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News of: Wednesday, 8th of August, 2012

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Modhumoti Model Town is illegal

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a High Court verdict that had declared Modhumoti Model Town illegal.

StanChart in a sticky stew

The market value of Standard Chartered Plc tumbled $16 billion on Tuesday after New York's bank regulator threatened to tear up its state banking license for allegedly hiding $250 billion in transactions tied to Iran.

Five major risks found in Malaysian offer

The finance division has pointed out five major risks associated with Malaysia's proposed financing for the Padma bridge project, and said those concerns must be addressed if the proposal is to be accepted, according to a finance ministry official.

Get judges also from other professions

The Law Commission has recommended passing a law allowing appointment of legal experts from different professions as Supreme Court judges. The tradition so far has usually been for SC judges to be picked from among lawyers and lower court judges.

Telcos finally get 2G licences renewed

After a delay of more than eight months, four mobile phone carriers--Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi and Citycell--finally got their 2G licences renewed yesterday.

Elderly fish trader beaten to death

A 70-year-old man died early yesterday after he was beaten by his neighbour following a feud over a trifling matter in the capital's Adabor on Monday night.

Moon ride on Jatrabari road

With only a week remaining before people will start heading towards villages to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their families, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has failed to keep its promise to repair the busy Gulistan-Jatrabari road.

Bus passengers count extra fare

Like every year, many bus services are taking advantage of people's desperation to go home for Eid, charging additional amount for advance tickets.

HC orders Rab probe

The High Court yesterday directed the government to transfer the Aminbazar killing cases to Rab, saying the Criminal Investigation Department could not make significant progress in its investigations.

Mojaheed denied bail

International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday allowed a prosecution petition seeking permission to bring in additional witnesses in the case against Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah.

Curbs on NBR chief's power

In an unprecedented letter, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has restricted the chairman of National Board of Revenue from making any important decision, as he did not comply with the minister's recommendation.

Check power grab thru' backdoor

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon all to remain alert so that none can come to power in undemocratic way and play ducks and drakes with people's voting rights.

Indigenous people'face extinction'

Indigenous people in Bangladesh could become extinct within the next few decades if their deprivation of rights continues as it had in the past, said CHT Regional Council Chairman Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma yesterday.

EC to take advice from predecessors

The Election Commission is planning to invite former chief election commissioners and election commissioners to a discussion on parliamentary and local government polls and electoral reforms, an incumbent election commissioner said yesterday.

Under trial prisoner dies on court premises

A man under trial died on the court premises here yesterday.

3 drown as 2 motorboats collide

At least three people drowned when two engine-boats collided head-on in the Meghna river in Narsingdi on Monday night.

Kuwait fails again to swear in new cabinet

Kuwaiti lawmakers boycotted a parliament session yesterday to foil another attempt to swear in a new cabinet - a move that makes the assembly's dissolution likely and throws the US ally into more turmoil.

Editorial

Teachers' training remains a weak area

A report submitted by Planning and Development Unit of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) to the Education Ministry is a shocking eye-opener in quite a few ways. It unveils after three years of the creative method having been introduced at the secondary level of education that 30 percent of the teachers are unable to set question papers in the creative segments of the text books. Even this is a partial picture based on surveys of 4810 out of 18404 institutions. Which means absolute number of teachers unskilled in this particular area must be quite overwhelming.

Law enforcers breaking the law

In the backdrop of no less than two High Court (HC) directives to free up pavements this year, the walkways for pedestrians continue to remain occupied by vendors of all shades and colours. What has come as a bit of a shock is that the police authorities themselves have set up camp occupying a large portion of the road and pavement on Mirpur road near Chadni Chawk market, one of the busiest shopping hubs of the city.

Sports

A gold for grandma

On the podium Felix Sanchez cried and cried. As the national anthem of his beloved Dominican Republic rung out across the stadium speakers, Sanchez wept uncontrollably. Despite his gold medal, they hardly looked like tears of joy to anyone watching. It could yet become one of the most enduring images of London 2012.

U-19s win first warm-up

Right-arm paceman Abu Jayed combined with left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed to give the Bangladesh Under-19s a convincing seven-wicket victory over Scotland in their first official warm-up match of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup at the University No 2 Oval in Brisbane yesterday.

