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News of: Monday, 17th of September, 2007

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Moudud sued for hiding wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday charged detained former law minister Moudud Ahmed with possessing wealth beyond his known income sources and withholding information about his assets.

CEC takes a swipe at politicians

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said although war criminals should have been tried immediately after the country's independence, all the successive governments refrained from putting the anti-liberation forces on trial.

Prof Sadrul sent to jail on surrender

Prof Sadrul Amin, president of Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) and an accused in two cases for the August violence on Dhaka University (DU) campus, was sent to jail custody after he surrendered before a Dhaka court yesterday.

Dhaka urges KL to act against recruiter

Bangladesh yesterday lodged a formal complaint with the Malaysian authorities seeking stern action against Malaysian company PTC Asia Pacific for failing to provide appropriate jobs and facilities to Bangladeshi recruits.

Tigers shot down by Lee hattrick

Fast bowler Brett Lee took the first hattrick in Twenty20 internationals as Australia crushed Bangladesh by nine wickets in their ICC Twenty20 World Championships Super Eights match at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday.

BB asked to check rising loan defaults

Bank chiefs yesterday sought the central bank's intervention in the phenomenon of sharply rising numbers of loan defaults as a many leading businesses are struggling to repay debts since their owners are either detained or on the run from the ongoing anti-corruption drive.

Property of former MP Salimul to be attached

A Dhaka court yesterday ordered attachment of moveable and immovable properties of former BNP lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haq and Nazneen Banu, wife of detained former power secretary ANH Akhter Hossain, in connection with graft cases.

Duty-free garment export deal signed

Bangladesh and India signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday on procedural arrangements for duty-free entry of eight million pieces of Bangladeshi apparels into India annually.

Essentials' prices remain high despite govt effort: Mainul

Law and Information Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday said politicians not businessmen are likely to dominate the upcoming list of graft suspects.

AL probe starts today to punish attackers

The Awami League (AL) probe body today starts its investigation into Wednesday's incident of abuse of four senior AL leaders outside the party's Dhanmondi office in capital.

Bhuiyan asks leaders to join his reform bandwagon

Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, BNP secretary general who was expelled by the party's detained Chairperson Khaleda Zia and has been since leading a faction of pro-reform leaders, yesterday urged "anti-reform" leaders to join hands with him and accept the decisions to be made in the party council they are going to hold.

Brac worker abducted in Afghanistan

A Bangladeshi development worker was kidnapped in Afghanistan by unknown men in a brazen daytime attack on his office, officials said yesterday -- the latest in a string of abductions of foreigners.

More ammo seized from Sherpur

A squad of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered a "reasonable amount" of ammunition at Jhenaigati upazila, a frontier upazila of Sherpur district, yesterday.

3 pirates killed in shootout with cops

Three pirates were killed and seven including two policemen were hurt in a shootout with police at Charvaranga on the Jamuna River under Manikganj district on Saturday night.

DFID, Scotland Yard to help fight graft

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Scotland Yard would extend cooperation in the anti-corruption drive in Bangladesh.

87 killed in Thai plane crash

A Thai passenger plane crashed and burst into flames as it landed in driving rain on the resort island of Phuket, killing 87 people including foreigners, officials said.

Gastright due tomorrow

The US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, John Gastright Jr, will arrive tomorrow on a two-day visit to Bangladesh.

Clampdown to curb petty crimes soon

A special crackdown on identified criminals and muggers will be launched in the capital soon to thwart crimes, particularly snatching.

LDP leaders won't join BNP now

The leaders of Prof Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) would not join any faction of BNP at the moment as they found BNP a 'sinking' party.

DU demands division for detained teachers

Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday requested the government to provide division to its detained teachers.

Flood situation improving

Overall flood situation of the country is improving, as the monsoon is less active at home as well as in neighbouring India, Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said.

