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    AL plans month-long programmes to mourn August 15

    The Awami League Central Working Committee at a meeting on July 28 at Ganabhaban finalised the programmesThe Awami League and like-minded organisations have chalked out month-long programmes to observe the month of mourning.

    The Awami League Central Working Committee at a meeting on July 28 at  Ganabhaban finalised the programmes.

    The associate bodies will finalise programmes at a joint meeting to be held at the political office of party chief Sheikh Hasina on Saturday.

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    AL plans month-long programmes to mourn August 15

    The Awami League Central Working Committee at a meeting on July 28 at Ganabhaban finalised the programmesThe Awami League and like-minded organisations have chalked out month-long programmes to observe the month of mourning.

    The Awami League Central Working Committee at a meeting on July 28 at  Ganabhaban finalised the programmes.

    The associate bodies will finalise programmes at a joint meeting to be held at the political office of party chief Sheikh Hasina on Saturday.

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    A lack of diplomacy?

    I think she needs to do more homework and assess the mood of BangladeshisPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina has rightly pointed out that the some powers and human rights organisations remain ignorant or dubiously silent when hundreds are being massacred in Gaza, but come down hard on internal matters of Bangladesh.

    The major power is of course the United States of America. Readers must have noticed that Washington, which sided with Pakistan in 1971, has left no stone unturned in poking its nose in the internal affairs of Bangladesh, specially the January 5, 2014 general elections.

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    Argentine football chief Julio Grondona dies

    president, died on Wednesday at the age of 82 in a Buenos Aires clinic, AFA sources reported.

    The all-powerful figure, who had been in charge of Argentine football since 1979, had been taken to hospital suffering from heart problems and died while undergoing emergency surgery.

    Earlier this week he had held meetings with Alejandro Sabella, who decided not to continue as Argentina coach after leading the team to the World Cup final in Brazil recently.

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    BB Masud, as I knew him – A tribute

    In spite of his aggressive fast bowling, this calm and collected individual was a cricketer par excellence, a magnificent and honorable representative of the sport and a gentleman of high classThe first time I saw him in action was at a basketball court during an Inter-University championship match at the DU (Dhaka University) indoor basketball court in 1969.  He was representing Rajshahi University. That he was a natural athlete was never doubted by anyone, least of all me. Even though Dhaka University was a star studded team with the match being a one-sided affair, this tall, dark skinned muscular student played his heart out even though he lacked some skills required to excel in this sport.

  • Athletes continue to disappoint

    Athletes continue to disappoint

    In the men’s doubles event later in the day, Bangladesh pair Aiman and Mohammed Haque lost to R. Tam and Glenn Warfe of Australia 21-8, 21-8Mezbah Ahmed, the fastest sprinter of Bangladesh, was disqualified in heat 10 of the 200m in the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday. Qazi Syque Caeser, the USA-based Bangladesh gymnast also failed to live upto expectations finishing 27th in the 32-man final list of the artistic gymnastics.

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    Israel and Hamas ‘agree new truce’

    Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza from 08:00 (05:00 GMT) on Friday, the US and UN say.

    Since Israel began its offensive in Gaza on 8 July, 1,422 Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians, according to Gaza's health ministry.

  • Pattinson talks about Stewart

    Pattinson talks about Stewart

    In terms of his career, Pattinson looks to be spreading his wings, he’s putting his name to a huge variety of filmsRobert Pattinson has once again opened up about his relationship with ex Kristen Stewart. In an interview to Esquire UK, Pattinson was asked about the cheating scandal that caused his relationship with Stewart to end. Pattinson and Stewart began an initially low-key relationship when they both starred in the hugely popular “Twilight” series back in 2008.

  • Eid specials on TV

    Eid specials on TV

    Shihoron

    Today at 7:45 pm, single-episode TV play “Shihoron” will air on Desh TV. Popular actor Mou will be seen along with Kalyan Corraya, Tariq Anam Khan and others.

  • Edge of Tomorrow: Die every day, fight every day!

    Edge of Tomorrow: Die every day, fight every day!

    This war is very different from the last great war- World War IIWe fight today for a better tomorrow, but what if tomorrow never comes? “Edge of Tomorrow” is a first-rate sci-fi action movie, and it is a first-rate antiwar movie. I have never seen such realistic action in the theater before, and in 3D it felt I was inside a real war. “Edge of Tomorrow” has got some of the best war sequence since “Saving Private Ryan,” plus, it is funny, laugh-out-loud funny.

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    Edge of Tomorrow: Die every day, fight every day!

    This war is very different from the last great war- World War IIWe fight today for a better tomorrow, but what if tomorrow never comes? “Edge of Tomorrow” is a first-rate sci-fi action movie, and it is a first-rate antiwar movie. I have never seen such realistic action in the theater before, and in 3D it felt I was inside a real war. “Edge of Tomorrow” has got some of the best war sequence since “Saving Private Ryan,” plus, it is funny, laugh-out-loud funny.

