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News of: Tuesday, 31st of July, 2012

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Govt making those legal

The government has legalised two illegal private housing schemes and is going to okay at least four others to the destruction of natural wetlands and rural homesteads on the capital's north-eastern fringe.

WB failed to give graft evidence

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the World Bank could not present evidence for the graft allegations over the Padma bridge project.

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'Small cabinet' during polls

Ruling out the restoration of caretaker government system, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has suggested forming a “small cabinet” including the opposition ahead of the next parliamentary polls.

Crime goes unchecked

The Pallabi-bound human hauler came to a sudden stop just before the Sheorapara bus terminal. Nearby, five youths were waiting, ominously. They were armed with steel pipes, bamboos and bricks.

Quirkiness the charm of Olympic football

“He is a lizard,” spits the beefy gentleman sitting a few rows over from the press tribunes. It's a cold, wet summer afternoon at an almost full Wembley, and the atmosphere is surprisingly raucous at the home of football. Mexican waves do the business and boos ring out every time a wiry player in a blue shirt gets a touch of the ball. The player is Luis Suarez.

Indian train fire kills 32

Thirty-two passengers were burnt to death and 25 injured as a fire tore through a coach of a train in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh yesterday.

HC weighs in

The High Court yesterday directed the Department of Environment (DoE) not to issue any environment and site clearance certificates to Hallmark Group for establishing an industrial park in Savar for the next four months.

JU teacher killed in road crash

A senior teacher of Jahangirnagar University was killed in a road accident near Ashulia bridge on the outskirts of the city last night.

DCC official draws flak from locals

The Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) administrator was severely rebuked by transport workers and local people at Jatrabari in the capital yesterday while he was accompanying the communications minister to check the condition of roads.

Comedy at city kitchen market

Guided and controlled by business and shop owners' associations, a parliamentary body yesterday expressed "deep satisfaction" over price of essentials following visits to two major kitchen markets in the capital.

India asked to free 2 Bangladeshis

Bangladesh has asked India to release its two nationals arrested over their alleged involvement in wheat smuggling, saying that they are workers of a vessel that was to carry wheat ordered from an Indian company.

Chevron to invest $500m at Bibiyana

US oil company Chevron yesterday announced it is ready to supply another 300 million cubic feet daily (mmcfd) gas from Bibiyana field from 2014, shifting from its earlier proposal to supply 940 mmcfd.

HC scraps Mamun's 10-yr jail

The High Court yesterday scrapped the 10-year jail sentence against Giasuddin Al Mamun in a corruption case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission adjudging the conviction against him illegal.

Blackout hits northern India

A massive power cut blacked out northern India yesterday, leaving more than 300 million people without power, shutting down water plants and stranding hundreds of trains in the worst outage in a decade.

400 workers cheated by manpower agent

Around 400 Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia were allegedly defrauded by an employment agent in the job regularisation process.

NSI official hid identity

Former director of National Security Intelligence Maj (retd) Liakat Hossain identified himself as an Ulfa leader during the ten-truck arms haul in Chittagong on April 2, 2004.

Arrestee confesses killing

One of the four accused in Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali murder case admitted his involvement in the killing before a Dhaka metropolitan magistrate yesterday.

Dyeing plant fined for pollution

Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a textile dyeing factory in Gazipur for polluting the river Turag with untreated toxic effluent.

No hope of early solution

The Buet crisis seems to be lingering as the agitating teachers remain firm on their demand for removal of the vice chancellor and pro-vice chancellor.

Uncertainty looms over stock trading

Uncertainty looms over today's stock trading due to a technical glitch in the software for electronic share transaction.

Kamaruzzaman was top leader

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was a “big leader” of a student organisation in Sherpur before the Liberation War, Monowar Hossain Khan, former guard of an Al-Badr camp told the International Crimes Trinunal-2 yesterday.

Most parties fail to turn in report

Only 10 out of 38 political parties have submitted their annual audit reports to the Election Commission (EC) until yesterday as the deadline for submission ends today.

2 killed falling from buildings

A construction worker and a baby boy died after falling from two buildings in the city's Gulshan-2 and Kadamtali areas yesterday.

2 accused confess involvement

Two accused in a case filed over mobile-bomb explosion inside a woman's handbag confessed to their involvement in the incident before a metropolitan magistrate yesterday.

Ebola fear: Uganda bans physical contact

Uganda's president yesterday banned all physical contact after a victim of a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus was reported in the capital Kampala for the first time.

