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New strategy drawn up to fight graft

In a move to fight corruption, the government has drafted National Integrity Strategy that calls for mandatory publication of wealth statements of lawmakers, judges and government officials.

Uganda's Kiprotich wins gold in marathon

Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich stunned a strong Kenyan team to win the men's Olympic marathon on Sunday, handing his east African nation only their second ever gold medal.

Spices too hot at Eid market

Despite a drop of prices in the wholesale spice market, retailers are still charging customers high for items like raisins, cumin, cloves and cardamom.

Sayedee's certificates under probe

Which one is his real name -- Mostafa Delawar Hossain, Abu Noman Md Delawar Hossain or Delawar Hossain Sayedee?

Russia agrees to provide 85pc fund

Russia has agreed to provide as credit 85 percent of the estimated Tk 12,000-15,000 crore needed for setting up the first-ever nuclear power plant in Bangladesh.

PM for global actions to end poverty

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for concerted efforts of the international community to fight against poverty and hunger as the two issues had global origins and implications.

No admission test this year

There will be no admission tests for public and private medical colleges this year as students will be enrolled on the basis of their SSC and HSC results.

Forest boss removed

Tapan Kumar Dey, Conservator of Forests (wildlife), was removed yesterday from his position as project director of Bangabandhu Safari Park, Gazipur, on charges of misappropriation of project funds.

329 more BGB jawans convicted

A special court of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) yesterday sentenced 329 jawans of the directorates of Pilkhana and Rifles Sports Board (RSB) to various terms of imprisonment, ranging from four months to seven years, in a mutiny case.

Death toll 300 in Iran quakes

Overcrowded hospitals in northwest Iran struggled to cope with thousands of earthquake victims yesterday as rescuers raced to reach remote villages after two powerful quakes killed nearly 300 people.

Govt won't take over GB

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday accused Nobel Laureate and Grameen Bank founder Prof Muhammad Yunus of waging "an unnecessary and harmful campaign" against the country.

TIB finds graft at CGA office

A study by Transparency International Bangladesh has found 23 instances of corruption at the Controller General of Accounts office.

BCL leader killed as AL men clash

A local leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League was stabbed to death by activists of a faction of ruling Awami League in Rangunia upazila of Chittagong Saturday night.

Hajj flights to begin on Sept 17

Hajj flights carrying Bangladeshi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia will begin on September 17 and end on October 22 this year.

Manmohan invites Ershad

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues, including those of Teesta water sharing and Tipaimukh Dam project.

JS session on Sept 4

The 14th session of the ninth parliament gets underway on September 4 at 4:00pm.

Rain, traffic chaos batter life in Dhaka

Long bumper-to-bumper tailbacks were seen on almost all major streets yesterday as a daylong drizzle intensified traffic jams, causing immense sufferings for thousands of city dwellers.

BSF kills Bangladeshi

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot a Bangladeshi cattle trader dead in Goborda area of India, opposite to Boikari border of Satkhira, early yesterday.

Gazipur-4 by-polls on Sept 30

By-election to the Gazipur-4 parliamentary constituency is likely to be held on September 30, Election Commissioner Shah Nawaz said yesterday.

Complete probe by Sept 27

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday received a progress report on the investigation being done into Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Kashem Ali's alleged crimes against humanity.


International treaties not placed in JS!

Ever since 1979, no international treaties have been placed in our national parliament in spite of a provision embodied in the Constitution in 1978 making it mandatory for governments to do this. An amending clause in 1991 however, required treaty involving national security to be placed in a secret session of parliament. This somewhat diluted the original provision, yet the operative necessity for tabling it in the JS has remained intact. Although even the definition of secrecy is debatable, the overarching need for an elected democracy is to subject a treaty to perusal, discussion and scrutiny in the House of the people. Because such a government is obliged to let the people know what it had signed up to.

Students punishing auto-rickshaw drivers

Granted, CNG drivers' refusal of service to passengers on demand or their charging arbitrary fares are genuine public irritations. Also one sees their taking advantage of an extremely inadequate public transportation system, which is a curse we feel strongly about. These are all reprehensible.


