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News of: Wednesday, 12th of September, 2012

Front Page

No to offshore gas export

Companies exploring oil and gas in the Bay in future will not be allowed to export gas.

BCL activists swoop on JCD men at RU

At least 10 JCD activists were injured in an attack by some BCL men at Rajshahi University yesterday when the JCD men tried to bring out a procession on the campus.

Key issues, no critical voice

A good number of BNP-led opposition lawmakers want to join the current session of parliament to speak against the government on different crucial issues, including the Hall-Mark scam and alleged corruption in the Padma bridge project.

Interns go on strike at CMCH

About 300 interns of Chittagong Medical College Hospital yesterday called a strike for an indefinite period, protesting the Chhatra League attack on two of their colleagues.

HC directive sought for judicial probe

A writ petition has sought a High Court directive on the government to form a judicial commission to probe the recent loan scam involving Sonali Bank and the Hall-Mark Group.

Conspiracy on to kill Khaleda

The main opposition BNP yesterday claimed that a conspiracy was on to kill its Chairperson Khaleda Zia so that the party fails to form a government by winning the next general elections.

BD women stun SA in first T20

Salma Khatun led from the front to give the Bangladesh women's cricket team a stunning seven-wicket victory over the visiting South Africa women's cricket team in the first T20 International of the three-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

ATN Bangla chief asked to withdraw case

Journalist leaders yesterday demanded withdrawal of the case filed against 59 journalists by ATN Bangla Chairman Mahfuzur Rahman within the next 24 hours and to apologise to them.

Minister orders, secretary stops

The railways secretary yesterday stopped the demolition of a resort that had been built on illegally occupied railway land in Pakshey, although the railway minister had given clear instructions to evict it only ten days ago.

Bangladeshi shot dead in S Arabia

A Bangladeshi man was shot dead in the Awamiya district of eastern Saudi Arabia on Monday, police and activists said, amid conflicting accounts of how he was killed.

Mourning Mother With A Mission

Salma Chowdhury still cannot quite explain the bond that she had with her son Ashiq. All she is aware of is the pain of losing her son to cancer. She just wanted to get back Ashiq alive. Once she could ensure that he was there beside her, in that soulful sense of the meaning, everything else would fall into place.

Sugar export ban goes

The government yesterday decided to resume sugar export on a limited scale, ending a two-year ban on sales of the sweetener in overseas markets.

Collaborators equally guilty

Local aides of the Pakistani invaders were equally responsible for the heinous crimes committed during the Liberation War, leading rights activist Sultana Kamal told International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday.

Arrest Maj Ziaul, Ishraq

A parliamentary body yesterday asked the authorities concerned to arrest Major Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haq and Ishraq Ahmed on charges of involvement in an abortive attempt to topple the government around nine months ago.

Buet classes resume Saturday

After about two months of deadlock, classes at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) will resume on Saturday.

JS body to probe

The parliamentary standing committee on industries ministry has moved to investigate an allegation over import of around 43,000-tonne low-quality fertiliser worth over Tk 200 crore.

Kidnapped businessman rescued in Ctg

Police yesterday rescued a businessman five hours into his abduction and arrested six kidnappers from the city's North Kattoli.

16 bodies found on Mexican highway

The bullet-riddled bodies of 16 men were found Monday inside an abandoned van in a western Mexico region mired in drug violence, an official said.

Palestinian PM slashes fuel prices after protests

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad yesterday announced cuts to fuel prices and VAT after more than a week of protests across the West Bank over the spiralling cost of living.

Editorial

Overseas recruitment procedure being streamlined

With repeat scandals rocking the recruitment process of Bangladeshi workers destined to work for overseas labour markets, it is welcome news to learn that a memorandum of understanding between the Bangladeshi and Malaysian governments (MoU) is about to be signed. The MoU, once inked, could open up a new era in regularising the employment process for our workers to Malaysia, one of the most important international labour markets for Bangladeshi workers. It would bring transparency in financial transactions, where intended jobseekers would have to deposit fees via banks and more importantly, these workers would be registered online.

Mind-boggling mayhem at DU campus

Some activists of JCD, opposition BNP's student wing, while going to meet the Vice Chancellor (VC) by appointment, were roughed up on Monday by workers of BCL, ruling AL's student body. Denying their involvement, DU BCL would have people believe that it was the result of JCD's factional feud.

