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News of: Friday, 17th of August, 2012

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Govt goes for nationalisation

The government will nationalise all the 26,284 non-government primary schools in the country in three phases starting on January 1 next year.

Limon, mother reject police probe report

Limon Hossain, a Jhalakathi college student maimed by Rab last year, and his mother have rejected the final report in the attempt-to-murder case filed against the elite force members.

Probe credibility under question

Legal and governance experts have expressed doubts over the credibility of the final report on Limon's case which police submitted quietly to a Jhalakathi court on Tuesday.

Zillur urges OIC to persuade Myanmar

President Zillur Rahman has urged the OIC member states to persuade the Myanmar government with political and economic support to ensure dignified living of their Muslim-minority Rohingyas.

Stampede kills 3, injures 15

Three women died while around 15 others were injured in a stampede during a rush for zakat (charity on one's wealth) in the capital's Fakirapool yesterday.

Home rush for Eid at peak

Thousands of people had to bear the brunt of traffic gridlocks on highways and delayed departures of trains and launches as they left the capital yesterday to spend the Eid holidays with their families.

Laws passed, left with little review

Parliamentary bodies never exercise their constitutional authority to review enforcement of laws or propose measures for their better enforcement.

Taliban attack Pak air base

Heavily armed militants stormed a Pakistani air force base yesterday, sparking clashes that left 10 people dead and raised concerns about the safety of the country's nuclear arsenal.

Suspected militant leader captured

Detectives yesterday arrested a person who they claim was a leader of Kashmir separatist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and was designated to recruit Rohingyas for the outfit.

Riot fears spark panic in India

Thousands of Indians from the northeast of the country fled to southern cities yesterday after rumours they would be attacked by Muslims in reprisal for recent ethnic violence in Assam, officials said.

Contempt rule sought against Mamata

A petition was filed yesterday at the Supreme Court of India, seeking contempt proceedings against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for saying that many judgements were delivered for money.

Sales low as markets see less crowd

Business centres in the capital yesterday saw a thin presence of Eid shoppers as thousands of city people had already left for their village homes.

Biman's KSA flights face uncertainty

Biman is on the verge of losing its flights to Saudi Arabia as the civil aviation authority is unwilling to renew Biman's Air Operation Certificate (AOC) for two years at a time.

Jumatul Wida today

Jumatul Wida, the last Friday prayers in the holy month of Ramadan, will be observed across the country today.

Eating egg yolks as bad as smoking

Scientists have unscrambled the truth about eggs - eating the yolk is almost as bad as smoking for people at risk of heart disease.

Politics absurd without 2 leaders

Politics without Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina is an absurd idea, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday.

Cops still clueless

Police quizzed at least six neighbours and relatives of murdered Maria Akhter and Sadia Akhter but could not arrest or identify anyone in connection with the double murder.

Jamaat leader Azharul freed on bail

Jamaat-e-Islami acting secretary general ATM Azharul Islam was released on bail yesterday evening.

Assad 'butchering' Syrians: France

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius yesterday said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was "butchering his own people" and that the sooner he leaves the better.

Peru rebels kill 5 army officers

Rebels killed five army officers and injured five soldiers, the armed forces said on Thursday - the latest setback in President Ollanta Humala's push to regain control of restive regions rife with cocaine trafficking.

Editorial

Three varsities with unelected VCs

The laid down procedure for appointment of Vice Chancellor (VC) to public universities is for the senate to elect a panel of candidates from which the chancellor of universities would appoint an incumbent. The universities of Chittagong, Dhaka and Rajshahi do not have VCs elected in such a way.

Bangladesh at extreme risk

The news that Bangladesh tops the list among 197 nations surveyed under “Natural Hazards Risk Atlas 2011”, a report by respected British risk consultancy firm Maplecroft is disturbing to say the least. The report states that we fall in the “extreme risk” category as Bangladesh suffers from weak infrastructure and poor governance, the combination of the two makes Bangladesh's economy especially vulnerable and adversely affects the economy's capacity to rebound in the aftermath of a major disaster.

Sports

Forhad in 15 for T20 World Cup

All-rounder Forhad Reza made a comeback to the national fold as the Bangladesh Cricket Board named a 15-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka from September 18.

