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EC for fixing ceiling on party donation

The Election Commission (EC) is looking to put a ceiling on donations to the registered political parties to bring transparency in finances of the organisations.

Graft charges against Abbas, Amir Khasru

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against two former ministers and 23 others of causing a Tk 127.64 crore loss to the exchequer by selling 18 abandoned government houses at lower prices.

Ex-NBR member Sarwar gets 8yrs

An anti-graft court yesterday sentenced former National Board of Revenue member ATM Sarwar Hossain to eight years' imprisonment in the first ever case against an NBR member in connection with tax offences.

Editors urge Ulema to consider Prothom Alo's apology

Editors of different newspapers yesterday jointly urged the country's Alem community to consider Prothom Alo's apology and the actions the government and the daily have taken following publication of an unacceptable cartoon in the daily's satire magazine Aalpin.

CA's speech to feature reform, duty-free export

Duty-free access of products from developing countries, free labour movement and the caretaker government's reform programmes will feature in Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed's speech to the 62nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday.

ACC okays bringing Hasina's Tk 3cr graft case under EPR

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved bringing the Tk 3 crore graft case filed against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and six others under the emergency power rules (EPR).

Tailback stops city in its tracks

As if they don't have an end: long queues of traffic stretching over all the city streets, totally clogging the thoroughfares. In several rows vehicles are glued with one another with hardly any space between them, as if being formed into wreaths.

Saptahik 2000 withdraws its Sept 21 issue, apologises

Saptahik 2000, a weekly Bangla magazine, withdrew all copies of its current issue (Eid issue/September 21, 2007) from the market.

Khatib asks all not to incite tension

Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Khatib Maulana Obaidul Haq yesterday urged people not to incite tension or movement in the country centring the cartoon published in daily Prothom Alo's weekly Aalpin since the daily's editor personally apologised to him.

Aalpin publication suspended

The Dhaka District Magistrate yesterday ordered the publisher of daily Prothom Alo to suspend publication of its supplement "Aalpin" until the cartoon matter is settled.

Afghanistan closing in on abductors

Afghan authorities are closing in on the abductors of Brac worker Nurul Islam and they are hopeful of his release soon, said Foreign Adviser Iftekhar A Chowdhury quoting the Afghanistan foreign ministry yesterday.

Court declines to hear Khaleda's bail appeal

A Dhaka court yesterday declined to hear the bail petition of detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia, saying the court has no jurisdiction to pass any judgment on an appeal for bail in a graft case.

BB increases limit to Tk 7 lakh for report

The limit for providing Bangladesh Bank (BB) with cash transaction report by the commercial banks has been increased to Tk 7 lakh from the existing Tk 5 lakh.

India knock SA out of T20 WC

India snatched a dramatic 37-run victory over hosts South Africa on Thursday to storm into the semifinals of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship.

Debapriya made envoy to UN Geneva office

The government has decided to appoint Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, executive director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), as the next ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the UN offices in Geneva, said an official announcement.

Delwar questions EC's right to register parties

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday questioned the authority of the Election Commission (EC) to register the political parties.

SC order on Sept 23 on leave to appeal of condemned prisoners

The Supreme Court yesterday fixed September 23 for order on applications by the condemned prisoners seeking leave-to-appeal against their death sentences confirmed by the High Court in the Bangabandhu murder case.

AL Presidium meets today to discuss reform talks with EC

The Awami League (AL) Presidium meets today to discuss various issues including sitting with the Election Commission (EC) for dialogue and fixing a date for holding a meeting of the AL Central Working Committee (ALCWC).

Ganotantri Party asks EC not to register Jamaat

Ganotantri Party yesterday urged the Election Commission (EC) not to give registration to Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh and called for a ban on religion-based politics in the country.

2 JP factions hold separate meetings

The two factions of Jatiya Party (JP), one led by Rawshan Ershad and the other by barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud, held separate meetings yesterday and said they would hold separate party council meetings.


The Ministry of Agriculture in a rejoinder to a report headlined "Govt ups prices of fertiliser" published in The Daily Star on September 20 said it has not taken any decision on increasing the price of any kind of fertiliser.

