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News of: Sunday, 4th of November, 2007

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Ensure transparency in graft drive, trial

Transparency International (TI) Chairperson Huguette Labelle yesterday asked the government to ensure due process and transparency during anti-corruption drives and trial of the suspects.

Musharraf imposes emergency rule

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency yesterday, saying that judges were interfering with the government and that Islamic militancy posed a grave threat to the country. He also replaced Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry with Justice Hameed Gogar.

BNP chairperson's stint ended 8yrs ago

According to the BNP constitution, Khaleda Zia lost legitimacy to be at the party helm when her mandate as chairperson expired around eight years ago.

Govt faces tough time with power projects

With the cancellation of two contracts to set up power plants totalling 600 megawatt (MW) capacity, the government is now left with the enormous pressure of floating tenders for more than 14 major power projects having more than 4,000MW capacity in total.

Parties urge govt to sue war criminals

Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and different political parties yesterday urged the government to file cases against the war criminals to bring them to trial.

Germany acts tough as fake GSP papers found

Germany, one of the largest destinations for Bangladeshi garments, has imposed a 12 percent deposit on suspect imports due to fears over the widespread abuse of certificates that allows Bangladeshi products duty-free access.

Investigation into DU fake admission stalled

Investigation by a fact-finding committee formed to investigate admission forgery at Dhaka University remains stalled as the probe body could not hold a meeting in over last two months due to the recent impasse at the university.

Winter crops to be pricier even

Cost of producing winter crops is on the rise across the country as the farmers are having to pay 15 to 20 percent more than the prices set by the government for non-urea fertilisers.

122 former BNP MPs now rally behind Delwar

A statement claimed to be endorsed by 122 former BNP lawmakers yesterday urged the Election Commission (EC) to invite Khandaker Delwar Hossain, the secretary general appointed by Khaleda Zia, to the dialogue on electoral reforms.

Dhaka seeks more WB help to face challenges

Bangladesh has sought additional assistance from the World Bank (WB) for facing the economic challenges caused by global increase of prices of oil and food items and recent countrywide flood.

Reforms reduce scope of corruption

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday told the visiting chair of Transparency International (TI) that reforms basically reduce the scope of corruption and strengthen the foundation of democracy.

Hafiz to oppose first any move to oust Khaleda

Major (retd) Hafiz Uddin Ahmed, acting secretary general of Saifur Rahman-led BNP, yesterday said he would be the first one to oppose any proposal that seeks to depose Khaleda Zia from party leadership.

4 grenades, 300 bullets found in Pabna

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered four grenades and 300 bullets from a village in Ishwardi upazila in Pabna early yesterday.

Rajuk demolishes 13 structures for building Bijoy Sarani link road

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) yesterday launched a three-day drive to demolish illegal structures for the proposed link road between Bijoy Sarani and Tejgaon in the capital.

AL talks with EC today on electoral reforms

The Election Commission (EC) would sit with Awami League (AL) today as part of its ongoing talks with political parties on electoral reforms before the next parliamentary elections.

Mayor Tayebur produced in Khulna court

Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman was brought to Khulna yesterday, one day after he was arrested in the capital in an extortion case.

Dhaka fighting climate change

Drawing attention of the international community to adverse impact of climate change on Bangladesh, President Iajuddin Ahmed has said efforts are on to combat and overcome the challenges posed by the changing climate.

Jail Killing Day observed

The nation yesterday somberly commemorated the 31st anniversary of gunning down four national leaders and liberation war heroes inside the Dhaka Central Jail, ever since known as the Jail Killing Day.

Vacation turns disaster for family

Severely injured 16 members of the owner family of Naseem Group arrived in Dhaka yesterday afternoon on a flight of GMG Airlines after burying five of their deceased loved ones who had been on a pleasure trip together to India, which ended in a fatal motor crash during their Eid vacation.

Govt shouldn't shift from fair polls mission

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the government should not deviate from its mission of conducting free and fair elections in the country under any circumstances.

EU lawmaker hopes for fair, credible polls

Visiting EU parliament member Robert Evans has expressed the hope that the caretaker government will be able to hold a free, fair and credible election "as soon as possible".

Maj Hafiz went to arrest Gen Zia in '75

Former BNP vice-chairman Lt Gen (retd) Mir Shawkat Ali, also principal staff officer of late president Ziaur Rahman, yesterday said he heard that Maj Hafiz along with troops went to arrest the then army chief Zia in 1975.

