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News of: Wednesday, 5th of September, 2012

Front Page

Nonsense!

Finance Minister AMA Muhith's comment yesterday on the Sonali Bank loan scam that the Tk 4,000 crore swindled was a petty amount has surprised many, including a former minister, an economist and a banker.

I'm innocent

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday interrogated Sonali Bank's former managing director Humayun Kabir as part of its ongoing probe into the Hall-Mark loan scandal.

Riddles in Rab story

The Rapid Action Battalion claims to have arrested six people on Sunday on charges of plotting to kill three doctors, but the families of four of the arrestees allege they were kidnapped by the law enforcers on August 13.

Buet VC must go

The crisis at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) persists as agitating students remain firm on their demand for removal of the vice-chancellor.

Sewage goes straight into Buriganga

A year after the High Court directed Dhaka Wasa to seal off sewage outlets into the Buriganga, Wasa says 70 percent of the capital's sewage is illegally dumped into the Buriganga.

JCD keeps faith in above 40 'youths'

Backing out from its earlier commitment to install young leadership in the JCD, the BNP high command yesterday named the top five leaders of the new central committee of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD).

Alim handed over 28 to Pak army for killing

War crimes accused Abdul Alim handed over 28 Bangalees to the Pakistani army to have them killed and they were shot at places in Joypurhat in 1971, said a witness before International Crimes Tribunal-2.

Remove 2 HC judges

In a heated discussion in parliament, a number of ruling alliance lawmakers yesterday accused two High Court judges of violating the constitution and demanded that they be removed for delivering a controversial judgment on the Speaker's June 18 ruling.

Watch what you say

Announcing the inauguration of a children's gallery in parliament, Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday urged lawmakers not to utter any word that might have an adverse impact on their minds.

Oman road crash kills 4 Bangladeshis

Four Bangladeshi workers were killed in Muscat, the capital of Oman, on Monday when a truck carrying them lost control and hit iron barriers along the road, reports Gulf News.

Proceedings of 2 cases can resume now

A Dhaka court has nullified its own stay order on all proceedings of two money laundering cases against 22 officials of Destiny Group at the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court.

Woman killed as bike hijackers shoot couple

Gunmen shot dead a woman and injured her husband before hijacking the couple's motorbike in Gazipur yesterday.

Top outlaw killed in 'shootout'

A regional leader of outlawed Lal Pataka, a faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party, was killed in a "shootout" between police and his cohorts in Mirpur upazila of Kushtia early yesterday.

100 Bangladeshi workers in UAE to lose jobs

One hundred Bangladeshi workers are to lose their jobs as the United Arab Emirates authorities have rejected their new employer's plea to transfer their visas and let them work on their existing visas.

India's 'Hitler' store to be renamed

The owner of an Indian store called "Hitler" said yesterday he had agreed to drop the Nazi dictator's name and re-brand his shop following protests from the Jewish community and the government.

Voyager 1 off to stars

Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars.

A 'family car' for space

Dream Chaser is being built by the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) in the US mid-western state of Colorado. It is one of three concepts backed by Nasa to replace the retired Space Shuttle and is designed to carry crew and cargo to and from orbit.

HK students protest over brainwashing classes

Hong Kong students and teachers protested yesterday for a sixth straight day against plans to introduce Chinese patriotism classes, as political tensions rise days ahead of legislative polls.

Editorial

Opposition must see fit to join JS session

In a way are not surprised but certainly saddened that the opposition appears to be persisting in the belief that its joining the parliament would not bring itself or the nation any benefit. The chief whip of the opposition Joynal Abedin Faruk reportedly even went to the extent of suggesting that going to parliament would be a waste of time. Although the party's considered position is still awaited, the chief whip's initial remark is somewhat concerning.

