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News of: Friday, 14th of September, 2007

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Tigers whack WI out

His bat doesn't talk often enough; at the Wanderers his bat talked for a change and as always happens, something special for Bangladesh came hand in hand.

Further price hike on kitchen market

Prices of vegetables, fruits and essentials used to prepare iftar items shot up further at different kitchen markets in the capital on the eve of the month of Ramadan yesterday while the prices of other essentials remained stable.

Arrest warrant against two DU professors

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against Dhaka University (DU) teachers Prof Sadrul Amin and Prof Neem Chandra Bhowmik.

29,100 bullets seized from Sherpur house

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday recovered around 30,000 pistol bullets from a village under Jhenaigati upazila of Sherpur district.

Rupali sale process might be cancelled

The government is considering cancelling the lengthy negotiation process of handing over state-owned Rupali Bank if the bank's prospective buyer, a Saudi prince, does not give his final response about taking over the bank within this month.

Coastal areas under risk of 'local tsunami'

The country is under the threat of a local tsunami that may originate in the subduction zone of neighbouring Arakan coast near the Bay of Bengal and it could cause massive destruction in the coastal areas of Bangladesh.

AL to probe, punish those who abused leaders

Awami League (AL) will investigate and take organisational action if party men were involved in abuse of some party leaders outside its Dhanmondi office on Wednesday.

Both BNP groups out to woo B Chy

Both factions of BNP are now seeking support from Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, also the founding secretary general of BNP, and offered him to steer their faction to take the upperhand in the party.

Tight security, smooth traffic planned for Ramadan

Around 4,000 additional law enforcers including police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel will be deployed in the capital during Ramadan to ensure security and curb crime.

Delwar eyes grassroots meeting, Bhuiyan council after Ramadan

Pro-Khaleda Zia faction in the BNP plans a meeting with the grassroots level leaders while its rival faction led by expelled secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan looks to arranging a council after the Ramadan.

ACC ready to file fresh cases against graft suspects

The Anti-Corruption commission (ACC) has completed preparations to file new cases against corruption suspects, the watchdog's secretary yesterday said.

Saarc finance ministers meet today in Delhi

Finance ministers from eight South Asian countries will begin a two-day meeting in New Delhi today to operationalise the $300 million Saarc Development Fund (SDF).

IV fluid prices spiral for supply dearth

The prices of different intravenous (IV) fluid and antibiotics have increased significantly following a decline in supply, adding to the sufferings of patients who are forced to pay more than the maximum retail price (MRP).

Tk 15 for iftar of Khaleda, Hasina

The government has fixed Tk 15 to buy iftar for detained former prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina.

Coastal people back home as tsunami fear goes

Several lakh people living in the coastal areas heaved a sigh of relief as the Met office lifted the tsunami warning through a special bulletin early yesterday, saying that Bangladesh coast would not be affected by the tsunami due to the earthquake in Indonesia.

Mob beat up 2 Rab men

Two members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were injured in a mob attack in the city's Mirpur area yesterday morning.

Brac official shot dead in Afghanistan

Major clashes between Taliban and security forces in Afghanistan left 56 rebels dead while an Afghan soldier and a Bangladeshi aid worker were also reported killed, officials said yesterday.

Flood situation may start improving in 3 days

The overall flood situation is likely to start improving within the next 72 hours, Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said in a bulletin yesterday.

Ex-BNP MP Shamsuzzoha arrested

Former BNP lawmaker Shamsuzzoha Khan was arrested yesterday under Emergency Power Rules.

Pakistan kills 70 militants during Negroponte trip

Pakistani troops backed by gunships have killed up to 70 militants in two days of heavy fighting during a visit by US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, officials said Thursday.

Businessman shot dead by extortionists

Criminals shot dead a businessman yesterday in the city's Jurain area as he refused to oblige their demand for extortion money.

Editorial

Negotiations with IMF

In less than a week's time Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam has made emphatic observations about IMF's possible new package deal on the expiry of the Poverty Reduction Growth Facility (PRGF) in last June.