Argentina destroy Germany

Argentina, whose World Cup ambitions died in a four-goal thumping at German hands two years ago in South Africa, turned the tables Wednesday in winning a friendly international 3-1 in Frankfurt despite missing a penalty. Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella had promised to tease the best out of star man Lionel Messi by "talking to him as little as possible" - and both he and his teammates let their football do the talking against hosts who played an hour with ten men.

U-19s storm into qtrs

As expected the Bangladesh Under-19s won the match against Namibia Under-19s quite comfortably, by seven wickets yesterday, to advance to the Super League stage of the ICC U19 World Cup for the third time in the history of the competition.

SA fight after collapse

Jacques Rudolph helped South Africa recover from an early collapse against England but the tourists were still struggling at 151 for five at tea on the first day of the third Test at Lord's on Thursday.

Arif likely to miss season

National defender Ariful Islam is likely to be ruled out of the upcoming season as the promising defender has been nursing a serious right knee-cap and ligament injury.

ICC extends deadline

The ICC has extended the deadline for naming the World Twenty20 squads, although the chances of Kevin Pietersen being included for England remain very slim.

Kallis Tuck-ed out

Australian umpire Rod Tucker delivered one of the worst decisions seen in international cricket history yesterday at Lords in the third and deciding Test match between England and South Africa.

Blake vs Bolt in Big Bash?

Yohan Blake could join fellow Olympic sprint sensation Usain Bolt in Australia's domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League, in a showdown between the world's two fastest men on the cricket field.

Big guns in Round 3

Four-time champion Roger Federer crushed Alex Bogomolov, of Russia, 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday, leading the world's best players into the third round of the Cincinnati Masters.

'Outstanding' Strauss hailed

England captain Andrew Strauss was hailed as an "outstanding leader", as he became only the ninth England player to appear in 100 Tests when leading the side against South Africa at Lord's on Thursday.

Nadal pull-out 'not a surprise'

Elite players led by world number one Roger Federer expressed their surprise and concern at the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday that Rafael Nadal will be forced to miss the US Open due to left knee tendinitis.

Aus name squad for World T20

Australia Thursday named an experienced squad for the World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka, which selectors said had an explosive batting line-up and depth in the bowling department.

McDermott Jr in Australia ODI team

Alister McDermott is set to follow his father Craig into international cricket after being added to Australia's squad for the one-day series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Brazil breeze past Sweden

Two goals from substitute Alexandre Pato helped Brazil to a 3-0 win over Sweden in the final international game at Stockholm's Rasunda stadium on Wednesday.

England trump Italy

England pulled off their first victory over Italy in 15 years in a friendly on Wednesday, while world champion Spain eased past Puerto Rico 2-1.

MU snap up Van Persie

Manchester United said Wednesday they have agreed a deal to sign Dutch striker from Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Messi leads revival

After a rollercoaster ride under Diego Maradona followed by Sergio Batista's failed attempts to imitate Barcelona, Argentina are once again beginning to look a threat to the world's top sides.

Blame it on the media

Argentina star Lionel Messi has blamed the media for creating an apparent rivalry with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting the pair had never crossed swords.

USA stun Mexico

Michael Orozco Fiscal scored in the 80th minute and goalkeeper Tim Howard played brilliantly as the USA upset Mexico 1-0 in a friendly, giving the Americans their first-ever win on Mexican soil.

From pool to school

South African swimming hunk and Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos made a girl's day by agreeing to go to her school dance when she wooed him with a poster at a Johannesburg airport.

Business

Midnight shopping gains popularity

It was almost midnight on Wednesday and still a long tailback of vehicles carrying Eid shoppers could be seen outside the city's Bashundhara Shopping Mall.

ADP spending goes up 15pc

The implementation of the government's annual development programme (ADP) increased by 15.26 percent last fiscal year.

Novo Air to spread wings in November

A new airline -- Novo Air -- will spread its wings by end-November on the domestic routes with promises of better services and competitive fares.

HSBC to close Islami Bank's account

British banking giant HSBC initiated a process to close a bank account of Islami Bank Bangladesh by the end of this month following a US subcommittee report.

Prayer cap sales rise in Ctg

Prayer caps are high in demand following clothes and accessories for Eid in the port city.

