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News of: Thursday, 9th of August, 2012

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Priority high, approach low

Two high-priority highway development projects have totally lost momentum as the government released funds thinly and that too not on time. Both projects also suffered from bidding delays, exposing the inefficiency of the bureaucracy in implementing the projects.

Leave Grameen Bank as it is

A group of 58 women leaders and professionals yesterday condemned the government move to amend the Grameen Bank Ordinance, saying it would deprive its real owners of their role in managing their bank.

GB paid Tk 10cr in taxes

Grameen Bank, for the first time, had paid Tk 10 crore in taxes to ensure compliance for a period of six months, when there was no tax exemption for the microfinance pioneer, said NBR officials yesterday.

Outcry over Grameen unnecessary

Though the government has not taken any action against the authorities of Grameen Bank (GB), some members of the civil society have raised a hue and cry in the name of saving the bank, complained acting general secretary of Awami League Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday.

Chief adviser from ex-chief justices

The BNP plans to make a formal proposal to restore the non-partisan caretaker government system with a change in the provision of appointment of the chief adviser.

Pak SC summons PM over contempt

Pakistan's top court yesterday summoned the new prime minister to appear later this month to face possible contempt charges, the clearest sign yet it could dismiss a second premier in a showdown over corruption cases.

Lock houses for security

Residents of Dhaka city, before going on Eid holiday, should lock their houses, Home Minister Shahara Khatun said yesterday. She added that the government had been taking security measures, though.

Bomang Raja passes away

Raja Aungshoi Prue Chowdhury, the chief of Bomang Circle, is no more. He passed away yesterday morning due to old-age-complications at his palace. He was 98.

ACC to work with WB, if loan revived

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Ghulam Rahman yesterday said the graft watchdog will work with the World Bank's “panel of investigative experts” only if the global lender revives its funding for the Padma bridge project.

People unhappy over Teesta deal failure

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has said people of Bangladesh are disappointed as the Teesta water-sharing treaty with India was not signed during the Indian prime minister's visit to Dhaka last year.

Mollah fired on people

War crimes accused Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah directly took part in killing of around 60 people at Ghatarchar in Keraniganj on November 25, 1971, an eyewitness told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday.

Realtor silent, clients crazy

Now nobody picks up the phone at the Metromakers office, Kutub Uddin said in frustration. “They said they had all the permissions and approvals. I am really frustrated now,” Kutub, an assistant professor of Dhaka University, said.

Eid sales frustrate shop owners

Afternoons are usually a busy time for any shop-owners in the run up to the Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest festival for Muslims, but things are pretty much the other way around this year.

Allow NGOs to help Rohingyas

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday appealed to the Bangladesh government to allow non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to continue humanitarian aid for unregistered people from Myanmar's Rakhine state.

'Crime scene' on Mars

About 36 hours after Nasa landed its $2.5 billion rover on Mars, it released Tuesday what it jokingly dubbed a "crime scene" aerial shot of where the parachute, heat shield and vehicle came down.

No highway in bad shape

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday claimed that condition of the country's highways was “good enough” to take the heavy traffic load ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Rickshaw-puller killed in road crash

An unidentified rickshaw-puller was killed when a bus knocked down his rickshaw and ran over him in the city's Gendaria yesterday.

ICT accepts statement of witness who died recently

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday accepted the statement of another witness, passed away recently, as evidence against Jamaat leader and war crimes accused Delawar Hossain Sayedee.

15 kidnapped in Rangamati

Fifteen activists of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) were abducted from Rajdweep village in Rangamati last night.

NBR cancels decision to calm Muhith down

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday cancelled its decision to give additional charge to a commissioner; a move insiders consider was made to calm the finance minister down.

Hillary signs new deal to fight AIDS

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday signed a new deal supporting efforts to fight AIDS in South Africa, which has the world's biggest population of people with HIV.

North Korea rages at 'naughty' tag in Aussie press

A Rupert Murdoch-controlled Australian tabloid yesterday laughed off a stinging rebuke from North Korea after it described the nuclear-armed state as "Naughty Korea" in its Olympic medal tallies.