No political talk allowed from jail

Responding to recent media reports on detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's approval or disapproval of a recently formed BNP committee, DIG (Prisons) Maj Shamsul Haider Siddique yesterday said no detained person has the scope to convey political statements from behind bars.

Senior DU teachers meet VC, discuss release of held colleagues

Three senior teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday met the vice-chancellor to discuss the release of detained teachers and students held for instigating violence on the university campus last August.

Biswa Ijtema on Jan 25-27

The three-day Biswa Ijtema, the largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, will begin at Tongi on January 25 next year.

Iraq vows clampdown on Kurd rebels

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki vowed yesterday to clamp down on Kurdish rebels based in his country as the threat of a Turkish cross-border military strike overshadowed international talks on efforts to stabilise Iraq.

Editorial

Jail killing case

The observance of Jail Killing Day raises once more certain fundamental questions around the murder of four national leaders in Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975. The pioneering roles that Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, M. Mansoor Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman played in the liberation of Bangladesh through setting up the Mujibnagar government in April 1971 are now part of history. Without these men taking such a step, the history of this nation could well have been different. In these three decades and more since they were assassinated, barely three months after Bangabandhu and most of his family were wiped out in August 1975, the nation has looked forward to justice being done. Despite the fact that three of the accused in the jail killing case were sentenced to death, a number of questions have remained as to whether we as a people will be able to put the case behind us and move on.

New act for private universities

There has been indeed a very fast growth of private universities in Bangladesh since 1992 and one must admit that most of the private universities attempted to fill the void for higher education that was so much in demand given the state of our public universities that were hamstrung by the ill effects of bad politics and political unrest in the country at that time, albeit for those who could afford the cost. Some of the universities with their experienced faculty members and their curricula that compared well with those of some good foreign universities catered to the requirements of increasing number of higher education seeking youths in the country. However, one must also admit that not all of them had the rhapsodic idea of imparting quality education only since a good number of them did not fulfil the criteria laid down by the UGC, even after the stipulated period.

Who and where are the most deprived ones?

At the turn of the millennium seven years ago, the international community sang the siren song of halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty and hunger between 1990 and 2015. Quite obviously, as we stand at about half-way point between the declaration and the deadline, an assessment of performance to that effect warrants attention.

The rights-based approach

For long in the development discourse, it was economic growth that was of central concern, with human rights remaining largely marginal. While the development discourse evolved through various phases, focussing on Gross National Product (GNP), basic needs, structural adjustment, and so forth, a special focus on "rights" was missing. The definition of development focussed on economic growth and material prosperity only. Unfortunately, there was no inclusion of freedom, dignity and overall "well-being" of the people, and development was merely linked to human rights standards.

Truth commission: Quo vadis?

Within a fortnight of the first mention of the truth commission and a widespread extolling of its virtues, there is now a committee in place working out the legislative measures needed to implement it. So, the stage of extended protesting of the proposal has gone. Instead, it is perhaps time to place some positive proposals before the committee so that a truth commission (or an organisation with a different name) can deliver the goods effectively.

Sports

Imrul, Enamul shine

The four-day match between Khulna and Sylhet in the 9th Na-tional Cricket League sprung to life yesterday after the first day's play was abandoned due to a wet outfield at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium.

None can afford to lose

India and Pakistan will be keen to shrug off their recent home defeats when they clash in a high-pressure one-day series starting here on Monday.

GP eager to remain with the Tigers

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is expecting a much-improved financial package from title sponsorship of the national team for the next two years.

2nd Indo-Bangla Games from Feb 21

The second Indo-Bangla Games will be held in Dhaka from February 22 next year.

'Make it like Ashes'

The Test series between archrivals India and Pakistan should be played along the lines of the Ashes to retain its charm, visiting vice-captain Younis Khan said here on Saturday.

Camp must go on: Nayeem

Outgoing Bangladesh football coach Syed Nayeemuddin urged Bangladesh Football Federation to continue the training camp.

Women's cricket from Dec 27

The women's divisional cricket tournament will be held in the city from December 27.

Draw delight for Arsenal

William Gallas scored an injury time equaliser to keep Arsenal at the top of the Premier League after a 2-2 draw with Manchester United here on Saturday.

