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Executive magistrates to get temporary judicial power

Caving in to some demands of the administrative officials, the government yesterday decided to give the executive magistrates temporary judicial powers in certain cases.

DMP to punish cops for harassment

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is going to introduce a mechanism to punish policemen for any illegal arrest and allow the victims to lodge complaints about any such harassment.

Justice Fazlul Haque quizzed, flat raided

The joint forces have conducted a nearly five-hour raid on the apartment of Justice Fazlul Haque, adviser to the immediate past caretaker government, who had been listed as one of the corruption suspects by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) recently.

ACC seeks changes to its constitution

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday proposed bringing amendment to its constitution in order to determine its status as "independent, self-governed and impartial" instead of the present "independent and impartial".

ACC gets permission to quiz Hasina, seeks remand of Koko

A Dhaka court yesterday permitted the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to quiz detained Awami League (AL) President and former premier Sheikh Hasina in connection with the Tk 3 crore graft case.

Number of income tax returnees decreases

Only 1.59 lakh people have submitted income tax return to the National Board of Revenue (NBR) until September 30 this year, marking a decrease of about 29 percent compared to the previous year's figure.

Model, 2 others held with Yaba

Three people including music-video model Abu Shahed alias Shahed Biswas were arrested with 50 Yaba tablets, a drug containing morphine and amphetamine, at Siddheswari in the capital last evening.

Separation of judiciary won't affect admin officials: SCBA

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Barrister M Amir-Ul Islam yesterday made it clear that separating the judiciary from the executive control wouldn't affect services of administrative cadre officials who discharge judicial function.

It goes against spirit of judiciary separation

Some legal experts yesterday said the government decision to give the executive magistrates some judicial power conflicts with the spirit of separation of the judiciary from the executive.

Rokon-Ud-Doula withdrawn from magistracy

Magistrate Rokon-Ud-Doula, who shot to fame leading anti-adulteration drives in the capital, was withdrawn from the magistracy yesterday apparently for his recent broadside against the separation of judiciary slated for November 1.

Dhaka for pragmatic ties with Yangon

Dhaka will maintain relations with Yangon based on mutual self-interests and pragmatism, but supports UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari's efforts and may join a Thai initiative for a group of Myanmar's neighbours to resolve the ongoing crisis there.

Hatirjheel survey begins today for development

The joint forces and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Tecchnology (Buet) today starts conducting a survey in Hatirjheel and Begunbari canal area in the capital for construction of a connecting road between Rampura bridge and Panthapath under a Tk 1,474 crore project.

They did little while in power, now they hail it

Though the BNP did not fulfill its electoral pledge to separate the judiciary from the executive during its two terms, BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday welcomed the government decision to separate the judiciary saying it would ensure people's right and justice to all.

Bangladesh takes pride in communal harmony: CA

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said Bangladesh takes pride as its people, irrespective of caste and creed, coexist enjoying communal harmony.

Mufti Hannan remanded for 10 days

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Harkat-ul Jihad al Islami (Huji) leader Mufti Abdul Hannan on a 10-day remand in a case filed in connection with the August 21, 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally.

Joining EC talks first step to contest polls

The Awami League (AL) has decided to participate in the Election Commission's (EC) dialogue on electoral reforms as preparatory to contesting the next general elections, the party's acting general secretary yesterday said.

DU dormitories reopen after 8 weeks

Dhaka University (DU) dormitories reopened yesterday aimed at resuming academic activities on October 28 after over eight weeks following violent incidents on the university campus last August.

Task force to monitor NHA activities

The army-led Task Force against Crimes and Corruption yesterday stormed into the National Housing Authority (NHA) Bhaban on the premises of the Housing and Public Works Department and camped there to monitor its activities.

ACC sues ex-CCF Munshi Anwarul for hiding wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against former chief conservator of forest Munshi Anwarul Islam on charges of amassing illegal wealth and providing false statement about his property to the watchdog.

Hospital lift falls from 8th floor: 15 hurt

A poorly maintained elevator at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Monday came tumbling down from 8th floor, endangering the lives of its passengers including a pregnant woman, her unborn child, an infant and 13 others.

WB president due Nov 3

World Bank (WB) President Robert B Zoellick will arrive in Dhaka on November 3 on a two-day visit to Bangladesh.

Task force starts quizzing three criminals deported from India

The Joint Interrogation Task Force yesterday started interrogating the three criminals who had been deported from India on October 7 and handed over to Bangladesh authorities.

BPC stares at $650m loss

Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) expects to lose a record Tk 4,500 crore this fiscal year due to a sharp increase in global crude prices.