Editorial

Extortionists' heyday before Eid

Professional rent-seekers and criminals have seemingly established a hold in different parts of the city as well as on the inter-district highways. According to police, more than three hundred notorious criminals have reportedly become active within the city alone. They have been threatening citizens they have targeted for extortion of dire consequences over phone or with letters, in case they fail to meet their demands.

Desperation in Syria

The defection of Syria's Prime Minister Riad Hijab to the opposition has, in a pretty medieval way, outraged the embattled Bashar al Assad. He appears to think that he now needs to hit the rebels harder than before, a strategy which in recent times has often proved to be the undoing of many. By now the Syrian president should have gone for a major rethink about the options before him. The recent deaths of his interior and defence ministers in an explosion were proof, if proof were needed, of the grave danger his regime has fallen into. It is a reality much of the rest of the world recognizes. Only Assad and his loyalists go on believing that in the end they will triumph.

Sports

Brownlees light up London

Overhead, there was the distant whirl of the helicopter blades. Down below though, swans still swam elegantly and peacefully on the brimming Serpentine. A cool breeze rustled through the leaves of the lush green surroundings of Hyde Park. The only thing breaking the serene monotony was the noise.

Sally, Taoufik's night

Sally Pearson gave Australia a much-needed boost at the Olympics Tuesday with gold in the 100m hurdles while Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi won the 1500 metres a day after he was disqualified.

Under-19s lose in tight finish

The Bangladesh Under-19s completed their preparation with a four-wicket defeat to South Africa Under-19s in an exciting warm-up match before the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup at the Kev Hackney Oval, Buderim yesterday.

Mushfiqur's tenure extended

Mushfiqur Rahim has been retained as captain of the national cricket team and Mahmudullah Riyad will continue as his deputy till the home series against West Indies in November this year.

BCB names 19-man squad

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 19-member squad for the national team camp yesterday keeping all the players who played in the Tigers' recent tour of Europe.

BD A face steep chase

The Bangladesh A team are set to face a tough task against Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) XI after the end of the third day's play of their last four-day encounter of the Safi Darashah Invitational Tournament in Bangalore yesterday.

'Freeman inspired me'

Australia's Sally Pearson said she had been inspired by the victory of Cathy Freeman at the Sydney Olympics after she charged to gold in the Olympic 100m hurdles on Tuesday.

BFF summons Amer

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has said it would look into claims by Brothers Union manager Amer Khan of having forced to play a fixed match against eventual champions Abahani.

Semenya sails thru' to semis

South African star Caster Semenya moved a step closer to adding the Olympic title to her controversial 2009 world title as she eased into the 800 metres semifinals on Wednesday.

Kohli, Pathan deliver T20 win

Virat Kohli cracked a half-century and Irfan Pathan bagged three key wickets to help India post an easy 39-run win over Sri Lanka in the one-off Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Tuesday.

Fed Shield in three venues

The Federation Shield, qualifying tournament for the Federation Cup, will be held in three separate venues in Chittagong, Sylhet and Faridpur.

Parag leads

FM Mehdi Hasan Parag maintained his solo lead in the Open International Rating Chess Tournament at the close of the eighth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

Liu to go for op

Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang will go under the knife in London on Wednesday after a serious Achilles tendon tear put him out of the London Olympics, an official said.

Gayle out of SLPL

Chris Gayle has been ruled out of the inaugural season of the Sri Lanka Premier League due to a serious groin strain. Gayle, the icon player and captain for the Uva Next franchise, was among the marquee players for the tournament.

Mexico-Brazil final a pointer to the future?

Deep inside the Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, following Mexico's comprehensive victory over Japan in the Olympic semifinals, a group of journalists were working while the TV beamed images from Old Trafford. Brazil had looked streaky at the start, as they cleared two South Korean attacks off the line but just as they scored their second goal through the prolific forward Leandro Damaio, the journalist lent over to his colleague and said something that could yet be prophetic.

Hoy's record 6th gold

Sir Chris Hoy crowned his Olympic career with a record sixth gold medal here Tuesday to become the most decorated British Olympian in history after powering to victory in the keirin.

