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News of: Monday, 27th of August, 2012

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Try Jamaat, its '71 fronts too

Prosecution witnesses yesterday started testifying in war crimes cases against Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami and Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed in two international crimes tribunals. Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury, once a member of Jamaat's former student wing, gave deposition against Nizami at Tribunal-1, and war crimes researcher Shahriar Kabir testified against Mojaheed at Tribunal-2. Defence counsels began cross-examining Misbahur yesterday, while Tribunal-2 set August 30 for cross-examination of Shahriar Kabir.

Nizami led Al-Badr to fight 'Indian agents'

Prosecution witnesses yesterday started testifying in war crimes cases against Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami and Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed in two international crimes tribunals. Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury, once a member of Jamaat's former student wing, gave deposition against Nizami at Tribunal-1, and war crimes researcher Shahriar Kabir testified against Mojaheed at Tribunal-2. Defence counsels began cross-examining Misbahur yesterday, while Tribunal-2 set August 30 for cross-examination of Shahriar Kabir.

Shady two rally for deal with KL

A business magnate and a state minister are lobbying hard for a deal with Malaysia on the Padma bridge project despite the country's failure to submit a complete proposal even in eight months, communications ministry sources say.

PM stays soft on Mashiur

The prime minister has not yet consented to the idea of her adviser Mashiur Rahman resigning to meet the World Bank's conditions for reviving its Padma bridge financing.

Informers in question

Ibrahim Hawlader, who assaulted Limon Hossain, his mother and brother on Eid day, is known to locals and some policemen as an extortionist, drug dealer and robber.

WB should revive funding

Eminent economist Dr Wahid-uddin Mahmud has called upon the World Bank to reconsider the funding of the Padma bridge project. Following is the full text of his article on this issue:

Monsoon brings life to Buriganga

It is monsoon and the fishermen of Basila are all smiles. After nine months, they are back in business, fishing in the rain-fed Buriganga.

Nazrul's death anniversary today

The 36th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be observed today, the 12th Bhadra in Bangla calendar, in a befitting manner.

RPO flouted in picking AL candidate

The way the ruling Awami League has nominated Simeen Hussain Rimi for contesting the by-polls in Gazipur-4 (kapasia upazila) constituency is in violation of the Representation of the People Order (RPO) and the party constitution.

Laxmipur road crash kills 9

Nine passengers including three of a family were killed and six others injured when a microbus plunged into a roadside canal at Ramganj upazila in Laxmipur yesterday afternoon.

Joint group's first meeting in Delhi today

The Bangladesh-India joint sub group on the proposed Tipaimukh Hydroelectric Project on the Barak river sits for the first time today in New Delhi in a bid to work out the terms of reference (ToR) over a joint study of the dam's impacts.

Sonali Bank asked to suspend 31 officials

The central bank has directed Sonali Bank to suspend 31 of its officers including two deputy managing directors by Thursday for their involvement in the Tk 3,547 crore loan scam.

Accused untraced,'abettors' charged

A Dhaka court yesterday took cognizance of the charges against BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 28 others who allegedly aided and abetted the bombings inside the Secretariat during a hartal on April 29.

Mollah took part in mass killing in '71

Another witness yesterday told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah had directly taken part in the killing of around 400 people at Alubdi of Pallabi in Dhaka during the Liberation War.

Contractor found dead at his house

A contractor listed with Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority was found killed in his rented house at Kathalbagan in the capital yesterday morning.

65 eminent citizens slate amendment

A group of eminent citizens yesterday expressed concern over the recent amendment to the Grameen Bank Ordinance that gave almost absolute powers to the government-appointed chairman to choose a managing director for the Nobel-winning organisation.

Sex strike to get opposition men freed

A Togolese opposition leader is calling on women to go on a weeklong sex strike to demand the freedom of protesters detained ahead of elections in the West African nation.

76 Egyptians convicted for attack on Israeli Embassy

A Cairo court has convicted 76 Egyptians on charges linked to last year's attack by protesters on the Israeli Embassy.