Jamaica's win cements Bolt's Games

If Beijing belonged to Michael Phelps, London belongs to Usain Bolt.

2012 'off-the-chain'

If there ever was a one-word summary to describe the 30th Olympiad in London, the USA athlete DeeDee Trotter found it during one of many press conferences at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

'Team's core very strong'

Bangladesh national cricket coach Richard Pybus was not worried about ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan's injury status when he spoke during the pre-world cup training camp, which kicked off at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

U-19s lose badly

Just a day after making a flying start to the U-19 World Cup with a 25-run win over Sri Lanka, the Bangladesh U-19s were brought down to earth by a massive 135-run defeat by favourites South Africa. Despite winning the first match batting first at the same Allan Border Field in Brisbane, Bangladesh skipper Anamul Haque decided to field first and it didn't take long to realise that it probably was not a good decision.

Farah the finest

Mo Farah, who came to the Olympics as one of Great Britain's top medal hopes, leaves as the finest distance runner in the world with a step-up to the marathon a possible future target.

Tamim blasts Wayamba to easy win

Tamim Iqbal produced the first stellar performance by a Bangladeshi in the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL) when his unbeaten 93 blasted Wayamba United to a nine-wicket victory over Uthura Rudras in their T20 encounter at the R Premamdasa Stadium in Colombo yesterday.

League affected by fixing saga

The players' transfer window for the upcoming season will be opened from Wednesday, but the professional football league committee of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has yet to officially announce the standings of the fifth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, following two pending issues of match-fixing.

Savinova holds off Semenya

Russian world champion Mariya Savinova held off a fast-finishing Caster Semenya of South Africa on Saturday to win the 800 metres Olympic title.

Kevin dropped

Kevin Pietersen has been dropped from England's squad for the third Test against South Africa after the controversial batsman was caught up in a text message row.

Women's squad for Ireland announced

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday announced a 14-member women's squad for the tour of Ireland to take part in tri-nation ODI and Twenty20 tournaments.

Walcott youngest to gold

Trinidad and Tobago's Keshorn Walcott won the men's Olympic javelin title on Saturday to become, at 19, the youngest winner of the gold medal.

Russia nail volleyball thriller

World Cup-holders Russia came from two sets down to beat world champions Brazil in a thrilling Olympic men's volleyball final on Sunday.

Djokovic, Gasquet face off

Novak Djokovic endured a second frustrating day of rain delays with the top seed defeating fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday to reach the final of the Toronto Masters

Team USA prevail

Somewhere in the midst of their relaxing afternoon stroll to the gold medal, Team USA looked up and found themselves in a fight. Spain rained 3-pointers over the Americans' heads. Pau and Marc Gasol bullied the U.S. frontline. And after U.S. centre Tyson Chandler became entangled with Sergio Rodriguez in the second quarter, the little Spanish point guard stepped up and jabbed his right index finger into Chandler's face.

Germany defend title

Germany won the Olympic title for the second successive time when they triumphed 2-1 against the Netherlands, the former champions, in a blood and thunder final on Saturday.

Rhythmic, relentless Russia

Before a sea of red, white and blue flags, Russia pursued their merciless dominance of rhythmic gymnastics by claiming their fourth consecutive Olympic group title on Sunday.

Stunning Boudia

David Boudia became the first American since the great Greg Louganis to win the men's 10m platform gold with a sensational last-dive victory over China's world champion Qiu Bo at the Olympics Saturday.

Brazilian women grab v'ball gold

Brazil rallied to beat the world number one-ranked United States 3-1 Saturday and win the London Olympics women's volleyball gold medal.

Super heavyweight Joshua

Britain's Anthony Joshua won the men's Olympic super heavyweight (+91kgs) gold on count-back against defending champion Roberto Cammarelle of Italy after their bout finished 18-all on Sunday.