Minister slams player wages

Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe has stood by his assertion that top footballers in England are being paid too much money despite admitting that he got his figures wrong.

Dunga to coach Olympic team

Brazil coach Dunga told local television on Friday that he will also take charge of the country's Olympic team next year in Beijing.

Racism gone too far

A black African player at FC Brussels has walked out after allegedly being racially abused by the Belgian club's president Johan Vermeersch.

'England should host WC'

Arsene Wenger believes England should be selected to host the 2018 World Cup because it has been too long since the tournament was last held there.

Celtic fan punished

The fan who ran on to the pitch during Celtic's Champions League win over AC Milan last month was Friday sentenced to 120 hours community service after admitting causing a breach of the peace.

Bichel flays Lankans

Former Test paceman Andy Bichel smashed a century before Ashley Noffke continued his sensational bowling form to put Queensland in control in their match against Sri Lanka here Saturday.

Thwack still sweet

Sachin Tendulkar has dismissed speculation that he is thinking of retiring from one-day cricket or cutting down on the amount of ODIs to ensure a longer Test career. In an interview with the Times of India, the 34-year-old Tendulkar discussed a number of issues, from the challenges ahead against Pakistan and Australia to a look at his own fitness and form.

Inzamam sniffs bias

Former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq, at the centre of The Oval Test controversy last year, on Saturday accused match officials of being harsh on teams from the subcontinent.

Warne-Murali trophy

Australia and Sri Lanka will play for the Warne-Muralidaran Trophy this month in honour of the two leading wicket-takers in Test history, Cricket Australia and Sri Lanka Cricket announced Saturday.

'Time for Mitchell'

Andy Bichel has not been put off by Mitchell Johnson's slow start to the domestic season and feels he is in the perfect position to make his Test debut on Thursday.

7-star Imran

A seven-wicket haul from Imran enabled CCS to crush Mondal Bari Cricket Club by 192 runs in the Third Division Qualifying tournament at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.

Cadet win by 48 runs

Cadet College Club opened their season with a victory over Uttara Club by 48 runs in a friendly cricket match at the Gulshan Youth ground yesterday.

Butt focuses on cricket

He gave up vice-captaincy to focus on his batting and now Pakistani opener Salman Butt is hoping to emerge as a star player during his team's cricket series against India starting next week.

DC Gold Cup final today

Savar takes on Nawabganj in the final of the Dhaka DC Gold Cup football tournament at the Nekrozbagh ground in Keraniganj today.

Dilip stopped from writing

Chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar has been asked not to write columns in the newspapers, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Saturday.

Business

Govt asked not to stop operations of private ICD at Ctg port

Four trade bodies including FBCCI have urged the government to reconsider its decision on cancellation of operation of a private inland container depot (ICD) at Chittagong Port on the plea to avert any further congestions at the country's prime sea port.

Thai private airline eyes Bangladesh

A Thailand-based private airline, Orient Thai Airlines, eyes to operate passenger flights from Dhaka, as the airline sees business friendly environment exists in Bangladesh.

Jute traders ask BJMC to pay Tk150cr arrears

The country's small jute traders yesterday asked state-run Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) to immediately pay Tk 150 crore in arrears.

Oil price closes in on $100, gold hits $800

Crude oil prices broke fresh record highs this week, surging above 96 dollars a barrel for the first time, on worries about tight global energy supplies.

Next step in WTO farm talks could be delayed

The chief negotiator in crucial WTO talks on liberalising farm trade warned Friday he could postpone a new set of compromise proposals that had been scheduled for mid-November.

UK-Bangla chamber to resist campaign against Bangladesh RMG

The British-Bangla chamber has said it would work on resisting the campaign against the Bangladesh ready made garment (RMG) industry in the European Union.

IMF urges tax plans for EU deals with poor states

New trade deals being negotiated between EU countries and former colonies must be accompanied by detailed plans to replace lost revenues when poor countries cut tariffs on imports from Europe, an IMF official said on Friday.

New Delhi clears 12 FDI proposals

The government on Friday cleared 12 foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals that will bring Rs 212 crore of foreign investments, including one by US-based Millennium India Acquisition Company.

IMF urges India not to curb capital inflows

International Monetary Fund on Friday advised India against putting any restrictions on capital inflows in the face of appreciating rupee, saying any such move may undermine confidence of foreign investors on the Indian economy.