Rail links with Ctg, Sylhet snapped

Rail communication on Dhaka-Sylhet and Sylhet-Chittagong routes remained snapped since Saturday night after a Dhaka-bound train derailed due to landslide at Satgaon in Srimangal.

Rawshan places 13-pt reform proposal to party

Acting Chairperson of Jatiya Party (JP) Rawshan Ershad yesterday said she placed a 13-point reform proposal in the party aiming to make the party more democratic, pro-people and to turn it into the largest political party of the country.

Writ petition to prevent govt from signing deal with IMF

A public interest litigation (PIL) writ petition was filed with the High Court yesterday seeking a directive preventing the government from continuing negotiations with the International Monitory Fund (IMF) for signing a Policy Support Instrument agreement.

Rejoinder

Independent researcher and consultant Khurshid Alam in a rejoinder to a story headlined "Experts allay fear of devastating tsunami" published in The Daily Star on September 16 said the report had quoted him incorrectly.

Editorial

CA's interview with BBC

In a first ever question-answer session with any media since he took over as chief adviser to caretaker government Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed elaborated to BBC Bangla Service on his government's position on wide-ranging national issues on Friday. Before we make our comments on his observations, however, we are somewhat constrained to ask why our leaders choose to speak to foreign media in the first place when they have important messages to deliver to the people. Most government leaders around the world would have preferred to give such an important and exhaustive interview to the local media with some international media representatives being present. Somehow our government leaders -- we had expected the CA to break the pattern -- had shown a proclivity towards speaking to the foreign media when the public hungered for listening to important leaders first hand and the local media would go all out to cater to such a pressing need. We saw the practice before and we are seeing it again. This we feel is not a very complimentary attitude to the local media, and it is time to change it.

Anti-terror cooperation

It is good news that Saarc officials are going to meet in New Delhi this month to deliberate on the necessity of getting to the roots of funding of terrorist organisations that operate in the Saarc countries. In a meeting of the Saarc finance secretaries in the Indian capital last week the issue of countering terror-funding came up with due seriousness. We feel it is a burning topic that has to be addressed in a focused manner without losing further time. Since there is an agreement in place on sharing of information among the Saarc countries, having some kind of mechanism installed to find out about how huge sums are being transferred through banks should not be a difficult proposition.

The electoral roadmap: Motorway to nowhere

Amid the plethora of pronouncements emanating from the ruling interim regime, the one thing that is clear that it is determined to change the traditional course of the country's politics. The stalwarts of the government have assured us that they will clean up the inherent slease and graft culture in our politics. The interim regime wanted to rid our politics of criminalisation as well as the influence of muscle power and black money.

A joke too far

Which of the two is funnier? Take your time, there is no hurry, for the competition is keen. If one of the gems is priceless, then the second can only be called invaluable. Ladies first, so let us quote Pakistan's Prime Minister-in-Waiting Ms. Benazir Bhutto. She called her rival Nawaz Sharif's attempt to return to Pakistan to contest elections "a mockery of democracy."

Neutralising politics of the corrupt

I have always carried a peculiar fascination for political clowns. I enjoy watching them embarrass themselves as they shamelessly court public's favor. But the acts of the two condescending politicians, Hannan Shah and Delwar Hossain, and their emergence as ardent loyalists of Khaleda Zia are no amusing matter -- they want dynastic rule and reign of the corrupt back again. What's wrong with them?

Sports

Lost and confused

Two matches in two days and Bang-ladesh loo-ked like a confused team.

Vettori gets India in a spin

Captain Daniel Vettori led from the front as New Zealand brushed aside India by 10 runs in the Super Eights match of the Twenty20 world championships on Sunday.

Pursuit of perfection

The moment Rahul Dravid realised the Indian captaincy was proving a distraction from his relentless pursuit of batting perfection, he decided to step down immediately.

Bangla Games soccer squad named

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday named a 30-member preliminary squad for this year's 2nd Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games to be held in Dhaka.

