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Admin officials hit out at judiciary separation

Administration cadres from across the country yesterday gathered in the capital and demanded deferment and review of implementation of separation of the judiciary from the executive.

Fees for national ID cards set

A person will have to pay fees to get permanent national ID cards, the home ministry has decided.

Better Business Forum by next month

The government plans to set up a public-private platform styled 'Bangladesh Better Business Forum' (BBBF) by early next month to involve the business community in policymaking.

BDR to press for BSF-held land in Naogaon

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) will ask Indian Border Security Force (BSF) to hand over the demarcated Bangladesh land under their possession at Naogaon border during the upcoming director general level conference in Dhaka.

Polls meaningless if graft not uprooted

Army chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said holding elections without uprooting corruption would be worthless, as history proves democracy is never strong or stable without honest people governing.

Women's group slates attack on Brac teacher by husband in NY

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday strongly condemned the recent physical and sexual assault on Brac University lecturer Nadine Murshid by her husband Sajid Huq in New York, where he is a student at Columbia University.

BB won't be tough on loan defaulters now

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has decided not to go for implementing an International Monetary Fund (IMF) suggestion at the moment that asked to be tough on loan defaulters and to increase the bank capital.

WB assures Dhaka of continued support

Appreciating Dhaka's institutional reforms, the World Bank (WB) assured the government of continuing support to its efforts to accelerate economic growth and poverty reduction in the country.

Judicial service men criticise admin officials' stance

Different organisations including Bangladesh Judicial Service Association yesterday strongly criticised the move of Bangladesh Administrative Service Association opposing the government step to separate judiciary from the executive.

Mainul shocked at admin opposition

Law Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday said as part of the government the administrative cadres cannot oppose the move to separate the judiciary from the executive.

ACC launches probe into graft of 11 fresh suspects

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has initiated preliminary enquiry into alleged graft by 11 people, including City Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka, whose names appeared on the fourth list of 35 suspects on October 4.

Unity call gets louder in BNP

Recognising the need for party unity, the top leaders of both the old guard and the pro-reformists of the BNP are working out their differences.

3 hill dists to stay out of judiciary separation

Judge's court will not be introduced now in three hill districts of Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachhari even though the separation of judiciary will come into effect on November 1.

AL meet today to decide on talks with EC

The Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) is scheduled to meet today and decide whether the party would hold dialogue with the Election Commission (EC).

Only 2 holiday markets to be allowed in city

Declaring all but two "holiday markets" closed, Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) decided to rehabilitate hawkers to 20 selected spots in the capital. The markets at these spots would remain open every day.

Durga Puja ends with immersion of idols

The five-day-long Durga Puja, the greatest of Hindu festivals, ended yesterday with the solemn immersion of Goddess Durga idols in the capital and elsewhere in the country.

Dr Wazed may meet detained Hasina soon

Dr Wazed Miah is likely to meet his detained wife Sheikh Hasina in the sub-jail on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises within the next couple of days.

Suspect of 2001 Malibagh killing arrested

Rab arrested one of the alleged perpetrators of gunning down four people from a Malibagh procession six years back at Maghbazar in the city Saturday night.

DU gives its 4 staff 5 days to explain

The authorities of Dhaka University (DU) have asked three of its fourth-class employees to explain their position about the allegations of corruption raised against them in several newspapers recently.

Khulna jute mill workers abstain from work over arrears

The production of Star Jute Mills (SJM) and Platinum Jubilee Jute Mills (PJJM) remained suspended yesterday as the agitating workers abstained from work for payment of dues and Eid bonus.

Benazir for outside help to probe blast

Former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto called for international help Sunday with police investigations into last week's bomb blasts that killed 139 people in Karachi.

35 killed as Kurd rebels clash with Turkish troops

Turkey yesterday pledged strong action against Kurdish separatists after 12 Turkish soldiers and 23 rebels were killed in a clash in the southeast of the country.

US raid on Sadr City kills 49

US forces backed by airstrikes raided Sadr City, Baghdad's main Shia district, killing 49 militants on Sunday as they targeted a militia leader accused in high-profile kidnappings, the military said.


