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News of: Wednesday, 5th of September, 2007

Front Page

Fight for control intensifies in BNP

Rival factions of BNP, led by its expelled and newly appointed secretaries general, are now engaged in a battle over control of the party at all levels.

Both factions want EC to invite them

Both the factions in the BNP now have their eyes on the Election Commission's (EC) invitation for the talks on electoral reforms since the call is likely to stamp the recipient as the mainstream at this point in time.

Govt to decide their citizenship today

A high profile inter-ministerial meeting will decide today whether the Urdu-speaking stranded Pakistanis living in Bangladesh will be given citizenship and national identity cards.

CA, army chief sit today with business leaders

At a high profile meeting with the country's top private sector stakeholders today, the government high-ups will listen to the business community, especially about their 'wariness' to run business under the current situation.

Toxic gas leak leads to partial shutdown

Emission of serious toxic carbon monoxide (CO) gas has forced the Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Ltd (BCMCL) in Dinajpur to reseal yesterday a mining area that was only reopened two weeks ago after being closed for nearly two years.

Thousands marooned as fresh flood grips Sylhet

Several thousand people in Zakiganj, Beanibazar and Golapganj upazilas of Sylhet were left marooned as fresh areas of these upazilas went under water in the past two days following a rise in the water level of the rivers Surma and Kushiyara.

Intel to give ICT education to students of Bangladesh

Intel Corporation Chairman Dr Craig Barrett yesterday announced introduction of its Intel World Ahead Programme aiming at providing information and communication technology (ICT) education and its access to the general population across the country.

2 Ctg businessmen, driver die in car crash

Three people including two leading businessmen were killed and three others injured yesterday in a road accident on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Nankara in Comilla.

Khaleda's lawyers prepare to start legal battle

Counsels of detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia are preparing to start a legal battle at the High Court to free her by challenging the legality of her detention.

Iajuddin to continue as president

Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said though the tenure of President Iajuddin Ahmed ends on September 5, he will stay until the election of his successor.

Court's decision on charge sheet against Hasina, Rehana today

A Dhaka court will decide today whether the charge sheet of a Tk 2.99 crore extortion case against detained Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina, her sister Sheikh Rehana and their cousin Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim will be accepted.

CA wants Intel as Bangladesh's partner in IT

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has urged Intel Corporation to make Bangladesh a partner in its programmes, particularly in IT sector, in order to take advantage of the tremendous business opportunity in a huge market of 140 million people.

Conjoined twins born

A pair of female conjoined babies were born at a clinic in Nawabganj upazila of Dhaka district early yesterday.

2 DU teachers sent to jail after remand

The two detained Dhaka University (DU) teachers arrested on charges of breaching the emergency power rules were sent to jail yesterday having spent 11 days in police custody.

DU syndicate to sit in a week to decide reopening

The Dhaka University (DU) syndicate would sit in a week to decide on reopening the university, Vice Chancellor SMA Faiz said yesterday.

Dhaka rejects Delhi's claim of suspect's arrest

Dhaka yesterday rejected New Delhi's claim that one of the suspects of the August 25 bomb blasts in Hyderabad had been arrested in Dhaka as well as the claim that New Delhi had sought Dhaka's assistance to rein in the perpetrators.

Ex-MP Fazlul Haque Milon arrested

Former BNP lawmaker AKM Fazlul Haque Milon was arrested on corruption charges in the capital's Gulshan area early yesterday, a highly-placed Rab official said.

Ex-commerce adviser Bulu sued for extortion

A case was filed against former commerce adviser Barkat Ullah Bulu and eight of his acolytes in Noakhali on Monday night for alleged extortion.

Boat capsizes in Brahmaputra; 20 missing

At least 20 passengers went missing after a boat capsized in Brahmaputra River near Melandah upazila yesterday morning.

2 held for killing girl

Police arrested two people yesterday for killing the three-year girl Sadia in her residence at Hajaribagh in the capital on Monday.

Dhaka keen to join Shanghai cooperation body as observer

Bangladesh has expressed its interest to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as an observer.

Progress in Dubai talks on Benazir-Musharraf deal

Negotiators trying to thrash out a power-sharing deal between Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and self-exiled former premier Benazir Bhutto made some progress on Tuesday, her party said.