Female suicide squad threatens to attack Benazir Bhutto

Former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto has received a threat that she would be targeted by female suicide bombers, one of her close aides said yesterday.

BSF kills 1

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Kotol border in Thakurgaon's Haripur upazila early morning yesterday, BDR officials said.

Laden urges Iraqi insurgents to unite

Osama bin Laden scolded his al-Qaeda followers in Iraq and other insurgents, saying they have "been lax" for failing to overcome fanatical tribal loyalties and unite in the fight against US troops.

Turkey may launch action against Kurd rebels at 'any time': Erdogan

Turkey could launch military action into northern Iraqi at "any time", Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday but insisted it would solely target Kurdish separatists and not threaten Iraq.


Task force inquiry into DCC doings

For a rather long time, allegations of corrupt dealings at DCC have been rife. Many have been the occasions when wrongdoing at the corporation came under the spotlight, especially through the media. Not that it has helped so far. In fact, the corporation has always remained under a cloud not only because of the corruption in it but also because of its clear failure to ensure good and purposeful services to citizens. Can we expect some dramatic improvement now that the Task Force is delving into DCC affairs?

Badiur's exit

We have mixed reaction to ex-chairman, National Board of Revenue, Badiur Rahman's dramatic response to his being transferred out of NBR to Ministry of Food and Disaster Management as its secretary. Rather than accepting the new posting order which he thought was unceremonious as he was not given an inkling of what was to come, a courtesy deserved by a senior officer, he has sought voluntary retirement on crossing the 25 years of service threshold.

The state, the law and the absurd

When a magistrate, lately hailed for the zealous manner in which he has pursued food related crime, suddenly expresses his readiness to be jailed or hanged, you are left mystified. And you ask yourself if everyone around you is losing control over his own sentiments. Or could it be that it is you who have been falling behind in all this demonstration of desperation, typified by those ready to reveal their readiness to sacrifice their lives on the altar of something that does not really mean anything?

Living in pre- versus post-1/11 era

The actions of the administration cadre, opposing separation of the judiciary days before the November 1 implementation day, should be seen as a barefaced example of people who want to live in the pre-1/11 days of Bangladesh. "We cannot push the country towards anarchy in the name of independence of the judiciary," Magistrate Rokon-Ud-Doula said, as if the people already forgot the pre-1/11 anarchic days. His argument that it was not possible to implement a meaningful separation of the judiciary before 2021 is sheer nonsense.

Gale warning, global burden sharing

The cards are on the table; the world is warming up to the most brutal economic confrontation seen in many decades, perhaps centuries.


Mashrafe is back

Pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza showed signs of returning to his belligerent best with a hostile spell while his new ball partner Syed Rasel lived up to his billing as Mr. Accurate to ensure Khulna complete a successful Dhaka trip with a 39- run win over the hosts in the opening round one-day match of the 9th National Cricket League at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

Tamim storm sinks Barisal

Dashing opener Tamim Iqbal smashed the season's first limited-overs hundred as Chittagong rode on the left-hander's blazing 133 to take revenge of their four-day loss with an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Barisal in the one-day competition of the 9th National Cricket League at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.

Booters leave today

Syed Nayeemuddin could well have his last ma-tch as Bangladesh coach this week when his boys face Tajikistan in the second leg of the 2010 World Cup pre-qualifiers away in Dushanbe.

Tamim, Talha banned over fracas

While he scored a scintillating century, Chittagong opener Tamim Iqbal was involved in a clash with Barisal fast bowler Talha Jubair resulting in both players being served a ban by the match officials during a National Cricket League one-dayer at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.

BFF duo for FIFA course

Bangladesh Football Federation's (BFF) communication manager Ahmed Sayed Al Fatah and professional league and club manager Abu Nayeem Sohag will leave Dhaka this morning for Pakistan to participate in the 'FIFA Futuro III: Administrative and Management Instructors' Refreshers Course' in Lahore.

Commentary, live from hell

Bangladesh Television's live telecast of the opening National Cricket League match has earned much appreciation but in the same breath, one can never forget to mention the unforgettable commentary.

Discipline scripts Pak win

Pakistan produced disciplined cricket to upstage South Africa by six wickets in the third day-night international here on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

We must learn T20: Ponting

Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Monday confessed that his team did not take Twenty20 cricket seriously and needed to learn the nuances of the game to lift its modest international record in the shortest format.

Dhoni worried of schedule

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has highlighted concerns that his side may be physically and mentally exhausted when it arrives in Australia in December following a gruelling schedule.

Milan, L'pool in crisis

Last season's finalists AC Milan and Liverpool face disturbing crises ahead of the third round of Champions League group phase matches on Wednesday.

