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Landslides kill 15 amid downpour

At least 15 people were killed in landslides in Chittagong and Cox's Bazar amid heavy downpour yesterday, with much of the port city going under knee-deep to waist-deep water.

Directors without 2pc share to lose job

Some 350 sponsors and directors of listed companies will not be allowed to sit on the boards as they hold less than 2 percent shares individually in their firms.

PDB now opts for unsolicited deal

Within a week of local company Summit's withdrawal from the deal for Bibiyana phase-1 power project, the Power Development Board (PDB) is seeking the power ministry's clearance on whether the same job could be awarded to a Japanese-Korean joint venture on the basis of unsolicited negotiation.

3 killed in boiler blast at factory

At least three people were killed and five others injured in a boiler explosion at a cloth processing factory in Narsingdi town yesterday.

Govt may revise some tax proposals

The government will increase the tax-free income limit of an individual taxpayer to Tk 2 lakh from Tk 1.80 lakh in the proposed budget for the next fiscal year.

Social business a powerful tool for change

Social business has the potential to make the biggest impact in human history and make the world a better place to live in, said a top advocate of the new economic theory.

Don't call me dictator

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday requested all lawmakers in parliament not to call him a dictator any more.

Govt comes under fire

Former president HM Ershad, chief of the Jatiya Party, a key component of the Awami League-led ruling alliance, yesterday said the alliance had lost the support of one crore voters following the massive stock market crash.

Retail traders' profit margin capped

Retail traders of essentials will not be allowed to make more than 10 percent profit in the upcoming month of Ramadan, a commerce ministry official said yesterday.

Names should not be disclosed now

Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Ghulam Rahman yesterday said the World Bank had named some persons in the information it provided with regard to alleged corruption in the process for appointing a consultant in the Padma bridge project.

Arrest killers of Sagar, Runi

Leaders of the journalist community yesterday submitted a memorandum to the prime minister to press home their demands, which include arrest and trial of killers of journalist couple Sagar and Runi.

Four Narsingdi cops in jail

A Narsingdi court yesterday sent four cops to jail rejecting their bail petitions and granted bail to four others in the judge assault case at Narsingdi court.

Defence questions witness' statement

The defence counsel of Delwar Hossain Sayedee yesterday tried to establish that the first prosecution witness of a war crimes case was not financially well-off enough to be looted during the Liberation War.

Pranab quits as minister

Pranab Mukherjee, the candidate of ruling UPA for next month's presidential poll, yesterday stepped down as India's finance minister, bringing the curtain down on a four-decade long political career.

Biman gets acting MD

Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday appointed Captain Mosaddique Ahmed its acting managing director (MD).

BNP can join interim govt

The incumbent government will turn into an "interim government" three months before the next general election and the BNP-led opposition may take part in that government if it wishes, said Awami League senior lawmaker Suranjit Sengupta on Tuesday.

Afghans flee shelling from Pakistan

A barrage of cross-border artillery and rocket attacks from Pakistan have forced thousands of Afghan villagers to flee their homes, witnesses and officials in Afghanistan said yesterday.

1-in-5 Philippine youth a child labourer: survey

Almost one in five children in the Philippines works as a labourer, according to a government survey released yesterday that also found over three million of them work in hazardous conditions.


Electricity rates hikes

It is unfair, morally untenable and breach of public trust on the part of the government to repeatedly raise electricity charges without caring to curb the systems loss. Why is it that moves are not taken to plug the loopholes of wastes in terms of unpaid bills that various government ministries, corporations and other public bodies owe to PDB? How is it that year after year, bad debt is allowed to accrue in the public sector while it is the average consumer who must continue to bear the burden of ever-burgeoning electricity bill?

Biman in the soup

Already afflicted with mismanagement, corruption and aging fleet, little wonder, the national flag carrier Biman is plagued by a severe fund crisis.


Battle of Iberian rivals

Having swept past France to reach the Euro 2012 semifinals, Spain can expect a more exacting ordeal on Wednesday when they face a Portugal team who beat them 4-0 in their last meeting.

Advantage Abahani ahead of decider

Three-time champions Abahani made sure they would need only a draw in the title-deciding match against Muktiojoddha Sangsad after they claimed all three points away at Feni Soccer Club with a 1-0 win in their Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League tie at the Feni Stadium yesterday.

Tigers back from Zim

Bangladesh cricket team returned home last night after taking part in the unofficial T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe.

