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Govt mulls treaty with UK to get back money

In an effort to recover the money siphoned offshore from the country, the interim government is planning to sign a treaty with the British government for getting assistance from New Scotland Yard.

Power ministry power being decentralised

In an unusual move, the power ministry is curbing its control over seven power companies including the Dhaka Electricity Supply Company Ltd (Desco) to make these more dynamic and efficient.

Amonia pollution poses health risk in Ashuganj

Zia Fertiliser Company Limited (ZFCL) in Ashuganj is causing immense ammonia pollution, leaving at least 200 families of Chartala village and ecological balance of five other villages under serious threat.

Ex-ISI chief appointed as Musharraf successor

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday appointed former intelligence chief Ashfaq Kiyani to be his successor as army chief, the military said.

Given top priority, still probe didn't move an inch

Although the present government soon after assuming power put the case of August 21, 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally on the top of its priority list, the investigation of it still remains at the start line.

Graft charges pressed against Pintu, wife

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against detained former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and his wife Nasima Akhter in connection with a case filed for concealing their wealth information.

SC now to hear Khaleda appeal Thursday

The Supreme Court (SC) chamber judge yesterday did not deliver any order following Anti-Corruption Commission's (ACC) appeal against the High Court (HC) decision of granting bail to Khaleda Zia in a graft case and fixed tomorrow for hearing of the matter in the full bench of the Appellate Division.

Most schools dodge registration, VAT

The government is being deprived of huge revenue income from thousands of unregistered English medium schools, which are collecting additional fees from students under VAT (value added tax) imposed in this fiscal year.

Emergency should be lifted 2 months before local body polls: CEC

Emergency should be lifted at least two months before the polls from places where election will be held, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda said yesterday.

UK foreign office director links fair polls with free politics

Visiting British Foreign Office Asia Director John Dennis yesterday said holding free, fair and credible elections requires an open and transparent environment, which the government can create through specific measures to remove restrictions on political activity.

34 BNP-Jamaat men sued for JMB patronage

A case was filed in Rajshahi against 34 BNP and Jamaat leaders on Monday for torture and extortion and patronage of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) -- a banned Islamist outfit.

Govt to buy SUVs for UNOs from Pragati

The adviser committee on public purchase yesterday approved buying 150 brand-new sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) for the upazila nirbahi officers (UNO) through state-owned auto assembling plant Pragati Industries Ltd.

Grameen Shakti clinches Right Livelihood prize

The Right Livelihood prize, an annual "alternative" to the Nobel prizes, was awarded yesterday to peace and environmental activists from Sri Lanka, Kenya, Canada and Bangladesh.

Nearly 1cr children in hazardous work

Around one crore children, six percent of the total population, are engaged in hazardous work, according a two-year-long study conducted by Prof Dr Abul Barakat.

UN envoy talks with junta chief, Suu Kyi

A UN special envoy yesterday met with Myanmar's top general Than Shwe and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, wrapping up a mission aimed at halting a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests.

Iftekhar talks to Boucher at UN HQ

Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury had a bilateral meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher at the UN headquarters on Monday.

AL demand for keeping war criminals off polls only to satisfy its allies

The Awami League (AL) is raising the demand to keep war criminals and religion-based political parties off polls only to satisfy its alliance partners, BNP chairperson's adviser Hannan Shah said yesterday.

231 DU teachers for release of detained DU, RU teachers

A total of 231 teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday demanded release of the detained teachers and students of DU and Rajshahi University (RU) on humanitarian grounds keeping in mind the upcoming Eid and Durga Puja.

ACC to quiz 2 detained ministers today

A three-member investigation team of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will quiz detained former health minister Khandaker Mosharaf Hossain and former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain today in connection with the container handling case against Khaleda Zia.

2 cleaners die of toxic gas in water tank

Two people died of inhaling poisonous gas as they climbed down an underground water tank to clean it at Konabari in Gazipur yesterday.

Extortion charges pressed against Aminul Haque

Police pressed charges against former post and telecommunications minister Barrister Aminul Haque and two other BNP leaders yesterday in a Tk 1.50 lakh extortion case in Rajshahi's Tanore upazila.