Future of RMG sector brightening

At a time when European and US markets are shrinking for Bangladeshi apparel exports, the news that one of the biggest names in Swedish retail industry H&M has decided to double its business to US$3 billion in Bangladesh over the next five years is welcome news indeed. The move by the global giant that sources its materials from some 250 factories in Bangladesh goes to show the growing confidence of foreign buyers in the future trajectory of the country as a global player in readymade garments (RMG) industry. The fact that the RMG sector has responded to calls for taking initiatives to improve the wellbeing of its workers by means of opening up health and recreational facilities is helping to improve its image as a responsible sector to foreign buyers.

Sports

Franchised 1st-class cricket from Oct 14

As promised the BCB is going to model the country's lone first-class competition -- the National Cricket League (NCL) -- on a franchise-based system. The fourteenth version of the tournament will start from October 14 at four different venues across the country, said BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal after the board's emergency meeting yesterday.

Murray rolls on

Olympic champion Andy Murray advanced to the last eight at the US Open while World No. 1 Roger Federer reached his 34th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal on Monday without touching a racquet.

Pressure up front

Forwards in the national booters' training camp are seemingly under pressure to ensure their places in the national squad after coach Shaiful Bari Titu hinted that he might chose a single striker in the two exhibition matches against Nepal.

'Pistorius is wrong'

Sprinter Oscar Pistorius's claim on Sunday that his rival, Brazilian Alan Oliveira, had an unfair advantage is not just painfully ironic, the data does not bear him out, states the Guardian sportblog.

Fantastic 5 for Freney

Australia's Jacqueline Freney on Monday won her fifth gold of the Games in the stand-out performance of the day, after a row involving sprinter Oscar Pistorius overshadowed the sporting action.

Shariful banned

Shariful Haque Plabon has been banned for an indefinite period of time after spot-fixing allegations against the former national cricketer were substantiated.

SA women touch down

The South Africa women's cricket team arrived in Dhaka yesterday to play three one-day internationals and as many T20 internationals against their Bangladesh counterparts.

Selangor Masters tees off today

Siddikur Rahman will be looking to bounce back from a disastrous Omega Masters performance when he takes the field for the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters which starts today. The 27-year old golfer, who had enjoyed an otherwise consistent season, missed his first cut of the season in Switzerland last week as he bowed out midway through with a 4-over par score.

Aussies ride on Hussey

Michael Hussey and Glenn Maxwell hit fighting half-centuries to help Australia beat Pakistan by three wickets in the third and final one-day international Monday, taking the series 2-1.

Time's up for Sachin?

Sachin Tendulkar is facing unprecedented calls to retire after a string of failures fuelled speculation that time had finally caught up with India's cricket icon.

Serena abases Andrea

Three-time champion Serena Williams stormed to a double bagel 6-0, 6-0 rout of Czech Andrea Hlavackova to reach her 10th US Open quarterfinal on Monday in a ruthless display of her title credentials.

Women lose, men trail

After a 4-0 victory over Uganda in the sixth round, Bangladesh women's chess team went down to a 0.5-2.5 defeat against Argentina in the seventh round of the World Chess Olympiad in Istnbul on Tuesday. Nazrana Khan Eva and Mahmuda Haque Chwodhury lost their respective boards while WIM Rani Hamid managed to draw her board. The other match between Sharmin Shirin Sultana and her opponent was in progress when this report was filed.

New kids on the block

While arbitrator Harun-or-Rashed was informing participants about the different rules of the Azimuddin Bhuiyan Trust 32nd National Sub-Junior Championship, Apan Pal, a nursery student of a city school, hardly heard the announcement as he was more concerned with trying to see his board on a table which was equal to him in terms of height.

Arbeloa surprised

Cristiano Ronaldo's sadness has come as a surprise to his Real Madrid team mates, defender Alvaro Arbeloa said as he joined up with the Spain squad on Tuesday

Why all the fuss about Ronaldo?

I was disappointed to read Cristiano Ronaldo's attention-grabbing comments about being unhappy at Real Madrid this week, but for me the whole saga demonstrates why he is inferior to Lionel Messi both as a player and as a person.

