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News of: Saturday, 8th of September, 2007

Front Page

Heavy rain triggers fresh flood in several districts

Countrywide heavy downpour in the last few days brought floods to many districts again, as the major rivers either crossed the danger levels or neared the marks.

Expelled 2 can rejoin party if they yield to Khaleda's lead

The BNP leaders loyal to Khaleda Zia yesterday said the party might consider reinstating the primary membership of those expelled if they want so accepting the command of Khaleda Zia.

Charges against all but 126 students likely to be dropped

In a bid to reopen Dhaka University (DU), the government will leave out names of most of the students from the cases filed in connection with the recent unrest on and around the campus.

'Teachers do politics abusing autonomy of universities'

There is no place for free thinking in the universities nowadays, as the teachers have gotten involved in partisan politics abusing the autonomy of the institutions, they are even getting promotions wielding political clout, said Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday.

Koko admitted to BSMMU

The Dhaka Central Jail authorities yesterday admitted Arafat Rahman Koko, detained younger son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) following suggestion by doctors.

New RCC list has 21,564 less voters than last year's

In Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) 2,52,564 have been photographed and recorded as voters. The number of voters in the new list is less by 21,564 than in the list prepared by the Election Commission last year.

Good results rarely make them happy

Good results in the SSC and HSC examinations seemingly fail to make happy the students from Dalit (lower caste) community, as they fear that severe financial constraint will stand in the way of their education.

No sign of early resumption of Nagarbari ferry service

One of the major ferry routes of the country Nagarbari-Aricha (Paturia) remains suspended for over a month due to flooding and shortage of ferries.

Tornados lash Lalmonirhat, Sandwip

Over 100 thatched houses were damaged and at least 20 people injured as tornados lashed Patgram upazila in Lalmonirhat and Sandwip upazila in Chittagong yesterday morning.

2 former Bogra MPs sued

Two former BNP lawmakers and their family members have been sued on criminal charges.

10 Jamaat men sued for 'attack on temple'

A case has been filed against 10 Jamaat leaders and activists at Bera Pora in Santhia upazila for attacking a Hindu temple on September 5.

Yunus Chair at King Saud University

King Saud University of Saudi Arabia has announced 50 scholarships for Bangladeshi students, particularly for those who are the children of Grameen Bank borrowers.

Cricketer Opi arrested as wife files case

Former national team cricketer Mehrab Hossain Opi was arrested and sent to Dhaka Central Jail yesterday in a case filed by his wife under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.

Businessman shot dead

Unknown criminals shot dead a businessman in the city's Shyampur area early yesterday.

2 of a firm at Ctg port held

Joint forces arrested two people including the owner of a freight-forwarding firm at Chittagong Port Thursday night in connection with holding for ransom imported goods of an industry.

JMB man held in Comilla

Detectives yesterday arrested a member of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at a village in Muradnagar upazila of the district.

England-India final ODI today

With the cricket series tantalisingly poised at 3-3, a buoyant India will seek to record a rare overseas one-day series triumph as they take on an equally determined England in the decider at the Lord's here Saturday.

BSF kills two Bangladeshis in Satkhira

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead two Bangladeshis at Kushkhali frontier under Sadar upazila yesterday.

Govt reopens graft case against Sharif

The government has reopened corruption cases against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and a court yesterday ordered the arrest of his younger brother ahead of their planned return home from exile next week, lawyers said.

Nepali Cong for turning kingdom into republic

Nepal's biggest political party landed a potentially knock-out blow to the embattled monarchy yesterday declaring it wanted the kingdom to become a republic.

7 Americans killed in Iraq attacks

Four US Marines were killed in fighting in Anbar province, and three soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in northern Iraq, the military said yesterday.

Most people want troops out of Iraq

Two-thirds of people questioned around the world want US-led troops to pull out of Iraq within a year, but fewer than half believe that they will ever leave, according to a poll published Friday.

Algerian attack aimed at president kills 22

A suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 107 in an assassination bid against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in northeastern Algeria, state radio said yesterday.

