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News of: Wednesday, 15th of August, 2012

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Bangabandhu's men - on Aug 15 and after

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman frantically telephoned Major General KM Shafiullah, chief of staff of Bangladesh army, when a group of soldiers, heavily armed and backed by tanks and armoured cars, attacked his residence in the pre-dawn hours on August 15, 1975. The Father of the Nation sought Shafiullah's assistance in warding off the rebels.

6 killers still out of reach

Despite all out effort, the government has failed to bring back any of the six fugitive killers of Bangabandhu over the last three years.

Opposition bluffed in passage of bill

The now void fifth amendment to the constitution was passed in parliament in 1979 as a “precondition” for the withdrawal of martial law presided over by General Ziaur Rahman.

Protesters create traffic mess

Hundreds of students blocked traffic in the capital's Shahbagh intersection yesterday, protesting against a new government policy on admission to medical and dental colleges.

Hunt for new MD soon

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the government will soon publish advertisements in the press seeking applications from internationally renowned candidates for the post of managing director of the Grameen Bank.

Where lies the truth?

In the world of civility, it needs quite a bit of brazenness and strong reasons to accuse somebody of propagating lies, which in effect is to call him a liar. But in the strange sphere of politics, all you need is some condescending attitude and wafer thin facts to make such a statement.

Telcos fined Tk 6cr

The telecom regulator yesterday fined six mobile phone operators more than Tk 6.29 crore for selling unregistered SIM cards.

Dhaka least liveable city

Dhaka has been rated as the least liveable location among the 140 cities surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Shab-e-Qadr tonight

Muslims across the country will observe the holy Shab-e-Qadr or Lailatul Qadr tonight.

Thousands start leaving Dhaka city

With the Eid-ul-Fitr on the horizon, many people are making a dash for their home districts while others are going shopping feverishly, aggravating the traffic congestion in the city. Yesterday, the last working day before Eid, was no exception.

Zakir finally freed

Zakir Hossain, who had been wrongfully serving a life sentence for another Zakir, tried in absentia for murder, was freed yesterday on the orders of the High Court.

Biman in hajj trouble

Failing to lease another aircraft to operate extra flights for hajj pilgrims, Biman Bangladesh yesterday decided to run hajj flights by suspending flights on some routes and reducing on some other.

Muggers kill cloth trader

Shahjahan Bhuiyan had his Eid shopping done and bought train tickets a week ago to celebrate the festival with his family in Akhaura, Brahmanbaria.

ACC sues Mridha, minister's ex-APS

The Anti-Corruption Commission filed two cases against the key figures of the railwaygate scandal, Yusuf Ali Mridha and Omer Faruq Talukder, yesterday afternoon in connection with earning wealth illegally.

20 witnesses to defend Sayedee

International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday fixed the number of defence witnesses to 20 for war crimes accused Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee.

Ershad meets Manmohan

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday reiterated his government's commitment to signing of the much-cherished Teesta Water Sharing Treaty with Bangladesh and pledged that India would not do anything regarding the Tipaimukh Dam, which could harm its neighbour.

One-point movement after Eid

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir threatened to launch a one-point movement countrywide after Eid, demanding return of the missing BNP leader Ilias Ali.

China, N Korea sign trade deals

China yesterday said it signed agreements with North Korea pushing forward their joint development of economic zones, as the new leader in Pyongyang seeks to improve his country's impoverished economy.

Editorial

The resolve of 15th August

Thirty-seven years ago we lost the man to whom we owe so much as an independent nation. Even from his confinement in Pakistani jail, Bangabandhu's sway on the Bengali people remained as overwhelming as ever that guided them and the freedom fighters to wrest independence from the clutches of the Pakistani junta.

Reconsider option for admission test

The Health and Family Welfare ministry in a decision taken on August 13 declared that no admission tests will be held for public and private medical colleges. Instead, this year's admission will be based on the basis of CGPA results. Such a radical decision has given rise to much contention among the tens of thousands of aspirants hoping to enroll in the medical colleges.

Sports

The Spin Doctor arrives in city

Bangladesh's preparation for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 received a boost as former Pakistani off-spinner, Saqlain Mushtaq, joined the team as a spin-consultant yesterday.

