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News of: Monday, 29th of October, 2007

Front Page

Executive magistrates cannot be sued

Executive magistrates to be empowered with the right to convene impromptu mobile courts and to mete out instant punishments for certain offences, are also to be exempt from being prosecuted for any inadvertent harm done to the accused by their decisions while acting in good faith.

Potato farmers stare at loss for fertiliser crisis

Potato farmers at sadar upazila in Manikganj's Ghior upazila fear they may make a loss of an estimated Tk 20 crore this year because of fertiliser crisis in the planting season.

Govt counting loss as production cost triples

While the Barapukuria mine's coal production cost nearly tripled from the original estimates, the government is preparing to pay $8.4 million to China as the seventh instalment of the supplier's credit under which this mine was built.

War heroes, organisations blast Jamaat remarks

Different socio-political organisations continued their condemnation of the comments by Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed in which he claimed that his party did not act against the country's independence and denied outright the existence of any war criminals here.

Cops to obey court orders in 7 days

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) authorities have directed officers-in-charge (OC) of all police stations in the metropolis to dispose of court orders within seven days of receiving them.

SC stays law ministry move

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed the operation of a law ministry circular requesting the district judges not to ask for courtrooms, manpower, ejlash of judicial magistrates, transport and other logistic supports following separation of the judiciary.

Saarc experts to finalise draft treaty on criminal matters

Saarc legal experts have been asked to finalise the draft of the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) treaty on criminal matters as the member states failed to reach an agreement on an earlier draft prepared by India at the recent Saarc home ministers' conference.

DU, RU reopen after 2 months

Academic activities at Dhaka University (DU), Rajshahi University (DU) and Jagannath University resumed yesterday after an unscheduled closure of over two months following student unrest on the campuses during August 20-22.

SA media leaders talk of greater duty, freedom

Eminent media experts of the South Asian nations at a conference in the capital yesterday called for greater responsibilities of journalists, and for ensuring their protection to strengthen democracy, the freedom of expression, and upholding of human rights.

2 BNP leaders' son, daughter involved

Law enforcers have mounted watch on two top BNP leaders' children, who are allegedly involved in Yaba trade for long, said Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) after quizzing some arrested drug dealers.

Hasina files writ petition against graft case

Former prime minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) challenging the legality of bringing a Tk 3 crore graft case filed against her and six prominent personalities under the Emergency Power Rules (EPR).

Polls to be held within EC timeframe

Inviting international observers to observe the next polls in Bangladesh, President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday reiterated that the upcoming general election would be held within the timeframe set by the Election Commission.

Judgment in graft case against Harris Nov 4

Judgement of a graft case against Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, will be delivered in his absence on November 4.

Siddons made new cricket coach

Bangladesh's desperate search for a national coach is set for a happy ending when Australian Jamie Siddons arrives in Dhaka today to sign a two-year deal.

UK envoy sees attempt at unprecedented political change

British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury yesterday said Bangladesh is attempting an unprecedented political and governance transformation.

AL to go for polls freeing Hasina

Awami League (AL) will participate in the next election under the leadership of freed Sheikh Hasina.

Gen Moeen returns

Army chief General Moeen U Ahmed returned home yesterday after a two-week visit to the UK, USA and Macau.

NAP also for disqualifying war criminals from polls

National Awami Party (NAP-Mozaffar) at its dialogue with the Election Commission (EC) yesterday pleaded for declaring war criminals and anti-liberation individuals “disqualified” from contesting elections.

Firm plans mobile CNG stations to ease rush

A private firm has come up with an innovative idea of installing portable CNG filling stations that would ease the acute congestions at existing CNG filing stations throughout the country.

ACC to quiz detained Hasina today

Detained former prime minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will be quizzed today in connection with a graft case involving a barge-mounted power plant.

SC rules in Moudud's favour

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the High Court verdict that had declared illegal the detention order of former law minister Moudud Ahmed.

19 CU students testify to probe body

A total of 19 students yesterday gave deposition before the probe committee formed to investigate the untoward incidents occurred on Chittagong University (CU) campus on August 22.