Indian Maoists target politicians: 3 killed

Maoists rebels targeted a federal MP and a state minister from India's ruling Congress party in a bomb attack that left three people dead, police said yesterday.

Laden to taunt US again in video marking 9/11

Osama bin Laden plans to emerge from the shadows to taunt the United States again in a video message marking the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, US-based monitoring services and a militant website said.

Editorial

Hawkers' rehabilitation

We welcome the decision of the government to provide the evicted hawkers of the capital city with specified areas to restart their business before the onset of the month of Ramadan. We believe it is a timely and a laudable step that should be implemented by the city authorities at their earliest. And the decision to issue ID cards against about 12 thousand city hawkers, we feel, will make them easily identifiable in case of any law and order situation.

Park management

Arecent media report has shown that public parks can be better managed through participation of the local community. Shining examples are Tank Park, Baridhara Park and the Lake Park in Gulshan. While the Baridhara Society takes care of Baridhara Park, Gulshan Society looks after the Lake Park, Dhaka City Corporation along with local community looks after the Tank Park.

About time

Ever since the arrest of Sheikh Hasina in July, the entire country has been waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak. On one hand, the arrest of Sheikh Hasina but not Khaleda Zia seemed inexplicable considering the fact that the latter had been the head of the most corrupt government that Bangladesh had ever witnessed and that had been most recently in power, during which time she had presided over the country turning into a virtual kleptocracy, to say nothing of its steady transformation into a nasty police state, complete with extra-judicial executions and a plethora of other ills.

Crisis of options in Pakistan

Pakistan appears to be at the crossroads soon after celebrating the 60th birthday of its independence. Its President, General Pervez Musharraf finds himself sitting on a volcano that is being periodically shaken by convulsions. Right now he appears to be confronted by the gravest crisis of his eight-year rule and faces an ever-shrinking menu of options. He also has just a few days left to find a way out of his labyrinth before a constitutional crisis paralyses Pakistan.

We must protect ourselves from mad cow disease

Though in Bangladesh there has not yet been diagnosed any case of mad cow disease, we should all be cautious about it. European companies produce meat and bone meal (MBM) from slaughterhouse waste. As the use of MBM in Europe is severely restricted by EU law, it is reportedly exported to Asian countries (including Bangladesh) where it can legally be used asand in animal feed.

Sports

Coach search to continue!

Bangladesh Cricket Board's plan to appoint a national coach before the upcoming New Zealand tour suffered a setback after Zimbabwean Dave Houghton withdrew from the race for the demanding job.

NCA beat Strike

BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) thrived on two half centuries by Nayeem Islam and Dhiman Gosh to register a 50-run victory over Northern Territory Strike in their last limited-over game in their Australian tour yesterday.

Akhtar smacks Asif

Pakistan sent Shoaib Akhtar home from the Twenty20 championships in South Africa Friday after the paceman hit teammate Mohammad Asif with a cricket bat, plunging the troubled team into fresh chaos.

Tigers take on Scotland today

Bangladesh play their first warm-up match against Scotland today at Centurion Park in Pretoria ahead of the Twenty20 World Championship which begins on September 11.

Footballers in Cox's Bazar

The national football team reached Cox's Bazar last night to begin the first leg of their three-month preparation for the SAFF Championship in December.

Clubs given more time

The pending relegation league of the Dhaka Premier League could be deferred further as the Cricket Committee of the Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) has asked the working committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board to oversee the matter.

Hockey team face Pakistan today

Bangladesh will take on a wounded Pakistan in the classification match for 5th-8th places in the 7th Asia Cup hockey tournament today in Chennai.

'Eng can bounce back'

James Anderson is confident England can overcome successive defeats to win the deciding one-day match of the series with India at Lord's on Saturday.

He thinks he's Zidane

Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar apologised Friday for hitting teammate Mohammad Asif, but said he was provoked into the act, which saw him sent home from the world Twenty20 championships.

Gayle wants to be first

Chris Gayle says West Indies want to be the first Twenty20 world champions, a format many believe suits his attacking style of play.

Djokovic jokes into semis

Might as well have been Open mike night for Novak Djokovic.