Olympic flag in Rio

The Olympic flag arrived Monday in Rio de Janeiro, which will host the 2016 Summer Games -- a challenge which authorities in Brazil say the city is prepared to conquer.

Messi, C'Ron, Iniesta in shortlist

World player of the year Lionel Messi was named on Tuesday among the three finalists in the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award shortlist along with Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

The ultimate Dream Team

Dream Team? Better make that several Dream Teams, because there was almost nothing keeping US athletes from medals at what one newspaper called an "astounding" London Olympics.

Women cricketers go to Ireland

The Bangladesh women's cricket team will leave Dhaka tonight for Ireland to participate in a tri-nation ODI and T20I series featuring the hosts and Pakistan from August 20-29 in Dublin.

81 booters for nat'l teams called

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday picked 81 footballers for four different squads for the training camp in an effort to strengthen the national teams ahead of various international engagements.

2300 registered for Pioneer League

Some 2300 budding booters have registered so far for the upcoming Pioneer Football League, which is expected to get underway from the second week of September.

Petra Montreal master

Former Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova claimed her first title of 2012 as she won a battle of ex-grand slam champions, beating China's Li Na 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 at the Montreal Masters on Monday.

'England can cope without Pietersen'

England off-spinner Graeme Swann has insisted the side will not be weaker for the absence of Kevin Pietersen for this week's third Test against South Africa at Lord's.

Younis, Gul out of Aussie ODIs

Pakistan on Monday dropped seasoned batsman Younis Khan from a 16-man squad for a three one-day match series against Australia, starting in the United Arab Emirates later this month.

Kevin texts just 'banter'

South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee has said Kevin Pietersen's controversial texts to members of the Proteas squad were just "banter" after claims he criticised England captain Andrew Struass and Andy Flower.

Kenyans to be investigated

Kenyan authorities are frustrated that foreign athletes who train in the country turned the tables on the east African nation, whose disappointing track and field performance at the London Olympics has kicked off a storm of protest back home.

Academy progress to be assessed

The Bangladesh Football Federation has decided to pick 60 young booters for its Sylhet Football Academy which is yet to start functioning.

Olympic relics up for grabs

The London Olympics may be over, but it's not too late to take home a national flag from the athletes' parade or a used javelin.

Europeans gear up for 2014 World Cup

World champions Spain return to action this week in their first match since retaining their European title, as countries gear up for the start of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

'Devil Beast' Drogba

Didier Drogba's first month in China is being heralded as an unequivocal success, the powerful Ivory Coast striker earning rave reviews, the moniker "Devil Beast" and being compared to "a nuclear bomb".

Jose prefers unique one

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said Tuesday that he would prefer to be known as the "unique one" rather than the "special one" as a result of his achievements.

Ibra in doubt for Brazil tie

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic is doubtful for the midweek international friendly against Brazil because of a bruised foot, the Swedish Football Federation (SvFF) said on Tuesday.

Anorthosis kicked out

Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta have been kicked out of the Europa League after crowd trouble forced their home game against Georgia's Dila Gori to be abandoned, UEFA said on Tuesday.

Given quits Ireland

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given retired from international duty with the Republic of Ireland on Monday.

Business

Call money rate stays calm despite Eid pressure

The inter-bank call money market ended the week before the Eid holidays without any significant rise in interest rates.

Default loans on the rise

Default loans continue to spiral, with the second quarter of the year seeing the amount rise by 14.6 percent or Tk 3,711 crore from the previous quarter.

Plan to lease out unused state lands hits roadblock

The Privatisation Commission's proposal to lease out unused lands under state enterprises to private investors has run into a setback due to lack of responses from ministries.

StanChart to bankroll Midland Power

Standard Chartered Bank will provide $21 million to Midland Power Company Ltd for a 51-megawatt gas-fired power plant at Ashuganj of Narayanganj.

Stocks rise on heavy buying

Stocks returned to the black yesterday, the last trading day of Ramadan, thanks to investors' buying spree in anticipation of a market rally after the Eid.

SME Foundation MD steps down

Syed Rezwanul Kabir yesterday stepped down as the managing director of SME Foundation, citing personal reason, officials said.

