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Coasts evacuated on tsunami alert

Thousands of people ran for safety evacuating beaches and areas near seashore after the authorities yesterday evening issued a tsunami warning, for the first time in the country, following a massive earthquake that hit Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing 10 people.

Amu-led leaders face party workers' wrath

Shouting no reforms would be implemented in the Awami League (AL) without the release of detained party President Sheikh Hasina, a number of agitated AL workers yesterday abused four senior party leaders including the acting general secretary at the party's Dhanmondi office.

Call to raise awareness to reduce incidence of suicide

Experts at a seminar yesterday underscored the need to raise awareness to reduce the incidences of suicide among suicide-prone persons.

EC wants fresh polls if 50pc 'no votes' cast

The Election Commission (EC) is seeking to introduce an option of casting 'no votes' for the voters in the upcoming parliamentary election with a provision for holding fresh polls to a constituency if fifty percent or more of the cast votes there turn out to be 'no votes'.

BNP office to stay shut until council settles dispute

As both groups of the BNP stick to their claims of being the mainstream, the BNP central office at city's Naya Paltan will remain close until the party council decides who will use the office.

Shamim Osman gets 8yrs for tax-dodging

A Narayanganj court yesterday sentenced former Awami League (AL) lawmaker AKM Shamim Osman to eight years' rigorous imprisonment for concealing wealth information and dodging tax.

Flooding continues to get worse

With the rise of water levels at most points of major rivers Padma and Jamuna, the flood situation further deteriorated yesterday affecting 1.13 crore people in 256 upazilas of 46 districts.

Govt moves to get rid of middlemen

The government yesterday decided to adopt a number of measures including cutting out the middlemen, also known as Forias, and introducing voucher system at four wholesale markets in Dhaka to curb prices of essentials during the month of Ramadan.

IOJ against transparent ballot box

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday opened a three-month-long dialogue with political parties for finalising the draft of the electoral reform proposals in preparation for holding the general election.

Court declines to receive bail petition of Khaleda

A Dhaka court yesterday did not receive the bail petition of detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia in a graft case filed with Tejgaon Police Station on September 2.

Ex-MPs Aminul, Beltu sued for extortion

Former post and telecommunications minister barrister Aminul Haque was sued yesterday for extorting Tk 40,500.

IMF terms to be made public before any deal

Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam said the government will scrutinise conditions and make it public before finalising any new deal with International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Zimbabwe stun Australia

Minnows Zimbabwe upset tournament favourites Australia in the first shock of the World Twenty20 Championships at Newlands on Wednesday.

11 left-leaning parties form new alliance

Eleven left-leaning parties yesterday floated a new political platform named Democratic Left Alliance (DLA) with the objective of what it said is materialising the ideology of left politics to help establish a democratic Bangladesh.

6 army men testify before probe body

Six members of the army team that had been camped on Dhaka University campus last month, testified before the judicial probe commission yesterday on the recent violence there.

12 die in Bogra road crashes

At least 12 people, including a mother and her eight-year-old son, were killed on the spot in two road accidents in Bogra yesterday.

Abed gets Clinton Global Award

Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder and chairperson of Brac, will be honoured by former US President Bill Clinton with the first Clinton Global Citizenship Award.

Hilsa outlets to be opened in city during Ramadan

The government intends to set up a number of outlets in the capital to sell hilsha fish at a fairly lower price during the month of Ramadan.

RU reopens Oct 28, Ruet Oct 23

Authorities of Rajshahi University (RU) and Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) in separate syndicate meetings decided to resume classes from October 28 and October 23 respectively.

2 JMB leaders jailed for 14yrs

The Speedy Trial Tribunal judge of Sylhet yesterday awarded two JMB leaders 14 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined Tk 2,000 in default to suffer another one year each for storing explosives and bomb making substances at a house in Sylhet.

Jubo Sanghati leader killed in 'crossfire'

A leader of Jatiya Jubo Sanghati, youth wing of Jatiya Party, was killed in an 'encounter' between criminals and Rab members at the city's Agargaon yesterday.

Nizami terms Khaleda's arrest 'unfortunate'

Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami has termed "unfortunate" the arrest of former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and hopes that she will get justice.

40 die as Pak militant hideout pounded

Pakistani helicopter gunships and artillery pounded militant hideouts in a tribal region near the Afghan border, killing up to 40 insurgents, the army said yesterday.

