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Grafts get Lobi 13 years behind bars

A special court dealing with graft cases yesterday sentenced former BNP lawmaker Ali Asghar Lobi to 10 years' rigorous and three years' simple imprisonment and fined Tk 10 lakh, in default of which he has to suffer six more months' rigorous imprisonment, in a graft case.

Mamun, brother Hafiz amass Tk 171cr in 5yrs

An Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) investigation found detained businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun, and his detained elder brother also a former lawmaker from Bhola, Hafiz Ibrahim, guilty of illegally amassing an enormous amount of wealth in the last five years.

7 Bangladeshi workers burned to death

Seven Bangladeshi workers were burnt to death as a fire broke out at a furniture factory at Garenia on the outskirts of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

GP fined Tk 168cr for illegal VoIP operation

The country's telecom watchdog has fined Grameenphone Tk168.40 crore for illegal VoIP (voice over internet protocol) business.

Khatib Obaidul Haq passes away

Khatib of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Maulana Obaidul Haq passed away on Saturday night at the city's Labaid Hospital. He was 79.

Monju, wife sued for hiding wealth

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sued Jatiya Party (Manju) Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju and his wife Tasmima Hossain for amassing huge wealth illegally and concealing information in the wealth statement.

ACC goes to court for interrogation, 2 bank account details

The Anti-corruption Commission took an initiative to quiz detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia about graft charges brought against her in connection with awarding Global Agro Trade (Pvt) Co Ltd (Gatco) the contract for container management at the Dhaka Inland Container Depot (ICD) and the Chittagong Port ICD yards.

Garment factory ransacked over death rumour

Angry workers ransacked a garment factory near CEPZ yesterday following the rumour of death of a fellow worker allegedly assaulted by factory officials on Friday.

Maldives free Bangladeshi men from bomb probe

Authorities in the Maldives have released four Bangladeshis and a local man arrested following a bomb attack that wounded 12 foreign tourists in the island capital Male, police said Sunday.

AL to take part in polls after Hasina's release

The Awami League (AL) will take part in the election after its chief, Sheikh Hasina, is released from jail, Syed Ashraful Islam, acting general secretary of the AL, said yesterday.

Mainul dismisses reconciliation with political parties

The caretaker government plans to offer “some kind of amnesty” for businessmen through the proposed Truth Commission for resuscitating the economy but dismissed reconciliation with the political parties in the current standoff.

Babar questioned about his arms, ammo

A Dhaka court yesterday questioned detained former BNP state minister for home affairs Lutfozzaman Babar about his possession of firearms and ammunition, which the joint forces seized at his Gulshan home in May.

3 Bangladeshi criminals sent back from India

The Indian police yesterday handed over three listed criminals of Bangladesh, including a close accomplice of notorious Kala Jahangir, to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

EC to conduct survey on prospective voters abroad

The Election Commission (EC), as part of its preparations to enrol the expatriates in the voter list, is going to conduct surveys in foreign countries where Bangladeshi citizens are residing.

82 Bangladeshis deported from Dubai Airport

Eighty-two Bangladesh nationals and four Nepalese were deported yesterday from Dubai Airport for not having valid documents to enter the UAE.

Tariqul, family charged with misuse of relief materials

Tariqul Islam, detained former minister of BNP, his wife, son and brother-in-law have been indicted yesterday for misappropriating government relief supplies.

Myanmar junta puts pressure on monks

Myanmar's military leaders stepped up pressure on monks who spearheaded pro-democracy rallies, saying Sunday that weapons had been seized from Buddhist monasteries and threatening to punish all violators of the law.

30 killed in Pakistani tribal area clashes

At least 30 people including four civilians were killed yesterday in clashes between militants and soldiers in Pakistan's restive tribal areas, the military and residents said.


