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News of: Sunday, 9th of September, 2007

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Double whammy for the flood-hit

Even before getting the chance of recovering from the effects of an earlier flood, thousands of people were marooned again across the country while crops and vegetables on over a million hectares of land went under water due to the incessant downpour over the last few days.

Bhuiyan proposes Saifur to take over BNP

Expelled BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, who claims his faction to be the mainstream of the party, yesterday proposed that former finance minister M Saifur Rahman take charge of the BNP.

Cops to press charges against three teachers today

Police will submit charge sheets today against three Dhaka University (DU) teachers, including two already detained professors, in two cases for violating Emergency Power Rules (EPR) during the recent campus violence.

Reform talks might be pushed back

The government has yet to decide whether to lift the ban on indoor politics or at least relax the curbs when only three days are left to go before the Election Commission's (EC) dialogue on electoral reforms begins.

Weakening taka led to inflationary pressure

Inflationary pressure has increased in the last five years as the country had to spend excess money on import of essential commodities due to huge depreciation of local currency.

Flood-hit students fail to take college admission

Hundreds of students who passed SSC examinations this year from different schools in Sirajganj district could not get admitted into colleges since their families had to grapple with the recent flood during the admission period.

Abul Hasnat Abdullah sued for concealing wealth

Another case was lodged against Abul Hasnat Abdullah, former Awami League (AL) chief whip, in connection with concealing information about his actual wealth in the statement submitted to the Anti-corruption Commission.

Hasina demands right to talk on phone from jail

Detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday demanded the legal rights she is entitled to including the right to communicate over telephone from the sub-jail on Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises, her lawyer said.

Govt must not sign any deal with IMF against nat'l interest

The government must not enter into any treaty with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that hampers national interest, no matter whatever amount of money it offers to lend, said the finance adviser.

DU classes to resume Oct 28

The Dhaka University (DU) Syndicate in a meeting last night decided to resume classes of the university on October 28, said a press release of the DU authorities.

Council okays fertiliser management ordinance

The Council of Advisers yesterday approved in principle the Fertiliser Management (Amendment) Ordinance 2007 aimed at stopping the sale of low-grade fertiliser in the name of organic fertiliser.

Rain paralyses Ctg; 2 die

A girl and a middle-aged man were swept away by rainwater in the port city yesterday that has been experiencing heavy downpour since Friday evening.

10-man medical board formed for Koko

A 10-member medical board has been formed for the treatment of Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, at the cardiology department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital.

EU parliament urges speedy restoration of democracy

The European Parliament (EP) has urged the caretaker government to act in accordance with the rule of law and speed up the restoration of democracy.

Coordination needed for fighting graft

Speakers at the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap yesterday said there should be coordination among different government agencies and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in combating corruption.

ACC finalises service rules for its staff

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday finalised the draft service and recruitment rules for its employees. The draft will be forwarded to the Cabinet Division today for approval.

England take series with easy win

England beat India by seven wickets to win the seventh one-day international at Lord's here Saturday and complete a 4-3 series win.

Laden mocks US as 'weak' in new video

Elusive al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden mocked the United States as "weak" and vowed to escalate fighting in Iraq in a new video, his first such appearance in nearly three years.

US judge fines Iran $2.65b for 1993 US barrack bombing in Beirut

Iran must pay $2.65 billion to the families of the 241 US service members killed in the 1983 bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut, a federal judge declared Friday in a ruling that left survivors and families shedding tears of joy.

Sharif urged to scrap return plan

Saudi Arabia and an influential Lebanese politician yesterday joined calls by Pakistan for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to scrap plans to return to the country next week.

85 pilgrims killed in India truck crash

Rescuers in India recovered the bodies of 85 pilgrims yesterday from the mangled wreckage of a truck that plunged into a ravine in one of the country's worst-ever vehicle accidents, police said.

Editorial

Let 'varsities be ideal homes of knowledge

A roundtable on Friday highlighted once more the ailments that the country's public universities have been suffering from. Obviously, a major ailment is the increasing level of politicisation that has undermined the functioning of the universities. The political activities of students together with the involvement of teachers, or a major section of them, in partisan politics has seriously affected the academic atmosphere of the universities. The hallowed places of learning that our universities once were are today in more ways than one a battlefield where the focus is by and large on the propagation of some political programme or the other.

