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News of: Saturday, 18th of August, 2012

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A test for investigators

It was truly a test of character for the investigators probing the grisly August 21 grenade attack. A crime of this magnitude seldom occurs. For sleuths who can crack a case such as this, a place in history is assured.

How an accused was sent abroad

Nothing can make a much-hunted terror suspect feel more privileged than staying beyond law enforcers' reach and flying to a foreign country under foolproof security.

Eid knocking on the door

Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the country tomorrow if the moon is sighted today.

Tailbacks on highways

Enduring gridlock, delay, overloading and overcharging, thousands of holidaymakers yesterday left Dhaka for village homes to celebrate Eid.

A different Eid for Zakir, family

After five years of unfortunate separation from his wife and children, Zakir Hossain, who had been serving life term wrongfully for another Zakir, is now happy to celebrate Eid this year with them, outside the jail.

Admission seekers left in uncertainty

Although the admission process for honours courses in all the major public universities is already underway, uncertainty plagues thousands of students willing to enrol for Buet and medical colleges.

BNP shifts stance

The then ruling BNP in 2004 was quick to conclude that the August 21 grenade attacks on an Awami League rally was orchestrated by none other than AL men.

Slow trial frustrates AL ranks

Many ruling Awami League leaders and workers, mostly victims of the August 21, 2004, grenade attack, are frustrated that justice has not been delivered even eight years after the incident.

No headway in fresh bid to get fund

In more than two weeks since ADB and Jica have extended their loan validity deadline by a month, the government has made no progress to ease the bottleneck regarding the Padma bridge project.

Ershad meets Pranab

Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday told Indian President Pranab Mukherjee that the signing of Teesta water-sharing treaty would enhance Bangladesh people's trust in India.

Power from garbage

Using the garbage of Dhaka city, the government for the first time is going to generate 50 megawatt of electricity to add to the national grid.

Multi-billion-dollar coal scandal rocks India

India's auditor yesterday suggested the government lost billions of dollars by failing to auction valuable coal mining rights in a damning report that implicated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Jamaat yet to amend party constitution

Although the deadline for amending its constitution expired two and a half years ago, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami still remains a political party registered with the Election Commission, thanks to the inaction of the EC.

Carjacking gang held

Detective Branch of Police arrested eight alleged muggers and carjackers in Dhaka and recovered four vehicles, weapons and booty from their possession on Thursday.

Suspected JeM leader remanded

Madrasa teacher Moulana Mohammad Yunus, a suspected leader of Kashmir separatist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), was placed on a six-day remand yesterday.

Bangladeshi beaten dead in India

Indian nationals beat a Bangladeshi citizen to death after he illegally entered the Indian territory through Rokonpur border in Chapainawabganj district on Thursday.

3 more fake note makers arrested

Three members of a gang involved in making and marketing fake bank notes were arrested by detectives early yesterday from the capital's Jatrabari with fake Bangladeshi currencies worth Tk 2.05 lakh.

Violence flares up in Syria

Syrian forces yesterday shelled the northern battleground of Aleppo and fierce fighting was reported in Damascus, a day after the United Nations called time on its observer mission.

Editorial

Eid Mubarak!

With the end of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world prepare to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in all the religious fervour it calls for. Eid is certainly a happy occasion, justified by the devotion with which Muslims observe a month of fasting prior to it. It is essentially on how much people are able to observe the dictates of faith, in this case uphold the spirit of Ramadan through staying true to all its concomitant injunctions, that the spirit of Eid-ul-Fitr is to be determined. In plain terms, therefore, the Muslim who has steadfastly observed, in that very deep sense of understanding, the month of fasting has not only understood better the transitory nature of life but also his calling in the world of the living.

