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News of: Monday, 25th of June, 2012

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No grabber at Gulshan lakes?

Ignoring a High Court order, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha is demarcating the lake in Gulshan based on their existing banks, not according to the original area of the lakes, allegedly to protect powerful land grabbers.

2 pro-AL bodies' fight for tender control key reason

A turf war between two associated bodies of the ruling Awami League over controlling tender business was the main reason behind the June 12 gun attack at Sarak Bhaban, a government inquiry has found.

Morsi new Egyptian president

Islamist Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was declared Egypt's first democratic president yesterday by the state election committee.

Zardari protects Gilani

President Asif Zardari yesterday issued an ordinance to give constitutional protection to the decisions made by former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from April 26 to June 19, DawnNews reported.

Rights issues not raised during talks

The foreign ministry yesterday summoned the chargé d'affaires of the German embassy in Dhaka and conveyed its dismay, disappointment and concern over some remarks of German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle made at a joint press briefing.

ATN Bangla journos assault DUJ leader

Some newsmen of ATN Bangla yesterday assaulted a journalist union leader in front of the Jatiya Press Club during a human chain organised to demand the arrest of the killers of journalist couple Sagar and Runi.

Low-lying areas of Ctg waterlogged

Nearly one-third of the port city went under water yesterday due to overnight heavy downpour, which continued until noon.

Holiday on Moon!

We all want our holidays to be out of this world - but don't be surprised if you come back without a suntan from the latest exotic break to hit the tourism market.

Myanmar president due next month

Myanmar President Thein Sein will pay a three-day official visit to Bangladesh beginning on July 15 with officials saying that repatriation of Rohingya refugees, energy cooperation, trade and connectivity will be high on the agenda.

Loan defaulters 1.22 lakh

The number of individual loan defaulters in the country's banking system stands at 122,437, revealed Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.

No guidelines yet

The government has yet to decide on either passing a bill in parliament or formulating guidelines for appointment of judges to the High Court which has issued a rule more than two years ago to that effect.

Principal suspended

Kushtia Police Lines School and College's Principal Abu Dadra Md Arif Billah was suspended yesterday for his ruthless caning of students on Thursday.

Sayedee denied bail

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday rejected Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee's bail prayer since he had a parole prayer pending.

Strong 6.6 quake hits Russia's Far East coast

A strong 6.6 magnitude quake yesterday struck Russia's Far East off the eastern coastline of the Kamchatka peninsula, causing no damage or injuries, news reports said.

China conducts first manual space docking

A Chinese spacecraft yesterdaysuccessfully completed the country's first manual docking in orbit, a milestone in an ambitious programme to build a space station by the end of the decade.

70 families evacuated

The district administration yesterday launched an eviction drive in the risky hill slopes to prevent deaths in landslides in the rainy season.

Editorial

Germany, a partner in progress

German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle's visit to Dhaka with a high level business delegation has provided fresh impetus to the already friendly and mutually beneficial relationship between our two countries.

Chittagong port's expansion prospect

It is indeed bleak news that the future prospect of expansion of the country's largest sea port is hamstrung by lack of real estate. This is another very classic example of the shortsightedness of our planners who unfortunately had not been able to see the long term requirement of the country.

Sports

Italy break England in shootout

England's penalty curse struck again here Sunday as Italy advanced to the semifinals of Euro 2012 with victory in a shoot-out after a tense quarterfinal duel finished 0-0 following extra-time.

'I am a man, not Peter Pan'

Mario Balotelli has grown up and is no longer like Peter Pan, the Italian striker told a news conference on Saturday ahead of Italy's Euro 2012 quarter-final against England.

A neutral view of U-22 debacle

When Bangladesh U-22 football team got on the Nepal-bound plane for the AFC U-22 Qualifiers, they knew they were embarking on a doomed mission. They were to take on Uzbekistan, Jordan, Yemen all three way above Bangladesh in footballing standards. The only side in the group that is ranked below them -- Nepal -- were coming into this tournament on the back of three months' preparation. On the other hand, Bangladesh's preparation for the tournament was barely a week's practice, patched up from the busy schedule of the Premier League. In fact it was only the apprehension of being slapped with a heavy monetary fine that convinced the football authorities to send the team to the tournament. The outcome was quite predictable, the dangers comprehensible.