Rooftop farms flourish in space-starved Hong Kong

On the rooftop of a tower block above the hustle and bustle of teeming Hong Kong, dedicated growers tend to their organic crops in a vegetable garden.

Union Group brings Watches World

Union Group has recently opened it store -- Watches World -- with designer brand watches, including Emporio Armani, Fossil, DKNY, Diesel, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Luminox and Police, in the capital.

Domestic tourism to feed on long holidays

For most of Ramadan, Khurshid Alam Suman has been planning a trip to Srimangal with family and friends for the long holidays.

Chinese university sets up social business centre

Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, a 112-year old Chinese educational institute, has set up a Yunus Centre for Microcredit and Social Business to promote poverty focused social businesses.

India July inflation near three-year low

India's inflation rate hit a near three-year low in July, data showed Tuesday, but analysts said the drop may not be enough to prompt the hawkish central bank to cut interest rates.

Freer fuel price could start Indian chain reaction

India's new finance boss, P Chidambaram, is renowned for his intelligence. Now he has a chance to use it, by producing a good plan to cut the country's mounting fiscal deficit. Last year the budget was in the red by the equivalent of 5.9 percent of GDP, and this year could be even worse. His best bet is to propose deregulation of energy prices. That would give the country a fillip in five ways.

StanChart expects to keep New York licence

Standard Chartered has said it does not believe it will lose its New York banking licence over charges it violated US sanctions against Iran but is preparing for "all possible outcomes".

Metropolitan

High prices throw a wrench in Eid shopping

High prices of clothes and cosmetics have disheartened Eid shoppers from low income group, a scenario which is reflected by the dearth of buyers in some hawkers' markets of the capital.

Remain alert against rejected reactionaries

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the country's people to remain alert against the rejected reactionary forces who are out to subvert the forward march of development and democracy through conspiracy and chaos.

HC asks Buet to start admission process

The High Court yesterday directed the authorities of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) to immediately start the admission process at the institution for 2012-13 sessions.

Strong rules needed to curb cyber crimes: Expert

Strong legal regime and its enforcement is a must in curbing the rising trend of cyber crimes, said cyber criminologist Dr Kim Kwang Choo of University of South Australia.

Bangabandhu's autobiography a literary addition

The recently appeared autobiography of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is a new literary contribution to Bangla literature, Dr Akbar Ali Khan, former adviser to a caretaker government, said yesterday.

DU to observe Black Day Aug 28 this year

The Dhaka University authorities have decided to observe DU Black Day on August 28 instead of August 23 this year due to Eid vacation.

War crimes trial maintaining standards

The trial of war criminals is being conducted independently maintaining all international rules and regulations, chief of National Human Rights Commission Prof Mizanur Rahman said yesterday.

BNP won't make mistake this year

The opposition BNP will not make yet another mistake by celebrating the party chairperson's birthday on the National Mourning Day, as politics is not devoid of humanity, minister without portfolio Suranjit Sengupta hoped yesterday.

Mosharraf gets bail

The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for eight weeks to former BNP state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain in a corruption case.

Public Accounts Committee hits a century

In a rare achievement, a parliamentary body held its 100th meeting yesterday, becoming the most functional and sincere committee in the history of the country's House of Nation.

Nine killed in road accidents

Nine people were killed and eight others injured in road accidents in Dhaka, Pabna, Magura, Madaripur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Chittagong and Mymensingh on Monday and yesterday.

Government bactracks on HC stay

The government has temporarily backtracked on moving its petition for vacating the High Court (HC) order that stayed the operations of Speedy Trial Court-5 on the car torching case against 46 opposition leaders and workers.

DoE fines Concord Group Tk 14 lakh

Concord Group has been fined Tk 14 lakh for constructing three high-rise buildings in the capital's Gulshan and Banani areas without taking permission from the Department of Environment (DoE).

35 Tahrir men on remand

A Dhaka court placed 35 alleged members of banned outfit Hizb-ut-Tahrir, who were arrested on Sunday, on a two-day remand after they had been produced before it yesterday.

3 held with Yaba tablets in Ctg

At least 11,305 pieces of Yaba tablet were seized and three youths were arrested in a drive by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Naf river near Teknaf border area in Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Cabinet okays changes to birth, death registration act

The cabinet yesterday approved the draft of the "Birth and Death Registration (Amendment) Act, 2012" keeping provisions of both fine and jail for denial of information or providing false information.