Essential prices soaring

During Ramadan, Eid and Puja, government had intervened in the market to keep the essential prices in check under a high demand situation. The strategy was to promote import on which our market for essentials is critically dependent, keep supplies from the wholesale to the retail markets steady and oversee retail market behaviour. At the same time, open market sales (OMS) operated by BDR rather extensively with TCB sale outlets at designated places helped prevent prices spiralling out of control. But now, things appear to have changed as the 'seasonal arrangements' are being cut back on.

Youth reform programme needed

Criminality has lately been taking a disquieting form in the capital. The recent arrest of a group of young men, all coming from well to do families, on charges of possessing such lethal drugs as yaba have only revived concerns about the damage being done to our youth largely on their own account. And possession, sale and inhalation of drugs are not all. There are also instances where youngsters appear to be veering toward increasing levels of violence and even outright murder. Quite some weeks ago, the sad story of a young man in his late teens made the rounds through the newspapers. Having gone out to buy blood for his ailing father, he was pounced upon by a group of young people of his age and soon bludgeoned to death in Uttara. Add to such grisly incidents one more, that of the young student found dead, his throat slit, on the rooftop of the building in which his family lives. He had earlier been called out by some people whom he obviously must have known.

A reality check

EVEN as the authorities have been attempting a Cesarean rebirth of the polity and feeding it with the syrupy promises of a bright future once the agenda it has undertaken comes to fruition, belying the prospect of any windfall, things have worsened -- at least for the present.

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TRUST a Calcuttan to come up with the perfect political metaphor. We were chatting about the political mood of Muslims over tea and savouries on Id, and the conversation turned inevitably to the fate of Rizwan ur Rehman, the young man whose death in suspicious circumstances has set off a firestorm in Bengal.

The ultimate target

PEOPLE live in a society basically to ensure safety and security of life and property. But to guarantee the same, society, meaning people living together, in turn needs to follow certain rules of the game, individually and collectively.


Captains dominate

Dhaka were with a sniff of a chance against Khulna while Barisal and Rajshahi reached to strong positions after third day's play in the 9th National Cricket League yesterday.

Blow for BCB

Bangladesh Cricket Board's bid to appoint a new foreign coach for the national team before the tour of New Zealand was heavily dashed after John Dyson's decision to take helm of the West Indies.

Boks rule the world

South African papers hailed the world champion Springboks as the "Glory Boys" of rugby on Sunday after the golden boot of Percy Montgomery kicked them to victory over England in Paris.

Bangladesh face Turkmenistan today

Bangladesh youth football team will look to recover after Saturday's shock 9-1 defeat to hosts UAE when they take on Turkmenistan in the third round of the AFC Championship (Under-16) qualifiers today.

AFC Festival goes to Iran

Iran will host next year's AFC Football Festival (U-13, U-14) instead of Bangladesh, which staged the last two events and got Asian Football Federation's verbal assurance of being the permanent hosts.

WC win was no fluke: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the Indian team had proved that their World Twenty20 Championship victory was not a fluke as they mauled Australia by seven wickets in the one-off Twenty20 international here on Saturday.

Winning SL's priority

Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene said on Sunday that winning the Test series in Australia mattered more than ace spinner Muttiah Muralidaran going for the world record.

Proteas hail Springboks

South Africa cricket captain Graeme Smith on Sunday led his team in a chorus of praise after the Springboks won their second rugby World Cup title.

Dyson joins West Indies

Australian John Dyson has been appointed as West Indies coach, more than two years after ending his time at the helm of the Sri Lanka team.

MU in imperious form

Didier Drogba let his actions speak louder than words as he fired Chelsea to a 2-0 win at Middlesbrough, while Arsenal consolidated their lead at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Bolton on Saturday.

Real, Barca both lose

The two remaining unbeaten records were wiped away on Saturday as Real Madrid and Barcelona both tasted their first defeats of the season as Espanyol and Villarreal upset the formbook.

Roma draw a humdinger

Roma blew the lead three times in a disappointing yet scintillating 4-4 home draw against Napoli after 90 spectacular minutes of Italian football league action on Saturday night.

Hamburg thrash Stuttgart

Hamburg striker Ivica Olic smashed a first-half hat-trick as his side hammered 10-man VfB Stuttgart 4-1 to go third as Bundesliga league leaders Bayern Munich extended their lead.

Henin claims Zurich title

Justine Henin claimed her ninth title of the year on Sunday when she defeated unseeded Tatiana Golovin of France 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Zurich Open.