Zim storm to T20 title

Zimbabwe clinched the Twenty20 triangular trophy in grand style, beating mighty South Africa by nine wickets at the Harare Sports Club yesterday. Although an unofficial tournament with no bearing in record books, the triumph would be memorable for the underdogs of southern Africa.

It's Wimbledon time

Roger Federer insists he can still match Pete Sampras's record of seven Wimbledon, which starts at the All England Club here today, triumphs despite Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal having developed an iron grip on Grand Slam glory.

Siddikur ends up 20th

There was no spectacular last round performance from Siddikur Rahman as Bangladesh's most vaunted golfer settled for a 20th place finish in the Volvik Hildesheim Open J Golf Series yesterday.

1-match ban on Kamal

Farashganj SC coach Kamal Babu and two officials have been suspended for one match from the ongoing Grameen-phone Bangladesh Premier League following their side's five-minute refrain-from-play against Abahani.

Bad to worse for Bangladesh

Bangladesh ended their campaign in the AFC U-22 Asia Cup Qualifiers with a terrible 5-1 defeat at the hands of Yemen in their last Group D match at Dasrath Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal yesterday.

U-19s brought crashing down

Bangladesh Under-19s were brought crashing down to earth when they were handed a 43-run defeat by Sri Lanka in their second game of the Asian Cricket Council Under-19s Asia Cup at the Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Pakistan 36-3 chasing 510

Sri Lanka turned the screws on Pakistan in the first Test in Galle after battering the tourists with both bat and ball on the third day on Sunday.

The master and his pupil

Teenager Pat Cummins may be the raw future of Australian fast bowling, but he admitted he is still in awe of veteran speed king Brett Lee, 16 years his senior.

Foreign umps for hockey

The Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League begins today at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium with foreign umpires conducting the opening match between Abahani and Usha KC for the first time in the league's history.

ICC in for hot sessions

Cricket's world body will appoint new senior officials and haggle over plans to water down the influence of leading nations -- hotly opposed by dominant India -- at annual talks from Sunday.

Blue clay banished

The controversial blue clay surface used for the first time at the Madrid Open last month will be banished next year, the governing body of men's tennis said on Saturday.

Alonso wins 2nd time

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso won a thrilling European Grand Prix here on Sunday, the Spanish driver becoming the first repeat winner of a wide open season.

Eaton breaks decathlon record

Ashton Eaton set a world record of 9,039 points in the decathlon to win the 10-event competition at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials on Saturday and book a berth at the London Olympics.

Tiki-Takanaccio

Midway through the second half of Spain's 2-0 Euro 2012 quarter-final win over France, some of the Donetsk crowd gave their verdict on the game through the universal language of football fans - whistles and boos.

Nasri in foul mouthed tirade

Samir Nasri launched a foul-mouthed tirade against a French AFP journalist when asked what he thought of France's 2-0 defeat by holders Spain in the European championship quarter final here on Saturday.

Of an ankle and a mole

A nagging ankle problem for Bastian Schweinsteiger and the continuing issue of a mole in the camp have cast a small shadow over Germany's preparations for their Euro 2012 semifinal in Warsaw on Thursday.

Familiar foe awaits Spain

Spain's players say that halting Cristiano Ronaldo will not suffice if they are to overcome Iberian rivals Portugal in Wednesday's Euro 2012 semifinal.

Early goal ruined plans

France had a cunning plan to deny Spain but unfortunately it was ruined after less than 20 minutes and they lacked the sharpness to turn the situation around in their Euro 2012 quarter-final on Saturday.

Eusebio stable after heart scare

Former Portugal and Benfica great Eusebio is in a stable condition after doctors conducted a coronarography to examine the condition of his heart after he was taken to hospital in the Polish city of Poznan on Saturday.

