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News of: Friday, 10th of August, 2012
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Global food prices shot up last month due to extreme weather conditions, says the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The BNP is working on two specific ideas regarding the formation of a 10-member non-party caretaker government that will be at the helm at the next general election.
Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, energy adviser to the prime minister, has again ruled out any possibility of providing new gas connection to households in the near future.
Police officials and transport leaders at a meeting at the Rail Bhaban yesterday were locked in a debate over whether extortion was taking place on the highways.
Rail communications between the port city and other parts of the country remained snapped for around eight hours following a train-truck collision in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong early yesterday.
Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo Larma, chief of Bangladesh Adivasi Forum, yesterday called upon Adivasis to wage a movement to realise their demand for the government to recognise them as indigenous people and so ensure their rights.
The government's move to amend the Grameen Bank ordinance is “undemocratic” as it does not represent the opinions of the bank's majority shareholders, former adviser to a caretaker government Dr Akbar Ali Khan said yesterday.
Uncertainty about whether 3,455 devotees would be able to perform hajj this year looms as the Saudi government has blacklisted 12 Bangladeshi hajj agencies.
Saudi Arabia yesterday expressed satisfaction over the arrest of the killers of its embassy official Khalaf Al Ali.
A businessman was stabbed to death near Bangla Academy in the capital yesterday evening.
Four Ansar members allegedly snatched money and mobile phone from a man sleeping at Ramna Park in the capital yesterday.
At least eight Somali government troops were killed when a remote-controlled bomb hit their vehicle in Mogadishu, officials yesterday said, highlighting lingering security risks less than two weeks before the UN-backed government's mandate ends.
The terrorism trial of Thai "Red Shirt" leaders in connection with deadly civil unrest in 2010 was postponed yesterday until November because some of the defendants enjoy immunity while parliament is in session.
We have come to learn from the finance minister that the proposed changes to Grameen Bank Ordinance, 1983 are centred on the appointment of the Managing Director (MD). It does become clear as daylight that the singular purpose of the amendment is to transform the character of the bank's uniqueness and originality. We believe this move is to empower the Chairman over the Board with regard to appointment of the MD.
A Report in this paper based on insider information suggests, albeit at the informal level, that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is going to propose a new formula on the interim government for polls after the Eid.
The United States struck triple Olympic track gold on Wednesday.
Even from a distance, the white headband was unmistakable. And you could hardly miss the roar from the crowd as soon as LeBron James touched the ball at the signature North Greenwich Arena in London on Wednesday night. The American was sensational as well in their quarterfinal against the Australians -- a match that served up a sumptuous atmosphere. Basketball is perhaps the greatest American sport export and it showed yesterday as Greenwich bore a look very different from the usual Olympic sports.
Having said that his interview with a private satellite channel regarding match-fixing in football was distorted, Brothers Union manager Amer Khan yesterday claimed he did not mention any specific football match between Abahani and Brothers, but that he had mentioned those matches which he played during his football career.
Discus thrower Robert Harting ripped off his shirt after he won Germany's first athletics gold in 12 years but he lost the rest of his kit -- including his Olympic accreditation -- while out celebrating on Tuesday evening.
The Bangladesh A team completed their tour of India with a massive 155-run defeat to Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) XI on the final day of their last four-day encounter of the Safi Darashah Invitational Tournament in Bangalore yesterday.
Yohan Blake might have finished second to countryman Usain Bolt in the 100m final but there is one area in which the silver medallist leaves his more celebrated countryman in the dust; costly and controversial fashion statements.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a pair of second-half goals as Real Madrid trounced AC Milan 5-1 in an exhibition game at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.
Double amputee Oscar Pistorius's landmark Olympic campaign gained a reprieve on Thursday as South Africa were given a place in Friday's 4x400m relay final on appeal.
On July 22 Tahsin Alam crossed the finish line of the 2012 Ironman Lake Placid Triathlon Championships in an official time of 16 hours and 27 minutes, making him the first Bangladeshi to conquer the world's most difficult one-day endurance sport. As previously reported, this is the culmination of Tahsin's 2-year preparation to cover a 3.8km swim, 180.2 km bike and a full 42.1 km marathon in a non-stop continuous race against the clock.