21,400 bottles of local liquor seized in city

Police yesterday recovered 21,400 bottles of locally made liquor and arrested 13 including two women customers from Uttar Badda in the capital.

Returnees didn't get their money back

The Bangladeshi workers who returned from Malaysia after being deceived by their employers are facing problems in getting back their money from recruiting agents.

Rajuk demolishes 70 shops

Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday demolished 70 shops of two shopping complexes owned by former BNP lawmaker Giasuddin at Shimrail intersection in Narayanganj for violating Rajuk rules.

US-led forces kill 80 Taliban rebels

Around 80 Taliban fighters were killed when they tried to ambush a patrol of Afghan and international soldiers in the south of Afghanistan, the US-led coalition said yesterday.

Fresh clashes kill 27 in Lanka

At least 27 Tamil Tiger rebels and soldiers have been killed in clashes in northern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said yesterday.

15 Kurdish rebels die in Turkey clashes

Turkish troops killed 15 Kurdish guerrillas in fighting yesterday far from the increasingly tense Iraq border region where some of the separatists have sought refuge, a news report said.

BSF kills 1

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday shot dead a Bangladeshi youth near Baradi border of Damurhuda upazila in Chuadanga.

Editorial

Mashhud's spirited words

The counsel given by Lt. Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury, Chairman, Anti-corruption Commission to reporters that they seek out and gather correct information without being weighed down by the Official Secrets Act or other stifling rules strikes a responsive chord in us. His spirit is welcome. But so long as a culture of secrecy and privacy feeds on regressive, colonial time laws, quest for the whole truth will remain a largely futile exercise.

Living in danger

The disintegrating Wapda building in Mirpur in which a large number of stranded Pakistanis are living with families need urgent repair work to eliminate the possibility of fatal accidents. It is appalling to see that roofs of rooms on some of the floors above have already collapsed thereby exposing yawning holes large enough for a grown up man to plummet to his death. And the sight of children living next to those holes makes one contemplate the plight of the little ones for which they had played no role. The said building is on the verge of total collapse and yet the inmates cannot move away as they have nowhere to go. Figuratively speaking, they sleep next to death every night!

Is election the only way out?

Efforts in the post-emergency period in Bangladesh appear to be directed at instituting electoral democracy; electoral democracy being defined as: "Any regime in which governmental offices are filled as a result of contested elections. Only if the opposition is allowed to compete, win, and assume office is a regime democratic."

The chinks in Bhutto's armour

Aself-styled "daughter of the East," Benazir Bhutto is far from the image the rubric of her autobiography conjures up. Instead, from her toe-nail to her scalp she is a westerner in taste, attitude and upbringing. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, she is more at ease with the atmospherics and value-system of the West.

Moving from Moditva to sanity

When Mr. Narendra Modi walked out of an interview with the CNN-IBN channel last week after being questioned about the 2002 carnage in Gujarat, he probably didn't realise he was inflicting grave damage upon his image. The walkout's impact, which showed Mr. Modi as confused, arrogant and unreasonable, has since been magnified by Tehelka's exposure of the barbaric violence planned and encouraged by his regime.

Sports

Dhaka win big

Dhaka stormed to a massive innings and 34 runs victory over Sylhet while Rajshahi were close to their second consecutive win at the end of the second day in the National Cricket League yesterday.

BCB's best kept secret

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) kept its promise to find a new national coach with Australian Jamie Siddons set to arrive in Dhaka this morning to take over the challenging assignment.

Bangladesh lose 5-0

Bangladesh's dream to move into the second round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup shattered when they crashed 5-0 to Tajikistan yesterday in the second leg of the pre-qualifiers in Dushanbe.

Akhtar rushed back

Pakistan's captain hopes returning paceman Shoaib Akhtar can bowl the team to victory in the final match here Monday to clinch their first-ever one-day series against South Africa.

Tigers crash from qtrs

Bangladesh failed to go past the quarterfinal stages of the Hong Kong Sixes tournament, losing to Pakistan by 6 runs at the Kowloon Cricket Club yesterday.