Cab driver strangled to death in city

Assailants strangled a taxi cab driver at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital early yesterday and also gunned down a Jubo League leader at Pallabi on Monday night.

Korean leaders hold historic summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il welcomed South Korea's president to Pyongyang displaying scant enthusiasm yesterday while orchestrated crowds cheered the start of the second-ever summit between the divided Koreas since World War II.

2 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'

Two members of banned Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) were killed yesterday in “shootout” between police and outlaws at Shrirampur village in Chuadanga.


CEC's reflections on elections

Chief Election Commissioner A.T.M. Shamsul Huda has stated that the sooner the voter list is prepared and general elections are held the sooner the emergency will be lifted in the country. His views are those that the nation by and large shares. Indeed, the CEC's statement comes after a flurry of positive signals we have been getting from the government. A few days ago, Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed, during his visit to New York, reiterated at nearly every stage of it his government's determination to hold the polls on schedule. There have even been hints that if the voter list is ready, elections might be held earlier than scheduled. An additional sign of how election fever might be taking hold of the country comes through the CEC's view that local bodies' polls will be held from January next year. Of course, the CEC expects that for that to happen, the emergency will need to be relaxed by the end of December.

Rush for tickets

The prevailing situation at both the bus and launch terminals in the city appears to be the same as in previous years. Apparently, advance ticket buyers are hard-put to find seats in buses and launches to be bound for southern part of the country from October 9 to 3. To add to the misery of the waterway passengers, operators of launches bound for Barisal,Chandpur and Khulna routes are charging double the fare fixed for a cabin.

Of non-elected government, of restored morality

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed gives us all reason for relief, perhaps even a dash of happiness, when he suggests that a non-elected government ought not to be in office for long. We can surely comprehend the difficulties he finds himself in.

575 BRTC buses to help ease Eid rush

Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) is to run 575 single and double-decker buses on different long-distance routes as special Eid service, starting from tomorrow and ending eight days after Eid.


Khulna vow better show

One might be surprised to see a team finish a tournament without a win when they have a number of national players including Habibul Bashar and Mashrafe Bin Mortuza.

Australia go one up

Brad Haddin and Andrew Symonds hammered brisk half-centuries to set up Australia's crushing 84-run win over India in the second one-day international here on Tuesday.

Pak stumble to spin

Pakistan will have to fight hard to save the first Test against South Africa after a masterly knock of 155 by Jacques Kallis put the tourists in command at the National Stadium here on Tuesday.

Nat'l football from Nov 2

The National Football Cham-pionship will kick off on November 2 with the qualifying rounds of nine zones across the country.

Tajik booters' arrival delayed

Nine members of the Tajikistan national football team, who were earlier scheduled to land here at 10pm last night, were expected in the city at 5am today to play their 2010 World Cup pre-qualifier first leg match against Bangladesh.

'Relegation league on'

Three Premier League clubs reluctant to play the relegation play-offs served a legal notice to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Monday to complicate things about holding the much-talked about Premiership relegation league.

75 years of Bodyline

Bodyline endures as the most emotive word in Test cricket.

Hair claims race bias

Darrell Hair, the Australian umpire who was giving evidence on the second day of his legal action against the International Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body of the game, claimed he was not permitted to stand in top-level matches because "it was motivated along racial lines."

200 up for Kaneria

Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria took his 200th Test wicket on Tuesday, becoming only the sixth Pakistani bowler to achieve the feat.

Crunch time for Chelsea

Chelsea's under fire new manager Avram Grant will face his first European test Wednesday away to Valencia who are keen to avenge last season's quarter-final loss in the European Champions League.

Celtic face Milan test

Celtic will have to do it the hard way as they try to get their Champions League campaign back on track against AC Milan on Wednesday.

Spurs save Jol's neck

Robbie Keane claimed a Spurs fight back to earn a 4-4 draw with Aston Villa had felt as good as a win after a night in which manager Martin Jol came within half an hour of the sack.

L'pool lacking firepower

Liverpool have not found goals as easy to come by this season as might have been expected from a squad boasting a strike quartet collectively valued at more than 60 million pounds.

Messi rising unabated

Barcelona's Argentine striker Lionel Messi continues to stun Spanish football audiences unabated with the 20-year-old international scoring five goals in just six league matches so far this season.