US denies N Korea off terror list

North Korea remains on a list of states that sponsor terrorism, a senior US diplomat said Tuesday, dismissing North Korean claims that Washington decided to remove the designation.

Bush hints at US troops cut in Iraq

President George W Bush, on a surprise visit to Iraq Monday, said a reduction in combat troops was possible but sniped at "nervous" US politicians ahead of a showdown with Congress.

Twin suicide bombings in Pakistan kill 25

Suicide bombers attacked an army bus and a commercial district in a city near the Pakistani capital on Tuesday, killing at least 25 people, the army and police said.

Editorial

BNP's most serious crisis

Begum Khaleda Zia's arrest on Monday was clearly a major blow for the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. What, however, came as a new blow was the peremptory manner in which the BNP chairperson announced the expulsion of party secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan from the party. If the first blow was precipitated by the Anti-Corruption Commission's case against Begum Zia, the second was brought about by the harsh move of the former prime minister herself. To what extent the BNP will handle this twin crisis is something that political observers will be watching keenly. And that is only natural, given that the occupants of the two most powerful positions in the party are now positioned against each other.

Unregistered universities

Following publication of the HSC exam results there has been a noticeable rush of students seeking admission to various unregistered private universities, including a number of branches of foreign universities, located outside the capital city. The University Grants Commission (UGC) had earlier identified these institutions as operating without due registration, and therefore illegally.

Words, phrases and our political lexicon

There is a lot you hear about something called indoor politics these days. And you begin to wonder what it all means. Politics, after all, is just that -- politics. It is either there or it isn't. Again, if you speak of indoor politics, it naturally follows that there is another phenomenon known as outdoor politics.

Whither political party reform?

One stroke of the pen…no…one word of the mouth…and there goes intra-party reform to oblivion! Gone with the (bad) wind! Today, dear readers, you need no better proof to be convinced that it has been dictatorship all along, and it will be dictatorship in the future. To be specific, look at the way Khaleda Zia fired party General Secretary Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and Joint-Secretary General Ashraf Hossain.

Media hype over GPA super-achievers

Over the past few years or so we have been witnessing an extraordinary level of frenzy over the success of the GPA super-grade achievers. This is largely due to the hype by both the electronic and the print media. This year, too, is no exception.

Sports

Marvellous Mashrafe

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza lived up to his reputation as a big-hitter as his rearguard action facilitated Bangladesh to sign off the Twenty20 quadrangular tournament in Nairobi with a 21-run victory over a spirited Uganda at the Gymkhana Club ground yesterday.

Chappell is a Tigers fan

Australian great Ian Chappell has backed Bangladesh to make it to the last eight of the first-ever ICC Twenty20 World Championship to be held in South Africa from September 11.

India put half-dozen past Bangladesh

Bangladesh crashed 6-0 to defending champions and hosts India in their Pool B match of the 7th Asia Cup hockey tournament yesterday in Chennai but the defeat could have been worse had not goalkeeper Zahid Hossain made a series of spectacular saves.

NCA dump Tasmania

BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) inflicted a heavy 132-run defeat on Tasmania in the Crocodile Cup three-day match at the University ground in Darwin yesterday.

Federer-Roddick quarter

Asked if he realized Roger Federer had won 35 straight points -- yes, 35 -- on his serve, Feliciano Lopez blinked his green eyes.

Our ideal game: Sarwan

The West Indies are in a perfect frame of mind to make their mark on their ideal tournament when they launch the inaugural Twenty20 world championship, skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan said Tuesday.

Spandan, Matuail win big

Spandan earned a 3-0 victory over Dhaka Junior in the Third Division football league at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Stars raise nearly Tk 6 lakh for flood victims

The joint effort of footballers and film stars of the country raised over Tk eight lakh from Sunday's exhibition football match for flood victims.

Flintoff only worry

England coach Peter Moores said Monday he was hopeful Andrew Flintoff would be fit to face India at The Oval here on Wednesday.

BCCI looking for 'right man'

Once bitten ever shy seems to be the policy of the Cricket Board vis-à-vis its selection of the national coach in the aftermath of the disastrous Graham Ford episode a few months ago.

PCB beckons Buchanan

The Pakistan Cricket Board is trying to secure the services of former Australian coach John Buchanan for improving the standard of its National Academy in Lahore.