Zakharov denies China

Russia's Ilya Zakharov ended China's hopes of a clean sweep of all eight diving gold medals at the London Olympics with a thrilling victory in the men's 3m springboard final on Tuesday.

Britain end long wait

Great Britain went through to the semifinals for the first time since 1988 when they were gold medal winners, with a 1-1 draw against Spain, who were runners-up four years ago.

Liu set for surgery

Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang will go under the knife in London on Wednesday after a serious Achilles tendon tear put him out of the London Olympics, an official said.

China clean sweep table tennis

China completed a clean sweep of all four table tennis gold medals when they beat South Korea 3-0 in the men's team final on Wednesday.

Kom crashes

India's five-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom apologised Wednesday after being knocked out of the Olympic Games flyweight semifinals, while teenager Clarissa Shields keeps the US flag flying.

German great retires

German great Natascha Keller set up a goal with her very last touch Wednesday as she bowed out of women's international hockey with a world-record 425 caps.

London Diary

London 2012 are investigating how a bucket of unofficial condoms found its way into the athletes' village without official consent.

Aussie minister loses wager

Australia's sports minister Kate Lundy Wednesday promised to wear a Team GB shirt and row the Olympic course after losing a bet with her British counterpart.

Business

Eid shoppers find a new destination in Kaliganj

When trendy youths run after jeans trousers from India, China and Thailand, a local market -- Kaliganj in Keraniganj upazila -- offers them wider choices, at cheaper rates.

BRAC reforms management

Development organisation BRAC has redesigned its management structure as part of its efforts to institutionalise its various activities and facilitate the decision-making process.

BB asks banks to open accounts for Padma bridge funds

Bangladesh Bank has directed all banks to open two accounts -- one for local and the other for foreign currency -- for receiving contributions to the fund for the Padma bridge project.

Strike forces Kingfisher to cut flights

India's struggling Kingfisher Airlines was forced to cancel more than 30 flights on Wednesday after pilots and engineers refused to show up for work because of unpaid salaries.

Bangladeshi team wins runner-up prize at HSBC Young Entrepreneurship Challenge

A team of Bangladeshi students has won the first runner-up prize at the regional HSBC Young Entrepreneur Challenge 2012 for their business concept of producing capsule shells from fish fins and scales.

France heads back into recession

France is headed back into recession for the second time in three years, its central bank warned Wednesday in a setback for the recovery prospects of the stricken eurozone.

Stocks looking up

Stocks gained 1.2 percent yesterday as institutional investors, buoyed by falling inflation and money market stability, injected fresh funds into the market.

HP raises Q3 profit forecast

Hewlett Packard Co raised its third-quarter earnings forecast on Wednesday and said it was writing down the value of its services business by $8 billion.

Bharti Airtel profit falls for 10th qtr

Bharti Airtel, India's top telecoms carrier, posted its 10th straight quarter of profit decline as cut-throat competition squeezed margins, sending its shares to their lowest level in two years.

Tangail saris a big hit this Eid

Every year the creative weavers of Tangail come up with trendy varieties in saris for the biggest Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. They weave yarn into beautiful saris of different qualities and kinds, including cotton, Jamdani, silk, half-silk, Endy silk, Benarasi, Baluchuri, Tassar and Khaddar.

Regulators irate at NY action against StanChart

The US Treasury Department and Federal Reserve were blindsided and angered by New York's banking regulator's decision to launch an explosive attack on Standard Chartered Plc over $250 billion in alleged money laundering transactions tied to Iran, sources familiar with the situation said.

Metropolitan

Use of customary Adivasi laws to end CHT land disputes urged

Speakers at a meeting yesterday stressed the need for application and preservation of customary laws and traditional practices of the indigenous people to resolve land disputes in the hills.

Int'l Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples today

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is being observed by the country's indigenous communities amid non-cooperation from the government in recognising and observing the day.

6 cops, 359 ruling party men sued

A cousin of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal activist Monwar Hossain, one of the three victims killed in Biswanath during a BNP hartal, yesterday sued six policemen and 359 activists of the ruling Awami League and its front organisations.

