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Malaysia-Korea joint venture offer soon

Malaysia considers appointing an inexperienced company as the concessionaire of Padma bridge project and will soon send the final proposal in this regard to Bangladesh, communications ministry sources said yesterday.

King Bolt retains crown

Jamaica's Usain Bolt sealed his status as the greatest sprinter of all time after retaining the men's Olympic 100m title with an electrifying display on Sunday.

US worried at govt actions on Grameen Bank

The USA yesterday expressed deep concern about the Bangladesh government's move to give the Grameen Bank chairman control over the selection of the bank's new managing director.

Five years in jail for no offence

Zakir Hossain, a man without criminal records, has been wrongfully serving a life sentence for another Zakir, tried in absentia for murder.

Hard to get train tickets

All the woes and sufferings are for enjoying a few days with the near and dear ones during the Eid holidays for which thousands of city dwellers wait all the year round.

Khaleda admits 2006 'mistake'

BNP chief Khaleda Zia has finally admitted, albeit behind closed doors, that it was a mistake to back then president Iajuddin Ahmed as the chief adviser to the caretaker government in 2006.

River-linking project 'quite a nightmare'

India's river-linking project would be an economic, social and ecological disaster, said Jairam Ramesh, Indian minister for rural development, drinking water and sanitation.

Withdraw restrictions

International Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Commission demanded the government withdraw restrictions on its activities and implement the CHT peace accord.

Youth shot dead by criminals

Unidentified criminals shot a youth to death at Pallabi in the capital yesterday afternoon.

Faulty, old launches get facelift

Like in the previous years, around 100 faulty launches are getting quick fixes in docks of Keraniganj during Ramadan this year so that those could be pressed on service to ferry Eid holidaymakers.

New base year to gauge inflation

The government has introduced a new base year for calculating inflation rates to give a more representative index of prices in the changing economic situation.

7 held with Tk 50 lakh fake notes

The Detective Branch of police arrested seven people with Tk 50 lakh counterfeit money in separate drives in the capital's Postogola area early yesterday.

Lack of true democracy leads to instability

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday attributed the mass upsurges in different parts of the world to lack of participatory democracy and justice.

EC sits on reports for over 3 yrs

The Election Commission has not taken any move in the last three and a half years to scrutinise the election expenditure reports submitted to it by political parties contesting the 2008 parliamentary polls.

EC prepares roadmap to JS polls

The next parliamentary polls will be held under the current constitutional provisions as the people have "accepted" the 15th Amendment to the constitution, Election Commissioner Abdul Mobarak said yesterday.

Contempt petition filed against Sajeda

Defence counsels of Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah have filed a contempt of court petition against Deputy Leader of Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury for allegedly making statements allegedly disrespecting the international crimes tribunals.

Tagore's 71st death anniversary today

The 71st death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore will be observed today, the 22nd day of the Bengali month of Sraban.

Petitions in arson case rejected

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected petitions challenging the legality of charge framing against 46 opposition leaders including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in an arson case and speedy trial.

Nasa's rover lands on Mars today

Are we alone? Or was there life on another planet? Nasa's $2.5 billion dream machine, the Mars Science Laboratory, aims to take the first steps toward finding out when it nears Mars's surface today.

Ship-breaking worker killed in accident

A ship-breaking worker was killed after falling from the lift shaft while working in the yard in Chittagong yesterday afternoon.

Pakistan car bomb kills two children

A suspected militant yesterday killed himself and two children in southwest Pakistan when a bomb in the car he was driving exploded before he reached his intended target, police said.

China summons US diplomat

China has summoned a senior US diplomat over American criticism of Beijing's decision to set up a new military garrison in the South China Sea, in an escalating row over the tense waters.

Karzai accepts dismissal of top ministers

Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday accepted a vote by the country's parliament to dismiss his two top security ministers, but ordered both to remain in their jobs pending replacement, a move aimed at safeguarding fragile stability.