Lahm hopes for al fresco semifinal

Germany captain Philipp Lahm is hoping the Warsaw stadium roof will remain open for their Euro 2012 semifinal on Thursday to ensure cooler temperatures when they bid to book a spot in the final.

Houllier, Ragnick join Red Bull

Frenchman Gerard Houllier and highly-regarded German coach Ralf Rangnick have joined the management of Red Bull Salzburg, the Austrian double winners announced on Sunday.

Training troubles

Despite being the first to seal their place in the Euro 2012 semifinals, things got a little testy during Portugal's training session on Saturday.

Business

German minister spurs Bangladesh on energy investment

Guido Westerwelle, Germany's foreign minister, has suggested Bangladesh invest more in energy and education for future development of the country.

Govt to review tax proposals

The government will bring a number of changes to the tax proposals in the budget for the next fiscal year, taking into account the low-income people and the problem-ridden export sector.

Yunus urges fast action for a safe planet

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has called for immediate action to ensure an equitable, peaceful and happy future for humanity in a permanently safe planet.

BASIS warns of online income frauds

Software and ICT-based trade body BASIS yesterday warned students and housewives of multilevel marketing companies that are fraudulently alluring people into easy online earnings in the name of outsourcing business.

Banks in a tight corner

Banks and their directors are grappling to comply with two regulatory decisions.

Electrical manufacturers call for reduced import duty

Electrical manufacturers yesterday urged the government to reduce import duty on raw materials to 5 percent in fiscal 2012-13 from the proposed 25 percent, to support development of the industry.

Stocks continue to remain depressed

Stocks returned to the red yesterday as institutional investors remained inactive in the market.

BSC navigates through choppy waters

Bangladesh Shipping Corporation is experiencing a major downturn in its business, with having made a marginal profit in fiscal 2010-11.

Metropolitan

Order on Alim's indictment review petition June 28

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday fixed June 28 to pass an order on a petition of former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim seeking review of the indictment order for his alleged involvement with crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War.

7 Hizb ut-Tahrir men held

Seven alleged members of banned outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh were arrested in separate drives by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the capital's Mohammadpur, Hazaribagh and Dhanmondi areas in the last two days.

Criminals attack RMG factory

Unidentified criminals attacked on a garment factory and stabbed its two security guards in the capital's Mirpur area yesterday.

Launch scouting in all educational instts:PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the authorities concerned to introduce scouting in all educational institutions to expedite 'Scout' movement to transform children, juveniles, and youths into honest, disciplined, self-confident and ideal citizens.

Supporters go berserk on Dhaka-Ctg road

BNP activists vandalised some 15 vehicles by blocking different points of Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Sitakunda upazila after a Chittagong court sent one of the party leaders to jail on rejecting an ad interim bail petition yesterday.

100 new judges at lower courts soon

A total of 311 lower court judges were appointed during the present government's tenure and another 100 would be recruited soon to overcome the shortage of judges in the country, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.

BNP will go to power again

BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said his party would go to power would people's vote under a non party neutral government, not with the account of seats.

Govt gets JSD chief flak in JS

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal chief Mayeenuddin Khan Badal yesterday sternly criticised the government in parliament, saying “power has made the ruling alliance very arrogant”.

Three killed, 25 injured in road accidents

Three people were killed and 25 others injured in road accidents in the capital, Keraniganj and Thakurgaon yesterday.

Do research to meet protein demand

Consistent cooperation between scientists and private livestock farm owners can enrich research to develop qualities of domestic animals in the country that help reduce volume of import of egg, meat, and milk, said scientists.

Environment Olympiad begins June 30

Carrying the theme 'protection of the environment is the protection for all', the country's very first Environment Olympiad will begin on June 30 in the capital to create awareness among the people.

Jhut trader murdered in capital

A jhut (garment wastage) trader was stabbed to death by unidentified miscreants in the capital's Mughda yesterday.

'Mapping of non-Bangla speaking ethnic groups underway'

Mapping for non-Bangla speaking Small Ethnic Groups (SEG) in Bangladesh is underway to find out their exact population, location and culture, so that the government and Adivasi welfare institutions could address SEG's problems, said speakers yesterday.

