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News of: Friday, 29th of June, 2012

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Rescue called off, death toll 114

With 18 deaths reported yesterday, the death toll in landslides, drowning and lightning following heavy rainfall in three south-eastern districts rose to 114.

Eviction at hill slopes obstructed

Slum dwellers at Yasin Colony in the port city yesterday clashed with police when the latter, fearing further landslides, tried to evict people from the hill slope.

KL lays out $3b proposal

Malaysia yesterday gave a draft proposal to the Bangladesh government for signing a final deal on its financing the Padma bridge project.

Summit's clarification on Bibiyana

Summit Power in a statement has clarified its position on its recent withdrawal from the Bibiyana first phase power project.

Social business can change the world

The world needs to embrace social business as a tool that works for people and can turn the current financial woes around, Prof Muhammad Yunus said yesterday.

Suu Kyi for stronger, citizenship laws in Myanmar

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday said it was imperative to ascertain who among the Rohingyas were legal citizens and who were not.

Keep Grameen Bank intact

The nine borrower-directors of Grameen Bank yesterday urged the government not to change the structure of the microcredit organisation and interfere in its operations.

ACC slaps restrictions on media

The Anti-Corruption Commission authorities yesterday officially imposed a ban on media access to its offices.

PDB claims zero load shedding

While the Power Development Board (PDB) failed to supply enough power across the country this summer, it is preparing for zero load shedding for the rest of the year.

Landslide victims wait for relief

The disaster-hit people living in the remote hilly areas of different upazilas in Bandarban were yet to get relief items until yesterday due to collapsed communication system.

Power import from India starts next yr

Import of 500 megawatts of power from India will begin in the middle of next year, M Enamul Haq, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources, told parliament yesterday.

Alim's petition rejected

The International Crimes Tribunl-2 yesterday rejected a petition for reviewing the indictment order against war crimes accused former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War.

Poachers' gang leader arrested

The Detective Branch of police here has arrested a poachers' gang leader for his alleged involvement in the botched smuggling of three Bengal tiger cubs that were rescued from the capital on June 11.

Stay away from politics

A Pakistani court has directed President Asif Ali Zardari to act on its earlier order to dissociate himself from political activities and to stop using the presidency for political purposes, failing which contempt of court proceedings could be initiated against him.

DRU expels 11 members

Dhaka Reporters Unity yesterday expelled its 11 members, including 10 journalists of private TV channel ATN Bangla, for attacking a union leader at a human chain on June 24.

Pranab, Sangma file nominations

India's ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) nominee Pranab Mukherjee and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate PA Sangma yesterday filed their nomination papers for the July 19 presidential elections in the presence of a host of leaders from both the sides.

Budget passed

The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed the national budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year with the highest allocation for the defence ministry.

Holding back time

Horologists around the world today will carry out one of the weirdest operations of their profession: they will hold back time.

Foreign weapons 'fuelling S Sudan conflict'

Weapons from China, Ukraine and Sudan are fuelling conflict in South Sudan, according to Amnesty International.

Bomb kills four soldiers in Pakistan

A remote-controlled bomb blast killed four paramilitary troops and wounded six others yesterday in a restive Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said.

News Corp board agrees to split

The board of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has agreed in principle to separate its larger entertainment division from struggling publishing businesses, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Editorial

Landslide tragedies

Since Tuesday's downpours and mudslides in the country's south eastern region, the body count has been rising by the day. The total number of deaths from Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Bandarban districts put together stands at 110.

Minister on BSF killings

We thank the minister of home affairs for her statement in parliament recently that 151 Bangladeshi nationals have been killed at our borders with India during the three and a half years of present government's tenure. Revelation of such a high figure of killings by the Border Security Forces (BSF) of a friendly neighbouring country is as much shocking as it is jolting as a study in contrast between the assurances of the leaders and the realities on the ground.

Sports

Mario shoots Italy into final

Striker Mario Balotelli struck twice to seal Italy's 2-1 semifinal win over Germany on Thursday to leave the Germans' Euro 2012 ambitions in tatters while the Azzurri march on to the final.

Spain yet to hit top gear

Spain have not been at their scintillating best at Euro 2012 but ominously for their opponents in Sunday's final some rock solid defending means they will face Italy or Germany having conceded just one goal.