29 officials to retain Rajuk plots

The government has decided to uphold the allocation of plots and flats to its 29 high officials who were allocated plots in Uttara and Purbachal in spite of receiving flats in Lalmatia and Mirpur.


PM's proposal for small govt needs clarification

The prime minister's proposal to the opposition on a possible "small cabinet" with representation from political parties as an interim arrangement for general election sounds expedient rather than pragmatic. The proposal in the shape it has come falls short on specifics.

Rush for home hindered

This year is no exception to the rampant business of cornering the advance sale of bus tickets prior to Eid-ul-Fitr holidays when hundreds of thousands of people flock to their village homes to celebrate one of the two principal Muslim holidays. Indeed, if one is to go by recent newspaper headlines, bus tickets for August 14 to 16 is no longer available at most ticket counters of all major departure points of the city.


Fraser-Pryce starts Jamaican charge

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won a thrilling women's 100m duel to retain her Olympic crown on Saturday, holding off a lunging Carmelita Jeter to squeeze home by just 0.03sec.

Magical Murray takes gold

Britain's Andy Murray demolished Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the Olympic men's final on Sunday to win his first gold medal and avenge his Wimbledon final defeat against the world number one.

Ennis the star of the Games

There is something uniquely thrilling about watching an athlete at the very top of his or her game. Perhaps it is the execution of a finely honed skill, perhaps it is the sheer physicality needed or perhaps it is the scheming tactics required that makes the heptathlon the most gruelling of Olympic sports.

Skipper Nafees sent home

The Bangladesh A team captain Shahriar Nafees was sent home from India yesterday on disciplinary grounds, just a day before the third and final four-dayer against the Karnataka State Cricket Association (Colts) in Bangalore, India,.

NBR, BPL close to resolution

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has come up to ease the tax-related impasse between National Board of Revenue (NBR) and the franchisee and other stakeholders of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20, insiders said.

SA openers hold fast

South African opening batsmen Graeme Smith and Jacques Rudolph resisted some hostile bowling before a second rain stoppage on the fourth day of the second Test against England at Headingley on Sunday.

London's parks offer unique treats

While thousands of Londoners have been lucky enough to scalp a ticket to the Olympic Park, many other thousands have seen their dreams of watching high-quality live sport shattered. Ticketing issues related to empty VIP seats in various Olympic stadiums have been a recurring issue of debate between the International Olympic Committee, the media and the British Olympic Committee.

Clean sweep for WI

West Indies sailed to a comfortable five-wicket win to complete a clean sweep of the two-match Test series against New Zealand at Sabina Park in Kinston yesterday.

Mushfiq, Nasir off to Colomobo

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Nasir Hossain left for Colombo yesterday to take part in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), which will be held in Colombo and Pallekele from August 10-31.

Booters give in to quota

Booters seemed convinced with the explanations of BFF president Kazi Salahuddin regarding the foreign quota in the upcoming professional football league after they had a one-hour discussion with the BFF boss yesterday.

Abahani finish third

Abahani finished third in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League with a 3-1 win over Sonali Bank in their last match of the Super League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Williams sisters win historic fourth gold

Venus and Serena Williams became the first tennis players to win four Olympic golds on Sunday after a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Czech pair Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the women's doubles final at Wimbledon.

10 selected for Sahara-BCB camp

The Bangladesh Cricket Board selected 10 cricketers for the Sahara-BCB National Cricket Academy preparation camp to be held from August 8 to 14.

Brazil scrape thru'

Brazil stayed on course for a first Olympic football gold medal but only after a nervy 3-2 win over a Honduras side reduced to nine men saw them into the semifinals.

One final golden splash

Michael Phelps savoured one last golden moment Saturday, capping his remarkable Olympic swimming career with an 18th gold medal in the final event in the Aquatics Centre competition pool.

Dutch women in semis

Defending champions the Netherlands moved into the semifinals of the Olympic women's hockey tournament on Saturday by defeating South Korea 3-2 for their fourth successive victory.