Chelsea look beyond win

Avram Grant has a chance to show Roman Abramovich that Chelsea's style makeover is well underway when his side face Schalke 04 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

End of the road for Jol?

Martin Jol's Tottenham tenure looks almost certain to be coming to an end following his team's 3-1 loss at Newcaslte on Monday night.

Nike takes over England

US sportswear giant Nike ventured further into the British football market on Tuesday after agreeing to buy rival Umbro, maker of the England soccer strip, for 582 million dollars (408 million euros).

SA President wants nickname changed

South African President Thabo Mbeki has called for the national football team to drop its Bafana Bafana (The Boys) nickname, saying it was unsuitable for the hosts of the 2010 World Cup.

Wembley may host CL final

England's recently rebuilt Wembley stadium could host the European Champions League final in 2010 or 2011, the Football Association said.

Platini gets Euro support

The presidents of the major European leagues, who met in Paris on Monday, have agreed in principle to the Champions League reforms proposed by UEFA president Michel Platini, but have asked for some time before their implementation.

Romario interim Vasco coach

Brazil World Cup star Romario has taken over as temporary coach of top club Vasco da Gama after the resignation of Celso Roth, the club said.

Low's contract extended

Germany is set to extend the contract of coach Joachim Low, president of German Football federation, Theo Zwanzinger, said Tuesday.

Socceroos set Nigeria date

Australia's Socceroos will play a friendly against Nigeria in London next month, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said Tuesday.

Jankulovski out for Milan

AC Milan were hit with a blow ahead of their crunch Champions League clash against Ukraine champions Shakhtar Donetsk as left-back Marek Jankulovski was ruled out.

Mauri out of Werder clash

Lazio's Italy international midfielder Stefano Mauri hurt his left thigh in their 1-0 victory at Livorno at the weekend and will miss Wednesday's Champions League clash at Werder Bremen.

Lankans want first win

Sri Lanka flew out to Australia on Tuesday determined to win their first Test Down Under after an improved performance in recent away matches.

Cause of death uncertain

Canadian pathologist Michael Pollanen told the inquest into the death of Bob Woolmer that he couldn't determine the cause of death of the Pakistan cricket coach who died during the World Cup in March.

ICL changes BCCI stance

India's new-found fascination for Twenty20 cricket has turned into a tug-of-war as money, power and court battles overshadow the country's most popular sport.

Don't go Murali: Ranatunga

Adding fuel to the fire surrounding racism in cricket, Arjuna Ranatunga, the former Sri Lankan captain, has advised Muttiah Muralidaran to not tour Australia in November.

Ramadan worries PCB

Pakistan board officials have been trying to move next year's Champions Trophy from September to October to avoid hosting the tournament during Ramadan, but a packed international calendar is not allowing any change of dates.

Citi Cup starts tomorrow

The second Citi Cup golf tournament will begin at the Kurmitola Golf Club tomorrow. The competition will see 400 golfers, professionals and amateurs, participate.

Tokai kabaddi from today

The Orient Bread Tokai Kabaddi Tournament begins today at the Outer Stadium kabaddi court with two matches billed for the opening day.

Real look to bounce back

Spanish giants Real Madrid will be looking to bounce back after their first defeat of the season with a convincing display against Olympiakos in their Champions League Group C clash on Wednesday.

'Defence is the key'

Celtic can forget about beating Benfica on Wednesday unless they cut-out their customary costly errors in away Champions League games - according to defender Lee Naylor.

Football's parallel universe

For Italy, Argentina and Brazil, the world's top three soccer superpowers, read Aruba, Sao Tome e Principe and Montserrat, the game's poorest relations who currently prop up the FIFA rankings.

Benitez, Gerrard make up

Rafael Benitez and Steven Gerrard have made up after the Spanish manager hauled off his captain during Saturday's Merseyside derby, which the Reds won 2-1 with a last minute Dirk Kuyt penalty.

Iraq drub Pakistan

Midfielder Mahdi Ajeel scored four goals to help Asian Cup champions Iraq record a thumping 7-0 win over Pakistan in the first round first leg of this World Cup Asian qualifying match here on Monday.

Controversial ref punished

Referee Mark Clattenburg, who was severely criticised by Everton manager David Moyes, will not be taking part in an English Premiership this weekend.

Ribery is doubtful

Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Franck Ribery is doubtful for their UEFA Cup Group F match against Red Star Belgrade on Thursday, coach of the German club Ottmar Hitzfeld said.


1:1 loan ratio fixed for merchant banks

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday fixed 1:1 loan ratio for merchant banks meaning if an investor has shares worth Tk 1, he/she will be eligible to receive Tk 1 loan.