Juve clinch Super Cup

Serie A champions Juventus scored twice in extra time to clinch the Italian Super Cup against a Napoli side who had two players sent off at Beijing's "Bird's Nest" stadium on Saturday.

Tape it up

Players throughout the Olympics have been seen wearing tape on their bodies. Kinesio tape, developed by a Japanese doctor over 30 years ago is much more than just a fashion statement -- though athletes like German beach volleyball player Katrin Holtwick use it for both. It takes a special certification just to be licensed to apply it and once on, it separates the upper layer of the skin from muscle tissue. This extra space allows for muscles to fire and recover more quickly.


Banks post mixed profits

Earnings of listed commercial banks showed a mixed trend in the first six months this year with half of the banks posting growth in net profit.

Income tax fair to widen reach, begin on Sept 17

The annual income tax fair beginning next month will be expanded to 11 large and old district towns for the first time.

Banks open on Thursday

Banks will remain open on Thursday in Dhaka and other areas where garments factories are concentrated, Bangladesh Bank said in a notice yesterday.

Stocks rise amid market optimism

Stocks gained 2.27 percent yesterday, the highest gain this month, as institutional investors went on a buying spree expecting an easy money market after Ramadan.

Apologetic Swiss banks sweat it out as US, Europe mull redress

Swiss banks hoping to atone for decades of complicity in tax evasion may be left to sweat it out for months as the United States and Germany ponder the right level of punishment.

India's factories shrug off blackouts

A siren rang out in the cable factory in northern India when there was a power blackout in half the country last week, but its computer screens didn't even blink as $180,000 worth of batteries seamlessly took over the machines winding the thick coils on the shop floor.

ICCB chief off to Indonesia

Mahbubur Rahman, ICC Bangladesh president, left for Jakarta to take part in the fourth Presidential Friends of Indonesia Programme 2012 to mark the Southeast Asian nation's Independence Day, ICCB said in a statement yesterday.

German economy minister disappointed by Greek reform effort

German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler expressed disappointment with the efforts of debt-wracked Greece to implement necessary reforms, in an interview with the weekly magazine Focus.

Canada farmers cash in on US drought

After spring floods drowned his seeding plans two years straight, Canadian farmer Walter Finlay is harvesting what looks to be an average or slightly better crop of wheat and canola.

Urban disasters spotlight strain on Asian cities

Deadly floods, power blackouts and traffic gridlock -- many of Asia's biggest cities are buckling under the strain of rapid economic development, extreme weather and an exodus from the countryside.

BB clarifies status of merchant banks

Merchant banks are different from traditional non-bank financial institutions, the central bank said, putting an end to confusion over the status of such banks.

State banks swap roles in call money market

State banks, which were the traditional lenders in the call money market, have now become the biggest borrowers due to growing financing to the government.

$50 fine for each unregistered SIM

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has increased the fine for mobile operators to $50 from $10 for every unregistered SIM card sold in its bid to cut down on misuse of mobile connection.

Japan's Sharp running out of options: analysts

Japan's Sharp Corp is fast running out of options to repair its disintegrating balance sheet, analysts say, raising fears about its viability as investors bolt for the exit.


4 held with 81 fake passports in capital

Four members of a passport counterfeiting gang along with 81 fake passports were caught when Detective Branch (DB) of police launched a drive in the capital's Jatrabari on Saturday.

Natural disasters hamper target

Achieving target of ensuring drinking water and sanitation would not be possible by 2013 due to natural disasters in the country, said a study.

BNP will honour Yunus if back in power: Moudud

The government must stop flinging insult at Dr Yunus immediately, urged BNP leader Moudud Ahmed yesterday.

Tareque, Mishuk remembered

Filmmaker Tareque Masud and media personality Ashfaque Munier Mishuk, popularly known as Mishuk Munier, were remembered at a programme yesterday, a day before their death anniversary.

EC seeks removal of HC stay

Bangladesh Election Commission yesterday filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking stay on a High Court order which had halted the process for Dhaka City Corporation (north and south) elections.