Amer lets cat out of the bag

When the professional league committee of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) was announcing the 'not-guilty' verdict in the prolonged match-fixing investigation into clubs Brothers Union and Rahmatganj MFS, a new and darker revelation emerged as Brothers Union manager Amer Khan declared on TV that he was forced to play a fixed match against eventual champions Abahani.

BFF finds 'em not guilty

The two-and-a-half-month long investigation into the allegedly fixed match between Brothers Union and Rahmatganj MFS failed to find any incriminating evidence, it was revealed at a press conference at the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) House yesterday.

A Grenadian's tale

One of the more poignant moments of Sunday's electric track-and-field lineup in the Olympic Stadium came in the semifinals of the 400 meters. Oscar Pistorius, who had managed to reach his goal and qualify for the semi-final, finished last. There were cheers for Pistorius though, from around the stadium. But more importantly, the young sprinter who had led the field came over to the South African and exchanged numbers.

Bolt eases through to 200m semis

Imperious Usain Bolt eased through the first round of the Olympic 200m on Tuesday as the Jamaican took the next step towards a sprint double after having already retained his 100m title in style.

Semenya set for debut

South African 800m runner Caster Semenya is scheduled to make her Olympic debut on Wednesday, confident that her controversial victory in the 2009 world championships is a thing of the past.

Lord's Test to be KP's last?

England star Kevin Pietersen on Monday dropped a bombshell by suggesting that the third and final Test against South Africa at Lord's might be his last.

2nd Test ends in a draw

Kevin Pietersen enjoyed rare success as a bowler and Stuart Broad took five wickets, as England gave South Africa some anxious moments before the second Test ended in a draw at Headingley on Monday.

Holly vaults into matrimony

British pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale flopped at the Olympics, but was a winner in love on Tuesday when she revealed her boyfriend had proposed to her.

BD A batting falters again

The Bangladesh A team continued their poor batting on the tour of India as Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) XI tightened their grip on the four-day encounter on the second day of the Safi Darashah Invitational Tournament in Bangalore yesterday.

Vettori out of India tour

Influential spinner Daniel Vettori will miss New Zealand's tour of India after failing to recover from a groin strain picked up in the West Indies, cricket chiefs said on Tuesday.

Bolt pays tribute to Liu

Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt paid tribute to Liu Xiang on Tuesday after the Chinese star suffered an agonising exit from the Olympics for the second time in a row.

Ostapchuk ends Adams' reign

Belarus' Nadezhda Ostapchuk won the women's Olympic shot put title here on Monday with a throw of 21.36m to end the almost two-year unbeaten run of defending champion Valerie Adams of New

'I won a bronze, not lost a gold'

Yelena Isinbayeva clearly remembers the moment she began to ask herself the most basic and existential question of them all.

Liu's nightmare in hurdles

Liu Xiang's bid to banish his Beijing Olympics nightmare ended in disaster Tuesday as the Chinese athletics icon crashed out of the 110m hurdles when he smashed into the first barrier.

USA reach final

The United States advanced to the final of the Olympic women's football tournament on Monday after an Alex Morgan goal in the last minute of extra-time clinched a dramatic 4-3 victory over Canada.

Feng king of parallel bars

China's Feng Zhe took the honours in the men's parallel bars final on Tuesday to succeed his countryman Li Xiaopeng as Olympic champion.

Brownlee brothers winners

British favourite Alistair Brownlee shattered pre-race warnings of plots to stop him as he stormed to victory in the Olympic triathlon Tuesday, with his younger brother Jonny finishing third.

Kenny stuns Bauge

Britain's Jason Kenny claimed his first individual gold medal Monday when he stunned Frenchman Gregory Bauge 2-0 to win track cycling's Olympic sprint title.

Aussies rout Pakistan

The Netherlands defeated South Korea 4-2 Tuesday to top their Olympic Games hockey pool with a fifth successive win which also allowed defending champions Germany to enter the semifinals.

Business

Call money market stays calm

Unlike previous years, the inter-bank call money market looks stable ahead of this year's Eid-ul-Fitr festival.

BTRC making ready 700 MHz spectrum for mobile operators

The telecom regulator is reviewing the options for allocating 700 Megahertz (MHz) spectrum -- considered the most valuable at present -- for mobile operators.