Kamal at ICC's mercy

AHM Mustafa Kamal's ambition of becoming ICC's (International Cricket Council's) vice-president, which would have eventually paved his way to the ICC presidency in two years' time, suffered another shattering blow on Thursday.

Changes made at ICC top

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has formally changed the structure of its top-level administrative hierarchy effective in 2014, turning the presidency into a ceremonial position with a one-year term and handing over power to the new post of chairman.

Contrasting wins for MSC, Abahani

A star-studded Mohammedan SC registered a hard-fought 2-1 win over title contenders Usha Krira Chakra in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Isaac takes over as ICC president

Alan Isaac, the former chairman of New Zealand Cricket, has on Thursday taken over as International Cricket Council (ICC) president for a two-year term, succeeding Sharad Pawar.

Nadal bites the dust

Rafael Nadal crashed to his worst Grand Slam defeat in seven years on Thursday when Czech journeyman Lukas Rosol, the world number 100, pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Wimbledon history.

Dave won't drag India into accepting DRS

World cricket's new chief executive Thursday defended an embarrassing U-turn over appeals technology and said he wouldn't drag powerful India "kicking and screaming" into accepting it.

A day for records

BRB Cables 28th National Age-Level Swimming Championships got underway yesterday with 13 national records being set on the opening day at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur.

Pak U-19s storm into final

Pakistan Under-19s hammered their Afghanistan counterparts by 151 runs in the first semifinal of the Under-19 Asia Cup at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Phelps pulls one back

Michael Phelps turned the tables on Ryan Lochte in the 200m freestyle final at the US Olympic swimming trials on Wednesday, edging his rival in a thriller as both booked London Games berths.

Reshma bags final glory

Reshma of Pabna emerged champion in the U-14 Girls' Singles of Ispahani National Junior and Sub-Junior Badminton Championship at Shahid Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium yesterday.

Win takes Fahad to 5th

Sub-junior champion Fahad Ahmed won his fifth-round board but junior champion Abdullah Al Saif lost his board in the Asian Youth Chess Championship in Sri Lanka yesterday.

Spain explodes with joy

Spain's press exploded with joy over a high-suspense penalty shoot-out victory over Portugal that swept Spain into the Euro 2012 finals.

'We should be proud'

Portugal should be proud of their performance at Euro 2012, even if their campaign ended in Wednesday's crushing defeat in a penalty shootout in the semifinals to holders Spain, forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani insisted.

Lloris looks at positives

France captain Hugo Lloris on Thursday rubbished the comparisons being made between the team's behaviour at Euro 2012 and the 2010 World Cup finals debacle.

Barca sign Alba

Barcelona struck a deal Thursday to sign Valencia and Spain left-back Jordi Alba for 14 million euros ($17.5 million) on a five-year contract, the Catalan club said.

Van Marwijk steps down

Bert van Marwijk has stepped down as Netherlands coach after his team's first round elimination from the European football championships, the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) announced on Wednesday.

Spain-Portugal nail-biter draws 18m viewers

Spain's nail-biting penalty shoot-out win over Portugal in the Euro 2012 semifinal attracted a record audience of more than 18 million television viewers in Spain, industry figures showed Thursday.

Beckham's Olympic dream over

Former England captain David Beckham revealed Thursday he had not been picked for Great Britain's Olympic football squad.

Panenka penalty was premeditated

Sergio Ramos admitted that the chipped penalty that gave Spain the initiative in their 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Portugal in the Euro 2012 semifinals had been planned in advance.

Business

For social business, think up a great idea, funds will come along

Budding entrepreneurs should not worry about funds to set up a social business as good ideas can attract investors, analysts said yesterday.

Fuel and power most lucrative stocks, say analysts

Fuel and power is the most lucrative sector in the stockmarket now as the companies in the sector are performing better amid the government's renewed emphasis, analysts said.

Combat social problems with tech power

Social business advocates yesterday asked for a wider participation of youth in solving social problems.

Citycell plans to go for GSM technology

Citycell mobile subscribers will now be able to use any handset of their choice as the operator has decided to switch from CDMA technology to GSM.

RanksTel comes back on Sunday

After remaining switched off for two years, private land phone operator RanksTel is expected to start its operations on Sunday.

