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News of: Thursday, 18th of October, 2007

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Belated move to revitalise Bapex

For the first time in its history, the much-ignored national oil and gas exploration company Bapex is being awarded more than eight projects to increase natural gas supplies within a short time.

Reforms in political parties stuck in limbo

Bringing reforms within the political parties has made no considerable progress in the last 10 months because of the prevailing political situation and discord within the major parties themselves.

Judiciary separation from November 1

Chief Justice (CJ) Md Ruhul Amin yesterday said the separation of judiciary from the executive will be effective from November 1 and this has been possible because of the congenial atmosphere now prevailing in the country.

Biman buys its leased Airbus

Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd has purchased an Airbus A-310, which the airliner, while being nationalised, leased on October 22, 2003 for four years.

Bangladesh to seek $1.6b WB assistance

Bangladesh is going to seek $1,623 million assistance from the World Bank (WB) to carry on its reform and development initiatives in the current fiscal year (FY).

BNP to change its Dhaka unit body

BNP has decided to dissolve its Dhaka city unit committee to bring changes in leadership in a bid to strengthen the most important party unit.

Poor response to open sky policy

Response to the three-month open sky policy has been poor so far as different airline authorities have said the short-term policy would not be commercially viable for them.

ACC wants ex-officials' addresses for quizzing

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) has asked the establishment ministry to provide its investigators with addresses of some retired government officials for questioning in connection with the Gatco graft case.

Bangladeshi farmer gets FAO award

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has given award to one Bangladeshi and four other Asian farmers for their outstanding achievements in the areas of horticulture, aquaculture, agribusiness, home gardening and community forestry.

26 senior citizens for CA's attention to sending ancient artefacts to Paris

Expressing their concern, 26 senior citizens have drawn the chief adviser's attention to the issue of sending 187 ancient artefacts to the Guimet Museum in Paris for exhibition and urged him to take necessary steps regarding the reported mismanagement in the process.

AL against appointing more advisers

Awami League (AL) yesterday said that it would not be right to expand the caretaker government through appointing new advisers or consultants.

EU renews support for interim govt

The European Union (EU) yesterday reiterated its support to different initiatives of the caretaker government when Netherlands Ambassador BM Ten Tusscher met Foreign Adviser Iftekhar A Chowdhury at the foreign ministry.

Oil prices hit all-time high

Oil prices surged to an all-time high of $89 a barrel last night after Turkey's parliament authorized an incursion into northern Iraq in search of Kurdish rebels.

EC to stay mum on nat'l govt

The Election Commission wants (EC) to remain neutral on the issue of national government as it thinks intellectuals and constitutional experts of the country should decide on it.

Janakantha editor cleared of fraud charges

The editor of the daily Janakantha, Atiqullah Khan Masud, was cleared of fraud charges yesterday after he settled the dispute out of court.

Benazir returns home today

Former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto vowed yesterday to bring democracy to her country as she prepared to return home after eight years of self-imposed exile.

Mahasaptami today

Hindu devotees are all set to invoke Goddess Durga, daughter of the majestic Himalayas, with the Mahasaptami puja at some 20,000 puja mandaps across the country today.

Acid thrown on woman, her 2 kids

A woman and her two children received burn injuries yesterday as miscreants threw acid on them at Dathmandal village of Nasirnagar upazila.

Witness against RU teachers declared hostile

A prosecution witness (PW) of the case against six Rajshahi University (RU) teachers for violating Emergency Power Rules (EPR) was declared “hostile” at a Rajshahi court yesterday.

Fast track court to try 'malam party' case

Cases filed against members of 'malam party' will be shifted to the speedy trial tribunals.

Depression weakens

At least 11 fishermen are still missing following trawler capsize in the Bay near Kuakata of Pauakhali due to the depression for three days while the other fishermen missing retuned home by yesterday evening.

Charge sheet soon on Aug 21 grenade attack

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad yesterday said the charge-sheet in the case of August 21 grenade attack on Awami League rally will be submitted soon.