TIB report on NGOs

The study "Problems in good governance in the NGO sector: The way forward" published by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has caused quite a stir in various quarters, with a conspicuous knee-jerk reaction from the NGO sector itself. The study termed the NGOs a mid-level corrupt sector that lacked transparency and accountability having irregularities in their dealings. Among the more scathing accusations are: many of them bribe officials to get registered with the government; some exist only on paper; they are accountable to donors only and not to the beneficiaries; only a few NGOs receive 90 percent of the resources from donors and so on. The NGO leaders found those accusations leveled against the entire sector on the basis of the activities of only 20 organisations as "sweeping comments" and voiced their protest through Association of Development Agencies of Bangladesh (ADAB) and Federation of NGOs (FNB).

A new, controversial term for Musharraf

Pakistan's military ruler General Pervez Musharraf was on Saturday voted to yet another term of office with the opposition parties, which make up 30 percent of the electoral college, resigning or abstaining from participating in the elections. The elections witnessed violent anti-Musharraf protests at least in two of the country's major cities, Karachi and Peshawar, dashing Musharraf's hopes for a smooth and peaceful election. And now the military ruler also has to await a decision by the Supreme Court of the country on the results. Pending a decision on the appeals against the eligibility of the election, which may not be forthcoming before 17 October, Musharraf cannot be sure of his victory.

What awaits the AL

THE BNP, the immediate past party in power, is already divided into rival groups for reasons convincingly advanced by a score of political analysts. This scribe also gave his considered views last week in this space. Since the Jatiya Party (JP) came about in the same way as the BNP (from the hands of another dictator) it is also inevitably in shreds for similar reasons.

Musharraf's deal with Bhutto: A case of political opportunism

IN politics, everything is possible, if it is not based on principles. Politics, of course, is all about power. Power is a possession, and like any possession, one is determined to retain it. Power is the great treasure that you often cheated another to have, especially through a military coup. Power makes everything else possible.

Soft hands

POLITICS prefers soft hands. Why have Indian politicians suddenly started playing with knuckledusters? Democracy functions best when handled gently. Even an unrepentant villain knows that it makes sense to smile and smile even when he wants to be his natural self. That is the law of democratic behaviour. It is a gentle game, even if not a gentleman's game.


Draw would suffice

Memories of their worst home defeat ever will haunt the Bangladesh footballers when they host Tajikistan in the first leg of the 2010 World Cup pre-qualifier at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Spirited Rajshahi

Khaled Mashud promised that his side will continue its spirited effort in the National Cricket League this year, no matter what happened in a practice match before the tournament starts from October 19.

Malik hopes to win

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik is confident the return of Inzamamul Haq and Mohammad Yousuf will spur Pakistan to victory over South Africa in the second Test that starts here on Monday.

Uthappa denies discord

Batsman Robin Uthappa denied reports Sunday of a rift between veteran and junior members of India's cricket team after the chief selector made a pitch for the inclusion of more youngsters.

Bangla Games in Feb 2008

The second Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games will be held in the country in February next year.

Swann plucks 4

England shrugged off the blow of losing the toss in the third one-day international at Dambulla to restrict Sri Lanka 164. Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad again did the early damage before Graeme Swann took out the middle order with another fine display of attacking off spin. Tillakaratne Dilshan gave Sri Lanka a fighting total with well-crafted 70, but the pressure is now on the home side's bowlers.

Skipper greets batting greats

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has welcomed the inclusion of senior batsmen Inzamamul Haq and Mohammad Yousuf in the team for the second cricket Test against South Africa starting Sunday in Lahore.

Akhtar unruly, says Smith

South African skipper Graeme said Pakistan's controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was a match winner but also had been a disruptive influence on the team.

Ponting digs at India

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting on Sunday took a swipe at the Indian cricket team, saying their trash talk and other field antics would not help them win matches.