Tsunami warnings

There is a palpable sense of relief all over the country that the tsunami threat has passed. One hardly needs speculating on the immensity of the damage to life and property as also to the environment it might have caused. We thus consider ourselves fortunate that the worst did not come to pass and life in the coastal regions has remained unaffected.

Fast times

Once again the holy month of Ramadan is upon us. The first day of fasting will commence either today or tomorrow depending on the keenness of the eye-sight and vigilance of our very own "moon-sighting committee" -- in fact by the time you are reading this, the decision will have been announced long ago.

More than a grocery store

For the first time in many years nobody irked the businessmen of this country like the National Board of Revenue did, and it seemed that at some point of time it had put ants in their pants. The NBR men sniffed around asking a lot of questions, and the businessmen didn't like it. They got upset for being squeezed within a short time for the juice which was gathered in thirty-six years. Then of course, one can't rule out the possibility of harassment. The tax collectors are famously known for their absence of scruples. Given a yard of authority, they can go a mile on arrogance.

Limited presidential options

In an article, "Presidential Options," on June 28, I took the liberty of saying: "The acid test for Pervez Musharraf will come on Oct 8, when the present Chairman JCSC and VCOAS retire. The president has to take 'the calculated risk' of appointing a full-time COAS Pakistan army, advancing the date will be a sign of good faith and will go a long way in defusing the present situation. Thereafter, the aim should be the conduct of free and fair elections, it making least difference as to who the genuinely elected representatives of the people are and which party they belong to as long as they have sworn allegiance to Pakistan before entering the electoral process. Unless governance of the country is in the hands of those chosen by the people, this will eventually descend into the violent hands of those who control the streets."

Sports

A win is always a win

In the tournament of entertainers Bangladesh justified the experts' prediction on Thursday by pulling off a six-wicket victory over West Indies to make a second round berth in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 Championship.

'There's more to come'

"It is totally wrong to label us minnows," says Mohammad Ashraful after his exhilarating innings and Bangladesh's wonderful victory. And he's got a point. From the very first ball of the match, Bangladesh looked on top and likely winners because they brought the one thing missing from that extraordinary opening match - variety.

Still have any doubt?

If proof was needed that Twenty20 cricket was dramatic, spectacular and a crowd puller, look no further than the ongoing world championship in South Africa.

KP sets up England win

Kevin Pietersen played a match-winning innings against Zimbabwe at Newlands Thursday which he said gave England a chance to "humiliate" Australia in the ICC World Twenty20 Championship.

Zimbabwe hails 'biggest upset'

Zimbabwe's media on Thursday celebrated the country's shock victory against Australia in the ICC World Twenty20 Championship, hailing it as the "biggest upset in cricket history".

Long-awaited Indo-Pak clash today

Traditional rivals India and Pakistan will resume their cricketing hostilities when they square up against each other here today in a Group D clash of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship at Kingsmead.

Have respect for it: Ricky

Australia captain Ricky Ponting said his team's top batsmen had not shown enough respect for cricket when they crashed to a shock five-wicket defeat against minnows Zimbabwe in an ICC World Twenty20 Championship match at Newlands Wednesday.

Brazil end Mexico jinx

Kaka's goal in the 80th minute off a poor clearance by Mexican captain Rafael Marquez helped Brazil to a 3-1 victory Wednesday night before a Gillette Stadium crowd of yellow-clad Brazil fans.

Press grills Les Blues

French newspapers poured scorn on the national football team after it fell to a "hammer blow" goal by Scotland that leaves the World Cup finalist facing a worrying campaign to reach the European Championship finals.

Scot shocker for France

James McFadden's long-range goal earned Scotland a landmark 1-0 victory over France on Wednesday night to put them firmly on course for the Euro 2008 finals on a winning night for Britain.

BCCI replies with IPL

Indian cricket authorities on Thursday paraded superstars Glenn McGrath and Stephen Fleming at the launch of international and domestic Twenty20 leagues to counter a rival group.

'Aussies were complacent'

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell said Ricky Ponting's side was complacent and lacked respect for its opposition Thursday after a shock loss to minnows Zimbabwe in the ICC World Twenty20 Championship.