Sweet water shrimp cultivation in 200 farms suspended

Sweet water shrimp cultivation in around 200 farms in Bogra and Joypurhat districts remains suspended for over one and a half years due to scarcity of quality mother shrimp and fry.

UN to review poverty reduction goals

The UN General Assembly is to host a meeting this week to lay the groundwork for a review of global poverty reduction pledges, made in Mexico five years ago, a UN statement said Monday.

Tk125cr syndicated loans arranged for spinning, composite textile mills

A total of Tk 125 crore syndicated loan has been arranged for setting up a spinning mill and a composite textile mill.

Bepza hopes to hit $1b investment target

Country's export processing zones (EPZs) regulatory body has expressed high hopes of succeeding in attracting the targeted $1 billion local and foreign investment in the zones this fiscal.

WTO negotiator seeks fresh input on industrial goods talks

The chief World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiator on the contentious topic of industrial goods on Monday urged member states to inject fresh life into stalled talks, trade sources said.

Raise aid to help poor nations achieve MDGs

Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam has urged the donor countries to raise official development assistance (ODA) to 0.7 percent of their gross national income by 2015 and disburse on a predictable manner to help poor countries achieve MDGs.

India mulls new relief package for exporters

The Indian government is considering another package of relief measures for exporters, hit by sharply rising rupee against US dollar, through sector-specific steps for refund of taxes and levies.

Enhanced Indo-Bangla trade stressed

A view exchange meeting was held between leaders of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and visiting trade delegation from Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here yesterday emphasising joint programmes to increase bilateral trade.

EU team visits monitoring plant in Ctg

The two-member team of European Union yesterday visited documentation and residue monitoring plant run by Fish Inspection and Quality Control (FIQC) department at Muradpur in Chittagong.

GP's health line service re-launched

The HealthLine Service, a 24-hour medical call centre of Grameenphone, has been re-launched recently by expanding its capacity and streamlining the process in order to meet the increasing needs of the callers, says a press release.

Toyota to build new domestic plant

The Toyota Motor Corp. group announced plans Tuesday to build its first new domestic car assembly plant in more than a decade to boost efficiency amid fast-growing sales.

Beximco Pharma starts exports to Fiji

Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a leading drug manufacturer, has started supplying medicines to Pacific Island nation Fiji, says a press release.

Singapore Airlines suites introduced

Unrivalled exclusivity and privacy await the privileged customers who fly Singapore Airlines' newest cabin product, abroad the Airbus A380, says a press release.

Shahjalal Bank gets new chairman

Akkas Uddin Mollah has been elected chairman of Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd, says a press release.


Establish dist govt to strengthen local bodies

District government will have to be established with a view to strengthen the local government institutions by infusing dynamism into its activities, said the experts at a seminar yesterday.

UN's effectiveness depends on collective will of int'l community

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has said the effectiveness of the United Nations will entirely depend on the collective will and commitment of the international community.

First test-tube baby born Sept 30

The first test-tube baby was born at Square Fertility Centre in the city on September 30.

Road accidents kill 10, injure 68

At least 10 people were killed and 68 others injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur, Manikganj, Comilla, Chittagong, Chapainawabganj and Jhenidah yesterday and on Monday night.

First hajj flight on October 12

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has announced its two-month-long hajj flight schedule.

Reactivate taskforce to free children from confinement

Children Justice Network (CJN), a coalition of more than 30 organisations and individuals, urged the government to reactivate National Taskforce for releasing children from confinement nationwide.

Panic grips KCC officials as ACC team arrives

Panic has gripped a section of officials including engineers following information that a three-member task force of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrived in Khulna to probe irregularities in Khulna City Corporation (KCC).

Flying instructors should always be alert

The Certificate Award Ceremony of No 38 Flying Instructors' Course of Bangladesh Air Force was held at BAF Flying Instructors' School in Bogra yesterday, says an ISPR release.

Assault on Brac teacher by husband in NY condemned

Samajik Protirodh Committee, a platform of a number of rights organisations, yesterday strongly condemned the recent assault on Brac University lecturer Nadine Murshid by her husband Sajid Huq in New York.

Dulal Mia confesses to involvement

Dulal Mia, now on a four-day remand in a robbery case, yesterday confessed his involvement with the Malibagh incident in which four people were gunned down six years ago.

Programmes to observe Victory Day

The government has chalked out elaborate programmes across the country to celebrate the Victory Day on December 16 at an inter-ministerial meeting yesterday.

Saifuddin Ahmed wins Anwarul Quadir Prize

Saifuddin Ahmed, general manager of an agricultural organisation in Bangladesh, has won the first Anwarul Quadir Prize for his essay on Innovations in Bangladesh, a press release said.