Mojaheed to meet lawyers in jail

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday permitted three counsels of war crimes accused Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed to meet with him in jail custody to prepare their case.

Stabbed Brac official dies in Sylhet

A Brac official died after muggers stabbed him in Shahjalal Uposhahar area in Sylhet city yesterday.

JCD activist stabbed by BCL men at Sust

An activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was stabbed allegedly by some Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists on Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (Sust) campus yesterday.

Worker dies from electrocution

A construction worker died from electrocution in Munshi Pukur Par area of Chittagong city yesterday.

Re-evaluation of HSC exam papers passes 22 students in Ctg

Twenty two students under Chittagong Education Board have passed and ten more achieved GPA-5 after their HSC examination answer sheets were re-evaluated.

Student knifed to death in Mymensingh

A college student was knifed to death allegedly by a gang of miscreants in Mymensingh Railway Station area on Monday night.

JU imposes new restriction

The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday imposed a new restriction on the students' entry time to the residential halls and made it mandatory for students to show their identity cards at the entrance.

Golam Mohammad new envoy to Greece

The government has decided to appoint Golam Mohammad, currently serving as Bangladesh ambassador to Indonesia, as the new ambassador of Bangladesh to Greece.

Death anniversary

Tomorrow is the ninth death anniversary of Ameena Mashiur Rahman, former women affairs secretary of Bhashani NAP and a social worker.

Hasan Iqbal

Today is the second death anniversary of Hasan Iqbal, a language movement veteran and former assistant editor of the Dainik Ittefaq.

National

Nothing can stop land grabbers

Encroachers continued filling up Police Line Pukur, a century-old pond in the city, ignoring final notice and summon of the Department of Environment (DoE).

Making a fortune with summer tomatoes

Cultivation of two varieties of summer tomatoes has changed the lot of a few farmers in the district.

Navy, Coastguard cordon off dens of Sundarbans robbers

Members of Bangladesh Coastguard and Bangladesh Navy cordoned off the dens of the Sundarbans robbers, who kidnapped 36 fishermen early Friday, in the East Zone of the forest under Sharankhola upazila yesterday morning.

War heroines honoured

Twenty-one Biranganas of Sirajganj, who survived torture by Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators during the Liberation War in 1971, were honoured on Tuesday.

Bring Murad's killers to book, demand protesters

Hundreds of locals of Keranipara area in the city staged a protest in front of the deputy commissioner's office yesterday, demanding arrest and punishment of the killers of Bayezid Faruk Murad.

Both absconding accused teachers suspended

The headmaster and assistant headmaster of Uttar Palashbari Amiran Siraj Memorial High School under Chirirbandar upazila of the district have been suspended.

Stalkers throw acid on schoolgirl

A schoolgirl was severely burnt as stalkers threw acid on her in South Babukha area of the city on Monday night.

Expat mugged in Feni

Masked 'neighbours' took away cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Tk 12 lakh from an expatriate on Feni-Sonaimuri road at Alatali Bazar in Daganbhuiyan upazila early yesterday.

One killed in clash over capture of jalmahal

A man was killed and seven others were injured in a clash between two groups over capture of a jalmahal (water body) at Pateshwari village in Bhurungamari upazila on Monday.

3 Indians freed from jail

Three Indian nationals were yesterday released from Brahmanbaria jail on completion of their five months' jail term. They are Sushanto Deb, 22, Amarjit Deb, 24, and Bimol Deb, 26. Police handed them over to Indian immigration personnel through Akahura land port at noon. Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) were present. According to police and jail sources, the three Indians entered Bangladesh in a car through Akahura check post without valid papers at 1:30am on December 26 in 2011. The on-duty BGB men intercepted the car, arrested the three and recovered knives, rods and lethal weapons from their possession.