Waugh shocked at Dravid's exit

Is there something about Rahul Dravid's resignation as captain of the Indian cricket team that does not meet the eye? Dravid has not said a word in public since his sudden resignation was announced by the BCCI two days ago. He has kept away from the media and all efforts to reach him have fended off.

Chelsea held at home

Chelsea manager Jose Mourin-ho could not hide his frustration as Saloman Kalou's disallowed goal meant his side failed to keep pace with their Premier League title rivals after Saturday's goalless draw with Blackburn at Stamford Bridge.

Rooney back for opener

Sir Alex Ferguson has signalled that Wayne Rooney will make his return to action in Wednesday's Champions League clash with Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese capital.

Real can do no wrong

Real Madrid's flawless start to the season continued with a 3-1 win over Almeria on Saturday as the Spanish champions warmed up for Tuesday's Champions League opener against Werder Bremen.

Klose keeps Bayern atop

Miroslav Klose spared Bayern Munich's blushes with a second-half header as the Bundesliga leaders stayed top of the table with a 1-1 draw with Schalke 04 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Nesta saves Milan blushes

AC Milan were held to their second successive 1-1 draw in Serie A which resumed Saturday after last weekend's time-out for Euro 2008 qualifier action.

Colin McRae dies in helicopter crash

British rally driver Colin McRae and his five-year-old son were among four people killed in a helicopter crash this weekend in Scotland, police said Sunday.

Nistelrooy will face Bremen

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster said Dutch international striker Ruud van Nistelrooy would be fit for the Champions League opener with Werder Bremen on Tuesday after being left out of Real's 3-1 win over Almeria on Saturday.

Jol vows a fight

Martin Jol has vowed to fight on as Tottenham head coach, despite seeing his job prospects suffer another major blow in Saturday's 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Arsenal.

ACA backs BCCI venture

The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) has backed the proposed Champions Twenty20 League but voiced concerns over the league prompting an increase in the players' workload. "We see this competition as a terrific opportunity for state cricketers," Paul Marsh, the chief executive of the ACA, told The Age, a Melbourne daily.

Ronit, Prarthana clinch titles

Indians Ronit Bisht and Prarthana Thombare clinched boys' and girls' titles respectively in the Prime Bank ATF under-14 tennis tournament at the Ramna National Tennis Complex yesterday.

Big win for Matuail

Matuail Udayan Sangha thrashed Shantinagar Club 4-0 in yesterday's Third Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

Yelena, Sandra share Golden League jackpot

World champion pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva and American 400 metres runner Sandra Richards will share a one million dollars jackpot after both registered their sixth consecutive Golden League wins of the season here on Sunday.

Kimi in command

Kimi Raikkonen led from start to finish to record his third consecutive Belgian Grand Prix victory at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday.

Marseille sinking fast

Lens striker Aruna Dindane handed leaders Nancy their first defeat of the season as six-time French league champions Lyon closed the gap to just one point on Saturday.

Russia lift Fed Cup

Russia won their third Fed Cup here on Sunday after world number two Svetlana Kuznetsova battled back from a set down to beat Italy's Francesca Schiavone, giving the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Schuster now wants Diego

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster revealed Sunday he is interested in signing Werder Bremen's Brazilian midfielder Diego, just days before Real and Bremen clash in the Champions League.

Kahn admits to lethargy

Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn admitted Sunday that the midweek internationals had left his side under par for their 1-1 draw with Schalke 04 in Saturday's Bundesliga clash.

Business

Banks asked to raise lending to productive sector

The central bank yesterday asked the commercial banks to increase lending to agriculture, housing, and the small and medium enterprise (SME) sectors in order to accelerate economic growth.

Southeast Asia gears up for palm oil boom

Southeast Asian nations are gearing up for a palm oil boom as interest in biofuels soars, but activists warn the crop may not satisfy a global thirst for energy that is both clean and green.

BB decries use of disqualified MDs as bank consultants

The central bank yesterday expressed its disappointment that commercial banks were using disqualified managing directors as consultants, often paying them huge salaries and benefits.