Gerrard in road accident

Steven Gerrard was involved in a traffic collision yesterday which left a 10-year-old boy with a suspected broken leg, his spokesman said.

Five weeks out for Kahn

Bayern Munich captain and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn will be out for the next five weeks after having an operation on Tuesday to repair an elbow injury.

FA move to protect Ref

The English Football Association (FA) is to launch a campaign aimed at getting players to be more respectful of referees.

Real plan for Bali

Real Madrid plan to open a soccer academy on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a spokesman for the national sports council said Tuesday.

Terminator opens Special Olympics

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Yao Ming helped kick off the Special Olympics World Summer Games here on Tuesday for a record 7,300 mentally disabled athletes.

Haddin moves up

Brad Haddin was superfluous in Australia's World Cup domination this year as only 13 men were needed to retain the title. Although he didn't play a game in the Caribbean, his two-month tropical holiday showed him that opportunities to break into a champion side cannot be wasted. His unbeaten 87 in Kochi, on the back of a 69 in Bangalore on Saturday, proved he should not be pigeonholed as the squad's back-up wicketkeeper.

Sabbir treble inspires Rajshahi

Buoyed by Sabbir Rana's hattrick, Rajshahi thrashed Mymensingh 7-0 in the super league of the Araf Apparels 21st National Youth Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Matuail going great guns

Matuail Udayan Sangsad maintained their winning run in the Third Division Football super league when they romped to their third consecutive win yesterday.

'India lucky to have Dhoni'

Greg Chappell is happy with the way the Indian cricket team, with which he had a tumultuous two-year stint, is shaping up and believes the side had unearthed an able leader in Mahendra Singh Dhoni.


NGOs barred from taking long-term deposits

NGOs (non-governmental organisations) will not be allowed to take long-term deposits from their members, the Microcredit Regulatory Authority, Bangladesh's microfinance watchdog, ruled yesterday.

Pubali Bank moves to raise lending to farm sector

Pubali Bank will disburse an additional Tk 100 crore in agriculture loans through Brac and other microcredit organisations in an attempt to reach farmers whose livelihoods have been devastated by recent floods.

DSE general index sets another new high

The benchmark index, DSE General Index, of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday set another new high, powered by a surge in buying the banking, mutual funds and financial sectors.

Early measures needed to resolve seasonal recession

Immediate measures by government and development organisations are needed to resolve a seasonal recession like 'monga', speakers made this suggestion yesterday at the concluding session of a two-day workshop on coordinated programme for mitigating the menace.

Singapore property boom spreads to mass market

New government figures released yesterday (Oct 1) will bring cheer to the average Singaporean homeowner.

Bicycle makers bag $5.5m export orders from German show

Two Bangladeshi bicycle making companies have bagged $5.5 million export orders from the recently concluded IFMA Cologne Show in Cologne, Germany.

New IMF chief calls on Europe, Russia to give up clout

New IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said Monday that Europe and Russia will have to give up some of their clout at the Fund as part of a much-needed reform of the top lending institution.

3rd business confidence building confce in Bogra today

The third confidence-building conference for chamber leaders and businesspeople of 10 districts under greater Rangpur, Dinajpur and Bogra areas is taking place at Bogra today.

India trade gap widens

India's trade deficit widened to 6.88 billion dollars in August from five billion dollars a month earlier as imports surged, official data showed on Monday.

ICB Securities okays 40pc dividend

ICB Securities Trading Company Ltd, a subsidy of ICB, approved 40 percent dividend for the year 2006-2007, according to a press release.

Iran slashes oil transactions in dollars

Iran has slashed the use of the dollar in payment for its oil exports to 15 percent, an official said on Tuesday, amid growing pressure from arch-foe the United States on its financial system.

Nokia to buy digital map maker

Nokia Corp. has agreed to buy digital mapmaker Navteq Corp. for $8.1 billion in a deal that shakes up the GPS device market and underscores the intent of the world's largest mobile phone maker to use more navigation in its handsets and other products.

Oil prices drop below $80

Oil prices slipped below $80 a barrel Tuesday amid profit-taking as investors awaited the weekly U.S. energy supplies report due Wednesday.

Dollar wins back ground against euro

The dollar continued to recover on Tuesday from its record low against the euro ahead of fresh US data and European interest rate decisions later this week, dealers said.