'Jiner Badsha' arrested

Police arrested a fake spiritual healer on charge of cheating a villager at Joyenpur in Sadullapur upazila on Monday night. They also recovered golden image of a deity from his possession. The arrestee was identified as Rubel Mia Sagor, 20, of village Taluk Kanupur. Rubel, who claimed himself as jiner badsha (king of genie), cheated Taleb Mia in the name of spiritual healing and asked him to give Tk 80,000 in exchange of the image. On suspicion, victim's relatives caught Rubel red handed during the transaction and handed him over to the police, said Mizanur Rahman, officer in-charge of Sadullapur police station.

Agri official murdered

A man was killed during a clash between two rival groups in Halokhana union of Sadar upazila yesterday afternoon. The victim, Lutfar Rahman, 27, son of Sambil Hossain Master of Mastererhat area, was a sub-assistant agriculture officer of the union. Abdul Gaffar, 25, and Hasan Ali, 16, brothers of the deceased, were also injured during the clash. Locals said there was a longstanding conflict between one Sambil and his neighbour Saiful Ali for long over taking control of a pond. Lutfar along with his brothers assaulted Saiful's son Mukul when he went to catch fish at the pond. As a sequel to the incident, Mukul along with his four brothers attacked the trio with lethal weapons on union parishad office premises, leaving them critically injured, said sources at UP chairman office. The injured were rushed to Rangpur Medical College and Hospital where the doctors declared Lutfur dead.

3 beaten up by mob

Three people were injured in mob beating at Baniancho village in Shahrasti upazila on Monday night. Shahrasti police said Motaleb, 35, of Nalua village of Barura upazila of Comilla, Omar Faruk, 27, of Kalikapur village and Md Rubel, 25, of Sudhara village in Barura were leisurely walking at a secluded place at remote Baniancho at 9:30pm. local people challenged them and at one stage encircled them. They beat them black and blue suspecting them to be robbers. Being informed, police rushed in and rescued the trio.

Robbers loot trawler

Robbers looted valuables worth Tk 9 lakh from a trawler in the Brahmaputra River in Rajibpur upazila on Monday. Ten passengers were also injured as the gang attacked them. Local sources said, a gang of 20/25 came by an engine-driven boat and swooped on the trawler when it reached Hasdhara from Rajibpur Ghat carrying 50 passengers at about 10:30am. Later, the robbers took away cash, mobile sets and other valuables from the passengers. They also beat up at least 10 passengers as they tried to resist them.

BCL leader arrested

A local leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League was arrested while taking drugs on the campus of Barisal Govt College on Monday evening. The arrestee was identified as Mahmudul Hasan Kochi, office secretary of college unit of BCL. A sub-inspector of the Detective Branch of police said they arrested Kochi along with drugs from the college campus when he was injecting drugs in his body in the evening.

Woman electrocuted

A woman was electrocuted in Badarganj upazila on Monday. The deceased was identified as Aysha Begum 22, wife of Abdul Majed of Baniapara village in Radhanagar union of the upazila. Prithwish Kumar Sarker, officer in-charge of Badarganj police station said Aysha came in contact with an electric wire at around 8pm while cleaning the ceiling of her room. She later died at local health complex

Letters

'Benefits' of potholed roads!

On 9th August, most dailies published the communications minister's claim that "All highways are fit for traffic!" Firstly, nothing was mentioned about potholes, pools of rain water flooding potholes and other damaged road surfaces; and the dangerous crumbling and disintegration of the subsoil on the sides of the embankment over which the highways and roads are laid! This could lead to dangerous collapse of large chunks of the highways and roads. Yes traffic can move, but in urban areas, very often, rickshaws and three-wheelers get toppled and the passengers fall off and are injured, in the dirty water covering the roads. Some of these are shown in photographs published in almost all dailies as a daily feature.

Show respect to the holy month

The holy month of Ramadan teaches us to practise abstinence in all spheres of our life. This holy month urges us to keep ourselves aloof from greed and lust, to shun nastiness in thoughts and actions and to develop and nourish among ourselves the virtues of righteousness, honesty and benevolence. But what are we noticing in this month? Businessmen have intentionally hiked up prices of all essential commodities to squeeze out money from the helpless consumers. Unscrupulous manufacturers and traders are vigorously using harmful chemicals and toxic substances in ready foods, fruits, fishes, sweetmeats and drinks. Rampant extortions in marketplaces and on highways are going on. Crimes like stealing, snatching, killing etc. are showing an upward trend. During this holy month, the entire country looks like a happy 'hunting ground' for all criminals and dishonest people!