Lack of oversight by parliamentary bodies

Parliamentarians need to review laws already enacted, particularly those that deal with fundamental rights, such as civil liberties. These need to be monitored on how they are being implemented in the field. Parliamentary Standing Committees (PSCs) are empowered by Article 76 (2) (b) of the constitution to review both enforcement of laws and propose measures for the better enforcement of laws should they see fit. Such review is needed particularly in light of the fact that several laws like The Speedy Trials Act or indeed Section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure continue to be misused to settle political scores and violate human rights, as highlighted in the recent case of Limon.

Sports

Idle coaches, wasted talent

Football is a team game which needs an experienced man-manager at the helm. A good coach must not only have knowledge on the game itself, but also be well-versed in sports medicine, planning, preparation, evaluation, fitness, proper food, emergency aid, health and safety, injuries, laws of the game and attitudes and ethics. So the importance of educating coaches can never be underestimated.

City or United?

Last season saw the English Premier League title race going down to the wire with the closest possible finish ever. Manchester City and Manchester United both collected 89 points, but City ended up winning the title on goal difference; their first title for 44 years, thanks to Sergio Aguero's last-minute heroics in their final match against Queens Park Rangers.

Eng in early trouble

Fast bowlers Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn reduced an England side without dropped star batsman Kevin Pietersen to 94 for four at tea on the second day of the third Test against South Africa at Lord's on Friday.

MCC wants India to host 1st D/N Test

The world cricket committee of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), who are English cricket's original law makers, has suggested that the first ever day/night Test match should be held in India, or in the Indian subcontinent, where attendance during Test matches is currently recorded as being on the lower side.

Shoaib wants coaching job

Controversial former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar threw his hat into the ring on Friday to become Pakistan's next bowling coach.

Murray fails, Federer sails

Olympic champion Andy Murray was sent crashing out of the Cincinnati Masters on Thursday, falling 6-4, 6-4 to French lucky loser Jeremy Chardy.

Whatmore confident of Pak success

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore was upbeat Friday about his side's chances at the World Twenty20, welcoming the opportunity for his players to prepare in the Sri Lankan league.

Mooney out of World T20

All-rounder John Mooney has been ruled out of Ireland's squad for next month's World Twenty20 due to a fractured finger which could sideline him for twelve weeks.

Nadal to be fit for Davis Cup semis

Rafael Nadal, who pulled out of the US Open due to injury, should be ready for the Davis Cup semi-final between Spain and the United States next month, the tennis ace's coach and uncle said Thursday.

Dravid wants IPL window

Rahul Dravid, the former India batsman, has said that creating a window for the Indian Premier League would not only let the world's best players participate in the lucrative domestic Twenty20 tournament but, importantly, also allow them to play Test cricket, thereby enlivening the longer format.

'Happy to mentor Blake'

Australian pacer Brett Lee has said he will be more than happy to mentor Jamaican sprint star Yohan Blake in the art of fast bowling if he joins him at the Sydney Sixers for the Big Bash Twenty20 competition.

Laxman may quit after NZ series

Reports have emerged that Indian batsman VVS Laxman is contemplating retiring from international cricket at the end of the two-match Test series against New Zealand.

Rankings don't worry Rafa

Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal, who pulled out of the US Open due to injury, said Friday his sole focus now was on getting back to full fitness again and not worrying about his world ranking.

It's not just Messi v Ronaldo

The Spanish league season kicks-off this weekend with Barcelona star Lionel Messi insisting it is not just a battle between himself and Cristiano Ronaldo.

'Van Persie holds the key'

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has warned champions Manchester City that his side's swoop for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie could tilt the balance of power in the Premier League back to Old Trafford.

Rio fined over tweet

The Football Association on Friday fined Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand £45,000 ($70,000, 57,000 euros) for improper conduct over comments he made on Twitter relating to the John Terry racism trial.

Maradona sues for $3.2m

Argentine football great Diego Maradona attended a Beijing court hearing Friday which was considering his $3.2 million image rights claim against two Chinese Internet companies, state media said.