'Clot nets' help stroke recovery

Using small nets to extract blood clots from patients' brains may be the future of stroke care, according to two studies.

BNP to mount pressure on govt

Despite threatening a tougher movement since March, the BNP last night decided to observe usual protest programmes to mount pressure on the government to get the caretaker government system restored.

Editorial

Higher lending rates

The central bank having lifted 13 percent cap on lending rates on January 4, commercial banks have been raising interest charges on credits to new and old customers, rather too freely. These now range between 15.5 and 19-20 percent depending upon the types of loans -- for export, commodity import, on term basis and as working capital for industries. Quite clearly such credits are crucial for turning the wheels of the economy.

Another rape victim takes her life

We are outraged to hear that Sangeeta Mandal, a class-ten student in Jessore, took her own life failing to come to terms with the trauma and humiliation of being violated by her neighbour. We find no word strong enough to condemn the rape and demand immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the perpetrator.

Sports

BFF training plan falls flat

The Bangladesh Football Federation's (BFF) initiative to provide training to the country's top-booters in the off-season stumbled on the first day as Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club did not allow all its players to join the national camp.

'Could have been better'

Bangladesh Under-19s captain Anamul Haque felt that his side could have done a lot better than the seventh-place finish in the U-19 World Cup had his bowlers bowled anything close to their potential.

Big guns to feature on opening day

World number ones Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka, Olympic men's champion Andy Murray and defending women's champion Samantha Stosur are among the tennis stars playing on Monday at the US Open.

Ashwin stars in innings win

Ravichandran Ashwin exposed New Zealand's batting limitations against spin with a second successive six-wicket haul as India won the opening Test by an innings and 115 runs on Sunday.

Junaed hopeful of selection

Out of favour Tigers' batsman Junaed Siddique revealed that he is hopeful of making a comeback to the starting eleven of the National team for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka during training at the National Academy in Mirpur yesterday.

Tamim gives Wayamba a flying start

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal gave Wayamba United a raucous start in their SLPL T20 match against Rughuna Royals with a 24-ball 36 at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday as the table-toppers posted 162 for 7 in their twenty overs.

India crowned U-19 champions

Unmukt Chand led from the front with a magnificent hundred as India Under-19 lifted their third World Cup title after beating formidable defending champions Australia by six wickets in the final on Sunday.

'Don't cry for me'

Lance Armstrong was back on his bike on Saturday, urging his supporters not to 'cry' for him a day after the United States Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) decision to strip his seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life.

US Open Kim's last

Three-time US Open winner Kim Clijsters will conclude her career on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts where she enjoyed her greatest glory and she intends to go out as a champion.

Kvitova tunes up with New Haven title

Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova claimed her second title of the season by beating Maria Kirilenko 7-6 (11/9), 7-5 in the final of the WTA Tour's New Haven Open on Saturday.

Women's football

The national women's football team posted an easy 4-0 win over BFF U-19 women's team in one of three practice matches ahead of next month's SAFF Women's Football Champions at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Australia win against brave Afghanistan

Former world champions Australia defeated a battling Afghanistan team by 66 runs in the first-ever limited overs international between the two sides on Saturday.

Isner's 2nd in a row

John Isner won his second straight Winston-Salem ATP title Sunday, surviving three match points en route to a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (11/9) victory over second-seeded Tomas Berdych.

New boys shine bright

The shade of the shirt may have changed but Robin van Persie remains a red-hot Dutch master after marking his first Manchester United start with a superb goal in a 3-2 Premier League win over Fulham on Saturday.

Winning start for Old Lady

Champions Juventus enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Parma with banned coach Antonio Conte watching in the stands and Fiorentina came from behind to grab a last-minute win in the first matches of the Serie A season on Saturday.

Short work from Bayern

Greuther Fuerth's 49-year wait for a Bundesliga match ended on Saturday only for Bayern Munich to dampen the occasion by winning 3-0 with impressive performances from signings Mario Mandzukic and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Gunners still misfiring

Arsenal were still searching for their first goal following the exit of Robin van Persie after they were held to a second consecutive goalless Premier League draw by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.