Charges framed against ex-BNP lawmaker Rumi

Police yesterday framed charge against former BNP lawmaker Syed Mehedi Ahmed Rumi and three others for attacking a newspaper office in Kushtia in 2005.

Musharraf sets polls date October 6

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will seek re-election on October 6, officials said yesterday as the embattled US ally faced a declaration of war from al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

24 killed in Afghan attack

A Taliban attack on a police post in western Afghanistan sparked a battle that left at least 20 militants and four police dead, a provincial governor said yesterday.

Iranian detained by US in Iraq

An Iranian officer accused of smuggling powerful roadside bombs into Iraq was arrested Thursday in northern Iraq, the US military said.


Giving the police the wherewithal

The government's decision to make an allocation of Tk. 18 crore in the 2007-08 fiscal year as funds for the police to bear the cost of investigations certainly goes some way toward meeting their requirement. Alongside this, the provision of 30 per cent of their basic salary as allowances for traffic policemen clearly argues the case for greater efficiency on their part. All of this goes towards fulfillment of a long-felt need on the part of the police department.

Woes of Old Dhaka

Over the past 72 hours water supply in the old part of the city has sharply declined. WASA authorities have attributed this shortage to inadequate power supply. The Executive Engineer of WASA has confirmed that in order to operate each of the pumps in the locality the required supply has to be 400MW whereas only 350MW is available. We fail to understand as to why the situation cannot be improved since power generation is of a record level this year as recently reported in the local media compared to last year.

The Middle Kingdom

China is not what you expect, whatever you are expecting. It was certainly nothing like I expected even though I traveled to it with very few solid preconceptions or well-formed ideas about what I would find. Nevertheless, it still took me by surprise.

An incredibly shrinking nation

More or less our problem is more of less. Our leaders are more of less than leaders, our ministers are more of less than ministers, our judges are more of less than judges, and more so of the less goes on. Our governments have been more of less than governments, people more of less than people, and the state more of less than a state. We have increasingly diminished as a nation, contracting in expansion.

Crisis always cripples the poor most

The classes of Jahangirnagar University (JU) were closed sine die following the recent unfortunate and unexpected crisis in the country. But as offices remained open and some had to do their research and other official works, a very negligible number of teachers used to come to the respective departments.


Aussies storm into semis

Australia's pace bowlers sent Sri Lanka cra-shing out of the World Twenty20 championships at Newlands Thursday.

Yuvraj no Sir Gary

Yuvraj Singh on Thursday dismissed comparisons with West Indian legend Gary Sobers after his six sixes in an over kept India alive in the ICC World Twenty20 Championship.

Nayeemuddin cleared

Bangladesh's Indian coach Syed Nayeemuddin did not take much time to clear himself from allegations of using banned drugs on the footballers.

Inventors never win

England, pioneers of Twenty20 cricket, made a familiar early exit from the inaugural world championships after failing to beat a major team and making headlines once again for all the wrong reasons.

'Bowl more, Yuvi'

After his blitzkrieg against England in the ICC World Twenty20 Championship match in Durban, Yuvraj Singh now also wants to concentrate on his bowling.

U-19 camp begins

The residential camp of the under-19 national booters began yesterday morning at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in preparation for the 2nd Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games.

Div 3 cricket qualifiers

Dhanmondi Cricket Academy will take on Battalion Boys Club in the opening match of the 3rd Division Qualifying Cricket League at the Dhaka University Ground tomorrow.

Ricky coming to India

Ricky Ponting will remain with the Australian squad for the seven-ODI tour of India beginning in the last week of September even though he was ruled out of the remainder of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship with a hamstring strain.

Flintoff out of SL ODIs

Andrew Flintoff has been ruled out of England's upcoming one-day series against Sri Lanka for further tests on his long-standing ankle problem, the England and Wales Cricket Board said Thursday.

Mourinho deserts Chelsea

Chelsea on Thursday put former Israel coach Avram Grant in charge of their first team as English football reeled at Jose Mourinho's shock departure from Stamford Bridge.

Jose AKA controversy

Jose Mourinho was only ever going to leave Chelsea one way and so it proved on Thursday morning as the Portuguese coach departed in a blaze of controversy.

Arsenal 'nearly perfect'

Arsene Wenger declared his Arsenal team better equipped to win the Champions League than at any time in the last two years following a "near perfect" start to the group stage.

