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News of: Friday, 3rd of August, 2012

Front Page

Grameen fettered

The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal for amending an ordinance to give more powers to the Grameen Bank chairman to choose the managing director of the microlender.

Autonomy curbed

Civil society leaders yesterday condemned the government move to curtail the autonomy of the Nobel winning Grameen Bank as an undemocratic decision that they believe would give negative signals to the world.

Save the bank

Shocked. Speechless.

JU shut after violence

Authorities have shut Jahangirnagar University till August 25 as the campus burst into violence over Wednesday night's police firing on students.

UGC worried

The University Grants Commission (UGC) yesterday expressed deep concern over the current instabilities at different public universities including Buet, Jahangirnagar University (JU), Pabna University of Science and Technology (PUST) and Rajshahi University (RU).

Mosharraf charged with bribery

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain for taking bribe from Niko Resources Ltd, a Canadian energy producer.

He owes it all to public gas

Former accounts officer of Titas Gas Distribution Company Ltd Sheikh Abdul Halim allegedly owns two multi-storey buildings, several plots in Dhaka and movable property worth a huge amount.

Fitra fixed at Tk 55

This year's fitra has been fixed at minimum Tk 55 per head and maximum Tk 1,500.

BNP rejects PM's offer on interim cabinet

The national standing committee of BNP last night rejected outright the prime minister's offer to join an interim cabinet ahead of the next general election.

Obama 'backs Syrian rebels'

President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorising US support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, sources familiar with the matter said.

Operation of three NGOs barred

The government has banned operations of three international NGOs in Ukhia and Teknaf of Cox's Bazar from last Monday for illegally providing aid to Rohingya intruders.

Bolt v Blake

The countdown towards what is being hyped as the fastest race in history begins on Friday as the Olympic athletics gets underway with all eyes on the prospect of a thrilling 100m shootout.

Face atrocities, if war heroes helped

War crimes accused Jamaat leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman at a public meeting threatened people with dire consequences if they helped freedom fighters during the Liberation War in 1971, a prosecution witness and freedom fighter told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday.

An Appeal to media leaders

An advocate, Nazrul Islam, filed a case in a Chittagong court, accusing the wife of Humayun Ahmed, Meher Afroz Shaon, and one Mazharul Islam, owner of publishing house Anya Prokash Ltd, for “killing the littérateur (Humayun Ahmed) in a planned way”. The basis of his case was reports of some newspapers (none of them mainstream), that tried to create sensation surrounding the famous writer's death.

Four telcos set to get 2G licence renewed

After a stand-off with the BTRC for more than eight months, four mobile phone operators Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi and Citycell will get their 2G licences renewed on Tuesday for the next 15 years.

India's Mars mission in 2013

India plans to launch a mission to Mars next year, putting an orbital probe around the red planet to study its climate and geology, top space department officials said yesterday.

BCL leader freed amid protest

Bagha police released a leader of Awami League-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League following street protests by his fellows in Charghat upazila early yesterday, only hours after he and five others were arrested for kidnapping a trader.

Santu demands right to observe

Observing the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is a fundamental right of the Jumma communities, says indigenous leader Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, popularly known as Santu Larma.

Muhith still hopeful

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has expressed hope that the government may reach a settlement with the World Bank on funding the Padma bridge project.

Nepal to get access to Ctg, Mongla ports

Bangladesh is working towards providing Nepal with transit to access Chittagong and Mongla seaports, said Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday.

Construction worker shot dead

Extortionists shot a construction worker dead at Kalshi of city's Pallabi yesterday, as they failed to realise toll from his contractor.

6.3-magnitude quake hits PNG

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea (PNG) yesterday, the US Geological Survey said.

Attacks on Iraq checkpoints kill 8

Three attacks on separate checkpoints north of Baghdad yesterday killed eight people, including four policemen and three anti-Qaeda militiamen, Iraqi officials said.

Editorial

Drop in essentials prices

Apparently driven by increase in supply, prices of essentials like onion, egg, soya bean oil and green chilli that were selling at a higher price at the beginning of Ramadan have started coming down.

Celebration of International Indigenous Day

Precisely how the State benefits from stopping the celebration of cultural diversity in the country is bewildering. If one goes by recent newspaper reports, the district level administration has been directed not to extend any support in celebrating the 'World Adivasi Day', an event that has been held since 1994. Apparently such a decision was handed down as it is in line with the controversial law the government passed in 2010 that termed all indigenous groups as “minor races” and “ethnic sects”.