Kapil welcomes BCCI's league

Kapil Dev, the chairman of the Indian Cricket League's (ICL) executive board, has welcomed the Indian board's plans of launching an international Twenty20 leagues.

Khilgaon slam six past Ideal

Khilgaon High School drubbed Ideal School & College 6-0 in the Under-13 School Football League at their ground yesterday.

England's SL tour could begin early

The first of England's two winter tours to Sri Lanka will start earlier than planned if they fail to reach the World Twenty20 semi-finals, a senior Sri Lanka Cricket official said Thursday.

Local pair move to 2nd round

Shew Shew and Rashedul of Bangladesh reached the second round of the Prime Bank Asian Under-14 Tennis tournament when they beat Kishore-Lakhotia pair of India 7-5, 6-3 in the boys doubles event at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.

China signal intent

China signalled its World Cup intent with a fighting 3-2 victory over tricky European side Denmark as former champions Norway came from behind to beat Canada 2-1 on Wednesday.

Ronaldo denies doping claim

Brazil national team doctor Jose Luiz Runco on Wednesday denied doping concerns regarding medical treatment received by AC Milan star Ronaldo.

Owen shows character

A weaker character than Michael Owen would have been destroyed by his injury nightmare, but the England striker is reaping the rewards after refusing to give in.

'Don't celebrate prematurely'

Alex McLeish has warned his Scottish heroes not to get carried away by their recent stunning victories over France.

Real door open for Ballack

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster insisted on Thursday German captain Michael Ballack could still transfer from Chelsea to the Spanish giants, providing he drops his wage demands.

Charlton urges on Giggs

Sir Bobby Charlton insists he would be delighted if Ryan Giggs were to snatch his Manchester United appearance record.

Loew delighted at Germany

German coach Joachim Loew said on Thursday his side are developing the hard-edge of winners ahead of next month's key Euro 2008 qualifiers.

Scolari denies assault

Portugal coach Luis Felipe Scolari on Thursday denied that he punched Serbia's Ivica Dragutinovic as the European Championship qualifier between the two countries ended in controversy.

Business

Govt destroys jute, sugar industries at WB, IMF diktats: AL leader Motia

The government has destroyed the country's jute and sugar industries by implementing the World Bank and IMF suggestions, former agriculture minister Motia Chowdhury said yesterday.

UK firm keen to buy out Oriental Bank

A UK-based private equity company is keen to buy out 100 percent stake in the trouble-prone Oriental Bank Ltd, and also eager to invest in other sectors, including power, transportation and IT in Bangladesh.

Lanka weathers drought, conflict

Economic growth in Sri Lanka has accelerated despite a drought and an upsurge in the tropical island's bloody ethnic conflict, according to data out Thursday.

ECB issues inflation warning, waits for more financial market data

The European Central Bank warned Thursday that inflation still threatened the eurozone but said it wanted more data on financial market uncertainty before deciding whether to raise interest rates.

US lawmakers vow tighter laws on China toys

US lawmakers on Wednesday vowed to enact stricter legislation to prevent potentially dangerous Chinese-made toys from being sold in America, as leading toy firms said safety checks were being boosted.

Building business confidence for accelerated investment-II

The narrow export basket of Bangladesh is likely to face stiff competition as the EU restrictions on RMG export from China will be withdrawn from day one of 2008 and US restrictions from January 1, 2009. In this new competitive scenario, sustaining the current high export growth will be an uphill task in the coming years. Therefore, adequate and special dispensation to our textile industry should be given to meet the demand of the country's garment exporters, thereby avoiding import of yarn and fabrics from competitors.

Five-star Westin Dhaka introduced to guests

The Westin Dhaka on Wednesday organised a function to formally introduce the country's newest five-star hotel to guests, says a press release.

Award for best airline introduced

The Bangladesh Monitor, a travel journal, has declared to introduce the best airline award from this year in a bid to encourage the national and international airlines to improve their services.