Juanmi rescues Malaga

Juanmi Jimenez came off the bench to rescue a point for 10-man Malaga who could only draw 1-1 against Mallorca despite dominating much of the game on Saturday.

Owen assured in club search

Former England striker Michael Owen, released by Manchester United, believes he can find a new club before the transfer window shuts.

Olympic champ Kluft bids adieu

Former Olympic and world heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft brought her career to an end on Saturday, claiming her body could not take the strain any longer.

Japan media hails Kagawa

Japanese newspapers on Sunday hailed playmaker Shinji Kagawa after he netted his first goal in the Premier League on his home debut following his big-money move to Manchester United.

Business

Sugar imports soar

Sugar imports shot up exponentially in the 11 months through May upon expectations of a lenient government policy on refined sugar exports and the zero-duty status granted to raw sugar imports.

Janata Bank recalls UAE chief

Janata Bank has finally withdrawn the chief executive officer of its UAE operations on charges of fraud worth nearly $1.3 million.

Panel to rework VAS guideline

The telecom ministry will form a five-member panel to examine the issues related to mobile phone value-added service (VAS).

Bangladesh, Bhutan working on permanent transit

Bangladesh plans to make permanent the current temporary transit to Bhutan to expand trade between the two nations, a commerce ministry official said yesterday.

Grameen Bank paid all dividends

The immediate past acting managing director of the Grameen Bank yesterday refuted the claims that the microcredit lender has never paid dividends to its shareholders.

China, India talk trade gap today

Commerce ministers of India and China meet here today amid concerns in New Delhi over the growing bilateral trade gap between the two Asian powerhouses which is heavily tilted in favour of Beijing.

Stocks surge as investors inject funds into market

Shares on the Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday surged 2.99 percent, the highest in two months, spurred by optimism among investors.

HC rules on REHAB polls

The High Court has restrained the present executive committee of the realtors' association from using funds for the next two months.

Medexpo in Dhaka in October

A three-day international exposition on medical equipment and healthcare services -- Medexpo 2012 -- will begin in Dhaka on October 11.

Apex Adelchi gets new DMD

Abdul Momen Bhuiyan has recently been promoted as the deputy managing director of Apex Adelchi Footwear Ltd (AAFL).

Bangladesh looks to Russia, Latin American markets

The Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) looks to new overseas markets for Bangladeshi potential merchandise including readymade garment (RMG) to boost the country's economy, a top official said yesterday.

Japanese logistics company to start Bangladesh operations

A new Japanese logistic service provider -- Yusen Logistics Bangladesh Ltd -- is set to start operations in the country in mid-October.

Apple and the burden of being a behemoth

In the annals of meaningless milestones, Apple's latest achievement -- surpassing Microsoft, circa 1999, as the largest US company ever -- is right up there. I mean, how high is up? How big is BIG? What does Apple win, Johnny!?

Recession sure, but eurozone analysts see green shoots too

Is the eurozone locked into a prolonged recession set to run right through 2013? Or do the latest economic data actually indicate that the crisis-hit currency area is turning a corner?

Govt to rewrite copyright law

The government is set to amend the copyright law to provide protection to traditional culture and knowledge, said an official.

Metropolitan

EC urges Myanmar to give citizenship to Rohingyas

European Commission (EC) has requested Myanmar to provide citizenship to the Rohingyas and ensure their fundamental rights for a sustainable solution back in Myanmar, an EC official said yesterday.

Buet lodges GD against 2 teachers

The authorities of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) filed a general diary with police on Saturday night accusing two of its teachers of violating a July 31 High Court injunction.

Actions against any opposition anarchy

The government will take tough actions if the opposition creates anarchy in the country in the name of anti-government movement, said Home Minister Shahara Khatun yesterday.

Arrested 4 on remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed on a five-day remand four of the five arrested over the murder of an assistant professor of the National Institute of Disease of the Chest and Hospital (NIDCH), Dr Narayan Chandra Dutta alias Nitai.

DU admission process begins

The process for admission to the first year honours courses in 2012-13 academic sessions at Dhaka University (DU) begun yesterday.