Ponting to join squad

Ricky Ponting will join the Australian squad for the inaugural Twenty20 cricket world championships in South Africa after his wife's health improved.

Anderson in for Bopara

James Anderson has been called into England's ICC World Twenty20 squad as a replacement for Ravi Bopara, who was ruled out earlier this week with a broken thumb sustained during the fifth ODI against India.

No room for excuses: Buffon

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said there will be no room for excuses when they face beaten World Cup final rivals France in what is expected to be a hot-tempered Euro 2008 qualifier on Saturday.

Controversy goes on

France coach Raymond Domenech and Italy defender Marco Materazzi are threatening to steal the spotlight when both sides meet for a potentially hot-tempered Euro 2008 clash at the San Siro on Saturday.

Gerrard fit to start

Steven Gerrard will brush off his injury woes and line up for England against Israel on Saturday, but fellow midfielder Owen Hargreaves appears to be losing the race to be fit for the crucial Euro 2008 qualifier.

Wenger continues 'life's work'

Arsene Wenger has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep the Frenchman at Arsenal until 2011 and make him the longest-serving manager in the Gunners' history, the club announced on Friday.

Captain Klose

Miroslav Klose is set to captain his country for the first time as the veteran striker wins his 70th cap in Germany's Euro 2008 qualifier against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

Lahm ruled out

Germany defender Philipp Lahm has pulled out of the Euro 2008 group D qualifier against Wales in Cardiff after picking up an injury during a training session on Thursday.

Spain plan Puerta tribute

Spain are hoping to have the name of defender Antonio Puerta, who died suddenly on the pitch two weeks ago, written on their shirts in Saturday's Euro 2008 match in Iceland.

Czech player fined $10,000

A Czech footballer who gave a Nazi salute at the end of a first division match has been fined nearly 10,000 dollars, the Czech football association's disciplinary committee said Thursday.

Entertain while winning

Australian fast bowler Brett Lee could hardly hide his excitement about being back in action when he called Twenty20 "three hours of the most amazing cricket". He will be spearheading Australia's attack in the ICC World Twenty20 after a seven-month layoff from the game.

Hosts seek recovery

On the last occasion South Africa hosted a world cricket event the host country crashed out ignominiously.

Vincent excited at new era

Lou Vincent, the New Zealand batsman, is in confident mood ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 though insists that, aged 28, now is the time for him to perform on a consistent basis.

Robin happy with fielding

Robin Singh, India's fielding coach, says he is pleased with the improved performance by the Indian team in the field during the sixth ODI against England at The Oval.

5-star Yusuf guides Sena Pally School

After their seniors got off to a bright start in the first round on Thursday, the Sena Pally High School Under-11s recorded a massive 7-0 win over Motijheel Ideal School in the junior section of the Dhaka School Football League yesterday.

Manikchhari reach final

Towhid struck twice as Manikchhari reached the final of the second Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup tournament beating Ramghar 3-1 in the semifinal at the Khagrachhari Stadium yesterday.

Facile wins for PWD, Gazirchot

PWD and Gazirchot recorded identical 3-0 wins in yesterday's Third Division Football League at the Bit Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

Rumi, Jayati in singles final

Rumi set a final clash against her teammate Jayati in the Sam Open Table Tennis tournament women's singles after both Abahani players ousted their opponents yesterday.

Jessore claim kabaddi title

Jessore trounced Rajshahi 44-15 to become champions in the Fresh IGP Cup National Youth Kabaddi Championship in the final at the Outer Stadium Kabaddi court yesterday.

Business

Lack of infrastructure holds back tourism

With domestic tourism getting popular in recent years, local tour operators have said lack of adequate infrastructure is holding back their business growth.

United Airways flies to Cox's Bazar, Jessore

United Airways (Bangladesh) Ltd, a private sector airline founded by non-resident Bangladeshis, yesterday launched two new flights to Cox's Bazar and Jessore.

Apec business code cracks down on bribery

A drive to eradicate bribery and corruption in business deals was launched in a wide-ranging code of conduct unveiled at an Asia Pacific meeting here Friday.