Sports

Missile misfires

You didn't need to be a rocket scientist to figure out James Magnussen's expression after Wednesday night's thrilling 100-metre freestyle swimming final.

Shagor leaves, head held high

Bangladeshi swimmer Mahfizur RahmanShagor bowed out of the Olympics yesterday, finishing seventh out of eight competitors in his heat for the 50m freestyle event.

Wilson ends GB's 12-year wait

World record holder Peter Wilson grabbed Great Britain's first Olympic shooting medal for 12 years on Thursday, winning gold in the men's double trap at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Shakib out of SLPL

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed yesterday that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will not take part in the Sri Lankan Premier League Twenty20 tournament (SLPL).

England fight back

England claimed three wickets in the first afternoon of the second Test against South Africa at Headingley on Thursday, fighting back after a wicketless morning and a heavy defeat in the series opener.

Serena, Novak in semis

To complement her booming serve and slingshot returns, Serena Williams tried a left-handed forehand Thursday at the Olympics.

Fixing report due Monday

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will make public the investigation report on a suspicious Bangladesh Premier League encounter between Brothers Union and Rahmatganj MFS on Monday, but both the alleged clubs are likely to be let off the hook due to lack of evidence.

BD A try to defend paltry target

Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) Colts XI were in the driving seat against the visiting Bangladesh A side at the end of the second day of their four-day match in the Safi Darashah (KSCA) Invitational Tournament in Bangalore yesterday.

Carlos hangs up his boots

Brazil World Cup winner Roberto Carlos has officially retired from football, the manager of Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, where he was playing, has said.

Sonali Bank romp to 5-0

Sonali Bank tasted their first victory in the Super League of the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League with a 5-0 win over Shadharan Bima at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Sagar, Taibur slip up

IM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar and FIDE master Taibur Rahman slipped in the Open International Rating Chess Tournament after losing their respective second round matches at the Bangladesh Chess Federation Hall Room yesterday.

'bo' calls Phelps!

US President Barack Obama decided a personal tweet to Michael Phelps wasn't enough, so he surprised the US Olympic swimming star with a personal phone call at the London Games.

3rd judo gold for Russia

Russia's Tagir Khaibulaev beat the defending champion Tuvshinbayar Naidan of Mongolia to win the men's under-100kg Olympic judo title on Thursday.

Bo-Bae's 2nd archery gold

South Korea's Ki Bo-Bae added the Olympic Games women's individual archery gold to her team title victory when she defeated Mexico's Aida Roman in the final at Lord's on Thursday.

SA stuns the favourites for rowing gold

South Africa stunned favourites Great Britain and Denmark to claim their first ever Olympic rowing gold medal in the lightweight men's four on Thursday in front of a 25,000 crowd.

Sturridge fires GB

Hosts Great Britain won through to the Olympic men's football quarterfinals after Daniel Sturridge's goal secured a 1-0 win over Uruguay at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Wednesday.

Aussies thrash Spain

World champions Australia routed 2008 Olympic silver medallists Spain 5-0 in men's Olympic field hockey on Wednesday, as hosts Great Britain were held by South Africa.

China's fourth straight gold

China's Qin Kai and Luo Yutong won the men's 3m synchronised springboard gold medal on Wednesday to make it four Chinese victories from four diving events at the London Olympics.

Li triumphs in stormy final

Li Xiaoxia stunned Ding Ning to win women's table tennis gold in a stormy, all-Chinese women's singles final which ended with the world number one in tears on Wednesday.

Yu quits after scandal

One of the star Chinese badminton players disqualified from the Olympics for throwing a match has announced she is quitting the sport, saying her dreams had been "heartlessly shattered".

Blame it on bus trouble

Brazil's women's soccer team has accused London 2012 organizers of a "disgraceful" plot that led to its shocking defeat against Great Britain Tuesday.

Business

Doubt over benefits of FTA with India

Analysts yesterday expressed doubt over a World Bank idea that a free trade agreement (FTA) with India will boost Bangladesh's exports to the neighbour.

Eid spurs remittance flow

Remittance inflow rose by 17.55 percent to $1.19 billion in July from a year ago, riding on the upcoming Eid festival.

Pay as you talk

Mobile phone users will now pay as much as they talk, according to a new directive from Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

BTRC to serve notice on Airtel

The telecom regulator may serve notice on Airtel Bangladesh as the mobile operator was found using unauthorised spectrum in Rajshahi.