ICT-1 rejects Azharul's bail

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday rejected the bail petition of war crimes suspect Jamaat-e-Islami acting secretary general ATM Azharul Islam.

Refrain from 'despicable politics' against Grameen Bank

Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday urged the government to refrain from playing “despicable and misguided politics” against Grameen Bank.

Decision after HC directives: Ruhal

Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday said they will take decision about GPA-based admission system in the country's medical and dental colleges after directives of High Court in this regard.

Five killed in road accidents

Five people, including a garment worker, were killed and another was injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Barisal, Chittagong and Sirajganj on Saturday and yesterday.

Brother-in-law makes confession

Arrested brother-in-law Mohiuddin Hasanat, the main accused in the killing of 12-year-old madrasa student Ashikur Rahman Talukdar Rifat, confessed his involvement in the murder.

40 opposition men acquitted in 2 cases

A Habiganj court yesterday acquitted 40 opposition activists, including the district Doctors' Association of Bangladesh (Dab) president, Jubo Dal president and Jatiya Chhatra Dal (JCD) joint convener, accused in two cases under the Speedy Trial Act.

Refrain from contesting Gazipur polls

Jatiya Party (JP) leaders yesterday urged the party chief HM Ershad to refrain from contesting Gazipur-4 by-polls fearing 'shameful' defeat.

2 new envoys to Italy, Mauritius

The government has appointed new envoys to Italy and Mauritius.

Students demand compensation

Over 100 students of Government MC College in Sylhet yesterday demanded compensation for the loss they incurred when rooms of the college hostel burnt down on July 8.

Infants suffer from malnutrition for lack of breastfeeding: experts

Infants in Bangladesh suffer from malnutrition for lack of breastfeeding and complementary feeding as most mothers are uneducated, said experts yesterday.

Mustafizur bags Reinhard Keune's Memorial Award

Mustafizur Rahman, deputy regional director of Bangladesh Betar, won the Reinhard Keune's Memorial Award-2012 of Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in the best radio programme category.

Allow Fakhrul to go abroad: HC

The High Court yesterday directed the government not to obstruct BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir from going abroad and returning to the country.

Man drowns in water tank

A man drowned in an underground water tank in Lalbagh area of the capital yesterday afternoon.

New boys shine bright

The shade of the shirt may have changed but Robin van Persie remains a red-hot Dutch master after marking his first Manchester United start with a superb goal in a 3-2 Premier League win over Fulham on Saturday.

BCL men assault Anwara upazila chairman

Some Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists allegedly assaulted the chairman of Anwara upazila in Chittagong yesterday.

Repair 21,000km of roads by April next year

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday instructed the officials concerned to repair the entire 21,000 kilometers highways and roads under the ministry by April next year.

Syria should lead any actions in it

Bangladesh yesterday said that any action taken in Syria should be led only by the Syrian government through constructive dialogue involving all parties concerned.

Int'l survey on Tipai dam urged

People living around the wetlands of seven districts yesterday reiterated their demand for conducting an international survey of the pros and cons of building the controversial Tipaimukh dam.

Stolen car recovered, one held

Police recovered a stolen private car and arrested a youth in this connection in West Khulshi Residential Area in Chittagong city early yesterday.

Loco masters reluctant to run CU shuttle trains

Loco masters of Bangladesh Railway (East) are reluctant to run Chittagong University (CU) shuttle trains, railway officials said yesterday morning.

Journalist Nirmal Sen honoured

Barisal Reporters Unity (BRU) honoured eminent journalist Nirmal Sen with crest and financial grants for his outstanding contribution in pro-people journalism in the country.

One arrested with phensidyl

Narcotics Control Department (NCD) seized a truck with 900 bottles of phensidyl and arrested a man in this connection in Colonel Hat area of Chittagong city early yesterday.

Body of domestic help recovered

Body of a 17-year old female domestic help was recovered from a residence in the capital's Mohammadpur area last night.

Obituary

Ayub Hossain, a freedom fighter and former president of Jhenidah district Awami League unit, passed away on Saturday night due to old age complications. He was 71.