Microsoft unscathed after US antitrust ordeal

Microsoft emerged largely unscathed from a long antitrust ordeal in the United States, as it successfully overturned on appeal a judge's ruling that would have broken up the world's biggest software firm.

Dragonair to join oneworld alliance in Nov

Dragonair has announced that it will become a member of oneworld, a leading global airline alliance, on November 1 this year, says a press release.

BGMEA team to attend Moscow apparel fair

A 20-member delegation of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) will leave for Moscow on September 15 to attend an apparel and textile fair.

Metropolitan

Legal framework needed to curb domestic violence

A two-day workshop ended in the city yesterday with a call for enforcement of law and building awareness among the people to curb domestic violence.

Efficient use can save 800MW electricity: Energy experts

Energy experts at a roundtable yesterday gave energy saving through its efficient use a top priority followed by setting up coal-based power stations in the northern part of the country to meet the increased power demand and ensure energy security.

Yunus calls for lifestyle 'traffic rule' to fight global warming

The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Muhammad Yunus called yesterday for a worldwide lifestyle change, saying global warming is "a matter of life and death" for low-lying nations like his own country Bangladesh.

Agitating workers to be brought back from Malaysia

Adviser for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury asked the High Commission in Malaysia to resolve the problem facing by 110 Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia immediately.

Plan to resolve gas crisis

The Energy Ministry yesterday announced a short-to-medium term plan in a bid to resolve the nagging gas crisis and also to ensure supply of gas for next five years.

City corporation, UP elections to begin in January

LGRD adviser M Anwarul Iqbal yesterday said elections of City Corporation and Union Parishad (UP) will begin in January after completion of the voter roll.

Youth camp on non-violence to be held every year

The Second Regional Network Meeting of Asian Sites of Conscience, held in Bangladesh from September 7 to 10, decided to organise Youth Camp on Non-violence and Tolerance every year.

2 JMB men get 10 yrs in serial blast case

A trial court in Sylhet yesterday sentenced two JMB cadres to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) in one of the cases for the August 17 series blasts across the country in 2005.

British HC asks IOM to stop new bookings for TB screening

The British High Commission has asked International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to temporarily stop new bookings for tuberculosis (TB) screening from those seeking Working Holidaymaker (WHM) visas to the UK.

Ex-MP Abbasi, Babar's APS, families sued

Former lawmaker and LDP presidium member MA Karim Abbasi, former state minister Lutfozzaman Babar's cousin Salauddin Chowdhury, Babar's APS Mirza Haider Ali, and their family members have been sued for concealing information in their wealth statements submitted to the ACC.

Divers fail to trace damaged gas pipeline under Karnaphuli

Divers yesterday could not find out the damaged supply line of Bakharabad Gas System Limited (BGSL) that caught fire under the river Karnaphuli near Kalurghat Bridge in Chittagong on Tuesday night.

'Rotary Shares' with Scouts

The Rotary Club of Dhaka Urbana, RI District 3280 Bangladesh in association with Alamo Rotary Club, RI District 5160 California USA handed over about US$4000 to six scout leaders to help them attend the 21 World Scout Jamboree held in London from July 27 to August 7.

Arrest warrant against ex-AIGP

A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against former additional inspector general of police Mohammad Shahidullah Khan after the National Board of Revenue (NBR) filed a tax evasion case against him.

Seedbeds being established at cantonments for seedlings

Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said his troops are establishing seedbeds at all cantonments of the country to distribute seedlings among the flood-hit farmers.

Army chief receives donations for flood victims

Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed received cheques amounting to Tk 1,30,95,000 and relief goods for the flood-affected people from different associations at Banquet Hall, Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.

Air chief calls on president

Chief of Air Staff Air Marshall SM Ziaur Rahman made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.

Training for marginalised communities

A total of 25 representatives from different marginalised communities were given training on different legal issues, including human rights, child marriage, dowry, rape and human trafficking, says a press release.

Sadeque to be buried tomorrow

Awami League leader and former education minister ASHK Sadeque, who passed away due to a cardiac arrest on September 9, will be laid to rest at Banani graveyard tomorrow.

