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News of: Monday, 10th of September, 2007

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Ban on indoor politics relaxed

Indoor politics is allowed again from today, albeit on a limited scale with strict conditions attached, following the chief adviser's (CA) declaration of lifting the ban through his address to the nation last night.

If possible, polls before Dec-08

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said if possible, the government will arrange general election ahead of the previously set December 2008 deadline after completion of the electoral roll with voters' photos.

Expulsion during ban on politics unjust

Leaders of the BNP faction led by Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan in a letter to the chief election commissioner (CEC) yesterday labelled Khaleda Zia's decision to expel Bhuiyan and Ashraf as a violation of government restrictions on political activities.

4 DU teachers, 32 others charged

Police charged four Dhaka University (DU) teachers and 32 others including 15 DU students with instigating violent student protests on the university campus and at other places in the city last month.

CA's address hailed

Welcoming the government's decision to relax the curbs on indoor politics, leaders of different political parties yesterday lauded the chief adviser's address to the nation, and said they would soon start working at party forum towards reforms.

Rain-fed rivers continue to worsen flooding

The flood situation in the country has deteriorated further due to incessant rains over the basins of the Ganges, Meghna, Brahmaputra and southeastern hills.

Prices stay at high levels

Prices of essentials remained stable at different markets in the capital in the last two days except for three items, the prices of which rose following the fresh floods caused by heavy downpour over the last few days across the country.

Choosing leadership for parties not EC's job

Newly appointed BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said it is not the duty of the Election Commission (EC) to determine the leadership of a political party, only the policymakers of a party have the right to choose its leadership.

ASHK Sadeque passes away

Awami League (AL) leader and former education minister ASHK Sadeque died of cardiac arrest at his residence at Keshabpur upazila in Jessore yesterday morning. He was 73.

Govt plans to buck up fisheries sector

The government is considering abandoning the existing system for leasing water bodies in an effort to improve the livelihoods of fishing communities and increase fish production.

3 companies to offer land phones in Dhaka

Three private land phone companies yesterday received licences from Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to operate fixed phone services in central Dhaka.

Convicted killer of Ahsanullah Master held

Rab yesterday arrested a convicted killer of former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master at Islampur in Munshiganj.

Tariqul, family sued for hiding wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against former forest and environment minister Tariqul Islam and four members of his family.

Khaleda denies ACC charges

Detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday denied charges brought against her by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Graft charges pressed against ANH Akhter, his wife

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against detained former power secretary ANH Akhter Hossain and his wife Nazneen Banu in connection with a case filed for amassing wealth through illegal means.

Koko suffering from bronchitis

The condition of Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of former premier Khaleda Zia, remained stable at BSMMU hospital yesterday, said Dr Manzoor Mahmud, a member of the Medical Board formed on Friday for his treatment.

Pakistan on alert as Sharif flies in today

Pakistan put airports on high alert and detained hundreds of opposition activists yesterday as former premier Nawaz Sharif prepared to fly home from exile to challenge President Pervez Musharraf.

Barisal robber killed in 'crossfire'

A leader of a gang of robbers was killed in "crossfire" during a shootout between police and his cohorts at Barthi of Gournadi upazila early Sunday. Two police constables were also injured in the incident.

2 JMB men get 10yrs for bomb attack on court

A court here sentenced two Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) men to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment for their role in bomb attacks on the city's judge court on August 17, 2005.

Iraq asks neighbours to bar 'terrorists'

Iraq's foreign minister urged neighbours to prevent "terrorists and killers" from crossing into his country and warned Sunday that the violence in Iraq could spill across its borders.

Henin lifts US Open

Justine Henin won the US Open title on Saturday, defeating Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-3 in the final.

Editorial

Ban on indoor politics lifted

We welcome the decision of the caretaker government to lift the ban on indoor politics from Monday, September 10. The timely decision, announced by the chief adviser to the caretaker government Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed in a televised speech on Sunday evening, will pave the way for the political parties to exchange views with their party leaders and workers before sitting across the table with the EC officials. The EC on the other hand will have no legal bars left to organise such talks with the leaders of the major political parties on the electoral and reform agenda.

