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News of: Tuesday, 18th of September, 2012

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Mashiur refutes leave report

Refuting reports that did the rounds throughout the day, prime minister's Economic Affairs Adviser Mashiur Rahman late last night said he was not on leave.

112 desperados denied sea ride

Police in the wee hours of yesterday detained 112 people from Banshkhali upazila in Chittagong while they were boarding an engine boat in a bid to travel to Malaysia illegally.

Fakhruddin's govt unconstitutional

The nearly two-year rule of the past caretaker government led by Fakhruddin Ahmed was "absolutely unconstitutional", observed the Supreme Court in its verdict in the constitution's 13th amendment case.

Wrong diagnosis led to horror

Wrong diagnosis and treatment based on the findings have fated a working man to lead a physically disabled life in a place like Dhaka where only the fittest survive.

The party begins

The stage is all set for the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. The fourth version of the tournament will kick off with hosts Sri Lanka taking on Zimbabwe at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota today. There will be no glamorous opening ceremony to mark the start of the showpiece event, but many would argue that the fireworks have already begun in the form of the competitive warm-up games which bode well for the quality of the tournament to follow.

Onus now on politicians

Some eminent jurists yesterday said the politicians should now sit together to find out a solution to the problem regarding formation of a polls-time government.

Nothing but reviving CG matters

The BNP and its allies said the full verdict released on Sunday by the Supreme Court declaring illegal the caretaker government system was of no importance to them as they wanted the non-partisan administration restored.

Passengers stage rowdy protests

Biman passengers yesterday resorted to violent protests at the airport vandalising glasses of a counter of the national carrier in the wake of total collapse in flight schedules.

New protests over anti-Islam film

Protesters in Afghanistan, Indonesia and Pakistan burnt US flags and chanted "Death to America" yesterday in renewed demonstrations over an anti-Islam film that already has provoked a week of unrest in Muslim world.

Mollah, his men killed journalist Abu Taleb

Another prosecution witness yesterday told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that war crimes accused Abdul Quader Mollah and his accomplices killed journalist Khondaker Abu Taleb at Mirpur's Jalladkhana during the Liberation War.

48 Bangladeshi workers sent back from UAE

Forty-eight Bangladeshi workers yesterday returned to the country from the United Arab Emirates as the authorities had rejected their new employer's plea to let them work on their existing visas.

HC directive sought to recover Tk 3,547cr

A writ petition has sought a High Court directive on the government to immediately recover Tk 3,547 crore taken by Hall-Mark Group and five other companies from the Sonali Bank through forgery.

Khaleda slates anti-Islam film

Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia yesterday strongly condemned the making of a blasphemous film on Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) and urged the US government to immediately ban the film and its screening.

YouTube blocked in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission last night blocked popular video streaming website YouTube.com.

Cabinet okays draft law to control MLM

The cabinet yesterday approved proposals for a law to rein in the multi-level marketing (MLM) business in the country.

Whistle-blower under attack

The whistleblower who last year assisted forest officials nabbing a tiger poaching ring came under attack by members of the same gang in the capital's Sayedabad on Friday night.

8 Rohingyas held with fake passports

Detectives yesterday arrested eight Rohingyas from a Fakirapool hotel in the capital on charge of attempting to go abroad using forged Bangladeshi passports and fake identities.

Need is free, strong EC

A truly independent and strong Election Commission, and not a non-partisan caretaker government, is needed to hold a free, fair and neutral election, the Supreme Court has observed in its verdict on the constitution's 13th amendment case.

3 cops hurt in attack by Shibir men

At least three policemen, including a sub-inspector, were injured in a clash between a group of Islami Chhatra Shibir activists, a pro-Jamaat-e-Islami student organisation, and the law enforcers in front of Chandpur Government College yesterday.

I have nothing to do with Tofail's refusal

Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman yesterday termed the recent media report involving him with Awami League leader Tofail Ahmed's refusal to become a minister “false, baseless and misleading”.

Use fame of Yunus for nat'l interest

Over 100 non-resident Bangladeshis (NRB) and Bangladeshi descendants living abroad have urged the prime minister to resolve government's dispute with Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus and utilise him for national interest.