3 muggers held

Local people yesterday handed over three muggers to police while they were trying to kill a driver in order to mug his taxicab at Shalna area under Sadar upazila of the district.

Man strangled in N'ganj

Unknown criminals strangled a person at Shiddhirganj on Monday night.

Verdict of arms case against Babar Oct 30

The verdict of an arms case against former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar will be delivered on October 30.

BBC launches The Next Big Thing 2007

The BBC has launched a major global music talent search - The Next Big Thing 2007, aiming at finding out bold and brilliant musical pioneers who really deserve attention, a BBC press release said.

Prospect of greater Thai investment discussed

Outgoing Thai Ambassador to Bangladesh Suphat Chitranukroh paid a farewell call on Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury at his office yesterday.

70 cops go to Ivory Coast for UN mission

A 70-member team of Bangladesh Police was scheduled to leave for Ivory Coast yesterday midnight to work for the UN peacekeeping mission.

Five Korean overseas volunteers in city

Five new Korea Overseas Volunteers (KOVs) under the sponsorship of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) arrived in Dhaka on October 22 to render voluntary services for two years at various government organisations, says a press release.

LGRD adviser off to New Delhi

LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser M Anwarul Iqbal leaves Dhaka for New Delhi yesterday to attend the Saarc Home Ministers' Conference.

President, CA greet Zambian president

President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed felicitated president of Zambia Levy Patrick Mwanawasa on the occasion of the Independence Day of his country.

3 contractor firms fined Tk 1 lakh

A mobile court in the port city yesterday fined three contractor firms Tk one lakh for selling fuel wastes, which were supposed to be destroyed, violating port act.

Ten bombs recovered in Shariatpur

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members recovered 10 bombs, a shutter gun and a motorcycle in Shariatpur yesterday.

One crushed under wheels of train

A youngman was crushed under the wheels of a running train at Chapadaha under Gaibandha Sadar upazila yesterday.

Killer Babu gets life in arms case

A court in Narayanganj yesterday sentenced Sundar Babu alias Killer Babu, a top terror of Shyampur, to life imprisonment in arms case.

Prof Foyzur to be accorded reception

Motijheel Ideal School and College will accord a reception to veteran academic Prof Foyzur Rahman, says a press release.

Body recovered

Police yesterday recovered a decomposed body of an unidentified woman from an abandoned plot at Asad Avenue in Mohammadpur in the city.


Annual Urs of Hazrat Shah Abdur Rahim (RH) Shah Saheb of Paribag will be held on Friday on the Paribag Mazar premises, says a press release.


Patuakhali town protection project uncertain as funds not allocated

Implementation of Patuakhali town protection project has became uncertain as finance ministry stopped funding it in the current financial year (2007-08).

Officials assure all cooperation in judiciary separation

A six-member committee for monitoring separation of judiciary, headed by Justice MM Ruhul Amin of Supreme Court appellate division visited Rajshahi yesterday.

Diarrhoea kills 8, affects over 500 in Moulvibazar, Pabna

Diarrhoea claimed eight lives and affected over five hundred in Moulvibazar tea gardens and different upazilas in Pabna in last one week.

Teachers demand removal of 'corrupt' principal

Teachers and staff of Godagari Women's Degree College in Rajshahi district yesterday demanded immediate removal of the college principal for his alleged irregularities and corruption.

Give interest-free loan in monga-hit areas

Monga (a famine like situation) can be eradicated from the northern region once for all by creating self-employment and income generating activities at the grass roots level.

Farmers beat dealer, assault officials for fertiliser

Angry farmers beat a fertiliser dealer and four officials of Agriculture Extension Department as they did not get fertiliser on Krisnapur Union Parisad premises in Manikganj Sadar upazila yesterday.

Satkhira Bar hails decision

The Satkhira Bar Association in a statement yesterday hailed the government decision for separation of the judiciary from the administration, to be effective from Navember 1.

2 GRP officials suspended in Mymesingh

Bangladesh Railway Police yesterday suspended Officer-in-Charge of Mymansingh GRP Mustafizur Rahman and In-Charge of Gafargoan Railway Police outpost Assistant Sub-Inspector Prafullah Kumar for negligence to duty.

11 Jubo League men acquitted in Rangpur

A magistrate court here yesterday acquitted 11 Awami Jubo League leaders and activists of their charges of violating emergence rules.

13 clinics closed in Pabna

The district health department here yesterday closed 13 private clinics and hospitals for violating government rules, official sources said.

Six Galachipa AL leaders get death threat from outlaws

Six Awami League (AL) leaders in Galachipa have received death threats from a gang of outlaws belonging to Charam Panthi.