Rafa, Petra battle thru'

Defending champion Petra Kvitova overcame early nerves to reach the Wimbledon second round on Tuesday.

Nagpur club signs three booters

Meghe United, a premier division football team of Indian state of Nagpur, yesterday signed up three Bangladeshi booters for a tournament to be held in Nagpur from October 15 to November 15.

Disappointing start by BD

Bangladesh made a disappointing start to the Asian Youth Chess Championship when junior champion Abdullah Al Saif lost his opening match while sub-junior Fahad Ahmed drew his board in Colombo, Sri Lanka yesterday.

Afghanistan blow out Bangladesh

Bangladesh Under-19s suffered a major setback before their World Cup campaign after they were eliminated from the Under-19s Asia Cup yesterday. Afghanistan handed them a 7-wicket defeat but it was the enterprising cricket from the emerging western Asian cricketers.

Phelps loses to Lochte

Ryan Lochte downed Michael Phelps in the men's 400m medley at the US Olympic swimming trials Monday in a race that gave a glimpse of the fireworks they could produce at the London Games.

SL, Pakistan want DRS

Rivals Pakistan and Sri Lanka united Tuesday to demand mandatory video technology after several umpiring howlers in their first Test, placing themselves in opposition to India's powerful board.

Still India oppose

India's powerful cricket board has maintained its opposition to mandatory video technology despite backing for the system from the sport's world chiefs meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

MSC crush Bangladesh Sporting

Star studded Mohammedan Sporting Club made a flying start in the Green Delta Insurance Metropolis Premier Division Hockey League defeating Bangladesh Sporting Club by 5-1 goals at the Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium here yesterday.

Badminton C'ships begin

Ispahani Junior and Sub-junior Badminton Championships got underway yesterday at the Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium with nine matches of U-14 group decided on the opening day.

Lanka revise India dates

India's limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka starting next month has been revised with the first one-dayer now scheduled for July 21, Sri Lanka Cricket said Tuesday.

Yuvi begins training in Bangalore

Yuvraj Singh, the Indian batsman who is recovering from treatment for cancer, has begun training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. Although he said he did not want to rush his comeback, Yuvraj was hopeful of making the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September.

Loew dismisses talk of revenge

Coach Joachim Loew has said Germany will give no thought to avenging their 2006 World Cup defeat at the hands of Italy when they face the Azzurri in Thursday's Euro 2012 semifinal.

C'Ron ready for Spain

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed talk that their Spanish rivals have reason to complain because they have two days less to recover before their Euro 2012 semifinal clash on Wednesday.

UEFA charges Spain, Russia

UEFA has charged the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and Russian Football Union (RFS) for racist behaviour and racist chanting by their national teams' fans during Euro 2012 matches.

Casillas eyes 100th win

Spain captain Iker Casillas can become the first player to notch up 100 victories in international football if his team beat Portugal in Wednesday's Euro 2012 semifinal.

Giroud joins Arsenal

France striker Olivier Giroud has joined Arsenal on a "long-term contract" after leaving Ligue 1 champions Montpellier.

Germany fined 25000 euros

The German Football Association (DFB) has been fined 25,000 euros ($31,200) for the improper conduct of their supporters during the 2-1 Group B defeat of Denmark on June 17, UEFA said in a statement on Monday.

Chiellini back in training

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini returned to training on Monday after a thigh injury and could be in contention for the Euro 2012 semifinal against Germany, the Italian soccer federation said in a statement.

Ashleys abused on Twitter

Police have launched an inquiry into alleged online racist abuse against two England soccer players after their missed penalties resulted in the team's Euro 2012 quarterfinal exit on Sunday.


Apparel orders fall as EU debt crisis lingers

Garment exports from Bangladesh to its largest destination in the Eurozone have been facing a slowdown as the cautious EU buyers are deferring or placing reduced number of orders due to a prolonged debt crisis there, said major exporters.

Stocks rise as clouds clear over shareholding rule

Stocks yesterday gained the highest gain in two months as investors went on a buying spree following a positive decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

HC moves on 'click business'

The High Court yesterday issued a rule on the government about appropriate guidelines to regulate the online click-based outsourcing business in Bangladesh.

Phoenix to generate 400kw electricity from biogas

Phoenix Agro Ltd, a leading agro-based company, has signed up for establishing four biogas plants to generate a total of 400 kilowatts of electricity by the year-end.