DUDS donation for flood victims

Dhaka University Debating Society (DUDS) yesterday donated Tk 37000 to Dhaka University Relief Committee for the flood victims, says a press release.

CSB staffs' appeal to chief adviser

Some 400 employees of CSB News, a satellite TV channel of Focus Multimedia Company, yesterday appealed to Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed to allow the channel to resume its transmission on humanitarian grounds.

British Council chief arrives today

New Chief Executive of British Council Martin Davidson arrives in Dhaka today, says a press release.

Letters

Lux Superstar 2007

It was fascinating to watch the competition sitting thousands of miles away from home, and get an idea of how a positive social transformation is taking place in Bangladesh. Thanks to all the participants, especially the five finalists. The final session of judgment was an IQ test, and well done by all respondents.

Top Two

Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia have caused irreparable damage to our country. With their arrogant and corrupt practices, they have destroyed our education, culture, social harmony, economy, law and order, religion, environment everything! Nothing escaped the wrath of these two ladies and their corrupt parties. They both had plenty of time to apologise to our people. They didn't. So now it is time for them to pay the hard way.

Piranha!

It has been reported in the press that the carnivorous piranha fish is being cultivated in ponds and sold in open market in some parts of our country by calling it rupchanda as it looks like rupchanda! Piranha causes serious damage to aquatic life and the environment.

DU flare-up

It is very clear that the Dhaka University teachers, who are said to be highly responsible members of our society, are the key people who added fuel to the fire. The government solved the problem very promptly, but the teachers led the students and sent them to the path of violence.

An appeal to Chief Adviser

At the international level, Bangladesh is today known as one of the countries with heaps of records of human rights violations. As an unfortunate nation, our country has suffered tremendously with lots of political killings and torture of opponents, frequent use of police and other law enforcing agencies in victimisng innocent people.

Intel’s assistance

It has been reported that the top microprocessor and semiconductor chip manufacturer of the world, the Intel Corporation, will assist Bangladesh with Tk 700 crore in Information Technology education.

English medium education

Internationalisation is a mandatory way of developing a country. For this, learning English is necessary. Needless to mention, the "English medium schools" are doing a great job in this regard. But these students have to take equity certificate of their O and A level for admission to medical and engineering university or colleges. This is not fair, to say the least.

DU reopening

The VCs of the public universities met the educational adviser. We, the students, kept our fingers crossed that something positive might come out of this meeting. But the DU vice chancellor did not hint at resuming our academic activities very soon. Now, you know how we are trapped.

Power conservation initiative

An eye-opening and pioneer news report came in a local daily (Sept:05) that Agsuail, a village in Pabna, has taken the lead in Bangladesh by introducing the use of energy-saving lamp at the initiative of the local REB. This is momentous news of national significance and a step in the right direction, given our acute shortage of power everywhere. It should be introduced all over Bangladesh. It was reported that the village earlier consumed 27.5KW, using normal filament lamps. By using compact fluorescent lamps(CFL) there will be a saving of over 20KW!. Assuming that the average bulb was of 40 watt, it represents that nearly 700 (seven hundred) filament lamps were replaced by CFLs.

British Council

British Council is an eminent organisation which aims to help the students of Bangladesh to get acquainted with the English language. It also provides scholarship for meritorious students who can't afford to study in foreign universities to acquire a better degree. British Council acts as a helping hand to solve these problems and eventually, its contribution in Bangladesh is an eye-striking one. Besides, being a helping aid, it has well-equipped library facilities and every year some courses are organised to give tips about good English spelling, learning and most importantly, free-hand writing. But the astonishing thing is that it has branches in Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong but not in Rajshahi. Rajshahi, as a divisional town, is regarded as the city of education. RUET, Rajshahi University and the outer campuses of different private universities substantiate the claim. As a result, thousands of students are missing these facilities. English medium schools like Paramount, Blue Bell, etc. could have made excellent progress if there was a little back-up from British Council. British Council can also develop those who want to take teaching as a profession so that they can teach the O-level and A-level students. The O-level and A-level exams are usually taken in Teachers' Training College (TTC) but it would have been better if there was a permanent office of British Council. I, as a student of an English-medium school, would request the British Council authorities to consider my point.