Ashraf goes to Delhi today

India is going to invite more than a dozen top-ranking political figures from Bangladesh in next couple of months to warm up ties with ruling Awami League and remove "gap and misunderstanding" with the opposition.

Editorial

Full judgment on CTG

After sixteen months of the “short order” being passed by the Chief Justice in May 2011, we now have the full verdict on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, declaring the caretaker system void. Given the nature of the case the delay should not have happened. And the fact that the short verdict had very substantively transformed the country's political scenario, we feel constrained to say that to have taken that long to draw up the full verdict was an injudicious act on the part of the former Chief Justice, made even more so by the fact that the judgment was not a unanimous one, something that had not come to the pubic domain till recently, and that the verdict was signed more than a year after the former CJ had retired.

Laws for our lawmakers

The parliament is the central institution of democracy, and when it falters in its duties and, indeed the esteem in which it should be held by the people, it is surely a cause for concern. Sadly, this is the story of our growing democracy.

Sports

Tigers lose last warm-up

Bangladesh lost their final warm-up match by five runs against Ireland at the Moors Sports Club Ground in Colombo yesterday -- a timely wake-up call just before their challenge in the tournament proper of the ICC World Twenty20.

'This should shake us up'

The Ireland team celebrated their five-run success against Bangladesh all the way yesterday regardless of it being just a warm-up game at the Moors Sports Club ground in Colombo. After the match Kevin O'Brien, who actually initiated the middle-order collapse taking three wickets in quick succession, didn't hesitate to say that it was a sweet revenge for their 3-0 loss in the T20 series against the same opponents at home in August this year. He also opined that both teams are now evenly matched after this victory, especially since two of the matches the Irish lost in August were decided in the last over. But Bangladesh's champion all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was not ready to accept the notion. “The reality is that we won the three-match series at their own den recently and winning the match in the last over is very much part of this version,” said Shakib.

Kamran kills India

Kamran Akmal smashed an unbeaten 92 off 50 balls as Pakistan came from behind to defeat India by five wickets in a warm-up match for the World Twenty20 on Monday.

Bangladesh to end int'l hiatus

After a nine-month long hiatus, the Bangladesh national football team will return to action today when they take on Nepal in the first of two international friendly matches at the Dasrath Stadium in Kathmandu. The match is scheduled to get underway at 5:20pm (Bangladesh Standard Time).

Siddikur finishes 37th

After fighting to stave off the cut for much of the rain-affected Yeangder Tourna-ment Players Championship, Bangladesh's ace golfer Siddikur Rahman finished joint 37th with a final round of one-under-par 71 at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club in Taipei yesterday.

Hope flays NCA

The West Indian batsmen continued their domination on the second day of the four-day match against the BCB National Cricket Academy at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium at Khulna, ending the day on 521 for 8.

Tenth SAFF C'ship in Nepal

The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) has decided in principle to hold the tenth edition of the SAFF Championship in Nepal, but the timing of the regional extravaganza has not yet been decided.

SL's biggest occasion

Hosts Sri Lanka will hope to make a brisk start to the World Twenty20 Tuesday as they open the country's biggest ever sports event with high hopes of claiming a second global title.

Javed advises Sachin to quit at the top

Legendary Pakistani batsman Javed Minadad on Sunday said that top players, like Sachin Tendulkar, must retire when they are on top of their game.

Japan-SAARC football meet this October

Bangladesh will take part in the Japan-SAARC U-14 Football Exchange Programme to be held in the Far Eastern country over October 7-20.

Golf team leaves for Bhutan today

A three-member Bangladesh Golf team will leave here for Bhutan today to take part in the Bhutan Amateur Open, which will get underway from Thursday.

Sanath sees three-way battle!

Former explosive batsman Sanath Jayasuriya believes India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka have the best chance of winning this year's Twenty20 World Cup, starting from September 18.