Thai economy mired in uncertainty

One year after Thailand's coup, the kingdom's economic growth ranks among the lowest in Southeast Asia as domestic demand and investment have slumped due to political uncertainty, analysts said.

South Asia slow to hop on broadband bandwagon

Home to some 1.5 billion people, South Asia is paying a high price to access the Internet as service providers have been slow to deliver cheaper broadband connections, analysts say.

Fed interest rate cut this week

For the first time in more than four years, the Federal Reserve appears ready to lower interest rates to prevent a housing meltdown and a painful credit crunch from driving the economy into a recession.

Warid Telecom reaches 51 districts

Warid Telecom has expanded its network to eight more districts raising number of districts under Warid coverage to 51, says a press release.

Citi Global Markets gets licence

Citigroup Global Markets Bangladesh Private Limited, the first-ever Bangladesh incorporated entity of Citi, the world's largest financial institution, was formally awarded its full-fledged merchant banking licence yesterday, says a press release.

Eid fair begins at Suvastu Nazar Valley Shopping Mall

A month long fair styled 'Eid Fest 2007' has begun at Suvastu Nazar Valley Shopping Mall in Dhaka on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitre, says a press release.

Nepal to sign deal for Israeli jobs

Nepal is soon signing a cooperation agreement with the International Organization of Migration (IOM), especially to fill a condition set by Israel for accepting Nepali laborers, said State Minister for Labor Ramesh Lekhak.

Hong Kong's poor doubled in 20 years

Despite its booming economy, more than 20 percent of people in Hong Kong are living in poverty, more than double what it was two decades ago, according to a study released Sunday.

Thai brand keen to penetrate EU sandal market

After focusing on local distribution and marketing of its sandals for six years, Adda (Thailand) intends to penetrate the European market with its own Adda brand.

Indo-Britain trade may cross £10b this year

Trade between India and Britain is expected to cross 10 billion pounds by the end of this year, Lord Karan Bilimoria, Co-chairman of the India-UK Business Council, said Sunday.

AB Bank signs electronic fund transfer deal

AB Bank Limited has signed an electronic fund transfer (EFT) agreement with Ria Financial Services, a US-based worldwide money transfer company, says a press release.

StanChart to set up utility bill collection centres

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will establish one-point collection centres in the premises of Desa at strategic locations to collect all kinds of utility bills under one-roof including Desa's electricity bills.

Private sector employs 120m people in China

China's private enterprises employed 120 million people by September this year, up 9.5 percent from the same month a year ago, said a senior official on Saturday.

Metropolitan

Road accidents kill 9, injure 91

At least nine people were killed and 91 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Gazipur, Rajshahi, Brahmanbaria and Narayanganj yesterday and on Saturday.

Women’s participation in nat'l dev on rise

Adviser for Women and Children Affairs Geeteara Safiya Choudhury underscored the need for greater participation of women and said the role of women as well as their participation in the process of national development had been on the rise.

Call to phase out ozone depleting substance by 2010

The International Ozone Day was observed in the country yesterday as elsewhere in the world laying emphasis on phasing out of ozone depleting substance (ODS) gases by December 2010, a universal timeframe under the Montreal Protocol.

‘Adopt 'no model' approach for attaining development’

Laurence J Brahm, a visiting scholar, yesterday suggested that the developing countries should adopt a 'no model' approach for attaining development.

Physically challenged Sanjida becomes champion

Physically challenged Sanjida Haque Swarna, 12, won the championship for third consecutive year in the art competition organised for school children on the occasion of the International Ozone Day.

Convicts at large even after 3 yrs

Even after three years of the killing of Mahbubul Islam Khokon, an MSS student of political science department of Dhaka University, convicts are at large.

'Form wage board for domestic helps'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for united efforts to establish the rights of the workers of non-institutional sector including domestic helps.

One shot, 3 stabbed in city

Four people received injuries in four separate incidents in the city yesterday.