Stocks look up on bullish sentiments

Stocks continued to gain for the second week, as investors went on a buying spree anticipating an upward trend after the Eid holidays.

Gold demand hits two-year low as India loses appetite

Gold demand fell to its lowest level in more than two years in the second quarter, the World Gold Council said on Thursday, as a drop in buying in major consumers India and China outweighed a record quarter for central bank purchases.

All garment workers to be paid for Eid by today: BGMEA

Ninety percent of the factory owners have cleared their Eid payroll, with the rest expected to complete it by today, said the president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

Telenor aims to be largest shareholder in Vimpelcom

Norway's Telenor said Thursday it would again be the largest shareholder in mobile phone operator Vimpelcom after acquiring additional shares, surpassing the stake owned by a Russian businessman.

Twitter co-founders create online publishing site

A website launched by Twitter co-founders as a publishing platform for stories, memories and news was open Wednesday to members of the hit one-to-many text messaging service.

Wal-Mart profit rises

Wal-Mart Stores Inc posted higher quarterly profit on Thursday as the world's largest retailer saw sales gains in the United States.

Asia eyes Brazil's growing consumer market

With Europe and the United States in the economic doldrums, Asian manufacturers are setting their sights on Brazil's lucrative consumer market ahead of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

In China, cheap and cheerful phones outsmart Apple

In China's booming smartphone market, which is set this year to overtake the United States as the world's largest, a host of little-known local firms are primed with cheap phones to squeeze market share from US giant Apple Inc's iPhone.

India's diesel price dilemma

Expect a popular backlash if the government raises diesel prices to halt the subsidy drain on its finances - not only from the millions of poor who need cheap fuel but from increasing numbers of the well-off and businesses who don't.

IKEA plans stylish budget hotel chain in Europe

IKEA, best known as the world's largest furniture retailer, plans to build a budget hotel chain across Europe, following a trend for cheap-but-cool accommodation driven by low air fares and increasingly price-conscious business travellers.

Singapore Airlines revamps cabins as rivals catch up

Singapore Airlines has said it plans to introduce revamped seats and cabin interiors with an upgraded in-flight entertainment in a bid to stay ahead of Asian and Middle East rivals in the premium travel market.

Correction

In a news item "EBL: a story of growth and innovation" on B4 yesterday, we misstated that the bank has already opened exchange houses in the UK and Malaysia. Actually, it has not opened such offices in the countries. We regret the mistake.

Metropolitan

Power will be handed over constitutionally

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated that the change of power would take place through democratic and constitutional process in the future.

Rab arrests two swindlers

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has arrested two men in Sylhet and Sunamganj on charge of swindling Bangladeshi expatriates in the Middle East by offering them jobs in European countries.

12 killed, 30 hurt in road crashes

Twelve people were killed and 30 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Chittagong, Netrakona, Chapainawabganj, Pabna and Natore on Wednesday and yesterday.

Police inaction creates dire environment

Police inaction is creating an environment where manpower recruiting agents are allowed to cheat, harm and threaten migrant workers with impunity in Malaysia, human rights activist Irene Fernandez said.

Students keep agitating for tests

Medical college admission aspirants in Chittagong city yesterday protested the government's decision to admit students on the basis of SSC and HSC examination scores and demanded admission tests.

Govt tightens security ahead of Eid

Aiming to tighten security across the country, the government has deployed over 41,000 law enforcers to maintain law and order before, during and after Eid-ul-Fitr.

Majid Butt to be quizzed after Eid

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will interrogate Kashmiri militant Majid Butt on a three-day remand after Eid-ul-Fitr in two cases for a grenade blast in Sylhet on August 7 in 2004.

Don't speak against war crimes trials

State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam yesterday urged all not to make any unnecessary comments on the war crimes tribunals and the trial of war crimes suspects for smooth running of the trial process.

Special diet for prisoners on Eid day

Captives of the country's 68 prisons, including 11 central jails, will be served special diet, including polao (aromatic rice), meat, fish, vermicelli and sweets, on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Rajshahi rail link restored after 19 hours

Railway communications between Rajshahi and the capital were restored yesterday noon, 19 hours after a Dhaka-bound intercity train derailed near Sardah Railway Station in Charghat upazila of Rajshahi.

President performs Umrah

President Zillur Rahman yesterday performed Umrah Hajj in Makkah after attending an Islamic summit in Saudi Arabia.