Eleven share lead in chess

Eleven players were jointly sharing the lead in the Access Group 38th National Chess B Championship at the end of third round matches at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

Kln Abahani's second win

Khulna Abahani brightened their chances of qualifying for the Federation Cup when they defeated Uttar Baridhara Club to post their second straight victory in the Grameenphone Federation Shield at Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jessore yesterday.

Wanderers' big victory

Dhaka Wanderers posted a 4-1 win over Farashganj SC in the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Test of Mourinho mettle

When a club as big as Real Madrid lose two of their first four league games of the season, talk of a crisis is never far behind.

Atletico win 7-goal thriller

Atletico Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 4-3, after going four goals ahead in the Madrid derby on Sunday, to continue their unbeaten start in La Liga.

Juve back on top

Two late goals from Mirko Vucinic and Kwadwo Asamoah sent Serie A champions Juventus back to the top of the table thanks to a 3-1 win away to Genoa on Sunday.

Defoe leads Spurs

England striker Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed their first victory under Andre Villas-Boas courtesy of a 3-1 Premier League win away to Reading on Sunday.

Johnson out for season

Queens Park Rangers striker Andrew Johnson is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury during Saturday's 0-0 draw against Chelsea.

Assou-Ekotto sidelined

Tottenham Hotspur left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto is set to be sidelined for four weeks with a knee injury, manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed Sunday.

Zenit loss upsets Hulk

Brazilian striker Hulk, who joined Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg earlier this month in a multi-million transfer deal, said he was upset his new side had lost 2-0 on his home debut.

Fans cheer Del Piero's luggage

Alessandro Del Piero has arrived in Australia to begin his two-year stint with Sydney FC and the locals are excited. According to the local news, about 500 fans greeted the 37-year-old Juventus legend at the airport and some waited as much as six hours for him to arrive. The report also said that even his luggage was cheered.

Business

IMF wants more clout for BB to govern banks

The head of a visiting IMF team yesterday suggested greater authority for the central bank to govern all banks, both private and state-run, to ensure prudential management of the financial sector.

BKMEA re-elects president

AKM Salim Osman was re-elected yesterday as the president of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) for the second time.

Three telcos challenge NBR order to freeze accounts

Three mobile operators went to court yesterday challenging an order by the National Board of Revenue to freeze the operators' bank accounts.

ACC sues 13 for misappropriating Jamuna lubricants

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed 10 cases against 13 persons, including six high officials of Jamuna Oil Company Ltd, on charges of misappropriating around Tk 8 crore.

New category for blue chip companies

The Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday made a bundle of recommendations, including introduction of a new category with blue chip securities, to rejuvenate the presently volatile stockmarket.

Asian tourism fair kicks off in Dhaka on Friday

A three-day tourism fair of Asian countries will begin in Dhaka on Friday to promote tourism of the region globally, organisers said yesterday.

McDonald's goes Asian with noodles

Fast food chain McDonald's is branching out: after salads and wraps, the burger restaurant is entering the noodle business.

Teletalk to raise Tk 600cr from IPO: minister

Teletalk, the state-owned telecom operator, plans to raise Tk 600 crore from the capital market to expand and increase services, Shahara Khatun, telecoms minister, said yesterday.

Labour secretary stresses occupational safety

Labour and Employment Secretary Mikail Shipar yesterday urged employers to ensure safety and good health of workers and make industries' environment friendly as laws require.

Bengal Meat eyes better sales

Bengal Meat Processing Industries, a meat producer and exporter, aims to expand its business riding on high demand for processed meat.

Social Business Week starts in Bahrain

Shaikh Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, deputy prime minister of Bahrain, opened Social Business Week in Bahrain on Sunday in the presence of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus as the chief guest.

In India, gift-giving drives drugmakers' marketing

Sales representatives for Abbott Laboratories' Indian subsidiaries know what it takes to get a doctor to prescribe the drugs they market: a coffee maker, perhaps, or some cookware, or maybe a vacuum cleaner.

India holds interest rate steady despite pressure

India's central bank kept its benchmark interest rate on hold on Monday, preferring to wait to see the impact of a flurry of government reforms before reducing the cost of borrowing.