Businesses urge BB to review new loan rules

The country's apex trade body yesterday expressed their reservation over the central bank's new rules for loan classification, rescheduling and provisioning.

DSE approves draft of demutualisation

The Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday approved a plan for demutualisation of the premier bourse.

SEC compensates small investors hit by stock turmoil

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday approved a panel's recommendation to compensate around 9.33 lakh small investors financially distressed by the stockmarket turmoil.

News Corp mulls split of media, entertainment units

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. conglomerate said Tuesday it was "considering a restructuring" that would split off its larger entertainment division from the struggling publishing businesses.

Coke to boost India investment by $3b

Coca-Cola Co announced a further $3 billion in investment in India over the next eight years on Tuesday as the world's biggest soft drinks maker seeks to expand in a country where its flagship brand trails rival Pepsi.

NSU to host social business event

A social business gathering will be held at the North South University in Dhaka on Friday, the university said in a statement yesterday.

Bangladesh national to head IFAC

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) has appointed a Bangladeshi national, Fayez Choudhury, as new chief executive officer of the global organisation for accountancy practice.

Rupee slump deepens India private equity quagmire

Global private equity funds, which poured tens of billions of dollars into India investments when the economy and currency were flying high a few years ago, may be stuck with those holdings much longer than planned as the rupee's plunge plays havoc with their exit options.

Social business to fix major problems

Social business and social entrepreneurship can solve some of the major problems the world faces today, said an advocate of the new economic theory.

For Samsung, Galaxy halo effect comes with supply crunch

Samsung Electronics' struggle to keep pace with rampant demand for its new Galaxy S III smartphone may have cost the South Korean firm some 2 million units of sales in just a month.

How 50b euros might save the euro

The break-up of the euro would be a multi-trillion euro catastrophe. An interest subsidy costing around 50 billion euros over seven years could help save it.


Fundamentalists' economy growing

The degree of "communalisation of economy" has been increased radically over the last four decades in Bangladesh, economist Dr Abul Barkat said yesterday.

New doors open to solve issues: BNP

The main opposition BNP yesterday claimed that its chairperson's recent visit to Saudi Arabia has opened a door to resolve existing problems regarding Bangladeshi workers and the government should use this opportunity with due importance.

No elections without CG

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday reiterated his demand for the restoration of the caretaker government system prior to the next general election.

HC allows ACC to move case against Ershad

The vacation bench of The High Court yesterday allowed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to become a party in a corruption case filed against former military ruler and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad over 21 years ago.

Enact fresh law to control house rent

It is time to pass a law to safeguard the tenants' interests in the capital against the backdrop of ever-increasing house rents, said speakers at a press conference yesterday.

Two siblings die in lightning

Two siblings were killed and two others of their family were injured in lightning at Satkania upazila in Chittagong yesterday.

Progress made in probe

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hassan Mahmood Khandakar yesterday told the parliamentary standing committee on home ministry that the law enforcers had made "good progress" in the investigation of journalist couple Sagar-Runi killing case.

Drug addiction on rise among students

Speakers at a discussion yesterday expressed deep concern over the high number of school students turning towards drugs, which is plunging the young generation into frustration and narrowing the horizon for future leadership.

Matin for social movement

Language movement veteran Abdul Matin yesterday urged the young generation to launch social movement against all kinds of drugs and alcohol to build a liveable society.

Anti-drug day observed

Drug trading is causing laundering of a few thousand crores of Taka every year, hurting the country's economy, said Home Minister Shahara Khatun yesterday.

Action must for any disgraceful words

Home Minister Shahara Khatun yesterday said the government would take action after investigation if ATN Bangla Chairman Mahfuzur Rahman had made any "disgraceful" comment against the prime minister and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).

Taskforce to ensure gas supply formed

The Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources yesterday formed a taskforce to bring the schedule of completion of gas pipeline works ahead by six months to facilitate gas supply to the 412 MW combined cycle power plant at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj.

5 more Bangladeshis arrested in Malaysia

Five more Bangladeshis were among 35 foreigners detained for illegal immigration and other offences during two raids carried out at Desa Aman Puri, Selayang and Metroprima, Kepong in Malaysia on June 23.

BNP trying to create anarchy

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday accused the opposition BNP of trying to create anarchy in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) through supporting entry of Rohingyas in the region.