All accounts are intact and secure: CDBL

The operator of the central depository system (CDS), the platform for electronic share transaction, said yesterday its system remains intact and secure.

FBCCI election in October

The chairman of the biennial election board of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday announced the schedules of its election for 2012-14.

StanChart launches Islamic banking for corporate clients

Standard Chartered Bank yesterday launched its Shariah-based product Saadiq for its corporate clients in Bangladesh.

Viyellatex factory faces protest over salary, bonus

A group of workers of a newly launched unit of Viyellatex Group yesterday gathered at the factory, demanding payment of salaries for July and bonuses for Eid-ul-Fitr within the day.

Metropolitan

Bangladesh to lease Sudanese farmland

Bangladesh yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with South Sudan to take a 10-year lease on Sudanese farmland to grow crops aimed at ensuring food security of both the countries.

Refrain from sensationalism

Seventeen eminent citizens yesterday urged the media to refrain from publishing sensational news on late litterateur Humayun Ahmed and his wife Meher Afroz Shaon.

NHRC chief condemns police's action

The law enforcement agencies that hand over a citizen to criminals cannot establish human rights and protect the country's people, said National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday.

Road crashes kill 9

Nine people were killed and thirty-six others injured in road accidents in Sylhet, Natore, Chittagong, Narayanganj and Madaripur on Wednesday and yesterday.

HC summons Louhojang OC for not recording case

The High Court yesterday summoned on August 12 the officer-in-charge of Munshiganj's Louhojang Police Station for not recording a case over the rape of a girl with speech impairment.

Automation of BRTA to begin next year

The automation of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) under a US$2.7 million project is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2013.

Two accused on three-day remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed two accused in the murder of Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali on a fresh three-day remand.

JS body recommends amendments

A parliamentary body yesterday recommended some changes in the proposed Tree Reservation Law, which include increasing the amount of penalty for violations and delegating upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) at upazila level and executive officer at municipality level instead of forest officials to monitor enforcement of the act.

Former CU VC declared unwanted

Activists of Chittagong University (CU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday at a press conference protested an article written by former vice-chancellor of CU Prof Abdul Mannan and declared him persona non grata at CU.

MCJ dept celebrates golden jubilee

The Department of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) of Dhaka University celebrated its 50th founding anniversary yesterday.

Girl found dead in capital

Police recovered the body of a three-year-old unidentified girl from a house at Golapbagh in Jatrabari area of the capital yesterday morning.

Non-party interim govt will solve problems: Moudud

BNP leader Moudud Ahmed yesterday said all problems would be solved and peace would be established if the prime minister accepted their demand of non-party interim government for holding the next general elections.

Khoka gets bail in bus arson case

A Dhaka court yesterday granted permanent bail to former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka in an arson case.

Two taken on 3-day remand

A Dhaka court placed two people on a three-day remand after police arrested and produced them before it yesterday over the murder of an elderly couple in their Dakkhinkhan residence in the capital on July 31.

Police, BGB get US training

The United States government has provided training to Bangladeshi police, border guards, fire fighters, Ansar and VDP on Critical Incident Management (CIM).

Next Banshkhali carnage case hearing Aug 22

A Chittagong court yesterday fixed August 22 for the next hearing of Banshkhali carnage case.

6 held over Ratan murder in Ctg

Six people have been arrested in connection with the killing of a businessman after abducting him from Chittagong on June 20.

8 BCL activists arrested

Eight Bangladesh Chhatra League activists were arrested from the capital's Fakirerpool area yesterday in connection with an attempted murder case filed with Kotwali Police Station in Sylhet.

One held with arms in Ctg

A man was arrested with two locally made guns and two bullets in Patiya Upazilla in Chittagong on Wednesday.

Bazlur Rahman's 72nd birthday today

Today is the 72nd birth anniversary of late Bazlur Rahman, a prominent journalist and former editor of the daily Sangbad.

Obituary

Md Mufazzal Hussain Chowdhury, former president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh, died of respiratory complications in a hospital in Texas, USA, early yesterday. He was 80.

Muhammad Abdul Hamid

Miah Muhammad Abdul Hamid, former principal of Salimullah College, died of old age complications yesterday. He was 90.

Death anniversary

Today is the 13th death anniversary of Mohammad Faruque, former chairman at Bangla Department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) and Karachi University.