Asian journos face coups, wars, military regimes

A new survey says many journalists plying their craft in Asia must cope with war, coups and repressive regimes to report the news, making the region one of the toughest for reporters to work in.

Somali gunmen storm UN base

Government forces stormed the United Nations compound in Mogadishu yesterday and detained the World Food Programme's (WFP) top representative in the capital.

Roadside bomb kills 7 Iraqi police

A roadside bomb killed seven Iraqi police near the city of Diwaniyah, south of Baghdad, yesterday, military officials said.

Editorial

Gen. Moeen's reiterations

The Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed has dismissed, in unequivocal terms, all the speculations and rumours that he might become president as figment of the imagination. The statement, very much consistent with his apolitical position since the army-backed caretaker government took over in January this year, has reinforced his firm commitment to democratic values and assures us of his unflinching support to restoration of democracy in the country -- the number one issue on the national agenda. The army chief has only echoed the popular expectation that the existing political vacuum should be filled with a democratically elected government.

Downtrend in FDI flow

A declining trend in FDI flows into Bangladesh has been depicted in World Investment Report-2007 of the UNCTAD released by the Board of Investment (BoI) in Dhaka. The FDI in Bangladesh declined by 6 percent against the previous year's level instead of 9.6 per cent as stated in the report. The UNCTAD report based on information collected from Bangladesh Bank during last year's April-May period "did not represent the actual picture at the end of the year," according to BoI. Hence the differences in figures.

Headless horseman?

IN Washington Irving's epic story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a headless horseman searches for its head in the woods of Sleepy Hollow, a backward village in upstate New York. The horseman was a long-dead mercenary who was beheaded during the Revolutionary War and dumped somewhere in the Western Woods. In the dark depths of the night, when a pale moon shone overhead, village people often witnessed the headless phantom searching for its head in the woods and valleys. Not finding it, the apparition let out a bone-chilling cry of frustration and rode away on a black stallion. The ghost did not rest in its grave until it found the head.

Nuclear winter

THE government's retreat on the Indo-US nuclear deal, after three years of do-or-die bravado, can only be explained by that old adage: He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day. Martyrs get memorials and medals, but they don't get a second chance. Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, sensibly, have opted for a second chance in preference to a charge of the light brigade towards immediate elections.

Black is black

THE failure to successfully prosecute Benazir Bhutto and Asif Zardari for corruption for nearly a decade influenced most of us to give them the benefit of doubt. Most suspicion (and approbation) was directed at Asif Zardari, who inadvertently served a full "term" with courage and dignity without being convicted and without bargaining (at least not to our knowledge) for his release. Eight long years of incarceration had turned doubts into skepticism, and then into outright sympathy.

Sports

Second tier for NCL soon

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is planning to arrange an additional tournament to the current domestic calendar to accommodate players who are not playing the 9th National Cricket League.

Kartik salvages India

India pulled off a thrilling two-wicket win in the seventh and final one-day international against Australia at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai last night.

SA wary of T20 heroes

South Africa captain Graeme Smith on Wednesday said he was wary of Pakistan's one-day side after their success in last month's Twenty20 World Cup.

McMillan calls it a day

Craig McMillan has retired from international and domestic cricket, citing personal reasons and health problems as contributing factors. McMillan, 31, said he wanted to go out on a high and would now spend time with his family before making any further decisions on his future.

BCB on track for coach

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is optimistic in meeting the deadline for the appointment of a national coach.

Bangladesh U-16s drub Palestine

Four-goal striker Sohel gave Bangladesh a flying start in the AFC Youth (Under-16) Championship yesterday when they brushed aside Palestine 9-1 in one of the three opening day's matches in the United Arab Emirates.

BUET to get samples today

Representatives of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) will collect samples of materials from the crash site of the press box at the Bangabandhu National Stadium this morning.

U-19 football camp from Saturday

The Bangladesh Under-19 football team will go into the residential camp for preparation of the Indo-Bangla Bangladesh Games from Saturday.