Privatisation Commission looks to lease out state mills

The Privatisaton Commission has drafted rules on leasing out state mills and firms -- a first step to hand over the operations of government-owned entities to the private sector.

Netas wins HC backing to take part in telecom bidding

The High Court yesterday directed the state-owned telecom company to allow an Istanbul-based firm to participate in bidding for the construction of an optical fibre transmission network as per a purchase review panel's decision.

Australia to buy more products from Bangladesh

Australia will buy more products from Bangladesh as the Bangladeshi products are of good standards and prices are competitive, Greg Wilcock, Australia's new high commissioner to Bangladesh, said yesterday.

Overtime service fees at Ctg port spark debate

The proposed 'Business Facilitation Fund' at Chittagong Port yesterday brought out a debate among the business community.

CIRDAP renews pledge to work for rural development

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said the CIRDAP will continue to work in areas of rural development to help attain the development goals in the countries of Asia and the Pacific.

Risk-aversion keeps stocks stagnant

The market was flat yesterday thanks to investors' risk-aversion approach to see off the Ramadan period.

BB releases new 20-taka banknote today

Bangladesh Bank (BB) will release new a 20-taka banknote with the portrait of Banga-bandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today.

BJMC gets new chairman

Humayun Khaled has joined Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation as its chairman, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Western Union conducts study on Ramadan

Western Union, the leading global money transfer company, has conducted a study on traditions of Ramadan recently.

Eid shopping with a difference

Sari and salwar-kameez, kurta and bed-linen, have all become canvases for colour, and these bright-coloured canvases are set to represent the festive mood for upcoming Eid.

Chittagong shoppers gear up for Eid

Turnout of shoppers at different malls in the port city is rising, as the biggest religious festival for Muslims, Eid-ul-Fitr, comes closer. People of all ages are seen thronging the malls even till midnight.

A new blow to banking

Britain's bank sector suffered a fresh heavy blow Tuesday as Standard Chartered's market value slumped as much as a quarter after US regulators alleged it hid $250 billion in transactions with Iran.

Correction

In a news item -- Rail ticketing goes online -- on Monday, we misstated that customers will have to register their mobile numbers by SMS to buy tickets of Bangladesh Railway online.

Metropolitan

HR boss pushes for graft-free ministers, MPs

Like the prime minister, the ministers and lawmakers should declare that they and their family members are not involved in any corruption, the chief of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said yesterday.

Rare turtles recovered at Dhaka airport

Police seized 108 turtles of a rare species at Shahjalal International Airport early yesterday. The reptiles were about to be smuggled to Thailand by a Bangkok Airways flight.

Fugitives will be caught : Shahara

Steps are underway with the assistance of Interpol to bring back from abroad the six absconding killers of Bangabandhu to face execution, said Home Minister Shahara Khatun yesterday.

DoE fines ceramic factory Tk 14 lakh

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a ceramic factory and a poultry farm Tk 16.62 lakh in Gazipur and Dhaka on charges of polluting environment.

AL, BNP only crave power

Criticising the ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP, Nagorik Oikko Convenor Mahmudur Rahman Manna yesterday said the two major political parties only crave power and do not consider the welfare of the people.

New Tagore research centre in Paschimbanga

Rabindratirtha, the second largest Tagore research centre outside Santiniketan, was inaugurated at New Town near Kolkata in the Indian state of Paschimbanga on the 71st death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore yesterday.

Khaleda flies for Saudi Arabia today

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Saudi Arabia today.

Fertiliser dealers go on strike in Ctg

Fertiliser dealers across Chittagong division have decided to stop receiving fertiliser from different state-run factories in protest of alleged extortion by police and by some contractors of the factories.

Make it compulsory

Marriage registration for the Hindus must be made compulsory to reduce chances of marriage-related abuses of women, journalist turned parliamentarian Baby Moudud said yesterday.

Four held from Comilla, Faridpur

Four alleged robbers were arrested from Comilla and Faridpur on Monday and early yesterday in connection with robbery at the house of a former ward councilor of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) in the capital's Kuril area on July 28.

BCL leader killed in N'ganj

A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader was killed and his mother injured when a group of miscreants swooped on them at their residence in Kanchan area of Rupganj upazila in Narayanganj early yesterday.

6 die in road crashes

Six people were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Khulna, Dinajpur and Tangail on Monday and yesterday.

