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News of: Tuesday, 26th of June, 2012

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Fresh power price hike next month

Consumers are likely to see a further increase in power prices following proposals from distribution companies for at least 50 percent rise in retail tariffs.

One lakh marooned

Over one lakh people in Satkania upazila and around 2,000 families in Bandarban were marooned as flood situation there worsened yesterday, snapping vehicular movement on the Chittagong-Bandarban highway for the second day.

Ties with Myanmar can grow to new heights

The Rohingya issue should not become an impediment to the growth of Bangladesh-Myanmar relationship which must move forward under all circumstances, former diplomats and experts said at a roundtable yesterday.

Matia slates 5pc tax on bank interest

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury in parliament yesterday bitterly criticised the finance minister for imposing five percent tax in the proposed budget on bank depositors who do not have tax identification number.

BNP opposes budgetary proposal

The BNP yesterday accused the ruling party of introducing the "culture of whitening black money" during its previous tenure, saying it would put an end to the culture if voted to power.

Malaysia detains 33 Bangladeshis

Malaysian authorities have detained 81 illegal immigrants, including 33 Bangladeshis, in the first joint enforcement drive by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and 11 other government agencies.

Pakistan president's immunity challenged

President Asif Ali Zardari's immunity and dual posts held by him were challenged in the Supreme Court yesterday.

Govt to award Indian former army officer for 1971 role

The government will confer "Friends of Bangladesh Award" on a retired Indian army officer for his outstanding contributions to the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

Canadian cops arrive in city

A team of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) yesterday arrived in Dhaka to share with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) their findings regarding the alleged corruption in Padma bridge project.

Govt moves to rescue ailing Biman

The government has moved to prepare guidelines for Biman Bangladesh Airlines to salvage the national airliner from its present sorry state, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Faruk Khan told parliament yesterday.

Dhaka Wasa plans to expand network

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) has a plan to gradually bring the entire capital under its network.

Morsi to 'reconsider' Israel peace deal

Egypt's Islamist president-elect, Mohamed Morsi, wants to "reconsider" the peace deal with Israel and build ties with Iran to "create a strategic balance" in the Middle East, according to an interview published by Iran's Fars news agency yesterday.

80,000 phones dead for hours

As many as 80,000 telephone connections of the state-owned telecom service provider BTCL were snapped after a fire broke out at its Sher-e-Bangla Nagar office in the capital around 5:00am yesterday.

No polls with MPs in office

Chiefs of Workers Party and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, two components of

380 bullets, 8 grenades found in Ctg

Police recovered 380 bullets and eight dead hand grenades from underground at Sitakunda upazila in Chittagong yesterday afternoon.

Madrasa student murdered

A madrasa student yesterday allegedly slit his roommate's throat at the dormitory in the city of Sylhet.

N Korea raps war games flag 'provocation'

North Korea has denounced the use of its national flag as a target during US-South Korean war games as a "grave provocative act" and vowed to strengthen its nuclear deterrent.

Obama hits road in fateful week

US President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail yesterday, shadowed by a week of fateful events at home and abroad weighing heavily on his knife-edge hopes of reelection.

Editorial

Egypt's trajectory to democracy

In what must be a most historic event Mohamed Morsi has been declared elected president of Egypt. In fact he is truly the first democratically elected president of the country, filling a vacuum left by the ouster of Hosni Mubarrak. Morsi defeated former general Ahmed Shafik in a run-off last weekend by taking 51.7 percent of the total 52 percent of votes cast.

Probe outcome of RHD shootout

After probing the shootout incident at the Roads and Highways Department (RHD), the three-member committee has confirmed that it was a turf war between two pro-Awami League groups over assuming full control of the lucrative tender business. The probe report says that the RHD workers' union leaders assailed and shot at some Swechchhasebak Lague men in what was a retaliatory act on the part of the former. This is outrageous, to say the least, and a clear demonstration of the extent to which a section of unscrupulous RHD officials and pro-AL political groups are involved in corruption and tender manipulations. Now that the culprits have been identified, we demand of the incumbent communications minister to take legal actions against them and give them exemplary punishment.