Fiorentina hold Milan

AC Milan's joy at winning the European Super Cup last Friday was doused on Monday as they were held 1-1 by Fiorentina in their Serie A clash.

England sweat on trio

England's preparations for their upcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Russia suffered a fresh setback on Tuesday when a combination of illness and injury forced John Terry, Steven Gerrard and Owen Hargreaves to sit out the squad's first training session.

Ballack in the cold

Michael Ballack was brought to Chelsea by Roman Abramovich to win the Champions League but the Germany midfielder will not feature in this season's group stage, after the London club omitted him from the squad list that they submitted to Uefa last Friday. They based the decision on the likelihood that Ballack will not be fit "for the majority of the group phase games" as he continues his rehabilitation from the ankle operation he underwent on July 3, having first had surgery to address the problem on April 27. But the news still caused shock, particularly as the Germany manager, Joachim Loew, said yesterday that he hoped to have Ballack, his captain, available for the European Championship qualifying tie against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on October 13.

'Don't risk Gerrard'

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has pleaded with his England counterpart Steve McClaren not to risk star midfielder Steven Gerrard for two crunch Euro 2008 qualifiers, unless he is fully fit.

Sevilla into group phases

Sevilla paid a fitting tribute to former full-back Antonio Puerta by storming into the Champions League group phase with a 4-1 win over AEK Athens here on Monday night.

Domenech ban upheld

UEFA on Tuesday rejected France coach Raymond Domenech's appeal against a one-match ban, four days before his team face World Cup final rivals Italy in a Euro 2008 qualifying clash.

No Crespo for Argentina

Inter Milan striker Hernan Crespo has withdrawn from Argentina's squad to play Australia in a friendly next week in Melbourne.

FIFA to inspect Zimbabwe

A delegation of FIFA officials will arrive here Monday to asses the country's capacity to host visitors for the 2010 World Cup to be hosted in South Africa.

'Ponting will join us'

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting should be available for the upcoming Twenty20 World Championship despite failing to travel with the rest of the squad, his stand-in Adam Gilchrist said on Monday.

Wright called as cover

Luke Wright, the Sussex allrounder who is part of England's Twenty20 World Championship squad, has been called into the one-day squad to cover for Andrew Flintoff, Ravi Bopara and Chris Tremlett.

Bopara out, Flintoff doubtful

Ravi Bopara was Tuesday ruled out of England's two remaining one day internationals against India and this month's Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa with a broken thumb.

Farhat served with notice

The Pakistan Cricket Board has served a legal notice on opening batsman Imran Farhat, who last month joined the unofficial Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Sarwan denies ICL story

Ramnaresh Sarwan, the West Indies captain, has distanced himself from rumours linking him to the Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Bosman blow for Proteas

South Africa batsman Loots Bosman has been ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 because of a back injury.

'Australia A to stay'

The Australia A cricket team would continue with their tour as per the schedule despite the twin blast that rocked the city of Rawalpindi on Tuesday, Board officials said.

BCB's condolence

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) condoled the death of AFM Rabiul Hassan (Kochi), a renowned sports organiser and former cricketer, who passed away recently.

Business

Tour operators hope to benefit from boom in Indian, Chinese tourists

Bangladeshi tour operators are hoping to benefit from the explosion in tourists from China and India, with the sector designing a new strategy to attract visitors from the two neighbouring countries.

Strikes, too many unions worry Cambodian RMG makers

Cambodian garment makers Tuesday urged the government to better regulate labour unions, saying illegal strikes and power struggles among more than 1,000 workers' groups threaten the key textile trade.

Companies to form global energy giant

Suez SA and state-owned Gaz de France plan to form a global energy giant that they say will be better placed to compete against players such as Russia's OAO Gazprom.

Lanka, Maldives to jointly promote tourism

Sri Lanka has teamed up with the neighbouring island paradise of the Maldives to woo tourists from China, Russia and the Middle East, officials said Tuesday.

China consumers key to ending reliance on Western markets

China's booming export-driven economy remains vulnerable to any changes in Western consumption patterns but its burgeoning domestic market could lessen this risk, the World Economic Forum said on Monday.

India's retail sector key for jobs growth, industry forum says

India's retail sector is expected to expand rapidly in the next decade and provide jobs to the country's staggeringly large young population, industry experts said on Tuesday.