National

Santhia Jamaat ameer, 10 activists charge sheeted

Police has submitted charge sheet against 11 activists of Jamaat-e-Islami in a case for misappropriating 120 tonnes of wheat meant for a project under Water Development Board (WDB) in Santhia upazila under the district.

Passengers suffer as train cancelled 'all of a sudden'

Passengers of Lalmonirhat- Burimari route confined a stationmaster to his office for about an hour after the departure schedule of a train was cancelled 'all of a sudden' on Saturday night.

AL, BNP men clash in Magura: 30 injured

At least 30 people were injured, 14 of them seriously, in a clash between the supporters of Awami League (AL) and BNP in Magura Sadar upazila yesterday.

'Implement Phulbari accord by Dec 31'

National Committee for Protection of Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port yesterday threatened to launch a tougher agitation programme from January next year if Phulbari agreement was not implemented by December 31 this year.

Luck smiles on 30 homeless families in Gaibandha

Luck has smiled on 30 landless families at Manduyer village in Sadullapur upazila.

Growers very happy as 'pineapple village' sees bumper production

The pineapple farmers at Bahadurpur village in Juri upazila of the district are all smiles as they saw a bumper production of the fruit this season.

Two boys drown in ponds

Two boys drowned in ponds in Thakugaon and Tangail districts yesterday.

Man killed by brothers and nephew over land dispute

A man was stabbed to death over a land dispute at Charsubuddhi village in Raipura upazila on Saturday night.

Filling pond at Barisal Law College protested

Locals and students yesterday formed a human chain in front of Barisal Law College, protesting construction of shops by filling a pond of the institution.

College girl 'commits suicide'

A college girl allegedly committed suicide in Pirgachha upazila on Saturday.

Hilsa seized

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) seized a truck carrying about 500 kg hilsa fish worth Tk 7.5 lakh on Jessore-Benapole road in Pulerhat area of the town yesterday morning.

Bike driver murdered

Criminals murdered an 'easy bike' driver at Bongshitala in Sadar upazila yesterday.

Two jailed for stalking

A mobile court in Abhoynagar upazila on Saturday sentenced two youths to 15 days' imprisonment each for sexually harassing a schoolgirl. The convicts were identified as Liton Sarder, son of Moslem Sarder and Tariqul Islam, son of Ikram Gazi of Panchkabar village in Noapara thana. Police said Liton and Tariqul used to sexually harass the girl of the same village. The youths on Saturday waylaid the girl on her way to a private coaching centre. Hearing her screams, local people caught the duo and handed them over to police. Later, they were produced before the mobile court led by Abhoynagar upazila assistant commissioner (Land) Mokhlesur Rahman who handed down the punishment.

1 killed, 3 missing in boat capsize

A man drowned and three others went missing as a boat capsized in Meghna River at Karinghar village under Hatiya upazila yesterday. The deceased was identified as Mizanur Rahman, 35, son of Joynal Abedin of the village. The identities of the missing people could not be known immediately. Eyewitnesses said that the three started for Karingchar from Hatiya Ghat by a trawler around 9.30am. When the boat reached near their destination, capsized due to strong current in the Meghna.

Three Shibir men arrested

Narail police yesterday arrested three activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir from Rupganj Bazar area under the municipality on charge of holding procession without permission. According to police, the Shibir men brought out a procession protesting arrest of ATM Azharul Islam, acting Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh and demanding release of the central leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday evening. The arrestees are Naiem, 18, son of Sharif Golam Rabbani of Bashgram village, Hasan Mollah, 20, son of Nobir Mollah of Bashgram and Babul Mollah, 20, son of Harun-ur-Rashid Mollah of the same village under Sadar upazila of the district.

Youth's body recovered

Police recovered the body of a young man from a mango orchard at Garua Batuapara on the bank of Narasundha River in Nandail upazila yesterday morning. The victim was identified as Jamal Uddin alias Dukhu, 30, son of late Hafiz Uddin of Hawlapara village in the upazila. Police said, Dukhu married Manzila Begum, 25, daughter of Abdul Malek of neighbouring Garua Batuapara village ten years ago and hence staying at his father-in-law's house. Family sources said Dukhu had been suffering from cancer for several years. On Saturday evening he look meal and went to bed but he was not found at his bed in the morning. Later the family member found his body hanging from a branch of a mango tree, police said. Police could not say whether it was a case of suicide or killing.