Citi awards nomination submission date closes Nov 8

The deadline for submitting nomination for Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) 2007 will close on November 8, says a press release.

India approves Jute Board Bill

Indian government on Friday cleared the National Jute Board Bill, 2006, in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament and to move official amendments in the Bill at the time of its consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks expansion of the functions and membership of the Jute Board and the definition of jute.

MIDAS Financing recommends 10pc stock, 5pc cash dividends

MIDAS Financing Ltd has recommended a 10 percent stock dividend and a 5 percent cash dividend for the year 2006-07.

IFS offers 'Google-style' search-based interface

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, recently delivered an integrated enterprise application search (EAS), says a press release.

China, Asean sign deals on transport co-op

Initiatives to facilitate air travel and maritime flows were agreed by transport ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China on Friday.

ROK exports hit record

South Korean exports hit a record 34.7 billion dollars in October thanks to more workdays and strong demand for machinery, telecommunications equipment and autos, the government said Thursday.

US Trade Show 2008 in February

The three-day 17th US Trade Show 2008 will begin on February 27 at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, says a press release.

Bridgestone's net profit jumps 65pc

Japanese tyre-maker Bridgestone said Thursday that its net profit jumped by almost two-thirds in the nine months to September, boosted by a weaker yen and solid demand overseas.

New IMF chief to earn $500,000 year

New IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be paid nearly 500,000 dollars a year tax-free, the International Monetary Fund said Friday.

Citigroup CEO may resign today

Citigroup Chief Executive Charles Prince is planning to resign at a board meeting today, amid growing turmoil surrounding the US banking giant, the Wall Street Journal reported late Friday.

$944m WB loan for India

The World Bank on Friday agreed to sanction a loan of 944 million dollars to India for strengthening rural finance system, vocational training programmes and community-based water management projects.

Japan to open up regional airports

Japan plans to open up its regional airports to foreign airlines in an effort to increase the flow of tourists from Asia and enhance local economies, the Transport Ministry said.

Metropolitan

Put pressure on developed states to pay compensation

Speakers at the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap yesterday demanded compensation from the developed states responsible for the global climate change badly affecting the developing countries, including Bangladesh.

Settle water sharing issue thru' regional cooperation

The water sharing and management issue needs to be settled through regional cooperation as clean drinking water is going to be a major source of future battle, Dr Huguette Labelle, chair of Transparency International (TI), said yesterday.

Dhaka wants more senior level positions

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ismat Jahan called upon the United Nations to appoint Bangladeshis in more senior level positions in UN peacekeeping.

People's Tribunal on WB, IMF, ADB to be set up

A 'People's Tribunal' on the World Bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) will be set up within next six months with the aim to reveal the 'imperialist' mission of the three donor agencies.

UK Qualifications Fair begins Nov 8

The British Council is organising the UK Qualifications Fair 2007 in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet from November 8 to 15, says a press release.

50,000 fake certificates seized in Ctg

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized a large number of fake certificates and arrested a person with machinery used in producing those from a residential flat in the port city.

Achieve status of moderately developed country by 2021

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the youths across the country to work unitedly to achieve the status of a moderately developed country by the year 2021.

Distribution of forms for first year hons begins today

The distribution and receiving of admission forms for the first year honours course under academic session 2007-08 at Dhaka University (DU) begins today and will continue till November 18.

Matin attributes price hike to disrupted communications

Communications Adviser Major General (retd) M A Matin yesterday said disrupted road communication is one of the causes for price hike of essentials as the growers cannot reach their produces to the markets in due time.

Disabled and prisoners being listed as voters

Work on listing physically challenged persons, patients and prisoners as voters has been started in Barisal.

One killed in Satkhira road accident

An old man was killed in a road accident on Shyamnagar- Assassuni Road near Shyamnagar upazila headquarters on Friday night.

DU invited to Global University Colloquium

Dhaka University (DU) has been invited to attend the third meeting of the 'UN Secretary-General's Global Colloquium of University Presidents,' said Vice-chancellor Prof SMA Faiz yesterday.

Omani manpower minister to visit Dhaka in Dec

Omani Minister for Manpower Juma bin Ali bin Juma Al Juma is likely to visit Bangladesh during the first week of December at the invitation of Foreign and Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury.