Sports

Pirlo invokes Panenka

With the tension at its highest, thousands of fans jeering you and elimination staring you in the face, it takes a special type of player to keep his cool and stroke home a game-changing penalty.

Five things we learned from the Zim T20s

There is justifiable difficulty in mastering a format which is practiced sporadically. The mere fact that only three Twenty20 internationals have been played in the country is enough to doubt whether the Tigers are bound to progress, despite the recent introduction of the Bangladesh Premier League.

Venus falls in 1st round

Five-time champion Venus Williams was eliminated 6-1, 6-3 by Elena Vesnina of Russia at Wimbledon on Monday, the first time the American has lost in the opening round at the All England Club since her debut 15 years ago.

BCB, SLC asked to launch ACUs

The ICC's chief executives' committee has instructed Sri Lanka Cricket and the Bangladesh Cricket Board to incorporate and implement anti-corruption codes for domestic cricket in line with the ICC's international code. In the SLC's case, it must comply with the rules before the Sri Lanka Premier League in August this year.

Usha trounce Abahani

Club Cup champions Usha KC got their Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League campaign a flying start when they thumped joint defending champions Abahani 4-1 at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium yesterday.

Sri Lanka crush Pakistan

Nuwan Kulasekara and Suraj Randiv combined to vanquish Pakistan as Sri Lanka triumphed in the first Test by a massive 209 runs on Monday, their biggest win over their Asian rivals.

CEC for video umps

Cricket's chief executives Monday backed the mandatory use of video umpires in Tests and one-day internationals, a year after they were made optional at the request of powerful India.

Feni host Abahani

The Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League resumes again today, after a six-day break, when title contenders Abahani take on Feni Soccer Club in their penultimate match at the Feni Stadium.

Saudi women to take part in Olympics

Saudi Arabia, where public sports events for women are banned, will allow females to compete in the Olympic Games for the first time, its embassy in London said in a landmark statement issued Sunday.

ICC okays 6 T20s

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved a six-match Twenty20 series between Pakistan and Australia, which, if it goes ahead will be the longest bilateral T20 series ever staged by international sides.

Same England for Australia

England named an unchanged squad Monday for their five-match one-day series against Australia starting at Lord's on Friday.

Badminton C'ships from today

Ispahani National Junior and Sub Junior Badminton Championships get underway today at the Shaheed Taj Uddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium as the championships return after a three-year gap.

'We will beat Italy'

Germany should logically beat Italy in Thursday's Euro 2012 semifinal in Warsaw based on present form said midfielder Mesut Ozil on Monday.

Hodgson at a loss

Roy Hodgson admitted he was at a loss to explain how England's penalty curse could be lifted after watching his side suffer the agony of a shoot-out defeat to Italy here Sunday.

Sumptuous semis on the course

Germany and Italy will revive memories of dramatic tournament semifinal encounters while Spain find Iberian rivals Portugal barring their path to the final in a Euro 2012 last four which accurately reflects the balance of power in European football.

Blanc's future unclear

As the dust settled on France's Euro 2012 quarterfinal defeat at the hands of defending champions Spain, attention has turned to whether Laurent Blanc will remain as coach.

Better side won

Britain's newspapers on Monday lamented England's defeat on penalties to Italy in their Euro 2012 quarterfinal -- but they agreed that the better side had won.

Schweinsteiger improving

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger should be able to shake off a nagging ankle injury in time to play in the Euro 2012 semifinal against Italy in Warsaw on Thursday, goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke said.

Veron hangs up his boots

Former Argentine international playmaker Juan Sebastian Veron, 37, played the final match of a distinguished career on Sunday in the final round of games in the country's Closing Championship.

Can't compare me with Messi

Spain midfielder and sometime 'false number nine' Cesc Fabregas said Monday nobody should compare him with Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi.