U-16s booters end with four losses

After their seniors suffered a 5-0 defeat to Tajikistan in the 2010 World Cup pre-qualifiers yesterday, Bangladesh's Under-16 team lost 3-1 to the Tajik youth team on the same day in the AFC Championship qualifiers.

DC Gold Cup football

Sadar Upazila defeated Barkal Upazila 3-0 in the opening match of the Rangamati Deputy Commissioner's Gold Cup football tournament which began yesterday at Rajbari Stadium in the hill town.

SL Sixes heroes

An All-Stars team containing some of the greatest names in world cricket was beaten in the final of the Hong Kong Sixes on Sunday by a team of little-known Sri Lankans.

BCB boss to attend ICC meeting

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Maj Gen Sina Ibn Jamali will attend the ICC (International Cricket Council) executive meeting in Dubai on October 30 and 31.

Fun back at the Bridge

Avram Grant admitted Chelsea are beginning to inject fun back into their football after crushing Manchester City 6-0 on Saturday.

Chelsea Rout City

Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez fired Man-chester United back to the top of the Premier League on Saturday, as Chelsea served warning that their own title challenge is still alive after the departure of Jose Mourinho.

Napoli humble Juventus

Juventus's flying start to the season came to a shuddering halt Saturday as they were controversially beaten 3-1 at Napoli.

Stuttgart end losing streak

VfB Stuttgart coach Armin Veh insists there is no magic formula - just hard work - to dig his team out of trouble after his side broke their run of five consecutive defeats.

Spurs 'tapped up' Ramos?

Spurs were on Sunday accused of making an illegal approach to Juande Ramos in their determination to lure the Sevilla coach to White Hart Lane.

Real shelve Kaka plans

Real Madrid conceded defeat on Sunday in their attempt to lure AC Milan's Brazilian star Kaka to the Bernabeu stadium.

Tears over sledging

Australia's cricketers rediscovered sportsmanship after a barrage of callers complaining about their behaviour reduced Cricket Australia's receptionist to tears, a new official history says.

'I am mentally stronger'

Muttiah Muralidaran's first Test tour with the Sri Lankan team to Australia in 12 years has so far been a tale of police escorts at the airport, security fears, plainclothes people in the crowd ... and plenty of hype.

Method and madness

Two years ago, on another October evening, a day after another Challenger Trophy, the national selectors decided to "rest" another former Indian captain. Sourav Ganguly, then out with a mild injury, was left out of the Indian squad for the first two matches of the home series against Sri Lanka and needed to wait another year and a half before his next one-dayer.

Sehwag hopes to do well

Flamboyant opener Virender Sehwag, who has been selected to the national ODI team against Pakistan, today said he was happy to get back into the side and hoped to repeat his past performance against Pakistan.

Citi Cup golf concludes

Teb Marius won the men's title while S S Son clinched the women's crown in the second Citi Cup Golf tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club on Friday.

Warne ready to relinquish feat

Test cricket's top wicket-taker Shane Warne said Sunday he will have no regrets when rival spin wizard Muttiah Muralidaran overtakes him at the top of the charts.

Mamun, Asif in JPC TT final

The annual sports of Jatiya Press Club got underway yesterday with the table tennis competition.

Dhaka eves lift handball title

Dhaka emerged champions of the First Invitational Women's handball tournament with a 19-16 victory over Panchagarh in the final at the Tetulia Pilot High School ground in Panchagarh yesterday.

Fergie hails Rooney, Tevez

Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the flourishing strike partnership between Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez as the bedrock of the Premier League champions current rich vein of form.

Espanyol rue profligacy

Espanyol squandered the chance to move up to second place in La Liga, at least overnight, when they were held to a 2-2 draw at Real Mallorca on Saturday and the Barcelona-based side remain in fifth.

Embarrassing Marseille

Marseille's French league slump continued with a humiliating 2-1 defeat at Sochaux on Saturday night including two headed own goals and a penalty miss leaving them third from bottom.

China move to second round

China reached the next round of the Asian World Cup qualifying campaign on Sunday after they routed Myanmar 4-0 in the nations' second leg match.