ICC warns BCCI over racism

The International Cricket Council has warned the Indian Board that it must abide by its anti-racism code and act seriously on the incident of racist crowd behaviour against Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds in Vadodara.

Dravid rested, not dropped

Rahul Dravid has been left out of the Indian one-day team -- for only the second time in his career -- in the seventh ODI against Australia at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. He has been replaced by Dinesh Karthik for the dead rubber.

Salman given an earful

Pakistan vice-captain Salman Butt has got a dressing down from the team management for criticising the bowlers at a press conference during the second cricket Test against South Africa here last week.

Winning start for Federer

Roger Federer played his first match on tour in more than five weeks, defeating American Robby Ginepri 7-6 (2), 6-4 Tuesday in the second round at the Madrid Masters.

Pathologist testifies

The British pathologist Nathaniel Cary was one of three witnesses who testified as the inquest into the death of Bob Woolmer began in Jamaica on Tuesday. On March 18, Woolmer was found unconscious in his room at the Pegasus Hotel after Pakistan were embarrassed the day before by Ireland in the World Cup.

Mr Unpredictable

Craig McMillan was one of those players who always dominated the conversations of New Zealand cricket fans. Whether the discussion focused on his dismissal after attempting a reverse sweep or dancing down the wicket to hit his first delivery for six, he was never far from the action.

Harris spinning magic

As Inzamamul Haq lumbered off with his bat for the final time in his international career, and Pakistan moaned the loss of a hero, a thin and springy character was being mauled on the field. South Africa were celebrating the birth of a hero of their own.

No get-out clause for Owen

Newcastle United's chairman, Chris Mort, last night said that Michael Owen does not have a 6 million pounds get-out-clause in his contract as reports suggested that the Manchester City manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson, was preparing an offer for the striker.

Bolton boot out Lee

English Premier League side Bolton on Wednesday announced that coach Sammy Lee was leaving the club after a poor start to the season.

Rugby England's inspiration

England's football stars have been told to look to the country's rugby heroes for inspiration as they prepare to go into battle with Russia in a crunch Euro 2008 qualifier here on Wednesday.

Kanoute's worst experience

The Mali international and Seville striker Frederic Kanoute said Tuesday that the recent pitch attack by angry Togo supporters armed with knives was the "worst moment of my life."

FIFA happy at progress

A senior FIFA official gave his seal of approval Tuesday to South Africa's preparations for the 2010 World Cup, playing down concerns about stadium construction after a recent strike.

English fans suffer beating

Five England football fans were hospitalized with minor injuries after being beaten on the streets of Moscow ahead of a tense Euro 2008 qualifying match with Russia, police said Wednesday.

Business

Shrimp farms won't export faulty products in future

The government has said that it would ensure any shrimp farm does not export unhygienic products in future.

Oil eases in Asia but still above $87

Oil prices eased slightly in Asia on Wednesday but remained above 87 dollars per barrel in a market focussed on a potential Turkish incursion into northern Iraq.

Housing woes take bigger toll on economy than expected

The slump in US real estate is persisting longer than expected, and may lead to over one million foreclosure notices this year for homeowners, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Tuesday.

DSE indices drop on profit taking

Price indices on Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) fell yesterday due to profit taking after four days' continuous gaining.

Asia's super rich getting richer

The number of dollar millionaires in Asia has swelled by 8.6 percent, with Japan home to more than 1.47 million, a report published Wednesday found.

Strike wave hits factories in southern Vietnam

About 30,000 Vietnamese workers have gone on strike in some 38 foreign and locally owned companies this month in a southern province near Ho Chi Minh City, an official and state media said Tuesday.

Euro slips against dollar

The European single currency slipped against the dollar on Tuesday after figures showed the US capital account in deficit for August and the market readied for the Group of Seven finance ministers meeting Friday, dealers said.

China to import more Japanese rice

China expects to import more Japanese rice soon, after earlier this year allowing the first shipment from Japan in four years, a top official said Wednesday.