Govt making strategy paper to curb graft

The government is working to formulate a strategy paper for the nation to curb corruption and establish good governance in the country, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.

1,566 Yaba tablets seized, three arrested

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three alleged drug peddlers and seized 1,566 pieces of Yaba tablets worth around Tk 6.26 lakh from their possession in Cox's Bazar on Saturday night.

Ctg-Bandarban road link snapped for downpour

Downpour in the last three days and onrush of water from hills caused floods in many areas in Satkania upazila, snapping vehicular movement on Chittagong-Bandarban highway yesterday afternoon.

'Declare Ctg as commercial capital'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded that the government declare Chittagong as the commercial capital of Bangladesh by passing a bill in parliament.

Youth stabbed to death

Unidentified miscreants stabbed a youth to death in Mijimiji area of Sadar upazila in Narayanganj early yesterday.

Criminals shoot man nine times

Unidentified criminals shot a man nine times at Tulsikhali Bus Stand of Sirajdikhan upazila in Manikganj last night.

Factory fined for pollution

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a factory Tk 1 lakh at Pallabi in the capital for creating noise pollution and heat, causing sufferings to the local people.

Two rice mills, warehouse gutted

Two rice mills and a warehouse were gutted in a fire at Chaktai in Chittagong city yesterday.

House robbery in Ctg

A gang of robbers looted 100 tolas of gold, Tk 3.5 lakh and six mobile phone sets, impersonating themselves law enforcers, from a residence in Pahartali area in Chittagong city in the early hours of yesterday.

JU environment science students stage sit-in

Students of environment science department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) staged a sit-in on the campus yesterday, demanding withdrawal of an expulsion order on one of their fellow mates.

Siddique, Moslem Dhaka newspaper hawkers' assoc president, secretary

Mohammad Abu Siddique and Mohammad Moslem Miah were elected president and secretary of Dhaka Sangbadpatra Hawkers' Bohumukhi Samabaya Samity Ltd.

Obituary

Suraiya Zaman, wife of Kamruzzamn, deputy general manager of accounts at Bangla daily Samakal, yesterday died at a hospital in the capital yesterday. She was 52.

Sairunnesa Khanam

Begum Sairunnesa Khanam, wife of Dr Mahiuddin Khan, a veteran physician, died of cancer at their Jubilee Bagan residence in Sirajganj on June 18. She was 76.

National

Lone intercity train sees a hail of complaints

Lalmoni Express, the lone intercity train connecting the northern district with capital Dhaka, miserably fails to meet expectations of passengers.

Lively participation by kids of 8 more schools

English language fairs held under English in Schools (EIS) programme, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi, saw lively participation of young learners from eight schools in Laxmipur, Nilphamari and Brahmanbaria districts yesterday.

Meeting fails to end stalemate

The meeting between the authorities of Pabna University of Science and Technology and the agitating workers yesterday failed to bring any solution to the ongoing stalemate at the institution.

'Informant' of BSF detained

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel in Dimla upazila have detained a local schoolteacher on charge of being a paid informant of Indian Border Security Force (BSF).

49 trafficked women return home

Forty-nine young women, who were trafficked to India, returned home through Benapole border yesterday after staying 4 years at a shelter home there.

'Bring stalkers to book'

Different social, cultural and business organisations jointly formed a human chain and held a rally in the town yesterday, demanding arrest of the criminals who attacked and injured a businessman for protesting stalking.

Restriction on river transports due to low over north Bay

Barisal port authorities has restricted plying of ML (motor launch) type launches and other small water transports up to 65 feet in length on 29 routes in the southern region until further order.

13 Khulna JCD men get bail

A court here yesterday granted bail to 13 Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders in a case filed on charge of attacking and torching police vehicles at Tootpara Central Road on April 22.

Killing of Pabna trader triggers protest

Several hundred people of Shalgaria village yesterday formed a human chain in front of Pabna Press Club, demanding immediate arrest and punishment of the killers of a trader.