Barca off to a flier

Barcelona striker Thierry Henry would be forgiven for having a sly look at results elsewhere in Europe despite the Catalans' convincing 3-0 Champions League group E win over Lyon Wednesday.

Scolari handed 4-match ban

Portugal's Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been banned for four matches by UEFA after a violent altercation with Serbian player Ivica Dragutinovic.

Maldini hits out at Milan fans

AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini has hit out at a section of the San Siro faithful who no longer support the reigning European champions during matches, the Italian international said Thursday.

Reds duo suffers broken foot

Liverpool's Daniel Agger and Xabi Alonso are facing a six-week lay-off after it was confirmed that both had broken metatarsal bones while involved in international duty.

Klasnic gets green light

Werder Bremen striker Ivan Klasnic has been given the all clear to compete six months after undergoing a successful kidney transplant.

Clark's quiet climb

Stuart Clark doesn't stand out as the ideal Twenty20 bowler. He doesn't have a searing yorker or mischievous changes of pace and relies on plugging away to extract his victims, seemingly not the best tactic when a bowler has just four overs up his sleeve. But Clark's 4 for 20 against Sri Lanka has propelled him to the top of the World Twenty20 wicket-taking list and kept Australia in the tournament.

Toss remains key

That one of the teams that fought out the World Cup final last year had to be eliminated before the semifinals here wasn't a tragedy. Australia and Sri Lanka had been worthy finalists in West Indies but they haven't been half as dominant here. Australia were surprised by Zimbabwe and outplayed by Pakistan, Sri Lanka were routed by Pakistan and struggled to put up a score against Bangladesh.

BCB honours women's team

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Maj Gen Sina Ibn Jamali yesterday handed over cheques of Tk 50,000 to each of the members and officials of the national women's cricket team which emerged champions in the ACC Women's Tournament held in Malaysia last July.

Jatrabari Ideal crush their namesakes 9-0

Jatrabari Ideal School registered the biggest victory of the Dhaka School Football League (Under-11) when they crushed Ideal School of Motijheel 9-0 at the Khilgaon Model School ground yesterday.

Lalbagh edge Rainbow

Lalbagh SC won a 7-goal thriller against Rainbow AC in yesterday's Third Division Football League at the Shaheed Bir Shrestha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

Harper quits Kenya job

West Indian Roger Harper on Wednesday called for a proper cricket development programme in Kenya to prevent the sport lagging behind.

Morne called in for Tests

Fast bowling discovery Morne Morkel has been included in the South African squad that will play two Test matches in Pakistan next month.

Fenerbahce shock Inter

Turkish club Fenerbahce secured an impressive 1-0 victory over Italian giants Inter Milan in their opening Champions League Group G match here on Wednesday.

Fergie challenges C.Ron

Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged Cristiano Ronaldo to emulate the goal-scoring heroics that established the Manchester United winger as one of the world's best players.

Rangers stun Stuttgart

Rangers fought back from a goal down to stun Stuttgart and secure a 2-1 victory in their opening Champions League Group E match in Glasgow on Wednesday.

China reach quarters

A determined China battled past New Zealand Thursday to tee-up a women's World Cup quarterfinal with Norway, while Australia snatched a last-gasp equaliser to book a showdown with Brazil.

Banned for diving

Lithuanian international Saulius Mikoliunas has been suspended for two matches after being found guilty of diving in the Euro 2008 qualifying match against Scotland, UEFA said Thursday.

Beautiful Bern bans cranes

The Swiss capital, Bern, wants to ban cranes that mar its landscape while it hosts matches for football's Euro 2008 finals next year.


GP gets Tk 200cr syndicated loan

Grameenphone Ltd (GP), which recently reached 1.5 crore mobile phone subscribers, yesterday signed a Tk 200 crore loan agreement with a consortium of local financial institutions.

MCCI urges govt to reduce borrowing from banks

The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI) hailed the central bank's decision of not following contractionary monetary policy.

Broad knowledge about trade issues key to success at int'l talks

A comprehensive knowledge base on trade issues is needed to protect the country's trade interests in upcoming international and regional trade negotiations, a book launching ceremony in Dhaka was told yesterday.