Metropolitan

JS passes five bills

Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed five bills, including the Vested Property Return (Second Amendment) Bill, 2012 and the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2012.

Punish high-ups of Hall-Mark

Green activists yesterday demanded punishment for the high-ups of Hall-Mark Group allegedly for filling up water bodies and marsh lands near Hemayetpur, Singair and Manikganj roads in Savar violating law.

Babar showed negligence in arresting real culprits

A former police officer yesterday told a Dhaka court that the then state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar had showed negligence in arresting the real culprits after the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004.

Cost should not exceed Tk 80,000

Migrant workers' travelling cost through the government's legal channels to Malaysia should range from Tk 75,000 to Tk 80,000, Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, minister of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, said yesterday.

Incumbent IGP refuses to disclose ex-IGP's directives

Pandemonium gripped a Dhaka court yesterday after Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hassan Mahmood Khandker for several times refrained from disclosing the exact directives he received from the ex-IGP during the 2009 BDR mutiny.

ACC sues 6 for graft

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sued three persons including two inspectors of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority in the capital on charge of misappropriating government's revenue.

Govt to make no law against religious sentiment: Shafique

In response to rights activists' demand for an act to ensure women's rights in marital relationship, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the government would not formulate any law, which would go against religious sentiment.

Road crashes kill 8

Eight people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Naogaon, Brahmanbaria, Bhola and Rajshahi on Sunday and yesterday.

Historic Education Day observed

The government has paid tribute to the martyrs of 1962 education movement by formulating a pro-people education policy, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid.

Parliament to decide form: CEC

The question of which form of government will supervise the next general election is a political issue which will be resolved in parliament, said Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday.

Case filed against 115 for N'ganj violence

Police yesterday lodged a case against 115 people on charges of vandalism and assault on the law enforcers during clashes in Siddirganj of Narayanganj on Sunday.

Biman chairman's removal sought in parliament

Jatiya Party lawmaker Mujibul Haque and the lone independent MP Fazlul Azim yesterday in parliament blasted the government for the recent 'unprecedented' collapse of Biman flight schedule in different international destinations.

New envoys to Nepal, Portugal appointed

The government has appointed two new ambassadors of Bangladesh to Nepal and Portugal, says a foreign ministry press release.

Matiur Rahman MP laid to rest

Dr Mohammad Matiur Rahman, a renowned cardiac surgeon and an Awami League lawmaker from Tangail-3 constituency, was laid to rest yesterday.

Four suspects sent to remand

A Dhaka court yesterday sent to one-day remand four men arrested for allegedly plotting to murder three physicians following an internal feud of Doctors' Association of Bangladesh (DAB), a pro-BNP organisation.

Medicines seized at airport

Customs officials found 78 kilogrammes of tablets and liquid medicines while scanning three luggage of a passenger at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital.

Man dies after being shot

A man shot by unidentified criminals on Sunday night in the capital's Shyampur died early yesterday.

Japan maritime self-defense squadron to arrive on Sept 24

As a part of its overseas training cruise, the Training Squadron of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense (JMSDF) will arrive at the Chittagong Port on September 24 on a four-day visit.

Oil company fined, water purifying plant sealed off

A mobile court in Chittagong city yesterday fined an edible oil marketing firm and sealed off a water purifying plant for violating BSTI rules.

RMG factory fire injures five

At least five workers were injured while trying to douse a fire that broke out at an export-oriented readymade garment factory in Masdair Police Line area of Narayanganj town yesterday.

Death anniversary

The 41st death anniversary of Shaheed Engr Nazrul Islam, a freedom fighter, will be observed today, says a press release.

National

Sluice gates for whom?

Sluice gates meant for controlling water flow and facilitating irrigation in agricultural lands through canals in the coastal district are becoming virtually useless for crop farmers as influential people use the canals for fish cultivation, often keeping the gates closed.

13 of 38 kidnapped fishermen rescued

A joint team of Bangladesh Coastguard and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday rescued 13 of the 38 fishermen, who were kidnapped on Friday, from the deep forest near Katakhali of the Sundarbans under Mongla upazila.

