesh through implementing the RTI by the year 2021. The truth is that since the RTI came into effect, not much of the tangible about its implementation or workability has been observed. What has happened has only been in fits and starts, which is again natural given that there are hardly any institutional arrangements in place for people to derive benefits from the RTI. Of course, one welcome factor here is the setting up of an Information Commission. Too much emphasis on its own housekeeping and too little service to the people have characterised its work so far. However, it is beginning to provide, somewhat, the services it is meant to.

Barabkunda railway tragedy

The Barabkunda level crossing tragedy in Chittagong in which five persons in a jeep were killed as the Dhaka-bound train rammed into it is just another addition to the long list of similar accidents happening at different level crossings in the country from time to time.

Sports

Tamim-Imrul fury on final day

BCB Red's batting muscle took them to a seven-wicket win yesterday in the four-day practice match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

'Staring to enjoy batting again'

Smarting from his demotion from the vice-captain's role since September 5 when the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) suddenly sacked him and Shakib Al Hasan from the leadership positions, Tamim Iqbal finally turned the corner with a solid score yesterday.

Noble of Kader, or Salahuddin's PR?

When the initiative should have been taken by the Bangladesh Football Federation to make the District Football Associations (DFAs) functional, it's Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club president Manjur Kader who has come forward to make those BFF-affiliated bodies active to get the ball rolling on district fields.

Lucas, Neymar sink Argentina

Two second half goals to teenage forwards Lucas and Neymar inspired Brazil to a 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Argentina in a friendly played only with home-based players in Belem on Wednesday.

Booters complete second round of practice games

Bangladesh's Macedonian coach Nikola Illievski tested his charges again through the second round of practice matches as the national, national U-22 and national U-19 teams played three short-duration matches among themselves at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

India axe Harbhajan

India's cricket selectors on Thursday left out star spinner Harbhajan Singh for the first two one-day internationals of next month's home series against England.

Sharapova injured, out

Maria Sharapova's effort to avenge her Wimbledon final loss to Petra Kvitova was brought to an abrupt end on Thursday after she twisted an ankle in the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open.

Qtrs lineup confirmed

The quarterfinal lineup of the Exim Bank 22nd National Women's Handball Championship was completed yesterday as Bangladesh Ansar, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation, Dhaka, Dhaka University, Naogaon, Rajshahi, Dinajpur and Panchagargh emerged group champions to move into the last eight at two separate venues.

Chamberlain charms Arsenal

Holders Barcelona barely broke a sweat in a ruthless 5-0 hammering of BATE Borisov while former champions AC Milan made harder work of finding the net before overcoming new boys Viktoria Plzen 2-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Records not his goal

Lionel Messi has dismissed talk of chasing records after the Argentine struck twice in Wednesday's 5-0 Champions League win at BATE Borisov to equal Ladislau Kubala as Barcelona's second highest scorer of all time on 194 goals. As the Spanish and European champions prepare to take on struggling Sporting Gijon in La Liga on Sunday (1800 GMT), Messi said he was not focused on eclipsing top scorer Cesar Rodriguez, who scored 235 for the Catalan club, but merely wanted to perform for the team.

City suspend Tevez

Manchester City suspended Argentinian star Carlos Tevez on Wednesday as they began an investigation into whether he refused to come on as a substitute in the Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.

Bravo Super Kings

A timely cameo by all-rounder Dwanye Bravo powered the Chennai Super Kings to a four-wicket win here Wednesday, their first in the Champions League T20 tournament as Jean-Paul Duminy's spell of four for 20 went waste for the Nashua Cape Cobras.

Huge wins for BJMC, Bagerhat

Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation recorded a massive 58-21 win over Jhenaidah in one of eleven matches of the Meizan National Kabaddi Championship held at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.

Messi go level with Kubala

Lionel Messi scored twice in a 5-0 win as Barcelona kick-started the defence of their Champions League crown by roundly thumping BATE Borisov.

Derby ends in fiasco

A nice little move around the last defender and a goal from Velez's Rijad Demic in a Bosnian Cup match against city rivals Zrinjski led to Demic celebrating a little to close to the hostile home Zrinjski fans. And as a result, a wave of those Zrjinjski fans hopped the fence and chased the entire Velez team off the pitch. After that, the match was abandoned.

Wenger not counting up the years

Arsene Wenger's 15th anniversary as Arsenal manager falls only one day before another north London derby at Tottenham.