Editorial

JS committee takes issue with prices

We appreciate the activism of the parliamentary standing committee on commerce ministry in coming out of the confines of parliament and taking up the burning issue of price jacking in Ramadan market. While expressing displeasure, it has asked the commerce ministry to step up market monitoring to keep prices at a 'tolerable level'.

Home ministry report revealing

The home ministry probe report on the killing of Mamun Bhuiyan on May 29 has brought to light the real story behind his death while he was under arrest. It has confirmed that he was not snatched from police and then killed by an angry mob. Quite to the contrary, it was Sub-Inspector Nripen Chandra Dey of Kaliganj police station who had reportedly produced Mamun to his rivals who then killed him in front of the police.

Sports

Dancing into people's hearts

Akram Khan looks sheepish. The question that he has been asked is one to which he feels he must say yes, but he is not sure yet how best to express himself. He thinks for a moment, and then does an excellent job.

'More positives than negatives'

There are positives to be taken out of Bangladesh's just-concluded tour to Europe, believes batsman Tamim Iqbal, despite the two losses to Scotland and the Netherlands.

Dominant MSC keep winning

Title contenders Mohammedan SC extended their winning run to 12 in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League when they came from behind to thrash Sonali Bank 11-2 in their Super League encounter at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Emdadul bows out

Another Bangladesh athlete made a first round exit from the London 2012 Olympics Games. This time it was archer Emdadul Haque Milon, who succumbed to a 6-0 defeat against Great Britain's Larry Godfrey in the first elimination round of the archery competition at the Lord's Cricket Ground yesterday.

BD A earn three points in draw

Bangladesh A earned three points from their drawn opening match against Baroda Cricket Association XI in the Shafi Darashah cricket tournament at the KSCA ground in Alur yesterday.

Roach roasts Kiwis

A five-wicket haul for Kemar Roach and an unbeaten 64 from opener Chris Gayle saw West Indies beat New Zealand by nine wickets on Sunday to win the first Test of their two-match series at North Sound.

India eye series today

Having made a strong comeback in their previous encounter, India would look to carry forward the winning momentum and seal the series when they take on gritty Sri Lanka in the fourth and penultimate one-day international at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Tuesday.

Greene's head says Bolt, but his heart says Blake

Former Olympic 100m champion Maurice Greene thinks Usain Bolt will deliver at the London Games, but backed the world's fastest man's Jamaican compatriot Yohan Blake to win the 100m.

London Diary

Neymar ran to the sideline and struck the famous Usain Bolt lightning pose. It was football's biggest Olympic star honouring one of the London Games' most acclaimed athletes.

Giggs oldest goalscorer

Hosts Britain took a big step towards the quarterfinals when goals from skipper Ryan Giggs and substitutes Daniel Sturridge and Scott Sinclair secured a deserved 3-1 win over the United Arab Emirates at Wembley on Sunday.

Li lifts gold with new record

China's Li Xueying won her country's second weightlifting gold on Monday, blowing away the rest of the field and breaking two Olympic records to take the women's 58 kilogram weight division.

Chapal unbeaten champion

Hafizul Islam Chapal became the unbeaten champion in the Metropolitan Selection Chess Tournament at the close of the final and ninth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

Strong Venus show

Venus Williams began her bid for a record fourth gold medal in Olympic tennis Monday by beating Sara Errani of Italy, 6-3, 6-1.

France stun USA

France engineered an epic upset in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay Sunday, one of two French golds on a pulsating night of action in the Olympic pool where two world records fell.

Golden Moldoveanu

Romanian crack shot Alin Moldoveanu took gold in the Olympic men's 10m air rifle Monday as India made a rare podium appearance despite seeing their defending champion crash out in qualifying.

Spain crash out

Spain's bid to add Olympic gold to their world and European titles ended in failure on Sunday with a shock 1-0 loss to Honduras.

Olympics in brief

Judoka breaks his medal



A Brazilian judoka accidentally broke his Olympic bronze medal when he brought it into the shower. Now he's fighting to have it replaced.

SA celebrates Cameron's gold

Newspapers celebrated South Africa's first Olympics gold medal since 2004 by giving 100m breaststroke champion Cameron van der Burgh front-page splash treatment Monday.

Matsumoto ends drought

Kaori Matsumoto of Japan won the women's under-57kg category at the Olympic judo event on Monday after Romania's Corina Caprioriu was disqualified in the final.