Business

Govt builds roadmap to fight money laundering

The government has prepared a roadmap to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing for a period up to 2013 with a provision of imposing restriction on cash transactions for some selected sectors.

Astronaut Ron Garan to speak on Social Business Day

The third annual Social Business Day will be observed in Bangladesh on Thursday at Gonoshasthaya Kendra in Savar with a focus on social business as a way to transform society.

SEC yet to respond to time extension plea on minimum shareholding

Applications from some 50 sponsors and directors of several listed firms for time extension to comply with a regulatory directive on minimum shareholding are awaiting responses from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Oligopoly leads to manipulation in cooking oil market: Quader

Imports and processing by a limited number of firms provide scope for manipulation in the domestic cooking oil market, Commerce Minister GM Quader said yesterday.

CPD suggests separate local govt budget

Speakers at a regional dialogue in Rajshahi yesterday suggested financial decentralisation to ensure proper implementation of the national budget as huge as the budget for fiscal 2012-13 and benefit people without regional disparity.

Garment labour panel demands higher wages

Garment Sramik Songram Parishad, a platform of six associations of workers, yesterday demanded a minimum wage of Tk 7,000 against the backdrop of rising inflation and house rents.

Japan entrepreneurs keen to invest in Ctg

Japanese entrepreneurs are eager to invest in the port city soon, MA Latif, former president of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), said yesterday.

Stocks fall as investors jittery

Stocks dropped yesterday as investors remain cautious over making fresh investments.

Rahimafrooz widens CSR outreach

Rahimafrooz, one of the most renowned conglomerates in the country, aims to impact communities and the environment positively through pursuing sustainable social activities.

Rupee measures fail to cheer market

India took a handful of measures on Monday to support the embattled rupee but disappointed investors who had been hoping for bolder action to prop up a currency that hit a record low on Friday.

Bangladesh must upgrade its gas pipelines: Chevron

Chevron Corp, which produces half the natural gas in Bangladesh, wants to step up operations but the government must upgrade the national pipeline network so it can deliver more, the head of the US company's operations in the country said.

Pranab goes out with a flop

Talk about over promising and under-delivering. Pranab Mukherjee inflated the market's hopes that he'd take bold measures to boost investor confidence, but came up with a few small tweaks - on his last day as finance minister. Hopefully his successor will talk less and act more.

Metropolitan

Strike July 3, 4

Bangladesh Shikkhak Karmachari Oikya Parishad, an organisation of secondary schools' teachers and employees mostly, yesterday called strike for July 3 and 4 at non-government secondary and higher secondary educational institutions across the country to press home their 17-point demand, including nationalisation of their jobs.

Hasina seeks more Chinese investment

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the Chinese investors to invest in Bangladesh in a bigger way which will be beneficial for both the countries.

Buet teachers bring out silent procession

Teachers' Association of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) yesterday brought out a silent procession on campus demanding resignation of Buet's Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazrul Islam and Pro Vice Chancellor Prof M Habibur Rahman.

Teacher murdered over land dispute

Unidentified criminals hacked a school teacher to death and severely injured his brother at Sonatanpunji hillock in Kanaighat upazila of Sylhet yesterday.

ATN boss declared 'enemy of media'

Journalist associations yesterday declared ATN Bangla Chairman Mahfuzur Rahman "enemy of the media" a day after staff of the private TV channel swooped on a union leader.

ICT-1 continues recording cross-examination

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday continued recording the cross-examination of the fifth prosecution witness in the case against Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

Ensure rights of ethnic groups

Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to ensure the basic human rights of the ethnic communities of the country as per the direction of the constitution.

Find micronutrients in green vegetables

Rather than relying on foreign remedies, locally made solutions need to be discovered to fight against malnutrition, which has become a major problem of the nation, said Health and Family Planning Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque at a meeting.

Why Myanmar nationals in jail

The High Court has issued a rule asking the government to explain in four weeks why it should not be directed to send 39 Myanmar nationals, who have been in Cox's Bazar Jail for around 12 years after the expiry of their sentences, back to their home.