Power plants generate record 4,018MW Saturday evening

Power generation hit maximum during the peak hours on Saturday evening with the production of 4,018 megawatt electricity, said a press release of Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday.

Cancer Hospital gets donation worth Tk 22.48 lakh in August

With the support of the government and people from all walks of life, the construction work of 500-bed Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital at Uttara in the capital is going on speedily.

One killed in train accident in Rajshahi

A man was killed in a train accident near Arani rail station in Rajshahi on Saturday evening.

Day labourer dies after brick falls on him

A day labourer was killed as a brick fell on him from an under-construction building in the city's Lalbagh area yesterday.

5 drown in floodwaters in Sirajganj

Five people drowned in floodwaters in Sadar, Belkuchi and Kazipur upazilas in the district in the last two days.

$10m Indian donation for flood victims

India yesterday donated $10 million to Bangladesh to assist the ongoing relief and post-flood rehabilitation programmes.

Former Rajshahi city BNP secy sent to jail

Former City BNP general secretary (GS) Shafiqul Haque Milon was sent to jail after he surrendered to a court.

Viva voce of 27th BCS begins Sept 23

The viva voce of the rest of the candidates under general cadres of 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) will begin from September 23, a government handout said yesterday.

Ex-FAO adviser at IUBAT as visiting scholar

Dr Cato Aall, former adviser for nutrition to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), visited International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) as a visiting scholar recently.

National

100 acre govt lands grabbed in a decade in Rangamati town

At least 100 acres of government land were gobbled up in Rangamati town in last 10 years. Most of the grabbing took place during BNP-Jamaat rule.

Voters decline by 25pc in Raozan in fresh listing

A total of 62,083 voters were registered in Sitakunda and Raozan upazila headquarters as work on preparing voter list with photographs was completed there on Friday.

Tension mounts as CBA leader sacked

Termination of a CBA leader gave rise to tension among retrenched workers of Crescent Jute Mills who observed sit-in programme in front of the project director's office from 8:00am to 10:00am yesterday.

8 more deptts in Nazrul university

Eight more departments will be opened at Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam Biswabidhalaya at Darirampur in Trishal here from the 2007-2008 session, university sources said.

Summer tomato can be a moneymaker for many

A new value-added crop has opened the scope for fifty gains for farmers. Summer variety tomato evolved by Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) has attracted farmers' attention in Netrakona as it is highly profitable.

Patuakhali Jubo Dal leader held in Dhaka

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday morning arrested Patuakhali district Jubo Dal secretary Bakhtiar Uddin Murad from his Dhaka residence.

Widow takes life failing to repay NGO loan

A widow committed suicide in the early hours of yesterday for failure to repay the loan she took from various NGOs.

Arms recovered in Khagrachhari

The army-led joint forces recovered one country-made gun, one foreign revolver, and 10 bullets from Rashiknagar Bairapa village under Dighinala upazila in the hilly district early yesterday.

2 sons of ex-JP MP Gaffar Biswas held

Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested two sons of detained Jatiya Party (JP) leader former lawmaker Abdul Gaffar Biswas on Saturday and Friday.

JCD leader arrested

Detective Branch (DB) police yesterday arrested district Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) President Saiful Islam Sumon at Haybot Nagar of the town.

Letters

APEC summit

Like G-8 nations, Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC/Apec) assumes importance for stability of world economy. These countries also are responsible for the negative effects of economic growth at a fast speed. Twenty-one world leaders - including US President George W Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin were attending the APEC meeting for talks on climate change, regional security and free trade held at Sydney, Australia.

Floods

The world has now developed technology to warn in advance the advent of the flood & also the countries where it will strike using the satellite system. Bangladesh, being a low-lying country, all sorts of natural calamities including floods strike frequently. From our long experience we can see a permanent signal, warning us that flood will come to Bangladesh on a routine visit. We watch floods coming in, staying for a few weeks or a month causing what floods usually do, that is damaging everything that comes their way, and then go back leaving a warning to visit again. So it is no surprise for the people of Bangladesh and low-lying countries.

