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News of: Friday, 31st of August, 2012

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17 Sonali Bank officials suspended

Sonali Bank Ltd yesterday suspended 17 of its officials for their alleged involvement in a Tk 3,500-crore loan scam, officials said.

50 involved

At least fifty Sonali Bank officials might have been involved in illegal disbursement of Tk 3,547 crore loan to the controversial Hallmark Group, an Anti-Corruption Commission official said yesterday.

Hallmark thrived on Sonali loan

Sonali Bank's Agargaon branch in Dhaka has helped Tanvir Mahmud to turn Hallmark into a business giant through misappropriating the bank's money, bank officials have said.

Strengthen Nam for lasting peace

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for a strong and effective Non-Aligned Movement (Nam), saying the 120-member alliance today needs to be a united, strong and effective body to ensure sustainable global peace and security.

UN chief warns of 'war risk'

UN chief Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged Iran to comply with UN resolutions demanding it curb its nuclear activities, warning that heightened international rhetoric over the issue risked degenerating into "war."

Sonali Bank suspends 17 officials

Sonali Bank Ltd yesterday suspended 17 of its officials for their alleged involvement in a loan scam that involves more than Tk 3,500 crore, officials said.

Hasina meets Ahmadinejad

Bangladesh and Iran yesterday emphasised making the Non-Aligned Movement (Nam) more effective through a coordinated approach by its all member states.

Ershad next PM?

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad says he wants to be the prime minister through the next parliamentary elections.

No confidence in police probe

Henoara Begum, mother of Limon Hossain shot and maimed by Rab last year, submitted a no-confidence petition to a Jhalakathi court yesterday, challenging a report of police investigation that found no evidence against the elite force.

Contradictory reports

The recent police report that clears Rab members of the charge of shooting college student Limon Hossain contradicts with a previous police probe.

Polls only after dissolving JS

A general election cannot be held without dissolving the incumbent parliament, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said yesterday.

WB still silent

Since hope is still there regarding the World Bank's taking the lead in the financing of the Padma bridge project, the Asian Development Bank has extended its loan effectuation deadline by another month.

Govt moves to challenge HC verdict

The law ministry has asked the attorney general's office to file an appeal with the Supreme Court against the High Court verdict declaring the Speaker's ruling on violation of the constitution by an HC judge has "no legal effect" and is "baseless in the eye of law".

Withdrawal of case against 13 RU students demanded

Rajshahi University teachers and students observed “Student-Teacher Repression Day” yesterday, calling upon the government and authorities concerned to withdraw the case filed against 13 RU students over the August 22, 2007 unrest on the campus.

MPs meddling in activities of UP, upazilas

Upazila and union parishads cannot function properly due to interference from local lawmakers, upazila nirbahi officers and predominant influence of the government, claimed a research note.

Shahriar Kabir cross examined

The defence of war crimes accused Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed yesterday cross-examined eminent writer and journalist Shahriar Kabir, the first prosecution witness in the case.

South Korea introduces skills test

South Korea has introduced a skills test aimed at assessing and improving the competence of Bangladeshi migrants to that country, officials of the country's human resources development (HRD) said yesterday.

Bangladesh climate project gets 'Earth Care Award'

The Ministry of Environment and Forests has won the “Earth Care Award 2012” for pioneering Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change through Coastal Afforestation Project.

'Hitler' store stirs anger in India

The owner of an Indian clothing store said Wednesday that he would only change its name from "Hitler" if he was compensated for re-branding costs, amid a growing row over the new shop.

Chocolates can prevent brain stroke

Chocolate might not be the healthiest thing for your waistline - but research suggests it may protect against stroke.

Punishment for the responsible sought

Two left-leaning parties at a rally yesterday demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of those involved in the irregularities in Sonali Bank.

Storms, drought overshadow UN climate talks

World climate change negotiators faced warnings yesterday that a string of extreme weather events around the globe show urgent action on emission cuts is needed as they opened new talks in Bangkok.

Israel expects Egypt army out of Sinai after operation

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak yesterday said he expected the Egyptian army to withdraw its reinforcements from the Sinai Peninsula at the end of its operation to root out Islamist militants.