Labour shortage threatens China's Guangdong province

A severe labour shortage will damage the economic stability of the capital of Guangdong province of China within the next two to three decades, authorities have said.

Malaysian exports stagnant as electronics sector shrinks

Malaysian export growth stagnated in July as the electronics sector shrank compared to a year ago, offsetting rising payments from a booming palm oil industry, according to data released Tuesday.

Qatar plans to invest further in Asia

State-owned Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), which is reportedly interested in buying almost a third of the London Stock Exchange, said Tuesday it was considering expanding in Asia.

Australia urges 'powerful signal' from US

Australia called Tuesday on the United States to send a "powerful signal" on cutting farm subsidies to break a six-year deadlock in talks on freeing up global trade.

Delhi meet on ADB's strategic framework begins today

The regional consultation on the review of Asian Development Bank's Long-term Strategic Framework (LTSF) begins in the Indian capital New Delhi today.

Dutch-Bangla Bank, Banglalink sign deal to offer SMS banking

Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL) on Monday signed an agreement with mobile phone operator Banglalink to offer SMS banking services to the clients, says a press release.

WTO talks threatened by 'deepfreeze'

EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson warned on Tuesday that long-deadlocked WTO talks faced a "deep-freeze" if negotiators fail to make a breakthrough in the coming months.

$10.84m RMG factory to be set up at Adamjee EPZ

A joint venture project between Canada and Bangladesh will set up a composite textile unit for knitwear manufacturing at the Adamjee Export Processing Zone, says a press release.

New Gillette razor launched

International Brands Limited, a sister concern of MGH Group and the sole distributor of Gillette brand razor in Bangladesh, yesterday introduced a new brand razor in local market.

Thailand's credit rating stable

Fitch Ratings, while opining that Thailand is among "the most vulnerable countries in Asia" to a decline in global economic growth, said yesterday the kingdom's rating could be upgraded if the election really promises political stability.

China, India lead surge in mobile subscribers

Asia's booming economic powerhouses of China and India are leading a fresh surge in mobile phone use with nearly 200 million new subscribers between them in the first quarter of 2007, the United Nations telecommunications agency said on Tuesday.

AB Bank okays 30pc dividend

Arab Bangladesh Bank (AB) Ltd yesterday declared a 30 percent dividend, according to a press release.

Lanka seeks bids for oil exploration

Sri Lanka plans to kick off a roadshow next week to attract international investors to explore oil off its northwestern shores, the petroleum minister said Monday.

UAE premier heads business visit to Vietnam

The prime minister of the United Arab Emirates visited Vietnam Tuesday on a trip aimed at boosting trade and investment with the fast-growing Southeast Asian economy, officials said.

Hyundai Motor agrees to wage deal

South Korea's top automaker Hyundai Motor on Tuesday agreed on a wage deal for this year paving the way for workers to avert a planned strike, its union said.

Metropolitan

40,000 kidney patients die a year

About 40,000 kidney patients die every year in the country as the trend of posthumous kidney donation here is very low compared to the developed nations, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.

Recognise contribution of Agartala people during liberation war

Speakers at a book launching ceremony yesterday said the nation has failed to recognise the contribution of the people of Agartala who gave all sorts of supports to Bangladeshi refugees during the nine months of the Liberation War.

Take steps right now to deter HIV spread in epidemic form

At present the number of HIV-positive patients in the country is around 550, said the speakers at a scientific seminar here yesterday.

Dhaka, Moscow to strengthen ties

Bangladesh and Russia agreed to expand political and economic cooperation for mutual interests.

'Implement agreement signed with people of Phulbari'

Leaders of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Electricity and Port yesterday demanded immediate implementation of all the conditions of Phulbari agreement signed between the four-party alliance government and the people of Phulbari.

DV interviews scheduled for Sept cancelled

The United States Embassy in Dhaka yesterday said all new diversity visa (DV) interviews scheduled for the month of September 2007 have been cancelled.

Schoolgirl, traffic police killed in road accidents

A schoolgirl and an on duty traffic police were killed and two truck helpers were injured in separate road accidents in Thakurgaon, Satkhira and Rajshahi in the last two days.

Int'l body formed to secure release of Khaleda

Expatriate BNP leaders and supporters have formed a 501-member committee titled 'Khaleda Zia Antorjatik Mukti Andolon' to wage movement worldwide against the arrest of the former prime minister and secure her release.