Full points for Friends

Friends Social Welfare Organisation blanked Gulistan Club 2-0 in the Third Division Football Super League at the Bir Shreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Van Persie guns down Black Cats

Robin van Persie returned Arsenal to the top of the Premier League on Sunday, the Dutch striker's second goal of the afternoon finally seeing off Sunderland in a five-goal thriller at the Emirates Stadium. Roy Keane's brave side had fought back from two goals down and gave the Gunners more of a fright than any other side had managed to so far this season.

Espanyol upset Valencia

Valencia's European hangover spread to the league with Luis Garcia scoring an 80th minute winner as Espanyol won 2-1 at the Mestalla on Saturday.

Cruz brace fires Inter

Inter Milan's Julio Cruz scored both goals in a 2-1 victory over Napoli at the San Siro on Saturday night to consolidate their lead at the top of the Italian championship.

Heartbreak for Ashton again

England coach Steve McClaren will have to plan without Dean Ashton as he prepares for crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers against Estonia and Russia.

Hamilton crashes out

Kimi Raikkonen beat Fernando Alonso to win a chaotic wet-dry Chinese Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton crashed out in the pit-lane while lying second and failed to claim the world championship.

Seven shooter Alves

Brazilian international striker Afonso Alves went on a goal spree Sunday, scoring seven of SC Heerenveen's nine goals during their 9-0 win over Dutch league rivals Herakles Almelo.

Lehmann slams arrogant Kahn

Germany's first-choice goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has slammed his predecessor in the national number one shirt Oliver Kahn and emphasised his dislike for the Bayern Munich captain.

Zola turns down Chelsea role

Gianfranco Zola has rejected an approach to join Chelsea's troubled coaching staff. Regarded by Chelsea supporters as one of the club's finest ever footballers, the former Italy international was sounded out about working alongside the manager Avram Grant but, after checking with friends at Stamford Bridge, elected not to involve himself with the Israeli's unpopular regime.

Inzy eyes grand finale

An emotional Inzamamul Haq plans to end his Test career on a high this week, helping Pakistan to victory over South Africa in the second Test starting Monday.

Atapattu slams selectors

Former Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu on Sunday hit out at the national selectors, saying he had no faith in them although he planned to play for at least two more years.

Don't stop scoring!

Orissa girls scored 50 goals in two matches of the 37th Junior Women's National Hockey Championship at Gwalior which has made the hockey association functionaries of the state a worried lot.

Stuttgart in crisis

Armin Veh admitted on Saturday his VfB Stuttgart side are in a state of crisis after slumping to their third defeat this week as the defending Bundesliga champions lost 2-0 at home to Hanover.

Villa move to fifth

Craig Gardner sent Aston Villa into fifth in the Premier League as his first half goal clinched a 1-0 victory on Saturday.

Marseille, PSG stunned

Marseille came thudding back down to earth with a bump on Saturday as Saint Etienne quickly made them forget their midweek Champions League heroics in a 1-0 defeat.

Injuries don'tworry Fergie

Sir Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United have the strength in depth to cope after the Old Trafford injury list hit double figures.

Neville to step up return

Manchester United defender Gary Neville will step up his return to fitness by playing in a reserve match this week.

Schuster feeling great at Real

Real Madrid's German coach Bernd Schuster said Saturday that he is feeling great at the Spanish champions as his side sits proudly at the top of the league table.


Yet another local airline to fly next month

Another new airline is to start operation in Bangladesh, the third within five months, with "Royal Bengal" to begin flights between Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet in November.

Mobile phone remittance launched for Bangladeshis in Malaysia

A service which allows Bangladeshis in Malaysia to transfer money home via their mobile phones has been launched by Citibank and DIGI Tele-communications Sdn Bhd.

'Made in India' rising to challenge China

"Made in India" could be the next big economic story with the country challenging China's position as the leading global manufacturing hub within five years, says a new report.

Bangladesh holds scope to become attractive tourist destination

Any country may emerge as an attractive tourist's destination through developing its infrastructure and creating newer attractions for visitors and Bangladesh has ample scope for being such a destination, observed a top regional tourism official, who was on a short visit to Dhaka recently.