Fugitive convict arrested in Moulvibazar

A 10-year-old fugitive convict named Sumel Miah has been arrested from a village in Sadar upazila, police said.

Boat with 140 urea bags sinks in Titas

A mechanised boat with 140 bags of urea fertiliser sank in Titas river when a sand laden boat dashed it near Mantala village under Nabiunagar upazila in the district on Monday.

Bangladeshi's body retrieved from zero line in Satkhira

Body of a Bangladeshi cattle trader who was gunned down allegedly by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Monday morning, was retrieved from the zero point iGhona border in Satkhira Sadar upazila yesterday.

UP member held in Sirajganj

Police yesterday arrested a member of Chhongachha Union Parishad (UP) while trying to draw Tk 1.35 lakh meant for rehabilitation of flood victims by preparing false documents, police and Sadar UNO office sources said.

2 die under train in B'baria

Two persons died under the wheels of trains in separate incidents in the district Monday evening.


Eid & starvation!

A local English daily's staff correspondent's vivid front page report

Partition of India

The main problems of population migration that arose from the independence of the Indian sub-continent from the British Rule was not the creation of India and Pakistan as such. Jinnah wanted partition of the country into Pakistan and India, mainly on religious grounds, but he also argued fiercely with Mountbatten and his advisers (I read in one of Mountbatten's biographies that the argument at the final stages of independence went through a whole night), against partition of the provinces of Bengal and Punjab and demanded that these two Muslim majority provinces which had existed for many years with their democratic provincial legislatures and governments must remain in tact and be allocated to Pakistan. Mountbatten was adamant that if religion was the basis to divide the country as a whole then the same principle must be applied to these provinces as well.

Unsafe foods

Thanks to Zarina Rahman of Dhaka for drawing attention of everybody concerned to the consequences of using toxic chemicals in fruits through her letter of October 19, 2007.

General's assertion

While responding to reporters' questions at the Bangladesh High Commission in London a few days ago, General Moeen U Ahmed made it clear, as he did previously on many occasions, that he has no desire to become president.

Reform euphoria

Long time ago, US President Theodore Roosevelt said, "All those blatant sham reformers, in the name of new morality, preach the old, old vice and self-indulgence which rotted out first, the moral fibre, and then even the external greatness of Greece and Rome."

Reaz Rahman on Shehabuddin book

This is with reference to the recent letters on Mr. K. M. Shehabuddin's book "There and Back Again : A Diplomat's Tale (University Press Ltd., Dhaka, 2005)" by the former state minister/adviser of Khaleda-Nizami's government - Mr. Reaz Rahman (September 24, 2007), Mr. Rezaul Karim (October 01, 2007), Mr. Mohiuddin Ahmed (October 05, 2007) and two earlier book reviews by Syed Badrul Ahsan (September 08, 2007) and Mr. Muhammad Zamir (January 17, 2006).

Australian polls

Australia, heading for a Presidential poll next month, has been a trusted ally of US-led terror wars in Middle East that saw the fall of Afghanistan and Iraq. John Howard, the Australian prime minister and Liberal Party leader, has called a federal election for November 24. Howard, 68, has been in power for 11 years, but is lagging behind Kevin Rudd, his younger Labour opponent, in opinion polls. Among the issues the election will determine are the future of Australia's military contribution in Iraq and its stance on climate change. Labour has promised to withdraw troops from Iraq and sign the Kyoto climate pact, but, generally speaking, the election will also be fought and won on domestic issues. Rudd, 50, has promised sweeping reforms to health and education as well as an overhaul of controversial labour laws introduced by Howard.

Sugar crisis

Recently BTV started showing a feature on the bad effects of consuming Indian sugar which is available in our local market. Indian sugar contains ingredients like hydrogen peroxide H2O2 which can cause severe damage to health.

Europe and India

Regarding the 'independence' of India and Pakistan, I have to mention that 'undivided' India or Bharat was always independent and had outstanding economic, academic and cultural excellence until the 'British traders' arrived. After the British finished 'trading and ruling' the foundation was laid not for 2 but 3 countries: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Unfortunately, B'desh became the youngest child abandoned at birth by a large family although once Bengal was one of the richest regions on earth. Today the European colonialists, once racing to grab the Indian resources, are united under 'EU'. But there is also a mighty shine fiercely emerging from the united South Asian platform under 'Saarc'.

Medical admission test

It is known that the scapegrace will never listen to moral lectures. If proper justice is ensured and all possible loopholes are sealed, the members of society would not have thought of it. But unfortunately so far as it is known, nobody dared to take proper actions against the unscrupulous vicious circles existing in the safe zone except little eyewash.