Buying house staff found dead

Police recovered the body of a buying house employee from near Beribandh in Birulia union of Savar on Wednesday.

Housewife 'kills herself' in Ctg

A housewife allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself in Hathazari upazila of Chittagong yesterday morning.

Yaba tablets seized in Ctg

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) seized 6,800 pieces of Yaba tablets from South Jaliapara area of Teknaf upazila in Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Body of indigenous man recovered in Ctg

The decomposed body of an unidentified indigenous man was recovered from a canal in Patiya upazila in Chittagong yesterday.

Maruti fires 500 workers over riot in India

India's top carmaker Maruti Suzuki yesterday said that more than 500 workers had been sacked after staff rioted at a plant near New Delhi last month in violence that left one manager dead.

Obituary

Shoibal Kumar Kanungo, head of operations of Prothom Alo Jobs, died of heart disease at the capital's Birdem hospital yesterday morning at the age of 44.

National

Lone Eidgah for 8 villages still remains under water

As in the two previous years, land subsidence victims of eight villages around Barapukuria coal mine have to offer Eid prayers at other places this year too since the only Eidgah in the area still remains under water.

14 abducted fishermen rescued after gunfight

A Rab-8 team early yesterday rescued 14 of the 200 fishermen, kidnapped a week ago, following a gunfight with robbers at Narkelbaria in Sharankhola upazila in the Sundarbans East Zone.

Attractive handiwork of needles and threads from 20 villages

Several thousand women in around 20 remote villages under the district are now busy making artistic fancy works on women's dresses like saris, scarves, blouses and kameezes as several Dhaka-based garment traders placed orders to make fashionable designs ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.

Cultivable lands decreasing fast in Rangpur region

Cultivable lands have been shrinking fast in the region due to an increase in construction of dwelling houses and brick-fields on the farmlands.

Robber killed in blast while throwing bombs

A robber was killed and two of his accomplices were injured in bomb explosion at Collegepara under Mohadebpur upazila of Naogaon district early yesterday.

8 grenades found in cropland

Police recovered eight grenades from a cropland in Kaunia upazila of Rangpur district on Wednesday afternoon.

Roof passengers now made to get down for safety

Railway authorities have taken safety measures at Koidanaga Rail Bridge in Bhangura upazila under the district to prevent deadly accidents at the spot where around 200 roof passengers died after being hit by the girders of the rail bridge in last 10 years.

Human chain, rally for arrest of acid thrower

Several hundred people of the city yesterday formed a human chain in front of Rangpur Press Club, demanding immediate arrest and punishment of a stalker who allegedly threw acid on a schoolgirl.

Three kids drown

Three children drowned in a ditch at Naihati village in Rupsha upazila yesterday. The victims were identified as Yasin, 4, Insan, 3, sons of Jony Jomaddar and their uncle Sanu, 4, son of Delwar Hossain Jomaddar. Police said the kids while playing nearby fell in the ditch adjacent to a under construction building of Delwar. Later, family members rescued the trio from the ditch and sent them to Rupsha Health Complex in critical condition where they died after sometime.

Woman killed by son

A woman was killed allegedly by her son at Tentulia village in Sadar upazila on Wednesday night. The deceased was identified as Renuka Khatun, 40, wife of Kalachan Mia of the village. Mostafiz Hasan, sub-inspector at Sadar police station, said Yousuf Ali, son of the victim, recently married Aleya Khatun without the consent of his family. On the fateful night, Yousuf beat up his mother mercilessly, leaving her dead on the spot following an altercation over the issue and fled the scene with his wife.

Fake DC held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a fake deputy commissioner at Charbanbaria village in Sadar upazila on Wednesday night. The arrestee is Emdadul Haque Sohel, son of Kalim Uddin Sheikh of the village. Sources at Rab-12 said Emdadul had been collecting money from the villagers in the name of mosque and treatment of ailing officers identifying himself as DC for long. On secret information, a team raided the village and arrested Emdad.

Girl murdered

Criminals killed a young girl at Kawali Binni village in Madan upazila on Wednesday night. The dead was Hasina Begum, 25, daughter of late Amirul Islam of the village. Police said the victim went out of the residence following a call of nature and did not return home. Locals found Hasina's body in front of her house yesterday morning and informed family members. Mosharaf Hossain, officer in-charge at Madan police station, said the gang, allegedly led by one Abdul Gani of the village, murdered Hasina after rape.