Editorial

Empowering ACC to fight graft

It is much welcome news that the parliamentary standing committee on law ministry has made a number of useful recommendations that would help transform the anti-graft body into an effective organisation. Once recommendations have been incorporated and enacted into law in the next session of parliament, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) would be in a position to take any steps it deems fit against allegations of corruption of public officials without seeking prior approval from the government.

Traffic shut off around DU

Commuters were forced to curb their movement significantly as police blocked off major roads around Dhaka University (DU) campus on Wednesday.

Sports

Kim bids goodbye

British teen Laura Robson ended the singles career of three-time US Open champion Kim Clijsters on Wednesday with an emotional 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/5) victory in the second round of the US Open.

'Team is in a good shape'

All members of the Bangladesh team will leave together today for Trinidad after captain Mushfiqur Rahim along with Tamim Iqbal and Nasir Hossain returned home yesterday after playing the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL).

Federation Shield takes a blow

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has backtracked from its original plan of holding the Federation Shield with 18 teams in three venues following the poor response from district sports associations (DFAs), universities and services teams.

Captaincy astounds Cook

He might have been the heir apparent for more than a year but Alastair Cook insisted he'd been taken aback by his elevation to the England Test captaincy following Andrew Strauss's retirement on Wednesday.

Iniesta best in Europe

Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta received the UEFA Best Player in Europe award on Thursday after pipping Cristiano Ronaldo and club-mate Lionel Messi in a journalists' poll.

Paralympics off to rousing start

World records tumbled in the pool and on the cycling track on Thursday, as the first day of competition at the London Paralympics got under way and China won the Games' first gold medal.

Siddikur in trouble

Bangladesh's ace golfer Siddikur Rahman has not been a good starter. He has the habit of stumbling early and it was no exception in his second major test on European soil.

Lucas out for several months

Liverpool have been dealt a major blow with the news that Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva will miss the next two to three months with a thigh injury.

Clarke calls for better show

Australian captain Michael Clarke hopes his batsmen will continue to show improvement against Pakistan's spinners when the teams clash in the second one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

India eye clean sweep

India have vowed no let-up as they target a clean sweep in the series against New Zealand with a win in the second and final Test starting on Friday, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said.

SA-heavy ICC Test team

Australian captain Michael Clarke was on Thursday selected skipper of an International Cricket Council Test team of the year dominated by South Africans.

Men & women teams falter

Both Bangladesh men's and women's teams suffered defeats in the third round of the 40th World Chess Olympiad at the Expo Centre of Istanbul, Turkey yesterday.

Lotto to sponsor women's nat'l team

Lotto, one of world's leading sports gear company, became the kit sponsor of the Bangladesh Women's National Football Team for the 2nd SAFF Women's Football Championship to be held in Sri Lanka from September 7 to 16.

Russian v'ball coach found dead

Sergei Ovchinnikov, the head coach of Russia's national women's volleyball squad, has died suddenly at the age of 43, local media reported Wednesday.

Swann rested

England spinner Graeme Swann has been rested from the final three one-day internationals against South Africa, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced Wednesday.

Sangakkara in race for 4 ICC awards

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara was on Thursday nominated in four categories for the International Cricket Council awards, including player of the year.

Bond wants to coach NZ

Shane Bond, the former New Zealand fast bowler, has expressed interest in being the national team's bowling coach. The job became available after the incumbent, Damien Wright, announced that the World Twenty20 would be his last assignment. "I am interested in the role, but I want to know more," Bond told Fairfax NZ News.

Murray coy over Harry

Andy Murray is getting some unusual questions at this year's US Open - and they have nothing to do with his newfound status as Olympic gold medallist for Britain.

Real win it all

Real Madrid claimed their first Spanish Super Cup in four years and a morale-boosting success against their arch-rivals when Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo struck in a 2-1 win against 10-man Barcelona on Wednesday.

City in group of champs

Fate largely smiled on Manchester United and holders Chelsea in Thursday's Champions League draw, but Manchester City found themselves drawn into a daunting group with Real Madrid, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund.