Food price hike may lead to 'social tension'

Increases in the prices of basic food products could spark "social tension" in developing countries, the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in an interview published Friday.

Visitors throng travel and tourism fair

Visitors thronged 'Banglalink Bangladesh Travel and Tourism Fair' 07' at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the capital yesterday, the second day of the country's tourism extravaganza, as tour operators offered a wide range of packages.

IMF scales back US, eurozone growth forecasts

The IMF said Thursday it was scaling back its projections for economic growth in the United States and Europe following recent turmoil on global stock markets tied to the US housing downturn.

Joseph Stiglitz, Colin Powel and Bangladesh business leadership

So far, I can take back from the scratch pad/notes prepared during our economics or business school days -- the World Bank is one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge to support governments of member countries in their efforts to invest in schools and healthcare centers, provide water and electricity, fight disease and protect the environment. Not a 'bank' in the common sense, since its inception in 1944 as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the number of its member countries increased sharply in the 1950s and 1960s when many countries became independent nations.

Tata to launch $2,500 small cars in mid '08

The Tata Motors' much-hyped small car for about 2,500 dollars will hit the roads as per schedule in the middle of the year 2008, the company's Managing Director Ravi Kant has said.

Citibank tops Asiamoney cash management client polls

Citibank has won 95 awards in Asiamoney magazine's largest ever client polls of the Asian cash management business, says a press release.

Indian inflation falls to 16 months low

India's annual inflation has fallen to a 16-month low helped by lower food prices, data on Friday showed, fuelling expectations that the central bank will loosen its monetary policy.

Gold prices hit highest level since May '06

The price of gold broke through 700 dollars per ounce here on Friday, reaching the highest level since May last year on a variety of supportive factors, analysts said.

Bangladesh Online declares 20pc stock dividend

Bangladesh Online Ltd has declared a 20 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006.

Hyundai workers accept wage deal

Hyundai Motor workers have voted overwhelmingly to accept a wage deal agreed by their union leaders, officials said Friday, avoiding a strike over annual pay negotiations for the first time in a decade.

India's 'king of retail' warns of challenges

India's retailers will face challenging times from 2009 as new malls and hypermarkets spring up across the country, supermarket tycoon Kishore Biyani warned Thursday.

Euro leaps against dollar

The European single currency jolted higher against the dollar here on Friday after news that US employers shed 4,000 jobs in August.

Metropolitan

Social movement a must to stamp out illiteracy

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday underscored the need for social movement with the participation of people from all walks of life to remove the curse of illiteracy from the society.

Govt colleges in divisional HQs reopen today

All government colleges in the country's divisional headquarters will reopen today following a government announcement.

'Democratic practice can ensure human rights'

The second network meeting of Asian Sites of Conscience began in the city yesterday in a bid to exchange programmes among the museums trying to let the next generation know the history of bitter experiences of gross human rights violation.

Autistic children display talents at cultural show

The children look so cute and innocent that anyone would tend to be fond of them.

Bangladeshi school project wins Aga Khan Award

A primary school project of Bangladesh, 'School in Rudrapur in Dinajpur' has been selected as one of the 9 projects for Aga Khan Award for Architecture, a triennial prize fund of $500,000, world's largest architectural award.

25 fishermen missing as four trawlers capsize in Bay

Twenty-five fishermen went missing as four trawlers capsized in the Bay on Thursday night.

Smuggled goods worth Tk 10 lakh seized

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized huge smuggled Indian goods worth about Tk 10 lakh and arrested three persons from Dinajpur, Joypurhat and Gaibandha districts in the last two days.

Health adviser lays foundation stone of Tk 20cr BITID project

Health and Family Welfare Adviser Maj Gen (Retd) Dr ASM Matiur Rahman laid the foundation stone of Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (BITID) at Faujdarhat at Sitakunda yesterday.

DBBL provides 100 laptops for nat’l ID card project

Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited has donated 100 laptop computers with scanners to the National Steering Committee on Voter List and National ID Card Project for implementation of field level work of the project at a total cost of Tk 87 lakh, says a press release.