Jin's golden pistol double

South Korea's Jin Jong-Oh completed an Olympic pistol shooting double Sunday, winning the men's 50m pistol gold eight days after his triumph in the 10m pistol.

Gelana wins marathon

Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana won gold in the women's marathon on the streets of London on Sunday, denying the powerful Kenyans their first Olympic crown in a Games record time of 2hr 23min 7sec.

Chinese clean-sweep in badminton

China's Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng sealed the first ever clean-sweep of all five Olympic badminton titles when they won the men's doubles final on Sunday.

Gatecrasher apologises

An Indian woman who gate-crashed the procession of India's athletes at the opening of the London Olympic Games has apologised for an "error of judgement" that prompted a wave of criticism on social media sites.


Open new avenues for jobs

Bangladesh must identify potential high-employment generating industries to lessen the burden on the readymade garment and agriculture sectors, experts said yesterday.

Govt resets base year to track inflation

The government has revised the base year for calculating inflation rates to 2005-2006 from 1995-1996 at present, to introduce a more representative index of wholesale prices in the changing structure of the economy.

Rail ticketing goes online

Tickets for Bangladesh Railway can now be bought online using debit or credit cards from Visa or MasterCard.

Population boom spoils gains of poverty cut: analysts

A population boom erodes Bangladesh's gains in poverty reduction as the number of people suffering from a lack of food is on the rise.

Relocate RMG units to rural areas: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday suggested garment makers subcontract partial processes to rural areas to reduce the urban pressure.

Develop tech to ease farmers' lives: minister

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday asked agriculture scientists to develop new technologies to reduce the sufferings of farmers who toil to feed the nation.

BRAC Bank clarifies bKash's operations

BRAC Bank and its subsidiary bKash Ltd yesterday refuted allegations made in news media of violations of Bangladesh Bank rules.

BB moves to check spread of fake notes

Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday urged people not to get scared about fake notes as law-enforcement agencies mounted watch.

Baburhat goes frenzy ahead of Eid

As the Eid festival approaches, traders and shoppers were seen closing their deals at Baburhat, one of the largest wholesale clothing markets in the country.

India's love of appliances boosts power consumption

Every evening before Indian executive Sushmita Rao leaves her Delhi office, she phones her maid to switch on the air conditioner so her apartment is refreshingly cool when she reaches home.

Myanmar energy tycoon lobbies for smart sanctions

An energy magnate lauded as a rare "legitimate" tycoon in crony-dominated Myanmar has quietly lobbied for an end to Western sanctions -- except those targeting cronies who flourished under military rule.


Share knowledge to cut human deprivation

Countries across the world should learn from one another about the best practices and measures to mitigate human deprivation, which is a multi-dimensional issue, said noted economist Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud yesterday.

India to ratify land boundary deal soon

Visiting Indian Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh yesterday assured Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement 1974 and its protocol in the Indian parliament as soon as possible.

People must recall Bangabandhu's role

Denying that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the leader of the country's Liberation War is more dreadful than his killing, said noted educationist Prof Emeritus Anisuzzaman yesterday.

Dispose of rule by Oct 7

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday directed the High Court (HC) to hear and dispose of by October 7 a rule issued on the legality of proceedings of a corruption case filed against former BNP law minister Moudud Ahmed.

Journos offered money for 'conveyance'

Journalists who went to cover a discussion marking National Mourning Day at Birdem Hospital in the capital were offered money to pay for their “conveyance”.

Domestic help 'tortured to death'

A domestic help was allegedly tortured to death by her employers in Pallabi area of the capital yesterday.

3 die as boat capsizes in Sunamganj

Three bodies were recovered yesterday after a boat capsized in Sonatola Haor in Dharmapasha upazila in Sunamganj on Saturday.

Concern over 'communal conspiracy' expressed

Leaders of Samprodayekata-Jangibad Birodhi Mancha (anti-communalism and anti-militancy platform) yesterday expressed concern over conspiracy of creating communal conflicts by a section of people in the country.