UPDF leader arrested

Police arrested a leader of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) at Dighinala Bazar in Dighinala upazila yesterday afternoon. The arrestee was identified as Jonopriyo Chakma, 45, son of Dhiren Chakma of Nanchhari village and upazila coordinator of UPDF. Shahadat Hossain, officer in-charge of Dighinala police station, said acting on a tip-off, they raided the bazar at around 4:00pm and arrested Jonopriyo. He was accused in six cases, including three for murder, the OC added.

Ex-Shibir leader held

Police arrested a former leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir from old bus terminal area of the town yesterday. The arrestee, Saiful Islam Abder, 40, son of Abdul Jalil Mina of Chasra village in Sadar upazila, was a former president of Narail Shibir. Rofikul Islam, officer in-charge of Narail Sadar police station, said they arrested Saiful from the area in connection with subversive activities.

Lightning kills army man

An army man was killed by lighting at Kholahati Army Camp in Parbatipur upazila yesterday morning. The deceased was identified as Corporal Helal Uddin, 35, of Shahid Mahbub Senanibas in Kholahati. He was a son of late Rahmad Ali of Bhortitar in Kishorganj district. Police said Helal was struck by lighting while on duty at the camp.

'Stop river erosion'

Several hundred villagers of Char Naovanga yesterday formed a human chain in front of Red Crescent Bhaban of the town, demanding an end to erosion by the River Brahmaputra. At the programme, the erosion hit people said that the river devoured a large number of homesteads and vast croplands of the village in the last one month. They also urged the authorities to rehabilitate the homeless and landless families. Wares Ali Mamun, mayor of Jamalpur municipality, also took part at the programme.

Students for more teachers

Students of Begumganj Government Pilot High School yesterday blocked Chaumuhani-Laxmipur highway at Chowrasta in Begumganj upazila, demanding immediate appointment of teachers. At the programme, they said scheduled classes were not held due to shortage of teachers for long. Later, the agitators withdrew the barricade following an assurance by upazila nirbahi officer Khandker Nurul Hoque of taking steps to resolve the matter. Headmaster Supal Chandra Shil said there are only nine teachers in lieu of 21.

Letters

World Refugee Day & Rohingyas

Every year since 2000 the United Nations observes June 20 as World Refugee Day. On this day UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called upon the world nations to help the refugees. He said - "We must work together to mobilise the political will and leadership to prevent and end the conflicts that trigger refugee flows….Despite budget constraints everywhere, we must not turn away from those in need. Refugees leave because they have no choice. We must choose to help."

Protect rivers and trees

Recently, a daily newspaper reported that instructed by some army officers some people felled several trees beside Dhanmodi Lake. Only when a senior citizen (a lady) and a journalist Intervened that activities stopped and those doing the logging said sorry. But by that time many trees were cut. Is not Dhanmondi Lake a public property? Can anybody cut trees in this way? The contractor who was engaged to cut the trees said that those trees were for sell. Would it be wrong to term this as robbery in broad daylight? Our judiciary can order to punish those miscreants. I wonder whether they have any freedom to perform their duties properly. In the recent years, thousands of trees were felled by the so-called powerful people and no action, whatsoever, was taken against them. People's power need to be established in this country for an exploitation-free society and safe environment.

Overcrowded Shaheed Minar

All kind of people are found spending time in and around the Shaheed Minar area all day. It is okay to hang out there since open places are becoming rare in the city these days. But when too many people hang out somewhere, the place runs the risk of being overcrowded. The vendors sell badam, jhalmuri, fried chips and ice cream. People eat food and leave the packets of chips, chocolates, puffed rice etc there, and definitely Shaheed Minar is not a place for doing this kind of things! I don't mean to say that people should refrain from visiting Shaheed Minar. One can definitely visit Shaheed Minar any time with friends and relatives but they must not disrespect the place. The authorities concerned should take steps to uphold the dignity of Shaheed Minar.

Stop child labour

Today, throughout the world, around 215 million children work, many full-time. They do not go to school and have little or no time to play. Many do not receive proper nutrition or care. They are denied the chance to be children. More than half of them are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as slavery, forced labour, or illicit activities including drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.