Nike causing discomfort

Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates have made an unusual complaint to team uniform manufacturers Nike and demanded the sportswear giant change the fabric used to make the official club shirt.

Business

New fund to prop up troubled stockmarket

The private sector has stepped in to rescue the ailing stockmarket with a 'market stabilisation fund' that also aims to give a new lease of life to retail investors who incurred losses.

Asian tourism fair kicks off

The three-day Asian Tourism Fair kicked off in the capital yesterday where 13 Asian countries are taking part with an aim to conduct combined promotional activities to attract travellers to the exciting tourist destinations of the continent.

Private refiners cut back sugar prices

Private refiners yesterday slashed prices of sugar after shipments from India arrived in Bangladesh, traders said.

Stocks rise on market fund news

Stocks gained yesterday as investors used early losses as a buying opportunity following stakeholders' move to form a market stabilisation fund.

Bangladesh trims sensitive list of products

Bangladesh has decided to allow duty-free import of more than 240 items from developing and least developed countries, said the commerce ministry yesterday.

Sonali, Janata to stay open for taxpayers tomorrow

Sonali and Janata banks will keep their treasury branches open across the country tomorrow to enable payers to submit their tax returns.

India to normalise economic ties with Pakistan

India and Pakistan on Wednesday agreed to normalise their economic relations, setting an ambitious target of more than doubling bilateral trade to $6 billion in three years.

Sonargaon hotel marks World Tourism Day

Bangladesh celebrated World Tourism Day like elsewhere around the globe on September 27 with a target to attract one million foreign tourists by 2014.

Nokia to cut 3,500 jobs before 2013

Mobile phone giant Nokia said Thursday it was slashing 3,500 jobs in Romania, Germany and the United States, just months after announcing 4,000 job cuts it said would be the last for the foreseeable future.

Robi takes internet to public libraries

Private mobile phone operator Robi has come out to facilitate readers with internet services at all seven divisional public libraries.

Faruk Khan meets German business leaders

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan met 50 German business leaders at a programme in Germany on Wednesday. They were representatives from the shipping industry, readymade garments, importers, bank, power companies, chamber, media and branding companies.

India raises borrowing target; bond yields surge

India will borrow 2.2 trillion rupees ($44.9 billion) in the second half of the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, the government said, significantly more than expected, sending bond yields and swap rates higher.

Metropolitan

Submit proposal by Oct 15

A sub-committee on the national education policy implementation has been directed to submit its proposal by October 15, stating strategies for upgrading primary level education up to class VIII from existing class V.

Hannan has no right to retract statement

Huji chief Mufti Abdul Hannan has no legal right to withdraw his additional confessional statement in the August 21 grenade attack case as he willingly made the statement before a magistrate, State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam said yesterday.

Road crashes kill 6

Six people, including a child, were killed and another was injured in separate road accidents in Manikganj, Madaripur, Dinajpur and Natore on Wednesday and yesterday.

4 more docs sacked

The government has sacked four more doctors posted at different public health facilities in the past several days to total the number of sacked government physicians to eight in the current month as part of a tough campaign against illegal absence of doctors at workplaces.

PM returns after attending UNGA

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home last night after attending the 66th UN General Assembly session in New York.

Peace model to stop illegal power takeover: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the peace model she unveiled at the 66th UNGA session is designed to make sure that the state power remains in the hands of the people.

JnU to build three halls in one year

The authorities of Jagannath University will construct three dormitories and rent at least two buildings near the campus to provide accommodation to students within one year.

JCD man killed in factional feud

A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal activist was stabbed to death and three others were injured allegedly by activists of their rival faction over formation of JCD committees yesterday morning.

PM's 'peace model' brightens image

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to the United States, coinciding the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), has helped brighten further Bangladesh's image as well as boosting ties with the US and other countries in the areas of trade and business.

Over 2,100 get visa daily

The Indian high commissions in the country issue more than 0.5 million visas to Bangladeshis and other nationals residing in Bangladesh to visit India for various purposes every year.

Broadcasting policy shouldn't contradict RTI act: TIB

The government should not formulate broadcast policy that goes against Right to Information (RTI) Act and constitutional recognition of people's right to freedom of expression, an official of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) said yesterday.