Housewife dies, another fights for life in Jessore

A mother of a six-year-old boy is fighting for life at Jessore Medical College and Hospital as she was stabbed indiscriminately allegedly by her husband for dowry on Friday night.

Rivals not invited to 18-party meet

Internal feud in Pabna BNP has further deepened as aggrieved party men were not invited to an 18-party alliance meeting, which was addressed by central BNP leader Iqbal Hassan Mahmud Tuku in the town on Sunday.

Thousands suffer for want of transformers

Over 500 families in three villages of Sadar upazila are without power supply for over nine days till yesterday as a transformer of the area went out of order.

Police file case against 169 Jamaat-Shibir men

Police on Sunday evening filed a case against 169 Jamaat-Shibir men of Shibganj upazila unit with Shibganj police station on charge of attacking policemen.

Arms seized, peddlers held

Law enforcers in separate drives recovered two foreign made pistols, nine bullets, three magazines and arrested one arms peddler from Shibganj upazila early yesterday.

22 Jubo Dal men sued in Magura

Twenty-two Jubo Dal men, including former joint secretary of Magura municipality unit Jihad Hossain Tikka, have been sued on charge of killing Jubo League (AJL) activist Bachchu Sheikh on Saturday.

BNP man killed in bomb attack

A BNP man was killed and another injured in a bomb attack at Duttapara Bazar in Jessore Sadar upazila on Sunday night.

10 injured as rivals clash in Khagrachhari

At least 10 people were injured in a clash between indigenous people and Bangalee settlers in Batchhari area of Sadar upazila on Sunday afternoon.

College boy drowns

A college student drowned while taking a bath in River Pagla at Shekhtola in Shibganj municipal area yesterday. The victim was identified as, Mobarok Hossain,19, son of Kazem Ali of Jalmachhmari Moholla in the municipal area. He was a second year student of HSC at Radhakantapur College in the upazila. Locals said, Mobarok went to Pagla River for taking bath in the afternoon and eventually drowned. Locals recovered his body around 4:00pm.

Transport strike called off

Panchagarh District Transport Owners' Association and the transport workers' unions withdrew their indefinite strike on Sunday night after a 'fruitful' meeting held between the district civil and police administration and transport leaders at the deputy commissioner's (DC) conference room. Earlier, the transport owners and workers began an indefinite bus strike in Panchagarh district from Sunday morning, demanding ban on plying of unauthorised human haulers like nasimon, karimon, bhotvoti and battery-run easy bike on all 10 roads and highways in the district.

Man stabbed to death

Criminals stabbed an alleged outlaw to death on Sunday night at Daharpukur village under Sadar upazila. The victim is Raja Mia, 35 son of Azim Uddin of Bathpukuria village in the district. Officer in charge (OC) Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury of Sadar police station said, on Sunday afternoon, Raja Mia went out of his house. A rival gang stabbed him to death and dumped his body at an water body.

Mobile phone shop looted

Burglars took away valuables worth Tk 2.50 lakh from a mobile phone shop at Goalanda Bazar here early Sunday. Wahiduzzaman Milon, owner of Milon Store at Awal Tower, said a group of thieves stormed into his shop breaking open the locks around 2 am and looted 66 mobile phone sets of different brands, a digital camera and Tk 80,000 in cash.

International

UN draws up new list of suspects

A UN commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria said it has drawn up a new secret list of Syrians and units suspected of war crimes.

US, Japan agree on new missile defence

The US and Japan agreed to set up a second missile defence system on Japanese soil in an effort to counter the ballistic missile threat from North Korea, officials yesterday said.

British royals file case over publishing topless pics

Britain's royals embarked on a legal battle yesterday to try to stop the spread of topless photos of Prince William's wife Catherine, as an Italian magazine splashed the pictures across a special 38-page edition.