Ex-BCL leader stabbed to death in city

A former Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader died yesterday, a day after he was admitted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) with stab injuries on different parts of his body at Sabujbagh in the capital.

Discussion on Constitution Day today

Forum for Secular Bangladesh will hold a discussion marking the 36th Constitution Day at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium in the city today.

Viva for lawyers on Nov 10

The viva-voce for the candidates who qualified in the written test held on May 25 for permission of practice in the High Court will be held at Bangladesh Bar Council at 10:00am on November 10.

National

TK 2cr bills taken without sinking tubewells

The Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) in Barisal yesterday filed a criminal case against 30 contractor firms for taking away about Tk 2.53 core bills without sinking tube wells during 1995-96 and 2000-2001 financial years.

'Execute verdict of jail killing case'

The Jail Killing Day was observed in Rajshahi yesterday with a call for immediate implementation of the verdict of jail killing case.

Pabna FFs demand war criminals' trial

Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Pabna district unit have demanded punishment of the war criminals of 1971 Liberation War through a special tribunal.

Policing cannot control prices, says Tapan

Energy and Mineral Resources Advisor Tapan Chowdhury yesterday said it is not possible to control market prices by using police, BDR or joint forces.

Teenagers held with Hijbut Tawhid books, leaflets

Gournadi police yesterday arrested three teenagers and two women along with some Jihadi books and leaflets of militant Islamist organisation Hijbut Tawhid from Shaora village in Sharikal union.

Three skulls, bones dug up in Pabna

The skulls and bones of three persons were dug up from PK Saha Road in Beltala of Pabna town yesterday morning.

SI closed for bribery

Sub-inspector (SI) Humayun Kabir of Patkelghata Police Station was closed to Satkhira police line on Friday night allegedly for releasing two arrested 'cheats' in exchange of bribe.

Letters

Arms race

Ever since the end of the WW II, the leading nations or the big powers as they are termed by other nations, have been employing double standard. On the one hand, they insist that disarmament should be enforced by every nation and nuclear arsenals should be cut down sharply and no country should embark upon a fresh nuclear programme, and on the other hand, they develop nuclear arsenals themselves. This dichotomy has only sharpened the nuclear arms race in the world led by the USA and Russia (erstwhile USSR). There are now many countries that, encouraged by the arms trade by the big and medium powers, have amassed weapons, including nuclear ones.

Welcome, Mr. Siddons!

The past week was important for Bangladesh cricket in that they found their new coach Jamie Siddons. Siddons was the former assistant coach of Australia who recently finished his job in India. He was the most eligible former first class cricketer of Australia who never played in Test cricket. Nevertheless, he has good cricket knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that will help our still burgeoning cricket to flourish.

Costly lapse

We people from Bangladesh living in a foreign country try to help our motherland by any means and always inspire our children who are born and bred in Europe, the United States, Canada or Australia to help Bangladesh too.

“Banglish” or “Engla”

I highly appreciate the article "I am not ashamed of speaking Banglish!" by Dr. Binoy Barman, published in your Star Campus on October 28. The article was very much informative as well as optimistic. He also tried to shed some professional and linguistic light on the development of so-called Banglish or Engla.

Substandard medicines

The department of pharmacology has identified substandard medicines. It is a matter of great concern. Interestingly, Oushad Shipla Samiti had a press conference declaring that the tests were not accurate. They are in the game again. Since it was the result of a laboratory test, it should not have been countered with a press conference.

Road accidents

Road accidents take away the lives of many innocent people. It has become regular news in newspapers or TV. Recently, a collision between a covered van and a rickshaw snuffed out the life of a college student-- Silvy. This incident caused an unbearable loss to her family. They would never get their precious daughter's life back again and such is the sad story of many a family in Bangladesh. Silvy could have made our country proud by her great deeds but once more we have lost a valuable life.

Jamaat's claim

The people of Bangladesh are surprised to hear the Jamaat-e- Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mojaheed's comment about the liberation war. He was telling that there was no rajakar in 1971! We are quite surprised with the recent movement of the Jamaat. The government remains unaware of their latest activities.

JP chairman's stand

I salute acting JP chairman Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud for denouncing the anti-liberation forces of 1971.

Shah Hannan's comment

I am a freedom fighter living in the United Kingdom for the last 36 years but my heart and mind are always for the betterment of Bangladesh.

Falling from grace!