3rd version of Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards launched

The Citi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citigroup, yesterday launched the third version of Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) in Bangladesh.

China freezes prices on key products amid inflation scare

China, facing the spectre of inflation, has frozen the prices of key products subject to government price controls or regulation, the nation's top planner announced.

New US position at WTO talks raises hopes

The United States on Wednesday showed a new willingness to negotiate in global trade talks, a high-ranking WTO official said, raising hopes of progress in the stalled Doha round of negotiations.

BKB, RAKUB asked to speed up farm credit disbursement

Bangladesh Bank yesterday asked Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB) and Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) to expedite disbursement of agriculture loans to help recover crop losses due to flood.

US backs Strauss-Kahn for top IMF post

The United States on Wednesday backed European Union candidate Dominique Strauss-Kahn to head the International Monetary Fund, virtually assuring the Frenchman's victory as the selection process neared a conclusion.

Taiwan leads China in best SMEs list: Forbes

Technology firms dominated as Taiwan led China in a list of the best 200 Asian companies with annual revenues of under one billion US dollars, Forbes Asia business magazine said Thursday.

EU needs more energy competition

The EU needs greater competition in its energy markets to deliver lower prices to consumers and make energy supplies more secure, the OECD said Thursday in an economic survey of the European Union.

China company to set up plant in Karnaphuli EPZ

A Chinese company will set up a die-casting manufacturing plant in Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone (EPZ).

Japan's Sharp, Pioneer announce capital tie-up

Japan's Sharp Corp. announced Thursday that it had agreed to become the top shareholder in its financially troubled rival Pioneer Corp. as part of a broad business and capital tie-up.

Euro breaches 1.40 dollars for first time

The euro on Thursday surged to a new record peak of 1.4065 dollars as a hefty cut to US interest rates took a toll on the US currency, analysts said.

Oil prices below $82 in Asian trade

Oil prices were lower in Asian trade Thursday as investors took profit following a record-setting rally, but are expected to remain high amid tight supplies and weather concerns, dealers said.

Apex Tannery declares 17pc dividend

Apex Tannery Ltd has declared a 17 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year that ended on June 30, 2007.

New DMD of Prime Bank

RQM Forkan has joined Prime Bank Limited as deputy managing director (DMD) recently.


16 traders fined for selling essentials at high prices

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and a mobile court conducted joint drives in two kitchen markets in the city yesterday and filed 17 cases against traders for tampering with weights, selling adulterated food products and selling essential items at high prices.

No question raised about stealing of relief goods

Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said this is for the first time that no question was raised about stealing of relief goods and it has been made possible thanks to cooperation from all quarters.

Govt body to visit mine, coal rich areas today

The committee tasked with finalising a coal policy for the country will be visiting today Barapukuria coal mine, Phulbari, Khalashpir, Dighipara and a few other areas that are rich with coal deposits.

Attack on migrant workers in Kuala Lumpur condemned

Speakers at a press conference yesterday condemned the attack on the striking migrant workers on the premises of Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday and demanded punishment to the attackers.

RMG workers go berserk for Eid bonus

More than a thousand workers of a garment factory yesterday damaged the glasses of two factories in Tejgaon Industrial Area demanding an increase in their Iftar allowance and Eid bonus.

Prothom Alo has shown responsibility by seeking apology

Welcoming Prothom Alo's apology for carrying the controversial cartoon titled Naam in its satire magazine Alpin, Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan yesterday asked the government and the people not to do anything that might jeopardise the livelihoods of hundreds of employees of the newspaper.

Prof Taher murder case shifted to speedy trial tribunal

Prof S Taher Ahmed murder case has been shifted to Rajshahi divisional speedy trial tribunal.

Enhance trade

President Iajuddin Ahmed has underlined the need for enhancing bilateral trade and commerce for the mutual benefit of Bangladesh and Netherlands.

Mainul calls on president

Law, Information, Land, and Housing & Public Works Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.

14 traders fined in Ctg

A mobile court in an anti-adulteration drive fined 14 traders over Tk 33000 on different charges yesterday.

International Day of Peace today

The International Day of Peace will be observed in the country today as elsewhere in the globe with a call to 'make peace not just a priority, but a passion'.

Six indigenous members resign

All the six indigenous members of Madhupur National Park Committee have resigned.