98pc people want amendment

Around 98 percent of the country's people demand amendment to the tobacco control act, said speakers at a programme yesterday.

HC questions filling up of Moidara river

The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the government to explain in two weeks why filling up of Moidara river in Rampal upazila of Bagerhat near the Sundarbans for setting up a coal-fired power plant should not be declared illegal.

HC orders DNA test to identify culprits

The High Court yesterday directed police to immediately get Dhaka Medical College Hospital doctors to carry out a DNA test on a speech impaired girl, who was raped in Munshiganj's Louhojang upazila last month, to identify the rapists.

7 killed, 8 hurt in road crashes

Seven people were killed and eight others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Barisal, Comilla, Lalmonirhat and Sherpur on Saturday and yesterday.

Bodies of microbus, taxi drivers found

Five days after a microbus driver of Tangail went missing on his way to Dhaka, police recovered his decomposing body near Water Development Board's pump house in Mirpur Beribadh area in the capital on Saturday night.

Three JMB leaders jailed

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced three leaders of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to 15 years' rigorous imprisonment on charge of possessing grenades and explosives.

Govt seeks resumption of proceedings

The government yesterday filed a petition for vacating a High Court order that stayed the proceedings of an arson case against 46 opposition leaders and workers, including the BNP acting secretary general.

Jubo league leader beats up TV staff

A television videographer filed a case against pro-Awami League youth body Jubo League Rajshahi city unit organising secretary Alok Das and his unnamed 10-12 aides with Boalia Police Station yesterday accusing them of beating him up over parking of a motorcycle.

BNP, anti-liberation forces similar

State Minister for Law Advocate Quamrul Islam yesterday said there is no difference between BNP and anti-liberation forces in the country.

ETV chairman summoned by court

A Dhaka court yesterday summoned Ekushey Television Ltd (ETV) Chairman Abdus Salam, hours after a tax evasion case was filed against him.

Polythene factory sealed off

An unauthorised factory was sealed off in Agrabad area of Chittagong city yesterday afternoon for producing polythene illegally.

Bangladeshi peacekeeper shot dead in Sudan

A Bangladeshi peacekeeper was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in Darfur region of Sudan yesterday morning.

Autistic boy drowns in capital

An autistic boy drowned in Satarkul Namapara jheel in Badda area of the capital yesterday.

Stop going after Dr Yunus: B Chy

Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina not to go after Nobel Laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus.

President leaves for S Arabia

President Zillur Rahman left for a five-day visit to Saudi Arabia early hours today to attend the two-day (August 14-15) 4th Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Makkah.

Bangladesh police trained in counter terrorism

The US government provided ten-day long training to Bangladesh police to enhance their capabilities for fighting terrorism.

Two workers injured in ship breaking yard fire

Two workers were injured in a fire at a ship breaking yard in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong yesterday.

Human chain for medical college admission tests

Admission seekers to medical colleges formed a human chain in Chittagong city demanding cancellation of the decision of not holding admission tests in government and private medical colleges in the country.

Probe report on attack on JU cultural activists to be reviewed

The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Saturday formed a three-member review committee to assess the probe report submitted by the investigation committee over the April 28 attack on some cultural activists.

Qulkhwani of Farhat Rahman Meeta Aug 16

Farhat Rahman Meeta, daughter of eminent industrialist late Moqbular Rahman, passed away at her residence in the capital's Dhanmondi on Saturday.


Veteran freedom fighter and social worker Bir Mohon Barua passed away due to old age complications at Chittagong Medical College Hospital yesterday. He was 82.


Ghior Bridge remains risky, authorities turn blind eye

The road passengers from Daulatpur upazila of Manikganj, Chowhali of Sirajganj and Nagarpur of Tangail district are badly suffering as Ghior Bridge over the Dhaleswari River on Ghior-Daulatpur road has turned risky due to loosening of soil under its two pillars.

Hilsa still remains out of reach of common people

The price of popular fish hilsa is yet to come down as expected, following the ban on export, due to increased demand ahead of the Eid festival.