Social business: a tool to fix social ills

Social business has become a proven tool to address social problems across the world thanks to its unique features, experts said yesterday.

SEC seeks info from companies on directors' holdings

The Securities and Exchange Commission has instructed the country's twin bourses to gather information on the shareholding status of sponsors and directors of listed firms.

Exporters urge BB to go back on new loan rules

The new Bangladesh Bank directive on loans will compel many businesses to default and slow down export growth, the Exporters Association of Bangladesh (EAB) said yesterday.

Stocks gain for the third day

Stocks gained for the third day at Dhaka Stock Exchange as investors bought shares amid optimism.

New DMD for UCB

Mohammad Shawkat Jamil has recently been promoted as the deputy managing director of United Commercial Bank, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

Investment ratio to GDP rises in outgoing fiscal year

The investment ratio to GDP (gross domestic product) has slightly increased to 25.45 percent in 2011-12 due to the development in investment situation in the country as well as increase in expenditure of the annual development programme (ADP).

Metropolitan

Maintain children's age limit at 18

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday criticised the law ministry's observation that the age limit for being considered as children should be reduced from 18 to 16 years in the draft "Children Act 2012" and urged the government to cohere with different existing laws and treaties.

Don't restrict celebration

Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday criticised the government's decision of "restricting" the celebration of International Day of the World's Indigenous People in Bangladesh on August 9.

Govt spent Tk 4.36cr to publish supplements on national days

The Awami League-led government has spent over Tk4.36 crore for publication of special supplements in different daily newspapers marking eight national and special days in the outgoing fiscal.

Mahfuzur Rahman summoned

Three separate courts yesterday summoned ATN Bangla Chairman Mahfuzur Rahman on different dates for making "derogatory remarks" about the prime minister.

CCC mayor refuses to take responsibility

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor M Manjur Alam yesterday said he would not take the responsibility of recent waterlogging problem in the Chittagong city as it was caused by downpour.

Notice served for relocation

Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (Bela) yesterday served a legal notice on government agencies for failing to comply with a High Court order that had directed to relocate the people living at foothills in some districts under Chittagong division.

PM opens rail link tomorrow

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate Tarakandi-Bangabandhu Bridge East Rail Link tomorrow to fulfill the long- cherished dream of the people of the northern region and six districts of greater Mymensingh area.

Loan meeting full cost demanded

A migrant workers' rights body yesterday demanded that the Expatriates' Welfare Bank provide the full cost of going abroad as loan to overseas jobseekers in order to ensure full transparency in the overseas recruitment process.

UK to launch faster visa service

The UK government will introduce two new optional services for Bangladeshi visitors to the UK and business visas from July 1.

BCS preliminary result published

Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) yesterday published the preliminary test results of the 33rd Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination with a total of 28,917 candidates qualifying for written tests.

Tk 309cr KCC budget announced

Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque yesterday proposed a Tk 309.19 crore budget for the 2012-13 fiscal.

Prevent recurrence of casualties

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged all, including political leaders, local administration, voluntary organisations to take immediate measures to prevent recurrence of unwanted casualties that occurred in three districts of greater Chittagong.

Owners giving up business

Construction of multi-storied commercial complex by demolishing cinema halls has now become more profitable, therefore, owners of the country's two-thirds of cinema halls abandoned their long-running business.

Punishment for Masuda's killer demanded

Students, teachers and officials of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday demanded exemplary punishment for the killer of Masuda Sultana, a first year student of law faculty of the university.

Destiny boss quizzed again

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officials yesterday quizzed Destiny Group Chairman Rafiqul Amin for the fourth time in connection with various corruption allegations against officials of the so-called multi-level marketing company.

TRM urged in Bhabodaho

Tidal River Management (TRM) is the only solution to end waterlogging in Bhabodaho area of the country's south-western region, but due compensation must be ensured for the affected people before implementing it, said inhabitants of that area.

Mob beats 3 youths

A mob beat three youths during a robbery incident at a lawyer's residence at Genda in Savar yesterday.

English needed to enter global economy

To enter global economy, English communication skill is very important for interactions with others, said AK Azad Chowdhury, chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), at a workshop yesterday.

Newspaper holiday on July 5

Newspapers Owners' Association of Bangladesh (Noab) will observe holiday on July 5 on the occasion of holy Shab-e-Barat.