Lightning kills woman

A woman was killed by lightning at Bonchuki village of Aditmari upazila on Saturday evening. The deceased was identified as Momena Begum, 34, wife of Afsar Uddin of the village. The woman was struck by lightning when she was returning home after purchasing kerosene oil from a shop near her house in the evening, police said.

Rokeya University reopens today

Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur (BRUR) will reopen today after 16 days' Eid and other vacation. Offices will resume work today while the academic activities at BRUR will start from August 29. The university went into vacation on August 11 due to Eid-ul-Fitr, Shab-e-Qadr and Jummatul Wida.

Letters

Statements by our leaders

We Bangladeshis are a naďve bunch of simple-minded people. We succumb so easily to the glib promises of our rulers and vote them again and again to power. Four decades ago, we did confront the foreign despots and at great cost gained freedom. But there has been no respite from anti-people statements and actions since.

Implement the ban on smoking

Our law minister has told the journalists that he would increase the fine from taka 50 to taka 500 for smoking publicly. If this law is enforced, he will be highly praised by the non-smokers all over Bangladesh.

Focus on sustainable energy

Science and technology is advancing day by day. With the advancement of modern technology, human life is getting more comfortable. We are using many technologies that need no physical effort. Without these life would be possible but we would possibly be living in the Stone Age.

Thank you, minister

It was on Wednesday 22nd August 2012, I was watching NTV news. Obaidul Qadir, minister for roads and railways was talking to a journalist. He said, “Despite my best efforts, I know people still faced delays, disruptions and sufferings. I apologise to them”.

Why do we need a minister without portfolio?

Can we really afford to employ a minister without portfolio in the cabinet of our prime minister? Does not it look like a poor nation spending lavishly? A minister in the cabinet has to be paid a handsome salary, needs a Pajero, a house and several men for security and household purposes -- all of these at public expense. In a country where millions of people cannot manage three basic meals a day, how can the government spend that much for a minister who is not required in the cabinet? In Bangladesh there are highly educated and conscious people who are able to understand the wrong decisions taken by the government but. Bur government doesn't bother at all.

A black day for the poorest

It is unbelievable that the world famous Bangladesh Grameen Bank is being discredited by its own government.

Our proud prime minister

Our prime minister proudly disclosed to the world that despite worldwide recession, Bangladesh was enjoying a growth rate of 6/7 percent, in her interview with the world renowned journalist Stephen Sackur of BBC.

Mystery of life

Sometimes when I am writing letters, reading books, or doing some chores, I have to stop in my track wondering, who am I? What am I doing here? Everything is so mysterious.

Remove traffic jam in phases

Already Dhaka -- a mega city -- is having many problems. Of them, traffic jam is the most pathetic one. Having an overwhelmingly big population is regarded as the number one problem of this country, but traffic jam is the number one problem of Dhaka city. It now seems that traffic jam is a never-ending problem. Almost every person who commutes through the Dhaka roads has to waste time and energy every day due to hours of tailbacks. Time is the most valuable thing on earth. But we are simply losing it every day because of the traffic jams. There are numerous reasons for traffic jams. The authorities, surely, are not unaware of the phenomena that hinder the smooth transportation of vehicles. So I would earnestly request the ministry concerned to take step by step actions against the barriers to smooth movement of traffic and thus help our economy boost.

No more promises, please

Some of our political leaders of BNP, AL and other parties talk too much and make promises every now and then. But they never keep their words.

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International

Tributes pour in for 'man on the moon'

Tributes poured in yesterday following the death of Neil Armstrong, the humble US astronaut whose “small step” on the moon captivated the world and came to embody the wonder of space exploration.