Eid gifts for orphans

Children of Shaheed Rafique Smriti Pathagar, a local library, yesterday gave Eid gifts to orphans of Betila Government Sheltered Centre here. Atia Ferdausi Choity and Rabeya Basri Tumpa, president and general secretary of the library, handed over the gifts and Iftar-items to 12 orphan boys at a programme. Each boy got a T-shirt, a book, a few candies, a juice-packet and an Iftar-packet. The programme was organised in memory of language martyred Rafique Uddin Ahmed.

Letters

Get to the root of the problem

At present we all are victims of adulterated food. After the biggest supermarkets have been penalised for storing adulterated food items, we are quite at a loss whom to trust. I read in The Daily Star and many other newspapers and saw on the TV channels how BSTI and City Corporation seized adulterated foods but I never saw any reports on how the sellers are getting these harmful chemicals. If the authorities are so concerned about the health of the general people, why don't they ban the use of these chemicals? Every citizen has the right to eat fresh food. The government should now look for the root of the problem before we are destroyed by these chemicals.

Decentralise administration

It is rather shocking to see scores of people sitting, lying on the bare floor of Kamalapur Railway Station in an effort to obtain a ticket to reach them to their destinations during ensuing Eid holidays. People back at home have become familiar with these situations, so they do not have the feeling of remorse. It is something unthinkable here in the United States. People usually come across such a situation only when disaster strikes.

Olympians' concern for child malnutrition

We have learnt from the media that British Prime Minister David Cameron has urged international action to tackle malnutrition across the globe. Taking advantage of the large number of foreign officials gathered in London for the Olympic Games, Prime Minister Cameron has called on world powers to save 25 million children from stunted growth over the next four years.

Rehabilitate beggars

In Bangladesh, beggars are here, beggars are there and beggars are everywhere". But beggars were not born as beggars. Circumstances in life pushed them to the streets. They are citizens of Bangladesh and have every right to live a decent life. It is the duty of the government to eliminate the beggars by rehabilitating them. A few months back, the ministry of social affairs took steps to rehabilitate the beggars by providing them with rickshaws, rickshaw vans, sewing machines etc. This was a noble decision. I asked many people who were begging in the streets whether they heard about the step taken by our government to rehabilitate them and in reply some told me that these were bogus, others never heard of it and a few of them told me that they visited the venue for help but were driven away by police. Nobody could tell me what the NGOs responsible for taking care of the poor are doing. I understand that lots of money is being donated by rich countries for the poor in Bangladesh and wealthy people at home also donate in Zakat fund. But why then there are people still begging on the streets?

Involve locals to monitor road works

In most foreign countries, rocks, stones, pebbles and sufficient quantity of bitumen are used for durable and strong roads. On the contrary, we use ordinary bricks, cheap brick chips and small quantity of bitumen for building and repairing roads and streets. As a result, those are damaged within 3-6 months causing a huge loss to the public exchequer and suffering of the people.

Field day for grabbers and looters

Once it was alleged that 22 families owned the whole country. Bad governance and corruption continued with succeeding governments, each of whom added a zero to the 22 (220, then 2,200 ---). Then there was a bloody war through which the then-Eastern Wing won independence. In the newly independent country the tradition continued. Whether despotic or pseudo-democratic, the zeros continued to be added as relatives, cronies, henchmen, camp-followers etc swelled.

Punish those who poison food

Adulteration of fish, foods and fruits is a growing concern among the Bangladeshis. In a report and at a roundtable discussion, both published in your newspaper recently, nothing came out about the steps or action to take or about amendment in the relevant law to be made for punishing the people behind the crime. It's already late to save our future generation. Nowadays cancer is attacking young children too. Adulterated food is everywhere. I am just wondering why the authorities concerned are silent, even after seeing the daily reports in newspapers and other media.