Steaua get 'the beast'

Former Romanian international Marius Lacatus was appointed coach of Steaua Bucharest on Sunday becoming their third handler this season.

England's WC bid to get boost

A change to the system of rotating World Cup finals between continents due to be announced by FIFA on Monday would open the way for England to launch a bid to host the 2018 tournament.

Business

FDI 'at a standstill' in Bangladesh

Foreign investments in Bangladesh are 'at a standstill' and the key garments sector is in "trouble", the British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury said yesterday in Dhaka during a wide ranging address to foreign entrepreneurs

Rate cuts, competition hit GP Q3 revenue growth

Grameenphone, Bangladesh's largest mobile operator, said its third quarter revenue growth had been hit by increased competition and lower call charges, while government regulation and public unrest have 'negatively impacted' its business conditions.

BB warns banks on failure to hit farm loan target

The central bank will take punitive action against commercial banks if it finds that they have been negligent in fulfilling their duty to provide agricultural loans to farmers.

New overseas job opportunities for Bangladeshi doctors

Moves are on for raising the volume of skilled manpower export, including the physicians to Saudi Arabia, said Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury.

Maersk to build container depot in Chittagong

Shipping company Maersk is to build an inland container depot in Bangladesh to ease worsening congestion at the country's main port of Chittagong, an official said Sunday.

Gold prices up 6.87pc in domestic market

Gold prices in the domestic market increased for the seventh time this year on Thursday on average by 6.87 percent in the wake of soaring prices of the precious metal ininternational markets.

Reforms up Ctg port efficiency

Reforms aiming at raising standard and efficiency had succeeded in bringing about a radical change in the Chittagong port activities in the last nine months, said Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Chairman Commodore M Faruque yesterday.

New money laundering windows opening up

New windows of money laundering are opening up with the expansion of technology-based transactions in the country, a meeting of the Anti-Money Laundering Task Force revealed yesterday.

Indian Gap supplier using child labour: report

An Indian supplier to clothing retailer Gap has been found using child labour to produce items for Gap Kids branches in Europe and the United States, the Observer newspaper reported here on Sunday.

Gulf states may put a 6-year cap for foreign workers

A six-year residency cap on unskilled expatriate workers in the Gulf region, which was under consideration for the past three years, may soon be enforced by the GCC countries.

Feeder operator MCC Transport starts operation in Bangladesh

MCC Transport, a regional feeder operator with 32 vessels covering 32 ports in Greater China, South East Asia and South Asia, has started operation in the country, says a press release.

Delhi to keep interest rates unchanged

India's central bank is expected to maintain steady interest rates in a quarterly review this week, but may ask lenders to set aside more cash as reserve to cut a surge in money supply, economists say.

Gulf finance ministers discuss single currency obstacles

Finance ministers and bankers from the Gulf Cooperation Council on Saturday discussed how to overcome obstacles to its planned single currency launch in 2010, GCC chief Abdulrahman al-Attiyah said.

Nokia launches breast cancer awareness programme

Handset manufacturer Nokia yesterday announced the launch of breast cancer awareness and free breast cancer screening programmes in cooperation with Bangladesh Cancer Foundation Hospital (BCFH).

Hyundai eyes non-EU market to double export

Hyundai Motors, the largest car exporter from India, is aiming to more than double its overseas shipments to three lakh units by next year, for which it is venturing into new non-European markets.

China set to launch first stock index futures

China is all set to launch its first stock index futures that would help smooth development of its booming stock market, a top official said.

Metropolitan

Make all-out efforts to tap all potentials for mutual benefit

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said Bangladesh and Bhutan should make all-out efforts to tap all potentials to the mutual benefit of the two South Asian countries.

Train weavers to protect traditional Benarasi sari

Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for providing training to Benarasi weaving community in modern design and marketing to keep the traditional Benarasi sari alive.

Micro-credit project for affected rickshaw-pullers

Rickshaw-pullers displaced by a ban on non-mechanised transports in certain roads in Dhaka city will get technical training and micro-credits to shift into other professions under a World Bank (WB) assisted project.