Written tests of Ashuganj Power Station Company postponed

Ashuganj Power Station Company Limited has postponed its written tests for the posts of engineer and junior engineer due to unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.

Deep convection over North Bay

Deep convection is continuing over the North Bay while steep pressure gradient is also persisting.

Engr Munawar succumbs to injuries

Engineer Munawar Ahmed succumbed to his injuries at Apollo Hospitals in Dhaka on Thursday evening.

Move to motivate madrasa students against militancy

The government has initiated a move to motivate school and madrasa students against religious extremism, fanaticism and militancy across the country.

Int'l Literacy Day today

Today is International Literacy Day.

2 drug peddlers get seven yrs in Rajshahi

A Rajshahi court on Thursday sentenced two drug peddlers to seven years' rigorous imprisonment.

ECS Computer City opens Sept 11

ECS Computer City, one of the largest information technology (IT) based market, will be inaugurated at Multiplan Centre at Elephant Road in the city on September 11.

Pvt varsity students come to aid of flood victims

With noble intentions, Meaningful Change Through Leadership (MCTL), a non-political organisation of the students of different private universities, has started a unique three-day 'car wash' programme to raise funds for flood victims, says a press release.

Robbery at lawyer's house

A robbery was committed in a house at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj on Thursday.

3 shops burn down in Ctg

Three shops burned down in a fire that broke out in Bayezid area in Chittagong city yesterday morning.

Death anniversary of Dr Ibrahim observed

The 18th death anniversary of Dr Muhammad Ibrahim, founder of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, was observed in a befitting manner on Thursday.

National

Mannan Bhuiyan's expulsion 'appropriate', says Satkhira

Sixty leaders of Satkhira district BNP and its front organisations in a statement yesterday said expulsion of secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan by the party chief was 'appropriate' as he violated party constitution.

BJMC chairman in Khulna for talks with high officials

Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) chairman Ataharul Islam arrived in Khulna yesterday noon for talks with high officials of state-owned jute mills in Khulna-Jessore area.

Arnab murder case:3 more PWs examined

Three more prosecution witnesses (PWs) of the sensational Arnab murder case gave statements before a court here on Thursday.

Bridge collapses within a year

A bailey bridge constructed by the Roads and Highways Department (R&H) collapsed within a year of its construction, allegedly due to use of substandard materials.

Shailkupa UNO office besieged for fertiliser

Hundreds of fertiliser hungry farmers besieged the Shailkupa Upazila Nirbahi Officer's (UNO) office for two hours on Thursday.

Urdu speaking people in Khulna to be voters

Sixty-one thousand Urdu speaking people in Khulna will be included in the voters' list as per a decision of an inter-ministerial meeting held recently in Dhaka.

Nazrul varsity Academic Council meets

The first meeting of the Academic Council of Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam Biswabidyalaya was held at Darirampur in Trishal yesterday.

BCL leader, 30 Sust students sued

A case has been filed against Mustafizur Rahman, organising secretary of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and 30 others for bringing out processions on the campus following violence at Dhaka University (DU) on August 22, police said.

Four bombs recovered in Kushtia

Meherpur police recovered four bombs from a filed at Chengarmath in Kushtia Sadar upazila yesterday morning.

International

Pacific rim nations eke out climate agreement

Asia Pacific countries have agreed a common statement on climate change after intense wrangling between rich and emerging nations, a source involved in the talks said Friday.

US commander in Iraq backs gradual troop cut

General David Petraeus, the US commander in Iraq, will recommend a gradual reduction of US forces beginning next spring in his eagerly anticipated testimony to Congress next week, the Boston Globe reported yesterday.

Australia, Russia sign uranium deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Australian Prime Minister John Howard on Friday signed a landmark deal for the export of uranium to the nuclear superpower.

Benazir warns Musharraf of uprising if no deal comes through

With her much-touted power sharing deal with President Pervez Musharraf yet to materialise, former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto has warned the General that failure to reach an agreement with her could prompt a "people's uprising" in the country."It is up to the government to decide whether it wants a peaceful transition to democracy through free and fair elections or face people's power" and a "Ukrainian-style Orange Revolution in Pakistan," Benazir Bhutto told a paper in a telephone interview from Dubai.