Magistrate Rokunuddowla was like a hero to us and had won the hearts of Dhakaites for his praiseworthy drive against adulteration and toxic edible products causing irreparable damage to the consumers. But what we saw on the TV has left many dumbfounded.

International

6-powers push for more sanctions on Iran

Six world powers holding talks in London on Iran's nuclear programme agreed Friday to push towards a third round of UN sanctions against Tehran if the stand-off persisted.

Benazir to stay abroad

Former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto will not return to Pakistan from Dubai after President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency on Saturday, a spokesman for her Pakistan People's Party told AFP.

Pak militants seize 2 police stations

Militants said yesterday they captured two police stations and 120 security forces in a mountainous region of northwest Pakistan that has increasingly fallen under the control of Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked extremists, bringing further embarrassment to President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's government.

Iraqi Kurds close office of rebel-linked party

Iraq's northern Kurdish administration on Saturday began shutting down offices of a local political group linked to the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a top regional official told AFP.

Lanka fears retaliation as Tigers honour slain leader

The elusive leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday paid his respects to his slain deputy and five others who died in a government air raid, as security was stepped up across the island.

Nepali parliament session fails to resolve deadlock

A special session of Nepal's parliament Friday failed to resolve deadlock in the country's 11-month-old peace process, officials said.

UN envoy in Myanmar for crisis talks

UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Myanmar yesterday for a second round of crisis talks with the country's rulers as moves to expel another key diplomat threatened to overshadow his push for reform.

Zawahiri urges attacks on Western targets

al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri called for a holy war against North African leaders and their French, Spanish and US allies in an audiotape message Saturday in which he announced a new Libyan arm of the militant network.

Breakaway Tiger leader Karuna detained in Britain

Colonel Karuna, the leader of a breakaway faction of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers rebel group, has been arrested in Britain and is being held in immigration detention, the interior ministry said Friday.

US nuclear plant sealed off after bomb found

A nuclear power plant in Arizona was locked down Friday morning after security guards discovered a pipe bomb in a contract worker's truck, authorities said.

Hamas wants talks with Fatah

Hamas supremo Khaled Meshaal said on Saturday that he welcomed talks with the movement's Fatah rivals but would not "beg", according to a statement posted on a Hamas website.

Jaswant Singh in opium scandal

A high-profile Indian former foreign minister has been accused of serving opium-laced drinks to guests at a private family party, officials said yesterday.

N Korea nuclear disablement to start tomorrow: US envoy

A team of US experts is due to begin disabling North Korea's nuclear facilities tomorrow as the reclusive communist state shows signs of emerging from years of isolation, a top US envoy said yesterday.

Tiananmen Square protester buried

Friends and family gathered here yesterday for the funeral of Bao Zunxin, a prominent pro-democracy advocate jailed for his part in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, but police prevented other activists from paying their last respects, witnesses said.

Indonesia's Mount Kelut erupts

Indonesia's Mount Kelut erupted yesterday, a volcanologist said, causing panic among residents living in the area, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Child 'kidnap' suspects sent to Chadian capital

Sixteen Europeans and four Chadians facing charges of abducting 103 children were flown to N'Djamena on Friday where the case against them will be re-examined by a new judge.

Ethiopia deploys more troops to Somalia

Ethiopia deployed more troops to the Somali capital on Saturday a day after insurgents paraded what they said were the bodies of three Ethiopian soldiers in the streets of Mogadishu, witnesses said.

Egypt seeks to head table of ‘Arab nuclear family'

Egypt has emerged at the forefront of a new push by Arab nations to build nuclear power plants in the volatile Middle East even as the West is locked in a standoff with Iran over its atomic drive.

Astronauts begin daring spacewalk to repair damaged panel

Two astronauts from the shuttle Discovery began a daring spacewalk yesterday to repair a torn solar wing deemed vital for the future of the International Space Station.

Dalai Lama accuses China of 'demographic aggression'

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama accused China of what he called "demographic aggression" yesterday, saying his people had been reduced to a minority in his homeland under Beijing's rule.

30 Indian immigrants caught in French Alps

Thirty illegal Indian immigrants travelling in "inhuman conditions" were stopped while crossing the French Alps in a small truck, border police said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Sayeed Ahmad: An icon in the world of drama

Sayeed Ahmed, who began his career in London as a musician for BBC, is today the toast of the city, as a nonpareil dramatist, who recently got the Shilpakala Academy Award for drama.