Comilla Govt College badly needs more teachers, classrooms

Comilla Government College has been facing shortage of teachers, accommodation including classrooms and other facilities, hampering education of over 6300 students.

Boy abducted for ransom murdered

A six-year-old boy, abducted for ransom from Bishulia Katabri village in Gobindaganj upazila on Tuesday, was found dead in a bamboo cluster at the village yesterday.

UP chairman held for attack on policemen

The law enforcers on Saturday night arrested a union parishad chairman and an aide on charge of attacking police in Phulpur upazila.

'Criminal' held after gunfight

A 'top criminal' injured a gunfight with the law enforcers was arrested in Jihashtola area of Sadar upazila on Saturday at night.

Protesters demand arrest of criminals

Several hundred locals formed a human chain in front of the office of deputy commissioner in the city yesterday, demanding immediate arrest and punishment of the criminals who attacked a college student.

Resolve acute water crisis created by power plant

Villagers around Barapukuria power plant yesterday staged a protest, alleging that they had been suffering from water crisis due to the plant's operation.

They drink to death for want of arsenic free tube-wells

Arsenicosis affected Asia Begum is counting her days at her Hogoldanga village home in Sabdalpur union under Sreepur upazila of Magura district as doctors at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Medical University detected malignancy in her liver seven months ago.

Bus strike on two roads protesting extortion

Bus services on Harirampur-Manikganj-Dhaka and Harirampur-Singair-Dhaka routes came to a halt yesterday morning as the owners and workers enforced an indefinite strike protesting illegal toll collection.

Prisoner flees hospital

An under trial prisoner while undergoing treatment at police custody fled Chuadanga Sadar Hospital on Saturday.

Man killed over fish theft

A man was killed over stealing fish at Magurghona village in Dumuria upazila early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Shotodal Roy, 42, of Basundia village in Keshobpur upazila of Jessore district. Police alleged that Shotodal along with his two accomplices entered a shrimp enclosure for stealing fish at dead of night. Sensing the presence of the thieves, Oliar Rahman, owner of the enclosure, along with his men chased them and caught Shotodal Roy red handed while the rest managed to flee. As the news spread, locals beat up Shotodal mercilessly, leaving him critically injured. He was rushed to the hospital where the doctors declared him dead.

College student electrocuted

A college student was electrocuted at Rosy Super Market in the district town on Saturday night. Sagar Hossain, 20, son of Hamidul Islam of Ekdala village in Sadar upazila, was a third year student of Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute. Abdullah Al Mamun, officer in-charge of Natore police station, said Sagar came in contact with an electric wire while he was talking over mobile phone on the roof of the market at about 9:30pm. He was rushed to Natore Sadar Hospital where the doctors declared him dead.

Schoolboy drowns

A schoolboy drowned in a pond at Burimari village in Patgram upazila yesterday. Riad Hossain, 9, son of Ashraful Islam of the village, was a class four student at Burimari Government Primary School. Sohrab Hossain, officer in-charge of Patgram police station, said Riad went to the pond near their homestead for taking a dip at around 1:30pm. Later, locals found his body floating in the pond.

Man with arms arrested

Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested a man along with a foreign made revolver and three bullets at Char Kurulia village in Ishwardi upazila on Saturday night. The arrestee was identified as Md Abdus Salam, 32, of the village. Md Mostafa Harun, officer in-charge of DB, said acting on a tip-off, a team raided the village at about 11:30pm and arrested Salam along with the arms and ammunition.

2 held with fake notes

Police arrested two people along with fake currency notes in a bus stand area of Hatibandha upazila yesterday morning. The arrestees are Abul Kalam Azad, 42, son of Jomir Uddin of Jomgram in Patgram upazila and Jalal Uddin, 35, son of Shamsul Haque of Khariza Jongra village in Hatibandha. Tapos Kumar, officer in-charge of Hatibandha police station, said on secret information, they raided the area and arrested the duo along with 12 fake Tk 500 notes and a fake Tk 100 note.