Mamata mulls snapping ties with NDA

Has Trinamool Congress finally made up its mind to snap ties with BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA)?

UN system to provide more funds for flood victims

The United Nations system in Bangladesh has mobilised additional funds of $6 million (approximately Tk 42 crore) to alleviate the suffering of flood-affected people.

N Korea invites 3 nations for nuke survey

At the invitation of North Korea, nuclear experts from the US, China and Russia will travel to the communist country next week to survey nuclear facilities to be shut down, the chief US negotiator to six-nation nuclear talks announced yesterday.

Pakistan deports Briton detained for suspected al-Qaeda links

Pakistan has deported a British man held without charge here for more than a year and tortured on suspicion of links to al-Qaeda, a leading rights group said yesterday.

US troops join search for Felix dead

The death toll from Hurricane Felix neared 100 Thursday night as US, Honduran and Nicaraguan soldiers searched remote jungle beaches and the open sea for survivors and the dead. Villagers in canoes helped, paddling through waters thick with fallen trees.

Bush, Putin fail to break missile defence tension

US President George W Bush and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin failed to make clear progress in talks yesterday to defuse tensions over US missile defence plans that have angered Moscow.

Going to work may ease back pain

People with conditions such as back pain and arthritis need to stay in work as much as possible, a report says.

Americans brace for key week in Iraq war q

War-weary Americans are bracing for a pivotal week in the Iraq conflict with President George W. Bush set to announce whether some of the US troops can start coming home, or not.

Lanka presses France to clamp down on Tamils

Sri Lanka's foreign minister said Thursday he had won assurances from French authorities that they will take action to curb the activities of Tamil rebel supporters in France.

10 detained for links with Hyderabad blasts

Indian police have arrested 10 people after failed terror plots in southern Hyderabad city where twin bombings killed 43 people last month, an official said Thursday.

Two women beheaded by militants in Pakistan

Suspected Islamic militants beheaded two women accused of prostitution in northwestern Pakistan, police said yesterday, in the latest case of Taliban-style justice in the region.

Global warming may pose heart threat

Global warming may be melting glaciers and forcing polar bears onto land, but doctors warn it could also affect your heart.

10 migrants die trying to reach Canaries

At least 10 would-be migrants were found dead on a flimsy boat trying to reach the Canary islands, Spanish emergency services said yesterday.

Depression feels worse than many chronic diseases: Study

The first worldwide comparison of depression with four other non-fatal chronic diseases shows that feeling seriously blue is the most disabling of all, according to a study released yesterday.

Afghan mine clearing team kidnapped

Unknown gunmen believed to be Taliban insurgents kidnapped an Afghan demining team that includes two doctors in a remote village in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Friday.

Arts & Entertainment

An insight into a thespian's craft

To Bengali cinegoers he'll always be “Apu” or “Feluda”. He has played central roles in more Satyajit Ray movies than his contemporaries. The understanding and shared passion for cinema as well as literature between the thespian and the legendary helmer created magic on screen. He is to the films of Ray what Marcello Mastroianni was to Federico Fellini or Toshiro Mifune to Akira Kurosawa.

Bidya Sinha Saha crowned Lux Channel-i Superstar '07

Amidst razzle dazzle, the grand finale of Lux Channel-i Superstar 2007 was held at the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre on September 6. Jointly organised by Unilever Bangladesh and Channel-i, the highlight of the event was the crowning of the 'Superstar' for this year. The programme also featured performances by the finalists as well as popular actors and models.

In search of truth

Bangladesh Documentary Council arranged a seminar on “True and False of Documentary” at the Goethe-Institut on September 6. The seminar included discussion on the main essay and screening of the documentary Mr. Death (1999) by American filmmaker Errol Morris.

Musical soiree by Gayokee

Cultural organisation 'Gayokee' arranged a musical programme titled Nanan Shurey Nana Gaan at the W.V.A auditorium in Dhanmondi on September 6. The programme featured songs of Tagore, Nazrul, Rajnikant as well as popular Adhunik numbers rendered by artistes of the organisation.