Sports

All-round Salma sinks SA

A rollicking batting performance by Captain Salma Khatun, in the post-rain session, gave the Bangladeshi women's cricket team their second T20 victory this year in the first of three T20Is against the visiting South Africans at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. Bangladesh, who had to chase down a reduced target of 73 in 13 overs, cruised to victory with seven wickets and five balls to spare.

Murray ends British wait

Britain's long wait is over. The nation that invented modern tennis finally has a champion for the new age after Andy Murray won the US Open on Monday.

NZ set up 167 against India

Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh bowled two overs and took a catch in a Twenty20 game against New Zealand on Tuesday as the cancer survivor made a keenly-awaited return to top-class cricket.

Suspended ban for Nafees

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) disciplinary committee found Shahriar Nafees guilty of misconduct and imposed a 'suspended sentence' on the left-handed batsman.

Reality check for Siddikur

Siddikur Rahman is happy that he received a reality check ahead of his title bid at this week's Yeangder Tournament Players Championship which starts at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club on Thursday.

'Golden summer is on'

British leaders, tennis chiefs and former players hailed Andy Murray on Tuesday after the Scot became the first British man to win a Grand Slam in 76 years.

Kiwis spoil Yuvraj's party

New Zealand defeated India by one run in the second T20 International to clinch the 2-match series 1-0 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai yesterday.

Novak happy for friend

Novak Djokovic hates to lose, but the five-time a Grand Slam champion was happy for his friend Andy Murray, who beat him in a pulsating, five-set struggle for the US Open title on Monday.

Striking concerns, defensive woes

A flurry of mistakes from defenders in yesterday's practice match against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club added new worries for the national football team ahead of their two exhibition matches against Nepal this month.

Aussies' heavy win

Australia brought Pakistan down to earth with a thumping 94-run defeat in the third and final Twenty20 international at Dubai Stadium here on Monday.

BCB wants NCL on-time

The tournament committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is determined to start the franchise-based National Cricket League (NCL) from October 14 regardless of whether they are still lagging behind in preparing the guidelines for the new-look competition.

BD women bid bye

The Bangladesh women's football team bid farewell to the 2nd Women's SAFF Football Championship after losing their last group match against hosts Sri Lanka 1-2 at the Ceylon Rugby and Football Club in Colombo yesterday.

Ctg school hockey

J M Sen School and Chittagong University School and College continued their winning spree in the six-team School Hockey League in Chittagong.

Second T20I abandoned

The second Twenty20 international between world champions England and South Africa in Manchester on Monday was abandoned due to persistent rain.

Brazil go goal crazy

Neymar scored a hattrick as Brazil crushed China 8-0 in a friendly in Recife on Monday, appeasing home fans who had jeered their poor display against South Africa last week.

Transfers under probe

Authorities in Argentina are investigating alleged tax evasion in the transfer of 444 footballers, with deals involving Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Barcelona's Javier Mascherano among those under the spotlight.

Ireland stars slam McClean

Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle has revealed his team's senior players gave James McClean a stern rebuke after foul-mouthed Twitter rant.

Miandad to assist Pak batsmen

Pakistan's former Test captain and prolific batsman Javed Miandad will join the national team in Sri Lanka to give batting tips ahead of the World Twenty20 this month.

Japan pip Iraq

Asian champions Japan shrugged off the late injury withdrawal of Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa to beat Iraq 1-0 and stay top of their group in 2014 World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

UEFA goes tough on 23 clubs

Europa League winners Atletico Madrid were among 23 clubs to have prize money withheld as European soccer's governing body UEFA revealed the first sanctions under its financial fair play rules on Tuesday.

Fulham snap up Karagounis

English Premier League club Fulham signed Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis on a free transfer on Tuesday.

Argentina team bus attacked

A bus carrying Argentina's national soccer team was pelted by stones in Lima on Monday on the eve of their 2014 World Cup qualifier against Peru, according to media reports.

Crouch faces uncertain future

England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed Peter Crouch snubbed his request to put the Stoke striker on a standby list ahead of Euro 2012.

Kingston offered $300K bribe

Ghana progressed to the knockout phase of the 2006 World Cup, thanks in part to a 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic in Group E.