2 traders die in road crash

Two traders were killed and six others injured in a road accident at Baish Mile on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Savar upazila early yesterday.

BSF kills one

Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) yesterday shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader and injured another near Jawrani Border in Lalmonirhat.

8 more children used as camel jockey get compensation

Families of eight children, who were used as camel jockeys in United Arab Emirates (UAE), received Tk 1.4 lakh each as compensation in Gazipur yesterday.

Govt authorises DMP to sue cartoonist Arif

The government yesterday authorised Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to file a regular case against detained contributing cartoonist Arifur Rahman of the Prothom Alo for publishing a completely unacceptable cartoon in the daily's weekly satire magazine Aalpin, an official press release said.

Disburse salary, DA before Eid

Teachers of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas yesterday urged the caretaker government (CG) to take effective measures so that they can receive their salary and dearness allowance before the Eid-ul-Fitr.

Prothom Alo editor, cartoonist sued in Ctg

An official of a private Islamic university yesterday filed a case against the editor, publisher and freelance cartoonist of Prothom Alo for hurting religious sentiment of Muslims.

Pak gift for Bangladesh

Pakistan High Commissioner to Bangladesh Alamgir Babar handed over shipping documents for 10,000 metric tons of wheat to Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury at his office yesterday.

Pregnant woman dies after being kicked

A nine-month pregnant woman was killed after she was kicked by one of her neighbours at Araihazar in the district yesterday morning.

Schoolgirl drowns in Bhairab river, two missing

A schoolgirl drowned and two others were feared to have drowned while taking a bath in river Bhairab at Milky Diarha village in Rupsha yesterday.

Distribution of Nat'l ID cards begins in Khulna

Distribution of National ID cards among the voters in Khulna City began yesterday.

Concern over situation following publication of cartoon

A number of local and foreign organisations expressed their concern over the situation in the wake of the publication of a cartoon in Aalpin, a satire magazine of the Prothom Alo.

Banani graveyard to be expanded

A decision would be taken soon for expansion of the Banani graveyard in the city in order to solve the burial problem.

Air chief leaves for US

Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal SM Ziaur Rahan left for the United States yesterday on an eight-day official visit.

Two to die in Chuadanga

A court here yesterday sentenced two people to death and nine others to life imprisonment in a double murder case.

Body of woman found floating in Buriganga

The body of a slain woman was found floating in the river Buriganga yesterday afternoon.


Twenty20 cricket

I just love the way the atmosphere builds up during the match. I am fascinated as the commentators tell us everything about the teams, and the camera pans round the packed grandstands and we feel the crowd's excitement and …… But then, reality strikes with a nauseating thud. The TV station cuts to yet another advertisement.

Reopen Dhaka University

We are optimistic, the campus will regain its throb of life with the footsteps of the students. Birds will chirp and city dwellers will get their retreat to breathe fresh air. Teachers and students will move together, they will share their views and ideas.

Ramadan price hike

We were gearing up for the holy month of Ramadan last week amid massive price hike. The start of Ramadan, the ninth and the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, is traditionally determined by the sighting of new moon. For the month, we are required to abstain from food, drink etc from dawn until dusk, as life slips into a lower gear during the day, and it peaks between iftar, the breaking of the fast at sunset, and sehri, the last meal of the day before sunrise.

Global warming

For God's sake, please wake up. Things are going from bad to worse every day. For quite some time I have been trying to convince the world that we are just trying for a remedy on a wrong diagnosis.

Sound pollution

During Ramadan, we notice a common tendency in almost every market, particularly in metro cities-- use of mikes by the shop owners association and attempts to attract customers to their shops as part of their sales programme. While doing this, they make noise throughout the month.


England seems to have become more serious now about its cricket. The defeat handed out to the visiting India by the English cricketers discloses the sincerity attached to the English intent. They did display some resolve about their desire to stage a comeback to world cricket during the last World Cup. English boys have now won the Nat-West series in style when, after losing two quick wickets, they fought back gallantly in the last match.

CTG's job

The caretaker government is undoubtedly the best regime Bangladesh has ever experienced. But there are many drawbacks of this government.