Financial markets out of intensive care: IMF

The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday that financial markets are recovering from global turbulence linked to a credit crunch that began with a US subprime mortgage crisis in August.

US automakers renew small car efforts

US automakers pretty much ceded the small car market to the Japanese during the past decade. Now, with consumers shifting toward more gas-thrifty models and the realization that a strong compact brings buyers to their brand, Detroit is trying to make yet another comeback.

Uzbekistan gets bumper harvest of cotton

Uzbekistan, the world's second biggest cotton exporter, announced Monday it has met its cotton harvest target this year of more than 3.6 million tonnes.

Online share trading introduced in Nepal

Nepal Stock Exchange (NEPSE) has granted permission to five stock brokers to conduct share trading online, paving the way for the new era of online transactions in the Nepali stock market.

Taiwan's Acer unit merges with Gateway

Taiwan's leading computer vendor Acer Inc said Wednesday its wholly owned subsidiary, Galaxy Acquisition Corp, has completed the process of merging with Gateway Inc of the US.

ICB AMCL okays 25pc dividend

ICB Asset Management Company Ltd (ICB AMCL), a subsidiary of Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB), has approved a 25 percent dividend for the shareholders for the fiscal year 2006-2007.

Bank holiday Sunday

Bangladesh Bank (BB) and all other scheduled banks will remain closed on Sunday (October 21) on the occasion of Durga Puja (Bijoya Dashami), a BB press release said yesterday.

ICAB chief made board member of Asia-Pacific accountants' confederation

M Farhad Hussain, president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB), has been elected a board member of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants.

Metropolitan

India calls for joint initiative to develop clean technologies

India has called for collaboration between developing and developed countries in creating technologies, which will deal with climate change while ensuring energy security and economic development.

Abuse against children in conflicts continues

Dozens of conflicts around the world are still robbing children of their childhood, according to a new UN report that reviews progress since the groundbreaking 1996 study on children in armed conflict by Graça Machel.

Pledge to eradicate poverty

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was observed in the country as elsewhere across the world yesterday with a call for concerted efforts for eradicating poverty from the society.

EC hopeful about timeline

The Election Commission (EC) hopes to hold the overdue city corporation and local body elections between February and April next year, Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) M Sakhawat Hussain yesterday said.

More safe shelters needed for women victims

A large number of victims of trafficking and violence, especially women and children, are put into jails and treated as convicts instead of being taken to safe shelters, speakers at the inaugural session of a workshop said yesterday.

IBSA Summit focuses on common voice for developing world

The leaders of emerging powerhouses India, South Africa and Brazil met for a Wednesday summit focused on building up trade and finding a common voice on the world stage for the developing world.

Road accidents kill six

At least six people were killed in separate road accidents in Comilla and Noakhali yesterday.

Bangladesh a bright example of communal harmony

President Iajuddin Ahmed has called upon all to extend all-out cooperation in carrying activities for holding the next general election as the Election Commission is working to hold the polls as per its roadmap.

Investigation begins

Members of the three-member probe body formed by the Communication Ministry arrived in Chittagong from Dhaka yesterday to investigate into derailment of Mohanagar Prabhati on Saturday.

Girl drowns in Rajshahi

A minor girl drowned in a pond near her home at Sukhandighi village under Durgapur upazila in the district yesterday.

Health adviser leaves for UK

Health and Family Welfare, Water Resources and Religious Affairs Adviser Maj Gen (Retd) ASM Matiur Rahman left for the United Kingdom in the early hours of yesterday to attend the Women Deliver Conference.

12 injured as gang blocks road to rob passenger bus

Twelve people were injured yesterday in an armed robbery in a passenger bus at Baulia in Jessore.

83 bottles of phensidyl seized, 3 held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), in two separate drives, captured three alleged drug-peddlers with 83 bottles of phensidyl from different areas in the region in the last two days.

2 girls commit suicide in Rajshahi

Two girls committed suicide in the district on Tuesday night.