Govt to promote Grameen initiatives: Dilip Barua

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said the government would promote Grameen Bank initiatives to produce biogas, bio-fertiliser and bio-electricity through using biotechnology.

Road crash kills woman in capital

An unidentified woman was crushed under the wheels of a truck on Mazar road in Darus Salam area in the capital yesterday.

SC paves way for Bangabandhu Tower

The Supreme Court has paved the way to start construction of Bangabandhu Tower, a 20-storey residential building for Dhaka University's fourth-class employees, in Shivbari area on DU campus.

Bangladesh envoy to Manila called back

Bangladesh Ambassador to Manila Majeda Rafiqun Nessa has been called back.

8 brick kilns closed, fined Tk 32 lakh

Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday closed eight brick kilns in three upazilas of Manikganj and also fined them Tk 32 lakh for running their activities without any permission of the DoE and for using cultivable land.

8 BNP men indicted

A Dhaka court yesterday indicted eight BNP leaders and activists, including Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) presidents, in a case filed on charges of vandalising and torching a vehicle in February last year.

Changes at PMO likely today

Changes to a few key positions of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) are likely to be held today.

Schoolboy crushed under train

A schoolboy was killed as a train ran over him at Mugra village near Akhaura railway junction in the district yesterday.

New army chief adorned with rank

A ceremony marking the adorning of rank badge of new Army Chief General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan was held at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) yesterday.

Fake saint arrested for raping girl

Police arrested a man, who was impersonating a saint, from Hathazari upazilla in Chittagong on Monday on charge of raping a 17-year old girl.

HC order summoning Amar Desh editor stayed

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for eight weeks two orders of the High Court that summoned Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of Bangla daily Amar Desh, two reporters of the daily and 19 others before it (HC) for publishing two separate reports involving Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik.

60,000 tonnes of US wheat arrive

Charge de Affairs of US Embassy in Dhaka Nicholas Dean said here yesterday the US government had been playing a vital role in Bangladesh's food security and disaster management initiatives through its development organisation USAID.

Supplementary charge sheet against nine submitted

Police submitted supplementary charge sheet against nine people in connection with the murder of two Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) students on December 16 last year.

Current nets worth Tk 28.5 lakh seized

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard seized 50,000 metres of current nets worth around Tk 28.5 lakh near Teknaf of Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Classroom crisis at JU environment science dept

The students of environment science department at Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday demanded resolving of their classroom crisis and withdrawal of an expulsion order on one of their fellow mates.

Woman dies in Jhenidah road crash

A woman was killed as a bus ran over her at Borai village in the sadar upazila yesterday.

New chance for college admission seekers

The successful SSC examinees, who are yet to get admission to any college under the Dhaka Education Board despite applying through the short messaging service (SMS), will get a new chance now.

English in Action fair on

English in Action (EIA), an English language programme, has launched a countrywide English in Action Fair programme.

Masuda murder: DU students demand trial of husband

A number of law faculty students at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to the killer of Masuda Sultana, a first-year student of the faculty.

Death anniversary

Today is the first death anniversary of Shafiur Rahman, a pioneer of the movement to promote classical music in the country.


Land 'grabbing' for fish farming sparks protest

Farmers of Junikalsha and Bhakla villages in Shivalaya upazila under the district formed a human chain on their cropland yesterday protesting a former union parishad (UP) member's alleged grabbing of their croplands to make a water body for fish farming.

Erosion in Chandpur renders over 100 families homeless

Erosion by Meghna River took an alarming turn in the last few days, rendering over 100 families homeless in Hanar Char and Laxmipur unions in Sadar upazila.

Kids of 6 more schools join the joyful events

Students of six more schools in Panchagarh and Madaripur districts yesterday took part in joyful events at English language fairs held under English in Schools programme, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi.

4 accused policemen get fresh postings

Four policemen, suspended following the death of a 16-year-old boy in mob beating in Companyganj upazila of Noakhali district last year, have been given postings in new places.

Fresh areas in Kurigram, Netrakona flooded

Heavy rain and onrush of water from hills in the last 24 hours till yesterday morning worsened the flood situation in six upazilas of Kurigram district.

Robbers loot 102 trawlers, abduct 137 fishermen in a month

Robbers looted at least 102 fishing trawlers and abducted 137 fishermen from sea along the district's coastal areas in 30 days from May 12.

21st 'enclave free day' celebrated

The 21st “Dahagram- Angorpota free day” was observed at the enclave in Patgram upazila yesterday.