Police behaviour

Chowdhury's observation about police behaviour (Sept:10) is the bitter reality in Bangladesh; possibly inherited from their old Pakistan days tradition! The unfortunate fact is that most of us consider police as something to avoid. We never go to them; unless and until it is a very serious and pressing matter, that has to have their involvement. The reason is that, any police help even for a right reason; involves "hidden costs", failing which the full power and authority of the police can be against you; both judicial and extra-judicial. Fortunately, there are some exceptions, which as the poet said "a few, a few, too few for drums and beat".

Public universities

Currently, Dr. Kamal Hossain is giving some sense of direction to the nation regarding socio-economic and political issues facing the country. His recent

Bhuiyan and Saifur

I am appalled at the invitation (and the bad judgement) of Mannan Bhuiyan to Saifur Rahman to head the BNP. The former finance minister reportedly failed to pay his income tax when his personal taxes had become originally due.

University teachers

In the case of the recent turmoil in the universities, the government could have sat down with the Vice Chancellors, Syndicate Members and Honourable Teachers of the universities and chalk out a peaceful solution to bring back a congenial atmosphere to the campus. While the Chief Adviser's speech demonstrates a forward looking approach to matters that have been causing public concern, substantive actions should be initiated to bring back normalcy to the highest seats of learning.

The sea

Science-fiction writer Jules Verne in his epic work “20,000 Leagues under the sea” focused on the untapped vastness of the two-third area of the mother earth comprising the sea, while the rest one-third being the land on which the possibility of changes of lifestyle and living could be achieved in the future.

A proposal

We observed destruction of public property by our students. We don't want to see such kind of vandalism in future. So, some steps should be taken into consideration by the govt. and law enforcement agencies. I would like to propose the following.

Leaders and teachers

It is an addition of another page to the tragic as well as shameful chapter of the history of Bangladesh being written, a cause of no pride and joy to us, Bangladeshis, both native and expatriates. Those eminent teachers entrusted with the responsibility of shaping the minds of the future leaders of the nation are within their rights to show their indignation. But their choice of leaders, for whose cause they are taking a stand, cannot be condoned. Those two ladies have failed to serve the nation, an opinion that needs no explanation.

Public expenditures

A report that appeared in your daily highlighting the necessity of forming an adhoc Public Accounts Committee is an eye opener to the present dynamic regime. The matter is of great public interest due to the accumulated huge backlog of unresolved government expenditures.

Ambulance and fire brigade vehicles

Ambulance and fire brigade vehicles cannot move from one place to another quickly enough when other vehicles are not helpful to clear the road. The roads are always busy. Most of the drivers of our country are not well trained. They drive recklessly. The drivers are not willing to obey the traffic rules and they want to drive at their sweet will (whimsically). The number of traffic policemen is insufficient. The tendency of overtaking is also responsible for these problems. Most of these problems occur in the congested areas where the roads are very narrow.

28th BCS

As a developing country, Bangladesh is entering into the vortex of globalisation. Bangladesh is changing very fast in all sectors. For ensuring an efficient civil administration, the PSC has contributed towards developing it but nowadays we see that the PSC is not concerned with those who are exceeding their age limit. As citizens of Bangladesh, we have the fundamental right to get the due opportunities in the country.

Mobile re-registration

The BTRC has ordered the mobile phone operators to register all their subscribers. It's fine and we respect this consciousness, though it's coming a bit late. Mobile phone operators are encouraging their users by advertising the same. Users have to go to the service centres for registration with their photos, SIM card, photo identity and necessary papers. But there are some problems. If the user has to go to the service centre himself, then why should the user take the overhead of printing their photos again. One user may have several operators' SIM, almost everyone has. Then if one has 3 SIMs, each SIM needs 2 photos which takes Tk 8 each to print; then how much one has to pay only to print his/her photos? Is it the customers' responsibility only to get re-registered?