South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith was omitted from the 15-man squad to take part in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka next month, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Thursday.
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will start football camps for four groups from August 16, ahead of the 15th Inter-national U-18 Tournament in Russia, SA Games and AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers, the National Teams Committee (NTC) chairman and BFF vice president Kazi Nabil Ahmed disclosed at a press conference at the BFF House yesterday.
Former world record-holder Asafa Powell will miss Jamaica's Olympic 4x100m relay with a groin strain that has ruled him out for the rest of the season.
Hungary's Eva Risztov won a gripping Olympic women's swimming marathon by just 0.4 seconds at London's Hyde Park on Thursday.
Wolf-whistles ring out after every set, the beers are flowing, the clothes in the stand are posh, even when disguised as they are in the pink parkas to protect against the drizzle. Out in the middle, clothes are lacking. Four women clad skimpily in bikinis stand on each side of a net fighting in the sand. At interludes, Hawaiian dancers put on shows as rakers set the sand for the next battle. Welcome to the hottest ticket of the Olympic Games. This is beach volleyball.
Brazil coach Mano Menezes insists there is no chance his players will underestimate Mexico as the five-time world champions look to win a first Olympic gold in the men's final at Wembley on Saturday.
Titleholders Germany beat world champions Australia 4-2 on Thursday to reach the men's Olympic hockey final with both teams giving their all in a high quality semi.
Belgium's Olympic Committee has sent track cyclist Gijs Van Hoecke home from the 2012 London Olympic Games after pictures in British tabloids showed him drunk after a night out, Belgian media said Thursday.
Australia edged out two-time former champions Hungary to claim the Olympic Games four-man kayak gold medal on Thursday in their first ever team title in the sport.
Canada clinched the bronze medal in the women's Olympic soccer tournament when a goal seconds from the end of time added on gave them a 1-0 win over France at the City of Coventry Stadium on Thursday.
Ceramics export, which had been growing at 15 percent on average since 2007-08, witnessed a negative growth last fiscal year due to the ongoing financial crisis in Europe, according to government data.
The Securities and Exchange Commission will not allow companies to issue new shares with premium value through private placement, a way of raising paid-up capital for non-listed firms.
Households should be assigned gas through cylinders instead of the existing piped system to avoid waste, said a parliamentary committee on energy yesterday.
Garment exports to the US, the country's single largest market, marked a rise.
Eid shopping is not limited to dresses and saris alone. Accessories are a big part of looking good, and shoppers in Chittagong are surely shopping for style, crowding the markets before the upcoming festival of Eid.
Industry Skills Council (ISC) for tourism and hospitality has recently received its certificate from the Office of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms as a non-profit organisation, ISC said in a statement yesterday.
It is necessary to take steps to maintain a level playing field among different types of public and private financial institutions, Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman said on Wednesday.
Cowboy local regulator or the exposer of lax federal bureaucrats?
Greece's dire economic plight has forced thousands of businesses to close, thrown one in five out of work and eroded the living standards of millions. But for bicycle-maker Giorgos Vogiatzis, it's not all bad news.
As Myanmar emerges from decades of isolation and oppression, it hopes to reclaim its nearly forgotten status as the world's biggest rice exporter.
The minority partner of Telenor's Indian unit blocked a bid by the Norwegian mobile phone carrier to buy out assets and rebuild the joint venture which is being stripped of its operating licence.
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co said on Thursday it has not considered acquiring Research In Motion or licensing the embattled BlackBerry phone maker's new mobile operating system.
Around 20 percent of the common iftar items selling in the capital this Ramadan are adulterated, while most of the fruits are laced with harmful chemicals, recent mobile court drives have found.
The Libyan police detained around 300 undocumented Bangladeshis, including two unauthorised manpower-brokers, at Benghazi on August 3 and 4, said Ahsan Kibria Siddiqui, first secretary (labour) of Bangladesh embassy in Tripoli, yesterday.