Make jute cultivation profitable

The news item entitled “Last 2 years' losses still haunt jute growers,” published in this daily recently, raised concern over the future of jute cultivation. The report says that jute growers are worried about its market prices, especially against the backdrop of huge losses in last two seasons. By this time, this season's jute harvesting has already started and it is expected that the farmers will get bumper production. In addition, farmers are not facing any trouble this season to rot jute though they faced problem during the last two seasons due to shortage of water.

Noise of heavy machines in residential areas

After Dhaka's bad-shaped roads choked with piled up garbage, it is now the construction/piling and perhaps the running of the de-watering machines that truly robs us of peace. What is incredible is that it also runs at midnight, at 1am, 2:30 am, or at any hour, and is strong enough to pull down an old building. This is happening at Banani road 11, near Moms and Kids shop. There ought to be some civic laws governing uses of such heavy machines in the homesteads.

Indispensable post office

Although post offices in the advanced countries are facing closure due to the development of email and other quick electronic services, I have enough reason to justify the importance and promotion of our post offices. Ordinary people plus government organisations are still dependent on post offices for their correspondences and communication.

Response to Syed Badrul Ahsan's "Pain and Love"

I would like to congratulate your Executive Editor Syed Badrul Ahsan for his masterly piece titled "Pain and remnants of love", published in The Daily Star on July 25, 2012, which calls for re-defining socio-religio cultural values, and emphasises the desirability of urgent reforms to change social attitude and behavioral patterns.

Vested Properties Return Bill-2011

The passage of the Vested Properties Return (Amendment) Bill 2011, which theoretically enables Hindus to reclaim land and property confiscated by the government or occupied by Muslims under the Vested Property Act of 1974, Enemy Property Act 1965 (by Pakistan) and other discriminatory property laws implemented by Pakistan after the partition of India in 1947, was indeed a good initiative by the present government. But Enemy Property Act-1965 still persists and continues to make Hindu minority homeless. Sadly enough, after the independence of Bangladesh, all the elected governments wanted to repeal this black law but none of them took pragmatic steps to materialise it. Finally this government passed Vested Properties Return (Amendment) Bill 2011. But the new legislation, however, does not clearly address how the previously seized properties will be returned and it is uncertain whether the Bill will be effectively implemented. In addition to that, the time period set is too short for them to understand and apply to reclaim their property. According to the bill, in the event of death of the original owner, rights of inheritance shall apply in accordance with Hindu religious personal laws. Hindu women would therefore be automatically excluded from inheritance. This latest Bill may thus become yet another in a series of laws that have failed to return confiscated properties and end the ongoing encroachment of Hindu owned land. So, the government should give highest importance to this to ensure the return of the property by maintaining transparency in the legal procedures for the survival of this minority group in Bangladesh.

Assam violence

Clashes between Bodos and minority immigrants in the lower Assam districts have caused panic within the Indian government. If the situation does not improve, it would be a very worrying situation for the people living there. We feel sorry to see the bloodshed and violence. Assam is one of those Indian states that is bordered with Bangladesh and as a neighbour it is our duty to step forward to help the victims.

PM and HardTalk

Very few heads of state and influential persons managed to survive the interview by Stephen Sackur in BBC HardTalk programme. If a head of state is not a clean person, have vindictive attitude, shows undemocratic behaviour, then HardTalk is very hard for them. Our prime minister was unable to answer the questions properly and to the point, asked by Stephen Sackur during his interview session. There were grammatical mistakes in statements made by our prime minister while replying to Stephen Sackur but that is not a problem because many heads of state cannot speak in English at all. (Thanks to the editor of The Daily Star newspaper for publishing the contents of the interview after correction).

Strange advice from home minister

On August 8, 2012 Home Minister Sahara Khatun advised residents of Dhaka city to lock their houses before going on Eid holiday.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Khaleda critical of Hasina trips”


Myanmar allows aid to Rohingya

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Saturday announced it has received a green light from Myanmar to assist Muslim Rohingya displaced by sectarian violence.