Delhi announces fresh relief package for exporters

Indian government has announced yet another package of relief to domestic exporters hit by unabated rise in the value of Rupee against the US Dollar, expanding the scope of service tax refund and the number of sectors eligible for lower interest rates on pre-shipment and post-shipment credit.

'Retail has good prospects in India'

With controversy spreading over organised retail business in India, BBC World picked up the issue for an open floor debate with an attempt to get into the crux of the problem.

Oil boom triggers vast expansion in Gulf airports

Oil-rich Gulf countries have embarked on grandiose projects to build and expand their airports, capitalising on huge oil-generated surpluses and an ideal geographic location.

LCs rise 29pc in two months on huge food import

Letters of credit (LCs) during the first two months of the current fiscal year increased 29 percent to US$ 3,590 million mainly due to huge influx of food items.

EU to discuss economic slowdown in US

European Union finance ministers open two days of talks Monday to discuss the United States' slowing economy, feeble dollar and massive current account deficit as major problems for the EU and the rest of the world.

DSE General Index crosses 2700 pts

The benchmark index, DSE General Index, of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) hit another all time high yesterday led by continued interest in the banking, power and mutual fund sectors.

Thai businesses keen to invest in North East India

The prospects of Thai investment in the north-eastern states have been brightened with trade leaders in Bangkok showing readiness to extend financial support to the forest and rubber-based industries in the region.

WB country director visits CEPZ

World Bank Country Director Xian Zhu visited Chittagong EPZ and Korean EPZ yesterday.

Costa Rica votes on FTA with US

Voting opened in Costa Rica Sunday on a free trade treaty with the United States, officials said, as polls showing central America's richest state may turn down closer ties with the economic superpower.

Banglalink revises call charges

Banglalink has revised call charges for both of its prepaid packages --'banglalink desh' and 'banglalink desh rang', says a press release.

Iran says oilfields 'too attractive' for France to quit

Iran on Saturday rejected the possibility of a French investors' pullout of its oil and gas sector amid calls by Paris for tougher sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear programme, the ISNA news agency reported.

China's oil imports up 18pc

China's net imports of crude oil rose 18.1 percent in the first eight months of the year as the booming country's voracious energy demands continued to grow, state media reported on Sunday.


Call for reforms in public varsity acts

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday sought reforms in public university acts, appointment of teachers and student politics.

‘Political response needed to fight global poverty’

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world on October 17 with a call 'stand up and speak out against poverty.'

Discussion on 'Bangladesh and Singapore' on Nov 2

A panel discussion on 'Bangladesh and Singapore: Developing a development mindset' will be held in Singapore on November 2.

'Social agreement' between parties, people needed: JP

The Jatiya Party (Ershad) yesterday stressed the need for a 'social agreement' between the political parties and the people, which will help build a country free from corruption and poverty.

First confce of expats in city in December

Expatriate Bangladeshis are going to hold the first ever conference in December in Dhaka with a view to creating a platform in order to share their expertise with policymakers and contribute to the country's development.

2 JMB men get 10yrs

A Sylhet court yesterday sentenced two activists of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment in two cases filed in connection with the blasts carried out in Sunamganj on August 17, 2005.

Pro-Bhuiyan leaders hits out at Delwar

Rejecting BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain's remarks on his expelled predecessor's call for unity in the party, BNP chairperson's adviser ZA Khan yesterday said anyone in the party can call for unity and everyone should welcome it in the interest of the party.

Twelve rocket launchers recovered in Moulvibazar

Twelve rocket launchers were recovered from Shamsernagar under Kamalganj upazila of the district yesterday.

Judgement in graft case against Nasim couple today

The judgement in a graft case against detained former telecommunications minister Mohammad Nasim and his wife, now absconding, will be delivered by a special court in the city today.