National

Extortion from vehicles rampant in Thakurgaon

Illegal toll collection by a section of transport workers and dishonest traffic policemen from vehicles at different points in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila has appeared as a nuisance ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.

One killed, 50 hurt as supporters of 2 UP members clash

A man was killed and at least 50 others were injured in a clash between the supporters of two union parishad (UP) members at Manika village under Bahubal Upazila in Habiganj district yesterday.

Five get life for murder

A Pabna court yesterday sentenced five people to life imprisonments for killing a man in Sadar upazila in 2007.

Summer bean farming brings them solvency

Cultivation of rupvan, an early variety bean, has appeared as a profitable venture for many farmers in Ishwardi upazila, an area famous for growing the popular winter vegetable.

Overflowing Nautara River causes massive erosion

Usually a quite and smoothly flowing river, the Nautara has turned turbulent, causing massive erosion at Satjan village in Dimla upazila.

Rival JCD men clash, 8 injured

At least eight activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured in a factional clash in Mehendiganj upazila town on Wednesday. Two rival factions--one backed by JCD district joint convener Asaduzzaman Lablu and the other by upazila joint convener Naim Hossain Tuhin--clashed near Bazar Jame Masjid area over formation of the upazila committee at around12:30pm. The clashing groups used sharp weapons during the clash, leaving eight activists from both sides injured. Being informed, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. Of the injured, Ripon Bhuiyan from Tuhin faction and Himu from Lablu faction were admitted to the upazila health complex while the rest given first aid.

Boy drowns

A two-year-old boy drowned in a pond at Brahmangaon village in Louhojang upazila on yesterday. The deceased was identified as Rifat, son of Liton Bepari of the village. Officer-in-Charge of Louhajang Police Station Abdul Malek quoted family sources as saying that Rifat slipped into the pond beside their house while he was playing on its bank in the morning. After a hectic search, locals rescued Rifat from the pond and took him to the local health complex where the doctors declared him dead.

Criminal held with pistol

Police arrested a criminal along with a Pistol in Dighipar area under Benapole Police Station early yesterday. The arrestee is Liton Hossain, 24, son of Ismail Hossain of the village. Acting on a tip-off, law enforcers raided the area at around 3:00 am and arrested Liton from his house. They also recovered a pistol from his possession. A case was filed under Arms Act against Liton.

Man to die for killing wife

A Chandpur court on Wednesday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife for dowry in 2007. The convict is Sadek Sarkar, 33, son of Ismail Sarkar of Rasulpur village under Matlob (South) upazila of the district. Additional District and Sessions Judge Md Motahar Ali pronounced the verdict in presence of the convict. According to the prosecution, Ayesha Akhter Bithi, daughter of Abdul Mannan of Rasulpur village, was stabbed to death by her husband Sadek Sarkar on May 18 in 2007 following a quarrel over dowry. Awlad Hossain, brother of the victim, filed a murder case with Matlob (South) police station against Sadek. After investigation, police pressed charges against Sadek.

Stalker jailed

A stalker was sentenced to 75 days imprisonment in Sadar upazila on Wednesday. The convict is Raihan, 20, son of Abdur Rahim of Nolpur village in the upazila.Sudharam police said Raihan used to tease Rozina Akhter Shipi, a class nine student of Nolpur High School, on her way to school. On Wednesday, locals caught Raihan while he was teasing Rozina and later handed him over to the police. Police produced Raihan before the Executive Magistrate Israt Jahan. After a brief hearing, the magistrate punished the boy.

Two girls commit 'suicide'

Two girls allegedly committed suicide in separate incidents at Amlapara in the district town and Deghol Beltoli village in Shahjadpur upazila on Wednesday night. The deceased were identified as Happy, 23, a domestic help at the house of one Minatullah in the town and Phuljan, 26, daughter of Kurban Ali of Deghol Beltoli village. Police said locals found the body of Happy hanging from the ceiling fan of a room on the second floor of the house at night and informed them. The law enforcers went to the spot, recovered the body and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. The reason behind the suicide could not be known as of yesterday. In another incident, Phuljan allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her room following a quarrel with her mother. Later, police recovered the body and sent it to the hospital morgue for autopsy.

Two electrocuted

A young man and his nephew were electrocuted at Moheswari village in Bhanga upazila of the district yesterday morning. The deceased were identified as Monir Hossain, 25, and his nephew Imran, 11.Police said the duo died on the spot when they came in touch with a snapped live electric wire on a road at around 11:00am.