US-led naval exercise

We can recall our history when the US Navy's Seventh Fleet came to the Bay of Bengal in 1971 to defeat the Liberation War of Bangladesh. It was the time when this fleet tried to intimidate India as it fought Pakistan along with Bangladeshi freedom fighters in a war that led to Bangladesh's birth. It was the period when the Indian foreign policy upheld the principles of Non Aligned Movement and followed the path towards self-reliance. But now, the situation has changed.

Energy saving lamp

Much is said about ESL; as if, it is our only saviour in these days of power crisis. While calculating power or energy with conventional electric lamps, such as tungsten filament lamp or florescent tube, the power factor is taken to be unity by electricity supply authorities. But while comparing ESL with tungsten filament lamp or florescent tube, it is seen, the power factor of ESL is taken as unity and that for conventional lamps is set at 0.8. Why is it done? Is it to give ESL an edge over conventional electric lamps in matters of saving energy ? Is the power factor of ESL actually unity? Does the ESL have uniform efficiency all over its life? Does its efficiency hold good at all voltage level? What effect does it have on eyes of human beings? A lot of questions like these cross our minds, but nothing of this sort is publicised. The intensity of light of ESL is higher than those of conventional electric lamps, no doubt; but its brilliance impinges on the eye. So what should we opt for health or economy?


The other day, I wanted to watch a TV serial on one of the private channels. As is probably true about most other TV programmes, it was also sponsored by a list of commodities/companies. But it was a horrible experience to be repeatedly distracted by commercials coming in the form of courtesy. It is understandable, in the age of market, that one can't expect to gain something, even entertainment, for free; here comes media endorsement of commodities. But too much is simply gross!

Biofuel and food security

Your staff correspondent's report (Sept:15) about an Indian NGO personnel (expert?) on the subject is subjective, and should be ignored by all concerned. Possibly it relates to the Indian scenario, blessed with vast resources of coal, and now also new offshore resources of oil and gas. To some extent food grain as source of Biofuel production is used in the US, Brazil and a few European countries, and maybe India. However the quantities used are very little compared to their food production; incidentally highly subsidised and surplus to their needs! The fact is that Biofuel can be produced from a wide variety of feed stock; like "shapla" growing wild in water bodies that cannot be contained; plant and vegetable refuses of all types, plant stalks, sugarcanes bark, and skins of peeled fruits and vegetables going to garbage! It can also be produced from all types of animal and human solid excreta.

Mannan Bhuiyan's contention

Re: Expelled Secretary General did not want to lie at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

IMF issue

The Daily Star should run more stories about the dealings of the IMF. The public, myself included, reside in ignorance. Talking to people from developing countries, it sounds as though the IMF coerces the countries into taking loans from them on certain conditions. I urge you to bring the truth to light.


PM should quit, says Nepali Maoists

A crisis in Nepal's peace process deepened yesterday with former rebel Maoists describing the Himalayan nation's veteran prime minister as a failure who should step down.

UN to host key meeting on rescue plan for Iraq

Iraq and its neighbours are to meet with major powers and donors here Saturday to review a UN-backed blueprint to rebuild the war-ravaged country riven by sectarian violence and divisions.

ME peace meet in mid-Nov: Abbas

The US-sponsored Middle East peace conference should take place in November, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said yesterday after meeting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Lebanon in turmoil after MP's slaying

Lebanon was plunged into further turmoil yesterday after the murder of another anti-Syrian lawmaker in a car bombing widely blamed on Damascus that threatens to derail a key presidential vote.

Iran vows retaliation for any Israeli attack

Iran has drawn up plans to bomb Israel if the Jewish state should attack, the deputy air force commander said Wednesday, adding to tensions already heated up by an Israeli airstrike on Syria and Western calls for more UN sanctions against Tehran.

Senate blocks bill on Iraq combat tours

Democrats' efforts to challenge President Bush's Iraq policies were dealt a demoralising blow Wednesday in the Senate after they failed to scrape together enough support to guarantee troops more time at home.

Frustration grows in Nepal Maoist army camps

Eighteen months ago Bishnu Pariyar was a Maoist soldier in Nepal, but now he is one of thousands of unhappy ex-rebels who are in UN-supervised camps as part of a landmark peace deal.

Lankan planes bomb Tiger territory

Sri Lankan war planes Thursday carried out bombing raids deep inside territory held by Tamil Tiger rebels, causing heavy damages, the defence ministry said.