No election with Hasina as prime minister

Sheikh Hasina would not be allowed to participate in the next parliamentary election while holding the post of the prime minister, said BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday.

Judge unhappy over time petition by defence

A senior special judge yesterday expressed his discontent when the defence of the Zia Charitable Trust graft case prayed for the fifth time to defer the delivery of the order on whether to accept charges against the accused.

Publish ad asking Koko to appear before court

A Dhaka court yesterday asked the authorities concerned to publish an advertisement in two national Bangla dailies asking Arafat Rahman Koko, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's younger son, to appear before it by August 30 in a tax evasion case.

New envoy to Qatar appointed

The government has decided to appoint Muhammad Enayet Hussain as the ambassador of Bangladesh to the State of Qatar.

Move criticised by physicians

Expressing concern over the cabinet's nod on amending the ordinance of Grameen Bank, physicians yesterday urged the government not to destroy the bank through amendment.

New birds, animals liven up Mirpur zoo

The Dhaka National Zoo in Mirpur is now bustling with new inmates as the authorities procured 51 animals and 209 birds in the last two months for better entertainment for visitors.

Road accidents kill six

Six people were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Natore, Jamalpur and Mymensingh on Saturday and yesterday.

BCL men abduct train driver at CU

A driver of a Chittagong University (CU) shuttle train was released four hours after being abducted by the ruling party backed Bangladesh Chhatra League activists yesterday.

Former DMP commissioner summoned

A Dhaka court yesterday summoned SM Mizanur Rahman, a former acting commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), to appear before it today to give his deposition in connection with the August 21 grenade attack cases.

Bangladesh signs MoU with Sudan

Bangladesh would lease huge amount of farmlands in South Sudan and Kenya for cultivating rice, wheat, maize and other crops.

Housewife dies from electrocution

A housewife died from electrocution at Noyabazar in Chittagong city early Saturday.

Earthquake jolts Sylhet region

A light earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale jolted Sylhet region yesterday.

Cellphones worth Tk 50 lakh seized in Ctg

Customs officials seized 450 mobile phone sets worth around Tk 50 lakh from the luggage of two expatriates at Hazrat Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong city yesterday morning.

Worker dies from electrocution

A garment worker was killed and two others were injured in electrocution in Chittagong early Saturday.

CCC seeks Tk 2,000cr from UNCDF

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) has sought Tk 2,000 crore as loan from United Nation Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) to implement its projects.

'Arrest criminals in Rajshahi city'

Leaders of Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Parishad (RRSP) yesterday urged the authorities concerned to arrest identified criminals to curb criminal activities in Rajshahi city.


Muhibunnesa Chowdhury, mother of Ibrahim Chowdhury, Prothom Alo New York correspondent, passed away at her New Jersey residence in the US on Saturday night.

Death anniversary

Today is the eighth death anniversary of Santosh Gupta, an eminent journalist and writer.

Taslimuddin Ahmed

Today is the second death anniversary of Taslimuddin Ahmed, the second son of late Dr Altafuddin Ahmed.

Mahbub Ali Khan

Today is the 28th death anniversary of Rear Admiral (retd) Mahbub Ali Khan, former minister for communications and agriculture.


Tree felling fest on

A timber trader with the connivance of an employee of Pabna Zila Parishad felled at least ten roadside mahogany trees illegally at Haripur in Chatmohar upazila of the district in the last seven days.

Aman farming on vast areas of Patuakhali uncertain

Aman cultivation on around 40 thousand hectares of land in Kalapara upazila under the district faces uncertainty as the farmlands are flooded by saline water entering through the damaged parts of flood control embankments during high tides.

Detained BSF man returned

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) yesterday handed over a member of Border Security Force (BSF), who was held on intrusion charge Saturday night, to Indian authorities after a flag meeting here.

Case against FF protested

Several hundred freedom fighters formed a human chain in the district town yesterday, demanding withdrawal of 'false' cases filed against an FF by a woman.