Call to end foreign diplomats' intervention in politics

Leaders of left-leaning parties and some eminent citizens yesterday demanded relocation of the office of International Monetary Fund (IMF) from the Bangladesh Bank building.

Reforms to ensure sustainable democracy

The caretaker government has been taking essential reform measures with a view to holding a meaningful election by December 2008 in order to establish sustainable democracy, Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein said yesterday.

40 Ctg establishments fined in Sept

A mobile court in the port city in its month-long drives against water pilferage fined 40 different establishments Tk 36 lakh for pilfering Wasa water last month.

Bangladesh to work closely with UN

Bangladesh assured of working closely with the UN to uphold the “legitimacy, centrality, universality and neutrality of the United Nations.”

Applications to be accepted from 10:00pm today

The US Embassy in Dhaka yesterday cautioned the applicants

Road accidents kill 7, injure 22

At least seven people were killed and 22 others injured in separate road accidents in Gazipur, Faridpur, Khagrachhari, Comilla, Rajshahi and Barisal yesterday and on Monday.

'Teachings of Gandhi still relevant today'

The teachings of Mahatma Gandhi are still relevant to this era of globalisation when conflicts of various forms have become commonplace, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.

20 personalities receive Gandhi Peace Award

Twenty eminent personalities were awarded Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award-2007 yesterday in recognition of their contribution to establishing peace in society.

IIUC graduate develops humanoid robot

With a view to provide helping hand to man in doing different complicated and risky jobs, a private university graduate is developing a humanoid robot which will be equally efficient but less costlier than other humanoid robots.

Ashraful, Bashar, Linu extend contract as Unicef Goodwill

Ashraful, Bashar, Linu extend contract as Unicef Goodwill

4 policemen suspended for setting gold smuggler free

Four policemen were suspended yesterday on charge of setting a suspected gold smuggler free along with three gold bars that he was carrying with him in exchange for Tk 1.5 lakh in the city recently.

Hazari's sister Khodeza held in Feni

A taskforce of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) arrested former Awami League lawmaker Joynal Hazari's sister Khodeza Begum from her Mastarpara residence in the town yesterday in a corruption case.

CG urged to form constitution reform commission

Samajik Rajnoitik Andolon, a platform for socio-political movement, yesterday urged the caretaker government to form 'constitution reform commission' to bring massive amendments to the constitution in the light of people's desire.

Climate change set to influence travel habits: UN report

Climate change may trigger "very large" changes in tourism habits within 50 years, as European travellers desert fraught hotspots and stay closer to home, an international conference heard yesterday.

ACC to receive list of 80 graft suspects in two days likely

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) may officially receive the new list of 80 high-profile corrupt suspects within a day or two, but it is likely to come to the Commission in pieces.

Banglalink offers online mock test for SSC examinees

Recently banglalink has partnered with to provide the students of the country with a unique opportunity to improve their examination skills.

Prof Najma Chy made Rokeya Chair

University Grants Commission (UGC) nominated Professor Dr Najma Chowdhury, a teacher of Department of Women and Gender Studies of Dhaka University, as Rokeya Chair to commemorate the contribution of Begum Rokeya to education, empowerment and development of women in the country.

Myanmar nationals protest killing

Dozens of Myanmar nationals residing in Bangladesh staged a demonstration in front of the Myanamar Embassy in the city yesterday, protesting the “brutal killing” and arrest of monks, nuns and democracy-loving people in Myanmar.

Brac awarded Stop TB Partnership Kochon Prize

In recognition of its outstanding achievements in Tuberculosis control in Bangladesh, Brac has been awarded the 2007 Stop TB Partnership Kochon Prize, says a press release.

Iran keen to expand ties with Bangladesh

Iran is keen to expand its relations with Bangladesh particularly in investment, trade, energy and manpower export sectors.

Drug stores fined for irregularities

A mobile court realised fine Tk 47,000 from several drug stores for having no trade license, not preserving vaccines properly and keeping date expired medicines in Gazipur yesterday.

Death anniversary of Bareen Majumder today

Today is the 6th death anniversary of Bareen Majumder, a noted musician and one of the pioneers in promoting classical music and founder of the first music college in the country.