Second phase of flooding

We are into the second round of flooding. This is happening barely within a fortnight of reprieve from the first bout we had endured in July-August period. Predictions are grim. Floods beginning in September are usually longer lasting. If it rains in the next few days as heavily as it did in preceding two days, we then have the beginning of a flood of greater intensity.

FBCCI and business confidence

Business leaders at a dialogue on Bangladesh economy and future perspectives with the interim government on September 5 pleaded that wholesale drives against the corrupt, the black money-holders, tax dodgers, commodity hoarders, bank accounts, and the sources of money accumulation inquiries by the ACC and the NBR have caused panic among the business community. "We are passing sleepless nights in fear of NBR and ACC drives," said Abu Motaleb of FBCCI.

BJP hurtles from crisis to crisis

Many Indian newspapers and TV channels have become so fanatically partisan on the US-India nuclear deal that they have run a crusade for it and maligned its critics as brain-dead dinosaurs or agents of China/Pakistan.

Starting political dialogue

The Election Commission has announced that discussions with the political parties will begin from September 12. In accordance with the constitutional provision laid down in article 58D(2), the CTG will assist the Election Commission in holding the discussions on reform.

Sports

Tigers tamed

Bangladesh suffered a jolt just before the tournament proper when they crashed to Kenya by six wickets in the last warm-up game ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship.

Sublime Henin stands tall

Justine Henin of Belgium capped off a tremendous year by defeating Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-3 to lift her second US Open crown on Saturday.

Bangladesh finish 7th

A brace by Russell Mahmud Jimmy helped Bangladesh claim seventh place in the 7th Asia Cup hockey tournament with a come-from-behind 3-1 win against Hong Kong in Chennai yesterday.

NCA's last match of Australia tour starts today

BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) will meet Northern Territory Strike in their last match of the tour down under from today.

Smith warms into action

South Africa captain Greame Smith pounded an unbeaten 89 as the hosts beat big guns Australia by eight wickets during the second day of warm-up matches in the Twenty20 World Championships yesterday.

Last laugh England's

England produced a clinical team performance to win the seventh one-day international against India at Lord's here Saturday.

India retain Asia Cup

India retained the Asia Cup hockey title when they handed a massive 7-2 defeat on South Korea in yesterday's final in Chennai.

'Hosts face stiff test'

Marlon Samuels has said that the South Africans should expect a stiff challenge when they take on West Indies in the opening game of the ICC World Twenty20 on September 11.

BFF U-19 trial on Friday

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has called an open trial on Friday for the formation of the Under-19 team to take part in the coming Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games.

Shut the door on Shoaib

Cats have fewer lives than the chances offered to Shoaib Akhtar to make amends for his indiscretions. His sheer pace and charisma were once an asset to Pakistan cricket, and his individuality a refreshing aberration in a team bogged down in overbearing religiosity.

Everything but goals

France held on to top spot in Euro 2008 qualifying Group B following a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Italy here on Saturday in their second meeting since last year's World Cup final.

Owen fires England

Michael Owen scored one of the finest goals of his international career as England got their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign back on track with a 3-0 win over Israel here on Saturday.

Master vs Minnow

- Roger Federer watched his opponent's last shot of their U.S. Open semifinal sail wide, then calmly walked to the net for a handshake.

French anthem booed

If appearances are to be believed, the ongoing feud between World Cup final foes France and Italy simmered down significantly after their scoreless draw in a Euro 2008 qualifier on Saturday.

Alonso claims Monza

Defending world champion Fernando Alonso reduced his McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton's lead at the top of the world championship to just three points Sunday when he led him home at the Italian Grand Prix.

Dutch win as Portugal, Spain draw

Wesley Sneijder and Ruud van Nistelrooy scored either side of the break to earn the Netherlands a 2-0 home win over Bulgaria.

Real offer bonus for UCL win

Real Madrid have promised their players a bumper bonus of 600,000 euros (826,000 dollars) each if they can secure a tenth European Cup crown this season, Marca sports daily said Sunday.

'We must beat Ukraine'

Italy must beat Ukraine on Wednesday to maintain their Euro 2008 qualifying hopes following an unwelcome draw against group B leaders France on Saturday, Italy coach Roberto Donadoni said.