Accused confessed without pressure

The ex-metropolitan magistrate Shamima Parvin, who recorded confessional statements of 32 BDR jawans in 2009 in Pilkhana carnage case, yesterday told a court that the jawans confessed their guilt willingly and without any pressure.

Gang dopes drivers

Some gangs active in the capital impersonate CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers to get acquainted with the real drivers and make them unconscious with dope to rob them of their vehicles, said Detective Branch of Police.

Ten killed in road crashes

Ten people were killed and 23 others injured in road accidents in Faridpur, Kurigram, Comilla, Panchagarh and Sirajganj on Tuesday and yesterday.

College student murdered in Ctg

A student of Chittagong College was stabbed to death over a financial feud in Halishahar area of Chittagong Tuesday night.

Defamation case against Rizwana Hasan quashed

The High Court yesterday quashed a defamation case against Chief Executive of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) Syeda Rizwana Hasan and Bela's lawyer Iqbal Kabir Lytton.

Robbers loot valuables, injure four

Robbers looted valuables, including 2.5 tolas of gold ornaments, from a house on Chunkutia Girls' School Road in South Keraniganj yesterday.

PM to attend Aug 12 Global Hunger Event in London

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the Global Hunger Event to be held in London at the close of the Olympic Games on August 12.

Janmashtami today

Janmashtami, marking the birth of Lord Krishna, will be observed with due religious fervour today.

Shaikhul Hadith passes away

Former chairman of Khelafat-e-Majlish, Shaikhul Hadith Azizul Haque, passed away from old-age complications at his Azimpur residence in the capital yesterday at the age of 94.

Nat'l Energy Security Day today

The National Energy Security Day-2012 will be observed in the country today, aiming to increase people's access to energy.

Case against Shaon withdrawn

The murder case filed against Humayun Ahmed's wife, Meher Afroz Shaon, and Mazharul Islam, publisher of Anya Prokash Publication Ltd, was withdrawn by the plaintiff in Chittagong yesterday.

Burglary at Teletalk Ctg office

Burglars allegedly looted Tk 1.18 lakh from an office of telecom operator Teletalk at Dampara in Chittagong city yesterday.

Three police impersonators held

Police yesterday arrested three persons with fake pistol as they tried to mug a beauty parlour employee in the guise of detectives in the capital's Gulshan area.

HC declares Kollol publisher of Amader Shomoy

The High Court (HC) yesterday upheld a Dhaka district magistrate's decision that declared Advocate SM Baksh Kollol as publisher of the daily Amader Shomoy.

HC denies Golap bail in Faruk murder case

The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected a bail petition filed by Rajshahi University (RU) unit Islami Chhatra Shibir President Shamsul Alam Golap in connection with RU student Faruk Hossain murder case.

Obituary

Dabirul Hasan Junaid, an eminent tea planter, died at his residence in Dhaka on Monday. He was 73.

National

Aman cultivation faces setback for scanty rain

Cultivation of transplanted aman (T-aman) paddy in several districts across the country is facing a setback due to inadequate rain during the ongoing monsoon.

Stalker to die for killing Barisal schoolteacher

A Barisal court yesterday sentenced a stalker to death for killing schoolteacher Zinnat Ali in the city in 2011.

5 arrested for agitation get bail

Five students of Pabna University of Science and Technology, arrested on August 1 on charge of unruly activists on the campus, were granted bail yesterday.

2 killed, 17 hurt in Narail

At least two people were killed and 17 others injured in a clash between two rival groups over a piece of disputed land at Amdanga village in Lohagara upazila yesterday morning.

Fertiliser godown workers in Lalmonirhat call off strike

Workers at Bangladesh Fertiliser Association (BFA) godown at Mohendro Nagar village in Sadar upazila yesterday withdrew their indefinite strike after the authorities agreed to meet their demand.

Habiganj Jubo Dal, JCD men acquitted

A Habiganj court yesterday acquitted 34 Jubo Dal and JCD men in a case filed under the Speedy Trial Act on April 21.