Enforcement of law

It has been noticed that due to the failure of the authorities to enforce any law , public respect for its compliance is eroding fast. People do not seem to show any respect for any law as they can get away with the violation easily. For example, an anti-smoking law was promulgated long ago prohibiting public smoking. But has it been implemented? the answer is a big NO. Because there is no authority to implement this law. Recently, horn free zones were declared for some particular streets and places in the city. But the drivers of the vehicles are not showing any respect for the law and there is no one to enforce it. As a result, hooting is rampant in those restricted areas. The traffic authorities now have come up with another directive prohibiting use of mobile phone or ear phone while driving. But as usual this directive is also totally ignored in the absence of any attempt to enforce its implementation.

DU incident

The government promptly set up a one-man judicial inquiry commission to look into the DU incident. Since the commission has started its function, we have seen sporadic comments from the witnesses in print and electronic media reports.

'Headless horseman?'

I just finished reading the article 'Headless horseman?' by Shahnoor Wahid on the DS issue of 18tOctober, 2007. I must first congratulate the writer for brilliantly portraying the prevailing truth in politics of Bangladesh. His last comments on questioning the three leaders to speak on behalf of Bangladesh are worth noting. In spite of 1/11, the politicians are simply playing the blame game and honestly trying to show their innocence for the fear of being booked by the ACC or some governmental agency. Truly, it is nonsensical to line up behind these people who had marauded and defrauded the nation for so long and in such unceremonious way that I am revisited by a spine chilling specter of pre 1/11 days and my blood pressure shoots up.

Smuggling into jail!

An illuminating front page report on the matter was published in a local English daily after Eid. The report is a proof of bad habits leading towards criminality, even in so-called high society! It is astonishing to even think of "Phensidyl mixed Semai"; an unholy concoction, even on a holy day like Eid.


There was no government that came to power with such popularity as the current caretaker government did. But their popularity is now at the lowest ebb. Because they have deviated from their prime assignments.

Bangabandhu and Bangladesh

It was a delightful morning for me to see the coverage and the picture of three Chiefs of Armed forces, the President and the Chief Adviser paying tribute to our father of the nation on the 32nd anniversary of the assassination of Bangabandhu. Bangabandhu and Bangladesh are synonymous. General Moeen and his colleagues have displayed maturity and good sense. Let us not disgrace the father of the nation anymore. During the time when Awami League was in power Bangabandhu's image was restored to some extent.

NBR chairman

Change of NBR chairman is a routine function . But it is news since people feel that the immediate past chairman was talking too much, which was beyond the normal discipline of a bureaucrat.

Caretaker government

Since January 2007, this caretaker government has only been doing one single thing: cracking down on the politicians. They are only focused on arresting the corrupt politicians and business people. It is a good thing but after they came to power it is their only mission. They are not at all concerned about other major issues concrning the development of the country. The RAB and police are doing nothing to stop crimes. Prices of essential commodities are increasing day by day at an alarming rate. The entire nation is suffering from power failure. If electricity is not available 3--4 hours a day, then how will it be possible for business people to compete with the rest of the world?

Police administration

Mr. Nurul Huda's incisive observations on police management (Oct:20) present the pragmatic realities of facts as practiced in Bangladesh. The prime goal is "non-accounting cash flow". This prime goal covers everyone in the hierarchy; except a few, too few; honourable people; who therefore become misfits in the highly efficiently managed and well developed "cash flow" system.


Turkey trashes Kurd rebels' truce offer

Turkey's foreign minister rejected any cease-fire by Kurdish rebels Tuesday as he met with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad to press them to crack down on the guerrillas. Turkish forces massed on the border and tensions rose over a threatened military incursion.

Shake up in Lankan military after attack

Sri Lanka's military made key changes in its command yesterday, a day after the Tamil Tigers infiltrated an air base and destroyed several aircraft, officials said.

500,000 ordered to flee California wildfires

Half a million Californians have been ordered to evacuate their homes and flee the spreading wildfires blazing across southern California Tuesday, US media reported.

Abbas optimistic about US-backed ME conference

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said yesterday during a visit to Indonesia that he was optimistic of a concrete outcome from a planned international conference on peace in the Middle East.

'Too early' to express disappointment over N-deal: US

Amid continuing uncertainty over fate of the Indo-US nuclear deal, the US has said it is "too early" to express disappointment and held out hopes that the two sides "can get it done".

Myanmar agrees to visit of UN rights envoy

The ruling generals in Myanmar have agreed to the first visit by the UN's top human rights official in four years, the United Nations said on Monday.