New army chief takes over charge

Newly appointed Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan yesterday took over charge of the force.

Navy passing out parade held in Ctg

Summer President Parade, passing out parade, of Midshipmen 2010/B Batch was held yesterday at Bangladesh Naval Academy in Chittagong.

27 women get new lease to life

A total 27 young women who had been subjected to domestic abuse and torture stepped to a new beginning yesterday, equipped with vocational training and logistic support.

Seven people die in road accidents

Seven people were killed and 16 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Narayanganj and Comilla on Sunday and yesterday.

No polls with MPs in office

Chiefs of Workers Party and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, two components of the Awami League-led ruling alliance, yesterday proposed in parliament scrapping the constitutional provision that allows MPs to remain in office during parliamentary polls.

Bill placed to make uniform retirement age

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid placed a bill in parliament yesterday seeking to bring uniformity in the retirement age of public university teachers.

Outgoing Dutch envoy praises achievements

The outgoing Netherlands Ambassador Alphons Hennekens yesterday lauded the significant growth Bangladesh achieved in poverty alleviation, school enrollment and related social indicators over recent years despite extreme difficulties over resource and capability constraints.

ICRC lauds BGB treatment of Rohingyas

Outgoing head of Delegation of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Dhaka, Christoph Vogt, yesterday appreciated the way Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) treated Myanmar citizens at the borders during the recent violence in the neighbouring country.

Housewife 'kills herself' in Ctg

A housewife allegedly committed suicide at her residence on Nasu Malum Lane at East Madarbari in Chittagong city yesterday.

Shamsur Rahman's works guide for progressives

The works of poet Shamsur Rahman would continue to guide democratic and progressive people forever and serve as a symbol of protest against all undemocratic rulers and evil powers, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.

Old man dies as train hits him

An old man died instantly after being hit by a train at Akua level crossing in Mymensingh town yesterday.

DU classes resume today

Classes at Dhaka University resume today after 30 days summer vacation. The students have already started returning to their residential halls.

'Behave well with drug addicts'

Speakers at a programme yesterday urged people to behave good with drug addicts as it helps them come back to normal life.

Newborn's body recovered

Police recovered the body of a newborn baby at Cheragi Pahar intersection in Chittagong city yesterday morning.

TIB cartoon competition

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has invited cartoonists all over the country to submit their drawings for its seventh anti-corruption cartoon competition.

Shahida Zonta club president

Ztn Shahida Ahmad and Ztn Khadija Afzal were elected president and treasurer respectively of Zonta Club of Dhaka III.

'Protect street children's rights'

A research based non-government organisation (NGO) yesterday urged city corporations' elected representatives to protect and promote rights of street children.

Death anniversary

Today is the second death anniversary of Putul Rani Das, a social worker and cultural activist and wife of late advocate Chittaranjan Das.

Jahanara Imam's anniversaryof death today

Today is the 18th death anniversary of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam.

National

Notice to remove illegal structures unheeded

Patuakhali district administration will launch a drive soon to remove illegal structures built on khas land on both sides of Swanirvar Road in the town, officials said.

Strike ends as authorities promise to meet demands

Employees and workers of Pabna University of Science and Technology (PUST) called off their indefinite strike on Sunday night after the university authorities assured them of meeting their demands.

Prices of essentials go up in Khulna

Prices of essentials have started to spiral in the city ahead of Ramadan.

Move to suspend 7 UP chairmen

Biswanath upazila administration has sent proposals to the higher authorities to suspend seven union parishad (UP) chairmen as they have been charge-sheeted in a case for vandalising public property during a hartal in the upazila on April 23.

Thousands marooned as flood hits Lalmonirhat, Netrakona

Fresh areas of over 30 villages under five upazilas in Lalmonirhat district were flooded yesterday, leaving at least 35,000 people marooned.

3 more schools see a day with a difference

Students of three schools in Panchagarh and Brahmanbaria districts yesterday joined the English language fairs held under English in Schools (EIS) programme, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi.