4 held for killing easy bike driver

Tangail yesterday arrested four people in connection with an easy bike driver killing case. The arrestees are Masud Rana, 18, of Santosh area, Noor Mohammed, 18, of Thanapara area, Mohammad Arif, 18, of Majhipara area and Aminul Islam, 22, of Mohishkhola area in the town. Acting-on a tip off, a police team from Sadar police station led by its officer-in-charge Nazrul Islam raided different areas in the town and arrested the four. Police recovered the body of easy bike driver Bachchu Miah, 40, from Boruha area in Sadar uppazila on Tuesday morning. Victim's wife Nazma Begum filed a murder case with Tangail Model Police Station the same day. During preliminary interrogation, the arrestees confessed to killing Bachchu and snatched his easy bike, police said.

Letters

NU students' future at stake

National University (NU) students are the worst sufferers of session jam which has taken an acute turn. I am a student of 3rd year of the English department. My session is 2007-2008. This year we were supposed to have appeared in the Honours final exam but still we are waiting for our 3rd year final exam to be held. What is the reason behind this situation at the NU? Classes are not held regularly; teachers are busy with private tuition at home; exam papers are not examined in given time; and results are also not published in time. To our utter surprise, teachers give more importance to money making and considers education a commodity. Have they forgotten that teaching is a noble profession?

Farmers use mobile phones

Recently the World Bank revealed a survey report that says 80 pc farmers are using mobile phone to get direct entrance in the market. Our farmers do not get proper price of their products. So it is encouraging that farmers are realising the importance of electronic devices in marketing their goods. But experts indicate that this is not enough to reduce the differences the prices of agricultural commodities between field level and the market. To change this situation, the government needs to adopt a holistic business model. Storage, transportation and food processing facilities should be improved. The government should also continue to provide power and fertilisers subsidies to the farmers.

Need for national policy to prevent AIDS

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) caused by Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) is one of the major killer diseases in this century. More than 33.4 million people have HIV in the world and more than 2.7 million are getting newly infected. In South and South East Asia more than 5.6 million people are infected with HIV, in Middle East and North Africa the number is about 470000. In the South East Asian region, especially in India, Thailand and Myanmar, a high number of people are carrying HIV virus. A large number of Bangladeshis are working in the Middle East and Africa. Many of us are frequently travelling in highly positive areas including our neighbouring countries.

Publish the list of rejected MRPs

According to a report of the daily Prothom Alo of 22nd July, 100,000 MRP passports have been rejected by the Department of Immigration and Passport. It is very sad that 2,080 MRPs were stolen from the concerned department. How could this happen? Who were involved in this? Have the authorities identified them and taken proper steps against them? To remove the hassles of the innocent applicants, the list of rejected MRPs should be published in the newspapers as early as possible. At the same time, the perpetrators must be identified and punished.

Criminal activities rise during Ramadan!

Maybe Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where police have to take special security measures to prevent criminal activities during the month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr. From the July 20, 2012 issue of The Daily Star we learned that Dhaka Metropolitan Police is stepping up its security system.

Are we too lazy to react?

Being tolerant is good. Letting people take advantage of you is not. And that's exactly what we are guilty of. We, the people of Bangladesh, turn a blind eye to every other flaw that appears in our daily life. It's almost like we like to suffer, silently. Every year we let our beloved utility providers dig up the roads, and somehow it's always the rainy season when it's easier to misappropriate funds, and no one has the power to do anything. The roads of the capital city are full of potholes. Disgraceful, but we can't care enough to react. Kitchen market prices have increased beyond the reach of even the middle class families, but what can we do? The government's attempt to reduce the prices of essential commodities or the CNG fares has been nothing more than just an attempt of misdirection. And the best part is, it works. I look around, and I see no one doing anything. What happened? Did all the courageous souls die in the War of Independence, leaving just pathetic citizens behind?

Great writer with dreams

The whole nation is still mourning the death of Humayun Ahmed, an author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker. Some noted writers of West Bengal have also expressed their deep shock over the death of our great writer. Sunil Gangopaddhay said: “I can not think that my friend is no more in this world, he (Humayun Ahmed) had a mastery over all the spheres of literature. His death is an irreparable loss to Bangla literature.” Famous writer Samaresh Majumder has said that the contribution of Humayun Ahmed in Bangla literature would remain alive for decades. His supervisor got very surprised to know about his command over literature while he was doing his Ph.D in polymer chemistry in North Dakota State University in US. Apart from his literary works, I am also impressed with his great dream of building a cancer hospital and an institution like Shantiniketan. His dreams remained unfulfilled in his lifetime. But I think all the fans of Humayun Ahmed, his relatives and the government should come forward and make all out efforts to translate his great dreams into reality.