Four Bangladeshi men were each sentenced to three years in prison in the United Arab Emirates Sunday for kidnapping a compatriot businessman and illegally confining him and threatening to kill him if he did not make a money transfer of 20,000 dirham to them, reports Dubai based English newspaper Khaleej Times.
All the ministers and MPs of the present government are corrupt, BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday.
Although more than a month has passed, no headway has been made in the investigation into the arson attack at Government MC College of Sylhet, which burnt down many rooms of the college hostel.
A long-standing feud over control of an illegal business led to the killing of Bashir Miah in the capital's Mohakhali on Tuesday, police have found in primary investigation.
Committee for Justice for Aminul Islam yesterday demanded investigation of the death of the labour leader by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) instead of the Detective Branch (DB) of police in Tangail.
A weeklong repair work of two major bridges, Meghna and Meghna-Gumti, on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway will begin on September 1.
Thirteen people, including a university student, were killed and thirty-six others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Chittagong, Narsingdi, Comilla, Faridpur and Lalmonirhat yesterday.
Six years have elapsed since Enamul Haque Md Al Mamun, a government official, went missing from the capital, but his family members are still in the dark about his whereabouts.
Government must appoint sufficient teachers, allot necessary education materials and develop infrastructure of government primary schools of the capital, speakers at a public gathering demanded yesterday.
Home minister's suggestion that residents of Dhaka should lock their houses during the Eid holiday shows that the government has failed to mainatin law and order, BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said yesterday.
Communications and Railways Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said the authorities concerned cannot avoid their responsibility for homebound people's sufferings ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) sent back 15 Rohingyas to Myanmar from Teknaf in Cox's Bazar early yesterday.
An alliance of 11 left-leaning parties yesterday called the government to keep alert so that law and order situation does not deteriorate ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.
A student of Dhaka University was stabbed and another hacked by three other fellow students on the campus over a trifling matter yesterday.
An unidentified youth was killed as a train ran him over on Ramna-Parbatipur route in Jatinerhat area of Kurigram sadar upazila on Wednesday noon.
Dr Noni Gopal Saha, a language movement veteran, a freedom fighter, also an eye specialist, died of cardiac arrest at Faridpur Sahittya Parishad office in Faridpur town yesterday. He was 80.
Chehlum of Anowar Hossain, FCA, founder president of ICMAB and former president of ICAB, will be held tomorrow.
Yesterday was the 21st death anniversary of KAM Shamsul Huda Mia, a former chief librarian of Dhaka University.
Today is the 7th death anniversary of Ahmad Taufiq Choudhury.
A vibrant team at Saidpur railway workshop is rebuilding railway carriages with the help of recycled scrap materials.
Ethnic communities across the country yesterday observed the International Day of the World's Indigenous People with demand for their constitutional recognition as 'indigenous people'.
The eight villagers who were among the 15 abducted by an armed gang from Rajdwip area in Rangamati were freed yesterday, police said.
A housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her husband for dowry at Machhiara village in Tala upazila of Satkhira district on Tuesday night.
An under trial prisoner was found dead at a court hajat (custody) in Rangpur on Tuesday.
At least 25 people were injured as rival villagers clashed in Gaibandha and Rangpur districts over disputed lands yesterday and the day before.
Two children drowned in Meghna River at Jafrabad village in Sadar upazila on Wednesday afternoon.
A Jubo Dal activist was brutally murdered at Chanpur near Harun Govt Primary School in the city early yesterday.
A few days ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr, the markets as well as the makeshift shops at footpaths in the district town are abuzz with shoppers in search of suitable dresses and other items for themselves and near and dear ones.
The funeral of Bomang Raja Aungshoi Prue Chowdhury will be held in the Rajbari compound in the town on August 24, royal family sources said.