Arrest of culprits demanded

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi Central Committee yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the people who set off an attack at the cultural programme of Udichi at Habiganj on the Eid day.

14,136 audit objections involving Tk 2,350 crore against BTTB

The Ministry of Telecommu-nication has expedited the activities to dispose of its accumulated 21,630 audit objections against Tk 9,234.13 crore.

Electronic goods gutted in fire

A fire gutted different electronic goods at a shop at Bangabandhu Stadium Market in the city yesterday.

Potato price soars to Tk 28 per kg in Ctg

Price of potato in Chittagong has shot up by Tk 8 per kilogram to Tk 28 in a span of four days.

Obaidul Huq's death condoled

Different political and social organisations have expressed deep shock at the death of eminent journalist Obaidul Huq.

Reception to 5 personalities

Mirsarai Students' Association of Chittagong University has accorded a reception to five personalities of the upazila in recognition of their contributions to their respective fields.

Acting Indian HC meets LGRD adviser

Acting Indian High Commissioner Mukta Dutta Tomar yesterday met LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser M Anwarul Iqbal at his office and discussed different aspects of the forthcoming Second Saarc Conference of Home Ministers in New Delhi.

Tapan leaves for London to visit ailing wife

Energy Adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday left for the United Kingdom on an urgent trip to attend his wife admitted to a London hospital.

National

Ex-BNP MP accused of grabbing Tk 15cr

Former minister and BNP central leader Nitai Roy Chowdhury has alleged that former party lawmaker Quazi Salimul Huq alias Quazi Kamal and his cronies grabbed at least Tk 15 crore through tender manipulation in different government departments during the alliance rule.

EU team to visit Khulna shrimp centres Oct 21, 22

Exporters of frozen shrimp are making preparations to welcome a four-member EU inspection team that will visit shrimp cultivation and processing centres in Khulna and Bagerhat districts on October 21 and 22.

ACC sues 11 Kashba ward commissioners

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed cases against 11 commissioners of Kashba pourasabha in Brahmanbaria district for corruption and causing loss of government revenue.

311 legalise Tk 3.66cr income in Moulvibazar

As many as 311 people have legalised their undeclared Tk 3 crore 66 lakh income in the entire district.

5 bombs, arms recovered in Pabna, Benapole

Law enforcers recovered five bombs and some firearms in Pabna and Benapole yesterday.

PW Prof Islam declared 'hostile'

Rajshahi speedy trial court yesterday recorded deposition of the tenth prosecution witness (PW) in the case against six Rajshahi University teachers for violating the Emergency Power Rules 2007.

Freedom fighter elected secretary of Khulna Shishu Foundation

Freedom fighter Shaikh Abdul Kayyum was elected secretary general of Khulna Shishuy Foundation (KSF) yesterday.

International

Iraq determined to purge Kurdish rebels

Baghdad is "absolutely determined" to end the presence of Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the telephone Wednesday, the Anatolia news agency reported.

10,000 police to guard Benazir amid al-Qaeda threat

Benazir Bhutto will be guarded by 10,000 police, anti-sniper shields and the sheer number of her own supporters when she returns home today amid warnings of al-Qaeda attacks, officials said.

India accuses Pakistan of inciting Sikh radicals

India's top national security official has accused Pakistan of trying to stir up Sikh militancy in the northern state of Punjab, reports said yesterday.

Putin bolsters Iran ties in historic visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin left Iran yesterday after a trip which saw him reinforce ties with the Islamic republic and distance himself from Western warnings over its nuclear programme.

Four killed in Kashmir violence

Three militants and a policeman were killed in separate incidents in Indian Kashmir after rebels ended a brief unilateral truce in the region, police said yesterday.

Japan's cabinet okays Afghan mission bill

Japan's cabinet yesterday endorsed a bill to continue support for US-led forces in Afghanistan, setting the stage for a bitter fight in parliament.

Maldives takes tough measures to curb Islamic extremism

The Maldives yesterday unveiled tough measures to combat Islamic extremism and protect its vital luxury tourism industry after an unprecedented bombing wounded British, Japanese and Chinese holiday makers.