12 stolen vehicles seized: 9 alleged theives held

Detective branch (DB) of police recovered 12 stolen vehicles and arrested nine alleged thieves from in and outside the capital on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Give priority to trial of war criminals: Deputy speaker

Deputy Speaker Shawkat Ali yesterday said the government should give top priority to the trial of criminals who committed crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Plot on to grab Darul Fazal Market, say FF leaders

Leaders of local Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Command Council alleged that some influential locals backed by politicians are plotting to grab the building of Darul Fazal Market (Muktijoddha Bhaban) in the port city.

Call for sharing knowledge among world universities

Dhaka University Vice-chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique has said the cross-border relationship should be more strengthened for the entire development of the education sector.

Disaster response exercise ends

The US Army Pacific (USARPAC) and the Bangladesh Armed Forces concluded their second annual exercise on disaster response in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release of the American Centre.

Little Jewels School's 56th anniversary celebrated

The Little Jewels Infant Nursery and Junior School celebrated its 56th anniversary and held a reunion at the Ladies' Club in the city yesterday, says a press release.

100m suffer from dengue in world a year

Speakers at a conference yesterday said around 100 million people in the world suffered from dengue diseases every year and of them 30 thousand died.

Govt urged to ensure rights of indigenous people

The Human Rights Forum for Universal Periodic Review (UPR-HR Forum) yesterday called upon the government to take effective measures to ensure the rights of the country's indigenous people.

Truck torched for injuring a housewife

Angry mob torched a mini truck after it hit a rickshaw leaving a housewife on board critically injured in the city's Dhanmondi area yesterday.

'Expand ties among Saarc states'

State Minister for Environment and Forests Hasan Mahmud yesterday urged the Saarc countries to expand cooperation and take quick steps for tackling climate change impacts and natural disasters.

BGMEA hands over insurance cheque to workers' nominees

Bangladesh Garments Exporters and Manufacturers Association (BGMEA), Chittagong unit yesterday handed over the cheques of group insurance to the nominees of the workers and employees of different readymade garments (RMG) in Chittagong who died during their service.

Businessman stabbed in city

A gang of unidentified miscreants stabbed a businessman of New Elephant Road area in the city yesterday.

DU student commits suicide

A student of Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University (DU) committed suicide in his room yesterday evening.

Rokeya Rashid's anniversary of death today

Today is the first death anniversary of Rokeya Rashid, a retired officer of World Food Programme (WFP) and wife of Dr M Haroonur Rashid, a former secretary, says a press release.

Shamsul Alam

Today is the second death anniversary of Shamsul Alam, a chartered accountant and a former chief executive of Burmah Eastern Ltd and Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd, says a press release.

M A Sattar

Today is the 13th death anniversary of Alhaj M A Sattar, a social worker, says a press release.

Nurul Islam Nuru

Today is the second death anniversary of Nurul Islam Nuru, a freedom fighter and former Dighi union parisahd chairman of Manikganj Sadar upazila, says a press release.

National

Cashing in on kid's physical deformity

The harrowing tale of engaging a physically challenged boy in begging for making fortune by his maternal aunt and her spouse has come to light recently.

6 children rescued while being trafficked to India

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) rescued 6 children yesterday while being trafficked to India through Putkhali border.

Bring Riya's killers to book

Students and teachers of Gaibandha Government Mohila College formed a human chain at DB Road in the town yesterday demanding immediate arrest and capital punishment of the culprits involved in the killing of a student of the college on Tuesday.

Four kids drown while collecting water lilies

Five kids drowned in Pabna, Jhenidah and Natore districts on Wednesday and the day before.

Three outlaws arrested in Khulna, Rajshahi

Three outlaws were arrested in Khulna and Rajshahi districts yesterday and the day before.

Silent procession in enclaves

Hundreds of people at Indian enclaves inside Panchagarh district yesterday brought out silent processions on the 7th day of their 10-day agitation demanding early implementation of the enclave exchange deal between Bangladesh and India.

Hospital vandalised as newborn dies

Locals vandalised a private hospital in Santhia upazila on Wednesday following death of a newborn baby.

Arbitrators beat up alleged rapist

Arbitrators beat up an alleged rapist and fined him Tk 10,000 on Wednesday at Muradia union parishad office under Dumki upazila.

Six held on suspicion

Six people were held but no case was lodged in connection with Jubo League leader Ilias Hossain murder in Gafargoan upazila till filing of this report at around 6.50 pm yesterday.