Fishy fish business

Syed Mansur Hashim's article “A fishy business” on 7 August 2012 in The Daily Star was an informative and in-depth investigative one. It has delved deep into the reasons that are responsible for the intricate value chain which makes the delicious hilsa fish dear to its consumers. The article, firstly, has updated the readers about the fact that the price of exported fish is much less than the fish sold inside the country. Secondly, it reveals that illegal trade of fish is several times higher than its legal export. And finally, it states that this fishy fish business is a regular incident in the country.

We are not stupid, are we?

That's a question I often ask myself, especially when I am spending my money in Dhaka city. I feel stupid to buy fake Dairy Milk chocolates that have no aluminum foil cover and taste deplorable which is found even in the most reputed stores and superstores of the city. I feel stupid buying fruits laced with chemicals, because no one can do anything about it. I feel stupid bargaining with the CNG driver over the fare, because I know it's not his fault why he can't afford to go by the metre. I feel stupid waiting in the traffic jam because of lack of planning in developing the city. I feel stupid when I read about students being handed out GPA 5 galore, because it does not reflect the intellectual prowess of our students; they just vomit out what the educational system wants. I feel stupid to see the standard of our schools and universities, because we are so far behind everyone. I feel stupid that I don't have the power to do anything. Maybe I need a crash course on how to change Bangladesh. Maybe everyone needs it.

Need for a foot over-bridge

It is now essential to construct a foot over-bridge at Nabisco point, Tejgaon Industrial Area, Dhaka. Lots of people have to cross the road every day, especially during business hours. This point is being used to go to Gulshan avenue, Mohakhali inter-district bus terminal, land registration office, ICDDR,B and Ahsanullah University. Besides, there are many factories there. So a large number of pedestrians from Nakhalpara, Tejkunipara and Shaheenbag cross this road with high risk of accident.

Good luck, Barack Obama!

In a recent letter to his friends and supporters while reviewing the donations raised by his competitor for the coming presidential elections, President Barack Obama said: “This election will be a test of the model that got us here. We'll learn whether it's still true that a grassroots campaign can elect a president -- whether ordinary Americans are in control of our democracy in the face of massive spending.”

Apprehend robbers of Netrakona haor areas

A vast marshy land spreads across parts of Netrakona, Sunamganj, Hobiganj and Kishoreganj districts. This area has its unique feature. During rainy season, it looks like a sea with numerous villages that resemble islands. No cropping fields, no grazing area, even no road for walking. Transportation is made totally on water. During winter and spring the area becomes almost waterless. Even the rivers can be crossed on foot.

Endless excavation

Bashundhara City is the biggest shopping centre in South Asia. Eid shopping is getting momentum. Traffic jam is also getting worse from Square Hospital to Basundhara City due to the latest excavation work to set water pipes in front of the shopping centre at Panthapath.

Science for progress

I am an avid reader of Science and Life page of The Daily Star on Tuesdays. But I wish I could read it every day because science is part of every moment of our life. Can we take a single step without the help of science? But we in this country are barely paying any attention to it. The advanced nations are developing everything and we are passively enjoying the fruits. Our schools, colleges and universities are teaching everything but science. Our businesses and industries do not understand that scientific research and development is a must for progress.

Readers respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Ask Myanmar to settle it”

International

Syria regime is collapsing

Former Syrian PM Riad Hijab, who defected to Jordan last week, yesterday said the Syrian regime is collapsing "morally, financially and militarily".

Ramdev ends anti-graft fast

India's yoga guru Baba Ramdev yesterday ended his six-day hunger strike against corruption and black money with a searing attack on ruling Congress and asking the people to defeat the party in next parliamentary elections.

Assault on democracynot acceptable

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday said, "anger against bitter pandemic of corruption is legitimate" but it cannot be an "excuse" to assault democratic institutions.

Morsi rewrites balance of power in Egypt

The announcement that Egypt's armed forces chief Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi and his number two, Gen Sami Annan, were being forced to retire caught the nation by surprise.