8 killed in road accidents

At least eight people were killed and six others injured in separate road accidents in Lalmonirhat, Comilla,Joypurhat and Benapole yesterday.

'Ensure inclusion of all in voter list’

Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday urged all to work together to ensure inclusion of all in the ongoing voter list.

Debapriya calls on president

Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, the newly appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the WTO and UN Office in Geneva, made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday prior to the joining of his new assignment.

BBC programme on climate change from today

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) launches a month-long programme titled 'Nodipathey Bangladesh' (Bangladesh by the river) today to explore the impacts of climate change on the country and its people.

Two abductees rescued in Ctg, 2 arrested

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) rescued two abductees and arrested two abductors from Rahimpur at Hathazari in the district on Saturday.

Pedestrian dies as brick falls on him

A pedestrian was killed when he was hit by a brick falling from an under-construction five-storey building at Mohammadpur in the city yesterday.

Spain to open embassy in Dhaka soon

Spain will soon open an embassy in Dhaka to promote economic and business relations with Bangladesh.

Jamaat trying to suppress crime: Menon

Workers' Party of Bangladesh (WPB) leader Rashed Khan Menon yesterday said Jamaat-Shibir group had been trying to suppress their crime at Paltan Maidan on October 28 last year.

October 28 a day of stigma

Jamaat chief Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday termed October 28 a day of stigma and said “terrorists of sticks and oars” trampled democracy and humanity and polluted politics by creating reign of terror on Dhaka streets.

Five arrested with 71 grams of heroin

The Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) has arrested five people and seized 71 grams of heroin in three separate raids, said a press release yesterday.

Low over Bay likely to intensify further

A low has formed over southwest Bay and adjoining southeast Bay in the morning and intensified into a well-marked low over the same area at about 3:00pm yesterday.

Expat Bangladeshis in UAE donate Tk 40 lakh for flood victims

The non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) in the UAE donated over Tk 40 lakh to the Chief Advisor's Relief Fund for the victims of the recent flooding in Bangladesh.

DU Kha Unit admission test Jan 11

The 'Kha Unit' admission test for arts and social science faculties at Dhaka University for the sessions 2007-2008 will be held on January 11, 2008 instead of December 28 this year, a press release said.

‘Rewrite history of Bangalee soldiers’

Speakers at a lecture yesterday underscored the need for rewriting the history of heroic contributions of Bangalee soldiers during and after the British rule in the sub-continent.

Seminar for women entrepreneurs in Chittagong today

A daylong seminar cum workshop for women entrepreneurs titled 'Pathfinders 2007: Women in SMEs' will be held at Hotel Agrabad in the port city today.

Lt Gen Masud leaves for US

Principal Staff Officer of Armed Forces Division Lt Gen Masud Uddin Chowdhury left Dhaka for United States of America (USA) yesterday to attend the 10th Annual Asia-Pacific Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) conference.

Navy chief returns home

Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam has returned home on Saturday night after attending the 18th International Sea Power Symposium on Oct 16-19 in USA at the invitation of United States Navy (USN), says an ISPR press release.

Workshop on right to information begins today

A three-day workshop on 'Advocacy for Right to Information (RTI) in Bangladesh' begins at Spectra Convention Centre in the city today, says a press release.

National

Pest attack, diseases make Amon prospect bleak in greater Rangpur

After successive floods that destroyed Aus paddy, pest attack and diseases are making Amon prospects bleak in greater Rangpur, frustrating farmers and worrying agriculture officials.

Villagers join hands to combat Jamuna erosion

Hundreds of people from all walks of life have joined hands to combat Jamuna erosion at Itakuri in Shaghata upazila on self-help basis.

Greedy fishermen poison Juri river for catches

A large quantity of fish died in the Juri river as unscrupulous fishermen poured poison on its water in Juri upazila Friday and Saturday, local people said.

'Extend CHT road project period'

Development initiatives in the Chittagong Hill Tracts assume bright prospect as construction work of ten vital roads linking different upazilas in three hill districts of Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari are going on in full swing.