'Bullying unacceptable'

Germany coach Joachim Loew has branded the bullying of Cologne's Kevin Pezzoni by fans as "unacceptable" after the defender was forced to quit the second division club after being threatened.

Zenit seal Hulk swoop

Zenit St Petersburg stunned football by signing Brazilian star Hulk hours before the Champions League eligibility deadline, in a sign the Russian champions' ambitions go well beyond the domestic game.

Fenerbahce sign Meireles

Turkish club Fenerbahce have signed midfielder Raul Meireles from Chelsea, the Premier League club said on their website on Monday.

C'Ron, Pepe to skip training

Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe joined up with their Portuguese national team colleagues on Monday, but neither is expected to train until Wednesday due to minor injuries.

Pardew gets 2-game ban

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been given a two-match touchline ban and fined 20,000 pounds for pushing an assistant referee during a Premier League match last month.

Business

Bangladesh: the next hotspot for investment

Bangladesh gradually becomes a preferred destination for Southeast Asian investors due to its cost competitiveness and a suitable geographical location, said a Singaporean minister yesterday.

PM urges Singapore to recruit more workers from Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the Singaporean government to recruit more skilled and semi-killed workers from Bangladesh, especially in the hospitality and services sectors.

H&M boss backs wage hike

H&M, the Swedish retail giant for clothing, yesterday suggested the government should increase wages for garment workers to help improve their living standards.

Sonali Bank scam may create trust crisis

The Tk 3,547 crore-scam in Sonali Bank may create a trust crisis in the banking industry, causing sufferings to businesses in settlement of letters of credit and inland bill purchasing (IBP).

High duty takes toll on importers of used cars

Importers of used cars are going through tough times due to a high import duty and a cut in car loans by banks, businesspeople said.

Stocks close flat

Stocks ended flat yesterday although the investors went on a buying spree anticipating a bull-run in the market.

City Bank, IDLC to bankroll BSRM plant

BSRM Steel Mills has finalised a syndicated loan of $46.5 million and Tk 5,000 million from IDLC Finance and The City Bank jointly to set up a 8.6-lakh-tonne-a-year steel melting and billet casting plant in Mirsarai, Chittagong, the financiers said in a statement yesterday.

Nordic delegation to visit Dhaka to scope out business partnership

A delegation of 10 Danish and two Norwegian companies will arrive here on Sunday for a five-day visit to explore possibilities of setting up long-term partnerships with Bangladesh.

Jute sector to get special fund

The government will create a long-term and interest-free fund to develop and revive the jute sector, Textiles and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddique told parliament yesterday.

RMG industrial park outside Dhaka city soon: minister

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said the government will implement the garment industrial park project outside Dhaka at the quickest possible time to properly harness the huge prospects of RMG export.

Berth operators for cancellation of New Mooring Container Terminal tender

Private berth operators yesterday urged the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to withdraw the tender for appointing an operator for New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT).

Use ICT to combat corruption

The government should utilise information and communication technology (ICT) more robustly to fight endemic corruption, experts said yesterday.

India to top passenger traffic growth in 20 years: Boeing

Boeing Co raised its forecast for the Indian plane market on Tuesday, saying the South Asian country would need 1,450 new aircraft worth $175 billion by 2031.

Apple may bury hatchet with Google, just not yet

APPLE may bury the hatchet with Google - just not quite yet. It's no shock their chiefs, Tim Cook and Larry Page, are talking. The iPhone maker's sweeping US patent win over Samsung is a blow to the search giant, too. But the rivals' clashing business models make peace difficult.

Metropolitan

Tk 1,874cr okayed for river dredging

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved a Tk 1,874 crore project to dredge 2,500km waterways to make them navigable throughout the year.

Jamaat's students joined Al-Badr, Razakar

Bangladesh Islami Oikya Jote Chairman Misbahur Rahman Chowdhury yesterday said many members of Islami Chhatra Sangha, former student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, joined Al-Badr and Razakar during the Liberation War of 1971.