23 BNP men get bail in torching of vehicles case

A Chittagong court yesterday granted bail to 23 BNP activists, including the city unit General Secretary Shahadat Hossain, till July 11 in connection with two cases filed against them for torching vehicles on May 13.

Police constable held for attempted snatching

Locals caught red handed a police constable when he allegedly tried to snatch Tk 10 lakh from a cattle trader in Gabtali cattle market area in the capital last night.

Valuables of a shop gutted in fire

Valuables of a stationary shop worth about Tk 2 lakh were gutted in a fire in Chittagong city Wednesday night.

Two killed under trains

Two persons were killed after being run over by trains in Hatibandha upazila and Sadar upazila of Lalmonirhat Wednesday night.

Worker of fishing vessel dies

A crew of a fishing vessel on the Karnaphuli river was killed yesterday when a thick rope attached to the anchor of the vessel got accidentally coiled around his neck.

Two die in Ctg Road accidents

Two men were killed in separate road accidents in Chitagong yesterday.

Save Afrin Sultana

Medical college admission aspirant Afrin Sultana Swarna has been fighting for her life in intensive care unit (ICU) of Ayesha Memorial Specialised Hospital at Mohakhali in the capital since June 23 with multiple organ failure.

Syed Azadul Huq passes away

Human resource practitioner Advocate Syed Azadul Huq passed away Wednesday night, said a press release.

National

Fresh areas flooded in Sylhet, Gaibandha

The flood situation worsened further in Sylhet and Gaibandha while it remained unchanged in Lalmonirhat and Kurigram districts yesterday.

Khagrachhari sees good harvest of Amrapali

The growers of Khagrachhari district are happy with good yield and market price of hybrid mango Amrapali.

Cases filed against Unipay2u officials in Sylhet, Jessore

Two cases were filed against the top officials of Unipay2u Bangladesh Ltd. in Sylhet and Jessore districts on Wednesday on charge of misappropriating money of their clients.

Bullet-hit Swechchhasebok Dal leader dies at hospital

A local leader of Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebok Dal who sustained bullet wounds during an attack by criminals in Sadar upazila 10 days ago, died at a hospital in the capital yesterday morning.

Land subsidence victims start indefinite sit-in

Land subsidence victims of 10 villages around Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) went on an indefinite sit-in in front of mine gate yesterday as the authorities failed to resolve the 11-day deadlock over their demand.

Brick kilns fined

The environment department yesterday fined five brick kilns in Mirzapur and Ghatail upazilas for constructing and running them without permission from the DoE and polluting local environment. Mohammad Munir Chowdhury, director (enforcement) of the department also directed the owners to shut their kilns. He, however, said that the brick kilns will be given fresh permission if they use non-agricultural land and modern chimney.

Shrimp trader murdered

Police recovered the body of a young shrimp trader from a shrimp depot in Rampal upazila yesterday morning. The deceased was identified as Zakir Hossain, 30, son of Jinnat Ali Ijaradar of Sonailtola village in Mongla upazila. Ziaul Haq, younger brother of the victim said there had been a longstanding dispute between Zakir and his two business partners over shrimp trading. He said they killed him after torturing him brutally and hanged his body from a beam of the depot to prove that he had committed suicide.

Schoolrooms gutted

A fire gutted five rooms, furniture, apparatus of laboratories, official documents and certificates of Debiganj Government Girls High School early yesterday. School sources said the fire might have broken out at 3:30am from an unknown source. Headmistress of the school Khaleda Begum however, claimed that the fire incident was sabotage. It damaged properties worth about Tk 50 lakh, she said.

Jubo Dal leader arrested

Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested a local Jubo Dal leader from his house at Jadu Fakir Para village early yesterday. The arrestee was identified as Kaiyum Mollah, 26, assistant general secretary of Goalunda upazila unit of Jubo Dal and son of Akter Hossain Mollah of the village. SI Firoz Ahmed of Goalunda Ghat PS said, on secret information, a team of DB police raided Kaiyum's house at about 1:30am and arrested him. They said, he is a listed criminal and wanted in a number of cases.