Vow to curb drug abuse

It was unique event at Kulia, a remote village in Debhata upazila, where about 2,000 people have vowed to curb the menace of drug abuse and drug peddling from the society once for all.

6 Allaher Dal men held in Gaibandha

Gaibandha police raided the house of 'regional commander' of banned Islamist organisation Allaher Dal at Kachuer Khamar village in the Sader upazila and arrested six militants while they were holding a meeting yesterday..

Tangail Jubo Dal leader gets 10yrs RI

A Special Tribunal here yesterday sentenced a Jubo Dal leader and his cohort to ten years rigorous imprisonment (RI) in an arms case.

200 urea bags seized in Dinajpur

Police seized 200 sacks of urea at Phulbari upazila in Dinajpur yesterday while those were being transported to Birganj. Two persons were arrested.

Contractor Yunus remanded

Millionaire contractor Syed Muhammad Yunus, accused in several cases, was placed on four days' remand yesterday for interrogation.

Training of election officials begins in Pabna

The training of enumerators, supervisors and assistant registration officers began in Pabna yesterday.

Letters

Floods

All our rivers are flowing from upstream India, Nepal and China and passing through various places, farmlands, villages, cities and towns to fall into the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh experiences floods almost every year and the sufferings of our people, loss of life and property, know no bounds.

Al Gore

Heartfelt felicitations to Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for winning the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. The former vice president used the term global warming as “the greatest challenge ever faced."

Mayhem in Pakistan

Pakistan, the land dominated by the military and the mullahs, has made news for wrong reasons. The return of the daughter of Zulfiqer Ali Bhutto has sparked a blow-up that left as many as hundred people killed .

Social environment in the LDCs

In a less-developing country, the social pulls have a pattern; mostly negative. Several could be identified by laymen: the strong pull of temptation; the urge to resort to short cuts; subjective decision-making process (especially where public interest is the prime issue).

Cleft lip and palate

I had very little idea about cleft lip and palate. One day, my mother informed me that in Dhaka Community Hospital, where she works as a Gynecologist, a team from Australia comes to treat people with cleft lip and palate. Then she explains briefly about cleft lip and palate. Cleft lip is a condition in which somebody is borne with the upper lip split. But cleft palate is more severe and painful. It is the same condition but the person is borne with the roof of the mouth split, making them unable to speak clearly. Then, she told me that it is one of the important cases in Bangladesh and I went to the hospital to see it.

Dismal scenario

A considerable time has passed before I took up the pen again. But what could I write? I am so disheartened by the situation all over the world.

DSE Index

The Dhaka Stock Exchange has created a new record both in General Index and volume of money. The DSE General Index reached 2901.69296 marks on a particular day and the total transaction was Tk 316.84 crore for the first time in the 51-year history of the country's premier bourse. On October 12 last, the DSE General Index reached 2802 mark. Before the Eid vacation many people assumed that share prices could fall in DSE after the Eid vacation due to the huge selling spree, but a reverse situation followed. The reality is totally different. The trend of onrush to invest in the country's capital market should be maintained properly and it will surely give due benefit to the overall economic development of the nation. But, above all, one thing should be kept in mind that without judging the fundamentals of the company, the investors should not invest.

Hannan Shah's stand

Mr. Hannan Shah, the present BNP coordinator, has publicly vowed that if he cannot get his leader released from jail through the judicial process, he will get her out by any means. What did he mean by "any means'? Does he want to take the country back to the pre-Jan 11 situation? Does he want to mean that Begum Khaleda Zia, his party leader, is above the law and cannot be brought to justice? What if she had committed crimes while she was in power?

Fibre-optic network

The belated (due to the ossified mentality of the policy makers) implementation of the long waited fibre-optic network connecting the country with the world-wide information superhighway is not producing the desired results due to frequent disconnection in the Cox's Bazar-Chittagong leg. According to knowledgeable people, this is happening mainly due to sabotage because some interested quarters do not want Bangladesh to reap the benefits of the lucrative worldwide IT market.