Mourinho rules out England job

Jose Mourinho insists he is not interested in replacing Steve McClaren as England coach.

Deco blow for Barca

Barcelona must do without the services of Deco for up to five weeks with the club confirming that the Portuguese international playmaker has torn a thigh muscle.

Pratibha win M'ganj title

Pratibha Krira Chakra clinched the Manikpur cricket tournament title at the local stadium yesterday.


Dhaka lobbies to get RMG's duty-free access to US

Bangladesh government has launched an all-out lobbying for passage of a bill recently placed in the US Congress seeking to allow a duty- and quota-free access of apparels from the poorest countries to that country.

RMG sector in post-MFA period: Policies for strengthening competitiveness-II

The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in association with the SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) has recently completed a study titled “Bangladesh Apparel Sector in Post MFA Period: A Benchmarking Study on Ongoing Restructuring Process”. The Daily Star is publishing the recommendations of the study in three parts. The first part relating to policy recommendations for strengthening technological base of the RMG sector was published yesterday. The second part highlighting policies for strengthening human resource base of the RMG sector is being published today

IMF vows to boost role of developing countries

The International Monetary Fund pledged Saturday to boost the role of developing and poor countries in its decision-making and to take steps to solidify its shaky finances.

Laos keen to import medicines, cement from Bangladesh

Visiting Laotian First Vice Foreign Minister Phongsavath Boupha yesterday said his country is interested to import medicines, cement, ceramic, light engineering products, leather, steel and agro-products from Bangladesh.

Lafarge faces difficulties in cement production

Lafarge Surma Cement Ltd faces difficulties in cement production as the factory has been unable to manufacture clinker, the main raw material of cement, since April this year after an Indian court has asked the cement giant not to go for mining of limestone in Meghalaya for the time being.

EU team inspects shrimp farms in Bagerhat

A two-member team of European Union yesterday visited two shrimp farms in Bagerhat to look into the quality of shrimp production and processing.

Negotiators face 'last chance' to salvage WTO talks: Lamy

WTO head Pascal Lamy on Saturday warned that international negotiators now faced their last chance to reach a global trade deal and said they had just "a few weeks" to agree on the outlines of an accord.

Developing states say IMF reforms pace 'unacceptable'

Developing countries has dismissed the International Monetary Fund's pace of reforms to increase their voice in the troubled institution as "disappointing and unacceptable."

Crude oil prices too low: Iran

Iran, Opec's number-two exporter, hit out Saturday at the recent hike in oil prices, saying real prices were far lower than the 90-dollar-a-barrel level of last week.

Tourism threatened in Maldives

A rise in Islamic militancy poses an unprecedented threat to the Maldives' status as South Asia's most upmarket holiday destination, but the government is determined to beat the extremists.

India's ICICI Bank to set up branch in NY

The US regulators have given permission to ICICI Bank, the second largest financial lender in India with assets worth over USD 91 billion, to open a branch here.

US seeks codes of conduct for state investment funds

US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Saturday the IMF and governments should draft codes of conduct for cash-rich state investment funds that have raised national interest concerns in the United States and Europe.

Brazil slams IMF handling of US credit crisis

Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega slammed the International Monetary Fund Saturday for having been lax in its handling of a US housing-related credit crisis that roiled global markets.


Balanced dev a must for sustainable progress

Experts and scientists at a roundtable on Saturday underscored the need for balanced development to attain sustainable national progress and prosperity.

Int'l tender for 8 rental power plants by Oct 25

The Power Cell under the Ministry of Power will receive international tender by October 25 for setting up eight rental power plants on a first track basis to tackle power crisis in the next summer.

ASP held for claiming himself as Rab member

Police arrested an assistant superintendent of police (ASP) on Saturday from Kapasia on charges of claiming himself as a Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) member.

Two docs sued for death of newborn

A murder case against two physicians was filed with Shyampur Police Station yesterday following the death of a newborn baby.

Road accidents kill six, injure 55

At least six people were killed and 55 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Comilla, Sirajganj, Netrakona and Gaibandha yesterday and on Saturday.

9 boys rescued from traffickers in city

Police rescued nine boys allegedly meant for trafficking from Jatrabari and picked up three people including a woman in this connection last night.

AL leader Abdur Rouf Chowdhury passes away

Md Abdur Rouf Chowdhury, former state minister and central leader of Awami League (AL), passed away at his residence at Bochaganj upazila in Dinajpur district yesterday at the age of 77.