5 get life for murder

A court here yesterday sentenced five people to life term imprisonment in a murder case. The court also fined the convicts Tk 20,000 each, in default, to suffer one year more RI. The court also awarded them more 7 years jail each for hiding the body of the victim. The convicts are Ayub Ali, Halim Sarker, Rafik Sheikh, Shorab Sheikh and Md Zellal. According to prosecution, the aforesaid five killed Rokon Khan, 36, son of Alauddin Khan of Alipur of the town on 23 August, 2003. Later, they dumped the body of Rokon in Kumar River in the town.

Man kills elder brother

A man was stabbed to death by his younger brother at Ghorakhali Peelkhana village in Modhukhali upazila on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Md Faruk Mollik, 40, son of Aziz Mollik of the village. Locals and family sources said there was an extramarital affair between Faruk's wife Bilkis Begum and younger brother Onik Mollik, 28. During arbitration over the issue in the morning, Faruk at one stage beat Onik mercilessly. Later, angry Onik attacked Faruk with a sharp weapon and hit him indiscriminately, leaving him dead on the spot. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. Onik went into hiding after the murder.

Letters

Attaining zero maternal mortality

It is said that about 25 lakh deliveries take place in the country every year and about 3.5 lakh mothers suffer from delivery-related complications. And still 85 percent births in our country benefit from medical facilities. Our maternal deaths fell from 322 per 100,000 in 2001 to 194 in 2010, a 40 percent decline in nine years. But still attaining MDG-5 requires a lot of efforts…to achieve a further reduction of 25 percent. Moreover, in the recent years an understanding is growing that reducing maternal mortality and morbidity is not solely an issue of development, but a matter of human rights. The Human Rights Council specifies a range of human rights directly implicated by maternal mortality and morbidity in its resolution 11/8, paragraph 2. Now no scope remains for ignoring the fact that safe motherhood is a woman's right.

Egg grows wings

Prices of essentials, especially food items are going up alarmingly. According to a report published in The Daily Star on June 23, 2012, common people are in a very difficult situation as eggs, the cheapest source of protein, have gone out of their reach. In the last one month, the prices of eggs and broiler chickens have gone up by 20 to 25 percent. It could be learnt that the situation would not have become so acute had the government paid attention to the poultry farmers' appeal for support during the bird flu outbreak. At that t6ime, farmers had to close more than 50,000 poultry farms. Neglect of the government is responsible for the sufferings of the people, but does the government care at all?

Retarded traffic costs nation immensely

On 15th June, I travelled from Dhaka to Rangpur by bus and it took 9 hours. Again I came back to Dhaka from Gaibandha by bus and it took 8 hours. In both cases, it took 50% extra time. I failed to understand the reasons of this delay. Inefficiency of the people responsible for traffic management, lack of knowledge about traffic rules, unauthorised occupation of the road etc could be the reasons. But who is to blame? We all are to be blamed. Our combined civic sense can lessen the problem to a great extent. But it can not happen unless the law enforcing authorities lay a responsible role and act accordingly.

Consumption-based power tariff

World Bank's observation that subsidy on power helps the better off people and not people in rural areas, who are much poorer, is a fact. The fact is that DESCO rates for electricity in Dhaka, where most of the well-to-do people live, is lower than REB which supplies power to rural areas!

Reducing city's population pressure

Bangladesh has an estimated population of 16 crore. Imagine how many people fit into this small country. It is really astounding. On the other side, look at the countries like USA, Canada and Russia. Their population is really low. Of course, Bangladesh is an overpopulated country and day by day its population is increasing. Let's take a look at Dhaka. We cannot even move around the city comfortably. We get stuck in unbearable traffic jam for hours. Most of the important government and private offices are situated in Dhaka. So every day thousands of people go to their workplace and this creates a huge traffic jam.

Benefits of walking

I lost much weight during my stay in the national university for training, simply because vastness of the Bari Bhaban where we stayed made us to walk long distances. Besides, the wide paths edged with different kinds of trees and flower gardens facilitated our walking. But once at home after training, I started to gain weight and now I feel heavy simply because here I have almost no facility for walking, as roads in my locality are occupied by small businessmen and unlicensed vehicles.