Mob locks power office

Local power subscribers locked the office of the resident power engineer in Sarail upazila yesterday protesting their harassment through 'fake bill'.

GKDACC agitation programme

Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee (GKDACC) will stage a sit-in for two hours from 10:30am at Picture Palace Cinema Hall intersection on October 2 and mass hunger strike at the same venue on Octobers 8 to press home its eight-point demand. The demands include excavation of the Kobadak and Betna rivers, modernisation of Khulna Rail Station, appointment of more specialist physicians at Sheikh Abu Naser specialized hospital, gas supply through pipelines, construction Padma bridge at Mawa, development of infrastructure including capital dredging of Mongla Port, facilities for investment in the Mongla EPZ on easy terms and reopening of all closed mills and industries including Khulna Newsprint Mills. GKDACC Secretary General Sheikh Ashrafuzzaman announced the programmes through a press statement yesterday.

JMB man held, sent to jail

The JMB activist, arrested in Itagachha area of Satkhira town on Wednesday, was sent to jail yesterday. Police produced Md Selim Babu, 35, son of Md Tamij Uddin of Itagachha village in Sadar upazila, in the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court that sent him to jail. Police said they arrested Babu as he was trying to regroup JMB activists in Itagachha area. Babu was sentenced to jail in Gopalganj Brac office blast case. After completing jai term, he came to Satkhira and was trying to reorganise JMB men in the district, they added.Officer-in-Charge (OC) Of Sadar Police Station Shah Jahan Ali Khan said they are trying to arrest the other operatives of the banned outfit.

Letters

State of Palestine

Under threat of Obama's veto, Palestine's bid for statehood (1967 borders) is with the UN. About time too, because all the votaries of 'democracy' will now have to either show their fangs or give credence to their oft-repeated desire for settlement of the 'Palestine problem', something not created by the Palestinians.

Pseudo-Islamists

Jamaat's vaunted Islamism was burning in the flame of the vehicles they torched during their violent protest rally. Their only motto behind burning national properties was to grab the newspaper headlines and media focus though Islam warrants us to do everything to please Allah who will surely punish those pseudo Islamists who is destroying the very principle in the process of establishing it. So once again it is proved that Jamaat version of Islam is not the true one. It is the Talibani version that is behind all kinds of wanton killing of innocent people and destruction of peaceful life across the globe. So, however hard Jamaat may try to convince the people that they are out to establish Islam, people will not be hoodwinked by it. We Bangladeshis are peace-loving and non-violent. All the saints like Shahjalal, Shahmakhdum and Khan Jahan Ali propagated Islam in this part of the globe by doing welfare activities, both mental and physical. Some of the lakes they dug for pure drinking water, roads for easy communication and mosques and institutions for prayer and propagation of true Islam are still being used, while Jamaat is doing business like others with the huge amount of money they collect from the thousands of their activists. One of their hospitals Ibne Sina is now under scrutiny due to its alleged negligence. Jamaatists must keep in mind that actions speak louder than words. Our beloved Prophet (pbuh) used all his property to save so many people during famine in Mecca. So Allah helped him establish Islam in the most hostile terrain of Arabia. Jamaat is trying for so long but their popularity is dipping day by day, thanks to their motto: ends justify the means.

Tax on environmental pollution!

An interesting news item, rightfully headlined in the front page of a local English daily, was published on September 24th. The news item was titled "Eco-tax to be mandatory on polluters"! I wonder how polluters will be defined, and how the laws will be constituted and tax levied for violating the proposed 'Eco-pollution laws'?

Our national problems

I am an NRB and have been teaching in the USA for many years. We NRBs always try to keep track of things in Bangladesh. This Ramadan I came to Bangladesh to spend my whole vacation with my family and I was truly shocked to see the kind of things happening here.

Roads of Mohammadpur

Roads of Mohammadpur area, including Humayun road, Babar road, Tajmahal road, are in a very deplorable condition. These roads are getting totally unfit for use. Huge holes on these roads, filled with mud and water, are a serious threat to vehicular movement.

Evil act by police

After reading reports of different newspapers about the death of pro-BNP lawyer MU Ahmed, we became certain that it was not natural and he was the victim of police brutality.

Restricting burqa in France

My attention was drawn to the article entitled, "The thorn in France's side" by Sabria Chowdhury that appeared in The Daily Star on 20th September 2011. In this article Ms Sabria referred to two recent proclamations by the French government that prohibited wearing of 'Burqa' in public, and saying of prayer on public thoroughfare.