Japan PM quits after string of scandals

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigned yesterday after less than a year in power, falling victim to a string of scandals that hampered his reform agenda and sent his popularity plummeting.

Reason for gas pipeline fire still not known

The reason behind Tuesday night's fire in the supply line of Bakharabad Gas Systems Ltd (BGSL) under the river Karnaphuli could not be discovered as divers yesterday failed to dive into the river due to strong currents.

Editorial

Terrible traffic congestion

Traffic congestion, which has always been a problem of highly intractable nature, is now threatening to almost paralyse life in the city. That is what the citizens have experienced in the last three days, as the main thoroughfares remain clogged for hours together with long queues of transports of various modes, greatly restricting the mobility of commuters.

Twenty20 off to a brilliant start

The inaugural match of the twenty20 World Cricket Championships had a brilliant kick-off with hosts South Africa winning despite a dazzling 117 scored by Chris Gale of the West Indies in just 57 balls. It was the first ever century in Twenty20 cricket.

9/11, and the surge and upsurge in Iraq

Every year since the horrible terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, the world, particularly the US administration, takes a stock of how it has fared from the strategic and security point of view. And the two events that are seen as the aftermaths of 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq, are dissected to either validate or invalidate the rationale of the ventures. And predicated on these two is the much vaunted and, to most of us, the most significant of Bush's project, his global war against terror (GWOT)

Naked truth and more …

Some of our readers take a quizzical view of things we write in our columns. But, despite their occasional whimpers, our columns always reflect the naked truth, and truth is possibly the only thing people do not object to seeing naked. And when it comes to "stripping" those blokes in the full glare of the camera we cannot help but be cruel (only to be kind!).

Sports

Tigers ready for all

The ICC Twenty20 World Cham-pionships are already underway and the Bangladesh team gets going today believing that anything and any result is possible.

Pakistan ride on Afridi

Shahid Afridi smashed 22 off seven balls and then grabbed 4-19 as Pakistan brushed aside Scotland by 51 runs in the Twenty20 world championships here on Wednesday.

Gillespie sinks Kenya

Mark Gillespie returned the best ever figures in Twenty20 cricket as New Zealand demolished Kenya by nine wickets in the world championships here on Wednesday.

Vettori new Test captain

Stephen Fleming has been dumped as New Zealand Test captain after a decade in favour of one-day skipper Daniel Vettori.

Dimi takes guard

If the opinions of a certain Shane Warne had had any influence on the decisions of England's selectors, then Dimitri Mascarenhas would not have remained a secret of the county circuit for so long. A nearly man in England's one-day reckoning for most of the 2000s, the closest Mascarenhas ever looked like coming to international honours was his selection for the Hong Kong Sixes in 2004.

10-wicket win for NCA

BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) finished their tour of Australia in style when they thrashed Northern Territory Strike by 10 wickets in the Crocodile Cup four-day match at the University ground yesterday.

Mondal denies Janakantha allegation

Senior sports journalist Aghore Mondal yesterday dismissed the allegations that were labelled against him in a Bengali daily.

Sourav sure of T20 success

Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday exuded confidence that the young Indian team would quickly adjust to the South African conditions and would perform well in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup.

Local Snippets

Five local boys won their respective singles matches by beating their compatriots when the Prime Bank Asian Under-14 Tennis Tournament got underway at the National Tennis Complex yesterday.

NZ set new world mark in hockey

New Zealand's men created a new world record by destroying Papua New Guinea 39-0 in the Oceania field hockey Olympic qualifying tournament here Wednesday.

Gayle lives fantasy

Thirty-six fours, 18 sixes, 413 runs, and a win for the home team -- the first match of the ICC World Twenty20 couldn't have been scripted any better. The bowling of neither team was shown in particularly good light, which only confirmed the belief that this tournament will be about getting huge totals, and then chasing them down.

Rocking the house

The inaugural Twenty20 world championships is taking South Africa by storm, thrilling fans who are drawn to the exhilarating speed of the high-octane game where anything can happen.

Brazil's virtuoso performance

South American powerhouse Brazil lashed footballing minnows New Zealand 5-0 here Wednesday in a resounding display of skills that proved too much for the hapless Kiwis.