Power of youth

The cover story, "Online social networking" in the Star Campus (21 Oct 2007) is a timely issue featuring the ever-growing online social network community. The three pieces by Mahdin Mahboob, Sarah ZH, and Binoy Barman introduce readers to this recent phenomenon. Unfortunately, in none of the three pieces there's any reference to groups and causes related to Bangladesh.

Thanks…

Thank you so much for printing my cry of anguish concerning the privations of being a sub-tenant of one of the largest and most prestigious property companies in Gulshan. I had hoped that renting one of their flats would have proved an asset, especially after 5 visits by me to their head office and one by my excellent landlady.

Top leaders

Barrister Rafiqul Huq, an outstanding lawyer of the country, has made an excellent and timely observation that Sheikh Hasina, top leader of the Awami League and Khaleda Zia, Chairperson of the BNP, should abandon the idea of holding the post of future prime minister and at the same time retaining the post of chairperson of the respective parties.

Hilsa production

The other day I read from a newspaper that the recent measures taken by the govt. to prevent "Jatka" catching has increased "Hilsa" production by about eighty thousand MT (Metric Ton). The value of this extra fish in dollar is roughly about 400 million, if we take the price of a Kg. of fish to be 5 dollars. If a wholehearted effort is made to increase the "Hilsa" fish production by taking various measures like imposing ban on fishing during breeding season, total ban on "Jatka" catching, increasing and protecting breeding ground, effectively checking smuggling, controlling pollution of rivers, especially the breeding fields and controlling the net size, we can double the "Hilsa" production.

International

Paulson pushes India on nuclear deal

Visiting US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson urged India yesterday to quickly implement a landmark civilian nuclear energy deal with the United States.

BJP poised to take power in Karnataka

The main Hindu nationalist party was yesterday poised to take power in southern India for the first time after ending a political feud that had brought down the government in Karnataka state.

Benazir visits blast victims

Benazir Bhutto visited a family whose son was killed in the October 18 suicide blasts, as the former Pakistan premier Sunday kept up a tightly secured trip to her ancestral home.

Maoists kill 5 more villagers in India

Five villagers have been shot dead by suspected Maoists in eastern India, a day after the left-wing rebels killed 18 people, including a former minister's son, in an ambush, police said yesterday.

Politicians, officials wash hands off Nawaz deportation

Pakistani politicians and officials have distanced themselves from the Sep 10 deportation of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on his return home, saying they were not responsible for the action.

Turkey keeps all options open on Kurd militants

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan on Sunday insisted Turkey was keeping open the option of military action against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq and called for greater international support.

Thousands call for swift end to Iraq war

Thousands of people called for a swift end to the war in Iraq as they marched through downtown on Saturday, chanting and carrying signs that read: "Wall Street Gets Rich, Iraqis and GIs Die" or "Drop Tuition Not Bombs."

Israel delays cutting Gaza fuel supplies

Israel will not begin cutting fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip until later this week at the earliest, officials said, delaying an earlier threat to start from Sunday.

US to hand Iraqis Karbala control

US forces will turn over security to Iraqi authorities in the southern Shia province of Karbala on Monday, the American commander for the area said, despite fighting between rival militia factions that has killed dozens.

Researchers aim to use mosquitoes to bite back at malaria

A US scientist is leading an international team of researchers using an army of blood-sucking mosquitoes to produce a potentially potent vaccine against malaria.

Godhra left too deep a wound in Gujarat

The Minorities Commission feels that Godhra aftermath has left "too deep a wound" in Gujarat and healing it has to be "visible" in view of the scars left by the communal violence.

Argentine first lady seeks presidency

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the other half of the power couple credited with Argentina's rebound from an economic collapse, overshadowed 13 rivals as voting opened Sunday in Argentina's presidential elections.

3 killed in bomb blast in Nandigram

Three persons were killed in a bomb blast in Nandigram on Sunday, when a bandh was being observed in the area at the call of the organisation opposing land acquisition for industries.