Gaibandha education office besieged

Locals and teachers of two educational institutions in Fulchhari upazila on Tuesday besieged the district education office, demanding refund of 'extra fees' taken for enrolment of teachers and employees in the list of monthly payment order (MPO).

3 held while distributing leaflets against MP

Three young men were held while distributing leaflets against a ruling party lawmaker in the district town on Tuesday night.

Trucker killed while trying to flee with phensidyl

A trucker was killed in a road accident when he along with his truck, carrying phensidyl, tried to flee a Rab check post in Laujani area of Sadar upazila on Tuesday.

Neighbours beat man dead for nothing

A man was beaten to death and his wife injured by their neighbours over a trivial matter at Chandai village in Kumarkhali upazila Tuesday morning.

Robbers kill student

Robbers looted cash, gold ornaments and other valuables from a home after killing a college student at Bhabanijibonpur village in Begumgonj upazila early yesterday.

Fish trader murdered

A fish trader was killed allegedly by his rival over a piece of disputed land in Dumki upazila early on Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Jalil Fakir, 45, of Chargorabdi village. There was a longstanding conflict between Jalil and his neighbour Rafiq Gazi over the land. Police said a gang allegedly led by Rafiq waylaid Jalil at around 2:00am when he was going to the district town to buy fish. They stabbed him mercilessly and gauged out his left eye near Chargorabdi launch terminal, leaving him critically injured. Later Jalil died at the upazila health complex.

Five houses gutted

Five houses of a family were gutted in a fire incident at Char Arajipalashbari village of Halokhana union under Kurigram Sadar upazila on Tuesday night. Locals said the fire originated from a mosquito-coil in the cowshed of Mohammad Ali at about 11:30pm and quickly spread to the adjoining houses. The fire destroyed his five houses and goods and valuables within 20 minutes.

2 held with stolen iron rods

Plainclothes police arrested two people and seized 1,800 kgs of stolen iron rods from a trawler at Balakaghat in the city on Tuesday. The arrestees were identified as Mohammad Siddique, 45, and Kalam, 40, of Deyara village in Rupsha upazila. DB police said, on secret information, they raided the terminal at Bhairab River at Kalibari at about 11am and recovered the stolen iron rods worth over Tk one lakh from the trawler. Later, the team arrested two people from the trawler. The rods were stolen from Madaripur, police said.

Missing man found dead

A shopkeeper who went 'missing' in Begumganj upazila on July 29 was found dead on Tuesday. Police recovered the body of Sohrab Hossain, son of late Kabir Hossain of Baroitan village in the upazila, from a ditch at the village around noon. He had a tea stall at local Bangla Bazar. Police said a neighbour called Sohrab out of his house in the small hours of July 29. Since then, he remained missing. A villager saw the body of Sohrab while collecting hyacinth from the ditch around noon and informed police.

Farmer killed in Meherpur

Criminals killed an elderly farmer at Kola village in Sadar upazila of Meherpur on Tuesday night. The dead was identified as Sader Ali alias Sedu Mia, 65, son of late Sobed Ali of the village. Officer in-charge (OC) of Meherpur Sadar police station Jahangir Alam said, a gang of about 4/5 attacked Sedu when he was talking to some people in front of his house at about 10:30pm. The criminals stabbed Sedu severely and blasted two bombs while fleeing the scene.

Housewife 'commits suicide'

A housewife allegedly committed suicide following a family feud at Aminpur village in Monirampur upazila of Jessore district early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Beauty Begum, 30, wife of Jahangir Hossain of the village. Police said Beauty demanded Tk 3000 from her husband for buying a sari for Eid which he refused on Tuesday night. Angered by the refusal, Beauty hanged herself from the ceiling of her bedroom late at night. Later, she was rushed to Jessore General Hospital where she died early in the morning. A UD case was filed in this connection.

International

Syria claims control of Aleppo

Syria said its troops seized a rebel-held Aleppo district yesterday after storming it and "annihilating" most of the insurgents, as a long-threatened ground assault on the key city was launched.