Ctg civil society stands by Yunus

Grameen Bank should not be made into a state-owned bank, members of Yunus Shurid (Friends of Yunus) demanded yesterday.

Heroin worth Tk 38 lakh seized, 5 held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members yesterday recovered 2,800 small packs of heroin worth Tk 38 lakh and arrested five drug peddlers including three women from Lauwai area of Dakkhin Surma Police Station of Sylhet yesterday afternoon.

JU deans polls Aug 28

The university authorities rescheduled deans elections for four of the six faculties of Jahangirnagar University (JU) to August 28.

Golapganj OC suspended in Sylhet

Officer-in-charge (OC) at Golapganj Police Station in Sylhet was suspended on charge of taking bribe.

Birthday of Fazilatunnesa Mujib today

Today is the 82nd birth anniversary of Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, the woman behind the successes of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Two commit suicide in Ctg

Two people committed suicide by taking poison over family dispute in Chittagong early yesterday.

'Stolen' clothes worth Tk 20 lakh recovered

Clothes worth Tk 20 lakh were recovered by Detective Branch (DB) of police in Chittagong city yesterday.

Sust admission test on Nov 24

The admission test for the first year honours courses at Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (Sust) for the academic session 2012-13 will be held on November 24.

3 held with counterfeit notes

Police arrested three persons including a woman and seized 18 counterfeit Tk 500 notes from them in Rangunia upazila in Chittagong Monday night.

Yaba tablets seized, 6 held

Six men were arrested with 505 pieces of Yaba tablets and 90 bottles of phensedyl from different areas in Chittagong city on Monday and early yesterday.

Obituary

Momena Khatun, mother of Somoy TV Lalmonirhat correspondent Mofakhkharul Islam Mojnu, passed away at her Saptana Bazar residence in the district town yesterday. She was 70.

Md Anwarul Islam

Md Anwarul Islam, a freedom fighter and a subedar of Dinajpur Police Department, died of a cardiac arrest at Thakrugaon Sadar Hospital at the age of 60 on Monday night.

Chowdhury Gias Uddin

Chowdhury Gias Uddin, a freedom fighter, died of old age complications at his Mirsarai residence yesterday. He was 74.

Shahidur Rahman

Advocate Shahidur Rahman Chowdhury, chairman of Dubag union parishad of Beanibazar upazila, died of cancer at his Dhanmondi residence in the capital on Monday. He was 75.

National

Ditches created in Tangon River now death traps

Six-year-old Shushanta Mohanta drowned on Monday as he fell into a 30-feet deep ditch created due to mindless sand lifting from Tangon River near Tangon Bridge in the town.

Fierce clashes by BCL factions at IU: 25 hurt

Two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Islamic University (IU) unit clashed on the campus and at a nearby bazar yesterday, leaving at least 25 activists from both sides injured.

Traffic jam now order of the day in Jessore town

Traffic congestion has taken an alarming turn in most of the busy roads and points of the district town in the month of Ramadan, causing untold sufferings to the people.

Poacher held with venison

Police arrested a poacher along with eight kilograms of venison in Mongla upazila of the district early yesterday.

Kid's death in road mishap sparks protest

Local people blocked Dhaka-Gopaldi road for three hours and set a bus ablaze following the death of a two-year-old boy under its wheels at Dairadi in Araihajar upazila on Monday.

Man jailed for forging BRTA certificates

A court on Sunday convicted a man for forging certificates of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and sentenced him to nine years' imprisonment.

Man kills nephew

A man was killed and his three brothers were injured as their uncle and cousins attacked them at Gulia Krishnapur village in Nandigram upazila on Monday.

BDR mutiny convict dies

A former member of Bangladesh Rifles (now Border Guard Bangladesh), who was sentenced to five years' imprisonment in mutiny case, died due to illness early yesterday.

Worker falls to death

A construction worker died after falling from the rooftop of a five-storey building at Dakkhin Majupur village besides Jhumur Cinema Hall in the town on Monday.

OC faces bribery charge

Officer in-charge (OC) of Golapganj Model PS Emdadul Haque Sheikh was suspended on Monday, on charge of taking bribe from a colleague about nine months ago. The departmental action came after the allegation against him was found true during the primary investigation. A fax message, sent to Golapganj PS by higher authorities containing the temporary suspension order of OC Emdadul was received at the police station in the evening. The message said that the OC has been suspended temporarily and transferred to Khulna Range from Sylhet Range on charge of taking bribe from Constable Abdul Qayum.