Police sue 362, yet to arrest anybody

Police filed a case against 362 people including 300 unnamed ones in connection with Saturday's violence at Rajapur village in Chirirbandar upazila under the district following dispute over building a mosque near a temple.

'Arrest criminals, or face agitation'

Several hundred villagers brought out a procession at Gheger Bazar in Saudllahpur upazila yesterday, demanding immediate arrest and punishment of a gang of criminals who have been committing various crimes in the area for long.

IU BCL leader injured in bomb attack

A top leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League's (BCL) Islamic University (IU) unit was injured in a bomb attack by criminals at Sheikh Para Bazar near the campus yesterday.

SI closed in Meherpur

Sub-inspector Maruf Hossain, in-charge of Baradi police camp under Gangni upazila, was closed to Meherpur police line yesterday following a demonstration by local traders demanding his removal.

Woman killed in fire

An elderly woman was killed in a fire incident in Mirzapur upazila on Saturday night.

Outlaw held in Chuadanga

Police caught an outlaw red-handed when he came allegedly to take extortion money at Alamdanga in Chuadanga on Saturday evening. The arrestee was identified as Sujon Ali alias Sumon, 26, son of Tomser Ali of Sinduria village in the upazila. According to police, a few members of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) Janajuddho faction were demanding illegal toll from some businessmen of the area. The businessmen jointly filed an allegation with Alamdanga police station a few days ago. “We set a trap with help of the businessmen and asked the extortionist to take the amount demanded by him," said Sub-Inspector Amzad of Alamdanga police station.

Gangsters injure 6 cops

Six policemen were injured in an attack by a gang at Mohendro Nagar village in Sadar upazila on Saturday night. The gang tried to snatch from police a man arrested on charge of motorcycle lifting and robbery. The injured policemen were identified as ASI Aminul Islam, ASI Mizanur Rahman and ASI Nur Alom and constables Enamul Haque, Rowshan Ali and Enamul Miah of Lalmonirhat Sadar police station. They were admitted to Sadar hospital. Police said they arrested accused Shamim Islam, 37, son of Tofazzol Hossain of Mohendro Nagar village at around 11pm. After sometime, Shamim's gang members attacked police to snatch him.

Schoolboy found dead

Police yesterday recovered the body of a schoolboy from a pond at Pukuria village in Rajoir upazila of the district. Pradip Chandra Majumdar, 12, was son of Sushanto Majumdar of the village and a student of class six at Pukuria Chatushpalli High School. Nihar Ranjan Boiddya, acting chairman of Kadambari union said Pradip went missing since Saturday morning. Locals found his body floating in a pond adjacent to their poultry farm yesterday morning and informed the police. Pradip's family members alleged that the boy might have been killed by a neighbour over previous enmity.

Man held with arms

Police arrested an alleged arms peddler along with a foreign made pistol from a Dhaka-bound bus at Daulatdia ferry ghat in Goalanda upazila of Rajbari district yesterday. The arrestee was identified as Abu Bakar, 34, son of Rabiul Sardar of Bujtala village under Benapole port PS. OC Abul Bashar of Goalanda ghat PS said, on secret information, they raided the bus and arrested Bakar along with the pistol and two bullets.


Tax big vehicles

Needless to point out that Dhaka is reeling from tremendous traffic jam. A lot has been repeatedly written and emphasised about the crippling problem. The solution to traffic jam lies in construction of flyovers, metro rail system, sky trains, more development of public transport system like buses, articulated buses etc, and reduction of private cars, vehicles etc from the streets.

Buying power from India?

Recently, honourable state minister for power & energy stated in the national parliament that Bangladesh is likely to import 500MW of electric power from India by the middle of next year (2013). There are two important things in the statement that needs to be pondered over. One is the expression "likely", and the other "middle of next year". The first expression belies the certainty of either the quantity or the timing when power will be made available to Bangladesh.