Beaten judo champ bitten

Greek judo champion Ioulietta Boukouvala claims she was bitten by her Cuban opponent after losing in the first round of the London Olympic Games on Monday.

Police lose Wembley keys

Police guarding Wembley Stadium where Olympic football matches are being played revealed Monday that they have lost a set of keys to the venue.

China cash in on error

China's Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan won 10m platform diving gold Monday after Britain's Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield fell from top spot and out of the medals following a botched dive.

Business

Nepal's 100 items may get duty-free entry to Bangladesh

Bangladesh may give Nepal a duty-free access for 100 of its products, especially vegetables and agricultural ones, as those have a higher demand in Bangladesh, said an official of the commerce ministry of Bangladesh yesterday.

Call for better labour relations

Winner of Oslo Business for Peace Award Latifur Rahman yesterday called for bringing about improvement in labour relations in industries for sustainable business.

BB bars banks' purchase of fixed assets

The central bank yesterday imposed restrictions on purchase or lease of fixed assets, including land, by commercial banks.

Demutualisation gathers pace as SEC forms panel

The Securities and Exchange Commission has formed a three-member panel to look into the demutualisation of stock exchanges.

Regulator defers flight suspension plan by one month

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has deferred its previous plan by one month to suspend flight operations for eight hours daily to reconstruct the lone runway of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

BB clarifies banks' bond investment

Bangladesh Bank (BB) issued a notice on Sunday clarifying mandatory investments by primary dealer (PD) and non-primary dealer banks in government securities.

Ctg chamber asks vessel owners to follow routine for unloading goods

Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industries yesterday asked vessel owners to follow a routine for unloading goods from mother vessels at the premier port.

Risk-averse investors depress stocks

Stocks slid for the second day as investors continue to be wary of undertaking any long-term, substantial investment.

United Arab Shipping starts Bangladesh operations

Dubai-based United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) started its journey in Bangladesh yesterday.

Oracle to buy software maker Xsigo

Software maker Oracle Corp said it would buy privately held Xsigo Systems, a network virtualization software maker.

New board member for human resource management body

Md Musharrof Hossain has recently been appointed as a board member of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management (APFHRM), the apex trade body of the World Federation of People Management Association.

Chittagong boutiques all set for Eid

Name the latest trend going for salwar kameez, sari and panjabi -- and you are likely to find them in the boutiques in Chittagong. They are trying to attract as many Eid shoppers as possible.

Creaky Indian infrastructure in the spotlight

INDIA'S worst power grid failure in more than a decade and a deadly train fire on Monday highlighted the crumbling infrastructure holding back Asia's third-largest economy, according to experts.

HSBC takes $2b hit for US, UK flaws

HSBC's boss said on Monday revelations of lax anti-money laundering controls had been "shameful and embarrassing" for Europe's biggest bank, and may force it to pay out well over $2 billion for those flaws and in compensation for UK mis-selling.

Metropolitan

No progress in finding fire source

Over three and a half years into the death of former Ganotantri Party president Nurul Islam in a fire incident, no significant progress has been made to unearth the cause behind the fire, said Nurul's frustrated widow and political associates yesterday.

110 Jamaat-Shibir men charged

Police pressed charges against 110 Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir leaders and activists, including Jamaat Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, in a case filed after the murder of Rajshahi University student Faruk Hossain.

Changes to be placed in next JS session

Amendments to the Chittagong Hill Tracts Land Dispute Resolution Commission (CHTLDRC) Act, 2001 would be placed for passing in the next parliamentary session due to be held in September, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.

Trawler capsizes in Shitalakkhya

At least 15 people were injured as police charged batons on locals, who were protesting a delay in the rescue operation for missing passengers of a trawler that capsized in Shitalakkhya river in Narayanganj yesterday morning.

No provision for foreign lawyers: Shafique

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said there was no scope for foreign lawyers to defend the accused of crimes against humanity before the International Crimes Tribunals as per relevant laws.

No motive found

The motive behind the murder of 72-year-old businessman Mohammad Fazlul Haque still remains unknown to police and his family members.

Teachers, staff announce strike

The teachers and employees of non-government schools and colleges yesterday announced a six-day strike in the secondary and higher secondary educational institutions across the country from September 8 to 13 to press home their 17-point demand, including nationalisation of the country's education system.

JS body for fish export ban in Ramadan

The parliamentary watchdog on commerce ministry will recommend for halting export of fish during Ramadan to ensure its sufficient supply in the market.