Australia biggest scalp

Cricket's undisputed leaders Australia are favourites to win the inaugural Twenty20 world championships starting on Tuesday, but rivals are geared to spring surprises.

'I can't argue with snicko'

India were at the receiving end of two contentious umpiring decisions in the deciding match of the series but their captain Rahul Dravid didn't think present-day technology was good enough to aid umpires in all situations.

Chowmrin treble steers Friends

Friends Social Welfare Organisation rode on a hattrick by Chowmrin Rakhine to brush aside Jurain Janata 7-0 in yesterday's Third Division Football League at the Outer Stadium.

Ali Kabir new athletics boss

BIWTC Chairman ASM Ali Kabir has been appointed president of the Bangladesh Amateur Athletics Federation yesterday.

Women's WC kicks-off today

The women's World Cup starts here Monday with the United States clear favourites but reigning champions Germany looking to launch a new title bid in the opening match with a big win against Argentina.

Germans cruise past Wales

Germany coach Joachim Loew was in a relaxed mood Sunday after watching his side reinforce their bid to qualify for Euro 2008 with a comfortable 2-0 win over Wales.

'This is the turning point'

John Terry believes England's convincing win against Israel will prove to be the turning point in his side's struggle to reach the Euro 2008 finals.

Nigeria win U-17 crown

Nigeria won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Sunday, beating Spain 3-0 in a penalty shoot-out at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.

Elber becomes a Bayern scout

Former Bayern Munich striker Giovane Elber has been recruited by the German giants to work as their South American scout, it was revealed on Sunday.

Business

Govt to study impact of free trade deals with neighbours

The caretaker government has initiated a study on the impact of striking free trade agreements (FTAs) with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

First-ever cement clinker plant in private sector starts operation

The first ever private sector plant producing cement clinker, a key ingredient in cement, started operation in Jessore yesterday, marking an important step for private investment in the building materials sector.

Shrimp exports forecast to double but food safety key to EU market

Shrimp exports from Bangladesh are forecast to double by 2015 to $1billion, but the industry still faces health challenges if it wishes to ensure access to its largest single market, the EU, a workshop was told yesterday.

Asia Pacific leaders close summit with trade plea

Key world leaders called Sunday for "urgent" efforts to salvage global talks on trade as they wrapped up a summit marked by unprecedented security and wrangling over a plan to tackle climate change.

Local firm builds 4 big cargo ships

The local ship building company, Western Marine Shipyard Limited, has completed construction of four cargo ships.

Oil supplies sufficient

The president of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries said Sunday the oil cartel will seek at a meeting this week to maintain market stability, but that current output was sufficient.

Tea producers told to warm up their global image

Faced with falling prices and competition from coffee growers, global tea producers are being stirred into action to boost their image in order to regain consumers in the cut-throat beverage market.

Wastewater treatment tech show begins tomorrow

A trade show of water and wastewater treatment technologies will begin in Dhaka from tomorrow.

No more time extension for legalising undisclosed money

Clearing his stance against further extension of time of amnesty for legalising undisclosed money earned honest

BIWTC earns Tk 20cr in 6 months of last fiscal

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) has earned Tk 20 crore during the last six months of last fiscal year surpassing all previous records since its inception.

Pakistan eyes FTA with EU

The government plans to hold the first round of talks on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) next month to increase the level of trade between the two sides.

Hotels Int'l declares 10pc stock dividend

Hotels International Ltd, the owning company of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, has declared a 10 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006.

Nepal posts 3.4pc growth in 5 years

The tenth five-year plan of Nepal ending in mid-July witnessed annual economic growth at 3.4 percent, according to local newspaper The Rising Nepal Sunday.

Apec vows tougher stand on food, product safety

Asia Pacific leaders promised Sunday to push for stronger food and product safety standards amid international concern over a spate of recalls of Chinese goods.

13 Indian firms join WEF Global Growth Companies

Thirteen fast-growing Indian firms have joined as Founding Members of the 125-strong Community of Global Growth Companies, a new initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

India to remain outside Apec for now

India and around 10 other countries will remain excluded from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum for at least three years, Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced Sunday.