Business

Remembering Samson H Chowdhury

It was around 2007-08 when food prices influenced by the global food crisis soared, affecting the low-income people in Bangladesh. Industrial workers suffered the most.

Govt wants IMF to waive condition on banks' stock exposure

The government will request the International Monetary Fund to waive a condition about the exposure limit of commercial banks in the stockmarket. The condition is tagged with a loan.

Mobile users pay high for P1 internet package

Mobile phone operators have been charging high for the 'pay as you go' or 'P1' internet package for the past seven years despite the internet bandwidth price having fallen several times in that period.

Turnover hits five-month high

Turnover on Dhaka Stock Exchange hit a five-month high yesterday as investors went on a buying spree anticipating a bull-run in the market.

SEC to declare 350 directorships vacant

The posts of 350 sponsors and directors may be declared vacant today, as they hold less than 2 percent shares individually in their firms, an official said yesterday.

New chief for BSCIC central exec body

Md Shamsul Haque has recently been elected president of the central executive committee of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC).

Plastic goods fair begins in January

Bangladesh has the potential to export plastic products worth $4 billion a year from 2020 through compliant factories and application of modern technology, said exporters.

Hasina stresses coordination among government offices

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday emphasised good coordination among government offices for balanced development across the country.

116 businesspeople to get CIP status

The government will award 116 businesspeople as commercially important persons (CIP) for their outstanding performance in business, especially exports, said Shubhashish Bose, vice-chairman of Export Promotion Bureau.

Fresh row grips New Mooring terminal

The Chittagong Port faces uncertainty due to the rivalry between some ruling party factions over the appointment of an operator for the newly built New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT).

Walmart plans 3-5 more India wholesale stores

A cash and carry joint venture between Wal-Mart Stores and Bharti Enterprises plans to add 3-5 stores by end of the year, a spokeswoman for the world's largest retailer said on Tuesday.

As Asian miracle wanes, US may wax

Asia's economic miracle may be waning just as the foundations for an eventual resurgence in the US are being laid.

Metropolitan

Dhaka, Thimphu sign MoU

Bangladesh and Bhutan yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on agricultural cooperation between the two countries.

Ensure security of students at all univs

A total of 475 teachers of University Teachers' Association of Bangladesh (UTAB) yesterday urged the authorities concerned to ensure congenial educational atmosphere at all universities in the country.

The Daily Star's new Ctg bureau office opens

The new office of the Chittagong bureau of The Daily Star was inaugurated at AS Tower in Hill View Residential Area of the port city yesterday.

Govt to continue funding 3 univs

Three public universities, including Jagannath University, which were supposed to self-finance after a certain period of time, will continue receiving government money.

Invest in Rakhine state to end Rohingya crisis

The government yesterday urged the United States and the international community to invest in Rakhine state of Myanmar to create livelihood so that it could bring a permanent end to the sufferings of Rohingyas.

PM for united efforts of Muslim countries

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday emphasised on the united efforts of the Muslim countries to ensure welfare of the people and establish peace around the world.

Bangladesh seeks Indian help

Bangladesh has invited Indian archaeological experts for preservation of the ancestral house of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Tungipara and important historical sites like Mahasthangarh in Bogra and Moynamati in Comilla.

Road crashes kill three

Three people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Chapainawabganj and Kishoreganj on Monday and yesterday.

Community based TB treatment launched

With Bangladesh ranking sixth among countries with heavy tuberculosis burden, the government yesterday launched a community based treatment programme for TB patients.

Dr Kamal slams current BCL activists

Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday heavily criticised the activists of pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) saying they are destroying the image and glory of the over 50-year-old student organisation.

Odhikar defends rights activist

Human rights organisation Odhikar condemned the suspension of schoolteacher Shampa Goswami from her job in Kaliganj of Satkhira for defending human rights, said a press release.

AL leader sues Amar Desh editor, publisher

Awami League leader Dr Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir on Sunday filed a defamation suit of Tk 50 crore against Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman, its publisher Md Hasmat Ali and two others for publishing a "defamatory report."

Staff demand job status upgradation

A section of Bangladesh Secretariat officers and employees yesterday demanded that the government upgrades their job status within one month the way it has done in the police force recently.