'Nasty secrets must be told'

Rubayet Hamid's report (June 13) 'Bringing child sexual abuse out of the closet' must have made many readers feel sad and helpless. However, we all have a duty to help children to defend themselves against abuse - and can do one thing - as family members, teachers, servants, neighbours or friends - and principals can say it in school assemblies! Tell them that a 'secret' can be nasty as well as nice - and that nasty secrets must be TOLD.

Increasing house rent in Dhaka

The house rent in Dhaka city has been increasing irrationally in recent times. Most middle class families reside in rented houses in Dhaka. They are struggling to cope with the unbridled rise in house rents. Only about 20-25% of the total inhabitants of Dhaka have their own houses. The remaining 75-80% people live in rented houses. As the demand for rented houses is increasing with the city's rising population, the owners are taking advantage of the situation to raise their rents. In some cases, landlords are also pressuring tenants to leave the house in case the latter are unable to meet the demand. The authorities concerned must do something in this regard.

Save the garment sector

Around 80% of our export earnings come from the garment sector. And this sector employs millions of workers. At present, workers of some garment factories are carrying out agitations demanding wage increases. But the employers are reluctant to raise the wages right now. The workers clashed with police for a couple of days during their street protests. Over 500 workers including policemen were injured in the clashes and the agitating workers ransacked at least 30 factories and vandalised vehicles.

Over-bridge in front of IDB Bhaban needed

As you are aware, IDB Bhaban at Agargaon housed major UN agencies of the country plus a good number of other offices. It also housed the first biggest computer market (known as Computer City) of the country. Quite a good number of people work in the building and it also receives a large number of visitors daily. Thousands of customers visit the computer city on business purposes. A government secondary school (which is also turning into a college from 2012-2013 academic session) is situated on the southern side of IDB Bhaban where a good number of students are attending daily. The road in front of it stretching to Mirpur and Pallabi is now getting extremely busy with vehicular traffic (e.g. rickshaws, vans, auto rickshaws, cars, buses, covered vans and trucks) and people find it extremely difficult and hazardous to cross the road to find transport back home after their office work, business and school. A number of accidents took place while crossing the road.

"The ballot is stronger than the bullet"

"Government of the people, by the people, and for the people" --- unfortunately, Lincoln's quote is not true in case of Bangladesh. In our country political parties take decisions without considering the sufferings of the people. It is said that Awami League is consisted of some of the most experienced and intelligent political leaders. But this political party is working against people's interest which has already damaged its image. I am astonished how such decisions come from a ruling party just for creating hindrance to a political gathering called by the opposition. I am talking about the June 11th agitation programme of the opposition.

Readers Respond

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International

Syria tension soars as Turkey turns to Nato

Nato yesterday said it will discuss Turkey's accusation of Syria shooting down one of its warplanes in international airspace, as Damascus suffered heavy losses and violence scaled new heights.

Israel vows tough action on Gaza if truce fails

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday said troops had responded "forcefully" to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and could boost their response if a fragile truce announced on Saturday failed to hold.

Pakistan's gun-slinging chief justice faces backlash

To his admirers, Pakistan's Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is a hero whose relentless pursuit of a money-laundering case against the president is teaching a generation of the country's leaders a long-overdue lesson in respect for the law.

Thai "red shirts" rally as constitutional clash looms

Thailand's "red shirts" turned out in force yesterday to warn the judiciary they will not stand by if a plan to amend the constitution is rejected, a rewrite critics say is aimed at allowing exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to come home.

Fears grow for early end to Khmer Rouge trial

Health and funding woes are threatening a flagship Khmer Rouge trial, experts say, kindling fears that the elderly defendants may never answer for the worst of Cambodia's "Killing Fields" era.

No US plan for Assange extradition: Australia

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr yesterday said there was "no hint" of a plan to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States should he be sent to Sweden.