  • BAMBA’s Eid concert rescheduled

    BAMBA’s Eid concert rescheduled

    The open-air concert started on July 31 with exclusive bands including Nagarbaul, Dolchut, Feedback, Shironamhin, Obscure, Cryptic Fate, Dark and NagorikBangladesh Musical Bands Association (BAMBA) rescheduled it’s much talked about concert on the occasion of Eid at the Jamuna Future Park. The concert commenced yesterday and will continue till August 2.  A total of 24 renowned and established bands in Bangladesh – eight bands each day – will perform in the concert while the everyday’s session will begin at 5pm and will continue till midnight.

    The open-air concert started on July 31 with exclusive bands including Nagarbaul, Dolchut, Feedback, Shironamhin, Obscure, Cryptic Fate, Dark and Nagorik.

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    BNP will take some more time to reorganise

    Insiders say the party does not have any preparation to stage a strong movement at the momentAlthough the BNP has threatened vigorous but peaceful anti-government movement after Eid, chances are high that it will rather take some more time to regroup; potentially violent programmes such as hartals are currently not on the cards.

    Insiders say the party does not have any preparation to stage a strong movement at the moment.

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    Eight killed in Dhaka during Eid holidays

    The body of Ansar member Emdad Ullah was found on the ground floor of the Inland Container Depot building in Kamalapur area on WednesdayAt least eight people, including a member of Ansar, were killed in separate incidents in the capital during the three-day Eid holidays that started from July 28.

    The body of Ansar member Emdad Ullah was found on the ground floor of the Inland Container Depot building in Kamalapur area on Wednesday.

    Md Ashrafuzzaman, deputy commissioner of Mirpur division, said the Ansar member, who had been serving as a guard at the depot, was strangulated to death by unidentified criminals.

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    Matalan to pay into Rana Plaza victims fund, amount not disclosed

    Campaigners remained concerned because it was not clear how much money Matalan was committing to the victims fundBowing to pressure from campaigners, budget clothing firm Matalan announced on Wednesday that it would donate to a UN-backed fund for the victims of Rana Plaza, the collapsed clothing factory in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka, The Independent of UK reported on Wednesday.

    The company had not disclosed how much it would pay into the fund to compensate disabled survivors and families who had lost their primary earners in the catastrophic industrial accident, The Independent reported.

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    Frustration mounts as cases are kept awaiting verdict

    The appeal case of Jamaat Nayeb-e-Ameer Delawar Hossain Sayedee, who was sentenced to death by the tribunal, has been kept pending for verdict by the apex courtWith four cases kept for verdict with the two International Crimes Tribunals and an appeal case pending for verdict at the Supreme Court for months, campaigners have expressed frustration and raised questions about the trial processes.

    As of today, four cases – against Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, former BNP leader Jahid Hossain Kokhon, former Awami League leader Mobarak Hossain and Jamaat leader Mir Kashem Ali – are awaiting verdict at the tribunals.

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    Patient numbers still low at hospitals after Eid

    Hospital sources said a total of 208 patients arrived at the facility since morning, including 33 who were later admitted to the hospital’s indoorMost of the public hospitals in the capital continued to experience a lower number of patients as well as low presence of medical staff yesterday, even though the Eid vacation ended at the medical facilities on Wednesday. 

    Special duty rosters had been prepared for the doctors at most of the hospitals to ensure uninterrupted medical services during the holidays. Non-Muslim doctors, nurses and technologists were seen to be covering the shifts for many of their Muslim colleagues who enjoyed an extra day of break under special arrangements.

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    Netanyahu defies ceasefire call, vows to destroy Gaza tunnels

    The Israeli military estimated on Wednesday that accomplishing that task, already into its fourth week, would take several more daysIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said yesterday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants’ infiltration tunnels.

    The Israeli military estimated on Wednesday that accomplishing that task, already into its fourth week, would take several more days.

    “We are determined to complete this mission, with or without a ceasefire,” Netanyahu said in public remarks at a meeting of his full cabinet in Tel Aviv.

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    Greek court acquits farmers who shot 28 Bangladeshis

    Scores of migrants, many sobbing in disbelief, protested outside the court house after the verdictA Greek court has acquitted local farmers who shot 28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers in a ruling that has sparked outrage in Greece, the UK paper The Guardian reported yesterday.

    Politicians, unionists and anti-racist groups roundly condemned the verdict.

    They described the verdict as a black mark for justice in a case that had shone a light on the appalling conditions in which migrant workers were often kept in Greece.

    “I feel shame as a Greek,” said the victim’s lawyer, Moisis Karabeyidis, after the tribunal delivered the shock ruling.

  • Eid void of happiness for families of Rana Plaza victims

    Eid void of happiness for families of Rana Plaza victims

    On Eid day, the Dhaka Tribune also visited the homes of several other Rana Plaza victims, only to find that the colours of the festival had not reached those householdsThe joys and festivities of Eid continue to evade the families of Rana Plaza victims, many of whom are living in financial uncertainty after losing their only breadwinner in the disaster.

    During the three Eid festivals that followed the tragic day on April 24 last year, sorrow had been a constant companion for the family of Shyla Akhter, a garment worker who remains missing since the collapse of the building she worked at.

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