Humayun Ahmed's last wish

We have learnt from local media that late litterateur Humayun Ahmed's last wish was to build a cancer hospital. His millions of readers can turn this dream into reality if help is sought from them in an organised way. But of course, somebody who is acceptable to all has to lead this huge campaign.

Prime minister's interview with BBC

I would like to thank BBC News' HARDtalk and interviewer Stephen Sackur for an in-depth interview of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Mr. Sackur's extensive research on a variety of topics facing Bangladesh definitely required detailed answers from the prime minister. However, the public only got to see the prime minister's combative behaviour towards the interviewer… illogical denials of corruption in Bangladesh, and riculous self-glorification. Under this prime minister's leadership, the nation has sunk further into turf wars abetted by the ruling party's thugs; corruption fuelled by members of parliament; and rapidly deteriorating infrastructural and law-and-order scenario for the general population. A big congrats to HARDtalk for displaying to the world the type of leadership exists in one of the intensely desperate nations in the world.

May Humayun Ahmed rest in peace

Popular writer Humayun Ahmed's death has created a void in our literary world. He was versatile. Had he lived longer, our country would have been enriched by his contribution.

Admirable service at Indian High Commission

Recently I went to the High Commission of India in Dhaka to obtain visa for my personal trip to India. I was really happy to find that the High Commission has simplified the visa process and genuine visa applicants can get visa without any hassle. The officers concerned inside the High Commission are very cooperative and prompt in providing necessary services.

The spirit of Ramadan

We can not but be sad to see the overwhelming presence of vice everywhere even in this holy month. Crimes like killing for money and power, and causing slow death to people through poisoning of food and fruit with harmful chemicals are going on as usual, thanks to slackness of the government.

Stop this farce about Padma bridge

Our poor nation is always adventure-loving! Please stop day-dreaming and close the bank accounts, if already opened, for receiving donations. Stop one more avenue for corruption. Do not allow corruption and also do not become a laughing stock, declaring 'we can do it'. We and the whole world now know what's going on in the name of building the Padma bridge.

Padma bridge, Abul Hossain and WB

We don't know whether the recent resignation of Abul Hossain will affect the decision of WB or not. This could have been done before, when the WB pointed finger at him. During his time as communications minister, his performance had always been questioned by the general people.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “The saga of a 'patriot' and a 'blood sucker'”


All-out assault looms on Aleppo

The Syrian army pounded rebel positions in second city Aleppo yesterday ahead of a threatened ground assault after boasting its capture of the last rebel-held district of the capital.

Morsi plays down row, defends army

Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi on Saturday gave a lengthy speech to the army in praise of its role during the run-up to his election, proclaiming that he, his government and the powerful generals will cooperate for the future.

Israel bars envoys, Nam meet cancelled

A key meeting of Non-Aligned Movement (Nam) ministers which was to have taken place in the West Bank yesterday was cancelled after Israel denied several of them entry, officials said.

UN envoy calls for truth commission

A United Nations envoy called Saturday for the establishment of a "truth commission" into decades of human rights abuses in Myanmar to augment its ongoing transition to democracy.

Kurd rebels kill 22 in Turkey attack

Kurdish rebels stormed a Turkish army post on the Iraq border yesterday, triggering fighting that killed 22 people in the latest clash since Ankara launched a major offensive against the outlawed PKK.

'Qaeda' blast kills 45 in Yemen

A suicide bombing in south Yemen blamed on al-Qaeda killed 45 people, local officials said yesterday, as residents voiced fears that a lack of security personnel on the ground will allow the jihadists to return.

Five killed in fresh violence

After a calm of ten days fresh violence broke out in parts of lower Assam claiming five lives and pushing the overall toll to 61 yesterday.

Trinamool to attend UPA lunch

In a bid to repair the strained ties with Congress, the Trinamool Congress leadership has asked its MPs to attend the lunch hosted by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi today.

Muslim summit: Saudi invites Iran

Saudi King Abdullah invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for an extraordinary summit of Muslim leaders to be held this month in the holy city of Mecca, state news agency SPA reported yesterday.