Youth killed in Rajbari

Body of a young man was recovered from the Padma River in Sadar upazila on Monday. Police said Wahidul Hasan, 27, son of Wahab Fakir of Dewanpara under Goalanda Municipality was brutally murdered and dumped into the river. Family sources said Wahab went out of their house on Sunday night after hearing the death news of the mother of one of his friends over phone and did not return home. Locals said the body got entangled in a net while some fishermen were catching fish in the river at Urakanda at about 11am. On information, police recovered the body at about 3pm and sent it to Rajbari Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Abducted girl freed in Bogra

A minor girl who was kidnapped by criminals from her house in Nandigram municipality area on Monday for ransom was released on Tuesday morning. The four-year-old girl was daughter of the proprietor of Janata Jewelers in the upazila headquarters. Locals said, the abductors set her free on a payment of Tk 1.5 lakh as ransom at about 8am. Police said Al Mamun, son of Mozammel Hauqe of the area, and his accomplice abducted the girl on Monday morning. Later, Mamun demanded Tk 10 lakh from the parents over mobile phone to set the girl free.

Elderly man murdered

An elderly man was murdered at Alokdia village in Kamarkhanda upazila on Monday night. Victim Tozammel Haque Mondal, 60, was son of late Azizul Haque Mondal of the village. Police said a gang attacked Tozammel while he was returning from local mosque after saying his Tarawi prayers at about 9pm, leaving him dead on the spot. As he did not return home at night, they looked for Tozammel. Later his body was recovered from under a bridge near the mosque.

Letters

Thanks to FBCCI and govt

Scarcity of hilsa fish in the local market has increased its price so high that it has become the food of the rich people in Bangladesh. The price has further increased in the month of Ramadan. Bangladesh Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) recently suggested that the government should impose a ban on white fish export in the month of Ramadan. People of Bangladesh have experienced that business communities can do anything for making high profit ignoring the interest of commoners. The Bangladesh government also responded promptly and issued an order banning the export of white fishes, which is unprecedented. Within a couple of days, the price of our national fish hilsa has come down. The commoners have finally got the chance of tasting hilsa. Thanks to FBCCI and the government.

More scientific journals needed for varsities

We, the university students, are pursuing higher education without doing any research work. Without any research activities of applied science and pure science, we can not have quality education. Frankly, what we are studying at the university level in Bangladesh is totally backdated. Most of the lectures given by the course teachers were written in their student life. Moreover, our higher education is theory-based. The books we use are not updated with time. There are thousands of books in the university library but there are less than a hundred journals. Surely, it would be a good initiative if the authorities could collect more scientific journals for the students.

How history will remember Dr. Yunus

History will not remember how much salary Dr. Yunus earned after he turned 60. History will not remember how our Nobel laureate was pestered by the government. In fact, history will not bother about the kind of embarrassment this man had to go through. What history will remember is, how he developed the ability and power of the rural people, how the acts of one person changed the course of their lives. As a nation, we should be ashamed that we are silently watching Dr. Yunus being denounced. Of course, we have no power to do anything because we are living in the prison where the government is the warden, and we are shackled at the whims of our utility providers, inept officials and visionary 'patriots'. I often can't help but think, where are the courageous citizens of Bangladesh? Had they all died in the Independence War?

Let's bring a positive change

Bangladesh is in dire need of a 3rd political party. Each of our two major political parties have already shown wice what they can do in the last two decades which indicated that we should not keep faith on them anymore. Future of Bangladesh is not safe in their hands. People have already tested their capability and failed to draw any difference in their quality of governance.

Monipur High School students made to pay tolls?

A recent report of The Daily Star says that the capital's Monipur High School autrhorities were allegedly collecting money from the students in the name of Padma Bridge Project. According to the news, the guardians of the school expressed resentment over the unlawful act of the school authorities. The high-ups of the government said several times that no individual or institution is asked to collect money right now. Then why are the authorities ignoring the matter? Isn't this unlawful money collection tarnishing the image of both the school and the government? Who doesn't want to see the Padma bridge built? But not in such unlawful way. I hope the government will punish those who are involved in such crimes.