Citizenship to stranded non-Bengalees

This has been a matter that all governments since independence have kept away from. The caretaker government's move to consider giving voting rights and therefore granting citizenship to the so-called stranded Pakistanis or Biharis, after 35 years, is a bold step that deserves to be lauded.

The state of democracy

Democracy promotion" writes Francis Fukuyama, "should be placed in the broader context of promoting economic development, reducing poverty, and furthering good governance. The four objectives are interlinked in multiple ways: good governance is widely accepted as requisite for economic growth, widespread poverty undermines democratic legitimacy, growth reduces poverty, democratic accountability is often required to combat corruption and poor governance, and growth creates a favourable climate for democratic consolidation." (Should Democracy be promoted or Demoted The Stanley Foundation)

Rich India insensitive

A four and a half year-old child dies at Shimla in the Mall because the ambulance carrying him does not reach the hospital on time. The road is blocked by a throng of protestors from the ruling Congress and the BJP.

Campus police

The government is contemplating formation of campus police to provide a safe and secure campus environment in the country's public universities, as the recent violence at Dhaka University (DU) spread like wild fire to other campuses and triggered an unfortunate episode. The government closed down all universities and colleges in the major cities and imposed curfew to crush the violence.

Sports

Nazim blows Scots away

Young batsman Nazimuddin enhanced his reputation as an opener with a blazing half-century as Bangladesh recorded a comprehensive six-wicket victory against Scotland in an ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion yesterday.

The chase works

Michael Hussey stroked a brilliant unbeaten 72 as Australia beat neighbours New Zealand by four wickets in their first warm-up match of the ICC World Twenty20 at Willowmoore Park in Benoni yesterday.

Bangladesh crash to Pakistan

Bangladesh succumbed to yet another massive defeat in the 7th Men's Asia Cup Hockey Champion-ship when wounded Pakistan thrashed them 10-0 in the classification match in Chennai yesterday.

Flintoff bangs on return

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff made an instant impact on his return to the side as they dismissed India for just 187 at Lord's here Saturday.

Afridi started it all?

Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar Saturday blamed all-rounder Shahid Afridi for provoking a row that led to his ouster from the Twenty20 championship in South Africa for hitting a teammate.

'Bosman claims right'

Garnett Kruger, the latest to leave South Africa for England under the Kolpak ruling, has supported Loots Bosman's claims against Mickey Arthur, the coach of the South African team.

Journalist Malu passes away

Sports journalist Aminul Haider Chowdhury Malu died on Friday night at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Mahbub, Rumi win TT titles

Mahbub of Sheikh Russel became champion in the men's singles and Rumi of Abahani clinched the women's title of the Sam Open Table Tennis tournament by winning their respective final matches yesterday.

Korea-India final today

India and South Korea moved to the final of the 7th Men's Asia Cup in Chennai yesterday.

Mizan hits for TMI

The Muslim Institute edged past Mirpur Eleven 2-1 in the Third Division Football League at the Outer Stadium yesterday.

Henin does a Williams-double

Back-to-back wins over the Williams sisters have left top seed Justine Henin as a hot favourite for Saturday's US Open final, but she insists she will not underestimate opponent Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Kuznetsova battles into final

Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova struggled into the US Open women's final by taking an error-filled 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 semifinal victory Friday over sixth-seeded compatriot Anna Chakvetadze.

Jose, Arsene back changes

Top coaches including Chelsea's Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger of Arsenal have backed Michel Platini's plan to give domestic cup winners a place in the Champions League, a senior UEFA official said on Saturday.

McClaren claim starting grid

Spain's double world Formula One champion Fernando Alonso threw down the gauntlet to McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton by racing to pole position for the Italian Grand Prix here on Saturday.

Sol extends Pompey stay

Sol Campbell, the former England defender whose career looked to be nearing an end when he left Arsenal last year, has signed a new contract that will keep him at Portsmouth until at least 2009.

Gilly happy at 20?