New secy gen of Int'l Jute Study Group

Sudripta Roy joined the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) as its secretary general on Thursday, says a press release.

Metropolitan

Ensure accountability of donors to make foreign aid effective

Development experts at a seminar yesterday called for ensuring accountability of the donor agencies and cutting their dominance over the developing nations to enhance effectiveness of foreign aid in promoting development and ensuring human rights.

Perform task without fear or favour

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has asked young government officials to always remember that they are servants of the republic and functionaries of a democracy where people are passionate about their rights.

Teachers must have commitment to nation

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said the teachers' community must have a commitment to the nation, which can inspire them to discharge their duties with utmost sincerity and dedication.

$150m ADB support sought for good governance

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sought 150 million US dollar in ADB support for good governance in the country, in line with a UN convention.

RU Prof Taher murder case resumes Sept 27

Rajshahi district and sessions judge yesterday decided to proceed with the trial of a case filed for killing Rajshahi University (RU) teacher Prof S Taher Ahmed from September 27.

HC delists hearing of petitions

The High Court, apparently out of reluctance, yesterday struck off from its cause list the hearings of long-pending petitions for quashing more graft cases, including one on frigate-purchase scam, against detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and co-accused persons.

$1 lakh Indonesian help for flood victims

Indonesia has donated 100,000 US dollar to the Chief Adviser's Relief Fund for the country's flood victims.

Indo-Bangla Dialogue begins in New Delhi today

A 12-member Bangladesh delegation, led by Chairman of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Prof Rahman Sobhan will leave for New Delhi today to attend a five-day Indo-Bangladesh Dialogue.

UN donates $6m for flood victims

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund has allocated a sum of $6 million for the flood affected people of Bangladesh.

Partial eclipse of sun tomorrow

A partial eclipse of the sun will occur tomorrow.

Road accidents kill 6

At least six people were killed and 31 others injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh, Chittagong and Rajshahi yesterday.

Bea Ten Tusscher new Dutch envoy to Bangladesh

Bea Ten Tusscher has been appointed as the new ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dhaka.

ACC yet to file case against Tarique

Despite receiving the inquiry report on his wealth statement about 45 days back, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is yet to file any case against detained BNP senior joint secretary general Tarique Rahman as it is conducting further inquiry into his wealth details.

Sylhet city BNP president Ariful, his wife sued

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against Sylhet city BNP President Ariful Haque Chowdhury and his wife Shama Haque Chowdhury for concealing wealth worth over Tk 1.58 crore in the statement they submitted earlier.

Int'l workshop on dynamics of food, cash transfers today

An international workshop will be held today to debate on the relative merits of food and cash transfers in alleviating extreme poverty in Bangladesh.

Govt to purchase 1 lakh tonnes of wheat locally

The adviser committee on purchase yesterday approved buying 1 lakh metric tons of wheat from local importers at a cost of Tk 260.53 crore.

Ex-BNP MP Prof Shahidul submits wealth report to ACC

Former BNP lawmaker Prof Shahidul Islam submitted his wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday.

DU medical science exams as per schedule

The viva voce, practical and clinical examinations of different postgraduate courses under the faculty of Postgraduate Medical Science and Research of Dhaka University (DU) will be held as per schedule from September 15, says a press release.

Workshop on edn statistics begins in city

A four-day-long training workshop on 'Using Education Statistics and Indicators for Planning' began in the city yesterday.

NU first year exams begin Sept 20

The first year honours examinations under the National University (NU) will begin from September 20, says a press release.

National

Most leaders in Moulvibazar say 'no' to Bhuiyan, Saifur

Majority of BNP leaders in Moulvibazar district are with newly appointed secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hussain.

Piranha or Thai Chanda?

Fish farmers and hatchery owners in Mymensingh have claimed that fishery authorities have 'branded' their Thai Chanda as Piranha and asked them to destroy those.

3 more jute mills to be privatised

Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation BJMC Chairman Ataharul Islam has alleged that corruption by CBA leaders is delaying full payment of gratuity to retrenched workers of closed Peoples Jute Mills.