Barton set for Marseille

Queen's Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton could be set for a season-long loan move to Marseille in exchange for the French Ligue 1 side's Cameroonian midfielder Stephane Mbia, Sky Sports television said on Friday.

Neymar jets in to set up win

Neymar scored one goal and set up a second to help Santos to a 3-1 Brazilian championship win at Figueirense, only 24 hours after helping Brazil beat Sweden 3-0 away in a friendly.

Metropolitan

Colours of Our Lives

Most of my years abroad were spent working as an engineer in Silicon Valley where I built software for digital imaging and video. Colour has always been an important - and sometimes contentious - part of visual engineering. Accuracy of reproduction is a thorny issue. A lesson came from early days of colour television, when the Americans, French and British all came up with their own colour TV systems. NTSC, the American system, was quickly dubbed Never Twice Same Colour, while the French SECAM became Something Essentially Contradictory to American Methods. The British PAL system was Peace At Last!

India shortens sensitive list

India yesterday decided to reduce the number of items on the sensitive list for trade with Saarc countries, aiming to expand trade of goods in the region.

Many in Patuakhali, Sylhet go without

With Eid-ul-Fitr only a few days away, teachers at some primary schools in Sylhet and employees at a health complex in Patuakhali are yet to get their salaries and Eid bonus.

Jorina's dream stampeded

Jorina wanted her daughters to be educated. After the death of her husband many years ago, finding no other means to survive Jorina began begging to make her dreams a reality.

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Spreading the smile

“May this Eid be the best Eid of your life and bring a big smile on your face that will never fade!” this was the greeting Fariha Hashmi, Ashma Akhter Hashmi, Nasima Akhter and Anika Zaman gave to an orphan living at a government orphanage.

Crimes on despite tightened security in capital

Although law enforcers have taken special security measures across the capital during the month of Ramadan and on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, criminal incidents are being reported almost every day.

New Dutch envoy to arrive August 21

New Am-bassador (designate) of the Netherlands Gerben de Jong will arrive in Dhaka on August 21 to take up his first diplomatic assignment in Bangladesh.

Judicial probe demanded

An anti-communalism platform yesterday demanded a judicial investigation of the August 4 violence in Dinajpur and punishment to the people responsible for it.

12 killed, 64 hurt in road crashes

Twelve people were killed and sixty-four others injured in separate road accidents in Munshiganj, Chittagong, Tangail and Pabna yesterday.

National Eidgah ready for Eid jamaat

Preparations have been made to hold the main Eid-ul-Fitr jamaat at National Eidgah in the capital on Eid day.

Non-govt school, college teachers to wear black on Eid day

The teachers and staff of non-government secondary and higher secondary institutions yesterday declared that they would wear black ribbons on the upcoming Eid day protesting non-inclusion of the institutions on the latest list of Monthly Pay Order (MPO) beneficiaries.

Body of unidentified man recovered

The body of an unidentified man was recovered from Dhamrai upazila of Dhaka yesterday.

International

Taliban leader claims victory in Eid message

Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban, has issued an Eid message claiming victories on the battlefield against Nato which was swiftly denounced by the commander of Nato troops in Afghanistan.

Indian PM moves to cool panic

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured migrants from the northeast of the country that they were safe as thousands continued to flee Mumbai, Bangalore and other cities yesterday, fearing a backlash from violence against Muslims in Assam.

Ecuador calls regional meet

Ecuador has called for a ministerial session of the South American regional bloc UNASUR in Guayaquil tomorrow after its move to grant asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Brazil said Thursday.

Russia jails punk protesters

A Moscow court yesterday handed two-year jail terms to three feminist punk rockers who infuriated the Kremlin and drew world attention by ridiculing President Vladimir Putin in Russia's main church.