Four one-stop windows to issue passports

The government has decided to open four one-stop windows in the capital under a pilot project to simplify issuing of passports to the citizens.

New train service on Khulna-Dhaka route

The General Manager (West) of Bangladesh Railway Mushfiqur Rahman inaugurated a new train service on Khulna-Dhaka route yesterday.

Frozen account holders can draw money for Eid, Durga Puja

The government will consider giving permission to the holders of frozen bank accounts to draw money from their accounts to meet their expenses in the upcoming Eid and Durga Puja festivals.

Khatib’s death condoled

Law and Information Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein, leaders of different political parties and socio-cultural organisations, in separate messages yesterday condoled the death of Maulana Obaidul Haq, Khatib of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.

CU Officers' Assoc president terminated

Chittagong University (CU) syndicate have terminated the president of the University Officers' Association and issued show cause notices on the deputy and assistant directors of the transport department on different charges.

Release of RU teachers before Eid demanded

Two hundred and forty Rajshahi University (RU) teachers yesterday appealed to the government to release their eight colleagues, who are now behind bars on charges of violating the emergency power rules, before the Eid-ul-Fitr and Durga Puja.

Suranjit likely to return home Oct 10

Awami League presidium member Suranjit Sengupta is likely to return home on Wednesday from USA via London after three months' tour abroad, party sources said.

‘Pay arrear salary, bonus to journos’

Leaders of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) have urged the owners of newspapers, news agencies and electronic media to pay the arrear salary and bonus to their employees before the Eid-ul-Fitr.

Sreepur OC closed for filing false case

Officer in charge (OC) of Sreepur Police Station in the district was closed to district police line yesterday for falsely implicating an innocent person in a robbery case.

Mild tremor jolts city

Dhaka Seismic Centre recorded a minor earthquake, measuring 2.9 on the Richter Scale, yesterday.

Low over Bay

The well marked low over west central Bay and adjoining northwest Bay persists over the same area.

Pabna road crash kills 1

At least one person was killed and 24 others were injured in separate road accidents in Pabna and Chapainawabganj yesterday.

Comrade Farhad’s death anniversary today

Today is the 20th death anniversary of Comrade Muhammad Farhad, former General Secretary of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), says a press release.


Justice M Gholam Rabbani has sent a clarification to The Daily Star regarding a report headlined '20 personalities receive Gandhi Peace Award' published in the newspaper on October 3.


Farmers in hills benefit at cost of ecology

Vegetable growers in the district are happy with high prices of their produce. They benefit, but at the cost of ecology.

Family demands punishment of offenders

Family members of Mahesh Sarkar, the ill-fated Bangladeshi job seeker who died of cardiac arrest in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, have demanded immediate punishment of the people who are responsible for his tragic death.

Squally wind stops cargo handling at Mongla port

Southern coastal districts including Barisal, Patuakhali, Khulna and Bagerhat experienced downpour and squally winds yesterday under the influence of a depression in the Bay.

C&F agent sued at Bhomra land port

The customs department at Bhomra land port in Satkhira on Saturday filed a case with Sadar police station against owner of a clearing and forwarding (C&F) agent for importing onion from India by using forged documents including letter of credit (LC).

Retired jute workers begin sit-in

Over 1,000 retired workers of Star Jute Mills, Crescent Jute Mills and Platinum Jubilee Jute Mills of Khulna industrial belt and Carpeting Jute Mills of Jessore industrial belt began their sit-in demonstration on Saturday.

Farmers seize AED office for fertiliser

Around 300 farmers demonstrated in front of local Agriculture Extension Department (AED) at Khamarbari in the town and confined the office staff from 12:00pm to 3:00pm yesterday demanding immediate supply of fertiliser.

Woman cop suspended for torturing maid

A woman constable of Brahmanbaria Sadar police station has been suspended and closed on charge of torturing a domestic help.