Rejoinder and our reply

The Grameen Bank has issued a rejoinder to a report headlined “62 NGO branch offices stop operation in Khagrachhari” published in the Daily Star on page 6 on September 1.

Nat'l ID card distribution begins in Rangpur

Distribution of national identity (ID) cards began here at a function held at the local Zila Parishad auditorium yesterday.

Letters

Bush and Napoleon

Juan Cole (who is a professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian history at

Wetlands

It is good news for our country and an achievement! Ramsar Convention on wetlands published our organisation's World Wetlands Day Celebration photo as the theme photo of World Wetlands Day 2008.

Balanced migration

The most recent policy announcement of the government is to compel the diversification of labour migration flows. This is to be achieved by requiring that the selection of migrant workers reflect a greater geographical diversity in the sourcing of the workers. Areas that do not have a history of labour export or that are especially disadvantaged by poverty such as the north-west are to be privileged in the selection of workers for export. BMET is to be the lead agency in implementing this policy and the policy has been welcomed by local experts on labour migration. However, this quota system is to be achieved by disrupting the established migration chain and social networks. Therefore any gains that might be made in achieving greater diversification will be made by weakening the support structures of the existing labour migration flow. The importance of social networks in supporting migration and establishing strong cumulative causation is recognised as one of the principle means by which sustainable migration flows can be ensured. The new policy will therefore work against one of the few support structures that Bangladeshi labour migrants have in the destination countries which is their expanding social network. By compelling diversification at the expense of this support structure the government of Bangladesh only creates another obstacle to the existing flow of migration. It can then be expected that the existing migration network will resort to irregular channels if necessary to enable their friends and relatives to overcome this new barrier to their migration.

Police

I, as a concerned citizen, want to write about an incident that happened on September 03, 2007 at 6.30 pm, while I was passing through Zindabazar (Sylhet) by a CNG vehicle. I saw a traffic constable insulting a car driver without any logical reason, some other traffic personnel also joined him. I was amazed. I did not find anything wrong with the car driver.

Russian nuclear reactor

Construction of the Chernobyl power station began in the 1970s. The first of the four reactors was commissioned in 1977. Reactor No. 4 began producing power in 1983 and it exploded on Saturday, April 26, 1986, at 1:23:58am local time. This plant was built by Russia. The Chernobyl accident cost the former Soviet Union billions of dollars, and some observers believe it may have hastened the collapse of the Soviet government. Massive amounts of radioactive materials were released into the environment, resulting in a radioactive cloud that spread over much of Europe. The greatest contamination occurred around the reactor in areas that are now part of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. After the accident, the Soviet authorities resettled more than 350,000 people outside the worst affected areas, including all 50,000 people from nearby Pripyat, but millions of people continue to live in contaminated areas.

Abortion policy

I wish to commend the Vatican, and more recently Catholic Bishop Michael Evans of East Anglia for condemning Amnesty International's new pro-abortion policy. Amnesty has fallen victim to a distorted rationale that tends to place a higher priority on human suffering than on life itself. Contrary to Amnesty's new position, human welfare depends upon a shared responsibility that involves moral limits. There are no "small" murders. The respect for every human life is an essential condition if a societal life worthy of the name is to be possible. When man's conscience loses respect for life as something sacred, he inevitably ends by losing his own identity.

Muslims in West Bengal

A recent study by BBC Bengali Service revealed the sorry state of affairs of Muslims in the left -uled West Bengal. With 26% population, Muslims are employed in 2.1% government services and 1.98% private services. Their representation in business and other gainful employment is even more negligible. Interesting to note that these ratios were slightly better during the Congress rule. Their fate took a continuous downward trend during the so called progressive rule of the CPM-led left coalition for whom Muslims voted en masse.

Father of the Nation

Ask any Indian, who is your Father of the Nation? They will say Mahatma Gandhi. Ask any Pakistani the same question and the answer will be Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Ask Bangladeshis about their Father of the Nation, the answer to the question will be not that clear. Many of us will hesitate to answer, some are confused, some will say Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and so on. It is tragic and unfortunate that we educated Bangladeshis are confused and misguided.