Parents of victim demand arrest of culprits

Parents of Javed, who died in Sadarghat Launch Terminal tragedy in May, yesterday demanded arrest of the persons responsible for the death of their son.

Minor girl drowns in Ctg

A minor girl drowned while swimming in a pond here yesterday.

Janmastami celebrated

Janmastami, one of the biggest religious festivals of Hindus, was celebrated amid festivities and much enthusiasm across the country yesterday to mark the birthday of Lord Krishna.

Rajshahi BNP demands release of Khaleda

Rajshahi BNP leaders yesterday congratulated the party's new Secretary General Khondaker Delwar Hossain and expressed satisfaction with the decision to expel Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan from the party.

Painting contest held

On the occasion of World Children's Day, a painting competition was held at Bangladesh Shishu Academy in the city yesterday, says a press release.

National

Allahr Dal militants still active in Kushtia

Activists of Islamist militant outfit Allahr Dal are regrouping and expanding their activities in Kshtia. It has 56 members including women in the district.

Sirajganj farmers face seddlings, fertiliser crises

With recession of flood water, there are signs of devastation all around but farmers are in fields with new hopes to grow Amon paddy and early winter vegetables. Sirajganj was the worst affected district with most areas of its nine upazilas reeling under waters from Mighty Jamauna this year.

Editor of Kushtia dailies, BNP leader held

Sihab Uddin, editor of two Kushtia local dailies, was arrested here Monday night.

Open House Day held at Kalaroa

Police have to gain trust of the people to make the society free from crime, speakers said at open house discussion at Kalaroa police station in Satkhira yesterday.

More 64 sacked at Peoples Jute Mills

Sixty four security guards of closed Peoples Jute mills (PJM) have been sacked. They got a notice in this regard Monday evening.

Housewife 'commits suicide' in Rajshahi

A housewife allegedly committed suicide by taking poison in Meherchandi area of Rajshahi city yesterday noon.

Fertiliser bags recovered from PHED store

Police recovered 300 sacks of fertiliser from an abandoned storehouse of Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) in Mirpur upazila Tuesday night.

Letters

Khaleda Zia's arrest

The detention of Khaleda Zia by a court in Dhaka has not come as a surprise to the people as the ACC filed very specific charges against the ex-premier, alleging her involvement in abuse of power. The nation expects that she will receive required legal assistance and a fair trial. There should not be any form of ambivalence in administrating her case and she should be given the full right to represent her legal team.

Diarrhoea patients

I am distressed to see the record increase in the number of diarrhoea patients at the cholera hospital in Dhaka seeking emergency treatment. I had the opportunity of dealing with several such surges while I was working at the Cholera Research Laboratory/ ICDDR,B between 1966-1986. Here are my suggestions for controlling the number of new admissions to the hospital(s); if it has not been done already:

Razzaq quits

Abdul Razzaq's sudden departure from international cricket is a big loss to both cricket as well as the Pakistan team. He was undoubtedly an amazing all-rounder, although I always felt that his bowling at times looked sluggish but his pinch-hitting style batting has always been a treat to watch. His unexpected retirement comes at a time when Pakistan are looking to re-build their team after the World Cup debacle and also at a time when a new coach has just arrived. I would blame the selectors here because Razzaq has made it clear that the reason behind his retirement is that the selectors did not include him in the 15-man squad heading for the twenty20

Polythene bag

I was watching on television the news of relief distribution among the flood victims. The thing is that flood victims were being provided the relief goods contained in polythene bags. Apart from this, even if we look around our markets we will find that the existence of polythene bag is still there and we all are using this bag. This is needless to say yet again that polythene is an utterly detrimental thing for the environment. Many campaigns were launched to prevent the citizens from using the polythene bag and an effective attempt was made to encourage people to use paper, cloth, and jute made bags instead of using polythene bags.

Tragic realism?

In literature, the term for unlikely events juxtapositioned into reality is called Magic Realism. Great authors have used this concept in many of their masterpieces. The books that twine together the real with the unreal often satirically speak of the nature of society. In correspondence to politics and governance in Bangladesh, the unbelievable information that is being stripped and exposed is indeed real, but the extent of these events is unbelievable. The events compiled together speak in the tone of an unpublished magically real story, where the plot is being unfolded. Unfortunately, this is a true tale where the bottom line had been leading to spoil the values of the country.