Voter listing begins in C'nawabganj

Work on voter list preparation and national ID card registration with photograph has begun in Chapainawabganj municipality area here yesterday.


Historical relics

Once upon a time this land was ruled by lords, kings and zaminders. During their times, they all tried to create something in their territory, so that even after a thousand years people could see their wonderful creations. The remnants of those days are still there in many places but most of them are not maintained properly. Lots of palaces, temples, mosques and other religious monuments have sunk into the black hole of time.

Fight for democracy

Mark Twain once said, “History never repeats itself, it rhymes.” Countless times in the history of mankind people have resorted to violence for liberty and freedom, with the ineluctable outcome of bloodshed and conflict. Myanmar stands as a witness epitomizing man's imbecility and the failure to learn from past mistakes. Yet another outbreak of protest, with an imminent upheaval awaiting the military regime. The repercussions are inevitable: bloodshed, loss of lives and then the coup de grace, the downfall of the dictator.

Voter ID

We are talking about using technology not available in the country, imported from abroad. We think the authorities are aware that the equipments that would be used would require routine maintenance.

Power conservation

A local English daily devoted a four page section on Power Generation issues (Sept:29). Unfortunately, the major drawback was that none of the lead articles contained anything about power conservation--the key top priority issue for Bangladesh reeling under power shortage! If power conservation issue is positively followed up by our government; then we can easily save over 100MW every year for at least the next ten years or so.

Issues before UN

Year after year, the UN General Assembly allocates to its Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee, commonly referred to as the “Third Committee”, agenda items relating to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect peoples all over the world. An important part of the Committee's work focuses on the examination of human rights questions, including reports of the special procedures of the newly established Human Rights Council. UN General Assembly which is in session now must address the nefarious (state-sponsored) remote terrorism, including dreams terrorism and remote electric-shocking, unleashed on their citizens and direct the member nations to stop this kind of anti-people, anti-democratic, inhuman activities forthwith. Silence on the part of this most important world body signals ill-intentions of the UN itself against human beings, irrespective of the country they live in. Those nations that specialise in remote terrorism must be adequately penalised economically, technologically and in all other possible ways.

Local ceramics

In the recent years some cottage ceramics industries have come up producing handcrafted, hand-painted stoneware and porcelain decorative products in Bangladesh. The range of products includes mugs, vases showpieces etc. of high quality. People should buy more local products which will encourage the local industries to develop and contribute to the nation's economy.

Trade imbalance

Refer to your editorial 'Duty free access for our RMG" that appeared on September 18, 2007, the recently concluded MoU on duty-free access for garments exports from Bangladesh to the Indian market, without any conditionality, is indeed a welcome development. There is clearly a room for many such initiatives to facilitate exports from Bangladesh to the growing Indian market.

Women footballers!

Football championship, and if it is world championship, is always a festivity. There is always the ferocity of instinct submerged in the players to outsmart the opposing teams; immensity of expectations in the minds of the spectators in the fields and beyond: the whole earth, as it appears, gets enveloped into some flares of festivity. That very sense of festivity in the minds that actually triumphs over the literal wins or losses comes wrapped in, in essence, in the frames of jubilation. And in the same breath, even on a broader spectrum of beauty, world women football championship 2007 was held and hailed!


A few districts of Northern part of Bangladesh face acute problem of employment, thus shrinking their earning for livelihood during certain period of the year i.e. Sept.-Oct. which is termed as Monga in local language. During this period there is no requirement for labour for agricultural purpose and having no other opportunity for part-time job, a large number of people are rendered unemployed. These are mostly landless farmers having no academic qualification. The total number should not exceed more than a million even by a wild guess. This number may vary with other factors like drought, flood and natural calamity.


Every year as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close, the sad news hits the front page of the national dailies: deaths of zakat seekers in stampede. The rich or well-to-do Muslims provide charity to the poor. But in our country, overcrowded and poor as it is, this tradition is often accompanied by some hazards.