Anti-corruption drive

First, I must mention that there is a need to crack down on corruption, and people rightly supported the anti-corruption drive. But what is most important is to establish institutional reform at every level so that nobody is able to indulge in corruption. The most corrupt areas as we know are thana and local government bodies. The present caretaker government's beginning was OK, but now after 8 months what we are witnessing is terrifying as in the name of anti-corruption drive they are actually hitting at the BNP and the Awami League. Sensible people know that arresting Begum Khaleda Zia and Hasina with most of the former lawmakers will not eradicate corruption. Of course, we need reform in the parties and the minds of the politicians.

Tax on saving instruments

A mere trifle on the DU campus that was subsequently made to spread over the entire country is a matter of grave concern for all. It has been confirmed by several reliable sources at the highest level that within hours crores of taka were poured in to fan the fire for political gains. This is the type of money, the NBR and ACC need to track down and take appropriate action. Instead, what we see is that the middle and lower class people are under the continuous threats of the NBR.

BNP's demand

The latest demand by the BNP is outrageous and ridiculous, and certainly, reveals the hero-worshipping and leader-centric culture that is endemic in the party. The BNP's new secretary general has made it clear in a press conference that the party will not sit with the EC, until and unless their leader Begum Zia is released, a leader who is charged with some serious crimes affecting national revenue. The very fact that a political sycophant could come up with such a bizarre, preposterous and outlandish demand, does suggest yet again how sick and corrupt our political parties are. The word “shame” is alien to them! After so much talk for so many months (about minus-2, familocracy, reform etc) , we are still observing the same old leader-centrism, which was the very reason the country fell to pieces.

Build an overbridge

The Mirpur Road, one of the busiest highways in Dhaka, is not only a route of daily communication but also links the two sides of Dhanmondi, mostly the school areas. Due to the location of their residences and lack of transportation, a great number of children and their guardians are forced to walk to their schools and back home. Many of them have to cross the Mirpur Road almost every day to go to their schools and return home.

Unemployed

I passed BSC in electrical and electronic engineering 6 month ago from a public engineering university. But still I am unemployed because I have no connections!

Suspension of RU teachers

I am deeply disturbed by the news that the RU authorities have ordered the suspension of the teachers arrested on suspicion of instigating the violence on campus. The investigation is currently under way and the suspension slapped on the arrested teachers in such haste smacks of very harsh treatment by the current university administration.

International

Huge aftershocks rock Indonesia

Huge aftershocks rumbled across Indonesia's Sumatra island on Thursday but officials said damage from a massive quake that killed 10 people was not as bad as first feared.

Time running out for deal: Benazir

Time is running out for President Gen Pervez Musharraf to finalise a pact with ex-premier Benazir Bhutto that would keep the US-allied leader in office, Benazir's party warned yesterday.

Democrats assail Bush over troop cut plan

Opposition Democrats assailed President George W. Bush's tentative plan to withdraw up to 30,000 US troops from Iraq by next July even before he announced it Thursday.

Indian communists warn govt not to implement accord

Communist allies of India's ruling Congress party yesterday warned the government not to push ahead with implementing a controversial nuclear deal with the United States.

US points finger at Iran for Iraq base attack

A US general in Iraq yesterday pointed the finger of blame at Shiite militiamen using what he said was an Iranian-supplied rocket for a fatal attack two days ago on a military base near Baghdad.

Sunni sheikh fighting Qaeda in Iraq killed

Top Sunni sheikh Sattar Abu Reesha, who spearheaded a fight against al-Qaeda, was killed by a bomb on Thursday just 10 days after US President George W. Bush shook his hand when he visited Iraq.

EU plan for immigrant 'blue card' to be unveiled in Oct

The European Union's top justice official said yesterday that he would submit next month his plans for an EU "blue card", inspired by the US "green card", to attract qualified immigrants to the bloc.