RAW tapped senior US official's phone

In his memoirs 'Diplomatic Channels', Kris Srinivasan, 17 years after he demitted office as foreign secretary, reveals that India's external intelligence agency, RAW, snooped on a telephone conversation between a reputedly pro-Pakistan US assistant secretary of state for South Asia, Robin Raphel, and then US ambassador in Islamabad, which confirmed that the US would not back a draft resolution against India on Kashmir moved by Pakistan at the United Nations, and therefore it would fail to proceed any further.

500 Kurdish PKK rebels killed in raids

Some 500 Kurdish rebels were killed by Turkish security forces in the space of a month, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday said.

Indian trade union calls strike

India's trade unions yesterday called a nationwide strike against the opening of the retail sector to foreign supermarkets as the government pledged to push ahead with more economic reforms.

Pakistan tests cruise missile

Pakistan's military said it has successfully test-fired a cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Panetta to meet China's VP

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta is due to meet China's leader-in-waiting, Vice President Xi Jinping, during a visit to Beijing this week, officials yesterday said.

4 jailed in Gaza over murder

Four Palestinian hardliners were jailed, two for life, yesterday after a Gaza military court found them guilty of the kidnap and murder of an Italian peace activist in April 2011.

Occupy Wall Street anniversary

Police in New York yesterday arrested at least 35 demonstrators marking the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement by launching new protests, witnesses said.

Baghdad attack kills 7

A suicide bomber yesterday killed seven people and wounded an MP in an attack at an entrance to Baghdad's heavily secured Green Zone, where the Iraqi government and US embassy are based, officials said.

Suu Kyi on landmark visit to US

Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi was due in the United States yesterday for a landmark visit during which she will meet with President Barack Obama and be honored for her human rights work.

Soyuz crew return to Earth

A Russian Soyuz capsule yesterday returned to Earth with its three-man crew after they spent 123 days at the International Space Station.

Arts & Entertainment

Ecstasy of Freedom

Ranjit Das is celebrated for his unique style and fascinating themes. He is one of the most versatile Bangladeshi painters, equally adept in portraits, landscapes, visual rendering of socio-political and economic issues and other subjects. His painting methods, particularly the use of colours, have a profound influence on contemporary Bangladeshi art.

Honouring Tareque Masud

After much anticipation, the DVD of Tareque Masud's last film “Runway” was launched on September 15 at a press meet jointly organised by Laser Vision Ltd and the Tareque Masud Memorial Trust (TMMT). In addition to the film, special DVD bonuses include a 30-minute documentary on the 2010-2011 countrywide release of the film as spearheaded by Tareque Masud, a short behind-the-scenes slideshow presentation, and the film's trailer.

Boat race in Bhoirob

'Banglalink Bhoirob Nouka Baich Protijogita 2012' is the 3rd edition of the Banglalink Boat Race series that set off on the river Meghna on September 15. The race is in line with a series of boating events Banglalink is promoting in an endeavour to promote the tradition and culture of Bangladesh.

Cultural function at Bharateswari Homes

A vibrant cultural function was held recently at Bharateswari Homes to accord a reception to the new students at the institution.

12th anniversary of ACE

A three-day programme marking the 12th anniversary of Rajshahi University-based Association for Culture and Education (ACE) started with festivity on the campus on Saturday.

Tamim Jamshed's images going to Rome

Young Bangladeshi photographer Tamim Jamshed's photo-essay, “Blooming Concrete”, has been selected for the prestigious Fotografia- International Festival of Rome. Jamshed is among 15 selected photographers from around the globe.

Struggles of an NGO worker

A docu-fiction, titled “Nirobey”, highlighting women's rights will be aired this morning at 11 am on Channel i. Produced and directed by Jannatul Ferdous Ivy, the fiction narrates struggles of an NGO worker.

Silver Linings Playbook wins Toronto festival's top prize

“Silver Linings Playbook”, starring Bradley Cooper as a man recovering from a breakdown, has won the top prize at Toronto International Film Festival.