Polybag materials seized at Gazipur

Gazipur police yesterday seized a truck with raw materials for polythene bags from Rajendrapur area on Monday night.

Task force to stop vulgar films, video piracy

The government yesterday constituted a six-member task force headed by a deputy director of the intelligence wing of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to stop production and screening of vulgar films and its video piracy.

Prof Selim new chairman of JU government and politics dept

Prof Dr Shamsul Alam Selim has been appointed new chairman of Department of Government and Politics at Jahangirnagar University (JU), says a press release.

Air chief returns home

Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal SM Ziaur Rahman returned home after an eight-day official visit to the United States of America on Monday night, says an ISPR press release.


Life saving drugs scarce in Moulvibazar

An acute scarcity of some life saving drugs is prevailing in Moulvibazar markets, affecting treatment of patients.

3 cops sued in Satkhira for 'demanding bribe'

Three police officials including the officer-in-charge of Kaligonj police station Nur Islam were sued yesterday for allegedly implicating one person in false cases and torturing him as he declined to pay them Tk 50,000.

Special Tribunal sends 2 cases to Sessions Judge's court

Two cases against Awami League leader and former chief whip Abul Hasanat Abdullah were transferred to Barisal District and Session Judge's court from the Divisional Special Tribunal here.

Prepare a correct voter list

Election Commissioner Brig Gen (rtd) M Sakhawat Hussein at a view exchange meeting yesterday urged polls officials to work sincerely to prepare a correct voter list.

138 Khulna jute workers opt for retirement

One hundred and thirty eight permanent workers of two state-owned jute mills at Khalishpur here have decided to go on voluntary retirement, sources in Patkal Sangram Parishad (PSP) said.

Haluaghat OC suspended

Haluaghat police station officer-in-charge (OC) Muksedul Momen has been suspended for alleged negligence in duty.

No Durga Puja at Ratna Tea garden this year

Laborers of Ratna Tea Garden in Goalbari in Juri upazila of Moulvibazar district have decided not to observed Durga Puja this year for to alleged poverty.

Voter listing begins today in Bandarban

Work on preparation of voter identity (ID) card with photo will begin here today, official sources said.

Manikganj people vow to resist drugs

With initiation of community policing, the people of Manikganj have launched a campaign against drug use and vowed to make Manikganj a drug free district.

LPG bottling resumes at Kailashtila plant

The LPG bottling plant of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) in Sylhet resumed operation Monday afternoon after a shut down for two weeks.


Whither Bangladesh cricket?

The way BD lost to Sri Lanka on 18 Sep in the 20/20 quarterfinals is pathetic; but predicable. The ad hoc mentality of the batsmen. Our bowlers are more professional. It is a great headache for the international coaches to change the mentality of the boys. Dave Whatmore spent several years in grooming batches of our young men, but the inbuilt psychological barriers remain. The BCCB has to be reinforced with professionals; not politically motivated guest appointees enjoying a holiday. If you don't know how to improve the game, get out and make room for others. And don't interfere-- no bureaucracy and red-tapism.

Tourism in Bangladesh

My attention was drawn to an op ed article by Mr. Farooque Hasan published in The Daily Star on 9/27/07. He mentioned that Bangladesh received only 200,000 foreign tourists compared to 1 million by Cambodia. In my opinion the actual number of 'real' tourists in Bangladesh in 2006 was far less. Anybody entering Bangladesh on a tourist visa is counted as a tourist. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these so called tourists are actually native born Bangladeshis holding foreign passports and visiting their relatives. Very few of them actually visit a tourist spot or spend money like a tourist when in Bangladesh. The inflated number of tourists only makes the Ministry of Tourism look good which has no economic impact on the country. I visit Bangladesh every two years on a tourist visa and I don't consider myself a tourist in the conventional sense.

Myanmar scene

The Myanmar military junta's disregard for human life was once again demonstrated, as it used noxious force to scatter and threaten peaceful protesters that included Buddhist monks. The news is that nine people were killed; including a Japanese photographer, Kenji Naga, and 11 demonstrators and 31 soldiers were wounded, prompting world leaders and various other international organisations to condemn the rowdy actions by the military junta. US President George W. Bush led the international condemnation. He called on China, Myanmar's top trading partner, to press for the Burmese authorities to stop using force. The US also imposed economic sanctions on 14 identified Burmese government officials.