Detective Branch of police arrested two outlaws from Koirabari village of Atghoria upazila under the district early Wednesday. The arrestees are Md. Sobhan Pramanik, 38, son of Jahir Pramanik and Md. Mukul Hossain, 33 son of Jobbar Sheikh of village Pateshwar in the upazila. They are members of outlawed Naxal Bahini faction, police said. Acting on a tip off, a team of Pabna DB police raided Koirabari School premises at about 2am on Wednesday and arrested them when the criminals were preparing to commit a crime, police said.
Muggers on Wednesday killed a young man at Japosha village under Moheshpur upazila. Victim Ariful Islam, 30, was son of Bazlur Rahman of Matila village under the upazila. Officer in charge (OC) Anwar Hossain of Moheshpur police station said on Wednesday at around 9:30 pm, Ariful and his friend Aminur Rahman were returning to his house on a motorbike. When they reached Japosha village, a gang of 15/20 waylaid them. They hit in the head of Ariful, leaving him dead on the spot and took away the bike and other things. The villagers later caught the mugger, Nur Islam, son of Fazlul Haque of Alampur village of the upazila. Nur Islam is an accused in 13 mugging and robbery cases filed with different police stations, the OC added.
Five houses were gutted on Wednesday night at Joydeb village in Gangachhara upazila of the district. Locals and fire service sources said the fire originated from a burning mosquito coil at one Shafikul Islam's cowshed and soon engulfed the nearby houses of Rafiqul Islam, Sajeda Bewa, Shahin Mian and Mukul Mian. The fire gutted 13 rooms of the five houses damaging all the goods and valuables. Affected families claimed that the damage caused by the fire would be around Tk. 20 lakh.
A teenage girl allegedly committed suicide at Shankarpur village of Kafrikhal union under Mithapukur upazila on Wednesday night. The deceased was identified as Shohana Begum, 15, daughter of Sulatan Mian of the village. According to the Mithapukur police, Shohana, a student of class eight at Enyatpur Madrasa in the same area took poison at her room on Wednesday night following a family feud and died. On information, Mithapukur police went to the spot, recovered the body and sent it to Rangpur Medical Hospital morgue for autopsy.
The recent change in Grameen Bank Ordinance has raised many questions in the mind of conscious citizens. Does the government really want to establish its control over Grameen Bank? We need to wait for some time to get the answer. The motive of the government would be clear in its next move. Everyone will admit that GB is the creation of Prof. Yunus. He struggled a lot for the establishment of GB. The success that Grameen has seen is only because of the charismatic leadership of Prof. Yunus. No one can think better about Grameen Bank than Prof. Yunus. So the government should value the opinion of Prof. Yunus in selecting the next leader for this Nobel winning organisation. Prof. Yunus has become an international icon. Many famous people and organisations are coming forward to materialise his concept of microcredit. Is it not a matter of pride for us? Bangladesh is the homeland of microcredit. Almost one third of the population is involved in microcredit and it would not have been possible without the passive support of Bangladesh government. It would be unfair to deny the contribution of world famous MFI organisations like Grameen Bank, ASHA and BRAC to our rural economic development. These organisations are working in many countries of the world.
It is needless to point out that undernoted bus stops are one of the major contributing factors to the unresolved problem of gridlock. Bus drivers seem to consider any place a potential bus stop wherever they can pull over. Nowadays, bus drivers are pulling over at any place, on any part of the road without taking into account the hindrance in the traffic flow. Moreover, besides creating traffic blockades, the buses leave their passengers no choice but to get off at the middle of the road putting their lives to risk. A recent accident in which a university student was the victim was primarily due to this haphazard offloading of passengers. This is also one of the reasons that people prefer private transport to public transport. Therefore I would sincerely ask the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to relieve the citizens of this peril.
A Dutch contractor and millionaire Johan Huibers has made a replica of Noah's ark following the proportions laid out in the holy Bible. It took nearly four years to reproduce the ark.
Earthquake strikes suddenly, without any warning. During the earthquake get under a sturdy piece of furniture. This will provide some protection from the falling objects that can injure you during a quake. Find safe places in every room of your home and your classroom. Look for safe places inside and outside the buildings where you spend time.