Fiorentina slam Juventus

Serie A side Fiorentina have hit out at Italian champions Juventus for alleged interference in their ultimately futile bid to sign Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Lille, Celtic qualify

Lille overcame FC Copenhagen in extra time to qualify for the group phase of the Champions League on Wednesday, but while Celtic swept past Helsingborg, there was disappointment for Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Martinez wants trophies

Spain midfielder Javier Martinez said Thursday he has signed for Bayern Munich to win titles as the Bundesliga's most expensive player looks forward to making his debut for the Bavarians.

Tito hails character

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has hailed the character of his side, despite a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa on Wednesday.

Maicon set for City

Inter Milan are set to cash in on the transfer of Brazilian defender Maicon to Manchester City, according to reports Thursday.

Cesar signs for QPR

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has agreed a four-year deal with Queens Park Rangers, subject to the player receiving international clearance and being granted a visa, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Sydney FC offer Del Piero deal

Australian club Sydney FC said Thursday they have held talks with former Juventus and Italy striker Alessandro Del Piero and made him an offer to join, with a decision expected by the weekend.

England select Terry

Chelsea captain John Terry was included in the England squad announced Thursday for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine despite facing disciplinary action for racial abuse.

Business

Five bidders for New Mooring Container Terminal

The deadline for submission of tender for management of Chittagong port's New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT) passed yesterday amid tight security.

Low spending on agents boosts insurers' earnings

Earnings of listed insurance companies went up in the first half this year as the insurers spent less on commission paid to their sales agents.

Stop meddling with Grameen Bank

The government must let the Grameen Bank run as it is now and not go ahead with the proposed changes which would sideline the majority of the board members, a host of distinguished citizens said yesterday.

Wheat importers go for early booking

Import orders for wheat jumped in July as the government and private importers gear up efforts to buy early amid spiralling prices globally.

Govt to set up new rail lines

The government is going to set up some new rail lines and a railway bridge to improve the sub-regional rail transport system.

World food prices jump 10pc: WB

World food prices jumped 10 percent in July as drought parched crop lands in the United States and Eastern Europe, the World Bank said in a statement urging governments to shore up programs that protect their most vulnerable populations.

Bangladesh can attract big investments: minister

Commerce Minister GM Quader yesterday said Bangladesh has the potential to attract big investments as the country has liberal investment laws.

Stocks end flat on profit-taking

Stocks ended flat yesterday, as investors sold shares to pocket profits from their previous purchase.

Western Marine delivers two tankers to local clients

New Western Marine Shipbuilders Ltd yesterday handed over two double-hull tankers to Carbon Holdings & Coastal Gas Ltd.

Japanese team explores ways to invest in Bangladesh

A Japanese business delegation has showed interest in establishing a Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Economic Zone on the riverbanks outside Dhaka to boost trade and tourism between the two countries.

India revises key growth data, raising reliability fears

India has quietly revised a slew of key economic data ahead of new GDP figures due out on Friday, a move economists say raises questions about the reliability of the country's financial records.

Metropolitan

5 JCD men get life sentence

Five fugitive Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal activists were sentenced to life in prison by a Sylhet court on Wednesday for killing a Bangladesh Chhatra League man on November 19, 1999.

Don't insult people

Criticising the World Bank for scrapping its loan deal on Padma Bridge construction, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday called upon the global lending agency not to insult the people of Bangladesh.

NHRC boss for creating human rights awareness

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday urged people to create mass awareness to establish human rights for every citizen of Bangladesh.

Two women shot in capital

A woman and her niece were shot and injured by unknown criminals following a feud allegedly over drug trading in the capital's Uttarkhan area yesterday.

Indian company gets approval as single bidder

The Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday approved an Indian company's offer to implement the Sirajganj 300-450 megawatt dual-fuel power plant project as an independent power producer.

Defence questions court's jurisdiction

Businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun's lawyer yesterday submitted a petition challenging the legality of the trial court judge's jurisdiction to try the money laundering case against his client and BNP leader Tarique Rahman.

Withdrawal of case against 13 RU students demanded

Rajshahi University teachers and students observed “Student-Teacher Repression Day” yesterday, calling upon the government and authorities concerned to withdraw the case filed against 13 RU students over the August 22, 2007 unrest on the campus.

Prof Amir Hossain made dean

The result of the dean's election to faculty of social sciences of Jahangirnagar University, which was delayed, was announced yesterday with Prof Amir Hossain of Muktijuddher Pokkher Shakti panel having been made the dean.