Morsi retires Tantawi, appoints VP

Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi yesterday ordered the surprise retirement of his powerful defence minister and scrapped a constitutional document which handed sweeping powers to the military.

Iran tensions: Israel tests war time drills

Israel yesterday began testing an SMS system for warning the public of an imminent missile attack as chatter over a possible strike on Iran dominated the Israeli press headlines.

Battle for Aleppo rages on; 175 killed

The Syrian army yesterday pressed its assault on rebels in commercial capital Aleppo, while both sides reported atrocities and Arab foreign ministers postponed a planned meeting on the 17-month conflict.

UN chief launches new initiative to protect oceans

The UN chief yesterday announced an initiative to protect oceans from pollution and over-fishing and to combat rising sea levels which threaten hundreds of millions of the world's people.

Out of limelight, Castro celebrates 86th birthday

Fidel Castro, who led Cuba for a half century and became known worldwide for decades of Cold War-era clashing with the United States, will celebrate his 86th birthday today far from the limelight.

Coalition govt urged in Libya

Libya needs an inclusive government to build on progress made by those who have guided its transition from 42 years of one-man rule under Muammar Gaddafi, the president of a newly elected national assembly said in an interview.

Afghans held talks with key Taliban figure

Afghan officials have held secret talks with the Taliban's former second in command who is in detention in Pakistan in a move which could help rekindle stalled peace talks with the insurgents, according to senior officials from both countries.

Illegal migrants in Assam

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said there are illegal migrants from Bangladesh in the state and that influx from across the border is still on, though in lesser numbers. The chief minister, however, did not say how many illegal migrants are here in the state.

Assam on alert following Ulfa threat

Security has been beefed up and alert sounded throughout Assam following reports of possible strikes by Ulfa's anti-talk faction in the run-up to Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday.

Ramdev warns of big revolution

Ramdev yesterday warned of a "big revolution" if the prime minister did not meet his demands for announcing immediate steps to bring back black money, enactment of a strong Lokpal and measures to end corruption.

Political party was Hazare's idea

Erstwhile Team Anna yesterday claimed that the decision to turn the anti-corruption movement political was Anna Hazare's and a "malicious" campaign has been working overtime to drive a wedge between them and the 74-year-old social activist.

'Pak-linked' attack on Kabul foiled

Afghan and Nato forces yesterday foiled a series of suicide attacks on Kabul planned for when they captured five insurgents allegedly linked to militants in Pakistan, officials said.

Save 25m children from hunger: David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron was to call on world powers to boost their efforts to tackle malnutrition across the globe.

China awaits verdict in Gu Kailai murder trial

China appears to be preparing the public for sparing from execution the wife of politician Bo Xilai who is accused of murdering a British man, a legal expert said yesterday, as a verdict is awaited in the politically-charged case.

Brits want mayor Boris as PM

Impressed by his success in hosting the Olympic Games, nearly three-quarters of Britons now want London mayor Boris Johnson to become prime minister, according to a survey on Saturday.

Bahrain returns envoy to Tehran

Bahrain yesterday said it has reinstated its ambassador in Iran, more than a year after recalling the envoy over Tehran's strong condemnation of Manama's brutal crackdown on Shia-led protests.

Five killed in Iraq attacks

Twin bombings and a shooting in and around Baghdad yesterday killed five people, including three Iraqi policemen, security and medical officials said.

Thousands flee Spanish wildfire

Scores of villagers spent the night in hotels and student halls after fleeing wildfires that continued raging out of control yesterdayon the Spanish Canary Islands.

Arts & Entertainment

Looking for Tareque…

In 2009, British filmmaker Ken Loach made a film “Looking for Eric”, in which, the football freak protagonist Eric Bishop always seeks redemption from his icon, the former Manchester United legend Eric Cantona. Whenever Eric Bishop feels depressed or falls in trouble, he recalls his icon and somehow overcomes the tough situation.