Arts & Entertainment

Channel 24

With the onset of Eid-ul-fitr the small screen is a big attraction. All the Bangla channels have come up with a surfeit of entertainment ranging from special TV plays, tele-films, musical shows and magazine programmes. There's likely to be something for everyone. A rundown of the Eid-special programmes on different channels:

ntv

With the onset of Eid-ul-fitr the small screen is a big attraction. All the Bangla channels have come up with a surfeit of entertainment ranging from special TV plays, tele-films, musical shows and magazine programmes. There's likely to be something for everyone. A rundown of the Eid-special programmes on different channels:

ATN Bangla

With the onset of Eid-ul-fitr the small screen is a big attraction. All the Bangla channels have come up with a surfeit of entertainment ranging from special TV plays, tele-films, musical shows and magazine programmes. There's likely to be something for everyone. A rundown of the Eid-special programmes on different channels:

Maasranga Television

With the onset of Eid-ul-fitr the small screen is a big attraction. All the Bangla channels have come up with a surfeit of entertainment ranging from special TV plays, tele-films, musical shows and magazine programmes. There's likely to be something for everyone. A rundown of the Eid-special programmes on different channels:

Channel 9

With the onset of Eid-ul-fitr the small screen is a big attraction. All the Bangla channels have come up with a surfeit of entertainment ranging from special TV plays, tele-films, musical shows and magazine programmes. There's likely to be something for everyone. A rundown of the Eid-special programmes on different channels:

Boishakhi TV

With the onset of Eid-ul-fitr the small screen is a big attraction. All the Bangla channels have come up with a surfeit of entertainment ranging from special TV plays, tele-films, musical shows and magazine programmes. There's likely to be something for everyone. A rundown of the Eid-special programmes on different channels:

Desh TV

With the onset of Eid-ul-fitr the small screen is a big attraction. All the Bangla channels have come up with a surfeit of entertainment ranging from special TV plays, tele-films, musical shows and magazine programmes. There's likely to be something for everyone. A rundown of the Eid-special programmes on different channels:

Diganta TV

With the onset of Eid-ul-fitr the small screen is a big attraction. All the Bangla channels have come up with a surfeit of entertainment ranging from special TV plays, tele-films, musical shows and magazine programmes. There's likely to be something for everyone. A rundown of the Eid-special programmes on different channels:

Channel i

With the onset of Eid-ul-fitr the small screen is a big attraction. All the Bangla channels have come up with a surfeit of entertainment ranging from special TV plays, tele-films, musical shows and magazine programmes. There's likely to be something for everyone. A rundown of the Eid-special programmes on different channels:

Banglavision

With the onset of Eid-ul-fitr the small screen is a big attraction. All the Bangla channels have come up with a surfeit of entertainment ranging from special TV plays, tele-films, musical shows and magazine programmes. There's likely to be something for everyone. A rundown of the Eid-special programmes on different channels:

OP-ED

Politics of violence

Dismal thoughts would surely occupy the minds of sane Bangladeshis when they venture to think of the deadly destruction and carnage of August 21, 2004. It was on that day the nation witnessed an unprecedented diabolic attempt to wipe out the leaders of a political party. Our double jeopardy was that a most unfortunate and condemnable criminal incident was followed by a callous and slipshod investigation that only enraged the discerning public.

The invisible enemy

The future belongs to cyber criminals," was how a senior officer of Kolkata Police expressed his dismay after nabbing a Nigerian national who had cheated a city-based businessman by sending him fraudulent e-mails.

Adaptation to climate change: Some emerging concepts

As the adverse impacts of climate change become more and more self evident around the world, from drought in North America to cyclones in the Pacific to floods in China, countries and researchers around the world are beginning to act and learn about adaptation to climate change which is emerging as a new science.

The tormented soul of Dhaka

Dhaka has been rated as the least livable city in the world among the 140 cities surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), says a global livability survey report released recently.