2 killed, 11 hurt in road crashes

Two people were killed and eleven others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Brahmanbaria yesterday.

Tax evasion charges against Koko to be formed in absentia

A Dhaka court yesterday said tax evasion charges will be framed in absentia against Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, on September 27.

13 DU students get awards

The Dhaka University authorities yesterday conferred prestigious "Dean's Honour Award" and "Dean's Award" on 13 students of the arts faculty for their outstanding results in the honour's final examinations in 2010.

2 killed, 11 hurt in road crashes

Two people were killed and eleven others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Brahmanbaria yesterday.

EC to hold dialogues with civil society, journalists

The Election Commission will inaugurate dialogues on September 13 with civil society members and senior journalists to seek their opinions about how to ensure a free and fair parliamentary election.

Boy dies falling from train roof

An unidentified boy was killed as he fell down from the roof of a train in the capital's Nakhalpara area yesterday.

Arrestee confesses killing stock trader

A youth arrested for the murder of stock market investor Kazi Zia Hayder Ali confessed to his crime before the press at DMP Media Centre in the capital yesterday.

Bail hearing for 5 top officials deferred

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred till September 12 the hearing on petitions seeking cancellation of bail of five Destiny Group top officials, including its managing director, in two money laundering cases.

Punishment for the responsible sought

Two left-leaning parties at a rally yesterday demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment for those involved in the irregularities in Sonali Bank.

2 left parties protest power tariff hike

Two left-leaning political parties yesterday protested the government move to increase power tariff, which they said would be effective from September, and urged the government not to renew contracts for rental and quick rental power plants.

Sector Commanders Forum opens UK chapter

Sector Commanders Forum (SCF) has introduced its branch in United Kingdom (UK) to accumulate public support in favour of war crimes trial and resist propaganda against the trial.

Listed criminal found killed

Police recovered the body of a top listed extortionist of the capital's Jatrabari area from inside a locked shop at Sayedabad early yesterday.

SB official becomes victim of doping gang in capital

A member of special branch (SB) of police was allegedly doped by “Agyan Party”, a group of muggers who make people unconscious by doping them, in Segunbagicha area of the capital yesterday.

Cuet admission process starts September 2

Admission process for honours programme at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) in 2012-2013 academic session will begin on September 2 and continue till October 9.

Woman dies as train hits her

A woman was killed on the spot as a train ran her over in Naldanga Railway Station area in Natore sadar upazila yesterday.

SAU admission test on Nov 30

The admission test for the first year honours courses under 2012-13 academic sessions at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) will be held on November 30.

VoIP equipment seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized VoIP equipment worth around Tk 1 crore and arrested a youth in this connection in Khasdobir area of the city Wednesday evening.

Isaac soaks saturated US Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Isaac dumped more rain onto an already saturated Gulf Coast yesterday as residents sought safety from flooding and officials warned of tornadoes and life-threatening storm surges.

Obituary

Valiant freedom fighter Commander (retd) M Mosleh Uddin died at Combined Military Hospital in the capital yesterday. He was 68.

Death anniversary

Today is the 16th death anniversary of Prof Ahmed Hossain, a former part-time teacher at Information Science and Library Management Department of Dhaka University, said a press release.

National

32 risky turnings cause of concern for vehicles

Hundreds of passenger and goods-laden vehicles daily plying Khagrachhari-Dighinala road remain vulnerable to serious accidents as there are at least 32 risky turnings on the 21-kilometre road.

24 Habiganj BNP men acquitted of charges

A Habiganj court yesterday acquitted 24 leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies in a case for vandalising district council auditorium on April 21.

Magura AL leader, mayor's son sued on extortion charge

Eight people, including the general secretary of Awami League Magura Pourasava (municipality) unit, and a son of the incumbent mayor of the municipality, have been sued on charge of extortion.

Quader punishes 2 at Bogra station

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday suspended a railway official and transferred a booking assistant while visiting the Santahar railway junction in Adamdighi upazila in the district.

Erosion by Jamuna renders 200 families homeless in Jamalpur

Erosion by the Jamuna River has taken a serious turn at four villages in Chinaduli union of Islampur upazila, rendering around 200 families homeless in the last 11 days.