AL MPs want exemplary action against food adulterators

Pointing out the alarming trend of food adulteration, some ruling Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday in parliament demanded that the government takes exemplary punitive action against food adulterators.

Gold smuggling ring member on remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Monowarul Huq, a member of a gold smuggling ring, on a seven-day remand.

Ship breaking yards sued

The Coastal Forest Department of Sitakunda range yesterday lodged a case with Sitakunda Police Station accusing two ship breaking yards of felling trees at Sonaichhari in the upazila.

DU security chief suspended

The chief security officer of Dhaka University was suspended yesterday for his alleged negligence in duty during Bangladesh Chhatra League's attack on some Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal activists on the campus Monday.

ETV chairman gets bail

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Ekushey Television Ltd (ETV) Chairman Abdus Salam after his surrender in a tax evasion case filed by National Board of Revenue (NBR).

Youth held for murder

Police arrested a youth yesterday in the capital's Tejgaon on charge of stabbing a vegetable trader to death at Farmgate on Sunday.

Diabetic assoc to provide free health advices to hajj pilgrims

Diabetic Association of Bangladesh will provide free health advices to the country's hajj pilgrims through its different branches across the country from September 15.

2 bodies of boat capsize victims found

Decomposed bodies of two missing persons, who remained untraced since Sunday after a boat capsize in Karnaphuli River, were recovered yesterday.

JU admission test registration starts

Registration for the admission tests of first year honours programmes at Jahangirnagar University (JU) for the academic sessions 2012-13 began yesterday amidst protest by students against the hike in the admission form fees of different faculties.

OBR chapter to be launched in capital tomorrow

One Billion Rising (OBR), an international campaign to end violence against women, will launch its Bangladesh chapter tomorrow at Goethe Institute in the capital's Dhanmondi.

Australia to give scholarships to 50 Bangladeshis

Australia will provide development scholarships to more than 50 Bangladeshis under the Australia Awards this year.

Obituary

Anwara Rahman, wife of Engineer Md Mujibur Rahman, died at her own residence in Bailey Road in the capital on Friday. She was 71.

Death anniversary

Today is the 23rd death anniversary of Dr Najma Jesmin Chowdhury, an educationist and a former teacher of Modern Language Institute of Dhaka University (DU), says a press release.

National

Murders for land of ethnic groups go on in Dinajpur

Clashes arising from land disputes and attacks by Bangalee settlers have left at least 36 indigenous people, including six women dead over the last ten years in different upazilas of the district, according to Jatiya Adivasi Parishad (JAP), an NGO working for the welfare of ethnic minorities.

Work order cancelled, contractors fined

Authorities have cancelled the work order for modernisation and extension of Barisal Sher-e Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) as the contractors failed to complete the work even after expiry of the extended time two months ago.

Transport strike on demanding road repair

Transport owners and workers yesterday continued their indefinite strike for the second consecutive day, demanding start of renovation work of Dighinala-Baghichhari road.

Four Dinajpur textile students held after case

Police arrested four students of Dinajpur Textile Institute on Monday on charge of vandalising principal's room and laboratory the day before.

Filling stations in Sylhet division on strike

The Sylhet divisional chapter of CNG Filling Station and Conversion Workshop Owners' Association yesterday started an indefinite strike in the division demanding immediate arrest of the BCL men who vandalised a CNG filling station in the city's Shibganj area on September 5.

ACC sues 2 Pabna primary teachers on graft charge

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday filed two cases against two primary school teachers and three government officials in connection with misappropriating Tk 71,706.

AL attack leaves 15 including BNP men injured

At least 15 people including BNP activists were injured and 10 houses ransacked in an attack, allegedly by Awami League (AL) activists at Pirpur village at Mirzapur union in Raipura upazila yesterday.

2 BNP leaders suspended in Chandpur

Two leaders of the district unit BNP have been suspended on charges of their involvement in the anti-party activities.

8 Rohingyas arrested

Bilaichhari police yesterday morning arrested eight Rohingyas from a local marketplace when they were moving there suspiciously after illegally entering Bangladesh territory from Myanmar. The arrestees were identified as Md. Ahad, 18, Md. Reaz, 18, Md. Asek, 18, Md. Rahim, 20, Md. Alkoma, 20, Md. Nur Alam, 18, Md. Zaker, 20, and Md. Abdul Aziz, 22. Police said they intruded into Bangladesh territory through Ukhiya in Teknaf under Cox's Bazar due to a sectarian violence in Rakhaine state in Myanmar. The Rohingyas came to Bilaichhai for in search of work yesterday and police arrested them from the bazaar, said Anjan Kumar Paul, officer in-charge (OC) of Bilaichhari police station.