India floods toll rises to 34

Flash floods in mountainous northern Indian have killed at least 34 people and left hundreds of Hindu pilgrims stranded, officials said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Death, as seen by the bard

“Moron Re Tuhu Momo Shyam Saman” and “Moritey Chahina Ami Sundar Bhuboney” -- composed by Rabindranath Tagore suggest a beautiful contradiction in how the bard saw death. Death is inevitable like birth. That's why life goes on following the rules of the world. On Tagore's 71st death anniversary, noted singers -- Sadi Mohammad, Papiya Sarwar and Bulbul Islam -- talked about the bard's thoughts on death.

The legacy lives on...

Tagore's childhood in Jorashako (a locality of Kolkata) was culturally very opulent. The environment was enlivened with the performances of renowned maestros and talented jatra artistes. Even in his early years, Tagore developed a taste for jatra gaan and was inclined to act in plays.

Memorial meeting for Humayun Ahmed

Boi Prokashok and Biponon Samabay Samity jointly organised a memorial meeting for recently deceased writer Humayun Ahmed, on August 5 at BFC Auditorium, Aziz Super Market in Shahbagh, Dhaka. Poet Belal Chowdhury; Harisul Haque; publishers Masum Rahman, Mesbahuddin Ahmed, Rabin Ahsan; photographer Nasir Ali Mamun and others were present as discussants. Faisal Arefin presided over the programme. The speakers discussed on the life and works of Humayun Ahmed.

Research combining all aspects of Rabindra Sangeet

She hasn't been in the limelight, but singer and scholar and music teacher Jhumur Ahmed certainly deserves recognition for her dedication to Rabindra Sangeet.

Procession for Humayun Ahmed

Sammilito Sangskritik Jote (SSJ), Mymensingh unit, brought out a procession in the district town today to mourn the death of noted writer Humayun Ahmed.

Hawk Koch named new Oscars boss

Producer Hawk Koch has been elected the new president of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which stages The Oscars every year.


Spare the man and Grameen, please!

Bangladesh's Nobel Peace Prize laureate has again incurred the wrath of the powers that be. But it is not clear what went wrong this time that Grameen Board's power is being drastically curtailed through bringing an amendment to the GB ordinance, 1983. The Cabinet has okayed the decision to go ahead with the amendment by way of an ordinance promulgated by the presidential; as the Jatiya Sangsad (national parliament) is not in session.

Hobson's Choice: It's either Olympics or politics

Mr Jeremiah and Ms Cassandra have long been publicly moaning that the difference between news and entertainment has either disappeared or fast getting there. Such lament comes from confusion. News is not synonymous with politics. It is simply new information about anything we are interested in; and the reasonable fact is that people are more interested in what makes them happy, from fashion to fiction, than the depressing snarls of politics. But there is always a political story which bridges these compartments, since it is intrinsically amusing. All you have to do is pause and think. Sometimes a very thin line separates scoop and satire.

'How you accept defeat is crucial in democracy'

Indian Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation Jairam Ramesh is now in Dhaka and talked to The Daily Star's Inam Ahmed and Rezaul Karim on a number of issues relating to development and bilateral relations. Jairam is a prominent figure in Indian politics and an environmentalist too.

On-grid vs off-grid solar power system

Massive deployment of off-grid systems in cities and urban areas where electricity is limited is becoming more and more unpopular. Cost being the main factor, compromises are made in quality of the panels, charge controllers, and number of batteries needed to supply the required AH to support the prescribed load. In addition to that, the power factor of the loads is not taken into consideration. These days, the major portion of the off-grid AC loads are CFL bulbs, which are not known for good PF. Samples from major brands were collected from Bangladesh market and tested. And a shocking fact was discovered. The on-grid system directly injects AC current by inverting (synchronised) Solar DCV directly into the home AC outlets through which it becomes a part of the power grid systems without relying on battery and the household load.

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