Thanks to our power dept people

Every local daily has published the disastrous power grid failure leading to blackout all over India. In some locations, power failure has been catastrophic. The sad part was that when about forty percent of power was restored, the supply grid failure happened again! All this misery happened during the hot Indian summer, when naturally electric power demand is at the highest. Compared to that, we should consider ourselves lucky. Despite our outdated, lame and limping power generation equipment, we have thankfully been spared such disasters now occurring in India. Fortunately, we have been spared any large scale electric power blackouts due to technical failure.

Tragically the dark knight rose!

On July 20, 2012, a very painful and tragic incident took place during a midnight show of Christopher Nolan's super hit film "The Dark Knight Rises" wherein a gunman wearing a gas mask opened fire inside a theatre in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve movie-goers were killed and more than 58 injured during the indiscriminate shooting.

PM's BBC interview

Stephen Sackur interviewed our prime minister for the BBC Hardtalk. At the end part of the interview he suggested that the prime minister should leave the stage for new. We think a foreign journalist cannot give such a suggestion to an elected prime minister of a sovereign country in an interview. Mind that she is elected by the people. It is a gross violation of etiquette. We, the Bangladeshi people, may disagree with our prime minister on many policy matters, but after all she is our elected prime minister. Her dignity is our nation's dignity which must not be hurt.

Online Voices

Grameen Bank

International

Annan bows out amid raging violence

International envoy Kofi Annan is stepping down, UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced yesterday "with deep regret," as his April peace plan for Syria in tatters in the face of raging violence.

Assange would face death penalty in US

The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is lobbying Ecuador to grant him asylum, says she is worried her son could face execution if extradited to the United States.

Afghan forces foil Kabul attack; 5 killed

Afghan security forces killed five insurgents and wounded one during a pre-dawn raid in Kabul yesterday, with authorities saying they had thwarted a mass attack and captured intelligence pointing to the militant Haqqani network.

Morsi swears in Egypt cabinet

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi swore in a new cabinet yesterday that retained military chief Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi as defence minister while giving the Islamists and their allies several portfolios.

Afghan FM faces graft probe

Afghanistan's finance minister will be investigated after large amounts of money were found to have been deposited into his bank account and transferred abroad, the nation's anti-corruption chief said yesterday.

Chinese teen kills eight in knife attack

A teenager has been arrested after killing eight people and wounding five others in a knife attack in northeast China, state media reported yesterday.

US hails progress in talks with Pakistan

The US commander in Afghanistan yesterday said that "significant progress" was being made in improving cooperation with Pakistan, after his first visit since Islamabad ended a blockade on Nato supplies.

Hopes fade as crisis turns into proxy war

Regional powers are pouring in money and guns, jihadists are joining rebels battling to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, while his own well-armed but hard-pressed forces are fighting back ruthlessly with combat aircraft and artillery.

Antarctic had rainforest 52m years ago

Drilling of the seabed off Antarctica has revealed that rainforest grew on the frozen continent 52 million years ago, scientists said yesterday, warning it could be ice-free again within decades.

Facebook has more than 83m 'fake' users

Facebook has revealed that it believes there are now more than 83 million fake users on the social network.

Floods kill dozens in North Korea

Tens of thousands of flood-hit North Korean families urgently need clean drinking water to prevent disease outbreaks, UN agencies yesterday said.

India probes series of blasts in Pune

Federal anti-terror agents joined local police in the western Indian city of Pune yesterday to probe a series of low-intensity blasts the night before when the new home minister had been due to visit.

China slams US over Iran sanctions

Beijing reacted furiously Wednesday to new US sanctions imposed on a Chinese bank over transactions with Iran, urging Washington to revoke them and saying it would lodge an official protest.

Typhoon kills 6 in Taiwan

Typhoon Saola pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and torrential rain that left six people dead and forced nearly the entire island to shut down yesterday, rescuers and media said.

Israel PM's popularity at record low

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's popularity has plummeted to its lowest point since his election in 2009 after he pushed through a series of tough austerity measures, a poll showed yesterday.