Onslaught on mud crabs threatens Sundarbans ecosystem

Though the mud crab is considered as one of the nature's "ecosystem engineers" for its ability to facilitate habitats and nutrients to other species, a significant proportion of its population is being wiped out every year due to its indiscriminate collection along the coastal belt, particularly in the Sundarbans.

Most parties fail to turn in report

Only 10 out of 38 political parties have submitted their annual audit reports to the Election Commission (EC) until yesterday as the deadline for submission ends today.

5 killed, 5 injured in road crashes

Five people were killed and five others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Rangpur, Brahmanbaria and Rajshahi on Sunday and yesterday.

Left-leaning alliance vows countrywide movement

A section of left-leaning political parties will wage a countrywide movement to change the country's existing political culture that has been regulated by the ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP for many years.

Fish traders clash with mobile court officials

Seven persons including four policemen were injured in a clash between fish traders and officials of a mobile court of Barisal City Corporation (BCC) during a drive carried out to detect formalin in Notun Bazar area yesterday.

Five held with gun, Yaba tablets

Law enforcers arrested five persons with a Myanmar made gun, a cartridge and 3,465 Yaba tablets in separate drives in Pahartali, Chowkbazar and Chowmuhani areas of Chittagong city on Sunday night.

Burnt student dies at DMCH

A university student, who had set himself on fire on Saturday in the capital's Tejgaon Industrial Area, succumbed to his injuries early yesterday at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Mozaffar Hossain Paltu elected vice president

Mozaffar Hossain Paltu, president of Bangladesh Peace Council, has been elected vice president of the World Peace Council from the Asia Pacific region.

Six youths arrested with bombs

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested six youths with five bombs and three sharp weapons in Dendabar area of Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital on Sunday night.

Status of police officers upgraded

The government yesterday officially upgraded the status of the posts of inspectors and sub-inspectors of Bangladesh Police to first and second class respectively.

7 Hizb-ut Tawhid men held

Police arrested seven young alleged members of militant outfit, Hizb-ut Tawhid, and seized a huge number of jihadi books from their possession after they were given a mass beating at Nandangachhi Railway Station in Charghat upazila yesterday.

Shameem Ahsan new envoy to Brazil

The government has decided to appoint M Shameem Ahsan, currently serving as the Bangladesh high commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, as the new ambassador of Bangladesh to Brazil.

Probe body finishes interviews

A three-member committee investigating a Tk 14.5 lakh misappropriation by the leaders of CBA, an elected body of employees, at Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution Systems Ltd (JGTDSL), yesterday finished interviewing the officers and employees of the state-run company.

Five doctors suspended

The government yesterday suspended four physicians for remaining absent in their workplaces without permission and another for submitting false academic documents.

Woman gang raped in Ctg

A female garment worker was raped by six men at her residence in Chittagong city's Alinagar area in the wee hours of yesterday.

Ruet admission tests on Nov 17

Admission tests for the honours programmes of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) for the academic session 2012-2013 will be held on November 17.

Man gets death sentence for murder

A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced a man to death for committing murder in 2009.

First phase advance voting for CU deans' election held

The first phase of advance voting for Chittagong University (CU) deans' election took place yesterday.

National

Give the golden boy a little boost

Performance of Imran, gifted son of a poor day labourer, in SSC and HSC examinations has become a talk of the village.

School allows employee to make house on playground

Believe it or not, authorities of Saidpur Pilot High School have handed over, through a written agreement, a part of its playground to an employee of the institution for making house.

Price hike of essentials, adulteration protested

A human chain was formed on Sunday demanding proper implementation of a High Court order to prevent food adulteration.

Swechchhasebok League man dies during Rab raid

A local leader of Swechchhasebok League, an associate organisation of ruling Awami League, died of heart attack during an anti-drug peddling raid by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Barisal city on Sunday night.

Bad weather plays foul

BIWTA team yesterday again failed to start its operation to salvage sunken fuel carrier MT Meherjan due to inclement weather.

Schoolboy's death in road accident sparks protest

Angry locals blocked Zianagar-Balipara road and vandalised six vehicles following death of a schoolboy in a road accident in Zianagar upazila yesterday morning.

Rock lifters block highway protesting use of dredger

Several hundred manual rock lifters barricaded different points of Panchagarh-Tentulia highway under Sadar and Tentulia upazilas yesterday protesting extraction of rock by dredgers.

Two teenage girls 'missing' from Jessore, Barguna still untraced

Two teenage girls who went missing in Jessore and Barguna districts have remained untraced.