19 including 4 policemen hurt as BCL, JCD clash

At least 15 activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and four policemen were injured during a clash between the activists of JCD and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Dighinala Degree College yesterday.

Two outlaws arrested in Jhenidah

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two 'regional leaders' of outlawed Gono Mukti Fauj at Hudaputia village in Sadar upazila yesterday.

BCL leader arrested

A former Chhatra League (BCL) leader was held with banned phensidyl near the Teesta Barrage at Dowani village in Hatibandha upazila on Monday evening. Eight bottles of phensidyl were seized from his possession, police said. The arrestee was identified as Mir Rasel, 30, of Sahendanga village in Patgram upazila and former president of Patgram upazila Chhatra League. OC of Hatibandha PS Tapos Kumar said, police arrested Rasel with the phensidyl when he was crossing Dowani area of Teesta Barrage on Monday evening.

Youth hacked to death

A youth was hacked to death by business rivals at Soilat village in Shreepur upazila on Sunday night. The victim was identified as Abul Kalam, 32, son of late Ayub Ali of the same village. Kalam used to supply construction materials to industries. Victim's friend Babul, 50, and brother-in-law Abdul Kuddus, 47, were also injured during the attack. Around 15 people waylaid and attacked them with sharp weapons, killing Kalam on the spot, police said.

Two electrocuted

Two people were electrocuted at Bepari Bazaar in Raghunathpur village under Sadar upazila of the district on Sunday. The deceased are Rahamat Ullah, 28, son of Fazal Sheikh of Raghunathpur village and Md Zia Khan, 27, son of Ruhul Amin Khan of Haimchar village. Acting officer in-charge (OC) of Chandpur Model police station Mahbub Morshed said Zia was electrocuted while charging battery of his CNG-run autorickshaw at about 1:00pm. Owner of the autorickshaw, Rahamat Ullah, also died on the spot when he tried to rescue him.

Student commits 'suicide'

A female college student allegedly committed suicide at Gachhbari in the district town on Monday morning. The deceased was identified as Mukta, 21, daughter of Manik Hossain of the area. Family sources said, Mukta committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of a room of their house early in the morning after a family feud. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to hospital for autopsy. A UD case was filed.


Garment workers' woes!

Md. F. Rahman's write-up on the issue, published in the pages of your 'Star Business' on June 19th is an eye-opener. However, in the report, he has missed out on an important matter that needed clarification!

Stand by Rohingyas

We know why UN is urging Bangladesh to shelter the fleeing Rohingyas from the trouble-torn Rakhine state of Myanmar. It is a clear case of ethnic cleansing. Though experts have shown that Rohingyas are the descendants of indigenous people, the Myanmar government do not count them as citizens and there is a deep-rooted hatred for the Muslims among the Buddhist population there. It seems that there has been a coordinated effort to clear the Rakhine state by the Bay of Bengal of Muslims to make room for the Buddhist people. We have seen how the Tablig people travelling to Rangoon on a bus were hacked to death in front of the law enforcing forces. We are dumb with grief at the Rohingyas who face the gun and arson in their own land and tumultuous sea and deportation by Bangladesh. At this juncture, the Muslims as well as the peace loving people of the world must come forward to put pressure on the Burmese government to investigate the human rights abuses there and stop all kinds of atrocities against the Muslim communities there.

Prevent Thalassaemia

Thalassaemia is a very significant genetic blood disorder in Bangladesh.

Power, gas and water crisis

Like chronic diseases, the power, gas and water crisis has gripped the city and there seems to be no end to it. With every passing day the situation is worsening instead of being eased. The supply of power, gas and water is co-related. In fact, it is difficult to resolve one problem separately because water supply is disrupted due to power shortage and power crisis is caused by gas shortage. In this city of 15 million people, most people are hit hard by gas, power and water crises. At present, the gas supply is irregular in vast areas of the city. People are forced to buy kerosene and stoves at high prices. Frequent load shedding is a regular phenomenon in the capital. The government is speaking of various projects to resolve the crisis, but implementation of those will need a few years while the crisis is already acute and requires immediate solution. So, the government should work out some plans for immediate execution, for resolving the nagging gas, power and water crisis.