Corruption suspects

People's perception about the 80 corruption suspects' list published on the 28th September is somewhat, I feel, short of expectation, not for its lack of authenticity or validity but for some high profiles' conspicuous exclusion.

Open-pit mining

Engr. AKM Shamsuddin has written a very good article on hydro-geological state of art pertaining to open-pit mining in the northwestern region of Bangladesh. It is so well written with scientific justification. I must admit that Mr. Shamsuddin, being a mining engineer, possesses quite a good knowledge of hydrogeology. I am absolutely with him to opine that the government in the interest of the country must ask Asia Energy to revise its proposal.

Fate of our leaders

1. Mr. Tajuddin Ahmed. First Prime Minister of Bangladesh Government in Exile (Mujib Nagar) and Independent Bangladesh till Bangabandhu came to Dhaka. Killed in jail along with Capt. Mansur Ali, Mr. Nazrul Islam and Mr. Kamruzzaman.

CA’s address

The Chief Adviser's UN General Assembly address has assured again the people of Bangladesh on the issue of holding a credible election by the end of 2008, which is really admirable. In his 15-minute speech, the CA depicted a pen picture of the bad state of democracy, political violence and rampant corruption in the past. According to the CA, “ Democracy is not an event, it is an on going process. It is not just about casting votes and changing government; it is about social justice, accountability and empowerment of people.” For a quarter of an hour, the CA focused on all possible national and international issues like election, corruption, judicial independence, duty-free access of LDC products, free labour movements, relentless campaign against international extremism and terrorism, meeting the challenge of global warming and its consequences, seeking the international community's support for Bangladesh to recover the money laundered abroad etc.

Idols, images

Mr. Sabyasachi Ghosh laments that there is no suitable equivalent of Bengali “pratima” in English. (Hindu Deities, Letters, October 4, 2007) Allow me to suggest that there is. The word is “image.” In fact, it is an almost literal translation of the Bengali “pratima”.


Musharraf girded for Supreme Court battle

Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf girded yesterday for a Supreme Court battle over whether he can claim victory in a presidential vote, a confrontation which could further destabilise the country.

12 die in Tamil rebel arms ship sinking

Sri Lanka's navy sank a ship carrying arms and war equipment for separatist Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday, killing at least 12 people on board. Meanwhile, eight rebels and a government soldier were reported killed in other recent clashes.

UN censure looms for Myanmar

The United Nations Security Council today will begin considering a non-binding statement condemning the "violent repression" of pro-democracy protests in Myanmar, after Singapore cautioned against rushing to "punish unacceptable behaviour".

16 'foreign' rebels killed in fierce Afghan battle

International military planes called in by Afghan security forces killed 16 rebels, apparently all foreigners, suspected of preparing an attack in the country's east, police said yesterday.

US-sponsored talks have limits, says Israel

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told his Cabinet on Sunday that an upcoming US-sponsored Middle East peace conference would not replace direct negotiations with the Palestinians.

Pakistan fails to help residents in tribal belt: Rights group

The Pakistan government has ignored pleas for help from civilians living in the tribal area along the Afghan border, who are being targeted by Islamic militants, a rights group claimed yesterday.

Key Shia leaders look to dominate with Iraq pact

A pact forged by Iraq's two most powerful Shia leaders demonstrates their determination to avoid conflict and take advantage of their dominant positions, observers said yesterday.

8 die in fighting along Kashmir border

Two Indian soldiers and six militants were killed in a clash along the border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan as India's new army chief wrapped up a visit, the army said yesterday.

N Korea's nuke disarmament to begin in mid Oct

North Korea will likely begin disabling its nuclear facilities in mid-October under a disarmament-for-aid deal that should see the process completed by year's end, a news report said Sunday.

British PM on the back foot after ruling out early election

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown defended his decision not to call a general election this year in an interview broadcast yesterday, as reaction indicated his honeymoon had ended with voters.