Journalist assaulted

A gang mercilessly beat up the editor of a local daily yesterday. The victim was Mohammad Ali Joardar, editor of Dainik Sagarkhali, a Bangla daily, published from Mirpur upazila of the district. According to officer in-charge (OC) of Mirpur police station Sikdar Moshiur Rahman, Mohammad Ali locked in an altercation with some neighbours in Tahbazar area over keeping sand on the road at about 7.30am a few days ago and slapped on the face of one. Yesterday, a gang of 4-5 youths attacked Ali in the area and severely beat him up.

Man beaten to death

A man was beaten to death at Shreerampur village under Baraigram upazila in the district yesterday morning. The deceased was identified as Rafiqul Islam, 32, son of Meher Ali of the village. Abdur Razzak, uncle of the victim said, there was a feud between Rafiqul Islam and one Shahidul Islam over forming the managing committee of Shreerampur High School. Yesterday morning, Shahidul and along with 4-5 attacked Rafiqul with lethal sharp weapons and injured him critically. Later locals rushed Rafiqul to Rajshshai Medical Collage and Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at around 4:30pm.

Two snatched from cops

Three policemen were injured as locals attacked them and snatched two handcuffed arrestees near the sluice gate area in Companyganj upazila on Monday night. The policemen are assistant sub inspector (ASI) Abdul Momin and constables Ziaul Haidar and Monir Hossain. Emran Ali, officer in-charge of Companyganj police station and injured ASI Abdul Momin said, two groups of agitated youths locked in a clash near the sluice gate area around 11:00pm. On information, a team of police rushed to the spot and held Raju, 19, Lokman, 20, and Shahjahan, 19, from the spot. When the policemen were returning to the police station with the arrestees, locals attacked the police van and snatched two handcuffed arrestees -- Lokman and Shahjahan.

Letters

Inequalities in health services

While reading Prothom Alo of 1st September 2012, a news drew my attention. It was a health report by WHO which showed the discrimination in health services between the rural and the urban areas. Pregnant mothers and children are the worst victims of inequalities simply because they are poor and live in villages where healthcare services are not available. Statistics shows that only 13% mothers get the services of skilled birth attendants during delivery period in the villages whereas the percentage is 37 in urban areas. Before delivery, 37% women living in the urban areas receive ANC (Antenatal Care) for four times, while only 14% village women can access it. Bidhan Krishna Sarker, Research Investigator of Reproductive Health Unit, ICDDR,B talked to Prothom Alo and said that it has not been possible on the part of the government to build comprehensive emergency obstetric care facilities equally across the country. At the same time, poor people cannot afford to buy the private healthcare services. He also talked about the lack of information for which people sometimes do not get health services. Correct information and awareness may create the demand for health service utilisation among poor and rural people, which can contribute to reducing the existing discrimination. So, there is a need for a massive health education campaign to aware people who are poor and living in rural areas. I would like to request the government, NGOs and donors to give sincere efforts to minimise the gap and ensure equal and better health services for all.

Hard floor of allegiance!

King Agamemnon crossed the Aegean sea to get Helen back. But our lords and leaders can't even cross the floor to salvage national interests. The constitutional provision that disallows floor-crossing in our parliament is a tool for hegemony by the ruling majority. This approach is like fixing results to back-calculate to the test, instead of administering the test to arrive at results. It undermines the merit of issues and that of individual representatives. It stifles dissenting voices. Members of Parliament must be allowed the scope of individual thinking, analysis and decision-making.

Good luck, Barack Obama

Four years ago Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States, an African-American to go to the highest office. It was possible because of the people of America who gave real meaning to the slogans, 'Yes we can' and 'Change we need'.

Prevent early marriage

It is sad that people still think girls should get married at an early age. What is even more unfortunate is that many parents are unaware of the negative impacts of early marriage on mothers' health. Lack of awareness and health education are at the root of this evil. Thus, the need for government and non-government authorities to launch awareness programmes in rural areas. Early marriage is a national problem and there has to be a comprehensive strategy to uproot it.