Minor girl drowns during immersion of Durga images

The festive joy turned into sorrow when a four-year-old girl drowned in the bordering river Ichhamati during the ceremonial immersion of the images of the goddess Durga yesterday.

Bijoya Dashami celebrated in Chittagong

Thousands of Hindu devotees celebrated Bijoya Dashami in the port city on the last day of the five-day Durga Puja yesterday with the immersion of the goddess' idols in a befitting manner.

Six robbers held in city

A team of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested six robbers from the city on Saturday night.

Voter listing in Ctg begins today

The field level data collection work for voter listing with photograph and national identity card in 41 wards under Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) will begin today.

SI arrested for taking bribe

Detective police arrested a sub-inspector (SI) with bribe money in the city on Saturday night.

Bangladesh painting exhibition begins in Nepal tomorrow

A weeklong exhibition of paintings by five Bangladeshi artists begins in Nepal tomorrow, says a press release.

Clash leaves 50 injured in Narail

Over 50 people were injured in a clash between two groups at Karfa village under Lohagara upazila in the district on Saturday.

Team goes to Kuwait today

A three-member Bangladesh delegation will leave for Kuwait on a three-day official visit today.

Production in Jamuna Fertiliser Factory suspended

Production in Jamuna Fertiliser Factory was suspended yesterday for its overhauling.

Convict arrested in Noakhali

Rab members arrested a convict of a murder case at Begumganj in Noakhali on Saturday night.

Blood donation on last day of Durga Puja

A voluntary blood donation programme was held on the premises of the Dhakeswari temple on the concluding day of the five-day Durga Puja celebrations.

Extremists kill farmer in Pabna

Extremists chopped a farmer to death at Jagannathpur village under Chatmohar upazila in the district on Saturday night, police said.


Over 100 mushroom farms closed in Tangail in a year

Over 100 mushroom farms were closed in the district in a year due to various reasons including lack of fund.

Sweeter than sugar, suitable for diabetics

Bangladesh Sugarcane Research Institution (BSRI) in Ishwardi has evolved a tissue culture method for cultivation of Stevia, a wonderful leafy herbal plant many times sweeter than sugar but beneficial for diabetics.

Malta creates new hopes for CHT farmers

Malta cultivation has created new hopes for farmers in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) following good production of the sweet and juicy fruit this year, thanks to the efforts by scientists of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI).

Voter listing begins today in Tangail

Work on voter enlistment with photograph and National Identity Card in Tangail municipality area and data collection of voters in Khagrachhari hill district will begin today.

Khulna court summons Jubok chairman, two directors

Khulna District Magistrate SM Firoze Alam yesterday asked Chairman of Jubok (Jubo Karma Sangsthan Society) Abu Mohammad Saeed and two other executives to appear before his court within ten days.

Tanore police records Purnima abduction case

Tanore police yesterday registered the abduction case of Purnima Murmu, minor daughter of indigenous freedom fighter Shuklal Murmu.

Farmers seize truckload of fertiliser

Villagers in Mamunshia in Kushna union under Kotchandpur upazila in Jhenidah seized a truck loaded with Urea fertiliser and handed over it along with the driver and the helper to Kotchandpur police while it was being sold in black market Saturday night. The illegal traders, however, managed to escape.

Housewife killed for refusing illicit proposal

Criminals beat to death the mother of two children for not responding to their indecent proposal at Shampur village under Sadar upazila of the district on Saturday night.

Dublia fair begins in Pabna today

The traditional 'Dublia Industrial Fair' will begin at Dublia High School ground here today.


Price spiral

In poor economies like ours, unchecked price spiral is a regular phenomenon. To be precise, there are the following reasons behind it:

Adieu, Obaidul Huq

Great souls never die but they live on amid their good deeds! The late journalist Obaidul Huq was such a great soul who will never die in our minds. We will remember him in his pious works. Obaidul Huq was an outstanding journalist, litterateur and a social reformer. Personally, I had the opportunity to come in touch with him. He used to encourage me in my writing while I used to write in the 'Young Observer' page of 'The Bangladesh Observer'. Indeed he was a soft-spoken, gentleman with exceptional human qualities. He was a great teacher who had all the skills to navigate his students in search of knowledge. I admire him from the core of my heart.