Asset declaration

The asset declarations of the Indian Prime Minister and his cabinet colleagues have been published in many a daily newspaper of Bangladesh. The BNP chief said something about monetary benefits given to the recently retired chief justice of the country. As a humble resident of the country I am of the opinion that the chief justice should declare his assets along with his dependents. Recently a High Court bench directed the Rajuk officials to declare their assets and submit the papers to the Rajuk Chairman. I feel that the officials of Income Tax, Wasa, City Corporations, Customs and other departments should declare their assets as directed by the High Court.

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International

US pressure must end

The United States must stop blaming Islamabad for regional instability, Pakistan's prime minister told a gathering of the country's political leaders yesterday, as Washington stepped up pressure on the South Asian nation to tackle militancy.

Kashmir gunbattle enters fourth day

A fierce gunbattle between militants and security forces in Indian Kashmir entered a fourth day yesterday, with the death toll from the clash rising to nine.

Pressure piles on Israel over settler homes

International pressure was mounting on Israel yesterday over its plans to add another 1,100 homes to the east Jerusalem settlement neighbourhood of Gilo.

Mob targets US envoy in Syria

Pro-regime demonstrators yesterday tried to attack the US ambassador to Syria, a US official and an opposition leader said, as Damascus accused Washington of inciting "armed groups" into violence against its army.

Libyan forces take Sirte airport

Forces loyal to Libya's transitional authorities have taken control of the airport in the city of Sirte yesterday, the birthplace of fugitive leader Muammar Gaddafi, after heavy fighting.

NTC pledges cooperation

Libya's new authorities are "ready to cooperate" if they are asked to provide people for questioning over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, the interim justice minister said Wednesday.

New clashes kill two

Heavy clashes rocked northern neighbourhoods of Yemen's capital Sanaa at dawn yesterday, killing two people and breaking a truce aimed at ending the worst violence since a popular revolt against President Ali Abdullah Saleh began eight months ago.

Anti-immigrant policy is 'suicide' for US

Visa policies that keep skilled workers from settling in the United States amount to "national suicide," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday.

Aides reveal cover-up plan

Two of Michael Jackson's key staff told a court Wednesday of "frantic" efforts to save the star's life while his children wept, and how doctor Conrad Murray suggested a cover-up minutes after he died.

Lashing of Saudi woman cancelled

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has overturned a court ruling sentencing a woman to 10 lashes for breaking a ban on female drivers, reports say.

Thackeray asks Indian PM to go

Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray yesterday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately resign and recommend dissolution of the Lok Sabha.

Reactor cools down at Japan plant

The operators of Japan's crippled Fukushima power plant said Wednesday that the temperature of reactor number two had dropped below 100 degrees Celsius as the site slowly recovers from the March 11 tsunami.

Plane crashes with 18 aboard in Indonesia

A passenger plane with 18 people on board crashed in fine weather on Indonesia's Sumatra island yesterday, officials said, the sprawling archipelago's fourth serious air accident this month.

Protests intensifies

The proponents of separate Telangana state yesterday further intensified their protests as part of the ongoing general strike that began a fortnight back.

Cuba eases ban on sales of cars

Cuba authorised auto sales among individuals Wednesday, easing a 50-year-old ban that has helped make the communist-ruled island a living museum of vintage cars.

China counts down to space module launch

China will take its first step towards building a space station yesterday, when it launches an experimental module ahead of National Day celebrations.

Ivory Coast launches panel to heal conflict scars

Ivory Coast on Wednesday launched a truth and reconciliation commission with a mandate to help the country heal following a post-election crisis that left some 3,000 dead.

Arts & Entertainment

Images pose hard questions

If one acknowledges that a work of art cannot be fully understood, let alone appreciated, independent of the socio-political context in which it was produced, he/she must eventually come to terms with the fact that no art can go beyond history and politics. Artists and cultural activists play a decisive role in bringing about positive changes in society. Hence political documentation is an important aspect of any work of art that is of some enduring value.

Joya Ahsan pairs up with Indraneil Sengupta

TV play director Redwan Rony is making his debut as a filmmaker with “Chorabali”. Indian actor Indraneil Sengupta is now in Dhaka to play the male lead in the film. Bangladeshi TV and film actress Joya Ahsan is being paired up with Indraneil.