Laporta upset over Henry stay

Barcelona boss Joan Laporta says he is "outraged" that France has chosen to keep Thierry Henry in their squad for a Euro 2008 qualifier against Scotland on Wednesday even though the striker is suspended.

Marta dreams of Sweden final

Marta, once described as "Pele in a skirt" by the great Brazilian himself, is dreaming of a World Cup final against Sweden, a team stacked with footballing friends.

Touhidul steers Manikchhari

Manikchhari clinched the title of the second Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup football tournament with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Dighinala in the final at the local stadium yesterday.

Gay skips clash with Powell

Triple world champion Tyson Gay has pulled out of his showdown with Jamaican speed king Asafa Powell at the Golden League meet here on Friday.

Smith cleared, Gibbs still doubtful

Graeme Smith will continue to take part in the ICC World Twenty20 after X-rays and a CT scan confirmed that he had not fractured his right hand.

Business

Economy could grow 7pc in FY08 on back of reform

The country's economy could grow by at least 7 percent in the current fiscal year, said the central bank governor yesterday, although he warned that the recent floods posed a challenge to meeting this goal.

Reducing waste output protects environment, saves money: Experts

Reducing waste production and the more efficient use of energy not only helps the environment, but saves money, Bangladeshi industrialists were told yesterday.

India on drive to attract more Malaysian tourists

India is expected to welcome an additional 50,000 Malaysian travelers to its shores this year, a 50 percent increase from 100,000 in 2006, as the second most populous nation promotes the country more aggressively, local media reported yesterday.

European firms complain over China business environment

European firms are finding it tougher to do business in China due to protectionist measures, copyright piracy and a range of other barriers, a leading EU business group said Tuesday.

Building business confidence for accelerated investment-I

Bangladesh, like many other economies, had in the past experienced ups and downs in its performance depending on a number of factors, both natural and man-made as well as internal and external. However, the economy has done relatively well during the last two decades compared to the situation that prevailed immediately after independence of the country.

Banks urged to offer loans to women entrepreneurs

President of Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (BFWE) Rokia Afzal Rahman yesterday urged the banks and financial institutions to provide loans for the women entrepreneurs, saying that even in case of failure to make profit, women always repay the loans in time.

BB officials urged to monitor farm loan activities

Bangladesh Bank has asked its officials to monitor field level agriculture loan activities across the country.

Konka mobile phone sets hit market

Electro Mart Ltd, a marketer of electronic appliances, has recently introduced its new range of Konka brand mobile phone sets in the local market, says a press release.

Pizza Hut Ctg celebrates 2nd anniversary

Pizza Hut Chittagong, the second outlet of country's pioneering pizza restaurant Pizza Hut, celebrated its second anniversary in the port city yesterday.

Business-media cooperation for overall uplift stressed

Business leaders and media professionals at a discussion in Bogra yesterday stressed the need for greater cooperation between business and media for overall economic development of the country.

ICDDR,B official wins int'l HR Leadership Award

Md Musharrof Hossain, president of Bangladesh Society for Human Resources Management and senior manager (Human Resources) of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), has won 'HR Leadership Award' this year.

Mercantile Bank extends Tk100cr term loan to BRAC

Mercantile Bank Ltd has extended a Tk 100 crore term loan facility to BRAC, a leading non-government organisation, to finance the latter's various microcredit schemes.

DBBL arranges Tk27.33cr term loan for RAK Pharmaceuticals

Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd (DBBL) with the help of two other banks has arranged a Tk 27.33 crore syndicated term loan for RAK Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd.

Euro hits record high at $1.39

The European single currency surged to 1.3879 dollars Wednesday -- a record high -- as investors bet on interest rates falling in the United States, whose economy is showing signs of weakness.

Metropolitan

'Amend laws to ensure rights of persons with disability'

Experts at a policy dialogue yesterday underscored the need to bring amendments to the existing laws related to the rights of the persons with disability in line with the UN convention.

Launch social movement, enforce law strictly to curb 'eve teasing'

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday underscored the need to launch a social movement and raise awareness to stop 'eve teasing'.

‘Enact stringent laws to curb violence against women’

Speakers at a workshop yesterday called on the government to enact stringent laws to curb violence against women.

Detained Sylhet mayor submits wealth report

The detained mayor of Sylhet City Corporation, Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran, submitted his wealth statement to Comilla jail authorities on Tuesday.