The recent blackout in India is one of the worst cases of power grid failure the world has ever seen. The massive power failure left nearly half of India's population without electricity for two days. Although there maybe many reasons behind this large scale load shedding, one cannot deny the fact that the electricity consumption through home appliances has risen sharply in recent years. Air conditioners, washing machines, personal computers, laptops, smartphones have become almost necessities instead of luxuries. Power systems are designed to handle a specific amount of load, if the load exceeds the limit, the system is sure to crash.
The aim of the Liberation War was to get an exploitation-free Bangladesh where everybody would get a job based on merit. But it is very shocking that the meritorious students are being deprived and discouraged to contest in the government job due to the quota system. If this system continues, one day the country will become a land of inefficient people. Therefore, I urge the government on behalf of the students to end this discriminatory quota system and give all of us equal opportunity in the job market.
Most of the English medium students don't read Bangla novels. I was among them, but when I read Humayun Ahmed's novel 'Himu Rimande', I started getting interested in Bangla books. Any person could get attached to his books because of his fascinating writing style and easy language. Humayun Ahmed's death has left a scar in our hearts. But he will always be alive in his books and in our hearts.
A last page photograph, of a multi-storied building, was published on 7th August, in a local English daily. It clearly showed illegal occupation of a river. Further it demonstrated the audacity and power of the building owners who adopted the illegal means to grab the rivers.
We are watching with disbelief the government's action against Nobel prize winner Prof. Muhammad Yunus.
US worried at govt actions on Grameen Bank
The volatile debate in both Houses of Parliament on Wednesday on the continuing conflagration in Assam cast the spotlight on "illegal" immigration and the sharp divide it has caused in the state.
Deadly floods that have swamped nearly all of the Philippine capital are less a natural disaster and more the result of poor planning, lax enforcement and political self-interest, experts said.
The Pakistani Taliban yesterday threatened to kill Imran Khan if the cricket player turned politician holds a planned march to their tribal stronghold to protest against US drone attacks.
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev yesterday launched his second round of indefinite protest in New Delhi demanding that black money stashed away abroad be brought back.
Afghan police backed by the army and the Nato-led force have killed 36 Taliban fighters, wounded 19 and captured 34 others over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement yesterday.
Libya's National Transitional Council on Wednesday handed power to a new assembly, in a symbolic move marking a peaceful transition following the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's 40-year dictatorship.
President Bashar al-Assad has appointed Wael al-Halqi as Syria's new premier, state television reported yesterday as Iran hosted a meeting on Syria aiming a greater role in the conflict.
From deformed infants to grandparents with cancer, families near Vietnam's Danang Airbase have long blamed the toxic legacy of war for their ills. Now after a decades-long wait, a historic "Agent Orange" clean-up is finally beginning.
The wife of a former Chinese leader at the centre of a scandal that has rocked the Communist party did not deny murder during her one-day trial, which ended yesterday with no verdict, the court said.
Iran's nuclear moves are becoming harder for Israeli and US intelligence to assess, making Teheran's suspected atomic weapons drive an even more urgent matter, Defence Minister Ehud Barak yesterday said.
Japan's prime minister survived a no-confidence motion yesterday after reaching an 11th hour deal with a major opposition party over his much-cherished sales tax bill.
Police and gunmen clashed yesterday in the Sinai town of El-Arish, Egyptian TV said after the authorities vowed to crush a surge in Islamist militancy, although state news agency MENA denied the report.
The Army has been jolted by yet another shocking breach of discipline with a grim stand-off erupting between officers and jawans of an armoured unit after a soldier committed suicide at a military camp in the border district of Samba in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday morning.
July was the hottest month in the contiguous United States since record-keeping began in 1895, government scientists have said, a trend that meteorologists attribute to climate change.
India yesterday successfully test-fired its surface-to-surface 2000 km range ballistic missile Agni-II.
Three brutal killings on Wednesday claimed at least 14 lives across Mexico, in the latest bloodshed of a years-long crime wave fueled by warring drug cartels.