Villagers attack school to protest 'rape' by teacher

Villagers vandalised Naogaon Government Primary School in Birganj upazila of the district yesterday protesting alleged rape of a class five student by a teacher of the school.

Under trial prisoner dies

An under trial prisoner died at Pabna Medical College and Hospital yesterday morning.

Police sue 1000 in Sylhet

Over a thousand people were sued yesterday on charge of assaulting police in the city. Sanjib Das, sub-inspector of Jalalabad police station, filed the case accusing 1000 to 1200 unidentified people, said Gousul Hossain, officer in-charge of the PS. On Saturday, the students of Shah Khurram Degree College and transport workers locked in a clash over tempo fares in Temukhi area. At one stage, five policemen came under attack when they rushed there to bring the situation under control on receiving information, said the OC.

2 hurt as bomb goes off

Two people were injured as bomb went off in Kharki area of the district town yesterday morning. Police also arrested one Jahangir Alam, 22, of Shastitola, who escaped unhurt. Prodip Ghosh, 25, of Shastitola, and Robiul Islam, 18, of Kharki area in the town, were admitted to Jessore Medical College and Hospital. Officer in-charge of Kotwali police station Golam Rahman said the accident happened at an abandoned house in the area while the trio were making bombs.

Outlaw held in Pabna

Police arrested an outlaw of a faction of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) and a fake Rab member in Ataikula bus stand and Bonogram Bazar areas of the district on Sunday night. They also recovered a bomb from the possession of the outlaw. The arrestees are outlaw Aslam Hossain, 22, son of Kalu Hossain of village Boroibari in Santhia upazila and Monju Hossain, 35, son of Munnaf Hossain of Rasulpur village in the upazila.

Dowry-hungry man jailed

A Jessore court on Sunday sentenced a man to three years' rigorous imprisonment for demanding dowry from his wife. The convict is Jasim Uddin, son of Habibur Rahman of Chengutia village in Abhaynagar upazila. According to the prosecution, Jasim married Majeda Khatun, daughter of Akhil Uddin of Kachua village in Sadar upazila, on December 20, 2009. He took cash Tk 2 lakh, gold ornaments and furniture from Majeda's father as dowry at the time of marriage. Later, he demanded Tk 2 lakh more from the parents of his wife in the name to going abroad. As Majeda refused to bring the money, she was tortured mercilessly and driven out of her husband's house on March 17, 2011. Later, the victim filed a case against Jasim on March 20. After examining the records and witnesses, Chief Judicial Magistrate Sheikh Mafizur Rahman handed down the verdict.

International

Syria regime advances in battle wracked Aleppo

Regime forces yesterday strafed rebel-held districts in Aleppo with helicopter gun ships and pounded them with shelling on the third day of a pitched battle for Syria's commercial capital.

Aleppo assault 'nail in Assad's coffin'

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that the assault on his own population in Aleppo will be a nail in his coffin.

S Korea wins right to mine under Indian Ocean

South Korea yesterday said it has won the exclusive right to exploit a deep-sea mine in the Indian Ocean that could produce more than $300 million worth of minerals a year.

Arts & Entertainment

The unfamiliar that is all too familiar

Couple of days post Humayun Ahmed's demise, BTV aired one of his plays. The play, “Nimphool”, was first aired in 1997. Set in a typical Bangladeshi village, the story begins with a mob approaching the home of the headman, ably played by Abul Hayat. A notorious bandit has been caught. The smart-mouthed outlaw, deftly played by Asaduzzaman Noor, and his young son receive generous beatings from the mob. As happens with crazed mobs almost everywhere across the world, logical reasoning is banished, and it's decided that the bandit will have to lose his eyes as punishment for his crimes. Humanity emerges in the form of the headman's daughter, who provides water and food to the bandit's young son -- a child who is already being treated like a criminal by the society. As the whole village rejoices the imminent eye gouging with festivity, the headman's daughter -- consummately played by Sheela Ahmed -- begs her father to stop this madness. The bandit should go to jail, she says. He is a criminal but his eyes haven't committed a crime.

Theatre festival on Rabindranath, Al Deen, Badal Sircar begins tomorrow

Theatre troupe Swapnadal will arrange a weeklong festival featuring plays of Rabindranath Tagore, Selim Al Deen and Badal Sircar. The festival will start tomorrow at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy with the staging of Selim Al Deen's “Festoon-e Lekha Smriti”.