Che Guevara

‘There are no frontiers in this struggle to the death. We cannot remain indifferent in the face of what occurs in any part of the world. A victory for any country against imperialism is our victory, just as any country's defeat is our defeat." That is the word of Che Guevara, inspiring epitome of all leftists. Che is the man who opposed the modern imperialism of the USA and alerted the global leaders against US invasion. He didn't limit his opposition to words; he used all his efforts to destroy the US position in Latin America.

Session jam

The students of Dhaka University are going to face session jam once again. Time has value of its own, we all should realise that. However, we can just hope there won't be any more unfortunate incidents on the university campus.

Corrupt power sector

A timely and interesting editorial on the subject (Oct:6) focuses on the load- shedding phenomenon and the associated excuses given fairly realistically on a regular basis. Even the CTG, like the past political government run administration; only makes claims, without relating it to the reality on the ground. On load-shedding any statement from any administration source or authority may be defined as only idle, ideal talks-- nothing more!

Caring for the old

International Day of the Elderly was observed a few days ago, reminding us once again how much we neglect the old people. Our sense of respect and love for elderly persons who are just like our own grandpa and grandma have faded away. Nobody cares a little for them , but the most astonishing matter is that we tend to forget that we all will one day be like these persons, not capable of moving or eating properly. While riding a bus if we see an aged man not finding a seat in the bus, standing all the while during the journey, we should courteously offer our seat to him but the real scene is just the opposite. If eventually that person requests the young passenger just to give him a seat only for some minutes, then he feels outraged. This is shocking but it is the most common scene in our society. Some perverted teenagers even mock the octogenarian people.

Family Day

Mr. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, Canada and leader of the Liberal Party, declared to observe the Family Day on Monday in the 3rd week of February, 2008. This deserves appreciation to revive the family bond and celebrate a day with pomp and pleasure among family members.

National consensus government

In the backdrop of mixed reactions from the political parties and individual politicians, Dr. B. Chowdhury has now come up with little more information on his idea of national consensus government. He is talking about three phases, and at the same time setting some kind of conditions like denial of the idea would mean supporting terrorism, corruption etc, etc, and also talking about ultimate option for a referendum. We will have to wait for political reactions again. Hopefully, Dr. Chowdhury would ensure justice to his idea by making issues for consensus very concrete with clear agenda. The piecemeal approach and patchwork are not helping the march for clean democracy the people want to see in Bangladesh

Top priority

We have heard a very useful discussion on BBC Bengali Service. Two senior editors have reviewed the status of politics and suggested needed action by the government. As an example of negative outcome, the current political situation in Pakistan was referred to. The case of Pakistan should be an eye opener for our government. The government may kindly listen to the third angle views very attentively and take a firm decision to reopen democratic practices in Bangladesh including a clear plan of action to make their repeated commitment of general election a reality to dispel any doubt anywhere. The editors have also explained the need for such an action by the government.

US domination

Americans in general have been brainwashed to think that Iran is preparing for a nuclear war. Senator McCaine said recently, “There is only one thing worse than military action against Iran and that is a nuclear-armed Iran.” It is American belief that Iran is going for nuclear weapon. If America can have nuclear warheads to destroy the world a few times over, on what moral ground can they deny Iran the use of nuclear power for peaceful purpose? Why should America be so adamant to stop Iran in its pursuit to use nuclear power?

Our police

Once I came across the souvenir published by the trainee Outsider Cadets of the Police Academy, Sardah, Rajshahi. I went through the publication carelessly as one always does. But I observed the qualification of a cadet to be a B.Sc. in chemical engineering. It seemed unusual to turn an engineer into a police sub-inspector. I went through the other pages carefully and became astonished to discover that out of 829 Outsider Cadets passed-out in 2005, 250 of them are graduates, which is the minimum qualification of a police sub-inspector. Eighty-five cadets graduated with honours in different disciplines. At the time of recruitment they were students studying in post graduate classes but could not complete their courses for their training in the Police Academy. But many of them earned their post graduate degrees in the meantime. Two-hundred and one cadets earned their post graduate degrees (after graduation without honours). The majority of the Outsider Cadets are highly qualified having graduated with honours and then earned their post graduate degrees from different universities and affiliated colleges of the National University.