28 killed in bus, train crash in Cuba

A bus collided with a train in eastern Cuba, killing at least 28 people and injuring another 73, including 15 reported to be in critical condition, state television said late Saturday.

Violence in Delhi as Blueline bus kills 7

A speeding Blueline bus mowed down seven people in New Delhi on Sunday in the worst such disaster blamed on the "killer" fleet, sparking mob fury that halted all traffic on the highway to Agra and forced the police to fire tear gas. The dead included five women, a child and a man.

Krosa storms into China's southeast

A powerful storm drenched China's southeast coast Sunday after killing five people on Taiwan and prompting the mainland to evacuate more than 1 million people, the government announced.

Baghdad bombings kill 9 Iraqis

Bombings across Baghdad killed at least nine Iraqi civilians and wounded 12 in three separate attacks early Sunday, including one near Iran's embassy, police officials said.

Arts & Entertainment

Shared interest in both TV and theatre

In 2001, he acted in his first TV play, Akai, directed by Rulin Rahman. The play was yet to be aired. That year he worked in six other single-episode plays. His first major work was in Ranger Manush (2003), a hugely popular mega serial directed and scripted by Salahuddin Lavlu and Masum Reza respectively. After Ranger Manush, actor Anisur Rahman Milon became a familiar face to TV viewers in the country. At present Milon is one of the busiest TV actors.

“Aha!”: A story of decadence

Architect turned filmmaker Enamul Karim Nirjhar's debut feature film Aha! does not just zoom in on the architectural heritage of Dhaka but also addresses a burning issue -- replacement of age-old edifices to make way for multi-storeyed apartments. Nirjhar, who has also written the story, screenplay and lyrics, has highlighted the psyche, inter-relationship and generation gap among the denizens of Dhaka -- a city that has been developed in an unplanned way. Most of the characters in the film are anything but righteous. They are arrogant, greedy and at times deviant.

“Ek Tukro Neel” on Channel-i

Written and directed by Rumana Rashid Ishita, single episode TV play Ek Tukro Neel, will be aired on Channel i on the fifth day of Eid at 9:35 pm. Momo, Apurbo, Nayeem and K.S Firoz play the central roles.

Pranab Bhatta's last play “Hatem Tai Limited”

On the second night of Eid at 11:30 pm, TV play Hatem Tai Limited, the last play written by recently deceased author Pranab Bhatta, will be aired on ATN Bangla.

Warren Beatty to receive lifetime achievement award

Veteran actor Warren Beatty is getting a lifetime achievement award. The American Film Institute will bestow the honour on June 12, next year at their annual gala dinner in Los Angeles.


Policy faux pas

The macroeconomic environment of the country has visibly deteriorated in the recent past. Most of the macroeconomic indicators exhibit the symptoms of a slowing economy. Domestic credit has plummeted and interest rate has risen markedly.

The water problem

Water means life for the human body, and is the lifeline for any civilisation to take root and flourish. All known civilisations grew around a water source to support life, and to give life to its economy. With change in time, the economic role of water has changed, taking a different but vital facet. But its role in sustaining life, for which there is no substitute, has remained, and turned out to be indispensable because of higher demand from the growing population across the globe.

Star City

Prices of 'dream fish' start easing

Although not that cheap, the Hilsa prices have come down within the reach of many. The low-income group can also now taste their 'dream fish' for once this season.

Mind your head! A brick may fall from the blue

A large number of builders in the city ignore safety measures at the construction sites which sometimes cause serious accidents and death of workers or pedestrians passing by.

Cops struggle to tackle rising heads of hydra

Special measures taken by law enforcers to curb muggings and other crimes in the capital ahead of this Eid are working little against the criminals as fresh incidents are reported almost everyday.

"city express"

The latest crop of quotes from the city's press -- words worth repeating, we feel, for their humour, insight or sheer outrageousness. Star City does not necessarily support the opinions expressed in this column.

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