Accused in journo Jamal murder case held in India

Indian police on Sunday night arrested a man in connection with the killing of local journalist Jamal Uddin from Helencha Bazar in South 24 Parganas district of Paschimbanga.

Clash over khas land leaves one killed

One person was killed and 20 others were injured during a clash between two groups of villagers over capture of a khas land at Santosha village in Shahzadpur upazila of the district yesterday.

Croc kills fisherman

A fisherman was killed in an attack by a crocodile in a river in Chandpai Range of the East Sundarbans under Mongla upazila on Sunday.

2 electrocuted

An old man and his son-in-law were electrocuted at Chukaitala of Akua area in sadar upazila yesterday afternoon.

OC closed in Tangail

Officer in-charge of Madhupur police station Amirul Islam Dewan was closed to the district police line on Sunday night on charge of attempting to rape his domestic help.

Youth commits 'suicide'

A young man allegedly committed suicide at Satigahata village in Sadar upazila of Jessore district on Sunday night. The deceased was identified as Billal Hossain, 32, son of Samsul Khan of the village. Family sources said poverty-stricken Billal took loans from different places to support his family, but he failed to repay the loans. He quarreled with his wife over the issue on Saturday night. Later, Billal took poison.

Girl's body recovered

Police recovered the body of a madrasa girl from a lemon garden at Babupur Uttarpara village in Trishal upazila yesterday morning. The reason behind the death could not be known immediately. The victim, Dilu, 14, daughter of late Abul Kalam of the village, is a class eight student of Babupur Madrasa. Police said Dilu went out of their residence with her neighbour one Ali Hossain on Friday morning and did not return to home. Locals found the body in the orchard and informed family members.

Microbus driver burnt alive

The driver of a microbus was burnt alive as his vehicle caught fire following explosion of a gas cylinder in Sadar upazila early yesterday. Police recovered the charred body of the victim who could not be identified till morning and sent it to Gazipur Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. Police said the gas cylinder of the microbus exploded with a big bang after it hit a stationary truck at Rajendrapur on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in the early hours. The microbus caught fire after the explosion.

JCD activist stabbed

Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of ruling Awami League, stabbed a Chhatra Dal activist at Bagbari point in the city on Sunday. The victim was Juned Ahmed, 23, an activist of JCD and a student of 4th year at law department in Sylhet International University. Locals said a gang of BCL men stabbed Juned about 2 pm, leaving him critically wounded. The reason behind the attack could not be known immediately. The victim was rushed to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital in critical condition.

International

Sudan protests are no Arab Spring

Nine days of country-wide protests against high prices in Sudan are no "Arab Spring", President Omar al-Bashir said on Sunday, referring to a series of uprisings against regional strongmen.

Syrian soldiers defect to Turkey

Dozens of Syrian soldiers defected overnight to Turkey, crossing the border with their families as tensions between the two countries soared three days after Syrian forces shot down a Turkish military plane.

Ousted Paraguay leader to make case at summit

Paraguay's ousted president Fernando Lugo said yesterday he would take his case to a summit of South American leaders this week as his successor swore in a new cabinet.

Pak PM to raise border attacks with Karzai

Pakistan's new prime minister yesterday condemned cross-border attacks from Afghanistan and said he would discuss the matter with President Hamid Karzai, a day after six Pakistani soldiers were killed.

Biden, in leaked memo, told Obama war plan flawed

As President Barack Obama considered adding as many as 40,000 US forces to a backsliding war in Afghanistan in 2009, Vice President Joe Biden warned him that the military rationale for doing so was flawed, a new book about Obama's expansion of the conflict says.

Greek PM leaves hospital after surgery

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was released from hospital yesterday after undergoing major eye surgery that has caused him to miss a key EU summit this week, a government official said.

Congress bids farewell to Pranab

India's ruling Congress party yesterday bade a warm farewell to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is set to become the country's president, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying the veteran leader will be missed.