Repair Kadamtala-Rajarbag main road

The only main road of Kadamtala to Rajarbag is very narrow, about 16 feet to 20 feet wide. As the area is densely populated, traffic jam is a common phenomenon here, from morning to evening. This road is now in a very bad condition. If it was taken care of at the right time, only re-carpeting could make the road usable but the then Dhaka City Corporation neglected the problem and did not re-carpet the road. Now the condition of the road is so bad that it is very difficult for any kind of transport to ply there. The inhabitants of Kadamtala and Rajarbag have been suffering immensely every day. Frequent rains have increased the sufferings of the passers-by. The Dhaka South City Corporation authorities should take special and urgent measures to repair the Kadamtala-Rajarbag main road to ease the agony of the people.

Plant more trees

The health of our forest is not in good shape. The greenery is missing from our nature day by day. During a journey by train from Dhaka to Sylhet, I saw the government forest lands almost vacant and without trees whereas the villages were green and full of trees. Villagers on their own will make their villages green and forests healthy. The forest authorities can distribute saplings to the villagers for plantation during rainy season. Forests cool the air and help bring rains. Forests make our earth fit for living.

America is no heaven

Inside the lobby at the American Embassy in Dhaka, there is a general feeling

Miracles, indeed!

The letter of Iftekhar Sayeed titled "'Miracles' we are tired of" published in The Daily Star on June 18, 2012 was very witty. He wrote, "When we get electricity, it is a miracle. When we get water, it is a miracle. When we come back home in one piece, it is a miracle." How right he is! We all share the same feelings with him.

Think before advising

I believe the prime minister has appointed a few advisors to advise her on important issues to deliver quick decisions. Most of these advisors are ex-high officials. They are experienced in their respective fields of work and are known figures. They closely work with the prime minister and give advise on administrative decisions.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Fresh power price hike next month”


Syria imminent threat to Turkey

Turkey's prime minister branded Syria an imminent threat yesterday, vowing to retaliate over the "heinous" downing of one of its jets, as Russia downplayed the incident and Nato rallied behind Ankara.

India, Pakistan FM meeting postponed

A planned meeting between the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers next month has been postponed, New Delhi said yesterday, citing a clash of dates with India's presidential election.

Indian president defends record death row pardons

India's outgoing president has defended herself against media criticism that she went on a "mercy overdrive" during her term by granting clemency to nearly three dozen convicts on death row.

New EU sanctions to hurt nuke talks: Iran

New EU sanctions to come into effect against Iran on Sunday will hurt negotiations over the country's nuclear programme, foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.

West recognises Islamist role

The willingness of Western powers to work with Egypt's Islamist president-elect Mohamed Morsi recognises the growth of the Muslim Brotherhood and shows a concern for regional stability, analysts say.

EU wants final say over budgets, banks

Central authorities should get the final say over national budgets in the eurozone and be responsible for banking supervision across the single market, top EU officials have suggested.

Manning wins battle over US documents

A US military judge has ordered prosecutors to show they are not withholding evidence from WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning after defense lawyers accused them of hiding documents that could potentially help their client's case.

Helipad controversy for new Pakistan PM

The private home of Pakistan's new prime minister may be furnished with a helipad at government expense to save police securing the 14-mile road trip from the capital, officials said yesterday.

Mysterious mass grave at East Timor PM's office

Police in East Timor have uncovered a mass grave of 52 people at the government palace in Dili, with initial examinations suggesting the bodies are not Timorese, an official said yesterday.

Suu Kyi in France to end historic tour

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday visited Paris for the final leg of a European tour that has seen her hailed as a powerful symbol of peaceful defiance to dictatorship.

Zardari's bid to protect ex-PM challenged

The presidential ordinance issued to give constitutional protection to all legislative and administrative measures taken by Yousuf Raza Gilani as the prime minister between April 26 and June 19, was challenged in the Supreme Court yesterday, DawnNews reported.

Libya denies ex-premier beaten

Libyan medics and officials yesterday denied claims by the lawyer of Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, Muammar Gaddafi's last premier, that he was beaten and hospitalised after his extradition from neighbouring Tunisia.

Indian cabinet minister quits over graft case

An Indian cabinet minister yesterday resigned after a state court charged him with corruption, in a further embarrassment for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's scandal-tainted government.

Ukraine postpones ex-PM appeal

Ukraine's high court yesterday postponed the appeal of jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko against her seven-year jail term for abuse of power until after the end of its hosting of Euro 2012 football.

Bus fall from mountain kills 10 in Nepal

A speeding bus yesterday plunged off a mountain road in western Nepal into a deep ravine killing 10 people, police said -- the latest in a string of deadly accidents on the country's highways.