If Shane Warne could hold his catches as well as he hold a grudge, Australia may not have lost the Ashes in 2005.

The art of Powar

It's said that some cricketers belong to a different era. Ramesh Powar belongs to a different century.

Alonso to retire?

Embattled Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso is considering retirement, or could leave his McLaren team and return to Renault, according to reports here Saturday.

It's anybody's game

Shaun Pollock has said any team could fancy their chances at the ICC World Twenty20, because of the quick-paced nature of the game.

Chandana now a national issue

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has asked the country's sports minister to investigate all-rounder Upul Chandana's hasty retirement.

Manager clears Sachin denial

In a new twist to the Sachin Tendulkar retirement story it has emerged that he is yet to make an official statement on the issue. A news agency quoted Tendulkar on Thursday as saying he had not thought about retirement but the Indian team's administrative manager, Rajeev Shukla, confirmed on Friday that the quotes were not from the player.

SLC, BCCI to talk T20

A top Sri Lankan cricket official will attend a meeting of the Indian Cricket Board next week to discuss a new league being floated to counter a controversial rebel series.

Taufeeq guides hosts to win

Taufeeq Umar scored an unbeaten century and shared a 107-run opening partnership with Khalid Latif to guide Pakistan A to a seven-wicket victory over Australia A in the second ODI in Sheikhupura. The victory also enabled Pakistan to win the series with one match remaining.

We can be great: Wenger

Arsene Wenger firmly allied himself to Arsenal's board yesterday when he extended his contract as the manager at the Emirates Stadium into the next decade. Alongside his announcement that he had committed to the north London club until May 2011 there appeared to be a veiled message for the shareholders who are vying for control of Arsenal. "It is a special environment for me," Wenger said of the club he joined in September 1996.

Scud plans 2008 return

Australian two-time Grand Slam runner-up Mark Philippoussis, idle since undergoing right knee surgery in January, plans to make a return to the ATP Tour next season.

Brazil drop injured pair

Fenerbahce's Edu Dracena and Sporting Lisbon's Gladstone will replace injured defenders Alex and Alex Silva for Brazil's exhibition games against the United States and Mexico.

Cameroon appoint Koppel

Horst Koppel revealed Friday that he would be named Cameroon's new coach up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Business

RMG makers seek soft loans to pay workers' wage, bonus

Readymade garment (RMG) makers yesterday sought soft loan facilities from the government to provide regular wages and bonuses for their workers in the current what they said dull season.

Indian exporters dump sugar: BSFIC official

India is allegedly providing a considerable amount of subsidy for sugar export to Bangladesh as part of its strategy to dump the essential item.

Regional cooperation seen key to boosting tourism

Regional cooperation is needed to boost tourism in South Asian countries, speakers yesterday told the closing function of the three-day Banglalink Bangladesh Travel and Tourism Fair 2007 in Dhaka.

India's Jet Airways to launch Kolkata-Dhaka-Delhi route

India's leading private carrier Jet Airways will launch a Kolkata-Dhaka-Delhi flight daily from the middle of October, a senior official of the company has announced.

Indian aviation industry flays govt policy

Indian aviation industry is unhappy with the government's proposal that it would examine applications for overseas service on a case-to-case basis instead of going by the uniform five years domestic flying experience.

Consumers hold key to US economy's future

American consumers hold the key to whether the unexpected drop in August employment signals either a continuation of a gentle slowdown or a tumble into outright recession for the U.S. economy. The question is whether, after years of spending, we're spooked enough now to lock up our credit cards.

Lamy seeks political spasm for WTO talks

World Trade Organisation chief Pascal Lamy on Saturday called for a "political spasm" soon to drive the deadlocked Doha round of global trade talks past its final set of hurdles.

Trade unions lagging behind globalisation: ITUC official

Guy Ryder, general secretary, International Trade Union Confederation, on Friday acknowledged that trade unions had not moved fast enough to keep pace with globalisation, which was driven by business. This also explained why the IT and related sectors had been left out of the purview of trade union activities.

Lanka sharply raises tax on mobile phones

Sri Lanka on Thursday sharply raised taxes on mobile phone users to help raise funds for extra government spending, officials said.