Iraq cuts US archaeology cooperation

Iraq has cut cooperation with the United States on archaeological exploration because Washington has not returned Iraq's Jewish archives, Tourism and Archaeology Minister Liwaa Smaisim has told AFP.

Putin talks Syria, Iran on rare Israel trip

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday met Israeli leaders on a rare trip to the Jewish state for discussions that focused on continuing violence in Syria and Iran's disputed nuclear programme.

Scottish anti-independence campaign launched

British lawmakers from across the political spectrum launched a campaign against Scottish independence yesterday, insisting that Scotland benefits from Britain's "unique influence".

'Twisted light' carries 2.5 terabits of data per second

Researchers have clocked light beams made of "twisted" waves carrying 2.5 terabits of data - the capacity of more than 66 DVDs - per second.

Egypt's Morsi mulls cabinet

Egypt's president-elect Mohamed Morsi began selecting a new government yesterday as his supporters pursued a sit-in to pressure the ruling military to hand over full powers to the Islamist.

Police arrest key Indian suspect

Indian security agencies arrested a suspected key member of Lashker-e-Taiba outfit linked to the deadly terror attack on Mumbai that left 166 people dead, capping four years of search for him.

Kuwait govt submits resignation

The Kuwaiti government submitted its resignation to the country's ruler yesterday, a government source said.

Mexico bus crash kills 32

At least 32 people were killed in Mexico on Sunday after the bus they were traveling in turned over on a wet road in the southwestern state of Guerrero, a Red Cross official said.

New clashes in Bolivia over police mutiny

Rebel police clashed with pro-government supporters yesterday outside Bolivia's presidential palace on the fifth day of a mutiny demanding better pay.

Clashes erupt in Kashmir after shrine fire

A fire destroyed a revered Muslim shrine in Indian-administered Kashmir yesterday, prompting anti-government protests by residents angered over what they said was a slow response by firefighters.

Sri Lanka deploys troops to battle dengue fever

Sri Lanka is deploying 10,000 troops to tackle areas of stagnant water and other mosquito-breeding grounds in an effort to contain the dengue virus, the island's health minister said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Rendezvous with a modest icon

Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan breathed his last on June 13 in Karachi at the Aga Khan Hospital. He was born in undivided India in 1927. Most refer to him as the 'King of Ghazals'. But I say, he was not a king, he was the 'Emperor of Ghazals'.

“Kaler Jatra” staged by Padatik in Mymensingh

“Kaler Jatra”, a Tagore play, was staged by Padatik Natya Sangsad from Dhaka at Mymensingh Shilpakala Academy auditorium on June 23. The play directed by Golam Sarwar was staged at the five-day Dhaka Divisional Theatre Festival marking the 151st birth celebration of Tagore. It was the 34th performance of Padatik. The festival ends today.

Shilpacharya Puroshkar 2011 conferred

Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Smriti Parishad conferred Shilpacharya Puroshkar 2011. The award giving ceremony was held at Main Auditorium of National Public Library, Dhaka on June 24.

World Music Day celebrated in Chittagong

Observing World Music Day 2012, the District Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong and Bangladesh Sangeet Shangathan Shamonnoy Parishad (BSSSP) jointly organised a programme titled “Bishwake Melao Surer Oikotane” in the port city at the Shilpakala auditorium on last Thursday.

Recitation programme in Ctg

Proma, a reputed recitation organisation in the port city, organised a programme with young reciters titled “Hridoye Shuni Kobitar Dhonie” at the Jela Shilpokola Academy, Chittagong on Wednesday.

Cultural celebration

Sandipon Sangskritik Sangstha and Mymensingh Nazrul Academy organised a cultural programme at Muslim Institute auditorium of the town on June 22, marking the birth anniversaries of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Watercolour workshop at Gallery Cosmos

Gallery Cosmos in Malibagh, Dhaka has organised a three-day watercolour workshop titled “Welcoming Borsha”.

Prosenjit on small screen

After over three decades in the film industry, Tollywood superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee is making his debut on the small screen, as a host in a Bengali reality show based on harmony and understanding among family members.