50 returned by India on expiry of 4-year jail

Indian authorities yesterday returned 50 Bangladeshis to the immigration police at the land port on expiry of their four-year jail term in the neighbouring country.

Youth beaten to death for stalking

A youth was beaten to death by locals for stalking a schoolgirl at Pirpur village in Sadar upazila of Chuadanga on Wednesday.

Outlaw held with arms

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an alleged outlaw along with a light gun (LG) and one bullet at Pabohati village in Sadar upazila early yesterday. Arrestee Monirul Islam, 35, son of Mohasin Mia of Muralidaho village, is a 'commander' of banned outfit Gono Mukti Fauj. Squadron leader Md Hamidul Haque, company commander of Jhenidah Rab, said on secret information, they arrested Monirul along with the arms while he and his cohorts were holding a secret meeting there to commit crime. However, the rest managed to flee, sensing the presence of the elite force, said Hamidul.

Body recovered

Police recovered the body of Ansar Ali, associate of a slain union parishad (UP) chairman in the district, from Kathuli char area in Pabna yesterday afternoon. On Tuesday, criminals shot dead Nurul Islam, 48, chairman of Ambaria UP in Khoksa upazila, and his two associates Ansar, 43, and Bhutto, 25, of Domdom. The shooting took place on a motorboat in the Padma River when the victims were returning from Pabna at around 2:35pm. The gunmen then threw the bodies into the river. Horendranath Sarkar, officer in-charge at Khoksa police station, said fishermen found Ansar's body in the area and informed police. Earlier on Wednesday, the law enforcers arrested four people in Ambaria area of the upazila in connection with the killing of the trio. Deputy inspector general (DIG) of Mezbah Uddin Ahmed said police were raiding different areas to arrest the killers.

Letters

Arresting price hike

Yesterday, while talking with our apartment manager in Dhaka over the phone, I asked him about the cost of living in Dhaka at the moment. I was rather shocked to learn that a Hilsha fish weighing about a kg or so sells at a price for Tk.1,000.00 - 1,500.00. If this is true, then is it possible for any Bangladeshi to have a Hilsha fish in months while the per capita income is less than Tk. 1,000.00? He further told a rickshaw ride from Kalabagan to Farmgate would cost a person Tk. 25.00 - Tk.30.00 which used to be Tk.12.00 - Tk.15.00 only a year ago, while I was in town. Well, how do the people afford to manage their lives, with the given per capita income and without having access to Aladdin's magic lamp?

Health benefits of lal shak

Lal shak (red, leafy vegetable) is a very common, fast growing and cheap vegetable of Bangladesh. People eat lal shak due to its attractive colour and taste. Researchers reported that lal shak is one of the major sources of anthocyanins, which are directly involved in protecting use against cancer, diabetes, aging and oxidative damage. Anthocyanins are water-soluble chemicals which are mostly available in berries (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, etc.). Recently researchers found that 100g lal shak contains 250-667 mg anthocyanins whereas 100g berries contain 25-648 mg anthocyanins. However, berries are expensive and also not available in our country. Therefore, lal shak can be our source of anthocyanins. So it might be suggested that we should eat lal shak regularly to get good health and longer life.

Playing joke on our heritage!

When artefacts of historical importance belonging to our country are shown to the general public, one can expect that the explanation of those items would be correct, in context, and error-free. Sadly, this small expectation of mine was struck down ruthlessly when I visited Sonargaon outside Dhaka city. Almost all the items on exhibition had their tagged fact written in English, but whoever wrote it, in my opinion, did not study English properly i.e. 'slaughtering' became 'slaughting' among many of the mistakes I saw. The artefacts are laid down in a narrow corridor through the complex, which does not permit anyone stopping to view and appreciate them fully. There are no security cameras inside the complex; despite several signs that forbade people from taking pictures, I saw everyone taking picture left and right. It's like our national heritage is a joke. The best part is, it's a joke only to us, not the foreigners. The joke is further extended if one visits Panam City, the first settlement in this area. The buildings, historically significant, look like the authorities are waiting for them to break down so that some new real estate company can claim the land. Deplorable, to say the least.