“Lux-Channel i Superstar” as a launching pad

A number of aspiring young actresses who were launched through the “Lux Channel i Superstar” talent hunt, are now busy in the media. These artistes have all the potential to carve out successful careers and may well dominate the media by dint of their talent and hard work.

Conceptual installation at Britto

Guest artists Leonardiansyah Allenda from Indonesia and Prithivi Shrestha from Nepal displayed their installations at an exhibition, titled “Britto International Artist's Residency 2012” on July 26 and 27 at the Britto Art Trust on Green Road in Dhaka.

Olympics soundtrack races into British charts

London's 2012 Olympics opening ceremony raced into the British charts on Sunday with a collection of music from the kaleidoscopic extravaganza becoming the week's fifth-best selling compilation album after just 24 hours on sale.

Eid Delights

A wholesome family-oriented TV show, “Ittyadi”, with innovative ideas, conveys social messages and generates awareness among the masses all with a dash of entertainment. Special episodes of “Ittyadi” during Eid bring up interesting choreography which adds to the extravaganza.

Prakash Jha: Crusading director

Politics and film director Prakash Jha have seldom been separated.

OP-ED

Building castles in the air

The drama of the proposed Padma Bridge building keeps getting more mysterious with the passage of time. On the one hand, we find the ministry of finance informing us that the last "objectionable" character has been removed from office and now there are no more obstacles standing in the way for the stalled funding to move ahead. Simultaneously, we have mixed signals coming from the top tiers of government telling us that Bangladesh is not interested in external funding -- that we will build the bridge using own resources. The ground realities of building a bridge utilising funds other than that which had been on offer from multi-donor consortium including the World Bank constitute multifarious problems and costs.

It's finger-licking good

That infallible icon of contemporary mores, Oprah Winfrey, seems to have suffered deep and choking revulsion at the sight of Indians eating with their hands. The very rich and extremely civilised Oprah must be eating with her feet. All of us eat with our fingers. Some of us feel the need for metal or wooden appendages to our fingers. To each his own; why get smug about this?

'I can bring change because my politics is for people'

Here is the text of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's interview with BBC's HARDtalk during her five-day London visit to attend the inaugural ceremony of London Olympics 2012. BBC World News broadcast the interview, taken by Stephen Sackur, four times yesterday at 03.30, 08.30, 15.30 and 20.30 GMT. (Note: there may be a few words missing because of technical problems in transcribing from the telecast)

A bridge too far?

The curious saga of the Padma bridge proposal brings to the fore the classic dilemma of development cooperation. Poor countries in need of external assistance the most are the ones least able to make good use of that support.

This Day In History

July 31

1658
Aurangzeb is proclaimed Moghul emperor of India.

Science & Life

Randomness leads to structure!

Researchers trying to herd tiny particles into useful ordered formations have found an unlikely ally: entropy, a tendency generally described as "disorder."

Climate change linked to ozone loss?

Climate change may spur the destruction of ozone in unexpected parts of the globe.

Air-charged battery

UK researchers have made a key step in development of a lithium-air battery, a device that promises three to five times as much energy per unit mass as the existing lithium-ion.

Hess's Law

Henri Hess, who formulated Hess's Law, is known to be the early exponent of the principle of thermochemistry. His most renowned paper, outlining his law on thermochemistry, was published in 1840. His principle was a progenitor for the first law of thermodynamics. It states that in a series of chemical reactions, the total energy gained or lost depends only on the initial and final states, regardless of the number or path of the steps. This is also known as the law of constant heat summation.

Not just parroting

Far from just mindlessly repeating sounds they hear, pet parrots may have a purpose for their vocal expressions, including trying to try to track their owners' location, a study has found.

Brightest stars in pairs

ScienceDaily (July 26, 2012) A new study using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has shown that most very bright high-mass stars, which drive the evolution of galaxies, do not live alone. Almost three quarters of these stars are found to have a close companion star, far more than previously thought. Surprisingly most of these pairs are also experiencing disruptive interactions, such as mass transfer from one star to the other, and about one third are even expected to ultimately merge to form a single star.

What is magnetosphere?

The magnetosphere refers to the region of magnetic influence of a celestial body. This varies depending on the size of the body and the magnetism it generates. Earth's magnetosphere is defined by the region in which the motions of charged particles are largely determined by earth's influence. This effect extends out to about 10 earth radii (63,731 km or 39,123 mi). Certain bodies known for their magnetism, such as magnetars, a form of pulsar, have magnetospheres tens of millions of miles wide.



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