DS Café

The gorgeous Farah Ruma is the featured celebrity of this month at DS Café. She will be on the hot seat and take your calls at The Daily Star Centre on June 30, between 4 and 5pm. Readers, fire away all your questions at her! The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 8126155, 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to her.

OP-ED

The quest for food

Rising food prices are now a global phenomenon and the indications all point to the fact that sustained and inflated prices are here to stay. Little wonder it is then to see that food security feature large at the latest G20 summit in Mexico. The last five years have seen food riots erupt in Asian and Latin American countries. Indeed, the issue of food security has taken centre stage since the lack of food transformed into a crisis around 2008 and is now a major issue for policymakers the world over.

Budget 2012-2013: A few changes can help

Around the late 1990s when I was jobseeker in Sydney, a poster by the Apple Company, in which Mahatma Gandhi was posing serenely with his iconic charka, caught my eye. In the corner of the poster were the words "Think different." Apple, at that time, was floundering in challenges and had little share in the tech market. Now Apple has become the largest company in the world, and it has done so by thinking differently.

Europe will continue to muddle through

All is not well in Europe. Leaders of the euro zone's four largest economies -- Germany, France, Italy and Spain -- have just pledged to back a €130 billion growth package and defend the common currency, but remained divided over the credit crisis as Germany continued to resist proposals to issue common debt and use bailout funds to stabilise financial markets.

Rohingyas: Asylum seekers, not infiltrators

The Rohingya issue has received a fair degree of media coverage over the last few weeks. Admittedly, voices in favour of granting admission were far outweighed by those sharing the government's position of denying admission. While the former based their case on moral and legal grounds, the latter's case has been shaped by, what one may say, misguided notion of state interest and unsound understanding of the international human rights and refugee laws. Politicians, pundits and policy makers belonging to the latter group have put several reasons in justifying their position. This brief essay will examine the efficacy of their reasoning.

The start of bottom-up governance

The media centre in the Rio+20, or the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, that was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was packed with hundreds of journalists for two days, yet few seemed to pay much attention to the two giant screens that broadcast live the speeches by leaders from about 130 countries.

This Day In History

June 26

1917
The first U.S. troops arrive in France to fight alongside Britain and France against Germany in World War I.

Science & Life

Is the Universe closed or open?

Out of the many unresolved problems in cosmology, the one that has confounded astronomers most is: “What is the shape of the Universe?” It may sound like an abstract topic apt for metaphysicists or their ilk; but a precise knowledge of the shape is essential in determining the size, age, and eventual fate of the Universe.

High tech agriculture in Bangladesh

In 2012 the boro rice production reached such a high point that policy makers are contemplating export in limited quantity. This leap in production has been possible due to application of advanced technologies for various operations. The first breakthrough in rice production was in early 1960s when high yielding varieties (HYV) of rice was introduced during the boro season. Mechanized irrigation in the form of low lift pump, deep tube-well and shallow tube-well along with chemical fertilizers and pesticides that played a key role in increased production

First man to talk to plants..

Acharya Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose was a Bengali botanist, physicist, archaeologist, as well as an early writer of science fiction, who made a number of pioneering discoveries on plant physiology. He used his own invention -- crescograph -- to measure plant response to various stimuli, and thereby scientifically proved parallelism between animal and plant tissues.

Particles beat law of physics

The reigning theory of particle physics may be flawed, according to new evidence that a subatomic particle decays in a certain way more often than it should, scientists announced.

Broadband must for poor

Some may argue that the digital divide is dead, but a new gulf the broadband divide is impeding poor countries' efforts to develop sustainably, a meeting on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Develo-pment (Rio+20) heard this week.

Queen Sheba's genetic legacy

The Queen of Sheba's genetic legacy may live on in Ethiopia, according to new research that finds evidence of long-ago genetic mixing between Ethiopian populations and Syrian and Israeli people.

What are quarks?

Quarks are one type of matter particle. Most of the matter we see around us is made from protons and neutrons, which are composed of quarks.


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