Warning to future passengers of Bangkok Airways

I would like to relate a personal experience I recently had with Bangkok Airlines, Asia's so-called Boutique Airline. I checked in at Bangkok to take a flight back to Dhaka on August 25. I was greeted with the usual polite smile and impeccable service which has become the hallmark of Thai hospitality and checked in two pieces of luggage. The flight was dot on time. The service on board was efficient and polite. All was going so well. I landed in Dhaka at 2am, got through the immigration in no time and went to the carousal to collect my luggage. After about half the luggage had arrived, the carousal stopped. The passengers were surprised, dismayed and annoyed till a ground staff of the airline informed that rest of the LUGGAGES HAVE BEEN OFF LOADED! About 80 pieces of luggage failed to make it to the flight even though these were accepted at the airline counter. The reason? WEIGHT RESTRICTION! The news was greeted by a stunned silence, shock and dismay especially from those coming for a short visit, holyday or work.

Will AL and BNP answer?

It appears that some of our Awami League and the opposition BNP leaders are suffering from superiority complex. They both claim that they will come to power in the next general election. May we humbly make the following queries to both Awami League and BNP leaders?

Govt should avail WB loan

Four letters written from abroad were published in The Daily Star on August 27, 2012. The writers are Sikandar Ahmed from Kenya, Sue Packham from Australia, Saleh Mohammed Ayub from USA and Fazlur Chowdhury from UK. They are deeply concerned and very upset by the current situation of the country. They expressed their views on many issues -- about the harassment of Prof. Yunus, about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's interview with world famous journalist Stephen Sackur of BBC, her attending the opening and closing ceremonies of Olympics at the expense of the people of Bangladesh, etc. Fazlur Chowdhury from UK thanked Communications Minister Obaidul Quader for apologising to the people for their sufferings. We also thank him and expect that he will be able to rescue the sector which was on the brink of ruin by the negligence of the former Communications Minister Abul Hossain.

Request to World Bank

This critical project has been totally marred by the nasty smell of bribery and corruption, the worst illness in epidemic form in our politics and administration. We are solely responsible for this shameful and disgusting situation, both at micro and macro levels. Our politicos and their 'Chamchas' have shamed the country and sullied its reputation, and this millstone will be around our neck forever, if we do not change and mould our national character.

Myth about media

Contrary to popular myth the media is a commercial enterprise. Information published by them is only a “product.” The veracity, or otherwise of the information is only incidental. The clients of the media are their advertisers and thus their loyalty is primarily towards them. It is only when you believe the myth that the media is there to serve the public you get into difficulties.

Online Voices

Deal 'as soon as feasible'

International

Nam stumbles on nuke, Syria criticism

A showpiece summit hosted by Iran stumbled as soon as it opened yesterday when the head of the UN pressed Tehran on its nuclear stand, and Egypt's new leader publicly sided with Syria's opposition.

Indian diplomatic bag found in Alps after 46 years

A bag of Indian diplomatic mail is set to be delivered more than 46 years late after it was discovered on Mont Blanc in the French Alps, close to where an Air India plane crashed in January 1966.

Ryan promises US turnaround

Paul Ryan energized Mitt Romney's White House bid Wednesday with a scathing take-down of Barack Obama's economic record as he accepted the vice presidential nomination at the Republican convention.

UN Security Council to meet on Syria

The UN Security Council was to meet yesterday to tackle deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Syria, a day after President Bashar al-Assad rejected moves to create buffer zones in his country.

9 killed in India choppers collision

All the nine Indian Air Force personnel, five of them officers, were killed yesterday when two military helicopters collided in mid-air in the western state of Gujarat.

China coalmine blast kills 19

A gas explosion at a coalmine in southwest China has killed 19 miners and trapped 28 underground, authorities yesterday said, in the latest disaster to hit the country's troubled mining industry.

Isaac soaks saturated US Gulf coast

Tropical Storm Isaac dumped more rain onto an already saturated Gulf Coast yesterday as residents sought safety from flooding and officials warned of tornadoes and life-threatening storm surges.

Arts & Entertainment

Poet Abul Hussain felicitated

On the occasion of the 90th birthday of poet Abul Hussain, the family members of the poet organised a discussion and cultural programme on August 29, at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in Dhaka. On August 15, the veteran poet turned 90. He is considered one of the pioneers of modern Bangla poetry.