OP-ED

Thoughts on truth and conciliation

Not many would perhaps deny that we in Bangladesh are living in a perilously polarised polity. The compounding tragedy is that many opinion-makers and moulders amongst us do not correctly appreciate the magnitude of the damage such polarisation continues to cause to the society. It would appear that there is lot of bitterness and acrimony in different quarters of our existence. Flashes of that state of mind and behaviour were prominently noticeable in the unfortunate incident that followed the initial brawl between students and security forces at the Dhaka university ground.

Managing and mitigating floods in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a country of rivers coming from trans-boundary origins and has vast plain lands. Therefore, floods are must on the occasion of heavy rains in the uplands, and in the local catchments. Bangladesh is a country of estuaries and lowlands. Therefore, floods are common on the occasions of cyclonic surge coming from the sea. Bangladesh is a country of floods on many other reasons, altogether 12 types. Each of these floods are different in nature. So, apart from relief operations, they deserve different types of management and different suffering mitigation measures. These are discussed below.

Abidur Reza Khan

Two years have gone by since Abidur Reza Khan, a veteran Awami League leader, a freedom fighter, an organiser of the liberation war, a former MP, a former member of the Constituent Assembly and a lawyer of the Supreme Court, passed away (Sept 3, 2005). It seems as though it was the other day that we visited him in his Elephant Road residence. But in reality we have only memories of him to cherish today.

Microcredit And Poverty Reduction

Moni Begum is a popular name to most households in many localities of Mymensingh town today. Seldom a social function or arbitration is held in these localities without her. She owns a mini garments factory with 10 stitching and embroidery machines; 20 poor and hardcore poor women work there in two shifts earning Tk 2000 to 3000 per month. She also owns a small chocolate manufacturing and selling outlet where five male employees earn Tk 3000 to 4000 per month. Moni Begum is both financially self-reliant and socially empowered now. And all this because of her proper utilisation of micro credit. She is a success story worthy of emulation by thousands of beneficiaries of micro credit system.

StarTech

Intel opens up new vista for Bangladesh

It was a sunny day for Bangladesh. Technology icon and Intel Corporation Chairman Craig R Barrett visited the country on September 4 to open the Bangladesh chapter of the chipmaker's global initiative in a bid to help the rural community by making technology available to them.

Apple revamps iPod

Apple has unveiled a slick touch-screen version of the iconic iPod as part of a product line overhaul.

Nokia opens Wi-Fi Zones in select Dhaka cafés

Nokia have launched four Wi-Fi zones at select Cafés in Dhaka City. The Wi-Fi areas will be free for consumers who own an authorised Nokia N Series handset, says a press release. The Wi- Fi zones are being powered by Agni Systems Ltd. and will provide high speed internet connection.

Huawei seminar on latest communication techs

Leading telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei organised a seminar on data communication and broadband technologies at Sonargaon Hotel on Aug 27, says a press release.

Tech Jargon VI

Today's topic…what was today's topic?…It was just on the tip of my tongue, but now it seems to have slipped my mind! My memory doesn't seem to be helping me out here. If only my memory were like that of a computer! Oh yes, that reminds me today's technical jargon is all about "memory"…not mine, the computer's of course.

Literature

Looking Backwards: 1947 and After

When the white crescent on green flag was hoisted in Dhaka, as the Raj took leave, I was yet to be born. The only family story I have heard of that day is that my Dada -- really my Nana, my mother's father -- lit a cigarette. He was not a smoker.

Reliving the Roots of Indian Women's Emancipation

Women in the Indian National Movement: Unseen Faces and Unheard Voices, 1930-42 by Suruchi Thapar-Bjorkert; New Delhi: Sage Publications; 2006; 306 pp.

Meeting people in Delhi

I never wanted to visit Delhi. I know it sounds brash, but it's true. I had heard so many mixed reviews over the years. The snobby new money-ness, the heat, the concrete, the demolished grandeur, the lost culture. Sure it had history and had been a centre of power for, oh, 1000+ years. However, history has never been my strongest suit, and so I kept returning to Bombay, my city of Indian dreams.