Power supply situation getting worse again

The power supply situation in the country is getting worse again as the gap between its demand and supply is widening.

Govt urged to form ministry for the elderly

A voluntary organisation yesterday urged the government to form a separate ministry for the elderly.

Awareness raising campaign launched

Human trafficking can be prevented by raising awareness through electronic and print media and other means of communication and campaigns, speakers said at a campaign launching programme in the capital yesterday.

HC stays proceedings for three more months

The High Court yesterday extended by three months its earlier order that had stayed all operations of a Dhaka court dealing with an arson case against 46 opposition leaders and activists.

Ex-Buet students urge VC, Pro-VC to quit

Twenty-eight former students of Buet have condemned the ongoing deadlock at the university and urged the VC and Pro-VC to step down.

'Reducing healthcare cost a challenge'

Although Bangladesh has significant achievements in the health sector, the country still faces challenges to reduce the high cost of health services that deprives the poor of healthcare, said a study yesterday.

Govt, GP sign deal to set up multimedia in classrooms

With the objective to set up multimedia classrooms in schools, Grameenphone signed an agreement with the education ministry to facilitate internet connectivity.

Tk 62cr project approved to fight climate change

The Climate Change Fund Trustee Board yesterday approved four projects of different government agencies involving Tk 62 crore to fight impacts of climate change.

13 killed in road accidents

Thirteen people were killed and six others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Khulna, Chittagong, Rangpur and Thakurgaon on Monday and yesterday.

Uttara gets new police station

Home Minister Shahara Khatun yesterday inaugurated operation of new Uttara-West Police Station in the capital.

BNP demands removal of VC, Pro-VC

Accusing the government of destabilising the country's higher educational institutions through politicisation, BNP yesterday urged the government to remove Vice Chancellor of Buet to bring an end to the ongoing stalemate at the institution.

Govt reshuffles admin

The government yesterday brought changes in four secretary level positions as part of its regular reshuffling in the civil administration.

Two 'commit suicide' in capital

A 10-year-old boy and a newly-wed woman allegedly committed suicide in the capital's Sabujbagh and Rupnagar area early yesterday.

Taher acting chief of info commission

Information Commissioner MA Taher took over as acting chief information commissioner (CIC) of the Information Commission on Monday.

Two ceramic factories fined

The Department of Environment yesterday fined two ceramic factories Tk 41.78 lakh at Bhabanipur in Gazipur for destroying agricultural land and polluting forest land.

Saifur Rahman's anniversary of death today

The third death anniversary of M Saifur Rahman, the country's longest-serving finance minister and former BNP standing committee member, will be observed today.

SC stays Faruque group's control of bank accounts

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for four weeks a High Court order that had permitted Qazi Khaje Alam, chief executive of a faction of Proshika led by Qazi Faruque Ahmed, to operate all bank accounts of the organisation.

Another witness gives deposition

One more witness in the Ramna Batamul carnage case gave his deposition before a Dhaka court yesterday.

Boy's body recovered from pond

Police recovered the body of an unidentified boy from a pond near Mahanagar Natya Mancha in the capital yesterday.

Man kills wife in capital

A woman was hacked to death allegedly by her husband over a family feud in the capital's Pallabi area yesterday.

Reunion at Ulipur Maharani Swarnamoyi School and College

The first reunion of former students of Ulipur Maharani Swarnamoyi School and College marking its 145th anniversary of founding will be held on October 30.

Fire kills one, guts valuables

A man was killed and valuables worth around Tk 9 lakh were gutted in separate fire incidents in Chittagong yesterday.

26 robbers held in Ctg

Bangladesh Coast Guard nabbed 26 robbers from Karnaphuli River in Chittagong early yesterday.

Man dies hit by falling billboard

A man died when a hoarding fell on him at Salt Gola Crossing under Bandar Police Station in Chittagong on Monday night.