Arrested university teachers

The way the two senior most university teachers were picked up from their quarters at night and then were made to parade in front of the nation on the electronic media, while seeking forgiveness for the alleged offences, only reminded us of those dreadful days of Pakistan.

Rights of tenants

I am all too aware of the plight of the poor in Bangladesh but request some concern for the plight of those of us who are middle class and discovering that we seem to have no legal redress against the abuses of power of some Property Companies who are our landlords.


Benazir responsible for blast deaths: Niece

Benazir Bhutto bears the responsibility for the deaths of 139 people in an attack on her homecoming parade by exposing them to danger for the sake of her own "personal theatre", her estranged niece said.

New leaders, economic plans in China as Congress ends

China's Communist Party yesterday endorsed Hu Jintao's new economic model for the country, while opening the way for a top leadership reshuffle that will likely see the president consolidate his power.

30 Taliban killed, bomb hits Afghan music shop

Security forces said yesterday they killed about 30 rebels in new operations while two Afghan civilians died in separate incidents in an insurgency, which is now heading for its seventh year.

Pakistan at tipping point after attack on Benazir

The bloodbath at Benazir Bhutto's homecoming has pushed nuclear-armed Pakistan to crisis point, both politically and in its US-backed battle against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, analysts said.

Jindal wins Louisiana governor's race

US Rep Bobby Jindal became the nation's youngest governor and the first nonwhite to hold post in Louisiana since Reconstruction when he carried more than half the vote to defeat 11 opponents.

No military solution possible in Lanka

Experts on counter terrorism have urged Sri Lanka's government to capitalise on recent victories against the Tamil Tigers and try to hammer out a political solution to the long-running ethnic war.

Iran insists no nuclear shift after Larijani exit

Iran insisted yesterday that its policy in the nuclear crisis with the West would not change after the sudden resignation of chief negotiator Ali Larijani, amid fears his successor would take an even tougher line.

India, Pakistan set to resume talks

Top Indian and Pakistani security officials and diplomats meet today to resume anti-terror talks as part of a peace process launched by the South Asian rivals to cool regional tensions, an official said.

Israel accuses Fatah militants of trying to ambush Olmert

Israel yesterday accused militants from Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah movement of trying to ambush Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's convoy in the West Bank last summer.

Ethiopian rebels claim killing 140 govt troops

Ethiopian rebels yesterday claimed they had killed at least 140 government troops in an attack in the Ogaden region, where the army is carrying out a crackdown.

N Korea accuses South Korea navy of intrusion

North Korea on Sunday accused South Korean warships of intrusions into its territorial waters, saying the actions were an attempt to undermine a recent accord aimed at easing tensions along the Cold War's last frontier.

Myanmar asks Suu Kyi to drop support for sanctions

Myanmar's junta yesterday demanded detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi drop her support for sanctions on the country, one of conditions set by the regime for talks with the opposition leader.

China's 'iron lady' steps down from key political post

China's most powerful woman, Vice Premier Wu Yi, signalled her retirement yesterday, ending a career as a tough negotiator and troubleshooter that earned plaudits at home and abroad for "the iron lady."

New book may reopen rift between Blair-Brown

The long-running feud between British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his predecessor Tony Blair threatened to reignite Sunday after a new book detailed claims of foul-mouthed rows between the pair.

S Korea pushes to keep troops in Iraq

South Korea's government has decided to extend the stay of its troops in Iraq until next year but will cut the size of its contingent in half, defence officials said Sunday.

'Muslim Live 8' to raise cash for Darfur in Britain

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown voiced support yesterday as British Muslims gathered for a peace concert in London focused notably on the bloody conflict in Darfur.

Polish election could break twins grip on power

Poles yesterday voted in a general election which could see the liberal opposition win power from the outspokenly conservative Kaczynski twins.

'Nepal's Maoists will rejoin govt soon’

Nepali Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula has claimed that the Maoists would rejoin the government after the Dashain, the biggest festival celebrated by people of Nepal.

Crucial UPA-Left meeting on nuke deal today

A crucial meeting of the UPA-Left Committee on the Indo-US nuclear deal will be held on Monday with the outside allies of the Government demanding a clear statement that the deal is off.

Nobel laureate Lessing says 9/11 not as bad as IRA attacks

Nobel prize winning author Doris Lessing said in an interview published Sunday that the September 11 attacks had not been "so bad" when compared to Irish Republican Army action.