Syria accused of 'massacre' as hundreds of bodies found

Several hundred bodies have been found in a town near Damascus after a ferocious assault by the Syrian army, a watchdog said yesterday, as activists accused government forces of another gruesome "massacre."

Take stand against Western sanctions

Non-Aligned Movement leaders should take a stand against Western sanctions at a Tehran summit at the end of the month, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said yesterday, adding that many NAM members backed Iran's nuclear programme.

Rally towards PM's house foiled

Hundreds of Indian protesters angry at a controversial allocation of coal fields were baton charged by police and sprayed with tear gas during a demonstration in the capital New Delhi yesterday.

Tanker-bus crash inferno kills 36 in China

At least 36 people died when a double-decker sleeper bus slammed into the rear of a methanol tanker and burst into flames yesterday in China's worst traffic accident in more than a year.

Fresh violence in Assam: One killed

Fresh incidents of violence rocked strife-torn lower Assam districts yesterday leaving one person dead in Dhubri and two injured in Kokrajhar even as protestors blocked a national highway in the state.

Tribesmen's appeal to Pakistan

Hundreds of tribal elders, religious leaders and militants have called on Pakistan not to launch a military operation in the country's last major militant sanctuary.

Anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo

Hundreds of anti-nuclear demonstrators marched in Tokyo yesterday, calling for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to abandon the country's atomic energy programme following last year's Fukushima accident.

Hamas not invited to NAM meet

The Hamas premier in Gaza has not been invited to an August 30-31 summit of Non-Aligned Movement leaders in Tehran, Iran said yesterday, heading off a threatened boycott by the Palestinian president.

Gunmen kill 2 Iraqi cops

Iraqi officials say gunmen using silenced weapons have killed two Iraqi policemen in northeastern Baghdad.

Arts & Entertainment

Melody across time

Nazrul's flute eternal

'Seeking Roots' begins with two European adaptations

Throughout his life, Selim Al Deen (1949-2008) had a vision, which was to see the practice of theatre in Bangladesh get recognition -- both at home and abroad. When the 200-year-old [in terms of its practice in this subcontinent] European proscenium theatre was considered the stepping stone, Al Deen opposed it, explored our roots and wanted to prove that the history of our theatre is not just 200 years old, rather it was initiated a thousand years earlier or more.

Devotion Unbound

National Poet of Bangladesh Kazi Nazrul Islam made extraordinary contributions to devotional genres of Bangla songs -- Kirtan, Shayma Sangeet, Bhajan, Islamic, Hamd, Naat etc. Unlike most lyricists/composers, he was thoroughly familiar with both Islamic and Hindu traditions and cultures and he also deeply cared about the communal harmony between Muslims and Hindus.

OP-ED

The West should accommodate Assange

Wikileaks' founder, Julian Assange, may feel relieved that the Organisation of American States (OAS) has stood behind Ecuador in its diplomatic row with the UK government. The row started after Assange took refuge in Ecuadorian embassy. The foreign ministers of the OAS have passed a motion backing the "inviolability of diplomatic missions." However, the UK has denied it threatened to storm the Ecuadorian embassy, though the fact remains that the UK government had issued a demarche to the Ecuadorian Embassy that it might invoke the 1987 Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act to temporarily revoke the extraterritoriality and diplomatic immunity of the embassy to arrest Assange. So, there is still no reason for Assange to be fully assured, especially after accidental revelation on Friday that the British police have plans to nab him as soon as he steps out of the embassy.

Myanmar: Asia's next rising star

Just last month I made my first visit to Myanmar, a place Rudyard Kipling referred to as "quite unlike any land you know about." While decades of isolation have helped this century-old observation hold true, on arrival in July I was immediately struck by the vibrancy and a palpable sense of change in the air. The country's immense potential is reflected in the Asian Development Bank's most recent analysis, which shows that Myanmar has the potential to follow Asia's fast growing economies and expand at 7% to 8% if it continues on the path of across-the-board reforms initiated earlier this year.

This Day In History

August 27
1921

The British install the son of Sharif Hussein bin Ali (leader of the Arab Revolt of 1916 against the Ottoman Empire) as King Faisal I of Iraq.


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