Asean mulls assistance for Myanmar Rohingya

Southeast Asian nations are considering humanitarian assistance for Muslim-minority Rohingya facing "pain and suffering" in Myanmar, the head of the ASEAN regional bloc said yesterday.

Opposition halts protests in Maldives

The main opposition party in the Maldives yesterday announced an end to six months of street protests triggered by what it called a "coup" that ousted former president Mohamed Nasheed.

Egypt air strike kills 20 after Sinai attacks

Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi sacked his spy chief and two generals yesterday after a deadly ambush on soldiers prompted the military to launch unprecedented air strikes on militants in the Sinai.

Libya's NTC poised for power transfer

Libya's National Transitional Council was to hand power later to a new assembly in a symbolic move marking the first peaceful transition of power after more than 40 years of rule by the late Muammar Gaddafi.

Row in India after Advani calls UPA-2 'illegitimate'

The monsoon session of Indian parliament began yesterday on a stormy note when BJP veteran L K Advani triggered uproar by dubbing the UPA-II government as "illegitimate" but was forced to withdraw the remark in the face of strong protests from Congress led by its chief Sonia Gandhi.

More threatening than al-Qaeda?

The word "terrorism" in the United States usually brings to mind plots linked in some way to al-Qaeda, while the danger posed to the public by white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and other right-wing militants is often overlooked.

More than 1m battle Philippine floods

More than one million people in and around the Philippine capital battled deadly floods yesterday amid relentless monsoon rains, with neck-deep waters trapping slum dwellers and the wealthy on roofs.

Romney loses favour in new US poll

Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney is losing favor among US voters just three months ahead of his tough election battle with President Barack Obama, a new poll showed yesterday.

Nepal mulls ban on solo trekkers after attacks

Nepal is considering a ban on tourists trekking alone in the Himalayas, officials said yesterday, after several foreign visitors were attacked or have disappeared.

Afghan civilian casualties down 15pc: UN

The number of Afghan civilian casualties has fallen for the first time in five years, dropping by 15 percent in the first half of 2012, the United Nations said yesterday.

Myanmar facing 'worsening' drug problem

Myanmar authorities yesterday warned that it was facing a deepening drug crisis after seizing narcotics including more than 1.4 million amphetamine pills and 116 kilos of heroin in July.

Ukraine pases language bill into law

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich yesterday signed into law a bill which will make Russian the official language in parts of the former Soviet republic, angering opponents who warn it risks splitting the country.

Court bars Gaza Muslims from praying in Israel

An Israeli court on Tuesday backed an Israeli government policy of allowing Christians from the Gaza Strip to pray at Israeli and West Bank holy sites, and denying the enclave's Muslims the same right.

31 killed in India road accident

At least 31 people were killed and 27 critically injured when a bus fell into a deep gorge in northeastern Indian state Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district yesterday.

3 Nato troops killed in Afghan suicide attacks

A double suicide attack killed three Nato soldiers in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, Afghan and Western officials said.

US to reward Zimbabwe progress

The United States will reward efforts by Zimbabwe's leaders to pave the way toward free elections, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday.

Belarus expels Swedish diplomats

Sweden's ties with Belarus soured further yesterday as Minsk expelled all Swedish diplomats and closed its mission in Stockholm, five days after the ex-Soviet state expelled the Swedish ambassador.

France heads back into recession

France is headed back into recession for the second time in three years, its central bank warned Wednesday in a fresh blow to the recovery prospects of the stricken eurozone.

Iraq attacks kill 19

A car bomb targeting Shia pilgrims in Iraq and the shooting of a lawyer and his family left 19 people dead yesterday, after al-Qaeda warned it would target lawyers and retake territory in a new campaign.

Arts & Entertainment

Bangla Academy observes Tagore's 71st death anniversary

To observe the 71st death anniversary of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, Bangla Academy arranged a discussion and musical soiree at the Seminar Hall of the academy on August 6.

Parisian pain and a few red roses

Sitting at the Café Brasila, near my hotel in the heart of the city of Paris, having double espresso is a privilege. I have been coming to Paris for the last four years now. Summer is supposed to be the best time to be in Europe but this no longer feels like proper summer. With global warming, nothing is predictable anymore. But never the less, these places never cease to excite me.