Memorial programme for Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier at JU

Jahangirnagar Students Film Society (JFSF) arranged a memorial programme for the recently deceased filmmaker Tareque Masud and journalist-cinematographer Mishuk Munier. Titled “Tareque Masud, Mishuk Munier: In Mourning, Memory and Love”, the programme was held recently at the amphitheatre on Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus.

Mon amour 'Mohila Shamity' -- will miss you

I have heard stories about the early days of Mohila Shamity from senior group members and theatre activists. The most interesting of these stories was how this place was discovered. Mohila Shamity was not a theatre venue initially. Before the Liberation War it was the office of All Pakistan Women's Association (APWA).

Print exhibition at Zainul Gallery

Department of Printmaking, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka has organised a three-day print exhibition, featuring the works of teachers and students of the Printmaking Department. The exhibition is now on at Zainul Art Gallery, FFA, Shahbagh, in Dhaka.

Street theatre to generate awareness on healthcare

A play titled “Aubhagi Moina” was staged at Niamatpur, Kiratan, Dehunda, Gujadia and other places of Karimganj upazila, in the district, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cultural programmes celebrating Mahalaya

To celebrate 'Mahalaya', Ramkrishna Sheba Shangha of Thakurgaon Ramkrishna Asram held cultural progra-mmes at different places in the town on Tuesday evening.

A poet buried in obscurity

The lines “Kothaye shorgo, kothaye norok, ke boley ta bohudur/ Manusher majhey shorgo norok, manushetey shurashur” are only too familiar but poet Sheikh Fazlul Karim, who penned the verses, has been relegated to obscurity.

OP-ED

Our politics after last Tuesday

If morning shows the day, then last Tuesday showed us probably an entire decade ahead of us when the unbreakable cycle of political confrontation is going to run its course again and, may be, again and again. BNP chairperson announced from a public meeting that her party isn't going to the next parliamentary election if not held under a caretaker government. If she sticks to her words and Awami League is a stick in the mud, then the choices are anybody's best guess. People of this country, brace up. Your lives will be that of chilies crushed between the compounding intransigencies of a mortar and a pestle.

Give Palestine a chance

It's time someone told the Americans that theirs may not be the ideal view of a world at peace with itself. Countries, like the people identified with them, will be different and hopefully capable of devising systems of governance best suited to their natural instincts. Some might say that it would be a boring world to live in if everyone agreed to live the way the Americans would wish them to.

The devil is in the traffic

Whilst we are unpleasantly addicted bordering on being drugged to high falutin things, a day-to-day existential problem is left unattended. Nobody owns it up and do something about, even though it is a pivotal requirement of life and living; namely, right to free, safe and reasonably quick movement.

Combating trafficking in women and children

To combat trafficking at the regional level, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) member states adopted the Convention on Preventing and Combating Trafficking of Women and Children for Prostitution (hereinafter "Saarc Trafficking Convention" or "Convention") in January 2002 at the Kathmandu Saarc Summit. Following its ratification by all seven-member states, the Convention came into force in 2006. Afghanistan subsequently signed it in 2007.

Kids and Internet craze: Parents take control!

Over the last few years, the Internet has become easily accessible to a growing number of people who have computers, cell phones and computer literacy in Bangladesh. Although in Bangladesh the Internet usage started in 1996, it was primarily limited to the upper class as it was initially available only through dial-up and was charged per minute at a very high rate. Over time, this scenario has changed, and now with Internet enabled cell phones, and wireless and broadband Internet connections, the usage has increased widely with around 15%-16% annual growth. Unfortunately, like all technologies this technological development is creating a wide range of social problems.

StarTech

Will Mango be the gamechanger?

With over 500 features for the smartphone lovers to delve into, will 'Mango' prove to be a threat for its contenders, Android and iOS?

Apple expected to unveil new iPhone next week

Apple Inc looks set next week to unveil its much-awaited new iPhone, which analysts say will have a bigger screen and work better with remote computing services.

Amazon ignites tablet war with Fire, takes on Apple

Amazon.com Inc took the wraps off its long-awaited "Kindle Fire" on Wednesday, tacking on a mass market-friendly $199 price tag that poses a serious threat to the dominance of Apple Inc's two-year-old iPad.

Micromax A60 Andro: an average Android phone

Micromax Informatics Limited, the largest Indian mobile handsets company has launched its first Android phone, A60 Andro, in the Bangladesh market recently.



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