A new portfolio needed for Suranjit Sengupta

We do not know why Suranjit Sengupta is being called a 'minister without portfolio'. Should not the government give him a portfolio as he is so vocal on various important issues? We see him regularly speaking and sometimes more than other ministers and even more than Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The saying goes, "Raja joto boley, parishodgon boley tar shotogoon".

Cancer hospital after Humayun's name

Our beloved writer Humayun Ahmed breathed his last in a New York hospital on July 19, after a prolonged fight against cancer. His untimely and abrupt demise came as a terrible shock to the entire nation. He had to stay in a foreign country and spend a big amount of money for the treatment of the deadly disease. During his last days, he expressed his desire to establish a cancer hospital in Bangladesh so that our people need not go outside the country for highly expensive cancer treatment. To materialise his dream, we can establish a cancer hospital in his memory. The hospital may be named as 'Humayun Ahmed Cancer Hospital' and established preferably at or near Nuhash Polli in Gazipur.

Is Gulshan a residential area?

I wonder if any of your readers, sir, can help me to understand the way the minds work of those responsible for Planning Permission in Gulshan…

In reply: Road safety in Bangladesh

On 1st August I was amazed at how D. Jones highlighted the traffic situation in our country. Kudos to him for taking such interest in a mess that we have created. I am humbled by this man's effort (owing to the fact that he has actually taken the time emailing various organisations about the matter!). I have something positive that I want to let him know.

Ctg's decrepit buses

Every day I have to travel to the southern parts of Chittagong. The buses which we use are local buses-- rundown vehicles that somehow hurtle to the destination. As it is the rainy season it often rains in the morning. When it rains, the window at the front of the bus looks hazy. In most cases, the windshield wipers of the local buses do not work. As a result, we can hardly make out the vehicles that are coming from the opposite direction. How does the driver finds his way is a matter of speculation. Needless to say, riding in those buses isa risky business.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Tax men swoop on 54 entities”

International

Iran pledges support to ally Syria

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad yesterday won a pledge of support from regional ally Iran as his forces tried to choke off rebels in the northern city of Aleppo.

Time for Syria's political transition: Hillary

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday said that the world needs to decide how to end the conflict in Syria and start planning for a political transition in Damascus.

Shocked Obama calls for 'soul searching'

US President Barack Obama said "soul searching" was needed on how to reduce violence in America after the killings, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was "deeply shocked and saddened."

Saudi accuses Burma of 'ethnic cleansing'

Saudi Arabia accused authorities in Buddhist-majority Myanmar on Monday of "ethnic cleansing" against the Muslim Rohingya minority in the west of the country, state media reported on Tuesday.

Pak govt takes on supreme court

The Pakistan government has decided to file petitions in the supreme court seeking a review of the annulment of a new law aimed at preventing the premier's disqualification and another order on reopening graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Violence kills 21 in Afghanistan

A Nato soldier killed in Afghanistan yesterday by men in Afghan army uniforms was an American, a US defense official said, after Nato officials in Kabul announced an allied casualty.

Ansari re-elected Indian VP

India's ruling UPA candidate Hamid Ansari was elected as India's vice president for an unprecedented second successive term as he defeated BJP nominee Jaswant Singh by an emphatic margin in the elections held yesterday.

US launches probe; killer identified

Police on Monday probed the white power ties of the former US soldier who gunned down six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Four more killed in new violence

Four more persons fell victim to the fresh wave of violence in lower Assam districts, triggering protest by locals who blocked National Highway 31 at Beltoli on the Kokrajhar-Dhubri border yesterday.

Suu Kyi to lead parliamentary committe

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been named chairman of a new parliamentary committee that is to monitor and help implement the rule of law under the country's new government.

Egypt vows to avenge Sinai attack

Egypt's army vowed Monday to "avenge" the killing of 16 troops by gunmen near the Israeli border and President Mohamed Morsi won US backing as he ordered his security forces to take full control of the Sinai.

Italy PM wins confidence vote

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti won a confidence vote yesterday on a bill to cut spending by an extra 4.5 billion euros (3.57 billion pounds) this year in order to rein in the deficit and delay a planned increase in sales tax.