Hats off to journalists

Being a journalist is not one of those easy jobs and not everyone can be a journalist. Journalists all over the world deserve to be recognised for all their hard work round the clock. They are the true unsung heroes who are quietly working behind the curtains. But unfortunately they are also the ones who have to pay the price for unravelling all those illegal activities in the underworld. They are the class of people in our society who are dedicated to their work and are always busy bringing facts about our society to the surface. However, not everybody thinks like this and so they cannot accept facts. Recently many incidents took place where journalists were attacked due to their bold writing which irked various interest groups. Despite the displeasure of some vested quarters, journalists are still devoted to their work. Hats off to all those journalists.

Online Voices

Bangabandhu's men - on Aug 15 and after

International

OIC suspends, isolates Syria

The world community piled the pressure on Syria Thursday to end 17 months of bloodshed as the top world Muslim body OIC suspended Syria , saying it can no longer accept a regime that "massacres its people and even traditional ally China told Damascus to rapidly implement a ceasefire.

Black Hawk downed in Afghanistan; 11 killed

A Nato Black Hawk helicopter came down in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing seven American soldiers and four Afghans, the military said, as Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility.

Singapore hits back US on human rights

Singapore yesterday angrily accused Washington of "double standards" on human rights after a US State Department annual report criticised the city-state's tough internal-security laws.

Wave of attacks kill 22 in Iraq

A wave of attacks across Iraq yesterday killed at least 22 people, officials said, amid warnings of a potential escalation in violence at the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Ecuador grants Assange asylum defying odds

Ecuador granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange yesterday, setting up a diplomatic confrontation with Britain, which angrily insisted it would extradite him to Sweden.

Crisis spills into Lebanon

Rioters blocked the road to Beirut airport, as dozens of Syrians were kidnapped and their shops vandalised in violence Wednesday that triggered orders from Gulf nations for citizens to leave Lebanon immediately.

Tough desert life wins Bedouin teen fairy tale award

It was the trauma of seeing Israeli troops raze homes in the Bedouin community where she lives that inspired 14-year-old Salha Hamadin to write an award-winning fairy tale.

Israel wraps up SMS missile alert test

Israel yesterday wound up nationwide testing of an SMS warning system against missile attack, sending texts to mobile phones in Jerusalem and other parts of the country, a military spokeswoman said.

20 Shia pulled off Pakistan bus, shot dead

Gunmen pulled 20 Shia Muslims from a bus and killed them at point blank range in Pakistan yesterday, the third such incident in six months, officials said.

Key Taliban member calls for end to war

A key member of the Taliban has called for an end to the 10-year war in Afghanistan and for peace talks, demanding prisoner releases and an end to sanctions on rebel leaders to quicken the process.

Hypersonic jet fails Mach 6 test

A flight test of an experimental unmanned vehicle designed to fly at hypersonic speeds has ended in failure, the US Air Force said Wednesday.

Congo mine tragedy kills 60

More than 60 people died this week when a quarry collapsed in an abandoned mine in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Radio Okapi reported late Wednesday.

West Nile virus kills 17 in US

The southwestern US state of Texas is battling an outbreak of the West Nile virus, with 17 deaths blamed on the mosquito-borne disease, authorities said Wednesday.

Thailand holds peace talks with militants

Thailand yesterday said talks were under way with members of insurgent groups in the south of the country, where thousands of people have been killed since 2004 in violence blamed on Muslim separatists.

UK PM's ex-aide in court

Andy Coulson, the former media chief of British Prime Minister David Cameron, appeared in court yesterday charged with phone hacking while he was editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid.

Japan to deport pro-China activists

Japan was readying to deport 14 people it arrested after pro-China activists landed on a disputed island, reports said yesterday, in what was being seen as an attempt to defuse a growing row.

Bahrain jails rights activist

A Bahrain court yesterday sentenced prominent Shia rights activist Nabeel Rajab to three years in prison over "unauthorised" protests against the Sunni Al-Khalifa monarchy, a lawyer said.

Arts & Entertainment

Star gazing Eid plans

Joya Ahsan
I plan to spend Eid in Dhaka. It is always a joyous occasion for me. I only dress up as much as needed to give adda a festive look. However, this Eid is very different and sorrowful for me. I lost my father this year and this will be the first Eid without him. His memories will surely flood me on Eid day. If he were alive, he would've given me his blessings on Eid. Maybe he will bless me from afar this year.