ORBIS to provide eye care to slum people in urban areas

ORBIS International, a flying eye hospital, will provide eye care to slum people in the country's urban areas through the government-sponsored Urban Primary Health Care Project.

Proper probe into Momin murder demanded

Family members of slain college student Kamrul Islam Momin demanded proper investigation into the killing and trial of the killers, as his 2nd death anniversary will be observed today.

AB Bank support for Sabina's treatment

AB Bank has donated Tk 2 lakh for treatment of the ailing renowned singer Sabina Yasmin, says a press release.

Concern over closure of CSB

Leaders of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists' (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists' (DUJ) yesterday expressed deep concern over closure of private TV channel CSB.

Two die in warehouse fire in Ctg

Two persons were burnt to death when a fire ripped through a shoe warehouse at Reazuddin Bazar in Chittagong early yesterday.

DU admission tests begin Nov 30

Admission tests for first year honours courses of Dhaka University (DU) for the sessions 2007-2008 will start from November 30.

Moon Sighting body meets today

A meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee will be held today at the conference room of Islamic Foundation (Baitul Mukarram) at 6:45pm to review reports on moon sighting for the holy month of Ramadan, 1428 Hijri.

5 Bangladeshi children win int’l painting contest

Five Bangladeshi students won the 16th International Children's Painting Competition on Environment, jointly organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Foundation for Global Peace Environment (FGPE), Nikon Corporation and Bayer, says a press release.

BATB Social Report launched

British American Tobacco Bangladesh launched the publication of its Social Report 2006-07 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the city yesterday.

Drug peddler jailed for 4 yrs in Rajshahi

A Rajshahi court sentenced a drug peddler to four years' rigorous imprisonment in a drug case.

Prof Mozammel new RU treasurer

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday appointed Prof Dr Mozammel Haque as the treasurer of Rajshahi University for four years, says a press release.

National

Party in power was a magic lamp for VDP member Salam

The party in power came as a magic lamp for once VDP (Village Defense Party) member Mohammad Abdus Salam. By virtue of being a close aide to BNP leader Wadud Bhuiyan, he became president of Khagrachhari district Jubo Dal, which opened up the scope for him to amass wealth and establish supremacy in the district during the rule of BNP-Jamaat government.

Voter registration begins in Sylhet division

Voter registration with photos began in Sylhet division yesterday through a programme in remote Tahirpur, a haor upazila in Sunamganj district.

Recover 1,375 acre grabbed land in Ghoraghat

An association of retired army men has urged the caretaker government to recover their 1,375 acres of land grabbed by musclemen in Ghoraghat upazila.

Set up coal-fired power plants in Northern districts

Speakers in a seminar in Rangpur yesterday suggested extraction of coal from northern region mines and setting up coal-based power plants to meet the need.

Move to resolve land dispute with Khasia people

At last the district administration has taken initiative to resolve the land related problems of indigenous people living in different forest areas of Moulvibazar district.

Sundarban textile mill workers get arrears

Payment of arrear dues of workers and staff of state owned Sundarban Textile Mills who left jobs under golden handshake programme that began on Tuesday continued yesterday.

Deposition of PWs continue in Sylhet STT

Deposition of statement of prosecution witnesses in one of the two cases filed in connection with the grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Chowdhury continued for the 8th day yesterday. The judge started recording statements of PWs on August 26.

Workshop on child rights held in Satkhira

Speakers at a view-exchange meeting yesterday called for creating awareness to protect rights of the children in line with the Child Rights Convention of the United Nations.

Bangladeshi killed by Indians

At least one Bangladeshi farmer was killed and two others were critically injured as Indian mob beat them indiscriminately on suspicion of cattle liters at Sharyal Jhoth opposite Tetulia border in Panchagarh district Tuesday night, BDR sources said.

Letters

Saifur Rahman and BNP

I have learnt that the reformist BNP (Mannan) requested Mr. Saifur Rahman to take over the party. I was really hoping that the reformists truly believe in reform. The reason we are where we are as a nation is because we have no accountability. Under the Finance Minister's rule, the whole financial administration became intellectually bankrupt.

Coal mining options

I believe we should take up the coal mining issue dispassionately. The Barapukiria blunder is there before us, yet some (so-called intellectuals) want us to repeat the exercise elsewhere! Not true to the popular saying "once bitten twice shy', we tend to mislead people.