Tagore's “Nouka Dubi” on small screen

The first episode of Nouka Dubi, a TV adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's novel with the same title, will be aired on Channel-i at 8:30pm. The TV serial will be aired every Saturday and Sunday.

Art competition for students on disaster prevention

Marking the occasion of International Day for Disaster Reduction, World Vision Mymensingh Area Development Project held a painting competition for students along with other daylong programmes recently. Held at the premises of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Shangrahashala (art gallery), some 200 students from 13 schools and colleges of the district town participated in the competition. The theme was “Towards a Culture of Prevention: Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School”.

“Srotar Ashor” at Chhayanat

A musical programme titled Srotar Ashor was held on November 2 at the Ramesh Chandra Dutta Conference Centre at Chhayanat Sangskriti Bhaban, Dhanmondi. The programme, one of regular events of Chhayanat has become an attraction for the Dhakiites for its presentation, providing music enthusiasts with a quality evening. The programme is held every month, featuring performances by upcoming and prominent artistes.

Solo photography exhibition at Drik begins

A solo photography exhibition titled My village, My people by photographer Md. Main Uddin begins today at Drik Gallery of Dhanmondi. The inauguration ceremony will be held at 6 pm in Drik Gallery.

OP-ED

The great leader we didn't know we had

November 3, 1975 is one of the two darkest days in the 36-year history of Bangladesh. The other is August 15, 1975. On the latter date the founder of the newly independent state of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was gunned down along with everyone in his family who was in the same house on that fateful night.

Globalisation and increasing inequality

Globalisation, as economists define it, encompasses declining barriers to trade, migration, capital flows, foreign direct investment (FDI), and technological transfers. According t the Heckscher-Ohlin trade model with two countries, two goods, and two factors (skilled and unskilled labour, or alternatively capital and labour), globalisation should benefit the poor and reduce inequality in poor countries and within the developing world; the poorest countries and least educated workers should have the greatest opportunity to benefit from globalisation.

Economic growth and property rights

The question "why do some countries prosper while others lag behind?" has animated the research interest of economists since Adam Smith. Although, Smith's analysis delved into the imperative role played by the division of labour in economic growth, it also accentuated the import of the political and legal institutions protecting economic activity in explaining the wealth of nations.

Star City

Mindless repair of historic halls

Dhaka University (DU) authorities have started inflicting damage to some historic buildings on the campus in the name of repair and maintenance allegedly without documentation of the heritage sites or engaging conservation experts.

Will fresh drive to drive out old buses succeed?

The ongoing drive of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to keep buses older than 20 years away from the streets of Dhaka is unlikely to yield desired result, speculate owners and experts in the sector.

Stop this nuisance, stinking garbage trucks

The roaming of garbage trucks in the city during the busiest hours is another daily nuisance that the dwellers of this city have to face -- as if traffic tailbacks, reckless driving, muggings and air, noise or other types of pollutions were not enough.

Post offices also come to aid of passport seekers

After a private bank, post offices in the city will also start receiving passport applications under a pilot project undertaken by Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP).

Star Health

Don’t stop medication prematurely

Patients who have had drug-eluting stents inserted to prop open blocked coronary arteries should continue to take medications to reduce the risk of blood clots for at least one year after the stent is inserted, a new scientific research revealed.

Cosmetic surgery: What to know beforehand

You have seen it advertised in newspapers, featured on television programmes, displayed on the faces of celebrities cosmetic surgery. It is guaranteed to shave decades off your appearance, right? In some cases, maybe.

Heartburn or chest pain: When is it heart attack?

You have just eaten a big meal and feel a burning sensation in your chest. Heartburn, right? Probably, but there is a chance the chest pain-a warning sign of a heart attack.

Diet, growth are major cancer causes!

What people eat and how fast they grow are both significant causes of cancer, but many people incorrectly believe that factors such as pesticides on food are bigger causes, experts reported.

Immigrants with TB pose no public health risk: study

Immigrants with tuberculosis are not likely to spread the disease in their new countries and pose no public health threat, Norwegian researchers said.

Programme launched to counter TB drug shortfalls

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and an international initiative launched a programme to provide anti-tuberculosis drugs to people in poor countries who are unable to cover their full medical needs.



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