Statement of assets

It is a welcome decision that the govt is going to introduce the system of submission of statement of assets and properties possessed by the govt servants .

Nuclear power plant

Recent newspaper reports indicate that Bangladesh may have asked Russia for help in setting up a Nuclear Power Plant! This (highly knowledgeable?) move is totally wrong and dangerous. We are approaching the only country who managed to have the LARGEST and most DANGEROUS nuclear reactor accident in the last half a century of nuclear reactor operations! The very idea is mind boggling!

Politics

There is no last word in politics. But there is! The nation has hailed the decision of the government to lift the ban on indoor politics. During the process of absorbing the announcement of this decision, I could not but think that we should wait and see until the last word is heard. We have heard it. The decision to lift the embargo is limited and subject to 11 conditions or clauses of clarification in the perspective of the emergency rules as mentioned by the respected law and information adviser to the BBC Bengali service.

Good articles

Thanks for some resourceful articles by Mr. Mamun Rashid, Mr. Abdul Bayes, Mr. Zulfiquer Ahmed Amin and so on.

International

Musharraf assured of reelection before Benazir return

Pakistan's ruling party assured President Gen Pervez Musharraf on Saturday that he would be elected to a new five-year term in October before exiled opposition leader Benazir Bhutto returns to the country.

Olmert lowers ME confce expectation

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert lowered expectations for breakthroughs in peacemaking yesterday, saying he and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would go no further than a non-binding declaration of intent before an international peace conference this fall, officials said.

US to stick to diplomacy on Iran nuclear drive

The United States will continue to pursue diplomatic and economic means to force Iran to halt its nuclear drive, but "all options are on the table," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday.

Bush was unrealistic about war: McCain

Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Saturday that voters are frustrated with the war in Iraq because of the Bush administration's unrealistic projections early in the conflict.

Lankan troops steps up hunt for Tigers

Sri Lankan troops stepped up search operations for Tamil rebels in the embattled north and east after 28 people were killed in a new wave of fighting at the weekend, officials said yesterday.

Dozen rebels killed in Afghanistan

Afghan and US-led forces backed by air power clashed with Taliban insurgents yesterday in Afghanistan, killing more than a dozen rebels, officials said.

Democrats plot new anti-war assault

Anti-war Democrats this week launch a new search for 60 Senate votes, the magic and so far elusive threshold needed to challenge President George W Bush's strategy to prolong the Iraq war.

Arctic ice melting opens Northwest Passage

Arctic ice has shrunk to the lowest level on record, new satellite images show, raising the possibility that the Northwest Passage that eluded famous explorers will become an open shipping lane.

6 killed in Russian helicopter crash

Six people including two Polish tourists have been killed in a helicopter crash in far eastern Russia, a local official from Russia's emergency situations ministry said yesterday.

Iran a key issue at IAEA conference

The UN nuclear watchdog opens a general conference of its 144 member states Monday, with its chief Mohamed ElBaradei under fire from Western quarters that he is too soft on Iran.

Angry mourners chase away Pak officials

A chanting throng of more than 100,000 mourners chased away senior Pakistani officials from the funeral of a leading pro-Taliban cleric, police and witnesses said.

US calls Korean nuke talks positive

Recent talks between a US-led team of nuclear experts and North Korea were "businesslike" and "positive," an official said Saturday, raising hopes for a deal soon on how to disable the North's nuclear facilities.

Iran impatient with India over gas pipeline

Iran yesterday expressed impatience with India over the finalising of a multi-billion dollar gas pipeline deal via Pakistan, warning that it could go ahead with Pakistan alone if India procrastinated.

N Korean dismisses Syria nuclear links

A senior North Korean diplomat has dismissed media reports that the communist state may be helping Syria build a nuclear facility, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Sunday.