Abe hospitalised as Japan PM's race gets underway

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was hospitalised with exhaustion Thursday as his finance minister kick-started the race to succeed him by declaring his candidacy for the top job.

Arts & Entertainment

Fusion of rock and classical music

Since Pandit Ravi Shankar's performance of Indian Classical music with renowned western musicians at the Woodstock concert in the '60s, several Indian musicians have been fusing North Indian ragas with western genres such as rock 'n' roll and jazz. Perhaps, this is for the first time that an Indian classical musician -- Sarathi Chatterjee -- has done a “jugalbandi” with a Bangladeshi rock artiste -- James.

From child artiste to actor-director

Rumana Rashid Ishita, better known as just “Ishita”, is one of the leading actresses on the small screen. Starting off as a child artiste, Ishita soon won the hearts of many, demonstrating her superior histrionic skills as a lovable child, working as a domestic help, 'Falani' at the National Competition Natun Kuri in 1988. The then head of the state was seen in tears on national TV, as Falani described abuse at the hands of her employers.

Indigenous cultural show held in Tangail

A three-day cultural programme highlighting performances by artistes of the Manipuri and tea-picker communities from the Sylhet region, and Nayakrishi people from Tangail, ended here recently.

"Opekkha O Ekti Mrityu" on Channel 1 tonight

Channel 1 will telecast single episode TV play Opekkha O Ekti Mrityu, today at 3:00pm. The play is written by Mezbaur Rahman Shumon and directed by Pervez Amin.

“Mrityunjoyee Nitun Kundu” on Channel i

On the first death anniversary of eminent sculptor Nitun Kundu, Channel i will air a special programme titled Mrityunjoyee Nitun Kundu as a tribute to the artiste, on September15 at 3:05 pm.

Upcoming actress optimistic about “Brick Lane”

It is seldom that an international film focuses on Bangladeshi expats in Britain. It is even rarer that an Indian actress is looking forward to such a film to push her into the big league of international cinema.

Oscar Bangladesh Committee asks to turn in films

Oscar Bangladesh Committee in a recent press release has requested the Bangladeshi filmmakers to submit films, released after October 1, 2006, to take part in the Best Foreign Language Film Category at the 80th Academy Awards.

OP-ED

Balancing rice price

Rice is our staple food, and it has always been a tough job balancing its price in a way that neither deprives the growers nor pummels the urban consumers. Ours is an agrarian economy and rice is the mainstay of the total agricultural output. As a result, the slightest of variations in rice price has a cascading effect on the overall economy.

Ex-pats in the country's development

As an expatriate Bangladeshi, I very closely follow developments in Bangladesh through Bangladeshi TV channels (which are now available throughout the world), newspapers on the internet, and regular visits to my home country. A news item which caught my attention recently was the coverage in the Daily Star of a high level government and business leaders' dialogue held on September 5. While I am in general agreement with what CA Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed and Finance Advisor Mirza Azizul Islam had to say, I was quite fascinated by some of the bold ideas put forward by General Moeen U. Ahmed.

Sadeque Bhai as I knew him

Mr. A.S.H.K. Sadeque, former civil servant and education minister, was my Sadeque bhai. He passed away on the September 9th. This reality is difficult for me to grasp. Memories of him are vivid, and all attributes of this remarkable man come to mind. Perhaps this testifies to the quality of the man himself.

Environment

Forest crisis and wildlife conservation

The IUCN Regional Conservation Forum being held (10-14 Sept) in Nepal brings together conservation experts from across Asia to talk about Protected Areas and biodiversity. In Bangladesh, as the forest cover has fallen in recent decades, the quality and health of our system of Protected Areas -- created initially as refuges for wildlife -- has suffered even more grievously. In this writeup, Ishtiaq U Ahmad and Philip J DeCosse identify the evolving challenges to conservation and propose a practical roadmap for harmonizing national wildlife conservation needs with the aspirations of rural populations living in and around Protected Areas.

Floods, rains and Dhaka city drainage

Every time major floods occur in the country and every time it rains, the city of Dhaka faces acute drainage problem. Parts of the city go under water. In the densely populated city, woes of people know no bounds.



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