India police ‘arrest Singapore firm’s officials’

July 31, 2011

Indian police have arrested two top officials of Singapore-based online survey company Speak Asia in Mumbai for allegedly duping investors of US$294 million (S$354 million), reports said on Saturday.
Police identified those arrested as Tarak Bajpai, Speak Asia’s chief operating officer in India, and financial manager Ravi Khanna, according to the Press Trust of India and other media. Two web technicians Read more

Kate Moss to write her autobiography?

July 31, 2011

She’s always been staunchly private when it comes to discussing her personal life, but now Kate Moss has reportedly decided to write the book we’ve all been dreaming of: her autobiography.
In what is set to be one of the juiciest books, like, ever, the explosive account is likely to discuss working in the modelling industry, being a mother to daughter Lila and her wild sex, drugs Read more

Ramadan starts on Monday in UAE

July 31, 2011

Saudi Arabia will start Ramadan on Monday along with most other Gulf states
Dubai: The Moon Sighting Committee has announced that Sunday will be the 30th of Sha’aban.
Dr Hadef Bin Jua’an Al Daheri, Minister of Justice, said in a statement after the committee’s meeting Saturday night that Monday will be the first day of Ramadan.
On this occasion, Al Daheri and the committee congratulated President His Highness Read more

New generation popular bands rock huge crowd

July 31, 2011

Popular  new generation  rock music bands –Artcell, Black and Cryptic Fate– rocked the audience together in a concert on Friday at the Engineers’ Institute.
The concert titled “ABC Generation Concert” was organised by Live Square Concerts with the motto to revive the pulse of the new generation rock music lovers.
Cryptic Fate was first to appear onstage. The crowd welcomed the band with shouting its name Read more

Of Art, Aesthetics and Shadhona

July 31, 2011

In conversation with Lubna Marium
Lubna Marium — aesthete, danseuse, dance pioneer, teacher, choreographer and impresario is a pioneering figure in the contemporary South Asian cultural scenario. Daughter of illustrious parents Colonel Quazi Nooruzzaman and Professor Sultana Zaman, Lubna Marium has dedicated a lifetime to the promotion of culture, particularly dance and other performing arts. She is the director of Shadhona — a center for promotion of Read more

Dengue catches DCC napping

July 31, 2011

Strikes early this year; number of infection shows sharp rise as anti-mosquito drive hardly carried out; DCC complains of poor logistics
The dreaded dengue fever is back. The number of dengue-affected people in the capital took a sharp rise with 82 new cases reported from July 23 to 28.
According to the control room of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 188 people contracted dengue fever in the capital this month, whereas the number was just 35 in July last year.
The statistics however, only gives a partial picture of the spread of this communicable disease. The figures of the affected are collected from only 25 private hospitals and clinics out of 592 Read more

BSF told to hold fire

July 31, 2011

Chidambaram speaks of Delhi’s firm instruction to border guards; deal signed to fight cross-border crimes together
India yesterday said it has ordered its Border Security Force not to shoot anyone crossing Indo-Bangla border no matter what the circumstances are.
Visiting Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram said this at a joint press conference with his Bangladesh counterpart Shahara Khatun Read more

Students to depend more on pvt institutions for higher edn

July 31, 2011

Students who have passed Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent exams this year will depend more on private educational institutions as the students far outnumber the seats in public universities and students are unwilling to pursue higher education under the National University in colleges.
According to the latest University Grants Commission report that was placed in the parliament this Read more

Make border deal public: Alamgir

July 31, 2011

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has demanded publication of Joint Border Management Agreement signed in Dhaka on Saturday. Acting secretary general of the party Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the demand.
“The agreement must be made public before the nation, “ he said at a roundtable in Dhaka on Saturday.
He alleged the government has done nothing in resolving bilateral problems with India due to its Read more

OC Helal suspended

July 31, 2011

Student ‘Victimised’ by Cops
OC Helal suspended 
Police form probe body; law ministry waits on copy of HC order
Helal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Khilgaon Police Station, was suspended yesterday over torture of Dhaka University student Abdul Kadar.
DMP’s Additional Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman confirmed The Daily Star about the suspension of Helal who allegedly chopped the calf muscle of Kadar’s left leg with a cleaver and let other Read more

Messy affair in Malaysia

July 31, 2011

Uncertainty grips Bangladeshis as brokers meddle in KL’s amnesty to illegal workers
The much-awaited amnesty programme for the irregular foreign workers in Malaysia starts tomorrow amid confusion in many Bangladeshi expatriates about their status.
Around 5 lakh Bangladeshis work in the Southeast Asian nation. Of them, over 3 lakh are irregular and are facing threats of arrest, low pay or other forms of Read more

Nurses left to conduct delivery; patient dies

July 31, 2011

A new mother died at a private hospital in Sirajganj yesterday as the result of alleged negligence of her doctor who let two nurses perform the delivery.
Soma Saha, 32, died around 5:00am of excessive bleeding after giving birth to a baby girl around 12:30am yesterday Read more

Delhi pledges to help nab 2 fugitives

July 31, 2011

Bangabandhu Killers
Delhi pledges to help nab 2 fugitives
Two condemned killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman — Moslehuddin Khan and Abdul Mazed — might be hiding in India, and Delhi has assured Dhaka of making all efforts to apprehend and hand them over to it.
“Of the six absconding (killers of Bangabandhu) it is possible that the two might be in India,” Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said in Read more

80 missing in Buriganga trawler capsize

July 31, 2011

A trawler with at least 100 passengers sank in the River Buriganga after colliding with a barge on Saturday night.
About 80 passengers were missing till 10:30pm, while rescue operation was continuing.
None was found dead yet.
Fire brigade sources said their divers had traced the trawler about 65 feet under water, but it could not Read more

Bulk electricity tariff goes up 6.66pc Monday

July 31, 2011

Bulk electricity tariff will rise by 6.66 percent, effective from Monday.
Tariff of each unit of electricity at the bulk level will go up to Tk 2.80 from the existing Tk 2.63 now, according to an earlier decision of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC).
On February 8, BERC raised the bulk electricity tariff in two phases by a total of Read more

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