Penalise littering

I have witnessed factories indiscriminately dumping their waste on the streets. This waste contains an infinite amount of bacteria which can spread diseases; the smell of it is intolerable and ots look of the garbage heaped on the street is disgusting. Ever since the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has been split into two, I have seen practically no improvement in our city's living conditions. I feel that fines and other forms of punishment must be introduced for dumping waste on the street. Even pedestrians and people travelling by buses or cars throw rubbish on the roads. The only way to put a stop to this is setting up a vigilante force who would patril the streets and enforce laws.

Stopping coaching business

The Daily Star report titled 'Curbs on coaching' on 15th June, focusing on the education ministry's new guidelines "Policy 2012 to stop teachers from doing coaching business in educational institutions," is very timely. Two important factors are mentioned in the policy: 1) weaker students will get extra time from their teachers and 2) stopping of private coaching by teachers.

Online Voices

Landslide death toll 85

International

Annan pushes plan for interim govt to end crisis in Syria

Twin bombs exploded outside the Palace of Justice in Damascus yesterday as deadly violence raged across the country and Turkey deployed missile batteries along its border with Syria.

Suu Kyi is willing to lead Myanmar

Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday said that she is prepared to lead her country one day, speaking with AFP in Paris at the end of a triumphant Europe tour.

Floods kill 27, displace 900,000 in Assam

At least 27 people have died and 900,000 others have been forced to leave their homes as monsoon rains swamp wide areas of the northeastern Indian state of Assam, officials said yesterday.

Floods kill 27, displace 900,000 in Assam

At least 27 people have died and 900,000 others have been forced to leave their homes as monsoon rains swamp wide areas of the northeastern Indian state of Assam, officials said yesterday.

Indian 'spy' walks free after 30 years in Pakistan jail

An Indian man freed after spending three decades in a Pakistani prison for spying walked across the border yesterday into India where he was met by family and hordes of reporters.

Obama health reform survives challenge

The Supreme Court upheld Barack Obama's health care reforms to insure another 32 million Americans yesterday in a major victory for the president in the heat of a tight re-election contest.

Australia votes down bill on asylum-seeker

The Australian Senate yesterday rejected a bill to send boatpeople offshore for processing, leaving the divisive issue of asylum-seekers at a stalemate following a spate of deadly incidents.

Abbas to meet Israeli vice PM

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Israeli Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz on Sunday, a Palestinian official said, in the highest-level meeting between the sides since peace talks broke down in 2010.

Series of blasts kill 14 in Iraq, wound dozens

A series of attacks in the Iraqi capital and to its north killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 50 others yesterday, security and medical officials said.

Assange given extradition notice

British police yesterday served an extradition notice on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has taken refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London requesting aslyum.

Court grants bail to Shahabuddin

A two-member bench of the High court division yesterday took up the hearing of the bail application filed by Federal Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin in the ephedrine quota case, DawnNews reported.

Egypt to track Morsi's poll pledges

Some Egyptian online activists have created an initiative to track whether the new President-elect, Mohammed Mursi, fulfils his election promises.

Tense EU summit opens in Brussels

European Union leaders gathered yesterday for a two-day summit crucial to the future of the euro, playing down divisions as the sovereign debt crisis threatens to engulf even the bloc's top economies.

Cops end strike in Bolivia

Police in Bolivia on Wednesday ended their strike over low pay.

Arts & Entertainment

Pandit Birju Maharaj Young at 74

Pandit Birju Maharaj -- eminent Kathak dancer, poet and orator -- had mastered his skills in the art, guided by his father Shri Achhan Maharaj and his uncles Lachhu Maharaj and Shambhu Maharaj. His skills have been appreciated and valued all over the world, giving him a permanent place in their hearts. The artiste believed in enlightening others with his skills and hence took up teaching at many of the renowned institutions -- Sangeet Bharati, Bharatiya Kala Kendra and the Kathak Kendra, eventually founding his own academy, Kalashram.

Bold diction

Dilip Chakrabarty, one of brightest actors in the current Dhaka theatre scene, recently made an appearance in the play “Arakkhita”. Produced by Desh Natok, of which he is a member, the play features Chakrabarty as the protagonist, Shukracharya, an arrogant and alcoholic priest who blindly loves his only daughter.