As a 51 year old concerned citizen of Bangladesh I would like to write the following:

An appeal to NBR chairman

The NBR has extended the date for filing income tax returns but has said that it would not extend the date for declaring undisclosed or undeclared money. As a banker I can say with impunity that the bulk of money deposited in banks by stakeholders in the form of certificates and fixed deposits have not been declared as it is time consuming and cumbersome. If they had done so there would have been a run on the banks.

Iran's mission

I am writing to you in regard to the recent visit by Dr. Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, to the United States. He was subsequently invited by Columbia University to deliver a speech to interested students. I am sure you are aware of the media frenzy this event generated in America. I have listened to his entire speech at Columbia University (http:// and as many conscientious people would agree, I believe he did a great job. I have also read the entire transcript of his interview earlier this week with the CBS network in America. He raises fundamental questions and refutes some of the mind-boggling myths that the West had been perpetuating against the Islamic Republic of Iran and on a personal level against the president himself.

Hindu deities

I wonder if it is proper to describe Hindu deities as 'idols' as mentioned by K. Karmaker to describe the deity of Goddess Durga, September 27, 2007. (Craftsmen may be idol or "putul-makers," but deities are not idols.) If you do not like the word deity, you may use “murti” as English-speaking Hindus in the Caribbean and South America have been using for over one century, or perhaps image, sculpture or even “pratima” as used in Kali and Durga worshipping West Bengal, rest of India and Nepal. Unfortunately, there is no equivalent word in English.

TI's corruption index

The following is the leading headline of DS Internet Edition of September 27, 2007:

Muggers in Dhaka

I am shocked at the recent mugging spree in Dhaka and cannot understand why it is so difficult to stop it! Among many recent unfortunate victims, Dewan Rahat Karim, an Assistant Professor of

Wasa & water

Kamol's write-up on WASA water (Sept:26) along with the two vivid pictures depicting the horrifying quality of Wasa water is really beyond words. What is Wasa supplying; and getting paid for it too! Has the CTG, while catching all other wrongdoers, allowed Wasa to indiscriminately pollute the water as well as spread diseases to all its customers and get away with it? It is a sad story again of poor governance; more so where it is

Musharraf's position

President Gen. Musharraf, who is now cleared by the Supreme Court to contest the elections, is going to be re-elected as president of Pakistan. It is funny that both Sharif and Benazir have blamed Musharraf for being soft on the West. It should be the other way round. Musharraf has shown his stiff opposition whenever the circumstances warranted. One fine instance could be cited here.

Castro and Guevara

Ernesto Guevara de la Serna commonly known as Che Guevara was born on June 14, 1928 in Argentina and he was known as the Marxist revolutionary and a great political figure. He was also known as the leader of Cuban and internationalist guerillas. Che Guevara had traveled a lot throughout South America and during that he had seen the miserable condition of the people and he came to the conclusion that these inequalities could only be removed by revolution. After his death Che Guevara became an icon of socialist revolutionary movements.

Without patriots ?

It is demoralising to see that the same people of the same political parties are organising themselves in the name of so-called reforms and are trying to reappear in the political scene of Bangladesh.


Pakistan govt to grant amnesty to Benazir

Pakistan's government will grant an amnesty to Benazir Bhutto on corruption charges, meeting one of the former premier's main demands for a power-sharing deal, a cabinet minister said Tuesday.

US backs Karzai's offer to talk to Taliban

The United States backs Kabul's offer to hold peace talks with the Taliban but believes negotiations with the radical "hard core" in Afghanistan would be hopeless, a senior US official said Tuesday.

Nepal's PM furious with king over 'goddess' visit

Nepal's premier is furious with King Gyanendra for making an unauthorised trip outside the palace to receive a highly symbolic blessing from a child "goddess," a minister said yesterday.

Bomber kills 13 in Kabul

A mother and her two children boarded a police bus only seconds before a suicide bomber detonated his payload inside, an attack that killed 13 police and civilians Tuesday, the second such bombing in Afghanistan's capital in four days, police and witnesses said.