4 NLD men jailed in secret trials in Myanmar

Four members of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party have been sentenced to more than seven years in prison in secret trials in western Myanmar, a spokesman said yesterday.

UN envoy to visit Myanmar in November

UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari said yesterday he has been invited to make another visit to military-run Myanmar next month, following the junta's violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

Karzai to visit Britain

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is to visit Britain and meet Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the Queen and Prince Charles, a presidential spokesman said Tuesday.

Swearing at work boosts team spirit, morale

Regular swearing at work can help boost team spirit among staff, allowing them to express better their feelings as well as develop social relationships, according to a study by British researchers.

Three rapists hanged in public in Iran

Iran yesterday hanged three convicted rapists in public in the southern city of Shiraz, the latest in a spate of executions officials say are aimed at improving security in society.

Arts & Entertainment

Shades of Life

SHAKO's “Shades of Life”, an exhibition of 12 female artists at the Bengal Gallery began in the city yesterday. SHAKO is a local female artists' organisation that operates for both charity and commercial benefits. There are invited artists too like Rokeya Sultana, Sarkar Naheed Nipu and Denise Hudon. In the display one sees the imagination, prowess and mastery of the SHAKO artists which have been seen thrice before.

Harold Pinter: An absurdist playwright

“I don't know how music can influence writing, but it has been very important for me... I feel a sense of music continually in writing, which is a different matter from having been influenced by it.”
--- Harold Pinter in Playwrights at Work

“Ratrir Phool” on Channel i

Eid-special play Ratrir Phool will be aired on Channel i at 10:30 am. The play is written by Faria Hossain and directed by Chayanika Chowdhury.

Malkovich and Jolie in Eastwood's film

John Malkovich will join Angelina Jolie in Changeling, a high profile project that Clint Eastwood is putting together for Universal and Imagine. According to Hollywood Reporter, the film follows a 1920s mother who loses her son. When the police returns the wrong child to her, she refuses to believe it and gets chucked into an insane asylum for her trouble. Jolie, no stranger to hunting down children around the globe, is obviously perfect casting.

OP-ED

A golden opportunity

BANGLADESH has had a long struggle with gaining duty-free access to the United States for its garment exports. The Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, DC has documented how Bangladesh faces higher duties than the United Kingdom -- $496 million on just $3.3 billion in exports -- compared to the $430 million paid by the UK on $53.5 billion in exports.

Fighting corruption: Who's for real?

THE caretaker government's drive against corruption is gradually making corrupt practice a high risk activity. Most people will have no qualms about this, as the "untouchables" of yesterday are losing their sense of impunity. On the other hand, the drive against created an atmosphere of fear within the business community and shaken its confidence. This has caused concern over the medium term prospects for investment, and the ability of the country to sustain its reasonably impressive growth of about 5% per year. The government has recognised the problem and has taken steps to try and address it.

Will Al run?

SPECULATION was rife that former vice-president Al Gore might win this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Well, that speculation turned out to be correct, after all. On Friday, October 12, the announcement came from Oslo, Norway, that Al Gore and the UN's climate change panel had won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for spreading awareness of man-made climate change and laying the foundations for counteracting it.

The modern man that was Obaidul Huq

OBAIDUL Huq was surely one of a kind, part of a breed of good, purposeful men that may have had its day. And there's the pity. When you see men of Huq's calibre, of his generation, pass into the ages, you realise with a certain twisting pain in the heart how poorer off you and your generation are once that reality comes to be. I never had a chance of working with Obaidul Huq, of being in his tutelage. By the time I made my wary way into journalism in the early 1980s, Huq was essentially moving on into charming retirement. He had just said farewell to the Bangladesh Observer and was already running the show at a new newspaper. In the end, that newspaper had an early, premature journey into the twilight. For Obaidul Huq, too, there was that beckoning twilight, the mingling of light and shadow we call dusk. And yet he would go on to serve at other places, in other positions.


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