Naogaon school gets Japanese grant

Japan has provided a grant of Tk 64 lakh for construction of a school building for indigenous community in Naogaon to provide improved education for the Adivasis.

UNH assistant dean due today

Dr Daniel J Mabrey, assistant dean of University of New Haven (UNH), Connecticut of USA, arrives here today to attend a roundtable on new media to be held on Friday.

Syed Mustafa Siraj passes away

Eminent litterateur Syed Mustafa Siraj, who wrote supporting the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, died yesterday at a nursing home in Kolkata. He was 82.

National

Work of Khoksha bridge on Buri Teesta stalled halfway

Fourteen years after starting, construction of Khoksha Ghat bridge over Buri Teesta River on Domar-Dimla road in the district has remained half done as political rivalry, lack of fund and obstructions by locals for getting unpaid money for requisitioned land stood in the way.

BCL, Jubo League men torch BNP leader's house in Feni

A councillor of Parashuram municipality in Feni district was physically assaulted by Chhatra Dal and Jubo Dal men on Monday night.

70 AL men sued on charge of grabbing house

Seventy men of the ruling Awami League (AL) have been sued for their alleged involvement in looting and illegally occupying a house owned by a retired army man in Dashmina upazila under Patuakhali district.

Schoolgirl raped, scene videoed in Kalapara

Criminals gang-raped a schoolgirl and videoed scene with their mobile in Kalapara upazila under the district on Wednesday noon.

Four electrocuted in 2 dists

Four people were electrocuted in Khulna and Nilphamari yesterday and the day before.

Main accused arrested

Police yesterday arrested one of the four accused in a case for throwing acid on a schoolgirl in Rangpur city on August 13.

Benapole port workers to go on strike from Sept 12

Benapole Port Handling Workers Union will go for an indefinite strike from September 12 demanding implementation of the government-declared minimum wages.

BSF says sorry for killing cattle trader

A daylong battalion commander level flag meeting between the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) was held at Changrabandha BSF camp, opposite to Burimari BGB camp in Patgram upazila on Monday over killing of a cattle trader.

Five missing as trawler sinks in Bay

Five fishermen went missing after a trawler carrying them capsized in the Bay at Padia in the district early yesterday.

Prisoner dies at hospital

An under-trial prisoner died at Patuakhali hospital early yesterday. The dead, Abul Kashem, 60, of Bibirhowla village in Galachipa upazila, was an accused in a robbery case. Jailor Shamsul Alom said Kashem fell sick following a chest pain at about 3:15am. He was rushed to the hospital where the doctors declared him dead, said the jailor.

Lightning kills woman

A housewife was killed by lightning at Cholbola village in Kaliganj upazila on Monday evening. The victim was identified as Fatema Begum, 35, wife of Abdul Mannan of the village. Family sources said Fatema was stuck by lighting and died on the spot when she was cooking in the kitchen.

Three rapists held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three people from different areas of the district town on Monday night on charge of violating a female university student. Ashrafuzzaman, 25, Rubel Mia, 24, and Emdad Hossain, 42, were arrested from Kalikapara and Adarshapara of the town. Hamidul Haque, commander of Rab-6, said the victim went to her teacher's house at Adarshapara on Saturday noon. At one stage, the trio allegedly led by one Younus stormed into the house and beat up the teacher mercilessly. Later, Younus raped the girl. At this, the arrestees recoded the scene on their mobile phones. They also looted Tk 12,000 and gold ornaments from the residence, said Hamidul.

Auto-rickshaw driver killed

Criminals killed the driver of a battery-run auto-rickshaw and snatched the vehicle from him in Kaunia upazila on Sunday night. The victim, Shafiqul Islam, 28, was son of Monsur Ali of Ramchandrapur village. Police and family sources said the gang hired the rickshaw, going to the village, a border area of Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila, in the evening. They strangled him and took away the vehicle. Locals found his body in a jungle and informed the police at night. The law enforcers recovered the body and sent it to the hospital morgue for autopsy, said, Jamir Uddin, officer in-charge of Lalmonirhat Sadar Police Station.