Student politics

I think it is always good to discuss about our own country. Many men have many minds. I oppose student politics. I came to know what they actually do when I was a resident of Sir Salimullah Hall in DU. Student activists do virtually nothing.

Party politics and columnists

Be careful about our Think Tanks (empty?) who would try to write articles terming the present chaotic situation as mass movement. Don't you think it is high time to ban party politics from educational institutes and trade unions?

No sympathy for troublemakers

I had a stressful evening when I learned from my sister (a DU student) that they would have to vacate the hall. She had to walk a long way to reach my aunt's house. She paid the price of her university mates' unruly destructive behaviour. I have no sympathy for the students who created anarchy even after the government expressed regret and withdrew the army camp from Dhaka University. I will not be surprised if the employers now even more favour private university students over public university ones.

Destructive student politics

We the overseas Bangladeshis are shocked and ashamed of the unruly behaviour of our student community presumably fumed by certain teachers of Dhaka University. Instead of supporting the present caretaker government for its good intention to clean up the image of the world's most corrupt country, they are indulging in politics of destruction.

Much better now!

I just came back from visiting Dhaka for two weeks in the middle of August. For the last one year, I have been following the events through your newspaper but this is the first time I had a first-hand experience of how life is in Dhaka. I am glad to say that whatever I saw was very encouraging. I was so glad to see so many positives in the daily lives of our families. To begin with, the airport experience was a breath of fresh air, everything was clean and orderly. I didn't see a single person around who had no reason to be there. I felt secured and safe when I was inside and when I got out. The streets were cleaner than last year when I last visited Dhaka. I also experienced much less traffic congestion.

Mysteries of life

How many stars are there in the sky? Who built them, how are they formed and when?

Poor interview!

Something simply shattered me while I was watching a 'talk-show' in a local Bengali satellite channel the other day. It was that talk-show where Momo, the Lux superstar, was interviewed.

Comments

Re: Professor Ahmed H Huque's article, published in The Daily Star.

What government is it?

Can the chief adviser or anyone responsible on his behalf clear the confusion arising due to the latest statement of Army Chief General Moin U Ahmed, who said that the present government is an army backed caretaker government, which contradicts the law adviser's claim that it is a national government.

International

Rafsanjani asks Iran to beware of 'US dangers'

Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani yesterday urged Iran to preserve national unity and beware of being provoked in the face of the "dangers" posed by arch enemy the United States.

Taliban vow more abductions

Afghanistan's Taliban vowed yesterday to continue abducting foreign nationals, saying the kidnapping of 23 South Koreans showed the tactic was an effective tool against the government.

Nukes in safe hands

Pakistan on Monday said that its nuclear assets are secure in a multilateral structure and termed as "baseless" reports that they may land in wrong hands.

Israel must re-route Barrier, says court

In an embarrassing blow to the Israeli government, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state to redraw the route of its West Bank separation barrier near a Palestinian village that has come to symbolize opposition to the enclosure.

10 dead in rebel clash in restive northeast India

At least 10 tribal separatists were killed in a clash with a rival group in India's restive northeastern Manipur state, police said Tuesday.

Israel threatens to cut Gaza supplies

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Haim Ramon yesterday threatened to cut electricity, water and fuel supplies into Gaza if militants in the Hamas-ruled territory continued to fire rockets into Israel.

Iraq confirms death sentence for 'Chemical Ali’

A top Iraqi court has confirmed the death sentence on "Chemical Ali" and two other cohorts of Saddam Hussein convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity, a senior judge said yesterday.

Britain's Brown denies rift with US over Iraq

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown denied yesterday any strategic differences with the United States over Iraq, a day after British troops withdrew from Basra city while US forces are surging in Baghdad.

Jamaica's first woman premier ousted in close election

Jamaica's first woman premier, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, has refused to concede defeat after officials said the main opposition Jamaican Labour Party won a close vote.

Japanese nuclear plant reports minor leak

A Japanese electric power firm said yesterday that a small amount of water containing radioactive material had leaked from a nuclear plant, amid rising public concern about the country's nuclear industry.

Orissa cholera death toll climbs to 169

The death toll from an outbreak of cholera in eastern India rose to 169 with thousands of people being treated for the disease, officials said yesterday.