Bush asks for $46b more for wars

President Bush asked Congress for $46 billion more to bankroll wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and said he wants the money approved by Christmas. The fighting in Iraq, in its fifth year, already has cost more than $455 billion.

US pushes for Afghan reinforcements as support withers

The United States will press its European allies Wednesday to provide more troops and equipment to combat the insurgency in Afghanistan, as mounting casualties undermine support for Nato's mission.

US strikes kill 11 Iraqis: Iraq

US helicopters opened fire on a group of men observed planting roadside bombs north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 11 Iraqis, including at least six civilians, the military said.

Millions of dollars missing from Indian PM's relief fund

More than three million dollars donated to the Indian prime minister's relief fund for victims of disasters such as the Asian tsunami and Kashmir earthquake are missing, reports said yesterday.

First impressions may last with voters: Study

Political hopefuls should not underestimate the power of first impressions in snagging votes, a study published Monday suggested.

Japan's pullout of Afghan mission 'unthinkable': PM

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda pleaded yesterday with parliament to extend Japan's support for the US-led "war on terror" but a fresh defence scandal provided new ammunition for the opposition.

Japan tells Russia no threat from missile shield

Japan's foreign minister told Russia yesterday that Tokyo would not back down on a missile shield it is building with the United States and assured him that Moscow was not the target.

Arts & Entertainment

Clarion call for recovering the Santal roots

The continuation of the seminar at the Mother Language Festival on “Santal life and culture” saw its culmination at the Goethe-Institut premises on October 20.

Adaptation of Jasimuddin's “Kabor” on ATN Bangla

Palli-kobi Jasimuddin's poignant elegy Kabor has been adapted several times for theatre and dance-drama. Now actor-director Shahiduzzaman Selim is making a single episode TV play based on Kabor.

A complete canvas of subcontinental music

For the first time, there was a triangular fusion of music from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan here last week when eminent singers from the three countries Runa Laila, Rita Ganguly and Tahira Syed respectively, shared the dais at the Siri Fort auditorium.

George Lucas planning "Star Wars" TV series

The Force may soon be coming to a television near you.


Is it not yet time for justice?

Almost three years have passed without a proper investigation into the brutal killing of my husband Shah A.M.S. Kibria, M.P., in a grenade attack in his Habiganj constituency on January 27, 2005. My nephew, Shah Manzur Huda, and three others were also killed in the attack. Like me, so many wives, mothers and children who have lost loved ones in grenade and bomb attacks still cry in anguish, with the forlorn hope of justice. So many families have been torn apart by these attacks. For these families there can never again be carefree laughter and joy -- the dark shadow of these brutal killings will haunt them for the rest of their lives, a constant source of sorrow and depression. The great shame is that they are even denied the scant consolation of knowing that the killers will be brought to justice.

Star City

The colours of traditional pata-chitro still dazzle

Potchitro or story telling through depicting images on canvas has always been a traditional form of art and entertainment. The trail goes a long way back to the Middle Ages when story telling was an important form of entertainment in Bengal. Poets told tales of gods, saints and the virtuous, of kings and queens, through their writings. Artists portrayed these verses through colours and motifs.

Topor makers losing heart, quitting profession

Meandering through the narrow lane of Shankhari Bazar one would notice gift shops, cosmetic shops and dazzling wedding outlets displaying various types of Topor, a conical headgear of Hindu males for wedding, made of 'shola' straw.

Shiva's gift

According to Hindu legends Shiva desired to wear a Topor while going to marry Himalaya's daughter Parboti. At Shiva's command a young man called Malakar cropped up in the wetland and was formally commissioned to make the wedding hat. Following Malakar's footprints the malakars make Topors and worship Shiva. Ever since, the malakars are known to be the artisans of Topor and many other ornaments and show pieces made from shola.

Mindless smoking goes on inside children's park

Children are being subjected to indiscriminate passive smoking besides having to put up with outdated, worn out and boring rides at Shaheed Zia Shishu Park in the capital.

A thousand 'dream' apartments ready for slum dwellers

At long last, a thousand fortunate families from the impoverished section of the society might be able to move in to their dream apartments at the Bhashantek Rehabilitation Project -- provided the selection process is not "influenced" by the influentials.

Star Chittagong

Port city residents hostage to rain-fed calamities

Rain-induced inundation and waterlogging once again wrecked havoc on the residents and properties in the port city with the authorities yet to develop the drainage system as per the master plan.

PDB regional workshop limps along on limited resources

The Chittagong regional workshop of Power Development Board (PDB) limps along with insufficient manpower while delay in repairing transformers causes immense suffering to consumers in greater Chittagong.

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