Oil price surges, gold sparkles

The New York oil price soared this week close to a record high on weak US energy stocks, while gold struck the highest level since May 2006.

Japan plans fiscal reforms

Japan's economic recovery remains intact despite recent tumult on global markets, but urgent efforts are needed to tackle the nation's swelling public debt, the new finance minister said Friday.

Pepsi to offer new low-calorie Gatorade

Pepsi is offering a new low-calorie version of Gatorade in an effort to keep customers who have strayed from the sports drink in search of lower calorie drinks.

BMW launches legal action against 'China Copycat'

The German automaker BMW said Friday it had begun legal action against China Automobile Deutschland, which plans to exhibit a model at the Frankfurt auto show that BMW says is a copy of one of its cars.

HSBC to launch retail branches in Japan

British-based HSBC said Thursday it planned to make its long-awaited entry into Japan's retail banking sector early next year with a nationwide network of branches targeting wealthy individuals.

Incepta Pharma launches insulin

Incepta Pharmaceuticals Ltd has introduced Maxsulin, a recombinant DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) insulin and a life-saving drug to control blood glucose level of the diabetics, says a press release.

StanChart relocates Dhaka main branch

Standard Chartered Bank recently relocated its Dhaka main branch from Hadi Mansion at Dilkusha to the City Centre at Motijheel, says a press release.

New MD of Eastern Bank

Ali Reza Iftekhar has been appointed the managing Director and CEO of Eastern Bank Ltd, says a press release.

Intel builds $2.5b factory in China

The world's largest microchip maker Intel Corp said Saturday it had started building a 2.5-billion-dollar factory in the northeast Chinese city of Dalian.

Canada's unemployment at 33-year low

Canada's economy generated 23,000 jobs in August as the unemployment rate held at a 33-year low of 6.0 percent, Statistics Canada said Friday.

Hyundai boss escapes jail over huge slush fund

The head of the world's sixth largest automaker on Thursday escaped a jail sentence for creating a multi-million dollar slush fund, after an appeal court ruled that his imprisonment would badly damage South Korea's economy.

Car sales in Vietnam surge 80pc

Automobile sales in Vietnam have risen 80 percent in the first eight months of 2007 with a 156-per cent surge in passengers cars leading the rise, the country's automobile association said Saturday.

Renault-Nissan to open new business centre in India

French automaker Renault and its Japanese partner Nissan Motor announced plans Thursday to open a new business centre in Chennai, India next year that will employ more than 1,500 workers by 2010.

Opec to consider output hike

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries will examine whether it needs to "slightly" hike output when it meets in Vienna next week, Iraqi Oil Minister Hussein Shahristani said on Saturday.

Metropolitan

Well-educated citizen a must for honest leadership, democracy

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said conscious and well-educated citizens are essential for the success of nation's effort to establish honest leadership and real democracy by uprooting corruption in the country.

Call to develop global standard of education

Experts at an international education conference yesterday stressed the need to set global teaching standards, focusing on ethics and values as an essential part of school curricula.

Corruption, militancy obstruct development

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said corruption, terrorism and militancy had obstructed development of the country.

'Take steps to control prices of essentials'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to control and bring down the prices of essentials so that they remain within the reach of common people.

Accede to UN Convention on Refugees

Legal experts at a training programme yesterday called upon the government to accede to the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees signed in 1951, and its 1967 Protocol.

Resist criminalisation of politics

Speakers at a seminar here yesterday called for resisting criminalisation of politics by atrophied politicians and screening out the black money holders and terrorists from the political parties.

Help rid country of bad name for graft

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (Retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday called upon the students who scored GPA 5 in this year's HSC examinations, particularly those from Notre Dame College, to help rid the country of the bad name it earned due to widespread corruption.

'Involve religious leaders to prepare correct voter list

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for involving religious leaders in preparing correct voter list at the grassroots level.

7 more give deposition

Another seven people gave deposition before the probe committee formed to investigate August 22 incident on Chittagong University (CU) campus on the fourth and last day yesterday.

Waterlogging deteriorates in DND dam area

Waterlogging in Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) embankment area has deteriorated further following heavy downpour in last two days.