Engaging, uplifting performance by Gautam Haldar

Two Indian troupes [from Kolkata] have been invited to perform at the Selim Al Deen Festival 2012. One of them, Naye Natua staged its production -- two improvised solo performances -- at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on August 29. Officially it was a performance by the troupe but if someone said that the night belonged to Gautam Haldar, a ubiquitous fun-loving performer, it won't be an exaggeration.

Drik to celebrate 23rd anniversary

Photography agency and gallery, Drik, will celebrate its 23rd anniversary on September 4 at its premises in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The celebration will start at 6 pm with a welcome note by Shahidul Alam, chief of the organisation.

Venice opens with 9/11 film, aims to build bridges

The Venice film festival opened on Wednesday with "The Reluctant Fundamentalist", based on a novel of the same name which traces a young Pakistani's journey from Wall Street high flyer to suspected Islamist radical targeted by American intelligence.

Did You Know?

Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd; 1973)

OP-ED

Sacrifice for the Padma Bridge

A Romanian folklore has it that a master builder once decided to sacrifice the first woman who would bring food to the building site. All but one of his men broke their promise and tipped their wives in advance. One man, who was true to his oath, said nothing to his wife. Next day she arrived before others and, bam, she was tied and slaughtered.

Arresting regulatory failure in the financial system

This is not the best of times for global finance. The world economy has been under severe stress following the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. The fall of the mighty investment bank was a big blow to the global financial system leading to arguably the worst economic crisis since the great depression of 1930s. It is widely believed that the greed of the Wall Street bankers and over expansion of financial sector with inadequate regulation led to the global financial turned economic crisis.

Breivik punishment a licence to kill?

Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer, has been let off with light punishment. He has been sentenced to 21 years in prison with a guarantee that he will be able to seek parole after just 10 years. Norwegian law prescribes this as the maximum sentence an offender can face "whatever the scale of the offence."

Questions by critics on Grameen Bank and the facts

A debate is now ongoing on the performance and legal standing of Grameen Bank, and the role played by its founder,Prof Muhammad Yunus. Yunus Centre has compiled a set of frequently asked questions and provided answers to them. The Daily Star reproduces, in installments, the full document for the sake of informed public opinion on this vital issue that has attracted tremendous national and international interest.

This Day In History

August 31

1218
Al-Kamil becomes Sultan of Egypt, Syria and northern Mesopotamia on the death of his father Al-Adil.

StarTech

Mothers: savviest internet users!

One of the core beliefs shared by myself and the Maya team (www.maya.com.bd), is that women, particularly those we see every day in our country Bangladesh, are like Superwomen. They have a huge amount of responsibilities in their day-to-day lives, and whether they are daughter or mother or sister, their combined efforts result in them practically running the average Bangladeshi household.

Microsoft gets new logo

For the first time in 25 years, Microsoft has changed its corporate logo recently.

Acer brings new laptop

Acer has released Aspire E1-421 model laptop in the local market.

Samsung Galaxy Y top selling entry level smart phone: research

The handset usage trend in Bangladesh has taken a sharp turn as users are getting more inclined to using smartphones. Among the top choices, users are more interested in using the entry level smartphones because of their affordable prices.

Asus' new products

For the PC Game lovers, Asus brought a new gaming graphics card, Asus HD7850-DC2. This card comes with 28nm GPU advancements to a very cost effective segment that combines great gaming and overclocking performance with the value sought by high-end computer gamers. It is equipped with ASUS DirectCU Thermal Solution, which utilises direct-contact GPU heat-pipes for 20% cooler and significantly quieter performance than reference.

Kaspersky launches new AV

Kaspersky Lab has launched its latest 2013 editions of Anti-Virus and Internet Security software in Bangladesh.

Location based new IT domain launched

kothay.com, a location based website, has recently been launched aiming at bringing newer and unique services in the IT domain in Bangladesh. It hopes to be the ultimate entertainment and amusement hub for all who will get all the information just on click. However it does not matter if one is in a laptop, computer or a mobile phone.

Samsung unveils voice -controlled camera

Samsung has unveiled a voice-controlled camera as part of a fall lineup of consumer gadgets aimed at setting itself apart from rival Apple.



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