Iraqi civil war

The American civil war was the nation's bloodiest war in which Americans slaughtered fellow Americans in much bigger numbers than the combined American casualties in two world wars. In the Civil War, 400,000 Americans were killed and maimed by fellow Americans from North and South. But instead of bringing total disintegration of the country, the United States emerged a much more united and powerful country after the civil war.

Latest developments

Bangladesh has been in the midst of a serious political crisis since early this year. The signs were all over, not only within the body politic of the country but in the region as well.

Reforms

“Reform, reform and only reform” was once uttered by one of the central leaders of the 14-party alliance. This was one of the most talked about subjects in the recent past. Today when I am writing this note, the word 'reform' is still the most talked about topic. But only the meaning of it has changed. What started as a movement to reform a single institution (Election Commission) is now being designed to touch virtually every institution of the country. The funny thing is that a 'Selected Government' is now doing the work which should have been done by the elected government long ago regarding 'reform'. After 1971 and 1990, I think it is the third time the government is getting the full support of the people.

International

US offers support for crisis-hit Musharraf

US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte offered broad support yesterday for Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf as Washington's key ally faces mounting opposition and al-Qaeda-linked violence.

Bush to announce troop cut in Iraq today

US President George W Bush is to announce today (Thursday) a cut of 30,000 soldiers from Iraq by next July and a top Iraqi official said another 30,000 may have gone by the end of 2008.

Ex-Philippine president Estrada gets life for corruption

Former Philippine president and movie star Joseph Estrada was found guilty of massive corruption yesterday and ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison.

UN nuclear watchdog reviewing Iran file

The UN nuclear watchdog was yesterday reviewing new measures for inspections in Iran, with Western nations warning that Tehran must still halt activities that could be used to make atom bombs.

15 die in fresh Afghan violence

At least 15 people including a dozen Taliban insurgents and a civilian road worker were killed in a new string of violent attacks across insurgency-hit Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.

Seven Tamil Tigers killed In Lanka

Government forces shot dead at least seven Tamil Tiger rebels in two gun battles in northern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Nepal prince discharged from hospital

The heir to Nepal's threatened throne was discharged from hospital yesterday nearly a week after suffering a heart attack, doctors said.

Arts & Entertainment

Up close and personal with the Mro

He exudes the confidence, which comes from being a professional photographer for nearly twenty years. Mahmud, as he is known in his field, used to look after the family business, but his career as a photographer really took off when he did an assignment with the NGO, Asia Foundation, in 1998.

Music festival at Bashundhara City

A five-day music festival at Bashundhara City ended recently. The festival was organised by Showbiz Entertainment. Nesar Ahmed, director, ATN Music inaugurated the event.

Uttam Kumar: Undisputed King of the Bengali Silver Screen

“It is the demise of a leading light of the Bengali film industry…There isn't -- there won't be another hero like him.”

Making musical instruments as a family tradition

A family in Mymensigh has been carrying on its ancestral profession of making musical instruments. The Moni Das family, lives like gypsies, moving from one place to another -- wherever opportunities take them.

OP-ED

Elections 2008: Power to the people

Ambassador Butenis lamented recently that she could not see "free and fair" election in Bangladesh before leaving for her new assignment in Iraq. I, too, share the good ambassador's frustration. As a Bangladeshi citizen I, too, want that our nation move forward down the democratic path with another of our free and fair elections. After all, is not democracy the ultimate destination of any free nation? But then I got to thinking: Are we actually a democratic country? Were we ever a democratic country?

Natural disasters: Implication and remedies

Natural disasters, floods, cyclones or earthquakes, take heavy toll of lives around the world every year. It is true that man can do nothing about a natural disaster of huge magnitude, but vision, and timely precaution and practical measures could save millions of people. Natural disasters bring not only misery and hardship, but also cause water borne diseases in the wake of receding flood waters in particular.

A man of charm

Mir Abdur Razzaq left us all on Wednesday morning, August 29, at a London hospital near his home in Leytonstone, having spent there about 54 very active and worthwhile years. His is a name familiar to any Bangladesh expatriate in London, and he established his bona fides as a perfect gentleman, and a kind and considerate human being, ready to extend all kinds of help and assistance to anyone in need.

Plot thickens in Pakistan

Pakistan is a country run under the law of rulers not one that is subject to rule of law. If evidence was needed of this reality, it was provided on September 10 with the deportation of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.


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