A Russian deputy prime minister referred to pop icon Madonna as a "former whore" on Twitter after she called for the release of jailed members of punk group Pussy Riot at a Moscow concert.
Arts & Entertainment
A memorial meeting for the recently deceased celebrated writer Humayun Ahmed was held at the central auditorium of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sylhet on August 6. Assistant Professor of the Sociology Department, Md. Faruq Uddin, conducted the function. The function was held at the initiative of SUST administration with Professor Yunus in the chair.
Under the supervision of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, a 12 -member group was selected to participate in the '3rd International Music Festival, Asia Pacific Region, 2012' in Krasnoyarsk in Russia. The festival was held from June 28 to July 4. Shyam Sundar Sikder, former Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, led the team with Samina Hossain Prema as the dance director.
Master Bangladeshi painter SM Sultan was born in 1923 in Masimdia, Narail district. After only five years of schooling in Victoria Collegiate School in Narail, he joined his father to work as a mason.
As part of its continuous endeavor to promote bilateral cultural exchanges between India and Bangladesh, the Indira Gandhi Culture Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka is organising the visit of popular Bangladeshi rock band Dalchhut to Kolkata, India from August 12-15, 2012, for a performance under ICCR sponsorship, says a press release.
A festival of five feature films by four directors of Bangladesh begins in Hyderabad today in the first such event being hosted by a southern Indian city exclusively featuring movies from the neighbouring country.
Greatest rock feuds of all time:
On the occasion of their course conclusion, students of the 22nd batch of Abdullah Al Mamun Theatre School staged two short plays of Munier Chowdhury at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on August 8. The programme also saw handing over of certificates to the students.
If history is compared to an onion, one more layer peeled off last month when Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei sent their female athletes to London. The kingdom did it for the first time, but the Sheikhdom and the Sultanate supposedly had already crossed that threshold when they sent their women to the Islamic Women's Games in Tehran. Overall it's the first time for the women of all three countries to participate in the Olympics Games.
Countless threats stalk the Pakistani government, from militants in the tribal regions near Afghanistan to a backward economy teetering on collapse. In recent weeks, the focus has been on the Haqqani network, fundamentalist fighters along the border who have longstanding ties to Pakistani intelligence and have conducted deadly attacks on American troops and officials in Afghanistan.
The question on everyone's mind is, how does the prime minister work? This crops up as a natural reaction to seeing her commit blunders, one after another, and getting entangled in her own devices. Are these of her own making or is she being led up the garden path by vested quarters or the government comforting itself by avoiding due diligence?
Recently, in the BBC Hardtalk programme, our prime minister proposed the formation of an interim government during the next general election with the participation of the opposition. As expected, the opposition leader summarily rejected the proposal. We thank the PM for her proposal to break the deadlock regarding the coming election, although a similar formula was rejected in the past. However, it would have been perhaps more appropriate to engage in a dialogue with the opposition about the proposal, rather than announcing it in a BBC programme.
The Amazing Thailand" and "Incredible India," are two good examples of how to promote a country internationally to improve its image despite poverty, hunger, political upheavals and economic problems.
Yekuno Amlak takes the imperial throne of Ethiopia, restoring the Solomonic dynasty to power after a 100-year Zagwe interregnum.
Google on Wednesday took another step in its quest to merge the Internet with the real world with Maps and put itself at the heart of mobile gadget lifestyles in the process.
A Facebook page that depicted Aboriginal people in Australia as drunks and welfare cheats has been removed after a public outcry.
South Korea's Samsung Electronics said it had launched a super-size version of its Galaxy Note smartphone, the latest salvo in its battle with Apple for the multi-billion-dollar handheld market.
Computer Source Ltd has recently launched a new model of laser printer, Lexmark E260dn in Bangladesh market.
Apple Inc's new version of its iPhone and iPad software will not include a pre-loaded app for Google Inc's popular video website, YouTube, Apple said on Monday.
Asus has released X44HR laptop in the local market.
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co said on Thursday it has not considered acquiring Research In Motion or licensing the embattled BlackBerry phone maker's new mobile operating system.