Australia calls for refugee deal after boat tragedy

Australia's government yesterday renewed its call for a refugee swap deal with Malaysia after an asylum seeker boat sank off remote Christmas Island leaving up to around 90 people dead or unaccounted for.

US SC poised to rule on 'Obamacare'

The imminent US Supreme Court decision on Barack Obama's signature health care reforms has major implications for November's presidential election and for the future of the United States.

Turkey strikes Kurd rebels in Iraq

Turkey's military yesterday confirmed further air strikes against Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq.

Bolivia strikes deal amid coup fears

Bolivia's government yesterday signed a deal on new salary terms with striking police, Interior Minister Carlos Romero said, adding that the officers had agreed to end their mutiny in key cities.

Ousted leader urges peace in Paraguay

Paraguay's ousted president Fernando Lugo yesterday said that he had accepted his "unjust" impeachment in the name of peace, but accused lawmakers of "dismissing democracy" with the snap move.

Sangma begins poll campaign

NDA backed presidential candidate PA Sangam began his campaigning for First Citizen of India after paying obeisance at Golden Temple yesterday.

Greek PM to miss EU summit

Greece's new prime minister and finance minister will for health reasons both miss a key EU summit where they were to launch efforts to renegotiate the terms of an unpopular austerity-centred bailout.

Tunisia extradites ex-PM of Gaddafi

Tunisia extradited former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's prime minister to Libya yesterday, a Libyan security official said, making him the first senior official to be sent back for trial under the country's transitional leadership.

Arts & Entertainment

Freedom and confinement in metaphor

Adapting a Tagore poem “Dui Pakhi”, noted dancer Deepa Khandakar planned, compiled and choreographed a dance-drama of the same title. Artistes of Dibya Shangskritik Shongothon and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) staged the dance-drama at National Theatre Hall of BSA on June 23.

Safiuddin Ahmed's 90th birth anniversary observed

June 23 marked the 90th birth anniversary of Safiuddin Ahmed (1922-2012), one of the leading figures in the history of modern art movement in Bangladesh.

Debashish Ghosh receives Tanushree Padak

Theatre director Debashish Ghosh received this year's Tanushree Padak, conferred by Natyadhara. The troupe initiated the award in 2001 -- named after its untimely deceased activist Tanushree Gayen. Since then the troupe has been awarding young theatre activists in recognition of their talent.

Theatre Festival begins in Mymensingh

With the staging of “Rother Roshi” by Palakar, a theatre group from Dhaka, the five-day Dhaka Divisional Theatre Festival began at Mymensingh Shilpakala Academy Auditorium on June 22.

Classical musical soiree in Port City

Performances by young classical musicians impressed music enthusiasts of the port city last Friday evening.

Gonoshilpi observes Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti in Pabna

Bangladesh Gonoshilpi Shangshtha Pabna observed Rabindra-Nazrul Jayanti at Pabna Town Hall premises recently. Artistes of Gonoshilpi Shangshtha performed popular songs of the poets on the occasion. A discussion was also held on the occasion.

Sesame Street film ‘in the works’

A new Sesame Street movie is thought to be in development, following reports that Fox has purchased film rights to the iconic TV show.

Monsoon Melodies

'Sargam', the monthly magazine on music, arranged a music soiree, featuring singer Parveen Sultana. The event was held at Conference Lounge, National Press Club on June 23. The programme was dedicated to the recently deceased 'Ghazal King' Mehdi Hassan.

Artful day

Last week, Charukala Barisal, a leading fine arts institute in the region, organised a daylong painting exhibition and competition for children at Aswini Kumar Hall of the city.

OP-ED

Pakistan at a critical juncture

By swearing in Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, President Asif Ali Zardari has been able to save the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)-led coalition government, or so it seems. Apparently, the fractious political parties have thought it politic not to torpedo the president's efforts to overcome the crisis caused by the higher judiciary, to wit the country's chief justice (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

No second fiddle

The judiciary has played havocs with Pakistan. Often it has justified the military coup in the country through the dictum of necessity and at few times it has supported the democratic ethos. Every time the people have paid the price.

This Day In History

June 25

1935
Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Colombia are established.


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