Printmaking workshop at Atelier Studio ends

Atelier Studio in Uttara and Chittagong-based Santaran Art Organisation jointly organised a two month long printmaking workshop at Atelier Studio in Uttara, Dhaka. The workshop opened on April 24 and ended on June 24. Noted printmakers Monirul Islam and Mahmudul Haque jointly inaugurated the workshop.

Spice Girls reunite to launch musical

The Spice Girls are looking to spice up your life once again - this time, with a musical based on their songs.

Nora Ephron, “When Harry Met Sally” screenwriter, passes away

Hollywood screenwriter and director Nora Ephron, who penned such films as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle”, has died at the age of 71.

Ityadi at Shashi Lodge, Mymensingh

After being shot at Nagar Bhaban, Lalbagh Kella, Shalban Bihar, Ahsan Manzil, Bardhaman House and Chittagong port, popular entertainment show “Ityadi” will be telecast from another historic place Shashi Lodge, in Mymensingh. The show was shot in the presence of thousands of spectators. The episode will be aired tonight on Bangladesh Television at 9pm.

Tarana on BTV

The weekly dance show highlighting young aspiring dancers, titled “Tarana”, aired on BTV, has attained much popularity. The programme is planned and hosted by noted dancers Shibli Mohammad and Shamim Ara Nipa.

OP-ED

Minister at home

I have got an idea about how to save this government a great deal of embarrassment. It simply needs to rename the finance ministry to home ministry, and that can solve half of its problems. The functions of the two ministries will still remain the same. The home ministry can be snazzed up with a new name like the ministry of interior. But the finance ministry will feel more like home. The finance minister will be able to say what he likes. He will be able to treat his ministry like his home.

Letter of the law

Letter-writing is a dying art in the 21st century, and Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry's epistolary focus may earn him a commendation one day from some academy of letters, but last week's judicial overreach is unlikely to go down in Pakistan's history as a particularly salutary episode.

No reason to abandon Rohingyas

Apparently, Bangladesh's pushback of helpless Rohingyas from its territorial waters into those of Myanmar seems to have worked. Or has it? Given that 30,000 were afflicted in the latest eruption of ethnic violence in Rakhine state capital Sittwe, this may have been just a stalling operation.

The new army chief, politicians, and elections

General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan has taken over charge as the new Chief of Army Staff. In well established democratic societies, appointment of the new army chief is a routine administrative affair that does not evoke public interest more than a matter of general information on an important institution of the country. However, in case of Bangladesh, the appointment of the new army chief is observed closely due to special circumstances. The particular case being the next parliamentary elections expected to be held by the end of 2013. Historically, the army has played an important and positive role in holding free and fair elections. Given the degree of partisanship that the political parties have injected into important branches of governance like civil service, police, and judiciary -- army is looked upon as one of the very few public institutions that have remained above partisan interest.

Rehabilitation programme needed

The divisional Hill Management Committee (HMC) recommended building of several six to eight-storey buildings on the Railway land in Janali Hat area on the outskirts of the city in a bid to rehabilitate the vulnerable people.

Implement drainage master plan of CDA

If it had been flood I would take the responsibility but it is water logging and happened due to the downpour. If the drainage master plan of 1995 of Chittagong Development Authority had been implemented, it would have been possible to avoid the water logging. The government should implement the drainage master plan with highest priority. I sent a proposal to the government for digging canals in the city and urged the prime minister to sanction it as early as possible.

This Day In History

June 29

1444
Skanderbeg defeats an Ottoman invasion force at Torvioll.

StarTech

Acer rolls out 15 new notebooks

Acer, world's leading notebook vendor, has introduced its S, M V3, V5 & E series under its Aspire family to the Bangladesh market.

Acer to follow cloud trend

Acer is going to launch its cloud service shortly.

Google internet glasses on the way

Google glasses that overlay the internet on daily lives should hit the market within two years -- technology the tech giant hopes will someday make fumbling with smartphones obsolete.

Roaming gets cheaper

Intraco Ltd has introduced Matrix SIM card and data card to the Bangladesh market.

Asus brings new laptop

World renowned technology manufacturer Asus's A44H laptop is now available in the local market, says a press release.

Sakib now brand ambassador of CSL

Sakib al Hasan, the world best all-rounder has been appointed as brand ambassador of Computer Source Ltd (CSL). Sakib has signed the 2-year contract for several IT products of CSL at city hotel in the capital.



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