Greek tragedy on the Grameen stage

Under the shade of a mango tree, in a village three hours from Dhaka, about thirty women were gathered around a team from the World Bank. It was the mid-nineteen nineties. Preparation work for a World Bank-funded project on non-formal education was underway and the meeting was part of this process. As an education specialist in the team, I was interested in the views of rural Bangladeshi women on literacy programmes for young adults. The animated interventions, confidence, and enthusiasm of five or six women particularly struck me. They introduced themselves as members of the Grameen Bank. This was my first direct interaction with Grameen borrowers. The women left an everlasting impression on my mind.

This Day In History

August 18

1920
The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage.

Environment

Relocation of industries a must, among other steps

The number of industries in Dhaka is huge, and it is ever-increasing while causing serious pollution to water, air and land of the densely-populated capital. Although there are quite a few designated industrial areas in Dhaka, many industries have been set up in different other areas too, cashing in on loopholes of related laws and guidelines, muscle and money power, and political affiliation.

Global warming: US experience

Striking changes in weather at places are an eye-opener for those who refuse to acknowledge effect of climate change because of global warming. For instance, people across the United States have been experiencing wild weather for the last one month or so. Unprecedented heat wave is passing through half of the United States with temperatures reaching 109 degrees Fahrenheit in Tennessee, 105 degrees in Indiana, 104 degrees in Montana, and 113 degrees in South Carolina while District of Columbia, Federal Capital, Maryland, Virginia experience around 100 degrees on an average. Incidentally, District of Columbia was severely hit recently by thunderstorm which knocked out power and kept the city roasting without air conditioning for days in 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Global warming appears to be real.

Bats are vital to ecosystem

Our planet contains an amazing diversity of plants, approximately a quarter of a million species. They provide essential food and shelter, without which we and most other animals would quickly die. In turn, many plants cannot survive without animals to pollinate their flowers and disperse their seeds. Each plant has its own unique needs, some relying on many kinds of animals, others on just a few or even one. Butterflies, bees, bats and birds each pollinate plants that others cannot. From deserts to rain forests, flowering plants have developed a wide range of colors, shapes, sizes and forms, all designed to guarantee that a particular pollinator spreads pollen from plant to plant, ensuring the production of new seeds.

Literature

Between two worlds

Original in Bengali: Selina Hussain

The Painted Veil

Those living call it life. Life, a bouquet of enigmatic questions. Life, the veil of red, yellow and blue, churning out hues galore. Questions, questions and questions. Come to think of it. When did the days of oneness, closeness, trust and trivial disagreements end? Where to hide the shock of humiliation, of rejection and the pain of a parting which only death was to provide? How to answer the children and the family, how to confront society, the questioning ensemble of lifted fingers? Where did things go wrong and start going downhill? Was it fate? Was it single-handedly so strong that could, in a flash, destroy a nest so neatly prepared and rip the non-biological tie of matrimony?

A Tree for Peace

Don't expect love poem today
I can't I'll be busy

Star Health

Tips for a happy and healthy Eid

Once again, Eid is coming to greets us. Returning to pre-Ramadan food habits may trigger undesirable side effects such as indigestion, heart burn and the dreaded weight gain.

Surprising ways to boost your brainpower

The brain is our number one use-it-or-lose-it organ. Take a look at the following tips to boost your brain power and improve cognition, regardless of your age.

Australian court approves tobacco pack logo ban

Australia's highest court has recently upheld a new government law on mandatory packaging for cigarettes that removes brand colours and logos from packaging. The World Health Organisation (WHO) strongly welcomes the landmark decision that will help reduce the number of smokers in the country and calls on the rest of the world to follow Australia’s tough stance on tobacco marketing.

The possible signs of an ear infection

Ear infections are common in babies and young toddlers, who may not always be able to verbalise that something is wrong. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says symptoms of an ear infection may include:

Ramadan fasting not linked to preterm births

In a small new study published in in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, pregnant women who fasted during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan were no more likely to give birth prematurely than women who did not observe the fast.

Walnuts improve sperm health

Eating around two handfuls of walnuts a day improves sperm health in young men, a study in the journal Biology of Reproduction suggests. Sperm shape, swimming ability and vitality improved in men who added walnuts to their diet over 12 weeks. It helps sub-fertile men, with poor semen quality to have a better chance of conceiving.