Girls' school blown up in Pakistan

Pro-Taliban militants blew up a girls' school in Pakistan's restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan, security officials said yesterday.

Myanmar exiles fight for democracy

A picture of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, gazing into the distance with determined eyes, hangs on nearly every wall in Sein Win's modest office in this Washington suburb.

Afghan president travels to Britain

President Hamid Karzai left yesterday for Britain where he is due to meet Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Prime Minister Gordon Brown for talks on post-Taliban Afghanistan, the palace said.

National Council elections on Dec 26 in Bhutan

The Himalayan nation's poll panel has announced the elections of Bhutan's National Council, the upper house of parliament to be held on December 26.

Pope for ‘reconciliation’

Pope Benedict XVI yesterday urged "reconciliation among peoples" ahead of a religious summit in Naples.

Malaysian astronaut returns to Earth

Two Russian cosmonauts and the first Malaysian in space returned to Earth yesterday after leaving the orbiting International Space Station, Russian mission control announced.

Arts & Entertainment

Flora and fauna of Santal life captured with passion

The mixed media paintings that one sees at the Goethe Institut in the ongoing exhibition by Indian artist Sanasi Lohar is remarkable indeed. Using leather, Camel brand Indian paints, spray gun and applying bold dramatic black strokes, the artist presents paintings that hold one's breath. The dynamism and lyricism of these paintings are due to the artist's training at Santiniketan and his own prowess and perseverance.

Dancer turned actor Farzana speaks her mind

Farzana Chhobi, one of the familiar faces of the popular mega serial Bhober Haat, began her career in the small screen. Several years ago, she approached BTV for a dance audition. There she met noted director-actor Abdullah Al Mamun, who later offered her a role as the central character for his play Chithi, based on Leo Tolstoy's story. That was her starting point in the small screen, and since then, she is a regular BTV actor and enlisted since 2002. At present she is an A grade artiste of BTV.

Bristir Phool on Channel-i this evening

To mark the birth anniversary of poet Shamsur Rahman, Channel-i will telecast a special TV play titled Bristir Phool at 7:50 pm tonight. The play, an adaptation of Shamsur Rahman's novel Elo Shey Obelaye, has been directed by Raju Alim.

Outdoor on ATN Bangla tonight

Airtime of drama serial Outdoor is rescheduled to Monday at 8pm in place of Sunday on ATN Bangla.

Suchitra Sen recovering

Legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen, undergoing treatment at a nursing home in Kolkata, is now improving.

Satkhira Film Society launched

Satkhira Film Society, the first of its kind in the district, began its journey with the screening of the award-wining Bangla movie 'Nirontor' on October 19 at the District Bar Association auditorium.


Friendly fire

THE term "friendly fire," a popular term in the military jargon in the US army, refers to the bizarre situation where an army attacks its own elements, either accidentally or erroneously, owing to mistaken identity. The outcome of friendly fire is diametrically opposite of what is intended.

NGOs need to think about themselves

A strong storm is blowing over the country. The storm is the report of TIB on "Problems in good governance in the NGO sector: The way forward." High officials of the NGOs do not agree with it. They, however, have their own strong logic for not supporting the report. On the other hand, the workers in the lower positions, many of whom are deprived and exploited by the organisations, are fully at one with the report.

Star City

Anything obstructing drainage flow has to be removed

Unauthorised structures in the city's Begunbari canal have to be removed and allotment of plots in the area must be cancelled to achieve the goals of Tk 1, 474 crore Begunbari-Hatirjheel integrated development project, said experts.

Idols have name, fame but artisans see no future

In a small room of a dilapidated old building at Shankhari Bazar, an artisan was moulding idols with utmost care. The young man was shaping a life size idol while two other big idols were reposed at the corner of the room.

Gold market gloomy for sudden price hike

Despite the festivities of Eid and Puja, gold witnessed a dull spell of sales following a sharp rise in prices.

Oldest Durga Puja at Durgabari

The oldest possible Durga Puja of the city is celebrated at Durgabari in Shankhari Bazar area. According to the old residents, this is a hundred-year old puja and the oldest existing one in the area.

DCC to work on much delayed modern slaughterhouse

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has decided to start the preliminary work of a modern slaughterhouse at Gabtoli -- a project that has been delayed for long.

"city express"

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