Brown announces 1,000 troops cut from Iraq by Christmas

Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced yesterday during a visit to Iraq that 1,000 British troops could be home by Christmas as he aims to hand control of Basra province back to the Iraqis within two months.

Bush wants diplomatic end to 'Iran problem'

US President George W Bush wants a peaceful end to "the Iranian problem," the White House said Monday after a fresh report that the United States is looking at possible military options.

US 'concerned' over violence in Myanmar

The White House expressed serious concerns about "continued reports of violence and intimidation" in Myanmar and kept up pressure for its military rulers to give way to democratic rule. At the same time, spokeswoman Dana Perino highlighted the importance of a diplomatic mission there by UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, sent to Myanmar to express outrage over the deadly crackdown on anti-government protests.

Sonia plays down Left's concerns

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has sought to play down Left's concerns on the Indo-US nuclear deal saying they were not a cause for "alarm".

15 injured in Lebanon forest fires

Fifteen people were injured in fires that raged across forests and damaged houses to the north and east of the Lebanese capital yesterday, a local official said.

Polish priest caught driving 11 times over drink limit

A Polish Roman Catholic priest is facing a holy row after he was caught at the wheel following a drinking spree that left him 11 times over the limit, police said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi: A harbinger of divine love

Some months ago, the Rumi Society held a seminar in which I presented a paper on Jalaluddin Rumi's Sufi philosophy at the RC Majumdar Hall, Dhaka University.

Call to highlight the ethnic heritage in Channel i programmes

Speakers in a discussion held on October 1 said, Electronic media Channel i is making outstanding contribution both nationally and internationally. Several encouraging programmes on the channel are appreciated by millions. Hridoy Mati o Manush, directed and hosted by Shykh Siraj, has done wonders in educating and informing not just the farmers of the country but also people interested in agriculture and related issues.

Naima Haque: From painting to graphics

Naima Haque, who is an illustrator, freelance artist and teacher (at the Institute of Fine Arts, DU), did her Masters in Graphics Design from Baroda. Her teachers in India included Jairam Patel and Sant, while her teachers in Bangladesh were Aminul Islam, Abdul Basset, and Rafiqun Nabi.

Hugo Chavez releases CD of traditional Venezuelan music

President Hugo Chavez has released a CD of traditional Venezuelan folk music that features him singing, and which will be distributed free inside the country, presidential sources said.

Anubis, god of dead, floats down Thames

A giant statue of the ancient Egyptian god of the dead floated down the Thames on Monday, turning heads as it crossed under London's Tower Bridge.


Dr. Anwar Hossain: Chairman Shaheb

Chairman Shaheb -- that's how he was known in the office (Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission) that he had left some 20 years ago. All of his seven successors, including me, used to address him by our favorite name for him, Chairman Shaheb. The moment his car entered the gate of 4, Mymensingh Road, everybody became alert as if the real and the only chairman was back to his office and anybody he encountered expected to be asked the question: "How is the work going?"

Global access through the global language

There was a pile of documents to read as I prepared to take up my new position in Bangladesh. Two in particular caught my eye: "Unlocking the potential, Bangladesh's poverty reduction strategy," and a long-term education plan called "Learning for change."

Star City

Alien clothes take over Benarosi Palli

Benarosi Palli at Mirpur, once the most popular destination for women looking for the elegant Benarosi and Katan saris, is now flooded with foreign clothes, mostly Indian.

Locals fear a mess of traffic

The proposed bridge over the Gulshan-Banani Lake linking road-11 of Banani with road-41 of Gulshan is likely to mess up the residential area by worsening traffic situation, apprehend the residents.

Vagabonds, addicts occupy Ramna Park's children's corner

The children's corner at the city's Ramna Park has long been in a run-down state with the authorities concerned utterly neglectful of its maintenance.

Tales of families shattered, devastated

Families are being devastated in the capital as criminals are again raising their heads committing the incidents of muggings, assaults and even murders.

Star Chittagong

Check GSP forgery to maintain Euro markets

Forgery of documents by a section of foreign investors is causing a loss to the local fabric industry and could put at risk Generalised System of Preference (GSP) facilities the country enjoys in European markets.

People at wit's end over power outage

Frequent power outage with an average daily loadshedding of around 150MW has been wrecking havoc on city life in Chittagong since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

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