Ex-banker named Greek FM

Greece yesterday named former banker and economics professor Yannis Stournaras as its new finance minister after the previous nominee turned down the position due to ill health.

3 cops shot dead at Mexico airport

Three federal police officers were shot and killed Monday when they tried to arrest drug trafficking suspects at Mexico City's international airport, officials said.

Bolivia mutiny: Clashes reported

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

Saudi beheads 4 over murders

Saudi authorities beheaded four of its citizens yesterday after they were found guilty of murdering two men in separate cases, the interior ministry said.

Arts & Entertainment

When a legend takes the stage

What upgrades a great artiste to a legend? What gives him/her immortality, going beyond popularity? Is it providing a new lease of life to his/her chosen medium? Or training aspiring performers and instilling in them his/her values? Or is it age-defying abilities that come only with a lifetime of devotion to one's art?

Memories of Bande Ali on the wane

Ironically in his own hometown, memories of poet Bonde Ali, one of the noted poets and lyricists of 19th century Bengali literature, are on the wane. On the 33rd death anniversary of the poet, educationalists, cultural activists of Pabna have given a call for a revival of his legacy.

Nazrul Shena School celebrates National Poet

Nazrul Shena School, an educational institution rooted in the ideals of Rebel Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam recently celebrated the 113th birth anniversary of the bard with a programme at the school auditorium.

ASIAN TV logo revealed

The newest addition to local satellite channels -- Asian TV -- revealed its logo and slogan “Your Channel” at an elaborate gala event at the Ball Room of Hotel Sonargaon, in Dhaka on June 20.

Recitation of assorted classics

Elocutionists from different cultural organisations of the country recited popular poems by noted poets at a recitation programme. The programme was held recently at the Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Pabna Drama Circle celebrates 31st anniversary

Pabna Drama Circle's 31st anniversary celebrations concluded amidst festivity on Sunday. The 10-day programme kicked off on June, 13. Child artistes who performed in different events were given awards and prominent theatre artistes were accorded a reception at the concluding programme held at Pabna Town Hall premises. A discussion, cultural programme and street play featured on the last day.

Jahanara Imam's 18th death anniversary observed

Yesterday marked the 18th death anniversary of writer and social activist Jahanara Imam. She is most widely remembered for her efforts to bring to trial those accused of committing crimes during the Liberation War. She was known as “Shaheed Janani”.

Fruit Festival in Kushtia

A fruit festival tilted 'Madhu Masher Utshab' was held at Kushtia Zilla Parishad auditorium with festivity on Wednesday.

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.


Military rule and the Awami League

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has given us new food for thought. The Awami League (AL), he has taken care to inform us, has always been supportive of unconstitutional military regimes. Before we go on any further, a clarification becomes necessary here. All military regimes by definition are unconstitutional and therefore illegal. There is hardly any military regime in history and in any part of the globe that can even remotely be described as legal or de jure. So there we are.

Transit: Will Myanmar's gain be Bangladesh's loss?

A high-point of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent visit to Myanmar was undoubtedly the decision to strengthen rail, road and waterways connectivity between the two countries. The two sides also agreed on expediting the existing projects and working out new ones. Taken together, these go beyond bilateralism and set the stage for a sub-regional connectivity between India, Myanmar and Thailand and at a later stage possibly China.

Pakistan: Will the government-judiciary confrontation cease?

After a week of political turmoil within the ruling PPP in Pakistan, Raja Pervez Ashraf, who won 211 votes in the 342-seat National Assembly, was duly elected as prime minister on June 22 and assumed office on June 23.

Disaster Risk Reduction: Priority of RIO, reality of Bangladesh

RIO+20 identified seven critical issues for the world now, where disaster is the first concern and the others are oceans, water, food, cities, energy and jobs. It follows the World Conference on Disaster Reduction of 2005, the objective of which translated into three strategic goals, five priorities for action and four cross-cutting issues. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is the priority of RIO+20, and a reality in my country.

Appeal for a search for remains of a martyr

My father, Captain R.A.M. Khairul Bashar, ASC, popularly known as Capt Bashar, former Officer Commanding of Station Supply Depot (SSD), Chittagong Cantonment, was killed by a crack force of occupation Pakistan Army led by Major Sarfaraz on May 29, 1971.

This Day In History

June 27

The United States decides to send troops to fight in the Korean War.

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