Antibiotic a health hazard

Latest researches have found that antibiotic destroys essential gut flora or microbiota which plays an important role in keeping us healthy and well. In fact, 90% of our genetic materials are from the bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms, i.e. microflora which influences our genetic expression, immune system, weight, mental health, memory, and also the risk of numerous chronic and acute diseases, from diabetes to cancer. These microbes influence the activities of genes in our brain and are believed to manipulate our behaviour plus memory system. Antibiotics and other elements like agrochemicals, chlorinated water, antibacterial soaps, and environment pollution are constantly damaging our gut microflora.

A cruel joke!

When we the people of Bangladesh dream of a load-shedding free country, our prime minister wants us to suffer from load-shedding at least for two hours every day, just to ensure that we do not forget the word 'load shedding,' even if we have enough electricity.

Will govt clarify?

Your two front page news reports of 1st. September, from MAK Azad and the Star Report, on either side of the lead photograph of the stalled road extension work, provide an abyss of contradiction. Here we have no funds for "extending 8-lane road extension project", while our Prime Minister reiterates Bangladesh's proposal for joint venture 'Hydro Power Project with Nepal'!

Dhaka College teacher sets example

In the national university (NU) many students are reluctant to attend classes regularly. As per the rules of NU, students must have 75 percent attendance. But both students as well as teachers are neglecting the rule. Besides, each academic year consists of 15-16 months, though classes are held only for first 6 months. What would happen to the students if they do not attend classes?

"Right hand of God"?

At age 33, Ralph Reed was the Christian Right's wonder boy. He was anointed in a 1995 Time Magazine cover story as the “right hand of God” for spinning the trust of conservative Christians into political gold. It was Reed who built the Christian Coalition of televangelist Pat Robertson into a powerful arm of the Republican Party.

Readers Respond

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

International

US marks low-key 9/11 anniversary

Americans yesterday marked the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in a somber, but more low key mood as memory of the cataclysm gradually fades.

Bush was warned several times before attack

Former President George Bush was given a series of direct warnings throughout 2001 about the possibility of a terrorist attack by al-Qaeda - but failed to take them seriously, it The New York Times revealed yesterday.

Netanyahu ramps up Iran attack threat

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday ramped up threats to attack Iran, saying if world powers refused to set a red line for Tehran's nuclear programme, they could not demand that Israel hold its fire.

China sends ships, Taiwan recalls envoy

Japan yesterday brushed off stern warnings by China and bought a group of islands that both sides claim in a growing dispute that threatens to deepen strains between Asia's two biggest economies.

US 'hushed up' WWII era Soviet massacre

New evidence appears to back the idea that the Roosevelt administration helped cover up Soviet guilt for the 1940 Katyn massacre of Polish soldiers.

India pledges $10m to Palestinians

India yesterday announced a ten million dollar contribution to Palestine and pledged its support to Palestine's bid for full and equal membership of the United Nations.

OIC tours unrest-hit western Myanmar

Members of an influential Islamic body have visited Myanmar's Rakhine state, a government official said yesterday, to survey fallout from deadly sectarian unrest between Buddhist and Muslim communities.

US concerned over Nepal political deadlock

The US yesterday expressed concern over the current political deadlock in Nepal as a American top diplomat held discussion with the country's top leaders.

Bus crashes kill 55 in India, Nepal

At least 28 people were killed after a bus plunged off a highway in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh yesterday.

'I have become an antique piece'

I have become an antique piece" President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday joked about his transition from an active political life to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

ISI regards US worst enemy

Pakistan's powerful spy agency ISI considered the US its "worst enemy" and Islamabad's cooperation with Washington was just a sham to extract billions of dollars in aid, said the doctor who was jailed for helping the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden.

MIT world's best university

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US is now ranked as the world's best university, pushing Britain's historic academic centre Cambridge into second place.

Fire at Pak shoe factory kills 23

At least 23 workers burned to death when a fire broke out in a Pakistani shoe factory in the eastern city of Lahore yesterday, health officials said. The death toll is expected to rise.

Obama ahead of Romney in poll

US President Barack Obama received a significant popularity bounce from his party convention last week and now leads the White House race by a small but clear margin, polls indicated Monday.