Two girls drown

Two minor girls drowned in a pond in Tapodhan area of the city on Sunday evening. The deceased were identified as Tilimoni Akhter, 9, daughter of Chabur Uddin of Budail Nayabazar area and Tara Banu, 8, daughter of Atiar Rahman of the city. Family sources said the girls went to the pond near their homes taking a dip and remained missing. Later, family members recovered the bodies from the spot, said Altaf Hossain, officer in-charge of Kotwali Police Station.

Man held with bombs

Police arrested a man along with three bombs and one bullet at Kutuberhat village in Senbagh upazila on Monday. The arrestee is Md Shahed, 35, son of Nurul Haque of Bishnapur village. On secret information, police raided Shahed's drugstore and recovered the bombs and ammunition from there, said Sajedur Rahman, officer in-charge of Senbagh Police Station.

Cotton mill catches fire

A devastating fire gutted machineries and raw materials of Sonali Cotton Mill at a bazar in Keshabpur upazila early yesterday. Police and locals said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at about 5:00am and gutted cotton, thread and machineries of the mill. On information, firefighters from Manirampur fire service rushed in and put out the blaze after two hours of frantic efforts. The authorities claimed the loss caused by the fire could go up to Tk 13 lakh.

Letters

Achieving MDG-5 by 2015

Bangladesh has made very significant progress in reducing maternal deaths. The rate has declined to 40% within 9 years which is a great achievement. But still more than 7000 mothers die each year due to pregnancy-related complications. Study shows that 90% of such deaths can be prevented by making their health and wellbeing a priority. Is it not a big tragedy? We have only three years left to achieve MDG-5. In order to achieve the target, we have to reduce maternal mortality rate by 25 percent by 2015. A study found that women's low status in society, poor quality of maternity care services, lack of trained providers, low uptake of services by women, and unfriendly hospitals -- all contribute to the high rate of maternal deaths. The situation is also compounded by strong cultural and traditional beliefs that deter women from delivering at healthcare clinics or with medically trained attendants. Under these circumstances, if we want to achieve the MDG-5 by the stipulated time, the government, national and international organisations including UN organisations should come forward and work hard together and invest in safe motherhood programmes to drastically reduce the rate of maternal deaths.

We need your help

I stay at Gulshan 1. Gulshan has become an area of big apartments. It is almost impossible to stay at home day or night because of the construction noise. The construction companies are very powerful, politically and financially. We went to the police many times to complain about the disturbances they create all day long but it did not work. Police allegedly takes bribe from the construction companies and so the situation remains the same.

NAM's no to the imperialists

The heads of state and government of 120 countries gathered in the Tehran NAM Summit meeting. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu seemed to be out of his mind when he commented that the meeting was a 'stain on humanity'. The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reiterated that Iran is not making any nuclear weapons. What is more, they have termed this weapon as un-Islamic. They are only developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, to which every country has inalienable right. Still the imperialists are drumming up their false propaganda that Iran's possession of nuclear weapon is very dangerous for the world peace. The saner people of the world are now aware of the fact that the imperialists are the real enemy of peace. It is they who invaded Iraq and destroyed the excellent infrastructure of the country on the false premise that Saddan Hossain possessed WMD.

Minister slaps rail staff

I draw your attention to the news item in your daily (Sept 1), "Quader slaps rail staff” which any law-abiding, self-respecting and sensitive person anywhere in the world would find disturbing, offensive and in violation of human rights and human dignity. Restoring order and discipline in the communications ministry (or for that matter, in any ministry or government department) under the vigilance of the minister concerned is laudable, but verbal or physical abuse of any employee by any minister or high official is simply a criminal offence. In any country with some semblance of the rule of law (including Sri Lanka and India), the minister would have been arrested for resorting to physical violence and most definitely he would have lost his job, and the victim would have got due compensation.