India dominates Forbes list of Asia's top firms

India has the largest number of profitable companies with revenues or market capitalisation above 5.0 billion US dollars in the Asia Pacific region, Forbes business magazine said Thursday.

Mild earthquake shakes country

A mild earthquake, measuring 4.9 in the Richter scale, jolted the country early yesterday.

Malaysia to keep interest, fuel prices unchanged

Malaysia on Saturday said interest rates and fuel prices will remain at current levels as the country targets robust growth of 6.5 percent next year.

AL leader dies in Jessore Jail

Monirampur upazila Awami League (AL) leader died in custody yesterday.

Shamsul Haq joins as consul general in NY

`M Shamsul Haq joined the Bangladesh Consulate in New York as the new consul general on September 5.

Wheelchair adventure in aid of poor patients

Md Mohoram Ali, a physically challenged staff of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), embarked on a wheelchair adventure yesterday to raise funds for the treatment and rehabilitation of poor patients with disabilities.

Two electrocuted in Gazipur

Two young men were electrocuted at Laxmipura village in Sadar upazila yesterday.

RMG workers clash over arrear wages in city

Three security guards were injured when a clash broke out between the two groups of workers over arrear wages and allowances in the city yesterday.

35 injured in Jhenidah road crash

At least 35 passengers of a Dhaka-bound bus from Meherpur tumbled into a roadside ditch at Hatgopalpur on yesterday morning.

Talk on liberal edn at Brac University

Brac University recently organised a talk on Liberal Education and Pluralism, says a press release.

National

Khulna BNP divided

Khulna BNP leaders are divided over allegiance to party chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia or reformist leader and expelled party secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan. But most of the front ranking party leaders contacted by this correspondent declined to make any direct comment.

Many DAE officials opt for retirement to get rid of farmers' wrath

Many sub-assistant agriculture officers (formerly block supervisors) of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in some northern districts have taken self-retirement to get rid of wrath of farmers following introduction of rationing system of fertiliser, DAE sources said.

BJMC chairman warns of 'stern action' against CBA leaders

Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) Chairman Md Ataharul Islam yesterday warned CBA leaders of jute mills of 'dire consequences' if they do not stop 'instigating workers to create chaos and confusion' in Khulna-Jessore industrial belt.

Alleged police involvement being probed

A three-member committee was formed yesterday to probe the allegation of police involvement in a robbery at the house of an expatriate at Ganapatipur village in Kalaroa upazila on the night of September 5.

Lightning kills 2 in Madaripur

Two persons were killed and 5 others injured in lightning at Kalkini upazila in Madaripur yesterday noon.

Ex ASP's daughter murdered in Dinajpur

Daughter of a former police official was found dead at her residence yesterday morning in Dinajpur.

Police force to be reorganised

Police department force should be reorganised to make it a 'service oriented organisation' rather than force, Inspector General of Police Noor Mohammd said here yesterday.

Bomb recovered in Jessore

Police yesterday recovered a bomb from the house of 'wanted criminal' Nuruzzaman at Kotapara union under Abhoynagar upazila in Jessore district.

Writers-Journalists Festival ends in Dinajpur

A three-day festival of writers and journalist ended here on Saturday.

Int'l Literacy Day observed in Nilphamari, Dinajpur

International Literacy Day was observed yesterday in Nilphamari and Dinajpur with a slogan, 'Literacy for Decent Life.'

Letters

Our demand

If the present caretaker government fails to run the government properly, Bangladesh will be in great danger. Over the last thirty-six years, no government was widely accepted by the nation and no one in Bangladesh respects our political leaders!

Corruption syndrome

There are various types of corruption that readily spring to mind and it is necessary to distinguish them from each other for effective remedies.

A critical phase

Bangladesh has now entered the most critical phase of its political transition. The most recent events of student unrest and public outburst all over the country make us very concerned about the process of establishing a democratic and accountable government. This has given rise to many pertinent issues. Some of them are important and seen as negative fallouts from the current events.

The arsenic bomb

We the people of the Gangetic delta of this subcontinent have more to fear the "arsenic bomb" rather than any "Atom or Hydrogen Bomb'. Arsenic leaching into our subsoil water will slowly but surely lead to higher incidence of cancer and other associated fatalities for human beings.