Militants free four Pakistan soldiers

Islamic militants released four Pakistani soldiers yesterday, nearly two months after they were abducted from a lawless tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

2 Afghan aid workers kidnapped

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped two Afghan aid workers contracted to a development ministry, the government said yesterday as the Taliban vowed more abductions following the just-ended South Korean saga.

Bush in Australia

Fresh from a surprise trip to Iraq, US President George W Bush arrived in Australia late Tuesday for an Asia-Pacific summit and a series of one-on-one meetings with world leaders.

Arts & Entertainment

"Balika": Celebrating the girl child

Aly Zaker needs no introduction really; he is best known as a seasoned stage and television personality. Theatre is his first passion, but photography is something that is also close to his heart. He has been taking photographs for as long as he can remember and has participated in group shows in the past.

Playwright and novelist Pranab Bhatta passes away

Noted novelist and playwright Pranab Bhatta breathed his last on September 3 at Monowara Hospital in Dhaka. Following a cardiac arrest, he was taken to the hospital in the afternoon that day.

Theatre festival in aid of flood victims

As part of the ongoing theatre festival organised in aid of flood victims Nagorik Natyasampradaya will stage Chhayanat today at the National Theatre Stage. The festival is jointly arranged by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Grand finale of Lux-Channel i Superstar '07 tomorrow

Channel i will air the grand finale of Lux-Channel i Superstar 2007 tomorrow at 7:30pm, live from Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre. The 'Superstar' for 2007 will be selected during the show. Ten young, talented women have made it to the finals from thousands of contestants who registered from all over the country. This year the show was launched in June.

Concert featuring Bombay Vikings and Artcel

Popular Indian band Bombay Vikings along with Bangladeshi progressive rock band Artcel and DJ Rahat performed at a concert organised by Creatas Communications Ltd. at Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre on September 3.

OP-ED

Status of biogas technology in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the low energy consuming countries of the world. At present, the per capita energy consumption is 220 kgoe. The national grid could so far cover only 35 per cent of the total population, and only 3 per cent people are enjoying piped gas supply. About 70 per cent people of Bangladesh live in rural areas, where the situation is worse. As a result, rural to urban migration is high in Bangladesh.

Politics overheating in Pakistan

For any political observer the developments in Pakistan are at once interesting and dull. Interesting because new actors are in the play and dull because it is repetition of history. Over the past several weeks there have been a series of reports that a power-sharing deal is in the making between Gen Pervez Musharraf and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Now there is another twist -- that of another former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif -- who is threatening to return to Pakistan to oust Musharraf.

Dealing with existing coal projects

At present, Bangladesh has a law that governs the exploration and development of minerals. This law sets out the procedures to be followed and the taxes that are to be paid. Any company wishing to develop mineral resources in Bangladesh must work within this law.

Star City

Mechanised chicken de-feathering may not be a favour for all

Rasheda Khanom, a homemaker from Taj Mahal Road, Mohammadpur, bought eight chickens from the Karwan Bazar kitchen market and got them de-feathered mechanically to save her time. But consumers like her are totally unaware that along with the processed raw meat they may carry home pathogens that cause serious health hazards.

Community care brings Gulshan's Tank Park to life again

Community participation in maintenance of public parks has set a shining example in Gulshan while most of the city parks have been in a deplorable state in absence of proper maintenance by the authorities.

100 fair-price outlets on to arrest price hike

Eighty more fair-price outlets opened in the capital on Monday under the supervision of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in a bid to arrest price hike of essentials ahead of Ramadan.

Students imbued with humanity

Students and teachers of various educational institutions in the city have come forward to distribute relief materials among flood-hit people on their own initiative.

A day with a spare dealer at Dholaikhal

Ezaz Uddin inherited nothing but a flimsy little shop when his father passed away 20 years ago. Though Ezaz knew that similar to his father's life story, he would never get any recognition for the trade, he decided to follow his father's footprints anyway.

Star Chittagong

Shrimps stumble in EU markets for hazardous antibiotics

Frozen food exporters call for identifying origin of two hazardous antibiotics that contaminate shrimps and helping the potential sector sustain its growing market.

CDA drives against illegal structures go in vain

The unauthorised portions of shopping malls and commercial and residential structures that were demolished in recent months have gradually been recaptured in the port city.



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