Do not dishonour our Nobel laureate

Prof Yunus is one of the most famous and honoured personalities in the present day world. He is the founder-philosopher of Grameen Bank which has shown to the world the unique way of eradicating poverty through microcredit. Grameen is now a universally accepted model and Grameen-type microcredit or microfinance programmes is being launched and conducted in most of the countries of the world today.

Idiocy uncovered!

Recently I came across a post on facebook, in which the importance of hijab and the consequences of not wearing hijab have been pointed out. In the picture, women wearing veils were compared to a covered piece of chocolate and women not wearing veils were compared to an uncovered piece of chocolate which gets dirty and attracts flies. To my horror, I noticed that a number of well-educated people appreciated it. Needless to say, whoever posted it, tried to glorify the veiled women and demean the non-veiled women. Nowadays Facebook is a very powerful social networking site and it can be used to influence millions of its users on various issues. So I earnestly request all sensible users to discourage this sort of nonsensical post.

Neil Armstrong's death

The death of Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, is really a great loss to humanity as he is known to be the most renowned space traveller in the world. He died at the age of 82. On July 20, 1969, he became the first person to reach the moon when he was 38. It is still known as a major achievement in history. He will be ever remembered for this great achievement.

'Jiner achhor' took the girl's life

The sad end of a girl, a victim of superstition, published in this daily on August 30 2012, has touched my heart.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “The enemy within”

International

China warns US not to take sides

China yesterday warned the United States not to get involved in South China Sea territorial disputes as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing pledging to pass on a strong message on the need to calm regional tension.

Syria refugee crisis mounts

More than 100,000 Syrians fled their country in August, the UN said yesterday - the highest monthly figure since the conflict began in March 2011.

Big names survive

British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday reshuffled his ailing coalition government, but kept unpopular finance minister George Osborne and foreign minister William Hague in their jobs.

Indian cops raid five coal firms

Indian police yesterday opened a probe into five coal companies after raiding premises across the country over the alleged misallocation of lucrative mining rights.

Democrats kick off convention

Democrats kick off their 2012 convention yesterday, with First Lady Michelle Obama firing the first shots of a three-day salvo aimed at breaking the electoral deadlock with Republicans.

India, China to resume military drills

India and China announced yesterday they would resume joint military exercises after a four-year gap, a move designed to build trust in the often prickly relationship between the two nuclear-powered neighbours.

20 killed in Afghan funeral blast

A suicide bomber targeted an Afghan government official at a funeral yesterday, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens more near the Pakistan border in one of the deadliest attacks of the year.

Storm batters North Korea; 48 killed

Typhoon Bolaven killed 48 people in North Korea and left more than 50 others injured or missing, state-run KCNA news agency reported on Monday.

US nears deal to cut Egypt debt by $1b

The United States is weighing a deal with Egypt's new rulers to relieve $1 billion worth of debt, The New York Times reported Monday.

UK urges fresh talks with Ecuador

Britain wants to resume talks with Ecuador and find a diplomatic solution to the standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as soon as possible, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday.

UK urges fresh talks with Ecuador

Britain wants to resume talks with Ecuador and find a diplomatic solution to the standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as soon as possible, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday.

Bahrain court stays activists' convictions

An appeals court in Bahrain has upheld the convictions of 20 activists and opposition figures for allegedly plotting to overthrow the state.

Farc confirms peace talks

The leader of Colombia's leftist Farc rebels confirmed on Monday that they were ready to take part in peace talks aimed at ending Latin America's longest-running armed conflict, now nearly 50 years old.

Bus crash kills 42 in Morocco

At least 42 people were killed yesterday when a bus travelling between Marrakesh and Ouarzazate in southern Morocco plunged into a ravine, a security official said.

Arts & Entertainment

Tanvin Sweety: Perfect takes

Tanvin Sweety's journey in the media began with ramp modelling opportunities, which eventually paved the way for a broader modelling career. Her continuing success in the field led her to the realm of acting, and the talented Sweety seized every opportunity to cement her place on the TV screen.