Tibetan self-immolates in China

A 26-year-old woman immolated herself yesterday in a Tibetan-populated region of northwest China after chanting slogans calling for the return of the Dalai Lama, the Free Tibet campaign group said.

Dormant volcano erupts in N Zealand

A New Zealand volcano suddenly erupted after lying dormant for more than a century, spewing an ash plume that disrupted flights and closed highways, officials said yesterday.

US mosque destroyed in arson attack

A mosque burned to the ground in the midwestern United States on Monday, in what worshippers suspect was a hate attack, less than a day after a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple.

Arts & Entertainment

Photo exhibition observing Bangabandhu's death anniversary

Marking the 37th martyrdom of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Mourning Day, Bangladesh Agricultural University organised a ten-day photo exhibition at BAU Central Library auditorium on August 6.

Nrityanchal to stage Rai-Krishna Padabali in India

Nrityanchal's much acclaimed dance drama “Rai-Krishna Padabali” will be staged at Mayapur, Krishnanagar of Paschimbanga, India on August 10. Organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) of Mayapur, the dance-drama will be staged at an international congregation of devotees marking 'Janmashtomi' (birth of Lord Sri Krishna). Every year, the international congregation is held at Mayapur.

Vibrant cultural programme at the border

The 71st death anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was observed here near the zero line of the India-Bangladesh border under Hakimpur upazila of Dinajpur on Tuesday morning with a vibrant cultural programme.

Sikander Abu Zafar's 37th death anniversary observed

Noted poet, journalist and editor Sikandar Abu Zafar was born on March 19 at Tentulia, under Satkhira district in 1919. He was the editor of the monthly literary magazine Samakal.

Osian's Cinefan festival ends

Feature films from Turkey, Iran and Morocco walked away with most of the awards at the just-concluded Osian's Cinefan festival, including best film, director, actor and actress, here.

Gibson settles discord on timber

The US government has settled its legal case against the iconic Gibson Guitar company over use of illegal timber from Madagascar in its instruments.

“Rudro Robi O Jallianwala Bagh”

After the Liberation War-based production “Target Platoon”, National Theatre Repertory brings another play on the stage. The latest production is historic -- “Rudro Robi O Jallianwala Bagh”. The play premiered at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on August 5. Written by Manzur-e-Mawla, the play has been directed by Ataur Rahman.

OP-ED

Save the village from 'development'

Bangla-desh's villages need to be saved from development. There must be laws, those which civilised societies observe everywhere, that will ensure that no individual or group will mar the traditional structure of the village through steps that are a clear extension of lopsided urban planning. In simple words, the villages of Bangladesh, historically the underpinning of our heritage, a spur to its societal, philosophical and literary expression, must be preserved. And that can be done through keeping every negative developmental initiative at bay.

Powerless in office

Time heals, but, regrettably, rather more so in proverbs than in politics. Time is rarely on the side of governments in desperate need of it. When the ship of state begins to leak, time, being a rascal, punctures a few extra holes in the hull. Any pragmatic captain knows that a limping ship must return to port or sink. But political captains tend to be counterintuitive. Loath to surrender control of the steering wheel, they head straight for icebergs in the hope that some miracle will save the crew and passengers.

International community press solution for Rohingyas

During the past two decades, Bangladesh accepted and sheltered more than 300,000 Rohingya refugees, who not only stayed back but also put heavy economic and social burden on the world's most densely-populated nation.

As Syria explodes, all eyes are on its chemical weapons

The Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad has taken a serious beating in recent days on just about all fronts, from the defections of military top brass and diplomats, to the assassination of at least three of the president's inner circle.

Living within resource limitations

On October 31, 2011, with the birth of Oishee at 12:01 am in Bangladesh, UNFPA and government of Bangladesh celebrated the arrival of the 7 billionth global citizen on the planet earth. As of June 26, 2012 the world human population is estimated to be 7.022 billion by the United States Census Bureau, and over 7 billion by the United Nations. The population is expected to reach between 8 and 10.5 billion between the year 2040 and 2050. In fact, the world's population grows at a near-record pace, with a population equal to New York City's added every month, and equal to Germany's added every year.

This Day In History

August 8

1918
World War I: the Battle of Amiens begins a string of almost continuous victories with a push through the German front lines (Hundred Days Offensive).



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