Labour Day in Canada

Labour Day is an important event in the national life in Canada . This day is celebrated on the Ist Monday of September in Canada since 1880. This year, the day was observed on 3rd September 2007.

Campus violence

Since the incident at Dhaka University on 20 August 2007, many people are thinking how a trifling matter can lead to a volcanic-eruption like situation that compelled the CTG to impose curfew in the divisional cities to bring it under control. Expressing deep regret from the government, withdrawal of army camp from the varsity campus and the beginning of the process of judicial enquiry failed to satisfy the students. So thousands of them came out of the dormitories with sticks and stones and fought with police injuring over 150 people and damaging at least 100 vehicles. Even the girl students came out in large numbers with bamboo sticks on their hands.

Arrests of teachers

With the detention of a number of university teachers who are alleged to have incited the recent violence on and outside campuses across the country, the notion that teaching is a noble profession is now under dispute among many. With their positions tenured and a performance scrutiny mechanism non-existent, many of these self-styled intellectuals for years have not produced academic papers of some repute, lot of them have routinely affixed signatures on questionable statements, and a great number have been profiting enormously from coaching at private institutions. They, indeed, are modern day smooth operatives, just like politicians, and surely do not invoke the image of their predecessors much respected for dedication in shaping young minds. It is also naive to view them as 'genius' just because they happen to have good academic credentials; they are no more different from others who have opted for different professions and creditably performing in a competitive, unsheltered world. If our former president, prime ministers, and legislators can be questioned, booked, and jailed for their misdeeds, we do not see why the teachers should be immune from questioning for their suspected role in the violence that saw so much destruction.

International

50 Taliban killed in US, Afghan operations

At least 50 Taliban rebels have been killed in two days of operations by Afghan and US-led troops across insurgency-hit southern Afghanistan, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Bush in Pak polls dilemma

As Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's grip on power slips, a difficult question looms for the Bush administration: Could the "free and fair" elections the United States is demanding lead to a government that would undermine US efforts to fight terrorists in South Asia?

Russia-China relations to remain strong: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday assured China that the relationship between their countries will remain strong even after he steps down as leader next year.

Suicide bomb kills 28 in Algeria

Algeria was rocked by its second suicide bombing in three days on Saturday as a car bomb ripped through a naval barracks in the northeast of the country, killing at least 28 people.

UK announces start of planned Iraq pullout

The British military said yesterday that 500 troops were being withdrawn from Iraq as part of its planned reduction in forces as Iraqis assume control of their own security in southern Iraq.

Apec sets goals on climate change

Pacific Rim leaders agreed Saturday to tackle global warming by improving energy use and managing forests better, as thousands of demonstrators rallied to demand the governments do more and act faster.

Bombings, shootings kill 10 in Iraq

At least 10 people were killed in Iraq yesterday, including four in the Shia holy town of Kufa, while security forces launched an assault in the oil region of Kirkuk to flush out Sunni insurgents.

21 killed in fresh Lanka violence

At least 21 people were killed in fresh violence in Sri Lanka's embattled northern and eastern regions, military officials said yesterday.

US, Japan press North Korea, Iran over nukes

US President George W Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday joined forces to pressure North Korea and Iran to fully renounce their nuclear ambitions.

Russia, Japan to vie for peace deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed yesterday to work toward a peace agreement between the countries to end a row that has festered since World War II.

Arts & Entertainment

Directors and producer of “Nirontor” and “Swapnodanay” honoured

To encourage production of quality films, Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (FDC) honoured the directors and producer of two films Nirontor and Swapnodanay for their recent overseas success. FDC organised the programme in association with Ministry of Information and Banglalink. The ceremony was held at the National Theatre Stage on September 7.

Certificates for young filmmakers of “Sisimpur”

Young filmmakers were given certificates by Sisimpur Production at the Alliance Française auditorium recently. Filmmakers Tareq Masud and Manzarehasin Murad as well as cultural personality Sara Zaker were present at the event.