Tribute to Abdul Alim

Abdul Alim (1931-1974) a brilliant folk singer possessed a melodious and gifted voice, which is yet to be surpassed by any other folk singer of our country. His presentation was simply magical. His songs epitomised the very essence of folk culture and mesmerised listeners across the country. Indeed, he played an important role in popularising this form of music. With such a life of achievement it is unfortunate that his death anniversary is observed unceremoniously and he is now almost a forgotten chapter.

France to award Paul McCartney Legion of Honour

French President Francois Hollande is scheduled to decorate former Beatle Paul McCartney with a Legion of Honour award, the president's office told Reuters on Monday.

Athena Gallery to hold drawing exhibition

Athena Gallery of Fine Arts in North Badda, Dhaka will hold a month-long group drawing exhibition, featuring the works of noted and accomplished artists in Bangladesh. About 24 artists are taking part at the exposition. The exhibition will open on September 15, and will continue till October 15.

Bangladeshi art exhibition in Colombo

The Institute of Art and Culture (IAC) and Bangladesh High Commission in Sri Lanka recently jointly organised a group art exhibition titled “Sonargaon to Ranmuthu Duwa” at the J.D.A. Perera Gallery in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The show was inaugurated by the Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Mahbubuzzaman, on August 25. An art workshop and the exhibition were led and presided over by Ishrat Akhond, director and founding trustee of IAC.

Keeping alive a tradition

A weeklong boat race kicked off in Pabna on September 3. The race was inaugurated at the Char Bolorampur village, of Pabna Sadar upazila. Boatmen from different areas of the district participated in the traditional race that was held in the mighty river Padma.

Bideha: Agonies of war victims

Featuring agonies of two Biranganas (women who survived abuse during the Liberation War), a new play premiered on Dhaka stage. National Theatre Repertory brings the play, “Bideha”, directed by Lucky Enam. The play premiered at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on September 3.

Boost to academics

Crests were handed to scholarship holders at primary and junior levels from Haluaghat upazila recently.

OP-ED

The Jinnah legacy . . .

Sixty four years after Mohammad Ali Jinnah died a lonely man, at a point between his departure from Ziarat and arrival in Karachi on September 11, 1948, there is yet the old argument that had he lived, Pakistan would be a truly democratic, perhaps even secular country. Unfortunately, it is an argument which misses some vital elements of Jinnah's life and career. Observe.

Pursue peace, destroy weapons

Last month, competing interests prevented agreement on a much-needed treaty that would have reduced the appalling human cost of the poorly regulated international arms trade. Meanwhile, nuclear disarmament efforts remain stalled, despite strong and growing global popular sentiment in support of this cause.

Arrest surging crime

The horrifying reports of killing, abduction and extortion that fill the pages of the dailies with alarming frequency only lead one to believe that if anything the country has fallen in the grip of barbaric forces. Newspaper reports show that in just 6 days -- between August 24 and August 29 -- at least 30 people were killed in different places of the country. Not only the capital city but even the small towns seem to be caught in a frightening coil of fear and trauma.

Myanmar: Super cabinet to deflect criticism

After months of speculation and rumours, Myanmar's President Thein Sein has created a "super" cabinet in order to deflect attention from his besieged administration, which is riven with divisions and inertia. Recently, the president began to roll out his planned massive shake-up in government -- involving extensive cabinet changes and an overhaul of the civil service. This is aimed at reforming and modernising the country's antiquated government machinery and more importantly, boosting economic development.

The battle of Goalhati

This is a story about a battle that we have forgotten. It was on September 5, 1971, that Bir Sreshtho Nur Mohammad Sheikh sacrificed his life during our War of Liberation.

This Day In History

September 5
1960

The boxer Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) is awarded the gold medal for his first place in the light heavyweight boxing competition at the Olympic Games in Rome.


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