Strategic Issues

Chinese inroads into Bhutan: Diplomatic gimmick or strategic reality?

The past few months have been an exciting phase in Bhutan's foreign policy. Some political analysts are questioning Bhutan's resistance to establishing diplomatic ties with China, while others have asserted publicly that Bhutan-China relations are inevitable and would become a diplomatic reality in the years to come. Amidst these competing voices, Bhutan, for its part, has officially maintained silence over the issue. An obvious pointer to this was the way Bhutan chose silence in the wake of media reports in China and India about the interaction on developing Sino-Bhutan relations between the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Thinley at the sidelines of the Rio+20 summit. Significantly, the official mouth piece of Bhutan, The Kuensel, totally ignored the issue. However, a popular daily, The Bhutanese, mentioned categorically, on the basis of a Press Release issued by the Prime Minister's office, that the “local Chinese media had misreported that Bhutan and China will establish diplomatic ties.”

Regime change, geopolitics and Syrian lesson

The crisis in Syria has unfolded in March 2011 with having its own roots. People have discontents with government's action and came out to street while the government reacted in a way that most dictators do. We have, however, two versions of accounts of the event. It is almost impossible to independently verify the array of information that comes from both sidesinternational media is struggling with its ebbing credibility for quite some time, while the Syrian government media is naturally hiding information to save President Assad. Nevertheless, nobody has a reason to believe government's story that only 'terrorists' are to blame for all the misfortune the Syrians are facing on the street.

Japan must explain historical facts

Sixty-seven years have passed since then. August 16 marks the anniversary of the end of World War II for Japan. This is a day to remember the war dead who laid the foundation for Japan's postwar prosperity.

Star Books Review

Waiting for the son who went to war . . .

Anisul Hoque gives us back our history, or our sense of it. In Freedom's Mother, it is powerful fiction that he weaves out of the twilight struggle Bengalis went through in 1971. And yet it is not fiction. The narrative transcends fiction, for its roots lie in the realities which shaped the war against Pakistan more than four decades ago. In this work, the symbolism is what matters, for in Safia Begum comes alive the story of all the mothers who paid a terrible price in the struggle for liberty, who found themselves facing squarely a conflict not of their making. With three million people dead, with more than two hundred thousand Bengali women raped by the Pakistan army, Bangladesh's history thrives on a scale of epic proportions.

Good soldier, better politician, charming lover . . .

Julius Caesar disregarded warnings about the Ides of March. He believed, as Shakespeare would have us know, that he was more dangerous than danger itself. That precisely is what he told his wife Calpurnia when she tried to dissuade him from going to the senate because of the nightmares she had gone through during the preceding night. As he approached the senate, he came across the man who had warned him of the Ides of March. 'The Ides of March are come', said Caesar, almost in a triumphant vein. 'Aye, Caesar, but not gone', replied the soothsayer. On his way to the senate, Caesar was handed a scroll by the scholar Artemidorus, who apparently had some inkling of the plot against him. The dictator did not deign to read it. Moments later, he was dead at the foot of Pompey's statue inside the senate building. There were twenty three stab marks on his body. The last one, made by Brutus, was in his groin.

Slices of soulful poetry - - -

The Mystic Inferno, a collection of forty-eight poems, reached me mysteriously. My first copy was either stolen or lost. However, I procured a second copy and devoured many of the poems. It is difficult, really difficult sometimes to discover the hidden meaning of some of the poems. It is a common phenomenon with almost all the poems. The first poem of this collection, 'Mystic Infinity', shows that the poet wants to seek divine pleasure through closing his eyes and forgetting the pains, anxieties and sorrows of this modern age. He wishes to immortalize this peace and tranquility of mind. I am sure the first poem will captivate the attention of any reader and get him or her into reading the other poems.


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