C'wealth hails Pakistan vote announcement

Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon said Thursday that the announcement of a date for President Pervez Musharraf to seek re-election showed democratic progress in Pakistan.

Arts & Entertainment

“I'll be more regular in releasing albums in Bangladesh” ...James

For his unique rock style, Faruk Mahfuz Anam, popularly known as James has become an icon in Bangladesh. His spontaneity, ability to connect to the audience and psychedelic voice are the keys to his success. For over the last two decades he has maintained his position as one of the leading rock singer-composers in Bangladesh. The lead vocalist and guitarist of the band 'Nagar Baul', his solo albums are equally popular. James is often referred to as “Nagar Baul”, and many of fans adoringly call him “guru”. Following the huge popularity of some playbacks he has done for Bollywood films, James has also won the admiration of Indian music lovers.

Sabina Yasmin's condition improving

Sabina Yasmin's health is improving gradually. Her daughter Bandhon Yasmin has informed, if everything goes well, the artiste should be back in Bangladesh by late October.

Poetic Licence

Starting off from humble beginnings, rikshaw artist S.A. Malek is a fairly popular figure in Dhaka, especially among the expat community. This typically Bangladeshi talent can be traced back a couple of generations; Malek's paternal grandfather and father were commercial artists, originally based in Calcutta. His father moved to Dhaka before independence and Malek was born in 1969 in Madhob Pasha village in Narayanganj district. Funnily enough, he continues to live there, village life being more appealing than the bright lights of Dhaka.

“Shomoyer Kotha” on BTV tonight

BTV will air the discussion programme Shomoyer Kotha tonight at 9pm. Tonight's episode will feature a discussion on the “New Trends in Bangla Music”. Popular musicians Shafin Ahmed (Miles), Anusheh (Bangla), Tahsan and Khaled (G-series) will take part in the discussion. Hosted by Syed Munir Khasru, Shomoyer Kotha is aired every Friday.

“Je Meghey Brishti Hoina” on ATN Bangla

Written by Arun Choudhury and directed by Chayanika Choudhury, single episode TV play Je Meghe Brishti Hoina will be aired tonight, at 8pm on ATN Bangla.

3rd Citycell-Channel i Music Awards to be held soon

A press conference was held on September 19, to discuss the upcoming Citycell-Channel i music awards, says a press release.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film “Saawariya”

After the major national and international success of Devdas and Black, Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali is back with his latest film Saawariya, a love story, which is to be released on November 9.


Time for campus police

Atimely and thought-provoking article appeared in The Daily Star of its September 9 issue under the caption "Campus police," which received my attentive reading. During my university life, I strongly felt the necessity of the introduction of a special kind of police force in the university and university college campuses, which would be different from the normal police force of the country.

Development and the right to information

Nationally and internationally, the right to information is a standard unit for measuring the efficacy of participatory democracy, good governance, and sustainable development. Every citizen of a country has the right to know how the government, collector of his taxes, is discharging its duties to ensure a secured and better life for him. Simply put, the right to information lies at the core of a smooth-functioning democracy, creating an environment of openness where free flow of information prevents the capriciousness of the state system.


Greetings to constructive destruction

For centuries we have grown the habit of accepting building buildings to be synonymous with development and moving forward. Now due to a quirk of events starting from 1980s and still continuing, progress has come to mean demolition.

Demolition works in Bangladesh: An overview

Demolition means 'the fragmentation or felling of man-made building or structure'. Like any construction, it is a very skilled and sometimes dangerous operation and requires special procedures, if it is to be carried out safely and successfully. With the advancement of technology, 'Demolition Engineering' has been an area of engineering practice where technology, judgment and experience are utilized in the application of scientific principles and techniques as pertains to design of a certain building or structure.

How building implosions work?

You can demolish a stone wall with a sledgehammer, and it's fairly easy to level a five-story building using excavators and wrecking balls. But when you need to bring down a massive structure, say a 20-story skyscraper, you have to haul out the big guns. Explosive demolition is the preferred method for safely and efficiently demolishing larger structures. When a building is surrounded by other buildings, it may be necessary to 'implode' the building, that is, make it collapse down into its footprint.

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