OP-ED

BERC and unfair electricity tariff

The Bang-ladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) came into being nearly a decade ago. Its vision statement reads "for providing energy at just and reasonable cost, and protection of consumers' interest and satisfaction through fair practice." Unfortunately, if one looks BERC's track record over the past year, it has taken steps to the contrary. What has become obvious is that the regulatory body is sorely lacking in technical capacity for analysing the tariff rate under different slabs. The regulator also seems oblivious to higher tariff rate for electricity and its financial and economic implications on consumers both at retail and bulk level. This lack of capacity is perhaps the reason for BERC's continued dependence on outside agencies to come up with formula for tariff regulation, tariff rates and slab fixation.

Political process bypassed

Rather than who joined the expanded cabinet after its latest reshuffle, what made news is who did not. By not accepting ministerial portfolios, veteran Awami League (AL) leader Tofail Ahmed and AL-led grand alliance partner and Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon have surprised political observers. Hence all the speculation as to why these two politicians behaved the way they did.

Reform tax regulations, modify mindset

The general perception about revenue regulations in Bangladesh is that these are British by birth, too intricate and too cumbersome for enforcement. Taxation, as an instrument for revenue income for the state, was very much there in ancient and medieval India in different form and style, but the income tax system as we know it today was first introduced by the British government in India. After the Mutiny in 1857 the country was in a bad state financially when the British government took over power.

Hoping for 'Our Spring'

It is impossible to read the internet edition of any deshi newspaper without stumbling upon some unpalatable stories about all the three branches of our government. When the alliance government of BNP/Jamaat was in power, they unleashed a miasmic force. They are gone, but that miasma has gained significant momentum with the ascendancy of the Moha-Jote government. And there appears to be no end in sight.

Dhaka's invisible inhabitants

The unplanned, unregulated growth of Dhaka is explained as a result of a demographic chaos. Dhaka's urban primacy is given as one of the chief reasons for the four-fold increase in its population over the last 25 years. The city is the economic and administrative capital of the nation, offering 51% of jobs in the formal sector (higher than the national average of 20%) with the remaining jobs distributed in the informal economy, according to a World Bank report in 2007.

This Day In History

September 18

1739
The Treaty of Belgrade is signed, ceding Belgrade to the Ottoman Empire.

Science & Life

The night sky in autumn

To astronomy buffs, nothing could be more exhilarating than gazing at the night sky in the autumn months. So let us immerse ourselves in the wonder of the Universe by taking a fantasy trip to a vast open space in a mid-northern latitude with an unobstructed view of the sky and no light pollution.

Why is hybrid rice sterile?

Researchers have identified a set of three genes that are responsible for hybrid sterility in rice, or the inability of many hybrid rice species to pass their genes on to the next generation. These findings inform a model that suggests how such hybrid sterility is maintained across rice species, and they may lead to the genetic improvement of rice as a food stock.

Germs theory advocate

Louis Pasteur, born in December 27, 1822, was a French chemist and microbiologist who was one of the most important founders of medical microbiology.

Printing out tissues

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a novel technology that can fabricate, in mere seconds, microscale three dimensional (3D) structures out of soft, biocompatible hydrogels. Near term, the technology could lead to better systems for growing and studying cells, including stem cells, in the laboratory. Long-term, the goal is to be able to print biological tissues for regenerative medicine. For example, in the future, doctors may repair the damage caused by heart attack by replacing it with tissue that rolled off of a printer.

Pigtail molecular cloud

Some 30,000 light-years away near the chaotic, gaseous region near our galactic center, a team of Japanese researchers has found the strange cosmic feature you see above: a helical molecular cloud twisting across some 60 light years. This kind of structure is not the kind of thing astronomers expect to find here, but in observing the "pigtail" molecular cloud, as they are calling it, they have figured out some interesting things about the goings-on there at the heart of the galaxy and the magnetic characteristics that exist there.

Stem cells to treat deafness

Human embryonic stem cells can be directed to form sound-detecting nerve cells in the inner ears of deaf gerbils. Deafness often results from the loss of specialized nerve cells called hair cells and spiral ganglion neurons in the cochlea, the part of the inner ear that converts vibrations into nerve signals the brain understands as sounds. Until now, no one has been able to replace both types of nerve cells.

Why can't chickens fly?

Well, you can't blame the chickens. They started out flying, after all. At least their ancestors did.



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