Costume jewellery abounds in the market

If our women had their way, they would bedeck themselves from head to toe.. With Eid around the corner, the Dhaka malls are full of trinkets and jewellery that will easily delight a woman's eye: bangles of all shapes and sizes, wrought in gold metal and decked with imitation pearls, rubies, amethysts and emeralds. They can be mixed and matched with colourful attire and are well within most budgets. Coloured glass bangles in a wide range of scintillating shades too are a popular draw. The necklaces and earrings, even the ones at Hallmark and Archies, are irresistible.

Prova's comeback

After lying low for sometime, model and actress Prova is busy reviving her career with consistent performances in one-hour plays, tele-films and serials. Prova says acting is her passion and she intends to nurture her love for the medium. The audience will get to see her performances in upcoming plays, she says with confidence.

Book Fair at Aziz Market

To celebrate Eid, a book fair titled “Eid Boi Utsab" is now on at Aziz Market, Shahbagh in the city. About 20 publishing houses are taking part in the fair with 400 publications.

Humayun's swan song

Channel i will air a telefilm, titled “Jodi Bhalo Na Lagey Toh Dio Na Mon” on Eid day at 12:05pm. The play is the last script by noted litterateur Humayun Ahmed. Raikhan Khan has directed the telefilm. The star cast includes Swiss model-actress Janine Dominique Allery, leading Bangladeshi film star Purnima, model-actor Nobel, Masud Akhand, Rahman Khalil and Abul Hayat. During his last visit to Dhaka (for only 20 days) shortly before his death in May, Humayun Ahmed, had specially scripted the screenplay for channel i.

The Bengali connection

It was a Bollywood diva who turned into a “Devi” the first time she walked the ramp here on Friday evening.

Bourne Legacy looks to be huge at box office

After making his name as a supporting player in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" and “The Avengers" and top-lining in the Oscar-winning “The Hurt Locker," Jeremy Renner will try to prove he can kick butt himself at the box office this weekend in “The Bourne Legacy."


Will Syria become another Libya?

Damas-cus Spring started soon after the death of Hafez al-Assad's three decades of dictatorial rule on Syria. People of Syria pinned their hopes on the western educated son of Assad, who succeeded his father as the country's ruler at 34. Bashar al-Assad promised change but limited that to some market reforms only. And the first Damascus Spring that was flowering with the demands for democratic rights like freedom of speech, right to assemble and demonstrate and democratic elections was soon crushed and leaders of the movement imprisoned.

Whither the Asean community?

The discord over how to deal with China in the territorial disputes in the South China Sea overshadows the 45th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), which falls today.

Rescind decision on Grameen Bank

Bangladesh can justifiably take pride in its uniqueness; the creativity, the innovativeness, the spirit of entrepreneurship, among others, of its people. This found international acceptance for the first time after independence when nine women representatives of Grameen representing 8.3 million poor women borrowers and owners of Grameen Bank, along with their founding father Prof Yunus, were awarded the Noble Prize for Peace in 2006; the nation went rapturous with an outpouring of jubilation from the cities to the remotest corners of Bangladesh; all eyes were glued to the TV to witness the honouring of Bangladesh.

Survival of the Euro: Important for Germany too

Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank (ECB) is a seasoned central banker and a highly respected professional. So when on July 25, the Spanish ten-year government bond yields shot up to 7.75% (the Italian bond yields were not far behind), he realised that something had to be done quickly to lower the borrowing costs of the fourth and third largest economies of the euro area. Otherwise, there would be no economic recovery in these countries. He also felt that the euro itself was in grave danger. Next day, he appeared at a press conference and pledged to "do whatever it takes to preserve the euro zone." That meant buying Spanish and Italian debts on a massive scale. No wonder, the financial markets rallied immediately.

The unsung song

This summer has been unusually hot in Washington, with temperatures flaring up to 100 degrees or more. Fortunately, brief bouts of showers provided respite from the unbearable heat. For me, the rains also evoked nostalgic reflections of my childhood and youth when I would sit for hours watching an overcast sky and weaving idle dreams.

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