Neglected Niketon

The housing area called Niketon has developed fast with high-rise buildings and a habitation of more than a 100,000 citizens. There are decent houses with most inhabitants being service holders having their offices in the vicinity.

Repair the road

It's quiz time--which important road of Dhaka city has no footpath & road divider? The answer is Jatrabari-Jurain road. It's the entry point to

Diplomats and people

I am at a loss to understand if the foreign diplomats are here to represent their respective countries or just to issue certificate as to which action(s) taken by our government is right and which is not. The other day The British High Commissioner even went deep into the recent DU crisis and opined that "money was involved in all those incidents". It may be recalled that the entire matter is already under judicial probe.

Arrested teachers

The other day I was watching a documentary on the role of US media leading up to the invasion of Iraq by the US. The documentary, Buying the War, was a brainchild of Mr. Bill Moyer, a famous US journalist. The main thrust of it was how the media moguls and individual journalists who are known in the US for their professional integrity failed to stand against the wind of emotive national sentiment to avenge on anyone perceived to be related with the 9/11 attack.

English: official or foreign language?

We are extremely proud of our rich Bengali heritage and literature and the Language Movement of 1952 which gave us a unique global platform as a nation. In 1913, Tagore became the first Asian Nobel laureate for 'Geetanjali'. He is the only author to compose 2 national anthems-- of India and B'desh. He was fluent in Hindi and English also.

Iran

It may be interesting for those who admire Iran for standing up against the West to take a look at a letter to the editor published in Pakistan's The Daily Times on August 25.

BTV and autonomy

The present CTG has initiated a move to make the state-run Bangladesh Television(BTV) an effective autonomous body. Over the past few decades, we have seen government control over BTV in the name of giving autonomy to it. There is no denying that BTV speaks more for the incumbent government than the mass people.

Discretion and law-enforcement

Mr. Huda's article on the subject (Sept:01) attempts a rational analysis of the policing attitudes in law enforcing activity. However, in my opinion the very terminology "law enforcement" has a connotation of force and violence attached to it. A better term could be law implementation; which is realistic and rational. The subject matter in Mr. Huda's write-up should be applicable to all services concerned with implementing the law.

Students overheating

While the mere incident could be handled without any violence, the whole country was strangled for a few days. I was really frustrated to see students taking to the street to protest, vandalising public and private property. There are other forms of protests which could easily avoid these incidents. The army left the campus as the students demanded. Why did the students then go to the streets again? The government is suspecting that some groups influenced the students and took advantage of the situation. All the DU students are adult enough and they are well educated. How could they be so easily influenced?

International

Afghan suicide attackers coming through Pakistan: UN

The spiralling number of suicide attacks in Afghanistan are often carried out by young Afghan men who pass through religious schools in Pakistan, a United Nations report said yesterday.

Nepali Maoists threaten to quit government

Nepal's Maoist chief Prachanda warned Sunday that his party would quit the government and launch nationwide protests unless its demands were met ahead of key November polls, a party official said.

Israel PM vows to carry on Gaza strikes

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed on Sunday to continue military operations in the Gaza Strip targeting Palestinian militants in the Hamas-ruled territory.

Nepal's Shah dynasty faces extinction

When Prithvi Narayan Shah, the forefather of Nepal's current King Gyanendra, finally conquered Kathmandu in 1768, he did so on the day of the most important festival of the year, Indra Jatra.

Afghan president ready for talks with Taliban

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said yesterday he was ready to hold talks with Taliban militants in an effort to end their bloody insurgency against his US-backed administration.

Bush advisers favour current war strategy

President Bush's top two military and political advisers on Iraq will warn Congress on Monday that making any significant changes to the current war strategy will jeopardize the limited security and political progress made so far, The Associated Press has learned.

US marks 6 yrs since 9/11 under shadow of 'war on terror'

America marks the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on Tuesday with more low key commemorations than in the past and in the face of mounting concern over the US-led "war on terror."

Every day is like 9/11, say Iraqis

When the dust of a devastating blast that rocked an inner Baghdad suburb six weeks ago had settled, Um Wafa'a was a widow.