Cleanser for sale

Our 'tantra' has a new brand

Strategic Issues

Australia siphoning off East Timor's oil and gas reserves

One time mentor and champion of East Timor's sovereignty, Australia, is siphoning off of her oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea in total disregard to UNCLOS 1982.

Russia asserts its power: A new strategy in the offing?

It appears that Russia is determined to demonstrate its power to the West. During the regime of Boris Yeltsin, Russia was taken for a ride by the West, especially by the US. While Russia was reducing its arsenal of arms, the US was making new lethal weapons.

Bullets vs. Ballots: Foreign policy decision-making in China and India

The recent statement by a prominent politician, that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would have been shot with a single bullet for "bluffing" the nation over the Indo-US nuclear deal had he been the premier of China, has added a new dimension to the hotly-debated nuclear deal. Keeping aside the appropriateness of such a statement coming from a seasoned politician, it draws attention to the arbitrariness and the absence of accountability in the Chinese foreign policy decision-making.

Naval Headquarters' clarification

The Daily Star received a clarification of the Naval Headquarters (NHQ) through the ISPR on the article 'Decommissioning and re-commissioning of a navy ship' published in its “Strategic Issues' page on 26th August.

Star Books Review

History, from one who helped shape it

The war that was fought for Bangladesh on the diplomatic front was as intense as that on the fields of battle. While at home and in the refugee camps it was political mobilisation of a people toward the establishment of a free state that took centre stage, in the hamlets and villages it was a focused armed resistance to Pakistan that underpinned the goal. But all of that happened, in the true sense, after the emergence of the provisional Bangladesh government with Tajuddin Ahmed as prime minister. What has not been much remarked upon, in all this celebration of the contributions of individuals and groups to the rise of Bangladesh is the concerted movement on the part of Bengali diplomats, wherever they happened to be in 1971, in favour of the national struggle. K.M. Shehabuddin carries out a necessary responsibility in recording the story of the uphill struggle he and his colleagues, then in the Pakistan Foreign Service and yet mortified by what the state of Pakistan was doing to their fellow Bengalis, shaped and carried to a successful culmination.

Just a bit of language

A book on linguistics -- the scientific study of language, as it is commonly defined -- should not put you off. It may be intriguing and claim your attention in its own right. It can make you aware of your own existence. After sometime, you feel you are a human being because you can speak. That is, in your most prominent identity you are 'homo loquens' -- speaking man, not simply 'homo sapiens' -- wise man. Many other animals have intelligence, albeit to a lesser degree, but it is only humans that have language to its fullest potential. Humans are uniquely distinguished from other animals with the language they use. Stripped of your language, you are nothing but an animal, mere flesh without thought and meaning. You talk in words, think in words and even dream in words. Human life is composed of words. Human history is accumulated in words. Human civilisation has been built upon language, the symbols we meet in books and tongues.

A rich diversity of development perspectives

Although there has been a burgeoning of literature on the Bangladesh environment in recent times, a comprehensive treatment covering the complex nexus of environment, poverty and development has been strikingly rare. The principal worth of the publication under review lies in the fact that it attempts to fill in the above caveat in the contemporary literature, and moves beyond a mere techno-centric explanation of environmental problems in favour of a more humanistic and down-to-earth 'People's Account'. The report makes the case in the following manner:

Of private passions

A triumphant novel of love and devotion, passion and fulfillment, Irving Stone's Adversary in the House captures the reader's imagination with the opening of the first page. It is about Eugene V. Debs, the pioneer labour leader whose life is a tug of war between his dedication to helping his fellow men and his love for two women. His private life is as violent and impassioned as the dedication that raises him to the heights of greatness and drives him to the depths of public scorn. Growing up in Chicago, Eugene learns about the inter-dependence of men on one another from his own family. His parents have shown him how compassion and kindness can open the way to a greater world. They are a happy family, loving each other and living in perfect harmony.

At a glance

Dilip Kumar
The Last Emperor
Sanjit Narwekar
Rupa & Co.


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