French ex-PM arrested for graft

French former Prime Minister and one-time presidential hopeful Dominique de Villepin was taken into police custody yesterday for questioning by magistrates investigating a suspected financial scam involving a luxury hotel network.

No extradition of Iraqi VP: Turkey

Turkey will not hand over Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who faces a death sentence against him in Baghdad, and he can remain in Turkey as long as he needs to, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday.

Somalia MPs elect new president

Lawmakers on Monday chose Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as Somalia's new president after the 56-year-old lecturer got the majority of votes in a second round run-off, beating outgoing president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.

Yemen minister survives car bomb

Yemen's Defence Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed yesterday survived a car bomb attack that hit his convoy near the government headquarters, but 10 people were killed, including seven guards, a security official said.

Arts & Entertainment

Jewel Aich's magic wins over Singapore audience

Internationally renowned Bangladeshi illusionist, Jewel Aich has returned home after a weeklong stint in Singapore. The magician led a seven-member team to hold a show in Singapore. The show went brilliantly, according to Aich.

Nazrul Sangeet by veteran and young singers at Public Library

Marking the 36th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bangladesh Nazrul Sangeet Sangstha (BNSS) arranged a musical programme with a brief discussion at Shawkat Osman Memorial auditorium of Central Public Library, Dhaka on September 10. The event was titled “Jaha Chai Jeno Joi Korey Pai”.

DU students stage Death of a Salesman

Students of the Department of Theatre, University of Dhaka are holding a weeklong theatre festival, featuring a single play “Death of a Salesman”, at the Natmandal on campus. The play premiered on September 9 and had a press show on the day before. Translated into Bangla by Fateh Lohani, the play has been directed by Ziaul Haque Titash.

Kanthabithi stages recitation production

Performers of Kanthabithi, an organisation of elocutionists in Magura, staged a recitation production titled, “Shobjatra” (funeral procession), based on popular short stories of renowned litterateur Humayan Ahmed at the premises of Sayed Ator Ali Public Library in Magura town on Sunday evening.

Homage to Tagore and Nazrul

To pay homage to Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam, the two illustrious bards of Bengali Literature, Sandipon Sangskritik Sangstha, a prominent cultural group of the district organised a cultural show at the town's Muslim Institute auditorium recently.

VEET Channel i Top Model 2012

After creating waves in its first season, “VEET Channel i Top Model” is once again coming to rock Bangladeshi TV.

Deepa Mehta: India may not see Midnight's Children

A new film based on Sir Salman Rushdie's novel “Midnight's Children” may not be released in India, director Deepa Mehta has said.

OP-ED

When murderers must feel safe . . .

Michael Prue is a Canadian politician. He has just concluded a trip to Bangladesh. On Sunday he made it clear to newsmen here that the laws of his country did not allow extraditing Noor Chowdhury, a former army officer convicted of assassinating Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, to Bangladesh. But, of course, if the Bangladesh authorities came up with a guarantee that this assassin would not be executed, Ottawa would send him back to Dhaka.

A verdict in Gujarat, silence over Delhi

Every time there is a conviction in Gujarat riots case, I begin to hope that the day is not far when the real culprit, state Chief Minister Narendra Modi, will be brought to book. The 28-year-long sentence awarded to Maya Kodnani, who organised the massacre at Naroda-Patya in Ahmedabad, makes me confident that justice can be delayed -- the riots took place in 2002 -- but not denied. Modi lauded her role on the riots so much that he made her a minister. But the Supreme Court's Special Investigation Team (SIT) caught up with her crime even after the exoneration by the police which did its best to see that Kodnani's "involvement does not come on the books."

Rahul Gandhi: Joining the cabinet?

It is reported that on August 11, India's Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said that Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's entry into the cabinet would be a welcome development. "When it happens you all will know. I have always maintained that I welcome Rahul's entry into the cabinet."

'Our major limitation is that we remain dependent on unskilled workers'

Dr. C.R. Abrar, Professor, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, and Executive Director, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), talks to Zaheen Zaema Khan and A.B.M Shamsud Doza of The Daily Star on the ongoing crisis in our manpower export sector.

This Day In History

September 12

1948
Invasion of the State of Hyderabad by the Indian Army on the day after the Pakistani leader Jinnah's death.


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