Poet Shamsur Rahman's death anniversary today

Today marks the 6th death anniversary of the pre-eminent poet Shamsur Rahman. Rahman was noted as an urban poet, columnist and journalist. He emerged in the latter half of the 20th century, wrote more than 60 books of poetry and is considered a key figure in Bengali literature. Major themes in his poetry and writings include liberal humanism, human relations, romanticism, democracy, religious fundamentalism and more.

Murtaja Baseer turns 81

Murtaja Baseer, considered one of the foremost painters of Bangladesh, has established his individual style. He is also known as a versatile genius. Throughout his illustrious career, Baseer has gradually transformed his working style into abstract realism.

Eid festival at Fantasy Kingdom and Foy's Lake

Concord Entertainment's Fantasy Kingdom complex in Ashulia, near Dhaka, includes Fantasy Kingdom, Water Kingdom, Heritage Park, X-treme Racing Go-kart and Motel Atlantis, and is a delight for children and adults alike.

Did You Know?

“Matir Moina” (The Clay Bird; 2002)
* The movie is the first feature film by Tareque Masud which is based on his childhood experience in a madrasa in the then rural East Pakistan during the turbulent 1960s. Before the film, Masud made several documentaries including “Adam Surat” and “Muktir Gaan”.

OP-ED

All between police and people

The police commissioner of Dhaka gave a prognosis of growing crime rate in the city, when last week he told us on a television show it was nothing but a matter of perception. This is exactly what painkillers do when we take them to reduce our pains. This is what anesthesia does when patients are cut up on operation tables. This is also what addicts do when they drink or smoke intoxicants to overcome their frustrations in life. At times the best way to forget pain is to numb your feelings. What you don't feel doesn't exist.

The battle has just begun

Movements against corruption have been, of late, successful in India. They have brought the scourge of dishonesty before the public. That both movements, one led by Gandhian Anna Hazare and the other by yoga guru Baba Ramdev were non-violent is a tribute to those who guided the movements and the thousands of people who participated in them. But both have failed to move the government. In fact, the Manmohan Singh government has become more adamant, more intractable and involved in corruption which is seething the system.

Ershad, a factor or an enigma?

Ershad's trip to India is being viewed in New Delhi with considerable political and diplomatic significance, an impression one gathers from media reports in the neighbouring country.

Development, the yet untamed horse

Bangladesh is a least developed country (LDC) with consistent economic growth over the years. About a half of the total population lives under the poverty line and its annual per capita income is around $ 848. Bangladesh has maintained, since the fiscal year 1999 till date, annual average growth rate of more than 5.7%, which falls in the range for an LDC. In order to advance reduction with the aim of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) economic growth, social development and governance are the key areas, and it is also necessary to include human security. Poverty is an extremely important challenge in today's world. Bangladesh is one of the largest LDCs in Asia and still needs to improve several socio-development indicators.

Admission tests are necessary

The recent decision of the health ministry not to hold any admission tests for MBBS and BDS courses in medical and dental colleges, both private and public, has sparked widespread protests by the admission seekers across the country. While the authorities have dismissed these protests as manipulations of the coaching centres and argue that the new enrolment process will be fairer as it will allow the top graders to qualify without any hassle for the medical professions, the scrapping of this age-old practice is not without significant ramifications for the quality of the intake, and ultimately the future, of the already struggling health sector in Bangladesh.

This Day In History

August 17
1943

StarTech

Kaspersky discovers new malware

Kaspersky Lab recently announced the discovery of Gauss, a new malware.

Samsung takes on iPad with Galaxy Note tablet

Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a Galaxy Note tablet designed to make a more personal connection with users and aiming to knock Apple's iPad off its market throne.

New products from Asus

Asus has unveiled two new products, an all in one touchscreen desktop PC and a motherboard, in the local market.

Samsung launches smart TVs

Samsung has recently launched a line of smart TVs from its D series in Bangladesh.

Adobe Flash Player exits Android Google Play store

Adobe is pulling its Flash Player plug-in from Android's Google Play store.

USAID extends health info services to pregnant and new mothers via mobile phones

The US Agency for International Development (USAID), US government's principal development agency, has been spreading important health messages to expectant and new mothers across Bangladesh via mobile phones.

Oracle workshop on data centre optimisation

Oracle recently organised a workshop on 'Data Centre Optimisation' in the capital.



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