Orchids are forever

The Orchid Society of Bangladesh recently hosted its annual two-day exhibition. The species on display at the show were Vandopsis, Ascocentrum Miniatum, Doritis, Onicidium, and different types of Vanda, Dendrobium and Ascocenda. "a lot of local orchids grow in the wild in Syhlet and the Chittagong Hill Tracks, but unfortunately not much is being done towards their preservation. We used to hold two shows a year, one for locals and one for hybrids, but we had to discontinue the event for locals as it is extremely difficult to gather enough for a show," lamented Naseem Iqbal, co-founder of the society along with her husband, Major Iqbal Ali (retired). The society began operations in May 1989 at the suggestion of the then head of Botany at Dhaka University Ahmed Shamsul Islam.

“Chena Manusher Panchalee”: New serial on Ekushey

The first episode of Chena Manusher Panchalee, a new drama serial is to be aired on September 9 at 8:30pm on Ekushey TV. The appeal of the serial is the realistic problems of very ordinary characters.

Chhayanat's tribute to Nazrul

Cultural organisation Chhayanat arranged a musical soiree at the Sangskriti Bhaban to observe the death anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on September 7. The programme featured popular Nazrul songs performed by members of the organisation.

OP-ED

An innovative approach for spreading IT to rural Bangladesh

Loona, Moona and Meghna, similar in age, are enrolled at the same grade level. Loona is among the top few students in her class at New York's Stuyvesant High School. Moona alternates between second and third place in her class in Dhaka's Green Herald School. Meghna is the top student in her class at Shimulpur High School.

Star City

Consumers gasp with worry as Ramadan nears

City dwellers have already started experiencing the sizzle of the market with prices of Ramadan items and other essentials going up only a week ahead of the holy month.

Mandatory for all, hassle for many

Fugitive ward commissioners, lack of connection with first class gazetted officers, flood and impending Ramadan are some of the elements mobile phone users are going to deal with in the next few weeks as the authorities asked them to get their subscription re-registered by October 16.

One-stop service opens but hassles, long queues remain

As many as two thousand people, all sweaty and weary, have been standing under the sweltering heat of the unyielding sun since morning till noon in queues that zigzagged on the premises of Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP) at Agargaon in the capital.

Walkways along canals to stave off encroachers

The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) is going to construct walkways along the banks of the city canals from next January to protect them from encroachments and maintain smooth water flow of the canals.

Severe water crisis

Children collecting water in polythene sheet put in a hole of the deck of their boat from a Wasa supply line at Trimohini in Khilgaon. Severe water crisis has gripped the area for a long time.

Star Health

Towards a healthy Ramadan

Millions of Muslims are now getting ready for the coming holy month of Ramadan and planning to change their habits. To prepare for the change in our routine life, we must be aware of any health implications, specially for the people who are on medication or have any other medical conditions like diabetes.

Mouth preparation for Ramadan

Fresh mouth is very necessary for the fresh breath, which makes you more comfortable in daily life. Especially in the month of Ramadan, life style is a bit different than other months. Since it is obligatory by God, we have to obey this rule. But we can make the rule more favorable and comfortable for us.

Myths and facts about HBV

Hepatitis B is the most common cause of viral hepatitis worldwide. It is estimated that 350 million people (5 percent of the world population) are chronic carriers of the hepatitis B virus (HBV). There are quite a number of common myths and misunderstanding about this common disease:

Nursing mothers who smoke harm babies' sleep: study

Babies whose mothers smoke cigarettes before breast feeding sleep less and not as well, according to a study. A significant number of women smoke tobacco.

Hand-rolled cigarettes more carcinogenic: study

Smokers of hand-rolled cigarettes tend to consume less tobacco, but face a greater risk of developing lung cancer than those who smoke manufactured cigarettes, a study on Norwegian lung cancer patients has found.

World Rabies Day observed

Yesterday September 8, 2007 was observed World Rabies Day. The goal of World Rabies Day is to raise awareness about the impact of human and animal rabies, how easy it is to prevent, and how to eliminate the human disease by combating it in animals.

WHO urges more investments, services for mental health

WHO is appealing to countries to increase their support for mental health services. The appeal is part of a series of six reviews on global mental health which is published in the journal The Lancet. WHO has worked closely with the journal to generate the evidence and formulate the call for action.


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