Highlighting folk music traditions of Bangladesh

On the occasion of Eid, Channel 9 will air a special six-episode programme featuring folk songs of Bangladesh. The 'uncrowned queen of Bangladeshi folk music', Momtaz, will host the show titled “Banglar Eid Utshab”. The programme will start from Eid day and continue for six consecutive days, at 5:40 pm.

Prangane Mor to stage Aurangzeb

Theatre troupe Prangane Mor is rehearsing its upcoming production, featuring the life of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The troupe will hold the technical show of the play later this month; it hopes to premiere the play in the fourth week of next month.

Humayun Ahmed's last play on Channel i this Eid

On 7:50 pm, Eid day, Channel i will air the last play written by the recently deceased iconic writer Humayun Ahmed. The play, titled “Pipilika”, has been directed by Saiful Islam. The cast includes Shuhel Khan, Pran Roy, Gazi Rakayet, Shamima Nazneen, Jewel Rana and Putul.

High frequency on the small screen

With each Eid prompting a frenzy of special TV dramas, actors in demand also begin a mad dash to be titled “the most visible face” on the small screen. Popular actor Sajal has been the frontrunner in the race for the past few years. He, however, defends his frequent appearances on TV during Eid, claiming that since he does not appear in serials or mega-serials throughout the year, many of his one-hour-dramas are aired during the Eid festivals. This Eid, 20-30 dramas featuring Sajal are likely to be aired. However, the actor is not entirely sure of the exact number, as he has worked in a large number of TV dramas.

Zarda Jamal on Maasranga Television

On Eid day, at 8:45 pm, Maasranga Television will air the play “Zarda Jamal”. Written by Polash Mahbub and directed by Hasan Morshed, the play features Mosharraf Karim and Nowsheen in lead roles.

James Cameron takes 3-D film venture to China

Oscar-winning director James Cameron said on Wednesday that he will open a joint venture in China to provide 3-D filming technology, the latest move by Hollywood to secure a foothold in the country's booming movie industry.

OP-ED

Fasting promotes healthy lifestyle

Fasting in the month of Ramadan is an opportunity to make significant changes in lifestyle and develop the resolve to make healthy living choices. Fasting is a physical and spiritual experience requiring a great deal of preparation. What and how much you eat affects your health directly, and refraining from food can help improve self-discipline and restraint if done appropriately. It is an opportunity to make healthy lifestyle choices and give up some bad habits like smoking, eating pan, telling lies, speaking ill of others, back biting, losing temper and vain talk. Being mindful of how you fast and how you break your fast can help to improve your overall health -- both physical and mental. Fasting is not only a physical but also a spiritual exercise that has many lasting benefits like a sense of heightened consciousness of God. It also helps you to become less preoccupied with bodily appetites, and gives the heart and mind the freedom to reflect upon deeper spiritual matters, such as the relationship with God and with fellow human beings. It enables a person to develop sustained consciousness of God.

Flood: Early warning system

Not only Bangladesh but also many other countries like India, United Kingdom and Russia are facing floods.

The Rohingya issue

Only Myanmar can solve the longstanding crisis besetting their Muslim minority Rohingya population. The International community should also exert pressure forcefully on Myanmar to bring an end to the decades old oppression on Rohingyas.

Exporting rice

While presiding over an inter-ministerial meeting on food and poultry sectors held at his ministry on July 29, Finance Minister A.M.A. Muhith said that the government was planning to export rice, and added that although the final decision had not been made, the market for rice export would be explored. Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, Food Minister M. Abdur Razzaque, amongst others, were present in the meeting. In this article, rice will mean coarse rice.

India's deteriorating reputation

In recent times, India's image and international standing have declined dramatically. A series of events have transformed India from being a rising global power a year ago to a tottering banana republic unable to hold itself together and getting increasingly alienated from the rest of the world. How and why did this happen? Was it the cosmic power of stars that brought about this dramatic shift or was there a man-made conspiracy at work?

This Day In History

August 9

1942
Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in Bombay by British forces, launching the Quit India Movement.



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