Darfur peace talks go ahead without crucial leaders

Negotiators working to end four years of violence in the western Sudanese region of Darfur ploughed on Sunday despite predictions of failure by host Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Somalis protest against Ethiopian troops amid violence

Heavy clashes broke out in Mogadishu yesterday, prompting some residents to stage an angry protest against Ethiopian troops and others to flee as the Somali capital sank further into violence.

India's poorest demand rights to land, water

Thousands of poor farmers, landless workers and indigenous people reached the Indian capital yesterday after a month-long protest march to highlight the plight of those marginalised by India's economic boom.

10 militants killed in Pakistan raid

Troops backed by gunship helicopters killed 10 militants loyal to a radical pro-Taliban cleric yesterday in northwest Pakistan in the third straight day of clashes, officials said.

‘No evidence Iran making N-arms’

Chief UN nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei said yesterday he had no evidence that Iran is actively building nuclear weapons, despite recent bellicose rhetoric from US leaders.

Saudi king to begin European tour in Britain

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is to travel to Britain today at the start of a four-nation European tour, the royal court announced yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Still life extravaganza

A nonpareil exhibition by six major local artists is currently on at Gallery Chitrak. Connoisseurs and art lovers lapped up the display at the opening on October 27. The art extravaganza is on till November 10. The artists include Safiuddin Ahmed, Mohammad Kibria, Qayyum Chowdhury, Hashem Khan, Rafiqun Nabi and Monirul Islam.

“Lilaboti Akhyan”: Loko Natya Dal's latest production

At the Experimental Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Loko Natya Dal staged their new production Lilaboti Akhyan on October 27 at 7:00pm. Written by Nasrin Mustafa and directed by Liaqaut Ali Lucky, the play narrates the tragic story of Princess Lilaboti, based on the life of legendary philosopher and astrologer from ancient times, Khona.

Srijon observes Lalon's death anniversary

Cultural organisation Srijon held their monthly musical programme last Saturday. The programme at Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum on October 27 marked baul legend Fakir Lalon Shai's 113th death anniversary and featured songs of Lalon as well as popular adhunik songs from yesteryears.

Three-day drama festival in Netrakona

A three-day drama festival was held at the Mahua Auditorium in Netrakona town recently. The festival was organised by Netrakona District Administration to aid the distressed drama-artistes in Netrakona. Renowned drama artistes in Netrakona took part at the drama.

Shatner's Kirk not aboard for the new “Star Trek” movie

The original Captain Kirk is disheartened that he will not get to boldly go anywhere with his old pal Spock in the new Star Trek movie. While Leonard Nimoy is reprising his role as the pointy-eared Vulcan in next year's science-fiction flick, William Shatner is not on board as Kirk.

OP-ED

Well said, your honour

I draw the attention of readers to what former chief justice of Bangladesh Supreme Court Mostafa Kamal told The Daily Star on October 27: "Now it is being said that no war criminal exists in the country. May be after some time it would be said that the Liberation War never took place. This will mean we will be deprived of the real history."

Will history repeat itself?

In January 2002, when President Bush named Iraq, Iran and North Korea as the first targets in his "global war against terror" -- the putative "axis of evil" -- few noticed a curious omission. Pakistan was not on the list. The targeted countries -- we were told -- sought weapons of mass destruction. In truth, Iraq and Iran were targeted because they stood in the way of Israeli ambitions -- and they had oil.

Heroes of environment: Abul Hussam

It was indeed an honour for the Bangladeshi scientist Abul Hussam and other important personalities that Time international magazine devoted a special issue to them for their contribution towards the solution of an environmental hazard. The title of this special issue is: "Heroes of environment."

Star City

High-rise, extension projects on without Rajuk's say

Dhaka University (DU) authorities continue to violate building laws, rules and codes in construction of buildings one after another without approval from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) though they are required to obtain such approval.

Bangla Motors point finally to have its long-awaited footbridge

To enhance pedestrian safety, the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has finally started the long-awaited construction work of four foot over bridges at some of the busiest and hazardous thoroughfares of the city.

No fare chart yet to ensure fair rickshaw fare

Rickshaw fare has increased unusually in the last few years but the city corporation is yet to implement a fare chart for this essential mode of transport for the city commuters.

"city express"

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


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