Israeli, Palestinian leaders meet today

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet today, but expectations are low since Israel has refused central Palestinian requests, officials said.

Pakistan kills 10 militants

Suspected pro-Taliban militants ambushed a military convoy in troubled northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, triggering a shootout that killed 10 militants and wounded seven soldiers, an army spokesman said.

Pakistan should release Sharif supporters: HRW

Pakistan should immediately release hundreds of opposition activists rounded up in a crackdown ahead of the planned return of former premier Nawaz Sharif, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.

al-Qaeda takes credit for Algeria blasts

al-Qaeda's North African affiliate claimed responsibility early Sunday for a car bombing that killed 28 coast guard officers in Algeria and another recent blast that ripped through a crowd waiting for the Algerian president.

Abe ready to resign over Afghan mission

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said yesterday he was ready to resign if parliament fails to extend Japan's refuelling mission in the Indian Ocean in support of US-led anti-terrorism operations in Afghanistan.

Britain faces $4 trillion suit over colonial rule in Malaysia

A Malaysian human rights lawyer has filed a four trillion dollar lawsuit against Britain for alleged atrocities suffered by Indians whose forefathers were brought as indentured labourers to Malaysia during colonial rule.

Missing girl's parents back in England

A British couple named as suspects in the disappearance of their 4-year-old daughter returned to England Sunday, days after being grilled by Portuguese police about new forensic evidence authorities believe ties them to the case.

Arts & Entertainment

Semi-abstract with pulsating motifs

Mohammad Iqbal, who is doing his PhD in fine arts, is currently holding his solo exhibition at the Bengal Gallery, Dhanmondi. Most of his works are semi-abstract oils ranging from blues to pinks. Iqbal, who has been fascinated with drawing and painting from his childhood, was encouraged by his mother.

Observation of life through TV plays

She writes TV plays and occasionally for newspapers. Her first play Nirjon Srot (1995) was much appreciated by both audiences and the critics. Currently she is one of the busiest scriptwriters and a successful TV play producer. Her career of 12 years consists of several memorable plays like Kajol Kalo Din, Digonto periey, Shesh Bikel, Ebong Ami, Din Choley Jaye, Jol Porey Pata Norey and many more. The Daily Star recently caught up with Zeenat. Excerpts from the conversation:

Nazrul Academy's tribute to the National Poet

Cultural organisation Nazrul Academy arranged a programme at its Dhanmondi branch on September 8 to pay homage to our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Ang Lee wins second Golden Lion for “Lust, Caution”

Taiwanese director Ang Lee picked up his second Venice Film Festival Golden Lion for best picture for his new erotic spy thriller Lust, Caution on September 8.

OP-ED

Relieving hunger for flood victims

For some 6 million flood-hit victims facing severe food shortage in 47 districts of the country, food relief is essential.

Is misgiving about EC's proposed dialogue justified?

The Election Commission (EC) has invited 15 political parties for dialogue on electoral reforms, which is to begin from September 12. Some political parties have already expressed their hesitation to participate in the dialogue. Others are demanding the lifting of the existing ban on indoor politics as a condition for their participation.

Star City

Dearth makes fish dearer

Fish prices went up further in the city markets due to drastic fall in supply in the last few days.

Look-alikes of cellphone brands flood malls

City markets have been flooded with counterfeit cellular phones that are basically imitation of popular name brands including Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, etc..

The same old tale of tailback at Bailey Road

On any fairly working day, if you have any business around the Bailey Road at noon, always be sure to start early from home. It would be wise to keep at least extra 30 minutes in your schedule because from around 12pm to 1pm the area surrounding the Bailey Road remains choked-up with traffic.

A promise falls short of expectations

Beautification and better community maintenance of the Lake Park in Gulshan-2 has been bogged down by internal problems of the Gulshan Society which is entrusted with the job.

'Bitter sweet taste' of meals at DU dormitories

The place most frequented by resident students of Dhaka University (DU) for their meals is the on campus cafeteria or canteen -- located either inside or outside the dormitories.

"city express"

The latest crop of quotes from the city's press -- words worth repeating, we feel, for their humour, insight or sheer outrageousness. Star City does not necessarily support the opinions expressed in this column.



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