US not surprised by Egypt army reshuffle

The US had expected Egypt to reshuffle the military, the Pentagon said on Monday, a day after President Mohammed Mursi dismissed the head of the army.

Pak army chief urges unity against terrorism

Pakistani army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani yesterday called for national unity "in the battle against terrorism".

Afghan suicide attacks kill 36

A group of suicide bombers killed at least 36 people in the capital of Afghanistan's southwestern Nimroz province on the border with Iran, the provincial governor said yesterday.

Decision on Assange soon: Ecuador

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa has said he expects to respond to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's application for political asylum some time this week.

Arts & Entertainment

Homage to Humayun Azad in Chittagong

To pay tribute to Humayun Azad, the plucky writer who dedicated his literary career to fighting against communalism, religious bigotry and superstition, a recitation evening was held at District Shipakala Academy in the port city on Sunday.

The heritage of Bangla patriotic songs

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul...” Plato

Kanthoshilan brings Syed Shamsul Haq's Uttar Bangsho

Kanthoshilan, a well known organisation for elocutionists, brings a stage play to the Dhaka audience. The play, Syed Shamsul Haq's “Uttar Bangsho” premiered at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on August 13. The play, directed by Golam Sarwar, depicts unfulfilled post-war dreams and searches for a way out.

The voice of the farmers

Channel i will treat its viewers to a special agro-based entertainment show “Krishoker Eid Ananda”. The programme, planned, directed and hosted by Shykh Seraj, will be aired on the third day of Eid at 3:05pm.

Sridevi stages a comeback

It's show time for Bollywood's comeback queenSrideviboth on the big screen as well as on the ramp.The 49-year-old actress not only prepares for the commercial release of her first feature film after a hiatus of 15 years but walked the ramp looking gorgeous in a heavily-embroidered white saree, designed by ace designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, thrown in sharp contrast by black blouse.

London 2012 was 'biggest ever US TV event’

NBC's coverage of London 2012 was the "most-watched television event in US history", the TV network has announced.

Differently-abled women craft a new future

As Eid inches closer, differently-abled female workers at Pratibandhi Mohila Club (club for women with disabilities) are busy meeting the huge demand for their handcrafts.

OP-ED

Images of the Father…

Sometime in the later part of the 1950s, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, then a young, rising politician, threw a question at a rather drowsy Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy. Was it not possible, he asked Pakistan's prime minister, for East Pakistan to become independent someday? The question startled Suhrawardy wide awake. In a state of disbelief, the prime minister (he was in office only a year) admonished Mujib. Do not ever entertain such thoughts, he told his protégé. Pakistan had been achieved at a huge cost and its unity needed to be preserved. Mujib murmured, almost muttered: "We'll do our job when the time comes."

Bangabandhu's legacy

He is the Father of the Nation. Let us not split hairs over this; as it is, the nation is dreadfully divided along entrenched lines, some so banal as to defy credulity in right-thinking persons. And a nation divided against itself cannot stand as a strong entity, with the attendant debilitating effects on its political and economic development. Not giving a person his/her proper due or proper place in history, or, on the flip side, giving overblown, or even non-existent, credit to a person are symptomatic of this malaise.

The unfinished memoirs: History revisited

The unfinished memoirs of Sheikh Mujib are a vivid recollection and narration of history. They are the history of Sheikh Mujib's struggle for Pakistan under Muslim League banner, the post-liberation struggle to free Muslim League from the clutches of a few aristocrats, launching of the Awami League and finally routing of the Muslim League government in Dhaka in 1954 election under the banner of United Front. The memoirs ended here, but the struggle continued on issues of provincial autonomy, six-point programme and finally, independence of Bangladesh.

He was of the people

In an interview with eminent writer Dr. Humayun Azad, which was published in "Robbar" on December 2, 1984, national professor and renowned political scientist Abdur Razzaq was asked to comment about the major highlights of politics in Bangladesh in the preceding one decade.

Brig. Gen. Jamil

In the dawn of August 15, 1975, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman made one of his final phone calls to his military secretary Col. Jamil Uddin Ahmad. He had been attacked, Bangabandhu told Col. Jamil, and the residence on Road 32 was surrounded. Then the line went dead.

This Day In History

August 15

1947
India gains Independence from the British Indian Empire and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.



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