Al-Qaeda takes over regional groups

The terror network Al-Qaeda responsible for the September 11, 2001, attacks is trying to expand through corporate-style takeovers of regional Islamic extremist groups, The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.

Iran sees progress in Russia nuclear talks

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said talks with Russia over the much delayed completion of Iran's first nuclear power station are making progress, the official IRNA news agency reported yesterday.

10 more die in Assam floods

Ten more people died overnight in India's Assam state, as the death toll from floods across South Asia continued to mount with millions of people displaced, officials said yesterday.

More countries join US-led nuclear energy programme

Eleven countries joined yesterday a US-led initiative to spread atomic power but not technology which can be used to make nuclear weapons.

Arts & Entertainment

Bengal Foundation remembers Nitun Kundu

The first death anniversary of noted sculptor Nitun Kundu was observed at Bengal Gallery on September 16.

Special attraction in Eid-special “Ittadi”

Over 150 artistes have performed in a dazzling dance for the Eid-special episode of the popular show Ittadi. Every year, Hanif Sanket comes up with several new ideas for the Eid-special episode. The dance performance features celebrities Mou, Mousumi, Ferdous and Nobel.

“Phul, Pakhi O Bristir Jonyo Gaan” on Channel-i tonight

Single episode TV play Phul, Pakhi O Bristir Jonyo Gaan will be aired tonight on Channel-i at 7:50pm. Directed by Chayanika Chowdhury, the play has been written by Nazrul Islam.

A touch of Shantiniketan in Delhi

There was a touch of Tagore's Shantiniketan in New Delhi recently when artiste Sinjini Acharya mesmerised a large audience at the verdant lawns of the India International Centre. Clad in a bright silk sari of yellow and purple, she took the eager audience on a fascinating voyage of Tagore's melodies ranging from well-loved songs of romance, nostalgia, patriotism and more.

“I Can't Find Dhaka” on FM Ferry Experiment

New York based artist collective 'neuroTransmitter' has launched “FM Ferry Experiment”, a public art project that transforms New York's historic Staten Island Ferry into a radio station on the water, says a press release.

Shakira rests hips to study at UCLA

Shakira may get high grades in singing and swivelling her hips, but what about ancient Western history?

OP-ED

An appeal to the chief adviser to salvage Biman

The recent changes in Biman have been brought about in such haste that it is blur to an observer. Whether these changes are really going to make positive impact on the future of Biman remains to be seen.

Searching for leadership

Better late than never. The CTG has realised that merely attempting reforms or improving the law and order situation or bringing corrupt political stalwarts to book will not help it much in achieving its ultimate goal: i.e. holding a free, fair and credible election on a level playing field. No more new reform programs in future. All preparations must now aim at holding national elections at the earliest. It all depends now on how far the EC is capable of implementing the roadmap for the election.

Liberty of talking at random

Diction" and "contradiction" are two words conveying at least one thing in common. Both have the self-same positive feature. The first word means "manner of enunciation." And the second denotes "opposing verbally." One enunciates and the other opposes, the former is positively "positive" and the latter is positively "negative."

Star City

Menacing bloodsuckers start all-out air attack

Menacing mosquitoes have infested almost all parts of the city due to inadequate efforts in controlling the booming mosquito population.

How wise is the plan for 60-ft link road?

The planned 60 feet link road between the Bijoy Sarani and Shaheed Tajuddin Sarani will create severe bottleneck in traffic movement instead of easing it, which is the main purpose of constructing the road, experts said.

Schools still remain nagging points of tailbacks

Hundreds of vehicles from Kalabagan and Panthapath inched their way towards Dhanmondi Road 27. The traffic appeared to be growing by the minute. Restless faces of school-bound children fidgeted inside private cars, taxicabs and auto rickshaws, anxiously hoping for the traffic in front of them to move faster.

Six weeks over, no report of fresh autopsy yet

Parents of Sadia Nowshin Priyanka are still waiting for the final (viscera) report six weeks into their daughter's fresh post mortem.

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