Al-Qaeda trio arrested in Spain

Police in southern Spain arrested three suspected al-Qaeda members in possession of explosives and poison, Spanish media yesterday said.

Arts & Entertainment

Maladies on canvas

After a hiatus, noted artist Ranjit Das is holding a solo painting exhibition. The exhibition, titled “Rim”, will be held at Bengal Art Lounge in Gulshan, Dhaka in September. His last solo art show was held at Galleri Kaya. The USP of Das' paintings is an in-depth observation of the socio-political and economic aspects of the society.

Gifts that brighten up the season

Gifts, as such, maybe bought at Aarong by the well to do, and from any of the shops on Dhanmandi 2 all along the Mirpur Road. There is Gyankosh where a gift such as a doll or a book or paint box set maybe bought at a reasonable price. A gift has to be liked. It should be useful. It doesn't have to be expensive. There are gift shops in and around Dhanmondi Road 5 and 3, Usha Silk and Shamsi's Collection for example. Here, cute and practical items from Bangkok, rather than China, are available. Similarly, Rachana is good for readymade clothes and accessories like bags, shoes, and toiletries like soaps and perfumes ranging from Yardley to Gucci. New Market is ablaze with costumes for Eid, yet these may be pricey. Small items like picture frames with sea shells, ornate boxes and inlaid trays may be obtained even on the way to the Airport from Captain's Table; the prices are reasonable.

Theatre festival on Rabindranath, Al Deen, Badal Sircar begins

The weeklong theatre festival featuring plays of Rabindranath Tagore, Selim Al Deen and Badal Sircar began at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on August 1. Theatre troupe Swapnadal has arranged the festival that features six plays by three troupes. On the first day of the festival, Swapnadal staged Al Deen's “Festoon-e Lekha Smriti”.

Tippi Hedren: Hitchcock ruined career, not life

Tippi Hedren said Wednesday she survived working with Alfred Hitchcock, but her career was another matter.

Lovely's solo photography exhibition in Bhutan

Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre, Thimphu, Bhutan in collaboration with Bangladesh Embassy in Bhutan recently organised a weeklong photography exhibition, featuring the images by Lovely Shamsunnahar. The exhibition was held at the main gallery of Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre.

OP-ED

Abul in a China shop

Abul is down." "Abul is a patriot." Neither of these hyperbolic statements is my choice. The first one is from our finance minister, who, in his staccato style of cryptic delivery in a stentorian voice, meant to say either that Syed Abul Hossain, former ICT minister, who was also former communication minister, had stepped down or succumbed to the pressure to quit his job. If brevity is the soul of wit, our finance minister is amazing at times. He can be brief even in his wit and soul.

Turmoil in the Arab world

By the time this article appears it is possible, though not certain, that President Assad's heavily armed forces will have re-established control of Aleppo, Syria's second-largest city and its commercial and economic hub.

Untamed, Hasina had her say

Sheikh Hasina born to political adversity and growing up through a hostile environment appears to have an uncanny ability to brave and tackle tough encounters.

'Enjoying such freedom, if one fails to run the administration successfully then he should resign'

Professor Nazrul Islam, former UGC Chairman and, currently Chairman of Centre for Urban Studies (CUS), talks to A.B.M Shamsud Doza and Zaheen Zaema Khan of The Daily Star on the ongoing crisis in public universities.

This Day In History

August 3

1914
World War I: Germany declares war against France.

Did You Know?

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

StarTech

Jelly Bean another feather to Android's crown

It's been just over a month since Google officially announced the latest version of Android operating system code named Jelly Bean. The latest Android OS implements new technology from Google's 'Project Butter' to enhance performance and visuals, along with a new search experience. Already the latest flavor of Android has been installed on 0.8% of Android devices in the market, according to the search giant Google.

Databiz wins mBillionth award

Databiz Software Limited, a leading software house in Bangladesh, has won the prestigious mBillionth Award South Asia 2012.

Microsoft revamps Hotmail as social- friendly Outlook

Microsoft Corp unveiled a revamped, Facebook-friendly version of its free, online email service on Tuesday in an attempt to reverse market share losses to Google Inc's fast-growing Gmail.

Dropbox details security breach that caused spam attack

Online storage service Dropbox has given details of a security breach that led to many of its members receiving unsolicited emails.

Asus introduces new laptop

Asus has introduced its A43E laptop in the local market.



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